Tech: New Products, October 2009

Oct 1, 2009 12:00 PM


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Add-On Generator

Audio Precision

The AG52 ($1,000) analog hardware generator option for Audio Precision's ( APx Series of audio analyzers can generate exceptionally clean square waves with a rise time better than 2 ms. The AG52 can also generate all popular DIM test signals to complement a corresponding new DIM distortion measurement capability in the software, ideal for power amp test and measurement. Other benefits include a 2dB improvement in THD+N (to -110 dB typical) and an increase in maximum output level from 21.21 Vrms to 26.66 Vrms (balanced). The AG52 is supported by APx's 2-channel APx520/521/525/526 models.
AES Booth: #442

DAW Facelift

SONAR 8.5 Producer

The latest upgrade of Cakewalk's ( SONAR Producer, Version 8.5 ($499), offers new beat-creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument, enhanced audio quantizing and new multistage effect plug-ins for vocals and percussion. Other added features include Matrix View for simple and flexible cell-based, nonlinear audio and MIDI arranging; engine optimizations and stability improvements for recording audio while looping; the ability to hot-swap audio and MIDI devices without restarting SONAR; and access to up to 128 GB of RAM. Among its VST plug-in compatibility improvements is BitBridgeXR, which lets users run 32-bit plugs in 64-bit environments.
AES Booth: #261

Dual-Domain Audio Analysis

Stanford Research Systems

The SR1 ($6,900) dual-domain audio analyzer from Stanford Research Systems ( is a stand-alone instrument that delivers cutting-edge audio measurements, with specs such as -110dB THD+N, ±0.008dB flat response and 24-bit/192kHz resolution. With its high-performance generator and analyzers operating symmetrically in analog and digital domains, the SR1 handles analog audio, digital audio and cross-domain audio signal analysis. Measurements include level, THD+N, harmonic distortion, IMD, FFT, frequency response, multitone, crosstalk, histogram, jitter amplitude, spectrum and more. Options include a digital audio carrier digitizer with eye diagrams and carrier spectra, multichannel I/O switchers and an atomic rubidium system clock.
AES Booth: #767

Outstanding in the Field

HS-P82 Portable Recorder

Tascam HS-P82

The HS-P82 ($4,999) from Tascam ( is a high-quality, 8-track digital field recorder for music, TV and film production. Features include eight mic preamps, XLR inputs, eight AES/EBU inputs and outputs (DB-25 connector), and recording with timecode up to 24-bit/96kHz (8-track) or 4-track at 24-bit/192kHz. In addition to the eight independent channels, a stereo mix can also be recorded for a total of 10 channels. The unit has no moving parts, using dual Compact Flash slots for recording with backup. The HS-P82 is housed in an aluminum chassis with a TFT color touchscreen. Power options include AA batteries (x10), NP type, AC adapter, external DC input and optional V-mount adaptor for Endura batteries.
AES Booth: #219

Transistor Multipattern

Wunder Audio

Distributed exclusively by Vintage King Audio (, Wunder Audio's CM7 FET ($2,495, retail; $1,995, MAP) microphone is a multipattern version (cardioid, omni, figure-8) of the classic but single-pattern U47 FET. The CM7 FET features a new K47 dual-membrane capsule, wooden mic box, historic-style shock-mount and one-year warranty.
AES Booth: #541

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