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NAMM 2016: TransAudio Group creates new subwoofer brand

The American distributor says its new Subwoofer Pros products will “fill an unmet need in high-end control rooms for music and film”.

American pro-audio distributor TransAudio Group used this year’s Winter NAMM Show to launch its first two products under the new Subwoofer Pros brand: The Studio 12 and Studio 18.

“Because no other company was building subwoofers with the performance and feature set needed in high-end music and film control rooms, we approached a leading expert in subwoofer technology – Bag End Modular Sound – to see if we could fill that gap,” says Brad Lunde (pictured), founder and president of TransAudio Group.

“Together, we specified performance targets, and Bag End engineers used their proprietary INFRA technology to meet those very high targets while still keeping the units small enough to work in tight control room environments. Subwoofer Pros provides an accessible way for professionals to get honest, translatable, ultra-low bass monitoring for their near-field or mid-field monitoring systems.”

Subwoofer Pros’ Studio 12 and Studio 18 use sealed-box, front-firing 12-inch and 18-inch high-excursion, low-frequency drivers, respectively. Both include identical, flexible input methods, including a dedicated LFE input, a six input panel for 5.1 surround programs to either sum all of the inputs to a single sub output or to have channel-dedicated subwoofers.

Five line-level, high-pass-filtered outputs allow output to all five surround monitors using Subwoofer Pros’ bass management. A line-level INFRA output allows additional “slave” subs to be connected for increased SPL or improved room behaviour. The company’s Dynamic Filter protection system is said to maintain undistorted bass regardless of the input level without using compression.

Subwoofer Pros will soon release a line of subwoofer support electronics to facilitate integration into high-end mixing systems.