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New Dynacord IPX series power amplifiers for fixed install mark the pinnacle of amplifier engineering
Yamaha Delivers Greater Choice With New Third Generation MG Mixers
Yamaha has announced the addition of MG10XUF and MG12XUK mixing consoles to the popular MG Series line-up.
MG Series mixers are compact, easy-to-use solutions for small-to-medium scale event and live performance applications. Since being first introduced in 2003, they have become standard equipment at many venues, with refinements and upgrades continuing to expand their suitability for a wide spectrum of sound reinforcement situations. The sonic quality, design and reliability of the third-generation MG series (released in 2014) has enjoyed particular worldwide acclaim.
The new MG10XUF and MG12XUK models add broader choice to the popular ten and 12 channel categories within the third-generation MG Series line-up. While the adoption of linear faders in the MG10XUF offers fine level control and direct visual feedback, the MG12XUK employs rotary controls which mean the console has more compact overall dimensions. With the release of these new models, users gain greater freedom to choose configurations that best suit their individual needs.
All other features are the same as current third-generation MG Series XU models. These include all models featuring Yamaha's state-of-the-art discrete Class-A ‘D-PRE’ microphone preamplifiers. These studio-grade preamps utilise inverted Darlington circuitry to deliver outstanding sonic quality with ample power at low impedance. The high-resolution sound of D-PRE preamps is a highly regarded feature of Yamaha's professional mixers, satisfying the requirements of the most demanding sound engineers. With big, natural sounding bass, a rich midrange and smooth highs, all with very low distortion, D-PRE preamps offer an impressively wide frequency range which handles signals from any audio source without colouration, faithfully retaining the most detailed nuances of the original sound.
An upgraded one-knob compressor makes it possible to add optimised compression to a wide variety of input sources via a single control. Yamaha’s acclaimed SPX effects are an accepted industry standard, ubiquitous in sound reinforcement and recording applications. 24 updated SPX effects are included in the latest MG models for versatile creative processing.
The new models also feature a USB 2.0 audio interface capable of 24-bit/192kHz quality for playback of digital content from a PC and/or recording of the mixer’s output to DAW software, such as the included Steinberg Cubase AI. USB Audio Class 2.0 is also supported, allowing operation with USB Audio Class 2.0 compliant tablets and other devices, without the need to install driver software. Both the new models are compatible with the Apple Camera Connection Kit or Lighting to USB Camera Adapter for seamless recording and playback of digital audio to and from an iPad or iPhone.
All models are designed with emphasis on durability, incorporating practical features that ensure reliable operation in a wide range of challenging conditions. A powder-coated steel chassis provides improved structural strength, while the placement of the rotary controls above the surface of the chassis protects internal components by absorbing impact or pressure applied to the control knobs.
“The third generation of our MG mixer line-up was released in 2014 with an extensive choice of models,” says Yoshi Tsugawa, general manager, PA division. “The MG line-up rapidly earned an enviable reputation with users in a wide range of applications throughout the world. These new models expand the line-up even further, providing additional choices that will ideally match the individual needs of more users.”
14th February 2018
New HMI lamps from Osram provide even better illumination for film and TV
To meet growing demands from the film and theatre industries Osram has expanded its portfolio of metal halide lamps. The innovative Studio line is perfectly tailored to the requirements of modern entertainment productions and makes additional halogen spotlights superfluous thanks to warm tungsten colour temperatures. With its orange base, which signifies UV-Stop technology, it is also easily recognisable. The familiar HMI UVS lamps and other single-ended HMI products have been combined under the new name of HMI Digital. In combination with appropriate control gear, HMI Digital offers flicker-free light with up to 100 lumen/Watt and a colour temperature of 6,000 K. The two HMI Studio and Digital product lines will be available in retail outlets from February 2018.
Osram HMI lamps have been a permanent feature of film sets throughout the world for almost 50 years. To continue this successful tradition, Osram is expanding its HMI lamp portfolio in 2018. The Osram HMI Studio lamps are newcomers of the range. In daylight luminaires they offer a warm tungsten colour temperature which means there is no need for any additional halogen luminaires, halogen lamps or CTO filters. The fact that there is no need for additional spotlights simplifies lighting work on the film set, in the studio or on the stage. For lighting engineers it means easier and quicker setup and lower costs. The HMI Studio series lamps are twice as bright as halogen lamps of the same wattage. They produce a natural looking light, and the set will appear in natural colours thanks to the high colour rendering index (CRI) of over 90. The patented UV-Stop (UVS) outer bulb made of quartz glass reduces UV-B and UV-C radiation by up to 99.9 percent without reducing the output.
HMI Digital is the collective name for updated and new high-performance lamps which, in combination with suitable control gear, ensure that every scene can be filmed in high-quality flicker-free light. They are single-ended metal halide lamps with a colour temperature that is very similar to that of natural daylight (6,000 K). They are particularly bright (up to 100 lumen per watt) and have a high colour rendering index (CRI) of at least 90. They are suitable for digital and analogue film productions, dimmable, available from 200W to 18,000W, have improved stability and improved design, have a long life and will be successively equipped with UV-Stop (UVS).
With their warm tungsten colour temperature, the new HMI Studio lamps cast a perfect warm light over film sets without the need for additional halogen luminaires, halogen lamps or CTO filters.
14th February 2018
X-men with lemon and black light!
Seven colours in one LED, including lemon and UV. With this special mixture, Eurolite presents its new X-men TMH-X7 and TMH-X19. Theyare the first moving heads equipped with this colour mixture, guaranteeing stunning lighting effects. A zoom, high-quality components and more extra features are also included.
The exact colour mixture of the LEDs is red, green, blue, amber, white, lemon and UV. This combination allows for particularly homogeneous, deep and, thanks to the lemon colour, fresh colours. The UV gives the colour spectrum its final touch, making fluorescent materials glow and producing unique, almost sparkling light effects by skilful blending.
Each seven-in-one LED has a power consumption of 25 Watts. They are extremely bright and perform flawlessly even on bigger stages, supported by the motorised zoom that adjusts the beam angle from 3° to 34° (X7) or from 4° to 31° (X19). The X-men cover everything from a sharp beam to a beautiful wash effect.
Within this product class, flicker-free projection is a basic requirement and makes the product suitable for TV and film production. Even the illumination of a gala is no problem as the fans work quietly and discreetly. Power connection is by a P-Con plug and the spots have a power output as well as 3-pin and 5-pin DMX connectors.
12th February 2018
High End Systems Releases Hog 4 OS v.3.8.0
High End Systems has announced the release of Hog 4 v.3.8.0 software for the Hog 4 console range.
The release includes several new features and bug fixes. Hog 4 OS v.3.8.0 adds external monitor / touchscreen capability to all HedgeHog 4 and HedgeHog 4N console models that have a VGA/DVI connection on the rear of the console.
Addtionally, a more theatre-friendly desktop color scheme called 'stealth' has been added to user preferences.
Lastly, touchscreen updates include support added for Dell P2418HT Touch Monitors, and iiyama ProLite T2252MTS touchscreens now function properly in Hog 4 v.3.8.0.
