German audio specialists Schallmeister recently provided sound reinforcement for a large-scale private party in Düsseldorf using its newly-acquired Powersoft gear.
The concert was headlined by popular singer-songwriter Andreas Bourani, who performed in front of 3,000 people at the Alte Schmiedehalle.
In an attempt to develop innovative solutions for conferences, trade shows and concerts, the company upgraded its two-channel amplifiers (with no onboard DSP) to Powersoft four-channel amps with advanced digital signal processing back in the early summer of 2015.
“We changed our entire situation,” Jansen added. “With Powersoft we have less weight, less truck space – but more power and versatility.”
The main PA at the gig consisted of an active MLA Compact/MLX system from Martin Audio. A pair of Powersoft’s new X4s were assigned to the W8LM Mini Line Array and subwoofers, which were used as sidefills, while three Powersoft M50Q drove the LE1200 floor monitors – all from Martin Audio.
The size and weight of the four-channel M50Q is kept to a minimum thanks to the 1U standard and the reduced depth of the equipment. The entire series is available in HDSP+ETH versions, offering remote control and advanced signal processing through Powersoft's proprietary Armonía Pro Audio Suite.
The X4 series implements a new system of channel routing, worldwide-compatible three-phase power supply and a ‘revolutionary’ fully-featured DSP. It also natively supports AES3, two redundant Dante digital streams and analogue inputs, providing up to four different selectable input sources per channel.
“Everyone was extremely happy with the quality of the sound,” said Tim Jansen, who co-founded Schallmeister with Marcus Ugljanin back in 1999. “The whole system sounded exceptionally good, with lots of punch and power – and there were no improvements needed to be carried out by the Bourani crew.”