Versarray™ PRO powered line array from Crest Audio® makes North American debut at InfoComm 2018

Versarray™ PRO powered line array from Crest Audio® makes North American debut at InfoComm 2018

Crest Audio’s revolutionary Versarray™ PRO powered line array, makes its US debut at InfoComm 2018. Comprising the Versarray PRO 112 line array element and the PRO 215 subwoofer, Versarray PRO is an ideal choice for all mid-sized line array applications including live entertainment, theatres, houses of worship and more. With integrated Dante audio networking, built-in DSP, innovative flying hardware and world class components, the Versarray Pro powered line array delivers premium quality audio in a versatile, easy-to-set-up, networkable package.

The Versarray PRO 112 benefits from Crest Audio’s latest-generation Mark III ribbon drivers and proprietary CLEAR FORM™ Waveguide for crystalline high end reproduction. The low end is served by the 12” NEO Black Widow neodymium loudspeaker with dual 4” voice coils which works in conjunction with Crest’s patented Ram Air Cooling™ (RAC) design for even greater efficiency and power handling. The compact, flyable Versarray PRO 215 sub, also with RAC design, features dual 15” Black Widow Low Rider drivers and delivers full power down to 35 Hz and a peak SPL of 135 dB. Both elements benefit from 3000 Watts of available dynamic power.

In terms of rigging, Versarray PRO is a fully articulating array thanks to an ingenious, easy-to-adjust 3-pin system on the back, which enables a range of configurations that are simply unachievable in other comparably priced systems. The result is near-perfect coverage and audio quality across a vast range of applications. Furthermore, Versarray PRO includes Auto-Hang DSP technology, a quick and easy push-button control option that allows you to adjust the array according to the number of cabinets in the array, speaker positioning and more. Combined with the innovative FlyQWIK™ hardware, a Versarray PRO system can be accurately deployed in a fraction of the time required by competing systems.

As an active system, Versarray PRO features sophisticated on-board DSP processing including FIR filtering. Certain parameters may be accessed from the back panel for quick and easy initial set-up, or indeed the whole system may be configured and controlled remotely via a dedicated Window-based software utility. Dante network control and audio are delivered via a single CAT5/6 cable, and redundant analog connections have also been included for rock-solid reliability.

Versarray PRO is the perfect solution for pro audio applications requiring high output, flawless coverage and pristine high fidelity audio in a compact, easy-to-deploy package.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in the central hall, booth C1822 at InfoComm 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

Crest Audio® unveils new XD-16 and XD-28 small format digital mixers at InfoComm 2018

Crest Audio® unveils new XD-16 and XD-28 small format digital mixers at InfoComm 2018

The new XD-16 and XD-28 digital mixers from Crest Audio set new standards of expandability and functionality for small format, 2U rackmount mixers. Available in either 16- or 28-channel frames, XD Series digital mixers offer optional Dante networking as well as real-time remote control and monitoring from any Android, Windows or iOS device. The vast range of configurations available enables use as a simple FoH mixer, a monitor mixer, a personal monitor mixer or indeed a combination of all three.

An integrated WiFi module enables real-time control and monitoring of the mixer processing functions, either by acting as a WiFi router for direct connection of up to four external devices (laptop, iPad, phone etc.) for remote control, or alternatively by connecting to an external WiFi network. This mode connects both the mixer and the remote control devices via an external router. It has the advantage of extending the mixer’s WiFi range for applications where the remote control devices are a long way from the mixer.

An optional 4×4 Dante network module allows up to eight channels (4-in/4-out) of audio streaming over a Dante network, and extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 by four AUX channels, and also adds four outputs (MON 1-2 and AUX 1-2). Control is provided via the Dante Controller application.

Any USB flash media or HDD can be connected to XD Series digital mixers for concurrent recording and playback of dual audio tracks which are stored via USB media in a lossless 16-bit or 24-bit WAV format. Audio streams may be recorded from any node of the processing chain, and users can also create a dedicated stereo mix if desired. In Playback mode, the USB extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 with an AUX stereo channel. The AUX input can access the same processors as the MIC/LINE inputs.

