We're back with our monthly feature of the newest music and sound equipment to arrive in the Middle East - September 2020 Edition.
As a part of our mission to empower musicians and creators, we share a monthly update on the latest gear to hit the streets of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Riyadh and the rest of the Middle East from our portfolio of 150+ leading brands in the music, production, and recording space. Check back in every month to see what's new in the Middle East music, audio, production and recording market, or sign up for our newsletter here, and we'll notify you when new and hot products make an appearance. You can also check out some of our previous updates here: The Hottest, Newest Gear - August 2020, The Hottest, Newest Gear - July 2020, and The Hottest, Newest Gear - June 2020.
At A Glance
- Roland TD-27KV Electronic Drum Kit
- Pioneer CDJ-3000 DJ Media Player
- Blackstar Live Logic USB MIDI Foot-controller
- Roland Fantom 6 and Fantom 8
- Rane DJ SEVENTYTWO MKII - Premium 2-Channel Scratch Mixer
- Rane DJ TWELVE MKII - Motorized MIDI Turntable
- Softube Console 1 MK2 Hardware & Software Mixer
- Softube Console 1 Fader USB DAW Control Surface
Here are our top picks of the latest gear this month:
1. The Electronic Drum Kit you've been waiting for
The TD 27KV is the perfect mid-range electronic drum kit by Roland. Providing absolute value for money, the TD-27 is modelled on the top of the line TD-50. A sound engine that works effortlessly with the advanced digital trigger technology to reproduce the most nuanced sounds and articulations. Moreover, the drum kit (with multi-ply mesh heads) is arranged to replicate an acoustic kit, giving it maximum play feel and practice before migrating to an acoustic kit. It's also possible to expand this kit with one of three auxiliary trigger inputs built into the system.
2. A New Dimension by Pioneer DJ
Pioneer have done it again, releasing a game changing new DJ Media Player by the name CDJ-3000. This is the latest update to the CDJ range, the first upgrade from their CDJ-2000 NXS2 since 2011. The CDJ-3000’s key new features include a redesigned MPU, a 9-inch touch screen, eight coloured cue buttons, dedicated Beat Jump and four- and eight-bar loops, a new aluminium faceplate, Key Sync functionality and inside the player.
3. USB MIDI Foot-controller by Blackstar
The Live Logic compact and versatile 6-button MIDI foot controller gives you quick and easy performance control over any MIDI hardware or software platforms and plugins. MIDI over USB, assignable functions and two expression pedal inputs make it the perfect MIDI control solution. The rugged controller has a compact form factor, and a simple interface for easier control. It can also be used as a USB MIDI interface. Power it anywhere via USB, 9V battery or power supply and unlock your performance. Furthermore, the Live Logic app helps increase customisation.
4. The latest decks from Rane DJ
Rane's newest mixer is a premium two-channel mixer with a steel body construction and a 4.3" colour touchscreen to increase durability and improve the user experience, respectively. The deck also features three ultra lightweight faders with external adjust and 16 professional performance pads for the ultimate audio control experience. This is best paired with the Rane DJ TWELVE MKII - Motorized MIDI Turntable, up next!
The second edition of Rane's Twelve MIDI Turntable is the perfect companion for the SeventyTwo Mixer (discussed above). The multiplatform device is equipped with a 12" turntable, platter speed control, precision slider, and an OLED screen, among other features. Unlike most other DJ Decks, Rane has managed to keep the feel of vinyl with its 'true vinyl-touch'. This Rane deck is also steel-built, making it the perfect companion for touring and long-term use.
5. DAW Control Surfaces by Softube
Softube's new mixer is a high quality proposition for studio professionals who need a quick workflow solution to their mixing tasks. The premium device is a unique hybrid between hardware and software, and includes software emulation of Solid State Logic's SL 4000 E-series console. Quickly switch between your tracks and control EQ, compressor, gate and more. The Console 1 mixer works with any major DAW on the market straight out of the box, and offers extra deep integration with select DAWs. The mixers are built to accept multiple Console 1s, to help grow your setup as needs develop.
A control surface is often kept aside by artists owing to their return-on-investment debate. However, Softube's premium control surface is a must-have for every mixing and mastering professional. Using only the best materials and with an intuitive layout, the Console 1 Fader is a ten-fader approach to Console 1, their hybrid hardware/software mixing ecosystem. It also has an intuitive -'Layer Mode' that helps build layers of tracks to place many levels of mixing at your fingertips. All in all, a control surface is a worthwhile investment for any mixing and mastering professional, and one can't go wrong with the Console 1 Fader.
6. New Synths from Roland
The Fantom Series is Roland’s pride and joy, their most powerful, feature-packed, keyboard synthesiser ever built. With a massive LCD touchscreen adding simplicity to a well laid out user interface, the Fantom has the Expandable ZEN-Core sound engine delivers authentic acoustic and electronic instruments. It also has two XLR combo inputs, an onboard FX engine, DAW compatibility, and aftertouch. The keyboard also features a suite of knobs and faders to manipulate acoustic and electronic sounds without wanting for more. Roland’s flagship Fantom is an all-in-one package that is future-proofed and decked to the top with features.
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