TASCAM has announced three recording bundles designed to offer everything you need, besides your computer, to record high-quality audio.
TASCAM’s hitting several different price points, to appeal to different budgets and meet different requirements:
- The Track Pack T1 combines the US-122L audio interface with a dynamic microphone, headphones and Cubase LE4 recording software. Track Pack T1 sells for $299 MSRP/$179 street.
- The Track Pack T2 matches the US-144 interface with TASCAM’s new TM-78 condenser microphone. Track Pack T2 sells for $369 MSRP/ $199 street.
- The Field Pack pairs TASCAM’s DR-1 portable recorder with the TM-ST1 stereo microphone. Field Pack sells for $498 MSRP/$349 street.
“The Track Pack and Field Pack bundles give musicians everything they’ll need, even cables and stands, so they can start making music right away,” according to TASCAM’s Paul Jenkins. The bundles are scheduled to ship this month.
Marshall Electronics has introduced the MXL USB.008, a low noise USB large gold diaphragm cardioid condenser mic for the broadcast industry.
The mic uses low noise electronics and the latest in enhanced digital conversion techniques for pristine audio quality. The mic uses MOGAMI cable for the internal analog wiring to bring out the maximum definition.
The MXL USB.008 ships with a rugged tote bag, a desktop mic stand, mic stand adaptor, a 10-foot USB cable, wind screen, owners manual and an applications guide. The MXL USB.008 carries an MSRP of $199.00 and is now shipping. A stereo version will also be available.
2007 Winter NAMM Show: Blue Microphones announced its newest addition to the Blue family of award winning microphones, the Woodpecker.
With the Woodpecker, Blue continues its style of introducing attractive vintage-styled microphones that look as good as they sound.
The Woodpecker was designed to provide the smooth, intimate sound associated with the most sought-after (and expensive) vintage ribbon microphones. With its focused mid-range, and outstanding bass response, the Woodpecker captures the essence of any recorded sound. It also excels at ambient recording, capturing room tone with the most intimate detail ? whether for rock drums, guitars or vocals ? any application where some natural space in the recording is desired. The Woodpecker package includes a custom made, solid brass shockmount and wood storage box.
- Acoustical Operating Principal: Pressure Gradient
- Directional Pattern: figure 8, bidirectional
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Sensitivity (1kHz into 2.5k ohm): 26mV/Pa
- Rated Impedance: 50 ohm
- Rated Load Impedance: Not less than 1k ohm
- Noise Level A-weighted (IEC 651): Not more than 22dB
- Max Output (1% THD into 2.5k ohm): 10dBU = 2.5V
- Max SPL (0.5% THD into 2.5k ohm): 136dB
- Dynamic Range (2.5k ohm load): 114dB
- Supply Voltage (IEC 268-15): +48V phantom power (+35V min.)
- Current Draw (typical ai +48V): 2.4mA
- Weight: 1.6lbs
Availability: Q1, 2007
2007 Winter NAMM Show: Blue balls are cheaper than ever, along with all the other unique microphones in Blue Microphone’s ball line.
Blue announced a new $99 price point on their popular Ball Series microphones: the Snowball, the 8-Ball, the Kickball, and the original Ball microphone. Continue reading
sE Electronics is now shipping the USB2200a mic, which they announced back in January 2006 at the Winter NAMM show in California.
The USB2200a is a USB2 microphone based on the studio standard sE2200a capsule. It records CD quality audio (record path16 bit 48K, output 24 bit 48K) via USB directly to your DAW.
The mic has several features unique from USB mics currently on the market including, ultra-low latency headphone monitoring (less than 1ms) with mix control to allow the user to set playback versus record path levels to monitor live takes, 10dB pad, Bass cut and an ?analogue switch? which enables the user to use the mic via an XLR connector with 48v phantom power where required. This feature adds flexibility of use to the mic, and means that whatever changes may occur to digital recording technology in years to come, the mic can still be used in ?analogue mode?, unlike it?s competitors.
In addition, the USB2200a has proprietary chips, developed by sE Electronics International, which deal with both noise and software driver problems faced by competitor products. One chip helps with transforming the 5v power supplied via the USB cable to power the capsule, by first removing ?noise? and undesirable spikes from the current. This ?noise? would normally be amplified, which is why USB mics have, until now, been largely too noisy to use in a professional environment. No other USB mic on the market offers this kind of specification, and it makes a huge difference to the performance for studio use.
Most manufacturers market their USB mics as ?Podcasting mics? for this reason. The second proprietary chip has all the appropriate software drivers embedded for use with any DAW, so the product really is ?plug in and play?, automatically configuring to the host as it is connected.
The USB2200a will ship in early January 2007 and will retail at £222 inc vat.
Red Microphones has introduced the Type A, a tube microphone based on a system of interchangeable capsules. To celebrate the release of this new mic, Red will be including a free R7 capsule ($650Value) to customers who purchase the mic by September 31, 2006.
The Type A vacuum tube microphone system is a high quality innovative and unique solution for virtually any critical recording need. Combining low noise and superb transient response along with a choice of nine different interchangeable capsules called ?The Redheads? the Type A is a microphone system that is as versatile as it is dependable. The bayonet-mount capsules can quickly be changed for a stunning variety of sounds and pickup patterns without having to shut off the included ?PowerStream? power supply.
?The Type A represents a breakthrough in quality and price for a tube microphone,? stated Ariel Soudak, Persident of Red Microphones. ?Its interchangeable capsules make it several mics in one to cover virtually any recording situation. And with the free R7, it?s a great time to experience the sound of a high-end tube microphone.?