Tech: New Products, September 2010

Aug 18, 2010 12:56 PM

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RME ADI-6432 BNC CONVERTER
Based on RME’s ADI 6432 64-channel MADI-AES/AES-MADI converter (dist. in U.S. by Synthax), the newly developed ADI-6432R BNC ($5,999) affords fail-safe operation through the utilization of standard BNC connectors and dual-redundant power supplies. The ADI-6432R BNC uses the AES-3id standard, which carries the exact same AES data but uses the broadcast-standard, 75-ohm unbalanced RG-59 cable (1V, p-p) with BNC connectors. Each AES-3id connection carries two channels of digital audio up to 300 meters. The MADI signals also use RG-59 and can send 64 channels of audio a distance of 300 meters.

ALTA MODA HIPPO COMPRESSOR/LIMITER
The latest in Alta Moda’s 500 Series rack products, Hippo ($1,295) is a VCA-type compressor/limiter housed in a two-rackspace 500 Series–compatible module. Features include expanded control ranges, sidechain filters, a Warmth function for added harmonics and a wet/dry blend control for parallel compression. It can also run in Dual Mono mode that unlinks the sidechains and allows the channels to operate independently.

IKEY M-V2 SERIES MONITORS
iKey’s newly redesigned M-v2 Series active studio monitors feature a front-firing bass port, soft-dome tweeter and glass-aramid composite woofer. There are four different models: M-505v2 (5-inch woofer, 50W/25W bi-amped; $209), M-606v2 (6-inch, 65W/25W; $239), M-808v2 (8-inch, 100W/25W; $319) and the 175W M-10Sv2 10-inch subwoofer ($399). All have HF or crossover adjustment and a rear panel volume control.

SOUND RADIX AUTO-ALIGN PLUG-IN
Sound Radix has created a new plug-in ($149; free demo online) that promises to automatically align two microphones in phase. By instancing the plug-in on a channel, the feed from the other signal to be matched is introduced through the sidechain input. The plug-in’s metering displays level and frequencies that correspond to the color bar scheme: lower frequencies represented by wider bars, higher frequencies by narrower bars. Controls include noise-floor faders, Next/Previous buttons for choosing the best matching point to another, a delay display, polarity reverse, on/off and Detect.

ZILDJIAN GEN16 CYMBAL LIBRARY
After more than three centuries of making great cymbals, Zildjian digs into its vast collection to offer the Gen16 Digital Vault ($249), a 2-DVD set with 24-bit samples of its rarest, most coveted “reference” cymbals, meticulously recorded by sampling guru John Emrich and presented in a custom version of FXpansion’s BFD Eco (Mac/PC) sample playback engine. Also included in the Digital Vault are libraries of drum and percussion groove tracks (in audio and General MIDI formats) from in-demand drummers, such as Michael White, Dave DiCenso and Peter Michael Escovedo.






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