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New Showtec Edison DMX Dimmers and LED Filament Bulbs
Almost 140 years ago Edison invented the light bulb, giving the entire world the gift of light. And now Showtec presents a classy way to dim it. Introducing the Showtec Edison Dot E1, Edison Star E6 and Edison Bar E6, three stylish retro-like fixtures equipped with E27 sockets.
The Showtec Edison fixtures offer lighting designers the possibility to add a finishing touch to their set-ups, to create atmosphere during an event or accentuate the catwalk during fashion-shows.
Three design fixtures including brackets with daisy-chain possibility for the DMX-signal and power. The E27 sockets offer the freedom of completing the show elegantly by adding various Showtec E27 LED filament bulbs. The Showtec Dot E1 is the smallest fixture of the three with room for 1 E27 bulb. Due to its small size, it can be placed almost everywhere.
The Showtec Star E6 accommodates six E27 sockets in a hexagon shape. The Edison Bar E6 is the retro bar of the Edison range. Installing them alongside a catwalk or scattering units in the background of the stage automatically adds a sophisticated feel to the event.
Showtec offers a wide range of E27 LED filament bulbs which combined with the Edison fixtures will get the feeling of nostalgia and design across perfectly and turn every event into something special.
25th April 2019
Elation’s Artiste Van Gogh: Superior Colour with Precise Beam Control
Elation Professional has expanded its award-winning Artiste line of theatrical-grade moving heads with the new Artiste Van Gogh, a state-of-the-art LED Wash luminaire that excels at accurate colour reproduction for colour projections of outstanding quality. Coupled with internal framing and whisper quiet operation, it is ideally suited for television, theatre and corporate events, but has application anywhere powerful and even wash coverage is desired. The fixture is now shipping.
An efficient 380W Bright White, high-CRI LED engine (6,200K) emits up to 16,000 lumens of high-quality, flat-field light. With a high colour rendering index of 92, the Artiste Van Gogh is exceptional at accurately displaying colours for vivid shades that positively radiate and textures that really stand out. It excels at maintaining an even distribution of light and an even colour temperature across a surface for a smooth wash and consistent light quality that looks great on camera and in person.
The ideal partner to the profile luminaires in the Artiste range, illuminating objects and people with authentic colour reproduction is the perfect application for the Artiste Van Gogh. A 16-bit CMY colour-mixing system with a seamless CTO filter offers the designer a wide colour range from subtle pastels to vibrant primaries. A seven-position color wheel is provided for added colour customisation and includes a dedicated UV filter.
The ability to control precisely the shape of the light beam is essential in television and theatrical lighting. The Artiste Van Gogh excels with an internal four-blade, full blackout, barndoor system that allows for beam shaping and accurate light control at any angle. The entire barn door assembly is indexable, allowing the beam to be shaped and angled as required for accurate highlighting of set pieces and performers. Designers can also use the flexible framing system to create outstanding projection or mid-air effects.
Beam angle can be resized from 7° to 55° (PC lens) and 11° to 66° (Fresnel lens) via a motorised zoom for more exact coverage. With a choice of PC or Fresnel lens (both included), the Van Gogh is flexible at any distance or field of projection from tight beams to wide, smooth washes for use in a variety of applications. A linear wash frost filter can be added at any time for an extra layer of smoothing.
The Artiste Van Gogh comes equipped with all the professional control and connection features that designers would expect from a cutting-edge luminaire. Much like the artistic icon it is named after, the Artiste Van Gogh is both creative and inspirational and will serve as an essential design tool in the hands of the inventive designer.
24th April 2019
PR Lighting Adds Flagship 580 Beam / BWS to Aqua Series
PR Lighting has introduced a new flagship to its popular IP66-rated AQUA range, with the release of the PR-2597 AQUA 580 BWS (combined Beam, Wash and Spot) and PR-2569 AQUA 580 Beam. These made an astounding debut at this month’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt.
Housing the Philips MSD Platinum 25R (550W) lamp (with optional Osram Sirius HRI550W XL) this fully featured fixture, with PR Lighting’s trademark advanced optical path, contains colour wheel with 12 colour filters (plus open), bi-directional rainbow effect at variable speeds, stepplng/linear colour changing, a CMY colour mixing system (with macro) and individual colour temperature adjustment 0-100%.
There is a fixed gobo wheel with 18 gobos (plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds, and a rotating gobo wheel with seven gobos plus open (gobo replaceable). Further effects include a prism wheel containing four prisms (standard eight-facet, nine-facet, four-facet and gradient, with optional three-facet and 16-facet prisms, bi-directional rotation with variable speeds. There is also an effect wheel which can overlap with gobos and again offers bi-directional, vari-speed rotation, and a frost filter. The focus and zoom functions are motorised linearly and the double shutter blade strobe offers 0.3-25 fps.
Head movement offers 540° of pan and 270° (tilt) with auto position correction and adjustable speed. Light angles on the Aqua 580 BWS, are 2° (beam), 2°-40° (spot) and 3°-50° (wash).
Control is via DMX512, offering 23 channels in short mode, 31 channels in standard mode and 35 channels in extended mode.
