Top 50 Innovations Of 2018

Articles May - June 2019


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BToS Productions - The Rising Star

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The Next Dimension Of Stage Production

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Complete Audio Solutions from Honeywell

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Top 50 Product

ADAM Audio S-Series
The S Series, a flagship reference monitoring range from Adam Audio, comprises five models of increasing size: S2V, S3H & S3V and the S5H & S5V (H denotes a speaker designed optimally for horizontal use, V the vertical version). This series includes: completely new woofers and mid-range drivers, newly designed waveguides for the S Series tweeter (and the mid-range driver on the S5 models), and a new DSP engine which provides crossover optimization, voicing options and expansion potential. The cabinets of the entire S Series Line are solidly constructed from thick, vibration resistant material to reduce unwanted resonance and coloration, even at the highest listening levels. The design also features large-radiuses rounded edges, which help to minimize unwanted edge-diffraction effects. The robust finish of the S Series line is built to offer extra protection to withstand the stresses and strains of daily life in a recording environment.

The IS-Series brings the rider acceptance and performance of Adamson’s touring products to the world of integration. Leveraging proprietary technologies such as: Controlled Summation Technology, Advanced Cone Architecture and intuitive rigging solutions have ensured that the IS-Series meets with Adamson’s high standards. The IS-Series, made its debut with the IS7 and IS118 subwoofer. The IS7 is a two-way, full-range line array cabinet containing two ND7-X5, 7” Neodymium drivers and an NH3, 1.4” exit compression driver and The IS118 subwoofer sports a lightweight, long excursion 18” ND18-S Kevlar Neodymium driver utilizing Adamson’s Advanced Cone Architecture and a 4” voice coil, all mounted in a front-loaded enclosure.

AHUJA AIP-7000 Series
AIP-7000 Series is a smart solution for Public Address applications at factories, hospitals, transportation centers, prisons, airports, metro / railway stations and large educational campuses using the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Announcements can be made through a modernized IP Network (LAN/WAN) based Paging Microphone (AIP-701RM2) which has 7-inch resistance touch screen, built-in 2Watt speaker and numeric functional keys to call in individual zone, a group of zones or all zones. Proprietary control server software (AIP-702SP) offers intelligent user-friendly features such as User Management, Terminal Status, Recording services, Call Log Report, Monitoring, Time Schedule Broadcasting andCall Waiting. Network Audio Unit device under AIP Series (AIP-703NA) acts as a decoder and receives digital signal transmitted on IP Network in form of data and convertsit into analog audio signal which goes into amplifier for broadcasting. Intercom Unit of AIP Series (AIP-704IC) is an appropriate device for Industrial duplex (2-way) communication from any remote area to command control center, the device is equipped with one Press-To-Talk button to communicate with control center, built in high sensitivity microphone for long distance pick up and built in 5W full range speaker. In a nut-shell AIP-7000 series is the answer to all public-address requirements using the existing LAN / WAN.

AKG C636
The AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone is built on the legendary studio-quality sound of the acclaimed C535 microphone. The C636 eliminates feedback by combining a uniform cardioid polar pattern throughout the entire frequency spectrum with a specially designed suspension and grille for the capsule. This unique approach to housing the capsule avoids unwanted sound reflections on the back of the capsule, ensuring feedback and spill over rejection. AKG C636 comes with the world’s first double shock suspension system to greatly reduce unwanted handling noise. The capsule sits on a highly absorbent rubber bearing that eliminates any structure-based noise, while an adjustable balancing network cancels vibration over a wide frequency range. It also has a multilayer protection system to prevent unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of the grille, a foam layer behind the grille and a magnetically attached computer-modeled mesh layer on top of the capsule—providing singers with a clear, plosive-free vocal performance. This three-layer protection system is virtually unique to AKG and sets the new standard for pop noise suppression in the market.

ALLEN & HEATH dLive C Class
The dLive C Class is founded on XCVI, the same 96kHz FPGA core which drives the flagship dLive S Class mixers, and also shares its DEEP processing architecture. This new range includes the ultra-compact C1500, the first 19-inch rack-mountable dLive surface. Aside from the C1500, another two twin screen control surfaces join the ranks, the C2500 and C3500. The C Class surfaces use the dLive Harmony UI with gesture touch control via 12-inch capacitive screens and colour-mapped rotary controls. There are three new MixRacks in the series — CDM32, CDM48, and CDM64. The MixRacks provide capacity for 128 inputs with full processing and 16 dedicated stereo FX returns, plus a fully configurable 64 mix bus architecture with processing on all mix channels. Each surface and rack have a 128 channel I/O port supported by an array of networking cards including Dante, Waves, MADI, fibreACE optical and more. dLive C Class is also compatible with S Class hardware and the ME personal mixing system.

ANTELOPE Audio – Goliath HD
This new flagship interface by Antelope Audio features 64 channels of high-quality audio I/O and powerful upgrades including the adaptable new Accusonic preamps. Beyond the wealth of features that make it more versatile than many interfaces on the market, the Goliath HD also sounds unlike any other interface on the market. For one thing, it sports the lowest total harmonic distortion (THD) available in a multi-channel interface across all 64 of its channels of input and output. Powered by the most advanced ESS chips available and Antelope’s legendary 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter-management technology and unique noise-lowering techniques, it also sets a new standard in digital conversion clarity. Its flexible digital connectivity allows it to interface with both Mac or PC in a snap via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. And boasts dual MADI connections, which are compatible with MADI to Dante Bridge products. The Goliath HD pushes the envelope in the world of input and output, offering a staggering 64 channels of I/O in its modest two-rack space frame. These include 16 of Antelope Audio’s new Accusonic mic preamplifiers, each with individual volume controls. Goliath HD’s 32 analog inputs offer an impressive 124db of dynamic range, with its 32 analog outputs going up to 129db of dynamic range.

