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NAMM 2017 kicks off with more new products

From DiGiCo to Solid State Logic, more brands have revealed new products

The show has started at the Anaheim Convention Center and runs until January 22 with a number of new products on show…

This year, DiGiCo celebrates 15 years of manufacturing exceptional digital mixing consoles, by unveiling Project Vulcan, the new SD12. It encapsulates the best features of both the SD and S Series. Utilising the latest generation of Super FPGA, it is compact in size, but delivers the power and capability.

The SD12 features 72 input channels with full processing, 36 aux/group busses with full processing, a 12 x 8 matrix with full processing, LR/LCR buss with full processing, 12 stereo FX units, 16 Graphic EQs, 119 Dynamic EQs, 119 multiband compressors and 119 DiGi-TuBes, 12 Control Groups (VCA) and SD Series Stealth Core 2 software, making it compatible with all other SD Series sessions.

One of the SD12’s outstanding features is its dual 15″ digital touchscreens – previously only seen on the SD7 and SD5 – which provide 24 channels in one view, dual operator mode and the ability for the right-hand screen to be the Master, as well as advanced connectivity via optional DMI cards, yet the SD12 still maintains a workflow that will be familiar to anyone working in live touring, corporate, installation, house of worship, theatre or broadcast.

DPA Microphones will display the company’s d:vote Instrument Microphones and accessories. The d:vote microphone line is designed for use with every woodwind and acoustical instrument, the most popular being guitar, violin, cello and trumpet/saxophone. DPA also offers four different d:vote touring kits situated in sturdy Peli cases, with quantities of four or 10 microphones packed in a pencil case, as well as 10 or 25 mounts, respectively. The d:vote series also offers mounting solutions that give a wider range of musicians the opportunity to use DPA mics. The AC4099 Clip for the Accordion, SM4099 Stand Mount and CM4099 Clamp Mount are the three newest additions to the now 12 instrument mounts, making it possible for musicians to record or amplify the exact sound of their performance with the d:vote 4099 microphone.

AKG by HARMAN announced the new AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone. Building on the legendary studio-quality sound of the acclaimed C535 microphone, the C636 innovates by providing professional singers with unparalleled stage reliability and performance. In addition to a custom-tuned capsule with hand-selected components, the C636 is engineered to reject feedback, handling noise and pop noise so vocalists can fully focus on their performance. It also announced the new AKG P5i high-performance dynamic vocal microphone. AKG P5i is the first microphone designed to automatically configure with the new HARMAN Connected PA ecosystem, providing effortless set up, instant recall of performer and presets, and great sound for musicians of all skill levels.

Also launching is the HARMAN Connected PA – a complete, integrated ecosystem of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to quickly and easily get professional results. At the centre of the Connected PA ecosystem is the new HARMAN Connected PA mobile app, which provides one centralised solution for intuitive setup, configuration and control. The HARMAN Connected PA ecosystem brings together Soundcraft mixing consoles, AKG microphones, dbx stage boxes and JBL speakers that integrate HARMAN ioSYS technology to offer a flexible and scalable solution that makes it easy for customers to get great live sound.

HARMAN Professional Solutions also announced the new JBL Intonato 24 Monitor Management Tuning System for easy set up, precise automated calibration, and complete control of monitoring systems in stereo, surround, and immersive audio production rooms. Housed in a 2U rack-mount enclosure, Intonato 24 can calibrate and control systems of up to 24 speakers with customised recallable routing of up to 24 sources selected from 24 dedicated analogue, 24 digital and 256 networked audio sources.

JBL Professional by HARMAN has unveiled the new JBL 7 Series Powered studio monitors, building on the legacy of the JBL 7 Series line. Featuring patented driver and waveguide technologies developed for the flagship JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor, the new 705P five-inch and 708P eight-inch monitors deliver high output, stunning detail and best-in-class accuracy for post-production, broadcast and music recording facilities.

