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Movecat presents the PROStage+ D8-PLUS hoist in the 1000 class with integrated operating hours counter
Increased strength for MILOS M290 short truss segments
MILOS has just introduced a redesign of short truss segments in its M290 range, which incorporates thicker bracing tubes. The redesign of these tubes increases the shear load capacity of the short truss sections, resulting in strength equal to that of MILOS regular truss sections.
With the introduction of this new design, short truss sections can now be placed anywhere within a truss structure without having any adverse impact on the structure’s loading capacity. The planning process is therefore simplified and the risk of errors during structure assembly is eliminated.
26th June 2019
Yamaha Announces Next Generation STAGEPAS 1K All-in-One Portable PA System
Featuring a bold new design concept and significant improvements in audio performance, usability and portability, Yamaha's new STAGEPAS 1K redefines the standard for portable PA systems, made possible by the company’s extensive experience in developing market-leading technologies and products for the professional audio industry.
Yamaha STAGEPAS all-in-one PAs are renowned for their audio quality, ease of use and transport. The STAGEPAS 1K takes these qualities to even greater heights.
The new system features modified versions of the 1.5 inch (3.75cm) drivers with high end neodymium magnets that have made Yamaha’s VXL series line array loudspeakers a great success in the professional sound installation market, receiving widespread praise for their audio quality, 170º horizontal coverage and slimline appearance.
Bringing all of those qualities to the streamlined, reduced weight STAGEPAS 1K system, an array of 10 of the 1.5 inch drivers work seamlessly with a largest-in-class 12” subwoofer to deliver exceptionally uniform, high quality sound with clear highs and punchy lows. The subwoofer features Yamaha's Twisted Flare Port technology, which effectively reduces wind noise in the bass reflex port, delivering a clearer, more powerful, distortion-free low end.
Complementing the loudspeakers is a 1000W Class-D amplifier, delivering 119 dB SPL and maintaining exceptional stability and sound quality, even at high output.
The back of the subwoofer houses a digital mixer with three mono mic/line channels (two with Hi-Z connectivity for direct input of electro-acoustic guitars and other instruments), plus stereo inputs which support playback from Bluetooth devices.
The mixer also features professional sound engineering tools, including one knob EQ that handles multi-band processing simultaneously, high-quality SPX digital reverb and a Mode feature to adjust optimised compression settings (such as speech or music) to match different applications. Each of these functions can be set via a single rotary control, simplifying many of the more difficult tasks like EQ and compression to quickly deliver great sound.
Users can also download the dedicated STAGEPAS Editor app for iOS/Android, allowing remote adjustment of the system’s volume and EQ. It's also possible to call up previously saved settings, enabling a more efficient rehearsal or performance.
Setting up STAGEPAS 1K needs the user to simply affix the array speaker to the subwoofer cabinet, using none, one or both of the provided spacers. No other cables or speaker stands are needed, making for fast, easy setup and optimum portability. The included carrying case protects the whole system during transportation and storage, including the power cable and any microphones or cables used by performers. An optional DL-SP1K lightweight dolly allows for more convenient transport, with a simple, sturdy mechanism to lock down the speaker cover.
For users requiring a greater coverage area or increased sound pressure levels, two STAGEPAS 1Ks can be easily linked together in stereo or in mono. When in mono, the inputs of both systems can be used, providing a total of six mono and two stereo inputs.
STAGEPAS 1K will be available from September 2019.
21st June 2019
Made to do more: Electro-Voice launches MFX Multi-Function Monitors
Launching at InfoComm 2019,MFX multi-function monitors MFX-12MC and MFX-15MC are passive 12” and 15” two-way coaxial monitors with a performance level engineered to complement the X-Line advance line array models X1, X2, X12-128 and X12-125F, and corresponding installation versions.
MFX multi-function monitors utilise high-output coaxially aligned HF and LF transducers matched with an innovative new Electro-Voice-engineered constant-directivity waveguide and a new crossover design. Coverage in monitor orientation is 40° H x 60° V. The dimensions and location of the waveguide interact with the woofer to effectively create a bipole output, enhancing coverage control through the midrange frequencies.
In addition to providing a stable sound image as the performer moves off-axis, the compact coaxial design presents a significantly lower-profile footprint on stage in comparison to competitive high-end monitors, helping to maintain audience sight lines and reducing stage clutter.A new cabinet concept with dual monitor angles (35° and 55°) allows the output to be precisely focused towards the performer.
MFX multi-function monitors are optimised for use with TGX10 or IPX10:4 amplifiers from EV’s sibling brand Dynacord. Both models can be deployed in passive or bi-amp configuration, and can be optimised for different uses via DSP settings in the amps.Power handling for the MFX-12MC is 400 W (continuous) and 4000W (peak), the MFX-15MC delivers 500W (continuous) and 4000W (peak). Each model has a maximum SPL rating of 135dB and 136dB respectively.
In addition to their primary function as high-performance stage monitors, both the MFX-12MC and MFX-15MC feature an integrated pole cup (neatly located in one of the two side handle recesses), so they can serve as short-throw main/full-range sound reinforcement for portable applications using tripods or subwoofer poles. Coverage in this orientation is 60° H x 40° V. Extending their truly multi-functional design, each model features four M10 suspension points. U brackets, yokes, a tilt adapter, truss clamps, stand-mount adapters and a rigging bar are available for temporary or permanent installations. A rugged EVCoat finish (available in black or white) and 1.5mm thick corrosion-resistant grille combine professional-grade durability with sleek aesthetics.