Housed in temperature resistant cast aluminium, the fixture weighs 36.5kg.
The Aqua 580 Beam offers a similar feature-set, with three prisms (eight-facet, 16-facet and four-facet) with optional three-facet and gradient prisms, but crucially the light angle is 2°. Control is via DMX512, with 19 channels in short mode, 26 channels in standard mode and 29 channels in extended mode.
Both fixtures will be ready to ship in mid-2019.
24th April 2019
New angles in creative lighting
MILOS gives lighting designers a new lease on creative freedom with a worldwide first: Ultimate Hinge. This new hinge design allows for virtually infinite height and angular configurations for exciting backdrops and support structures. The aluminium truss integrates with the versatile steel hinge parts, connecting seamlessly with Milos M290 truss. It also features a high-strength lifting eye for safe and simple connection with electric hoists or lifting points.
Ultimate Hinge is the direct result of a customer’s request during last year's Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. MILOS doesn’t only listen to customers and users, they act upon suggestions and create the required products!
The MILOS Ultimate Hinge is the ultimate partner in creating new and interesting lighting arrangements within truss structures, while eliminating potential damage to book corners.
17th April 2019
ArmoníaPlus gets a new update
It's time to switch to the new System Manager.
The 1.1.0 version features a completely redesigned workflow that puts the speaker at the centre of the equation, which makes managing even the most complex system a breeze. The implementation of intuitive shortcuts makes fast work of navigating the new interface and toggling between the various functions.
With this new release, Powersoft has improved features across the whole platform and added support for LOTO and X4L.
Furthermore, the new Tune:Solo function allows auditioning of system subsection, and a recent details window on the top bar allows users to customise sidebar shortcuts further.
The sorftware can be downloaded here.
10th April 2019
The Go-To Fixture of the Modern Broadcast Studio – Rosco Braq Cube
The design of broadcast studios is changing. The days of huge rooms with high ceilings and large lights has significantly ebbed. Broadcasters big and small are turning to firms like The Lighting Design Group to create intimate, more relatable studios. In these environments, big, heavy, hot, power consuming lights will not work. Thus, LDG often turns to Rosco’s Braq Cube WNC to illuminate these projects. Its versatility, brightness, size, and power consumption make it an excellent choice for this new (and evolving) type of broadcast studio.
A perfect example of this new approach to studio design is the renovation of Bloomberg’s Hong Kong bureau. The Braq Cube’s “look and feel” as an architectural fixture and its small form factor fit right into the design of the studio while properly lighting the set at the same time. The new studio consists of smaller, intimate areas for interviews with financial news-makers. LDG needed a low-impact fixture that blended well with Bloomberg’s aesthetic but provided enough light to work with the sunlight and create an overall, well-illuminated space.
Some areas of the new studio feature the Braq Cube 4C colour-mixing LED fixtures in white housings. These fixtures were specified with track adapters so that they could be easily installed into the architectural lighting track overhead. The studio controls would mix the RGBW fixtures to tungsten or daylight colour temperatures while shooting, but when they’re not illuminating the shot, the Braq Cubes are programmed to project saturated color to add punch into the background shots and assist with ambiance.
The designers at Lighting Design Group use Braq Cubes in a variety of ways, from wall washes to talent light. They can play multiple roles, sometimes simultaneously, making them a go to fixture in this new age of broadcasting.
10th April 2019
d&b audiotechnik simplifies complex venue building in ArrayCalc with launch of d&b ArrayCalc Exchange
In a small but important step to streamlining the d&b Workflow, d&b audiotechnik launches d&b ArrayCalc Exchange software to simplify the import of complex venue geometry data from CAD and EASE into the ArrayCalc simulation software.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange is a SketchUp extension that allows users to convert CAD and EASE files into an ArrayCalc venue file (*.dbacv) that can be imported directly into ArrayCalc.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange supports system designers in mobile and fixed applications by simplifying the creation of complex venues in ArrayCalc. Selected elements are divided into triangles or quadrangles and converted into corresponding triangular or quadrangular planes that are used in ArrayCalc. Different layer name extensions are available, which will determine the input type of the single components from SketchUp in ArrayCalc.
The d&b ArrayCalc simulation software is the simulation tool. This is a comprehensive toolbox for all tasks associated with acoustic design, performance prediction, alignment, rigging and safety parameters.
ArrayCalc Exchange and a corresponding video tutorial will be available as free download via dbaudio.com.
9th April 2019
Elation Extends Product Warranty to Five Years on Latest LED Luminaires
Elation Professional has announced a new warranty policy that extends its standard limited product warranty to five years on LED light engine sources for some of its latest and most popular LED luminaires. In addition, warranty coverage on fixture components has been extended to three years for products used in registered indoor fixed installation projects.
The five-year/three-year limited warranty applies to Elation’s Artiste, Fuze, KL Fresnel, Seven and Profile LED product series for indoor installation projects installed and maintained by an authorised reseller. Products used on temporary indoor rental projects also benefit from the extended five-year warranty on LED engine sources with warranty coverage on fixture components remaining at two years. All exterior-rated lighting products continue to be covered by Elation’s standard twoyear limited product warranty for the LED source and fixture components.
