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Review: NoMixUps Modular Tech Labels
I wasn’t sure where I’d find use for this type of product - until I began looking at all the things I have labeled with gaff or board tape and sloppy handwriting.
dB Technologies Expands DVA Series Modular Line Array with RDNet-Ready DVA-T8
New driver technology, higher output and RDNet control are additional features the DVA-T8 offers.
First Impression: Sennheiser Laser Drum Microphone
I walked into this product demo quite skeptical, and unsure of what I was going to see and hear. I left completely impressed and jealous that I could not go to the store and buy a set of these right away
Review: Logitech Ultimate Ears LUE 900 Noise-Isolating Earphones
The high end of the company’s line of universal-fit earphones
First Impression: Midas M32 Digital Console for Live and Studio
It is great to see a big company actually listen and respond to its customer base. The M32 is still a lightweight and portable console but we’re told it now has the sound, and it certainly now has the feel of a real Midas console.
Review: Yamaha Stagepas 600i Portable PA System
IT WAS REALLY SIMPLE TO FIND A GREAT SOUND WITH THIS SYSTEM.
A hit list of new portable loudspeakers
Handheld Vocal Mics: More Options for All Budgets
Our semi-random sampling is designed to give you a leg up before you take a listen.
First Impression: QSC TouchMix Series Mixers
Once known only for amplifiers, QSC is making a serious entry into the affordable digital mixer market with the new TouchMix Series
Review: Mackie 3204VLZ4 32-Channel, Four-Bus FX Mixer with USB
If you haven't looked at Mackie's products in a while, you'll be surprised
2013 Best of Breed (Cont.)
Part two in a slide-show roundup loudspeaker innovations
2013’s Best-of-Breed Loudspeaker Systems
A slide-show roundup of the year's innovations
Finding Gold in a Sea of Wireless Mics
A how-to guide to choosing the right wireless mic for your intended application
Review: JBL LSR308 Two-Way Powered Studio Monitors
The coverage is impressive. It truly opened up the sound field like nothing else I’ve heard in this price category.
Review: PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI Digital Mixer
By far the most impressive feature sets within this console have to do with the innovative wireless and digital control technologies
Review: Yamaha MGP24X Analog Audio Mixer
Right off the bat, the appearance is striking, and you can’t miss the LCD screen, and the console has more headroom than I expected. This was a pleasant surprise.
Bringing Instruments to Life
A roundup of the latest drum and instrument microphones
Future Mixing: Top 9 Trends in Console Design
A list of dominant trends driving mixing console design.
Review: Samson Expedition Express Portable PA with Bluetooth
The Expedition Express is small enough to travel on the dashboard of your car.
First Impression: Audio-Technica BP894 MicroSet Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone
Newly introduced BP894 condenser microphone looks like a contender to enter the elite ranks of professional-quality headsets.
Digital mixing: the next generation
StudioLive AI-series mixers retain the same surface-driven functionality that made StudioLive mixers famous, while adding even more processing power, enhanced workflow features, and Active Integration technology.
First Impression: Line 6 XD-V75-40V Digital Handheld Wireless with Earthworks Premium Capsule
Though we expect pricing to involve more than a modest investment, it should produce vocals and speech reproduction that sounds like it was captured through a professional studio mic.
Review: Roland M200i 32-Channel Digital Mixing Console
Designed from the ground up to be controlled by an iPad.
First Impression: Dugan-VN16 Automixer Card for Avid Live Sound Mixing Systems
If you find yourself regularly trying to juggle multiple microphones at once, or simply need a way to run simple events unattended, the Dugan Automixer could be a great solution.
Waves Audio GEQ Graphic EQ Plug-in
30 ISO bands plus high and low pass filters
Review: Cerwin Vega P1500X Portable Powered Loudspeaker, with P1800SX Powered Subwoofer
While we like the sub, the tuning of the mid/high box leaves much to be desired.
Review: Radial Engineering SB-5 Laptop DI
What to do with noisy consumer-grade equipment? Radial Engineering introduces a 'must have' tool for church sound techs.
First Impression: Whiteley Solutions Phoenix LX Drum Enclosure
Their product line of Phoenix full drum enclosures provide up to 39 dB of reduction on the stage. This helps vocalists and other musicians on stage to hear themselves better. It also allows the FOH engineer to mix drums with studio-like separation. What audio engineer wouldn’t mind having that?
First Impression: Samson Expedition Express Loudspeaker System
This looks to be very handy, portable sound solution for your next location-based event. Anywhere you need sound you could find a use for one of these units.
Yamaha StageMix 4.0 Now Available
Greater control and flexibility for both digital mixing consoles
First Impression: Mackie VLZ4 Series Analog Mixers
New series features innovative ergonomic design, upgraded Onyx preamps, and new op amps for a lower low noise floor.
Review: AKG D12VR Reference Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone
I really like it when a microphone (especially a kick mic) has some weight to it. It tells me that the tool is professional, sturdy and will last a long time.
First Look: Ace Backstage Microphone Softpod
Ace Backstage’s Microphone Softpod can hold six mics for about the price of two mic stands.