MFX multi-function monitors were developed to deliver a best-in-class combination of professional performance and excellent value. Target customers include production companies that provide sound systems for any kind of live performance, including spoken-word presentations, corporate events, worship services and concerts. The multi-functional aspect of the speakers makes them a more attractive investment for live sound companies because they can be deployed in multiple system roles, keeping more of the rental inventory working rather than sitting in the warehouse until an appropriate job is booked.
19th June 2019
Elation Proteus RAYZOR 760 with SparkLED Now Shipping
Designers are often looking for something fresh and novel that can help them create a more unique show and that’s exactly what Elation’s RAYZOR 760 with SparkLED technology delivers. Now the compact wash and speciality effect light is available in a weather and dust protected IP65 version – the Proteus RAYZOR 760 – for use in any environment and under adverse conditions.
Offering the identical feature set and powerful output as the RAYZOR 760, the Proteus RAYZOR 760 is a highly effective LED wash light and unique special effect light in one. Driven by seven, independently controlled, 60W RGBW LEDs and housing a wide five to 77 degree zoom, the Proteus RAYZOR 760 can produce an intense and well-defined mid-air beam of over 8000 lumens and then spread exceptionally wide for even wash coverage.
The fixture’s seven oversized front lenses create a large surface that is enhanced by SparkLED technology, 28 x 2W white LEDs strategically placed inside the lenses themselves to create a unique additional layer of effect. The dedicated high-brightness pixels give designers all new possibilities to create layers of effect through elegant lens illumination and eye-candy twinkle effects.
The enhancing sparkle effect can also work as a stand-alone effect in its own right, giving designers the opportunity to fill idle space with something more inspiring. The new effect concept is unique to the RAYZOR 760 and Proteus RAYZOR 760 and allows designers access to a fresh, fun and innovative way of creating interest and depth on stage. SparkLEDs are controllable via the lighting console or driven by a multitude of internal FX patterns.
In addition to its powerful wash, mid-air and enhanced effects, the Proteus RAYZOR 760 offers precise continuous pan and tilt rotation, allowing variable speed from slow to extremely fast movement effects. In fact, the Proteus RAYZOR 760 is the world's first IP65-rated LED wash effects luminaire with continuous pan and tilt rotation.
Combining its powerful output with SparkLED while utilising the 360° movement opens up for a multitude of design possibilities from wide stage washes or mid-air beams to more subtle effects for mood generation, both off and on camera, indoors or out.
Housing professional control and connection features, the Proteus RAYZOR 760 not only takes stage, production and club designs to a new cutting edge, it does it discreetly as it weighs in at only 28.6lbs. (13kg) and measures a tidy (LxWxH) 14.5 x 11.6 x 17.4 in (367 x 295 x 442mm).
18th June 2019
Danley Performance at Entry Level Prices: The New Flx-12 Full-Range Loudspeaker
Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of unique patented loudspeaker technologies that artfully side-step the constraints and trade-offs of conventional designs, has announced its new FLX-Series of flexible loudspeakers. The Danley FLX-12 is the first member of the series and delivers Danley’s legendary point-source sound quality in a handsome, rugged cabinet that can be flexibly deployed: pole-mounted, hung from rig points, or lain on its side as a floor monitor. With 94dB sensitivity, a phase-coherent frequency response from 75Hz to 21kHz (+/- 3dB), multi-band Sentinel burn out protection, and 118dB continuous and 124dB peak output, the FLX-12 is at home in any small- to medium-sized sound reinforcement application.
“The new Danley FLX is designed by Tom Danley and his team of engineers for customers who need extreme flexibility and Danley fidelity at a cost-effective price point,” said JP Parker, director of global sales at Danley Sound Labs. “The FLX stands for flexibility without sacrificing Danley’s legendary performance.”
The FLX-12 begins shipping after InfoComm in late June. Contact a local Danley Sound Labs representative for pricing.
17th June 2019
L-Acoustics Launches Avnu-certified LS10 AVB Switch
L-Acoustics announces the launch of the LS10 Avnu certified* AVB switch. LS10 offers an out-of-the box AVB solution for connectivity, providing a simple, reliable networking solution.
A founding member of the user-driven Milan workgroup, L-Acoustics is committed to AVB, the only Ethernet standard built to deal with the real-time needs of media transport. Milan, and AVB, ensure that the professional audio/visual industry has a future-proof standard for moving time-sensitive audio and video data across a network. Developed by and for users, based on open standards, Milan is destined to become the industry standard.
“We know our users don’t have the bandwidth to be IT experts, spending all their time configuring networks,” explains Genio Kronauer, director of electronics at L-Acoustics, and member of the Milan work group since its founding. “With LS10, you get a rugged AVB switch that works effortlessly. All you have to do is plug in LS10, you are ready to send audio through your entire network in seconds.”
Two LS10 units can be mounted side-by-side in a 1U rack space for effortless redundancy. With front and rear connectivity, LS10 can be easily mounted in the LA-RAK II, distributing audio and control to other amplified controllers or other LA-RAK II units through eight EtherCON connectors and two SFP cages for fibre optic transceivers. With no need for internal ventilation, LS10 operates in silence without risk for overheating.
