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Neutrik AG announces the launch of NEUTRIK MINEA, a Milan Certified audio module

04/12/2020

PROLIGHTS releases ECL FW ellipsoidal

04/12/2020

The multi-tool of signal distribution: grandMA3 I/O Node and grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail

03/12/2020

Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

02/12/2020

Let the world see you in the best light with Chroma-Q’s Sandi

02/12/2020

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series “Lengthens” The Line to Bring Highly Intelligible Sound to Larger Spaces

02/12/2020

ETC Introduces High End Systems SolaFrame Studio

02/12/2020

Allen & Heath Premieres New MADI Option Card for SQ

02/12/2020

Electro-Voice introduces RE20-BLACK

01/12/2020

Let it snow with Crisp Max from Magmatic atmospheric effects

25/11/2020

GoboPlus.com supports Backup with new gobo releases

24/11/2020

Vista 3 by Chroma-Q Software Release 3 is Now Live

20/11/2020

ETC expands LED driving solutions with ArcSystem Pro D4 CV Drivers

19/11/2020

New Sennheiser MD 445 vocal mic

19/11/2020

From Drive-In Audio to In-Car Food & Beverage Delivery

18/11/2020

SAE Launches Audient Console Simulator for Education

16/11/2020

City Theatrical Launches Multiverse Studio Wireless DMX Products for Film and Video

16/11/2020

Alcons Continues Expanding CRMS Series by Slimming Down

13/11/2020

Software Update: Hippotizer V4.5.5

12/11/2020

Your perfect control room in a snap

11/11/2020

Strand Debuts Smaller NEO Console with Most Powerful Feature Set in its Class

11/11/2020

LED Creative Release New Software for Byte

05/11/2020

Is It QUADzilla?

30/10/2020

New Chauvet Professional COLORado Batten Q15 is Versatile by Design

30/10/2020

The perfect gift for the musician in your life: Make their creative dreams come true with Sennheiser

29/10/2020

Neutrik AG announces the launch of NEUTRIK MINEA, a Milan Certified audio module

Neutrik AG announces the launch of NEUTRIK MINEA, a Milan Certified audio module

In February 2020, Neutrik announced the development of Milan audio modules. Now, a few hard months for the industry later, the most recommended connector brand in pro AV announces the launch of the first Milan Certified audio module, MINEA.

MINEA is a 2 x 2 stream Milan certified audio module. It's a ready-to-go solution that allows manufacturers in the pro audio market to quickly and easily implement Milan into their products, from single loudspeakers, amplifiers, microphones, audio embedders and de-embedders, to complex multichannel mixing desks and multi-port conferencing systems.

Today the demand for professional real-time, reliable, future-proofed audio network systems is growing rapidly. Manufacturers in the pro AV industry want to focus on the core values of their products and when it comes to audio networking they want to rely on an open standard, defined by the industry.

With the development of Milan audio modules, Neutrik is taking the next logical step by offering OEM customers a time- and cost-saving path towards developing and producing future audio network solutions built on the Milan protocol.

“The network must now become part of the value proposition for manufacturers. It must be open for creativity to enable bringing truly valuable products to market,” said Richard Bugg, Avnu Alliance Pro AV segment chair. “With Milan-certified modules, such as Neutrik’s, pro audio manufacturers can tap into the benefits of the Milan protocol with a faster path to developing and certifying Milan devices that are deterministic, interoperable, future-proof, and easy-to-use.”

With the recently announced, Milan Associate Membership, companies can join Avnu Alliance at an entry-level membership costing $1000 per year, in order to register products that implement Milan certified modules and have them marketed with the Milan certified logo.

"The availability of Milan certified modules and the introduction of the new Avnu Alliance Milan Associate Membership level will in turn expand the Milan certified ecosystem of devices to bring end users in the pro AV market more choice of interoperable end devices," said Florian Frick, production manager Neutrik.

The MINEA modules and the correspondent development sets will be available Q1/2021.

4th December 2020

PROLIGHTS releases ECL FW ellipsoidal

PROLIGHTS releases ECL FW ellipsoidal

The Italian manufacturer has released its new LED ellipsoidal, the EclProfile FW. This is a high-quality full white LED profile, in tungsten (3,200 Kelvin) and daylight (5,600 Kelvin) variants.

The unit has been engineered in the same housing and optical design as the EclProfile CT+ fixtures, launched last October. However, the FW series were conceived with higher brightness and quality on a specific white point, with LED sources selected to achieve the finest quality of whites, scoring over 97 CRI, as well as very high on R9 and TM30 values, since it was designed for demanding broadcast and studio environments.

The EclProfile range has a broad range of lens barrels available, with fixed or zoom high-definition, anti-reflection lenses for different applications, but it also accepts third-party accessories.

The FW range outperforms in luminous flux against any other ellipsoidal, with high-definition and smooth dimming features, selectable PWM control, and an easy user-interface that offers a classic user experience just like on older ellipsoidals.

4th December 2020

The multi-tool of signal distribution: grandMA3 I/O Node and grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail

The multi-tool of signal distribution: grandMA3 I/O Node and grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail

MA Lighting has now introduced two new tools for signal distribution that will make daily life for every grandMA3 user so much easier.

The grandMA3 I/O Node is the multi-tool of signal distribution within a grandMA3 lighting control system. Wherever the signal is generated or needed, just place a grandMA3 I/O Node there and receive or send external signals.

The grandMA3 I/O Node comes in the same housing as a grandMA3 2/4 Port Node and is also available as PoE version (Power over Ethernet).

The display shows the status of all input and output signals. Just add the grandMA3 I/O Node as a session member and it is ready to go.

It has never been easier to integrate external signal flows into the MA-Net workflow. Once a grandMA3 I/O Node receives MIDI, Timecode or DC Remote signals, these are available immediately throughout the grandMA3 lighting control system, and can be used in any grandMA3 onPC or console. The same is true for transmitting MIDI or Timecode signals.

Just add a grandMA3 I/O Node and connect locally with external signals to integrate them into the MA-Net3 workflow.

The grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail is the multi-tool of signal distribution within a grandMA3 lighting control system, especially for fixed installations. Wherever the signal is generated or needed, just place a grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail there and receive or send external signals.

The grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail comes in the same housing as a grandMA3 2/4 Port Node DIN-Rail and is also available as PoE version (Power over Ethernet).

The display shows the status of all input and output signals. Just add the grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail as a Session Member and it is ready to go.

It has never been easier to integrate external signal flows into the MA-Net workflow. Once a grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail receives MIDI, Timecode or DC Remote signals, these are available immediately throughout the grandMA3 lighting control system, and can be used in any grandMA3 onPC or console. The same is true for transmitting MIDI or Timecode signals.

