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Clair Brothers Introduces Kitcurve Truefit Landscape and Truefit Portrait for Houses of Worship, Auditoriums and Theatres
Obsidian Control Systems launches ONYX, an innovative yet intuitive lighting control platform
Elation Professional has announced the next chapter in the evolution of Obsidian Control Systems with release of ONYX, an innovative yet uncomplicated lighting control platform that is backwards compatible with all M-Series lighting control products.
ONYX is a rebranding of the well-established M-Series control platform and is designed for use with all M-Series hardware (M-DMX, M-Touch, M-Play, M2PC, M2GO, M2GO HD, M1, M1 HD and M6). The first software release, ONYX 4.0, includes improvements and library updates and marks a foundation for new features and functions to be available in the near future.
ONYX software is available from a newly launched website for Obsidian Control Systems, www.obsidiancontrol.com, where lighting pros can learn more about Obsidian lighting control products and the ONYX platform while staying up to date on the latest news and developments. The website also includes an online help system as well as a user forum so that users can always find the help they need. Users can also stay connected via a dedicated Obsidian Control Systems Facebook page. The Elation website at www.elationlighting.com offers additional support and product information.
ONYX is a powerful yet easy-to-learn lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. Designed and maintained by real-user professionals with over 25 years of experience in lighting control systems, ONYX provides a stable and efficient programming platform that is fast to program and fun to operate.
At every stage of development, ONYX has endeavoured to present the user with a simple and clean control environment, one in which you don’t need to be an IT expert to succeed. Envisioned for creative professionals and new beginners alike, 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.
With control of up to 128 Universes of DMX, Art-Net or sACN from a single system, ONYX is designed to grow with the user and their shows, offering smart options and affordable solutions along the way. Obsidian Control Systems products are exclusively distributed by Elation Professional worldwide and are available in various sizes to accommodate any scale and budget.
17th August 2018
Allen & Heath Ships 96kHz Dante Card for SQ
Allen & Heath is now shipping the hotly anticipated Dante card for its SQ series. SQ is the first compact mixer to provide a full 64x64 channel, 96kHz interface to a Dante network.
Any SQ mixer fitted with the SQ Dante card can seamlessly connect to 96kHz amplifiers, interfaces and other devices on a Dante network, without unnecessary sample rate conversion or added latency. In addition to facilitating system integration, the new card enables digital splits and affordable multi-track recording direct to a computer, making it a powerful addition to SQ systems in live, installation and recording applications. The SQ Dante card can also be switched to 48kHz to accommodate existing Dante networks and is Dante Domain Manager ready.
“Finally! We’re delighted to make the SQ Dante card available to the many, many SQ customers who’ve been waiting patiently for this release,” commented SQ product manager, Keith Johnson. “Our R&D team has been working with the good folks at Audinate on a custom implementation of Dante HC to deliver a high channel count, 96kHz solution that takes full advantage of SQ’s XCVI FPGA core. Sometimes breaking new ground takes a little longer than taking the easy option – but we’re confident that the results are well worth it.”
14th August 2018
Yamaha CL/QL V5.0 Update: New Rupert Neve Designs Integrations
Yamaha Professional Audio recently announced Version 5.0 for Yamaha CL and QL digital audio consoles. This new update includes remote control support for Rupert Neve Designs’ RMP-D8 eight-channel remote control Dante microphone preamplifier, as well as a new Portico 5045 primary source enhancer for use in the Premium Rack.
From Yoshi Tsugawa, general manager of Yamaha’s pro audio division: “Continuing updates for the CL and QL series consoles have contributed to their adoption in a wide range of applications such as live music, corporate events, broadcast, theater, and more. The Version 5.0 update not only adds new functionality, but through close collaboration with third parties also provides connectivity with more Dante devices.”
With the new update, the Class-A microphone preamplifiers in the Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 can now be controlled remotely from any Yamaha CL or QL console, providing a new high-end mic preamp option for Dante-connected venues, studios, broadcast systems, and touring rigs.
The addition of the Portico 5045 to the Premium Rack in V5.0 also brings the industry-leading feedback reduction of the rack-mount 5045 and 500-Series 545 primary source enhancers to Yamaha’s digital console world. The analog version is often utilized on lead vocals with touring artists including Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Madonna, CHVRCHES, My Morning Jacket, Halsey, and more.
10th August 2018
Airstar Launches NEO – Next Generation Neon for Event Professionals
Airstar, inventor and world leader in lighting balloon technology, has announced the launch of NEO, the latest addition to the French manufacturer's inflatable lighting range dedicated to event staging.
Measuring five metres long by 20cm wide, NEO is inspired directly by neon tubes which have a timeless aesthetic. As an inflatable lighting structure, NEO is easy to handle and set up, and can be either installed on the ground or mounted. Its imposing size makes it a unique product, offering a powerful brightness of 8,500 lumens, making it an ideal public lighting solution at events and music festivals, or as an integral part of a creative set.
The idea came from Airstar's light design workshops, and in particular from Jean-Pierre David, an industrial designer at Airstar. David began with concept of self-supporting inflatable structures and was inspired by everyday life: "It may sound odd, but the NEO concept could be described as a genesis of the Jedi lightsaber and my grandmother's kitchen neon" he reflects. "Although relatively simple, it is truly unique in the marketplace: it creates extravagant and creative lighting effects. Event professionals can let their imaginations run free with the help of this fun and easy to use solution."
NEO was successfully trialed at this year’s Solidays festival, a major music event in Parisian summer calendar which welcomes more than 200,000 punters over three days. In order to mark the 20th anniversary of the festival, the Solidarité Sida association once again called upon Airstar for its lighting needs.
Fifteen NEO were installed in the heart of the Solidays Club, a wooded area welcoming more than 2,000 people a day, located near the main stage 'Paris', the biggest festival stage in Europe this year. By deploying NEO, it was possible to overcome the sense of limited space due to the low height of the trees, while providing efficient, aesthetically-pleasing and glare-free lighting.
