New From NAMM 2018 (Part 2)

Welcome back! In this 'Part Two' article we take another dive into the latest product annoucements at this year's Winter NAMM in Anaheim California from the likes of Focal and Black Lion Audio.

Focal Professional

One of the largest arrays of new products in one hit that we’ve seen from Focal in recent years, the JMLab team announced brand new additions to their professional headphone range, plus a new extension to their hugely popular Shape Studio Monitor family.

Listen Pro – A versatile 'swiss-army knife’ circum-aural headphone design with closed back enclosures – great not only for studio tracking, but also light mixing and general listening duties too

Focal's Clear Pro and Listen Pro over-ear headphones

Clear Pro – Some may already be aware of Focal’s applauded high-end consumer headphone ‘Clear’ released in 2017 – Clear Pro brings the same unbelievable clarity and poise confidently to the music production niche. Featuring an open-back design and microfibre ear pads, Clear Pro can be worn comfortably for brutally-extended periods of time and makes for a valuable mixing tool in or out of the studio.

Focal's Clear Professional 'Clear Pro' open-back reference headphones

Shape Twin – The Shape range hit big in 2017 featuring passive radiators, ‘M’-shaped aluminium tweeters and Flax Cone drivers. Shape Twin is the latest addition to this family, built for vertical orientation in a 2.5-way configuration. In keeping with the Shape philosophy, whilst the new model is capable of considerable power it still performs elegantly at lower volumes and in smaller mixing spaces.

Focal's Shape Twin 2.5-way studio referencing monitor


Black Lion Audio

From the laboratory of Black Lion CEO Nate Bierdeman comes two brand new studio outboard products – as always featuring almost unthinkably reasonable price-tags.

Seventeen – A modern take on the classic 1176 limiting amplifier, the Seventeen mono-channel compressor is capable of exquisite detail and nuance and features selectable high and low pass filters to dial in a truly personalised style of dynamic compression.

Black Lion Audio's 1176-style mono compressor and limiter, the Seventeen

PBR8 – Black Lion present a 500-series 19” rack-mountable enclosure featuring 10-slots plus a fully balanced TT/Bantam patch-bay for almost unlimited routing possibilities. A new benchmark in modular outboard technology!

Black Lion Audio's PBR8 500-series rack featuring bantam patching capabilities

For pricing, availability and all other spec enquiries contact SCV Distribution for info!

  • Posted on 7 February 2018 by Roy Brockington