This year was one of those years of updates, maintenance and minor improvements rather than a year of game changers as it were, but it also depends on what you are looking for.
On the recording side there were some cool new microphones, compressors and eqs as always. I was pretty excited by Eventides new plug-in platform and I really liked the new Maag Compressor.
Slate had his new mic modeling and computer interface. UA updated the Apollo Twin significantly.
As to keyboards, the market is squarely focused on modular gizmos, just as the guitar market is focused on high end boutique pedals. Its very similar.
No new antelope audio products.
What more can you expect from Antelope? They have released something like 5-6 major new products in the past 2 years. Now they are wisely slowing down and focusing on making those the best they can be. I have a Goliath sitting on my kitchen table right now for review :-)
Well I was looking for a follow up to pure2.
Yes, 5-6 products but it is mostly different form factors though, still same stuff inside for the most part.
Goliath looks impressive if you really need that many I/O.
For me Pure2 would fit perfect.. there was one who had it for sale on GS for long time, but I guess very short after it was clear that antelope would not release any follow ups this namm it was sold.. or the add was taken away..
I kind of Miss my Eclipse, the sound was as good as it can be.. What I did not like was the buggy software, also the quality of the build was bad.
It had some problems, for instance, some times I would have to re-connect the power cable for it to start, nothing would happen if I did push the on button.
Also the LED display brightness did get weaker and weaker but not only that but different brightness. Eclipse was their first converter, i think todays products have slightly better build. But After being blessed with the Eclipse there is no other choice for me that soon.
I sold Eclipse cause it started to get old, and it would be hard to sell, and also antelope released a big stream of products in short time which did panic me a little bit, to get a good deal when you sale it is all about timing and taking some risc. I did only lose like 450 dollars on what I bought it for new so it was a good deal. I have seen Pure2's goes for like 1 third of the price I sold my Eclipse for, pure2 have more mordern software.. I think Antelope is getting better and better, their software have been their weak side but it is getting better always.
Yes it was a lot of modular synth stuff on NAMM.. but thats pretty much it not synths.. not even any new midi keyboard.
I have only tried the MAAG compressor plugin, the hardware most likely sound better, but I do not like the Plugin at all actually, a compressor should be a compressor not the stuff that too..People use this compressor because of the AIR band only, and for me this is more like an effect. It is a fast way to get a wider sound, it is good for some disco eletronic but I would not use it on ambient much, Duende X-comp is still my favorite for ambient music, please try it if you have chance what is great about it is that is level independent . This compressor sounds as good and transperent as I could have it in the last of the chain on the masterbus.
Anyway congrats for your Goliath looking forward to hear what you think about, it is a real monster. just too many I/Os for me, I think their new Zen Tour have really amazing price, it have the same quality sound as their more expensive products same converters etc. Not sure if use the same relay based monitor control.. but I most likely think so cause I think Igor of Antelope audio would not release a product with out it because of his philosophy when it comes to audio