LONDON, UK--New digital audio mixing boards from Midas, DiGiCo, InnovaSON and Soundcraft gave sound engineers plenty to talk about at this year’s PLASA tradeshow in London. The show, which attracts entertainment industry technicians from across Europe and beyond, has diminished slightly in size over the past few years but remains a favored launch platform for companies operating in the theater and live venue spaces.
French manufacturer InnovaSON claims a world first with its new Eclipse--the company’s first major product launch since 2004 and the first since it was acquired by the German broadcast console giant Lawo earlier this year. What makes Eclipse unique is the option of onboard digital multi-track recording. Archiving of live events has become almost a standard requirement in recent years, with FOH engineers historically using an external hard-disk recorder. With its MARS (Multitrack Audio Recording System) option, InnovaSON has integrated the function into the Eclipse console, with a navigation bar and timecode module on the control surface.
The Eclipse supports EtherSound, MADI and Aviom’s A-NET audio networking standards, as well as InnovaSON’s proprietary Muxipaire protocol. And while the console’s control surface and channel structure are all new, the company says there has been no compromise on sound quality. “The pre-amps are the same as in our Sy series so the console sounds excellent,” said Xavier Pion of InnovaSON. “What is new is the way Eclipse handles--it’s more powerful, more flexible, and easier to use than anything we’ve made before.”