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Work Pro Expands LS Range of Lighting Control Hardware
Valencia-based audio-visual equipment manufacturer Work Pro Audio has announced two product additions to its innovative LightShark range of lighting consoles: the LS-Wing console expander unit, which is designed to complement and extend the original LS-1 console, and the four-strong range of LS-Nodes, affordable hardware expanders for the LightShark system that add extra DMX and Ethernet connectivity without the user interface and physical controls of the LS-1 and LS-Wing units.
Launched in 2017, LightShark was the first DMX-based hardware lighting console range to offer wireless, browser-based control from a multi-touch smartphone or tablet, whilst also providing a rugged and intuitive hardware user interface in the form of the LS-1 unit. The new LS-Wing, which is slightly narrower than the original LS-1 but still comfortably holds a 12.9-inch iPad Pro on its top surface mounting area, connects to the LS-1 via Ethernet and allows users to expand the physical controls available in their LightShark systems. Each LS-Wing adds 20 backlit buttons and ten playbacks, plus two further universes of DMX control and an extra three Ethernet ports, while a pair of USB connectors allow users to charge the associated tablets or mobile devices being used to control their LightShark system.
Four different models of LS-Node are available: the LS-Node1, LS-Node2, LS-Node4 and LS-Node8, each of which adds its respective number of freely configurable DMX Universes to the connected DMX capable lighting system, which can be LightShark or any other manufacturer’s DMX system. The three smallest LS-Node units are available in the same quarter-rack physical format as the original LS-Core, are powered via a compact USB-C connector and may be rack-mounted with optional LS-19AR rack ears, while the top-of-the-range eight universe LS-Node8 ships as a 1U 19-inch unit with an LCD display to configure the unit and a Neutrik Trueone power connector. All of the LS-Node range feature two-port Ethernet connectivity and support the industry-standard ARTNet and sACN protocols. The LS-Node1 and LS-Node2 models also offer a DMX input Universe, allowing DMX sources to be merged.
"Even before LightShark was launched last year, user feedback was telling us that we were offering a compelling alternative in the lighting control market, and the success of the system since its launch has confirmed that," comments Equipson CSO Juan Jose Vila. "These new additions to the system allow LightShark users to configure their system exactly as they want it. The number of channels, physical controls and connectivity in the system can now be tailored to customers’ precise requirements, while leaving the door open to expand the system as required in the future."
The LS-Wing and the new LS-Nodes will be available later in 2018.
20th April 2018
Colour Unlimited with Elation’s New SEVEN Batten Series
Building on the success of the SixBar series of colour-changing LED battens, Elation Professional now offers the SEVEN Batten, a new line of linear lighting effects using the latest seven-colour multi-chip LED technology for an even more flexible colour wash solution.
Housing long-life individual 25W 7-IN-1 RGBAW + Lime + UV LEDs, with the SEVEN Batten series the LED colour spectrum has never been wider. Add to that an improved optical design that produces better colour mixing and smoothness of field and the SEVEN Batten series is capable of powerful projections of uniform colour onto any surface whether lining the downstage edge or flown in a truss.
Available in 1- (0.3m), 4- (1.2m) and 6-foot (1.8m) lengths, SEVEN Batten fixtures produce nearly 80% more lumens versus comparably sized SixBar series fixtures. An updated rugged die-cast aluminium case design provides improved thermal control and heat management, ensuring stable, improved performance and extending the fixtures’ lifetime.
SEVEN Batten 14: Housing 12 total LEDs, output is 3,989 LUX at 9.8’ (3m) with maximum power consumption of 204W.
SEVEN Batten 42: Housing 36 total LEDs, output is 9,049 LUX at 9.8’ (3m) with maximum power consumption of 612W.
SEVEN Batten 72: Housing 60 total LEDs output is 11,700 LUX at 9.8’ (3m) with maximum power consumption of 1000W.
Useful for production applications or installations as a wash light, uplight, wall/cyc wash, accent lighting, direct view pixel strip and more, the SEVEN Batten’s high-power LEDs offer an expanded palette of colours, including stunning ambers, true whites and even an ultraviolet effect. The addition of the Lime LED produces a better white mixed output and improved CRI across all mixed white colour temperatures while the Amber extends the colour range and provides an effective means of colour temperature control and higher colour rendering. LED zone control allows for even further design possibilities and eye candy looks.
All fixtures in the SEVEN Batten series are fully dimmable down to 0% and a selection of variable dimming curves is provided for faster programming. A selection of strobe effect options (1-18fps) add to their versatility. All SEVEN Batten fixtures operate flicker free for use in TV and other broadcast applications.
A host of other professional features come standard with each SEVEN Batten fixture like multi-channel DMX control, 3- and 5-pin DMX in/out, PowerCON in/out and RJ45 etherCON in/out connections. All SEVEN Batten fixtures are ArtNet, KlingNet and RDM (Remote Device Management) protocol capable and come with multiple-unit power linking. A four-button control panel with LCD menu display with easy-to-read fixture menus and messages makes for easy navigation through DMX and manual settings. An integrated rigging bracket allows for quick hanging and a multi-voltage universal auto-switching power supply covers worldwide voltages and frequencies.
19th April 2018
ETC Fixture Ratings and Warranties Extended
L70 is a common rating system used throughout the LED fixture industry. There is, however, some confusion as to what the standard does and does not define.
For example, it’s clear when an incandescent fixture reaches its end of life, it simply stops working. With LED fixtures it’s not as obvious because LEDs slowly get dimmer over time. The L70 rating was created as a way to measure when the LEDs of a fixture are no longer “useful.” This rating is determined from an outcome of testing to the LM84 standard and gives a representation of the amount of hours it will take for LEDs to depreciate to 70 per cent of their original output.
The LM84 standard is complex and can take thousands of hours to complete. Therefore, ETC has elected to send full LED fixtures to a nationally-recognised, third-party test lab for comprehensive evaluation. This lab tests fixtures in an environment that replicates how the end user will use them.
