Tuesday, November 9, 2010

AES Exhibit Highlights

On the heels of the  SF Giants World Series victory celebration.
 Professional and student engineers gathered in droves to San Francisco’s Moscone Center to kick off  the  129th AES (Audio Engineer’s Society)  annual convention

 I  attended for 3 days Thurs- Saturday and felt like the conference was well attended, yet you could get seats, you didn’t have to wait in line for more than a few minutes to get food, and you could easily find a place to plug in.
In this posting  I am going to highlight  a few products that  were on exhibition that stood out to me as products worth owning or looking at more closely.

AVID’s Protools 9:  This was the stand out demo of the exhibition hall:

 What’s New for Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered Users?
Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered will no longer be developed.
 You can read more about what new in all it’s technical glory in the WHAT’S NEW in protocols .pdf here: http://bit.ly/cEaMuh

Comparing PT9 to PT 8

192 voices  vs  48
32 tracks audio recording  up from 18
128 instrument tracks up from 32
256 busses vs 32
64 video tracks vs 1

What’ s new?
A new playback engine- this was shown off blasting the crowd with a satillite / live performance.
Support for Core Hardware (including Mac built in Audio)
The big feature being showcased was highlighting the multi-location sessions via satelitte.    Cool for a conference but are you using it in your studio day to day?

High res. Audio recorder-

   Multi-format recording and playback
  Capable of rotating 210 degree’s
  High-performance analog limiter, low-cut filter, and bass EQ are provided.

  40 Recording Setups call up specific mic sensitivity, limiter, low-cut filter, and bass EQ settings to suit a variety of situations. Ten custom user settings can be memorized.   (This was really cool for a non engineer)
  Records directly to (and plays back from) SD or SDHD cards. 

  USB 2.0 (Mini-B type USB connector) allows high-speed data transfer to and from a computer. 

Convenient, high-performance KORG chromatic tuner is built in.
A added bonus was to add connectors so you can attach it to a video camera tri-pod.
This is selling for $699 which feels a bit high to me, then you hear the recording quality, and it’s a useful tool for updating live performances directly to your fans.

DPA Instrument Mics:  These live instrument mics  are amazing and worth trying out- 
Lots of gain before feedback: Wireless compatiable & you can put it on with one hand! It’s is beautifully simple. 

Small Di  only $99  Flat 100kHz bandwith  small active phantom power the size of your lipstick container!
Iso DI around $150  Add’s  2 optional  isolation stages allowing you clean clear signals while having true ground isolation and STIll run Phantom power, and you can connect it to your wireless belt pack!

Imagine eliminating the loud volume spikes you notoriously hear during TV commercials, programs and cd’s.
The model I saw also has the ability to decode Dolby 5.1 digital audio and output as a two channel L-R audio.  It was a great product for home OR commercial use.


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