Tools of the Trade

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 PM


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API 8200

The new API ( 8200 mixer provides eight inputs, each with level control to the stereo bus, pan and two auxiliary sends per channel, all in a single-rackspace unit. The 8200 is designed to operate with one or more API 7600 Input Modules and the 7800 Master Module to create a custom, easily expandable portable console. Each channel uses API 2510 op amps, and includes a balanced input, balanced insert point, and front-panel Mute and Solo switches. Price: $1,995.


Sonic Studio LLC ( is now shipping the CD.1, a professional CD-R imaging device with matched media that is optimized specifically for music mastering. The new drive, with 1x and 2x burning, features a customized TEAC 512 in a fortified and shock-mounted rack enclosure. Drive mods include an upgraded quartz-crystal oscillator (instead of the standard ceramic) and a laser tuned for use with a specially formulated, Sonic Studio-branded Taiyo Yuden media. Price: $2,495.


Eventide announced the availability of fully functional, time-limited demos, downloadable from The demo includes the Omnipressor, H910, H949, Instant Phaser and Instant Flanger plug-ins for Digidesign Pro Tools TDM systems. During the seven-day-trial demonstration period, users will enjoy unrestricted use of all five plug-ins until the demo period is over. Further use will require purchasing the software, which is available through authorized Eventide dealers worldwide. [See the review in Mix, July 2003.]


This new audio editor for the PC platform operates at up to 24-bit/96k, is surround-capable (5.1) and offers 64 tracks. It comes with seven built-in plug-ins, including several 3-D sound effects and a room simulator. DirectX, DMO and VST plug-in support allow for added functionality, while ASIO 2.0 driver support provides low latency in playback and recording, and hardware versatility. Video-referenced editing supports playback and audio extraction from five video formats, as well as saving to AVI. Windows Media Audio 9 and WMA9 Pro file encoding are also fully supported, while AC-3 and AAC encode/decode can be purchased as an option. Price: $399.99; AC-3 module, $299; AAC, $499. See more at


For those of you with an insatiable hunger for hard drives, StorCase ( introduces the new 14-bay, three-rack-unit InfoStation. Each enclosure supports up to 14 low-profile SCSI Ultra320 SCA drives, and is downward-compatible with earlier SCSI Wide technologies. The enclosures are constructed of corrosion-resistant steel, and each includes two redundant power supplies, two variable-speed fan modules, and 14 removable and locking drive carriers, all hot-swappable. The User-Interface Module on the center of the unit provides feedback on chassis configurations and communication status, and adds an RS-232 connection for environmental monitoring, configuration and control. Prices start at $2,695.


Disc Makers ( released Mac OS X-compatible CD and DVD duplication and printing systems. The MacElites feature an easy-to-use interface that allows users to design disc-label artwork, copy CDs and DVDs, and archive images of frequently copied titles to their hard drive. The systems include a 2,400-dpi inkjet disc printer, and are available in configurations ranging from one to four CD-R or DVD-R drives. Prices start at $3,990.


Especially useful in surround situations, the new ARC frames from OmniMount ( enclose the monitor on four sides and are held together by a dual set of aircraft-quality cables, with a unique tensioning block. From there, wall, ceiling or tripod mounting is available with the well-known OmniMount clamp, jaw and ball assembly. The five available kit sizes will handle some of the smallest monitors, up to the largest, including loads of 250 pounds. Price: $219.95 to $319.95.


Now available for Pro Tools, the TC Tools 3.6 bundle from TC Works ( comprises the Mega Reverb, Chorus/Delay and EQsat plug-ins. Operating at up to 96k, the plugs tap into, and even improve upon, the TC Electronic M5000 processor's core technology. The plug-ins will work on both HD and 24 MIX systems (Mac OS X and Windows XP), and use an iLok for authorization. TC Tools is distributed by Digidesign (


Audio designer Frank De Medio ( has recently released the DME103 dual-channel mic preamp. Capable of providing up to 67 dB of gain at a frequency response from 10-50k Hz, the unit features a four-position attenuator, continuously variable gain, individually switchable phantom power and large illuminated VU meters. The unit has balanced outputs, and is available directly from De Medio in Sun Valley, Calif. Price: $2,500.


This past summer, Yamaha ( released the next generation of the SPX line of multi-effects processors. The unit features the interface and programs that so many of us are used to, but now, Yamaha has added 24-bit/96k operation, advanced navigation, an advanced REV-X reverb algorithm and more. Analog I/O is provided for via XLR and ¼-inch connectors, both with a +4dBU/-10dBu selector switch, while digital I/O is AES/EBU (XLR). There is also wordclock input (BNC), MIDI In/Out/Thru, and USB connectors for remote control and data management using computers, digital consoles or any MIDI device. A foot-switch connector for effects tempo control is located on the front panel. In the works for an October release is a cross-platform (Mac and PC) editor that will allow manipulation and storage of programs and parameters offline.


This new, low-profile, 2-D, RPG-signature diffusor is now available in an easy-to-install version for the project studio. Suitable for either wall or ceiling applications, the diffusor comes in either white or gray, is 23⅝ inches square and 4¼ inches deep and comes two to a box for $200. Visit for a full dealer list.


