Tech: New Products, August 2010

Jul 27, 2010 3:00 PM


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Zoom’s new H1 ($99) handheld recorder features the same microphones as the company’s H2, weighs just more than two ounces and has a newly designed user interface. The H1 records up to 24-bit/96kHz, and offers a track marker, auto-record, low-cut filter, level and volume controls—all with onboard buttons and no menus. The H1 uses microSDHC memory cards (up to 32 GB) for recording, providing more than 50 hours of recording time. It’s powered by a single AA battery, offering up to 10 hours of continuous operation. An optional accessory kit ($24.99) includes a windscreen, AC adapter, USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, soft carrying pouch and mic clip adapter.

The 5.1 Precision Level Control ($1,199) from Whirlwind Audio offers volume control of 6-channel surround systems with 0.1dBV tracking precision. Outputs can feed two sets of 5.1 speakers, or a surround system and a stereo pair. A single-rackspace main unit has all I/O connections; the 5.1PLC tabletop remote has individual speaker on/off buttons, dim and mute controls, speaker A/B switch, level control with LED and a 5.1 to stereo downmix control.

Offering protection from errant drum sticks and acoustic isolation for drum mics, the Primacoustic CrashGuard ($40) is made of high-impact ABS plastic with an underside layer of high-density, open-cell acoustic foam. It easily mounts on a microphone stand, is lightweight, and easy to position, and minimizes tom and cymbal bleed to the mic.

The M-300 V-Mixer ($TBA) is a 32-channel console that possesses many features of its big brother, the Roland M-400 V-Mixer but in a very compact format. Features include rapid recall of setups, 100mm motorized faders, an 800x480 color screen, and knobs for EQ, pan and gain. The M-300 has 32 mixing channels and includes digital patchbays, built-in effects processors, eight auxes, four matrices, four DCAs, four mute groups, built-in stereo recording/playback and support for L/C/R configurations. The system is built on REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) and sets up in minutes by plugging in a single Cat-5e cable from a choice of digital snake stage units. The M-300 V-Mixer integrates with PCs via its Remote Control software for additional control or sending/receiving setup data, allowing users to prepare channel setups and configurations before arriving at the venue.

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