Tech: New Products, November 2008

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 PM


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Gimme Some Space

D16 Group
Fazortan Retro Phaser

The Fazortan controllable space phaser from D16 Group ( emulates '70s-era analog allpass phase shifters. It features a GUI offering full control over two LFOs, endless contour diversity, consecutive allpass stages and a feedback knob. Other features include presets organized into groups, a MIDI Learn function and 64-bit internal processing. Fazortan is available in VST and Audio Units formats for both PC and Mac, and supports Windows 2000/XP or Mac OS 10.4.3 or later. Price: 29 Euros (Website only; conversion to USD made at time of purchase).

DSP Powerhouse for Your DAW

Metric Halo
Mobile I/O 2882 Expanded FireWire Interface

Approximately laptop-sized, the Mobile I/O 2882 ($1,895) 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface from Metric Halo ( weighs just five pounds. Despite its small footprint, the feature set is large, providing 18 inputs/20 outputs, a bundle of basic production plug-ins and a nearly six-fold increase in DSP power available for processing, routing and mixing over Metric Halo's FireWire audio interfaces. Other features include eight analog mic/line/instrument ins, eight mic preamps with phantom power, eight balanced TRS analog outs, 24-bit/96kHz converters on all channels, eight channels of ADAT I/O (switchable to Toslink) and AES/S/PDIF digital I/O with selectable SRC. The unit's 2d processing architecture features a brand-new customizable mixer, as well as unified control of all mixing and processing resources of all connected Mobile I/O Expanded hardware. Metric Halo's exclusive Character processing selectively adds 15 different flavors of euphonic low-order distortions (found in classic analog devices) to the system's inputs and mix buses.

Converters and Preamps Need Not Apply

TLM 103 D Digital Microphone

Neumann's ( TLM 103 mic is no stranger to the studio, but the digital version takes it to the next level. The TLM 103 D ($2,650) makes the digital conversion inside the mic (up to 192 kHz) and offers all the bells and whistles that you'd expect from an AES42-compliant transducer. These include a bevy of remote-controllable options, including a low-cut filter, pre-attenuation in three steps, silent gain adjustment from 0 to 63 dB, pink- and white-noise generation from the mic, an integrated comp/limiter/de-esser and a peak limiter. The TLM 103 D is offered in nickel and black, with stand mount. Optional starter kits include the mic, elastic suspension and a kit for connecting directly to an AES/EBU or S/PDIF interface.

New Upgrade, New Possibilities

CC-1 Dream II Version 2

Fairlight's ( CC-1 Dream II A/V platform is now powered by Version 2 software ($250 upgrade), which lets the user play and record video in real time (up to uncompressed HD), cut and paste, and copy and conform while playing back 192 audio tracks in perfect sample sync, with up to 96 of them in record. Other features include the instantiation of up to six third-party VST plug-ins per channel, in addition to Dream II's native channel processing, including a 4-band EQ, high- and lowpass filters, and 3-stage dynamics (compressor + limiter + expander/gate). New Fleximap software simplifies assigning surface controls, and more than 200 plug-ins are premapped at the factory. Complex plug-in configurations can be saved in the library for instant use on any channel in the future.

Compact, Affordable Thumper

KRK Systems
10s Subwoofer

This updated 10-inch sub from KRK Systems ( cosmetically matches the company's recently launched RokitG2 monitors, but the upgrade isn't just skin deep. New features include an integrated and adjustable crossover, numerous rear panel connection options, a ground-lift switch and a bypass footswitch that gives users an easy way to switch a mix from stereo or 2.1/5.1 sound environments. Improved amplifier heat sinking results in lower distortion at high power levels. In addition, the KRK 10s ($399) has a lower noise floor than its predecessor and the RP10 speaker that it replaced.

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