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AES Has Strong ShowingHard disk recording is the order of the day
The throngs came to L.A. for a strong seminar lineup and a firsthand look at products ranging from traditional large format mixing consoles, microphones and monitor speakers to an increasingly dominant array of digital gear, DAW recording software and plug-ins. Even some of the traditional fare isn't what it used to be -- these days microphones (Neumann) and monitor speakers (Dynaudio) can be digital. And although analog tape remains the sentimental favorite medium of many high-end recording engineers, there's no question that hard disk recording in one form or another is the order of the day.
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And there are always one or two relatively unknown exhibitors hidden away in the far reaches of the AES show floor. One such exhibitor was Telefunken USA. It's a famous name in microphones, but production of the sought-after classic microphones was ceased in 1988. In 2000, entrepreneurs Toni Fishman (CEO) and Craig Allmendinger (President) got the rights to the Telefunken name, along with the original mic plans, and began building the mics again, starting with the Ela-M 147 and the Ela-M 251. No less an authority than Stephen Paul, esteemed for his modfications of Neumann U-87s and other high-end mics, was sending people to their booth, saying, "These guys are doing it right." (Paul is coming out with his own line of mics, distributed by PMI Audio Group, next year.)
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Universal Audio also previewed its upcoming Windows version 3.0 software release for the UAD-1, which supports the use of multiple UAD-1 cards in a single PC, and showed the new Mac version 2.3 with dual processor support. The company also introduced Cambridge, a new EQ plug-in for the UAD-1 that will be available for user purchase.
TC Electronics showed a number of new plug-ins for its PowerCore PCI card, including the Sony Oxford EQs (shipping now), DSound VL2, the Waldorf D-Coder and the MasterX3 with an algorithm based on the TC Finalizer (both shipping in June), TC Tools 3.0 for Pro Tools HD, TC Works Surround Verb for Nuendo and the Assimilator plug-in that lets you extract EQ curves from existing recordings and apply them to other tracks.
Nearly every DAW software developer had an update for its product at the show. Cakewalk demonstrated SONAR version 2.1, which is shipping this month and includes OMFI and Broadcast Wave (BWF) support, as well as support for Windows Media 9 Series audio export. It also supports Mackie Control surface hardware. Steinberg's new Nuendo version 2.0, available in December for Windows XP and Mac OS X, features multichannel architecture through the entire signal path. Every input, audio track, effect, group and output in Nuendo now offers up to 12 discrete channels, ready for full-scale 5.1, 7.1, or even 10.2 productions.
BIAS, which shipped the first recording/editing application for Mac OSX with Peak, showed an update for Peak, version 3.1. The upgrade is available as a free download and adds support for QuickTime 6, Dolby AAC, and OS X v10.2 (Jaguar). BIAS also showed a new product, SoundSoap, for removing unwanted hiss, background noise, room noise, rumble and 50 & 60Hz hum from audio tracks, which has a "Learn" feature for saving user presets.
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