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The Art and Craft of Sound Design- Interview with Bishwadeep Chatterjee

PT met up with Bishwadeep Chatterjee, one of India’s most esteemed Sound Designer. In this extremely insightful interview, he generously shares his unique perspective and experience on music recording and sound design..... read more

Bose Professional Assures an IMMERSIVE SOUNDSCAPE At Sardar Patel Stadium – The Largest Cricket Stadium in the World

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they arrived for the “Namaste Trump” event on 24 Feb 2020..... read more

Shankar and Siddharth Mahadevan’s Lambodara Studios – Leaves you Breathless

Auroville based leading acoustic consultancy & audio video system design firm Sound Wizard was tasked with designing acclaimed singer, composer and music director Shankar Mahadevan’s ..... read more

In Conversation With Sreejesh Nair

Besides being a part of the first Dolby Atmos Mix theater installation in India and the first Dolby Atmos Premiere Mix room in the world, Sreejesh Nair has been responsible for crafting the sound for major films like Bombay Velvet, Gangs of Wasseypur - II, Agneepath..... read more

Stained Class Productions - Beyond the Realms of Sound

Meet the father & son duo, Murugan N. and Mrinal N. whose musical influence has been Judas Priest and who have aptly named their studio after the fourth studio album of Judas Priest - Stained Class. Mrinal who manages the technical aspects ..... read more

Independent Producers Blurb on their Music and Technology

One of Asia’s largest music festivals, OPPO Sunburn in association with Percept Live and Klassique Events Goa returned to its birthplace Goa, this December after a hiatus of 3 years. The festival which made a grand homecoming for its 13th edition at Vagator for a three-day showcase ..... read more

Sequence of Steps to Follow on Resuming Studio Operations Post an Extended Duration of Shutdown

Munro Acoustics India has put together a suggestion/ guideline document after consulting many studios and engineers across the world to aid their clients in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and SE Asia..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms - Part 1

Acoustic and audio system design for a “small room” can be extremely challenging, especially for critical listening applications like control rooms and reference home cinemas. It is vital to understand the relationship between system..... read more

Harman Reigns Supreme in Indian Cinemas

Sound in the cinema, until recently, was dictated by standardized speaker layouts. If you are from the commercial cinema project, from the first design to the finished furnishings..... read more

Recording To Records

Music in India has changed drastically. This music and song driven country which is largely dominated by Bollywood soundtracks, has in the past year seen less of originals and more of old songs being plagiarised..... read more

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Line Arrays

Sound Stars

2017-2018 was witness to the launch of an array of Line array systems intended as completely redesigned solutions for applications ranging from mid to large-size touring productions, live music applications and high-end fixed installations. The lineup here includes some high-profile debuts from 2017-2018

Amate Audio N208

Amate Audio continues the rollout of its new NÍTID series of ultra-compact, high performance active speaker systems with the introduction of the N208 compact line array and matched N18W / N218W subwoofer systems. In common with all NÍTID systems, these employ the latest digital amplification and signal processing technologies, in symbiosis with advanced electroacoustic research and design, to achieve exceptional levels of performance and versatility from compact speaker systems. The N208 is the flagship of the NITID series: a versatile line array equipped with the exclusive Amate Audio waveguide, ideal for all kind of live events.

Main Features include:

• Exclusive High Performance Waveguide
• Light Neodymium components
• Multiple Presets available
• High resistant ployurea paint

Tech Specifications:

• Amplifier (program power): 1000 W + 500 W Class D bi-amplified
• Input Sensitivity: 8 dBu – 1.94 V
• Input Impedance: 20 kΩ balanced
• Mains: Universal switch mode Power Supply 85-265 V / 45-65 Hz
• Average current draw: 2.1 A (Heavy duty musical program)
• SPL (1m): 129 dB continuous, 132 dB peak
• Built-in DSP: 48-bit processing unit
• AD/DA converters: 24 bit – 48 kHz
• Presets: 2BOX_FR, 2BOX_SW, 4BOX_FR, 4BOX_SW, 8BOX_FR, 8BOX_SW
• Standby mode consumption: < 5 W
• Adjustable delay line: 118 ms / 40m
• Frequency response (-10 dB): 78 Hz – 18 kHz
• Components LF – MF: 2x 8″ neodymium woofers (2.5″ voice coil)
• HF: 2x 1.75″ PEN diaphragm, neodymium magnet compression drivers
• Directivity (HxV): 110º x 11º
• Weight: 23 kg (N208) / 21 kg (N208P)
• Dimensions (HxWxD): 279 x 684 x 522 mm (no pins included)

