Lectrosonics has announced that the first three models in the company's highly anticipated Aspen line of DSP matrix audio processors are now shipping: the SPN1624 matrix mixer, the SPN16i input-only module, and the SPNConference telephone hybrid unit for teleconferencing. Employing sophisticated proprietary algorithms developed by Lectrosonics and the latest in high-speed DSP hardware, the new Aspen series features include TCP/IP control over Ethernet, unlimited input expandability, real-time clock, 48-channel matrix bus, 1 Gbps expansion port, and true 48-Volt phantom powering for all inputs.
At the heart of the Aspen system is Lectrosonics' proprietary Proportional Gain Algorithm (PGA) for auto-mixing without the use of noise gates, resulting in transparent audio and increased gain before feedback. Five mixing modes are individually selectable for every matrix cross point.
Every input in the Aspen system supports mic- or line-level signals and includes a 1/3-octave noise reduction filter, an 8-notch feedback suppressor, delay, a 4-band 4th-order filter set, a dynamic compressor, and two level meters. 48V phantom power is available on all inputs—enabling the widest possible compatibility with all microphone types. Every output includes an eight-stage, 4th-order filter set, delay, dynamic compressor, limiter, and level meter. All inputs and outputs are fully differential.
Programming and access of Aspen devices is handled via a single, centralized point of control through Ethernet, USB, or RS-232. The system also allows for simultaneous multi-point 3rd-party (Crestron and AMX) and native control.
Pricing of the new Lectrosonics Aspen Series processors are as follows:
SPN1624 matrix mixer: $7,500