Enabling easy deployment of Milan redundancy specifications, LS10 is designed to overcome the challenges of touring events as well as installation applications. An auxiliary, 24 V DC input takes over in case of mains failure. If power loss does occur, LS10 recovers with a lightning-speed boot time of five seconds. A general purpose output (GPO) can trigger external devices in the event of a fault detection.
“The launch of LS10 fulfils our commitment to AVB and to creating complete, economical and durable audio solutions,” expresses Germain Simon of L-Acoustics. “Its ease of use means that users spend less time setting up systems and more time focusing on their strategic goal of creating unforgettable audio experiences.”
LS10 works both within the L-Acoustics ecosystem and without, and ships in Q1 2020.
*LS10 Avnu certification is pending and will be effective at product availability
13th June 2019
Barco re-enforces its event portfolio with a new light-weight laser projector
Two years ago, Barco introduced the large venue laser phosphor projector range: the UDX. It was a real game changer for rental companies and AV integrators thanks to its compact design and exceptional performance. Relying on the benefits of the tried and trusted UDX platform, Barco is now launching a brand-new compact, light-weight and rugged 22K laser projector. Delivering technical superiority, efficient fleet management, astonishing versatility and more, the UDM incorporates the best of all worlds.
Thanks to the compact design and smart material choices, the UDM weighs almost half as much as today’s UDXs. With its 50kg, the latest Barco projector is the lightest 22K laser projector on the market. But while the slim design minimizes installation time and reduces shipping and labour costs, it never compromises on brightness levels, color reproduction or image quality.
Outperforming the Rec. 709 colour space, the UDM has the widest colour spectrum for 22K laser phosphor projection in the industry. And with Barco Pulse’s proprietary Single Step Processing technology, warping, scaling and 4K UHD processing is done in only one step which results in sharper images, market leading lowest latency and less dark time than comparable solutions.
In addition, Barco’s UDM is the undisputed champion in flexibility. Barco’s unique Flex2, for example, allows owners to tune and lock brightness and resolution levels for a specific show. But there is more. A 90° Ultra-short Throw lens, a motorised rental frame or a fibre card solution for 4K distribution over long distances; the new projector has an extensive list of peripherals at its disposal enabling superior quality in the most diverse setups without complicating the installation process.
The integrated Barco Pulse technology offers an intuitive interface and flexible, user-friendly embedded control software. Furthermore, the UDM is fully optimised for fast troubleshooting and cloud-based fleet management. At the same time, its clever and modular design supports fast and easy maintenance in the field.
13th June 2019
Safe and Secure Hoist Transport
Introducing the Armor Cart, a new hoist utility vehicle that provides safe and convenient transport and storage for up to four hoists. Constructed from light and durable aluminium, the Armor Cart comes in two versions, model MAC-01-4025-A1 holds four 250kg hoists and model MAC-01-2100-A1 holds two 1t hoists.
Due to its compact form and the possibility of stacking Armor Carts on top of each other, transport volume is reduced up to 50% compared to flightcases. In addition, its open-air design reduces humidity within the interior and allows the hoists to dry faster, thereby helping to prevent corrosion.
Discover the safety, convenience and space saving advantages the Armor Cart provides for transport and storage of hoist stock.
12th June 2019
New DAPaudio EVO series
The DAP Audio EVO series loudspeaker range is designed for fixed audio installations and a wide range of applications. EVO series combines an elegant design with high fidelity audio in a wide variety of cabinet sizes. This range of two-way cabinets is available as low impedance, with line transformer or even active to serve both small and large installations.
The inclusive multi-angled bracket offers a fast and easy installation and gives optimal orientation for both horizontal and vertical mounting. DAP audio Evo series is the perfect solution to fulfill installations in environments such as restaurants, retail stores, pubs, or even clubs thanks to their high performance components and extremely wide coverage.
12th June 2019
Ayrton presents Perseo-S - its first IP65 rated profile fixture
Ayrton presents Perseo-S, its first multi-function, compact and powerful, IP65-rated fixture developed for intensive outdoor use.
Perseo-S produces a 27,000 lumen output from its 500W LED source which is calibrated at 8000K. Perseo-S has been designed to achieve an optimal resolution-to-performance-to-efficiency ratio with perfect image reproduction, a zoom range of 7° to 56°, no hotspot and significant improvement from distortion at wide angles.
Perseo-S features a new minimalist design in die-cast aluminium so it weighs in at under 40kg. It incorporates full weather-proofing features that ensure easy accessibility, including a highly effective phase-change liquid cooling system fitted with four submersible fans located outside the watertight enclosure and a new water-resistant menu navigation system.
Feature rich as standard, with a wealth of effects and gobo options, and of course, 100% framing shutters, Perseo-S also boasts a subtractive CMY colour mixing system for perfect colour mixing, a variable CTO and a wheel with six complementary colours that combine to produce an infinite palette of vivid pastels and saturated colours.
The framing section allows accurate positioning of four shutter blades on a 100% surface area in all positions, so that the user can frame any object regardless of the luminaire’s position. The image section includes 18 interchangeable HD glass gobos on two wheels, one rotating wheel with seven positions and one fixed wheel with eleven positions. The effects section includes a continuous dynamic effects wheel, a 15-blade iris diaphragm, two frost filters, one soft edge, one hard edge and two rotating prisms, one circular with five facets and one linear with four facets.
Perseo-S is the latest in Ayrton’s new range of profile, spot and wash fixtures and the ultimate in versatility. Designed for the broadest range of applications, Perseo-S is the first moving light ever that is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, due to its compact size, incredible output, light weight, ease of service and beautiful lines. It can be controlled by DMX-RDM, ArtNet or a wireless link using CRMX TiMo RDM from LumenRadio.
