dbx DriveRack Venu360Successor to the DriveRack 260, dbx has introduced DriveRack Venu360 Loudspeaker Management System adding features including mobile device control, additional input channels, improved DSP and easier operation.

The DriveRack Venu360 provides expanded input processing and includes dbx’s 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, two-way or three-way operation (custom mono four-way, five-way or six-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 1s 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 used, for automatic, precise system balancing and equalisation of the loudspeakers within the venue, for a smoother, more accurate system frequency response. Since AutoEQ is now located in the output processing stage, independent sections of a system can be equalised automatically. This allows AutoEQ to be used on the FOH system as well as the stage monitors, zones and tower delays.

The DriveRack Venu360 can be set up and operated from a compatible iOS, Android, Windows or Macintosh device via an app and Wi-Fi router connected to the rear-panel Ethernet port. It also has a front-panel LCD with on-screen ‘map’-style navigation and input and output meters and mutes for system setup and monitoring.

An improved automated Wizard set-up utility supports stage monitors, making set-up of an entire sound system fast, easy and precise. The dbx Wizard automatically configures hundreds of audio parameters with the push of a few buttons, with no previous audio experience required. Among the Wizard’s many functions are Level Assist, AutoEQ, AFS and built-in speaker and amp tunings for JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and many more. Up to 75 user configurations can be saved, eliminating the need to re-enter the system or venue settings.

The unit provides balanced XLR analogue and AES digital inputs for connection to a mixer, with support for mono, stereo, LCR and aux-fed sub configurations. Six balanced XLR outputs can be configured for PA system front of house, stage monitors, delay towers, zones and more. It is also compatible with BSS Audio Contrio Ethernet wall controllers. Future firmware updates can be made via the USB port and firmware update utility.

The dbx DriveRack Venu360 will be available in Q2 2015 at a suggested price of US$799.

More: www.dbxpro.com

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