Tech: New Products, January 2010

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

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Sonic Refinery

SPL
Vitalizer Plug-In

The SPL (www.soundperformancelab.com) Vitalizer (native, $359; TDM, $579) plug-in is based on the company's MK2-T hardware unit, which makes use of scientific psychoacoustic technology to process audio signals. The Vitalizer allows users to choose between a dry, percussive bass or a punchy, soft and very deep sonic character, and also offers mid- and top-end processing, which unmasks overlapping sounds. An easy-to-use compressor complements the bass section, allowing the correction of level change due to bass processing. Supported platforms include VST, Audio Units, RTAS and TDM for Mac and PC and Digidesign's VENUE.

Affordable Performer

SE Electronics
Project Studio Reflexion Filter Software

Aimed at the home studio on a budget, SE Electronics' (www.seelectronics.com) Project Studio Reflexion Filter ($169) offers the same basic design as the company's Reflexion Filter minus the multiple layers, acoustic boundaries and higher price of the original. Instead of using multiple layers, the Project Studio Reflexion Filter uses a patented polyester acoustic board lined in high-density crystal foam with a curved ridge cut, promising better performance than standard acoustic foam.

Desktop Producer

Lexicon
Omega Studio Bundle

ONLINE EXTRAS

READ:
Review on Lexicon Omega Studio

Lexicon (www.lexiconpro.com) has launched the Omega Studio Bundle ($279.95), an integrated computer/recording package that combines Lexicon's Omega Studio USB recording interface with Steinberg Cubase LE 4, Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in and an AKG D 88 S microphone. The interface is an 8-in/4-bus/2-out USB I/O mixer with inserts, instrument input, MIDI I/O, metering and monitoring functions, and the ability to record up to four tracks at once to Cubase LE's 48 tracks.

Super-Quick RoboDupers

Primera
BravoPro Xi Series Disc Publishers

ONLINE EXTRAS

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Bravo Disc Publisher Video

The latest disc publishers from Primera (www.primera.com) offer 300-percent faster robotics, a seventh-generation disc-picking mechanism, optional Blu-ray recordable drives, and compatibility with Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS 10.5 (or higher). The BravoPro Xi Disc Publisher ($2,995) has a 100-disc capacity and a high-speed CD/DVD drive that can burn/print up to 32 discs per hour, while the $3,295 BravoPro Xi2 Disc Publisher has a 100-disc capacity with two high-speed CD/DVD drives creating 60 discs per hour.

Stop Feeling Powerless

Roland Systems Group
RSS S-0808 Digital Snake

Perfect for field use, the S-0808 (price TBA) digital snake from Roland Systems Group (www.rolandsystemsgroup.com) is an 8-in/8-out, compact, lightweight digital snake that supports multiple power options, including battery power, embedded-powered over REAC and power over Ethernet (PoE). It can be used paired together as a complete point-to-point 8x8 snake system or as a stage input box with any RSS V-Mixer. The inputs offer remote-controlled preamps, phantom power and 24-bit/96kHz A/D conversion, as well as choices of XLR, TRS line and hi-Z capability, which reduces the need for direct boxes. The included side-mounting adapter plate enables powering via IDX V-Mount or Anton Bauer Gold Mount battery systems.

Virtual Fretmeister

MusicLab
Real PC Guitar

MusicLab (www.musiclab.com) has created the $249 RealLPC virtual guitar instrument. It features multichannel layering incorporating a custom library of samples taken from every fret of all six strings of a real Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar. Floating fret position technology imitates the change of fret position of a guitarist's hand on the neck, giving the user the ability to play 140 frets using just 46 keys of a standard keyboard. Other features mimic strumming, plucking, sliding, bending and muting using a standard MIDI keyboard, as well as MIDI controllers such as Pitch Bend, Modulation Wheel, Sustain Pedal and Aftertouch.

Track Tidier for Post

Waves
WNS Noise Suppressor

Designed for fast, effective broadband noise suppression on dialog tracks, Waves (www.waves.com) WNS ($2,800, native and TDM) offers Pro Tools integration, multiple simultaneous instances, full recall and full automation. Features include zero latency, low CPU usage, user-definable frequency range selection and operation at up to 24-bit/192kHz. Supported formats include TDM, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, Audio Units, Windows 7 and Mac OS X.






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