Neyrinck V-Control Pro 2
Hands-on iOS and Android DAW Control
V-Control Pro 2 from Neyrinck ($49.99) is a new system offering hands-on control of audio and video projects using almost any device. The app controls OS X and Windows Media applications including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro, Studio One and Premiere Pro. Free control apps connect through the V-Control Pro 2 software. V-Control Pro 2 is also used to connect the Slate Raven MTi2 and MTX mk2 systems to media applications such as Pro Tools and Logic Pro. Also included is V-Console, a free 8- or 16-fader iOS and Android control app for recording, editing and mixing that can also use multiple devices for up to 32 faders of control. V-Console upgrades include V-Window, which allows users to control plug-ins using the actual plug-in screens, and an improved insert and plug-in popup window.
Audio Precision APx1701
Speaker, Headphone and Mic Measurement
The new APx1701 Transducer Test Interface from Audio Precision ($3,950) integrates instrument-grade amplifiers and microphone power supplies for designers and production test engineers seeking clear insight into the behavior of their electro-acoustic devices. With a signal-to-noise ratio of 134 dB, the APx1701 provides 20 dB of fixed gain amplification from DC to 100 kHz. The system’s power amplifiers are configured as two independent channels, with power ratings up to 100 watts for a single channel into 8 Ω. For microphones, either as measurement mics or as the device under test (DUT), the APx1701 is equipped with pairs of balanced and unbalanced microphone inputs. The balanced inputs include switchable +48-volt phantom power, while the unbalanced inputs support switchable CCP (Constant Current Power) and are TEDS-capable (Transducer Electronic Data Sheet).
Mesanovic Microphones Model 2A
Active Ribbon With Custom Resonator Plates
The Model 2A from Mesanovic Microphones ($1,199) is an active version of the company’s Model 2 ribbon mic. The microphone features signature motor structure and custom designed resonator plates to provide extended, detailed and 3-D-like response found in the Model 2. The Model 2A’s high output is provided by a custom, in-house wound, toroidal transformer. The phantom-powered electronics work as an impedance buffer and provide no additional gain or coloration to the sound. The result is 13 dB more output than the Model 2 and extremely low self-noise. The Model 2A will work with any preamplifier, including an entry-level interface or a high-end dedicated unit. The Model 2A is covered by a lifetime parts warranty and a free re-ribboning for the original owner within two years of purchase.
Zoom H4n Pro Handheld Recorder
Upgraded Mics, Preamps and Noise Floor
Zoom’s new H4n Pro 4-track recorder ($219.99) features advanced microphones, high-performance mic preamps, and an extremely low noise floor. The built-in condenser mics have been updated to handle up to 140dB SPL promising distortion-free X/Y recording in even the loudest environments. The Pro’s two XLR/TRS inputs use the same high-performance, low-noise mic preamps as the company’s Zoom H5 and H6 Handy Recorders, and the improved noise floor (-120 dBu EIN) allows for audio capture with less noise and fewer artifacts. Other features include a new rubberized, ergonomic body, locking combo connectors, a headphone/line out jack and a built-in monophonic reference speaker. Also included are three recording modes, built-in studio-grade effects, and the ability to function as a 2-input/2-output USB audio interface.
Platinum Samples Accent Ocean Way Drums
New VI Brings High-End Sounds
Platinum Samples has released Accent Ocean Way Drums, the first library using their new powerful but easy to use Accent virtual instrument. The Accent player is available as AAX64, VST2, and AU, and supports sample rates up to 96 kHz with a resolution of 24 bits. Accent also includes its own internal effects (Gain, Filter, 4 Band EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Gate, and Reverb) as well as support for third-party plug-ins. Features include a resizable user interface and familiar DAW-style mixer. This library includes four full kits with Crash, Splash, China and Ride cymbals, plus four bonus Kick and Snare drums. The Kicks and Toms were recorded with the snare strainer both on and off. Each snare drum is recorded with two microphone options: Shure SM57 and AKG C12A. All kits also include three sets of stereo room microphones.
IK Multimedia T-RackS Saturator X
Modeled Classic Analog Tape Effect
IK’s T-Racks S Saturator X ($79.99) brings the color, flavor and saturation effects of classic analog audio processing gear to digital recordings. Features include 10 individual styles of saturation and distortion from the gentle, subtle hint of drive from a slightly overdriven transformer to the full-on, aggressive “in-your-face” mayhem of tubes driven beyond their limit. The processor can be used as a plug-in on the individual tracks in a mix or as part of the T-RackS signal processor chain. Controls include Input Gain, Output drive (can be independent or inverse linked controls), Saturation Mode select, Brickwall limiter engages and Oversampling select. Saturator X also features a “Magic Eye” VU meter that quickly gives users a vintage-looking, visual indication of the amount of saturation being applied to the incoming signal.
