Posted on: Sunday 12th of March 2017
Sennheiser is shipping its groundbreaking new Digital 6000 Series wireless microphone system. ‘With Digital 6000, we have brought the key benefits of our benchmark Digital 9000 system to a two-channel receiver and associated handheld and bodypack transmitters,’ said Sennheiser Product Manager Tom Vollmers.
The Digital 6000 series uses the same long-range mode and proprietary audio codec as the high-end Digital 9000 series. The two-channel 1RU EM 6000 receiver has a switching bandwidth of 244 MHz (470–714 MHz) covered by three different transmitters. Up to eight receivers can be daisy-chained without an additional antenna splitter. The receiver uses frequency-selective antenna filters, meaning it can be used with both active and passive UHF antennas. It features a white OLED display for checking RF signal, link quality, audio signal battery status, frequency and encryption on multiple home screens, thus reducing the need to navigate menu items. It has a digital AES-3 output, balanced XLR 3 outputs and 1/4-inch output jacks. A Dante version will add an RJ-45 connector for network connectivity.
The SKM 6000 handheld transmitter uses Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface, allowing the use of mic heads from the Evolution Wireless Series, the 2000 Series and the 9000 Series. The bodypack can be used together with Sennheiser’s MKE 1, MKE 2 and MKE 40 lavalier mics. An optional L 6000 rackmount charger can use up to four charging modules to recharge bodypack and handheld batteries, and also works with the Digital 9000 Series.
Rather than being limited to the typical square and rectangular panels found in most studios, the hexagonal shape and beveled edges allow the new Honeycomb panels to be installed in unique patterns and clusters. Primary reflections and flutter echo can be controlled with an acoustic treatment layout more personalized to aesthetic space.
The 16″ (406mm) Honeycombs are 1.5″ (3.8cm) thick, and are constructed from 6lb high density glass wool for optimal broadband absorption. As with all Primacoustic panels, the Honeycombs have been tested to achieve stringent Class-A fire ratings, making them safe for use in installations worldwide. The Honeycomb absorbers are available in black, grey or beige Broadway acoustic fabric, or in Primacoustic’s proprietary Paintables white finish. MAP: $279.99 per box of 12 panels, with shipping scheduled to begin in spring 2017. www.primacoustic.com
Tracktion Copper Reference Stereo I/O
There’s no denying that most professional ADCs these days are sensibly made. But what if you don’t want sensible? What if you want the equivalent of wide wheels with spinners, an Akrapovic exhaust and a chrome engine block?
The immediately striking feature of the Copper Reference are the two tubes glowing out at the top. The Mike Soldano-designed Tube stage is configured so users can swap tubes. A popular concept with guitarists and hifi buffs, the idea is to subtly tune the sound by inserting a favoured Electro Harmonix or vintage Telefunken valve. The tube stage adds incredible versatility to the unit, allowing users to add subtle to extreme tube saturation to input signals, but can be completely bypassed for benchmark listening.
Working closely with ESS Technology, a leading high-performance audio DAC and ADC chip provider, Tracktion designed the Copper Reference to be the first product to feature the new Sabre Pro 9038 DAC chip capable of a theoretical 140dB DNR and -122 THD. The Copper Reference input path features dual flagship AKM ADCs run in parallel and summed, the objective being to gain a extra 3 dB of dynamic range. www.tracktion.com
Grace Designs m108
The 1RU audio interface has eight channels of high-quality mic pres, A/D conversion, and two channels of D/A conversion for a headphone amplifier. Sampling rates go up to 192kHz, with extensive clocking options. Mic inputs are all via XLR, with the first two channels switching automatically when high-impedance instrument inputs are plugged into the front of the unit. To the rear, mic pre outputs are mirrored via two DB25 outputs (for analogue and AES respectively), as well as two ADAT outputs. In normal operation, ADAT transmits eight channels of 44.1/48kHz audio out of each of these outputs; in SMUX mode (ADAT 88.2 and 96kHz) channels 1-4 are assigned to ADAT output 1 and 5-8 output 2. Interfacing with a PC or Mac is done via USB2.An “option slot” at the back provides two added-cost choices. The first provides Dante AoIP (audio-over-iP), with primary and secondary gigabit Ethernet outlets. A short Ethernet jumper cable allows both Dante and Grace’s remote control to operate using the same cable. The alternative option card is called Control Room Output: this provides two high quality analogue TRS outputs for driving monitors or distribution amps. www.gracedesign.com
New Audified voice plug-in
TNT Voice Executor is a unique plug-in that offers quick and intuitive voice tracks editing. Despite the easy look, there are multiple effect modules inside the tool. The plug-in contains complete dynamics controls and EQ, drive and delay.
The modules settings are pre-set by TNT Studios. Tomas Trkal, mixing engineer and programmer: ‘In some situations and jobs, you have to mix vocals or spoken word very quickly. Typically it is in broadcast operation or video production. We couldn’t find find any plug-in that would suit this purpose well. So I had to create it myself…’
The effect is controlled by three knobs only. After loading the preset only input and output volumes and effect amount need to be set. The presets are gathered in four groups. Each of them contains several variants for both male and female voices. The desired input and output levels (using the I/O meters) are adjusted, the preset is chosen, and the amount of effect is selected. The right side of the plug-in indicates which effects are engaged and gain reduction. To keep the simplicity of use, no other controls (except advanced calibration in the service menu) are included. www.audified.com
mbakustik Cosinus Analogue Room Correction
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) has made room correction and monitor EQ easy to do in software – some would say too easy – now mbakustik, a German firm of acousticians, have come up with an all-analogue solution. The Cosinus has an analogue phase shifter with adjustable phase and level to match phase of subwoofer and main monitors. The unit has 3 bandpass filters with continuously adjustable level +/- 10 dB, continuously adjustable frequency between 20 and 240 Hz and Q-factor between von 0,3 and 10. Bandpass 1 can be used as a crossover to generate low pass signals for subwoofer systems, while Bandpass 2 and 3 can be used for either the sub path or main monitor EQ. Containing two separate channels, the Cosinus can be used to drive stereo subwoofer systems. For rooms where phase-correct analogue monitor EQ is desirable, or where there’s a requirement to add phase-aligned subs to existing monitors without an additional ADDA round-trip, the Cosinus is a high quality solution. € 3278