Beta 3 TLX214a

The TLX214a is an active 2-way line array module for small & medium events of indoors and outdoors. Equipped with 1 x neodymium driver and 2 x75mm drivers, it offers excellent sound quality and high SPL. TLX214a is driven by an onboard amplifier with DSP which provides 4 presets for users to select according to different applications. The optimized construction and high efficiency transducers makes TLX214a a compact enclosure with max SPL 132dB. TLX214a offers practical horizontal of 120 degree and can be curved up from 0 to 10˚ for each element.

Main Features include:

• Cutting edge 14’’ line array technology
• Customized B&C high performance transducers
• Customized waveguide
• Switching mode technology grants reliability and robustness.
• Built-in DSP with 4 presets
• 3-point rigging system for quick set-up

Tech Specifications:

• Construction: Plywood
• System: TLX214a: 2 x 3” HF + 1 x 14’’ LF
• TLX118Ba: 1 x 18’’ LF
• Frequency Response(-3db): TLX214a: LF:45Hz-3kHz HF: 500Hz-18kHz
• TLX118Ba: 40Hz-200Hz
• Amplifier Power: TLX214a: 700W x 2
• TLX118Ba: 1400W
• Amplifier Type: Class D
• Maximum SPL (1m) TLX214a: LF: 124dB/130dB (peak), HF: 126dB/132dB (peak)
• TLX118Ba: 124dB/130dB (peak)
• Power Supply: AC 220V-240V~, 50/60Hz (or AC 110V-120V~, 50/60Hz)
• Dispersion (H x V): Horizontal: 120°
• Vertical: Varies, depending on array length and configuration
• Input Connector: TLX214a: 1 x XLR
• TLX118Ba: 1 x XLR
• Output Connector: TLX214a: 1 x XLR
• TLX118Ba: 2 x XLR
• Dimension(WXHXD): TLX214a: 660 x 489 x 440 mm
• TLX118Ba: 660 x 807 x 568 mm
• Frame: 660 x 829 x 110 mm
• Net Weight: TLX214a: 33.5kg
• TLX118Ba: 53.2kg


The GEO M10 is a new addition to the GEO M range, sharing the same aesthetic design and sonic signature as the other line array in the family, while offering an unprecedented level of flexibility in all mid-size applications.

The GEO M10 line array is NEXO’s new high-output sound reinforcement system for long-throw theatre and live music applications. With characteristic innovation and ingenuity, this exciting contemporary design uses a single 10” driver to deliver an unprecedented ratio of LF response to cabinet size for this class of mid-size line array

The GEO M10 system is a true power package, twice as powerful as its sister GEO M6 compact line array, launched 2 years ago. While the M10 design aesthetic is comparable to the elegant new-generation silhouette of the M6, the larger M10 cabinet draws on structural and acoustic innovations first released in NEXO’s ground-breaking STM Series modular line array, in particular the STM M28.

Main Features include:

• Compact line array element that can be stacked or flown, with or without its companion sub the MSUB15.
• Integrated rigging hardware with no loose part and AutoRigTM feature.
• Available in Touring or Installation versions, with custom colour options.
• Incorporates latest NEXO patented technology from the flagship STM series.
• Comprehensive range of versatile, multifunction accessories for deploying the GEO M10 in a wide variety of applications.

Tech Specifications:

• LF Component : 1 x 10” 8 Ohms long excursion Neodymium driver with PDD
• HF Component: 1 x 1.4” throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR WavesourceTM
• Height x Width x Depth: 288mm x 531mm x 355 mm (11.3” x 20.9” x14.0”)
• Weight: 21 kg (47 lbs)
• Net Connectors (Touring version) : 2 x NL4, 4 poles connectors (1+/1- Through, 2+/2- GEO M10)
• Connectors (Install version) : 2 x Cable gland with 2 cores cables
• Construction Fittings : Lightweight Polyurethane Composite
• Front Finish (Touring version) : 4 x Side handles (2 vertical + 2 horizontal) + back grip
• Front Finish (Install version) : Steel front grill + back mesh Acoustic fabric fitted from grill
• Operating temperature range : 0°C - 40 °C (32° F - 104° F)
• Storage temperature range: -20 °C - 60 °C (-4 ° F - 140° F)


