What's New: Audio Technology
Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon and Eric Melin
Two versions of the new Soundcraft GB2R rackmountable mixer are available, both with six auxiliary sends. One features 16 mono inputs to a stereo-mix output, and the other offers 12.2 mono inputs, two full-featured stereo inputs, and two group busses. The GB2R has inherited the GB30 mic preamp and the GB30 equalizer designs from the larger GB4 and GB8. For ease of installation, the connector section is contained in a rotatable pod, allowing cable access from the top or rear depending on whether the mixer is used on a tabletop or rackmounted. The GB2R is designed for smaller installations in churches and performance venues or for small, portable PA systems.
▪ Soundcraft | www.soundcraft.com
The Windows-based NTI Ripper v2 Suite digital audio-management system from NewTech Infosystems (NTI) features NTI Ripper v2 and NTI Burner software and a library of popular playback preferences. The NTI Ripper v2 performs on-the-fly batch conversions of audio file formats onto a PC hard drive or virtually any attached storage device. The software also automatically names audio files by artist, song title, track number, and album name, and it supports MP3, WMA, WAV, and OGG formats. NTI Burner software provides instant, one-button burning of MP3, WMA, and audio CDs. It allows users to adjust the bit rate from 64kbps up to 320kbps simply by turning a dial.
▪ NewTech Infosystems (NTI) www.ntius.com
RPG Diffusor Systems MelaFlex Class A fire-rated acoustical foam is fabricated from non-fibrous, fire-resistant, open-cell, lightweight BASF melamine foam, and it features a patented variable-depth air cavity (VDAC). It is fully compliant with all National Life Safety Codes for Class A interior use, and it meets all requirements of the ATSM fire-tunnel test. The foam is available in 2×2 and 4×2 panels, 1×1 tiles, and 4×1 low-frequency corner units to fit space requirements. Panels and tiles can be nested on top of one another to allow the user to upgrade finishes down the line or tune their space as needed without removing existing panels.
▪ RPG Diffusor Systems www.rpginc.com
The compact Artcoustic Spitfire Venue loudspeakers are aesthetically pleasing and powerful for their size, ideal for high-end commercial settings including bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, corporate boardrooms, and professional and commercial cinemas. The two-way, full-range loudspeakers weigh just more than 20lbs., and they are versatile and easily installed, featuring interchangeable screen options that allow users to change the loudspeakers' look as the décor changes. The Spitfire subwoofer employs four 10in. X2 long-throw woofers and an X2 bass system to reproduce low-frequency signals with high power handling and extremely low distortion down to 15Hz.
▪ Artcoustic | www.artcoustic.com
The Electro-Voice EVID FM flush-mount, in-wall loudspeaker system is comprised of the FM6.2 (6in. woofer, 6in. tuned passive radiator, 1in. tweeter) and the FM4.2 (4in. woofer, 4in. tuned passive radiator, 1in. tweeter). The new loudspeakers feature a sturdy, sealed-unit construction for consistent audio performance and superior sound isolation from adjacent rooms. The loudspeakers' minimal enclosure depth, four-point quick-mounting tabs, and secure phoenix-style pass-through connectors streamline installation. The FM6.2 provides very high power handling in a compact package for use in larger rooms; the FM4.2 is designed for small and mid-sized rooms. Either 70V/100V or 8Ω operation is standard on both models, and surface-mounting enclosure frames for on-wall mounting are also available.
▪ Electro-Voice www.electrovoice.com