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NAMM Product Wrap-Up

New products from 2002 Winter NAMM, listed alphabetically by company. By DMN Staff Writer
These are new audio products introduced at 2002 Winter NAMM, listed alphabetically by company. The list is being continually updated, so if there's something you're interested in but don't see, check back again. Or, drop us a line at frankm@digitalmedianet.com.

Allen & Heath featured its new ML3000 15 buss live sound VCA console and the Xone:02 pro scratch DJ mixer.

AMEK AMEK debuts 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.

Apogee Electronics introduces the Mini-Me, a two-channel portable 24/96 A/D with mic/line/instrument preamps, USB, AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputs, zero-latency monitoring and Push-IT compressor-limiter. Also new at NAMM is the "FireWire" IEEE1394 AMBus card that allows Apogee gear such as the AD-8000, Trak2 and future AMBus-equipped devices to communicate directly with a computer via IEEE1394 with mLAN protocols. It includes ASIO drivers for primary operating systems. Both the Mini-Me and the AMBus card are scheduled to ship within 90 days, according to Apogee.

BIAS announces Peak 3.0 and Deck 3.5 for OS X. Peak is two-track digital audio editing/processing application for the macintosh available with extensive plug-in support (including VST) that supports Sound Manager plus Apple's new CoreAudio standard, with performance beyond 24-bit/96kHz. BIAS Deck features advanced multitrack editing, mixing, and signal processing -- with support for 64 simultaneous tracks, 999 virtual tracks, realtime automated mixing, CoreAudio or ASIO, and VST plug-ins. It has Timecode support, OMF, and frame-accurate QuickTime sync for interfacing with Final Cut Pro, iDVD, Media 100, Avid, Premiere, and other video/DVD editing systems.


BitHeadz announces ?Unity 3 Session, which combines and expands upon Unity DS-1 and Retro AS-1, the company's music software for Mac & PC. The new 3.0 plug-in architecture allows the combination of sampling, synthesis, and physical modeling, with extensive real-time audio manipulation features. The new multi-synthesized sounds are now called ?Instruments and can be edited and later accessed by third party sequencers via MIDI like a standard Unity Program. The suggested retail price is $649.

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.

Cycling 74 announces pluggo 3, with support for Digidesign's RTAS plug-in format.

Digidesign 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. Digidesign also 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.

Emagic debuts the Logic Control Surface platform for the company's new Logic 5 Platinum Software. The control surface allows control of 8 channels and direct access to all audio, MIDI data, inputs, sends, aux and buses.

Eventide has released upgraded software for its Eclipse Harmonizer brand effects processoadding over a dozen new features, plus over 50 new programs to the Eclipse.

Focusrite debuts the OctoPre, featuring eight pristine Focusrite channels, routed directly to any digital audio workstation via analog outputs or through a new 24-bit/96 kHz A/D converter. It is also showing the ISA 220, a single-channel analog processor housed in a 2U, 19 rackmount enclosure, designed to provide a complete channel strip of legendary Focusrite processing at a competitive price point.

Line 6 unveils a new box called GuitarPort, and demoing the Vetta and its three Studio Modelers.

Mackie Designs 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.

Manley says its new SLAM! is in pre-production engineering with an expected ship date of March 2002. SLAM! stands for "Stereo Limiter And Micpre" and according to Manley, that pretty much describes what it will do to most VU meters. Also in the Manley booth is the Massenburg DesignWorks line, distributed by Manley, featuring the GML2020, a new mono blockbuster combo of the legendary 8300 Mic Pre, a 4-band version of the 8200 Parametric EQ, and a complete 8900 Dynamic Range Controller.

Midiman previewed a user-configurable virtual control surface called the Surface One. Its primary interface for manipulation of virtual channels, buttons, and knobs is a fiber optic-based touch-sensitive material that receives through touch, converts it into MIDI and sends it out to control MIDI-compatible devices. Connections can be made via either USB or MIDI.

