Archive of the Microphones, Mic Processors Category

Ben Arthur’s Dubway Days and the Metric Halo ULN-8

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2011: Ben Arthur is a charismatic, self-made singer/songwriter who has released four critically-lauded albums and opened for such acts as Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, and the Dave Matthews Band. His knack for successful collaborations has earned him the friendship of many very talented musicians who tend to fly just under the radar of the mass media. That knack and those friendships will be put to the dramatic test on Dubway Days, a web-TV show – and possible Network TV show – that will air its pilot episode on February 14, 2011 at www.breakthruradio.com. It so happens that Ben Arthur is also an ardent Metric Halo user.

The tagline for Dubway Days, “Two Artists… One Day… One Song,” sums up the mechanics of the show, but its drama hinges on the immensity of that task. Ben Arthur and a guest begin a day of taping in the morning with absolutely no preconceived ideas for a song. Viewers get a front row seat to witness the false starts and eventual magic that evolves from the creative struggle to not just produce music, but to produce great music. Once the song is written, producers Mike Crehore and Al Houghton take the lead to engineer and orchestrate a polished, radio-ready recording of the song using the amazing tools of Dubway Studios. more

Airtools Voice Processor 2X Adds New Preset Features

2xglamour.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2011: Heir to the Symetrix legacy of industry-leading voice processors for broadcast, the AirTools Voice Processor 2x implements a feature-rich DSP set that optimizes the sound of on-air voice talent. Latest in the long list of features that makes the Voice Processor 2x easy to incorporate in any studio situation is that now users can import or export specific presets without disturbing any other existing settings.

“Station managers can move the entire device file of one AirTools Voice Processor 2x to another unit, but more specific transfers involving individual presets were not yet possible,” said Mark Ullrich, senior technical sales engineer at Symetrix. “There may be situations where voice talent moves among various studios. With this latest software release, station managers can copy individual presets from one unit and move them to other units without overwriting other device file settings such as dynamic processing or EQ. This adds one more convenience to a device that is already very flexible.” more

API Introduces the Channel Strip

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JESSUP, MARYLAND: One of the highlights of the recent AES convention in San Francisco was API’s introduction of its brand-new Channel Strip. The API Channel Strip includes a 512C mic pre, the famous 550a EQ, the 527 compressor and the 325 line driver, all well-known and highly-coveted pieces in their own right, now packaged together. Each processing piece can be switched in or bypassed individually, and a flip switch allows the compressor to be placed after the EQ if desired. Additional features include an insert point, side chain input, multiple metering locations, and the famous API 2520/transformer combination.

“There was a need for a leaner, meaner version of the API 7600 that could serve as a stand-alone unit, with just the right features necessary for a comprehensive audio channel,” said Larry Droppa, API president. “We picked all the best parts of an API console channel and put them in a single space unit.” more

Sennheiser Canada Announces Landmark Partnership with TELUS

telus_logo.JPGMontréal, Canada, November 2010: Sennheiser Canada, leading purveyor of high-end professional and consumer audio products, announces its partnership with TELUS, one of Canada’s leading mobile telecommunications providers, to sell Sennheiser EZX 60 Bluetooth(r) headsets and MM 50iP stereo headsets in its 1,200 stores across the nation. Launched on November 1, 2010, this breakthrough partnership, spearheaded by Michael Wyman of Sennheiser Canada’s Communications Division, is to give TELUS customers ready access to Sennheiser’s superior headset fidelity and state-of-the-art noise and echo cancellation technologies.

The two initial Sennheiser products chosen by TELUS represent the company’s core technologies and superior performance. The Sennheiser EZX 60 is a monaural, behind-the-ear Bluetooth headset. It features advanced digital noise and echo cancellation, easy call control, lightweight comfort, and long talk time. While the Sennheiser MM 50iP is aimed at iPhone users, it is also compatible with other smartphones, offering superior music fidelity with plenty of bass response and high-end clarity. An integrated microphone and operation button allow users to make calls without missing a beat. more

Transaudio Group Introduces New Daking Mic Pre 500

micpre_500.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 2010: Geoff Daking and Company, Inc. launched the new Mic Pre 500 single-channel microphone/instrument preamplifier module at the 129th AES Convention in San Francisco. Derived from the company’s Mic Pre One freestanding unit, the Mic Pre 500 is designed for installation in 500 Series format equipment. The new mic pre features switchable phase, 20 dB mic input pad, +48V phantom power, and a selectable quarter-inch line/hi-z instrument input.