Eric Loader, global director of sales and marketing at Elation, commented on the new policy: “High power LED technology has evolved and matured to the point that it now allows us to offer this extended warranty to our customers. Because we work closely with our component suppliers and select only the highest quality key components to engineer into our products, the long-term reliability of our products has increased tremendously. We therefore feel very confident in being able to provide this extended warranty offer to our customers, adding even more value proposition to our product line.”
The new extended warranty coverage went into effect as of 1 April, 2019. Please contact an Elation representative directly for more details.
9th April 2019
New Flare PRO 2HD delivers ‘most detailed sound ever achieved in an earphone’
Flare Audio Limited has announced the arrival of its highest quality earphone to date, the Flare PRO 2HD. Available now, and providing both wired and wireless play, the PRO 2HD is the culmination of further refinement of the company’s ever-evolving tech. Flare believes the result is the most detailed sound ever heard in any earphone – at any price point.
“At Flare we are continually pushing boundaries to advance sound quality, and aren’t afraid to shake up traditional thinking,” states Davies Roberts, company founder. “With the Flare PRO 2HD, we’ve been able to further enhance our JET technology to improve high frequency detail, letting you hear more elements than ever before. In terms of hearing tracks true to source, we believe this delivers the highest sound quality ever heard in an earphone.”
While aimed at all serious music lovers, the PRO 2HD is also expected to appeal to professional musicians who can use it as an IEM (in-ear monitor) on stage, due to its superb isolation and high level of detail.
The team at Flare are so confident that the PRO 2HD delivers; they’re giving a ‘Sound Quality Guarantee’. If you don’t think that the Flare® PRO 2HD is the most detailed sound you’ve ever heard in an earphone, at any price, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund.”
For those who want a superior sound but with a smaller budget, Flare recently launched the Flares PRO 2, which still provides outstanding clarity but at a more modest price.
To create the HD, Flare’s highly-regarded previous PRO model was put under the microscope and underwent further advancements to its structure and technology. Increased earphone cell thickness in the body and end cap better eliminates remaining structural resonances. Flare’s JET technology and acoustic lens technology have been maximised to reveal even more musical detail than has ever been previously achieved, and the JET technology refined to remove as much air pressure as possible, leaving the 5.5mm beryllium driver unrestricted to move freely.
The acoustic lens at the front of the earphone has also been coated in a micro-thin layer of rhodium. This coating ensures a super-slick and flawless finish to the acoustic lens which increases the accuracy and speed of the sound, focusing it at the highest possible resolution.
The Flares PRO 2 and PRO 2HD supersede the previously hailed Flares Pro and Flares Gold models, again offering wired or wireless play, three types of Earfoams in three sizes (small, medium, and large) as well as a Flare hard case.
With an impressive track record of pro loudspeaker products and earphones, the Flare brand is favoured by many producers, musicians, and audio lovers that seek outstanding clarity and a ‘totally immersive’ audio experience. The new PRO 2HD is a prayer answered for perfectionists who want their audio true to source, as the artist intended.
4th April 2019
Lighting rental specialist Version 2 unveils new Lamp Rack System
Created by the Version 2 in-house technical team, the new Lamp Racks offer gaffers and lighting directors the ability to specify custom-built, transportable equipment packages.
The modular design features an adjustable racking and shelving system which can be easily configured to securely accommodate a mixture of heads and stands plus associated grip and accessories. Sturdy and flexible, the units provide convenient, organised storage and access to equipment whether in the studio or on location.
Version 2’s Sam Crook says: “Our new Lamp Racks have been designed with the end-user in mind. The combination of adjustable fixing points, shelving and hanging options offers almost limitless possibilities to create the perfect configuration for your job. This flexibility means you get exactly the equipment you need, neatly packaged in a single work station.”
Designed to fit any standard van or truck, the racks feature lockable wheels and spring loaded retention bars for secure transit. The clever, interchangeable storage options within the system allows Lamp Racks to be quickly set up prior to despatch or easily reconfigured on set. For added convenience, custom made weather covers are also available, giving extra protection from the elements when on location.
Having been successfully road tested, the Lamp Racks have already been deployed for use on a variety of productions including The Jonathan Ross Show, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Martin Lewis Money Show.
Crook concludes: “We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the user experience for all our clients. The flexibility to create bespoke Lamp Racks containing only what you need maximises the use of available transport space, delivers improved efficiencies on set and provides a cost effective solution to production. We’re delighted to see them being so well received by crews on a host of projects.”
3rd April 2019
WORK PRO’s Latest LightShark Software Adds Exciting New Functionality
WORK PRO has announced a significant software upgrade for its LightShark DMX-based hardware lighting console, resulting in major improvements to its features and functionality.
The company has also revealed that from April 2019, LightShark users can purchase a new bundle incorporating a Capture Visualizer Licence from Capture Sweden.
