Toward the end of last week, a mountain of new products hit our warehouse doors, so we’ll use this special edition of inSync to help bring things up to date. Many of these new arrivals were just announced at the recent NAMM show in late January. (Where does the time go?) There are some big debuts here, and a lot of products to get through. Tomorrow we’ll take a look at some of the many new guitars that rolled in. Our regular news will also return at that time.
In no particular order:
IK Multimedia Classik Studio Reverb – Classik Studio Reverb is a suite of four high-end digital reverbs modeled after classic outboard studio gear. Each of the four plug-ins is designed to provide the sound of a vintage processor. Included are an incredibly accurate plate, a fully configurable room, a rich hall, and an inspiring inverse reverb. Two operational modes, Easy and Advanced, let you tailor the user interface to exactly the complexity you desire, with six parameters available in Easy mode and more than 100 available in Advanced. Each plug-in has a customizeable 8×8 Modulation Matrix, and there are four assignable Macros per unit. Each is, of course, fully automatable. VST, RTAS, and Audio Units formats are supported, on both Mac and PC platforms.
Epiphone Valve Junior Head – Getting a great tone from a tube amp often involves cranking up the volume; but this can be a real problem in apartments, or if you’re sharing your space with other family members. And who wants to dime a 100-watt head when practicing along with a CD? The answer has arrived: Epiphone’s Valve Junior Head is an all-tube design offering five watts of single-ended Class A power. Plug it into what ever speaker cabinet you like (it will easily drive a 4×12 cabinet), wind it up, and enjoy the glorious sweet tone of 12AX7 and EL84 tubes lighting up, but at a volume that even an apartment complex manager could love. Best of all, the price is astoundingly low!
Gator Cases Studio-2-Go W – Need to take your studio on the road? Gator Cases has the case for you! The Studio-2-Go W is a 2-space rack bag made with a polyethylene-reinforced interior frame, covered with soft padded 600-Denier nylon. A laptop can be stored in a specially designed padded 16.5 x 12.5″ reinforced pocket on top, and there’s an exterior pocket for cables and other accessories. Best, of all, this new model features a retractable, removable handle and wheels for easy rolling transport!
Fender Acoustasonic Ultralight Head and Acoustasonic Ultralight Stereo Enclosure – If you need to amplify your acoustic guitar for gigs, look nom further than Fender’s lightweight, portable alternative, the Acoustasonic Ultralight head! Similar to the Jazzmaster Ultralight head, the Acoustasonic version is a compact unit, designed to make it easy to get to the gig without back strain. The Ultralight offers pristine reproduction of acoustic/electric instruments, with independent mic and instrument channels and a host of high-tech features, such as 16 built-in DSP effects per input and String Dynamics to prevent high-frequency distortion. The powerful stereo amplifier (125 watts per side) can drive any 4-ohm cabinet, but is perfectly matched to the Ultralight Stereo Enclosure (below). This beautiful wood-finished unit comes wiht a padded gig bag for ultinmate portability. Did we mention it only weighs 7.5 pounds?
The matching Acoustasonic Ultralight Stereo Enclosure houses two 8″ Eminence speakers and two 1″ dome tweeters. Constructed of Italian poplar plywood, the cabinet is covered in black textured vinyl, with chrome corners and a black grille cloth. It handles 250 watts RMS, and measures 15 x 20.5 x 10″ (H x W x D), so it will fit into even a compact car. Best of all, it comes in at a featherweight 17 pounds!
Apple Mac Mini 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo – Apple just announced the Intel-powered versions of the Mac Mini a few days ago, but here they are in stock! We’ve received the 1.5GHz single-core version of the Mac Mini, which offers 2MB of L2 cache, a 667MHz front-side bus, 512MB RAM (expandable to 2GB), a 60 GB SATA drive, a slot-loading CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, built-in Airport Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0, four USB 2.0 and one FireWire port, optical and analog in and out, and an included Apple Remote, as well as the iLife ’06 software bundle.
