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Mackie Onyx-i FireWire Recording Mixers

Onyx-i Series FireWire recording mixers combine the benefits of a powerful computer interface with the tactile, hands-on control of a premium analog mixer. Qualified by Mackie for use will all major DAWs, including Pro Tools M-Powered 8, the Onyx-i Series opens up a new world of options for anyone interested in computer recording. In addition to an ultrahigh-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire recording interface, Onyx-i mixers offer professional analog features like boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps, classic “British-style” Perkins EQ and pre/post-assignable aux sends, all of which can be flexibly routed via integrated FireWire.

Neumann TLM 102

The reduced overall size unites all of the typical design components of a Neumann microphone. In the interior is a newly developed large-diaphragm capsule (cardioid) with a maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB, which permits the recording of percussion, drums, amps and other very loud sound sources. However the most important applications are for vocals and speech; a slight boost above 6 kHz provides excellent presence of the voice in the overall mix. The TLM 102 is available in black and nickel, with a standmount, at a price of around 600 euros (less than $900 U.S.).

Novation Launchpad

Novation’s Ben Davis demos Launchpad, the new controller for Ableton Live at AES 2009.

iZotope Alloy Plug-In

A look at the features in iZotope’s new Alloy plug-in, which features EQ, dynamics processing, an exciter, a de-esser, a transient shaper and a limiter.

Universal Audio Trident A Range Classic Console EQ

Universal Audio’s new EQ, based on the one in the Trident A Range console, is previewed. Plus, Malcolm Toft shows off Trident’s rackmount version of the same EQ.