Trace Acoustic TA-300 Amplifier Scores Perfect 5-Star Review

Trace Elliot® has scored a perfect five-star ranking for its Trace Acoustic® TA-300™ acoustic guitar amplifier in a new review by Acoustic magazine.

“If you need a good monitor sound, effective P.A., incredible definition in your tone, and live performance wow factor, the TA-300 amp is for you,” writes Russell Welton in the May 2011 issue of Acoustic, a U.K.-based publication. “These are high-quality products designed with integrity and made with performance acumen in mind. You can’t fail to be impressed.”

Designed in the U.K. and made in the U.S.A., the Trace Acoustic TA-300 amplifier rated a perfect five stars in all categories of review, from Build Quality to Sound Quality to Value for Money. Welton lauded the amplifier’s renowned studio-quality sound reproduction, exclusive features, “genius” design considerations, onboard effects, clean power and overall performance.

“The first things that grab you are … its clarity, power, well-rounded-out definition and harmonically rich brightness,” he writes. “It is a studio quality-sound straight off the bat. Overall, this would be a sound engineer’s dream to mix and an artist’s joy to use.”

Trace Elliot revolutionized the world of acoustic instrumentation with its original TA™ Series more than two decades ago. The new TA-300, TA-200 and TA-100 amplifiers bring studio-quality acoustic reproduction to the stage through designs that incorporate very high-impedance (piezo pickup) inputs, notch filters, phantom power and Dynamic Correction™, a unique circuitry that reproduces the sparkling top end of an acoustic instrument without relying on high-frequency horns (which can produce harsh, unwanted overtones). These amplifiers also feature Trace Elliot’s signature Shape circuit and built-in auto-compressor on each channel, as well as customizable DSP effects with parameter and setting adjustment with separate reverbs that can be assigned to each channel.

Please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIivG9llCwE for a video demo of the TA Series. The TA Series is available now from authorized Trace Elliot dealers.

Featured on All TA Series Amplifiers:

  • Built in auto-compressor on all channels
  • Signal level LED on all channels
  • Shape switch for instant EQ’d sound on all channels (footswitchable on Channel 1)
  • Footswitchable Phase switch on all channels
  • Effect Parameter and Setting rotary encoders
  • Allows for separate levels of Reverb to be applied to each channel
  • Tap tempo (from either front panel or footswitch)
  • FLS® Feedback Locating System on each band of EQ using LEDs to indicate where feedback is occurring
  • Master Volume and Mute switch (footswitchable) that mutes all outputs except Tuner Out
  • Tuner output, Left and Right Preamp Outputs and Power Amp Inputs (to use as effects loop)
  • Two DI outputs; can be configured as dry Channel 1 and Channel 2 out, or processed Left and Right channels out
  • Illumination switch for turning front panel lights on or off
  • Power amp featuring Dynamic Correction
  • Designed in the U.K. and made in the U.S.A.


TA-300 Features:

  • Two preamp channels with 300 watts total power output
  • 2 x 5” specially designed neodymium Celestion® speakers and 1 x 12” G12 Century Vintage neodymium Celestion speaker
  • 1/4” jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4” jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylonprotective cover included
  • U.S. MSRP $1,999.99


About Trace Elliot®

Regarded as the first true specialty bass amplifier manufacturer, Trace Elliot® established operation in the U.K. during the 1970s and expanded to acoustic guitar amplification in the 1980s. Musicians and retailers throughout the world laud Trace Elliot's unique circuitry and unmistakable performance and are used by some of the world’s most respected players. The current list of artist endorsers includes Mike Kroeger of Nickelback, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Monte Montgomery, Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai, and Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev. Trace Elliot is distributed throughout North America and Europe by Peavey Electronics. To find out more, visit www.traceelliot.com.

Crest Audio Adds Pro-LITE 3.0 to New Amplifier Series

Crest Audio® proudly announces the Pro-LITE™ 3.0 and Pro-LITE 3.0 DSP power amplifiers, featuring an incredibly lightweight, efficient design with high power and stable performance into 2-ohm loads.

