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B!d Bill Evans
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ore than 900 exhibitors are expected to show their latest products at InfoComm10,
set for the LasVegas Convention Center from June 9-11. So if you budget 60 seconds
to absorb all the information at each booth and allow zero seconds for walking from
booth to booth you can cover the show in about 15 hours.
Okay, so it's pretty obvious that there are going to be some booths that aren't exactly
screaming out "Live Audio!" In fact there are going to be a lot of them. In fact, they very considerately segregate the live sound folks into the Audio Ghetto where we can't infect the rest of
the attendees in search of the perfect biometric life safety hi-def digital signage alarm system.
Anyway, here are some pre-show highlights:
American Music & Sound ((6644) is featuring All en & Heat h's iD R-64, the Turb osound
Compact Series and has hinted about some
new beyerdynam ic gear as well.
The iDR-64 larger format fixed I/O MixRack
joins the iLive digital m ixer family, providing a
high I/O capacity and a lower cost alternative to
the modular iDR10 MixRack. It includ es 64 m ic/
line inputs and 32 XLR outputs in a 9U frame ,
and features the iLive 64x32 RackExtra DSP mix
engine, providing full processing (dynamics, EQ
and delay) for all 64 channels and 32 mixes.
Allen &Heath's iDR-64 larger format fixed 1/0 MixRack
Ashly Aud io (( 6659) is featuring its pema
(Protea Equipped Media Amplifier). It combines
Ashly's DSP functional ity with the company's
amplifier functionality inside a two-rack space
unit. Perna promises to lower overall system
cost, occupy less space, improve energy efficiency, and speed up/simplify system inst allation and programming. Four and eight amplifier channel versions are available at both 125
and 250 watts per channel. Depending on the
configuration, perna's MSRPwill be in the $2,000 to $4,000 range .
Turbosound Compact series
Ashlypema
d&b aud iotechnik ((7428) recently introduced the
E6 Loudspea ker and Array( alcV6 software. The new
E6 replaces the E3 loudspeaker after nearly two decades.
Smaller and lighter, the E6 still manages to equal or exceed the E3's performance characteristics, according to
the company, and it is positioned to fit between the EO
and E8 loudspeakers within the d&b audiotechnik's ESeries product range . The E6 multipurpose loudspeaker
uses an integrated 6.5-inch/1 -inch exit coaxial driver design with neodymium magnet and constant directivity
horn loading. The horn design has a 100° by 55° dispersion pattern than can be rotated through 90° without the
use of tools. The E6features a two-way design with a builtin passive crossover network with a frequency response
extending from 85 Hz to above 18 kHz. The E6 enclosure is
inj ect ion molded and has an impact resistant black paint
high resolution, low latency audio transmission over IP networks. Audinate's Dante solution promises a self-configuring digital audio network that uses standard Internet protocols. Dante is a scalable solution that works on both 100 Mbits and 1 Gigabit Ethernet. Using Dante, many bulky cables
that are typically needed to provide point-to-point analog wi ring for AVinstaliations are elim inated .
Dante combines low latency and sample-accurate playback timing with the ability to use standard
computer networking hardware. In addition, incorporat ed within Dante is a new automatic device
discovery and system configuration capability. With th is capability, specialized skills are no longer
needed to set-up and manage an aud io and video media network. These capabilit ies, taken together, are designed to make AV networking lesscomplex.
The DM-1 is also compatible with Audinate's Dante Virtual Soundcard, which turns a PCor Mac
into a Dante-enabled device. The Dante Virtual Soundcard has many characteristics of a physical
sound card or audio interface, including the ability to play and record audio using any Windows audio application with standard ASIOmultichannel audio support, or any Core Audio Mac application.
It usesthe Ethernet port on the computer to communicate with a network of other Dante-enabled
devices without the need for expensive soundcards. No special hardware is required other than
installing Dante Virtual Soundcard on a conventional PCor laptop.
JBL Professional ((6236) recently introduced its
PRX600 Series active portable loudspeakers, which
(rest Audio's ((6602) E-Lite series
amps are built on a high-speed class 0 design with a switch-mode power supply to
reduce weight while increasing reliability,
thermal efficiency and output power. The
E-Lite 1800 and E-Lite 1800 DSP offer 900
Crest E·Lite
watts per channel, and the E-Lite 3000 and
E-Lite 3000 DSP have 1500 watts per channel. Both versions weigh less than 10 pounds and
can be used in parallel, stereo and bridged modes. The E-Lite DSP version has an onboard
digital signal processor with a suite of delays (0-120ms per channel), adjustable crossover, adjustable limiter, parametric EQ, HF driver EQ, four user preset storage locations, and stereo/
mono/bridge operation w ith lockable security settings. The front-panel LCD screen allows users to identify and assign presets, while the USB port allows users to load p resets and enables
external setup and adjustment. The E-Lite DSP section also integrates Waves MaxxBass Bass
Extension technology.
d&b audiotechnik E6 Loudspeaker
finish. The cabinet shape lets the unit be used either in a vertical or horizontal orientation, and
the recessed and tilted connector panel allows deployment as a stage monitor as well. The
front of the loudspeaker cabinet is protected by a rigid metal grill that is magnetically attached
and can be removed to modify the horn orientation. The cabinet incorporat es a handle and
four M8 threaded inserts to connect to rigging accessories.
