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THE GUIDE TO THE LATEST PRODUCTS AND EQUIPMENT
ISSUE Nc6 Summer 1999
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AMPLIFIERS
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CONSOLES
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CONTROL
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24 and 32 channel frames
52 and 68 inputs to the mix
2 SVT (symmetrical valve technology)
valve preamps
Wide ranging mic preamp
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4 band EQ with fully parametric mids
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dual stereo inputs with
automation as standard
6 aux sends with 2 automated master
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MIDI
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4 mute groups
MIDI machine control
Tape send and return on
every channel
Group/direct switching
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Talkback facility
2 studio feeds
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Optional 21 segment input bargraph
meterbridge
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SVT VALVE PREAMPS
IMF
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INTRODUCTION
Going steady
The adoption of a new technology or a repackaging of an existing one
must endure all the trappings and rigours of the popular romance. It
starts with the first encounter. A chance meeting, the peculiar combination of circumstances that causes the two worlds to collide, or the introduction, by a friend, who tells you that the two of you ought to get along
really well.
After a brief period of appraisal and indecision things either fade to grey
or they move on to the next game level and the whole thing is swept along
by waves of interest, mystery (learning is essential to progress and the
requirement to learn is progress), and discovery and the fact that it does
something for you. If you stay upright on the surfboard and meet the challenge with just enough concentration, you glide to the beach better for the
experience and if the enjoyment factor has remained high then you
become comfortable with the situation and will persist with it.
Admittedly you can flip off the surf board at any time but the whole
process runs to completion based on a very short appraisal period, the
wave builds and the decision to go with a good one must be made fairly
quickly. Yet the implications are longer term and the danger is that you
develop a passion just for surfing.
So much of what we buy is triggered by marketing influence. We live in a
society where our prowess as consumers has reached new heights. From
the heavily branded children's toy to the definitive multi -designer labelled
casual outfit, the temptation to desire what we are told is desirable is overwhelming.
It is difficult to accept it but we must at least acknowledge that pro audio
also encourages us to consume. Sometimes it's natural and sensible, but
often it's illogical but oh, so attractive. How comfortable do you feel when
someone questions your use of an item on a session that neither qualifies
as 'a classic' or as `the latest'? Do you take it personally because you believe
it reflects on your abilities of judgement?
Yet we all do it, whether it is chuckling at that old non -Pentium 200 computer, that largely forgotten condenser, those curious old dual concentrics
or the never that fashionable 2 -inch. And this is despite the fact that
they're all up to spec, the user is clearly comfortable with them and has
arrived at the decision not because of financial reasons but after a prolonged period of appraisal and courtship. They're going steady.
A publication like this illustrates the phenomenal rate of new product
output, but we have to keep reminding ourselves constantly of what we do
and what we need rather than what there is and what we prefer. And there
is no harm done in jumping off that surfboard every now and then and
swimming to the beach and just thinking about it.
Zenon Schoepe, executive editor
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Hafler C -Series amplifiers
US manufacturer Hafler has
three new ranges of amplifiers
known collectively as the C Series and differing in a few
application -specific details.
CCA contractor amps have 70
and 100V line outputs; CX
cinema amps have electronic
crossovers that can be
customised to the install; and
LSA live sound amps are the
most basic models, with
crossovers available and digital
control circuitry in the pipeline.
Power outputs go as high as
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This allows the SRA-200E to be
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the manufacturer, the PL6.0 shares the
same power supply and output circuitry
as the award -winning PL9.0.
Incorporating PFC (Power Factor
Correction), the PL6.0 is said to draw 40%
less average AC current, thereby reducing
strain on the AC system. State of the art
high speed components and large -die N channel Mosfets are apparently combined
with a four -tiered DC supply to yield efficiency comparable to Class D designs,
while operating in the linear mode for
lowest distortion and noise.
The IT-42 output transformer for the
CX302 amplifier adds two channels of isolated 25V, 70V and 100V outputs. In addition to driving lines loaded up to 400W
per channel in stereo or parallel mode, the
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of eight sound contracting amplifiers.
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both electrical and
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amps from DAS use the company's DMAT
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Each cell includes an active limiting circuit
and a full set of protection circuits that are
claimed to make the amplifier virtually
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TACT
The next generation of Tact
Audio's digital room correction
system, the 2.0 Century, is aimed
to appeal to professional and
home audio users and follows in
the footsteps of its RCS 2.2 room
correction system and the
Millennium fully digital integrated
amplifier.
Designed by Tact Audio founder
Peter Lyngdorf, the Tact 2.0 is a
fully digital unit that comes with
a microphone for measuring
room acoustics at a much lower
price than its 2.2 predecessor.
The RCS system, which needs
only to be hooked up to a PC
and a mic, compensates for all
room related distortion to the
signal, eliminating colourations,
frequency deviations and reflections. The company promises a
dramatic cleaning effect, with
absolute correction precision
within 1Hz.
Tact 2.0 can be customised to
individual requirements and
upgraded with analogue interfaces, has DSP power in excess
of that required for its 192kHz
sampling rate and can be daisy
chained to other units.
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Yamaha
Yamaha has launched the X
Series of mid -price professional
power amps, designed for
permanent installation and
sound reinforcement. The range
includes the XH150 (150W per
channel) high -impedance amp
and the XS250 (250W) and
XS350 (350W) low -impedance
models. All models have oversized heat sinks and power, clip,
protection and signal indicators.
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Two additions from QSC Audio
o additions to the QSC product range are a new PLX series
amplifier and a plug-in processing
card for the same range.
PLX 3402 is rated at 700W into 8
ohms, 1,100W into 4 ohms and
1,700W into 2 ohms. Using QSC 1 s
PowerWave switching power supply, the device is mounted in a 2U
chassis and weighs 9.5kg.
Hum and noise are said to be 110dB 20Hz-20kHz and THD just
0.03% at rated power into 8 ohms.
Mosfet and a valve power
mplifier for audiophile and
professional applications have
been launched under the Nagra
brand by Swiss manufacturer
Kudelski.
The Nagra MPA Mosfet power
amplifier is a 250W per channel
device with a PFC (Power Factor
Correction) power supply. The
manufacturer says that this significantly improves sonic performance by eliminating detrimental
power spikes inherent in traditional transformer-based designs.
The unit can be bridged to deliver
500W mono.
V8D and V8P are stereo mixer
amplifiers with a power rating of
500W RMS per channel into 4
ohms. There are four balanced
or unbalanced mic/line inputs
with volume, treble and bass. In
addition there are two stereo
channels with line inputs and an
additional unbalanced mic input.
Both output channels have
switchable active clip limiters
and outputs are on Speakon
connectors.
V8P comes with a digital effects
processor offering 64 effects
setting with memory and
footswitch operation. V8D has a
simpler digital delay instead.
Either model is available with a
vinyl sleeve, rack mounting or in
a flight case.
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MTR
wireless remote control over volume, balance, mute and selection
of four sets of line inputs. The
Proel amps
Designed for use with the
Templar Flying speaker range
the Proel PRL power amplifier
series, a range of professional
amplifiers engineered for sonic
value and reliability on the road
and in fixed installations. The
series features four models, the
PRL1300, PRL900, PRL500 - all 2U
- and the PRL250 1U. All contain a
bipolar device in a complementary configuration, two independent channels with separate
oversize power supplies for superior bass performance and damping factor value. A sense limiter
gives an undistorted output signal
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device can be operated vertically
or horizontally and rack ears are
also available.
The NagraVPA vacuum-tube
power amplifier is described as a
pure Class A 50W monoblock
amplifier, based on a pair of
directly heated, thoriated tungsten 845 output triode valves for
each channel. Full rated output
power can apparently be achieved
from 30Hz-40kHz with minimal
distortion due to the use of Nagradesigned output transformers.
Zero negative feedback is used in
the output stage, enabling the
amplifier to work with difficult
loads such as electrostatic speakers and low impedance dynamic
speaker designs.
Nagra
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in any input signal or AC power
supply condition, tracking the
available headroom and driving
the amplifier to the maximum
output without clipping.
All models can operate in
stereo, parallel or bridged mono
modes, and the rear panels feature
XLR and Jack for input and NL4
Speakon and Binding -post for
output.
The PRL1300, PRL900 and
PRL500 amps feature heavy-duty
custom chassis with two frontal
handles and two rear 'low-noise'
cooling fans for quiet operation,
while the PRL250 amp uses a convection cooling system.
Proel
tion transformers, plus input
attenuation for excursion processors which require less than 32dB
of gain. The filter can be configured as a two-way active
crossover, bandpass filter, CD
horn equaliser, subsonic or ultrasonic filter. It features 4th order
Linkwitz-Riley filters with selectable crossover frequencies and
independent configuration of the
two channels.
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A retro-fittable option provides
McGregor
Proportional clip limiters are provided for reduced distortion while
maintaining dynamics. There are
also low frequency filters for
speaker protection.
Standard inclusions are XLR
and 1/4 -inch balanced inputs,
Speakon and Binding post outputs, plus comprehensive LED
level and status indication.
The BSC-3 Buscard accessory
adaptor adds a two -channel
crossover filter and input isola-
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Version 2 of D&B's E -PAC
amplification system now
drives an enlarged range of the
manufacturer's speaker enclosures. As well as driving models
E3, El2 and E18 - and retaining a
linear mode for MAX enclosures
- it is now capable of powering
the C6 and E9 cabinets.
The various equalisation settings are selected with dip switches on the rear of the unit. A
separate set of switches allows the
new integral delay to be activated.
Delays of up to 170ms can be programmed using either the RIB or
ROPE packages.
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ARX Systems
The second model in a series
of dual channel power
amplifiers, the ZR550 is rated at
200W per channel into 8 ohms
and 270W per channel into 4
ohms. It uses a new generation of
Lateral Mosfet output devices
and a toroidal transformer -based
non -switching power supply.
Plug-in processing for the amplifier includes ISC loudspeaker
processors and active crossovers.
The ZR550 also features ARXI
new Headroom Enhance circuitry,
said to allow maximum output
without clipping. The unit is fitted
with jack and XLR inputs, with
outputs on Speakon connectors.
The package is 2U high.
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PowerLight 2.4MB is a mono block amp that
delivers 2400 watts @ 2ohms while operating
from a single 15 amp circuit.
PowerLight 9.0PFC is 9000 watts, making it
the most powerful amp available. And at
3RU, 59 lbs it's easy to take on the road.
Using Power Factor Correction the current
draw of both the 9.0 and 6.0 is lowered by
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AMPLIFIERS
10
Six from Carver
Following the release of three
new amplifiers, there are now
a total of six units in the Carver PX
series: PXm250, PXm450 and
PXm900.
The model numbers denote the
power rating when in bridged
mode into 8 ohms, therefore the
units deliver 125W, 225W and
450W respectively, per channel
into 4 ohms.
Pulse amps
CAudio has developed the
Pulse amp range, with 2 x
650W amplifiers and 4 x 300W
amplifiers (into 4 ohms). They use
System Two Cascade
The Audio Precision System Two has become the acknowledged
Industry Standard in audio analysers across the world.
Now the System Two Cascade provides higher speed and enhanced
facilities to keep pace with state-of-the-art audio systems. It has all of
switched mode power supplies
with an associated weight reduction and two massive heatsinks
with variable speed fans and open
channels for easy cleaning.
Microprocessors monitor operation and control their protection
The manufacturer states that
the PX series is designed to provide an entry level to its products
without sacrifice in sonic integrity,
features or manufacturing quality.
Extensive protection circuitry is
provided, along with switchable
high pass filter, selectable high
pass filter cut-off frequency, selectable clip limiter and selectable
input sensitivity. A variety of connection options are available.
605
Carver
systems and Pulse amplifiers are
compatible with C Audio's
Connect remote control system,
which allows a PC to control more
than 100 amplifiers over standard
Category 5 twisted -pair cable.
The PC can monitor input and
output signal levels and output
current, as well as operating temperature, and can remotely control gain and mute for each
channel.
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the features of the System Two plus:
Continuous digital
I/O
compatibilty from 8kHz to >100kHz
Single and dual connector operation at 96kHz
Digital switcher function at 48kHz
Greatly increased DSP power to give higher speed to all
standard System Two functions even at 96kHz
Dual "Function Reading" meters for two channel
distortion and band-pass measurement in one sweep
Increased signal memory giving greater FFT capacity
Improved INTERVU with 80MHz sampling and the lower
frequency limit extended to 50Hz.
The System Two Cascade is available in 3 versions: Analogue+DSP,
Dual Domain. and Digital -only.
Typical new -technology application areas include:
PC Audio, DVD Audio
AC -3, DTS, MPEG, etc
Downloadable Sounds (DLS)
Reduced Bit Rate Systems
Audio Quality Standards
3-D Audio
Automotive ICE
Digital Cell Phones
DAB Radio
Internet Comms
Audio Precision is exclusively represented in the U.K. by TTi. We offer
full advice and support and we will be delighted to demonstrate any
Audio Precision product to you.
EAR designs a
EAR says that it has tackled
the problem of the uneven
absorption of traditional
earplugs, notorious for blocking
highs more than lows, with its
Ultratech plugs.
The acoustic damping net-
Switchcraft QG
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Measurably better value
Thurlby Thandar Instruments Limited
Glebe Road, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE18 7DX
Tel: 01480 412451, Fax: 450409, e-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.ttinst.co.uk
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Switchcraft's QG Twist is a new
XLR-type cord connector that
comprises two components -a
handle with integral strain relief
and a front shell fitted with a captive male or female insert. To
assemble QG Twist, the user simply has to push the cable through
the handle, make solder connections to the terminals and screw
the handle onto the front shell.
Also new is Switchcraft's range
better earplug
work is patented and is claimed
to give a more even and natural
balance of sound while still offering good levels of protection
against damaging SPLs - typically
a greater than 20dB reduction.
Music Shipping Co 628
of High Power Connectors (HPC)
offering amplifier and loudspeaker manufacturers an alternative
supplier to existing sources. The
HPC range is available with rec-
tangular and round panel receptacles, cord connectors and an
in -line connector for making
extensions. In addition to screw
and Faston terminals, HPC receptacles can also be supplied with
straight or right-angle PCB connections.
615
Switchcraft
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ANCILLIARIES
11
New codec chips from AKM
Multi Bit architecture that
achieves low outband noise and
high jitter tolerance by use of
SCF (switched capacitor filter)
The AK4524 is a high-performance, 2 -channel, 24 -bit
CODEC for use in 96kHz recording systems. The ADC section
features 64x oversampling and
Single -End Inputs. The DAC has
128x oversampling and a 24 -bit
x8 digital filter and uses AKM's
newly developed Advanced
Ultrasone
radiation -less
headphones
UItrasone 'radiation -less'
headphone, the HFI-200,
based on research conducted
by Ultrasone's Florian Koenig
into the health -impairing
effects of headphones through
nearfield electro -magnetic
radiation.
Tests showed that the magnetic flux mean value of over 38
headphones from different
companies was near 845nT
(nano Tesla), which is over four
times higher than the
TCO'95/NCRP recommended
maximum of 200nT for'radiation-less' computer screens/
monitors. Furthermore, the
German recommendation
VDE -DIN 0848 part 4 (for living/sleeping rooms) is 100nT.
Infra Red or FM technique
headphones gave the worst
results in testing, according to
the company. The measuring
procedure was to calibrate all
headphones at a SPL of 70 dB,
with the magnetic flux being
measured in front of the speakis
er coil.
The tests also showed that
lower priced, high impedance
and supra -aural headphone
types had mean magnetic flux
values above 1200nT.
Ultrasone
630
techniques.
Applications for the device
include MiniDisc, digitalVTR
systems, musical instruments
and professional mixers.
The AK4526 is a 20 -bit multichannel codec with a dynamic
range of 100dB, designed for
digital surround sound and car
entertainment systems. Input
formats include IIS and the
device includes two channels of
A -DC and six channels of D -AC.
The A -DC section has an
enhanced dual -bit architecture
featuring a wide dynamic range
and 64x oversampling.
The D -AC uses switched
capacitor filter techniques
which achieve low outband
noise and high jitter tolerance.
The AK4526 requires a single
+4.5 to 5.5V power supply for the
analogue and digital circuitry.
The AK4393 is a high-perfor-
mance, 24 -bit, 96kHz sampling,
stereo D -AC complying with
DVD standards. With a dynamic
range of 120dB, it will sample at
32, 44.1 and 48 as well as 96kHz.
Packaged in a compact 28 -pin
VSOP package, its serial interface MSB and LSB is justified as
well as I2S, making it compatible with a wide range of digital
audio systems. The AK4393's
outputs are filtered in the analogue domain by on -chip,
switched capacitor filter (SCF)
circuitry, which has a high tolerance to clock jitter and eliminates the need for any external
components.
AKM has announced the
AK5393, an enhanced dual -bit,
delta -sigma, 24 -bit A -DC,
designed for professional digital
audio applications. The 128x
oversampling device has an
S(N+D) figure quoted at 105dB.
The sampling rate is from 1 to
108kHz and there are full differential inputs.
AKM
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Quiller's new joysticks
Claimed to be more rugged
and to outperform existing
inductive coil and potentiometric joysticks, the HFX range of
Hall Effect magnetic joysticks
from Quiller Electronics is
designed to be a retrofit
replacement and fits in to the
same mounting holes and
panel cut-outs.
Benefits include the fact that
the devices are virtually impervious to RFI and EMI and with
only one active component for
each axis they are more
durable.
IN
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PoIyWIRE Multicores
PoIyFLEX Multicores
PoIySTAR Multicores
PoIyPRIME Multicores
AES/EBU digital cables mobile
AES/EBU digital cables install
Microphone cables
-
Speakercables
halogenfree, flame retardant
Patch cables
tlstrument cables
Video cables
halogenfree, flame retardent
Multichannel video cable
Available with a choice of six
handles, six shapes of limiter
plate and four output options,
the HFX series can be configured in single, dual and three axis configurations and with
one or two buttons to control
other functions.
The output can be programmed with varying
output voltages with or
without fault detection and
also in a mode that is compatible with standard potentiomet-
Videocamera cables
High frequency cables
Fibre optic cables
ric output.
Quiller Electronics 619
Smart patching from Isopatch
The Smartpatch audio rout -
ing controller with the new
Smartpatch Commander program allows control of multiple
Smartpatch arrays and can
reconfigure the inputs and outputs of a single Smartpatch to
create matrices of different
shapes (e.g. 4 to 24, 30 to 1 ).
Recently redesigned after 15
years, the Isopatch A -gauge
patch panel combines the best
features from its predecessor
now with 48 jacks in a lU panel
and a new, totally enclosed jack
design to help keep out the
contaminants that shorten
contact life.
In response to the many lowcost patch panels now available, Isotrack has cut the cost
of the Q Patch and made it part
of the Signex range.
The Q Patch also has a new
jack socket and panel and
modules can be now be purchased separately.
Probably the most popular
panel in the Signex range is the
Isopatch Bantam, now at a
lower price point and with a
new PCB design offering versions with 25 -way D -sub connectors (wired to the Tascam
38/88 pattern) or direct solder
rear terminations.
A new Toslink optical adaptor
has been added to the Universal
panel range together with lower
pricing and a revised discount
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KLOTZ Audio Interface Systems GmbH,
D-85640 Haar bei Munchen, Hans Stiessberger-Str. 2a
T=L .49-89 - 461 OCO-30, Fax: +49-89 - 461 000-52
structure.
Isopatch
614
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ANCILLIARIES
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Furman supplies more power
power conditioning
and distribution specialist
Furman has expanded several of
its existing product lines. The
established, balanced AC power
range now has a new top model,
the IT-1230 30-Amp isolation
transformer.
The new ASD-120 sequenced
AC power distribution unit
sequentially powers up or down
six 20A circuits and can also control Furman MiniPorts,
PowerPorts, PowerLinks, and the
us -based
PS-PRO and PS -8R power
sequencers. The same sequencing features appear in the simpler PowerLink remote AC power
sequencer.
Conditioning sees another new
model, the AR -1230 voltage regulator, delivering a stable 120 +/-5VAC
as long as the input line voltage is
between 97 and 141V, with a maximum output current of 30 Amps.
Spike and surge protection and
EMI /RFI filtering are included.
625
Furman
Analog Devices is first with
192kHz D -AC for DVD Audio
d Male and female connectors in cable
and panel version.
cAudible "snap -in" lock for full and
safe coupling.
From 13 to 150 pins (4-48 channels).
I' Up to 54 pins skintop available.
a( Over 2000 coupling.
r( Waterproof.
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Via di Tor Cervara, 173 - 00155 Rome - Italy
Tel. +39 06 227251 - Fax +39 06 22725225
Internet: www.pronet.it/link E-mail: [email protected]
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Semiconductor company
Analog Devices has
announced a 24 -bit stereo audio
D -AC that represents the industry's first standalone solution to
enable OEMs to meet the DVDAudio 192kHz sample rate standard. Designated the AD1853, the
IC combines proprietary data
conversion technology with the
industry's first multibit sigma delta convertor core to deliver significantly improved audio
performance at every sample rate
from 32kHz to 192kHz.
Previously, DVD OEMs have
been required to either consider
96kHz sample rate D-ACs, add
special digital filters for an expensive multichip solution, or wait for
a monolithic IC like the new
Analog Devices D -AC. The AD1853
is a complete high-performance,
single -chip stereo digital audio
playback system.
Key design features include a
117dB signal-to-noise ratio (A weighted stereo) and 120dB (A weighted mono), not muted, at
48kHz; total harmonic distortion
of -104dB/-107dB THD +N
(stereo/mono); 115dB stopband
attenuation; and programmability
through an SPI -compatible serial
control port.
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Analog Devices
Delta interfacing boxes from 3dB
of interfacing boxes, the
elta series of units has an
adjustable gain of 30dB, with input
and outputs which can be balanced or unbalanced. Designed to
meet a number of needs in studio
and live sound environments, the
units are available in several specific configurations.
Delta420 is a four input, 20 output distribution amplifier with a
switching matrix capable of handling mono and stereo feeds.
;Lange
Delta44 and Delta4 are reciprocal
balanced/unbalanced convertors
designed to accommodate
domestic equipment within a professional environment. Delta45 is
a bi-directional unit aimed at the
same application.
The manufacturer plans a
number of further units, including
an opto -isolated mains switcher
for recording lights and a multichannel stereo balancing unit.
633
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Cirrus Logic
Belden's cable
The latest D -A convertors in the
Crystal series are available in
quantities of 1,000 for $1.95 each.
They will accept data at audio
HDIV coaxial cable 1855A is a
low loss design for serial
digital video transmission, recommended for high definition
applications. The design uses gas
injected foam high density polyethylene insulation for optimum
crush resistance and is effectively
shielded with Duofoil and braid
for low attenuation, as well as
maximum signal integrity.
Belden states that the cable is
100% sweep tested for SRL. The
cable is compact and lightweight, using BNC type connectors from Kings or ADC. Belden
suggests mobile units, studios
and patch cords as suitable
applications.
Belden
631
sample rates from 2kHz-100kHz
and incorporate a patented power
on/off transient control technique,
said to eliminate pops or clicks.
The new chips bear the part
numbers CS4340 and CS4341.
Cirrus Logic
Millennia amp
Millennia media has released the
MM -990 high performance amp
with complete compatibility with
Jensen/Hardy 990 and API
2510/2520 modules and is a pure
Class A, all -discrete J-FET amp.
Frequency response is stated as
being down 1 dB at 355kHz and
0.3Hz while maximum output level
is +25.5dBu into 600 ohms.
Profusion
LA 3607 is
a
single channel, 7-
band graphic equaliser on an
IC. Available at 52p each for
quantities of 500+, the devices
can be customised by using
capacitor and resistor networks
to set the centre points of the
bands at frequencies between
60Hz and 15kHz. Cut and boost is
typically ±12dB. Audio distortion
is quoted as typically 0.02% with
a typical output noise voltage of
70/. Units may be connected in
series for greater resolution.
Profusion
634
634
Switchcraft plugs upgrade
Switchcraft has introduced
two ranges of chassis XLR
connectors.
The E Series have quick
release inserts to facilitate part assembly manufacturing
processes and have various
Complementing these are the
EMI/RFI shielded F Series, incorporating a ferrite material to provide excellent shielding and
improvements including
reshaped ground springs, a
redesigned latch, and subtle
changes to the body functionality and appearance.
filtering characteristics.
This is intended to reduce
material and labour costs and
free up board space by eliminating a number of discrete components normally associated with
EMI/RFI protection.
Switchcraft
624
Millennia Media
615
Studio Suite V4
Ingenium's studio management
software, Studio Suite, has seen a
major upgrade to Version 4. The
package offers a comprehensive
set of modules to handle all
aspects of studio management
from bookings to personnel,
recall sheets (with over 130 standard sheets included), label printing, inventories and invoicing.
Ingenium
627
The Audio Toolbox
TM
" The Audio Toolbox is a DSP-powered, wunderbox packing
dozens of functions...every audio pro needs one."
-
George Petersen, Mix Magazine
Inputs:
Outputs:
Built-in speaker
Balanced XLR
Built-in microphone
Stereo balanced XLR
Stereo 1/4" TRS
Stereo RCA phono
1/4" TRS
RCA phono
1/4" stereo
headphone jack
MIDI
MIDI
Plus:
Graphical backlit
LCD display
Battery or AC power
MB Quart headsets
Quart offers headsets for a variety of professional
applications.
Heading the field is the MBK 448 ACS which is a synthesis between MB Quart's acoustically open high -end
headphones QP 400 and the goose -neck microphone
boom MBC 648 AS equipped with a studio condenser
unit.
