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Atlona Brings New HDR-Compatible 4K AV Devices to Market
Atlona’s aggressive strategy to address emerging 4K and HDR requirements in AV systems marches forward with the availability of its JunoX Series switcher and Rondo Series video distribution amplifiers. Now shipping and available worldwide, all three products support 4K/UHD video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling, and HDMI data rates up to 18Gbps.
The JunoX Series (AT-JUNO-451) is a 4x1 HDMI switcher ideal for applications requiring the latest generation of 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays. It is compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats, and colour space formats supported in the HDMI 2.0a specification, and passes metadata for HDR content.
The JunoX 451 is HDCP 2.2 compliant and features automatic input switching. It also supports HDMI Audio Return Channel for receiving digital audio from a television, and includes a TOSLINK digital audio output for sending this audio to an AV receiver or soundbar.
The Rondo 442 (AT-RON-442) and Rondo 444 (AT-RON-444) provide two-output and four-output distribution amplifier options, respectively, for commercial and residential environments. Like the JunoX 451 switcher, both Rondo devices are compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats, and colour space formats supported in the HDMI 2.0a specification, and can pass metadata for HDR content. Both models are also HDCP 2.2 compliant.
The Rondo 442 and Rondo 444 offer significant value to systems integrators. Both distribution amplifiers offer EDID management features to ensure compatibility between source and sink devices. Both models also have front panel LED indicators for power and signal status to simplify set-up and troubleshooting. In addition, installers can cascade up to eight units without compromising performance, ensuring that system designs and configurations can easily be adapted or modified.
The JunoX 451 provides EDID management features and can be controlled via Ethernet, RS-232, and IR, including the handheld IR remote control with which it is sold. It is configured and managed remotely by the free Atlona Management System (AMS).
“The availability of these products offer a substantial efficiency boost to commercial and residential integrators looking for easy-to-install, easy-to-use switching and distribution solutions that deliver high reliability with long-term value,” said Joshua Castro, Atlona product manager. “All three products represent important components of our HDR-compatible portfolio, now and moving forward. The Rondo 442 and Rondo 444 distribution are priced at $339.99 and $469.99, respectively, while the JunoX 451 switcher is available for $489.99. All three products include Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty.
Designed to deliver dependable, pristine-quality 4K HDR image presentations in residential and commercial applications, all three devices are ideal for applications including:
- Installations utilizing the latest UHD and HDR sources such as Ultra HD Blu-ray players, plus compatible televisions and projectors
- TV showrooms requiring reliable content distribution to televisions to properly demonstrate high quality 4K and HDR programming
- Professional AV applications with full-motion, highly detailed 4K graphics presentations for visualisation, 3D renderings, simulations, and more
21st April 2017
ETC’s ColorSource Linear 4 completes the family
ETC’s ColorSource Linear family is now complete with this week’s launch of the ColorSource Linear 4 fixture. This is the third and longest variation of the ColorSource Linear fixture and measures a full two-metres in length. Like the half-metre and one-metre fixtures, Linear 4 comes in both original and deep blue array options. Both offer a richness of colour, and quality of light output users have come to expect from ETC ColorSource fixtures.
Every half-metre of the Linear 4 is individually addressable and controllable from the simple seven- segment display. It’s like having four fixtures in one. Linear fixtures are perfect for use as curtain warmers, sidelights, an unbroken stage wash, and in any installation location that is too narrow for many other standard fixtures.
18th April 2017
Merging partners with RAVENNA to launch ANEMAN Audio Network manager
RAVENNA partnered with Merging Technologies to co-host an exclusive launch of the Merging/Digigram-developed Audio Network Manager software tool at the ultra-hip London premises of renowned audio & video solutions resellers, Jigsaw24.
RH Consulting’s Roland Hemming opened the proceedings with a brief introduction on AES67, its role in audio networking and the very close relationship between AES67 and RAVENNA before handing over to Merging’s audio-over IP expert Nicolas Sturmel. Sturmel, who recently joined Merging from Digigram, has been leading the project of the Audio Network Manager (dubbed ANEMAN) which offers a completely new – and easy – way to patch AES67 audio and much, much more.
The issue of AoIP network control and interoperability has always been complex and difficult to manage. A number of disparate solutions exist, but nothing that looks at the bigger picture. Neither RAVENNA nor AES67 require a specific control protocol. However, they clearly needed a network management and monitoring tool to enable their inherent capabilities to be exploited easily. ANEMAN was developed to address that need and based on the premise that it should not be a closed tool dedicated to a particular ecosystem. Instead, ANEMAN is designed to be implemented in any device whose manufacturer sees the benefit of being part of an open, unrestricted AoIP ecosystem.
“Ethernet networked audio – or AoIP – systems are increasingly replacing MADI-based systems because they offer many more channels, far more flexibility and are much more scaleable,” said Sturmel. “We therefore need tools that enable us to harness this potential and manage AoIP networks quickly and easily. Users don’t want to worry about IP addresses or complex system setups – they just want to patch audio.”
“ANEMAN has been designed so that the receiving device can be configured with more or less one click – no network knowledge is required, you don’t have to open up any device web pages or configure internal routing of devices. Data is distributed on the network, meaning that ANEMAN is stateless. It is not a converter or a gateway – once the network has been set up, it could in fact be turned off and everything would still work perfectly. ANEMAN performs two functions: firstly, to set up the network quickly and easily; secondly, to monitor the network. Multiple ANEMAN sessions can co-exist on the same network.”
ANEMAN is built on an open specification that was initiated by Merging and Digigram in 2014. The first UI is offered by Merging under the name ANEMAN but other manufacturers are welcome to develop their own UIs that can be specific to their own use cases. All that is required is that the manufacturer be compatible with the existing plugin, or that they write their own. To date, compatible manufacturers include Genelec, Archwave, Digigram and Merging. There is very little development work required to become compatible. ANEMAN will be soon freely downloadable from the Merging website.
“At the moment we’re just at the beginning of the ANEMAN journey,” concluded Sturmel. “The software will be constantly evolving and improving as more manufacturers come on board and as more users embrace the concept and provide feedback. We think it’s the defining technology for all networked audio systems for the future. We invite all interested parties to contact us and take an active part in shaping the future of audio networking!”