9th February 2018
d&b audiotechnik announces first integration partners for Soundscape
Coinciding with the launch of the d&b Soundscape system, audio technology specialist d&b audiotechnik has announced the first integration of the powerful DS100 signal engine. The integration with QLab by Figure 53 and TTA Stagetracker II by TTA, as well as with Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) systems in either VST or AU formats, demonstrate that the DS100 is open to integration to deliver the vast benefits of the d&b Soundscape.
The processing core of the d&b Soundscape system, the DS100 signal engine, is a high-performance audio processor with Audinate Dante networking and a powerful 64x64 level and delay matrix with extensive in- and output processing. The DS100 can integrate with industry standard consoles and show control systems, as well as replay and tracking systems, via the AES70 (OCA) and open sound control (OSC) protocols.
Georg Stummer, DS100 product manager at d&b audiotechnik, says: “With acoustic emulation and object-based mixing now made a reality by the d&b Soundscape, of course we want to make its possibilities as widely available as we can, including through partnerships with other technology companies.”
QLab, by Figure 53, is a show control and playback software used in professional show environments worldwide, from small venues to major broadcast events. The forthcoming release of QLab, v4.2, will incorporate DS100 functionality into network cues and offer access to a number of DS100 functions, such as sound object positions, gain, delay and EQ, with further functions available in future updates.
In addition to QLab, the d&b DS100 also integrates with TTA Stagetracker II by TTA, the ultra-fast performer tracking system, via the OSC protocol, using manually entered commands from a reference list (source position information). The d&b Soundscape demonstrations at Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam (6-9 February 2018) were run using TTA Stagetracker.
Furthermore, the d&b Soundscape can be integrated with DAW systems via the control plug-in provided by d&b, in both VST and AU formats, allowing parameters to be automated on external control platforms. The plug-in can be operated in transmit or receive mode, so that sound object movements can also be recorded live from the DS100 signal engine into the DAW. The plug-in can be downloaded from the d&b website.
David Claringbold, d&b chief marketing officer, says: “These partnerships prove that the d&b Soundscape can interoperate with technology already established in sound designers’ workflows, and simplifies its integration into a huge range of projects. At a time when entertainment and events everywhere are looking to deliver more depth to their customer experiences, this opens up fascinating creative opportunities for designers. We are looking forward to announcing more integration partners in the near future.”
9th February 2018
Introducing the d&b Soundscape: the evolution of the listening experience
Based on an exceptional audio system processor and two software modules, the d&b Soundscape opens up a whole world of creativity. The product marks the beginning of a new era of sound experience for the sound designer, for the engineer, for the artist and for the audience.
Combining d&b loudspeaker systems with state-of-the-art processing power, object-based mixing and sophisticated room emulation, d&b Soundscape is a toolkit to enable the creation of an unparalleled listening experience, natural, harmonious, enveloping and emotionally engaging.
Almost five years in development and with extensive field testing by some of the world’s leading artists and venues, d&b Soundscape changes the approach to live sound mixing and system design. What has long been an exercise in managing limitations now becomes a process that is freely creative, far from the restrictions of mix busses and stereo imaging, this new technology allows the creation of sound system designs with which acoustic environments can be created and sound sources placed and moved.
“Soundscape fulfils a devotion we’ve had for decades,” says Ralf Zuleeg, head of sales services and application engineering at d&b audiotechnik, and the driving force behind the development of d&b Soundscape. “The question has always been ‘how do we give the same natural, authentic listening experience to every member of the audience?’ Soundscape allows us to do that. It’s the truest case of the d&b goal of ‘Democracy for Listeners’.”
‘Soundscape’ is a well-chosen name: just as the landscape is our three-dimensional visual environment, the soundscape is the totality of the sound around us at a specific time and place. Realising that concept, the d&b Soundscape represents an important experiential evolution, moving forward from the limitations of conventional sound design.
Whereas a stereo image only fully works for the fraction of the audience positioned on the centre axis between left and right sources, the d&b Soundscape delivers true audio reality, an audio mix of sparkling clarity and unprecedented separation, without loss, to every audience member. Vocals, keys, drums, guitar – all are heard in their true location on the stage. Gone is the exhausting disconnect between what the eyes and the ears tell the brain. With d&b Soundscape, the senses are aligned: the brain can literally relax and enjoy the show.
The core of the d&b Soundscape is the DS100 signal engine, a high-performance audio processor with Audinate Dante networking and a powerful 64x64 level and delay matrix with extensive in- and output processing.
The full potential of d&b Soundscape is accessed via two optional software modules which together form a powerful toolkit for sound designers – d&b En-Scene and d&b En-Space. Both are accessed via the familiar R1 Remote control software.
d&b En-Scene is a sound object positioning tool allowing the individual placement and movement of up to 64 sound objects. It accurately depicts stage scenarios so that each sound object corresponds both visually and acoustically. The entire audience now hears what it sees and vice versa.
d&b En-Space is an easy-to-use room emulation tool which can add and modify reverberation signatures for any given space, giving an enriched, natural-sounding reproduction. These reverberation signatures are emulations derived from acoustic measurements of six internationally renowned performance venues and convolved within the audio processor. This results in a natural modification to the acoustic characteristics of a space, whether indoors or outdoors.
Crucially, d&b Soundscape is eminently usable. It works effectively in either 180 stage proscenium set-ups or 360 configurations and has been designed to integrate with the existing d&b Workflow: systems can easily be set up and configured with d&b ArrayCalc.
The DS100 is not a closed system, it is open for integration via the AES70 (OCA) protocol with industry standard consoles and show controllers, as well as replay and tracking systems. This ease of use and open access was an essential part of the d&b thinking from the start. The result is an open door into a new world.
David Claringbold, chief marketing officer at d&b audiotechnik, says: “We are excited to introduce d&b Soundscape to the world. Sound is a powerful communicator with a deep emotional connection to our subconscious. In developing the d&b Soundscape we have envisaged a future that enhances the quality of experience for artists, audiences and engineers, extending the creative capabilities of events and venues. With Soundscape, d&b is a key contributor to an audio technology conversation that opens up a new frontier of possibility.
Soundscape demo/pre-production facilities are now available at the d&b offices in Backnang Germany, Nailsworth Great Britain, Paris France, Asheville North Carolina (US), Singapore, Yokohama Japan and with d&b partners in Vantaa Finland.
8th February 2018
Panasonic unveils beyond 4K 21,000 lumens laser projector
Panasonic Business has announced a beyond 4K laser-phosphor addition to its projector lineup aimed at live event staging, exhibitions, rental, and permanent installations.
The PT-RQ22K 3-Chip DLP SOLID SHINE laser projector comes in the same compact dimensions and the same 21,000 centre lumens brightness as the PT-RZ21K series, a WUXGA/SXGA+ projector, but is equipped with 4K+ (5120 x 3200) resolution.
“The PT-RQ22K completes the Panasonic 4K projection line-up, complementing the PT-RQ32K and PT-RQ13K, and meets the demand for a light weight, high-brightness 4K+ projector with film-like image quality, suitable for single or stacked projections,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic.
