Las Vegas, NV (June 12, 2018)—Future's Pro Audio Group has announced its Best of Show Award winners for InfoComm 2018.
The Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.
The following is an in-depth rundown (in alphabetical order) of the Pro Audio Group’s winning products, with text provided directly from the manufacturers themselves.
Allen & Heath SQ-7 Digital Mixer
SQ-7 is the 33-fader flagship console in the SQ series, powered by Allen & Heath’s revolutionary 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine. Created to excel in demanding scenarios such as AV, corporate events, live productions and houses of worship, SQ-7 offers pristine high-resolution audio quality and an ultra-low latency of <0.7ms. The console 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 (configurable as groups or auxes), whilst Automatic Mic Mixing makes it an excellent choice for conferences, panel talks and more.
What sets the SQ-7 apart from others in its product class?
SQ is driven by Allen & Heath’s 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine, delivering exceptional high-resolution audio quality, class-leading ultra-low latency of <0.7ms and variable bit depths for optimised dynamic range. XCVI is the next-generation foundation that allows SQ to handle high channel counts at 96kHz, with massive mix headroom thanks to a 96bit accumulator, and the sheer power to embed our acclaimed DEEP plugins into all 48 input channels and all mixes.
SQ is the ultimate IEM mixer. With no less than 12 stereo mixes and super-low latency, and both parametric and graphic EQ on every mix, SQ-7 is the perfect companion for in-ear monitoring setups. SQ’s airline-friendly compactness and rugged build quality mean there’s no reason to gamble on house monitor consoles again.
SQ is expandable up to 48 mics. Thanks to its SLink intelligent port, SQ-7 can be expanded up to a total of 48 mic inputs via a family of 96kHz and 48kHz rack and stage box expanders (e.g. AB168, AR2412, AR84 and DX168), making it a flexible solution for owners of other Allen & Heath digital systems. You can even connect to another SQ, Qu or dLive system for two way audio patching.
SQ offers best-in-class flexible multitrack recording. Capture high resolution 96kHz recordings direct to USB media thanks to SQ-Drive, or connect your PC or Mac via USB to turn SQ into a plug n play, Core Audio compliant 32x32 audio interface, with MIDI and DAW Control capabilities. You can also equip SQ with a Dante or Waves card for multitrack recording and playback over Cat5. Speaking of Dante ...
Dante @ 96kHz, seriously. With the S-Dante card, SQ is the first compact mixer with high-channel count, 96kHz Dante connectivity! 96kHz Dante future proofs your setup and inventory and means you can patch direct to remote amps or loudspeaker controllers with no sample rate conversion.
AMM... times 2. The Automatic Microphone Mixers (AMM) in SQ are high channel count (many times more channels vs. competitors) and fully integrated in the mixer. They can drive two independent zones simultaneously e.g. two meeting rooms with up to 24 mics, or be combined for use with up to 48 channels!
SQ is fully compatible with the Allen & Heath ME Personal Mixing System, allowing the performers to take control of their own monitor mixes. Any number of ME-1 and ME-500 personal mixers can be daisy-chained from the mixer’s SLink port, or from a connected remote expander.
Audio-Technica U.S. 3000 Series UHF Wireless Systems
The fourth generation of Audio-Technica’s 3000 Series UHF wireless systems offers the same rock-solid, latency-free, high-fidelity RF audio performance as previous generations, along with significant improvements that will enable these systems to operate flawlessly within the congested RF environment for years to come.
The true diversity 3000 Series systems have an operating range of 300 feet (100 meters) and are available in two frequency bands – DE2 (470–530 MHz) and EE1 (530–590 MHz) – that provide a class-leading 60 MHz tuning range, which is more than twice that offered by the previous 3000 Series models. Frequencies can be easily scanned and selected on the receiver and then synced with transmitters via IR sync functionality. In addition, the transmitters have a multifunction button that, among other options, can be set to switch to a backup frequency in the event of unexpected interference.
3000 Series components may be purchased individually or as configured systems. Available configurations feature an ATW-R3210 receiver along with an ATW-T3201 body-pack or ATW-T3202 handheld transmitter. The ATW-R3210 receiver features a dual-mode display that can be switched between the standard view and a performance view that highlights key metering. The receiver is equipped with both a balanced and an unbalanced audio output jack, a ground-lift switch to help eliminate audible hum caused by ground loops, and A/B antenna input jacks that supply 12V DC for powered antennas and other in-line RF devices.
