Installation Audio Consoles
Jul 31, 2012 3:49 PM, By Bennett Liles
The StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixer from PreSonus is designed for live sound and recording, using its 24 XMAX microphone preamps on the line/mic input channels, built-in 32x26 FireWire recording and playback interface, 24 input channel send/return inserts, 24 direct outputs, two stereo pairs of aux return inputs and stereo pair of main mix outputs. Additional capabilities include a mono mix out, four-band fully parametric EQs, compressors, limiters, expander/gates, reverb and delay effects, ten aux busses, stereo RCA connector tape outputs, stereo S/PDIF coaxial digital output, eight assignable graphic EQs, and two FireWire 400 ports. There is mixer save/recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste and extensive talkback routing. The StudioLive 24.4.2 comes with Capture software allowing digital multi-track recording from many combinations of the mixer’s outputs. It also comes with PreSonus' full-featured Studio One Artist DAW and Virtual StudioLive editor/librarian/bidirectional control software with integrated Smaart Spectra audio-analysis features. The entire mixer can be wirelessly remote controlled using free StudioLive Remote for iPad and its aux mixes can be controlled with free QMix for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Billed as the new flagship of the V-Mixing system from Roland Systems Group, the M-480 live mixing console has 48 input channels, six stereo returns, 16 aux busses, eight matrices, and four-band parametric EQ on each input. Along with this, there is gating and compression on each channel and delay on every input and output. For bigger jobs, there is a REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) cascade connection for a second M-480 to expand the input capacity to 96 channels. The system also provides a post preamp patch point for direct routing from inputs to outputs without going through the console. Using six dual-mono effects processors, the system adds reverb, delay, chorus, pitch shift, and advanced channel strip.
Made especially for live sound venues such as theaters, clubs, and churches, the L3200 32-channel/four-bus professional mixing console is equipped by Samson Technologies with large backlit mute buttons, and there are two large 12-segment LED meters for the main mix, groups, and PFL/AFL. Six flexible aux sends provide up to eight monitor and effects mixes along with 1/4in. and XLR main outputs. USB ports can transmit a digital recording mix that is independent of the house sound. The console also features four groups with inserts, three-band EQ with sweepable mids, and dual DSP with 100 digital multi-effects. There is also a mono output, two stereo aux returns, and phantom power; all channels and groups are controlled with 100mm faders.
In the realm of analog mixers for live music applications and on-site recording, Soundcraft has produced the Live 8 in four frame sizes from 16 to 40 inputs. The six auxiliary busses can act as monitor or effects sends and four of these, along with the direct outs, can be switched between pre and post fader. The console uses Soundcraft’s UltraMic+ preamps with up to 66dB gain, and it includes a 10x2 matrix, four-band EQ with two swept mid bands, eight group busses, four mute groups, eight stereo returns, and individually switched 48V phantom power on each input channel. The mono inputs also offer 18dB per octave high-pass filters and phase reverse buttons. An EQ switch allows instant comparison between EQ and non-EQ on any source.
Equipped with large channel information displays, a central data screen with a wide viewing angle and a universally familiar “knob per function” control surface, the C200 HD from Solid State Logic combines modern operator information delivery features with a well-known control scheme. This has made the console friendly to freelance sound ops that may have only minutes to get going with the mixer. Snapshot and dynamic automation make the C200 HD easy to manage in either role. There are 48 multi-track busses with individual gain trim, 12 main busses, two program outputs (5.1 and stereo), independent pre and post fader direct outs, 12 stereo FX returns, and dedicated processing on each channel strip. The digital routing capabilities allow rapid switching between complex setups.
The Studer Vista 5 M2 can serve equally well as a broadcast console and as a live sound mixer with all of the Vista 5 features plus the optional addition of integral TFT-based metering. The TFT meter bridge is available to fit either the 32- or 42-fader frame version. A configurable lower area can show bus assignments or surround images. In History mode, it can also show a scrolling audio waveform to indicate signal anomalies for up to 50 seconds. The console maintains the popular Vista 5 features including the color-coded EQ icons, direct access buttons, second-layer channel labeling, control ganging, dedicated copy/paste keys for each audio function, and Vista 5 EQ and dynamics processing.
The D-2000from TOA Electronics can be configured and outfitted for live mixing in small or medium-sized venues using its central processor and separate mixer units. For live mixing, its LAN-connected D-2012C or D-911 remote controllers can be set up with assignable fader layers, scene presets, and control switches. The D2012C has 100mm motorized faders, rotary encoders, and four-segment LED level indicators along with on/off and PFL/AFL for all channels. The D-2008SP processor can accept a wide variety of input, output, and control modules including CobraNet. A single D-2008SP frame can accommodate up to a total of 32 channels of input and/or output.
Introduced at Infocomm 2012, the Dante network-based CL Series consoles from Yamaha demonstrated 24 mix buses, eight matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs. The CL5 provides 72 mono and eight stereo inputs (64 channels through Dante and eight local), with 34 faders (16 on the left, eight Centralogic, and eight right plus stereo and mono masters). The CL1 features 48 mono and eight stereo inputs with 16 faders. As many as eight external Rio (Remote I/O) boxes can be used for a total of 256 channels via the Dante digital network. The rear panel includes three MY card slots, work clock I/O, MIDI I/O, AES/EBU digital out, eight analog omni ins/outs, five-in/five-out GPI, and an external PW800W PSU connection.
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