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Austrian Audio releases Hi-X60 Professional Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones for Recording, FOH, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Listening
Strand brings architainment lighting control to the Vision.Net Gateway with software update, new DMX module
Martin Audio Announces White Versions of Best-Selling WPS and SXC118 Cardioid Subwoofer
Martin Audio has announced that its best-selling Wavefront Precision optimised line array system, WPS, is now available in white, as a made-to-order option, and is also accompanied by its cardioid subwoofer partner, SXC118.
Designed to set a new benchmark for 8” line arrays, Martin Audio originally announced WPS in 2019 – the fourth model in the award-winning Wavefront Precision series – and it has since gone on to be a firm favourite by owners and users alike.
As Dom Harter, managing director, explains: “With WPS it was a ground up product development. We wanted to overcome the deficiencies and compromises of other 8” line arrays available on the market. That’s why we believe we have more drivers in WPS than anything else in its class, with spacing, waveguide and crossover point engineered to deliver in particular optimum HF performance with exemplary mid and high frequency pattern control, even at higher SPL. And our rental partners, FOH engineers and system integrators, have really taken WPS to their heart.”
The SXC118 is a cardioid subwoofer featuring an 18” driver in the front and a 14” driver in the rear, coupling together for increased output to the audience while maintaining control and reducing noise behind it.
Harter continues: “The success of WPS and its partner sub has naturally meant that for houses of worship and auditoria there was a growing demand for a white variant and so moving forward we are happy to make this available as a made-to-order option.”
9th December 2021
Obsidian Control Systems introduces flexible, compact NETRON EP2 EtherDMX node
Obsidian Control Systems has announced the newest addition to its extremely successful and rapidly expanding NETRON range of innovative data distribution devices. The NETRON EP2 is a no nonsense, no compromise Ethernet to DMX gateway solution for the professional lighting and AV markets. Part of the NETRON family of easy-to-use EtherDMX nodes, it offers a high-value solution for any type of system that requires rugged hardware, flexible configuration and a reliable Ethernet to DMX gateway solution at an affordable price.
Ideally suited for the installation of distributed DMX Universes in venues, the universal housing of the EP2 provides mounting in two-gang boxes (US) as well as European Standard 50mm round boxes in the same extremely compact design. The EP2 ships with a full metal back box and M10 and M12 truss mount bolt attachment points included, as well as a universal USB-C power supply.
The NETRON EP2 offers two 5-pin DMX/RDM optically isolated ports, each port bidirectional for DMX in and output. Designed with ease of use in mind, it is simple to configure through either the 1.3” OLED display and encoder or the integrated web menu system. POE or USB-C powered, it includes factory and user presets for instant plug-and-play set-ups. It follows the same proven, user-friendly menu structure as existing NETRON nodes in the market. The NETRON EP2 also unlocks the ONYX Nova license, allowing up to four universes of DMX output.
The EP2 is part of Obsidian Control Systems’ flexible NETRON data distribution range that encompasses Ethernet to DMX gateway, DMX splitter and DMX/RDM splitter solutions. NETRON devices support Art-Net, sACN, DMX-512 and RDM protocols and are quickly gaining a reputation for reliable 24/7 operation.
7th December 2021
Austrian Audio releases Hi-X60 Professional Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones for Recording, FOH, Mixing, Mastering and Audiophile Listening
Austrian Audio has extended its highly-successful Hi-X6 headphone range with the new Hi-X60 model: professional closed-back reference headphones for recording, FOH, mixing and mastering and audiophile listening.
Featuring the sonic signature of the Hi-X6 series with its natural and spacious sound, the Hi-X60 over-ear, closed-back design is ideally suited for use in loud environments like front of house. The high passive-noise suppression ensures an optimum signal-to-noise ratio creating an accurate and hearing-friendly sonic environment. The Hi-X60's closed-back isolation also prevents sound from escaping into the recording environment and interfering with the microphone capture in the studio. Both features work together for instrument or vocal tracking to provide the artist with a coherent, healthy signal without leakage. For audiophile listening, the Hi-X60's give an immersive experience.
Hi-Xcursion (high excursion) technology is the key to the incredible sound the Hi-X60 headphones deliver. All Austrian Audio Hi-X headphones feature a 44mm driver and a ring magnet system. This design allows for improved airflow and includes the strongest magnetic field in its class. The ring magnet, combined with a copper-clad aluminium voice coil, reduces the weight of the membrane and the voice coil connected to it, allowing the membrane to move or change direction faster, providing a more responsive impulse reaction. Recording, mixing and mastering with the Hi-X60 headphones is an absolute pleasure. Expect great bass imaging and outstanding low THD (total harmonic distortion) at low frequencies, together with a linear frequency response and open, precise high-resolution sound that is very revealing and makes error detection easy. The Hi-X60s deliver incredible detail, making them ideal for audiophiles as well as those with studio work in mind.
As with all Austrian Audio headphones, the Hi-X60 offer remarkable comfort even for long sessions. All of the headphone's touchpoints employ soft, durable memory foam. Additionally, all load-bearing and moving parts are made from metal, ensuring stability, reliability, and robustness. This rugged design ensures that the folding mechanism is good for years of everyday use and that the Hi-X60 holds up even under the roughest recording conditions.
Best-in-class comfort with special slow retention memory foam earpads to keep you comfortable even during the longest sessions
Replaceable ear pads and bow pad, for long lifetime and hygienic use
Detachable cable that can be easily replaced (1x 3m and 1x 1.2m included)
Metal hinges and bow for maximum durability and stability
Foldable construction for easy storage
3rd December 2021
KLOTZ PowerLink Truss & Stagebox: compact and robust power distribution box for live use
The PowerLink Truss & Stagebox by KLOTZ AIS is an extremely robust, ergonomic and easy-to-use new power distribution system. Its various application possibilities are a big advantage. This brand new product is at home not only in event technology, but also in theatres or TV studios.
The PowerLink Truss & Stagebox is equipped with one input and four outputs of the NEUTRIK powerCON True1 plug. It offers a power carrying capacity of up to 16A /250V.
Due to the compact size and the ergonomic arrangement of the connections, easy handling is ensured in tough everyday stage use, even with work gloves.
The plastic housing is designed with rounded absorber edges and a robust surface to absorb shocks. This ensures that any external shocks are optimally diverted.
Inside the box, stiffening cross ribs, in conjunction with six housing screws, give the PowerLink Truss & Stagebox a very high level of resistance and provide compliance with current safety standards. A fall from truss height is easily absorbed, which underlines the robustness and durability. In addition, the housing is ultra-light.
The PowerLink Truss & Stagebox can be easily and quickly attached to a truss via two PowerLink Clamps; additional securing with two O-rings is also possible. Alternatively, the box can be equipped with an optional metal bracket underneath. This has 2 pre-drilled holes as well as an M10 screw connection to ensure secure fastening.
