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(L-R) are METAlliance founders Ed Cherney, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and managing member Jim Pace. (c) David Goggin.Hal Leonard and The METAlliance group announce collaboration to publish a series of online educational courses and tools for both professionals and hobbyists. 

Read more: The METAlliance and Hal Leonard Form Partnership

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The Lectrosonics Super Slight Micro (SSM) mic transmitterThe SSM (Super Slight Micro) from Lectrosonics is a full-featured UHF bodypack microphone transmitter. Part of their Digital Hybrid Wireless Series, the SSM is fully compatible with all current Lectrosonics receivers including the UCR411A, SR Series, L Series, and Venue Series, along with several older models via compatibility modes. The SSM features a wide tuning bandwidth of three standard Lectrosonics blocks or up to about 76 MHz depending on the specific frequency range. RF power is selectable at 25 or 50 mW for flexibility in various applications. Dimensions for the SSM are 2.52 x 1.48 x 0.57 inches or 64.25 x 37.6 x 14.5 mm, and weight is 2.3 oz. or 66 grams, including battery. The SSM features an all-metal housing and uses the rugged, industry standard Lemo 3-pin microphone connector. Different bias voltages and termination impedances can be selected via the transmitter's menu for optimum performance with a wide range of microphones. Pre-set values for several microphones are included as menu choices for DPA, Countryman B6/E6, Sanken COS-11, Sennheiser MKE1/MKE2, along with standard dynamic microphones and line-level input sources. Video tour after the jump.

Read more: Lectrosonics Introduces Super Slight Micro (SSM) UHF Bodypack Microphone Transmitter

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EAW's new Redline family consists of two powered, two-way loudspeakers – the RL12 12-inch and RL15 15-inch – along with the RL18S 18-inch powered subwoofer.The new Redline family of powered loudspeakers from EAW consists of a two powered, two-way loudspeakers – the RL12 12-inch and RL15 15-inch – along with the RL18S 18-inch powered subwoofer. Redline loudspeakers contain highly-customized precision transducers engineered to meet the demands of live sound. RL12 and RL15 offer consistent directivity via Beamwidth-Matched crossovers on 90 x 60 degree user-rotatable horns. Four-aperture ports provide massive bass support with no turbulence while maximizing transducer-cooling air flow for utmost reliability. The self-powered loudspeakers feature 1,250 watts of fanless Class-D, Power Factor Corrected amplification.

Read more: EAW Introduces Redline Powered Loudspeaker Series

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The Mackie ProFXv2 series of mixersThe redesigned ProFXv2 Series Professional Effects Mixers from Mackie feature an all-new preamp design and powerful new effects engine. The series has been expanded with two new models, the 4-channel ProFX4v2 and the 30-channel ProFX30v2. The new Vita preamp was designed specifically for the highly-dynamic world of live sound and are meant to be virtually noiseless, even at high gain levels. The Vita design features a Class-A front end, dual feedback stabilization and bias current optimization for low-noise performance. The ProFXv2's ReadyFX effects engine employs floating-point DSP, designed for the intensive processing of high-quality audio signals. Each ProFXv2 mixer features a choice of 16 reverbs, choruses and delays, each extremely useable for a wide array of sonic applications.

Read more: Mackie Redesigns and Expands ProFX Series, ProFXv2

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The Martin Rush Club Smoke Dual, Rush SM 650 and Rush SM 850 smoke machinesMartin has released a new line of atmospheric effects under their Rush brand. The Rush Club Smoke Dual is a fog and haze hybrid machine, and the Rush SM 650 and Rush SM 850 are high-powered smoke machines.

Read more: Martin Rush Club Smoke Dual, Rush SM 650 and Rush SM 850 Smoke Machines

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The L-Acoustics X Series of coaxial speakersL-Acoustics launched the X Series, a new line of coaxial speakers for the installation and rental markets. The three new enclosures in the X Series family—X8, X12 and X15—include high-excursion neodymium drivers, ellipsoid directivity, laminar vented ports and up to 30 percent weight reduction. Used as a stage monitor, the X Series offers low latency monitor presets and a seven percent lower profile. In installation applications the X Series comes with a complete range of flexible rigging accessories and a RAL custom color program. With improved radiation control and low frequency performance, the X Series is designed to be a true point-source system, boasting pristine sound for short throw applications.

Read more: L-Acoustics Launches X Series

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The Yamaha TF Series Digital ConsoleYamaha’s new TF Series of digital consoles are designed to bring time-saving performance capabilities, such as fast, accurate gain setup, single step compression and EQ, and microphone specific presets to even the most modest sound reinforcement applications. The TF series (which stands for TouchFlow Operation) comprises three compact, performance-packed digital mixing consoles, the TF5, TF3 and TF1, which feature 33, 25, or 17 motor faders, respectively, along with 32, 24, or 16 rear-panel analog inputs. Each console includes recallable Yamaha D-PRE preamplifiers for the first time in a digital console, which facilitates support for live music and events where full setup changes need to be made on the fly.

Read more: Yamaha Debuts TF Series Digital Consoles

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The actors utilized SERIES8 ear set microphones for the premiereSound designer Alan Chang says he was “Astounded, then speechless” by the Point Source Audio Series8 earset microphone, which he used for the world premiere staged reading of Seven. 

Read more: Seven Calls on Point Source Audio for its World Premiere

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AKG D5 C Dynamic Directional Microphone AKG’s new  D5 C dynamic cardioid microphone is designed for live sound environments. It can withstand press levels up to 160 dB, while the elimination of handling noise guarantees reliable performance. An additional model, the D5 CS, is electrically, mechanically and acoustically identical to the D5 C, but features a click-free on/off switch.

Read more: D5 C Dynamic Directional Microphone from AKG

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JBL V20-DF Down Fill AdapterHarman's JBL Professional unveils its VTX V20-DF Down Fill Adapter at Prolight + Sound, 2015.

Read more: Harman's JBL Professional VTX V20-DF Down Fill Adapter at Prolight + Sound

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