Glyph Technologies (Ithaca, NY) recently introduced the GPM-216 monitor at the AES show in New York (October 7-10). Designed with live sound or studio environment applications in mind, GPM-216 is a peer-to-peer, collaborative audio system for creating custom, individual monitor mixes.
The system, enhanced with a larger LCD screen and front-panel audio inputs, allows performers connect to a self-contained monitoring network for improved control of how they hear themselves and others. Instruments and mics connect to the audio inputs, where the signals are digitized and distributed to other units over a network using standard Ethernet cables. Using the front-panel controls and LCD screen, musicians adjust the volume, pan and mute/solo status of audio sources, and listen to their custom mix using headphones, earbuds or powered wedges. Newly added features include a built-in instrument tuner and reverb effect, while Send/Return loops allow patching in external effects or EQ for the overall mix, or per input channel.
The GPM-216 is a peer-to-peer monitoring network, completely independent of the house sound system, and is currently available. The GPM-216 does not require outputs from a mixing board.
Peter Glanville, director of marketing, said, “Glyph designed the GPM-216 so that musicians could have consistent monitoring on stage, in the studio and at practice. Bands who travel with their own P.A., but don’t have a separate monitor mixing board or monitor engineer, can show up the venue, plug into their GPM-216 units, and have total control of their own monitor mix right from the stage. By looping through the GPM-216s, the FOH engineer doesn’t have to sacrifice outputs from his board to interface with monitor equipment.”
The GPM-216 is powered by a Linux-based computer, and it can be connected to other computers via standard networking. The configuration software allows a user to remotely configure their GPM-216 network and can be run via Web browser on a Mac or PC. The system is upgradeable with new interfaces and downloadable software as they become available.
The GPM-216 is shipping Q4 of 2005, and will be available through authorized Glyph Dealers.
For more information, please go to www.glyphtech.com.