As a useful accessory, KLOTZ AIS will add coloured rubber sleeves to the PowerLink's portfolio. Fitted with these, the power distributor is optimally marked so that circuits can be quickly distinguished from one another even at a greater distance.
KLOTZ AIS has protected the design and registered it with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) at the beginning of October 2021.
The PowerLink Truss & Stagebox System will be available from the second quarter of 2022.
3rd December 2021
Soundswitch Simplifies Lighting for DJs with a Dedicated Dual Universe DMX Interface Controller
SoundSwitch, the leading provider of DJ lighting control software and hardware, has announced the SoundSwitch Control One, a professional lighting controller and dual-universe DMX interface. Since the introduction of its automated lighting software, SoundSwitch has been committed to building tools that make it easier for DJs to incorporate lighting into their live performances. Control Oneʼs form factor, comprehensive feature set, and extensive connectivity with DJ and DAW applications make it the first lighting controller designed for DJs and performers.
Compact and intuitive, Control One provides DJs a familiar and fun lighting experience. Compatibility with professional DJ platforms from Engine DJ, Serato DJ, and Virtual DJ makes it easy to integrate Control One into existing DJ set-ups. Additionally, musicians and performers can automate synchronised light shows and add live lighting effects using Ableton Link or manually tapping in the BPM on Control One.
Leading the industry with music-synchronised lighting automation, SoundSwitch software delivers dynamic light shows with a single click. Choose from dozens of light show presets based on genre or mood, and even customise the result to your liking. When it's time to perform, Control One offers customizable RGB performance pads, parameter knobs, and a touch strip to create the perfect ambience for any event or venue.
Control One provides tactile control over all SoundSwitch performance features. Effortlessly trigger colour and position overrides, cycle between banks of automated light shows (Autoloops), set an elegant ambiance with a subtle Static Look, and when the moment calls, engage the Strobe to add an energised visual effect to complement the build-up of your performance.
Control One is plug-and-play compatible with Engine DJ hardware running Engine DJ v2.0 or higher. Simply connect Control One to an available USB port on the Engine DJ hardware. Once connected, it's a full stand-alone control of the entire performance environment, music and lights.
“The Control One adds new functionally and improves the overall experience of controlling lighting while DJing. Following on from the release of stand-alone lighting control and the improvements made to the desktop software, a dedicated controller for SoundSwitch and engine lighting was the logical next step,” said SoundSwitchʼs product owner, Matt Watkins. Control One takes the use of lighting in a DJ set to the next level.”
2nd December 2021
disguise’s r20 software release goes global, now available in six new languages
disguise, the leading platform that enables visual experiences of the highest level, has launched its latest r20 software release in six new languages. In addition to English, disguise’s Designer software is now available in Spanish, German, French, Korean, Japanese and Simplified Chinese, expanding the reach of its award-winning platform around the globe. The localisation represents the next step in the company’s move towards remote, cloud-based collaboration following its recent acquisition of leading 3D content previsualisation platforms Mapping Matter and Previz.
Trusted for over 20 years on some of the world’s biggest, most complex live shows, broadcasts and virtual productions, the disguise Designer software is a powerful toolkit for winning pitches, developing storyboards, creating camera fly-throughs, validating content, testing technical set-ups, and designing entire projects. Its timeline-based interface allows users to build a 3D model of their stage, projection canvas or LED volume, then map video content onto the simulated environment. With the new additional languages included in disguise’s groundbreaking technology, more users will be able to bring their most ambitious creative visions to life.
Upon downloading the new r20 release from the disguise website, users will be able to easily control which language they want to work in by selecting their preferred language in the language switcher as they launch the software.
Users will also have the opportunity to undergo training in their local language to become certified disguise specialists, with access to translated training materials and user manuals in the above six languages.
“Productions nowadays are comprehensive and of a global nature. We understand that many of our users are not native English speakers and we want to enable them to solve complex problems without worrying about the language barrier. With r20, we are empowering our disguise community to work in their local language from anywhere in the world,” says disguise chief product officer, Raed Al-Tikriti.
disguise has recently expanded its operations around the world with new office openings and dedicated support and technical solutions teams based permanently in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Auckland. disguise also ensures relevant representation for its key markets in EMEA and the Americas, with a dedicated support and technical solutions representative in Spain and an ever-expanding team in its London and LA offices, ready to travel on site across these regions to offer hands-on support to critical projects. Users around the world can also benefit from premium support, extended warranties and worldwide server cover for help around the clock wherever they are based.
“As our global user community grows, disguise must grow with it. With over 300 xR stages powered by disguise around the world and the much anticipated return of live events, the need for local support is more crucial than ever. In our commitment to democratise our workflows, we want to ensure everyone feels as confident as possible to work with disguise and I’m incredibly proud of this massive step forward in localising our software and expanding our global presence to enable teams to create from anywhere,” says disguise CEO Fernando Kufer.
2nd December 2021
It’s all in the mix
Audio specialist Sennheiser has launched a new pair of professional headphones for mixing, editing and mastering. The HD 400 PRO studio reference headphones are an ideal companion for creators seeking natural and precise sound reproduction to accurately assess their audio mixes. To ease long sessions, the HD 400 PRO features a comfortable and lightweight open-back design fitted with soft velour ear pads. The unit includes both coiled and straight detachable cables, allowing the headphones to adapt to different use preferences.
“We are happy to introduce the first open studio headphones in Sennheiser’s PRO line,” commented Gunnar Dirks, product manager, professional audio. “When editing and mixing, you need detail and honesty, and this is what the HD 400 PRO will give you. Thanks to their linear, high-resolution reproduction, these headphones are a reliable reference to create outstanding audio mixes.”
The HD 400 PRO features a wide frequency response of six to 38,000 hertz to give music producers the full account of their mix. The Sennheiser-developed 120-ohm transducers include a diaphragm made from a special polymer blend, which together with powerful driver magnets yields deeper, yet totally clear and well-defined bass. Distortion is below 0.05% (measured at 1kHz, 90dB SPL).
The HD 400 PRO accurately reproduces audio beyond the audible frequency range, giving you unbridled access to nuanced harmonics and ambiance in your music, while at the same time revealing a bold, articulate low-end.
The headphone transducers of the HD 400 PRO sit at a slight angle, carefully recreating the optimum triangular listening position you would place yourself in when listening to monitor loudspeakers in a recording studio. In addition, the open-back design of the HD 400 PRO ensures a natural propagation of sound, unimpeded by the acoustic structures required in closed-back designs. Both aspects create a wide and spacious soundstage, neutral and transparent, which enables audio producers to work confidently knowing that their final mix transfers accurately to listeners.
