Tech: New Products, February 2011

Feb 1, 2011 9:00 AM


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Lehmannaudio’s StudioCube ($499) headphone amp is compact, comes with stand (optional) or desk mount, and is linkable for daisy-chaining multiple units. I/O is on Neutrik ¼-inch TRS headphone outputs and Neutrik XLR/TRS stereo input/thrus. Features include mono/stereo input selector switches, and front panel LEDs to monitor input signal presence and overload. The output is Class-A, and all units are crafted with selected components in Germany.

Now shipping, McDSP V. 5 includes AU support, the new 6030 Ultimate Compressor plug-in, Classic Pack V. 5 and Emerald Pack V. 5. In addition to Pro Tools, McDSP V. 5 plug-ins now support Logic, GarageBand, Digital Performer, Ableton Live and other AU-compatible DAWs. Supported formats include Mac OS 10.5.x (Leopard) and 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Mac PowerPC (RTAS only) and Windows. The 6030 Ultimate Compressor offers 10 different compressors, some designed completely from the ground up by McDSP, mixed with unique twists on vintage emulations. Prices are $449 HD or $249 Native, or as an upgrade to Emerald Pack V. 5 for $349 HD or $299 Native.

Mac and PC users can now purchase Universal Audio’s Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder ($349) plug-in for the UAD-2 platform. Modeled by UA with help from AES magnetic recording expert Jay McKnight, the plug-in faithfully models the entire tape path, including input, sync and repro paths and circuit electronics of the hardware, plus the sounds of four distinct tape formulas and calibration levels.

Milab Microphones ( and Rycote ( collaborated on a custom version of the Rycote InVision USM (Universal Studio Mount) suspension for the Milab SRND 360 surround mic (price TBA). To fit the 60mm barrel of the Milab SRND 360, Rycote designed a modified version of the USM. The microphone mounting ring is acoustically decoupled from the rest of the suspension by the use of Rycote’s patented vibration-resistant Lyre clips, made from a nonelasticized thermoplastic that is virtually indestructible and can be bent completely out of shape but always returns to its original form.

Now available with a Jensen (S900) or custom transformer (S900CT), the 900 Series ($230) is a revolutionary new concept in DI technology from Switchcraft. The unit can be operated in two modes: Manual mode lets users control ground lift switch from the DI’s toggle switch, while Phantom mode allows users to control ground lifting remotely using +48V phantom power from the console. When phantom power is engaged, an LED is illuminated, indicating that the ground is lifted. When phantom is turned off, the LED turns off, indicating that the DI is grounded.

Following the release of Antares’ Auto-Tune 7 Native versions, Auto-Tune 7 TDM ($649) brings the latest incarnation of the world’s largest-selling audio plug-in to Avid’s Pro Tools HD platform Version 7.2 or later. The software includes a second generation of Antares’ Evo™ Voice Processing Technology, a new from-the-ground-up time-manipulation system, new MIDI capabilities in Graphical mode and more. As a bonus, Auto-Tune 7 TDM also includes a license for all of the Auto-Tune 7 Native versions. Supported formats include Mac OS X (10.5.x and above) and PC (Windows 7, Vista and XP).

The new iKlip™ ($39.99) mic stand mount from IK Multimedia makes it easy for anyone to use an iPad in any live or studio setting. With the iKlip, users can securely position any iPad for optimal viewing and accessibility, while all controls, buttons and connection ports remain free from obstruction. iKlip features sturdy thermoplastic construction with six secure touch points that hold the iPad without scratching or marring it, and multi-angle adjustment in both landscape and portrait orientation.

NuGen Audio has released VisLM, its standard compliant loudness metering solution that’s capable of measuring loudness in both LKFS and LUFS from mono sources, through to 5.1 surround (RTAS/AudioSuite/VST and AU formats for Windows and OS X). VisLM is fully compliant with the latest loudness standards ITU-R BS1770, EBU R128 ATSC A/85 and many other regional localizations, offering a complete professional solution to loudness and true peak metering for mix, mastering, film and broadcast. VisLM is available in two versions: VisLM-C (compact, $299) and VisLM-H ($449), which, in addition to ATSC/ITU/EBU mode metering, provides a loudness history trace and data export.

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