As a Solidaire partner of Solidays for the past ten years, Airstar works in close collaboration with the festival's technical director, Raymond Lopez, who allowed the French manufacturer to use the festival again this year as a field test site for its latest inflatable lighting solution. Martin Leblon, the Paris based Airstar European Network (AEN) business event manager, presented the NEO concept to Lopez who then submitted the idea to Pleine Face’s founder and lighting designer Lorian Chauché, in charge of the Solidays Club lighting set.
"We were very impressed by NEO on several counts," comments Chauché. "First of all, the product offers a powerful yet evenly spread light, while its elongated and linear shape provides an impression of lightness, which lent itself perfectly to the space that we wanted to highlight. Finally, the ease and speed with which it can be installed makes NEO an illuminating solution with great potential for live events but also integration into a set.
According to Martin Viennot, production manager for Solidarité Sida: "The Solidays Club was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the history of the festival: the opinions were unanimous both internally and from festival-goers, and Airstar has no doubt contributed to this success. NEO is perfect for events and festivals; we are happy to have been the first to use it."
The NEO range is already available via Airstar distributors and the Airstar network.
9th August 2018
New wysiwyg Release 41 adds exciting features, improves workflow
CAST Software has announced the release 41 of wysiwyg lighting design and previsualisation software. The new version brings a broad range of new features and functionality that will reinforce wysiwyg’s position as the tool of choice for lighting professionals.
“Clients are continually pushing our wysiwyg users to deliver even more original, more compelling, more fantastic lighting designs, and it’s important that we help them respond to those needs,” said Dino Mazza, product manager.
“This latest release does just that with not only new capabilities, but also features that improve user’s workflow. Many of these additions include features our users have requested resulting from constant input and feedback from wysiwyg users.
“And,” added Mazza, “we’re currently working on future wysiwyg enhancements that include support for 64-bit architecture, a new cloud licensing option, and the provision of student licences.”
Among the new features are:
Scaling Objects: users are now able to easily scale up, down or stretch any 3D object within wysiwyg. The Scale tool can be applied to a primitive shape, an object from wysiwyg’s library (except truss and fixtures) or objects imported from other applications.
Selection Sets: these are designed to save time by reducing the need for repetitive selection tasks. Selection Sets will save the selection information such as which objects are selected and in what order, a one-click selection shortcut can be re-used.
Support for NDITM protocol: wysiwyg now accepts NDITM video streaming across a network. It offers a simple method to import multiple video feeds into a wysiwyg design.
Enhancements to Rigging Points: continuing from the last release, R41 adds numerous enhancements to Rigging Point objects, and delivers new options and parameters for display on rigging plots.
New Smoke Options: the new Smoke Turbulence, enables more dynamic, natural flow and atmospheric smoke effects. The new Ground Smoke introduces ground fog/dry ice simulation.
Light Scatter: this feature makes the Shaded View more realistic by simulating the dispersal of photons through the imperfect atmospheric medium. Its most noticeable effect is that of beams which point towards the camera appearing brighter than when they point away from it (using the same intensity).
wysiwyg R41 is available immediately and can be downloaded at: https://cast-soft.com
6th August 2018
Claypaky adds Axcor Profile 600 and 400 to Axcor LED Series
After the launch of the powerful and successful Axcor Profile 900 LED spot profile, with Axcor PROFILE 600 and Axcor PROFILE 400 Claypaky is now presenting two more luminaires featuring the exclusive, award-winning and patented Claypaky beam framing system, one of the most appreciated and required device for professional use. Both these models are available in two versions: with 6500K colour temperature and high light output or, alternatively, with 5600K colour temperature and a CRI of around 90.
In the crowded world of medium-high power lights, the Axcor Profile 600 stands out for its excellent combination of high performance, exceptional light quality, and versatility of use. The luminous efficiency is among the highest in this power category and, if necessary, it can be further increased by about 25% thanks to boost mode making Axcor Profile 600 a perfect tool for tours and large events.
A wide zoom range from 5° to 45° (1:9 ratio) means the light can be used in a variety of situations, including those for which a narrow angle is best.
The completeness of its colour section, its great wealth of visual effects, its framing system implemented with technological devices that enhance its precision and versatility, the possibility of using it as a wash light, make the Axcor Profile 600 an essential benchmark for all modern entertainment uses.
With the Axcor Profile 400, Claypaky has revolutionised the medium power market, by offering a light which is able to pack all the most advanced lighting, mechanical and electronic features into an extraordinarily compact body, less than 65 cm high.
Among the exceptional features this compact LED light offers are a framing system that works on four focal planes, an effects section with an animation wheel, a complete colour system with linear CTO, and a high precision mechanical iris. The Axcor Profile 400 is extremely quiet, and has three operating modes, which can be chosen according to needs: silent, standard and auto.
The Axcor Series stands now as one of the most complete moving head range on the market using a white LED engine, featuring nine models from 110W to nearly 900W with excellent versatility of use, extremely high manufacturing quality and outstanding performance in every power range.
3rd August 2018
SolaFrame 3000 Beyond Bright
Automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems has launched SolaFrame 3000, the new flagship luminaire in the Sola Series range. The SolaFrame 3000 combines unprecedented light output from its 1000 Watt Ultra-Brite White LED engine with a limitless palette of effects and colour possibilities. Boasting more than 37,000 lumen output, the SolaFrame 3000 is the first automated LED luminaire to rival and even exceed the output of the most powerful arc lamp fixtures. The fixture is also available in a high-fidelity version with incredibly accurate colour rendering.
With all the features designers have come to expect from High End Systems, SolaFrame 3000 includes a CMY/CTO linear colour mixing system, seven position replaceable colour wheel, framing system for total control of beam shaping, seven position plus open interchangeable gobo wheel, seven position plus open rotating gobo wheel, a continuously variable animation wheel, as well as Iris, light frost, prism and 7°-55° Zoom. Other features include HES’s patented lens defogger and a TM30 filter, which boosts the SolaFrame 3000’s Ultra-Brite engine to 85+ CRI.
