I just returned from the NAB show in Las Vegas where there was some standout gear on display. I saw Genelecâ€™s 1238CF Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System for the first time and it is impressive. The three-way monitor is a midfield or soffit-mount size speaker that is a mere 10.1 inches deep and offers their Genelec Loudspeaker Managerâ„¢ (GLMâ„¢) control software. The 1238CF can be combined with Genelec 8200/7200 Series products in the same control network. The rear-mounted amp ran surprisingly cool to the touch and the speakers sounded great.
The Digico SD11 is a rackmounted live mixer that comes with a stagebox offering 16 microphone pre amps, eight line outputs and two mono AES I/O. It features 12 touch sensitive moving faders below a 15â€? touch sensitive screen. Thereâ€™s plenty of IO on the unit itself making it versatile enough to run with or without the stagebox for quick and portable use.
The Channel from Aphex is a complete channel strip for voice and instruments. The Channel incorporates seven powerful devices within a compact, single rack space design. It includes a tube preamp, compressor, gate, de-esser, Aphexâ€™s Big Bottom bass enhancer, parametric EQ, and Aural Exciter.
Roland’s M-480 is their upgrade of the M-400 V-Mixer. It has a wider stance, larger touchscreen and more direct user tweakability including an EQ â€œsmart channelâ€? to which you can assign any channel for quick hands-on involvement with your signal processors. It features 48 mixing channels plus 6 stereo returns Main LCR outputs, 16 AUX buses, 8 matrices 4-band fully parametric EQ, gate/compressor on all channels. All input and output channels equipped with delay 6 built-in multi-effects and 12 graphic EQs Cascade capability supports large format applications.
The Neyrinck V-Control Pro is a slick iPad controller for Pro Tools (soon to be cross app) designed by none other than former senior vice-president and chief technology officer of Avid Technology, Dave LeBolt. I was quickly able to get deep into automation and plug-in controls with its large buttons, some which pop up other useful menus making it a tactile delight. You can swipe horizontally to move channels instead of banking and operate the transport with the dedicated controls across the bottom of the screen. Watch for a review coming soon.