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Winter Namm 2002!


The Roland Rollout

Roland XV5050 module

Roland writes: The XV-5050 64-Voice Synthesizer Module gives musicians access to Roland's flagship XV sound engine without breaking the bank. This space-saving 1U rack module offers four stereo Tones per patch, expressive Matrix Control and over a thousand inspiring Presets-expandable via high-quality SRX-Series Wave Expansion Boards. There are also three independent effects processors, digital outputs, plus a new USB port for easy connection to PCs. Don't compromise your sounds  Tweak: This is supposed to have ALL of the sounds from the 5080 module plus some Fantom presets, and for much less cash.  I'm enthused!

Roland Writes: The SH-32 Synthesizer is a nod to Roland's past with a look toward the future. This 4-part multitimbral synth uses new Wave Acceleration Synthesis to deliver up to 32 voices of fat synth waves and entirely new waveforms. There's also a full complement of knobs and sliders-plus analog-style drums, DSP effects and a killer arpeggiator-giving musicians desktop access to a range of stunning synth sounds at an unbelievable low price.

New From Korg

The new TRITON Le Music Workstation distills all the best features of its namesake into a streamlined, cost-effective package. Available in 61 and 76-key versions, the TRITON Le inherits the main functionality of the TRITON and features an interface that even entry-level users will find comfortable. TRITON Le and TRITON share the same sophisticated HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis system, a tone generator acclaimed by professionals throughout the world.

From sound design to expressive performance, from initial recording to final audio CD, the TRITON STUDIO brings your ideas, materials and music together. It’s the one instrument that encompasses all the functionality needed to make and mix your music. The new TRITON STUDIO is the ultimate expression of where all music workstations have been heading, and where only Korg can take you. With a new CPU system that boasts several times the processing speed of the TRITON “Classic,” this is the most powerful music workstation available. The TRITON STUDIO is also available in three sizes: 61 and 76-key synth action versions, and an 88-key weighted action model.

New from Behringer

Tweak: Unlike other companies that announce products at NAMM and might be lucky to have it ship by the Next Namm, Behringer refreshingly has stuff ready to go.

click for DDX3216 Site Behringer DDX3216 Digital Mixer Shipping! Buy one from here
32 channels. 16 busses. Analog feel.
 It's NEW and it's Here! The DDX3216 represents an affordable, fully automated 32-channel, 16-bus digital console with 8 aux sends and unusually flexible routing options. Incorporating the latest technology developments in digital signal processing, the DDX3216 is destined to challenge the best analog and digital consoles on the market Read up on Berhringer's Site  Tweak: 100-mm motorized faders, built in effects, plus Compressor/limiter plus gate, 4-band parametric EQ, sweepable high-pass and phase reverse on all 32 channels


Behringer B2031 Truth 150 Watt 2 Way Monitor Speakers (Pair)

Our B2031 has become a favorite among musicians and engineers the world over for every imaginable application. Its neutral sound and extremely linear frequency response, optimized via manual trimming, assist you in getting the most out of your sounds, whether you’re recording, sampling, mixing or mastering. The low- and high-frequency amplifiers deliver plenty of power for the specially developed heavy-duty 8 3 /4 " polycarbonate woofer and ferrofluid-cooled HF driver. The unique wave guide developed by our CAD engineers delivers absolutely linear phase response and optimal stereo imaging, giving the TRUTH monitor an unusually large sweet spot.


New at Emagic

Logic Audio Platinum 5.0

Logic 5 is here with new features that completely redefine what is possible with the program.  Rather than try to give you a comprehensive overview of the new features, I'm just going to talk about a few of the important ones:  The new automation, the new plugins, soft synths and recycle import. 

Above you see one EXS24 track with 5 levels of automation.  There is a number of ways to put automation in a track.  You can draw them in with a mouse, move the faders on Logic's Mixers in real time, in this example  tweak the EXS (or in the case of midi instruments, the knobs on your synth), or use a dedicated controller like Logic Control.  See Tweak's full review

ITEM: EVOC20 Emagic Vocoder A Vocoder and more for the Logic Series. The EVOC20 package actually contains three new products. Firstly, the Vocoder with up to 20 bands of filtering and advanced monophonic pitch tracking. Secondly, a Vocoder with a built-in polyphonic carrier sound engine, and thirdly a formant filter bank. All feature an elegant new graphical user interface.



Logic Control

The Logic Control hardware units provide quick and easy operation of your Logic System. The Logic Control units are the ultimate tools for turning your existing studio space into a professional working environment. The Logic Control hardware is, quite plainly, a revolution for anybody who wants to streamline their workflow with the Logic family of music production software.

