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Point Source Audio Reinvents Intercom Headsets for More Hygiene and Accessibility to Custom In-Ear Monitors
sunDial quad optimised for ETC Source Four Mini LED
The Source Four Mini LED from ETC is a miniature version of its classic stage spot. It uses a 12W LED and some clever optics to provide impressive projection, aimed at the museum, retail and restaurant markets.
It has an onboard LED driver that can be controlled with mains phase dimming; as such, it is compatible with the sunDial quad dimmer. Curious to see the results, Artistic Licence trialled the Source Four using sunDial's default linear curve. The dimming was excellent, but limited to the central 70-80% of the DMX512 range. Additionally, the linear curve provides limited control over the critical low light end of the curve.
Artistic Licence then used its photometric lab to create a custom dimming curve for the Source Four Mini LED. The ability to upload custom dimming curves is one of the unique features of sunDial quad (see below for a full description). Artistic Licence maintains an ever-growing library of dimming curves on its website, available to sunDial customers as a free downloadable resource.
The Source Four Mini LED curve spreads the response over the entire DMX range and adds a logarithmic response to improve low level control. The results show the ETC product off to its fullest potential, with a response that should satisfy the most demanding of lighting professionals.
The curve (reference number 40) is available for download from the dimming curves table on the sunDial product page https://artisticlicence.com/product/sundial-quad/.
27th May 2020
Highlite International presents the DAP Edge wireless microphones
As part of “The Power of Entertainment” campaign, Highlite International BV launches a new addition to the DAP family: the Edge wireless microphones.
DAP's Edge series wireless microphones contains a handheld system and a beltpack system. The UHF True Diversity receiver is equipped with a clear full colour LCD-screen which makes operating the system very easy. But the main feature and the great advantage of the Edge series is the scan feature. With this attribute the Edge receiver shows exactly which frequencies are not occupied, giving the user the possibility to choose the right frequency without having to worry about any interference. The system operates between 606MHz and 668MHz frequencies and is therefore very well suited for use across great parts of Europe. The hand-held unit holds a cardioid condenser microphone and both the handheld and the beltpack are equipped with an OLED-display. Communication between the receiver and the transmitter regarding frequency, gain, microphone name or group happens through a separate infrared connection. The Edge receivers come complete with 19” brackets, power adapter and 8 identification-stickers to label the different microphones. The Edge-series offers optionally a dedicated ED-1 antenna distributor and a set of two EUA-1 unidirectional antennas. The Edge handheld and the beltpack are available as additional accessories as well.
26th May 2020
Obsidian Control Systems introduces NX SYNC
Obsidian Control Systems continues to expand its line of professional solutions with the launch of the NX SYNC, a powerful plug-and-play USB SMPTE timecode device.
The NX SYNC captures timecode in various SMPTE formats from its 3-pin XLR connection and converts it to a MIDI Timecode (MTC) stream, where it can be read into ONYX or any other MIDI Timecode compatible software. Additionally, it also has the power to take MTC and send it back out as SMPTE. The NX SYNC contains a powerful hardware architecture for instant processing and minimal frame delays.
The NX SYNC does not require custom drivers, and in addition to working with ONYX, it can be used as an SMPTE to MTC/ MTC to SMPTE device for both Windows 10 and MAC OS software applications.
This latest addition to the ONYX product line comes in a rugged, impact-resistant housing, offers a Kensington K-Lock for security, and is directly powered over USB. A custom ONYX high speed USB cable is included.
The NX-SYNC is available for immediate shipping from Obsidian Control Systems’ global distribution network. For more information, please visit https://obsidiancontrol.com/nx-sync
Two 3-pin XLR connectors for LTC Timecode In/Out
SMPTE Timecode at 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 frames per second
Native Plug-and-Play USB Connection for ONYX, PC and MAC (no custom drivers required)
Convenient, space-saving, stackable design
Rugged, impact-resistant housing
26th May 2020
ELM goes 3D
ENTTEC has announced the latest release of its award-winning pixel mapping software ELM.
The team of software engineers and lighting design professionals have produced the most feature-rich update in this popular mapping software's history.
Now users have the ability to create and control 3D pixel structures, adding quite literally a whole new dimension of creativity!
This new way of working has been designed to allow existing users to be able to pick it up straight away and begin building it into their current creative workflow.
Complex volumetric effects can be easily created using ELM's tested generative media effects, merge modes and input methods; whilst still allowing for precise control of each individual slice of the model, opening up a new approach to quickly generate effects.
Visit the ENTTEC website for more details.
26th May 2020
Yamaha Launches RIVAGE PM5 and RIVAGE PM3 Digital Mixing Systems
Yamaha has launched exciting new additions to its range of professional audio products, the RIVAGE PM5 and RIVAGE PM3 digital mixing systems. The launch of two new control surfaces and two new DSP engines gives sound engineers greater choice and flexibility to deliver optimum sound in a much wider range of applications, democratising high end audio as never before.
The Yamaha RIVAGE PM series is highly regarded by professional engineers for its outstanding sonic quality and flexible control. RIVAGE PM10 and RIVAGE PM7 are already established as industry-leading digital mixing systems and now the new, physically smaller RIVAGE PM5 and RIVAGE PM3 systems add new levels of versatility and scalability to full RIVAGE PM system functionality.
The choice of two DSP engines with different mixing capacities, plus now a total of five control surfaces, gives engineers remarkable scope to create systems ideally tailored to a wide range of applications.
The core components of the new RIVAGE PM5 and RIVAGE PM3 are the CS-R5 and CS-R3 control surfaces. Both feature the same fader configuration as the rest of the RIVAGE PM series, with three bays of 12 faders each. The combination of touch screens and selected channel controls offers functionality and intuitive operation familiar to RIVAGE PM series users, while also offering easy entry for users of Yamaha’s CL and QL series consoles.
