The editorial staffs of Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review magazines are pleased to present the third-annual ProSoundNetwork Best of Show Awards for the recent 135th AES Convention in New York City.
During each of the pro audio industry’s major U.S.-based conventions and trade shows, the editors of PSN and PAR, with assistance from the editors of sister titles Mix and Audio Media, comb the exhibit halls for new and noteworthy products.
The “sweet sixteen” winners are:
AEA N22 NUVO Phantom-Powered Ribbon Microphone
“Designed for the singer/songwriter,” attests AEA, the N22 doesn’t need EQ in most applications. “The N22 allows for close-up miking without the boominess” or a need for pop filter. “It has an increased upper-midrange that is intended to make instruments cut through in a busy mix and to bring out critical sound characteristics of voices and string instruments.”
AEA | ribbonmics.com
Apogee Symphony 64 ThunderBridge 64-Channel Interface
The ThunderBridge connects up to 64 channels of Apogee I/O to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, operating from 44.1 kHz through 192 kHz. Features include low latency (1.8 ms at 96 kHz/32 sample buffer), dual Thunderbolt ports, two PC-32 ports for Apogee device connectivity, and word clock out.
Apogee Digital | apogeedigital.com
Avid S6 Control Surface
The S6 is built on the same technology as Avid’s popular ICON and System 5 product families, simultaneously controlling multiple Pro Tools or other EUCON-enabled DAWs over Ethernet. Notable features include a customizable modular design, multipoint touchscreen with a 12.1-inch display, plus “ultimate recall,” enabling location for last-minute mix changes.
Avid | avid.com
Focusrite Red 1 500 Series
Featuring the same circuitry and components as the original Red mic preamp—including a Lundahl LL1538 input transformer and custom Carnhill output transformers—the Red 1 is now ready for 500 Series chassis fans. It features switchable phantom power, polarity invert, VU, stepped gain (6 dB steps from -6 dB to +60 dB), and is built in England.
Focusrite | focusrite.com
Genelec 1237A and 1238A
The latest from Genelec are two three-way Smart Active Monitors (SAM), offering “on-board intelligence that allows them to automatically adapt to their environment (by tuning the frequency response to compensate for acoustical room influences).” The 1237A and 13238A are based on the beloved 1037A and 1038A models, sharing the same DCW (Directivity Control Waveguide) technology and cabinet design with the addition of Genelec DSP; the SAM models’ midrange drivers and tweeters are each mounted within Genelec’s proprietary DCW.
Genelec | genelec.com
iZotope Nectar 2 Vocal Processing Technology
Designed specifically for detailed vocal processing needs, the Nectar 2 suite allows one to “recreate classic vocal sounds or invent brand-new ones,” explains iZotope. Users can add character, such as modeled plate reverbs, harmonic saturation, otherworldly creative effects and more, while tuning, removing breath and other undesirable sounds, all within the Nectar 2 environment. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (PT 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (PT 7.4-10) VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.
iZotope | isotope.com
Lynx LT -TB Thunderbolt LSlot Interface
Built for use with Aurora and Hilo converters, the LT-TB is a two-port Thunderbolt expansion card to daisy- chain Lynx converters “and any other certified Thunderbolt device via Apple or Windows OS.” Meanwhile, Lynx is upgrading its converter model line to be Thunderbolt-ready; the Hilo-TB, Aurora 8-TB, Aurora 16- TB and Aurora 16-VTB models will be available soon. The LT-TB can be used in a chain of up to six Auroras for up to 96 analog channels, plus 96 digital channels on one Thunderbolt port.
Lynx Studio Technology | lynxstudio.com
Neumann TLM 107 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
The TLM 107 multi-pattern microphone represents a new topology for Neumann. The specifically developed large diaphragm is credited with “outstanding impulse fidelity.” It features two LPFs and five polar patterns, with electronically controlled switching and visual parameter cues. The self-noise of 10 dB-A is said to be “practically inaudible” and the mic can handle a max of 153 dB SPL with pad.
Neumann | neumannusa.com
Prism Sound Titan USB Audio Interface
The Titan is a Mac/Win-compatible, USB-based, multitrack audio interface featuring eight AD/DA channels; four integrated microphone preamps with switchable phantom power; ADAT and switchable SPDIF and AES3 ports; selectable workstation bus or Titan mixer outputs; low-latency “console quality” digital mixer with fader, pan, cut and solo per channel; stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 monitoring configurations; built-in sample rate conversion on SPDIF I/O; Prism Sound four-curve SNS noise shaping on digital outputs; and more.
Prism Sound | prismsound.com
Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Series
Rupert Neve Designs has unveiled a new series of analog audio processors, the Shelford Series, named after the Little Shelford, England locale where Mr. Neve designed his best-known creation, the 1073 microphone preamplifier/ equalizer. The new Shelford Series— currently consisting of the 5051 Inductor EQ/Compressor and 5052 Mic Pre/Inductor EQ—combines “the very best of these classics with contemporary concepts and components.” Two external DC power options are currently available: +/- 24 VDC rails via 5-way brick supply or a 25-way 2U rack-mount supply.
Rupert Neve Designs | rupertneve.com
Shure SRH 1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones
Powered by 40 mm neodymium drivers, the SRH 1450 are designed to provide “a more pronounced bass response and the widest overall frequency range,” targeting end-users who may prefer Shure’s premium SRH1840 model, but require the isolation of a closed-back headphone. The SRH 1540 utilizes aluminum alloy and carbon fiber materials, Alcantara ear pads, and other premium ingredients, targeting users in “professional critical mastering and audiophile listening” environments.
Shure | shure.com
Solid State Logic Live Console
SSL’s arguably long-overdue live mixer, simply called Live, is based on a brand-new processing platform called Tempest, featuring 976 inputs and outputs, 192 full processing audio paths at 96 kHz, built-in processing, MADI-enabled Stagebox I/O, a “tablet-style” touchscreen, and an overall healthy balance of modern workflow and classic hardware aesthetics.
Solid State Logic | solidstatelogic.com
Sonnox Codec Toolbox
The amazingly-priced (approx. $60 USD) Codec Toolbox offers real-time codec auditioning, metadata editing and batch encoding, and is comprised of two applications: Toolbox, for real-time auditioning via various codecs; and Toolbox Manager, for encoding and adding metadata. A clip-safe function ensures clean coded files. Try for free for 15 days via Sonnox’s online store.
Sonnox | sonnox.com/codectoolbox
Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Audio Portable Recorder
Replacing Sony’s previous PCM-D50 model, the aluminum- cased PCM-D100 supports the latest high-resolution codecs and formats, up to 24-bit 192 kHz and DSD, and runs via four AA batteries or an included AC adapter. Features include built-in SUB port for transfer to Mac or Win OS CPUs; linear PCM, DSD and MP3 recording plus FLAC, WMA and AAC file playback; two-position (X-Y or Wide) stereo microphones; 32 GB of built-in flash memory; SD Card and Memory Stick slots; built-in speaker; and more. Also included in the package is Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio software, wireless IR remote, mic furry windscreen, carrying case, batteries, AC adapter and USB cable.
Sony | pro.sony.com
Waves Abbey Road J-37
The J-37 is a tape saturation plug-in modeled on Abbey Road’s legendary J-37 analog recorder, featuring a bevy of interesting user-adjustable controls: tape speed, bias, noise, saturation, wow and flutter, and more. Also included are three oxide tape formulas, developed by EMI, each with its own unique frequency response and harmonic distortion behaviors.
Waves Audio | waves.com