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al-12 Large-format Line Array System

VUE’s al-Class line array systems have achieved international recognition for raising the bar for sonic definition, through a combination of advanced transducer design and tightly integrated dsp. The al-12 takes the Acoustic Linearity concept further dramatically increasing overall output to expand the scale of applications that can benefit from the al-Class’ pristine sonic performance.

FEATURES

  • Three-way, High output true Line Array design
  • New State-of the Art transducer technology with
    • 3-inch Diamater Beryllium HF very high output with exceptional clarity
    • Kevlar MF driver with larger voice coil and magnet for more output before power compression
  • Integrated VUEDrive™ System Engines with SystemVUE network control and Dante networking audio distribution.
  • Fully compatible with VUEPoint beam steering technology
  • Extremely Scalable – Continuous Source Topology (CST™) technology allows the combination of  al-12 acoustic elements with al-8s and al-4s to build complex hybrid arrays
  • Integrated flying hardware allows quick assembly of large arrays
  • Full complement of system optimized subwoofers, flying and transport accessories

 

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8x-al-12-+-al-12fb+-al-12ufb-+-4x-al-8-al-8ufb-2x-al-4-front-with-Logos-whiteVUE has been hard at work on creating a high-output system for large-scale applications that would remain faithful to the fidelity standards established with the al-4 and al-8 systems. Retaining the bandwidth, definition, and linearity of VUE’s smaller line array systems while producing output levels required for large stadium applications, was no small accomplishment.  In fact, it required a re-thinking of possibilities, effectively resulting in the development of a whole new set of advanced transducers, new suspension designs, and system packaging.

The al-12 was designed from the ground up to cover large-scale applications while preserving the unique ability to integrate with all of the al-Class members in hybrid arrays. The al-12 utilizes VUE’s proprietary Continuous Source Topology (CST™) technology to achieve seamless performance and system scalability across all al-Class line array elements.

Like the al-Class’ al-4 and al-8, the al-12 line array system utilizes VUE’s most advanced technologies and innovative designs to deliver superior sonic performance and unparalleled versatility. Cutting-edge technologies such as the new purpose-built 3-in beryllium compression driver, Kevlar/Neo transducers, precision amplification and DSP, as well as onboard SystemVUE networking and full compatibility with the VUEPoint beam steering technology, allow the highly scalable al-12 to deliver unprecedented performance to an even broader range of sound reinforcement applications.

The ‘al-12 Line Array System’ is made up of the al-12 Acoustic Elements and rack-mount V3 Systems Engines. The V3 combines a highly refined DSP architecture and onboard SystemVUE networking capabilities allowing easy assembly of sophisticated networks with remote management and control available via the intuitive SystemVUE software.

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Expanding the Line

al-12-array-side-viewVUE’s al-Class line array systems have achieved international recognition for raising the bar for sonic definition, through a combination of advanced transducer design and tightly integrated dsp, The al-12 expands the scale of applications that can benefit from the al-Class’ pristine sonic performance. The al-12 was designed from the ground up to cover large-scale applications while preserving the unique ability to integrate with all of the al-Class members in hybrid arrays that do not ‘break the line’.

Not only should this system be impressive on its own merits, it would be elemental to maintain the ability for all of the al-Class systems to work together in an optimized and coherent manner. These unique challenges forced VUE to build a whole new set of transducers and re-think the possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The System VUE

v3-v6-chinaIMG_2842The ‘al-12 Line Array System’ is made up of the al-12 Acoustic Elements and rack-mount V3 Systems Engines. The V3 combines a refined DSP architecture and onboard SystemVUE networking capabilities allow easy assembly of sophisticated  networks with remote management and control available via the intuitive SystemVUE control software.  The system is powered in blocks of two al-12 enclosures, and a single  V3 rack mount amplifier/DSP unit. The V3 provides 1600 watts sine wave or 4000 watts burst for each of the low and mid frequency channels, and 500 watts sine wave / 1000 watts burst for the high frequencies. The V3 is equipped with analogue, AES and Dante inputs and full ethernet based SystemVUE remote control.

