In the Spotlight with Phoenix Audio
Communicate Freely. Phoenix Audio Technologies provides video conferencing equipment with high-quality audio that is easy to install and simple to use.
Communicate Freely. Phoenix Audio Technologies provides video conferencing equipment with high-quality audio that is easy to install and simple to use.
Whether used for live performance, broadcast, or in the studio, the new RMP-D8 is a revelation in sound quality, reliability and convenience. Each channel of the RMP-D8 has a fully-realized class-A microphone preamplifier feeding a custom transformer, maintaining the high standards of Rupert Neve Designs’ standalone preamplifiers while seamlessly integrating mastering-grade converters with Dante and AES connectivity.
“I heard and felt the difference immediately. The RMP-D8 sounded absolutely fantastic.”
-Vince Lepore, FOH Magazine
To showcase the RMP-D8’s preamps and converters, we put them up against some of the most well-known studio equivalents (SSL 6K E G+) on drums, voice and guitar with similarly well-known microphones. While this is by no means a scientific shootout, it does provide a useful reference for the RMP-D8’s classic Rupert Neve character and capabilities.
“When we put the RMP in, it seemed like there was an instant body and dimension on the drums versus the other micpreamps and converters.”
Charlie Kramsky (Nothing More, Bobby McFerrin)
Yamaha Professional Audio recently announced Version 5.0 for Yamaha CL and QL Digital Audio Consoles. With the new update, the Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 can now be controlled remotely from any Yamaha CL or QL console equipped with Dante, providing a new high-end mic preamp option for Dante-connected venues, studios, broadcast systems, and touring rigs.
BAE subsidiary UK Sound is in the business of manufacturing high-quality analog gear for musicians and engineers seeking vintage character without spending a fortune. The 1173 brings together two timeless circuits, the 1073 preamp and a classic FET compressor, to infuse your productions with the sonic soul of the ’70s. Boasting discrete Class A circuitry with transformer-balanced input and output, the 1173 performs wonders on any instrument or vocal, delivering the character and assertiveness your tracks have been asking for. Crafted in California with meticulously selected components, the UK Sound 1173 delivers the best of both worlds: world-class vintage warmth and punch, and real-world value. Give the UK Sound 1173 a serious audition — you will be impressed. You’re probably going to want two.
The president of Manley Labs EveAnna Manley is a sharp individual. Her manufacturing operation is based out of Chino, California and is capable of producing metric tons of both pro-side and audiophile goods – all hand assembled in the US. I briefly ran into EveAnna at the musician’s convention NAMM this year, and she graciously invited me to stop by the offices for a tour. It is an interesting and enlightening experience and one that I had previously seen before, so it was easy to say yes for a more formal, image-intensive go ’round.
The large warehouse on the eastern outskirts of Los Angeles houses a plethora of Manley duties, including operations, manufacturing and even some design work. EveAnna conducts most of the tour herself, laying down intriguing facts, stories and insights into what its like producing tube based-amplifiers and microphones for world consumption. Manley does ship a significant percentage of their wares outside the border of the United States. Harnessing a global presence since the late 90’s, Manley broke away from its originating company Vacuum Tube Logic (VTL) and formally settled in its Chino location in 1993. Now sales cater to the world stage (and studios) as well as a good chunk of tube tech oriented at the analog-loving audiophile market.
EveAnna is quick to point out that so much of the company’s output is handled under one roof. Mechanical engraving, assembly and especially transformer winding all happen under the watchful supervision of the in-house staff. Multiple offices are even equipped with treadmill desks for those who prefer the proper stature of an upright workday.
Several material cutting machines craft, saw and pummel metal into the appropriate shapes and designs on the far side of the building. EveAnna has attempted to streamline the entire process for maximum efficiencies with systems for ordering, inventory and shipping in constant churn.
A now-ancient Apple computer mans the helm at a mechanical engraving station (as an alternative to laser engraving). The interface has to be manually programmed with line-level syntax and backed up on giant 5 1/4″ floppy disks, but provides an interesting look for some of Manley’s faceplates.
Happy Summer to all of our business partners around the globe! We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the brand and especially for welcoming JB Lierre onboard as our new Director of International Sales. He and Gamma have been reaching out to everyone. With this newsletter we are going to try to be more proactive about staying in touch with everyone.
At the factory we have been working on finalizing some new hifi designs. I recently was lucky to add Dylan Wahl to our design team. Dylan has vast experience with all sorts of engineering – ranging from automotive electronics to automation design to particle accelerators and other non-audio disciplines. I first met Dylan through mastering engineer Pete Lyman. Dylan had designed and constructed brand new record lathe control circuitry for Pete’s lathe at Infrasonic Mastering. I was immediately impressed with the clean layouts and clever features he had designed for Pete. Also we are all motorbike enthusiasts…so we got along instantly. For the last few years Dylan was working with record lathe legend Len Horowitz at History of Recorded Sound, restoring lathes for folks all around the world. At Len’s place in Culver City I got to see Doug Sax’s epic Mastering Labs record cutting systems being restored for their current owner, Acoustic Sounds, and I got to see how they repair and rewind cutter heads. Working with Len, Dylan developed his listening skills and vacuum tube chops. He brings a wealth of skills to our team along with a kind heart and buckets of patience! I am really excited to have multi-talented Dylan Wahl working with us.
