Musikmesse 2013 Report

Jun 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Mike Lawson

New Product Highlights from the 2013 Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound Frankfurt Show

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Native Instruments KOMPLETE 9

Native Instruments' KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 Ultimate are both must-have investments for any production studio seeking a unified solution to providing your projects and your clients' projects with a “komprehensive” source of outstanding-sounding virtual instruments, guitar amp and effects modeling, and soft synths. KOMPLETE 9 includes more than 12,000 sounds in 120GB of data with 33 virtual instruments and effects for $559 U.S., making this package a bargain compared to buying all of the products individually for about $5,200 U.S., saving more than 80 percent with the package.

For a literal “ultimate” upgrade at $1,099 U.S., KOMPLETE 9 Ultimate offers 65 software titles from Native Instruments on a hard drive containing more than 370GB of data and more than 16,000 sounds. KOMPLETE 9 Ultimate would cost $10,240 U.S. if bought individually. For my money, this was the best value-for-price software package that I saw while at Prolight + Sound 2013/Musikmesse. For the price of a handful of some companies' plug-ins, Native Instruments is offering pretty much their entire product line in one gigantic package. It’s an investment in their platform as much as an investment in high-quality tools for audio and music production, and considering what you get for the investment, either KOMPLETE 9 or KOMPLETE 9 Ultimate are both sound investments for your studio.

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AMS Neve 1073N

AMS Neve's modular Neve 1073N is built from the same 1073 mic preamp and EQ module components that are used in the company's mixers. The Neve 1073N can operate in standalone mode as a mic pre, providing phantom power, and that classic Neve sound, and its shipping now for approximately $2,495.

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RME MADIface XT

RME announced summer shipping for the new MADIface XT, OctaMic XTC and MADIface USB, the first USB 3 audio interface to hit the market. The MADIface XT has three MADI I/Os with 64 channels each, two mic/line inputs, two XLR line and one stereo phones output, plus one AES/EBU I/O for a total of 196 audio inputs and 198 audio outputs, along with MIDI ports via USB, MADI and DIN. The XT uses external PCI Express and USB 3.0 to guarantee hi-speed data transfer. It also features TotalMix FX, can be used completely stand-alone, remote controlled via MIDI and much more.

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RME OctaMic XTC

The OctaMic XTC is RME’s self-described Swiss Army Knife of all of its interface offerings. It offers eight channel mic/line/instrument preamplifier with 192kHz/24-bit A/D conversion, AutoSet, four channel D/A conversion for analog or digital input monitoring. OctaMic XTC also has full MIDI remote control via USB, DIN and MADI, plus ADAT, AES and MADI optical outputs, as well as full-channel inputs that are easily patched and routed with the TFT display, turning the XTC into a full-featured digital format converter. The MADIface USB is the industry’s first USB 3 audio I/O in a compact bus-powered device that provides MADI I/O via USB2 while supporting the format's full 64 channels.






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