in the Pipeline
News From Winter Namm
Discuss the latest Namm releases in the
Tweak's Take: The most
significant thing is the unbelievable amount of low cost to mid cost new gear.
This is going to wake up the music stores with new products by the tonnage.
Lots more USB interfacing to computers on mixers, keyboards, multitracks.
Many of the keyboards below can be edited inside a DAW (some as a plugin).
New (and older expensive) synthesis technologies are trickling down at last.
Also, note the tremendous movement towards podcasting.
Roland VP-550 Vocal Designer Keyboard
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Roland VP550 49-Key Vocal Designer Keyboard
Connect a mic, select a sound, and play. You won’t believe what
can come out of this instrument: spectacular classical choirs, soulful gospel
choirs, pop and jazz voices, male & female ensembles, vintage vocoder, and lush
string/vocal hybrids. A great addition for lounge musicians playing at bars and
hotels. Tweak: Looks mighty interesting. Roland has been working
vocal modeling a long time, but at high prices.
expressive, interactive backing vocals in real time
Designer types: Classical, Gospel, Pops, Male/Female, vocoder
types: mixed chorus, jazz scat, boy’s choir, humming, full strings, slow
Vocal Designer and Ensemble sounds simultaneously
Exceptionally user-friendly operation
Invisible D Beam infrared controller for high-impact performance
Roland Juno G
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Roland Juno-G 61-Key Synthesizer Keyboard
True to its heritage, the new JUNO-G is affordable and
user-friendly. But that’s where the comparisons to yesteryear end. This modern
marvel packs a studio’s worth of sound, sequencing, and audio recording into one
amazing instrument. Tweak: 128 voices, audio/midi recorder, 1 SRX slot, d Beam,
USB, Sonar LE
- Powerful “Fantom-X-quality” sound engine,
- Audio/MIDI multitrack recorder with dedicated transport controls and
- SRX slot for expanding the internal soundset
- Large, friendly display and front-panel
- Arpeggiator, Chord Memory, and multi-effects
port for MIDI communication, AIF/WAV file exchange, and data transfer
- PC Card
slot (which accepts CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards via adapter)
- Cakewalk SONAR LE software CD-ROM bundled
- Invisible infrared D Beam controller
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Roland MC808 Sampling Groovebox
With Roland’s most sophisticated processor at its core, the
MC-808 has top-of-the-line sampling, sequencing, and synthesizer functions, yet
it comes in at a new, low price point. For beat-makers, producers, remixers,
live performers, and DJs, no sampling groovebox offers more bang for the buck
than the MC-808. Tweak: 128 voices, motorized faders, CF slot USB D Beam.
- 8 motorized faders — a groovebox first
- Same powerful sampling & sequencing features as
- Brand new sounds and patterns
- 128-voice polyphony
- CompactFlash slot for memory backup
- USB for storage and AIF/WAV file import and
- 16-step pad bank, D Beam controller
- Editor software included (PC/Mac)
Edirol R-09 Wav/Mp3 Portable Recorder
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Edirol R09 24-Bit WAV
and MP3 Recorder
Building on the success of the R-1, the R-09 takes many of the
most desired features — 24-bit uncompressed recording and a built-in stereo mic
— and shrinks it all down into a more streamlined, stylish, and affordable
Roland SH-201 Synthesizer
If you’re new to synthesizers, meet the most friendly and fun
analog-modeling instrument on the market: the Roland SH-201. If you’re a synth
pro, the SH-201 will remind you of why you fell in love with synthesizers in the
first place. Tweak: "VSTi Editor Software included for computer
integration", they say. Now they are talkin'!
- Ultra-EZ front panel is logically designed to
teach the basics of synthesis
- External input for manipulating external audio
from CD/MP3 players, etc.
- Built-in delay, reverb, and saturation effects
- Arpeggiator adds instant rhythmic motion to
USB port for audio/MIDI connection to computer
Editor software included for computer integration
Invisible infrared D Beam controller
RC-50 Loop Station
get a price:
Boss RC50 Stereo Loop
Housed in a spacious seven-footswitch floor unit, the RC-50 lets
you manipulate three stereo phrase tracks simultaneously. Each track supports
multiple overdubs, so phrases can be stacked one by one on each track, resulting
in a monstrous layer of looped phrases.
Tweak: Possibilities are
monstrous for live shows
- The new industry-leading looping tool for live
- 7 footswitches for intuitive control; realtime
control of playback speed
- Play up to 3 stereo phrase tracks
simultaneously, all synced to an internal or MIDI clock
- Ultra-long recording time (up to 49 min.,
mono), 99 patches (3 master loops per patch)
- Undo/Redo function for recording and
- Center-cancellation feature, "flat" amplifier
- Stereo input, dual stereo output, XLR
phantom-powered mic input, stereo mini-jack Aux input (for recording from an
MP3 players, etc.)