The HD 400 PRO headphones feature high comfort that prolongs creativity. A carefully engineered ultra-light frame positions the earcups in place, gently hugging the ears with minimal pressure. Soft velour earpads allow users to focus on projects for hours on end, while the open, circumaural design offers sufficient ventilation for ears to keep their cool, even during long mixing sessions.
The HD 400 PRO can be used with Dear Reality’s headphone monitoring plug-ins, which create a virtual mix room with carefully designed acoustics thanks to advanced spatial audio technology. The headphones have already been integrated into the Spatial Headphone Compensation feature in dearVR MIX; dearVR Monitor integration will be released by the end of this year.
The HD 400 PRO is available now and retails at EUR 249 (MSRP). The headphones come with a three metre coiled cable and a 1.8 metre straight cable, both fitted with a 3.5mm (1/8”) jack plug for portable sources. A 6.3mm (1/4”) adapter is included, ensuring that the HD 400 PRO connects to your mixing desk or audio interface.
2nd December 2021
Outline Announce The ‘GSR’, a Unique Acoustic Measurement Solution
Designed in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the prestigious Brescia University and engineered in Italy by Outline, the new GSR (Globe Source Radiator) provides a vital tool for acoustic analysis.
Optimised acoustics are a prerequisite of many modern buildings and for some (classrooms, offices, theatres and concert halls, for example), their acoustic properties actually determine how well they are able to perform their core purpose.
Accurate and reliable test data is essential for those engaged in the design and construction of these spaces: a powerful omnidirectional sound source is vital to assist in the testing of acoustic insulation of internal walls, floor slabs, and insulation from the external environment, plus the acoustic properties of any internal space where sonic performance is important.
GSR’s usefulness extends also into automotive, industrial, scientific, commercial and other areas, since numerous essential acoustic parameters may be derived from measurements made using it as a sound source: Clarity Indices (C50, C80), Intelligibility Indices (AlCons, STI, RASTI etc.), Reverberation Time (RT60), Early Decay Time (EDT), Soundproofing Power, Impulse Response and Intensity (G) and others may be determined. The GSR is also fully ISO10140, ISO354, ISO3382 and DIN 52210 compliant.
GSR’s design combines a robust spherical enclosure with an Ergal aluminium inner structure that houses twelve 5” neodymium-magnet transducers and is the first such device to include a bass reflex design to extend its frequency response.
It is also the only truly spherical device of its type available today, its unique ‘globe’ design eliminating diffractions, reflections and other anomalies caused by non-spherical radiators, which can compromise the accuracy of data measurement.
The GSR is capable of producing a maximum SPL of over 130.3 dB, a figure far in advance of any other comparable product presently available and a remarkable output from a spherical loudspeaker only 31cm in diameter.
The GSR is also available as a part of a complete user-ready kit, comprising a GSR, an NG01 Noise Generator, a compact amplifier (Outline’s L3000) plus the necessary cables, a transportation bag and a set of mounting accessories, providing a portable setup ready for immediate deployment. A dedicated self-powered subwoofer kit is also available and is suitable for applications where measurements of low frequency data are required.
29th November 2021
Video Highlights New Robe T11 Range a Three-in-One Solution
Robe lighting s.r.o. has launched the full-form product video for its new T11 luminaire, the latest in its hugely popular and successful “T” series, fine-tuned to deliver outstanding performance and full flexibility.
T11 is a static fixture – available in three versions (Profile, Fresnel and PC) – designed to be a perfect investment for any venue, especially theatres and performance spaces, seeking to renew their existing generic lighting rigs and upgrade to the latest LED technology with all Robe’s guaranteed reliability and quality.
This genuine three-in-one solution in a single fixture housing alleviates the additional cost of separate generic purchases and looks forward to a more sustainable future.
The MSL-TE 350W LED engine itself generates 16,760 Lumens, giving 9,500 lumens from the T11 Profile, 9,600 lumens out of the T11 Fresnel and 9,400 lumens for the T11 PC, and being a TE light source, brings all the advantages of straightforward exchange or replacement.
Building on Robe’s innovative MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) colour ideas and TE (Transferable Engine) technology, the T11 offers the incredible colour finesse that has made the entire T series so successful.
This concept first developed by Robe enables different and interchangeable LED engines in the same fixture hardware, which can be quickly changed – ‘transferred’ – in about six minutes.
The LED technology also provides identical colour characteristics, responses, and ultimate control of all T series luminaires for precise colour consistency across any Robe lighting installation.
A rapid-change front lens system transforms the T11 into the Profile, Fresnel or PC variants making it an even more cost-effective and adaptable creative tool with fabulous optical quality.
High-definition optics deliver accurate projection and beam control, with an impressive wide-ranging 10:1 ratio 5-50° zoom from the T11 Profile unit’s single, integral lens tube (without needing additional lens tubes or optical variants).
The T11 Fresnel offers a classically Fresnel-style beam while the PC version has an authentic soft-edged PC beam, both with a wide-ranging 5-60° zoom.
Knowing the importance of CT whites for applications like theatre and television, there is a virtually controlled CCT range between 2.700K to 8.000K. Calibrated whites and fantastic tungsten emulation ensure perfectly rendered skin tones every time due to the T11’s high TLCI and TM30-18 ratings and the exceptional CRI of 95+.
The T11 Profile ’s manual shuttering system is accurate and easy to use, and in the Fresnel version it functions as an internal barndoor.
Integral to the T11 Profile, is a manual 1° MagFrost (Magnetic Paddle System) for instant softening, standard on this fixture which also has optional 5° and other frosts available. The T11 PC and T11 Fresnel fixtures have a 5° MagFrost as standard, plus a range of optional frosts.
Designed to be compact and unobtrusive, the T11 is ideal for noise-sensitive environments like concert halls and for anything from orchestral work to corporate and business presentations and other spoken-word scenarios.
With TV studios, multi camera and HD recording and broadcasting environments in mind, the T11 runs Cpulse flicker-free software and has a dedicated plus / minus green channel control.
To increase gobo capacity of the T11 Profile from the single breakup gobo and holder included with the fixture, an optional drop-in module containing two rotating and three static gobos is available, fitted using Robe’s standard slot-and-lock system. Easy to install and with a motorised iris included, this allows the dual projection of both static and rotating gobos to produce more dynamic effects.
26th November 2021
Yamaha VC Series Ceiling Speakers Offer Premium Sound at a Non-Premium Price
Yamaha has launched its new VC series ceiling speakers, a low profile, cost-effective range which is designed to deliver high quality music reproduction with an exceptional performance-to-cost ratio in a variety of commercial spaces, including hospitality, entertainment and corporate premises.
The six model range comprises the VC8, with eight inch woofer and one inch tweeter, VC6 (6.5 inch woofer, 0.8 inch tweeter) and VC4 (four inch woofer, 0.8 inch tweeter), which all include back cans. There are also ‘N’ versions of each speaker – VC8N, VC6N and VC4N – with the same specifications, but no back can. These models include a back cover that protects the speaker unit and circuitry from dust and moisture.