High End Systems general manager Becky Koester commented: “We are excited to offer the SolaFrame 3000 to our customer base, and we also look forward to launching our SolaSpot 3000 later this year. Having the first LED based solution with this type of output gives LDs and end-users new tools for mega venues and arena applications. We now have a full range of product options for stage, studio, live event and fixed installations, regardless of size.”
3rd August 2018
LITEC FTH40 + FTH52 Flyintowers Raising Sound to New Heights
In order to offer a load capacity range from 300kg to 2000 kg, LITEC has increased its current range of Flyintowers to a total of nine models. That’s four new Flyintower models added this year.
The first two of these new Flyintowers are the FTH40 and FTH52, which provide the strength and stability expected from LITEC at new heights and weight capacities.
The FTH40 allows 1600kg of audio equipment to be supported up to 10m, while the FTH52 Flyintower supports a total load of 1400kg up to 13m.
Both towers are designed for lifting loads with an electric chain hoist or manual winch, but more importantly, feature all straight sections made from standard truss, rather than truss that’s custom made.
Trust the support of sound reinforcement to the time proven design and safety of LITEC flyintowers
2nd August 2018
Atlona Velocity Networked AV Control Platform Certified for Zoom Rooms Integration
Atlona is bringing the power of IP-based AV control to customers of Zoom Video Communications’ popular Zoom Rooms solution worldwide, enabling infinite scalability and unrivalled ease of use through its Velocity platform. Atlona’s native, software-level integration of the Zoom Rooms API will simplify and accelerate deployments from single meeting spaces to enterprise-wide collaborative environments and empower end users to seamlessly control Zoom Rooms and third-party components over the network with a unified user interface.
Velocity has quickly gained a reputation as a game-changer in AV control, offering an innovative premise-based system design with cloud access and unprecedented scalability for up to 5,000 controlled devices. Its common architecture will allow Zoom Rooms customers to scale configurations to multiple rooms with tremendous speed and agility, while centralising site-wide management, system monitoring and other important tasks.
“Velocity will allow Zoom Rooms customers to seamlessly transition AV control to the network, and quickly populate collaborative environments across campus- and enterprise-wide systems,” said Michael Crisci, business development manager, AV/IP and strategic alliance, Atlona. “Velocity’s ease of use ensures that all devices can be integrated with minimal configuration, and with a direct IP connection to any Zoom Room to simplify integration of Zoom Rooms components. This is a problem-solving approach to simplifying control and integration of third-party elements across a collaborative ecosystem of any scale.”
In a typical Zoom Rooms configuration, Velocity integrations will support unified control of third-party cameras, microphones, and audio systems; as well as environmental controls and other general room control over the network. Atlona also anticipates certification of its AT-HDVS-CAM PTZ camera for Zoom Room environments in the near future.
“Zoom’s software-based approach to video conferencing and collaboration has been a game-changer for businesses and organisations seeking a more efficient, network-based approach to content sharing,” said Oded Gal, head of product, Zoom Video Communications. “Atlona’s IP- and cloud-enabled control architecture makes Velocity an ideal complement to any Zoom Rooms deployment, while offering a foundation for our customers to scale operations without limitation, with liminal labour.”
The complete Velocity solution is comprised of three distinct elements that work together as a single, unified platform: Velocity Control Suite, a cloud-based service and centralised resource for integrators to create, organise, and manage their AV control projects by client, client sites, and AV control systems; Velocity Control Gateway, a software-based control processor that resides on-site with the client’s AV systems and delivers IP control to Atlona and third-party devices; and Velocity Touch Panels, available in 5.5” and 8” screen sizes with hardware for wall or surface mounting.
31st July 2018
Meyer Sound Granted First Patent on Breakthrough Technology in Bluehorn System Studio Monitor
Meyer Sound has been awarded a United States patent on proprietary digital technologies that enable the Bluehorn System to reproduce complex musical signals with absolutely flat frequency and phase response across the full audio bandwidth, an unprecedented achievement in high-power studio monitors.
The new patent, number 9,992,573 B1, is formally titled: "Phase inversion filter for correcting low frequency phase distortion in a loudspeaker system." The award document outlines the digital signal processing techniques involved in cancelling out the phase anomalies inherent in all loudspeaker systems due to the physical mass of the loudspeaker drivers and resonance of the loudspeaker enclosures. The patented technology restores the original phase relationships, even at the lowest audio octaves, by applying an inverted phase response.
The patented filter algorithms are hosted in a dedicated hardware processor placed in front of both the two-way, mid-high loudspeaker and the separate low-frequency loudspeaker. The system-specific correction algorithms hosted by the processor were developed by meticulously analysing all physical and electrical non-linearities throughout the entire system, from 25Hz to 20kHz, in order to bring acoustic output – at any level – into phase and frequency alignment with the input signal. Essentially, the digital processing nullifies the non-linearities of drivers and enclosures, resulting in a phase-coherent response previously achieved only by open-air electrostatic headphones with their extremely low mass diaphragms.
"This patent award covers the unique digital technology at the heart of the Bluehorn System, and underscores why it has become such an important tool for audio professionals,” says Meyer Sound CEO John Meyer. "Some studio monitors may flatter the programme content with potentially pleasing colourations generated in part by phase anomalies, but that is only misleading to the mixing engineer. The Bluehorn System is absolutely true to the input signal, and it retains the same precise phase linearity from a delicate whisper up the highest listening levels that would be prudent for even short-term monitoring."
Complete Bluehorn Systems are available in either stereo or LCR configurations, with each channel comprising a two-way mid-high loudspeaker, a separate low frequency element, and the dedicated digital processing.
Bluehorn System is designed for high-resolution monitoring applications in mid-sized rooms for music recording, cinema post-production, music mastering or other applications requiring the highest accuracy in sound reproduction. Externally, Bluehorn System’s two-way component shares the same cabinet footprint, driver dimensions and waveguide configuration as Meyer Sound’s Acheron Designer loudspeaker. On the inside, however, it utilises an upgraded HF driver and new amplifiers with ultra-low noise and distortion.
