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Musikmesse Frankfurt: Shure expands PG mics

April 3, 2009

European launch for new headphones adds to launch

At the 2009 NAMM show, Shure previewed the new large diaphragm, side-address microphone additions to its PG series microphone line (pictured) and now the range is shown in Europe for the first time, alongside the company’s first foray into the headphone market

The Shure PG27 and PG42 are large diaphragm microphones designed for the reproduction of different sound sources. The PG27 is a multi-purpose microphone for natural reproduction in instrument and vocal recording applications. The PG42 is specifically engineered for vocal applications. High sensitivity, a voice-tailored frequency response and a switchable high pass filter reducing unwanted background noise make it ideal to reproduce the subtle nuances of lead vocal performances.

The PG27 comes with a stand adapter, the PG42 with a shock mount and a rugged carrying case.

The PG27USB and PG42USB are the USB counterparts to the XLR models. They offer the same basic features and plug easily into a computer USB port for the convenience of digital recording.

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Musikmesse Frankfurt: Novation SL MkII (Video) Novation’s next step

April 3, 2009

Novation have updated their SL range of USB/MIDI controllers, with the release of mark two versions of all four models in the range: the Zero SL, the 25SL, the 49SL and the 61SL. Key new features (excuse the pun) include better visual feedback, and more robust build quality.

The most noticeable difference between old and new SLs, however, is the omission of one of the wide LCDs from the latter. This, say Novation, doesn’t restrict the SL MkII’s visible feedback capabilities for a number of reasons. Firstly, new translucent, backlit buttons enable the user to get more information from the controls themselves (on the SL MkI series, the buttons are made from grey plastic and give no visual feedback). Secondly, LED rings around the topmost rotary encoders provide even more visual information for the user. But most importantly, the SL MkIIs are the first controllers in Novation’s range to ship with version three of Automap, their controller interface software. This features what the developers call a Heads-up GUI, a software representation of the layout of the SL MkII’s controls. Other new features of the mark two SLs include touch-sensitive controllers and updated drum pads.

At the time of writing, prices for the new range were still to be confirmed, but they should be shipping by the beginning of May.