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— seamlessly integrates 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’). hosatech.com
>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. onstagestands.com
>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 button. radialeng.com
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 environment. samsontech.com