Electro-Voice has expanded its EVOLVE series with the launch of the EVOLVE 50M column loudspeaker and companion subwoofer, equipped with the company’s new QuickSmart Link digital audio and control technology as well as an onboard mixer, DSP, and effects.
Available in black or white finishes, the full-range column array incorporates eight 3.5-inch neodymium drivers to provide full-bandwidth 120-degree horizontal coverage via proprietary waveguides. In addition, array-formed 40-degree asymmetrical vertical coverage is intended to focus acoustic output more tightly on the coverage area.
The enclosure is constructed from a durable composite material and incorporates an ergonomic aluminum handle. A 12-inch subwoofer is housed in a 15 mm wood enclosure with a laminar-flow vent design intended to supply enhanced rigidity and acoustical performance.
The array and sub are connected via a symmetrical aluminum pole with internal wiring and magnetically assisted latching. The loudspeakers are protected by a black powder-coated 18-gauge steel grille, and an array/pole carry case is included. A class-D amplifier is stated to deliver up to 1,000 watts to the transducers.
The “M” designation in the name EVOLVE 50M refers to its integrated eight-channel digital mixer. Developed in collaboration with the audio electronics engineering team at Electro-Voice sibling brand Dynacord, the mixer has multiple inputs (four XLR/TRS combo mic/line inputs, XLR/TRS combo stereo line input, RCA, 3.5 mm stereo, and Hi-Z instrument input) with professional-grade preamps and mix functions.
Low-latency Bluetooth streaming supports music playback or accompaniment. Independent channel aux sends and a foot switch input are also included, and a range of effects (30 presets, including chorus, delay, flange and reverb, via two FX channels) add options for musicians to fine-tune their tone.
New QuickSmart Link is designed to make it easier to combine two EVOLVE 50Ms for use together with larger bands or gigs needing more inputs. Link the systems together via an Ethernet cable to create an uncompressed digital audio/control connection, pair both systems to a single mobile device via the QuickSmart Mobile app (available via the Apple App Store and on Google Play), and get mix control of both systems. For applications requiring fewer inputs but still requiring a mixer and stereo output, the EVOLVE 50M can be matched with an EVOLVE 50 via the MIX OUT XLR connector.
The EVOLVE 50M’s control panel provides access to QuickSmart DSP that allows the navigation and adjustment of all audio, effects and mix functions via an LCD with single-knob control or via the QuickSmart Mobile app, as well as multiple options for signal routing and inputs. Functions include four presets (Music, Live, Speech, Club), three-band system EQ (low, mid, high), seven-band graphic EQ (in Mixer mode), five user-programmable presets (Store and Recall settings), phantom power, visual monitoring of limiter status, input level control and meters, and a master volume control to optimize gain structure.
EVOLVE 50M is available in select countries. Go here for more specifics.