Tech: New Products, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

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Hybrid I/O

MOTU
UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid Interface

The UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid ($595) from MOTU (www.motu.com) promises to be the world's first dual FireWire and USB 2 audio interface for Mac and Windows. It offers recording at up to 24-bit/192kHz, two mic/instrument inputs, six line-level analog inputs, 10 analog outputs, stereo S/PDIF and a headphone output. Other features include separate 48-volt phantom-power switches for the two mic inputs, a switchable -20dB pad and mic trim range from 0 to 60 dB. The unit ships with CueMix FX, a 10-input/14-bus mixer with onboard DSP effects, including reverb, plus EQ and compression on every input and output.

Smaart Gets Smarter

Rational Acoustics
Smaart Version 7

Rational Acoustics

Smaart 7 from Rational Acoustics (www.rationalacoustics.com) is FFT-based software for real-time sound system measurement, optimization and control. It can access multichannel input devices, operating native on both Windows and Mac — including 32- and 64-bit versions — running multiple, simultaneous spectrum and transfer function measurements. New features include delay tracking, enhanced impulse response, RTA and real-time FFT with better than 48th-octave resolution and an improved spectrograph, while a new code base and improved GUI support a modern object-oriented architecture for enhanced data acquisition and optimized measurement engines. Price: $895, with various upgrade paths.

Tonal Tweaker

FabFilter
Pro-Q Plug-In

The Pro-Q ($199) EQ plug-in from FabFilter (www.fabfilter.com) features up to 24 bands that operate in either zero-latency mode or in linear-phase mode with adjustable latency. Filter shapes include bell, high/low shelf, high/low cut with 6/12/24/48dB per octave slopes. You can link the bands or run them independently on multiple channels; a mid/side mode lets users process the mid and side signals separately. The display can be changed to 6/12/30dB ranges, and it provides automation of all parameters. It is available in RTAS, VST, VST 3 and Audio Units for Mac OS X and Windows.

Correct and Control

JBL
MSC1 Monitor System Controller

No stranger to speaker tuning, JBL (www.jblpro.com) now brings its expertise to any manufacturer's monitor. The MSC1 ($375) Monitor System Controller features console-like controls essential for listening from the mix position, as well as JBL's third-generation RMC™ Room Mode Correction technology. RMC allows connecting two sets of speakers and a sub, and then tunes the system to overcome LF room problems that can affect the quality of the mix. Features include the ability to monitor up to three 2-channel input sources while controlling the volume of the monitor system and connected headphones. The subwoofer output has its own level control, selectable crossover settings and RMC to blend the sub with the speakers perfectly.

Dynamic Behavior

Voxengo
GlissEQ Plug-In

The GlissEQ ($119.95) plug-in from Voxengo (www.voxengo.com) features 32 filter bands whose effective gain is dynamically adjustable according to the sound material being filtered. These “dynamic behavior” filters promise an assistive equalization experience where boosting highs will not create fatiguing overload and boosting lows will not “mush” the sound. Other features include instance naming, undo/redo, M/S mode, a real-time spectrum analyzer, and export to any other instance of GlissEQ — making it possible to compare intertrack spectrum in real time. It's offered in Audio Units and VST plug-in formats for Mac OS X (V. 10.4.11 and later) and Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) computers.






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