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What's New: Audio Technology

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon


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MONITORS

Martin Audio unveiled a new range of LE monitors: the LE1200, LE1500, and LE2100. The LE2100 three-way stage monitor offers very high power for use in large-stage applications where maximum SPL is required. It features twin 12in. high-specification, low-frequency drivers, a 6.5in. mid-range device, and a 1in. exit compression driver mounted on a differential dispersion horn. The compact LE1500 combines high output and controlled dispersion with a discreet, contemporary design, featuring a 15in. high-specification, low-frequency drive unit and a 1.4in. exit compression driver. The ultra-compact LE1200 combines maximum enclosure volume with an optimal presentation angle in a low-profile, contemporary design. It features a 12in. high-specification, low-frequency drive unit and a 1.4in. exit compression driver.
▪ Martin Audio | www.martin-audio.com
Visit booth 1779

LOUDSPEAKERS

The iDesign series of powered, modular installation loudspeakers from McCauley Sound consists of 14 compact loudspeaker modules that can be ordered with or without their integrated power and processing units, allowing the designer to choose unit by unit whether to deploy loudspeakers using an integrated power solution or a conventional rackmount power and processing configuration. The modules can be deployed as standalone units or as part of complex system arrays in two-, three-, and four-way configurations. A wide range of coverage patterns is offered, with driver complements scaling from 8in. to 15in. cone drivers. Five interchangeable, rotatable waveguides allow installers to orient systems to the horizontal or the vertical.
▪ McCauley Sound | www.mccauley.com
Visit booth 1491

AUDIO PROCESSING ALGORITHM

MediaMatrix's advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) and Noise Reduction algorithm for its NION DSP audio processing platform is included in all NION processing nodes — including NION n3, n6, and the new nX — and is supported by soon-to-be-released NWare 1.3 software. The algorithm can also be used in projects in conjunction with the existing AEC/NC card available for the CAB 4n CobraNet Bridge.
▪ MediaMatrix | mm.peavey.com
Visit booth 2065

AUDIO PROCESSOR

Architectural Acoustics' fully programmable DSP audio processing, routing, and control Prolinx system supports I/O matrix configurations from 12×12 to 96×36. The heart of the system is the new Prolinx DX, a versatile new audio management system built on 32-bit parallel SHARC processors. Features include room combining, true automixing, wired or wireless networking, graphic EQ at each output, and 12 mic/line inputs with 48V phantom power. The 2RU chassis includes a quarter-VGA LCD front-panel display with programmable I/O indicator switches.
▪ Architectural Acoustics
aa.peavey.com
Visit booth 1819

CONTROL MODULE

Crest Audio's Nx CobraNet-8 control module adds networking and processing functionality to Crest's Ci series multichannel power amplifiers. The module fits into the rear bay of Ci 20×4 and Ci 20×8 power amps and supports all NexSys functions, DSP functions, and CobraNet digital audio I/O on a single Cat-5 Ethernet cable. DSP options include loudspeaker management, delay, EQ, compression/limiting, and crossover for increased functionality. Amplifier monitoring includes ACL (Active Clip Limiting), IGM (Instantaneous Gain Modulation), input/output gain (VU), DC, thermal protect, fault, mute, Ethernet data, and link statuses.
▪ Crest Audio | www.crestaudio.com
Visit booth 1819

CONSOLE

Midas' XL8 digital mixing console features three Midas mic preamps per mic input, analog and digital gain controls for optimization of preamp performance and channel gain structure, and Midas-quality input and output CMRR and drive capability. The console also features 63 discrete 20-segment LED meters and eight channels of key data and single-channel full detail on each input screen. The modular control surface offers multiple input areas to easily accommodate multiple operators. Through VCA (Variable Control Associations)-centric mixing, input paging may be done by musical function, rather than by numbers. Population groups also allow input paging by musical function, rather than by numbers (but without VCA gain control). Snapshot scene automation has cross-scene global edit capability.
▪ Midas | www.midasconsoles.com
Visit booth 1258

