Audio Ease updates Speakerphone for Windows to v2.1 (incl AAX)

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Audio Ease has released version 2.1 of Speakerphone for Windows, the audio plug-in that gives you authentic speakers of any size together with their natural environments.

Audio Ease Speakerphone

The long awaited 64 bits AAX update of Speakerphone has been released. It adds 64 bits, AAX for ProTools 10.3.8 and up, host based presets and modern speakers from tablets flatscreens and smartphones.

Speakerphone has become the industry standard solution when a speaker needs to be faked in any production. It contains Impulse Responses of hundreds of authentic Phones, PAs, guitar cabinets, helmet intercoms, and big old tube radios, together with ambiences, distortion, leslie, GSM codecs and all other processing specific to these quirky devices. Speakerphone can be heard in every major Hollywood production, sometimes on almost the entire dialogue as recently in ‘Gravity’.

Speakerphone for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for 395 EUR excl. taxes.

More information: Audio Ease / Speakerphone

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Alto Professional launches TX series loudspeakers

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Alto Professional has introduced the TX series, a new line of two-way, active loudspeakers.

Alto Professional TX Series

Engineered from the ground up to be simple and powerful solutions for musicians and performers, the TX series incorporates core technologies from the Truesonic line to deliver unprecedented sound quality for live sound applications. Each TX model features a bi-amplified design, Class-D power, high-efficiency drivers, resonance-reducing durable trapezoidal multipurpose enclosures, and rugged steel grilles to provide accurate, transparent sound in a lightweight design.

The TX series models include the TX8, TX10, TX12, and TX15. All are designed and tuned in the USA to Alto Professional’s exacting quality standards.

“Following the success of the Truesonic series, we wanted to bring the same innovative technology to musicians and performers desiring a portable, lightweight PA solution,” says Bernard Werner, Director of Engineering, Alto Professional. “The TX series concentrates the powerful components of the Truesonic loudspeakers into a design that’s easy to take on the road.”

The TX series loudspeakers are available for (street prices):

  • TX8: $129.99 USD.
  • TX10: $169.99 USD.
  • TX12: $199.99 USD.
  • TX15: $249.99 USD.

More information: Alto Professional / TX series

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Numark intros N-Wave 360 DJ monitors

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Numark has announced the N-Wave 360, a new two-speaker DJ monitor system.

Numark N-Wave 360

Designed to offer the bedroom DJ impressive sound in a compact format, the N-Wave 360 system includes two matched speaker cabinets. Each cabinet contains a 1″ silk dome tweeter—with blue LED illumination—matched with a 3″ woofer via a precision crossover circuit.

The onboard amplification system can deliver up to 60 Watts of peak power. These magnetically shielded powered monitors are ideal for a compact setup; they won’t interfere with other electronics and offer extra protection when used near a video monitor.

N-Wave 360 features

  • Precise audio amplification for home DJ Setups.
  • Front panel volume control.
  • Separate high-1-inch Silk illuminated and 3-inch low-frequency drivers with crossover.
  • High-fidelity amplification with 60-watt peak power.
  • Custom wooden cabinets with dense construction for full, warm sound.
  • Carefully formed baffle radiuses reduce edge diffraction.
  • RCA Audio Inputs.
  • Magnetically Shielded.
  • 80–20,000 Hz.
  • Universal Voltage.

The N-Wave 360 will be available soon, priced at MSPR $99 USD.

More information: Numark / N-Wave 360

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PreSonus intros Ceres C3.5BT & C4.5BT speakers

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PreSonus has announced its upcoming Ceres BT-series of Bluetooth speakers that bring studio quality to the home.

PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT

Designed for music enthusiasts, gamers, home theater, and personal studios, PreSonus® Ceres™ C3.5BT and C4.5BT active speakers deliver professional sound quality that lets you hear your music clearly and accurately. With wireless Bluetooth audio streaming and a front-panel 1/8″ stereo input, they are perfect for use with tablets, smartphones, and other computers.

Unlike most comparably priced speakers, Ceres BT-series speakers have EQ that lets you create a more accurate listening environment and provide a dedicated Sub Out to easily integrate a subwoofer. Energy Conservation mode saves energy when the speakers are not in use and meets the European ErP directive.

The Ceres C3.5BT and C4.5BT feature 3.5-inch and 4.5-inch Kevlar™ low frequency transducers, respectively. Both models have 1-inch, low-mass, silk-dome tweeters and responsive 25W Class AB amplification per speaker.

