There were so many new products that we couldn’t fit them all into three days of coverage. So here are a few more that caught our eyes and ears.
Lynx Studio Technology broke new ground with the introduction of its first microphone preamp. The Aurora(n) PRE 1608 features an eight-channel line I/O plus an additional eight channels of Microphone/Line/Hi-Z inputs for a total of 16 inputs and eight outputs. Other Aurora(n) PRE configurations are available through the newly formed Lynx Custom Shop. The preamp section includes Independent selection of microphone/line/HI-Z inputs for Aurora(n). It also features onboard Aurora A/D conversion that is directly coupled to the preamp out to minimize distortion.
Hooke Verse is a new 3D audio capture system that incorporates a pair of Bluetooth headphones with integral binaural microphones. Once captured, Hooke Verse’s 3D audio can be experienced on any pair of headphones or two-channel system, no special speakers or algorithms required. With the free Hooke Audio mobile app, you can capture 3D audio wirelessly to your iOS or Android device using Hooke’s proprietary Bluetooth recording codec. With the Hooke Audio recording cable, you can capture 3D audio to any device, even if they don’t have Bluetooth.
Live sound pros will love the new PreSonus NSB 16.8 and 8.8 AVB-networked stage boxes designed to work with its StudioLive® Series III mixers/recorders. Delivering signals from stage to console over a lightweight CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable, the system eliminates the need for a heavy, expensive copper snakes. Remote control of the NSB series’ inputs, preamps, and phantom power from a networked Series III console or free PreSonus UC Surface touch-control software. Furthermore, the 16×8 NSB 16.8 offers 16 locking combo mic/line inputs equipped with PreSonus’ remote-controlled, Class A solid-state XMAX preamps, including gain compensation for shared input scenarios. The 8×8 NSB 8.8 offers eight of these mic/line inputs.
Targeted specifically at vocal production, the Sonnox VoxDoubler includes two separate plug-ins that focus on the two most common vocal doubling workflows. VoxDoubler generates believable double and triple vocal tracks to create width, depth or add thickness, while the Humanise section adjusts the Timing and Pitch of the doubles relative to the original vocal. The Depth control is used to push the newly doubled voices deeper into the mix, and the Tone control prevents sibilant doubles from becoming distracting, or to brighten those that are too muddy. The Track/Aux mode allows you to apply the effect in place or, for more advanced control, mix it in parallel on an aux return.
VUE Audiotechnik showed off two new models in its premium h-Class family of high-definition powered systems. The hm-108A is a precision slant stage monitor packing the full arsenal of VUE’s most advanced technologies into a compact, fidelity-first monitoring system. Also new is the h-8N, a narrow-dispersion sibling to VUE’s h-8, the most popular model in VUE’s h-Class family. The h-8N’s driver complement is identical to the h-8, with a precision-engineered 8-inch transducer that’s combined with a neodymium compression driver capable of unparalleled high-frequency performance thanks to the Truextent™ beryllium diaphragm at its core.
Mackie released 22 new products across five new product categories including the Ampeg Liquefier chorus and Opto Comp compressor pedals. Mackie MP Series universal fit IEMs. Also on tap were three HM series headphone amps featuring multiple outputs, tone controls, and more. The MDB series DI boxes include a passive mono DI, a stereo DI, an active DI, and a USB Stereo DI. The new M48 phantom power supply can be battery or AC powered and the impressive MTEST-1 tests all common connectors and much more. Next is the completely redesigned Thump Series Powered Loudspeakers – Thump12A, Thump15A, Thump12BST, Thump15BST and Thump18S pictured here.
ADAM Audio introduced the T Series, its new accessibly-priced range of studio monitors for audio recording and production pros. The German-engineered T Series monitors share many of the design innovations created for ADAM’s acclaimed S Series flagship monitor range, resulting in the accuracy, precise dispersion characteristics, and high dynamic range. Models include the 5” woofer T5V and the 7” woofer T7V.
Antares Audio Technologies demoed an impressive update to Auto-Tune at the NAMM Show that includes a whole new look. Features include ARA (Audio Random Access) support and Classic Mode for getting that legendary Auto-Tune 5 sound. There’s a new Auto-Key detection plug-in (that works great!), and a new Settings menu that includes commonly used preferences for session-specific settings. Other new features include MIDI CC control of parameters in Automatic Mode and HiDPI support for Retina and other high-resolution displays.
Pro Tools 2018 from Avid bows a new way of naming updates (Year/Month). Other features include the ability to capture MIDI performances, even when you’re not recording, advanced MIDI editing features, and you can now save Track Presets in the DAW. Track comping just got way faster with targeted playlists and shortcuts for quickly jumping through selected playlist clips calling them up on a single track. There are new color indicators and Mix Window EQ Curves that display combined EQ effects on each track. To facilitate quick collaboration, you can go to Select File > Start Collaboration, and Pro Tools will automatically save your current session, close it, and reopen it as a project in the cloud, with all tracks converted and ready to be shared.
Audio Plus Services revealed an impressive array of products including the Focal Shape Twin monitors and the new Listen and Clear Professional headphones. SPL debuted the Centerpiece Mastering Console and MC16 Mastering Monitor Controller, and IsoAcoustics displayed their re-designed Iso-Series speaker isolators.
For the first time at NAMM, Genelec showed “The Ones.” The 8341 and 8331 are housed in enclosures no larger than a traditional two-way Genelec 8040 or 8030; they can be orientated horizontally or vertically using an adjustable IsoPod™ base for isolation, with absolutely no compromise in performance, offering maximum flexibility to fit even the tightest of working environments. While the 8341 and 8331 both echo the 8351 in form and function, the new models have been entirely reengineered to meet the challenges of their ultra-compact dimensions (just 13.78 in. x 9.33 in. x 9.57 in. [350mm x 237mm x 243mm] for the 8341, and 11.77 in. x 7.44 in. x 8.70 in
The RMP-D8 from Rupert Neve Designs is an 8-channel, Class A, remote control Dante Mic Preamp. Features include a dual power supply, operation up to 24-bit/192k, and eight stellar 1dB stepped preamps with 60dB of clean gain. Also onboard are dual channel AES outputs, gain compensated secondary outs, and redundant network ports.
Apogee Electronics announced the 2×6 Special Edition AD/DA module for its flagship Symphony I/O Mk II series. Designed specifically for mastering engineers, it offers the highest quality AD/DA conversion of any Apogee converter ever. Symphony I/O Mk II 2×6 SE takes advantage of the latest advancements in digital and analog audio technology offering two line level inputs with 124 dB (A) of dynamic range, THD+N of -116dB and six line-level outputs with 131dB (A) dynamic range and low THD+N of -118dB.