Steerable array for events

AUTHOR: Inavate

Renkus-Heinz has targeted live event production with IC Live. The product line, claimed to “meet the needs of PA rental companies”, utilises the company’s Iconyx digitally steerable array technology. IC Live is designed to supply natural, musical and intelligible sound for live events.

Ralph Heinz, senior vice president of Renkus-Heinz, said: “With IC Live, we have turned the line array on its end and applied digital steering technology to deliver better vertical pattern control and reduce sidewall reflections with few cabinets.”

The interlocking hardware system is designed to allow IC Live users to assemble four array configurations from two components: the full range IC Live array module and the ICL215S subwoofer.

The IC Live module incorporates five neodymium 6.5-inch cone woofers and three neodymium compression drivers on purpose-designed waveguides. A multi-channel DSP/amplifier controls each transducer individually. Complex signal processing shapes the array’s output and steers it in the desired direction.

IC Live arrays produce vertical beams of 30°, 25° and 20° that can be steered up or down by up to 30° at .01° resolution. Horizontal dispersion is 150°.

Onboard memory stores up to seven combinations of beamwidths and aiming angles for instant recall via rear panel pushbuttons. For higher SPL and an extra octave of beam steering in the lower midrange, two IC Live modules can be arrayed “horn to horn.”