Jan 16

Well sadly it is the last day of Namm 2011 today and we have a seen such an assortment of products to capture the  world. Many of us are  awaiting delivery dates and pricing and some of us just can’t wait to get our hands on these delights. In the meantime for those of you who haven’t seen these yet, here are a few more to wet the appetite.

sE Electronics EGG Monitors

NAMM 2011witnesses sE Electronics showing off their very first studio monitors in the shape of an egg.  The Egg is what you might call “radical” both in terms of its looks and the design and technology behind it. Looks aside, The Egg monitors are designed to be highly accurate and unforgiving of a bad mix. Once you have a good sound coming out of The sE Egg, you know your mix is done!

sE explain the unusual speaker shape with acoustics. In order to get the least coloured sound from monitors, cabinet resonances and diffraction must be minimised. sE Engineers’ first aim then was to create a cabinet which was acoustically optimised to cause minimal diffraction, and contained no cabinet resonances. The only distortion caused then would be by the speakers themselves – which are naturally chosen because they are the best sonic performers. Combine this with pristine bi-amplifer electronics and an active crossover with accurate phase response and you have one of the most accurate studio monitors to date.

If you are after perfection, detail, and the pinnacle of engineering and speaker technology in your studio monitors – The Egg will suit you perfectly. The sE Electronics Egg monitors are a high end pair of studio reference monitors and will retail in the same kind of price bracket as Genelec 8050s. They will be available to order soon.


– Vented box configuration – Box tuning frequency: 51Hz
HF Driver – 25mm silk dome – Neodymium magnet – Power rating: 40Wrms, 80W music – Sensitivity: 95dB 1W/1m
LF driver – 165 mm Polypropylene cone – Power rating: 50Wrms, 100W music
Amplifier unit – Electronically balanced input stage n- Analogue active crossover filters – Crossover frequency: 2.1 kHz – LF amplifier: 50Wrms – HF amplifier: 50Wrms – Sensitivity: 89dB 1W/1m

iZotope Stutter Edit

It’s an effect. It’s an instrument. It’s Stutter Edit—an innovative tool for both studio and stage, designed by BT and developed by iZotope.

Tear up your tracks in real time, building thrilling fills, complex effects, shimmering sweeps, and staggering stutters that will leave your listeners screaming for more. They’ll think you spent hours slaving over the slices…but all it took was a press of a key. (Don’t worry, Iwon’t tell.) Push your performances and production into a new realm of musical intensity with Stutter Edit.

Stutter Edit’s features revolve around an innovative engine that continuously samples live audio, storing that audio in a buffer that can be manipulated in a myriad of ways.

The key to unlocking Stutter Edit’s capabilities is the use of Gestures: a set of effects and their associated timelines that reside on a single MIDI note. The audible result of a Gesture can vary from simple to complex—a Gesture could simply repeat a small chunk of audio at an 1/8 note rhythmic rate, or it could trigger a run of raging glitches that get decimated by a bit crusher before being filtered into a wash of echoes. Whoa.

Condensing such sonic adventures into a single key press is what makes Stutter Edit so playable, especially with its intelligent sense of timing. Stutter Edit is designed with musicality in mind, which frees you to make wild sounds that still feel like a natural part of your tracks. Outside of the studio, couple Stutter Edit with a host like Ableton Live to rocket your performances into a new world of organic improvisation.

Arturia Analog Experience The Laboratory

Arturia Analog Experience – The Laboratory is a 49-key keyboard controller that is made for performance and maximum expression, with a breath control input and aftertouch in addition to a set of knobs and faders, as well as full connectivity on the back panel (like expression and sustain). This premium controller gives the fullest access to our Analog Laboratory software; its pre-assigned controls make it the perfect solution for plug and play sound creation.

It’s keyboard (like in the other versions of Analog) can be easily used in any other software context. The Laboratory software is their most advanced version of Analog Factory, giving you a new depth of access to the synth patches so you can really get in and customize the huge library of internationally designed presets. (Analog Experience – The Laboratory will let you truly experience Arturia’s trademark TAE analog sound to the highest degree). A new project mode allows several sounds to be played at the same time with the addition of an innovative sequence manager.

Arturia Analog Experience – The Laboratory Main Features:

  • Includes Analog Player 2.5 with 1000 synths sounds
  • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V). These TAE powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
  • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…) and/or by Characteristics (hard, soft, complex, simple, short, long…), and find presets according to these filtered choices.
  • Organize Presets view by Name, Instrument, Type, CPU usage, Favorites, or User Presets.
  • Straight forward Editing, with the most essential parameters for personalizing presets: (Filter and LFO sections, 4 Key Parameters differing for each preset, Chorus & Delay mix, ADSR envelope).

