Tech: New Products, December 2011

Dec 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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AMS Neve 2264ALB Limiter/Compressor
A re-creation of the classic Neve 2264A limiter/compressor in 500 Series format, the 2264ALB ($1,395) is hand-assembled at AMS-Neve’s headquarters in the UK, using hand-wound transformers to the original specs and new features like a confidence LED for checking signal status. The new unit also adds a slow-attack switch, which changes the attack time to 12 ms, allowing a 2264ALB (or a pair) to be used as mix bus compressors where a slower attack time is desirable. The 2264ALB, like the 1073LBEQ, also incorporates Neve’s Audio Processing Insert design, allowing it to be inserted between the input and output stages of a 1073LB module. All three units—the 1073LB, 1073LBEQ and 2264ALB—can be combined, creating a classic Neve channel strip in Lunchbox format.

Emotiva Audio AirMotiv Monitors
Emotiva Pro has debuted Airmotiv, a lineup of self-powered, high-resolution monitoring systems, each using the company’s exclusive Airmotiv folded ribbon, boasting extended frequency response throughout and beyond the audible range. All monitors are bi-amped, starting with the Airmotiv 4 ($399 pair), which features a 4.5-inch LF driver (50 watts) rated down to 52 Hz. The Airmotiv 5 ($599 pair) offers a larger 5.25-inch woofer (100W), while the flagship Airmotiv 6 ($799 pair) has precision-matched LF drivers (210W). The LF drivers feature Curv® ultra-rigid and lightweight composite-cone structure, promising natural and well-balanced sound quality and low distortion. Other features include RCA and balanced XLR connections, tilt control and an LF control.

Radial Firefly Tube DI
Ready for rack, floor or desktop, the Radial Firefly ($599) tube DI is a Class-A, fully discrete instrument front end designed for both studio and live performance. The Firefly features two inputs, allowing quick changes via the front panel switch or using a standard latching remote footswitch. Like Radial’s JDV, the Firefly is also equipped with Drag Control load correction, allowing the user to adjust the load on a magnetic pickup for more natural rendering. When bypassed, the load jumps to 4 mega-ohms so that the Firefly can be used with piezo pickups. The Class-A circuit features a select 12AX7 tube drive with gain and trim controls to increase the grit and warmth as needed.

Millennia NSEQ-4
Millennia Music & Media Systems has released its ultra-high-performance NSEQ-4 ($4,605) parametric equalizer, designed for those not needing the versatility of having the NSEQ-2’s valve and solid-state circuitry in the same unit. Features include an all-discrete, true-differential, Class-A input buffer/amplifier; selectable balanced or unbalanced input; third-generation FSA-03 EQ amplifier; improved output stage; hardwired bypass; and an upgraded power supply. A user’s NSEQ-2 can be converted at the factory to the NSEQ-4 for $800. 






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