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New Products for May 2018

New Studio and Live Sound Equipment from Steinberg, Roland, Ultimate Ears, Zoom, Antelope Audio, Sanken, Io Audio, Yamaha, Clair Brothers, Avid and Martin Audio


Steinberg UR-RT2, UR-RT4

I/O with RND Transformers, Yamaha D-PRE, USB 2.0

With switchable Rupert Neve Designs transformers on the front inputs, onboard Yamaha D-PRE preamps, zero-latency effects for monitoring, the new UR-RT2 (2-in/4-out; $349) and UR-RT4 (4-in/6-out; $599) audio and MIDI USB 2.0 interfaces are designed to offer studio quality to the mobile producer/artist. Also: two analog XLR/TRS combo inputs (Hi-Z switch on input 1), two TRS line inputs, headphone jack with independent level control, MIDI I/O, and 24-bit/192 kHz operation. Each also comes with Cubase AI DAW software for Mac and PC (only for 64-bit environment) and Cubasis LE DAW app for iPad. Shipping expected in July 2018.

Roland R-07 High-Resolution Recorder

24-bit/96 kHz Operation, with Bluetooth Control/Streaming

Designed for audio capture on the go, the Roland R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder ($229) features multiple high-quality recording modes, plus dual recording and hybrid limiting functions to ensure reliable audio capture. The R-07 supports mono and stereo WAV recording at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz and MP3 recording at rates up to 320 Kbps. It also includes Bluetooth for remote operation and audio streaming (enhanced with Qualcomm aptX encoding technology), and is powered by two AA batteries or USB bus.

Ultimate Ears UE Live, UE 6 Pro

New Flagship Model for In-Ear Stage Monitoring

Ultimate Ears has announced Ultimate Ears Live ($2,199), the brand’s new flagship custom in-ear monitor, and Ultimate Ears 6 Pro ($699), each featuring the durable Ultimate Ears IPX Connection System. UE Live includes six balanced armatures, one dynamic driver and the True Tone Plus, an upgraded version of Ultimate Ears’ proprietary True Tone Drivers. Each driver is designed to handle its specific frequency range, giving UE LIVE the purest signal path Ultimate Ears has ever created. UE 6 PRO was designed as an introductory hybrid solution for musicians and includes two dynamic drivers for midrange and bass, along with True Tone Drivers for high-frequency fidelity. Available this month.

Zoom H1n Handy Recorder

New Outboard Limiter, Lowcut Filter, Screen

Zoom North America has released the newest in its H1 line, the H1n Handy Recorder ($119 MAP), with a host of upgrades from the popular H1. The H1n’s rugged, sleek design features a protective mic enclosure, an improved (and brighter) LCD screen, a new analog-style gain control, and easy-to-access buttons and menu options. It has built-in X/Y mics and a stereo 1/8-inch mini phone jack mic/line input. A new onboard limiter enables distortion-free recording up to 120 dB SPL, at 24-bit/96 kHz, and a new lowcut filter features selectable cut-off points and helps eliminate pops, wind noise and other unwanted low-frequency rumble. The H1n records to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB and runs on two standard AAA alkaline, lithium, NiMH rechargeable batteries or AC adapter.

Antelope Audio EDGE Strip Bundle

Modeling Mic, MP Preamps, Loaded with Effects

The new modeling package deal from Antelope Audio, the EDGE Strip Bundle ($1,295), offers the best of analog with the convenience of digital control, and includes: the Edge Modeling Microphone, a dual-capsule condenser large-diaphragm mic designed to reproduce the expressiveness and character of classic microphones; the Discrete MP, an all-analog dual-channel preamp that includes two XLR+TRS combo inputs and two TRS outputs, with up to 61 dB of maximum gain; and a package of free native effects plug-ins, including the Stay Levin, a compressor designed by Antelope Audio founder Igor Levin. Also, a USB connection for remote control.

