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New at NAMM! Transaudio Group Introduces the True Sysytems PT2-500 Modular Mic Pre

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 2009: With the introduction of the PT2-500 mic pre and DI, TRUE Systems continues its contortionist legacy of packing immense-sounding microphone preamplification into infinitesimal spaces. Descendant of the TRUE Systems Precision 8, which squeezes eight audiophile-grade preamps into a single rack space, the diminutive PT2-500 conforms to the modular 500 Series format. Like all the other preamps in the TRUE Systems family, the PT2-500 delivers stunning detail, rich analog depth, and a robust, reliable design. But the PT2-500 is 500 module sized, for audio professionals who want everything in a rack ready to use, over and over again without buying additional power supplies and multiple racks.

The PT2-500 features up to 70 dB of high-headroom, low-noise microphone gain. An exceptionally high-quality direct input (DI) calms edgy piezos and provides a THRU jack for amping or effects. Switchable phantom power, 80 Hz high pass filter, and polarity reverse give the unit appropriate flexibility, even in its tiny, 500 Series space. Like all TRUE Systems preamps, the PT2-500 boasts a frequency response that reads like a misprint, 1.5 Hz to 600 kHz (-3 dB), ensuring that the audible and usable ultrasonic ranges are well within its linear response. more

Sennheiser Offers RF Coordination Service for the Vancouver Winter Olympics

willemsen.JPGPointe Claire, Quebec, Canada, December 2009 – Sennheiser Canada, in a coordinated effort with Sennheiser Germany announces the opening of an RF/equipment service and sales facility in conjunction with the upcoming More…XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The facility will offer assistance to radio and television broadcasters from all corners of the globe using Sennheiser technology that requires frequency coordination and equipment service. Broadcasters will be able to purchase Sennheiser’s new 2000 Series wireless systems as well. Sennheiser’s 2010 Olympic RF coordination facility will open on February 6th – six days before the games officially start – and close at the end of day on February 14th. To secure an appointment, it is recommended that broadcasters contact Sennheiser Canada in advance. “Walk-ins” will be accommodated as time permits. more

More HD Surround Sound from Sky with Soundfield’s UPM-1

keith_lane.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA: European satellite broadcaster BSkyB, better known as Sky, has purchased eight of SoundField’s stereo-to-5.1 upmix processors for live use in their studios and outside broadcast facilities. The SoundField UPM-1 is a 1U, 19-inch rack processor which can create a convincing, phase-coherent 5.1 surround panorama from stereo audio in real-time, without adding any reverb or unwanted additional phase shifts. It does this by adaptively analyzing the two-channel stereo material, separating the content into its ambient and direct components, and placing any material from the center of the original stereo mix, such as commentary or dialogue, into the center channel of the resulting 5.1 panorama. For HD broadcasters, the UPM-1 ensures that most audio can be broadcast in fold-down friendly surround sound, without obvious moments when the broadcast soundscape narrows to stereo during the transmission of older, stereo-only material.

“The UPM-1 is already proving its worth here at Sky,” comments Keith Lane, Operations Manager at BSkyB. more

Transaudio Distributes Lehmann High-end Headphone Amp

black_cube_linear.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 2009: TransAudio Group, a U.S. distributor of high-end pro audio gear, is happy to introduce Lehmann Audio’s Black Cube Linear headphone amplifier to the U.S. market by adding it to its Las Vegas Pro Audio catalog of truly inspired products. Using only the finest components and an obsessively audiophile signal path, the Black Cube Linear is ideal for computer mixing, live monitoring, studio recording, or any professional application where truthful, fatigue-free output is paramount. Its circuitry and adjustable maximum output gain optimizes performance for any headphone impedance or sensitivity. more

API Releases 527 Compressor

api_527.JPGNEW YORK, NEW YORK: API is pleased to announce the introduction of the 527 compressor, a single channel module based on API’s 225L discreet channel compressor. The 527 features comprehensive controls including variable attack, release, ratio, and output gain controls. The unit also includes API’s patented ‘Thrust’ circuit, first offered on the 2500 stereo bus compressor. A ten segment LED meter is switchable between gain reduction and output level. more