Crest Audio Pro-LITE Series amps are built on an advanced, high-speed class D design with a switch-mode power supply that reduces weight while increasing reliability, thermal efficiency and output power. The Pro-LITE3.0 and Pro-LITE 3.0 DSP boast 870 watts per channel at 4 ohms stereo (up to 3,150 watts bridged @ 4 ohms), weigh 13.3 lbs., and deliver rock-solid performance in parallel, stereo and bridged modes. The robust power supply allows these amplifiers to deliver consistent, stable performance with low frequencies and at 2-ohm operation.

The Crest Audio Pro-LITE 3.0 DSP features an onboard digital signal processor that hosts a suite of delays (0-120ms per channel), adjustable crossovers, adjustable limiters, parametric EQ, HF driver EQ, four user preset storage locations, and stereo/mono operation with lockable security settings. The front-panel LCD screen allows users to quickly identify and assign presets, while the USB port allows users to load presets and enables external setup and adjustment.

The Pro-LITE DSP section also integrates Waves® MaxxBass® Bass Extension technology, which uses psycho-acoustics to create precise harmonics that give the perceived effect of boosting low frequencies in the mix. The level of MaxxBass effect can be adjusted from 0% to 100%.

Crest Audio Pro-LITE Series amplifiers feature two channels with channel-independent, fourth order 100 Hz crossovers housed in a steel chassis. The proprietary ACL™ Automatic Clip Limiting circuitry prevents the amplifier from sending potentially damaging clipped signals to the loudspeakers. Additional onboard protection circuitry includes DC, Temp, Signal and Active safeguards, all referenced on the front panel with LED indicators.

The previously announced Crest Audio Pro-LITE 2.0 and Pro LITE 2.0 DSP power amplifiers boast the same features at a weight of 11.6 lbs. with power ratings of 985W per channel at 2 ohms; 540W per channel at 4 ohms; 280W per channel at 8 ohms; and 1,970W bridged at 4 ohms.

The Crest Audio Pro-LITE 3.0 and Pro-LITE 3.0 DSP will be available in Q4 2011 from authorized Crest Audio dealers.


Pro-LITE 3.0

  • 13.3 lbs.
  • 1,575W per channel at 2 ohms @ <0.1%
  • 870W per channel at 4 ohms @ <0.1%
  • 450W per channel at 8 ohms @ <0.1%
  • 3,150W bridged at 4 ohms @ 1%
  • 1,770W bridged at 8 ohms @ 1%
  • Parallel/Bridge/Stereo mode switch
  • ACL Automatic Clip Limiting
  • Revolutionary Pro-LITE class D topology
  • Detented input controls
  • Combi Neutrik® XLR-¼” inputs
  • Speakon® output connectors
  • XLR thru connector
  • Two channel-independent fourth order crossovers
  • U.S. MSRP $599.00


Pro-LITE 3.0 DSP

  • 13.3 lbs.
  • 1,575W per channel at 2 ohms @ <0.1%
  • 870W per channel at 4 ohms @ <0.1%
  • 450W per channel at 8 ohms @ <0.1%
  • 3,150W bridged at 4 ohms @ 1%
  • 1,770W bridged at 8 ohms @ 1%
  • Parallel/Bridge/Stereo mode switch
  • Revolutionary Pro-LITE class D topology
  • ACL Automatic Clip Limiting
  • Lockable level controls
  • High-pass filter
  • Combi Neutrik® XLR-¼” inputs
  • XLR thru connector (switchable between DSP processed or dry signal)
  • Speakon® output connectors
  • Two channel-independent, adjustable fourth order crossovers
  • Waves® MaxxBass® Bass Harmonic Enhancer
  • U.S. MSRP $799.00


Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Crest Audio®
Crest Audio® is a global leader in designing and manufacturing power amplifiers, loudspeaker systems, signal processing equipment, its exclusive, computer-controlled NexSys® audio systems and a complete line of live performance mixing consoles for the pro audio, MI, touring and fixed installation markets. Crest Audio continues to be the first choice of tour and installation companies worldwide. To find out more, visit www.crestaudio.com.

