Archive for Month: February 2017
New Brands for ApexPro
ApexPro, Prosound’s new Distribution company, is proud to announce that they are the official distributors of Symetrix, Atterotech and Stewart Audio in South Africa. The three brands complement one another perfectly in installed sound applications and are all extremely valuable additions to ApexPro’s product portfolio. The team at ApexPro are confident that these three prestigious brands will find many happy users and many applications around the country.
With a singular focus on installed systems DSP, Symetrix delivers high performance audio hardware and software, backed by the highest caliber of customer care. Symetrix continuously expands the scope and capabilities of their product offerings to range from simple single unit budget installations to state-of- the-art 100,000 seat stadiums, and everything in between. Their purpose is to lead by innovation: early-stage implementation of Dante™ network audio is just one example. Join with AV specialists around the globe who turn to Symetrix again and again for reliable, high-performance audio DSP and accessories.
Attero Tech is a leading provider of unique and cost-effective networked AV solutions for small and medium sized venues. Attero Tech solutions help AV systems integrators reduce cost, improve audio quality, future proof systems, and meet their most demanding design requirements. Leveraging their deep background in audio networking and audio theory, Attero Tech engineers have developed out-of- the-box solutions for virtually any connection scenario. If there is a need, Attero Tech has the solution.
Since 1982, Stewart Audio’s singular focus has been making a difference in sound reinforcement. Our broad array of compact standard and network amplifiers span both analog and digital worlds. With a commitment to innovation and quality, we provide our customers with a unique combination of features from RS232 control to DSP in a compact package.
System Snapshot: Aerial Enterprises selects X-Line Advance for Detroit Auto Show
For the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Aerial Enterprises was the PA system provider for the main Atrium Stage in the Cobo Center. To provide both the musicality required for artists like the Beach Boys and easy intelligibility for keynote addresses, black tie events, and awards presentations, Aerial selected the X-Line Advance line-array loudspeaker system from Electro-Voice, with EV power and processing.
The main system consisted of two nine-box line arrays of X2-212/90 mains, supported by twin six-box clusters of X2-128 subwoofers, deployed in a cardioid arrangement for bass control within the cavernous space. The system was powered by TG7 amplifiers and networked via the NetMax N8000 digital matrix.
To augment the mains, Xi-1122 full-range loudspeakers were used, with four for front fill, six for deck fill, and six more as a delay system for the first balcony of the large three-story hall. These were powered by CP3000S amplifiers with Dx46 processors.
“The key to choosing X-Line Advance for the Detroit Auto Show was its ability to sound good for a wide array of event types, from voice only to major entertainers,” notes Jim Lillie, President and Operating Partner for Aerial Enterprises. “It was a great example of how versatile the X2 system is. Everybody was extremely pleased.”
This article is originally from electrovoice.com
Photos by Jamie Hurschman
Audio-Technica expands their network mic offering at ISE 2017
The company’s complete ATUC-50 digital discussion system was also on display for the first time – with a variety of seminars on the ATUC-50 and general microphone specification and deployment occurring during the show.
The ATND931 Dante six-inch gooseneck microphone and ATND933 Dante hanging microphone are both available in a number of configurations, including black and white colour options and a selection of three polar patterns (cardioid, hypercardioid and MicroLine). All configurations come standard with the new ATND8734 ceiling-mount power module with Dante network output, offering a solution for integrating these new microphones with a Dante network without the need for a separate, standalone audio interface.
The ATND8734 comes equipped with an 80 Hz low-cut UniSteep filter, selectable for a flat response or low-frequency roll-off, as well as a three-position input gain level selector (+30 dB, +40 dB, and +50 dB) and green/red LEDs. All features may be configured and controlled remotely via third-party software.
ISE 2017 also represented the first showing of Audio-Technica’s complete ATUC-50 digital discussion system with the recently introduced ATUC-50INT interpretation unit. The ATUC-50INT received its first showing at ISE at the Audio-Technica booth.
Audio-Technica also hosted a seminar focused on the ATUC-50 on Friday 10 February. The seminar provided an introduction and guide to easy set-up, programming and system integration for integrators, end-users and distributors.
In addition, Audio-Technica technical director Zsolt Zold hosted two seminars as part of the InfoComm FlashTrack programme on Wednesday 8 February. The seminars dealt with microphone choice, performance and positioning for conference environments.
This article is originally from Audio Media International.
