Universal Audio Announces New Products at 2006 AES

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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.