DBX DRIVERACK 4800
The next generation of DriveRack processors, the DriveRack 4800 from dbx (www.dbxpro.com) offers all of the familiar processing and a host of new algorithms, including Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™). The 4800's 96kHz processing engine and standard digital I/O extends bandwidth and reduces latency, while four analog and AES/EBU inputs with eight analog and AES/EBU outputs and an optional CobraNet™ card enhance versatility. Retail is $3,749.95.
AUDIO-TECHNICA AT892 HEADWORN MIC
The AT892 MicroSet™ omni-directional headworn condenser mic from Audio-Technica (www.audio-technica.com) puts accurate sound in an inconspicuous, 2.5mm capsule. Offered unterminated or in versions designed to mate with popular wireless bodypacks, the AT892's high-comfort under-the-ear design provides a secure fit and is ideal for users with eyeglasses. The MicroSet includes two windscreens, two element covers, a cable clip and a protective carrying case, and is available in non-reflective black or theater-beige finish.
TC ELECTRONIC SHIPS XO24 SPEAKER MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER
TC Electronic (www.tcelectronic.com) is shipping its XO24 digital speaker management controller. Offering flexible routing and state-of-the-art AD/DA converters, the XO24 has two inputs and four outputs with a routing engine that sends any input to any output. Each signal path includes crossover filters, 4-band parametric EQ, delay, limiting and an additional 4-band “speaker tuning” parametric. The XO24 can configure a stereo bi-amped system, four channels of full-range passive speakers or can add a subwoofer to a two-way full-range system, ideal for main/monitor setups in smaller venues. All functions are accessible via a simple “one-click” front panel interface, and the unit stores 20 factory and 100 user presets. Retail: $995.
SHURE PGX WIRELESS
Offering diversity operation and audio reference companding in an affordable, simple-to-use system is the PGX Wireless Series from Shure (www.shure.com). Priced from $558, the series is available in instrument, lavalier and handheld versions, with the latter offering PG58, SM58, Beta 58A or SM86 condenser capsules. Other features include the simulataneous operation of up to nine systems per band (up to 12 systems using multiple frequency bands) and eight hours of continuous operation from two AA batteries.
CORRECTION: MACPHERSON AXIA
The following was inadvertantly omitted from the January 2005 “Line Arrays” article: Available as a three-way bi-amp or tri-amp system in both install and road versions, MacPherson (www.macpherson-inc.com) AXIA's three-way design can be used stand-alone or coupled to form a powerful broadband vertical line array. The hardwood-ply enclosure houses one 600-watt RMS direct-radiating 15-inch driver, two 8-inch twin-coil direct-radiating cone mids and a 2-inch high-frequency compression driver mounted on a 90×55° slot-CD horn. Up to 12 cabinets can be flown from a single point. Response is given as 50-17k Hz, ±3 dB.