Toolbox: January 2011
RME 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).
What Messenger-style mic bag
Why Store and transport multiple mics
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.
Avalon 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.
Zaolla 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|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.
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
Avid Pro Tools | HD Native
What New Pro Tools family member runs entirely on computer CPU
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