Product News

litecNew member for Litec roof system family
Monday, 4 February 2019

Europe - The QL52 double pitch roof from Litec is an evolution of their popular QL40A single pitch roof and is the right choice for your medium-sized outdoor events.
Thanks to its double pitch construction, and use of QL52A load-bearing truss with fork connections, it looks great and provides stability you can count on, even when encountering winds that increase loading requirements.
Key benefits include: 15 x 12m roof structure (up to 11m’s height); grid constructed from Litec’s QL52A high load, anti-torsion fork connection truss; six Maxitower 40 towers; 7,000 kg UDL; optional PA/LED wall wings; covered technical areas available on request, and eight-hour set-up time with five riggers.
(Jim Evans)

allen--heathISE: Allen & Heath debuts Dante cards
Monday, 4 February 2019

The Netherlands - Allen & Heath will unveil a host of new Dante enabled products at the ISE Show, including portable and wall-mount I/O solutions for installation, and two new Dante option cards. All of Allen & Heath’s latest Dante releases are AES67 compatible and Dante Domain Manager ready.
The DT168 provides 16 mic preamps and 8 line outputs in a convenient stage box form factor. Ideal for portable applications thanks to its rubber bumpers and handle, DT168 can be deployed on stage or used as a drop-in expander.
The DT164-W provides 16 mic preamps and 4 line outputs in a versatile wall-mount design for permanent installation. The reversible mounting frame allows for in-wall or on-wall mounting. The unit also fits in a standard 12x12” NEMA box or equivalent, or mounted in a floor pocket for stage use. The IEC mains power inlet can be replaced with a gland module and screw terminals for fixed installation, and a DC 12V backup supply is also provided.
Both DT168 and DT164-W offer Allen & Heath’s preamps, complete with 96kHz converters for best-in-class sound quality over Dante, plus Primary and Secondary ports for daisy-chain or redundancy through secure EtherCon connectors. Both new products are compatible with Allen & Heath’s DM and CDM MixRack / MainFrames, and with SQ series mixers.
“DT168 and DT164-W respond to requests from consultants and integrators for Dante connectivity that breaks out of the conventional rackmount format,” commented Allen & Heath installation product manager, Martijn Verkerk. “Wheth

 
 
christie-d4k40-rgbISE: Christie debuts MicroTiles developments
Friday, 1 February 2019

The Netherlands - Building on its expertise, Christie continues to deliver end-to-end solutions for visual experiences coupled with service and support.
For the first time, stand visitors will experience the new Christie MicroTiles. The Christie D4K40-RGB pure laser 3DLP projector will make its European debut at ISE.
The Christie APS Series, launched in January, is being shown for the first time at a public show. The new 3LCD laser projector will be located in Zone 8. Featuring an efficient laser illumination system and patented optical light path design that uses only one motor, the APS Series provides up to 20,000 hours of reliable, maintenance-free operation at an extremely low cost of ownership.
Christie has partnered with Da-Lite, which will provide the screens for the Christie stand while both the LANG AG and SDVoE stands are demonstrating interoperability with Christie Terra, and other SDVoE-member products, to demonstrate a flexible AV over IP system.
Arlonna Seymour, senior director, corporate marketing, Christie, comments: “At ISE 2019, the focus for Christie will be our leadership role as a full system support partner. It is not just about the technology itself, but more about our relationships and expertise in delivering the right solution for our customers. The theme ‘Let’s imagine, together we make it extraordinary’ expresses this collaboration, with Christie working together with our customers, our partners, and our vendors to bring to life extraordinary experiences.”
(Jim Evans)

