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Allen & Heath Enhances dLive Scene System
Allen & Heath has released V1.50 firmware for its flagship dLive S Class and dLive C Class ranges. This latest update includes multiple improvements and additions to the scene system to meet the needs of theatre, festival and other complex show applications.
The Scene Update system has many enhancements including an improved manual mode and new auto-tracking mode, both of which can apply changes in absolute or relative modes. Additionally, an enhanced GUI offering increased scope and granularity of parameter control has been implemented for recall filters and global safes. Festival-friendly tools to allow scenes to be imported from USB have also been added.
Allen & Heath’s Pro Live product manager, Ben Morgan commented: “This release is well timed, with dLive appearing at many summer festivals these improvements to the scene system will provide an even smoother experience for both visiting and resident engineers. We have also seen a lot of dLive systems going into theatre environments, where these updates will help to streamline workflows.”
Also included in V1.50 is a comprehensive MIDI over TCP/IP Protocol for integration with third-party equipment in installations and support for forthcoming new hardware.
V1.5 is available to download immediately from the website.
23rd May 2017
New software for ETC’s ColorSource Relay implements wireless RDM
The ColorSource Relay system kick-started a new era of power control, bringing budget-friendly system infrastructure with data distribution to theatres, houses of worship, schools and community centres. Now the ColorSource Relay is upgrading its simple configuration and wireless performance with the addition of wireless RDM.
The latest release of the Relay software – version 1.1.0 – is available to download and offers venues the ability to add wireless RDM to their ColorSource Relay system. RDM makes the convenient system even simpler to use, letting users identify and address their equipment wirelessly and then configure and monitor it, no matter where it’s placed in the rig. The Relay and ColorSource Transmitter have a 100-metre (328-foot) range and require minimal setup and no programming whatsoever.
“The ColorSource Relay system was already a ground-breaking tool, but now it’s even more powerful with the addition of wireless RDM,” says Ned Keitt-Pride, power controls product manager. “The ColorSource Relay makes it easy to get DMX, power and the benefits of RDM into remote locations.”
RDM is available in all ColorSource Relay units with an upgrade to software version 1.1.0. In order to upgrade their units, users should contact ETC technical support. In addition to adding wireless RDM, the latest version of the ColorSource Relay software also includes upgrades for performance optimisation of wireless DMX.
The problem-solving ColorSource Relay offers configuration and control without cords and gives experts and beginners alike the superior ETC control experience.
For more information on the ColorSource Relay and the entire ColorSource family, visit www.etcconnect.com/ColorSource
23rd May 2017
Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixing and multi-track recording system now shipping
Soundcraft by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd has announced immediate availability of the the new Soundcraft Ui24R. The Ui24R is a complete digital mixing and multitrack recording system that delivers flexible I/O, pristine sound quality, intuitive wireless control, and roadworthy reliability, all in a streamlined design.
The Soundcraft Ui24R can be controlled by up to ten devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, making it possible to control mixing and multitrack recording wirelessly. Renowned Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech signal processing ensures pristine sound, while 20 Studer-designed microphone preamps deliver more professional inputs than any other mixer in its class. The compact, rack-mounted Ui24R is part of the new Harman Connected PA ecosystem and offers unprecedented control, versatility and power at an incredible value.
“The Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixing and multitrack recording system delivers the power and capability of a large-format console in a compact and convenient solution,” said Scott Wood, solutions manager, mixing at Harman Professional Solutions. “High-quality technology and components, including renowned signal processing from Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech, as well as Studer preamps, provides incredible results for rehearsing, performing, recording, overdubbing and more. From the stage to the studio, Ui24R is the ultimate system for artists, venue owners and engineers who need to save space and deliver superior sound.”
Ui24R provides 24 input channels, including ten combo/XLR, ten XLR, two line level, and two digital mix channels for a total of 24 simultaneous inputs. Renowned Studer preamps deliver rich sound for live performance and multitrack recording applications, while iconic Lexicon reverbs, choruses, delays, and dbx compression offer polished results for vocals, acoustic guitar and more. dbx AFS2 automatic feedback suppression is available on all monitor outputs, providing an excellent live experience. Plus, two channels of DigiTech guitar and amp modelling bring a host of effects to any performance or recording, particularly when low stage volume is desired.
Ui24R redefines the live mixing experience by giving engineers the freedom to control mixes from anywhere in the venue. Up to ten devices can be connected simultaneously across reliable dual-band Wi-Fi, so musicians can adjust their inpidual mix on stage while the FoH engineer optimises the audience experience. Thanks to HTML5 compatibility, the system can be controlled from any modern browser including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS and Linux devices, without installing any apps.
Ui24R allows engineers and musicians to redundantly record their stereo mix, plus all 22 multi-track inputs, directly to a USB storage drive and a connected computer. The Ui24R is equally at home as the centrepiece of a multi-track recording studio, with easy integration between its USB audio interface and the user’s DAW of choice.
Soundcraft Ui24R is part of the Harman Connected PA family of products, and offers full compatibility with the new Harman Connected PA app for easy control, fast set-up and better quality results. Connected PA eliminates the need for multiple apps or graphic user interfaces (GUIs) and delivers seamless plug-and-play operation with a variety of Harman equipment so users can control their entire live sound system with one app. Products within the Connected PA ecosystem self-identify with the new app for effortless set up, and set-up wizards help customers to quickly optimise volume, configuration settings and sound quality.
