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NAMM 2013: Busy show for Behringer

Erica Basnicki 25 January 2013
NAMM 2013: Busy show for Behringer

Music Group’s Behringer has launched a few interesting new products at The NAMM Show in California. First among them is the new iQ Series networked loudspeaker line, the company’s flagship range in the live speaker segment.   The iQ series features networking and signal processing technologies from Klark Teknik, acoustic design by Turbosound, and is built around Behringer’s iNuke Class-D amplifiers. Users of Behringer’s mixers incorporating Ultranet can now route digital audio across a network of connected speakers using only CAT5 cable.   The iQ Series consists of four full range cabinets – iQ15, iQ12, iQ10 and iQ8 – that share a common set of features but differ only in low-frequency driver size. All are powered, 2-way design with 1.75" titanium-diaphragm compression drivers for exceptional high-frequency reproduction. High acceleration 15"/12"/10"/8" LF drivers provide deep bass and acoustic power. Two powered subwoofer cabinets – the iQ18S and iQ15S – round out the series and utilise Turbosound’s 18"/15" long-excursion transducers with high-temperature voice coils.   The Nekkst K5 and K8 are Behringer’s new near-field monitors developed by renowned monitor designer and founder of KRK, Keith R. Klawitter. Features include a patent-pending means of switching between studio tunings, as well as ultra-linear DSP correction, multiple analogue and digital inputs, iOS and Bluetooth connectivity. Both models come with ultra-high-resolution 1" silk dome tweeters and long-throw glass fiber cone woofers; 8" and 5" respectively.   "Our primary consideration was acoustic perfection, and we knew that with Keith Klawitter leading the project we were going to nail that objective," commented Costa Lakoumentas, SVP marketing for Behringer parent company Music Group, "but we also wanted to make Nekkst monitors more relevant to users who own them, so we added Studio-vibe tunings and topped it all off with Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream your personal playlist to the speakers after you’re done recording."   Behringer have also added four new models to its X32 product line: The X32 Compact, X32 Producer, X32 Rack and X32 Core.   All models include Klark Teknik-engineered AES50 ports, which can be connected to Behringer S16 Digital Snakes for expanded I/O regardless of mainframe size, and can be controlled using XControl for PC/Mac/Linux, XiControl optimized for iPad and XiQ for iPhone/iPod Touch.   The X32 Compact is a 40-input channel, 25-bus digital mixing console with 16 programmable Midas preamps, 17 motorized faders and all of the features, functionality and workflow of the original X32.   The X32 Producer is a 40-input channel, 25-bus digital mixing console with 16 programmable Midas Preamps, 17 motorised faders and a form factor that makes it ideal for professional and home project studios.   The 40-input channel, 25-bus X32 Rack mixer features 16 programmable Midas preamps and a high-resolution 5” day-viewable TFT, housed in a rugged 3U rack housing.   Finally, the X32 Core is a 40-input channel, 25-bus digital rack mixer that packs all of the mixing, routing and FX power of the flagship X32 into a 1RU rack-mountable chassis.   Further embracing tablet technology, Behringer unveiled its iX16 digital mixer for iPad. The unit features 16 digitally-programmable, high-resolution Midas-designed mic pres, all controllable remotely from the supplied iPad app. Extensive control options include PC/Mac/Linux over Ethernet or WiFi as well as iPhone/iPod Touch for personal monitor mixing right out the box.   The iX16 leverages Behringer’s extensive suite of remastered digital FX emulations including  Lexicon 480L and PCM70, EMT250 and Quantec QRS. The mixer feature four true-stereo virtual effects racks, inserts on all eight buses, six-band parametric EQ and full dynamics processing built on a 40-bit floating-point DSP core that offers “unlimited” dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero latency of <0.8 msec.   Behringer has included their Ultranet digital audio network technology for direct connection of the iX16 into a network with X32 digital mixers or the company’s new iQ networked active loudspeaker line, for 16-channel connectivity over a single CAT5 cable. The same system allows for connection of the P16 personal monitor system, allowing for up to 64 monitor mixes without consuming a single mix bus on the iX16.   www.behringer.com            

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