Tech: AES 2010 New Products

Oct 6, 2010 5:04 PM, By the Mix Staff



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The Audio Engineering Society returns to San Francisco next month, from November 4 to 7, 2010, for its annual U.S. convention, and it’s looking to be a great show, with hundreds of manufacturers showing the latest in new toys for audio professionals. With that in mind, here’s a preview of some of the new products that will be on display. If you get a chance, stop by the Mix booth (#1037) during AES and say hello. See you there!

The new HD Series interfaces—HD I/O, HD Omni and HD MADI—from Avid ( pack more functionality into smaller spaces. Avid HD I/O brings high-quality audio record/playback in three two-rackspace configurations: 8x8x8 analog/digital ($3,995), 16x16 analog ($4,995) and 16x16 digital ($2,495) versions. The $4,995 HD MADI opens workflows and speeds production for broadcast, live sound and post pros with its ability to connect Pro Tools HD systems to MADI infrastructures, without the need for a format converter. The 4-in/8-out HD Omni ($2,995) features two world-class mic preamps, headphone outs, a full-featured surround monitor section and a 14x26 channel mixer that functions even when the computer is off. AES booth #1018 and Room 110.


Chameleon Labs offers the TS-1 MKII small-diaphragm tube microphone, which features a U.S.-made, mil-spec 5840 NOS pentode that is said to offer sparkle and warmth without the overly bright sonic qualities of other pencil condensers. Features include an outboard power supply with a control that lets users adjust the tube’s heater voltage for a variety of tonal variations, and a mic body with interchangeable cardioid and omni capsules. Retail is $559, including mic, capsules, power supply, shock-mount, cables, windscreen and carry case. Options include a switchable cardioid/omni large-diaphragm capsule ($249), a $49 adapter for mounting AKG CK capsules to the TS-1 body, and a $65 small-diaphragm hypercardioid capsule. AES booth #605.

Swedish-based software developer Softube is in the final stage of developing a plug-in version of Summit Audio’s popular TLA-100A tube limiting amplifier (pricing TBA). Scheduled for launch at AES, the software painstakingly models the warmth and compression nuances of the two-rackspace device, and maintains the unit’s simple two-knob interface, making it easy to achieve the right amount of limiting quickly. It will be available on the VST/AU/RTAS/TDM platforms (Mac and Windows) and for VENUE, and is scheduled for release in December. AES booth #812.

Royer Labs’ R-101 ($895 MSRP) features a 2.5-micron, 99.9-percent-pure aluminum ribbon motor that is based on the company’s R-121 model, but in a 1.5-inch diameter cylindrical body with no protruding pole pieces. The ribbon transducer’s flux-frame and rare Earth Neodymium magnets create a powerful magnetic field that increases sensitivity while reducing stray magnetic radiation. Its offset-ribbon design positions the ribbon element toward the front of the microphone body, allowing for higher SPL handling on the front (logo) side of the microphone and the option of a brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the microphone’s back side. This approach also results in the R-101’s ability to withstand high SPL sources (135dB @ 30 Hz). Shock-mount and carry case are included. AES booth #613.

For AES, Purple Audio has announced shipping for the next generation of its Sweet 10 rack housing, with 10 slots for API 500 Series–compatible signal processing modules. Priced at $800, the new Sweet 10 employs a cool-running, low-noise switching power supply that operates at 150 kHz—well out of the audio range—and with auto-sensing to any voltage worldwide, it’s ideal for the traveling or touring engineer. The new unit also improves on the original with four I/O connections per channel for more versatility. A new option is Purple Audio’s Moiyn ($725), an all-discrete 8x2 mixer module/summing amp in a single-slot format. AES booth #514.

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