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Tech: New Products, July 2010

Mix magazine July 2010 tools of the trade article features new pro audio products in May Mix magazine pro audio product section

Rascal Audio Analogue ToneBuss
The Analogue ToneBuss (price TBA) from Rascal Audio uses all-discrete, Class-A circuitry (no ICs) with custom-wound I/O transformers. Front panel controls include pan switches for channels 1 to 4 and switchable direct throughputs for channels 5 and 6. These give users without a patchbay the ability to hardwire their favorite outboard processors to their D/A outputs. When editing, simply switch to the DIR position, process and re-record the audio, and then switch back to L/R when it’s time for mixdown. Other features include balanced in/outs on DB-25 connectors, and main and monitor L/R outputs. VB Amp Enclosure
The VB Amp Enclosure™ lets users record amplified instruments without sacrificing volume. Each enclosure has a convoluted foam interior, heavy fabric exterior, cable porting and the VB Iso Pad. VB Amp Enclosures are available in four sizes in two different series. The VB Amp Box™ includes ventilation and is recommended for combo amps. The VB Speaker Box™ does not include ventilation and is recommended for speaker cabinets only. Prices start at $995.

NTP Technology DAD AX24 192 PHD Interface
NTP Technology’s DAD AX24 192 PHD (price TBA) is a new version of the AX24 8-channel, high-end AD/DA audio converter that comes complete with an interface card connecting it directly to Avid’s Pro Tools. The AX24 192 PHD supports sampling rates from 44.1 up to 192 kHz, and offers an optional high-quality mic preamp. The unit can be configured with eight analog inputs or eight analog outs, or both. It is operated via the DADman control application, which is capable of handling 128 channels and can be automated from Pro Tools (emulating the Avid Pro Tools PRE) or via EuCon for operation from Euphonix’s MC-Pro and 5-MC hardware controllers.

ioSafe Solo SSD Hard Drive
Billed as the world’s first solid-state, disaster-proof external hard drive, the Solo SSD hard drive from ioSafe has a ¼-inch-thick, military-grade steel-drive casing with a rated crush load of 5,000 pounds. It can stand a 1,000g shock for 1 millisecond, can be exposed to 1,550°F for 30 minutes (while not in operation) and can be fully immersed at 30 feet for 30 days with no data loss. The unit stores 256 GB; has eSATA and USB 2 interfaces; is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac; and weighs 20 pounds. Prices start at $495 and include a one-year data-recovery service.

Synchro Arts VocAlign Project 3 VST 3 Plug-In
Synchro Arts’ VocALign Project 3 VST 3 plug-in ($325 electronic delivery; $99 upgrade) integrates with Steinberg’s Cubase 4 and 5, as well as Nuendo 4 and 5. At the touch of a button, VocALign automatically synchronizes two audio signals. For cost-conscious studio owners, VocALign Project 3 multiplatform licenses are delivered on iLok. By purchasing one multiplatform license, the user can run VocALign Project 3 as a VST 3 version, an AU version for Logic and an Audio Suite version for Pro Tools. Owners of a VocALign Project 3 license will be able to run the VST 3 version at no further cost. Demos of the plug-in that last for two weeks are available for download.

Sonnox iPhone App
Curious iPhone owners will want to download this free app from Sonnox featuring demos, tutorials and other info related to Sonnox Oxford Plug-Ins. The app allows the user to view Sonnox tutorial videos on the entire range of Oxford Plug-Ins, plus a collection of informative, entertaining demos by such celebrated producer/mixers as Fab Dupont, Nils Hahman and many others.

Blue Sky SAT 6.5 EXR Monitors
Blue Sky’s first monitor designed to be used with or without a subwoofer, the two-way, bi-amplified, near-field SAT 6.5 EXR ($949 each) has dual 100-watt amplifiers and two independent XLR balanced inputs—one for full-range operation, the other with an 80Hz highpass filter for use with Blue Sky’s SUB 12, SUB 212 and SUB 15 Universal. The monitor’s 6.5-inch cast-aluminum frame woofer has a hemispherical-shaped, mica-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround paired with a 1-inch dual-ring radiator tweeter with integral waveguide.

Unity Audio Monolith Speaker Stands
Made of heavy-gauge, 5mm steel stock finished in a black-powder coat, the 80-plus-pound Monolith ($430 each) speaker stands from Unity Audio come in single- and triple-leg designs. Each leg is drilled with a number of equally spaced holes and locking pins that fix the legs to the desired height. Both top and bottom plates are drilled and tapped with M8 threads to accept heavy-duty M8 knurled spikes to decouple the speaker from the floor. The stand height adjusts from 32 inches to 54 inches.