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Atlona Redefines AV for Presentation and Collaboration with Launch of Omega Series


TC Electronic announces TC1210-DT and TC8210-DT


Optoma launches impressive all-in-one smart 4K UHD LED home projector


SQ Monitor Mixing Upgrade


Altman Lighting introduces the AP-150 RGBW LED Par luminaire


Audient Makes New Mixer and Driver Improvements Available to All iD Users


Allen & Heath adds Waves Card for SQ


Now Streaming – Electro-Voice adds Bluetooth audio streaming models to best-selling ZLX speaker series


Matrix Series is now ready for delivery


GLP Releases Supercharged impression E350 LED Moving Head


Community Adds New Compact Model to its EN54-24 Certified R SERIES Family


GLP’s Interlocking KNV LED Cube and Arc Offer Infinite Design Possibilities


DPA Delivers Exquisite Sound with its Tiniest Ever Microphone Capsules


Yamaha Updates MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System


A New Dawn Arrives with the Worldwide Launch of Vista 3 by Chroma-Q


Shure Upgrades Bodypack Receivers for PSM 900 And PSM 1000 Monitoring Systems


New pro in-ears from Sennheiser enhance monitor sound


ArKaos Hooks Up with NewTek NDI


Martin Audio announces nine new products across Electronics and Loudspeakers


Allen & Heath Expands SQ Capabilities with SLink Option Card


TMB Introduces ProPlex Extended Length Ethernet Patch Cables


Alcons: From The Highest Highs To The Lowest Lows


Optoma launches new ultra short throw series


ELC Lighting Introduces a New Concept in Signal Distribution


Obsidian Control Systems launches ONYX, an innovative yet intuitive lighting control platform


Atlona Redefines AV for Presentation and Collaboration with Launch of Omega Series

Atlona Redefines AV for Presentation and Collaboration with Launch of Omega Series

Continuing its leadership in delivering practical, forward-looking innovations for the rapidly-changing AV market, Atlona has unveiled the new Omega Series of switching, extension, and video processing solutions. Redefining AV for presentation and collaboration in modern institutions and meeting spaces, the new product family is designed to address continually evolving trends in how people gather to share information and facilitate productivity, as well as the ways in which they engage technology for communicating through AV content.

“AV systems used to be rigidly defined for dedicated spaces such as conference rooms, lecture halls and other purpose-specific environments, in which AV played a critical but supporting role,” said Steve Kolta, product manager, Atlona. “Now, the trend in customer usage is heavily skewing toward smaller meeting rooms, huddle rooms and open gathering areas that host both spontaneous and planned collaborations. Meanwhile, the ability to actively engage with and share visual content has become integral to effective communications. The Omega family is the result of a fresh product design initiative at Atlona, intending to efficiently address these trends while providing a rich, future-friendly feature set.”

Three products lead off the new Omega Series:

  • The AT-OME-TX21-WP-E, now shipping, is a two-input, 4K EU/UK wallplate switcher and HDBaseT transmitter with one HDMI input, one USB-C input and one HDBaseT output. The space-efficient, PoE-powered unit offers a two-gang form factor and ships with interchangeable EU and UK trim kits, each in black or white, allowing discreet installation in European commercial AV environments. The OME-TX-WP-E is ideal as a core component of a small AV deployment or for providing convenient AV connectivity in lecterns, floor boxes and remote wall locations for larger-scale installations.

  • The AT-OME-ST31, which begins shipping late October, is a global 3x1, 4K switcher and HDBaseT transmitter with two HDMI inputs, one USB-C input, and two mirrored outputs – one HDMI, and one HDBaseT for transmitting video, embedded audio and control signals up to 330 feet (100 metres) over category cable. Stereo analogue audio embedding replaces the HDMI or USB-C input audio, allowing simple integration of sound from PCs or audio-only sources. The unit’s compact form factor facilitates inconspicuous integration with furniture in meeting rooms, auditoriums and open presentation spaces, and when installed below a meeting table, Atlona’s Pocket 3H (AT-PKT-3H) cable access enclosure provides convenient tabletop connectivity.

  • The AT-OME-SW32, which begins shipping early November, is a global 4K HDR, 3x2 matrix switcher featuring two HDMI inputs and one USB-C input, the latter enabling direct connectivity for laptops and mobile devices with AV-capable USB-C ports. The unit’s two HDMI outputs can be flexibly configured with a choice of three mirrored and matrix switching modes, while balanced analogue audio output provides de-embedded stereo audio. Easily mounted under a conference table in smaller meeting spaces, the compact OME-SW32 is perfect for serving dual displays; sub-switching into a central AV-over-IP system such as Atlona’s OmniStream platform; videoconferencing; and many other applications.

The use of 4K video in AV applications continues to proliferate, and all three initial Omega models support 4K/UHD at 60Hz. All inputs and the HDMI outputs on the OME-SW32 and OME-ST31 support 4K HDR and 4K/60 with 4:4:4 chroma sampling at HDMI data rates up to 18 Gbps, while the OME-TX-21-WP-E and the HDBaseT output of the OME-ST31 support 4K/60 at 4:2:0.

The OME-SW32 and OME-ST31 can also down-convert 4K inputs to 1080 on one HDMI output if desired, making them ideal for applications that combine 4K and HD sources and displays. For HDBaseT transport, the OME-ST-31 and OME-TX21-WP-E can be combined with Atlona’s AT-HDVS200-RX or AT-HDVS-SC-RX scaling receivers, AT-UHD-EX-100CE-RX-PSE receiver or HDBaseT-input switchers.

All three models offer a wealth of integration and user-convenience features including automatic input selection and display control; HDCP 2.2 compliance; and TCP/IP and RS-232 control for easy integration with third-party control systems. Comprehensive and intuitive remote management of the Omega Series products is available through the Atlona Management System (AMS 2.0) and Atlona’s ground-breaking Velocity IP-based AV control platform.

The OME-TX-21-WP-E is available immediately, with the OME-ST-31 and OME-SW32 scheduled to follow within a month. All three models are backed by Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty and customer support services.

17th October 2018

TC Electronic announces TC1210-DT and TC8210-DT

TC Electronic announces TC1210-DT and TC8210-DT

TC Electronic has announced two new modules in its range of hardware controlled plug-ins: a stereo expander / modulation unit and a main reverb for pro and home studios.

Both sport the same combination of tactile controls and DAW integration debuted with the Danish audio company's recent TC2290 and DVR250, but with smaller footprints.

The new TC1210 is a thorough recreation of the iconic rack unit, the TC 1210 Spatial Expander + Stereo Chorus Flanger, a staple among guitarists and sound engineers since the '80s.

"We've put a lot of time and love into recreating the 1210 with the same sound, the same feel, but with updated controls to fit in with a modern DAW-based workflow," says Leon Mortensen, TC Electronic's R&D manager.

"To make sure the sound, versatility and tone is on par, we've even had a group of studio pros and long-time 1210 users participate in the development of the unit alongside our in-house team."

New module on the block, the TC8210-DT is an all-new design, but with a tone and character which will be familiar to the many musicians and engineers, who have relied on classic clean and pristine TC reverbs.

Based on TC Electronic's reverb philosophy of natural and transparent air, TC8210-DT is the successor to popular reverbs known from the System 6000, TC's studio workhorse, and the acclaimed Hall of Fame guitar pedals.

"But with its even denser tails, better diffusion and refined hyper realistic room impressions that make the reverb sit better in the mix, the 8210 really takes natural ambience to the next level," adds Mortensen.