Among the first users is noted film composer John Powell, who relies on the accuracy of the Bluehorn System monitoring in his Los Angeles-based 5 Cat Studios. "For the work that I do, I need monitor loudspeakers that do not flatter the music at all," he says. "I have no time when working to enjoy what we did right; I need to hear when things are wrong so we can fix them, and I can hear those problems better with the Bluehorns."
26th July 2018
Atlona Unleashes Quad-Input, HDR-Compatible HDMI Audio De-Embedder and Downmixer
Atlona has taken the wraps off its new AT-HDR-M2C-QUAD multi-channel audio converter, the company’s newest problem-solver device designed to address next-generation residential and commercial integration requirements. The HDR-M2C-QUAD extracts, decodes, and downmixes multi-channel PCM, Dolby, and DTS audio from four HDMI sources simultaneously, including HDR-enhanced 4K/UHD signals. Atlona will showcase the now-shipping de-embedder and downmixer in booth 3015 at the 2018 CEDIA Expo, taking place September 4-8 in San Diego.
Bringing the powerful downmixing capabilities of Atlona’s popular AT-HDR-M2C to four simultaneous HDMI inputs in a single, 1U, rack-mountable unit, the HDR-M2C-QUAD enables easy integration of multiple HDMI audio sources into whole-house and other distributed audio systems. TOSLINK digital and unbalanced analog audio outputs deliver stereo downmixed audio to displays, multi-zone audio amplifiers and other audio systems, while the ability to pass through each HDMI input to a corresponding HDMI output without downmixing enables flexible integration with Atlona matrix switchers including the AT-HDR-H2H series and AT-UHD-PRO family.
The AT-HDR-M2C-QUAD supports HDMI signals up to 4K/UHD at 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling with data rates up to 18 Gbps, and can de-embed HDMI audio with or without being connected to a display or other HDMI destination. HDCP 2.2 compliant and capable of handling all video resolutions, audio formats and colour spaces encompassed by the HDMI 2.0b specification, the new audio converter is also compatible with high dynamic range formats including 4K HDR10 and Dolby Vision at 60Hz.
“End-users and integrators have found the HDR-M2C to be ideal for de-embedding and downmixing individual sources, but many customers need to process audio from several HDMI inputs at once,” said Joshua Castro, Atlona product manager. “The HDR-M2C-QUAD packs the core capabilities of four HDR-M2C units into a single, space-efficient device, delivering multi-channel downmixing for multiple simultaneous sources while simplifying installation and power requirements.”
Integrated audio volume, bass, and treble adjustments eliminate the need for an external DSP to change gain and tone settings, and can be controlled over an IP network through the device’s built-in web interface, the Atlona Management System (AMS 2.0) software, Atlona’s ground-breaking Velocity IP-based AV control platform or third-party control systems.
24th July 2018
Symetrix Introduces Composer 7.0
USA – Symetrix, manufacturer of high performance audio hardware and software for the installed sound market, has released the latest version of its Composer programming software for Edge, Radius, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. With Composer 7.0, integrators can program a complete end-to-end DSP signal path using just one application.
Composer 7.0 integrates support for the next generation of Symetrix hardware, Radius NX, as well as full integration with SymVue for Control Server, a new Property Sheet feature, and support for Dante Domain Manager.
Radius NX DSPs now host a Super Matrix, supporting a full 128x128 channel mixer in a single DSP core. This frees the entire second core for signal processing tasks. Composer 7.0 adds Radius NX 4x4 and Radius NX 12x8 DSPs plus Single- and Dual-Core AEC Coprocessors to the Toolkit.
Composer 7.0 also fully integrates with SymVue for Control Server. Now, virtually any HTML browser-enabled device on any platform can provide multi-touch control of Symetrix DSPs, as well as select third-party audio and video hardware.
The new Property Sheet feature offers an intuitive palette that dramatically increases efficiency when designing user interfaces, and when formatting or annotating site designs. And Composer 7.0 adds support for Dante Domain Manager, making Symetrix Radius, Edge, and Prism DSPs DDM-ready. Audinate's Dante Domain Manager is a new network management protocol that makes Dante networks more secure, scalable, and controllable by enabling user authentication, role-based security, and audit capability.
Composer v7.0 for Windows natively configures the setup and routing of Symetrix Dante I/O expanders, along with select third-party Dante devices. In addition, Composer optionally synchronises changes made to the system in Dante Controller with the Site File for archiving or for use as a new baseline configuration. The system also can be programmed to not restore the default Dante configuration and routing, preserving changes made in Dante Controller through system power cycles. Users can configure and route with Composer, with Dante Controller, or with a hybrid of the two, as system design and use cases dictate.
If it speaks Dante, it can be added to your Site File with Composer 7.0. Composer can obtain information about channel counts, channel names, device name, manufacturer, and model directly from the device over the network. Symetrix or third-party manufacturers can distribute XML databases of known units for import into Composer, and users can manually define a unit. Some XML databases of third-party products are included.
24th July 2018
S+H Launches New Video Banner Product
Ilfracombe-based S+H Technical Support, specialists for LED visual effects, drapes and starcloths has launched a brand new HD video banner product which is set to be a huge success for all types of live events, together with conferences, exhibitions and other situations needing quick and easy plug-and-play digital signage.
S+H’s Terry Murtha spotted a gap in the market for a neat, quick-to-deploy high resolution solution, and this video product which has been sought by S+H, is perfect for any ‘pop-up’ scenario.
“Whether it’s indicating the way to a plenary session or a breakout room, directing delegates to different seminars or providing fun and entertaining branding and content in specific areas of an event space – like hallways and corridors – or highlighting an area of an exhibition stand, this is a really fast and simple way to get noticed or to issue clear directions” enthused Terry.
The standard S+H Video Banner offers a 2.5mm pitch and 224 x 756 pixels per panel in a 622mm wide by 1980mm high format. The 6.7mm deep modules can be near-seamlessly butted up together and are housed in robust aluminium panels for protection and easy transportation.
