Tech: New Products, April 2010

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CEDAR Audio DNS One
CEDAR’s DNS One ($3,750 retail) is the company's first software-based dialog noise-suppression plug-in available in RTAS format for Pro Tools HD and LE (Mac OS X and Windows). It offers the same audio quality and performance as CEDAR’s DNS1500, DNS2000 and DNS3000. A DNS Control System GUI lets users control as many instances of DNS One as the user’s host system can support, plus up to 126 instances of DNS2000 and DNS3000. It is fully integrated with Pro Tools’ automation and hardware control surfaces, such as the ICON, D-Control and D-Command.

Fostex FM-4 Location Mixer
The LFM-4 ($3,299) 4-channel portable audio mixer from Fostex (www.fostex.com) is designed specifically for EFP, broadcast, and on-location TV and film applications. Each of the four balanced XLR inputs accept mic or line-level inputs, and feature 12T and phantom power, preamps designed with custom transformers, and switchable high-shelving and mid sweep EQ. High-resolution OLED meters offer VU and peak-level indication, battery level, and selectable stereo and mono modes. Multiple output options include sub outs, tape output and aux outputs with channel select. The main outputs can also provide up to four post-fader channel direct outs.

Blue Sky BMC MKIII Bass-Mangement Controller
The BMC MKIII ($1,195) stand-alone bass-management controller from Blue Sky has been upgraded with a new remote offering additional LED indicators and controls, an Input Solo mode that lets users solo multiple channels simultaneously and an additional LFE fine-adjust trim range of ±2 dB. For film use, the BMC’s -3dB film surround offset drops input level of left/right surround channels. Users can also turn off bass management for surround channels, limiting their response to 80 Hz, and switch between four renameable/customizable presets, including Standard Blue Sky LFE +10, Film Surround -3 dB, 6-Channel Volume Control and Film + Small Surround.

Rain Computers ION Studio
The ION Studio rackmount digital audio/video workstation from Rain features an Intel “Nehalem” Xeon quad-core processor, up to 16 GB of memory and up to 6 TB of storage. ION is big on I/O, featuring five FireWire ports, five PCIe slots, a PCI-X slot, two PS/2 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, an eSATA port, eight channels of HD audio and 10 USB 2 ports. There is a StormDrive dual-layer CD/DVD Writer that’s upgradable to Blu-ray, as well as an option for a built-in Solid State Drive (SSD). Prices start at $2,499. 






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