Frankfurt, Germany (March 26, 2012)—At the ProLight+Sound Expo in Frankfurt, which ended Saturday, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems launched several new products by Nexo France, including the STM line array.
The STM Series (Scale Through Modularity) loudspeaker cabinets are targeted for touring, festivals and sound company rental. According to the company, Scale Through Modularity enables line array systems to scale up or down depending on event audience size, from 1,000 to 100,000 people.
The Nexo STM system can be configured from four discrete loudspeaker elements: M46 main, B112 bass, S118 sub-bass and M28 Omni modules. System configurations can comprise arrays of main cabinets only, or main plus bass or bass plus main plus bass. Nexo claims that STM is the “first vertical array system to offer scalable LF.” Deploying the dedicated sub-bass cabinets, either in the arrays or as ground-stacks, further increases the system's options. The Omni fill speakers complete the coverage pattern, whatever the scale of the system.
The Nexo STM Series main, bass and Omni cabinets are injection-molded for durability and weather-resistance. The bass cabinet has a frequency response of 63 Hz to 200 Hz, overlapping that of the sub and main modules, reportedly providing a increase in LF headroom. The sub can achieve a similar SPL output to the Nexo CD18 unit using one 18-inch driver. Two subs can be used back-to-back in cardioid mode, or side-by-side in omnidirectional mode.
Using a range of dolly and bumper accessories, the system can be prepped in the warehouse, loaded onto dollies for transport, and wheeled into a venue. Its PistonRig and REDLock rigging technology reportedly allows for one rigger to fly a 72-cabinet arena system.
The STM cabinets are paired with other new products that are being introduced at the show. The Universal Amp Rack, or NUAR, contains plug-and-play digital patches, real-time system monitoring and control network functionality in addition to two NXAMP 4x4s, which together can power up to 12 STM speakers, in groups of three. The NUAR includes a new dual-voltage version of the NXAMP and works in conjunction with the new Digital Meter Unit (DMU), an input patch panel providing digital communication with the NXAMP, and the new Digital Patch Unit (DPU), an output patch panel.
For inclusion in the rack, Nexo is offering a choice of network card solutions. Along with the company's NXES104 EtherSound network control, the company has premiered the NXDT104 Dante audio plug-in card for the NXAMP. The NXDT104 will distribute digital audio plus integrated control data, automatically configuring its network interface and finding other Dante devices on the network. The NXDT104 can receive four audio streams (24 bits/48 kHz) in Dante format, offers a dual port for redundancy and third port for additional remote control, and a direct connection to PC using the ASIO format.
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