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Clair Brothers 1.5AM+ Coaxial Stage Monitor
Clair Brothers 1.5AM+ Coaxial Stage Monitor

Clair Brothers 1.5AM+ Coaxial Stage Monitor

Naomi Crews
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Clair Brothers introduced the newest addition to hits One Series coaxial stage monitors, the 1.5AM+.

More details from Clair Brothers (www.clairbrothers.com

Unveiled earlier this year at Prolight + Sound 2017, Clair Brothers proudly introduces a bold new addition to its highly successful line of One Series 12- and 15-inch coaxial stage monitors: a self-powered version of the 1.5AM monitor called the 1.5AM+. On the heels of last year’s introduction of the powered monitor 1AM+, the amplified sister of the 1AM monitor, Clair Brothers continues to propel the pro audio industry forward.

The expanding One Series product line continues the tradition of stage monitoring excellence begun by the acclaimed Clair 12AM. The 1.5AM+’s internal, factory-programmed DSP loudspeaker processing gives users Xover, EQ, Limiter, and a total of four preset options. Of interest to current 12AM owners, the 1.5AM+ features factory-programmed processing that delivers two ‘12AM Emulation Mode’ preset options (32dB gain or 38dB gain); these presets provide similar frequency response voicing and low-frequency phase response for seamless compatibility for 1.5AM+ to be deployed harmoniously with existing fleets of 12AM monitors. The two remaining presets are options designed for low-frequency optimization on stage as the 1.5AM+ may be coupled with other two-way monitors or with stage subwoofers. The “Mon A” preset offers a two-way phase vs. frequency characteristic and the “Mon B” preset includes an all-pass filter that aligns the low-frequency phase response seamlessly with subwoofers across the lowest octaves. It’s recommended to combine these monitors with Clair CS or kiT-Series subwoofers.

Like the 1AM+, the 1.5AM+ contains a lightweight, powerful amplifier module made exclusively for Clair by Powersoft; this module allows users to power a passive (non-powered) 1.5AM with a slave output. “Simply connect the 1.5AM+ by cable to a non-powered 1.5AM and power the pair. While this is a mono (not stereo mix) configuration, this is a very unique, value-added feature,” says Josh Sadd, vice president and chief engineer at Clair Brothers. The integrated amp notably delivers two-channel (1600W each) 3200W total power.

The 1.5AM+ offers a coaxial design and a proprietary high-frequency rotatable horn (40°H x 60°V standard dispersion) carved from premium Baltic birch. This proprietary horn design includes sculpted wooden acoustic filters that optimize the magnitude and phase response between the coaxial components in the crossover region – effectively avoiding the shadowing of the woofer with the horn, as well as the early reflection from the rear of the horn. The end result is a remarkably coherent, exceptional sound quality that gives the effect of a full PA system for the performer. Low-profile, sleek-styling and ergonomic, flush-mounted side handles afford great aesthetic appeal and portability. The 1.5AM+ monitors are travel-ready with a rugged exterior finish, a resilient grille design, and road cases designed to carry pairs. Custom cabling for systems is available and can be pre-wired, labeled and delivered in road cases.

Clair Brothers vision of the 1.5AM+ is that it is well suited for vocal monitoring and on-stage instrument reinforcement (drum fill, bass and keyboard monitors), but especially for DJ / EDM monitors. Those looking for the Rolls Royce of stage monitors should certainly consider Clair Brothers 1.5AM+.

All products are available (for purchase or rental) immediately.

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Powersoft Snapshot Selector App for Mobile Devices

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Powersoft has announced a brand new app for mobile devices, called Snapshot Selector. The free and easy-to-use app, now compatible with Android devices, allows users of Powersoft's X Series amplifier platforms to instantaneously recall a full slate of saved settings by simply connecting their phone to their amplifier with a USB cable. The app makes the X Series amplifier platforms an even more appealing solution for audio professionals, including in rental environments.

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Meyer Sound VLFC Very Low Frequency Control Element

Meyer Sound VLFC Very Low Frequency Control Element

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Waves Audio has joined forces with DirectOut Technologies to include Waves SoundGrid® technology in DirectOut’s SG.MADI converter.
Waves Audio has joined forces with DirectOut Technologies to include Waves SoundGrid® technology in DirectOut’s SG.MADI converter.

