Musikmesse 2013 Report

Jun 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Mike Lawson

New Product Highlights from the 2013 Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound Frankfurt Show


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B-Band UKKO contact microphones

Although it isn't a new product from this small company renowned for its acoustic guitar pickup systems, the B-Band UKKO contact microphones with preamps for drums caught my eyes and ears. This is a clever system designed to eliminate the need for drum microphones by placing a pickup system inside of the drums, connected through the air hole on the side of the drum to a preamp system, which in turn has an XLR connector and is styled to look like a lug connector on a standard drum.

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Clear-Com HelixNet Partyline

Running a large production sound and lighting system requires solid communication abilities between the various front and back of house lighting and sound stations. Clear-Com again addresses this need by delivering their new network party-line intercom system. HelixNet Partyline delivers stellar audio clarity, with central administration of the entire system from the Main Station with a single cable and flexible cable options with the ability to leverage an existing cable infrastructure. The HelixNet Partyline line comprises the HMS-4X Main Station, HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack, HLI-2W2 two-wire interface module, HLI-4W2 four-wire interface module, HLI-ET2 Ethernet linking module and HLI-FBS Fiber linking module. HelixNet Partyline is an all-digital platform based on I.V.Core Technology that uses a wideband of CODECS, low latency from an intelligent decision engine, and noise-reduction and error-recovery through proprietary algorithms optimized for human voice characteristics.

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Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

Focusrite’s Scarlett 18i20 is the USB 2 version of the company’s Sapphire audio interface, and is the latest in the company’s new generation of multichannel USB-based audio interfaces, featuring eight Focusrite microphone preamplifiers, designed specifically for the computer interface environment offering low noise, minimal distortion and a large dynamic range.

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Genelec M040

One of the most trusted names in studio monitors, Genelec, announced their new M Series studio monitors during Prolight + Sound 2013 at Musikmesse. The powered monitors are designed to be energy-efficient and even when I listened to them on the noisy show floor, it was obvious that these monitors live up to the Genelec reputation for amazing sound from the demo I heard at the booth. The company showed off the first two models, the M030 and the M040 bi-amplified active monitors. The M Series models feature new Class-D amplifiers that are highly efficient, low distortion amplifiers that operate cooler and lighter than Class-A/B amps. They also feature Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) power management with auto power-off/auto power-on and with the standby power consumption of less than 0.5 watts. Automatic voltage selection allows the monitors to operate throughout the world. Additionally, the M Series has high-performance drivers, intuitive room response controls and system calibration with XLR/TRS and unbalanced RCA inputs.

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JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors

JBL showed off its new M2 Master Reference Monitors. These free-standing, 2-way systems can be placed in any environment to provide an exceptionally accurate monitoring experience. Using its new generation of JBL high-output, ultra-low distortion transducers, the M2 provides in-room frequency response of 20 Hz to 40 kHz, and 123dB maximum SPL.

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