Finally, the XD-16 mixer may also be equipped with an optional network module to directly link a “Slave” mixer to the master unit via a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. Linking a Slave to a Master allows the user to access the Slave’s inputs thereby expanding the mixer by a further 16 channels. Master and Slave units process their own input channels, and then the Slave sends the streams to the Master, which collects and mixes the signals before output. Remote control is via the Master unit, which in turn controls the Slave via the network.

The XD Series digital mixers from Crest Audio deliver a wide range of mixing functionality in a single expandable, configurable, and flexible package.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in the central hall, booth C1822 at InfoComm 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

MDM32 Dante® Card for MediaMatrix® NION® now shipping

MDM32 Dante® Card for MediaMatrix® NION® now shipping

Peavey Commercial Audio is pleased to announce that the new MDM32 Dante network audio module for MediaMatrix NION devices is now shipping. MDM32 replaces the Dante DLM module which may be easily swapped out for the new interface in existing installations.  The familiar CM format of the MDM32 also allows legacy CobraNet systems to be easily updated to Dante systems by replacing the CM1 and CM2 modules in MediaMatrix NION and CAB4n frames with the MDM32 Dante network module.

The MDM32 is compatible with all MediaMatrix NION DSP devices as well as CAB4 configurable audio I/O bridges. Supporting 32 x 32 digital audio inputs and outputs, the MDM32 delivers high quality, ultra-low latency Dante audio streaming over a Gigabit Ethernet network with glitch-free redundancy for full Dante plug and play audio networking.

Peavey Commercial Audio’s general manager, Kevin Ivey is delighted to be able to offer this latest release to MediaMatrix customers worldwide. “The MDM32 delivers all the power and flexibility of Audinate’s Brooklyn II module in a format that is specifically adapted to our products,” he said. “MediaMatrix customers can be guaranteed the most straightforward, reliable Dante networking implementation yet.”

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in the central hall, booth C1822 at InfoComm 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

Peavey® Elements™ C Series weatherproof loudspeakers now with IP56 certification showcased at InfoComm 2018

Peavey® Elements™ C Series weatherproof loudspeakers now with IP56 certification showcased at InfoComm 2018

Peavey Commercial Audio has announced that their industry-leading Peavey ElementsTM C Series weatherproof loudspeakers have been upgraded from IP45 to IP56 rating. The American-made Elements weatherproof enclosures that will be showcased at InfoComm 2018 are a combination of innovative cabinet construction and proven, weatherized components designed for direct contact with the elements in the most demanding climates.
 
The upgrade from IP45 (Ingress Protection) rating to IP56 is significant as it denotes even more protection against the elements than previously. The first digit refers to protection against contact and ingress of small particles and foreign bodies. IP45 guarantees protection against contact with live or moving parts inside the enclosure by tools, wires or other objects with a thickness greater than 1 mm. An IP56 rating signifies complete protection against contact with live or moving parts including protection against harmful deposits of dust.
The second digit refers to protection against water. An IP45 rating guarantees that water projected by a nozzle against the enclosure from any direction shall not have a harmful effect, whereas IP56 takes things a step further to include protection against water from heavy seas or projected from jets.
 
According to Peavey Commercial Audio’s operations manager, James Kennedy, this is a significant upgrade. “The Peavey Elements series has enjoyed great success since its launch in 2013, with many prestigious installations in theme parks, military training grounds and other outdoor environments around the world. The upgrade to an IP56 rating continues to assure the relevance of this highly versatile range in the most challenging and difficult environments.”
 
The Elements C series of composite enclosures are constructed from an advanced fiber composite material that is dimensionally stable in wet conditions, resists contamination and rot, and yet has the resonant properties of wood. This light and durable material ensures unmatched sonic performance while providing reliable service year after year. The aluminum grills of the Elements C series enclosures feature a barrier membrane that repels water yet allows moisture to escape without affecting the sonic performance of the loudspeaker.
 
