ProLight+Sound 2008: the ones that got away15 April 2008
GERMANY: PSN-e’s final round-up of new product launches at this year’s ProLight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt brings news of a studio/multimedia monitor from ADAM Audio and a cluster of new mixers from Mackie/Tapco, among them the Mix10fxP, billed as Tapco’s first powered mixer product, writes David Davies.
Shown for the first time at ProLight+Sound, ADAM Audio’s new studio/multimedia monitor, A5, is the ‘smaller brother’ of the A7. The A5’s tweeter uses the same ADAM proprietary transducer technology (ART) and the same woofer, consisting of a sandwich construction of carbon fibre and Rohacell, albeit reduced in size to 5″.
Other features include built-in amplifiers with 2 x 25W power control; XLR and RCA inputs to enable connectivity to “virtually any application” in professional studios or at home; and Stereolink technology, which enables both speakers to be the ‘master’. A new subwoofer designed especially for use with the A5, the Sub7, is also available.
Products highlighted on the Mackie/Tapco stand included the 1000W Mix10fxP powered mixer. Designed for use with the Series 69 passive loudspeakers, the new product marks Tapco’s entry into the powered mixer market. A fully-featured 10-channel ultra-lightweight mixer, the Mix10fxP provides 10 premium mic preamps, accessible via XLR inputs, two stereo _-inch input and two RCA inputs, along with a built-in stereo 20-bit multi-effects processor.
New from Mackie, meanwhile, were the U.Series Production mixers (U.420 and the U.420d (pictured)), designed to meet the needs of “today’s musicians, DJs and producers”. The company also showcased a new line of ultra-light professional powered mixers, comprising the PPM608, the PPM1008 and the PPM1012. Each model features custom-designed Mackie Class-D Fast Recovery Amplifiers – said to be cooler running and more efficient predecessors – along with premium Mackie preamps, two built-in DI boxes, three-band Active EQ, in-line compressors and onboard 32-bit RMFX+ effects processor.
“Unlike other powered mixers that are crammed with a bunch of useless effects, the PPMs include an arsenal of ‘gig-ready’ effects and mixing tools,” said Mackie product manager Gilbert Perales. “And in Mackie tradition, all three will survive years of abuse with features like rugged metal chassis and integrated metal carrying handles.”