MB Quart
618
MB
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Acoustic Analysis Tools: Real Time
Analyzer, SPL, ETC, RT60,
Speaker & Mic Polarity
Session Helpers: Tuner, Tempo
Computer, MIDI Data Monitor, MIDI
Transmit, SMPTE Read/gen/re-gen,
Hum Cancellation
Test Functions: Signal Generator,
dB/Frequency Meter, S/N,
Frequency Response,
Sample Scope
Utilities: Headphone Amp w/guitar
Pc, Cable Tester, Phantom Power
Checker, and more...
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TerraSonde U.S. Office:
TerraSonde U.K. Distributor:
303-545-5848
303-545-6066 Fax
www.terrasonde.com
Rocky Road Distribution Ltd.
44 (0) 1494 535333 Tel
44 (0) 1494 535357 Fax
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MTR doubles
Profusion
Offered as a Nay of reducing
developmen cycles, the
STK4050V amplifier module is
said to offer savings in board
space and assembly time. The
single charm?! device is rated at
200W into 8 ohms and is offered
in a compact SIL package.
Maximum distortion is quoted at
0.08% with a bandwidth of 2050kHz. LA36 )7 is a single channel
IC containinç a 7 -band equaliser.
The centre points of each
frequency can be customised
with capacitor and resistor
networks.
Profusion
the splits
well-known for handy
problem -solving boxes, has
introduced a doubled -up version
of its established PS -4 passive
splitter. The PS -8 has eight outputs on stereo jacks, mounted on
in internal PCB. Each output has
overload protection and a link on
the board can be moved to convert the unit to mono operation.
The obvious application is feeding
multiple headphones from a sinMTR,
gle source.
SCORE V4
CAIG chemicals
San Andreas Press SCORE, the
music notation program for PCs,
is now in version 4 which
provides a completely new menu
system. The intention is to
bypass the recessity to resort to
the manual c r memorise
commands b offer far easier
access to the power of the
program's functionality. SCORE
is said to be the standard for
music engrafing software, capable of notating anything from
rock to the toughest avant garde
classical.
New Notations
623
622
MTR
632
has a range
of chemicals and soldering
apparatus for the electronics
industry.
The company is expanding its
environmentally -safe product
line. Among these are a variety of
new, environmentally -safe
aerosols and a range of non aerosol applicators for aerosol sensitive customers. These
include pump spray, wipes, pens,
precision dispensers and brush
applicators.
620
CAIG
CAIG Laboratories
Svetlana expands range of valves
materials and classic sound, and
the ruggedness is improved by a
thicker glass envelope.
Comprehensive ageing and testing allow individual test results to
be supplied with each valve and
STM (Svetlana Tested and
Matched) pairs to be available.
626
Svetlana
Manufactured in St
Petersburg, Russia and marketed in the States, Svetlana's
valve range is joined by the
SV300B power triode, a modern
replacemert for the original
300B. Care has been taken to
duplicate t_e virtues of the original in terms of its construction,
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one of the world's largest
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Audio Service's Phantom release
Audio Service has released the 02R
Phantom power adaptor for the
Yamaha 02R and a fader update for the
02R manufactured by Penny & Giles. The
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Installing a mixture of
YGDAI cards in the DAIS
frame permits any digital or
analogue source to be connected to digital audio mixers. Alternatively, by routing
directly between the I -O
cards, signals may be readily
converted to and from the
various analogue and digital
company's Digital Audio
Interconnection System is a
patchbay format convertor,
signal distributor, and digital
audio routing system and
uses Yamaha YGDAI interface
cards to provide the inputs
and outputs.
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Anew portable UHF receiver, the WRR805A can be mounted on a wide vari-
ety of professional and semi -pro
camcorders. It is priced to reflect the latest
Sony
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Neutrik connectors
Neutrik has introduced a 're -invented'
BNC connector family, comprising
three different versions, each optimised
for its particular application: Push/Pull for
ergonomic operations; a twist -lock bayonet version, closest to the classic BNC; and
a non -locking version for frequent connections and price sensitive applications.
Neutrik
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When offering a range of electro-
mechanical
products
to
market, Devlin's objective
the
is to
provide OEM's with quality components
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Slide switches with variety of actuators,
styles and colours.
Toggle switches including sealed
versions to IP65.
that contribute to an effective solution to
an engineering
problem. Sourced from
manufacturers in Europe, Japan and the
Push switches, stand alone or interlocking,
snap/momentary/alternate
action.
Far East, these devices combine the
Programmable LCD switch system with
benefits of high quality
simple serial bus control.
manufacture
supported by UK design and engineering.
Also available is a range of industry
Devlin understands switching technology
standard miniature relays with signal and
and will provide advice and assistance to
power switching in sealed and high
customers on a wide selection
sensitivity versions. Devlin also supplies a
of types including:
range of latest technology connectors plus
Coded switches standard
full travel and miniature keypads with a
or half pitch (DIL or Rotary).
comprehensive
Illuminated switches for PCB
keytop moulding
and
legending service.
or panel mount.
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Devlin Electronics Limited
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Sony's WRR-805A
generation of affordable cameras.
The compact receiver provides access
to 64 frequencies using PLL synthesised
tuning, and has built-in intermodulationfree plans for multi -channel operation.
Audio cables are included with the
receiver, offering the option of balanced
XLR or 3.5mm jack connections. The
WRR-805A boasts a headphone -level
monitoring output, as well as visual indication of battery status and elapsed time.
Just two AA -sized batteries are required to
provide six hours' continuous use, reducing running costs to a minimum.
The WRR-805A's lightweight, weatherproofed ABS case uses a hotshoe mount
or velcro straps and an indexed pivot system for secure mounting. As an alternative, the receiver may be worn as a
beltpack, for use as a cost-effective presenter's earpiece feed.
Dryiml Mastering
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Octagon
enhancements
has launched the Airlab
radio on -air console for local
community and hospital radio.
An original feature of the console
is the ability to program various
set-ups of the console and store
these on a chip card. This allows
engineers and DJs to configure
the console to their personal
requirements using their own
card.
D&R has introduced a Stereo
Dual Line module for the
Octagon film console. The module features two stereo line signal
paths with motorised 100mm
faders. Each signal path has 4 band swept EQ with fully parametric mids. Twelve Auxes are
available, the first four of which
are stereo pairs.
Inputs can be assigned to the
main eight master buses as well as
the 48 group output buses.
D&R
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Libra Post from AMS Neve
ibra Post is described as an
amadvanced and cost-effective
multiformat postproduction console. A dedicated panel provides
monitoring and matrix/processing inserts for up to 8 -channel surround. The console benefits from
a shared automation system with
the DFC and features automated
joystick panning. Miiltimachine
control and integrated hard disk
recording/editing are optional.
The Capricorn now has
improved facilities for mixing for
DVD, including a multiformat
monitor panel plus rapid busing
and monitor configuration for
work in all audio formats. Other
new features include surround
sound panning, MIDI Out capability, automated routing, VCA
coalesce and path swap.
The Libra's reputation for multitrack mixing has been enhanced
by an additional two control sub layers enabling up to 192 fully -featured audio inputs to be
accommodated in a 48 -fader
frame. New software features
include a defaults manager, hot
key access to control screens, a
Desk Editor for fast access to console status and configuration
tools, Collect Touch for Scene
Change' automation, plus
machine control enhancements.
Libra Live new hardware additions include a Flash RAM card
enabling the rapid boot of console
and configurations, DTV-oriented
surround sound monitoring
options and GPI support.
For the DFC, Version 2.5 of
Encore automation software
includes automated routing/busing and Partition Designer, a feature which enables customised
division of console sections on
multi -operator desks.
The Logic 3 now features a
range ofWorkFlow multistudio
integration options plus the
Media Toolbox which is designed
for use with standalone or networked AudioFiles. Media Toolbox
takes the up/downloading of projects and sources off-line, freeing
AudioFiles for use exclusively on
the editing of projects.
AMS Neve
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Chilton in
double debut
Chilton's CAD200 is a self-op
on -air desk with solid state
switching, +26dB headroom
throughout and stereo PFL on
input modules. Operation parameters and options such as the
number of channels with phantom power, pre/post settings and
fader starts are all done on
jumpers. This means the unit can
be set at the factory or an engineer
can set the parameters. What can't
happen is the user changing the
settings by accident because they
are all inside.
Also new is a studios to transmitter switch unit, which enables
the on -air signal to be selected
from any of four studios, without
any modification to existing
equipment.
Chilton
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Soundcraft Series 15
The Series 15 broadcast audio
mixing console has been
designed for on -air use and
general production in local and
national radio stations.
Available in 16/24/32 module
frame sizes, the desk is fully
modular and offers 4 stereo
groups, insert points and
comprehensive monitoring.
Mono and stereo inputs, and
outputs, are provided in broadcast and production versions,
and there is a choice of Stereo
Telco Input Modules.
More than 35 module options are
available with various forms of
Mono, Stereo, Telco, Group,
Master, Communications and
Monitors, along with all types of
metering.
Soundcraft
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Sonosax mixer
Sonosax's SX-S portable mixing
console for professional mobile
and studio applications offers
six, eight and 10 channels and
accompanies the SX-PR for ENG
applications, the FD -M4 remote
control mic preamp, the SX-M2
mic preamp and SX-DA2 portable
professional 20 -bit D-A convertor
and analyser.
Sonosax
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Sony Oxford GML plug -ins
The first in a series of plug -ins for
its OXF-R3 Oxford console is the
implementation of the DMSKR3001 software module which
recreates the sound of GML's
analogue 8200 equaliser and
8900 dynamic range controller.
Developed in collaboration
between George Massenburg
and Paul Frindle from Sony R&D,
the plug-in combines functions
from both processors and is
supplied in addition to the
Oxford's standard EQ and
dynamics features.
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AMS Neve has ESP
AMS Neve has announced a new
digital processing platform for
its range of consoles as the thiird
generation of proprietary
processing platform the
company has developed.
Known as ESF, the processor
cards make use of the latest 0.6
micron technology chips and
feature 21 AMS Neve custom
ASICS to turbocharge 9 DSP
chips.
Designed to meet the processing requirements of the DFC,
which can have 500+ audio
paths, this scaleable processing
architecture has now been
incorporated across the majority
of the company's console range
ensuring that all ESP -based
consoles are 96kHz-ready.
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Roland delivers VM, modular
total digital mixing environment
Following on from the success
of its V-Studio digital recording workstations, Roland is introducing the VM -7000 series
modular V -Mixing System.
Described by the company as
offering the world's first affordable separate -component digital
mixers, the VM series consists of
the VM -7200 / 7100 V-Mixing
Processors and VM-C7200/C7100
V-Mixing Consoles, give users
many console/processor configuration options, with up to 94
channels of digital mixing (48
recording, 46 additional simultaneous mixing, with 24 -channel
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processors when fully expanded.
The V -Mixing System employs
a worksurface with quiet
motorised faders, and an expandable 3U rackmount processor
which contains all inputs, outputs and effects. The benefit of
the separate -component design,
says Roland, is the elimination of
long, heavy multichannel audio
cables between the stage or studio and the mixing console.
The V-Mixing Processors come
with two stereo multi -effects
processors, and can be expanded
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output to sound as if it's playing
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nearfield studio monitors, as well
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The V -Mixing System also
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TOA ix -5000B
Version 4 of the SL 9000 J software offers new features in
several areas.
Machine control facilities are
console. A descendant of the
first ix system launched in 1990,
the 5000B has a much smaller
TOA has launched the ix-5000B
extended, with revisions to
parallel machine control and
automatic identification and
configuration for controlling
serial machines.
Additional project management
tools are incorporated, including
automatic file version handling
and a simplified user interface.
New operational features
include additional automation
functions, timecode masking
and offsetting, and increased
grouping flexibility, which
enhances 4 -channel panning,
extending the creative control of
5.1 mixes.
Solid State Logic
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Yamaha 3 -way powered
mixer
Yamaha's EMX680 ST powered
mixer goes literally one better
than the established EMX640 by
adding an extra power amplifier,
giving two for FOH and one for
monitors.
All three are 135W EEEngine
designs, and the left and right
channels can be bridged to
deliver 400W into 4 Ohms.
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Amek DMS Plus Pack
Amek's Digital Mixing System
consoles see a major upgrade in
the form of the Plus Pack addon. This comprises the DMS -XP
audio expander, increasing the
capacity of the DMS to 96 mix
inputs all with EQ, and the
Channel Panel, offering control per-function operation of all
channel parameters using 48
rotary encoders and 32
switches.
At the same time the software
reaches Version 3.3, with simultaneous Dynamic and Snapshot
automation, Pan/Divergence
editor and Multiple Operators
Mode.
More new hardware includes 24 bit analogue I-0 featuring
improved convertors, which can
be retrofitted by existing users.
Amek
651
Soundcraft premieres
digital on -air board
Soundcraft has launched the
RM1d digital on -air radio
console which is designed for selfop studios and combines an alldigital signal path with the
simplicity of analogue -style control. A pool of digital and analogue
inputs are provided, any of which
can be assigned to any fader, and
two frame sizes together with an
input extender sidecar enable
varying numbers of sources and
different physical layouts to be
accommodated.
Features include 6 -fader and
12 -fader plus script tray frames,
plus a 12 fader extender unit, 2
mono mic/line inputs with selectable 48V and insert point (4 on
12 -fader) and 2 x analogue stereo
line inputs (4 on 12 -fader). There
are 4 AES-EBU inputs plus an
SPDIF input (8 x AES-EBU, 2 x
SPDIF on 12 -fader frame). Four
analogue clean feed outputs (6 on
12 fader) allow telco operation
(spare AES-EBU outputs can be
used for cleanfeeds).
Analogue outputs are provided
for main programme (x2), Aux,
PFL, talkback, control room and
studio monitors, control room,
studio and guest phones and there
are four stereo analogue External
Monitor Source inputs plus 2 x
AES-EBU and SPDIF outputs (4x
AES-EBU and 2x SPDIF on 12 fader)
Each input channel has gain
trim, 3 -band EQ, two mono/one
stereo Aux and Pan control, via a
central assignable strip.
Comprehensive remote
machine start interfaces are provided.
Soundcraft
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LEM launches Falcon console
The latest manufacturer to
offer a digital mixing desk is
LEM, which has entered
the mar-
ket with the futuristically styled
Falcon.
Based around a proprietary
RED208 DSP with 40 -bit internal
processing, Falcon offers 12
inputs. These are configured as
six mono mic/line channels, two
stereo channels and a AES-EBU
or SPDIF stereo input.
Input channels are equipped
with hardware controls for mute,
cue four auxiliary sends and
equalisation. The hardware controls work in conjunction with a
compact LCD, providing information on the action of the
selected process.
As many as four effects are
available at any one time, with 12
types available in all. The master
fader is motorised and can be
used to write moves for automation. An external MIDI processor
will allow snapshot and dynamic
automation of all parameters.
For multitrack applications,
an ADAT interface is offered,
which also adds another eight
channels and extra effects
processors. The manufacturer
says that the real-time control
over the Falcon also makes it
suitable for live applications.
Availability is scheduled for
third quarter of this year with a
projected price of 11S $1,495.
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footprint plus an alleged simpler,
user-friendly operation system.
Called a Mixing System because it
incorporates operating console,
interface and DSP racks running
on MCL (Mixing Control
Language), the ix -5000B uses TFT
colour touch -screens (as featured
on all ix consoles) and operation
from centre section and channel
strips, touch sensing knobs, intelligent motorised faders, snapshot
automation, 20 -bit A-D/D-A convertors, sampling rate convertors
and external equipment control
via MIDI Machine Control.
TOA's proprietary H -Bus
(Hybrid Bus) system local area
network allows multiple consoles,
interfaces, DSP racks and external
control units to be placed in
remote locations as required.
TOA has also announced the
launch of the ix -5000S for post production work. This console
carries additional features
including full dynamic automation on SMPTE, MTR send and
receive, and Quad and 5.1 surround outputs.
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from Amptec
mnptec Digital Technology has
aunched an automated version of its Boulder analogue
broadcast console, an input module with compressor, a monitor
source selector and a range of
interface cards.
Boulder OB1 Recall console is
designed for OB vans, as well as
television or radio production studios. It features stereo and mono
inputs, 4 -band equalisation, 10
auxiliary sends, eight groups, VCA
groups, cleanfeed and matrix
facility. There are also two stereo
and one mono programme output, two monitor and one communication module, along with
many broadcast -specific features
such as fader start and transformer balancing.
The Stone snapshot system has
been specially adapted to broadcast use. It addresses motorised
faders and 16 switches.
Electronic circuitry uses new
state of the art designs and all in
and output stages are electronically balanced.
The final version 1.00 software
for the Stone -D001 digital mixer is
now available.
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CONSOLES
Midas heritage 2000
Second in its new Heritage series
of consoles, the Heritage 2000
aims to offer a cost-effective
alternative to the 3000 with which
it shares all the advanced
features and automation except
bus structure.
It has 12 groups, 12 auxes, three
masters and 8 matrix buses with
automation of input fader levels
and mutes and the ability to
create LCR mixes. A broadcast
comms module is included yielding one mix minus output per
channel. More than 60 orders for
the 3000 have already been
taken.
Roland introduces new
desktop digital mixers
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Harrison debuts live desk
The Live Performance Console
was jointly developed by
Harrison and Showco for theatre
and fixed venue sound reinforce-
ment applications.
Integrated MIDI control is available to access outboard effects
or lighting cues from the console
Cue recall. An LPC with IKIS
instant recall will replace multiple consoles in festival concert
environments, according to the
company, and provide the power
to incorporate larger and more
complex sound design in
theatre.
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The VM -3100 and VM -3100 Pro
V-Mixing Stations from
Roland are aimed at the desktop
digital mixing market. The compact digital mixers offer professional mixing capabilities, flexible
signal routing options and powerful onboard effects processing at
what the company terms 'a surprisingly affordable price'. As
such, says the company, they will
suit MIDI musicians, modular digital multitrack owners looking for
digital mixing capability, and VStudio owners who want to add
more inputs and effects to their
workstations.
The VM -3100 offers a 12-channel/8-bus design with 24 -bit resolution (20 -bit on inputs 9-12) and
a single stereo multi -effects
processor offering compression,
reverb, delay, and various multi effects.
The Pro version, meanwhile,
offers a 20-channel/8-bus design
and a dual onboard stereo effects
processor including high-quality
dynamics processing, studio
reverb, chorus, delay,
guitar/vocal/keyboard multi effects, COSM mic simulation,
and new Speaker Modelling technology; in addition it offers an
RMDB II port with 8-in/8-out 24 bit digital audio transfer, and an
optional ADAT/Tascam TDIF
interface.
Both models provide Scene
storage of all mixer, routing and
effects settings. Flexible signal
routing on both mixers allows
them to be configured as 8 -buss
mixers via stereo main, auxiliary,
bus and monitor analogue outputs. Digital outputs include A
and B buses, bringing the total
number to 12.
Channel inputs include two
balanced mic/line inputs with
phantom -powered XLR or standard TRS jacks, six unbalanced
mic/line inputs (including a Hi -Z
input for direct guitar connection), and four Line inputs. Other
features include An SPDIF coaxial/optical connection, MIDI data
functionality, a 136 x 22 backlit
graphical LCD, and illuminated
buttons.
Roland
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Klotz Digital expands digital desk range
has introduced a digital audio console
for live broadcast and production
applications.The Spherion is
based on Klotz's 3d router technology, which enables a number
of control rooms to share sources,
logic, control and DSP functions.
Produced at what the company
calls a 'moderate price point', the
desk is intended for organisations
with multiple control rooms and
individual stations making the
Klotz Digital Audio
Dateq broadcast console
Dateq's BCS 25 console has
been designed for postproduction rooms, OB vans, on -location
transmission studios and
second studios.
The BCS 25 frame comes with
eight input channels (with an
equaliser being optional), Power
Supply section and an extensive
Master section with LED PPMs.
The universal Input Channel
features three inputs (Line 1, Line
2, Mic), a Gain control, a 3 -band
equaliser (optional) and a
Balance control.
Communication facilities are
integral to the console. Among
these is the ability to route the
communications signal to the
PGM Output.
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Gemini launches
New from Gemini are a Dl
mixer, a series of UHF radio
mics, a CD player and power
amplifiers.
The PS -525 Pro Platinum
series mixer has punch in buttons for each channel and a
crossfader reverse switch for
unusual effects. The UX series of
UHF wireless mics are offered
with a choice of three receivers:
single channel, true diversity or
dual channel.
There are also now available
three belt -pack transmitters, for
lavalier, headset and instrument
transition to digital consoles.
Spherion is available in two
frame sizes: a 12 -fader version and
a 20 -fader console with DSP production features. Sources include
microphone, stereo analogue line
and various formats of digital line
inputs. These can be routed to any
fader and it is possible to have
unlimited expansion of sources
and outputs. This is handled in
increments of two stereo channels
at a time.
DJ
The desk has been designed so
that machine control logic follows
each source regardless of its channel assignment, while clutter has
been reduced by eliminating the
need for keyboards or computer
monitors. By using Klotz Digital's
DiAN fibre optic network option,
multiple consoles can be integrated throughout a facility, sharing
audio sources, logic facilities,
intercom and other functions.
Klotz Digital
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mixer, radio mics and amps
applications, as well as a handheld unit with unidirectional
capsule. Gemini offers a similar
line of products in its VH series of
VHF units.
CD -9500 Pro III is a dual CD
The XPM series of stereo
Mosfet power amplifiers currently comprises three models offering 22W, 280W and 360W per
channel into 8 ohms. The amplifiers can also be run in dual
player with precision cueing, scan
dial, variable pitch and pitchbend
functions. It can display time
remaining, track time remaining
and time elapsed. Dust and protection features are built into the
design, which also uses components including 1 -bit 8 -times
oversampling conversion and a
new Sony laser.
mono and bridged mode.
Protection includes clipping,
thermal, short circuit and
sub/ultrasonic frequency.
Cooling is via two -speed fan.
Inputs are balanced XLR and
jack, with binding posts and
Speakon connectors on the
output.
Gemini
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Otari's HDR Series represents
a
dramatic breakthrough in
operational convenience and
sonic quality. Combining the
familiarity of
a
traditional
multitrack with the speed and
efficiency of a removable hard
drive, the new RADAR
II
offers
24 or 48 tracks of 24 -bit
record/replay at a price that
won't break the bank.
Sonic Excellence
Random Access Editing
Familiar & Fast User Interface
Engineered for Versatility
24 or 48 Digital Tracks
Open Architecture
RADARVIEW GUI Interface
Contact us now for full details.
24 -Bit, 24 Carat.
RADAR ii. configured for 41 -flack recording.
RADAR systems deliver reliable high -definition recording to
hundreds of studios worldwide.
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U.S. Regional Offices: New York +1/212/324-1700
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CONSOEMI
Rane enhances
and enlarges DJ
Soundcraft Series Four
The Series Four FOH desk is fully
modular and VCA equipped and
follows the layout of the existing
Series Five but with a smaller
footprint. Available in 24, 32, 40
and 48 -frame sizes, each has four
mixer range
Upgrades have been
announced for three Rane
DJ mixers, which now carry z suffixes. There are also two completely new DJ units, the TTM 54
and TTM52 Performance Mixers.
The MP24z is now fitted with a
'no loss crossfader' with unity
gain in the middle position,
while MP22z adds a contour control to the crossfader. This allows
the user to choose between conventional crossfade, overlap or
scratch characteristics, as well as
settings in between.
New for the MM8z mixer are a
stereo inputs.
Stereo mic/line inputs have full
EQ (two fully parametric mids and
swept shelf/peak HF and LF) and
can be substituted instead of
mono inputs and the desk has 8
VCAs and 8 mute groups.
There are 10 auxes, four of which
are mono/stereo switchable and
have direct access to a 16 x 8
matrix. Showtime automation
through a PC can be added for
snapshot control of some console
functions as well as Visual FX and
Virtual Dynamics.
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An all -new version of the
Digital T Series shown at
NAB last year, the Calrec Alpha
production console has a maximum configuration of 96 stereo/48 mono
channels, a two layer design for
channel path per fader or dual
path operation, 8 stereo or mono
groups, four main outputs plus
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MTA's new Series 924
Malcolm Toft Associates (MTA)
has launched the Series 924
24 -bus low cost analogue console
aimed primarily at the project studio market.
The Series 924 is designed as
an in -line and features include:
balanced mic/line inputs with
individually switchable phantom
power, phase reverse, 4 -band
sweep EQ plus high pass filter on
Other features include 48 multitrack outputs, 20 auxes, dynamics, EQ and filters on all channels
all the time, and dynamics on
groups and main outputs.
The system will boot in 15 seconds, has full control surface reset
without disruption of audio, a
high level of redundancy, hot card
and panel switching and a PC based memory system.
inputs, 8 auxiliary sends, stereo
AFL, channel pan and mute, Alps
K series 100mm faders, signal
present and peak LEDs, and 24 track assignment switches. The
in -line monitoring features
group trim control, high/low
shelving EQ monitor level and
pan, monitor mute and stereo
AFL. In addition, auxiliary sends
3-8 can be shared between chan-
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Four dedicated effects return
channels are provided with
high/low shelving EQ, 8 auxiliary
sends, stereo AFL, mute and
100mm Alps fader.
The master section provides
talkback facilities, a studio playback system, line up oscillator,
master controls for the aux sends
with solo function, an alternative speaker system and control
room monitoring facilities. A
stereo 100mm Alps fader is pro-
contour control, plus pre and
post assignments on channels 1
and 4. The manufacturer suggests the post crossfader setting
as useful when adding drum
beats, samples or the output of
another mixer.