23rd May 2017
Elation Paladin Market’s Most Versatile Blinder/Strobe/Wash Light
Elation Professional is offerering the new IP65-rated Paladin, a highly versatile hybrid LED luminaire that functions as a brilliantly bright blinder, powerful strobe and high output wash light. Adding to its flexibility, this multi-functional light also houses a motorised zoom for full beam control and its IP65 rating means it can be used on all types of events without the need for weather protection.
Paladin is a new breed of hybrid. More than a powerful full-colour strobe, Paladin also functions as a high-power wash light, blinder or eye candy effect in one brilliantly bright luminaire. Twenty-four 40W RGBW LEDs produce a blistering 990 Watts of power for intense and colourful effects and RGBW colour mixing gives a full spectrum of colour options, including high-impact white light. A motorised zoom expands the beam from 9° to 25° with output at its narrowest angle measured at 43,240 lux @ 9.8' (3m).
For added visual dynamism, multiple pixel zone control can be incorporated for spectacular pixel mapped and eye candy looks. The Paladin includes extremely smooth 16-bit dimming with variable dimming curve modes available for faster programming. For added programming convenience, 64 colour presets and 15 unique colour macros are included.
The fixture’s hybrid design and feature flexibility make it extremely useful for a wide variety of applications from concerts and events to clubs, theatres and more. LED refresh rate frequency and Gamma brightness are adjustable, making it ideal for broadcast applications as well. In fact, over 350 Paladin fixtures recently featured on the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, seen by a television audience of over 200 million.
Paladin’s rugged die-cast aluminium housing and IP65 design mean that the fixture can be used in even the harshest environments, and optional barndoors, egg crate and dual quick-lock omega bracket rigging accessories add to its possibilities.
Control of Paladin is possible via multiple DMX channel modes and the fixture is RDM equipped (Remote Device Management) for easier configuration and monitoring of DMX based systems. Paladin comes with IP-rated 5-pin DMX in/out and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections and includes a four-button touch control panel and LCD menu display for easy hands-on addressing with easy-to-read fixture menus and messages. The fixture operates flicker free for use in TV and other broadcast applications and an auto-sensing power supply covers worldwide voltages and frequencies.
Paladin offers all the savings in cost, energy and space that a hybrid solution brings including all the benefits of LED like greater reliability, less maintenance and less power consumed for a lower cost of ownership and greater ROI.
Eurovision photos: Ralph Larmann
22nd May 2017
Prolyte Group Introduces New Box Corner for 30-Series Truss
Officially presented on the Prolight + Sound Exhibition as recently held in Frankfurt, Prolyte has introduced a new, innovative box corner for its 30-series truss. This box corner can be used in combination with regular truss as well as the successful Verto truss.
The loading capacity in any 2D or 3D truss structure is always influenced by the strength of the corner type used. Box corners offer more strength than regular corners, but their strength does not match the strength of the straight trussing.
By developing a new type of box corner, Prolyte does exactly that. Replacing the welds by bolts and the open structure by plated sides, the integral structure of the box corner gains strength in all directions. Not suffering from the loss of material strength caused by the heat affected zone. The new box corner, the BOX-30-HD, is a fully plated and bolted element and is therefore much stronger than the regular box corner. This allows you to build any 2D or 3D structures without losing involuntary strength due to the corner types used.
Extensive testing eventually produced a design that is not only cost efficient, since over-dimensioning was ruled out, but also tried and tested, to offer the safest solution possible.
Due to its clever design, where the plated sides interlock with each other, the exact 90-degree shape is guaranteed. In combination with the narrow tolerances, this box corner is suitable to use in combination with the Verto truss as well. Furthermore, the plates can easily be changed in case of damages, offering an efficient and cost effective solution.
All standard available accessories for the regular box corner can be used for the HD box corner as well, like the male and female half couplers and bolts.
18th May 2017
The first full-fledged lighting controller in a foot bar
Program a light show and control it by foot later – that’s now possible with the foot controller, Bigfoot, by Eurolite. Bigfoot is a full-fledged lighting controller, packed in a foot bar.
While most foot controllers are mainly designed for playing pre-installed effects, Bigfoot goes one step further, it enables creative light shows to be programmed and controlled by foot. Up to 12 devices with 16 DMX channels each can be operated at the same time, from PAR spots to moving heads.
Pre-programmed colour and movement effects make programming shows easier. Up to 15 chases with several steps can be saved and combined to a show in live operation mode.
The Bigfoot is divided into two sections. Above the handle is the programming section with potentiometers and buttons. Below the handle, which also serves as impact protection for the potentiometers, is the live section. It consists of six robust foot switches and two big pedals. The switches are the same as used for guitar effects. The user controls the speed, chooses and starts a program, uses the blackout function or activates the sound control mode.
The pedals control the fading time of the scenes as well as the master dimmer function for the brightness. If desired, the latter can also be used for controlling other functions or devices like a fog machine.
The two displays guide through the programming and making it easier to use by presenting the names of shows, their speed, etc. in live operation mode.
Made of stable metal, Bigfoot withstands knocks and kicks. Thanks to the big handle, it can also be carried very easily. An optional case protects the controller during transport and provides for a secure position during operation.
