Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lavry AD11 A/D Converter with Mic Pre

The Lavry AD11 makes the perfect front end for a portable rig. It even works with Protools 9 and can record a D.I. signal and a vocal at the same time.

From their website:
"The AD11 stereo A to D converter offers USB connectivity, ideal for portable recording systems. Other features include built-in microphone preamplifiers with phantom power, large wide-range LED meters, and Lavry’s exclusive Digital Tape Saturation Emulation (“Soft Saturation”). All settings are controllable from the AD11’s front panel using a system similar to that of the companion D to A converter- the DA11.
Building on Lavry’s long established reputation of making the most accurate AD converters available, the AD11’s no-compromise design offers substantial value at an affordable price. With converter and microphone preamplifier performance that exceeds other manufacturer’s stand-alone units, the AD11 combines musicality with functionality. The USB output is available in parallel with both XLR and RCA AES/SPDIF digital audio outputs, so more than one recording or monitoring device can be fed directly from the AD converter. The MicPre function and phantom power are selectable on each channel, as well as the Soft Saturation and +4/-10 level functions.

Like the previous LavryBlack model AD10, the AD11 has “XLR-TRS combo jacks” for the analog inputs. When a balanced or unbalanced ¼” plug is inserted, 12 dB’s of fixed gain is automatically added to the front panel adjustable gain, to boost “-10” consumer level signals to “+4” professional level. Front panel line level input gain adjustment is available for each channel in 12 precise one dB steps. Additional gain in the range of 20 to 65 dB’s is provided for balanced low-impedance sources (typically microphone).
This makes it possible to record the “direct” signal from a guitar effects unit or keyboard at the same time as a vocal mic, with no more than the AD11 and a laptop! In addition to “dual monaural” recording; extremely precise matching between channels makes the AD11 equally well suited to high quality stereo Mastering applications or “true” stereo recording. Whether it’s home, on location, or professional studio- the AD11 is the right tool for the job!"

The LavryBlack AD11 features:

- Built in Microphone preamps with phantom power

- Accepts +4 or -10 line level inputs balanced or unbalanced (MicPre’s are relay bypassed)

- Front panel adjustable gain for each channel

- 0 to 12 dB of gain for line level inputs in precise 1 dB steps

- 20 to 65 dB of gain for low impedance balanced microphone inputs in 1 dB steps

- Recording at 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz with 24 bit word length

- Super-stable internal clock

- External clocking via Word Clock or AES/SPDIF sync

- BNC Word Clock output for synchronizing other gear to the AD11

- Digital output format selectable between AES/EBU and SPDIF (IEC 60958 type II)

- Peak hold selectable on large wide range LED meters

Soft Saturation for “hotter” level and peak level control without time constants 

$1680 at Front End Audio:

LG unveils new "Flicker Free" 3D LCD computer monitors

LG Electronics (LG) announced the release of two CINEMA 3D Monitors –D41P and D42P – equipped with LG’s new Film Patterned Retarder(FPR) 3D technology. With FPR 3D technology, the monitors offer a brighter display, clearer images, and a “Flicker-Free” certified 3D picture that makes 3D viewing more comfortable.

“Although 3D is one of the hottest items in technology today, some consumers are holding back from purchasing 3D products because of concerns over performance and price,” said Si-hwan Park, Vice President of the Monitor Division, LG Home Entertainment Company. “With CINEMA 3D Monitors, we’ve addressed all these concerns. The advanced picture quality, more comfortable glasses and competitive pricing makes it very hard to keep putting off 3D.”

A new version of Tweetdeck (v2.0) has been released for the iPhone

"Tweetdeck has release a new version 2.0 of its app for the iPhone. They are calling it a ‘Hollywood-esque “re-imagining” where the essence of the original remains but it’s brought up to date. It’s taken “several months of feverish work”.
Improved features include swiping between columns, navigation through user profiles and the ability to add columns as well as ‘Pull to Update’ and Follow/Unfollow sliders tweaks."
You can download the iPhone TweetDeck v2 from the AppStore here.
Read the full article here:

Purple Audio Biz Mk -- Discrete Class A+A/B Dual Mode 500 Series Microphone Preamplifier with DI

500 series gear seems to be the rage nowadays and Purple Audio has some interesting modules. One of which is the Biz MK; A unique sounding, three amplifier, discrete 500 series microphone preamp module.

"The smooth Gain control helps you dial in the sound you want. If the output level is too high (the Class A/B output opamp can pump out up to +27 dBu), you can ride the level down with the separate Level control. Pressing the "Dual" switch splits the gain between two of our Class A opamps, enabling up to 75 dBu of clean gain, making the Biz a perfect match for ribbon microphones.

With different Gain, Level, and Dual settings the Biz can produce an infinite variety of tonal variations with the same amount of output level. The front panel DI helps you record instruments and line level sources with unrivaled clarity and punch. Two LEDs clearly indicate signal level for the gain and output stages at a glance, turning green to indicate signal present, yellow for 10dB below clipping, and red for clipping."


Output level control
Input and output tricolor LED metering
Mic / Line switch for rack input
Bridging line input for high output mics or line level sources
Use with our Moiyn 8x2 mixer module in the Sweet Ten rack for mic or line mixing

DI Load switch for front panel input
33kohms as in the original Biz or 100kohms for a more open tone
Discrete signal path
Over Current Resettable Fused (prevents any module problem from affecting your rack)
ROHS - Lead Free


Maximum output level +27dBu
Frequency response 10hz – 70kHz +/- 1db(3db down at 100kHz)
Transformer input:
Mic modeMaximum gain 60dB in single modeMaximum gain 75dB in dual modeLine modeMaximum gain 35dB in single modeMaximum gain 50dB in dual mode

Direct input:
Maximum gain 30dB in single modeMaximum gain 40dB in dual mode

$725 at Dale Pro Audio: