Tech: New Products, February 2009

Feb 1, 2009 12:00 PM

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Making LE More Like Its Big Brother

Mellowmuse
Auto-Time Adjuster

Auto-Time Adjuster ($49) from Mellowmuse (www.mellowmuse.
com
) is an RTAS plug-in for Pro Tools LE/M-Powered, and is designed to enhance workflow by automatically compensating for plug-in or hardware insert latency. Previously, non-TDM users had to compensate for plug-in latency by moving individual audio tracks backward/forward, or using Digidesign's Time Adjuster, which meant a lot of tweaks whenever a plug-in was changed in a large project. Auto-Time Adjuster uses audio pinging to calculate and compensate for insert latency automatically on audio and/or aux tracks with the click of a button. To add or remove a plug-in on a track, users simply click the Ping button on the master ATA to calculate current latencies and synchronize the tracks, even when using hardware inserts. The plug-in works with Pro Tools LE/M-Powered Version 7.3 or above, Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS 10.4 or higher.

Lotsa Watts for Your Sub

Lab.gruppen
PLM 14000 Power Amp

Built around a 2-channel amplifier platform optimized for high-power requirements, the PLM 14000 ($3,495) from Lab.gruppen (www.labgruppen.com) pumps a massive 7,000 watts/channel into 2 ohms and 4,350W/side into 4 ohms, making it ideal for demanding subwoofer and low-end applications. As with the company's 4-channel PLM 10000Q, the new PLM 14000 integrates Dante networked audio distribution, Dolby Lake drive processing and load verification with real-time performance monitoring. It also offers extreme power density, patented Intercooler cooling, a full suite of protection features and a Power Average Limiter (PAL) to prevent tripping AC breakers. Parallel or redundant input/outputs are provided for analog, AES digital and Dante networked audio signals.

Keepin' It Clean and Simple

Bluelounge
CableBox

This affordable and simple enclosure from Bluelounge (www.bluelounge.com) offers a tidy, practical solution to unsightly AC cable clutter while eliminating fire risk and dust accumulation. The CableBox ($29.95) accommodates power strips and surge protectors of all shapes and sizes with room to spare for surplus cable length and adapters. The unit comes in black or white; it has non-slip rubber feet and is made from flame-retardant plastic.

Hybrid I/O for Your DAW

Lexicon
IONIX FW810S FireWire Interface

The IONIX FW810S ($1,099) from Lexicon (www.lexiconpro.com) steps out of the typical FireWire I/O box to offer integrated channel strip processing, dbx high-voltage mic pre's and the new Pantheon II reverb plug-in. I/Os include two front ¼-inch/XLR combo jacks for mic/line or instrument inputs; six rear mic/line combo inputs; eight analog TRS outs (7.1 surround capable); stereo main outs; stereo S/PDIF digital I/O; MIDI I/O; and headphone out. Operating up to 96k, the IONIX features dbx Type-IV conversion; a software mixer with dbx compressor, limiter, gate and EQ on each channel; the ability to save/load up to five monitor mixes; and output routing to incorporate external effects gear. The Pantheon II reverb has 35 factory presets, and users can change the parameters of six different reverbs. It also includes a hardware monitor reverb for zero-latency monitor mixing. The Windows/Mac-compatible software suite includes Steinberg's Cubase and Toontrack EZdrummer Lite.

Surround Sweetening

Eiosis
AirEQ 5.1

The new multichannel 5.1 EQ plug-in from Eiosis (www.eiosis.com, €200 native, €400 TDM) promises an easy-to-use GUI for equalizing 5.1 buses, with simple mouse-click access to the L, C, R, Ls, Rs and LFE channels. Other features: L/R and M/S modes, a display offering frequencies or notes, band naming and Digidesign ICON mapping. AirEQ 5.1 uses double-precision processing for maximum audio resolution. Eiosis has painstakingly matched AirEQ 5.1 with the analog curves, promising natural HF equalization without harshness or artifacts. AirEQ is available for TDM, RTAS, AudioSuite and Audio Units mono, stereo and 5.1 versions.

Compact Field Unit

Audio Developments
AD255 Portable Mixer

The latest small-footprint mixer from Audio Developments (dist. by Independent Audio, www.independentaudio.com), based on the AD245 Pico Mixer, features a phantom or 12V-powered mic preamp, three-band EQ, transformer-balanced inputs and outputs, highpass filter, aux outs with separate rotary controls and limiters across the main outs, which may be linked for stereo operation. The AD255 ($6,094/six inputs, $7,227/eight inputs) also features a twin-LCD-meter display (PPM or VU-switchable), headphone monitor and an electronically balanced stereo tape return, and is powered by eight C cells, fitted internally or from an external 12V-15V source.

Two Capsules, Two Options

KMF
Stereo Microphones

KMF Audio (www.kmfaudio.) is now shipping both tube and solid-state versions of its stereo microphone. Both models employ spaced, small-diaphragm omnidirectional capsules set apart on a crossbar on either side of a custom integrated preamp section, fed from an external power supply to keep noise to an absolute minimum. As shown, the signal from each 249-ohm capsule is fed to separate left and right XLR outputs. Specs include a flat 20 to 20k Hz response. The tube version uses Russian mil-spec tubes and a high/low output gain switch, while the solid-state version features a variable gain knob.

New Series, Same Prices

Bryston
SST2 Amplifiers

Bryston, LTD (www.bryston.ca) has announced the introduction of the SST2 series amplifiers, incorporating several upgrades to all eight models featuring Bryston SST hand-built amplifier topology. The new series offers the same prices as the existing lineup which now ranges from the 2B SST (100 watts per channel/8 ohms, 180 per channel/4 ohms at $2,650) to the 28B SST (1,000 watts mono into 8-ohms at $8,000). New features include a balanced input stage, output chokes promising extended high-frequency bandwidth, soft-start circuitry featuring gradual ramping of power, an extreme-duty push style power switch and a new power supply transformer design.

In Your Ears

Sennheiser
IE Headphone Series

The new IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8 ear-canal headphones from Sennheiser (www.sennheiserusa.com) promise reduction of ambient noise and feature dynamic transducers covering a wide frequency range with one system. The silver and black IE 6 ($249.95) offers attenuation up to 20 dB, and a frequency response of 10 to 18k Hz, while the IE 7 ($299.95) boasts 10 to 19k Hz response. The top-of-the-line IE 8 ($449.95) features a low-profile dial on each earphone, enabling fine-tuning of the bass response, with 26 dB of attenuation and frequency response ranging from 10 to 20k Hz. All three models feature cables strengthened with Kevlar™, plus transport case, small cleaning tool and a cable clip.






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