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Martin Audio Announces Two High-Performance Cardioid Subwoofers
Martin Audio has announced the release of two new compact, high performance cardioid subwoofers, the SXCF118 and the SXC115, suitable for both live sound reinforcement and fixed installations.
The SXCF118 is a flyable version of the SXC118 released last year and has been purpose designed to accompany the WPS optimised line array system, while the ground stack SXC115 is set to partner WPM.
The SXCF118 combines maximum low frequency output with exceptional pattern control. It features an 18” (460mm) forward facing driver and a 14” (356mm) rear facing driver, each driven independently by separate amplifier channels and DSP. Each driver has its own chamber with optimised bass reflex porting.
This arrangement produces a cardioid dispersion pattern which maximises the front radiation, while reducing unwanted radiation behind the subwoofer. The recommended iK42 amplifier optimises the DSP parameters for front and rear drivers to maximise the rear rejection from 21dB at 43Hz to 28dB at 75Hz. This keeps low frequencies away from stages and walls as well as reducing reverberant energy in the room greatly improving low frequency response accuracy and impact.
In front of the enclosure, the output from the two drivers is additive, giving an extra 2dB of output when compared with a conventional 1 x 18” subwoofer.
The enclosure is constructed from tour-grade plywood and finished with a hard-wearing textured polyurea coating. It is equipped with four grab handles, while foam-backed perforated steel grilles protect the front and rear drivers. Integral flying hardware, coupled with the WPSGRIDT touring flying frame, allows the SXCF118 to be incorporated at the top of a WPS array, or flown as a separate array alongside.
The SXC115 follows similar principles and contains a 15” (380mm) front facing driver and 12” (300mm) rear facing driver, each driven, again, independently by separate amplifier channels and DSP. Each driver, similarly, has its own chamber with optimised bass reflex porting. In front of the enclosure, the output from the two drivers is additive, giving an extra 1dB of output when compared with a conventional 1 x 15” subwoofer and 21dB at 43Hz of rear rejection. It is the perfect accompaniment to WPM or indeed with a pole mount for Martin Audio point source loudspeakers.
Summarising, Dom Harter, managing director, said: “We were delighted with the response to our initial cardioid subwoofer last year and this has really driven the demand to release these two further products. This also means we have announced 12 new products in the first three months of the year which is a record number of new products for us in such a time frame. We are consistently reviewing the market and our customer needs, and working tirelessly to offer our partners the optimal solutions between technology and price to win in the marketplace.”
Shipping for SXCF118 will begin in May with the SXC115 a month later.
18th March 2020
Amate Audio expands new loudspeaker management processor platform
Rapidly following the initial introduction of its all-new LMS series loudspeaker management processor in Q4 2019, with the LMS206 dual input / six output device, Amate Audio has launched the more extensive and powerful LMS608.
A completely new and robust next generation loudspeaker management processor platform employing a 64-bit DSP architecture, LMS provides continuous ‘round the clock’ operation and uncompromising performance in the most adverse application environments. Fully configurable, each input is assignable to any output, with two crossovers with selectable Butterworth, Linkwitz-Riley and Bessel filtering and independent compressor/ limiter settings available on each output.
With four analogue inputs, a two channel AES/EBU digital input, and eight analogue outputs, all on balanced XLRs, the 1U 19” rackmount LMS608 offers advanced system configuration capabilities, comparable with Amate Audio’s NÍTID active loudspeaker series – for the management of large-scale passive sound reinforcement systems for touring, event or fixed installation applications. Higher performing 24 bit ADDA convertors on the units I/Os gives the LMS608 even higher sound quality than its less powerful sibling.
The LMS608’s extensive control parameters include ten parametric equalisers with 1Hz frequency resolution, employing best industry practice dB/2 bell parametric filtering, in exploiting the superior performance capabilities of advanced digital processing. Selectable delay lines for each I/O are up to two seconds (or 680 metres) with switchable polarity.
Eighty user programmable memory presets can be password protected and USB and Ethernet connectivity provides for enhanced external control with Amate Audio’s DSPLink software for Windows and Mac OS (downloadable from the website). Differing levels of password protection allow for complete lockout of the unit, whereby software is only enabled for monitoring, or specific user memory mode, where operation is restricted to the loading and configuration of a particular user’s own memory settings.
An additional 20 powerful ‘factory’ presets are the result of an intensive in-house R&D, offering unique system engineering efficiencies in enabling near-instantaneous system control configurations for different combinations of passive NÍTID, Key and a number of Xcellence series loudspeaker systems in the most regularly encountered applications.
The front panel features a 2 x 16 black backlit LCD Display with extensive LED input and output monitoring (level, clip and limiter).
“The LMS608 greatly extends the advanced capabilities of our new loudspeaker management platform to a wider range of more complex applications,” states international sales manager Jordi Amate, “In terms of power, quality, reliability and ease of operability there is little in the market to challenge it.”
