InfoComm 2010: Show Update

News from Christie, AKG, Studer, Riedel and JBL.
The Studer Soundcraft Vista 9 digital mixing console.
The Studer Soundcraft Vista 9 digital mixing console.

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Studer Soundcraft

Studer Soundcraft released the Vista 9 digital mixing console at InfoComm.

Following on from the Vista 5, 6, 7 and 8 desks, the Vista 9 takes the operator experience to a higher level, according to the manufacturer, supplementing the Vistonics interface with radical and innovative ‘wide screen’ based TFT metering, FaderGlow and other innovations.

The new metering gives precision feedback on signal status. The channel meters are able to show mono – right through to 7.1 channel signals – in the upper section of the screen, while the lower portion can show bus assignment or for surround channels an image of the surround composite, providing a clear and understandable display of the surround signal.

Alternatively, a unique HISTORY mode records events such as overloads in the audio path of each channel, and highlights them in red on the channel waveform. The operator can then review which channel had such an event, up to 30 seconds after the event has occurred. Furthermore, all stereo inputs and stereo masters have a correlation meter bar above the bargraph display.

JBL Professional

JBL Professional introduced of its PRX600 Series of active portable loudspeakers at the show.

The new PRX600 series offers unparalleled power, rugged durability and incredible versatility for any small to mid-sized live sound environment, claims JBL.

The series comprises four full-range cabinets (PRX612M, PRX615M, PRX625, PRX635) and two subwoofers (PRX618S and PRX618S-XLF). Utilising tour-tested JBL Differential Drive speaker technology, dbx Type IV limiting circuitry and Crown award-winning class-D amplifiers, the PRX600 series delivers uncompromised performance in a package that is light, small and professional in both function and appearance.

At the core of the PRX line is a fully integrated DSP input section providing mic/line level input, selectable system EQ and a premium A/D converter for a maximum signal-to-noise ratio.

“We designed the PRX600 Series from the ground up to perform in the real world of sound reinforcement where challenging audio environments, high ambient noise levels and loud volumes are the norm,” said Richard Ruse, director of marketing, portable PA, JBL Professional. “With their professional appearance, tour tough construction, affordability and outstanding performance, the PRX600 Series are the intelligent solution to almost any audio problem.”

Riedel Communications

Riedel launched the latest premium control panel for its Artist digital matrix intercoms.

The Artist 1100 Series OLED features a high resolution (140 dpi) OLED screen with 65,000 colours providing excellent readability and are able to show up to eight highly detailed characters of up to 24x24 pixels making it suitable for Asian characters.

The panel provides individual rotary encoders to adjust the listen level of every talk key. Furthermore all 1100 Series control key-panels provide five dedicated function keys, a built-in high-power loudspeaker with improved audio quality with higher volume, an XLR headset connector and a removable gooseneck microphone. Three GPIs and three GPOs are available for system-wide programming as standard. Two sets of balanced line level audio inputs and outputs are also provided as standard. An expansion slot for future expansion modules prepares the control panel for future technology developments.

“The intercom world as we know it, is changing dramatically. Demands for the more flexible labelling of talk keys and additional functionality are growing,” said Thomas Riedel, managing director of Riedel Communications. “With the new Artist 1100 series control panels we are able to already provide solutions to all of these demands that will be getting more and more important over the next couple of years. As studio technology integration is progressing we at Riedel see intercom panels becoming a more universal user interface, which could also include audio or video routing. The 1100 series panel is already prepared for this.”

Christie

Christie added two new LCD projectors to its product line-up during INfoComm - the Christie LWU420 and the Christie LW555.

The LWU420 targets professional users demanding WUXGA high resolution and the LW555 fills the need for an affordable WXGA high brightness widescreen projector.

The Christie LWU420 is a unique 4200 lumens projector with WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution, making it ideal for small to medium sized venues including video conference rooms, meeting rooms and training rooms. Answering the market need for an affordable and portable WUXGA projector in the 4000+ lumens category, the LWU420 delivers full HD capability, auto H/V digital keystone, vertical and horizontal lens shift, 10-bit image processing for superior grey scaling, 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 2x zoom lens.

“The market demanded a high brightness, high resolution product for corporate fixed installs and education that provides full HD capacity,” said Frank Anzures, business products product manager, Christie.
“Not only are we providing maximum resolution but we are maximising the user’s ability to work in a mixed data and full HD environment. Customers will love having the extra resolution of the LWU420. The ability to display resolutions greater than 1080p provides more detail for intricate maps, CAD drawings in a classroom, or larger, clearer spreadsheets for a business meeting. The user can take full advantage of high resolution inorganic LCDs to display native HD 1080p, making for seamless and effortless transitions from detailed data presentation to HD video presentation.”

AKG

AKG launched an iPhone based monitoring application for its wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring systems at this year’s InfoComm.

With the introduction of the new iPhone application – which is available for free in Apple’s iTunes store – AKG has effectively streamlined the workflow for wireless microphone monitoring and configuration by linking Harman’s HiQnet protocol to the iPhone and iPod Touch app via a Wi-Fi network.

The new application can be used to monitor wireless system parameters and radio frequency connections on stage for some of AKG’s wireless microphone systems, including the DMS 700, the WMS 4000/4500, and the IVM 4 in ear monitoring system. The user can easily browse through the entire wireless system within the device list, monitor each device and it’s parameters separately within the stripe view, or use the RF monitor for checking the radio frequency connection of each wireless device, according to AKG.

“With the introduction of our new iPhone application, AKG has continued to build on the industry-leading versatility offered with our wireless microphone and IEM systems,” said Philipp Sonnleitner, product manager for HiQnet and system integration. “AKG users now have the ability to control and monitor every aspect of their wireless systems from the palm of their hands anywhere on the venue.”
 

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