GENELEC 1093A ACTIVE SUBWOOFERThe new 1093A Active Subwoofer from Genelec (www.genelec.com) offers a frequency response of 18-85 Hz (3 dB) from a single magnetically shielded, 10-inch driver housed in a compact, 41-liter cabinet. It is designed to work with Genelec's 1029, 1030, 1031 and 1032 Active Monitoring Systems. Capable of a maximum SPL of 112 dB at 1 meter, the 1093A features an acoustic THD of less than 2% at the 2nd and 3rd harmonics at levels of 100 dB at 1 meter. A new 6.1 bass management system provides XLR I/Os for combined LCR Front and LCR Rear configurations, as well as a separate LFE input for compliance with Dolby EX and DTS ES 6 main-channel monitor formats. A built-in calibration tone generator allows users to check for correct phase using only a standard SPL meter. Additional features include comprehensive loop-through connections, LF response control, driver protection and a bypass function. The compact 21x12.5x23-inch (HxWxD) enclosure weighs 57 lbs. Price: $2,185.
SPL STEREO PARAMETRICThe Stereo Q from SPL (distributed by Group One, www.g1ltd.com) is a stereo parametric equalizer featuring three fully parametric bands per channel with boost/cut 15 dB and Q variable between 0.5 and 5. A subbass EQ (cut/boost 14 dB, up to 200 Hz) and HF "Air" EQ provide additional tone-shaping functions, and a 3-D Enhancer circuit controls stereo width without affecting low-frequency components. All control functions for both channels can be adjusted with one control, and front panel controls feature detented pots. Lundahl input and output transformers are optional. Price is $899.
YAMAHA MLANYamaha's (www.yamaha.com/proaudio) mLAN technology is a protocol and specification for connecting electronic musical instruments and audio devices via an IEEE 1394 high-speed digital interface. The mLAN system runs over a single line, providing "plug-and-play" cable connections capable of transmitting the equivalent of 100-plus channels of CD-quality digital audio, and music data equivalent to that carried by several hundred MIDI cables. Three Yamaha products debuted at AES 2000: the mLAN-8P interface/breakout box, the mLAN-8E interface module and the CD8-mLAN interface card for connecting compatible Yamaha digital mixing consoles - the 02R and 03D - to an mLAN system. Each product operates at 200 Mbps (megabits per second) and offers sampling rates of 44.1 or 48 kHz, and 16- or 24-bit depth, depending on specifications. All products ship with mLAN patchbay connection management software, a mixer control application and mLAN Mac drivers for compatibility with the ASIO and OMS standards. Yamaha plans to develop mLAN product for both Mac and PC platforms via third-party developers. For details, visit www.yamaha.co.jp/english/news/00072002.html.
OTARI STATUS 2 DIGITALLY CONTROLLED ANALOG CONSOLEThe Status 2 Digitally Controlled Analog Console from Otari (www.otari.com) is an affordable 5.1 surround-capable console based on Otari's existing Status console. Features of the Status 2 include 24 buses (up from 12), a five-way panner on each input module, a new automated joystick panner for surround panning and an M-Mon option. Standard features include master switching, dual-path equalized channel architecture, Image Recall, Eagle automation, VCA or motorized faders. It also includes frame sizes up to 96 automated inputs, and an optional dynamics package and patchbay.
ATC ACTIVE MONITORThe T16 Active from ATC (distributed by Flat Earth Audio, www.flatearthaudio.com) is a two-way active monitor featuring a 6.5-inch soft-dome woofer with a 45mm voice coil and a 1-inch fabric dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet. Onboard amplification provides a total of 250 watts and maximum continuous SPL is 108 dB; frequency response is 62-17k Hz (free-standing, -6dB down points). Additional features include a heavily damped aluminum casing (available in custom colors), front panel power-on indicator and user-configurable dynamics control for optimizing the system for multichannel use. The T16 is also available in surround format as part of the ATC Concept 4 system, which includes a matching subwoofer and center channel speaker. Price is $3,950 per pair.
TASCAM 24-BIT MULTITRACK RECORDER/PLAYERThe Tascam (www.tascam.com) DA-98HR DTRS-format MDM offers a range of 24-bit record/playback capabilities: eight tracks at 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates, four tracks at 88.2 or 96 kHz or two tracks at 192 kHz. The DA-98HR is record- and playback-compatible; all Hi-8mm DA-98, DA-88 and DA-38 tapes use the 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 48kHz standard. It is also fully compatible with the high-resolution DA-78HR. The DA-98HR includes a confidence monitoring feature, a comprehensive LCD, onboard 2-track mix function and an advanced internal electronic patchbay. Digital I/O is standard via two DB25 connectors available in both TDIF and AES/EBU formats; optional analog I/O boards are switchable among 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz formats. Sync functions include SMPTE In/Out with onboard TC chase synchronizer, RS-422 (Sony P2) interfacing, MIDI In/Thru/Out and MIDI Machine Control. Up to 16 DTRS units of any type can run in sample-accurate sync. Price is $6,999.
DBX TUBE CHANNEL STRIP WITH DIGITAL OUTSThe 376 Silver Series Tube Channel Strip from dbx (www.dbxpro.com) features a tube preamp, 3-band parametric EQ, compressor, de-esser, and AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital outputs. The single-channel 376 also has +48V phantom power, phase-invert switch, 75Hz lowcut filter, -20dB pad, 8-segment LED meters, mic/line input switching, and a high-impedance, 1/4-inch instrument input. The compressor section has rotary controls for Threshold and Ratio and a choice of hard knee or OverEasy compression characteristics. The frequency-tunable de-esser offers Frequency and Amount controls. Users can select from 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz sampling rates at 16/20/24-bits, with several noise-shaping algorithms and dither types available. The rear panel has mic and line inputs and wordclock I/Os. In addition to AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital outs, XLR and 1/4-inch analog outs are supplied. Price: $599.95.
