Having the right gear is a must, but sometimes a few well-selected accessories can really make a difference. Here are some useful additions from NAMM that will help any studio setup.
The new SonoLite™ fabric-wrapped Studiofoam® Pro panels is a 24x24-inch fabric-wrapped StudiofoamPro panel, available in black or beige, with squared edges that provides an overall Noise Rating Coefficient (NRC) of 0.75. It will be offered at a retail price of $24.99 per panel.
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beyerdynamic DT 1350 Headphones
The DT 1350 is the first pro monitoring headphone in beyerdynamic''s new generation of headphones that features Tesla technology. The Tesla sound transducers help achieve almost lossless magnetic flux. Traditional dynamic systems use a neodymium magnet at the centre of the system, the size of which was inevitably limited inside the headphone cup. The Tesla principle sees the magnet mounted as a ring around the coil, allowing more energy to be directed to the membrane, which is where it is actually required. This creates a headphone with an enormous degree of efficiency and extremely low levels of distortion, allowing the DT 1350 to produce a balanced, accurate sound even at the highest volumes. The removable, soft ear cushions and flexible headband ensure the headphones sit securely and remain comfortable even during prolonged periods of use. The earcups swivel 90-degrees for “single-ear” monitoring.
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Lehmann Audio Studio Cube Headphone Amp
Lehmann Audio''s Studio Cube ($499) headphone amp is compact, stand- (optional) or deskmount, and linkable for daisy-chaining multiple units. I/O is on Neutrik 1/4-inch TRS headphone outputs and Neutrik XLR/TRS stereo input/thrus. Features include mono/stereo input selector switches; front panel LEDs monitor input signal presence and overload. The output is Class-A, and all units are crafted with selected components in Germany. Distributed by TransAudio Group.
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Primacoustic ShowPad for iPad
The latest Primacoustic IsoTool lets users incorporate Apple iPads in their setups safely and with plenty of flexibility. The ShowPad is a unique mounting device for the iPad that makes it easy to position an iPad™ on a mic stand for easy viewing and hands-free use. A slide-on cradle attaches to the mic stand clamp where a ball joint allows the iPad to be rotated and angled for optimal viewing.
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Rycote InVision Studio Kit
This complete suspension and pop filter system will accommodate almost any large-diaphragm vocal mic, and allow mics to be swapped without the need to change the suspension and pop filter at the same time. Included in the kit is the Universal Studio Mount (USM), which will never sag or need rethreading like traditional elastic mic mounts. The other component is the Universal Pop Filter, designed for placement near the mouth and face of a vocal artist, which fits a specially manufactured acoustic foam mesh filter that can be removed for cleaning or replacement; spare foams are available separately. The Rycote InVision Studio Kit is now available for $149.99. The Universal Pop Filter is also available as a stand-alone product ($49.95).
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