MOTU unveils its brand new 896 96k firewire audio interface for both Mac and Windows. It has eight built-in mic pre-amps with individually switchable phantom power and no-latency monitoring, meaning it doesn't require a mixer for portable recording.

Native Instruments showed the new FM7 virtual synth for Mac and PC.

PreSonus announces 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.

Propellerheads announces the release of Recycle! 2.0, " the groovemaker." The 2.0 release can now work with stereo files and most settings within Recycle! can now be previewed in real-time.

Rane debuts the RPM 88, the first product in a family of drag and drop configurable DSP-based devices, set up and controlled using Rane's new Drag Net software. Industry standard 10Base-T Ethernet is used to communicate between Drag Net devices and any PC running Microsoft Windows.

Steinberg introduced VST System Link, a method of networking computers for real-time audio and MIDI transfer. No proprietary networking hardware is required, since the link is established using any simple digital audio cable and any ASIO compatible soundcard. Using this basic audio hardware VST System Link can transmit transport information between computers, sample-accurate synchronization plus hundreds of MIDI channels as well as enabling free routing of audio signals between all computers in the network. Every computer in a VST System Link network adds hard drives and increases processing power. VST System Link is available in Nuendo during Q1 2002 and in Cubase during Q1 Q2 2002.

Steinberg also debuted a new set of professional I/O Solutions for ASIO-compatible audio production systems such as Cubase VST, WaveLab and Nuendo based on Hammerfall Techology. Both Mac and PC systems (including notebooks) can now be upgraded to a high-end and high-speed audio system -- with 24-bit 96kHz recording quality and latencies down to 1 ms. The Nuendo Audiolink 96 System offers many of the features from the Nuendo PCI 96/52 card and the Nuendo 8 I/O 96k now for the mobile recording studio such as 24-bit 96kHz, S/PDIF and ADAT optical, integrated mixer in TotalMix technology for complete ASIO 2.0 direct monitoring, an independently operated mixer desktop providing several submixes, DIGICheck in hardware for professional level metering with peak and RMS values in broadcast quality and MIDI I/O.

Summit Audio shows its new TLA-50, a Tube Leveling Amplifier for studio and live sound applications, and the new TD-100 instrument preamp and tube direct box.

Tascam debuts the PocketStudio 5, a portable multitrack digital recorder using Compact Flash cards for media. It features four-track recording, an internal MIDI synthesizer module that can play back sequences with its audio tracks, and is capable of exporting to the MP3 file format. It has a USB port built in and over 100 internal effects. Tascam also shows the latest version of the new MX-View sample level waveform editing interface for the MX-2424, including Mix Mode which allows it to record up to 24 tracks via its inputs while simultaneously playing back up to 24 tracks for mixdown and mastering purposes. It will also be featuring its new DM-24 digital mixing console.

TC Group, including TC Electronic, Dynaudio Acoustics, TC-Helicon, TCWorks, DK-Audio, and TubeTech, featured the following: A Seminar room offering demos of TC Electronic System 6000, Dynaudio Acoustics AIR Series and TC-Helicon Voice Modeling Technology; a LIVE Stage presenting live-demos of the TC-Helicon VoicePrismPlus and TC Electronic G-Major Guitar Effects processor, as well as three daily live-performances by the enchanting singer/songwriter Brooke Ramel; and a TC | Works stage with SPARK and TC PowerCore demos.

Universal Audio, which announced a marketing and distribution deal with Mackie Designs recently for a series of DSP-based software tools developed by Universal Audio, previews Nigel, which it describes as a "next-generation pumped-up guitar processor" made possible by the power of the UAD-1.

Yamaha announces its mLAN networking system connectivity is coming to the company's popular AW4416 Professional Audio Workstation and 01V Digital Mixer with the debut of the MY8-mLAN card, the newest addition to Yamahas line of compact Mini-YGDAI plug-in cards.

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