Arturia Analog Experience – The Laboratory Hardware Features:

  • Keyboard : 49 keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • Controllers : 1 clickable encoder, 10 encoders, 8 sliders, 11 switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel
  • Connectors : Hold, Sustain, Expression
  • Ultra thin 49 keys with full action effect and velocity sensitivity
  • High quality aluminium and wooden case
  • Also functions as a universal MIDI controller

Roland RD-300NX Digital Stage Piano

The Roland RD 300NX is the latest and most affordable member of its popular RD series stage piano line-up.  With a state-of-the-art stage piano that boasts an advanced SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine, electric piano sounds based on SuperNATURAL technology, a newly developed Ivory Feel-G keyboard with Escapement, and a unique Sound Focus feature, the RD-300NX offers players of all levels superior digital piano performance at a breakthrough price.

The innovative Sound Focus feature ensures that every note – even subtle pianissimo passages – will be heard. This essential feature, based on SuperNATURAL phase-correction technology, ensures that the sound of the RD-300NX won’t get lost in the mix, penetrating through walls of sound without compressing or colouring the tone. Players can relax and play naturally, achieving presence onstage without sacrificing dynamics and sound quality.

The RD-300NX is lightweight and portable, which means it’s perfect for students and gigging musicians. Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine provides a stellar grand piano-playing experience with seamless variations in tone from pianissimo to fortissimo, notes that fade naturally without looping, and an organic sound and response.

Also onboard are two types of SuperNATURAL-based electric piano sounds, giving players incredibly realistic emulations of classic EPs.  The unique Piano Designer feature allows users to customise the sounds via an easy-to-use interface. For an authentic grand piano feel, the RD-300NX is equipped with Roland’s new Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement. This keyboard offers maximum comfort, playability, and response, and perfectly conveys dynamic velocity-based tonal changes as well as rapid key strikes. The keys also feature Roland’s acclaimed Ivory Feel, a comfortable and realistic moisture-absorbent material that prevents slipping from perspiration during performance.
The RD-300NX sports a bright LCD display for high visibility, even in low light conditions. The popular One Touch Piano feature found in other RD-series instruments is also onboard the RD-300NX, providing players instant access to acoustic and electric pianos with the touch of a button. In addition to its stunning piano voices, the RD-300NX is filled with additional pro sounds for performance versatility, including organs, strings, synths, rhythm sets, and more.

Audio files can be played back instantly via USB memory on the RD-300NX. The piano also comes with a DP-10 Damper Pedal, while the optional RPU-3 Triple Pedal is available for players who desire a true grand-piano experience.

Moog’s Voyager XL

Designed in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog, the Minimoog Voyager XL is a sonic powerhouse that pays homage to important milestones in the Moog synthesizer legacy. It starts with the heart of a Minimoog Model D. Fat oscillators and warm Moog filters give it that unmistakable Moog sound and the rugged construction and intuitive user interface design immediately tells you that you’re playing a high-quality musical instrument.

From the current Voyager lineage, the XL inherits a 100% analog signal path with stable oscillators, patch storage, touch surface, pot mapping and extensive MIDI control functionality. To all this, add a ribbon controller and 61 note keyboard and you have a monster analog monosynth built on a 40 year legacy of sonic exploration.

Roland  BK-7m portable backing module

Roland  announces the new BK-7m, a portable backing module that can connect to any MIDI-compatible instrument, such as a keyboard, digital piano, or digital accordion.  With hundreds of accompaniment styles, high-quality sounds, and an easy-to-use interface, the BK-7m is the perfect companion for any entertainer.

Equipped with a sophisticated SSC sound engine, the BK-7m includes 128-voice polyphony, with over 1,000 sounds and 57 drum kits, some of which include Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL technology.  The BK-7m also includes over 400 accompaniment arrangement styles in 10 different rhythm families, allowing for a broad range of music styles. Each accompaniment style has four variations that can be accessed with the touch of a button, each assigning the most suitable tones and effects to the real-time parts depending on the selected musical style.

The BK-7m is also a multimedia player.  Backing tracks in SMF, KAR, MP3, and WAV format can be accessed easily from the USB memory key input, and audio can also be instantly recorded in WAV format to a USB memory key.  For easy connectivity to any external MIDI compatible keyboard or controller, the BK-7m includes a MIDI wizard, so performers can plug in their MIDI device and start playing right away.  The BK-7m also includes a composite video output so the audience or musician can follow lyrics and chord symbols while an SMF or KAR song is being played.

Electro-Harmonix – Stereo Talking Machine

Electro-Harmonix had a Talking Pedal about 40 years ago which produced different vowel sounds as you pressed down on the treadle and they have now announced a new stompbox along similar lines.The programmable Stereo Talking Machine, Vocal Formant Filter, presents creative vowel shaping that is controlled by the player’s dynamics. Nine selectable Voices deliver vowel sounds such as AH-OO and OW-EE. It will be available in early April 2011 – see here for their site :- http://www.ehx.com/

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