Archive for April, 2008

Forte Takes Bow At NAB

forte1.jpgThe Forte from Discmakers is an easy-to-use standalone unit that does not require a computer. Priced at $499 , the Forte’s 20x DVD±R/40x CD-R drive features an ample 25 disc input/output capacity, a 160 GB hard drive that stores up to 31 full size DVD images and dupes at rates of 7 DVDs, or 14 CDs per hour.

The Forte houses a rugged built-in fan for long lasting cool operation and professional grade robotics. Advanced control features offer users the option to duplicate CDs/DVDs in both single and multi master modes.

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AT Intros New B’cast Mics

at8004_8004l.jpgAudio-Technica introduced its AT8004 ($135) and AT8004L ($149) Omnidirectional Dynamic Microphones, designed specifically for the broadcasting market. The AT8004 (5.93 inches) and the longer AT8004L (9.43 inches) are ideal for handheld interviews, ENG/EFP and sports broadcasting applications, or as the “mono� mic when used in conjunction with a stereo mic. Additionally, the AT8004L’s longer handle easily accommodates a microphone flag while still providing sufficient space for the talent to grip the microphone.

The AT8004 and AT8004L offer a frequency response of 80-16,000 Hz and an omnidirectional polar pattern. In addition, they each feature a rugged housing and a hardened-steel grille as well as internal shock mounting, making them able to stand up to field use while minimizing handling and cable noise. The new AT8004 and AT8004L microphones are also fully RoHS-compliant – free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS).

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Lawo and Minnetonka Join Hands

lawodolbyevst.JPGIn a common development effort, Lawo, Dolby and Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. announce the new Lawo SurCode for Dolby E Real-Time Decoder plug-in that operates in the new Lawo Plugin Server. A Dolby E Encoder module will follow later this year.

The Lawo SurCode for Dolby E plug-in functions as a VST plug-in that is controlled by a graphical user interface allowing for full control and recall on the fly, completely integrated into the Lawo production environment. The unique real-time integration allows one or more instances of the Dolby E Decoder on the Lawo Plugin Server to be used in combination with existing Dolby E hardware products.

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Digico To Provide AES42 Console Input

Sennheiser and Neumann announced today that UK-based digital mixing console manufacturer DiGiCo is providing AES 42 inputs on its consoles, allowing Sennheiser and Neumann’s digital microphones to interface directly with DiGiCo’s desks.

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MSR Offers Options For Taming The Savage Room

dsc_4458_crop_400_shadow.jpgThe Dimension4â„¢ Systems from MSR are pre-engineered acoustical systems from MSR for professional recording studios, project studios, media studios and game developers. Systems are available in three performance levels — entry-level (Prime System), intermediate (Project system) and high-end (Pro System). All systems are full-frequency solutions, which also provide optimal absorption and diffusion for a given room size. By answering a detailed audio questionaire and providing specific and targeted room pictures, the MSR team can determine a sound solution package for pro and home studios.

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iZotope Says “Bring Down The Noise!”

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iZotope was showing broadcasters the ANR-B™ Adaptive Realtime Noise Reduction Unit at NAB, bringing the company’s audio algorithm for adaptive noise reduction to a dedicated hardware unit for use in real-time broadcast applications.

ANR-B uses iZotope’s noise reduction technology to intelligently identify and suppress environmental broadband noise, hum, phone line artifacts and more, dramatically increasing the quality of audio broadcasts involving radio call-in programs and on-location broadcasting. Unlike other noise reduction solutions, iZotope’s ANR-B actually detects noise in real-time and adapts to changing noise over time, allowing for automatic operation with little to no input required from the user.

Designed to suit a wide range of broadcast applications, the two-channel ANR-B features broadcast connections including analog and digital I/O, LAN for advanced parameter control, and remote automation capability. Presets are available for common applications while simple controls and clear meters help to quickly customize settings for unique situations. While ANR-B is designed to automatically determine a noise print, a manual learn function enables the unit to reduce noise of a specific trained profile, adding to the unit’s flexibility.

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Lawo Unveils the mc²56

Lawo brought out the mc²56, a new member of the mc² series offering full mc² performance in a reduced surface with compact dimensions. Based on the existing mc² technology, the mc²56 offers the Lawo HD core with up to 512 DSP channels, 144 summing buses and a routing capacity of up to 8192 crosspoints. mc2_56_overall_view.jpgThe complete functionality of the mc² series is available – including the transfer of snapshots within the mc² family, as well as dynamic automation and networking with other Lawo products.

The newly designed control surface offers direct access to essential operating elements while functions which are rarely used are handled via the touchscreen graphical user interface. This allows easy operation and a short learning curve. In addition, the new construction reduces fader width to 30 mm which allows efficient and economic working. Every 16-fader bay offers fully featured metering on high resolution TFT.

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Happy B-Day Genelec!

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Congrats goes out to Genelec who are celebrating their 30th birthday this year. The booth was packed with folks from the teeming south hall who were watching a variety of audio demos played over various systems. The newest members of the Genelec family the are the desktop 6010A speakers (7 1/8″ x 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″). The system has been designed for computer sound systems, workstations and other close proximity listening applications requiring a low-profile monitoring solution. It can even be plugged directly into personal music players for enhanced acoustic enjoyment. They come in a stunning white, silver or Genelec grey.

The new Genelec 5040A subwoofer provides a perfect partner to the 6010A for both stereo and surround applications. Featuring a visually arresting design, the 5040A extends the LF response down to 35 Hz with amazing bass articulation. The playback level for the whole system is conveniently controlled by remote volume control provided with the 5040A subwoofer. With five main input/output channels and a dedicated LFE channel with 35/120 Hz reproduction bandwidth selection, the 6010A/5040A system fulfills the needs of 5.1 productions.

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Check Out The Twins

piano_closeup.JPGphoto caption: MKH 800 Twins recently used to record Russell Ferrante’s piano at a recent Yellowjackets’ recording session at BiCoastal Music Studio

Mike Pappas from Sennheiser showed Mix the new MKH 800 Twins, which boast the same 50kHz-plus frequency response as the MKH 800, but output each of their two capsules separately, allowing infinite control of polar pattern and the ability to process each capsule separately, after the recording.

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Holophone Shows New H4

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Holophone introduced the latest version of its popular H4 SuperMINI camera-mountable mic at NAB 2008 (Booth N6438, N6435). This upgrade adds the balanced output capability to the mic’s encoder. In addition to its current 3.5mm stereo outputs, the H4 SuperMINI’s encoder will now feature one 6-pin mini XLR output which contains both LT and RT balanced information. There is also the new H4 Multi-Cable which helps to reduce the height of the H4 SuperMINI microphone, dropping it a full 6 inches for a lower on-camera profile. It also allows the H4 SuperMINI’s encoder, preamp and monitor module to be mounted in a variety of locations.

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