New Product Releases
Posted on: Monday 4th of April 2016
Focusrite’s Red 4Pre is 58-in/64-out with four digitally-controlled mic preamps, instrument inputs, dual Thunderbolt 2, dual Pro Tools DigiLink and Dante. The preamps have 63dB of gain while software control allows recall of settings and stereo linking, plus configuration of HPF, polarity invert and phantom power.
The conversion system has ‘parallel path summing’, where two matched convertors are run in parallel to increase the signal to noise ratio. They operate at up to 24-bit, 192kHz. The Red 4Pre delivers less than 0.0009% THD+Noise and a flat frequency response from 20Hz to 35kHz +/-0.25dB.
Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports connect to DAWs while allowing daisy-chaining of drives and displays while dual DigiLink ports connect directly to Pro Tools|HD. Dual Ethernet ports connect to Dante-compatible products such as RedNets, adding 64 channels via Ethernet. www.focusrite.com
Aston Microphones has released an improved acoustic mic screen called the Halo. Offering radically improved isolation, filtering in the vertical and not just the horizontal plane, and offering a substantially larger surface area (about 40% bigger than its main competitor). Absorption is said to be much more linear and the device is surprisingly lightweight. Best of all it boasts very simple and reliable mounting hardware.
A-Designs Audio’s HM2EQ Hammer three-band, dual-mono tube/hybrid equaliser has been updated from input from many engineers and producers.
‘Based on the input we got back, we’ve extended the frequencies on the new Hammer 2, as well as added shelving on the lows and highs. So the frequency bands can now nicely overlap into each other and you can really give the bottom end a bit more punch, thanks to the shelving,’ said A-Designs Audio president Peter Montessi. ‘We’ve also now switched over from continuous-sweep pots to 31-detent controls, which will improve setting repeatability. With the new Hammer 2, musicians and engineers can easily recreate the same sounds they’ve loved with the previous model, but now also have access to even more options and tones. The new version really sounds incredible -— especially the shelving -— and it’s everything the old Hammer was and more.’
Yamaha’s SWP1 series of advanced, plug-and-play network switches for sound networking have simple DIP switch Dante optimisation and a comprehensive graphic interface, via a Windows application.
The switches have settings for QoS, IGMP Snooping and other parameters preconfigured for Dante performance. In addition, it is as straightforward to set up independent VLAN domains to take full advantage of a network’s potential for handling StageMix or other smart device functions. The SWP1 series includes three VLAN presets that are selectable via DIP switch and there is also a User mode that allows for fully customised VLAN setup.
A Yamaha Audio Network Monitor application for Windows provides a view of the parameters required for Dante network management, including network traffic, switch status and individual Dante device information. It also monitors non-Dante devices on the network. Users can take a snapshot of the normal network status and set an alarm to warn them if any parameters change.
The switchers are available in SWP1-8 (eight Ethercon ports), SWP1-8MMF (eight Ethercon ports plus Multimode fibre connector) and SWP1-16MMF (12 Ethercon ports, four standard RJ45 ports plus Multimode fibre connector).
The M18 digital mixer represent a fully integrated solution with an internal power supply, an integrated Wi-Fi access point and antennas.
Eight input channels are provided with high-end discrete mic preamps. Their 60dB gain range is digitally controlled by the MixRemote app and two (out of 10) line inputs can be switched to a Hi-Z mode for instruments.
The MixRemote app has attractive graphics for control of the mixer’s parameters. M Series Digital Mixers are equipped with an internal Wi-Fi double antenna supporting dual-band connection (2.4GHz and 5GHz). If the M Mixer is rack installed or used in a demanding environment, an improvement of Wi-Fi connection is possible thanks to the provided external antenna.
A gate, compressor and a 4-band parametric EQ are present on all 18 input channels. Each of has three auxiliary sends dedicated to feeding the three internal effects processors and six aux sends for monitors or external effects. The EQ is available in standard, vintage and smooth algorithms. Regarding effects, FX1 is a reverb and FX2 a professional delay with a tap time of up to 2500mS and dedicated filters on the feedback signal. FX3 is an assignable multi-effect with choices of chorus, flanger, pitch shifter, among others. Four input channels are equipped with digital insert points.
Tracktion T7 introduces new technology to inspire creativity. Clip Layer Effects (Pat. Pend.), allows complete control of sound design at the clip level. Another new feature, Multi-Browser Sync, provides the ability to preview many files together, from multiple browsers, in sync with the edit. For plug-ins (VST and AU), there is a new visual selector to speed the sorting process and new LFO Generators to modulate any plug-in parameter. Even the Marketplace interaction has been improved making it easy to shop for new virtual instruments and effects without leaving the T7 app environment.
The DACS Test Lab is portable trouble-shooting solution for all audio engineers. It allows you test all major types of cable from XLR, TRS, IEC Mains, SpeakOn and Phono. Test Lab can operate on a pair of 9V batteries or IEC mains. One battery powers the circuits while the other powers the LED lid light. To conserve battery life, after about ten minutes of inactivity it goes into sleep mode. A five-mode on-board frequency oscillator provides five options for testing out a sound system — 70Hz, 1kHz, 4.5kHz, Frequency Cycle and Pink Noise.