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KK audio labs announces DS-6 reference monitor

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KK audio labs DS-6

KK audio labs has introduced the DS-6, a six-inch, two-way powered studio reference monitor.

The high-resolution KK audio labs DS-6 monitor speaker features a six-inch low frequency driver utilizing proprietary composite cone material together with a one-inch, custom-designed titanium composite high frequency tweeter. KK audio labs amplifier modules deliver 200W to the tweeter and 350W to the woofer respectively.

A unique feature of the DS series – which also includes the DS-8 eight-inch, two-way powered monitor – is the inclusion of four meticulously tuned presets that may be employed to optimize the monitor for any listening environment. Featuring balanced XLR inputs for connection to professional mixing consoles, computer audio interfaces, audiovisual equipment and consumer audio systems, the DS-6 handles a frequency range of 44 Hz – 22 kHz (+/- 2 dB) with a maximum Peak SPL of greater than 111 dB (per pair) of music power.

The very linear and quick transient response along with stunning bass impact and low distortion of the KK audio labs DS-6 is ensured through the use of the company’s proprietary Acoustic Cabinet Control (ACC™) technology in its state of the art cabinet design. The enclosure, measuring 13.9 in. (353.06 mm) x 12.6 in. (320.04 mm) x 12.9 in. (327.66 mm) (H x W x D), is constructed from very high density MDF with a custom gray finish. Each unit weighs 25 lb (11.3 kg).

More information: KK audio labs / DS-6

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Akai Professional announces RPM3, professional monitoring system with built-in USB audio interface

Akai Professional RPM3

Akai Professional has announced the RPM3, its new hybrid reference monitors and USB audio interface system.

RPM3 monitors provide full-range frequency response to ensure audio reference that is true, yet powerful. A Bass Boost switch helps emphasize low frequencies, enabling users to tailor the speaker’s response to a wide variety of listening environments. The lightweight and portable design means the RPM3 system can be easily placed in a carrying case and taken on the road, allowing for reference monitoring anywhere.

RPM3 features

  • USB monitors and audio interface.
  • 2×2 USB audio interface allows simultaneous recording and monitoring of computer audio.
  • Magnetically shielded to prevent interference when placed close to computer monitors.
  • Record and monitor audio using either 1/8″, 1/4″ TRS or RCA stereo inputs.
  • Lightweight, portable size perfect for desks, project studios and mobile-recording rigs.
  • Volume control, power-switch and 1/8″ headphone jack located on front panel for quick access.

Akai Pro will unveil RPM3 at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Akai Professional / RPM3

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Focusrite unveils VRM Box, headphone monitoring system

Focusrite has unveiled the VRM Box, a headphone monitoring system featuring the patent-pending VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) technology. With VRM Box, you can mix in your studio, wherever you are.

Focusrite VRM Box

VRM Box functions as a high-quality 24-bit/48kHz USB audio playback interface. So, whether you’re mixing, creating music or simply listening to tracks, VRM Box is perfect. What’s more, there’s no need for a power supply or batteries, because it gets all the power it needs, with full audio quality, from your computer’s USB port. VRM Box also features a digital (S/PDIF) input, which supports sample rates up to 192kHz. This allows you to run it in conjunction with your Pro Tools HD system, or any other interface with an S/PDIF output.

With VRM Box, you can mix any time, anywhere, using any monitoring headphones. The accompanying software lets you choose your mixing environment and the virtual speakers you wish to monitor on, then processes the audio before feeding it in real time to the hardware. Built into VRM technology are precise models of a variety of industry- standard studio monitors, including the Genelec 1031A, KRK’s VXT8, the Auratone 5C and the ubiquitous Yamaha NS10M. There are also models of speakers commonly found in domestic environments, so you can check your mixes on a variety of virtual systems. VRM processing can be bypassed; an LED on the hardware illuminates when it’s active.

VRM Box VRM Box delivers audio quality worthy of your headphones. Boasting a dynamic range of 108dB, its headphone amplifier provides a sound that’s more precise, with lower distortion, than other low- cost audio interfaces, and far superior to built-in laptop headphone outputs. A slick volume dial gives you accurate control over the output level.

VRM overcomes the major obstacles of mixing with headphones by giving you spatial cues to make informed mix decisions, and by providing multiple perspectives on your mix: just like with speakers. VRM also surmounts various practical issues, such as mixing at unsociable hours and in mobile situations.

VRM Box features

  • Mix In Your studio, Wherever You Are – Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM) lets you audition your mix in different environments, through different speakers, just using headphones. It gets all the power it needs – with full audio quality guaranteed – from your computer’s USB port.
  • High-quality 24-bit/48kHz USB Audio Playback Interface – Whether you’re mixing, creating music or simply listening to tracks, VRM Box is the perfect playback interface for your digital audio software.
  • Got Pro Headphones? Get A Pro Box – With a dynamic range of 108dB (A-weighted), VRM Box provides a significant audio upgrade from low-grade laptop headphone outputs (which commonly only provide around 92 or 93dB), with an audio quality the equal of interfaces ten times its price.
  • Included Software Application – The VRM Box software application provides total control over speaker and room selection, with an attractive GUI that also features a bypass mode. VRM models are processed by the software on the host computer.
  • Flexible Digital Integration – VRM Box features an S/PDIF input that supports sampling rates up to 192kHz, allowing you to use it with any DAW system with S/PDIF connectivity, including Pro Tools HD.
  • Robust & Attractive Hardware – VRM Box hardware is built to a high specification. Featuring a high-gloss top surface, with VRM status LED and slick volume dial, it makes an attractive addition to your desktop, but is also durable enough for life on the road.