The Elements C series is available in three two-way, full range configurations and as a flyable subwoofer. The Elements 115C and Elements 112C feature 15” and 12” weatherproof Black Widow® woofers and an RX™22 2” titanium diaphragm compression driver tweeter coupled to a Quadratic-Throat Waveguide® rotatable horn. The Elements 115C and Elements 112C can be ordered with either a 60 X 40 or a 105 X 60 horn. The Elements 108C combines a 75 X 75 horn with an 8” weatherproof woofer in a compact and durable enclosure. The Elements 212 subwoofer is a flyable subwoofer enclosure featuring a pair of 12” weatherproof woofers.
 
Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in the central hall, booth C1822 at InfoComm 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

 

Crest Audio® debuts C1 Series contracting amplifiers with integrated DSP and Dante® connectivity at InfoComm 2018

Crest Audio® debuts C1 Series contracting amplifiers with integrated DSP and Dante® connectivity at InfoComm 2018

Crest Audio® has unveiled the new C1 Series range of contracting and installation amplifiers featuring powerful and efficient Class D designs, on-board digital signal processing, Dante protocol networking and USB/Ethernet connectivity for monitoring and control. The new C1 Series amplifiers are contractor-friendly thanks to the addition of Euro connector inputs and barrier strip outputs as well as fault relays and CV (control voltage) inputs.
 
The C1 Series currently comprises four models:
 
  • C1 86k 8-channel amplifier with 750W/channel into 4 ohms
  • C1 48k 4-channel amplifier with 2000W/channel into 4ohms
  • C1 44k 4-channel amplifier with 1000W/channel into 4 ohms
  • C1 25k 2-channel amplifier with 2500W/channel into 4 ohms
All models incorporate a highly efficient switch mode power supply and Class D circuitry with full bandwidth PWM modulators for ultra-low distortion, high efficiency and superior circuit protection. The clip/limiter function provides output monitoring to prevent speaker damage with gentle gain reduction at clip threshold as well as efficient heat dissipation and overheat protection for uncompromised reliability.
In addition to being powerful workhorses, C1 Series amplifiers are also capable and sophisticated loudspeaker processors thanks to a powerful internal DSP engine with sampling rates of 96 kHz/24-bit and high performance 24bit AD/DA converters. Everything you need to optimize a loudspeaker system is at your fingertips; IIR HP/LP crossover filters, RMS compressor, parametric EQ, alignment delays, white/pink noise and much, much more.
 
Users can set parameters, select input source and load presets via the convenient front panel LCD touchscreen. A Dante network module enables primary and redundant connectivity to a digital audio network and allows seamless external control and monitoring of the amplifier. The C1 Series amps will be fully integrated with Peavey’s MediaMatrix® hardware and NWare software, allowing signal distribution, control and monitoring of the C1 Series amps in MediaMatrix projects. The C1 Series power amps may also be integrated with other DSP/control platforms that support Dante audio networking. Applications for these powerful, networked multi-channel power amps include stadia, transportation hubs, theme parks, arenas, convention centers, retail spaces, or any other projects requiring high quality, reliable networked audio.
 
Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in the central hall, booth C1822 at InfoComm 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

Peavey Commercial Audio® launches brand new website

Peavey Commercial Audio® launches brand new website

Peavey Commercial Audio has launched a new, fully responsive website including a highly sophisticated and flexible search function that enables users to search by product, product family, application and even technology. The new site also embraces a fully updated look and feel for an altogether more modern, fluid experience.

According to PCA EMEA Operations Manager, James Kennedy, the new site is a breath of fresh air. “It’s a completely new experience for our users, or indeed anyone interested in Peavey Commercial Audio products,” he remarked. “The search function is incredibly powerful. We have a database of over 200 products, so it’s imperative that users be able to find what they want quickly and easily. For that reason, we’ve included a large number of search parameters that will enable customers to narrow down their search in just a few clicks, either by product range, family, application or even technologies – for example, you can search for ‘4-channel Dante installation amplifiers’ and it will come up with everything that falls into those four categories.”

Another unique feature of the new website is the ability to create projects that can then be shared amongst interested parties. For example, a consultant can put together a specification with all of the relevant documentation including spec sheets etc. and then share it with the customer, bidding contractors, or others, all within the framework of the website. “We think this an industry first,” said Kevin Ivey, PCA General Manager. “No other manufacturer offers such a powerful and flexible tool, that is completely free of charge and with no limit to the number of projects that can be created, via their own website. We are convinced that it will be of benefit to our customers when planning future projects.”