All VC models feature a lightweight, low-profile housing which allows them to be installed where space above ceilings or behind walls is very restricted. All models have an elegant design and are available in either black or white finish. The supplied grilles can also be painted in any colour to match interior decor.
Connections for both high and low impedance audio systems are provided. With the VC series’ nominal impedance of 16 ohms, a higher number of speakers can be installed with either type of system. This reduces the need for additional units and, with the input wattage easily switched with a tap on the front of the speaker (even after installation), allows systems to be created which precisely meet the needs of any location.
VC speakers also include features to help fast, safe installation. All models are lightweight, easily portable and feature a smart mechanism for safe and quick installation. This includes large clamps to ensure secure mounting. The VC8, VC6 and VC4 feature a built-in carrying band, which makes them easy to carry and enhances safety when installers are working on stepladders.
“We are very pleased to announce the addition of six new VC series speakers to our acclaimed Commercial Installation Solutions line-up,” says Chihaya ‘Chick’ Hirai, general manager of Yamaha’s pro audio marketing and sales department.
“As the tagline ‘Premium Sounding Compact Ceiling Speakers at a Non-Premium Price’ suggests, the VC Series provides a no-compromise choice in sound quality and design for a wide range of applications, from restaurants to those which require large numbers of speakers, such as shopping malls, large department stores, event venues and multiple conference rooms.”
Easily adaptable to the strictest installation limits, the VC series ensures superb, cost-effective audio performance wherever they’re placed, without affecting the visual design of a space.
26th November 2021
Professional DMX looms with XLR 5-pin plugs by KLOTZ
Even with a low number of channels, wiring with individual cables quickly becomes confusing. The highly flexible multi-channel looms by KLOTZ finally put an end to cable chaos! The four channel and eight channel DMX looms of the SCD series are equipped with high-quality XLR 5-pin plugs by KLOTZ and ensure stable signal transmission and perfect overview.
The individual cables at the splice are surrounded by a high-strength braided sleeving with self-extinguishing properties and a correspondingly wide temperature range (-70 °C to +150 °C). For a perfect overview, the individual lines per channel are marked with printed shrink tubing. In addition, the DMX Looms are provided with transparent heat-shrink tubing on both sides for individual cable labelling.
DMX looms of the SCD series use the highly flexible OmniWIRE multicore with spiral shield and supple PVC jacket as cable. Therefore they‘re also ideally suited for mobile use. The DMX looms comply 100% with the digital AES/EBU standard (110 Ohm) and are therefore suitable for DMX control signals in accordance with the standard.
The DMX Looms of the SCD series are available in lengths of 3m, 6m and 9m, other lengths on request.
25th November 2021
Absen Ends 2021 on a High with Five New Products and Much Anticipated MicroLED
Global LED manufacturer Absen is ending the year on a high with the introduction of five new cutting-edge products and technologies. Looking ahead to 2022, and in particular to the ISE show where the new series will be presented to international visitors in a much-anticipated industry trade show, Absen recently unveiled at an online autumn product launch the new generation HC series of professional small pitch products, the AX Pro series of MiniLED, the MR series of professional floor tile screens and the much-awaited Clear Cobalt MicroLED, all of which are available immediately.
Absen’s most anticipated technology was arguably the Clear Cobalt MicroLED series, which boasts 1200nit brightness and a contrast ratio of 20,000:1. The pixel pitch ranges from 1.2mm down to 0.7mm and uses flip chip technology to improve electrical performance and increase overall reliability. Compared to a standard SDR (standard dynamic range), display the HDR10 allows for an image that is over twice as bright with a corresponding increase in contrast.
As the undisputed leader in LED manufacturing, Absen has been pioneering and perfecting MicroLED technology for the past five years. The COB (chip-on-board) technology has a deep black, non-reflective surface which is able to produce life-like image quality without over saturation. The innovative product boasts a wide colour gamut of 90% BT2020, reduced moiré-effect and black uniformity.
Also released at the launch was the new HC series of professional small pitch products, the HC II and the HC II Pro. The 27-inch diagonal HD display panels are ultra-light and thin, weighing 5.2kg with native resolution of 4K, 8K or above. This series has a dual receiving card option and a 16:9 standard display ratio.
The latest series of the AX Pro MiniLED was also introduced as part of Absen’s growing virtual production range, serving as a backdrop screen with 1000nit brightness and a high refresh rate of 7680Hz. The MR series of professional floor tile screens offers a new virtual LED solution, capable of creating fully immersive LED wall and floor. This technology enables actors, presenters and creators to interact in real time with their surrounding environment and without being limited to the confines of a green screen.
Christian Czimny, industry product director comments: “The highlight of our autumn series is without a doubt our Clear Cobalt Series, from our data visualisation range. As industry leaders for the past 20 years, we view the MicroLED display era as a huge step into new technology. This is something we have been tirelessly developing over a number of years and will soon be seen in high-end conference rooms, control rooms, radio and television studios and luxury homes.”
The products and solutions debuted at Absen’s autumn launch showcase the latest achievements in LED display technology: “MicroLED has redefined the quality of images and is unparelled to anything else available on the market today. It’s a really exciting product launch for Absen, which really has been long awaited. All of the technologies released in the autumn are available to order and we are very much looking forward to showcasing them in Barcelona at ISE 2022,” concludes Czimny.
24th November 2021
KLOTZ – professional StarQuad microphone cable drum
The M4 StarQuad microphone cable drum is the perfect solution for events and sound recordings with high demands.
KLOTZ uses a four-core StarQuad SQ422Y microphone cable with black PVC jacket and a conductor cross-section of 4 x 0.22 mm² (AWG 24). To avoid hum and noise caused by inductive magnetic fields, the two opposite wires are connected. This 'quad connection' of the microphone cable provides a solid conductor cross-section of 2 x 0.44 mm² (AWG 21). The four wires of the StarQuad cable are twisted symmetrically and, in combination with the dense braided shield made of tinned copper and a coverage of more than 90 %, ensure a perfect shielding of the cable.
The cable drum made of break-proof plastic is equipped with a parking brake. The StarQuad cable is terminated with black chromed XLR 3p. Neutrik connectors and XLR protective caps. At the cable drums winding bracket, the XLR male cable end is flexibly available in a length of two metres. Both cable ends are also equipped with transparent heat-shrink sleeves for free labelling.
The M4 StarQuad cable drum is available in lengths of 50m, 75m and 100m and ensures interference-free transmission of balanced microphone and line audio signals even over long distances. The product is made following the six-fold KLOTZ quality control according to ISO 9001:2015.