Ultimate Sound Bank (dist. by Ilio, has rolled out the all-new Plugsound 1.8 family of sample libraries. Version 1.8 features a new graphical interface and a built-in Reverb function. The line consists of six volumes including Keyboards, Fretted Instruments, Drums & Percussion, Hip Hop Toolkit, Synth Collection and Global Plugsound. Each library is compatible with a Macintosh and Windows-based PC, and can be purchased individually for $99, or as a specially priced six-volume box set for just $499.


Event ( has rolled out its new flagship monitor, the Studio Precision 8. The new monitor features an 8-inch, low-frequency driver; a 1-inch, soft-dome HF tweeter; and comes in either passive or active versions. The active 8s are powered by 200 watts on the low end and 80 watts on the high, and feature continuously variable low- and high-frequency trim controls, a continuously variable input-sensitivity control and a switchable 80Hz highpass filter. Dual large-diameter bass ports reside on the front, and connection is made via balanced XLR or ¼-inch inputs.


Studer ( adds another notch to its broadcast belt with the release of the OnAir 500, a compact console designed for small, live, on-air applications and for outside broadcast operations. The OnAir 500 features six channel faders, two master faders, an integrated routing system, and comprehensive monitoring and talkback facilities for control room and studio. The integral power supply may be backed up by an external 24-volt DC supply, ensuring continuity of programming and easy mobile use. The OnAir 500 integrates easily with Studer's DigiMedia broadcast system and the RCS Master Control automation system.


Mackie Designs ( announced the release of UAD-1 Version 3.1 software and the availability of a new Powered Plug-In: the Cambridge EQ. Version 3.1 enables multicard support on the Macintosh platform and compatibility for the Cambridge EQ on both Macintosh- and Windows-based systems. Cambridge is a new a 5-band, fully parametric EQ featuring a wide variety of filter types and curves.


Minnetonka Audio Software ( has announced a new encoder for Dolby Pro Logic II, which allows broadcasters, game developers and audio professionals to easily encode surround sound into stereo-delivery formats. Currently available as a stand-alone, Windows-based application, it will soon be available as a standard VST plug-in, allowing it to be used on a number of popular DAWs. All versions are $495.


Furman Sound ( has released the new SRM-80A signal router/monitor. The new unit provides the flexibility and capabilities of a large-format console's monitor section in a single-rack-unit device. The SRM provides signal routing and monitoring for four stereo mixdown devices, and three sets of studio monitors and/or headphone amps. The unit simplifies bouncing of stereo info between formats via its Source Select switches, and offers stereo metering on the front panel. Price: $699.


MaxVision Corporation ( has released the new MaxPac8020M Pro Audio transportable workstation. The 8020M is a full-performance, shock-mounted, Pentium 4 desktop workstation specifically designed for mobile use. The unit provides the necessary PCI slots, high-performance dual hard disk (up to 290 GB), DVD/CD-RW burner and a brilliant 17-inch display, in less than 27 pounds and 1 cubic foot of space. Prices start at $5,000.


The ATC-2 is a dual-channel mic preamp, compressor and 4-band EQ designed by Trident Audio founder Malcom Toft. Each channel in the two-rackspace unit is switchable between mic and line input, and includes phantom power, a polarity switch and a direct input. Primary I/O connection is via balanced XLR or TRS. The EQ section features two sweepable mid-bands, while the low and high bands are shelving with two selectable frequencies per band. A lowpass filter fixed at 50 Hz is also included for each channel. The FET compressor has adjustable Attack, Release, Ratio and Gain, and can function independently or be linked for stereo operation. Price: $1,299.99. Toft Audio is distributed by PMI Audio Group,


SE ( has just released the C2s, an 1176-type FET dual-channel compressor/limiter that has “pro” written all over it. The unit features discrete Class-A design, balanced I/O, a relay hardware bypass and gold XLR, switch contacts and internal connections. The front panel sports Input, Output, Attack, Release and Ratio controls, along with two dual-purpose “rainbow” meters that let the user judge gain reduction and output at the same time. SE is now distributed by Wave Distribution. Price: $2,495.


The new 820DSP from Alesis ( features an 8-inch Kevlar woofer and a 1-inch, silk-dome tweeter powered by an 80-watt and 40-watt amp, respectively. The monitor features adjustable digital parametric EQ that can be altered onboard via the built-in LCD, or from a computer. The included software offers control of up to 16 ProLinear 820DSPs, storage of user settings and modeling of various monitor types. Price: $1,499/pair.


It's not a free lunch, but it's certainly bigger and less expensive than its predecessor: The new API ( 5006B includes its own built-in power supply and is designed to accommodate six API 500 Series modules, including the 512C mic preamp, 525 compressor/limiter, 550B switchable EQ and 560 graphic EQ. Price: $495.


SCOPE Fusion users will jump for joy at the news that CreamWare ( has ported three new plug-ins for the platform. First, the B-2003, a B3 emulator that accurately models key clicks, tone wheels, percussion and rotating-speaker effects. Next, the Sequential Circuits Pro-One (remember that?) keyboard, including the original step sequencer and arpeggiator. And rounding out the hat trick is the Interpole filter from the Minimax synth. Price: TBA.

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