Westminster, CA (February 12, 2004)–Nautilus Master Technology brought its new product line of analog Class-A Discrete equipment for monitoring and mixing to last month’s Winter NAMM Show. Starting with four discrete monitor controllers, the NEMO series (Nautilus Extended Monitor Options) all feature instant level-matching volume functions for easy source comparison and calibration. Home studios, pro studios and mastering studios all can benefit from the series’ use of the pure stereo buss signal instead of chip-ladden console monitor-section circuits.
The DMC-8 is the top of the NEMO line, controlling monitor level of the stereo buss, three 2-track sources (with individual front-panel level-matching control), speaker A-B (with front level control), VU meters, mute, mono, and dim–all using precision potentiometers for accurate tracking of the stereo signal. Dim-logic-in, optional remote and source-select output features extend the connection to other Nautilus units.
The DMC-1 is the entry-level piece in the NEMO line, offering the same Class-A discrete circuitry and precision monitor features of the DMC-8, but in an economy version. The unit controls the level of the stereo buss, two 2-track sources (with front-panel level-matching), separate L-R source-on buttons, mono, dim and source-select output in a single-rack space unit. A one-button patch feature simplfies dubbing from one 2-track to another.
The DMC-2 is not only for those who want to upgrade the features of the DMC-1, but it is also a standalone unit. It adds more source-select options, speaker A-B, discrete control room headphone output, and a special discrete stereo fader for adding Class-A resolution to the console stereo buss. The discrete fader can also be in-line for additional level-matching capabilities. The unit also interfaces with the DMC-8 to provide discrete headphone output, stereo fader and extended switching capabilities. As a standalone unit, it can significantly upgrade the monitor section of any console.
The DMC-5 features an advanced discrete Class-A monitor section and headphone section. Control of stereo buss, two 2-track returns (with level), separate L-R source-on, mono, additional monitor buss in (with level) and VU meters guide the monitor operation. The studio headphones are 4-source selectable (including a stereo cue send) with talkback (w/level control). The discrete control room headphone output receives the same source selection for instant level-matched A-B listening and mixing benefits.
Nautilus’ discrete stereo mixer–the Commander–sums 8 channels to stereo using all-Class-A circuitry that enhances detail of instruments and voices. This fills the needs of DAW users who want to open up the sound of their mixes by summing in the analog domain. The unit also has a unique Source B feature (with level-matching) for mix enhancement A-B techniques–as seen in the NEMO Series. Creative mixing functions and sidecar uses are also easy with the unit.
The Commander also has two pairs of stereo balanced return inputs and stereo insert (front-panel switchable). All controls are precision tracking and the on-board VU meters have a 5-position range-calibration control. The unit can be used in combination with the monitoring and studio-headphone features in the NEMO DMC-5 giving you the foundation of a state-of-the-art discrete console that can be purchased in affordable increments.
The NEMO Series and the Commander all include a high-end power cord ($365.00) by Virtual Dynamics, which enhances the sonic resolution even more.
Nautilus Master Technology is founded by mastering engineer John Vestman, whose philosophy is to integrate mastering technology into recording studio equipment. Recommending A-B techniques as a way to easily gain valuable mixing insights, he stated, “Both the NEMO Series and the Commander let you immediately compare any artist’s best sounding production to yours. The key is to level-match the different sources and switch instantly so you retain the sonic ‘imprint’ of the other source–then you’ll truly know how your sound holds up in the real world.”
While the new concepts in the NEMO Series and the Commander are distinctly Vestman’s, the electronic design is by Inward Connections. Steve Firlotte’s precision circuitry is coupled with the SPA690 discrete amp block electronics of John Hall, designer of early Langevin products. The highest quality components are utilized throughout (no surface-mount components), all in a rock-solid rack enclosures.
While the NEMO DMC-8 is currently available, Nautilus anticipates the release of the the other NEMO products and the Commander to be Spring-Summer, 2004.
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