Panasonic has developed state-of-the-art imaging engines, including a Quad Pixel Drive and 240Hz real motion processor. Heat-resistant phosphor wheels and solid-state laser modules serve vivid 4K+ images with industry leading brightness, contrast, and accuracy. The PT-RQ22K also offers BT.2020 emulation and supports premium HDR video content playback.
“We have combined class-leading picture quality and a low total cost of ownership (TCO) by shielding the optical engine with heat-pipe based cooling, eliminating the need for an air filter. The whole projector can operate with no maintenance for very long periods of time, even in dusty environments,” adds Hartmut Kulessa.
Designed for roles where absolute reliability is critical, the PT-RQ22K has a dual light engine, and can switch to a backup video signal instantaneously if a primary source goes down.
The PT-RQ22K has a single-cable 4K DIGITAL LINK connection and is compatible with the newly launched Panasonic 12G-SDI interface board (ET-MDN12G10), as well as the full range of 3-Chip DLP Panasonic lenses.
7th February 2018
Martin Audio’s O-Line Taken to a New Dimension of Control
Martin Audio’s award winning micro line array, O-Line, has been given extra powers of coverage, consistency and control thanks to the addition of scaleable resolution driven by Martin Audio’s new iKON amplifiers and updated DISPLAY array optimisation software.
O-Line has long been famed as a versatile micro line array designed for a wide variety of architectural applications, from houses of worship to transport terminals. In many applications an O-Line array can be driven using only one amplifier channel, with simple EQ and limiting the only processing required.
However, it can now also be taken into a new dimension of coverage, consistency and control when combined with an iKON iK81 eight-channel amplifier with on-board DSP to independently control and power each individual enclosure. This unlocks the full potential of O-Line, further refining coverage consistency and increasing the ability to ‘dial-out’ the influence of the room by accessing Martin Audio’s DISPLAY software functionality. The ‘hard avoid’ capability and electronically adjustable coverage make it ideal for the most difficult acoustic spaces.
This can also enable additional benefits to any installation. More often than not, many installations can suffer from height restrictions and the combination of both mechanical and DSP optimisation can compensate this challenge. There is also the scenario that following an installation something changes in the venue and rather than have to de-rig and re-rig, electronic optimisation alone can provide a level of coverage change.
Similarly, it may be that the venue is multi-purpose with changing sizes of audience and so by using DISPLAY with VU-NET control it’s possible to have different presets to cater for these coverage changes without the need to re-rig.
Unlike many DSP ‘steered’ columns, an O-Line array does not produce unwanted vertical sidelobes in the audio band. This is critical in reverberant environments as sidelobes firing above and below the array simply adds to the reverberant energy, impacting on intelligibility. O-Line’s ability to reproduce very high frequencies without sidelobes makes it the ideal solution for both full-range speech and music reproduction in reverberant spaces.
An O-Line array is finished in a neutral light grey that blends into the background of most architectural spaces. with modular design in multiples of four cabinets. Sonically, it is very clean and musical, and capable of surprisingly high output levels for its very small size, with 16 cabinets capable of an astonishing 134db [peak] and a throw distance of up to 40 metres.
Dom Harter, managing director, commented: “O-Line has been a tremendous servant to the company, not only for its prowess with challenging acoustic spaces, but also because it laid down the ground work for the development of MLA technology. It’s fitting that events have come full circle, and that recent developments of Wavefront Precision and iKON amplifiers, that borrow so much from MLA, have now enabled extra powers of coverage, consistency and control for O-Line making it the definitive column micro array solution.”
A fully-optimised O-Line will be debuting at ISE, 2018, Hall 7 Stand K190 and in Demo Room E104 near Hall 10.
7th February 2018
The Axcor 300 range brings Claypaky high quality to the mid-market
Launched at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas in November 2017, the brand new Axcor 300 LED fixtures from Claypaky bring the Italian manufacturer’s renowned, no-compromise engineering and performance quality to a wider spectrum of shows and budgets than ever before.
Together, the three cost-effective, yet powerful and compact moving head LED fixtures in the range – the Axcor Spot 300, the Axcor Beam 300 and the Axcor Wash 300 – offer a complete, fully-featured toolkit to lighting designers working in the broad mid-market of stage and studio productions. At the same time, they present an attractive commercial opportunity for rental operators worldwide, as a finely engineered, versatile equipment choice which meets the requirements of the widest range of productions and applications.
With quality and consistency at the forefront of their design, the Axcor 300 fixtures utilise a white LED light engine, with the equivalent rated power of a 300 Watt discharge lamp fixture. As a result, each fixture complements the others in terms of light quality and advanced colour characteristics, while at the same time being meticulously engineered for its specific role.
In true Claypaky style, there is no compromise on the professional features offered by the fixtures, while Claypaky’s colour technology accurately reproduces a broad spectrum of hues, giving designers all the advantages of choice and control, with the consistency and reliability required of professional lighting tools.
The Axcor 300 range’s suitability to such a wide variety of applications is further aided by the fixtures’ compact and lightweight designs, which make them an ideal choice for use in theatres, television studios or smaller venues where space is limited, or where weight restrictions may exist. In addition, their low heat emission means they can be used in tighter spaces, and in closer proximity to set pieces and other fixtures.
Pio Nahum, CEO of Claypaky, says: “We are delighted to offer these excellent tools to such a wide range of designers and applications, and to bring the quality, features and performance for which Claypaky is respected worldwide, to a far greater number of users. The Axcor 300 family delivers so much more than you might expect considering its size and price. Looks really can be deceiving!”
7th February 2018
New Dynacord IPX series power amplifiers for fixed install mark the pinnacle of amplifier engineering
Creating industry leading solutions for installation projects of all sizes, Dynacord is following the successful premiere of C series amplifiers with the new, unprecedented standard for sound system amplification in mid- to large-sized permanent installations, IPX series multi-channel power amplifiers incorporating OMNEO IP networking architecture and groundbreaking audio performance. IPX series embodies several proprietary amplifier technologies developed by Dynacord engineering, one of the most experienced research teams in the audio industry.
Engineered and manufactured in Germany, the IPX series from Dynacord comprises three four-channel models and one eight-channel model, offering a power density of 5kW, 10kW and even 20kW from a single amplifier with all channels driven. With outstanding audio performance, integration flexibility and reliability, IPX series amplifiers can cover a wide range of demanding fixed install venues, from concert halls, art centres, theatres, and houses of worship to distributed sound systems in stadiums and entertainment centres. Combined with high energy savings via the new Dynacord Eco Rail mode, they represent an outstanding value for every mid- to large-sized audio installation.
IPX series offers high flexibility for a variety of installation scenarios. This is ensured by several power drive options utilising Dynacord’s patented VLD (Variable Load Drive) technology as well as the newly developed parallel and bridged parallel operation modes. VLD technology (IPX5:4 and IPX10:8) allows the available output power of 1,250 watts per channel to be used at either 4 or 8 Ohms, or via 70V or 100V lines in direct drive mode.
