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M-Audio NRV10 FireWire analog mixer

updated 09:00 am EST, Mon November 13, 2006

M-Audio debuts NRV10

M-Audio has announced its new NRV10 analog mixer with an integrated FireWire interface. The computer recognizes NRV10 as a 10x10 FireWire digital interface, delivering digital production with analog control. With the included NRV10 interFX application, users can turn the NRV10 into a Mac or Windows machine into a robust live digital mixer with support for third-party VST effects. The NRV10 boasts a professional-quality 8x2 analog mixer with a built-in 10x10 24-bit/96kHz FireWire digital audio interface. The four mono channels and two stereo channels of the NRV10 allow users to keep all their favorite instruments, microphones, and other gear connected while working, according to the company. Each channel can easily and discretely record to individual tracks in audio applications such as Pro Tools M-Powered and Ableton Live 6.

Conversely, M-Audio's new NRV10 returns multiple channels of digital audio to the mixer for CPU-free monitoring, mixing, and processing. The device also features in-line monitoring, eliminating the need to change levels between recording and playback. In addition, two aux buses enable routing to external processors or creating a custom headphone mix.

The NRV10 provides easy analog mixer control over direct feeds from multiple computer-based tracks, while elements like live vocals can run through the same processing used in the original studio tracks. The NRV10 also has built-in digital effects to enhance tracks without the hassle of modifying files. The unit also features a built-in effects section with 16 effects, including reverbs, delays, rotary speaker, flanger, chorus, tremolo, and more, plus variations, mute, and peak LED.

In addition to the onboard effects, the included NRV10 interFX software adds a compressor, expander/gate, and two VST effect slots to each mixer channel--letting users process live instruments and mics with their favorite computer-based effects. Users can save and recall all settings.

"The NRV10 is the missing link for computer-based recording," said Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. "It enables musicians to move seamlessly between writing, recording, practicing, editing, and mixing without needing to change cabling or connections. Its ability to return multiple channels of digital audio from the computer also makes it a breeze to take studio tracks to the stage. NRV10 interFX even lets you use your favorite VST plug-in effects live. And compatibility with Pro Tools M-Powered represents our ongoing commitment to providing musicians with complete, synergistic solutions."

The NRV10 is currently expected to ship in November for $900.




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