Tech: New Products, June 2010

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Fink Analog Audio CS2-FA Tube Channel Strip
Fink Analog Audio is shipping its CS2-FA Tube Channel Strip ($3,999). The unit’s Class-A design combines vintage Bill Putnam-style tube preamps; three-band EQP-1A Pultec-style passive equalizers with semi-parametric mids; and two-tube implementations of the 1176 limiter, which retains the original character and discrete transistor control of the FET attenuator. Features include mic/line and hi-Z direct inputs, transformer I/Os, bandwidth that’s ±1dB out to 50 kHz, a soft knee setting and a stereo link switch.

Primacoustic KickStand Bass Drum Microphone Stand
Taking a page from its Recoil Stabilizer, the KickStand ($90) from Primacoustic is a microphone boom-stand isolator that decouples a kick drum mic from the floor. The design features a thick, high-density foam isolation pad under a laser-cut steel platform shaped to eliminate standing waves while offering sufficient height to allow easy mic placement. The isolation eliminates resonances, while the added mass stabilizes the mic capsule for greater clarity and improved transient response.

Equator Audio Research AARC Software
Now included with every Q15 reference monitor, Equator’s Automated Room Response Calibration software is designed to tame unwanted sonic conditions and aid in achieving a more accurate listening result. Using a Mac/PC host computer, the software gathers sonic information via a test mic at the listening position and then sends compensation data back to each speaker’s internal CPU, so each speaker delivers the appropriate audio. Multiple filters can compensate for each speaker’s boundary condition, location, existing room nodes and other EQ issues, as well as time-based, secondary-reflection comb filter phase problems.

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017 Mobile DI/Pre/Comp
Housed in a rugged, portable chassis, the Rupert Neve-designed Portico 5017 preamp/compressor/DI $1,195) features 2-channel operation, as well as Vari-phase, Silk and DI/mic blending capabilities. Based around a new LDR (light dependent resistor) design, the 5017’s optocoupler compressor has been simplified to a single threshold control with auto makeup gain. The blend control is used for mixing direct and amplified signals to achieve the desired tonal blend between the two sources, and Vari-phase is used to minimize or attenuate phase cancellation between the two signals.

TAC System NML RevCon-RR
This novel plug-in ($1,280) eliminates nearly all reverb from speech and music sources by first separating noise, removing ambience, then mixing in the noise again to keep the sonic image more stable. Features of NML RevCon-RR include a spectrogram and audio envelope display, envelope control to treat the de-reverberated sound, and frequency dependent reduction. It supports AudioSuite for Pro Tools 7 or later and AU/VST formats.






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