Studio Consoles 2011

Nov 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher



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Toft Audio Designs’ (dist. by ATB Recording consoles include the ATB-32, 24, 16, 08M and 04M. All ATB consoles feature Malcom Toft–designed mic preamps and Series 80B EQs. The Series 80B EQ was primarily designed by Toft’s ears rather than by measuring equipment, owing to Toft's background as a recording engineer. The ATB Series’ 80B EQ uses the original Series 80B’s circuitry and same type and specification of components to reproduce its sound. The unique split/in-line design means that in addition to the mic/line inputs, users also have the same number of in-line monitor returns always assigned to the stereo bus, and eight more monitor returns in the “split” monitor section. On the ATB-32, this means 72 inputs between main channels and monitor returns; add eight stereo effects returns, and the ATB-32 can offer up to 88 inputs on mixdown.

Tonelux (dist. by offers its Series 28 audio consoles designed by Paul Wolff, whose designs include all-discrete electronic components. Wolff’s unique gain staging and op amp topology are said to result in nearly imperceptible transient distortion, yet maintain the harmonic warmth characteristic of “classic” tone. The 8-bus 1628 console features 16 MP1A discrete mic preamps, 16 EQ4P 4-band proportional equalizers and 16 MX2 line input modules. Other features include four aux sends, eight effects returns, group and 2-bus metering, and switchable peak or VU. The stereo outputs are mixed through Wolff’s all-discrete summing amps. Full control room and talkback facilities are via the CR2 and TB1 modules. The 1628 console comes with a 192-point TT patchbay. Tonelux’s moving fader automation system, Shadowmix, can be easily integrated into the console. Additionally, there is a completely wired D-Sub I/O panel.

Trident Series 82

Trident Series 82

With Trident’s (dist. by 24-bus all-modular Series 82, Malcolm Toft offers his newest ultra-quiet circuit designs, featuring Lundahl transformer-balanced mic inputs and 2-mix outputs. The Series 82 equalizer features four overlapping sweepable bands with the high and low bands being peak or shelving switchable, the high-mid and low-mid bands with switchable Q, and highpass filter sweepable from 30 to 500 Hz. It also features Toft’s split/inline design; in addition to the inline monitor returns, there is also a paralleled 24-channel split monitor section to the right of the master section, adding 24 more inputs on mixdown. All monitor returns feature high (12kHz, +/-15dB) and low (80Hz, +/-15dB) fixed-frequency shelving equalization filters, with the split section offering a sweepable midrange band. Additionally, the Series 82 dual-input module offers eight effects sends, all pre/post-switchable, and four stereo effects return with 3-band fixed-frequency equalization. Input configurations up to 48 are available.

The Yamaha DM2000VCM ($20,999 MSRP) digital console combines a multitude of surround mixing and monitoring functions on its control surface with a maximum of 96 inputs and 22 mixing buses. It offers transparent sound quality thanks to its head superb amp, 24-bit AD/DA and 96kHz sampling. The DM2000VCM also integrates with DAWs such as Nuendo, and includes VCM plug-ins including EQ, compressors, tape saturation and guitar effects, along with the REV-X reverb algorithm initially introduced in the SPX-2000. The Yamaha DM2000VCM offers up to 96 simultaneous inputs, and all 96 input channels include 4-band parametric EQ, gating, compression/limiting and up to 453 ms of delay with variable feedback. The output section offers 22 buses: eight group buses, 12 auxiliary buses and the main stereo bus. Eight of the 12 auxiliary buses can be used as surround effect sends, and its Unity function automatically sets the auxiliary buses to nominal (0dB) level so they can be used as additional group buses.

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