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Oct 1, 2005 12:00 PM


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MICROPHONE STATION

The System Devices PM10-3 multi-zone stations are compatible with industry-standard microphones including dynamic, condenser, and electret styles, and use low-cost UTP Cat-5e structured cabling. Intuitive push-button access with label identification allows users to set page zone routing to Three Zone, Group Zone, and All Page areas. The stations can operate in standalone mode or in multiple units (up to 50 per system installation) and are compatible with any 100V, 70V, or 25V distributed loudspeaker system.
▪ System Devices
www.systemdevices.com

CONTROLLER

The Cadac F16 DC master interface unit provides control of internal virtual faders from one or multiple D16 mix matrices on any current Cadac live production console. Every fader within the D16 can be assigned to any of the DC masters available on the console, allowing control of any number of D16 input or output fader levels. The F16 can also provide D16 fader control from any third-party console that provides access to its VCA control lines.
▪ Cadac Electronic www.cadac-sound.com

MICROPHONE

HHB's FlashMic DRM85 digital recording microphone combines a Sennheiser omnidirectional condenser capsule with 1GB of flash recording memory in a portable, easy-to-operate device. The mic transfers WAV linear or MPEG-1 layer 2-encoded files at up to 90X realtime via USB to a computer for editing and onward transmission. A pair of standard AA batteries power the unit for more than six hours. The package includes FlashMic Manager software, which allows users to create and store nine custom configurations.
▪ HHB | www.hhb.com

SOUND CARDS

The new High Resolution series of multichannel sound cards from Digigram includes the VX1222HR (2/12 analog and digital I/Os) and the VX1221HR (2/12 digital I/Os only). These sound cards bring audio quality and reliability to professional users working with software-based audio tools on standard WDM DirectSound, ASIO, WAVE, or Digigram application programming interfaces (APIs). Both cards support the simultaneous playout of two PCM 5.1-surround signals.
▪ Digigram | www.digigram.com

LOUDSPEAKER

From Mackie comes the new S408 loudspeaker, which features new Mackie Tetrad Technology co-developed with the Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). This technology replaces the single woofer found in traditional two-way loudspeakers with four smaller 8in. woofers and adds an unusually large horn in the center of the loudspeaker. This results in greater overall low-frequency driver surface area that can deliver more punch than a single 15in. woofer and a horn that delivers far better pattern control in the upper mid frequencies.
▪ Mackie | www.mackie.com

MIXER

The Allen & Heath GR2 1RU analog zone mixer features six mic and three stereo line inputs, two zone outputs (one stereo and one mono), and a mono aux output for installations in the live entertainment and conference AV sectors. The mixer allows installers to easily configure key functions such as paging facilities; three-band mic EQ, including HPF; two-band stereo output EQ; and an auxiliary output with an LPF option for sub-bass from front-panel preset switches and trimmers. Day-to-day functions such as source selection and volume can be controlled on the front panel or remotely via standard Cat-5 cables.
▪ Allen & Heath | www.allen-heath.com

MICROPHONE

New features for the Audio-Technica UniPoint series hanging, gooseneck, boundary, and handheld microphones include UniGuard RFI shielding for protection from RF interference; new interchangeable elements (cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectional, and UniLine line cardioid condensers); superior off-axis rejection for improved gain before feedback; an 80Hz UniSteep filter to remove unwanted low frequencies; and a two-stage foam windscreen to improve resistance to P-pops and other breath blasts. Most boundary models also incorporate the company's PivotPoint rotating output connector, which allows the cable to exit from either the rear or the bottom of the microphone.
▪ Audio-Technica
www.audio-technica.com

MONITOR

ATC Loudspeakers' SMC 110A active three-way reference monitor was designed for stereo and multichannel applications that feature a dedicated center channel and subwoofer system. The low-profile monitor comprises twin 9in. ATC SL bass drivers, an ATC 3in. soft-dome mid, and a 1in. soft-dome tweeter. Other features include a ±80×10 degree dispersion and an amplitude linearity of 50Hz to 20kHz (±2dB). The active design matches six MOSFET amplifier blocks with the drivers to deliver a maximum SPL of 115dB. Amplifier output is 50W for HF, 100W for MF, and 200W for LF. An LF contour control provides 6dB of bass boost.
▪ ATC Loudspeakers | www.atc.gb.net