The commonality of fader configuration also means the same layout can be maintained when using different control surfaces, for example on different days of a tour.
Designed with multi-operator use in mind, the CS-R5 for RIVAGE PM5 systems features three 15" ultra-sensitive, extra bright capacitive touchscreens, suitable for daylight viewing, and a condensed selected channel section for smooth, intuitive operation. To maximise the advantage of the screens, the depth of the control surface has been reduced to bring them and the controls within easy reach for comfortable, stress-free operation while also improving sight lines.
Meters located beside each fader offer precise dynamic metering and outstanding visibility, making fine adjustments easy. At just 42kg, the CS-R5 control surface is also remarkably lightweight, being easily carried and manoeuvred by just two people.
The CS-R3 for RIVAGE PM3 systems packs full RIVAGE PM series functionality and performance into a console that measures just 1145mm wide, making it the most compact in the series, perfect for reducing seat kill in venues where the best performance is essential but space is at a premium.
The CS-R3 has a single touch-panel display and condensed selected channel section of the same type used on the CS-R5. A comprehensive range of physical controllers also makes the CS-R3 a great choice for monitor applications.
The ‘brains’ of any RIVAGE PM system is the DSP engine. The two new units comprise the DSP-RX (120 inputs, 48 mix buses, 24 matrices) and the DSP-RX-EX (288 inputs, 72 mix buses, 36 matrices).
If you start with the DSP-RX and later need more capacity, a DEK-DSP-RX expansion board can be added to upgrade the DSP-RX to full DSP-RX-EX specifications. The new DSP engines also allow DSP mirroring* – two DSP-RX engines or two DSP-RX-EX engines can be used in mirrored configuration for situations where failsafe redundancy is required. If a problem occurs in one DSP engine, the second one takes over so the show can go on.
All RIVAGE PM systems use the same DSP engines*, the same I/O racks, and the same firmware. This means that, whatever control surface is used, the sound, features and basic operation remain consistent.
The system’s Dual Console function makes it possible to use a second control surface as a sidecar. Any control surface can be used for a Front of House mix, as a monitor console or a sidecar, depending on the user requirements.
Like the flagship RIVAGE PM10 and PM7, the PM5 and PM3 offer direct compatibility with two audio networks: Yamaha’s TWINLANe which can simultaneously carry up to 400 audio channels with extremely low latency, and Audinate’s Dante, which is standard in CL and QL series digital consoles and a range of other Yamaha pro audio products.
The RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 fully inherit the underlying Yamaha RIVAGE PM philosophy that any compatible I/O rack can be used to capture the on-stage sound accurately, without colouration, allowing creative touches to be added as required.
Firmware version 4.0 for the entire RIVAGE PM series will be released simultaneously with the RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 hardware. It provides a number of important user interface and function updates, including increasing the I/O count of RIVAGE PM7 to 144 inputs and 36 matrix outputs and the addition of the premium SP2016 reverb plug-in from Eventide. As well as a large selection of top-quality presets, the SP2016 allows detailed editing for engineers who want to customise their sound.
”The lush, distinct reverbs of the original Eventide SP2016 have been used in countless hit records for nearly 40 years. The original reverb can be heard on albums by Adele, Mariah Carey, Eminem and more,” says Ray Maxwell, Eventide vice president of sales and marketing.
“Eventide is honoured to partner with Yamaha to bring the signature reverbs from the SP2016 (Room, Stereo Room and Hi-Density Plate) to the RIVAGE PM series with V4.0 software. Users will have a faithful recreation of the original rack processor using state of the art analogue component modelling to capture the unique sound of this widely acclaimed reverb.”
Firmware version 4.0 also allows control of L-Acoustics’ L-ISA systems. For every mono or stereo input channel, L-ISA Objects or Groups can be controlled direct from the RIVAGE PM control surface.
Masahiro Ikeda, senior general manager of the Yamaha Professional Audio business division says: “The availability of two DSP engines with different mixing capacities, plus the two new control surfaces, offers greatly expanded flexibility to create systems that are ideally suited to applications of just about any scale.
“Together with the RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 systems, Yamaha now has a mixing ecosystem which will deliver the ultimate flexibility, performance and expandability demanded by the highest level events to every space, from the biggest stadiums and festivals right through to compact theatres and clubs where space should not mean compromising on sound. And all including the ease of use and reliability that Yamaha is renowned for.
“We believe these new products are a true game-changer, and will continue to develop and add features to the RIVAGE PM series based on feedback from end users. We will also continue to work with third parties to add premium plugins, like the Eventide SP2016 reverb.”
* RIVAGE PM7 features an integrated DSP engine, and does not support DSP mirroring.
21st May 2020
Luminex Network Intelligence introduces LUMICORE, the newest addition to the LUMINODE family. Designed to allow simple, flexible control of network Lighting data from multiple sources LUMICORE routes, merges, converts, restricts and allows multiple streams of ArtNet and sACN data from multiple sources to be managed in a clear intuitive way.
Designed to provide simple management of the increasingly complex task of integrating different network lighting elements, LUMICORE is ideal for easily managing multiple lighting consoles at a festival, routing lighting control from gallery to studio in TV, integrating remote followspot systems into a lighting system, separating Lighting data from a venue IT infrastructure, or merging media server data for pixel mapping large LED arrays.
LUMICORE features 64 process engines, each manipulating multiple universes of lighting data, and allowing converting, merging, routing, or backup. LUMICORE is built into a robust housing taking just half the width of a single 19” 1U rack slot, or capable of being mounted on truss.
LUMICORE follows the core LUMINEX philosophy of making complex network tasks easy to manage, designed for the lighting professional.
20th May 2020
Introducing Marley Mat Home Dance Floor Kits
Never stop dancing.
Rosco Marley Mats are small dance surfaces designed for home use. They are made using professional-grade Adagio Tour, which is used by professional touring companies and dance competitions around the world.