APART Mask C series
The Mask C series is an affordable, reliable wall-mounted loud speaker solution for professional applications. Included with the Mask C series is the pre-assembled, Apart-patented Clickmount bracket. The bracket can be positioned on almost all flat substrates, including concrete, wood and plastic, and all brackets can be aligned by using the integrated spirit level to assist with ease of installation. For environments that require seamless operation, the Mask C features a three-step overload protection. With LED indication when maximum volume has been reached, followed by power reduction and complete speaker shut down until the volume has been reduced. Connecting speaker cables is hassle-free and discreet, with the ability to feed cables through the top and rear of the bracket. Cables can be easily daisy chained between each mount bracket, making installation of multiple speakers hassle-free.

ASTON Starlight
In an imaginative move that has potential to become standard throughout the microphone industry, Aston revealed the world’s first laser targeting pencil microphone in NAMM last year. The Aston Starlight features a 20mm cardioid capsule “hand picked by a panel of more than 50 top producers in double blind listening tests, and a high-spec discrete mic amp circuit, enabling the connected mic preamp to work at lower gain for less distortion. The Starlight allows for recall of mic position in studio use, and incredibly quick and easy set up in live applications. This microphone also showcases Aston’s unique variable voice switching for sound contouring, a nearly indestructible build quality, a signature sintered head, and Aston’s, now famous, tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis.

The AT5047 is a transformer-based phantom powered design microphone has an exceptionally wide dynamic range which allows it to capture the expressive character of instruments and voices. From the softest sweep of brushes on a snare drum to powerful rock vocal. The custom wound transformer-coupled output gives the 5047 a smooth character without making it sound like a “transformer” mic. The stunning new design of external shock mount and the new internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body meaning that you only hear the sound heading for the diaphragms, not sounds from the floor or mechanical noise. Four exquisitely matched ultra-thin diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as Audio-Technica’ s largest-ever element, providing combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm. Each AT5047 microphone is hand assembled and individually inspected for 100% quality control. The microphone is enclosed in an elegant housing of aluminum and brass with a high-quality silver finish.

The high-density 6000 Series wireless system operates in the 944-952 MHz band and uses advanced IMD suppression methods to enable its channels to be spaced at 125 kHz intervals, allowing up to 31 simultaneous channels within 4 MHz of bandwidth. With its full-rack metal chassis, reinforced mounting ears and rear rack mount capability, the system’s ATW-R6200S receiver installs quickly and securely, providing two channels per rack space. The receiver’s clear, easy-to-read displays and front-panel controls makes it simple to configure the system and monitor frequency, RF and AF levels, transmitter battery level, mute status and more. The receiver has a 3-pin XLRM balanced output and 6.3 mm (1/4”) balanced output for each channel, and a front-panel 6.3 mm (1/4”) headphone jack with volume. There are two transmitters available for use with the 6000 Series: ATW-T6001S body-pack transmitter and ATW-T6002xS handheld transmitter. Both transmitters feature rugged, ergonomic metal bodies, highly visible OLED screens, programmable features, and soft-touch. The compact ATW-T6001S body-pack transmitter comes with a flexible ¼ wave whip antenna and is equipped with a newly designed, rugged cH-style screw-down 4-pin connector that works with a variety of Audio-Technica mics, and cables.

AVID Pro Tools 12.8
The Avid Pro Tools 12.8. Post production mixers features Dolby Atmos mixing along with Avid Nexis for Pro Tools HD. Until now, mixing in Dolby Atmos required extra plug-ins and complex routing workflows to accommodate the multi-channel and object-based audio format. Avid and Dolby partnered closely to bring an inclusive suite of Dolby Atmos workflows. New features include built-in Dolby Atmos panning, support for 7.1.2 stems, deep Avid pro mixing control surface integration, advanced automation with the Dolby Rendering and Mastering Unit (RMU), and more. Support for Avid Nexis shared storage eliminates the time wasted moving files between systems, resulting in faster turnarounds and increased productivity. The free Pro Tools First version now features Avid Cloud Collaboration to make music anywhere over the Internet. Track Freeze, allows to quickly freeze or unfreeze all plug-ins on a track — or just up to a certain insert — to free up processing power. Integration with Soundbase allows to search for fresh sounds and instantly hear how they fit into any track or project.

Ideal for musicians, podcasters and filmmakers: Beyerdynamic presents the DT 240 PRO compact monitor headphones. The DT 240 PRO monitor headphones from Beyerdynamic fit perfectly into mobile workflow. Creative minds can work anywhere with these headphones – start a project in one place and continue working on it somewhere else. At the mixing desk, behind the camera or on the train, the DT 240 PRO ensures seamless audio control without compromising on quality. And best of all: its attractive price also makes it affordable for producers with a smaller budget. Due to its low-ohm acoustic transducers (34 ohm), the DT 240 PRO requires little amplifier power and can work on all devices. Its compact, robust design-specially shaped ear cups make the DT 240 PRO very easy to handle. In addition, its sound is characterized by a clean, deep bass, lively mids and clearly defined highs. Creative sound smiths will find it difficult to find its equal in the price category up to 100 euros. Excellent sound insulation ensures that the same high-performance levels are also achieved in loud environments, for example, at trade fairs or live concerts. In other words, a model like the DT 240 PRO is what musicians, podcasters, YouTubers and semi-professional filmmakers have wanted for a long time. Now the wait is finally over.

Beyerdynamic has introduced the TG 500, a versatile wireless. The system focuses on modern features and can be used license-free almost all over the world depending on the frequency band selected. For performances on smaller stages, theatre productions, speeches or presentations – the new Beyerdynamic TG 500 wireless system is a genuine all-rounder. At the heart of every Beyerdynamic TG 500 wireless system is an attractively-designed receiver with a durable metal housing and a parametrized front panel. The combination of intuitive operating elements with a backlit LCD display packed with status information (HF/NF level, battery level, transmission frequency, name) makes menu navigation particularly user-friendly. The two audio channels of the TG 500 wireless system’s TG 500DR dual receiver can be relayed via a common output if so desired. The diversity antenna operation guarantees optimum reception for the Beyerdynamic TG 500, ensuring that there are no unwanted interruptions in transmission even in challenging environments. Intermodulation-free transmission frequencies in preconfigured groups ensure the TG 500 offers interference-free multi-channel operation. Alternatively, frequencies can be chosen at leisure. A scan function with automatic search provides assistance for system set-up. The integrated pilot tone function ensures interference-free transmission and gives a warning when the battery power is running low.

