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Live Sound Highlights from NAMM

Feb 9, 2011 2:18 PM, by George Petersen

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Soundcraft’s Vi1 digital mixer offers 32 channels of analog input to 27 analog outputs, plus six digital inputs, four stereo FX returns, and six digital outputs in one chassis. As standard, input-to-mix capacity is 46 channels, but simultaneous channel count increases to 64 by adding a Stagebox. Channels are routable to 24 multifunction buses, plus L/R and mono mix buses. Up to eight of the buses can be configured as matrix mixes, each with up to 16 sources. It’s about a meter wide, and includes 16 motorized channel faders with fixed and user-definable layers, eight output/VCA faders, and two master faders.

Phonic’s compact S16 digital 16-input eight-bus mixer with touchscreen control just got better with a new firmware release providing improved THD performance across all sampling rates; faster interface menu speeds with improved access to EQ, dynamics, and DSP settings; and improved tap-delay functionality. The upgrade is a free download from

While not shipping until fall, Behringer previewed its flagship X32 32-channel FOH digital console, monitor, and recording users. It provides 32 programmable mic preamps, 16 balanced XLR outs, 40 processing channels, and 25 mix buses—all with onboard processing (dynamics, EQ, and inserts), LCR outputs, and six independent matrix mixes. Digital connectivity includes AES50 and USB outputs (FireWire optional), Ethernet ports for networked remote control or show setup, and a single Cat-5 cable from FOH to the stage that can receive up to 48 channels of audio input—and deliver all bus outputs, along with 16 individual monitor feeds for Behringer’s new P16 personal monitoring system.

Loud and Louder

At NAMM the emphasis was on smaller, lighter weight enclosures with improved performance, greater SPLs, and faster setups.



Built on the same power platform as its successful K series and KW series loudspeakers, QSC’s KLA active line-array system includes the KLA12 12in., two-way, line-array element and the matching, flyable KLA181 18in. subwoofer. Both models feature a 1,000W Class-D power module and QSC’s Intrinsic Correction. The KLA System’s self-contained SOLO (Single-Operator Logistics) rigging system allows quick assembly of different arrays.

Distributed by Sennheiser, the KR400S from K-Array produces high output from a small physical footprint. Designed for small-to-medium venues, this wavefront system combines two KR400 satellites with 24 3in. high efficiency drivers and two 2,500W powered subs, each with 21in. neodymium woofers.

High-performance German speaker company HK Audio enters the U.S. market, distributed by Korg USA. The new Elements modular system merges modern line-array technology with the portability and ease of ultra-compact PA systems. Using six easy-to-combine components, the system can be configured to support anything from small gigs to a 3,600W concert rig.



JBL takes its popular 15in. EON system to the next level with improved input sensitivity, lower noise floor, and user-selectable EQ control. The EON515XT matches a neodymium compression driver and 15in. Differential Drive woofer to Crown Class-D amplification and a 132dB max SPL while keeping the weight at a low 32lbs.

Electro-Voice Live X series

Electro-Voice Live X series

The Live X series of powered and passive loudspeakers from Electro-Voice includes three powered systems: two full-range loudspeakers and a matching subwoofer. Each powered model has 1,000W and 700W Class-D amps. Both full-range systems can be pole-mounted or stacked with the series’ acoustically matched powered subwoofer. The Live X family also features four passive configurations, including a dual 15in. system.

Yamaha’s DSR series loudspeaker line—including the full-range DSR112, DSR115 and DSR215, and the DSR118W subwoofer—features onboard 1,300W Class-D amps, the all-new D-Contour multi-band dynamic processing, integral digital tuning, intelligent dynamic control, and extensive DSP protection.

Designed for portable applications as FOH or monitors, Mackie expanded its Thump series with the powered, two-way, 12in. TH-12A, with 400W of Class-D amplification and user 3-band EQ for simple room correction or system tone.

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