Tech: New Products, May 2011

May 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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ADAM A77X MONITORS
The A77X monitor ($1,400 each) from ADAM is equipped with the same advanced technologies as its counterpart, the A7X, but promises much higher, compression-free maximum sound pressure levels and dynamics. It features the company’s proprietary X-ART tweeter, which now extends up to 50 kHz, and two 7-inch woofers featuring 1.5-inch large voice coils. The woofers cover different frequency bands, with one handling the bass frequencies to approximately 400 Hz while the other reproduces most of the midrange.

APOGEE DUET 2
The new Duet 2 ($595) desktop interface from Apogee features redesigned mic preamps and converters (44.1 to 192 kHz) and a full-color OLED. Duet 2 offers independent speaker and headphone outputs, configurable touchpads and a redesigned breakout cable. Other features include the ability to dim or sum-to-mono the speaker, headphone or all outputs; selectable phantom power; soft limit; and polarity invert. The Duet 2 also adds balanced speaker outputs and an optional breakout box accessory, which features two ¼-inch instrument inputs and two XLR microphone inputs. The Duet 2 comes bundled with Apogee’s redesigned Maestro 2 control software.

AMS-NEVE 1073LBEQ 500 SERIES EQ
Built in the image of the Neve 1073 console, the 1073LBEQ ($1,295) 500 Series EQ module from AMS-Neve retains the unique sonic characteristics of its original predecessor by using the same architecture, matching components and 3-band EQ design. Features include a signal-presence LED and Neve’s Audio Processing Insert design, which allows the audio to/from the EQ module to be inserted into the audio path of an existing 1073LB, the 500 Series mic preamp that AMS-Neve released this past fall.

BENCHMARK ADC16 CONVERTER
The ADC16 ($3,995) from Benchmark offers 16-channels of transformerless, balanced analog inputs with a 20dB gain range via a trim pot. At 0 dB of gain, it can accept 28 dBu at the input without clipping, while at maximum gain an 8dB input signal will drive the converters to full-scale. The unit’s rear panel I/O includes analog, AES/EBU, S/PDIF (RCA), optical (x8), word clock in/out and optional FireWire (x2). The control panel allows the user to dictate the source (A/D or DAW) for each of the AES, coaxial and optical digital outputs. The eight optical outputs can be operated in S/PDIF or ADAT mode at sample-rates up to 192 kHz. (ADAT has SMUX2 and SMUX4 functionality.) Other features include Benchmark’s jitter-immune UltraLockDDS™ clock system and 9-segment metering for each channel.






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