RODE have announced a brand new ribbon mic for NAMM dubbed the Rode NTR! Listing at $799 USD, the microphone will include Rode's legendary 10 year warranty and looks like an absolute beauty in the rubberized black enclosure they introduced on last year's NT1. Check it:
"At first glance of the NTR you’re aware that it’s very special and unique – an intricate blend of art and science.
Designed to hang in the world’s finest recording studios and performance halls equally as well as home studio spaces, its existence is a labour of love for RØDE. Every element of the NTR, from the transformer to the ribbon element itself, has been designed and created in-house at RØDE’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia. All with the aim of crafting the finest ribbon microphone available.
Sonically, the NTR is capable of reproducing unprecedented high frequency detail and accuracy, addressing common criticisms of other ribbon microphones, while opening up the possible usage scenarios considerably. This allows it to record sound sources that usually require a more sensitive microphone element."
Rode is also introducing a couple of new shotgun mics perfect for capturing wildlife sounds in the field on a budget:
Waldorf is one of the most exciting music production companies around in my book. Not content with just following the herd they came out of left field last year releasing the tabletop Streichfett String Synthesizer, which models the cheesy string synths from the 70s used on classic soundtracks and early New Wave hits. This year they have a few more tricks up their collective sleeve with:
1) Nave for VST-AU-RTAS
2) nW1 Wavetable Module for Eurorack systems
3) Attack Drum Synthesizer & Sequencer for iPad
4) Waldorf Edition 2 with new Attack, D-Pole & PPG Wave 2.V
Moog Music announced this morning the return of the System 55 Modular! Along with it's siblings the 35 and the portable 15. When I was in college I had the pleasure of working with some original R.A.Moog modules and I have to admit they are worth the asking price. How much are they? A year or twos tuition. Here's the down low on the System 55:
"Three years of research and design has culminated in Moog Music recommencing the manufacturing of a limited number of Moog System 55 modular synthesizers. Using all of the original documentation, as well as the original circuit board and art files, Moog engineers have hand-built true recreations of the original instruments based on their 1973 factory specifications.
Each individual module is hand-stuffed and the components are hand-soldered to circuit boards using traditional wiring methods. Each module is then finished with a photo-etched aluminum panel, and placed in its new modular instrument.
This limited reissue of the Moog System 55 modular synthesizer is built to order. Only 55 total units will be made and sold worldwide."