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AVID LAUNCHED its first range of PA equipment, the GSR series, at PLASA 2010.

Industry observers speculate over the possibility that a pro touring or installation range will follow The GSR18 500-Watt active

Though GSR is aimed primarily at the MI market, speculation on whether the firm will follow it up with a pro range has quickly arisen, no doubt due to Avid’s clout in the upper echelons of the industry. In Venue, the manufacturer already has an industry standard desk and to be able to supply the other parts of the sound reinforcement jigsaw would be in line with current trend within the live sound industry. Designed by the same engineering team behind the company’s studio reference monitor line, the GSR series includes ten and 12-inch full- range loudspeaker cabinets and an 18-inch subwoofer for extended bass in larger venues. The 250-Watt GSR10 and 300-

Watt GSR12 are two-way active PA speakers and both feature neodymium magnets in the low- frequency drivers, to reduce overall weight and ease transport and set-up.

subwoofer features four locking casters that make it easy for users to roll the sub into position. All three models are built with Class D amps, which provide sustained high-output levels with minimum distortion and low heat. Other features include four eq

presets for multiple applications, and a variable low-frequency crossover functionality in the GSR18 that enables customers to tune the subwoofer for use with GSR10 and GSR12 loudspeakers, or any other full-range loudspeaker. “We are very excited about the possibilities this new speaker series will bring to those working in small to mid-sized venues,” said Tanguy Leborgne, VP of creative enthusiasts at Avid. “We’ve applied our speaker design expertise to build a versatile sound reinforcement speaker series that offers a level of sound quality typically only available in higher-

priced options.” >

Reproduced Sound to focus on performing arts venues

THE ORGANISERs of the Reproduced Sound 2010 conference have announced that the theme for this year’s show is entitled Performing Arts Venues: Balancing the Design. Held at the Wales Millennium

Centre, Cardiff, on November 18th, the two-day conference is organised by the Institute of Acoustics for consultants, manufacturers, contractors and end users. Jonathan Adams,

architect of the Wales Millennium Centre, will present a keynote paper. He will speak on what it takes to bring the various specialisms of acoustics, theatre, sound, lighting and so on, into the architecture of a venue of this size. He will also conduct guided tours of the centre to talk further and in more detail about its architecture and function. Other highlights of the conference include a presentation of the Peter Barnett Memorial Award to distinguished American acoustician Dr Leo Beranek in recognition of his ‘enormous contribution to the field of

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electroacoustics, especially in relation to loudspeakers intelligibility and signal processing’. Martyn Ware, co-founder of the

Illustrious Company, will demonstrate pieces resulting from a collaboration with Goldsmiths College, London and Duran Audio of Cardiff, on a large scale immersive audio experiment. Ware, formerly with the Human League and Heaven 17, formed the Illustrious Company in 2001 with ex- Yazoo and Erasure star Vince Clarke, to create new forms of spatialised sound composition using their unique three dimensional 3D AudioScape

surround-sound system. Paul Malpas, chairman of

the Institute of Acoustics’ electroacoustics group, said: “Reproduced Sound has firmly established itself as a ‘must attend’ event for many people from a wide background in acoustics and audio sectors – and this year’s conference

promises to be one of the best yet.” >

Allen & Heath increases focus on recording

ALLEN & HEATH has unveiled the GS-R24, a high quality analog console designed primarily for recording applications. It’s the first of its kind to be built by the firm since the GS3000 in the 1990s. Based on the Zed-R16 Firewire

concept with influences from the GS3000, the GS-R24 is aimed at project studios, but its feature set also lends it to post production suites and live applications requiring multi-channel recording. It can be combined with a choice of interface modules, motorised faders and MIDI controllers for interfacing with DAWs.

“Following in the footsteps of the Zed-R16, the GS-R24 takes the concept of mixer/DAW integration to the next level,” explained Allen & Heath designer, Mike Griffin. “It is unusual to find this level of high quality analogue pre-amp, eq and mixdown circuitry combined with DAW interface and controller all in one product.” The GS-R24 will be made

available in December this year at a suggested UK retail price of £4,999 plus VAT for the standard model, or £5,599 plus VAT for the

motorised fader version. >

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