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AES New Product Preview

FAIRLIGHT XYNERGI The groundbreaking Xynergi media production center from Fairlight ( organizes and delivers a suite of media-processing


The groundbreaking Xynergi media production center from Fairlight ( organizes and delivers a suite of media-processing tools for high-end audio-for-video production in all widely used surround formats. Xynergi is based around a completely new concept in tactile control via a unique implementation of self-labeling key switches that can display full-color image/icon/text, for intelligent control over the entire recording/editing/mixing process. Eight touch-sensitive rotary controllers and multiple soft-keys support Xynergi’s sophisticated mix automation system and offer precise control over signal processing, including multiband EQs, 3-stage dynamics, multidimensional panning and aux sends. AES Booth #142.


New features in Cakewalk’s ( SONAR 7 ($619) include enhanced MIDI editing with functions for splitting/gluing/muting notes, MIDI Magnifier, MIDI Colorizer and MIDI Meters. For advanced DSP of critical applications are internal sidechaining for a variety of plug-ins and the LP-64 EQ and LP-64 multiband linear phase mastering effects. Additionally, interfacing with outboard gear is simplified by an external hardware effects insert with automatic plug-in delay compensation and automated ±24dB send and return gain trim. Other extras include the Z3TA+ waveshaping synth, Dimension LE (featuring Garritan Pocket Orchestra), Rapture LE, DropZone and Roland V-Vocal™ Version 1.5, now with pitch-to-MIDI conversion. For the final step, Cakewalk Publisher offers tools for publishing and presenting music online. AES Booth #818.


Two new plugs from Brainworx ( remove the guesswork from working with M/S signals within a DAW. The freeware bx_solo offers L/R flip, solo buttons that phase-correct the L/R/M/S outputs on both speakers and stepped stereo-width control. The companion bx_control ($98, RTAS/VST bundle; $198, TDM) provides the same features as bx-solo and adds individual switches for input and output, balance control and a “mono-maker” that sums your stereo signal and is adjustable from 20 Hz up to 26 kHz. It also has a balance meter, phase-correlation meter and high-resolution LED meters in L/R or M/S with switchable peak hold. AES Booth TBA.


Globalstor’s ( über-storage system is equipped with a solid-state, 64-bit iSCSI and NAS operating system, offering flexible, secure storage for multiroom recording facilities. The iTrax appears as a local disk drive on any computer connected to the LAN or WAN. Once iSCSI initiators are loaded, every host system on the network can see and share all stored data, so engineers on separate workstations can simultaneously edit and mix different sessions stored on any iTrax server. Servers range from an 8-drive system with RAID protection to a 36-drive version with multiple levels of RAID redundancy. Prices start at $4,995, with 1 TB of usable storage. AES Booth #1140.


In addition to a completely redesigned GUI, Peak Pro 6 editing/processing/mastering/delivery software from BIAS ( features enhancements to the playlist, including new crossfades, iTunes and podcast integration, and more. Among its new DSP features are voice-over ducking, Perpetual Looper (for perfect “beat-free” sustained loops of single-line instrument samples), Pitch Envelope (offering pitch control via a user-customizable envelope) and Convolve Envelope (with dynamic control over the convolution applied over time). Functionality tweaks include customizable real-time volume envelopes, sample-level zooming/editing, overlap/gap or centered crossfades for either mastering or “classical”-style workflows. AES Booth #726.


This first in the PLM Series of powered loudspeaker-management systems was created by Lab.gruppen ( and Dolby Labs, and seamlessly integrates the functions of crossover, delay, EQ, limiting and 10 kW of power amplification in a single chassis with an accompanying software controller for a complete drive system. This affords an unprecedented level of user control, reconfiguration flexibility and precise system tuning with load verification/monitoring features to ensure extended reliability for all system components, including loudspeakers. Price $8,995. AES Booth #331.


Solid State Logic ( expands its modular XLogic X-Rack system with the $995 VHD Input Module, which combines an E-Series console mic preamp, Listen Mic Compressor and the SSL Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) system that provides blends of second- or third-harmonic distortion to the mix. The $1,995 Stereo Bus Compressor Module offers the center section compressor from the G Series console in a two-slot unit. AES Booth #126.


Following the launch of its Structure™ pro sampler software for Pro Tools users, Digidesign ( intros Structure LE and Structure Free, providing many of the same features found in the pro package. Structure Free offers Structure sample playback at no charge. The $149 Structure LE RTAS sample player lets you quickly integrate and tweak a wide range of sounds into Pro Tools sessions and includes a pro 3GB sound library of acoustic and electronic instruments and sounds. All versions support playback of native Structure files, as well as unencrypted SampleCell (1 and 2), Kontakt (1 and 2) and EXS24 sound libraries, and an integrated REX player that plays REX 1 and 2 files. AES Booth #701.


Sennheiser ( has added three MKH 8000 Series mics. Priced at $1,299/each, the omni MKH 8020, cardioid MKH 8040 and supercardioid MKH 8050 each comprise a microphone head and separate XLR module, with bandwidth ranging from 10 to 60 kHz, depending on the capsule. For use in tight spaces, the XLR module is removable, with the mic head attached to an optional remote capsule accessory to create a compact mic assembly. Other accessories include floor stands, extension tubes, shock-mounts, remote cables, table stands, ceiling mounts, clamps and more. AES Booth #418.


