Choosing the right gear is just one aspect of building the perfect festival, but with the right speaker system, console, amplifier, etcetera, sound companies can take a festival to the next level. While each company has its preference, we've highlighted a few newer options to bring to your next festival gig.
Meyer Sound Lyon Loudspeaker System
Meyer Sound's Lyon linear sound reinforcement system incorporates the technology of its Leo family into a more compact package, allowing users to bring Meyer technology to a broader range of venues and applications. Lyon linear line array loudspeakers are available in two versions: the Lyon-M main line array loudspeaker and the Lyon-W wide-coverage line array loudspeaker. Complemented by the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element and the Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system, the Lyon-M can anchor a powerful system for installations in arenas and large auditoriums, as well as tours and festivals. The Lyon-W can serve as down fills to augment a Lyon-based system.
d&b audiotechnik D80 Amplifier
The d&b audiotechnik D80 amplifier offers four channels in two RU, meaning reduced transport and storage costs; this means that the truck doesn't have to be as big to move the system, and the stage doesn't have to be as big to house the amplifiers. A d&b V-Series (medium to large line array system) consisting of 16 tops and eight subs can be driven by one D80 rack housing three D80 amplifiers. With two 16-band equalizers offering parametric, notch, shelving and asymmetric filters and a delay of up to 10 seconds on each channel, an independent signal processor is no longer required. The reduced signal chain can therefore maintain audio quality as the D80 has both analog and digital inputs and links, so the console output can go directly into the amplifier where the Digital System Processing takes place. The Class D amplifier uses a switch mode power supply with active Power Factor Correction (PFC) suitable for mains voltages 100 - 127 V / 208 - 240 V, 50 - 60 Hz. The output capability of the D80 is largely independent from voltage variations caused by substandard electrical sources; optimum system performance will be maintained when running from heavily loaded mains supplies. This new power supply will maintain a stable output when used with weak or unstable mains supply‚ common issue at festivals using generator power.
SSL Live.L300 Console
Solid State Logic's Live.L300 console is a more compact version of the L500 model, and comes with a new V2.5 software release that brings numerous developments to the SSL Live console platform. The L300 delivers the power and connectivity to handle large-scale productions with up to 568 input/outputs, 128 processing paths (96 full, 32 dry), a 32 x 36 matrix, 36 VCAs, and 48 FX slots. With the new V2.5 software, 27 new features and updates are now available, including: Follow Mode to select, solo and query faders while mixing; Effects Rack Tempo Link, which adds the ability to link and control the tap tempo of any delay effects loaded into the L500 and L300‚Äôs effects racks; Home Bus Copy, which allows the contributions of entire mix buses to be copied across the Live console's flexible bus structure; and more.
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