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Winter Namm 2008 Anaheim CA

Roland

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.  

RD-700GX

 

  • 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.  

 

Akai

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 Loopmasters.com

Tweak:  At last the MPC gets a serious update. 

MPD32

  • 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. 

XR20

Akai says:

THE PERFECT PORTABLE BEAT MACHINE.
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.    

 

Alesis

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.

More info

 

Focusrite

ISA One

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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