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Mackie Unveils the New Shape of Sound with Ultra-Compact, 2000W DLM Loudspeakers

New Line Delivers Premium Performance at One-third the Size of Traditional Designs.

Mackie today announces a new line of ultra-compact, powered loudspeakers offering a level of innovation never before seen in the world of portable sound reinforcement — DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers. Packed with cutting-edge technology, DLM speakers each feature a staggering 2000 watts of power, proprietary Mackie TruSource™ technology and a full-featured integrated digital mixer/processor. This potent technological combination not only allows for the incredibly small form factor of DLM, but also delivers a level of performance and fidelity that is simply not otherwise available. The extremely powerful DLM system includes two full-range models (DLM8, DLM12) along with a high-output compact subwoofer (DLM12S).

“With DLM you are seeing Mackie’s commitment to delivering groundbreaking technology,” commented John Boudreau, Mackie SVP. “Yes. It’s amazing that DLM speakers are a third smaller than anything in their class. But it’s the unmatched power, processing and fidelity that really sets DLM apart from everything else on the market.”

Each DLM Series Powered Loudspeaker delivers 2000 watts of ultra-efficient Class-D power. Featuring TruSource™ technology, the full-range DLM8 and DLM12 are equipped with Mackie’s TruSource driver that incorporates the high-output woofer and 1.75” compression driver into an incredibly compact common-magnet design. Powerful TruSource DSP delivers seamless clarity, consistent dispersion and unmatched fidelity. Both the DLM8 and DLM12 feature the Mackie DL2 integrated digital mixer, providing a dual-channel mixing solution for a wide array of possible connections with incredible channel features like 3-band EQ and 16 great-sounding effects. Plus, system processing like a multi-band feedback destroyer, six speaker modes and Smart Protect technology provide the tools needed for truly professional applications. The ultra-compact form factor of the DLM8 and DLM12 includes a rugged PC-ABS cabinet, powder-coated grille and integrated kickstand for personal monitor use. The companion DLM12S packs 2000 watts of chest-pounding power  and deep low end into the highest-output compact sub on the market. The integrated DLP Digital Processor provides system processing tools like a variable crossover, speaker modes for optimum voicing and the system protection. The rugged 15mm poplar cabinet is unbelievably compact with a durable, powder-coated grille and integrated pole-cup for mounting a DLM full-range loudspeaker plus additional configuration options that include wall mounting and flying for professional installs.

For more information, please visit www.mackie.com/DLM. There are two videos available including an in-depth feature and technology video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-yC1GziTlo&feature=youtu.be) and a hilarious video that shows the true power of DLM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeDRLmH9xCQ&feature=youtu.be). There’s also an email signup form to keep up with the latest DLM info (http://eepurl.com/oI9Vv).

Enter for a chance to win a pair of DLM12 12″ Powered Loudspeakers by entering Mackie’s DLM: The New Shape of Sound Sweepstakes hosted on Mackie’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mackie). The contest runs until September 27, 2012.

Mackie DLM Series 2000W Powered Loudspeakers will be available Q4, 2012. The DLM8 will have a UK RRP of £699 Inc. vat. The DLM12 will have a UK RRP of £799 Inc. vat. The DLM12S will have a UK RRP of £999 Inc. vat.

DLM12S DLM12 DLM8 DLM12 kickstand DLM12 rear panel Mackie DLM Series

Mackie Expands Portable PA Offerings

New range of flexible, professional gear perfect for passive and powered systems

Mackie today announces a new range of gear designed to meet the global customer demand for passive systems. The new system is composed of three different series of products: S500 Series Passive Loudspeakers, FRS Series Power Amplifiers and the SP260 2×6 Speaker Processor.

“Our customers have asked for an expanded portable PA line that delivers professional performance at amazing prices,” remarked Mackie’s Director of Product Management, Greg Young. “This new system does just that, with class-leading performance and unmatched affordability.”

