Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tomo Audiolabs LISA Mastering EQ

TOMO Audiolabs Lisa is a stereo 6 band Eq with dynamics processing on each band. With two shelf bands and four parametric bands - (two parametric bands can additionally be switched over to shelf), as well as low-cut and a M/S matrix, the parallel-structured compression EQ offers unlimited flexibility. The LISA is a mixing and mastering engineer's dream come through.
The most unique feature of the LISA is that the processing is done in parallel.
From the manual:
"The signal is then split into six parallel channels that feed the six independent equalizer bands. After each signal is processed independently, all six channels are then summed up and amplified. The output stage is also transformer coupled and gives the user the ability to mix the processed signal with the unprocessed or dry signal.
Our parallel topology allows parallel processing (two bands at nearly the same frequency) without the issues of interacting frequency curves. This keeps the processed signal very transparent, consistent and controllable. The results stay predictable, helping you to work very quickly and with an experienced touch.
Traditionally designed dynamic equalizers utilize a dynamic processor that is arranged before or after the filter circuit. Part of what makes the design of LISA’s dynamic processor so unique is that it is built into the filter circuit. This allows the user to listen to only the processed signal without any of the dry signal."


Six frequency bands with a broad frequency
overlap provide optimum processing flexibility

Each band is equipped with the parameters gain,
frequency, threshold, and six presets for selection
of attack/release behaviour. In addition, the four
mid-range bands have a five-stage quality selection
from 0.4 to 5. Both the second and fifth band
can optionally be used as shelving or bell filters.
The two edge bands (boost) can be switched
between a variant with overshoot and a variant
without overshoot. The four mid-range bands are
configured as boost/cut filters.

Particular processing versatility thanks to a
parallel circuit concept (mixing console principle)
Dynamic processing is a component of the filter.
Unlike conventional designs, dynamic processing
is not downstream from the filter; instead,
dynamic processing is integrated in the filter.

Active filter concept with the tonal attributes
of a passive filter

Low-cut that is particularly free of colouration
can be switched in 11 positions between 20 and
180 Hz. Filter slope increases dynamically from
12 dB/octave to 18 DB/octave at lower cutoff

The use of special and, uncompromisingly, the
best components for achieving the highest quality

Newly-developed transformer concept gives
LISA the ability to render subtle tonal gradations
that surpass those of the leading transformers
on the market

Additional analogue tone variation thanks to
specific saturation of the input transformers

Extensive dynamic range of 122 dB and
overload resistance thanks to high operating
voltage (output level + 28 dBU)

M/S matrix

Output section permits gain-adapted A/B

A control function permits solo auditing of
the processing path

Lock switches with easy-to-reproduce settings

Ergonomically structured and intuitive user
interface with attractive haptics (tactile feedback) and backlighting which makes for a short learning curve


Standard EIA 19 inch housing/
6U 482 x 267 x 300 mm / approx 19 x 10.5 x 12 inches
Removable rack mounting angle connections
2 x XLR In & 2 x XLR out, balanced
Nominal input level +4 dBu
Input impedance = 10 kΩ
Output impedance ‹ 100 Ω
Max. input level +28 dBu
Max. output level +28 dBu
Frequency range 10 Hz-50 kHz linear
CMRR › 90 dBu (@ 1 kHz)
S/N A-weighted -122 dB
Crosstalk L/R (@ 1 kHz) › -90 dBu
Dynamic range 122 dB
Internal Power Supply
Voltage selector 230/50 Hz ‹› 115 V/60 Hz
Power consumption 150 W

Get more info and a detailed video demo at TOMO Audiolabs.

Waves Restoration SuperSpecials

Waves is currently running a special on their Restoration plugins. I've used them on mixes to fix problematic tracks (noise, hum, clicks and pops). Great for archiving old vinyl and analog tapes.

Restoration Superspecials
For a limited time only, save big on Waves noise reduction plugins.
State-of-the-art and intuitive,
Waves Restoration plugins are all you need to remove noise, revive damaged recordings, fix deteriorating film and television soundtracks, and protect archival and field recordings.
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AC Sound CLX-VU Custom Dual Channel Compressor - $990 (34% off)

The AC Sound CLX-VU is a dual channel compressor based on the DBX 160VU. It has all the vibe of the original,  but with increased signal fidelity and a lower noise floor. For many engineers the CLX-VU is  their go to compressors for Kick/Snare, Vocals and Bass. It is a Dual Mono/Stereo unit completely calibrated with your choice of XLR or TRS I/O, 120V or 240V operation, Meter graphics and Black face or Silver face knobs. These units are hand-crafted in the USA to your specifications so there is a short wait time (usually less than 10 days) while your unit is assembled and carefully calibrated.
The CLX-VU can be purchased for $990 (a 34% discount) directly from AC Sound