17th May 2017
ETC launches Unison Paradigm Inspire control stations and Dual Tech sensors
USA – ETC has expanded its Unison Paradigm line of architectural lighting controls, increasing lighting station options with the line of Inspire control stations and making it easier to comply with stringent energy requirements with the new Dual Tech sensors.
The powerful and elegant Inspire station, originally introduced in the Unison Echo product line, is now a member of the Paradigm family with an updated design and the full feature set of the Paradigm control system. Stations come in a range of styles and button configurations, which allow them to be a perfect match for any installation.
The Inspire stations can be easily programmed for preset lighting looks, zone control, space-combine functions or any other Paradigm control function. With one-, two-, four-, six-, and eight-button station options as well as the four-button station with a fader coming late summer, the Inspire stations can be as tailored as the light itself. Laser marked button labels identify each button, and custom marked button caps are available to personalise any installation. The button caps are easily replaceable in the field if control needs change with on-going use.
Each button features a colour-controllable LED backlight that offers a quick visual indicator of function and button state. And when it’s time to set looks, the Inspire fader station offers basic intensity control as well as intuitive colour control for hue, saturation, and intensity for colour mixing luminaires.
Contractors will appreciate the thought that went into making installation a snap. The stations are standard sizes and can easily be ganged together to fit into any control location required. Stations and faceplates are available in cream, grey, black, and white, ensuring a visual fit in any setting. Behind the scenes the stations use the LinkConnect two-wire, topology-free system to give installers the freedom to put stations where needed without worrying about wiring.
“They’ve been incredibly popular as the face of the Echo control line and now we are very excited to offer them as an additional control station option for our Paradigm line,” said Bryan Palmer, architectural market manager for ETC.
The Paradigm Inspire button stations will be available at the end of April, with the four-button fader station available in early summer.
17th May 2017
Penn Elcom Launches New Streaming Device Bracket Range
Penn Elcom has launched a new range of wall mounting brackets designed to house popular audio and video streaming devices in stylish, understated and practical enclosures.
The initial three products that have been manufactured by Penn Elcom in the UK are for Sonos Connect devices, Sonos Connect Amps and Sky Q Mini boxes, keeping pace with innovations at the forefront of facilitating trends in commercial and domestic entertainment consumption.
These are the first of a whole range of stylish and straightforward-to-fit products designed to look elegant and provide a neat solution for the distribution of streamed live entertainment around any building or space.
Currently the range covers two Sonos products, the standard Connect Box and the Connect Amp which turn existing audio systems into wireless set ups; and the Sky Q Mini Box which allows Sky TV and video users to stream sources to additional devices.
The bracket design follows the profile of the devices which fit snugly inside for a cool, low-impact, minimalist appearance when attached to the wall.
As with all Penn products, the brackets are made from sturdy 1.2mm steel for durability, and are currently available in solar black and gloss white to suit the surroundings and the colour of the device. Custom colours are available on request.
For full flexibility, the brackets can either be fixed to the wall with screws for permanence or secured in place with industrial strength Velcro technology for a hole-free solution. Both methods are quick and easy.
The stick-on option takes around two minutes. The adhesive layer on the back of the bracket is simply peeled off, the bracket is applied to the wall or surface in the desired position and the device inserted. It can also be removed easily without leaving a mess or residue.
For venues where wired TV screens are already attached to a wall, by utilising the Penn brackets the Sonos or Sky boxes can be concealed behind these screens to keep everything neat and free of unsightly clusters of wires.
The brackets are extremely competitively priced and will be ideal for pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, reception areas, waiting rooms, visitor attractions, theme parks and any commercial or public environment where fuss-free wall fixing is required for a range of audio and AV receiving and streaming equipment. They are also perfect for domestic applications like smart-homes.
Brackets for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV media players are currently being developed.
The brackets come with all the quality assurance and standard of excellence that have made Penn Elcom a global market leader in professional AV and IT racking products, bracketing and mounting systems.
16th May 2017
Barco expands creative possibilities of its LED digital media canvas with 7mm pixel pitch version
Belgium – Barco has added a 7mm pixel pitch model to its range of 'digital media canvases' unique LED screens that radically differ from traditional LED displays. The R-series provides more creative freedom, and greatly reduces setup time and cost thanks to their thin, lightweight and bendable design. Designed for retail, advertising, venues, and visitor attractions applications, the R-series frees customers from the limitations of traditional LED displays when digitising their visual communication.
"Venue owners, advertisers, and retailers are faced with the ever-challenging task of catching the attention of consumers and visitors. At the same time, they want to reduce installation time and cost. The R-series' unique design not only allows for cost-savings, it also frees designers from the limitations of traditional LED displays so their message stands out in installations that were unimaginable before," comments Wim Buyens, senior VP entertainment at Barco. "With the introduction of our R7 display, we now offer a wider choice in pixel pitches: customers can now choose from a 7mm or 10mm pixel pitch R-series display for their project."
Installation and maintenance are key cost drivers for store façades, museums, theaters, houses of worship, stadiums, and corporate or event venues. Up to 75% lighter, the R-series is much easier and faster to install than traditional LED displays, which minimises installation cost. Offered in sheets up to 4.68 metres long and only 5mm thick (including louvers), the digital media canvases can cover all kinds of surfaces. And to remove today's cable clutter, cabling, control, and power electronics are fully integrated on every sheet. Moreover, the power supply unit can be located remotely for easy servicing.
