Samson Tech Zoom R16
What USB and battery-powered recording device.
Why Three production tools in one device: a multitrack recorder, audio interface, and control surface. These provide all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings.
How Simultaneous 8-track recording, 16-track playback, 100+ built-in mastering effects, SD memory to avoid crashing hard drives, and eight combination XLR-1/4" with preamp and phantom power on two channels.
Akai Pro LPD8 and LPK25
What Tiny USB MIDI controllers.
Why Each model is less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to fit easily into a laptop case, backpack, or messenger bag for extreme portability.
How The LPD8 has eight blue light-up pads that are velocity sensitive for programming rhythmic or melodic parts, and eight assignable Q-Link knobs to which users can assign virtually any parameters in their software for hands-on control. The LPK25 is made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action, containing an arpeggiator, sustain, octave up/down, and tap tempo controls.
Producer Pack Soca Xplosion
What 1.37GB Soca & Calypso Sample Pack.
Why Give your compositions Soca & Calypso vibes with over 900 authentic Soca-style loops created by producer Eddie Charles.
How Each of the 22 construction kits gives you the basics, such as Drumloops, Bass Guitar, Brass, Guitar, Keys, Steel Drum, Melodies, and more. Drumloops include 148 wav and 133 Rex2 files.
What USB audio interface and foot controller for Mac.
Why Gives guitar players hands-free control over recording and many new features in Logic Studio, including Amp Designer, Pedalboard, MainStage 2, Playback, and Loopback.
How Instrument input is specially designed for guitar, and the 1/4" stereo output offers a true Apogee listening experience. Five transport control buttons let guitar players record, play, stop, and quickly navigate through a project without taking their hands off their guitar. The same buttons can be assigned to user-selected functions with Main- Stage 2. Guitar players can use the five stompbox buttons to control their favorite pedalboard effects individually in Logic Studio.
Price $399 street
Waves CLA Classic Compressors
What Plug-ins modeled after four studio legends.
Why Lord-Alge worked closely with the Waves R&D team, resulting in models of four compressors considered true classics by audio engineers all over the world.
Plug-ins CLA-2A, CLA-3A, CLA-76 Blacky, and the CLA-76 Bluey. These classic models grant users access to the same tools that Lord-Alge has used to help define hard-hitting rock and pop over the last several decades.
Price $800 Native, $1,600 TDM, also available as part of Mercury bundle.
What Passive studio monitor.
Why Incorporates design cues from KRK’s best selling Rokit line, including radically radiused edges along the front of the cabinet.
How The curved front baffle was engineered to minimize diffraction of high frequencies, resulting in a sweet spot that is significantly larger than products with square or lightly rounded baffles. The baffle also houses a molded front-facing bass port that minimizes low-frequency phase distortion and unwanted frequency emphasis typical of rear-facing bass ports.
Price $149 street
What Largediaphragm supercardioid condenser microphone.
Why Ideal for recording vocals, percussion, acoustic instruments, and everything in between, the E100S is versatile enough to deliver high performance on stage and in the studio.
How A twin 5087 output driver provides low drive impedance, has the lowest noise floor in its class (3.7dBA), includes an 80Hz hi-pass filter and 10dB pad.
Eclair Engineering Evil Twin
What Vacuum tube-based direct box, with +4dBm line-level output.
Why Newly updated version 90B makes numerous improvements to lower noise, increase headroom, and improve road-worthiness. No change in massive low-end tone.
How 10 megohm input impedance, 2Hz to 200kHz bandwidth, variable gain of +6 to +36dB, buffered 1/4-inch output prevents other devices from loading down pickups, switchable boost at 3 or 9kHz, switchable 120/240 volt operation, and extremely low noise.
Price $895, sold direct from manufacturer