One of the biggest misconceptions about the L70 rating is that it applies to the entire fixture, when in fact it only applies to the LEDs themselves. The way a fixture is manufactured, including the quality of thermal management systems, heavily dictates the life expectancy of the LEDs. This is why ETC sends the full fixture for testing – users should be confident that the LED rating for their fixture will not be impacted by additional hardware or software components.
ETC is proud to announce that, upon completed testing, several of its fixtures are reaching higher L70 ratings than originally anticipated.
ETC has always put product quality first and the recent L70 ratings reaffirm that commitment. To solidify this dedication to quality they’ve decided to pass the peace of mind along to users through increased warranties.
This warranty applies to the following LED products sold after 1st January 2018.
All full ETC LED fixtures now hold a:
5 year full fixture warranty
10 year LED array warranty
19th April 2018
Laserworld releases updated Purelight Series
Raw power is what many buyers of laser systems demand. Laserworld updated its Purelight Series so they come in a smaller housing, are lighter and built with enhanced laser sources. Great white balance and high power at low price.
The Purelight Series units are available in 6W, 10W and 20W power and have graphics capable scanners at 30kpps 8° ILDA, which makes them suitable for a large number of laser show applications. The optics section of the laser systems have no air circulation, which significantly reduces maintenance efforts in Purelight systems.
The Laserworld Purelight Series has been designed as raw laser power at low costs. Thus they are suitable for large nightclubs, festivals, outdoor stages and any kind of application that requires high power and good white balance.
18th April 2018
FBT looks to its Shadow with fire resistant upgrades
FBT’s renowned all-weather Shadow series of enclosures is benefiting from significant upgrades that will make the range suitable for use in emergency and evacuation applications. Now offering full EN54-24 certification as well as a new rotomoulded enclosure in polypropylene with 5VB flame resistance classification, the newly updated series will be showcased at Frankfurt Pro Light + Sound 2018.
Suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, the Shadow series was originally launched to provide IP55-rated extreme water and particle resistance (including a water-stop grille) in both point source and line array formats. The original IP55 series will continue to be manufactured by FBT, to cover all-weather installations not requiring the EN54-24 certification.
Now the upgraded range delivers enhanced options for systems integrators with the possibility of using a single system for both weather resistant sound reinforcement and voice alarm / evacuation functions. All of the new Shadow series enclosures are internally equipped with ceramic terminal blocks and thermal fuses, ensuring the continued operation of loudspeakers in the event of a fire. In addition, all connections use flame-retardant cabling which adheres to the EN50200 standard (with IP68 airtight cable glands).
Upgraded point source models in the range include the extremely compact 5” Shadow 105T, outputting 200W and 110 dB (peak) with a frequency response of 100Hz to 18KHz and 100° x 70° dispersion. The 8” Shadow 108CT is rated at 600W / 121dB (peak) with a 94Hz - 20kHz frequency response and 90° conical dispersion. The multi-purpose coax Shadow 112CT delivers 800W / 126dB (peak) with 80° conical coverage and a frequency response of 68Hz - 20kHz. Finally, the Shadow 112HC is a 12” coaxial horn for medium to long-throw applications with an 800W rating, 129dB SPL (peak), a frequency response of 98Hz - 19kHz and 80° x 50° dispersion. An arrayable version, the Shadow 142L is also available, with each module producing 1,200W / 132dB with a 63Hz - 20kHz frequency range and tight 80° x 15° coverage.
All of the enclosures within the Shadow range are equipped with a standard 100V line transformer except for the 112HC and 142L, where the transformer is available as an option.
16th April 2018
Barco introduces budget-friendly modular LCD video wall
Barco is launching a new tiled LCD video wall. The OverView KVD5521B is a price-competitive tiled LCD system for video wall applications, destined to further strengthen the company's position in the LCD video wall market. Compatible with any VESA mounting structure, it presents some of the benefits recently introduced in the award-winning Barco UniSee platform. These include a modular structure for easy maintenance, noiseless operation, automatic colour and brightness calibration, and the option of operating the power supply remotely.
Modular approach for easy servicing and shorter interventions
Fanless solution for noiseless applications
Superb inter-tile colour and brightness calibration, thanks to integrated sensors in the back for automatic and real-time colour and brightness calibration, following the Sense X algorithm
500 nits brightness, with a 3.5mm bezel
User-friendly video wall setup and control interface via the LCD connect box
Optional five year service packages
Suitable for 24/7 operations and mission critical applications, also thanks to the remote redundant power supply option
Clear and clean DOA procedure
The OverView KVD5521B is an improved and optimized version of Barco's 55" LCD video wall (KVD5521). The complete video wall produces a perfectly balanced image at all times, thanks to Sense X − Barco’s automatic, continuous and real-time colour and brightness calibration system. The absence of cooling fans not only minimizes noise, but also means that no moving parts are used (which are susceptible to wear and have a limited lifetime). Plus, the introduction of DisplayPort V1.2, which enables feeding 4 displays in loop-through with 4K at 60Hz content, is very important for easy connection with a limited number of cables.
To guarantee optimal uptime, the new video wall has a number of features to both prevent downtime and speed up servicing. The input boards and power supplies can be quickly removed from the display to be easily maintained or replaced. The use of LCD Connect makes it much easier to control the video wall, further enhancing user-friendliness.
“After having launched the award-winning Barco UniSee at the end of last year, Barco is taking a new step in transforming the LCD video wall market and expanding our portfolio,” says Chris Sluys, VP operator experience at Barco. “The modularity of a number of key components for easier servicing, more user-friendly control, and the possibility to introduce an external power supply to further guarantee uptime, all contribute to the system’s uptime and low cost of ownership. Barco’s service CarePacks offering ensures that the LCD video wall receives the best care for worry-free operation. As such, Barco evolves into a one-stop-shop supplier with an extended portfolio of LCD and rear-projection based video walls (for both mission-critical, high and mid end segment applications), and connectivity and workflow solutions.”
