Tech: New Products, May 2011

May 1, 2011 9:00 AM


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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.

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.

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.

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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