If you're in the market for some professional-grade earphones with plenty of next-level bells and whistles, AKG has got your number—K 390 NC (MSRP: $199), to be exact. These earbuds flex the kind of pristine sound true audiophiles would swear by thanks to flight adapter and active noise reduction features, but are also built for the average listener looking for a set of headphones that fit comfortably and control whatever iToys you've got at hand. Read more »
Two new Kore 2/Kore 2 Player instruments have officially dropped, each with its own unique premise. The first, Paranormal Spectrums (MSRP: $79), is designed to create dark, ominous sound aesthetics. It's comprised of 100 sounds with eight distinct variations for each, meaning you've got 800 instantly usable starting points for getting your otherworldly freaky-deaky on. Deep Freq (MSRP: $79), alternatively, is the latest brainchild of sound designer Denis Gökdag, and was built as a frequency manipulator effect unit. Read more »
There are producers aplenty that would argue one-click mixing is damaging, but there's a niche without multimillion-dollar studio access that can appreciate chained audio processing plug-ins. Waves' Chris Lord-Alge Artists Signature Collection (MSRP: $830, henceforth referred to as CLA Sigs) offers some effortless impact to those who don't want to carve individual frequencies. And yet, these aren't casual tools.
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Oslo-based space-disco producer Joachim Dyrdahl has made a name for himself as Diskjokke with releases on Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label as well as Get Physical sub-label Kindish. A classically trained violinist and math whiz, Dyrdahl's approach to beat-making is best described as holistic, incorporating influences that range from country music to early Italo. Read more »
Controlling Live and Max/MSP just got really sleek. Livid Instruments' Block MIDI controller (MSRP: $425) might be one of the most streamlined control surfaces yet to be released. Its minimal design and subtle color scheme (think monome) perfectly compliment its 64 assignable clip buttons, eight knobs, seven function buttons, and two faders that stand as the core of the controller's versatility. Read more »
Offering an alternative to roadie hernias, this update puts realistically modeled guitar/bass set-ups in your laptop—complete with 25 selectable cabinets plus 15 pairable heads, 48 true stereo rack effects, and even vintage mics. But nothing replaces the satisfying physicality of a pedal's spring-loaded cha-chunk! Read more »
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