Offering class-leading power handling and construction, Mackie S500 Series Passive Loudspeakers deliver professional results in rugged designs that are exceedingly affordable. Delivering a high-powered solution for Mackie’s popular PPM Series of powered mixers, S500 passive loudspeakers utilize high-output transducers housed within rugged enclosures covered in tough PVC vinyl and capped with protective edge bumpers. All S500 models feature NL4 and 1/4″ inputs and thru connections. There are three full-range boxes in the series: the S512 2-way 12″, the S515 2-way 15″ and the S525 2-way dual 15″. There is also a companion 18″ subwoofer, the S518.

Available in two different high-powered configurations (FRS-1700 & FRS-2800), Mackie FRS Series Power Amplifiers utilize Mackie’s proven Fast Recovery™ technology for quicker transient response, keeping the sound clean and undistorted even when pushed hard. High-current, switching power supplies maximize efficiency and minimize the weight, making  FRS power amplifiers a professional choice that keeps the amp rack light for transportation.

Offering sophisticated EQ, dynamics processing and system protection, the SP260 2×6 Speaker Processor provides complete system optimization for both passive and powered systems. The six outputs feature five different operating modes to cover a wide range of systems. Each output features dedicated level control, polarity invert, high/low-pass filters, 7-band parametric/shelving EQ, 600ms delay and limiting. Two input channels provide independent 600ms delay and a flexible 5-band parametric/shelving EQ. The convenient front-panel control also includes 7-segment LED metering per channel. The SP260 utilizes high-end 24-bit AKM® AD/DA converters with 120dB dynamic range for class-leading sound quality. With 24 user-definable presets and flexible I/O for simple routing and configuration, the SP260 is an ultra-flexible processor, ideal for a wide range of portable and permanent applications.

All three series are scheduled for Q2, 2012 availability. Visit Mackie during Prolight + Sound / Musikmesse from March 21-24, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 6.1, Stand C30 for additional info, including pricing.  For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Avid Announces New M-Audio ultra portable Keystation Mini 32 Keyboard Controller and hot new look, sound for BX D2 Studio Monitors

Introduces 32-key mini controller, delivering ultimate portable playability.
Advances best-selling M-Audio BX monitor line with new look, improved sound.

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced the availability of the new M-Audio® Keystation Mini 32 ultra-portable keyboard controller, as well as the
M-Audio BX D2 studio monitor series—the next generation of the best-selling BX Deluxe family. These new offerings extend Avid’s commitment to deliver best-in-class quality, performance, and value to mobile musicians, producers, and video editors.

The Keystation Mini 32 is a 32-note, USB bus-powered keyboard controller designed for musicians on the go. Small enough to fit in a backpack, this ultra-portable controller delivers unmatched playability in its class, with features including:

  • 32 low-profile mini-keys, enabling musicians to play two-handed parts
  • Highly musical velocity curves, allowing keyboard sensitivity customization to individual playing styles
  • 4 assignable controls, including a knob, providing real-time control of DAW and virtual instrument functions
  • USB bus-powered, plug-and-play connectivity including iPad compatibility (iPad Camera Connection Kit required; check specific apps to verify MIDI support)

The BX D2 series monitors—comprised of the BX8 D2 and BX5 D2 models— flaunt a new look,and improved sound. These models from the best-selling line deliver a listening experience that’s true to the source, helping musicians, producers, and video editors create mixes that translate well across listening systems. Plus they look great. Along with the exceptional accuracy and sonic definition that studio and post-production professionals demand, the BX D2 series features:

  • Technology leveraged from high-end M-Audio monitors, providing enhanced acoustic performance, especially in the low-frequency range
  • Kevlar low-frequency drivers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters, providing rich, defined bass and smooth, clear highs
  • The BX8 D2 features an 8” woofer and 130 watts of distributed power and the BX5 D2 is equipped with a 5” woofer and features 70 watts of distributed power, delivering cohesive, accurate sound
  • Optimized rear port, providing extended low-frequency response

“The M-Audio brand is leading the way in the mobile studio revolution,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Avid vice president of consumer products and solutions “Now, the new Keystation Mini 32 pushes the category further than ever before—giving on-the-go musicians a way to create great music and effects through an ultra-playable, ultra-portable design. In addition, the updated BX5 D2 and BX8 D2 monitors extend our best-selling studio monitor legacy, delivering the look and performance musicians and video editors demand.”