As installers increasingly utilize existing networks in building infrastructure, relying on IP technology often results in faster system integration and lower implementation costs — including reduced cabling — for substantial cost savings. The integrated OMNEO interface with a primary and secondary port allows the flawless use of eight channels from a Dante audio network, while remote and supervision parameters run on OCA protocol (AES70), open for third-party integration. Redundancy options include glitch-free and RSTP (Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol) to suit individual requirements and existing infrastructure.
The new Eco Rail technology developed by Dynacord helps to reduce overall power consumption up to 50 per cent, both protecting the environment and significantly lowering the total cost of ownership, while maintaining high-quality audio and operational safety at all times. The fully DSP-controlled (Digital Signal Processing), amplifier and power supply constantly monitors up to 280 parameters simultaneously to assure that even under challenging operating conditions such as mains power fluctuations, the IPX series from Dynacord continues to perform at highest possible level, rather than switching into a protect mode and stop operation.
The IPX series offers advanced 96kHz high-resolution digital signal processing for the highest performance, internal analogue-to-digital conversion with ultra-low latency, and a superior signal-to-noise ratio. The three DSP blocks are split into user, array and speaker processing controls, each featuring a wide range of equalisation, delay, level options and even asymmetric filters to adapt to almost any application. Complete remote control and supervision is available via the powerful IRIS-Net software and allows the IPX series to be seamlessly integrated into both existing and new installations.
6th February 2018
ADB supports the use of the Halogen Lamp in Stage Lighting Industry
Concerning the tungsten ban that is being talked about a lot these days, ADB Stagelight has decided to include halogen lamps in its lighting units, at no extra charge, as from February 2018.
In this way ADB would like to give a concrete signal of the attention the company pays to the needs of the professional market, which is going through a period of uncertainty about the future of this technology.
ADB has a clear picture of the future of professional theatrical lighting and will continue to supply lights with halogen lamps and their accessories for as long as possible, without giving up on the development of new units based on LED technology or other light sources.
6th February 2018
Atlona Introduces 4K HDR HDBaseT Extender Kit for HDMI, Power and Control
Atlona has further expanded its extensive line of 4K/UHD AV problem-solver devices for high dynamic range (HDR) formats with the introduction of the AT-HDR-EX-70C-KIT transmitter/receiver kit. Extending HDMI, power and control signals over HDBaseT, the new solution is available immediately and will make its exhibition debut during the company’s 15th anniversary celebrations in stand 5-U80 at ISE 2018 this week through Friday (Amsterdam RAI).
Like its sibling AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS, the HDR-EX-70C-KIT supports HDMI data rates up to 18 Gbps and combines latency-free, visually-lossless compression with the reliability and convenience of HDBaseT to deliver pristine image quality over distances exceeding the limits of HDMI cabling. The HDR-EX-70C-KIT builds on this robust foundation with bidirectional extension of RS-232 and infrared (IR) control signals, simplifying installation and reducing cumbersome wiring by eliminating the need for multiple cable runs between the AV source, control system and display.
The new extender kit also features Power over Ethernet (PoE), with power for the receiver supplied by the transmitter via the HDBaseT connection. This streamlines integration, while allowing convenient and discreet receiver installation at a display or projector without the need for local AC power. At the transmitter end, the included power supply provides ample power for up to three Atlona HDBaseT extenders, reducing clutter caused by multiple power supplies in equipment racks.
The cost-effective HDR-EX-70C-KIT transports HDMI signals up to 4K/UHD at 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling over easy-to-integrate CAT6a or CAT7 cable, transmitting 1080p video up to 230 feet (70 meters) and HDR-enhanced 4K content up to 130 feet (40 metres). Providing flexible compatibility with new and emerging 4K/UHD video sources and displays, the new extender is HDCP 2.2 compliant and supports all video resolutions, audio formats – including PCM, Dolby and DTS – and color space standards encompassed in the HDMI 2.0b specification. Able to pass metadata for HDR content, the solution supports the 4K HDR10 format at 60Hz (4:2:0 chroma subsampling, 10-bit color) and Dolby Vision at 30Hz.
Integrated HDBaseT link integrity testing provides additional value for systems integrators and end-users, helping them easily verify or troubleshoot connectivity attributes such as RJ-45 termination and twisted-pair cable quality. A test button and LED on the transmitter unit enable quick visual confirmation of the integrity of the HDBaseT link between the transmitter and receiver, while a free software utility provides real-time link status plus detailed diagnostic and signal information.
The HDR-EX-70C-KIT delivers exceptional value for both point-to-point AV extension and as part of larger 4K HDR routing and distribution systems in conjunction with other Atlona HDR-capable solutions such as the recently-released AT-HDR-H2H-44M matrix switcher. The new extender is ideal for residential and commercial AV applications ranging from HDR-equipped home theaters to detail-intensive visualisation and simulation.
“Atlona is continuing to develop innovative AV solutions that address the growing demand for distributing HDR-enhanced content while making systems integrators’ jobs easier,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “The HDR-EX-70C-KIT’s advanced compression technology overcomes the challenges of transporting HDR-enhanced 4Kp60 signals over HDBaseT, while its PoE, control signal extension and integrated link testing capabilities further streamline integration and deployment.”
The HDR-EX-70C-KIT is now shipping, and is backed by Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty and customer support services.
5th February 2018
Renkus-Heinz Announces New ICONYX Steerable Arrays
Renkus-Heinz has significantly expanded its family of acclaimed ICONYX series digitally steerable column arrays, introducing the new IC8-HD, IC Live X, and IC Live XL. The IC Live X and IC Live XL deliver even higher SPL than the current ICLives, while the IC8-HD is Renkus-Heinz' highest-definition array ever.
As with other ICONYX series arrays, the new models deliver digital beam-steering technology that precisely aims the sound at the audience and away from walls and ceilings. This combination of Renkus-Heinz technologies enables systems that cover even the most problematic spaces, while the slim enclosures remain vertical and inconspicuous.
Renkus-Heinz' new IC8-HD combines precise beam steering with the finest audio performance using 32 discrete amplifier/DSP channels to control its 24 high-frequency drivers and eight 4-inch low-mid woofers.
The IC8-HD is compatible with all ICONYX Gen5 modules. Combining the new high-definition arrays with ICONYX Gen5 models enhances the low-frequency response and provides superior sound in a cost-effective system.
The new ICLive X features individually controlled and amplified two eight-inch woofers and six one-inch high-frequency compression drivers. Its compact cabinet can be mounted on a tripod stand, pole-mounted above a subwoofer, or installed in tall, continuous arrays. Presets allow for point-source use, with software-adjustable vertical coverage angles.
Create an even more flexible and wide-ranging system with enhanced low-mid directivity and sound pressure level by adding the new Renkus-Heinz IC Live XL, which employs four eight-inch woofers. The IC Live X and IC Live XL can be combined to maximize scaleability and flexibility. Mount the IC Live X above, below, or between the IC Live XLs to create an optimal system for the space. Combine as many arrays as needed for mobile or fixed installation use.
