SKnote introduces Somma and Ferro hardware units & MCAudioLab EQ1 plugin

SKnote has launched Somma and Ferro, two hardware audio processor units.

SKnote Somma

Built around the old “analog computing” technique, Somma is designed to provide deep control on the dynamic harmonic content of audio tracks, stems, mixes, masters.

Somma features eight balanced input channels with individual saturation model selection (six independent configurations available on each channel) and saturation level controls, providing deep control on the amount of dynamic harmonic enhancement and on the behavior of each channel.

Somma features

  • Eight input channels (linkable as four stereo pairs), expandable.
  • Balanced or unbalanced input and output stages.
  • Second and third harmonic saturation.
  • Individual controls for each channel (saturation curve, saturation amount).
  • Texture controls on the master stereo bus (low band for punch, high band for air).
  • Independent saturation and volume controls for the master stereo bus.

Ferro is a stereo parallel air EQ.

SKnote Ferro

Including a fully discrete signal path and input and output transformers, Ferro is a passive stereo device (no mains) that dynamically adds mid and high frequency range presence, weight and open-ness to tracks, stems, mixes and masters.

Including custom inductors and transformers, Ferro also features a switchable inter-channel (left-right) coupling control to set the amount of galvanically insulated interaction between the channels, happening in the selected range.

Ferro features

  • Completely passive, custom inductors and transformers.
  • One stereo or two mono channels.
  • Parallel dynamic equalisation.
  • Six band-selections available for each channel.
  • Input and output transformers bypass individual controls.
  • 100% wet switch for parallel processing.
  • True-bypass switches.
  • Inter-channel crosstalk control for the selected frequency band.

Somma and Ferro are available to purchase for the introductory Musikmesse price of $799 USD / $499 USD respectively. DIY kits are $649 USD / $449 USD. Prices ex taxes and shipping.

SKnote has also released the MCAudioLab EQ1, a passive equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

SKnote MCAudioLab EQ1
MCAudioLab EQ1 SKnote Plugin – Solid State and Tube power supply edition.

A pultec-style equaliser, with tube output stage, solid state and tube power supply options.
It includes two stacked units for linked or dual control, plus a special 1U device with boosting (driving the inputs), and switchable Left-Right and Mid-Side matrix mode.

The emulation also includes both power supplies options, solid state and tube, independently switchable for each single unit.

The MCAudioLab EQ1 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) costs $29.99 USD. It is free with the purchase of a hardware unit from MCAudioLab.

More information: SKnote


Edirol announces R-44 4-channel Portable Recorder

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Edirol R-44

Edirol has announced the R-44, a compact, solid state, four channel field recorder.

The Edirol R-44 is designed for professional use within a very conveniently sized package. Capture up to 4 channels of uncompressed audio with selectable bit depths (16-bit or 24-bit) and sampling frequencies (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz). R-44 employs SD cards or large capacity SDHC cards as the recording media. No moving parts enables the most silent and reliable operation possible.

Edirol R-44 features

  • 4 Channel Recording, up to uncompressed 24-bit / 192 kHz linear PCM (Stereo).
  • Supports SDHC large capacity media.
  • Built-in stereo microphones and monitor speakers.
  • Built-in limiter, low-cut filter and studio class effects.
  • Pre-Record function ensures you never miss that important moment again.
  • Combo type analog jacks and digital output enables connection with a variety of devices.
  • High-contrast Organic LED display and operation-oriented user interface.
  • Capture eight channels by linking two units.
  • Link to computer via high speed USB.
  • Four hours of recording with four AA batteries.

The Edirol R-44 will be available sometime this month.

Visit Edirol for more information.


TASCAM releases HD-R1 Solid State Recorder

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TASCAM has released the HD-R1 Solid State Recorder, a two-channel, single rack-mount recording and playback device created with the sound contractor in mind.

Utilizing the highly reliable Compact Flash Card the HD-R1 records 44.1/48 KHz, 16/24 bit PCM or MP3 files. The ability to control the HD-R1 remotely is provided via RS-232, Parallel, and RJ45 100Mbit Ethernet. File transfer can be accomplished via Ethernet and/or USB (type “A” connector).


To further enhance the HD-R1’s feature set, Mic preamps (w/20dB pad) and Phantom Power (rear-panel selectable) have been included. The HD-R1 offers a variety of contractor-friendly I/O options; such as, Unbalanced (RCA), Balanced (XLR and Euroblock), and S/PDIF Digital (Coaxial and Optical).

HD-R1 features

  • Applicable Recording Media: Compact Flash.
  • Recording Format: WAV, MP3.
  • Quantization: 16/24 bit liner, MP3.
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 KHz.
  • Mic/Line input – Connector: XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), balanced; Euro Block Terminal, balanced.
  • Line input – Connector: RCA, unbalanced.
  • Line outputs – Connector: XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: HOT), balanced; Euro Block Terminal, balanced; Connector: RCA, unbalanced.
  • Coaxial input – Connector: RCA; Format: IEC60958-2 (S/PDIF); Quantization: 16/24-bit.
  • Headphone output – Connector: 1/4″ Stereo Phone Jack.
  • Serial Control Connector: D-Sub 9 pin; Parallel Control COnnector: D-Sub 25 pin; LAN Connector: RJ45; USB Connector: USB A-type.

The TASCAM HD-R1 retails for $1299 USD.

Visit TASCAM for more information.