With now four units to the series, TC Electronic reveal that they aim at designing a full range of modules that encompass any and all aspects of studio production, as well as a custom docking station to house and power the units.

"We want the TC ICON series to grow into an entire ecosystem of state-of-the-art effects and tools, that bring back the creativity and joy of hands-on tweaking," says Mortensen.

Alongside the announcement of the two new modules, TC Electronic is responding to numerous user requests by extending the 'travel period' of the units, so musicians and producers can take their work on the road for a full 60 days, before they need to reconnect the module to their computer.

17th October 2018

Optoma launches impressive all-in-one smart 4K UHD LED home projector

Optoma launches impressive all-in-one smart 4K UHD LED home projector

Optoma has just launched a feature-packed portable 4K UHD LED projector, the UHL55. The new model delivers the ultimate in smart home entertainment with impressive 4K UHD cinema quality images and support for Alexa voice control.

Small and light enough to move from room to room, this new projector has everything in one box including integrated speakers and a host of connection options such as WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and MHL. Bluetooth functionality means external speakers, headphones or a keyboard and mouse can be connected cable-free. It can even play content directly from a USB memory stick via its 4K UHD media player.

Kishan Mistry, product manager at Optoma said: “The new UHL55 is a great all-rounder, combining impressive 4K UHD cinema quality images, easy set-up, instant on/off, Alexa voice control and integrated speakers in a compact chassis for the ultimate smart home experience.

“A huge advantage of this new projector is that it uses the latest LED technology, which offers consistent brightness and colour performance, maintaining its out-of-the-box image quality throughout its lifetime. The perceived brightness from the UHL55 can be twice that of an equivalent lamp-based projector. This means it can comfortably handle low levels of ambient light with less impact on image quality than traditional lamp-based systems. It also has a light source lifetime of up to 30,000 hours.”

Set-up is simple with auto focus and auto keystone for fuss free positioning and a host of connection options such as two HDMI 2.0 ports. The compact UHL55 is also lightweight and easy to move around.

Packed with the latest technology and features, it boasts High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility, HDCP 2.2 support and PureMotion frame-interpolation technology to produce stand-out images. This advanced processing eliminates motion blur or image judder, even in high-speed action films or fast-paced sports.

Capable of decoding Dolby 5.1, its built-in stereo speakers deliver rich, clear and powerful sound with superior bass performance. It even supports pass through via S/PDIF out port for connection to an external surround sound system.

LED technology delivers 118% Rec.709 for accurate, true to life colour rendition, perfect for recreating the big-screen experience at home.

15th October 2018

SQ Monitor Mixing Upgrade

SQ Monitor Mixing Upgrade

Allen & Heath has unveiled a suite of feature enhancements designed to make its SQ mixers the perfect compact monitor consoles.

SQ firmware V1.3 adds a listen bus, enabling the engineer to patch PAFL to an IEM system, stereo nearfield monitors or a mono listen wedge, with the option to control the listen level with the master fader. Engineers can enjoy easy communication between FoH and monitors, thanks to the addition of an external input to PAFL.

V1.3 firmware dovetails with the new SLink card, opening up new possibilities for FoH / monitor splits and remote I/O, or combinations of either of these with a ME personal monitoring system. Digital splits are further facilitated by new tie lines, connecting input and output sockets without running through SQ’s processing.

“Space for monitor desks is often super-tight, so we’re seeing a lot of SQs in monitor world, where their big functionality and modest footprint have won them many friends,” said SQ product manager, Keith Johnson. “With the generous feedback and support of monitor engineers from the SQ user community, we have ticked off a wish list of new and enhanced features that make SQ the ultimate compact monitor mixer.”

SQ V1.3 firmware also adds user permissions, enhancements to the user interface, plus FX control, MIDI messaging and instant value feedback to the soft rotary controls on SQ-6 and SQ-7. The companion V1.3 SQ MixPad app also adds new features, including FX and DEEP unit control, a patching matrix, plus integration with the signal generator and user permissions.

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10th October 2018

Altman Lighting introduces the AP-150 RGBW LED Par luminaire

Altman Lighting introduces the AP-150 RGBW LED Par luminaire

Celebrating their 65th Anniversary as one the industry’s most trusted lighting solutions providers, Altman Lighting has introduced the new AP-150 LED Par luminaire. As the next generation Altman Par, the AP-150 is a compact and lightweight, 135 Watt RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorised zoom range.

“Since our inception in 1953, Altman Lighting has always been a leading provider of quality and affordable lighting solutions, and we are proud to continue that tradition with introduction of the AP-150 LED Par,” said Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager. “Knowing the challenges lighting professionals often face when selecting the ideal wash luminaire, we have included a number of new features into the AP-150 Par that will undoubtedly accentuate any lighting design.”

Weighing only 11 pounds, the AP-150 replicates the soft output of a traditional par wash light with control states from 8 Bit, 16, Bit, RGB, and HSIC. Its factory and custom colour presets allow for the quick selection of the most widely used entertainment colour choices, and it also adds the ability to record colour presets directly to the luminaire for custom colour playback.

“As we discussed the design behind the AP-150 RGBW Par luminaire, we always had the mindset of the designer at the forefront,” added Pete Borchetta, Altman Lighting product innovation. “With that idea leading the way, we are very excited to be launching our next generation Altman Par which provides a superior output and performance to other LED Par luminaires currently on the market.”

In conjunction with its colour output, the AP-150 also offers a variety of strobe options ranging from pulse and fade, to a 30Hz strobe rate. With the motorised zoom which produces a beam spread between 12-65 degrees, the luminaire also has built-in stops at five different set points ensuring precise beam spread repeatability. Additionally, should a technician need to locate the luminaire while in the lighting rig, the AP-150 includes the new “Tech Identify” option which flashes the fixtures LEDs without disrupting focus.

To find out more about the AP-150 RGBW Par luminaire visit Altman Lighting at LDI 2018 in Las Vegas in Booth 2227.

3rd October 2018

Audient Makes New Mixer and Driver Improvements Available to All iD Users

Audient Makes New Mixer and Driver Improvements Available to All iD Users

Audient has announced that the new iD Mixer has been rolled out across the iD audio interface range, giving iD14 and iD22 users beta access to the redesigned, mix focused software already available for iD44.

With a more modern look and an improved user experience, the latest iD Mixer was designed with simplicity in mind. Features include a new tab-based layout, making the mixer easy to navigate and enabling the user to set up complex routing, headphones mixes and more, quickly and without fuss. There is also an option to save and store presets.

Marketing manager, Andy Allen says: “Owners of all Audient iD interfaces that use iD Mixer can now take advantage of the all-new Smart Talkback, letting them utilise any audio source connected to their computer – such as a built-in or USB microphone – as your talkback mic, freeing up valuable mic pres for recording.”

A Windows drivers update across the range also provides significant performance enhancements, allowing for reduced buffer sizes and operation at lower latency, giving customers reliable software as well as hardware.

The new, mix focused look is available immediately. “For those who love the classic look, there’s no imperative to update to the new user interface now – or ever! The choice is yours, simply switch between them in the menu,” adds Andy.

Simply visit the product page on Audient’s website for full instructions on how to get the new iD Mixer software and drivers for an iD audio interface.

28th September 2018

Allen & Heath adds Waves Card for SQ

Allen & Heath adds Waves Card for SQ

Allen & Heath has expanded its arsenal of networking cards with the addition of a Waves SoundGrid option. The SQ Waves card provides any SQ mixer with a 64x64 96kHz or 48kHz interface to a Waves SoundGrid network using the I/O port.

