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As the last stall at Musikmesse 2015 is packed away we’re here to offer our opinions on what we think have been the most interesting launches at this year’s addition of the Frankfurt-based music equipment trade fair.
Nobody can deny the sound and popularity of Universal Audio’s UAD plugin platform, and their Apollo interfaces, compact 8-16 IO audio interfaces incorporating UAD processing, have been absolutely flying off the shelves of late. At Musikmesse UA announced the new generation of Apollo interfaces. New features include new AD/DA conversion technology and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. More interesting though, is the onboard “Unison” mic preamps, which use the UAD technology to emulate classic mic pres. Given the sound of the UAD plugins, it’s probably a safe bet that these are going to be good.
Models in the range include the 2/2 desktop Twin, the 8/8 Apollo 8, the Apollo 8p which features the Unison preamps we mentioned, and the flagship Apollo 16.
Another new product that caught our eye at Musikmesse 2015 was the Audient iD14. It’s a great looking little bus-powered audio interface, featuring two of the same class-a mic pres as you’d find on their flagship consoles. Other nifty features include the JFET instrument input, and independent headphone out and the high quality Burr convertors.
There was an intriguing announcement from sE Electronics at Musikmesse. They simply announced that “something new is coming”, and the only way to get hold of it is to win it via their website. Speculation is rife(ish) about what it can be, with most people imaginatively concluding that it’s probably a new condenser mic. Always a fan of the left-field, my money is on a MIDI Kazoo.