VUE is developing a modular amplifier system capable of flying with the al-12 which will incorporate identical dsp and amplification of the V3 in a higher density configuration. The system will be sold in standard blocks, with sixteen al-12 Acoustic Elements and an eight VUEDrive™ V3 Systems Engines comprising a single block. Multiple al-12 blocks will be combined to address larger applications.

For applications where extended low-frequency is required, the al-12SB is a companion subwoofer system with two 18-inch Neodymium woofers optimized to provide solid low-frequency response down to below 40Hz in a very compact enclosure that can be flown in arrays along with the al-12s,  in sub only adjacent arrays or ground stacked. The al-12 is fully compatible with a variety of VUE subwoofers, including the large format h-Class subwoofers.

CST ™ Technology

al-12-Vue-system-overview-03-frontDefinition of Topology: “The study of geometric properties and spatial relations unaffected by the continuous change of shape or size of figures.”

CST™ re-defines the concept of system ‘Scalability’. Acoustic Linearity Architecture paired with CST™ allows the use of multiple different al-Class elements together in an array without sacrificing the elemental line-array theory basics, resulting in a coherent and symmetrical line-source from the largest cabinet at the top of the array, to the smallest under-hung elements. The family of al-Class products feature three line array elements for maximum flexibility in sound design, inventory profitability, unbeatable coherency. Furthermore, the VUE al-Class Line Arrays support VUEPoint™ Beam Forming to further achieve unsurpassable performance and coverage control in any given room configuration.

VUE’S ACOUSTIC LINEARITY WITH CST™ ANOINTS VUE’S al-CLASS AS THE BENCHMARK IN COMPLETE LINE ARRAY SOLUTIONS

al-Class Combination Arrays
The VUE al-Class line arrays are the only system that can combine ultra-compact (al-4), medium format (al-8) and large-format (al-12) enclosures into a single coherent array without compromising  the mid- and high-frequency coherency. This design feature enables a level of unparalleled system versatility. One can create virtually seamless arrays fully optimized for every parameter including coverage, sound pressure level, size and weight. This also expands the capitalization of a rental inventory for all portable applications.

To understand the latest developments in line array technology? Download the ACOUSTIC LINEARITY White Paper.

Specs

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SPECIFICATIONS al-12 2 x al-12 & V3
DESCRIPTION High Output Line Array Element Mid-sized Line Array System
ACOUSTIC DATA
Frequency Response (+-2.5 dB) 62 Hz to 19 kHz 62 Hz to 18 kHz
Frequency Range (-10 dB) 47 Hz – 28 kHz 47 Hz – 26 kHz
Sensitivity (1W/1m) 102 dB SPL 105 dB SPL
Power Long Term Sine Wave  Before Protection LF:Before Protection MF:Before Protection HF: 800 watts830 watts120 watts 1600 watts1600 watts240 watts
Power Burst (6 dB Crest before clip)LF:MF:HF: 2000 watts2000 watts800 watts 4000 watts4000 watts800 watts
Max Peak SPL †Measured (band limited pink noise 6 dB crest factor) 144 dB SPL 150 dB SPL
Max SPL Long Term (AVG SPL @1M before protection band limited pink noise) 131.5 dB SPL 137.5 dB SPL
Coverage Horizontal 90 degrees – 6 dB 90 degrees – 6 dB
Coverage Vertical 10 degrees – 6 dB Dependent on array configuration
TRANSDUCER DATA
LF Driver Description Two 12-inch drivers, 3-inch voice coils, neodymium magnets
MF Driver Description Six 4-inch drivers, Kevlar cones, impregnated linen surrounds, neodymium magnets
HF Driver Description Two 1.4-inch exit 34 mm (3”) voice coils, Pure Truextent® beryllium diaphragm
Impedance 8/8/8 Ω (L/M/H) 4/4/4 Ωs net 2x 8/8/8 Ω
PHYSICAL DATA
Rigging: Four-point rigging system, angles between elements: 0° 0.5°, 1°, 2°, 2.5°, 3°, 4.5°, 5°, 6°, 6.5°, 7°, 8°, 8.5°, 9°, 10°
Connectors Neutrik NL8 Speakon
Cabinet Material Multi-ply birch hardwood
Cabinet Surface Dura-Coat LX – an elastomer synthetic resin chemical coating
Handles Recessed Metal Side & Rear
Dimensions (H x W x D) 14.05 x 42.13 x 16.85 in (44.37 in wide with fly pins)357 x 1070 x 428 mm (1127 mm wide with fly pins)
Weight (per element) Net: 124.3 lbs (56.38 kg) / Shipped: 141.5 lbs (64.18 kg)
ACCESSORIES
al-12FB Fly bar for al-12 acoustic elements
al-12UFB Transition fly bar from al-12’s to al-8’s
al-12-4XTR Transport rack for up to 4x al-12 acoustic elements
fc-al12FB-2x Flight case for 2x al-12FB and 2x al-12UFB
† Measured Max SPL is recommended for system design purposes and represents the average peak output before protection and after power compression. In accordance with common industry practice, calculated data is provided for comparison purposes, and is a theoretical calculation.

