New products on the recording horizon.
Revox have recently introduced an updated version of the popular PR99 tape recorder. The new PR99 Mk2 incorporates a comprehensive LED real time counter giving an accurate readout of the elapsed time in hours, minutes and seconds. In addition, several tape position locate facilities have been incorporated, including zero locate, address locate and a repeat cycle function.
Further new features that expand the production capabilities of the PR99 Mk2 include the wide ranging vari-speed control which provides ±½ octave pitch tuning, and a serial remote control connector which gives microprocessor access to the tape position and address locate facilities.
The new PR99 Mk2 retains all the features of its predecessor, including +4dB balanced inputs and outputs, self-sync and 19" rack-mounting capability. Further details from FWO Bauch Ltd., (Contact Details).
Graff are now manufacturing the HSC2 high speed cassette duplicator. Suitable for all music, audio-visual and computer software copying applications, the HSC2 is a fully modular system consisting of a master unit and any number of add-on slave units to provide a comprehensive cassette tape copying facility.
Recordings are made at sixteen times the normal real time speed and one or both sides of the cassette may be copied in one pass. Automatic rewind is fitted as standard and stereo or mono heads are available. Furthermore, LED signal level monitoring is provided and all popular tape types including ferric, chrome and metal may be copied. More information from Graff Electronic Machines Ltd; (Contact Details).
Total Audio Concepts announce the new Scorpion Series mixers. These high quality modular mixers are available in either eight or sixteen bus formats in two frame sizes. The 16-8-2 mixer provides the flexibility, construction and facilities expected of a modern day professional mixer, with its comprehensive EQ, signal routing and LED bargraph metering.
Due to its modular concept, the Scorpion may also be configured as a live sound reinforcement mixer when quality is a priority. The Scorpion is also available in 24-16-2 or 32-8-2 formats. Details from Total Audio Concepts Ltd, (Contact Details).
Teac have introduced a new auto-reverse cassette machine. The R-555 stereo cassette deck provides all the usual features of a quality audio machine with the added advantage of a real time auto-reverse facility which utilises two independent forward and reverse drive capstans and a rotating head system.
In addition, a special infra-red end of tape sensor, tape position indicator and return to zero facility provides control over the tape transport condition. A bargraph signal level display, automatic tape type selection and built-in Dolby B and C noise reduction systems are just a few of the R-555's many features. Information from Harman (Audio) UK Ltd, (Contact Details).
Allen & Heath Brenell have announced a new range of PA mixers. The SR Series mixers have been designed for live work though they are equally at home in many sound situations.
A total of five mixers form the SR range, three having stereo group outputs and a further two having four group output configurations (ideal for recording work). All models feature four band EQ, long throw faders, peak level indicators and 48 volt phantom powering, whilst each channel offers 2 pre-fade and 2 postfade auxiliary sends plus insert points. The mixer is available in the following formats: 8-2, 16-2, 24-2, 16-4-2 and 24-4-2. Details from Allen & Heath Brenell, (Contact Details).
Boss have added the new CE-300 Super Chorus to their range of rack-mounting effects units. Housed in a 1U high case, the CE-300 provides modulation rate and depth, chorus tone and level controls, plus a direct signal mute switch and a stereo output. Further information from Roland (UK) Ltd, (Contact Details).
Roland enter the world of tape synchronisation with the introduction of the low cost SBX-80 Sync Box. Designed to synchronise musical instruments utilising MIDI and Roland's 24-pulse DIN Sync system with SMPTE code, the SBX-80 is a versatile unit that enables time code recorded onto tape to synchronise instruments to audio and professional video format tape machines. It is ideally suited to audiovisual production with its tape position display in hours, minutes, seconds and frames. Details from Roland (UK) Ltd, (Contact Details).