Certified Hits: Mix Picks NAMM's Top 20 Product Hits

Feb 8, 2010 7:08 PM, By the Mix Editors

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MOTU Ethno Instrument Version 2
Version 2 of MOTU's Ethno Instrument ($395) offers 21 GB of ethnic-instrument samples and loops. Also new are new time-stretching algorithms, licensed from IRCAM. Other features include access to a huge range of non-Western tunings that can be applied to any instrument. So you could take a Persian tuning, say, and apply it to a Japanese instrument. Lots of interesting possibilities here! For more, watch the MOTU Ethno Instrument Version 2 video.

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Movek myMix

Movek myMix
The first networked personal mixer/multitrack recorder is myMix from Movek. myMix allows creating up to eight independent stereo mixes and storing up to 18 tracks as a multitrack recording to an SD card, using a simple interface with color LCD screen where all input channels appear as separate named channels with control over volume, tone, pan and effects. Stereo analog outs can route to headphones, in-ear monitors, a main P.A. or stage wedges. Systems with more than two units connect via standard Ethernet switches.

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NewTek TriCaster TCXD300

NewTek TriCaster TCXD300
Ready for the jump to video? NewTek's TriCaster TCXD300 high-definition, network-quality, portable live video production solution puts multi-camera switching, network-style virtual sets, titling, digital disk recording, audio mixing, editing, streaming direct to the Web and more—all in a stand-alone box (no computer required). Priced from $3,995 to $14,995, TriCaster family units offer simple, straightforward solutions, providing network-quality production at a fraction of the price of the competition. Watch the NewTek TriCaster TCXD300 video.

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Peavey/Muse Research MuseBox

Peavey/Muse Research MuseBox
Muse Research joined with Peavey to create the MuseBox musical instrument and effects box, which lets players of all types easily take software-based synths, sounds and effects to rehearsals, gigs or to the studio. Plug-ins run at pro-quality, 24-bit/48kHz audio and a CF card slot provides instant access to new software synths and effects.

PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Mixer
Besides additional inputs, the 24-input StudioLive 24.4.2 digital live console from PreSonus expands on the earlier 16.4.2 version with added features, and offers onboard 32-bit effects, four buses, 10 auxes and 32 outputs (and 26 returns) via FireWire for direct-to-computer recording. Street price is $2,999, including Capture recording and Studio One Artist digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows. Watch the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Mixer video.

Primacoustic Acoustic Tools
The “why didn’t I think of this first?” nod goes to Primacoustic's range of inexpensive acoustic tools for live performance and studio recording. VoxGuard is an ambient sound attenuator for recording vocals; TrashGuard is a boom-mounted gobo for controlling spill between instruments; the CrashGuard shield fits around a drum mic to stop cymbal or hi-hat bleed; TriPads ($20) are shock absorbers for tripod mic stands; Kickstand ($99) reduces drum riser resonance; KickPad is a boundary mic isolator for miking kick drums; and Telepad is a mic stand mount for an iPod or iPhone. Watch the Primacoustic Winter NAMM 2010 video.






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