Z-SYSTEMS SURROUND PROCESSOR The z-K6 K-Surround Processor from Z-Systems Audio Engineering ( can create convincing 5.1-channel surround


The z-K6 K-Surround Processor from Z-Systems Audio Engineering ( can create convincing 5.1-channel surround sound mixes direct from a stereo source. Targeted at DVD-Video production, DVD-Audio mastering, Digital Television broadcast and post-production applications, the system is designed to create a realistic 5.1 mix without having to remix the original multitrack elements. The z-K6 creates a dedicated center output and a 0.1-channel LFE output, and derives surround channel information based on the recording's existing, natural ambience. Unlike other processors that use room modeling or synthetic reverberation algorithms, the z-K6 K-Surround Processor uses psychoacoustic principles relating to ambience and sound-field perception to provide a natural-sounding 5.1 mix.


The M-91 Monolith Keyboard Structure from Quik-Lok ( provides nine height-adjustable settings (26.5 to 35.9 inches) and a 200-pound total load capacity. Tier depth is 14.5 inches, and its 34.25-inch width accommodates all 61-note keyboards. The unit folds flat, locking into a lightweight, easily transportable package. The M-92 is a two-tier version with angle- and height-adjustable upper tiers. The M-91 is $179.95; the M-92 is $279.95.


Shure ( debuts the KSM27 Studio Microphone, an affordable, large-diaphragm, side-address cardioid model. Featuring Class-A, transformerless preamp circuitry, the KSM27 offers an extended 20-20k Hz frequency response and can handle high-SPL signals. Additional features include a 1-inch, ultra-thin Mylar diaphragm, internal shock-mount and low 14dBA self-noise. Housed in a durable, die-cast zinc body, the mic also features a protective, hardened low-carbon steel grille, and is supplied with a Velveteen pouch and a rubber-isolated, external shock-mount. Price: $575.


AMS Neve ( launches the Modular I/O System 96 (MIOS 96) with the first MIOS 96 module, a Quad Microphone Amplifier. MIOS 96 is a four-rackspace system housing up to six hot-pluggable modules that support a variety of analog and digital I/O formats. The MIOS 96 Quad Microphone Amplifier is based on the classic Neve mic input stage, coupled with precision 24-bit, 96kHz converters, and connects to other devices via MADI. Each mic amp can switch between one line and two mic inputs, and includes a remotely switchable analog limiter and a highpass filter. Other features include a headphone output for monitoring any input, dual redundant supplies, and a choice of dual-fiber or dual-co-ax MADI connections. Future modules include 16-channel line-level ADCs and DACs, and an eight-I/O AES/EBU module with onboard sample rate conversion.


SKB ( offers the Roll-X Series of rackmount equipment cases. Equipped with a pull handle and wheels, Roll-X cases are 17 inches deep and accommodate three, four, five and six rackspaces. Roll-X racks interlock with each other, stack to form larger configurations and are made of tough-molded polyethylene.


Audio Precision ( intros two new PC-based audio test and measurement systems, the ATS-2 and System Two Cascade Plus, both offering new features to reduce setup/testing time. The ATS-2 includes both harmonic distortion and multitone analyzers, speeding identification of circuit problems, and enabling fast analysis of frequency response, crosstalk, noise and distortion. A performance option increases measurement bandwidth to 120 kHz and includes a complete suite of digital audio interface tests. System Two Cascade Plus, an upgrade to the System Two Cascade, features increased FFT acquisition memory, nth octave smoothing and a 6dB reduction in residual distortion. An optional Programmable Serial Interface Adapter will be available in January 2002. Prices for the ATS-2 begin at $9,995, with the performance option priced at $2,995. Cascade Plus (digital only) prices begin at $14,500; the Programmable SIA option is priced at $1,500.


