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Outline debuts Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode line array

David Davies 14 June 2011
Outline debuts Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode line array

Suitable for both fixed installation and touring applications, the latest addition to the Italian loudspeaker manufacturer’s range is on show this week at InfoComm 2011.

Based on Outline’s patented COMpact Polar Adjustable Sound System technology, Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode is said to take the original specification to the next level by offering a streamlined, compact cabinet design that incorporates Outline’s advanced iMode technology.

Intended for deployment as a small-to-medium system for touring or fixed install applications, Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode is a self-powered, bi-amped loudspeaker cabinet used as a vertical line array (VLA) system. The ultra compact loudspeaker system, weighing in at only 52.9lbs. (24 kg – with flying hardware), features two 1.75in compression drivers and four five-inch mid woofers to deliver a peak SPL of 141dB @ 1 m with four enclosures, with a frequency response of 100 to 20kHz. The cabinet utilises two of Outline’s Double Parabolic Reflective Wave Guides, a technology developed and patented by Outline for its Butterfly line array systems, covering the high frequency section.

“Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode is the most advanced system of its type on the market,” says Tom Bensen, senior vice president and managing director of Outline North America. “Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. delivers a compact form, self-powered, vertical line array system that is lightweight, easy to haul, easy to aim and contains not only a power amplifier, but the DSP engine iMode. Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode receives its signal directly from the console without any outboard EQ, compression or crossover units. This saves on hauling, inventory and considerably streamlines system wiring. We believe Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode will have a significant impact on the industry.”

Variable, asymmetrical horizontal directivity allows steps of 15º to be set manually between 60 and 150º. In total, 16 combinations of horizontal coverage (including asymmetric ones) are possible, enabling engineers to fine-tune coverage according to the audience and acoustic properties of the venue.

The iMode technology incorporated in the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. cabinet embeds a Linux-based CPU with an Outline-customised kernel, integrated DSP chip, parameter control software and web server to drive the internal amplifiers.

Users can control a Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode sound system via any standard web browser; no special software is required.

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