BOSE EdgeMax
EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers features propriety Bose PhaseGuide technology, which provide room filling coverage while improving overall sound quality compared to the performance of convectional ceiling loudspeakers. Designed for mounting near wall boundaries, EdgeMax loudspeakers projects high frequency sound throughout rooms up to 65 feet (20m) wide using only perimeter mounting locations and can effectively cover an area that would require up to four conventional conical-coverage models. These EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers are available with two different horizontal coverage patterns i.e. EdgeMax EM90 and EdgeMax EM180. Both models feature 75-Degree asymmetric vertical coverage, which is optimized for ceiling heights between eight feet and twenty feet. EdgeMax EM90 provides nominal 90-degree horizontal coverage from room corners and Edgemax EM180 provides nominal 180-degree horizontal coverage from center ceiling-wall locations.

The K-EYEK20 HCR belongs to the K-EYE HCR series. K20 is the fixture size, while HCR stands for High Colour Rendering. With 37 LED’s, K20 sits well over its smaller sibling the K10 – loaded with 19 LED’s. This 22kg device has a six colour engine, with RGB, Amber, Lime and Cyan, controlled over 12 channels. There is a colour match ability to match to either Rosco or Lee colour numbers which helps a lot of designers who like to get about the colours applied.The static version is rectangular and sits on a regular yoke. The K20 has various dimmer modes, to match the fade of various tungsten lamps – from 700 watts to 2,000 watts. Allied with accurate colour rendering and a tricky Osram (owners of Clay Paky) algorithm, it will deliver pro performance for theatre or TV.

The biggest DJ news of 2017 came from Denon DJ with the introduction of the Prime Series consisting of the SC5000 Prime media player and the X1800 Prime mixer with Rekordbox import capability. The Denon DJ SC5000 Prime represents a real paradigm shift in DJ Technology. The Media Player has a high definition, hi-contrast display that enables multi-touch gestures for the ultimate in latency-free, tactile track navigation, load and playback. The SC5000 is also the world’s first DJ Player capable of on-board music file analysis, really empowering you with its innovative dual-layer deck capability and an 8-inch rugged jogwheel with central display that displays either current playing track or custom artwork. Powered by a dedicated, multi-core internal processor, the SC5000 runs ‘Engine Prime.’ Unique on the SC5000 is its bank of eight multifunction trigger pads that deliver unprecedented creative expression for hot-cues, loops, slices and roll playback – all safely locked down by the SC5000’s accurate beatgrid analysis. Up to four SC5000 Players can be LAN networked for synchronized data transfer between units, plus users get enhanced BPM and FX possibilities using ‘Engine Connect’ protocol to work with Denon DJ’s new X1800 Prime, 4-Channel mixer.

SD12 is the first in the SD Range with built-in recording interface. It is a true powerhouse, compact, affordable, multi- application digital console with dual 15-inch touch screens, which is never seen in any console in this price group. In addition, the SD12 includes a DVI output, new LED meters allow for a brighter, faster operation, and the SD12 Lightbar. With all these it also has features like advanced surface connectivity with optional DMI cards, latest generation Super FPGA, familiar work flow and control in a more compact frame. Also offers various connectivity options, which includes 8 local mic/line inputs, 8 local line outputs, 8 mono AES/EBU in/out, Dual MADI in/out, Dual DMI card slots, Optional dual Optocore loops, UB MADI 24 channel USB interface, 16 GPI/GPO, MIDI, Wordclock in/out and Overview monitor output, USB, Network.

The LYD-48 is the latest addition to Dynaudio’s acclaimed LYD studio monitor range. The new LYD-48 features a three-way speaker design, coupling an eight-inch and a four-inch woofer with a one-inch tweeter, making them well suited for nearfield as well as midfield monitor applications. Each of the woofers and the tweeter are powered by a dedicated Class D amplifier, delivering 80W / 50W / 50W of power per monitor. The amp features a 96kHz/24bit signal path and selectable input sensitivity, as well as the same Standby Mode as the original LYD speakers. Also, like the other LYD monitors, the new 3-way version features Bass Extension, allowing for a choice between the default setting or pushing towards maximum bass or maximum volume. Switching between these modes affects the low-end response by employing a tilt, but importantly the linear frequency response and phase remain intact.

ELATION Artiste Dali:
This product is probably the first diffracted laser in an LED spot luminaire making for a very versatile product. The Award winning Artiste Dali LED moving head luminaire has a powerful 380-Watt LED-Laser phosphor hybrid engine with advanced optics and motorized zoom producing 14,000+ total lumens, 3-8° beam and 8-43° spot apertures. Other features include full CMY color mixing and linear CTO color correction, 10 dichroic colors including CTB and UV, 6 rotating interchangeable glass and 11 static-stamped metal gobos, full 360° bi-directional animation wheel, 5-facet and line rotating prisms and prism macros, frost filter, motorized focus and auto-focus, high speed iris, shutter, and strobe, electronic dimming and variable dimming curve modes, DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), Art-NET, and sACN protocol support, Elation’s E-FLY internal wireless DMX transceiver, 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections, full color 180° reversible menu display with multi-button control panel, battery backup for display power, and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v).