Ready to ship now.
20th May 2020
The Power of Entertainment delivers the Showtec Performers
The Netherlands – “The Power Of Entertainment”, Highlite International’s latest campaign, is well on its way. The campaign contains several product introductions and continues with the presentation of the latest additions to the well-known Performer-series.
Showtec adds no less than seven new Performer models to the already successful Performer range. It starts with a houselight, the Performer Pendant Q6. This offers a six-colour RGB ALC LED engine with which a very broad colour spectrum can be achieved, resulting in a very high CRI level of over 90. It is very well equipped to be used in theatres, auditoriums and more.
The new models continue with three Performer 1500 units, available as Q6, tungsten and daylight luminaires. The daylight version has a colour temperature range between 4000K and 6500K while the tungsten version ranges from 2700K to 4500K. Controlling each unit can be done via DMX but for quick changes in any setup manual control is available as well. The manual zoom, approachable on both sides of the unit, delivers a beam angle ranging from 10° to 50°.
If more output is required then the Performer 2500 models offer the right solution. They are also available as Q6, tungsten and daylight with the same functions and DMX channels as the 1500 units. This makes it very easy to use the various models in one set-up. The difference between the 1500 and the 2500 is a stronger LED engine and a wider zoom range which goes up to 60°. The CRI-levels are 90 for the Q6 units and 95 for the tungsten and the daylight Performers.
19th May 2020
Point Source Audio Reinvents Intercom Headsets for More Hygiene and Accessibility to Custom In-Ear Monitors
Point Source Audio’s patented CM-i family of lightweight in-ear intercom headsets has received a design upgrade. The new design, brought to market earlier than initially planned in light of the current health crisis, adds factors such as detachable earbuds for improved hygiene and accessibility to customise with a user’s custom in-ear monitors more easily.
The upgraded design now features a connector common among in-ear monitor manufacturers that will allow for a much quicker change over should the user choose to personalise their headset with in-ear monitors from brands such as 64 Audio or Ultimate Ears.
A further benefit of this important feature is for rental companies and venues that supply headsets for their technicians. The comfort and noise-isolation of in-ear headsets are a no-brainer, but no one is comfortable sharing in-earphones no matter how well they may be cleaned. The new detachable in-ear design addresses hygienic concerns with earbuds that quickly detach from the cable so they can be assigned to the user and replaced for new users.
Awarded a Best of Show at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in 2017, the patented modular CM-i headsets with in-earphones provide noise-isolation typical from big earmuffs, but without the heavy weight. The CM-i3 and CM-i5’s featherweight assembly weigh just between 1 to 2oz, so they can be worn comfortably all day, even under hard hats.
The removable earphones are a common feature to both the CM-i3 and CM-i5 intercom headsets which helps companies address the challenging health management of cleaning and maintaining required safety equipment worn by its staff. The in-earphones are a highly personal item, and typical with small electronic parts may be difficult to sanitise properly. The personal assignment of the detachable in-earphones ensures that users take responsibility for their in-ear buds and there is never any sharing of the in-ears themselves.
“The current global situation has brought hygiene to the front of everybody’s mindset, but in fact, these challenges have always been looming,” says James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio. “This design change can help ease the administration process of dispensing personal gear to work crews, especially in regard to reducing the health risks if sharing equipment.”
Designed for clarity and all-day wearing comfort, the CM-i line is the world’s only series of modular in-ear intercom headsets offering a revolutionary combination of in-ear performance, increased isolation, lightweight comfort, and earphone modularity. The robust feature set makes these headsets ideal for teams who rely vitally on the ability to hear clearly and react quickly.
“Customers tell us again and again that they will never go back to their old-style headsets after using a Point Source headset,” says Lamb. “For anyone who must work in loud environments, or have health concerns about sharing headsets or bulky headsets that weigh too much, our intercom headsets will give them relief from all these problems. Add the ability to switch to your own in-earphones for hygiene and peace of mind, and the CM-i family delivers an unbeatable proposition.”
19th May 2020
Arthur takes the throne!
Robert Juliat has announced the launch of Arthur, its new 800W LED Long Throw followspot capable of matching the lumen output of a 2500W HMI RJ Aramis followspot and delivering up to 29,000 lumens. This eagerly-anticipated move marks the arrival of the LED followspot the industry has been waiting for – one that opens up the use of LED followspots into large venues such as opera houses, musical theatre and live music venues, concert and touring venues, both indoors and out.
Arthur’s powerful LED engine, narrow beam angle (5.5° - 15°) and long-throw capability, ensures invincible performances with a minimum output of 2000 lux at a distance of 40m (200fc at 130 ft), while offering premium light quality with a high CRI (>90), an essential feature for a followspot whose main role is to shine a light on performers in the most sublime way possible.
A smooth flat beam with no hot spot is teamed with excellent gobo projection, sharp focus at every beam angle and independent control of image size and focus, thanks to Arthur’s variable zoom optics featuring a 3:1 beam ratio.
The electronic dimmer ensures smooth, high quality dimming without clipping or cut-out at low intensity levels, and no shift in colour temperature.
Power consumption is minimised, not only by the lower power requirement of the LED source, but also because it can be switched off when inactive, unlike discharge sources which need to run constantly throughout a show.
With the choice of several ventilation modes and silent-running cooling fans, Arthur is much quieter than any of its discharge rivals - Arthur can rule as easily over opera houses as TV studios or concert halls.
In addition to the long-celebrated Robert Juliat features and qualities, Arthur offers unique benefits for easy service and maintenance making it especially attractive to rental houses and touring technicians with busy, time-critical schedules. Robert Juliat has designed Arthur’s lamp housing with separate, removable modules for the CPU, drivers and power supply unit in a simple plug & play system.