The ATW-T3201 body-pack transmitter is equipped with Audio-Technica’s new rugged cH-style screw-down 4-pin connector for secure connection to A-T’s cH-style lavalier and headworn microphones, or cables. The transmitter also includes a tactile mute toggle switch for physical confirmation of mute status when the transmitter display is not visible. (The mute switch can be disabled if desired.) The ATW-T3202 handheld transmitter has extremely low handling noise and includes an industry-standard thread mount for use with interchangeable A-T microphone capsules or other compatible capsules. The transmitter comes with either an ATW-C510 dynamic or ATW-C710 condenser interchangeable cardioid capsule, with additional capsules – all based on popular A-T microphone models – available separately.
Both the body-pack and handheld transmitters feature rugged, metal housings and are powered by two AA batteries. Charging terminals on each transmitter work with the new ATW-CHG3 and ATW-CH3N charging docks (sold separately) that recharge NiMH batteries. Up to five of these two-bay charging docks can be linked and powered by a single power supply, and they shut off automatically if alkaline or damaged batteries are detected in the transmitters. The ATW-CH3N is a networked model that enables convenient monitoring of the charging status of each transmitter.
Avid VENUE | S6L
Avid VENUE™ | S6L is a fully modular family of live sound mixing systems that delivers best-in-class functionality for a range of applications including front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, and theater. Avid recently expanded the Avid VENUE | S6L family with three new control surfaces, a new engine, and two new I/O racks – all on a unified platform. Offering unmatched modularity, scalability and flexibility to meet any size production, space, or budget requirement, VENUE | S6L is the industry’s only live sound platform with 100% software, hardware, and show file compatibility across all system components.
The expanded VENUE | S6L family offers more component options to configure and scale a system to meet any production, space, or budget requirement. Customers can take control of their mix with a choice of five surfaces—including the new S6L-48D, S6L-24C, and S6L-16C—that offer from 16 to 48 faders. These control surfaces can be paired with a choice of three engines, including the new E6L-112, and can be connected to any combination of S6L’s four I/O rack options, including the new Stage 32 and Local 16.
VENUE | S6L’s modularity enables engineers to scale systems up or down to meet their changing requirements for control, processing, and I/O. All systems share 100% VENUE show file compatibility and sound quality, regardless of system configuration. And with S6L’s True Gain technology, engineers can easily share I/O racks across multiple networked S6L systems without any loss of audio quality, reducing I/O and cable requirements, set-up time, and transportation costs.
The new VENUE | S6L family features the same VENUE software and workflows across every model, presenting engineers with an identical user experience regardless of system configuration. This “learn once, use everywhere” design eliminates complexity, allowing engineers to focus on helping their artist to deliver the best performance possible. VENUE | S6L System components A complete VENUE | S6L System includes control surface, engine, and one or more I/O components:
• New control surfaces:
o VENUE | S6L-48D: 48 + 2 faders, 160 assignable knobs, 1 integrated Master Touchscreen, 5 integrated Channel Touch Modules
o VENUE | S6L-24C: 24 + 2 faders, 32 assignable knobs, 1 integrated Master Touchscreen
o VENUE | S6L-16C: 16 + 2 faders, 32 assignable knobs
• Existing control surfaces:
o VENUE | S6L-32D: 32 + 2 faders, 96 assignable knobs, 1 integrated Master Touchscreen, 3 integrated Channel Touch Modules o VENUE | S6L-24D: 24 + 2 faders, 64 assignable knobs, 1 integrated Master Touchscreen, 2 Channel Touch Modules
• New engine:
o VENUE | E6L-112: 112 input processing channels, 48 mix busses + LCR
• Existing engines:
o VENUE | E6L-192: 192 input processing channels, 96 mix busses + LCR o VENUE | E6L-144: 144 input processing channels, 64 mix busses + LCR
• New I/O racks:
o Stage 32—Maximum I/O flexibility in a smaller footprint for stage or remote I/O needs, with support for a mix of up to 32 inputs and outputs total, choosing from a variety of analog I/O, digital I/O, and Dante card options
o Local 16—Expands control surface local I/O capabilities in a compact package that provides 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, and 8 AES digital inputs and outputs
• Existing I/O racks:
o Stage 64 – Supports 64 input and 32 output channels at 96 kHz with one Stage 64 rack up to 192 inputs/96 outputs supported (depending on the E6L engine in use) with three Stage 64 racks (64 ins/32 outs each)
o Stage 16 - 16 XLR mic inputs/preamps, 8 XLR line outputs and 4 channels of AES3 output.
