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Solid State Logic intros SSL Live, Bus Comp 500 Module & Sigma

Solid State Logic has introduced the SSL Live, Bus Comp 500 Module and Sigma at the Musikmesse Prolight + Sound 2013.

SSL Live
The SSL Live sports an “up close and personal” control surface.

The ‘Live’ brings SSL’s unique approach to audio quality and console ergonomics to sound for the stage. SSL has been at the leading edge of analogue and digital audio console innovation for over 35 years.

Like so many multi award winning, ground breaking and much loved consoles for Music, Broadcast and Post production SSL has created through the decades, Live promises to bring something very special to the party.

Live is due to ship in September 2013.

The SSL Stereo Bus Compressor for 500 format modular racks is now available.

SSL Stereo Bus Comp 500

Often imitated but never equalled, the centre section compressor from the 1980’s G-Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is a simple unit with a simple purpose; it makes complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive. It brings cohesion and strength to your mix without compromising clarity. To this day it remains a key element of the SSL sound and has featured on countless classic recordings.

The availability of the Stereo Bus Compressor in a module for the 500 format makes this essential audio production tool available to users of the popular API 500 format modular rack platform.

The Bus Comp 500 Module is available to purchase from SSL Resellers worldwide, priced at £1329 GBP / $2299 USD / 1679 EUR + VAT or Sales Tax.

Solid State Logic’s Sigma is a remote controlled analogue mix engine.

Designed for the DAW user that seeks the legendary big sound of an SSL console while retaining the convenience of working in the box, Sigma is a unique analogue mix engine in a 2U rack unit, that is remote controlled using MIDI via Ethernet using a DAW or an iDevice compatible software interface.

SSL Sigma

Using proprietary MDAC control technology first featured in our Duality and AWS studio consoles, Sigma’s 100% analogue summing engine can be driven by automation data created within your DAW of choice. Sigma features 16 flexible input channels which can be individually switched between being mono or stereo for up to 32 channels at mixdown. There is accurate front panel LED metering for all channels. There are two stereo mix busses with dedicated outputs for convenient printing of stems back to the DAW and individual stereo insert points to facilitate implementation of parallel compression. Each input channel also features an individual direct output. Mix Bus B can also be injected into Mix Bus A for final mixdown.

An Artist and Studio monitoring section provides a Monitor and Headphone output. The Main monitor output has Main and Alternative connections to accommodate 2 sets of monitors. A comprehensive switching matrix enables selection of your monitor source. A large front panel rotary control uses a push-select mechanism to determine whether it adjusts Mix A, Mix B, Main Monitor or Headphone levels. There is also a Talkback input with adjustable Dim level. Control and switching of a wide range of functions including; monitor level and source, inserts, talkback, sum B>A and mono check, can all be achieved using any standard MIDI hardware control surface. A MIDI learn feature makes setup simple and easy. A pair of user assignable dual action push/hold buttons on the front panel or a foot-switch can also be assigned to the same collection of switching functions.

The Sigma is expected to ship in August 2013, priced at £2799 GBP / $4499 USD / 3359 EUR + VAT or Sales Tax.

More information: Solid State Logic

PreSonus announces Sceptre studio reference monitors

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PreSonus Sceptre

PreSonus announces the Sceptre-series CoActual studio reference monitors.

Featuring an advanced coaxial design that works integrally with a 32-bit, 96 kHz, dual-core processor using Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ™ Temporal Equalization technology, Sceptre CoActual monitors deliver clarity and coherence that has previously only been available in ultra-high-end systems. Yet they are an affordable investment for project-studio owners-a first for DSP-controlled, TQ-based systems.

The series includes two models. The Sceptre S8 CoActual Studio Monitor combines an 8-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer into a single coaxial unit with aligned voice coils. The Sceptre S6 CoActual Studio Monitor’s coaxial speaker integrates a 6.5-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer. Both models have acoustic ports.

