You can now purchase the HHB FlashMic digital recording microphone for the reduced price of $1,049. The new price applies to both FlashMic models: the DRM85, which has an omnidirectional condenser capsule; and the DRM85-C, which has a cardioid condenser capsule. Both FlashMic models feature a built-in Flash recorder that records in linear or MPEG 2 formats, file transfer via USB, 1 GB of flash memory, and more.
MXL Microphones is shipping the MXL.007 ($229.95) USB stereo condenser microphone, which features two gold-diaphragm capsules with an X/Y pickup pattern, support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with sampling rates of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz, and gain adjustment settings via the three-position attenuation switch. The mic comes with a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable, a windscreen, an owner's manual, and an applications guide.
Windows Vista drivers are now available for the PreSonus FirePod 10x10 FireWire recording system (Mac/Win). The new drivers support both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista, as well as Windows XP and XP64 operating systems. The FirePod is a 24-bit, 96 kHz computer recording system combining 8 PreSonus XMAX mic preamps and the PreSonus Pro Pak Software Suite, which features Steinberg Cubase LE, over 25 real-time plug-in effects, and more than 2 GB of drum loops and samples. Download the new FirePod driver here.
PreSonus has also announced the Three Free Plug-ins Rebate. From now through June 30, 2007, purchase a FirePod, FireBox, or Inspire 1394 recording system and receive Drumagog LE, Lounge Lizard Session, and Ultra Analog Session—for free! MORE.
As a special promotional bonus, Sonnox will include a free Oxford Transient Modulator plug-in with each custom plug-in bundle purchased during the month of May, 2007. To qualify for the free TransMod, all you have to do is purchase and register any bundle of two or more Oxford plug-ins. The TransMod will be the same platform (TDM, Native, or Powercore) as the purchased bundle.
Sony Creative Software (formerly Sony Media Software), has announced Sound Forge 9 (Windows; $299.96). The new version of the digital audio editing application offers multichannel audio support, tools for audio analysis (phase scopes, mono compatibility meters, and multichannel-capable spectrum analysis), and additional software such as CD Architect, Noise Reduction, and the Mastering Effects Bundle. Check the company's Web site for upgrade pricing and a free trial.