ETC ColorSource CYC:
The ColorSource CYC is a dedicated cyclorama fixture with a sole purpose of creating beautiful, smooth washes of light on a cyclorama or wall. ColorSource CYC produces a wide range of bold colours using a unique, all-LED, five colour mix of red, green, blue, indigo, and lime. Furthermore, these fanless, LED fixtures consume a fraction of the power of other standard CYC fixtures. However, lower power consumption doesn’t equal reduced light output. In fact, it’s possible to light a full cyclorama with a fraction of the fixtures typically required. With a compact and lightweight design, this affordable fixture practically blends in with the background. ColorSource CYC can be quickly set up on a stage floor, or hung from a pipe with ease, meaning it’s no longer necessary to lug around large, clunky, boxy fixtures or setup ground row after ground row or border after border. Each fixture includes an optional hanging yoke, power in and thru connections for easy installation. With the new ColorSource CYC fixture, comes an update to ETC’s CYC Tool.

FOCAL Shape Series
FOCAL uses a very clever design to optimize the sound of studio monitors. The Shape series is the new compact design monitoring speaker by Focal Professional, which is composed of three monitors, Focal Shape 40, Focal Shape 50 and Focal Shape 65. There unique designs make them capable to meet the needs of sound engineers looking for nearfield monitoring equipment, these speakers offer an unrivalled solution for those working in environments with limited space. The new Focal Shape models also feature a new M-shape inverted aluminium/magnesium composite tweeter offering a linear frequency response below 6 kHz and optimizing the crossover with its woofer counterpart. The rigid design is surrounded by housing that has been designed to reduce distortion and provide equal horizontal and vertical directivity. Plus, around each of the drivers, Focal have employed a TMD surround system which optimizes harmonic absorption ensuring a piston like action reducing distortion and yielding a greater overall stereo image. And finally, as per Focal professionals, the class AB amps have been specially chosen to ensure optimal control over signal and dynamic range.

GENELEC 8331 / 8341 The Ones
The 8331/8341 “The Ones”, which Genelec claims to be the world’s smallest three-way compact coaxial monitors are designed to provide precise imaging both on- and off-axis and enable users to make mix decisions with confidence while also listening for longer; the dramatic reduction in unnatural imaging aims to reduce listener fatigue to a fraction of that experienced with other systems. The short-term maximum output capacities for each of the models is 104 dB SPL for the 8331 (at 1m), and 110 dB SPL for the 8341 (at 1m), with accuracy better than ±1.5 dB, and respective frequency responses starting at 45 Hz and 38 Hz (-6 dB) and extending beyond 40kHz both for the analogue and digital inputs. At a listening distance of just 50 cm, the maximum SPL capability (headroom) is raised by more than 5 dB.

JBL 7 Series
The JBL 7 Series are engineered to deliver a powerful and flexible monitoring solution for music, post and broadcast production. This series has four models—the install 705i and 708i and the powered 705P and 708P—these monitors deliver exceptional output, stunning detail, an expansive soundstage and impressive accuracy. All models integrate with the Intonato 24 Monitor Management Tuning System, which provides intuitive remote control and calibration. The 725G five-inch low-frequency transducer used in the 705P model provide 14 mm peak-to-peak excursion with greater linearity, delivering exceptional low-frequency output down to 39 Hz. The 728G eight-inch low-frequency transducer inside the 708P leverages JBL Differential Drive technology to reduce power compression and provide greater sustained output and extended, linear low-frequency performance to 35 kHz. These proprietary drivers allow the 7 Series to deliver two to three times the output of existing studio monitors. Inside each monitor is a built-in dual amplification system that’s optimized for the high-output drivers. A 120W amp powers the 2409H high-frequency transducer, while a 250W amp is dedicated to the 725G and 728G low-frequency transducers, delivering unparalleled output and detail even at great listening distances.

The EON ONE PRO is rechargeable lithium battery powered, compact, lightweight portable PA system and has integrated handles rendering it perfect for gigging musicians, DJs, educators, fitness studios, corporate environments and more. With a maximum SPL of 118 dB (peak), the EON ONE PRO provides detailed, distortion-free audio. An unobstructed 8” bass-reflex subwoofer delivers tight, accurate low-frequency response for DJs and playing back recorded music. The high-frequency section features JBL’s patent-pending Directivity Control Geometry, which optimizes the spacing and angles of the six-two-inch high-frequency drivers to deliver full and clear sound over a wide coverage area, ensuring that the entire audience hears the sound accurately and consistently. Its built-in seven-channel mixer with Hi-Z inputs and phantom power enables users to connect microphones, instruments such as acoustic guitars, electric guitars and keyboards, and other sources. The mixer features bass, treble and reverb controls to optimize the sound. The unit also includes a pass-thru XLR connector for integrating additional units for more robust sound reinforcement.

Syva is a new format, high power speaker system which features six medium-frequency and three high-frequency speakers in a sleek J-shaped progressive curvature format. The transducer arrangement called segment source produces an H/V 140° x 26° (+5/-21°) directivity pattern that is optimized for exceptional surface coverage and 35 meters of throw. The Syva compromises of Syva Sub infra extension to achieve 142 dB max SPL, Syva Low enclosure features two K2-grade 12” drivers designed to provide low frequency contour and extended bandwidth down to 40 Hz. And Syva Sub features one KS28-grade 12” driver, to further extend the bandwidth of the system in the infrasound domain down to 27 Hz.

The new system consists of the M2T dual-stereo half-rack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver. The Duet covers the UHF frequencies of 470-608 MHz in a single range, uses digital modulation for transmission, and can accept analog or Dante digital inputs. The new system is designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theater, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind. The M2T half-rack transmitter houses two independent stereo transmitters allowing for up to four stereo or dual-mono transmissions in a single rack space. The audio inputs can be individually configured to be analog or Dante compatible. The analog input connectors are full size XLR/TRS combo types for balanced line level analog signals while the input preamp circuits use a special balanced amplifier with very high common mode rejection to minimize hum and noise. A Dante Ultimo interface via dual RJ45 connectors accepts Dante networked audio inputs and can cascade the digital stream to additional units via CAT6 cables. An additional RJ45 jack provides an Ethernet connection for programming and control via Wireless Designer software and a USB jack on the front panel allows for firmware updates.