Just add a grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail and connect locally with external signals to integrate them into the MA-Net3 workflow.

3rd December 2020

MA Lighting

Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems
Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

Through regular software updates to its RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems, Yamaha is able to bring sound engineers the very best quality and most user-friendly features. The latest of these, to be released with Firmware V4.7 in mid-December, is the premium Y7 reverb, developed in close collaboration with Bricasti Design.

Bricasti Design is known for being the world’s premier manufacturer of hand crafted, hardware digital reverbs. The delicate expressiveness, exceptional sound quality and ease of use of Bricasti Design is characterised by the rackmount M7. Considered to be the company’s masterpiece reverb, it is widely used by many professional studios and live sound engineers.

Yamaha and Bricasti have now collaborated to design a revolutionary new reverb for RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems. The superb Y7 will be available at no cost as part of the Firmware V4.7 update, bringing the highest level of expressiveness, sound quality and operability to live sound engineers, further expanding the high quality options available to RIVAGE PM users.

“Together with Yamaha we are pleased to announce the release of the Y7 reverb. By working closely with the Yamaha development team, the Y7 was specifically designed for use in Yamaha RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems,” says Brian Zolner, CEO of Bricasti Design: “It brings to the live market a Bricasti reverb that is integrated in the console for simple, fast, and familiar operation, as well as bringing the renowned ‘Bricasti sound’ to users of Yamaha products. We feel the Y7 will offer new art to the sound engineers and fulfil their requests for a premium reverb product from us for their consoles.”

Motome Tanaka, Yamaha Group manager, PA marketing and sales group, adds: “We are very pleased to announce the release of the Y7, which we have co-developed with Bricasti Design.

“All Yamaha mixers are built on the philosophy of allowing engineers to capture the on-stage sound accurately, without colouration. Plug-ins play a vital role in allowing engineers to take this transparent sound and apply their artistry to the mix. High quality reverb is one of the most important tools to achieve this and we are confident that the Y7 will become a key part of the creative expression for many sound engineers.

“We at Yamaha will continue to listen to the opinions of our customers and work hard to provide the most flexible systems and comfortable mixing environments.”

2nd December 2020

Let the world see you in the best light with Chroma-Q’s Sandi

Let the world see you in the best light with Chroma-Q’s Sandi

Chroma-Q has announced the release of its new Sandi 1622 video conferencing keylight. It’s soft lens diffusion, large source and adjustable colour temperature means you’ll look your best under any ambient lighting conditions.

With everything now moving online, the Sandi has been developed to ensure that your professional image isn’t compromised by bad lighting, and that you stand out for all the right reasons. The light can fit around a monitor up to 24” (609mm) and also provides a physical support for phones, laptops and tablets.

The Sandi has two adjustment dials that allow you to control the intensity from 0 - 100%, and the colour temperature from warm white to cool white (2,700K to 6,500K). The LED driven light engine provides a flicker-free source for cameras.

With 110° coverage from three different axis, the Sandi creates an even, soft, natural light, delivering beautiful skin-tones with enough output to look good, but that isn’t harsh on the eyes.

This video conferencing key light is specifically designed for business professionals, vloggers, bloggers, Zoomers, telework, government officials, make-up artists and theatres.

Sandi 1622’s set-up is quick and easy, simply connect one USB cable and it is ready to make you shine!

“With video calls and live streaming on television becoming the new norm, we wanted to create a professional light, designed to keep you looking good on screen wherever you are. If you want to avoid flickering, unflattering lighting, and maintain your professional image, then look no further, the Sandi can help achieve this quickly and easily,” commented Paul Pelletier, global brand manager.

www.chroma-q.com

2nd December 2020

Chroma-Q

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series “Lengthens” The Line to Bring Highly Intelligible Sound to Larger Spaces

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series “Lengthens” The Line to Bring Highly Intelligible Sound to Larger Spaces

USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has announced the latest products in its new Iconyx Compact Series: the Iconyx Compact 36/3-RN and the 48/3-RN – two solutions that bring the benefits of the Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx family into an impressively compact and architecturally friendly package.

“The ICC 36/3 is three metres (10 feet) in length and the ICC 48/3 is four metres (13 feet) in length, all while remaining in the same ultra-compact footprint,” said Ralph Heinz, chief technical officer at Renkus-Heinz. “This design allows the 36/3 and 48/3 to provide significantly more low frequency control, an important consideration for applications where reverberation times peak at low frequencies. In addition, the longer columns will project coherent, highly intelligible sound for longer distances, negating the need for labour intensive distributed systems in many applications.”

The addition of the ICC 36/3 and ICC 48/3 completes the portfolio in the new Iconyx Compact Series, which launched in 2020 to provide additional solutions for integrators seeking highly coherent and steerable sound in highly problematic acoustic spaces. With its compact footprint, the series brings performance and directivity to spaces where even the classic Iconyx arrays might be too large.

The very narrow profile allows the Iconyx Compact Series to blend into nearly any environment, while exceptional directivity helps control even the most challenging acoustics. This brings the premium performance of beam-steered line arrays to even the most architecturally sensitive spaces and provides more opportunities for integration in the house of worship, corporate, transportation, education and government markets.

Both the ICC 36/3 and ICC 48/3, which offer 36 and 48 channels respectively, are constructed with channel digital amplifier power 3"/ 7 7mm full-range, high sensitivity, treated paper cone drivers. These feature an amplifier and DSP channel for each driver. The new products also offer full RHAON II beam-steering with the latest U.R.G.O beam algorithms, a movable acoustic centre, multiple beam opening angles and high-pass filtering of individual beams. That means all of the fidelity and musicality expected of a Renkus-Heinz product, but found in a footprint 40 percent smaller than the classic Iconyx.

The included wall-mount brackets make mounting easy and is nearly invisible behind the arrays. Standard RN units have analogue and AES inputs.

2nd December 2020

ETC Introduces High End Systems SolaFrame Studio

ETC Introduces High End Systems SolaFrame Studio

ETC has introduced the SolaFrame Studio automated luminaire, a fanless, convection-cooled fixture that prioritises high quality features, beautiful spectral output and silent operation. Audibly invisible and with visual impact, the fixture’s feature set is designed for exquisite projection control and gorgeous color in a compact package. A perfect fit for theatres, concert halls, opera houses, film/TV broadcast studios and houses of worship, it uses a 300 Watt High CRI bright white engine to produce 10,000 lumens.

The fixture’s convection-cooled engine allows for completely fanless operation. SolaFrame Studio is packed with features including a high quality 13-lens optic system with patented lens defogger, extremely powerful 5.5 - 57° zoom, CMY / CTO-Linear colour mixing system, seven position plus open replaceable colour wheel, full-curtain framing system for total control of beam shaping, 16-blade iris for extremely tight beam effects, light diffusion with additional, optional heavy diffusion, seven position plus open rotating gobo wheel and linear prism for controlled pattern replication across a stage

Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner commented: “The SolaFrame Theatre has been an exceptional fixture for us. Our customers have often requested a smaller version to expand the applications where fanless fixtures can be used. This led to the development of the SolaFrame Studio, with its broad feature set and smaller footprint it improves the silence made famous by the SolaFrame Theatre.”

