Following the introduction of the new Whiseworks-NTM filters in theFDS-366T Omnidrive Compact Plus, BSS (NSCA booth 1915) has announced afirmware upgrade for its Minidrive FDS-334 and FDS-336loudspeaker-management systems, which also includes the newfilters.
The new firmware, available as a free download on the BSS Website(www.bss.co.uk),includes the new 36dB and 52dB slope filters, which use a notchingdesign to provide a faster roll-off than equivalent-orderLinkwitz-Riley designs, allowing speaker drivers to be powered to theiroptimum bandwidth.
The new firmware also features updates allowing the Minidrives to beincluded in the new release of the SB2 control suite, which is alsoavailable on the BSS Website. SB2 allows users to control multipleMinidrive or Omnidrive units simultaneously as a group, down to groupsof band gains for array control. Custom panels can be created to allowinstant visibility of numerous parameters.
Despite the additional features and functionality, U.S. list pricingon the Minidrives remains unchanged with the FDS-334T set at $1,250 andFDS-336T at $1,500.