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Universal Audio Announces New Products at 2006 AES

Universal Audio DCS Remote Preamp

At last week’s 2006 AES Convention, Universal Audio unveiled the Desktop Console System (DCS), which the company co-developed with Euphonix founders Scott and Rob Silfvast. The first two products in the DCS modular family of products are the Remote Preamp (pictured) and Monitor Master. Each unit combines a base station with a DCS-Link connected remote controller, and each can be used individually or interconnected to form a multi-unit console.

The Remote Preamp offers a dual mono or stereo trans-impedance mic pre/DI, a mid-side (MS) decoder, a headphone amp with 3x cue mix, reverb and EQ (for monitoring only), a digitally controlled analog signal path via DCS-Link, and operation up to 300 feet from the base station via Cat-5 cable. The Monitor Master features a “console master section” for mixing/monitoring/recording, a digitally controlled analog signal path via DCS-Lin interconnect, five stereo inputs (three analog, two digital) and five stereo outputs, and more.

Universal Audio also announced the development of the 2-LA-2 Twin T4 Leveling Amplifier. Based on the classic LA-2A design, the new 2-LA-2 offers two linked or independent channels and two T4 optical compression cells per channel. The 2U rackmount 2-LA-2 is designed by original UREI engineer, Dennis Fink, and will offer the circuitry of the original Teletronix LA-2A and custom UA transformers. The company expects to ship the 2-LA-2 worldwide in beginning in 2007.

The company also previewed Version 4.5 software for the UAD-1 and UAD-1e DSP Card & Powered Plug-Ins system. V. 4.5 will include a 14-day fully functional demo of the third in the series of Neve licensed plug-ins, the 1081 Classic Console Equalizer. The Neve 1081 plug-in offers the 8048 console’s 4-band EQ; parametric high- and low-mid settings, with two Q settings; adjustable high/low shelving, switchable to bell curve; and more.

For more information, visit www.uaudio.com.

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