Tech: New Products, January 2011

Jan 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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CAKEWALK SONAR X1
Promising to streamline DAW workflow through a major redesign, Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 touts a completely revamped toolset. Most functions are now performed with a single implement that switches automatically, based on context. This dramatically speeds editing and arranging by reducing the need to switch tools constantly. The new ProChannel features console-like mixing controls, including EQ and compression, a variable tube stage and flexible routing. Upgrade, crossgrade and version feature set information is available on the Website. Prices: SONAR X1 Producer, $399; SONAR X1 Studio, $199; the 32-bit-only SONAR X1 Essential is $99.

BURL AUDIO B80 MOTHERSHIP
Burl Audio’s B80 Mothership ($2,499) is a completely configurable AD/DA converter with up to 80-channel capacity. Using a card-based system in a heavy-duty 4U chassis, the B80 has 10 card slots with 2/4/8-channel AD/DA cards (purchased separately). Every ADC channel features Burl’s BX1 transformer and every DAC channel has the company’s latest BOPA2 discrete op amp technology. Digital interconnect is configurable and controlled by a swappable motherboard. The BMB1 motherboard comes standard with two DigiLink connectors for direct connection to Pro Tools, allowing 64 DAC channels straight out of the DAW with one unit run off of an internal master clock. Other digital add-on cards include BMADI and BAES/EBU.

UAD SSL PLUG-INS
With direct involvement from SSL, Universal Audio has released its Solid State Logic E Series Channel Strip ($299) and G Series Bus Compressor ($249) plug-ins for the UAD-2 platform. The circuit emulation of the SSL 4000 console comes complete with both the Type E “black knob” and “brown knob” 4-band EQs, including high- and low-cut filters, and independent expander/gate and compressor/limiter. The SSL G Series Bus Compressor emulates the center-section console dynamics from the SSL 4000 and features the same simple control set and transparent compression characteristics of the hardware version.

FOCUSRITE MIDNIGHT PLUG-IN SUITE
The Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite offers models of the ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor from its legacy Forté console. The plug-ins (EQ, $129; compressor, $99) are compatible across VST, AU and RTAS formats, and feature attractive and easy-to-read GUIs. The EQ offers variable high- and lowpass filters, sweepable high- and low-shelving bands (±16 dB) and fully parametric high and low mid-bands. The compressor provides the expected threshold, ratio, attack, release and makeup-gain controls, plus a variable wet/dry control for parallel compression effects.

LYNX LT-USB CARD
The Lynx LT-USB card ($395) is an LSlot interface for the Aurora 8 and Aurora 16 AD/DA converters that provides digital input and output to desktop and portable computers (Mac/PC) using USB 2 ports. The LT-USB features up to 16 input and output channels at up to 96 kHz, and eight channels at 192 kHz. Other features include Lynx Studio Technology’s proprietary SynchroLock™ technology to virtually eliminate USB bus jitter when slaving Aurora to USB. Control is provided via the Aurora Remote Control (ARC) application that ships with LT-USB.






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