High End Systems brand manager Tania Lesage added: “With pioneering technology in moving lights and more recently in LED fixtures, our expertise in fanless technology is unmatched and has been demonstrated in countless installations worldwide. The unique blend of our years of experience, technical expertise and customer service has come together in the creation of our new fixture SolaFrame Studio, which we are incredibly proud to add to our product portfolio.”

www.etcconnect.com

2nd December 2020

ETC

Allen & Heath Premieres New MADI Option Card for SQ

Allen & Heath Premieres New MADI Option Card for SQ

Allen & Heath’s SQ has rapidly established itself as a go-to pro streaming console throughout 2020, and now it’s opening up even more applications with the timely addition of the new SQ MADI card.

Joining the existing Dante, SLink and WAVES option cards, the 64x64 MADI (48/96kHz) interface unlocks a host of new possibilities for integration with broadcast and recording systems, OB vans and third-party consoles.

“With its easy USB streaming and Dante options, SQ is already an ideal console for pro streaming and AV production applications where there’s a need for big features in a compact footprint,” comments Keith Johnson, SQ product manager. “Now, answering calls from broadcast engineers, the new SQ MADI card allows more pro broadcast applications to benefit from SQ's powerhouse feature set and super-fast workflow.”

2nd December 2020

Electro-Voice introduces RE20-BLACK

Electro-Voice introduces RE20-BLACK

Electro-Voice has announced the introduction of the RE20-BLACK, a new colour option for the classic RE20 broadcast microphone, sporting an elegant, low-reflection dark charcoal finish.

The RE20 has continued to be a firm favourite of broadcasters, musicians and sound engineers around the world since its introduction more than 50 years ago. The RE20-BLACK offers customers an aesthetic alternative to the iconic original finish, while being acoustically, electrically and mechanically identical.

Beyond providing the industry-standard sound of FM radio voices, the RE20’s popularity has surged in recent years with the rapid growth of podcasting and home recording/production. It also remains a trusted tool in professional recording studios, and a mainstay mic on live-performance stages everywhere.

A key to the RE20’s enduring popularity is its unique Variable-D design. Variable-D minimises proximity effect, giving users the confidence that their tone will remain full, pure and accurate while they enjoy the freedom to work naturally around the mic at varying distances. Additional features include a mid-bass tone-shaping switch, a substantial integrated pop filter and a humbucking coil to guard against line hum, all of which combine to provide a supremely smooth, natural and controlled sonic character.

The classic RE20 finish will continue to be available under the current RE20 model name.

1st December 2020

Let it snow with Crisp Max from Magmatic atmospheric effects

Let it snow with Crisp Max from Magmatic atmospheric effects
Let it snow with Crisp Max from Magmatic atmospheric effects

Magmatic atmospheric effects is shipping Crisp Max, a dependable, high-output snow machine in Magmatic’s Polar series that makes it easy to create scene-setting wintry settings.

Crisp Max 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 12 metres (40 feet) with the flexibility to adjust to the occasion. An optional 120-degree pan motor is available that increases the coverage area.

Crisp Max includes a 20-litre fluid tank hidden inside a road case with durable casters for extra protection and easier portability. The unit’s ten metre long hose can be rigged on a standard truss or tripod stand and fluid can be extended up to 50 metres horizontally or vertically using ten metre extension tubes with couplers that are available as an accessory.

Built to withstand travel and repeated use, Crisp Max features a durable aluminium housing and robust design for powerful performance that delivers on time, every time. 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.

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. The snow cannon can remain inside the flightcase to minimise the noise level.

Crisp Max uses Magmatic’s specially formulated Atmosity Premium Snow Fluid (APS-2L, 4L, 20L) to create a snowflake that mimics the look and feel of actual snow. The dry-on-impact snow liquid is formulated for Magmatic Polar Series units Crisp and Crisp Max, as well as most artificial snow machines that require snow fluid.

Hard to break but easy to use, Crisp Max 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 special effects are strong solutions that are on-the-road tough and won't break the bank. 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.

www.elationlighting.com

25th November 2020

Elation

GoboPlus.com supports Backup with new gobo releases

GoboPlus.com supports Backup with new gobo releases

GoboPlus.com has partnered with Rosco to bring a new range of gobos to market in support of the technical entertainment charity, Backup. Designed by Exactly13 LTD and exclusively licensed to GoboPlus.com, the new gobo designs are all inspired by elements of the Backup logo and are a practical addition to GoboPlus.com’s existing Backup logo gobos and the expanding range of charity gobos available from GoboPlus.com.

The new range comprises 15 aerial, breakup and texture designs, each of which will generate a £3 donation to Backup for every glass gobo sold and £1 for every metal gobo.

Paul de Ville, CEO of GoboPlus.com, explains the reasoning behind the initiative: “The aim is to create a legacy income stream for Backup which stretches far into the future, beyond current troubles, and to emphasise the importance of continued support for those in need within our industry. We are a small company with a big heart and while no-one is in a position to make huge donations at this time, we see these little donations like bricks in a wall: all of our small contributions combined together will make a big difference to those who need it."

While individual gobo sales will have a cumulative impact, de Ville also has an idea for supercharging those contributions. “We would like to invite all lighting manufacturers with their own in-house gobo supply capabilities to support Backup by incorporating one of the new designs into their new or existing fixtures,” he says. “To this end, GoboPlus.com is happy to waive any license fee for the Backup designs installed in new fixtures, and arrange for manufacturers to enter a stand-alone agreement directly with Backup. GoboPlus.com will then supply gobo-ready artworks to the manufacturer, which then pays the royalties directly to Backup in the manufacturer’s own name.

“Giving just one gobo slot over to a Backup design would increase donations exponentially, at minimal cost to the manufacturer, enabling Backup to increase the amount of help it can offer far into the future.”

The new designs have been created as a functional range of highly usable gobos by Simon Allan, creative director of Exactly13 LTD, whose company provides visual services for entertainment manufactures and suppliers, as well as visualisation for entertainment design. Allan, who has over ten years of experience of designing gobos for a variety of lighting manufacturers, donated his services free of charge.

“I took the Backup logo and abstracted every element of it I could find to transform it into a range of designs that would have something for everyone, with aerial, breakup and texture designs that work across many markets,” he explains. “Every design was fully end-tested for its appearance on camera, in smoke-filled mid-air, in sharp and soft focus and on flat and angled surfaces. I selected the best to ensure a good variety, no matter what application they are put to. I hope it will give the opportunity for lighting designers and manufacturers to offer support to Backup which works so hard to look after us all.”

