New Gear for Vocalists: Winter NAMM 2016, Part 2

Every year, thousands of people flock to the NAMM trade show to check out all the latest music gear that manufacturers are showing off.

VoiceCouncil brings you part 2 of its highlights of new gear from this year’s show that will be hitting the shops in the next coming days and weeks.

If you missed it you can check out part 1 here: NAMM 2016, Part 1

Slate Digital Virtual Preamp Collection

Slate Digital tried to emulate some of the most sought after mic preamps from with your DAW.

Slate Digital have designed their Virtual Preamp Collection plug-in to use modelling technology to recreate every aspect of each preamp circuit; from mild coloration to full on saturation and distortion. There are 2 models; one based on a Neve 1073, and the other a TAB Telefunken V76 tube pre-amplifier. It is available now and costs $149. Slate Digital

Mojave Audio MA50 and MA1000 Microphones

A new budget mic and a new high-end mic from the brains behind Royer Labs ribbon microphones.

Mojave Audio’s microphones have been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. Their new microphones are aimed at different price points and aim to add something new to their current range. The MA-50 is a more budget-friendly offering that utilises the same capsule as their popular MA-200 mic but keeps costs down by deigning it not to need a transformer circuit. The MA-1000 is a high-end microphone that is Mojave’s take on the Telefunken 251, that is claimed can compete in quality to microphones costing in excess of $20,000. for The MA-500 and MA-100 will be shipping soon and cost $495 and $2500 respectively. Mojave Audio

Boss VO-1 Vocoder

A vocoder effect for singer/guitarists.

The VO-1 Vocoder is a stompbox effects pedal that Boss says puts the human voice in the hands of every guitarist and bassist. It has a inputs for both mic and guitar and, by vocalizing into the mic as you play, transforms your tone with electronic voices, classic talk box sounds, and tons of all-new colors that can be used in a range of music styles new and old. Bossus

PreSonus Studio 192 Mobile

Make high-definition recordings wherever you are.

The Studio 192 Mobile is a portable, hardware and software solution for recording. It features 2 microphone inputs and 2 line-inputs that are expandable by up to 18 inputs via ADAT lightpipe. There are 6 balanced outputs for monitor mixing or speaker switching, and a separate headphone output. It uses high-quality Burr Brown converters that enable it to produce up to 192khz 24-bit recordings.  The Studio 192 connects via USB 3 and will be available in the next few months. Presonus


A condenser microphone that lets you adjust the polar pattern AFTER you have made a recording.

The LCT 640 TS is a large diaphragm condenser mic with a unique feature. It uses a dual-output mode to enables engineers to record the front and back diaphragm of the capsule individually. By doing this it is possible to change and fine-tune the polar pattern seamlessly all the way from omnidirectional to figure-8 as well as to turn the recording direction of the microphone by 180° after the recording as been made. As a result, you can alter the amount of room sound picked up in a recording, for example, or use it for MS stereo recording. LEWITT Audio

Numark WS-100

Numark have released a new budget friendly wireless microphone system.

At $99, Numark’s WS-100 is one of the cheapest wireless mic solutions on the market. Yet, despite its low cost, it has been designed to have an impressive 200-foot working range and 24-bit digital converters to deliver a ultra clean pro-quality signal. The Numark WS-100 is expected to ship in February. Numark

TC-Helicon Play Acoustic Firmware Update

TC-Helicon have given the Play Acoustic some new features in this free update.

Although the Play Acoustic has been out for a while now, TC-Helicon have announced that they are giving it some new features via a free firmware update. One key addition gives users the ability to select a different acoustic sound for each vocal preset if they want to. They have also added TC’s popular Flash Back Delay effect to the unit. The update is available through the new VoiceSupport 2 software. TC-Helicon