MH Hardware and Software MacOS 10.12 Sierra Compatible

Vrijdag 21 oktober 2016, 12:47 • 4224 keer gelezen
MH Hardware and Software MacOS 10.12 Sierra Compatible All Metric Halo Hardware and Software is macOS 10.12 Sierra Compatible from Day 1

Although pro audio manufacturers like to throw around the word "future-proof," no one can compare with Metric Halo's proven track record. Indeed, users of its 2882 hardware interface, introduced in 2000, are still using their original boxes with modern Macs via a well-coordinated plan of free software upgrades that keep them current! That philosophy and dedication extends to Metric Halo's hardware drivers, MIO Console software, plug-in software, and SpectraFoo software, all of which are completely compatible with Mac's newest operating system, 10.12 Sierra. No need to worry about incompatibility issues with Metric Halo, everything will simply work after the OS upgrade just as it did before the OS upgrade. Easy peasy.

Benchmark "First" Watt ABX test

Woensdag 28 september 2016, 13:41 • 4242 keer gelezen
Benchmark "First" Watt ABX test

In their listening room Benchmark recently demonstrated the importance of the first watt using two 100 watt stereo power amplifiers. One amplifier was a traditional class-AB amplifier, the other was Benchmark's AHB2 power amplifier with feed-forward error correction. Using a double-blind ABX test, they verified that there was a clearly audible difference when the amplifiers drove speakers at an output level of 0.01 watt.

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Audio Myth - Balanced headphone amplifiers are better.

Dinsdag 20 september 2016, 11:20 • 2349 keer gelezen
Audio Myth - Balanced headphone amplifiers are better.

"If balanced line-level connections work well, balanced headphone outputs should also work well."

Senior designer John Siau of Benchmark Media disagrees!

Benchmark does not offer balanced headphone outputs on any of its products. The reason for this is that a voltage-balanced interface serves no useful purpose when driving headphones. The truth is that a conventional single-ended headphone drive is technically superior to a balanced drive. This paper explains why single-ended headphone amplifiers are inherently more transparent than balanced headphone amplifiers.


Tom Elmhirst augments ATC monitoring setup

Woensdag 07 september 2016, 17:55 • 1802 keer gelezen
Tom Elmhirst augments ATC monitoring setup

"The addition of SCM45A Pros perfectly supplement my second rig to bring it in line with my main control room monitoring setup. It's important that both rigs can speak the same language so I can work and my assistants can work in both places comfortably and confidently."

– Tom Elmhirst, 2016 (mix engineer).

Nashville Icon Buddy Miller Settles Down with ATC

Donderdag 01 september 2016, 10:47 • 1463 keer gelezen
Nashville Icon Buddy Miller Settles Down with ATC NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 2016: Buddy Miller is a Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, guitarist, and engineer. After getting his start in the late 1970s in New York City and Austin, he moved to Nashville and went on to produce dozens and dozens of big- and small-name talents, including Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Robert Plant.

ATC Surround System for Recording Engineer Michael Bishop

Donderdag 21 juli 2016, 12:45 • 1848 keer gelezen
ATC Surround System for Recording Engineer Michael Bishop Article by Transaudio Group, USA

"Seasoned veteran" is perhaps too weak a term to describe audio engineer Michael Bishop, whose passion for breathtaking audio capture has earned him ten Grammy wins in a career that has spanned nearly 45 years. He served as the Chief Recording Engineer for Telarc Records from 1988 up until 2008, when Concord Music Group closed Telarc's in-house production team, and now partners in Five/Four Productions, Ltd. with two of his former Telarc colleagues, Robert Friedrich and Thomas Moore. A tireless advocate of cutting-edge technologies, Bishop was experimenting with 24-bit, 192kHz recording when most engineers were still coming to terms with 16-bit, 44.1kHz and has since moved on to record/release in DTS, SACD, and now DSD.

ES9018 en de Benchmark DAC2

Donderdag 30 juni 2016, 13:09 • 1803 keer gelezen
ES9018 en de Benchmark DAC2

Stevige kost maar erg interessant. Een verhandeling van ontwerper John Siau waarin hij uitgebreid ingaat op de ontwerpstrategie achter de DAC2 en de daarbij toegepaste ES9018 converter chip.

The ES9018 is a very flexible D/A converter chip. It offers simple solutions that require very few external components, but it also offers opportunities to extract much higher performance. Benchmark has elected to perform most of the digital processing outside of the ES9018. Most importantly, Benchmark has extended the digital headroom to a level that is 3.5 dB higher than the headroom available inside the ES9018. The result is that the DAC2 will never clip when it encounters an intersample over. These overs occur many times per second in most CDs. There are wide variations in the measured performance of products that use the ES9018 converter chip. Never assume that the sound of a converter is determined by the D/A chip alone!
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