WORK PRO’s software version 1.1.2, which is available as a free download from the company’s website, makes LightShark even more intuitive and responsive by giving end users enhanced control over a much wider range of features.
“Since launching LightShark in 2017 we have paid close attention to the functionality of our software and have already incorporated numerous upgrades,” says Juan Jose Vila, CSO of Equipson, WORK PRO’s parent company. “Software version 1.1.2 seamlessly integrates all of these developments and adds many more, thus considerably improving the user experience.”
Available in two versions, the LS-1, which includes a hardware console, and the more affordable LS-Core, LightShark is an intermediate lighting control product that offers completely integrated hardware and software control via smartphones and tablets. It can handle up to 4192 DMX channels and works with industry-standard DMX and Artnet lighting protocols, enabling easy integration into existing production environments and lighting rig.
The latest software iteration introduces the following new features:
- The ability to delete a fixture even when it is used in a cue
The ability to lock the executor’s window
The addition of a new Show info window
The addition of a new folder where Show demo files can be stored for training purposes
The ability to delete user palettes
The addition of more Apollo colour filters
The addition of more split colours
New virtual dimmer functionality
A new File Manager window enabling network files to be shared
The ability to show brand, model and mode in a patched window
Deactivation of a complete row of executors by sliding a finger from right to left
New parameters for MediaServers
General bug fixes
“LightShark is changing the lighting landscape by offering an incredible range of features at an exceptionally low price point,” Vila adds. “LightShark’s software is very advanced and our developers are constantly working to ensure that we give our customers an excellent return on their investment.”
WORK PRO will be showing LightShark and other products from its extensive range in Hall 12.1 booth number C62 at Prolight & Sound 2019.
1st April 2019
Elation Professional’s Brilliant and Beautiful Artiste Monet
Elation Professional’s latest innovation in its award-winning Artiste series is a brilliant, 45,000-lumen strong LED Profile light capable of projecting some of the most gorgeous colours ever produced by an automated LED luminaire. A remarkable combination of brawn and beauty, the Artiste Monet is ideal for any application requiring superior output, stunning effects and unmatched colours in a virtually silent luminaire.
The Artiste Monet’s unprecedented colour palette is possible due to an innovative SpectraColor LED engine that uses traditional CMY colour mixing and adds variable RGB flags for richer, more saturated primary colours. In combination with variable CTO colour correction, the Monet produces colours that were previously impossible to achieve, from theatrical pastels to the most vibrant primary reds or blues ever produced by a colour mixing system. The wide colour gamut is achieved by seven colour-mixing flags with 16-bit precision, providing artistic possibilities that are truly inspiring. A six-position fixed colour wheel with UV and high CRI options round out the Monet’s amazing colour range.
“With its massive output, absolutely stunning color spectrum and precise optics, the Artiste Monet is the brightest and most feature packed framing LED fixture produced to date,” states Elation Product Manager Matthias Hinrichs. “With an amazing quality of light and sheer power from the custom 950W LED engine, we managed to support the designer’s need for high lumens, rich colours and precision out of one fixture with no compromises. LED profiles truly have arrived with Monet radically exceeding the performance and colour quality of any discharge fixture on the market. The fixture’s continuous rotation framing system and SpectraColor array is a testament to Elation’s success as a true R&D leader and innovator in entertainment lighting.”
Projection quality from the Monet’s efficient 950W white LED engine (6,500K) is outstanding, and with such extreme output radiating from an impressive 160mm front lens, the fixture has the power to cut through at even great distances in arena touring environments or large TV or theatre stages. A precise zoom can adjust the beam quickly and evenly from a tight 6.5° to a wide 55° for use in a variety of situations.
With Monet, designers have access to a comprehensive package of design options that enables it to proudly live up to its artistic namesake. Creative expression is bolstered by seven rotating and seven fixed glass gobos for aerial and projected effects, a set of gobos that should be well received by all types of lighting designers. Effects can be multiplied via dual prisms for more bustling looks or a 360° bi-directional animation wheel can be engaged to bring graphics to life. Two linear frost filters can be applied for an even diffusion of light when designers wish for softer gobo or soft wash effects. A high-speed iris can be engaged for further impression.
Also unique to the Artiste Monet is its full blackout, four-blade framing system for full control of the beam shape. Not only does the adjustable system allow for refinement of the beam shape and projection at any angle, newly designed unlimited indexing and continuous rotation control allow shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming, allowing for creative transitions, projections and aerial effects not previously possible.
The Artiste Monet is outfitted with all the professional control and connection features that designers would expect from a cutting-edge luminaire. With unprecedented power, a cutting-edge SpectraColor system and full array of professional design features, the fixture sets a new standard as a benchmark automated LED luminaire.
25th March 2019
Allen & Heath Delivers Feature Thrills and MCA Spills with Dlive V1.8
Allen & Heath continues to advance its flagship dLive mixing system with the release of the latest firmware update, V1.8, adding a huge raft of power-features that engineers will love, from MCAs and Talkback Groups through to a hotly-anticipated new DEEP processing plug-in – the OptTronik.