TTM 54 has two programme
input channels and a mic channel, all with two band equalisation, plus the same crossfader
contour arrangement found in
other Rane mixers. TTM 52 is
aimed at a lower price bracket.
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vided for control of the LR master outputs.
An integral meter bridge is provided as standard, fitted with LED
bargraphs above each input module for monitoring the group output or tape return, plus bargraphs
for the LR master outputs. Frame
sizes are 24, 32 and 40 inputs providing 52, 68 and 84 inputs on
mixdown.
The console can be supplied
fitted with VCA automation.
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With the D950B Digital Mixing System, Studer has introduced a product that sets new frontiers in the realm of
digital audio. The D950 uses state-of-art technology and
highly flexible DSP power balancing to satisfy the needs of
the audio professional. The console can easily be reconfigured to match the specific needs of various applications.
And now, the new revolutionary D950S Surround
Version is available, comfortably supporting all Surround
monitoring formats and featuring the unique Virtual
Surround PanningTM (VSP) software. The D950S easily
takes care of all the aspects of Surround production and
postproduction in a modular and advanced fashion!
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CONSOLES
Yamaha compact
live console
Fostex mixer
The VM200 Digital Recording
Mixer from Fostex, which has
been designed for use in project
and private studios, offers 32 -bit
processing and mixing, superior
digital effects via two dedicated
Fostex ASP (Advanced Signal
Yamaha has introduced the
compact GF -Series 12-bus
live consoles which are available
in 12,16 and 24 channel configurations (GF12/ 12, GF16/12 and
GF24/12 models, respectively).
The consoles feature 12 output
buses consisting of six aux sends,
four group outputs and a main
stereo pair. Mono output is also
available, derived from the stereo
bus as either pre- or post -fader,
making the units capable of a
number of routing and mixing
configurations.
All channels on the GF -Series
mixers feature 3 -band EQ with
sweepable mid -range. Insert points
are also provided on all mono
channels and the main stereo bus,
and each desk features two stereo
channel inputs for stereo sources or
effects return tasks. Balanced XLRtype connectors for stereo and
mono outputs are also provided.
Four switchable bargraph
meters are provided with meters
one and two monitoring the stereo
bus or group buses one and two,
while meters three and four monitor the PFL/AFL bus (or tape inputs) or group buses three and four.
Processing) effects processors,
and a high -quality audio
specification.
The mixer gives instant access to
often-used features without
resorting to complicated recall
operations, by means of a dedicated rotary pan control on each
channel, while a given channel's
entire EQ can be accessed via 12
rotary controls with interactive
graphic on -screen representation
of EQ patterns.
Features such as analogue input
level, ADAT In, Effects Return,
Effect Send, and Aux Send can all
be recalled on 60mm moving
faders.
The VM200 is also totally controllable via MIDI, while a handy Auto
Indicate facility and self -illuminating switches allow you to see at a
glance the configuration of the
whole mixer. Furthermore, the 100
mix scene memories and 50 EQ
preset library mean that mix
settings are just a button -push
Audient analogue console
to tly the flag for
DDA
founders David Dearden and
Gareth Davies) has launched the
ASP8024 High Resolution
Analogue Mixing Console.
This is a full feature in -line
design with 80 inputs and 24 -bus
routing. The emphasis is on ana-
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digital, with minimum path
topology and advanced microphone preamps offering performance normally associated with
expensive outboard devices.
This is coupled with a familiar
simple control surface and easy
serviceability.
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CONSOLES
Peavey
New from Peavey is a largescale monitor console. The SRM
2410 sound reinforcement monitor console has 24 built-in trans-
former splits, 4 -band
equalisation with two sweep
mids and eight mono sub
groups.
There is also a dedicated stereo
pair with pre/post switching, plus
an LR bus, mute and PFL on every
input. Each mono sub -master has
adjustable HP filters as well as
two tuneable notch filters, with
visual tuning aids. A similar
system is used on each input to
warn of incoming feedback.
A durable flight case is included
in the package.
Mackie digital console gets Fat
software
upgrade for Mackie's Digital 8
Bus mixing console, download able for free from the company's
web site, includes support for new
hardware, a new Graphic
Automation Editor, and a new Fat
Channel Overview window.
The PDI8 8 -channel AES-EBU
card can now be added for connection to other devices supporting AES-EBU format, and allows
for real-time sample rate conversion on its inputs and Apogee's
UV22 on its outputs. The Graphic
Automation Editor is a newwindow for viewing and graphically
editing curves for all automation
The Real Time OS 2.0
functions over time; edit tools
include three timecode displays, a
pointer tool for creating and moving new or current automation
nodes, a highlighter tool for
selecting data by time and channel, and a magnifier tool for
expanding selected data views.
The new Fat Channel Overview
window combines three DSP
windows (EQ, Gate and
Compressor) into a single window which shows the exact state
of a channel at any given moment
and allows recording and playback of dynamic automation.
There are now four user -selectable EQ types - British H/P,
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Studer's soft upgrades
Oram Series Pro Four
Oram BEQ Series Four Pro small -
format console features 4 -sub
masters, stereo and mono
outputs, 5 aux sends, 5 aux
returns, a line-up oscillator,
100mm faders, Littlite output
with power save dim function
and full communication talkback
system.
Applications include theatre,
broadcast, studios and can
also be used for mobile
location and surround -sound
mixing. It is available with 8,10
or 12 input channels and
optional input transformers
and PPMs.
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Studer has demonstrated its
On -Air 2000 Digital
Continuity Console with Version
2.0.2 software which is designed
to provide greater functionality
when interfaced with Computer
Assisted Broadcast.
The interface allows for an
automation system to take full
control over the On -Air 2000,
including fader settings. A further planned upgrade for the On Air 2000 will feature configurable
master faders, more mix-minus
buses and 'further configurable
possibilities'.
Studer has also announced
Version 2.0 software for the D950
Graham-Patten's surround mixer
Graham -Patten Systems'
D/ESAM 8000 8 -bus surround sound mixer is designed to
fulfill the needs of facilities that
produce programs for release on
DVD, DTV, and other digital delivery systems.
The console accepts up to 96
inputs, digital or analogue, in
groups of 16. In addition to standard two channel AES inputs, the
system also accepts TDIF inputs.
The system has 18 motorised
faders with 100mm throw.
British EQ, 4 -Band Parametric,
and 20/02 EQ - with unlimited
save and recall of presets, and
three choices for the current Fat
Channel's compressor and gate
meter operation displays, reflecting either the input signal, output
signal, or the reduction (opposite
going) metering.
A three-way selection knob is
located to the right of each of the
meters in the Fat Channel.
Also introduced are Solo Latch,
Solo Isolate, Surround Bus Solo
Isolate, Record Safe, a Channel list
that includes MIDI send and
receive commands on all 97 faders
over 4 banks, and the ability to
link multiple consoles.
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Mackie
Digital Mixing System.
Features include comprehensive project management facilities, advanced control group
functionality, enhancements in
the Virtual Surround Panning
(VSP) package, advanced panel
strip assignment and simplified
control function selection
modes.
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Multichannel sources may be
assigned to a single fader or to
multiple faders on a channel per
fader basis.
The motorised faders together
with an 8 x 18 array of illuminated channel select pushbuttons
give mixer status.
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Digital paging reaches nexus with Salzbrenner
Friedrich Salzbrenner
specialises in the installation
of audio, paging and intercom systems in theatres, congress centres
and big multipurpose buildings,
while subsidiary Salzbrenner
Kommunikationstechnik, founded in 1997, develops and manufactures intercom and paging
products.
The main product from the
subsidiary company is the digital
paging system NexPage.
Developed specially for largescale applications, NexPage handles up to 1024 -user stations and
up to 4000 audio outputs, and
implements comprehensive paging functions including dynamic
allocation of user station priorities and free programmability of
the stations.
System management is supported by an on -screen graphic
display of the entire system,
allowing the operator to see the
SAAVS
RTW
RTW's range of audio
vectorscopes has been
expanded by the addition of an 8 -
channel, dual -screen desktop
version. The new model uses one
screen as an 8-channel peak
program meter and the other as a
2, 3 or 5 -channel audio
vectorscope.
Its main application is in surround
sound music production,
handling phase relations between
the five microphones in an
surround array, with four phase
meters for LC, CR, LR and SL/SR
and a multichannel audio
vectorscope display.
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system's status information and
any faulty components at a
glance.
The'Nex' part of the name is
derived from the system's hard-
ware aspect, the Nexus digital
router from SAAVS subsidiary
Stage Tec, which forms the core of
the signal distribution.
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Introducing the
MTA Series 924
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Malcolm Toft Associates' new Series 924 console is set to meet the demand for a
small no -compromise 24 bus analogue console that is suitable for serious
facilities, while keeping within limited budgets.
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Compact Size
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Same Mic Pre/EQ as the
Large Format MTA Consoles
Swit^.,hable Phantom Power
Phase Reverse
Four Band Sweep EQ &
High Pass Filter on Inputs
8 Auxiliary Sends w/Mutes
Alps K Series 100mm Faders
In -Lene Monitoring with High
& Low Shelving EQ
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& 8 Aux Sends
Oscillator
INTEGRAL Meter Bridge Standard
--- Optional VCA Automation
-8 Channel Expander
- +28 dBu Signal Handling
- Semi -Modular Design
Rear PANEL Connections
- Frame Sizes: 24, 32, & 40 Inputs
52, 68, & 84 Inputs on Mixdown
- Starting at UNDER £8,003
MTA Mixing consoles are the creation of Malcolm Toft,
a former recording engineer, who founded Trident Audio.
Reader Response No. 023
Malcolm Toff Associates Ltd,
The Old Farmhouse, 27 Ash Hill Road,,
Ash, Hampshire, GU12 6AD
Tel: (01252) 318700
Fax: (01252) 345546
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www.Toft.co.uk
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Soft radio
Audio Export has new software
modules for RadioMAX and
CoRA. RadioBASE is the new
powerful database -concept for
RadioMAX, allowing a seamless
integration of any other software
application such as music scheduling or commercial planning into
the automation system. It is
based on a SQL -Database like
Microsoft SQL -Server or Oracle.
Audio Export
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Magtrax
MusicBox is described as a
powerful, problem -solving
surround sound monitoring
controller, which will handle
formats including Dolby Surround
and 7.1. Suitable for use with digital and analogue equipment,
MusicBox is said to deliver to the
monitors consistently balanced
and correctly located signals, for
stable, error-free audio images.
Magtrax
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Prokom's station identification
prokom's station identification
unit KG 402 is designed for
installed and mobile use in professional TV and radio broadcasting. The generated signal in each
of the four output channels consists of any combination of the
three components: Recorded
Messages (four messages per
channel, each up to 12 seconds
long), Sine Waves (sequences of
five different sine waves are pro-
grammable using any combination of five standard levels, five
standard frequencies and variable
length between 2 and 20 seconds)
and External Signal (via +6dBu
balanced line input or the optional AES-EBU input).
The sine wave and speech components are generated internally
and require no external devices.
The messages can be recorded
using either the built-in micro-
Ensuring the validity of a digital
audio signal is an important
issue and NTP has produced an
audio analyser for this purpose.
The pocket sized unit is designed
to give quick access for analysing
digital audio signals.
AES-EBU inputs are received
on a balanced XLR connector,
while SPDIF signals come via an
unbalanced RCA -phono. Once a
MAYAH Communications
has
announced the release of ver-
DK -Audio master stereo displays
include the MSD600M, the only
unit to feature a modular design
so the user can configure or
upgrade a unit from two to four to
six to eight channels, in inputs
and outputs.
The unit has found particular
popularity in the 6-channel
configuration for use with 5.1
surround formats.
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Clear Com
Clear Com has launched two
intercom products for professional broadcast applications.
The MTX-L8 card for the Matrix
+ Ill Systems allows intelligent
linking of Matrix systems, while
the MTX-D8 card facilitates digital, for Matrix transmission on a
single pair, or coax between
Matrix Frame and Stations.
Also new are a range of pushbutton intercom stations for the
European market.
The ICS -1016 offers 16 pairs of
keys while the ICS -1008 is an
8 -pair version.
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In stereo mode, it is also possible to generate a stereo 3 -level test
signal (in accordance with ITU recommendation 661-1) widely
used as a header for professional
VTR tape. Other user -defined
sequences can be ordered.
The menus for editing individual
settings are displayed on a large,
backlit LCD display. The Digital
option (KG 402 D) offers two stereo
ident outputs and one stereo AESEBU external signal input in addition to the analogue I -Os.
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NTP checks out digital audio analyser
digital signal is connected to the
unit, the available channel status
bits and any errors will be displayed on the front LED panel.
A stereo peak meter displays
the audio bits, while the analyser
also includes a high quality D -A
convertor to allow the signal to
be monitored through headphones. Incoming signals are
measured and the accuracy of
MAYAH updates Sendlt software
Modular metering
phone or the +6dBu line input.
Each channel output can be monitored at the push of a button
using the built-in speaker.
sion 3.1 of its Sendlt software. This
new release introduces automatic
audio codec detection with fast
synchronisation. Sendlt can recognise CCS CDQPRIMA, Roadrunner,
Telos Zephyr, Dialog4 MusicTaxiVP,
VP-Pro with layer two and three
mono and stereo, over one and two
ISDN B -channels - with the provi-
Telex's Merlin
New from Telex are a multi -
function digital processor, a
digital intercom system and a
range of intercom user -stations.
The Merlin ISP-100 is a lU
device aimed specifically at broadcasters. Capable of providing
crossovers, delays, routing, combining, a wide variety of equalisation filters, compression and
limiting, Merlin has I -O options
including AES-EBU and SPDIE 20 bit convertors are used. All I -O configurations are available on
separate cards, so that the unit can
be updated as required.
Merlin can be controlled and
programmed via RS232 using the
QuickMAP and QuickSET programming environments. The system accepts up to eight dry
contact closure inputs for switching programmed presets.
The RTS Zeus 2400 DSP matrix
intercom system is based on the
so that it must have basic knowl-
edge about the algorithm mechanism, which might not be the case
for very old or very new firmware
releases, says MAYAH.
Sendlt supports BWF, the
broadcast extension of the Wave
file format, as well as Musifile, a
format specified by Digigram. All
supported formats can be
exchanged between two computADAM Advanced Digital Audio
Matrix, and is designed to deliver
24 channels of 44.1kHz 20 -bit
audio in a 2U package.
Zeus -Edit, a Windows -based
configuration package, is included
with the system, allowing on-line
and off-line user configuration
capabilities. Zeus -Edit comes with
a library of standard preset system
configurations allowing an end
user to immediately get Zeus up
and running.
The system is apparently compatible with existing Telex matrix
keypanels and 4 -wire inputs and
outputs for program and IFB feeds.
Zeus offers eight GPI inputs and
outputs to trigger external devices.
There are also new key-panel
user stations, described as cost
effective, for the ADAM and Zeus
matrix intercoms systems. The
user stations include programmable units suitable for rack, wall box
and portable mounting options.
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the sample frequency is indicated within two ranges of accuracy:
(400ppm or 4%).
Battery operated, the unit is
supplied with an AC adaptor for
recharging. Other accessories
include headphones, SPDIF adaptor, adaptor for mini -jack, RCA phono connector and user
manual.
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ers running Sendlt. Live transmission is supported with MPEG layer
two and layer three mono and
stereo. Sendlt can also be used in
conjunction with the Flashman
Digital Linear/ MPEG Audio
Recorder and the MP3 (layers two
and three) editor software EditPro.
Together these elements form the
FlashCast Studio package for
audio recording, editing, production, playback and transmission.
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Lindos
e portable LG1 AES-EBU
portable audio generator and
matching LM1 monitor are battery
powered, with rugged metal housing. Suggested for OB and field service use, they are also said to be
priced to meet 'almost any budget'.
The LG1 generator supports 32kHz,
44.1kHz and 48kHz as well as external clock, with 24 -bit wordlength. It
also has 1 kHz and 400Hz modulation with selectable digital and analogue output levels, plus channel
ident on CH -B digital and right
channel analogue. Validity -bit
selection for audio/data identification is also provided.
LM1 monitor supports the
same sample rates and has a
headphone output with volume
control. Accurate level indication
is given for digital and analogue
inputs, plus digital status and
error monitoring.
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New generation switchers from System
Two Cascades from Audio Precision
Riedel
Riedel's latest broadcast intercom technology based on the IBT
Audio Precision has expanded
Is System Two analyser range
with the launch of the System Two
Cascade, a new series of additions
to the System Two family.
This new model has a companion in the System Two+ DSP (SYS2422A), which also features new
platform improvements but not
digital I -O. In addition there is the
Cascade Digital Only model SYS2500A.
The new products are part of a
complete new range of 96k audio
analyser products and options. Of
the new products, the Dual
Domain unit features two or four
connector 96kHz sampling rate
interfaces and extends all of
System Two's measurement capa-
bilities to the new higher rates.
The Cascade DSP platform
offers increased processing
power and is designed to cope
with any future enhancements.
The first units are currently being
AVT updates MAGIC ISDN
The MAGIC ISDN audio trans-
mission system manufactured
by AVT Audio Video Technologies
has received a new software
update, taking the system to version 7.50.
The update includes six ISDN B
channel capability conforming to
ITU -T Recommendation J.52,
which permits a high quality
audio transmission of ISO/MPEG
Layer II coded signals over ISDN
at a data rate of 384kbps. Due to
the J.52 rerouting and continuous
delay compensation procedures,
this new ITU -T 1.52 standard (tested by the EBU) prevents a loss of
the audio signals when one or
more ISDN B channels fails. In
addition to J.52 support, inter -
working is possible with the proprietary protocols used by CCS
(CDQPrima Series) and Dialog4
(MusicTaxiVPPro), facilitating
128kbps stereo transmission
between MAGIC and most other
codecs presently available on the
market.
Additionally, a keyboard with
backlight display has been introduced to permit simple cost-effective control. Up to 100 short -dial
numbers with assigned configuration can be stored, and direct
dialling can also be utilised. A new
capability is the control of multiple MAGIC ISDN Codecs in a LAN
network. Supplied MAGIC
Windows Commander software
enables any terminal in the LAN
to control the setting up of calls by
the MAGIC ISDN system. Using
MAGIC ISDN together with an
audio crossbar from R. Barth KG, a
full -feature audio transmission
network can be implemented.
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delivered but Audio Precision
stresses that the new products
extend the family and do not
replace existing System Two
models.
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Audio Follows
connects with
DDO-NT
new product from Audio
ollow enables broadcast
organisations to connect a number of remote radio stations with a
central headquarters. The DDONT range of audio digital products
covers all operational aspects of
radio broadcasting, including
editing, music and advertisement
scheduling, on -air control, surveys and archiving.
Complementary tools include
the crossfade manager, CD cuer,
voice superimposer and the associated data editor. These enable the
installation of an entirely digital
radio station. It is also possible for
stations to manage an interactive
Internet site and assist the DJ while
on air by providing information
associated with a title (dates of concerts, album release dates).
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System named UNICOM
provides 2 and 4 -wire solutions
to suit all requirements for broadcasters, theatres and large event
applications.
Solutions include newly developed key panels with characterdisplay all -in -one buttons; radio
belt packs with local and
European PTT approvals; PC
software with user friendly desktop design; wireless intercom
systems; headsets, handsets,
eartubes and telephone hybrids;
2 -way radio interface; and fibre
optic transmission equipment.
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ASL belts up
ASL Intercom new products
include a range of belt packs in
metal cases for the company's
Pro Series partyline intercom
system; a 12 -channel Cue Light
Master Station which obtains up
to 144 cue light channels by linking master stations on standard
mic cable and XLR-3 connectors,
a paging system for use in
theatres, conference centres; and
utility applications which
includes a paging master station
with inputs for programme,
paging and emergency audio
signals.
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Leader
LG3226 is a 100kHz-2GHz signal
generator with AM and FM
modulation modes. It can
provide simultaneous modulation of AM/FM, DC/FM and dual tone (internal/external).
Frequency switching is said to
take less than 50ms, making the
device ideal for production test
applications.
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With the Audienics SC1D there -5 no difference between
monitoring digital audio and rron.toring analogue
'audio. Just plug it in, the SC1 D takes care of the rest.
six stereo inputs (rear pane XLR's) accept AES/EBU,
SPDIF or analogue audio
automatic digital input sens ig and front panel
sample-rate indication
remarkable sound quality from electronically
equalised front panel speakers
48 segment bargraph PPM
phase indication
front panel test input jacks
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NTP
Best known for PPMs, NTP has
launched a new generation of its
625 Digital Multinorm Audio
Switcher which offers high
density and multinorm I -O facilities, together with the built-in
security and unlimited expansion
of the switching system. The
basic unit in a 625 system is a 4U
19 -inch subrack with space for 16
I -O cards. Each contains four Os, making for a possible total of
64 -Os in one subrack.
The system can be further
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expanded with further subracks,
either locally, using coaxial cable,
or decentrally by means of optical
fibres. Each optical fibre can
handle 128 channels, making for
easy installation.
The 16 I -O cards can be a mixture
of analogue and digital cards, all
equipped with a DSP Processor.
The 625 system can be controlled
from a PC or other control panels
using a dedicated Ethernet
connection and specific software.
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Dolby's big
E
Dolby has a system for distributing
the multichannel audio feeds of
digital television broadcasts. Dolby
E has been developed to carry
multiple channels from broadcast
centres to the transmitter.
The system enables eight
discrete audio channels to be
carried by a conventional AESEBU pair or on two tracks of a
digital video tape machine. In
this way the manufacturer
claims that Dolby E offers a
convenient and economic way
for surround sound to be passed
around DTV facilities, without
the need for major new equipment or cabling.
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Upgraded reference
generator from NTP
NTP has introduced an improved
Audio Reference Generator. The
type 570-200 is designed to keep
all digital equipment in sync and
can be used as a stand alone unit
or as a part of a bigger synchronisation system.
The 570-200 provides AES11,
SDIF-2 Word Clock and composite (PAUSECAM) video synchronisation signals and runs on its own
Grade 1 oscillator. Aside from this
the unit can be locked to external
sync.
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NTP
AVT delivers Compact MAGIC hybrid system
The MAGIC Compact i2-7kHz
system from Audio Video
Technologies (Booth xxx) has been
designed to provide a cost-effective ISDN Telephone Hybrid. The
system converts the telephone
signal into an analogue signal with
nominal level.
A unique feature allows the two
available ISDN BRI interfaces
(four ISDN B channels) to be used
for Call Selection among up to
four subscribers. In addition to
the standard G.711 telephone
mode, audio transmission
according to the G.722 standard
with an audio bandwidth of 7kHz
is possible.
The MAGIC Compact is compatible with AVT's 7kHz ISDN
Telephone and all 7kHz audio
codecs using J.52 and Statistical
Recovered Timing (SRT).
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AEQ serves up radio management system
what it terms
'the most advanced audio
management and automation system for radio broadcasting'. The
Mar4Win native 32 -bit system for
Windows 95 and NT provides
audio, text and image integration,
up to four audio processing
boards plus an additional prelisAEQ is offering
tening output with low-cost audio
board, simultaneous access to
several databases, user -configurable screen appearance, and
drag-and -drop operation.
A number of optional applications are available for the
Mar4Win system. Mar4news is the
module developed by AEQ for
TTI debuts 5MHz generator
TG550 is a 5MHz function
generator with a frequency
locking system said to give it a
level of stability unmatched by
conventional analogue function
generators.
Once a frequency has been set,
pressing a lock key engages a measure and correct circuit which
compensates for small thermal
and mechanical drifts. The frequency is compared to a crystal controlled reference and is said to
be maintained to an accuracy better than one digit on the LCD.
TG550 generates sine, triangle,
pulse and ramp waveforms from
0.005Hz to 5MHz. A built in sweep
generator provides linear or logarithmic sweeps with periods ranging from 20ms to 20 sec. AM
capability is also incorporated
with a choice of internal or external modulation from 0% to 100%.
The LCD on the unit shows
frequency and output level.
Auto -ranging reciprocal frequency measurement is said to give
four digit resolution with rapid
update down to 2Hz. Below this
AVM-IRP teleconferencing
Anew DSP-based teleconfer-
encing system,
TC6400/TC6200 combines 2/4
wire convertor and adaptive echo
canceller. Optimised for integration into the existing line of
Voice-Matic automix systems,
the new products can provide full
duplex interconnection of multiple, simultaneously speaking
participants.
The manufacturer states that
the integral echo canceller
requires no calibration before a
Lake People
Lake People has a range of
small DC or battery operated
A -D and D -A convertors, packaged in a steel case measuring 130
x 44 x 160mm.
Other new products are the
ADC C74, a 2 -channel A -D conver-
tor. The analogue inputs are balanced via XLR connectors, while
conference but adapts to varying
acoustical conditions.
In order to allow the temporary
extension of a conferencing system, or the rapid relocation of a
system, IRP now offers wireless
UHF system WCS800. The system's compact mic-stations automatically dial into unoccupied
UHF channels, up to a maximum
of 16 channels. The number of
available channels is dependent
on the number of DJ -4161 UHF
receivers but there is no limit to
two rotary faders on the front
panel allow level adjustment.
Conversion is 24 -bit with up to
115dB dynamic range. Sync can be
derived from internal quartz oscillators or externally via WCLK
input. Two digital outputs are provided, balanced via XLR and
unbalanced with cinch socket.
The DAC C76 is a 2 -channel DA convertor. Two digital inputs are
managing news bulletins and
storing them in Mar4Win. The
server application can receive
information from up to 16 news
agencies; this information is then
made available at the client applications depending on specific
needs.
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frequency, the measurement
mode is changed to a three digit
resolution. TTI states that compared to products using fixed
gate -time meters, TG550 provides higher accuracy and faster
display update across the whole
frequency range.
