Antelope Audio Orion 32+ Generation 3
Antelope Audio’s Orion 32+ | Gen 3 is now available, featuring brand-new AD/DA converters capable of achieving up to 129 dB dynamic range, Antelope Audio’s 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology and jitter management algorithm, and a collection of circuit-level gear emulations that run in real-time on an integrated FPGA FX platform.
Offering low-latency recording and playback of up to 64 simultaneous 24-bit/192 kHz audio channels via Thunderbolt and up to 32 audio channels over USB, Antelope Audio’s latest addition connects with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) on a Mac or PC. Easy workflow integration is provided with the color-coded software routing matrix with four separate mixers, effects chaining, and zero-latency monitoring capabilities all residing within an application for macOS and Windows. With all selections viewable in the center of the routing matrix when hovering over a connection, color-challenged users are also catered for.
Heritage Audio Successor
A fully Carnhill transformer coupled input and output unit, the new Successor is a true stereo diode-bridge based bus compressor with advanced sidechain filtering and built-in parallel processing capabilities, sharing the class A ´73 type output stage that Heritage Audio is famous for.
According to the company, ultra-fast attack and releases allow for larger than life drum bus compression sounds, while the complex sidechain filter lets you tailor your mix in ways not previously available. It features true stereo operation on single controls with matched gain cells for precise left/right tracking and nearly zero offset in between channels. Compression tracking works in Oxford mode (highest signal takes over compression opposed to summing left and right channels).
Lauten Audio LS-308 Microphone
Lauten Audio’s LS-308 large diaphragm condenser instrument microphone from its "Synergy Series" is now shipping. According to Lauten, the LS-308 mic features extreme levels of noise rejection and is specifically designed as a “problem solver: tool for challenging recording situations when isolation is needed but difficult to achieve. The new LS-308 microphone has an estimated street price of $499.00 USD.
Unique to the LS-308, and any large diaphragm condenser microphone in history, is its 270 degrees of side and rear off-axis rejection, reducing ambient sound from nearby sources by up to 25 dB. This rejection is achieved because of Lauten Audio's dual, large-diaphragm pressure gradient transducer element design, in combination with its specially designed circuit. This makes the LS-308 a very specific tool for recording engineers, perfect for rejection of other instruments, crowds, etc., in a live studio or on-stage recording and sound reinforcement applications, or even multi-person close-proximity vocal dialogue in noisy broadcast environments.
SIR 3 Reverb Plug-in
SIR3 now comes with 33 HDIR models made by Pinguin Ingenieurbüro from Hamburg. The flexible modulation section allows you transform certain parts (head or tail section) in the time domain. It contains a multi-stage delay with random pitch modulation and random amplitude modulation in the feedback path. It also allows you to transform the audio signal with a set of dynamic processing opportunities, including gating and ducking. In addition, the possibilities of envelope processing were further expanded — use volume, low-pass, high-pass, width and pan-envelope to modify the impulse in a natural or creative way.
Telefunken Alchemy Series
Telefunken Elektroakustik is introducing the new Alchemy Series of large diaphragm tube condenser microphones. These new models feature will begin shipping this spring and include the TF29, TF39, TF47 and TF51 models.
The new models boast newly designed custom headgrilles for transparency and openness, hand-plugged circuit boards and selected American and European vacuum tubes and transformers. All systems ship in a compact, protective case for easy transport and storage. Included are two modern mount options, microphone dust cover, high-flex 7-meter cable and an American-assembled power supply.
Like all Telefunken microphones, the Alchemy Series is assembled in the same American facility as the Diamond Series (ELA M 251E, C12 and U47) by a small, dedicated team of engineers and technicians. Each microphone is individually tested and listened to. All critical components are quality controlled in-house before assembly, including capsule frequency sweeps, vacuum tube burn-in and noise grading.
Vanguard V7 Microphone
The Vanguard V7 features a patented interchangeable capsule system that is a modified version of the company’s V34C “LOLLI” pencil-mount capsule, which allows for different capsule styles, sizes and voicings that can operate in any of nine selectable polar patterns.
The V7 is housed in a vintage bottle style body, finished with Vanguard’s signature deep-gloss Pinot Noir color and accented by polished chrome trim. The rear of the microphone allows for a selectable 140 Hz/70 Hz rolloff and –10/–20 dB pad. Included are the VLSM shockmount, a padded pinewood storage box, a microfiber mic sleeve, and locking case with space for additional capsule heads.