Particularly welcomed in monitor world, V1.8 adds Mix Control Association (MCA), bringing the convenience of DCA groups and spills to monitor engineers, enabling simple control over multiple AUX/MTX sends via a single fader.
This update further improves ease of control by introducing A/B/C/D inputs, enabling up to four input sockets to be assigned to every input channel, and provides fast and seamless selection of sockets via SoftKeys, perfect for rapidly switching to a backup microphone, or to pre-recorded files on a playback system.
The addition of 12 assignable talkback groups, which can be populated with any combination of the available mix busses, simplifies talkback routing with SoftKey controls enabling the engineer to quickly switch between different talkback destinations such as musicians, technicians or other production staff.
Joining dLive’s acclaimed suite of DEEP processors, V1.8 sees the introduction of the ‘OptTronik’ compressor. Inspired by a legendary tube-driven, electro-optical levelling amplifier, OptTronik’s smooth, musical compression makes it the perfect match for many sources, including vocals and bass guitar.
V1.8 also brings other new features and improvements to the system, such as Undo Scene Store, Mix to PAFL and Solo in Place (SIP).
Mike Bangs, live sound/touring manager at Allen & Heath USA, himself an in-demand monitor engineer, says: “V1.8 is the next step in our string of user-driven updates, as we continue expanding and adapting the platform to the needs of modern engineers. I’m particularly excited about the addition of MCAs, which bring the power of DCA functionality to monitor mixers. Such a cool feature and engineers are going to love it.”
Ben Morgan, Allen & Heath’s dLive product manager, adds: “We’re really excited to launch dLive V1.8. This update brings powerful new features all round that are valuable to all types of engineers, whether you’re FOH or monitors, in touring sound, houses of worship, or installations.”
Download dLive V1.8 now from https://www.allen-heath.com/dlive-v1-8/
22nd March 2019
Penn Elcom Provides Perfect Fit with New WeatherSeal Flightcase Latches
Penn Elcom launches a new range of its famous MOL automatic positioning latches, and lid-stay hinges utilising the innovative WeatherSeal technology.
This helps create seamless flightcase latches and hinges that help close the lids even tighter, eliminating any gaps, making the case interior dust and water resistant, keeping the contents safer and protected from ingress when closed.
Manufactured using Penn’s latest CNC technology, flightcases can be safer and more secure than ever before using these new MOL latches and lid stays.
The latch is mounted in a generous recessed dish for use on large-sized cases. Tough PennBrite zinc plating offers excellent protection against corrosion and gives that cool distinctive PennBrite finish which is used on most of Penn’s flightcase components and exudes quality and robustness.
The fixing holes are 10mm (3/8 of an inch) away from the central split of the dish, making it perfect for use with hybrid edge extrusions.
Historically, with latches, hinges or lids, there has always been a little gap where the two pieces of extrusion meet, and this allowed for routine irregularities in the machining process whereby some pieces might be randomly a little bigger or smaller.
When swapping lids between identical cases, that gap was always necessary to make sure any lid would theoretically fit any case.
With the gap no longer necessary, any free lifting lid will fit any case and users can mix and match freely and with confidence! Hinged lids work in the same way using pairs of latches and lid-stay hinges.
Penn Elcom’s recent investments worldwide in new CNC machining resources has enabled the manufacture of these case elements to such accuracy that the size variation can be eliminated, leaving no need for the ‘tolerance gap’ and the lids can be closed super tightly, attaining the dust and water resistant WeatherSeal status.
Engaging in constant dialogue with numerous flightcase manufacturers, users and many companies building their own cases, Penn has listened closely to their demands, ideas and suggestions, and energised their R&D team to develop this ground-breaking new case accessory technology and process.
WeatherSeal is set to become a new standard as Penn continues to pioneer in this specialist market.
Globally, the Penn Elcom MOL name is synonymous with high quality and dependability. Invented in 1995, the MOL range of fight case latches and hinges revolutionised the industry and redefined standards in fightcase locking.
This new generation of MOL latches is designed with a cantilever automatic open and close function, making locking and unlocking cases a whole lot easier, even with one hand or in the dark!
Now with WeatherSeal manufacturing, MOL is taken to more new levels.
WeatherSeal Penn products will be of specific interest to rental, staging, AV, lighting, video and audio companies regularly working on all types of outdoor events – from concerts and festivals to spectaculars, corporate events etc., and also any projects involving flightcased equipment in humid or moist environments from palm houses to swimming pools.
21st March 2019
Allen & Heath Integrates with Crestron, AMX and Extron Control Platforms
Allen & Heath has released drivers for its Qu, SQ and dLive ranges to facilitate control from Crestron, AMX by Harman and Extron platforms.
Based on the Allen & Heath TCP/IP control protocol, the drivers enable integration with third-party equipment and industry-leading control systems.
Available now online, these ready-made drivers offer control modules for all key mix parameters, and are an invaluable starting point for building elegant custom user interfaces in corporate, leisure, education and other installation applications. Control elements include levels and mutes for input and output channels, send / crosspoint levels, and scene / preset recall. An example programme is provided with each driver.