First Impression: Martin Audio MLA Mini Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array
Company's MLA loudspeaker design works like a line-array in reverse. Instead of focusing on what comes out of the loudspeaker, Martin Audio's design concentrates on what arrives at the audience.
Martin Audio Announces New MLA Mini Loudspeaker System
New Ultra-Compact Format makes MLA technology accessible to most budgets
Tascam DR-60D DSLR Recorder
The DR-60D is a four-track solid state recorder that will fit snugly under any camera or into any rig, and record up to 96-kHz/24-bit high quality audio straight to SD/SDHC media.
Klark Teknik DN200 Active Stereo DI Box
The DN200 Dual-Channel Active DI Box is housed in a robust alloy case further protected by a replaceable silicon sleeve, and features inputs on pairs of XLR, TRS and RCA sockets
Review: Shure FP Series Wireless Microphone System
Camera-mounted electronic news gathering (ENG) wireless systems
Review: DPA d:facto II Vocal Microphone
High-performance, supercardioid condenser microphone optimized for live sound reinforcement vocal use.
Radial Engineering Stagebug Laptop Direct Box
The SB-5 features an integral five-foot cable terminated in a 1/8 connection for laptops, tablets and personal music players that is secured in place with a compression fitting.
Review: DBX PMC Personal Monitor Controller
Deceptively simple to set up and get going.
Waves Audio Debuts Genesis Bundle for Live Applications
New bundle includes C4 Multiband Compressor, Renaissance DeEsser, H-Delay and Renaissance Reverb
Auralex Studiofoam T Acoustic Absorption Panels
Studiofoam T panels are designed to eliminate standing waves and flutter echo while reducing unwanted reflections.
Avid Pro Tools 11
New features include a fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture, offine bounce, a low latency input buffer, dynamic host processing
Audio Review: dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller
True to form, dbx has put some thought into this product and provided yet another tool for the audio engineer to do what they do best—only better.
Avid Pro Tools 11
Features include a fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture, offine bounce, a low latency input buffer, and more.
First Impression: SSL Live Console
Even with all the hardware controls, the surface doesn’t look cluttered, and the touch-screen software is beautifully designed. It’s obvious from the start that the console is designed to be customized for each user and event, with no single way of working.
Shopping for Mics?
CPM delivers a roundup of inspiring microphone technologies designed for church applications.
Tutorial: Small Church Consoles: Mixing for the Majority
Sound options for churches with fewer bells-and-whistles requirements—and lesser budgets
Review: Que Audio DA12 Headworn Microphone
Reviewer: ...sounds good, very stable in use, appears to be durably built
First Impression: Radial SB-5 StageBug Stereo Direct Box for Laptops
What happens when a guest speaker shows up with music or video for their presentation?. Video is easy. The problem is audio—what do you do with that 1/8-inch headphone jack?
Shure BLX Wireless Microphone Systems
The new BLX Wireless Systems come in a variety of receiver options, including a half-rack size for installed applications.
Allen and Heath ME Personal Mixing System
The ME-1 personal mixer manages up to 42 sources and incorporates an ambient mic, knobs for mic and mix levels, stereo outputs for headphones/earpiece and a mono output for a stage wedge.
First Impression: Yamaha MGP32X and MGP24X Audio Mixers
Yamaha practically invented the small digital mixer back in the late ‘90s. They now launch the new MGP24X and MGP32X with an intriguing hybrid of analog and digital technologies.
Review: Mackie DLM12 Powered Full-Range Loudspeaker
My first question to the folks at Mackie is: “How did you manage to fi t 2,000 watts of power into such small, portable enclosures?”
Review: Digico SD5 Digital Audio Mixing Console
I felt at home right away and was proficient on the desk in a few hours.
On Point Audio Opaline Powered Line Array System
Opaline consists of the Opaline Sub, 18-inch powered subwoofer, and the Opaline vertical array loudspeaker featuring 4 x 8-inch woofers and two powerful compression drivers driving its line array waveguides.
Review: Beyerdynamic TG V90r Dynamic Ribbon Microphone
Considering the German heritage of this mic, we couldn’t resist the comparison to automobiles. Enter to win one in our Get Great Gear giveaway!
Review: Sony DWZ Series Digital Wireless System
A handheld and a bodypack transmitter, a half-rack receiver, simple set up, and so much more are part of Sony’s new DWZ series.
Review: Galaxy Audio MST-C Standformer Microphone Stand
We got our hands on this new convertible stand and our suspicions were confirmed: NEW BALLGAME.
Review: CAD Audio WX100 Installation-Grade Wireless Microphone System
The WX100 Series from CAD Audio is a comprehensive system that includes transmitters, antenna distribution, and several mounting options.
Review: Line 6 Stagescape M20D Digital Mixer
Line 6 has set out to develop a system that compensates for lack of professional chops; delivering exceptional quality, painless recording and extraordinary versatility.
New Tools of the Trade for Church Techs
Hosa Technology‘s new CBT-500 Cable Tester is designed for concert, studio recording, or professional installation work.
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