So, many of you are probably in NYC, hanging with the geeks, while I'm in London looking at the clouds. Here's what I'm missing at the AES conference:
Presonus Inspire Looking very much like those early mockups of the Apple Asteroid, it's a sub-$200 firewire interface with mic pres, phono input, and plugins from Audio Damage.
BridgeCo FireWire Guitar: It's a crazy looking electric guitar with a FireWire port.
Tascam HD-P2: It's yet another portable hard disk recorder, in the 'beefy looking but expensive' camp.
E-mu PM5 Monitors: Cheered by the success of their audio interfaces, looks like E-mu want to take on M-Audio as a (hyphenated) universal gear manufacturers. They've done controller keyboards, now monitor speakers. Expect them to buy a software house next.
Mackie Onyx 1200F: Big, $2k, 12 analog in, 8 analog out, FireWire interface.
TL-Audio relaunch FAT range: I used to have a FAT2, a big red valve preamp/compressor. Now they're back.
StompIO Foot Controller: Rapidly chasing Guitar Rig, IK Multimedia have launched a pedalboard for their Amplitube software. It doesn't have an expression (wah/volume) pedal, which seems odd.
Alesis MultiMix Firewire Mixers: Black mixers, you say? Interesting.
Software upgrades: Sonar 5, Stylus RMX 1.5, Protools 7.
Keep watching Zicos for an almost unbearable torrent of news from AES.