5th February 2018
Chauvet Professional Introduces Ovation SP-300CW LED Followspot
The new Ovation SP-300CW offers the efficiency of LED technology in a bright professional-level followspot fixture. Powered by a 260 Watt 5500K cool white LED engine, and featuring a 10°-20° zoom, the high-output fixture is designed to provide mid-sized venues with a practical, reliable and cost-effective followspot solution.
“Theatres, churches, and other mid-sized venues will find that the Ovation SP-300CW offers them all the benefits of LED technology in a high-output followspot that produces a crisp cool white beam,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We also added quite a few user-friendly features to this fixture.”
Among the standout features of the Ovation SP-300CW are its fully closable iris, which allows more precise lighting control. The new followspot also has on-board linear dimming, as well as smooth manual sliders for zoom, and a focus that optimizes its spotlight for throw distances of 50’-100’.
A unique six-slot manual boomerang in front of the light source makes it easy to add gels for quick colour changes. Extremely quiet, the Ovation SP-300CW is well suited for recital halls, broadcast studios and similar venues. Additionally, the fixture’s 2300HZ PWM frequency results in flicker-free operation for video applications.
Extremely bright, with an illuminance ranging from 7,330 to 17,296 lux at five metres depending on the zoom angle, the Ovation SP-300CW has the output needed to meet the requirements of virtually any mid-sized venue. “We see this fixture fitting the needs of a wide variety of applications,” said Chauvet. “It will give end-users yet another way to incorporate LED technology into their rigs.”
1st February 2018
Claypaky’s Axcor Profile 900: the apex of LED Spot performance
The Claypaky Axcor Profile 900 is the most advanced LED profile spot on the market. It utilises the very finest components throughout, from its colour system to its pin-sharp optics and the high precision micro-mechanics of its beam-shaping system. Its powerful and highly efficient 880W white LED light engine achieves 46,000 lumen (24,000 lumen output) with a 6,500K colour temperature, while an optional high-CRI (>90) light engine produces 34,000 lumen (17,500 lumen output) and a 5,600K colour temperature.
Thanks to meticulous design and development work, Claypaky has been able to produce a high performance LED fixture with a light emission comparable to a previous generation 1500W fixture (the most powerful available) but with a power consumption of around 1kW.
The beam produced by the Axcor Profile 900 is dense and evenly distributed for the entire length of the beam, at any beam angle in its zoom range of 7-40 degrees, and its CMY colour mixing system uses gradual-insertion dichroic wheels, supported by a linear CTO correction device, to produce perfectly smooth transitions between colours. In addition, a separate colour wheel carries six carefully selected professional colour filters, including a custom-designed CRI enhancement filter.
The Spot-Profile device produces a perfect projection and achieves the highest quality light beam currently obtainable. The patented framing system works on four different focal planes and can generate sharp shapes of different sizes and proportions. The system is not affected by any shaping distortions even at wide beam angles, where significant distortions normally occur.
The Axcor Profile 900 also provides lighting designers with a perfect projection and an extremely versatile effects package. Features include six interchangeable high-definition rotating gobos, an animation wheel, a four-facet rotating prism, two variable frost options and an iris with multiple built-in macros. The 16-bit electronic dimmer enables smooth transitions, while its completely flicker-free performance and low-noise cooling system makes it ideal for television use, as well as for the highest level of live events and concert touring productions.
When exhibited at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas in November, the Axcor Profile 900 was awarded the Gold Star Product Award for ‘Best New Hard Edge LED Spot’ by US-based lighting and production magazine, PLSN. The Gold Star Awards aim to recognise a product’s quality, innovation and ability to expand the technological boundaries of live event production. The PLSN Awards judges said the Axcor Profile 900 offered more options to the user than all the other luminaires submitted by other manufacturers, and was “the best in its class.”
Claypaky CEO Pio Nahum says: “As our very first LED spot fixture the Axcor Profile 900 sets a new course for Claypaky, and we are proud to say it is the finest LED spot fixture on the market. This is an achievement which underlines our absolute commitment to enhancing the art of lighting and we look forward to seeing what our friends in the lighting design world can achieve with it!”
1st February 2018
CORE by DPA Makes Its European Debut at ISE 2018
The Netherlands – At ISE 2018, DPA Microphones will launch d:sign, the latest product group to join its d: branding that already encompasses d:facto, d:vote; d:screet; d:mension and d:dicate.
Microphones and accessories within the new d:sign installation solutions series are specifically targeted at the installation and conference markets and will be on show at Booth 7-P240 where DPA is exhibiting in conjunction with its Netherlands distributor AMPTEC.
The d:sign series combines exclusive, sleek design with high audio quality and is a good choice for installation companies that need to create a functional yet aesthetically-pleasing meeting or conference space. This series of functional yet unobtrusive tabletop, ceiling and floor stand microphones ensure outstanding sound, even in acoustically-challenging spaces. These mics guarantee extraordinarily high speech intelligibility and clarity of voice in any room or situation.
The d:sign installation solution series is a flexible range of mics that perfectly blends elegant design and amazing audio quality. From the boundary layer mount to an assortment of gooseneck mics for tabletop, podium or ceiling placement, there is the perfect solution for any space.
“When it comes to delivering a successful event or conference what you really need is clear, intelligible sound,” says DPA product manager René Moerch. “DPA has a range of products that are ideally suited to conference and installation environments and by bringing them together under one generic branding, we are making it much easier for customers to identify exactly what they need. All of the products in the new d:sign range feature sleek Scandinavian design and deliver neutral and accurate sound to the smallest detail, even in the most difficult surroundings.”
DPA will also use the ISE platform to give European customers their first chance to experience the new CORE by DPA amplifier technology. Launched to huge critical acclaim in 2017, CORE by DPA has already been adopted as standard by key rental companies including Terry Tew Light & Sound Hire, the UK’s largest supplier of RF audio equipment to the broadcast market.
CORE by DPA lives within the company’s line of miniature lavalier and headset microphones where it minimises distortion and increases dynamic range, or workable area. They also provide water and moisture resistance through nano coating and hermetic sealing of the sensitive electronics.
DPA developed this new amplifier to create an even clearer sound from the ‘highest of the highs’ to the ‘lowest of the lows.’ The dynamic range has been expanded in all CORE miniature capsules. For example, the dynamic range of the d:screet 4061 miniature microphone and the d:fine 4066 headset microphone has been increased by 14 dB at 1% THD. CORE technology gives the microphones a more clear and open sound in the whole level range, from a whisper to a scream.
Located in the capsule of its miniature mics, CORE by DPA is currently available in the d:screet 4060, d:screet 4061, d:fine 4066 and d:fine 4088 mics. Microphones purchased with the new technology will come in CORE packaging and will have a blue label near the serial number on the cable to differentiate between these and the original versions. A very discreet laser engraving stating ‘core’ has been incorporated at the microphone capsule as well.