MACKIE Thump 15A
Thump 15A is a powered loudspeaker whose ultra-affordability, class-leading performance and reliability and bring it to the next level with an all-new design and technology that redefine chest-thumping low-end and versatility. Delivering proven, chest-thumping low-end, the 1300W Thump 15A loudspeakers are equipped with built-in mixers and 4 application-specific speaker modes to get you set up and sounding good faster than ever. Other features include: Built-in 2-channel mixer features Vita preamps with Wide-Z technology to handle mic, line and instrument signals, four Application-specific speaker modes for instant system optimization, power Factor Correction and durable, lightweight molded enclosure.

The DPA-260P is a cost-effective 2-IN/6-OUT digital speaker management system, designed to cater any crossover configuration and provides the suitable processing and control for live application use. It comes with 2 analog inputs, and 6 analog outputs, managed by a powerful MARANI M704 DSP Engine, in addition to a full matrix mixing mode where inputs may be routed/ mixed in any ratio to any output. Other features includes its excellent sonic performance with 24bit high end converters coupled with 48kHz sample rate, 11 band parametric equalization per input channel, 7 band parametric equalization per output channel, front panel interactive LCD display for local access and configuration, simultaneous control up to 32 units via PC software, up to 48 storable user presets and Security Lockout.

MARTIN AUDIO Wavefront Precision Series
The award winning Wavefront Precision Series is a new generation series of multipurpose line arrays, which comes with Martin Audio’s signature sound and coverage consistency. The series includes dual-10 WPC and dual 6.5-inch WPM, which incorporate the new external iKON multi-channel amps and automated DISPLAY software. The series also includes the new SX118 and SX218 (single- and double-18) subwoofers. And the XE units are new coaxial 12- and 15-inch low-profile wedges, designed to be partnered with the new iKON 4-channel amplifier for up to 143 dB SPLs. Adopting the principle of scalable resolution with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are uniquely flexible, upgradeable, and financially accessible.

The XE Series features unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology with a patent-pending third static waveguide. Combining sleek, low-profile enclosures with unique, high SPL Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology, XE Series delivers perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors. Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology allows the artist to stand directly over the monitor or further back, without significant changes in SPL or tonal balance. It produces the optimal coverage pattern over a listening plane at head-height, helping to contain the sound within that region. In addition, it is partnered with the new iKON four-channel amplifier, maximizing the capability of the monitor while ensuring both engineer and artist will experience the same high level of consistent performance from an XE monitor anywhere in the world.

MARTIN Professional MAC Encore
The Martin MAC Encore Performance, is a full-featured, LED moving head that claims to deliver levels of light quality and consistent operation never seen before in an LED-based stage lighting unit. Designed to produce premium white light in a wide variety of applications where critical lighting is required, MAC Encore Performance is available in two dedicated color temperature variants: WRM for unparalleled, 3000 K warm incandescent emulation and CLD for crisp, 6000 K neutral daylight. Furthermore, MAC Encore Performance integrates cutting-edge LED technology with a proprietary and innovative light engine that has been carefully engineered to generate pristine, full spectrum light with ultra-high color rendition. This is all housed in a cleverly cooled and packed optical design. Also, it weaves together coveted features and dynamic effects including vibrant CMY color mixing, ultra-slow gobo rotation, Animotion FX system for 3D beam animations, smooth color temperature correction, dimming to full blackout, and variable frost. And it performs them all with extreme speed and accuracy of movement, precise framing shutters, all in a record-breaking, low noise engine.

Meyer Sound LINA
The self-powered LINA loudspeaker measures only 20.27 inches (515 mm) wide and weighs in at a mere 43 lbs. (19.5 kg), making it an ideal choice when discreet appearance, portability and hanging weight restrictions are critical considerations. On the inside, LINA has been outfitted with new drivers, an updated amplifier and a signal processing package. As Compared to MINA, the newly designed class D amplifier affords greater efficiency, and an upgraded power supply enables higher peak output. In most applications, LINA loudspeakers will be integrated with the companion 750-LFC low-frequency control element for extending deep bass performance across its operating frequency range of 36Hz to 125Hz. The 750-LFC houses a 15in, dual voice coil long excursion driver along with a two channel, open loop class D amplifier and signal processing to provide separate, precisely synchronized power to each voice coil.

Nexo Geo M10
The new high-output NEXO GEO M10 sound reinforcement system has been developed for long-throw theater and live music applications and draws on structural and acoustic innovations first released in the groundbreaking NEXO STM Series modular line array, particularly the STM M28. The NEXO’s GEO M10 combines many patented technologies with advanced DSP control and integral, ‘no loose parts’ rigging to create a compact, powerful, wide-bandwidth module that’s quick and easy to deploy in flown arrays or groundstacks. It also partners a 1.4? titanium diaphragm HF driver with a single, Neodymium-magnet 10” driver and delivers an unprecedented ratio of LF response to cabinet size, outperforming many larger, dual-driver designs. And with a maximum SPL of 136dB, GEO M10 is twice as powerful as its sister-system, the GEO M6, making it ideal for speech and music events with larger audiences..

Taking notice of the return of vinyl Numark launched the new NTX1000 Professional Direct-Drive Turntable last year. With the resurgence of vinyl for DJ gigs, the NTX1000 direct-drive turntable has all the features and performance demanded by the professional DJ. Moreover the new model merits itself on its affordable price. Key Features include: Full-size platter with high-torque direct-drive motor; 2-speed design: 33 1/3 and 45 RPM; S-shaped tonearm for accurate tracking; Tonearm with height adjustment, damped cueing and anti-skate control; Pitch range adjustable to ±8%, ±16%, and ±50%; Adjustable counterweight for perfect tonearm balance; Pitch fader with reset button; Start and stop time knobs for adjustable time ramping and 45 RPM adapter included.

