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New Addition to VENUE Line

FOH Staff • News • September 13, 2006

LONDON–Digidesign has announced the addition of D-Show Profile to the VENUE live sound environment family. This compact mixing console is a size-conscious alternative to the D-Show, the flagship console of the VENUE line. D-Show Profile offers full compatibility with all existing VENUE hardware components, total file portability and a compact footprint. "D-Show Profile represents Digidesign's overall commitment to address the needs of a wide breadth of sound reinforcement applications," says Digidesign market manager for live sound products Robert Scovill. "With Profile, we've paid particular attention to feedback from vendors and operators who work in many different styles of operation. We feel that D-Show Profile addresses a great deal of the needs in markets outside the realms of concert sound."

D-Show Profile features a 24-channel frame that's smaller than the footprint of a single D-Show main unit. The console serves as the perfect alternative for sound reinforcement vendors, rental houses, and contractors that need to offer a powerful system in a compact form for small- to mid-size environments and applications, such as houses of worship, corporate events, theaters, mid-level concert venues, and remote broadcasts.

D-Show Profile uses the same D-Show software as its big brother D-Show, enabling engineers to create and load files for use on either console. This also means that users won't need to learn new software if they're already familiar with D-Show. D-Show engineers can move straight on to D-Show Profile–and vice-versa–without additional software acclimation to start mixing or building show files. Plus engineers will no longer need to build new show files (as many currently do) when simply moving to a different console by the same manufacturer.

D-Show Profile works with all existing VENUE hardware components, such as FOH and Stage racks. For sound reinforcement vendors and rental houses, this can represent a tremendous amount of savings and alleviate fears of current inventory obsolescence. With the VENUE model of interconnectivity and flexibility, vendors can greatly widen the scope of their existing system applications by simply offering an alternative mixing console.

Profile features eight General Purpose Interface (GPI) inputs and eight GPI outputs to connect and control any external equipment that can react to simple switch closures. Used in conjunction with the new Event List in D-Show 2.5 software, engineers can design up to 999 simple or complex macros and use GPI to control external switches, devices, equipment functions, and more.

"We're extremely gratified by the tremendous enthusiasm and acceptance we've garnered since the introduction of VENUE and D-Show from the live sound community," says Dave Lebolt, general manager of Digidesign. "With the arrival of D-Show Profile, we're able to bring the power, flexibility, and control of VENUE to a larger audience, and address entirely new market segments where space and costs are more of a consideration."

D-Show Profile is expected to ship in Q4 2006. A complete D-Show Profile System, which includes the Profile mixing console and VENUE FOH and Stage racks, will be available via authorized Digidesign dealers for $54,985 US MSRP. The Profile console will also be available separately for $17,955 US MSRP.

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