Hello New Gear – July 2019

Hello New Gear – July 2019

Hello New Gear full-summer-mode July edition is here! Get ready, these innovative gadgets are going to blow your mind and elevate your summertime music making, higher than the temperatures… 😅🚀

Elektron Digitone Keys

Your favourite digital synth from Elektron has just been souped up with… keys! And not just any keys, we’re talking 37 semi-weighted and velocity-sensitive keys, with aftertouch, to control the 8 polyphonic voices (multitimbral). You can also assign the pitch for the keys and modify the sound with two new modulation wheels. Check out the demo in this video to see what it’s capable of:

Price: €1,299

The MFB-301 Pro is a reissue of an old analog drum machine that was designed 40 years ago! The parts are all the same as the original, inside and out, which means you get that authentic sound of the late-70s and early-80s! The bonus is that this new version has MIDI capabilities and moreinstrumentsounds, which can all, of course be edited in various parameters. It can also be connected to the MFB Tanzmaus for alternative controlling. Check out the product page and this video for more details:

Price: €145

What’s great about this 6-channel USB audio interface is its sleek and practical design with output volume and separate input meters on top of the device. Even better is its price point; its features are unbeatable for a product that costs just over 200 euros. You get 6 channels (2 Mic/Line/Instrument Combo inputs, 2 Line inputsMIDI input/output and an S/PDIF input/output), 4 Line outputs and (very practical) 2 headphone outputs. Both the price and its features are practical for today’s music creators (not to mention the software bundle it comes with)…

Price: €209

Jowoom Smart Tuner T2

Jowoom Smart Tuner T2

Jowoom Smart Tuner T2

Tired of turning those tuning pegs? No need with this little devil… The USB-rechargeable Jowoom Smart Tuner T2 will do all the work for you. Simply pluck the string on your acoustic, classical or electric guitar (or ukulele) and it will turn the peg until the string is in tune. Don’t believe me, check out the video below and be amazed by its accuracy

Price €66

Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Generation Series

Focusrite has moved into their 3rd generation of USB audio interfaces, this time with improved converters and latency. The series ranges from the 2i2 (2 inputs, 2 outputs) all the way to 18i20 (18 inputs, 20 outputs) and everything between. All models of the series feature the new “Air” circuit, which you can switch on to boost the higher frequencies and reduce proximity effect (formerly a feature on only high end Scarlett models). Here is a fantastic video review of the 3rd gen series:

Price: from €114 to €519

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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.

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