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Time+Space now shipping Sontronics Chimera

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Time+Space has announced it is now shipping the Sontronics Chimera, a single-channel preamp/DI with two totally discrete circuits.

Sontronics Chimera

From the press release:

At the flick of a switch, you can choose between the crystal-clear, lightning-quick transient character of the solid-state amplifier or the silky-smooth, naturally-compressed tones served up by the ElectroHarmonix® ECC82 valve preamp. Each vintage circuit design is totally unique to Sontronics, employing the highest quality traditional components and transformers.

With a near-linear frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz, and an almost non-existent self noise figure, CHIMERA sets the standard for quality. The transformer-balanced inputs will match seamlessly with your favourite mics and instruments while the electronically-balanced outputs ensure that your signal reaches your recording or PA system with perfect integrity. CHIMERA offers the kind of sonic excellence and engineering quality you´d find in a premium-branded preamp, but comes at a much more affordable price point.

With more than 60dB of distortion-free headroom at your disposal, in both solid state and tube modes, anything from the most delicate whisper to pure thunder is able to be reproduced with perfect integrity! Further fine adjustments can be made using the 6-step high-pass filter, -20dB attenuation and phase controls, enabling CHIMERA to create a kaleidoscope of sonic colourations.

A traditional backlit VU meter can be switched to show either input or output levels and a multi-step, notched Master Output control provides extremely fine adjustment, allowing you to dial-in the perfect level for your signal. An insert point is provided on the rear panel should you wish to connect your favourite dynamics processor.

An external mains power supply ensures that the integrity of your audio signal stays free from electrical inductance, plus it is voltage-switchable for use around the world.

Chimera is 100% made in Europe, having been conceived and designed in the UK, and developed and manufactured in Portugal.

Sontronics Chimera is available at a RRP of £799 GBP / 879 EUR (incl. VAT).

More information: Time+Space


Time+Space announces exclusive UK previews at LIMS

Time+Space has announced it will have some exclusive UK previews from several top brands at next week’s London International Music Show (LIMS), UK’s biggest music exhibition.

Toontrack The Metal Foundry

Time+Space @ LIMS 2009

  • The Metal Foundry – Toontrack
    Drum sampling specialists Toontrack will be joined by heavy metal drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Scarve, Aborted) to demonstrate the sheer hot molten power of their new Superior Drummer 2.0 expansion pack.

    The Metal Foundry SDX™ is an all-new recording with Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake, featuring seven massive drum kits, spanning 300,000 sound files of raw, single hit drum recordings covering Hard Rock to Metal, from the early Blues tinged sound of the late 60s to the fragmentation of today’s music, from Power through Thrash, Death and Progressive Metal.

    This will be the first ever UK demonstration of The Metal Foundry since its announcement last week and the tremendous performances from Verbeuren are sure to be a crowd-puller.

  • ESP1010e – ESI
    ESI, one of the world’s leading suppliers of audio hardware, will be giving the brand new ESP1010e recording interface its first UK showing at LIMS – just as it starts shipping within the UK. The upgraded version of the famous ESP1010 is now a PCIe (PCI Express) solution, integrating the latest interface standard for extremely fast and reliable data transfer.

    ESI ESP1010e

    The hardware is equipped with 24-bit converters on up to 8 analog inputs and up to 8 analog outputs. Two input connectors are equipped with microphone preamps with balanced XLR connectors and switchable phantom power supply that can be used with high quality dynamic and condenser microphones. In addition, two Hi-Z inputs are provided to directly connect and use guitar input signals. ESP1010e also provides a 24-bit 96kHz coaxial digital input and output, a 32 channel MIDI I/O interface with 2 inputs and 2 outputs and full EWDM driver with DirectWIRE functionality.

Sontronics Delta
  • Delta – Sontronics
    UK-based microphone brand Sontronics will be waving the British flag at this year’s LIMS, exhibiting its complete range of microphones, preamps and accessories. The brand, which celebrates its 5th birthday this summer and has been distributed in the UK by Time+Space since 1st April, will be offering show visitors the chance to try out all their British-designed microphones including the newly released rugged ribbon mic, DELTA.

    The new mic is designed for use in the live environment as well as the studio, and the guys at Sontronics have come up with an ingenious way of demoing exactly what it can do.

    “The Sontronics RockBox,” explains Sontronics founder Trevor Coley, “is a soundproofed isolation box containing our new DELTA ribbon microphone sitting right next to a guitar amp connected out to a guitar and headphones. Visitors can pop on the headphones, play the guitar and experience exactly how well the DELTA works on guitar amps, and users are already telling us it also gives amazing results with brass, woodwind and stringed instruments as well.”

Throughout the four-day show (11-14 June), Time+Space will also be hosting a daily prize draw to win prizes from Toontrack, Sontronics, ESI and Rob Papen.

Visit Time+Space and LIMS for more information.


Time+Space announces distribution of Sontronics microphones

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Sontronics microphones

Time+Space has announced it will be distributing the products of British microphone brand Sontronics.

Sontronics was launched at the 2005 NAMM Show and in the past four years has grown from strength to strength. All Sontronics microphones, accessories and preamps are designed and developed in the UK, and represent the very best in professional audio technology and high-quality engineering combined with excellent value for money.

The range continues to expand, with the release of the MATRIX-10 microphone stand and the 100% European-made CHIMERA and SONORA preamps in 2008, plus the brand new DELTA live ribbon microphone in 2009, with yet more top-quality products in the pipeline for this year and beyond.
It’s no wonder that the brand is already a favourite with musicians, engineers and producers around the world.

Visit the Sontronics product page for an overview of microphones currently available from Time+Space.