Toolbox, December 2010
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Allen & Heath GS-R24
What Feature-laden analog console targeted to
project studios and post production
Why A modern analog mixer needs DAW integration and
choices of input modules.
How The GS-R24 has 24 mono mic/line channels, two dual-input stereo channels,
two mono tube preamp channels, six auxes, four audio sub-group buses, master
stereo bus and master mono bus. A rear-panel slot provides optional I/O via plug-in interface
module cards, while a MIDI control section offers 24 channel faders (audio and MIDI tracks). Mono
channels have either motorized or non-motorized faders, depending on model, while mode switches
configure the mixer to allow different levels of MIDI control and DAW integration.
Price GS-R24 TBA; GS-R24M motorized-fader version, TBA
PMC AML2 Active
What Update of the AML series monitors with EQ tilt, an
enhanced power supply, and revised cabinet structure with
additional internal damping
Why The dual-driver layout, with a low crossover frequency
of 1.4kHz, promotes accurate playback for music and
speech, despite the relatively small size and weight (35.3
How A PMC 6.5-inch/16.5cm flat piston woofer
constructed from a carbon-fiber/NomexT honeycomb
allows for large, controlled linear excursions and provides
linear response down to 33Hz. The tweeter is a PMC
1.3-inch/34mm soft-dome tweeter with acoustic lens; the
amplifier's analog circuit design (100W woofer, 80W
tweeter) is licensed from Bryston.
Voxengo SPAN V2.2
What SPAN is a free, realtime fast Fourier transform (FFT)
audio spectrum analyzer.
Why You want to measure a variety of audio characteristics
such as output power, clipping, and of course, spectrum
How This VST/AU plug-in works with Mac OS X
(v.10.4.11 and later) and Windows (32-bit and 64-bit)
computers. It’s basically a spin-off of Voxengo’s GlissEQ
dynamic parametric equalizer, reproducing its spectrumanalysis
functionality. It also offers K-System metering, a
correlation meter, mid-side analysis, and other audio
TelePad-4 for iPhone
What Enables mounting an iPhone directly on a mic stand,
music stand, or hi-hat
Why Makes it easy to view music-oriented iPhone applications—
chord charts, backing tracks, guitar tuner, lyrics, etc.
How The TelePad-4 features a high-impact cradle (with quick
release) that attaches to the mic stand clamp, which in turn is equipped
with a ball joint for 360º rotation and adjustable viewing angle. This allows using the
TelePad in both portrait and landscape modes. The adjustable clamp allows the TelePad to
fit on the stand portion, the boom, and on other devices such as hi-hats and crash cymbal stands.
What Guitar amp/cabinet plug-in for Ableton Live 8
Why Because you want good-sounding amp emulation
within the Live 8 environment.
How Co-developed with Softube, Amp delivers the sound
and simplicity of legendary amplifiers and cabinets. Amp
also comes with Cabinet, a separate effect that provides a
selection of guitar cabs, with optimized mics and mic positioning.
Also included: Instrument and Effect Racks, Live
Clips, and more than 400 presets that transform Ableton’s
instruments and effects with Amp’s sonic character.
Price $129, download
Waves C6 Multiband
What Multiband compressor for recording and live sound
Why De-essing, de-popping, feedback management, vocal processing,
and instrument sound-shaping can benefit substantially
from multiband dynamics control.
How Expands on the C4 with two additional floating bands (four
crossover bands total) and internal/external sidechain per band.
Individual band listen mode, auto release control, operation at up to
192kHz sample rates, and TDM/RTAS/AudioSuite/VST/AU support
round out the feature set.
Price $400 Native, $800 TDM, or as part of the Waves Mercury
bundle. Mercury V7 owners covered by Waves Update Plan receive
the C6 at no additional charge.
Universal Audio EP-34
Tape Echo Plug-In
What Tape Echo emulation plug-in for the UAD-2 platform
Why The sound of tape echo differs from standard digital delays.
How The EP-34 takes into account the unique characteristics of tape echo,
such as tonal changes with feedback, tape saturation, wow and flutter, and
the like. It’s available as part of the UAD Software release v.5.7.0, which also
includes the officially licensed dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter plug-in, and
performance enhancements for Windows UAD-2 users.