An Outline Newton FPGA processor is at the heart of the control setup
USA - An eagerly-awaited return in the world of heavy rock finally happened in December 1922 as Pantera played their first show in over two decades at Mexico's Hell & Heaven Metal Fest, with the band's new line-up featuring original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown plus Charlie Benante and Zakk Wylde.
Since, the band has continued to tour across North America in addition to a number of spring dates and festivals in Europe plus a number of shows opening for Metallica, to acclaim from their very loyal and international fanbase.
System engineer Alex Hollinger has been using an Outline Newton FPGA processor at the heart of his control setup - he talks about how it is configured and also how its combination with the latest digital mixing console from Midas, the HD-96, offers a technical advantage that is presently unique in the world of live sound:
“We are feeding the Newton with AES as well as MADI Co-Ax from the console for redundancy, in addition to analog feeds from the monitor console for an added layer of backup. We are also sending the Newton a MADI feed from a MADI-to-AVB converter to use a Meyer Galaxy processor as an immersive-system insert for when we can use a frontal system.”
Alex continues: “From the beginning of Pantera’s celebration tour they always held sonic quality above everything else and the FOH engineer Eddie Mapp chose the new Midas HD-96 to deliver a clear and defined picture of what Pantera is. When it came to picking a drive processor we didn’t want to alter the signal in any way, allowing us to achieve as clear of a sonic picture as possible.
“It has been incredible to use the combination of a console with 64-bit processing along with the Newton that also runs at 64-bit internally to provide the utmost possible clarity, right now a unique combination in live sound as far as I’m aware. When using the Newton WFIR filters that are being processed in that way it’s clear and defined, there are no odd harmonics generated, just the altered signal and nothing else. I do believe that 64-bit is the future because bit depth doesn’t only give you more headroom, it also gives you truer audio definition and a clarity that is unmatched.”

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