Crest Audio Introduces Nx Dante-8 NexSys Control Module

Crest Audio® proudly announces the new Nx Dante-8™ NexSys® control module, which works in tandem with the new Crest Audio CKd™ Series of intelligent power amplifiers to support Crest NexSys 5 and Peavey® MediaMatrix® NWare™ audio software programs.

Providing advanced audio control and routing, the Nx Dante-8 module fits into the rear bay of CKd Series power amps and supports all NexSys functions, DSP functions and Dante digital audio I/O via 1 Gb Ethernet connection. Primary and secondary 1 Gb ports provide system redundancy for the most demanding applications, while eight Dante audio inputs and eight Dante audio outputs enable extensive audio routing capabilities.

A full suite of DSP options including delay, PEQ, compression/limiting, crossover and mixing adds to the functionality of the Nx Dante-8 module. Amplifier controls and monitoring options include Real Time Load Monitoring, ACL™ (Automatic Clip Limiting), IGM™ (Instantaneous Gain Modulation), input/output VU, Gain, Mute, Solo, DC, thermal protection, AC/DC monitoring, and Sequential Turn On/Off (remote power). Through the use of the NexSys 5 protocol, devices can be controlled and monitored from multiple application instances.

The new Crest Audio CKd Series offers four multi-channel power amplifiers to meet the needs of demanding audio installations. The CKd 1208 and CKd 1204 provide 1,250 watts per channel in eight and four channels, respectively, while the CKd 608 and CKd 604 provide 625 watts per channel in eight and four channels. Each amplifier channel will operate to rated power in direct 70-volt, 100-volt, 8-ohm or 4-ohm modes, configurable per channel. Both the Nx Dante-8 module and the CKd series amplifiers are backed by Crest Audio's strong five-year warranty.

The Crest Audio Nx Dante-8 module and CKd Series power amplifiers will be available in Q4 2011 from authorized Crest Audio dealers.

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.


About Crest Audio®
Crest Audio® is a global leader in designing and manufacturing power amplifiers, loudspeaker systems, signal processing equipment, its exclusive, computer-controlled NexSys® audio systems and a complete line of live performance mixing consoles for the pro audio, MI, touring and fixed installation markets. Crest Audio continues to be the first choice of tour and installation companies worldwide. To find out more, visit www.crestaudio.com.

Crest Audio Unveils CKd Networkable Power Amplifiers

Crest Audio® proudly announces the CKd™ Series of multi-channel, networkable, intelligent power amplifiers. The new CKd Series provides superior performance and control in fixed installations through an efficient “green” design that saves energy, weight and space.

Decades of proven performance, reliability and intelligence converge in the Crest Audio CKd Series, combining the legendary overbuilt power supply design made famous by the Crest Audio Pro 200™ with NexSys® networking functionality and an ultra-lightweight class D topology. The design centers around an ultra-high efficiency amplifier output circuit which reduces weight while increasing output power, reliability and thermal efficiency.

The CKd Series offers four multi-channel models to meet the needs of demanding audio installations. The CKd 1208 and CKd 1204 provide 1,250 watts per channel in eight and four channels, respectively, while the CKd 608 and CKd 604 provide 625 watts per channel in eight and four channels. Each amplifier channel will operate to rated power in direct 70-volt, 100-volt, 8-ohm or 4-ohm modes, configurable per channel.

CKd amplifiers are networkable through the new Crest Audio Nx Dante-8™ NexSys control module to the Crest Audio NexSys 5 and Peavey® MediaMatrix® NWare™ software programs for advanced control and audio routing. The Nx Dante-8 module fits into the rear bay of CKd Series power amps and supports all NexSys functions, DSP functions and Dante digital audio I/O via 1 Gigabit Ethernet connection.

