Master Audio adds Ethernet to point source units

AUTHOR: Inavate

Master Audio has upgraded point source cabinets in its Xcellence range with amplifier and DSP modules featuring Ethernet connectivity.

The enhanced loudspeakers include the X12CE and X15CE coaxial active cabinets, the X15LTE two-way active cabinet – for full-range FOH or monitor applications – and the X18WE subwoofer.

A control protocol supports connection over Wi-Fi, allowing users to address the system via wireless access points using a notebook PC running Master Audio's DSP Studio software.

Parameters such as gain (per way), limiter, polarity, delay and five custom parametric EQs can all be adjusted, with several elements controlled at the same time using grouping functions.

The software also gives information about the amplifier status: input and output levels, heat-sink temperature, clip and protection indications. An iPad version of the software is due for release in early in 2013.