MACKIE TT SYSTEM32
Slated for Q4 2007 release, the TT System32 ($12,999) digital live mixing system from Mackie (www.mackie.com) comprises the TT24 digital console, DS3232 digital snake and the U100 networking card, offering a complete plug-and-play digital live mixing solution — just add stacks and racks. TT System32 provides stage-to-console connectivity via the DS3232 with 32×32 analog I/O, 32 mic preamps and complete remote recall/control of all preamp settings (gain, pad, phantom power) — all through a single, lightweight Cat-5 cable.
CHORDSAVERS CLUBSAVERS, CONCERTSAVERS
Chordsavers (www.chordsaversusa.com) expands its product line of cable-management systems with its new ClubSaver and ConcertSaver products for commercial audio use. Designed to prevent tripping hazards or cable damage when audio lines are run along floors, these products are made of high-impact vinyl, with black bases and yellow safety caps for visibility. The ClubSaver is 53/16 inches wide and can contain a single 1-inch snake cable and numerous other lines. The 6⅜-inch-wide ConcertSaver has the capacity for two 1-inch snakes and other lines.
Version 2 of Yamaha's (www.yamahaca.com) PM5D digital mixer, the PM5DV2 features Virtual Soundcheck, with easy switching between live inputs and outputs from a multitrack recorder for band-less rehearsals. Also in V. 2 is an expanded effects library with de-esser, VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling), analog-modeled compressors and EQs, and OpenDeck tape simulation. Other enhancements include Load Lock to prevent internal data from being overwritten.
JBL VRX932LAP POWERED LINE ARRAY
Using the DrivePack® DPC-2 amplification system, the VRX932LAP two-way, 12-inch line array and the VRX918SP 18-inch subwoofer from JBL (www.jblpro.com) are fully self-contained powered systems. The two models retain all of the features of the original VRX932LA and VRX918S, while self-powered performance has been optimized through integrated DSP. Designed for use in arrays of up to five units, the VRX932LAP is suitable when line array performance is needed but the venue size does not require large, long-throw line arrays. The VRX932LAPs are flyable, and can be used on a tripod or pole-mounted over a sub.
ALLEN & HEATH ILIVE-80
Allen & Heath's (www.allen-heath.com) iLive-80 is the smallest of the four control surfaces for its iLive digital mixing console system. Designed for smaller applications such as live theater, houses of worship and touring bands, the unit has 20 faders, each with four banks that provide access to up to 80 channels, with a multicolor, backlit LCD above each fader for labeling and color-coding channel data. A color LCD touchscreen provides access to dynamics/EQ/effects/automation and setup screens.
RENKUS-HEINZ VERSYS VL3
The first line array system with the fully integrated RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) package, the Renkus-Heinz (www.renkus-heinz.com) VERSYS VL3 has a truck pack-friendly design. It includes the RHAON in-cabinet PM3R Class-D tri-amplifier, full digital dynamics and networked audio over CobraNet, as well as loudspeaker monitoring and remote control — all delivered over a single Cat-5 cable to each loudspeaker. The three-way VL3 system incorporates dual 12-inch neodymium woofers and dual custom-designed CDT-1.5V CoEntrant MF/HF devices with 6.5-inch cone mids and 1.5-inch exit/3-inch diaphragm HF units. The CoEntrant MF/HF device is mounted on a compound phase plug attached to an Isophasic Plane Wave Generator offering 60/90/120-degree horizontal dispersion.