 
prolightsProlight Concepts expands eLumen8 range
Friday, 1 February 2019

UK - The Prolight Concepts Group has expanded its eLumen8 MP Fresnel range with the MP 120 WW and the MP 15 DTW.
The MP 120 LED Fresnel WW is equipped with a 200mm lens and a 120W 3000K COB LED the fixture produces a soft edged beam adjustable manually between 19-37° whilst the supplied barn doors allow further adjustment.
Loaded with features including RDM (Remote Device Management), powerCON and 3 & 5-Pin DMX inputs/outputs, allowing multiple units to be daisy chained in an array. The four push button display on the side of the unit allows users to select between DMX and manual dimming modes along with adjustment of dimming curve/profile settings.
The MP 15 LED Fresnel DTW is powered by a 15W amber and warm white LED (1900K/3000K) with ‘dim-to-warm’ technology reducing the colour temperature along with light intensity to emulate a traditional halogen lamp with an amber glow. Housed in a compact all metal chassis the MP 15 features a 62mm lens which creates a 20° soft edge beam ideal for small stages, studios and display lighting applications.
Barn doors and an additional 45° easy-fit lens allow further beam adjustment. The rotary knob on the rear of the unit allows for 0-100% dimming. For further flexibility the MP 15 is triac dimmable and can be connected to an external dimmer pack/wall dimmer for entertainment or commercial applications.
“These new fixtures further bolster the MP Fresnel range and our increasing commitment to this market. As with the rest of the range, they feature robust all metal chassis, provide a sup

 
 
neets-digitooldesignerPeavey develops Digitool driver with Neets
Friday, 1 February 2019

UK - Peavey Commercial Audio has partnered with Neets to announce the availability of a TanGo driver for PCA’s Digitool family of digital audio processing units for loudspeaker management, matrix mixing, room combining and more. The driver is currently available for the Digitool MX16 and Digitool Live devices, both of which are 8x8-channel units.
The Neets TanGo is a powerful control system enabling intuitive touch control of third-party devices - such as Digitool - either through the array of Neets touch panel devices, Android/iOS touch panels, or standard browsers allowing for custom built GUIs. For easy installation, TanGo comes with PoE-in and PoE-out to avoid the need for an external power supply for either the control system itself or any external device such as a touch panel.
The Neets TanGo driver developed by PCA offers an IP-based command set including input and output channel level and mute control, level and mute functionality for all audio matrix points, and the ability to trigger internal preset loads.
PCA operations manager, James Kennedy, sees several benefits of the Neets/Digitool partnership. “Essentially it opens up a whole new range of applications and opportunities for both Digitool users and Neets TanGo users.
“It gives Digitool customers access to a highly effective, low cost, IP-based network controller that is capable of simultaneously controlling multiple hardware devices such as screens, projectors, amplifiers etc. as well as the Digitool. It also provides a fully customizable interface for fingertip control. I

 
la26ISE: Next-proaudio debuts compact array
Thursday, 31 January 2019

The Netherlands - Next-proaudio has announced the launch of LA26, a compact modular line source with a long throw capability.
The LA26 is a two-way, full range passive line array cabinet housing two 6.5" neodymium flat diaphragm drivers located in the side walls of the HF Oblate Spheroidal Waveguide, a 2" diaphragm HF neodymium driver and a passive network crossover presenting a nominal input impedance of 16Ω. A fast and easy three-point auto-locking rigging mechanism is integrated for easy build of ground stacked or flown systems.
The new technology waveguide and co-planar transducer configuration, generates precisely coherent wavefronts uniformly spread in the horizontal plane (105°) and precisely coupled in the vertical plane without sacrificing HF presence in the far field, further eliminating the low-mid lobbing normally associated with two-way line source systems. According to the manufacturer, the main goal is to improve the audience coverage by “the unrivalled dispersion control and smooth even sound radiation pattern”.
Measuring 498.5mm (19.6in) wide and weighting only 15kg, the product’s elegant lines and flush-fitted rigging allow it to fit into any architecture, making it a natural element for installations in concert halls, theatres, and special venues demanding minimum visual obstruction. The LA26 can also be used as touring sound reinforcement for small and medium-size venues.
“Our new LA26 is the smallest and lightest in the LA series keeping the elegance of LA Family,” explains Antonio Correia, R&D manager at

 
 
trinity-10-grey-postable-squishedPK demonstrates Trinity 10 robotic line array
Thursday, 31 January 2019