The AMX driver for Harman’s AMX controllers includes a Qu, dLive and SQ framework (scene recall only for SQ) and is available on the Allen & Heath website.
Two separate Crestron drivers are available for dLive and Qu mixers respectively on the Crestron Application Market.
Extron drivers for dLive and Qu are available on the Extron website.
“We worked hard to make sure integrators don’t have to,” commented Martijn Verkerk, Allen & Heath’s installation product manager. “Instead of typing hex strings and writing a control interface from scratch, system integrators can now make use of these modules and get a massive head start in creating simple, stylish user interfaces for their clients.”
21st March 2019
Compact NX2 from Obsidian Control Systems Now Shipping
Obsidian Control Systems is now shipping both the NX2 and NX Wing, the first lighting control products available under the ONYX lighting control platform. Both consoles ship with new ONYX software.
Feature -rich and never restricted in its capabilities, the powerful NX 2 is the ultimate compact yet fully integrated lighting controller with all the connectivity and power the ever-increasing size of shows demands. As a member of the innovative ONYX platform, the NX 2 offers a slate of professional features like a high brightness, full-HD multi touchscreen, eight assignable parameter encoders, an assistive mini touchscreen, full keypad and command section, a dedicated grand master, and ten full playbacks with four freely assignable buttons.
Utilising the latest in industrial components, the NX 2 contains a powerful Intel Hexa-Core processor, high-speed NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks result in unprecedented power in this small form factor.
Also shipping is the NX Wing, the complementary USB control surface to Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX platform. Based on the NX 2 console, the NX Wing utilises the same rugged design and components with an identical footprint and layout. Through its USB connection, the NX Wing provides a responsive professional hardware surface to operate ONYX on any PC system without compromises. The NX Wing provides extensive connectivity with 4 DMX Ports, MIDI and Timecode ports while unlocking 128 Universes of control when connected to ONYX on a PC.
Designed for use with all new NX and existing M-Series hardware, fully updated ONYX software is available and shipping in each NX series console. Powerful yet easy-to-learn, the stable and efficient programming platform is fast to program and fun to operate. ONYX scales from the smallest shows to the largest touring productions with easy-to-use tools and optimized graphical work environments that can adapt to any task and complexity.
A Capture licence is included with every NX 2 console, allowing immediate access to the popular lighting design and visualisation software. Every NX2 lighting console includes a download of the latest version of Capture Solo after a simple online registration. Users receive an unrestricted standard licence of Capture Solo and all licenses are eligible for upgrades through Capture or any of its authorised resellers.
Obsidian Control Systems products are distributed exclusively by Elation Professional worldwide and are available in various sizes to accommodate any scale and budget.
20th March 2019
Fly your sound high and safely
Litec Introduces the new Litec Flyintower 10-1,600, which provides safety, stability and rigidity for flying up to 1,600kg of audio equipment at heights up to 10m. Designed to bridge the gap in the Litec Flyintower range, which includes solutions with load capacities from 300 to 2000kg, the Flyintower 10-1,600 features a 15° inclined mast.
The Litec Flyintower 10-1,600 uses standard truss in its construction, instead of custom made truss, making potential replacement of truss sections quick and convenient. The main vertical tower is constructed with QL40A truss, while QH30SA truss is used for the stabilising legs. Sturdy fork connectors ensure all truss connection points are strong and rigid.
An electric chain hoist or manual winch can be used to lift line array speaker systems. Dedicated accessories specifically made for Litec Flyintower 10-1,600 are also available. Custom versions are possible on request.
18th March 2019
Long-awaited Relevé Spot is now shipping
ETC’s first automated fixture in over a decade hit the trade shows late 2018. After winning an award at PLASA in London in September, and getting rave reviews at LDI in October, the Relevé Spot is now shipping.
This all-LED fixture boasts an additive colour mixing system that creates colours so bright users will be blown away. With deep reds, piercing greens, and whiter whites, it has to be seen to believe!. In addition to the impressive colour and brightness, Relevé Spot houses a dual pattern system for increased gobo projection options.
The custom Ani-gobo wheel features a seamless pattern that flows from one graphical element to the next. Using this in combination with the customisable, five-position gobo wheel gives infinite texturing and theatre-ready effects.
In addition, one of the most impressive features is the industry-leading, patented Whisper Home technology. Relevé Spot enables users set the physical movement limits of each fixture, keeping it from ever having to spin a full rotation at start-up or re-homing. Because Relevé Spot never has to move more than 1° to find its home position, it can be installed in tight rail positions, narrow box booms, and other space-restricting locations.
18th March 2019
PixelFLEX redefines LED video durability with FLEXUltra PixelShield
Created to overcome the challenges associated with the protection and performance longevity of ultra fine pixel pitch LED displays, the award-winning LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX has introduced the new FLEXUltra with PixelShield. A true COB technology, PixelShield offers an industry-leading impact and scratch resistant coating for FLEXUltra display and provides a dramatic increase in the protection of your high-definition LED video experience.
