When we first heard Fender was making in-ear monitors, we have to admit we were immensely curious; after all, the legendary guitar and amp company makes the most famous instruments and amplifiers on the planet! After doing some digging, we discovered that Fender had acquired Aurisonics last year, one of the most innovative IEM companies in the business. For our review, we choose the FXA6, which uses a combination of a Hybrid-Dynamic Balanced Armature and a custom 9.25 rare-earth driver to deliver a gigantic sound.
Based on the famous modular system from 1974, the Model 15 App is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis education tool designed for iOS. Painstakingly modeling every part of the Model 15 from the 921-series oscillators to 904a Low Pass Filter, Moog has created an incredibly powerful app that’s just as fun as it sounds.
This gorgeous little amp might be designed as just a Fender acoustic guitar amp, but it’s capable of so much more. Designed with simplicity in mind, the Acoustic SFX offers two independent channels and a variety of built-in effects. Patented SFX (Stereo Field Expansion) technology gives the amp a dynamic, wide, room-filling sound and both the Walnut and Natural Blonde color options bring a fantastic aesthetic to the stage.
Cubase has long been the favorite DAW of many recording musicians and engineers due to its comprehensive attention to detail and simple workflow, and with the new updates in Cubase Pro 9, the recording software has truly become one of the “most complete DAWs available” to quote Steinberg. Sporting brand new features, streamlined workflows and new plugins, Cubase 9 is a powerhouse of a DAW that rivals any other software on the market.
New from GMF Music is the SH-1 acoustic guitar pickup, called the “Sound Hole” pickup because of its distinctive shape and easy installation. Low profile and easy to use, the SH-1 is one of the best values we’ve see this year.
From the same company that makes Omnisphere 2, the new Keyscape software instrument from Spectrasonics is a collection of 36 unique keyboards, each of which was carefully selected, restored, and carefully sampled. Included in the package are standards like a Yamaha C7 grand piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzers, and Clavinets and also harder to find keyboards like the Hohner pianet series, a
Dolceola, and even a Chimeatron.
The original Duo-Sonic was introduced to the world in 1956 as a student model with a short-scale neck (for players with smaller hands) attracting young players such as Jimmy Hendrix in the early 60’s. A faithful reissue of the original, the Duo-Sonic adds a few modern tweaks for more versatility and playability.
To say that Rev33 is a “filter,” although technically true, seems to us at WLM to be a dramatic understatement, as the little device is one of the best IEM accessories we’ve ever come across! In short, Rev33 is a passive device that sits inline between your audio source and headphones that reduces unwanted noise and distortion in your IEMs, allowing the drivers in your IEM to give you the ideal listening experience no matter what source you’re using.
UE’s second collaboration with the legendary Capitol Studios, UE Pro Reference Remastered provide an incredibly detailed custom in-ear monitor designed to recreate an acoustically treated studio experience. Made for musicians, audio engineers and audiophiles alike, the Pro Reference Remastered gives you a completely transparent/uncolored headphone mix, perfect for critical listening settings, monitor mixing or even studio recording.
In the past five years, it seems like MIDI controllers have progressed light years ahead of their ancestors, with USB/MIDI controllers like the Novation Impulse 49 becoming a necessity in electronic music and production. With so many options on the market, it can be daunting to sift through the options of key feel, DAW control, amount of knobs, etc…but what puts Novation Impulse ahead of the curve is the ability to intuitively control your DAW and plugins with precision and ease.
It’s not often we get to do a joint review of two different products, but when we saw how flawlessly the new Presonus Studio 192 and Digimax DP88 worked together, instead of deciding between the two, we decided to review both! The Studio 192 is a rack-mounted audio interface and “Studio Command Center” boasting 192kHz/24 bit recording capability via USB 3.0 connectivity. In contrast, the DP88 has no standalone recording capability and is designed to be used in conjunction with any other studio setup via ADAT.
Founded by Dustin Guthrie, a worship pastor in Colorado Springs, DG Custom Cables are designed to give instrumentalists a great-sounding, durable cable that they can custom order with any number of useful features. DG offers instrument, microphone and studio cables in three different configurations: standard, premium, and custom.