Tools of the Trade, June 2008

Jun 1, 2008 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.


The new EditBOX Mini-SAS storage line from Proavio ( integrates new features including a standardized cable type, industry-standard SFF8088 interface ports with pro locking connectors, native internal Mini-SAS system architecture and an overall increase in performance by up to 20%. The EditBOX 4MS (1 TB/4x, 250 GB, $649; 2 TB/4x, 500 GB, $899) is a small-format, four-drive SAS/SATA disk array featuring a x4 SFF8088 interface port and new Mini-SAS architecture that greatly increases the signal integrity. It's capable of exceeding speeds over 225 MB/s. The EditBOX 8MS (2 TB/8x, 250 GB, $1,249; 4 TB/8x, 500 GB, $1,595) is a small-format, 8-drive SAS/SATA disk array with a dual-x4 Mini-SAS interface that supports disk configurations up to 8 TB. It is capable of delivering an excess of 450 MB/s when configured in RAID-5.


Available in 8- ($379) and 12-channel ($439) versions, Bardl P Series mixers from Avlex ( are designed for desktop studio or live applications. Features include USB and S/PDIF ports, Mac/PC integration, switchable mic/line inputs (four on the 8-channel P80U; eight on the 12-channel P120U), switchable phantom power and 3-band shelving EQ. There are also contour control on groups 1, 2 and the main mix bus, as well as 4-segment LED indicators for the main/group outputs. Other features include separate headphone level control and direct output control for recording, plus dual-bus outputs and three aux outputs.


Blue Cat Audio ( has released the Digital Peak Meter Pro 3 ($58.31), a redesigned version of its unique audio analysis tool. The meter is a VST and DirectX plug-in for Windows offering a new GUI, Bob Katz' K-System scales support, the ability to blend RMS and peak envelopes for the transformed output, mid-side mode, average values display, undo/redo support and Windows opacity-management support. Other features include main MIDI setting displays in the plug-in user interface, anti-aliased curves, and improved values in the MIDI settings panel and the host application.


This stand-alone duping unit from Disc Makers ( boasts an easy-to-use interface and runs without a computer. The Forte ($499) features a 20x DVD±R/40x CD-R drive, 25-disc input/output capacity, a 160GB hard drive that stores up to 31 full-size DVD images and duplication rates of seven DVDs, or 14 CDs per hour. The machine has a small footprint and houses a rugged built-in fan, professional grade robotics and advanced control features, giving users the option to duplicate CDs/DVDs in both single and multi-master modes.


Keeping the airwaves free from the effects of naughty words, the Sonifex (dist. by Independent Audio, RB-PD2 ($2,882) stereo profanity delay is a rackmount box featuring an automatic audio-stretch algorithm that allows between two and 64 seconds of delay to be built up live during broadcast while maintaining the correct pitch. The delay can also be applied while playing a pre-selected audio file on a Compact Flash memory card. The unit features balanced analog and AES/EBU digital I/Os, and handles sample rates up to 48 kHz at 24-bit. The RB-PD2 has Build, Delay, Cough and Dump features, as well as a dedicated Record mode for storing audio from either the analog or digital inputs to a linear WAV file on a Compact Flash memory card.


This 20-page free guide helps readers define and treat noise problems as it applies to doors and openings. It covers steps to solve the problem and the mechanics of sound transmission, including sound transmission loss, sound transmission class and the role of gasketing in achieving the performance ratings you require. Other topics include sound trap components, head and jamb protection, automatic door bottoms and saddle/hinges. In addition, the guide details considerations when dealing with window and curtain walls and more. The text can be viewed online at or downloaded as a PDF.


Numerical Sound's ( Hollywood Impulse Responses (HIR, $129.95) were inspired by the ambience of 20 major Hollywood blockbuster films released from 1977 to 2006. Impulses were designed to change the perceived timbre of an individual instrument, ensemble or an entire orchestra. The user can adjust the tone of a track by selecting the appropriate dark, warm, flat, clear or bright impulse when mixing the wet signal in with the dry. Also included are six sets of IRs that are highpass-filtered at points of the frequency spectrum matching the range of acoustic instruments. These points are at the notes C2, G2, C3, G3, C4 and G4. For example, a solo violin tracking the IRs from the G3 set will exactly match the range of the instrument. Requirements include a program such as Altiverb, Pristine Space, Space Designer, IR-1, Acoustic Mirror, Perfect Space or SIR. Logic, Cakewalk, Samplitude, Sequoia and Nuendo all have convolution integrated into their programs, so purchasing a plug-in is required.


This new audio workstation from Rain Recording ( features the AMD Phenom 9000 Series quad-core processor, ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series GPU and the AMD 7 Series chipset. The Solstice Spider Edition ($2,799.95) is housed in a crimson-anodized, aluminum chassis and features a 500GB, 7,200 rpm Ultra 300 SATA II system drive with 32MB buffer, identical streaming drive, dual-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW combo drive, 10 USB 2 ports, three FireWire 400 ports, four PCI Express x16 buses, two PCI slots, RAID-readiness, two PS/2 ports, aluminum keyboard and Microsoft optical mouse. Free shipping and free third-party integration are standard.


The SpectraPhy LE ($59) from Crysonic ( is a look-ahead brickwall limiter/level maximizer designed for tracking, mixing, mastering and live use. Features on this native PC VST/Native Universal Binary (Intel/PPC) Audio Units- or VST-format plug-in include less than 0.2ms delay; individual left/right channel limiting with linking; graphical spectrum and attack/release display; pre-smooth function to tame transients; pre- or post-output spectrum; 64-bit internal precision; 24-bit/96kHz audio support; velocity-sensitive dials; and full automation for all parameters.

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