Arthur represents the next step in Robert Juliat’s development of top-class LED followspot fixtures, which began first with the 300W LED Roxie, and then the hugely successful 600W LED Alice and Oz, the first professional LED followspots capable of matching the output of conventional 1200W discharge units.
The most powerful LED followspot on the market, Arthur is set to become the crowning glory of Robert Juliat’s LED followspot range.
18th May 2020
Altman Lighting unveils the simplicity of control with Genesis
Building upon its reputation as one of the industry’s most trusted entertainment and architectural lighting manufacturers, Altman Lighting has introduced the simplicity of control with Genesis. Combining the ease-of-use of a fader-based controller with the power of an intuitive touch screen interface, the Genesis lighting console provides the programmer with a unique familiarity for the creative control of today’s complex automated and LED luminaires.
“As theatres, churches, educational facilities and event spaces look to upgrade their lighting designs with the latest technology, Genesis is a user-friendly and affordable solution for the control of intelligent luminaires,” stated Jason Osterman, Altman global specifications manager. “Wanting to give users a simple experience in creating the most dynamic looks possible, Genesis is complete with a built-in animation effects engine, and an innovative software design which guides the lighting technician through each step of programming.”
The Genesis lighting console also provides advanced programming functionality with features such as shape FX, chases, fan, and individual cue timing. Additionally, the powerful graphical user interface allows control of luminaire parameters via familiar icons, colour picker, movement targets or touch sliders. For moving light control, pan and tilt are also controlled via the touch pad adding a fine movement control for those critical focus points. The unique animate feature provides a simple and intuitive way to quickly create chases, sequencing, and patterned attribute control within a single cue.
“Focused on giving programmers of all skill levels the operation simplicity of an instinctive console which boasts high-end features, we are very excited to be releasing Genesis,” added Pete Borchetta, Altman vice president product innovation. “This product line takes us into a new direction that allows us to broaden the innovative and affordable technology solutions that people in the industry have come to expect from Altman Lighting.”
Genesis control consoles can control up to 24 discretely addressed luminaires, each with a physical intensity fader and bump button, and each console controls one DMX 512 Universe. Additional universes and luminaire counts may be achieved through the connection of an optional Genesis wing and two Genesis wings may be added to each control console.
15th May 2020
Panasonic's New Flagship Video Wall Displays Deliver Near Seamless Multi-screen Images
Panasonic has announced its flagship VF2 Series LCD video wall displays will go on sale in Europe in May. The VF2H and VF2 displays deliver near-seamless multiscreen images thanks to their market-leading narrow frames and are ideal for use in retail, public spaces, control and board rooms.
When looking to create impactful and large digital signage indoor installations, the VF2 Series offers a number of advantages over LED video walls. Images are sharper at a closer distance, which is important for control and meeting rooms, and benefit from better viewing from side-angles. From a practical perspective, they also offer a wider connectivity choice and shallower depth when installed into walls. Failover and failback safeguards are built in, making it a reliable solution designed for 24-hour continuous operation.
The narrow frames on Panasonic’s VF2H/VF2 Series reduce bezel-to-bezel distance to a near-invisible 0.88 mm (0.035"). Even when viewed close-up, screen borders are almost indiscernible, resulting in stunning seamless large-format images.
Delivering the highest levels of picture quality, the two 55” frameless D-LED LCD models have luminance ratings of 700 cd/m2 (VH2H model) and 500 cd/m2 (VF2 model). To ensure clear viewing from any angle, both have an anti-glare surface on the IPS panel that diffuses light from the sun and lighting equipment and suppresses external reflections, making them ideal for monitoring rooms and public areas.
Each multi-screen display is pre-calibrated to keep colour differences to a minimum, ensuring 24/7 consistently vivid image quality and easy set-up. Using Auto Brightness Adjustment both series of display automatically correct backlight brightness to deliver high contrast performance, at optimised power levels, for longer.
The displays use DIGITAL LINK for simple installation and configuration. Based on HDBaseT technology, DIGITAL LINK supports audio, video, and control signal transmission over long distances, and can also be used to daisychain displays via a single cable eliminating the need for video splitters and other routing devices.
Failover and failback safeguards are built in. If the main video and audio signals are interrupted, the system immediately switches to alternative signals. If the main signals are restored, the original image is displayed. This makes the series well suited for use in control rooms and in other applications where uninterrupted playback is essential.
“Delivering large format images that have to be seen to be believed, the VF2 Series combines leading design with reliability and simple installation and configuration,” said Florence Antony, European marketing manager for flat panel displays at Panasonic Visual System Solutions.
The VF2 series will be available for sale across Europe in May.
12th May 2020
Outdoor-rated Prisma UV LED lighting series from Magmatic Atmospheric Effects
Magmatic atmospheric effects is pleased to offer Prisma, a new generation of advanced UV LED lighting products with weatherproof IP65 rating. Prisma is changing the quality of UV light projection while making it easier for designers and production houses to implement UV light into their projects.
Ideal for clubs, EDM events, glow paint gatherings, or any production with a UV element, Prisma’s IP65 rating and rugged yet sleek fanless design mean they can be used in even the most challenging environment. Compact, lightweight and easy to handle, a variety of narrow to wide beam angles are available.
Prisma combines true 365nm UV output for long and wide throw performance with the control and efficiency of LEDs. Because Prisma uses high quality, medical grade LEDs that emit UV light in the 365nm range, no visible light is emitted, meaning only the UV reactive material glows and nothing else. Prisma offers other advantages over traditional UV LED lights as well. Prisma effects use durable LEDs of the highest quality with special silicone lenses that are UV resistant and slow to degrade. Most plastic lenses on traditional UV lights will brown and deteriorate over a few years of use but Prisma’s silicone lenses will last for 25 years or more.
Prisma Par 20: IP65-rated UV wash Par light with 12 x 2W High Power UV Diode LEDs and narrow 20-degree beam angle.