Perseo-S made its debut appearance at Prolight + Sound 2019 in Frankfurt and is shipping with immediate effect, ready to play its part on all those summer festivals, whatever the weather! Contact local Ayrton distributors for more information and a demonstration.
12th June 2019
Panasonic Reduces AV Managers' Workload with new 3lcd Laser Projectors
Panasonic has launched a new series of LCD laser projectors, with the PT-MZ16K range specifically designed to reduce the AV managers' workload in businesses and universities with simplified set-up, maintenance free operation and countermeasures which mitigate the impact of technical faults.
The PT-MZ16 series combines up to 16,000 lumens brightness (PT-MZ16K) and WUXGA resolution for high quality projection with silent (38dB in normal mode) and light construction (22kg) making it an ideal solution for lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
In addition, the laser maintenance-free design eliminates the need for continued visits from AV managers. This is guaranteed due to the projectors dustproof construction and eco filter that extends parts replacement for safe and extended operation for up to 20,000 hours.
A range of countermeasures also reduce the impact of technical faults such as the secondary backup signal input or the monitoring function which informs operators when problems have arisen and displays the specific fault for smooth technical restoration.
System set-up is also simplified with a dual-system LAN which supports Digital Link allowing transmission of HDMI signals, video audio and control commands for up to 150m. Existing ceiling brackets can also be used alongside corner keystone correction to improve the speed of installation and decrease its cost.
“The market for AV in universities has seen a dramatic increase in recent years, implicating a strain on AV and IT managers which are operating across campuses to maintain technical demand,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “Our new series of LCD laser projectors are designed to mitigate this pressure, by ensuring that the technology seamlessly operates across longer periods of time with simple solutions should any faults occur.”
Announced at InfoComm 2019, the PT-MZ16 series is composed of PT-MZ16K (16,000 lm), PT-MZ13K (13,000 lm) and PT-MZ10K (10,000 lm) and is set to be released in November 2019.
12th June 2019
Christie continues inspiring storytelling with new Core Series LED and CorePlus LED improvements
Christie continues inspiring and bringing the best value to its customers with the introduction of Christie Core Series and the next generation of Christie CorePlus. Core Series is perfect for applications such as shopping mall kiosks, airport and public transit signage, and select corporate installations with budgetary constraints.
Whether it’s an enormous Las Vegas sportsbook, the largest multinational corporations, or a small business, Christie LED is inspiring customers around the world to tell their story with gorgeous visuals.
“We were, and still are, so excited to launch our Christie MicroTiles LED last February, which got a phenomenal response from our customers,” said Ted Romanowitz, senior product manager, Christie. “MicroTiles LED are best-in-class but there are occasions when customers don’t need those advanced capabilities or don’t have the budget, so we wanted to bring certain advanced capabilities to the ‘value’ space and that’s where Core and CorePlus fit. Both CorePlus and Core Series deliver enhanced benefits and design flexibility typically offered only on more expensive products from the competition.”
With pixel pitches from 1.2 to 2.5mm, redundant on-board power and ADA-compliant mount system, Christie Core Series installs directly onto any wall without a costly mounting frame, saving setup time and money for integrators and end users.
“Core Series makes LED video walls affordable for even small budgets without sacrificing quality and the high-value design delivers all the key features in a package that is easy to install and maintain,” said Romanowitz.
“Christie CorePlus has been very well received and we wanted to kick that up a notch and so we updated the product line in two important ways,” said Romanowitz. “First, we’ve improved optical performance to over 97 per cent of the NTSE 1987 colour spectrum for images that pop out at you even more than before. Second, we’ve unlocked some of the advanced image capabilities that we previously offered on the newer version of Apex Series in conjunction with our E600 controller.
“Now, combining CorePlus with the E600, customers have HD10-R signal compatibility to ensure content is always displayed correctly and in the finest detail. CorePlus also has Christie’s Clearview image processor for improved colour performance and the sharpest, smoothest images – especially at low brightness levels. We’ve taken a well-received product and made it even better.”
Available in 1.2 to 4.0mm pixel pitches, Christie CorePlus delivers a tremendous amount of flexibility while the choice of on-board or remote power increases installation options, all at a competitive price point. Front and rear serviceable, Christie CorePlus is quick and easy to both install and maintain.
Both the new Core Series and the updated CorePlus ship in the summer of 2019.
11th June 2019
Allen & Heath Debuts Custom Control Install App for dLive
Allen & Heath has released Custom Control, a customisable, cross-platform control app created to provide elegant, bespoke control over its dLive installed audio systems.
Integrators can now freely design multiple user interfaces for systems built on the dLive engine, tailored to different user levels and/or device types. For example, a bartender can be presented with a simple phone interface, while the AV operator can access uncluttered levels and routing on their tablet, but more comprehensive control when using their laptop.
The design of the app interface is via Custom Control editor software for Windows and Mac OS. Access to all levels, mutes and sends is provided, together with preset recall, source selection and metering. Tabs can be configured for easy access to multiple control pages or zones. Once complete, the configuration is uploaded to the core of the system, the MixRack, ready for deployment.
Any device running the Custom Control app can log into the system with a given user profile, at which point the correct user interface is instantly downloaded and displayed. This allows for both kiosk applications and BYOD use, since the configuration is deployed on demand. Users can be password protected for added security.
