Tech: New Products, July 2011

Jul 1, 2011 9:00 AM


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Black Lion Sparrow mk2 A/D Converters
The completely redesigned Sparrow mk2 converters from Black Lion are housed in a 1U half-rack chassis and feature XLR and ¼-inch balanced inputs, LED metering, BNC word clock I/O, AES output, co-ax and optical S/PDIF output, and user-selectable signal calibration accommodating nominal input signal levels from +11 dBu down to -10 dBV. They operate at sampling rates from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz, with a clocking architecture that features low jitter and wide Q third-harmonic crystal oscillators, and because of the quality of the clock multiplier and PLL recovery stages, performance will not degrade should the converter be synched to a lower-quality word clock reference. The units come in three versions: Black ($895), which is comparable to the conversion quality and sonic characteristics of the company’s Digi 002R/003R Signature Series modification; Red ($1,295), which is comparable to the FM192 modification; and White ($1,895), which outperforms the FM192 modified converters.

Pendulum DS-500 Opto De-esser
Pendulum Audio has made its second foray into the 500 Series game with the release of the DS-500 ($749.95) de-esser. The DS-500 is a single-channel, non-tube version of the de-esser in the Pendulum Quartet Tube Recording Channel. It uses the same inductive detector and opto-inductive notch filter as the de-esser in the Quartet, as well as very fast response. By pairing it with a unity gain Class-A solid-state line stage, the DS-500 retains the transparent character of the de-esser action while keeping the signal path clean and uncolored. The DS-500 is fully compatible with any rack that adheres to the API spec.

Primacoustic London 8, 10 Room Treatment Kits
Primacoustic has developed two room treatment kits. The London 8 ($199) is a starter kit that includes all the fundamental tools required to treat a home recording studio. This kit promises improved room acoustics, and more Primacoustic panels can be added at a later date as needs expand. The London 10 ($499) takes treatment to the next level by increasing the panel count for more control and adapts to larger spaces. All Primacoustic Broadway panels are made from premium 6-pound glass wool. Edges are resin treated, and the surfaces are encapsulated in micromesh. The panels are then covered in a durable acoustic fabric and offered in a choice of three colors. Each London kit comes complete with hanging hardware, screws and wall anchors.

AAS 4MinX Recorder/Mixer
The 4MinX ($5,795, 8-channel) multitrack recorder and mixer from AETA Audio Systems is powered by a DV-type Li-ion battery (7.2V, NP-F970) and has an integrated charger. It uses SDHC cards for recording, with the option of connecting external hard drives via a USB 2 port for greater storage capacity. Other features include file transfers via Ethernet, 48V phantom power, low-cut filter, analog I/O, 24-bit BWF file recording, AES3 and AES 42 digital inputs (AES3 output), M/S encoding/decoding, and timecode recording and synchronization. A 3-inch TFT color display provides information and menu choices; rotary encoders, soft buttons and four programmable buttons offer navigation and operation.

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