New Products June 2013

Jun 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By The Mix Editors

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JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor

JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor

JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor

Free-Standing Two-Way

The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2 (jblpro.com, $6,000 each) integrates the company’s new D2 Compression Driver, which uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high-frequency response and very low distortion at very high sound-pressure levels. The D2 is mated with JBL’s new 2216ND Differential Drive 15-inch woofer, also with dual voice coils, incorporating a patented wire application that reduces power compression, enabling linear output regardless of playback level. Crown I-Tech power amplifiers complete the system, providing greater than a kilowatt of clean power to the 2216ND woofer and the D2 high-frequency driver.

Solid State Logic Sigma

Solid State Logic Sigma

Solid State Logic Sigma

SSL DAW Mix Engine

The Sigma from SSL (solidstatelogic.com, $4,499) is a hardware, remote-controlled analog mix engine designed for DAW users seeking the signature sound of an SSL console while working in the box. The two-rackspace unit uses proprietary MDAC control technology first featured in SSL’s Duality and AWS studio consoles and features 100-percent analog summing, 16 mono or stereo input channels for up to 32 channels at mixdown, talkback, and external MIDI control via Ethernet. There is also front-panel LED metering for all channels, two stereo mix buses with dedicated outputs, individual direct outputs on each channel, and an Artist and Studio monitoring section that can accommodate two sets of monitors plus a switching matrix for source selection.

ST Model 240 Producer’s Console

ST Model 240 Producer’s Console

ST Model 240 Producer’s Console

Affordable, Sophisticated Communication

The Model 240 from Studio Techologies (studiotechnologies.com, $1,295) provides the resources of a 4-channel talent cueing (IFB) master station combined with a 2-channel party-line intercom user station. Features include a revised phantom-power supply circuit, improved filtering on inputs and outputs to increase RF rejection and ESD immunity, and new circuitry to allow the installation of optional LED backlighting of push-button switches. The security panel has been changed from steel to aluminum, which lowers unit weight and allows for laser-etched configuration instructions for improved legibility.

SM Pro Audio Pre-Z

SM Pro Audio Pre-Z

SM Pro Audio Pre-Z

Variable Impedance Preamp

The Pre-Z from SM Pro Audio (smproaudio.com, $299.99) is a single-wide, 500 Series unit featuring variable input impedance, creating a variety of tonal colors. Results are nuanced or fairly dramatic, with higher settings offering greater clarity and brightness and lower settings bringing out subtle resonant frequencies in the microphone’s response. The Pre-Z’s highpass and lowpass filters offer additional control and signal-shaping options, and its LME49720 op amps promise low noise, wide dynamic range, and up to 68 dB of gain.

Roland R-88 Field Recorder

Roland R-88 Field Recorder

Roland R-88 Field Recorder

Power-Packed Portable

The Roland R-88 (rolandsystemsgroup.com, $2,495) offers eight discrete channels of audio recording at 24 bits/96 kHz, 4-channel recording at 24 bits/192 kHz, a full onboard mixer, various timecode modes and a built-in 10-in/8-out USB audio interface. The stereo mix output enables a stereo mix back to the camera or a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks. With eight discrete outputs, users can also embed the audio tracks into an SDI video feed by using a multichannel SDI audio embedder. Other features include AES/EBU digital I/O, a 3-band EQ and a large touchscreen display. Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag and remote footswitch controllers.






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