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Top 5 NAB Gear Picks

I just returned from the NAB show in Las Vegas where there was some standout gear on display. I saw Genelec’s 1238CFgenelec_1238cf.jpg Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System for the first time and it is impressive. The three-way monitor is a midfield or soffit-mount size speaker that is a mere 10.1 inches deep and offers their Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™ (GLM™) control software. The 1238CF can be combined with Genelec 8200/7200 Series products in the same control network. The rear-mounted amp ran surprisingly cool to the touch and the speakers sounded great.

The Digico SD11 is a rackmounted live mixer that comes with a stagebox offering 16 microphone pre amps, eight line outputs and two mono AES I/O. It features 12 touch sensitive moving sd11-cover.jpgfaders below a 15� touch sensitive screen. There’s plenty of IO on the unit itself making it versatile enough to run with or without the stagebox for quick and portable use.

The Channel from Aphex is a complete channel strip for voice and instruments. The Channel incorporates seven powerful devices within a compact, single rack space design. It includes a tube preamp, compressor, gate, de-esser, Aphex’s Big Bottom bass enhancer, parametric EQ, and Aural Exciter.

Roland’s M-480 is their upgrade of the M-400 V-Mixer. It has a wider stance, larger touchscreen and more direct user tweakability including an EQ “smart channelâ€? to which you can assign any channel for quick hands-on involvement with your signal processors. It features 48 mixing channels plus 6 stereo returns Main roland-m-480.jpgLCR outputs, 16 AUX buses, 8 matrices 4-band fully parametric EQ, gate/compressor on all channels. All input and output channels equipped with delay 6 built-in multi-effects and 12 graphic EQs Cascade capability supports large format applications.

The Neyrinck V-Control Pro is a slick iPad controller for Pro Tools (soon to be cross app) designed by none other than former senior vice-president and chief technology officer of Avid Technology, Dave LeBolt. I was quickly able to get deep into automation and plug-in controls with its large buttons, some which v-control-pro-neyrinck-copy.jpgpop up other useful menus making it a tactile delight. You can swipe horizontally to move channels instead of banking and operate the transport with the dedicated controls across the bottom of the screen. Watch for a review coming soon.

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