31st January 2018
KLANG:technologies Launches KOS 3 for its 3D In-Ear Mixing System
KLANG:technologies has announced the release of KOS 3, a major upgrade to its operating system. KOS 3 introduces many new features that provide user benefits and an improved workflow when working with the KLANG 3D in-ear mixing system.
A key feature of KOS 3 is the introduction of parametric EQ, providing the equalisation of each input signal when no dedicated monitor console is available. Known for its user-friendly operation, KLANG provides a comprehensive range of easily understood pre-sets as well as graphically clear fine tuning with root intensity. This allows users to gradually blend in the tone signature of the EQ, and even invert it. With just one touch of a finger the pitch of the tonal characteristic can also be adjusted. KOS 3 additionally provides an output mix EQ with pre-sets and output phase invert.
KOS 3 also adds an improved set-up workflow. In the detailed channels setting view, a channel can be assigned to one of up to six groups, shown with their respective colour and icon. Users can also assign a group colour to all group member channels. Scene recalls have been significantly enhanced with powerful recall safe options and a new pre-set screen.
Further support is included for KLANG:vektor and other direction tracking devices such as the iPad tracker, with a Fix-i3D Button. This provides users the possibility to lock the objects on the outer orbit from spinning and place sound sources more easily, regardless of the orientation of the associated tracker.
The new compact device list view feature is especially useful if users are working with more than one KLANG device. Immediately it shows how many users are on one device and enables easy switching between them.
A solo-link in the stage view means that when channels are soloed in the fader view, the stage view will focus those channels like a group. Even in shows with high channel counts, users will find their channel in the orbit immediately. When a channel is soloed, the clear solo button right above the master fader makes the user aware of this and lets them disable all solos for that mix in just a push of a button.
The new snapshot control everywhere feature means there is no need to switch between menus to recall, fire or save a snapshot. More useful statistics and pre-set transfer via FTP are also included in KOS 3.
“KOS 3 is the most significant upgrade to our 3D In-Ear mixing system since its launch,” confirmed KLANG:technologies' founder and marketing director, Dr. Pascal Dietrich. “It integrates extensive feedback from KLANG users and provides them with the solutions and features most wanted. For potential buyers it offers a substantially enhanced monitoring solution.”
KOS 3.0 was introduced on 25th January at the NAMM show and is now available to download from the KLANG:technologies website.
31st January 2018
Panasonic extends LinkRay enabled signage displays
The new SF2H series, includes a slim bezel design that maximises the viewable screen area and 700 cd/m2 brightness, providing greater impact to standard signage technology.
The Full HD LCD display, is available in two sizes (70- and 80-inch), offering high quality imagery, easy set-up and safe operation with 5,000:1 contrast, and consistent 24/7 imaging performance.
The two models in the range are designed for LinkRay content delivery. The Light ID emitted from the displays allow for the fast, simple transmission of data from the display to a mobile device, providing multiple types of information in the user’s native language.
“Besides the new LinkRay feature, a key improvement compared to the predecessor model, is the addition of a built-in USB media player, which allows for easy operation and even scheduling when combined with a content management system,” explains Florence Antony, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “In addition, easy cloning via LAN or USB means it’s possible to copy and paste setting information for ease of installation. Installation is also simplified by the Digital Link single cable for the transmission of video, audio and control signals over distances of up to 150m.”
An additional benefit of the new digital signage series includes reduced maintenance times with the help of an optional early warning function software. This minimises downtime and reduces the number of unnecessary visits to remote signage installations.
31st January 2018
PR Lighting to Release New XLED 6019
PR Lighting has announced the release of the new XLED 6019 wash luminaire, which will make its debut on the world stage in April at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound.
Containing 19 high power Osram 60W RGBW (four-in-one) LEDs, with linear colour temperature change from 2700K-10000K, it is capable of producing mid-air parallel beams to create a uniform wash and variable built-in dynamic effects.
Additional features include electronic strobe 0-25fps, motorised zooming (linearly adjustable), rainbow, wash, beam, profile, effect modes (kaleidoscope and swirl) with multiple macros, head movement of 0-540° pan and 0-180° tilt, with auto position correction, 19-channel operation in standard mode and 92 channels in extended mode. It also includes preset memory, user memories, wireless DMX control.
Finally, other useful functions include pixel control, bi-directional and continual rotation of the front lens panel, colour touch screen and brightness adjustment, pan and tilt speed adjustment (and invertable), firmware upgraded via DMX interface and XLR cable and over-temperature protection.
All effects are contained in a high-temperature, engineering-plastic moulded IP20 chassis and net weight is 29.5kg.
30th January 2018
NEXT-proaudio introduces Matrix Series
NEXT-proaudio has focused on installed and small portable sound solutions with a passive column array series addition to its catalogue.
The Matrix passive column arrays are composed of closely-spaced state-of-the-art, 3” neodymium transducers housed in a stylish and yet sturdy aluminium and wood chassis designed to be the ultimate column speaker system in architectural integration, comprising two models, Matrix M8 (8x3”) and Matrix M3 (3x3”).
These speaker arrays have been developed in order to offer the highest intelligibility at high SPL and wider frequency response while providing constant beam-width over a user selectable vertical coverage. This accurate beam control extends up to 10kHz, well beyond the benchmark of 4kHz of traditional single-driver loudspeakers. To control the lower frequencies better, the Tuned Dipolar Technology was developed by NEXT-proaudio engineers to provide much more consistent low frequency pattern control than other similar size systems.
A user selectable music or vocal mode switch is incorporated to allow quick and easy system optimisation. Music mode provides a flat,balanced frequency response, while vocal mode adds a mid-range presence for enhanced speech intelligibility.
NEXT Matrix column arrays are able to focus the acoustical energy where it is needed, the listening area, leading to significant improvements to speech intelligibility and musical clarity even in critical acoustic environments.
For even greater versatility, the vertical dispersion pattern can be switched for wide or narrow coverage.
Small conventional column loudspeakers arrays provide no significant vertical directivity control at lower frequencies due to their physical size. To control the lower frequencies better, the tuned dipolar technology was developed to provide more consistent low frequency pattern control than other similar size systems. This can be useful in reducing the stimulation of resonant room modes at low frequencies. The heart of the NEXT Matrix column arrays is the internal processing board. This proprietary special circuitry takes care of the array optimisation and allows the user to easily adjust the system behaviour to meet the application requirements. For an architectural integrated installation, a 16mm cavity in the back of the speaker provides ample space for hidden speaker wiring, even when the speaker is mounted flat against a wall. The removable input screw connector offers reliable,easier and more efficient wiring. A variety of accessories is available to provide linking, hanging, and wall or pole mounting. For high-impedance (100V) operation, an optional multi tap transformer is available.
This series suits permanent installations, bars, clubs, restaurants, speech reinforcement, transportation halls and houses of worship as well as critical environment Auditoriums.
The official presentation will be at ISE Amsterdam on the NEXT-proaudio's booth.
30th January 2018
Mackie Launches New Line of Audio Tools
Mackie has announced a new line of affordable, high-quality, audio tools for studio and live sound. With the MDB Series direct boxes, the MTest-1 cable tester and M48 phantom power supply, Mackie now offers essential tools for studio and live sound applications with their proven Built-Like-a-Tank construction and premium analogue circuitry.
