New Products


Affordable Speaker Brings High-End Features

The new Focal Shape Series comes in three sizes: Shape 40 ($549) uses a 4-inch woofer, Shape 50 ($749) a 5-inch, and the Shape 65 ($899) a 6.5-inch. All speakers in the series feature flax-sandwich cones suspended via the new TMD surround, an M-shaped aluminum-magnesium inverted dome tweeter, and a double-passive radiator. Other  features include Class AB amplification, a shelving filter for high and low frequencies (HF: ± 3dB from 4.5 kHz; LF ±6dB above 250 Hz) and an adjustable highpass filter.


Small Form Factor,  Playback Problem Solvers

New from Radial is the SAT-2 ($99) stereo audio attenuator and monitor controller and Backtrack ($349) compact stereo audio switcher. SAT-2 connects between a playback device and a pair of powered speakers, and features XLR or unbalanced inputs, XLR balanced outputs, level control, dim switch with adjustable level, and mono sum and mute switches. Backtrack connects both input source devices via ¼-inch or 3.5mm connectors, and allows switching/muting between them using the front-panel controls or a JR-2 remote footswitch.


Twin-Channel, Class D Power Amp

Featuring a small, dual-mono block design, the Drawmer MPA-90 ($695) works as a tabletop or rackmount unit. The fanless design features 90W per channel (into 4 ohms) or 180W bridged. The rugged steel chassis offers easy switching from stereo to mono-bridged with the flick of a switch, and either balanced XLR or unbalanced phono inputs. Other features include thermal, overload and power-up/down protection, plus front-panel standby, fault and clip indicator LEDs.

Headphone Monitor and DAC

The new m900 from Grace Design $499 is a headphone amp/DAC combo designed for pristine playback from USB, S/PDIF or Toslink sources. The unit uses the same analog circuitry and DAC as Grace’s larger monitor controllers but in a smaller, portable form factor. Features include the latest generation AKM DAC chipset, operation up to 384 kHz PCM or DSD128, precision level control in 0.5dB steps, dual parallel headphone outputs, and operation from laptop USB power. Also included is an additional 2A USB power supply and USB connector for high-power-mode operation.


Affordable Boom Camera Shock Mount

INV-Lite ($79) from Rycote’s InVision range of boom shock mounts is specifically designed for indoor boom pole recording with ultra-short shotgun microphones. Features include aCam-lever” design that grips the mic at its rear near the XLR without touching the interference tube slots, and a Wide design allowing attachment of foam slip-on solutions. The new rod weight-distribution system provides superb balance across the entire suspension. Models are compatible with DPA 4017C, Sanken CS-1e, Sennheiser MKH 8060 and Schoeps MiniCMIT microphones.


DSP Control, Six Amped Drivers

Brought to the U.S. and distributed by Grace Design, the new Kii Studio Monitor System ($11,495 a pair) features four 6.5-inch woofers, a 5-inch midrange and 1-inch waveguided tweeter, all individually driven by six 250-watt Ncore amps per box. The enclosure features true cardioid dispersion addressing problematic bass issues. Other features include analog and AES/EBU inputs, an Active Wave Focusing crossover filter, and selectable correction for free-standing or near-wall placement. Short-term SPL: 110 dB; peak SPL: 115 dB.



Emulation of Epic Sound-Mangling Hardware

Developed by Softube for the UAD-2 platform, the OTO Bis- cuit plug-in ($249) is an exacting emulation of the hardware box favored by EDM producers, DJs, and remixers. Features include versatile 8-bit crushing with individually switchable and invertible bits, an analog stereo multimode filter with resonance control, ‘brain-mode’ offering four different lo-fi effects, and emulated true diode-clipping on input. The plug-in is available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.


DSP Reference Monitor Simulation

The MixChecker plug-in from Audified ($149) promises to be a one- stop source for all types of reference monitor solutions. Simulation offers acoustic models of computer devices and classic reference monitors. The Compensation control offers four clearly labeled buttons to tell MixChecker that you are using average 5-inch or 8-inch speakers or headphones. The plug-in is available via direct download for 32- and 64-bit AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3-compatible plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6-10.11) and Windows (7-10).

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