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PreSonus introduces PRM1 reference microphone

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PreSonus has announced the PRM1, a new precision reference microphone.

With PreSonus®’ new PRM1 reference (measurement) microphone and the company’s free Virtual StudioLive™ (VSL) mixer-control software with Smaart® Measurement Technology, StudioLive 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 digital mixer owners can have a complete, powerful, and affordable, audio-analysis and correction system.

PreSonus PRM1

A reference, or “measurement,” microphone is special type of condenser microphone that is designed to provide an accurate reproduction of a room’s sound characteristics for use with audio-analysis tools, such as real-time analyzers (RTAs) and spectrographs. While measurement microphones can be quite expensive, the affordable PreSonus PRM1 delivers high-quality results.

Because measurement mics do not color the sound, we would not employ a PRM1 to fatten up a recording of our CFO’s reaction when he saw our proposed marketing budget for this year. But it’s the right mic for tuning a sound system to reproduce those sounds accurately in a room.

The PRM1 employs a ¼” pre-polarized electret-condenser capsule and delivers a linear frequency response between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. Like most measurement mics, it has an omnidirectional polar pattern. Sensitivity is rated at -37 dB/Pa, EIN (A-weighted) at 26 dB, S/N ratio at 70 dB, dynamic range at 106 dB, and maximum SPL at 132 dB SPL.

The mic has an all-metal chassis and comes with a clip, foam windscreen, and hard case.

VSL’s Smaart System Check Wizards step StudioLive 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 users through the process of viewing the frequency-response trace of a venue, calculating and setting delay-system timing, and verifying output connectivity. To use them, you need to connect a measurement microphone to the StudioLive mixer’s Talkback input. That’s where the PRM1 comes in. With the PRM1 mic, a StudioLive mixer, and VSL with Smaart, it’s easy to do tasks that once required extensive engineering know-how.

The PRM1 is expected to ship in early January 2013, with an anticipated MAP/street price of $79.95 USD.

More information: PreSonus

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Shure distributing DIS products

Danish Interpretation Systems

As of January 1, 2013, Shure Incorporated began distributing conferencing products manufactured by Danish Interpretation Systems (DIS), a division of Informationsteknik Scandinavia Group of Copenhagen, Denmark, which Shure acquired in February 2011.

“When we acquired Informationsteknik two years ago, we saw it as an opportunity to significantly strengthen our position in the installed sound market, specifically conferencing, by increasing our presence with customers in the corporate, government, and education sectors,” said Mark Humrichouser, General Manager of the Americas Business Unit at Shure. “We want to continue to build on the successful foundation of the DIS brand by using our strong, well-established network of sales reps throughout the U.S. and engaging our talented market development team with these customers.”

DIS is one of the world’s leading brands of advanced conference electronics, providing conference solutions to the global meeting industry. It offers complete solutions for simultaneous interpretation, discussion, voting, language distribution, online streaming of meetings, and software management.

“Both Shure and DIS have long been committed to creating innovative, quality products and providing customers with the highest level of service and technical support in the industry,” added Humrichouser. “In the U.S., we recently adapted our organization to better fit the needs of our customers with the creation of our Systems Support Group. With multiple layers of support now available, we are well-positioned to take over distribution of DIS products.”

More information: Shure / Danish Interpretation Systems

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Holophone introduces Super C series vocal & instrumental microphones

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Holophone has introduced the Super C series, a new line of single-channel stage and studio microphones.

Holophone Super C

Designed for the most critical live, recording, and broadcast applications, these new Holophone mics are powerful, customizable, and guaranteed to slap some life into today’s stagnant market of monotonous, generic microphones.

The new Super C handheld supercardioid condenser is the first in a new line of customizable performance mics created by Holophone. Combining ruggedness and low handling noise with unprecedented ergonomic comfort, the Super C features the same proprietary capsule technology employed in Holophone’s highly acclaimed surround microphones, including the award-winning H2-PRO, the go-to mic for the world’s most prominent productions in Broadcast, Concert Sound, Film, and Music Recording.

Holophone’s new mics deliver more than just distinct sonic character – they also deliver individuality, with a design that allows the user to quickly customize the mic’s appearance on the fly. Each microphone’s casing, windscreen, and grille can be instantly changed to any of a wide range of custom colors, providing unprecedented on-stage and on-camera visual versatility, as well as a whole new level of hygienic appeal.

