Thursday, April 28, 2011

RealTraps Portable Vocal Booth

Need to record at home or in a hotel room while on the road? Check out the RealTraps PVB.
It works extremely well at reducing bad reflections in a space that has terrible acoustics which could ruin your recordings. It's great for vocals as well as live instruments such as guitar.

"The RealTraps Portable Vocal Booth ($299.99 complete) provides an elegant and affordable way to capture dry, clear sounding vocals, even in locations that are less than ideal acoustically."
"This clever and light-weight device (11 pounds) mounts on any microphone boom stand to create a highly controlled environment for recording vocals in acoustically hostile spaces."
Here's a link to a video demo of the PVB:
and get more info at:

Neumann KH 120 A Studio Monitor

Neumann who is world renowned for making exceptional microphones has entered the speaker market. One of the speakers they manufacture is the KH 120 A active studio monitor. There is also a KH 120 D with digital inputs. I will be doing a  full review on these monitors very soon.

Quote from their website:
"The KH 120 A studio monitor is designed for use as a near-field loudspeaker or as a rear loudspeaker in larger multi-channel systems. The KH 120 A represents the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction possible. It has a Mathematically Modeled Dispersion waveguide (MMD (TM), flexible acoustical controls, analog class-AB amplifiers, a large headroom analog input and an extensive mounting hardware range. All of this provides the user with the maximum versatility over a wide variety of acoustic conditions, source equipment, and physical locations.
The KH 120 is perfect for tracking, mixing and mastering in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios."

$749.95 at Sweetwater Sound:

The Atomisonic N4CR Dynoray is a FET compressor, mic preamp, and distortion effects device.

The Atomisonic N4CR Dynoray is an unusual device based on the Shure Level-Loc which was made famous by Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom (Los Lobos "La Bamba"). They used it's trashy sound to add character to their drum tracks. On Atomisonic's website the Dynoray is referred to as a "Level-Loc on steroids".
They took the original circuit design, enhanced it and added extra features which gives the user more control and variety in the types of sounds you can get from this box.

  • Discrete Class A Dynamic FET Compressor
  • Unique Variable Gain Staging FET Mic Preamp
  • Both Balanced and Unbalanced Inputs & Outputs
  • Transformer-Coupled Inputs & Outputs
  • Nickel Input Transformer with Mu Metal Shield
  • "Vintage Style" Steel Output Transformer with Mu Metal Shield
  • The Level-Loc had only one release setting, but the Dynoray offers a variable control. It can be dialed in anywhere from twice as fast to 1.5 times slower than the Level-Loc. This enables fine tuning of the release time to match the tempo of songs and to create unique effects.
  • "Disintegrate" Setting - Turns the Dynoray into a radical distortion device, capable of overdriving every one of its Class A amplifier stages. You can dial in the level of distortion with the main "Amplitude"/volume control, from just a touch, to a level reminiscent of a symphony of buzz saws.
  • Variable "Decay" Control
  • Accepts Mic, Instrument, & Line Level Input
  • Low Impedance Line Level Outputs
  • Phase Reverse Switch - For added convenience when recording drums
Cost: $799

ToneLux OTB16 provides 16 Channel Summing In 1 Rack Space

Tonelux is known for making well built, great sounding gear. The OTB16 would make a great summing unit for any studio where space is limited, and judging from the quality of their other products I'm sure the audio and build quality will be superb.

From the website:
  •  The OTB16 is a 16 channel 1U mixer with 16 balanced inputs and a Tonelux discrete summing bus. 
  •  Each channel has a level control and a panner, and each pair of channels has a button that slaves the right channel level control to the left channel level control. 
  •  Each channel also has a dual color LED, which shows signal level in green and then switches to red at +14dBu. 
  •  The access to the OTB16 is through 2 eight channel Dsub inputs at a level of +4dBu nominal. 
  •  The summing of the 16 channels is through the famous Tonelux TX-240 and TX-260 discrete op-amps, and then throught the main output transformer, which can be adjusted by the MASTER fader pot, which comes out of a pair of XLR connectors. 
  • Additionally there is a monitor fader output for monitoring or for expansion, which is balanced but transformerless, and 2 additional balanced inputs to the MIX bus. 
  • The pre fader monitor output can be plugged into the BUS input to extend the number of channels with a second or third OTB16.