American Audio Turn Up Performance, Versatility And Mobility At Pro Light + Sound
Today’s DJs may use CDs or a computer or both - switching back and forth between the analog and digital worlds. They’re also “on the go” more than ever so they need gear that’s not only versatile but also easy to take with them wherever they go. Recognising this, American Audio have developed two new performance tools designed to handle the versatility of DJing today – the Radius 3000 Media Player/MIDI Controller and VMS4 Velocity MIDI Station. The company have also recently unveiled a new portable sound system whose speakers and mixer pack up into one compact unit, the PPA-210. These three innovative products are currently headlining the American Audio display at the Pro Light + Sound trade currently taking place in Frankfurt, Germany.
“More than ever today, DJs want versatile pro audio gear that can be used with or without a computer, delivers a high level of performance, and offers the features they need for real world applications, such as easy portability,” said Tom Freret, national sales manager for American Audio. “American Audio has developed products like the Radius 3000, VMS4 and PPA-210, which respond to our customers’ needs. We are proud to be showing these and other innovative pro audio gear at the PLS show.”
Here’s a closer look at American Audio’s 3 groundbreaking show highlights:
Radius 3000 – Great for DJing with CDs or a computer, the Radius 3000 is a professional CD/ MP3/WAV player that has MIDI capabilities for controlling DJ music playback software. The versatile unit includes a slot-load CD drive, along with both SD Card and USB inputs. Configured like a pro CD deck, its familiar design makes it easy for DJs to make the transition to the digital world. It features a large 6-inch jog wheel, 9 on-board DSP effects (Scratch, Filter, Echo, Trans, Skid, Phase, Flanger, Pan, Bop), a display with track and artist information, and a convenient white LED marker that rotates around the jog wheel to show the current playback position. Loaded with features found only on top-of-the-line CD players, the Radius 3000 also includes Advanced Track Search, 10 seconds of Anti-Shock memory, Advanced Cueing with track search by frame, and an all-new Database Builder for USB drives that allows DJs to sort music by Title, Artist, Album or Genre.
VMS4 Velocity MIDI Station – The ultimate DJ controller, the VMS4 is an amazingly versatile piece of gear that combines all the features of a 4-channel professional club mixer, two touch-sensitive playback decks and a user configurable sound card into a convenient roadworthy steel chassis. It includes both MIDI and analog channels, so it can be used with a computer or as an analog mixer without a computer, which also makes it a great “backup” unit if the computer crashes. Developed for real-world applications, the VMS4 includes a built-in mouse pad so DJs can make all their selections from the top of the unit. It also features a unique Innofader cross-fader option (sold separately), two microphone channels, sixty-two assignable MIDI buttons and switches, and Q-Start cross-fader controlled startup. Incredibly affordable, the VMS4 contains many built-in quality features that add to its value. All of its audio control faders, knobs, switches and buttons are smoothed to eliminate popping and other distractive noises, and it comes with a solid 1.6mm thick faceplate for extra durability.
PPA-210 – A compact portable PA system with built-in digital effects, graphic EQ and USB playback, the PPA-210 is ideal for anyone who needs to take their music with them. The convenient all-in-one system includes two 10-inch portable speakers, an 8-channel powered mixer and a dynamic microphone, along with all the cables required to set it up. When it’s time to move on, the entire system packs up into one compact unit that latches together for easy transport and maximum protection. Despite its compact size, the PPA-210 is loaded with features, including: 3-band EQ, EFX Sound, Pan and Level on each channel; built-in 300W (150W 8 ohms per channel) stereo power amplifier with dynamic distortion processor; 7-band system equaliser with switch; 4 XLR mic inputs; and an internal digital delay effects processor with 16 selections. The speaker system features 1-inch compression drivers and 10-inch woofers. The PPA-210 also offers USB and mini jack inputs for convenient MP3 music playback making it the ideal system for setting up, hitting play and walking away!
To experience these and other exciting new pro audio products first hand, visit American Audio’s exhibit at Pro Light + Sound, located in Hall 11, Booth D51.