Following a successful public beta program, as well as a highly-anticipated preview at the InfoComm show last month, VUE Audiotechnik has unveiled its new al-8 Compact Line Array System. Available this fall, the al-8 is the second member of VUE's al-Class, and joins the al-4 Subcompact Line Array System introduced earlier this year.
Like its smaller sibling, the al-8 uses advanced technologies such as beryllium compression drivers, Kevlar/Neodymium transducers, onboard networking, and full compatibility with VUEPoint beam steering technology, promising unprecedented sound quality, SPL and coverage control to mainstream sound reinforcement applications.
The al-8 system components include flying, transport and handling accessories, the al-8 acoustic element, and the rackmount V6 Systems Engine, which provides system amplification, DSP and networking capabilities via the SystemVUE control software.
The al-8 acoustic element houses a pair of proprietary 8-inch LF transducers with large 3-inch voice coils for improved thermal performance. The LF transducers flank four 4-inch Kevlar/Neodymium midrange units equipped with VUE's unique lateral acoustic shades. High frequencies are delivered by a pair of neodymium compression drivers with Truextent beryllium diaphragms for extended high frequency response beyond 25 kHz.
All transducers are housed in a birch plywood enclosure protected by a 12-step Dura-Coat LX finish. Integrated flying hardware allows quick assembly of arrays of up to 16 elements per flybar. Rear panel I/O includes a pair of NL8 connectors configured to allow discrete access to each compression driver.
The dual rackspace V6 Systems Engine will tri-amplify up to four al-8 acoustic elements. The V6 also houses a 64-bit DSP engine that handles all management functions including speaker protection, system-optimized alignment of EQ, time and crossover, as well as SystemVUE network connectivity.
The al-8 is fully compatible with VUE's VUEPoint beam steering process, which enables consistent SPL and coverage control in any environment. It uses standard IP for easy networking. Simply plug-in and the system will automatically connect in virtually any kind of configuration. SystemVUE software provides individual and group access to all VUE devices, as well as control of device level parameters such as input/output levels, volume, mute, delay and input sources.