Noveltech Vocal Enhancer
Plug-in Vocal Tweaker
Unlike conventional enhancers, the Noveltech Vocal Enhancer (plugin-alliance.com, $99.99) dynamically boosts the desired characteristics in audio recordings, rather than statically boosting set frequencies. The GUI offers two parameters for basic operation with an additional 2-band filter section for fine-tuning. The Noveltech Vocal Enhancer plug-in is available for a host of popular professional audio formats, including AU, AAX, RTAS, TDM, Venue, and VST.
LARS Headphone Switching Box
Mini Control for Cans
LARS (Left And Right Switch) simplifies switching from program and camera-return audio with L/R isos on devices that have a limited monitor interface or a complicated menu system (reddingaudio.com, $250). It works with units like Sound Devices’ 788T, 744T or Zaxcom’s Nomad, and can easily switch between Right Only, Left Only or Stereo on either the program or camera return audio with a turn of a switch. LARS is also a versatile miniature router to select and send iso IFB feeds from mixers to wireless transmitters with ease.
Steinberg Nuendo 6
Power for Post and Recording
Upgraded features and looks in Nuendo 6 from Steinberg (steinberg.net, $2,000) include the new insert view, plug-in and channel search and a new channel strip. The strip offers high- and low-pass filters, a noise gate with sidechain, various compressors and a brickwall limiter. Other features include EBU R128 standard-compliant loudness metering with RMS metering scales, the Loudness Lane for tracking and editing loudness efficiently, and the new ADR taker system including onscreen dialog for dialog recording and language dubbing. New plug-ins include MixConvert v6 for downmixing, Voxengo’s 64-band CurveEQ and IOSONO’s Anymix Pro 1.3 for automatic EQ and loudness adjustments to surround sound signal panning and upmixing up to 8.1 surround sound.
Lindell Audio DACX
Lindell Audio’s DACX (lindellaudio.se, $2,299) is a high-end digital-to-analog converter with special attention paid to the power supply, which promises to decrease crossover distortion. A dual output stage allows the user to select tube or op amp flavoring. The DACX features dual AES/EBU, coax S/PDIF, optical S/PDIF and USB audio inputs, and the selectable upsampling feature lets the user set the output sample rate to taste: 24/96, 32/96, 24/192, 32/192. Other features include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs, AK4397 Delta-Sigma D/A IC, S/N ratio of <114 dB and THD <0.002%.
DaySequerra iLC2ST Loudness Controller
The iLC2ST Loudness Controller features compliance logging over Ethernet and an option for dual power supplies (independentaudio.com, $TBA). The 2-channel stereo loudness controller delivers EBU R128, ATSC A/85 CALM and ARIB-B32 loudness compliance simultaneously for two independent stereo TV broadcasts in a feature-rich 1RU package. The iLC2ST has two independent stereo loudness controllers and dual full-featured ITU BS.1770 loudness meters. It offers real-time adaptive loudness control, delivering ITU BS.1770-compliant loudness without “squashing” the sound.
Mara Machines Analog Recorder
Pimp My MCI
Engineer Chris Mara of Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville has spun off a side business called Mara Machines (maramachines.com). The first product out of the gate is a fully restored MCI JH110 ¼-inch stereo deck featuring 7.5, 15 and 30 ips tape speeds, XLR I/O, relapped heads, and a six-month warranty. The machine ships worldwide for $3,500 and is also available as a ½-inch 2-track or a ½-inch 4-track.
Blue Spark Digital Microphone
Mobile USB Condenser
Expanding on the sound of Blue’s Spark XLR studio microphone, Spark Digital (bluemic.com, $199) is the world’s first studio-grade condenser microphone to offer both USB and iPad connectivity. Spark Digital features Focus Control, providing two different sonic options in one mic at the push of a button. Complete with an adjustable desk stand and built-in shock-mount, Spark Digital includes Y cables for each platform with a headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring.
Neyrinck V-Control Pro 1.7
More Pro Than Ever
The latest 1.7 version of Neyrinck V-Control Pro media application controller for iPad and iPad mini is now available from the Apple App store and includes a host of new features. Version 1.7 adds an innovative jog/scrub/shuttle wheel, new features for Logic 9, layout preferences, and an improved floating V-Window feature for controlling plug-ins and instruments from the iPad. The skins for controlling Media Composer and Final Cut Pro 7 now have a new layout permanently featuring the jog wheel more suited to video editing applications. V-Control Pro is available from the Apple App store for $49.99 and is a free update for existing customers. Users can download the latest Ney-Fi driver app for their Mac or PC from the Neyrinck Website (neyrinckaudio.com).
Radial Engineering StageBug SB-5 Sidewinder
Laptop DI on the Go
Designed for quick deployment on busy stages and for the fast-paced environment of the AV system tech, the StageBug SB-5 offers an integral 1.5-meter (5-foot) cable terminated in a 3.5mm (1/8-inch) connection (radialeng.com, $99.99). Features include twin isolation transformers to eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground loops, and a ground lift switch at the output to suppress noise. Should a device with an extra-high output be encountered, the -15dB input pad is activated to reduce sensitivity and prevent overload distortion. Output is via two ¼-inch TRS output connections and an additional XLR output that sums the left-right signals to mono.
Allen & Heath ICE-16
16×16 I/O Recorder/Interface
The ICE-16 from Allen & Heath is a 16-in/16-out audio interface allowing the capture of high-quality multitrack recordings direct to a USB drive or computer (allen-heath.com, $999). The unit allows bi-directional streaming of 16 channels over high-speed USB or FireWire at 24-bit, 96kHz resolution. Alternatively, 16 channels can be simultaneously recorded straight to a USB hard drive or memory stick at up to 24-bit, 48kHz resolution WAV file. The ICE-16 is expandable, allowing units to be linked for higher channel count recordings.
dbx PMC16 Monitor Controller
Your New Personal Mixer
The PMC16 is a personal monitor controller that allows users to create a custom, recallable mix from 16 channels of audio (dbxpro.com, $749.95). Designed to be used with the dbx TR1616 or any other BLU link compatible device, the PMC16 allows for monitoring with headphones, in-ear monitors, powered monitors, or traditional wedge monitors. The PMC16 comprises a 16-channel mixer section with full control of levels, panning, effect send levels, muting, and soloing. Onboard Lexicon reverb provides the finishing touch. Output processing section includes stereo width control, wedge monitor compensation EQ, high and low master EQ, master level control, and dbx limiting.