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!
Those looking for an affordable studio condenser microphone for capturing vocals or acoustic instruments on a budget should certainly check out the all new SE Electronics Magneto.
Magneto comes in at under £80 and offers an ideal solution for entry level users, in fact there is only one draw back – you’ll have to wait until July before they hit the shelves! Get you pre-order in now!
Steinberg WaveLab has long been at the cutting edge of audio editing and mastering, used by numerous professional and project studios alike. With WaveLab 7, Steinberg took a huge step opening up what was until that time a PC only product to Mac users. Since then WaveLab has gone from strength to strength.
With the release of WaveLab 8, Steinberg introduce over 150 workflow improvements in addition to a new speaker management system and advanced EBU-compliant loudness metering and processing tools. WaveLab Elements 8 also offers an update to this entry level version, offering a serious editor at a highly affordable price.
The Clavia Lead range of synthesizers have built up a significant following within the synth community during recent years, offering players incredible performance from this iconic brand. The Lead series was originally released almost 20 years ago and the all new Nord Lead 4 notches up the volume within this stunning range of synths.
Loaded with an entirely new sound engine, filter and effects set you need to pay Nord Lead 4 a visit if you’re seriously considering a powerful synth to add to your arsenal.
The Yamaha Pocketrak range has proved to be an extremely flexible and popular range of portable audio recorders during recent years and the all new Pocketrak PR7 takes functionality to new levels of performance.
Pocketrak PR7 comes bristling with features, from an XY stereo condenser microphone, to its inbuilt speaker. It even boasts dynamics, USB file transfer, a tuner, metronome, and can be used for podcasting and pretty much anything else that involves some for of digital recording or musical entertainment. Ask it nicely and it’ll even put a brew on – check it out!
Looking for the ultimate Backing/Portable Keyboard for live gigs or the home? Then you’ve gotta check out the all new Roland BK9. This monster comes packed with all the latest goodies, and some old ones if the form of their stunning Tone Wheel Organ models.
As for what’s under then bonnet, Roland BK-9 comes with the highly acclaimed SuperNATURAL sound engine and boasts over 1,700 sounds. This is backed up by 540 rhythms (including 25 new rhythms), a professional 16-track sequencer and features compatibility with Roland Wireless Connect, supporting USB connection.
For those looking to create musical from phrases or loops comes the Boss RC505 Loop Station, which is designed for Beatboxers, street performers, DJs and for anyone looking to get quite inventive with sampling or looping.
Boss RC505 comes packed with 99 phrase memories, 85 onboard rhythm patterns and a variety of effects. In built USB offers seamless integration with PC/Mac based recording systems for flying phrases, samples or whatever back and forth, and 5 with 5 stereo recording tracks per phrase RC505 delivers somewhat of a looping monster.
Korg previewed a new digital piano scheduled to ship later this year in the form of LP-380, which offers a contemporary slim design ideal for the modern home. LP380 is available in two colour options, Black and White.
This stylish digital piano comes packed with 30-voices, including 4-way sampling on acoustic piano voice and features Korg’s acclaimed RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action keyboard, boasting a three pedal design with half-damper support.
Harmony Singer joins the raft of vocal processing tools currently available from TC Helicon. This clever effects pedal boasts a compact stompbox design and comes aimed squarely at the singing guitar player, giving them everything they need from killer vocal tone, to studio quality effects and self-drive harmonies.
TC Helicon Harmony Singer can produce two harmonies and tracks your guitar, so no fiddling with setup or arrangements are necessary. In addition, the included adaptive tone processing gives you a stunning vocal sound and TC algorithms ensure pristine reverb effects. In short, this is an-all-in-one tool kit for guitar vocalists.
The StudioLive range of Digital Mixers have proved immensely popular with both live and studio users, particularly for those after remote control via iPad or iPhone. Well they just got even bigger with the flagship Presonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI, which offers 4-Band fully parametric EQ and 4 internal effects processors.
For recording applications, Presonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI comes loaded with dual Firewire 800 ports and has option slots for Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante) cards. Check out this monster, which will hit the shelves early summer 2013.