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Lindell Audio at Awave

Lindell Audio at Awave

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Rupert Neve Designs Introduces Fidelice™ Line of High-Fidelity Products

Rupert Neve Designs Introduces Fidelice™ Line of High-Fidelity Products

Coming Soon to Awave

 

Wimberley, TX (July 26th, 2019) –New for the summer and shown for the first time this weekend at the 2019 CanJam London Show, Rupert Neve Designs is proud to introduce a Fidelice: a new product range for the high-fidelity audio market. The initial product lineup includes The Precision Headphone Amplifier, Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier, and Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter.

From Josh Thomas, Rupert Neve Designs’ General Manager: “We are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with the Fidelice range of products, and it’s exciting to be able to provide what has become the reference in world class studios to the audiophile and hi-fi communities. This brings Rupert’s designs full circle, as his first commercial endeavor was actually CQ Audio, a British Hi-Fi company.”

The Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter is the new range’s flagship product, built around pure Class-A topologies with transformer balanced XLR outputs, and it “represents a new standard in digital accuracy from the master of analog”. In DSD mode, the DAC is capable of operating at the highest available standard of DSD512 (22.4MHz), and in PCM mode the the DAC is capable of reproducing 32-bit, 384 kHz files. According to the company, “Pristine clocking with the top-of-the-line AKM converter chips and highly customized integration make the precision DAC a true reference level product.” The Precision DAC’s rear panel also features digital filter sets to further adapt the sound for any system.

The headphone amplifier within the Precision DAC elevates the award-winning RNHP, with an entirely new  design featuring the inclusion of XLR balanced and Pentaconn balanced connections in addition to the ¼” unbalanced output. It also includes a high-gain switch making it capable of driving the most difficult-to-power headphones.

The Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier is a new design based around the classic amplifier topologies that have made Mr. Rupert Neve’s microphone preamplifiers so sought-after for decades, and is intended to “elevate your turntable setup with the classic sound of Rupert Neve”. Purpose-designed low-noise discrete Class-A amplifiers are implemented throughout the signal path for both MM and MC gain stages, “each painstakingly tailored for an enthralling listening experience with unparalleled accuracy, depth and expressiveness.” The Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier includes a switchable 18dB/octave rumble filter, and the MM signal path also includes selectable capacitance of either 110pF or 220pF to pair with a large variety of cartridges.

Finally, the Precision Headphone Amplifier is an updated version of Rupert Neve Designs’ award-winning RNHP, a 24V reference-quality headphone amplifier, complete with a new aluminum & mahogany industrial design that makes it at home in any living room or office. Each of its three sets of inputs is specifically calibrated for optimal level and impedance, and it offers effortless, wide-open sonic performance and abundant power to drive any headphones without compromise.

The Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier and Precision Headphone Amplifier are shipping at the end of August 2019, with the Precision DAC shipping at the end of September 2019. All Fidelice products are made in the USA and feature an attractive high-end aluminum & mahogany construction.

More info: https://fidelice.com

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Cre8audio’s New Nifty Lineup

Cre8audio’s New Nifty Lineup

Cre8audio intros a new lineup of Eurorack products including a super affordable powered case and two new modules where one is inspired by chiptune music.

The developers of Twisted Electrons today introduced new Eurorack products under a new company called Cre8Audio. They describe them as nifty because they offer a lot for little money. The NiftyCase is a new affordable Eurorack case ($200) with a built-in PSU and clever additional features like a dual USB & MIDI to CV converter. A very interesting case for beginners of modular synthesis.

You also need modules for a case. With the Chipz oscillator and Cellz touch-controller, they are offering two new modules at a very reasonable price. Chipz is inspired by chiptune sounds what is no surprise if you know the background of the developers. All this is also available in a NiftyBundle for under $270 USD which is a nice package for beginners.

Chipz Dual VCO & LFO

Chipz is the first module of Cre8audio and is inspired by chiptune sounds. It features two oscillators and an LFO or two in a 12HP module. All “three” oscillators offer sine, triangle, sawtooth, square and noise wave shapes.

Interesting here, the first oscillator includes a filter and the second has pulse width modulation (PWM). The LFO includes two separate outputs.

Cellz – Progammable CV Touch Pad

The second module is called Cellz and is a 12HP touch-pad voltage controller and sequencer. Each of the 16 touch-sensitive pads can be fed two 12bit values (semi-tone quantized or free scale), ranging from 0V to 5V. With the help of a clock, you can cycle through them and use it as wacky sequencer.