With over 300 processing channels, S6L delivers unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design, backed up by modern touchscreen workflows and the scalability to easily handle large, complex tours and events. Like all Avid VENUE systems, S6L provides seamless Pro Tools® integration and on-board industry-standard plug-ins, with higher track counts and more processing power than ever before.
At InfoComm 2018, Avid partners d&b audiotecknik, L-Acoustics and Flux will debut new plug-ins for S6L for fully integrated immersive audio mixing.
The new WSG-HD option card provides S6L engineers with unmatched integration with Waves SoundGrid systems, including extensive tactile and software control of plug-in parameters, a vastly simplified setup, system redundancy, legacy show file import of plug-in parameters, and much greater creative flexibility.
Since its introduction in 2015, numerous engineers have turned to VENUE | S6L to achieve better sounding mixes for their artists—including Jim Warren and Mike Prowda (Radiohead), Paul “Pab” Boothroyd (Paul McCartney), Greg Nelson (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Incubus), Greg Price (Black Sabbath), Fern Alvarez, Jr. and Steve McCale (Elvis Costello). S6L is widely used at venues all around the world, including The Iridium in New York City, the prestigious Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, The National Theatre of Iceland (NTI) in Reykjavik, and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. It’s also used for Broadway and West End productions, including A Bronx Tale (Broadway), Bat Out of Hell (West End), Wind in the Willows (West End) and 42nd Street (West End).
J. Mark King, freelance audio mixer and co-owner of KMK Audio, and his business partner Butch McKarge recently transitioned from using Avid VENUE | Profile to two S6L systems to mix the music for Dancing with the Stars. King said: “I have a lot of show files and snapshots from the Profile and I knew that I could save a lot of time and trouble transferring EQs, gain structure and other settings to the S6L, as opposed to starting from scratch. With the S6L, there's a warmth there that’s different from the Profile. It's certainly punchy too – the sound is really exceptional. I also think there's an important ‘bang for the buck’ aspect of VENUE—both the Profile and now the new S6L—that’s very attractive. You get an awful lot for your money.”
Clair Brothers 10SPOT loudspeaker
Clair Brothers 10SPOT loudspeaker has been designed as an ultimate hybrid speaker that combines Clair Curved Array Technology together with the One Series coaxial horn technology, resulting in a unique form factor loudspeaker that occupies little visual space while covering listening areas more coherently than typical conventional point sources. Typical applications include distributed systems, under balcony and delay fill and particularly with live entertainment sources. The frequency response is 90Hz – 20,000Hz, allowing for use for speech and music reproduction.
A stand-out feature of 10SPOT is its innovative horn technology. A coaxial horn arrangement provides constant curvature in the vertical plane with progressively increasing divergence in the horizontal plane resulting in a directivity pattern of 90° at the top and 135° at the bottom, across a 45° vertical coverage angle. The 10 inch woofer as well as the compression driver both load into the unique combination of two overlaid horns. This technology solves the common problem of horn shadowing with prior coaxial designs. The high mid frequencies of the 10 inch woofer seamlessly joins with the high frequency horn as it extends toward the mouth. Low frequency ports discretely flank the horn on both sides, offering low frequency extension to -10dB @ 70Hz that works well on its own as well as with a variety of companion subwoofers, particularly the 12Sx single 12 inch subwoofer.
An exciting new configuration debuting at InfoComm 2018 is the addition of a four-channel custom Clair/Powersoft amplifier + DSP module to the 12Sx subwoofer. The amplifier module uses 2 channels in bridge mode to power the sub, and the additional 2 channels to power biamped or passive companion products that may be easily pole-mounted. The 10SPOT combination with the 12Sx with amp assembly provides a uniquely powerful, compact and lightweight system that is visually unobtrusive and sounds amazing. Different presets allow users to change the ratio of Sub to Top box output as well as a preset tailored for live vocal reinforcement. A true expression of Clair’s live sound powerhouse in a compact package.