Cakewalk Rapture – We were very impressed by Cakewalk’s Rapture wavetable soft synth when we saw it at the recent NAMM show – Rapture offers an amazing amount of synthesis power. Features include six fully programmable stereo elements, dual 16-mode filters per oscillator, 40 envelope generators, LFOs, and step generators, comprehensive MIDI modulation matrix, as well as global effects and dynamic step generator. You can expand the wavetable with native support for SFZ sample formats. WIndows support is provided for DX1 (32- and 64-bit), RTAS, and VSTi, and Mac users can also get in on the fun with Audio Units, RTAS, and VSTi support!
Steinberg Virtual Guitarist 2 – More than just a simple VST playback instrument, Virtual Guitarist 2 allows you to take control of real recorded tracks of acoustic and electric guitars. Virtual Guitarist 2 features 81 styles, and a new Riff page that allows you to freely edit the guitar players. Three amp models and a range of virtual guitar stompbox effects can be used for shaping your tracks. A total of 6.8GB of guitar recordings are provided, including all the styles from Virtual Guitarist 1 and Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition. VST, DXi, Audio Unit, and ReWire formats for Mac and PC. The effects section can also operate as a separate plug-in for processing other tracks.
Vox DA15 – The VOX DA15 is more than just an amp; it’s a guitar performance system! Included in the compact design are 11 onboard effects plus noise reduction, 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion, and 11 modeled amplifier voicings – just dial up your favorite amp sound and start wailing! An authentic VOX 8″ speaker is driven by 15-watts of power, with a closed back speaker enclosure for solid thump despite the small size. Headphone outs are provided for private practice, and emulated line outs allow the DA15 to serve as the ideal recording amplifier.
Peavey SSE 12 – Designed specifically to complement Peavey’s Sanctuary series of mixers and power amps, the SSE 12 is a 2-way speaker enclosure designed for permanent installation either individually or in arrays for wide coverage in churches, auditoriums, and theme parks. A 12″ woofer and 14XT titanium tweeter provide full-range sound from 79Hz to 17kHz. The SSE 12 is constructed from high-density 13-mm birch plywood, and is available in white or natural finish to complement any decor.
Peavey SSE LA – Another member of the Sanctuary series is the SSE LA Small Signature Line Array, a curved, compound radias array featuring sixteen 2″ high-performance drives. The SSE LA provides contoured and controlled coverage for improved intelligibility in reverberant spaces. The curved form of the SSE LA allows it to be flown lower than other “J-style” arrays for increased installation flexibility, and special flying points ease suspension difficulties. The system can handle 400 watts RMS and 800 watts peak power. Frequency response is specified as 174Hz to 18kHz.
M-Audio Oxygen 61 – The newest member of M-Audio’s popular Oxygen series of MIDI controller keyboards offers 61 velocity-sensitive keys, as well as 35 fully assignable controllers – 15 buttons, nine sliders, and eight knobs so you can take total control over your entire MIDI rig. Pitch bend and modulation wheels are also provided, along with seven function buttons, and a 3-digit LED screen. The Oxygen 61 connects to your computer via USB 1.1, and also can serve as a MIDI interface or MIDI controller with its MIDI output jack. A snapshot function transmits all current controller settings, and the 10 non-volatile memory locations can be transmitted using SysEx. M-Audio’s Enigma editor and Ableton’s Live Lite 4 are included.
Roland E-09 – Roland has proven that entry-level instruments don’t have to sound and feel like toys! The E-09 Arranger Keyboard has a ton of world-class features: 61 velocity-sensitve keys, 64-note polyphony, 800+ tones, 70 drum kits, 47 multi-effects plus reverb and chorus, General MIDI 2 support, a built-in highly flexible 16-track recorder with Easy mode, and an onboard high-performance 15-watt stereo speaker system provides plenty of audio power, or you can listen on headphones or through an external sound system. Friendly Music Assistants and One-Touch settings make operation a breeze. Master programmers from around the world have created special Styles for the E-09, including Western, Middle Eastern, and Asian offerings. The E-09 is perfect for families, music teachers, and students.