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January 1, 2011
firefaceufx_nr.jpgRME Fireface UFX Audio Interface

What High-end audio interface works with FireWire or USB
Why Provides 60 audio channels for heavy-duty interfacing applications.
How Offers digitally-controlled mic preamps, active jitter suppression, front-panel control of key features, and 118dBA dynamic range. The included TotalMix FX application is a DSP-driven digital mixer and signal router, with built-in monitoring control and integrated effects (3-band parametric EQ, compressor, expander, MS processing, reverb, echo, and more).
Price $2,299



KacesBag_nr.jpgKaces KPMB-6 Microphone Messenger Bag

What Messenger-style mic bag
Why Store and transport multiple mics with ease.
How This bag (made of padded 600D polyester) accommodates six mics, surrounding each one with heavy foam. A padded panel zips over the top, while a second cover flap folds over the entire face of the bag; the front sports a large, zippered accessory pouch.
Price $39.95










AvalonU5_nr.jpgAvalon 15th-Anniversary U5 Instrument Preamp and DI Box

What Instrument preamplifier and tone-shaping DI box
Why Record direct with clarity, but also shape tone.
How The U5 features Class A discrete circuitry, high headroom, preamp with gain, passive tone controlshaping networks, controlled extended bass performance, and low noise.
Price $650






Zaolla_nr.jpgZaolla Silverline Mic Cable

What Mic cable combines silver-core conductors with Neutrik XX-14 Series XLR connectors
Why Improve mic signal quality through better cabling.
How This cable features dual solid-silver center conductors and enamelcoated, stranded-copper ancillary conductors in a hybrid configuration to provide the benefits of both materials. For shielding, conductive PVC combines with a traditional copper braid to minimize EMI, RFI, and electrostatic interference. Cables are available in 3-, 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 30-, and 50-foot lengths.
Price $79–$716, depending on length









JZ-Mic-Pop_nr.jpgJZ Microphones JZ|PF Pop Filter

What High-end pop and plosive mic filter
Why The popularity of the pop filters designed for JZ’s Black Hole Series mics led to creating a variation that’s compatible with other microphones.
How The pop filter’s unique shape minimizes the effect of plosive sounds hitting the mic’s capsule, while avoiding alteration of the sound source’s harmonic content. The filter’s gooseneck has an extended length for easy setup, and a special clamp for quick attachment to mic stands.
Price $139






Waves_Sound_nr.jpgWaves Sound Design Suite

What Plug-in bundle featuring more than 30 plug-ins
Why Provides essential signal processors for sound designers and post production facilities.
How Plug-ins include the C4 Multiband Compressor, four Ultramaximizers, DeEsser, Doppler, Doubler, Enigma, H-Comp, H-Delay, Linear Phase EQ; Linear Phase Multiband, LoAir, MetaFlanger, MondoMod, Morphoder, PAZ Analyzer, Q10 Equalizer, Renaissance series (Axx, Bass, Compressor, EQ), S1 Stereo Imager, SuperTap, SoundShifter, TransX, UltraPitch, GTR3, and more.
Price $3,200 TDM/$2,300 native














ProToolsHD_nr.jpgAvid Pro Tools | HD Native

What New Pro Tools family member runs entirely on computer CPU host-processing power
Why Pro Tools fans can have Pro Tools | HD capability without any additional hardware investment beyond a compatible interface and computer system.
How An efficient native audio driver works with Pro Tools HD Series interfaces to allow up to 64 channels of A/D conversion and I/O, with a maximum 192-track count. The system supports SYNC HD (enables sync-to-picture for post-production) and Avid ICON and C|24 work surfaces, as well as lossless session and project interchange with other Pro Tools and Avid video editing systems.
Price Systems start at $3,495; bundles with Pro Tools HD OMNI I/O start at $5,995

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