The output display can be
selected to show any of three values: peak-to -peak amplitude;
RMS amplitude or DC offset. The
decimal point and units are
changed automatically, displaying
the true amplitude regardless of
attenuator setting.
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the number of mic-stations that
can be used.
Key building blocks in IRP's latest offerings are the DP7228 and
DP7448 DSPs. These provide programmable functions such as
routing, 28 -band parametric
equalisation, high and low pass
filters, gain controls and limiting.
All functions can be configured
using MicroGRAPHICS PC software via RS232. Settings can be
stored in the DSPs themselves.
DP7228 provides two I -Os compared to the four of the DP7448.
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provided, balanced via XLR and
unbalanced with cinch socket.
Like the ADC C74, conversion is
24 -bit and a rotary fader on the
front panel allows level adjustment, and analogue outputs are
balanced via XLR connectors. An
enhanced version, the DAC C78,
incorporates an additional headphone amplifier.
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Opticom's OPERA first
Opticom's OPERA - Objective
Perceptual based Analyser is
claimed to be the first commercially available tester to incorporate PEAQ, the ITU -R
recommendation for measuring
perceived audio quality.
OPERA can assist broadcasters, network providers and equipment manufacturers to
objectively evaluate and monitor
the sound quality for almost any
application from system design
to live on -air operation. As
opposed to traditional audio
measurement methods, the new
systems will be able to simulate
the subjective evaluation of a single subject or even complete listening tests in the daily
operational environment. This is
because the systems, which work
in the same way as the human
ear, are able to distinguish
between imperceptible and
annoying transmission errors.
The OPERA family of measurement equipment comprises a PC based workstation with Pentium II
processors, state-of-the-art audio
interfaces, and runs Windows NT.
This allows for easy interchange of
Zenon Media broadcasts
Zenon Media's All In One
Audio is an integrated digital
radio concept. Zenon's Air Check
Player allows playback of audio
sequences archived as Real
Audio or MPEG Layer III files.
Users can go through the
archived data and select any part
of it by entering its date and
hour. Parts can be played back,
extracted and saved as a separate
file. Archived audio can also be
played back from any PC in the
network using a Soundblaster
compatible audio card.
The AirCheck Layer III is a
standalone product allowing the
archiving of incoming modulation for documentation purposes, depending on hard disk
capacity. The audio data is
recorded using a Soundblaster or
compatible audio card using a
compression algorithm.
Cart32 is a virtual Cart machine
onto which sound files from a
database can be dropped. Up to 16
cart slots can be defined on each
cart machine, and up to 16 cart
lists can also be used. The number
of lists is also restricted to 16.
CD -Grabber is an application
capable of reading tracks from an
audio CD and converting them as
Telos develops MPEG-2 AAC
et for imminent release,
Telos has developed the
world's first audio codec to
employ MPEG-2 AAC (Advanced
Audio Encoding). A joint development of the Fraunhofer
Institute, AT&T, Sony and Dolby
Laboratories, ACC is the most
advanced MPEG endorsed
technology.
It is said to have a performance
twice as good as MPEG-2 Layer 2
and about 30% better than MPEG2 Layer 3. This means that less bits
can be used, or greater audio
fidelity can be achieved for the
same bitrate.
The new Telos codec is a lU
device which accepts analogue,
AES-EBU or TCP/IP connection.
CobraNet goes 24 bit
Peak Audio's CobraNet
Ethernet -based audio networking technology now has full
support for 16, 20 and 24 -bit operation. This applies to all CobraNet
products now on the market,
which are all capable of transmitting audio up to the resolution of
the convertors used. In addition,
all CobraNet compatible products
can receive audio up to 24 bits
regardless of the convertors used,
giving full compatibility across all
the products from the various
manufacturers licensing the technology. Currently these include
AEQ launches new
The ACD-5001 from AEQ is a
dual multiformat audio codec
for ISDN lines, with terminal
adaptors built-in, offering all the
combined utilities needed for
establishing either two independent mono audio channels plus
auxiliary data, or one stereo link
with the highest possible audio
The new decoder DTS-ES adds a
third surround channel to the digital cinema sound format.
According to the developer, the
extended surround decoders are
'fully compatible with all digital,
multichannel playback systems on
the market today'. The format is
intended to extend the realism of
special effects, by allowing directors to place the audience in the
middle of the action and to give
new dimensions to spatial pans.
measurement results with data
bases, as well as convenient programming of automatic quality
assurance applications.
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an MPEG-Layer II for storage onto
a PC hard disk.
Phone answer is a telephone
answering machine able to deliver
a welcome message and record an
incoming message on a hard disk.
Different messages can be played
back depending on the time of the
call, and the name of the caller,
date and time will be stored on the
hard disk.
Finally, Audio -Cast is a complete one -channel broadcast
automation system allowing users
to generate and broadcast complete radio programmes for the
whole day or as intermittent
broadcasts.
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Outputs are via RS -232, X.21 or
TCP/IP.
For initial demonstrations of the
codec, it was connected to a software decoder running on a PC. A
companion hardware decoder has
been developed, with immediate
availability. AAC encoding and
decoding plug-in cards for PCs and
software -based PC decoders are
said to be 'in the works'.
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QSC, Peavey, Crown, Level Control
Systems, Rane, EAW and Crest,
and all their CobraNet products
are software upgradeable, ensuring continued compatibility in the
future. Developments on the way
include support for Gigabit and
Switched Ethernet, ATM, and
SNMP management.
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multiformat ISDN audio codec
quality.
AEQ's new codec is equipped
with a full -duplex intercom for
simple and independent communication with both audio channels, without external wiring and
operations. Digital audio codecs
supported are G.711, G.722 (statistical and H.221/H.242), LD-
Extend and ISO/MPEG, for mono,
dual or stereo transmission, at 64
and 128kbps.
The ACD-5001 is designed with
the same features as the MPAC-02
digital communications unit for
remotes, making them natural
interconnect partners.
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715
DTS
VMB
Combining three way digital
crossover, independent dynamic
control for each signal path, equalisation and phase alignment, the
C2-DAC is a digital audio controller
based on a 40 -bit DSP engine.
The crossover filters employ a
40dB per octave Linkwitz-Riley
emulation, while the equalisation
provides for up to 30 filters.
Individual multiband noise gates
are also provided.
The units' convertors are 20 -bit
oversampling delta -sigma.
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Thurlby Thandar
The DS360 is described as a highperformance, low distortion sine,
square and two-tone waveform
generator, providing frequencies
from 1 MHz to 200kHz. The
frequency range is said to be 25
parts in 106: far better than
conventional analogue ultra -low
distortion oscillators.
In addition, the DS360 includes
white, pink and band -limited
white noise generation. Two-tone
outputs can be specified as a
combination of two sine waves or
a sine wave plus a square wave,
to create standard SMPTE, DIM
and CCIF two-tone signals.
TTI
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Cloud
The Z-8 zone mixer accommo-
dates six music sources with two
microphones and a paging facility, all of which can operate in any
combination in eight separate
zones.
Contractor facilities include preset
assignable priority, individual gain
trims, rear panel equalisation and
balanced outputs. Remote selection and volume control for music
sources is standard, with an
optional wallmount control allowing adjustment in each zone.
Also available is Z-4, a unit with
similar facilities but addressing
four zones rather than eight.
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Lake DSP thinks big
Lake DSP's Audio Display Tools
provides a set of utilities for creating, manipulating and replaying
complex 3D audio presentations
over large speaker arrays.
The tools run on Lake's audio
workstation, which also has
options to support acoustical
research and interactive 3D audio
for virtual reality software.
Although Lake has developed the
tools to create what it terms as
spectacular animations in
speaker arrays for theme-parks, it
also provides precision, convolution -based equalisation devices
and has products aimed at
consumer, as well as professional, applications.
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Tektronix
The TDS2MM measurement
module for the Tektronix TDS200
series of oscilloscopes adds
parallel port, RS -232, GPIB
programmability, FFT capabilities
with three windows and four
automatic measurements. These
are risetime, falltime, positive
pulse width and negative pulse
width. The TDS2MM has been
added to the TDS200 range to
allow the viewing of waveform
frequency components.
Examining the frequency components of a waveform can reveal
important information that might
not be apparent in the time domain display seen on a standard oscilloscope.
Also available is a new GPIB interface option for the Audio Precision
Portable One range of audio analysers. This is an option on both the
Access and Portable One Dual
Domain versions of the product.
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Audio Follow
AIR Lite is aimed specifically at
small stations with low budgets,
offering all vital functions for
production, scheduling and on -air
management on a single plat-
form. Directly derived from the
current systems, this workstation
provides facilities for recording,
audio editing, and live assist or
automated broadcast.
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AudioGraph
PowerCube is designed to
measure an amplifier's dynamic
output at 20 different resistive,
capacitative and inductive loads
down to 1 ohm. The results are
presented as 3D graphs for easy
analysis and comparison.
Audiograph
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Drake and Sono's desk -mounted commentator unit
UK-based
talkback system
manufacturer Drake
Electronics, together with the
German system house Sono
Studiotechnik and the MCI subsidiary of Studio Hamburg, have
developed a 3 -in -1 desk -mounted
commentator unit designed for
international broadcasting and
conferencing requirements.
Featuring three configurable
modes in one package, the
Commentator Unit is intended for
conventional commentating at
large and small events, provision
of simultaneous translation at
multilingual venues and traditional high -quality talkback.
The Commentator facility
supports broadcast quality audio
in a portable format. This plug-in
module allows the user to mix
programme and intercom feeds
to two separate ear-pieces, providing individual volume controls for mixing together with a
master volume control for each
headset.
A desktop version of the unit is
available for talkback only appli-
cations, but can be upgraded to a
fully featured Commentator Unit
as necessary.
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Drake
Scheck provides new -generation signal analysis
Scheck Audiohas unveiled a
new generation of Digital
Signal Analysers with the
Alphaton DSA-2000, a battery -driven hand-held digital interface
tester for professional and consumer formats, including the
88.2kHz and 96khz'double frequency' formats.
The unit features an AES-EBU
receiver and transmitter to test the
quality of digital audio signals of
75 and 110 ohms impedance and
sampling frequencies between
25kHz and 96kHz.
The AES transmitter generates
a triangle wave with fixed frequency and level to enable the
user to send a test signal through
the line; the XLR output supports
sampling frequencies of 48kHz
and 96kHz. In addition, the DSA2000 is equipped with a high quality 20 -bit D -A convertor for
headphone monitoring of the
received signal, and a volume
control sets the level at the output jack.
Easily readable LEDs display
channel status (such as professional, consumer, copy, emphasis), sampling frequency, error
report (including validity bit, confidence flag, CRC, parity, biphase
coding). and battery status.
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AEQ provides complete remote ISDN PACkage
what it terms
'the complete ISDN solution'
for ISDN remotes. The new MPAC02 is a multiformat, dual -channel,
portable audio codec aimed at
providing the best possible audio
and data connections together
with a user-friendly interface for
the journalist and full features for
the technician.
Offering two-way communication in two independent audio
channels on a single ISDN line
(the two B -channels can be used
independently), the MPAC-02
enables the setting up of simultaneous Programme and Co-ordination circuits. Meanwhile, its
AEQ is offering
built-in Digital Hybrid with
Frequency Extender enables connection to a standard analogue
telephone line.
An auto -start system means
that the reporter can just switch
on the MPAC-02 and it will automatically carry out the dialling,
calling and synchronisation with
the audio codecs at the other end
of the line, connecting both
Program and Co-ordination using
the stored configuration. The
available codings are G.722,
G.711, ISO/MPEG LII and LDExtend for mono, dual or stereo
transmission via ISDN.
In addition, the equipment is
MAYAR moves into MPEG-2 AAC
Communications has
shown the world's first professional MPEG-2 AAC software
recorder, the AAC-Recorder, which
will be introduced in the broadcast and audio markets as well as
the multimedia market.
MAYAH also plans to add AAC
mono and stereo support with
MAYAH
sampling rates from 8-48kHz in its
EditPro and Sendlt software.
However, AAC will raise the bar on
minimum computing power - the
computational horsepower needed for MAYAN SendIt to run AAC
in real-time is greater than a
400MHz Pentium. Compared to
MPEG-2 layer two, MPEG-2 AAC
New version of DigAS from DAVID
fier a period of beta testing,
AVID's Multitrack Editor
V2.0 is now in production and fea-
tures a number of improvements
over the 1.0 version.
These include: a user interface
based on a common screen lay-
out, with a number of'pages' and
dockable toolbars; the ability to
customise the system using load able, user -specific keyboard shortcuts; automatic audio format
conversion, so that different audio
formats can be used in a single
programmable, enabling easy
upgrading.
The MPAC-02's mixing capacity allows three commentators
and one guest, and each reporter
has independent mix level
control.
Also provided are auxiliary
inputs and outputs for local
sound. An LCD user interface
provides all the necessary operational information, including
phonebook, VU meter, status,
and menu options.
AEQ also produces a stationary
partner for the MPAC-02, in the
form of the ACD-5001.
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AEQ
(Advanced Audio Coding)
achieves half the bit rate with no
loss of subjective quality, providing a significant cost reduction.
Transparent mono is possible with
only one ISDN B -channel, and
transparent stereo with only two
one standard ISDN
connection.
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B -channels i.e.
BRI
edit session; integration of an
Edigas page for less complex editing; a redesign of the Reporter
Box; and full rich text.
All registered users of version
1.0 can download the new release
through DAVID'S DigaMailbox
without charge.
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AVT pre -announces
Audio Video Technologies has
announced that its successful and widely used 7kHz ISDN
Telephone will be replaced at the
end of this year with a new generation 7kHz ISDN Telephone
unit. In addition, a new 15kHz
ISDN Telephone will be intro-
duced into the market, incorporating 3.1kHz, 7kHz and 15kHz
(stereo) audio signal transmission capability.
The G.711, G.722 and
ISO/MPEG Layer III coding standards will be supported. In addition, the 15kHz ISDN Telephone
will be ready for the new
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)
future ISDN Telephones
MPEG standard, and the 1.52 sig-
nalling standard previously used
in all AVT audio products will be
implemented. The success of the
7kHz ISDN Telephone is substantially due to its simple user interface, says AVT. Consequently, this
will be an important feature of the
new 15kHz ISDN Telephone.
The price of the 15kHz ISDN
Telephone will be in the same
range as the existing 7kHz ISDN
Telephone. Customers who
presently order a 7kHz ISDN
Telephone will automatically
receive an upgrade certificate,
which will enable them to
upgrade their units to the 15kHz
ISDN Telephone at a specially dis-
counted prerelease price.
All previously delivered 7kHz ISDN
Telephones can be upgraded to
15kHz.
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PC -based audio analyser
Kirchner Elektronik's ATB
Precision is a PC -based audio
analyser which takes advantage
of the increasing power of standard desktop computers.
The measurement system is a
black box with USB or a PC card
and the software is designed to
run under Windows 95/98 or NT.
The specifications are dual
channel for line or mic inputs
with 110dB dynamic and 20 -bit
precision.
The impulse response measurement is said to have a 100dB
dynamic range and uses a
special MLS+ signal, similar to
pink noise, pink noise and 20 -bit
resolution.
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CCS launches FlashCast portable audio studio
CCS Europe's FlashCast Studio
is designed to bring the
broadcast studio on the road and
to hide complex technical procedures from the user. The FlashCast
Studio package consists of the
Flashman Linear/ MPEG Audio
Recorder for portable recording,
Mayah EditPro software, and the
Mayah Sendlt transmission software for real-time and file transmission to studio and broadcast
destinations.
The Flashman recorder can
record linear as well as MPEG
layer two and layer three (MP3)
audio on CompactFlash cards
providing many hours of storage.
The EditPro software edits MPEG
layer two and layer three files,
with cut, copy, paste and fade
functions supported, while Sendlt
transmits MPEG layer two and
layer three in real-time and as files
via ISDN, PSTN, GSM, Musifile
and BWF. Sendlt unifies four realtime functions - Record and Store,
Record and Send, Send Live, and
Receive and Record - as well as
supporting file -based transfer. It
Aeta scoops new radio products
Aetás Hifiscoop 3 LL is
designed to deliver broad-
cast quality audio over permanent digital links, working with a
range of compression algorithms. Transmission can be carried out at rates from 64kbps to
384kbps.
Other features include full
duplex operation, up to 20kHz
stereo, dual 7kHz mono mode
(with independent VII inter-
faces), auxiliary data channel
and optional remote supervision
software.
The product is presented in a
rackmount and is intended for
distribution of audio from studio
to transmitters, interconnection
of regional stations to a central
radio station, contribution links
for big, on -off events and remote
contribution into studio discussion programmes.
Metro Audio enhances MA-SMAC
Designed for stage managers,
the MA-SMAC system now
has new audio control features.
Built into the stage manager's
desk, the system interfaces with
paging and intercoms from one
mic or headset and provides control over other paging and music
inputs.
Other features built into the
system include a digital 24 -hour
clock and stop -watch, as well as
four separate outputs to operate
various effects.
The unit has six prioritised
inputs. These comprise: stage
manager's headset mic; FOH and
stage door paging mics; two
show relay mics and an aux input
which can be used for voice evacuation. These signals can be
routed to four outputs in either
Day or Show mode, as set by the
front panel key -switch.
The stage manager can route
the headset mic via two zone
selector switches, which also
operate Push -to -Talk circuitry, in
addition to activating 24V volume restoration to the appropriate zone.
The intercom system may be
accessed by the stage manager's
headset via a latching Comms-on
switch.
Metro Audio
713
can mix up to four channels (two
file and two live feeds) and then
record or send the master output
to the chosen destination.
FlashCast technology provides
full automatic recognition of the
remote audio codec, removing the
need for the user to make the
appropriate settings. And, says
CCS Europe, the technology
allows Sendlt to recognise the
audio codec in nearly the same
time as hardware codecs of the
saute type connect to each other.
CCS
698
Audionics
The Hifiscoop 3 ISDN is
designed to deliver broadcast
quality audio over ISDN lines. Like
the 3 LL, it has a choice of transmission rates but can run at bit
rates of up to 384kbps on ISDN or
VI l /V35 interfaces. Incorporating
Reed Solomon (J52) error correction, the unit is intended for high
quality contribution links and
automatic backup of leased lines,
as well as functions also handled
by the 3 LL.
AETA
683
monitoring.
Mackenzie
an 8 -message digital
audio record/play system
designed for use in environments
such as railway stations, exhibition
venues and amusement parks.
Available with durations of eight
or 16 minutes in total, MacFi uses a
dynamic message length system, so
that initial and replacement messages can be of different duration.
Messages can be recorded directly
to the system, which can also be
triggered directly or by remote conMacFi is
trol across a network. A Flash
EPROM memory system protects
messages during power failures,
without hatter hack -up.
Mackenzie
705
The SC1 D Digital Audio Monitor
unit offers aural and visual monitoring of six stereo audio sources
via high quality loudspeakers and
a bargraph PPM.
The company claims that the
unique feature of SC1 D is that
each of its inputs will accept AESEBU or analogue audio.
Audionics' second new digital
product is the DA210D, an AESEBU distribution amplifier with
frame synchronising and sample
rate conversion facilities and an
analogue output for convenient
Audionics
670
AEQ provides stereo audio
monitor rack unit
The AM -03 self -amplified stereo
audio monitor from AEQ is
designed for professional work in
VTR rooms, OB vans, radio and
television main controls, and
multimedia systems. The 1U 19 inch unit has three selectable
stereo audio inputs, balanced
inputs and outputs, XLR connectors, and two stereo channels for
middle and treble plus one mono
channel for bass.
A phase -meter display incorporated on the front of the equipment allows perfect input signal
control. All other controls are also
mounted on the front panel,
including the headphone output,
which incorporates automatic
loudspeaker disconnection for
increased operator convenience.
AEQ
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Spectral Design
The established AudioCube
mastering and restoration workstation has been given an addi-
tional boost in performance with
the use of two Pentium III processors and software which is said to
be especially optimised for this
processor. The SurroundMaster
real-time AudioEngine enables
SurroundCube to process eight
channels of audio simultaneously
in real-time, thereby making the
SurroundCube suitable for
mastering of DVD and multichannel projects.
Spectral Design
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HDA shows archive transfer
Houpert Digital Audio has an
automated transfer system,
which is designed to take bulk
analogue and other audio archives
into a unified digital domain as
efficiently as possible.
Badged as Quadriga, the
AudioCube Solution, the system
was developed in close co-operation with the IRT in Munich.
According to the developers,
Automatic supervising of feeding
devices, tape recorder, CD -drive,
Two new from E -MU Systems
New from E-mu Systems are a
PCI-based audio and MIDI
Rorke Galaxy Series of
Fibre Channel RAID
Rorke's leading edge storage
range now includes the Galaxy
Series of solutions ranging in
capacity up to 3Tb. Three models
are included; the Galaxy 50 is a
Fibre Channel to Fibre Channel
RAID solution, the Galaxy 5 a
Fibre Channel to SCSI (LVD) solution, and the Galaxy 100 a
Storage Area Network centralised
storage solution with simultaneous Fibre Channel connectivity to
up to eight servers.
system, plus a new Ultra standard
for its samplers. This includes
upgrade boards and V4.0 software
for upgrading existing samplers E6400, E -Synth Rack, E4Z and E4XT.
E-MU's Audio Production Studio is
designed to run on a PC under
Windows, providing 64 dynamically allocated voices, with internal
digital mixing and effects processing. Voices can be samples or hard disk based audio streams. There is
support for two internal MIDI ports
plus a built-in 16 channel external
MIDI interface. The PCI E -Card
contains the MIDI connectors,
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SEK'D makes a small
conversion
SEK'D has what it says is the
world's smallest 24-bit/96kHz AD/D-A convertor. The ADDA 2496
S is an inexpensive unit that
supports sampling rates from
44.1 up to 96kHz with 24 -bit audio
resolution and greater than 100dB
dynamic range. Designed for use
professional audio environment, it offers XLR analogue I -Os
and AES-EBU and SPDIF digital
-Os.
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analogue I -O. It also contains the
processors required to support
multiple sample playback and realtime effects processing. The system
supports recording and playback at
eight sample rates between 8kHz
and 48kHz using 8 -bit or 16 -bit
length.
In addition to supporting the
.WAV file standard, the Audio
Production Studio uses E-MU's
SoundFont format, giving access to
a large library of sounds. Included
with the system is an E -Drive, actually an audio I-O module which sits
in an empty drive bay in the front of
the PC, giving easy access to four
SEK'D, a pioneer of 24 -bit
96kHz PCI sound cards for
personal computers, has presented what it calls 'the next step in
the natural evolution of sound
cards designed for use in home,
project and professional recording
studios.'
At around US$500, the Prodif
Plus, which was previously
announced as the Prodif 32
ADDA, provides 24 -bit, 96kHz digital audio and 20 -bit, 48kHz analogue audio, with I -O connections
machines.
Supported audio resolutions
are 8, 16, 20 and 24 -bits, while analogue sampling in the range 11.0598kHz and digital sample rates of
32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2 and 96kHz are
supported. A-D/D-A conversion is
20 -bit, and signal/noise ratio is
quoted at 90dB.
Features of the Prodif Plus
include full duplex support for
simultaneous recording and playback, sample -aligned simultaneous start of record and playback in
Record While Play mode, automatic hardware testing on power up, zero latency monitoring, and
hardware pitch support.
Initially, only Windows 95/98
drivers are available, but SEK'D
says that Windows NT, Macintosh
and ASIO drivers are due soon.
SEK'D
717
Two PCI boards from Frontier
The Frontier Design Group has
released two PCI boards which
bring digital audio interfacing,
MIDI and synchronisation capabilities to a desktop computer.
Dakota has two sets of ADAT
connectors, giving channels of digital I -O. A breakout cable terminates in RCA jacks for SPDIF audio
Quadriga supports all commonly
used sampling rates up to 96kHz,
with a wordlength of 24 -bit and
ATM, FDDI and Ethernet network
systems.
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HDA
channels of digital I -O four analogue inputs and two analogue outputs, plus a headphone socket.
Ultral samplers are based on a
new 32 -bit ColdFire processor.
They offer 128 voice polyphony, 32
MIDI channels, dual 24 -bit effects
processing (on 32 channels),
128Mb RAM, 96Mb sound
ROM /Flash RAM and ADAT interface. Mac and PC software editors
are included.
There are 22 six -pole filters per
voice, allowing filter types including high pass, low pass, band pass,
flanging, phasing and morphing.
An internal patching system allows
more than 60 modulation and realtime performance controls.
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EMU
AudioFile
for SPDIF, AES-EBU and ADAT
DSP Factory AX16
Yamaha
SPDIF I -O and four channels of
SEK'D budget 24/96
Rorke Data 728
Latest addition to Yamaha's DSP
Factory, the AX16-AT PCI card
allows transfer of 16 tracks of
audio to and from the DS2415
audio card. It has two pairs of
ADAT optical ports.
The news coincides with the
imminent launch of Mac drivers
for the DS2416 card.
recorder and turntable, frees
the operator from monotonous
transfer work. At the same time
sophisticated digital audio analysis
and supervising systems are used
to log any errors which occur. The
audio material is then stored in
BWF (Broadcast Wave Format)
together with associated meta data.
The resultant files are said to be
suitable for use in many kinds of
archive systems, including robotic,
CD -R, and Exabyte-based schemes.
DAT
and 9 -pin connector for ADAT
sync. There are also two MIDI
inputs and outputs, plus an internal CD-ROM connector for direct
transfer of audio from CD.
Montana can be used alongside
Dakota to double the ADAT I -O to
32 channels. In addition, Montana
offers synchronisation features.