Prosound will be hosting a free Audio-Technica ATUC-50 Conference System Launch and Training Event
If you are a system integrator, audio-visual consultant, rental company or an existing or prospective conferencing system user, get your RSVP in for the launch of the exciting new Audio-Technica ATUC-50 Digital Discussion System. This new entry-level system has raised the bar for sound quality and speech intelligibility with its 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed digital audio and is extremely easy to use along with plug and play functionality. The ATUC-50 offers reliable, clear and intelligible communication to significantly increase meeting efficiency and effectiveness.
As well as an overview of the system’s features, this event will also feature more in depth training on its use. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, company name and the link to your website as well as the session time that you’d like to attend. Space is of course limited. We hope to see you there!
Audio-Technica at CES 2017: Purity of Sound
Audio-Technica took Las Vegas by storm at CES 2017 to unveil the latest and greatest in audio gear, ranging from phono cartridges to headphones to turntables.
Introducing Live Sound Series Headphones
Audio-Technica’s new line of headphones is designed to bring the concert experience with you everywhere you go. These new high-quality in-ear models utilize newly developed multiple-driver designs and additional innovations to deliver rich, powerfully immersive sound.
The Live Sound Series features five models, each furnished with an inline microphone and controller, as well as detachable 3’ 9” cables featuring their new A2DC (Audio Designed Detachable Coaxial) connector.
The ATH-LS400iS provides exceptionally detailed sound thanks to an innovative quad balanced armature driver design. The ATH-LS300iS features a triple balanced armature driver that provides powerful, efficient sound distribution and a smooth, even tonal balance across an extended frequency range. The ATH-LS200iS’ dual balanced armature design with a super-tweeter and a full-range driver delivers ultra high-frequency sounds. The ATH-LS70iS and ATH-LS50iS utilize their newly designed Dual Symphonic Driver, which aligns two full-range drivers in a single housing and powers them simultaneously, a configuration that yields a balanced sound with deep, articulate bass and clear midrange and high frequencies. The Live Sound Series will be available in Spring 2017.
Unveiling Sound Reality Hi-Res Audio Headphones
Music lovers and audiophiles seeking top-quality reproduction of their favourite music are in for a treat. Audio-Technica’s newest Sound Reality headphones were designed with the most critical listeners in mind. These new models allow listeners to fully enjoy the sonic benefits of high-resolution audio; it’s digital audio reproduction at its best. The Sound Reality series features six new models: the in-ear ATH-CKR100iS, ATH-CKR90iS and ATH-CKR70iS, the over-ear wireless ATH-DSR9BT and ATH-DSR7BT and the over-ear ATH-SR9. With such a wide range of models there’s something for every type of listener to enjoy. The ATH-DSR9BT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Pure Digital Drive made a splash at the show, receiving a CES 2017 Innovation Honoree Award from the CTA as well as a CES 2017 Editors’ Choice Award from Reviewed.com. The Sound Reality Series will be available in Spring 2017.
Meet the Next Generation of SonicFuel® Headphones
Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel line was designed for active, daily use; providing ATH-AR3BTlisteners with outstanding value and an immersive listening experience you can take them anywhere. CES is proud to introduce the next generation of SonicFuel headphones with four new models including the on-ear wireless ATH-AR3BT, on-ear ATH-AR3iS, in-ear ATH-CKR50iS and in-ear ATH-CKR30iS.
The ATH-AR3iS and ATH-AR3BT headphones feature a new dynamic driver with a powerful magnetic circuit to deliver impactful bass with extended frequency response. This new on-ear model is compact and foldable, making it perfect for life on the go. The ATH-CKR50iS in-ear headphones feature a redesigned shape that fits unobtrusively into the ear. The ATH-CKR30iS boasts a smaller-sized body and angled eartips, ensuring a comfortable fit for every listener. The newest SonicFuel headphones will be available in Spring 2017
Get Spinning With VM-Type Phono Cartridges
Audio-Technica’s new VM line of phono cartridges builds upon our history, dating back to the original A-T cartridges released in the 1960s. Nine new VM models include three different cartridges bodies and three different stylus shapes, to deliver optimized playback of all types of stereo, mono and 78 RPM records. Each model utilizes our patented V-shaped Dual Magnet design along with a host of modern improvements. The line-up is built around the 700 Series, 600 Series and 500 Series cartridge bodies, with various models utilizing one of three different types of styli – special line contact, elliptical or conical. The 700 Series delivers the highest levels of moving-magnet cartridge performance and includes three models: VM760SLC, VM750SH and VM740ML. The 600 Series features the VM610MONO and VM670SP cartridges, which are specially designed for the playback of mono and 78 RPM records, respectively. The 500 Series cartridges provide superior audio quality and outstanding value and includes four models: VM540ML, VM530EN, VM520EB and VM510CB. The full line of VM-Type phono cartridges will be available in February 2017.
