Here's our latest synth and studio gear recap, looking back at week 4, October 2017.
Find of the Week (shown above) -- Pro Command MIDI: This ingenious little applet runs in the background and lets you control most aspects of your Pro Tools session from a Native Instruments Maschine hardware unit. It simply translates MIDI to HUI and back. There's full transport control, and navigation (as well as playing virtual instruments using the pads. Comprehensive info is here, and sorry Windows users, it's Mac-only, on the App Store for US $29.99
Output Sounds Platform Desk: For the synth-centric home studio, finding the right desk can be a bit of a Goldilocks problem. You need somethng with enough work surfaces, some rack space, cable management, and hopefully a pull-out shelf for a Keyboard. "Pro" solutions like larger desks from Argosy, however, can be a bit of an 800-pound gorilla if you don't have a very large room. Plug-in developers Output have released their take on the "just right" home studio desk, and our colleague Eli at Logic Pro Expert raved about it. It's finished real wood, not particle board, and prices start at US $549 based on finish and accessories.
Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Strings I: Do we need another high-end orchestral strings library? If it's from the meticulous geniuses at Vienna Instruments, perhaps the answer is yes. One major reason for the heightened realism of Synchron Strings I is the unprecedented number of velocity layers and note variations. Most notes are available with eight dynamic levels and up to ten variations, from pianissimo to fortissimo and everything in between, that blend smoothly as you cross-fade through the layers. All the samples are delivered automatically as you play, and in most cases you don’t even need to think about manual key switching. Of course, multiple microphone positions are also supported. U.S. pricing is discounted through November 30, at $417 for the standard library and $764 for the full version. More info here.
Moog Sub-37 Upgrade: Back in August Moog Music announced the Subsequent-37 with a performance from Cory Henry. To recap the improvements over the much-liked Sub-37, they are:
- Double the headroom in the mixer section, for better classic "clean" tones.
- New gain-staging in the ladder filter to boost saturation and low end.
- Re-tuned "Multidrive" circuit for even more growl than the original Sub 37.
- Upgraded keyboard action.
- Upgraded headphone amp.
- Software plug-in editor for Mac and Windows.
Here's the pleasant surprise, though. Moog has just announced that owners of the original Sub-37 will be able to upgrade to fully current Subsequent specs. U.S. customers will need to ship their unit to the Moog mothership in Asheville, NC, and fork over $350 for the full upgrade or $159 for just the improved keyboard action. Moog then pays the return shipping. Non-U.S. customers will need to find a nearby Authorized Moog Service Center.