"Mackie has always been about creating audio solutions that sound great, are easy to use, and reliable," says Ryan Cassady, Mackie product manager. "The new line of audio tools is our continuation of giving customers the capability they need with the Mackie sound and build quality they trust."
The MDB Series direct boxes consists of four different models. The MDB-1P Passive direct box, MDB-2P stereo passive direct box, MDB-1A active direct box, and the MDB-USB USB stereo direct box. Each model features premium analogue circuitry, Built-Like-a-Tank design, and professional-grade performance.
"Direct boxes are essential for ensuring the best sound quality and lowest noise possible," remarks Cassady. "Providing an optimal audio path to front of house or a recording rig ensures the instruments sound the way the artist intended."
The MDB-1P passive direct box is perfect for instruments like guitars, basses and more on stage or in the studio. The MDB-2P passive stereo direct box offers the same great performance, but with dual inputs and outputs for stereo sources. The MDB-1A active direct box features active circuitry for ultra-low distortion and noise. Last but not least, the MDB-USB USB stereo direct box features a USB input and dual XLR outputs for maximum audio quality direct to front of house from a laptop.
In addition to the series of direct boxes, Mackie introduces two audio tools perfect for any musician or engineer to have in their tool belt. The battery-powered MTest-1 cable tester and M48 48v phantom power supply.
The MTest-1 features a simple five-way switch to test every pin, even with mismatched connectors, for all common connector types and more. Whether engineers have a few in their gig bag or multiple crates filled with cables, they don't want to be stuck in the middle of a performance when the last strand of wire gives out during a guitar solo or the vocal performance of a lifetime. What about troubleshooting a system? No problem. Powered by a 9v battery, the MTEST-1 can go with you when you explore beneath the stage or behind an imposing stack of speakers.
As well as the M48 48v phantom power supply allowing the use of devices and microphones that require external power in any set-up, it can also provide an easy solution when the phantom power being supplied from a venue is inadequate. With the M48 there is always get a clean, full 48v of power for the best sound and low-noise performance. Perfect for home and professional studios, live sound, podcasters, content creators, and more.
With a full line of affordable direct boxes and useful audio tools, Mackie fans can now turn to their favourite pro audio brand for even more of the essential gear they need, with the quality they expect, for their live sound or studio setup.
29th January 2018
Yamaha Releases Upgraded DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII Powered Subwoofers
Yamaha has announced the release of the newest additions to the DXS Series of powered subwoofers, the DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII. These new models offer an upgrade in performance from the previous DXS15 and DXS12, delivering higher maximum SPL from a more powerful amplifier, as well as an extended low frequency response.
The DXS Series was originally developed to complement the acclaimed DSR, DXR, and DBR Series full-range powered speakers and provide a more well-rounded sound, particularly for bass-heavy musical performances or playback applications that put a premium on very powerful, yet well-defined low frequencies.
The new DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII are upgraded models of the current DXS15 and DXS12 subwoofers which feature technologies developed for the DXS18. The DX18 has proved a very popular choice in live venues and clubs, as well as applications such as outdoor music events or parties.
Both models feature an upgraded 1020W Class-D amplifier and a powerful 15” or 12” woofer, now housed in a sturdier bandpass type plywood enclosure. Able to deliver 3dB higher SPL and 5Hz lower LF than their predecessors, the DXS15mkII can deliver an impressive 135dB maximum SPL and an extended LF response down to 40Hz, while the DXS12mkII can produce 134dB SPL, with a frequency response down to 42Hz, both with exceptional clarity and minimal distortion.
Both models feature Yamaha’s proprietary D-XSUB DSP technology for additional control of the low frequency range, via two selectable modes – BOOST and XTENDED LF – as well as a selectable crossover with three different options (80/100/120Hz). For larger applications using two or more subwoofers, the DXSmkII offers a cardioid mode setting, which effectively reduces the SPL of bass reaching the stage, while increasing the bass levels directed at the intended audience.
Developed with extensive road use and transport in mind, the DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII feature advanced protection circuits in the speaker unit, amplifier unit and power supply that ensure optimum reliability and extended component life. The durable plywood enclosure is coated with an extremely tough Polyurea finish, used extensively in disaster protection applications. This gives the speaker’s exterior added protection during transport and performance.
The new models are more compact and weigh less than their predecessors, for even greater portability and versatility, the DXS15mkII weighing 2kg less and the DXS12mkII 3kg less. Both come equipped with M20 and 35mm pole sockets, allowing for more flexible set up options, as well as an optional wheel kit for more efficient portability and set-up.
Yamaha also offers optional speaker covers, with a functional design that provides added protection from unfavourable weather conditions during outdoor performances, warehouse storage and the rigours of road travel.
“Live sound reinforcement can present a broad range of challenges for live sound beginners and professionals alike, so we are always paying strict attention to the needs of our customers and how to improve their live audio experiences,” says Yoshi Tsugawa, general manager of the Yamaha Pro Audio division. “Working with our sister company Nexo, these new additions to the DXS Series add performance, flexibility and reliability, enabling them to exceed the demands of a wider range of environments that require high-quality bass performance and versatility in compact packages.”
26th January 2018
Yamaha Releases New STAGEPAS 400BT and 600BT Portable PA Systems
Yamaha has released the two latest models in the popular STAGEPAS line-up of portable PA systems, the STAGEPAS 400BT and 600BT.
These updated versions are the successors of the STAGEPAS 400i and 600i, which have sold over 400,000 units worldwide and enjoy a reputation as a very compact, yet high-powered, portable all-in-one sound system with exceptional sound quality.
With the addition of Bluetooth audio streaming to the high-efficiency amplifiers, speakers, state-of-the-art Yamaha DSP and comprehensive suite of onboard features, the new STAGEPAS will expand the system's already versatile capabilities for an even broader spectrum of uses.
Both the 400BT and 600BT feature two sleek, lightweight speakers and a detachable powered mixer, along with a pair of speaker cables and a power cord, giving users a complete, portable sound solution that can be set up quickly and easily in a variety of configurations and environments.
The new Bluetooth feature allows users to remotely stream audio from up to 10m away from the amp/ mixer unit, giving musicians, public speakers, instructors and any other STAGEPAS user instant access to any audio they choose.
Producing 400 Watts and 680 Watts respectively, the 400BT and 600BT offer a significant amount of power output, considering the size of the system. Yamaha's powerful DSP technology ensures every STAGEPAS delivers consistent, high-quality sound at any volume level, while simultaneously extending the life of vital amplifier components using advanced limiter circuits. The innovative speaker design delivers evenly-distributed, high-quality sound throughout a wide coverage area.
The new models feature four mic/line inputs and six line inputs (STAGEPAS 400BT features four line inputs). Inputs 3 and 4 feature a combo jack that can accommodate either XLR or ¼” cables. In addition, both models feature a stereo RCA pin jack, stereo mini jack and, of course, a Bluetooth input, allowing for wireless audio playback from smartphones, tablets and computers.
