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CTW NAMM Coverage: Gepco RunONE

When I was at NAB last spring, I talked with Gepco about a new cable they were working on that included data, digital audio and power lines in one jacket. RunONE is now a real product and is available in a variety of configurations. 

Some of the example configurations of RunONE.

The basic configuration consists of a single run of power along with two, eight or twelve lines of 110 Ohm audio. Because it’s 110 Ohm, it can carry standard analog mic or line levels, digital audio or DMX (a single stringer for LEDs anyone?)

You can also get a version that includes not one but two Cat5 data cables in the same jacket. I really wish this cable was available when I built my inexpensive stage boxes a few months back. The loomed version is fine, but we still have to run power to the musician, and it would be nice to have it all in one jacket.

Add in an EtherCon and we’re pretty much set for our needs….

I’m not sure how they cracked it, but they managed to keep the 60-cycle hum completely out of the audio lines. They demonstrated with real-time analysis (I didn’t get a picture, sorry!) that showed absolutely no interference of the power into the audio lines. It was pretty amazing. 

UPDATE: Thanks to Jeff (in the comments), we have a YouTube video that shows how they manage “spectral sheilding.” Pretty cool. The video is not great, but it’s a good illustration of how it works.

END UPDATE.

Clean stagees have become a passion for me, and this is one more step in the right direction. RunONE is available now; pricing will depend on the cable configuration.

CTW NAMM Coverage: Presonus QMix

We’ve been a little rough on the Presonus StudioLive mixer on the last few episodes. But the truth is, they provide a lot of bang for the buck and will find a home in many a church. And to be fair, Presonus continues to improve and innovate that product line, so we should really given them credit. 

QMix is a free iPhone app that gives users the ability to mix Aux sends for monitor mixes. Running in conjunction with the new version of Universal Control (1.5.3 as of this writing), you pair the iPhones with the computer connected to your StudioLive. You can assign permissions to each iPhone and give them the ability to control one mix only. It’s really personal mixing on a small scale.

The mix app has some clever features. In landscape mode, the user can easily adjust eight channel levels at a time. The app is very responsive and seemed to work very well. 

Turn the phone to portrait mode and it becomes a “more me” control. It’s possible to assign multiple channels to “more me’ and turn those up as a group. If the musician gets to the top of “more me,” and the musician still needs more, the app will turn down other inputs to give the results needed. Very clever.

CTW NAMM Coverage: WaveMachine Auria 48 Track iPad DAW

This is one of those products that I’m not exactly sure what it would be used for, but it’s really cool. If you’ve ever had the desire to record, mix, edit and render out 48 tracks of audio on your iPad, your wish is fulfilled. Auria from WaveMachine Labs will let you do all that and more. With “vintage inspired” channel strips and the ability to run VST plug-ins (some restrictions apply), it’s a pretty complete package.

As an iPad, app, it’s pretty amazing. It’s very responsive and when I played with the tracks they had loaded up, it sounded really good. I tweaked the EQ and comps and was pleasantly surprised at how good they sounded. The demo was running a full 48 tracks on an iPad 2 and it felt very responsive. 

The interface looks fantastic and certainly has that vintage feel. An iPad 2 is recommended, and iOS 5 is required. Using the Apple Camera Adapter, you can use quite a few class-compliant USB audio interfaces to get audio in and out. 

Like I said, I’m not sure why you would use this instead of Reaper, Logic, ProTools or any other DAW, but isn’t it nice to know you can if you want to, right?

CTW NAMM Coverage: Roland VR-3

You’ve probably seen the Roland VR-5 audio/video mixer already. The VR-5 gives you 5 inputs, the ability to mix video and audio, prepare a stream for U-Stream or Livestream and record to USB. The VR-3 is similar, though it’s a bit scaled down. 

The VR-3 is a four-channel composite only switcher with a small multi-view touch screen. It’s very compact and like the VR-5 can send a web stream ready video data stream out the USB port. Unlike the VR-5, audio does not follow video, so you will have to mix both video and audio if you need that capability. 

The VR-3 has a few key features that make it very interesting. It’s very small and portable, which would make it perfect for remote productions. It can even be battery powered for unplugged switching. The touch screen makes it easy to take shots to air by simply touching them. It has a mulit-view output which puts the quad view from the touch screen on an external display via composite video. 

It’s not a big production switcher, but if your needs are small, it’s a pretty compelling option, expecially once you get to know the price; $1995 list. Considering you can’t even buy a multiviewer for two grand, it’s an interesting concept. Take a closer look on Roland’s website.

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