24th November 2021
Elation announces creative IP65 Proteus Rayzor Edge and Blade Tilt FX Bars
The Proteus Rayzor Edge and Proteus Rayzor Blade are a striking visual combination of linear wash, high-intensity strobe line and SparkLED FX inside a compact IP65 linear fixture design. Envisioned to provide the designer unlimited creative control of powerful colours and high-powered strobe effects from a single unit, they allow unlimited placement in any outdoor and indoor environment, greatly enhancing their capabilities. Protected from dust and water ingress, they are part of Elation’s industry-leading Proteus range of outdoor luminaires, matching colours and SparkLED effects with the popular Proteus Rayzor 760.
Driven by six or 12 independently controlled 60W RGBW LEDs, Proteus Rayzor Edge and Blade provide a powerful beam that stands out on any stage. The oversized front lenses create a large visual surface on the fixture that is enhanced by the exclusive patent-pending SparkLED technology. SparkLED consists of individual white LEDs strategically placed inside the lens itself to create a unique additional layer, allowing designers access to a new and innovative way of creating interest on stage. Proteus Rayzor fixtures offer this never-seen-before style of internal lens illumination for depth and visual impact. The patented SparkLEDs are controllable by the lighting console or driven by a multitude of internal FX patterns.
In addition to its powerful wash and SparkLED effects, the Proteus Rayzor Edge and Blade emphasise the RGBW lenses with two seamless high-intensity strobe lines with a total of up to 256 cool white strobe LED dots. Flanking the Rayzor lenses across the entire length of the fixture, these dual strobe arrays offer incredible visual effects with a multitude of integrated FX or precise pixel control from the lighting console.
These fixtures allow for impactful tilt sweep motions, which are visually striking across its large front surface, allowing them to position or move dynamically during a show. With a wide zoom range from five to 45 degrees, they provide intense and well-defined mid-air beams and light curtains up to 12,500 lumens, as well as an exceptionally wide and even wash coverage, making them the perfect tools for stage washes, mid-air effects or audience blinders, even in adverse outdoor conditions.
These two new members in the Proteus family once more showcase Elation’s leadership in IP65 luminaires. Their innovative design and carefully curated creative capabilities are a designer’s dream to create visual interest and powerful washes out of a single weatherproof fixture.
22nd November 2021
ETC introduces F-Drive B-Box, expanding fixture compatibility
A new F-Drive accessory is now available, simplifying installation and vastly increasing compatibility with third-party LED fixtures. The B-Box4 uses the RJ45 output of an F-Drive card to position up to four channels of Molex, terminal, or RJ45 connections at any location in an installation.
With the addition of B-Box, the award-winning F-Drive LED power system offers more flexibility to meet each facility’s installation needs. Whether using third-party or ETC-manufactured fixtures, specifiers can simplify the wiring required to connect to the F-Drive unit.
F-Drive is a modular, centralised solution for controlling LED luminaires. With easy access to swappable driver cards and power supplies, all critical components are readily accessible for maintenance and updates. F-Drive is available as an R12 rack-mounted solution or a W1 wall-mounted solution.
A variety of connection options allow facilities to use a wide range of luminaires with B-Box, while taking advantage of ETC’s superior dimming and control technology. ETC’s new F-Drive System Design Tool helps confirm third-party functionality. In addition, ETC's integration test lab is set-up and ready to receive general market fixtures for testing and performance grading.
For more information, schedule a one-on-one virtual product demo with an ETC team member. Find available time slots for an F-Drive demo at www.etcconnect.com/schedule-a-demo/
19th November 2021
NEXT Audiocom introduces MAVERICK MV6
The Portuguese manufacturer NEXT Audiocom, the new brand from NEXT-proaudio, introduces the new portable speaker Maverick MV6.
The MV6 speaker is a coaxial 6.5” Portable Professional Battery Powered Bluetooth(v 5.0) Speaker, with high performance, ultra-low dimensions and weight, allowing its use in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications with recorded or live music. Thanks to the revolutionary FIR filters, the MV6 has an optimised sound response with linearised phase response.
The multi-position feature allows the MV6 to be used as stage monitor (vertical and horizontal use), in a tripod (with auto eq.) or in any plan surface. The MV6 includes a three-channel mixer with Bluetooth, microphone, instrument, USB and AUX audio signal inputs. For a better performance on live music MV6 includes a tone optimiser for microphone/guitar.
With its elegant design and powerful and crystal clear sound, it can be used anywhere at any event or occasion, ensuring music reproduction of up to 12 hours using its rechargeable battery. In addition, the Maverick MV6 can also be used as a power bank if needed.
With MV6 will be possible to build a wireless stereo system easily pairing two MV6 via Bluetooth simultaneously, using TWS (True Wireless Stereo) function.
19th November 2021
Chauvet Professional Continues IP65 Expansion with the New COLORado PXL Bar
Versatility is a virtue! The new IP65 rated COLORado PXL Bar 16 and COLORado PXL Bar 8 from Chauvet Professional demonstrate that in convincing fashion, delivering a wide range of performance features, such as seamless pixel pitch between fixtures and fast, smooth motorised tilts up to 200 degrees whether used indoors or out.
“We developed this fixture in response to customers who wanted a motorized IP65 rated batten that could be used outdoors at remote broadcast sites, festivals, and amphitheatres, as well as at indoor applications,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “This versatility translates into a faster ROI for our customers.”
Regardless of where it’s used, the COLORado PXL Bar16 is loaded with features that will greatly expand creative possibilities for lighting designers, such as its 60, 180 and 200 degree motorised tilt range options. Other examples are the 5.8 to 48.8 degree zoom range of its 16 x 45W RGBW LEDs, and its two zones of control for pulsing effects.
The COLORado PXL Bar 8 also maintains pixel pitch between fixtures and has the same zoom range as its larger cousin. However, it has fewer pixels and only one zone of control due to its smaller size. Both fixtures also have an impressive 8,875K colour temperature (at full).
Adding even greater versatility of these fully pixel mappable fixtures are their built-in effects, including virtual gobo and movement macros with separate foreground and background colour control. Slotted Omega brackets make it quick and easy to hang the fixtures on truss. They can also be positioned on the ground to provide a variety of different light angles.
The latest in Chauvet Professional’s series of IP65 rated products, COLORado PXL Bar fixtures can be controlled via DMX, sACN, Art-Net and Kling-Net and are also RDM compatible for remote accessing and trouble shooting.
Constructed with a magnesium-aluminium alloy, die cast aluminium and high impact polymer, the new fixtures are rugged and lightweight (The COLORado PXL Bar 16 weighs 45.6lbs./20.7kgs.) The fixture’s body, as well as its power and data connections, software ports, 5-pin DMX input, and TCP IP input are all IP65 rated to ensure unparalleled performance regardless of the weather.
