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ISE 2017: audio and signal management preview

With ISE 2017 just a few days away, here’s the first part of our final show preview – covering audio and signal management exhibitors and product highlights.


4EVAC will presents its Compact 500 Voice Alarm system. The Compact C500 offers a lean design footprint and makes for cost effective installation and operation. Comprising self-contained compact ‘Wall-mounted Control’ and ‘Indicating Voice-Alarm’ panels, the C500 provides advanced digital audio distribution on a networked VACIE solution. It offers the implicit simplicity of a standalone conventional system, but with the added power and benefits of Global Network Topology.

Allen & Heath’s dLive C Class, a new compact range of Surfaces and MixRacks, is making its European debut at ISE. dLive C Class is founded on XCVI, the same 96kHz FPGA core that drives Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive S Class mixers, and also shares its DEEP processing architecture. The new range includes the first 19in-rackmountable dLive surface, the ultra-compact C1500. C Class opens up the dLive platform to a wider spectrum of AV, installation and live event roles.

Ashly Audio will be showing the Ashly digiMIX24, a versatile, compact 24-channel digital mixing console that features professional inputs/outputs, integrated signal processing and effects, iPad Remote Control integration, user-friendly software, and intuitive mixing via the live control surface. It is aimed educational and worship facilities, auditoriums, gymnasiums, performance spaces and project studios.

Audac will be showing the PRE116 and PRE126 models, an update to its pre-amplifier series, which feature a front side mini jack input and a Bluetooth module. The PRE-series was already known as a six-channel ‘foolproof’ pre-amplifier, found in education, hospitality and government facilities, but with the evolution of technology and music distribution over mobile devices, Audac has sought to expand the series with these compatible components.

Bose will be marking its entry into the audio conferencing market with ControlSpace EX. This includes the EX-1280C conferencing processor and three under-table Dante endpoints. The company claims the new solution simplifies design and installation for large meeting rooms. Additionally, ShowMatch DeltaQ array loudspeakers will be demo’d on the stand. According to Bose, DeltaQ array technology improves sound and vocal clarity by providing selectable coverage patterns that direct more sound energy to the audience by allowing directivity, or ‘Q’, to vary with each array module.

Crest Audio, a division of Peavey Commercial Audio, will be showing the new Tactus Digital Mixing System. The modular touch-screen based mixing system is said to kick off a new revolution in live performance digital mixing. Tactus consists of both hardware and software components, incorporating the Waves eMotion LV1 software. The Waves eMotion LV1 mixer application runs on a Windows PC or Mac with one, two or three multi-touch screens.

ISE visitors will have the opportunity to see d&b audiotechnik’s latest installation-specific loudspeakers, 24S and 24S-D. Launched with the 21S-SUB in October 2016, this system resets the performance level of the elegantly redesigned xS-Series to offer a truly full-range, all-in-one solution. The system is designed to suit to the dynamic needs of nightclubs, live performance venues, houses of worship and multipurpose centres.

Electro-Voice will be showing a new wave of products in the X-Line Advance family, including the X1-212/90, a compact 12in vertical line-array loudspeaker system for small and mid-sized applications including houses of worship, corporate events, clubs and entertainment venues. Though approximately a third smaller in size than systems typically used in these environments, the X1 is designed to deliver superior audio performance and higher output, says the company, meaning fewer units are required to achieve desired results and lowering install costs.

Martin Audio’s new BlacklineX passive series represents a reinvention of the original multi-purpose Blackline Series, launched in 1999. This immediately found favour not only as installation boxes in nightclubs, bars, commercial spaces and houses of worship, but also as portable sound reinforcement and stage monitoring solutions for live bands, DJs and corporate events. The BlacklineX Series comprises four two-way systems, from the ultra-compact X8 to the powerful X15, and three subwoofers, including an unobtrusive slimline model.

QSC will be demonstrating how its existing Q-SYS software can run on standard Dell server hardware. This is intended to give a glimpse into the future, when larger installations will use centralised IT data processing for audio, video and control functions. Decoupled from proprietary hardware, the Q-Sys Platform uses Intel processing, Linux operating system services and IEEE networking protocols.

ISE 2017 is the first major European trade show where Yamaha will be exhibiting the newly updated MA2030a and PA2030a compact power amplifiers. With extra functionality, the new models are now optimised further for commercial installations. Yamaha says that the compact, rugged MA2030a and PA2030a power amplifiers are ideal for smaller projects, both supporting low impedance and high impedance speaker systems, with an interface that has been carefully designed for easy everyday use. Set-up is quick and easy, requiring no computers or complex procedures, and no special skill or experience is needed for day-to-day operation, the company claims.

Signal management

Adder will be previewing its new CCS-PRO8 command and control KVM switch for the first time. This allows operators to control up to eight machines across eight displays using just one mouse and keyboard. It is said to be ideal for improving ergonomics in a control setting where space is at a premium or management of multiple computers from one station is required. Featuring FreeFlow technology, the Adder CCS-PRO8 enables users to move from one display to the next simply by moving the mouse across screen borders.

Dataton will be showing WatchPax 4, a portable addition to its range of media servers. With an A4-sized footprint paired with four outputs, WatchPax 4 is a dedicated server that is optimised for playback of multi-display shows created in Dataton’s WatchOut production and playback software. The product is targeted at a range of applications, including signage, live events and fixed installations. Units can be placed close to display sources, stacked, or mounted in a standard 19in rack for extra flexibility.

Guntermann & Drunck will present new systems transmitting KVM-over-IP as well as installations supporting classic, dedicated cabling. The new DP1.2-Vision-XG KVM extender extends computer signals up to 10,000m, transmitting 4K or even 8K video at 60Hz pixel by pixel, using up to four synchronous video channels. Dedicated transmission takes place over fibre optics to provide sufficient bandwidth for uncompressed DisplayPort signals, video, keyboard/mouse, RS232, USB 2.0 and audio.

RGBlink will show MSP 200PRO, an all-in-one AV generator and monitor toolset with advanced video testing and monitoring features. All functions are controlled from the integrated touchscreen for easy operation and navigation. The touchscreen menu enables video source selection, output resolution setting, EDID setting, Genlock configuration, Time Code display, graphical signal analysis, as well as onboard video monitoring.

Tripleplay has worked with long-term technology hardware partner Amino to launch a low-cost, solid-state set-top box for delivering 4K digital signage and IPTV. The new Amino 4K STB offers HEVC content delivery, a protocol that makes delivery of UHD media content up to 60% more efficient. Also on show will be several newly released solutions at ISE, including the Mobile Media App (MMA), Media Video Player (MVP) and the low latency Tripleplay HD Encoder, as well as efficiency improvements to the Digital Media Platform.

tvONE is launching a new streaming media and 4K playback module for its CORIOmaster video processor at ISE 2017. The new module allows digital video from the cloud or the internet to be seamlessly blended with local media and AV connections and presented together on a videowall in any desired configuration. It offers dual channel 1080p60 streaming media as well as file playback, via USB3.0, of any resolution up to UHD/4K on the main channel and 1080p/60 on the secondary.