Symetrix Adds Second Monthly Online Webinar

symetrix_webinars.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 2009: Symetrix, a leading provider of audio processing solutions for the commercial, broadcast, and pro audio markets through its Symetrix, SymNet, AirTools, and Lucid brands, will now host two freely-available “Webinars” a month. Senior systems support engineer Ryan Curtright has been hosting Webinar Master Classes once a month for nearly a year on advanced aspects of SymNet, Integrator Series, and AirTools technology. On November 11th, systems support engineer Mark Ullrich will kick off his monthly Webinar Master Class, with content geared toward professionals who are new to Symetrix products. To receive the link to attend, contact Symetrix tech support.

Many of Curtright’s classes have addressed advanced topics of interest to SymNet users who are already familiar with its infrastructure. For example, topics covered in Curtright’s last Webinar included “remote servicing and monitoring of 31 rings of SymNet over WAN,” “DTMF decoders,” and “8 BGM combiner modules.” more

ATC Launches Compact, Active Three-way Monitors

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) audio reference speakers, introduces the U.K. manufacturer’s first ever compact active three-way studio control monitor – the SCM25A Pro. Designed for positioning on a meter bridge, or rack-mountable for broadcast applications, the ATC SCM25A Pro offers very high-performance in the most compact possible form factor.

The SCM25A Pro incorporates ATC’s proprietary short coil seven-inch carbon-paper woofer, a three-inch soft dome midrange driver and a one-inch silk dome tweeter in a ported enclosure that measures 10.4 inches (264 mm) (H) x 16.9 inches (430 mm) (W) x 16 inches (408 mm) (D). The integrated tri-amplifier generates 150 W RMS for the woofer, 50 W RMS for the midrange and 25 W RMS for the tweeter. The passively cooled amp pack also features FET limiting. The crossovers are all 4th order, more

Transaudio Group Introduces Daking FET3 Compressor

fet3.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA: TransAudio Group has announced the introduction of the Daking FET3, a new dual-channel limiter incorporating Class A discrete compressor circuitry and gain stages that is built in the U.S. by Geoffrey Daking. The FET3 builds on the quality and performance benchmarks set by the renowned Daking FET II single-channel limiter while adding several unique front panel features for enhanced user control.

The Daking FET3 design utilizes the same audio path and detector circuits as the FET II limiter, which has become highly regarded for its speed, high performance and unique ability to sound great on an extraordinary variety of sources. The FET3 adds new variable high-pass filters – from 0 to 200 Hz – at the detector stage to improve and customize the behavior of each limiter channel. Signal content below the user set HPF frequency will not trigger the more

Transaudio Group Introduces Tube-Tech RM 2

rm_2.JPGNEW YORK, NEW YORK: TUBE-TECH introduces the new RM 2, a new two-slot rack that vertically accommodates any two TUBE-TECH M Series tube-based modules. The new two RU frame enables the user to own multiple TUBE-TECH modules and one small two-channel rack, offering the sound of TUBE-TECH in a smaller and less expensive package than ever before. The RM-2 is unique in that it is designed from the ground up for tubes. The power supply and internal voltage rails are specifically built for tube-based electronics, offering much higher supply voltages than the modular 500 racks can offer. This new two-slot RM2 rack, along with the existing eight-vertical slot RM8 rack, expands the flexibility of TUBE-TECH while lowering the per channel cost.

The PM 1A module combines an exceptionally smooth sounding microphone preamplifier and direct more

Bock Audio Introduces New Cinema Mic

bock_50_small.jpgLAS VEGAS, NEVADA: TransAudio Group, the worldwide distributor for Bock Audio, is introducing the new BOCK 50 omni-tube microphone at the 127th AES Convention in New York. Focused on a tradition that stretches back to classical orchestral recording microphones of the 1950s, the Bock omni-directional Bock 50 is similarly intended to capture the natural ambience of groups of acoustic instruments, from small ensembles to large orchestras. It is particularly well-suited for use in a Decca Tree configuration. more

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