The units weight 35kg each and are designed from the ground up, with all S+H’s expertise in the live events field. “They can easily be moved around to different locations within a venue, which is a frequent requirement of conferences or exhibitions,” observed Terry.
They can currently be floor mounted, and custom brackets are arriving soon to facilitate flying and wall or truss mounting.
The video banners and integral processing system allows for stand-alone mode, which is ultimately useful.
S+H has also devised a folding, push-up A-frame foot on the rear which folds flat and integrates with the frame for travel. This means that the video banners can stand up like photo frames, which is by far the most versatile and practical option for many applications. It means they can be positioned virtually anywhere.
They can be fed with video sources from any standard laptop or media server and the crisp HD display pops out in any environment.
From energising the back area of a festival bar to highlighting routes to different function or party rooms, this is a truly universal and multi-purpose product.
The video banners join S+H’s extensive stock of video floor and other inventive screen products which are always popular, and have the same robust build quality.
One of the first jobs for the new video banners was the Hotel Transylvania 3 movie gala screening at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square, London, where production company Concorde Media used several floor-mounting banners to get branding and graphics into otherwise difficult to access corners and corridors.
They were a huge success in this context and worked in in conjunction with some video floor products also supplied by S+H for the same event. Both surfaces could be fed corresponding or contrasting content offering full visual flexibility.
S+H already has the video banners booked out on a number of other projects over the summer, and they will be a perfect complement to other video special FX elements the company offers from stock.
24th July 2018
Elation offers free eCast lighting control app
Elation Professional is offering eCast, a stage lighting control app designed for use with small to medium-sized venues such as night clubs, houses of worship or mobile events. The eCast App is available from the App Store and requires an Elation 4Cast DMX Bridge as the interface between lighting fixtures and an iOS device.
Easy to program, the eCast App can control up to 576 lighting fixtures and up to 12 DMX universes (6,144 lighting channels). The app includes an effects generator for movement, colour and flash effects and allows users to control individual channels of most intelligent lights for creation of scenes, special effects and shows.
The Elation eCast will work with any Art-Net or sACN node but must first be connected to at least one 4Cast DMX Bridge to unlock the outputs. Audio trigger and MIDI support is also included.
The 4Cast DMX Bridge is a compact four-universe wireless device which seamlessly bridges WiFi, Art-Net, sACN, and E-FLY (Elation’s wireless DMX solution) signals to wirelessly control compatible DMX devices, an ideal solution for small production events, nightclubs, bars or any event or venue that requires hidden data cables. More info on the 4Cast DMX Bridge can be found at www.elationlighting.com/4cast-dmx-bridge
Download the Elation eCast App for free from the App Store:
A 4Cast DMX Bridge and eCast App user discussion group can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/479787609147217/
23rd July 2018
Clair Brothers Introduces Kitcurve Truefit Landscape and Truefit Portrait for Houses of Worship, Auditoriums and Theatres
Over the past three years Clair Brothers TrueFit Technology, the first modular and fully customisable, bespoke waveguide system available for venues, has evolved. Its genesis began as an idea to optimise frequency dispersion by customising the horizontal waveguide to enhance directivity throughout an entire unique space. TrueFit Technology, with its trademark customised sound tailoring using Clair Brothers kiTCurve, C8 and C12 line arrays, is a true industry breakthrough and continues to be applied with tremendous success.
The inner woodworking of a fully custom array involves intricate crafting challenges and the design process can be responsible for pushing up the system price and realistically, not every venue has the budget to install a 100% custom-tailored TrueFit system. Recognising this compelled Clair Brothers to consider a ‘ready-fit’ product option specifically for small- to mid-sized venues that have certain overall geometric similarities: spaces where a kiTCurve-TrueFit system would be the ideal choice, but where a budget-focused project stipulates a cost-saving alternative.
After successfully deploying kiTCurve-TrueFit systems in several custom projects, the engineering team identified a pattern of room-dimension commonalities. For myriad similarly-sized 200- to 500-seat venues, two prevalent room shapes include: one that is relatively shallow front-to-back, yet wide side-to-side, and another that is rather deep, but narrow.
Josh Sadd, chief design engineer at Clair Brothers, explains it this way: “If you think of these two room geometries in terms of photography formats, a strong comparison would be ‘landscape’ and ‘portrait’, where shallow and wide is ‘landscape’ and narrow and deep is ‘portrait.’ It’s all about capturing the horizontal plane angles within the dimensions of a given room.”
Clair Brothers is now offering the kiTCurve-TrueFit Landscape and kiTCurve-TrueFit Portrait models. These standardized TrueFit line array systems are an intermediate choice between the standard, 90-degree horizontal product and the fully customized TrueFit system. The kiTCurve-TrueFit Landscape / Portrait visionary array products are solid options for venues on a watchful budget.
When it comes to sound, the biggest advantage of TrueFit technology is how it expands imaging across the entire audience, so a person sitting near the front right of a theatre can hear the left side of the PA, and vice versa. Sadd concludes: “For the price of a close-to-customised TrueFit system, a venue will be much nearer to having a custom-tailored sound than if they spend their budget on a standard curve system. Money is saved on engineering time. kiTCurve-TrueFit Landscape and Portrait models are a true fit all the way around!”
18th July 2018
Just in time for the holiday season, Optoma has launched a new battery-powered portable 1080p LED projector, the LH160. Perfect for both business and personal use, the slim projector is small and compact so fits easily into a bag or backpack.
Quick and easy to set up, its built-in rechargeable battery provides up to two-and-a-half hours of cable-free projection on a single charge, ideal for impromptu meetings or to watch films when away camping. It can also be used to charge a mobile device. The projector delivers an impressive 1500 LED brightness, optional wireless functionality and native Office Viewer for PC free viewing.
Kishan Mistry, senior product manager at Optoma EMEA, said: “The new LH160 is one of the brightest battery-powered portable LED projector available. It’s a great all-rounder, combining easy set-up, instant on/off and integrated speakers in a small and compact chassis. Perfect for travelling.”
