Phonic Revamps Product Portfolio

Phonic has revamped its product portfolio with new releases targeting two distinct markets, commercial installation and home musicians. The company’s new releases include table-top FireWire mixers, rack-mountable zone mixers, a handheld touch-screen audio analyzer, commercial karaoke powered mixers and specialty mixers with vocal harmony effects at the ProLight+Sound/Music Messe show in Frankfurt, Germany next month. These new releases from Phonic bridge the gap between professional and consumer audio applications, and reflect the continued growth in popularity of home studios.

Phonic adds three affordably-priced table-top FireWire mixers to the Helix Board series, Phonic’s line of mixers with computer connectivity. Helix Board FireWire Mixers allows users to stream up to 18 independent channels of audio to computer with near-zero latency at 96 kHz and 2 channels of monitoring to computer. The individual tracks can then be digitally recorded, edited, removed, or mixed, giving 100% control over audio properties to the engineer and making the Phonic Helix Board FireWire mixers ideal front ends of any audio workstation. All three Helix Board FireWire models feature 32/40 bit DFX engine. Helix Board 12 FireWire is a compact 12-Input FireWire mixer with extra ALT3-4 stereo bus and 16 high-definition digital multi-effects. The dual-directional I/O pod of Helix Board FireWire series saves tabletop and rack space in crowded studios. Helix Board FireWire 18 is an 18-Input 2-Subgroup table-top FireWire mixer with S/PDIF out, 10-band graphic EQ and 8 Mic Preamps. Helix Board FireWire 24 is an 24-Input 4-Bus desk top console with 16 Mic preamps and subwoofer output with variable low pass filter and source from Main Mix or AUX 4.

For the installed sound market, Phonic introduces ZX2 (two-zone) and ZX4 (four-zone), zone mixers that are ideal for hotels, convention centers, theatres, restaurants and retail outlets. They offer three stereo line inputs, one paging microphone input with EQ and ducking depth control, and an emergency input. Each zone has selectable stereo or mono output and features a subwoofer output. A mono "utility" output is also included for areas such as restrooms and foyers. Zone and utility outputs all have an individual source selector and level control, while zone outputs have an added high and low EQ. An emergency interface connector allows for override control and the insertion of emergency message paging. The added option of remote volume control for each zone makes the Phonic zone mixers highly user-friend.

Harmony M60 and Harmony M100 are specialty mixers with built-in vocal harmony effects and 32/40 bit DFX engine. Individual performers and small bands would find the application of Harmony 60 and Harmony M100 useful.

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