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Outline Debuts in North America at LDI/ET Live
Outline recently took part in ET Live, held during the LDI trade show in Orlando, FL. The outdoor demonstration consisted of 6 stages with six different speaker manufacturers and six different console manufacturers at FOH.
Outline had two hangs of 12 CDH 483 high packs, along with 16 Subtech 218 subwoofers. Also on hand were eight Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. adjustable line array modules. On stage was a full assortment of Outline products from the HARD monitor series, DVS series, the Outline ‘Doppia’ and the Outline ‘Tripla’ point source systems. Each stage played the same pre-recorded track and then had the option of playing additional tracks and live music.
Tom Nichols of Morin Productions US, stated: “The Outline Butterfly was a true standout in both aspects of the demonstration. The live music portion, performed by the ‘Leonard Brothers’ showed off the true musicality and clarity of the Butterfly Line Array. The system has been used on a large number of high profile events this past year and continues to demonstrate that it has the SPL, clarity and a size to output ratio absolutely unmatched in today’s market.”
Outline was asked to keep the pattern in front of the stage as much as possible. The Butterfly CDH 483 is a 90 degree box. The top box was pointed to 83.0 metres from the front of the stage (272’). The Subtech 218s were arranged in a cardioid pattern. The first line of eight Subtechs were 1.0 metres apart and went the length of the stage. This line of subs was set out of phase. The front line of eight Subtechs were aligned 1 metre directly in front of the back line of Subtechs and 1 metre apart from each other. The front line was in-phase and was delayed to the back line of Subtechs by 1 metre using the Outline Genius 26 processor. This tightened the power of the Subtech and directed it in front of the stage, fulfilling the request of LDI staff.
With constant conversation at the Outline stage about the Butterfly and the newly released Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. the Team from Outline North America were very busy explaining to onlookers about their full product line.
Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. is a self-powered loudspeaker system for stand-alone use or combined with a series of other elements to form a Vertical Line Array. Fitted with four 5” mid-woofers and two compression drivers with a 1.75” diaphragm coupled with two D.P.R.W.G. wave-guides, Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. enables users to adjust its directivity on the horizontal plane from 60° to 150° (even asymmetrically) with mechanical steps of 15° per side in relation to the axis.
Four presets can be recalled by users for each single step set, in order to have 16 different combinations of horizontal dispersion, thus ensuring users a wide range of choices of coverage. The mechanics of the flying system offer the necessary precision for the possible adjustments with a resolution of 0.5° per step between elements in the Line Array on the vertical plane.
The system looks like a traditional Line Array, but users can adjust dispersion manually in a precise easy manner even after it has been mounted, in order to obtain the required solid angle for acoustic coverage of audiences even after having flown the cabinets. The system is recommended to be used in no less than two and up to six cabinets per array.
Each cabinet is self powered and bi-amplified by a dual 500 Watt PWM power module, controlled by a DSP card both fit inside the cabinet and doing crossover, time alignment, limiter, equalization of the 2 ways. The DSP is remotely controllable through a proprietary software by TCP/IP protocol by RJ 45 connector allocated on the side of the cabinet.
Tim Morin of Morin Productions US, stated: “With the support of Giorgio Biffi, Francesco Ferretti from Outline Italy, UK representative Peter Barnard and at the mix position Kevin Mckenzie the event was a big success. It was a great launch of Outline North America. With all the fan fare that Outline is receiving from abroad, it was good to keep the momentum going with all the praise Outline received at LDI/ET Live.”
18th December 2007
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