Sceptre features

  • CoActual technology combines DSP time-correction and point-source design for symmetrical soundstage and micro-definition imaging.
  • Unique coaxial transducer integrates 8-inch (Sceptre S8) or 6.5-inch (Sceptre S6) midrange driver and 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded HF transducer with Coaxial Speaker Coherence Alignment.
  • 32-bit, 96 kHz, dual-core, active floating-point DSP provides critical Temporal Equalization™ with multiple FIR filters.
  • Acoustic-tuning controls:
    • HF Driver Adjust (0 dB, +1 dB, -1.5 dB, -4 dB).
    • Acoustic Space settings (0 dB, -1.5 dB, -3 dB, -6 dB).
    • High-pass filter (Off, 60 Hz, 80 Hz, and 100 Hz, -12 dB/octave slope).
    • Sensitivity (+4 dBu to -10 dBV).
  • 200W RMS, Class D biamplification with internal heat sinkRF shielding, current-output limiting, and over-temperature protection.
  • Balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS line-level inputs with A-taper level control.
  • Amplifier “soft start” feature eliminates popping on power-up.
  • Brushed-aluminum faceplate.
  • 102 dB maximum continuous SPL.
  • Internal power supply with IEC connector.
  • Power switch with on/off LED.

PreSonus Sceptre CoActual-series monitors are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013.

More information: PreSonus / Sceptre

Alesis intros Elevate 3 & Elevate 5 active monitor speakers

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Alesis has announced the Elevate 3 and Elevate 5, two active bi-amplified monitor speakers offering solid sound in a compact design.

Sold in pairs, these active monitors provide a smooth, rich sound in a space-saving format. Ideal for multimedia, gaming, desktop audio, or for use with a mobile device, the Alesis Elevate Series combines technology borrowed from professional Alesis monitors along with advanced components to create a smooth, solid sound—without taking up valuable studio or setup space. The Elevate 3 and Elevate 5 provide thoughtful options for creating a custom listening environment.

“Our new Elevate series monitors have it all; they sound great, look great, AND they are easy on the wallet,” says Alesis Project Manager Walter Skorupski. “We encourage you to stop by our booth at NAMM and hear them for yourself.”

Alesis Elevate 3
Alesis Elevate 3 & Elevate 5 powered desktop studio speakers.

Elevate 3 features

  • 3 ˝ low-frequency driver; 1 ˝ silk dome tweeter.
  • 20 Watts continuous; 60 Watts peak power.
  • Elliptical waveguides minimize reflection and widen the listening area.
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion.
  • Video Shielding minimizes interference.
  • 1/8 ˝ subwoofer output.

Elevate 5 features

  • 5 ˝ low-frequency driver; 1 ˝ silk dome tweeter.
  • 40 Watts continuous; 120 Watts peak power.
  • High-density wood cabinets with bass porting.
  • Elliptical waveguides minimize reflection and widen the listening area.
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion.
  • Video Shielding minimizes interference.

Alesis will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis

PreSonus intros Eris-Series Studio Monitors

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PreSonus has announced its new Eris series of studio reference monitors.

These ultra-affordable, 2-way, bi-amped monitor speakers deliver very accurate response with a tight bass and very clear upper end.

They can also 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.

PreSonus Eris E5 / E8
PreSonus E5 and E8 high-definition active studio monitors.

E5 / E8 features

  • 5.25-inch (E5) / 8-inch (E8) Kevlar® low-frequency transducer.
  • 1-inch (25 mm), ultra-low-mass, silk-dome, high-frequency transducer.
  • 70 (E5) /130 watt (E8), 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 XLR/¼-inch and unbalanced RCA inputs.
  • 102 dB (E5) /105 dB (E8) maximum continuous SPL.

The Eris E8 and E5 are expected to be available in April 2013.

More information: PreSonus / Eris

Time+Space announces iZotope and ESI competition

Time+Space has announced a new competition in which you can win ESI monitoring speakers and iZotope effects plugins.

Time+Space iZotope and ESI giveaway

You’re pleased as punch with the bassline, the chords are catchy and the lyrics are simply genius but unless you’ve got the right tools for mixing and mastering, your track will probably lack that professional polished finish.

Thanks to software developers like iZotope, this can all be achieved easily in your home studio with plugins such as Ozone 5 Mastering Suite, Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools and Nectar Vocal Suite all helping you to get impressive results with relatively little outlay.

