CREST HP-EIGHT CONSOLE
Crest's (www.crestaudio.com) new HP-Eight console is an 8-bus board designed for use in install and portable markets. The console is dual-purpose — ideal for both FOH and monitor applications — and is available in 24 to 56 mono input channel configurations (plus five stereo line/effects returns), with 10 aux sends, fader flip, direct outputs, 4-band channel EQ (with sweep mids), 100mm faders, 4-channel scene muting and an internal power supply, plus provision for an optional redundant external power supply. A five-year warranty is standard. A 32-channel model is expected to retail around $5,000; check www.crestaudio.com for updated pricing information.
SHURE ANTENNA COMBINER
The PA821 active antenna combiner from Shure (www.shure.com) improves RF performance by reducing IM distortion. Compatible with Shure's PSM700, PSM600 and PSM400 personal monitor systems, this 8-in/1-out device handles up to eight PSM transmitters on a single antenna, thus reducing onstage “antenna farm” clutter and offering increased range when used with Shure's new $360 PA805WB directional antenna. The PA821 retails at $4,983.
INTER-M L SERIES AMPS
Ranging from 830 to 2,400 watts, the new L Series amplifiers from Inter-M Americas Inc. (www.inter-m.net) are lightweight, two-rackspace models. Features include a highpass filter switch (30/50Hz selectable), power-on muting, forced air cooling, defeatable clip limiting circuitry, and front-panel indicators displaying output levels, clipping, protective circuit activity and stereo/parallel/bridged modes. Inputs are balanced ¼-inch TRS or XLR, with binding post and Speakon outs.
DBX DRIVERACK 220I
Now shipping, the DriveRack® 220i from dbx (www.dbxpro.com) Professional is a 2-in/2-out system processor. In addition to providing EQ, bandpass filters, matrix mixing, dynamics and delay functions required for loudspeaker control, the 220i also includes line/mic inputs (with phantom power), with de-essing, ducking and Advanced Feedback Suppression™. Setup/maintenance is handled from the front panel or a DriveWare PC-based GUI. Programs can be stored and recalled from the GUI, front panel or optional remote zone controllers that adjust output volume/mutes.
G-AUDIO V-SMART ARRAYS
G-Audio (www.g-audio.net) debuts two new models in its V-Smart Rectilinear Array 700 Series. Usable as a mid/high cabinet or stand-alone, the VS-726 combines two 12-inch mid-bass speakers with twin 1-inch neodymium drivers mounted on a dual-exit 90°×10° line array horn for a smooth top end. Also available is the VS-736S, a matching double-18 sub that goes down to 32 Hz.