Engineers can now fit the Waves card to any SQ mixer for Waves plug-in processing, multi-track recording (at 96kHz or 48kHz), virtual soundcheck and audio distribution applications.

Waves SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet protocol developed by Waves for real-time professional audio applications. The card also enables the use of existing Waves plug-ins at a very low latency, using standard Gigabit Ethernet networks rather than a USB connection.

“Waves SoundGrid has been a very popular option among our dLive users, with many systems on tour deploying a Waves card on recording duties,” commented Allen & Heath’s head of product, Nicola Beretta. “Since the launch of SQ we’ve received requests for the same technology to be made available here and following the release of our Dante and SLink cards, we’re very happy to tick another box in the list of protocols and standards SQ supports.”

24th September 2018

Now Streaming – Electro-Voice adds Bluetooth audio streaming models to best-selling ZLX speaker series

Now Streaming – Electro-Voice adds Bluetooth audio streaming models to best-selling ZLX speaker series

Electro-Voice has announced two new additions to its ZLX series – the world's best-selling portable powered PA speakers – ZLX-12BT (12-inch 2-way) and ZLX-15BT (15-inch 2-way), both Bluetooth-equipped for audio streaming from any mobile device.

The BT models combine the superior components, coverage and clarity of the standard ZLX models with the latest Bluetooth technology to deliver the lowest-noise, highest-fidelity streaming experience in their class.

Perfect for music playback or accompaniment, the ZLX-12BT and ZLX-15BT also offer the same features that have made the standard ZLX models the global benchmark for lightweight, high-performance portable sound:

  • QuickSmart DSP processing: Easy setup via four presets, sub/top system-match, two-band EQ, five user-programmable presets, visual monitoring of limiter status, input level control and meters, and master volume control to optimise gain structure, all via a single-knob controller with LCD.
  • High-efficiency 1000 W Class-D power amplifiers delivering up to 127dB peak SPL utilising transducers designed and engineered by EV.
  • EV-patented Signal Synchronised Transducers (SST) waveguide design providing precise and consistent coverage, minimal distortion, and maximized acoustical loading.
  • Three-handle design integrated into a rugged composite enclosure for an optimal combination of portability and durability.

The new Bluetooth-equipped models will be available in selected countries.

21st September 2018

Matrix Series is now ready for delivery

Matrix Series is now ready for delivery

NEXT Matrix was presented at the last ISE Amsterdam, and it is now coming out from the production line and ready for delivery with large quantities available in stock.

NEXT-proaudio has unveiled the Matrix Series of passive column arrays aimed at installed and small, portable applications. With a chassis of aluminium and wood, the cabinets are described as ‘stylish and yet sturdy’ and designed for architectural integration as well as portable solutions.

The Matrix Series comprises two models: The Matrix M8 (8x3”) and the Matrix M3 (3x3”), which house eight and three 3-inch neodymium transducers respectively. Built to offer a ‘high intelligibility at high SPL’ and ‘wider frequency response while providing constant beam-width over a user selectable vertical coverage’, the Matrix columns provide beam control that reportedly extends up to 10kHz.

In addition, to control the lower frequencies better, the Tuned Dipolar Technologywas developed by NEXT-proaudio engineers to provide much more consistent low frequency pattern control than other similar size systems. This can be a very important advantage to reduce the stimulation of resonant room modes at low frequencies.

A use- selectable music / vocal mode switch is incorporated to allow quick and easy system optimisation. Music mode is intended to give a flat,balanced frequency response, while Vocal mode adds a mid-range presence to enhance speech intelligibility.

NEXT Matrix column arrays are able to focus the acoustical energy where it is needed, the listening area, leading to significant improvements to speech intelligibility and musical clarity even in critical acoustic environments.

For even greater versatility, another choice presented to users is the ability to switch the vertical dispersion pattern between wide or narrow coverage.

The internal processing board at the heart of the M3 and M8 column arrays reportedly handles array optimisation, allowing users to adjust the system behaviour to meet application requirements. Adding to the ease of set up is the 16mm cavity in the back of the cabinet, which conceals wiring, even when the speaker is mounted flat against a wall in architectural integrated installations, while a removable input screw connector simplifies the wiring process.

This series can fit permanent installation, bars, clubs and restaurants, speech reinforcement, transportation halls, houses of worship, critical environments and auditoriums as well as use in portable solutions.

19th September 2018

GLP Releases Supercharged impression E350 LED Moving Head

GLP Releases Supercharged impression E350 LED Moving Head

GLP has officially launched the impression E350 LED moving head at PLASA 2018 (London Olympia, 16 – 18 September), a new, supercharged companion to its popular impression S350, in an efficient, optimised package.

With an advanced LED engine offering unprecedented output in its class, the fixture will find favour in any type of showcase event or installation with dynamic, articulated lighting as the centrepiece. And since it offers flicker free operation, with smooth electronic dimming from 0-100%, multiple dimming curves, with no colour shift while delivering random and pulse electronic strobing effects it will also find favour in the broadcast / TV segment.

There are many essential features in this compact fixture with its signature baseless design. The high colour temperature of 7500K provides a hard-edge mid-air effect beam, with bright gobo projections, while it is also notable for an extremely tight iris and GLP’s motorised 7:1 zoom range (7°- 48°). This creates an even and flat field with a considerable light output of up to a maximum of 9500lm.

The impression E350 also houses a CMY colour mixing system with separate CTC Channel, along with an eight-facet-prism, a light and heavy frost, a tiltable animation wheel, two gobo wheels, a super-tight 14-blade iris and ten-slot colour wheel. All functions are fully capable of working in combination with one another, making the GLP impression E350 perfect for almost any application.

GLP product manager Michael Feldmann, believes his company has produced another powerful and flexible fixture for the lighting world. “Due to the high efficient LED Engine in combination with the great optical system, the feature-set and the compact form factor, we anticipate immediate take-up by rental companies looking to maximise return on investment in the dry hire sector for events and shows of all types.”

He explained how GLP set the bar high in designing a blueprint tor a luminaire guaranteed to leapfrog the competition.

“Our first priority was to get maximum output and efficiency from a 350W LED engine, with intensive 7500K default white, as we knew this would be perfect for mid-size shows or wherever compact form factor and low weight are required. In fact the E350 outputs up to 9500 lm at maximum 550W power consumption!”

He stated that due to the high colour temperature the beam appears more powerful and hard-edged. “With a great combination of break-up and mid-air effect functionality, in a package designed for easy tour handling, it is the complete all-rounder.”

  • Functions: The broad feature package includes CMY, colour wheel virtual CTC, iris, animation wheel, prism, two-way-frost, two gobo wheels, plus 640° pan and 262° tilt in 16-bit resolution.

  • Light source: 350W white light LED engine, 7500K, 8000lm - 9500lm

  • CMY and CTC colour mixing system: New CMY filters system for smooth colour mixing and deep saturated colours and new CTC technology for a seamless range from 2500 K – 8000K

  • High colour temperature for powerful beams: The 350W LED Engine emits a 7,500K continuous spectrum which gives a more punchy beam than lower colour temperatures.

  • Two Gobo Wheels: one gobo wheel with seven interchangeable gobos plus open with precise gobo indexing and smooth and fast gobo rotation, along with a fixed gobo wheel with ten gobos plus open.