What's NEW at EMU


PK-6  Proteus Keys

  The new PK-6 offers you E-MU’s cutting-edge Proteus® sounds and features in a high quality keyboard package at an affordable price. The PK-6 ships with the 32 MB composer soundset that can be expanded to a total of 128 MB using any of the Proteus expansion ROMs available. The 16 real-time controllers allow you to tweak the PK-6’s powerful synthesis architecture and filters, giving you total performance control over your sounds. And the PK-6’s 16 syncable/programmable arpeggiators and interactive Super BEATs Mode let you perform entire pieces in real-time, all in perfect unison. Together with pristine 24-bit DACs and a lightning-fast processor, the PK-6 offers professional results and playability at an incredible price.  Tweak: A repackage of the Proteus 2000 but with 64 rather than 128 voice polyphony.

ITEM: Emu announces the Orbit 3. Orbit 3 Yep, a new Orbit module is about to be released by emu using the module format they have popularized with the Proteus 2000 line (Mo Phatt, XL-1, etc).  The Orbit 3 will feature 64 megs of samples from Rod Papen using 2 of the unit's 4 ROM slots.  Like all of the newer emu modules, the Orbit 3 will feature the super beats mode.

ITEM: Emu announces the Proteus 2000. Destined to be the new flagship of Emu's module line, the Proteus 2500 is a 4 rack unit module (yes, as tall as 4 single rack spaces) featuring 24 bit sound.  There are 16 front panel knobs and an onboard sequencer.  32 midi channels, as one might expect, and the typical 4 rom slots for cards.  Tweak:  This box will offer substantial control possibilities like mixing from the front panel knobs rather than cursoring through presets.  I am think of it as similar to the XL7 and MP7 grooveboxes yet in a more studio accessible rack format. 

Overheard: This is from the Emusaic Group posted
On Friday 11 January 2002 19:25, Sean Wilhelmsen wrote: I'd like to give you all an update on E4 Ultra development.

1. We will have a new EOS Ultra release in the spring. EOS 4.7 Ultra. One key feature for 4.7 will be a new file system. I'm not going to get into the details, but the main improvement/feature you will get is (jump for joy coming soon) support for larger drives without the cluster size problems. This is timely information for the current threads.

2. More RFX plug ins - in the next three months will have two new Chorus effects thin (6 voice) and fat (16 voice), the Grungulator a 7 part distortion effect (Input Filter, Rectifier, Clipper, X-Over, Bit Reduce, Downsample, Output Filter) and a Compressor.

3. Emulator Soft. We have not fallen asleep and let the world pass us by. Emulator Soft is a full blown E4 for your PC. It will also integrate nicely with your hardware sampler via USB (ED/Lib, Disk Browser, Remote, sample transfers, etc.). Yes, there will be a USB card for your E4 (EOS 4.8). Together they will give you best of both Hardware and Software. As we get closer to first customer ship I'll will begin to throw more information your way. Both The USB card and Emulator Soft will be on display at our NAMM booth next week in Anaheim California.



The S08 features an 88-key balanced hammer design with Initial Touch (similar to that of the Motif 8 Synthesizer), plus full 64-note polyphony. Yamaha's AWM2 tone generation, over 749 incredible sounding voices and 31 drum kits, full XG and GM2 compatibility, stereo sampled pianos and drums—many of which are identical to those found on higher-end synthesizer products in Yamaha's S-series—provide excellent building blocks for song production and performance. Users can create their own sounds and store them in any of 128 user-voice memory locations. Onboard effects include chorus, reverb and variations


Alesis News

QS8.2 64 Voice Expandable Synthesizer

QS8.2 & QS6.2 Features:

- True 64-voice polyphony

- QS8.2 features an 88-key, fully-weighted hammer-action keyboard with velocity and release velocity. QS6.2 has a 61-key synth-action keyboard with velocity, release velocity, and aftertouch

- 16MB of internal sound ROM (640 programs, 500 multitimbral mixes) including Alesis’ acclaimed Stereo Grand Piano sound

- QCard expansion slot for adding 8MB of new samples and
programs from the comprehensive QCard library

- Onboard 4-bus multieffects with reverb, chorus, distortion,
EQ, delay, rotary speaker simulation, and more

- 4 edit/control sliders, pitch and mod wheels. 2 assignable pedal inputs plus sustain pedal input




ModFX - 14 unique portable, modular, digital signal processor

• Including Fidelity X, Vertigo, Ampliton, Spectron, Bitrman,
Koruz, Phlngr, Formantz, Lymitre, Metavox, Faze, Philtre,
Nastify, and Smashup
• Stereo, 24-bit A/D-D/A, 28-bit internal processing, 48kHz sample rate
• Unique ModLink™ allows cable-free connection of multiple units
• Unbalanced 1/4” analog I/O
• External 9VAC power supply
• 148mm x 92mm x 33mm


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