Downloads

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Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, Manuals, Software, Support Data November 25, 2018
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, Software, Support Data November 25, 2018
al-Class, Application Info, Design Files, h-12, H-15, h-208, h-5, h-8, h-Class, hm Monitors, hm-115, hs-20, hs-221, hs-221, hs-25, hs-28, hs-subs, Product Data, Support Data, VUEDrive July 2, 2018
a-8, Application Info, Design Files, Support Data January 17, 2019
Design Files, h-5, h-Class, Product Data, Support Data, Technical Drawing July 2, 2018
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, h-5 August 18, 2017
al-12, al-Class, Design Files, EASE GLL FIles December 7, 2016
al-12, al-4, al-8, al-8SB, Design Files, h-8, h-Class, hs-20, hs-221, hs-221, hs-25, hs-28, hs-subs, Manuals, Product Data, Support Data, VUEDrive May 30, 2017
al-12, al-4, al-8, al-8SB, al-Class, Application Info, Design Files, Support Data July 23, 2016
al-12, al-4, al-8SB, al-Class, Application Info, Design Files, Support Data June 7, 2016
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, i-Class July 1, 2015
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, i-Class July 1, 2015
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, i-Class July 1, 2015
Design Files, Software June 13, 2015
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, i-Class July 1, 2015
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, h-Class June 13, 2015
Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, h-Class June 13, 2015
a-Class, Design Files, EASE GLL FIles July 1, 2015
a-8, a-Class, Design Files, EASE GLL FIles July 2, 2018
al-4, al-Class, Design Files, Product Data, Support Data, Technical Drawing July 2, 2018
al-4, al-Class, Design Files, Product Data, Support Data, Technical Drawing July 2, 2018
Design Files, Manuals, Software June 13, 2015
al-4, al-Class, Design Files, EASE GLL FIles, h-8, h-Class May 11, 2016

Beryllium

The Truextent® Beryllium Advantage

be-diaphagm-03 h-Class full range systems and al-Class line arrays all employ VUE-designed compression drivers that feature a Truextent® beryllium diaphragm at their core. Beryllium outperforms both aluminum and titanium thanks to an extremely high stiffness-to-mass ratio, which dramatically reduces mechanical deformation (breakup) and shifts resonant frequencies outside the audible range. The net result is a more defined HF at much higher SPLs than more conventional materials.
 
Read more about the advantages of Truextent beryllium  

VUEPoint

VUEPoint-Beam-Forming-for-Superior-Coverage vuepoint-diagVUEPoint is an innovative new process for system optimization that brings the power of beam forming to virtually any mainstream line array application.

EASEFocus2Developed in partnership with Berlin-based AFMG Technologies, the undisputed leader in room modeling and analysis software, VUEPoint is a four-part process that combines VUE’s sophisticated DSP and VUEPoint software with AFMG’s revolutionary FIRmaker technology.

VUEPoint can be applied to the al-8 or any VUE Audiotechnik line array without the need for special upgrades or add-ons. The Capabilities are already integrated into V6 System Engine’s DSP architecture and SystemVUE software. By following a simple four-step VUEPoint process al-8 users can achieve dramatic improvements in coverage and spectral consistency in virtually any environment.

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Suspension System

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al-12 System Rigging (Preliminary)

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al-12-XTR Transport Cart