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Handy new SRM-Flex PA from Mackie

Compact, easily transportable design is aimed at gigging musicians

Mackie's SRM Flex portable PA when assembled.Mackie's SRM Flex portable PA when assembled.

Mackie have launched a lightweight and portable column PA aimed at gigging musicians, the SRM-Flex. Like many similar recently released designs, it's based around a main speaker unit (here containing a 10-inch woofer and 1300W amplifier). Into this, up to three vertical sections, each containing two HF drivers, can be connected to the bass unit in a tower configuration, depending on how much vertical dispersion is required.

When dismantled, the SRM Flex can be ergonomically packed away into its included carry case.When dismantled, the SRM Flex can be ergonomically packed away into its included carry case.

The bass speaker unit also contains a built-in six-channel digital mixer featuring two mic/line inputs on 'combi' XLR/quarter-inch jacks and line-level quarter-inch jack inputs to channels 3 and 4. Channels 5 and 6 are designed for stereo backing tracks and can be accessed via an eighth-inch mini-jack (for output from a phone or iPod) or over Bluetooth. The two main input channels have built-in two-band EQ and reverb with three presets to choose from, adjustable via dedicated top-panel controls, and a second SRM-Flex system can be connected via the main XLR Out if more amplification is required. Once erected, the system can be remotely controlled in detail from a bespoke iOS or Android app.

Each SRM-Flex system weighs under 30 pounds, packs away ergonomically into a supplied carry case and is available for around £945 in the UK$999.99 in the US.

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