Signal Processors, Hardware
A DESIGNS MPA SERIES MIC PREAMPS
The new MP1A (single-channel) and MP2A (dual-channel) mic preamps from A Designs are all-tube/transformer-based and offer the addition of two Tone switches for four distinct sonic colors per channel. Price: $1,800; $2,700. NAMM booth: #6294.
Dist. by TransAudio Group
AEA MIC PRE
A high-gain, dual-mono ribbon mic no-phantom preamp for those who need their sound louder, with 84 dB of quiet gain with mic and instrument inputs. Outputs are +4dBu balanced and -10dBV unbalanced. The continuously variable output level, 6dB/step preamp gain, phase and highpass controls on each channel are complemented by operating and overload level LED metering. This compact half-rackspace package is powered by an external 9 to 12 volts AC or DC supply. Price: $800.
AMPEG SVTDI DIRECT BOX
The Ampeg SVT-DI is a tube-driven injection box using a 12AX7 tube to bring that classic Ampeg warmth and harmonic tone enhancements to any solid-state signal path. In addition, the SVT-DI includes tube or direct modes and a 1/4-inch input thru jack that sends a signal back into the solid-state amp and to the front-of-house or recording console. Additional features include 1/4-inch and XLR outputs, and -6dB pad in tube mode that prevents distortion. Price: $429. NAMM booth: #5776.
AMPEG SVTMP MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIER
The Ampeg SVT-MP is a tube-driven mic preamp/direct box that brings Ampeg’s hallmark warmth and sonic clarity to the stage or studio. The SVT-MP functions as a mic preamp, a line preamp/driver or as an instrument preamp/DI for both electric or acoustic/electric guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, digital instruments or processors. Additional features include a combination of XLR and 1/4-inch input jacks, 48V phantom power and input pads for line and mic level signal. Price: $529. NAMM booth: #5776.
APHEX DUAL LOGIC GATED EASYRIDER COMPRESSOR
Full featured, 2-channel interactive combination of the patented Logic Assisted Gate and the Easyrider Compressor. Perfect for all instruments and vocals, live or in the studio. Price: $595. NAMM booth: #5696.
DRAMASTIC AUDIO CLONEWORKS SXL 6000
The Cloneworks SXL 6000 is a stereo VCA-style compressor designed with the recording, mixing and mastering engineer in mind. It features a remarkably clean audio path, precision stepped pots for accurate recalls, sidechain input, electronically balanced I/O (base model) and a transformer I/O option that can be added to the base model at any time. Handmade in the U.S.
The CB-MM-X is a microphone-level to microphone-level passive combiner. Price: $36.85.
The SP-MM-X is a microphone-level to microphone-level passive splitter. Price: $36.85.
EMPIRICAL LABS LIL FREQ
The final production revision of the Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ Equalizer features color-coded front panel markings that allow for Neve 1073 emulation, as well as a unique de-essing section that may be placed before or after four bands of stunning parametric EQ. Instead of daisy-chaining EQs and frequency processors, the Lil FrEQ has most of what an engineer needs in a single-height box, while offering never-before-heard performance. The Lil FrEQ is to EQ what the Distressor is to compression. Price: $1,999. NAMM booth: #6525.
Dist. by Wave Distribution
EVENTIDE H7600 STEREO EFFECTS PROCESSOR
The culmination of more than 30 years of effects-making, the H7600 raises the bar for stereo effects processors. Eventide’s most powerful stereo effects processor to date, the H7600 features a 174-second sampler and powerful preset search capability from the H8000FW. The H7600 carries forward the best effects from previous Eventide processors, including the entire collection of stereo post-production effects. The H7600 offers two channels of analog I/O, AES/EBU, S/PDIF and word clock I/O. MSRP: $4,495. NAMM booth: #6729.
GROOVE TUBES SUPRE
Borrowing design elements from its ViPRE and Brick models, Groove Tubes offers the 2-channel SuPR: (Stereo Unit Microphone and Instrument PREamplifier). It has two signal paths, each with variable transformer impedance and 72 dB of gain. The front panel features large channel gain knobs and VU meters, 3-position switches for impedance and mic attenuation, hi-Z instrument inputs, and switches for polarity reverse, mic/line, highpass, channel mute and +48V phantom power on each channel. Price: $1,495. NAMM booth: #5975.
The flagship of the new Joemeek product line, the oneQ is the most technologically advanced channel strip ever offered by this veteran company. The two-rackspace chassis combines mic preamplifier with Iron mode (couples transformer with input), full-featured optical compressor, highly musical 4-band EQ, de-esser with Listen (allows precise setting of sibilance reduction) and Enhancer. 24-bit/96k A/D converters are standard, as well as accurate VU metering and intuitive panel layout. Price: $599. NAMM booth: #6979.