Based on its form factor and dispersion characteristics, the 10SPOT is well suited for installation near ceiling to wall intersections in applications, such as hotel/club bar areas. 10SPOT is outfitted with four (4) integral M10 mounting points, each with 1.5 thread, these are the attachment points for an installation mounting bracket (choice of top mount tilt bracket or yoke style mounting bracket; or custom configurations).
Speaker Type: Passive, Coaxial Point Source
Frequency Response: 90Hz–20kHz (+/- 2dB) | (-10dB Point) 70Hz
Recommended Power Amplifier: CB-PLM5K44 or CB-D40:4L
Prediction Software: Clair GLL/AFMG Ease Focus™ Array
Processing, Configuration & System Optimization Software: Lake Controller® with Clair DSP, WiFi System Control
Sensitivity (1 Watt @ 1 Meter): 103 dB SPL
Max Output: Peak 131 dB SPL
LF Device: (1) 10 in; Voice Coil Diam 2.5 in
HF Device: (1) 1 in; Voice Coil Diam 2.5 in
Nominal Impedance: LF 8 Ohms, HF 16 Ohms
Power Handling: Program 300W, Peak 600W
Dispersion: 90°-to-135° Asymmetric Horizontal (top-to-bottom, with smooth angular transition) x 45° Vertical
Input Connection: (2) EP-4 Connectors (1 Male, 1 Female) + (1) 4-Position Terminal Strip
Enclosure: Shell, 12mm & 18mm Baltic Birch; Finish, Durable Black Polyurea
Rigging |Integral Mounting Points: (4) M10 x 1.5 Thread
Grille: Powder Coated Perforated Steel, Foam Backed
Dimensions & Weight:
Front Height 16.46 in (418.2mm), Width 16.42 in (417mm), Depth 15.46 in (392.6mm)
Weight 35 lbs (15.9kg)
Clear-Com FreeSpeak II IP Transceiver
The FreeSpeak II IP Transceiver (IPT) allows FreeSpeak II wireless intercom beltpack users to leverage existing AES67 compatible IP networks to easily distribute their wireless intercom. Two or more 1.9GHz FreeSpeak II IP Transceivers can form an entire wireless communication network that is only limited by the user’s LAN. Within the LAN, one or more zones of wireless connections can be created with strategically-placed IPTs. FreeSpeak II wireless beltpacks are seamlessly handed off from IPT to IPT, never losing connection on the intercom as long as the user stays within the zone.
The IPT enables a higher beltpack density than before, with the capability of supporting up to 10 FSII 1.9GHz beltpacks per transceiver. When used in an Eclipse HX matrix system via the integrated E-IPA-HX interface card, as many as 50 1.9GHz beltpacks (in North America or 64 1.9GHz beltpacks in EU countries) can be used at the same time, and up to 64 transceivers can be supported on the one E-IPA-HX card.
Users can also deploy FreeSpeak II IP transceivers anywhere as needed by leveraging Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches on their IP networks. The powered line allows positioning of the IP Transceiver without the concern of being tethered to power. Alternatively, each IP Transceiver also has a direct fiber connection offering more distance than a wired IP network. Standard microphone stand screw points are included to aid installation.
Many FreeSpeak II solutions are deployed in outdoor locations; therefore, the IPT is designed to withstand these environments and is IP-53 environmentally rated for water and dust resistance.
Existing users can still user their 1.9GHz beltpacks with a simple software upgrade to use both this new IP Transceiver or their existing system.
CloviTek CloviFi Wi-Fi HD Audio Transmitter
Many of us have purchased wireless speakers, such as Sonos, or wireless Bluetooth headphones that allow wireless transmission of audio from device-to-device. Most of these devices let you listen to a TV or audio in different rooms or remote locations without worrying about a physical connection. This eliminates the need for wiring and technical understanding of how to connect the devices with each other. CloviTek’s team has built the world’s smartest and most affordable wi-fi audio transmitter for private listening. The CloviFi device works similar to existing devices that users are using at home and work. It is simple to use, compact, affordable, safe, and easy to install on any TV. The CloviFi device lets people use any of their old-school wired devices wirelessly, by employing something you probably already keep in your pocket - your smartphone. CloviFi is a small, rounded black box with a modern design. CloviFi offers you multiple ways to connect to your audio sources through various inputs.