Tascam's ( CD-RW402 dual-tray CD player/CD recorder/duplicator allows users to record/edit/duplicate CDs on the same device. The CD-RW402 can act as a 1:1 duplicator and is capable of duplicating at up to 4x speeds in both audio and data CD formats. CD player functions (available on both trays) include call, auto cue and auto ready. The player deck has pitch control capability and two locate points, and a Stutter Scrub function allows the user to set frame-accurate cue points. Recorder functions include record mute, digital gain adjustment, digital fade-in/out, Digital Direct mode and auto ID. CD-TEXT capability and track naming and editing functions are available via a PS/2 computer keyboard port. Connections include S/PDIF (optical and co-ax) I/O and unbalanced RCA/balanced XLR analog connectors. Price: $1,249, with wired remote control.


The GENx6-96 studio sync from Lucid ( is a rackmount unit that provides an extremely low jitter clock source and also functions as a simple 1×6 clock distribution amp. The GENx6-96 generates 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz clocks, outputting in (individually switchable) wordclock or Digidesign superclock formats. The unit can reference an incoming word, superclock or AES sync signal via selectable AES and BNC inputs.


Universal Audio's ( M610 is a mono tube preamp based on its 2-610 dual tube mic preamp. Both models are derived from the 610 console designed by Bill Putnam, the original founder of Universal Audio. The two-rackspace M610 uses the 2-610's circuitry, tube set and transformer design, and it includes direct inputs, phantom power and selectable boost/cut controls. Price is $1,295.


Gold Line ( has introduced Sound Lab Polar ETC software for Windows, a significant upgrade for the TEF20 acoustical analysis system. Polar ETC allows TEF users to identify the direction of origin for any reflection rapidly, aiding in the selection and placement of acoustical materials. The new software is compatible with all Windows 95 or later operating systems, including NT and Win2000, and may be ordered with a mic stand and positioning arm (SLPET50: $495), or as a deluxe $795 kit with stand, arm, cardioid mic, precision laser pointer and case.


The 6B ST 3-channel power amp from Bryston ( includes three independent modules, each capable of delivering 250 watts into 8 ohms or 400 watts into 4 ohms. Though housed in a single chassis, each of the three modules has its own electronic circuitry, connections and power supply. The 6B ST features a three-position gain selector for balanced/unbalanced inputs, a polarity switch on each channel, a remote 12-volt power trigger input with a delayed output feature, and over 40,000 MFD of filter capacitance on each channel. A 20-year transferable parts/labor warranty is standard.


The Area 51 Commemorative Edition mic from ADK ( is a multipattern condenser model featuring a hand-selected, NOS (New/Old Stock) GE 6072A vintage tube. The mic features nine polar patterns and handles SPLs of 125 dB (1% THD @ 1 kHz). A precision condenser element with 1-inch diameter, gold-sputtered dual diaphragms provides a 20-20k Hz frequency response. The Area 51 is $1,895, with foam windscreen, suspension mount, connecting cable, power supply and deluxe aluminum flight case.


Crown Audio ( intros the cost-effective XLS Series with three 2-channel amps: the XLS 202, 402 and 602. All three feature linear optocoupler clip limiters and a selectable highpass filter (30 and 15 Hz) on each channel. Power ratings (per channel) are: 250 watts into 2 ohms (200W/4 ohms, 145W/8 ohms) for the XLS 202; 570W/2 ohms, 400W/4 ohms and 260W/8 ohms for the XLS 402; and 840W/2 ohms, 600W/4 ohms and 370W/8 ohms for the XLS 602. Front panels offer detented level controls, and clip, power and fault LEDs for each channel. Rear panel connections include balanced XLR inputs and touch-proof binding post outs. All models feature three-rackspace, steel enclosures, forced air cooling and a transferable, three-year, no-fault warranty.


B.L.U.E. Microphones ( offers the Baby Bottle, a discrete, solid-state, Class-A cardioid condenser mic. The most affordable B.L.U.E. mic to date, the Baby Bottle features hand-selected components and a spherical “lollipop” grille enclosing a precision-machined, gold-sputtered capsule. Frequency response is 20-20k Hz, and the mic can withstand SPLs of 133 dB (0.5% THD). Packaged in a cherrywood storage box, the Baby Bottle is priced at $649.99.