Professional Sound - February 2018 - Page 55

Mackie Big Knob Series Monitor Controllers Mackie has released the next generation of its Big Knob monitor control- lers. The expanded Big Knob series includes three models: Big Knob Pas- sive, Big Knob Studio, and Big Knob Studio+. The new Big Knob series adds high-resolution Onyx USB recording and playback delivering a more powerful, hybrid solution. Both the Big Knob Studio and Big Knob Studio+ offer high-resolution USB interfacing, with dual Onyx mic preamps to deliver a 60dB gain range. The Big Knob Passive is designed to be compact, low-profile, and af- fordable. With switchable selection for two sources and two monitors, its no-power-required passive design ensures sonic integrity for any home studio application or for integration into a large studio or group of editing suites. The Big Knob Studio adds USB recording/playback and expands the I/O routing to three sources and two monitor pairs. It also incorporates es- sential studio features like integrated talkback and dual headphone outputs. The Big Knob Studio+ adds more features, with three selectable monitor outputs and four input sources, including a USB playback from a DAW with 192 kHz/24-bit audio conversion. For more information, contact Loud Audio Canada: 250-382-7709 ext. 11, FAX 250-382-7737, www.loudtechinc.com. Waves VU Meter Waves Audio is now shipping the Waves VU Meter plug-in, which helps maintain proper gain staging for a clear and spacious mix. Engineers and produc- ers load the Waves VU Meter on any or all of their tracks while recording in order to make sure the recording levels are not too hot, or insert it on the master bus and pin it to the screen for a precise visual reference of the mix’s overall levels. The Waves VU Meter features meter average levels to achieve a well-balanced mix and accurate ballistic response with smooth movement and fast refresh rate. The headroom calibration is 4 to 26dB and it features a classic console VU meter design. For more information, contact Waves Audio: 865-909-9200, www.waves.com. PROFESSIONAL SOUND 55