With the R-series, eye-catching LED visualisation can be installed in applications and on surfaces that were previously impossible, like curved façades, subway station tunnels or creative stage sets. Thanks to their unique bendable, ultra-thin design, architectural constraints are reduced and less space needs to be freed up. And with minimal need for a supporting structure, the R-series can be glued onto a surface or wrapped around curved shapes. Plus, there are no visual segmentations or gaps, as is the case with standard tiled LED displays.
Because the total system weight of an R-series display is significantly lighter than a traditional LED display and because it's so thin, Barco's digital media canvases transform virtually any surface into a digital screen, at any time. Eliminating the need for heavy weight load support, this opens up a whole new dimension in creative design. Historic buildings, transportation vehicles, and many more objects can now be outfitted with LED visualisation.
Driven by Barco’s Infinipix image processing platform, the R-series continues the acclaimed Barco image quality with excellent low-brightness performance and without image tearing. This future-proof platform provides a straightforward web-based interface that enables display configuration, control, monitoring, and maintenance anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Based on HTML5, different operating systems and mobile devices can be used to control the R-series, both on site and off site. The system supports SNMP to export monitoring data, but sends automatic failure alerts and status notifications as well to minimise operational risk.
12th May 2017
Transparent Displays are now huge!
CDS, Europe’s largest specialist supplier of Transparent Displays has just announced it has launched the World’s largest Transparent Display at an amazing 98” diagonal.
CDS was the first to launch the already huge 84” UHD 4K Transparent display two years ago and has now pushed the envelope even further with this latest release.
The 98” is the highest quality display resulting in an amazing 4K UHD display which has a high colour gamut, ultra-wide viewing angles and high transparency resulting in an excellent Transparent display that will create the 'wow factor' in any application.
CDS managing director Chris Bartram commented: “This recent development was due to the demand of some of our key customers that had enjoyed the benefit of our state of the Art 84” (which is still available) but wanted us to help them take this to the next level, which we have delivered.The whole team is excited about this development and although aimed at high end applications and showcases, any brand will create a massive differentiation when they utilise the largest Transparent TFT LCD available in the world!”
CDS also has a huge range of different sized transparent LCD displays from 5.7”, but the latest 98” transparent LCD display is set to be a show-stopper, opening many new opportunities for larger display requirements for customers.
12th May 2017
New portable projector range gets connected
The new PT-VZ580 range is aimed at the corporate meeting room and classroom environment, with enabled models offering a number of intelligent wireless connectivity options.
The six-model series gets a brightness boost to over 5,000 lumens, alongside a more resilient filter that is able to be washed twice before replacement is needed, effectively doubling its life to around 14,000 hours.
A new plug and share function enables users to take a USB memory stick and wirelessly connect and project content without struggling with network settings. The projector copies all the relevant setup files needed onto the memory stick, before automatically running a tool on the user’s PC to enable straightforward connection.
Additional installation flexibility is also created with a new long reach mode for DIGITAL LINK, offering cabling up to 150m and surpassing the limitations of conventional HDMI signals.
“The network capabilities go further than we’ve ever seen with our portable projectors before,” said Thomas Vertommen, European projector product marketing manager at Panasonic. “There’s a new powered USB port on selected models, supporting the use of media sticks like Google’s Chromecast and the Amazon Fire Stick, so there are multiple ways users can get content up on display incredibly quickly.”
11th May 2017
Movecat presents the third generation of its EXPERT-T I-Motion controller
At this year's Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt, Movecat presented an extensive array of new products. These included the I-Motion controller EXPERT-T III, the third generation of its network controller for the systematic control of kinetic drives in accordance with D8, D8 Plus and C1, which has proved successful worldwide and is especially recommended for complex kinetic projects. With the EXPERT-T III I-Motion controller, it is possible to integrate, monitor and control up to 240 fixed- or variable-speed drives in a single network.
This latest version is equipped with a 24" display that is legible in daylight and suitable for outdoor use as well as a scratchproof PCAP multi-touch panel, which is the same size; this, too, is suitable for outdoor use and insensitive to both temperature and humidity. A high-performance CPU provides the requisite processing power, supporting both 3D object programming and a 2D and 3D WYSIWYG display. The dual channel implementation of the joystick processors is in accordance with SIL3 and this, combined with the expanded, backlit input keyboard with tactile feedback, the multifunctional control knob and the trackball located directly on the front panel, make for intuitive operation. The show-based programming and recall mode has also been optimised.
As was the case with its predecessor, the EXPERT-T III I-Motion controller supports the inclusion of existing drives and other items of stage machinery in an integrated network.
In picture: The EXPERT-T III I-Motion controller from Movecat
10th May 2017
grandMA2 Software Release Version 3.3: More powerful features
MA Lighting has announced another significant software release for its flagship grandMA2 lighting control platform. With version 3.3, not only are there many new features but also the help and fixture library systems have been fully re-imagined.
Based on feedback from the strong grandMA2 user community, hundreds of smaller improvements have also been incorporated to assist smoother workflow for the operator and programmer making more time for creativity.
With the new software, the MA Lighting fixture library is now available online via the Fixture Share service. After logging in, users can add their own fixture files or download the latest versions of fixture files which were not available at the software release moment, ensuring a fully up to date fixture library for all MA Lighting users. Additional search and rating functionality allows users to generate their own favorite fixture library. You can find the fixture share here at https://fixtureshare.malighting.com
Another huge development with the grandMA2 version 3.3 software is the fully re-worked partial show-read functionality which simplifies and streamlines the process of getting a touring show file to output correctly across any lighting system, making it ideal for touring and festival situations. Offset for all pan and tilt functionality is now incorporated and several MIB workflow improvements have been added.