The TRS has been in production for over 30 years, recently given a facelift with active versions. the TRS 218p takes centre stage with its 2k AES amplifier module with touchscreen, internal DSP with pre-sets, PEQ, delay, IR filters, AES in, buffered AES out, AES to analogue redundancy auto switching and stereo line out for connecting TRS 212 or Cora line array. The TRS-218 is a 1250 W high power, 30 Hz capable subwoofer designed for large venues and outdoor events. TRS-218 can be used singularly or in multiples in both horizontal or vertical orientation due to the inclusion of Ohm’s TRS stacking system. This ensures secure stacking of multiple units and total integration with all TRS mid-high cabinets. Using two of OHM’s proprietary 18” cast aluminium chassis drivers coupled with a hybrid horn/reflex design, this cabinet has a frequency response of 29 Hz to 180 Hz (- 10dB) at an astounding 141 db SPL (peak). All this performance weighs in at a manageable 88 Kg.

The next generation in multi-function processing and control – the Newton is a full-featured, FPGA-based ‘Multi Media Nucleus’ that takes technology convergence for audio-visual systems to the next level. In addition to comprehensive loudspeaker system control facilities it additionally offers media conversion, sync and clock management plus audio distribution with networking capability, along with a very high potential i/o count (up to 216 in both directions simultaneously). Newton also features several innovations that solve common real-world problems. As standard it is fitted with Analogue, AES, MADI optical, MADI coaxial and Dante inputs and outputs, which can be freely mixed and matched to suit the application. Further, it has the unique ability to simultaneously manage multiple clocks from different sources: this means that several non-synchronised digital protocols can be connected to Newton without affecting the phase coherence of the audio outputs. At a point where systems convergence and integration is more important than ever, this feature is set to make life a great deal easier for many professional users globally. Newton is also equipped for the most mission-critical applications in terms of backup strategies – for example, unlike any other device currently available, Newton features dual redundant internal power supplies with separate AC inlets. It can also be configured to use different types of input as ‘main’ and ‘backup’ with auto-switchover in the event of failure, an ideal safety net for major televised events and similar applications.

PHILIPS Lighting VL6000:
After setting the trend for hybrid luminaires Philips Entertainment Lighting is leading the way again with a new generation of beam light. Hailed as a ‘revolutionary essential’, the Philips VL6000 Beam is a feature-rich, mid-air effects light with a large 19” front aperture. It uses a new exclusive Philips ellipsoid reflector array system, producing a retro style searchlight effect from a high output column of light with a tight, 6.4° beam angle. Reminiscent of the much-loved and iconic Philips Vari-Lite VL5 with its distinctive look, the Philips VL6000 Beam merges a plethora of new features with handpicked Philips Vari-Lite favourites to offer designers a fresh yet familiar approach to large-scale rock and roll and event lighting. Perfect for arena size applications, the Philips VL6000 Beam offers a super bright output that exceeds 55,000 lumens. A range of effects can be created through its aerial beam and image projection system, with 7 gobos selected from much-loved Vari-Lite images, including a break-up effect from the VL4000 series and tri-cone from the original 500 series. The ability to adjust the sharpness of the beam edge and image appearance adds a new dimension to the traditional Vari-Lite gobos. The Philips VL6000 Beam’s dynamic static color system allows the fixture to maintain its highest output at all times. It offers lighting designers 18 direct colors from 3 color wheels as well as color mixing to achieve up to 55 vibrant combinations.

POWERSOFT Quattrocanali DSP+D
Powersoft’s new Quattrocanali Series four-channel amplifier platform consist of three models: Quattrocanali 4804: 1200 W per channel @ 8ohm; 1500 W per channel @ 2 ohm; 3000 W bridged @ 4 ohms, Quattrocanali 2404: 600 W per channel @ 8ohm; 800 W per channel @ 2 ohm; 1200 W bridged @ 4 ohms and Quattrocanali 1204: 300 W per channel @ 8 ohm; 500 W per channel @ 2 ohm; 1000 W bridged @ 4 ohms. This completes the Powersoft Installation Series that includes Duecanali (2-channel) and Ottocanali (8-channel) series. This new 1RU four-channel amplifier platform packs a serious punch, delivering crisp sound and sustained output volume. It features Powersoft’s trademark switch-mode power supply with power factor correction, smart rail management and bridgeable switch mode fixed frequency Class D output circuit topology. Quattrocanali is available in both DSP and non-DSP versions, both fully remote controllable via standard GPI/O connections on the back panel, Powersoft’s proprietary Armonìa software, dedicated web app, or third-party application. Remote operation on the Quattrocanali is available via the web app and Armonìa, enabling the user to access all the amplifier’s functions from a decentralised location, further reducing the need for personnel on station. It seamlessly integrates within a networking environment, making monitoring and operation capabilities remotely accessible. The operator may also set up the Quattrocanali off line, saving precious time, and enabling the audio engineer to work on presets from the comfort of his office.

QSC Q-SYS Core 510i
The Core 510i processor is an audio, video and control processing system that leverages Intel CPUs and motherboards as well as a dedicated, Linux Realtime operating system developed by QSC to provide class-leading capabilities for AV systems of any scale.The Q-SYS Core 510i processor offers flexible audio I/O of any Core in the Q-SYS Platform, perfect for applications that require a diversity of analog, digital and networked audio connectivity. It features eight onboard I/O card slots, Q-SYS Core Mode to provides an abundance of raw processing power for all audio, video and control processing requirements including integration with the new Q-SYS AV-to-USB Bridging solution and onboard acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) processing, allowing the ability to manage multiple small- to mid-sized conference spaces or a single large space. It also consists of I/O Frame Mode which offers the ability to integrate up to 128 x 128 audio channels in to the Q-SYS system for processing on a separate Q-SYS Core processor with other features like External Device Control, Peripheral Integration and Unified Software Platform.

