The 2011 edition of ISE is underway at the Amsterdam RAI and PSNE has a day one selection of the key pro-audio products on display, including new developments from QSC, Alcons Audio and Community (pictured).
Now perceived by many observers to be on a par with the PLASA Show in terms of introducing new products to the European market, ISE is again playing host to a diverse selection of new developments in pro-audio technology.
Without doubt one of the most significant is QSC’s new KLA Series fixed arcuate, active line array system. Built on the same platform as the K Series and KW Series powered loudspeakers, the KLA12 12-inch, two-way line array element and KLA181 18-inch subwoofer are suitable for a wide range of portable and permanently installed applications, including HoWs and entertainment venues.
Features of the KLA12 include Ar-Q (Arcuate Equalization) frequency optimisation, which allows the user to select the total number of boxes deployed in the array, enabling the Ar-Q system to make the appropriate frequency compensation adjustments for an ‘evenly balanced and accurate tonal curve’. Moreover, as a fixed arcuate array, each box is set at an 18-degree splay angle, allowing 90-degree arrays to be configured using only fixed boxes, rather than the more typical six.
Wholesaler Adam Hall is launching the Audac ARU08 Relay Group with eight switching relays. The ARU series are flexible relay modules designed to switch between two input signals. In the most common situations a background music signal and a priority call signal are applied. There are three different ARU relay modules available, fitted with 4, 8 or 16 relays.
Elsewhere on the showfloor, Alcons Audio has turned the spotlight on a number of recently-introduced products, including the CR1 ultra-compact three-way system and CSS3 ultra-compact digital cinema surround system. Another point of focus is the five-model Q-series scalable ribbon array range, which is said to allow for excellent coverage and intelligibility over long distances in acoustically challenging environments.
From APart Audio comes a new convection-cooled amplifier, the CHAMP-3D. A three-channel, fully-programmable digital amplifier, CHAMP-3D is geared towards environments including cafes, pubs and music bars. APart is also showing a new range of functional cabinet speakers for ‘utilitarian’ environments – the SM-series – and has announced the availability of EASE data for its complete loudspeaker line-up.
Audio-Technica is exhibiting a host of new products. The ATCS-V60 modular voting unit for Audio-Technica’s ATCS-60 infrared conferencing system incorporates a flexible design that allows the unit to be added to existing ATCS-60 installations, while its cover plate and long connecting cable enable hidden voting in secret ballots. The company is also highlighting its BP893 MicroEarset Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone and U855QL gooseneck microphone.
Clear-Com is showing the HelixNet Party-line unified intercom platform, the Eclipse Digital Matrix System Version 5.2 with the new line of V-Series rotary control panels, and the Tempest 2400 digital wireless intercom system. The company is also drawing attention to an upgrade to the Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) for the Eclipse digital matrix intercom system.
Community Professional Loudspeakers is undertaking the European launch of its new Distributed Design Series of ceiling loudspeakers. Suitable for 8 Ohm or 70V/100V line applications, the seven-product series includes Community’s Drop-Stop and Twist-Assist features to ease the installation process.
d&b audiotechnik is showcasing a new White range of integration loudspeakers, comprising two series. The xS-Series comprises seven loudspeakers and three matching subwoofers, while the xA-Series comprises four loudspeakers and two matching subwoofers; in both cases, the names reflect the LF driver size employed. Both ranges are supported by dedicated subwoofers and are driven by either d&b D6 or D12 amps.
Appearing at ISE alongside Dutch distributor TM Audio, DiGiCo is highlighting products from across its range, including the SD7, SD8 and SD9 consoles. The 192KHz SD Rack is also on show, constituting what is said to be the first I/O rack for any mixing console that offers multiple format sample rate conversion and allows up to 448 I/O, in any combination at 96kHz, spread across multiple racks.
Dynacord is exhibiting three Compact Mixing Systems: the CMS 1000 (10 input channels), CMS 1600 (16 input channels) and CMS 2200 (22 input channels). Features include: high-quality, low-noise, microphone preamps; six aux busses; two 24-bit stereo effects units, and an 11-band graphic equalizer.
No fewer than 10 additions have been made to EAW’s JF Series of high-definition two-way loudspeaker systems, including four comprehensively integrated JFNT models. The four new JFNT units (JF26NT, JF29NT, JF56NT and JF59NT) offer 1,500W of fully integrated amplification, EAW Focusing processing, EAW Pilot software-accessible front-end DSP, proprietary U-Net audio and communications network, and the JF Series adaptable enclosure design.
Electro-Voice introduces the R300, a wireless microphone system that is said to open up a new category in the wireless marketplace – that of entry-level professional. Features such as One-Touch ClearScan and EZsync infrared technology are designed to enable quick and easy set-up and operation.
Genelec is undertaking the official launch of a new demo version of Genelec Audio over IP (GAIP). The result of extensive R&D work is a solution that is said to work seamlessly with today’s standard IP networks, is fully standards-compliant, and can co-exist/co-operate as a part of other standards-compliant solutions such as Ravenna and AVB.
From the TM Audio stand, Optocore is introducing its new DD4MR-FX and DD2FR-FX dual MADI, video and data network devices. Following on from the release of the DD32R interface last Autumn, these two 1RU products have been designed for compatibility with Optocore’s new Cat5-based SANE platform, allowing up to 256 channels over CAT5. The existing DD4ME and DD2FE MADI devices have therefore been re-engineered to function within this environment, and include RJ45 SANE network connectivity, while the optical port upgrade (to 2Gbit LC SPFs) allows for simple user exchangeable single or multimode fibre transceivers.
The expanded capacity provides each ring with the capability of carrying up to 1024 audio channels over a 2 Gbit network, and at the same time create copper-based 24 ID sub network rings from any of the 24 devices that can appear on the prime fibre based network. Each device also supports two 100Mbit Ethernet links.
Pan Acoustics has also brought fresh product to ISE in the form of the Pan Beam PB224 active high power digitally steerable line array system. Weighing only 26.5kg, the PB224 utilises Windows-bases software to control parameters including dual lobe beam control, four-band parametric EQ, volume, focus distance and opening angles. The six 6,5” HQ low frequency drivers and the 18 1” HQ Neodymium drivers are capable of reproducing a high SPL, 102 dB A-weighted @25 meters with pink noise and 106 dB @25 meters peak with 16 individual amplifiers for each driver.
From Sennheiser, there are modular white microphones for ceiling installation, a new entry-level series of speakers’ microphones, and an updated version of the Wireless Systems Manager (v3.4) control software for Sennheiser radio microphone and monitoring systems.
Tannoy and Lab.gruppen are exhibiting together, highlighting developments including the Tannoy VX Series loudspeakers and the self-powered VXP Series variant, the latter incorporating newly-developed Lab.gruppen amplification. Also on show are the latest developments in Tannoy’s QFlex beam-steering array range, along with installation-dedicated and tour sound products from the Lab.gruppen range.
Finally, Technomad is introducing PowerChiton4 weatherproof amplifier to international audiences at ISE. Able to produce 1,600W for 8-ohm systems and 1,800W for 4-ohm systems, it offers more than three times the power of the current highest-power model (500W) in the same compact, NEMA-enclosed package as previously available PowerChiton amplifier modules. New to ISE was TLS’s QuickScout, a solution for switching VGA and audio signals. Up to 40 connected users can access locally and software independent LCD screen, data/video projector and an audio amplifier with a simple push of a button. Two user ports are installed in each module.
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