Tech: New Products, April 2011

Apr 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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SSL DUENDE NATIVE PLUG-INS
The new Duende Native Plug-In Suite from Solid State Logic is a group of processors functionally and sonically identical to the now-discontinued DSP-powered Duende plug-ins, but they run natively using a host computer’s processing. The collection (VST/AU/RTAS, Mac/PC) is 64-bit capable and includes the EQ & Dynamics Channel plug-ins, Drumstrip and Vocalstrip, X-EQ and X-Comp mastering-grade processors, and X-Verb, a hardware standard reverb for the DAW. Duende Native plug-ins are available for purchase individually or priced in bundles from the SSL Web store.

SOUND DEVICES CL-WIFI CONTROLLER
Sound Devices has released the latest hardware accessory for its 788T digital recorders. The CL-WIFI ($249) works with its companion iOS software app to allow iPads, iPhones and iPod touches to control a connected 788T. The hardware CL-WIFI is a Wi-Fi access point when the iOS device connects to it over Wi-Fi. The CL-WIFI app then uses the Wi-Fi connection to communicate with the 788T. The iOS app controls metering of 788T input and track levels, timecode, file length, frame rate display and record start/stop input-to-track routing, enabling take list and take name editing.

AUDIO-TECHNICA U851RO BOUNDARY MIC
The Audio-Technica phantom-powered U851RO offers outstanding speech intelligibility and transparent sound quality for surface-mount applications, professional recording, television, conferencing and other demanding sound-pickup situations. The U851RO’s ($313) small-diameter UniPoint® capsule near the boundary eliminates phase distortion and delivers clear, high-output signal. The unit is equipped with a PivotPoint® rotating output connector, allowing the cable to exit from either the rear or the bottom of the microphone; a UniSteep® filter, which provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality; and UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology, which offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference.

INWARD CONNECTIONS MAGNUM 500 PREAMP
Inward Connections has released the Magnum 500 Series ($950) preamp. Replacing the discontinued MPD-500 mic preamp, the Magnum 500 features the VF-600 discrete amp block giving it a much warmer-sounding response than its predecessor. Other features include three highpass filter settings (70 Hz, 100 Hz and 200 Hz), separate input and output gain for tonal variation, +48VDC phantom power, polarity reverse and hi-Z DI input. The Magnum fits standard 500 Series slot configurations, mechanically and electronically.



EASTWEST QUANTUM LEAP SPACES REVERB
Quantum Leap Spaces from EastWest is a 24-bit true stereo convolution reverb created with an arsenal of gear from Neumann, Neve, Telefunken, TG, Manley, Sennheiser and Fairchild. Produced and engineered by Nick Phoenix, Quantum Leap Spaces includes custom impulses with a focus on the Western U.S. Impulses were taken of concert halls, churches, cathedrals, caverns, recording studios, soundstages, forests, a swimming hall, parking garages, water tanks, a tunnel and more. Most impulses are in 8-channel format to accommodate surround mixes. Quantum Leap Spaces is available for Mac and PC for $299 MSRP.

STUDIO SIX DIGITAL SMAART TOOLS
Studio Six Digital’s Smaart® Tools ($19.99) was developed by the company with Rational Acoustics and is based on the proprietary algorithms, techniques, features and color mapping found in the Smaart® Version 7 acoustic test and measurement software. The bundle brings the analysis of Smaart to the iPhone and iPod touch and iPad mobile platforms. The single-channel module includes Smaart V. 7’s RTA bar graph, RTA line graph, RTA bar and FFT graph, as well as Spectrograph. Plus, all of the RTA banding options available in Smaart V. 7 are available in Smaart Tools, including log, lin, octave, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/24 and 1/48-octave modes. On the iPhone and iPod touch, there is an additional spectrograph with the RTA line graph overlay. On an iPad, split-graph mode is available so you can put any two graphs on the screen at the same time.






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