  • Animation Wheel: An adjustable animation wheel for horizontal, diagonal and vertical animation effects. Smooth rotation from slow to fast.

  • Iris: Precise 14 blade iris.

  • Frost: two-way frost system which provides soft to heavy frost effects.

  • Weight and Dimensions: The E350 features GLP’s trademark baseless design with low weight of just 24.5kg and a compact size off 471mm x 229mm x 642 mm (LWH).

19th September 2018


Community Adds New Compact Model to its EN54-24 Certified R SERIES Family

Community Adds New Compact Model to its EN54-24 Certified R SERIES Family

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced that it has completed EN54-24 certification for its compact R.35-3896-EN loudspeaker.

Community’s R SERIES has long been a standard for stadia and other large scale, all-weather applications worldwide. The company has consistently invested in improving performance across the range, introducing new models, and meeting increasingly stringent worldwide standards. Since gaining EN54-24 certification on the larger R1, R2 and R6 models, permitting their use in voice alarm systems in venues across Europe, Community has seen demand for these certified versions building significantly year upon year.

The R.35-3896-EN meets the need for a high performance compact loudspeaker for fill and supplementary areas in larger venues and for smaller venues wanting to conform to EN54 standards. With outstanding voice and music quality, the R.35-3896-EN is equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use in a wide variety of applications, including background and foreground music and announcement systems in corporate A/V, leisure centers, swimming pools, theatres, night clubs, shopping malls, stadiums, cruise ships, theme parks and factories.

The R.35-3896-EN is a fully horn-loaded triaxial three-way, full-range loudspeaker system, designed to provide high quality voice and music reproduction normally only associated with indoor loudspeakers. Featuring Community's innovative MultiSource Waveguide horn design, the output from the dual midrange compression drivers and 1-inch exit HF driver are combined seamlessly into a single time-coherent source, resulting in excellent musicality, intelligibility and dispersion consistency.

The high output, 3-inch voice coil, 8-inch carbon ring cone LF driver features a flange-less frame design that permits a cone area nearly equivalent to a typical 10-inch driver, resulting in high sensitivity and increased LF extension. The low LF/MR passive crossover point results in improved midrange pattern control and elimination of horn coloration in the LF response. With a built-in autoformer, the R.35-3896-EN is certified for use in 100V distributed system applications.

Jamie Ward, Community’s EMEA sales manager, commented: “Along with our existing R1, R2 and R6 EN54 models, this new compact loudspeaker presents a much stronger family of products to deal with a wider range of life safety demands. The R.35-3896-EN opens up many opportunities and I have no doubt we can gain significant new market share going forward.”


18th September 2018

GLP’s Interlocking KNV LED Cube and Arc Offer Infinite Design Possibilities

GLP’s Interlocking KNV LED Cube and Arc Offer Infinite Design Possibilities

Officially presented at PLASA 2018 and shipping now, the modular KNV LED system from GLP can be used either individually or as a composite. Designers can rely on two basic forms: the cube-shaped KNV Cube and the KNV Arc – a device in the form of an eighth of a circle.

Billed as the first frameless LED module, which combines strobe, blinder and pixel-block in the market, it looks set to become a game-changer, as it allows production designers to effortlessly build unique structures. Any combination of KNV Cube and Arc can be combined together to form an infinite level of seamless design elements where scenery becomes lighting and lighting becomes scenery.

Each GLP KNV unit houses 25 Power-pixels, each consisting of a hyper-bright White LED for maximum brightness and impact along with a surrounding ring of 16 RGB LEDs for creative effects and powerful backlight illumination. Combined, each module will output an incredible 50,000 lumens.

But the KNV system goes much further. Since the modules are IP54 rated, they can be used on exposed stages, festival front trussing or other outdoor applications, with comfortable power/data daisy chain capabilities enabling large modular displays to be created, regardless of the weather.

Whilst independent pixel mapping is available, the KNV also incorporates two integrated powerful FX engines that offer easy handling of the pixels and create stunning effects, requiring a bare minimum of programming time.

Explaining the design rationale, GLP’s MD Udo Künzler, said: “Presently, all existing strobes and single-pixel-effects in the market have a defined size and framed housing. The GLP KNV Cube and KNV Arc are the first LED systems with a frameless design for maximum flexibility and independent scaling options. And by combining the two, there are plenty of options for never before seen designs to be created, such as rings, letters, walls, snakes and so on.”

The powerful GLP KNV Cube and KNV Arc are the solution for any creative designer seeking maximum flexibility of an RGB LED fixture and white light strobe/blinder, all within a modular system that provides infinite design options.

With so much flexibility, GLP expects the new KNV to find immediate adoption in TV set designs, touring, festivals, fixed installations and cruise ships, while its IP54 construction and modular design make this service-free system perfect for dry hire customers and cross rental. 

GLP’s Interlocking KNV LED Cube and Arc Offer Infinite Design Possibilities GLP’s Interlocking KNV LED Cube and Arc Offer Infinite Design Possibilities

18th September 2018


DPA Delivers Exquisite Sound with its Tiniest Ever Microphone Capsules

DPA Delivers Exquisite Sound with its Tiniest Ever Microphone Capsules

In direct response to feedback from the theatre, film and television industries, DPA Microphones is adding to its d:screet and d:fine ranges by introducing its smallest ever high end pro audio microphone capsule.

Launching in September 2018, the d:screet CORE 6060 and 6061 subminiature microphones and the d:fine CORE 6066 subminiature headset microphone are just three millimetres in diameter – two millimetres smaller than DPA’s existing 4000 series of miniature microphone products. While they may be small, they pack a powerful punch in terms of performance as all three incorporate the company’s recently launched CORE by DPA microphone technology that reduces distortion and increases dynamic range.

Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, DPA’s CEO, is unambiguous about this new 6000 series of products, describing them as: “Without doubt, the best miniature microphones DPA has ever made.”

“Giving the market the most advanced technology and the best sound possible has always been DPA’s philosophy and compared to our existing 4000 series miniature microphones, the 6000 series represents a significant step forward,” he says. “Developing these products has been a massive undertaking and the amount we have learned has really strengthened our already exceptional R&D capabilities. We are proud to serve the market with such great tools.”

DPA product manager René Moerch is equally thrilled: “The sound quality is everything you would expect from a DPA microphone and, despite their small size, their performance is similar to our 5mm miniature capsules,” he says. “Indeed, their noise floor is lower and their ability to reach high sound pressure levels without distortion is better than any other 3mm capsule on the market.”

Several years of research have gone into the development of these new capsules and during that time DPA R&D staff have visited theatres, film sets and television studios to learn first-hand exactly what their customers need from a miniature microphone.

“DPA has a big footprint in these industries, especially theatre where our microphones are regularly used on top Broadway and West End shows,” Moerch says. “Everyone wants the tiniest microphone possible so that they are less visible when worn as a headset and are completely invisible when hidden in costumes and wigs. Customers also want is DPA’s exceptional sound quality and durability, especially when it comes to cables that withstand damage and capsules that can be easily cleaned to remove stage make-up and sweat. Our 5mm capsules already deliver on all these levels, so being able to offer a microphone that is just as good, but even smaller is generating huge excitement within these industries.”

Feedback from customers who have tested the new microphones has been unequivocally positive: “The 6061 is the best miniature mic capsule DPA has ever made,” says sound designer Dan Samson, while sound designer Gareth Fry adds: “Not only does the sound of the 6000 series make me happy, but it’s smaller size means that the performers who are wearing them are happier, too.”

