Tech: New Products, October 2009

Oct 1, 2009 12:00 PM

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500 Series Module Master

Radial Engineering
Workhorse 5000

Best described as a 500 Series module housing with an integrated and independent summing mixer is the Workhorse 5000 ($999, street) from Radial Engineering (www.radialeng.com). In addition to providing ±16VDC and 48V phantom power for each of its eight module slots, and input, direct out and summing connections on 8-channel D-25 sub jacks (for direct-to-DAW or P.A. feeds), each module has ¼-inch and XLR I/O, mono/stereo link switches and a mix/feed switch for internal patch routing of the output to feed the next module or to the master output section. OmniPort connectors on each input provide module designers with custom options, such as integrating “keying” inputs, a footswitch port or a tuner output on a direct box/instrument preamp. Designed to allow on-the-spot mixing or stereo recording, the mix bus section has pan/level pots and mute switches for each module, rotary main out and aux out controls, and a headphone monitoring section. The rear panel has XLR and ¼-inch aux and transformer-isolated main outputs, insert jacks for the master outs and bus in/out jacks for connecting additional sources and/or multiple Workhorse units.
AES Booth: #166

Audio-Technica AT4080

Ribbon Mics, Active Electronics

Audio-Technica
AT4080 and AT4081

Audio-Technica (www.audio-technica.com) unveils its first ribbon mics, the AT4080 and AT4081. These hand-built, rugged side-address mics are active ribbon designs with onboard phantom-powered electronics that bring their output to near-condenser levels, allowing for use with any pro preamp. Both the larger AT4080 and the low-profile AT4081 feature powerful-grade N50 neodymium magnets and innovative dual-ribbon construction for smooth bidirectional response with high SPL handling. The company's patent-pending MicroLinear™ ribbon design minimizes lateral flexing for durable performance and freedom from ribbon distortion. Applications include miking vocals, horns, strings, acoustic instruments, drum overheads, orchestras, ensembles and guitar cabinets. The AT4080 lists at $1,245, with shock-mount, dust cover and carrying case; the AT4081 is $895, with isolation clamp mount and windscreen. Shipping begins in November.
AES Booth: #419

Sonic Evolution

ADAM Audio
SX Series Monitors

ADAM Audio's (www.adam-audio.de) S Series steps up the evolutionary ladder with a new name and new components. The SX Series comprises six models ranging from small near-fields to larger mid-field models, all with redesigned transducers, drivers and electronics, promising the most transparent reproduction possible. The monitors feature the new X-ART tweeter, offering 4dB higher efficiency, 3dB greater max SPLs and expanded bandwidth to 50 kHz. Also new is an ultralow-distortion, broadband Class-A/B amplifier with 1MHz internal bandwidth and Hexacone™ woofers for more linear excursion. Prices (each) range from $1,295 (two-way, 5-inch woofer) to $4,795 (three-way, dual 9-inch woofers).
AES Booth: #373

When Stereo Just Isn't Enough

mh Acoustics
em32 Eigenmike

The em32 Eigenmike® from mh Acoustics (www.mhacoustics.com) is a unique, scalable microphone array with 32 capsules embedded into a rigid sphere. Individual mic outputs are processed with a beam-forming algorithm for capturing/playing accurate 3-D spatial audio. The mic's directivity pattern (shape and direction) can be controlled in real time or stored for post-soundfield processing. It also features electronic steering, remote-control mic pre's and 24-bit ADCs inside the spherical array, and a single Cat-5 cable carrying power, digital mic data and control/status settings. An external interface converts the digital stream to standard FireWire (ASIO drivers supplied) so the mic array appears as a standard 32-channel soundcard.
AES Booth: Demo Room TBA.






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