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M-Audio Intros Hardware at NAMM

Offerings include MIDI/audio interfaces, keyboard, all in one system By Dave Nagel
M-Audio has introduced a wide variety of new audio products at the NAMM convention, which kicked off yesterday in Anaheim, Calif. These include new audio and MIDI interfaces, reference monitors, a sound library, a MIDI keyboard, a preamp and a combo keyboard, control surface and audio/MIDI interface.

All of the new products are scheduled to ship in the first quarter. They include the OmniStudio USB, which is a USB audio and MIDI interface. It offers 24-bit, 96 kHz sampling and 4x4 inputs and outputs. It accepts both XLR and quarter-inch TSR microphone and instrument inputs and includes an onboard mixer. It will be available in March for $499.

The Audiophile USB is also a USB audio and MIDI interface, built upon the architecture of M-Audio's 2496 PCI device. It supports 24-bit, 96 kHz sampling and has a dynamic range of 109 dB and a 0.002 percent THD. It includes two analog line-level inputs (RCA and unbalanced quarter-inch), two analog line-level outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O and headphone out. It will be available this month for Mac and WIndows for $249.99.

Ozone is M-Audio's new all in one device, incorporating a MIDI keyboard, MIDI control surface, mic preamp and audio and MIDI I/O. It uses the same form factor as M-Audio's Oxygen8 MIDI controller and includes a 25-note keyboard, pitch and modulation wheels and eight control knobs that can be assigned to any MIDI parameters. The audio section supports 24-bit, 96 kHz sampling, XLR microphone input with built-in preamp, quarter-inch TRS input for instruments and quarter-inch unbalanced stereo aux inputs. It also includes a headphone jack and connects to the host computer via a single USB cable. It will be available in February for $399.99.

The new MobilePre USB preamp is a bus-powered USB interface with built-in two-channel mic/instrument preamps. Inputs include two balanced XLR microphone connectors with switchable +48V phantom power, eighth-inch minijacks and two quarter-inch TRS balanced instrument/line inputs. It supports 16-bit input with sampling rates up to 48 kHz. It will be available in March for $179.95.

The Radium 49 is a USB MIDI keyboard that includes 49 keys and eight assignable knobs and eight assignable sliders for real-time control of up to 16 parameters. It also has a built-in MIDI interface for communicating 16 channels of MIDI data directly to the host computer. It will be available in February for $249.95.

M-Audio has also introduced its new Studiophile BX5 two-way reference monitors, which offer 76 watts of bi-amped, near-field technology. It includes controls for high- and low-frequency response (to compensate for a variety of environments) and provides automatic midrange boost. The BX5 will be available this month for $399.99.

Finally, M-Audio has also introduced a new ProSessions sound library, which includes 14 individual sample collections ranging from Latin, experimental and funk to rock, hip hop and R&B. Each collection will sell for $49.95 and should be available this month.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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