Rane G4, MM 42, DEQ 60L

Oct 7, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Rane’s full-featured, high-performance G4 quad gate offers gating, ducking and downward-expansion modes, as well as internal high- and low-cut filters and external sidechain inputs.

Features include: look-ahead gating; all inputs and outputs use XLR or TRS connectors in auto-balanced or unbalanced operation; balanced, external sidechain (key) input for each channel; sidechain processing flexibility; internal/external mode; sidechain listen; and adjacent channel pairs can be linked for stereo operation.

The G4 has a suggested retail price of $999, and begins shipping in December 2003.

Connecting in line between a mixing console and a wired or wireless monitor system, the MM 42 processes a single stereo mix or two independent mono mixes using shelf/cut filters, 3-band compressor, 5-band parametric EQ and 3-band peak limiter.

An assignable sub (low-frequency) output with adjustable bandpass filter is included for direct connection to powered subwoofers or bass “shakers” without requiring an external crossover. The onboard headphone amp (1/4-inch and 1/8-inch jacks) and Cue Bus functionality permit easy setup and monitoring of multiple mixes.

Other features include: line-level cue outputs to feed spare transmitter or return to monitor console; direct outputs allow distribution of common mixes to multiple devices, requiring fewer aux sends on console; Neutrik 1/4-inch-to-XLR combo jacks connect to all console aux/group output types; and device control and firmware updates via MIDI.

The MM 42 has a suggested retail price of $999, and begins shipping in October 2003.

The DEQ 60L Stereo 1/3-octave digital graphic equalizer is the long-throw (45mm) fader version of Rane’s 1/3-octave graphic equalizer (model DEQ 60) introduced earlier this year.

The digital signal path uses advanced DSP algorithms allow having the output magnitude response correspond exactly to the front-panel settings, true WYSIWYG. The new patented technology “Perfect-Q” allows DSP to calculate the perfect Q required to create the exact response dictated by the front-panel slider positions.

Crucial, subtle refinements of frequency response are possible for the first time, allowing for an unequaled ease of operation and clarity of sound reproduction. Changing a 1/3-octave setting changes only that setting.

In addition to the 30-band EQ with slider controls and soft-touch knobs, the DEQ 60L features each channel with full-cut Accelerated Slope™ 3-band tone controls, separate sweepable low-cut and high-cut filters, individual input and output level controls with LED meters for each, range switches and bypass switches (fail-safe relay). The DEQ 60L also allows the user to slave one channel to the other, use as an A-curve/B-curve comparison or as two “analog memories.” The new “L” version features a new cut-only mode. Analog balanced inputs and outputs offer connector choices of XLR, 1/4-inch TRS or Euro-style 3-pin connectors. The power supply is internal and universal with a standard IEC line cord connector.

The suggested retail price of the DEQ 60L is $1,099, and will begin shipping November 2003.

For more, visit Rane online at www.rane.com.






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