New York, NY (October 21, 2019)—Pro Sound News has announced its Best of Show Award winners for AES New York 2019.
The Best of Show Awards are judged by the editors and industry pros, looking at pro-audio equipment and software that made its North American trade show debut at AES. Criteria included features, flexibility, ease of use, performance, relevance, value/ROI, versatility and reliability.
The following is an in-depth rundown (in alphabetical order) of the winning products:
Allen & Heath Avantis live console
Filling the space between its SQ mixers and flagship dLive consoles, Allen & Heath has released Avantis, its latest digital mixer. Based around the company’s XCVI FPGA engine, the 96 kHz, 64 channel/42 configurable bus console sports twin full HD touchscreens, a variety of I/O options and processing derived from the company’s dLive mixing system.
Apogee Clearmountain’s Domain plug-in
Famed mix engineer Bob Clearmountain’s personalized FX signal chain has been recreated in a plug-in. Additionally, classic presets are provided to help users recreate the sonic environment of some of his best-known mixes, offering up options like the snare from Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” and the guitar in David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”
Audeze LCD-1 open-back headphones
The new headphones feature Audeze’s planar magnetic technology within an open-circumaural, foldable and lightweight design. Its 90 mm Planar Magnetic drivers reportedly deliver frequency extension from 10 Hz to 50 kHz, the headphones weigh 250 grams and feature a plush memory foam headband and ear pads.
Avid Pro Tools 2019 DAW
Largely focused on the needs of post production pros, Pro Tools 2019 is designed to support higher video resolutions and frame rates, as well as improve on Dolby Atmos ‘in the box’ mixing workflows and delivery of multiple mixes in a single file. With full Core Audio support of the Dolby Audio Bridge, users can now send 130 channels from Pro Tools (up from 32) to the Dolby Atmos Renderer.
DiGiCo Chilli 6 compressor/expander
DiGiCo announced new addition to its Spice Rack processor collection for Quantum 7. Dubbed Chilli 6, the six-band, dynamic, multiband compressor/expander. Comprising a four-band, fourth-order frequency splitter with adjustable crossover and slope control plus two independent fourth-order parametric EQ bands, the new processing can be freely inserted on any channel type in any position.
DPA Microphones 2028 vocal mic
Introduced in late August, the AES show marked the first U.S. public appearance of the new DPA Microphones 2028 vocal mic, intended for live stage performances, broadcast and pro AV applications. It exhibits a supercardioid polar pattern, and reportedly offers a very high gain before feedback.
Genelec W371 Adaptive Woofer System
Featuring dual high performance woofers, one forward-facing and one rear-facing, the W371 is designed to complement the 8341, 8351 and 8361 monitors from The Ones series. The W371 is designed to allow studios to experience the benefits of a main monitor, but with the freedom to locate the free-standing system in optimal positions within the control room, even providing the option to switch between nearfield and main monitors without image-shifting.
Solid State Logic Origin analogue console
Solid State Logic unveiled its new Origin analogue console at AES NY 2019. The latest SSL studio mixing console, Origin has traditional analogue studio workflow at its heart but is intended to provide a partner for a modern DAW-driven ‘hybrid’ production studio. The desk sports a purely analogue, inline, dual channel design, with 16 buses, E Series EQ and a Bus Compressor.
Waves eMotion LV1 Proton live mixing system
At AES New York 2019, Waves Audio introduced its newest live mixing system, the eMotion LV1 Proton 16-channel live mixing system, which includes the eMotion LV1 16-channel live software mixer, a SoundStudio STG-1608 SoundGrid-compatible stagebox, a SoundGrid Proton server, the Axis Proton Waves-optimized computer, a 24-inch Dell touchscreen, a 1U rack shelf, an eight-port network switch and network cables, plus three plug-ins specifically designed and optimized for live sound: eMo F2 Filter, eMo D5 Dynamics and eMo Q4 Equalizer.