Tech: New Products, October 2011

Oct 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

Roland R-26 Field Recorder
The R-26 field recorder from Roland provides up to six simultaneous channels of recording to SD/SDHC media. It features two types of built-in stereo mics, XLR/TRS combo inputs and USB audio interface functionality. Both omnidirectional and X/Y stereo mic types are integrated into the R-26’s chassis, and there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting high-quality external mics or line-level devices, plus a stereo mini-jack for a plug-in powered mic. There is a built-in limiter and low-cut filter onboard, as well as a Pre-Record function ensuring that you never miss the beginning of a recording. The R-26’s large touchscreen provides detailed level metering and convenient fingertip control over many functions, and is equipped with a high-luminance backlight for perfect visibility in any situation. USB 2 allows for data transfer and audio interface functionality with Windows and Mac-based computers.

Auralex Acoustics Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusors
Auralex’s new “green” bamboo line of diffusors comprises the WavePrism, WaveLens, QuadraTec, Peak Pyramid Diffusor and KeyPacs (prices start at $420). The Auralex WavePrism eliminates flutter echoes and other acoustical anomalies without removing acoustical energy from the space; WaveLens’ open-boxed design scatters and redirects acoustical energy; QuadraTec’s unique tiered design provides excellent scattering properties; the Peak Pyramid Diffusor is optimized to provide high-quality sound diffusion while also doubling as an effective bass trap; and the KeyPacs are designed to be mounted to the face of absorptive panels such as the company’s ProPanels or Studiofoam. 

Gepco Powered Speaker Cables
Each Gepco Powered Speaker Cable combines power with two, eight or 12 channels of 110-ohm balanced audio for line-level, mic level or digital AES signals, and can be used with self-powered speakers or in DMX lighting control. Additional configurations include two channels of Cat-5e cable that can be used for data drops in remote power and audio applications. Snakes with optional data can also be used for digital audio transmission while running power to remote locations. Shielding around the power channels eliminates power noise from interrupting the audio/data signal, ensuring high-quality performance. Using industry-standard connectors, Gepco-brand cables are available in pre-defined and custom configurations.

Black Box Analog Design Preamp
This new preamp ($TBA) from Black Box (blackboxanalog.com) features independently controlled pentode and triode tube stages, custom-wound Cinemag input and output transformers, switchable impedance, passive output attenuation and a linear power supply. The unit is hand-soldered, supplies phantom power from a separate power supply, uses military-spec switches and pots, and offers a five-position roll-off.






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