LOUDSPEAKERS

Community's iHP3564 and iHP3594 iBox installation loudspeakers feature a driver complement that consists of a 15in. high-power, low-frequency driver; an 8in. midrange driver; and a 1.4in. exit/2.87in. edge wound-voice-coil compression driver. High-order crossovers minimize band overlap, and the large-format horn flare delivers well-controlled dispersion: 60×40 degrees for the iHP3564 and 90×40 degrees for the iHP3594. Both speakers can be used in passive or biamp operating modes.
▪ Community Professional Loudspeakers | www.loudspeakers.net

SOFTWARE

Bose's Windows-based Modeler sound system software produces accurate coverage maps and acoustic calculations to allow designers to tailor a sound system for a specific space. The software computes acoustic prediction data such as direct field coverage, direct plus reverberant coverage, time arrivals, and speech intelligibility in the background and displays them as the design changes. The system features Bose's Drastic engine, enhanced modeling capabilities, advanced 3D visualization tools, and a flexible toolset for building room models. Designers can copy and paste any graph or acoustic map directly from the application into Word or PowerPoint.
▪ Bose | www.bose.com

MIC PREAMP

The PreSonus ADL 600 2-channel mic preamp includes six vacuum tubes running on 600V power rails and delivering 75dB of gain and a -100dB signal-to-noise ratio. Other features include variable microphone input impedance, instrument input, line input, 48V phantom power, -20dB pad, phase invert, and a variable high-pass filter. In addition, the preamp offers analog VU and fast acting, 10-segment LEDs for metering.
▪ PreSonus | www.presonus.com

AUDIO PRODUCTION

Digidesign's Mbox 2 USB-powered audio production system features four simultaneous inputs with analog and digital I/O, two analog inputs (XLR and 1/4in. jacks) and two analog outputs (1/4in. jacks), and two channels of S/PDIF digital I/O (RCA). The system features a flexible hardware interface and Pro Tools LE software. It comes with the Pro Tools Ignition Pack and features 24-bit/48kHz audio, MIDI in/out, zero-latency monitoring, and 32 simultaneous audio tracks (128 virtual audio tracks). An integrated MIDI sequencer enables 256 simultaneous MIDI tracks.
▪ Digidesign | www.digidesign.com

MIC PREAMP

The True Systems P-Solo single-channel microphone/instrument preamp features a balanced, dual-servo, high-dynamic-range, transformerless design; an internal linear AC power supply; high-impedance instrument input; a high-pass filter; phantom power; dual analog outputs; and four-level metering. The unit contains many military-grade, hand-matched components and features a compact and durable enclosure.
▪ True Systems | www.true-systems.com

CD PLAYER

The Gemini iCFX professional CD player features a touch-sensitive jog wheel for easy control of the current track and for switching between jog and pitch bend modes. The player incorporates an LCD screen with red backlit LED buttons and comes equipped with two eight-second sampler banks, three fly cue points, seamless loop capability, a BPM counter, key lock, and up to 100 percent variable pitch control. Other features include single auto-cue and continuous play modes, three time display modes, a rotary brake control, and 10-second anti-shock protection.
▪ Gemini Sound Products
www.geminidj.com

MICROPHONE

The Soundelux E251C is a cardioid-only version of the company's ELUX 251 studio microphone. The lower-cost E251C provides the ELUX 251's midrange focus; strong, powerful low frequencies; and airy, unabrasive high frequencies. The new mic uses the same capsule as the ELUX 251 but does not include a pattern-selector switch. The mic is supplied with an imported shockmount and includes an output transformer that duplicates the intense low end of the ELUX, yet features a rolloff at 30Hz.
▪ Soundelux | www.soundelux.com

AMPLIFIER

From Behringer comes the A500, a 500W reference-class studio power amplifier providing 2×230W into 4Ω and 500W into 8Ω in bridged mono operation. Its servo-controlled design can drive virtually any passive speaker. Advanced convection cooling allows for noise-free, stable operation without a fan. The amplifier features precise level meter and clip indicators for accurate performance monitoring; input connections on balanced XLR, 1/4in. TRS, and RCA connectors; and Toshiba/Fairchild high-power transistors.
▪ Behringer | www.behringer.com

INTERCOM SYSTEM

HME's DX100 wireless mobile intercom system operates in the 2.4GHz frequency band for worldwide, license-free communication and switches frequencies to eliminate static and interference. The spread-spectrum system features digital encryption that prevents unauthorized personnel from hearing or interrupting communication. Antenna and time diversity are used to locate the strongest signal and ensure clear communication. Additional features include audible low battery, out-of-range, and other operational messages. The base-station user can unlatch all beltpacks (closing any open mics) if, for instance, one of the users has removed his or her beltpack and forgotten to unlatch the transmitter.
▪ HM Electronics | www.hme.com





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