(l-r) Dave Gunness, Jim Odom, and Bob Tudor, along with the StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers
Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2013)—At NAMM, PreSonus and Fulcrum Acoustic announced the companies have joined forces to create PA speakers and studio monitors, starting with the StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers and Sceptre CoActual-series studio reference monitors being introduced at the convention.
The StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers are active loudspeakers equipped for wireless or wired remote control and monitoring using an iPad or laptop. The speakers incorporate Fulcrum Acoustic's TQ Temporal Equalization algorithms, dynamics processing, FFT tools and performance monitoring into the onboard DSP.
The AI-series loudspeakers also include a USB Wi-Fi module to connect to SL Room Control software over a wireless network. SL Room Control is an system-configuration application for Mac OS X, Windows and iPad that provides both individual and grouped speaker control and includes a 31-band graphic EQ and an 8-band parametric EQ, muting, soloing, and level control, in addition to performance monitoring (over temperature, click detection, and excursions). A network-setup wizard is also included to connect each speaker to a wireless network. An included Ethernet port on each speaker can be replaced with an AVB option card, which is expected to available in late 2013.
Full-range AI-series loudspeakers are available in three configurations. Each compact, powered, 3-way loudspeaker houses a custom-designed, 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. The triamplified, Class D power amplifiers in each model (quad-amped in the 328AI) deliver a combined 2,000 watts of power.
Meanwhile, the PreSonus Sceptre-series CoActual studio reference monitors sport an 8-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer within a single coaxial unit with aligned voice coils. The Sceptre S6 CoActual Studio Monitor's coaxial speaker integrates a 6.5-inch low/mid-frequency driver and a 1-inch (25 mm), horn-loaded, high-frequency transducer. Both models have acoustic ports. Like the PA loudspeakers, the monitors incorporate TQ algorithms, and a four-position Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order shelving filter centered at 100 Hz, with four attenuation settings (no attenuation, -1.5 dB, -3 dB, and -6 dB) so that users can account for the bass response relative to room dimensions and speaker placement.
"Working with [Fulcrum Acoustic’s] Dave Gunness and his team has been an honor and a pleasure," said PreSonus chief technical officer Bob Tudor. "The results of our collaboration are astounding, and this is just the beginning. It's exciting for us to be able to combine Dave's unique technology with our extreme DSP processing power in this new generation of products."
"I can't think of a better group of people to partner with than the folks at PreSonus," said Gunness. "With visionary engineers like Jim Odom and Bob Tudor; a history of innovative products that integrate hardware and software; and successful partnerships with several high-tech companies, PreSonus is perfectly positioned to integrate our technology with theirs and to reach customers that we can serve more effectively together than we could by ourselves."
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