Installation product manager, Martijn Verkerk welcomed the new software and app, commenting: “The name says it all – Custom Control empowers users by giving them the exact controls they need. Using Custom Control editor, the integrator can even tailor the design of the interface to seamlessly blend into the look and feel of the venue.”
The Custom Control app is available for free on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac operating systems.
11th June 2019
Yamaha Announces New Sound Bar for Enterprise Collaboration Spaces
Expanding Yamaha’s conference capabilities into the under-represented medium-sized conference space market, the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar integrates the audio from video collaboration to create an immersive feeling for conference rooms. Its two built-in subwoofers and bass-reflex port deliver clear, dynamic, full-range sound in conjunction with two dome tweeters and two woofers. The compact and elegant design makes it the ideal solution for a range of enterprise spaces, such as conference rooms and lobby areas.
The ESB-1080 simplifies setup by incorporating a ‘conference mode’ preset, designed especially for installation in meeting room spaces. This mode is optimised for conversation and to bring a lively atmosphere into the room. The ESB-1080 also includes all latest connectivity options, including HDMI, Bluetooth, optical and analogue audio to integrate easily with any monitor, mobile or PC device. The simple, ultra-slim design is easy-to-install and can be wall-mounted, via its built-in keyholes, or placed on a cabinet or shelf.
“With the boom of huddle room spaces, medium-sized rooms have been lacking the essential components to deliver professional audio conferences,” says Philip Marechal, vice president of product management and business development. “With the introduction of the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar, Yamaha is bringing the simplicity of huddle room solutions into these environments.”
The Yamaha ESB-1080 will be exhibited at the Yamaha Unified Communications Booth #4961 at InfoComm 2019, which takes place from June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, US.
7th June 2019
Vari-Lite’s new VL6500 WASH delivers high output and vintage styling
Vari-Lite, the originators of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced the Vari-Lite VL6500 WASH. This new high-output wash lighting fixture combines the VL6000 BEAM’s arena-scale performance with a head-turning visual attraction reminiscent of the legendary VL5, offering show designers an unmatched mix of modern power and vintage styling.
Sharing the big-picture format of the VL6000 BEAM, the VL6500 WASH is a fully featured wash fixture with the same form factor and colour-matched presets as its award-winning sibling. “The VL6500 WASH is a direct response to requests we have received from lighting designers,” explains Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “We partnered with designers every step of the way when creating this fixture, improving the colour system while matching the presets for a consistent experience. The result is a perfect partner wash for VL6000 BEAM’s large-format presence on the world’s most ambitious rock stages.”
While it shares the distinctive large front lens of the VL6000 BEAM, the VL6500 WASH also adds Vari-Lite’s iconic Dichro*fusion blades. These unique blades offer diffusion with variable beam width and hark back to the vintage styling of the Emmy Award-winning VL5. “More and more, lighting fixtures serve as set pieces in their own right, and designers are looking for fixtures that not only create great light, but also look great on camera,” explains Palmer. “The Dichro*fusion blades on the VL6500 do both.”
One of the enhancements the VL6500 brings is Vari-Lite’s renowned full CYM+CTO colour system that provides numerous vivid and creative colour options. For even further creative colour possibilities, the VL6500’s extended colour range mode offers the ability to move the colour mixing wheels beyond full saturation back to open. This allows designers to use creative split colour effects that can be seen both in air and on the Dichro*fusion blades. To simplify programming when moving between colour presets, the VL6500 offers the same Cloak Transition Generator (CTG) first seen on the VL6000. This allows the fixture to automatically dip to dark when moving between colour presets without additional programming.
“The VL6500 WASH is an exciting addition to Vari-Lite’s range of unique new fixtures,” says Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “While it includes a variety of modern technology features, it also offers a look that makes it a stunning addition to the brand’s unrivalled moving light heritage.”
7th June 2019
Yamaha Announces Fourth Generation Active Field Control System
Yamaha has announced an upcoming upgrade to its innovative Active Field Control (AFC) acoustic enhancement system. The new AFC4 (fourth generation) system features significant upgrades in DSP processing and hardware. When combined with optimally placed microphones and loudspeakers, AFC4 operators can greatly enhance or create any acoustic environment, even in an outdoor or roofless venue.
“As a manufacturer of musical instruments, innovative professional audio products and with our experience in designing numerous performance spaces, Yamaha has unique insights into the nature and behaviour of sound creation and acoustics,” says Joe Rimstidt, systems design engineer at Yamaha’s Professional audio division.
“By combining our collective knowledge in these areas to develop the new AFC4 system, it is possible to create incredibly natural and immersive acoustic experiences for both audiences and performers. We look forward to the exciting possibilities that the future holds for the AFC4 acoustic enhancement system.”
First released in 1985, Active Field Control was developed in response to the growing number of facilities adopting a multi-purpose use strategy and designed to help venue operators broaden the types of acoustic performance configurations that they could offer. Providing a cost-effective and flexible alternative to more expensive and time-consuming physical renovations, AFC allowed venue operators to quickly configure different acoustic characteristics for a space, without compromising its original sonic performance.
Yamaha is exhibiting at Booth 6461 (Professional Audio), Booth 4961 (Unified Communications) and in demo room W224D at InfoComm 2019, which takes place from 12-14 June at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, USA. Show visitors can experience AFC4 for themselves in room W224D.