17th March 2020
Powerful on tour – Eurolite presents Tour-Fogger N-13
Eurolite has released a new tour fogger with a robust design and a powerful heating capacity of 1300 Watts. The compact fogger N-130, which is installed in a robust flight case, is easy to transport and has an innovative quick-release fastener on the fluid tank: ideal for touring use, stages and discotheques.
The powerful, compact fog machine N-130 by Eurolite is integrated in a stable flightcase, so it is perfectly suited for hard touring use. The powerful 1300 Watts of heating power ensures a powerful fog output of up to five metres in width.
The built-in “Instant Stop” of the N-130 ensures that the fog machine can be controlled especially properly: The function prevents fogging when the fog function is switched off. The innovative quick release system allows the fluid hose to be quickly and easily disconnected from the canister and easily removed from the machine.
The powerful touring fog machine N-130 by Eurolite is therefore a good choice for stage applications or for large live events, in discotheques, in the theatre or at TV and film productions to increase the effect of spotlights and laser beams.
17th March 2020
Introducing the VFX Wall 20:40
Industry innovator MBSi introduces the VFX Wall 20:40, a modular inflatable VFX backdrop and the latest addition to their growing portfolio of creative production solutions.
Created through direct collaboration with key personnel from within the production community, the development of the VFX Wall system is a perfect example of how MBSi is delivering on its close working relationships with production crews.
Having already proven itself on a number of major productions, the VFX Wall 20:40 is the first in a new range of modular, inflatable visual effects backdrop designed specifically for use within the film and television industry.
Exclusively available through, and fully supported by the team at Pinewood MBS Lighting, VFX Wall 20:40 is supplied in a choice of VFX Wall Green or VFX Wall Blue VFX, depending on the requirement. Flexible and adaptable, the system is ideal for creating expansive visual effects walls across backlot sets or for creating privacy screens to protect from prying eyes.
Simple to operate and easy to maintain and perfectly adapted for studio or location based work, the system requires almost no maintenance or specialist training. Under normal conditions, the inflation/deflation time is around ten minutes and once set up the system’s built-in air pump monitors and maintains full inflation. For easy transportation between sets each wall is supplied with its own case, custom designed to house the deflated wall.
Unlike traditional systems, VFX Wall is completely reusable and installation leaves little or no impact, making it a far more environmentally conscious option.
Available in 20ft by 40ft sections, the modular, tough, waterproof blocks can be mixed and matched to create all manner of VFX backdrops, and with additional sizes arriving shortly, there is no limit to the creative possibilities of the system.
Speaking about the VFX Wall, PMBS technical director Steve Howard says: “Through our close working relationships with crews we are able to gain in-depth understanding of specific challenges facing our industry. The VFX Wall 20:40 is an example of how MBSi has developed an idea to deliver a practical, effective solution which has already been a key component on a number of high profile film sets.”
13th March 2020
Punqtum Debuts the Q110 beltpack
Following the launch of the company late last year, punQtum B.V. has unveiled its first product, the Q110 beltpack is the first element of a larger networked intercom system that offers up to 32 party lines via standard IP networks and infrastructures. Designed for easy, plug-and-play use on a digital platform that is as easy to use as analogue intercom, the Q110 provides all the features you need to help crews communicate better.
All functionality is designed to be instantly accessible thanks to ergonomically designed buttons and an easy-to-read colour display. In a stand-alone capacity the Q110 offers instant access to two channels of party line intercom, and besides being powered via standard PoE switches, the Q110 beltpack offers the option to daisy-chain up to eight units on a single wire. The feature set also allows for any missed comms to be replayed in a ‘voice-mail’ style set-up. Providing ultimate scalability, the Q110 suits systems of any size, ranging from small events requiring just two beltpacks to as many are required for large, complex systems.
Using AES67 as a solid technology cornerstone the punQtum Intercom system integrates seamlessly with AES67-compliant networks such as Dante and RAVENNA. Furthermore, punQtum will shortly release a multi-platform editing software for easy configuration and management of systems.
“The Q110 beltpack offers all the benefits of digital technology in a package that’s as easy to use as any analogue intercom,” says CEO, Arie van den Broek. “It’s flexible, scalable, plug-and-play right out of the box, and extremely accessible price-wise. It’s got all the features you need, and none that you don’t; in other words, it’s a truly useful, workmanlike product, and completely representative of the ethos of our company. We’re proud to deliver it as our first product and we can assure you that there is more to come!”
13th March 2020
ChainMaster Bühnentechnik introduces new D8plus chain hoists
ChainMaster has introduced new chain hoists for the entertainment sector including the first prototypes of the ChainMaster PK and Ultra series with load capacities ranging from 250kg to 2000kg. The new chain hoists are designed in accordance with SQ P2, which was first released in October 2018, and can safely hold loads directly over people with a static chain safety factor of at least 8:1. The low tare weight and compact construction ensure easy handling in daily rigging usage. In addition, the IP degree of protection has been increased to better protect the drives against moisture. The new equipment will be available at the beginning of the third quarter. A wide range of control systems rounds off the offer.