There are now several new modes of DMX output function for the MA Network Nodes, allowing for a wider behaviour range for fault situations. RDM via Art-Net is implemented.
With the grandMA2 version 3.3 software, the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) now has a completely reworked Warper functionality, including pixel-exact U/V mapping, and much higher resolution for more precise adjustments. Snapshot / masking tools have been added allowing a screenshot of the preferred output to become a mask for daily content. More creative layer mixing modes have been added that allow different ways of “blending” between layers.
Additionally, the grandMA2 help system has been re-worked completely. A new look and feel with improved search functionality gives even more online and offline support. All topics have been revisited and updated to the current status for best workflow support.
The MA Network Switch offers network stability and ensures the industry-leading MA support team can cover the entire lighting network. It uses entertainment industry protocols and makes the network management easier for users without specialist networking experience.
The new software release version 3.3 adds the powerful feature called link aggregation (LAG) functionality for better redundant networks. This functionality if fully compatible with any standard Ethernet network switch and can be used in meshed installations. Furthermore, the RSTP status will be displayed for firsthand information about the link status of any port. According to MA Lighting’s claim: Take control of the network.
9th May 2017
TiMax enters the VR space
The new TiMax SoundHubVR variant marks further diversification by UK developers Out Board, taking their evolutionary spatial audio platform into the expanding VR marketplace. As well as significant growth of its market lead in premium theatre, music and corporate event applications, TiMax has also seen increased sales into museum and exhibit applications worldwide, from expo sites, galleries, and visitor attractions to theme parks, domes, planetaria and experiences.
TiMax SoundHubVR addresses a specific need for mobile, tightly-synchronised, low-latency immersive audio locked to multimedia VR content, in a compact package designed for the latest theme park ride-car and experience marketplaces. Featuring an optional DC power supply, TiMax SoundHubVR units are currently being built into theme park ride-cars to supply sequenced dynamic spatial audio, for on-board sound systems and gaming seats.
Configured in a compact half-depth 2U rackmount chassis, the integrated TiMax SoundHub VR playback server, spatial processor and show control hub features instantaneous playback of 16 random-access tracks, EQ/delay/zoning dsp, 16 analogue or Dante outputs, 12-24VDC or 90-230VAC PSU options, plus the new TiMax Portal MicroServer multi-mode show control hub and custom GUI server, for touch-screen control and multi-format links to external show control.
9th May 2017
New Maverick MK3 Wash From Chauvet Professional
USA – Chauvet Professional is taking its popular Maverick series to new heights with the introduction of the Maverick MK3 Wash, a powerful and intensely bright RGBW LED moving wash. Powered by 27 x 40W OSRAM OSTAR LEDs, the new pixel mappable fixture has the output and performance features needed for even the largest arena applications.
“We were very encouraged by the response to our Maverick series when it was introduced last year,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Designers who embraced Maverick told us they wanted a wash fixture for larger venues that had all of the features they valued in the series. The MK3 Wash is the next step for Maverick.”
As is true of all Maverick models, the MK3 Wash has stunningly fast and smooth pan and tilt movements, but its output and brightness have been seriously stepped up for long throw applications. Depending on the zoom angle, the fixture can produce an illuminance of 89,200 lux when measured at five metres.
Increased output is just one of the benefits that distinguish the Maverick MK3 Wash. The new fixture greatly broadens the lighting designer’s creative options by offering quick access to an impressive array of pixel effects with separate control of foreground and background colours. Like its predecessor Maverick Wash fixtures, the new MK3 features split control, which allows basic functions like pan and tilt to be run from one controller, while the LEDs are run from a second unit, such as an external pixel generator or media server.
The Maverick MK3 Wash has over 200 built in effects accessible via a virtual gobo wheel with background colour control. This, along with its realistic CTO colour mixing opens the possibility of creating even a greater array of eye-popping looks. A wide zoom angle (7⁰ to 45⁰) and beam angle (5⁰ to 29⁰) add to the fixture’s versatility.
In keeping with this versatility, the Maverick MK3 Wash can be run via a number of different control protocols, including DMX, W-DMX, sACN, Art-Net and Kling-Net. The fixture can receive Art-Net or sACN in, and send out DMX to simplify cable runs. It is also RDM enabled, so it can be accessed remotely.
“We have taken feedback from some of our most dedicated end users when developing the Maverick MK3 Wash,” said Chauvet. “In the end, we came up with the complete wash package for large concert and touring applications.”
9th May 2017
Atlona Ships Colour-Matching Two-Input Wall Plate Switcher for HDBaseT AV Systems Large and Small
Expanding the integration and interface options for its HDVS-200 Series of full-featured HDBaseT AV solutions, Atlona is now shipping a new black version of the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK 2×1 wall plate switcher for HDMI and VGA inputs with HDBaseT output. Ideal as the central component of small, automated AV systems or as a remote input device for larger switcher applications, the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK combines auto-switching with built-in automatic display control and the single-cable simplicity of Ethernet-enabled HDBaseT signal transmission. Multiple included face plate options allow the wall plate switcher to blend inconspicuously into many environments.
The AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK features one HDMI input, one VGA input and one always-on 3.5mm audio connection, enabling legacy VGA sources to be used with advanced HDMI display devices. HDMI signals up to 4K/UHD at 60Hz, VGA input signals up to 1920×1200, embedded audio, and control signals can be extended up to 328 feet (100 metres).
Eliminating the need for complex control systems in small AV installations, the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK’s automatic display control turns projectors and monitors on and off automatically when a source is connected or removed, with these and other control signals transmitted via CEC, IP or RS-232. The unit also incorporates video signal detection technology to automatically switch to the active input when a source is connected, with a manual input selection button enabling users to override auto-switching when two active sources are present. Additional buttons provide user convenience, including volume and manual display power control.
Paired with Atlona’s AT-HDVS-200-RX Ethernet-enabled HDBaseT scaler, the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK forms a complete system for automatic HDMI and VGA source switching, HDBaseT transmission, scaling and control functions in classrooms, huddle rooms and small conference rooms. For larger-scale systems and environments, it can serve as a remote input device for switchers with HDBaseT inputs including Atlona’s flagship AT-UHD-CLSO-840 4K matrix switcher, or for direct routing to HDBaseT displays and projectors. TCP/IP and RS-232 support provide flexible options for compatibility with third-party control systems.
“The AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK is Atlona’s answer to the most heavily requested features sought by systems integrators in a wall plate switcher, without a preventative price point,” said Steve Kolta, product manager, Atlona. “Compact and inconspicuous, the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK provides our customers with flexible auto-switching, scaling and control functions – along with the diverse IP-based configuration/management and HDBaseT connectivity options installers require in corporate, education and other AV environments today.”
The PoE-powered AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK features a US, two-gang, Decora form factor and ships with multiple interchangeable black and white face plates, allowing inconspicuous installation. Black and white face plate options allow integrators to expose the convenient, front-mounted RJ-45 Ethernet port for additional design flexibility. The wall plate switcher can be configured and managed with the free Atlona Management System (AMS) network software platform, reducing installation time and enabling remote monitoring and support over a LAN, WAN or VPN.
8th May 2017
Danley Gets Amped Up!
USA – It’s been twelve years since Danley Sound Labs first introduced Tom Danley’s innovative Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers to the world. In that time, the company has rolled out several other equally-innovative loudspeaker technologies, such as the SBH Series of column form factor loudspeakers and the Jericho Horn Series of massive stadium-grade loudspeakers. Now Danley offers the DNA Series of amplifiers with a library of on-board DSP presets for every Danley loudspeaker and subwoofer, rugged reliability, luscious 96kHz transparency, multiple modes of flexible loudspeaker protection, advanced power handling and protection, and easy networkable monitoring and remote control. And if all that weren’t enough, they pack a ton of power into four channels and two rack spaces: the DNA 5k4c, DNA 10k4 Pro, and DNA 20k4 Pro models rate 5000, 10,000, and 20,000 watts total output.
“One of the huge benefits of the Danley DNA Series amplifiers is that they come with built-in DSP presets for all of the Danley loudspeaker and subwoofer products,” said Josh Millward, whose official title, 'systems application engineer,' is perhaps less descriptive of his day-to-day activities than is his unofficial title – 'The Amp Guy'. “They form an integrated system right out of the box. There’s no need to mix and match, and testing and tuning becomes a much simpler process. Integrators can start tuning a system in the optimal sweet spot and make room- and application-specific adjustments from there.” The DNA amps’ DSP resources have all of the frequency- and dynamic-domain tools that one would expect, along with Danley’s proprietary linear phase crossover, which works its magic without resorting to latency-inducing FIR filters.
Of course, the Danley DNA amplifiers have the reliability, sound quality, and power needed in modern, mission-critical applications. In the year that Danley has been shipping them, the England-built DNA units have had remarkably few failures. The DNA sound quality is commensurate with Danley’s famous loudspeaker and subwoofer fidelity, and all DSP functions operate at 24-bit/96kHz, delivering greater resolution and lower latency than industry-standard 48kHz units.
The Danley DNA design team thought of all the ways that a loudspeaker or subwoofer can be destroyed by an amplifier and then provided a robust means of protection against each one. Advanced DSP limiting allows users to specify, in voltage, a maximum RMS output and a maximum peak output. “The RMS/Peak limiter alone is a great feature, but we’ve added additional layers of protection,” Millward said. “Each output channel has a dedicated thermal limiter and a dedicated excursion limiter. Even the RMS/Peak limiter’s functionality can be optimized with a ‘VX’ function, which essentially straps a crossover to it so that passive Danley boxes can have separate limits for high-frequency compression drivers versus low-frequency woofers.”
All the Danley DNA amplifiers have international power supplies that can plug right into 120V or 240V sources without missing a beat, along with advanced circuit protection. “Say you’re plugging a DNA amplifier into a 20-amp outlet,” explained Millward, “you can set the amp’s ‘external breaker protection’ so that it knows it’s plugged into a 20-amp circuit. The amp will monitor its performance and limit so as to draw less than 20 amps. Of course, that limits the output, but that outcome is way better than tripping a circuit breaker and having the event come to a silent and awkward halt!”
Onboard, easy-to-implement network capabilities round out the Danley DNA amplifier feature set. The amps can be connected to standard Ethernet networks for monitoring and control. The connections are easy, secure, and robust.