“When I approached Simon he did not hesitate to offer his help,” says de Ville. “We thought the appeal of a family of gobos, rather than just one or two, would have a larger impact and he certainly delivered by putting together a fantastic and creative selection. Then, to bring this idea to the widest market possible, I approached Rosco who immediately agreed to partner with us. This now enables us to give global access to the new designs and expand the awareness of Backup and its work.”

Mark Engel, CEO of Rosco, adds: “With so many of our friends and colleagues going through difficult times, it has never been so important to help those in need. Backup provides invaluable support within our industry, and Rosco is proud to contribute to the cause. In addition to support through donation, we believe in the incredible power of communication through light. We hope that our Backup gobos will spread the word about this wonderful charity and garner even more donations and involvement from the community.”

“This initiative comes at a time when Backup is about to open its second Hardship fund to help those suffering loss of income due to the COVID pandemic, so it is especially welcome. And there are so many people in our industry in need of assistance at any time as a result of illnesses and misfortunes,” says John Simpson, chairman of Backup. “The Backup trustees have approved the designs and welcome the opportunity for another stream of income for the charity. We are very heartened to see such support from GoboPlus.com, Exactly13 LTD and Rosco and hope that many others will feel they are able to come on board.”

www.goboplus.com

24th November 2020

Vista 3 by Chroma-Q Software Release 3 is Now Live

Vista 3 by Chroma-Q Software Release 3 is Now Live

Continuing with its pledge to provide brilliant solutions, Vista by Chroma-Q has announced ‘Release 3’ (R3) of the crowd-pleasing Vista 3 lighting and media control software.

Vista 3’s intuitive yet powerful approach to lighting and media control has been embraced by major rental companies, production houses and lighting designers around the world.

As part of Chroma-Q's ongoing commitment to increased functionality and enhanced capability, Vista 3 R3 contains over 150 improvements and new features.

Highlights include:

  • A new user configurable, main application, workspace that allow users to customise their playback and programming operational style to suit user preference, further smoothing workflow and providing additional flexibility.

  • A new FX engine feature allows the number of FX cycles to be defined, which delivers a fantastic tool for quickly creating complex 'accents' or 'bumps'.

  • A new feature that allows Ethernet based data output to be toggled on/off per protocol, a great feature for Festival use where there is a requirement to connect and configure the lighting network but not output data until the appropriate moment.

Other additions include new inserted cue list commands, custom lock screens, cue list flash attack and decay times, multiple GUI improvements, and an updated factory library.

R3 has been designed to provide new and existing users with an even more intuitive user experience for creating and delivering fantastic looking shows.

For a complete list of new features and improvements, or to download the free demo software please visit www.vistabychromaq.com/download

20th November 2020

Chroma-Q

ETC expands LED driving solutions with ArcSystem Pro D4 CV Drivers

ETC expands LED driving solutions with ArcSystem Pro D4 CV Drivers

ETC has announced a new addition to its award-winning ArcSystem Pro luminaire platform, the D4 CV Driver family. This new line of drivers is designed for use with 24 VDC constant voltage LED loads, such as linear tape applications. ArcSystem products are renowned for ease of installation as well as quality of light and dimming, and the D4 CV driver family is no exception.

The D4 CV driver line complements the recently introduced F-Drive system, creating an industry-leading range of LED driving solutions for a variety of installations. The new D4 CV driver line includes both wall-mount and rack-mount options, with four channels per driver, and the ability to reach maximum load capabilities of 528 W across four channels.

The D4 CV Drivers are available in the following three sizes.

  • D4 CV 150: Wall-mountable, with four outputs of up to 50W per output or 150W with all outputs combined

  • D4 CV 350: Wall- or rack-mountable, with over 72W on a single output or 264W with all outputs combined

  • D4 CV 700: Wall- or rack-mountable, with 146W per output or up to 528W with all outputs combined

www.etcconnect.com

ETC expands LED driving solutions with ArcSystem Pro D4 CV DriversETC expands LED driving solutions with ArcSystem Pro D4 CV Drivers

19th November 2020

ETC

New Sennheiser MD 445 vocal mic

New Sennheiser MD 445 vocal mic

The stage is incredibly loud, with the instruments seeming to acoustically close in on the vocalist. These are challenging environments for which the new MD 445 from Sennheiser was created. The audio specialist’s large-diaphragm, dynamic stage microphone combines a direct, head-on sound with a tight super-cardioid pick pattern, providing not only maximum isolation from other on stage sound sources but also an extremely high level of feedback resistance. With the high-rejection MD 445, vocalists can effortlessly assert their presence even in the loudest of environments.

“The MD 445 is the most powerful microphone in our MD range,” says Kai Lange, senior product manager with Sennheiser. “If its sister model, the MD 435, is the beauty, the MD 445 certainly is the beast. It effortlessly cuts through loud stage sound and establishes an audibly greater proximity to the vocals. Its direct, high-resolution sound gives vocals a totally new richness, intensity and assertiveness.”

The acoustics of the MD 445 have been tailored to modern stage set-ups with B stages and runways in front of the PA. At the core of the acoustic design is a newly developed voice coil made of lightweight aluminium-copper. Its fast transient response ensures a very detailed, nuanced and transparent sound that is complemented by rich mid-range and bass. The sound is acoustically close, intimate and open, irrespective of how loud the instrument soundscape may be.

Thanks to its high-rejection, super-cardioid pick-up pattern, the MD 445 has enormous gain before feedback. Dynamics are wide at 146 dB(A) and the microphone can handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz.

The outstanding acoustics come with a mechanical design that’s built to withstand a life on tour. The MD 445 features a metal casing and has a shock-mounted capsule to protect it from structure-borne noise. A hum compensating coil protects the microphone against electromagnetic interference.

For use with Sennheiser’s wireless transmitters, the capsule of the MD 445 is also available as MM 445 microphone head. Fitted with Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface, the MM 445 can be used with Sennheiser wireless series ranging from the evolution wireless G4 and 2000 series to Digital 6000 and Digital 9000.

19th November 2020

From Drive-In Audio to In-Car Food & Beverage Delivery

From Drive-In Audio to In-Car Food & Beverage Delivery

Orbital Sound has launched an important new product stream with its new Food & Beverage (F&B) delivery platform OrderBoard, building on its success in the drive-in market with the Car-Link Retail wireless in-car audio and information system. Recognising the need for an innovative next generation F&B ordering and delivery solution, Orbital Sound’s development team has created a new platform that overcomes the unique challenges of the live and entertainment environments. OrderBoard, part of the Car-Link Technology suite of products, is designed to address the limitations of remote location infrastructures, handling contactless payments, F&B kitchen orders, delivery, stock control and reporting in a fast, reliable and powerful data-efficient package.

