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.

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.

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’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 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.

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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