New Products June 2013The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2
JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor
The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2 (jblpro.com, $6,000 each) integrates the company’s new D2 Compression Driver, which uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high-frequency response and very low distortion at very high sound-pressure levels. The D2 is mated with JBL’s new 2216ND Differential Drive 15-inch woofer, also with dual voice coils, incorporating a patented wire application that reduces power compression, enabling linear output regardless of playback level. Crown I-Tech power amplifiers complete the system, providing greater than a kilowatt of clean power to the 2216ND woofer and the D2 high-frequency driver.
Solid State Logic Sigma
SSL DAW Mix Engine
The Sigma from SSL (solidstatelogic.com, $4,499) is a hardware, remote-controlled analog mix engine designed for DAW users seeking the signature sound of an SSL console while working in the box. The two-rackspace unit uses proprietary MDAC control technology first featured in SSL’s Duality and AWS studio consoles and features 100-percent analog summing, 16 mono or stereo input channels for up to 32 channels at mixdown, talkback, and external MIDI control via Ethernet. There is also front-panel LED metering for all channels, two stereo mix buses with dedicated outputs, individual direct outputs on each channel, and an Artist and Studio monitoring section that can accommodate two sets of monitors plus a switching matrix for source selection.
ST Model 240 Producer’s Console
Affordable, Sophisticated Communication
The Model 240 from Studio Techologies (studiotechnologies.com, $1,295) provides the resources of a 4-channel talent cueing (IFB) master station combined with a 2-channel party-line intercom user station. Features include a revised phantom-power supply circuit, improved filtering on inputs and outputs to increase RF rejection and ESD immunity, and new circuitry to allow the installation of optional LED backlighting of push-button switches. The security panel has been changed from steel to aluminum, which lowers unit weight and allows for laser-etched configuration instructions for improved legibility.
SM Pro Audio Pre-Z
Variable Impedance Preamp
The Pre-Z from SM Pro Audio (smproaudio.com, $299.99) is a single-wide, 500 Series unit featuring variable input impedance, creating a variety of tonal colors. Results are nuanced or fairly dramatic, with higher settings offering greater clarity and brightness and lower settings bringing out subtle resonant frequencies in the microphone’s response. The Pre-Z’s highpass and lowpass filters offer additional control and signal-shaping options, and its LME49720 op amps promise low noise, wide dynamic range, and up to 68 dB of gain.
Roland R-88 Field Recorder
The Roland R-88 (rolandsystemsgroup.com, $2,495) offers eight discrete channels of audio recording at 24 bits/96 kHz, 4-channel recording at 24 bits/192 kHz, a full onboard mixer, various timecode modes and a built-in 10-in/8-out USB audio interface. The stereo mix output enables a stereo mix back to the camera or a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks. With eight discrete outputs, users can also embed the audio tracks into an SDI video feed by using a multichannel SDI audio embedder. Other features include AES/EBU digital I/O, a 3-band EQ and a large touchscreen display. Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag and remote footswitch controllers.
Radial Engineering PreComp
Two-for-One Front End
The design of the PreComp from Radial Engineering (radialeng.com, $400) begins with a high-performance preamp equipped with Radial’s Accustate gain control that simultaneously sets the output and sensitivity to maximize signal-to-noise at all levels. A full-feature compressor follows with adjustable threshold, compression ratio and make-up gain control that automatically transitions from soft-knee to hard-knee as compression increases. A simple Slow-Fast switch makes it easy to set the PreComp for either percussion instruments or smoother tracks such as vocals. Other features include polarity reverse, highpass filter, 48V phantom power and an In/Out switch for the compressor.
UA Ocean Way Studios Plug-in
Advanced Room Modeling
Universal Audio (uaudio.com) has released the Ocean Way Studios plug-in for the UAD platform. Developed over a three-year period by UA and Allen Sides, Ocean Way Studios plug-in ($349) combines elements of room, microphone and source modeling so tracks sound as if they were recorded in the legendary studios of Ocean Way Recording. Built upon UA’s proprietary new Dynamic Room Modeling, Ocean Way Studios provides the unique ambience and dispersion properties of various sources in the rooms at Ocean Way, as recorded through a selection of rare vintage microphones that can be dynamically positioned in real time via a simple click-and-drag interface. Ideal mic selections and placements are provided in both Ocean Way Recording’s Studio A and Studio B. The Ocean Way Studios plug-in is available as part of UAD Software Version 7, which also includes the SPL TwinTube and Sonnox Inflator Plug-Ins.
PMC twotwo.8 Monitors
The twotwo.8 is the largest in the twotwo range from PMC (pmc-speakers.com, $7,999 a pair) and features an 8-inch bass driver and Advanced Transmission Line bass-loading technology with sophisticated digital signal processing. Inputs include analog phono and XLR, plus an AES3 digital accepting audio at up to 192 kHz. The twotwo.8 can be mounted vertically or horizontally without compromising tonal accuracy or stereo/surround imaging, like its smaller siblings.
NEW SOUND REINFORCEMENT PRODUCTS
DiGiCo SD Ten Theatre
Software Brings New Functionality
The new software package for the Digico SD Ten (DiGiCo.biz) is targeted for live theater use and includes an Auto Update, Channel Aliases and new Players update function. Auto Update provides control when making cue-to-cue changes, updating changes to channel parameters across all the cues automatically; Aliases easily takes care of correctly updating each set of channel parameters. This means that updates made to one character or costume–for example, an EQ change—only affect that Alias, leaving the other Aliases unchanged. When multiple actors are playing the same role, the Players feature takes care of populating the show with that person’s unique channel settings—their EQ, filters, dynamics, etc. All of the careful programming of Aliases and cue-to-cue changes are retained, just updated with the new actor-specific settings.
Yamaha MGP32X and MGP24X Consoles
Powerful, Portable Mix Package
The latest addition to Yamaha’s MGP Series consoles (yamahaproaudio.com) come in a 24-channel ($1,699) or 32-channel frame ($1,999) and feature USB device recording and playback, graphic EQ and a multiband compressor. Perfect for small to mid-size venues, the consoles also include newly developed discrete studio-grade Class-A D-PRE mic preamps with 48V phantom power. The compressors and EQs feature Yamaha’s VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling) technology, re-creating the frequency-response characteristics unique to classic analog gear. The Stereo Hybrid Channel features include a Ducker, Leveler and Stereo Image, with each function accessible at the touch of a button. Other features include two separate studio-grade effects processors—Yamaha’s REV-X reverb with three high-resolution reverb effects and the SPX digital multi-effects processor.
AKG B48 L Microphone Power Supply
Plentiful Phantom Power
The AKG B48 L (akg.com, $TBD) features a very low noise level, a frequency response of 20Hz-24Hz and an inverse polarity protection feature against incorrect battery insertion. The B48 L Battery Power Supply provides users with more than 20 hours of use on only two AA batteries. The B48 L’s mini-XLR audio output and included mini-XLR-to-mini-XLR connection cable supports a direct connection of condenser microphones to all AKG bodypack transmitters. A low-battery LED light illuminates if phantom power drops below 40V.