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EAW Launches NTX Line Array, SBX Subwoofer

EAW's NTX201L Line Array speaker
EAW’s NTX201L Line Array speaker

Whitinsville, MA (June 15, 2021)—Eastern Acoustic Works has unveiled its new NTX Series Line Array and SBX Series Subwoofer.

The NTX201L is a 2×10” articulated array with an integrated 1,600 W two-channel amplifier and universal PFC power supply. The NTX210L operates in the 55 Hz – 18 kHz range with a max SPL of 140 dB, and additionally has a 90° horizontal and 12° vertical nominal beamwidth. The NTX201L uses EAW’s OptiLogic technology, providing automatic array self-detection via onboard infrared sensors and accelerometers, and optimization including air loss compensation and more. The NTX series features integrated Dante networking including analog redundancy capability, allowing the analog input to be set to automatically enable if the Dante signal is lost.

Meanwhile, the SBX Series high output subwoofers are also debuting with two models—the SBX218, capable of a total 5,000 watts, and the SBX118, capable of 2,500 watts. Both operate in the 25 Hz–120 Hz frequency range with a max SPL of 141 dB for the SBX218 and 135 dB for the SBX118. Both models feature exclusive 18-inch neodymium woofers with 4-inch voice coils. Designed to complement the NTX210L Line Array, they can support other systems as well.

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The SBX Series subs sport hefty grills with large openings to protect the woofers and resist damage, while the large port, inspired by aircraft design, is intended to prevent port noise. EAW’s DynO dynamic optimization processing technology is also applied.

The NXT and SBX series both integrate with EAW’s Resolution 2 software, which provides system optimization, as well as room design and prediction, in a single application.

Eastern Acoustic Works • www.eaw.com

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Fuse Releases VREV-666 Freebie Plug-In

Fuse VREV-666 Freebie Plug-In
Fuse VREV-666 Freebie Plug-In

Duesseldorf, Germany (June 14, 2021)—Fuse Audio Labs has released VREV-666, a new, free reverb plug-in.

VREV-666 is based on a Sixties-vintage spring reverb originally built for the BBC, serving up bouncy and unpredictable vibes in its take on an electromechanical reverb. While Fuse Audio readily suggests that the results may not always be entirely faithfully representative, stating in its notes that “VREV-666 values character above realism,” the plug-in is nonetheless intended to provide an edgy, dirty vibe to audio.

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The original hardware featured a single effect gain control, but the VREV-666 adds an Effect Mix stage, a Pre-Delay of up to 150 ms, and a Tone EQ that attenuates the resonance of the spring system in the bass range. Meanwhile, an Effect Limiter built around a light bulb helps to tame peaks.

Fuse Audio Labs CEO Reimund Dratwa notes, “While the few available hardware units remain much cherished gems inside the studios of spirited artists and producers, we’re delighted to make the original vintage character of this juicy reverb available for everybody’s DAW absolutely for free.”

The VREV-666 plug-in is offered for free to anyone who creates a free account on the Fuse Audio Labs website.

Fuse Audio Labs • www.fuseaudiolabs.com

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Shure Launches Axient Digital ADX5D Portable Receiver

Shure Axient Digital ADX5D Portable Receiver
Shure Axient Digital ADX5D Portable Receiver

London, UK (June 14, 2021)—Shure has introduced its new Axient Digital ADX5D Portable Receiver, expanding its flagship digital wireless line with a dual-channel, portable wireless slot receiver—a new portable form factor that makes the line more applicable to film and TV production.

While to date the Axient Digital line has been primarily used onstage in event and tour production, the new ADX5D is intended for use in sports/events broadcasting, electronic news gathering (ENG), film/episodic television, and electronic field production (EFP)—all of which rely on location sound.

The ADX5D uses true digital diversity technology, aiming to prevent signal fades and dropouts, while offering AES-256 encryption and 2 ms latency from the mic transducer to the analog output. A wide tuning band ensures reliable operation in any environment.