Sound Particles 2.0
Sound Particles is an immersive 3D CGI-like application for film, TV, VR, music and game audio production. Introduced in 2016, Sound Particles offers unique and efficient workflows for sound designers, increasing creativity and reducing the time needed to create and record complex sound effects in virtual 3D environments.
Having been used on many feature film releases (including Aquaman, Ready Player One, Batman vs Superman, among many others) since its release just over three years ago, Sound Particles 2.0 adds binaural monitoring, Windows support, Ambisonics file import, CGI file integration and real-time rendering, along with many more significant feature updates. This major release is available to download now, from www.soundparticles.com or via your local professional audio reseller.
Sound Particles 2.0 introduces licensing options to suit everyone, from multiroom facilities and film productions, through to independent professionals and home audio enthusiasts. Access to these unique workflows and features is available through either monthly subscription or upfront payments, with plans starting at $19.99 per month.
IsoAcoustics STAGE 1
The IsoAcoustics STAGE 1 isolator is designed for touring musicians and bands on any budget. The STAGE 1 isolators effectively eliminate the vibrational variables that touring musicians experience while playing onstage in a variety of venues and locations, enabling them to have consistent, clear sound night after night.
The STAGE 1 isolators are packaged as a set of four which can either be screwed directly to the bottom of the amplifier/loudspeaker/subwoofer/monitor or attached to a board to create an isolation platform for supporting the equipment. The STAGE 1 isolators aluminum housing features a very low profile design, with a height of 1.5 inches, enabling the equipment to maintain a low stance, and allowing them to fit easily inside their road cases. This supports a quicker setup and soundcheck time while on tour, while eliminating the variables of stages in different locations.
IsoAcoustics STAGE 1 isolators will be available in February 2019 from your local retailer as a set of four; MSRP $129.99 (US).
Electro-Voice RE Series Vocal Microphones
Electro-Voice has announced the next generation of its RE series condenser vocal microphones for live performance: the RE420 (cardioid polar pattern) and RE520 (supercardioid polar pattern).
The RE420’s cardioid pattern combines effective acoustic control with a comfortable working range, allowing freedom of vocal expression. It provides warm low-frequency response, open mids and clear highs.
The RE520’s supercardioid pattern ensures sonic isolation and high gain-before-feedback to maintain a vivid vocal presence. It provides tight low-frequency response, natural-sounding mids and detailed highs.
Lawo Power Core
Power Core, Lawo’s AoIP mixing engine and I/O node, has become even more powerful with new features and capabilities debuting at NAB 2019. Initially introduced as a DSP mixing engine and modular I/O system for Ruby radio consoles, many broadcasters are using Power Core as a gateway between legacy audio formats and standards-based IP media networks. The ST2110-30 standard ensures seamless interoperability of audio and video equipment in combined radio/TV broadcast plants.
New Power Core features include a Dante card with dual-redundant ports and sample rate conversion; dual-redundant front-panel SFP ports for AoIP; and ST2022-7 seamless protection switching, which provides dual-redundant AoIP network connections.
Calrec Audio Virtualized Solutions
Calrec Audio is demonstrating its latest, virtualized solutions at NAB, including its VP2 headless mixing system, the RP1 2U rackmount broadcasting mixing system and its modular IP-based system, Type R.
The VP2 has no physical control surface and utilizes Calrec’s Assist software for setup and control. VP2’s 4U core comes in three DSP sizes; 128, 180 and 240 input channels and incorporates Calrec’s Hydra2 networking solution. Calrec Serial Control Protocol (CSCP) can allow the audio console to be completely controlled by an automation system.
RP1 is a broadcast mixing system in a 2U rackmount box, containing Calrec’s Bluefin2 processing. Calrec’s RP1 provides solutions to the three major challenges in remote production workflows — latency, transport and control.
Type R is a modular, expandable, IP-based mixing system that uses standard networking technology and combines it with configurable soft panels that can be tailored to operator needs. It provides customization across established networks, open control protocols and surface personalization. Type R can be used without a physical surface with control and setup via Calrec’s browser-based Assist application and is fully compatible with automated systems using CSCP.