Focusrite Scarlett Interfaces
Second-Generation USB I/O
Focusrite’s second generation of Scarlett USB audio interfaces (prices TBA) is packed full of improvements including round-trip latency as low as 2.74 ms. There are six interfaces in the range, as well as two studio pack bundles. Improvements include the latest Scarlett mic preamp and a redesigned instrument input with increased headroom to handle the hottest inputs. New analog protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs guards the interfaces against unwanted power surges. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates up to 192 kHz. The Scarlett interfaces will also ship with Avid Pro Tools | First. Named Focusrite Creative Pack, the exclusive offering features the free version of Pro Tools and 12 additional plug-ins, including the Eleven Lite for real-life guitar amp emulations, and Tape Echo, which brings the sound of classic analog delays to mixes.
Blue Microphones Bottle Mic Locker
Versatile Turnkey Transducer
Blue Microphones Bottle Mic Locker ($5,999) combines the company’s flagship Bottle microphone with a variable-sensitivity power supply and four of Blue’s interchangeable classic capsules. Components include the Bottle, a Class-A tube circuit powered by a hand-selected EF86 pentode vacuum tube using a hand-wound transformer. The hot-swappable capsules include the B0 Bottle Cap for silky, extended presence; B6 Bottle Cap offering classic warmth; B7 Bottle Cap with detailed midrange and airy presence; and the B8 Bottle Cap for crystal-clear sound with incredible detail. The Bottle Mic Locker ships with the Power Stream, a precision-engineered power supply that allows the user to vary the polarization voltage. The complete locker, including the Bottle, Power Stream and capsules, comes housed in a custom hard shell case for protection and convenient portability.
NEW SOUND REINFORCEMENT PRODUCTS
Peavey Electronics XR-AT Powered Mixer
Portable High-Power Unit With Auto-Tune
The XR-AT powered mixer from Peavey ($999.99) incorporates a 9-channel mixer and 1,000 watts of power (1,500 watts peak) into a unique, portable design. Plus, for the first time, the mixer includes the Antares Auto-Tune pitch correction technology. Targeted for small to medium-size venues, the XR-AT comes with onboard digital effects and features only available from Peavey such as MidMorph and FLS, the company’s exclusive Feedback Locating System. The mixer also includes the Peavey exclusive KOSMOS bass enhancement and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Other features include an assignable Main/Main or Main/Monitor power amplifier with four twist-lock combination outputs, including a subwoofer line output with analog record output capability.
Yamaha Expanded HS Series
Mounting Points for SR Applications
Yamaha has expanded its popular HS Series ($TBA) powered studio monitor line with three new models. The HS5I, HS7I and HS8I are available in both black and white finishes and can be used in conjunction with three optional bracket types—wall, ceiling and baton. The HS enclosures are constructed from dense MDF with a dampened acoustic response and employ a traditional three-way mitered-joint technique that firmly anchors the corners of the enclosure to dramatically improve durability and eliminate unwanted resonance. HS Series full-range models feature two response controls with detailed settings that allow them to adapt to the surface acoustics of rooms of varying shape and size. As with the original models in the series, the new HS-I models can be used in conjunction with the HS8S, an 8-inch bass-reflex powered subwoofer that delivers low frequencies down to 22 Hz.
d&b Q-SYS Plug-in
Cross-Platform Amp and Speaker Control
d&b audiotechnik has announced a new software plug-in for the Q-SYS platform from QSC enabling the comprehensive control and monitoring of d&b amplifiers and loudspeakers from any Q-SYS Core. Integrators can provide Power on/off, Mute, Gain, Preset Recall and other amplifier controls from any Q-SYS user control interface hosted on any number of control devices and, likewise, can read extensive status information from the d&b loudspeaker system. This allows system designers to achieve high-performance d&b quality in installation applications requiring detailed, customized remote control features. Extensive integration with Q-SYS also allows the status logging of all audio connections to amplifiers, and the operating state of connected loudspeakers to be surveyed.
L-Acoustics Kiva II
Ultra-Compact Modular Line Source
The new Kiva II from L-Acoustics ($TBA) offers 6 dB of max SPL versus its predecessor, maximized amplifier density with 16-ohm impedance, and a new rugged enclosure material. Despite its ultra-compact format, the Kiva II features L-Acoustics’ Wavefront Sculpture Technology, giving it a long throw capability and delivering even SPL from the front row to the back of the audience. Its coplanar transducer arrangement and new K-shaped coplanar transducer configuration generate a symmetric horizontal coverage of 100 degrees without secondary lobes over the entire frequency range. Weighing only 31 pounds (14 kg), the stealthy design and form targets it perfectly for Performing Arts Centers and special events demanding minimum visual obtrusion, and particularly in L-ISA multichannel configuration installations.