Audio Engineering Society Convention – AES 2014 Highlights

Audio Engineering Society ConventionAudio Engineering Society Convention (AES) 2014 from Los Angeles showcases latest audio technology innovations and best practices and like every year, popular developers and companies from music production/audio industry present their latest products. Avid unveils the S3 control surface, Tascam presents US-16X08 audio interface, SSL brings their new L300 digital console, Harrisonw shows 32cs channel strip. Read more details and features of this new AES 2014 releases bellow:

S3 Control Surface by Avid

S3 Control Surface by Avid
Avid unveils the S3 control surface, a compact EUCON-compatible 16-strip surface control designed to control Pro Tools, but also Avid Media Composer, Steinberg Cubase, Nuendo and Apple Logic Pro X DAW.

Features:

  • 16 channel strips with touch-sensitive motorized faders and 10-segment level meters
  • 32 touch-sensitive push rotary encoders (16 for the channel control and 16 assignable) for pan, gain, plug-in settings controls and more, with LED status indicators
  • 32 OLED displays to visualize the track names/numbers, meter data (mono to 5.1 surround), parameter values/names, current automation mode…
  • Solo, Mute, Channel Select and Record/Automation dials on each channel
  • Touch strip for the transport control
  • Various buttons and switches for navigation, automation, control assignment and software control
  • Built-in AVB Core 4.6 audio interface with two XLR mic/line inputs, 2 TRS line inputs, 4 line outputs (2 XLR and 2 TRS) and stereo headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • 2 AVB Ethernet ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • TRS footswitch input
  • Dimensions: 71 x 36.3cm
  • Weight: 6.2kg

US-16X08 Audio Interface by Tascam

US-16X08 Audio Interface by Tascam

Tascam brings at AES 2014 various new products, including the US-16X08 USB audio interface.

Features:

  • 8 HDDA mic preamps with 56dB of gain
  • 8x 1/4” line level inputs, two of which can be switched to instrument inputs
  • 8 balanced line outputs, two of them with front level control
  • 24-bit / 96kHz audio resolution
  • Headphone output with dedicated level control
  • MIDI input and output
  • 125dBu EIN
  • Signal/Noise ratio: 105dB
  • DSP mixer for low-latency monitoring, with 4-band EQ and compressor
  • 19” 1U rack metal chassis
  • removable Bio-cell side panels to install the interface on a desktop with angle
  • Rack ears included

Live L300 Digital Console by SSL

Live L300 Digital Console by SSL

SSL introduce at AES Convention 2014 L300, a new compact version of its Live digital mixing console L500.

Features:

  • Follow Mode for linking the Select, Solo and Query functions in any configuration to “follow” other controls for each channel
  • Tempo Link to link and control the Tap Tempo for any delay effect, with support of up to 6
    Tap Tempo functions that can be controlled via the new User buttons on the console and the touch screens
  • User buttons to access 4 of the most used menus on the console
  • New menus added to the Channel Control Tiles Home button, with its own touch screen: access mute groups, user buttons and automation view
  • Copy any or all mono, stereo and LCR mix busses

32cs Channel Strip by Harrison

32cs Channel Strip by Harrison

Harrison presents this year at AES 2014 the 32cs, a new single-channel strip console.

Features:

  • Transformer-coupled mic preamp
  • High-pass and low-pass filters with Bump feature for the high-pass (resonant boost)
  • 4-band semi-parametric EQ with switchable Shelving/Bell modes
  • Switchable pre- or post-filter insert point
  • Zero-latency mixing/monitoring section with front headphone output
  • LED statut indicators above each switch
  • Front XLR/jack mic/line input
  • Rear XLR mic/line input
  • XLR line-level main output with discrete output stage
  • XLR Insert in/out
  • 2 line-level 2mix XLR inputs
  • 2 line-level Monitor XLR outputs
  • Blend controls for mixing the 32cs output and the 2mix input

AT5045 Condenser by Audio-Technica
AT5045 Condenser by Audio-Technica

Audio-Technica debut with AT5045 condenser microphone at AES 2014. This is the latest addition to 50 Series studio microphones range.

Features:

  • Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarised condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Open circuit sensitivity: –35 dB (17.7 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum input sound level: 149 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
  • Noise: 8 dB SPL
  • Dynamic range (typical): 141 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 86 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Requires 48V phantom power for operation

Next AES Convention is scheduled for May 7-10, 2015 in Poland.

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