Musikmesse 2011 Show Report

Apr 27, 2011 5:33 PM, By Mike Lawson


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Dangerous Music Liaison
I stopped by the Dangerous Music booth to score a cool toy yo-yo for my son and get a first-hand look at the company's recently announced new product, Liaison, which is a hand-wired, point-to-point, high-end routing/switching and patching tool for mixing and mastering with analog equipment that provides six insert points and parallel effects loops, giving you tons of flexibility in using your favorite analog compressors, EQs, leveling amps and other equipment. No price or release date has been set as of Musikmesse for Liaison, so keep an eye out for that information. 

IK Multimedia iRig
As previously mentioned, I used my iPhone 4 and IK Multimedia’s iRig microphone to capture sound and video at the Messe booths I visited. The new iRig microphone is an amazing product that provides the user with a handheld microphone experience with the look and feel of a dynamic microphone, but with a variable sensitivity condenser microphone capsule inside. The iRig gets its phantom power from the iPad or iPhone. At a mere $59.95 MSRP, it’s a really great bargain and provides a very directional pattern with crisp sound that also includes a 1/8-inch headphone jack for monitoring the microphone input. It's compatible with apps that use the microphone input on an iPad or iPhone, and with the release of GarageBand for iPad, it's one of the few ways to get good-sounding vocals recorded on your 21st-century tablet studio device. In addition to the iRig, the folks at IK Multimedia gave me a look at their various products for iPad and iPhone, including VocaLive (a vocal processor app with 12 effects and multitrack recording) and iRig Recorder (perfect for capturing interviews, podcasts and other simple recording needs on an iPad or iPhone).

ADK Microphones Frankfurt Edition and More
ADK introduced three cool new products, including from their 3 Zigma line, a new transformer-coupled small-diaphragm head amp mic with a pad and highpass filter, great for high-SPL sources like snare drums. Appropriately, ADK used Musikmesse as the place to announce the new Frankfurt Edition 49 Custom FET mic, which emulates an old M49 but with a more slow saturation circuit with an Oxford transformer. Also, finally releasing is the T7 tri-polar high-SPL microphone with similar specs to a Neumann U87 for around $400.

Universal Audio UA2 Satellite
The UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform is now available to iMac and MacBook Pro or other portable computer users, or those who simply want to be able to take their UAD capabilities with them with this release. The UAD-2 Satellite DUO and QUAD (FireWire 400/800 format) lets you use Universal Audio's UAD Powered Plug-Ins, the kind of which most native Mac or PC-based systems would have trouble delivering without some serious under-the-hood power onboard. They are compatible with Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Pro Tools, StudioOne, Digital Performer or SONAR and other DAW/production applications. Among other amazing new plug-ins, Universal Audio also showed off its emulation of the classic Lexicon 224 reverb, one of the most famous reverbs of all time. 

Tonelux OTB16
Tonelux, a new line for PMI Audio Group, introduced the OTB16, a 16-channel line mixer with pan and level on every channel. Each channel has a detent in the center that is a calibrated unity gain point, with 9 dB above that point. Each pair of knobs on each channel can be switched to slave off of one pot to create a stereo pair with controllable levels. There are 16 total channels and one master pot, and the unit features D-sub inputs and XLR outputs that can come pre/post master pot, allowing multiple units to be linked together. 

Mike Lawson is a musician, engineer, publisher and cartoon bluesman based in Nashville.

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