A Control Voltage input is included on each channel to allow external gain control, while the Fault output on each channel allows the CKd power amps to be wired to other monitoring systems. In addition, users can conserve energy by disabling channels that are not in use.

The CKd Series includes Crest Audio's exclusive ACL™ (Active Clip Limiting), which automatically reduces gain at the onset of clipping to prevent amplifier and load damage, and IGM™ (Instantaneous Gain Modulation), which monitors load current to protect against overloading.

The CKd Series amplifiers and Nx Dante-8 module are backed by Crest Audio's strong five-year warranty, and will be available in Q4 2011 from authorized Crest Audio dealers.


Features

  • CKd 1208: eight channels of 1,250 watts (4 and 8 ohms)
  • CKd 1204: four channels of 1,250 watts (4 and 8 ohms)
  • CKd 608: eight channels of 625 watts (4 and 8 ohms)
  • CKd 604: four channels of 625 watts (4 and 8 ohms)
  • Highly efficient and reliable class D design
  • NexSys® Module Bay
  • Accepts NxCobraNet-8 and NxDante-8 modules for remote monitoring and control, DSP and digital audio transport
  • Mode configurable per channel
  • High Impedance: Direct 100V or Direct 70V – 1.4V sensitivity, 70Hz HPF
  • Low Impedance: 8 Ohms, 4 Ohms – x40 gain
  • Full rated power in each mode
  • Tour Class® Protection Circuits
  • ACL, IGM, Short circuit, DC protect, Auto-Ramp, Current in-rush on/off, comprehensive thermal management
  • Cool Operation – Uses a unique heat sink and high output variable speed fan with front panel mounted removable fan filter for easy maintenance
  • Front and rear display – Invaluable when trouble-shooting or setting up a system
  • Front mounted circuit breakers
  • Sequential Turn On /Off (STO) – Connections for remote power control
  • Control Voltage input per channel for external gain control
  • Fault Output relay per channel for connections to other monitoring systems
  • Detented gain potentiometer on each channel (accessible via rear panel)
  • Euro input connection and barrier strip output connections
  • All models are standard 2RU rack height and offer front to side cooling

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Crest Audio®
Crest Audio® is a global leader in designing and manufacturing power amplifiers, loudspeaker systems, signal processing equipment, its exclusive, computer-controlled NexSys® audio systems and a complete line of live performance mixing consoles for the pro audio, MI, touring and fixed installation markets. Crest Audio continues to be the first choice of tour and installation companies worldwide. To find out more, visit www.crestaudio.com.

Crest Audio Mixers & Power Amps Rock U.K.’s Download Festival

Crest Audio® mixers and power amplifiers provided sound reinforcement for artists Bowling For Soup and The Last Republic on the Jägermeister® stage at U.K.’s Download Festival on June 10-12.

The system consists of two hangs of Peavey® Versarray™ 212 mid/high enclosures, with Versarray 218 subwoofers providing low frequency reinforcement beneath the stage. Crest Audio CV-20™ and HP-Eight™ consoles handle FOH and monitor duties, respectively, and all power is provided by Crest Audio Pro 9200™ and Pro 7200™ amplifiers.

Upcoming festivals featuring the Crest Audio and Peavey sound system include Sonisphere at Knebworth on July 8-10, where The Defiled will headline the Jägermeister stage; Splendour Festival in Nottingham on July 24, which will be headlined by Feeder; and Kent’s Hevy Festival, which takes place between August 5-8, where Funeral for a Friend will perform on the Jägermeister main stage.

Crest Audio Amps the King of Wake Professional Wakeboarding Tour

With its dramatic aerial acrobatics, wave-hopping stunts and adrenalized production, professional wakeboarding is a summertime extreme-sports tradition. Since 2005, the King of Wake championship tournament has tied the sport’s most prestigious contests together into one ultimate tour to see who rules the wake.

