TOM OBERHEIM SON OF 4 VOICE
Concept: The monster analog classic returns as four new SEMs integrated by a polyphonic programmer and MIDI interface.
Big deal: The sound will melt your face off. Programmer features two MIDI-syncable LFOs with sample-and-hold. Includes noise generator and external audio input.
We think: We can’t wait to play one—though we bet the likes of Trent Reznor and Deadmau5 are already ahead of us in line.
Direct: $3,495 | tomoberheim.com | gsfagency.com
EASTWEST HOLLYWOOD BRASS
Concept: Virtual brass instrument focused on all the sounds you need to produce dramatic music for film and TV.
Big deal: 150GB of samples includes roundrobin and every articulation imaginable. Encompasses sections and solo horns from trumpet to tuba—and everything in between.
We think: If the excellent Hollywood Strings (reviewed Nov. ’10) is any indication, our expectations are high indeed.
Diamond Edition: $995 list | Gold Edition: $595 list | soundsonline.com
Concept: Interactive sheet music app for Apple iPad.
Big deal: Realtime transpose. Can vary speed of score playback to aid in learning songs. Take your Sibelius files on the road, or choose from over 150,000 ready-made scores thanks to partnership with music publisher Hal Leonard.
We think: This could be the “virtual fake book” we’ve all been waiting for.
$7.99 at Apple App Store | sibelius.com | avid.com
FOCUSRITE CONTROL 2802
Concept: Analog mixer meets Ethernet-based DAW control. Audio interface sold separately.
Big deal: Seriously high-end analog section. Separate XLR mic and 1/4" line ins on each channel let you leave your mics and synths plugged in. Motorized faders can switch between analog and DAW modes. Doubles as summing mixer. Ships with Forté and Midnight plug-in packs.
We think: Add up the cost of a boutique compact mixer, monitor controller, summing box, and DAW control surface, and the price seems not so pricey.
List: $5,999 | Approx. street: $5,000 | focusrite.com