Tools of the Trade

Jul 1, 2003 12:00 PM

DIGIDESIGN 002 RACK
Digi's (www.digidesign.com) 002 is being reborn in a rack: The FireWire-based 002 Rack offers all of the features found in the 002, minus the control surface, in a single 2U rackmount box. The unit is bundled with Pro Tools LE and a variety of RTAS/Audiosuite plug-ins, and operates at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. The interface includes eight channels of balanced analog I/O, eight channels of ADAT optical I/O and two channels of S/PDIF I/O, plus four mic pre's with phantom power, MIDI I/O and more. The 002 connects via FireWire to Macs; Windows PCs will be supported in a Pro Tools 6.1 release. Retail price is $1,295.

TASCAM US-122
Targeted at the desktop recordist, the Tascam (www.tascam.com) US-122 allows portability of audio and MIDI data to/from a computer (Mac or PC). The USB-powered device has two XLR phantom-powered mic inputs with analog inserts and two double-duty line/instrument inputs on balanced ¼-inch TRS jacks. The US-122 also offers 16 channels of MIDI I/O for use with synths and other MIDI gear. Drivers for the US-122 provide for compatibility with ASIO, WDM, GSIF and Apple Core Audio (OS X) software systems. Price: $269.

NEUMANN TLM 127
Neumann's (www.neumannusa.com) newest mic is based on its popular TLM 103, but features onboard switching for cardioid or omni polar pickup and a remote five-pattern switching option to be offered in the future. The mic also includes a switchable pad and low-cut filter, and includes an elastically suspended shockmount. The mic will handle 140dB SPL and has a noise spec of 7 dBA (DIN/IEC 651) or 18.5 dB (CIR 468-3).

WIZOO'S CUBASE SX/SL — MIXING AND MASTERING
Wizoo's (www.wizoo.com) easy-to-read practical book provides help to improve arranging/mixing/mastering skills of Cubase SX/SL users. It offers a basic intro to the world of sound engineering, with advanced music-production tips and a CD-ROM with audio examples and Cubase projects. Price is $40 directly from Wizoo or music/book retailers.

SADIE VERSION 5 SOFTWARE
SADiE (www.sadie.com) has launched Version 5 software as the core OS for a new range of workstation products for both PCM and DSD production. New enhancements to the existing user interface include a major playlist and mixer tweaks. Significant V. 5 features include the provision for enhanced real-time DirectX support, allowing users to access a vast range of third-party plug-ins from Waves, TC Electronic, Antares and others. Standard Windows networking functions are now supported, opening up greater multi-user-access possibilities to SADiE clients. Responding to user comments, SADiE has changed its editing model, making it more friendly.

DK-AUDIO PT5202
DK-Audio's (www.dk-audio.com) PT5202 Compact VariTime Sync Generator includes basic features for pro sync, timing and test signals, plus a user-friendly front control panel. The unit features high-stability reference and Genlock to PAL, NTSC or 10MHz clock for slave applications. Outputs include black burst (x3), one SDI signal generator, one analog video generator, one AES/EBU or analog audio, and one Word Clock out operating at 44.1/48 kHz.

MIDDLE ATLANTIC D12SD
Middle Atlantic's (www.middleatlantic.com) newest addition to its Edit Center line of products is a dual-bay outboard rack featuring two 12-rackspace bays. One side is open, while the other features a gasketed Plexiglas front door and gasketed, laminated rear door, which provides excellent noise control. The unit rides on casters that allow it to be rolled easily, and is available in marbled graphite or cherry laminate finishes.

ELECTRO-HARMONIX LPB 2UBE STEREO PREAMP
Electro-Harmonix (www.ehx.com) claims that this line-level preamp delivers smooth gain while remaining quiet and transparent. In either stereo or dual-mono mode, the LPB offers numerous applications for either live or studio use. The user can gain from the two inputs/outputs, making a clean preamp stage with both a master volume and master drive controls. Price: $289.

