Salzbrenner Media - new brand name, new products
Having presented its new brand identity at Frankfurt’s Pro Light and Sound 2016, Salzbrenner Media has developed a theatre version of its Polaris evolution platform. All the new features are software-based with no hardware modifications. The new console can edit existing and new projects using Apple-based devices without connecting them to a Polaris Scala DSP unit and with true offline editing all the changes can be transferred to the system when required. Compatible with the new NIO xcel series, the fully-fledged theatre automation system includes a significantly expanded cue list, with the ability to remote control the venue’s lighting system via DMX or Midi directly from the control surface.
The channel assignment system has been remodelled to support flexible, dynamic sequencing of EQ and dynamics blocks – such as the gate, compressor and expander – in the desired order. The application and project-based mixer configuration, along with the ability to configure only the number of channels needed for the performance at hand, are major efficiency boosters, claims the manufacturer, and are ‘vital for an intuitive and stress-free’ working environment.
Polaris evolution’s source/destination management is a routing tool, reportedly allowing large numbers of sources and destinations to be routed in seconds. The tool includes a grouped assign function for related channels such as the entire drum kit or the string section.
Designed to decentralise the distribution of required inputs and outputs in live applications, the manufacterer has created the NIO xcel series of Dante-based audio interfaces. Denoting Networked Input/Output there are currently four models in the series.
The NIO xcel 1101 and 1102 provide inputs and outputs in the AES 3 format, whereas the NIO xcel 1201 and 1202 models each offer eight microphone inputs and four line outputs. The interfaces feed analogue and digital power amplifiers, insert into side-rack effects processors, and provide microphone and line inputs together with line outputs for monitoring purposes.
The interfaces can be stacked or mounted into 19-inch racks and connected via Cat-5 or Cat-6 cables to an IP-based Dante audio network. Each device has its own web server and comes equipped with a four-band EQ on all input and output channels together with a configurable 16x16 mixer. Sample rate converters allow rates from 44.1kHz to 192kHz on every input. The NIO xcel 1201’s mic preamps provide four-way splits with individual level adjustments, together with a dynamic range of more than 152dB.