An in-depth look at Shure’s MV88+ Video Kit

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As more and more Houses of Worship turn to technology to stay with the times, many leaders are looking to enhance their video and audio production capabilities as a way to maximize worshipers’ experiences in- and outside of their facility.

Shure understands that HOW tech teams shouldn’t have to buy half a dozen products to film a highquality piece of video content one day and capture live music performances the next. Enter the MV88+ Video Kit, an all-in-one mobile solution for capturing professional quality recordings on-the-go.

Waves Audio Adds MOTU Support to Its BR1 AVB-to-SoundGrid Bridge, Enabling Waves’ Real-Time Plugin Processing in MOTU-Based AVB Networks

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Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and leading maker of audio plugins for mixing, music production, mastering, sound design, broadcast, post-production and live sound, announces the addition of MOTU support to its Waves SoundGrid BR1, a device bridging AVB and Waves SoundGrid® networks. This now enables Waves real-time plugin processing on any MOTU-based AVB network with MOTU’s AVB-enabled audio interfaces.

The Waves SoundGrid BR1 is an AVB-to-SoundGrid bridge that adds real-time audio processing capabilities to AVB networks and improved sound quality in AVB setups. Until now, the Waves SoundGrid BR1 was compatible with PreSonus AVB networks only. Now, BR1 is compatible with MOTU AVB systems.

Waves Audio Announces the FIT Controller for the eMotion LV1 Live Mixer

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Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and leading maker of audio plugins for mixing, music production, mastering, sound design, broadcast, post-production and live sound, announces the Waves FIT Controller for the eMotion LV1 Live Mixer.

FIT is the ultimate hands-on control unit for the Waves eMotion LV1 live software mixer. Developed specifically for the LV1, the FIT controller helps you combine the best of both worlds: the pristine sound quality, unparalleled digital workflow, plugin integration, portability and space-saving small footprint of the eMotion LV1 mixer — together with all the convenience of a robust, feature-rich tactile controller.

EN54-16 Certification for Fixed Install Amps

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Powersoft today announced it has gained certification for its amplifiers to be used in Public Address and Voice Alarm (PAVA) systems according to the European EN 54-16 requirements.

The EN 54-16 certification describes the required testing and performance criteria for a Voice Alarm Control and Indication Equipment (VACIE) for use in alarm systems installed in buildings, where the alarm signal is in the form of a tone, or voice message, or both. The certification now covers the extended range of Powersoft’s fixed install dedicated amplifiers, including the Ottocanali, Quattrocanali, Duecanali, as well as the X Series.

The importance of PAVA systems is widely recognized as an effective way to produce a timely reaction in most people when using voice guidance in emergency situations as opposed to the response to text and alarm bell information, which under half of the individuals respond effectively to. The use of clear vocal messages has been shown to greatly increase the response time and provide the opportunity to guide occupants to the safest escape route.

The REVELATION II from MXL Microphones

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MXL’s reinvented REVELATION II microphone offers the warmth and intimacy of a premium tube microphone, with the versatility of variable pattern tube technology. As the successor to the MXL REVELATION, which is often regarded as the greatest microphone ever produced by MXL, the REVELATION II utilizes the latest design and manufacturing technologies to offer the remarkable clarity and versatility of the classic MXL REVELATION, but at a fraction of the price. Providing rich and transparent sound, the REVELATION II is an ideal solution for capturing pristine vocals and instrumentals in house of worship applications…..

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ARISTA Corporation Announces E-Vocal® ARS-1616S Series Stage Interfaces

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ARISTA Corporation, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of professional audio products, AV extenders, matrix switchers, and related products for the professional audio and AV installation markets, is pleased to announce the E-Vocal ARS-1616S-A00 and ARS-1616S-A10 multiple channel analog input and analog output Dante-equipped stage boxes. These rugged standalone units, the size of a 3U rackmount enclosure, are the ideal solution for connecting as many as 16 analog microphones and other audio sources and then feeding a mixing console via Dante using a single Ethernet cable—dramatically streamlining stage setups for live performers.