6th June 2019
Movecat presents the PROStage+ D8-PLUS hoist in the 1000 class with integrated operating hours counter
Since this year's Prolight + Sound, the Movecat portfolio has included a PROStage+ chain hoist also in the 1,000 class. With it, the D8 Plus IGVW SQP2-10:2018 electric chain hoist segment of the market has gained a model with an outstanding unladen weight to load capacity ratio of 60.8kg : 1.000 kg which, furthermore, with a noise level in operation of only <60 dB/A /1 m, is also extremely quiet.
A new feature is the D-Type special chain, which boasts an eight per cent greater load-bearing capacity than standard chains, and despite its exceptionally compact dimensions achieves a static chain safety factor of 8:1.
A further industry innovation is the PROStage+'s integrated, digital operating hours counter, which is capable of keeping track of operating hours automatically during operation. The user can read without difficulty from the battery-powered LC display – even in idle mode – not only the number of elapsed operating hours but also the remaining service life for different load collectives.
The new PROStage+ 1000 D8 Plus has an unladen weight of 60.8kg and is capable of moving 1 metric ton load at a speed of 4m/min. The PROStage+ 1000 offers hoisting heights of 18 or 24 metres. Optionally, the hoisting height can be extended to up to 60 metres.
The hoist can be used in climbing or standard installation positions without conversion. It is equipped with maintenance-free brakes, an integrated operating hours counter, a high-tensile Movecat D-Type Special Chain and a flame-resistant textile chain bag. 400 V AC direct control (DV control) is currently supported with a low-voltage control version (LV Control) in preparation.
Thanks to its modular design, it can be optionally equipped with LME load-measuring eye bolts for integrated overload monitoring, gear limit switches, incremental or absolute encoders, and temperature monitoring.
4th June 2019
Securing Our Future: On the Anti-Counterfeit Fight Back with Avolites
In Park Royal, West London, a digital fight back is brewing. Innovation is being threatened by replication. Progress is under attack. Counterfeiting is becoming more commonplace and Avolites is saying ‘the first rule of the fight back is let’s talk about the fight back’.
Avolites is on a mission to share its story and galvanise both the AvoLife community and the industry as a whole to join its war against the pirates. They have also started to spearhead an alliance between major lighting console and media server manufacturers to embolden its campaign.
“We have a unique opportunity to join forces with our genuine rivals to form a united front against forgers who are reverse engineering our products and stealing our IP,” says Avolites’ sales director, Koy Neminathan. “We relish competition from other innovative, authentic manufacturers, as this drives forward new features and products – it’s great that we can team up in this way to stamp out those who are threatening not only our individual businesses but our entire industry.
“However, we do not welcome competition from fake companies who produce substandard copies of our kit. When these fraudulent products make their way into the supply chain it’s not just the originating manufacturer that suffers, but also the distributor, the rental operation, the end user and potentially even the artist, the performance and the audience.”
Counterfeiting is an increasing problem. It’s estimated that as of 2019, there are more fake Avolites consoles running cracked Avolites software on the global market than genuine ones. People who purchase these low-grade machines have no after sales support and if the purchaser knowingly uses it as a counterfeit product, there is even the possibility that it could compromise the user's public liability insurance.
Avolites has invested time and money into developing a hardware USB licence protection option, known as the AvoKey. It’s a simply plug-and-play device for both lighting consoles and media servers designed to protect and secure, and will be available from the release of v12 Titan and Ai software. It is pre-installed in all new Avolites lighting consoles and Ai media servers, but all current models will require it to be retro-fitted.
Users will not be obliged to upgrade their machines. The company will update the current software with point releases so users who decide not to upgrade will still have a great experience. However, the Titan and Ai v12 operating systems will only work on genuine Avolites consoles and servers with an AvoKey installed. Both Titan v12 and Ai v12 will ship with a raft of powerful new features, including the highly anticipated Synergy feature set, that allows seamless integration between lighting and video control.
“The AvoKey is the result of six months of R&D by the Avolites team, it’s a tried and tested, encrypted system that offers maximum protection against hackers,” explains Stephen Baird Smith, Avolites’ sales manager. “It’s vital as part of the toolkit to future-proof innovation.
The cost of the AvoKey is £50 in the UK and the equivalent in other territories and is available from local distributors, with simple instructions at avolites.com/avokey. “We don’t want to charge for the AvoKey, but it is necessary to cover the significant cost of the hardware,” Baird Smith continues. “The good news is that it’s designed to cause minimum disruption so end users can continue creating and controlling amazing shows.”
Avolites’ business development director, Steve Warren, adds: “The AvoKey represents a turning point for Avolites. Counterfeiting is a huge weight on our shoulders, preventing us from investing as much as we could in developing the innovative new kit and features that our customers expect from Avolites. We’re calling on our community to join our fight against theft.”
“We realise that we can never totally stop the counterfeiters, but we are determined to do everything in our power to protect our products, our end users and our industry,” Neminathan concludes. “This really is crunch time, and we hope you’ll join us in our fight for what’s right.”
In picture: Avolites says the AvoKey is a turning point in the fight against counterfeiters.
4th June 2019
NEXT-proaudio introduces PXA8001
NEXT-proaudio has developed a perfectly integrated rack solution PXA8001 (powered by Powersoft), designed for optimum performance flexibility and setup simplicity.
The new rack is the heart of the system and was configured to interface seamlessly allowing multiple configurations for the entire NEXT-proaudio’s PX System, capable of driving a very wide range of rig configurations with absolute reliability and ample headroom.