PROCESSOR

TC Electronic's M350 dual-engine rack processor combines 15 brand-new TC-quality reverbs with 15 multipurpose effects. The reverbs include classic TC hall, cathedral, ambience, and room, as well as a choice selection of plates and springs; reverb parameters cover decay, pre-delay, and color. Effects include a number of compression, modulation, and delay variations, including de-esser, vintage phaser, tremolo, and dynamic delay. All reverb and effect types and parameters are accessible directly from the front panel. An AU/VST-compatible software editor provides seamless control and editing integration with DAW systems for automated or realtime control. The processor has 256 factory presets and 99 user presets.
▪ TC Electronic | www.tcelectronic.com

PROCESSOR

TC Electronic's new C300 1RU dual-engine processor features analog and digital I/O and works with both stereo and mono sources. Both engines are able to operate in compression/limiter or gate/expander mode. The 16 compression/limiter presets and 16 gate/expander source-based presets give the user real-world starting points to execute complicated compression at the flip of a switch. Flexible routing provides all combinations of parallel and serial link modes, and stereo serial mode allows the user to process a composite signal on both engines simultaneously.
▪ TC Electronic | www.tcelectronic.com

PORTABLE PA

AmpliVox's SW232 Wireless Powered Speaker Voice Carrier Kit portable sound system eliminates unsightly wires and cables to leave the presenter hands-free in an uncluttered space. The sound system provides clear, powerful coverage to audiences of up to 3,000, indoors or out. The setup makes the amplifier readily available for fast, smooth multimedia changes, volume control, and mic adjustments. The system contains AmpliVox's SW805A 50W multimedia stereo amplifier and four Jensen-designed 6"×8" oval speakers in two carpeted cabinets with built-in tripod mounts. The amp and the speakers can be placed up to 500ft. apart.
▪ AmpliVox Sound Systems
www.ampli.com
Visit booth 1358

LOUDSPEAKER

OWI's AMP-31C6 three-input speaker features a built-in amplifier that powers and controls up to three other non-amplified speakers. The three inputs each handle a microphone or line-level signal with their own individual control. This enriches multimedia environments by allowing the mixing of three sound sources — such as a presenter's voice, musical soundtrack, and video sound. To simplify installation, projectors, computers, microphones, or other AV equipment simply plugs into the AMP-31C6, and the lightweight, self-amplifying speakers fit directly onto ceiling tiles for up to 25W of Class AB power.
▪ OWI | www.owi-inc.com
Visit booth 3647

MUSIC PRODUCTION SOFTWARE

Sony Media Software's upgraded Acid Pro 6 music creation and production software includes new multitrack recording and MIDI capabilities. The software provides professionals with new ways to record, produce, mix, and arrange audio and music compositions. The upgraded multitrack recording and MIDI sequencing platform provides a fast, efficient, and easy-to-master method for effectively creating music. In addition to a new high-performance multi-threaded audio engine, the software also includes Native Instruments' KOMPAKT Sony Acid Pro Edition, a configurable sample playback engine with a custom sound library assembled by Native Instruments specifically for Acid Pro 6 users.
▪ Sony Media Software
www.sonymediasoftware.com

LOUDSPEAKER

Galaxy Audio's Powered Micro Spot DC self-contained powered speaker features a 30W power amplifier with XLR and 1/4in. balanced inputs. All power and audio inputs are located in the back of the unit, with the volume and low and high adjustments located in the front. The speaker has a universal power supply for use worldwide and also features a 12V power input that allows the unit to be powered by a car battery for use in remote locations. The speaker comes standard with a wall/ceiling mount bracket for fixed-installation purposes and a microphone stand mount bracket for portable applications.
▪ Galaxy Audio | www.galaxyaudio.com
Visit booth 1473

CONFERENCE SYSTEM

Beyerdynamic's MCW-D 50 wireless digital conference system consists of the MCW-D 50 control unit, the MCW-D 523 chairman microphone unit, the MCW-D 521 delegate microphone unit, and the CC 10 modular case. The system offers DSSS ultra-safe transmission technology over a complete wideband spectrum in low intensity, providing local-only reception and privacy. The 11-bit chipping code provides additional encryption of audio signals before data transmission to prevent the signal from being scanned and decoded. The MCW-D 50 unit can control up to 4,096 wireless digital microphone units in different operating modes. Participants can control the system through autonomy mode or request-to-talk mode.
▪ Beyerdynamic | www.beyerdynamic.com
Visit booth 1973

