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InfoComm '09 Products: Audio

Yamaha amps and mixers, Audio-Technica's newest lavalier mic, Lectrosonics new audio networking family, more


Wohler's new AMP1-E16-3G and AMP1-16-3G 16-channel multirate SDI audio monitors are the first of their kind from the company. The monitors include dual selectable SD/HD/3-Gbps inputs, as well as Dolby E and Dolby Digital Plus upgrade capabilities. The look and feel of the units are similar to the company's AMP2-16-3G, with monitoring for up to 16 channels of embedded audio within a single multirate SDI signal, serving as a solution for complex multichannel and surround applications in DTV production and transmission. Two of the new monitors' three LCD screens can monitor 16 channels of audio simultaneously with flexible options for high-resolution, 180-segment audio metering, while the third LCD may display video or data. Wohler Technologies. 510-870-0810.

New at InfoComm '09

The NIO-4x4 from MediaMatrix by Peavey is an eight-channel input/output card for the NION digital audio signal processing platform. The card features four microphone and line-level inputs and four line-level outputs. The NIO-4x4 is compatible with all NION processing nodes and installs into a rear slot via DIN connector, expanding the DSP's I/O options. Other features include 24-bit A/D inputs and 24-bit D/A outputs, 48 or 96 kHz audio sampling rate, and mini-Euro connectors. MediaMatrix. 866-662-8750.


Meyer Sound's new Cinema Experience line of integrated cinema sound products includes screen loudspeakers, subwoofers, and surrounds. The THX-approved Acheron 80 and 100 screen channel loudspeakers are designed to provide performance from behind perforated screens. The X-800C high-power subwoofer, HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeaker, and digital tools, such as MAPP online Cinema, help Cinema Experience solutions provide a fully integrated system that the company says offers a consistent linear platform for creating a sound system for modern moviegoers. Meyer Sound. 510-486-1166.


Ashly Audio's new ne4400, ne4800, and ne8800 DSPs support networked audio systems using Ashly's PC-hosted Protea NE Software via standard 10/100 Ethernet and RS-232 protocols. The systems offer a multichannel routing matrix with microphone input, network audio and digital audio hardware options, and 32-bit/96kHz SHARC-based signal processing that supports hot-plug software control. The three units feature 4x4, 4x8, and 8x8 analog line input/output formats with 24-bit A-to-D and D-to-A converters, and an audio path that provides a range of better than 114 dB. Ashly Audio. 585-872-0010.


The Williams Sound Motiva Personal FM System delivers FM audio up to 150 feet and overcomes background noise, says the company. Suited for classroom use, the Motiva ensures the speaker's message is heard clearly. The transmitter can broadcast a speaker's voice and an audio program simultaneously within a single room. Motiva can also be customized to meet a listener's specific hearing needs, with 16 selectable channels and a 72-76 MHz frequency. There are two Motiva models: the PFM 330 and the PFM 360. The 360 system includes all the features of the 330, plus an R36 receiver, which has a sensitive-environment microphone. Williams Sound. 800-328-6190.


Yamaha's new IMX644 rack-mount digital mixer was developed for sound information applications, such as conference rooms, banquet halls, lounges, and restaurants. The IMX644 has six Euroblock mono inputs, each with +48 volts of phantom power; four RCA stereo inputs; and an additional optical digital input. Outputs include two pairs of stereo Euroblock connectors and two channels of mono outputs. RCA and optical digital outputs are also available for recording. According to the company, the mixer is intuitive enough for inexperienced operators to use, and it includes several features accessible from a computer running IMX644 Manager Software and connected via USB port. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems. 714-522-9011.


Dan Dugan Sound Design has released its new E-1 Automatic Mixing Controller, with its transparent automatic microphone mixing technology. The E-1 provides eight channels of signal processing. According to the company, the device detects which microphones are being used and makes quick transparent cross-fades that allow the operator to focus on balance and sound quality rather than faders. New features include two pairs of ADAT connectors (one for digital I/O and one for linking), and a back panel switch that changes the inputs from analog to digital. Dan Dugan Sound Design. 415-821-9776.

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