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MIDAS ADDS TO M32 FAMILY Midas bolstered its M32 console platform in Anaheim with the new M32R (pictured) and M32C digital mixers, along with the DL32 32 x 16 stage box. Both the M32R and M32C are 40-input/25-bus systems with a host of connectivity options, aimed at audio professionals in need of “advanced live sound and recording solutions”. The M32R features the same Midas microphone preampliﬁers and ‘1-million cycle’ motorised faders as the manufacturer’s PRO Series consoles.
The mixers also feature ULTRANET connectivity for ‘Acoustic Integration’ with the latest Turbosound active loudspeakers and P-16 personal monitoring systems. Expanding on the functionality and connectivity of the DL16, the DL32 stage box doubles the I/O in a 3U rackmount chassis with 32 Midas PRO Series microphone preamps, 16 XLR outputs, two AES50 ports, AES/EBU stereo outputs, MIDI I/O and dual ADAT connectivity.
“The M32R takes the elements crucial to our highly acclaimed PRO Series console range and puts them into the hands of new Midas digital customers – at an exceptional price point,” said Graham Rowlands, Music Group vice president of global sales, Professional Division. The Midas M32R, M32C and DL32 are available at an estimated US street price of $2,999, $999 and $1,999, respectively – and are covered by a three-year warranty programme. www.midasconsoles.com
AVID PREVIEWS PRO TOOLS 12 Avid has announced Pro Tools 12, the next generation of its digital audio software, featuring ﬂexible licensing options. The company has also introduced new ways for audio professionals and artists to work together more closely through Avid Cloud Collaboration and new services in the Avid Marketplace. Pro Tools 12 allows customers to subscribe from $29.99 per month, or buy the software outright. With these new options, users can stay current with future software updates as soon as they are released via the cloud, at no extra charge. Avid Cloud Collaboration enables professionals to compose, record, edit and mix sessions with other Pro Tools users in the cloud, as if they are in the same studio. Others can be invited to collaborate on a session using built-in chat, or ﬁnd new collaborators through the Avid Marketplace Artist Community. If the person they want to work with doesn’t already have Pro Tools, they can download Pro Tools First – a free version of the software also new at NAMM – to start working together immediately. Furthermore, 17 new plug-ins and nine new plug-in bundles are now available in the Avid Marketplace and as in-app purchases in Pro Tools. These include the Eleven Eﬀects Bundle, Pro Series Bundle and First Distortion and First Reverb Delay. Pro Tools software subscription and licensing options will be available this month. www.avid.com
FOCUSRITE SEES RED AGAIN
Focusrite used the NAMM Show to unveil its Clarett range of audio interfaces, as well as showcase its latest Red 2 and Red 3 plug-in suites. The Clarett range, which Focusrite claims are now the best sounding, fastest Thunderbolt interfaces, consists of a selection of audio interfaces combining a new preamp design with Focusrite’s latest Thunderbolt technology, designed to deliver exceptional sound quality with an interface latency of under 1ms. They’re built to provide clear conversion, 24-bit, 192kHz sample rates and top-class dynamic range, while new Clarett mic preamps replicate the impedance and transformer resonance of the original ISAs. The range includes four devices; the 2Pre (10-in/4-out), 4Pre (18-in/8-out),
8Pre (18-in/20-out) and ﬂagship 8Pre X (26-in/28-out). The latter 2U interface has been designed with the permanent racked studio install in mind, featuring extended ADAT I/O and separate rear panel inputs for mic, line and instrument, as well as dedicated phantom power, phase reverse and high pass ﬁlters on every channel. The Red 2 and Red 3 plug-in suite features 64-bit AAX, AU and VST compatibility, and will be bundled free with all Focusrite Scarlett, Saﬃre, Forte, and Clarett audio interfaces, in addition to retailing separately. The new plug-ins are designed to accurately recreate Focusrite’s Red 2 equaliser and Red 3 compressor hardware. The Red
2 EQ oﬀers a six-band design with high/ low pass ﬁlters, high/low frequency shelves, as well as fully parametric lowmid and high-mid frequency bands. The Red 3 compressor is a VCA compressor design promising natural sounding dynamic control of drums, bass, vocals, and acoustic instruments. New and existing registered customers can download the new plugins for free, adding to their Focusrite software bundles. www.focusrite.com
HEADPHONES FIRST FROM AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio-Technica has expanded its studio monitoring headphone line-up and enhanced the functionality of its System 10 wireless solution. The ATH-R70x (pictured) is the company’s ﬁrst open-back reference monitor headphone, created in conjunction with Paris-based design agency Arro. Featuring aluminium mesh earcup housings for a low weight of 210g and breathable fabric earpads, the R70x is designed to be comfortable over long studio sessions. The ATH-M70x, meanwhile, is intended to reveal detailed nuances in a mix, tuned to accurately reproduce extreme low and high frequency content. Its 5-40,000Hz frequency response is possible thanks to proprietary 45mm large-aperture drivers with earth magnets, and at high volumes the M70x’s 2,000mW maximum power input is designed to keep distortion low while retaining clarity and deﬁnition.
Finally, a limited edition version of A-T’s M50x headphones, the M50xDG, comes with the original’s 45mm large-aperture drivers, sound-isolating earcups and high SPL handling, and is designed to deliver natural, accurate sound in high-pressure professional situations. Also at NAMM was the new rackmountable System 10 PRO digital wireless system, which oﬀers a half rack chassis designed to house one or two receiver units, which can be operated either within the chassis or removed, mounted remotely and connected via Ethernet cable. Receivers can be placed up to 300ft away and up to ﬁve chassis can be linked with an included RJ12 cable to build a multichannel system, enabling simultaneous use of up to 10 channels. Operating in the 2.4GHz range, System 10 PRO provides three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time and space.
Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically (and automatically) allocated frequencies; Time Diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximise immunity to multipath interference; and Space Diversity uses two antennae on each transmitter and receiver to ensure signal integrity. www.audio-technica.com
Published on Feb 6, 2015