CMI’s Audio department demonstrated its breadth and depth of products and knowledge in the Commercial Audio realm over two days in early October with their Commercial Audio Showcase. An opportunity to meet and speak with technical experts from leading manufacturers, the two-day event saw international representatives from Tascam, Fohhn AG, and Müller-BBM educate, inspire, and demonstrate audio solutions from both the installation and production markets to a who’s who of Australia’s audio consultants and engineers.
Tascam’s Product Planning Manager Erisa Sato and Sales Manager Kai Saito presented their utility Dante solutions, which include seven models of economical, half-rack sized, four-channel break-in/out units equipped with DSP and a matrix mixer. An elegant and affordable way to extend an existing Dante install or create a stand-alone system, the units are programmed over the network via Tascam’s DCP Connect software and can be controlled by end-users via Tascam’s EZ Connect app. This software also powers the new MX-8A, a simple 10×10 DSP processor and matrix mixer with the added convenience of network control and programmability.
Fohhn Audio’s amazing beam steering column arrays are well-known problem-solvers for installations with difficult acoustics, but Fohhn’s Christian Bollinger was also keen to demonstrate their amazing capabilities for live production. After a listening session that covered a large part of Fohhn’s range for install, the crowd went outside to hear a flown rig consisting of two Focus Modular FM/I-400 low/mid and one FM/I-110 high/mid columns matched with six XS-4 subwoofers. The Focus Modular just 22 cm wide, demonstrated that an incredibly powerful, flexible, and steerable array offers precision pattern control at high SPLs for full-range music or vocal applications in challenging acoustic environments.
With digital acoustic enhancement and immersive audio the current buzz in the industry, Bernd Noack, Project Manager for electronic variable room acoustics at Müller-BBM, presented a thorough look at their Vivace and Vicello acoustic enhancement systems, providing the ability to create variable room acoustics. Recent technological and manufacturing advances in digital audio processing and networked signal distribution have made acoustic enhancement affordable to the vast majority of venues and rooms, and Müller-BBM’s systems offer great flexibility, even being capable of immersive audio and spatialisation with custom modified versions of their control software.