With a retro-modern look that will turn heads and a distinctive, balanced ergonomic design, Holophone’s Super C series offers a precision fit and finish that elevates the microphone from a simple tool to a true musical instrument.

Hand assembled in Canada, the Super C includes a custom carrying case, microphone clip, and other accessories, and will be available for $499 MSRP. Holophone will be showcasing their entire new line of products – including a soon-to-be-announced top secret stage and studio mic – at NAMM 2013 in Anaheim, California January 24-27, 2013.

More information: Holophone / Super C

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Sontronics launches SONORA 2 + STC-20 & STC-3X Mic Packs

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Sonictronics has announced the launch and immediate availability of SONORA 2, a dual-channel solid-state preamp/DI that has been designed, developed and manufactured in the UK.

Sontronics SONORA 2

The SONORA 2 preamp features Sontronics’ proprietary Class A vintage circuit design and is capable of delivering an exceptional standard of audio reproduction with a classy, silky finish for an outstanding price. For ultimate recording and monitoring flexibility, SONORA 2 has two combined XLR & 1/4” jack inputs plus four individual outputs (two XLR, two TRS jack) as well as a –20dB pad, 75Hz high-pass filter, 180° phase reverse switch and 48V phantom power on each channel. Its lightning-quick dynamic ability combined with a linear frequency response and a powerful 66dB of crystal-clear gain and a huge +23dBu of headroom means SONORA 2 is an ideal choice for any professional studio, home or live environment.

Sontronics’ founder, designer and MD Trevor Coley says: “SONORA 2 represents two years of sheer hard work and dedication and I’m so proud of the fact that we’ve done it all, from the circuitry right up to the packaging, right here in the UK. SONORA 2 has all the build quality and attention to detail you’d expect from Sontronics as well as its own signature smooth sound. It really will let you hear more of what actually matters.”

Sontronics STC-3X

Sontronics has also released two new all-in-one recording packages – the STC-20 PACK and STC-3X PACK – each including a condenser mic and free accessories to get the home or studio musician achieving professional studio-quality recordings in minutes.

The new Sontronics all-in-one mic packs are intended for anyone wanting to start recording straight away. The STC-20 PACK (£209 RRP) includes Sontronics’ best-selling affordable STC-20 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic with gold-sputtered one-inch capsule. The STC-3X PACK (£305 RRP) includes Sontronics’ brand new STC-3X condenser mic with three polar patterns – cardioid, omni and figure-of-eight – plus a pad (0, -10, -20dB) and high-pass filter (linear, 75Hz, 150Hz). Available in black or silver, the STC-3X is the ultimate in versatility and flexibility for any studio.

Both packs include the following accessories:

  • spider-style shockmount with two spare elastics
  • nylon-mesh pro-quality popshield
  • 5-metre XLR cable
  • zip-up microphone pouch

The SONORA 2 is available to purchase for RRP £699 GBP. The STC-20 and STC-3X will be available November 5th, 2012, priced at RRP £209 GBP and £305 GBP respectively. Prices inc. VAT.

More information: Sontronics

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Shure introduces Centraverse microphones

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Shure has announced its line of Centraverse installed sound microphones, an economical complement to its existing Microflex series for the sound contracting market.

Available in gooseneck, boundary, and overhead form factors, Centraverse microphones provide quality, reliable audio and a streamlined feature set for users in price-sensitive environments. The microphones are simple to purchase, set up, and install. They meet the key needs of installed audio users by offering “plug and play” solutions for applications at corporate facilities, houses of worship, government institutions, and more.

“Budget-conscious customers requiring installed and portable applications for basic sound reinforcement, such as vocal amplification, will immediately benefit from our Centraverse line, as the product line combines best-in-class performance with simplicity and affordability,” said Chad Wiggins, Category Director for Wired Microphones at Shure. “To ensure the mics are well-suited for their intended environments, we also focused on the aesthetics, designing the products with a modern and industrial style that still offers Shure’s sound quality, reliability, and functionality.”