Sound designer and long-term d:screet 4060 user Richard Brooker thought that switching to DPA’s new CORE by DPA amplifier technology was an unbelievable step up in sound quality, but he now believes the 6061 series is even better, and smaller.

“I find it remarkable that we can achieve studio quality sound from a microphone that small,” he says. ”For me, it is the best miniature capsule DPA have ever made.”

Sound designer Gareth Owen is equally impressed, saying: “About once a week someone asks me when actors are going to have microphones surgically implanted in to their skulls. It was funny, for a while. The 6061 isn’t a surgically implanted bone-transducer microphone, cold-grafted to the temple, but at half the size of a 4061 and with the same great audio quality, it’s getting close.”

In terms of technical specifications, all three 6000 series capsules are omnidirectional and have a frequency range of 20Hz - 20kHz. The d:screet 6060 lavalier has a noise floor of only 24dB(A), while the d:screet 6061 lavalier and d:fine 6066 headset have noise floors of only 26dB(A). This is similar to the company’s existing 4000 series miniature mics. All three capsules are available in black and beige and more colours will be added at a later stage.

The d:fine 6066 also benefits from a completely redesigned lightweight, one size fits all headset that attaches over the ears for maximum comfort and has a spring mechanism to help it grip below the ears and to the side of the head for added security. With a fully adjustable boom, this new headset is very easy to fit and also has a redesigned cable attachment that allows the cable to run down the wearer’s back, so it can’t be seen.

“Our new headset is a major step forward because it is much more secure and comfortable than previous versions,” Moerch explains. “We gave our designers carte blanche to come up with something new and they have developed a product that exceeds everyone’s expectations. We are sure this new headset will be the preferred headset mic when people try it see it and hear it.”

DPA’s new Subminiature Microphones will be officially available in November.

14th September 2018

Yamaha Updates MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System

Yamaha Updates MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System

New firmware for the Yamaha MMP1 studio monitor management system has been announced which adds a range of refinements, including support for the CB Electronics TMC-1 monitor controller.

The MMP1 is an innovative signal processor which incorporates advanced monitor control and a comprehensive range of audio processing functions, to support contemporary production workflows, in one compact rack-mountable unit.

In addition to a 40 x 36 monitor matrix which allows flexible configuration of main monitor, cue and other audio I/O, the MMP1 includes a 32 x 32 speaker management matrix with time alignment functionality and FIR crossover filters. This space-saving unit offers unprecedented flexibility for managing formats from stereo to immersive multi-channel audio.

The Version 1.1 firmware update adds remote control support for the TMC-1 monitor controller from CB Electronics, a leading manufacturer of equipment for post-production studios. With the new firmware, the TMC-1 can be used to remotely control MMP1 monitor source selection, speaker system selection, levels, mute and dim. Used in conjunction with the MMP1 Controller app for iPad, this provides convenient access to a wide range of detailed settings, for a more efficient, productive monitoring environment.

Other Version 1.1 refinements which contribute to the MMP1’s improved overall use include:

  • Pop-up EQ graphs and meters that can be rearranged in the editor window

  • Expanded lip sync delay time (up to 300ms)

  • SPL parameter lock to prevent accidental changes

  • Expanded GPI assignments

  • Meters that can be rearranged as required

The MMP1 Version 1.1 update will be available as a free download from the Yamaha Pro Audio web site during the third quarter of 2018.

14th September 2018

A New Dawn Arrives with the Worldwide Launch of Vista 3 by Chroma-Q

A New Dawn Arrives with the Worldwide Launch of Vista 3 by Chroma-Q

Chroma-Q, which recently acquired and rebranded the Jands Vista lighting and media control system, has released the long anticipated Vista 3 software, which introduces a large number of exciting new features and improvements.

After receiving extensive user feedback, Vista 3 has been developed to dramatically enhance existing functionality and introduce an array of intelligent new features that appeal to both existing and new users. Some of the new features include the ability to merge multiple show files, a new colour engine that supports up to 11 colours, improved 2D fixture visualisations, customisable workspaces, a vastly expanded command line interface, and Smart FX masters.

These features all contribute to improving the entire user experience in creating and delivering fantastic looking shows, in addition to making the software even more intuitive to those users who are new to the Vista ecosystem.

Vista 3 user, LD Ben Inskip has been trialling the software on his shows. He commented: “Vista is getting better and better. The features in Vista 3 make everything quicker to access. Custom workspaces and the command line put even more at your fingertips. It allows me to try new things out really quickly and focus on adding intricate little touches to shows.” He continues: “Everything feels solid and reliable. I’m really excited to follow Vista as it continues to improve.”

Paul Pelletier, Chroma-Q's global brand manager, has been working with the development team on Vista 3. “I know a lot of people have been eagerly looking forward to the announcement of Vista 3. It feels great to deliver what we believe is an impressive product, and hope users agree that it was worth the wait.”

Visit the Chroma-Q website to watch the Vista 3 software features video and then download the free demo version of the official software release.

Alongside Vista 3’s software launch, Vista by Chroma-Q is now shipping two new control surfaces – the Vista MV and Vista EX – which provide affordable hands-on control suitable for any size or style of production.

12th September 2018


Shure Upgrades Bodypack Receivers for PSM 900 And PSM 1000 Monitoring Systems

Shure Upgrades Bodypack Receivers for PSM 900 And PSM 1000 Monitoring Systems
Shure Upgrades Bodypack Receivers for PSM 900 And PSM 1000 Monitoring Systems

Shure has announced the new P9RA+ and P10R+ bodypack receivers that operate with the PSM 900 and PSM 1000 Wireless Personal Monitor Systems, respectively. Both the P9RA+ and P10R+ deliver enhanced RF performance while preserving the unparalleled audio quality and transparency that the PSM 900 and PSM 1000 are recognised for industry-wide. Designed for live performers, broadcast production managers, sound technicians, and rental agency managers, the updated PSM receivers leverage an analogy/digital hybrid system that increases headroom, stereo separation, and audio fidelity.

The P9RA+ is a compact, stereo bodypack that works with the PSM 900 wireless system to deliver unparalleled audio quality and increased RF signal strength to meet the needs of professional audio applications of all kinds. All P9RA+ receivers are compatible with original P9T and P10T transmitters and all Shure SE Sound Isolating earphones. Similarly, the P10R+ is a low-profile, twin-antenna diversity bodypack receiver that operates with the PSM 1000 wireless system.With premium features like full bandwidth RF scan, precision front-end RF filtering, and automatic RF gain control, P10R+ meets the demands of professional audio applications of all sizes.

“With the new P9RA+ and P10R+ bodypacks, we made a number of updates as part of our commitment to continually listen and react to customer feedback, including several enhancements that help RF engineers better manoeuvrer everyday workflow challenges without sacrificing audio quality,” said Michael Johns, senior global product manager at Shure. “By designing a hybrid system that uses digital and analogue technology, we’re able to improve the effectiveness of the listening experience while maintaining accuracy and transparency. We’ve truly engineered a studio-quality product to perform on the stage and in the field.”

Built with an integrated FPGA circuit, the updated PSM receivers are equipped with advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology that provides high-quality digital audio over analogue RF transmission. By offering higher RF sensitivity, the P9RA+ and P10R+ deliver a cleaner RF signal and better end-of-range performance. The P10R+ possesses a more robust and reliable RF signal in close proximity to digital transmitters, providing superior operability when used alongside digital wireless microphone systems in crowded spectrum spaces.