The LH160 features two HDMI inputs and a powered USB port. This means users can present wirelessly from a laptop, tablet or mobile device using Optoma’s own optional wireless dongle and its free HDCast Pro mobile App or project content on the big screen using an HDMI dongle like the Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV to play games or stream videos.
Content from an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet can be shared instantly by mirroring the screen using a USB cable. There's also a mini jack for audio output. Bluetooth functionality allows external speakers or headphones to be connected cable-free.
With a light source lifetime of up to 30,000 hours, the high-quality LED technology delivers increased efficiency to maintain consistent brightness, superior colour performance and quick set up and pack down with instant on/off.
The new model comes with the added benefit of vertical and horizontal keystone and four corner geometric adjustment. This gives quick and accurate set-up, ideal for uneven walls or where a projector placement is at an angle from the screen. In addition, when the projector is not centred directly in front of the projection surface, the auto vertical keystone feature will detect and correct the distorted image with the touch of a button.
18th July 2018
Symetrix Radius NX Series is a Leap Forward for Audio DSPs
Symetrix, manufacturer of high-performance digital audio products for the installed sound market, has announced its Radius NX 4x4 and Radius NX 12x8 1U rack-mount audio signal processors. Each model supports 128 (64x64) channels of redundant Dante network audio and delivers Symetrix' famed audio quality, including ultra-low-noise preamps with digitally controlled 3dB gain steps.
The two new Radius NX processors are programmed using Symetrix' Composer software for Windows, offering identical DSP resources provided by a next-generation SHARC dual-core processor that places the burden of large matrices in one core, while freeing the second core for general-purpose signal processing. This makes it possible to design very large and complex systems around a single Radius NX.
A configurable, four-port gigabit switch serves both the Dante and control networks. This reduces or eliminates the need for external switches and prevents 100 megabit bottlenecks. Each Radius NX model offers two 1000 Base-T Dante ports, two 1000 Base-T Ethernet ports for Symetrix Composer host control and third-party accessory control over IP, an RS-232 serial port for third-party accessory control, and an ARC port that distributes power and RS-485 data to one or more Symetrix ARC devices. A USB audio I/O port interfaces with soft codecs or recording and playback software on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The USB adio port can be configured for up to 8x8 line I/O, 2x2 line I/O, 1x1 speakerphone, or 1x1 echo cancelling speakerphone profiles.
"The Radius NX series represents a major leap forward in advanced audio signal processing," reports Symetrix senior product manager Trent Wagner. "Either model will be an outstanding core component of network AV systems, delivering the flexibility, reliability, and superb sonic performance our customers expect from Symetrix."
The main differences between Radius NX models are analogue I/O, logic output, and external control input capacity. The Radius NX 4x4 has four mic/line inputs, four line outputs, four logic outputs with four paired common ground pins, and two analogue control inputs that can be used as two potentiometer inputs or as four switch inputs. The Radius NX 12x8 offers 12 mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, eight logic outputs with four paired common ground pins, and four analogue control inputs handling up to eight switches.
Both Radius NX models feature a card slot that supports all currently available, optional Radius and Edge I/O expansion cards, including VoIP, ATI, and USB cards. Either Radius NX also can connect directly to a complete line-up of software-controlled, Dante-enabled, analogue I/O expanders to add larger numbers of analogue inputs and outputs.
An optional AEC coprocessor, available in single-core or dual-core versions, enables up to 16 channels of wide-band acoustic echo cancelling for the highest possible levels of clarity and intelligibility in AV and distance learning applications. Each core corresponds to a single AEC module in Composer, providing up to eight channels with a single reference or up to four channels with independent references for each channel. Radius NX Composer AEC modules are fully virtualised-AEC can be applied to any source and routed to any destination. Ultra-fast convergence boosts performance at onset of conversations and when roving microphones are in use. Radius NX supports a virtualised and scaleable AEC co-processor module, providing up to 16 full bandwidth AEC channels. Radius NX AEC Coprocessors enable the highest possible levels of clarity and intelligibility in AV conferencing and distance learning applications. Performance and resource utilisation are optimised by matching the number of channels, number of references, and tail length to system requirements.
17th July 2018
Ever-Innovating, Danley Sound Labs Introduces the Mini 180 Loudspeaker
Led by legendary acoustician Tom Danley and his hand-picked team of engineers, Danley Sound Labs has once again developed a loudspeaker that solves a technical problem without compromising on its trademark pristine sound quality. The Danley MINI 180 provides even, seamless coverage across 180 degrees (by 90 degrees vertical) using Danley’s patented technology. Its operating frequency range is 149Hz to 20kHz with impressively linear phase response across that range and across the beam width. Maximum output is 119dB SPL continuous and 125dB SPL peak.
“Folks have been asking us for a 180-degree loudspeaker for a long time, and the Danley MINI 180 meets that specification with sound quality that makes Tom proud to put his name on it,” said Mike Hedden, Danley president. “We made it easy to use: the Danley MINI 180 only weighs 45 pounds and mounts easily on a pole or on a wall. In fact, it’s easy to put two MINI 180s back-to-back on a pole for instant 360 degree coverage with Danley’s phenomenal seamless coupling. There’s no shortage of applications, from houses of worship to sports complexes to farmers markets and beyond. Also, clients can rest easy that overambitious users won’t blow the speaker up. The Danley MINI 180 uses Sentinel Limiter protection circuitry.”
The Danley MINI 180 uses two eight-inch drivers and Danley’s patented technology to couple them into a single point source loudspeaker with 180 degree coverage. Polyurea coated 13-ply, 18mm Baltic Birch makes the loudspeaker durable but still light, and its modest size (12.5” x 18.5” x 9.5”) makes the Danley MINI 180 easy to fit into any application.
9th July 2018
Elation’s all-weather Cuepix 16 IP™ a cutting-edge LED matrix panel
As more and more projects and shows are staged outdoors, Elation Professional is again expanding on its leading line of multi-environmental IP-rated products with the new Cuepix 16 IP™. The Cuepix 16 IP is a powerful 4x4 matrix LED blinder and effect panel with all-weather IP65 protection. An updated version of the company’s Cuepix Panel™, Elation’s popular 5 x 5 LED matrix panel that has enjoyed great success since launching 5 years ago, the Cuepix 16 IP fulfils the need for more IP-rated blinder/effect options.