MICROPHONE

Neumann's TLM 49 large-diaphragm, cardioid, studio microphone combines transformerless circuit technology with a retro look rooted in the classic Neumann M 49 and M 50 microphones of the '50s. The microphone features the K47 capsule used in the M 49 and U47 microphones, which offers a linear frequency response up to the upper mid-range and a gentle presence boost, up to 3dB, above 2kHz. Transformerless technology ensures good common mode rejection, prevents RF interference, and suppresses noise signals affecting balanced modulation. The TLM 49 operates at SPLs of up to 114dB without distortion and provides a dynamic range of 102dB (A-weighted).
▪ Neumann | www.neumannusa.com

CONVERTER

RME's MADI converter, a new addition to RME's Premium Line series, converts MADI digital audio streams from optical format to coaxial and from coaxial to optical. The compact 1RU device contains six fully independent bidirectional converters. The converter will operate with any MADI format (56-channel, 64-channel, etc.) and with any sample rate (even out-of-spec rates), and will transfer “invisible” control bits unchanged. Input signals pass through unaltered. A MIDI distributor allows one MIDI input signal to be copied to three MIDI outputs. Several devices can be controlled without an external MIDI distributor.
▪ RME | www.rme-audio.de

NETWORK HUB

Sennheiser's NET 1 network system acts as a hub for up to 10 Sennheiser wireless systems. The new system intelligently coordinates and automatically configures frequencies for all connected components and portable units through wireless synch on the front panel. It offers standalone operation via an intuitive front-panel interface or connection via Ethernet to a PC for comprehensive control of frequency coordination and all parameters vital to the operation of multichannel RF systems. The unit offers frequency scanning and automatic frequency coordination of all connected components, with wireless synchronization to transmitters and wireless monitor receivers from the front panel, and realtime monitoring of frequencies, RF level, AF level, and battery telemetry.
▪ Sennheiser | www.sennheiserusa.com
Visit booth 2279

MIX PROCESSOR

Focusrite's Liquid Mix multichannel FireWire mix processor features an onboard DSP that hosts 32 classic EQs and 32 vintage compressors simultaneously in the mix. Each of the processor's 32 channels provides compressor and EQ emulations selected from a huge pool of high-quality vintage and modern-day classics. Forty compressors and 20 EQs are available straight out of the box, with an expanding library online. Each channel appears as a separate VST/AU/RTAS effect within the sequencer and will work within major applications including Pro Tools. Users can choose to control each channel either from the desktop control unit or from within the sequencer using a simple GUI that functions like a plug-in.
▪ Focusrite | www.focusrite.com

FIREWIRE HUB

DFM's LongFire hub transmits FireWire at full bandwidth more than 300ft. for bigger studio and broadcast installations. For example, with the hub, FireWire microphone preamps can be used as a stage box remote controlled from the FOH desk, or computers can be placed in a machine room while a converter with its user interface remains in the studio. The device can be bus-powered or used with an external power supply; the physical media is Cat-6.
▪ DFM | www.dfm-audio.com

LOUDSPEAKERS

Nexo developed the new GEO D and GEO Sub vertical array systems together with allied partner Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems. The GEO D is intended to fill the gap between the existing GEO S and GEO T product lines, in terms of both cost and system SPL capability. The GEO Sub sub-bass cabinet can be used with the GEO D and other Nexo products, including GEO T. Design features of the loudspeakers include exceptional low- and mid-frequency output from single 12in. components; advanced hyper-cardioid low-frequency control from unique side-mount 8in. drivers; single-component array design with simple, ergonomic flying and stage-stackable rigging systems; and coherent wave propagation from proprietary Hyperboloid Reflective Wavesource.
▪ Nexo | www.nexo-sa.com
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems
www.yamahaca.com

LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM

The compact Sound Projects' Gluon speaker system simultaneously serves as an unobtrusive infill or spot monitor and provides a high acoustical output. Its multi-angle cabinet construction allows it to fit comfortably into any stage or studio setup or eliminate dead spots in a theater or concert performance. The single-amped, two-way system features a long-excursion 5in. woofer and a horn-loaded, 1in.-diaphragm HF driver. Dual-channel, 16Ω NL 4 input and outputs are standard.
▪ Sound Projects
www.soundprojects.com





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