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News From the Show Floor
AES Product Debuts
Check Out the Special AES Website
News From the Show Floor
At the A Designs booth, Peter Montessi ( dropped the hammer, literally. The new Hammer EQ is a dual mono three band Tube EQ for $2650. It offers a filtering system that allows even harmonics to flow through the 12AT7 tubes filtering out unwanted noise.

TL Audio was showing three new Ebony series rack units and the FatTrack, a tube production suite for tracking, summing and monitoring for $2195.

Soundfield showed their DSF-2 Broadcast Microphone System specifically developed to simultaneously provide both the surround and stereo soundscape at large scale outside broadcast events such as football stadiums and concert hall venues. The unit will pass both 5.1 and stereo mixes at the same time offering a solution that can cover a number of applications.

SSL had a bevy of new products including two new vertical modules for X-Rack, an X-Logic mic preamp with VHD and the Stereo Bus Compressor Module. Most interesting was Pro-Convert, which enables workstation users to convert session files from one format to another and can handle many commonly used formats.


AES Product Debuts

Digidesign C|24 Control Surface
Digidesign's C|24™ mid-format control surface for Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools LE provides an advanced control surface with a full complement of analog inputs and a versatile monitoring section -- all using fast, Ethernet-based communication protocol. Features include 16 mic/line/DI preamps, 5.1 surround monitoring with trimmable I/Os and built-in talkback section. Its 24 bankable control strips have touch-sensitive, motorized 100mm faders and dedicated, LED-illuminated switches for Mute, Solo, Select, Input, Record Arm, EQ, Dynamics, Insert, Send, and Automation functions. The control surface also has 24 rotary encoders with LED rings, and a bright dual-row LED scribble strip display. Retail is $9,995, with deliveries beginning next month. AES booth #701.

Merging Technologies Pyramix 6
This 48-channel system combines with the Ramses controller and Oasis I/O boxes offering DSD and DXD recording with optional mic preamps. The multiformat Ramses MSC integrated record, editing, processing and fully automated mixing system is scalable from 16 to 256 I/O channels and tracks in eight to 24 (plus dual-operator, 48-channel) configurations. Support of VST plug-ins is standard as is support for sample rates from 44.1 to 384 kHz, plus 48-channel DSD and DXD option. AES booth #445.

Telefunken USA ELA M 260 Tube Mic
The Ela M 260 is a recreation of the small-diaphragm tube mic first manufactured in 1959 and well-suited for drum overheads and for acoustic instruments of all types. The Ela M 260 has a NOS (New Old Stock) Telefunken EF732 tube and is packaged with three interchangeable capsules (cardioid/hypercardioid/omni), a wooden mic box, 10-meter Gotham Audio cable and 10-year warranty. Also included is an adapter that allows use with some AKG CK series capsules, and other capsules made for JZ/Violet and BLUE systems. Retail: $1,495. AES booth #1108.

A-Designs Audio HM2EQ Tube EQ
The Hammer is a dual mono channel, three-band, analog EQ engineered with an ingenious filtering system that allows the even harmonics to flow through its 12AT Philips tubes, filtering out unwanted noise. The resulting sound is warm yet highly transparent with an airy high-end. Each channel has identical controls, with switches for bypass, high cut and low cut, as well as six large aluminum rotary knobs for the EQ section: LF (30/50/100/200/300/400), MF (250/500/1.2k/1.6k/2k) and HF (2.5k/3.5k/5k/7.5k/10k/15k) bands, plus accompanying knobs offering ±13dB of boost/cut for each frequency range. Retail is $2,695. AES booth #856.

Heil Sound Fin Microphone
The Fin puts a modern, large-diaphragm dynamic element into a stylish, Art Deco-style housing offering a 60 to 18k Hz response. Designed for stand mounting, the Fin also features internal shock mounting for its cardioid capsule and four (switchable) blue LEDs inside the mic that glow when the mic is connected to a phantom power source. AES booth #850.

Essential Sound Products Pro AC Cords
New at AES is the Audio/Video Professional Series, with two AC power cord models (AVP-16, AVP-14) and the A/V Power-Flow PRO power distribution strip with surge suppression. The products use a multiple-conductor geometry that replaces a single line or neutral conductor with several smaller conductors that together have the equivalent wire gauge. This is said to allow current to flow faster to the component's power supply, reducing the distortion associated with underpowered equipment. Features include EMI cable shielding, oversized grounds and Oxygen-Free High-Conductivity copper conductors. Retail: AVP-16 (16-gauge) cord is $199; AVP-14 (14-gauge) is $299. AES booth #856.

Check Out the Special AES Website
Survival Guide, Blogs, Podcasts, Video, New Products Guide and so much more is now live at Bookmark this site for all of your AES 2007 N.Y. needs!

MIX AES PANEL: Is Your Job Killing You? (Or Just Making you Deaf?)
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
Mix 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 hours. 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 hours.

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