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Winter Namm 2008 Anaheim CA


The Fantom G

  • Advanced sound engine with double wave capacity of previous flagship workstations
  • 2 x ARXexpansion with SuperNATURAL — the world’s greatest performance-expression technology
  • Graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5” wide color LCD and mouse connectivity
  • Newly developed onboard audio/MIDI sequencer with 128 tracks, including 24 audio tracks
  • Multi-FX for each part; up to 22 effects routings can be programmed simultaneously
  • Heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel

Tweak:  The new screen is huge! There is a 128 track midi and audio sequencer onboard. 


TD-9SX V-Tour Series

  • Advanced TD-9 module with expressive new sounds, real-audio songs and patterns
  • Comfortable mesh-head tom and snare pads with rim triggering
  • Three-way triggering for ride cymbal
  • Scope function with graphical LCD display
  • USB host for audio-file (.WAV) playback
  • Special cable for easy pad connections
  • Sturdy drum rack (MDS-9) with newly designed ball-clamps for the snare and cymbal arms and a new hi-hat mount for maximum flexibility

Tweak:  The new TD9 "Brain" allows USB import of a backing song and a "quick record" and "quick play" feature.  



  • Stunning 88-key stereo multi-sampled piano sounds
  • 88-key weighted keyboards: PHA II “Ivory Feel” with Escapement
  • SuperNATURAL electric pianos for unprecedented realism
  • Audio playback of .WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files via USB memory; easy onstage control with Audio Key feature
  • Piano Designer function for creating the perfect custom instruments, plus eight multi-effects processors
  • Three MIDI outputs, multiple zones for master-control functionality

Tweak: We'll have to see if Roland manages to de-throne the S90Es by Yamaha as the king of feel.  



MPC 5000

  • 64-voice drum/phrase sampler with 64MB memory built-in. Expandable up to 192MB RAM
  • Three-oscillator virtual analog synth engine with built-in arpeggiator
  • Over 300 Virtual Analog synth presets included
  • Eight tracks of Direct-to-Hard Disk recording
  • Over 40 all new effects available within a modular 4-bus effects processor
  • Master compressor and equalizer
  • Built-in hard disk drive
  • Optional CD-R/DVD drive
  • USB 2.0 port for computer connectivity
  • CF Type-2 card slot (up to 2GB)
  • Chop-Shop 2.0 - slices a stereo loop into individual samples with automatic pad assignment
  • Patched Phrases - creates multiple splits in looped samples to ensure proper tempo sync without changing pitch
  • Continuous Sample Track - ensures samples play in perfect sync no matter where you start the beat in a loop
  • 12 Q-link controllers for internal automation, external MIDI control and quick parameter editing
  • 240 x 128 hinged backlit LCD
  • 10 built-in analog outputs, plus 8 ADAT-optical outputs and stereo S/PDIF IO
  • Powerful new multimode filter
  • Two MIDI inputs and Four MIDI outputs
  • Turntable phono inputs with RIAA pre-amp
  • XLR / 1/4" combo jacks with selectable mic/line levels
  • Sample library provided by

Tweak:  At last the MPC gets a serious update. 


  • MIDI synced note-repeat with MPC swing
  • 16 full-sized, genuine MPC pads with velocity and pressure-sensitive response
  • Assignable switches, sliders and endless knobs for a total of 72 controllers
  • 2 assignable Foot Switches
  • 1 assignable Foot Pedal controller
  • Large, easy-to-read custom LCD display
  • 30 user-definable Presets for various DAW and software applications
  • MMC/MIDI Start/Stop transport buttons

Tweak: If the MPD24 was not enough here comes its daddy. 


Akai says:

Inspiration can happen anywhere. The XR20 is loaded with pro-grade, industrial-strength drum, percussion, bass, synth, sound effects, vocal and instrument hit sounds and has the ability to lay them in a groove wherever and whenever you're ready.

Over 700 pre-loaded sounds, and an integrated effects engine for Reverb, EQ and Compression put you in full control of your beat production. A microphone input is even included for mixing vocals with your patterns. Brilliant backlit pads provide visual cues for added beat precision.


  • Backlit LCD
  • Bright, glowing, backlit pads that follow the beat
  • Microphone input and Headphone output
  • Pattern Play Mode - Different patterns can be triggered from individual pads
  • Drum Roll / Note Repeat feature for realism and expression
  • Battery Power capability and AC Adapter

Tweak: Interesting development.  Go back to the Streetboxx a few years ago.  That was a fun hip hop machine down to regions and sects within the genre.  We'll have to see how hip Akai is these days.    



SR18 Drum machine

_Large, 32MB sound set with percussion bank and bass synth
_Built-in Effects- Reverb, EQ and Compression
_Battery Power for max portability
_Pattern Play Mode enables different patterns to be triggered from the pads directly
_Mute/Solo Function for parts- Drums, Bass and Percussion and per pad within a bank


iMultiMix 16 USB

_Integrated recording for iPod
_Four high-gain mic/line preamps (XLR and ” balanced)
_48V phantom power
_Built-in limiter to avoid distorted recordings
_16-Bit / 44.1kHz and 48kHz recording to computer
_Two guitar mic/line inputs
_Aux sends and returns
_100 on-board, 28-bit digital effects – Reverb, Chorus, Flange, Delay
_3-band per channel EQ with high/low shelving and mid band pass/reject
_Steinberg Cubase LE 4 recording software included

Tweak:  I keep thinking about this product. I can see the value for live shows and rehearsals.  A Multi track machine with that many preamps and inputs would cost more than the iMultiMix.  Of course you need an iPod.  The iMultiMix 8 USB is already available


Allen & Heath Zed mixers

zed_420_3q (58K)

ZED 436 shown above

The ZED 4-bus series is available with either 16 mono inputs plus 2 dual stereo channels (ZED-420), 24+2 (ZED-428) or 32+2 (ZED-436).

Some features

  • 4-band EQ with 2 swept mids and in/out switch
    6 auxiliary sends (2 pre, 2 post, 2 pre/post)
    4 sub groups fed from each channel
    L, R and M main mix outputs
    Individual channel 48V phantom power
    Direct output on every mono channel
    2 dual stereo inputs with 4-band EQ
    Peak and signal indication on every channel
    2 matrix sections available; can send output to USB
    Configurable USB stereo audio in/out
    Master level controls on all outputs
    Easy to use layout – all connections and controls on top surface
    Cakewalk SONAR LE bundled with mixer

Tweak:  I like the approach here though I'd probably not want to use the USB interface. I'd use my existing audio interfaces.

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ISA One features the classic vintage microphone pre-amplifier topology from the original ISA110 module.

Tweak:  I like the look and the idea here.  High quality, has inserts, simple.  If the sound and price is right this could be a great home studio preamp.


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