USA - At last week’s NAMM show, PK Sound demonstrated Trinity 10, a mid-size, 3D controlled sound system. The company offered daily demonstrations of both the Trinity 10 and its Gravity series of subwoofers within its demo room.
PK Sound’s demo room featured a cast of special guests at the FOH position, each mixing a diverse selection of tracks featuring various artists through the Trinity 10 and Gravity loudspeakers.
The Trinity 10 features the identical voicing as the full-size Trinity module. Like the larger version, the Trinity 10 is configured remotely, providing advanced users with a completely new set of tools and unparalleled control over the vertical and horizontal polar directivity of the entire array, while bringing world class sound field control to mid-size class line arrays.
In addition, Trinity 10 is powered by a 3000W Class D amplifier to maximise headroom while maintaining crystal clear audio and providing exceptional output.
(Jim Evans)

 
dante-av-imageISE: Audinate adds video to Dante
Thursday, 31 January 2019

The Netherlands - Audinate has announced Dante AV, an integrated audio and video-over-IP solution for manufacturers.
Dante AV promises to bring all the benefits of the audio over IP solution to video, including discovery, ease-of-use and integrated control. Dante AV enables complete interoperability with more than 1600 Dante-enabled audio products already on the market.
Dante AV reportedly resolves syncronisation problems of networked video and audio by utilising a single network clock for sub-microsecond accuracy. With Dante AV, audio and video signals are independently routable in a single interface using the Dante Controller software. Manufacturers can also take advantage of Dante API to customise their management user interface. Dante AV solves time alignment issues and eliminates the need for audio de-embedders in applications such as sports bars, live events and multi-zoned AV systems for perfect lip sync everywhere.
The Dante AV Module is available with the Dante AV Product Design Suite, providing a complete AV-over-IP endpoint product design for manufacturers that wish to quickly get a product to market.
“Customers want us to bring the V to AV,” says Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “With Dante AV, we are excited to make that a reality. The Dante AV Module and the Dante AV Product Design Suite will enable manufacturers to quickly get integrated audio and video products to market, with all of the benefits Dante has to offer. With Dante AV, we’re taking everything we've learned from years in networked audio to the video world, and

 
 
anolis-ise-2019-preview-divine-72ISE: Robe & Anolis address installation sector
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - Robe Lighting will present a selection of its latest moving light and LED technologies, both from Robe and sister architectural brand Anolis, on a newly-designed stand at ISE expo in Amsterdam.
Featured Robe products will include the new T1 Profile, the RoboSpot remote followspotting system running together with Robe’s BMFL FollowSpot, the Tarrantula LED wash, the popular multipurpose MegaPointe, the new IP65 rated iParFect, the LEDBeam 150 and the CycBar 15.
Examples of all these fixtures will be integrated into the booth design itself, and these products have been chosen for their appropriateness for installations and a wide range of integrated lighting solutions.
Anolis is using the strategic importance of ISE as a technology showcase for the worlds of architainment and architectural lighting to launch its new Divine 72 narrow beam LED wash fixture. It will also highlight its well-known Ambiane RGBW and ArcSource Inground 24 MC Integral units.
(Jim Evans)

 
workprosnseriesISE: Work Pro widens SoundNut range
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - AV equipment manufacturer Work Pro Audio is expanding the SoundNut range of pendant speakers for installed sound applications.
The SoundNut originally debuted at ISE 2018 as a prototype design for a new kind of pendant speaker with a variety of housings in different textures and colours, the principle being to make installed sound speakers as visually discreet as a light fitting. Following a positive response, the first in the SoundNut range made its first official appearance at InfoComm 2018: the 400W SN-8, featuring an eight-inch coaxial driver.
Four more SoundNut models are being launched in Amsterdam to complete the range: the SN-3, SN-6, SN-10, which feature three-, six- and 10-inch drivers respectively, and the SN-8SUB, an eight-inch subwoofer for low-frequency enhancement. All use the same basic design concept as the original SN-8.
"The SN-8 was always going to be the trailblazer for the SoundNut range," explains Work Pro managing director Juan Jose Vila. "But the intention from the first was to expand the range to give our installation customers a variety of options if it was popular. The great success of the first SoundNut has ensured that the arrival of more models was only a matter of time."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
bosearenamatchloudspeakersISE: Bose launches outdoor installation range
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - Bose Professional is introducing ArenaMatch DeltaQ array loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers for outdoor installations.
The ArenaMatch arrays incorporate DeltaQ technology, “to bring improved sound quality, consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations - sports stadiums, arenas, outdoor entertainment centres, and more”. Featuring an IP55 weather rating, ArenaMatch DeltaQ modules promise durable and reliable outdoor performance whilst bringing consistent, intelligible sound.
DeltaQ array technology allows directivity, or “Q,” to vary in each module to more precisely match coverage to audience area. With nine coverage patterns available, designers can choose from modules with 10-, 20- or 40-degree vertical coverage and easily swap between 60-, 80- or 100-degree horizontal waveguides - even in already-assembled arrays - to adjust horizontal coverage and create asymmetrical patterns where needed.
By reducing the number of modules required, ArenaMatch loudspeakers can help improve sight lines, reduce array weight, and lower overall system costs compared to some conventional arrays. Most importantly, the coverage flexibility of ArenaMatch loudspeakers means more sound going where it is needed.
ArenaMatch offers a turnkey solution for entire outdoor sound systems. Designers can employ 40-degree ArenaMatch array modules for point-source applications and 10-, 20- and 40-degree modules for line arrays - all with the same transducers for consistent tonal balance. Combining ArenaMatch loudsp

