Hello New Gear – November 2020

Hello New Gear – November 2020

Welcome back to Hello New Gear, it’s the time of the year, November, when many brands expose some of their most exciting products of the year, intended for the early birds who are already thinking about Christmas gifts. Get ready to dive right in, it’s gonna be wild…

Sensel Morph + accessories

The Sensel Morph is a pressure sensitive pad with exchangeable “skins“, also known as surface overlays, for different types of virtual instrument control and sound creation methods. Approximately 20,000 sensors provide an excellent pressure sensitivity with a sensitivity range of 5g to 5kg (32000 dynamic steps). It’s resolution is 6502 DPI. It can be connected via Bluetooth LE or microUSB, configured via SenselApp and is both iOS and Android compatible.  Check out Jakob Haq‘s demo and review in the video below, because it’s difficult to explain its infinite possibilities using words…

Slate Audio VSX - Founders Edition

This innovative product is a combination of custom designed headphones and a modelling plug-in for binaural perception. It creates authentic aural replicas of professional studios, mastering rooms, car stereos, club sound systems and other environments allowing you to getfully immersed in these “virtual locations”. It’s like virtual reality for your ears and it can be very beneficial for mixing, mastering and testing your desired sound. The video below shows how some pros reacted to the VSX when they first tried it…

Boss RC-500 Loop Station

This effects pedal for guitar & bass is an advanced 2-track looper with onboard mixing and deep control options, high-end 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing sound quality, 13 hours of recording time, multi-color backlight LCD display, mono/stereo inputs for easy pedalboard integration, plus independent XLR mic input with phantom power. This is just the tip of the iceberg, check out the product page and the video below for full specs.

Roland TR-06

A realistic replica of the legendary TR-606 Drumatix with sound character, behaviour and user interface of the original and ACB modelling technology. It includes these instruments: bass drum, snare drum, low tom, hi tom, cymbal, open & closed hi hat and has volume control and an accent track for all. Tuning, decay and panorama can be set for each instrument as well and these effects can be applied: Compressor, Delay (Delay, Pan Delay, Tape Echo, Reverb, Flanger, Side Band Filter), Drive (Saturation, Bit Crusher, Distortion, LPF / HPF). The step sequencer, with a maximum of 32 steps per pattern, can be tweaked with the following functions: Step Loop, Substep, Flam, Fill-In, Probability, Substep Probability and  Master Probability. All the other specs can be found on the product page and in the 2-part video below:

the t.bone SC 430 USB

Introducing the new large diaphragm microphone from the t.bone, with USB-C connection! This means that no additional drivers are required, it’s compatible with Mac, PC and mobile devices (iOS) and the supercardioid polar pattern is sure to please home users. Its specs are impressive and its built-in features like gain control, headphone output with direct monitoring and volume control and mute button make it super easy to use.

Bose L1 Pro8

Whether it’s for a small venue or cafe, for street performing or for home use, the L1 Pro 8 doesn’t disappoint with its 180° sound, unmatched clarity, built-in multi-channel mixer and Bluetooth streaming: discover all the new features of the brand new BOSE L1 Pro series. The L1 Pro 8 is available today, on thomann.de. Check out all the details in the video below:

Teenage Engineering PO-133 (Street Fighter edition)

Teenage Engineering PO-133 Street Fighter edition is a blast from the past that, you’ll quickly see, launch you into the present and future. Combining a drum computer and a sampler, it contains original sounds and samples of the classic video games. A built-in mic for sampling, 40 seconds sampling time, parameter lock (2 parameters per sound), 8 melody sample slots, 8 drum slots, a 16-step sequencer, 16 patterns, 16 effects, “Lock Tab” write protection for patterns, line in / out (3.5 mm jack), a built-in speaker and an animated LCD display prove that this is a serious instrument and not a toy.

Thomann DP-28 Plus Digital Piano

And last but definitely not least, we have the DP-28 Plus digital piano from Thomann. This lightweight digital piano, with 88 hammer action weighted keys and 25 sounds, will not disappoint with its realistic sound and feel. Plus it has 192 notes polyphony, layer mode, split mode, duo mode, Twinova, a 50-rhythm metronome, master EQ control, reverb, chorus, harmony, 100 preset songs, transpose function, Bluetooth Midi for Pianotool App ( iOS / Android) and so much more. Check out the full specs on the product page and a demo by Charly Klauser in the video below.

There you have it, gearheads and audio enthusiasts. Which was your favourite one? Which ones have you already tried? Let us know with a comment. 

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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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    The Sensel Morph is a pressure sensitive pad with exchangeable “skins“, also known as surface overlays, for different types of virtual instrument control and sound creation methods. Approximately 20,000 sensors provide an excellent pressure sensitivity with a sensitivity range of 5g to 5kg (madalin stunt cars 2).

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