But King of Wake isn’t just demanding on the athletes—it presents a demanding sound reinforcement environment for audio engineers, as well. With single events drawing up to 10,000 spectators, there is a high-power need over a large audience area, all under extreme heat and humid conditions.

The King of Wake tour has proven the perfect match for the professional power amplifiers and mixers from Crest Audio®.

“King of Wake is a non-stop, high-energy professional wakeboarding competition tour," said Chris Bischoff, King of Wake Competition Director. "We demand the highest performance in all areas of production to provide our fans with an unforgettable experience. The addition of this professional sound system keeps our athletes and fans amped with total audio clarity, full-range sound reproduction, and more power than we'll ever need."

The centerpiece of the King of Wake system is a stage where a DJ-and-drummer combo performs for the crowds, powered by seven Crest Audio® Pro 7200™ amplifiers and backed by four Peavey SP™ 4 loudspeakers and two Peavey SP 218 subwoofers through a Crest Audio X 20R™ rack-mount mixer. A pair of Peavey Impulse® 12D powered loudspeakers—featuring Peavey’s revolutionary IPR™ amplifier technology and true ribbon drivers—serve as monitors for the performers.

Announcements, event emcee and program music are handled through the stage P.A. and two flight lines consisting of six Peavey PR™ 15D powered loudspeakers each. A Peavey Architectural Acoustics Digitool® processor provides loudspeaker management and control for the entire system, flanked by a Peavey CEL-2a™ compressor/limiter/expander, Peavey Dual DeltaFex® multi-processor and Peavey QF215™ and QF131™ graphic equalizers.

In addition, the entire event operates on Peavey professional wired and wireless microphone systems, including the PVM™ 480 condenser and PVM 45ir dynamic mics, PVM DMS-5 drum mic system and Pro Comm® U-1002 wireless systems.

The NBC Sports Group is televising the 2011 King of Wake series this summer on the VERSUS network to nearly 80 million homes. Remaining dates on the King of Wake tour include July 9 in Monroe, Wa.; July 27-31 in Minneapolis, Minn.; Aug. 18-21 in Indianapolis, Ind.; and Aug. 27-28 in Knoxville, Tenn.

About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from throughout the globe. Over the course of a season, athletes compete for the ultimate wakeboarding crown in a series points race of eight events throughout the United States to see who rules the wake. The 2011 series consists of the Wake Games, the WWA National Championships, the WWA World Championships and all five stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. The King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing – the leading wake-events producer since 1988.

Vintage Guitar Reviews the ‘Gamechanger’ Trace Acoustic TA-300 Amplifier

Vintage Guitar magazine had plenty of nice things to say in its review of the versatile Trace Acoustic TA-300 acoustic guitar amplifier in its November 2011 issue, available at newsstands now.

"The TA-300 could be a gamechanger … the evolution of acoustic-guitar amps just took a big step forward," wrote Pete Prown. 

amps just took a big step forward.

"While those who perform live have long known about the heavenly combination of compression and digital effects, it has been a challenge to find them all in one amp. Here, though, those

capabilities are at your fingertips, as they can tweak their volume, tone, and effects all – and this is important – in one box. So where the guitarist formerly had to lug a guitar, amp, or
P.A., and an effects rack, now it’s just one guitar and one 26-pound amp."

Click here to read the full review.

While those who perform live have long
known about the heavenly combination
of compression and digital effects,
it has been a challenge to find them
all in one amp. Here, though, those
capabilities are at your fingertips, as
they can tweak their volume, tone,
and effects all – and this is important
– in one box. So where the guitarist
formerly had to lug a guitar, amp, or
P.A., and an effects rack, now it’s just
one guitar and one 26-pound amp.
While
those who perform live have long
known about the heavenly combination
of compression and digital effects,
it has been a challenge to find them
all in one amp. Here, though, those
capabilities are at your fingertips, as
they can tweak their volume, tone,
and effects all – and this is important
– in one box. So where the guitarist
formerly had to lug a guitar, amp, or
P.A., and an effects rack, now it’s just
one guitar and one 26-pound amp.While
those who perform live have long
known about the heavenly combination
of compression and digital effects,
it has been a challenge to find them
all in one amp. Here, though, those
capabilities are at your fingertips, as
they can tweak their volume, tone,
and effects all – and this is important
– in one box. So where the guitarist
formerly had to lug a guitar, amp, or
P.A., and an effects rack, now it’s just
one guitar and one 26-pound amp.