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The ADX5D’s form factor is intended to make it an on-the-go wireless receiver, allowing it to slot inside and connect directly to the audio inputs of a professional broadcast camera. The portability is also intended to aid film and TV sound mixers who often have discrete powering, audio-routing, and/or RF-distributing gear in their portable recording bags.

ADX5D incorporates Shure’s ShowLink technology, which allows for real-time control of transmitter parameters, interference detection and avoidance. Intended for remote, hybrid, or on-location sound environments, ShowLink aids use of back-up frequencies, provides remote control directly to linked transmitters and is compatible with Shure’s Wireless Workbench software.

“The ADX5D Portable Receiver is an incredible tool to have at my disposal while on set,” said Jon Ailetcher, CAS, Production Sound Mixer on Chicago PD. “We move very fast on our show, and with ADX5D, I can easily transition from my cart to my bag, whether we’re on location or in the studio, without affecting my workflow.”

ADX5D is shipping globally this summer.

Shure • www.shure.com

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Black Lion Audio Launches PG-2 Power Conditioner

Black Lion Audio PG-2 Power Conditioner
Black Lion Audio PG-2 Power Conditioner

Chicago, IL (June 11, 2021)—Black Lion Audio has debuted its new PG-2, a pro power conditioner with a 120 V Power Grid of 14 outlets in a 2U rack-mountable chassis.

The PG-2 sports proprietary PG-99 Filtering Technology, alongside a suite of status and alert capabilities, all of which Black Lion says helps the unit provide an average of 99.7% of noise filtering.

The power condition features Panasonic and Wimi capacitors, and offers filtration with a reported power absorption rating of 2,775 joules. Also, the PG-2 features a bank of 12 switched, filtered, and surge-protected outlets on its back panel arranged as three groups — four Digital Audio Outlets, four Analog Audio Outlets and four High Current Outlets.

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The Analog Audio Outlets and High Current Outlets are time-delayed to ensure that speakers and power amplifiers are the last to turn on and the first to turn off, thereby preventing the ‘pop’ that can occur if speakers receive power at the same time as sound sources.

A front panel provides two filtered Unswitched Outlets for convenience alongside a (5V 1A) USB charger connection and a suite of status and alert capabilities, courtesy of Voltage Monitor and Amperage Monitor metering for real-time analysis, as well as Ground OK, Wiring Fault, Clean Power On, Abnormal Voltage, and Protection On LED (Light Emitting Diode) status. An audio alarm also helps highlight Abnormal Voltage.

PG-2 is currently available for $399.00.

Black Lion Audio • www.blacklionaudio.com

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JBL Tour Audio Software Suite Updates Released

JBL Professional Tour Audio Software Updates
JBL Professional Tour Audio Software Updates

Northridge, CA (June 11, 2021)—JBL Professional has released a series of updates for its JBL Tour Audio Software Suite, adding new features and addressing bugs as well. The update includes Performance Manager v2.8.0; ArrayLink v1.4.0 for Android and iOS; and LAC v3.6.0.

New features in Performance Manager 2.8.0 include added preset support for AE Compact speakers; updated speaker presets for VTX S25 with the aim to provide improved reliability; and general improvements and bug fixes.

The AE Compact Series models have been added to Performance Manager, and the new speaker presets were developed for all models to match the sonic and phase signature of VTX products. Meanwhile, the new presets developed for the VTX S25 dual 15-inch subwoofer address “a rare problem,” says JBL, where under specific conditions, woofer damage could occur. The new presets include optimized LevelMax parameters to ensure safe operation under any conditions, and the sound characteristics of the product, including MAX SPL, remain unchanged.

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The new features for ArrayLink v.1.4.0 include compatibility support for LAC-3.6.0; an added new “Light Mode” UI theme for better visibility in daylight; support for Ground-Stacked Configurations (this requires LAC-3.6.0 or higher); the addition of a Cable Weight field to the Array Statistics page; and general improvements and bug fixes.

Users who download the updated Line Array Calculator III v3.6.0 will find a number of added features, including a new SPL Over Distance Graph in Mapping mode; Added Electronic Delay Steering for Suspended Subwoofer Arrays; the ability for LAC-3 to generate QR codes for Ground-Stacked Arrays; improved center-of-gravity calculations based on selected cable weight; and more.

