Arturia have established themselves as one of the Worlds most prominent designers of analog synths, which grew from their True Analog Emulation technology that they use to model analog circuits.
More recently, Arturia have incorporated this technology into stand-alone hardware products, delivering an array of superb keyboard synths. Latest to join the party is MicroBrute, a 25-note mini-keyboard rammed with featured from MiniBrute.
If you’re looking for a killer synth on a budget, you’ve just gotta check this monster out!
FXpansion BFD has built up a deserved reputation over the years of offering arguably the finest collection of sampled drum kits, which is available as a virtual software instrument for computer based recording systems. With this latest edition, BFD3 takes another significant step forward offering the most powerful version released to date.
FXpansion BFD3 features 7 new kits, 162 GB sound library of acoustic drums recorded at two of the finest studios you can find and can run as either a standalone program, or integrate seamlessly as a virtual instrument within any host software DAW. Check it out!
Looking for an affordable tube microphone preamp to warm up your vocals and ever considered Auto-Tune processing? Well check out the all new ART Auto-Tune Pre, which is due to ship within the next few days.
ART Auto-Tune Pre Mic Preamp features a high quality mic preamp stage, driven by a 12AX7 tube, and comes loaded with Auto-Tune vocal processing technology featuring the same, easy to follow layout as the EFX plug-in software pack. The best bit is that costs under £200!
Steinberg are now shipping Halion 5 and Halion Sonic 2, which offer some serious performance upgrades over their predecessors particularly in the sound department. Both ship with a library that includes over 2,500 top class virtual instruments, offering a wide palette for sound creation and composition.
For those of you in education, there are also low cost EDU versions of Halion 5 and Halion Sonic 2 to help keep the cost down of music production. These versions are available to students, teachers and education establishments.
Line 6 caused somewhat of stir a couple of years back when it released its new range of HD high-definition guitar modelling processors. Well, they’ve just taken that a step further with the all new POD HD500X.
HD500X brings in a raft of new features, including upgraded amp models and effects and now offers in excess of 500 presets. It even boasts a 48 second looper and comes with an inbuilt chromatic tuner – check it out!
Alto announces Stealth Wireless, an all new wireless system designed for active speakers. This well thought out product removes the need for hundreds of feet of cables, which can be prone to failure, offering interference free connection to your speakers.
This two 2-channel system can also be expanded to handle more complex setups or PA rigs via the Wireless Expander Kit, offering wireless connectivity for the most demanding of applications.
Allen & Heath release MixWizard WZ4, the 4th generation of their highly acclaimed live mixer range complete with USB audio interfaces for direct multi-track recording and playback. MixWizard WZ4 12:2 offers 12 input channels, with MixWizard WZ4 16:2 offering 16.
Both mixing consoles boast an extremely musical 4-band EQ stage per channel, inbuilt digital effects, pro faders and a raft of additional features. In you’re looking for a new live PA mixer, then you’ve gotta check them out!
Zoom H6 adds to the extremely popular range of digital handy recorders. H6 comes with an impressive line-up of features, including a world first in the form of a unique interchangeable mic system.
H6 can also function quite happily as either a 6-track multitrack recorder or as a 6-in 2-out USB audio interface with 24-bit/96kHz resolution. Check out this little monster, which is due to ship next month in August.
TC Electronic PolyTune caused somewhat of a stir in the world of guitar tuners when it was released a couple of years ago, offering a unique and fast way to tune all of your instruments strings at once.
Well, the news just gets better. Now priced at only £59, TC Electronic PolyTune guitar tuners are as affordable as ever!
Apogee for years has remained at the forefront of premium audio component design, with their line-up of OSX products offer sublime performance. A recent announcement has seen two of their most popular products to date, Apogee One and Duet, receive somewhat of a make over, in addition they now boast iPad connectivity.
Apogee One for Mac and iPad features an all new aluminium chassis and receives an additional input for 2-track recording. Apogee Duet for Mac and iPad retains the familiar layout of its predecessor, but boasts improved preamps and AD/DA conversion. Both connect direct to iPad and will even recharge when is use!