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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LSP 500 PRO P.A. system

Sennheiser previewed its new Wireless Systems Manager Version 4, which assists users in setting up and coordinating the frequencies of wireless microphones and personal monitors by having the most important parameters handily displayed on a single screen. The software also gives a detailed overview of the spectrum, of blocked channels, of the devices to be integrated into the set-up and of the reliability of selected frequencies. And speaking of apps, the new LSP 500 PRO P.A. system from Sennheiser also offers simple control via an app. The wireless loudspeaker ensures that the P.A. system for any event can be set up quickly—without the need for cabling—with an app that enables up to 20 loudspeakers to be remotely controlled at the same time. The entire P.A. system is controlled by the LSP 500 PRO app, which essentially takes over the functions of a mixing console. Configurations can be set either for individual speakers or for groups of speakers as well as for the audio sources connected to them.

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SSL Live console

Solid State Logic's booth was one of the most exciting, where the company announced the launch of 'Live,' the first SSL console for live sound production, bringing SSL’s unique approach to audio quality and console ergonomics to sound for the stage.

I’m told that Peter Gabriel, a majority owner of SSL, was interested in getting the Live console into production early on in his involvement with SSL. The features of the new SSL Live console are far too numerous to list here, but suffice it to say that SSL has packaged everything under the sun into this amazing new live sound console, including multiple tablet style multi-gesture with a giant 19-inch touchscreen for complete control functionality over Live’s 976 inputs and outputs and 192 audio "paths" (144 full and 48 dry) at 96 kHz. All processing is built into the console surface and it has a collection of I/O connectivity built into the frame. Live is due to ship in September 2013.

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SSL Sigma

Solid State Logic also unveiled Sigma, a remote controlled dual rackspace analog mix engine that is remote controlled using MIDI via Ethernet using a DAW or an iDevice compatible software interface. Using proprietary MDAC control technology first featured in SSL's Duality and AWS studio consoles, Sigma’s 100-percent analogue summing engine can be driven by automation data created within your DAW of choice.

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SSL Stereo Bus Compressor

The SSL Stereo Bus Compressor for 500 Series format modular racks is based on the center section compressor from SSL's 1980s G-Series analog console, which is designed to make complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive.






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