As the live events industry focuses on re-inventing itself in the current environment, OrderBoard provides a novel solution to F&B delivery, directly addressing the all-important Covid compliance and secure socially-distanced operation. It delivers comprehensive F&B point of sale performance, kitchen management and seamless communication, to provide support for multiple, simultaneous vendors and sites. OrderBoard incorporates extensive functionality including real-time processing cue indicators, order tracking, stock and financial reporting and one-touch customer texting in a fast, reliable and powerful F&B solution on customers' smartphones and the well-established Car-Link Retail in-car system touch screen.

MD Chris Headlam believes that this is just the start for event F&B ordering. “The addition of the OrderBoard software takes the whole customer experience to a new level. Developing OrderBoard was our response to the well-documented challenges faced by the festival and live industry to give a contactless ordering system that was possible in a remote environment. We picked up the gauntlet earlier this year, and have had an outstanding response to the Car-Link Retail’s capabilities. So much so that we are now expanding into houses of worship with our donate facility, and also excitingly into the corporate and live spaces. We recently conducted a series of events with the AA, implementing the full OrderBoard package in conjunction with Car-Link Retail, tailored to provide corporate information, ordering and feedback direct to the AA and their website via the Car-Link Retail touchscreen. As part of the AA’s recent “Getaway” campaign, customers were provided with fully sanitised and customised Car-Link units using OrderBoard technology, delivering dynamic corporate messaging with all the facilities needed to enjoy a great night out. Since launching Car-Link in June, we have accelerated our development process in response to demand, and believe this is just the start. OrderBoard is the next logical next step and we are already very excited at the market attention and traction it is attracting.”

OrderBoard is already providing its value in the field, as Sean Welsh, operators manager for The Luna Cinema, confirms: “Working with Orbital and OrderBoard has been incredibly helpful to our business. We are able to offer a great customer experience and also improve our operations on the ground, maximise our profitability and focus on other aspects of the company. OrderBoard has been able to do everything we need to deliver a Covid-safe food and beverage offering. A really great and important complement to the whole Car-Link concept.”

OrderBoard is marketed under the Car-Link Technology branding, which is part of the Orbital Sound group of companies. For over 25 years, Orbital Sound has been the leading creative, technical and logistical force that works with the public, producers and fellow creatives to stage the best possible entertainment for the audience. The company’s operations serve the North American, European and Far Eastern markets.

From Drive-In Audio to In-Car Food & Beverage DeliveryFrom Drive-In Audio to In-Car Food & Beverage Delivery

18th November 2020

SAE Launches Audient Console Simulator for Education

SAE Launches Audient Console Simulator for Education

An Audient mixing desk was chosen to be at the heart of the ground-breaking, SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator launched this month. The brainchild of Dr Mark Bassett, director of Academic Quality Assurance for Licensed Territories at SAE Creative Media Institute, this unique digital tool provides students with remote access to a fully-functional, audio capable, photo-realistic simulation of the small format Audient ASP4816 console and is publicly and freely available.

“I designed the software as a teaching tool to allow students to learn the signal flow of the ASP4816 and practice using the console while off-campus,” explains Mark, highlighting the advantage of giving students the chance to download the software at home and really get to know the desk before they tackle it in a school setting.

“The simulator was created by taking a high-resolution photo of the console and programming it to function from a UI perspective, so the interaction is as authentic as possible to the physical console; all the dials, switches, lights, and faders are visually and functionally identical to the real thing. Once the console is ‘visually functional’, it is then programmed to function from an audio signal processing perspective so that it replicates the audio functions of the physical console. Learning and teaching assets and modes of operation are then added.”

Mark continues: “As it is a digital simulation, students cannot connect microphones to the console, so I created the Audio Inputs feature to allow students load audio files to function as microphone inputs or as digital audio workstation inputs.” The simulator also incorporates interactive tutorials and custom console scenarios to help walk students through signal flow and routing, as well as the desk’s features. “I chose the ASP4816 as it is one of the most deployed consoles throughout SAE globally,” he adds.

Audient’s marketing director, Andy Allen was happy to help. “Audient consoles are teaching the next generation of audio engineers across the globe, thanks to their logical layout, easy to teach signal flow and intuitive user interface. We are delighted that Mark and the SAE Institute have chosen an Audient desk for this pioneering project and especially pleased that the SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator software is in the public domain.”

The reaction from staff and students at SAE has been overwhelmingly positive. One senior audio leader described it as “an excellent tool that has enormous benefit for SAE's teaching and learning,” whilst another called it a “lifesaver and game-changer!” A student commented: “The software accurately replicates the features of the mixer. It can be very helpful for practising when you're not able to use the real mixer.” All appreciate the potential of the SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator as a learning tool for students, even after COVID-related restrictions have been lifted.

Although it was COVID that created the impetus to fast-track the development of the technology this year, Mark has been busy developing interactive education software for over a decade. Indeed, his earliest prototype console simulations date back as far as 2015.

Today, as we adapt to the realities of a new normal – a COVID normal – Dr Bassett’s work has become even more vital. When quizzed as to whether there are similar projects in the pipeline, he replied: “Yes, but we can’t elaborate at this stage.” The audio education community will be watching closely to see what else he has up his sleeve.

Download the Mac-based SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator software directly here: https://tinyurl.com/SAEAudient4816

SAE Launches Audient Console Simulator for EducationSAE Launches Audient Console Simulator for Education

16th November 2020

City Theatrical Launches Multiverse Studio Wireless DMX Products for Film and Video

City Theatrical Launches Multiverse Studio Wireless DMX Products for Film and Video

City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology is now available for film and video projects with a new line of Multiverse Studio products, including the Multiverse Studio Receiver, Multiverse Studio Kit, and Multiverse Studio Add On Kit, now available in dual band 900MHz/2.4GHz functionality for North America, and 2.4GHz band usage worldwide.

As the newest hardware building block to the Multiverse product line, the Multiverse Studio Receiver brings the advanced features of the Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system to the film and video world with fast setup and reliability. It contains a long-life lithium-ion polymer battery giving 20 hours of use, and its full four button user interface with a backlit LED display makes setup easy and gives feedback on system performance. Each Multiverse Studio Receiver includes a DMX corded connector, which allows the external antenna to hang below the lighting fixture, giving improved data fidelity.