“The ultra fine pixel pitch market is the fast-growing portion of our industry so we have responded by working with our R&D engineers to provide even more quality products that our customers can rely upon,” said David Venus, PixelFLEX chief marketing officer. “Historically, these types of displays have been extremely fragile with high failure rates due to the damaging of pixels. With our new PixelShield protective technology, we are not only preventing the fragile nature of these displays, but we are ultimately enhancing the longevity of the ultra fine pixel pitch display market as well.”
A dynamic and high definition LED display, FLEXUltra allows for boundless opportunities to experience true HD quality video with the creative freedom to define any space. Utilising the impact and scratch resistant COB PixelShield technology, FLEXUltra is designed in a convenient 16:9 ratio and has a 160° horizontal and vertical viewing angle. With fully font-serviceable panels for quick and easy onsite installation and maintenance, FLEXUltra operates with a 3840Hz refresh rate to eliminate on-camera scan lines and flicker, and is available in 0.9mm, 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.9mm pixel pitch options.
15th March 2019
The new frontier in LED wash lights
The B-EYE has revolutionised the thinking of LED show lighting. Its innovative optical unit enhances the uniformity and efficiency of the light output. The rotating front lens and the possibility to control each single LED individually have made spectacular kaleidoscopic projections and charming eye candy effects possible. A sophisticated effect engine has made it easier to routinely use macro effects, which would otherwise be difficult to program. Now Claypaky markets the HY B-EYE with the same successful features, which have been enhanced and further enriched: the HY B-EYE is more powerful, more efficient, more interactive with the media server (Kling-Net protocol included), more versatile and even quieter than ever.
More powerful: The HY B-EYE fits 40 Watt Osram Ostar RGBW LEDs. They are twice as powerful as the LEDs found in the original B-EYE.
Higher luminous efficiency: The HY B-EYE is extremely bright thanks to the combined effect of its light source and its special optical unit, which was designed by Claypaky and optimised to make the most of the power of the LEDs.
More intelligent and easier to program: The HY B-EYE is the first Claypaky light to be developed with Kling-Net protocol built-in. Kling-Net is an advanced plug-and-play control protocol developed by the digital media specialists ArKaos. The benefits of using Kling-Net are all aimed at enhancing the lighting designer's creativity, while making the management and synchronisation of LED light parameters and functions more simple.
More versatile: The HY B-EYE is not only a new, more powerful wash light, but it also projects extraordinarily visible aerial effects, thanks to the light beam being twice the original power. Thanks also to the 4°-60° Linear Zoom (with automatic retractable lens when the projector is turned off), the HY B-EYE is now a truly universal light, able to adapt magnificently to small stages and rigs, and to large events.
More quiet: It is even quieter than the previous model. Several HY B-EYE units can be used in TV studios without fear of disturbing the show in any way. A new compact, functional body with a practical, elegant design makes the HY B-EYE ergonomically simple to install on any stage.
From the B-EYE to the HY B-EYE: bigger only in its performance. The HY B-EYE K25 has the same dimensions as its predecessor, and weighs only 27.5kg (60.63lb). The K15 version, more suitable for small stages, is only 49cm high (19.29 inches) and weighs only 21kg (46.3lb).
photos: Ralph Larmann
13th March 2019
Vista 3 by Chroma-Q Software Release 2 is Now Live
Following its successful launch last September, Vista by Chroma-Q has announced ‘Release 2’ (R2) of its crowd-pleasing Vista 3 lighting and media control software.
Since its launch last year, Vista 3’s intuitive yet powerful approach to lighting and media control has been embraced by major rental companies, production houses and international lighting designers. It has also been used on a number of international tours, notably for Cliff Richard and Don Broco.
As part of Chroma-Q's ongoing commitment to increased functionality and enhanced capability, Vista 3 R2 highlights include expanded fixed installation and external trigger capabilities, including an Astronomical clock and new auto show load options. Other additions include a further improved FX engine, expanded Command Line functionality and an updated factory library.
R2 has been designed to provide new and existing users with an even more intuitive user experience for creating and delivering fantastic looking shows.
For a complete list of new features and improvements, or to download the free demo software please visit www.vistabychromaq.com/download
photo: Tom Pullen
12th March 2019
Chauvet Professional Introduces Ovation Par Fixtures
Chauvet Professional’s Ovation line of LED ellipsoidal, Fresnel and batten fixtures have earned widespread praise since their introduction a few years ago, impressing lighting designers from London’s West End, to regional theatres in Australia and across the US. Now the company has expanded the groundbreaking stage lighting series by introducing a collection of Ovation par fixtures.
Available in RGBA-lime, warm white, variable white and UV models, the new par fixtures feature 16-bit dimming, a single-source homogeneous light, RDM and Variable Pulse Width Modulation. All of the new pars come with interchangeable lens plates for medium and wide beam angles, and they accept standard 7.5” beam shaping accessories.
The three non-UV par fixtures also feature a high CRI, which results in more realistic lighting for stage and broadcast applications. Virtually silent in their operation, the new pars have the bright output that designers have come to expect from the Ovation series.
“We’re very excited to be able to offer designers Ovation level performance in LED par fixtures,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The introduction of the Ovation pars rounds out the series and allows us to offer a complete lighting solution.”
