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New Products September 2015


3-way or 2-Way Design With Remote Switching

The Trio6 Be from Focal ($5,990/pair) is two monitors in one, offering remote switching between two- and three-way playback in the same box. Just as in the company’s high-end SM9 monitor, this gives the listener a quick and effective way to compare the mix translated to two speaker systems, each offering its own unique crossover. Components include an 8-inch subwoofer (200-watt Class G), 5-inch midrange driver (150W Class G), and a 1-inch pure Beryllium tweeter (100W Class-A/B). The rotating baffle facilitates both horizontal and vertical setups. Other features include LF and HF shelving, and three control knobs for adjusting low and high frequencies and 160Hz notch.


Multiband 500 Series Classic

The new B15 EQ ($1,000) features three bands, with five selectable frequencies per band, Jensen transformers at the input and output stage, Elma gold-plated rotary switches and a 15-way gold connector. The aesthetics offer custom-machined aluminum knobs set against a classic matte-black housing. Unique touches include a fully discrete gyrator circuit, plus hand-wired construction. The units are assembled in California and available through BAE Audio’s network of authorized dealers.


Restoration and Reverb Reduction

Plugin Alliance and accusonus have collaborated in the release of ERA-D ($299), a revolutionary step forward in audio restoration. ERA-D is the only plug-in that can analyze and remove both noise and reverberation at the same time. ERA-D explores the multichannel information to better suppress reverb and/or noise. To put it simply, your secondary mic might have captured reverb and/or noise more accurately than your primary mic. ERA-D uses that information to increase the processing quality in your main mic. ERA-D is available now in AAX native, VST2, VST3 and AU formats for Mac OS 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or 8. All Plugin Alliance products are available for fully functional 14-day demos from a single downloadable installer.


Affordable, Compact Powered Monitors

The new M-Audio AV32 ($99.99/pair) and AV42 ($149.99/pair) promise detailed, powerful sound and convenient interfacing facilities. Polypropylene-coated woofers are used in both systems—3-inch in the AV32 and 4-inch in the AV42. The drivers’ treated cellulose fiber substrate provides the acoustic mass required for deep bass response, while their polypropylene coating ensures that upper bass and midrange transients are reproduced with detail and precision. Both systems use cabinets made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), and the 1-inch soft-dome silk tweeters in both. The Left speaker of each pair contains the system’s 2-channel amplifier, along with the Power on/off and Volume controls.


8-Channel Preamp and A/D/A Converter

The DigiMax DP88 ($699) from PreSonus features eight remote-controllable mic preamps with advanced features, superior connectivity and integration with the new Studio 192 audio interface. The 24-bit/96 kHz DigiMax DP88 also offers phantom power, which is individually switchable for each preamp, plus an eight-segment LED input meter on each channel. When connected via ADAT Optical to a PreSonus Studio 192 audio interface, the preamp controls also are accessible from PreSonus’ Studio One DAW and UC Surface control software for Mac OS X and Windows. No additional setup is required; the DigiMax DP88 becomes a natural extension of the Studio 192 inputs and outputs.


Built-In Monitor Stabilization

ZAOR Studio Furniture and IsoAcoustics have joined forces to create a series of speaker stands, desktop speaker stands, and media production workstation desks that will integrate the Iso Acoustics’ patented speaker isolation and positioning technology. The first products out of the gate include the MIZA X media production workstation desk, featuring a pair of IsoAcoustics’ Aperta acoustic isolation stands and the D-STAND ISO, a height-adjustable desktop stand in a white glossy finish offering speaker height- and angle-adjustment.


Mixer, Effects Processor, VI Host

Host application and audio effects developer Audiffex has announced availability of inTone2 ($49), a multifaceted, multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and multitrack zonal player. Each audio chain features a BAL (balance) control; EFFECTS section; volume fader; B (bypass), M (mute), and S (solo) buttons; Aux 1 and Aux 2 sends; and individual track recording ability. Any audio chain can be routed to any audio interface output or inTone2’s internal Master chain. Virtual instruments can also be brought into the session. An MP3/AAC/WAV/AIFF file player allows users to create playlists, change speed and tuning of songs, and loop the playback.


New Editing Tools, Workflow Enhancements

The latest version of Synchro Arts Revoice Pro ($599) is a free update offering a selection of new pitch editing tools, track group controls and a host of other audio processing and workflow enhancements. Revoice Pro is a purpose-built, stand-alone program that includes two unique, automatic editing processes, manual time/pitch Warp processes, and tight integration with DAWs. Revoice Pro’s unique Audio Performance Transfer process can automatically and instantly transfer the timing, pitch, intonation or loudness features from one signal to one or more target signals. APT is powered by an advanced version of VocALign. Warp Processing with an improved graphic interface provides fast, manual manipulation of audio timing and pitch with transparent audio quality. Automatic grid-based pitch correction is also available.