Harman’s dbx DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System Now Shipping
Harman’s dbx DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a live or installed sound speaker system to be precisely optimised for the best possible sound quality is now available. Successor to the industry-standard DriveRack 260, the new VENU360 adds a host of additional features including mobile device control, additional input channels, improved DSP, and easier operation.
The DriveRack VENU360 is a highly configurable and flexible device, which includes the latest advancements in dbx’s AFS and AutoEQ algorithms (first introduced in the well-received DriveRack PA2). It provides expanded input processing and includes dbx’s useful AFS (Advanced Feedback Suppression), which automatically detects and precisely removes problematic feedback-causing frequencies. Other input processing includes 31-band graphic EQ, 12-band parametric EQ with narrow-notch capabilities, dbx compression, subharmonic synthesis for enhanced low-frequency impact, backline time delay, and noise gating.
Multi-crossover configurations are possible with support for full range, 2-way or 3-way operation (custom mono 4-way, 5-way, or 6-way configurations are also available). Extensive output processing is provided with 12-band AutoEQ (eight AutoEQ bands, four user configurable bands), dbx compression, automatic gain control, subharmonic synthesis, noise gating, tower delays (up to 1000ms per output), 8-band parametric EQs (used for speaker tunings), dbx limiting and driver alignment delays.
Connecting a dbx RTA-M measurement microphone (sold separately) to the front-panel RTA mic input allows dbx’s proprietary Level Assist and AutoEQ algorithms to be utilised for automatic, precise system balancing and equalisation of the loudspeakers within the venue for a smoother, more accurate system frequency response.
“The DriveRack VENU360 provides a level of loudspeaker tuning that’s far beyond anything previously available,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast. “The result is sound systems that simply sound better, with the major advantage of having complete control of the VENU360 from a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone.”
The DriveRack VENU360 can be set up and operated from a compatible iOS, Android, Windows, or Macintosh device via an easy-to-use app and a standard Wi-Fi router connected to the rear-panel Ethernet port. The VENU360 also has a front-panel LCD display with on-screen 'map'-style navigation and input and output meters and mutes for system setup and monitoring.
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