 
nx-2-1ISE: Elation schedules new releases
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - At ISE, Elation will be showing the Rayzor 760, a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire with SparkLED pixel effect technology.
The Rayzor 760 is available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus Rayzor 760, for use in any environment.
Elation will also introduce the Proteus Smarty Hybrid, a compact CMY hybrid fixture with true IP65 rating. Encompassing the same full feature set and using the same efficient Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 200 lamp with 6000-hour lamp life as Elation’s Smarty Hybrid, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid’s IP65 protection means this versatile effect can be used indoors or out, says the company.
The Artiste Van Gogh framing wash LED luminaire provides up to 16,000 total lumens from an efficient 380W high CRI LED engine and is capable of concentrated beams to wide washes for use in a variety of applications that require high output and precise beam control.
Obsidian Control Systems will be showcasing the powerful NX 2 and the portable NX Wing, professional control products under the ONYX lighting control platform.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
sma-1-mailerISE: Apex introduces SMA-1 amplifier
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - At ISE, Apex will introduce the Class D SMA-1 amplifier module, which offers a customisable turnkey solution for all two-way active loudspeakers.
SMA-1 is a purpose-built, fully-featured amplifier module that is easily adapted to customer requirements without the need for a long and expensive custom development process. It combines a switch-mode power supply, two Class D power amplifiers (1 x 500W + 1 x 150W), powerful integrated DSP and all the necessary analogue circuitry optimised for the best sonic performance on a single, extremely compact and lightweight PCBA module.
The most basic customer implementation comprises a single Line input, a Link output, a volume knob and status LEDs for signalling power, signal and limit. customisation is achieved via the versatile input connector on the PCB which enables the addition of extra input sources such as microphone inputs, Bluetooth, and even networked audio as well as allowing you to determine the layout of connectors and controls, be it a graphic display or LED indicators.
Dante audio networking is available as an option as well as remote control via Apex’s fast and highly intuitive Intelli-Ware software.
According to Apex managing director, Paul Van Hees, SMA-1 is an extremely valuable addition to the company’s portfolio. “We’ve always been good at electronics and we have a long history of providing innovative yet reliable custom solutions. SMA-1 is exactly that - it’s just such a neat solution for manufacturers looking for self-powered amplifier modules. It offers