AmpKit 1.3 Features Trace Elliot, the First Modern Bass Amp Modeled for the iOS Platform

The new version 1.3 of AmpKit, the award-winning iOS guitar and bass amp modeling application from Agile Partners, makes Trace Elliot® the first modern bass amplification system to be modeled for the iOS platform, and the most feature-rich amplifier ever modeled in AmpKit.

For the first time, bass players who use the iOS platform to practice, perform and record can use a fully featured, modern, world-class bass amplifier and cabinet, modeled after the Trace Elliot 1215™combo. Players get all the sophistication they have come to love about the real Trace Elliot amps, including the switchable valve (tube) drive circuit for fat bass distortion and the signature Pre Shape circuit that delivers the classic Trace Elliot tone. Trace Elliot is regarded as the first true specialty bass amplification system.

AmpKit’s Trace Elliot model also includes the famous Trace Elliot 12-band Graphic Equalizer, tuned for bass frequencies, plus the optimized dual-band compressor and a convolution-based simulation of the 1×15 cabinet featuring a specially designed loudspeaker and high-frequency horn—all with the high-quality tone fidelity musicians have come to expect in AmpKit.

AmpKit Version 1.3 also debuts the new breathtaking, 3.1 million-pixel Retina display, which gives users eye-popping graphics of AmpKit’s extensive library of virtual amplifier models. This update also includes extended support for digital guitar interfaces, updated headset input compensation to support the new iPad (3rd Generation) and iPhone 4S, and the ability to save setups for all channels on multi-channel amps.

AmpKit+ Version 1.3
 is available now for only $9.99 on the iTunes Store. The Trace Elliot 1215 amp model can also be purchased separately for $3.99. The original AmpKit app is a free download.

Apple®, iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

About Trace Elliot®
Regarded as the first true specialty bass amplifier manufacturer, Trace Elliot® established operation in the U.K. during the 1970s and expanded to acoustic guitar amplification in the 1980s. Musicians and retailers throughout the world laud Trace Elliot's unique circuitry and unmistakable performance and are used by some of the world’s most respected players. The current list of artist endorsers includes Mike Kroeger of Nickelback, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Monte Montgomery, Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai, and Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev. Trace Elliot amplifiers are designed in the U.K. and made in the U.S.A., and distributed throughout North America and Europe by Peavey Electronics. To find out more, visit www.traceelliot.com.

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Crest Audio Provides Amplification for Musikmesse Agora Stage

Crest Audio® provided professional amplification for the popular Agora Stage at Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany, March 21-24.

The Agora Stage is Musikmesse’s premier performance area, with live entertainment productions throughout the show from artists such as the Alex Skolnick Trio. A team of Crest Audio Pro 9200™ and Pro 7200™ amplifiers powered the ribbon driver-loaded Peavey Versarray 212 line array and Versarray 218 subwoofers, with loudspeaker management from the Peavey MediaMatrix® NION® n6. Two Crest Audio CV-20™ consoles with 56 channels controlled audio from the front-of-house position.

Crest Audio Pro 200™ amplifiers powered the Peavey QW® ML and MR monitor wedges and QW 1QW 2 and Versarray 218 side fills and drum fills—all controlled by a Peavey Architectural Acoustics® Digitool® MX processor and mixed through two 48-channel Crest Audio CV-20 mixing consoles.