AudioFile now provides 32
tracks of 24 -bit audio with the
advanced track capacity available
as a plug and play upgrade to
existing 24 -bit systems.
AMS Neve's WorkFlow group of
multistudio integration technologies provide access to three
domains of facility integration:
audio distribution, control and
AudioFile/hard disk project management. Combining 4 x 100 Mbit
fibre -optic audio networking with
A/V Mail and Project LAN technology, StarNet enables a managed workflow of audio sources
and projects at facilities with multiple AudioFile hard disk editors.
DNA (Digital Networked Audio) is
an audio and control networking
system which enables multiple
consoles to share I -O, tape
machines and other resources.
AMS Neve
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An RCA input synchronises the
computer to an external
PAL or
NTSC video signal, or external
audio word clock. Video sync can
also come from an internal header
for direct connection to a digital
video board. Montana is fitted
with PCI and ISA connectors, to
maximise the configurations in
which it can be used.
Frontier
738
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MOTU 1224
Mark of the Unicorn has followed
its 2408 Hard Disk recording
system with the 1224, an I-0
system that can be used as
expansion for the 2408 or as an
independent core system. The full
system includes the PCI -324
card, Audiodesk software and
drivers for all major Mac and
Windows audio applications. The
1224 features eight pro-spec
analogue inputs and outputs, 24 bit convertors both ends, stereo
24 -bit AES/EBU and a dynamic
range of 116dB. Up to three interfaces can be connected to a PCI 324 card in any combination of
2408s and 1224s, offering a flexible selection of analogue and
digital connectivity.
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MOTU
Merging PCI
Merging Technologies' Mykerinos
PCI card is claimed to be 'the
most powerful single processor
PCI board ever built'. You get a
choice of modular I -O boards and
it uses 32 -bit floating point with
24 -bits and 192kHz. It'll give 64
tracks of playback with 64 simultaneous tracks of record and
eight cards can be chained
together.
There's a matrix mixer and effects
including EQ, dynamics and
reverb all with a claimed latency
of under 4ms.
Merging
595
Sadie OMF
Studio Audio & Video has demonstrated direct OMF support for
SADiE 3.8 software which allows
removable media containing
EDLs and audio to be transferred
directly from an Avid to SADiE,
where the EDL appears without
the need for any audio file
conversion.
It is available as an option for all
SADiE platforms from the SADiE
2496 upwards. DirectX is now
also supported.
SA&V
594
Soundscape Dolby
Soundscape has a Dolby
Surround Encoder/Decoder plugin for Soundscape workstations
and the Mixtreme PCI Card. The
plug-in is the result of collaboration with Dolby Labs and licenses
Dolby's DSP code, developed for
the Motorola 56301 DSP used in
the Soundscape V2 Mixer environment. Both Encoder and
Decoder plug -ins can run on one
DSP in the Soundscape V2 Mixer
environment.
Soundscape
593
360 System's multichannel hard disk recorders
ew from 360 Systems are the
3\4 -channel TCR4 and 8 -channel TCR8 synchronous digital
audio hard disk recorders.
Designed specifically for broadcast, video production, and video
postproduction applications,
these new models offer 24 -bit
audio quality, massive internal
hard disk storage, high -density
removable disks, random access
hard disk storage, complete time code implementation, and VTR
emulation.
Editing features on both models include user -selectable cross fade length, dynamic edit mark
features, and pre -roll, edit in, edit
out and post -roll.
Rehearse functions allow for
full simulation, and the RMW
(Read -Modify-Write) feature provides layering and mixdown capability. All units include analogue
and digital I -O, a large display
DAR in a Storm
has unveiled its latest generation Storm processing platform accompanied by the first in a
new range of SoundStation audio
editing systems - the SoundStation
Storm - featuring a brand new high
resolution colour touchscreen and
available in a vibrant range of
colours. The company claims
Storm processing sets a new standard for editing functionality, processing performance, track
DAR
screen, built-in keypad for cut
titling and organisation, and a
number of remote control options
including P2 (9-pin), RS422 and
GPI connections.
360 Systems see the TCR4 as a
cost-effective replacement for
timecode DAT machines, with its
two additional channels providing
increased compatibility with VTRs
that have multichannel audio
capacity (32 -track) and speed.
An open architecture provides a
common interface between the
user and the range of resources
available to him while the orthogonal core design enables 128
channels of audio to be routed
seamlessly and in real-time
between multiple drives, disk to
disk, and across the network.
The processing core of Storm
has the equivalent power of 16 of
the company's previous -generation cards on a single board and
capability.
Meanwhile, says the company,
the TCR8 - which can provide several hours of 8 -channel random
access audio - is ideally suited to
surround sound and DTV applications requiring additional audio
channels for 5.1, LT-RT mixes and
multilanguage broadcast production and playout.
360 Systems
741
can accommodate up to 700Mb of
RAM. SoundStation Storm supports sampling rates up to
192kHz, plus 16- and 24 -bit operation, with the ability to incorporate segments of different bit
depths in the same Reel. The
100Mbit D -net network port
comes as standard as does all the
current DSP capability. The system is capable of handling
extremely large projects - with
over 10,000 segments per project.
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Aphex's most popular products,
the Aural Exciter and the Big
Bottom Pro. Both are optimised
for maximum performance with
Digidesign Pro Tools124 MIX systems (Mac only). Using the same
presence -enhancing, detailrestoring technology as the
patented Aural Exciter hardware,
the Aphex Aural Exciter TDM
plug-in enhances clarity, speech
intelligibility and detail without
significantly increasing peak output. Easy-to -use, intuitive controls
help users quickly achieve the
desired results, and many parameters are automatable.
Big Bottom Pro is a bass
enhancement TDM plug-in for
Pro Tools. Modelled on the Big
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Soundscape's R.Ed about to ship
oundscape's R.Ed DAW is
expected to ship in the summer and uses 32 -track, 24 -bit
hardware with 28 inputs and 32
outputs per unit running on
Windows NT , 95/98.
Prices for a 32 -rack system with
24 digital I -Os starts at £3395 +VAT
and supports two fixed and two
removable EIDE drives per unit to
a maximum of 137Gb per disk.
It has two AES-EBU inputs ad
four AES-EBU outputs plus 24 digital I -Os via three TDIFs. The TDIF
ports can be connected to three
Soundscape 558I0-1 audio interfaces for analogue interconnection
and TDIF/ADAT conversion.
Bottom Pro works on bass end frequencies to add low -end presence
and punch without adding peak
level, resulting in increased bass
presence that won't overload systems or blow out speakers.
Aural Exciter and Big Bottom
Pro can be used together to
enhance the entire audio spectrum. Aural Exciter delivers six
channels per DSP chip on Pro
Toolsl24 Mix systems (six mono or
three stereo), while Big Bottom
Pro delivers 11 channels. These
plug-ins are also compatible with
classic PCI -based DSP Farm cards
and NuBus-based DSP Farms.
Digidesign
746
Recording, editing and playback
runs from enhanced Version 2 software from the company's SSHDR1Plus system. Synchronised
high -quality nonlinear picture can
be played via video capture cards
and R.Eds can be linked together
for a larger system with the
Mixtreme PCI card providing an
expandable mixing engine.
Soundscape
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Reader Response No. 027
Alesis MasterLink
ISO 9660 disc format and AIFF
audio files on standard CD blanks
Alesis has
moved in to hard
disk recording/ editing with
the MasterLink ML -9600. This is
described as a mixdown and mastering system that combines hard
disk recording and editing, digital
signal processing and CD creation
in a single standalone unit but has
the distinction of being able to
burn stereo 24 -bit, 96kHz audio
onto standard CD -Rs, in a CD24
proprietary format, in addition to
traditional Red Book format.
The Alesis CD24 employs the
that can be played back on 9600
machines and accessed by and
archived to by DAWs. MasterLink
has a 3.2Gb internal hard drive
and a 4X CD -R drive. The system
includes an internal sample rate
convertor allowing high resolution
files on the hard disk to be used to
create Red Book CDs. Editing is
accomplished using front panel
controls, which allow users to
audition and edit start/end points.
Digi's interactive Bruno/Reso
audio input (in this case, the Pro
Tools track) to generate new
sound textures. The Plug -Ins are
interactive and a MIDI keyboard
can be used to 'play' the Plug-In.
SoundReplacer is said to be
'ideal' for drum hit replacement or
triggering new sounds from a Pro
Tools track. The Plug-In uses
replacement sounds from a sound
Bruno/Reso pack-
Digidesign's
age includes two interactive
cross- synthesis TDM Plug -Ins
that provide synthesiser/vocoderlike processing.
SoundReplacer is an
AudioSuite Plug -In that replaces
on -screen audio with samples.
Bruno and Reso use cross -synthesis, a technique that uses an
A
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Editing features allow the user
to reorder tracks, adjust gain, build
playlists, trim heads and tails of
programs, set start times, preserve
best takes and delete tracks before
committing the material to CD.
Join and Split permit material from
multiple mixes to be resequenced.
Onboard DSP includes equalisation, compression, normalisation
and peak limiting.
Analogue and digital I -Os are
provided on XLRs and phonos.
Convertors are 24 -bit and at maximum resolution the 3.2Gb drive
stores 95 minutes of audio
although the machine can be configured for combinations of 44.1,
48, 88.2, and 96kHz sample rates
and 16, 20 or 24 -bit word lengths.
Firmware is updated through the
internal CD drive.
Alesis
library to replace or add to the
original track. The original performance is retained, since
SoundReplacer automatically
adjusts the dynamics of the
replacement file to match the level
changes on the original track and
three different samples can be
loaded and triggered from separate adjustable amplitude threshold zones.
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to a variety of associated 19 -inch
rackmount I -O modules using
100MHz network technology, and
several Callisto cards can be
installed in a PC for access to more
modules. The Callisto card and the
modules handle the required
processing by themselves, without
drawing on the host computer.
The Callisto audio workstation has
its own freely configurable software mixing console, but with the
appropriate drivers can also work
with programs such as Cubase
VST, Logic Audio and SEK'D's
Samplitude. Callisto also supports
ASIO, Direct Sound, and the
AudioX standard. An open architecture facilitates the integration of
plug -ins, and SEK'D says that
other manufactures have agreed to
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360 Systems' Short/cut follows upgrade path
Merging extends the
reach of ADAT
Designed to overcome the 10m
distance limitation of ADAT plastic fibre optical cables, the
Onouris Long Distance convertor
from Merging Technologies is a
cable interconnect and convertor
box which allows the 2 -way optical data link to be extended
using glass optical cables. On
the front panel of the unit are two
sets of three optical connectors,
one set converting from plastic
to glass cables and the other
from glass to plastic, with two
outputs running in parallel in
each case.
This allows ADAT cable runs to be
extended to 600m or 1000m with
a small internal resistor change.
Merging can supply glass optical
cables in 20m or 50m lengths, as
well as longer lengths built to
order.
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Short/cut
Personal Audio Editor, a selfcontained 2 -track digital audio
editor, has received a software
upgrade which includes enhanced
file interchange options useful for
studio and location work.
Short/cut 099 supports file formats common to most DAWs,
news servers and automation
playout systems, including .WAV,
360 Systems'
and AII,F, and can read and
generate sound files that can be
transferred via the Internet as
email attachments.
Other new features include the
ability to generate fades and cross fades, perform gain changes within files, sync to external source,
and D -NET echo. In addition,
Short/cut 099 supports Iomegás
Jaz 2Gb and Zip removable media
.BWF
formats - the former offering over
2.5 hours of audio while the latter
provides cost-effective storage of
sound effects, shorter projects or
archive material.
Short/cut 099 also comes
equipped with 360 Systems' D NET file transfer capability. D NET provides electronic transfer
of audio files and related information such as cut names and running times, and enables transfers
of single cuts or even an entire
disk drive from Short/cut 099 to
360 Systems' Instant Replay,
DigiCart/II and DigiCart/Il Plus.
Short/cut 099 is designed to
replace reel-to-reel tape
machines by offering users an
intuitive editing tool with all the
advantages of digital technology
in an easy -to -use, portable format, and includes keyboard,
speakers, large waveform display,
scrub wheel and tape -style transport controls.
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Digidesign MIXes up high -end audio recording
Pro Tools124 MIX and MIX
the latest high -end digital audio recording systems from
Digidesign for Mac OS and
Windows NT computer platforms,
provide all the audio production
capabilities of Pro Toolsl24 combined with extra tracks and more
on-demand mixing and processing power. The single -card Pro
Toolsl24 MIX offers up to three
times more DSP power than Pro
Toolsl24, while the two -card MIX
PLUS system offers more than
double the DSP power of the MIX
version. Digidesign give an example capability for MIX PLUS of a
PLUS,
Sadie Artemis
Studio Audio & Video's Artemis
DAW is capable of 192kHz editing
and mixing, surround panning
and can be configured for 24 -Os.
All internal processing uses 32 -bit
floating point and each system
has time code support and four
channels of RS422. The supplied
breakout box 800 includes 8
channels of digital -O, XLR digital
reference input, and 8 -channels
of unbalanced analogue -O. The
800B adds balanced analogue I-0
and all systems include on -board
SCSI interfaces. It runs Sadie 3
software.
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48:32:2 mixer and 32 simultane-
ous disk tracks with 4 -band EQ,
dynamics and five sends (1 stereo,
4 mono) on every track, plus two
reverbs and 10 delay -based
effects.
Both MIX systems include a
new DSP Manager capability,
which works transparently to allocate DSP power automatically
whenever it recognises a shortage
than can be eliminated. The latest
version of the Pro Tools software
also introduces a new technology
called MultiShell, which makes it
possible for compatible plug -ins
to share the same DSP chip.
Every Pro Tools124 MIX system
consists of a 'DSP fortified' MIX
Core PCI card capable of providing 64 simultaneous audio tracks,
digital mixing, DSP processing
capabilities, and up to 16 channels
of I -O; a selection of TDM and
AudioSuite plug -ins bundled at no
extra charge; and the latest version of the Pro Tools software.
The MIX Plus system has the
same track count as the MIX version, but also features a MIX Farm
card for additional mixing channels and/or real-time processing
capabilities.
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Sound cards from Digigram
tions that are available for
Windows 95/98 and NT4.0 and for
Mac OS 8.X.
The card can be programmed
using Digigram's Virtual PCX
Orban shows version 2.5
software for Audicy DAW
Orban Audicy version 2.5 software extends the DAW's networking capabilities. The unit can now
support TCP/IP and Novell
networking, enabling the workstation to work beyond local area
networks and connect to wide
area networks.
Additionally, the Audicy can also
embed the necessary traffic and
continuity information directly
into sound clips, so it can send
finished audio productions
directly to on -air delivery
systems.
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New from Digigram are the
VX222 Linear Sound Card
and the PCX222np/PCX221np
High Quality Stereo Sound Card.
The VX222 is a versatile insert
that offers balanced analogue
inputs and outputs, together with
24-bit convertors and digital I -O
in AES-EBU or SPDIF formats.
The VX222 has been designed to
work with the range of applica-
audio resource modules,
Microsoft's WAVE protocol or the
Mac OS Sound Manager.
The PCX222np/PCX221np are
the company's newest full power
stereo cards. They offer 24 -bit AD and D -A convertors, Wordclock
and timecode inputs, together
with a programmable sampling
frequency of up to 96kHz. Also
offered are an input for direct
recording from a PC's built-in
CD-ROM; MP3 playback and
mixing; AES18 support; AES11
synchronisation; and a headphone jack for monitoring inputs
or outputs.
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Digigram
SEK'D cleans
up with DirectX
SEK'D's DirectX-based Declicker
Plug-in removes clicks and
crackles from records and impulselike disturbances from audio files
contaminated during recording
due to switching, digital crosstalk,
or thyristor buzz.
The Declicker consists of two
main parts: the declicking filter
and the decrackling filter. While the
declicking filter is normally used to
remove heavy clicks from old vinyl
records, or switching noise arising
from analogue or digital audio
equipment, the decrackling filter
removes any remaining, mostly
small but dense, clicks i.e. crackles.
Control is accomplished by two
fader controllers, one for declicking and one for decrackling.
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WaveFrame paves the way
preparation for the launch of
the recently-demoed WaveFrame
7.0, the company is shipping V6.5
software to significantly enhance
the power and utility of its DAWs.
Support is included for the
WaveFrame 7.0 DSP engine as a
mixer add-on with plug -ins from
Waves, Wave Mechanics, Q Sound, Antares, Aphex and
VocAlign. Also new is
import/export of Broadcast WAV
file format, MIDI time code,
recording on 8 tracks for each
SCSI bus, and support for the
new E -mu sampler card option.
New editing features include
reversing regions, allowing designated sections to play backwards
while the rest still plays forwards.
In
WaveFrame
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Digidesign budgets for
project studios
The Project II Studio suite from
Digidesign has been designed to
provide a complete, professional quality audio production solution
in a single, competitively -priced
package.
The bundle includes the Project II
PCI card, a Digidesign Audio
Interface (the 8821201-0 or ADAT
Bridge 1-0), SampleCell II Plus,
MasterList CD, Logic Audio AV,
and a CD Recorder. The Project II
PCI card provides up to 16 channels of high-quality 1-0; depending on the software and interface
used, it supports 16- or 24 -bit
recording. The SampleCell II Plus
PCI card provides MIDI controlled sample playback with
32Mb of onboard RAM, 32
dynamically -allocated voices,
eight polyphonic outputs and CD quality sound; two sample CDROMs are included.
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Opcode interfaces now
available
Opcode's new line of USB
(Universal Serial Bus) ports is
beginning to appear, with the first
three now shipping. These allow
USB-compatible computers
running Windows 98 to interface
with SPDIF devices (DATport),
SPDIF and analogue (SONICport),
or Toslink SPDIF and analogue
(SONICport optical). 16 and 24 bit
audio are both supported at rates
to 48k, and the analogue interface
has 20 -bit D-ACs. Alongside
these are 32, 64 and 128 channel
MIDIport interfaces and the
STUDIOport AMX audio and MIDI
interface, with 2 in/4 out analogue
connections, SPDIF I-0 and 64
channels of MIDI.
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Opcode
Waves gets into a bundle
Plug -in specialist Waves has
announced four new bundles
of processors, two each for TDM
and native Windows/Mac environments. TDM II and Native Power
Pack II are essentially similar, offering additional plug-ins to the existing bundles. Both contain the new
equaliser and compressor from the
audiophile Renaissance series, plus
the DeEsser and MaxxBass plug ins, and the TDM bundle also features the PS22 Stereomaker and
MultiRack, offering real-time DSP
processing using the Waves plug ins. Pro-FX is a bundle of three specialised plug -ins now available for
TDM systems, comprising the
UltraPitch 6 -voice formant -corrected pitch shifter, Meta Flanger
for vintage tape flanging and phaser emulation, and MondoMod's
selection ofAM, FM and panning
modulations. The Gold Native
bundle consists of Pro-FX plus the
Native Power Pack II selection, the
Steinberg's new Mac Cubase VST
Steinberg Cubase VST 4.1 for
Macintosh incorporates the
new VST 2.0 Plug -In interface,
enabling software synthesisers and
software samplers in Plug -In format to be integrated into the VST
architecture. VST 2.0-compatible
plug -ins can also be controlled in
real-time via MIDI controls, and
utilise multiple Audio I-Os if avail-
able.
With ASIO 2.0 now all compatible drivers can provide direct hardware monitoring with zero latency
and multi -application support,
while the new ASIO Positioning
Protocol allows source and destination device to sync with sample
accuracy.
The Cubase VST/24 Mixer/EQ
Frontier's Tango Publison OMF
Tango24 is an eight channel A -D
and D -A converter, which now
has 24 -bit resolution. The upgraded
product is fitted with ADAT
Lightpipe I -O, as well as + 4dBu/10dBV switchable analogue I -O on
1 /4 -inch TRS jacks. Word clock
input and output are on BNC connections, allowing multiple units to
be synced or for the Tango24 clock
to be locked to an external master.
Front panel switching selects word
clock, ADAT optical input or
44.1 /48kHz internal crystal.
Tango24's front panel also includes
eight sets of level meters, switch able to input or output.
Separate LEDs indicate signal
present, -3dB below full scale and
clipping for each channel.
The lU system can be mounted
as much as 10m away from the
computer or other recording sys-
tem when using the ADAT I -O.
There is also an ADATThru port for
archiving to ADAT MDM without
recabling. Tango24 can be connected to any ADAT equipped computer card.
Frontier
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he Totalstation audio workstation with integral video capability now has an advanced OMF
import function which can work in
background mode. Approximate
import time for an hour of audio is
said to be five minutes and there is
the option of a display for elapsed
time, with an estimate of remaining time as well.
According to Publison, the system will automatically recognise
DOS, Windows NT or Macintosh
hard disk formats and can also be
Ll Ultramaximizer, the full Cl
dynamics, EQ and effects package
and WaveConvert Pro.
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Waves
section now includes five new realtime processing modules. A number of VST elements can now be
controlled remotely via external
devices such as the Yamaha 01V.
CubaseVST/24 4.1 for Macintosh
also supports Yamaha's DSP
Factory Audio Card, bringing the
Mac version in line with Cubase
VST/24 3.6 for Windows.
Steinberg
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networked with these platforms.
Gains, fades, crossfades, overlaps
and start/end points are imported
in virtual mode.
Also available is a control surface with dedicated buttons, pen
and writing tablet, scrub wheel
and motorised fader, as well as a
QWERTY keyboard. It can also be
used to control as many as four
external transports. All editing
functions can be applied to single
or multiple tracks and there are 40
macro keys for storing multiple
stage processes as a single action.
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Publison
Merging rings in the changes
The Audio Magic Ring from
Merging Technologies is an
audio file conversion application
for Windows 95/NT designed to
make it simple to convert any number of files between different formats, wordlengths or sample rates.
Supported file formats include
WAV, BWF, OMF, AIFF,
AU/SND,
and PMF (Merging Technologies'
own Pyramix Media Format).
Users can drag and drop files
onto icons which represents sets
of conversion settings, with simple or multiple processes. Any
number of files can be batch converted, and the program can handle folders nested within folders.
Audio files are automatically
converted, in the background if
required, and stored in a user -
specified directory.
Users can create as many Audio
Magic Rings as they need, one for
every conversion requirement.
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Merging
Digidesign lines up latest guitar amp plug-in
The latest version of the
Digidesign/Line 6Amp Farm
guitar recording plug-in for Pro
Tools systems adds more amp
models along with Plus 24 -bit and
PTI24 MIX support. Amp Farm's
TubeTone technology provides
physical models of classic amplifiers, making it the essential tool
for recording guitars in the Pro
Tools TDM environment. The
plug-in can be used to process live
guitar inputs or tweak the amp
set-up for prerecorded tracks.
Amp Farm lets you adjust your
amp tone right up to the final mix,
with full automation of all controls,
including Amp Model selection.
The TubeTone Amp models
were developed from in-depth
studies of several different amplifiers: a Fender Twin, Fender
Blackface Deluxe Reverb, Fender
Bassman, Marshall JCM 800,
Marshall Plexi, Marshall JTM45,
Vox AC 30, and Vox AC 30 with top -
boost. The latest version (v1.5)
adds support for five new Amp
models based on: Mesa Boogie
Dual Rectifier and Dual Rectifier
Trem-o-verb, Soldano SLO and
X88R, and Matchless Chieftain.
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Cubase VST
Fairlight adds to DaD and gets non-linear video
Fairlight has introduced a Plus
version of its Digital Audio
Dubber, adding multiple simultaneous bit rates and multiple format capability, as well as
enhanced sonic qualities and
automation interface. There is
also a new visual interface for the
system, providing important
machine status information on a
Windows PC. It can show project
data from up to 24 connected
dubbers in a variety of formats.
For use with the MFX-3 and
FAME systems Fairlight has also
Steinberg Cubase VST 3.7 for
Windows incorporates the VST 2.0
Plug -In interface, which enables
introduced the ViVid non-linear
quality is said to be indistinguishable from digital Betacam while
low data rates can fit four hours of
video storage on a 4Gb drive.
digital video recorder, offering
selectable data density in a random access system to follow nonlinear editing activity. Highest
Fairlight
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Digidesign drives Pro Tools storage optimisation
The DigiDrive from Digidesign
has been designed to take the
guesswork out of Pro Tools storage
compatibility. Optimised for certified compatibility with Mac OS and
Windows NT Pro Tools systems, the
DigiDrive has been developed by
Digidesign to deliver the speed,
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the most demanding projects.
The 9Gb DigiDrive provides
enough storage space for 1700
track minutes of 16 -bit, 44.1kHz
audio (70 minutes of 24 -track
recording), or 1100 track minutes
of 24 -bit audio (45 minutes of 24 track recording).
The drive has been designed for
removable rackmounting and
interlocked stacking, supports
fast/wide SCSI transfer, and uses
special Digidesign/Avid
QuietDrive technology to reduce
drive noise by up to 15dB. Its
10,000rpm speed outpaces previous -generation drives by up to 40
per cent in data transfer rate and
33 per cent in seek time. Tuner
software included with the
DigiDrive optimises the drive for
Pro Tools usage.
Up to four DigiDrive enclosures
can be vertically interlocked,
while an optional accessory kit
allows two drives to be mounted
side -by -side in a 2U space.
Digidesign customer support
includes guaranteed 24 -hour
replacement.