The new Peavey Commercial Audio website also offers improved intuitive navigation and more immediate access to product support and applications. Users may download the most recent versions of MediaMatrix NWare, for example, or access PCA’s knowledge center for hardware and software documentation and programming tips.

Crest Audio® debuts new XD-16™ and XD-28™ small format digital mixers at PL+S 2018

Crest Audio® debuts new XD-16™ and XD-28™ small format digital mixers at PL+S 2018

The new XD-16™ and XD-28™ digital mixers from Crest Audio® set new standards of expandability and functionality for small format, 2U rackmount mixers. Available in either 16- or 28-channel frames, XD Series digital mixers offer optional Dante® networking as well as real-time remote control and monitoring from any Android, Windows or iOS device. The vast range of configurations available enables use as a simple FoH mixer, a monitor mixer, a personal monitor mixer or indeed a combination of all three.

An integrated WiFi module enables real-time control and monitoring of the mixer processing functions, either by acting as a WiFi router for direct connection of up to four external devices (laptop, iPad, phone etc.) for remote control, or alternatively by connecting to an external WiFi network. This mode connects both the mixer and the remote control devices via an external router. It has the advantage of extending the mixer’s WiFi range for applications where the remote control devices are a long way from the mixer.

An optional 4×4 Dante network module allows up to eight channels (4-in/4-out) of audio streaming over a Dante network, and also extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 by four AUX channels, and also adds four outputs (MON 1-2 and AUX 1-2). Control is provided via the Dante Controller application.

The XD Series mixers may also be equipped with an optional network module to directly link a “Slave” mixer to the master unit via a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. Linking a Slave to a Master allows the user to access the Slave’s inputs thereby expanding the mixer by a further 16 or 28 channels. Master and Slave units process their own input channels, and then the Slave sends the streams to the Master, which collects and mixes the signals before output. Remote control is via the Master unit, which in turn controls the Slave via the network.

Finally, any USB flash media or HDD can be connected to XD Series digital mixers for concurrent recording and playback of dual audio tracks which are stored via USB media in a lossless 16-bit or 24-bit WAV format. Audio streams may be recorded from any node of the processing chain, and users can also create a dedicated stereo mix if desired. In Playback mode, the USB extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 with an AUX stereo channel. The AUX input can access the same processors as the MIC/LINE inputs.

The XD Series digital mixers from Crest Audio deliver a wide range of mixing functionality in a single expandable, configurable, and flexible package.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in hall 3.1, stand A21 at ProLight + Sound 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

Crest Audio® ProTour™ Series amplifiers with integrated DSP and Dante® connectivity showcased at PL+S 2018

Crest Audio® ProTour™ Series amplifiers with integrated DSP and Dante® connectivity showcased at PL+S 2018

Following their recent European unveiling at ISE 2018, Crest Audio® will be showcasing their powerful new Class D ProTour™ Series power amplifiers at ProLight + Sound 2018. Designed to meet the most demanding requirements of portable and fixed installation audio systems, the ProTour Series delivers high output power, efficient cooling, onboard DSP, Dante® network connectivity, and USB/Ethernet connectivity for monitoring and control.

The ProTour Series currently comprises four models:

  • ProTour 8004d 4-channel amplifier with 2000W/channel into 4 ohms or 70/100V direct drive
  • ProTour 5002d 2-channel amplifier with 2500W/channel into 4ohms
  • ProTour 4004d 4-channel amplifier with 1000W/channel into 4 ohms
  • ProTour 3003d 3-channel amplifier with 1000W/channel into 4 ohms or 70/100V direct drive

All models incorporate a highly efficient switch mode power supply and Class D circuitry with full bandwidth PWM modulators for ultra-low distortion, high efficiency and superior circuit protection. The clip/limiter function provides output monitoring to prevent speaker damage with gentle gain reduction at clip threshold as well as efficient heat dissipation and overheat protection for uncompromised reliability.