Shure Centraverse CVG12 / CVG18

The Centraverse CVG12 and CVG18 Gooseneck Condenser Microphones are professional gooseneck electret condenser microphones that are ideally suited for use in general installed sound reinforcement applications. Designed with dual gooseneck sections for full articulation and positioning options, the CVG12/18 provide scalable, best-in-class performance in a wide variety of locations, including podiums and desktops. Additional features include:

  • Cardioid polar pattern with tailored response for speech
  • Available in 12-inch (30.4 cm) and 18-inch (45.7 cm) gooseneck lengths
  • Black color
  • Included flange mount and available snap-fit windscreens
  • Available in three configurations:
    • Inline preamp (CVG12/CVG18)
    • Mute switch/LED, inline preamp (CVG12S/CVG18S)
    • Light-ring, mute switch, inline preamp (CVG12RS/CVG18RS)
Shure Centraverse CVB

Also available is the sleek Centraverse CVD Desktop Base, compatible with all Centraverse 12-inch and 18- inch gooseneck microphones.

The Centraverse CVB Boundary Condenser Microphones are professional boundary electret condenser microphones. Designed for use in desktop-installed sound reinforcement applications, the microphones’ low-profile design fits seamlessly in any room decor. Additional features:

  • Available in cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns
  • Attached 12-foot XLR cable
  • Black and white color options
Shure Centraverse CVO

The Centraverse CVO Hanging Condenser Microphones are designed for overhead sound reinforcement applications. The mics’ integrated wire aiming hanger enables optimal placement above choirs and other ensembles, with additional features including:

  • Cardioid pattern
  • Attached 25-foot XLR cable
  • Black and white color options
  • Available snap-fit windscreen

All of the microphones in the line feature Commshield interference immunity, which guards against unwanted RF interference from portable wireless devices, offering high resistance to intense nearby radio signals.

All models carry a two-year limited warranty, and will be available for purchase from select retailers in early November.

More information: Shure / Centraverse

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Shure launches KSM9HS—KSM9 vocal condenser microphone gets new polar patterns

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Shure KSM9HS (Cartridge)

Shure has introduced the KSM9HS, a new variant of its premium KSM9 Vocal Condenser microphone, with switchable hypercardioid and subcardioid polar patterns.

“The KSM9HS gives sound engineers more options to adapt to different stage conditions or the microphone techniques of a particular performer,” says Chad Wiggins, Category Director, Wired Products at Shure. “The hypercardioid pattern setting provides tremendous rejection of off-axis sound in high-SPL situations, which isolates the voice from monitor bleed even better than a supercardioid.”

In contrast, the KSM9HS’ subcardioid pattern is beneficial where bleed and volume are not an issue. “The subcardioid pattern has a wider pickup angle than a standard cardioid, which is useful on quieter stages,” says Wiggins. “In those situations, stage ambience can enhance the sonic palette.”

The KSM9HS is available in wired and wireless versions. The original KSM9, which debuted in 2005, will continue to be available with switchable cardioid and supercardioid polar patterns. Both the KSM9 and KSM9HS feature a groundbreaking dual-diaphragm design that delivers the transparency of a studio microphone, and minimizes proximity effect for more consistent sound quality at different working distances.

According to Jay Rigby, Front of House engineer for Cage the Elephant, “Due to the high overall stage volume, our traditional vocal microphone [a KSM9] was picking up too much stage bleed, thus overwhelming the IEM mixes. As soon as we swapped out the KSM9 for the KSM9HS, everyone on stage noticed the difference immediately. With the improved tight pickup pattern we were able to get the vocal levels needed without all of the stage bleed coming down the mic. Problem solved.”

Colin Cargile, Front of House engineer for Drive-By Truckers, says, “I really liked the way the KSM9 sounded and wanted to use it on our two main vocalists, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. But our stage was just too loud. Shure gave me a couple of KSM9HS to try out and everyone immediately loved the warmth and body as well as the all-around consistency and durability of the mics. It is also a blessing to be able to switch the capsule pattern with ease.”

The KSM9HS dual-diaphragm vocal condenser microphone is priced MSRP $874 USD.

More information: Shure / KSM9

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AfroDJMac intros Dual Mic Dual Cabinet free Ableton Live Pack

AfroDJMac has introduced Dual Mic Dual Cabinet, a free Ableton Live pack that lets you emulate multiple microphones and speakers with Ableton’s cabinet FX.

This Ableton audio FX rack is designed to emulate having two different cabinets and two different microphones amplifying your sound. Created with two chains, each featuring Ableton’s cabinet effect mapped to macro knobs for easy control. Practical and easy way to change the sound of any instrument or vocal.

The Live Pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Dual Mic Dual Cabinet

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