Feb 1, 2002 12:00 PM


Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.


British tube specialist TL Audio (distributed by HHB, offers the M3 TubeTracker, a small-format, 8×2 tube mixer that's well-suited as a front end tube gain stage for digital recorders and DAWs. The M3 has eight discrete tube mic preamps, direct outputs, 4-band EQ with sweepable mids, PFL, two aux sends, stereo returns, and a flexible master section with a tube stage mix bus. An optional stereo digital output supports up to 24-bit/96kHz signals. Additional features include phantom power, illuminated VU meters, master controls for aux sends and returns, rackmount external power supply, Sovtek ECC83/12AX7A tubes and a link port for connecting multiple M3s.


Denon Electronics ( offers the DN-C550R dual-drive CD player/CD-R/CD-RW recorder, which can provide for CD and HDCD dubbing at either real-time or 2x speed. Drive 1 can be used as a dedicated playback deck for both pro and consumer CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and also supports playback of HDCD-encoded discs. Drive 2 can function as either a CD-R/CD-RW recorder, or as a second playback drive. Both drives feature digital and analog outputs with 24-bit D/A converters, both drives are PC/data disc compatible, and the analog and digital inputs to Drive 2 are SCMS-defeatable. Analog recordings inputs (balanced XLR) feature 24-bit A/D converters. Digital inputs are coaxial S/PDIF or optical, and the DN-C550R will convert 32kHz and 48kHz rates to 44.1kHz. A text input feature allows disc and track names to be entered for display on the unit's front panel. The unit offers several different recording and playback modes, including an auto-start function. The 2U rackmount unit is priced at $850.


M-Audio ( offers the Studiophile SP-5B, a bi-amped, powered compact monitor. Its 5.25-inch polypropylene cone woofer has a damped rubber surround, and the ported cabinet outputs frequencies as low as 30 Hz. A swivel-mounted, ¾-inch, silk-dome tweeter allows adjustment for various loudspeaker-mounting positions. Both drivers are mag-shielded. Two amplifiers deliver 40 watts to the bass/mid driver and 30 watts to the tweeter. Price: $399/pair.


Legacy Audio ( has developed the Helix digital speaker system, an 8-driver, four-way studio monitor with a frequency response of 16-25kHz (±0.5 dB) and a max output of 155dB SPL (@ 2.5kHz). Featuring a time-compensating digital crossover, Helix incorporates a single 1-inch, dual-diaphragm tweeter, six custom 6-inch midrange drivers, two 15-inch mid-woofers, a tri-coil 15-inch subwoofer and a 15-inch rear-firing “wave terminator” designed to cancel unwanted energy. Dimensions are 70.5×18.75×20 inches (H×W×D); weight is 280 pounds.


The Z-Tap rechargeable battery power system from Remote Audio ( can deliver 12 volts DC at up to 100 Amps/hour for DC-powered field recording equipment. The Nickel-Zinc Z-Tap outperforms a lead-acid battery by 3-to-1, with significantly longer battery life under continuous high-current conditions. With an estimated life of 10 years or 500 recharge cycles, the Z-Tap is immune to the “memory” effect and can be “topped-off” or partially charged. The unit includes detachable AC cord for the built-in charger and six 4-pin XLR power outlets protected by auto-resetting breakers. Price: $895; a carry case is optional.


Equi=Tech Corporation ( has upgraded all of its pro rackmount, balanced AC power line products. Equi=Tech's 2002 models feature new transformers with a reduced line impedance to improve current delivery for brighter, cleaner audio. Other new features include a more accurate 3-digit LED voltmeter on the front panel, a fail-safe non-GFCI twist-lock, and blue LED indicator lights.


Behringer's ( Powerplay Pro HA4600 is a one-rackspace unit with four independent stereo headphone amplifiers. Input/aux sections provide up to four stereo mixes. Each output section includes a 2-band EQ, stereo aux input, mono/stereo and left/right mute switches, balance and volume controls. A front panel direct in allows inserting an additional stereo signal source, and several headphone amps can be cascaded. LED output meters for each channel, and illuminated switches ease operation. I/O connections are servo-balanced, gold-plated XLR and ¼-inch TRS. Price: $125.


DPA ( offers the CXO4000 Compact XY and ORTF mic mount, designed specifically for mounting DPA Compact Cardioid microphones in either a coincident XY stereo configuration or a near-coincident ORTF configuration. The lightweight CXO4000 mounts on a single microphone stand and optional shock-mounts are available: the EXY4000 Extension for Compact Stereo Holders and the UA0897 Shock-Mount. The black anodized aluminum holder can hold four mics simultaneously for A/B comparison between XY and ORTF setups. ORTF applications include close miking pianos, overheads for drum kits, horn or string sections, choirs, ambient surround recordings, and as a main or additional spotpair for acoustic ensembles. Distributed in the U.S. by TGI North America Inc., the XY/ORTF mount is priced at $95.

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