Blue Sky launches new monitoring system

Blue Sky has introduced its newest monitoring solution, the Star System One 2.1, comprised of a single Sub 12D digital powered subwoofer and two Sat 6D digital satellite speakers. Designed and assembled in the US, the new Sat 6D and Sub 12D can also serve as building blocks for systems of varying sizes and configurations, making them especially well-suited for broadcast, film post, and game sound design environments.

For the Sat 6D satellite speakers, Blue Sky CTO Rich Walborn ‘s research led him to identify an HF driver from Denmark with superb linearity, while the custom mid-bass driver is US-sourced and employs a radial neodymium magnet structure. Integrated DSP permits optimisation of the system’s inherent performance parameters, including correction for various baffle and driver characteristics and time-alignment of the drivers. The system employs Class D amplifiers. The Sat 6D is primarily designed to be used in a 2.1 or 5.1 system, but is also capable of being used very effectively as a full range system thanks to DSP and a sealed port design. Like the Sat 6D, the Sub 12D is equipped with DSP, parametric EQ, and Burr Brown converters.

At the heart of the Star System One 2.1 is the new Audio Management Controller (AMC), which optimises and controls a wide array of functions across the entire monitoring system. The AMC is a 5.1/7.1 digital processor with 31-band parametric EQ on each channel, time delays for channel alignment, as well as lip-sync, sample rate conversion, and both analog and digital inputs and outputs.

The AMC’s hybrid touch/hardware remote control provides solo, mute, presets, master volume, and other functions. Some setup functions, including room EQ, are accomplished in conjunction with a PC attached via the AMC’s USB port. The measurement and room EQ program utilises a proprietary equalisation optimisation system developed by Walborn called BOO (Binary Organic Optimisation). Room measurement can be accomplished with the built-in measurement tools or imported from systems like Smaart.

The Blue Sky Star System One 2.1 is expected to ship in February 2014.