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Outline Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode Line Array Speakers

FOH Staff • New Gear • June 14, 2011

Outline's Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode Line Array powered speakers, based on the company's COMpact Polar Adjustable Sound System technology, incorporate Outline's advanced iMode technology with a streamlined, compact cabinet design, well-suited as a small- to medium-sized system for touring or fixed installations.
Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode is a self-powered, bi-amped loudspeaker cabinet used as a vertical line array (VLA) system. This ultra-compact loudspeaker system, weighing in at only 52.9 lbs. (24 kg – with flying hardware), features two 1.75-inch compression drivers and four five-inch mid woofers to deliver a peak SPL of 141 dB @ 1 m with four enclosures, with a frequency response of 100 to 20kHz. The cabinet utilizes two of Outline's Double Parabolic Reflective Wave Guides, a technology developed and patented by Outline for its Butterfly line array systems covering the high frequency section.

 

Outline calls Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode the only compact VLA with variable, asymmetrical horizontal directivity. Steps of 15 degrees can be manually set between 60 to 150 degrees, allowing the operator to direct sonic energy where it is required.

 

Sixteen combinations of horizontal coverage (including asymmetric ones) are possible to fine tune coverage according to the audience and acoustic properties of the venue. In acoustically-difficult venues, for example, it can be very useful to avoid reflections from the walls. Because the sound can be directed to where it is needed by moving the "wings" of the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S., changing the acoustic radiation conditions is relatively simple and straightforward. An embedded sensor-based recognition apparatus signals the DSP engine of the position of the cabinet wings and on-axis response is automatically corrected in real time.

 

Outline sums up its iMode technology concept as, "from console to enclosures in just one step," and the iMode technology incorporated in the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. cabinet embeds a Linux-based CPU with an Outline-customized kernel, integrated DSP chip, parameter control software and web server to drive the internal amplifiers.

 

Chosen for its stability and compatibility, the operating system provides a foundation for iMode's advanced functions. Audio conversion is done at 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and users have real-time control over a series of parameters, including levels, delay, EQ and shelving filters.

 

iMode also allows the user to monitor performance parameters throughout the system, including VU-meters, selected preset parameters, clip and limiter status, amplifier overheating and protection.

 

Users can control a Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode sound system via any standard web browser (no special software required), just as one would navigate a Web site.

 

With standard IP-based communication, the iMode platform is controllable via iPad, iPhone or any Internet-savvy device.

 

For more information, please visit www.outline.it.

 

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