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New Gear, April 2013

March 19, 2013
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1 Grundorf
ABS Series
Amp racks
$209.95–$379.95

HIGHLIGHTS Designed to house amps, processors, patchbays, etc. • manufactured from ABS material, with 3mm-thick, high-density ABS shell and heavy-duty aluminum extrusion • high impact resistance and light weight for easy transportation • available in 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-space configurations • gasket-fitted front and rear lids with 2.25-inch inside depth
TARGET AUDIENCE Those who need to protect their electronics— musicians, DJs, houses of worship, corporate AV centers, schools, etc.
ANALYSIS Rack equipment represents a considerable investment; the ABS Series provides a cost-effective way to provide protection.
grundorf.com

 

2 Future Retro
db Mastering Processor
Analog routing/monitoring
$2,500

HIGHLIGHTS Quick selection of tracking, playback, summing, and mastering modes • 16 channels of balanced passive summing • 8 channels individually selectable between mono/stereo • stepped monitor control • 8 stereo insert channels with hard bypass switching • monitor section for 3 speaker pairs • mid/side processing with width control
TARGET MARKET Studios that need a multifunction device for routing, monitoring, and passive summing
ANALYSIS You can’t do everything inside the box; dB provides the missing link to the rest of your studio.
future-retro.com


3 ESI
MAYA44 USB+
Audio interface
€99 (about $123) street

HIGHLIGHTS Aluminum case • 4 analog input and 4 analog output channels with RCA connectors • combined optical S/PDIF digital output with miniplug connector and 1/8" stereo headphone output • extremely compact— approximately 4.75" x 2.75" x 0.75" • DJ-friendly headphone out provides a separate stereo output signal
TARGET MARKET Portable, mobile audio interface that’s also suitable for DJs
ANALYSIS New interfaces keep hitting the market, but the MAYA44 USB+ distinguishes itself by cramming a lot of I/O into a very small package.
esi-audio.com
 

4 PreSonus
PRM1
Reference mic
$79.95 street

HIGHLIGHTS 1/4" pre-polarized electret-condenser capsule condenser mic designed for use with audio-analysis tools • linear frequency response between 20Hz and 20kHz • omnidirectional polar pattern • all-metal chassis
TARGET MARKET Those who need a reference mic for audio analysis, but particularly, StudioLive 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 owners who need a mic for use with the Smaart Measurement Technology built into PreSonus’s Virtual StudioLive mixer-control software
ANALYSIS A greater awareness of the importance of acoustics is spurring developments in testing, which often require a reference mic.
presonus.com
 

5 TC Electronic
Ditto Looper
Looper for guitarists
$129

HIGHLIGHTS Made by guitarists, specifically for guitarists, with an accent on live use • extremely compact, pedalboard-friendly size • true bypass • five minutes of total looping time • undo/ redo function to help build songs • unlimited overdubs • 24-bit uncompressed audio • analog-dry- through
TARGET MARKET Guitar players who don’t want loopers that are also intended to accommodate singers, drummers, keyboard players, etc.
ANALYSIS Loopers continue to increase in popularity with guitarists, thanks to their ability to create massive textures and sound-on-sound capabilities in live performance.
tcelectronic.com

 

6 Bettermaker
EQ232P
Analog equalizer
$4,950 street

HIGHLIGHTS Two-channel analog equalizer • each channel has a 12dB/octave highpass filter, two active parametric filters, and twostage, Pultec-style PEQ section • digital recall of all parameter controls and automation via a DAW plug-in • saves up to 399 presets internally
TARGET MARKET Studios who want analog hardware, but the option for digital control via DAWs
ANALYSIS It’s now pretty accepted that the studio solution isn’t analog vs. digital, but analog and digital. The EQ232P combines both technologies to provide analog sound with digital control.
transaudiogroup.com

 

7 On-Stage Stands
KS7190 Quantum Core
Column keyboard stand
$299

HIGHLIGHTS Two-tier stand, with independent per-tier height adjustment, supports 125 lbs. per tier • adjustable stand tilt • integrated cable management • fold-away captive support arms • built around rigid extruded aluminum core • combination 3/8" and 5/8" threaded adapter at the apex accommodates any gooseneck or boom arm to eliminate the need for a mic boom stand
TARGET MARKET Performing keyboard players
ANALYSIS X- and Z-type keyboard stands are stable, but a column type has a smaller footprint, often resulting in a neater stage setup.
onstagestands.com
 
 

8 Waves
Element
Virtual instrument
$200

HIGHLIGHTS Analog-style polyphonic instrument • intended to combine the fat, gritty sound of classic synths with the flexibility and control of digital synths • integrated effects • 16-step arpeggiator/sequencer • MIDI Learn for all controls • massive preset library • unified, single-page interface lays all parameters in front of the user • modulation matrix
TARGET MARKET Those who desire a highly editable, yet straightforward synthesizer so they can create their own signature sounds easily and efficiently
ANALYSIS This is bound to attract a lot of attention, as it’s the first virtual instrument from plug-in wizards Waves.
waves.com

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