CloviTek's award-winning innovation, CloviFi, transmits audio from any audio source (e.g. TV) to any mobile device (Smartphone, tablet, etc.) using Wireless (Wi-Fi) technology. With the CloviFi Audio Transmitter, kids, teens, and adults can enjoy their favorite music, TV show, or game without bothering anyone nearby at home, or in public places such as sports bars, gyms, schools, hospitals, senior living homes, and business lounges.
How CloviFi is different.
1. We offer the only device that has the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection through an existing network, and Direct Access Point Wireless connection
2. Roku and Bluetooth allow only a 1-on-1 connection to the TV for audio transmission. Our device allows multiple users to listen to the same TV
3. Our solution allows a longer range of a TV compared to Bluetooth
4. Our device and app allow listeners to choose from multiple TVs or audio devices connected to the same WiFi network.
The CloviFi device adds the following values for its customers:
• Listen privately at comfortable volume levels without disturbing people nearby;
• Increased distance ranges from TV audio without audio distortion;
• Use an existing Wi-Fi network or use their own Bluetooth or wired headphones;
• Allows for personal private acoustic level and be used as a PSAP with or without the FDA-approved hearing amplifier systems
• Ease of use with simple installation;
• Affordable for home and business use;
• Compact with minimal space requirements;
• No wiring or large equipment required;
• No need for a new audio transmitter and receiver, use their own mobile device as a receiver;
• Connect multiple users to the same TV
• Technology can be integrated into existing audio distribution systems
How it works:
• Simply connect the ClovFi Wi-Fi audio transmitter to the TV you want to watch or any other audio source you want to listen to, such as your old iPod that does not have Bluetooth capability;
• Plug-in your personal headphones to your iOS or Android Smartphone or tablet;
• Run our FREE mobile iOS or Android CloviFi app and select a device from the list of available devices to start your private listening experience!
CloviTek's customers consist of government agencies, private and public companies within the food industry and sports segment, home consumers, and, to a lesser degree, adjacent market segments such as healthcare, industrial, legal court systems, translation, A/V integration, and in-group living settings such as assisted or senior living companies.
A story of creation:
Since we are still new to the market, I can speak a bit about how the product has impacted my life and will impact the lives of many.
Back in Ukraine, while growing up as a teenage orphan, I, the founder of CloviTek, raised money through carol singing and bought a TV. I enjoyed watching my favorite TV shows late at night. However, my foster mom did not allow me to watch TV past 10pm, bedtime, due to it bothering other foster kids with the sound. Nevertheless, I would mute my TV and would continue watching it under the bed covers without disturbing others.
Then, after getting my degree in Electronics from Ukraine, another degree in Computer Science from Utah Valley University, and then while at the University of Utah in 2014 while working on my MBA degree, I stumbled on a similar problem. This time I was running on a treadmill at the gym. I wanted to continue watching my favorite TV show, but unfortunately, I had to disconnect my headphones from the treadmill to go do weightlifting. I asked myself, "Why can't I continue watching shows wirelessly on my own headphones whenever and wherever I want?" That is when I started CloviTek to bring my invention to life. Clovi – means Cool in Ukrainian, Tek means Technologies.
See founders story in the local news: ksltv.com/392606/journey-from-ukraine-orphanage-to-utah-entrepreneur/
TV sound adds unneeded confusion and noise, so they are often muted in public areas. In areas where multiple TVs are present and where the sound is muted, customers may wish to be able to listen to the news or other channels. Wireless headphones for televisions (TVs) have been available for many years. Today it is often necessary to view TV on sets located in different rooms or to switch channels where multiple TVs are present. Some family members or friends prefer the volume at different levels. When watching movies or playing video games late at night or reducing the background noise in waiting rooms or patient rooms, people need help. Although current private listening audio technologies offer convenient ways for consumers to listen to audio transmission, they are limited in many ways. Bluetooth can only be used within a close distance, around 30 feet. Bluetooth does not allow multiple, simultaneous connections to one audio source at a time. Existing Wi-Fi audio devices are bulky, expensive, require a monthly subscription, and are very complicated to install. Closed captioning is not enough to enhance the user experience. Wireless personal sound amplification products (PSAP), such as CloviFi, are a great solution to this dilemma.