Sanken CS-M1 Microphone

Lightweight, Short Shotgun, Supercardioid Condenser

The small and lightweight Sanken CS-M1 microphone, measuring 4 inches long, a standard 19mm in diameter, and weighing less than 2 ounces, is especially suited to shoots where tight patterns and premium sound are the goal, even when a short lens is required. Max SPL is stated at 137 dB, with a frequency response of 100 Hz to 18 kHz. The CS-M1 has a rugged design and offers advanced RFI rejection. It can be boom- or camera-mounted.

Io Audio AWG XLR Cables

High-Quality Performance, EMI Rejection

Io Audio Technologies has introduced a family of 3-pin XLR cables available in three grades—Premium, Professional and Performance—and available in standard lengths of 10, 25, 50 and 100 feet. The top-shelf 24 AWG Premium uses a four-conductor design and sports two braided shields for protection against EMI. The conductors are made of stranded oxygen-free copper and are silver-plated for improved conductivity. The 23 AWG Professional has two copper conductors with a braided copper shield, which allows the cable to maintain its shape while reportedly providing up to 97 percent coverage from EMI. The 24 AWG Performance sports a PVC jacket, two copper conductors and a copper spiral shield.

Sound Reinforcement

Yamaha Rivage PM7 Digital Mixing System

Same Layout as Flagship PM10, with Dante and TwinLane I/O

The core of the Rivage PM7 Digital Mixing System includes the CSD-R7 Digital Mixing Console, TwinLane-based RPio622 and RPio222 I/O racks, and Dante-based Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 I/O racks. With an emphasis of preserving workflow, the PM7 shares the same control-surface footprint as the Rivage PM10—but with the DSP engine built into the console, offering enhanced portability and system flexibility while maintaining high operability. The panel layout is the same as the flagship PM10, with 120 input channels, 60 mix buses, 24 matrices, and a selection of 48 plug-ins. The combination of analog and digital input stages enhance the natural Yamaha sound with immaculate VCM technology models of Rupert Neve Designs transformer and SILK processing circuitry.

Clair Brothers 10SPOT

Hybrid Speaker Combines Curved Array and Coaxial Approach

Clair Brothers has been busy with product development. Its newest release is the 10SPOT, a hybrid loudspeaker that combines the company’s Curved Array Technology with its One Series coaxial horn technology. The 10-inch woofer and 1-inch-exit (2.5-inch voice coil) compression driver both load into the unique combination of two overlaid horns. The directivity pattern is stated at 90 degrees at top and 135 degrees at the bottom, with 45-degree vertical. Frequency response is 90 Hz to 20 kHz, ±2 dB. The 10SPOT measures 16.5×16.5×15.5 inches and weighs 35 pounds—compact enough to be hidden (four integral mounting points), with coherency and dispersion characteristics optimized for articulate speech and full-frequency music production. Available this summer.

Avid Venue S6L Modular System

Three New Control Surfaces, Two New I/O Racks, One New Engine

Avid has introduced a significant upgrade and approach to its VENUE | S6L line, with a modular-based system setup that features a choice of five surfaces—including the new S6L-48D, S6L-24C, and S6L-16C—that offer from 16 to 48 faders; a choice of three engines, including the new E6L-112; and four I/O rack options, including the new Stage 32 and Local 16. Engineers can scale systems up or down to meet changing requirements on the road, in a club or in a house of worship. All systems share full Venue show file compatibility, and I/O racks can easily be shared across multiple networked S6L systems without any loss of audio quality, reducing I/O and cable requirements, setup time and transportation costs. Price based on configuration.

Martin Audio SXF115 Subwoofer

Compact, Passive Model for WPM, MLA Mini Arrays

Martin Audio has added to its impressive subwoofer lineup with the introduction of SXF115—a passive model featuring a powerful, long-excursion 15-inch (4-inch voice coil) driver in an ultra-compact bass reflex enclosure, capable of 136 dB at 1 meter. Designed to work with the company’s new Wavefront Precision Mini (WPM) optimized line array, it can extend the performance down to 42 Hz and can be flown as part of an array or ground-stacked separately. The SXF115 enclosure is constructed from multi-laminate birch ply, finished with a durable polyurethane coating and equipped with a perforated steel grille, skids and twin bar handles. An M20 threaded fitting in the top surface facilitates pole-mounting of up to four WPM or MLA Mini enclosures.   

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