Operational note: In order for VRM processing to operate, a USB connection to a computer running the included VRM Box software is permanently required, even when using the S/PDIF input.

VRM Box will be shipping worldwide in February 2011, priced:

  • USA: $124.99 MSRP / $99.99 at dealers.
  • UK: £79.99 inc. VAT typical street price.
  • DE: €111.00 inc. Tax UVP (MSRP).

More information: Focusrite

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Mackie redesigns MRmk2 Reference Monitors

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Mackie MR5mk2 / MR8mk2

Mackie has announced a complete redesign of the MRmk2, its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors.

Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie product manager, Matt Redmon. “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification. Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback. The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

More information: Mackie / MRmk2

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Focal introduces SM9 powered studio monitors at AES

Focal Professional SM9

Focal Professional has announced the SM9, a monitoring system is born from a simple idea: create the most dynamic, sonically transparent and accurate monitoring system ever built.

One of the many innovations within the SM9 are the two independent monitoring systems housed within the same speaker cabinet: a 3-way monitor equipped with a 1″ pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter, a 6.5″ midrange driver, 8″ bass driver and an 11″ passive radiator; and the same cabinet includes a 2-way monitor utilizing the same inverted dome tweeter and a 6.5″ midbass driver.

Three buttons on the SM9 side panel offer direct access to the different modes of operations: Stand By, Direct, and Focus. ‘Focus’ mode (a Focal exclusive) activates the 2-way monitoring system, which engages a separate crossover and other circuitry creating a truly alternate 2-way speaker from the 3-way full-range monitor. The ‘Direct’ mode allows the engineer who is not using the rear EQ section, to entirely bypass it for an even cleaner and direct signal path. This feature is also perfect for acousticians willing to use an external room EQ. ‘Stand By’ simply mutes the monitor and puts it in a low-power mode.

The all-new, all-analog amplifiers developed specifically for the SM9 offer no compromise: 600 watts of class-AB amplification drives the SM9 on three separate channels, respectively 400 W (woofer), 100 W (midrange) and 100 W (tweeter). These new amplifiers have a bias current between class-A and class-AB.

The low-noise input stage is equipped with various adjustments allowing the engineer or acoustician to compensate for any room anomalies and optimize the monitor’s response in the studio. Six detented knobs on the back panel offer low and high shelving filters, variable EQ filters for bass and midbass, (which also serves as a desktop notch filter to tame unwanted console reflections), midrange EQ, and a flexible high-pass filter.

The Focal SM9 studio monitor system is set for release in Q1 2011, independent left and right speakers are offered at a suggested retail price of $3995 USD each (estimated street price $3595 USD each).

More information: Focal Professional / SM9

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KRK announces VXT4w, audio monitors for music, movies and gaming

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KRK has announced the VXT4W, audio monitors that offer music/movie aficionados and
passionate gamers professional-grade sonic precision in a compact and affordable package.

KRK Systems VXT4w

As the migration of music, movies and gaming continues to move from traditional forms such as CD and DVD to downloaded files, more and more entertainment is being enjoyed at personal computers. Having the ability to listen to music and other media on your computer using the same type of professional-grade monitors used in recording studios around the world is now within reach! KRK’s VXT4w Studio Monitors allow you hear every nuance and subtlety across the entire dynamic audio range—so that you can hear what you’ve been missing.

“This is the computer audio monitor for those who really care about their music,” offered Tim Dorwart, CEO of The Stanton Group, parent company to KRK. “Those that watch movies or are computer-based gamers will be thrilled at the sound quality that these small monitors deliver. Listening to music at a computer is the equivalent of a recording engineer working at a console where the speakers are in close proximity, i.e. “near-field” monitoring. Being paired with a computer on a desk or workstation is the ideal application for KRK’s VXT4w given its compact form factor. The monitor’s high-headroom allows the user to experience sonic clarity across the entire audio spectrum—with an affordable price tag!”

VXT4w features

  • 1″ Silk Dome Neodymium Tweeter.
  • 4″ Woven Kevlar Woofer.
  • 45 Watt Bi-amplified Design with Active Crossover.
  • Curved Front Panel for Enhanced Imaging.
  • Limiter with Defeat (and front panel indicator).
  • Ground Lift Switch.
  • Auto Mute Feature Reduces Power Use When No Signal Is Detected.
  • Peak SPL: 114dB.
  • Frequency Response: 59Hz – 22kHz +/- 2dB.
  • Protective Switch Covers.

The VXT4w is available exclusively at select Best Buy stores as well as BestBuy.com, priced at $249.99 USD.

More information: KRK Systems / VXT4w

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112dB updates Redline Monitor to v1.0.4

112dB Redline Monitor

112dB has announced the release of version 1.0.4 of Redline Monitor, a high-quality near-field monitor simulation for headphones.

Redline Monitor is a listening, mixing, and mastering tool. It replaces the extreme stereo separation that is characteristic for headphones with the detailed stereo image of near-field monitor speakers.

Changes in Redline Monitor v1.0.4

  • Dim attenuation selectable from -3dB to -12dB to prevent clipping.
  • Dim attenuation disabled when the plugin is bypassed.
  • Fixed: Option to disable tooltips wasn’t remembered after closing the plugin.
  • Fixed: The plugin caused a +6dB level increase on OS X.
  • Fixed: The installer mistakenly warned about Windows 7 not being supported.

Redline Monitor is available to purchase as an effect plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at 99 EUR/$99 USD. The update is free download for registered users.

More information: 112dB / Redline Monitor

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