Featuring an updated rotary control design that improves visibility for mixing and console management in low-light situations, the detachable mixer features simple, intuitive controls that deliver high quality sound in a matter of seconds. One control provides access to four different high-resolution SPX reverbs, while Yamaha's one-knob Master EQ offers optimised settings to match the sound with its environment from a single control. Even the onboard feedback suppressor allows users to remove unwanted feedback with the touch of just one button.
The STAGEPAS 400BT features two-band channel EQ, while the 600BT adds mid-range control for three-band EQ, which especially benefits guitar and vocal performances. Switchable stereo/mono inputs is a flexible new feature that can transform each stereo channel into two independent mono channels if an application requires more input capability.
STAGEPAS also offers switchable Hi-Z inputs, allowing for hassle-free connection of passive pickup instruments, as well as phantom power, enabling direct connectivity of condenser microphones. It also allows users to instantly turn the reverb on or off, using an optional footswitch – an ideal feature for MCing events or speaking during solo performances.
Additionally, both the 400BT and 600BT come equipped with Monitor and Subwoofer outputs, providing seamless expandability. For applications requiring a more powerful front of house setup, a monitor mix or a more prominent bottom end, simply plug in powered speakers such as Yamaha's DBR, DXR and DSR Series speakers or DXS Series subwoofers. Newly upgraded DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII models make a perfect compact and lightweight option for STAGEPAS users that require bass-heavy mixes for their live performances or playback.
"Ever since its release in 2005, STAGEPAS has been a staple of live music performances, events and public speaking or instruction applications for audio engineering beginners or musicians who prefer to set up their own sound,” says Yoshi Tsugawa, general manager of the Yamaha Pro Audio division. "With the addition of wireless audio playback, via the new Bluetooth audio streaming feature, we hope that the additional flexibility and freedom will inspire more creative usage and success with our best STAGEPAS yet.”
26th January 2018
Optima – Retractable seating for every space and budget
Audience Systems’ R&D team have hatched a clever little fold-down chair to help make their well-regarded retractable seating accessible to more venues.
Sales director Gary Pillinger said: “We know that when budgets or space are tight, it’s been difficult for some theatres and studios to find the right retractable seating solution without being forced to compromise on quality.
“We also know many venues want to work with Audience Systems, because they value our attentive service and the quality and durability of our products.”
And so, Audience Systems developed Optima, named after its ability to make the very best use of both space and budget.
Optima is designed for manufacture, reducing wasted materials, and keeping costs low without compromising on quality or strength.
And with the seats mounted at the front rather than the rear of each retractable platform, there’s also scope for venues to fit an extra row of seating on the rear row, making the very best use of their space.
All in all, Optima provides venues with a good quality upholstered seat, on Audience Systems’ renowned retractable platforms, at a really accessible price point.
26th January 2018
Cadac launches ‘studio performance’ programmable audio network for music and event locations
With the growth of multi-purpose and mixed-use venues, music and performance applications demand quality critical production networks, to cost effectively stage events of any scale. Cadac MegaCOMMS enables mixing, control and networking of multi-channel studio quality audio, across networks of up to 3072 channels of time-aligned, phase-coherent audio, at distances of up to two kilometres.
MegaCOMMS’ industry leading ‘total through-system propagation delay’, from on-stage inputs to outputs (including all console processing, A-D / D-A conversions and three stage internal latency management) is less than 400 microseconds. Additionally, the MegaCOMMS protocol synchronises all audio samples before summing, for absolute phase coherency at every output.
At the heart of the MegaCOMMS network is the software programmable CDC MC Router. The 2U 12 port MegaCOMMS router is a powerful tool for creating large, resilient networked audio systems, comprising up to 12 separate MegaCOMMS devices – including CDC mixing consoles and I/O stage boxes and 1,536 bi-directional channels of 96kHz / 24-bit audio. Devices connect to the CDC MC Router on the MegaCOMMS network via low cost, robust co-axial cables. More extensive networks, to distances of up to two kilometres, are achievable via fibre optic cable, with the MegaCOMMS CDC MC optical bridge.
In keeping with MegaCOMMS’s ultra-low latency, the CDC MC router adds only a single sample of latency, regardless of the number of channels in a network. As well as the ability to move around huge channel counts, the CDC MC router can also perform ‘gain compensation’ in real time, allowing multiple consoles to share stage racks with a single console being the ‘gain master’, and then once setup the router will automatically adjust the outputs to the other corresponding consoles seamlessly in real time, even when the mic amp gain is adjusted by the master console.
Programmable control of the CDC MC router is provided by the dedicated NetCOMMS PC software. This allows the user to create, save and edit custom maps with its clear and simple GUI, including diagnostics data for all connected units when online. Its simple grid based patch system, utilising a ‘tabbed’ system for each unit, is instantly familiar with audio engineers, and allows the user to patch either individually, or in blocks or 4, 8, 16 or 32; or even to patch all connections from unit to unit with a single click.
Cadac’s range of industry leading CDC digital mixers and multi-format I/O stageboxes provide production control in a MegaCOMMS network, with a choice of control configurations and channel counts. Aside from their astounding sound quality, an unparalleled ease and speed of operation sets the Cadac CDC consoles apart from competing digital mixing systems. CDC consoles combine 23.5 inch high contrast HD touch screen based control surfaces with a highly evolved, high agility OS, to provide Cadac’s swipeable graphical operator experience; akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation, presenting a less challenging learning curve.
“Cadac’s MegaCOMMS platform offers the system installation and event sectors an industry leading networking and mixing solution, dedicated to higher standards of quality and performance, and system reliability, for live production than other audio network solutions,” says marketing manager, James Godbehear. “NetCOMMS software provides a highly intuitive means of control, enabling even the most complex and demanding networks to benefit from Cadac’s MegaCOMMS superlative audio quality.”
The MegaCOMMS system features a range of I/O, interface and bridging components, to enable direct connectivity with other networks and the wider AV world, including CDC I/O 6448, CDC I/O 3216 analogue and CDC MC AES3 digital stageboxes, and the CDC MC Optical Bridge, CDC MC MADI bridge and CDC MC Dante bridge.
The 2017 BRICS Xiamen Summit of the five major emerging national economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – saw the premier large scale deployment of a Cadac’s MegaCOMMS audio network, with a single CDC MC Router at the heart of a network, incorporating six CDC six console and CDC I/O stagebox mix systems and extending throughout the Xiamen International Convention Center.
The site-wide MegaCOMMS network provided mixed audio feeds from and to multiple locations via an AV control room, including the State Banquet Hall (site of the welcoming evening banquet and the final day press conference of the summit hosted by President Xi Jinping), and the Strait Hall (hosting the international media). Management of the summit required complex AV network configurations of different venues across the site, depending on the specific requirements of the numerous meetings and events. The MegaCOMMS network handled all audio transmission, with audio feeds networked to Kling & Freitag speaker systems at the various locations across the site, as well to international media organisations.