Apex has added the Intelli-X3 648 system management processor to its Intelli-X2 series – the first model of the next-generation line, with optional Dante networking capacity for full network redundancy.

Apex Intelli-X3 648With internal processing up to 192kHz, studio-grade analogue circuit design and mastering-grade compressors as standard, Intelli-X3 is a 1U-high unit with a front0panel user interface. It provides the system management tools required for system alignment and EQ, including the provision of IIR and custom FIR-based crossovers. I/Os can be selected (in pairs) to be either analogue, AES/EBU or Dante, enabling a mix of audio formats to be used simultaneously.

Designed for plug-and-play operation, the Intelli-X3 is simple to configure and integrates into any network via internal three-way Ethernet switches. Both automatic IP (DHCP) and static IP configuration is provided as standard, enabling connectivity and more rigid IP assignments for use in fixed installations. SNMP support is also provided. Wireless access points can be directly connected to Intelli-X3 devices allowing direct control over a network.

A comprehensive library of factory presets ensures that Intelli-X3 is suited to any application, as a stand-alone system controller or crossover configured via the front panel, or as a part of a comprehensive wireless networked system for stadium or arena-sized tours.

There are two configuration and control option, depending on application – a completely re-engineered front panel with LCD menu enables direct configuration and on-the-fly parameter adjustment in a highly intuitive smartphone-like environment. Alternatively, Apex’s proprietary software application, Intelli-Ware, provides fast and intuitive control from both portable Touch and Tablet PCs as well as from tethered PCs. The software is accessible from multiple PC devices simultaneously – useful for engineers needing to optimise audio from various locations throughout a venue or festival site for example. The interface mirrors the design of the hardware, where operation is predominantly icon-driven.

Intelli-Ware provides comprehensive system-wide ganging and copy/paste functionality allowing complex set-ups to be easily configured, presented and stored. The Intelli-Ware screen layout is fully configurable and can be sized to match any type of display. Full offline design capabilities enable shows to be prepped offsite.

Intelli-Ware also comes complete with an analyser/bridge feature, which enables control of all commonly used sound measurement tools found in WaveCapture’s Live-Capture and Rational Acoustics’ Smaart 7/8, all directly from within the software.

An optional Dante module provides Audio-over-IP (AoiP) networking capability supporting full network redundancy with ultra-low latency. This automatically prevents any audio loss or interruption in the event of a connectivity problem on the primary network.

More: www.apex-audio.eu

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