Tools of the Trade

CAKEWALK SONAR 2.0 The latest version of Cakewalk's ( PC-based workstation, SONAR 2.0 features the Cyclone DXi Groove Sampler, a DXi


The latest version of Cakewalk's ( PC-based workstation, SONAR 2.0 features the Cyclone DXi Groove Sampler, a DXi software synth that lets users edit individual slices of Groove Clips and ACID loops, add effects, extract the rhythm of one loop and remap it to another, trigger grooves with MIDI events in a track and export to create new variations of existing loops. SONAR 2.0 offers ReWire 2.0 support, has a multiport, graphical drum editor and provides bidirectional communication with any MIDI control surface hardware, with dedicated support for CM Motor-Mix, Tascam U-428/U-224 and a Learn mode for other devices. Yamaha's Open MIDI Plug-In technology is supported. SONAR 2.0 features a new Synth Rack for more flexible integration of DXi software synths, ACID .WAV file export, and includes new third-party DXi soft synths, DirectX 8 automatable effects, real-time MIDI FX plug-ins, audio loops and SoundFont libraries. Also shipping is SONAR 2.0 XL, a premium version of SONAR that includes two 64-bit, automatable DirectX 8 mastering effects plug-ins and an advanced DXi soft-synth drum sampler. SONAR 2.0 lists for $479; SONAR 2.0 XL is $599.


Audio-Technica ( debuts the AT4040, a cardioid, large-diaphragm condenser mic. The transformerless AT4040 features an extended, flat-frequency response (20-20,000 Hz), wide dynamic range (133 dB, 1 kHz @ max SPL) and handles SPLs up to 145 dB (1 kHz @ 1% THD), 155 dB with 10dB pad. A switchable 80Hz, -12dB/octave LF roll-off is also provided. Additional features include an aged, vapor-deposited-gold, large-diaphragm capacitor element and a symmetrical housing assembly that minimizes internal reflections. Price is $495, with shockmount, dust cover and carrying case.


New from Digidesign (, the 192 Digital I/O is a high-definition, 24-bit/192kHz, multichannel audio interface specifically designed for the Pro Tools|HD environment. The 192 Digital I/O has a range of digital I/O options, including up to 16 channels of single-wire AES/EBU at 96 kHz, up to eight channels of AES/EBU at 192kHz sample rates, 16 channels of TDIF I/O at up to 48 kHz, 16 channels of ADAT I/O at up to 48 kHz, two additional channels of AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital, and eight additional channels of ADAT optical I/O at 48 kHz or two channels of optical S/PDIF I/O at up to 96 kHz. Word Clock I/O and Loop Sync I/O clock to other HD peripherals, and an expansion port connects additional 192 and 96 I/O interfaces. A Legacy Peripheral Port is also included to accommodate previous-generation Digidesign interfaces such as the 888|24, 882|20, ADAT Bridge I/O or 1622 I/Os. The 192 Digital I/O retails for $2,495.


Berkley Integrated Audio Software Inc. ( unveils Version 3.5 of its Mac-based DAW software, which now offers OMF import, real-time surround mixing features and OS X support. As a native Mac OS X application, Deck 3.5 supports Apple's CoreAudio and Core-MIDI (for remote fader/transport control, MIDI file playback, and timecode with CoreMIDI-compatible SMPTE LTC to MTC converters). This multiprocessor-aware software is optimized for the PowerPC G4. Deck 3.5 also supports up to 64 tracks of audio playback, real-time VST plug-in support, SMPTE synchronization, QuickTime sync, and real-time mixing, featuring level and pan automation with break-point envelope editing. Deck 3.5 runs on either Mac OS X or Mac OS, and will be available this quarter for a retail price of $399.


Syntrillium ( is shipping Cool Edit Pro 2.0. This latest version of the Cool Edit Pro workstation offers recording, editing and mixing of up to 128 stereo audio tracks with most sound cards. New effects features include real-time effects with a dedicated effects rack for each track, automation of some parameters over time and a dedicated real-time EQ on each track. Other features include enhanced looping tools, new effects, a Mixer Console window, additional envelope support in multitrack for automation, CD ripping, MIDI playback, Video (.AVI) soundtrack editing, SMPTE/MTC Master capability, Group waveform (RMS) normalize, improved frequency analysis, instant undo/redo and more. Also, a new customizable interface features dockable/sizeable windows, dual-monitor support and more.