18th April 2017
Flare Q+ Rayzr and Dynamic White – New Additions to the Flare Range of LED Fixtures
The Solaris Flare has become universally recognised by top designers and programmers worldwide for its unrivalled brightness, versatility, and reliability. Now, two new models, the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White, add exciting new dimensions to the product range.
The new Flare Q+ Rayzr is a super-slim blade of ultra-bright light and colour, available in 50 and 100cm lengths. It provides dazzling Flare brightness, colours, and features in a single row of RGBW LEDs. Various mounting options are available for end-to-end alignment, hanging, wall-mounting, and pipe attachment. With its ultra-slim profile, the Flare Q+ Rayzr will go where other fixtures will not, while maintaining famous Flare performance. In the words of one lighting director: “The Flare is far and away the best LED strobe/wash on the market – honestly it's not even close.”
The new Flare Q+ Dynamic White offers variable colour temperature output from 2,000 to 10,000 Kelvin, with a CRI of 90+ throughout most of the CT range. Like all Flares, it is crazy bright, and features the Flare’s world-class dimming, smoothness, and flicker-free performance. To quote another user and top designer: “Flares are our go-to option for their intensity, reliability, and excellent colour rendition on camera.”
Flare Q+ Technology introduced in late 2016, is an exciting innovation now standard in the entire Solaris Flare product range: Flare Q+, Flare Q+ LR - Linear, Flare Q+ RZ - Rayzr, and Flare Q+ DW - Dynamic White. This revolutionary LED driver technology maximises LED output for unprecedented brightness, while also optimising LED temperatures for long term reliability. Representing a significant leap forward in LED fixture design, Q+ Technology performance is available in the popular 96-LED Q+, as well as the 108-LED Linear format and the 18- or 36-LED Rayzr.
Flare IP RGBW outdoor wash fixtures are also available in single-head high definition (HD) and single- or dual-head high reach (HR) models, available with integrated or remote power supplies.
13th April 2017
New dot2 software release 220.127.116.11 out now: Massive improvements
MA Lighting has announced the next level of intuitive lighting control software for the dot2 console series incorporating a host of new and exciting features. The dot2 software release allows users to work even faster and more intuitively than ever before.
The new 1.3 dot2 software features a web remote facility, allowing important remote functionality from any device with a web browser, either wireless or cabled. More master speed faders are included allowing increased flexibility for live playback speed adjustment. Increased effects functionality with instant access to groups and blocks allow for faster adjustments of any effect. High priority playbacks for specific fader arrangement for houselights or key lights to control individually at any time and many more enhancements are also now included.
The new dot2 software now allows freely assignable sACN and Art-Net universes for DMX over Ethernet output as well as for DMX remote in. Additionally, a new version of the Fixture Builder with enhanced access to the fixture settings itself allows for much more detailed adjustments of each fixture.
Intuitive operation is the core of the dot2 philosophy and with a comprehensive set of connectivity hardware on all console models, the dot2 range is suitable for most theatre, touring, corporate, television and education lighting environments. The easy to operate dot2 software is available in multiple languages and provides on-board help and direct hints to guide a new user to operate the console to its full potential. A full range of clever programming and playback features provide intuitive access to advanced functionality.
This release also includes additional pre-defined position effects and several important bug-fixes. The software is available as a free download from
13th April 2017
Superhero Splitters from Artistic Licence
Artistic Licence has upgraded its premium DMX splitters to superhero status, by endowing them with special powers to withstand mains electrocution.
DMX splitters are a common component in lighting installations, allowing cable distances and fixture counts to be increased without signal degradation. However, with the increasing popularity of DMX as a means to control fixtures in a variety of commercial sectors, installation damage is becoming more frequent. This is largely as a result of accidental connection to mains voltages, caused by contractors unfamiliar with entertainment lighting industry protocols.
Having witnessed the sort of damage accidental mains connection can cause to products, Artistic Licence decided it was time to fight back. Its Rail-Split RDM and Rail-Split extreme products are now fitted with electrical protection on the input, loop and output connections. This enables the products to survive electrocution by all international mains voltages, including UK 3-phase (that is, up to 415 VAC continuous connection). The connections are designed to be self-healing, so the product lives on to fight another day.
True to its name, Rail-Split extreme has an additional weapon in its armoury. Designed for harsh environments such as bridges or towers, the product has surge protection. This feature is aimed at protecting the product and connected equipment against voltage surges of the type generated by lightning. The protection is sacrificial which means that after a certain number of protection events, the protection circuitry will be destroyed. The Rail-Split extreme datasheet details the levels of hits it can take.
Superpower endower, Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence comments: "These splitters are among the toughest on the market, and also feature our unique 'data fix' solution that straightens out dodgy DMX – and we haven't even increased the price! The range has a great reputation for quality and already sells well, but with the latest upgrades, Rail-Split should become the default choice for specifiers worldwide."
12th April 2017
Atlona Ships AT-HDR-M2C Audio Converter
USA – Atlona is now shipping its AT-HDR-M2C audio converter, providing a seamless way to extract, downmix, and convert multi-channel HDMI source audio to two-channel HDMI, TOSLINK, and analogue audio for displays, distributed audio systems, and whole-house audio systems.
The HDR-M2C simplifies this process through an HDMI input with pass-through capability. It automatically downmixes multi-channel PCM, Dolby, and DTS audio, and delivers 2.0 stereo signals over HDMI, two-channel analogue unbalanced audio, and TOSLINK digital audio outputs. The HDR-M2C provides additional value for installers by enabling HDMI audio de-embedding with or without connection to a display or other destination.
The HDR-M2C audio converter includes EDID management features as well as audio volume and bass/treble controls, all available via Ethernet through the Atlona Management System (AMS), the web GUI, or a control system. AMS is a powerful network software platform ideal for configuring, managing, and monitoring the HDR-M2C and other Atlona IP-controllable devices over a LAN, WAN, or VPN. AMS is available free from Atlona.
“It’s not uncommon to share sources across two-channel, whole home audio, and multi-channel, home theatre zones,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “Unless you have a way to preserve the multi-channel Dolby or DTS source signal, the home theatre system is often limited to two-channel audio. The AT-HDR-M2C splits and downmixes multi-channel audio for two-channel displays, sound bars, or whole-home audio systems while passing the full, multi-channel HDMI signal with HDR metadata and HDCP 2.2 content protection to an AV receiver.”