Prisma Par 50: IP65-rated UV wash Par light with 16 x 2W High Power UV Diode LEDs and wide 50-degree beam angle from a large internal LED reflector.
Prisma Mini Par 20: IP65-rated UV wash Par light with seven 2W High Power UV Diode LEDs and narrow 20-degree beam angle. Up to eight Prisma Mini Par 20 units can be powered by the Prisma Driver 8.
Prisma Mini Par 45: IP65-rated UV wash Par light with seven 2W High Power UV Diode LEDs and 45-degree beam angle. Up to eight Prisma Mini Par 45 units can be powered by the Prisma Driver 8.
Prisma Mini Bar 20: IP65-rated UV wash bar light with ten 2W High Power UV Diode LEDs and 20-degree beam angle. Up to eight Prisma Mini Bar 20 units can be powered by the Prisma Driver 8.
Prisma Wash 25: IP65-rated UV wash light with 38 x 2W High Power UV Diode LEDs and scoop LED reflector design that creates a 25-degree beam angle. A Black Glass diffusion filter option creates a complete blackout effect, only allowing UV rays to penetrate.
Prisma Wash 100: IP65-rated UV wash light with 38 x 2W High Power UV Diode LEDs and scoop LED reflector design that creates an impressive 90-degree beam angle. A Black Glass diffusion filter option creates a complete blackout effect, only allowing UV rays to penetrate.
Prisma Driver 8: An easy-to-use 48VDC driver which provides individual DMX-512 control, including variable delayed time dimming modes, for use with up to eight Prisma Mini UV LED series fixtures.
11th May 2020
Highlite International welcomes the Showtec ACT series
Recently Highlite International BV introduced its latest campaign “The Power Of Entertainment” with the coming of a new update catalogue, numerous activities and various product launches. One of these product launches concerns Showtec’s latest addition: the ACT series.
With the ACT series Showtec offers a range of compact entry-level luminaires with a high-class finish and high CRI levels. Due to their size and output they are very well equipped for a wide range of applications and venues but also offer a lot of advantages for the rental business. The ACT series consists of five different models. It starts with a 20WW and a 50WW Fresnel version which comes complete with matching barndoors, followed by a 60 RGBW PC unit, a 50WW Profile spot and an Flood 80 RGBW. All except the 20WW version are controllable via 3 pin DMX, have easy to handle rotary knobs at the back for dimming and, with the RGBW versions for choosing the desired colour and have OLED-displays for adjusting the requested settings. The ACT-units are virtually plug-and-play and based on the model, come complete with barndoor, filter frame, gobo holder, gobos and lens.
6th May 2020
PR Lighting Releases Advanced Xrled 3000-W Framing Spot
Hot on the heels of the AQUA LED 1700 Framing, PR Lighting has announced another new shutter blade device, the XRLED 3000-W Framing (PR-8137).
This new addition to the popular XRLED moving head series features the latest advanced 1200W white LED light source. In addition to its complete range of spotlight effects and features, the fixture’s four sets of framing blades offer endless rotation, different size and shaped graphics, and a curtain effect in a module designed and patented by PR Lighting.
This extremely bright and powerful spot, which is suitable for any type of project, comes in two versions. The 6500K, 70 CRI, 55000 lumen version is suitable for concerts, major events and exhibitions while the 5600K 92 CRI 41000 lumen spot has been designed specifically for theatres, TV studios and corporate events.
Thanks to the unique design of the LED engine cooling system, the noise level can be controlled at a very low level, and lower still when run in theatre mode (39dB), making it an excellent choice for both theatres and TV studios. Moreover, for pan and tilt use, PR has upgraded to a new non-contact magnetic encoder positioning system that gives the lighting designer more precision and stability. Another key feature which is sure to impress designers and operators is the 6°-54° variable light angle, with autofocus.
Other highlights of the XRLED 3000-W Framing include electronic strobe (0.3-25fps) and four selectable dimming curves (0-100% linear adjustable). It offers full CMY linear colour mixing, with macros, two colour wheels each with six dichroic filters (plus open), half colour effect, variable speed rainbow effect, optional stepping or linear colour changing and linear colour temperature adjustment with 0-100% linear CTO system.
The optical path also includes a rotating gobo wheel, with six replaceable gobos plus open (either glass or metal). These are bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable, at variable speed, and offer indexable scrolling. The second, fixed gobo wheel offers seven replaceable gobos (plus open).
The fixture, which weighs 45kg, also contains a four-facet prism and a linear prism, bi-directionally rotatable at variable speeds and indexable, light and heavy double frost filters, replaceable animation wheel bi-directionally rotatable at variable speed, 5-100% linear adjustable Iris with macro, motorised linear focus and zoom, pan 540°, tilt 270° head movement, with auto position correction and swap and invert functions.
Shipping will begin in mid-May.
5th May 2020
ROE Visual Presents the Ballast Calculator
China – Always looking to improve its service and to enhance user convenience, ROE Visual has developed a ballast calculator. The purpose of the Ballast Calculator is to help adding the right amount of ballast on stacked LED screens.
When building large video walls, one of the most prominent challenges is to do this safely. Even if the official ROE Visual LED stacking systems are used, in most cases it’s necessary to add extra ballast. Not all AV technicians are aware of the total weight a complete LED screen can amount to and what forces this can generate, even if used it indoors.
For ROE Visual it’s of paramount importance that its customers are aware of these factors and can build their LED wall safely. “Creating awareness on safe working practices is one thing, we frequently touch on these issues in the ROE Academy training sessions, but with this simple calculating tool we actually help the AV technicians making their job simpler and safer,” comments Luc Neyt, deputy director sales and service centre.
Available in no less than six languages, the ROE Visual Ballast Calculator offers ballast information for a broad range of ROE Visual LED panel types, such as the Carbon series, Black Onyx, Black Pearl and Sapphire, but also the newly added panels Vanish V8 and Ruby.