In addition to delivering lashings of power, ProTour Series amplifiers are also capable and sophisticated loudspeaker processors thanks to a powerful internal DSP engine with sampling rates of 96 kHz/24bit and high performance 24bit AD/DA converters. Everything you need to optimize a loudspeaker system is at your fingertips; IIR HP/LP crossover filters, RMS compressor, parametric EQ, alignment delays, white/pink noise and much, much more.

Users can set parameters, select input source and load presets via the convenient front panel LCD touchscreen. A Dante network module enables primary and redundant connectivity to a digital audio network and allows external control and monitoring of the amplifier.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in hall 3.1, stand A21 at ProLight + Sound 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

Versarray™ PRO powered line array from Crest Audio® makes international debut at PL+S 2018

Versarray™ PRO powered line array from Crest Audio® makes international debut at PL+S 2018

Crest Audio’s® revolutionary Versarray™ PRO powered line array makes its entrance at ProLight + Sound 2018. Comprising the Versarray PRO 112 line array element and the Versarray PRO 215 sub, Versarray PRO is an ideal choice for all mid-sized line array applications including live entertainment, theatres, houses of worship and more. With integrated Dante® audio networking, built-in DSP, innovative flying hardware and world class components, the Versarray PRO powered line array delivers premium quality audio in a versatile, easy-to-set-up, networkable package.

The Versarray PRO 112 benefits from Crest Audio’s latest-generation Mark III ribbon drivers and proprietary CLEAR FORM™ Waveguide for crystalline high end reproduction. The low end is served by the 12” NEO Black Widow® neodymium loudspeaker with dual 4” voice coils which works in conjunction with Crest’s patented Ram Air Cooling™ (RAC) design for even greater efficiency and power handling. The compact, flyable Versarray PRO 215 sub, also with RAC design, features dual 15” Black Widow Low Rider drivers and delivers full power down to 35 Hz and a peak SPL of 135 dB. Both elements benefit from 3000 Watts of available dynamic power.

In terms of rigging, Versarray PRO is a fully articulating array thanks to an ingenious, easy-to-adjust 3-pin system on the back, which enables a range of configurations that are simply unachievable in other comparably priced systems. The result is near-perfect coverage and audio quality across a vast range of applications. Furthermore, Versarray PRO includes Auto-Hang DSP technology, a quick and easy push-button control option that allows you to adjust the array according to the number of cabinets in the array, speaker positioning and more. Combined with the innovative FlyQWIK™ hardware, a Versarray PRO system can be accurately deployed in a fraction of the time required by competing systems.

As an active system, Versarray PRO features sophisticated on-board DSP processing including FIR filtering. Certain parameters may be accessed from the back panel for quick and easy initial set-up, or indeed the whole system may be configured and controlled remotely via a dedicated Windows-based software utility. Dante network control and audio are delivered via a single CAT5/6 cable, and redundant analog connections have also been included for rock-solid reliability.

Versarray PRO is the perfect solution for pro audio applications requiring high output, flawless coverage and pristine high fidelity audio in a compact, easy-to-deploy package.

Visit Peavey Commercial Audio in hall 3.1, stand A21 at ProLight + Sound 2018 for more information or contact your local authorized reseller.

SEA Games, Malaysia

SEA Games, Malaysia

2017 turned out to be a big year in Malaysia – celebrations of the country’s 60th year of independence coincided with the return to Kuala Lumpur of the biggest multi-sports event in SouthEast Asia, the SEA Games, as well as the ASEAN Para Games. First inaugurated in 1959 as the SEAP (South East Asian Peninsular) Games with just twelve sports, the biennial event celebrated its 29th edition this year with over 400 events in 38 different sports.

THE CHALLENGE

The last time that Malaysia hosted the SEA Games was in 2001 when the country emerged as overall champions with 111 gold medals. At the time, Malaysia was justly proud of its super-modern sports infrastructure that had been built especially for the Commonwealth Games in 1998. However, standards and expectations no longer being what they were 20 years ago, the nation embarked on a full rejuvenation and renovation process in order to bring the KL Sports City complex at Bukit Jalil up to world class modern standards.

The brief called for the transformation from design to completion within 18 months to provide both four “new” world class venues to stage major events and recreational facilities for the Malaysian community. The redevelopment of Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Putra Stadium (now Axiata Arena), the National Aquatic Centre and the National Hockey Stadium focused on providing functional excellence coupled with the expression of Malaysia culture.