 
route66frontISE: BroaMan extends Route66 series
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Netherlands - BroaMan is launching a standard version of its popular Route66 configurable router series.
The Route66 family had four members, designed for high performance customised video/audio designs. The new fifth version is suitable for simple and cost-effective standard cable management usage, specifically for the AV market and AV-friendly data centres and server rooms.
The new 2RU design makes Route66 applicable to standard smart fiber patchbay applications. This smart patchbay allows routing of fibre/copper cables by software instead of a manual patch, enabling automated IP workflows and remote cable management. It also allows fibre/copper conversion without external devices.
The Route66 platform provides single channel, non-blocking 40 x 40 router ports, and the new standard version of Route66 will offer 40 SFP+ slots for 40 hot-swappable bi-directional SFPs with each slot up to 4Gbit performance. A wide range of fibre transceivers is also available, while the use of all SFP+ slots guarantees superior EMI performance.
BroaMan MD Tine Helmle comments: “We have already installed many Route66 devices in server rooms and data centres, where our users love the remote routing flexibility. They simply do not have to walk long miles to server rooms anymore when a cable patch change is needed. Now, with this streamlined unit we have been able to simplify these installations further. Every AV server room deserves a Route66.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
powersoftPowersoft T Series unveiled at NAMM
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - Powersoft has announced the release of the T Series line, an amplifier platform designed with the rental market in mind. The new platform - which is available now through the company's authorised distributors - was officially unveiled during a press conference at the NAMM show.
"We're setting a new benchmark for the type of reliability and audio performance you can expect from a product at this price level," says Klas Dalbjörn, product manager at Powersoft. "The T Series is Powersoft's solution for rental companies with small to medium-size sound systems, and it features next generation processing and networking capabilities, but at lower price point. It is also perfect for small touring bands, DJs and a range of other applications.”
The T Series consists of both two and four-channel models available in 3000 W and 6000 W versions supporting channel powers from 750 W to 3,000 W in a single rack unit. All models can deliver the same high peak voltage and can drive single 8/16 ohm cabinets at full SPL. The high voltage can also be used for power sharing between channels for applications such as bi-amped loudspeakers or subwoofers with passive tops.
In addition to analogue inputs, the T Series also includes AES3 and Dante by Audinate inputs, which are optimised for daisy-chained distribution of two-channel audio to multiple amplifiers with no need for external switches or splitters. Each model features group controllable advanced EQ to let users equalise multiple amplifiers in a chain, as well as a robust preset library with FIR processing.

 
colorado-solo-battenChauvet introduces COLORado Solo Batten
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - The new COLORado Solo Batten from Chauvet Professional made its world premiere on the Times Square Midnight Countdown Stage of the ABC Network’s Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve programme.
The bright, IP65-rated fixture creates a uniformly homogenised wash, giving it the appearance of being a single bar of light with no pixels or “round eyes” visible, and no dark corners. This even look can add a distinctive aesthetic touch to any design, particularly in broadcast and theatrical applications, says the company.
“This is a light that addresses a need that our customers have expressed for a batten that creates an edge-to-edge single bar of light,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Designers tell us they’re excited, because this will allow them to create a whole range of new looks.”
Featuring 144 LEDs, the linear fixture has 12 equally-sized square sections, each of which can be controlled individually. This allows the COLORado Solo Batten to go from presenting a single homogenized light source, to displaying an endless variety of pixel mapped effects and chase sequences with smooth fades and wipes.
“We are very eager to see more of what designers come up with when using the COLORado Solo Batten,” adds Chauvet. “This is truly a multi-purpose batten light that can be used in a wide variety of ways, not just for uplighting or in set pieces. There is really no limit to the creative possibilities it opens for designers.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
electro-voicere3maincomponentsElectro-Voice debuts RE3 wireless at NAMM
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - Electro-Voice has launched a new UHF wireless microphone system, the RE3. The RE3 receivers and transmitters are available in 10 pre-packaged sets, configured to cover a wide range of performance and presentation applications. Sets contain one 1/2-rack-space diversity receiver with antennas, universal power supply, rack mount kit, transmitter, batteries and an input device.
The RE3 portfolio also contains an assortment of accessories to aid in the creation of large, multi-channel systems. The RE3’s UHF design with clear frequency scanning makes multi-system wireless operation fast and simple.
The RE3 handheld combines robust aluminium build quality with a sleek profile. Five handheld system sets are available with a choice of interchangeable mic capsules: ND76, ND86, ND96 (dynamic) and the new RE420 and RE520 (condenser). These capsules can be purchased separately.
The compact RE3 bodypack features cast magnesium construction for maximum durability. Five bodypack system sets are available for instrument and lavalier/ headworn microphone applications: OL3, CL3 (lavalier), HW3 (headworn), GC3 (instrument cable) and one bodypack-only system. All RE3 transmitters run on regular alkaline or rechargeable AA cells.
(Jim Evans)

 
typhoon-box-co-rgb-hiER unleashes CO2-free confetti blower
Friday, 25 January 2019

