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PreShow NAMM Product Info

By DMN Staff Writer
These are new audio products we know about on the eve of NAMM 2002. Bear in mind that many companies are reserving surprises for the show; we will bring those to you as we hear about them.

Allen & Heath says the new ML3000 15 buss live sound VCA console and the Xone:02 pro scratch DJ mixer will be on prominent display.

AMEK 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.

BIAS is showing 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.

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

Digidesign is announcing 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.

Emagic says it will be shipping Logic 5 at the end of January, a major update for this multitrack editing, tracking and recording software.

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 is debuting 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 is debuting a new box called GuitarPort, and demoing the Vetta and its three Studio Modelers.

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.

MOTU is showing its brand new 896 96k firewire audio interface.

Native Instruments promises the world premiere of a completely new product, which it says is "the redefinition of an instrument that has played a definitive role in the history of music." Also, it's showing the new FM7 virtual synth for Mac and PC.

Steinberg will present Nuendo and its related hardware, including a new mobile solution.

PreSonus will debut the Acousti-Q Tube Blender/Preamp, a tube-based preamp/blender for acoustic instruments. It will also show the DEQ624 Two Channel Stereo Graphic Equalizer, which has just started shipping.

Propellerheads is announcing 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 is bringing 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.

Summit Audio is showing 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 will show 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 will have one big booth shared between TC Electronic, Dynaudio Acoustics, TC-Helicon, TCWorks, DK-Audio, and TubeTech, with three dedicated spaces: 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, is previewing 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.

We will have more on Thursday, the first day of the show.

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