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  1. New: Arturia DrumBrute Impact Drum Machine

    New: Arturia DrumBrute Impact Drum Machine

    Wow – this is an analog drum machine and you do not need tweezers to control it. DrumBrute Impact outruns its competitors on the market and offer proper sound quality, functionality and versatility, so you are going to want to use it in studio as well as during performances. 10 different drum sounds can all be tweaked thanks to programmable “Color” function. Sequencer holds 64 patterns, each up to 64 steps, and each drum track can be any length you like – this allows you to create polyrhythms. DrumBrute Impact has Roller mode for drum rolls, Song mode for pattern chaining, real time effects like Pattern Looper (beat repeats) and Step Repeat (looping glitch effects). 4 individual audio outputs with additional master mix output gives you the ability to record multitrack audio to your DAW. Dynamic interest can be added to patterns with the help of Accent (for each track) and Swing (for pattern or each track) functions. This was just a brief summary of DrumBrute Impact potential, and we

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  2. New: Pioneer DDJ-400 DJ controller

    New: Pioneer DDJ-400 DJ controller

    It sometimes seems like the selection of Pioneer DJ controllers is overwhelming – we can now count more than 10 models in production, and here is one more – the DDJ-400. Pioneer DJ controllers can be decoded simply by their name – company usually calls models with combinations of letters, where S stands for Serato, R – for Rekordbox DJ, and just recently a differently named model, the DDJ-1000, was announced, which brings us to comparison that DDJ-400 is something like it, only with less functions (simply because 400 is less than 1000 – this explanation is as stupid as it sounds, but that’s the logic here!). This is a controller dedicated to Rekordbox DJ and it looks like DDJ-RB at a glance, but it is not: DDJ-400 has looping controls like the ones on CDJ-2000NXS, and Beat FX are clearly inherited from DJM-900NXS. This brings us to conclusion: DDJ-400 is created with determined amateurs in mind – if you see yourself behind the decks in a club five years from now, DDJ-400 could be an

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  3. New: Arturia Keylab MK2 MIDI keyboards

    New: Arturia Keylab MK2 MIDI keyboards

    News might seem confusing at first, because Arturia updated their Keylab series not that long time ago. Well, the ones they updated are known as Keylab Essential series – basic MIDI keyboards that come with an impressive collection of software, ideal for those who are looking for their first MIDI keyboard option. New Keylab MK2 series are a few steps higher and oriented to studio professionals, stage performers and people who wish to control analog gear – there are no more keyboards in the market which boast six CV/Gate connections. Keylab MK2 also feature aftertouch, nine faders, 16 super sensitive RGB pads and five pedal inputs. Integration with other DAWs has been refined to perfection: with each keyboard you receive magnetic overlays, dedicated to 10 most popular DAWS, and there are explanations on them about how to use transport controls, so controlling software is easier. By the way, bodies of keyboa

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  4. New: Roland TR-8S drum machine

    New: Roland TR-8S drum machine

    Roland TR-8S is the new and better version of TR-8, which has been released back in 2014.

    Inside TR-8S you will find the sounds of Roland’s legendary drum machines – 808, 909, 707, 727 and 606. With the help of SD card you will also be able to upload your own samples (sample length – up to 180 seconds, maximum overall sample duration – 600 seconds).

    Pattern memory has been expanded to 128 patterns (each can also have 8 variations), and there are 8 dedicated pattern triggering and chaining buttons, which means there is the freedom of creating more complex rhythms. Trigger pad has also been added to set velocity per step, and integrated sequencer allows to set different parameters to separate steps.

    Another important add-on are stereo outputs which can be used as trigger outputs for the drum machine to interface with other external gear.

    TR-8S became more expensive, but there is a lot of positive buzz online already. And finally, Rol

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  5. New: Pioneer DDJ-SB3 DJ controller

    New: Pioneer DDJ-SB3 DJ controller

    Can you guess which DJ controller can be found in every second home? Those are Pioneer DDJ-SB2/RB - budget Pioneer DJ controllers, most popular models ever. Many beginners choose them to learn how to DJ.

