Tech: New Products, September 2009

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 PM


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Vintage Gain Crusher

Analogue Tube

Analogue Tube

The AT-101 ($19,000) from Analogue Tube (www.analogue is a faithful re-creation of the original Fairchild 670 stereo limiter. The sturdy unit is handmade with Grayhill switches, Sowter transformers, Hovland caps and a new-generation 6386 remote cut-off triode developed to replace the original 50-year-old tubes. Controls on each channel include input gain, AC threshold, DC threshold, 6-position time-constant switches and metering switches. Improvements on the original include a hinged front panel, stereo-link switch and a power supply mod with controlled heater voltage switch-on to help extend the life of critical tubes from power-ups.

Big Screen Sound, Smaller Boxes

Acheron Studio

A more compact version of the acclaimed Acheron 80 and Acheron 100 cinema screen loudspeakers, Meyer Sound's ( Acheron Studio (targeted at $8,500 each) is now shipping. Designed for smaller re-recording stages, post-production facilities and smaller theater/screening rooms, the systems are voiced for perforated or non-perf screen installs. The 30.8×25.4×16-inch (H×W×D) enclosures feature onboard DSP, 700 watts of noiseless convection-cooled Class-A/B MOSFET bi-amplification, a 15-inch woofer and a 4-inch compression driver mated to an 80×50-degree horn based on the technology of the larger Acheron systems. Options include subwoofer(s), surround channels and remote monitoring of system parameters via a PC.

Handy Handheld

PCM-M10 Recorder

The Sony ( PCM-M10 ($399) is a palm-sized compact recorder featuring electret condenser stereo mics, USB port (Mac/PC), 4GB internal Flash memory, 96kHz/24-bit capability and a microSD/Memory Stick Micro (M2) slot. Other features include a built-in speaker, cross-memory recording, digital pitch control, digital limiter, low-cut filter, track mark functions, a 5-second pre-recording buffer and A/B repeat capability. The PCM-M10 comes supplied with Sound Forge Audio Studio Recorder Edition software.


MIR Mixing Software

Vienna MIR ($1,695) is a stand-alone Windows application that runs exclusively with Vienna Instruments ( MIR's Control icon lets users move and rotate instruments freely on the concert stage, changing their volume and stereo width within a 3-D environment. Using Multi-Impulse Response convolution, Vienna MIR combines directional and reflection information from every instrument, assembling all of the acoustic interactions into an accurate re-creation of musicians playing their instruments in place and in space. Minimum system requirements include PC Intel quad-core i7-920 or better, with Vista/Windows 7 64-bit and 12GB RAM.

Model Behavior

Saffire PRO 24 DSP I/O Solution

Focusrite's ( Saffire PRO 24 DSP ($499) is a 16-input/8-output FireWire audio interface featuring Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM) for headphone monitoring of 15 different modeled sets of speakers in different acoustic environments from different positions. Other features include twin mic preamps, A/D converters, six analog outs, ADAT inputs, stereo S/PDIF I/O and two virtual “loopback” inputs for routing digital audio between software applications. Users can also take advantage of the onboard DSP to power Focusrite Studio Suite, Compression, Gating, EQ and Reverb plug-ins for latency-free, professional tracking solutions. Added extras include Saffire Mix Control software, Focusrite's Xcite+ bundle, Ableton Live 7 Lite, Novation's Bass Station soft synth and more than 1 GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters and “Mike the Drummer.”

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