RCF has introduced its new HDL30-A line array, the latest addition to the RCF HDL line array family. A compact, bi-amped, two-way active system, it is intended for medium to large events and tours both indoors and outdoors. It features two 10-inch woofers and an impressive 4-inch titanium compression driver. The time coherent waveguide is the result of in-depth research and design. HDL 30-A is the first line array in a composite cabinet with zero-degree phase and ultra-linear amplitude response

Main features include:

• 2200W Two Way Amplifier
• 137 dB Max SPL
• 48 kHz, 32 bit DSP processing
• 1.4” Titanium Compression Driver, 4.0” voice coil
• 2 x 10” Neodymium Woofers, 2.5” voice coil
• Exclusive FiRPHASE technology on-board
• RDNet Control and Management
• 680 Hz Crossover Point

Tech Specifications:

• Frequency Response: 50 Hz ÷ 20000 Hz
• Horizontal Coverage Angle: 100°
• Max Spl @ 1m: 137 Db
• Vertical Coverage Angle: 15°
• Compression Driver: 1.4’’ Neo, 4.0’’ V.C
• Woofer: 2 X 10’’ Neo, 2.5’’ V.C
• Input Signal: Bal/Unbal
• Output Connectors: Xlr, Rdnet Ethercon
• Input Connectors: Xlr, Rdnet Ethercon
• Input Sensitivity: +4 Dbu
• Crossover Frequencies: 680 Hz
• Total Power: 2200 W Peak, 1100 W Rms

JBL Professional VTX A12W

JBL VTX A12W is a Dual 12” Line Array Loudspeaker with 120-degree Dispersion. It is designed to address the requests from rental companies, FOH engineers and tour sound production crews who appreciated the advances introduced in the VTX A12 but needed wider horizontal coverage for their applications.

Main Features include:

• 120-degree dispersion pattern for wide horizontal coverage
• New and improved JBL transducers for the best output per weight
• Innovative HF section integrates the phasing plug and waveguide for high sensitivity and linearity even at high output levels
• Redesigned Radiation Boundary Integrator® (RBI) for reduced horn edge diffraction, improved LF sensitivity, lower distortion and 120-degree coverage down to 250 Hz
• Next Generation LF section, including industry-defining Differential Drive woofers, with a dual magnet, dual voice-coil design for extended linear excursion
• Best-in-class rigging for streamlined, rapid deployment
• Full-face grill for superior weatherization and refined aesthetics
• New transport cart and frame for simplified transport and setup
• Optimizations throughout the design for space efficiency and reduced weight while simultaneously improving performance
• Full integration with JBL system control and prediction software
• Lightweight design
• Fully compatible with VTX A12

Tech Specifications:

• Frequency Range (-10 dB): 46 Hz - 19 kHz (Preset: VTX A12W)
• Coverage Pattern (-6dB): Horizontal = 120 degrees nominal (250Hz - 16kHz), Vertical = Varies with array size and configuration
• Maximum Peak Output *2: 146dB (Preset: VTX A12W)
• System Processing: Crown Audio I-Tech 12000HD
• Crown Audio I-Tech: 4x3500HD
• System Impedance: LF = 2 x 8 ohms; MF = 8 ohms; HF = 8 ohms
• Low Frequency: 2 x JBL 2264H, 12in diameter, dual 3in diameter voice coil, Neodymium Differential Drive
• Mid Frequency: 4 x JBL 2165H, 5.5in diameter, dual 2in diameter voice coil, Neodymium Differential Drive
• High Frequency: 3 x JBL 2423K, 2in diameter annular diaphragm, 2in diameter voice coil, Neodymium Magnet
• Construction: 18mm and 15mm ,11-ply Finnish birch plywood, Black DuraFlexTM finish, integral recessed handles
• IP Rating *3: IP55 EN (60529)
• UV Rating: 6 (ISO105-B01)
• Suspension: Captive suspension plates, quick-release pins, auto-locking mechanism for setting angles
• Inter-enclosure Angle: 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10
• Grill: Powder coated 14-guage hex-perforated steel with acoustically transparent black cloth backing
• Type: Neutrik SpeakON NL-8 (2x)
• Pin Assignments: Pins 1 ± (LF), Pins 2 ± (LF); Pins 3 ± (MF), Pins 4 ± (HF)
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 330.2mm x 1.118mm x 495.3mm; 13.0in x 44.0in x 19.5in
• Net Weight: 60.8 kg (134.0 lbs)

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