Tools of the Trade

Sep 1, 2002 12:00 PM

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DIGIDESIGN DIGI 002

Digidesign (www.digidesign.com) introduces Digi 002, featuring FireWire connectivity, a touch-sensitive control surface, support for 24-bit/96kHz resolution and Pro Tools LE 5.3.2 software. Borrowing technology found in Digi's Control|24, Digi 002's touch-sensitive faders, rotary encoders and LCD scribble strips allow tactile control of most Pro Tools LE features and parameters, including plug-in manipulation. Additionally, the single-box design includes all inputs and outputs. For live applications, Digi 002 can be uncoupled from Pro Tools and used in a stand-alone mode as an 8×4×2 digital mixer with onboard EQ, dynamics, delay and reverb. Features include eight analog inputs, including four mic pre's with highpass filters and phantom power; eight analog outs, plus separate monitor, headphone and -10dBV RCA outputs; eight touch-sensitive faders; eight motion-sensitive encoders; and 10 4-character scribble strips for individual track parameters. The MIDI in and output ports handle 16 channels in/32 channels out; also standard are eight channels of ADAT optical I/O and stereo S/PDIF I/O. Digi 002 ships with a 32-track version of Pro Tools LE 5.3.2 software and bundled plug-ins, and runs on Windows XP Home and Mac OS 9.x systems. The $2,495 package is slated to ship this quarter.

PELONIS SIGNATURE SERIES

Studio designer/acoustician Chris Pelonis (www.pelonissound.com) debuts wide-band active monitors. The Pelonis Signature Series 215WBA is a four-way active system. Frequency response is a stated 22-45k Hz, with linear trailing phase. The monitors feature a proprietary driver on a custom low-distortion, Tannoy Dual-Concentric 15-inch and a super-tweeter. The $33,000 package includes custom crossover tuning by Pelonis. A custom subwoofer complement is also available.

DRAWMER TUBE STATION PREAMP

Drawmer offers the Tube Station 1 (TS1) 2-channel compressor. Distributed by Transamerica Audio Group (www.transaudiogroup.com), the one-rackspace TS1 features Class-A Drawmer preamps and a stereo soft-knee Drawmer tube compressor, coupled with a 24-bit/96k digital converter. Usable either as a stand-alone stereo-tube compressor or as a dedicated voice or instrument channel preamp/compressor, the TS1 features a HF contour control and variable highpass filter on the inputs, and a variable Tube Drive control for adding tube saturation. Additional features include balanced analog I/Os, phantom power, an effects insert point and compressor sidechain. A $250 optional digital-output module adds S/PDIF or AES/EBU at up to 24-bit resolution and 96kHz sample rate. The TS1 is $749.

ALPHA-CORE BALANCED POWER SUPPLY

The BP30 power system from Alpha-Core Inc. (www.alphacore.com) is a balanced, symmetrical power supply specifically designed to eliminate the noise and hum caused by unbalanced AC power lines. Designed by Dick Sequerra, the BP30 can handle a continuous power of 1,000 watts (8.4A) with input and output voltages of 120 volts for 60Hz operation. (A 240V/60Hz version is also available.) Features include four duplex-grounded receptacles (eight separate AC outlets) and a 15A time-delay fuse. Its toroidal transformer provides a low-profile enclosure, and the 14×9×3.5-inch (L×W×H) black-anodized aluminum casing weighs 26 pounds. Price is $895, with a 10-year limited warranty.

LEXICON MPX 550

Lexicon's (www.lexicon.com) MPX 550 is a dual-channel effects processor featuring 24-bit AD/DA conversion, 24-bit internal processing, 255 factory presets — plus 64 user memories — including classic true-stereo reverbs and programs combining two independent effects. Reverb effects include ambience, plate, chamber and inverse, as well as tremolo, rotary, chorus, flange, pitch, detune and delays. The digital compressor has limiting, expansion and tape-saturation effects. I/Os include balanced analog XLRs and an S/PDIF digital port. Price: $649.

