It’s new equipment season — get your rod and reel ready!
This annual feature is all about new gear that has come onto the market in recent months, especially during spring convention season.
Check out this installment of products.
JBL One Series 104 Monitor
The JBL One Series 104 is a compact powered reference monitor.
Created with an eye towards the needs of on-the-move content creators, One Series 104 monitors sport newly engineered JBL 4.5-inch coaxial drivers, 3/4-inch tweeter, reportedly contoured using the same research that led to the waveguide found in M2, 7-Series, and 3-Series monitors, providing users with a sizable sweet spot for the price point.
JBL 104 Reference monitors include integrated 60 W Class D amplification that, according to JBL, can drive the speakers to 104 dB SPL (peak) without distortion.
Features like a front-panel volume control allow level adjustments without straying from the sweet spot. A front-panel headphone jack automatically mutes the speakers, and dual 1/4-inch balanced and single 1/8-inch unbalanced TRS inputs can accommodate various sources. An optional, protective carrying case will also be available for production on the go.
MusicMaster Pro 7 Scheduling Software
MusicMaster says version 7 of its Pro music scheduling software has new workflow and performance enhancements which will make it more efficient.
Included are deeper search functionality, new styles and customization options, easy database field creation, an enhanced Scheduling Calendar dashboard, a simplified Live365 connector, new library and clock tools, and more.
MusicMaster’s Client-Server, the top-tier option for large broadcasters who wish to manage data and processing in a central location, has new options for setting user and station permissions, importing songs to a station from the Enterprise library, merging duplicate songs, printing reports to Word, PDF or rich text formats and more in the new version 2.2 release.
CEntrance MicPort Pro 2
Need a an above-average pocket preamp for on-the-go field recording, journalism, videography or podcasting? Check out CEntrance’s reduction of its MicPort Pro portable preamp, the MicPort Pro 2.
Recently teased at the NAMM Show in January, the petite single-input interface is for connecting to digital devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. A release says, “Smaller than a microphone, the interface is lightweight and was designed with frequent travelers in mind.”
It offers 48V phantom power and will connect to Android, iOS, Mac and Windows devices.
There are input, gain and monitor controls. A built-in rechargeable battery can be refreshed through the USB connection. CEntrance says the preamps are the company’s Jasmine preamps.
A Neutrik combo jack also offers a Hi-Z (1/4-inch) input for guitars.
DoubleRadius LigoPTP RapidFire 6-N Wireless Bridge
Wireless link equipment manufacturer DoubleRadius is launching a new line of “affordable” point-to-point wireless bridges using the 6 GHz range.
The weatherproof LigoPTP RapidFire 6-N offers up to 700 Mbps throughput with modulations of up to 256-QAM and 30dBm output power.
The unit is designed for set-and-forget operation. Or it can be remotely controlled via PC or phone/tablet app. An onboard 2.4 GHz radio allows for wireless control while dual Gigabit Ethernet network connections. One of the ports supports power over Ethernet. There’s also an onboard surge protector.
AudioScience Hono AVB VSC Basic
Sound card specialist AudioScience describes the Hono VSC Basic as a low-cost version that does not sacrifice I/O. It has 64 x 64 AVB channels, 8 x 8 AVB streams and works with WDM or ASIO, allowing its use with computer-based audio processing applications. Stream-wise it will stream formats of 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 channels.
With support for the IEEE 1722.1 Discovery and Control protocol, the VSC Basic can be configured using AudioScience’s Hono AVB Controller or third-party AVB controllers. It is 64-bit Windows-compatible and can run on Intel i210 Gigabit AVB Ethernet
AudioScience Product Sales Manager Nicole Santiago said, “The VSC Basic is anything but basic. This VSC still provides the same quality audio as the Hono AVB VSC with 64 channels in and 64 channels out at a more cost-effective price point for our customers.