a great deal of emphasis on pro audio gear in 1987, as evidenced by
the cover of the catalog, which featured an MX2488 mixing console.
In fact, 39 of the catalog's 82 pages dealt with pro audio of some
sort, and Carvin offered something for every situation.
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The MX22 Series mixers (below) were
offered in a variety of configurations, from the 6 channel 400 watt
MX622P, up to the 12 channel, 400 watt MX1222P, as well as the unpowered
MX1622 16 channel model and 24 channel MX2422 model. All together,
there were 6 models in the MX22 series; 3 powered and 3 unpowered.
These stereo mixers were designed primarily for live sound, and had an
impressive array of features and controls.
MX22 Controls |
MX22 Rear Panel
The MX1644 recording/live mixer (below) was
suitable for live sound as well as recording applications. This
unpowered 16 channel mixer had 4 graphic equalizers, as well as 4 into 2
monitor controls, 4 aux busses, 2 effects returns, and internal reverb, as
well as a variety of other features.
MX1644 Controls |
MX1644 Rear Panel
Recording mixer (below) was offered in a 16 channel version (MX1688) and a
24 channel version (MX2488). These mixers were designed for recording,
and had a complete set of high-end recording controls, including 4 aux
busses with pre/post, mute and solo controls on all channels, talkback with
built-in mics and much more.
MX88 Controls |
MX88 Rear Panel
Carvin offered the CP600 and CP630 6-channel mixers (below) in 1987.
These were both portable powered mixer heads, with 6 channels and a master
graphic EQ. The CP600 was a 200 watt model, and the CP630 was a 300
The XC1000 electronic crossover (below),
which was designed for bi-amping and tri-amping applications.
The EQ2029 and EQ2020 (below)
were Carvin's pro equalizers for 1987. The EQ2029 was a 1/3 octave
model with 29 bands, and the 2020 was a full octave model with 2 ten band
Carvin also had power amps covered, with the DCA
series (below). The DCA300 produced 300 watts (bridged) in 2 channels,
and the DCA800 produced a massive 800 watts (bridged) in two channels.
In addition to the DCA800, Carvin offered the DCM
series (below). The DCM301 produced a maximum of 300 watts, and the
DCM151 produced a maximum of 150 watts. Both models had a 9 band
graphic EQ with defeat, gain control, clip indicator and temperature LED.
Carvin offered a decent selection of speakers in 1987, from 750H
(left) and 790H monitors, to the 820H, 820H Oak and 850H speakers
(below). For larger venues, Carvin offered the 960H and 980H
horn-loaded, ported speakers (below), as well as individual
component speakers, like the H490 horn-tweeter, R540E horn and 1330H
bass bin (below, left) and the H490 horn-tweeter, R-540H Renkus
Heinz radial horn, 1200E Electro-Voice mid-range speaker and 3000E
Electro-Voice bass bin (below, right).
820 series sound system (left) consisted of a pair of 820H speakers,
speaker cables, and a powered 6, 8, or 12 channel mixer, depending
on the system ordered.
850 sound systems (right) included a pair of 850H speakers (in oak,
or standard covering), speaker cables, and a 6, 8 or 12 channel
powered mixer, depending on which system was orders.
960 sound systems (left) had a pair of 960H speakers with cables,
and a 6, 8 or 12 channel powered mixer, depending on which system
980 sound systems (left) were comprised of a pair of 980H speakers
with cables, and a 6, 8 or 12 channel powered mixer, or 16 or 24
channel unpowered mixer with a DCA800 power amp, depending on which
system was ordered.
1330 3-way systems could be ordered with an 8 or 12-channel powered
mixer, or a 16 or 24 channel unpowered mixer with a DCA800 power
amp. All 1330 systems included a pair of 1330H bass
enclosures, a pair of R540E radial horns, a pair of H490
high-frequency horns, and all the necessary cables.
Carvin's ultimate system was the 3000 series concert system.
These were available in a wide variety of configurations, from the
basic system (right), up to a system with 4 or each speaker
components, 24 channel mixer and 3 power amps.
Carvin also offered monitor systems, with 750H or 790H monitors, and
with or without a 300W DCA300 or an 800W DCA800. All
speaker cables were included.
you needed a microphone for vocals or instruments, in live of
recording situations, Carvin could meet this need. The CM68
(far right) was a hand-held live vocal mic, the CM67 (right, center)
was designed for instrument mic'ing, and the CM90E was a condenser
mic suitable for an assortment of applications.
Carvin also carried a variety of cables, as well snakes ranging from
6 to 24 channels.
only did Carvin have guitar, bass and amp endorsers, but they also
had pro audio endorsers. On the left is Jay Ferguson, who had
a hit with "Thunder Island" in the 1970's, and went on to play
keyboards for many other artists throughout his career.