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NAMM 2013: Four major product launches from PreSonus

PreSonus is having a busy NAMM Show, launching four new products for both live and studio sound.

PreSonus is having a busy NAMM Show, launching four new products for both live and studio sound. The first is the Sceptre-series CoActual studio reference monitors (pictured), featuring an advanced coaxial design that works integrally with a 32-bit, 96 kHz, dual-core processor using Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ Temporal Equalization technology, at an affordable investment for project-studio owners. The monitors are the result of intensive collaboration between Fulcrum Acoustics’ Dave Gunness and PreSonus software designers who were able to incorporate Fulcrum’s Temporal EQ algorithms employing multiple, fully addressable Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters. Gunness was also responsible for final tuning and voicing of both Sceptre-series monitors. Following up on the success of its StudioLive-series digital mixers, PreSonus introduced the StudioLive 32.4.2AI 32-channel performance and recording digital mixer. The new mixer features Active Integration technology, including a dual-core computing engine that the company says is capable of over 64 times the processing power and has 10,000 times more RAM than StudioLive 24.4.2. Unlike previous models, the StudioLive 32.4.2AI sports an Ethernet port that allows you to connect to an existing router-based network with an Ethernet cable or completely wirelessly. A line of option cards will be available for the StudioLive 32.4.2AI in late 2013. Every option card comes equipped with dual FireWire S800 and S/PDIF stereo output, as well as Ethernet (for control only). Two cards that add Dante for audio networking and Thunderbolt for even faster digital transfers are in development. Another new addition to the StudioLive line is the AI-series Active Integration loudspeakers, which the company says are the first active loudspeakers that deliver studio-monitor accuracy onstage and are equipped with complete wireless or wired remote control and monitoring using an iPad or laptop. All StudioLive AI-series speakers incorporate Fulcrum Acoustic’s TQ Temporal Equalization algorithms, like the Sceptre CoActual monitors above, and Active Integration technology, which combines wireless and wired networking and communications with the aforementioned DSP to create a unified working environment. Full-range AI-series loudspeakers are available in three configurations. Each compact, powered, 3-way loudspeaker relies on a custom-designed, 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. The triamplified, Class D power amplifiers in each model (quad-amped in the 328AI) deliver a combined 2,000 watts of power. In addition to the full-range, 3-way systems, PreSonus is offering the StudioLive 18sAI, a powered, 18-inch, ferrite subwoofer, powered by a 1,000W amplifier. The StudioLive 18sAI offers stereo line inputs (XLR/¼-inch combo) and full-range stereo line outputs (XLR) that can be summed to mono. An alignment delay can be set to 0, 2, or 4 feet, allowing the subwoofer to combine perfectly with a full-range system. Finally, PreSonus unveiled its new Eris-series studio reference monitors. These are the company’s ultra-affordable, 2-way, bi-amped monitor speakers that can be user-adjusted to the acoustic space, allowing you to create a more accurate listening environment or to simulate different common listening environments – a feature the company says is not typically provided by studio monitors in this price point. The Eris E8 features an 8-inch, Kevlar low-frequency transducer, driven by a 75 watt, Class AB power amplifier; and a 1.25-inch (32 mm), silk-dome, high-frequency tweeter with a 65W, Class AB amplifier. It can deliver up to 105 dB SPL, peak. Frequency response is rated at 45 Hz to 22 kHz. A four-position Acoustic Space switch controls a second-order shelving filter, centered at 800 Hz, that provides three attenuation points (no attenuation, -2 dB, and -4 dB), allowing you to control the bass response relative to the wall proximity of your speakers. A High Pass switch sets the low-frequency cutoff (second-order slope, -12 dB/octave) to be flat, 80 Hz, or 100 Hz. You also get continuously adjustable High Frequency and Midrange controls from -6 dB to +6 dB.