Available now through Atlona partners worldwide, the HDR-M2C includes Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty and customer support services, so that integrators can specify, purchase, and install with confidence.
11th April 2017
Optoma unveils DARBEE version of its GT1080e gaming projector
Gamers can now experience extra levels of depth, clarity and realism with the new Optoma GT1080Darbee projector, just launched.
Building on the success of the popular GT1080e, the new projector has integrated DARBEE Visual Presence image enhancement technology. It also features an Enhanced Gaming Mode with an impressive 16ms response time, perfect for games that depend on rapid reactions.
The GT1080Darbee is the second in Optoma’s DARBEE range following the launch of its HD28DSE home entertainment projector. This technology, exclusive to Optoma projectors, brings exceptional levels of depth and realism to imagery.
The bright, 3,000-lumen projector produces vivid colours whether playing action-packed games or watching TV shows, live sports and movies.
Its short throw lens allows the GT1080Darbee to be placed on a coffee table and project a stunning 100 inch full HD 1080p image on a flat surface or screen from just over a metre away.
Optoma EMEA’s head of marketing, Joe Ahmed, said: “We’re excited to launch our first short throw lens design projector featuring DARBEE Visual Presence technology, which is exclusive to Optoma projectors. The end result is revolutionary levels of depth, clarity, object separation and realism for an immersive and lifelike viewing experience.”
The enhanced gaming mode setting is designed to optimise the projector for lightning response times, maximum contrast and vivid colours.
Two HDMI inputs are a huge benefit of the GT1080Darbee. Games consoles, Blu-ray players or digital television set top boxes can be simultaneously connected via HDMI, making switching between sources literally the push of a button. MHL connectivity makes it easy to wirelessly share content from MHL devices such as the Optoma HDCast Pro, Roku's streaming stick, tablets and smartphones, to connect directly to the projector and play back music and video, view pictures and even share webpages and other user generated digital media content.
For added convenience, the GT1080Darbee comes complete with an integrated speaker that delivers 16W audio with exceptional sound quality. Despite the small dimensions of the projector, the level of audio created will easily fill a living space. An audio output is also included, enabling connection to external sound systems.
11th April 2017
DiGiCo and Waves announce new integration
DiGiCo and Waves have announce a new method of integration that will allow users to maximise the potential for additional new features on both the Waves and SD platforms.
DiGiCo SD consoles will be able to integrate with a Waves Multirack system, which is running on an external PC, while maintaining the high level of integration both companies’ clients have come to rely on.
This integration will continue to use the low latency Waves I/O interface built into SD consoles for audio routing and will also include the existing standard session, snapshot and plug-in control for advance, faster and smooth show control and automation. The integration will allow the use of Waves latest and most advanced plug-ins to expand the engineer’s sonic options.
Further enhanced control implementation is being planned, allowing users to take full advantage of both platforms and their combined functionality. This will allow both Waves and DiGiCo to provide an even better user experience as both Waves and SD console upgrades continue.
"Waves and DiGiCo have been working together since 2010 to accommodate and enhance our customers’ and users’ workflow,” says Waves VP Mick Olesh. “The enablement of this new integration further demonstrates our effective cooperation, providing the user with new tools, more control, advanced networking and state-of-the-art sonic excellence.”
5th April 2017
Set yourself free with the DiGiCo S-Series App
The new DiGiCo S App is the perfect way to control DiGiCo S-Series consoles straight from an Apple iPad. Designed to be compatible with DiGiCo's S21 and S31, it allows remote, wireless control of any DiGiCo S-Series mixing console wherever the user is.
The DiGiCo S App permanently displays an overview of the console layout, so the user can select any available console bank and have the same user-friendly operation that is already familiar, without being tied to the console.
What can be controlled:
- Channel Setup - +48V, polarity, analogue gain, digital trim, channel delay, insert points on/off, meters
- Mix – channel label, pan, mute, solo, fader level, meters
- EQ – 4 band EQ plus HPF/LPF
- Dynamics – all dynamics parameters for all console dynamics modes
- Auxes – auxiliary send levels, on/off, auxiliary pans
- Buss Routing – assignment of channels to busses
- Snapshots – insert new, recall, update, delete
- Matrix – sends, on/off, matrix input labels
- Graphic EQ – 32 faders and on/off for each unit, flatten all bands
- Save Session
- There is also an overview mode for selecting the Bank that needs to be controlled. Tap the arrow down symbol in the top right corner of the main view
- Connection details can be saved for different devices
- Aux Select buttons can (optionally) activate the Solo function for the relevant Aux Channels. Tap the Aux Menu button a second time to activate/deactivate this function.
The DiGiCo S App requires V1.4+ of the S-Series console software and the iPad connection must be configured on the console. It is not compatible with earlier versions of S-Series software.
5th April 2017
Allen & Heath Broadens Interface Options for dLive
Allen & Heath has expanded the digital interface options for its dLive mixing system with the introduction of superMADI and a range of AES3 I/O cards.
Designed to help integrate dLive into a wide range of broadcast, live interface and recording scenarios, the superMADI interface card has numerous connectivity possibilities, including eight BNC connectors and four SFP slots for fibre optic transceivers. Both coaxial and optical formats offer up to 128 I/O at 96kHz each, and redundancy and sample rate are switchable per link pair, with a choice of Smux or HighSpeed 96kHz mode. The superMADI card can also be used by engineers and rental companies to link to any MADI-enabled third party console, allowing high-channel count digital splits, for example, between FoH and monitors.
The four new AES3 I/O cards are offered in a choice of I/O formats, comprising two in / eight out, four in / six out, six in / four out and ten out, providing a convenient solution for digital patching to system PA, monitor amps and speaker controllers, or for console combining. The cards’ output sample rate is switchable between 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz and 44.1kHz, while the inputs provide sample rate conversion from 32kHz to 192kHz.
The new superMADI and AES3 cards can be fitted in the audio networking slots of any dLive S Class or dLive C Class surface or MixRack.
