PAR Editor Strother Bullins says, “The new PAR Excellence Awards voting process goes hand-in-hand with Pro Audio Review’s role as the ‘real world’ product review vehicle for the audio production industry. Between our talented, prolific team of PAR Contributors — working studio and live sound pros themselves — and our technically savvy, qualified subscriber base, the PAR Excellence Awards process is uniquely and credibly structured to truly recognize the past year’s most innovative products.”
The RN17 won in the category of Small Diaphragm Condensers, and is the first of its kind with a large scale, hand wound, ultra high performance output transformer. The combination of this transformer’s powerful low-frequency response coupled with the high-end detail derived from the 17mm gold-sputtered mylar capsule leads to an SDC like no other on the market.
The Portico II Channel was chosen in the category of "Studio Hardware: Channel Strips". It is a self-powered 2U channel module comprised of a fully-featured mic preamplifier, 4-band EQ, compressor-limiter, “texture” control and level metering. The Channel includes a bevy of features including: Variable Silk / Silk+ Texture control, a fully tunable “de-esser”, multiple VCA filtering and detection options, a transient-optimized swept HPF and parallel compression blending. With its simple yet powerful topologies and extensive feature set, every element of the Channel is geared towards empowering recording artists to capture their performances with an ultra-high level of definition and musicality.
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