In addition to the 1/8″ stereo input, the front panel sports a 1/8″ stereo headphone output and a volume control. The rear panel is dominated by a round bass-reflex port and hosts balanced ¼” TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs and the ¼” balanced TRS subwoofer output.

Protection features include RF interference, output current limiting, over-temperature, transient, and subsonic protection.

The Ceres C4.5BT delivers up to 108 dB SPL (maximum continuous), and the C3.5BT supplies up to 105 dB SPL. Frequency response is rated at 70 Hz to 20 kHz for the C4.5BT and 80 Hz to 20 kHz for the C3.5BT.

The Ceres series is scheduled for the end of the third quarter of 2014, with an estimated retail price of $299.95 USD per pair for the C4.5BT and $229.95 USD per pair for the C3.5BT.

More information: PreSonus / Ceres BT-series

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ATC launches SCM20ASL Pro V2 & SCM20PSL Pro monitor speakers

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ATC has announced the availability of SCM20ASL Pro V2 and SCM20PSL Pro, two new high-performance reference nearfield monitors.

ATC SCM20ASL Pro v2

As implied by name, the active model replaces the previous-generation SCM20ASL Pro, while the passive model is an allnew affair, providing an entry point into ATC studio monitoring at a lower price point, albeit without compromising component quality over features.

Both models feature ATC’s renowned drive units, hand built in its UK facility. Of particular note is the new SH-25-76S 25mm/one-inch soft dome tweeter, the first to be designed and built by ATC, and the result of six years of research and development by Managing Director Billy Woodman and R&D Engineer Richard Newman. “The tweeter is designed and built with the same no-compromise philosophy as all other ATC drive units,” notes Newman, before continuing: “The design takes notes from the highly-regarded ATC midrange dome by utilising a dual-suspension design, negating the requirement for Ferro-fluid, and avoiding the detrimental effects of this drying out over time, a feature considered to be of utmost importance for longterm consistency.” The massive neodymium motor with heat-treated top plate is optimised to ensure an extended frequency response (-6dB @ 26kHz) and low non-linear distortion. The geometry of the waveguide is designed for optimum dispersion and made from a precision-machined alloy so that the entire structure is extremely rigid and free from resonances.

The bass/mid driver used in both loudspeakers is ATC’s proprietary 150mm/six-inch Super Linear device. Constructed with a 75mm/three-inch voice coil and a short-coil, long-gap topology, it combines the high-power handling and low-power compression usually only found in large, high-efficiency systems with the fine resolution and balance of modern high-fidelity systems. Unique to the drive unit is ATC’s Super Linear technology, which, by employing specialist materials in the magnetic circuit, reduces third harmonic distortion in the lower midrange.

The electronics in the active design have also had considerable development time invested in them, resulting in reduced noise and distortion (a further -10dB @ 10kHz) and a reduced operating temperature for improved reliability. The amplifier design is a revised version of ATC’s discrete MOSFET Class A/B design with 200W and 50W continuous power available for the bass and high frequency sections, respectively. The user controls have also been improved over the previous generation with more flexible input sensitivity controls and a revised low frequency shelf control to help achieve good balance in difficult acoustic conditions. The amplifier includes protection circuits for both DC offset and thermal overload.

The cabinet has been restyled to more closely follow the larger monitors in ATC’s professional range and is constructed from heavily-braced MDF. Highly damped, elastometric panels are bonded and stapled to the cabinet’s inner walls to suppress cabinet panel resonances, while the enclosure’s front panel is heavily radiused to reduce cabinet diffraction, improving the frequency response and imaging. The loudspeaker can be wall mounted via a K&M 24120 Wall Mount (available separately). Note that the cabinet requires modification to accept the ‘top-hat’ mount.

Ideally suited to critical nearfield listening applications in all control rooms, LCR surround monitoring in small-to-medium control rooms, and surround channels in medium-to-large control rooms, anyone looking to seriously improve their reference nearfield monitoring experience surely owe it to themselves and their studio setup to take a listen to the SCM20ASL Pro (V2) and/or the SCM20PSL Pro in action? EQ, balance, and edit faster, with more consistent results and reduced listening fatigue using the latest reference nearfields from ATC.

The SCM20PSL Pro are available for £2,083 GBP (plus VAT) per pair; the SCM20ASL Pro (V2) are £3,647 GBP (plus VAT) per pair.

More information: ATC Loudspeakers

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