Lighting fixtures mounted on a downstage truss-like blinder/effect lights, or general area wash fixtures, are especially exposed to the elements. Now designers can add high-impact colour or white light, eye candy or pixel-mapped effects, to productions of all types, indoors or out, without the worry of weather and cost and inconvenience of protective coverings.
The sleekly-designed Cuepix 16 IP houses 16 long-life 30W RGBA COB LEDs for a full spectrum of well-balanced, custom colours (saturates to pastels) with no pixelated rainbow shadows. The added amber LED compared to the RGB-based Cuepix Panel extends the possible range of colours and gives more control over white balance, producing a better warm white. The COB LEDs give a higher-density output and a more even light distribution for superior all-around performance.
Each COB module is individually controllable for a wider scope of design possibilities while RGB, dynamic amber and pixel flip modes add to its creative potential. The five included pixel flip modes make it easier for users to uniformly configure all pixels in multi-panel configurations regardless of their installation orientation.
The high-power LED colour matrix projects a wide 62° beam angle with an 87° field angle for better coverage while maintaining a high level of uniformity. When used with cameras, the silent fixture works absolutely flicker-free thanks to its user-adjustable LED refresh rate and Gamma brightness settings. The Cuepix 16 IP dims smoothly all the way to zero with adjustable dimming curves included for programming ease. The fixture also includes an adjustable high-speed strobe (1-18fps) for those energetic flashes of light.
The Cuepix 16 IP is easy to use with a 4 x 4 semi-transparent blow-through design that not only keeps the weight down (33.0 lbs., 15 kg) but allows multiple fixtures to be easily linked together to create horizontal and vertical arrays. Versatile rigging options include 90° adjustable and fixed yoke brackets with 3-position mounting holes. Convenient features like integrated alignment pins and interlocks make multiple panel matrix designs easy to set up and disassemble. Optional Omega Brackets are also available.
Professional control options include DMX (14 DMX channel modes from 3-128 channels) and RDM (Remote Device Management) while on-board Art-NET and KlingNET™ protocols allow for more creative pixel-mapping designs. The fixture is outfitted with IP-rated 5pin DMX, RJ45 etherCON, and Seetronic Powerkon IP65 in/out connections. A 4-button control panel with LCD menu display makes for easy navigation through DMX and manual settings and an auto-sensing power supply allows the unit to operate anywhere in the world.
The Cuepix 16 IP offers all the benefits of LED like greater reliability and less maintenance. It consumes little power (520W max power consumption) for a lower cost of ownership and with a long LED life rating, service intervals are few and far between.
3rd July 2018
MIX From Rosco and DMG Lumière – Be a Part of the Colour Evolution
Since the dawn of coloured cinema, set lighting professionals have put Rosco gels on tungsten or daylight balanced fixtures to create coloured light. That time-honoured process has recently shifted to colour-mixing LED technology, which has its own limitations. MIX, like any fixture engineered by DMG Lumière, was designed by technicians for technicians to address the issues that set lighting crew members have voiced about the colour-mixing LED fixtures they’re working with today. The features of the new MIX LED technology provide superior colour, easy-to-use control interfaces and other innovative solutions that enable film-makers to create the precise colour of light they want while speeding up their workflow.
MIX provides the best Rosco gel matches of any colour-mixing LED source. Other LED lights claim to create Rosco gel matches and, in some cases, they’re successful at it. There are some colours, however, that those lights just can’t make, usually because they’re limited by the colour space of their LEDs.
MIX blends together six LEDs: red, lime, green, blue, amber and white. This enables it to generate a wider gamut of colours than RGBW or RGBA fixtures. In addition, the red and lime emitters in the array are manufactured exclusively for MIX, meaning that it can create colours, tones, and hues that are only available from a MIX light.
Every Rosco gel colour in the MIX library has been authenticated by Rosco’s colour experts as a match on tungsten and daylight sources: by eye, by meter and by camera. In addition, the MIX control software also allows users to set the base colour temperature of the light before adding colour. Roscolux #18 Flame, for example, looks completely different on a tungsten light than it does on a daylight source. By allowing film-makers to select the colour temperature of the MIX before selecting the color, the fixture provides more accurate gel matches to other fixtures on set.
The set lighting technicians at DMG Lumière know that speed is of the essence when on set. This was the key factor when designing the user interface for MIX. There are no menus! Simply choose between three different modes and then choose the colour temperature, colour or Rosco gel colour desired from there.
Gel Mode: Not only selectable is the vast library of Rosco gel colours, the hue, saturation, and green/magenta shift of the gel colour can also be modified as-needed.
White Mode: Access a wide range of tuneable white light from daylight to tungsten, including precise green/magenta correction.
Color Mode: Navigate through the MIX colour space using the 360° hue wheel to choose a colour and then set the intensity of the light output. MIX also offers the ability to desaturate colours toward several different colour temperatures of white light to create different tones of the base hue.
The myMIX App will allow film-makers to easily control their MIX LED fixtures from a mobile device and so much more! Whether mixing colours from scratch, or modifying a Rosco gel colour, the myMIX App can mix the required colour. From there, these colours can be saved into a personal library of colours in the cloud to call up whenever they are needed in the future.
Personal colour mixes can be shared with any friend or crew member that also has the myMIX App. This is a great way for cinematographers to share colours with a second unit or for gaffers to communicate colour choices with their set lighting technicians.
28th June 2018
ADB joins W-DMX OEM family
Wireless Solution Sweden has announced that ADB Stage Lighting has joined W-DMX’s OEM family.
The company has recently debuted the Klemantis, a new LED cyclorama light based on a six-colour module, with cutting-edge HCR, being able to deliver a wide selection of colours, from bold hues to pastel shades.
The unit also comes standard with a W-DMX module, that allows to wirelessly receive DMX data from a W-DMX transmitter. It includes an external 2dBi antenna in order to be able to achieve long-distances on 2.4GHz.
