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Road-Worthy Gear: New Sound Reinforcement Products, February 2011

ix magazine new sound reinforcement products column in the February 2011 issue of Mix magazine live sound products section article 2/01/2011 4:00 AM Eastern

Mackie TH-12A Powered Loudspeaker
Unveiled at last month’s NAMM show, Mackie expands its popular Thump Series with the TH-12AM ($389 MSRP), a powered, two-way, 12-inch Thump Series loudspeaker. Onboard Fast Recovery™ Class-D amplification provides 400W of total system power to the 12-inch woofer and 1-inch compression driver. A rear panel 3-band EQ lets users adjust for simple room correction or system tone. The active crossover includes transducer alignment, while protective circuitry prevents overload and thermal shutdown. The pole-mountable enclosure can also double as a stage monitor.

PreSonus StudioLive Remote iPad App
The StudioLive Remote software for the Apple iPad from PreSonus offers wireless remote control of any PreSonus StudioLive digital mixer’s channels, auxes, effects, subs, Fat Channel processors and more. StudioLive Remote provides multiple views of key StudioLive mixer controls, and is a true iPad app, not a port. The Overview displays the most-used parameters, such as channel levels, mutes, panning, EQ curves and more for multiple channels at once. The Fat Channel view allows navigation between the gate, compressor, EQ and so on with the flick of a fingertip. The app is free and part of the Virtual StudioLive computer-control system that ships with the company’s 24- and 16-channel digital mixers.

JHAudio PRO Series In-Ear Monitors
The PRO Series feature JHAudio’s precision-balanced armatures, three-way crossovers and up to -26dB background noise attenuation. Four models are available, custom-fit and tuned to the user’s ear shape. The JH|10X3 PRO ($799) has a single low, midrange and high-range driver and a 20-17k Hz response. The $850 JH|11 PRO has dual low drivers with a single midrange and high range, and a 10-17k Hz response. The first 6-driver in-ear, the JH|13 PRO ($1,099), has dual low, midrange and high-range drivers for a response of 10-20k Hz. The only 8-driver in-ear on the market, the $1,149 JH|16 PRO, has double dual lows, single dual-midrange and single dual-high drivers for a 10-20k Hz range.

WorxAudio TrueLine V5
The TrueLine V5 ($1,984, retail) from WorxAudio Technologies is an ultracompact line array with a 1-inch exit compression driver on a FlatWave™ wave-shaping device and dual 5-inch cone transducers coupled to an Acoustic Intergrading Module (A.I.M.) to minimize cone filtering. The passive, 16-ohm V5 has 120-degree symmetrical horizontal coverage and 10-degree vertical dispersion. The multi-ply Baltic birch enclosure weighs 30 pounds and has a black or white finish and steel grille. Custom TrueAim™ rigging hardware with 1-degree increments can easily array the system to the desired coverage in flown or ground-stack mode, or it can be pole-mounted for portable applications.

QSC GX7 Power Amp
Delivering more power in a reduced weight package, the GX7 ($699 MSRP) is the newest model in QSC’s GX Series of power amps, featuring 725W/ch. @ 8 ohms; 1,000W/ch. @ 4 ohms; and 1,200W mono bridged into 4 ohms. Its two-tier Class-H design creates a lightweight powerhouse, weighing a mere 15.5 pounds for the 120V version. Cooling is aided with a low-noise, variable-speed fan with rear-to-front airflow. Like the GX3 and GX5, the GX7 features XLR, ¼-inch TRS and phono input connectors; Speakon and binding post outputs; built-in subwoofer/satellite crossover control; detented gain knobs; front panel LED indicators; and GuardRail™ amplifier and speaker protection.

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