There was so much to hear and see the first day of the AES show, but
here's some pieces of gear that caught our eye. For additional news,
visit the blog a blog.mixonline.com/mixblog/. Stay tuned to mixonline.com/ms/aes2007 for podcasts and videos.
The Remix world shook today when Ableton, just when you
thought they were taking it easy, introduced Live 7. The update, as
company rep David Cross explained "may not be sexy, but it's what the
users wanted." Live 7 is in beta, and should be going to public beta
soon. It includes an improved audio engine and improved MIDI engine to
minimize jitter. A new compressor effect integrates three compression
models, and integrates a side-chain. The Gate and Auto Filter effects
now also include side-chaining. The EQ Eight plug-in has an improved
user interface and a 64-bit mode for increased accuracy. Also a new
Spectrum analyzer provides visual feedback for any audio. Live 7 comes
as a download ($499) or a boxed version, which includes the Essential
Instrument Collection 2 ($599).
Tascam also brought a full load of new goodies to AES this year. Most
notably, Gigastudio 4 is now a virtual instrument workstation, with the
new ability to load VSTi and GVI instruments alongside a the Giga Sample
libraries. It supports 64-bit OS's, including Vista.
Toni Fishman from Telefunken was showing their R-F-T M216 Matrix
Stereo Mic. It's a transducer with a twist in that the signal from the
front and back of both capsules can be split to four outputs letting the
user steer the pattern after the recording. The mic is expected to be
about $3500. Another mic company, CharterOak has gone to the output
side of things by bowing their SP-1 Studio Headphone. The comfortable
unit is based on a design by Germany-based MB Quort and ranges from 14Hz
up to 24kHz. Sony has come up with a smaller-lighter-cheaper version of
their PCM-D1 high end recorder titled the PCM-D50. The unit eats less
power than its big brother giving the user 14 hours of recording time.
Also notable is the price, $599, and the added hard switches for pad and
rolloff on the back.
For additional news, visit the blog a blog.mixonline.com/mixblog/. Stay tuned to mixonline.com/ms/aes2007 for podcasts and videos.
Digidesign ICON D-Control ES
Digidesign expands its ICON
integrated console family. The new large-format ICON D-Control™ ES
features a stylish darker color scheme, with higher contrast text and
graphics for improved legibility in low light, and a new switch LED
color layout to further refine ergonomics. Digidesign will continue to
offer the award-winning D-Control in its original blue color scheme, so
users can choose between the two. In addition, current ICON D-Control
owners will be able to obtain a kit to convert their D-Control into a
D-Control ES. AES booth #701.
Roger Nichols Digital SPL-IZER
This adjustable 3-band
24dB/octave FIR frequency splitter allows three bands to be
isolated/routed to aux or instrument tracks for separate processing.
Applications include reverb auxes, for no reverb on the low end, the
original reverb on the mids and the same reverb but with reduced decay
on the high end, or an acoustic guitar with the low end muted, mids
unaffected and a short echo/chorus only on the highs. Spl-izer is
available in RTAS, VST and AU for Mac platforms and RTAS and VST for
Windows XP and Vista. Retail: $129. AES booth #776.
Designed to provide low-cost/high quality
performance, the cardioid M3 is suitable for both live and studiouse,
while internal shock mounting and low handling noise make it suitable
for location recording and sample/sound effects gathering. Other
features include: a switchable high-pass filter, 3-stage (0/10/20dB)
pad, 142dB SPL handling, 48 VDC phantom or 9 VDC battery powering,
molded flight case and foam windscreen. Retail is $249. AES booth
The TA-500t is a trapezoidal,
bi-amp/tri-amp 3-way enclosure with a 1-inch HF driver on a
Polyhorn™ device, 10-inch MF on a Polyhorn and a Turbo-loaded
15-inch LF for a 60Hz to 20kHz response from a 125-pound cabinet. Its
50°H x 25°V dispersion focuses with minimum overspill. The
powered, networkable TA-500tDPs offer real-time control and monitoring
of operating parameters with a PC and TurboDrive™ software over a
BVNet network or remotely. AES booth #136.
Equator Audio Q Series Reference Monitors
The Q Series line
of reference monitors offers bi-amplified, extreme SPL, zero-point
reference™ in 10/12/15-inch coaxial systems and an 18-inch
subwoofer with reproduction below 20 Hz. Each unit incorporates a
dedicated internal CPU and our proprietary Digitally Controlled
Transducers™ to correct for driver variances and compensate for
room acoustic anomalies, including secondary reflections from video
screens and consoles. Hear them at AES demo room 2D13.
Soundfield DSF-1 Music Surround Mic System
The DSF-1 music
srround mic system incorporates SoundField's unique technology that
enables high-resolution recordings to be output in a variety of delivery
formats -- from traditional stereo to esoteric multichannel formats --
all without leaving the digital domain. The DSF-1 is a variant of the
DSF-2 broadcast surround mic system that is tuned for optimal pickup of
musical events. All of the dimensional information it captures can be
adjusted in post-production. MSRP: $13,950. AES booth #851.
Dist. by Transaudio Group
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MIX AES PANEL: Is Your Job Killing You? (Or Just Making you
Attention, workaholics! You love your job, and you give it
everything you've got. But how much is too much? At what point is
extreme dedication hazardous to your health? Mix editor Sarah Jones
brings together top producers and experts from HEAR, the House Ear
Institute and Musicares for a frank discussion about the hazardous
effects of all of those long hours in the studio or on the road. Learn
how to strike that elusive balance between work success and well-being,
while protecting your most valuable tool -- your ears. Monday, Oct. 8:
11-1 Room 1E10. Panelists include Andy Vermiglio, House Ear Institute;
Kathy Peck, Hearing Awareness and Education for Rockers; DeeDee
Acquisto, Musicares; Dave Hampton, engineer/producer (Herbie Hancock,
Prince); and Craig Schumacher, studio owner/producer/founder, TapeOpCon.
Paul Lehrman Book Signings at AES Convention
consulting editor and "Insider Audio" columnist Paul Lehrman will visit
the Penton Media booth at the AES convention in New York City to sign
copies of his book, The Insider Audio Bathroom Reader, on
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure
to stop by! For more information on the book, click here.
House Ear Institute will provide free hearing screenings and
education (Booth #576) through its Sound Partners (TM) hearing
conservation program, and H.E.A.R.
(Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) will offer free ear
impressions/hearing protection (Booth #947) during conference exhibit
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