Studiomaster is launching digiLiVE, an all-new ultra-compact digital audio mixer – a hybrid concept fully marrying the advantages of hardware / touch-screen control surface and remote tablet operation – worldwide, simultaneously at musikmesse and prolight+sound.
digiLiVE 16, a 16 input – 16 bus – 8 output digital audio mixer, sports a control surface integrating a 7-inch Android driven high-resolution touch-screen and eight motorized 100mm fader operation, alongside fully remote (iOS and Android) tablet operation. With an anticipated price point well below £1000 / €1500, this ultra versatile professionally specified mixer has target applications across the pro-audio and MI sectors, being equally attractive to gigging musicians, small venues, dry hire and installation companies. As such, the company will be showing the new mixers on its stands in both the prolight+sound and musikmesse exhibition halls.
The 16 inputs include 12 professional mic input channels, AD / DA conversion is 24 bit / 192 kHz, there are up to eight internal effects busses – with reverb, delay, 15 band EQ and modulation – the eight ‘smart’ XLR analogue outputs are assignable. Outputs also include digital AES/EBU ands SPDIF. Two USB interfaces are included (front and rear panel) supporting playback and recording, and scene storage and system updating. WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are supported. The ultra-compact form factor measure just 350x380x 150mm.
Other new product from Studiomaster being shown at prolight+sound includes the European debut of the VISION compact high quality analogue mixer series. Vision is positioned immediately beneath the top of the range Horizon series, offering its larger sibling’s quality design and construction, operational and audio performance, in an even more compact, price competitive form. VISION is available in unpowered (VISION 8) and 2x500W powered (VISION 1008) and 2x1000W (VISION 2008) variants, featuring ultra-lightweight audiophile quality Class-D amplification. All models feature 8 channels – 6 mic and 2 stereo – the same studio quality twin DSP effects as on the Horizon, and 9-band graphic EQ.
Also making its European debut is the DRIVE series of 2-way, active, portable injection-moulded PA cabinets. Best-in-class performance and build specifications, and a highly competitive price tag, greatly improve on the VPX and VSX series DRIVE replaces. Premium competitive features include exemplary weight-to-power / SPL ratios; making the DRIVE smaller lighter and louder than most leading comparable PA series.
DRIVE 4A is a 12 inch LF / 34 mm compression HF driver combination, and the DRIVE 6A a 15 inch LF / 34 mm compression HF driver combination; both models powered with 310W RMS (1200W peak) class-D amplification delivering 126 / 127dB max SPL respectively. The rear input / control panel includes mic and line inputs, 3-band EQ, and gain and level controls, with a balanced link output. 8Ω passive variants – the DRIVE 4 and 6 – are rated at 500W and 600W continuous program power (1000W / 1200W peak). All models are fitted with 35mm speaker pole connectors and five M10 flying points and recessed side and top carry handles.
ClubXS, a price / spec competitive portable mixer series, aimed at gigging musicians, sub-mixing, small venue install, corporate and other enterprise applications is also debuted. Two models, the XS8 and XS10, feature onboard FX, integrated USB / SD card stereo media player, USB / SD card recording from main mix, Bluetooth connection for playback from mobile or media devices, 60 mm faders, balanced XLR outputs, control room output, two sends and a stereo return. All mic input channels have 3-band EQ, hi-pass filter and built in compressor. Line input channels feature 2-band EQ; all channels feature channel mute and two Aux controls. The XS8 has four mic and two stereo inputs, and the XS10, six mic and two stereo inputs. An internal super-quiet switched-mode power supply and phantom power on all mic inputs also feature.
Meanwhile, on the musikmesse stand Carlsbro is showing a new 20 watt addition to the Sherwood acoustic series and a higher specified addition to its hugely successful e-kit range. The CSD 310 offers specifications and build and performance features on a par with product from market leaders Roland, Alesis and Yamaha, while maintaining the Carlsbro series price competitive edge.