ATM'S RIGGING GUIDE NOW FREEThe Riggermeister Rigging Reference Guide, published by the ATM Fly-Ware division of ATM Group, is now available for free at www.atmflyware.com. Downloadable in Acrobat format, the guide contains reference information on hardware, rigging application, rigging formulas and other topics. In addition, the Riggermeister Seminar slide show is available in PowerPoint format, and Riggermeister Software used for calculation of complex rigging formulas is available in Excel format. ATM Fly-Ware is making this information available as part of a revived effort to educate the industry about safe rigging practices.
MACKIE ACTIVE SUBWOOFERNow shipping, Mackie Designs' (www.mackie.com) SRS1500 Active Sound Reinforcement Subwoofer is a compact, high-output unit featuring a Mackie/RCF (Reggio Emilia, Italy) 15-inch, long-throw, high-precision woofer. Powered by an integrated Mackie FR Series 600-watt amplifier, the SRS1500 has a frequency response of 45 to 120 Hz with 127dB peak SPLs and complements Mackie's SRM450 active loudspeaker, which can be pole-mounted directly above the subwoofer. Besides its compact 23.5x17.17x23.75-inch (HxWxD) size, the SRS1500 also features integrated active electronics with active equalization, time correction, phase alignment and speaker protection. Price: $899.
LA AUDIO DIGEQ RTA CARDLA Audio (www.laaudio.com) offers the DPF-RTA, an optional plug-in DSP card for either the DPF3103 digEQ Master unit or the DPF3103R digEQ Remote Control. The DPF-RTA is a professional standard 31-band, 1/3-octave, filter-based Real Time Analyzer and, when fitted into the Remote Control unit, provides a highly portable, battery-powered system for collecting and storing data. digEQ systems equipped with the DPF-RTA and Digital Delay option can generate a click from the remote, useful for accurate time alignment. Analysis curves can be frozen and saved in any of 45 nameable memory locations, and four microphone offset memories allow nonreference mics to be used. The unit includes its own pink noise generator, and graphic EQ faders can be superimposed onto the analysis screen. Displayed range, reference level, filter averaging period and peak decay time can all be altered.
AKG WMS 40 UHF WIRELESSAKG (www.akg-acoustics.com) has introduced the WMS 40, an affordable UHF transmitter/receiver package operating on a single fixed frequency between 710 and 865 MHz. The SR 40 nondiversity receiver features a 40 to 20k Hz frequency response, integrated SAW filters, squelch control and frontmount swivel antenna. Two LEDs indicate power and RF status; output connectors are balanced XLR (mic level) and unbalanced 1/4-inch (line level). A rackmount kit is optional. The HT 40 transmitter includes a mic element similar to that in the Emotion Series D 880, and like the cigarette pack-sized PT 40 bodypack, the HT 40 operates on two AA batteries for up to 30 hours. Up to three WMS 40 systems may be used simultaneously. Price: $338 to $398, depending on configuration.
JBL EVO INTELLIGENT SR SYSTEMNew from JBL Professional (www.jblpro.com), the EVO[TM] Intelligent Sound Reinforcement System includes "intelligent"-powered speakers, mixer, system controller, wireless and wired mics, and all necessary cables and stands. Each EVOi.324 Intelligent Speaker contains two JBL 14-inch lo/mid speakers and an integrated HF horn, plus three digital power amps and a system electronics package. Up to four EVOi.324 speakers can be networked from a single EVOi.net Speaker System Controller, which optimizes the speakers for room EQ, delay, room and temperature conditions, and even includes feedback control. EVOi.324 speakers are available in white and black and may be purchased separately.
INNOVASON SENSORY COMPACT LIVE CONSOLEInnovason (www.innovason.com) debuts the Sensory Compact Live digital console, with 32 mic and eight line inputs for live sound applications. Featuring the same input components and control topography as Innovason's Sensory Live and Sensory Large Scale Series consoles, the Compact Live features rear panel XLR inputs, an alternative signal source to the A-to-D stagebox, which connects to the control surface via coaxial cable and may be expanded up to 72 physical inputs. All 32 input channels and 12 Group/Aux buses may be routed to the three master output buses (assignable as LR/mono or LCR). Mix buses may also be routed to 16 matrix output buses, each provided with comprehensive signal processing capabilities. Additional features include snapshot automation (transferable to other Innovason consoles) and a retractable built-in screen and a Hyper-Link[TM] system for cascading multiple Compact Live consoles.
E-V N/DYM UHF WIRELESSElectro-Voice (www.electrovoice.com) is now shipping the N/DYM[R] SCU UHF wireless microphone receiver. A half-rackwidth unit provided with rackmounting hardware, the N/DYM SCU features 10-channel frequency agility, detachable antennae, a 7-segment LED channel display, 4-segment RF signal strength and audio signal indicators, adjustable squelch control, diversity LED indicators and channel-change lock-out. Compatible with all E-V N/DYM transmitters, the unit also features ClearScan[TM] Auto Channel Select, which simplifies system setup by automatically scanning and selecting the clearest operating channel. Price: $544.
SIX NADY SPEAKERSNady Systems (www.nadywireless.com) has introduced six new professional loudspeakers for small venue applications. The Thunder Series[TM] models (THS-1512 and THS-1515) are full-range, two-way speakers with a conical 6x15-inch titanium horn. The THS-1515 features a 15-inch woofer and a 600-watt program power rating; the THS-1512 has a 12-inch woofer and 320W power rating. The ProPower Series[TM] (PS112, PS115, PTS515 and PFW12) offers similar performance to the Thunder Series but with fewer features and a lower price. All four models are full-range, two-way speakers with 12-inch or 15-inch woofers. The PTS515 and PFW12 have a 400W program power rating; the PS112 has a 300W power rating; and the PS115 has a 500W power rating.
RADIAN 2-INCH CDRadian Audio Engineering (www.radianaudio.com) is now shipping the 950PB compression driver, featuring a 2-inch exit throat and up to 100-watts RMS handling. With a frequency response of 500 to 20k Hz, the 950PB features a 4-inch voice coil for high-power handling and a proprietary Mylar diaphragm suspension with aluminum dome that reduces harmonic distortion. The 950PB weighs 10.4 lbs., comes in 8-, or 16-ohm versions and is priced at $915.
NEW TEF SOFTWAREGold Line (www.gold-line.com) has released TDS Version 4.0.2 for Windows, a software upgrade for the TEF measurement system. The 32-bit program operates in all Windows-based programs, including Windows 95, 2000 and NT 4.0, but requires either Parallel or HI higher-speed ports; a TEF REV A is upgradeable, whereas a TEF with a GPIB connector is not. New features include the ability to tile or cascade files, allowing up to six measurements to be compared easily by switching tiles; and ETC and Frequency data can be displayed simultaneously. A Linked Cursor function moves the cursor on all tiled displays of the same type, and multiple measurements taken with different parameters may be overlaid on a single plot. A new TEST pulldown menu adds standard test functions (with provision for user-defined tests) and tone, and noise and generator icons add convenience. TDS V. 4.0.2 supports all modern color and B/W printers, and other new features include Pass/Fail Zoom and AutoCalibration functions, and integrated Help. Price of the upgrade for current TDS DOS version owners is $250.