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AMEK Debuts DMCL Pure Path Dual Mic-amp Compressor/Limiter with Digital Outs

First Pure Path signal processor with digital outputs (January 16, 2002)
AMEK is debuting the Pure Path Dual Mic-amp Compressor/Limiter (DMCL) at NAMM 2002 (Soundcraft Booth # 7123 in the Arena), the first Pure Path signal processor with digital outputs. It is designed for front-end connectivity to any digital console or workstation.

The Pure Path DMCL comprises two identical closely matched microphone and line amplifiers. The 1U rack-mounting unit also incorporates high and low pass variable frequency filters, each with switchable slope values, dual high-resolution compressor-limiters, and simultaneous AES/EBU, S/PDIF and optical outputs. The sampling frequency is selectable to 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kHz with the sync source selectable from Word Clock or Pro Tools Superclock.

Legendary audio equipment designer Mr. Rupert Neve designs the Pure Path signal processing products for the company. AMEKs Pure Path range also includes the ?Channel in a Box (CIB) and ?Driver in a Box (DIB).

?The microphone amplifier makes use of my balanced instrument ?Transformer-Like Amplifier techniques, comments Mr. Rupert Neve, ?providing many of the advantages of a transformer without weight and cost penalties. In common with my previous designs for the 9098i super analogue console and the System 9098 range of outboard equipment, the DMCL features very low noise even at mid gain settings. Care has also been taken to exclude high order harmonics.

The transformer used in the DMCL line input path is identical to that in the Pure Path CIB and has been demonstrated to significantly improve musicality. The microphone amplifier handles up to +26dBu at unity gain, and may alternatively be switched for use as an instrument input. The instrument input is accessed via a -inch jack socket on the front panel and, with an impedance of 2.2 M Ohms, has been optimized for use with musical instruments.

The compressor features Mr. Rupert Neves unique ?&MM (and Much More) switch, which is also included on the CIB. An A-B link switch allows identical gain reduction to be applied across both channels. A link button on channel B enables multiple DMCL units to be daisy-chained for multichannel surround applications.

Compression may be selected pre or post filters, and the filters may be switched into the sidechain path. External devices may be inserted via a send/return point. The insert return connector doubles as the key input.

Mr. Rupert Neve concludes, ?The DMCL represents a significant advance in audio engineering and is designed for engineers and producers who need a powerful and compact outboard unit. It combines all the favorable sonic qualities and features that are desirable on the very best analog mixing consoles with the addition of multi-format digital outputs."

The AMEK Pure Path Dual Mic-amp Compressor/Limiter has a MSRP of $3,995. An optional configuration, featuring analog outputs only, has an MSRP of $2,995.

AMEK, a Harman International Company, is a British-based manufacturer of premium quality analog and digital mixing console systems and signal processors for the recording, post production, broadcast, and live sound markets.

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