ROB PAPEN PREDATOR 2
WHAT Long-awaited update adds dual-wavetable oscillators, waveform drawing and morphing, XY pad, Sequencer Arp mode, a second full-featured filter and additional highpass filter. Unison mode handles 6 unison sub-voices, all oscillators and filters are stereo, and the dual arpeggiators can be linked. WHY A major update to a very powerful soft synth.
$149 | robpapen.com
ARTURIA MINILAB MK II
WHAT USB/ iOS controller with 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 8 pads, 16 knobs, and 2 touch-strips. Bundled with Ableton Live Lite, UVI Grand Piano Model D, and Analog Lab Lite with hundreds of presets from V Collection 5. WHY A portable controller with outstanding instruments at a low price.
$119 | arturia.com
WAVES ELECTRIC 200
WHAT Sample-based virtual instrument based on the Wurlitzer 200. Dial in 3-band EQ, compression, drive, and effects (tremolo, phaser, chorus, panning, and reverb), plus key-up, hammer, and mechanical sounds. Loads Electric 88 presets. Works as plug-in or standalone. WHY An affordable way to add a classic sound to your virtual keys collection.
$69 | waves.com
KEN RICH SOUNDS LOC-N-ROC PEDAL STABILIZATION SYSTEM
WHAT Easy to set up sustain-pedal stabilizer for Rhodes pianos. Once attached, it never needs to be removed. It can be folded and locked inline with the pedal, and it fits in the storage compartment of the lid. WHY Designed specifically to mitigate pedal-creep while you play.
$79 | kenrichsounds.com
KRK V SERIES 4
WHAT Studio monitors with Class D amplification. Available with 4", 6", and 8" Kevlar woofers, at 85W, 155W, 230W, respectively. Onboard EQ to match the speaker response to your room. Accepts XLR and TRS input. WHY A popular series of speakers that has been updated in design and sound.
$399, $599, $799 each | krksys.com