EM Acoustics has announced a slew of new products following the opening of its brand new R&D facility.
The first products to come out of the new premises are the M-C12 and M-C15 12- and 15-inch coaxial monitor speakers and the EPX-8 self-powered eight-inch compact loudspeaker.
The EPX-8 is essentially an updated, self-powered version of the EMS-81X compact eight-inch loudspeaker. Featuring EM Acoustics’ signature passive crossover, a rotatable horn and a variety of rigging options, the EPX-8 also includes a Class D amplification package with integral stand-alone DSP for true plug-and-play operation. Typical applications range from small FoH duties to front fill and compact stage monitoring.
The M-C12/15 monitors (pictured) represent something of a departure from previous EM Acoustics monitor designs which have always been dedicated wedges. However, operations director Mike Wheeler believes that rental companies and venues need to achieve maximum value from their investment, hence a stage monitor that can also perform equally well either on a stand or flown is of much greater end value to the client, as he explained:
“To that end, we purposely designed world-class stage monitors that also include hidden polemounts and flying points for cradles. Much thought has gone into usability in service, from both a practical as well as aesthetic point of view. We’ve made great use of our new five-axis CNC machine in our woodwork factory which enables us to machine more three-dimensional shapes and surfaces than we could before – specifically the large radius curve on the back corner and the sculpted surfaces around the connectors. Every detail has been meticulously thought out, from the material used for the protective skids on the underside, to the thicker-than-usual steel grille and supporting steel braces to protect the front from over-enthusiastic artists on stage. They are designed to be sleek, elegant and discreet.”
Both monitors utilise a bespoke waveguide designed by EM Acoustics’ Ed Kinsella which is prototyped in house on the company’s 3D printing facilities before going into production. The very first delivery has already been made to entertainment and corporate event lighting specialists White Light, who have recently added an audio department to their range of services. White Light took 16 M-C12s and eight M-C15s for rental stock and a further eight M-C12s for the recent audio infrastructure upgrade at Thorpe Park which also included a HALO-C line array system, MSE-218 subs and AD Series amplifiers.
“We’re delighted to be up and running in our new facilities after a certain hiatus in R&D caused by lack of space,” remarked Wheeler. “We’re not short of designs, but Ed had nowhere to prototype and test them! However, now that he’s properly installed in the new R&D facility with all his new toys, he’s been able to bring his designs to fruition. We’ve launched three new products in the last two months and there are more on the way. The M-C monitors are also the first products to be developed and designed entirely using our own woodwork factory.”