NiftyCASE

In addition to the two new modules, Cre8audio also offers a new Eurorack case that is very affordable. For around $200 USD (street price), you get an 84HP wide case with a built-in 2.5A power supply with 10 flying bus power connectors.

To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of flying bus systems because they often produce more internal noise. A built-in bus board system would have been nicer. Maybe the developers have improved this a bit, so you get less noise.

Exciting here is that they do not offer a normal case, but has extended it with helpful and useful features. It includes a built-in USB & MIDI interface that converts MIDI signals into 2 CV/Gate outputs. Plus, you can find a modulation output and a clock output.

On the backside, you have also an audio output. All this for $200 USD is not a bad deal at all.

NiftyCASE features

  • Useable case area = 84hp
  • Internal depth = 55mm
  • Range of cv out 1 = 1-10V
  • Range of cv out 2 = 1-10V
  • Voltage output gate 1 – off =0 on =5(off = 0 on = 4.65)
  • Voltage output gate 2 – off =0 on =5(off = 0 on = 4.65)
  • Voltage output mod = 1-10V
  • Voltage output clock – off =0 on =5
  • Power output for modules
    •  +12V – 1500mA
    • -12V – 500mA
    • +5V – 500mA
  • Included in the box: NiftyCASE + switching power supply with blades for NA, EU, UK, and AU

The new Cre8Audio lineup is available as individual products or in the NiftyBundle that consists of the NiftyCase plus the two modules and cables.

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Manley Labs – Massive Passive & Vari-Mu

Manley Labs – Massive Passive & Vari-Mu

From Aphex Twin remixes to Korg patches to Nike commercials, the work of Atlanta-based electronic musician / producer / sound designer Richard Devine is everywhere – and the Manley Massive Passive and Stereo Variable Mu are now part of his creative process.

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Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor – In Stock!

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor – In Stock!

Mastering-grade compressor/limiter for tracking and mixing – requires Shadow Hills PSU (not included)

The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor has extraordinary functionality, and also provides mastering grade compression and limiting for tracking and mixing. Essentially it is two compressors in series, per channel, that can act in stereo, or dual mono. First comes our mastering grade electro-optical compressor, followed by our discrete Class-A compressor/limiter. Both feed our switchable custom output transformers, Nickel, Iron, and Steel. There is enough gain in each section to overdrive the hottest tape, or clip your converters, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The input stage is transformer balanced, followed by our fully discrete optical compressor. This section utilizes the same T4B optical attenuator as the LA2A and LA3A, but is optimized for mastering. The second stage is our discrete Class-A VCA compressor. There are no electrolytic caps or IC chips in the audio path. There are six ratios: 1.2 to 1, 2 to 1, 3 to 1, 4 to 1, 6 to 1, and 10 to 1. There is six attack settings: .1, .5, 1, 5, 10, and 30 milliseconds. And there are six release times selectable: .1, .25, .5,8, 1.2, and Auto. There is an insert-able filter in the side chain to limit pumping with bass heavy material. Lastly the signal goes through our new Shadow Hills custom transformer-switching network.

The first position is Nickel, which is our custom version of a famous L. A. custom console. Next is Iron. In this mode the signal goes through our op-amp and into a Class-A output stage then to our custom Iron transformers, the last transformer position is Steel. These selections allow you to choose between different output transformers that are in effect: clean, colored, and dirty, respectively.

The optical section has a hard-wired bypass that completely removes it from the signal path, and the Class-A VCA compressor is also hardwire bypassable, completely removing it from the chain. It is possible to independently bypass both compression sections and have your signal go through the input transformer and transformer selector only. There is also a hardwire bypass for the entire compressor, effectively a strait wire in and out of the box. So besides being a mastering grade, and highly functional buss compressor, it serves as an excellent tracking compressor.

For instance, you might call up the chain of the optical compressor, then to the Class-A output and Iron transformer, for vocals, or select just the Class-A VCA compressor with a 10:1 plus the Steel transformer for crushing some room mics, and on and on.

The metering can reflect, optical gain reduction, discrete gain reduction, or output level. The Magic eye tube follows the output meter to act as a peak meter.

All 17 of the rotary switches are detented. The front panel is engraved. The knobs are bake-lite, and the two-rack space external power supply will work in any country on any voltage.

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Watch How the Pros Use UAD

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