Availability and Pricing

Keystation Mini 32 is available from September in EMEA for £54.99 GBP / €63 EUR.
The BX5 D2 and BX8 D2 are available in EMEA now for £215 GBP / €255 EUR and £319 / €379, respectively. To learn more visit m-audio.com or shop.avid.com.

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Mackie Introduces New Ultra-Compact TH-12A Powered Loudspeaker

Extremely affordable new option from Mackie’s popular Thump Series.

Mackie today announces an ultra-compact new addition to its bestselling Thump Series portable, powered loudspeakers — the Thump TH-12A. Delivering the perfect balance of power, portability and price, the new 400-watt, 2-way 12˝ Thump Series loudspeaker is perfect for any application that demands high-output and professional sound without breaking the budget.

“The new TH-12A is simply the best powered loudspeaker option for your hard-earned money,” said Greg Young, Mackie Brand Director.  “While it is more compact, it is an equally powerful version of our top-selling TH-15A. It is truly the most professional compact loudspeaker in its class.”

The new TH-12A is designed by the same award-winning team that created the industry-standard SRM Series powered loudspeakers, delivering proven Mackie build-quality and sonic performance. The TH-12A’s efficient Class-D Fast Recovery™ amplification provides 400 watts of total system power, tuned to perfectly match the custom-designed 12˝ high-precision woofer and 1˝ compression driver. An integrated 3-band EQ on the back panel allows the user to dial in the TH-12A’s tone, perfect for simple room correction or tonal adjust per application (vocal only, low-volume, etc.). Featuring Mackie Active electronics, the precision crossover and transducer time-alignment optimize the system while protective circuitry protects against overload and thermal shutdown. Pole-mountable and ideal for use as a stage monitor, the TH-12A’s lightweight design offers undeniable portability.

“Now there’s a great, ultra-compact Thump loudspeaker,” remarked Young. “…perfect for vocal applications, solo performances or for use as a DJ monitor, too.”

The TH-12A is now available worldwide and is €299 inc. tax & £249 inc. VAT. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Mackie’s New MRmk2 Reference Monitors Offer Powerful Studio Solution

Redefining the concept of the affordable studio reference monitor.

Mackie today announces a complete redesign of its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors – the MRmk2 Mackie Reference Monitors.  Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Matt Redmon.  “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification.  Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback.  The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

The Mackie MRmk2 Series Powered Studio Monitors are now available worldwide.  The MR5mk2 is €175 inc. tax & £145 inc. VAT and the MR8mk2 is €265 inc. tax & £220 inc. VAT.  Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Winter NAMM 2011: Mackie’s New MRmk2 Reference Monitors Offer Powerful Studio Solution

Redefining the concept of the affordable studio reference monitor.

Mackie today announces a complete redesign of its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors – the MRmk2 Mackie Reference Monitors.  Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Matt Redmon.  “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification.  Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback.  The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

The Mackie MRmk2 Series Powered Studio Monitors will be available worldwide February, 2011.  The MR5mk2 will have a U.S.  MSRP of $199.99 and MR8mk2 will have a U.S. MSRP of $329.99.  Visit Mackie during NAMM in the massive new showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B from January 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Winter NAMM 2011: Mackie Introduces New Ultra-Compact TH-12A Powered Loudspeaker

Extremely affordable new option from Mackie’s popular Thump Series.

Mackie today announces an ultra-compact new addition to its bestselling Thump Series portable, powered loudspeakers — the Thump TH-12A. Delivering the perfect balance of power, portability and price, the new 400-watt, 2-way 12˝ Thump Series loudspeaker is perfect for any application that demands high-output and professional sound without breaking the budget.

“The new TH-12A is simply the best powered loudspeaker option for your hard-earned money,” said Greg Young, Mackie Brand Director.  “While it is more compact, it is an equally powerful version of our top-selling TH-15A. It is truly the most professional compact loudspeaker in its class.”