ChainMaster works closely with leading stage construction companies, developing and implementing customer-specific solutions that are used in classical and modern theatres, opera houses, TV studios, multi-purpose halls and on tour. A wide variety of drives such as chain hoists, cable winches, trolleys, lifting platforms or revolving stages can be integrated into the ChainMaster XYZ control system, thus enabling professional users to implement safe all-in-one solutions with optimum performance in accordance with EN 61508 SIL3 and BGV-C1.
Since the market launch of ChainMaster products in 1994, the medium-sized, Saxon-based company has developed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of hoist technology in the event industry and offers a comprehensive range of products for all requirements from set-up operations to complex scenic movements to complete automation of performances. National and international projects are accompanied individually from planning to implementation through to user training. The worldwide network of ChainMaster consulting offices, commercial partners and trained service companies guarantees comprehensive after-sales service. ChainMaster now exports to 55 countries worldwide.
As a result, the company's references include projects such as the new Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, the Louvre in Lens, the Stockholm Opera, the Almaty Ice Arena, the Kremlin State Palace, the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and the Helmut List Hall in Graz.
12th March 2020
MILOS T & H Frames open new doors in creative lighting
MILOS offers the keys to enter a new world of creative lighting possibilities with its modular lighting bars and grid frames.
MILOS T and H frames provide extended flexibility when mounting lighting fixtures, thereby expanding the playing field for the positioning and angling of lighting pathways. Designed for trouble-free use, they connect quickly and securely to main truss grids via MILOS CELL Clamps or suspension cables.
All frames are based on the MILOS modular single tube M100 series, which features conical connection technology and our durable 48x3mm extruded aluminium profile tubes that can be mixed and matched to achieve virtually any lighting or stage set configuration required.
All components are available in a natural aluminium or powder coated black finish.
H Frame dimensions:
- 750 x 500mm
- 750 x 1000mm
- 1050 x 500mm
- 1050 x 1000mm
T Frame dimensions:
- 450 x 500mm
Eye Bar dimensions
Extension Bar dimensions
Learn more about MILOS modular lighting bars and grid frames here.
11th March 2020
The 2020 edition of Blackbook will be published soon
Prolyte's Blackbook contains a wealth of technical information about trusses and complementary products. The new Blackbook edition will include:
Compositions and design of aluminium trusses
Different types of connections
Forces within trusses and the different types of loading
Stages, roof systems, hoisting of truss, lifting people, truss maintenance
And a lot more!
The Blackbook has gained a reputation for being the best “on the road and beyond” reference guide. Offering extensive theoretical background knowledge, as well as practical tips, it's a must-read for everyone in the industry who’s involved in rigging or trussing.
11th March 2020
Vari-Lite Expands VL800 Series Event Line with New Compact Profile
Vari-Lite, the originator of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced that the Vari-Lite VL800 EVENTPROFILE is now shipping. Originally debuted at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the VL800 EVENTPROFILE is the newest member of the popular VL800 Series of event luminaires.
The VL800 EVENTPROFILE brings the DNA of Vari-Lite in a compact profile luminaire perfect for the event market. “The VL800 Series has already been embraced by designers on tours and installations alike,” says Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “This latest member of the family is a compact framing profile with a high output and professional-grade features, making it the ideal tool for a variety of applications.”
With a tour-ready build and a small form factor, the VL800 EVENTPROFILE was designed to look and feel like a Vari-Lite, with full CYM+CTO color mixing and the signature “Vari-Lite smooth” movement designers expect. “The VL800 EVENTPROFILE offers the same color palette as the industry-standard VL2600 Profile,” adds Palmer. “With the EVENTPROFILE, designers get a fixture built on that same popular innovation, but in a more compact package and a feature set targeted specifically at the mid-market.”
Despite its size, the VL800 EVENTPROFILE is full of modern features, supplying a fixed colour wheel; static and rotating gobo wheels; and prism, frost, and iris. With camera-ready frequency adjustment options and multi-mode fan control, the VL800 EVENTPROFILE works well in any venue. “We continue to expand our popular VL800 Series so we can address more needs for more designs,” says Fernand Pereira, head of marketing and product management, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “We are committed to ensuring the VL800 Series brings the quality and capabilities customers expect from us in fixtures targeted at event applications. We are proud to say that this newest member of the line more than delivers on that promise.”
The Vari-Lite VL800 EVENTPROFILE is available now.
11th March 2020
Triple E launch re-designed Rearfold Runner Accessory
Triple E has a long-established reputation for manufacturing efficient, fit-for-purpose mechanical products and gadgets to aid the movement of curtains and the assembly and construction of stage scenery. As the unique and exacting demands of the industry change, it is often the case that pre-existing pieces of equipment need a review and a refresh to ensure their design adapts to the demands of the applications they are used for.
