New Sound Reinforcement Products

Jul 1, 2005 12:00 PM


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Unveiled at NSCA, the AMIS480P multichannel power amp from Australian Monitor (; dist. by Sennheiser, delivers four independent channels with 80 watts into 4 ohms or 70/100-volt lines. The two-rackspace unit has individual ground lifts, level control and signal present and clip LEDs for each channel.

Designed for installs, touring racks or DJs who prefer single-deck units, the CDX-01 rackmount CD player from Gemini ( features CD-R/RW compatibility, mechanical anti-shock mechanism, instant start/cue with preview, soft-touch rubber jog wheel, pitch control with pitch-bend buttons, and a bpm counter and tap button for easy beat matching. Retail: $319.95.

The Nx CobraNet-8 control module and CMi Series power amps from Crest ( work in tandem to support Crest NexSys 4 and Peavey MediaMatrix® MWare software for advanced control and audio routing with CobraNet digital audio I/O on a Cat-5 Ethernet cable. The module, which fits into the rear bay of (4-channel) CMi 2204 and (8-channel) CMi 2208 amps, supports all NexSys functions and DSP, including delay, EQ, compression/limiting and crossover, as well as monitoring active clip limiting, instantaneous gain modulation, I/O gain (VU), DC, thermal protect, fault, mute, Ethernet data and link status. A four-character LED allows easy setup, control and monitoring of up to eight CobraNet audio channels from CMi amp's rear panel.

Ivie ( now offers an RT-60 option for its IE-33 PocketPC audio analysis system, which includes RTA and SPL measurement, polarity check, oscilloscope, signal generator, audio level voltmeter and other functions. The RT-60 software module is a separate purchase and requires IE-33 software Version 5.9 (or higher).

Produced by Keyfax NewMedia with Yamaha, the 130-minute Exploring Sound Reinforcement DVD examines all aspects of buying, assembling and operating live sound systems. Starting with the basics of mics, mixers, amps, speakers and effects, the DVD explains the critical functions and options in a logical “signal flow” style and then takes the viewer through the main/monitor setup process, from positioning and cabling to running a soundcheck. The $49.95 program can be purchased from Yamaha dealers or direct from; it is available in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese.

An upgrade for InnovaSon's ( Sy80 and Sy48 digital mixers, Dio multichannel audio interfaces simplify connecting systems with third-party — compatible products while greatly increasing the console's I/O capabilities. The first product in the range, Dio-ES can link 64 bi-directional EtherSound audio channels between two InnovaSon DSPs, letting users share audio resources between one or more consoles. This same interface can also access up to 64 channels of audio from external devices via EtherSound or connect to a second InnovaSon Stage Box, which will be available shortly after Dio ships in Q3 2005.

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