June 16, 2014, by PSW Staff
VUE Audiotechnik has announced the first full system demonstration of the popular al-8 line array during InfoComm at demo room #MR-N114.
The Vue Audiotechnik al-8 compact line array system utilizes VUE’s most advanced technologies to extract exceptional performance from its compact design. Cutting-edge technologies such as beryllium compression drivers, Kevlar/Neo transducers, precision amplification and DSP, onboard SystemVUE networking, and full compatibility with the VUEPoint beam steering technology allow the highly-scalable al-8 to deliver unprecedented performance to a broad range of mid-sized sound reinforcement applications.
The al-8 Line Array System is made up of the al-8 Acoustic Element and rack-mount V6 Systems Engine. The V6 combines a highly-sophisticated DSP architecture with enough amplifier power to tri-amp up to four al-8 acoustic elements. In addition, onboard SystemVUE networking capabilities allow easy assembly of sophisticated networks with remote management and control available via the intuitive SystemVUE control software.
The system is sold in standard blocks, with four al-8 Acoustic Elements and a single V6 Systems Engine comprising a single block. Multiple al-8 blocks can be combined to address larger applications.
For applications where extended low frequency is required, the al-8 is fully compatibility with a variety of VUE subwoofers. Flexible options allow flying, or ground stacking.
The al-8 Line Array System benefits from a highly-sophisticated DSP architecture that allows each individual component–from traducers, amplifiers and cabinets, all the way out to the SystemVUE software itself–to work in perfect harmony for precise control and easy operation.
In fact, the technology is so smart that al-8 designers were able to pre-load the V6 Systems Engine with a library presets that dramatically improve ‘out -of-the-box’ performance while streamlining setup. Operators simply assemble the array, select the desired preset from the SystemVUE software, then align the physical placement. Minimal EQ or tweaking is required and the operator is free to concentrate on creating the perfect mix.
The al-8 Acoustic Element features a full complement of transducers designed and engineered specifically by VUE for use in the al-8.
A pair of precision-engineered 3-inch voice coil, al-8&h-8-wooferIMG_9464very high power 8-inch low frequency transducers flank four 4-inch, Kevlar-coned Neodymium cone transducers for the mid-range.
The mid-range units are outfitted with VUE’s unique lateral acoustic shade modules that acoustically “moves” the drivers closer al-8-mf-cover-01-rtogether to optimize directivity of the woofers at their upper operating range for a smooth transition over the entire coverage area.
For the high frequency, the al-8 utilizes a pair of 1-inch exit, neodymium compression drivers with Truextent® beryllium diaphragms. Beryllium technology allows the compression driver to deliver dramatic improvements in HF extension and response linearity that simply cannot be matched by traditional aluminum or titanium designs.
The beryllium compression drivers are mounted to a tightly coupled, precision waveguide that reduces acoustic lobing and provides ideal line array consistency.
All transducers are housed in a rugged birch plywood enclosure protected by a 12-step Dura-Coat LX finish. Integrated flying hardware allows quick assembly of arrays of up to 16 elements per flybar. Rear panel I/O includes NL8 Input and Loop connections for easy daisy-chaining of line array elements. Flexible rigging options allow flying and ground stacking.