ALTO ORIENT EXPRESS
Unveiling at NAMM is Alto's (www.altoproaudio.com) Orient Express, a portable P.A. in a body that resembles a vintage locomotive. The top-end OEX 900 features 1,200 watts driving a 15-inch subwoofer and two satellites with dual 6.5-inch cone mids and a 1-inch compression driver/spherical horn for 122dB max SPLs. Also included are a 14-channel mixer (with 24-bit effects and dual 7-band EQs), three mics, speaker tripod stands and cables — which all store inside the unit. Other versions include options such as an MP3 player, wireless mics and a 560W model with 12-inch subwoofer. The satellites store atop the main body, and large wheels and a handle make for easy transport.
ALLEN & HEATH XONE VF-1 FILTER SET
An enhanced version of the filters built into the Allen & Heath Xone (www.xone.co.uk) mixers, the Xone VF-1 is a single-rackspace, universal analog stereo filter that offers three basic 24dB/octave valve filter types (highpass/bandpass/lowpass), which can be combined to create further filter types. In addition to MIDI capability, the VF-1 also includes an envelope follower and LFO with triangle and square wave outputs. Unique valve overdrive circuitry lets the user dial in an amount of tube “warmth” while maintaining a constant output level.
CELESTION FTR SERIES
Celestion (www.celestion.com) is now shipping FTR, its next generation of pro cast-aluminium loudspeakers. The series features low thermal compression, low distortion, evolutionary voice coil construction and high power handling — up to 1,000W RMS.
Now shipping, the newest active loudspeaker from Mackie (www.mackie.com), the SRM350, is a two-way, bi-amplified unit said to be capable of 121dB SPLs. The unit combines a single long-throw 10-inch woofer and 1-inch compression driver mounted on an integral waveguide. Its asymmetrical, rugged, lightweight and high-impact plastic enclosure is geared for P.A. and floor monitor applications, and is easily transported via top and side handles; the cabinet can also be flown or pole-mounted. Besides its built-in 165W (LF) and 30W (HF) amps, onboard electronics include EQ, crossover, phase alignment and protection circuitry. The rear panel has a level control, mic/line switches and a Neutrik Combo connector for mic/line input. Retail is $699; a subwoofer is optional.
SENNHEISER HEADSET MICS
Designed for live performance and broadcast use, Sennheiser's (www.sennheiserusa.com) HSP2 omni and HSP4 cardioid headset mics are rugged, lightweight and feature versions of MKE capsules with integrated windscreens. Other features include tough beta-titanium construction, adjustable boom arms and up to 142dB handling.