QSC K.2 Series
The QSC K.2 Series is quite simply, the next standard in powered loudspeakers. To start, each model is equipped with a 2000-watt power module carefully matched to high-performance woofers and compression drivers. DMT (Directivity-Matched Transition) ensures smooth coverage across the entire listening area. Advanced on-board DSP provides Intrinsic Correction voicing and advanced system management to further optimize performance. The new K.2 Series, which is comprised of the 8-inch K8.2, 10-inch K10.2 and 12-inch K12.2 full-range loudspeakers, offers a number of significant feature upgrades, establishing an entirely new standard in powered loudspeaker technology. The K.2 Series can function as either the Main PA or as a Floor Monitor. Each model can also be flown, wall- or truss-mounted or placed on a speaker pole, either straight-firing or with 7.5 degree down-tilt. This flexibility makes it a smart choice for a wide range of live sound applications. Superbly flexible, the K.2 Series provides its operators with a library of preset contours for common applications such as Stage Monitor, Dance Music, Musical Instrument Amplification, Hand-held Microphone and more, while also offering storable Scenes to recall user-configurable settings such as input type, delay, EQ, cross-over and selected contour. Operated as either main PA or as a floor monitor, each model can also be flown, wall- or truss-mounted, or placed on a speaker pole, either straight-firing or with 7.5-degree down-tilt.

HDL 30-A is an incredible achievement for RCF. Building on the company’s hugely successful HDL 20-A this new line array is a compact bi-amped 2-way active touring system for medium to large events, 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. The built-in 2200W, 2-way class-D amplifiers and a high-power DSP, the unit is capable of producing a max of 137dB SPL. A consistent level or reproduction is assured throughout the frequency spectrum, thanks to a new processing technology from RCF, known as FiRPHASE.

ROBE MegaPointe
MegaPointe has set new standards and expectations in moving light technology, taking the original concept of the all-in-one fixture to a whole new level. With the utilization of an exclusive 470W short-arc lightsource, Robe’s diligently crafted MegaPointe optics produce phenomenally bright parallel beams, incredible spot gobo projections, together with super-quick movement, smooth CMY colour mixing and a multitude of effects. Its zoom ranges from 1.8 to 21 degrees in Beam mode – tight, powerful and punchy, and goes from 3 to 42 degrees in Spot mode with crystal clear high-clarity output through a 150 mm diameter front lens, with a stunning total lumen output of 20.375 and an impressive CRI of over 80. There is a static 14-slot plus open gobo wheel fitted with glass gobos for precision surface projections and exciting in-air impressions, and a second wheel contains 9 rotating, indexable and replaceable gobos.These can be combined with a variable speed, bi-directional animation wheel which can be used in conjunction with any of the gobos. A remote adjustable hot-spot control can further influence the appearance of the lightsource, and there is yet more versatility with a series of pre-programmable ‘random’ strobe and pulse effects. In keeping with Robe’s commitment to smaller-brighter-lighter fixtures, it weighs only 22Kgs (48.5lbs).

sE Electronics V7 X
The V7 X is an instrumental mic with a specialized capsule that features an aluminium voice coil and new acoustic design suited towards instrument recording. The V7’s road-ready design is all metal and the chassis’ high quality, highly durable zinc alloy is designed to hold up under on-stage stress for years. The DMC7 dynamic element in the V7 has been custom-developed for a crisp, open sound that perfectly captures your voice in the most natural way you’ve ever heard on stage - and its sophisticated supercardioid capsule design helps isolate your voice from other instruments, ensuring vast amounts of gain before feedback. The V7’s brand new, patented shockmount efficiently decouples the capsule from mechanical vibration, providing exceptionally low handling noise.

These headphones are built on the successful HD4x1 series, and come with Sennheiser’s own proprietary ‘neodymium magnets’, which the company claims deliver excellent sound reproduction, including a more powerful bass. Sennheiser states that because of HD 200 PRO closed back, over-ear and lightweight design, it also ensures isolation from outside ambient noise, make these well-suited for monitoring sessions. Also, the headphones are fitted with powerful Sennheiser drivers with an impedance of 32 ohms. The headphones come equipped with a 2 m long cable with a straight 3.5 mm headphone jack and a 6.3 mm adapter. Technical specifications of HD 200 PRO are: Frequency response is 20 – 20,000 Hz, sound pressure level (SPL) at 1kHz/1Vrms is 108 dB, and impedance is 32 ohms. The earphones have 3.5 mm jack, and weigh 184gms with a total cable length of 2.0 metres.

SENNHEISHER Xs Wireless Systems Series
The Xs Wireless System series offers complete sets with sturdy units, simple operation and high-quality sound. It has transmitters with a battery life of up to 10 hours, while a switching bandwidth of up to 24 MHz, provides flexibility in the choice of frequencies. The series is comprised of two vocal sets: an instrument system and presentation set with clip-on microphone or a headmic. This system also includes the XSW 35 Vocal Set with EM 10 receiver, SKM 35 dynamic handheld transmitter with cardioid capsule and mains unit, stand mount, antennas, batteries, pouch and manual; the XSW 65 Vocal Set with EM 10 receiver, SKM 65 condenser handheld transmitter with super-cardioid capsule, mains unit, stand mount, antennas, batteries, pouch and manual; the XSW 72 Instrument Set with EM 10 receiver, SK 20 bodypack transmitter, CL 1 jack cable, mains unit, antennas, batteries, pouch and manual; the XSW 12 Presentation Set with EM 10 receiver, SK 20 bodypack transmitter, ME 2-2 omni-directional clip-on mic, mains unit, antennas, batteries, pouch and manual; and the XSW 52 Headmic Set with EM 10 receiver, SK 20 bodypack transmitter, ME 3 cardioid head-worn mic, mains unit, antennas, batteries, pouch and manual.The systems feature freely tune able frequencies within a switching bandwidth of 24 MHz (13 MHz for the E frequency range). This allows up to 12 wireless links to be operated simultaneously, ensuring trouble-free operation even at somewhat larger events.

