E-mu Systems , a company that is well-known world wide for its great-sounding samplers, unveiled DARWIN , a surprisingly affordable hard disk-based digital multitrack system. DARWIN features 8-track digital audio recording with the ability to easily add any as three more units for recording capabilities of up to 32 tracks. This unit has special features that make it very easy to interface with and expand your tape-based system. But the biggest news of all may be that DARWIN is going to be available at the shockingly low price of just $3195.
Industry giant Roland was dazzling IBM laptop lovers with their newest product for today's musician on the go: it's the SCP-55 Sound Canvas which includes a sound engine, MIDI interface and a hard disk recording interface all on a tiny PCMCIA card. This is going to give laptop users a complete studio in a portable notebook computer format. Roland also released two new expansion boards for their JV series instruments, Super Sound Set and Keyboards of the '60s and '70s, as well as rackmount versions of their popular JV series expansion boards, the XP-10 GS Synthesizer and G-800 Arranger Workstation! Of course, they continued to awe everyone with their VG-8 V-Guitar System, XP-50 Workstation and their new DM-800 Hard Disk Multitrack Recorder (check out page 2 for more on these last two items).
Eventide constantly had a group of guitar players packed into their booth drooling over the new GTR4000 . It's based on the company's very powerful DSP4000 architecture and gives guitarists unprecedented tonal control, as well as some absolutely fantastic factory presets from many of the hottest guitar players in the music biz.
The Mackie Designs crew from Woodinville, Washington gave a sneak preview of their Universal Console Automation , coming soon for automation-deprived studio owners everywhere. Greg Mackie has never been one to have a "me too" product. They are looking to redefine what console automation should be and how it should sound or more accurately, not sound. We'll keep you posted as the official release date approaches.
Sony proudly displayed the newest member of the affordable DTC series of DAT recorders, the DTC-A8 (hey, could we have just a few more model numbers to keep track of?). This machine incorporates Sony's new Super Bit Map technology for unrivaled clarity and accuracy in this price range. By the time you read this, they should be arriving at Sweetwater. (Editor's note: see page 7)
The dynamics experts at Aphex were showing a new tube compressor based on the extremely successful design of the Aphex 651 Expressor. Finally, a great-sounding, even warmer compressor that is really affordable.
SEK'D (hey, we're not really sure how to pronounce it either), an audio software company from Germany, was demonstrating their new flexible Windows-based studio software called Samplitude. This powerhouse program gives you up to 16 tracks of digital audio (dependent on available processor power) and integration with Windows-based sequencers such as Cakewalk Pro at the amazing price of just $399. This looks to be very exciting.
Of course, space prevents us from covering everything at the show here, but for more information on these particular products and the many others we just didn't have space to cover, be sure to contact your Sweetwater sales engineer today.