Installation Audio Consoles
Jul 31, 2012 3:49 PM, By Bennett Liles
With 12 mono inputs and four stereo inputs, each with a mic preamp and individually switched phantom power, the X 20RM from Crest Audio can perform either at FOH or in the monitor position. There is also a built-in splitter system on each mic/line input and a ground lift switch. An additional stereo common input allows a signal to be sent to all 12 output busses and these can be configured individually as mono outputs or in stereo pairs. The mixer uses a 10-space rackmount configuration and has a solo link system compatible with other X-Series rack mixers. Each input also features four-band semi-parametric mid-sweep EQ, long-throw faders, an 18dB per octave high-pass filter, and channel insert patch points.
The SD5 console from DiGiCo can handle either broadcast or FOH roles with its new quieter dual redundant power supplies, from which the fans have been removed and replaced with large heat sinks and a single fan that is temperature controlled. The system offers 124 input channels into 56 busses, and these are all controlled through three centrally located touchscreens. There is a 24x24 output matrix, 24 effects, 24 channels of dynamic EQ, 24 multiband compressors, 32 graphic EQs and eight AES/EBU I/O. In addition to the three central touchscreens there are two full color TFT LCD screens for view only. The board offers two interactive dynamic metering displays (IDM) and instant access quick-select buttons.
With a touchscreen, keyboard, and trackball integrated into the work surface, the Eclipse GT from Innovason requires no outboard processing to allow full-featured performance. Each of the console’s stage boxes can be configured with either analog or digital input and output channels, and there is also a redundant Cat-5 and fiber connection on the board. As many as 104 input channels can be sent to 48 mix and two monitor busses, each of which can be used as an auxiliary, a sub group, a master, or matrix. Each input channel has EQ, dynamics, delay, gain trim, and phase reverse. The Smart Panel feature provides a flexible range of configuration while Virtual Soundcheck disconnects all live inputs and feeds multi-track playback to the input channels.
The new Mackie DL1608 is made to work with up to 10 iPad devices for wireless mix control from anywhere in the venue, saving time for sound techs in setup and live performance. The DL1608’s Master Fader app allows mix snapshots, channel presets, and stereo recording from anywhere in the venue via iPad. The mixer uses 16 Onyx preamps for 12 XLR and four combo mic/line inputs. Plug-ins on every channel allow control over compression, gating, and four-band EQ while the main and aux outputs add 31-band graphic EQ and limiting. The mixer’s channel presets provide immediate setup with either custom or factory parameters. Features include a Kensington lock for the mixer and PadLock, which secures the iPad on the console.
Top of the line of Midas PRO Series consoles, the PRO9 has been laid out to handle large FOH, monitoring, and broadcast audio mixing. While the PRO3, PRO6, and PRO9 are expandable, the PRO9 offers the most comprehensive functionality. The system provides 88 input channels to 35 busses, and its two stage boxes can be placed more than 600ft. apart and more than 1,500ft. from the console. The DL251 fixed-format stage box features the DL431 24-channel five-way mic splitter with three mic preamps per channel and dual digital network connections. Included on the console are eight return inputs, 16 group/aux busses, and 10 VCAs along with six POPulation groups and fiber-optic connections.
Peavey offers the FX32 console with Silencer mic preamps, four pre-fader and two post-fader aux busses per channel, and dual DSP engines. The digital output processing section includes Feedback Ferrets, dual five-band parametric EQ or dual 27-band Graphic EQs, digital delay lines, and dynamics/limiters. There are also dual USB ports for live streaming to a computer or memory stick and routable digital input. Each input includes three-band EQ with sweepable mid-frequency and fixed low-cut filters, 48V phantom power, and four sub groups. The digital effects selected are displayed on the console’s LCD screen along with all of the menus available for editing. Utility menu options include LCD viewing adjustments and user access security settings.
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