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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

Focusrite now shipping Saffire PRO 24 DSP

Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP

Focusrite has announced it is now shipping the Saffire PRO 24 DSP, a FireWire audio interface with real-time DSP-powered tracking and mixing solutions.

The Saffire PRO 24 DSP is built to the same specifications as the PRO 24, with two Focusrite mic pres heading up the 16 inputs and 8 outputs. PRO 24 DSP has an additional second headphone output to help you take advantage of Saffire PRO 24 DSP’s unique monitoring feature.

The onboard DSP powers latency-free tracking tools such as Focusrite EQ and compression as well as comfort reverb. It also powers a groundbreaking new feature called VRM – or “Virtual Reference Monitoring”. This is the first technology that allows you to mix effectively on headphones. It uses convolutions to simulate different monitors, rooms and listening positions through your headphones. Not everyone has access to expensive studio monitors and acoustically treated control rooms. VRM enables you to audition 10 different pairs of industry standard nearfield and main monitors from six listening positions in a treated room. In addition to this you can A/B your mixes with simulations of consumer stereo speakers, computer or television speakers from different positions in normal, untreated rooms.

Saffire PRO 24 DSP features

  • VRM Virtual Reference Monitoring – Hear your mix in different environments, through different speakers and from different positions, just using headphones.
  • Two High Quality Award-winning Focusrite Pre-amps – The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite’s unparalleled pre-amp legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning Focusrite pre-amps.
  • Onboard DSP-powered, latency-free tracking and mixing tools – Classic Focusrite EQ and Compression for tracking, as well as ‘comfort’ reverb to place across your monitor mixes.
  • High Quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Interface – Features high quality A-D / D-A conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology; pristine audio quality and reliable synchronisation are guaranteed.
  • Total I/O Count of 16 Inputs and 8 Outputs – A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique loop-back facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire Mix Control.
  • Saffire Mix Control Zero-latency DSP Mixer/Router – Routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions; Saffire Mix Control provides an 16 x 8 DSP mixer with excellent output routing and monitoring capabilities.
  • Xcite+ Software Bundle – Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged Novation soft-synth and Ableton Live 7 Lite, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.
  • Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix – Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with all-new Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
  • Front panel 5-LED metering – LED metering for each of the analogue inputs offers accurate viewing of levels direct from the front fascia.
  • Two dedicated front-panel headphone busses – Providing two fully customised monitor mixes, with tactile level control available on the front panel.
  • Bus-powered for a tidy mobile recording rig – Saffire PRO 24 DSP can be powered via FireWire, or via its own power supply.

Saffire PRO 24 DSP is available for purchase for $399 USD (MAP).

More information: Focusrite

112dB updates Redline Monitor to v1.0.3

112dB Redline Monitor

112dB has released version 1.0.3 of Redline Monitor, a listening, mixing, and mastering tool for Windows and Mac.

Now you can accurately judge levels, stereo placement, and overall balance on your favorite set of headphones–anywhere, anytime, and without ear fatigue even after prolonged listening. No more night long headphone sessions that turn out lifeless and with too little reverb and separation on speakers. Redline Monitor makes mixes sound identical on speakers and headphones.

Changes in Redline Monitor v1.0.3

  • Dim attenuation switchable from -3dB (as in previous versions) to -6dB to prevent clipping.
  • Additional Easier Readability skin for visually impaired users.
  • Option to disable popup tooltips.
  • Fixed: Pro Tools compare functionality didn’t work.
  • Fixed: Plugin crash when deinserted on some setups.
  • Fixed: Loading problem in Live 8 on Vista.
  • Fixed: Numerical value entry slowed down or hung some Vista systems.

Redline Monitor is available for Windows and Mac (RTAS/AU/VST) for 99 EUR/$99 USD.

More information: 112dB

Cakewalk announces MA-7A and MA-15D Stereo Micro Monitors

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Cakewalk has announced the MA-7A and MA-15D, two products in Cakewalk’s new line of powered stereo monitor speakers.

