HARMAN Professional Solutions introduces the new JBL Intonato 24 monitor management tuning system, one of the most comprehensive solutions for easy setup, precise automated calibration, and complete control of monitoring systems in stereo, surround, and immersive audio production rooms.
Housed in a 2U rack-mount enclosure and shipping with more I/O than any monitoring control solution available today, Intonato 24 can calibrate and control systems of up to 24 speakers with customised recallable routing of up to 24 sources selected from 24 dedicated analogue, 24 digital and 256 networked audio sources. The system comes with software and an optional Desktop Controller to take control room monitoring to the next level.
According to Peter Chaikin, Director, Recording Solutions at HARMAN International, while the approach to control room monitoring has remained relatively consistent over the years, audio signal paths, production workflows, and production spaces have evolved tremendously. With Intonato 24, JBL set out to create the heart of a complete next-generation system that could take control room monitoring to the next level, empowering content creators to produce consistently superior output regardless of the spaces they were in or the formats they were asked to deliver.
Intonato 24 includes a calibration microphone and innovative Automated Speaker Calibration process that ‘tunes’ each speaker to compensate for speaker placement and room acoustics, delivering neutral response to the mix position – even in less-than-ideal workspaces. The result is a finely-tuned system that takes the guesswork out of mixing by tackling room-related low-frequency issues and precisely matching the level and ‘time-of-flight’ from each speaker to the mix position.
Intonato 24 comes standard with the most I/O in its class and features flexible internal routing and a mixer to provide unprecedented monitoring flexibility. With the power to manage monitoring systems of up to 24 speakers – including up to four subwoofers that can be assigned as ‘Bass Management’ subs with selectable crossover settings – Intonato 24 is compatible with all monitoring formats including stereo, 5.1 and 7.1, making immersive monitoring possible in any control room.
Additionally, with the ability to patch, route, and selectively monitor any combination of 24 analogue, 24 digital and 256 networked sources including DANTE via an optional interface, Intonato 24 will easily be right at home in any professional studio environment.
An intuitive graphical user interface allows the Intonato 24 to be controlled from Mac and Windows systems as well as a range of tablets. Complete configurations, including speaker setup parameters, EQ, subwoofer settings, input source patching, and down-mix preferences can be stored as profiles and scenes, and instantly recalled (even mid-session) to meet the requirements of specific projects and clients. The optional Intonato Desktop Controller puts monitor system control at one’s fingertips, providing elegant control of system volume, recall of user-configured scenes, activation of speaker mutes and solos, and other frequently used features.
Intonato 24 pairs with JBL 7 Series and JBL M2 Master Reference studio monitors to create the first complete monitoring system designed for immersive audio production in control rooms of any size. While Intonato 24 was designed as the hub of JBL’s new 7 Series installed reference monitor system, the unit can be used with any passive or powered speaker. In addition, HARMAN BLU link network protocol allows Intonato 24 to be digitally networked with Crown power amplifiers and an assortment of system components.
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