PMC MB2 MONITORS

The new MB2 Series of three-way loudspeakers from the Professional Monitor Company (www.pmcloudspeaker.com) includes single- and twin-cabinet systems, in passive and active forms; matching horizontal center-channel versions are also available. The MB2 Series offers a 20-25k Hz (±3dB) frequency range. The MB2-A (active single-cabinet system) and MB2XBD-A (active twin-cabinet) PMC systems are driven by ultra-low distortion electronics co-developed with Bryston. An XB2 subwoofer provides an LFE channel for surround installs or when more bass headroom is required. The variants of the MB2 Series are based on a driver complement including a 12-inch woofer, 3-inch soft-dome mid and silk-dome HF tweeters. Prices start at $12,100/pair.

CREAMWARE MINIMAX

A new synthesizer for Creamware's SCOPE Fusion platform is Minimax, a virtual Minimoog® that simulates all of the properties of the original synth, from the sound of the oscillators and the unique filters to the fast envelopes and the characteristic saturation of the mixer section, as well as features such as filter FM and internal feedback. The positions and action of the controls match those of the original, so users can set up Minimoog sound sheets on the Minimax and store them as presets. Parameters can be controlled via MIDI, and the Minimax is polyphonic and comes with more than 400 sounds. Download a free demo version at www.creamware.com.

AUDIO-TECHNICA ES WIRELESS

Audio-Technica (www.audio-technica.com) expands its range of Engineered Sound microphones for the fixed install/contracting market. New models include the ESW-T212 plug-on transmitter and the new cardioid and omni condenser lavaliers designed for use with A-T's ESW-T211 UniPak bodypack transmitter. The ESW-T212 plug-on transmitter converts a “wired” handheld dynamic or battery-powered condenser (728.125-740.500 MHz) to a UHF wireless system with A-T's 100-channel UHF ESW-R220 dual receiver or ESW-R210 single receiver for a frequency response of 100-15k Hz, 300-foot operating range and a seven to nine-hour 9V battery life. Price for the ESW-T212 is $835; the lavaliers are $175/each.

Note: The following product description was inadvertently omitted from our recent article on top-of-the-line wireless systems (July 2002). Mix regrets this error.

LIGHTSPEED 800 SERIES

The 800 Series Multi-Cell wireless from LightSPEED Technologies (www.lightspeed-tek.com) is designed to produce highly reliable reception in large areas such as stadiums, cruise ships, theme parks, outdoor/field-training areas, racetracks, etc. Multi-Cell systems employ from two to 16 remote cell-receivers to capture wireless transmitter signals in very large areas (50,000 to 400,000 square yards) or multilevel facilities. The remote cell-receivers connect to a Multi-Cell processing unit, which uses tri-stage diversity processing for seamless audio from one or two independent LightSPEED UHF wireless mics. Prices start at $5,760.

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS PRO-53

New from Native Instruments (www.nativeinstruments.com), the Pro-53 synthesizer is a Pro-52 upgrade offering new functions and improvements such as new oscillators, the option for inverted filter envelopes and an additional filter highpass mode. The Pro-53 is now equipped with a MIDI Learn function for fast and easy integration of hardware MIDI controllers and the option to load controller maps. The graphical interface has been enhanced, and new sounds are included. List is $199; Pro-52 users can upgrade for free.

MACKIE DRAWMER SDX100 PLUG-IN FOR SOUNDSCAPE

Mackie (www.mackie.com) announced the Drawmer SDX100 plug-in for the new Mackie Broadcast Professional Soundscape 32 workstation. The SDX100 is a dynamics plug-in based on the Drawmer ADX100 used in Mackie's Digital 8-Bus console. The SDX100 offers Drawmer's Frequency-Conscious Noise Gating, Program Adaptive Expansion, “Bootstrap” compression and Zero Overshoot Limiting. The plug-in is available through Mackie Broadcast Professional dealers for $399.

SENNHEISER BOOMSETS

Sennheiser's (www.sennheiserusa.com) HMD 280 and HMD 281 boomsets are ergonomically designed, 102dB SPL headphones that attenuate 32 dBs of ambient noise via a closed-back, circumaural design. Both models use a supercardioid mic mounted on a flexible, acoustically isolated boom to ensure intelligible communications in noisy environments. Frequency response at the earpiece is 8-25k Hz, while the noise-compensating microphone provides a voice-critical 50-13k Hz response. The $249.95 HMD 280 has two earpieces, while the $219.95 HMD 281 has only one.






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