THE SOLUTION

However, no sporting venue can be considered world class unless it has an audio system of the same calibre; hence renowned Malaysian systems integration company, A.F.S. Engineering, was appointed to design, specify and install all the sound reinforcement systems across all four venues. A.F.S. selected the MediaMatrix NION networked audio DSP platform from Peavey as the backbone of each system, providing routing throughout and loudspeaker DSP management where required depending on the loudspeaker systems used, as well as system control via the MediaMatrix NWare Kiosk software interface.

Peavey’s application engineer EMEA, Lee Freer, was on site for two weeks to support A.F.S. in programming and commissioning all the systems prior to the opening ceremony and remained on hand throughout the games. Lee explains here in more detail why NION was selected for the job and how it all works:

“NION was chosen largely thanks to its powerful routing capabilities and the convenience of the Kiosk control interface, which was used throughout. NION provided a huge amount of flexibility coping with the vast number of outputs, especially in the Bukit Jalil Stadium and Axiata Arena. Each venue was split into four zones, or quadrants, with a NION n6 unit in the Master Control Room and one or two NIONs per quadrant to provide reliable Dante signal breakout. NION enabled us to deliver a stable, redundant networked solution with lots of flexibility, plenty of headroom and fast, elegant control via the NWare Kiosk interface.”

“In the Aquatic Centre and the National Hockey Stadium where the PA system was comprised of RCF loudspeakers and Inter-M amplifiers, the NIONs also provided DSP processing for all system inputs and speaker processing for all outputs,” continued Freer. “The processed audio was then routed over a redundant Dante AoIP network to quadrant-based NIONs and then re-routed out via Dante to numerous Inter-M Dante amplifiers to interleaved loudspeaker circuits for maximum reliability.”

NWare Kiosk control was used across all the venues, allowing operators to adjust or mute specific areas that interfered with OB proceedings. A case in point was at the Aquatics centre: once an event had finished, the OB cameras would focus on the competitor interview at the poolside. It was noted that the sound reinforcement system was giving too much ambient bleed to the broadcasters, so A.F.S. set up a procedure that enabled the system operators to mute specific clusters between events via the Kiosk interface so that the OB feeds were clean. “Quick, simple and efficient – everyone was happy!”

“The SEA Games provides us with another great example of the flexibility of the NION networked DSP platform when it comes to managing complex events in large venues,” said Freer. “In opting for NION as the backbone, the integrator knows that he has lots of choices, and he can pick and choose the options that best suit his application. That’s exactly what A.F.S. did in this instance – not every system was the same by any means – and it all worked seamlessly and to great effect. It made my job really easy!”

THE RESULT

A mix of NION units were deployed across the four venues depending on the type of functionality and the number of I/Os required.

The Bukit Jalil National Stadium featured the flagship NION n6 8-in/8-out Dante device in the Master Control Room with an 8-in/24-out NION n3 in each quadrant handling audio routing for the 52 hangs of L’Acoustics Kara and Kiva arrays. An 8-out NION nX in Q1 and Q3 were deployed to run the 64 under-balcony feeds.

The Axiata Stadium benefitted from an 8-in/16-out NION n6 in the Master Control Room and an 8-in/21-out NION nXs in Q2, Q3 and Q4 handling routing for the L’Acoustics Kara and Kiva II arrays.

The Aquatics Centre was a single NION system with an 8-in/16-out NION nX running four stacks of six and two stacks of four RCF P5228 spectator arrays and RCF P6215 and RCF 3115T poolside systems for the competition and training pools.

The National Hockey Stadium had an 8-in/8-out NION n3 in the master control room with a second n3 in Q3 and an 8-in/8-out NION nX in Q1 and Q4 running a total of 96 RCF P56228 loudspeakers distributed across 24 hangs around the stadium. The ancillary hockey pitch utilised a scaled-down version of the same system as array hangs were not a major requirement for this more open space. A Yamaha TF5 digital mixing console presided in each venue to handle the mix from the microphones before distributing out to the various zones of the PA system via NION.

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