A manufacturer who recognises this and can evolve a piece of equipment to meet these expectations is one who knows its craft and customers. This is exactly what the team at Triple E has done in recent months with their Rearfold accessory for their industry standard UniTrack and UniBeam carriers.
“The UniTrack system was first launched in 1988, and the Rearfold accessory has been an integral part of the system since that time. Therefore, a long overdue review of the Rearfold accessory design was implemented,” smiles David Edelstein, founder and managing director of Triple E. “The Rearfold carriers enable a curtain as it travels to stack offstage instead of the standard system of stacking from the centre,” he continues. “The demand for these accessories has increased and so the design has been changed to ensure not only dimensional accuracy but also to allow us to run a more efficient production process and manufacture greater quantities to match this demand.”
The curtain carrier body of the UniTrack and UniBeam has in recent years changed from steel to an MRP (metal replacement polymer) moulding which is stronger than the metal it has replaced but is lighter and therefore easier to work with. To complement the re-designed runner, the new Rearfold accessory has now been updated with a moulded re-developed rope bridge with snap-in fasteners making it much quicker to fit whilst also improving the efficiency of the carrier.
“We are delighted to report that this re-design has been met with widespread approval” continues David, “and the production of these updated fittings has been pretty much non-stop since the start of the year.”
11th March 2020
Scene-setting snow with Polar Crisp from Magmatic atmospheric effects
Magmatic atmospheric effects is shipping the first snow machine in its Polar series of dependable, high-output snow effects, the Polar Crisp. Crisp is a professional, high-volume snow machine with intuitive innovation that makes it easy to create scene-setting wintry settings.
Compact and lightweight, Crisp is capable of producing high volumes of naturalistic snow with the capacity to adjust snowflake size for greater versatility. Small flake or large, short throw or long, this 1250W high-volume snow machine can project snow up to 40 feet (12 metres) with the flexibility to adjust to the occasion.
An all-in-one APF (Air Pump Fan) system together with an auto-clean feature lowers the risk of clogging and reduces the need for maintenance. An easy-to-open housing and serviceable design add to its user-friendliness.
Built to withstand travel and repeated use, Crisp features a durable aluminium housing and robust design for powerful performance that delivers on time, every time. Thanks to its small size and easy mobility – the unit weighs 33.5lbs. (15.2kg) with a hanging bracket that doubles as a convenient carrying handle – Crisp is the ideal set-it-and-forget-it snow effect.
Until now, snow machines have had a universal problem: they are just too loud! All Polar series snow machines introduce quieter, snow-producing technology. A noise-blocking layer of insulation reduces fan noise for quieter operation, making them ideal for those more noise-sensitive environments.
Crisp uses Magmatic’s specially formulated Atmosity Premium Snow Fluid (APS-4L) to create a snowflake that mimics the look and feel of actual snow. Atmosity is Magmatic’s professional, universal fluid series formulated for use with all types of fog, haze and snow machines.
Hard to break but easy to use, Crisp includes an onboard LCD touchscreen control panel with manual and timer control options. It is industry-standard DMX-512 and RDM controllable, and offers wired and wireless remote control options.
Designed, engineered and exclusively distributed by Elation Professional, Magmatic speciality effects are strong solutions that are on-the-road tough and won't break the bank. First launched at the LDI show in November, Magmatic products encompass a comprehensive range of haze and fog machines with the Magma and Thermatic series, atmospheric snow machines with the Polar series, and CO2 cryogenic simulation effects with the Rocket series. To complement all of the special effects machines, Elation has developed a complete line of specially formulated effect fluids, Atmosity. Also available is an IP65 rated series of UV LED lighting products in the Prisma series.
10th March 2020
Take performances “to the edge”… safely
Ensure the safety of performers who sit in chairs on Xstage decks with Chairstop. Chairstop is a 1m long bar that attaches to the Xstage decks to prevent chairs from sliding off the end of the stage, thereby allowing performers to take their shows “to the edge” with extended security and peace of mind.
Compatible with S1, S8 and S10 decks
Click here to learn more about Chairstop
5th March 2020
Vari-Lite Ships Innovative LED Successor to Legendary VL5
Vari-Lite, the originator of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL5LED WASH fixture is now shipping. Originally debuted at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the VL5LED WASH is the true successor to the Emmy-winning VL5.
With an RGBALC colour system, on-board motorised zoom, and LED blade lights, this compact VL5LED WASH brings a host of modern features to the familiar form factor of a legendary fixture. “Often imitated but never duplicated, customers continue to use both the original VL5 and the VL500 many years after the end of their original production because of their love not only for the unique look of the front face, but the high quality of the wash and the compact build of the fixture,” explains Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “The new VL5LED WASH carries over the size and quality of light from the original VL5, but with features for a modern market.”
