This week I’m highlighting some of the interesting new products from the 2018 Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.
A new British company called Exodus Digital announced Valkyrie, a high-powered virtual analog synthesizer. Valkyrie offers big numbers: 128 voices with up to 10 oscillators per voice and 72 effects. Its wavetable oscillators have over 4,000 waveforms to choose from, and there’s storage for over 3,000 user-programmable patches. Valkyrie could be available as soon as June 2018 for a price of less than £2000.
The Italian brand StudioLogic showed the new Mixface an advanced USB MIDI control surface with support for Bluetooth MIDI connections. Mixface is a channel-strip style MIDI controller with 8 columns of faders, knobs, and illuminated buttons, as well as transport controls and a display. Mixface also supports 4 MIDI zones for incoming keyboards, with discreet control settings for each zone. Mixface will be available later this year for 199 euros.
Steinberg debuted two new USB audio interfaces in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs. The interfaces use transformer circuitry from Rupert Neve Designs to lend them a characteristic Neve sound of natural compression and saturation. They will be available this June for $349 USD for the four-input UR-RT2 or $599 USD for the six-input UR-RT4.
On the software side, Zynaptiq demonstrated the Orange Vocoder 4 plug-in, with an expanded vocoder section, rewritten synthesizer section, and streamlined user interface to be available in a couple of months.
The General Music Elka Panther VST organ plug-in models the rare and sought-after Elka Panther combo organ from the 1960s and will be available soon for 99 euros.
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