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Winter Namm 2007


Emu 0404 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

E-MU's new 0404 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface delivers an unparalleled level of audio performance to your PC with premium 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters, pristine XTC mic/line/hi-Z preamps, ultra-low jitter clock and rock-solid stability. From its plug-and-play functionality and hands-on ergonomic design to professional features and signal-to-noise specs that are simply unmatched by any other USB interface on the market, the 0404 USB will forever change your expectations of USB audio.

Emu announces beta Mac drivers for its 0404 and 0202 Audio interfaces.

Tweak: Who's shouting?  Do I want Emulator X2 on my Mac?  You bet!



UltraLink UL2000B

  • High-performance UHF True Diversity Headset System with 320 selectable frequencies for ultimate flexibility
  • True Diversity technology and proprietary antenna design ensures exceptionally long range for greatest signal reliability and freedom of movement
  • Simultaneous operation of up to 20 wireless systems possible*
  • Ultra-wide audio bandwidth for highest signal integrity
  • High-performance IRC compander guarantees incredible dynamics and low noise
  • Excellent headset microphone perfect for vocal applications, featuring a Panasonic condenser transducer
  • Transmitter features extremely long battery operating life with a 9 V battery (not included)
  • Mute function and Low Battery indicator conveniently located on transmitter
  • Receiver utilizes proprietary scan function for microphone frequency location



  • The ultimate piano for homes, music schools, houses of worship, etc. No traditional tuning or maintenance needed
  • Elegant wood grain cabinet with dark rosewood finish and modesty panel
  • 88-note weighted hammer-action keyboard accurately recreates the feel of an acoustic grand piano
  • High-grade 40-Watt speakers and cabinetry deliver a truly dynamic sound, rich with presence and power
  • New stereo sampling RSM (Real Sound Memory) tone generation for the ultimate in instrument realism


SMPro Audio

Nano Patch- Passive Volume Control

  • Super compact 2 channel analog passive volume control
  • Completely transparent operation
  • 2 x combo inputs, 2 x TRS outputs.
  • Rotary volume attenuation control
  • Mute button
  • No power required
  • Sturdy steel chassis




For their 60th anniversary, AKG is releasing a breathtaking and instantly collectible version of the famous C414. The LTD version is based off of the XLS version. As you would think, LTD stands for Limited, and they plan on only making 2,007 of them. What makes it different? Well, they've handpicked each diaphragm. While new AKG mics are fairly well known for their similarity between any two of the same models, these will be virtually identical to each other. Along with this, they've been sharply housed in nickel. AKG is including a pretty nice toolbox mic case with them along with wind screen, popper stopper, and shockmount. At $1199, this will make a great investment and a great addition to any mic closet.

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Tweak:  This would be a lovely addition to many pro studios.



MX500 Dual Stereo/Surround Reverb Processor

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The new MX500 takes our innovative “hardware plug-in” feature to the next level by actually streaming dual stereo audio via FireWire. Now you can have the rich, luscious Lexicon sound that’s defined studio reverb for three decades in a purely digital form. With all the convenience of an automated plug-in right inside your DAW program.

Tweak: Alright, FX processors take the leap to Firewire.  This is significant in many ways.  Rather than seeing the unit as an outboard processor, its more like an extension of the DAW, and is bound to ease the demands on your CPU.



Summer Namm 2006

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M-Audio Conectiv USB DJ Interface

First Up: Conectiv 4x4 USB Audio Interface with Torq Performance Software


M-audio demonstrates their new DJ package at Namm 2006



Here's the Scoop:

Conectiv, developed by M-Audio’s SynchroScience division, is the world’s first bus-powered 4 x 4 USB audio interface designed for DJs who perform and produce tracks with a laptop. Together, Conectiv and the included Torq software form the ultimate DJ tool—high-fidelity audio, all the right kinds of I/O (including dual phono preamps), and the ability to mix, beat-match and cue digital files with ease. Use them as a completely digital solution and leave the heavy stacks of vinyl or bulky wallets of CDs at home—or process your vinyl and CDs on the fly. You can even create a hybrid digital/vinyl DJ rig by using Conectiv and Torq with specially encoded control vinyl discs or CDs. Torq supports popular formats such as MP3, WAV, WMA and AAC files and is configured to automatically work with Conectiv—no messy set-ups. And unlike most digital DJ systems, Conectiv works with other third-party software as well.

I like that M-audio has not missed the point that for devices to work in a live context, they must be simple.  This package could actually lead to a large scale infusion of computer technology for DJs


M-Audio MidAir 25 25-Key Wireless USB MIDI Controller

Yep. another keyboard controller from M-Audio.  (They have no less than 20 in their line).  But this one is different.  It's wireless.  And that open a new dimension on to things. The composer does not have to be slaved to an office type chair as they do their work.  Indeed, you can get quite far away from the computer if you want to. 




  • 25-key velocity-sensitive wireless keyboard > perform and produce with total freedom
  • 8 MIDI-assignable knobs > wirelessly tweak controllers onstage or in the studio
  • USB 1.1 and MIDI in/out ports on receiver > control software or traditional MIDI instruments
  • powered via 9V DC power adapter or
    batteries > total wireless freedom
  • class-compliant with Windows XP and
    Mac OS X > no drivers needed

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MAudio EX66 Active Reference Monitor (200 Watts, 2x6 in.)

The EX66 is distinguished by its digital as well as analog inputs as you can see form the impressive looking backside.  An M-audio rep said the EX66 was designed to compete with high end studio monitors like the DynAudio and Genlec.  It was too loud in the convention center to evaluate them, but they certainly looked the part.



M-Audio Sputnik Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone

M-audio debuted a new Tube Mic, in the shape of the Solaris, but with a shiny finish, called the Sputnik

The new Sputnik large-diaphragm studio tube condenser microphone is based on classic vacuum tube design principles and manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities to exacting standards, this multi-pattern, large diaphragm studio condenser delivers the lush, classic sound that is normally associated with rare and expensive vintage mics.

The sputnik is a multi-pattern  mic with a dedicated power supply and low current 6205M dual triode tube, custom tuned with Los Angeles studio engineers, they told me. 



Mackie Onyx Satellite FireWire Audio Interface
Onyx Satellite represents a breakthrough for computer-based audio and music production. As the world's first 2-piece FireWire recording system, Satellite consists of a portable recording Pod with premium Onyx mic preamps, and a desktop Base Station with additional inputs and outputs. You simply undock the Pod when you want to record on location leaving the Base Station connected to all your desktop studio gear (microphones, instruments, headphones, studio monitors, etc.). Then, once you've returned to your studio, simply dock the Satellite Pod back into the Base Station with a reassuring ?click.


Naturally, they give you Tracktion to get you going


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