The Cakewalk MA-7A Stereo Micro Monitors and MA-15D Digital Stereo Micro Monitors provide an affordable means to deliver high quality sound. Both sets of monitors are perfect for use in a range of settings from the home recording studio, a classroom or media lab, the college dorm room, or your living room media center.

Cakewalk MA-7A

The MA-7A Stereo Micro Monitors are an ideal speaker solution for those who create music in a home or project studio and want a high quality listening experience without stressing their budget. Music educators will also find these to be the perfect solution for their needs: easy to use, great sounding, and easily affordable.

MA-7A features

  • Pair of 7 watt-per-channel powered desktop monitors.
  • Genuine wooden cabinets.
  • Full-range 90 mm (3-9/16″) woofers, with bass-reflex cabinet enclosure.
  • Bass Enhancer DSP utilizing psychoacoustic principles to let you hear low frequencies not normally audible through speakers this size.
  • Front and rear Stereo 1/8″ line-in, plus RCA (L/R) inputs—connect two different sources, such as your computer and I-Pod at the same time.
  • 1/8″ headphone jack.
  • Volume, bass, and treble controls.
  • Sub woofer output for extended low frequencies.
  • Magnetically-shielded to allow use close to your computer monitor and other equipment without electronic interference.
  • Available in classic black and blue/natural finishes.
Cakewalk MA-15D

Also now available from Cakewalk is the MA-15 set of Digital Stereo Micro Monitors. These speakers are ideal for a number of professional and consumer uses. They are great options as studio reference monitors or as a second set of monitors to use in a surround sound configuration.

MA-15 features

  • Pair of 15 watt-per-channel powered desktop monitors.
  • Genuine wooden cabinets.
  • 100 mm (4″) woofers and 50 mm (2″) tweeters with 2-way bass reflex enclosure.
  • Keep pristine digital sound, up to 24-bit/192 kHz, with optical and coaxial S/PDIF inputs.
  • 2 analog inputs: 1/8″ Line-in and RCA (L/R).
  • Bass Enhancer DSP utilizing psychoacoustic principles to let you hear low frequencies not normally audible through speakers this size.
  • Independent bass, treble, and volume 1 & 2 controls.
  • 1/4″ headphone jack.
  • Sub woofer output for extended low frequencies.
  • Magnetically-shielded to allow use close to your computer monitor and other equipment without electronic interference.
  • Available in classic black and blue/natural finishes.

The MA-7A and MA-15D monitors will be shipping worldwide beginning in August 2009.

More information: Cakewalk

112dB updates Redline Monitor to v1.0.2

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112dB Redline Monitor

112dB has released version 1.0.2 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 v1.0.2

  • Support for custom skins (Vintage skin by Scott Kane included).
  • Circular and Circular Relative knob mode.
  • [Mac/AU] Fixed delayed crash in some AU hosts.
  • [Mac/AU] Fixed GUI offset in Bias Peak Pro.
  • [Mac/AU] Automation parameter values displayed wrong in Logic.
  • [Mac/AU] Proper window raise/activation on mouse clicks.
  • [Mac] Buttons on PowerPC Macs wouldn’t switch off.
  • Fixed parameter name display in some VST hosts.

Redline Monitor is available for Windows and Mac (RTAS/AU/VST) for 99 EUR/$99 USD.
The update is a free download for registered users.

Visit 112dB for more information.

Time+Space now shipping ESI SW10K eXperience

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ESI SW10K eXperience

Time+Space has announced it is now shipping the ESI SW10K eXperience, a powered studio monitoring subwoofer.

Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the SW10K eXperience pairs perfectly with ESI’s range of studio monitors…

For many, a subwoofer is an essential ingredient for their monitoring system. Although many studio monitors such as the nEar04, nEar05 eXperience or nEar08 eXperience already provide a good bass frequency response, adding a SW10K eXperience will help you to provide a better picture of the low frequencies in your mix.

