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MACKIE MR SERIES STUDIO MONITORS

Active Speakers Come in Three Sizes, Plus Sub

The MR Series is available in the 5-inch MR524 ($209.99), 6.5-inch MR624 ($349.99) and 8-inch MR824 ($559.99), plus the 10-inch MRS10 companion powered subwoofer. Three different acoustic space settings adjust for monitor placement close to walls or in corners. Plus, high-frequency EQ control for further adjustment to ensure an accurate response for your room. The included acoustic isolation pad decouples the monitor from the desk or stand for increased performance and accuracy.



FERROFISH PULSE 16 AD/DA CONVERTER

16 x 16 Interface with Plentiful I/O

The new Pulse16 AD/DA converter ($1,199) offers 16 channels of I/O using the most current generation of 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus logic converters. Fea- tures include 8 channels of 48 kHz ADAT Lightpipe operation and eight optical TOSLINK connections (4 in/4 out)—enabling support for 16 chan- nels of 96 kHz digital audio when operating in SMUX2 mode. The 16 ana- log paths are always available, even when working at more than 48 kHz in SMUX2 mode. Also onboard are two TFT displays for detailed information on all 32 channels at a glance, wordclock and MIDI I/O for remote control. Any mono or stereo signal can be presented to the earphone output on the front panel.


SE ELECTRONICS SE8 MICROPHONE 

Front-Address Condenser with Rolloff and Pad

The sE8 from sE Electronics ($599 matched pair) incorpo- rates an extremely short, efficient signal path without the use of ICs or transformers. Features include two low-cut filters (switchable between 80 Hz and 160 Hz) and two pads (-10 dB or -20 dB). The mic can also be purchased sep- arately and ships with a newly designed mic clip, mic stand thread adapter and protective windscreen.



PRESONUS STUDIO 26 AND 68 INTERFACES 

Affordable I/O With Preamps

Both of PreSonus’ new Studio 26 ($199) and Studio 68 ($299) USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces record up to 24-bit, 192kHz resolution and feature PreSonus’ XMAX microphone preamps, low-jitter clocking and MIDI I/O. The Studio 26 2x4 interface features two front-panel combo mic and switchable line/instrument inputs with +48V phantom power for con- denser mics, L/R main outputs, and two balanced line outputs. The Studio 68 6x6 audio/MIDI interface offers two front-panel combo mic/line/ instrument inputs and two rear-panel mic/line inputs. Both feature a Cue Mix A/B function while monitoring through headphones. Also included is PreSonus’ Studio One Artist DAW software and Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac and PC.

EVENTIDE ULTRATAP PLUG-IN 

Software Version of H9 Harmonizer

The UltraTap plug-in from Eventide ($79) is capable of rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells and extraordinary modula- tion. It’s the perfect tool for creating drum fills, vocal choruses, swelling guitar chords and other evolving effects. Producers, engineers, sound de- signers and musicians will have loads of fun discovering its multiple uses.


SCORING THE SCREEN

Book Offers Insider’s View

Of Iconic Film Music Scoring the Screen ($34.99) from Hal Leonard Books offers a view from inside the process of scoring-to-picture. Author Andy Hill is a Grammy Award-winning motion picture music producer who served as VP of music production for Walt Disney Pictures. Chapters include score examples and analysis of classic film music, including Bernard Herrmann’s music for Vertigo, Elmer Bernstein’s for To Kill a Mockingbird, Don Davis’ for The Matrix and Danny Elfman’s for Alice in Wonderland. The book offers a “reverse score” of the picture, working its way back from the finished product to the composer’s first note.


MIRIZIO MICROPHONE MOUNT

Grand Piano Recording With The Lid-Closed

The Mirizio Mic Mount ($339) simplifies the process of mounting microphones in a grand piano with the lid closed. Features include two felt-padded, aluminum, swiveling end plates that safely rest on the inside piano without the need for drilling holes. A pair of slotted rails easily adjusts from 37 to 62 inches, allowing the mount to span the case of any grand piano. Two custom mounting bolts attached to the rails may be moved to any position, enabling the user to focus the microphones precisely where they want.

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