Allen & Heath’s live sound product manager, Ben Morgan, commented: “We’re seeing a strong demand for our dLive systems in dedicated broadcast scenarios and in situations where a venue or rental company needs to provide a feed for broadcast or to an OB truck. The superMADI card makes it easy to meet broadcasters’ needs, whatever their sample rate or format requirement. Similarly, we’ve had many requests from dLive engineers working across the spectrum of live sound, installation and broadcast for a range of AES I/O formats. Despite the popularity of AoIP protocols, AES3 is still a popular choice for interconnecting pro audio equipment from different vendors.”
The new cards will be debuting at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt on the Allen & Heath stand F40 in Hall 3.1.
5th April 2017
Harman Professional Solutions introduces the Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i
Harman Professional Solutions has announced the new Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i, offering customers multiple channels of remote controlled I/O for Soundcraft Si series products, including the Si Impact mixing console. The new rack-mount stageboxes are equipped with high-quality components, including Studer-designed preamps, to deliver exceptional sound quality, convenience and robust ease-of-use.
Additionally, Harman recently released a free firmware update for the Soundcraft Si Impact mixing console that enables up to 80 mix tracks when used in conjunction with stageboxes. The update allows Si Impact owners to add a stagebox for additional inputs, while simultaneously using the existing console inputs. By adding a second MADI option card to the console, customers can add a second stagebox and select which inputs to assign to the 80 mixing channels. In addition, with up to 80 total mix tracks, customers can now handle more complex mixing scenarios, like adding an optional Dante card for receiving from a house router, or outputting to either the back of their console or the stagebox, all while recording up to 32 tracks over USB to a connected digital audio workstation.
"The new Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are perfect for live sound engineers, houses of worship, bands, club owners and corporate customers that want affordable remote-controlled I/O for their Soundcraft Si series console,” said Scott Wood, solutions manager, mixing at Harman Professional Solutions. “Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i deliver the input power, versatility and sound quality of large-scale traditional mixing solutions, all at an incredible value. Combined with the new Soundcraft Si Impact firmware update, the new stageboxes make the Si line more compelling and more flexible than ever.”
Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i provide multiple channels of MADI I/O via standard Cat5 cabling, eliminating the need to run expensive and heavy analogue multicores from the stage to front of house mixing positions. Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i offer remarkable value while maintaining the industry-leading performance and dependability found in Soundcraft live solutions.
Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i feature a streamlined design that provides essential connections and features, including a MADI over RJ45 connector built right onto the chassis. No local hardware configuration or option cards are needed or required, engineers can simply plug in, power on, select inputs and control remotely using a Soundcraft Si console.
Dedicated XLR mic pre inputs allow 32 or 16 simultaneous channels of external analog input. Mini Stagebox 32i offers twelve analog outputs, while Mini Stagebox 16i offers eight analogue outputs for easy connection to house and stage monitors and broadcast or streaming feeds.
Mini Stagebox 32i
- MADI over RJ45/Cat5 connectivity for 100M runs between stage and mixing console (328 feet)
- 32 remote controlled mic preamps and A/D converters
- 12 XLR analogue line level outputs
- 3U Rack mount design
Mini Stagebox 16i
- RJ45/Cat5 connectivity for 100M runs between stage and mixing console (328 feet)
- 16 remote controlled mic preamps and A/D converters
- 8 XLR analogue line level outputs
- 2U Rack mount design
The Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i are expected to be available in May 2017.
5th April 2017
Atlona Now Shipping OmniStream Family of AV over IP Products
Representing a leap forward in AV and IT convergence, Atlona announces that OmniStream, its first line of AV over IP products, is now shipping and available for orders through authorized OmniStream partners.
The OmniStream family consists of five distinct products to integrate and distribute 4K/UHD video, audio, and RS-232 control over Gigabit Ethernet networks, employing off-the-shelf network switches. The OmniStream line offers several industry-first features, including high density, dual-channel encoding and decoding, redundant AV networks and streams, encrypted content distribution, network error resilience; broadcast-quality 4K video compression with extremely low latency and the ability to convey 4K video and Dante audio simultaneously over the same network.
“We created OmniStream as an entirely new platform for dependable, high performance 4K video distribution over enterprise-wide network installations,” said David Shamir, Atlona’s director of product management. “It redefines AV distribution over IP networks and addresses the many challenges of integrating and managing AV signal routing over Ethernet. It delivers the performance and reliability of traditional AV technologies and satisfies the technical demands of AV pros as well as IT managers.”
According to Shamir, OmniStream’s network-based approach enables virtually unlimited scalability and low-cost integration, benefits not available with conventional matrix switching technology. He said the new line is well suited to interconnecting AV between multiple rooms and floors, over an entire building, and across a corporate or university campus.
The OmniStream line comprises the following products:
- OmniStream 111 (AT-OMNI-111) Single-Channel Networked AV Encoder
- OmniStream 112 (AT-OMNI-112) Two-Channel Networked AV Encoder
- OmniStream 121 (AT-OMNI-121) Single-Channel Networked AV Decoder
- OmniStream 122 (AT-OMNI-122) Two-Channel Networked AV Decoder
- OmniStream 232 (AT-OMNI-232) Two-Channel Dante Networked Audio Interface
An AV industry first, dual-channel encoding and decoding allows each OmniStream 112 and OmniStream 122 to process two independent 4K/UHD video streams in a single, half-width rack enclosure. This allows Atlona to offer excellent cost per channel value, as well as the benefit of a high-density rack installation.
The dual-channel components can also be configured for system redundancy, with each encoder and decoder handling two simultaneous streams of the same HDMI source. The two independent streams are encoded and decoded simultaneously, and when a physical or logical connection fault is detected in a primary stream, the decoder automatically switches over to the backup.
OmniStream features SMPTE VC-2 video compression (SMPTE 2042), a visually lossless codec originally developed by the BBC for high quality imagery in master control video distribution as well as post-production and archiving.
Additionally, OmniStream delivers the lowest encode-to-decode latency of any pro AV industry codec, half a video frame or 9ms delay for 60Hz video signals, making it a smart choice for applications requiring tight audio and video synchronization, such as live streaming.
For optimal performance and reliability, OmniStream features SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for protection against packet loss and the resulting signal dropouts, which can occur in large-scale applications spanning several networks. It also features selectable AES-128 encryption for securing sensitive or protected content in government, military, healthcare, and corporate environments.
