Pro Audio

Carvin placed 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.

1987 Basses

1987 Guitars

1987 Bass Amps

1987 Guitar Amps

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1987 Carvin Catalog Cover

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

The MX88 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 watt model.

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 EQs.

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).


The 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. 

The 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.

The 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 was ordered.

The 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.

The 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.

If 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.

Not 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.