As some of you may have noticed, we’ve recently updated our logo, returning to the classic engraver’s font used many moons ago. Please visit the link below to download all new logo assets, and make sure your marketing department is aware of the changes – these apply to the entire Manley brand worldwide, so your dealers will need to update their websites and other materials accordingly.
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We’ve just produced four audio demonstration videos featuring our new Nu Mu Stereo Limiter Compressor – you can view them all on our YouTube channel, or download them via the link below.
Please be sure to share these with your dealers, and get them up on their Nu Mu product pages if possible…
The Manley Reference Silver Tube Microphone has been nominated for a TEC Award in the Technical Achievement category for Microphones (Recording) – we are so honored!
Established in 1991 in Tokyo, Japan, Hook Up is one of Manley’s very oldest partners. Their relationship with Manley dates all the way back to 1992 (!), and they’ve remained one of Manley’s strongest importers for many decades.
In Hook Up’s words: “At our start, we focused on MI products, then expanded with Pro Audio gear – including Manley Labs – at a very early phase. In that way, we have grown up together with Manley in the Pro Audio market. Now Manley gear is well-known in Japan as a very high-quality top brand.”
It’s been a historic week at Slate Digital with the release of the VMS ML-2 small diaphragm modeling microphone. Our dealers are NOW shippingthese incredibly versatile microphones to you, our amazing customers, and the reviews and testimonials are coming in
Our friends at Production Expert have created this thorough video review of the VMS ML-2. Click below and watch as they mic up a drum set with 4 VMS ML-2’s and a VMS ML-1.
Here’s what our awesome customers are saying about the VMS ML-2!
With the VMS ML-2 release we created a way for you to experience the Slate Virtual Recording Studio including ALL of our microphone models.
Click below to go to The VRS Experience page where you can download all the Slate plugins including 14 day demos of our VMS microphone plugins, as well as a multitrack session recorded with VMS mics through our upcoming VRS8 interface.
When I was twenty years old, I was interning at a pro studio in Boston, Massachusetts where I had the fortune of working with high end gear like vintage mics, tape machines, consoles, and all the rack gear you could ever want. Then I’d retire back to my janky little home studio, dreaming of one day having the money to afford all the cool toys from my day job.
That’s why I am so thrilled about the Slate Digital Virtual Recording Studio.Now you don’t have to be elite or rich to have access to the industry’s most sought-after tools, including a locker full of the very best microphones.
But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.
I’m so pleased to let Slate users know that they can now experience ALL of our Virtual Microphone models! By visiting the VRS Experience, you can download demos of all Slate Plugins, including 14 day demos of both our Classic Tubes Mic module and our new Classic Instruments Mic Module. You can then download the VRS Session which was recorded with ML-2 and ML-1 microphones, and audition the virtual mics to hear the incredibly precise tone of the mic modeling. You’ll want to make sure you activate all the Slate and Eiosis plugins since they are needed for the session.
So I hope you enjoy playing around with the Virtual Recording Studio! It’s a lot of fun to shape your own sound using your own mic combinations! Happy mixing!
The 3d Card Upgrade is a user-installable hardware and software combination that completely refreshes your Metric Halo devices for the next leg of the digital revolution. It replaces all the digital & computer interfacing on your hardware with up-to-date, cutting-edge implementations.
The 3d Card Upgrade includes:
This release is Early Access. What does that mean?
MH Link redefines audio interconnect technology. It supports up to 128 channels at 32-bit/192k, bidirectionally, on each port. MH Link intelligently manages low-jitter audio clock distribution, high-bandwidth audio streaming and system control data all on a single lightweight, inexpensive, industry-standard Cat5/5e Ethernet cable. MH Link helps you to maximize your audio performance while minimizing complexity.
MH Link key features:
Upgrading to 3d means that you are prepared for whatever future interfaces you may need. The MH EdgeBus port integrated with every 3d Card accepts Metric Halo’s exclusive high-speed expansion EdgeCards.
In addition to the connectivity already included with the 3d Card, the following EdgeCard variants are now available with the 3d release, with more planned for the future:
A new engine deserves a new Console. For 3d, we designed a new retina-enabled, 64-bit, cross-platform console application: MH Console.
MH Console features a high-impact, modern, flat design with scalable UI elements. With user controllable color theming and extensive support for user-configurable interaction preferences, it is easy to tune the console to fit your style (and your eyesight). MH Console also adds support for standard UI gestures including drag-and-drop for inserts and multi-strip control swiping.
It is built to support both multi-window and single-window modes — so you can work comfortably no matter what your windowing style is — it even supports full-screen mode.
MH Console features an expanded and updated MH Mixer. Building on the power of the v.5 Mixer, MH Mixer continues to support all the v.5 features that you have come to rely on: multi-bus mixing, arbitrary routing, input and output multing, zero-latency hardware plug-ins, surround support, and headamp control. MH Mixer removes the barriers that limited the v.5 mixer by providing:
These new mixing features unlock new workflows specifically targeted at mixing for live and zero-latency cue mixing during tracking.
