Musikmesse 2011 Show Report

Apr 27, 2011 5:33 PM, By Mike Lawson


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Apogee Duet 2 and JAM
First things first, the new Duet 2 is an amazing upgrade from the original Duet, which first brought Apogee's astounding audio conversion to the masses with its 2-channel Duet. The new Duet 2 is about $100 pricier than the original model, but the company pumped in some new bells and whistles to make it well-worth the extra money. New features in the Duet 2 include completely redesigned mic preamps and converters, four outputs, independent speaker and headphone outs, balanced outputs, USB 2 high-speed connectivity, 24-bit/192kHz recording, full-color OLED display, configurable touch pads, Maestro 2 software, redesigned breakout cable, soft limiting of inputs and, by popular demand, Apogee’s new Breakout box (sold separately). This was clearly the overall Best in Show product for me. However, Apogee didn’t stop there. In a pro audio show that seemed to have iPads on display at every other booth, Apogee was also showing its new JAM guitar interface that allows you to connect your electric guitar directly to your iPad, which Apogee demo'd with some nice Gibson Les Paul guitars and GarageBand for iPad. It’s a great little product, very handy and I’m a sucker for a display with a Les Paul and a set of headphones that let me noodle away for a few minute.

Spectrasonics Tribute to Bob Moog With the Bob Moog Tribute Library
Under the “this is just too cool” category, Spectrasonics announced that owner Eric Persing has created and released the Bob Moog Tribute library, which features more than 700 stunning new sounds for Omnisphere, Spectrasonics’ flagship synthesizer virtual instrument. The sounds in the library were created by more than 40 of the world's top synth artists, remixers and sound designers, including Hans Zimmer, Vince Clarke (Erasure/Depeche Mode), Jean Michel Jarre, the Crystal Method, Jordan Rudess, Money Mark (Beastie Boys/Beck), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk/Talking Heads), Larry Fast (Peter Gabriel/Synergy), Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Air/Fiona Apple), Ryuichi Sakamoto (YMO), Morgan Page (Madonna/Katy Perry), Keith Shocklee (Bomb Squad/Public Enemy), Steve Porcaro (Toto), Fredwreck (Snoop Dogg/50 Cent), Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck/Mahavishnu Orchestra), Michael Boddicker (Michael Jackson), Richard Devine (Aphex Twin), Patrick Moraz (Yes/Moody Blues), Eddie Jobson (UK/Roxy Music), Diego Stocco, Danny Elfman, the Moog Cookbook and many more.

The 2.4 GB of new sound sources in the library were developed using highly creative processing techniques, often with exotic gear like rare Buchla Modulars, Jean Michel Jarre's EMS Synthi AKS, Hans Zimmer's massive Modular Moog (including 1,027 round-robin Moog drum samples!) and Persing's unique OMG-1. With so many different world-class artists contributing, the library is very rich in style and filled with inspiring, cutting-edge sounds. Coolest of all, Spectrasonics is giving all of the proceeds from the sale of the new Bob Moog Tribute Library to support the innovative projects of the Bob Moog Foundation, including the MoogLab student outreach program, the creation of the Moogseum in Moog's hometown of Asheville, N.C., and to preserve and share Moog's extensive and historic archives. Bob Moog Tribute Library product page

If all that wasn’t enough, Persing and Spectrasonics launched a very cool contest where the lucky winner is going to win an OMG-1 hardware synthesizer, which was was designed by Persing as a live performance instrument and is not a commercial product; it’s truly one-of-a-kind, integrating the worlds of analog synthesis, computers, software synthesis and the latest multitouch surfaces into one extraordinary instrument. The state-of-the-art, dual-manual OMG-1 combines a Moog Little Phatty® analog synthesizer, Omnisphere, a powerful internal Apple Mac Mini computer, dual Apple iPads®, dual iPods® and Spectrasonics’ new Omni TR™ iPad app—all integrated into a beautiful, hand-crafted curly maple cabinet created by American artisan Daniel Auon. Contest page

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