The new line of Ovation par fixtures includes the following models:
Ovation P-56FC –Featuring the same advanced full RGBA-lime colour mixing LED system found in the Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal, this powerful compact fixture can produce colours ranging from subtle pastels to punchy saturates, as well as nearly any temperature of white.
Ovation P-56WW – This bright, compact fixture has an output comparable to a 1,000 Watt PAR 64 lamp. It produces a homogenised, single-source, flat and even field of light by using the same efficient warm white LED system found in the award-winning Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidal.
Ovation P-56VW –This ellipsoidal produces nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS. The par’s colour temperature can be even further adjusted for +/- green, making it ideal for TV studios and broadcast applications. It features the same six-colour LED system found in the Ovation E-930VW.
Ovation P-56UV – A first of its kind par fixture, this unit produces a flat and even field of true (365 nM) UV light with minimal projected visibility via a homogenised, single-source LED.
“Our goal is to broaden the designer’s creative options,” said Chauvet. “This is what our design philosophy is based on, and our par fixtures reflect this commitment.”
11th March 2019
APT-GB Launches its First Four-Channel Amp QDSP-10K
The QDSP-10K 4 x 2500w Class TD Amplifier is 2Ω stable and features on-board DSP and impressive power to weight ratio.
This is a multi-purpose amp that will add the expected quality to audio and it's suitable for both touring and installation.
APT has designed the QDSP-10k to work seamlessly with all of its products including the brand new Mk2 subs.
The amp is a turnkey product, simply plug in and play. It can also be shipped preset for any of the company's existing products.
6th March 2019
Optoma adds compact and flexible projectors to its DuraCore laser range – ZU506 and ZH506
Optoma has expanded its range of DuraCore laser ProScene projectors with the launch of two high-specification compact projectors. the ZU506 and ZH506. These cost-effective, feature rich WUXGA and Full HD 1080p resolution projectors boast a brightness of 5,000 lumens and offer flexible installation with a generous zoom, vertical lens shift, four corner adjustment and portrait mode.
Philip Watt, commercial product manager at Optoma Europe, commented: “Optoma’s new 506 series offers an affordable laser solution for customers who might otherwise be looking at high brightness lamp-based projectors. Taking proven technologies from our Pro AV range, they offer DuraCore laser in a small, virtually maintenance free product.”
Optoma’s DuraCore laser range champions an industry-leading laser light source along with an independent IP rated dust certification. The ZU506 and ZH506 deliver 30,000 hours in full brightness mode and continuous 24/7 operation. Additionally, IP5X certification ensures total reliability for peace of mind even in the most demanding of environments.
Designed for large venues such as schools and colleges, museums and attractions, houses of worship and corporate meeting rooms, the new projectors’ vertical lens shift and 1.6x zoom ensure quick and accurate installation. Four corner geometric adjustment is also included for uneven walls or where a projector placement is awkward and needs to be installed at an angle.
Once installed, these low-profile installation projectors can be managed and monitored easily over a network via the RJ45. Compatible Crestron RoomView software can be used to power on/off, monitor, manage and control up to 250 projectors at the same time from any computer.
ZU506 and ZH506 key features
WUXGA / Full HD 1080p resolution, 5000 lumens
30,000 hours maintenance-free DuraCore laser light source at full brightness
Dust resistant – Independently tested, IP5X certification for total reliability
Installation flexibility – vertical lens shift, 1.6x zoom, four corner correction, portrait mode
Built-in 10W stereo speakers
1st March 2019
Tempest Gets Zen with Latest Enclosure
Tempest has announced the launch of its Zen enclosures, the latest family of Tempest’s world-beating noise-attenuating Hush Boxes for projectors from 10,000-30,000 ANSI lumens. Zen is fully self-contained, with no external air ducts, making it much easier to install, especially in historic buildings such as theatres and concert halls, where new ductwork may not be possible. Innovative variable-speed fan control and internal baffle design delivers noise attenuation around 25dBA for most projector types, and the user can tune the system for a preferred trade-off between acoustic and cooling performance.
“Especially in Europe, where there are so many historic venues, Zen is a necessary installation-friendly addition to our enclosure range, delivering whisper-quiet performance for indoor video projection,” says Tim Burnham, Tempest’s president. “We know how challenging some projector installations can be. Thanks to Zen’s stand-alone design, integrators have one fewer aspect to worry about, with no air ducts required. As every project is different, integrators will also welcome the ability to fine-tune the enclosure settings, enabling the prioritisation of either noise attenuation or increased cooling performance depending on requirements.”
Zen is available in three standard sizes, covering most projectors from 10,000 to 30,000 lumens in landscape format. Tempest also offers its conventional Tacit indoor enclosures, with a host of customizable options, including portrait and Ultra-Short-Throw versions.
California-based Tempest is the world's premier manufacturer of specialist outdoor enclosures and indoor HUSH boxes for digital projectors. Patented Digital Enclosure Control technology keeps equipment cool when it's hot, warm when it's cold, and prevents harmful condensation.
Zen will be available for installations from Spring 2019.