New Products for Live and Installed Sound at NAMM 2014
With its responsive touchscreen, 25 motor faders and acclaimed AnalogiQ recallable preamps, the Qu-24 from Allen & Heath ($2799) combines exceptional ease of use with class-leading audio performance. Drawing on the technologies and workflow pioneered on their GLD and iLive touring systems, Qu makes Allen & Heath digital mixing more accessible and more compact than ever.
The result of a unique collaboration between Soundcraft and renowned plug-in manufacturer, Universal Audio, the Soundcraft Realtime Rack ($4500 for Core, $11,500 for Ultimate) brings industry-standard UAD studio plug-ins to the Soundcraft platform. The Realtime Rack hardware and software delivers tight integration of Soundcraft Vi consoles and UAD Powered Plug-Ins. Soundcraft Realtime Rack brings the stability of DSP and the sound quality that Soundcraft and Universal Audio are known for in a scalable, low-latency processing environment.
The QSC TouchMix series ($899 for TouchMix-8, $1299 for TouchMix-16) are designed for musicians, production professionals and live performance venues that need the power and capability of a large “concert” mixing console in a compact, affordable and easy to use form. Just as digital cameras offer advanced features to meet the needs of highly skilled professional photographers with “point and shoot” features to assist novice users in achieving optimum results, the TouchMix provide the user a choice of Advanced Mode operation that offers total control over all parameters or Simple Mode that provides only the most essential controls.
The new ETX family (starting at $1099) builds upon the industry leading innovation and 85 year heritage of ElectroVoice to offer the most advanced professional portable powered loudspeakers available today. A versatile high- end choice for live entertainment venues, rental companies, musicians and DJs, and installed sound, the ETX family features three 2-way models (10 inch, 12 inch and 15 inch, all with a precision HF titanium compression driver), a 3-way model (15 inch with a 6.5 inch MF driver and a precision HF titanium compression driver) and two subs (15 inch and 18 inch drivers).
Samson's BT30 30-Pin Bluetooth Receiver ($25) transforms Apple 30-pin dock audio players, including select Samson Expedition Series Portable PAs, into Bluetooth enabled receivers capable of streaming music wirelessly from smartphones, tablets and laptops. Ultra-convenient and easy-to-use, the BT30 lets you enjoy the latest in audio playback technology without sacrificing the useful accessories you've grown accustomed to for playing music, such as older iHomes, PA systems and more.
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