All OmniStream AV encoders stream HDMI embedded audio, including Dolby and DTS multi-channel bitstream formats. In addition, the OmniStream 232 Dante network interface can be used for transmitting and receiving two-channel audio over the network. The OmniStream 232 also integrates sources such as microphones and PCs into a third-party audio DSP as well as a larger Dante system. Advanced projects with a combination of OmniStream devices can be employed to simultaneously route AV-over-IP and Dante audio signals over the same network.
OmniStream is designed with a host of essential features for streamlining and optimizing AV integration. Decoders feature high performance 4K upscaling and downscaling with 4:4:4 video processing to preserve full colour integrity of computer-generated content. Decoders also can downmix multi-channel audio and deliver de-embedded two channel audio outputs. Automatic display control is available at the AV encoders through RS-232 and CEC. In addition, OmniStream offers the option to display a user-supplied logo, a full-screen image, or scrolling text.
To simplify system integration and minimize costs, OmniStream devices can be powered using a PoE-equipped Gigabit switch as well as a dedicated power supply. They are configured using the free Atlona Management System (AMS) software, which serves as a centralised portal for managers or system administrators to monitor and manage an enterprise-wide OmniStream system.
“We looked to do more than just keep pace with the market,” Shamir said. “We aimed to raise the bar on what customers can expect in AV networking capacity, performance and economy, and we’ve succeeded in every respect. It’s no exaggeration to say OmniStream breaks new ground for the AV industry as well as Atlona.”
5th April 2017
Robe Acquires RoboSpot Rights and IP
Czech lighting manufacturer Robe has acquired the rights and IP (intellectual property) from well-known US lighting designer and programmer Seth Robinson of Sightline Design Group for RoboSpot, a remote controlled followspot system.
Seth originally developed the RoboSpot concept a few years ago working with automated luminaires. Initially he used scanners due to the fast response time of the mirror and as the technology of moving heads improved, he then turned his attention to utilising them with his system.
His system comprised a moving head pan and tilt camera mounted on the truss adjacent to the moving light which gave a first-person-view to an operator standing at FoH or at side or backstage looking at a monitor and operating a user-interface that communicated with the moving light. Multiple moving lights could be controlled using one system with the offset calibration providing the ability to focus all lights on a single performer and position.
This innovative system has been further developed by Robe and is being previewed at the Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt which runs 4th – 7th April.
Robe CEO Josef Valchar comments: “We saw the value and potential of Seth’s technology and have been in discussions since we first met in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2016.
“It’s the first remote controlled follow spot system that is straightforward and easy to set-up and use, and I think it will be of great interest to lighting professionals looking for a cost-efficient and effective solution in numerous production scenarios.
“This would include stadiums, arenas, concert halls, theatres, TV productions and college and high school venues to name but a few.”
The original system already has some excellent references. Leading LD Peter Morse used the RoboSpot to control some specific upstage moving lights on Bette Midler’s acclaimed ‘Divine Intervention’ tour May in July, 2015.
Before then, it was used on the iTunes Festival in London in September 2013 (one system) and 2014 (two systems), the Austin, Texas iTunes Festival in March 2014 (two systems), as well as London’s Apple Music Festival in September 2015 (three systems) and 2016 (three systems).
Two systems were supplied to the American Express ‘Rally on the River’ event, a hydro-interactive tennis experience involving giant water screen projections ahead of the US Open tennis tournament in 2015.
Three RoboSpot systems were also used by renowned LD Martin Phillips on The Weeknd’s ‘King of the Fall’ tour in September / October 2014.
Says Seth: “As designers, we are constantly faced with limitations. Constraints of budget, available space and safety push us to find creative solutions. The RoboSpot was born out of that struggle.”
“We wanted a rear followspot for a worldwide music performance broadcast, but had no room in the historic venue to safely allow an operator to sit above the stage. Inspiration struck after the show one evening and I quickly mocked up a working virtual system. The essence of that original idea still lives in the RoboSpot system as a testament to the spirit of innovation.”
The next generation of RoboSpot systems – with substantial enhancements – is compatible with any of Robe’s BMFL range of high-powered fixtures.
It has been devised as a solution for situations where it is impractical to install an operated followspot position.
The RoboSpot base station communicates with a camera (either mounted on the BMFL fixture or beside it) which follows the performer or object being tracked.
The RoboSpot motion camera functions (focus, zoom, precise pan and tilt movement) are DMX remote-controlled, and it provides a ‘first-person’ view for the remote-based followspot operator. Video data is transferred in real-time from the camera to the RoboSpot base station via Ethernet.
The RoboSpot base station has a video screen giving the operator a live view of the performer or object being followed from the camera. Using a set of special handles with two programmable faders mapped, for example, to the dimmer and iris functions on the luminaire, the operator's movement of the handles is calibrated and fed via DMX as positional data for the pan and tilt movement of the BMFL units being controlled as ‘RoboSpots’.
One RoboSpot base station can control up to twelve BMFL fixtures rigged in different locations around the stage, performance space or venue.
A panel on the base station featuring a touch screen display and four custom programmable jog-wheels plus ten assignable buttons is fully customisable to suit the operator. The programmable buttons, faders and jog-wheels allow the operator to comfortably trigger and control parameters like dimmer, focus, iris, zoom, focus and the many other features of the units being controlled.
While being operated as a followspot, the remote console can still take control of any of the internal features of the BMFL units.
4th April 2017
RDMchip from LumenRadio – TiMo’s baby brother
LumenRadio has announces the availability of the RDMchip – the world’s smallest wireless RDM receiver.
TiMo just got a baby brother – the RDMchip. RDMchip has all the features of a TiMo RX crammed into a package of just 6x6 mm. Add a few ancillary components and the result is a highly integrated wireless receiver that can talk both DMX and RDM.
The RDMchip is a result from close cooperation with some of LumenRadio’s key customers that selected LumenRadio as their preferred technology provider for wireless technology.
LumenRadio’s sales director Peter Lindkvist explains: “The RDMchip targets high-volume customers that are ready to commit to having wireless DMX as a standard. There’s obviously some additional work and investment needed when putting the solution directly onto your own PCB, compared to working with a pre-certified module like the TiMo, but from a cost and footprint perspective there are significant advantages for the customer.”
