Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Blue Sky Ships New Big Blue Monitor System

Blue Sky International has announced that their highly anticipated Big Blue system has begun shipping to dealers.
Announced in late 2005 and previewed at several audio industry events throughout the beginning of this year, the Big Blue system is comprised of the SAT 12 three way, tri-amplified mid-field monitor and the SUB 15 Universal 1000-Watt subwoofer.
“Big Blue represents more than the top of the Blue Sky line,” said Chris Fichera, Blue Sky Vice President. “We’re confident that the SAT 12 and SUB 15 Universal combine as a seamless system with capabilities that are comparable to the world’s finest studio loudspeakers at any price, while still offering Blue Sky’s commitment to the highest ratio of performance to cost.”
Designed for critical listening applications in music mixing, mastering, and audio post-production, Big Blue takes Blue Sky’s 2.1 monitoring paradigm to the highest level, incorporating advanced proprietary driver, circuit, and cabinet design. It starts with the SAT 12, a three way, tri-amplified, 500-Watt, mid-field monitor. The SAT 12 features a 12" high excursion hemispherical woofer, an ultra low distortion 4" hemispherical midrange driver, and a 1" dual concentric diaphragm tweeter with integral wave-guide, for superior off-axis response. To reduce destructive cabinet diffraction effects, the SAT 12’s baffle incorporates Blue Sky’s proprietary "Multi-Aperture Acoustic Diffraction Absorber", which helps to maintain smooth on- and off-axis frequency response throughout the critical MF and HF frequency range, without the need for a large wave guide or horn.
Each of the SAT 12’s three drivers is powered by its own dedicated low-distortion amplifier, implementing a 200-Watt amplifier for the 12" woofer, another 200-Watt amplifier for the midrange driver, and a low distortion 100-Watt amplifier for the tweeter. This tri-amped design allows it to effortlessly deliver clean and accurate sound with a frequency response of 45Hz to 30kHz +/-3.0dB (200Hz to 15kHz +/- 1.5dB). For full compatibility with the SUB 15 Universal and Blue Sky’s BMC (Bass Management Controller), an 80Hz high-pass network, with phase correction filter, is also included. For the ultimate in monitoring flexibility, the rear panel of the SAT 12 provides two completely independent balanced input stages with XLR connectors. The main input is for standard 80Hz bass-managed operation, while the second input is for traditional monitoring, without the use of a sub. The rear panel also has controls for "full space" (placement in a room) or "half space" (mounted in a baffle wall) operation, along with individual HF, MF and LF level trims, as well as two switchable input attenuators and a variable gain control. Big Blue is designed to operate both vertically or horizontally, thanks to the innovative rotatable MF/HF plate.
The SAT 12 has been designed to integrate perfectly with Blue Sky's new 1000-Watt subwoofer, the SUB 15 Universal. It uses a sealed box design, built around a 15" forward-firing driver with a massive cast aluminum frame, dual 2.5" voice coils - which has 2.36" of excursion (peak to peak) and features an enormous 20+ Lbs. motor structure (total driver weight 36 Lbs.). One of the SUB 15 Universal's unique features is a switchable low frequency response characteristic, of either 30Hz to 200Hz +/-3dB or, in "extended LF mode", 20Hz to 200Hz +/-3dB (anechoic). The extended mode is ideal for large rooms that don't exhibit the room gain phenomenon of smaller sealed spaces.
The SUB 15 Universal also has two built-in bass management modes, designed specifically for use with the Big Blue system and other Blue Sky products, or for using the subwoofer with satellite speakers from other manufacturers. The first bass management mode incorporates a fixed 4th order 80Hz Linkwitz-Riley low pass filter as well as an 80Hz high pass filter, optimized for the SAT 12’s bass-managed input. The second mode offers a variable 4th order high and low pass filter with adjustable cut-off frequency from 50-160Hz, allowing it to be an excellent LFE speaker solution for any high-quality monitor system.
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

All About Humtracks – In Just 15 Seconds
We're thrilled with this short animated video that sums up what our Humtracks label is all about: quirky, unexpected and wondrous music – by artists –
NEP Australia Selects Tektronix To Monitor Hybrid IP/SDI
Tektronix has announced that NEP Australia has selected the firm as a key technology provider for the broadcaster's move to an IP-enabled production i
SmallHD Unveil Introduce New Reference Monitor
SmallHD has introduced its brightest reference grade monitor to date – the 1703-P3X. Double the brightness of other 17" reference monitors, the 1703-P
Black Box Unveils KVXHP Series Quad Monitor KVM Extenders
Black Box has introduced its KVXHP Series Quad Monitor KVM extenders, which leverage DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport (MST) technology over Cat
DVG Installs Calrec Brio 12 Digital Broadcast Audio Console
Digital Video Group (DVG) recently installed and commissioned a Calrec Brio 12 digital broadcast audio console as part of a new broadcast studio proje
SMPTE Announces Fellow Status For 12 Industry Leaders
SMPTE is to elevate 12 industry leaders to the status of SMPTE Fellow it has been announced. The honour is conferred on individuals who have, through
Cinegy Presents Multiviewer 12
Cinegy has announced Cinegy Multiviewer 12. This latest multiviewer enables users to bring together professional servers with mid-range NVIDIA graphic
Autoscript Releases WinPlus-IP v1.12
Autoscript has released an upgrade to its industry-leading prompting software. WinPlus-IP v1.12 delivers updates including the ability to take prompt
AJA Video Systems Releases BRIDGE LIVE v1.12
AJA Video Systems has released BRIDGE LIVE v1.12, a new software update for AJA's turnkey multi-channel live video solution for remote production, con
Carousel Digital Signage Continues To Build Its K-12 Education Customer Base
Carousel Digital Signage continues to build its K-12 education customer base with a Carousel Cloud deployment at Mount Desert Island High School in Ba
Banijay Rights Selects Blue Lucy Solution
Blue Lucy has revealed that its Blue Lucy Asset Manager (BLAM) has been chosen by Banijay rights to manage their content catalogue of over 250,000 tit
Blue Ant International Acquires Drive Media Rights
Blue Ant International has acquired 100% ownership of UK-based Drive Media Rights. The deal represents Blue Ant International's ongoing expansion in t
BenQ To Unveil 4K UHD Monitor At IBC
At IBC2017, BenQ will preview the SW271 – a 27" 4K UHD monitor. The monitor features 100% Rec. 709 and 99% Adobe RGB coverage, as well as the addition
Genelec Introduce The New 1032C Monitor
Genelec has unveiled the new 1032C monitor; upgraded with the features and flexibility of Smart Active Monitoring (SAM). Offering wide dynamic range,
Leader Announces Video Noise Meter Option For LV5490 4K Waveform Monitor
Leader Instruments has announced a new addition to the range of options available for the LV5490 4K/HD/SD waveform monitor. The new LV5490SER10 softwa