18th November 2021
The new HK AUDIO LINEAR 9 series: Professional Point Source Speakers with Cutting Edge Technology
The new series of LINEAR 9 loudspeaker systems brings together the latest in audio technology and the evolved needs of professional audio companies. These user requirements are reflected in every detail of the new LINEAR 9 family: high-grade speaker components, custom-designed acoustic transformers and horns, birch multiplex enclosures with PU coating, latest generation class-D power amps, high-performance digital controllers, advanced networking capability, professional PowerCon adaptors and the manufacturing in St. Wendel (Germany) sum up to an extraordinarily efficient and value-preserving alternative in its class.
The flagship model of the new LINEAR 9 family is the 210 LTA, a fully integrated and scaleable constant curvature point source speaker with exceptional long throw abilities. Based on the proprietary HK AUDIO transformer design method, the Multicell Transformer provides an accurate 60° x 25° sound dispersion above 1.35kHz and can easily be rotated by 90°. The LINEAR 9 210 LTA delivers stunning results when used individually for pinpoint coverage of even distant areas or as a horizontal cluster in large venues, tents or open-air events. The 210 LTA also offers various options for ground-stacking and rigging.
Equipped with the same DSP controller as the 210 LTA, the LINEAR 9 110 XA and 112 XA models are remarkably compact multi-functional loudspeakers designed to serve perfectly the daily changing requirements of professional sound companies: as low-profile stage monitors, as a small FOH solution on a tripod, as front fills, flown in a rig or as mid-high units in combination with subwoofers.
The LINEAR 9 family is completed by two high-profile subwoofers, each providing a highly effective but easy-to-use cardioid functionality. The 118 Sub A combines a well-defined bass foundation with the utmost compactness and transportability. Its bigger brother, the 118 Sub BA, features a band-pass design for an extended bass range and a higher SPL. The two subwoofers are tuned so that they can be used together without any problems.
All LINEAR 9 loudspeakers share the same type of digital controller. It provides a catalogue of remote control functions such as grouping, volume control, ten-band EQ, limiter, delay and full networking capability (Controller software available for MacOS and Windows). The ‘DSP-OUT’ on every LINEAR 9 model is an exclusive feature enabling loudspeakers without built-in controllers, such as the LINEAR 5 series, to be fully integrated in a LINEAR 9 network.
“Our goal was to create the most efficient and most economical audio tools for the daily changing needs of audio professionals and after two years of extensive development we reached this point!” says Lars Reime, product manager for HK AUDIO’s professional division. “Based on the latest technologies, an uncompromising selection of components, a thoroughly thought-out spectrum of applicability and not least on its German-built quality, we found a strong answer to the demands of forward-thinking audio companies looking for reliable, versatile, future-proof and highly economical tools delivering first-class acoustic results.”
18th November 2021
Personalise your programming workflow with ETC’s Eos v3.1 software
ETC’s Eos Family of lighting controllers is known for providing comprehensive, finely tuned control for lighting rigs of all sizes. Now, with the release of Eos v3.1 – the latest major software update for the platform – that control becomes even more customisable to suit any programming style or show. Eos v3.1 is all about you, with new tools that help you set up your workspaces – programming, 3D-visualized, and physical – just the way you want them.
In a fast-paced show environment, you need quick access to all your content. In Eos v3.1, Custom Direct Selects now support thousands of custom target lists, which you can populate with channels, groups, palettes, scenes, and more, along with new navigation tools to help you page quickly between them. A new icon library lets you add images to both Direct Selects and Magic Sheets so that you can identify targets at a glance. The addition of user-defined Encoder Maps also allows you to create custom encoder layouts for all your fixture types using a dedicated and intuitive editor. Show control triggers are now easier to monitor as well, a new Timecode dropdown in the top bar of each display allows you to see your console’s interactions with other devices.
Eos v3.0 introduced Augment3d, a revolutionary workspace that lets you program and visualise your rig in three dimensions. The v3.1 release adds new tools that let you bring your virtual programming environment closer to reality. You can now enhance your model surfaces with Materials, which can be applied from an included library or imported from custom sources. Sketchup imports have been dramatically improved, and Vectorworks imports now include shutter cuts for conventional fixtures. When you want to break away from beams and shutters, new generic fixture options for sconces and chandeliers provide new options for omnidirectional light sources.
The improvements in the new software aren’t limited to the virtual realm; Eos v3.1 provides new options for customising your physical workspace as well. Some shows require a lot of handles, and Fader Wing Groups now give you the option of paging all your internal playbacks and Fader Wing accessories as a single bank. Eos v3.1 also gives you granular control over the light levels of your workstation. A new dialogue box allows you to adjust the brightness settings of your desk components and compatible external displays from anywhere in your system and play them back as presets or macros. When you need to focus on the stage to hone that perfect moment, you can also trigger the Extinguish mode to temporarily turn off all lit surfaces.
This new release is just the latest advancement for the Eos platform, which has 15 years of growth and evolution under its belt. As always, the software is free to download and use on any Eos Family console or controller, or on your Mac or PC, which can be unlocked to network to your rig with the addition of an ETCnomad USB key. No matter which Eos Family device you use on this gig or the next, this latest suite of features will let you truly make it your own.
To learn more and download the new software, visit etcconnect.com/Eos/v3-1/ www.etcconnect.com
18th November 2021
Strand brings architainment lighting control to the Vision.Net Gateway with software update, new DMX module
Strand, the original name in theatrical lighting and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced new capabilities for the Vision.Net gateway that offer DMX connectivity as well as RDM management and dynamic DMX snap-shotting without needing a separate lighting console.
“As LED architectural lighting has become more advanced and architectural luminaires with DMX and RDM have become available, the integration of these fixtures and the entertainment lighting system has become more common and more complex,” explains Jon Hole, global product manager, Strand and Zero 88 controls and systems at Signify. “That’s why we are introducing the Strand Vision.Net 4-Port DMX interface gateway module, an expansion module for the Vision.Net Gateway that allows users to control DMX/RDM luminaires from Vision.Net. We’re also adding basic RDM management into the Vision.Net gateway as well as dynamic snap-shotting that brings more movement and texture to architainment applications.”
The new four-Port DMX Interface Module is DIN rail mountable and connects to the gateway via the integrated ‘Gateway BUS', allowing integrators to add four independent, bi-directional DMX/RDM ports to the gateway without separate power or data connections. And with integrated RDM management, users can discover, identify and manage connected devices, performing tasks such as changing addresses or modes right from the Gateway’s web interface.
“RDM is a vital tool to simplify commissioning and management in entertainment applications, but it is even more important for architectural lighting, because DMX controlled luminaires predominantly do not have any onboard user interface and must be configured using RDM,” explains Hole. “The new Vision.Net gateway update ensures that RDM is available in all systems that use DMX, whether or not a dedicated lighting console is present in the system.”
