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In the January 16, 2011 Issue:
  News From the Floor
  Avid Eleven Rack Expansion Pack
  Mix Webcast: Tracking, Comping and Editing Drums and Maximum Note Expression With Cubase 6
Editor's Take

News From the Floor

Day 3 was a bit quieter at the show as people were recovering from late parties in the AM, and out to watch football in the PM. But the show still had a big buzz with lots of new gear to see.

MOTU was showing Digital Performer 7.2 and the free DP Control app for iPhone and iPad.

Dangerous Music had its Dangerous Liaison on display. It’s a lot to get your head around but it basically can switch up to six inserts in/out of your signal path in various orders, plus allows you to parallel mix your chain with a clean stereo bus feed.

DPA’s new 2000 Series are the company's first mics for less than $1,000; the heads and bodies are separate, with the bodies being compatible with DPA's higher-end capsules for easy upgrades.

Little Labs had its new and improved RedEye DI box on the stand. It features simultaneous reamping/DI, can be daisy-chained to feed multiple amps and can be rackmounted in groups of four.

SE Electronics showed their first outing into studio monitor design called The Egg. The egg-shaped monitor, designed by SE’s Zou Swei and Andy Munro formerly from Dynaudio’s design team, boasts neutral internal intrusion on the drivers resulting in better accuracy, detail and naturally flatter frequency specs. They’ve also taken the crossover and amps outside the cabinets, making for a more feature-rich and accessible user interface.

Focusrite launched its RedNet series of audio IOs for any DAW platform. They can be linked over a 128x128 Dante network (the same used by Yamaha, Allen & Heath and more). The four interfaces are 8x8 AD/DA, 16x16 AD/DA, 8-channel mic/line input, 8-channel digital IO. It can be run over their RedNet PCIe card or via FireWire.

TransAudio Group had a gang of new products on display including the completely redesigned Drawmer MX Pro Series processors, Dave Hill Europa 1 preamp, Bock 241 cardioid microphone, (new to the U.S.) Sonodyne speakers and a Daking 500 series preamp.

Rupert Neve Designs showed off their new 500 Series 543 compressor and 517 mic preamp/DI modules.

API had its three-rackspace 6500 Surround Compressor on a sneak preview at their booth along with its Mix Top-Rated Channel Strip we saw at AES.

Audix introduced the ADX12 and ADX18 professional miniature gooseneck condenser microphones for podium use and the BOOM-CG boom arm that attaches to the CabGrabber or CabGrabber-XL, making virtually any miking position possible. The company also unveiled the CX112B and CX212B, the most recent upgrades in the CX Series of large-diaphragm studio condenser microphones, and the MicroBoom 24 carbon-fiber boom arm designed specifically for the Micros™ Series of miniature integrated condenser microphones

New Products

Avid Eleven Rack Expansion Pack

Avid has introduced the Eleven Rack Expansion Pack option for the Eleven Rack guitar amp and effects processor. It provides a series of new features and enhancements to the system. Read more

Bock 241
This mid-priced vocal tube microphone features a high-frequency flat-or-minus switch, dedicated cardioid operation and outboard inductor-based power supply to drive the vintage-inspired tube circuitry. Users will note the 241 offers a similar look and feel to the Bock 251 due to a revised body and head grille that better approximates the 251's sonic cardioid characteristics. Read more

KK Audio Labs DS-6
This two-way powered studio reference monitor features a 6-inch low-frequency driver using proprietary composite-cone material together with a 1-inch, custom-designed titanium composite high-frequency tweeter. Read more

iZotope Stutter Edit
Stutter Edit is iZotope's first collaboration with Grammy-nominated composer and electronic musician Brian Transeau (BT). Stutter Edit's features revolve around a live sampling engine that lets producers, laptop performers and other musicians manipulate audio in real time. Stutter Edit slices audio into small fragments and sequences the pieces into razor-sharp rhythmic effects. Read more

HK Audio Elements
Now available for the first time in the U.S., HK Audio offers its Elements modular sound reinforcement, which merges the benefits of modern line array technology with the portability and easy handling of ultra-compact P.A. systems. Read more

More NAMM 2011 Product Debuts.


Mix Webcast: Tracking, Comping and Editing Drums and Maximum Note Expression With Cubase 6

January 26, 2011, 2 p.m. EST
This Webinar will show attendees how to use state-of-the-art transient and tempo detection, advanced audio quantization and drum replacement functions—developed with recording professionals and top-notch studio drummers—for perfecting the timing, feel and flavor of live recorded drum tracks. Register Now to Win!  

PreSonus NAMM Discount
During the NAMM show, users can purchase a download version of Studio One Artist for $20.11 USD—90 percent off the regular price; users do not have to attend the show to take advantage of this offer. Also, users can upgrade to Studio One Pro at any time for $199. Find out more about this special offer.

Free Hearing Screening Tests
The House Ear Institute, through its Sound Partners® hearing-conservation program, is carrying out its annual tradition of providing non-profit hearing health outreach services at the 2011 NAMM show. The free hearing screenings for NAMM attendees and distributors will be available at Booth #1292 in Hall E during show hours. Licensed audiologists from the House Ear Institute and House Clinic will counsel participants on their hearing screening results, which are kept strictly confidential. The institute’s outreach staff also will hand out additional hearing health education and literature and be available to answer questions from visitors.  

Meyer Sound Special Presentations
In Demo Room 212B, attendees can check out the company's Constellation acoustic system and the MINA line array loudspeaker. Demo schedule for January 16, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.