Archives for December 2002

Behringer’s Proprietary Ultratube Circuitry Granted German Patent

Pro audio manufacturer Behringer has recently received patent rights from the German Patent and Trademark Office for the design of its unique ULTRATUBE circuitry.

The innovative technology provides desirable tube-saturation harmonics at any given volume, avoiding the need of leveling the tube, at the same time enabling control of the amount of tube sound in the signal.

“I have a passion for classic vacuum tube technology,” confesses company founder and ULTRATUBE inventor, Uli Behringer. “Tube circuitries, however, are known for their critical level dependency. Either the level is too low and there is no tube effect or the level is too high and distortion occurs. The patent sets out to eliminate virtually all hiss, hum and noise while maintaining the desired effect of warm, silky enhancement usually generated near the level of tube circuitry saturation. That’s when the additional harmonics are generated, giving tubes their distinctive sound,” Behringer explains the principle.

A number of BEHRINGER products, like the legendary VINTAGER tube processor series and the VINTAGER AC112 guitar combo, already benefit from the ULTRATUBE technology. It provides a warm, punchy sound with plenty of harmonics and musicality, resulting in tube-like response and feel even at low volume.

Behringer Web Site

M-Audio Announces New Maximum Audio Tools Bundle

M-Audio has announced a new version of its Maximum Audio Tools — a powerful software bundle included free with all M-Audio soundcards and keyboards.

The centerpiece of the new Maximum Audio Tools is Live Delta, a basic version of Ableton’s revolutionary Live audio sequencer software. The updated bundle comes with the introduction of Live 2, including new features that transform the product into a complete production environment based on the concept of elastic audio.

“We recognize Ableton Live as a complete paradigm shift in the way music is being made,” says Adam Castillo, M-Audio’s Marketing Director. “The ability to treat audio elastically to create entire productions in real time without ever hitting the Stop button is nothing short of incredible. This bundle allows musicians to explore the amazing creative freedom that Live provides in the comfort of their own home or studio.”

Maximum Audio Tools — Audio Version
(included with M-Audio Delta, USB audio and Firewire products)

  • Ableton Live Delta audio sequencer (special edition)
  • M-Audio ProSession series WAV/REX samples (125MB)
  • ArKaos VJ VMP visual performance software (special edition)
  • IK Multimedia SampleTank SE VST sample player (special edition)
  • DSound RT Express VST host with WAV player (special edition)

About M-Audio

M-Audio (formerly Midiman) is a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for today’s electronic musicians and audio professionals. Founded in 1988, M-Audio now has independent offices in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Japan. M-Audio’s ability to parlay advanced technology into affordable products has led the company to win some of the international audio community’s highest praise and awards—including being named the industry’s fastest growing company for the past two years running by Music Trades magazine.

M-Audio’s mission of “Redefining the Studio” delivers new levels of control, virtualization and mobility that transform the way computer-centric musicians compose, perform and live their creative lives. In addition to manufacturing its own product lines like the popular Delta audio cards, Studiophile reference monitors and USB Keystation MIDI controllers, M-Audio also distributes best-of-class products such as Propellerhead’s Reason, Ableton’s Live, ArKaos VJ and Groove Tubes microphones. The company has also recently launched a product line that brings professional-quality audio to the consumer electronics market.

M-Audio Web Site

Axiom Audio EP175 Powered Subwoofer

The puckered vinyl “Vortex Ports” below the woofer are a unique distortion-reducing feature of Axiom designs.

Axiom QS8 Quadpolar Surround Speakers

Tweeters fire forward and back, the woofers face up and down.

Axiom Audio M22 V3 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

The Heart of the Epic Grand Master ensemble, transparent, detailed and spacious.