VIENNA SYMPHONIC LIBRARY ORCHESTRAL CUBE
Vienna Symphonic Library (dist. by Ilio Entertainments, www.ilio.com) has released the Orchestral Cube in Emagic EXS24 Mk II format. The Cube includes strings, brass and woodwinds, and percussion, and will eventually be bundled with the EXS Performance Tool plug-in. Unlike the GigaStudio version, whose Performance tool operates as a stand-alone application, the EXS tool will operate as a plug-in within Logic, allowing the user to access all of the expression toys within the application. Users who purchase the complete orchestral package will receive the Orchestral Cube and Performance tool as soon as they're available at a special price.

BEHRINGER ADA8000
Behringer (www.behringer.com) recently released the Ultragain Pro-8 Digital ADA8000, an 8-channel digital front end. The new box has eight Behringer IMP (Invisible Mic Preamp) pre's, accessible through either XLR or ¼-inch TRS connectors. From there, the user can send the signals out to a DAW or other digital device through the analog outputs or an ADAT Lightpipe. Sample rates are 44.1 or 48k at 24 bits and synchable via wordclock or the ADAT input.

NEXT GENERATION SOFTWARE NGWAVE 1.41
NGWave 1.41 from Next Generation (www.ngwave.com) offers a $19.95 PC audio editor with basic edit/DSP functions. NGWave lets users record sounds from any installed sound card and perform copy/cut/paste operations. It offers EQ, filtering, delay/reverb, dynamic compression and more. NGWave's Waveform display and unique internal storage format let most edit operations take place nearly instantaneously. NGWave runs on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP and requires a Pentium II or better.

RYCOTE MIC DATA CD-ROM
Modeled after its impressive mic data hardcover book, Rycote has captured the details of just about every single mic in professional use — more than 1,000 from over 60 manufacturers — and put them on a searchable CD-ROM. The disc is loaded with pictures, specs, response curves and polar diagrams, all to standard references and scales for easy mic-to-mic comparison. For anyone into mics or audio education, this is a must-have. To order a CD, visit www.microphone-data.com.

HANNAY UPDATES CABLE REELS
A necessary accessory to keep long cables manageable, the Model AVC1150 storage reel from Hannay (www.hannay.com) comes with an optional folding handle and a cam-lock brake. Also useful is an opening in the drum that permits the cable end to be inserted to initiate winding. The AVC weighs in at 44 pounds, and comes in nonreflective, black air-dried enamel.

MAXELL DVD-R PLUS DISCS
Maxell Professional (www.maxell.com) extends its DVD line with the DVD-R Plus Series discs for video, audio and data-storage applications. The 4.7GB-capacity discs support 4x write speeds, and a proprietary organic dye offers excellent media compatibility. The discs are write-compatible with any DVD-R recorder and read-compatible with DVD-ROM, DVD-Video and DVD-Audio players.

TC ELECTRONIC P2 LEVEL PILOT
Targeted at broadcast and post users, the P2 from TC Electronic (www.tcelectronic.com) provides lockable dynamic control for experts and novice users. The unit comes loaded with a host of standard presets, ensuring compliance with audio standards, maximum loudness, spectral balance and total level controls. Included PC ICON software provides detailed access to all parameters for editing and creating tailor-made presets, and settings can easily be cloned to other P2 units.

PEARL CO 22 OMNI
Sweden's Pearl Lab (dist. by Independent Audio, www.independentaudio.com) introduces the CO 22, its newest studio condenser microphone. This large-diaphragm, phantom-powered omni boasts low self-noise and flat response both on- and off-axis.

SURGEX SA-15/SA-20
SurgeX (www.surgex.com) announces the release of its latest products, the SA-15 and SA-20. The new 15/20-amp-capable units offer high-quality surge suppression and power conditioning with upgraded performance over their predecessors. SurgeX uses proprietary, certified A-1-1 technology, has an ETL 1449-2 safety listing and carries a 10-year warranty.