.JUNE 2010
ers. Both the SM-60M and SM-60F feature Tom Danley's
synergy horn technology.The SM-60Fis designed to del iver
full -range content, whereas the SM-60M delivers mid- and
high -frequency content only. The units are similar to Danley'sSH-50full-range loudspeaker, but use fewer drivers and
are constructed of molded plastic, making the stock units
weatherproof. The SM-60M uses one 5-inch coaxial driver,
whereas the SM-60Fadds two 8-inch woofers to that design.
Danley SM-60
Danley saysthe SM-60M measures flat to within 3 dB from 270 Hz to 15 kHz and the SM-60F does
the same to within 4 dB from 66 Hz to 24 kHz. Coverage patterns for both are 60° by 60° with both
outputting approximately 125 dB continuous and 128 dB program. The SM-60M's input power ratings are 250 watts continuous and 500 watts program, whereas the SM-60F rates 800 watts continuous and 1600 watts prog ram.
Electro-Voice and Aud inate ((6302) are showing the DM-1 Dant e audio network card for the
NetM ax hardwa re family. DM-1 may be installed in the N8000 or N8000-1500 chassisto provide
Turbosound 's six-model Compact series includes four passive trapezoidal loudspeakers
and two subwoofers, all outfitted with rigging
features suited for portable live sound and fixed
installation applications. The four passive trapezoidal models include the TCX-8compact passive
8-inch two-way, TCX-1 0 passive 1O-inch two-way,
TCX-12 passive 12-inch two-way, and TCX-15 passive 15-inch two-way loudspeakers. The Compact series also includes the TCX-15B single 15inch and TCX-18B single 18-inch band-pass subwoofers.
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Danley Sound Labs (( 7488) recently announced the
SM-60M and SM-60F, two new molded horn loudspeak-
includes the PRX612M, PRX615M, PRX625, PRX635,
and two subwoofers, the PRX618S and PRX618S-XLF.
Using JBL Differential Drive speaker technology, dbx
Type IV limiting circuitry and Crown class-D amplifiers, the PRX600 Series uses an integrated DSP input
section with midline level input, selectable system
EQand an AID converter for a higher signal-to-noise
ratio. M-10 suspension points make the PRX600 Series well-suited for installation. The new models are
also at least 15 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller
JBL PRX600 series
than the ir predecessors, and the reduction in mate rials is also aligned with Harman's "Green Edge" program. All PRX600 Seriesloudspeakers include: JBLDifferential Drive neodymium woofers; powdercoated, obsid ian, 16-gauge perforated steel grilles; obsidian DuraFlex fin ish; handles with backing
cups; lightweight 18 mm plywood cabinetry; tongue and groove construction; dual 36 mm pole
sockets on the PRX612M and PRX615M; single 36 mm pole sockets on the PRX635/PRX618S; and
an M20 pole socket on the PRX618S-XLF. MSRP ranges from $1,199 to $1,999.
Mackie (N112) will feature the SRM1801 Powered Subwoofer
(see FOH, May 2010, page 16)and the Mackie HDA (High-Definition
Arrayable) Powered Loudspeaker, pictured here. In partnership w ith
the line array folks at EAW, Mackie has created a new compact line
array. Each HDA module delivers 1200 watts of power, and up to
four HDAs can be used per side, creating a line array that can handle
anything from mid-size houses of worship to large clubs in a costeffective design.
Each HDA module delivers 1200 watts of peak system power
and houses an EAW-designed 12-inch LF driver and dual Beyma
l.7-inch HF compression drivers, mounted into a multi-cell horn.
HDA incorporates Mackie'shigh-definition digital processing, which
Mackie HDA (High-Definition Arrayis designed to correct inherent sonic issuesthat arise w ith all hornloaded drivers. With a 100° by 20° coverage pattern and integrated
able) powered loudspeaker
rigging hardware that allows for up to four HDAs and two Mackie
HD1801 Powered Subwoofers per side,a full HDA rig promises the ability to handle large audiences
with the consistent, predictable coverage. A three-position voicing switch is designed to make it
easyto set up larger rigs, and up to two modules can be pole-mounted directly above a subwoofer
for those seeking a high-output portable PAsystem.The HDA High-Definition Arrayable Powered
Loudspeaker will be available in September 2010 with an MSRP of $2,099.99.
Martin Audio (N113) is featuring its MLA Multi-cellular LoudspeakerArray. We have not heard it
yet but the buzz is huge.
Promising to replace trial-and-error array design with numerical optimization of the array 's outpu t based on an acoustic model, the MLA's multi-cellular format has six individual
cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and powering capability. Each 24-enclosure
array has 144 cells - too great a number to optimize manually or by ear. Martin Audio's
Display 2.0 system design software calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-
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