AUDIENT 5.1 MONITOR CONTROLLERAudient (distributed by Audio Independence, www.audioind.com) offers the ASP510 surround sound monitoring controller, designed to add comprehensive 5.1 monitoring and mix capabilities to any stereo console. System integration is via a single-rackspace interface. The ASP510 supports three 5.1 and three stereo sources, accepts eight inputs from console bus sends, and provides eight outputs to recorders (5.1 plus stereo). Additional features include switchable Encoder/Decoder insertion connections, six speaker outputs, individual speaker cut/solo function, individual speaker level trims, guide track input and user-definable monitor reference level. State-of-the-art DCA gain control elements are used throughout, and an ergonomic remote control unit is standard. Price is $3,860.
DYNASTAR SPEAKER KNIFE IIThe Speaker Knife II from Dynastar (www.dynastarelectronics.com) is an adjustable, high-speed transient/overload speaker driver protector. Able to handle up to 2,800-watts peak power (1,400W RMS) at 8 ohms, the unit installs easily in-line between the amp and any standard speaker, and it works with 2, 4, 8 and 16-ohm impedances. The SK II operates as fast as 65 nanoseconds, and, when a fault is longer than about 2 ms, the module will disconnect the driver from the power amplifier or circuit, automatically resetting if the fault is no longer seen by the module. Retail is $89.95.
SPIRIT DIGITAL 328 V. 2.0Spirit by Soundcraft (www.spiritbysoundcraft.com) upgrades its Digital 328 console. New V. 2.0 software includes automation support for a wide range of sequencers and third-party hardware, and it now allows Digital 328 users to record, overdub and edit using any MIDI sequencing package. Audio from Control Room and Group Outputs may be routed via AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital outs. Version 2.0 offers support for Soundscape hardware, including the SSHDR, R.Ed and Mixtreme systems. The 328 now allows for control of Steinberg's Cubase VST 5.0 application, and the 328's Custom Tape Machine mode may be configured to use MMC, Note On, MTC and LTC in both Master and Slave modes. The Solo function has been enhanced, a wordclock feature added, and data dumps can be requested via SysEx to allow third-party applications to act as librarians. The new software is free to Digital 328 users.
API 2500 STEREO BUS COMPRESSORAPI (www.apiaudio.com) offers the 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor, a dual-channel, rackmount unit featuring an all-discrete, fully balanced design. Offering threshold settings variable between -20 and +10 dB, and various compression ratios, the 2500 may be used for subtle compression or "brickwall" limiting. Attack time is variable from 0.03 to 30 ms, with release time from 50 ms to 3 seconds. ATI's patented Thrust circuit, located before the RMS detector, delivers a low-end punch. Compression is selectable between "Old" style (feedback-type of compression used by the API 525, Fairchild 600, etc.) and "New" style (VCA-modulated compression using an RMS detector, as used by dbx and SSL). Stereo coupling strength is variable between 100% and 0% in six steps. A high- or lowpass filter can alter the coupling signal and control the transfer of low end or transients from one side to the other. A (bypassable) auto-makeup gain control allows dynamic range to be manipulated without affecting output gain. Price: $2,695.
HOT OFF THE SHELFSSL offers new software enhancements for the SL 9000 J Series SuperAnalogue console. Version 4.3 software enhances the Sony 9-pin interface and allows users to manage machine control from either the SL 9000 or from Pro Tools. Go to www.solid-state-logic.com or call 212/315-1111...HHB has upgraded its 2.6GB and 5.2GB Magneto Optical (MO) disks to deliver sustained and increased data transfer rates, offering significant advantages in high-resolution digital audio recording applications. HHB MO2.6GB and MO5.2GB media (identified by a 100% Certified stamp on the disk shutter and packaging) carries a lifetime warranty. Surf to www.hhbusa.com or call 310/319-1111...Maxell's next-generation Betacam SX videocassettes are backward-compatible with Betacam/Betacam SP equipment, and feature Ceramic Armor Metal magnetic particle and high-performance binders. The new tapes are available in both S (6, 12, 22, 32 and 60-minute) and L (64, 94, 124 and 184-minute) lengths. Visit www.maxell.com or call 201/794-5900 ...Sony's CDR-W33 CD recorder/player is a professional rackmount unit that includes 24-bit AD/DA converters, built-in DSP processing and CD-TEXT support. Supplied with a wireless or wired remote control, the unit features a range of onboard DSP functions, including parametric EQ, limiter and Super Bit Mapping. Call 201/930-1000 or visit http://bpgprod.sel.sony.com...BGW introduces a new line of 19-inch racks. The RN Series feature fully welded construction with 14-gauge steel tops and bottoms, 16-gauge steel side pieces, multiple cable lacing points, and adjustable or fixed rail-mounting positions. Call 800/468-2677 or try www.bgw.com...Lexicon has upgraded the software for the 960L Digital Effects System. Version 2 supports an additional DSP Reverb card, doubling the DSP horsepower of the system and providing for eight stereo or four surround reverbs at 48 kHz, or four stereo and two surrounds at 96 kHz. Version 2 also adds mappable I/O, support for 16 channels of independent I/O, a range of new factory presets, dual LARC2 support and several new cascaded configurations. For more info, call 781/280-0300 or check out www.lexicon.com.