Every Metric Halo 3d Device includes Metric Halo’s custom Multicore-Audio Network-on-a-Chip technology which is a unique hybrid of custom FPGA processors and programmable floating point DSP processing.
The 3d Core combines hardware MH Link packet processors, Digital Audio I/O processors, dedicated hardware for Mixing, Routing, and Metering along with programmable DSP to form a flexible, programmable Audio Network System.
MH Console uses the 3d Core in each unit and the network of MH Link connections to automatically aggregate all the resources of your Metric Halo 3d hardware units into one unified device. Unlike many competitive products, 3d does not require a central unit in order to aggregate. This means that you can scale your system one box at a time without having to make a big investment up front.
3d is designed to balance DSP power with I/O capabilities. As you add more Metric Halo I/O, your DSP power increases proportionally. With 3d you can simply connect a second unit to double the performance and each additional MH Linked unit increases the overall processing power of the system.
With 3d, all I/Os, mix busses, DSPs and processing engines are first-class citizens. Unlike other products where low-latency routing can only be done within a given unit, MH Link supports routing from any resource on any box to any resource on any other box with only 3 samples total latency.
Adding more boxes to your system adds more I/O channels to the mixer (both input and output). Need another headphone output? Add a box. Need more mic inputs? Add a box. All inputs are available to all busses and all busses can be sent to any and all of physically connected boxes and their the outputs across the system.
MH Console gives you the freedom to route anything anywhere, while greatly simplifying the process of configuring the system to meet your needs. It provides:
Unified Mixer — The new MH Mixer breaks boundaries. It unites all channels and busses of the physically connected units at mix level across devices. You decide where the signal goes and MH Console takes care of the routing for you.
You have to be able to hear your audio properly to make good decisions. For 3d we built in MH MonitorControl: an integrated, system-wide, surround-capable monitor controller.
MH MonitorControl allows the exceptional Metric Halo D/A converters to shine without the need for any additional hardware.
MH MonitorControl on ULN-8/LIO-8 features analog domain gain control for pristine level management at full converter resolution.
In addition to all the expected features of a monitor control solution (including source and destination selection, gain control, mute, dim, speaker mute/solo and mono fold-down), MH MonitorControl provides extensive support for:
Originally developed to record Soulive’s 2003 Blue Note live album “Soulive (Live)” the Record Panel was designed to capture the inputs of multiple 2882s direct to disk.
MIOConsole’s integrated Record Panel implemented a simple capture tool: rock-solid and light-weight with direct access to the hardware.
Over the years, the Record Panel added advanced features including SMPTE LTC decoding, audio file time stamping, BWF support and file auto-breaking for long-form live recording.
MH Console expands on the design of the Record Panel and integrates MH Record – a take-based recording engine with deep integration with the 3d hardware. MH Record maintains the legendary stability and reliability that the Record Panel is known for while adding a host of new features.
MH Record provides:
For live recording and take-based tracking, MH Record offers unparalleled stability, simplicity and sound-quality.
In 2001, Metric Halo blazed a trail for the industry by introducing the first interface with support for instantiable DSP.
17 years later we took +DSP to the next level. 3d core technology is based upon a fused FPGA/multi-processor design. To take advantage of this we offloaded as much of the core audio processing functions from the DSPs to the FPGA as we could.
And the results are stunning.
Within the FPGA we implemented a complementary set of custom designed audio-optimized processors that all interface to each other with virtually no latency. The Metric Halo custom designed processors in each 3d Card include:
The processing power of the FPGA-based custom processors in 3d amount to roughly 30x the processing power of the DSP on the 2d Card. All the processors in the FPGA run with 1 sample of latency. All processors in the FPGA support their full capability at 192kHz. All of the audio transport in the system (with the exception of DSP processing) is managed completely in hardware.
The 3d Core DMA engine connects to the fully programmable floating point DSP cores, which continue to support instantiable plug-in processing, with the added benefit of massively increasing the amount of low-latency memory available to the plug-ins. Each 3d Card has 1 GB of memory available for DSP processing – more than 2500x the memory that was available on 2d. This means that running out of memory for delays or reverbs is a thing of the past.
We have included the full +DSP suite with the purchase of 3d. You can now access all the +DSP plug-ins as well as the +DSP graph on all units without an additional license.
MH Console supports the industry-standard Mackie Control protocol as well as Avid’s EuCon control surface protocol. If you want tactile control over MH Console, all you have to do is add one of the many supported control surfaces.
Faders, pans, mute, solo, headamp controls and MH Record transport controls are at your finger tips, and MH Console is ultra-responsive – no lag between the surface and the DSP.
You can navigate through your mix from your surface. Moving an Aux to the faders is a single button push, and if your surface has a master fader, the selected bus master is always on the master fader.
3d is just the start of the next chapter in MH’s audio technologies. We have built future-proof extensibility into the hardware at its base level.
Buy 3d for the problems it solves for you today. With Metric Halo’s 17 year proven commitment to future proof hardware, you can be confident that it will continue to help you solve new problems tomorrow.