Digidesign
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be integrated into the VST architecture. VST 2.0-compatible plug -ins
can also be controlled in real-time
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audio I -Os if available. With ASIO
2.0, all compatible drivers can
provide direct hardware monitoring
with zero latency and multi -application support, and the new ASIO
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and destination devices to sync
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The VST Channel Views Menu now
allows users to select and specify
visible VST Mixer channels, helping them to organise the virtual
studio for different production
situations. The Cubase VST
Mixer/EQ section now includes an
extension with five new real-time
processing modules: Compressor,
Limiter, Auto Gate, Auto Limit and
a Soft Clip. Other new features
include support for the Mixman
TRK file import format, and remote
control of a number of VST
elements from external devices
such as the Yamaha 01V.
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Kind of Loud surround
SmartPan Pro from Kind of Loud
Technologies is a surround sound
panning plug-in for the Pro Tools
platform, said to be the first product to bring discrete six -channel
surround sound capabilities to
Pro Tools. It supports all major
surround sound formats, including 5.1, 7.1 and LCRS, allowing
users to create professional
mixes for Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD
video, DVD audio and game
formats.
The designers have taken an
innovative approach to surround
panning with the implementation
of a Polar Joystick, using a circular paradigm for panning, and
with SmartKnob, a controller that
places sound and controls at its
width or spatial extent.
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Peavey recorder/editor
Peavey has co-operated with
Cakewalk to produce the
StudioMix combined recording
and mixing system for PC. It plays
eight simultaneous tracks of
audio, with additional tracks
archived and the software
supports real-time audio and
MIDI effects processing and
mixing,
SMPTE/MTC synchronisation and
staff notation editing and printing.
A hardware control surface has
nine motorised faders, 14 soft
buttons, and 18 rotary encoders
and users can configure these as
desired. The multitrack software
is compatible with DirectX.
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Peavey
Remote
Akai has previewed the RE32
hardware multitrack remote for its
24 -bit hard disk range for control
of 128 tracks complete with
SuperView graphics. The control
surface has 32 track keys in four
banks and the sort of dedicated
controls required to get the most
from the systems.
Akai's DR16PIus hard disk system
is externally similar to the DR16
but adds features from Akai's
workstations and dubbers and
24-bit/96kHz capability. The
machine records in native Akai
format and supports Mac Pro
Tools and Ms -Dos B.Wav formats.
A new sync system has been
developed for multimachine use
and ethernet linking to a DL1500
remote is standard. Optional
cards include 16-channel EQ,
SMPTE, MIDI, 8-in/16-out AESEBU, and 81-0 TDIF and ADAT.
Existing DR16s can be upgraded
to plus status with a Kit-DR16.
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Fostex on track
New from Fostex is the VR800
Digital Multitrack Recorder,
which can simultaneously record
eight tracks of digital audio to a
variety of internal and external 3.5 inch media. Designed to be simple
to use, the VR800 can be connected
to any digital mixer supporting
ADAT optical connections, such as
Fostex's own newVM200 mixer.
Features include Fostex's ADAC
technology which offers increased
recording time on removable
media, an extra 16 recordable
tracks, audio scrub with envelope
display, intuitive audio editing and
sophisticated MIDI and Word sync
facilities. The VR800 offers up to
44.1 kHz 16 -bit fidelity.
Fostex
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CreamWare sets out the SCOPE
COPE is a powerful computer -
'based system, which runs on
a plug-in PCI board consisting of
15 Analog Devices SHARC DSP
chips, and provides a virtual studio environment which can also
integrate an existing studio set-up
thanks to extensive I -O options.
The initial software suite for
SCOPE includes a variety of synthesisers, effects and mixers along
with a professional, industry -standard compatible sampler. While
SCOPE can be viewed as an
upgrade to any existing studio, it is
also capable of handling all sampling, synthesis, signal processing
and mixing work required in a
professional production by itself.
A huge library of pro -quality virtual devices for mixing, audio processing, effects, sound generation
Steinberg's designs on mastering
The Mastering Edition from
Steinberg is a collection of six
high -quality Mac and PC plug -ins
for VST, DirectX and WaveLab
host -based applications.
Loudness Maximizer is a
dynamic processor which is
specifically optimised for lifting
the effective loudness of any
audio material without adding
typical artefacts like 'pumping' or
'breathing', and with guaranteed
no clipping. Spectralizer gives a
mix more clarity and presence by
adding 2nd and 3rd harmonics,
while MultiComp is a multiband
compressor with up to five
bands.
FreeFilter is a linear phase realtime 1/3 -Octave Equaliser,
designed to process the audio signal without 'colouring'. Critical
Aardvark's Aark TDIF PCI card
Aardvark's Aark TDIF card is a
PCI card that has Tascam's
industry-standard 8 -channel TDIF
format port.
It has exactly the same architecture as the popular Aark 20/20,
so they can both be used in the
same computer, stacked together
in any combination of up to four
cards. Both cards are compatible
with software applications including CubaseVST, Cool Edit Pro,
Samplitude and Gigasampler.
The TimeSync II is an accurate
and versatile Master Clock
Synchroniser which generates a
very low jitter digital audio master
clock referenced to any timecode
source. A proprietary Jitter
Reduction Module keeps the generated clock jitter below 2ns per
audio frame, and consequently the
synchronised audio as pure as possible, even when the source is
and sampling facilitate the creation of any desired studio set-up.
The developers have also
opened up the system to allow
creative audio developers to construct their own 'device modules'
from a huge library of generic
building blocks, while a graphics
package allows users to design
their own creative, functional
and ergonomic virtual control
surfaces.
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frequencies can be easily detected
and corrected due to the plug-in's
ability to display the input and
output spectral frequency shape
and the chosen filter curve, while
a Learn function enables the user
to transfer the particular sound of
a reference recording to a second
recording.
PhaseScope and Spectrograph
complete the Steinberg Mastering
Edition with two analysis tools.
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something as unstable as LTC or
VITC from aVCR.
In addition to digital Word
Clock output, the TimeSync II can
also generate clean, quarter -frame
accurate MTC and can be set to
give 256 Superclock. It locks to
LTC or VITC, and will handle
varispeed +/-10%.
The TimeSync II can be used
with Digidesign Pro Tools and
other workstations, digital mixers
and analogue tape machines.
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conversion of audio signals
to/from the digital domain.
The Solo features a pair of dual
impedance universal preamps
with 65dB of gain while the low
level inputs include insert I -O
jacks and two line level inputs on
separate 1/4 -inch jacks.
The four inputs are mixed into
two channels using individual
level and pan controls and the
combined inputs are converted
into two digital record channels.
The digital audio playback data
from the computer is converted
into two line level feeds driving
the separate phone jacks for main
output and control room monitor.
A headphone amplifier output
with two jacks has been added for
convenience on the front panel.
Lexicon enhances Studio System
Lexicon is also offering the LX3
Multi -Interface adaptor, which
allows as many as three LDI-10T's
to be linked together providing 24
channels of 24 -bit analogue, balanced I -O and three sets of SPDIF IO, all usable simultaneously.
Solo for DAWs
he Seasound Solo PCI interfaced digital audio recording
system provides a variety of common functions required by the
digital -audio musician: pre amplification for microphones
and low-level instruments, line level input controls, input mixing,
monitoring, and 24-bit/96kHz
exicon has launched the latest
amenhancement to its Studio
System. The LDI-10T interface is
an analogue I -O solution for hard disk systems.
The LDI-10T features ten simul-
taneous audio channels, eight analogue (TRS balanced 1/4") and two
digital channels of SPDIF (coaxial
RCA) switchable input gain (+4/10dB), 24 -bit A-D and D -A conversion and a timecode input.
Seasound
736
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Milab
Milab has unveiled the DM -1001
digital microphone and a flexible
microphone system, VM -44
which is a further development of
the established condenser
microphone VM -44. The DM 1001 has AES-EBU and SPDIF
outputs, and uses Milab's
rectangular capsule.
The two capsule membranes
have their own A-D convertors.
Milab's VM -44 is further developed with the release of the
model VM -44 LINK, and VM -44
Gooseneck. In both VM models
the electronics are separated in
an active capsule.
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Pearl
The latest model from Swedish
microphone manufacturer Pearl
is the MSH10 which has electronics that are the same as the
well-known MS 8CL, but has a
hypercardioid pattern in M channel.
A new version of the WCM 90
microphone specially for saxophones has been released and
while previous models in this line
had separate preamps, these are
now connected directly to the
mics.
Pearl
771
Micron UHF handles 100 Channels
The Micron 700 series of UHF
diversity receivers and transmitters from Audio Engineering
incorporate frequency-synthesis
technology and offer full programmability across 100 channels. The
series includes the camera mounting wireless microphone
SDR700 miniature diversity
receivers and belt -pack TX700
transmitter units, which can be
used individually or combined
into multichannel OB and location recording systems.
Also included is the 100 -frequency MDR740 modular diversity receiver, available in 4-, 6- or
8 -way modular racks for mobile or
fixed -site installations and is
designed for rapid reprogramming across a very large RF bandwidth.
Operational features of the
Micron 700 series include microphone phantom powering facilities for the transmitters, and a
choice of line or microphone level
working on transmitters and
receivers, via multipin LEMO connectors.
The TX700 and SDR700 units
can be powered internally or
externally, while frequency selec-
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tion between the 100 available
channels is achieved by means of
two 10 -way screwdriver -operated
switches - mounted flush with the
products' rugged, hand -made
stainless steel cases.
Also new is the Micron range of
8 -frequency VHF diversity
receivers and pocket transmitters,
including the TX501.8 transmitter
and SDR570.8 small diversity
receiver, which offer the same
quality of construction, signal
integrity, input/output arrangements and powering facilities as
their 100 -frequency UHF stable mates.
Audio Engineering 759
Beyerdynamic debuts electrets
Beyerdynamic has introduced the MCE -90 range
of microphones using an
implementation of electret condenser loading but without the cost penalties
associated with true condenser technology.
All the MCE -90 series mics
incorporate a special large
diaphragm electret element
and have electronically balanced outputs into XLR-3 connectors. They can work with
phantom power voltages ranging from 12-48V.
The range's flagship is the
MCE90, a side -fire design primarily intended for vocal
recording in studio and on -air
broadcast environments. It
offers a linear frequency
response from 50Hz to 18Hz
and can handle very high
sound pressure levels. The
microphone amplifier has a
low -noise floor of -72dB and is
fitted with attenuator switching
and low-pass filter.
The MCE 91 is a hand-held
end -fire variant of the MCE 90 and
is designed for live performance
recording and broadcast applications.
The MCE 93 and MCE 94 are
probe -style versions of the MCE
90 and are intended primarily for
instrument recording. Both models come with shock-mounts and
the MCE 94 can be used with
phantom power or powered from
a single AA battery.
Beyerdynamic
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Shure Beta 91
Designed for live performance
and recording applications,
the low profile Beta 91 and the
miniature Beta 98D/S are the latest additions to Shure's Beta family of professional sound
reinforcement microphones.
The Beta 98D/S is a miniature
supercardioid condenser unit
designed expressly for toms, featuring a maximum SPL rating of
160dB and a frequency response
tailored for this application.
A detachable preamplifier to
facilitate rapid cable/preamp
replacement or repair is supplied
along with windscreens, together
with the new A98D flexible goose-
neck drum mount which can be
used in either horizontal or vertical configurations on drum rims,
cymbal stands, or any typical
stage hardware.
The Beta 91 is Shure's successor
to the SM91, the mic that popularised the use of condenser
boundary microphones on kick
drums.
Outfitted with a cardioid capsule, the mic's minimalist design
and extra -slim profile is best
utilised without hardware, simply
resting on a pillow or blanket
within the kick drum. Like the
Beta 98D/S, it comes standard
with a detachable preamp section
and durable connecting cable.
Shure
763
Raycom Broadcast
Designed for high end recording
and said to be especially effective
on vocals and acoustic instruments, the Rode NW is a
condenser unit with a 1 -inch diameter capsule. The diaphragm is
made from Mylar with a 24 carat
gold sputtered finish and is six
microns thick. The `minimum
signal path' valve preamp is said to
be made from the finest components and features a custom
output transformer manufactured
by Jensen. The microphone casing
is machined stainless steel. The kit
includes power supply, 10m cable,
shock mount and adaptor, in a
heavy duty flight case.
HHB
775
ode's Classic valve micro has been upgraded to
the Classic II. Central is a new
edge -terminated 1 -inch gold
\phone
sputtered diaphragm replacing
the centre connection, and a
redesigned power supply and
microphone circuit design resulting in lower noise.
The cable has been replaced
with a starquad type, and the
mounting arm gives way to a new
glass fibre reinforced nylon shock mount. Retained from the original
are the hand -selected military
spec GE 6072 valve and the Jensen
output transformer
Lectrosonics' Europe
presence is Raycom
Lectrosonics has appointed Raycom
Broadcast Ltd as UK and Eire distributor
of Lectro radio microphones and IFB systems following type approval.
The 300 Series permits 256 user -selectable synthesised UHF frequencies which
are PC -programmable by authorised service
centres to meet frequency allocations of
countries. Belt -pack and hand-held transmitters are available for any microphone
together with a compact receiver for several
applications.
The Studio receiver is a half -rack configuration supplied with LecNet software and
RS -232 computer interface. Extensive audio
signal processing includes dual -band compandor, wide range input limiting, wide
deviation and adjustable low frequency roll off for ultra low distortion and noise.
To meet wireless IFB requirements, the
Lectrosonics design provides 256 spot frequencies. The base station transmitter provides DIP switch configuration for direct
interface with Clear Com and RTS intercom
systems, balanced microphones, or line level
signals via a rear panel XLR connector.
The belt -pack transmitter features a 5 -pin
input jack for positive or negative biased electret lavalier mics, dynamic mics and line level
signals, with a user -adjustable low frequency
roll-off, and input gain control and LEDs.
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Pastega offers
improved pocket UHF
Anew design for Pastega's UHF pocket
ansmitter features a PLL synthesiser with
16+16 switchable frequencies in a broad
switching -range of 25MHz, a high and steady
output power and state-of-the-art audio
processor.
The modulation input can accept audio signals coming from dynamic as well as 2 -wire or
3 -wire electret microphones, which can be
selected by an external switch.
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Electro -Voice's new offerings include three
wireless systems and two specialised wired
microphones. The ENG 618 is an integrated
boom-pole/shotgun system with a back -electret
microphone permanently attached to a K -Tek
telescopic graphite pole.
The base of the pole incorporates batteries for
power, LF roll -off, output connector and even a
headphone amplifier. At the other end of the size
scale is the RE9OL ultra -miniature lavalier condenser, again using a back -electret capsule to
give smooth omni response up to 18kHz.
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Sennheiser UHF range
Complementing the existing range of UHF
radio microphone products, the EM 3532-U
dual channel and EM 3531-U single channel
receiver offers more control through proprietary
S -MCD software. This allows units to be integrated into systems of up to 132 channels controllable from either a single or multiple, networked
PCs. As a result, the new devices can be integrat-
diversity system, with the MR3000 receiver handling a choice of handheld and body pack transmitters and a wide range of microphone
capsules.
A similar selection is available for the more
affordable R200 system, also UHF diversity but
operating in a narrower range.
Lastly the R100 system is a new VHF diversity
package with similar options. All use E -V's
Secure -Phase circuitry that uses the signal from
both antennae at all times rather than simply
switching between them.
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ed with EM 1046 systems.
Up to 36 programmable frequencies can be
stored within a 24MHz bandwidth. A scan function
surveys the local RF environment and reports the
presence of any signals likely to cause interference.
Further advantages to the new units are said to
include a highly ergonomic fascia with headphone jack, volume control and large backlit
LCD. HiDyn plus noise reduction is said to allow
for a S/N ratio of 116dB(A).
Sennheiser
776
Rycote Microphone Windshields has
aunched a Modular Suspension which
'combines all the successful elements of the 4 point suspension with a new high-precision
modular frame'. The result is a lightweight, more
effective and fully adaptable suspension that will
fit a wide range of microphones - all in one box.
The mount consists of a bar, available in four
modular lengths, and hoops fitted onto a bracket
in difficult conditions and it will now be possible
to slip a foam gag on and off without obstruction if a cantilever -style arrangement is used.
Rycote has also introduced Connbox, an
optional extra that can be fitted to the Modular
bar to isolate and eradicate cable -borne noise.
The Connbox acts as a transition connector and
anchor point for the microphone tail. Available
in mono or stereo versions it has a flexible star quad output cable that terminates in a 3 (or 5)
pin XLR at the pistol grip. The input cable is an
and attached to the familiar pistol grip or boom
adaptor. It is fully compatible with existing
Rycote Windshields.
There are apparently a number of improved
components to make handling and usage easier
ultra thin plug -able tail fitted with an XLR socket that has a special locking ring to prevent rattle. The cable needs no special dressing or
positioning.
772
Rycote
Microflown Technologies
sound intensity probe has been built and shown
to work. Without any change in spacings, a wide
Rycote in suspense
The Microflown is a patented type of particle
velocity sensor based on wafer technology. It is
claimed to be the smallest microphone ever. The
Microflown is described as both a directional
microphone (figure of eight) with some unique
acoustical features, as well as a bidirectional
anemometer. Since it measures particle velocity
instead of pressure, a Microflown based 3-D
band frequency between 1 kHz and 5kHz can be
covered. Given its acoustical properties, the
Microflown offers background noise suppression
in nearfield surroundings, thus improving the
clarity of speech, particularly with regard to
handheld telecom and voice -driven applications.
Microflown
770
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Royer: new brand in ribbon mics
phone is the right channel. The
SF -12's extension cable comes
with an adapter which splits into
separate left and right XLR con-
company Royer Labs has
two ribbon mics including a
stereo model.
The R-121 is described as a
modern ribbon microphone
designed to meet the demands of
today's studio environment and
with sensitivity levels surpassing
those of classic ribbons, the element's smooth frequency
response and phase linearity are
said to make it well suited to digital recording. The heart of the R121 is its pure (99.99%), low
mass, 2.5 micron thick aluminium ribbon.
The Royer/Speiden SF -12
stereo coincident ribbon microphone is described as a 'classic'
ribbon design with no audible diffraction effects or cavity resonance. An SF -12 is actually two
matched microphones placed one
above the other, each aimed 45
degrees from centre. The frequency response is said to be excellent
regardless of the angle of sound
striking the ribbons and off -axis
coloration is negligible. When held
vertically, connector down, the
upper microphone is the left
channel and the lower micro-
Shure UHF
Kit Cool boom
ADK mic
The Kit Cool boom support is
attached at the operator's
waist and is held vertical by an
elastic strap, taking the weight off
but based
unashamedly on what the
company describes as 'German
design features', ADK's A51 is a
large diaphragm condenser
microphone. It is made from 'aircraft grade machined brass' and
comes complete with a premium
flightcase and shockmount.
The unit boasts a cardioid 1 inch, low micron, gold sputtered
capsule and discrete FET electronics, complete with a 85Hz roll -off
and switchable 10dB pad.
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Now available in the UK is the
UT series off low cost UHF
microphone systems.
Available on four fixed frequencies within the UK Channel 69
band, the systems are available
with handheld or body pack transmitters. The handheld units are
supplied with either SM58 or
BG3.1 capsules, while the body
packs have either WL93 mini -lapel
condenser, dynamic WH2O headset or flying lead for use with
musical instruments.
Shure
777
the operator's arms.
Freedom of movement is
assured and the articulated tube
holding the boom is fixed to the
vertical tube by a 3/8 -inch thread.
Foam covered rollers are used
for silence of operation. The set up
weighs 450g and the support tube
can be adjusted to between 55cm
and 1m above the operator's waist.
Boom Audio
765
nectors.
The two 2 -micron ribbons are
of pure aluminium (99.99%), each
weighing approximately 1/3 milligram. The magnet/polepiece
structure allows a wide uniform
frequency range with no substantial peaks or dips. The case is ingot
iron and forms part of the magnetic return circuit, an effective
system with low leakage flux
which accounts for the relatively
high sensitivity in a trim package.
774
Royer
Audio-Technica UHF
Audio-Technica's UHF -7000
Series multichannel UHF system
provides a 700MHz operating
frequency band, a choice of multiPLL-synthesised channels and
InvisibleLink circuitry, which is
designed to eliminate interference. The system comes as a
body-pack or a handheld system.
The ATW-7375 UniPak Transmitter
System is made up of the ATWR73 true diversity receiver and
ATW-T75 body-pack transmitter.
A wide selection of Wireless
Essentials mics and cables are
available for the ATW-7375
UniPak system including lavalier,
headworn, gooseneck and
installed -sound microphones.
773
AT
Built in China
AT 898 launched
New to Europe is Audio-Technica's
AT849 stereo condenser boundary
microphone, designed to provide
full, natural stereo ambience and
sound reinforcement. It is an X/Y
stereo microphone with full mono
compatibility, and features two
wide range UniPoint elements
giving a frequency response of
30Hz to 20kHz and SPL handling to
137dB.
Audio-Technica
769
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DPA omni
A new omnidirectional mic from
DPA Microphones, the Type
3541 is suitable for solo record-
ings such as vocal performances, strings and wind
instruments and is based on the
company's 4040 gold hybrid
mic. Supplied with suspension
mount, windscreen, pop-filter,
HMA4000 and mic cable in a
Samsonite carrying case, the
3541 introduces a new modular
capsule and preamplifier
system. The capsule can be
separated from the mic preamp
and the preamp can be changed,
giving an engineer the choice
between the musical distortion
of the MMP4000-T tube preamp
or the transparency of the solid
state preamp MMP4000-S, both
of which are included in the
package.
760
DPA
Portable conference mic by DIS
Danish Interpretation Systems
has launched the 4410 series
portable conference microphone.
Compatible with the DIS CDS4000
Conference Discussion System in
use all over the world, the 4410
mic combines a state-of-the-art
design with rugged mechanical
construction in order to meet typical requirements from hotel conference centres, A/V rental
companies, press centres, and
event organisers for whom portability is a key requirement.
The 4410 features a very bright
illuminated red ring on the microphone head, designed to show the
active/inactive status during a discussion session. A high -quality
loudspeaker is built into the
microphone's compact but sturdy
aluminium base. The construction
features a slim gooseneck micro-
phone with double rubber suspended capsule, allowing the mic
to be acoustically isolated from
the base and from the table on
which it is placed, so that sounds
such as finger tapping and items
being placed on the table won't be
distributed out into the room.
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Neumann mics
Neumann predicts that its
Series 180 will appeal to
economy-minded production and
home recording studios.
With patterns designed to satisfy the demands of wide-ranging
studio applications, the series is
said to benefit from optimised
mechanical construction and the
conscious omission of modularity,
a cost -saving measure.
The KM 183 omnidirectional
and KM 185 hypercardioid microphones are based on Neumann's
KM 184 cardioid microphone. All
Series 180 mics are available with
either a matt black or nickel finish.
The microphones come in a
folding box with a windshield and
two stand mounts that permit
connection to the microphone
body or the XLR connector.
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Neumann
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and mic pre launch
Apogee join SSL
Latest in the Summit Rupert
Neve -designed Element 78
Series is the MP -4X four microphone preamp which offers four
all -discrete, Class A, transistor
and transformer -coupled mic
preamps.
Each section offers high and low
pass filtering in addition to
coarse and fine gain controls,
phase invert and dynamic range
exceeding 133dB.
The MPE-200S slave mic
preamp and 4 -band equaliser
has also being previewed, which
is designed to extend the power
of the digitally controlled MPE200 Master for the creation of a
high -end mic/EQ system using
slave units.
Apogee Electronics has
announced five significant
developments to its line of convertors and interfaces. This
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IDT broadcast sound
IDT is continuing its practice of
regularly releasing upgrades for
its Sound Design broadcast
sound processor with the introduction of the new version 4
update. With this latest version,
users have access to the parameters of each individual band of the
AGC. Furthermore, the V4 update
has totally different algorithms,
designed to give the user an even
punchier sound with still more
loudness. At the same time, the
new update is compatible with
presets from earlier versions.
IDT say the new functionality is
in response to requests from
users.
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IDT
includes the launch of an SSL
HiWay interface card for its popular AD -8000 conversion system
allowing interconnection with SSL
digital consoles and a special hot
rod edition of the convertor.
An Apogee Multimedia Bus
(AMBus) card, which fits into one
of the four slots in the back of the
AD -8000 8 -channel, 24 -bit convertor, the SSL HiWay card uses
BNC connectors to carry eight
channels of digital audio in each
direction, between the convertor
and an SSL digital desk.
The new card, which can be
used with all SSL A series consoles,
carries a suggested price of US
$995. Other cards available for the
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The dbx Quantum is designed
as a studio mastering tool
with sampling rates up to 96kHz
and a 48-bit digital signal path.
Patented dbx dynamics processing is split into four bands,
and each band can be individually
gated, compressed and
limited.The manufacturer says
that its patent -pending Type IV
conversion system allows the user
to retain the warmth and body in a
signal while adding punch and
depth, giving a big sound.
Analogue material can be
converted to the digital domain
with TSE tape saturation emulation as a further aid to capturing
'analogue' warmth.
An intuitive operating system
and 5 -band parametric equalisation are offered as further evidence that the Quantum can
produce professional masters
when patched to the outputs of a
console or digital workstation.
Signals can be dithered to 24 bit, 20 -bit or 16 -bit resolution the
sync input/output uses proprietary dbx chips for what is said to
be extremely low jitter sync.
Continuing the high resolution
theme, dbx now offers the 704X,
an A -D convertor which is said to
be the first to offer 48 -bit internal
processing. The device is intended
for use with either the
dbx 160S / 160SL compressor or the
786 precision preamplifier.
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DBX
EBU, SDIF-II, Pro Tools, ADAT,
TDIF and ST Optical. Another
introduction for the AD -8000 is an
AMBus SDIF-II card and wiring
harness for DASH format multitrack recorders, such as the Sony
3348. Apogee points out that the
HR version of this recorder can be
bought without convertors, making the AD-8000 particularly
attractive to potential purchasers.
