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Mackie intros Creative Reference Multimedia Monitor Series

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Mackie has announced the all-new Creative Reference Multimedia Monitor Series, delivering the studio-quality design, sound and performance you expect from Mackie monitors in extremely desktop-friendly, compact designs that are amazingly affordable.

Mackie CR4

The series includes two models – the CR3 and CR4 – with 3-inch or 4-inch woofers that pump out an impressive amount of deep, punchy low end and 3/4-inch silk-dome tweeters that deliver smooth, articulate highs. CR monitors also feature a sleek, curved high-frequency waveguide for wide, even dispersion of sound and a well-defined, immersive stereo image. In addition, all-wood cabinets and custom-tuned rear ports provide a natural warmth to the sound that only true studio reference monitors can provide. With a combination of high-quality components and professional build quality, Creative Reference monitors deliver an affordable solution for those looking to step up from cheap, plastic computer speakers or for audio/video professionals looking for compact, but amazing-sounding studio monitors.

“When mixing audio or creating media, it’s critical that your audio translate across all the various speakers and headphones listeners will use,” commented Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “Even if you are just enjoying a video or music, our new Creative Reference monitors will let you hear every nuance and detail the producer intended.”

Mackie Creative Reference monitors offer some truly convenient features that deliver real flexibility for both professional and personal applications. Unique to the line, a left/right speaker placement switch allows users to locate the volume control on the left or right of their workstation. The front panel includes a on/off/volume knob with a lit power indication ring that will also control the volume of headphones, which can be plugged directly into the front of the monitors. Great for comparing mixes, auditioning files or just enjoying a bit of music or video, there’s also a front-panel aux input for simple connection of a media device.

“With smartphones always at our side, you can easily find yourself creating professional multimedia one minute and streaming a video the next,” commented Redmon. “With our new Creative Reference monitors, you get the best of both worlds…studio-quality performance, an extremely compact design ideal for smaller workstations and smart features perfect creativity on any level.”

Creative Reference monitors come with all the connecting cables needed for the user to get started immediately. As a bonus, there’s even a pair of acoustic isolation pads included. Used in professional applications, acoustic isolation pads minimize unwanted bass buildup that can muddy a mix. Plus, the pads’ angled design allow the user to tilt the monitors slightly up or down for more focused listening depending on their setup.

“So whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a compact pair of accurate, articulate monitors for work or just looking for a pair of amazing-sounding speakers for entertainment, Mackie’s new Creative Reference monitors are an affordable solution that deliver professional results in our most compact form factor to date,” concluded Redmon.

The new Mackie CR3 and CR4 monitors will be available for purchase in pairs in August 2014, priced at MSRP $129.99 USD (CR3) / $199.99 USD (CR4).

More information: Mackie / Creative Reference Series

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PreSonus launches Monitor Station V2

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PreSonus has announced it is shipping the new Monitor Station V2, a major redesign of its popular desktop studio-monitor control center.

PreSonus Monitor Station V2
Monitor Station V2 enables easy desktop management of multiple audio sources and up to three sets of monitor speakers.

The new monitor controller provides a S/PDIF digital input and has a more ergonomic, intuitive layout than the original Monitor Station. Features include four stereo inputs-two pairs of balanced ¼” TRS and one pair of unbalanced RCA Aux inputs with gain control-managed with a source-select switch. A 1/8″ TRS unbalanced input is summed with the RCA Aux inputs. The S/PDIF stereo input supports 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz digital audio; a button switches between the Aux and S/PDIF inputs.

Three left/right pairs of balanced, ¼” TRS speaker outputs and a Speaker Select switch enable you to A/B compare your audio through up to three sets of reference monitors. A variable, rear-panel control enables fine-tuned calibration of speaker-output levels.

Outputs include left/right pair of balanced ¼” TRS Main outs, left and right balanced ¼” TRS Cue outputs with level control, and four ¼” TRS stereo headphone outputs, each with a Main/Cue source selector and individual output-level control.

Monitor Station V2′s built-in talkback microphone offers variable input gain and is activated with a Talk button. An eight-segment, three-color LED meter indicates left and right levels. Other features include a Dim button with variable attenuation level, Mono and Mute buttons, and an external DC power supply and rocker power switch.

The Monitor Station V2 is available for U.S. MAP/street price of $299 USD.

More information: PreSonus / Monitor Station

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Dynaudio Professional announces AIR Control – Configuration & Installation Software

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Dynaudio AIR Control

Dynaudio Professional has introduced a new AIR Control application for Mac and PC, allowing users to carry out advanced calibration and alignment of their AIR monitoring system.

The software provides access to advanced tools and features inside AIR monitors and subwoofers including timing and SPL calibration and parametric EQs for each monitor. Air Control allows users to define and store custom setups and presets with selective parameter locking, and a special measurement mode provides EQ line signal out from selected monitors.

“AIR Control will be available as a free download, and we are very excited to offer our current and future AIR users the advantages of this intuitive software that easily and intuitively unlocks all the power of their AIR monitor systems.” says Fred Speckeen, Global Business Manager for Dynaudio Professional. “AIR systems are an industry standard, and have been so for over a decade. It is chosen by ear by the world-leading film, music and broadcast production studios, and AIR Control is designed to meet their accelerating project and workflow demands where minutely accurate adjustments and configurations must be easily made, saved and quickly recalled.”