JBL Professional • www.jblpro.com

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Music Collaboration Platform Groovesetter Debuts

Groovesetter is a real-time, multichannel audio collaboration platform for streaming, performing and recording over high-speed internet.
Groovesetter is a real-time, multichannel audio collaboration platform for streaming, performing and recording over high-speed internet. Groovesetter

Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2021)—Musicians have wanted to collaborate online with no syncing issues as long as the internet been around, and the latest service looking to conquer that challenge is Groovesetter, a real-time, multichannel audio collaboration platform for streaming, performing and recording over high-speed internet.

Noting that it offers “ultra-low latency, the service allows its subscribers to connect and interact from up to eight remote locations, allowing music creators to play, stream and record together from any location and capture digital data of the music production.

Groovesetter lays out simple interactive visual routing of audio signal flow and flexible connection settings. Optional virtual channels allow for cable-free, multi-channel connection between DAWs and OBS, all in the same session. With the low latency solution, it allows users to create combined interactive experiences on platforms such as Twitch, Facebook Live, & YouTube Live. Groovesetter’s metadata module makes the capture of information for each music session possible at the source of its creation.

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Rouslan Ovtcharoff, CEO and co-founder, noted, “We’ve simplified a very complex connection process to an intuitive username and password experience and built useful tools into the platform that every creator will appreciate.”

A core team from Groovesetter’s technology partner BULPROS developed the platform. “We are excited to partner with Groovesetter and bring our deep technology expertise in the software development and the cloud infrastructure field to the creation of such an amazing audio platform for the music industry. I am thrilled with the fast and wide adoption of the Groovesetter platform by professionals and enthusiasts in the music field alike,” says Ivaylo Slavov, CEO of Bulpros.

Groovesetter • https://groovesetter.com/

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Browner Sound Unveils Zurich 69 Swiss Equalizer

Browner Sound Zurich 69 Swiss Equalizer
Browner Sound Zurich 69 Swiss Equalizer

Hialeah, FL (June 9, 2021)—Boutique pro-audio manufacturer Browner Sound has introduced its new Browner Zurich 69, a 500 Series-format EQ that takes inspiration from Swiss and British consoles of the 1970s and 80s. The EQ comes in three different flavors—Modern, Classic and Discrete.

The “Modern” version of the Browner Zurich 69 EQ is said to place a focus on clarity and transparency. The unit leverages the same op-amps found in well-known UK consoles, and is intended for use in tracking, mixing and mastering.

Meanwhile, the “Classic” is fitted with the same op-amps found in the Swiss consoles of the 1970s, created with an aim toward delivering smooth and warm tones, and softening high-end brashness. Browner Sound founder Omar Garcia suggests it’s appropriate for mix-bus and individual tracking when a vintage vibe is preferred.

Also available is the “Discrete.” Loaded with custom 2520-style discrete op-amps, it is intended for use in bringing mixes forward in high-impact tracking, mixing and mastering.

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All three include a selectable high shelf (8 kHz, 10 kHz and 12 kHz settings), a selectable low shelf (20 Hz, 60 Hz and 120 Hz), and a sweepable mid-range swinging from 150 Hz to 7 kHz. Each band offers +/- 15 dB gain and all versions include a 45 Hz lowcut filter.

“As a gear head, I decided to build modern versions of classic equipment so engineers, myself included, can own coveted units that are either unavailable or unaffordable,” says Garcia. “Over the next year, we expect to offer new versions of classic pieces, including units inspired by vintage TASCAM, MCI and Studer reel-to-reels, preamps influenced by Quad-Eight, Opamp Labs and Auditronics, as well as original designs.”

Browner Sound • www.BrownerSound.com

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Work Pro Audio Launches Entar Loudspeakers

Work Pro Audio Entar Loudspeakers
Work Pro Audio Entar Loudspeakers

Valencia, Spain (June 9, 2021)—Spanish manufacturer Equipson’s Work Pro Audio brand has launched its new Entar Series, a range of two-way professional loudspeakers intended for the installation and live sound markets.

