Tech: New Products, August 2011

Aug 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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JZ Microphones Vintage 12
Following the release of its Vintage 47 and Vintage 67 inspired by classic Neumann originals, JZ Microphones now offers a version of the legendary AKG C12. The Vintage 12 ($1,913) employs JZ’s Golden Drop Technology, which promises a more detailed and transparent capsule response. The V12 replaces the original C12 tubes with high-quality transistor technology, providing equivalent frequency response with fewer maintenance and care issues. The large-capsule, fixed-cardioid condenser is available directly from the JZ Microphones site.

Crysonic Spectraphy V2 Plug-In
The Spectra’phy Version 2 ($144) is Crysonic’s second-generation, look-ahead brickwall audio limiter/maximizer targeted toward mastering, mixing, tracking and general audio/music production. Sprectra’phy uses a special physics engine (Nephilim Audio) to accurately simulate multiple response signals to maximize the perceived signal volume, as well as to “brick wall” upper limit to peak set levels. Final response curves are computed on the analysis of multiple simulations, each having different characteristics that are driven mainly by incoming transient signals concurrently. This approach tends to produce a more natural sound, almost completely eliminating the risk of introducing audible nonlinear distortion. Features include a new UI, crossover filter frequency-selection component and 64-bit internal precision.

Vienna Symphonic Library Hybrid Reverb
The VSL Hybrid Reverb ($745) combines convolution impulses with algorithmic reverb tails, providing extremely flexible editing options in an easy-to-use and intuitive plug-in. The GUI is divided into two pages: “Browse View” features a Hybrid overview display—an overlay of both reverb envelopes with fast and intuitive access to the most important parameters—while “Edit View” provides extremely flexible editing options in two separate convolution and algorithmic sections. Users will benefit from a variety of presets in the categories of Room, Chamber, Church, Hall, Plate and Scoring.

Sanken CS-1E Microphone
Sanken Microphones (distributed by plus24), headquartered in Tokyo, has introduced the new CS-1e ($850) short shotgun microphone based on the popular CS-1. This version features a longer reach and sharper directivity, making it suitable for a wide range of streamlined video productions. Features include short 7-inch length and lighter weight, extended low-frequency response, wide 50-20k Hz frequency range and standard XLR connection.






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