“We are very excited to be able to work with ADB,” says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO for Wireless Solution. “The company is in great shape and developing some of the most pioneering products for theatre, it’s great they have chosen our company to supply Wireless DMX. Giving the users the possibility to wirelessly control their Klemantis fixtures opens up a lot of possibilities for designers to be very flexible with their lighting design, without having to consider data cables.”
The Klemantis series had its television debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, which aired between the 8th and 12th of May.
27th June 2018
Fine tuning truss
To hit those perfect angles with truss structures, the new plated adjustable corner from LITEC has it covered. The hinge feature of LITEC’s adjustable corner allows even more creative freedom than before by providing the means to angle 30cm (square and triangular) and 40cm (square) truss from zero to 1800.
Set creativity free with LITEC’s adjustable corner and make a statement with the next project!
26th June 2018
City Theatrical Introduces QolorFLEX Connect 10
City Theatrical has expanded its QolorFLEX brand of professional flexible linear LED lighting to include QolorFLEX Connect 10, a practical and time saving solution for managing the multiple wire runs and numerous connections needed for large scale installations of LED tape in entertainment and architectural projects.
Developed to complement QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape, QolorFLEX Connect 10 is a “plug-in box” that can connect up to nine runs of five, four, three, dual, or single color LED tape to a low voltage low dimmer. Each QolorFLEX Connect 10 uses ten six-position detachable Phoenix terminal block connectors to achieve a quick and well-ordered installation.
QolorFLEX Connect 10 is a central component in a full system of QolorFLEX LED tape and dimmers. It connects QolorFLEX LED tape, including 5-in-1 and Quad Chip LED tapes, and QolorFLEX LED Tape accessories, including 18-gauge five and six conductor ribbon cables and five and six position Phoenix terminal block connectors, to a wide variety of QolorFLEX Dimmers, like the QolorFLEX 5 x 8A dimmer, and LED power supplies.
QolorFLEX Connect 10 is constructed with a Nema 4 IP 20 steel enclosure, and offers a maximum current per device of 40A and maximum load per terminal of 20A. This technology was developed to overcome the challenges faced by lighting professionals doing large LED tape installations. QolorFLEX Connect 10 makes the setup process faster, and is useful for sets that require assembly multiple times, such as touring productions.
25th June 2018
ETC debuts EchoTouch controller
USA – At Lightfair 2018 ETC debuted EchoTouch, the perfect controller to create customised lighting looks for a variety of spaces. A stand-alone or integrated controller in ETC’s Echo line of architectural lighting solutions, EchoTouch also offers advanced lighting controls like sequence programming and colour tuning, all from a seven-inch touchscreen.
Combining three powerful capabilities into one elegant device, EchoTouch can:
Act as an interface into a stand-alone or integrated Unison Echo control system
Provide status and control of all Echo products
Directly control DMX/RDM or sACN fixtures and devices
EchoTouch shines in all environments, whether it’s controlling lighting zones for general use, managing white-tuning, creating dramatic looks for restaurants and hotels, or creating a welcoming environment for museums, houses of worship, and more.
The graphics on the screen support customised layout and naming for any application. The touchscreen interface provides three standby modes to conserve screen life: displaying a user-provided logo, dim and off, and returns instantaneously to normal functionality with any user interaction.
Because EchoTouch is part of the Echo family, it works flawlessly in an Echo control system. All Echo control and power products are compatible: control stations, responsive controls, interfaces and EchoDIN power controllers. Integration and control for DMX and sACN fixtures and devices is also straightforward.
Building managers can use EchoTouch to program Echo zones and preset looks so day-to-day use of a space is easy. Special sequences can easily be created via the intuitive interface with easy-to-use faders and buttons displayed on a vibrant 7-inch screen. Native RDM makes discovering and managing lighting fixtures even easier. Colour control is simple and accessible with a colour picker and customisable colour chips to let users take full advantage of their system.
The stylish, sleek, and durable design is built to withstand daily use in high-traffic areas. Its modern style matches common architectural finishes, and it’s designed to be neutral to fit anywhere. The black glass front is offered in four bezel colours: cream, grey, white and black.
22nd June 2018
Mackie Expands DL Series Line-up with Two New Models
Mackie has announced two all-new DL Series digital mixers, the16-channel DL16S and 32-channel DL32S wireless digital live sound mixers with built-in Wi-Fi for multi-platform control. Delivering the proven performance and intuitive control that the DL Series is known for, the DL16S and DL32S offer an all-new affordable, built-like-a-tank stagebox form factor with built-in Wi-Fi.
This all-new stage- and rack-friendly design is perfect for bands, venues, clubs, and anyone that needs the benefits of a digital mixer in a versatile form factor that won't break the bank.
Both models make it easier than ever to get mixing right out of the box with built-in Wi-Fi networking and multi-platform support on the industry-leading Master Fader control app. With Onyx+ mic preamps, fully loaded DSP on each input and output plus four FX processors, DL32S and DL16S deliver the mixing power users need to sound great every night. They also get a whole new suite of FX like chorus, flanger, rotary, auto-filter, and much more. All these awesome FX are easily accessed via a refreshed interface that allows more freedom for choosing the FX you want and seeing what is currently selected.
Popular among DL32R users, DL16S and DL32S feature full multi-track recording via USB to create stunning live recordings and even play them back into each channel for an easy virtual sound check. Not only is this great for recording performances, it's also great in the studio when you need a high number of inputs for recording.
"This is the next evolution of the DL Series," remarks Mackie product manager, Matt Herrin. "With rock-solid, great-sounding hardware and the most proven control app, Master Fader - Mackie is continuing to bring professional quality and intuitive control to price points that make sense for users of all levels."
Master Fader 5.0 has been re-engineered from the ground up to deliver users more choices than ever for how they control their DL Series mixers with the addition of multi-platform support* on Android, Mac, and PC, plus the entire new FX suite and UI.
*Mac and PC support will be available with Master Fader 5.1.