ETC exhibits at ISE 2017
Integrated Systems Europe, often referred to as ISE, is the largest AV systems integration show in the world. In 2017, the annual four-day event takes place from 7th February to the 10th February at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam.
ETC’s booth at ISE 2017 will be packed with lighting solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of any installation. ETC employees will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss your project requirements, and demonstrate a selection of equipment, including:
Designed as a new way of thinking about building control, ETC’s visionary Unison Paradigm® system fuses architectural lighting control advances with entertainment lighting-control technology. ETC brings its award-winning expertise in both areas together to give you the best of both worlds.
Paradigm delivers a new level of comprehensive control – sophisticated facility-lighting and building systems integration. And it does so with unprecedented flexibility and simplicity: a green-minded energy management system that capitalises on daylight-harvesting, occupancy sensing and time schedules for maximum electricity and budget savings, combined with a deep library of lighting fixtures (LEDs, moving lights, and more) for dynamic effects, plus the power to speak fluently to different devices from different manufacturers over the same control system.
The Unison Paradigm family of products includes powerful software, elegant touchscreens, wall stations, modular control electronics, dimming and control enclosures, and accessories to offer the most customisable and people-friendly control systems available. Paradigm addresses the whole space – bringing the beauty of well-controlled light in line with today’s environmental concerns and real-life needs. Restaurants, hotels, casinos, schools and universities, museums, houses of worship, office buildings, and conference centres – Paradigm scales to all.
Making its international debut at ISE is the new portable version of the popular Irideon FPZ luminaire. The fixture pairs the best of ETC’s popular Source Four® Mini LED platform with exceptional output, flexible zoom optics and a sleek industrial design to light your space with elegance and subtlety. Available for use with Eutrac® three-circuit track with data, the feature-rich design is perfect for museums, lobbies, and retail environments.
Irideon FPZ boasts its own set of enhancements such as lockable 3-plane shutters, zoom optics, and the ability to dim using either remote DMX control or a local dimming knob located on the track adapter. FPZ puts out over 800 field lumens, with a wide selection of colour temperatures. This luminaire is fully convection cooled for fan-less operation and is available is a variety of colours, including custom options.
FPZ gives you the versatility you need to create the beautiful light you want from an integrated, unassuming design that won’t dominate your space.
To assimilate all of the different devices that a lighting system requires, ETC offers a range of networking solutions that ensure problem-free installation and smooth operations.
ETC pioneered Ethernet-based networking in entertainment-lighting systems, with the power to transmit DMX, video and remote-focus data on a single wire. ETC’s Net3 suite, powered by ACN (Architecture for Control Networks), goes beyond that, providing an open network with the highest degree of reliability and streamlined system control for greater flexibility and efficiency. And with the company’s leadership in the development of the ANSI standard for ACN, it continues to innovate in entertainment and architectural control using Ethernet-based protocols.
The ColorSource family of products was developed for those with limited budgets who want a complete, high-quality LED lighting system with plug-and-play setup. The newest additions to the ColorSource family are the portable ColorSource control desks, which are available in two sizes with optional audio visual capability, and provide hands-on control with the ability to run effects, mix LED colours, control moving lights and play back cues – all with the flick of a fader. The ColorSource® Relay can wirelessly switch power and transmit DMX and RDM to hard-to-reach places. And the ColorSource® Spot, ColorSource® Linear and ColorSource® PAR luminaires can create bright light with the broadest colour gamut possible from a four-colour LED, thanks to their unique RGB-Lime emitter mix.
The Gio @5 lighting control console, brings the acclaimed, professional-grade control of the Eos Ti® and Gio® consoles within reach of users with tighter spaces – and tighter budgets.
This portable console packs all the control necessities into a compact footprint, so external monitors and accessories are optional. With an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, five definable and page-able motorised faders and a master fader pair, Gio @5 is the perfect step up for Ion® users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, colour control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more.
The console features the same full-function, backlit keyboard as the Eos Programming Wing and Gio console, providing an easy transition for experienced Eos users looking for a smaller desk – and a good platform for new programmers looking to gain professional skills that scale up.
For further information about ETC at ISE 2017, visit etcconnect.com
Electro-Voice celebrates 90 years at NAMM 2017
Electro-Voice celebrates 90 years and starts off the New Year with a LOUD & CLEAR message at NAMM 2017
Electro-Voice kicked off its 90th birthday year with a LOUD & CLEAR pledge to portable speaker customers at this year’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California: Big wattage is fine, but clarity is key – whatever sound you make, sound your best with EV.
