Dangerous Music releases Dangerous Compressor for tracking, mixing & mastering

Dangerous Music has announced the release of the Dangerous Compressor, a dual-mono/stereo compressor for tracking, mixing and mastering designed by legendary mastering gear guru Chris Muth.

Dangerous Compressor
The dangerous compressor was designed to be simple, transparent and powerful.

Built to the exacting standards of the mastering community, as with all things Dangerous, it has also proven indispensable for tracking and mixing. Tame a vocal, tighten a snare, crush a sampled loop or gently smooth a track- the compressor will rise to the occasion, providing rapid results, intuitive feedback and without coloration.

Like all Dangerous Music equipment, the compressor achieves musical, yet transparent results; in the words of producer and mixer Michael James (New Radicals, Hole, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, The Coronas) “The new Dangerous Compressor is a ‘must have’ in my world. It’s a refreshing complement to the currently fashionable boxes that indiscriminately add color to your sound-whether you want it or not.”

Dangerous Compressor features

  • Simple:
    • Hit your choice of buttons and twist the threshold for radio-ready results.
    • Smart Dyn Dual Slope Detection: Automatically limits peaks while stealthily compressing the average.
    • Auto Attack/Release: Replace “guess” with “yes” for rapid-fire results.
  • Transparent:
    • Performs like an automated fader: No more drawing vocal rides.
    • True Stereo Dual Detector: Traditional linking shares one detector, often resulting in a narrower stereo image.
    • Immaculate VCA: Virtually no distortion, even with 20dB of gain reduction.
  • Powerful:
    • Internal sidechain circuitry houses the audiophile soul of the compressor.
    • Bass Cut: Tightens the track without sacrificing the low end.
    • Sibilance Boost: Shave sibilance and shrill histrionics with zero post-compression hangover.

The new Dangerous Compressor is available through dealers worldwide for a street price of $2,799 USD.

More information: Dangerous Music / Dangerous Compressor

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Sweetwater announces GearFest Mixing Contest

GearFest Mixing Contest

Sweetwater has announced the GearFest Mixing Contest, its largest audio mixing contest in collaboration with pureMix, offering participants the chance to win over $18 000 worth of high end audio equipment.

Sweetwater and pureMix.net are proud to announce that they have partnered together to organise the most exciting mixing contest ever seen on the web. Participants can register for FREE and download the raw tracks from famous artist Liza Colby and do their own mix. The winners will win amazing prizes donated by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it ?

The tracks for mixing the best sounding version of Liza Colby Sound’s song ‘Oh Baby’ are actually downloadable at pureMix. The contest is FREE and is sponsored by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater.

Tracked live on stage in front of a rapt audience at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2012, “Oh Baby” is a raw gem that will let contestants really prove their mixing skills. The contest is completely platform independent : any DAW, any platform is welcome. The pureMix team and Fab Dupont will pick out the 16 winners for the 16 prizes. Judges will focus on mixing skills and “taste” to pick the winners, not what equipment was used.

Contest instructions are available at pureMix after a FREE registration. Contestants can also watch grammy nominated producer/Engineer Fab Dupont in a free video showing how the hit was recorded, with a detailed step-by-step explanation.

The mixing challenge runs until June 1st, 2013. Winners will be announced at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2013 on June 21st, contacted via email and announced on pureMix.net homepage.

More information: GearFest Mixing Contest

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Dangerous Music announces Dangerous Source monitor controller

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Dangerous Music has announced their newest monitor controller, the Dangerous Source, a portable and desktop unit designed for the engineer on the go or to fit a limited space on the desktop.

Dangerous Source
Dangerous Music “Source” monitor controller announced at NAMM 2012 shown with a 13″ laptop

Dangerous Music is one of the industry leaders in dedicated monitor controllers and helped usher in the product category over 10 years ago with the Dangerous Monitor – widely regarded as a benchmark of quality. Dangerous Music monitoring products have been nominated and won many prestigious industry awards including Pro Audio Review magazine’s PAR Excellence Award, TEC Award, EM Editors Choice, MIX Magazine’s Certified Hit, and Future Music Magazine’s ACE Award among others. The new sleekly designed “Dangerous Source” builds on this sterling reputation as a perfectly tuned complement to any DAW for its centralized control of speakers, headphones, and more. The Source fits perfectly beneath a 13″ laptop computer, but it can also sit unobtrusively on the desktop within arms reach to provide easy control of volume, input selection, speaker switching, and headphone control. An input for USB audio simplifies a traveling mix rig even further.

“With the explosion of professional recording and mixing being done on today’s powerful laptop computers, we wanted to bring our standard of audio path quality and functionality to portable monitor control,” says Bob Muller, President of Dangerous Music. “We’ve been making monitor controllers since before the product category existed in the mainstream, so the Dangerous Source seemed like the logical next step in the lineage of Monitor, Monitor ST and D-Box. We’ve also added a first for our products in that the Source connects directly to the computer via USB, saving even more cable hassles for the traveling engineer.”

The “Dangerous Source” monitor controller sports many of the key professional features of the company’s award-winning Dangerous D-Box, such as speaker switching for two sets of speakers, speaker volume, AES/SPDIF digital IN, 2 Stereo Analog IN, dual headphone out with a separate level control, and in addition, it can connect directly to a computer for monitoring of digital audio over USB. Dangerous Source is capable of up to 24-bit 192kHz on both digital inputs. Although the Dangerous Source is the company’s first non-rack mount product, an optional 1RU user-installable front panel option will be available.

Dangerous Source features

  • Designed for portability.
  • Desktop form factor sits comfortably under a 13″ laptop.
  • Optional 1RU front panel available.
  • Speaker volume control.
  • Two 1/4-inch headphone outs.
  • Supports 2 pairs of speakers.
  • Alternatively select both speaker outputs simultaneously for speakers and subwoofer combination.
  • Layering of multiple inputs in both the speaker and headphone outputs.
  • 2 Analog IN: unbalanced 1/8″ mini stereo at -10 dBv, balanced XLR/1/4″ combo jack at +4 dBu.
  • AES/SPDIF digital IN, up to 24-bit/192 kHz.
  • USB IN, up to 24-bit/192kHz for Windows and Mac.
  • Line-level pass-thru for Control Room output.
  • Buffered digital thru output for AES/SPDIF input.

The Dangerous Source is scheduled for release in Q2 2012, price to be announced.

More information: Dangerous Music

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