The heart of the new VL5LED WASH is the RGBALC colour system, which provides lighting designers with a wide range of rich colour options, including both pastel and saturated colours from a single fixture. To simplify programming of this fixture, the innovative SmartColor Control system adjusts the six-colour engine using traditional CYM+CTO mixing control. These vivid colours are then reflected on the Dichro*fusion blades that bring the vintage styling of the original VL5 along with the variable diffusion first seen on the VL6500 WASH.
For further creative options, the VL5LED WASH adds a separate ring of LEDs that light up the Dichro*fusion blades a different colour than the light coming from source engine. “The new blade lights offer a host of new possibilities,” explains Palmer. “The fixture has a variety of built-in effects, chases, and other animations, and they can also be pixel mapped, providing an optional, easy-to-program artistic element.”
While the VL5LED WASH is a perfect fixture for concert tours and other productions, it is also a great fit for television studios and theatres, making quiet operation a vital concern for Vari-Lite. “Like our other current-generation Vari-Lite fixtures, the VL5LED was built for sound-sensitive environments,” says Palmer. To accommodate both touring and theatrical applications, the VL5LED WASH offers standard, studio and whisper modes.
“Customer reactions to the new VL5LED have been nothing short of incredible,” adds Sameer Sodhi, business leader, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “As a real innovative update to an industry classic, the fixture gives designers everything they loved about the VL5 while addressing modern challenges and offering new opportunities as well.”
The Vari-Lite VL5LED WASH is available now.
4th March 2020
Columbus McKinnon Expands Unified Industries Brand Enclosed Track Aluminum Rail Offering
To help improve ergonomics and equipment safety for lifting applications, Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products, technologies, and services for material handling, has expanded its family of Unified Industries brand Enclosed Track Aluminium (ETA) Rail Profiles. Joining the existing product portfolio, the new ETA-3 Series is a flexible solution for light-duty applications.
“ETA-3 is ideal for any light-duty application in our customers’ facilities,” said Tony Alessi, product manager for the Unified Industries brand. “This means that ETA-3 rails can be used in a variety of configurations, including as tool rail for weld guns, light fixtures, weld curtains, spring balancers, and work benches, or as a side-by-side rail to carry additional equipment on a crane.”
Designed to reduce strain and fatigue, ETA-3 rails provide ease of movement with a lightweight aluminium trolley body, precision bearing load wheels, self-lubricating bronze bushings, dual bearing guide rollers, and integrated rubber bumpers. This new profile can also be attached to the mainline rail system as a festoon rail. This allows festooning trolleys and filter, regulator, and lubrication (FRL) equipment to move on a separate rail, helping to extend bridge and runway distances. ETA-3 rails are an ideal choice for automotive, aerospace, and heavy manufacturing applications.
ETA-3 has a maximum capacity of 442lbs., with lengths up to 25 feet, and is extruded from high-grade 6005-T5 aluminium.
28th February 2020
Artiste Rembrandt powerful companion washlight to award-winning Artiste Monet
Elation Professional is offering a new addition in its multi-award-winning Artiste range of high performance moving heads, the Artiste Rembrandt LED Wash, a powerful companion washlight to the popular Artiste Monet LED Profile. With superior output, unmatched color and a package of design options that includes an innovative wash texture concept, the Artiste Rembrandt is designed for service on even the largest stage.
The Artiste Rembrandt’s high-quality Fresnel lens optics and hotspot LED engine provide an optimised wash field and high centre intensity that make it an ideal wash solution for high output applications. This robust moving head uses the same efficient 950W 6,500K Bright White LED engine as the Monet to power out up to 51,000 lumens of superior wash output. With a fast zoom range from 8° to 72° and an impressive 180mm front lens, the Rembrandt has the power to cut through at even great distances in arena touring environments or large TV or theatre stages.
The traditional Fresnel lens is interchangeable with a Pebble Convex lens, providing a tighter beam angle and higher centre intensity for long throws or beam applications, and DMX controllable variable fan modes ensure low noise operation in noise sensitive environments
The Artiste Rembrandt houses the same seven-flag SpectraColor colour mixing system as the Artiste Monet for some of the most gorgeous colours ever produced by an automated LED luminaire. Exclusive to Elation Professional, SpectraColor combines industry-standard CMY colour mixing with complementary RGB flags for the ability to fade between the softest pastels to deep saturated primary colours. With the addition of variable CTO, as well as a fixed colour wheel with UV and high CRI options, the Rembrandt offers the colour combinations that world-class lighting designers require.
Another common feature with the Artiste Monet, and another example of unique innovation, is an unlimited indexing and continuous rotational framing system. The full blackout, four-blade framing system allows designers to not only refine the beam shape, frame around objects and project at any angle, it allows shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming for creative transitions, projections and aerial effects.
The Rembrandt also incorporates an innovative wash texture concept that gives the designer new tools to wash stages while providing soft textures and depth. Two independent animation wheels allow for directional motion, including overlapping and counter-rotating motion effects for texturing and layering possibilities that are unique to the fixture. Combined with its incredible output and stunning SpectraColors, the Rembrandt is a surprisingly versatile luminaire for a wide range of applications. The fixture also houses dual variable frosts (medium, heavy) for even more flexibility and a high-speed iris can be engaged for further impression.