“Audio quality and RF performance continue to be the most important factors when choosing a premium wireless IEM solution,” commented Johns. “The goal of the new hybrid analogue/digital architecture was to make strides toward bringing pristine audio to the stage, while also improving the RF performance to keep up with the ever-growing demands of live entertainment and broadcast. By updating the technology behind our PSM receivers, we allow our customers to upgrade the already impressive performance of PSM 900 and PSM 1000.”

For sound engineers who wish to retain the identical sound signature of original PSM 900 and PSM 1000 receivers, the new PSM receivers are built with an Input EQ Preset option called Match, which reproduces the audio signature of the P9RA and P10R receivers. Furthermore, PSM 900 and PSM 1000 transmitters and in-ear monitors will remain unchanged.

“We’re extremely sensitive to the fact that sound engineers may not want to alter sound quality when enhancements are made to existing product lines,” added Johns. “To that effect, we’ve leveraged the capabilities of our integrated FPGA to develop a ‘Match EQ’ setting that enables engineers to continue leveraging the exact same signature as the original PSM 900 and PSM 1000 receivers; all with the latest enhancements in RF signal reliability, improved battery life, and volume locking now incorporated.”

The P9RA+ and P10R+ bodypack receivers will be available for sale by late 2018.

7th September 2018

New pro in-ears from Sennheiser enhance monitor sound

New pro in-ears from Sennheiser enhance monitor sound

Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching a brand-new series of professional in-ears, beginning with the IE 40 PRO entry model which will be available towards the end of this month. The IE 40 PRO ensures impeccable audio reproduction with warmth, great detail and natural clarity, thus improving the artist’s focus and performance control even in difficult stage situations. This meticulous audio performance is complemented by a well thought-out mechanical design that includes a patent-pending, break-proof cable ducting. In early 2019, the IE 40 PRO will be joined by the IE 400 PRO and the top-of-the-range IE 500 PRO.

“The IE 40 PRO is the first and most accessible in a new series of fantastic sounding dynamic in-ear phones,” said Jannik Schentek, product manager professional audio at Sennheiser. “In the field test phase, the IE 40 PRO’s sound reproduction astounded the engineers and bands that tried the prototypes. They were delighted with the clear and natural reproduction, which enabled them to better connect with every member of the band and to critically monitor their performance.”

Among the early testers was Paul Di Leo, who plays bass with German superstar Nena. Paul tried the IE 40 PRO on stage during his current tour with Nena: “I’ve been a huge fan of Sennheiser for years and use their products on tour because they are truly reliable. And for me, that’s the most important thing on stage performing. Worry-free equals priceless! I’ve just had the opportunity to test the Sennheiser IE 40 PRO in-ear monitors live on stage. They delivered the Sennheiser quality I always expect. The IE 40s sound clear and punchy for both vocals and instruments; I highly recommend them onstage as well as off stage!”

At the heart of the IE 40 PRO is a high-quality Sennheiser driver, which delivers a naturally warm and powerful sound with great clarity. Distortion is at a very low level with 0.1% at 1kHz and 94dB. The bass and lower mids can not only be heard but also felt, a delight for bass players, guitarists and drummers. Powerful Neodymium magnets provide the necessary punch with an SPL of up to 115dB. This clear and natural sound has the added benefit of reducing acoustic stress for the user, who will be able to set the monitors at a lower level.

This meticulous audio performance is complemented by a clever mechanical design which includes a patent-pending cable ducting that reduces the risk of cable breaks. The connector is accommodated inside the ear mould, where it sits protected against the wear and tear that occurs during heavy use.

To protect users against excessive stage sound, the IE 40 PRO are able to reduce ambient sound by up to 26dB. This is achieved by a choice of included silicone ear tips (S, M, L) and a special ear tip made from memory foam, which expands to perfectly fit the ear canal. As the length of the human ear canal varies, the earphones’ ‘sound tunnel’ has two rest positions to attach the ear tips to. Thus ensuring perfect sealing has the added benefit of providing powerful bass reproduction.

The IE 40 PRO will be available in black and transparent versions from the end of September. It comes complete with a soft storage pouch, a cleaning tool and silicone ear tips in three sizes and a pair of memory foam ear tips in size M.


7th September 2018

ArKaos Hooks Up with NewTek NDI

ArKaos Hooks Up with NewTek NDI

Digital control specialist ArKaos has announced its support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek NDI Network Device Interface protocol.

Joining the industry’s largest IP ecosystem of products, and a rapidly expanding number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows, ArKaos has integrated NDI into its MediaMaster PRO, MediaMaster Express, Grand VJ and Grand VJ XT products, which are all now recognisable as a source by other NDI-enabled applications and devices connected via a standard Ethernet local area network.

ArKaos sets the bar high with the development of its hardware, real-time video software, and game-changing protocols.

The ArKaos Ecosystem allows for the maximum and most flexible control of lighting and video, in one easy-to-use comprehensive tool.

ArKaos hardware and real-time video software is present in every major market sector and industry, from IOT / architectural and architainment installations to LED applications and media solutions to video mapping projects encompassing live events, corporate and broadcast.

NewTek’s royalty-free NDI technology allows video and audio sources to be shared bi-directionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, expensive cable runs, and infrastructure upgrades while turning every source into a destination instantly available anywhere on the network.

ArKaos CEO Marco Hinic commented, “We choose to use NDI for several reasons. The first one is simplicity. NDI will auto-discover the sources and receivers on the network and will happily coexist with other protocols used in the lighting industry. We did not even have to add any settings in our applications because when not in use, automatically no extra processing will occur.

“Another reason is low latency. For our customers, every frame counts and during tests, NDI proved to be very efficient in this aspect”.

“Software-driven IP workflows are quickly becoming ubiquitous in video production,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president and general manager of NDI for NewTek. “NDI-enabled devices like ArKaos’s MediaMaster PRO, MediaMaster Express, Grand VJ and Grand VJ XT, exponentially increase the video sources available for live productions, creating new efficiencies and opportunities for customers that did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, epitomised by the millions of customers with access to it today.”

The NDI SDK is royalty free for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organisation, or in the commercial products and applications they deliver.

The ArKaos products mentioned above will be demonstrated and in action on two major upcoming entertainment and broadcast trade exhibitions. Find the team on Stand 12.B64, with Robe / Anolis at IBC in Amsterdam 13 – 18th September, and on the ArKaos booth – J60 – at PLASA in London Olympia,16th – 18th September.

6th September 2018

Martin Audio announces nine new products across Electronics and Loudspeakers

Martin Audio announces nine new products across Electronics and Loudspeakers

Martin Audio has announced nine new products spread across the spectrum of electronics and loudspeakers. These represent yet another significant development in the company’s portfolio advancement with increased tools for system integrators, installers and specifiers. Furthermore, they will be on display and demonstration at the company’s UK Open Days, September 18-20th, in High Wycombe.

First out of the gate is the new ADORN series of on-wall loudspeakers that bring class-leading performance, reliability and value to a wide range of commercial sound installations. From the retail store to the boardroom, ADORN loudspeakers are designed for distributed sound applications that require high performance from visually-discreet, ultra-compact enclosures. They also provide a seamless sonic transition within a multi-zoned complex using larger Martin Audio systems such as CDD or BlacklineX.

Featuring a 4” and 5.5” driver, the two-way ADORN 40 and ADORN 55, respectively, are available in black or white as standard and can be readily painted to match any interior décor and architectural environment.