AD-8000SE is a special edition
of the AD -8000, said to benefit
from significantly upgraded analogue components. Specified at the
time of order, the special edition
costs an extra US $2,000 and existing units can also he upgraded.
Apogee Electronics 784
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JoeMeek C2 compressor launched
Claiming to offer the home
recordist the same big sounds
that the JoeMeek compressor has
been offering professionals, the
new C2 additionally has new technology of its own which have
allowed the unit to be smaller and
cheaper at £199 inc VAT UK.
Features include stereo photo optical compression, floating
balanced inputs and outputs, a
Dynamic Image control for
maintaining stereo image
integrity even under extreme
compression, an 8 -LED 'smooth
response' input meter, 5 -LED
compression meter and automatically variable ratio to input
gain link.
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JoeMeek
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IDT broadcast
Cedar's X+ launched
Cedar Audio has a range of affordable restoration modules, Series
X+. The two rackmount modules the BRX+ debuzzer and AZX+
azimuth corrector - have been
designed to complement the
company's Series X declicker,
decrackler and dehisser. Both are
based on their equivalent Cedar
for Windows module. Cedar has
announced version 2 of its flagship NR -3 noise reduction
process and version 2 of Cedar for
Windows with free upgrade for
existing users. A real-time
Spectral Analyser; an upgrade for
the DCX declicker and Cedar De Click for the SADiE digital audio
workstation are also available.
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2-channel Apogees
Apogee has also launched PSX100 and Rosetta AD 2 -channel
convertors. PSX-100 is a well
specified A-D and D-A convertor,
with sample rates up to 96kHz and
a range of industry standard digital interfaces included. Rosetta
AD is a two channel A -D convertor. It supports the same range of
interfaces as the PSX-100 and
operates at 44.1/48kHz, with the
option of an 88.2/96kHz upgrade.
Aimed at the project studio
market, it has a suggested price of
US $1,295 for the basic version.
Apogee Electronics 785
8 -channel preamp
The Precision 8 8 -channel mic
preamp from True Audio Systems
has built-in MS decoding, two
active high impedance instrument
inputs, and 5 -segment level indi-
cators with dual mode peak hold
and selectable peak reference.
Each channel has switchable
phantom power and phase
reverse plus variable input gain.
True Audio Systems 794
processing with
sound style
Mahe
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More TLA valve classics
Audio has released the EQ-2
dual parametric and PA -1
dual pentode preamp in its Valve
Classics range.
Improvements over the originals include raven -blue 6mm
CNC milled aluminium front panels, gold-plated ceramic valve
bases and General Electric US military spec ECC83 valves.
BUR L
EQ-2 circuitry has been refined
and adds peak/shelf switching on
the LF and HF and drive/peak
LEDs to monitor level. The PA -1
has circular back -lit VU meters
and drive/peak LEDs and circuitry
has been improved around the
valve stages with extra output gain
for easier interfacing.
787
TL Audio
TC pitches processor on key
TC Electronic's Intonator is a
stand-alone vocal intonation
processor with pitch correction,
de-essing and a special adaptive
to -cut filter designed specifically
for vocal processing.
Based on TC's DARC-chip technology, the Intonator preserves
the vocalist's personal touch by
allowing vibrato, initial intonation
and limited correction individually, all at 96kHz internal processing
and 24 -bit resolution.
A 'Do -not-process-anythingbut-this-noté setting can be
achieved via an internal custom
scale feature. A pitch window
allows the user to specify when a
note will be considered out of
tune, whereas the amount control
limits the level of pitch correction
added to the audio. Analogue Dual
I -Os enable simultaneous recording of processed and unprocessed
vocal signals.
Also new from TC Electronic,
the D22 is a digital delay designed
specifically for broadcast and
offers up to 1300ms of delay per
channel (on two channels) and
features 24 -bit A-D/D-A convertors and AES-EBU, SPDIF, and
Wordclock BNC 750hm.
Seamless delay updating eliminates audio clicks, pitch changes
and other unwanted artefacts and
internal sample rates of 44.1 and
48kHz are supported with external
rates of 32, 44.1 and 48kHz.
Programmable set-ups can be
stored for instant recall, additionally a User Interface Lock mode is
provided for 'Set & Forget' purpos-
es.
The company now has a 24-96
card for its flagship M5000
processor and has unveiled a similarly equipped Finalizer 96kHz for
high resolution environments.
786
TC Electronic
I -O
processor from IDT has
been designed as an easy to use,
low-cost integrated system with
four bands of processing. It shares
many of the same features as the
flagship Sound Design processor
and uses the same modular
approach, which means that it can
be upgraded from four to five or
seven bands. Each Sound Style
processor can be fitted with
optional 96kHz AES-EBU I -O.
Any Sound Style unit bought for
use in an FM station comes complete with IDT's high-performance integrated Stereo
Generator. The company says that
it guarantees absolute stability
and total respect of the broadcast
authority standards, and has
made overshoots a thing of the
past.
779
IDT
Sony SRP-CD5
The new SRP-DC5 combines
two 24 -bit A -D convertors and
two 20 -bit D -A convertors in a lU
device. Sony claims that its con-
vertors out -perform the integral
convertors of many record and
play units. The input stage of the
device provides user selectable
44.1 /48kHz operation and the onboard sample rate convertor can
also process AES-EBU or SPDIF
format digital signals, with jitter
elimination. Analogue audio
inputs are balanced XLR with a 20 segment peak -holding meter.
Input and output can be 16, 20 or
24 -bit word length.
Sony
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The Drawmer DC2476
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all -in -one programmable mastering
tool available. However, there's
more to the DC2476 than technical
specifications, impressive though
they are - the Drawmer design team,
headed by Ivor Drawmer, have
combined their expertise in tubes
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technology to create a mastering
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gain normalisation for maximum loudness
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Junger Accent
The latest in a long line of equalisation devices from the US
Junger Audio's latest products
offer 96kHz/24-bit processing
and are the Accent 1 and Accent2.
These feature a configurable
audio chain for expander, compressor, filter, de -esser and limiter.
The manufacturer cites powerful
signal processing, menu -driven
user-friendly programming, and
multifunction level display.
manufacturer, the Paramedic
Code Pink is a pink or white
noise masking generator with
equalisation. The 1U device is
said to a combine dual 32 -bit
noise source of `nearly gaussian
characteristics' with a pair of
one third -octave equalisers.
Also available from the device
are parametric equalisation, high
pass and low pass, plus shelving
filters. The manufacturer states
that all levels within the
Paramedic Code Pink are
The digital Vamp3 voice
processor is a dual -channel
remotable high performance
microphone preamp combined
with sophisticated digital voice
processing. It complements the
existing Vamp 1 and Vamp2 digital
voice processors.
repeatable steps of
0.1 dB, with filter frequencies
adjusted in 1Hz steps.
White Instruments 806
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Junger
Quantec Yardstick
Quantec 2402 Yardstick reverb processor is a compact 1U that
employs simplified QRS (Quantec Room Simulator) algorithms,
variable high cut filter, digital I -Os, and preset and firmware handling via
RS232 or MIDI. There's also a remote and blank panel slave version.
589
Quantec
Behringer multifunction signal
processor has SHARK bite
The SHARK DSP 110 from Behringer is an automatic feedback destroyer, ultra -variable delay line, ULN microphone preamp with phantom
power, automatic noise gate, and variable low-cut off filter.
The SHARK features an intelligent Learn Mode which automatically
tunes the unit into the PA system. Its search algorithm ensures that feedback frequencies are attenuated within fractions of a second, using single -shot filters with
a bandwidth of up to 1/60 of an octave.
Delay time on the SHARK, intended to compensate for timing differences resulting from
A Dual Classic
speaker positioning, can be set in metres, feet or
milliseconds. Behringer's multifunction unit has
servo -balanced XLR and TRS line inputs and
outputs, but can also be switched to Mic Mode.
The adjustable microphone preamp with
switchable +48V phantom power has been
designed to ensure a minimum of noise. The
SHARK can also be used as a level translator.
Two anti -parallel 20 -bit A -D and D -A convertors are used while a high-performance 24 bit DSP is at the core of the internal signal
processing.
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compressor with the same features as two
of the well renowned TUBE -TECH CL 1B,
but only taking up two units of rackspace.
feedback locating system above the frequency
band and 25Hz-16kHz equalisation range with
18dB cut and 12dB boost. CEL2 is a combined
compressor, limiter and expander based on
That VCAs. The soft knee compressor section
has threshold, attack, release and ratio controls, while the hard limiter and downward
expander have a separate threshold control.
Also provided are stereo link switch, side chain
jacks with front panel switches, plus LED VCA
gain and output level meters.
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Calrec makes up delays with Lip Stick
launched a novel system for dealing
with the increasing problem of mistiming
between audio and video signals through complex signal paths.
Lip Stick is claimed to remove the need for subjective operator estimation of the mismatch
between picture and sound, instead using an
objective method of delay measurement. Details
are not divulged, but it uses a transmitter and
receiver pair to measure the delays incurred
through any video path including MPEG links,
and even when different paths are used for audio
and video.
Accuracy is quoted as +/- 2ms, and the whole
system is dual -standard NTSC/PAL.
Orban shows new
upgrades for Optimod
Grace on location
Calrec has
rban version 2.0 software for the OPTIMODAM 9200 offers preset formats for high frequency short wave broadcasting, which can also
be used by AM -band broadcasters to extend coverage, thereby protecting the signal during low
power transmissions during the night.
PC interface software for the OPTIMOD-FM
8200 can be used to control and fine-tune a station's sound from a number of remote locations
using a modem. This means the transmission output can be altered from the studio, the engineer's
home or even a car.
797
Orban
Presonus preamp
presonus's MP20 2 -channel discrete
mic/instrument preamp use Class A, discrete
input buffers with Jensen transformers, twin servo
gain stages, and no capacitors in the signal path.
Features include phantom power, phase reverse,
-20dB pad and 80Hz filter while an IDSS process
'adds warmth by adding even order harmonic distortion.'
Any channel can be assigned and panned to an
additional stereo summing bus and the device has
a headphones output, 1/4 -inch instrument inputs
on the front panel, and full output metering.
Presonus
793
Remote preamps
continue the recent spate of multichannel
mic preamp outboard boxes, Aphex has the
1788 8 -channel remote controlled mic preamp.
This uses MIDI to control up to 16 units. There are
two separately trimmable outputs for each channel allowing feeds to be split while an optional
digital output module permits simultaneous output of 24 -bit AES-EBU, TDIF and ADAT optical for
a total of five independent outputs per channel.
Channels have mute, phantom power, 20dB
pad, phase reverse, limiter and 75Hz cut.
To
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Aphex
Calrec
branched into location
recording with the release of the portable
Lunatec V2 mic preamp which is based on the
solid state transimpedance circuitry of the Models
201 and 801 preamps.
The preamp sports 11 -position precision gain
control switch with 5 dB steps, a 10dB output trim,
MS decoding, two -position high pass filter, phantom power and signal peak indicators in an elegant machined aluminium package than runs
from 6-12V DC.
Grace Design has
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Euphonix convertors
Euphonix has a range of multichannel convertors
said to offer high -quality 44.1 /48/961(Hz, 24 -bit
signal paths and 'setting a new standard in per channel price performance for the digital broadcast
market with 28 -channel modularity'.
Configurations include analogue-AES-EBU;
AES-EBU-analogue; AES-EBU-MADI; MADI-AESEBU; MADI -analogue; analogue -MADI; analogue analogue via MADI (snake) and
AES-EBU-AES-EBU via MADI (snake).
Features include on -demand sample rate con-
version and bit reduction per AES-EBU stream
and auto -detection of external sync.
Euphonix
798
Sintefex Audio
The Replicator uses patented technology to
store and reproduce the effects of traditional
analogue equipment, allowing the simulation of
effects from valve compressors and equalisers,
through analogue tape saturation and amplifier
distortion 'repeatedly and reliably in the digital
domain'.
By sampling real analogue effects, it claims to
bring 'an unmatched realism' to the simulation
process. Its state-of-the-art DSP array technology
also provides full equalisation, compression and
other effects and operates up to 96kHz and is
available in stereo or as a 5.1 or 7.1 surround
sound unit.
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KT DN422M
Klark Teknik has introduced the
DN422M dual -channel 4 -band
parametric equaliser with mic
preamp. Channels boast variable
high pass filters, XL4 mic
preamps and electronically
balanced l -Os and switchable
inserts.
Klark Teknik
790
Antares mic modeller
A studio DSP processor, the
AMM-1 mic modeller is claimed
to make any 'reasonably full range microphone to sound like
virtually any other'.
Company engineers have created
digital models of a wide variety of
mics, and the combination of
selecting models for the source
and target mics processes the
incoming signal.
According to the developer, the
process can also be used at
mixdown to 'change the mic' on
an already recorded track. New
mic models will be available for
download from the Antares
website as they appear.
In addition, Antares has recently
released Auto-Tune VST LE for
Apple Mac, Auto -Tune TDM
Version 2.0, and Auto -Tune MAS
for MOTU Mac.
Antares
In addition, the soft clipping functions of the M5000 are said to be
further improved by the card,
which suppresses aliasing products
by using the higher sample rate.
Also cited is the very high level handling, with analogue pre and
post scaling. The card includes six
relays with gold plated contacts.
These control levels, bypass and
balancing configurations.
TC Electronic
809
Available for the M5000 studio
signal processor is the ADA
24/96, a 24 -bit 96kHz A -D and D -A
converter card.
According to the manufacturer,
the new convertors constantly run
at double clock speed, along with a
powerful 100MHz processor which
is dedicated to up and down-sampling. It is possible to select
between a number of filter types,
optimised for various applications.
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Mindprint comes from the
same stable as HK Audio and
Hughes & Kettner products.
The first offering is the En Voice combined compressor,
equaliser and microphone preamplifier. Fitted with balanced mic
input (48V switchable), plus balanced/unbalanced line I -O, the
valve -equipped MindPrint is
described as an ideal front end for
hard disk recording. It has a com-
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with sweep frequency high and
low sections, plus a fully parametric mid range. The tube compression section incorporates a
saturation control. The attack and
release times are preset but there
is a secondary 'slow' range as well.
Available as an option is an
SPDIF interface. MindPrint has
also released preliminary information on the AN/Dlpro 24 -bit
stereo A-D convertor, with switchable 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz
operation.
MindPrint
prehensive equalisation section
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joined by its first multi -channel offering, the ADA-8. The unit
offers eight channels of 24 -bit
96kHz conversion both ways in a
single unit, with interfaces for
many formats including ADAT,
Tascam and Sonic Solutions. A
comprehensive range of features
includes MR-X word -mapping for
recording high -definition audio
across multiple tracks of a 16 -bit
MDM (all the way to stereo 24/96
using all eight tracks); Prism's DRE
system for getting 24 -bit performance out of 16 -bit media; Prism's
SNS noise shaping for straight 16bit recording; selectable'Overkiller'
fast limiting; and flexible patching,
monitoring and metering facilities.
On the analogue side Prism has
introduced the MMA-4 microphone preamp, seen as an ideal
front end for the AD -2 stereo ADC.
It joins the Maselec Master series
of processors and offers four pre amps with frequency response
from 1Hz to 200kHz, very low
noise and distortion, and all the
essential features such as 3dB gain
steps, bargraph PPMs, switchable
phantom, phase reverse and mute.
Prism
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Audio Design
A range of 24 -bit A-D, 20 -bit D -A
and 20 -bit Sample Rate convertors on 160mm plug-in Euro cards
are designed as a cost-effective
solution where installation budget
and space are limited. These
units offer up to eight channels of
A-D and D -A plus SCR conversion
in 1U for as little as £199 UK per
channel. The housing rack will
accommodate up to four
modules.
Audio Design
Prism ADA8
M5000 option
TC Electronic
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Eventide: 'most powerful ever'
Eventide has introduced
Orville, the latest in its line of
Harmonizer brand effects processors which it describes as 'the
most powerful standalone audio
effects processor ever made', with eight times the signal processing
power of the DSP4500.
Designed for DVD and surround -sound production, Orville
offers multichannel operation,
supporting up to four analogue
and four digital inputs and outputs simultaneously, with full
'anything -to -anything' routing
capability.
The unit's architecture is an
A/B configuration with two DSP
processors, allowing the user to
process two completely independent multichannel effects simultaneously. Orville provides 96kHz
sampling at 24 bits.
The unit comes standard with a
built-in sampler, allowing recording up to 174 seconds. On -board
softwareincludes Eventide's pitch
shifters, reverbs and effects plus
the new UltraShifter programme
module.
New programs can be created
on a PC, using Eventide's effects
module building-block approach.
Orville's software can also be
updated via the Internet. The unit
also offers backwards compatibility with almost all Eventide's 4000
series presets and cards.
Eventide
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30 -bit internal processing. The
new processors include RSS,
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adds coaxial digital inputs and
outputs, and at the heart of the
processors is a new Dynamic
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A Preview mode allows users to
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Otari's new archiving system
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formats with a means of reducing the vast amounts of time
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MO or DVD-RAM are available)
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alternatively it can be transferred directly via SCSI. The
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The new studio recorder boasts
trim controls for the analogue XLR
outputs, character pack recording
and playback, two memory locate
points, variable auto ID time setting, auto end ID setting, variable
record mute time and programmable repeat times.
Tascam
587
Technology
Having made its name with its
CD labelling kit, NEATO now
expands its labelling range with a
kit of labels and insert cards for
Now available is an eight bay
CD -R replicator with a US
price of $7,995. Manufactured by
DAT cassettes.
Each kit contains 20 label and
insert sets plus practice sheets,
along with MediaFACE design
software for Macs and PCs,
including copyright -free images.
The labels are designed for clean
removal to allow easy updating.
NEATO
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MTI, the new DSR8800 is a single
tower loaded with seven CD -R drives and one 12X CD-ROM drive.
An upgrade to DVD is also possible, due to three Versatile Media
Interface Channels, each of which
will support two external DVD
recorders.
Verity VS600 creates 100 CDs
Capable of producing 100 CDs
without supervision, the
VS6000 duplicator is specifically
suggested for organisations which
may be interested in processing
discs outside normal working
hours.
Programmable for single discs
or batches, the VS6000 has a 'pick
and place' mechanism which is
said to be simple and reliable. The
system supports all current CD
formats. An internal 4Gb hard
drive can be used to store regularly required master data.
Verity
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Doremi has MPEG2 recorder
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provided, which may be interfaced
with fader starts, remote pause or
other controls, with full tally.
For continuous playout or logging, multiple MDS-Ell units can
be linked to provide 'relay playback/record'. Recording functions
comprise CD Sync, Music Sync
and timed recording, along with
full TOC Edit functions, including
Divide/Combine/Undo. The
machine will shortly be joined by
a professional l U Cl) player.
The V1-MPEG2 recorder fea-
tures MPEG2 compression
with up to 50Mbps throughput,
and the rackmount product has
full front -panel controls, including jog/shuttle wheel, autolocator,
and audio input level controls.
The VI Video Server gives multiple users fast access to large
libraries of recorded video and
can be networked to every workstation, and provides complete
control and monitoring facilities.
The File Server can be connected
to Vis using a selection of interfaces (SCSI -3, or newly added 100
Base -T Ethernet).
Doremi
819
DSR8800 is fitted with a Direct
SCSI interface, which records
directly from a PC to the target
writers in the DSR, thereby eliminating the cost of an external CD
recorder. The unit can also be
employed in master/slave configuration, with up to three, seven drive slave units.
MTI now has a four drive version of Cedar Technologies'
desktop CD -R publisher at a US
price of $9,995. The package
includes four 4X CD recorders, a
Fargo signature CD colour printer, autoloader, two CD holders,
plus a range of related accessories and all necessary software
for CD production. MTI claims a
package as comprehensive as
this would have cost $25,000
until now.
Microboards
829
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new professional DAT recorders.
choices of digital resolution.
choices from the first name in professional DAT recording.
TASCAM DA-40
The amazing new TASCAM DA -4O introduces
higher levels of performance for 16 bit digital
mastering at a more competitive price than ever
before. Powerful new menu driven operating
software. extensive analogue and digital inputs
and outputs, and a brand new high performance,
servo controlled proprietary transport.
TASCAM DA-45HR
The new high resolution DA-45HR offers all of the
same improved build and operating features of
the DA -40, with the added performance of 24 bit
analogue to digital conversion and digital i/os and
a unique 24 bit High Resolution recording mode,
supporting the latest TASCAM digital mixers and
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CopyTrax Technologies
The Art Master Auto CD -R printer
is said to be capable of printing
up to 50 discs in one session with
photo -quality results.
A combination of fast dying inks,
plus input and output hoppers,
allow for a fully automated
system which will run unattended. The photo -quality is
achieved through a full colour
process with a printing resolution
of 1,440dpi.
828
CopyTrax
HHB CDR850 Plus
HHB's Plus version of its CDR850
professional CD recorder/player
has been specifically modified for
use in 'all digital' applications and
adds a Word Clock which enables
the machine to be locked to a
master clock source during playback.
A set of dip switches on the rear
panel enables the CDR850 Plus
to reference its master clock
source via the Word Clock input
and also via its AES-EBU digital
input, the coaxial and optical
SPDIF digital inputs, or its own
internal clock. The CDR850 Plus
also gains a balanced digital
output on XLR.
815
HHB
MediaFORM offers 175 discs a time
MediaForm's CD -3706P can
duplicate and print up to 175
discs before having to be refilled.
Copying may be started immediately from the keypad, and the
controller automatically recognises the disc format. The system also
detects defective blank media,
rejecting any faulty discs to a separate spindle.
Internal software creates exact
copies of audio CDs including all
PQ subcodes and ISRC information, and full bit -for -bit verification
of audio CD copies is provided.
Optional features include Easi
Dat and Easi Audio for import of
audio from nearly any digital or
analogue source.
Personalised label designs can
be created on a PC using Windows based Editor software. Designs are
then saved to a diskette which is
inserted into the CD -3706P. When a
diskette is detected, the system will
automatically print during the
duplication process. If no diskette
is present, the system defaults to
duplication only.
Mediaform
817
Quad DAT recording
he QCI quad -channel interface from Ambient converts a
DAT recorder into a four discrete
channel audio recorder. The unit
uses an encode/decode process
and the signal can be decoded to
give four analogue or two AESEBU outputs. There is no compression and the noise floor is
better than 85dB.
There is a reduced frequency
response of 15.5kHz and the code
form is transparent between
machines as long as no compression or digital level changing is
used. Timecode facilities will not
be changed by the format allowing
tapes to be transferred in postproduction using a normal timecode
DAT recorder and the QCI box as
decoder.
The Clockit Box is a miniature
timecode generator with clockit
specifications for use on film camera recorders where no sync signal
is required.
The Logger Box is a remote box
which fits on a betacam or audio
recorder and records timecode
in/out logs. These logs can then be
downloaded into a laptop to give
an edit list of the tape in a standard format.
This list can be edited with
prints comments. The logger has a
built in Clockit timecode generator which allows record run time
to be logged against times of day
allowing co-ordination of multi camera shoots to a common time
of day.
Ambient
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RECORDERS, PLAYERS & MASTERING
Discmatic
Tascam Dubber developments
Tascam's MMR-8 and MMP-16
dubber range was shown at
NAB with new
developments
designed to broaden its appeal
and its integration with third party
systems.
On show was Rorke Data's
Galaxy 5 RAID array storage,
which the Tascam units were
sharing with a Pro Tools system,
Tascam connected via SCSI and
Pro Tools remotely via Fibre
Channel. Tascam intends that
this kind of centralised shared
storage across platforms will
increase work flow by removing
the need to physically move disk
drives.
MDX7000 and MDX3000 are
Also new is software Version
3.2, adding support for Sonic
Solutions format audio. This
allows the Tascams to play 16 and
24 -bit audio projects from Sonic
Studio and convert them to
WaveFrame, Pro Tools and OMF
formats.
Tascam
820
Discmatic autoloading CD duplicator
elk NYX from Discmatic is a
110 tabletop multidrive CD
duplicator with new autoloading
features that improve CD
handling.
It supports up to four 8x drives
with a capacity of 100 discs, and
its autoloading mechanism picks
up each disc by its rim, lifting it off
the spindle and loading it into any
of the recorders.
All contact with recording and
printing surfaces is avoided.
Further streamlining is provided
by a batch copying feature that
allows several masters and blanks
to be stacked and automatically
copied in sequence.
Discmatic
tower CD copiers with seven and
three drives respectively.
The manufacturer states that a
newly designed SCSI bus allows
a faster data transfer rate and
the copying of up to seven discs
at once.
In addition, both units can copy
directly from CD, eliminating the
need to load material onto the
hard drive first.
The core logic for both units is
said to be stored on flash ROM,
which is said to be a more reliable alternative to
storing the information on PC.
It also permits upgrading of
internal firmware via CD or web
site. Discmatic says it will soon
offer the option of connecting up
to eight duplication units via
SCSI, creating systems which
will make up to 56 discs at once.
Discmatic
821
TDK CD-RW
TDK has introduced its CDRWXG rewritable disc which is
compatible with consumer
recorders, players and DVD players. Other developments include
data and audio CD -Rs, DVD-R
and DVD-RAM discs.
822
TDK
Reclaim your Rack Space
The MDS-E11 is the latest edition to the Sony range
of professional Mini
Disc machines.
It's space saving design features analogue and digital 1/0 as well as comprehensive remote
control connections. The MDS-E11 can be used in all professional applications where rugged
construction and space constraints are critical. The machine has a list price of £495 + VAT.
