Roland announces Super UA audio interface

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Roland has announced the Super UA, a high-performance USB 2.0 audio interface featuring proprietary S1LKi technology.

Roland Super UA

Offering exceptional sound with 1-bit DSD and 32-bit PCM playback, VS Preamps, monitor control functions, and more, the flexible Super UA is ideal for use in personal music studios, mobile applications, and other situations where superior audio resolution is desired.

Sleek and compact, the Super UA provides up to four simultaneous channels of 24-bit PCM recording. Roland’s newly developed S1LKi audio engine also enables native four-channel playback of DSD audio sampled at 2.8 MHz, as well as PCM playback at rates up to 32-bit/192 kHz. Using the same type of 1-bit D/A converter used in DSD, S1LKi produces ultra-smooth, unclouded sound when compared to standard D/A conversion in typical PCM-based devices.

Super UA features

  • Audiophile sound quality with 1-bit DSD and 32-bit PCM playback.
  • Four inputs and four outputs with XLR and 1/4-inch connectors.
  • Die-cast metal construction with simple, solid controls and smooth metering.
  • Includes 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch jacks for headphones.
  • Flexible design allows for mobile use without having to disconnect studio mics and monitors.
  • Large multi-function knob and recessed, illuminated buttons provide quick access to input and output levels.
  • Clean, quiet operation with stunning clarity and dynamic range.
  • Low-latency ASIO and Core Audio drivers.

Pricing and availability TBA.

More information: Roland / Super UA

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Mackie DL32R digital live sound mixer at NAMM

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Mackie has announced it is will show its new DL32R 32-channel digital live sound mixer at the NAMM 2015 show.

Mackie DL32R

At NAMM Booth 209A and B, Mackie is showing the new DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control, a powerful new digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader™ iPad®app, freeing users to get in the mix like never before. Featuring complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback, you can control everything from anywhere with the DL32R.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.”

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+™ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. The new Onyx+ preamps outperform the industry-proven Onyx design, which has garnered rave reviews for its boutique-quality sound and performance.

The new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control is available now worldwide, priced at a U.S. MSRP of $2499.99 USD.

More information: Mackie / DL32R

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Manley Labs intros Manley FORCE mic preamp

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Manley Labs has announced the Manley FORCE, a four-channel high voltage vacuum tube microphone preamplifier.

Manley FORCE

From the CORE, the FORCE incorporates the same proprietary hand-wound Manley Iron® mic input transformers and 12AX7 vacuum tube amplifying stage operating from 300 V rails. Each channel includes a high-impedance, ¼” instrument input as well as an XLR microphone input. On the front, each channel features a 120 Hz high-pass filter, variable input-level pad, phase invert, selectable +48V phantom power, and a high/low gain switch. The CNC machined faceplate features seven-way LED metering for each channel providing instant visible feedback for audio levels. The universal power supply accepts any voltage or frequency from anywhere in the world facilitating travel for international recording projects. As with all Manley gear, each unit is painstakingly hand-wired using silver solder and audiophile-grade components, and hand-built in California.

“From the onset I wanted this product to blow the doors off the price-to-value ratio, while retaining every single ounce of Manley quality, reliability, and integrity,” explains Manley Labs President and co-founder EveAnna Manley. “Everyone is wondering how we could possibly do this for $2,500. We achieved this by prioritizing what really matters-delivering that signature Manley sound-and by engineering it to build efficiently. We really paid attention to how it pops together.”

Handcrafted in the USA. Built like a tank. Designed to endure.

The Manley FORCE carries a retail price of $2,500 USD.

More information: Manley Labs

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Sound Magic releases Serenade Headquarter multi fx

Sound Magic has announced Serenade Headquarter, a multi effects unit for the Serenade Pro audio interface.

Sound Magic Serenade Headquarter

Based on the hardware, it combines Virtual Preamp, Headphone Mix and other technology to enhance the audio interface, turn it into an effect unit, and thus achieve a better sound for your music and recordings. With Serenade Headquarter, you can simulate speaker on your headphones, color your music and recording and adjust volume without loss in dynamic range. And because it is calibrated the sound with the hardware, it can achieve more precise final result than common software effects.

Virtual Preamp is a brand new technology developed by Sound Magic to improve the timbre and sound quality when dealing with different volume levels. Usually when you turn down the volume in software, the noise floor of the hardware does not change. This results in the loss of dynamic range. When you turn up the volume, the background noise is also increased and the dynamic range does not improve. Virtual Preamp enables users to avoid the loss of dynamic range when turning down the volume and improves the dynamic range when turning up the volume. During the amplifying process, high end analog gear has the special ability to add their unique color to the final sound. This is a killer point that has fascinated most musicians and audiophiles for years. Virtual Preamp technology has not only managed to reproduce this ethereal quality of vintage analog gear, but also provides a selection of different colors for the sound – and lets you choose the tonal color that best suits your music. Simply choose the virtual vintage gear you’d like to use and find the color that best fits your personal taste.

Headphone Mix technology is suitable for those who make their music on a headphone monitoring system. It combines an environment simulation system, a frequency compensating system and HRTF technologies to emulate the “feeling” of speakers on your headphones. With it, you can achieve incredible results when mixing and mastering. Although the sound you hear in your headphones may be more detailed than what comes from a comparably priced speaker system, the imaging of the sound field is still a weak point for headphones. Our Headphone Mix Technology is the solution. By combining our environment simulation system, our frequency compensating system and HRTF technologies, Serenade can reproduces that speaker “feeling” in your headphones. This greatly improves the utility of any headphone system.

More information: Sound Magic / Serenade Headquarter

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Millennia ships HV-35P preamp

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Millennia HV-35P

Millennia has announced it is now shipping the new HV-35P portable preamp.

Millennia’s Portable Preamp Series starting shipping the second week of December. The first unit found its way to engineer/producer/songwriter/musician Dave Maswick.

Dave isn’t afraid of being first. Another first for him was on MTV’s very first day on the air (remember when they used to play music videos?) you may have seen him in the video for the hit song “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard”.

“Location recording made simple. The HV-35P is the perfect ‘mini’ addition to my mobile recording rig. It’s an ultra high-quality 500 series mic pre with no rack or lunchbox!”

“Who wouldn’t want one of these? Millennia better make a boatload of these little guys. Everybody needs at least one!”

The HV-35P mic preamp is Millennia’s acclaimed HV-3 circuit in a compact light weight chassis with external line lump power supply. It can also be powered from 12-15V battery packs.

The HV-35P features a front panel instrument input, DC coupled ribbon mic mode with 10dB gain boost setting, 80 Hz rolloff filter, 48V phantom, 15 dB Pad and Polarity flip. The gain control is continuously variable.

The HV-35P is available for purchase for MSRP $800 USD.

More information: Millennia / HV-35P

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