AudioMedia - February 2012 - (Page 20)
This year's winter NAMM show was as up-beat and bubbly as ever. We present... The best bits.
AKG introduced its DMS 70 – a true uncompressed digital wireless system operating with 24-bit 48kHz transmission in the 2.4GHz ISM band, a worldwide license-free frequency range. The range includes quad or dual receivers, pocket transmitter, and handheld transmitter with two choices of capsule – all available in three different packages. 128-bit encryption ensures secure two-way wireless communication.
16-out on four D-Sub connectors.
Alto Professional launched its new MasterLink Live 16 and MasterLink Live 24 consoles. They combine analogue console tech with Alesis DSP and support for iPad and the Alto Live Drive app. The consoles offer mono and stereo channels, channel dynamics, four auxes, and four busses. Live Drive adds RTA, 12 band parametric EQ, compressor/limiter, two-channel recording, and a programmable SPL meter.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, AudioTechnica had a lot to shout about at NAMM. It unveiled a series of limited versions of its products, as well as the new ATM510 cardioid and ATM610a Hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphones, and the new AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone with both USB and XLR connections. For more detail, see Recording News (page 6).
As well as the new GLD console (featured in last month’s Audio Media), Allen & Heath launched the ZED-16FX and ZED-18 multi-purpose live sound and recording mixers. Both units have a connection for USB send and return for recording, playback, and effects. Additionally, the ZED-16FX has a built-in FX processor with TAP tempo delay settings.
Apogee launched two new products at NAMM. One was the Symphony 64 | Thunderbolt for connecting Symphony I/O and any X-Symphonyequipped interface to Mac via Thunderbolt. The other launch was the 16x16 analogue I/O module for Symphony I/O offering 16-in and
Auralex showed its new SonoFlat Grid acoustic panels – a new take on its SonoFlat product. Each unit is composed of nine bevelled squares and is made from the company’s melamine-free Studiofoam.
Crown Audio announced the introduction of its new flagship I-Tech HD Series 4x3500HD DriveCore fourchannel power amplifier. The unit incorporates Crown’s sixthgeneration Class I engine with DriveCore technology and offers features including a 4.3-inch TFT LCD with capacitive touchscreen, exclusive Harman HiQnet System Architect 2.0 control functionality, and Version 5 DSP preset support for JBL Professional’s new VTX line array. The 2U I-Tech 4x3500HD delivers 1,900 watts per channel into 8Ω, 2,000 watts per channel into 4Ω, and 4,000 watts into 4Ω bridged. Crown HiQnet Band Manager 2 is an iteration of Harman’s HiQnet
UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO
Interface and DSP in one box, combined with UA’s Powered Plug-ins and analogue knowhow... What’s not to like?
niversal Audio revealed Apollo, its new highresolution x Firewire/Thunderbolt-ready -bit/ kHz audio interface for Mac and PC, which combines an analogue design with UAD powered plug-ins. The manufacturer claims that in using Apollo, producers and performers alike will benefit from being able to track through the UAD plug-ins in real time. Company founder Bill Putnam Jr. says a culmination of 10 years of analogue and digital audio development has led to the release of Apollo. “In many ways, it’s brought the analogue and digital sides of our company together,” he suggests. “With Apollo, we’re delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analogue recording with all the conveniences of modern digital equip-
ment, including next-generation Thunderbolt technology.” The product boasts premium mic pre-amps and converters, which UA says delivers the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Its core audio and ASIO drivers also make it compatible with all of the major DAWs such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and Ableton Live. The Apollo’s console application and companion console recall plug-in delivers control and recall of all of the interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later; but what makes it different from other interfaces, UA insists, is its on-board UAD-2 DSP Acceleration processing. Providing sub-2ms latency, producers will be able to monitor, audition, and ‘print’ audio using a range of analogue emulation plug-ins from manufacturers including Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, SSL, Studer, and Roland, which UA believes makes Apollo’s sonic and tonal options ‘virtually limitless’. The UAD-2 processors are also practical for mixing and mastering, by offloading processing from the host computer. W www.uaudio.com
AU DIO ME D I A FE BR UARY 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AudioMedia - February 2012
Audio Media - February 2012
Special Report: BVE
Cut Scene: PS Vita
New at NAMM
NAMM Show Wrap-Up
RND Portico 5024
Untrason Signature Pro
Final Cut: Drive
Allen & Health GS-R24
Product Sampler: Broadcase Consoles
ClassicCut: The Haunting
AudioMedia - February 2012