Tech: New Products, January 2012

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM

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Roland R-26 Handheld Recorder
Roland’s latest handheld recorder offers a bevy of groundbreaking features, including a 160x160-dot touchscreen, two pairs of built-in mics and 6-channel simultaneous recording. The R-26 ($599) records up to 96 kHz/24-bit (BWF) and MP3. The internal transducers feature a pair of omnidirectional and directional X/Y mics that record directly to an SD or SDHC format card. I/O includes Mini-B-type USB connector, stereo inputs (XLR/TRS combo type), XLR type (phantom-powered), ¼-inch TRS phone-type (balanced/unbalanced) and plug-in-powered mic input (stereo miniature phone–type). The recorder is powered by an AC adaptor Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x4 or rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x4, and ships with Cakewalk SONAR LE (Windows).

Vienna Ensemble 
PRO 5 With MIR PRO
The team at Vienna Symphonic Library has integrated two technologies and workflows to bring users Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 with one-click integration of Vienna MIR PRO. Vienna Ensemble PRO is a cross-platform mixing host with MIDI and audio LAN capability, hosting Vienna Instruments as well as third-party 64-bit and 32-bit VSTi/AU plug-ins. PRO 5 offers full surround support adhering to ITU standards (up to 7.1), touch parameter automation for total control of all plug-ins on slave computers, and a Transport function to start/stop the sequencer from within Vienna Ensemble PRO 5. The newest feature is the optional integration of Vienna MIR PRO, the first whole-space mixing and reverberation solution based on Multi-Impulse Response convolution that was released in the summer of 2009. Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 supports AU/VST/VST3/RTAS, and comes with three licenses for setting up a network of up to four computers. An additional license of Epic Orchestra, a free 9GB Grand Orchestra Sample Pack, is included.

Universal Audio UAD 
Version 6.1 Software
New to the quickly growing UAD platform of plug-ins are the MXR Flanger/Doubler Plug-In ($199) and the Little Labs Voice of God (VOG) Bass Resonance Tool ($149), as well as enhancements to Pro Tools workflow and the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in. The MXR Flanger/Doubler replicates the sound of the classic processor with its signature flanging, doubling and delay effects. The Little Labs–authenticated Voice of God (VOG) plug-in for the UAD-2 platform accurately models the sonic characteristics of this unique 500 Series hardware audio processor in every detail. The VOG is used to target and accentuate low-frequency material, from vocals to bass guitar and drums—adding both heft and precision far beyond a simple EQ. Available for purchase via UA’s Online Store.

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machine
Slate Digital has released the newest plug-in in their Virtual Analog series. The Virtual Tape Machine authentically re-creates the sound of two analog tape machines: a 2-inch 16-track from NRG Studios and a ½-inch 2-track from mastering engineer Howie Weinberg. Each tape machine allows the user to choose input drive, bias, tape type, tape speed, group settings and output. All of the algorithms were developed by master DSP designer Fabrice Gabriel, and were thoroughly tested against their hardware counterparts to ensure that even the most overdriven levels matched sonically. The VTM is Mac/PC, RTAS, VST, AU and AAX, and is available first quarter, 2012.






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