TOP LIVE SOUND PICKS FROM AES

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 PM, by Mark Frink

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Cadac's (www.cadac-sound.com) renowned quality comes down-market with the new compact S-Type live performance console. It's available in three frame sizes, typically with eight, 16 or 24 input strips. The S-Type offers eight VCAs, eight groups and eight auxes (two of which are stereo), and frames can be linked for larger configurations.

DiGiCo's D5 Live (www.digiconsoles.com) is the newest large-format digital desk and is available with 56 or 96 mic lines from stage and a 64- or 96-channel worksurface. The D5 Live, which spent last year on the road with Rod Stewart, incorporates many of the features and technology from Soundtracs' digital recording and post-production desks, including an intuitive control surface with four touchscreen displays.

Hear Technologies' Hear Back (www.heartechnologies.com) headphone mixer system uses CAT-5 cables to feed eight channels of program (stereo mix, plus six mono “more me” inputs) to pod-shaped personal mixers.

InnovaSon's Compact (www.innovason.com) is now available as the Sy40 40-channel Digital Mixer, with eight stereo inputs and 12 stereo aux buses, making it practical for IEM chores and dual FOH/monitor applications. Owners of Compact 32 mixers can upgrade.

JBL (www.jblpro.com) debuted scaled-down versions of its 4889 VerTec line array. The mid-sized VT4888 is a dual-12, three-way design weighing 108 pounds, with a 2,000-watt LF section, 600W MF section and 150W HF section. The compact VT4887 is a dual-8, biamp, three-way design weighing 62 pounds. Its companion VT4881 compact sub employs a dual-coil 15, weighs 120 pounds and can be directly coupled to the 4887 in hanging or ground-stacked applications.

L'Acoustics' (www.l-acoustics-us.com) new 112XT and 115XT co-ax floor monitors provide smooth performance in a low-profile design, plus a pole mount and fly track.

Klark Teknik's DN 9340 Helix Digital Equalizer (www.klarkteknik.com) is a dual-channel EQ, each side offering a 31-band graphic with five filter types and up to a second of delay. EQs include 12 parametric and two dynamic “threshold-dependent” filters, plus four more user-configurable as high- or lowpass, shelf or notch. The 4-channel DN 9344 is a 1U slave unit. An auto-solo function calls selected outputs (or inputs) from Heritage and Legend consoles to appear in the master Helix.

QSC (www.qscaudio.com) added five two-way models employing composite construction to its ISIS line. Single 10-, 12- and 15-inch woofer models are intended to pair with QSC's 215PCM powered subwoofer, and will run off of its extra pair of amp channels and processors. Also unveiled was the WideLine compact line array, designed to ground-stack on the sub.

Radian's MicroFill (www.radianaudio.com) employs a 12-inch woofer and a 2-inch driver in a uniquely shaped, multi-angle design that includes versatile rigging hardware and a pole cup.

Shure's (www.shure.com) SM86 live performance condenser mic offers a warm vocal sound and cardioid pickup pattern for handheld applications.

SLS (www.slsloudspeakers.com) unveiled its new RLA/2 compact line array. It's only 28 inches wide, employs dual 8-inch, high-power cones, and the high-output PRD 1000 ribbon driver used in SLS' larger products.


Mark Frink is Mix's sound reinforcement editor.






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