Audix ( expands its ultracompact Micros Series condenser mics — now with more than 20 models. The new M1250 (2-inch body) and 3.5-inch body M1280 have a 40 to 20k Hz response and feature greater immunity to RF interference caused by cell phones and GSM devices. Each model has four interchangeable capsules from which to choose (cardioid, hypercardioid, omni and shotgun/supercardioid). The mics ship with proprietary 25-foot cable (XLRm-to-mini-XLRf), hanging clip, stand adapter and windscreen. Accessories include MicroPods (integrated 6/12/18-inch goosenecks), MicroBooms (50-inch, 2.5-ounce carbon-fiber boom), various instrument mount clips and more. AES Booth #436.


Designed specifically for midfield monitoring, Klein + Hummel’s ( O 410 is a tri-amped, three-way loudspeaker featuring mag-shielded drivers (10-inch LF, 3-inch soft-dome mid and 1-inch tweeter). Onboard 340/180/160-watt, hybrid, Class-A/B amplifiers in the vented enclosure extends bass to 34 Hz. Electronically balanced analog inputs are standard; optional are transformer-balanced and 192kHz/24-bit digital inputs. AES Booth #418.


Euphonix ( announces the third generation of its eMix management software for System 5 digital consoles. eMix 3 includes new features such as scene automation and dual spill zones, which enable two operators working on the console to independently spill out stereo or 5.1 masters to their component parts on each side of the console. eMix 3 also supports all of the new DSP SuperCore hardware features, including bus processing and longer delays of up to two seconds on every channel. AES Booth #718.


Coleman Audio ( introduces the 7.1SW balanced audio switcher. You can select any one of four 8-channel balanced audio inputs and route them to an 8-channel balanced output. As a passive switcher, it’s bidirectional and can be wired to send one input to any of four places. The balanced 8-channel I/Os are on Tascam-format DB-25 connectors. Applications include backup switching for DSP outputs feeding the crossover system in live sound, A/B’ing between four mixes in film/video post/surround music production, and simultaneously switching 5.1 and stereo mixes in broadcast, authoring, game sound, etc. AES Booth #1023.


ZED from Allen & Heath ( is a series of small-format, USB-equipped mixers for live performance, recording and production. The ZED-14 has six mono channels (with 3-band, swept-mid EQ) and four stereo channels (with 2-band EQ) and provides 13 independent sources to the mix, 10 independent outs, two pre-fade/two post-fade aux sends, and a USB send and return for PC/Mac recording/playback/effects. The first of the ZED Series (four more models are planned), ZED-14 ships with Cakewalk SONAR LE Windows Vista/XP recording software. AES Booth #136.


The RealTraps ( Ceiling Tiles line includes eight models of ceiling tiles ($49.99 to $99.99) offered as an affordable, attractive alternative to hanging bass traps and RFZ panels from a grid ceiling. Normal home/office-style ceiling tiles are too reflective at mids and highs, and too thin to offer a useful bass trapping. RealTraps Ceiling Tiles solve the dilemma of treating first-reflection points and adding additional bass trapping to grid-based dropped ceilings. The tiles are available in 2×2- and 2×4-foot sizes, in thicknesses of 1.5 inches (for control of MF/HF reflections) or 3 inches for bass trapping. AES Booth #949.


Now shipping, the Germanium Series compressor from Chandler ( has a Class-A amp, transformer balancing and a FET gain-reduction element. Features include a wet/dry mix (for “submixing” tracks within the comp), Comp Curve (to select the knee using various diode combinations), Clean/Dirty Comp and sidechain filter. All Germanium units require the company’s PSU-1 power supply. A Germanium compressor mastering version is also offered. AES Booth #162.


The Ghost Acoustics (dist. by Sonic Distribution, line features a unique layered design of highly compressed glass fiber and layers of micro-thin, flexible aluminum. This unique combination provides superior broadband absorption and is well-suited for the problematic low-frequency area. The absorptive layers are housed in an aluminum-and-steel inner frame and mounted to the wall via a detachable metal frame. The product line includes various sizes, shapes and two color options. AES Booth #664.


The m201 is Grace Design’s ( redesigned 2-channel mic preamplifier. Features include ribbon mic mode, M+S encoder and dual-parallel XLR outputs on each channel. Options include 130V mic powering and latest-generation onboard 192kHz A/D converters. AES Booth #739.


Meyer Sound’s ( self-powered MM-4XP miniature loudspeaker (only 4 inches square) is the self-powered version of the company’s MM-4. The MM-4XP has all amplification and corrective processing onboard, and receives 48 VDC from an external power supply on a 5-pin EN3 connector that also carries balanced audio. The unit’s high intelligibility and flat phase/frequency response are geared for applications where space is limited or visibility is a factor, such as fill and spot coverage, or installation in steps and other hidden locations, as well as in touring applications like stage lip frontfill and small portable P.A. Its 4-inch driver is capable of a 113dB max peak SPLs with a 120 to 18k Hz response. AES Booth #336.


A ribbon mic tough enough for close-in kick drum miking, el Diablo — Mercenary Edition uses Crowley and Tripp’s (dist. by Soundwave Research, ultratough Roswellite™ ribbon material and is said to have the aggression of the 421 with the size of the 47 FET without any of the phase issues that often occur when using two mics on a single source. Shipping begins this month. AES Booth #772.


Yamaha ( releases six upgraded MG Series analog mixers, adding to the four shown earlier this year. Single-knob input compressors help you quickly set up a mix. Other features include redesigned fader/EQ/preamps and high-output LED meters readable even in bright daylight. Two models (MG16/6CX and MG16/6CX-USB) offer digital SPX multi-effects; three (MG16/6CX-USB, MG16/6C-USB and MG20/6C-USB) include USB ports designed to simplify live recording. The three also ship with Cubase AI4 production and recording software. Prices range from $449 to $799. AES Booth #318.