Niclas Norlén, the company’s CTO, elaborates: “With the RDMchip a truly wireless fixture can be made extremely cheap, without even the need for a user interface – instead the users do all the configuration wirelessly with RDM – for instance with our RDM controller SuperNova, or any other RDM controller though our wireless proxies. The RDMchip can even be cheaper than some XLR connectors.”
4th April 2017
Meyer Sound's LEO Family Grows with LINA and 750-LFC
Meyer Sound's Leo Family of linear sound reinforcement systems has been expanded with the addition of the diminutive new Lina very compact linear line array loudspeaker and companion 750-LFC very compact low frequency control element. Easily the smallest and lightest in the series, Lina and 750-LFC bring the inherent linearity, low distortion and exceptional power-to-size ratio of Leo Family technology to a wider range of applications and venues.
The self-powered Lina loudspeaker measures only 20.27 inches (515mm) wide and weighs in at a mere 43lbs. (19.5kg), making it an ideal choice when discreet appearance, portability and hanging weight restrictions are critical considerations. Also, because Lina shares the same structural footprint as Meyer Sound's current Mina line array loudspeakers, owners of Mina systems can add Lina to their existing inventory using the same rigging and mounting hardware. Mixed systems of Mina and Lina are compatible using the delay integration in Compass control software.
On the inside, Lina has been outfitted with new drivers and an updated amplifier and signal processing package to conform with the Leo Family design philosophy. Compared to Mina, the newly designed class D amplifier affords greater efficiency, and an upgraded power supply enables higher peak output. The three-inch HF compression driver incorporates a new magnet structure first used in the Leopard line array loudspeaker (Lina's next-larger sibling) for reduced distortion. Low-frequency distortion from the dual 6.5-inch woofers is further reduced compared to Mina, aided by new internal venting and baffling to optimize performance. On-board signal processing has been upgraded for more power, and it now includes optimised Native Mode as first introduced in Leopard, that yields excellent system performance with minimal external processing.
"Following the industry-wide acceptance of Leopard, we were asked if we could deliver the same sonic transparency and headroom in a smaller system," says Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound's vice president of R&D and chief loudspeaker designer. "Although Lina takes advantage of the existing Mina footprint, the improvements in high-frequency headroom and lower distortion are clearly audible. Lina definitely shows its Leo Family lineage."
In most applications, Lina compact line array loudspeakers will be integrated with the companion 750-LFC low-frequency control element for extending deep bass performance across its operating frequency range of 36Hz to 125Hz. The 750-LFC houses a 15-inch, dual voice coil long excursion driver along with a two channel, open loop class D amplifier and signal processing to provide separate, precisely synchronised power to each voice coil. Like its larger siblings, the 900-LFC and 1100-LFC, the 750-LFC reproduces low frequencies at high continuous levels with clarity, extremely low distortion, and optimised phase response. An integral pole mount receptacle pairs with Lina or Ultra Series loudspeakers, while an optional rigging frame allows flying in Lina arrays without a transition grid.
The high power-to-size ratio and sleek profile of the Lina compact linear line array systems make them an excellent choice for small theatres, theme parks, houses of worship and portable AV systems. Configured as single cabinets or short stacks, Lina loudspeakers are ideally suited for use as front fills and under-balcony fills.
Lina compact linear line array loudspeakers and 750-LFC low-frequency control elements are expected to ship 1st June, 2017.
4th April 2017
NEXT-proaudio presents Dbox – Dante to analogue audio converter
This small module (128x80x39mm) supports one RJ45 Dante input, and two balanced XLR analogue outputs.
The Dbox enables a simple connection of analogue equipment to a Dante network providing studio-quality and low latency audio.
It incorporates two screw fittings for NEXT DPA2000, the active speaker's amplifier module, providing a P&P solution for those who already have the active speakers and want it to speak Dante with the network.
The official presentation takes place at prolight+sound 2017.
3rd April 2017
Supernova 4 – The market leading RDM management tool has got even better
LumenRadio a leader in wireless DMX, releases a new version of SuperNova – Supernova 4. SuperNova is a complete system management tool for monitoring and configuring lighting networks and with the new features and improved UI this market leading RDM management tool has got even better.
With support for both CRMX and third-party Art-Net nodes from other manufacturers, SuperNova provides a clear and detailed view of the status of your entire network, both wired and wireless devices. RDM enabled fixtures can be configured and monitored from the software, with configuration of common parameters just a click away.
SuperNova 4 features a new and improved UI. The all-new flat design is aimed to work extremely well on not only a regular laptop, but also on tablet type computers with touch screen, such as Microsoft Surface.
Among the new features is unlimited access to RDM through third-party Art-Net nodes for any number of universes, configuration of dimmer specific parameters such as dimmer curves, improved support for sub-devices, improved support for saving complete projects to disk and improved support for multi-screen systems.
Furthermore SuperNova 4 now supports the latest version of Java, which means that it will install and run on any new version of Microsoft Windows or Apple’s Mac OS.
“During the last couple of years we have released a number of new products for our hardware products, CRMXchip that revolutionised wireless DMX receivers, TiMo RX and TiMo FX that did the same for RDM users, and last year we released the USB transmitter that brings CRMX to a whole new level of users. We now thought it were time to give some love to our software product, SuperNova, as well.” Michael Karlsson, R&D manager at LumenRadio, explains. He elaborates: “Among the new features, my favourite is support for doing firmware updates wirelessly over the air directly to a supported receiver.”
SuperNova 3 was awarded the PLASA award for Innovation and now we proudly present its successor – SuperNova 4. Visit LumenRadio on booth C76 in hall 3.0 at Prolight + Sound for a live demo.
3rd April 2017
ETC scales new heights with introduction of Prodigy P2 hoist
USA – ETC is kicking off a new era in upper stage machinery with the introduction of the P2 hoist. Offering quick installation, easy operation, revolutionary features and affordable system expansion, P2 – the newest hoist in ETC’s Prodigy family – can go where other rigging systems can’t.