The Entar Series includes passive and active speakers in a variety of sizes, all manufactured from high-density plywood, making them suitable for light PA duties, use as stage monitors, side fills and so on.

The Entar Series has four two-way passive loudspeaker models, offering a choice of 8”, 10”, 12” or 15” woofers. Power outputs range from 400 W to 600 W. The series also includes three active models equipped with Class D amplifiers and either 10”, 12” or 15” woofers.

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Each of the loudspeakers has a controllable DSP that includes EQ presets, location presets (Pole, Monitor, Bracket), selectable HPF filter, Shelving EQs, limiter and front LED mode (on, off, limiter). Active models also include a volume knob and line/mic and link/mix switches. All loudspeakers in the Entar Series are finished in black and have black steel grilles.

Equipson SA is an international manufacturer, distributor and exporter of technological products for the worldwide entertainment industry. Work Pro products include lighting control solutions, networked audio management systems, sound reinforcement and processing, and lifting equipment for the stage management industry.

Equipson • www.equipson.es

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Sennheiser Launches Evolution Wireless Digital Series

Sennheiser Evolution Wireless Digital
Sennheiser Evolution Wireless Digital

Wedemark, Germany (June 2, 2021)—Taking aim at the entry-level wireless mic market, Sennheiser has introduced its Evolution Wireless Digital series of live sound microphones, which are managed using an app-based workflow.

Aiming to simplify use and adoption of wireless mics for musicians and emerging engineers,  Evolution Wireless Digital (EW-D) offers various features that are controlled by the accompanying Smart Assist App, which guides users through system set-up. Using the app, users can create wireless connections, name channels to stay organize, and have access to all system settings. Bluetooth Low Energy allows for remote access to the system, and the app also includes tutorial videos as necessary.

Evolution Wireless Digital transmitters have an input dynamic range of 134 dB. The receiver has been set to a gain value covering most applications, according to Sennheiser, but can be changed if desired.

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In terms of managing RF and conflicting signals, the Smart Assist App will scan the environment to find open frequencies. Adapting tech from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 and Digital 9000 series, the wireless microphone systems reportedly do not generate any significant intermodulation products. This not only makes for more room in a given frequency window, but the app can also simply set the wireless links at 600 kHz intervals without any frequency calculation.

EW-D has latency of 1.9 milliseconds and a transmitter battery life of up to 12 hours with the BA 70 rechargeable battery pack. It additionally offers a bandwidth of 56 MHz with up to 90 channels per band.

EW-D handheld transmitters couple with any Sennheiser or Neumann wireless capsule.

Sennheiser • www.sennheiser.com

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PreSonus Debuts Retro Mix Legends Plug-Ins

PreSonus Retro Mix Legends Plug-Ins
PreSonus Retro Mix Legends Plug-Ins

Baton Rouge, LA (June 2, 2021)—PreSonus has dropped Retro Mix Legends, a new set of Mix Engine Effects plug-ins for the Studio One DAW. Available separately and as a bundle, the three plugs— Alpine Desk, Brit Console, and Porta Cassette—work within the company’s Mix Engine FX architecture

The Alpine Desk plug-in aims to emulate the sonic textures of a popular American console. Unique to Alpine Desk is a variable output transformer that lets users switch from a 1:1 to 3:1 gain ratio for higher drive settings.

Meanwhile, Brit Console is intended to recreate the general sound of a well-known UK analog console. Brit Console features three Style options: Vintage, Super, and Modern. Vintage offers a bit of top-end roll-off and a 1980s vibe; Super gets more clean, and Modern provides a variable harmonic distortion that yields a gentle bass boost.

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Lastly, Porta Cassette aims to recreate the sound of four-track cassette recorders of the 1980s and ’90s. Its character control includes low settings that govern the amount of console coloration, while taking things higher introduces tape wow and flutter. A Pitch control allows users to detune or up-tune every element as well.

The Retro Mix Legends bundle is currently available at $79.95, while they can each be purchased individually for $29.95. All three Mix Engine Effects plug-ins is included in PreSonus Sphere memberships.

PreSonus • www.presonus.com

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