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The GUI for Pro Tools First, a new, free version of Pro Tools softwareAvid introduced their Avid Everywhere “global ecosystem for the audio industry,” which includes a free version of Pro Tools, flexible licensing options for Pro Tools, cloud collaboration, new marketplace services, and cloud publishing to help audio professionals create, collaborate, and distribute music.

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The Mackie FreePlay Portable PAThe Mackie FreePlay Personal PA is a portable, stereo PA designed to deliver powerful, full-range sound. FreePlay can run off AC or battery power, including an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or standard D Cell batteries.  FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more. It includes Bluetooth music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a control app for iPhone and iPod touch.

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The Electro-Voice EKX series of portable loudspeakersElectro-Voice EKX portable loudspeakers series features eight models (four powered and four passive), including 12-inch and 15-inch two-way models and 15-inch and 18-inch subwoofers. The speakers include EV’s QuickSmartDSP with EV’s signature single-knob user interface, and intuitive menu navigation via LCD. The powered models include high-efficiency class-D power amplifiers (up to 1500 W) to deliver up to 134 dB peak SPL via high-sensitivity transducers designed and engineered by EV.

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A PreSonus StudioLive AI Mix System with 64 channelsThe StudioLive AI Mix systems from PreSonus come in 48- and 64-channel frame sizes and consist of two cascaded StudioLive AI consoles joined together to perform as a cohesive mixer and offer a familiar, surface-driven workflow with one-to-one control over every parameter. Every channel is routed through the bus outputs of the Master mixer and every global setting is controlled from the Master to provide seamless integration between the two cascaded consoles. All the power and performance available to a single StudioLive AI mixer are available to cascaded StudioLive AI Mix Systems. The StudioLive 64AI Mix System cascades two StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixers and the StudioLive 48AI Mix System consists of two cascaded StudioLive 24.4.2AI mixers.

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 The Turbosound iX Series loudspeakersTurbosound’s new iX Series of loudspeakers feature Klark Teknik Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Class-D amplifier technologies as well as a special dual-angle pole mount socket that allows the enclosures to be pole mounted above subwoofers either straight on, or raised higher and angled downwards for optimal audience coverage. The speakers are also equipped with an onboard two-channel digital mixer that is fully remote controllable via a dedicated iOS app or locally via dedicated LCD-based user interface. The iX12 and iX15 speakers also feature wireless Bluetooth stereo audio streaming.

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The Soundcraft Signature 22 analog mixerSoundcraft’s new line of analog mixers, the Signature Series, is designed to offer world-class sound quality with new levels of usability and affordability. Signature Series consoles are available in four frame sizes: 10-channel, 12-channel, 16-channel, and 22-channel while the Signature Series Multi-Track consoles are available in 12-channel (14-in/12-out USB interface) and 22-channel (24-in/22-out USB interface). All Signature Series consoles incorporate Soundcraft’s iconic Ghost mic preamps and their Sapphyre Assymetric EQ as well as studio-grade reverb, chorus, modulation and other effects and dbx limiters on the input channels.

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The Allen & Heath Zed Power 1000 MixerThe Allen & Heath Zed Power 1000 is an analog, compact, 2x500W powered mixer with onboard FX, 9 band graphic EQ and USB recording / playback. Zed Power 1000’s built-in 2 channel, class D amplifier is coupled to a linear power supply to deliver cool running efficiency, robustness and high peak headroom with smooth bottom end. It has 8 mic / line inputs offering 3-band EQ with swept mid, plus two stereo inputs. The mixer is also equipped with professional XLR main stereo outputs, 60mm faders, a flexible monitoring section and 16 high quality digital FX. ZED Power 1000 weighs in at a modest 10.3kg (24lbs) and has a robust carry handle built into the chassis for easy access to the most challenging of venues.

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The Allen & Heath Qu-Pac ultra-compact digital mixer.The new Qu-Pac ultra-compact digital mixer from Allen & Heath is a free-standing or rack-mount mixer with 16 mono inputs, 3 stereo inputs and 12 mix outputs on the rear panel, but that can be expanded up to 38 in / 28 out by connecting to Allen & Heath’s family of remote AudioRacks over Cat5. The mixer offers total recall of settings and preamps, multi-track recording to USB via Qu-Drive, a choice of personal monitoring solutions, channel ducking, multi-channel USB streaming and the renowned iLive FX Library. The Qu-Pad iPad app gives instant wireless control of the mixer’s key parameters and settings, but the Qu-Pac’s high resolution, full color 5-inch Touchscreen gives easy access to all functions, providing a simple interface for day-to-day operation and a backup in the event of Wi-Fi connection problems disrupting control.

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The JBL Professional SRX800 loudspeakersJBL’s new SRX800 Series of portable, powered loudspeakers use JBL transducers and built-in Crown DriveCore amplifiers to deliver exceptional sound quality with user-configurable DSP speaker-tuning capability. JBL SRX800 Series loudspeakers and subwoofers are fully compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet network communications protocol, enabling control via Audio Architect or JBL SRX Connect—the new iOS and Android application that provides a fast streamlined approach to system control. JBL SRX800 Series models include the 12-inch 2-way SRX812P, 15-inch 2-way SRX812P, dual 15-inch 3-way SRX835P, 18-inch SRX818SP subwoofer and the SRX828SP.

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The Focusrite Clarett Range of Thunderbolt audio interfacesFocusrite’s new Clarett range of audio interfaces uses Thunderbolt technology to offer latency under 1ms, 24bit, 192kHz sample rates and world class dynamic range. Equally, their brand new Clarett mic preamps replicate the impedance and transformer resonance of the original ISAs, resulting in exceptional clarity and the signature sound for which Focusrite has become famous. The range is made up of four devices: Clarett 2 Pre (10 In/4 Out); Clarett 4 Pre (18 In/8 Out); Clarett 8 Pre (18 In/20 Out); Clarett 8 Pre X (26 In/28 Out).

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