DIGIDESIGN D-SHOW PROFILE
Digidesign's (www.digidesign.com) D-Show Profile offers a size-conscious alternative to the D-Show flagship console/controller in its VENUE live mixer line. D-Show Profile is compatible with all existing VENUE hardware and software, including stage and front-of-house racks for connecting to Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools LE systems via a hardware option. D-Show Profile also offers expanded show control options with the new General Purpose Interface (GPI). Its eight GPI I/Os allow D-Show Profile to send or respond to external equipment via simple switch closures for automation cues, etc. Because D-Show and D-Show Profile operate on the same D-Show control software and operating system, users won't have to learn new software or rebuild their console settings from scratch when moving between VENUE mixing consoles.
A-T UPDATES ARTIST SERIES MICS
The next generation of Audio-Technica's (www.audio-technica.com) Artist Series adds new models while upgrading existing mics. The $299 ATM710 cardioid condenser, $249 hypercardioid ATM610 and $169 cardioid ATM410 dynamic vocal handhelds all offer low handling noise. New instrument mics are the $169 ATM650 hypercardioid dynamic, $369 ATM450 side-address cardioid condenser and $449 ATM350 cardioid clip-on condenser. The ATM350 comes with a violin mount and a flexible gooseneck mount; heavy-duty iso mounts are included with the ATM450 and ATM250/ATM250DE. Based on the AE2500, the $549 ATM250DE is a dual-capsule (dynamic/condenser) kick mic, and the $329 ATM250 is a single-element hypercardioid dynamic; both are suited for upright bass and high-SPL (kick, toms, guitar/bass cabs and brass) sources.
The DSP5D from Yamaha (www.yamahaproaudio.com) puts the functionality of its PM5D-RH digital live console — less the control surface — into a rack unit that's controllable from a PM5D. Priced at less than $30,000, a single DSP5D doubles the mixer's I/O channels, with 96 mono and 16 stereo channels accessible via four fader layers — or add a second DSP5D unit for 144 mono/24 stereo capability. The DSP5D can reside next to the host PM5D or act as a remote stage box (with all I/O accessible on the front panel) using an optional digital cabling unit for communication up to 120 meters away over standard Cat-5 cable.
ALLEN & HEATH GL3800M CONSOLE
The GL3800M from Allen & Heath (www.allen-heath.com) analog monitor desk offers up to 16 monitor mixes, plus built-in mic splitting and a comprehensive, dual-output engineer's wedge/IEM monitoring system. It's available in 24, 32 and 40-channel frame sizes, and the 16 mixes can be globally assigned as mono or stereo. Each stereo mix provides level and pan control, as well as stereo AFL signal-checking. By assigning mixes as “wedge” or “IEM,” AFL automatically routes to the engineer's speaker or in-ears, as appropriate. Other features include a built-in oscillator/pink-noise generator and independent talkback to/from the FOH console and to each performer.
HEAR TECHNOLOGIES MIX BACK MIXER
Hear Technologies (www.heartechnologies.com) is shipping its Mix Back monitor mixer. The $2,495 unit is designed to reside at the stage, providing 16 inputs, a passive mic split, 4-band EQ and 16 channels of analog (two stereo, 12 mono), Hear Bus and ADAT output simultaneously. Ideal for in-ear monitor mixing and configured as 16×12×2×2, the rackmount unit features a talkback mic preamp for talking to any (or all) master outs and an intercom out. An optional $139.95 16-button remote connects via a standard Cat-5e cable.