The loudspeakers have a nominal impedance of 16 ohms, enabling four or more speakers to be driven in parallel by one amplifier channel, thereby maximising efficiency and minimising cost. Their ‘T’-designated options are fitted with an internal high-quality 70V/100V multi-tap line transformer with a switch to select the output level.

Dom Harter, managing director, commented: “The commercial install market for loudspeakers is significant and growing, and the ADORN series is targeted to win over specifiers, system integrators and installers by offering stunning sound quality in a diminutive, attractive and competitively priced package.”

The newly announced SX110 subwoofer will extend the bandwidth of ADORN on-wall speakers and is ideal for foreground music applications which require increased impact and low frequency performance. Designed to be able to sit under banquette seating or discreetly placed within a venue, its ultra-compact enclosure features a 10” (250mm) driver and generous bass-reflex porting to reduce air noise. SX110 can also be suspended by means of integral M8 threaded inserts.

Supporting electronics for ADORN series are also the basis for a significant shake up of Martin Audio’s amplifier and controller portfolio. VIA is a new range of four high performance, cost effective power amplifiers designed primarily for installation use, but also suited to portable applications.

Dom Harter, explains: “We have enjoyed huge success with the new iKON amplifiers for our Wavefront Precision series and this VIA range of amps offers our users affordable high performance amplifiers for use with our other loudspeakers.”

VIA is the perfect partner for all Martin Audio loudspeakers where networking and on-board DSP are not required, but where full system set-up is necessary, either the existing DX0.5 controller or newly announced DX4.0 can be added. DX4.0 is a 4-in 8-out loudspeaker processor and matrix featuring networked audio via Dante, high quality 96kHz processing, VX limiting as well as FIR optimisation support for O-Line with scaleable resolution.

The final new product to be announced is U-Hub. U-Hub is an Ethernet to U-NET bridge equipped with analogue and AES3 digital audio transport. It facilitates PC connection and VU-NET software control of MLA Series arrays and subwoofers via their built-in proprietary U-NET network. When used in conjunction with the Martin Audio DX4.0 networked system controller, U-Hub can connect audio and network to an MLA Series system with a single cable via a Dante digital audio network.

Summing up, Harter exclaims: “Our meteoric sales growth in the last two years has been underpinned by an aggressive new product development strategy and this latest round of announcements emboldens this further. Offering exemplary sound quality and high performance at an affordable price has meant Martin Audio has increased market share as our users take advantage of our value propositions. We look forward to welcoming many customers to our upcoming Open Days where they will be able to see all of these new products first hand, along with our portfolio product and our new 3D immersive audio solution, Sound Adventures.”

5th September 2018

Allen & Heath Expands SQ Capabilities with SLink Option Card

Allen & Heath Expands SQ Capabilities with SLink Option Card

Allen & Heath has announced a new SLink option card for its SQ digital mixer series, opening up SQ’s potential for digital FOH / monitor splits, broadcast feeds, recording and more.

With the same functionality as the built-in SLink port, the option card provides a further 128 inputs and 128 outputs of digital audio and runs completely independently. With two SLink ports it’s now possible to combine an array of Allen & Heath products with SQ, including any ME personal monitoring system, DX or dSnake expanders.

The SLink card also allows for direct connections from any SQ console to another Qu, SQ or dLive system and/or to 48kHz or 96kHz expanders, further extending the system’s expansion and integration possibilities.

“After seeing how excited engineers were with the SLink port in SQ, we knew we had to build the technology into an option card. With the amount of possibilities an additional SLink port offers, and a retail price of just $189.00, we can see the card being incredibly popular,” comments SQ product manager, Keith Johnson. He continues: “In conjunction with the forthcoming SQ V1.3 firmware release, this card further extends SQ’s scope for expansion and provides a great solution for digital FOH / monitor splits, broadcast feeds, recording or any system that requires instant access to 256 remote sockets!”

5th September 2018

TMB Introduces ProPlex Extended Length Ethernet Patch Cables

TMB Introduces ProPlex Extended Length Ethernet Patch Cables

TMB has introduced the first Ethernet patch cable with full, verified performance up to 100 metres. This unique, one-of-a-kind, stranded, flexible CAT6a patch cable is ideal for all portable networks up to 10-Gigabit, and features renowned ProPlex durability, reliability, handling, low skew, noise rejection, and data transmission characteristics.

In entertainment applications, ProPlex CAT6a Extended cable is especially useful for front of house cable runs, where the industry standard lengths for sound, lighting and video are typically either 100 metres or 300 feet. Prior to the introduction of this cable, no portable, stranded CAT6a or CAT5e cables providing 100% verified performance were available to support these lengths.

Drawing upon over 30 years of experience and over 15 million feet of ProPlex Data Cable sales, ProPlex CAT6a Extended combines the highest data transmission integrity with the ability to withstand the most extreme handling and conditions, indoors and outdoors. ProPlex CAT6a Extended is available to TMB’s professional customers as either raw cable or fully-assembled patch cables.

“ProPlex CAT6a Extended Length cable is a watershed,” says TMB sales manager, Stephanie Kilburg. “Ten-Gig speed over longer runs with proven ProPlex reliability and handling characteristics is a winner for portable networks everywhere. ProPlex cables are well known for holding up under rigorous conditions where other cables fail; and for maintaining excellent data integrity, even after many years of the physical stress of portable use.”

Kilburg adds: “All cables are not the same. ProPlex Data Cables are the standard to which all others are compared. The new, revolutionary ProPlex CAT6a Extended cable is shipping now.”

31st August 2018


Alcons: From The Highest Highs To The Lowest Lows

Alcons: From The Highest Highs To The Lowest Lows
Alcons: From The Highest Highs To The Lowest Lows

The Alcons CRMS-LFE18 is a large-format reference subwoofer system for very demanding listening applications, delivering a super accurate bass and sub response for a maximum quality audible and sensible performance. Typical applications include LFE system for quality-conscious post-production facilities and mastering suites, high-end mix/screening rooms, recording studios and premium home theatres.

The direct-radiating 18” transducer mounted in the internally-stiffened, sealed cabinet enables an in-room response below 10Hz; The fast impulse response is a perfect match with the ultra-fast transient response of the Alcons pro-ribbon systems. The 4-ohms impedance caters for maximum amplifier efficiency.

For full system performance, the CRMS-LFE18 is to be driven and controlled by the ALC amplified loudspeaker controller, for optimal sound quality and output power with long-term operation reliability.

The integrated factory presets in the drive processor of the ALC offer optimisation settings, as well as VHIR processing for perfect phase-matching with an Alcons pro-ribbon system.

The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring automatically ensures complete cable/connector compensation between the CRMS-LFE18 and ALC, significantly increasing response accuracy and reducing both linear and non-linear distortion to an absolute minimum, regardless of cable length and system impedance.

The CRMS-LFE18 is also available in a slim enclosure (“CRMS-LFE18sl”), for maximising space-efficiency with the Alcons slim-sized main systems.

Phil De Haan, head of Alcons R&D said : “We’ve spent quite some time on the development of this 18” transducer, as it required totally different parameters than our maximum output PA transducers. We really wanted to get into the single-digit frequency domain with this subwoofer, with the typical Alcons non-compromise quality standard. We developed the 18” woofer with a large motor structure with dual 3” voice-coils, so we were able to reach an extreme excursion of 30mm / 1.2-in. resulting in a 10dB more excursion capability than with a traditional PA 18” woofer.”