Europe - Typhoon is ER’s newest product, a CO2-free confetti blower designed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted in the industry.
Typhoon is not only a ‘greener’ product but is compact, stackable, easy to control, adjustable and versatile, says the company.
Typhoon’s adaptable design allows it to not only be rigged on top of truss but also flown, allowing for huge confetti hits at large-scale events. Typhoon works via a set of powerful but silent fans, which push confetti out through a specially-designed tunnel, and a controllable-hopper evenly distributes it.
David Holmes, ER’s technical manager who designed Typhoon, comments: “I love the finished product. The brief from ER’s co-founder and director, Ryan Hagan, was to build a confetti blower that would be able to run on electricity, without using the harmful greenhouse gas, and we have done exactly that.
“Other models on the market are cumbersome and don’t have the ability to be flown. Typhoon gives designers more flexibility to create something really amazing at their shows.”
Typhoon is constructed with an aluminium frame with steel panels and weighs 90kg, and the voltage is 200 to 270 or 50/60hz. It holds 10kg of confetti and can be adjusted to how much and how far you want the confetti to be distributed, enabling vast coverage across an audience.
ER debuted the CO2-free confetti blower at the 2018 Ozzfest at the LA Forum, where units were positioned on a U-shaped truss over the audience, creating a snow blizzard effect during carefully-planned

 
 
nx-4Obsidian launches NX 4 at NAMM
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - Obsidian Control Systems is showcasing the newest control product under the ONYX lighting control platform at NAMM in Anaheim. The show will offer a first look and hands-on demo of the NX 4, which will also be shown at ISE in Amsterdam next month.
The NX 4 is equipped with a range of professional features and using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 is designed to handle even the largest show with ease. With a well-arranged combination of motorised and manual faders, as well as an array of playback buttons, the NX 4 offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package.
The NX 4 includes a high-brightness, 15.6”, full-HD multi-touch screen with support for two external 4K touch displays. Eight assignable parameter encoders, a dedicated Intensity encoder, an assistive mini-touch screen, full keypad and command section, and a dedicated grand master make for a dutifully intuitive control surface.
Two independent playback sections offer instant access. The main playback with 10 motorized faders plus 10 play-pairs allow for quick page changes while the sub playback with 12 faders and 12 button playbacks mean that important cues are always available.
(Jim Evans)

 
prodigy-mp-stardust-rgbDirectOut expands Prodigy Series
Friday, 25 January 2019

Europe - DirectOut’s new Prodigy.MP multifunction audio processor follows the successful launch of its sister product, the Prodigy.MC - a modular audio converter that spearheaded the recent introduction of the Prodigy Series.
“All the ingredients were already there,” explains DirectOut business development manager, Luca Giaroli. “For more than a decade, we’ve been offering unrivalled highly reliable audio format converters with the highest quality sample-rate conversion and redundant backup technologies available. We felt it was the right time to take a quantum step forward and add innovative processing power to the package. The result is a device designed to be the central hub of any audio system.”
Prodigy.MP is a multifunction audio processor that shares its 2U-high compact mainframe and modular design with the Prodigy.MC, but adds FPGA-based DSP for EQ, delays and summing matrices. This addition also offers greater flexibility in heterogenous systems and independent clocking by adding SRC capabilities.
The unit has four converter slots for analogue line-level, microphone input and AES3 option modules, providing up to 32 local inputs and outputs. The hardware also supports two MADI and two Network Audio options. The MADI slots are available as BNC, SC optical and SFP modules, while two optional Network Audio boards can be equipped with Dante, Ravenna (AES67) or SoundGrid, increasing maximum channel capability to 416 inputs/420 outputs.
“Flexibility and reliability are two of the main characteristics needed to make a device su

