It's April, so it's time to head to musikmesse in Frankfurt for a round-up of some of the new and upcoming audio products due in 2018. >
Bettermaker | Mastering EQ
Bettermaker have announced the release of a new Bettermaker Mastering Equalizer which has debuted this week alongside their current range of 500 modules and the excellent sounding Mastering Limiter.
Featuring a 100% analogue signal path with touchscreen controls, HPF. LPF, Stereo, Dual-mono or M/S mode, 4 stereo parametric filters, as well as recallable editing via USB and their familiar DAW dedicated plug-in control.
Due out in June 2018 UK pricing TBA.
DRAWMER | CMC3 & CMC7
DRAWMER have released two new monitor controllers, the first the CMC3 is the hybrid of all that is good about the MC2.1, MC3.1 and the CMC2 compact design.
The CMC7 is an 8 channel design suitable for 7.1 and 5.1 surround monitoring requirements. UK Pricing £TBA
elysia | skuptor 500 micpre
elysia are showcasing their new skuptor 500 mic preamp, designed for sound shaping in the 500-series format. Featuring Class-A design throughout and Dual Sound Shaper with filters and harmonics, Low cut filter, Mic and DI input and dynamic compression section. UK Price £TBC
Vertigo Sound | VSC-3 Compressor and VSE-2 Plug-in
Vertigo Sound have recently discontinued the VSC-2 and replaced it with the VSC-3 compressor. The Compressor still has the 4 VCA's and mastering grade signal path with an updated feature where the ratio increases with level in 'Soft' mode.
New to the Vertigo range is the VSE-2 Plug-in version of the VSE-2 Gyrator Sound Hardware EQ. Early preliminary info only currently, one to watch!...price £TBC
Softube | Weiss DS1-MK3
Softube have created a line-by-line code port of the legendary Weiss DS1-MK3 mastering hardware processor into a plug-in format. This also includes the Weiss MM-1 intelligent Mastering Maximizer plug-in.
Line6 | EchoFarm
Line6 re-released Echo Farm earlier this year as version 3.0 for the Pro Tools AAX format, which obviously was great for all of us wanting the AAX update! - but now they've gone one better releasing it in AU and VST format.
One of the most expressive sounding analogue sounding delay plug-ins, which was very sought after back in the TDM days and I think the sound still stands up really well today and features many emulations of classic delay units.
AVID | ProTools Ultimate
AVID Pro Tools HD is no more!
Not to worry, it's part of a rebranding and consolidation from AVID now into 3 types of Pro Tools Software:
Pro Tools First
Pro Tools Ultimate
Pro Tools HD is now Pro Tools Ultimate, with the same functionality as HD but as AVID opened up interface compatibility options it makes sense to provide different software variations as not everybody will be getting an AVID i/o.
HDX and HDNative card bundles have not changed except to include Pro Tools Ultimate software instead of HD Software. There are some bug fixes as well the full list is here from Pro Tools Expert.
TK Audio | BC1Ltd
The Swedish designed TK AudioBC1Ltd is a 10year anniversary version of their popular BC1 bus compressor with some extra features such as a THD switch for overdrive and the most user-requested 'Grab' functionality; allowing extra bite, aggressive crunch and compression. TK Audio are only doing a limited run of 100 units worldwide.