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Apex launches next-generation Intelli-X3 series of system management processors

Apex launches next-generation Intelli-X3 series of system management processors

Building on the unmitigated success of Apex’s flagship Intelli-X2 series, the company has introduced the first model of the next-generation Intelli-X3 series, the Intelli-X3 648 system management processor with optional Dante networking capacity for full network redundancy.

Like its predecessors, Intelli-X3 has been designed in close collaboration with sound engineers, system techs and system integrators to set new standards in system management and speaker processing. With internal processing up to 192kHz, high-end, studio-grade analogue circuit designs and mastering-grade compressors as standard, Intelli-X3 delivers premium audio performance in a robust 1U form factor with a powerful and intuitive front panel user interface.

Intelli-X3 provides all the system management tools necessary for comprehensive system alignment and EQ, through to the provision of IIR and custom FIR-based crossovers. I/Os can be selected (in pairs) to be either analogue, AES/EBU or Dante, enabling a mix of audio formats to be used simultaneously.

Designed to be plug-and-play, the Intelli-X3 is simple to configure and integrates easily into any network via internal three-way Ethernet switches. Both automatic IP (DHCP) and static IP configuration is provided as standard, enabling plug-and-play connectivity and more rigid IP assignments for use in fixed installations. SNMP support is also provided. Wireless access points can be directly connected to Intelli-X3 devices allowing direct control over a wireless network.

A comprehensive library of factory presets ensures that Intelli-X3 is at home in any application, be it as a stand-alone system controller or crossover configured via the front panel, or as a part of a comprehensive wireless networked system for stadium or arena-sized tours.

When it comes to configuration and control, there are two possibilities depending on the application: firstly, a completely re-engineered front panel with integral LCD menu enables direct configuration and on-the-fly parameter adjustment in a highly intuitive smartphone-like environment. Alternatively, Apex’s renowned proprietary software application, Intelli-Ware, provides fast and intuitive control from both portable Touch and Tablet PCs as well as from tethered PCs. The software is accessible from multiple PC devices simultaneously, a handy feature for engineers needing to optimize audio from various locations throughout a venue or festival site for example. The interface mirrors the powerful, intuitive design of the hardware whereby operation is predominantly icon-driven.

Intelli-Ware provides comprehensive system-wide ganging and copy/paste functionality allowing complex setups to be easily configured, presented and stored. The Intelli-Ware screen layout is fully configurable and can be sized to match any type of display. Full offline design capabilities enable shows to be prepped off site.

Intelli-Ware also comes complete with an analyser/bridge feature which enables control of all commonly used sound measurement tools found in WaveCapture’s Live-Capture and Rational Acoustics’ Smaart 7/8, all directly from within the software.

Finally, an optional Dante module provides audio-over-IP networking capability supporting full network redundancy with ultra-low latency. This automatically prevents any audio loss or interruption in the event of a connectivity problem on the primary network.

 

6th December 2017

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