Keiluhollin Bowling Complex, Reykjavik, Iceland

Keiluhollin Bowling Complex, Reykjavik, Iceland

Keiluhollin is a state-of-the-art bowling complex which was recently opened in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. As well as its sizeable ten-pin bowling alley area, the 4,600 square metre facility also accommodates a restaurant, coffee shop and sports bar, each of which receives networked audio via the venue’s centralised 20-zone AV system, at the heart of which is Peavey Commercial Audio’s MediaMatrix.

Keiluhollin becomes the second major bowling complex to be opened in Reykjavik, but it’s by far the best, insists Jakob Kristinsson, whose company, ETOS, has kitted out both venues. For Keiluhollin, ETOS delegated a massive 800 hours of manpower for the design, spec, and installation, and deployed a total of 300 loudspeakers.

“In 2006 I installed a non-Peavey system into the other [bowling] venue, but now, seven years on, all three of the audio processors have broken down, so I knew I had to come up with a much more flexible solution this time round,” he explains. “It quickly became clear that the only system that would tick all the boxes was Peavey’s MediaMatrix: it’s extremely powerful; it’s reliable; and it was the only way we could guarantee perfect audio to the entire building.”

To cover the venue’s 20 ‘stereo plus subwoofer’ zones, two NION n6s were deployed along with CAB 16i and CAB 16o CobraNet breakout boxes to generate 96 analogue I/O (44 inputs and 52 outputs). 20 Crest Audio CC amplifiers were used to generate the required 64kW of power.

“With NION, you have almost endless possibilities in terms of I/O expansion: you just add on a unit, which is what we did with the CABs; also, the processing power is simply fantastic; I don’t know another system that could have dealt so easily with 20 stereo zones and subwoofers,” he continues. “I’m also really impressed with the Crest Audio CC  Amps. They’re running really well, they don’t get hot, and they also look nice, which is quite unusual for an amp!”

In addition to the overall Crestron system, Kristinsson was required to supply a backup control system which included several of Peavey’s flexible nTouch 180 and nTouch 60 touch screen controllers.

“I’m glad to say, the MediaMatrix nTouch series is easy to configure and very intuitive,” he says, “and personally it was a great opportunity for me to get acquainted with the product.”

The Crestron controller, the NIONs, and the Crest amps all talk over Ethernet on the same network. Aliases were created within the NIONs for each of the 20 zones (as well as every function), and were then handed over to the Crestron programmer who incorporated them into his programming modules.

“It’s very easy to raise the volumes or change the source anywhere within the building; all the things that you need to be able to do, you can do, thanks to this MediaMatrix system,” Kristinsson adds. “We also made Kiosk controls for the NION in two areas of the project, which work very well.”

The project was completed over a two-month period (June-Aug 2012) and everything went smoothly, Kristinsson says, though he admits he was a little nervous as to how things would turn out at the beginning, given the fact that it was his first NION project.

“You never quite know how it will go when you adopt a new product—it always feels like a bit of a gamble; but after putting faces to names when visiting the Peavey guys for a MediaMatrix Training Seminar, we were totally reassured,” he says. “The challenge was always going to be sorting out the configuration of the system, but the Peavey team helped us program the NIONs and the support in general that they provided throughout the project was second to none.”

And from an end user perspective, Keiluhollin’s manager, Agnar Fjeldsted, says he couldn’t be happier:

“The MediaMatrix system is a dream to work with; everything is so straightforward to use, and the quality of audio we have is just fantastic,” he enthuses. “We couldn’t ask for any more, really. It’s all easily accessible from our tech room, which makes workflow so simple; and I’m extremely happy overall with what we’ve managed to achieve.”

  • (2) MediaMatrix NION n6
  • (1) MediaMatrix CAB16i
  • (1) MediaMatrix CAB16o
  • (2) MediaMatrix nTouch 60
  • (1) MediaMatrix nTouch 180
  • (1) MediaMatrix GPIO-25
  • (5) Crest Audio CC1800
  • (6) Crest Audio CC2800
  • (9) Crest Audio CC4000