AKG, JBL & SOUNDCRAFT AT NAMM
The new AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone that builds on the legacy of the C535.
Three proprietary technologies are featured in the new C636. Firstly, the uniform cardioid polar pattern helps eliminate feedback throughout the entire frequency spectrum with a specially designed suspension and grille for the capsule, helping avoid unwanted sound reflections on the back of the capsule. Secondly, the C636 innovates by integrating a double shock suspension system to reduce handling noise. The capsule sits on a highly absorbent rubber bearing that eliminates any structure-based noise while an adjustable balancing network cancels vibrations over a wide frequency range. Lastly, a multilayer protection system prevents unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of the grille itself, a foam layer behind the grille, and a magnetically attached computer-modelled mesh layer on top of the capsule for plosive-free performance.
Also new from AKG is the P5i dynamic vocal microphone designed to automatically configure with the Harman Connected PA ecosystem for easy setup and recall of performer and presets. The design is based on the P5 vocal mic. It features a supercardioid polar pattern, heavy-duty metal body construction, and an integrated windscreen to efficiently tame plosives and wind noise.
The Harman stall adds a new self-powered master reference studio monitor from JBL called the JBL 7 Series. With patented waveguides developed for the JBL M2, the new 705P five-inch and 708P eight-inch monitors deliver high output and lots of detail.
The 725GF five-inch low frequency transducer used in the 705P model provides 14mm peak-to-peak excursion with low frequency output down to 39Hz. The 728G eight-inch LF transducer inside the 708P leverages JBL Differential Drive technology to reduce compression and provide greater sustained output and extended linear low frequency performance to 35Hz.
JBL has also put out a Monitor Management Tuning System called Intonato 24 for easy automated calibration and complete control of monitoring systems in stereo, surround, and immersive audio production rooms. Housed in a 2U rack-mount enclosure, Intonato 24 can calibrate and control systems of up to 24 speakers with customised recallable routing of up to 24 sources selected from 24 dedicated analogue, 24 digital, and 256 networked audio sources. It includes a calibration microphone and Automated Speaker Calibration process that ‘tunes’ each speaker to compensate for speaker placement and room acoustics for a more neutral response at the mix position. A graphical interface lets you control Intonato 24 from Mac, Windows, and a range of tablets. Complete configurations can be saved as ‘profiles’ and ‘scenes’ and instantly recalled to meet client or project requirements.
Not to be left out, Soundcraft released the new Ui24R digital mixing and multitrack recording systems that delivers flexible I/O and wireless control. The system can be controlled by up to 10 devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band wi-fi. Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech DSP is onboard, as well as Studer preamps.
The Ui24R has 10 combo/XLR, 10XLR, two line level, and two digital mix channels for a total of 24 simultaneous inputs. dbx AFS2 automatic feedback suppression is available on all monitor outputs. What’s more, the Ui24R lets you redundantly record a stereo mix, plus all 22 multitrack inputs, directly to a USB storage drive and a connected computer.
Perhaps the biggest news from Harman was the introduction of Connected PA. Designed to be a complete integrate ecosystem of live sound products with app control at its core, Connected PA gives centralised control over setup and configuration of audio systems. And because it’s made by Harman, it brings together Soundcraft mixing consoles, AKG microphones, dbx stage boxes, and JBL speakers via Harman’s ioSys technology.
“Musicians need a fast and easy way to set up their PA system so they can focus on performing instead of worrying about their equipment,” said Noel Larson, Senior Global Manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “The Harman Connected PA system provides musicians a simple and effective way to set up and operate their entire PA system from one central app, with minimal pro audio skills or previous live sound experience.”
At launch, compatible products include:
- Souncraft Ui12, Ui16, and Ui24R digital mixers
- JBL PRX800W Series loudspeakers
- dbx DI1 active direct box
- AKG P5i microphone