Just enter the panel type, the required size of the video wall, the amount of stacking rear trusses used, and the amount of ballast needed for your stacking system will be automatically calculated. All available types of stacking system are added to the ballast calculator.
“The calculator works fairly simply, but it’s the complex calculations, testing and structural analysis that are behind the results that are the true worth of this Ballast Calculator. No other LED manufacturer has put so much effort and attention to these vital details. In the end it makes all the difference as to why working with our products is so easy and safe,” adds Greg Hu, product director for ROE Visual.
The ROE Visual calculator is only valid in indoor situations and cannot be used for outdoor conditions. ROE Visual can refer to its whitepaper on wind loading for outdoor conditions for those who are interested to learn more on this topic.
Although the results are based on an in-depth structural analysis, the Ballast Calculator can never replace a structural calculation, in some cases this might be required by the local authorities. So always check what local or regional standards and regulations do apply.
At the moment ROE Visual is working hard to extend the Ballast Calculator with calculations for the Air Frame.
1st May 2020
Mastersounds Launches Third Generation Radius DJ Mixers at a New Price Point
Boutique UK mixer brand, MasterSounds, has launched a third generation of its highly successful Radius 2 and Radius 4 DJ mixers, which contain various technology enhancements and sport a new competitive price tag.
Originally launched in 2016, the two-channel Radius 2 rotary DJ mixer became an instant hit with the high-end DJ and club installation community, and was followed by the introduction of the four-channel Radius 4 mixer, two valve-based versions (the Radius Two and Four Valve), an FX unit and dedicated LinearPOWER supply accessory.
"Four years on, and the brand has seen remarkable growth but the higher production costs of a premium rotary mixer rule them out for DJs on a tighter budget,” explains MasterSounds’ founder, Ryan Shaw. “Designer, Andy Rigby-Jones, and I decided to do something about it, by redesigning the compact Radius 2 and Radius 4 to make them more affordable but without compromising any of the features, the feel, or the audio fidelity of the original model.”
The new generation Radius 2 and 4 offer clean, open, and dynamic sonic quality on both line and RIAA inputs, as well as improved usability. Both mixers feature easy-reading analogue VU meters, a responsive master EQ/isolator, a smooth natural sounding hi-pass filter on each channel, and an AUX send/return system with insert button for easy integration of external effects, including MasterSounds own FX unit. Radius 4 also includes two mic inputs, selectable via the rear panel.
“The redesign challenge meant going back to the drawing board to see where we could simplify the circuitry without impairing performance. For instance, the Split Composite Passive RIAA stage remains identical to the previous generation but we have simplified the post-fader circuitry. The biggest change was to the internal construction and PCB board shapes, where we have optimised them for maximum efficiency through our in-house fabrication plant which has made them a lot easier to manufacture. What we haven’t compromised on is the quality of the components used, and the third generation mixers all feature Alps pots/switches, close tolerance resistors/capacitors, and Panasonic electrolytics. I am very happy with the result of the engineering changes, and these compact mixers offer exceptional value for money,” explains Union Audio’s Andy Rigby-Jones.
Union Audio has undergone radical changes since Radius 2’s inception four years ago, which has enabled the team to implement the new design changes. Moving into a new unit in 2017, Rigby-Jones has developed a sophisticated design and production facility, coupling traditional analogue engineering with ultra-high specification manufacturing.
“The Radius 2 and 4 hold a special place in my heart, it’s the mixer Andy and I began our audio journey with, and one that gives the user a really unique way of blending records. Both Radius 2 and 4 are desktop products, with a small footprint, which makes them perfect for home, touring, and club use, or all three! It was the right time to re-engineer Radius, giving more DJs the opportunity to experience our wonderful product, at a price unseen given each mixer's quality of build and fidelity of sound,” concludes Shaw.
1st May 2020
Solid State Logic Deliver Expanded S300 Compact Broadcast Audio Console
Solid State Logic (SSL) has announced the release of the new S300-48 fixed layout 48+1 fader compact control surface. Providing a much-requested addition to the S300 console family, it can be combined with the complete portfolio of SSL’s System T consoles, remote tiles and screen interfaces, Tempest processing engines and network I/O options. The expanded console configuration is designed to integrate with larger System T installations or in stand-alone configurations for smaller broadcast facilities or OB vehicles.
S300-48 provides a larger fader count and multi operator usage in the System T S300 form factor. Channel metering directly above each fader provides direct monitoring and control of signals on the current surface layers, with an overview providing metering of console wide signals. System T’s unique modular approach allows all surface variants to utilise the same software, providing full flexibility and interoperability across the entire range. This includes access to all features including full AoIP routing from the console, DAW control, immersive audio, dynamic automation, access control, event manager, scene automation and a fully featured onboard effects rack.
AoIP functionality is further enhanced with Dante and DDM support directly in the console software. All System T and Network I/O devices simultaneously support Dante, ST 2110, ST 2022-7, ST 2059-2, PTPv2 and PTPv1. AoIP routing is available from the console software with immediate discovery of stageboxes and the ability to resource share directly from the console, leveraging the benefits of a dynamic IP infrastructure.
Tom Knowles, SSL broadcast product manager, comments: “The S300-48 surface provides real versatility for a modern broadcaster or production facility, where flexibility, proven resilience and price are all concerns. With the recent recognition of our broadcast technology with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation, the S300-48 highlights our ongoing commitment to the broadcast community and enhance the System T production platform.”
29th April 2020
Allen & Heath Delivers 'One for the Fans’ With SQ V1.5
Fresh off the back of another successful awards season in which it scooped a second TEC Award, Allen & Heath has launched V1.5 firmware for its 96kHz SQ series, ensuring the mixer continues to punch well above its weight with a raft of crowd-pleasing features including new RTA options, 32-channel recording/playback on USB drives, workflow enhancements including DCA spills and new FX add-ons.