The OverView KVD551B is available worldwide as of April 2018.
12th April 2018
VERTUS takes to the road as FBT expands range
Increased demand for an easy to set-up, sonically superior portable sound reinforcement system has prompted FBT to introduce a new version of the renowned VERTUS CLA60A active column array. Boasting the same impeccable audio performance as the original but with new features designed to aid mobile users, the new VERTUS CLA 406.2A and VERTUS CLA 206A active columns are receiving their official launch at Frankfurt Pro Light + Sound 2018.
The launch of the new VERTUS columns follows a steep rise in the use of the VERTUS CLA406A for mobile sound reinforcement applications – a trend spurred on by the column’s depth of versatility and performance. Now making life easier for those on the road, both the CLA406.2A and more compact CLA206A have been designed with portability in mind, from the rugged hardware to new accessories which make set-up both extremely quick and highly intuitive.
Included within the extended accessories range is a flybar for easy system suspension (users simply add a clamp for tubular coupling), plus a foldable floor stand offering a choice of angles from 0°-10°, and a bracket for coupling two enclosures at angles of 0°- 20° (in steps of 5°). The accessories connect to the cabinets using supplied M10 screws for fixed installation, or via quick release pins (optional) for mobile use.
In terms of hardware, the enclosures now offer four lateral inserts which can accept both the quick release pins and M10 screws, while M6 rear suspension points have been added for additional installation flexibility.
The active CLA406.2A is a Class-D 600W + 300W system delivering a maximum SPL of 133 dB courtesy of four 6.5” customer woofers and a 1.4” B&C HF compression driver with a 2.5” voice-coil. On-board DSP offers a choice of eight presets while the enclosure’s large-format waveguide delivers 100° (H) x 25° (V) dispersion.
The CLA206A, meanwhile, incorporates the same waveguide but with only two 6.5" woofers. The compact column can be used stand-alone or in clusters, or as an ideal complement for the CLA406.2A, forming an overall system with increased mid-high dispersion and consistent sound pressure uniformity in the listening area.
12th April 2018
GLP Impression FR1: Power and Versatility in Ultra-Compact Package
Germany – The GLP impression FR1, which receives its European premiere at the Prolight+Sound Show (Hall 4:0, G20) brings a powerful new level of versatility and quality with one of the most compact automated lighting packages available today.
Using a single, high-powered 60 Watt homogenised RGBW LED at its core, the impression FR1 features colour mixing across a vast spectrum, whilst at the same time it can project a crisp, punchy white light, with a full range of colour temperature control.
Optical quality is at the forefront with the impression FR1 as it provides a clean, homogenised output at all angles, always delivering a clean beam from centre to extreme edge. This consistency and attention to detail allows the impression FR1 to be used in a large range of applications where compromise is not an option.
A super-fast 3.5 to 34 degree zoom range gives full beam control over both short and longer throw distances and because of its power, the FR1 can project over a long throw.
With quality comes accuracy, and in this area the impression FR1 features 16-bit dimming and 16-bit position control through a range of 540 degrees of pan and 220 degrees of tilt. But with an added kick, the FR1 also has the ability of bi-directional continuous pan rotation at varying speeds from slow and gentle to extremely fast.
A variety of dimmer curve options, along with a full PWM range and other settings, are available from the on-board menu with critical fixture-functions also available to control via the DMX signal.
The GLP trademark baseless design features on the impression FR1, and offers power in and thru connectors for ease of setting up multiple units. The base also features rubber feet for floor mounting, threaded sockets for coupler attachments and inbuilt safety wire points.
In summary, the impression FR1 offers an outstanding combination of quality, power, size and ability with an element of fun.
12th April 2018
ETC’s Eos console family gets new Element and focus remote hardware
With an accessible programming interface and a focus on hands-on fader control, Element has long been a go-to controller for conventional rigs and smaller venues around the world. Now, with the release of Element 2, the entry-level Eos® family console gets a major upgrade.
The Element console received an internal makeover last autumn, when a software update unlocked a range of advanced-programming features. The new Element 2 hardware boasts the same hardkey layout as the other desks, bringing the console even closer to its bigger Eos siblings.
“Element is used in venues around the world by novices and professionals alike,” explains Eos product manager Anne Valentino. “Sharing a common keyboard design with the larger desks makes it easier for those who usually work on the larger desks. Because the feature set for Element was unlocked last year, this new more generous keyboard also provides the same quick access to advanced features available on the rest of the family.”
Now, any Eos family product you encounter will provide the same hardkey layout to help speed your programming. Wherever your work takes you, your console will feel like home.
Element 2 offers the sophisticated control of the Eos software with an interface and price point that is accessible to a broad range of users and venues. Novice users will find that commonly-used functions are brought to the surface, while experienced programmers can dig deeper to access advanced controls. Use the console’s 40 pageable playbacks for hands-on, true latest-takes-precedence control of individual channels, or turn a switch and map them to submasters, IFCB palettes and presets, or manual timing or global effects masters. You can also build your own customisable, graphic control interfaces with Magic Sheets, or record looks to Element 2’s single cue list for streamlined playback.
The console boasts 1,024 or 6,144 outputs, 32,768 channels, five USB ports, four DMX ports, two individually configurable Ethernet ports, support for up to two standard or multi-touch external displays, and full, synchronised backup options via ETCnomad, ETCnomad Puck or another Element 2 console.
Element 2 isn’t the only new hardware in the Eos family. ETCpad (ETC Portable Access Device), a new tablet accessory, provides dedicated, touchscreen-based remote control for all Eos family consoles and controllers. The device connects directly or wirelessly to a Net3 lighting control network, providing the functionality of the iRFR/aRFR mobile apps in a robust and show-proof industrial-grade tablet.
11th April 2018
Philips Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Series sets new standards for performance and ROI
The new Philips VL2600 range of LED moving head luminaires from Philips Entertainment Lighting has been designed as a smaller, brighter and lighter LED alternative to the popular VL2500 spot and wash moving heads, the long-time industry favourites in mid-sized professional show lighting applications.