The Mixed Logic ( M24 is a dedicated remote-control surface for DAW software, featuring 24 100mm, touch-sensitive motorized faders and 24 reassignable pan controls. Controls can be custom configured, and presets and templates are available for common applications. A dedicated EQ section has 12 controls divided into four bands. Channel strips feature switches for Solo, Mute, Soft and Select (which activates the dedicated controls for dymanics, sends and plug-ins). Other features include 53 rotary encoders, three MIDI In and Out ports, USB and expansion ports, a 40-character/4-line LCD, jog wheel, bank swapping and two internal power supplies. Retail: $3,499.


The Nigel Guitar Processor for the UAD-1 card and Powered Plug-Ins are developed by Universal Audio and distributed by Mackie ( Nigel is a multi-effects plug-in featuring a range of guitar tones and effects, such as a “Clean & Warm” California tube sound, “British” tones and an array of original tones; Nigel's Preflex modeling technology allows variable morphing between any two amp presets. Classic effects include a gate/compressor, phaser, mod filter, tremolo, fade-in, modulated delays and an echo delay (up to 1,200 ms). Nigel modules can also be used as individual plug-ins.


Midiman ( is distributing a new line of Groove Tubes studio condenser mics. The six different models include medium- and large-diaphragm models (tube or FET). All have ultra-thin, evaporated-gold diaphragms and measure within ±1 dB of a standard reference mic, so matched pairs are available at no additional cost. Top of the new line is the GT66, a cardioid, side-address design with Class-A tube electronics, -10dB attenuation pad and a 75Hz low-frequency roll-off switch. The GT67 adds multiple polar patterns, while the GT55 Studio FET replaces the GT66's tube with FET circuitry. Other models include the GT57 Studio FET multipattern condenser, the GT44 Studio Tube and the GT33 Studio FET. The cardioid GT44 and GT33 feature interchangeable capsules (omni or super-cardioid).


Z-Systems ( offers the OptiPatch Matrix Audio Router, a digital patchbay that handles multiple sets of ADAT Lightpipe-format digital I/Os. OptiPatch can store up to 99 I/O routing patterns, each recallable via one front panel button. The unit's rear panel has eight Lightpipe inputs and eight Lightpipe outputs, for a total I/O capacity of 64 digital audio sources and 64 destination channels. Price: $399.


E-mu ( has released Version 1.31 software for E-mu XL-7 and MP-7 Command Stations and Proteus 2500 Command Module. Features include a sequencer engine optimized for speed and stability, improved MIDI routing, improved sequencer functions, expanded controller range and automatic track selection. E-mu's Beats mode has been integrated, complete with Beats Triggers. A new tool called E-Loader Version 1.1 enables users to download/upload SMF sequences via USB and MIDI and to troubleshoot any component of their MIDI setup. Both V. 1.31 software and E-Loader can be downloaded from the company's Website.


Aphex Systems ( has introduced the Model 212, a 2-channel AD/DA converter offering multiple stereo outputs (AES, S/PDIF and optical) and two separate mono AES outputs. For unbalanced 75-ohm applications, optional BNC outputs can replace the XLR AES outputs. Features of the Model 212 include patented circuitry designed specifically to address and overcome the DC drift inherent in all A/D converters, jitter-canceling D/A and a full range of output options. Retail: $995.


Midiman/M-Audio ( introduces the DMP3 instrument/mic preamp. Each of two identical channels offers XLR and ¼-inch TRS inputs and ¼-inch TRS balanced outputs; high/low-gain controls accommodate a range of microphone and instrument levels, with up to 66 dB of gain. Each channel also features a VU meter, phantom power, low-cut filter, clipping indicator and phase switch. Frequency response is stated to be 20-100k Hz (+0/-1 dB), and THD+N is 0.002% @ 1 kHz. Retail: $249.95.