Phil continues: “Driven by the ALC, with our new VHIR processing and the SIS sensing circuit, the CRMS-LFE18 is designed to deliver the most accurate reproduction for even the lowest octaves, in combination with our CRMS pro-ribbon main and surround systems. The feedback we receive from the very first customers is, they believe it brings the most realistic experience of speech, music and effects, as it was intended. And that’s exactly what Alcons is all about!”

The CRMS-LFE18 will see it’s official launch at the upcoming CEDIA show in San Diego, USA.

30th August 2018

Optoma launches new ultra short throw series

Optoma launches new ultra short throw series

Optoma has just launched a new range of bright ultra short throw projectors designed for businesses, schools and colleges.

The new range includes Full HD 1080p, WXGA and XGA resolutions and are smaller, lighter and run quieter than comparable projectors.

At 3600 lumens they are ideal for teaching or meeting rooms with ambient light but are efficient with the expected lamp life in eco mode of 15,000 hours.

As well as the usual dual HDMI + MHL, VGA and composite inputs, presentations can be plugged in from a USB device and played via the projector’s built-in photo and document viewer without the need for a laptop or PC. This also supports Excel, Word, PDF and JPEG files.

All models have vertical and horizontal keystone and four corner geometric adjustment which ensures quick and accurate installation. This is ideal for uneven walls or where a projector placement is awkward or needs to be installed at an angle.

Kishan Mistry, senior product manager at Optoma EMEA, said: “The new models provide the complete package for engaging learning with many new features, including two HDMI inputs, powered USB port, photo and document viewer and powerful 15W built-in speaker.

“In addition, four corner geometric adjustment cuts out the need for a separate warping processor and is extremely intuitive to use.”

The throw ratio of 0.25:1 for the 1080p model, 0.27:1 for the WXGA model and 0.33:1 for the XGA model means they can project a 100 inch image (diagonal) from just over 0.5m away. And having the projector installed so close to the screen avoids any shadows being cast across the image from the presenter.

Full support is provided for Crestron, Extron, AMX, PJ-Link and Telnet LAN commands, which allow almost all aspects of these projectors to be controlled remotely across a network. An audio input is also included which cuts out the need for additional costly audio hardware and cabling. For wireless presentations from a laptop or mobile device, the Optoma wireless WUSB adapter (sold separately) can be connected to the USB output.

The compact chassis design incorporates a built-in speaker that delivers powerful 16W audio.

28th August 2018

ELC Lighting Introduces a New Concept in Signal Distribution

ELC Lighting Introduces a New Concept in Signal Distribution

DMX control specialist ELC Lighting has launched the DLN8GBXSL eight port slave node, an innovative new concept designed to revolutionise Ethernet/DMX network distribution.

The DLN8GBXSL serves as a substitute for a DMX splitter rack, where all DMX ports are fully programmable as output, input, merge, backup and more, as node ports.

This slave node forms part of the ELC GBX distribution system, of which the dmXLAN switch (GBx10 or GBx18) is the backbone. This switch is the master, and up to 15 slave units can be daisy chained via the Ethernet ports. The system supports all open protocols including sACN, Art-Net and ShowNET.

When connected, and loaded with ELC’s advanced dmXLAN software, the system transforms how DMX can be distributed from an Ethernet network. It is specifically tailored for live entertainment applications where a mixture of data protocols would overload and saturate commercially available network switches. The system utilises standard Ethernet protocols and DMX.

The result is a simple system that is far more cost-effective while offering powerful control.

“The Ethernet part stays the same, but the idea is that if you usually have one node, and on each port of the node you connect a splitter, you end up with a rack where each splitter can do only one thing – repeat on eight or ten ports,” explains ELC’s sales manager, Silvio Cibien. “Ideally, we would like to have the node instead of splitters, so each DMX port is used for programming, digital patching, the merging that you like, channel by channel. However, this can be very expensive.

“Therefore, ELC has created this new system, which allows the user to have a splitter that offers all of the features and flexibility of a node. This means that each port can again be programmed as if it was a node, because in essence it is now a node. By that, I mean that the control and programming are both in a switch. You can programme channel by channel, soft patch, decide what kind of merge; in triple universe merging you can make your own digital pattern, programming each channel of each port.

“And because the DLN8GBX8SL slave node is priced at the same level as a good splitter, for the price of a splitter rack (one switch, one node, and perhaps ten splitters) you will have a rack where all DMX ports are node ports.”

The DLN8GBXSL is designed solely for use as a slave to the dmXLAN switch GBx 10 or dmXLAN switchGBx 18. The DMX ports can be configured via the user interface of the switch or with the dmXLAN software. If the maximum of 15 DLN8GBX8SL slave units can be connected to the switch, the result is a system rack with 120 fully programmable DMX/RDM ports.

“In the past, it was often the way to have a media server sending video to an LED wall and a lighting console controlling a moving light, but these days, the server is often used to send RGB data to the fixture as well,” Cibien continues. “In one scenario, you might realise that the light colours are matching the video. For this, we offer a double or triple merge via dmXLAN, so that on each channel you can decide what is taking control. We need to know if we want them both to be controlled at the same time, or how we want to swap between control products.

“We can do this channel by channel, with our software. You can even set up a control channel, which means you can manipulate your lighting desk so a fader controls merge, the moving desk fader will make it fade-in, fade-out, between the media server and the desk. And you can do this with all the channels or through only the colour channels or whatever you like.”

Both nodes offer data splitting, merging, soft patching and backup when programmed using ELC’s dmXLAN software. All DMX ports are fully-isolated.

The hardware and software systems are available now.

21st August 2018

Obsidian Control Systems launches ONYX, an innovative yet intuitive lighting control platform

Obsidian Control Systems launches ONYX, an innovative yet intuitive lighting control platform

Elation Professional has announced the next chapter in the evolution of Obsidian Control Systems with release of ONYX, an innovative yet uncomplicated lighting control platform that is backwards compatible with all M-Series lighting control products.

ONYX is a rebranding of the well-established M-Series control platform and is designed for use with all M-Series hardware (M-DMX, M-Touch, M-Play, M2PC, M2GO, M2GO HD, M1, M1 HD and M6). The first software release, ONYX 4.0, includes improvements and library updates and marks a foundation for new features and functions to be available in the near future.

ONYX software is available from a newly launched website for Obsidian Control Systems,, where lighting pros can learn more about Obsidian lighting control products and the ONYX platform while staying up to date on the latest news and developments. The website also includes an online help system as well as a user forum so that users can always find the help they need. Users can also stay connected via a dedicated Obsidian Control Systems Facebook page. The Elation website at offers additional support and product information.

ONYX is a powerful yet easy-to-learn lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. Designed and maintained by real-user professionals with over 25 years of experience in lighting control systems, ONYX provides a stable and efficient programming platform that is fast to program and fun to operate.

At every stage of development, ONYX has endeavoured to present the user with a simple and clean control environment, one in which you don’t need to be an IT expert to succeed. Envisioned for creative professionals and new beginners alike, ONYX scales from the smallest shows to the largest touring productions with easy-to-use tools and optimized graphical work environments that can adapt to any task and complexity.

With control of up to 128 Universes of DMX, Art-Net or sACN from a single system, ONYX is designed to grow with the user and their shows, offering smart options and affordable solutions along the way. Obsidian Control Systems products are exclusively distributed by Elation Professional worldwide and are available in various sizes to accommodate any scale and budget.

17th August 2018