CloviFi is a new kind of solution for private listening experiences.
Crestron Avia 12x8 Digital Signal Processor with Dante
Our Avia™ 12x8 Digital Signal Processor w/Dante™, USB Audio, AEC, & Audio Conferencing (DSP-1283) is a powerful digital audio signal processor featuring best-in-class audio performance, Dante™ audio networking, extensive yet simple configurability, and native Crestron system integration. The DSP-1283 features a built-in audio conferencing interface with high-performance acoustic echo cancellation. The Crestron® Avia™ family of digital signal processors leverages the highest quality components and the expertise of veteran audio industry engineers to deliver a groundbreaking audio processing platform that's easy to integrate and configure. It has all the features and performance top sound system that designers demand - complemented with an intuitive graphical workspace conceived to inspire exceptional results quickly. Delivering quality sound in any meeting space, performance venue, courtroom, sports facility, or house of worship demands high-performance, professional audio signal processing.
Until now, DSP products have been either limited in their functionality and flexibility or too complicated and time consuming to implement economically. With Avia, Crestron has addressed all of those concerns. There are multiple features that sets Crestron's Avia far apart from the rest. The rapid system configuration and adjustment is enabled using the Avia Audio Tool software. Its clean, modern user interface provides a workspace that's easy and intuitive to navigate. The Avia Audio Tool allows setup and operation to be performed live over a USB or LAN connection, or "virtual DSPs" can be configured offline and uploaded locally or remotely. Avia also offers native Crestron control system integration to substantially reduce the amount of programming required. It even eliminates much of the touch screen UI design work by allowing components within the Avia Audio Tool to be selected and exported as a Smart Graphics™ file containing ready-to-use SmartObject® touch screen controls and meters. In fact, along with a variety of buttons and sliders, Avia supports up to 32 real-time VU meters running simultaneously on a touch screen. With minimal programming, a system integrator can provide their customer with a touch screen control solution custom tailored to their needs, with anything from a few selectable presets and volume controls to a complete virtual mixing console.
Avia is easily integrated with other studio devices through using Dante audio networking. Dante networking provides an additional 32 mono inputs and 32 mono outputs. Multiple DSP-1283 units can be linked via Dante to expand the number of inputs and outputs in the system. Dante also provides a digital multichannel audio bridge to a Crestron DigitalMedia™ system via Dante-enabled DM® switcher I/O blades. Additionally, Dante networking enables plug and play integration with other Dante-enabled mixers, switchers, sources, amplifiers, and computers. The DSP-1283 includes a USB Audio port, which can be connected to a computer, codec, or other USB Audio host. This USB 2.0 interface allows integration with a Crestron RL® 2 Group Collaboration System to enable the routing of stereo input and output signals between the DSP-1283 and the Crestron RL 2 codec. It can also be used to provide up to eight independent output signals to feed a computer based court recording system. Our DSP-1283 features high-performance adaptive AEC on each analog input that enables high-quality audio conferencing compatibility for systems with multiple table or ceiling microphones. Low-latency, full-bandwidth performance affords highly-effective echo cancellation with natural sound quality. The DSP-1283 includes a built-in audio conferencing interface and phone dialer to enable full-duplex voice conferencing capability over a SIP or POTS phone line. Crestron Rava® technology allows Avia to interface over Ethernet with a SIP-compatible phone system or other SIP compatible device. An RJ11 POTS interface is also built in to allow for direct connection to a conventional analog phone line or extension port. Using either SIP or POTS, participants can leverage a control system touch screen to place outgoing calls, receive incoming calls, and control the entire session.
Fulcrum Acoustic FW15 Cardioid Stage Monitor
The FW15 15-inch Coaxial Stage Monitor is the world’s first cardioid stage monitor incorporating Fulcrum Acoustic’s patented Passive Cardioid Technology. This proprietary technology enables tour-grade, low-profile FW15 stage monitors to attenuate rear low frequency radiation which interferes with the audience, stage microphones and front fills.