AIR Control replaces Dynaudio Professional’s original ‘TC PC-IP’ installer software that was developed for professional installers. The new AIR Control application design is easier to use and an even more efficient way to fine-tune a complete, digital AIR monitoring system. The new AIR Control runs on Mac, PC and Windows-based tablets.

AIR Control will be available free of charge June 2014.

More information: Dynaudio Professional / AIR Control

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Dynaudio Professional intros new BM mkIII & BMS II series monitors

Dynaudio BM5 mkIII

Dynaudio Professional has introduced four new near-field monitors, mounting solutions and two new precision subwoofers at the Musikmesse / ProLight+Sound 2014 show in Frankfurt.

The new near-field monitors include BM Compact mkIII, BM5 mkIII, BM6 mkIII and BM12 mkIII and on the subwoofer side, BM9S II and BM14S II.

Pursuing Perfection

Still made in Denmark, Dynaudio Professional’s BM range has become a pro audio industry standard since its introduction 15 years ago. Since then, continuous improvements to this series have been made to further support discerning professionals’ needs for transparent, highly responsive and non-fatiguing listening monitors. This new series is the next step in that evolution.

The smaller BM Compact mkIII and BM5 mkIII models both feature expanded frequency response and SPL thanks to a combination of improvements including drivers design and Class D amplifiers. Each includes an auto standby mode as well as both XLR and RCA input connectors for maximum flexibility. BM6 mkIII and BM12 mkIII have been revoiced and now include Dynaudio Professional’s innovative wave guide that ensures utmost precision when distributing high frequencies. Both of the BMS II subwoofers have also been further optimized to compliment the new range of mkIII near-field monitors.

IsoAcoustics Stands Included

Dynaudio Professional searched for what it felt was the world’s best isolation stand and chose IsoAcoustics. Each of the new BM mkIII near-field monitors comes bundled with a dual-branded IsoAcoustics monitor stand that allows the monitors to ‘float’ in free space. This provides an authentic and uncolored sound that is achieved by eliminating energy transfer to surrounding surfaces. The advantages are significant and apart from a tighter bass response, overall imaging is enhanced and the monitors are able to always perform to their full potential. BM Compact mkIII and BM5 mkIII come with an ISO-L8R 155 stand. BM6 mkIII and BM12 mkIII come with ISO-L8R 200 stand.

A Complete Monitoring System

Renowned for sonic consistency across the product range, Dynaudio Professional near-fields and subwoofers are designed to work together. However the company also considers the broader workflow needs of professionals. These are supported by a range of accessories spanning new mounting solutions for larger studios and broadcasters to precision level controls for the desktop – the Volume Box for BM Compact mkIII, the TC Level Pilot for BM6 mk III and BM12 mkIII and of course the TC Electronic BMC-2 Monitor Controller.

Fred Speckeen, Global Brand Manager for Dynaudio Professional concludes: “We are tremendously proud of this next step in the evolution of the Dynaudio Professional product range, a brand that has been chosen by ear by the world’s most discerning studio professionals and broadcasters.“

The products will be available in May (North America) / April (Europe, rest of world), for a suggested US retail price of:

  • BM Compact mkIII: $629.99 USD.
  • BM5 mkIII: $729.99 USD.
  • BM6 mkIII: $899.99 USD.
  • BM12 mkIII: $1,229.99 USD.
  • BM9S II: $999.99 USD.
  • BM14S II: $1,849.99 USD.

More information: Dynaudio Professional / BM mkIII and BMS II

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PreSonus intros Temblor T10 Subwoofer

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PreSonus has announced it is shipping its new Temblor T10 subwoofer.

Designed to complement full-range studio reference monitors-including the PreSonus Eris™ and Sceptre™-without overshadowing them, the T10 is intended for serious personal studios and professional music-production environments, offering a tight low end due to fast and accurate transient response and providing user controls not normally available in this price range.

PreSonus Temblor T10

The T10 features a 10-inch glass-composite woofer, driven by 250 watts of Class AB power; a front-firing, bass-reflex acoustic port; optimized, resonance-suppressing internal bracing; and internal damping and heat sink. Frequency response ranges from 20 Hz to 130 Hz.

The new subwoofer sports left and right, balanced XLR and ¼” TRS and unbalanced RCA main inputs; if both XLR and TRS inputs are connected, the TRS input takes precedence. The T10 has left and right balanced XLR and ¼” TRS outputs and an extra subwoofer output for connecting a second T10.

Extensive user controls include input gain (-30 dB to +6 dB, continuously variable) and a continuously variable lowpass filter (50 Hz to 130 Hz) that allows users to create a seamless crossover transition between their full-range studio monitors and subwoofer for a more accurate listening environment. A switchable highpass filter removes frequency content below 80 Hz from the full-range signal sent from the T10 outputs to the main monitors, avoiding destructive cancellation and reinforcement in the T10′s upper range.