The compact, 130kg* P2 fixed-speed hoist has a 300kg load capacity and can be used as a complete system by itself, or it can be combined with larger hoists in a hybrid system. Using 5mm lift wire rope, it offers 15 metres of travel with up to eight lift lines. ETC’s QuickTouch and Foundation families of rigging controllers are feature rich, yet intuitive and uncomplicated, and work seamlessly with P2, and all of the hoist solutions from ETC Rigging.
The revolutionary features and capabilities that set ETC’s rigging products apart from others are at work in P2. The P2 hoist can be installed with or without ETC’s unique compression tube, is engineered to fit into the smallest spaces without adding lateral loads to buildings so venues that aren’t able to use other larger hoists will finally be able to access automated rigging. Additionally, loft blocks can be positioned independent of the building’s structural mounting points, and allows users to support the attached load in a manner best fitting the load, instead of the building.
Safety is at the heart of P2, which includes load cell, and slack line detection. It also has a self-locking worm-gear system to prevent accidents. P2’s control electronics are built into the hoist, and incorporate hard-wired deadman and E-stop circuits.
Thanks to its advanced features and design, P2 is easier to install and commission than most other hoists on the market. “It takes very little time to get P2 in place,” says ETC Rigging product manager Nils Becker. “A pair of technicians could install six fully-commissioned hoists in a single day. That saves venues on installation costs, and results in less disruption to a production or event schedule.”
Adding additional hoists to a P2 system or upgrading existing hoists is also a simple process. “Rigging systems from other manufacturers often require significant control and wiring changes to add hoists, but ETC systems don’t,” explains European Rigging Sales Manager Enrico Nobile. “The faster installation and compatibility of our system components results in cost savings for our customers.”
29th March 2017
Christie launches the CP2308 superior-value, lamp-based projector for smaller screens
Christie is introducing the CP2308 projector, a xenon lamp-based unit that will meet the needs of smaller exhibitors, who have been eagerly awaiting a DCI-compliant, full-featured yet affordable digital-cinema option. The CP2308 has advanced electronics and is simple to operate, boasting many user-friendly features.
Engineered with the operator in mind, the CP2308 has several new, key features, including built-in automation that provides simplified playback, scheduling, and management of cinema content, a large touch panel controller with a newly UX designed intuitive user interface and expansion card support for additional control.
“The CP2308 is capable of projecting 9,000 DCI lumens and boasts the latest Christie electronics platform – the CineLifeTM Series 3 – which will underpin an expanding line of DCI-compliant projectors manufactured, designed and integrated by Christie,” said Allan Fernandes, product manager, Christie.
The unit supports alternative content sources through dual HDMI ports and can be ordered with a Christie Series 3 Integrated Media Block (IMB), as well having backwards-compatibility with third-party Series 2 IMBs.
“Christie promises the right light for the right application and xenon-based projectors still shine in small-screen installations, besting the image quality of laser-phosphor cinema projector alternatives,” said Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, global market solutions and engineering, Christie. “Coupled with their low cost of ownership and reliable performance, lamp-based projectors continue to form an important option for many exhibitors, as they manage their transition to RGB laser projection.”
The CP2308 will be shown at CinemaCon in the Christie booth, with an on-booth demo of the new CineLife Series 3 user interface. Products will ship in June and will be available globally.
29th March 2017
L-Acoustics Launches Its First Avnu-certified Systems
L-Acoustics has announced that the LA12X amplified controller is the first L-Acoustics product to receive Avnu certification, the LA4X will also receive certification in the coming weeks. A member of the Avnu Alliance since 2015, L-Acoustics has committed its development resources to open standard AVB technology, which streamlines network infrastructure by combining audio signal transmission with system control and monitoring.
The Avnu-certified LA12X and LA4X amplified controllers include built-in AVB bridge functionality, reducing the need for additional costly networking equipment and facilitating set-up and interoperability of systems. Together, they are the first Avnu-certified amplified controllers to be launched with both Bridge and Listener technology. To accompany LA12X and LA4X, LA Network Manager software is also updated with an AVB controller, which eases connection with other systems and integrates seamlessly via an easy and natural user interface.
“We’re proud to be the first manufacturer to provide a combined AVB bridge and listener capacity with our flagship amplified controllers,” said Genio Kronauer, director of electronics at L-Acoustics. “Enabled by our membership in Avnu Alliance, we have implemented AVB technology and certified it for interoperability and compliance, which ensures our products are future-proof and increases the value of our partners’ investments in L-Acoustics systems. By participating in an open community like Avnu, we also have a voice in the advancement of the technologies for our industry.”
The amplified controllers with new AVB-enabled firmware are currently in a pilot phase with select L-Acoustics partners and will be rolled out widely this spring. All LA4X amplified controllers manufactured since June 2015 and all LA12X ship AVB-ready, which means that L-Acoustics partners will benefit from AVB via a simple firmware update. LA4X manufactured before June 2015 will require an updated DSP card, available through L-Acoustics’ service team.
“We are excited to have L-Acoustics products join the Avnu-certified ecosystem,” said Avnu Alliance president, Gary Stuebing. “Avnu certification ensures a combination of features and ease of use that will offer tremendous benefits to integrators who want to easily integrate powerful, cost-effective networked audio solutions.”
28th March 2017
Elation Artiste DaVinci Full-Featured LED Spot for the Creative Designer
Elation Professional is offering the new Artiste DaVinci, a full-featured yet compact “theatrical grade” LED moving head spot luminaire and the first fixture in Elation’s new Artiste series. Multi-talented like the artistic icon it is named after, the Artiste DaVinci delivers an exceptional combination of power, colour and projection possibilities.
“With Artiste DaVinci we put all the design features that creative LDs ask for in a small package,” states Eric Loader, sales director at Elation Professional. “It’s full-featured yet LED-based so it offers a complete palette for the creative designer in an energy-efficient design. This is really the ultimate performance fixture designed for the most demanding theatrical and stage applications and is an excellent example of our commitment to offer best-in-class price/performance ratio fixtures.”
The Artiste DaVinci produces a bright and highly efficient beam. An output of over 13,000 lumens is comparable to 700W discharge lamp fixtures, yet it does not require lamp replacements. Powerful enough to light a stage or set from even the highest trim height, a newly designed 300W LED engine and advanced optics is at the heart of this enhanced performance and energy efficient luminaire that will shine through even on the largest stages.
