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PreSonus has revealed two new StudioLive AI Mix Systems, designed to deliver large-format channel counts, recording, powerful DSP and more for under $7,000. Available in 48- and 64-channel frame sizes, the StudioLive AI Mix Systems consist of two cascaded StudioLive AI consoles, a joining bracket that locks the two mixers together, a PreSonus PRM1 Precision Reference Microphone and a custom dust cover. StudioLive AI Mix Systems perform as a cohesive mixer and offer a surfacedriven workflow with one-to-one control over every parameter. Each channel is routed through the bus outputs of the master mixer and every global setting is controlled from the

Master to provide integration between the two cascaded consoles. The StudioLive 64AI Mix System combines two StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixers to create a 64-channel system with 80 x 66, continuously bidirectional FireWire 800 recording interface, 26 mix busses including eight effects busses (for four reverb and four delay processors), and 558 discrete EQ and dynamics processors. Meanwhile, the 48AI comprises two cascaded StudioLive 24.4.2AI mixers, resulting in a 48-channel console with onboard 64 x 50 FireWire 800 recording interface; 22 total mix busses, including eight effects busses and DSP processing on every channel and bus for a total of 438 EQ and dynamics processors.

NEW PIONEER PRO HEADPHONES Pioneer has introduced its HRM-7 monitor headphones – professional studio tools designed to deliver accurate, neutral sound to dance music producers. The HMR-7 features a newly developed 40mm HD driver unit with copper-clad aluminium wire, designed to produce neutral, high-res sound up to 40kHz and enhance bass response thanks to dual airflow chambers with a three-layer damping structure to eliminate unwanted resonance for cleaner low to mid frequencies. The fully enclosed ear housings offer a large space around the ear, providing optimum sound isolation, but are also roomy enough inside to enable a wide sound stage and clear audio separation, as well as reduce any ambient noise. The model also features large ear pads made from hybrid memory foam created for maximum comfort while maintaining prime airflow for accurate monitoring. A freely adjustable headband and velour covers were chosen to ensure the HRM-7 is easy to

wear over long studio sessions without jeopardising sound quality. Finally, the Pioneer HRM-7 package includes a detachable 1.2m coiled cable, 3m straight cable, replacement velour ear pads and a gold plated 6.3mm stereo jack.

FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR QSC TOUCHMIX QSC has announced a new firmware upgrade for its TouchMix line of compact digital mixers. TouchMix 2.0 offers added functionality including support for password protected, multi-level security access, expanded WiFi options – such as wired connection to an infrastructure router – and programmability of User Buttons. In addition, the TouchMix iOS app has been expanded to include a personal monitor mix application for both iPhone and iPod Touch, and allows users to limit access of connected external devices to one or a combination of mix busses. TouchMix firmware version 2.0 is free and available to download now from the QSC website. To read our review of QSC’s TouchMix-16 – the 16-channel version with 20 inputs in total – including an exclusive interview with QSC vice president, professional product management Gerry Tschetter and product manager Jon Graves, turn to page 40. 10

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D.A.S. DEBUTS AERO 20A D.A.S. Audio has revealed the Aero 20A compact powered line array system, a new addition to its line array range first introduced in 2014. Incorporating a new D.A.S. 12in loudspeaker optimised to provide high output and reliability, a light aluminium voice coil bonded to a new fibre glass reinforced cone, an optimised magnet circuit and a new suspension design, the Aero 20A promises exceptional performance regarding distortion, power handling and maximum SPL. In addition, a new voice coil venting scheme dissipates voice coil heat, providing the speaker with a high thermal rating and low power compression. The high frequency response relies on the M-75N compression driver, which employs a neodymium magnet structure, titanium diaphragm and 75mm (3in) voice coil, attached to an injected aluminium waveguide. A compact Class D two-channel (800W + 400W) amplifier powers the system, making use of the latest in

switch mode technology, offering performance, predictability and immunity from intermodulation artifacts thanks to the Pulse Width Modulation controller. Brick wall FIR filters provide alignment between ways in order to achieve uniform coverage all the way to the crossover point, while A-D/D-A converters allow for improved dynamics, lower distortion and ultralow noise levels. Remote monitoring and control is possible by way of audio management app DASnet, offering users instant and intuitive view of the system status as well as remote control over a range of parameters of up to 256 devices. A new captive rigging mechanism provides enhanced ease-of-use, allowing angle selection to be made while stacked on the transport dolly. A locking system can be triggered to secure angles between adjacent enclosures during the stacking and lifting procedures. Safe rigging and precise aiming is achieved thanks to

the AX rigging system and the lowprofile fly-bar that reduces the space needed between the upper rigging point and the top of the array.

AMI February 2015 Digital  
AMI February 2015 Digital