Transparent Gain Control
CharterOak's first venture into the processor market, the SCL-1 ($2,800) compressor promises to provide a constant output level, regardless of input level or frequency without pumping. Features include attack time adjustable from 100 microseconds to 5 ms, hold time of less than 2 ms, soft clip with less than 3% total harmonic distortion at 3 dB, and clip and release time adjustable from 20 ms to 2 seconds. The SCL-1 includes a lifetime parts/labor warranty.
Wunderful Mic With a Past
The CM7 ($6,495) from Wunder Audio features the original large-style U47 transformer used in the earlier U47s, including the legendary “Large Badge” U47. The CM7 transformer's larger size and high nickel content achieves better low end rolling off at 20 Hz, identical to the original U47 design. This omni/cardioid mic ships in a plush oak box, and includes a shock-mount, power supply and a Tuchel-connected mic cable.
Solid State Logic
Pro-Convert for Mac
Solid State Logic announces Pro-Convert Version 5.5 ($349) for Mac OS X, offering a new interface using a single control window from which all project settings can be manipulated. Pro-Convert lets DAW users convert session files from one format across the most popular formats, including Pro Tools 7.x, Cubase/Nuendo, Logic, Final Cut Pro and SSL's Soundscape.
A New Angle
Granelli Audio Labs
From our “why didn't someone do this before” department comes the Granelli Audio Labs right-angle take on an SM57. Granelli takes a new Shure SM57 and inserts a custom-made aluminum part with an acoustically engineered internal sound path. The result is the G5790 ($149.99) mic that maintains the SM57's renowned durability and familiar tone with easier placement on drums, amps and other sources.
Flagship DAW Front End
ULN-8 FireWire IO
The ULN-8 ($5,995) FireWire IO from Metric Halo provides eight channels of 192k converters, eight channels of digitally remote-controlled ULN-R preamps, a 2-channel DI and a 192kHz AES interface. Other features include analog sends and returns, 7.1 monitor control with AES interfacing, and metering.
Blu-ray Audio Encoding for Mac
SurCode for DTS-HD
Minnetonka Audio's DTS-HD™ brings Blu-ray encoding to Apple Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio via the Compressor 3 ($249) and QuickTime ($29) applications. The encoder plug-in can create a wide variety of .dtshd encode types, from lossless DTS-HD Master Audio™ found on hundreds of Blu-ray disc titles to lower-bit-rate DTS Express™, a widely used Bonus View and BD live codec. It can also encode DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio™ and DTS Digital Surround® bitstreams at sample rates of 48 kHz and up to 6.1 channels.
This full-featured digital recorder from Zoom offers 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording using Secure Digital SDHC memory (up to 32 GB). Converters offer 24-bit/48kHz WAV format recording via built-in stereo condenser microphones or eight mic inputs/two outputs (8×2). Also standard is a hi-Z input; Mackie Control emulation; and 100 built-in studio effects, guitar amp simulations and effects models. The R16 ($399) runs on battery or USB power, comes with Steinberg Cubase LE 4 and supports Windows XP/Vista and Mac operating systems.
Tube IO for Your DAW
DO-F FireWire Interface
The DO-F ($1,499) FireWire interface from TL Audio is available for the company's M1-F 8- and 12-channel consoles and TL's Fat Track Tube Production Suite. The DO-F is designed to offer easy, high-quality interfacing of TL Audio products with most DAWs. Plug-and-play operation is promised with Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista platforms. Features include 24-bit operation at 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz sample rates, and it provides access to all I/Os of the analog hardware via a single FireWire cable.