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Tech: New Products, May 2010

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

Solid State Logic C100 HDS Version 2 Console
Unveiled at last month’s NAB show, the C100 HDS V. 2 is SSL’s newest broadcast console upgrade, with a new processor option for the Blackrock processing unit and Blacklight, the company’s new optical I/O format. The new higher-capacity CPU card greatly expands processing power to cover full DSP options to the increased number of regular channels available. The new interface delivers four times the channel count of MADI on a single connection, employing the same easy and familiar LC optical connector. A fully configured C100 HDS with the V. 2 upgrade (priced per configuration) is capable of delivering up to 512 sources to the mix bus.

Milab DC-96C Microphone
The DC-96C ($TBA) side-address, large rectangular-capsule mic from Milab is designed for both live and studio use. An upgrade of the DC-96 series that was originally released in 1967, the cardioid-only “C” features the capsule from the DC-196 and has a single-layer mesh grid. The transformerless design takes up to 144dB SPL, offers a switchable 12dB pad, and ships with a windscreen, stand adapter and lifetime warranty.

ADAM AX Series
These four new AX Series monitors from ADAM boast redesigned cabinets, new woofers and amps, plus the company’s X-ART ribbon tweeter. The line ranges from the ultracompact A3X (4.5-inch LF driver, 25W x2) to the high-performance A5X (5.5-inch midrange/woofer, 50W x2), A7X (7-inch midrange/woofer, 50W/100W) and A8X systems (8.5-inch midrange/woofer, 50W/150W). AX Series woofers feature larger voice-coils and more power for greater linear excursion and higher output. All models have beveled upper corners to minimize reflections and front porting. Retail prices for each speaker are A3x, $299; A5x, $449; A7x, $599; and A8x, $899.

LiquidSonics Reverberate
Reverberate ($50) from LiquidSonics is a convolution audio processor offering true zero-latency operation for two separate impulse responses. It promises a more dynamic-sounding reverb by optionally modulating an amalgamation of two separately controllable, true-stereo IRs using an LFO. Impulse responses can be edited using ADSHR curves, pre-delay, cropping and re-sampling for precise envelope and length control. An integrated sample browser provides a rapid means of auditioning existing IR libraries, and the internal preset management helps to navigate the 48 supplied presets quickly. Reverberate is available for AU on Mac and VST on Mac and PC.

Dynaudio BM5A MKII Monitors
The newly redesigned BM5A MKII ($715) from Dynaudio Acoustics features a new 7-inch driver, high-resolution soft-dome tweeter and a dual 50W amp delivering 117dB SPL. Three integrated analog room filters allow for adjustment and compensation at low, midrange and high frequencies, and there is also a (60/80Hz) HPF and a +4/-10 sensitivity switch.

Yamaha MY8-SDI-ED Interface Card
Compatible with all Yamaha digital mixers and DME Series digital mixing engines, the MY8-SDI-ED ($3,000) offers from eight to 64 I/O channels, and provides input and output of HD-SDI-embedded audio signals. Featuring one HD/SD-SDI input, two HD/SD-SDI outputs (same signal) and one through-output (re-clocked), each MY8-SDI-ED card is able to de-embed up to two of the four audio groups (four channels per group for a total eight channels), multiplexed in an HD-SDI signal, and can embed two audio groups into an HD/SD-SDI signal for output.

UA Massive Passive EQ Plug-In
New for the UAD-2 platform is the Manley Massive Passive ($299) plug-in from Universal Audio. This virtual version of Manley’s popular 2-channel, 4-band equalizer uses design strengths from choice console EQs, as well as graphic, parametric and Pultec EQs, and can provide radical tonal shaping, delicate vocal shading or subtle mastering enhancement. It’s available as part of the new UAD Software Version 5.6 release, which also includes the EMT 140 Plate Reverb and the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-ins, as well as additional performance enhancements for all UAD-2 users on the Windows platform.

UA 4-710D Microphone Preamps
The 4-710D ($TBA) from Universal Audio offers four Twin-Finity mic preamps with true-bypass 1176-style compression. Like the original single-channel unit, the 4-710Ds each allow for continuously variable tone shifts between 100-percent tube and 100-percent solid-state amplification. The new unit also brings a newly designed 1176-style compression/soft-limiting circuit per channel, eight channels of 24-bit/192kHz A/D conversion, digital output via dual ADAT optical or AES/EBU DB-25, and balanced send/return inserts.