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NAMM Showstoppers: PreSonus and Arturia

NAMM Showstoppers: PreSonus and Arturia

PreSonus and Arturia continued to grow their respective product ranges at NAMM 2016, releasing a range of interfaces, mixers, speakers and synthesisers, all of which will be good news for UK partner Source Distribution.

Arturia surprised many at the NAMM show with the announcement of the MatrixBrute analogue synthesiser, building on the legacy of the popular MiniBrute and MicroBrute range.

The MatrixBrute packs more than three times the power into a tactile ‘one-knob-per-function’ interface, with users being able to easily apply modulation with the matrix and save the creation into preset memory. Along with many other features, MatrixBrute supports Duophonic and three-note Paraphonic performance and includes a host of CV and Sync connectivity.

Also announced was the Arturia KeyStep, a MIDI/USB/CV keyboard featuring a new key action custom designed for Arturia, but paired with a creative polyphonic sequencer engine, inside, allowing users to compose and interact with polyphonic melodic ideas, which can be synchronised with MIDI, USB and CV equipment in the studio or live setting.
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Stand-out items from PreSonus included the StudioLive Rack Mixers which can now be easily cascaded via AVB Option cards to create up to 64 channel mixing systems, controlled as one via the separately available CS181I Motorised fader control surface or free StudioLive Remote iPad app. StudioLive mixers also benefit from being audio interfaces, creating a hybrid mixer system which is suitable for both live and studio work.

There was also the launch of the PreSonus ULT Loudspeaker range, a brand new concept co-develped with WorxAudio. The design includes a Pivot X110 Horn and 110-degree coverage, with narrow 50-degree vertical dispersion, in what the company claim to offer real-world acoustic behaviour and superb throw.

For customers looking for the studio power of the PreSonus Studio 192, but with added portability, came the addition of PreSonus Studio 192 Mobile. A 192 kHz capable interface with Burr-Brown AD/DA convertors, the product puts the power of the original Studio 192 into a much smaller chassis, making it suitable for both studio and live applications. The unit is also expandable via ADAT to a total I/O count of 26 inputs and 32 Outputs when paired with two Digimax D8 ADAT Expanders.

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