Under the LOUD & CLEAR banner, EV’s new NAMM booth served as a live performance venue to showcase talent playing through models from EV’s best-selling family of portable loudspeakers (ZLX, ELX, EKX, ETX) and new ND Series microphones. Nine different artists spanning a broad scope of genres performed at the booth over the course of the four-day show, allowing visitors to hear EV sound quality for themselves. Multiple product experience areas gave guests a chance to compare and contrast the various features each loudspeaker series offers to suit a range of portable applications and budgets. A mic display with listening stations showcased the ND Series, with members of the popular PL and RE series also on hand.
EKX portable loudspeakers won a ProSoundWeb Readers’ Choice Award at the show!
EV also launched the new #EVsound social media campaign at the show – EV users can post/tag music they’ve made with EV gear to be featured on the #EVsound webpage and entered into monthly drawings for EV-branded merchandise. Entries will also be in the running to be featured as soundtracks on new EV videos.
This article is originally from electro-voice.com
Welcoming New Team Members
Please give a warm welcome to Aadil Matwadia, Earl Devereux-Quicke and Mathew Lewis!
Prosound started 2017 with exciting news by launching its new distribution company ApexPro, while at the same time adding new staff who are all heavyweights in their fields.
Aadil Matwadia joined ApexPro in January 2017 as the newly appointed National Sales Manager. Coming from Wild and Marr, he has 20 years of industry experience behind him and is a highly respected figure in the local industry.
ApexPro welcomed Earl Deveraux-Quicke in January 2017 as the new Cape Town Sales Manager. Formerly of Rockit Distribution, he is a well-known and extremely knowledgeable presence in the Cape marketplace.
Mathew Lewis became part of the ApexPro team in February 2017 as the new ETC Product Specialist. With 8 years’ experience in the Theatre industry, Lewis has toured all over the world as a lighting designer and chief electrician on multiple award winning productions such as Dirty Dancing, Sound of Music and Chicago. Lewis’ practical knowledge of ETC products is unparalleled in South Africa.
We’re very glad to have them as part of the team and we’re confident that our clients will love dealing with them!
P.Audio Enters Touring Market With Introduction Of VIA Line Array
New series includes two powered full-range cabinets and two subwoofer options.
P.Audio has introduced the VIA line array, made up of the VIA-8 and VIA-12 full-range cabinets joined by the VIA-SUB cardioid subwoofer and the SB-218 subwoofer. The new system was on display at the NAMM show in Anaheim.
All VIA models are self-powered. VIA-8 and VIA-12 enclosures both are specified with 15-degree vertical dispersion, differing only in terms of horizontal dispersion (80 and 120 degrees). Both models are rated to provide a maximum continuous SPL of 126 dB (and maximum peak SPL of 132 dB).
They’re loaded with dual 8-inch woofers and a 3-inch large-format compression driver. The woofers have a neodymium motor structure with aluminum shorting rings for reduced distortion, and the cone pulp is optimized to provide accurate mid-bass reproduction while remaining linear, even at high drive levels. The compression driver has a Mylar surround for more linear performance around 1 kHz, where diaphragm displacement is higher.
The VIA-SUB cardioid subwoofer utilizes a rear-facing 12-inch woofer to effectively cancel the sound radiation behind the cabinet and to control low frequency feedback issues. The newly designed, forward-facing 18-inch woofer uses double neodymium magnets for high flux density to provide more impact from a relatively small cabinet.
The SB-218 is recommended for applications that require high levels of low frequency reproduction, loaded with two 18-inch neodymium woofers utilizing two neodymium magnets that allow a long winding length to be used without sacrificing BL product.
Onboard amplification in each enclosure provides 1,500 watts of RSM power (3,000 watts peak) and is matched to the remote controllable DSP with AD-DA converters operating at 96 kHz. The DSP makes use of the latest FIR technology to help ensure linear system phase.
An onboard RS-485 connector in each component facilitates remote control with the included software, designed to allow easy editing of single cabinet parameters. The software allows adjustment of graphic EQ, delay times and gain, along with real-time monitoring of amplifier health.
The rigging for the VIA series is designed to support up to 16 VIA-8 or VIA-12 cabinets or 8 VIA-SUB cabinets. The 3-point rigging design allows for simple setup with minimal effort. The side and rear rigging is made from 6061 T6 extruded aluminum with pins made from hardened steel and stainless steel. The rigging design allows inter cabinet array angles of up to 14 degrees.
Subwoofer rigging is fixed at 0 degrees splay angle, as the delay in each cabinet is available to create different radiation patterns as needed.