Of course, you need a decent set of monitoring speakers as well, and that’s where ESI come in. Earlier this year the German audio specialists released their Unik product line – professional quality active reference monitors that produce a clear, strong and precise sound thanks to the extraordinarily light membrane of the ribbon tweeter.

UK-based distributor Time+Space are giving you the chance to win a pair of Unik monitors plus iZotope software in their October competition with a total prize giveaway totaling over £1600!

Competition prizes

  • First prize: Pair of ESI Unik 08 monitoring speakers and iZotope Ozone 5 Complete Mastering Suite
  • Second prize: Pair of ESI Unik 05 monitoring speakers and iZotope Nectar Complete Vocal Suite
  • Third prize: Pair of ESI Unik04 monitoring speakers and iZotope Alloy 2 Essential Mixing Tools

The competition is only open to European residents and ends on 31st October, 2012.

More information: Time+Space

Join Dynaudio Professional at Facebook for a chance to win a BCM-2 and set of DBM50′s

TC Electronic and Dynaudio Professional have teamed up to spread the love amongst their Facebook fans.

Dynaudio Professional Facebook giveaway

Joining the Dynaudio Professional facebook page gives a chance to win a BMC-2 High Def DAC and Monitor Controller and a set of DBM50 monitors Dynaudio professional! Already a ‘fan’ of the page? You’re part of the family, and in the drawing too!

The winner will be announced 24. October so visit dynaudioprofessional.com/facebook. We actually got Level 42’s Mark King in on this as well. He uses the same set-up in his own studio and loves it for you can check him talking about exactly what excites him so much about this setup here.

More information: Dynaudio Professional at Facebook

Time+Space intros Aktiv studio reference monitors from ESI

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Time+Space has announced the Aktiv monitoring speakers from ESI.

ESI Aktiv 08

Off the back of their higher end UniK series delivered earlier this year, ESI has announced the release of a new line of affordable studio reference monitors – the Aktiv 05 and Aktiv 08.

Replacing the nEar05 / 08 eXperience range, the Aktiv 05 and Aktiv 08 boast unparalleled punch in the low-mid frequency thanks to the top quality kevlar driver – a major improvement over the paper and polypropylene drivers used in many comparable speakers.

Plus, thanks to a retuning of all components by German engineers, including a completely revised design of the crossover circuitry plus a higher quality silk dome tweeter, the Aktiv 05 and 08 provide honest sound at an affordable price and are perfect for use in a range of settings.

Aktiv features

  • 2-way powered speaker / active studio monitor speaker.
  • 5″ or 8″ kevlar curved cone as low frequency driver.
  • 1″ silk dome tweeter as HF driver.
  • Aktiv 05 output power: 60W (HF 30W, LF 30W).
  • Aktiv 08 output power: 90W (HF 30W, LF 60W).
  • Aktiv 05 frequency response: 50Hz – 20kHz.
  • Aktiv 08 frequency response: 40Hz – 20kHz.
  • magnetically shielded for desktop operation without electronic interference.
  • input connections: XLR / TS1/4″ combo connector, balanced / unbalanced input.

The ESI Aktiv monitors are sold as single units with the following RRPs:

  • Aktiv 05: £109 GBP.
  • Aktiv 08: £155 GBP.

More information: Time+Space

Win TC Electronic Impact Twin Audio Interface and DBM50 Dekstop Monitors at Dynaudio Professional

Dynaudio Professional Facebook contest

TC Electronic has announced that Dynaudio Professional is offering a chance to win an Impact Twin interface and a set of DBM50 monitor speakers.

Our friends at Dynaudio Professional have launched a competition where you can win a pair of their brand new DBM50 desktop monitors as well as one of our Impact Twin Audio Interfaces – virtually a ‘Bimbo Jones’ studio setup.

For a chance to win this great studio setup, simply join Dynaudio Professional on Facebook. If you are already connected with Dynaudio Professional on Facebook, you’re automatically participating.

Bimbo Jones has done remixes for super stars like Lady Gaga, Pink, Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Usher as well as released original dance music and topped the UK Dance Chart more than 50 times!

The winner will be announced on Dynaudio Professional’s Facebook page 1 August, 2012.

More information: Dynaudio Professional