Canadian Musician - July/August 2017 - Page 67

M-Audio BX-D3 Series Studio Monitors M-Audio has introduced the BX5-D3 and BX8-D3 studio reference monitors, featuring Kevlar woofers, treated silk dome tweeters, and onboard class-AB bi-amplification. The new BX-D3 range also features XLR balanced and 1/4-in. balanced/unbalanced inputs for connecting a range of different studio gear, a computer-optimized tweeter waveguide for enhanced imaging, low-end response controls to allow for placement near walls, and an onboard volume control. What separates the two ported monitors is amplifier power, driver size, and frequency response. The smaller of the two, the BX5-D3, has a 100-W amp driving a 5-in. LF driver and 1-in. tweeter with a quoted frequency response of 52 Hz to 35 kHz. The BX8-D3 has a larger 150-W amp that drives an 8-in. woofer and 1.25-in. tweeter. This larger model has a quoted response of 37 Hz up to 22 kHz. For more information, contact inMusic Canada: 877-981-9910, FAX 581-981-9913, ordercanada@inmusicbrands.com, www.inmusicbrands.com. Waves Smack Attack Transient Shaper Plug-In Waves Audio is now shipping the Smack Attack transient shaper plug-in. The plug-in adds smack and bite to drums, loops, synth hits, and all percus- sive sounds by designing the level, shape, and duration of their transients’ attack and sustain . The Smack Attack plug-in can control the exact level, shape, and duration of transients, giving tracks the ideal tightness and dynamics that are needed. The plug-in also works for guitar and bass plucks, quick piano arpeggios, synth stabs, or even an entire mix. Containing not only the standard attack and sustain level controls, the Smack Attack also provides accurate control over the transients’ shape and duration. Users can make a kick tighter or give snares an extra crack. There is also a sensitivity control for selective transient shaping. For more information, contact Waves Audio: 865-909-9200, www.waves.com. W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 67