Dist. by PMI Audio Group,
LA AUDIO CAN-D
LA Audio makes fine audio gear and unique solution products, made in the British Isles. Its latest product is the Can-D, a delay for front-of-house headphones. It allows the FOH mixer to hear isolation without the “slap” created by the distance from the stage. Price: $425. NAMM booth: #1839.
Dist. by AXI
The MX200 is a 2-channel, dual reverb/effects processor housed in a single rackspace that also features both a USB connection and a software-based, cross-platform VST interface for access within any VST-compatible digital audio workstation. The MX200 sports 99 top-notch factory programs, including various reverbs and multi-effects, plus 99 user-programmable patches that can range from a variety of reverb and delay types to dynamics to chorus, flange, tremolo, rotary and more. As processing happens within the hardware unit, CPU drain for Lexicon-quality effects is tiny. Price: $299.95. NAMM booth: #7800.
LUCID 88192 ADC/DAC
The Lucid 88192 from Symetrix offers eight channels of analog/digital and digital/analog conversion at up to 192 kHz. The multiformat unit offers simultaneous connectivity for analog, high-speed AES/EBU digital audio and SMUX2 ADAT optical digital audio. Via an intuitive front panel menu, inputs are easily routed to single or multiple outputs in both the digital and analog realms. The deceptively simple front panel includes a pushbutton encoder and single button to provide all the tools for navigating menus and changing settings in the unit. NAMM booth: #6699.
MACKIE QUAD SERIES PROCESSORS
Mackie’s 24-bit Quad EQ and Quad Comp/Gate feature 99 user-definable snapshots for instant storage and recall of frequently used scenarios. Powerful and intuitive control panels demystify complex parameters, making the Mackie Quad Series perfect for live sound applications. The Quad EQ offers remarkable functionality by combining four channels of digital equalization, a dedicated real-time analyzer (with supplied SIA mic and simultaneous RTA and graphic display. The Quad Comp/Gate offers four channels of digital compression and gating. NAMM booth: #6690.
MARTINSOUND MARTECH MSS-01 DIRECT INJECT
Staying true to the design of the Martech MSS-10 microphone preamplifier, the MSS-01 DI is the natural sound direct box. The Martech MSS-01 has active and passive signal paths, a balanced XLR output and a ground lift switch. Price: $595.
MILLENNIA MEDIA HV-3C
HV-3C offers two channels of Millennia’s acclaimed HV-3 mic preamplifiers in a rugged, single-rackspace case. It has an improved power supply design, a newly designed front panel and a factory-upgradeable 24-bit, 192kHz and simultaneous DSD analog/digital POW-r Converter digital output option. The HV-3C also provides for optional DPA 130-volt microphone inputs and DC inputs, giving HV-3C an entirely DC-coupled signal path from input to output, without servo amplifiers. Price: $1,995. NAMM booth: #6999.
PRESONUS INSPIRE 1394
The new PreSonus Inspire 1394 FireWire-based recording interface is a 4-in/2-out, 24-bit/96k unit with dual phantom-powered mic preamps and a pair of hi-Z instrument inputs. The rear panel sports line-level or RIAA-filtered phono inputs. Outputs include a stereo headphone jack, unbalanced RCA and balanced mini-TRS. To add more I/O, up to four Inspire 1394 units can be daisy-chained together via FireWire, with all inputs available simultaneously. The Inspire 1394 is compatible with ASIO, WDM and Core Audio drivers. NAMM booth: #6330.
PSIDEX AUDIO LABORATORY PEQ-1
The Psidex Audio Laboratory PEQ-1 is a vacuum tube–equipped parametric equalizer based on the Pultec EQP-1 design, but with more up-to-date features and enhancements. Step switches are used for most functions, thus providing the ultimate in repeatability. hi- and lo-Z I/O make for great versatility. Size is 1U by 19 inches. Distortion is <0.015 percent at +10, and noise is below -90 dB. Price: $1,200.
RADIAL ENGINEERING JDI DUPLEX MK4
Radial Engineering announces the upgraded JDI Duplex Mk4 stereo direct box, now featuring -10dB RCA and +4dB XLR inputs, along with the usual phone jacks. Adapts “on the fly” to changing source equipment. Features Jensen Audio transformers for unmatched sonic performance. Ruler-flat from 10 Hz to 40k Hz, virtually zero phase distortion. 100-percent isolation with greater than 90 dB of common-mode noise rejection eliminates problems such as buzz and hum caused by ground loops. Price: $350. NAMM booth: #6953.
SM PRO AUDIO A08 ANALOG-TO-ADAT CONVERTER
The A08 from SM Pro Audio uses your DAW’s under-utilized Lightpipe connection to expand your input options. This compact unit has eight 1/4-inch unbalanced inputs on the front and a single ADAT Lightpipe output on the back. The A08 also offers word clock in/out, switchable internal or external sync, and 44.1- or 48kHz sample rates. Price: $149. NAMM booth: #6809.
