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Product Spotlight : March 2010

Product Spotlight : March 2010

The CRESCENDO is a medium format digital production console designed for the live theater and broadcast markets. The surface is modular and is designed to be more compact than traditional digital consoles yet still offering visual feedback and control. Select to use the console in the traditional channel strip method or via the center module, which offers a channel strip layout. 16 to 48 physical faders can control up to 300 channels and 128 buses. The console is multi-format to 5.1 with up and down mixing capabilities.

Riedel ROCKNET 100 Digital Snake

Riedel Communications has presented the new RockNet 100. RockNet 100 is a digital snake solution, which provides up to 80 digital audio channels over a single counterrotating Cat-5 ring. RockNet can be set up within minutes without a computer. Its technology and user interface is designed for real-world live sound applications. The system is auto-addressing and can be easily configured via the front- panel or via the iRockWorks software. RockNet 100 offers a dynamic range of 114 dB. The design of RockNet 100 allows rack-mount as well as flat-on-the-floor stage-box operation.

Roland S-4000M REAC Merge Unit

Roland Systems Group’s S-4000M REAC Merge Unit allows up to four digital snakeheads to be merged into a REAC stream where the master device recognizes it as single REAC slave unit. This technology enables distribution of multiple input/output units around a location, venue or stage for flexible point-to-point digital snake or V-Mixing System configurations. Connect any combination of the RSS Digital Snake heads such as the S-4000S, S-1608, S-0816, or S-0808 and merge all the input/output to a single REAC signal. The four ports on the front panel also supply REAC embedded power to compatible devices such as the S-0808 8x8 I/O unit.

Yamaha M7CL-48ES

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems has released the M7CL digital console product line. The M7CL-48ES, with its main I/O interface being the SB168-ES remote stage box, connects via a single Cat-5 cable. The new console includes a built-in EtherSound interface with a third port for PC control and monitoring, eight omni ins, eight omni outs, and three MY card slots. The M7CL-48ES supports up to three SB168-ES stage boxes and, like the M7CL-48, can mix up to 48 mono plus 4 stereo inputs to 16 mix buses, 8 matrix outs, stereo and mono outputs. The new Stage Box Quick Set up feature provides plug-and-play connection of up to three SB168-ES units.

Stagetec NEXUS

The digital audio router system NEXUS can be used as a standalone system or coupled with any of the Stagetec consoles, such as the CRESCENDO. It is a distributed architecture with Base Devices being interconnected via fiber. Available in a ring or star topology the NEXUS offers I/O possibilities from microphone to 3G-HDI and communication protocols with the ability to be configured as small to very large systems in conference centers, airports, theaters, and broadcast centers.

Optocore Emulati on Software

Optocore can interface with almost every console manufacturer and has development agreements with DiGiCo, Yamaha, Soundcraft, Studer, Lawo, SSL, Neumann, and Digidesign. Via Optocore’s emulation software, operators have the ability to control gain and phantom power directly from the console work surface. Additionally Optocore’s A/D converter 1u modular preamps may be used in conjunction with existing console I/O racks to expand remote I/O or as a substituted preference. Optocore is a 512 channel network that is designed to allow up to 24 different nodes therefore allowing any combination of I/O racks and different brands of consoles all to operate and access any channel at the same time.