Soundcraft by HARMAN will showcase the new Ui24R, a complete digital mixing and multitrack recording system that delivers flexible I/O, pristine sound quality, intuitive wireless control, and roadworthy reliability — all in a streamlined design. The system can be controlled by up to 10 devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, making it possible to control mixing and multitrack recording wirelessly. Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech signal processing ensures pristine sound, with 20 Studer-designed microphone preamps. The compact, rack-mounted Ui24R is part of the new HARMAN Connected PA ecosystem and offers unprecedented control, versatility and power at an incredible value.

HK Audio, the German sound reinforcement experts, have unveiled LUCAS NANO 602, the latest and most affordable member of their LUCAS NANO 600 series of professional, portable PA systems.

LUCAS NANO 602 is the ideal compact PA for any musician or DJ who prefers to use their own external mixer. Featuring one stereo input, it delivers the LUCAS NANO family’s standard “professional sound to go”, and can be set up for its optimised use as a 2.1 stereo system in seconds. It also combines easily and quickly with any other 600 series NANO to form a powerful Twin Stereo system, where even more power is required.

Weighing in at just 16.3 kg/36 lbs, LUCAS NANO 602 can be transported in just one hand, with the satellites mounted inside the subwoofer. And despite its small size, it houses a number of groundbreaking HK Audio technologies. These include the Multicell Transformer, which delivers the quality performance of a large high-frequency horn at a fraction of the size, and Anti-Resonance Bracing, which ensures that the subwoofer uncompromisingly converts every single watt of power into pure low-end energy.

Shure has announced the GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless products and accessories. The latest addition to the GLX-D Digital Wireless line, the new GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless is an enhanced suite of products, including the GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager, rack mount receiver system, remote antennas, and accessories.

GLX-D Advanced creates the opportunity for to benefit from notable GLX-D features, including exceptional digital audio, automatic frequency management, and intelligent rechargeable batteries. Using the new Frequency Manager, GLX-D Advanced users can seamlessly and confidently operate up to nine simultaneous systems in typical conditions (11 channels in optimal conditions).

With a new rack-mountable configuration, GLX-D Advanced allows up to six GLXD4R receivers be linked to a GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager via the RF ports. To simplify installation, the Frequency Manager automatically assigns optimal frequencies to all six receivers utilising patented data communication via the existing RF cables. Linking two Frequency Managers together enables the use of additional rack mount systems.

Plug-in specialist Softube has announced the Console 1 Mk II — an upgraded version of its hardware/software mixing system. The new console offers support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio and represents what the company believes is a ‘substantial’ price drop from its predecessor.

The new software, also available to owners of the first-generation console, makes it possible to use Console 1 with selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio. There are over 60 plug-ins that can be used from within the system, including those based on units from Chandler Limited, Fairchild, Teletronix, Tube-Tech, Abbey Road Studios, and more. The plug-ins are pre-mapped and easily selectable from the Console 1 software, so no MIDI mapping is necessary.

Solid State Logic has announced a significant V2.1 update to Sigma, SSL’s Remote Controlled Analogue Summing Mixer. This free update introduces Eucon control and three new AAX, AU and VST3/VST format plug-ins; a new 16 channel plug-in brings Logic compatibility for the first time and new Mix Bus and Monitoring plug-ins streamline session control and recall.

The new 16-fader ‘Sigma δelta16’ plug-in brings compatibility to Logic users, as well as offering an alternative workflow to ‘Sigma δelta Single Fader’ plug-in users. It allows users to write automation for Sigma’s 16 analogue faders from one plug-in window, solving Logic’s inherent limitation of only being able to write data to one plug-in at a time. In addition to this, Sigma δelta16 can control pans, Solo, Cut, mono/stereo selection and mix bus assignments.

A second new plug-in, the ‘Sigma δelta Mix Bus’, allows users to automate Sigma’s two stereo mix busses and their insert points. Finally, the ‘Sigma δelta Monitoring’ plug-in allows full control of Sigma’s monitoring section, including monitor and headphone levels, monitor cut, dim and source selection. The full effect of these features delivers an analogue summing mixer that is compatible with all major DAWs and instantly recalls when moving between DAW sessions. Sigma Single Fader plug-in users can continue to enjoy their established workflow and single fader-based sessions are backwards compatible.

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