Uster, Switzerland (September 9, 2005)–Weiss Engineering will be introducing new products at the AES Convention in NYC, October 7-10. Unveiled at its Booth #847 will be Weiss’ new Windows-based computer P2D native software, which converts PCM files to DSD files. Also exhibited will be Weiss’ DNA1 real-time Denoiser/Declicker/Decrackler/Ambience Processor. Weiss will also show its digital audio processors for live sound applications at this year’s AES Convention.
Weiss’ P2D accommodates input sampling rates between 44.1k and 192k with up to 32 bit wordlength in fixed or floating point format. File formats supported as input are WAV, AIFF, SND, AV, RAW. Output formats are DSDIFF or DSD RAW. The P2D allows for flexible routing of input to output channels/files. Different modulator and upsampler characteristics are user selectable. A log window shows time tagged events like overloads etc. Weiss’ DNA1
Weiss’ DNA1 is an audio restoration and enhancement processor, developed in cooperation with companies PureNotes and Digital Domain (Bob Katz).
The DNA1 includes:
– Click Removal with three independent sub-systems to detect and remove a broad range of impulsive noises, for example scratches and clicks from vinyl recordings,
– Denoiser to reduce all types of wideband and non-stationary noises like tape hiss or aircondition hum using a novel adaptive approach to noise reduction (no spectral noise footprint required),
– K-Stereo to recover lost or amplify hidden ambience, space, and imaging; or to generate stereo from mono signals without adding artificial reverberation,
– Output Control to regulate stereo balance and stereo width, as well as the overall signal level,
– POW-R, the acclaimed technique for transparent and smooth word-length reduction to 24bit, 20bit or 16bit.
“I am proud to have the DNA1 as a new member of our Gambit Series of standalone processors,” said Daniel Weiss, pesident of Weiss Engineering Ltd. “With its incredible versatility the DNA1 will find its applications in archiving, restauration, mastering and forensic work. All processing blocks of the DNA1 (denoising, decrackling, declicking, K-Stereo, M/S matrix, volume control, dithering) work simultaneously without compromises in DSP processing power.”
Bernie Becker, president Burbank, CA-based Bernie Becker Recording, commented: “I absolutely love this box. The noise reduction is the noise reduction I have been looking for for years. It works without being destructive.”
Finally, Weiss offers a range of products suited as outboard tools to be used with digital FOH consoles, including the EQ1 family of digital parametric equalizers, the DS1 digital compressor/limiter/de-esser, and the ADC2 A/D Converter. The EQ1 is a seven band dual channel EQ with 24 bit / 96kHz capability, MIDI automation, 128 snapshots, large parameter ranges and surgical precision.
“Three of our EQ1-MK2 equalizer units are used in the surround output of the FOH console at Celine Dion’s show at the Caesars Palace, Las Vegas,” said Weiss. “We are proud to be part of such a great show with hundreds of performances over a timespan of several years.”
Helder Nelson, FOH mixer of the Portugese singer Dulce Pontes offered, “Dealing with such a powerful and rich voice, my goal has always been to preserve and provide to the public Dulce’s voice at its most natural, and this sometimes means really ‘forte’ and ‘piano,’ so, for that purpose, I’ve had to look hard for a good dynamic equalizer, and something that worked in all different kinds of venues with all different kinds of sound systems. Until I found this unit, I have tried the standard live sound analog dynamic equalizer units, and I had given up using no compression, except for my hand at the fader; not much of a problem because I know all the songs really well but I knew that I needed to find a unit that worked on the same principle but sounded much more natural. My first contact with Weiss EQ1 was at the AES Amsterdam, and its beauty and character completely blew my mind: quite simply, it is the best digital sound I have ever heard.”
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