Studio Consoles 2011

Nov 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher



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The Custom Series 75 from Australia’s Studios 301 Manufacturing (dist. in the U.S. by Vintage King Audio) presents a combination of classic and modern circuitry in one console. The console’s manufacturer re-created classic Neve circuitry, keeping faith with the original while taking advantage of modern assembly methods. The original circuits have only been changed where justified by an improvement in reliability or performance. The console's two stereo buses allow for maximum flexibility, and the 2081 in-line channel modules feature a blend of the best features of Neve's 1073 and 1081 modules. The console’s master section includes two 2254 compressors, four stereo reverb returns, eight recallable scenes, monitoring of up to 12 sources simultaneously and comprehensive 7.1 monitoring. The Series 75 is available in a 16/24/32/40/48/56/64-module chassis (prices range from $46,990 to $125,590 MSRP; pricing is dependent upon configuration).

Tascam DM-4800

Tascam DM-4800

The Tascam DM-4800 64-channel digital console offers analog and digital I/O, and includes a "fat channel" strip that provides instant access to 4-band parametric EQ, dynamics and aux controls available for the first 48 channels. It has 24 studio-grade mic preamps; more can be added via expansion cards with external preamps. A completely configurable 24-bus routing system allows users to re-patch the board at the flick of a switch. With a single button press, the Remote layer provides a 24-fader control surface for control of workstations such as Pro Tools, Logic, SONAR, Digital Performer, Cubase and Nuendo. The optional IF-FW/DM mkII interface card provides 32 channels to and from a computer at up to 96 kHz over a single FireWire cable. An optional surround monitoring card provides downmixing, bass management and level control for mixing in up to 6.1 surround.

The DM-3200 has per-channel multifunction LED ring encoders, comprehensive DAW control, flexible routing, robust data backup and restoration, mix storage using compact Flash media and more. The DM-3200 features 32 full-featured channels and 16 returns for a total of 48 channels at mixdown, including its full 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution. It has 4-band fully parametric EQ and dynamics on every channel, as well as two effects processors, each capable of running its built-in TC Works Reverb processor. Surround mixing is available with up to 6.1 channel panning, and optional IF-SM/DM expansion card adds surround monitoring and downmixing. With the addition of an optional expansion card, the IF-FW/DM FireWire interface, the DM-3200 becomes a 24-channel computer audio interface. Built-in HUI and Mackie Control emulation allow the console to function as a flexible control surface for workstation software. It also offers cue mixing, talkback, microphone preamps and automation.

TL Audio offers the M4 tube console, available in 16/24/32/40/48-channel options, is compatible with all DAWs, and has 8-channel ADAT interface options, a 24-bit/96kHz mix output option, 100mm K Series faders, 4-band equalizers with bypass, four auxiliary sends that are selectable pre/post, channel mute and PFL, studio monitoring and stereo metering. Users can track direct channel outputs with level control, and levels are switchable between +4 and -10 dBu.

TL Audio’s VTC (Valve Technology Console) is a fully modular in-line multitrack mixer that offers all the benefits of the compact 8-bus/multiple tape output format, but with the advantage of TL Audio's critically acclaimed valve circuitry, which forms an integral part of the channel, monitor, group and master section signal paths. VTC is available in configurations from 16 channels to 56 channels, with an optional bargraph meter bridge, and combines the classic warmth of tubes with the functional demands of modern music production. Every Channel and Mix B preamp incorporates an ECC83/12AX7A tube stage, as do the Group, Mix B and Stereo master mix amplifiers. Each tube stage in the VTC is run from a 250VDC stabilized power source. Built around an extra-tough steel frame, each channel is modular and connects via two multi-way connectors mounted on a rigid backplane, allowing for easy removal and replacement.

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