Following the recent announcement of the alliance between leading microphone manufacturer Audio-Technica U.S. Inc. and UK-based monitoring solutions provider Garwood Communications, A-T has begun distribution of the following Garwood products: the APM 200/APM 400 Main Stations, APM 12 dual headphone amplifier and APM 31 three-channel headphone amplifier.
The Garwood APM Series is a simple and logical system of distributed personal monitoring for large-scale wired installations. Using headphones, in-ear monitors or a mixture of both, the APM Series delivers the benefits of greatly simplified wiring, superb audio quality and individual mix balancing, along with freedom from both batteries and mains cables onstage. Unlike other hardwired monitor systems, the APM Series supplies both power and stereo audio to local monitor stations via a single standard XLR cable, driven by APM 200 and APM 400 main stations. Local stations are daisychained together, reducing cabling and setup time to an absolute minimum.
The system will drive most types of headphones and give users the option to balance their own stereo monitor sound with the ensemble or a click-track via a miniature mixer on the APM 31. Audio quality is also of the highest level, with discrete components employed throughout, dual switched-mode power supplies and built-in protection limiting that controls each channel independently. A standard main station (APM 200) has two outputs, allowing two circuits with different audio signals to be created. The main station extension unit (APM 400) offers the addition of four extra mixes.
The Garwood APM 12 dual headphone amplifier provides two high-quality audio feeds to the user’s preferred type of headphone or earpieces. Ideal for orchestras and choirs, the APM 12 also provides simple and convenient distributed audio feeds for applications such as press and news conferences. It is designed to partner with an APM 200 or APM 400 main station to form a complete APM Series distributed personal monitoring system, with power and audio signals for up to fifteen APM 12 amplifiers per channel provided by the main station through a single XLR cable to each amplifier box. More APM 12s can be linked to the system with additional APM 400 main station extender units. Like the main stations, the compact and highly durable APM 12 provides superb audio quality with ultra low distortion and extended frequency response. Hearing protection for the headphone wearer is provided via the main station’s built-in limiter, plus a 10-position amplifier gain control located on the APM 12 that permits setting of maximum SPL.
The Garwood APM 31 is a high-quality triple-input personal headphone amplifier that drives headphones or earpieces as part of a Garwood APM Series personal monitoring system. It allows the headphone wearer to create a personal stereo or mono mix, typically balancing an overall mix with his or her own instrument and a click-track. The auxiliary inputs provide microphone and line level mix inputs. Ideally suited for orchestras and choirs, the APM 31 is designed to partner with an APM 200 or APM 400 mainstation to form a complete APM Series distributed personal monitoring system, with power and audio signals for up to 15 APM 31 amplifiers per channel provided by the main station through a single XLR cable to each unit. More APM 31’s can be linked to the system with additional APM 400 main station extender units.
Like the main stations, the compact and highly durable APM 31 provides outstanding audio quality with ultra low distortion, low noise and extended frequency response. Protection for the headphone wearer is provided by the main station’s built-in limiter on the ‘A’ channel, and via built-in limiters for the auxiliary ‘B’ and ‘C’ inputs. The APM 31 also has a 10-position amplifier gain control that permits setting of maximum SPL. Its rugged aluminum housing allows a clip to be mounted on the top or bottom, which can be used to wear the device on a belt, or to hang on a music stand. Typical applications include orchestra monitoring in studios and band monitor systems utilizing the APM 200 Main station and APM 31 units. Just two stereo monitor mixes and two mono group mixes are required for eight singers or musicians, a cost-effective solution. Monitors can be mixed on either a simple monitor console or on the front-of-house desk. Users can fine-tune their mixes themselves.
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