EVD6, the latest in Emagic's ( Vintage Instrument line of software instruments, is an emulation of the Hohner D6 Clavinet. The EVD6 calculates sounds in real time using 32-bit, algorithmic-component modeling, and, like the original, reacts dynamically to performance, changing both volume and timbre. (For example, hitting the keys hard results in a more metallic sound, while striking the keys softly produces a smoother tone.) The software re-creates key clicks, and can combine and alter the position of “pick-ups.” Other features include switchable filters and phaser, wah-wah and distortion effects.


Now distributed in the U.S. by HHB ( are the new Rosendahl Studiotechnik Nanosyncs Version 3 Reference Generator and the Nanoclocks Digital Audio Clock Server (a wordclock distributor with an integrated audio master-clock generator). Both units feature transformer-isolated A and B wordclock inputs, 12 outputs controlled by a programmable output matrix, ±5ppm crystal accuracy and clock jitter of less than 10 picoseconds RMS (20-20k Hz). A 4x multiplier gives the Nanosyncs 176.4 and 192kHz sample clock output, and AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputs now support 88.2 and 96kHz. Nanoclocks is $1,299; Nanosyncs is $1,599.


The new 4071 Miniature Microphone from DPA Microphones ( is an omnidirectional miniature condenser designed for voice applications in broadcast and film. The 4071 has a built-in 5dB soft boost at 4-6 kHz to compensate for the natural resonance of the human chest cavity. Optional accessories include a versatile range of mounting clips, pins and grids for inconspicuous placement and a handy kit of concealment accessories.


Benchmark Media's ( DAC1 is a 2-channel, 24-bit/96kHz D/A converter featuring total jitter immunity and a 117dBa S/N ratio (@ 48 kHz). The DAC1 has an auto-detecting input sample range of 28-96 kHz, and Benchmark's UltraLock technology provides totally jitter-free conversion at any sample rate and with any degree of input jitter. Digital inputs are AES, S/PDIF and Toslink; analog outputs are balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA. The unit has an internal headphone amp, and output levels can be controlled from the front panel or preset via selectable trim pots (+10 dBu to +30 dBu at 0 dBFS). Price is $795; a rackmount kit is optional.


Audio Control Industries ( is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special edition of the company's popular SA-3052 real-time spectrum analyzer. The special Anniversary Edition SA-3052 is distinguished by a cosmetic makeover with nearly 300 blue LEDs in the analyzer display. Price: $1,559.


Microboards Technology ( debuts the Orbit Pro stand-alone, automated CD duplicator, a desktop unit with dual 24x recorders, an internal hard drive and an input hopper that holds up to 150 discs. Capable of disc-to-disc and HDD-to-disc copy modes, the unit also offers Batch mode for duplicating multiple masters and selectable recording speeds for up to 24x duplication.


TC Electronic's ( DB-8 TV transmission processor incorporates a range of features specifically designed for repeatable control of broadcast audio. A loudness control eliminates inconsistent audio levels. Intersample-accurate limiting allows very tight peak control and maximum audio quality from lossy compression codecs. The DB-8 can convert stereo signals into 5.1, and also incorporates 5-band processing to handle speech intelligibility and allows for dynamic EQ for a consistent spectral balance. The DB-8 supports mono, bilingual, stereo, Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital formats, and different formats can be used simultaneously.


The DN-V1700 Solid Video Player from Denon's Digital Design Group ( is a rackmount unit that provides repeated DVD-quality digital images, or digital BGV with or without sound. The DN-V1700 supports PCMCIA-ATA Flash Cards, HDD PC cards, or hard drives in MPEG2, ES and I-picture (Intra-picture) file formats. Multiple audio and video bit rate encodings are supported. The DN-V1700 includes a PCMCIA slot and internal 20GB hard drive, serial remote RS-232C, parallel remote on/off, internal and external sync to SMPTE, analog RCA and digital PCM outputs, BNC SMPTE out, component/S-video outputs, and a fast network-compliant 100 Base-T LAN Ethernet connection. MSRP is $2,500.