Tech: New Products, September 2010

Aug 18, 2010 12:56 PM


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.

Apogee’s new Symphony I/O boasts compatibility with Logic Pro, Core Audio and Pro Tools HD, and offers an impressive array of user-configurable I/O options. Symphony I/O’s base chassis can accommodate up to two I/O modules, creating a variety of analog and digital I/O. Options include eight analog I/O + eight optical I/O; eight analog I/O + eight AES I/O; eight mic preamps; 16 analog inputs + 16 optical outputs; 16 analog outputs + 16 optical inputs; and plans for more. The included Maestro 2 software offers integral control of Symphony I/O from routing, mic pre adjustment, input and output calibration, and hardware control. Pricing starts at $3,690 (base unit, plus one I/O module).

At $1,799, Focusrite’s ISA428 MkII 4-channel mic preamp and A/D converter, which replaces the existing ISA428, features four of the company’s transformer-based ISA pre’s with phantom power, phase-reverse controls, switchable input impedance and an adjustable highpass filter. There’s also an optional 8-channel A/D converter upgrade that operates up to 24-bit/192kHz. Other features include DI instrument inputs, switchable balanced insert points and six-step metering for all input channels, including the four additional A/D inputs.

The MOTU MicroBook ($269) is a USB bus-powered 4x2 audio interface offering balanced I/O, a single mic preamp, 10-bus digital mixer, and modeled analog EQ and compression. It features four pairs of outputs: balanced TRS main outs, stereo “mini” line out, S/PDIF digital out and headphone mini-jack. MicroBook provides a wealth of tools for audio analysis and diagnostics, including real-time FFT, spectrogram waterfall, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and phase analysis, plus a test tone and noise generator that can be independently assigned to any output. It’s compatible with all current and recent-generation Macs and PCs, and includes AudioDesk DAW software for Mac, USB cable and mic cable adapter.

Slate Digital FG-X ($299) promises clarity and openness by analyzing each individual peak in a waveform to optimize the process of gain enhancement. Using a process called “Intelligent Transient Preservation,” the plug-in raises the overall level while maintaining the original mix’s punch, balance and character. In addition to adding gain, the FG-X also offers users precise control over transient levels and dynamic perception.

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