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Live Sound Shines at AES 2008

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By George Petersen

An overview of new products from the annual audio engineering conference.

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The Si3 from Soundcraft has 64 mono inputs, four stereo ins, and 35 output buses (24 aux/group, eight matrices, and L/C/R main mix outs) in a single chassis. Standard are four onboard Lexicon effects processors, 12 VCA groups, eight mute groups, and bargraph metering for all 35 bus outs. A touchscreen handles console setups, a virtual channel strip with rotary encoders and OLEDs offers analog-style control, and its FaderGlow system puts a multicolor LED along the fader track to indicate which function is currently active. A redundant power supply module, MADI interfaces, and AES/EBU input cards are optional.


The new generation of JBL's successful EON series — nearly one million sold — is the EON500. The 15in. two-way EON515 has a total of 450W continuous power from Crown Class-D amps and weighs less than 33lbs.; the 10in., two-way EON510 has 280W and weighs only 17lbs. Optional is the EON518S single 18in. sub with 500W of continuous power and a pole mount for sub/satellite applications.

IC Live brings Renkus-Heinz' Iconyx digitally steerable array technology to live-event production with narrow vertical beams of 30/25/20 degrees — steerable up or down by up to 30 degrees in 0.01-degree resolution, with wide 150-degree horizontal dispersion. Arrays can be flown or stacked on complementary ICL215S dual-15 subs. A multichannel DSP/amp individually drives five neodymium 6.5in. woofers and three neodymium compression drivers. Optional RHAON delivers control and monitoring over Ethernet with CobraNet, AES/EBU, and analog audio inputs.

Wedges were alive and well at AES. The Adamson M215 is a high-output monitor with dual neodymium ND-15 woofers and a smooth, multilayer Kevlar cone HF with 50°×50× dispersion. Designed as a stage montitor, it easily doubles as a drum/stage fill or can be used vertically on a pole mount.

Community has improved its M12 high-performance/low-profile stage monitor with rubber pocket grip handles for effortless portability and a larger, easier-to-access connector base. The M12 is ideal for any application where low visibility is a key requirement. Features include a unique asymmetrical 40°-90°×70° coverage pattern, multilayer glass composite construction, and switchable bi-amp/passive configuration.

Intended for groundstacking or flying with a M'elodie array, Meyer Sound's new 500-HP compact high-power subwoofer can be used with other systems as well, such as the UPJ-1P VariO and UPA-1P/2P. The 500-HP has two 12in. woofers driven by onboard dual Class-AB/H amps for a 36Hz-150Hz response, with a peak SPL of 134dB. In addition to QuickFly rigging hardware, options include weather protection and custom color finishes.


Neutrik introduced the world's first unisex male/female three-pin XLR connector. By simply sliding the housing back and forth, ConvertCon (NC3FM-C) is transformed from a male to a female connector. It features an improved chuck-type strain relief that provides higher pull-out force and makes assembly easier and faster.

Future Sonics updates its Ear Monitor Atrio universal earphones. Available in black or cobalt blue, the Rev 2 versions offer 18Hz-20kHz frequency response and QuietCables II cables for less tangling and a more comfortable fit. Retail is $199, including three pairs of interchangeable silicon sleeves to fit any ear-sized canal and two pairs of foam sleeves.

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