4th May 2017
Technology change in high power green laser sources in the new RTI PIKO RGB 20 laser system
Ray Technologies presents its new RTI PIKO RGB 20 with a high precision diode module as substitution for the OPSL green laser source. This change in technology for the green colour spectrum became possible due to new diode arrays that have been developed by RTI’s R&D in Valley, next to Munich, Germany.
The homogeneous beam profile of the PIKO RGB 20 even fits small 4mm scanner mirrors, which results in high scanner performance as the inertia of the scanners is kept very low. The CT-6210H scanners can do 60kpps at 8° and still do 35kpps at their maximum scan angle of 80°. Besides the small beam diameter, the RTI PIKO RGB 20 maintains a very low divergence of movement.
The RTI PIKO RGB 20 laser systems are especially designed and tailored for high professional applications. The colour balance of 5.8W/638nm, 6.2W/520nm, 6.0W/450nm and 4.0W/462nm provides excellent white balance at extremely high power. Colour balance, scanner settings and various safety features can easily be configured through a browser interface, so it is no longer necessary to directly access the laser system for making adjustments.
The full diode setup not only leads to a uniform laser source technology in the RTI PIKO RGB 20, but it also leads to price reductions compared to systems with OPSL green.
The RTI PIKO RGB 20 can be obtained through the Laserworld Group, as Ray Technologies is a Laserworld company.
2nd May 2017
The quick-change artist among the moving heads
A real quick-change artist was presented by Eurolite at the Prolight+Sound 2017: the TMH-X25 Zoom unites moving head, matrix effect and beam spot in one device. This way, it offers absolute flexibility.
Viewed from the outside, the TMH-X25 looks like a matrix effect on the base of a moving head. Five by five LEDs with RGBW colour mixture are at the light designer’s disposal for creating colourful patterns, numbers, letters or animations. Each LED can be controlled individually. The device is controlled by DMX or Art-Net.
On closer inspection, is the zoom, which changes the spot’s beam angle steplessly from 7.5° to 60°. This way, the moving head can also be used as a beam spot; the 25 LEDs with 12W each are strong enough to produce a powerful beam. Thanks to its Infinity function, the moving head can move endlessly in pan or tilt direction.
The impressive effect can be used for different purposes: as matrix effect in a club, as beam effect on live stages or as background light in TV studios, the TMH-X25 always looks great. Its motorised zoom and the Infinity function make the spot absolutely flexible.
28th April 2017
Tarm presents a new laser light system
Tarm DOT is a white light RGB show laser system with starry sky effect for professional use and is especially suitable for touring and production.
Tarm DOT is a DMX multi-effect projector with a great white balance and unique prism effects. It’s a pure diode solution with analogue colour modulation and a guaranteed output power of 3,900mW. As with other products, the tarm DOT can create a ‘Microstar’ effect, which simulates a starry sky, In white light or in many different colours.
Besides the Microstar effect there are other built-in optical effects that can be triggered.. The control of the tarm DOT is through DMX, so no laser software is required. This allows for easy integration to existing set-ups, especially also on large stages and at large scale productions.
The tarm DOT is equipped with optical/glass effects, which means that the projections are flicker-free as no moving parts, such as scanners, are used for creating the display. Microstar (starry sky effect), grid narrow (50° angle diffraction, suitable for long distance projection), solid line (120° deflection), and line effect (dotted line, 90°) effects are all inclusive. The effects being optically generated makes them particularly suitable for TV productions.
Due to the analogue colour modulation it is possible to create up to 160,000 colour shades, including white. Furthermore Tarm DOT is equipped with a red (1200mW / 638nm), a green (1000mW / 520nm) and a blue (2200mW / 450nm) diode laser source.
A four level zoom lens allows for zooming the laser projection and thus adapt it to the requirements of the venue.
The laser systems have a compact housing, thus they’re easily integrated into existing lighting set-ups and existing room concepts. Due to the durable mounting bracket, the Tarm DOT systems can be mounted in standing and hanging position, thus it is possible to hang the units from a truss or mount them on top of a stand.
The tarm DOT is also available as moving head. In combination with the RTI Velox, the tarm DOT can be positioned exactly with infinite pan and tilt angles.
27th April 2017
Newly developed RTI NEO ONE – lasers for large scale productions reinvented
With the RTI NEO ONE, Laserworld presents a complete newly designed laser unit that is conceived as a modular effect for professional productions. DMX / ArtNET makes it compatible with existing control infrastructure, so no other control system is required. The RTI NEO ONE is designed as multi-projector laser system, several units can be connected to each other with a quick-lock system. Due to the octagonal shape, it is not only possible to use several units side-by-side, but also allows the creation of shapes of laser systems or mount them in unusual positions, like flanking the line arrays on big stages, arranged as circle or in other shapes on stage.
The RTI NEO ONE is an extremely powerful white light full colour laser system. With a power of 24W RGB per metre or 4W RGB per unit, it is also well-suited to large scale and long throw applications. An internal playback system can be individually configured with custom patterns or animations (free software for creating ILDA patterns is included). The high-speed scanning systems allow for graphics and logo projections as well.
Up to six units can be run from one power supply. Units and power supply have the same octagonal shape, so can easily be combined with the same type of quick-lock mounts.
The dimensions of the RTI NEO ONE are very compact, only 220x185x185mm and a weight of only 6.5kg make it easy to use many of these units with a small footprint.
