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Digidesign Introduces VENUE Live Sound System


September 12, 2004

Being unveiled at the Plasa show in London, Digidesign announced
VENUE, a modular live sound reinforcement mixing and processing environment
offering the functionality of high-end live sound mixing systems at a more
affordable price point.

VENUE is made up of various building blocks that comprise an entire system,
a host of expandable hardware subsystems and software components. The centerpiece
of the VENUE system environment is D-Show, a mixing console with expandable
digital mix engine and control software, mix position analog and digital I/O,
remote-controlled mic/line preamps, a multi-channel digital snake, and the
innovative Personal Q artist-controlled monitor mixing option. VENUE also supports
DSP effects plug-in processing and features an integrated recording and playback
option for industry-standard Digidesign Pro Tools systems.

VENUE's D-Show features a precise, and flexible digital live sound mixing
engine. Internal 48-bit processing provides resolution for the onboard EQ and
Dynamics sections, and offers uncompromised headroom on mix busses. Every channel
of the D-Show console is equipped with delay, full 4-band parametric EQ (including
additional 4th order HPF), and two dynamics processors. D-Show's EQ algorithms
feature four fully overlapping 20 Hz — 20 kHz bands with +/-18 dB of boost/cut,
along with a unique, separate analog EQ emulation mode.

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Each of the system's mic preamps is hand-calibrated during manufacturing to
maximize Common Mode noise Rejection Ratio (CMRR). D-Show's remote-controlled
mic/line preamps and high-quality converters use a digital snake system, perfectly
preserving fidelity by capturing signals near the source while simultaneously
eliminating potential grounding problems between the FOH mix position and stage.

VENUE was purpose-built from the ground up specifically to service the stringent
requirements of live and concert sound reinforcement. Multiple redundant subsystems
ensure that audio continues to pass through to the speakers, even in the unlikely
event of a system restart. Moreover, operators retain complete control over
channel mutes and faders in the unlikely event of a restart — an industry

Optional dual-redundant power supplies for all critical components and dual-redundant
snakes with auto-switchover ensure a fail-safe environment. VENUE has also
been drop, G-force, and temperature-extreme tested, tirelessly quality-assured,
functionally revisited, and thoroughly field-tested on the road and in various
installations to ensure non-stop, solid performance. VENUE is backed by Digidesign
with on-road replacement service and authorized repair centers located in major
cities around the world.

VENUE's D-Show console supports a myriad of professional DSP effects processing
plug-ins through its expandable DSP mix engine architecture, providing virtually
unlimited possibilities for creative sound processing and original mixes. D-Show
allows you to take advantage of the very same effects algorithms professional
recording studios use with Pro Tools, including detailed emulations of high-end
hardware processors. This minimizes reliance on outboard gear and introduces
unique, D-Show-specific processing algorithms to the mixer's palette.

VENUE is also features an optional direct digital link to Digidesign Pro Tools
systems — without requiring separate converters or digital I/O peripherals.
This enables operators to seamlessly integrate a separate Pro Tools workstation
with the D-Show console to record a show or augment a live performance with
Pro Tools playback. VENUE also supports off-line configuration, maximizing
productivity by enabling operators to prep a system on a laptop prior to a
show, and then simply upload the data to D-Show's embedded computer as needed.

For more information, visit their web site at

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