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NAMM Day One

By Frank Moldstad
This list of product introductions from the first day of NAMM 2002 will be expanded throughout the day, so keep checking back for

Carillon Audio Systems USA introduces the the AC1, a PC developed from the ground up for audio and music.The aim is to bring predictability and ease of use associated with conventional hardware products (multitrackers, synths,
samplers etc) to the growing number of software based musicians. Each of the 23 systems is configured for a particular group of users and includes VST and Sonar Foundation Systems from $1,599, dedicated UltraSynth and Ultrasampler
Systems through to the PostRoom editor/batch processor, right up to dedicated Nuendo and Pro Tools Workstations. Also included is free tech support via a innovative scheme whereby Carillon support staff can see into the user's computer to diagnose problems.

Digidesign introduces Mbox a micro project/home studio. Mbox is a 2-channel USB audio peripheral with a 24-bit input-to-output signal path in a package small enough to fit into a laptop bag. Pro Tools 5.2 LE is included, and Mbox sessions can be migrated to other Pro Tools platforms for further manipulation. Entirely USB-powered, Mbox includes two TRS (1/4)/XLR analog inputs ? featuring Focusrite mic preamps and 48 V phantom power.

Digidesign also announces the release of Pro Tools|HD, an all-new high-definition Pro Tools system for professional studios with sampling rates up to 192 kHz and a new integrated production environment.

Mackie Designs Inc. announces the SDR24/96, a new 24-bit/24-channel non-linear hard disk recorder with a manufacturers suggested retail price of $2499 (U.S.). Intended as a replacement for tape-based recorders, the SDR24/96 comes with fixed rear panel inputs and outputs that include 24 channels of analog via six DB-25 ports, ADAT optical, MIDI I/O for MMC and MTC, SMPTE, and clock inputs and outputs. Also included is a USB port for export of standard .wav files to PC or Macintosh computers. Available in Q1, 2002, the SDR24/96 is the third in Mackies family of hard disk recorders, joining the MDR24/96 and the HDR24/96. The SDR24/96 has processing power for 24 simultaneous channels at 24-bit/48kHz or 12 channels at 24-bit/96kHz. An internal IDE hard drive provides storage for up to 90 minutes of 24-track recording while an on-board drive bay will accommodate the same Mackie Media M-90 pullout disks and Mackie Media Project drives used by the MDR24/96 and HDR24/96.

PreSonus announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Yamaha to implement the new Yamaha mLAN firewire recording and audio networking protocol. The first product, the PreSonus FIRESTATION will feature mic, line and instrument inputs, S/PDIF inputs and outputs, and line outputs, in addition to three mLAN ports. This product was designed to be a turn-key PC recording interface with
the ability to expand into 48 in / 48 out recording system. The FIRESTATION features the award winning preamps and converters of the PreSonus DigiMax product line. Also released is the FIRESTATION LIGHTPIPE. The FIRESTATION LIGHTPIPE allows ADAT optical interfacing and MIDI interfacing to any existing mLAN system such as the PreSonus FIRESTATION. PreSonus also introduces the DigiTube Mic Preamp combining a single channel tube preamp with 3 band, sweepable EQ and 24 bit digital output. The tube preamp features a dual servo mic/instrument/line input boasting 70dB of gain with 22dB of headroom Also new from PreSonus is the DigiMax LT, with the same eight-channel mic/line, dual-servo gain stage preamplifier as the DigiMax. The DigiMax LT also provides an A to D converter, adat lightpipe output and word clock. Other differences from the Digimax include front panel phantom power buttons, insert points on every channel and an internal power supply, but no limiters or EQ as on its big brother. Projected US Retail price is $999.95.

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