What do you need for mastering? A good compressor, a lightning fast brick wall limiter, a powerful equalizer? The Drawmer DC2476 offers all these in addition to an intelligent gain management system – all you have to do is set the input level correctly and it’s impossible to clip a signal no matter what processing you apply. On top of that there’s the option to use multi-band compression, expansion, or limiting, complete with variable tube modeling and stereo width adjustment in each band. For more information, contact Drawmer at 702-365-5155 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.
The new Studer BRS Processor allows the reproduction of surround (and stereo) audio signals – including the control room acoustics – over a pair of headphones. It is a unique monitoring device that allows the reproduction of surround (and stereo) audio signals – including the loudspeakers, their position, and the room acoustics of a defined room – over a standard set of headphones. The headphone monitoring system consists of the Studer BRS Processor with the measured data of the preferred room(s) loaded. The first version is used with a standard headphone (not included, but it has to meet certain specs). The second version includes a headphone set with headtracker. In conjunction with the headphones and headtracker, the measured room is reproduced in every detail. For more information, contact Studer Professional Audio AG at +41 (0) 1 870 75 11 or visit www.studer.ch.
C.Processing the Future
Aphex Systems has unveiled a new, updated version of the popular Model 2020 broadcast audio processor, which is used by radio and TV stations around the world. The 2020 MkII is a self-contained FM/TV broadcast and Webcasting processor in a single chassis; all functions are integrated within one interactive yet stable and optimized processing framework. New features include a split-band optical pre-emphasis limiter, a patent-pending overshoot-compensated, low-distortion low-pass filter, and new processing algorithms that make the Model 2020 MkII sound even louder and cleaner than its previous generation. Recommended user price is $5500. For more information, contact Aphex Systems at 818-767-2929 or visit www.aphex.com.
D.Master of Multichannel
The Dolby DP569 Dolby Digital multichannel encoder features a new front panel with an elastomeric keypad and aluminum chassis to reduce weight, aid cooling, and increased usability. New features include an improved menu system, a Dolby Digital Surround EX flag, additional downmixing settings, new presets, automatic data rate selection, a delay word for multiplexers, and improvements in audio coding quality. Existing DP569 users can receive version 2.0 software free by registering at www.dolby.com/tvaudio. For more information, visit www.dolby.com.
Bryston announced the latest in their line of high-end amplifiers: the 6B-ST 3-channel power amplifier. Comprised of three completely independent modules for zero crosstalk and solid imaging, the 6B-ST optimizes any installation that calls for three channels conveniently packaged into a single chassis. Unique to the 6B-ST is that each of the three modular channels is capable of delivering 250 watts into 8 ohms or 400 watts into 4 ohms, and that each module functions independently with its own electronic circuitry, connections, and independent power supply. The 6B-ST features a three-position gain selector for balanced or single-ended inputs, a polarity switch on each channel, and over 40,000 MFD of filter capacitance on each channel. For more information, contact Bryston at 705-742-5325 or visit www.bryston.ca.