Tech: New Products, January 2012

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM


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Real Sound Lab CONEQ Workshop 3.2
The latest update to the CONEQ Workshop software from Real Sound Lab includes equal feature sets across Mac and Windows software versions, filter export to third-party products, improved APEQ-8pro DIO support and multi-language support (English and Chinese in this version). New features of the CONEQ P2/P8/P2pro/P8pro plug-ins 1.2.0 include unlimited number of instances within a project (limitation only on the number of simultaneously filtered channels), renaming of the channel names and better support for non-standard VST hosts. Visit the Website for pricing info on all the available products.

Safe Sound Tracking Toolbox
This three-trick pony from Safe Sound is a mic pre/compressor/limiter meant to replace the company’s first product, the P1. The Tracking Toolbox ($999) features a Class-A discrete transistor mic preamp feeding a second servo IC stage to boost gain past 70 dB; peak-ride compression with fully adjustable threshold, ratio and attack; and “follow audio” controlled release time and automatic makeup gain. The fixed threshold limiter combines program-related elements of “look-ahead” dynamic threshold control with dynamic adjustment of attack time. Other features include a hi-Z instrument input, a stereo monitor section and high-quality headphone amp offering zero-latency monitoring and a 100-percent analog power supply with a toroidal transformer feeding three 100-percent linear power voltage regulators. It is distributed in the U.S. by ZenPro Audio.

TASCAM iM2 Stereo Microphone
Developed specifically for recording high-quality stereo audio into your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, the pocket-sized iM2 ($79) stereo mic from TASCAM sports a pair of condenser microphones—the same transducers in the company’s DR Series recorders. The microphones are adjustable over 180 degrees, and are powered by onboard preamps and digitized by TASCAM A/ D converters. The iM2 can handle up to 125dB SPL and comes with a stereo brickwall limiter to tame sudden spikes. The portable unit is powered through the dock connector so no battery is required, and a USB input is provided to charge your Apple iOS device for long recordings, either through a computer or TASCAM’s PS-P515U power adapter. A PCM Recorder app, a perfect companion to the iM2, will be available soon on the iTunes store at no charge.

TC Electronic LM6 Meter Plug-In
With TC Electronic’s new LM6 Radar Loudness Meter ($599, $399 crossgrade) plug-in, audio professionals on a Mac or PC can now meter all mono, stereo and 5.1 productions inside the box (AU, RTAS or VST). The user interface of the LM6 plug-in is similar to TC radar meters for other platforms, like the LM5D for Pro Tools|HD. LM6 shows loudness history in a single, easy-to-read radar-like view and employs a fully synchronous, high-headroom design to also show true-peak warnings and true-peak bar graphs correctly. The plug-in conforms with all of the major broadcast standards based on Leq(K)—e.g., ITU BS.1770-2, ATSC A/85 and EBU R128 (August 2011 update). No additional hardware is required other than an iLok 2 USB Key for licensing.

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