SM PRO AUDIO PR8E MULTICHANNEL PREAMP
The new PR8-E multichannel mic/line preamp is the vanguard of the next generation in the SM Pro range. Using the latest components available and redesigned from the ground up, the PR8-E’s carefully structured single circuit board design results an exceptionally low-noise preamp boasting a very high gain structure. NAMM booth: #6809.
SOLID STATE LOGIC XLOGIC MIC AMP FOR X-RACK
SSL has introduced the SuperAnalogue Mic Amp module for the scalable X-Rack system. All circuits are directly copied from the XL 9000 K Series console and deliver the same audio performance. The mic input features variable gain from -5 dB to +75 dB and variable input impedance (1.2k ohm to 10k ohm) to allow matching of input to different output stages. The Mic Amp also includes instrument and line inputs. Price: $815. NAMM booth: #1790.
SOLID STATE LOGIC XLOGIC CHANNEL EQ FOR X-RACK
Channel EQ for X-Rack delivers SSL’s legendary console EQ to users of the modular X-Rack system, including E/G characteristic switching. Channel EQ features full parametric mid-bands (gain, frequency and Q). High and low bands are switchable between shelving and fixed-Q bell curves. Mid-bands and shelving high and low bands are switchable between SSL E and G characteristics. The Channel EQ features switchable operating levels (+4 dBu/-10 dBV) to optimize signal-to-noise performance. Price: $815. NAMM booth: #1790.
STUDIO PROJECTS SP-808
The SP-808 is a 1U rackmount, 8-channel mic preamp that incorporates Burr Brown circuitry. The SP-808 also has an onboard 8x2 mixer. Each channel has a 1/4-inch line in, an XLR line in and a 1/4-inch out—all balanced. In addition to gain, mix level and pan, each channel has switches for phase reverse, 48V phantom power, solo and mic/line selection. Expansion I/O ports let users cascade as many as four SP-808s for a maximum of 32 inputs and 32 direct outputs, or all can sum to a stereo bus. Price: $799. NAMM booth: #1790.
Dist. by PMI Audio Group
SUMMIT AUDIO FEQ-50
The FeQ-50 is a single-channel, 4-band, parametric EQ with iron-based circuitry. Housed in Summit’s familiar half-rack chassis, the FeQ-50 has six switch-selectable frequencies on each band and ±14 dB of sweepable gain. Low and high bands offer peak/shelf selection; the two mid-bands have wide/narrow switches. I/O for the solid-state and tube signal paths is provided on +4dB balanced XLRs and –10dB unbalanced inputs, and all outputs can be used simultaneously. Price: $995. NAMM booth: #6983.
TOFT AUDIO DESIGNS AFC-2
Filling out the Toft range of rackmount processors and channel strips, the AFC-2 is a dual-channel equalizer with mic preamps. Featuring the same EQ used by Malcolm Toft in his MTA-980 console, the AFC-2 features four bands of sweep EQ, mic, line and instrument inputs (with phase reverse) and an attractive brushed-aluminum face plate—all in a single-rackspace unit. Price: $799. NAMM booth: #6979.
Dist. by PMI Audio Group
TONELUX CONVERTERS AND PREAMPS
Tonelux and Genex Audio have teamed up to introduce a new line of AD/DA converters for the Tonelux Vrack system, as well as a stand-alone 1U mic pre. Unlike competitors, the line will incorporate every sample rate from 44.1 kHz through DSD, as well as word clock In/Out/Thru, eliminating the need for word clock distribution with multiple units. The MP2D, a dual Tonelux mic pre with Genex next-generation A/D converters, will be released at this year’s NAMM show, booth #6525.
Dist. by Wave Distribution
TRUE SYSTEMS P-SOLO
This single-channel microphone preamplifier features military-grade, hand-matched components and the identical preamp design found in the True Precision 8 and P2analog products. The P-Solo features balanced, dual-servo, high dynamic range, transformerless design, an internal linear AC power supply, high-impedance instrument input, highpass filter, phantom power and dual analog outputs. Price: $599.99. NAMM booth: #6579.
VIOLET AUDIO ADP61 STUDIO A/V PREAMP DECODER
The new Violet Audio ADP61 24bit, 192kHz studio A/V preamp decoder is the perfect “digital control hub” for professional and project studios, home theaters and permanent installations. With a multitude of analog, digital and S-Video inputs, the ADP61 allows remote-control selection of both visual and audio signals for a wide range of source material. Price: $1,495.
WUNDER AUDIO PEQ1R “REV A”
The new PEQ1R is the 19-inch rackmount version of the PEQ1. The PEQ1R is a fully Class-A discrete 1970s-style mic pre/equalizer. Custom-designed transformers were created for modules from a 1971 console for John Paul Jones using the original plans and same winding machine as the originals with a nickel-cobalt blend. The 60 dB of line gain allows for a wide range of instrument/line-levels. Plug a bass, guitar or keyboards directly into the line input for a huge, better-than-any-direct-box sound. Price: $2,450.