To bring more power to console-free applications, the new Vision.Net gateway software update also brings dynamic DMX snapshotting, a new feature that allows the recording of a multi-universe DMX stream from Ethernet and/or hardwired DMX. Snapshots capture dynamic lighting looks that include up to an hour of motion, colour, shape changes, etc., depending on complexity. The snapshots can then be played back once or looped and can be triggered by a scheduled event or initiated in response to a button press on the Gateway On-the-Go web control interface, a Vision.Net touchscreen or a Vision.Net control station.
“This new update to our Strand Vision.Net gateway makes it easier than ever to use entertainment luminaires in systems without the need for a dedicated console,” adds Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, entertainment lighting at Signify. “It can also be used alongside the powerful console options available from Strand and Zero 88, giving customers powerful control and management capabilities in a variety of applications.”
17th November 2021
EXBOX.SG and SG.IO: two new SoundGrid products for DirectOut
Germany-based pro audio specialist DirectOut has unveiled EXBOX.SG and SG.IO, two new products supporting SoundGrid.
Waves’ audio networking technology joins Dante and RAVENNA within the list of audio network formats supported by the EXBOX and PRODIGY Series.
EXBOX.SG is a MADI / SoundGrid interface and it is the latest addition to DirectOut’s popular EXBOX Series: a compact yet powerful series of devices housed in 1/3 of a 19’’ frame.
The concept is straight and simple: 128 SoundGrid channels can be routed in blocks of 64 channels towards any of the three MADI ports of the device (coaxial BNC, optical SC and SFP). At the same time it also works the other way around: two MADI ports can be routed towards SoundGrid for conversion of another 128 channels.
EXBOX.SG can be powered by up to two external power-supplies as well as PoE (Power over Ethernet). Four network ports are linked to an internal switch and can be used to connect directly to redundant recording systems and plug-in servers without the need of an additional switch.
SG.IO is a new module available for the PRODIGY Series offering extremely low latency transport of up to 128 audio channels. It comes also with the optional HD SRC technology, enabling asynchronous operation between the module and the PRODIGY mainframe.
EXBOX.SG and SG.IO are perfect connectivity tools for mixing in OB vans or live sound environments, for recording sessions as well as studio applications integrating numerous Waves and third-party plug-ins.
17th November 2021
JBL Professional introduces EON700 Series Portable PA Loudspeakers and Subwoofer with Bluetooth
Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the EON700 Series portable PA loudspeakers and subwoofer with Bluetooth.
Launched in 1995, JBL’s best-selling EON family of PAs set the benchmark for how great a powered loudspeaker system can be.
The EON700 Series represents a major step forward in innovation and technology by delivering truly intelligible, clearly consistent coverage at any volume level. JBL engineers used exclusive, state-of-the-art design and measurement techniques to deliver the best-performing loudspeakers in their category, regardless of application. EON700 leverages the latest acoustic science, transducer designs, cabinet materials and advanced DSP, amplification and control technologies and extraordinary performance in a fully professional, highly flexible, easy to use, portable system.
With four models available, including the 10-inch EON710, the 12-inch EON712 and the 15-inch EON715 powered PA speakers and the 18-inch EON718S subwoofer, EON700 systems cover the needs of today’s working musicians and sound providers. These flexible systems are designed to effortlessly scale with customers’ needs, from DJ performances and full bands to solo singer/songwriter gigs, presentations and worship events. Configure speakers as mains or stage monitors, hung or stacked, in portable systems or permanent installations; the opportunities are endless.
Dial in optimal system sound in an instant using a built-in three-channel mixer and dbx DriveRack Inside technology, featuring Automatic Feedback Suppression, eight-band output EQ and optimised use-case presets. Access functions quickly and easily via an onboard backlit colour LCD screen or take control from anywhere using the JBL Pro Connect app. Bluetooth 5.0 streaming and control, mounting options and built-in speaker delay bring even more versatility to these rugged, reliable systems.
“The EON700 Series truly represents the next generation of portable PA systems,” says Brandon Knudsen, Harman Professional product manager, portable PA loudspeakers. “When we started designing these new PAs, we looked at our best-selling EON Series and made that core technology even better by upgrading drivers and amplifiers, refining waveguides, supercharging the effects package, and incorporating the most up-to-date Bluetooth protocol and universal app control. The result is a powerful, versatile system that sounds incredible at any volume, anywhere in the room.
“We’ve made it even easier than ever for performers to sound their best without having to rely on outboard gear, thanks to built-in advanced dbx DSP and presets that are optimised for a range of scenarios. And, the series’ incredible power-to-size ratio and low weight mean a faster, lighter load-in, which we can all appreciate.”
JBL’s advanced waveguide and transducer technologies, coupled with highly efficient amplification, ensure uniform coverage across the entire listening area, even when you push the system to the limit. Woofers are redesigned for lower impedance and higher efficiency, an improved horn delivers a smooth off-axis beamwidth and JBL’s powerful 2414H compression driver features a premium neodymium magnet for balanced response in a lightweight footprint. Speakers are powered by 1,300 (loudspeakers) or 1,500 (subwoofer) watts of ultra-efficient discrete Class D amplification, for clean, clear sound. It all adds up to superior coverage, consistency and intelligibility at any volume.
EON700’s advanced DSP package provides comprehensive control over EQ, limiters, delay, dbx Automatic Feedback Suppression, ducking and other speaker functions. Access settings on-speaker via an integrated backlit LCD screen, or from anywhere in the venue using the JBL Pro Connect App. Built-in Bluetooth 5.0 audio streaming (full-range speakers) and control take advantage of the newest protocol’s security features, low latency, broad range and improved audio fidelity.
EON700 loudspeakers can be used as main PA speakers or floor monitors. Full-range models feature top and rear suspension points for flying speakers; rear suspension points serve as connections for fixed installations, using an optional universal yoke mount. Indexed feet moulded into enclosures enable a range of acoustic configurations and secure stacking for traditional stand-up configurations and convenient storage and transport. EON718S subwoofers feature a threaded pole mount for full-range speakers and are easily stacked for cardioid configurations.
All audio products have useful lives and JBL engineers are committed to making that lifespan as long as possible, not only in terms of reliability, but in terms of how good the system sounds every time it’s turned on.
Full-range speakers feature FEA optimised composite enclosures, taking advantage of injection-moulding and mechanical-shaping techniques for added durability without sacrificing cabinet size or performance. Subwoofers are housed in rugged 15-ply birch enclosures; computer-optimised ergonomic handles make moving boxes a breeze.
Every JBL Professional product undergoes stringent testing that goes above and beyond any conditions the product would face in the real world. Its industry-leading 100-hour power test ensures longevity so musicians and audio engineers can rely on JBL components in any scenario.
JBL Professional by Harman is distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd.
