We're back with our monthly feature of the latest gear to arrive in the Middle East - July 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 our previous update here: The Hottest, Newest Gear - June 2020.
Here are our top picks of the latest gear this month:
AT A GLANCE
- Audio Technica ATR2500X-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
- Novation Launchkey Mini MK3
- Novation Launchpad Mini MK3
- Casio Privia PX-S1000 Digital Piano
- M-Audio AIR 192X8 Audio MIDI Interface
- M-Audio AV32 Compact Active Desktop Monitor Speakers
- M-Audio AV42 Compact Active Desktop Monitor Speakers
1. Mic Check 1,2,3 - Audio Technica
Audio Technica has made a suit of their newest microphones available to the Middle East. Following is a short description of the best-selling ATR2500X, but learn more about all the available AT products here.
The Audio Technica ATR2500X-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone will make for a brilliant starter microphone, aimed at artists who primarily make podcasts, record voice-overs, and need to capture field audio. The pivotal benefit of this mic is the capability to plug and play; it does not require a secondary audio interface. Also, the mic is future-proofed with a USB C-type connection and has a durable metal construction for longevity.
2. Launch Your Music with Novation
This is a well-crafted 25-key MIDI controller best paired with Ableton Live. The robust package notably has 16 RGB velocity sensitive pads, an arpeggiator function, and a fixed chord mode. This is a perfect DAW controller for those looking for the functionality of a keyboard and the benefits of pads.
This is a minimal, yet sturdy 64 RGB pad MIDI grid controller. As a Novation product, it best works with Ableton Live. Despite its "mini" designation, it does have a slightly large footprint. However, the wider berth does help hit the pads accurately.
3. Reddot Design Award 2020 Winner - Casio Digital Piano
The Casio Privia PX-S1000 Digital Piano is the company's latest installation of electronic pianos, and is a. With its sleek build, comparative portability, and Casio's trusted Piano tones, the PX-S1000 is nothing short of a bang for the buck. The weighted, 88-key thing of beauty also supports Bluetooth connectivity and has no protruding buttons! Above all, it certainly is a well-designed digital piano.
4. Clean and Clear - M-Audio
This interface is a professional, 2in4out MIDI interface that has a premium finish and feel to it. The low-latency USB connection, paired with M-Audio's iconic central knob makes the interface an easy tool, with little to no learning curve. The device supports switchable inputs for both mic pads or instruments - aptly powering them as required.
These are an intermediate option to consider when upgrading from a more starter set of studio monitors. M-Audio are known for their high quality audio solutions; this option being a gateway into their higher-end range of products. These have a 10W power output, making it ideal for use in quieter soundscapes. It also sports a headphone jack for increased private listening.
These sport all the features of the AV32, but for the higher power output. If you're looking to get a bigger punch out of your system, this would be the apt intermediate desktop monitor speaker to consider. This also comes with an aux output for other sound purposes. Both these models have a simple design and user interface.
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