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L-Acoustics Joins Crestron Program, Launches New Products

L-Acoustics announced it has joined the Crestron Integrated Partner Program (I2P). The result of this collaboration will be the development of a Crestron Integrated Partners control module, which allows the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers to be controlled and monitored in an open-platform Crestron system environment.

L-Acoustics announced it has joined the Crestron Integrated Partner Program (I2P). The result of this collaboration will be the development of a Crestron Integrated Partners control module, which allows the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers to be controlled and monitored in an open-platform Crestron system environment.

"The seamless integration of our platform into any Crestron-based system is an important move forward in our strategy to develop complete and integrated solutions for the permanent installation market," said Cedric Montrezor, head of fixed installation technical support for L-Acoustics, in a statement. "We will soon be able to offer system designers and consultants solutions for our amplified controller platform to effectively communicate with other equipment within this open platform architecture."

Additionally, L-Acoustics rolled out three new products: the LA-AES3 input card, the SB18 compact subwoofer, and the KARA modular line source system.

First in a family of optional extensions for LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers, the LA-AES3 offers one AES/EBU stereo input and one AES/EBU through port (link) to connect an LA4 or LA8 to a digital mixing desk or audio distribution network while maintaining a fully digital signal path. The input card also features a hardware sample rate converter accepting program sampled from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz, adjustable gain of -12 dB to +12 dB by 0.1 dB steps, one AES/EBU thru electronically buffered with an ESD-protected failsafe relay, nearly 1,000 feet maximum cable length, and one USB port reserved for future applications.

The SB18 design is based on a single 18-inch LF transducer integrated into a dual bass-reflex tuned enclosure to deliver both impact and high sensitivity. Its compact size, combined with superior damping characteristics, make it well sited for compact FOH applications. Therefore, says the company, the SB18 is recommended for use with the KARA, KIVA, ARCS, and coaxial LF contour reinforcement in both standard and cardioid modes.

The new KARA system was inspired by L-Acoustics' K1 stadium system, according to the company. Intended for the rental market, KARA features a compact size and lightweight enclosure complying with rigging and visual limitations and the SB18 subwoofer for reinforced LF contour applications.

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LA-AES3
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SB18
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KARA

With a horizontal directivity of 110 degrees and vertical inter-element variation up to 10 degrees, KARA is configurable to match any audience geometry, says the company. Using the characteristics of WST, it delivers clarity, precision, and a proximity effect for the audience.

KARA and SB18 will undergo a pilot phase until June 2010 with a handful of rental companies that will collaborate closely with L-Acoustics' research and development team and technical support to validate rigging, system setup, and preset libraries.

The LA-AES3 card is scheduled to begin shipping in June 2010. The SB18 subwoofer and KARA system should begin shipping in September 2010.



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