"With SQs used at all levels from clubs to arenas, we get so much great feedback from users and this latest release delivers some of the most popular requests,” comments SQ’s product manager, Keith Johnson. “It's really a thank you from us to all our SQ customers – and there's plenty more to come."
24th April 2020
Avolites unleash Q-Series Media Servers to Power Every Performance
Avolites has announced its full range of Q Series media servers, designed to meet all pixel processing needs for every performance and project, along with Ai v12.1 release with the Pioneer PRO DJ LINK Bridge integration software. The full line-up of media servers includes the Q3, Q3pro, Q4 and Qgen, giving the complete solution to power every performance.
Video content and projection mapping have become major components in many performances and installations and with Avolites’ Synergy feature set, integrating video into designs has become even easier. Hence, the next step for Avolites was to create the ideal hardware to complement its powerful Ai software.
“Seeing the projects and shows Ai has been used on made us realise we needed to provide servers powerful enough to meet the creative vision of our users.” says Ciaran Abrams, Avolites, Ai lead developer.
The Q3 Pro is the perfect portable server for the more demanding shows with two 4K outputs and one HD along with EDID managed HDMI outputs.
The Q4 gives the power to deliver breath taking detail with four 4K outputs and flexible input modules so users can design the server to meet the most demanding needs.
With the rise in use of interactive real-time generative content providers like Notch, the Qgen is designed to deliver stunning graphics with three 4K outputs and a powerful Nvidia graphics card that can deliver approximately 30,000 Notch marks + 2 year Notch play back licence.
“We worked with our customers to understand what technology and features matter to them, seeing these now developed into the new Q Series range is very exciting, and is just the start for where we see future of the Q Series.” Says Paul Wong, Avolites managing director.
In this release the key feature updates include:
64 bit architecture, allowing Ai to support the latest Notch blocks for dynamic, generative content. Ai v12.1 will now only work on 64bit versions of Windows and support 64 bit Synergy and USB Expert.
AMD Texture Upload which will allow additional layers when used in conjunction with an AMD graphics card.
Supports audio standards 5.1 and 7.1 providing additional audio channels, ideal for corporate events and art installations.
Pioneer PRO DJ LINK Bridge integration. As an official partner of Pioneer DJ Avolites has developed a tight integration with PRO DJ Link Bridge compatible products such as the CDJ-TOUR1, DJM-TOUR1, CDJ-2000NXS2, and DJM-900NXS2.
For full details of all the features in this release visit https://www.avolites.com/software/latest-version
22nd April 2020
New OptoSplitter provides redundancy for Optocore’s popular AutoRouter
One of the big successes enjoyed by Optocore over the past 12 months has been the popularity of its AutoRouter.
What made the device so appealing to sound system designers was that it functioned as an intelligent patch bay, creating a redundant ‘star’ out of the ring topology. It is therefore a perfect solution where mixed ring/star or star topology is more desirable due to a star based fibre cable layout.
The way AutoRouter works is that it automatically discovers the presence of mobile devices and adds them to the Optocore loop. When such a device is later disconnected, or powered down, AutoRouter automatically closes the loop with the remaining devices. Redundancy is established automatically, without any user action necessary.
Now Optocore has announced the new OptoSplitter, a device which, when paired with AutoRouter, will achieve redundancy.
So how does it work? Take two identical AutoRouters: a main and backup device. All connections from any external equipment will now connect, not directly to the AutoRouter as previously, but to this new OptoSplitter. This splits the fibre signal into two and distributes it to both the main and backup AutoRouter. Both routers communicate leaving only one active at a time and automatically switching to the backup router when the active one is absent.
“This allows the system to work flawlessly even when one AutoRouter fails or is powered off,” confirms Optocore’s technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski. “Despite a bullet-proof design, without a single hardware failure since its launch, some customers have requested hardware redundancy.” And OptoSplitter is the company’s dynamic response to market feedback.
Finally, he adds that since it is a passive device it is not a point of failure. “Each connection splits within the independent optical splitter, the redundancy switchover takes place automatically and independently.”
While OptoSplitter is available as a complete new solution, all customers who already own an AutoRouter or BroaMan Route66 can add redundancy to their existing system.
The new product is available and available for shipment now.
21st April 2020
ETC announces new ArcSystem Navis luminaires and F-Drive power controls for commercial LED systems
ETC is revolutionising commercial LED systems with the announcement of two new product families designed to work cohesively together. ArcSystem Navis is a line of LED luminaires featuring pristine light as well as a modular design for smooth installations. For centralised LED power controls, F-Drive is a new system offering an intuitive design with customisable output cards. Together, Navis and F-Drive make one adaptable and robust LED system for any space.
The Navis line of luminaires prioritises ease of installation, hassle-free maintenance, in-field customisation, and beautiful light with high-grade TIR optics and stepless dimming. The fixtures are available in multiple colour temperature options ranging from 2700K to 5000K as well as an RGBW colour-mixing option. A 3000K fade to warm variant is also available providing an intimate, warm light at lower intensity levels, often preferred in hospitality environments. In the field, aesthetic changes can be made in seconds with various magnetic trim plates, clip-in optical accessories, and twist-and-click beam angle lenses.
The recessed Navis 100 offers a small form factor at only 100mm high with three wind-down clamps catering to ceiling thicknesses from 0.5 to 20mm. Any Navis 100 can be transformed into a surface cylinder or pendant solution by sliding it into the purpose-designed hardware accessories. In addition, an optional wall wash accessory is available, instantly transforming the Navis 100 into a luminaire capable of providing a smooth blanket of light for a wall or corridor application.
