New Sound Reinforcement Products, March 2008DBX DRIVERACK PX The first processor in the industry tailored for powered speakers, the DriveRack PX from dbx (www.dbxpro.com) offers an all-in-one solution
The first processor in the industry tailored for powered speakers, the DriveRack PX from dbx (www.dbxpro.com) offers an all-in-one solution to optimize powered speaker setups. The 2-in/2-out device (plus stereo subwoofer outputs) connects between a mixer and speakers, and features dbx's Advanced Feedback Suppression, Subharmonic Synthesis to extend bass response and PeakStopPlus
The M3 and M2 wireless in-ear systems from Audio-Technica (www.audio-technica.com) feature the company's Personal Mix Control, offering independent mix and volume control at the receiver. Both feature a lightweight bodypack stereo receiver and a stereo transmitter with two combo XLR/¼-inch line inputs, as well as A-T EP3 dynamic earphones with three sizes of flexible rubber eartips and a universal foam tip for a customized fit. The top-end M3 ($1,099) has 1,250 selectable UHF channels with up to 16 simultaneous systems per frequency band; the $799 M2 offers 100 UHF channels with up to 10 systems per frequency band.
Designed for use in large venues with optional Versarray 218 and 118 subs, the three-way Versarray 212 ($4,399.99) line array from Peavey (www.peavey.com) has two 12-inch Black Widow woofers, 10 2.5-inch neo mid-drivers and four waveguide-mounted planar ribbon drivers. It's rated at 4,000 watts peak handling for the lows and 800W peak each for the mids and HFs. Each 13-ply Baltic Birch 2×12 enclosure has Peavey's bracket-and-pin flying hardware, allowing adjustments from 0 to 10 degrees for a multitude of array possibilities. The tri-ampable system has Neutrik Speakon 8-pin inputs in parallel with four Neutrik Speakon 4-pin connectors for the lows and mid/highs.
Compatible with D-Show and D-Show Profile consoles, Mix Rack is a new, affordable hardware option for Digidesign (www.digidesign.com) VENUE systems, combining all stage, local audio I/O and DSP processing into a single 11-space rack. The base configuration has two Mix Engine cards (expandable for more TDM plug-in processing), D-Show Version 2.7 software, VENUEPack 3 plug-ins and an ECx Ethernet port for remote control. Audio I/O includes 48 analog XLR mic/line inputs, 16 XLR analog line outs (expandable to 32), eight analog TRS line-level I/O (assignable as discrete I/Os or insert pairs), 2-track analog/digital (AES or S/PDIF) I/O, word clock and MIDI I/O, and an analog aux/com input. Mix Rack supports up to 64 tracks of record/play integration with Pro Tools — or 18 tracks with Pro Tools LE — and modular card slots allow various analog or digital outputs and Aviom A-Net personal monitoring options.
Designed for stand-alone use or with the CVA-115, CVA-118 and CVA-121 active subs, the CVA-28 ($849) from Cerwin-Vega (www.cerwin-vega.com) is a three-way system featuring 8-inch drivers, a concentric compression driver and 400W of onboard amplification. Integrated flypoints and pole mounts allow the unit to be used in horizontal or vertical arrays. The compact (20-inch-high) cabinets weigh 48 pounds, have a 70 to 20k Hz response (±3 dB) and are capable of 128dB SPLs.