The CLG 600 from Vocopro is the closest thing to having a soundman in a box
Although personally, I didn’t talk about Vocopro up until now, our specialist in karaoke, Tom, has and you can read one of hisDJ equipment reviews here, about the CDG 9000 Pro, just to get a bit of an overview on this DJ brand. And while Vocopro may have some DJ products reviews in other areas of the DJ equipment, it’s karaoke where they’ve made a name for themselves and a living for the karaoke DJs who use their DJ products. The one today, the CLG 600, aims at making the life of the working DJ who has to handle karaoke nights a little easier by automatizing the process, and we’ll see how in a bit.
So, the official title of the CLG 600 is a dual channel compressor/limiter with gate. While this may not say a lot, Vocopro knows that karaoke is one of the toughest gigs to handle for a DJ because of the whole range of voices and different kind of sounds that your DJ system must work with. And they all need to sound their best, because let’s face it, a big part of karaoke is making your crowd feel like they’re running the show, and they won’t if their voices are flat and dull. So the CLG 600 helps adjust that audio signal and make it sound vibrant, keeping everybody happy, including the working DJ who can take a breather every now and then.
The CLG 600 works like the working has a personal sound engineer twisting knobs in the little enclosure there, in his DJ rack, adjusting for the different signal coming in on the fly, so the DJ doesn’t have to spend the night twiddling the rotaries, but enjoying the party and actually being a DJ, which is even more important in karaoke, as some of those wannabe stars need a little motivation sometimes (stage fright, who knows…?).
The CLG 600 also has some original Vocopro innovations to offer to the working DJ in a tight karaoke spot, the most important of which is the unique Interactive Knee Compression (or IKC), which runs almost like an autopilot for the CLG 600, making independent and intelligent compression for with significant volume changes. The IKC does this mainly by combining the so called hard knee and soft knee compression styles on the audio signal, working wonders on compression without the DJ lifting a finger.
Worthy of mention on the CLG 600 is the built in adjustable Dynamic Enhancer, which has a job of actually replacing high frequency information that’s lost during compression, thus giving more vibrance and a spatial feeling to the processed vocals. This feature is responsible for making otherwise not impressive voices sound like they belong on the karaoke stage. Other features of the CLG 600, just as important as the two I just went through in this DJ equipment review are:
- a lot of options such as variable attack and release times, compression ratios or threshold levels run either fully automatic or manual, making the CLG 600 adjustable to both starter DJs and professional working DJs
- a 12 stage gain reduction running on the two channels independently and 8 stage in and out meters for great visual metering
- the CLG 600 operates in dual mono or stereo mode, thus adjusting to a host of studio, recording or live DJ applications
- another main feature is the Interactive Ratio Control (IRC) which automatically adjusts expansion per each program, eliminating that unwanted noise, even during quiet times
- as far as connections are concerned, the CLG 600 has 1/4" TRS and XLR ins and outs, both balanced and unbalanced
- the CLG 600 works all over the world from the box, with switchable 115W/230W power
And also, if you’re a mobile DJ doing karaoke gigs a lot, the CLG 600 can offer you the same great automatic and gig enhancing capabilities, only it weights 10 lbs (less than 5 kgs), which means it’s not going to hugely expand your carrying needs. The dimensions are also great, the CLG 600 being made for a one unit space of DJ rack, so the actual size is 14"x21"x5.5" (LxWxH).
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