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Inline Devices for 2017
Jon O'Neil
Kill Devil Hills, NC
21 Posts
November 26, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Coming for inline devices in 2017:

– First, the long-delayed VPD notch filter, and also a VPD highpass (low cut) filter.

– Updates already available for the IPA: additional gain options; the lowest setting doesn’t have to be 0dB, it can be any gain setting–although I still recommend a 0dB setting for most applications. Also already available is a pre-emphasis option in the middle setting. This can be AES-format (+9dB above 3kHz) or any custom setting.

– Pending IPA update: some “active” remote capsule solutions use more current than I initially realized. Because of this, the existing IPA can’t run on low-voltage (<16V) phantom power with heavier-draw active systems. The 2017 IPA has a revised powering circuit that corrects that issue.

– A 5V-12V converter cable enables use of 5V USB battery packs with the IPA. 5V packs can be cheaper and smaller than available 12V external packs, so this cable will offer the smallest possible external battery pack solution.

– On the drawing board is a "channel strip" version of the IPA/X-Y, filling in the gap for live sound where a fully-featured console or rack is not available. This is a mono-only version that includes input gain control with six settings, an active sweepable midrange notch filter, and an eight-mode compressor including comp/limit, noise gate, and parallel compression settings. It runs on 12-48V phantom power, internal A544 (6V) battery, or external 5V-9V power. This can support most low-voltage microphones as well as dynamic microphone input. The X-Y version has two RCA inputs that are opposite polarity, allowing use of feedback-rejecting dual microphone techniques.

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December 13, 2016 - 12:54 AM

Wow, that’s great news Jon! The IPA is an absolute steal IMO. I’ll DEF be grabbing one of them for their price and options, and I really like the 5v USB battery powering as well. And you just cannot beat the size either! Is getting a +60v/Low Noise IPA an option? I must be really tired because I couldn’t find out from the IPA specs even though I guarantee it’s on there, sorry! If so, I’m SOLD 🙂

I also like the look of your MPD XLR Inline Adapter! Very small and looks super solid! I’ll prob end up going with a pair of the -12db MPD’s FWIW! Do you think that’s enough of a pad for the 60v PFAs? I’ll be grabbing a pair of those too since I did notice that my new +60v/LN PFA’s are a little hotter than my older +40v PFA’s!

Thanks for always updating and thinking of cool new features for your products! Very cool stuff you have going on. And BTW, I LOVED my 1st show out with the new 60v PFAs! I ran mk41>+60v/LN PFAs>DR70D and it came out great IMO! The link to the New Mastersounds set is below. Hope you dig it. Before I get anything else of yours, it’ll be a 2nd pair of +60v PFAs!!! 🙂…..70d.flac24

Jon O'Neil
Kill Devil Hills, NC
21 Posts
December 24, 2016 - 11:13 AM

All PFAs (except the high-impedance instrument and dynamic mic input versions) use the low-noise amp now. You can see that in the specification: -123dBA for standard PFAs.

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