URSA MAJOR SPACE STATION RETURNS
Rekindled by Ursa Major founder Christopher Moore, Seven Woods Audio (www.sevenwoodsaudio.com) announces the new SST-206 Space Station, combining the reverb/effects of the classic Ursa Major Space Station with a powerful, modern reverb in a paperback book-size case. The new Space Station features 24-bit, 44.1/48kHz AES/EBU digital I/O, and accepts 24-bit audio at 48 or 44.1 kHz and — at 6.4×4.8×0.6 inches — is smaller than the remotes to other reverbs. Operation is push-and-go, with 12 simple knobs that show the current settings.

CAD E1002 MIC
Part of CAD Professional's new (www.cadmics.com) Equitek2 mic line — which also includes the e202 and e303 vocal models, e502 kick and e602/e802 instrument mics — the e1002 is a side-address, multi-purpose studio condenser. Like other high-end CAD mics, the e1002's servo-condenser design uses an internal power reservoir that can supply 10x the current from phantom powering alone. The mic includes a switchable -20dB pad, 80Hz lowcut filter, shock-mount and carry case.

NTI MINILINK USB
The MiniLINK USB interface from NTI (www.nt-instruments.com) allows documentation and data acquisition of all Minilyzer ML1 and Digilyzer DL1 functions to a PC. The data I/O lets users store and transfer screen shots and measurement data for post processing. The new tool requires the most recent firmware upgrade and the addition of a simple, user-installable USB port to the handheld units.

PRISM DSD INTERFACE
Prism Sound (www.prismsound.com) recently announced the availability of its first DSD-compatible product: the DSD processor and interface module for the ADA-8 converter. The new processor not only provides a high-quality, multichannel AD/DA conversion path for origination and playback of DSD recordings, but also supports high-quality conversion between PCM and DSD formats.

SERAFINE AMBIENCE 5.1 COLLECTION
Frank Serafine (www.frankserafine.com) has just released the Ambience 5.1 Collection of the Serafine Collection of sound effects libraries. Ambience 5.1 is a 20-DVD collection of surround sound samples from both natural and city environments. Ambient sounds include traffic, rain, waterfalls, forests, wind, countryside, neighborhood, weather, aquatic, crowds and more. Audio files are .AIFF and 5.1 DVD-Audio. Ambience 5.1 begins shipping in August. Price: $1,999.

ADK MODEL S VIENNA EDITION
Debuting at Summer NAMM from ADK Microphones (www.adkmic.com) is an upgraded version of its popular A-51 studio condenser mic but with an Austrian-inspired tonality. The new Vienna Edition features Class-A discrete electronics, dramatically improved specs (15dBa noise) over its predecessor, an 18dB pad and 80Hz HP filter. Retail: $595.

MILLENNIA TD-1 TWIN DIRECT RECORDING SYSTEM
Far beyond ordinary direct boxes, the all-discrete TD-1 Twin Direct Recording System from Millennia Media (www.mil-media.com) offers a ¼-inch instrument input, XLR line in, ¼-inch Speaker Soak input, and optional 65dB-gain HV-3 mic preamp in a half-width, rack-mountable chassis. Featured are selectable tube or solid-state DI amps, fullrange (20-25k Hz) parametric EQ and three input-impedance settings. Nine outputs include line-level (XLR or ¼-inch), an audiophile-grade headphone amp, a ¼-inch (buffered or unbuffered) direct out, and a custom DI transformer for an isolated, mic-level DI out with 3-300k Hz response. Two extra ¼-inch outs offer Les Paul and Strat emulation using REAMP® technology, letting engineers work on live guitar recording techniques after the guitarist leaves the studio. Utility functions include switches and internal jumpers to set ground isolation, -20dB input pad switch, signal presence and clip LEDs, polarity reverse switching, 100-240 VAC powering and more. Retail: $1,395.



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