Musikmesse 2013 Report

Jun 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Mike Lawson

New Product Highlights from the 2013 Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound Frankfurt Show

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Universal Audio Apollo 16

The folks at Universal Audio used their time wisely at the show to announce the Apollo 16 audio interface. With 16x16 analog I/O, this FireWire/Thunderbolt–ready interface combines high-quality converters and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing of its wide array of stellar plug-ins. Apollo 16 features DB-25 connectivity and multi-unit cascading for up to 32x32 analog I/O.

With its standard UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo 16 allows real time processing with UAD Powered Plug-Ins allowing engineers to monitor, audition, and “print” audio using analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more from UA’s assortment of plugin offerings. Apollo 16's onboard UAD processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU) throughout the creative process. Apollo 16 is equipped with 16x16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32x32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES/EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16’s rear panel audio connections. Apollo 16’s routing capabilities include four stereo cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new “Virtual I/O” feature that allows for Real-time UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments. Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card. Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

Interested in building your own mixer from top-quality components, or looking for a certain sound that can only come from a legendary brand name console, but without having to invest in the entire console? Vintagetools.de showed off some really cool modules crafted together from various components of legendary consoles. Their Website is worth a visit for any tone-head.

German company Zynaptiq demonstrated two new plug-ins at the show: Unchirp and Unfilter, which were shown as prototypes and are available as AudioUnits, AAX Native, RTAS and VST for both Mac and Windows operating systems.

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Zynaptiq Unchirp

Unchirp is a real-time plug-in that removes the most objectionable artifacts associated with low bit-rate lossy audio encoding, de-noising, and other processes that operate in the frequency domain, commonly referred to as Chirping, Warbling, The Tweeties or Underwater-Sound. This type of artifact has so far been virtually impossible to remove due to its narrow-band and short-time nature. Unchirp salvages poorly encoded music, speech that has gone through a poor GSM/satellite uplink, footage recorded with consumer mobile devices, and material that has been de-noised too aggressively.

Unfilter is a real-time plug-in using a blind de-convolution process to remove filtering effects, such as comb filtering, resonance, or excessive equalization, effectively linearizing the frequency response of a signal virtually automatically. Unfilter also removes slow moving flanger/chorus effects, and can apply a detected filter response to another signal, or store it for later use. Applications include repairing poorly miked production sound or musical recordings, adapting multiple sounds to be in the same acoustic "world," removing "boominess" or resonance, generally re-balancing the spectral contour of a signal or creatively designing new sounds.






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