Here are some of the latest home studio-oriented products that can help you work smarter and make hip sounds.
>FOR AUDIO/VIDEO POWER
Acoustica Mixcraft 6
Most everyone is into video these
days, and Mixcraft 6 ($74 street)—
which won a 2013 Editors’ Choice
Award from Electronic Musician,
and a KeyBuy Award from Keyboard—
video editing with multitrack
audio recording. Includes 6,500
music loops and sound effects.
>FOR TIGHT CONNECTIONS
Hosa Beatport Flex USB Cable
These flex-jack, neon-green USB
cables can fit into peripherals
crammed into crowded spaces
($4.95 street for 3’; $14.95 for 10’).
>FOR CRAFTING TONES
Line 6 JTV-89F and POD HD500
The new James Tyler Variax ($1,499
street) is loaded with 29 guitar
models, and integrates seamlessly
with the HD500’s 27 amp models
($499 street) to instantly call up
your favorite guitar and amp presets.
Audition a ton of guitar and
amp tones without moving from
your monitoring sweet spot.
>FOR EASY ACCESS
On-Stage Stands TCM 9150
This handy, leatherette tablet case
and mounting system ($39 street)
attaches an iPad to a mic stand
for easy viewing and operation.
>FOR MIC CHECKS
Radial Gold Digger Mic Selector
Finding the best mic for the job is a
breeze when the Gold Digger ($349
street) lets you compare four different
mics with just the click of a
Samson Resolv SE5
The active Resolv SE5 ($149 street)
offers the petite footprint of a 5"
woofer, 70 watts of power, AV shielding,
and the ability to tailor high-frequency
response to your listening