RME ADI-2 AD/DA CONVERTER
High-end Digital Interface for Mac/PC or iOS
The ADI-2 from RME ($2,299) boasts high-grade clocking plus battery or powered use through its half-rack design. Features include two servo-balanced analog inputs on combo XLR/ TRS jacks, two separate balanced and unbalanced outputs on XLR and TRS connectors, two individual stereo Extreme Power headphone outputs on the front, an optical SPDIF I/O that also recognizes the ADAT format, plus coaxial SPDIF (RCA) and AES I/O (XLR) via an included breakout cable. The ADI-2 Pro’s USB 2.0 port is fully Class Compliant (UAC 2) for connection with compatible iOS devices and Mac OS computers. Windows 7 or up is also supported through WDM and ASIO.
BLUE MICROPHONES ELLA AND SADIE HEADPHONES
Planar and Active Dynamic Designs
The new Ella headphone from Blue ($699.99) features planar magnetic drivers with an onboard audiophile amp and large, high-capacity cabinets. Custom 50mm x 50mm drivers are self-tensioned for exceptional response and extreme accuracy. Sadie ($399.99) extends the innovations achieved by Blue’s Mo-Fi powered headphone using matched 50mm premium dynamic drivers and a built-in amp. Both Ella and Sadie’s headband features a four-point multijointed linkage system with pivoting arms to keep the headphones parallel at all times, while the earcups are shaped to achieve a superior seal for accurate bass response, improved isolation and reduced leakage.
ORACLE SUMMING MIXER
16-Channel, Hand-Built, Analog DAW Back End
Built in the USA by Greg Wurth and Steve Firlotte of Inward Connections, the Oracle Summing Mixer ($4,395) features a range of controls, including mono combined and channel insert switches, large L/R VU meters, large stereo bus level pot, master insert switches (A&B) and an external power supply providing plenty of AC headroom. I/O for inputs and insert send/return are on D-Sub connectors, while the Aux Left and Right Inputs, L/R Stereo Buss Inserts send/return are on TRS jacks.
CHANDLER LIMITED REDD MICROPHONE
U.S.-Built, EMI-Badged Tube Condenser
The REDD Microphone from Chandler ($4,499) is a large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone combining mic and preamp into a single, beautifully handcrafted professional recording device. Featuring the vacuum tube–based REDD.47 Mic Amplifier circuit directly coupled to a custom handmade premium platinum membrane capsule, the REDD Microphone can be used with or without an external preamplifier. Features include nine gain selections, extended gain and punch in DRIVE mode for more tonal and coloration possibilities, plus switchable Cardioid/Omni patterns, -10db pad, and polarity reverse.
STEINBERG CUBASE PRO 9, ARTIST 9 AND ELEMENTS 9
Three Versions Cater to Wide User Base
While Cubase Pro 9 ($739.99) has clearly been engineered to meet the exacting standards of professional producers, composers and mixing engineers, Cubase Artist 9 ($419.99) steps down a gear yet provides a comprehensive set of tools tailored to instrumentalists and songwriters. Cubase Elements 9 ($130.99) is the gateway to the world of Cubase, providing a straightforward way for recording high-quality audio. All three versions introduce the new Lower Zone, allowing for a dedicated area in the Project window to be used for the mixer and other tool panels. Other features include the Sampler Track with the Caleidoscope library featuring hundreds of samples. In Cubase Pro, Frequency is the new EQ processor with eight bands, each with the new Linear Phase mode to preserve the band’s signal phase. There is also M/S support, Auto Listen to monitor adjustments, Spectrum Display, and reference keyboard. Cubase Pro 9 also comes with up to 10 marker tracks, providing users with even more freedom to specify ranges within music projects and to use these to export individual stems and group mixes.
ANTELOPE AUDIO FPGA EQ FX
Modeled BAE and Classic Console Hardware Designs
Antelope Audio has released two new EQ models based on BAE’s 1023 and 1084 hardware equalizers, plus four additional classic EQs. Additional models include the VEQ-STU 089 with highpass and lowpass filters, 80Hz and 8kHz bands and presence control; VEQ-STU 169 3-band inductor-based EQ; VEQ-STU 900 classic console EQ; and the VEQ-HA32C 4-band EQ. The units are available as a free download for users of the Orion Studio, Zen Tour, Goliath, and Orion32+.
PRESONUS FADERPORT 8
Eight-Fader Controller For Your DAW
The PreSonus FaderPort 8 ($499.95) features eight touch-sensitive, 100mm long-throw, motorized faders; eight high-definition Scribble Strip displays; complete recording-transport controls; plus general session controls such as Undo/Redo, Arm All, Solo/Mute Clear, Track Management, Click On/Off with tap tempo. Session Navigator provides quick control over track scrolling, channel banking, timeline scrolling and much more. It is Mac/PC-compatible with native Studio One support and HUI and Mackie Control Universal emulation. There is also a Footswitch input for hands-free start/stop and USB 2.0 connectivity.
IK MULTIMEDIA MODO BASS
Physical Modeled Virtual Instrument
MODO BASS (299.99) is a customizable physically modeled virtual bass instrument that re-creates the sound of the electric bass and how it’s played in real time. The models include the physical instrument components, human technique, and the entire sound of the signal chain with effects and amplifiers. MODO BASS contains a collection of 12 physically modeled iconic electric basses played by picking, plucking and slapping. Players can choose the type of pickups (up to 20), number of strings and type (round or flat-wound), the gauge, age, and the physical action height of above the fret-board. The signal chain includes seven stomp boxes and two classic bass amplifiers derived from IK’s AmpliTube flagship software.