Composed by a very powerful 8000W Powersoft amplifier module, featuring four output channels (4x2000W at 4ohms), that was specifically designed for multi-way loudspeakers and asymmetric loads, the heart of this power rack is capable of amazing sonic performances. The PXA8001 features a new power supply design equipped with PFC and featuring Smart Rails Management, to grant incredible efficiency in all the driven ways. The high immunity to EMI interference is also a characteristic of this new rack.
This PX System Rack features a fixed switching frequency design of the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) block allowing for maximum performance, high predictability and immunity from intermodulation artifacts; all this with an additional and extensive set of protection mechanisms (power limiters, thermal shutdown, short circuit and overload, clip limiter).
The DSP audio processor unit protects controls and optimizes the entire system including
all the necessary signal processing, crossover filters, PEQ filters, all-pass filters, delays and limiters.
The built-in port allows to access DSP processing capabilities directly from the PC running Powersoft Armonía software. For a versatile use, four different presets that can be selected by the user, PXH64 Flat, PXH64 Music, PXH95 Flat and PXH95 Music.
The PX Complete System is a complete plug’n’play, processor-controlled, horn-loaded stacking P.A. optimised for flexible, high power and modular array configurations. Presenting itself as a perfect alternative, can offer an easy setup, less cabling and very simple operation.
The PX system can offer high SPL, reliability, an aesthetic design and high sound fidelity throughout the venue. This system was designed for portable applications as well as small concerts. Side-fill or DJ monitoring are also one of the many applications covered by the PX System.
One Complete system can power another PX Slave System, composed by the same cabinets and using a PXA8000 Drawer Slave Rack instead of PXA8001 Power Rack, having the same look as PX System.
3rd June 2019
Dap Audio PSS-110 MKIII
The Dap Audio PSS-110 MKIII is the successor of the PSS-series with a complete new design in a lightweight ABS housing. The PSS-110 MKIII is a complete portable PA system powered by an internal battery. When it is used on mains power the battery will be charged automatically. The built-in charger has an overload protection circuit and a battery level indicator. The PSS-110MKIII is equipped with a USB player, a four channel audio mixer for microphone and line signals and a wireless microphone. The mixer has master volume, bass and treble control and a talk over function. To connect the PSS-110 MKIII with a second PA system it has a dedicated line output. It is an all-in-one concept that is very easy to use at events and places where there is no access to a main power supply, such as:
Outdoor church services
3rd June 2019
Neutrik introduces opticalCON DRAGONFLY fibre optic connector series
Neutrik has announced the introduction of the DRAGONFLY opticalCON fibre optic camera connector series.
The latest addition to the company’s acclaimed opticalCON family of products, the DRAGONFLY series offers advanced lens technology for the broadcast and AV markets, ensuring robust, reliable connectivity that is easier to maintain than common hybrid camera signal transmission systems of similar performance.
Based on Neutrik’s patented XB2 Technology, a development that revolutionises expanded beam technology, DRAGONFLY offers near to physical contact connectivity levels of efficiency. With a signal surface 322 times larger than physical contact surfaces, its innovative fusion splice, high-performance lens transmits UHD 4K and 8K signals with low loss.
Additionally, the oversize signal surface provides for low sensitivity to dust and dirt. Requiring no specialist tools, cleaning is quick and efficient, using compressed air and water. With its reliable push/pull locking mechanism, IP68 rated dust and waterproof rating in mated condition, and proven anti-kink boot design, DRAGONFLY offers a long life of 10,000 mating cycles. DRAGONFLY connectivity particularly offers robust protection against vibration, with far lower potential for damage. It is also field serviceable – with a fusion splicing kit – making DRAGONFLY an outstanding choice for field broadcast applications.
With its high performance, low loss attributes and consistent quality, including 100% reliability, even when subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, DRAGONFLY is both innovative and future-proof.
DRAGONFLY redefines simplicity and efficiency. Its hybrid connection transmits both power and data over a single connection, with low maintenance intervals. Switching to DRAGONFLY is easy, as it fits into standardised broadcast cutouts.
Fabio Röllin, Neutrik product manager, commented on the company’s new DRAGONFLY series: “Neutrik’s opticalCON DRAGONFLY series is yet another innovation for the broadcast and AV markets’ fibre requirements. This ruggedised and low maintenance SMPTE hybrid camera connector for indoor and outdoor use will future proof customer’s fibre optic needs for 4K and 8K signals.”
31st May 2019
Peavey Commercial Audio develops Digitool driver for Neets IP-based AV control interfaces
Peavey Commercial Audio has partnered with Neets to announce the availability of a driver for PCA’s Digitool family of digital audio processing units for matrixed zone processing. Shown for the first time in the US at InfoComm 2019, the newly ratified driver is currently available for the Digitool MX16 and Digitool Live devices and works with all Neets AV control interfaces with IP connectivity. These include the feature-rich TanGo control system that enables intuitive touch control through Neets hardware, Android/iOS devices or standard browsers allowing for custom-build GUIs.
The Neets/Digitool driver developed by PCA offers an IP-based command set including input and output channel level and mute control, level and mute functionality for all audio matrix points, and the ability to trigger internal preset loads.
