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New Sound Reinforcement Products

MACKIE QUAD SERIES PROCESSORS Mackie's ( Quad Series digital processors offer 24-bit signal purity with user interfaces designed for live 1/01/2007 7:00 AM Eastern

Mackie's ( Quad Series digital processors offer 24-bit signal purity with user interfaces designed for live sound. The Quad EQ ($1,199.99) is a 4-channel/30-band digital graphic equalizer that combines onboard SIA Smaart real-time analysis (RTA) and SPL metering. The front panel's 31 bi-color LED ladders let users view RTA and EQ settings simultaneously for visual reinforcement of EQ changes and their effect on the sound system. Quad EQ includes a reference mic for RTA and SPL monitoring, A/B/C-weighted SPL metering, built-in pink-noise generator, XLR and TRS analog I/Os and 99 user snapshots to store settings. The $999.99 Quad Comp/Gate has four channels of compression/limiting and expansion/gating with faster attack settings, 99 user presets, built-in key filters, a Key Listen feature and an Auto mode to eliminate pumping effects.

A companion for L-Acoustics' ( new P Series self-powered coaxial loudspeakers, the SP15B subwoofer has a front-loaded, self-powered 15-inch woofer with the convenience of pushbutton-accessible, application-engineered DSP crossover filtering and system EQ presets. The 17.5×20.5×20.5-inch (H×W×D), 80-pound vented Baltic birch enclosure features 1,000 watts of internal Class-D amplification, a 45-100Hz (± 3dB) bandwidth, and pole-mount or U-bracket rigging.

SLS Loudspeakers ( intros the RLA/4 a full-range, bi-amped true line source array module. The bi-amplification-ready RLA/4 has a PRD500 planar ribbon transducer handling highs; the low section has twin 6.5-inch die-cast woofers with a patented Intercooler system. Horizontal coverage is 90 degrees, and SLS' free LASS prediction software visually indicates ideal set-up locations for even, predictable coverage of any room. All array rigging is included on the cabinet that is made from sturdy ¾-inch, 13-ply Baltic Birch and includes splay options from 1 to 10 degrees between boxes.

The V8-PMD1 ($6,822) powered touring line array from WorxAudio Technologies ( is a compact, high-efficiency system with DSP and integrated bi-amping (500 and 250 watts). Dual 8-inch woofers on the A.I.M. (Acoustic Intergrading Module) combine with a large-format (3-inch voice coil) compression driver on a FlatWave Former wave-shaping device for clear highs over a controlled coverage area. The multi-ply Baltic birch cabinet is finished in dark gray or black-catalyzed polyurethane with a steel grille. The array includes TrueAim rigging hardware with 1-degree increments for flying or ground-stacking.

Aviom's ( AN-16SBR combines up to four Pro16 A-Net streams onto a single Cat-5e cable, supporting 64-channel systems in a variety of bidirectional configurations for use when digital snake and audio distribution systems larger than 32 channels are required. One AN-16SBR is used at each end of each 48- or 64-channel run. Configurations of 64×0, 48×16, 32×32 or smaller are supported. The System Bridge includes two identical rack modules, each with four Neutrik EtherCon connectors (16 channels each) and one Neutrik EtherCon connector for Bridge output (up to 64 channels). Multiple AN-16SBRs can create complex systems with one AN-16SBR at the end of each main run to combine or separate up to four 16-channel A-Net streams. The Aviom System Bridge does not require a power supply nor DC power.

Note: The following product was inadvertently omitted from the November 2006 feature on wireless systems. Here's what you missed: Offered in handheld, beltpack and guitar versions, the 100-channel, true-diversity Pro Comm PCX U1002 UHF wireless from Peavey ( offers AutoScan technology that automatically searches for noninterfering channels. The compact, half-rack PCX U1002 receiver has XLR and ¼-inch outputs, and a color LCD panel showing operational status at a glance.

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