Tech: New Products
UNIVERSAL AUDIO V9.0 SOFTWARE
Models of Iconic Compressors/Limiters/Delays
Universal Audio’s v9.0 UAD Software upgrade offers three new plug-ins: the API 2500 Bus Compressor ($299), the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter ($299) and the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay ($199). The Zener Limiter plug-in, developed by Softube is inspired by the EMI TG limiters and rare RS168 from Abbey Road Studios. It adds Mid/Side functionality, channel linking and presets from Tony Maserati, Kevin Kadish and more. The A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay, developed by brainworx features six bucket-brigade delays, LFO and modulation controls, flexible panning and independent Dry/Wet mix control for each stereo output.
STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES 44D DANTE INTERFACE
2-Channel, Line-Level I/O Over Ethernet
The Model 44D from Studio Technologies ($745) connects its XLR in/outs to a data network using a standard 100 Mb/s twisted-pair Ethernet and features four five-segment, front panel LED meters displaying the levels of the two line inputs/outputs. The unit is powered via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) or an external source of 12 VDC and provides two channels of analog line-level audio to and from applications that utilize Dante audio over Ethernet. Two Model 44D units can also provide one-to-one signal paths, two in each direction, over a standard local area network.
TEGELER CRÉME MASTERING EQ/COMPRESSOR
Hardware Gain Reducer and Pultec-Style EQ
Berlin-based Tegeler Audio has released Créme, a passive EQ based on the Pultec EQP1A and a high-end bus compressor in a single device. The filter circuitry from the original Pultec has been updated, removing unnecessary controls and irrelevant frequencies from the mix bus. The compressor features a low-cut filter (60 to 120 Hz) and controls for Attack, Release and Ratio. The EQ may be placed either before or after the compressor. The unit features an internal power supply, balanced I/O and rasted potentiometers.
MOJAVE AUDIO MA-1000 TUBE MICROPHONE
Remote-Controllable Multipattern Condenser
The Mojave Audio MA-1000 large-diaphragm, multipattern tube condenser microphone ($2,995), designed by David Royer, features an original new-old-stock 5840 tube, a 251-style capsule, and a custom-designed transformer built by Coast Magnetics. Other features include a remotely controlled, continuously variable polar pattern selector located on the microphone’s power supply, a switchable 15dB pad and switchable low-frequency roll-off.
WATTS POLYRIBBON MICROPHONE
Multipattern Dynamic With Three-Position Filter
The new Polyribbon from Watts ($TBA) is a multipattern ribbon mic with hypercardioid, omni and bidirectional settings. Other features include a three-position onboard filter circuit for reducing proximity effect, high output and a flat frequency response up to 16 kHz. The passive, dual-ribbon design features internal parts made entirely in the USA, with a custom coil and transformer from Cinemag. Mics may be ordered direct; they take three to four months to manufacture per pair.
AUDIONAMIX ADX SPEECH VOLUME CONTROL PLUG-IN
Mono or Stereo Speech to Background Mixer
The Audionamix ADX Speech Volume Control Plug-in ($249) allows independent volume level control over both separated speech and separated background elements within a mono or stereo mix. Features include volume control of speech and background audio content up to ±12 dB, a speech-optimized separation algorithm, plus an automatic consonants and voice activity detection algorithm. The plug-in is available in AAX, AU, VST formats, is Mac/PC-compatible and can be purchased for $249 (perpetual license), $99 as a crossgrade from Audionamix VVC, or for $19.99 for a two-week rental.
Analog DAW Monitor Section
Designed by Paul Wolff, Slate Control ($2,499) acts as a monitor section for the Raven MTX mk2, Raven MTi2, or as a free-standing, table-top studio monitor controller. Features include seven stereo inputs with solo bus signal and logic input for console retrofits. Three speaker selections with individual LFE enable/disable and trim controls, multiple cue outputs, talkback with built-in or external mic, listen mic input and auto talkback based on DAW play/stop. Other features include LFE output with 80/120 Hz, 12dB/octave, LPF and direct output mode, polarity and level trim, and a 1/8-inch input for audio source playback.
