Toolbox: January 2011

What High-end audio interface works with FireWire or USB

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).
Price $2,299

Kaces 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

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.
Price $650

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 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 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

Avid 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