SHURE Axient Digital
The award-winning Axient Wireless System is built on the superior performance of Shure’s UHF-R, ULX-D, line of mics to create the most advanced wireless platform and can handle all wireless assignments and situations. This system features a receiver that is compatible with its two transmitter offerings, the AD Series and ADX Series, which incorporate ShowLink, providing real-time control of all transmitter parameters with interference detection and avoidance. The ADX Series also includes the first micro-bodypack with an integrated self-tuning antenna, enabling greater concealment and comfort. Axient Digital features Quadversity receiver technology, significantly mitigating the potential for signal fades or interference that can cause dropouts. Quadversity mode allows users to place sets of diversity antennas in different zones or double the number of antennas in a single zone, to improve RF signal-to-noise in challenging environments. High Density mode increases the maximum simultaneous system channel count from 17 to 47 per 6-MHz TV band, from 23 to 63 per 8-MHz TV band.

Representing the culmination of the groundbreaking achievements and rich feature sets offered by Soundcraft’s acclaimed Vi Series, the new VI1000 is the most compact member of the Vi-000 family—at just 86cm x 81cm (34” x 32”) in size—yet it retains all the mixing and processing power of its two larger siblings, the Vi2000 and 3000. The Vi1000 is designed for live touring, music venue and corporate AV customer with applications where a compact and cost-effective, but powerful console is required. Employing Soundcraft’s unique and highly intuitive Vistonics IITM channel strip user interface, together with FaderGlowTM, the console combines the operating principles and workflows from the highly successful Vi3000, 5000 and 7000 consoles with Soundcraft SpiderCoreTM—a powerful built-in DSP and I/O engine based on STUDER technology, offering 40-bit floating point processing for class-leading audio quality.

The HPH-MT8 headphones are a physically impressive set of cans, designed to deliver accurate response and high-resolution sound with precise stereo imaging, and faithfully reproduce every nuance of the mid to high-end with tight bass. They’re thickly padded and comfortable to wear. Unlike many other pro headphones, HPH-MT8 comes with a detachable cable, which is lockable and replaceable. Both a 3-meter straight cable and a 1.2 meter (stretchable to 3-meters) coiled cable are included, as are the threaded 1/4” adapter and storage bag. All connectors are gold-plated. The cuffs are closed-back and do a great job keeping ambient sound out, and either cuff is reversible for single-ear monitoring. The wires connecting each cuff are completely recessed and the cuffs also fold into the headband to reduce storage space, and the pads are replaceable.

New components and a firmware update further boost the versatility and performance of YAMAHA’s highly acclaimed RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing system. The new Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 firmware update V1.5 includes an Eventide “H3000 Live” Ultra-Harmonizer plug-in and Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mixer plug-in.. The original Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer, which offers outstanding effect quality making it an enduring favorite among engineers and musicians, and the newly developed H3000 Live plug-in offers that same performance optimized for live-sound applications. The Dugan plug-in also suppresses feedback and comb filter effects, freeing the engineer from the need to keep track of numerous faders in challenging unscripted speech situations, numerous Speech System channels, and five groups so processing can be divided into as many as five independent automixers.A new analog delay and other Yamaha plug-ins have been added in PM10 V1.5 expanding the variety of sound-shaping tools for mix engineers.

Yamaha –TF Series V3.5:
The firmware update v3.5 has significantly expanded the utility of the Yamaha TF Series by the addition of the acclaimed Dugan Speech System auto mixing capability. Developed in cooperation with Dan Dugan Sound Design Inc., the update includes the original, innovative automatic microphone-mixing algorithm. The Dugan automixer can be applied to up to eight channels in the TF Series, automatically raising the gain of microphone inputs that are active, while lowering the gain of inactive microphone inputs, and adjusting each to create a consistent overall mix level. This will eliminate the need for complex fader operation. The advanced Dugan automatic mixing algorithm also maintains a safe feedback margin, ensuring high quality, high clarity sound always.

Allen & Heath – SQ-7
This award-winning flagship console is a part of Allen & Heath’s SQ Series. The 33-fader SQ-7 Mixer is powered by A&H’s revolutionary 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine. This new 48 channel/36 bus digital mixer created to excel in demanding scenarios such as AV, corporate events, live productions and houses of worship, offers pristine high-resolution audio quality and an ultra-low latency of less than 0.7 ms. Built on Allen & Heath’s newest generation 96kHz FPGA XCVI core, the console is capable of delivering high resolution audio with industry leading latency at under 0.7ms, even while handling a huge number of inputs and outputs. The console also features 32 exceptional onboard mic preamps, plus 8 stereo FX engines with dedicated stereo return channels and access to the renowned RackExtra FX library. SQ is a natural choice for in-ear monitor setups, providing 12 stereo mixes, while Automatic Mic Mixing makes it an excellent choice for conferences, panel talks and more.

FaitalPRO 18XL2000
This new Super Woofer called 18XL2000 which has an extra gear. Conceptually it arises from the need to create a magnetic circuit capable of withstanding a very high nominal power, 2000 W continuous AES, and it guarantees a different functionality compared to traditional 4? voice coil speakers. This is due to an even more powerful magnetic motor. The magnetic circuit is concentrated on a neodymium cap structure which integrates a perforated pad; therefore, it guarantees an even greater efficiency of the classic magnet with external ring. The coil of 4,65? diameter, allows to keep a very high efficiency, even the weight of the neodymium magnet is reduced and therefore the overall weight of the loudspeaker itself is reduced, making it the ideal companion in touring applications. The casing volume of only about 170 liters allows loudspeaker manufacturers ample freedom in the creation of projects and amplification systems. The recommended applications in the pro-audio world are global, wherever a very high power is needed in the lower part of the range, as in touring and in very large top-quality line arrays.

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