Tech: New Products, August 2011

Aug 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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IK Multimedia Black 76, White 2A Plug-Ins
IK Multimedia has released two new T-RackS mixing plug-ins modeled on two of the world’s most renowned analog compressors: the Black 76 limiting amplifier and the White 2A leveling amplifier. Both are available as single plug-ins ($99) or can be integrated in the new T-RackS suite of mixing and mastering effects, now updated with 64-bit compatibility. The Black 76, modeled after an 1176 (specifically, LN rev E), is designed to mimic the unit’s signature input transformer and Class-A output stage. The White 2A is meant to impersonate the signature sound of an LA-2A and parodies a tube amp with photo-resistors, lighted by a fluorescent panel driven by the output signal.

Harrison MixBus 2
The Mixbus 2 ($219) DAW from Harrison offers a variety of improvements for mixing and editing. New features include eight mix bus sends; plug-in effect control sliders, allowing users to map plug-in controls directly to controls on the mixer strip; input trim; makeup gain; sidechain; and master limiter controls available directly from the Mixer window. Other upgrades include improved mixer navigation and display, including narrow mixer strip and the ability to show/hide mix buses as needed; a new phase-correlation meter; and polarity (phase) buttons for each mixer strip. Mixbus 2 is available as a direct download from Harrison’s site.

Radial Workhorse WR8, WM8
Radial Engineering has released the stand-alone Workhorse WR8 ($799) 500 Series rack and optional WM8 ($799) 8-channel summing mixer. The WR8 is an 8-slot 500 Series mixer that is 100-percent compatible with all standard 500 Series modules. Individual XLR inputs and outputs are complemented with parallel ¼-inch TRS connectors and Pro Tools–compatible 25-pin D-Subs. Like the fully implemented Workhorse with mixer, a special Feed function allows modules to be connected in series without having to hard-patch using a cable. Should the user wish to add the optional Workhorse 8-channel mixer section, a step-by-step mixer installation slide show can be found on Radial’s site.

MCAudioLab SHD2CH
SHD2ch ($TBA) from MCAudioLab is a dual-channel, vacuum tube–based (nonlinear) audio distortion amplifier. Each channel offers independent control over second-order harmonic distortion (0.5% to 99%). Features include Class-A circuitry; independent, switchable bypass; peak LED meters; output level control with +6dB gain; fully balanced line level input and output (XLR); and a 2U solid-metal frame unit with internal power supply.






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