The VL2600 range combines world-leading LED light source engineering with the renowned quality, colour palette and performance of the Philips Vari-Lite brand. In terms of light quality, output power, reliability and cost, the three fixtures in the VL2600 range are simply the highest performing luminaires and the most attractive investment proposition in their class.
Having listened to the wishes of customers worldwide, Philips Entertainment Lighting has exceeded the output of the VL2500, while expanding the available package and its potential applications with the addition of a dedicated Profile fixture, plus the added advantage of a beam-shaping system within the Wash fixture. At the same time, the compact form factor has been retained.
All three models in the range - Spot, Profile and Wash - offer an updated, more saturated, but still familiar Philips Vari-Lite CMY colour mixing system with variable CTO colour correction, high colour temperature (7200 K) output, a class-leading wide zoom range (7-48˚) and a flat and even field of light at any beam angle. And, of course, they deliver all the effects and features that users expect of the Philips Vari-Lite brand.
In designing the VL2600, Philips Entertainment Lighting has prioritised the twin goals of top-class performance and cost-effective ownership. By far the brightest in its class, the VL2600 range is tough and reliable, compact and lightweight, easy to service and maintain thanks to its shared parts, and built to withstand the rigors of a touring environment. Competitively priced, the range promises to deliver a faster and higher return on investment to rental customers, making the VL2600 the most attractive new proposition for those servicing television, professional theatre, corporate events and concert touring applications.
“The VL2600 range is a full system lighting solution which delivers the features that lighting designers desire - high output, compact, improved colour range, the effects package, the light quality and the versatility,” says Martin Palmer, product manager EMEA for Philips Entertainment Lighting. “At the same time, it is carefully designed and priced to offer a real business advantage to our customers servicing the mid-scale show lighting segment. The VL2600 range gives our rental customers the modern, LED alternative to the much-loved VL2500 that they have been asking for, but with a greater return on investment.”
11th April 2018
Philips Vari-Lite introduces a unique effects fixture, the VL800 BeamLine
The new VL800 BeamLine from Philips Entertainment Lighting is an LED effects luminaire offering unique, dynamic looks which will appeal to lighting designers working in show environments of all kinds. The first LED effects unit from the Philips Vari-Lite brand, it produces a distinctive, collimated, flat sheet of light in a 3.5° beam with advanced movement, colour control and pixel-mapping capabilities.
A linear strip moving light with 12 RGBW LED emitters, the VL800 BeamLine features a newly-developed optical system which provides a bright, collimated and elongated beam of light, adding extra depth and dimension to lighting designs. Adding further to the dynamic effects possibilities is the option for pixel-mapping control across three zones or, in full pixel mode, across each of its 12 LED emitters individually, allowing for the integration of video into a performance.
The VL800 BeamLine provides fast, precisely-repeatable movement with continuous pan and tilt, plus the added dynamics of mega-stepping and twist effect functions on both the pan and tilt channels. Compact and lightweight to meet the demands of today’s show lighting environments, it has been designed from the ground up to maximise performance, reliability and ease of maintenance. At the same time, its highly competitive price point offers rental customers a faster and higher return on investment.
Martin Palmer, product manager for Philips Entertainment Lighting, says: “The VL800 BeamLine is a result of our commitment to meet the need of designers for a truly unique and versatile lighting effects. Its unique optical system produces a flat sheet of light which, matched with its colour, movement and pixel-mapping capabilities, make it a really distinctive yet flexible fixture, able to produce a broad variety of looks. We believe it will really blossom in the hands of lighting designers in all kinds of show lighting environments, from concert touring and corporate event productions to televised light entertainment shows.”
11th April 2018
DiGiCo Opens Up the SD Range with Generic OSC control
As part of the latest SD console release, DiGiCo has implemented Generic OSC (Open Source Control) functionality to allow control of third party OSC protocol devices.
Users can define their own OSC messages in the console software and use the console itself to send these messages via the console Ethernet connection to the device they want to control. The connection is bi-directional, so the remote device can also update the console’s generic OSC controls if settings are changed on the device itself.
DiGiCo provides eight user definable rotaries and eight switches that are displayed on all the console’s input channels and send the custom OSC messages when adjusted. These are mapped to the console’s underscreen rotaries and switches for ease of use.
An early adopter of this functionality is d&b audiotechnik’s Soundscape, which is part of a series of landmark integrations between Soundscape’s central DS100 Signal Engine and digital mixing consoles, including the SD Range, which opens bi-directional interoperability between the DS100 via plug ins operating on the OSC protocol. The plug in allows engineers to work with their existing sound console workflows, yet have access to a whole new world of creative potential by bringing the settings for object-based positioning and room emulation directly on to the console surface for each individual channel. The settings can then be stored in the mixer's scene memory.
“Generic OSC can be used by any third party wanting to take advantage of our work surfaces to control their own technology. This opens up a world of possibilities,” says DiGiCo maging director, James Gordon. “We are delighted that d&b has chosen DiGiCo to join the Soundscape family. Integrating with Soundscape to maximise its creativity is something our clients would expect to see from us.”
11th April 2018
L-ISA Source Control available on DiGiCo SD consoles
L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Source Control functionality is now natively integrated into DiGiCo’s SD Range of mixing consoles, adding L-ISA’s object-based mixing technology to the console’s control surface.
L-ISA, which stands for Immersive Sound Art, is a breakthrough in immersive audio technology, combining L-Acoustics’ industry-leading sound design and world-class loudspeaker systems with sophisticated processing tools to create a hyperrealistic experience for audiences at live shows, creative events and private residences.
