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Thu, January 24, 2013

Superior construction, custom-made components, massive power, DSP processing, and an exclusive wireless app provide a powerful, in-demand feature set.

Cumberland, R.I. (January 24, 2013)—Alto Professional, the source for live performance reinforcement, has created the Black Series, a workhorse line of active 2- way loudspeakers and subwoofers. The onboard DSP provides extensive control both directly and via the Alto Professional Live Drive wireless app for iOS® devices. The complete Black Series line includes the Black10, Black12, and Black15 active loudspeakers; plus the Black15S and Black18S active subwoofers.

The carefully matched components, abundant power, and onboard DSP allow the Black Series to be deployed in various configurations to provide immersive and rewarding sound in nearly any venue. This DSP provides active control over the EQ response, test tones, dynamic levels, and protection to deliver a sound unattainable with traditional passive systems. Wireless control via the wireless app allows each system to be optimized in place and on the fly—from a variety of listening positions—to create the best possible sound reinforcement experience.

Each Black Series active loudspeaker was designed and tuned by the highly experienced Alto Professional audio team in the USA and field-tested in a variety of realworld applications. Custom-spec’d drivers and a 2400-Watt (peak) Class D amplifier combine to provide superior, reliable sound with plenty of headroom for an uncompromised performance. Black Series loudspeakers are available with a 10", 12," or 15" low-end driver, in the Black10, Black12, and Black15, respectively. Optimized to provide a 90º x 60º coverage field, each model also contains a 1.75" high-frequency driver and an extensively tested HF waveguide crafted to deliver maximum sonic impact. “It’s about more than just power, though,” says Paul Gallo, Alto Professional Product Manager. “Each Black Series speaker is meticulously designed, super-efficient, and agile—just like a race car.”

The reinforced cabinets are constructed from rugged 18mm plywood covered in a durable, scratch-resistant finish. The sturdy steel grilles are dressed with a commercialgrade powder coating. Recessed custom-molded handles make transport easy. Steelreinforced rubber feet are located on two sides, allowing vertical or horizontal monitor-style placement. A standard 35mm socket is provided for pole mounting, and M10 rigging points are provided.

The Black Series’ internal electronics are equally impressive. The built-in mixer provides two mic/line combo inputs, volume controls, and a balanced XLR output. The mixer feeds a 2400-Watt (peak) Class D amplifier equipped with active thermal protection and a ground lift switch. The contour switch delivers enhanced EQ control, plus there is even a switch to disable the LED-lit logo power indicator.

Using the wireless app from any iPad® or iPhone ® delivers effortless remote control of level-matching, test tones, tone-shaping, dynamics, and delay-compensation. In addition to this high-level DSP control, the wireless app allows the Black Series system to be tweaked and adjusted in place for optimal sound at all times. Club owners, sound technicians, and engineers will be able to adapt the speakers to new acts and venues.

Completing the Black Series are two 2400-Watt (peak) active subwoofers: the Black18S and Black15S. These subwoofers feature 18” and 15” long-excursion LF transducers, respectively, to deliver well-defined low-end response, and each provides adjustable level and polarity controls. Both Black Series subwoofers offer stereo inputs: XLR+1/4” combo on the left channel and XLR on the right channel. Naturally, XLR outputs are provided, and both models feature a convenient built-in crossover, eliminating the need to purchase an external rack-mounted unit.

Alto Professional will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

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