DirectOut Technologies Integrates Waves SoundGrid in Its SG.MADI Converter

Naomi Crews
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Waves Audio and DirectOut Technologies have come together to include Waves SoundGrid® technology in DirectOut's SG.MADI converter.

More details from Waves Audio (www.waves.com) and DirectOut (www.directout.eu):

Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions and digital music production tools, has joined forces with German-based networking, routing and conversion specialist DirectOut Technologies to include Waves SoundGrid® technology in DirectOut’s SG.MADI converter.

DirectOut Technologies is now shipping its latest development, SG.MADI, an audio format converter that links MADI signals with Waves SoundGrid Audio-over-Ethernet. SoundGrid is a Layer 2-based network protocol offered by Waves, for Audio-over-Ethernet networking and real-time processing solutions for live, broadcast and music production facilities, to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over Ethernet networks.

By using SG.MADI’s integrated network switch, integration of outboard equipment and redundant DAWs to a SoundGrid environment is simple. Working in large multi-stage venues, SG.MADI easily connects MADI to a SoundGrid network and to SoundGrid software or hardware, and works as a monitoring tool for all SoundGrid and MADI signals.

Housed in a robust 1U 19-inch casing, SG.MADI makes economical use of valued rack space. A headphone jack, including volume control, provides easy monitoring. There are two GPIs on the rear panel, in order to integrate control signals via the network or MADI link, and the two GPOs can be individually configured for triggering system events or activating on-air or recording lights etc. It is also equipped with dual redundant power supplies, and both the MADI and network ports may be employed as dual redundant pairs with auto fail-over.

Udi Henis, Waves International Marketing, comments, “We are delighted to collaborate with DirectOut in offering Waves SoundGrid technology, to facilitate the making of the SG.MADI and to offer MADI-enabled console users the possibility of easy networking and use of Waves plugins.”

Stephan Flock (CTO, DirectOut) states, “Waves software algorithms have become an essential tool in music production, live sound and broadcast environments. The SoundGrid network audio standard offers the perfect format for integration of a plug-in server and also serves as interconnect between DAWs and other digital audio hardware setups, either based on MADI or other network audio standards. We are very glad about our cooperation with Waves and the possibility to offer a SoundGrid interface in our product line.”

SG.MADI Features:
• Connects MADI and SoundGrid consoles in multi-stage venues
• Provides monitoring of SoundGrid and MADI signals
• Links SoundGrid DSP Server with Waves plugins into a MADI environment
• Integrates outboard equipment and DAWs to a SoundGrid environment
• Offers remote control of external components via SoundGrid / MADI
• Analog I/Os allow for immediate interfacing with the network audio and the MADI signal (Two microphone / line inputs with switchable phantom power and continuous gain for input signals from less than -55 dBu up to +24 dBu, two balanced line outputs, and headphone output)
• Optical SC (single-mode or multi-mode), coaxial (BNC) and SFP
• Mac Core Audio and Windows ASIO compatible
• Selectable clock sources are word clock, MADI, SoundGrid® or the internal clock. The current system clock is provided at the word clock output at any time.

To learn more, visit http://www.directout.eu/en/products/sgmadi/ and https://www.waves.com/live-sound/madi-enabled-consoles 
Video: https://youtu.be/m1GQEpi7QYY

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Whirlwind Power Link PL2 Stringers with Power Management
Whirlwind Power Link PL2 Stringers with Power Management

Whirlwind Power Link PL2 Stringers with Power Management

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Whirlwind has added its new UL-listed ROK Remote Outlet Kontroller technology to its line of rugged Power Link PL2 Stringers, which distribute multiple circuits of AC power to multiple locations. Now you can turn power on and off for remotely located equipment that consumes power even while not in use. This is ideal for controlling power to lighting fixtures, powered loudspeakers, projectors, video displays, etc. ROK1 switches are used for single-phase 120 VAC; ROK2 is used for switching single-phase 240 VAC or two legs of 208 VAC three-phase. Both devices are rated for switching 20-amp AC branch circuits; both control six circuits per box.

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