The T10 also features a momentary footswitch (included) that bypasses the subwoofer, highpass filter, and Sub Out. This allows the audio source signal to pass directly through the Temblor T10 to the full-range studio monitors, enabling you to compare your mix with and without subharmonic frequencies to ensure your mix will sound good on a wide variety of systems.

You also get polarity invert and a ground-lift switch. The 15.75″ x 15.75″ x 12.6″ (400 x 400 x 320 mm), 39.5 lb. (17.9 kg) enclosure has integrated, gravity-calibrated rubber feet for stable placement.

The Temblor T10 is available to purchase for $399.95 USD (MAP/street price).

More information: PreSonus / Temblor T10

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ILIO booth showcases Dynaudio BM15A monitors at NAMM

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Dynaudio BM15A

ILIO has announced that Dynaudio Professional will provide five pairs of its BM15A studio monitors for demonstration at this year’s Winter NAMM show. The speakers will be seen and heard at the ILIO booth, Hall A, #6724 throughout the show.

ILIO president Mark Hiskey comments, “The Dynaudio BM15As are outstanding speakers with tremendous clarity and punch. They’ll provide the ideal combination of power and fidelity that will put our virtual instruments and audio processing products in the best possible light at the show.”

First introduced in 1998, the BM15A is a high performance speaker whose full-range extended bass response makes it an ideal nearfield monitor, particularly for commercial studios, project studios and post-production facilities.

The BM15A is a relatively large 2-way active system comprised of a large 240mm (10″) woofer, a special version of the Dynaudio ESOTEC soft dome tweeter and an electronic phase-aligned crossover, which feeds the built-in dual, high performance discrete MOSFET amplifiers.

The ESOTEC HF driver provides quality and headroom due to a dynamic headroom of 1000W. The 240mm (10″) bass driver is well-known for its 100mm (4″) aluminum alloy voice coil, which outperforms many 300mm (12″) drivers in terms of power output and punch.

The electronics offer complex protection circuitry helping to prevent accidental damage to the drivers, while still providing maximum transient response.

The BM15A monitor is front-ported for powerful and extended low frequency response, and the elegant matte cabinet has radius edges on the front baffle to reduce boundary effects and improve the overall sound quality.

More information: Dynaudio / BM15A

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PreSonus ships Eris E4.5 compact studio monitors

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PreSonus has announced it is now shipping the ultra-compact Eris E4.5 studio reference monitor, the third model in the Eris series of two-way monitor speakers.

PreSonus Eris E4.5

As with the Eris E5 and E8, the E4.5 delivers professional audio quality and can be user-adjusted to the acoustic space, allowing you to create a more accurate listening environment or to simulate different common listening environments – a feature not typically provided by studio monitors in this price point.

This affordable new monitor speaker is ideal for bedroom studios, for school music programs, and as a high-quality replacement for computer speakers.

Eris E4.5 features

  • 4.5-inch Kevlar® low-frequency transducer.
  • 1-inch (25 mm), ultra-low-mass, silk-dome, high-frequency transducer.
  • 50 watt, Class AB biamplification.
  • Front-firing acoustic port for superior bass-frequency reproduction.
  • Midrange (±6 dB, continuously variable), HF (±6 dB, continuously variable), High-Pass (Off, 80 Hz, 100 Hz) and Acoustic Space settings (flat, -2, -4 dB) for accurate mixing contour.
  • RF interference, output current limiting, over-temperature, transient, and subsonic protection.
  • Optimized, resonance-suppressing internal bracing.
  • Balanced ¼-inch TRS and unbalanced 1/8-inch TS, RCA inputs.
  • 1/8-inch stereo headphone output.
  • 100 dB maximum continuous SPL.

The Eris E4.5 is available to purchase for an anticipated MAP/street price of $199.95 USD per pair.

More information: PreSonus / Eris E4.5

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Dynaudio Professional intros Choosing by Ear – Practical Loudspeaker and Monitor Systems Evaluation

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Chosen by Ear

Dynaudio Professional has announced the release of Choosing by Ear – Practical Loudspeaker and Monitor Systems Evaluation, a paper by Paul Mac, which provides a practical guide to monitor selection by ear.

Choosing the right monitors can be a challenge in any scenario. To choose well from many candidate monitors for their multiple stereo and 5.1 monitor setups, recording studios and broadcast production facilities often conduct blindfold listening tests. They do this to make the best possible decision based entirely on pure audio considerations.

“Monitors must be the most overhyped and least understood part of the audio chain,” says Fred Speckeen, Global Business Manager, Dynaudio Professional. “Paul Mac brings together his own extensive experience and the seminal AES20 standard to this paper, providing a practical approach to selecting monitors via critical listening. Inspired by the fact that monitor selection by systematic blindfold tests is increasingly common at the highest levels of the pro audio industry, this paper covers the issues of listening environment, listening material and the listening process. Buying monitors is one of the most critical and expensive decisions each of us has to make in assembling a studio that’s a joy to work in. We hope that this paper contributes to making that process a success for everyone.”

The paper is available as a free download along with accompanying audio files for stereo and multichannel system configuration.

More information: Dynaudio Professional / Choosing by Ear

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