 
 
api-550a-and-312-modulesAPI celebrates with anniversary release
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - With the dawn of 2019, API reaches the exciting milestone of its 50th anniversary. To commemorate 50 years in the industry, API has announced the introduction of two limited edition modules.
The API 550A 50th Anniversary Edition is a discrete three-band EQ and an exact reproduction of the original Saul Walker design from the early 1970s.
These special limited edition units are hand assembled and wired, and feature an exact reproduction of Walker's original printed circuit board. Each unit is “a true work of art, inside and out, and represents a piece of recording history”. Every Anniversary Edition 550A carries an individual serial number denoting its status as part of a limited run of 50 units.
The API 312 50th Anniversary Edition is a faithful reproduction of the original 312 microphone preamp used in API consoles from the 1970s and still highly sought after today. Packaged into a modern 500 Series module, the 312 is one of API's most famous mic preamps and is the basis of the highly successful 3124 series. Starting from an exact reproduction of Saul Walker's original 312 printed circuit board, API engineered the 312's classic design true to the original, including the hand-wired gain pot and switches. Each unit carries an individual serial number noting the limited run of 150 units.
(Jim Evans)

 
nexo-m12Nexo unveils Geo M12 at NAMM
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - This month’s NAMM Show is the first public outing for Nexo’s new Geo M12 line array, a flagship addition to the successful Geo M family of sound reinforcement systems by the French manufacturer. ‘The Big Twelve’, as Nexo calls the kit, will make its performing debut on the NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage in Anaheim.
Sharing the same aesthetic design and sonic signatures as the other models in the Geo M Series, the Geo M12 offers ‘flexibility, coverage and superb sonic performance in a thoroughly modern package’. Launched together with the MSUB18 companion subbass cabinet, the Geo M12 is aimed primarily at the mid-size rental company, although its competitive pricing will make it a popular investment for all types of user, from corporate presentation to live performance venues to houses of worship, says the company.
“The Big Twelve is a logical complement to our M Series range,” explains Nexo sales director Denis Baudier, “it is packed with design features that we premiered on the Geo M10, and also benefits from patented technological and structural innovations that derive from our flagship STM Series modular line array.”
Geo M12 is more powerful than Nexo’s earlier 12” line array cabinet, the Geo S12, which remains in the catalogue. Launched in 2007, nearly 40,000 Geo S12 boxes have been sold to date, with the specialist long-throw S12-ST version becoming a common sight in large sporting stadia and arena around the world. “S12 is a typically hard-working Nexo product, but 10 years on, we are now releasing a 12” cabine

 
 
powersoftISE: Powersoft to debut linear transducer
Thursday, 24 January 2019

The Netherlands - Powersoft will use this year’s ISE as the first chance to demonstrate its new product, Mover - a small yet powerful linear transducer that can be used in audio applications and as a linear motor or shaker.
Adaptable to various purposes, including 4D cinemas, theme parks, or venues with vibrating acoustic floors - as well as applications that go beyond entertainment - Mover lets audiences feel the sound through haptic perception by vibrating the surrounding environment, which the human body picks up and, through bone conduction, translating the vibrations into perceivable frequencies, says the company.
Mover is available in two versions; Direct Drive and Inertial Drive. Visitors to Hall 7, Y195 - one of Powersoft’s three booths at ISE - will be able to experience Mover first hand on a custom-built platform as it interacts with VR content. Users standing on the platform and wearing the requisite HTC headset can experience an immersive 360° video while being stimulated through haptic perception.
Mover can be used in conjunction with a Powersoft amplifier, especially for the Mover Powersoft has introduced an updated firmware version. A specific subharmonic generator plug-in has been added. This new algorithm transposes the pitch of the frequencies down in order to reproduce ultra-low frequency extension all the way down to 5Hz.
(Jim Evans)

 
chordChord Electronics to make its NAMM debut
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

UK - Chord Electronics will be making its NAMM show debut this week as it celebrates 30 years of UK audio manufacturing in consumer and pro audio.
The Kent-based company will bring several of its DAC/headphone amplifiers to NAMM, with the company’s senior team, including owner, MD and chief designer, John Franks, in attendance.
The company, which has exclusively designed, engineered and manufactured in Great Britain since its formation in 1989, produces a range of proprietary-technology high-performance digital and analogue audio products, which are active in a number of leading studios and production facilities around the world, including Abbey Road, Metropolis Studios, Air Studios and Sony Music.
Chord Electronics’ stand 10627 will feature a number of critically acclaimed devices: the portable Mojo DAC/headphone amplifier, transportable Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp/preamp and the recently launched desktop Hugo TT2 DAC/headphone amp/preamp.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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