Fulcrum’s FW15 stage monitor is designed from the ground up with the customer foremost in mind. Its coaxial transducer and 75° x 75° horn provides optimal coverage for monitoring applications, and its large-format 3” compression driver and 3.5” voice coil 15” woofer assures robust headroom.
The monitor’s pattern control, coupled with Fulcrum’s TQ DSP processing allows superior consistency and gain-before-feedback both on- and off-axis. The clarity and source separation of the FW15 allows performers to clearly distinguish their own voice among others. This capability benefits mix engineers as well as performers.
The FW15’s multi-faceted enclosure includes 40° and 55° angles for downstage and upstage distances respectively. Its road-ready, ergonomic design includes stout double grille construction and four input options positioned close to the stage to reduce the visual impact of connected cables. The powerful yet very portable FW15 coaxial stage monitor features integrated handles to facilitate carrying.
The FW15 stage monitor’s subcardioid behavior is produced by a meticulously conceived acoustical circuit that balances the position of the coaxial driver/horn assembly, the enclosure depth and volume, and specially constructed side ports toward the back of the cabinet which include a calibrated resistive element. The monitor’s subcardioid low-frequency control produces 3 to 4 dB of 90° off-axis rear rejection over its operating range.
This elegantly designed portable stage monitor’s unique shape and compact size make it unusually unobtrusive on stage and/or camera, and an ideal choice for applications including houses of worship, theaters and performing arts centers.
Kramer KN-DSP100 Network Powered Server With DSP
KN-DSP100 is set to revolutionize the Pro AV world as the industry’s first ever DSP over IP solution, enabling both routing and processing of audio signals. A true game-changer, KN DSP100 was designed and developed without compromise to provide users with a powerhouse audio processing solution. KN-DSP100 is based on:
• Kramer Network server powered by a 6th generation Intel® Xeon® processor
• Full compatibility with any Dante™ audio signal
• Waves Audio™ processing capabilities
As an IT-oriented solution, KN-DSP100 seamlessly integrates with standard IT infrastructures. It enables simultaneous processing of 64 input channels and distribution of over 1000 outputs; provides auto-detection of all Kramer devices and their functionality and can be integrated into existing Dante networks. Carefully designed default settings make KN-DSP100 a genuine plug-and-play solution. IT Administrators can even switch between pre-configured scenarios with a single click.
Incorporating the most relevant and suitable Waves plugins for the Pro AV industry, KN DSP100 includes equalizers, ultramaximizers, automatic feedback eliminators, intelligent noise suppressors and the most advanced dual compressor currently on the market. Additionally, the DSP engine has been enhanced with specially formulated algorithms that leverage human auditory perception data to radically improve sound quality.
KN-DSP100 provides unprecedented system stability and reliability with a single point of contact for both management and support of unlimited audio devices. As a result, our single-box, hardware/software solution is highly scalable and perfect for large-scale DSP deployments, including airports, hotels, resorts, courtrooms, and hospitals.
KN-DSP100 also includes the award-winning Kramer Network – our software-based, enterprise-grade monitoring and management platform that covers the entire AV deployment. Kramer Network lets users easily monitor, operate, manage and provision all networked Pro AV, IT and IP streaming devices from any single point in the network.
Optocore GmbH Festival Box
Optocore Festival Box is a perfect solution for music festivals when different bands are requiring different consoles. Up until now all cables between Stage and FOH had to run separately because each console uses a different protocol. This required a huge amount of cabling. With Festival Box there needs to be only one single fiber cable between the Stage and Front of House.
Festival Box simplifies the cabling, especially when there are multiple consoles from different vendors running different protocols between the mixing desk and its stagebox. Festival Box gathers all signals, regardless of protocol and bandwidth, and transports them between two distant locations on a single or two duplex multimode fibers.
Festival Box is available in two different versions: Petit and Grand. Festival Box Petit features 6 SFP (Small Form Pluggable) slots, one main duplex fiber connection and one auxiliary fiber port. Festival Box Grand features 12 SFP slots, two main duplex fiber connections and two auxiliary fiber ports.
