1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Latest Bitwig version, 2.3, is here

    Latest Bitwig version, 2.3, is here

    Bitwig, the fastest rising music production software, already has its first update in 2018 (it is free for Bitwig users, and if you’re not a Bitwig user, you can easily become one by getting your copy of Bitwig Studio at Soundium). It is now easy to dive into digital vintage sounds with the help of a new Phase-4 synth (which was created by the examples of Yamaha DX7 and Casio CZ). This four-oscillator virtual instrument is powered by phase modulation and phase distortion. Expanded Device View has also been added to Bitwig 2.3 – it means seven Bitwig devices (EQ-5, FM-4, Phase-4, Polysynth, Resonator Bank, Sampler and Spectrum Analyzer) can be displayed in panoramic view or as a detached floating window. There are time signature changes as well: it can be added in the arranger panel, for clips or master clip, and these changes will be included when exporting or importing MIDI files. Time-stretching (the function which allows changing the speed/duration of an audio signal) algorithms

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  8. New: Waldorf STVC synthesizer

    New: Waldorf STVC synthesizer

    A string synthesizer is an instrument you do not meet often in studios, and it does not reproduce a beautiful sound of real string instruments. It is actually more of a synthetic sounding synth that transfers you to 70s or 80s. Waldorf’s Streichfett is one the rare string synthesizers still in production (which started in 2013).

    This year during NAMM 2018 the company announced STVC – it is a synth based on the same polyphonic Streichfett engine, but now with an aftertouch keyboard and a vocoder. For an easier control of 126 programmable patches you also get an OLED display, there is one XLR input for your microphone, and pitch/mod wheels. Another thing we like very much is that STVC is made out of metal, so it is a solid instrument without a cheap plastic feeling. Only time will tell if STVC can become a commercial success, but we believe it is a very interesting, cosmic alternative to your regular synths (or should we call it a must have add-on for your studio?).

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  9. New: Korg Prologue synths and Volca Mix mixer

    New: Korg Prologue synths and Volca Mix mixer

    Korg couldn’t wait until the official beginning of NAMM 2018 and announced a bunch of new products – we are drooling over two of them. First of all, the Prologues, analogue polyphonic synths! Korg kept the world guessing since telling there will be a synth, and the name will start in letter P. There were some guesses that we right! The solid Prologue comes in two versions – 8-voice with 49 keys and 16-voice with 61 keys (of course, keys are full-sized). Split, Layer and Crossfade modes allow the creation of complex layers of sound, your own oscillators and effects can be created as well. Prologue is extremely versatile and can meet many demands, this is why it’s perfect for both studio and stage.

    The second long

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