Fostex HP-A4BL DAC/Amp
Headphone Power and Quality Conversion
The HP-A4BL from Fostex ($499.99) features newly designed digital circuitry and high-performance headphone amplifiers, balanced headphone output, ¼-inch TRS output and Hi/Lo gain switch. The unit is compatible with USB Audio 2 (Mac/PC) and offers a Burr-Brown DAC circuit operating at 24-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD audio. Rear panel features include a USB input, S/PDIF input and output (optical), and RCA analog outputs. Front panel features include master volume, output selector, hi-lo gain, a two-stage filter and input selector.
Audiofile Engineering Myriad Software
Batch Processing for Pro Audio
Myriad ($99.99) is a next-generation batch processor featuring a redesigned GUI, significant performance gains, and integration of the Goodhertz Good Dither and Goodhertz Sample Rate Converter. Over 100 Actions are included, and users can also save an unlimited number of custom-configured User Actions. Myriad supports Broadcast WAV metadata, SoundCloud, Dropbox and advanced FLAC and Vorbis conversion options and support for compressed files on input, including AAC, MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless and more.
Fluid Audio FPX7 Monitor
Co-ax Ribbon Design
Building off its Fader Series, Fluid Audio has released the FPX7 monitor ($549.99 per unit) featuring a co-ax ribbon design. Other features include Class-A/B amplifiers, a toroidal transformer for superior noise characteristic, optimized composite cone woofers and an AMT tweeter, which is mounted in the center of the woofer in a coaxial configuration, making this speaker the first of its kind. A custom-designed waveguide provides a wide dispersion with an expansive sweet spot. A DSP-controlled crossover ensures there is zero variance speaker-to-speaker.
Lewitt LCT 640 TS Microphone
The new Lewitt LCT 640 TS ($899) has a dual-design 1-inch capsule featuring a dual-output mode enabling engineers to record the front and back diaphragm individually. This makes it possible to change and fine-tune the polar pattern seamlessly all the way from omnidirectional to figure-8, as well as to turn the recording direction of the microphone by 180 degrees, even after the recording session. Additionally, users may record “Mid-Side” stereo with only one LCT 640 TS. The mic comes bundled with a DAW plug-in called Polarizer (Mac/PC), making it possible to easily change the polar pattern during post-production. Included is a LCT 40 SHx suspension and an LCT 40 Wx windscreen, all packed into a robust black military-grade case.
Altinex CM Series Frames
Handy Studio Power, Connectivity
Altinex now offers the CM Series bezel frames for use with the company’s TNP Jr. or CNK Jr. Series Tabletop Interconnect Products. Available in 2- ($110), 3- ($142), or 4- ($185) space configurations, the new frames can be integrated into an audio workspace and tailored specifically to the requirements of the user’s desktop. Two interconnect boxes can be stacked using a dual frame—making them face opposite sides of the table, for example—or stack three or four units next to each other.
Augspurger Solo 12MF Monitor
Small Footprint, Big Power
Augspurger has released its latest active monitor, the Solo 12MF ($12,995 per pair). The freestanding system employs a single 12-inch low/mid driver along with the breakthrough 30-percent smaller “MF”(midfield) horn, introduced with the Augspurger Duo 8 Mini-Main monitor. Onboard DSP amps provide power, delivering 600 watts RMS per side with .003 THD. Optional matching subwoofers are available in 1×12, 2×12, 1×18 and 2×18 sizes, expanding the system to a three-way, full-range solution. Wattage is then boosted to 1,100 per side.
Sterling Audio MX Series Monitors
Three Models, Nextgen Materials
The new MX Series speakers from Sterling Audio include three models: the MX8 ($249.99), which features an 8-inch low-frequency driver and 1-inch silk-dome tweeter; the MX5 ($149.99), with a 5-inch woofer and 1-inch silk-dome tweeter; and the MX3 ($99.99), with a 3-inch woofer and ¾-inch tweeter. The dual-axis WaveGuidanceVH technology promises a very wide sweet spot with wide and high dispersion. All three models feature variable highpass (+2, 0, or -2 dB) and lowpass (-3, 0, or +3 dB) filters, and the MX8 and MX5 provide balanced XLR, balanced ¼-inch TRS, and unbalanced RCA inputs; the MX3 offers unbalanced RCA inputs.
Harrison Mixbus Version 3.2
New Features, New Plug-in
The latest version of Harrison’s Mixbus DAW ($79) features a new export report and analysis window, including LUFS loudness measurement, LU (Loudness Unit) histogram, LU Range, Waveform display, with peak indicators, Peak Sample value + True Peak value, and Spectrogram view. These tools provide an extra level of confidence that exported tracks meet typical requirements for distribution and broadcast. The XT-DC drum character, the newest addition to the Character Bundle ($219), provides powerful DSP to equalize the two parts of a drum hit separately. It utilizes two separate equalizers; the first dynamically tracks the initial attack while the second dynamically tracks the tail.
NEW SOUND REINFORCEMENT PRODUCTS
Lectrosonics Wireless Designer
Enhanced System Setup and Operation
Lectrosonics’ latest version of its Wireless Designer Software (available as a free download) offers enhancements, workflow streamlining, importing of frequency lists, and the creation of custom frequencies. This allows other wireless systems to be included in the overall frequency coordination. The software also provides an overall view of Lectrosonics’ wireless systems, including all receiver mainframes that are connected. A summary of each channel is displayed with real-time indications for essential levels and settings on each installed module. With multiple receivers, the main display window can be scaled and zoomed, and several color themes are provided.
Rational Acoustics Smaart 8
Upgrade Offers User-Requested Improvements
The popular multichannel system analysis and optimization software Smaart is now out in version 8 ($895 introductory price; $995 after June 15) featuring new program workflow and other user-requested enhancements. The GUI takes you through device selection/configuration and automatically creates Spectrum measurements while device and measurement configuration is managed through a single window. Other enhancements include the Creating a Transfer Function measurement, which now automatically creates the accompanying Spectrum contributors. V8 now organizes configurations into tabs, which include not only the configured measurements but also the layout and plot view. Other improvements include multi-window capability, hide/show interface controls, command menu/bar, and improved data storage and APL.
DiGiCo SD10 Stealth Core 2
Upgrade Brings Power and New Features
The latest upgrade to DiGiCo’s SD10 features many system improvements, including 132 channel strips, 56 + Master + 24 x 24 Matrix buses, 214 DiGiTuBes, 214 Multiband Dynamic options, and 214 Dynamic EQs. Scheduled for release this summer, the Stealth Core 2 upgrade option will be available for less than $2,200, with discounts offered to existing DiGiCo customers.
SSL System T
Networked Broadcast Production Environment
SSL’s new System T (priced per configuration) allows hardware and software control interfaces—and high-quality stage boxes—to be placed anywhere on a network. Using the AES67 transport standard, the system fully supports Dante-based I/O and routing featuring Dante HC connectivity. System T can incorporate multi-touch and gesture-driven screen technology, hardware control, and an intelligent, intuitive workflow. System scaling requires only additional networking switch capacity, not proprietary routing hardware, making large-scale deployment extremely cost-effective. Up to three consoles or control interfaces can access a single or fully mirrored redundant pair of Tempest processor engines. Up to three engines can be integrated using SSL’s optimal core processing for real-time, 64-bit CPU-based, floating-point mixing and processing.