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AES Looms Large

A preview of new mixers, mics, preamps and DAW software By Frank Moldstad

Javits Convention Center
Even before the show opens, its clear that the 119th AES Convention in New York will be a forum for some very innovative professional audio product introductions. Advance word is trickling out regarding some pretty special new mixing consoles, microphones, mic preamps and prominent DAW recording software applications that'll be on the show floor.

Heres a preliminary roundup of some of the products in these categories as the show draws near. Well be following up with more details about new product introductions as AES gets underway, beginning Oct. 7 at NYCs Javits Convention Center. For more information, go to http://www.aes.org.

Mixing consoles
Toft Audio Designs (PMI booth 545) Malcom Toft of Trident fame has designed a new 8-buss analog console, a prototype of which will be on display at PMI Audios booth. Inspired by the Trident 80B designed by Toft back in the day, the new mixer will update the 80Bs features in a smaller footprint. It will be available in 16-, 24- and 32-input configurations. Applications include tracking, mixing, and analog summing. www.toftaudiodesigns.com and www.pmiaudio.com .


Solid State Logic (booth 801) is bringing its new-generation digital C300 Master Studio console to AES. Designed for film and post-production, the compact assignable console is designed for for quick sweetening and mix creation. SSL is also showing two new additions to the XLogic range -- the scalable X-Rack and the E-Signature Channel Strip. The company says it has several more announcements to be made during the show. www.solid-state-logic.com

AMS Neve's 88D production console
AMS Neve (booth 1228) is launching the Neve 8816 Summing mixer, a 16-channel unit aimed at DAW users that includes comprehensive input, mixing and monitoring functions. The 16 input channels include level, pan, cut and cue controls. A +15dB gain range accommodates both -10dBv and +4dbm input levels. Multiple 8816 units can be cascaded together via the fixed level two track buss. An optional digital output will convert analog signals to any standard PCM sample rate up to 192kHz or DSD.

The company is also debuting the digital 88D music production console. This digital console combines a DSP engine that AMS says will provide 1,000 tracks at 96kHz with Neve mic pre-amplifiers, dedicated 8.1 surround monitoring and Encore Plus automation that integrates Pro Tools and Nuendo via HUI and Pyramix via Oasis protocols. www.ams-neve.com/

Yamaha (booth 418) will be showing its new M7CL Digital Live Mixing Console, designed for intuitive operaton with no layers. The mid-sized console is aimed at mid-sized theater, club, regional sound company, and house of worship. The Centralogic interface provides a touch panel control and  a logical navigation system. Yamaha is also showing a software upgrade to its PM1DV2 large format digital sound reinforcement console, with 20 new features. www.yamaha.com/

Digidesign (booth 336) will be featuring several new products and enhancements for the VENUE live sound environment, including VENUE D-Show 1.1 software and expanded hardware options, the Personal Q monitoring system, and the Drawmer TourBuss plug-in suite. www.digidesign.com

Microphones

HHB's FLashMic
HHB (Sennheiser booth 227) is showing its new FlashMic, which it bills as ?the world's first professional digital recording microphone. Designed for voice recording applications such as broadcast and press interviewing, it combines  a Sennheiser omni-directional condenser capsule with 1GB of flash recording memory. www.hhb.co.uk/

Soundelux (TransAudio Group booth 854) is introducing the E251C, a less-expensive cardioid-only version of the companys ELUX 251 classic studio microphone recreation. The E251C has the same capsule as the ELUX 251, but costs significantly less due to a lower cost body assembly, absence of a pattern selector switch, and an imported shockmount.

Soundelux is also introducing the E47C tube condenser microphone, which recreates the "cardioid only" characteristics of the 1950s era German tube 47. It offers a 12dB of boost at 100Hz when used at a one-inch working distance, according to Soundelux. www.soundeluxmics.com/

Brauner (TransAudio Group booth 854) is debuting the Limited Edition Phantom AE 10th Anniversary mic, a limited edition of the Brauner Phantom C microphone with a sleek black and gold finish. Like the Phantom C, the Brauner AE ships with a signed certificate of authenticity, matching shockmount and aluminum case. The Phantom AE features a fixed cardioid pattern and has 8dBa self noise, 28mV/Pa cardioid sensitivity and 142dB maximum SPL at 0.5% THD. www.braunerusa.com

Sennheiser (booth 227) is introducing the SKM 5200 handheld wireless transmitter that works with  six Sennheiser and two Neumann interchangeable microphone heads. The sensitivity can be switched in 1dB steps and the unit includes Sennheiser's HiDyn plus noise reduction system for taming RF noise. www.sennheiserusa.com/

Sanken's CO-100K
Heil (TransAudio Group booth 854) is introducing a new line of microphones called the ProLine series, including the PR-20, PR-30 and PR-40. These Bob Heil designs feature large diaphragm dynamics and neodymium magnets. The series includes the PR-20 handheld mic, the PR-30 internally shock-mounted mic and the PR-40 wide bandwidth mic. www.heilsound.com

Sanken (Booth #429) is showing the new CO-100K, which it says is the world's first 100 kHz recording microphone. It is a super wide-range omni-directional microphone designed for recording acoustic instruments and other sources with a wide dynamic range. www.sanken-mic.com/english/ Distributed by Plus24 www.plus24.net

Blue Microphones (booth 1011) is celebrating its 10th year in business at AES. New products being introduced at the show include the OmniMouse, an omni-directional version of its Mouse mic  Blue has also announced a new distribution agreement with Telex, Inc. www.bluemic.com/ 

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