The RTI NEO ONE was especially designed to be run as an array, matrix or for creating shapes of lasers. The capabilities of these systems exceed the ones of the RTI NEO SIX by allowing for more power and even more flexible ways of using them.
27th April 2017
New garden lighting effect released: LED and laser combined in one for effective indoor and outdoor illumination
A new multi-colour LED combined with red and green multi-point laser effect with hundreds of rotating laser dots has been released by Laserworld Group. The combination of laser and LED adds effects plus ambient lighting to gardens or balconies, to projections on trees, plants, walls and facades, and can be used to highlight garden parties.
LED and laser harmonise very well: while lighting a large background area in luminous colours with four 3W LEDs, the laser output generates special effects in red and green. Because of high LED power and a low distance loss of laser output, objects can even be illuminated from a further distance.
The IP65 waterproof housing of the garden laser projectors allows placing them outdoors or even next to ponds or pools. Because of the durable housing the Garden Star LED is ready to use even in winter for Christmas, on rainy days or at Halloween. The operating temperature range is specified between -20°C to +40°C. An aluminium stake for easy mounting is also included in delivery.
A remote control allows the LED and laser colours to be changed individually. It is also possible to set the speed of the effect and a timer feature.
26th April 2017
ChainMaster D8plus StageOperator
The D8plus StageOprator Series CM-850 has been developed for the safe set-up and operation of chain hoists in direct control or low-voltage control. On the basis of its intuitive software and the integrated touchscreen, the D8plus StageOperator offers a high level of operating comfort for mobile applications or in permanent fixed installations. The integration of load measuring cells ensures a secured operation according SQ P2.
The progressive network technology enables the configuration of chain hoist systems by a network integrated PC on a browser-basis. Depending on the units used, up to eight systems sections with maximum 48 or 96 drives each can be configured. To ensure an optimum overview the drives can be arranged on importable hall plans and CAD drawings. Beside a variety of various operating units with touchscreens up to 17” radio remote controls are available too.
25th April 2017
Atlona Brings New HDR-Compatible 4K AV Devices to Market
Atlona’s aggressive strategy to address emerging 4K and HDR requirements in AV systems marches forward with the availability of its JunoX Series switcher and Rondo Series video distribution amplifiers. Now shipping and available worldwide, all three products support 4K/UHD video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling, and HDMI data rates up to 18Gbps.
The JunoX Series (AT-JUNO-451) is a 4x1 HDMI switcher ideal for applications requiring the latest generation of 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays. It is compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats, and colour space formats supported in the HDMI 2.0a specification, and passes metadata for HDR content.
The JunoX 451 is HDCP 2.2 compliant and features automatic input switching. It also supports HDMI Audio Return Channel for receiving digital audio from a television, and includes a TOSLINK digital audio output for sending this audio to an AV receiver or soundbar.
The Rondo 442 (AT-RON-442) and Rondo 444 (AT-RON-444) provide two-output and four-output distribution amplifier options, respectively, for commercial and residential environments. Like the JunoX 451 switcher, both Rondo devices are compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats, and colour space formats supported in the HDMI 2.0a specification, and can pass metadata for HDR content. Both models are also HDCP 2.2 compliant.
The Rondo 442 and Rondo 444 offer significant value to systems integrators. Both distribution amplifiers offer EDID management features to ensure compatibility between source and sink devices. Both models also have front panel LED indicators for power and signal status to simplify set-up and troubleshooting. In addition, installers can cascade up to eight units without compromising performance, ensuring that system designs and configurations can easily be adapted or modified.
The JunoX 451 provides EDID management features and can be controlled via Ethernet, RS-232, and IR, including the handheld IR remote control with which it is sold. It is configured and managed remotely by the free Atlona Management System (AMS).
“The availability of these products offer a substantial efficiency boost to commercial and residential integrators looking for easy-to-install, easy-to-use switching and distribution solutions that deliver high reliability with long-term value,” said Joshua Castro, Atlona product manager. “All three products represent important components of our HDR-compatible portfolio, now and moving forward. The Rondo 442 and Rondo 444 distribution are priced at $339.99 and $469.99, respectively, while the JunoX 451 switcher is available for $489.99. All three products include Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty.
Designed to deliver dependable, pristine-quality 4K HDR image presentations in residential and commercial applications, all three devices are ideal for applications including:
- Installations utilizing the latest UHD and HDR sources such as Ultra HD Blu-ray players, plus compatible televisions and projectors
- TV showrooms requiring reliable content distribution to televisions to properly demonstrate high quality 4K and HDR programming
- Professional AV applications with full-motion, highly detailed 4K graphics presentations for visualisation, 3D renderings, simulations, and more
21st April 2017
ETC’s ColorSource Linear 4 completes the family
ETC’s ColorSource Linear family is now complete with this week’s launch of the ColorSource Linear 4 fixture. This is the third and longest variation of the ColorSource Linear fixture and measures a full two-metres in length. Like the half-metre and one-metre fixtures, Linear 4 comes in both original and deep blue array options. Both offer a richness of colour, and quality of light output users have come to expect from ETC ColorSource fixtures.
Every half-metre of the Linear 4 is individually addressable and controllable from the simple seven- segment display. It’s like having four fixtures in one. Linear fixtures are perfect for use as curtain warmers, sidelights, an unbroken stage wash, and in any installation location that is too narrow for many other standard fixtures.