RME, MADIFACE PRO DESKTOP INTERFACE
64-Channel I/O With TotalMIX FX Software
The MADIface Pro is based on the company’s Babyface Pro interface, offering integrated XLR and analog I/O while replacing the ADAT I/O with a MADI port. Features include 64 channels of audio on a single cable, two analog mic/line XLR inputs, two XLR line outputs, two universal TS inputs (line or instrument), and two stereo TRS outputs for low/high-impedance headphones. Also included is RME’s TotalMix FX software adding 3-band parametric EQs, time-based effects, plus many mixing and routing options. The bus-powered unit (without optical MADI) also features a MIDI I/O, operation at sample rates up to 192 kHz and operation as a standalone or DAW-connected interface.
PLACID AUDIO COPPERPHONE MICROPHONE
Narrow Band Transducer
The Copperphone from Placid Audio ($264.99) isn’t your average microphone. This limited-bandwidth beauty concentrates on the 200 to 3k Hz frequency range, producing output reminiscent of an era where low fidelity was the norm. The passive, magnetic moving-coil element works with a tuned, ported, resonant chamber to capture its signature, unique sound. It’s all housed in a 2.5 x 6-inch, polished copper body featuring an integral mic mount and a Switchcraft XLR.
LECTROSONICS DBA DIGITAL BELT PACK TRANSMITTER
USB Updatable, Extended Operating Range
Part of Lectrosonics’ DSW (Digital Secure Wireless) microphone system, the DBa belt pack ($2,150) features 24-bit/48kHz audio, USB firmware updates, rugged machined-metal construction and operation using the AES-256-CTR encryption technology. The DBa features wideband tuning (470-698 MHz), a highly linear RF output stage for reduced intermodulation distortion and a true 50 mW transmission RF power for excellent range and resistance to dropouts. The TA5M mic/line input found on the DBa digital wireless belt pack transmitter accepts all lavalier and head-worn microphones wired for Lectrosonics servo-input transmitters.
SENNHEISER DIGITAL 6000 SERIES
The Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series uses the same long-range mode and proprietary Sennheiser Digital Audio Codec as the Digital 9000. The system offers a 2-channel receiver in two different versions, a bodypack, a handheld transmitter and a 19-inch rackmount charging unit. Features include the receiver’s switching bandwidth of 244 MHz (470 to 714 MHz) covered by three transmitter versions (470 – 558 MHz, 550 – 638 MHz, and 630 – 718 MHz). For larger systems, up to eight receiver units can be daisy-chained without the need for an additional antenna splitter. The SKM 6000 handheld transmitter can be combined with microphone heads from the evolution Series, the 2000 Series, and the special 9000 Series.
FULCRUM CS118 AND CS121 SUBWOOFERS
Passive Cardioid Boomers
Fulcrum’s new CS118 and CS121 cardioid subwoofers eliminate excessive rear LF radiation without the extra cost, space requirements and inconvenience of active cardioid systems. It features a single passive cardioid speaker doing the work of an active cardioid array. The CS118 is 120 pounds and features an 18-inch woofer, 4-inch voice coil, ceramic magnet, and power handling at nominal impedance of 1200 watts at 8 ohms. The CS121 is 132 pounds and features a 21-inch woofer, 6-inch voice coil, ceramic magnet and power handling at nominal impedance of 2000 watts at 8 ohms.
CABLE TECHNIQUES LOW-PROFILE CONNECTORS
XLR and TA for Live/Field Use
Production sound pros will love the organizational ability and weight reduction offered by Cable Techniques LoPro connectors. The adjustable connectors can be assembled DIY as easy as standard connectors and repaired on-the-fly. XLR male or female cables ($14.95) feature 3-pin and 5-pin versions, adjustable cable outlet and ten interchangeable color caps. The TA3F and TA5F connectors ($19.95) offer 15 mm of exposed surface in use, eight colors, and fixed right or left cable exit.