Tech: New Products, January 2011

Jan 1, 2011 9:00 AM


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Arturia’s Analog Laboratory ($299) combines a dedicated MIDI controller keyboard with a collection of 3,500 tweakable preset sounds from its software emulations of classic synthesizers, such as the Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80 V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet 5, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V. It can be used as a stand-alone app or as a plug-in within popular sequencers such as Cubase, Pro Tools, Live, Logic Audio, Digital Performer and SONAR. Analog Laboratory is also offered as a $249 software-only version.

High-performance PC supplier Rain Computers debuts its next-generation Nimbus Multimedia Workstation designed for professional production applications. Rain Computers states it has tested and certified Nimbus for optimum performance and stability with software (such as Steinberg Cubase, Adobe CS5 and Sony Vegas) and hardware. The sleek, all-aluminum enclosure features swing-out front doors that protect access to the optical drive, media panel and optional removable drives. Priced from $1,799, Nimbus is built around AMD’s recently released 6-core processor architecture, and memory and storage can be expanded to 16 GB and 8 TB, respectively. The system is controlled by a version of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit that is specially tuned by Rain for audio and video production.

Millennia’s AD-596 ($1,500) is an audiophile-quality proprietary converter design in an API 500 Series–compatible, single-slot module. The converter is based on the company’s AD-R96 design, and features analog inputs and digital AES outputs on Tascam-format DB25. The HV-35 mic preamp ($800) is based on Millennia’s HV-3 Series mic preamps, and offers a front panel DI, DC-coupled +10dB gain boost for ribbon mics, 80Hz roll-off, 15dB pad, polarity flip and continuously variable gain control.

PluralEyes ($119) from Singluar Software automates media synchronization for multicamera, multitake, dual-system audio editing. Available for Final Cut Pro and now Sony Vegas Pro, the PluralEyes plug-in for Vegas Pro provides an array of features for managing multicamera, multitake and dual-system audio productions, including a level audio option—preserving the order of clips—and clip locking for seamless integration into existing workflows. The plug-in automates the entire sync process with frame accuracy, regardless of project complexity or camera quality.

New from iZotope, the Nectar plug-in suite provides 11 vocal production effects, including breath control, compression, de-essing, doubler, EQ, noise gate, limiter, delay, reverb, saturation and pitch correction. A manual Note Editor also lets users capture a segment of audio into its editor, with piano-roll-style editing of pitch and timing. Onboard presets offer quick access to 110 Style settings in 12 genres, such as ’60s Motown sound, early ’90s grunge rock, a radio-ready Podcasting template, jazz vocals or a modern pop sound, ranging from delicate improvements to highly produced robotic effects. The suite is PC/Mac-compatible, supporting Pro Tools 7 or higher (RTAS/AudioSuite), VST, MAS, AU and DirectX hosts.

Tascam expands its recording products line with three new multichannel USB 2 interfaces. The $249 US-800 has eight inputs, six outs (including six XLR mic channels with phantom power), two headphone outs and MIDI in/out. The $299 US-1800 (pictured) has 16 inputs, including eight XLR ins, six balanced line ins (two are switchable to instrument level), two digital ins and four simultaneous outputs. The top-end US-2000 ($499) also features 16 inputs and four outs, but offers improved audio specs and a 100 LED Meter Bridge. All are bundled with Steinberg’s 48-track Cubase LE 5 software.

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