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  • Any Gear Introduced in 2014 Blow Your Mind?

    Did anything appear gear-wise that blew your minds (or bashed your checking account) in 2014? I have to say one of the most fun products to me was the CME Xkey 25-key MIDI keyboard controller. At under a hundred bucks and with polyphonic aftertouch, it's a really cool and portable USB controller.
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    And yeah, they're Gibson Brands products, but the TASCAM wireless hand-helds are something I would have killed for back in the days of doing Harmony Central videos. To be able to hand off a recorder to someone to record their spiel and adjust levels with my phone would have been very helpful. I also really like the Memory Cable. It doesn't matter that much at home because there's usually a computer on, but I keep one in my office because a lot of times I'll be testing or documenting guitars, and in the process, come up with a riff I want to keep. Two of my recent sonds on YouTube ("Have Just a Little Faith" and "I Want My Heaven Now") came out of having the presence of mind to turn on the cable before playing.

    While it's not mind-blowing new gear, I gotta give props to Native Instruments for the regular updates to their instruments and to Komplete. Some of the tweaks are major, some are minor (like fixing a sample in an instrument that's slightly out of tune), but it's commendable that they do this kind of maintenance.

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    • #3
      nothing really mind blowing...


      I'd buy Komplete, but have heard such bad things about their customer service (and experienced some myself) that I stay away from it. I should probably get over that tho...

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      • #4
        I`ve been saying this for years…. nothing has been released in the last 5 years that has changed the game for me. Nothing has inspired me to make music in a different, more efficient way.

        At the end of the day, I want to be able to sit down at the computer and work quickly and not get caught up in thinking like an engineer. The only software that does that for me right now is REASON. Its quick and easy. Ideas come and can get easily created.

        No guitars, no pedals, no plug ins, no amps, no keyboards, etc… are revolutionary. The audio industry peaked around 2007-8. At this point, its about getting ideas down quickly and without any hassle. The closest thing that does that is REASON.

        With that said, I`m always looking for the best sampled pianos, the best sampled orchestral instruments (solo and ensemble). I`ve yet to hear a guitar library that allows me the freedom of working with a really guitarist allows. And I`m not holding my breathe for any software that will come close any time soon.

        The only thing that is briefly getting my attention are the new Dave Smith keyboards.







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        • #5
          Originally posted by Goober(s) View Post
          nothing really mind blowing...


          I'd buy Komplete, but have heard such bad things about their customer service (and experienced some myself) that I stay away from it. I should probably get over that tho...

          They're slow, but I've always been able to get problems solved.
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          • #6
            I was going to mention the TASCAM wireless-controlled recorders but you beat me to it. Have you got an Arapolarmic app to play with yet? I don't have an iPad so I can't play with it yet, but the video looks pretty cool. It might be a good learning tool but I think it'd cause too much overthinking in the studio.
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            • #7
              It's not new to 2014 but it is new to me in 2014 and that is music production, with it's associated apps, on an iPad. In the fall I picked up an iPad Air (with only 16 Gb of memory) and discovered Auria along with some fantastic sounding software synths - including piano and Hammond organ. I'm noticing new things that can be done with the touch screen as a controller.

              I also like the remote control VSL software for my PreSonus AudioBox which has been a great addition my live rig.

              Thanks Craig for the hot tip on the CME Xkey 25-key MIDI keyboard controller, that will be a most welcome addition to my ultra portable setup.




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              • #8
                Not a brand new product, but my Kala uBass never fails to impress whoever plays it.
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                • #9
                  Nothing in the last 10 years has blown my mind or that I would call revolutionary. Maybe even closer to 15 years...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thankyou View Post
                    Not a brand new product, but my Kala uBass never fails to impress whoever plays it.

                    That is a great little bass!!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Beck View Post
                      Nothing in the last 10 years has blown my mind or that I would call revolutionary. Maybe even closer to 15 years...
                      If you go back 15 years, there was a huge revolution for DJing when turntables transitioned to MP3s, controllers, and computers. What this meant to beat-matching and portability was huge. No crates of vinyl, no weirdass turntable speed tweaking to try to match tempos. I would definitely consider that a revolutionary change that affected an entire genre.

                      I also think computers transitioning to 64 bits has been huge for anyone who uses virtual sample libraries...a total game-changer.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Beck View Post
                        Nothing in the last 10 years has blown my mind or that I would call revolutionary. Maybe even closer to 15 years...
                        I started using a DAW in 2001 and it pretty much changed the way I produced.

                        Then in 2005, I started to use REASON and that completely changed the way I approach music writing and production even more than the DAW did in 2001.

                        Since 2005, nothing has turned my head like REASON. I do appreciate how Digital Performer has grown over the years but like I mentioned, the audio industry peaked for me somewhere in the 2005-2008 period.

                        And I`ve mentioned this on GS but the only head turning events we will experience in the years to come in my opinion is how much software will sound exactly like hardware. Thats where the $$$ is at for manufacturers. And I think its the only place R&D should really be putting their time and $$$. Hardware will always be produced and sold because people like "toys" and that little rush a dopamine when the Fed/Ex or UPS truck shows up at the front door but software is catching up and will eventually surpass anything hardware can do. Its just a matter of time.

                        Lastly, I think we`ll eventually have virtual mixing as well where the user will put on a pair of goggles and be able to access Abbey Road or Sear Sound or Avatar Studios, etc… the user will be able to turn around in his swivel chair and feel as if he were sitting in the middle of these studios and then if he wants to tweak a compressor, he`ll simply walk over to it and tweak it as if he were in the room itself. This will take some time but I think we`ll see it within 10-15 years.

                        Until then… there is no hardware, guitar, amp, microphone, etc… that is worth entertaining.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Anderton View Post
                          I also think computers transitioning to 64 bits has been huge for anyone who uses virtual sample libraries...a total game-changer.
                          It made my workflow more efficient and gave my studio space a smaller footprint which I prefer but game changing…. no.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ernest Buckley View Post

                            It made my workflow more efficient and gave my studio space a smaller footprint which I prefer but game changing…. no.
                            Take out all your RAM except for 3.5 GB out of all your computers, then get back to me on whether 64 bits was game-changing or not
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                            • #15
                              The big game changer for me wasn't gear (though I picked up several items this year), it was rearranging my studio to be more ergonomic. I now have my mix consoles and outboard gear rack within easy reach of my DAW desk chair. It increased my results per hour about 40%.

                              The stuff I picked up this year:
                              1991 ES355 (B.B. King model)
                              (2) AKG D8000 mics (I have plenty of condenser mics, but needed a couple extra vocal mics for performing)
                              A hand-made acoustic guitar from Honduras that my son gave me

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