Tech: New Products, October 2011

Oct 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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Wave H-EQ
The new H-EQ ($99, Native; $149, TDM) plug-in from Waves is a slick-looking EQ inspired by the finest British and American consoles. It includes seven different filter types per band—U.S. Vintage, UK Vintage 1, UK Vintage 2, U.S. Modern, UK Modern, Digital 1 and Digital 2—in addition to a newly developed, one-of-a-kind asymmetrical bell filter. A keyboard graphic lets users choose frequencies by clicking on notes, and an exclusive M/S mode allows users to apply different EQ to mid and sde content. There is also a flexible real-time frequency spectrum analyzer with multiple display options. Other features include a real-time analyzer with a real-time graphical display of the input signal, output signal or both, as well as the EQ curve.

Bricasti Design M1 Converter
Bricasti has released a high-end D/A converter, a first for the company. The M1 ($7,995) features a dual-mono, crosstalk-killing design with two completely isolated channels, each with its own dedicated linear power supply, D/A converter, DDS clocking and analog circuitry. The dynamic range for each channel is optimized by using the stereo ADI 1955 D/A converter in a mono configuration; clocking is for each channel done directly at each DAC with a technique called DDS (direct digital synthesis), which takes clock induced jitter to immeasurable levels. The M1 is robustly constructed of milled and CNC machined aluminum sections. All sections of the construction, the front and rear panels, the sides and even the bottom and top plates start out as solid blocks of aluminum, which are precision-machined to shape, with exact tolerances for a perfect fit.

Studio 6 Digital iAudioInterface2
Designed from the ground up to be compatible with iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, and iPad 1 and 2, iAudioInterface2 ($399.99) from Studio 6 Digital wants to be the audio interface for all your iOS apps. iAudioInterface2 features a 48V phantom-powered XLR microphone input (50 dB of gain), balanced line input and output, Toslink digital output and internal li-ion battery. The unit uses Studio 6 Digital’s own A/D converters and DAC with precision USB audio clock recovery. Microphone is not included.

Equator Audio Research D5 Studio Monitors
The new D5 (Direct 5) studio monitors ($299.95) from Equator Audio Research feature a coaxially designed 5.25-inch woofer and center mounted 1-inch silk tweeter in an all-wood cabinet. The newly designed digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 2x50W of peak power. SPL is rated at 103 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 53 to 20k Hz. The D5 employs a Zero-Point Reference coaxial design with internal DSP that handles numerous tasks, including matching the Digitally Controlled Transducer’s™ output and the ability to apply pinpoint-accurate voicing.






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