Two Multiverse Studio Receiver models are now available and shipping through City Theatrical dealers worldwide. The Multiverse Studio Receiver 900MHz/2.4GHz (P/N 5904) has two built-in radios, 2.4GHz (for worldwide use) and 900MHz (for use in the Americas only), which allow the user to select which single universe to receive, and which radio band to use via the Multiverse SHoW ID. The Multiverse Studio Receiver 2.4GHz (P/N 5905) can be used worldwide on the 2.4GHz band. Learn more at: citytheatrical.com/Products/multiverse-studio-receiver

Ideal as a turnkey wireless DMX solution for film and video projects of varying sizes, the Multiverse Studio Kit provides all the tools lighting technicians need to quickly plan, set-up and operate wireless DMX/RDM on set, all within am easy to use kit with contactless charging.

Each Multiverse Studio Kit includes six Multiverse Studio Receivers, one Multiverse Transmitter with hanging bracket and clamp (for multi universe broadcasts), one Multiverse Node with hanging bracket and clamp (for single universe broadcasts), one DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool (to turn on and troubleshoot any lighting fixture on set), one RadioScan Spectrum Analyser (for broadcast planning), and various accessories to keep your equipment organised, mounted, and charged. Learn more at: citytheatrical.com/Products/multiverse-studio-kit

To complement the Multiverse Studio Kit, the Multiverse Studio Add On Kit was developed to provide an easy way for film and video professionals to scale up wireless DMX projects. This kit features six Multiverse Studio Receivers in a contactless charging case. Individual chargers and USB cables are also included to enable charging or powering individual units outside the case. Learn more at: citytheatrical.com/Products/multiverse-studio-add-on-kit

These Multiverse Studio products add a new dimension to the growing Multiverse wireless DMX family of products, and align with City Theatrical’s strategic direction to support film and video projects worldwide with innovative lighting accessories.

City Theatrical’s new Multiverse Studio Kit provides all the tools lighting technicians need to quickly plan, set-up, and operate wireless DMX/RDM on set, including six battery powered Multiverse Studio Receivers, one Multiverse Transmitter, one Multiverse Node, one DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool, one RadioScan Spectrum Analyser and accessories.

16th November 2020

Alcons Continues Expanding CRMS Series by Slimming Down

Alcons Continues Expanding CRMS Series by Slimming Down
Alcons Continues Expanding CRMS Series by Slimming Down

The CRMS-SRIW/120 is developed as an ultra-compact reference main / screen system, or compact surround system in immersive sound-for-picture applications. It can also be used as full-range sound system in any installed audio application, where a very high quality sound reproduction with inconspicuous in-wall or on-wall mounting is required.

As such, typical applications include sound system for auditoriums, performing arts theatres, screening rooms, post-production facilities and dubbing stages, premium home cinemas and quality-conscious cinemas.

The CRMSC-SRIW/120 is part of the CRMSC system series: 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.

Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon transducer technology, the CRMSC-SRIW/120 surround combines an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering the most realistic linear sound reproduction possible at any SPL.

The two-way passive-filtered CRMSC-SRIW/120 system consists of the RBN202 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 6.5” mid-bass for LF reproduction; the HF section has a 500W peak power input, enabling a 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1kHz to beyond 20kHz.

The patented 120-degrees and patent-pending 90-degrees dispersion up to the highest frequencies not only offers a very wide and coherent direct-field coverage throughout the listening space; it also guarantees a consistent reflected diffuse-field response.

The CRMS-SRIW/120 low frequency section is tuned for a usable frequency response down to 53Hz, enabling a smooth transition with additional LFE subwoofer systems.

The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures complete cable/connector compensation between the CRMSC-SRIW/120 and the ALC amplified loudspeaker controller, the dedicated drive-engine; together with VHIR processing, SIS significantly increases response accuracy, regardless of cable length and system impedance.

Philip 'Dr. Phil' de Haan, head of Alcons Audio R&D said: “One of the strongest and continuously returning requests we have been receiving from the customers and installers on the CRMS series, has been minimal cabinet depth. The new patent-pending waveguide we’ve developed, enables us to minimise cabinet depth to 100 mm / 3.9-in fitting in typical '2-by-4' wall constructions, while maintaining full projection control up to and beyond 20,000Hz, which is unique with ribbon line-source transducers.”

Further to the ultra-shallow depth, the CRMSC-SRIW/120 also features a revolvable RBN waveguide, optional cloth grill and ACO Architect Colour Option in 180+ RAL colour schemes for easy, inconspicuous in-wall or on-wall mounting.

As a result of Alcons’ tight manufacturing standards, all CRMSC system cabinets are well within “matched pair” tolerance, for a reference studio-grade response.

The system comes with a six-year “no hassle” warranty.

13th November 2020

Software Update: Hippotizer V4.5.5

Green Hippo has announced the release of Hippotizer software version: 4.5.5. Building on the success of Hippotizer media servers in virtual and live events, TV / broadcast and fixed installations around the world, V4.5.5 is a service release that addresses several important issues and introduces a series of fixes and enhancements in response to user feedback. Green Hippo strongly recommends upgrading from previous 4.5 versions to 4.5.5 as soon as possible.

The main changes in 4.5.5:

  • Upgraded to NDI version 4.5 improving stability and native support for NDI-HX.

  • Improved EDID controls in HippoLauncher for Nevis+.

  • Fixed a bug where fixtures in PixelMapper would ‘jump’ when using the mouse to move them.

  • Fixed a bug where Hippotizer would not install on PREP dongles.

  • Improved the performance of sACN control through the DMX component.

  • Fixed a bug where HippoLauncher had no scroll bars on lower resolution screens.

  • Improved overall performance on Tierra+, Taiga and Taiga+ systems.

Known Issue:

It has been reported that MA-Net from a session containing grandMA2 desks and grandMA3 desks (running MA2 mode) does not work as expected. If an issue is observed, Green Hippo advises using sACN instead of MA-Net.

The Software Assurance date of 4.5.5 in common with all 4.5 releases is: 28-Feb-2019. Software Assurance determines which versions of new software may install and run on a Hippotizer system. Once installed, the software will continue to operate for the life of the machine.

If you have any questions or require support please do not hesitate to contact Green Hippo.

www.green-hippo.com

12th November 2020

Your perfect control room in a snap

Your perfect control room in a snap
Your perfect control room in a snap

Have you always dreamed of having a good control room but shied away from the acoustic treatment required? Are you regularly mixing on the road or in various different studios? Or perhaps you already have the perfect setup for stereo monitoring but aren’t quite ready to invest in complex surround set-ups? Then dearVR MONITOR is for you. The latest plug-in from Dear Reality, the expert in spatial audio software and innovative VR/AR solutions, brings the perfect control and mixing environment to any room, all you need is a pair of good headphones and your DAW.

dearVR MONITOR is an ideal solution for musicians that want to bring their recordings to the next level and for engineers and producers that need to work at varying locations or from home.

Christian Sander, co-CEO of Dear Reality, explains: “dearVR MONITOR combines an ideal virtual studio with the analytical advantages that good monitoring headphones offer. The plug-in delivers an acoustic reference no matter where you are mixing.”