For L-ISA Live applications, the seamless integration of L-ISA Source Control into the DiGiCo SD-Range means that sound engineers will be able to use a familiar workflow on an industry-leading console to manage immersive environments easily and intuitively. With the L-ISA / DiGiCo integration, up to 96 Input Channels can be designated ‘L-ISA channels’, each one allowing the engineer to control pan, width, distance and elevation, as well as a designated aux send, for any given L-ISA source object directly from the mixing console. All L-ISA parameters can be stored in the powerful snapshots engine and recalled in the same way as other console parameters.
Source parameters are shared with the L-ISA Controller over the network and instantaneously converted to the defined speaker layout in the L-ISA Processor. Thanks to the flexibility of L-ISA’s object-based approach, the layout can easily be adapted to location changes whilst maintaining the spatial properties of the mix.
The L-ISA Source Control functionality expands the range of creative choices the mixing engineer can employ simultaneously, ranging from classic stereo or 5.1 controls, for uses such as downmixes or auxes, to the advanced object-based multichannel environment offered by L-ISA.
L-ISA-enabled DiGiCo SD consoles will be available in late April.
11th April 2018
Allen & Heath Unleashes Prime Performance with New I/O
Allen & Heath has unveiled new PRIME I/O modules for its flagship dLive mixing system.
Using the very latest converter and component technology, PRIME input and output modules are designed to harness the full potential of the dLive’s 96kHz XCVI FPGA core, delivering next-level audio quality for critical live, broadcast and studio applications.
Allen & Heath’s managing director, Rob Clark explained: “For the PRIME project, we asked ourselves a simple question: ‘How do we take a class-leading digital mixer to the next level?’”
The answer, and the decision to develop new I/O modules, was inspired by dLive users who work with internationally renowned classical musicians, vocalists and virtuoso instrumentalists and who are passionate about capturing every nuance of a performance in incredible detail.
“As our XCVI core is a defacto 96kHz platform, we realised we were able to exploit I/O converter technologies that are optimised for these higher sampling rates, providing audiophile levels of transparency without compromising latency or bandwidth. These higher resolution converters led us to also investigate different types of interface electronics in the analogue circuitry, including Nichicon FG Fine Gold Capacitors, and enhancements to power supplies, grounding and shielding. This in turn resulted in further performance improvements, slashing THD and noise and vastly improving on typical slew rates. After extensive development and endless listening tests, we’re there,” Clark continued.
Two modules will be available, an Input Mic Pre module and a Line Output module. As the modules are designed to be fitted in the dLive DX32 expander rack, PRIME can be used easily in conjunction with existing I/O, with users able to tailor or scale the system to their unique requirements, from select channels up to multiple fully-loaded racks.
Clark concludes: “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved with PRIME. Our R&D team has perfected a very special kind of I/O for engineers who want to take their audio quality to the next level, be it for a few money channels or for the entire orchestra.”
10th April 2018
Stage Tec becomes latest RAVENNA Partner
In an announcement made at both NAB and ProLight&Sound 2018, Stage Tec has become the latest manufacturer to join the RAVENNA partnership. The Berlin-based manufacturer of professional audio mixing consoles and routers is one of the leading pioneers in the transition from analogue to digital audio technology. In the 25 years of its existence, Stage Tec has set new standards in digital technology with continuous development and innovation.
“With our engagement in RAVENNA we are pleased to be able to offer an even wider spectrum of IP solutions to our customers”, explains Helmut Jahne, CEO of Stage Tec. We have been providing IP-based technology since 2012 with the NEXUS Dante card XDIP. With the launch of our RIF67 Router Interface in 2017, Stage Tec also offers IP audio transport via AES67. A second interface card to be introduced this year, the NEXUS Fiber and IP Interface (XFIP), will also feature full AES67 compatibility. Both cards are also fully RAVENNA-compatible.”
Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA Evangelist at ALC NetworX, adds: “We are delighted by Stage Tec’s decision to join the RAVENNA community! Stage Tec has long been a pioneer in the world of digital mixing and routing technology and with their proven NEXUS technology, the company is clearly among the premium suppliers of distributed digital routing systems. By adopting AES67 through the implementation of RAVENNA, Stage Tec underlines the importance of offering standards-based flexible interfacing options. Using the RAVENNA open networking technology will guarantee future-proof operation in the ever-increasing diversity of network-based application requirements.”
Stage Tec and RAVENNA will be exhibiting at NAB 2018 on booth N1424 (Stage Tec) and N2813 (RAVENNA). At ProLight & Sound, Stage Tec can be found on booth #G83 in Hall 3.1, while the RAVENNA booth is in the same Hall #E89.
10th April 2018
Enhanced “Precision Toolset” for Meyer Sound Leo Family Boosts System Performance and Flexibility
Meyer Sound has expanded the “Precision Toolset” accompanying its Leo Family line array systems, adding proprietary Low-Mid Beam Control for assuring uniform front-to-back coverage and improving workflow for maximum efficiency in time-critical touring applications. The “Precision Toolset” is implemented in the latest releases of Meyer Sound’s MAPP XT acoustical prediction program and Compass control software for the Galileo Galaxy network platform. Applicable to the entire Leo Family of loudspeakers, from the flagship Leo to the compact new LINA, the enhanced components help ensure an optimum audience experience using scaleable systems.
The new toolset integrates three key features that enhance amplitude and phase compatibility within the family of Meyer Sound loudspeakers and perform beam-steering of arrays. The 'EQ Starting Points' feature enables the different models of speakers to start with a common target frequency response curve (amplitude compatibility). 'Delay Integration' performs the same function in the phase domain (phase compatibility), relieving users of the challenging task of precise phase response optimisation.
The newest core component of the toolset is digitally implemented Low-Mid Beam Control (LMBC).Using variants of advanced DSP algorithms developed for Meyer Sound’s digital beam-steering CAL column array loudspeakers, LMBC corrects the understeered low-mids (an inherent side effect in all curvilinear arrays) by lifting and/or spreading the beam. By introducing precisely calculated frequency-dependent phase response filters to individual or paired loudspeakers in the array, the low-mid coverage pattern is precisely matched to the higher frequency range. The result is seamless and uniform front-to-back coverage. LMBC has been proven in three years of beta testing, including several large-scale concert tours by major artists.
