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Curtain down on NAMM 09

test 20 January 2009

US: Steinberg and Community Professional were among those highlighting new products, writes David Davies. FaitalPRO and HHB were some of the many other companies to exhibit new items at the latest instalment of the major US trade show, which took place at the Anaheim Convention Center from January 15th to 18th.

In what managing director Kazunori Kobayashi described as “a milestone in the history of Cubase”, Steinberg presented a major new update to its Cubase Advanced Music Production System and Cubase Music Production System products. The new versions, Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5, offer a host of fresh features, including new beat creation tools, an integrated vocal pitch editing toolset, extended composing features and a convolution reverb. There is also full support for Windows Vista 64-bit Editions in the new releases, which are due to begin shipping next month.

Steinberg also showcased the development of a remote controller application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod. The Cubase RC application runs on both handheld devices and provides comprehensive control for Cubase 5 Advanced Music Production System. Cubase RC will be available free of charge exclusively through Apple’s iTunes Stores from Q2.

Following a year in which parent company Faital celebrated its 50th anniversary, the FaitalPRO division unveiled a new ‘super powerful’ woofer. The FaitalPRO 18XL1500 is able to handle operating power from 1500W to 3000W (peak).

“It is the largest product we have on catalogue to date – above all, [it is] big on performance and purposely not exaggerated in size,” said FaitalPRO overseas manager Flavio Naggi. “In fact, we wanted to create the ideal candidate for enclosure manufacturers that need all the power of a 21″ with the volume and weight (only 10Kg) of a simple 18″ woofer. The advantages are evident at several levels.”

Elsewhere on the showfloor, Community Professional Loudspeakers introduced its MX41E series of stage monitors (pictured). The MX41E is billed as a compact, versatile two-way bass reflex floor monitor, and is available in 90 x 40 (MX41E-94) and 60 x 40 (MX41E-64) degree coverage patterns.

Voiced for live performance applications, the new monitors incorporate a host of professional features, including Community’s Ferrofluid-cooled LF driver technology, solid birch plywood construction, heavy-duty steel handles, and pro-quality Neutrik input connectors. The MX41E monitors are protected by Community’s PowerSense driver protection circuitry and covered by Community’s exclusive five-year warranty.

HHB announced that its new professional universal DVD/CD player, the UDP-89, is now shipping. Developed to fulfil the requirement for a compact, ‘industrial strength’ universal DVD/CD player, the UDP-89’s specification includes a ‘clean screen’ feature that ensures the video output remains free of the brand logos that can render consumer DVD players unsuitable for professional use. In addition, menu commands and transport status appear only in the front panel display, leaving the screen a ‘clean’ plain grey when no content is displayed.

Housed in a 1U rack-mounting chassis, the UDP-89 plays CD, Video-CD, SACD, DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs, and features a built-in preamp with volume control for direct connection to active 5.1 speaker systems, Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, MPEG audio decoding, professional cueing, A-B repeat function, and RS232 and parallel control interfaces.


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