TRUE SYSTEMS P2 STEREO MIC PRE
TRUE Systems offers the P2 Analog 2-channel microphone preamplifier, a hybrid, totally balanced, dual-servo, high-voltage design for improved transient response, headroom, imaging and noise performance. Distributed in the U.S. by Neumann (www.neumannusa.com), the P2 Analog features a selectable M-S decoder, active DIs with impedance-modification capability, dual gain-range selection and a multi-frequency highpass filter. In addition, the P2 Analog features a Stereo Phase-Correlation display that assists in optimizing microphone placement for stereo recording. The P2 contains many military-grade, hand-matched components, and signal switching is done via high-reliability, gold-contact relays in order to maintain a short signal path and eliminate distortion and noise.
CEDAR NOISE SUPPRESSOR FOR PRO TOOLS
CEDAR (www.cedaraudio.com) has introduced the DNS2000, an automated implementation of its noise-suppression technology designed specifically for Pro Tools users. Connected to a Pro Tools-host system via a USB cable, the DNS-2000 processor unit provides 24-bit AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O for the system, plus the DSP necessary to process two independent audio channels simultaneously with virtually zero latency. DNS2000 Remote-Control Software provides a fast, intuitive user interface based on CEDAR’s award-winning DNS1000 noise suppressor, and runs on all suitable Macintosh-based Pro Tools systems. Fully integrated within the Pro Tools environment, the software controls all aspects of the DNS-2000, as well as automating all its operating parameters. The DNS2000 incorporates advanced timecode capabilities, and up to 126 processor units (252 channels of digital audio) may be processed simultaneously.
UNIVERSAL AUDIO MIC PRE
Universal Audio (www.uaudio.com) has released the 2108 2-channel microphone and instrument preamplifier. Designed around discrete, solid-state, Class-A circuitry inspired by the legendary 1176LN compressor/limiter, the 2108 emulates the warm sound and musical tone of the 1176LN. In addition to a balanced microphone input, each channel of the 2108 includes switchable input impedance, phantom power, switchable input and output signal metering via a 3-stage lamp, and front panel polarity reverse and power switches. I/Os are transformer coupled, and the unit also features dual, front panel, hi-Z instrument inputs. The Universal Audio 2108 is available at a special introductory price of $1,695.
ROLAND MIC-MODELING PREAMP
Roland (www.rolandus.com) is now shipping the MMP-2 Mic-Modeling Preamp, a 2-channel desktop microphone preamp that features 24-bit/96kHz A/D conversion and COSM Mic Modeling, which emulates the sound of vintage and high-end studio mics. The MMP-2’s USB port can connect the MMP-2 to any Mac or PC with a USB port, enabling users to draw EQ curves and set compressor parameters via the included software’s graphic interface. Users can also use the USB connection to download new effect plug-ins. Featuring the same analog circuits as in Roland’s VS-2480 mic preamps, the MMP-2 also includes four bands of fully parametric EQ, modeled tube compression, an enhancer and a de-esser. Mic inputs (two) are XLR/TRS, and outputs are balanced XLR. The MMP-2 also has a coaxial digital input and S/PDIF and AES/EBU digital outputs.
ILLBRUCK SONEX CORNER TRAPS
New from Illbruck Inc. (www.illbruck-sonex.com), SONEX® Corner Traps provide up to 12 sabins of sound absorption below 500 Hz. Measuring 24 inches high by 12 inches deep, the triangular-shaped, gray, polyurethane foam Corner Traps absorb unwanted low-frequency sound waves in recording studios and other critical listening environments. Providing adequate sound control when stacked two high in each corner, Corner Traps may also be stacked from floor to ceiling for optimal sound control.
SOUNDTRACS DIGITAL CONSOLES
Soundtracs (www.soundtracs.co.uk) has introduced the D4 and DS-3B digital consoles. The D4 is based on Soundtracs’ touch screen worksurface topology, and provides for up to 320 full-audio channels and 124 output buses, all controlled by automation. The D4 is available in various frame sizes (16-fader up to 96-fader) with optional rack expanders. Multiple consoles can be linked to create a surface with an almost unlimited number of faders and channels addressing 124 assignable output buses. The DS-3B console is a 32-bit, floating-point, digital production console that incorporates touch screen technology, and the system operates at 96 or 48 kHz with 24-bit conversion. Each of the 64 or 96 channels offers 4-band equalization and dynamics sections, and there are 32 output buses (each with limiters), and stereo, LCRS and 5.1 output formats. The DS-3B is supplied standard with 25 motorized faders, but a new version includes 33 faders and an extra TFT screen. A comprehensive 32×6 monitor matrix is also included. Both the D4 and DS-3B run Soundtracs’ onboard digital FX package.
QUESTED STUDIO AMP
The AP500 from Quested (www.quested.com) is the smallest of the AP Series of power amplifiers. Like the AP800 and AP1300, the AP500 features complementary Class-A/B bipolar outputs with a floating drive stage, providing exceptional sonic performance. The design also provides for “soft start” power-on sequencing and sophisticated monitoring of load, temperature and other operating parameters to ensure safe operation at all times. Loudspeaker protection is provided by internal audio limiters that are inaudible during normal operation. The AP500 provides an output per channel of 300 watts into 8 ohms, and 500 watts into 4 ohms.
ADAM P-SERIES MONITORS
The ADAM P-Series powered Analytical Monitors from McCave International Inc. (www.mccave.com) are designed for professional project studios, broadcast facilities and post-production facilities. Featuring the proprietary ADAM folded-ribbon HF driver, the new line of powered monitors includes the P11-A, the P22-A and a matching powered subwoofer, the Sub-P. ADAM folded-ribbon technology is designed to provide a nearly 3:1 advantage in terms of effective diaphragm area, and a 4:1 improvement in transient air-pressure rise time when compared with conventional voice coil, electrostatic or magneto-static transducers. The result is significantly greater precision in imaging and high-frequency detail. Prices for the P-Series units are: P11-A, $1,895 per pair; P22-A, $2,495 per pair; and Sub-P, $1,695/each.