17th November 2021
Strand and Zero 88 bring multi-cell fixture support, major fixture library update to ZerOS
Signify entertainment lighting brands Strand and Zero 88 have announced the latest update to ZerOS, the award-winning software for their FLX S Series and FLX consoles. ZerOS 7.10 includes support for multiple pixel luminaires, a library update featuring a wide range of Vari-Lite and Strand fixtures and more. The new update is available for Zero 88 lighting consoles as well as the recently announced Strand FLX S Series consoles.
“Despite the prevalence of multicell fixtures in the market, facilities have mostly been able to find full multi-cell control on higher end consoles,” says Jon Hole, global product manager, Strand and Zero 88 controls and systems at Signify. “Many of these consoles either control the luminaire as a single fixture with a large number of parameters or patch each pixel as a separate fixture, with compromises in either approach. Even consoles with sub-fixtures or cell control have conflicts between pixel intensity and fixture intensity. We have been waiting to implement multicell control until we could address all of these challenges.”
To address this issue, ZerOS 7.10 allows users to dynamically select whether to adjust the whole fixture or a single pixel depending on how they interact with it using the multi-touch screen on the console. “ZerOS is all about being powerful and easy to use, and this new update does that for multiple pixel fixtures, allowing users to fully control them just like the rest of their rig without complications,” adds Hole.
ZerOS 7.10 also brings a major update to the fixture library, including many luminaires from Vari-Lite and Strand. “With Zero 88 now part of Signify’s entertainment group and the availability of the ZerOS-based Strand FLX S Series in the Americas markets, customers are wanting better support of Vari-Lite and Strand fixtures within the ZerOS software,” explains Hole. “The library update includes new theatrical luminaires from Strand such as the Leko, Cantata and Acclaim LED Series, as well as multicell fixtures like the Strand Aurora LED Strip and Vari-Lite VL800 EVENTWASH.”
The update also adds new configuration options to ZerOS’s move on dark capabilities and introduces other features and bug fixes as well. The new software is available now from the Zero 88 website, and a video summary of the new features is available on YouTube.
10th November 2021
Panalux unveils Panalux Power i-Series all-electric power solutions
Panalux, a leading provider of lighting and power solutions for the motion-picture industry and part of Panavision’s end-to-end service offerings for image makers, has introduced the Panalux Power i-Series range of portable lithium-ion battery arrays, providing eco-conscious all-electric power for a variety of on- and near-set applications. Additionally, the company has expanded the popular Panalux Sonara range of variable-white soft-light LED fixtures with the new Panalux Sonara 3:2.
At launch, the Panalux Power i-Series comprises the i2 and i4 240V portable power units, providing instant, silent, emission-free power in virtually any location. The units’ compact form factor makes them unobtrusive in studio or location environments, and all-terrain wheels and an IP55 rating make them equally suitable for the most remote outdoor locations.
The i2, with a capacity of 5kWh and a maximum load of 2kW, is ideally suited to powering work lights, monitors, laptops, tablets and phones, while the i4, with a capacity of 10kWh and a maximum load of 4kW, can handle more power-hungry devices like tea urns, media servers and film lights. Each i-Series unit can be used as a stand-alone power source or, when connected to a mains outlet, as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), providing protection against interruptions to the primary power source.
The i2 and i4 each feature a 32A inlet for charging or use as a UPS, along with 16A, 13A and USB outputs to allow a variety of devices to be connected without the need for adaptors or stage boxes. All inputs and outputs are RCD protected. Both units also incorporate an LCD display indicating power consumption and battery level.
“We’ve developed the Panalux Power i-Series to be the perfect complement for any type of project,” said Dave Amphlett, technical director for Panalux. “The advanced lithium-ion battery arrays in the Panalux Power i2 and Panalux Power i4 allow crews to mitigate their diesel-generator running hours. In turn, that significantly reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides and particulates and helps to eliminate noise pollution.”
The Panalux Power i-Series joins the Panalux Power h40 hybrid generator in the company’s expanding line of proprietary, innovative and eco-conscious power solutions. Panalux Power’s all-electric i-Series and hybrid h-Series provide a wide range of environmental benefits without compromising on output or reliability.
The new Panalux Sonara 3:2 incorporates the same innovative LED light engine found in the groundbreaking Panalux Sonara 4:4, now in a smaller and lighter-weight form factor. The fixture’s 3'x2' size makes it easy to transport and well-suited to a diverse range of applications.
Like Panalux Sonara 4:4, the new Panalux Sonara 3:2 delivers soft, wraparound, colour-accurate white light with a CCT range of 1600°K-20000°K and a built-in library of select LEE Filters gel emulations. All Panalux Sonara fixtures also offer 0-100% dimming, flicker-free performance tested to 10,000 fps, full connectivity options including native LumenRadio CRMX, and a range of control modes that can be easily navigated via detachable controller and intuitive user interface.
“Our in-house R&D team are in constant dialogue with the crews we service, feeding their input directly into the development of our groundbreaking proprietary products,” said Panalux managing director Mark Furssedonn. “Panalux were the first lighting company to introduce a high-capacity hybrid generator for motion-picture production, and with the Panalux Power i-Series, we’re taking further steps toward realising a sustainable future for our industry. Likewise, the Panalux Sonara range combine energy-efficient LED technology with cutting-edge features that open new avenues for creative expression. These new proprietary offerings exemplify Panalux’s commitment to providing our customers with the most innovative and forward-looking solutions to meet their lighting and power needs.”
The Panalux Power i2 and i4 and Panalux Sonara 3:2 are available for hire only from Panalux.
9th November 2021
DirectOut expands the PRODIGY Series with new features
With the current system update for the PRODIGY series, DirectOut introduces more new features. Living up to its name, PRODIGY.MP in particular sets new standards as a multifunctional audio processor with AutoMix, MirrorMode and the TruePeak Levelmeter.
With AutoMix, PRODIGY.MP now supports the fully automatic mixing of different input signals, perfect for panel discussions or multi-language feeds at sport events. Tweaking of the control parameters helps to meet even complex requirements, for example, particularly reverberant event rooms.
With the newly implemented TruePeak Levelmeter, PRODIGY.MP now fulfils the requirements of EBU R 128. The TruePeak measurement allows reliable detection and display of inter-sample peaks.
In DirectOut's own MirrorMode, selected parameters of a mirror unit are automatically aligned with the main unit. Alignment allows immediate switch-over for seamless operation with the matching device configuration in the event of a failure of the main unit. MirrorMode is available for both devices of the PRODIGY Series.
PRODIGY.MC is enhanced with Summing Busses, to sum several channels in a simple matrix with adjustable output level.
“AutoMix, MirrorMode, TruePeak Levelmeter and Summing Busses are the results of our continuous development for the PRODIGY Series since its launch a couple of years ago,” comments Luca Giaroli, product manager at DirectOut. “And we are constantly extending the capabilities of these devices by addressing the feedbacks of our clients and making the series even more capable to face any kind of audio challenge.”