The ARS-1616S Series Stage boxes are available in two versions: the ARS-1616S-A10 incorporates -8 dB to 34 dB preamp gain control with Phantom Power while the ARS-1616S-A00 does not and would require a separate preamp. In addition to their ability to convert 16 analog audio sources to a Dante stream, the ARS-1616S Stage boxes can also convert a Dante stream into 16 channels of analog output signals—in other words, the units are designed to transfer 16 audio channels over a Dante network in both directions. Equally notable, two etherCON connectors (Dante Primary/Secondary) are available for redundant operation when using two separate networks. For mission-critical operation requirements, dual AC input and dual PoE power sources are available for redundant operation, thus ensuring the most dependable and reliable functionality.

Introducing the AMP203 Dante Mini Stereo Amplifier

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Belgian pro audio manufacturer AUDAC is proud to release the brand new AMP203. The AMP203 is a revolutionary mini stereo amplifier featuring network input through Dante or AES67 providing a complete media networking solution to distribute uncompressed audio via standard Ethernet networks with near-zero latency while allowing all other data to be connected on the same network.

Various DSP functionalities are implemented in the AMP203. This allows all configurations to be made in AUDAC Touch™ 2 or via RS485 and Ethernet, making it a fully-fletched 2 x 30W amplifier. The output connector has been implemented using a 4-pin terminal block connector, featuring an output power of 30W per channel and 60W when bridged.

The AMP203’s brand new TouchLink™ technology provides the perfect solution to create virtual zones by linking multiple TouchLink™ compatible devices such as the AMP203 with each other. In AUDAC Touch™ 2 you can select the devices or amplifier channels that should react to the user as one zone. To make the installation even easier, a PoE injector can be used. This way the AMP203 is connected and powered using only one CAT cable.


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Do you wish you had on/off audio control on your favorite mic? Need to kill audio quickly without running to the soundboard or calling for the sound guy? Add an on/off button to any mic or line signal XLR input with the new Sescom SES-IL-LPTT microphone switch. This passive XLR connector switch needs no power supply and easily plugs directly into the end of your microphone without adding more cables and weight. The output end plugs directly into your mic cable.

The lightweight switch features a readily identifiable red button that, when pressed, turns on communication and allows signal to pass, and, when pressed again, mutes the signal entirely. The button securely latches after each press to ensure reliable operation during live performances.

Biamp’s Parlé X-Series Microphones Win Red Dot Award for Outstanding Design Quality

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Biamp, a leading supplier of professional audiovisual solutions, today announced it has won the prestigious Red Dot Award for the Parlé X-Series TCM-X and TTM-X Beamtracking microphones. The Red Dot Design Award is the world’s most renowned design competition. In 2020, designers and companies from 60 countries entered more than 6,500 products into the competition.

“The international Red Dot Award jury meticulously tested all the entries, assessing a wide range of characteristics including aesthetics, materials, level of craftsmanship, surface structure, ergonomics, and functionality,” said Joe Andrulis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Biamp. “Winning a Red Dot award for our Parlé X-Series microphones is an amazing testament to Biamp’s product, manufacturing, and engineering teams. This award validates Biamp’s focus on relentless innovation and our mission to deliver superior audiovisual experiences to customers around the world.”

Stage Tec AVATUS Software Release 1.12: Innovative Two-User Operation

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Stage Tec, the Berlin-based manufacturer of professional audio technology, introduces interesting new features with the latest software release 1.12 for the AVATUS IP console. One of the most innovative new features is simultaneous operation of AVATUS with two sound engineers. The virtual division of a console, which can also consist of several physical buckets, is currently offered by no other console on the market. The division takes place in blocks of 12 control strips each, which make up one cassette. Both sound engineers have unlimited and independent access to various functions: They have their own SOLO and PFL functionalities at their disposal, each in its own control room. The global layer switching, function selection and synchronous scrolling of lists (Aux, N-1, groups, EQ bands, …) only affect the respective user area. Even functions such as spill, the temporary link function, or Aux-/N-1 to faders (including auto lists) can be altered independently by both sound engineers. Furthermore, both users can access all audio channels simultaneously and work with the same channels (e.g. Ambience). 

With the new software release, AVATUS performance and response times are enhanced significantly. And the talk functionality of the two command paths can now be assigned to any user button.