To order or find out more about Sony Professional Audio Products
Total Audio Solutions Limited, Stockwood Business Park, Stockwood, Worcestershire B96 6SX
Telephone: 01386 793699 Facsimile: 01386 793688 Email: [email protected]
Sony is a registered trademark of the Sony Corporation.
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RECORDERS, PLAYERS & MASTERING
1:11
HHB 80 minute
ReporterMate mobile
You/Com has extended the
connection possibilities of its
ReporterMate portable solid state
recorder -editor with a mobile
phone feature which permits the
sending of reports on location
back to base. The standard FTP
protocol implementation in the
ReporterMate has a built-in error
check mechanism and this
ensures quality is retained.
In emergencies the recording can
also be played out live and a
special connection to the mobile
phone allows a 4 -wire connection
to be created with the studio.
Equipment required at the studio
end to optimise the receipt of
GSM transmitted audio are the
StudioSet (for live contributions)
and the NewsDepot for the reception of real-time and file contributions.
813
You/Com
MiniDisc debut
'n acknowledgement of the
Fostex releases rack CD-R/W
he CR300 from Fostex is a rackmount CD -R and CD-RW recorder featuring professional features such as 4 CD-RW erase modes, digital
fade-in/out, three modes of copy bit selection as well as support for
FDMS (Fostex Disk Management System) backup. A full complement of
digital I -Os including AES-EBU input and SPDIF is provided, together
with a built-in sample rate convertor, for making CD masters from DAT
or MD media.
827
Fostex
Now available are the CD-RW5000
compact disc recorder and CD D4000 dual -deck CD duplicator.
CD-RW5000 is aimed at professional users and will read or write
all current CD formats. In addition
to an AES-EBU input, analogue IO is provided on balanced XLR, as
well as unbalanced phono. There
is also coaxial and optical digital IO. Other inclusions are sync start,
15 -pin parallel control port, automatic sample rate convertor and
auto or manual track increment.
CD -D4000 can be used for CD -R
and CD-ROM dubbing. It is operated with two buttons and a
simple menu system. Copying up
to 4X is supported.
830
Denon's two for radio
The DN -C630 is designed as an
entry level professional CD player.
It is a rack -mounted unit and
offers XLR analogue outputs,
SPDIF coaxial digital output,
rotary track selection knob,
instant start, cue -to -audio,
remote connector with fader start
and an enhanced display.
The DN -M991 R is a broadcast
MD recorder and is intended to
replace the DN -990R which was
released in 1990. It features ten
hot start buttons, a QWERTY
keyboard socket for titling and
machine control.
818
Denon
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Otani copiers
Believed to he a first, the new
DP -10 series of copiers allow
8x or 16x copying of audio cassettes from CD, eliminating the
Tascam
Tascam
strides made by the MiniDisc
format, HHB is now offering the
first 80 minute MiniDisc available
outside Japan and the first 80
minute professional audio
MiniDisc anywhere.
The MD80 achieves its extended running time by reducing the
groove width and pitch by 0.1
microns each while remaining
fully compatible with all recorders
and players of whatever age.
Performance specifications
remain the same as for the MD74,
including the block error rates
which are claimed to be ten times
better than some consumer discs.
825
HHB
Trace Services CD printing
catered for by the latest addition to Trace's
range, the Affex CD Artist, designed for high quality six-colour low volume desktop CD printing. Its electronic sensors and unique tray loading design ensure registration accuracy of +/-0.005 inches and can print
72 CDs per hour at 360dpi on a 25% coverage. The resolution goes as high
as 1440x720dpi for photo -quality imaging.
Direct printing on to CDs is
824
Trace Services
Nagra-kudelski DSP-2 for ARES
Nagra-Kudelski has launched
DSP-2 for the ARES -C and CPP solid state recorders, so uprating a number of functions.
Principal improvements include
an extension in recording time to
beyond two hours, due to support
for 64Mb+ PCMCIA cards.
Simultaneous live speech
encoding and playback are now
possible, allowing commentary to
be mixed with previously recorded
material for ISDN or phone transmission.
need for more expensive digital
sources such as hard disk or largescale RAM. The standard machine
has two CD-ROM dives to allow
simultaneous duplication of the A
and B sides but there is also a
reduced cost model with one CDROM drive and an automatic
break point between the two
sides. The standard model buffers
read from the CD before feeding it
to two cassette copy drives. If read
errors are detected, the DP -10 will
re -read the offending section until
readout is successful. Providing
the buffer does not run out of
capacity, the duplication process
will not be interrupted. Standard
audio CD or CD-ROMs recorded
with wave files can be used.
DP -10 will apparently connect
to all Otani in -cassette copiers and
the new system is said to be as
easy to use as the more conventional copiers.
832
Otani
DSP-2 also automates selection
of the most suitable compression
standard, and adds titling and
time/date stamp capabilities.
The new processor board and
software update is standard on
new models and can be retrofitted
to earlier models.
The C-PP variant of the Nagra
recording system offers the PCMCIA recorder and editor features of
the ARES -C, integrated with an
ISDN codec.
Nagra
831
Stellamaster
Sonosax has introduced the
Stellamaster, the first postproduction DAT machine to be compatible with the StellaDAT II and
including Sony 9 -pin protocol.
The 19 -inch, 2U rackmount is
fully compatible with two or four
tracks, and 44.1, 48 or 96kHz sampling rates.
A variety of new options are
available for the StellaDAT II
portable DAT recorder which is
available in 2 or 4 -track versions
with a 4 -channel mixer and features optimised for film.
811
Sonosax
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NO WAITING
BASF ADAT MASTER
pre -formatted version
saves time and money.
40 Min.
Using BASF ADAT Master you can bring out the best in your system:
excellent recordings and
- thanks to preformatting -a time -saving. BASF ADAT Master
is
the preferred choice when it
comes to good running properties and extreme reliability when aerforming critical edits. The antistatic
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Reader Response No. 046
DIGITAL AUDIO
T+M goes monitoring
PMC debuts
floor unit
Closing the gap between home
theatre and postproduction
RCF
Performer Series
RCF's new range of Performance
Series loudspeakers comprises
four models employing the latest
RCF premium grade technology
loudspeaker materials. All feature
a multi -layered wood casing and
scratch resistant vinyl, and RCF's
Sonic Dynamic Protection
System to protect the HF driver
while maintaining the overall
balance of sound to eliminate
distortion.
844
RCF
Rapid response
with DVD in mind, PMC has
unveiled a floorstanding version
of its TB 1S compact/nearfield
monitor. Designed for workstation -based rooms, the new monitor features PMC's established
transmission line technology to
achieve a 25Hz LF response and
can be ordered in a vast array of
different veneers.
Following logically from the
TB1 variant is the new XB1 sub woofer. With a 19Hz bottom end
and 120dB SPL capability, it forms
a partner to the new floorstander
and is available with or without
internal 12dB/octave filtering.
846
PMC
Fane DIY
professional cabinet
builders and DIY enthusiasts,
Fane has produced a leaflet covering the Colossus or Crescendo 12 inch drivers, used in conjunction
with the CD150 one inch compression driver. Other leaflets are
To help
set to follow.
See back of book
855
Fane
Thum+Mahr has the KS digital
range of digitally controlled
studio monitors for which it is the
world-wide exclusive distributor.
The KS digital product range consists of the ADM 2, ADM 3 and
ADM W. The impulse response of
the range's key product, the ADM
2, is measured and corrected by
FIRtec (finite impulse response
technology). The ADM 3 is the latest product to join the KS digital
range. Like the ADM 2 it offers an
AES-EBU input.
835
Thum+Mahr
Roister offers acoustic control
studio monitor manufacturer
Roister claims its ranges cover
all professional and semiprofessional active monitoring requirements. They include the H -series,
which targets the semipro user,
and the S -series which targets the
professional end of the market
with high quality build and sonic
characteristics. All the monitors
feature a rigid birch ply cabinet
and a no-compromise amplification section.
Roister's fully active monitors
can be driven by the company's
speaker and room correction
processor, the Acoustics
Compensator. This device promises to improve control room
acoustics by applying complex
time domain digital removal of
early reflections.
Current versions of the
Acoustics Compensators employ
an optional 24 -bit analogue input
in addition to a large set of standard digital inputs.
838
Roister
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Reader Response No. 049
SPEAKERS
1:13
1BL maximises the output
JBL has announced the 2012H 10 inch and 2020H 12 -inch
Maximum -Output cone midrange
transducers for direct radiating
and horn -loaded applications. An
innovati.e magnet structure aims
to reduce harmonic distortion by
means o- a larger magnetic gap
with a symmetrically -placed
copper shorting ring, producing a
flat impedance curve over the
entire pass band of the transducer. TI -e smaller driver has been
used in JBL's custom midrange
horns in the Venue Series, while
the 2020H has been used in
special custom systems on tour
and in stadium installations.
842
JBL
New ATC for millennium
new SCM70 SL may be
targeted at the home market, but that hasn't stopped the
company's loudspeakers finding homes in pro surroundings
before. The new design is heralded as the most radical speaker in the company's history as
its outward design breaks with
tradition in both shape and
materials.
The cabinet is made from a
combination of aluminium,
MDF and Cohan and incorporates gentle curves where
straight lines might be expected, although ATC stresses that
ATC's
the shape is driven by sonic
demands rather than aesthetics. As is usual for ATC designs it
is self -powered, driven by a new
triamplifier with 2nd order filters using discrete circuitry.
Sophisticated features include
isolated secondary power supplies, programme sensing, auto
power off and infra red control.
All the drivers are new, and
comprise a 234mm Super
Linear bass driver, a Mk2
midrange dome with improved
waveguide, and a 25mm tweeter reaching beyond 20kHz.
840
ATC
Peavey Impulse
ow available: the Impulse 500
THE BODY
Front tie mysterious night here is the rising
beauty of MaxX: a tough and smooth body.
Polypropylene enclosure
Entirely made in gas -injection moulding of
polyprcpylene, ultra -low weight
115 Kgs MaxX 4e - 11 Kgs MaxX 41,
extremely sturdy and compact.
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Constant directivity at cylindrical emissions.
Multi-unction.
Maximum flexibility of applications in all
sound reinforcement systems.
Asymmetric profile for stage monitoring.
Four lying points to install Max% to wall
or ceding.
THE SOUL
The head of MaxX pulses with the rege of
an animal. The perfect combination of
power, oody and tremendous technology.
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Be sound reinforcement enclosure
combines a 15 -inch bass driver with a
compression driver on an integral 90° x
45° horn. Appointments include integral stand adaptor, mounting points,
plus Speakon connectors, all in a
weather-resistant polypropylene trapezoidal enclosure. Peavey also offers the
Eurosys 500XT, with similar components but in a carpet -covered cabinet
and with an impedance of 4 ohms,
rather than eight.
849
Peavey
MaxX ta Configuration
2-way bi -amplified
system
30004 rms for the LF woofer
10004 rms for the HF driver/horn
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Ultra- ight custom B&C 12" LF woofer
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1" compression HF driver with aluminium
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ADAP
Processor for total protection of the
transducers and Improvement of the
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Control:
Highly professional input channel
XLR/jack Neutrik connector
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Tannoy selfpowered Reveals
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Claiming to be the most affordable
self powered professional monitor,
the Reveal Active from Tannoy follows
the success of the passive Reveals. The
blue cabinet with 40mm curved baffle
contains a long throw 6.5 -inch bass driver and a 1 -inch soft dome tweeter,
both magnetically shielded. Each is driven by its own 50W amplifier delivering
continuous SPLs up to 114dB with a frequency response from 65Hz to 20kHz.
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KRK V6 active
KRK's V6 active monitors cost
$799 (US) and use two separate
amplifiers and a true electronic
crossover with 60W to the woofer
and 30W to the tweeter.
They employ a 6 -inch kevlar
woofer in an anti -resonant frame,
a cross -braced cabinet, Neutrik
combo connectors and video
shielding.
836
KRK
Radian LF chassis
Model 2216 is a 15 -inch low
frequency component with a
diecast aluminium frame, Kevlar
impregnated cone and edge wound 4 -inch voice coil. Power
handling is rated at 1,200W
continuous, or 600W RMS with a
sensitivity of 96dB (1W/1m).
Maximum SPL is said to be 131 dB
peak and the frequency response
is quoted as 38Hz-2kHz.
Radian
858
Meyer UPM-1P launched
Newest product from Meyer is the
UPM-1 P, which is a self-powered
and upgraded version of the
UPM-1. The new system is seen
as suitable for under-balcony,
front-fill and small live sound
uses.
848
Meyer
Eliminator
Electro -Voice is re -introducing
the Eliminator loudspeaker
system which was popular on the
live circuit back in the Sixties. The
new Eliminator, aimed at gigging
bands and rental companies, is
based on the original model which
helped to establish Electro -Voice
in the marketplace. The new version has been redesigned to incorporate modern-day, improved EV
components and Ring Mode
Decoupling (RMD) technology.
The Eliminator uses EV's concert -proven DH2O10A titanium
diaphragm compression driver
and High -Q 60x40 constant directivity horn for extended mid -range
and HF reproduction, coupled
with EV's 15 -inch DL15BFH speaker, which employs cast -aluminium
frames for added durability and
heat dissipation. Long-term power
handling is rated at 300W, with a
frequency response of 50Hz20kHz. To give the full low -end
response expected of a concert
system, there's also an 18 -inch
sub -woofer version, the 400W
Eliminator Sub, which includes a
passive crossover, allowing it to be
paralleled with the 2 -way system
without expensive bi-amping.
Telex/EVI
845
COLOSSUS
Genelec aims at centre
enelec has introduced a dedicated centre channel 1034BC
speaker for 3 -channel and
Surround Sound systems.
The speaker complements the
two -speaker Genelec 1034B monitoring system. To ensure complete
tonal compatibility the 1034BC
and 1034B all use the same mid
and treble drivers and feature
Directivity Control Waveguides.
The monitors and amplifiers are
matched as a complete calibrated
package.
The DCW aids stereo imaging
and frequency balance even in difficult acoustic environments
while fast -acting, low distortion
amplifiers are capable of driving a
stereo system to peak output levels of in excess of 125dB at 2
metres, with programme signals.
The 1034BC compact cabinet
can be sited above, below or even
vertically to one side of a video
monitor or screen if the DCW is
rotated to suit.
The centre speaker is designed
for flush mounting though it can
be free-standing while the amplifier unit is built into a rack -mounted
chassis with vibration
isolators.Treble, midrange and bass
amplifiers each produce 120W,
350W and 2 X 400W respectively.
Bass frequencies are reproduced
by two long -throw 12 -inch drivers
loaded with a 160 litre vented box
while the midrange is reproduced
by a proprietary 5 -inch direct radiating cone driver and high frequencies are handled by a 1 -inch
metal dome .
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The Meyer Sound Self -Powered Series
Since the 1995 introduction of the Self -Powered Series, over 13,000 units
have been sold. With the advent of this new innovative series, Meyer Sound
took a huge technological leap beyond all existing loudspeaker systems.
Listen to what some of audio's top professionals have to say about these
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Peavey
The revamped HiSys XT series of
sound reinforcement enclosures
features curved grey steel grilles
to protect the components and
continues with the use of a carpet
covering for the cabinets.
Technical features are otherwise
unchanged.
Peavey
857
Adamson
Designed for outdoor use, the
Hydra series of enclosures covers
four models. There is a choice of
10 -inch or 12 -inch waterproof
Adamson woofers, with a 1 -inch
throat compression driver and
horn combination. The internal
crossover is passive.
In addition, the cabinets are available in either weather -resistant
finish or an extreme weather
version which is covered in fibreglass. All external fittings are
stainless steel. Omnimount, pole
mount or, optionally, NC rigging
points are provided.
850
Adamson
Galaxy Audio
There is a new, higher powered
version of the Hot Spot powered
monitor/one piece PA. Still
housed in a compact casing
which can be mounted anywhere
along a mic stand, the Galaxy
Core PA5X140 contains a 146W (4
ohm) amplifier and is said to
produce an SPL of 114dB.
856
Galaxy
Meyer DS-4P
Meyer Sound has introduced the
DS-4P self -powered mid -bass
loudspeaker system which
'provides high power and
extremely low distortion'. It was
developed to supplement the 70200 Hz band in full- range
systems, affording additional
mid -bass headroom. It is said to
be most effective when used in
multiples within an array, and it
can easily be incorporated into
conventionally powered or self powered systems.
Meyer
865
Roland monitoring goes 24 -bit
New from Roland are 24 -bit
digital DS -90 Powered
Monitors. These near -fields
employ 24 -bit digital inputs in
addition to analogue inputs. They
also provide the reference standard for Roland's COSM Speaker
Modelling capability as introduced on the company's V-Mixing
and V-Studio products (and also
available as a software upgrade for
the existing VS -1680 and VS880EX workstations). Instead of
switching between multiple pairs
of monitors at mixdown, VS/VM
users can use a single set of DS-
VS12 and VS15 are additions to
the Granit Line range of speakers.
Based around co -axial units with
an on -board crossover, the enclosures are designed for power of
350W and 400W RMS respectively, with a quoted sensitivity at
1W/1m of 100dB. The manufacturer recommends the enclosures
for stage and low to mid level
applications, such as bars and
discotheques. Cabinets are black painted Finnish birch with a metal
speaker top -hat.
Master
854
90s in conjunction with this
Speaker Modelling feature.
The DS -90 monitors feature a
custom -designed bi -amplifier system with discrete circuitry, while a
6.5-inch polypropylene woofer
and 1 -inch soft -dome tweeter are
incorporated into a bass -reflex
cabinet. The speakers are driven
directly by a 60 -Watt amp for the
woofer and a 30 -Watt amp for the
tweeter, using a fourth -order
active crossover. Speaker response
is adjustable via HF and LF controls on the rear of the monitor.
Roland
860
How low can Genelec giants go?
Genelec has blown the covers
off a new and extremely powerful monitoring system known as
the 1036A which goes lower in fre-
quency than any other Genelec
monitoring system.
Designed for large control
rooms, the 1036As can produce
peak sound pressure levels in
excess of 136dB and bass frequencies are reproduced by two long throw 18 -inch woofers in a vented,
dual -chamber configuration that
yields a -3dB point at 20Hz.
The midrange frequencies are
reproduced by two 5 -inch high
sensitivity direct radiating cone
drivers while the high frequency
driver is a 1 -inch throat compression driver with a -3dB point at
22kHz. Mid and high frequency
drivers have field replaceable
diaphragms and are mounted in a
DCW.
The system consists of two 738
litre speaker enclosures and two
19 -inch electronics racks containing active crossovers, 3 -channel
power amplifiers, plus sophisti-
cated protection and diagnostic
circuitry. Treble, midrange and
bass amplifiers respectively pro-
The 5208B from Radian Audio
Engineering is a full -range
coaxial chassis loudspeaker. It has
a round, cast aluminium frame,
plus completely new spider, cone
and edge -wound voice coil for
which the manufacturer claims a
sensitivity of 96dB at 1W/ lm.
Frequency response is quoted as
65Hz-20kHz, with a 200W RMS
power rating.
Crossover frequency is 1.8kHz.
The manufacturer also claims that
the Mylar suspension of the compression driver's diaphragm is 'virtually indestructible'. The driver
itself has one -inch exit and is
rated at 30W.
Available in its own right is the
475PB compression driver.
Specification is as above, with a
usable frequency response quoted as 800Hz-21kHz. Five threaded holes are used, allowing
incorporation into either 2- or 3 holt systems.
851
Radian
Quested VS
now mklls
The following changes have
duce 300W, 600W and 2 x 1100W.
Bass, midrange and treble controls are included to allow the
speakers to be matched to the
acoustic conditions of different
control rooms.
The system can be set up vertically or horizontally simply by
rotating the DCW unit. It is
designed to be flush-mounted
though it can be free-standing.
Genelec
833
been made to the electronics
of the Quested VS2205 and VS2108
monitors. Input sensitivity is now
controlled by a 10 -position rotary
switch in 2dB steps for 8dB extra
gain on the VS2205 and 4dB on the
VS2108. Monitors can be balanced
more easily against a sub -bass.
Contour selection is now via
two 3 -position switches for LF and
HF trimming, the HF has flat, lift
and cut positions and the LF now
has an off position that reduces LF
extension but increases headroom. Other changes include a
power switch and enhancements
to the amp module design and
protection circuitry.
837
Quested
Proel flies its Templar series
proel's Templar Flying Series is
Master Europe
Radian coax
the company's installation
line of loudspeakers with facilities
allowing the speakers to be flown
with commercial 'eyebolt' or
arrayed with safety kit.
A low -profile floor monitor is
also available. Suitable for applications where compact speakers
are required are the TFL10, TFL12
and TFL15 models, which can be
used in combination with the
TFL115SP subwoofer. For medium
and large spaces the high power
TFL212 and TFL215SP subwoofer
are a more suitable choice. The
range's new loudspeaker and
compression driver allow high
performance and reliability, providing a series of speaker cabinets
for a variety of professional applications.
The loudspeakers are designed
for true concert sound and
include a high -power 'sandwich'
voice coil with Kapton former for a
good power compression value,
igroscopic proprietary cone and
Nomex surround. The cabinet is
constructed from plywood, finished in cinder carpet and incorporate a metal grill, stand adaptor
and reliable handle.
Proel
839
Yamaha F cabs
F Series protes cabinets are intended
for small scale touring, clubs and
installations. Features include 12,
15 and 18 -inch cast frame LF drivers, built-in fly points and castors and a 1.4kW peak handling
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DAS Audio
DS -8T is a 100V transformer
version of an established installation speaker. Based on an 8 -inch
speaker and a compression driver,
the enclosure has a power rating
of 150W. The frequency response
is quoted at 60Hz-20kHz, with a
describes its new
SRM450 active sound reinforcement monitor as 'the only PA
Maclde
speaker accurate enough to be
called a monitor'. The first in a
planned series of speakers developed with RCF, which has 50 years
of speaker experience, the SRM450
features a 2 -way biamplified, optimised active system, built-in
monolithic FR Series 300 and
100W amplifiers, precision
24dB/oct Linkwitz-Riley crossover,
and a high -output precision titanium compression driver.
Other features included are a
studio -quality maximum dispersion horn design, along with servo
sensitivity of 93dB. 'Virtually indestructible', the polypropylene
cabinet measures 440mm x
270mm x 230mm and the assembly weighs 10.35kg. Available in
black or white, the DS-8T has wall
and flying brackets available.
853
DAS Audio
CV sub
The SUB -15 is a compact directradiating 15 -inch subwoofer. A
rugged diecast woofer frame
provides rigidity and precision and
the oversize magnet structure
maximizes magnetic and electrical
efficiency. A 1/2 -inch, 81b steel top
plate and a 3-inch voice coil gives
reliable operation at high power
levels while Cerwin-Vega's venting
system results in a 3 to 6dB
increase in bass response.
Multiple vents on the bottom of the
cabinet work with adjacent walls
as well as the floor, permitting
maximum bass loading regardless
of where the cabinet is placed.
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Cerwin Vega
FAR's AV6
features
amplifiers that deliver 120W
(180W peak) for the low frequencies and 70W (110W peak) for the
high frequencies. The compact
monitor will generate 120dB from
45Hz to 21 kHz. The woofer is a
high -power 8 -inch device able to
reproduce high output without
distortion.
The Av6 also benefits from
optional electronic 'curves' that
include a simulation called 'car'
that reproduces the sensations felt
in the best car installations.
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FAR
feedback -controlled woofer, high
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equalisation.
With a high -impact composite
enclosure and handles on both
sides and on the top, the monitor
has been designed to be easy to
carry.
The SRM450 can be pole mounted, flown, or used as a floor
wedge. Its asymmetrical geometry
and wide -dispersion, studio -quality horn provide unobtrusive sight
lines and optimised stage moni-
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Mackie
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Sound through the looking glass
developer of Surface
Sound flat-panel loudspeaker
technology, has announced a transparent speaker technology called
SoundVu which makes possible the
design and construction of ultra thin, see-through loudspeakers.
Designed to enable television
and computer screens to function
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materials, SoundVu can enhance
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breaks m Input gain control with LED on every channel
to make level setting fast and easy, maximize
headroom and minimize noise
Soft -knee compressor
to maximize output levels without distortion great
for vocals and percussion PLUS High -impedance
mic/line inputs ® and inserts m on channels 1-6,
EFX to Monitor, m globally switchable phantom
power for condenser mics, m external EFX sends
& returns plus footswitch jack,
tape inputs
and outputs with separate level control m for
pre-recorded accompaniment, music during breaks
or karaoke m monitor and effects gain level
controls on each channel ® sealed rotary controls,
® front panel is gently tilted to make access easier
® Impact -resistant, injection -molded case.
e
408S
500 watts
stereo
8 mic/line inputs
two
FR
Series high -current power
a
massive toroid trans-
former, huge storage capacitors
and tough fiberglass circuit boards.
408M
8
mono
mic/line inputs
406M
500 watts
6
mono
mic/line inputs
-
18
MADE IN
WOODINVILLE,
WA, USA BY
GENUINE
MACKOIDS
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Inside each PPM' Series mixer are
amps with
500 watts
10
All Mackie Professional
Powered Mixers feature:
The entire mixer back
is a
,
,
custom -cast
heat exchanger that ensures effective
cooling and ensures reliability in
conditions that would shut any
other powered mixer down.
*AII power ratings are
cut almost every
into 2 -ohm loads which
is
not fudging
speaker has impendance dips this low.
'1999 Mackie Designs. All rights reserved. "Mackie' and the
PA
"Running Man" figure are registered of Mackie Designs Inc.
"FR Series" and "PPM" are trademarks of Mackie Designs Inc.
www.mackie.com
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