The new TH-12A is designed by the same award-winning team that created the industry-standard SRM Series powered loudspeakers, delivering proven Mackie build-quality and sonic performance. The TH-12A’s efficient Class-D Fast Recovery™ amplification provides 400 watts of total system power, tuned to perfectly match the custom-designed 12˝ high-precision woofer and 1˝ compression driver. An integrated 3-band EQ on the back panel allows the user to dial in the TH-12A’s tone, perfect for simple room correction or tonal adjust per application (vocal only, low-volume, etc.). Featuring Mackie Active electronics, the precision crossover and transducer time-alignment optimize the system while protective circuitry protects against overload and thermal shutdown. Pole-mountable and ideal for use as a stage monitor, the TH-12A’s lightweight design offers undeniable portability.

“Now there’s a great, ultra-compact Thump loudspeaker,” remarked Young. “…perfect for vocal applications, solo performances or for use as a DJ monitor, too.”

The TH-12A will be available worldwide in Q1, 2011.  The TH-12A will have a U.S. MSRP of $389.99. Visit Mackie during NAMM in the massive new showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B from January 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

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Klein + Hummel Introduces O 300 Nearfield Studio Reference Monitor

Klein + Hummel, the latest addition to the Sennheiser family of brands, is introducing the O 300 triamplified three-way nearfield studio reference monitor at AES 2006 San Francisco. The O 300 delivers the same stunning quality of the famed O 300 D minus the digital input and control hardware, resulting in a cost-effective price without sonic compromise. As its more fully-featured sibling, the O 300 delivers superlative, uncolored sound, precise bass response, picture-perfect dispersion patterns, and a stunningly real soundstage with remarkable image focus and depth. Its precise and revealing detail enables the mixing engineer to make critical judgments with supreme confidence.

By utilizing a dense, new, extremely low-resonance material called LRIM, Klein + Hummel was able to mold the waveguides required for optimal dispersion directly into the baffle. The elliptical shape of the high-frequency horn makes the dispersion angle in the vertical plane more narrow thus reducing the amount of early reflections off the console surface which would otherwise interfere with the direct sound from the speakers (comb-filter effects), thereby improving spatial definition. At the same time, the effective horizontal listening area is made wider, giving the recording engineer greater freedom of movement in front of the console. The use of LRIM has also made it possible to align the acoustic centers of the two drivers exactly on one plane, parallel to the baffle, thereby preventing time and phase coherency problems at the crossover frequencies. This allows the individual drivers to work together perfectly to produce a precisely detailed soundstage.

The unit’s eight-inch cone woofer is made of a special lightweight polypropylene material that has excellent self-damping properties. Its long-excursion voice coil enables this driver to produce very low frequencies at high sound pressure levels with practically no distortion. In contrast to common bass-reflex systems, which tend to blur the low end, the acoustic suspension system of the O 300 delivers tight, articulate bass, which is strikingly clear, detailed, and natural, particularly in transients.

The midrange is handled by a treated fabric dome with a three-inch voice coil. Since its mass is much lower than that of cone drivers, it has the advantage of being able to achieve superior impulse response and extremely uniform amplitude response. As a result, midrange reproduction is impressively true-to-life, especially with the human voice.

The one-inch high-frequency driver is equipped with a titanium/fabric dome that combines the transparency of a titanium dome with the low distortion of a fabric dome. This driver has been finely matched to its elliptical waveguide, ensuring exceptional directivity.

All three drivers are magnetically shielded, permitting placement of the speakers directly next to video monitors or computers. O 300 is available in anthracite finish as standard; optional silver, white and custom colors are also available.

For more information, visit their web site at www.klein-hummel.com.

Klein + Hummel O 300 Nearfield Studio Reference Monitor

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Las Vegas Pro Audio Introducing New ATC Passive Monitors

Las Vegas Pro Audio, the U.S. sales office of ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company – UK) is introducing the new ATC passive SCM20SL loudspeakers at AES 2006 San Francisco (Demo Room #270). This offering represents ATC’s first venture into the U.S. pro market with a passive monitor. Maintaining the strict performance criteria of ATC reference monitors, the SCM 20SL offers project and home studios the dynamic range and pristine imaging ATC is known for worldwide.

