Tech: New Products, April 2011

Apr 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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DRAWMER 4X4R 1U ACTIVE SPLITTER
Aimed at any situation that requires audio signals to be split and fed to multiple destinations, the rackmountable 1U Drawmer 4x4R ($1,255) has four inputs and 16 balanced outputs. Each input features a mic preamp offering up to 66 dB of gain. The 4x4R’s I/O may be configured in a variety of ways, ranging from a single input routed to all 16 outputs, to four different inputs each with four outputs and any configuration in between. The 4x4R features bargraph metering and switchable phantom power on every input channel. A front panel headphone jack provides a “listen” facility to monitor any of the four inputs. Transformer isolation is available for some or all of the outputs.

FIRELIGHT TECHNOLOGIES FMOD STUDIO
FMOD Studio from Firelight Technologies is an entirely new mixing platform that offers management of assets by running them through a virtual mixer, giving sound designers the ability to improve their mix without continual code adjustments. The platform will also support pro-audio DSP effects from companies such as iZotope. Users will be able to set snapshots for environments and actions within their title and use the mixer to automate tasks that were previously performed manually.

SONTRONICS DM-1T, DM-1S, DM-1B
Designed by Sontronics founder Trevor Cole, the DM-1T and DM-1S ($159 each) are small-diaphragm, pencil-style condensers designed to work on tom and snare, respectively, while the DM-1B ($399) is purposed for kick drum, bass and guitar cabinets. With a cardioid polar pattern and switchable -15dB pad, the DM-1T and DM-1S each come with a metal drum mount and mic clip. The DM-1B is a large-diaphragm, end-fire condenser mic that can cope with up to 150 dB (with the -15dB pad switched in) and comes in an aluminum flight case. All mics are covered by Sontronics’ Lifetime Warranty and come with a free download of Toontrack’s EZdrummer Lite.

NUGEN AUDIO VISLM LOUDNESS METERING PLUG-IN
VisLM from Nugen Audio allows U.S. broadcasters to comply with the ATSC A/85 standard as referred to the CALM Act by offering a scalable system for metering. Two versions (VisLM-H, $449; VisLM-C, $299) offer a range of parameters including true-peak level metering (intersample-accurate level monitoring), loudness range (to help decide if and how much dynamic compression to apply), momentary “instantaneous loudness” for mixing by ear, short-term loudness (3-second time window) and program loudness (long-term integrated loudness measurement). VisLM-H offers additional features including offline data file export, multiple export parameters and post-mortem time logging.

AV3 SOFTWARE GET DIALOG SEARCH TOOL
AV3 Software has released Get, a dialog search tool for Final Cut Pro editors. Get locates footage based on a patented phonetic search technology, powered by Nexidia, producing the most accurate representation possible of the true spoken content. Its unique combination of spoken-word search and traditional methods of content identification makes Get a revolutionary search tool for the enhancement of any Final Cut Pro editing workflow. Other features include combined dialog and NLE metadata searches, as well as dialog and desktop metadata searches, and the ability to pre-select content to be used within editing applications and projects.

SOUNDFIELD UPM-1 STEREO-TO-5.1 UPMIX PROCESSOR
Originally released as hardware only, the UPM-1 ($975) plug-in from Soundfield uses a unique algorithm that analyzes the stereo input material and separates ambient sounds from the direct sounds—or what might broadly be referred to as the “distant” and “close-miked” sounds. As with the original hardware unit, the plug-in allows detailed adjustment of the relative levels of direct sound and front and rear ambient sound in the final 5.1 mix, with continuous software rotary controls for width and center-channel divergence. Level, mute and solo controls are also provided for each channel.






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