Co-CEO Achim Fell describes the guiding philosophy behind the software: “We felt it would not make sense to recreate famous real-world control rooms. As a sound professional, all you basically need is a monitoring environment you can rely on and feel comfortable with. And this is what the software accomplishes, removing limitations of poor room acoustics, creating a standardised mixing environment and enabling you to fully trust your ears.”

dearVR MONITOR offers a choice of five typical mixing environments. Once users have found their favourite, they are able to fine-tune the acoustics by adjusting Ambience (how much reflection should the room have, how vivid should it sound?) and Focus (immersive sound versus localised sound source) based on the patented Clarity algorithm by Sennheiser AMBEO. Thus, the virtual control room and its acoustics can be matched perfectly to the users’ taste, making them feel at home, no matter where they are.

dearVR MONITOR enables musicians and engineers to select between 32 common speaker set-ups – from stereo to 7.1.4 and 9.1.6, and monitor them directly over headphones. Anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to mix in 3D audio yet or hasn’t wanted to invest in multi-speaker set-ups can now experience the creativity and fun of working with immersive audio environments and produce these formats with confidence and accuracy.

Here’s another scenario you may have experienced: an audio track sounds great when mixed but suddenly lacks impact when played back in a different environment. To remedy this quite common problem, dearVR MONITOR not only provides the consistent monitoring environment required for professional mixes but also allows users to check how their material would sound in typical listening environments. Dear Reality has created 11 of these typical environments, for example club or living room, so that users can be confident that their mix creates the same great impact no matter where listeners are enjoying the track.

In the Output field, users can not only adjust the gain but also select their listening direction within the sound field by turning the virtual head rotation knob.

11th November 2020

Strand Debuts Smaller NEO Console with Most Powerful Feature Set in its Class

Strand Debuts Smaller NEO Console with Most Powerful Feature Set in its Class

Strand, a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced the new NEO Compact 10 lighting console. This new, more compact version of the popular NEO Console is now available globally and brings the power of NEO software in a ten-fader lighting control console perfect for education, theatre or house of worship applications.

“The combination of sophisticated features, quality-built hardware and small form factor makes the new NEO Compact 10 Console the most powerful lighting console in its class,” says Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “The NEO Compact 10 offers the full capabilities of Strand NEO software optimised for a smaller footprint, with seven different onboard effects engines as well as user-configurable buttons, faders and palettes that let you adapt NEO to the way you work.”

To simplify operation further, the NEO Compact 10 includes an internal 7” touchscreen that makes it easy to program a complete light show at the operator's fingertips, while the ability to add an external touch monitor brings the full programming capabilities of the NEO software for more complex productions. Thanks to the integrated ten-button numeric keypad and command line support, the NEO Compact 10 offers fast programming of its advanced effects capabilities.

“With a feature set that’s unrivalled at its size and price point, the NEO Compact 10 can be used anywhere, whether that’s at front of house, in a rack as a backup show control interface or on the go as a portable desk,” explains Pereira. “With four DMX universes (up to 2048 channels) by default and upgradable to ten universes (up to 5120 channels), the NEO Compact brings powerful capabilities to virtually any size space.”

In addition to the NEO Compact 10 Console, Strand is also debuting the NEO Compact 10 PC Wing, a USB control surface accessory for Strand NEO PC that is based upon the same hardware design as the Compact 10 Console. The ten-fader USB wing offers NEO PC users the same ten-button numeric keypad for fast programming, as well as a touchscreen interface that allows users to quickly select palettes and groups. With the NEO Compact 10 PC Wing and a laptop running NEO PC, users can easily program upcoming shows from anywhere or run a live production with tactile buttons and faders right from their laptop.

To add support for the NEO Compact 10 Series, Strand has released NEO OS version 3.11. The software update also brings enhancements to cue lists and the magic sheet, as well as a new matrix timing tool and other changes. The new software is available for the Strand NEO Console, NEO RACK Playback Controller, and NEO PC. The update is available for download at Strand’s website.

“The new NEO Compact 10 Series ushers in a new generation of lighting control solutions from Strand,” adds Sameer Sodhi, Business Leader, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “The NEO Compact 10 Series joins Vari-Lite and Strand’s full range of luminaires, controls, and power and data distribution products to offer theatrical environments a complete solution with industry-leading capabilities from a single manufacturer.”

The Strand NEO Compact 10 Series is now shipping.

11th November 2020

LED Creative Release New Software for Byte

LED Creative Release New Software for Byte

LED Creative’s ground-breaking Byte Controller has entered its fourth year of providing some of television's largest shows with maximum control and small channel footprint. Offering production companies and LDs alike the ability to create a pixel map look without the cost of extra processing. This is done by the controller offering multiple FX layers and a background colour layer including adjustable speed, size and copies of the effects, this is all controlled from a maximum of 32 DMX channels driven from a lighting console. Other control options are available to reduce the amount of DMX channels required while still giving the operator the utmost control. 2020 Brings Byte its biggest update since its release in 2017.

New Features include:

  • “Virtual Canvas” Allowing grouping over multiple controllers, meaning up to 140m of LED can be controlled as if it were one piece.

  • Colour Wipe Effects.

  • New Channel Mode (32 channels) allows 16 fixtures to a fit on a single DMX Universe.

  • Console Offset increased to 16Bit allowing pixel by pixel control of linear effects even up to the maximum 140m of LED Grouped.

  • FX Speeds refined for even more control

  • Setup Menus have been made more user friendly and faster to navigate.

  • FX Stop – Allowing the operator to stop or pause any effect at the desired point for any length of time.

Commenting on the software update LED Creatives Owner Ges Smith says: “Here at LC HQ we keep striving to improve our already very versatile Byte Controllers, by listening to operators and technicians alike. Although most of the time these updates go without any shouting, our latest one deserves its moment in the spotlight! With this latest update we feel Byte has reached a whole new level and we look forward to seeing what projects it can be used for next.”

Byte already has a large range of products it can control but with these updates more will be getting released soon. Ges Smith goes on to say “Byte is very popular, but its possibilities have only just been seen, there is plenty more to come.”

5th November 2020

Is It QUADzilla?

Is It QUADzilla?

There’s more than meets the eye with QUADZilla, the unique four-in-one LED SMD layout means it has a smoother screen surface, a wide viewing angle and robust design.

Improving on the same unique characteristics of the 130" QUAD, QUADZilla delivers 600 nits of brightness pre-calibrated out of the box, and a built-in scaler switcher provides a wide range of connectivity and control options such as dual HDMI, USB, RS232 and HDBaseT.

Users can also take advantage of Optoma’s Control Q application to control the display from a smartphone or tablet.

QUADZilla is a big softie really, the ECO friendly benefits means it complies to ERP regulations, saving you energy costs and cutting down total cost of ownership.

