Top 5 Products from WFX 2013
Products were selected based upon the combination of their feature set, ease of use, build quality and affordability.
Tags: audio, camera, loudspeaker, mixing, production, sound, streaming, video,
Numerous manufacturers chose WFX to launch new products this year. Conveniently scheduled after the European IBC event, and prior to AES and LDI here in the States, the 2013 WFX event was an opportunity for Elation, Presonus, Panasonic, Elipsis Systems to debut new products in the United States.With attendance of nearly 4,000 decision-makers from the house of worship market, and featuring 150 classroom sessions and 225 expo hall exhibitors, WFX has grown to be an international destination attracting leadership teams from churches, as well as architects, builder, consultants and integrators who focus on the house of worship market. Considering the hundreds of exhibitors, and thousands of products on display, our editorial team had the daunting task of selecting the Top Five Products for Churches from WFX. Hundreds of products could have been legitimate candidates to make this list. The innovation and problem-solving capabilities on display was nothing short of remarkable. Still, the following five products were selected based upon the combination of their feature set, ease of use, build quality and affordability. Here, in alphabetical order are the Church Production Magazine’s Top Five Products for Churches from WFX. Avid S3L Digital Audio Mixing SystemThe new Avid S3L live sound mixing system features an all-new modular, networked design. The open and flexible system is comprised of a high-performance HDX-powered mix engine running Avid’s Venue software and AAX DSP plug-ins, scalable remote I/O, an compact Eucon-enabled control surface with an innovative layout, and Pro Tools software for integrated live sound mixing and recording. The streamlined networked design is intended to simplify system set-up and configuration with drag-and-drop functionality, while direct Pro Tools recording and mixing capabilities open opportunities for live recording. The Venue software integration is designed to help users speed up the live sound mixing and recording process. It is a common feature on all Avid live sound systems. The S3L system is available in a variety of configurations for different I/O needs, from 16 to 64 inputs. All systems include the compact S3 control surface, E3 engine, one or more Stage 16 remote I/O boxes, Venue software, Pro Tools software, plug-in bundle, cables, accessories, and guides. Shortly before WFX, Avid announced its product development partnership with Dan Dugan Sound Design. (visit link) The Dugan-VN-16 card option for Avid live sound mixing systems brings Dugan’s patented and widely used automixing technology into the live sound environment. Automixing technology has the potential to help experienced and amateur sound engineers, like volunteers in churches, to deliver higher-quality mixes faster than ever. List price: Starting at $17,995
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