New Sound Reinforcement Products

CREST HP-EIGHT CONSOLE Crest's ( new HP-Eight console is an 8-bus board designed for use in install and portable markets. The console


Crest's ( 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 for updated pricing information.


The PA821 active antenna combiner from Shure ( 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.


Ranging from 830 to 2,400 watts, the new L Series amplifiers from Inter-M Americas Inc. ( 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.


Now shipping, the DriveRack® 220i from dbx ( 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 ( 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.