Tech: New Products, September 2008

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 PM

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Condensers for Stage and Studio

Audio-Technica AT2035/AT2050
Condenser Mics

The latest condenser mics from Audio-Technica (www.audio-technica.com) are the cardioid AT2035 ($249m pictured) and the multipattern AT2050 ($369). The AT2035 offers flat, extended frequency response (20-20k Hz), 148dB SPL handling and 12dB self-noise. The AT2050 has omni, cardioid and figure-8 patterns; 149dB SPL handling; and 17dB self-noise. Both mics feature a switchable 80Hz highpass filter and a 10dB pad, and ship with a shock-mount and a protective pouch.

Software Meets Hardware

Muse Research
Total Workstation Rack

IK Multimedia and Muse Research (www.museresearch.com) teamed up to offer the Total Workstation Rack ($1,999), a combination of Muse's unique Receptor hardware plug-in player with IK's Total Workstation line of “Powered By SampleTank” instruments: SampleTank 2.5, Sonik Synth 2, Miroslav Philharmonik, SampleMoog and SampleTron. The software comes pre-installed/authorized within Receptor, offering immediate access. The Rack can be integrated with any DAW as a normal instrument plug-in using Muse's UniWire technology without putting extra strain on the computer's CPU. IK registered users can get the Total Workstation Rack crossgrade version for a special $1,699 price.

Pickin' and Grinnin'

Applied Acoustics Systems
Strum Acoustic GS-1

This acoustic guitar software synthesizer from AAS (www.applied-acoustics.com) is based on the latest physical-modeling technology. Strum ($229) ships with a collection of steel and nylon acoustic guitars and includes an elaborate voicing module that automatically voices chords played on the keyboard as a guitar player would on the fretboard. Strumming and picking actions are reproduced by an auto-strum function, special strumming keys or MIDI loops; EQ, multi-effects and reverb modules are also included. GS-1 runs on both Mac OS X and Windows as a stand-alone application, and in host sequencers supporting VST, Audio Units and RTAS plug-in formats.

Making Connections

Planet Waves
Modular Snake System

More consoles, converters, patchbays, preamps and other pro devices are moving to the industry-standard DB25 connectors to save time and panel real estate. Now, creating custom studio cabling has never been easier, thanks to the Modular Snake system from Planet Waves (www.planetwaves.com). Users select from 5/10/25-foot “core” cables with DB25 connectors and mix/match various breakouts to suit any application. Available terminations include digital (AES, with four male/four female XLRs) and analog (with eight channels of XLR male, XLR female or ¼-inch TRS). All cables feature oxygen-free copper conductors, two layers of shielding and Amphenol gold-plated connectors. Prices: $59.99 to $159.99.

New Blood for Your Productions

Digidesign Transfuser
Virtual Instrument

The new Transfuser ($295) VI from Digidesign features 2 GB of loops and phrases, plus a series of modular drum machine/sound generators, dedicated sequencers, loop-manipulation tools and effects — all bundled in an intuitive drag-and-drop composition/editing interface. It also lets users create/tweak/arrange/perform grooves on-the-fly within Pro Tools, and supports WAV, AIFF, ACID, REX 1 and 2, and Apple Loops files. Included are 20 real-time effects and nearly 2 GB of loop/phrases. Download a free 14-day demo at www.digidesign.com.






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