Being chased by Zombies and in a hurry? The 163” monster LED display is an all-in-one package solution that dramatically reduces installation time from days to hours with its simple three step process.

You can watch this process here.

30th October 2020

New Chauvet Professional COLORado Batten Q15 is Versatile by Design

New Chauvet Professional COLORado Batten Q15 is Versatile by Design

Inspiration and creativity (not to mention client needs and spatial limitations) are taking the shape of lighting rigs in many directions. Now there’s an extremely bright batten that can go right along with them. The new IP65 rated COLORado Batten Q15 features an array of rigging options that make it right at home in a wide range of designs.

The adjustable trunions on this one-metre long RGBW LED batten, which can be adjust without tools on its integrated track, have been given an even greater degree of versatility with the addition of quarter-turn omega brackets.

Adding to the COLORado BattenQ15’s adaptability is a new system for joining different units together. Integrated into the end caps of the fixture is a system to connect units seamlessly for perfect row alignment. Since these attachments are weight bearing, the COLORado Batten Q15 can be hung 'icicle style', or arranged in tower configurations using the included hanging/floor mount plate.

“Given the demands of today’s market, when lighting rigs are being set up in many different types of settings, we feel that adaptable rigging options have never been more important,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The COLORado Batten Q15 combines a high degree of rigging versatility with outstanding performance features.”

Among those performance features is the intense output from the new fixture’s 15 x 20 Watt LEDs, which render beautiful and vivid colours and lend themselves to sizzling pixel mapped displays without the 'skittle' look often associated with battens.

Capable of transitioning quickly from a smooth colour wall wash to a stunning effect, the COLORado Batten Q15 features an elliptical 42 to 15-degree beam spread, a stowable glare shield, colour temperature presets from 3,200K to 10,000K, and selectable smooth dimming curves.

Designed to excel indoors or out, and in broadcast studios as well as on concert stages, the COLORado Batten Q15 is intended to be as versatile as it is reliable. “Our customers are being asked to be more flexible and imaginative than ever today,” said Chauvet. “We developed this product to help them meet that challenge.”

30th October 2020

The perfect gift for the musician in your life: Make their creative dreams come true with Sennheiser

The perfect gift for the musician in your life: Make their creative dreams come true with Sennheiser
The perfect gift for the musician in your life: Make their creative dreams come true with Sennheiser

There’s nothing quite like giving the perfect gift. That special item that becomes part of a loved one’s life. For creatives, it’s the tool that can take their art to new heights and make their vision a reality. And when you’re buying for a person with a passion for making music, Sennheiser is here to help with brilliant gift ideas that cater to a wide range of styles, recording and monitoring situations and budgets. The audio specialist has an exceptional range of microphones and professional headphones that make it a joy to capture and create pitch-perfect performances.

Ideal for home, project, and professional studios alike, Sennheiser’s MK 4 cardioid true condenser microphone brings professional quality to recordings with outstanding value for money. Its large 1” diaphragm capsule uses high-end Sennheiser acoustics to deliver fine resolution, exceptional quality, and a powerful warm sound that’s great for vocals, acoustic instruments, guitar amps, voice-overs and much more.

  • True condenser, large-diaphragm microphone for vocals and instruments

  • 24-carat gold-plated diaphragm and full metal housing

  • Capsule shock-mounted internally to minimise structure-borne noise

  • Designed for project studios and stage use

  • Low inherent self-noise and high maximum SPL


This is it. The vocal microphone that just delivers. Intended for home recording, semi-pro studios and live sound, the e 835 is a dynamic cardioid microphone that projects well and cuts through high volumes on stage. No muffled, mids-centric sound but tight low mids and present treble. No problem with feedback, spill or handling noise; instead, maximum flexibility for the voice: the e 835 is a solid choice for performers. Moderation and singing remain crystal-clear and natural, even at varying distances from the capsule. Its extremely rugged construction and uncomplicated handling make the e 835 the first choice for rehearsal rooms, home recording or the stage. It has also become a top seller in its class everywhere that speech intelligibility is critical such as in lectures and presentations in auditoriums large and small alike. Also available as e 835 S with noiseless on/off switch.

  • Dynamic, cardioid microphone that cuts through high on-stage levels

  • Clear reproduction with a high presence

  • Handles high sound pressure levels

  • Isolates handling noise, hum compensating coil

  • Rugged metal housing

Another exceptional vocal mic choice, Sennheiser’s e 935 steps up to provide even greater performance, durability and versatility, with a balanced frequency range that makes its suitable for songs of every genre. This dynamic cardioid vocal mic clearly gives the voice more space and positions it cleanly in front of loud instruments. With a transparent high-end and warm but well defined lower mids, it lends even gentle voices an impressive intensity and size and clearly increases the speech intelligibility. It remains extremely resistant to feedback as well as to the hard conditions of live gigs.

  • Dynamic cardioid microphone with a famous sound signature

  • Highly consistent directivity

  • High feedback rejection

  • Shock-mounted capsule

  • Hum compensating coil

  • Extremely rugged metal housing

There’s nothing like total focus on the sound to enhance the creative process. With the HD 200 PRO monitoring headphones, it’s possible to experience powerful studio sound anywhere. Whether recording one’s own compositions, practising silently, or just enjoying music at home, the closed-back HD 200 PRO is the perfect companion for monitoring tasks. The HD 200 PRO’s ambient noise attenuation makes it easy to fully concentrate – even at home over the holiday season – while the soft ear pads ensure outstanding comfort during long creative sessions.

  • Closed, around-ear headphone design to reduce ambient noise

  • Sennheiser’s proprietary transducers deliver an outstanding stereo sound reproduction with powerful bass

  • The soft ear cushions and ergonomic design provide enhanced fit and comfort

  • Robust 2.0 m singled-sided cable

  • 6.3 mm (1/4”) stereo jack adaptor included

Considered to be the 'Industry Standard' for DJs, Sennheiser’s HD 25 headphones have acquired a legendary status in the music world and can be found in DJ booths the world over. Capable of handling very high sound pressure levels, the HD 25’s cult status as DJ headphones is owed to their exceptional performance in loud environments, combination of robust construction and low weight, and the option of one-ear listening. These same qualities make them exceptionally versatile for a wide range of professional monitoring situations including for cameramen and for studio monitoring.

  • Rugged and lightweight monitoring and DJing headphones

  • High sensitivity due to lightweight aluminium voice coils

  • Capable of handling very high sound pressure levels

  • Very lightweight and comfortable, even if used for long periods of time

  • Tough, detachable, single-sided cable

  • Rotatable capsule for single-ear listening

The perfect gift for the musician in your life: Make their creative dreams come true with Sennheiser The perfect gift for the musician in your life: Make their creative dreams come true with Sennheiser

29th October 2020