The Artiste Rembrandt is outfitted with all the professional control and connection features that designers would expect from a cutting-edge luminaire. With unprecedented power, cutting-edge SpectraColor system and full array of professional design features, the Artiste Rembrandt sets a new standard as a benchmark automated LED wash luminaire.
27th February 2020
MILOS Cell Clamps – A grip that would make a Pit Bull proud!
MILOS cell clamps bite down hard and hold on tight to ensure the safe and secure mounting of fixtures, suspension of support structures and connections on truss tubes. All clamps are precisely manufactured from high quality extruded aluminium for extended durability and reliability.
There are three different sizes, compatible with 32-35mm, 48-51mm and 60–63.5mm diameter tubes.
Click here to learn more about how the complete range of MILOS cell clamps.
25th February 2020
City Theatrical Now Shipping Multiverse Receiver Cards
City Theatrical’s Multiverse Receiver Cards are products that any lighting user can use to implement wireless DMX/RDM into entertainment projects or lighting equipment in a simple way. Multiverse Receiver Cards are now available in either the 2.4GHz or 900MHz* band through City Theatrical distributors worldwide.
Multiverse Receiver Cards (City Theatrical Part Numbers 5906 for 2.4GHz band or 5907 for 900MHz band) are full Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM receivers without the housing, XLR connectors, and user interface as used in wireless DMX receiving products like the Multiverse Node and Multiverse SHoW Baby. Multiverse Receiver Cards include an internal antenna and a connection to an optional external antenna. Configuration for Multiverse Receiver Cards is done via RDM with DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, or with City Theatrical’s USB Configuration Program for PC/Mac.
In addition to receiving wireless DMX and outputting wired DMX, the Multiverse Receiver Card can output 0-10V, and has four PWM control outputs.
While Multiverse Modules require a full circuit board level implementation by professional lighting manufacturers, Multiverse Receiver Cards can be used by any lighting user to implement wireless DMX/RDM into their lighting equipment, whether props, costumes, or lighting fixtures. Multiverse Receiver Cards can be used as part of a full Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system to connect up to 10 universes of wireless DMX/RDM to a single Multiverse Transmitter. Lighting manufacturers can use the 0-10V and PWM output capabilities to quickly add wireless DMX control to their products.
Multiverse marks the fifth generation of City Theatrical's engineering development for wireless DMX, with the mission of being able to deliver more data using less radio energy. Multiverse’s patent-pending wireless DMX/RDM technology allows larger and larger systems to be scaled up without producing harmful amounts of radio energy that could disrupt other wireless systems in the venue.
*The 900MHz band is licensed for use in North America only.
24th February 2020
Obsidian Control Systems announces release of ONYX 4.4 featuring creative DYLOS pixel composer
Obsidian Control Systems has announced release of ONYX 4.4 lighting control software, which fully integrates Obsidian’s intuitive and artistic DYLOS pixel composer, opening up new possibilities for the creative designer. Integration of DYLOS into the ONYX platform brings an innovative toolset of media composition, effects, content and text generators, along with a large variety of parameter manipulation, right into the core of any ONYX console or PC system.
Creative control with DYLOS is truly limitless, offering the designer an incredibly diverse tool set to support the performance with organic colour compositions and animations. DYLOS enhances the design process and encourages playful experimentation rather than an overly technical and uninspiring approach of numbers and values. DYLOS is fun to use and easy to navigate, allowing the designer to focus on the creative process.
Based on a full 3D environment and powerful DirectX graphics processing, the DYLOS engine has been designed from the ground up for power and performance to manage tens of thousands of fixtures and parameters with ease. The DYLOS workflow is natural and follows the same well-known access to any regular stage light programmed with ONYX. Available any time dynamic control of colours and intensity is required, DYLOS is natively integrated into the operation of the console, offering seamless programming and playback through its optimised user interface of live previews, thumbnails, library and FX browsers and dynamic parameter control.
As part of this exciting launch, Obsidian Control Systems is offering all users of DYLOS a carefully curated content package with over 1100 media files in many categories. Optimised for the DYLOS engine, it allows users to immerse themselves in the system for immediate results. In addition to this large media collection, any custom user content can be imported at any time in almost any codec and size. Content is always optimized by DYLOS for perfect replay and instant access.
An unrestricted trial version of two DYLOS Zones and up to four Universes of DMX is enabled automatically for any ONYX PC installation and is a great way to experience the power of DYLOS in combination with the free content package. PC systems can be easily unlocked through the plug-and-play ONYX KEY, instantly expanding ONYX to 128 Universes.