“LMBC presents an elegant digital solution to this enduring challenge facing modern main array designs,” says Meyer Sound director of system optimisation Bob McCarthy. “Once your coverage is set for higher frequencies, you simply select the appropriate control settings and the low mid-frequencies instantly conform for a uniform front-to-back response.” Aim the HF and spread the rest to match for uniform venue coverage. It's that simple. No extra amp channels are needed due to the self-powered advantage.
LMBC is fully implemented in the newest releases of Meyer Sound’s Galaxy Network Platform (version 1.3.0), MAPP XT acoustical prediction program (version 1.2.0), the companion Compass control software (version 4.3.1), as well as in version 2.3.2 of Compass Go, the remote-control application for iPad.
The new software releases also calculate the loads when using pull-back frames. This allows for the extreme down-tilt array configurations often necessitated for clear sightlines or coverage of specific seating areas. System designers now can configure such arrays in MAPP XT and obtain accurate modelling of array coverage as well as hang point loading data to assure that Meyer Sound rigging hardware is stable and secure.
Also added to the toolset, on the hardware side, is the GEB-Leo extender bar, which enables rigging of Leo arrays with greater down- or up-tilt without use of additional rigging points or motors.
Since the introduction of the Leo large format line array loudspeaker and 1100-LFC low frequency control element, the Leo Family of linear reinforcement systems has been chosen for top-grossing concert tours and premier installations worldwide. Three new loudspeakers have been added to the family in the past year: the LINA very compact line array loudspeaker, LINA’s companion 750-LFC element, and the ground-shaking VLFC very low frequency element. The introduction of LINA brings the linear response and exceptional power-to-size ratio of the Leo Family to smaller venues with restricted budgets, while the VLFC extends system bandwidth well below the threshold of audibility and into the realm of pure experience.
The comprehensive, fully integrated Leo Family systems approach also includes the AVB-enabled Galileo Galaxy network platform for drive and alignment, along with the powerful cross point delay matrix and the ability to link Galaxy units’ I/O capabilities for complex system control across multiple Galaxys via AVB.
The MDM series makes for elegant easy-to-use power and signal distribution for Meyer Sound systems of any size. It also provides connection points for laser/inclinometer instruments as well as dedicated RMS data for seamless integration with RMServer for comprehensive, network-based monitoring and diagnostics to maintain long-term loudspeaker reliability.
“From the outset the Leo Family has offered a complete toolset to assist at every step of the way, from in-depth user education and system design through field deployment,” says McCarthy. “And now more than ever before, the Leo Family provides sound designers, consultants, integrators and rental houses with an integrated and fully scalable solution. At Meyer Sound we’re continuing to push back the boundaries of what’s possible in the audience experience. The core focus of the Leo Family since its inception has been delivering a consistent, repeatable, high quality audience experience, regardless of musical content or venue size. This year’s expansion of the Precision Toolset for the Leo Family underscores that commitment.”
9th April 2018
Elation Artiste Picasso – LED profile marries art with engineering
From Elation Professional’s award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads comes the Artiste Picasso, an innovative and inspirational theatrical-grade luminaire that connects art to engineering.
Endlessly creative like the artistic icon it is named after, the Artiste Picasso delivers an exceptional combination of power and aesthetics with the latest in artistic projection possibilities. Exceptionally quiet for use in noise-sensitive applications, Elation has packed a full list of features in a discreetly compact design, making the Artiste Picasso ideal for stage environments of all types.
In fact, the Artiste Picasso is one of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED fixtures on the market today. A new 620W Cool White LED engine (6,800K) combines with an advanced optical system to produce a powerful, crisp output of over 20,000 total lumens and at a fraction of the power draw of similar discharge source luminaires.
The Artiste Picasso is Elation’s brightest and most refined LED fixture to date. With tight LED binning for greater consistency in projection, the Artiste Picasso produces the extremely uniform, flat field of light that designers prefer while staying whisper quiet even at full output.
The Artiste Picasso incorporates a fast and precisely moving zoom system with auto-focus for more precise coverage. For easy adjustment of beam size as well as beam sharpness, the motorised zoom expands the beam quickly and evenly from a tight 7° to a wide 55°.
The ability to manipulate the shape of the beam is vital in theatrical lighting. A rotating four-blade framing system allows for full control of the beam shape. When framing set elements or performers, the adjustable system allows for refinement of the beam shape and +/- 45-degree individual blade rotation allows for projection at any angle. Adjustment of the beam shape is extremely precise, eliminating any excess back light.
Colour choice is perhaps the central element in creative expression and mood generation. The Artiste Picasso offers a CMY colour mixing system capable of producing a full spectrum of shades from delicate pastels to rich saturated colours while six dichroic colours, including a high CRI filter, give designers added possibilities. Linear CTO colour correction has been included for more refined colour temperature control and a wider range of colour capabilities. Using the available high CRI filter, the Picasso renders colour at a CRI of 87.
The Artiste Picasso is all about creativity and a range of graphical effects via two gobo wheels and an animation system allow designers a wealth of visual design choice. One gobo wheel houses seven rotating glass gobos while the other houses seven static-stamped interchangeable metal gobos. A full 360-degree, bi-directional animation effect wheel brings those graphics to life, allowing for the creation of dramatic animated effects.
A four-facet prism plus a linear rotating prism can be used to multiply effects for stunning looks while prism macros are available to make the design job easier. Two frost filters can be applied when designers wish for softer gobo or a soft wash effect and a motorised focus and high-speed iris can be engaged for further effect. The fixture also includes a high-speed electronic shutter and strobe for adjustable, energetic flashes of light.
The Artiste Picasso dims smoothly all the way to zero with variable dimming curves are included for programming ease. Multiple colour, framing, prism, and frost macros are also included for faster programming. The Artiste Picasso includes a Hibernation Mode, which saves power when the fixture is not in use.