The ATC “Passive 20” features the same woofer and tweeter as the active (SCM20ASL) version of the speaker. The SCM20SL passives are housed in a conventional “pro-black” box for easy placement on any meter bridge. ATC recommends amplifiers with at least 200W per channel of power. The Passive 20 loudspeaker enables ATC speaker fans to own a high performance monitor at half the price of the actives.

The SCM20SL Passive low-frequency section is a hybrid design incorporating a 150mm bass cone with a grafted 75mm soft dome for mid-range assist. The woofer magnet assembly utilizes ATC’s unique “SL” technology to greatly reduce third harmonic distortion and reveal mistakes and details. All ATC drivers are manufactured in-house to exacting tolerances. Situated in Aston Down in rural Gloucestershire, England, ATC was established in London in 1974 by acoustics engineer and musician Bill Woodman.

MSRP: $3,500/pair

For more information, visit their web site at www.lasvegasproaudio.com.

Las Vegas Pro Audio ATC Passive Monitors

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WorxAudio Introduces The TL.218SS Sub Bass System

WorxAudio Technologies is pleased to announce the introduction of the new TL.218SS Sub Bass System. Available in both powered and non-powered configurations, the TL.218SS—with dual TL1801SS 18-inch low frequency (LF) transducers—is the ideal subwoofer for applications requiring maximum output with smooth, extended LF response. The TL.218SS is the perfect choice for live concert reproduction, high energy club installations, houses of worship, theme park effects, and theaters.

Built to truck pack dimensions for efficient transportation of multiple units, the new TL.218SS Sub Bass System makes an ideal choice for both touring sound reinforcement and permanent installations. The TL.218SS utilizes a tuned port enclosure built from tour-tested, 21-ply Baltic Birch that is extensively braced for high cabinet rigidity. Combined with its 24mm thick baffle, this rugged, 1-inch thick enclosure is coated with a weather-resistant, multi-layered, catalyzed polyurethane finish (available in a variety of colors to match the environment) designed to withstand the rigors of the road. Protecting the drivers is a 14-guage, powder-coated, cloth-backed, perforated steel grille.

The new TL.218SS Sub Bass System utilizes dual TL1801SS long excursion, high output, 18-inch LF transducers. Each TL1801SS incorporates a high temperature, neodymium magnet surrounding an under hung, 4-inch diameter x 1.5-inch high voice coil encased in a low carbon steel structure that enables the light weight, high strength aluminum cone to have extremely high excursion—over 2-inches of peak to peak movement while staying in the gap 71% of the time without damage to the unit. Delivering more than four times the acoustic output of competing designs, the TL1801SS woofer provides quick transient response, low power compression with high linearity, and ultra low distortion. The result is a remarkably efficient transducer with exceptional sound quality and proven, long-term durability.

An ideal choice for a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, the TL.218SS Sub Bass System is available in both powered and non-powered configurations. The powered version of this subwoofer is driven by WorxAudio Technologies’ highly-regarded PMD-2 digital power amp. Featuring 1000 watts of power for each TL1801SS LF driver in the enclosure, this powerhouse amplifier incorporates twin digital program processors, an XLR transformer with isolated I/O, and industry-standard AC PowerCon switchgear I/O.

Rounding out the TL.218SS Sub Bass System is the inclusion of EASE Focus aiming software for the TrueLine line array—a two-dimensional, acoustic simulation program that facilitates the configuration and modeling of line arrays. Designed for flying or ground stack applications, the TL.218SS incorporates all the contact points for the optional WorxAudio TrueAim™ rigging hardware. Among its numerous distinct advantages, WorxAudio Technologies rigging accessories are available for both touring and permanent systems, with the permanent installation hardware having a clean, inconspicuous design that presents a high-tech, uncluttered look enabling WorxAudio loudspeaker systems to blend perfectly into any environment. The new TL.218SS Sub Bass System carries a MSRP of $8,080.00 for the powered touring version (with rigging hardware), and $5,031.00 for the non-powered install version. Both models are available now.

For more information, visit their web site at www.worxaudio.com.

WorxAudio The TL.218SS Sub Bass System

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