NAMM News: Peavey Announces FX Series Mixers

Peavey (booth #5740 Hall B) announced the new FX Series mixing consoles, available in 16, 24 and 32-channel versions with exclusive Silencer mic preamps, dual DSP engines, dual USB ports and built-in MP3 compression for exporting audio directly to a computer.
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Peavey (booth #5740 Hall B) announced the new FX Series mixing consoles, available in 16, 24 and 32-channel versions with exclusive Silencer mic preamps, dual DSP engines, dual USB ports and built-in MP3 compression for exporting audio directly to a computer.

The Silencer mic preamps allow very high gain with low noise and distortion for transparent, clear signal reproduction. The Silencer is a state-of-the-art low-impedance amplifier engineered with extremely low-noise transistors and a wide dynamic range to accommodate any type of microphone or other low-impedance source.

The mixer’s dual USB ports, which allow streaming of digital audio directly to a computer or memory stick, also feature exclusive, built-in MP3 compression. USB port A saves to memory stick, while USB port B sends the stereo output to a computer or hard disk for recording. With this feature, performers can rip a live performance or rehearsal directly to MP3 (or other digital format) or save demos to memory stick and bring song ideas to rehearsal.

The four pre-fader auxes per channel, used with four master aux controls, facilitate use as a live sound monitor mixer, while the two post-fader auxes are ideal for adding effects (built-in or outboard). These mixers also include dual DSP engines that allow multiple simultaneous effects, assignable to any channel via aux 5/6 or DSP engine two. Onboard effects include reverb, delay, compression, de-esser, chorus and gate/expander.

The FX Series allows digital editing of effects with a library for each effect, as well as channel EQ adjustment and crossover point assignment. There are also two output processors available in three modes—L/R stereo, L/R mono and L-mains/R-subwoofer with crossover—as well as additional processing such as Feedback Ferret, delay, limiter, and 31-band graphic or 7-band parametric EQ.

FX Series mixers also include 4-band EQ with mid-sweep on each channel, four buses with insert points, 80Hz low-cut filter and insert points on all channels, headphone output, universal switch mode power supply and BNC lamp outputs on the 24FX and 32FX models. All models also include two stereo input channels with ¼-inch and XLR and separate gain controls so they can be used simultaneously. Users can bypass the channel strip and assign these channels directly to the main stereo output, allowing the microphone input to utilize the channel strip features exclusively.

The Peavey FX Series includes the rackmountable, 16-channel 16FX, 24-channel 24FX, 32-channel 32FX and the 16PFX, a rackmountable, 16-channel, 500-watt/channel model. The FX Series will be available in Q2 2005.

To find out more about Peavey Electronics, visit www.peavey.com.