Whether you are producing classical 2.1 sound or 5.1 / 7.1 surround sound productions, SW10K eXperience will quickly become an important part of your monitoring setup. It´s compact size (even smaller than its predecessor), yet powerful output will easily convince you.

ESI SW10K eXperience specifications

  • 10″ bass reflex powered subwoofer.
  • Amplifier power: 100W@100Hz, 4 Ohm, 0.1% THD.
  • Subwoofer crossover frequency: 50Hz – 250Hz (adjustable).
  • Separate satellite output crossover frequency: 50Hz – 250Hz (adjustable).
  • Phase control.
  • Inputs: balanced XLR, unbalanced 1/4″ TRS.
  • Outputs: balanced XLR.
  • Input impedance: 20kOhm balanced, 10kOhm unbalanced.
  • Foot switch input as mute control.
  • Dimensions: 363mm(H) x 375mm(W) x 340mm(D).
  • Weight 15 kg.

The SW10K eXperience is available from Time+Space for £259 GBP.

Visit ESI for more information.

ADAM Professional Audio announces SX-Series

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ADAM SX-Series

ADAM Professional Audio has announced the SX-Series, a new top-line of studio monitors.

Just in time for their 10th anniversary, ADAM Professional Audio announces a new top-line of studio monitors. The new SX-Series is based on the highly acclaimed S-Series. However, it is not a simple revision of existing models but a fundamental transformation with no details having been overlooked and every sound crucial aspect has been evaluated. All transducers, drivers and electronics have been redesigned. The result is much more than an improvement; it is a quantum leap in professional monitoring.

SX-Series features

  • All 6 models (S1X, S2X, S3X-H, S3X-V, S4X-H, S4X-V) feature the new X-ART (eXtended frequency response) tweeter. It’s fundamental principle of accelerating air is the very same as the proprietary Accelerating Ribbon Technology but with a 4dB higher efficiency, a 3dB higher maximum sound pressure level, and an increase in frequency response up to 50 kHz.
  • ADAM designed a completely new broadband amplifier to perfectly match the X-ART tweeter. The A/B amp shows ultra low distortion figures together with an excellent damping factor. An internal bandwidth of more than 1 MHz is externally limited so that the unit delivers an ultra wide response up to 300 kHz. With nothing limiting the talents of the X-ART tweeter, the monitor has unsurpassed clarity and openness, which will please, amaze and thrill even the most experienced professional ear.
  • The HexaCone™-woofer used exclusively is ADAM monitors have also been redesigned with larger and longer voice coils that deliver more linear excursion for higher SPL max. values. A stronger magnetic structure is added as well for an optimum in efficiency and accuracy.
  • ADAM has developed a new, innovative front panel with sophisticated controls. These controls allow the user to adapt the speakers to the sound room with high precision. The panel can be found on the models S2X, S3X-H and S3X-V as well as S4X-H and S4X-V.

The SX-Series will be showcased at Prolight & Sound 2009 for the first time (Booth: 4.1 C36).

112dB updates Redline Monitor to v1.0.1

112dB Redline Monitor

112dB has released version 1.0.1 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 v1.0.1

  • [Windows] Certain audio driver/buffer size combinations caused audible clicking.
  • [Windows] Plugin window occasionally came up blank in Live and FL Studio.
  • [Mac] VST plugin didn’t load in some older hosts.
  • [Mac] AU validation failed on some setups.
  • [Mac] Quitting the host with the RM editor window open sometimes caused a crash.
  • [Mac] Fixed occasional late redraws when opening editor window.
  • Some minor cosmetic corrections.

Redline Monitor is available for Windows and Mac (RTAS/AU/VST) for an introductory price of 69 EUR/$69 USD (99 EUR/$99 USD after April 21, 2009). The update is a free download for registered users.

Visit 112dB for more information.