- USB port for data/audio backup, import/export of loops as WAV files
BR-600 Digital Recorder
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Boss BR600 8-Track
- 8 simultaneous playback tracks, 64 V-Tracks
- CompactFlash memory card slot for storing
recording media; 128MB card included
- Bullt-in FX processor, including pitch
corrector and COSM amp models
- Built-in drum-machine with velocity-sensitive
- Built-in stereo mic and battery power to record anywhere
- USB for data transfer/computer connectivity
- Portable and ultra slim: 257 x 182 x 23mm
- Carrying case and XLR-to-1/4” mic cable
D888 Digital Recording Studio
and unique model has joined Korg's D-series of digital recorders - acclaimed
for their high audio quality and easy operation. The user-friendly
presentation of the D888 is familiar to anyone who has ever sat in front of
a traditional analog mixer. Yet lurking inside this eight input/eight output
mixer is a complete eight track digital recorder.
Tweak: I like the idea
here--get rid of as many menus as you can and just make a satisfying
44.1 kHz processing for a clean audio signal that surpasses CD quality.
Eight-track simultaneous recording
40GB hard drive
Introducing the new X50 music synthesizer; packed with Korg's distinctive
and world-renown sounds, designed for easy and intuitive operation, and with
an ultra-light and compact design that's ideal for the active musician.
Tweak: Appears to be a
budget Triton. Note the two cool features I highlighted below.
- 512 professional-quality sound
by the HI synthesis system used on the world-famous TRITON series.
- 384 combinations, each allowing up to eight programs to be freely combined to
create complex sounds.Multi Mode allows the X50 to be played from your external sequencer as a
16-part multi-timbral sound module.
- Powerful effect section with four processors (one insert effect, two master
effects, one master EQ).
- Four-channel audio output (two main channels, two individual channels), a
first in its class.
Dual polyphonic arpeggiator for even more
- USB connector allows single-cable MIDI
connection with your computer.
- Stand-alone and
sound editing software is included, allowing you to tweak and program the X-50,
even within your DAW software
Korg Radias 49-Key
Virtual Analog Synthesizer
on Korg’s cutting-edge MMT engine, this 24-voice synthesizer offers a
variety of synthesis algorithms together with multiple effects, new comb
filter and wave shaping features, modulation sequencing, as well as new
formant-motion vocoding. Tweak:
There is also a rack version coming. Read more about this one
microX Music Synthesizer
A compact and portable synthesizer that delivers plenty of sonic
power, advanced control, and up-to-date integration with computer-based
music systems. Tweak:
Appears to be a different sound set using the Triton architecture. A
lot for a small package.
Get a price:
Korg TR76 76-Key Synth
Start with Korg’s proven Hyper
Integrated sound engine – the synthesis system that has made the TRITON a
world-wide standard. Add in a comprehensive 64 MB ROM which includes many new
sounds - as well as Korg classics. Bring it all up-to-date with totally new
features including USB MIDI capabilities and reliable, portable SD card data
storage. Package it all in a sleek black body housing Korg’s classic 16-track
sequencer, superb effects engine, and top it off with a clear and user-friendly
interface. Tweak: Perhaps
coming in as a replacement for the triton LE
new sampled waveforms include
stereo-sampled piano (taken from the same sampling session as used on the
OASYS!), electric piano, nylon-string guitar, acoustic guitar and strings.
With multi-level dynamics and natural instrument articulations and vibrato,
these waveforms produce expressive and realistic sounds.
- It boasts 64 MB of PCM data
- 62 voices
- USB Connector
- SD card slot
- Optional EXB-SMPL sampling
upgrade option board
Roland RE-201 Space
Echo for UAD-1
In 1973, Roland created
the Space Echo® system that utilized multiple play heads to create warm, highly
adjustable echo effects, which added wonderful tape character and chaos to
performances and recordings. Universal Audio has been entrusted by Roland to
re-create the highly beloved RE-201 unit, spending over a year developing our
RE-201 Space Echo, which truly captures the physical behaviour
of this complex device “warts and all”, down to the distortion, wow and
flutter, pitch shifting, and warmth that tape based delays are famous for; but our plug-in goes even
further, capturing the complex self-oscillation that makes the Space Echo more
than an effect, but a unique instrument unto itself.
Tweak: This one will be
hard to resist. It will be available as a version 4.2 upgrade to the
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