Studiomaster reveals new products for early 2016

Studiomaster has further expanded its mixer and speaker PA offerings, including new active PA cabinets with wireless and USB/SD playback connectivity, the digiLiVE 16 hybrid control surface/tablet-operated micro-mixer and more CLUB XS ultra-compact analogue desk models.

Shown for the first time at the recent Music China show in Shanghai were several new additions to Studiomaster’s latest DRIVE series of 2-way active, portable injection-moulded PA cabinets – the bDRIVE 10A and bDRIVE 10AU, along with the DRIVE 12 AU and DRIVE 15 AU. The dDRIVE models sport a different facia design, while AU suffixed models all feature an integrated digital media player, featuring Bluetooth wireless and USB media/SD card stereo playback, as well as USB/SD card stereo recording.

The new models join the initial DRIVE 12A and DRIVE 15A models introduced earlier this year.

Measuring just 350 x 380 x 150mm, digiLiVE 16 (pictured) is Studiomaster’s new hybrid concept micro-mixer, designed to provide an entry point into the high performance compact digital mixer sector. Featuring simultaneous fixed surface/remote tablet operation, digiLiVE seamlessly marries the moving-fader and touch-screen control of a physical mixing console with simultaneous remote tablet operation, the company says.

With a 16-input/16-bus/8-output configuration, the digiLiVE control surface integrates a 7-inch (Android OS) high-resolution touch-screen and 100mm moving fader/hardware control operation. According to Studiomaster, simultaneous (iOS and Android) tablet operation facilitates both remote mix control and “onboard” extended graphical interface functionality when docked with the desk – with enhanced metering and display of other channel and buss functions. ‘State-of-the-art’ DSP technology includes 40-bit floating point on 4th generation SHARC processing and proprietary mix algorithms, for EQ, dynamics and FX.

It is also equipped with a total of 12 XLR mic input channels, 24-bit/192 kHz AD/DA conversion and up to eight internal effects busses – with reverb, delay, 15-band EQ and modulation. The eight ‘smart’ XLR analogue outputs are assignable, while outputs also include digital AES/EBU and SPDIF. Two USB interfaces (1x front and 1x rear panel) support playback and recording, as well as scene storage and system updating. WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are supported.

Also in the micro-mixer product category, two new models in the CLUB XS series were also launched at Music China. Built to be a highly price/spec competitive portable mixer series, featuring integrated Bluetooth wireless with USB media/SD card stereo playback and USB/SD card recording from the main stereo mix buss, the new CLUB XS 6 and XS 12 complement the current X 8 and X 10 models.

Balanced XLR inputs and ¼ inch jack inputs, phantom power, 3-band EQ, hi-pass filter, and built in compressor are featured on all mic/line input channels. Two stereo line input channels on each model feature 2-band EQ; all channels feature channel mute and two Aux controls. Other features include 60mm faders, balanced XLR outputs, control room output, two sends and a stereo return, along with onboard FX. XS 6 has two mic/line input channels; XS 8, four mic/line input channels; XS 10, six mic/line input channels; XS 12, eight mic/line input channels.