    Pioneer are working on their own Rekordbox DJ software intensively, but it is clear the relationship with Serato is not going to end - the third generation of DDJ-SB was just announced. Jazzy Jeff is the representative of DDJ-SB3 and the biggest new update is the Pad Scratch mode, which means each of 8 performance pads trigger a different scratch pattern (which were recorded by Jazzy Jeff himself). Those patterns are synchronised with music that is being played, but they can also be triggered without any music. DDJ-SB3 also inherited the long awaited Play/Pause and Cue buttons which DDJ-RB already had. Another new mode called FX fade allows you to reduce volume and apply an effect on top at the same time (kind of low pass echo effect on DDJ-1000).

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  6. New: Elektron Digitone synthesizer

    New: Elektron Digitone synthesizer

    Looks like another trend is emerging in the market of synthesizers next to semi-modulars, and it is FM synthesis. Elektron Digitone is a FM synthesizer, which means it is digital, and it offers plenty of new timbres and sounds for experimentation. The 8-voice polyphonic instrument allows you to treat your tones with filters and effects, and you can create sequences and patterns with the internal sequencer. Digitone has 512 sounds, from classic FM examples to new ones, created by Elektron employees. Design and name shows Digitone is very close to Digitakt – could this mean Elektron are going to produce more digital stuff?

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  7. New: Ortofon Concorde MK2 cartridges

    New: Ortofon Concorde MK2 cartridges

    It’s very hard to count all DJs who rely on Ortofon while doing their job, which means this company produces cartridges that really are top notch. This year Ortofon celebrates their 100th birthday and updates the line of Concorde cartridges. New series now consist of 5 redesigned cartridges – some colours have been changed, and mini icons on the top of the stylus are supposed to hint what the cartridge can be used for. If you ever break the finger lift, no worries, it now can be replaced. Pro S, the beloved cartridge among the beginners, is still in black, but changed its name to Mix MK2. DJ S, the industry standard for DJs, has been titled DJ MK2 and remains blue coloured. Scratch MK2 now comes in white, instead of pink, and still is the best choice for turntablists. Nightclub, which was the proper option to go for when DJing intensively in clubs, has changed its name to Club MK2, and instead of black & orange it now comes in black & neon yellow. The new member of Concorde

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  8. New: Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O! and PO-35 speak

    New: Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O! and PO-35 speak

    Teenage Engineering are expanding their Pocket Operators series even further – we now have the 8th and 9th pocket instruments, hopefully, we have enough pockets as well. PO-33 K.O! (stands for knock out) is a micro sampler with 40 seconds sample memory and built-in microphone for recording, so you can either use that to record or plug an external microphone to line in. Two new modes, melodic and drum, allows you to play melodies and drums, and patterns can be created with the help of sequencer. PO-35 speak is a vocal synth, which also has an integrated sequencer and microphone, so you can record your voice and modulate it, create sequences and add effects/drums on top. PO-35 speak has 2 minutes of sample memory, which is impressive. These two are in the same family as PO-32 Tonic, so they are on the more expensive side of Pocket Operators. But they are so cool, and we can’t wait to play around with them!

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  9. New: Adam Audio T series monitors

    New: Adam Audio T series monitors

    Adam Audio jumps the alphabet from F (the discontinued series) to T. The beloved company is now targeting budget customers, because the prices of T series are not high and specifications are impressive. U-ART Accelerated Ribbon tweeter deals with high frequencies up to 25 kHz – this is the number different monitors in the same price range usually do not reach. Polypropylene woofer boasts new design and guarantees solid bass without distortions. One of the technological innovations T series inherit from more expensive Adam monitors like S and AX is High-frequency Propagation System (HPS). It provides a wide stereo image and minimize wave reflections, which means such monitors are ideal to use in spaces which are not treated acoustically in a proper way (and it is no secret most of our rooms are like this). Monitors with D class amplifiers come in two sizes, 5” or 7”, and we are waiting for them in spring.

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