Professional control options include DMX, RDM, Art-NET, and sACN protocols. The fixture is fitted with 5-pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 In connections and a full-colour 180° reversible menu display makes for easy navigation. Gamma correction and refresh rate can be adjusted variably and adapted to individual requirements. The Artiste Picasso has also been outfitted with Elation’s E-FLY internal wireless DMX transceiver for quicker set-ups and less cable mess.
Marrying creative expression with the latest in high-tech innovation, the Artiste Picasso is another example of Elation’s mission to offer the best value: performance ratio fixtures on the market while empowering designers to create truly unique works of art.
5th April 2018
Allen & Heath dLive Integrates Shure Wireless Control
Allen & Heath and Shure have announced a new collaboration to enable native monitoring and control of Shure’s ULX-D and QLX-D wireless systems from Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive digital mixing systems.
With the upcoming release of dLive V1.7 firmware, engineers can monitor supported Shure wireless systems without leaving the mix position. All essential wireless information, including mutes, signal level and battery bars, is visible from Bank screens, allowing simultaneous monitoring of multiple channels. Selecting the preamp tab on an individual wireless channel reveals more granular information, including RF frequency, device name and peak indicators. Receiver gain and mutes can also be controlled direct from the dLive touchscreen, or from a laptop running dLive Director software. dLive systems auto-detect any supported Shure wireless systems on the same network.
“One of the key design goals with dLive has always been to help audio engineers focus their attention on the performance, particularly in high-pressure live, installation and broadcast environments where the same operator is responsible for different aspects of the production,” commented Ben Morgan, Allen & Heath’s dLive product manager. “Working with Shure, we have integrated convenient, at-a-glance monitoring of key wireless functions within the dLive interface and from Director laptop application.”
“Shure has always made it a priority to ensure that our customers’ workflow and product experience is as intuitive and efficient as possible,” said Rob Fuhlbrugge, Shure’s senior director of engineering and product development. “Our collaboration with Allen & Heath to integrate the monitoring and control of two of our best-selling wireless products with their powerful dLive systems and the Director software achieves this.”
dLive V1.7 and Shure wireless integration will be previewed on the Allen & Heath booth (Hall 3.1, F40) at Pro Light & Sound from 10th to 13th April.
5th April 2018
JBL Professional Pro SoundBar PSB-1 shipping in the UK and Ireland
Sound Technology Ltd, distributor of Harman Professional audio solutions in the UK & Ireland, has announced the immediate availability of the JBL Professional Pro SoundBar PSB-1.
Drawing upon a long history of industry-leading soundbars in the consumer space, the JBL Pro SoundBar is an active soundbar designed specifically for commercial applications. It has an optimised feature set to address the unique requirements of hotel guest rooms, cruise ship staterooms and other commercial environments.
The JBL Pro SoundBar supports both fixed and variable source volume, providing compatibility with both fixed applications (where the volume is controlled at the soundbar) and variable applications (where gain is controlled at the television). In fixed volume scenarios, the Pro SoundBar offers an IR Learning capability. This allows the Pro SoundBar to “learn” the IR pulse of a TV remote’s volume controls, meaning any remote can be used, programmable or not.
To control sound transference into neighbouring rooms, the Pro SoundBar includes a four-position volume limiting switch that allows integrators to control the maximum output of the soundbar. The soundbar also includes a vibration isolation wall-mounting kit and uses full-range speakers rather than a separate subwoofer, two features which also limit sound transference that would otherwise bother people in neighbouring rooms.
“With commercial-grade features and excellent clarity even at low levels, the JBL Pro SoundBar pairs perfectly with Samsung 690 Series hospitality TVs to create a holistic, cost-effective guest room entertainment solution.” says Bradley Drummond, director, hospitality solutions and marketing at Harman Professional Solutions. “The addition of the JBL Pro SoundBar to Harman’s already extensive range of hospitality solutions further demonstrates our capability to offer targeted audio, video, lighting and control solutions for the entire facility.”
The JBL Pro Soundbar PSB-1 is available now.
3rd April 2018
PR Lighting Extends AQUA IP65 Series
PR Lighting has extended its AQUA range of IP65-rated waterproof units with the launch of the AQUA 350 BWS. This integrates three features (beam, wash and spot) in a single unit.
The fully-featured fixture adopts PR patented technology, combining an advanced Ushio 350W lamp with a superb optical system. Thanks to its IP65 rating it is perfectly suited for all outdoor events and activities.
The unit is packed with features as the market has come to expect from PR Lighting fixtures. These include strobe (0.3-25fps with macros), mechanical dimmer (0-100% linearly adjustable), three prisms (standard 2x6-facet circular prisms and linear prism plus frost and open). Rotation is bidirectional with variable speeds. three-facet, 16-facet and gradient prisms are optional. The three light angles are 0°-2.5° (beam mode), 2.5°-42° (spot mode) and 5°-50° (wash mode).
In terms of movement the AQUA 350 BWS offers Pan of 540° and Tilt of 270°, with auto position correction and adjustable speed. It provides 21 channels for programming in short mode and 29 in standard mode. Weight of the unit is 27kg.
Shipping will begin in late April.
29th March 2018
Impressive new 4K home projector supports Full 3D
Movie fans and gamers can now enjoy impressive 4K UHD cinema quality images in Full 3D with the launch of a stylish new home projector from Optoma – UHD51. It is the first in Optoma’s 4K range that supports Full 3D.
Kishan Mistry, senior product manager at Optoma EMEA, said: “We continue to expand our range and offer even more choice and features for film fans to bring that cinema experience to their homes.”
The UHD51 can display true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray players, 3D broadcasting and the latest generation games consoles.
The new model also features advanced PureMotion frame-interpolation processing for the ultimate big-screen experience. This advanced processing eliminates motion blur or image judder, even in high-speed action films or fast-paced sports.
Packed with the latest technology and features, the UHD51 boasts High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility, HDCP 2.2 support and includes a stereo speaker that provides powerful audio.
