Tech: New Products, June 2011

Jun 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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Lynx Hilo Converter
Lynx Studio Technology has released the Hilo ($TBA), a desktop converter promising pristine, open, transparent audio quality. Features include two channels of mastering-quality A/D conversion, up to eight channels of D/A conversion, a secondary monitor output and an independent headphone amplifier. In an industry first, Hilo’s 480x272 touchscreen provides a flexible and intuitive interface that can adapt to a particular application and can be easily upgraded with enhancements and new features. Initial front panel controls support extensive signal routing and mixing, sample rate selection, clock source options, levels, metering and diagnostic features.

Softube Classic Channel Plug-Ins
Softube’s ME 1B midrange equalizer plug-in, a clone of Tube-Tech’s classic midrange EQ, joins the Softube/Tube-Tech CL 1B compressor and PE 1C “Pultec” equalizer to round out a collection of sound-sculpting tools. All three are available as a specially priced bundle called the Tube-Tech Classic Channel. With a street price of $599.99, the collection offers a healthy 30-percent discount over purchasing each separately, and contains all three Softube Tube-Tech products both as separate plug-ins and combined into a single, powerful channel strip. Supported formats include Mac or PC, VST/VST3/AU/RTAS.

Sonivox Big Bang Drums
SONiVOX Big Bang Universal Drums ($149.99) is a virtual instrument for Mac and PC featuring a deeply sampled custom-made SJC drum kit played both with sticks and brushes, as well as two different snare drums and two bass drum beaters for flexibility in most musical contexts. All programs are multi-velocity and multi-take round-robin for the utmost in realism. The MIDI Learn and Save Function offers compatibility with any MIDI controller. Other features include independent zone (per-drum) tempo-synched variable resolution roll/retrigger mode and eight user-assignable stereo outputs and effects buses with onboard EQ, and tempo-sync delay. Available for Mac stand-alone, RTAS, VST and AU-compatible, plus PC stand-alone, RTAS and VST-compatible.

DACS MicAmp 500 Preamp
Boasting operational equivalence to its pristine MicAmp2 preamp, the DACS MicAmp 500 ($1,122) promises ultra-realistic sound, combining clarity, punch and remarkable detail in a 500 Series rack unit. Features include switches for 48V phantom power and polarity, gain control in 12 4dB steps from a minimum 20dB gain up to 64 dB, trim control with 8 dB of additional gain, bass roll-off switch operating at two frequencies (30 Hz and 80 Hz) and a 3-LED confidence meter.






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