Like the Mic-Pre One, the Mic Pre 500 shares the gain structure and Class A, fully-discrete transistor circuitry design of Daking’s popular Mic Pre IV. The front panel controls include a variable high-pass filter (0-200 Hz) as well as continuously variable input gain. It also includes an eight-segment tri-color LED meter with simultaneous VU and Peak is included. more

API Announces 1,000th A2D Customer

chris_cundy.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 2010: Chris Cundy of Bozeman, Montana, was recently identified as the 1,000th customer of API’s highly regarded A2D. In the four short years since its introduction, the A2D has become one of the most popular and decorated products of the company’s offerings.

“It’s the ideal mix of the old and the new. The solid-state heritage of API with two reference quality 312 mic preamps in combination with the cutting-edge application of today’s technology in a superb A/D section is what makes the A2D such a hit,” said Larry Droppa, president of API. “It is our one and only product with a digital output and it’s great to have it become one of our best-selling products.”

Cundy is part of the team at The Shed, a production, tracking, mixing, educational and rehearsal facility in Bozeman. The Shed consists of two isolation rooms, a piano studio, control room and a live performance room. more

Sound Devices New USBPre 2 Interface Now Shipping

Sound Devices USBPre 2Sound Devices USBPre 2SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sound Devices USBPre 2, an all-new version of its popular USBPre computer audio interface, is now shipping just in time for AES 2010 (Booth 1031). The two-channel USBPre 2 offers professionals a powerful, yet easy-to-use, portable interface to interconnect audio sources to Mac OS and Windows computers over USB. Featuring an entirely new electronic design, USBPre 2 uses the same extended-bandwidth, low-noise microphone preamplifiers and digital converters as Sound Devices award-winning 7-Series Digital Recorders.

The USBPre 2 is ideal for a broad range of applications, including voiceover recording, reference playback and monitoring, and test and measurement. The class-compliant, plug-and-play device accepts mic level, line level, consumer line level and SPDIF digital (coaxial or TOSLINK) inputs. Its microphone preamplifiers have selectable analog limiters, high-pass filters, 48 V phantom power and high-resolution LED meters. Because the USBPre 2 draws its power solely from the computer’s USB port, no additional power source is required. more

TRUE Systems pT2-500 Preamplifier Nominated for TEC Award

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OLD LYME, Conn. – October 7, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its newly distributed brand, TRUE Systems, has been nominated for an Outstanding Technical Achievement award by the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation for its innovative new pT2-500 microphone preamplifier. The pT2-500 is an APIâ„¢ 500 series compatible module, which incorporates the company’s new Type 2 circuit design; this results in exceptional definition, musicality, headroom, and noise performance. The pT2-500 also includes a discrete FET DI circuit with THRU jack for easy connection to amps or effects.

In addition to receiving a TEC Award nomination in the pT2-500 in the microphone preamplifier category, the Neumann TLM 102 and Sennheiser G3 500 Series also received nominations in the microphone and wireless categories respectively. more

Audio-Technica Offers Wireless Rebates

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— Mail-in rebates open to all buyers of Audio-Technica’s 4000 Series, 3000 Series or 2000 Series Wireless Systems in the U.S. between October 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010 —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, is offering Wireless Rebates on its professional wireless gear, including the 4000 Series, 3000 Series and 2000 Series Wireless Systems, from October 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010. All customers who purchase products from these three series from an authorized U.S. A-T dealer during the rebate period will be eligible for either a $40.00 rebate on the 4000 Series, a $30.00 rebate on the 3000 series or a $20.00 rebate on the 2000 Series.
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Sennheiser adds TRUE Systems to family of distributed brands

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OLD LYME, Conn. – October 4, 2010 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has added TRUE Systems, a highly regarded U.S.-based manufacturer of microphone preamplifiers, to its family of distributed brands. Currently, TRUE Systems offers five high-performance microphone preamplifiers, each of which is highly complementary to Sennheiser and Neumann’s existing product line. The products will be marketed through Sennheiser’s existing professional audio, systems integration and musical instrument channels.

TRUE Systems preamplifiers, which are affordably priced and built with the highest-quality materials available, range from single-channel to eight channel models. The entire product line — including the new 500 series modules — delivers an unparalleled dimension of flexibility to users, making them ideal for use with a variety of microphone and instrument applications. more

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