ONYX 4.4 is compatible with all ONYX NX4 and NX2 consoles, all ONYX PC systems and the M1HD and M2GOHD M-Series controllers. A variety of USB devices like the NX-Touch or NX-DMX are supported to customize and tailor the ONYX experience to any application.
ONYX 4.4 featuring the new DYLOS engine and the DYLOS factory content package are available for immediate download at https://obsidiancontrol.com/dylos
21st February 2020
Match Coloured Light Sources on Set with the myMIX App
During an episode of SKAM France, one scene was shot in a dark room that was 'illuminated' by a bunch of glow-in-the dark stars on the ceiling. Those phosphorescent stars were not bright enough to light the scene, so Cinematographer Xavier Dolléans used the Capture feature in Rosco's myMIX app to amplify that green/yellow glow with his MIX LED lights.
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21st February 2020
Mobiltechlifts ML2 – Small footprint, Large capacity
Don’t be fooled by the size of the Mobiltechlifts ML2! Within its compact 2.4 x 2.4 metre (7.87’ x 7.87’) footprint, its impressive loading capacity of up to 200kg (441lbs) and a maximum height of up to 6.5 metres (21.5’)! Its heavy-duty construction and user-friendly operation make it the perfect choice for smaller live events.
Telescopic outriggers increase practicality and improve stability
Rubber feet on the outriggers protect all surfaces from damage and provide increased friction
Integrated wheels with brakes for added safety
Spirit level for convenient levelling
Plastic cushions on the lift’s body prevent damage to the mast
Top mast attachment points
Secondary locking mechanism
Optional winch cover
Manual screw for reducing mast movement and adding additional safety
TUV Nord Certified
Load: 200kg (441lbs)
Weight: 115kg (253.5lbs)
Max. Height: 5.5m (18’)
Min. Height: 1.77m (5.8’)
Footprint: 2.4 x 2.4m (8’ x 8’)
Load: 200kg (441lbs)
Weight: 126kg (278lbs)
Max. Height: 6.5m (21.5’)
Min. Height: 1.82m (6’)
Footprint: 2.4 x 2.4m (8’ x 8’)
Read more about the ML2 here.
20th February 2020
Elation Fuze Pendant a versatile house and area lighting solution
Elation now offers a pendant version in its Fuze series of high performance, high-value LED luminaires. Now available is the colour-changing Fuze Pendant LED wash light, an energy-efficient intelligent downlighting fixture that provides powerful illumination for a variety of house and area lighting applications. With its flexible design, this pendant light is at home in permanent installs as well as any temporary application like trade shows, exhibitions and corporate events.
Housing a full spectrum 230W LED array, the Fuze Pendant produces vibrant colours while providing high CRI variable white tones to flood a space in hues of colour or functionally wash a house of worship or other venue in shades of white light. The RGBWL LED emits a wide palette of colours, and with colour temperature adjustment from 2,000 - 10,000K it also makes for an excellent colour-matching unit.
Crisp whites with a high CRI, plus subtle pastels and powerful pure colours with 16-bit dimming, allow for a wide range of smooth illumination and dynamic effects for any environment. At up to 11,000 lumens, the Fuze Pendant is ideal for large areas and high-ceiling applications yet is compact enough to be adaptable to smaller spaces. A variety of dimming curve modes, virtual colour wheels and strobe enhance its dynamic capabilities.
Featuring a compact and fanless design, the Fuze Pendant operates silently for use in noise sensitive environments. When used in broadcast situations, LED refresh rate frequency is remote adjustable to guarantee flicker-free operation.
Pendant (included) and yoke or recessed ceiling options provide flexibility when finding the ideal mounting position. The included 45-degree lens plus a variety of available lens options (25-, 35-, 60-degree) allows for precise light distribution. Optional half and full snoot kits are available to position the beam even more precisely.
Industry standard power and DMX connections, plus included terminal block connections for power, emergency battery input and 0-10V control, support multiple permanent or temporary install requirements with a single product design. The Fuze Pendant can also receive wireless DMX via the integrated Elation E-FLY transceiver for easier set-up with less cable mess.
Weighing just 15.8lbs. (7.2kg) and drawing only 230W of maximum power, the Fuze Pendant makes a big impact with a small footprint and offers all the benefits of LED like greater reliability, less maintenance and increased energy efficiency for a lower cost of ownership.
20th February 2020
EXE Technology releases its 2020 catalogue
EXE Technology, which is currently the most desired automation range for entertainment / theatrical markets across the world, has announce the release of its 2020 catalogue.
The new catalogue features all of the latest standard EXE Rise D8+ hoists, EXE Drive controllers and EXE DST (Dynamic Stack Tracks) ranges, as well as some exciting new additions this year.
As live load monitoring is now a key requirement in rigging environments, the EXE Cell range has now been expanded to include both integrated load-cell chain hoist solutions and separate shackle-based wireless technology components for easy deployment and monitoring anywhere in the world.