Built to make the design task easier while allowing for more creative freedom, the Artiste DaVinci offers a variety of design features in a small package. Full CMY colour mixing gives a broad palette of colour choice and is supplemented by seven dichroic colour from a colour wheel, including CTB. Add to that CTO colour mixing for greater colour temperature control and the Artiste DaVinci is also an excellent colour matching unit. While the fixture is a highly capable spot luminaire, a frost filter is included when the moment calls for a softer wash effect.
The Artiste DaVinci is all about creativity and a range of graphical effects via two gobo wheels and an animation system allow for greater design freedom. One gobo wheel houses six rotating gobos while the other houses nine static replaceable gobos for customised looks. A full 360° bi-directional animation effect wheel brings graphics to life, allowing for the creation of dramatic animated effects such as undulating waves, rising flames, driving rain, drifting clouds, foliage, and more. The Artiste DaVinci incorporates a fast and precisely moving zoom system with auto-focus for more precise coverage. For easy adjustment of beam size as well as beam sharpness, the motorised zoom expands the beam from a tight 7° to a wide 48°.
A host of other effects can be achieved via the fixture’s two rotating prisms, including both a six-way linear and three-facet prism. Colour, CMY and prism macros are also included for quick programming of effects and a motorised iris is included for further beam manipulation. The DaVinci also houses a high-speed electronic shutter and strobe as well as variable dimming curve effects and 16-bit multi-phase motors mean that pan and tilt rotation is both fast and smooth. Energy efficient compared to discharge lamp fixtures, the Artiste DaVinci includes a Hibernation Mode, which saves power when the fixture is not in use. LED refresh rate frequency and Gamma brightness are also adjustable.
The Artiste DaVinci can be controlled via DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), sACN or Art-NET protocols and Elation's internal E-FLY wireless DMX transceiver makes for easier setup with less cable mess. The fixture comes with a host of other standard features like 5-pin DMX in/out connections, RJ45 etherCON, as well as powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections. It includes a six-button touch control panel with a full-colour 180° reversible LCD menu display that makes for easy navigation through DMX and manual settings. It is also possible to power link multiple fixtures meaning that customisable set-ups are quick. The Artiste DaVinci operates flicker free for use in TV and other broadcast applications and an auto-sensing power supply covers worldwide voltages and frequencies.
For lighting designers looking to be inspired, the Artiste DaVinci provides limitless options for creative lighting and will inspire designers to create stunning palettes of light, certain to enhance any experience.
28th March 2017
Rosco Debuts Image Spot LED Gobo Projector
Rosco Laboratories has announced a highly-anticipated addition to its projection product line with the introduction of the Image Spot LED gobo projector.
“We’re very excited about Image Spot’s introduction to the marketplace,” said Jack Burwick, product manager for Rosco’s LED Systems. “It’s incredibly energy efficient yet compact, with image projection and a throw that’s nothing short of superior,” he said. “With its 40W LED array and the option of 190, 250 or 300 beam optics, Image Spot is the perfect projection fixture for a variety of applications including retail, museums, theme parks, and other hospitality venues,” said Burwick. Indoor (IP40) and outdoor (IP65) versions are available.
Image Spot’s fan-free passive cooling system ensures that the unit runs silently, making it suitable for environments where silence is critical. A variety of accessories allow significant customisation of the Image Spot’s projection, including the above-mentioned narrow, medium and wide lenses for additional beam shaping, and filter/diffusion options for lighting and colour control. Image Spot features on-board dimming controls as well as DMX512 compatibility for both the indoor and outdoor-rated models.
Rosco is a global leader in the design and production of steel, glass, and plastic gobos as well as projection solutions. Image Spot is the first LED gobo projector that Rosco has produced as part of its continued expansion into the LED lighting market.
27th March 2017
In the run-up to Prolight & Sound 2017, the brand Eurolite brings new LED moving heads with compact dimensions and amazing effects to the market. The devices with the melodious name “Hypno” captivate viewers with luminous rings.
The name predicts the characteristics of these moving heads. LED rings, which are arranged around the lens, create hypnotizing effects in bright colours, while a light beam comes out of the centre.
Currently, there are two versions of the Hypno, which, despite their similar looks, differ in their composition. The spot version is equipped with a powerful, white 30W COB LED, you can modify the projection by using colour wheels and gobos. Around the lens, three LED rings with a total of 76 RGB SMD LEDs have been arranged.
The second version houses a 60W COB LED in RGBW colours which create a vividly coloured beam. Around this are four LED rings with a total of 88 RGB SMD LEDs. the LED rings can be controlled individually on both devices. The fixtures can be controlled via DMX or operated in stand-alone mode.
Despite their impressive effect and their assertive light power, the dimensions of the Hypnos are manageable. Both versions are only 35cm high and weigh only 5kg. This makes them excellent for mobile use, solo entertainers or smaller bands are well equipped with these devices. Even when installed in clubs, the Hypnos perform perfectly.
23rd March 2017
Introducing the LED Creative Byte Controller
Designed and built by the LED Creative in-house technical team, the Byte Controller is a state of the art controller unit developed specifically to work in unison with the LED Creative Sigma product range.
Created to allow maximum artistic control with minimum programming time and a greatly reduced DMX footprint, Byte offers precise, intelligent pixel management, easily handling up to 300px per output or up to 1200px across an eight output unit.
Accurate and flexible, Byte permits outputs to be addressed individually or grouped, thus solving a number of common ‘real world’ LED pixel issues by allowing control as individual fixtures, the same fixture or as part of grouped fixtures. For added variability, the system’s unique on board algorithms are able to easily manipulate built in effects to provide almost infinite, instantaneous results.
Commenting on the new units, LED Creative’s Adam Howard says: “Our new controller units are an extremely valuable addition to our product range. We built them specifically to meet the needs of clients using our Sigma LEDs and we’re absolutely delighted to have see them already put to good use on a number of productions.”
Solid, lightweight and featuring acoustic silent cooling, BYTE is ideal for studio and theatre use, or environments where ambient noise levels need to be kept to an absolute minimum. Delivering ultimate control to every performance, the LED Creative Byte Controller is the perfect accompaniment for broadcast, film and architectural installations of any size, shape or complexity.