New Sound Reinforcement Products

A-T AT898 CARDIOID LAVALIER Intended for high-quality, low-profile operation, Audio-Technica's ( AT898 Subminiature Cardioid Condenser


Intended for high-quality, low-profile operation, Audio-Technica's ( AT898 Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Microphone maximizes intelligibility with clean, accurate reproduction. A mere 5 mm in diameter, it's ideal for minimum-visibility applications and includes a case and complete accessory kit with three single and two double interchangeable mounts, clothing clip, viper clip, magnetic clip and two foam windscreens. The included AT8537 power module features battery/phantom power operation, switchable low-frequency roll-off and a low-impedance XLR balanced output. The wired version is $299; unterminated and wireless versions of the mic are also available for use with pro RF systems from A-T, Lectrosonics, Shure, Sennheiser and others.


L-Acoustics U.S. announces that its latest Version 7.2 preset library is now available for free download at New to V. 7.2 are two-way presets for the recently launched 115XT HiQ (in front, fill and monitor formats) for all supported DSP units. Additionally, V-DOSC, dV-DOSC and L-Acoustics preset libraries are now provided in SB2 format for use with BSS Audio's Omnidrive and Minidrive processors. XTA AudioCore .xbl files are additionally updated to include 115XT HiQ preset support. Otherwise, dV-DOSC and V-DOSC libraries remain unchanged for the V. 7.2 release.

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The latest addition to the DiGiCo ( product line is the D5 RE (Redundant Engine), a stand-alone outboard system providing total audio engine redundancy through a few simple connections to any DiGiCo D5 Live console. The RE is daisy-chained to the main console and stage racks via standard D5 fiber-optic cables and from the RE to the mixer via two 5-meter BNC MADI cables. Add one crossed Ethernet networking cable between the Cat-5 ports on the console engine and RE, and the RE can mirror the D5 console. In the unlikely event that the master audio engine has problems, audio is automatically and transparently switched to the RE without interrupting the program. The flight-cased D5 RE contains a complete D5 engine assembly, two PSUs and trackball keyboard for setup procedure. An external monitor is required for console visuals.

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Expanding its successful L Series of array products, Alcons Audio ( introduces the LR16 Bass, a high-output bass system for permanent and portable applications. Designed as an LF extension to the LR16 line array system (in flown and stacked configurations), the LR16B was designed for the highest efficiency possible within the weight/size parameters set by the line array application. To achieve a higher efficiency than the conventional front-loading arrangement, the dual long-excursion, 15-inch neodymium woofers are double-vented and double-tuned in a bandpass-loading configuration, resulting in a 102dB efficiency (1W/1m, full-bandwidth, 46-200 Hz) with 3,200W power handling for 137dB peak SPLs from a compact cabinet. Special attention was paid to system weight: The cabinet is made of braced 0.6-inch Birch ply for a lightweight, rigid construction. In stacked configuration, the two-side usable flying hardware of the LR16B forms a stable foundation for LR16 arrays. The latest version of Alcons Ribbon Calculator (ARC™) prediction software is included, and the LR16B comes complete with flying-frames, Durotect™ scratch-resistant coating, handles, sliding/stacking strips and a limited six-year warranty.

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The primary design goal for AKG's ( WMS 400 wireless system was to match wired mic performance in an affordable and easy-to-use system. Within seconds, the WMS 400 receiver scans, locates a clear frequency and transmits the data via infrared to the transmitter. Specs include 120dB dynamic range and 35 to 20k Hz bandwidth, with a 50mW RF output for dropout-free signals. Up to 12 WMS 400 systems can be used simultaneously in each of its two frequency bands for a maximum of 24 simultaneous systems. Receivers show all operating parameters, and if any fault condition (such as low battery) is detected, the display changes from green to red, easily visible from a distance. WMS 400 transmitters will deliver six hours of operation from a single 1.5-volt AA battery or eight hours of use from the optional high-current NiMh rechargeable battery. The WMS 400 is also compatible with accessories from AKG's top-of-the-line WMS 4000, such as the antenna multicoupler, power supplies, line amplifiers, and active and passive remote antennas.