Request a copy of the 2020 EXE Technology catalogue today by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
17th February 2020
Alcons Introduces the LR24 Pro-Ribbon Line-Array
The LR24 is a mid-size line-array sound system, designed to enable a 1:1 non-compressed reproduction of the original sound source at any sound pressure level. Due to the completely neutral response of the system, it can be used for any application and source possible, from speech, to classical music, jazz, all the way to pop and hard-rock performances.
The system is characterised by a fully predictable, linear response from the lowest to the highest SPLs, with a completely flat frequency response up to 20kHz, giving room for full artistic “sound sculpting”, without having to work around or against the system.
11th February 2020
Visix AxisTV Digital Signage Software Powers Corporate Communications for Safelite
Visix, Inc. reports that Safelite Glass Corporation has rolled out an extensive digital signage system across multiple business locations in three states. The network today reaches several corporate locations in Ohio (including its Columbus-based headquarters), and call centres in Iowa and Arizona. Enterprise-level Visix AxisTV 9 digital signage software delivers a mix of visual content, real-time data, and social media to amplify its corporate messaging, and strengthen employee communications.
Safelite Corporation is a well-known provider of vehicle glass repair, replacement and calibration services throughout much of the United States. With 15,000 employees across 720 locations, the company has seen a positive impact on employee and visitor engagement at locations added to the network. Safelite initially deployed a single AxisTV on-premise licence with 76 Visix HDn digital signage media players to create and drive content to digital signs. The company recently added 18 additional HDn players in a second phase, leveraging AxisTV’s simple scalability to expand the network.
The crown jewel of Safelite’s network is a 3x3 video wall at its Columbus headquarters. Located in the executive lobby, the AxisTV software presents corporate Safelite content and messaging to welcome, inform and entertain high-profile clients and vendors. A Visix 12-output digital signage player reliably delivers content across all nine video wall tiles, providing a seamless presentation of 1080p content without the expense of an external video processor.
The flexibility of the software allows other locations on the network to easily differentiate content. The Iowa and Arizona call centres leverage AxisTV’s data-rich properties, for example, favouring real-time business metrics and social media statistics that demonstrate the success of their customer service efforts. Content contributors leverage a Custom Theme Pack from Visix’s award-winning creative team to populate messages and layouts that are unique to Safelite, and reflect the company’s identity and brand standards.
Visix won the contract over competitive suppliers due to ease of use, price point, software capabilities and network features. Scalability has proven valuable as well; a potential third phase, now under consideration, would expand the network to 70 warehouse locations.
11th February 2020
Alcons Audio Introduces The CRMS-SRHV Surround
The CRMS-SRHV surround is a two-way passive-filtered loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats.
Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRMS-SRHV combines a benchmark-setting clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering a very realistic sound reproduction. Due to the 'compressionless' principle of the pro-ribbon transducer, the system has a linear response at any SPL.
Typical applications include (height layer) immersive surround sound systems for performing arts theatres, screening rooms, post-production facilities and dubbing stages, premium Home Cinemas and quality-conscious PLF cinemas.
The CRMS-SRHV system consists of the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 8” mid-bass for LF reproduction. The CRMS-SRHV/9090 HF section has an 800 W peak power input, enabling a 1:15 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1kHz to beyond 20kHz.
The patented (90-degrees) horizontal and patent-pending (90-degrees) vertical dispersion offers a very wide and consistent coverage up to the highest frequencies; By utilising identical MHF components, a perfect voicing matching between screen- and surround system is realised, resulting in an exceptionally wide and uniform sound stage throughout the entire listening area.
The trapezoidal enclosure together with the optional grill and ACO colour option, provides for easy, low profile wall or ceiling mounting.
For full system performance, the CRMS-SRHV needs to be driven by an ALC controller-amplifier, delivering maximum sound quality with increased headroom and utmost operation reliability. The system is available in 8 Ohms and 4 Ohms version, for maximum amplifier efficiency in individually-amplified immersive surround systems.
The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures complete cable/connector compensation between the CRMS-SRHV and ALC, significantly increasing response accuracy, regardless of cable length and system impedance, with tight and accurate mid and bass response as result.
Philip 'Dr. Phil' De Haan, head of Alcons R&D said: “The CRMS range is our separate group of solutions for the studio and residential markets. Following our compact immersive systems, with CRMS-SRHV, we now also have the versatile height or width channel solution for the larger studios, theatres and screening rooms.”
The RBN401 is Alcons Audio’s most-applied pro-ribbon driver, with thousands in daily use in professional higher SPL applications.
Phil continues: “As we continue to upscale the possibilities of our patent-pending waveguide technology, we have optimised the 4” RBN401 to bring the wide 90° x 90° dispersion into the CRMS range, while utilising the exact same transducers for a perfect voicing-match throughout the CRMS family. We have already received very positive feedback from the first critical listening applications that deployed the system.”
The CRMS-SRHV/9090 will see its official launch at the upcoming ISE show at the Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience, in Amsterdam the Netherlands.