Tech: New Products



Models of Iconic Com­pressors/Limiters/Delays

Universal Audio’s v9.0 UAD Software upgrade offers three new plug-ins: the API 2500 Bus Compressor ($299), the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter ($299) and the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay ($199). The Zener Limiter plug-in, developed by Softube is inspired by the EMI TG limiters and rare RS168 from Abbey Road Studios. It adds Mid/Side functionality, channel linking and presets from Tony Mase­rati, Kevin Kadish and more. The A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay, developed by brainworx features six bucket-brigade delays, LFO and modulation controls, flexible panning and independent Dry/Wet mix control for each stereo output.


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2-Channel, Line-Level I/O Over Ethernet

The Model 44D from Studio Technologies ($745) connects its XLR in/outs to a data net­work using a standard 100 Mb/s twisted-pair Ethernet and features four five-segment, front panel LED meters dis­playing the levels of the two line inputs/outputs. The unit is powered via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) or an external source of 12 VDC and provides two channels of analog line-level audio to and from applications that utilize Dante audio over Ethernet. Two Model 44D units can also provide one-to-one signal paths, two in each direction, over a standard local area network.


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Hardware Gain Reducer and Pultec-Style EQ

Berlin-based Tegeler Audio has released Créme, a passive EQ based on the Pultec EQP1A and a high-end bus compressor in a single device. The filter circuitry from the original Pultec has been updated, remov­ing unnecessary controls and irrelevant frequencies from the mix bus. The compressor features a low-cut filter (60 to 120 Hz) and controls for Attack, Release and Ratio. The EQ may be placed either before or af­ter the compressor. The unit features an internal power supply, balanced I/O and rasted potentiometers.


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Remote-Controllable Multipattern Condenser

The Mojave Audio MA-1000 large-diaphragm, multipattern tube condenser microphone ($2,995), designed by David Royer, features an original new-old-stock 5840 tube, a 251-style capsule, and a custom-designed transformer built by Coast Mag­netics. Other features include a remotely controlled, continuously variable polar pattern selector located on the microphone’s power supply, a switchable 15dB pad and switchable low-frequency roll-off.


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Multipattern Dynamic With Three-Position Filter

The new Polyribbon from Watts ($TBA) is a mul­tipattern ribbon mic with hypercardioid, omni and bidirectional settings. Other features include a three-position onboard filter circuit for reducing proximity effect, high output and a flat frequency response up to 16 kHz. The passive, dual-ribbon design features internal parts made entirely in the USA, with a custom coil and transformer from Cinemag. Mics may be ordered direct; they take three to four months to manufacture per pair.


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Mono or Stereo Speech to Background Mixer

The Audionamix ADX Speech Volume Control Plug-in ($249) allows independent vol­ume level control over both separated speech and separated background elements with­in a mono or stereo mix. Features include volume control of speech and background audio content up to ±12 dB, a speech-optimized separation algorithm, plus an automatic consonants and voice activity detection algorithm. The plug-in is available in AAX, AU, VST formats, is Mac/PC-compatible and can be purchased for $249 (perpetual license), $99 as a crossgrade from Audionamix VVC, or for $19.99 for a two-week rental.


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Analog DAW Monitor Section

Designed by Paul Wolff, Slate Control ($2,499) acts as a monitor section for the Raven MTX mk2, Raven MTi2, or as a free-standing, table-top studio monitor controller. Features include seven stereo inputs with solo bus signal and logic input for console retrofits. Three speaker selections with individual LFE enable/disable and trim controls, multiple cue outputs, talkback with built-in or external mic, listen mic input and auto talkback based on DAW play/stop. Other features include LFE output with 80/120 Hz, 12dB/octave, LPF and direct output mode, polarity and level trim, and a 1/8-inch input for audio source playback.


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64-Channel I/O With TotalMIX FX Software

The MADIface Pro is based on the company’s Babyface Pro in­terface, offering integrated XLR and analog I/O while replacing the ADAT I/O with a MADI port. Features include 64 channels of audio on a single cable, two analog mic/line XLR inputs, two XLR line outputs, two universal TS inputs (line or instrument), and two stereo TRS outputs for low/high-impedance headphones. Also included is RME’s TotalMix FX software adding 3-band parametric EQs, time-based effects, plus many mixing and routing options. The bus-powered unit (without optical MADI) also features a MIDI I/O, operation at sample rates up to 192 kHz and operation as a stand­alone or DAW-connected interface.


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Narrow Band Transducer

The Copperphone from Placid Audio ($264.99) isn’t your average microphone. This limited-bandwidth beauty concentrates on the 200 to 3k Hz frequency range, producing output reminiscent of an era where low fidelity was the norm. The passive, magnetic moving-coil element works with a tuned, ported, resonant cham­ber to capture its signature, unique sound. It’s all housed in a 2.5 x 6-inch, polished copper body featuring an integral mic mount and a Switchcraft XLR.


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USB Updatable, Extended Operating Range

Part of Lectrosonics’ DSW (Digital Secure Wireless) microphone system, the DBa belt pack ($2,150) features 24-bit/48kHz audio, USB firmware updates, rugged machined-metal con­struction and operation using the AES-256-CTR encryption technology. The DBa features wideband tuning (470-698 MHz), a highly linear RF output stage for reduced intermodulation distortion and a true 50 mW transmission RF power for excellent range and resistance to dropouts. The TA5M mic/line input found on the DBa digital wireless belt pack transmitter accepts all lavalier and head-worn microphones wired for Lec­trosonics servo-input transmitters.


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2-Channel Transmitter/Receiver

The Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series uses the same long-range mode and proprietary Sennheiser Digital Audio Codec as the Digital 9000. The system offers a 2-channel receiver in two different versions, a bodypack, a hand­held transmitter and a 19-inch rackmount charging unit. Features include the receiver’s switching bandwidth of 244 MHz (470 to 714 MHz) covered by three transmitter versions (470 – 558 MHz, 550 – 638 MHz, and 630 – 718 MHz). For larger systems, up to eight receiver units can be daisy-chained without the need for an additional antenna splitter. The SKM 6000 handheld transmitter can be combined with microphone heads from the evolu­tion Series, the 2000 Series, and the special 9000 Series.


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Passive Cardioid Boomers

Fulcrum’s new CS118 and CS121 cardioid subwoofers eliminate excessive rear LF radiation without the extra cost, space require­ments and inconvenience of active cardioid systems. It features a single passive cardioid speaker doing the work of an active cardioid array. The CS118 is 120 pounds and features an 18-inch woofer, 4-inch voice coil, ceramic magnet, and power handling at nominal impedance of 1200 watts at 8 ohms. The CS121 is 132 pounds and features a 21-inch woofer, 6-inch voice coil, ceramic magnet and power handling at nominal impedance of 2000 watts at 8 ohms.


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XLR and TA for Live/Field Use

Production sound pros will love the organi­zational ability and weight reduction offered by Cable Techniques LoPro connectors. The adjustable connectors can be assembled DIY as easy as standard connectors and repaired on-the-fly. XLR male or female cables ($14.95) feature 3-pin and 5-pin versions, adjustable cable outlet and ten interchangeable color caps. The TA3F and TA5F connectors ($19.95) offer 15 mm of exposed surface in use, eight colors, and fixed right or left cable exit.