Set-up is simple with vertical lens shift for fuss free positioning and a host of connection options such as two HDMI ports. In addition, the compact UHD51 is lightweight and easy to move around and, at 2,400 lumens, produces bright images for life-like big-screen entertainment even in ambient light conditions.
With the full 8.3 million on-screen pixels, the new model meets the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) requirements for 4K UHD and complies with the CTA High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible display standards. This guarantees razor sharp, vivid images capable of showing more details than standard HD giving the real cinema experience.
Equipped with Optoma’s Amazing Colour technology which includes an enhanced colour wheel and multiple modes and settings to choose from, users have the freedom to select the best setting for the content. Each mode has been fine-tuned by Optoma’s expert colour team to ensure superior colour performance. Reference mode reproduces accurate 100% Rec.709 HDTV broadcast specification colours.
29th March 2018
Martin RUSH MH 11 Beam fixtures now shipping in the UK
A replacement for the highly successful MH 3 Beam, the new RUSH MH 11 Beam is a high-intensity beam moving head designed for high end installations and rental applications.
The RUSH MH 11 uses the same 250W Platinum 11R lamp found in the Martin RUSH MH 7 Hybrid but with refined beam optics that provide excellent intensity and sharp mid-air effects in a beam-only fixture. When this lamp is combined with the class-leading optics of the MH 11, the fixture achieves sharp, high-output beam effects with a super-tight 2.6 degree beam angle.
The fixture can produce a range of complex and precise mid-air looks using eight rotating and indexing gobos and an eight-facet prism. It has has 13 selectable colours and frost and motorised focus, and has a rugged industrial design that makes it perfect for high-end touring and rental applications.
“The new Martin RUSH MH 11 Beam truly has the best intensity and optics capabilities in its class,” says Mark Buss, product manager, RUSH for Harman Professional Solutions. “Because it has the same colour temperature and palette as the Martin MAC Axiom and RUSH MH 7 Hybrid, it blends perfectly alongside those fixtures in applications wanting a more cost-effective beam-only product with the intensity and clean mid-air gobo looks the RUSH MH 11 provides.”
The Martin RUSH MH 11 is available now.
28th March 2018
PR Lighting Announces Arc LED 1360 Hybrid Strobe
PR Lighting has announced the release of a new LED hybrid strobe, the ARC LED 1360 Strobe T/D.
With its IP67 weather resistant rating, making it perfect for use in all conditions, both inside and out, the fixture can function as a powerful graphic strobe, providing an unbelievable punch, as well as a blinder and flood.
Available in cool white (6500K) and warm white (3000K), it has a 120° field angle, an LED display with four-button, flick free operation for TV and film use.
Deriving its light source from 360 x 1W Osram LEDs, the strobe flash rate is between 0-25fps (with macros). Other features include a 0-100% linearly adjustable dimmer, LED board temperature and fixture usage time read-outs and over-temperature protection, all packaged in a high-intensity, die-cast aluminium IP67 housing, with a weight of just 9kg.
The ARC LED 1360 is expected to have its first showcase at next month’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt.
27th March 2018
Martin MAC Encore Wash fixtures now shipping in the UK
UK - Sound Technology Ltd, distributor for Martin Lighting in the UK has announced that the MAC Encore Wash is now shipping. Both WRM and CLD variants are immediately available to order.
Designed to produce rich colour and premium white light in a wide variety of applications where light quality is critical, the MAC Encore Wash is available in two options.
MAC Encore Wash WRM is an LED-based, replacement for the much-loved, discontinued MAC TW1, offering unparalleled 3000K warm tungsten emulation that truly challenges the output quality of a real incandescent light source, and doubles as a modern replacement for generic fixtures like tungsten based Fresnel fixtures.
MAC Encore Wash CLD is an LED-based alternative to the MAC Viper Wash DX. The feature-packed soft edge moving head offers unparalleled 6000K crisp, neutral daylight, and doubles as a modern replacement for generic fixtures like HMI-based Fresnel fixtures.
Both with the additional benefit of colour mixing and movement, super-silent cooling and effects operation, and best-in-class size, weight and performance ratio.
Martin by Harman professional lighting is distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd.
23rd March 2018
SGM Light Launches New VP Series
SGM Light announces the launch of a new Video Pixel product series. These are not like other linears on the market, these are Video Pixel Linear fixtures designed to improve the direct view experience, the reliability through time, and the colour mixing consistency of complex light and video outdoor installations.
By using SGM's advanced Quad-Pixel technology, which applies SGM’s superior passive thermal management and implements the revolutionary In-Cluster colour mixing. By expanding the imaging area to a 6x6 mm full colour imaging area, increasing the pixel brightness, and pre-mixing the colours inside the Quad cluster, SGM has truly improved viewers’ experience for direct view applications.
The series consists of four fixtures each with a 19.05 mm pixel pitch and a 120° viewing angle. The series is designed to create powerful pixel mapping and media effects, and is available in two different lengths (1220mm and 305mm) and with either a clear or an opal front glass. The clear lens allows a direct view of sharp pixels with an immense brightness, while the Opal version offers a soft frosted look for textures, even light distribution and diffused effects.
These compact linear products with 2,000K - 10,000K colour temperature presets can achieve multiple effects and are perfect for video and lighting displays. With the single multicore cable, it is easy to link up to 79.3 metres (65 VPL 1220-20 units) in one circuit, creating no gap between connected fixtures. Driven directly by 200-240 VAC, these low weight fixtures reduce power consumption and installation costs, since there is no need for external power supplies.
The new Video Pixel Linear fixtures from SGM Light will be complemented by the powerful SGM VP Processor, the intuitive SGM VP Administrator software, and the new VP-Net protocol. The fixtures are suitable for a wide range of applications, both linear and radial installations, and ideal where high-visibility and a very flexible setup are essential. Just plug and play.
SGM Light is showcasing this new product series at Light+Building 2018 in Hall 4.1, stand H44.