Each SFP slot can be fitted to any standard SFP transceiver, which allows different cables and different protocols to be connected, such as fiber Optocore, fiber or coax MADI, fiber or RJ45 1G Ethernet and fiber third party proprietary protocols. They can all coexist on the same main fiber without any restrictions or collisions.
Festival Box is a 1RU device with dual switch-mode power supply. It doesn’t add latency to the system as it operates in the fiber domain without altering the data stream.
Furthermore, Festival Box Grand follows the redundancy provided by the connected equipment – all third party main ports can run over a single fiber while all redundant ports can run via the second fiber. When the main fiber is broken all connections will switch immediately to the backup fiber. Similarly, redundancy can be also achieved when using two Festival Box Petit at each location.
Festival Box is a plug&play point-to-point solution without any complicated software to manage. All SFP modules are hot-swappable which allows the transceiver on the road to be changed.
Shure Incorporated Designer 3.1
Systems integrators and designers are constantly seeking out tools and resources to help improve day-to-day workflow and installation efficiency as many of them are often faced with extra hours of onsite design, configuration, and data entry…comprehensive tools to configure set-ups are paramount. To assist with this process, last year, Shure introduced the Designer System Configuration Software, which enables integrators, designers and sales teams to create projects with multiple “virtual” microphones positioned over an imported room layout diagram – offline and from anywhere, without access to physical devices. Shure is pleased to introduce the next version of Designer.
Shure’s latest version of its Designer software application, Designer 3.1, provides system integrators, designers and sales staff with improved workflow efficiency to configure multiple Shure products both online and offline. Designer 3.1 offers users a single software tool to design and commission system installations, enhance performance and usability of Shure Networked Systems products, all while reducing onsite configuration time. Designer 3.1 provides users with one place to design, route and configure Shure systems
The Designer update empowers AV professionals to better determine the suitable device type and accurate microphone count without physically being in the space. Prior to a project or installation beginning, users will have better control over the design process with the ability to import floor plans and design audio coverage and routing while also being able to create and reuse room templates across multiple locations. This enables project design cycles to be expedited while also delivering superior quality.
Designer 3.1 supports Shure’s expanded product portfolio, including Microflex® Advance™ MXA910 Ceiling Array and MXA310 Table Array Microphones, P300 IntelliMix® Audio Conferencing Processor, and ANIUSB-Matrix USB Audio Network Interface. Audio coverage, routing, and all other device settings can be configured and saved on the user’s computer, without being connected to any hardware. Further, once completed, these settings can be ushed to discovered devices on the network and then adjusted live, all within Designer users can also share project files with other Designer 3.1 users so that multiple people can work on a project. Additionally, device passwords and Shure’s Network Audio Encryption can also be enabled for an entire location at a time, making managing security settings across multiple devices easier than ever.
Within the Designer 3.1 software, compatible devices can be seamlessly configured reducing previous inefficiencies and simplifying the design and commissioning phases of AV projects.
Yamaha DZR/DXS-XLF Series powered loudspeakers and subwoofers
Yamaha has added next-generation lines of powered (DZR/DXS-XLF) loudspeakers and subwoofers to its pro audio lineup, offering enhanced performance and professional sound quality.
The DZR line of powered speakers, along with the DXS-XLF powered subwoofers, use high-performance components and the latest DSP to provide superior audio quality. The digital processing in all powered models – both speakers and subwoofers – is all done at 96kHz. This exceptionally high speed, combined with the newly developed Advanced FIR-X tuning technology, minimizes latency and phase distortion.
The DZR and DXS series are also available with Dante integration. These “D” models incorporate smart system integration with Yamaha Consoles and other Dante devices via a 2in/2out I/O configuration. Using the Analog I/O and the Dante break-IN and break-OUT capabilities inside these speakers makes flexible routing and system configuration options easy to set up.
Every model in the new powered speaker line is housed in a lightweight, durable, 15mm-thick plywood cabinet, coated with military-grade polyurea to withstand the rigors of travel, handling and weather. The cabinets are equipped with plenty of flypoints, suitable for standard eyebolts and specialized U-brackets for convenient flying and hanging installation.
“Our long experience with acoustics, electronics and state of the art networking has produced a speaker lineup only Yamaha could develop,” said John Schauer, senior technical specialist, Yamaha Pro Audio. “These new speakers sound incredibly natural and clean, even at very high output levels.”