Feb 11, 2010 12:00 PM, By George Petersen
MI show offers a few surprises for contracting pros.
Crown Audio's next-generation line of XLS Series amps employ a flexible PureBand crossover system where users can select crossover points (with or without PeakX limiting) from 50Hz to 3kHz for matching most biamplified loudspeakers. And integrated DriveCore technology provides the highest level of performance as though a power conditioner was built directly into the amplifier. Weight? Just 11lbs.
Now under the direction of industry veteran Frank Loyko, RCF USA showed a variety of portable systems and its flagship TTL55-A, a high-power, three-way, active line-array system that's scalable from a few modules to full touring rigs. Each has 3500W of networked, DSP-controlled amplification driving six neodymium transducersdual 12in. woofers in a clamshell configuration, flanked by a 10in. midrange and three 1.5in. HF driversfor 143dB max SPLs. Matching stage wedges, rigging hardware, and the TTS56A double 21in., 6800W subwoofer complete the package.
QSC showed its K Series of lightweight, high-performance powered loudspeakers featuring molded ABS enclosures, 1000W of onboard amplification, and 1.75in. HF devices. The line comprises the K8, K10, and K12 two-way cabinets (all having the same woofer motor but varying in dispersion from 105 to 75 degrees) and the KSub dual-12 subwoofer that extends LF performance to 44Hz. QSC's proprietary DSP Digital Extension and Excursion Processing (DEEP) actively manages transients for extended LF response. Installation options include pole, yoke, and stand mounts and M10 points for rigging hardware.
The Apex NEO Series of ultra¬compact, passive two-way floor monitors from Radian Audio incorporate the company's top-of-the-line coaxial 12in. or 15in. neodymium loudspeakers with 2in. exit compression drivers. The low-profile enclosures are almost half the size of many conventional stage monitors and feature 13-ply Baltic birch construction and a hidden cable management system to prevent accidental damage to its twin NL-4 connectors.
Earthworks' PM40T Touring PianoMic system puts two 40kHz high-definition mics in close for ultrahigh gain before feedback. An easy-setup telescoping support tube allows flexible adjustment of the mic elements, placed close to (or away from) the dampers and pointed toward (or away from) the keyboard for achieving the exact sound required for any application.
A newcomer to NAMM, but well-known in broadcasting circles, NewTek demoed its new TriCaster TCXD300 high-definition, network-quality portable live video production solution. This single standalone boxno computer requiredprovides multicamera HD switching, HD network-style virtual sets, HD titling, HD digital disk recording, audio mixing, HD editing, and full HD streaming direct to the Web. Priced from $3,995 to $14,995, the TriCaster family units offer simple, straightforward solutions providing network-quality production for the educational, studio, and house of worship markets at a fraction of the price of the competition.
Winter NAMM returns to Anaheim next year from Jan. 13 to 16, 2011.
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