The F-Drive LED power control solution is optimised for seamless use with ArcSystem Navis luminaires, as well as third-party fixture applications. F-Drive provides an accessible hub for all the critical components controlling an LED system utilising familiar category type cable with RJ45 connections. Depending on a facility’s needs, the F-Drive family includes both an R12 rack-mount option and a W1 wall-mount option.
The R12 option features 12 slots for swappable output cards with four channels of power output each. The mix-and-match driver cards are compatible with a variety of LED fixtures, including constant current and constant voltage loads. The cards are hot-swappable, so changes can be made while maintaining power for the rest of the LED system. F-Drive R12 is compact, using just 3U of rack space, providing power and data support for up to 48 individually controllable Navis 100 luminaires.
The introduction of Navis and F-Drive delivers both elegant luminaires and sophisticated power controls for one comprehensive LED system. To learn more, please go to https://www.etcconnect.com/Navis-F-Drive-System.aspx or get a hands-on overview of these new solutions during ETC’s live webinar on Tuesday, 21 April at 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST. A recorded version of the webinar will be available at https://www.etcconnect.com/Study-Hall
17th April 2020
Elation shipping new concept Fuze SFX LED Spot FX luminaire
Designers value the Elation Fuze series for its perfect fusion of performance, features and value and now the company is expanding the high-value line with the Fuze SFX, a new concept LED Spot FX moving head designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire.
The Fuze SFX is a unique combination of spot and effects fixture capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing over 12,000 lumens of output from a 300W White LED engine. Unveiled at the LDI show in November, the fixture received an enthusiastic response and is now shipping.
The SFX allows for even stage washes utilizing its variable frost filter while a wide array of beautiful colours is possible from a seamless CMY colour-mixing system plus seven-position colour wheel. Housing 18 carefully designed gobos and a 4.5° to 38° zoom, the Fuze SFX can create stunning mid-air FX as easily as precise image projections.
The Fuze SFX houses a high-speed electronic shutter and strobe with variable 16-bit dimming curve modes included for programming ease. Dual independent rotating and overlaying prisms (six-facet linear and six-facet circular) plus a fast iris round out the comprehensive feature set. With factory supplied effects macros, the user can easily create dynamic projection and aerial effects.
The Fuze SFX is powerful enough to use in all sizes of rigs and because it is remarkably silent can be utilised in noise sensitive environments like theatres, TV studios and houses of worship. It is outfitted with all the professional control features that designers should expect from a modern luminaire.
With the Fuze series, Elation has given the market an option when it comes to compact yet feature-packed professional automated LED luminaires. A truly remarkable compact powerhouse for any application, the Fuze SFX is sure to create amazing effects, outstanding projections and beautiful bright washes on any stage.
16th April 2020
Alcons Audio Presents The QB242 Arrayable Subwoofer
The QB242 is a modular bass element to be used in both permanent and (limited) portable applications. It is designed as a fully-scalable low-frequency extension (LFE) system to the QR24 line-source column system, or as arrayable LFE system with any Alcons pro-ribbon system.
The QB242 can be stacked or flown in multiples, making it an ideal building block to form bass arrays, for obtaining low frequency projection and throw control in acoustically challenging spaces or over longer distances.
The controlled (cylindrical) projection of the QR24 can thus be extended down to the lower frequencies by enlarging the LFE array length through adding extra QB242 modules. The lowest usable frequency of one single element is 35Hz.
The Q-systems are the perfect tool in applications where a high directivity and/or a very long throw is required, combined with HiFi output and concert SPLs, like theatres, churches, houses of worship, mobile outdoor sound system and acoustically challenging rooms.
The two direct-radiating 12” Neodymium woofers are mounted in a vented chamber, with large bass reflex ports for excellent breathing capacity, increasing overall output while minimising port-compression. The tight driver arrangement caters for optimal array coupling.
The 8 ohms system impedance, makes for a very efficient amplifier channel loading, when assembling arrays of multiple units.
The integrated mounting hardware facilitates quick and easy coupling with other QB242 modules, the slim form-factor, QR24-matching design and height of 66cm/26-in, plus the Architect Color Option, cater for a perfect integration.
The QB242 is powered and controlled by the ALC amplified loudspeaker controller; Through the integrated processing and feedback, the ALC offers QB242-specific drive processing with optimal response and long-term reliability. The integrated factory presets in the ALC drive processor offer the latest VHIR processing, with gain, phase and filtering matching with all Alcons top systems.
Through the Signal Integrity Sensing (SIS) pre-wiring, the cable-length and connector resistance between the QB242 and ALC is dynamically compensated (system damping factor 10.000), further reducing distortion, while increasing response accuracy.
The QB242 is finished in Durotect coating and comes with a six year 'no-hassle' warranty.
Philip 'Dr. Phil' de Haan, head of Alcons Audio R&D stated: “Our Q-series is the purest form of a line-source array, where we are able to acoustically obtain a pure, virtually side-lobe-free cylindrical projection, without the need for DSP-based beamforming.”
To complete the frequency response of the QR and QM modules down to the lower octaves, Alcons Audio introduces the QB module.
Philip continues: “The Q-series is probably our most underestimated system, as listeners are always surprised by the phenomenal throw and razor sharp vertical directivity control of even a single QR element; And to experience a coherent QB array of 12m/39-ft tall in one of our reference projects is quite impressive!”
16th April 2020
The 2020 edition of Blackbook is published
Prolyte's Blackbook contains a wealth of technical information about trusses and complementary products. The new Blackbook edition includes:
Compositions and design of aluminium trusses
Different types of connections
Forces within trusses and the different types of loading
Stages, roof systems, hoisting of truss, lifting people, truss maintenance
And a lot more!
The Blackbook has gained a reputation for being the best “on the road and beyond” reference guide. Offering extensive theoretical background knowledge, as well as practical tips, it's a must-read for everyone in the industry who’s involved in rigging or trussing.
Visit www.prolyte.com/NEWS for download.