Tech: New Products, December 2011

Dec 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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Magma ExpressBox 3T
Magma has released ExpressBox 3T ($979), the first three-slot PCIe expansion chassis for Thunderbolt™ technology. The expander works with any Thunderbolt-equipped computer and provides three PCIe 2.0 expansion slots (two x8 and one x4) operating at up to 10 Gbps. Using the chassis, users can daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices including high-resolution displays. The PCIe card(s) require a Thunderbolt-compatible driver and Mac OS Version 10.6.7 or newer, or Windows 7 using Boot Camp.

Sterling Audio ST6050 Microphone
Voiced by engineer/producer and multiple-Grammy-recipient Allen Sides, the ST6050 ($1,699.99) from Sterling Audio was inspired by Ocean Way’s expansive collection of microphones. By combining classic capsule and FET design with modern manufacturing techniques, the ST6050 promises stunning clarity with a rich, warm, open sound and a silky top end. The ST6050 features a 1-inch, 8-micron, gold-sputtered capsule and a robust transformer design with side-by-side windings that yield an even low-frequency response while maintaining openness and top-end air. The chassis comprises a chrome-plated, woven-brass grille with steel-head frame, plus a heavy brass body with chrome-plated closing ring. The ST6050 package includes an SM7 shockmount, attractive wood storage case and windscreen; it can be purchased through gcpro.com.

AEA RPQ500 Preamp
Based on the design of AEA’s full-rack RPQ preamplifier and promising the same ultra-clean, high-gain signal path as the company’s other preamps, the RPQ500 ($649) has been enhanced with additional features, turning it into a workhorse tool for any API 500–compatible rack. Features include 80 dB of quiet JFET gain and NoLoad™ input impedance above 10k ohms, plus the CurveShaper, offering a natural option for sculpting your sound right at the start of the signal path. Switchable and tunable LF and HF contour controls allow users to tame proximity problems and provide HF extension and slope control. Other features include a Line/Mic switch bypassing the preamp, allowing the unit to be used for tracking with other preamps or during mixdown.

Rain Computers Nimbus M2 Computer
The Nimbus M2 from Rain Computers is a new do-anything workstation providing a standard 6-core processor, NVIDIA Quadro 600 workstation video card and 8 GB or 16 GB of memory right out of the box. The platform is expandable to 32 gigs, features an external hard drive bay for fast “hot-swap” drive installation and a new cooling system developed by NZXT that combines modular cooling fans with advanced acoustic insulation. The Nimbus M2 multimedia workstation is available now starting at $1,599 through the Rain Custom Shop, as well as through select Rain-authorized dealers like American Musical Supply (AMS), Best Buy and B&H Photo in New York.






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