PCA operations manager, James Kennedy, sees several benefits of the Neets/Digitool partnership. “Essentially it opens up a whole new range of applications and opportunities for both Digitool users and Neets users,” he states. “It gives Digitool customers access to a range of highly effective, low-cost, control solutions capable of simultaneously controlling multiple hardware devices such as screens, projectors, amplifiers etc. as well as the Digitool for efficient, cost-effective, system-wide control. In essence, the combination of Digitool and Neets AV controllers offers an extremely economic alternative to many of the well-known and often very expensive control solutions on the market.”
The Digitool/Neets driver is available within the Neets Project Designer drag-and-drop configuration software as part of the device driver library, which is also available as a separate download from the Neets website.
31st May 2019
Allen & Heath Rolls Out Crowd-Pleasing Features and Dynamic Add-Ons with SQ V1.4
Allen & Heath has released V1.4 firmware for its award-winning SQ series, delivering a raft of crowd-pleasing features and new dynamic processing options ported from the company’s flagship dLive digital mixing system.
First up and hotly anticipated, V1.4 unveils a dynamic trio of powerful audio tools, comprising multi-band compressors, dynamic EQ and de-esser, all straight from the FX Rack of dLive. These optional add-ons allow SQ users to have up to eight instances that can be inserted on any input channel, group or mix.
Giving engineers more preparation time away from the console, V1.4 also introduces the eagerly awaited offline mode for SQ’s MixPad App, which is now also being released for PC and Mac (previously iOS and Android only). Offline mode enables engineers to create entire show files without the need for an SQ, manage shows and scenes offline, and send and receive entire shows over a wired or wireless network.
Users can further streamline their workflow using SQ’s new input ganging, which features eight separate gangs with drag & drop set-up to link processing, routing and faders across multiple input channels and can also be switched per-scene.
SQ’s overhauled recall filters provide further control over the mix and have been extended to include per-scene filtering, ideal for theatre engineers or those needing to use complex scene-to-scene recalls. For installations and studio engineers, high resolution MIDI control to and from the mixer has been implemented, enabling absolute and relative adjustments of essential parameters remotely, as well as the ability to send automation from a DAW, or send and receive scene changes, all via network or USB.
Additional highlights include a mono option for the matrices, store and recall of individual scenes and libraries to a USB device, socket control directly from the I/O screen, and new softKey / soft rotary options.
“What’s great about this release is that it delivers a whole bunch of user-requested features which really enhance the SQ mixing experience,” comments Keith Johnson, Allen & Heath’s SQ product manager. “In particular, MixPad’s offline mode is something that users have been asking for, so to be able to have this and make it available on PC/Mac too is a real winner.”
Download SQ V1.4 now from www.allen-heath.com/sq-v1-4
New SQ add-ons available from https://shop.allen-heath.com/
30th May 2019
Showtec Phantom 180 Wash
The Showtec Phantom 180 Wash is an RGBW wash moving head with motorised zoom spanning 7°-50°. It is equipped with 12 powerful 15W RGBW LEDs, divided into four separate controllable sections. It is dimmable from 0% to 100% and with strobe function on board from 0 to 20Hz. The pan and tilt movements are precise, very quick and offer various programmable modes. The six-facet circular and five-facet linear and rotating prisms offer various visual possibilities.
29th May 2019
Elation Smarty Hybrid Now Available in IP65 Version
With the success of the efficient Smarty Hybrid luminaire and the increasing popularity of the Proteus range of weatherproof fixtures, Elation Professional now offers the Proteus Smarty Hybrid. Housing the same full feature set and using the same highly-efficient Philips MSD Platinum 200 Flex 280W lamp (6,000 hours) as the Smarty Hybrid, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid’s IP65 dust and water protection means this compact and versatile effect can be used exposed on outdoor stages with no worries.
Designed for the wide variety of professional stage applications, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid has flexible use as a beam, spot or wash luminaire with an output of 11,000 lumens. Fully sealed against dust, humidity and water ingress, the compact IP65 fixture is ideal for any outdoor environment while its impermeable properties and low maintenance design make it just as suitable for indoor use where dirt and filth can also be a problem.
Fitted out with a motorised zoom with auto-focus, beam angle range differs in beam and spot mode with gobo projection focus realized from 1.0° - 18° under beam mode and 3.0° to 27° in spot mode. No hotspot is visible in spot mode. The Smarty Hybrid also includes a frost filter for a PC lens-type concentrated wash, zoomable from 5° to 33°, making it a truly versatile hybrid fixture.
The ‘smartly’ designed discharge lamp/ballast package produces an impressively high output for such a compact fixture while performance remains resourcefully economical with a lamp life of 6,000 hours. The Platinum FLEX 200 lamp is dimmable via the internal ballast, which not only dims the lamp electronically but offers a hibernation mode that reduces power to the lamp when not in use, resulting in lower power consumption. The lower internal heat produced extends the life of not only the lamp but all internal components of the fixture.
The IP65 fixture offers a full CMY colour mixing system plus linear CTO colour correction with an extra 13 dichroic colours, including UV and CTB colour correction for even greater colour choice and colour correction options. A variety of useful graphics are housed in two gobo wheels, one with eight rotating, interchangeable glass gobos and the other with 12 static-stamped metal gobos.
A host of effects and beam manipulation can be achieved via eight- and 16-facet independent rotating prisms anda motorized focus can be engaged for further effect.The fixture also houses a high-speed shutter for fast strobe effects (1-18fps) with smooth, full-range dimming possible all the way down to zero. Multiple CMY colour, gobo, and prism macros are included for programming ease.