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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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Ableton announces Live 9.1 public beta

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Ableton has announced that its upcoming version 9.1 of Live is now available as a public beta.

This update will be free for all owners of Live 9, and provides several significant improvements for users of Live 9 and Push.

Ableton Live dual monitor support
Ableton Live 9.1 features dual monitor support, Push step sequencer, and more.

Live 9.1 introduces support for two windows, including the option to place the windows on different monitors. Want to use the Session View mixer while keeping an eye on the Arrangement? How about using one monitor for tweaking effects parameters and another monitor for editing a MIDI clip? We hope this feature will please those users who told us how keen they are on dual monitor support, and it certainly promises to be a workflow booster for many music-making scenarios.

For Push owners, Live 9.1 introduces a brand new melodic step sequencer. Enter notes manually, or play them in, then edit each note in the sequence precisely – all via the hands-on interface of Push. Plus, you can now edit automation with step-by-step accuracy – maybe open up a filter for single notes, or add a splash of reverb to the last notes of a sequence.

Finally, there are a couple of under the hood changes that we’d like to draw your attention to. Sample rate conversion during rendering is done using an extremely high-quality algorithm. If you’re working at a high sample rate (such as 96 kHz), you can now downsample to lower sample rates (such as 44.1 kHz) with no loss in quality. Also, rendering now uses multiple cores, which can result in much faster exports. Ultra high-quality rendering and faster renders – now in Live 9.1.

Live 9.1 is currently available as a public beta.

More information: Ableton

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KRK intros ROKIT G3 studio monitor speakers

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KRK ROKIT Generation 3

KRK Systems has announced the ROKIT Generation 3 studio monitors.

Available in five-inch, six-inch and eight-inch options, this new line of two-way active monitors features multiple innovative upgrades that elevate KRK’s already legendary performance.

“This latest generation is a natural evolution of the company’s design philosophy: deliver natural, balanced spectral response, with low distortion and superior imaging,” says Gus Jursch, Director of Operations for Gibson Pro Audio. “We designed the ROKIT G3 line not just to the highest sonic standards, but to achieve a level of versatility that allows all users take their mixes to the next level, regardless of musical context. High and low frequency amplifier adjustments allow tailoring the monitor to taste, as well as provide a better ‘fit’ to individual room acoustics; the extended, accurate high and low frequency response results in mixes that translate over a wide variety of playback systems. What’s more, the new line maintains the ROKIT reputation as being ideal for a wide range of users, from those starting out in desktop recording to pro-level mixing and mastering engineers.”

As with all KRK monitors, the ROKIT G3 features a lightweight yellow composite woofer that achieves outstanding dynamics. Many monitor manufacturers compromise the midrange frequencies to hype the bass, but the KRK ROKIT G3’s unique tuning process that treats the woofer, cabinet and port as a single, integrated whole provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response. Additionally, an ingenious, re-designed radius cabinet baffle minimizes diffraction.

The ROKITs’ reliable, analog, bi-amped, class A/B amplifier has also been enhanced to maximize headroom while retaining minimal distortion. Unlike monitors that distort at higher SPLs, KRK monitors are engineered to deliver clean, accurate sound at any volume level—the high frequencies are crisp, clean and devoid of harshness, which complements the precision midrange and accurate, yet highly satisfying, bass.

Each monitor in the ROKIT G3 line features an upgraded one-inch silk-dome tweeter that provides response up to 35kHz, coupled with KRK’s optimized, proprietary waveguide technology for superior stereo imaging.

Introduced in 2003, KRK’s ROKIT Two-Way Active Studio Monitors have been the professional monitoring choice for mixing and mastering hit records around the globe, selling more than one million systems to date. The third-generation ROKIT 5, ROKIT 6 and ROKIT 8 continue that tradition of quality, innovation, and accuracy.

The ROKIT G3 line is shipping worldwide on September 1st, 2013.

More information: KRK Systems

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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

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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

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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

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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

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