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23/03/2017

Hypnotize me!

22/03/2017

Introducing the LED Creative Byte Controller

22/03/2017

GLP provides Free Connect Battery Pack for X4 atom

20/03/2017

Adamson Launches Load Library V4

20/03/2017

Pointman Lifting Products introduces the first Flex-Phase electric chain hoist

15/03/2017

Have you had your daily huddle?

14/03/2017

GLP Announces Formal Release of GT-1

14/03/2017

Optoma launches the 8,200-lumen ZU850 ProScene projector featuring MultiColor Laser

13/03/2017

Casio launches 4K Ultra HD Resolution 5,000 Lumen projector

09/03/2017

Atlona Ships 4K HDR System Problem-Solver Device

09/03/2017

Elation WW Profile HP a warm-white ellipsoidal spot with power

08/03/2017

Midas monitor slashes waste and contains cost

03/03/2017

Elation Proteus Beam IP65 Moving Head Set to Empower Designer Creativity

02/03/2017

Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixers Get Major Firmware Update for Expanded Audio Networking Power

24/02/2017

City Theatrical DMXcat is Now Shipping

23/02/2017

Le Mark Launches Magtape Xtreme

22/02/2017

Laserworld presents the new Purelight Series with high performance for a low price

16/02/2017

Movecat VMK-S chain hoists – Series II

15/02/2017

Danley Packs Low-End Punch into the New Portable TH-Mini15 Sub

14/02/2017

PixelFLEX redefines outdoor LED video displays with FLEXStorm

13/02/2017

PR Lighting Launches Upgraded XRr 330 Beam II / XR 250 Beam 250 II

13/02/2017

EM Acoustics launches new ESP Series

09/02/2017

Light Bytes first edition now on sale

08/02/2017

Allen & Heath Expands Networking Options with Addition of AES67

03/02/2017

Lab Gruppen's Lucia Amplifiers

Hypnotize me!

Hypnotize me!
Hypnotize me!

In the run-up to Prolight & Sound 2017, the brand Eurolite brings new LED moving heads with compact dimensions and amazing effects to the market. The devices with the melodious name “Hypno” captivate viewers with luminous rings.

The name predicts the characteristics of these moving heads. LED rings, which are arranged around the lens, create hypnotizing effects in bright colours, while a light beam comes out of the centre.

Currently, there are two versions of the Hypno, which, despite their similar looks, differ in their composition. The spot version is equipped with a powerful, white 30W COB LED, you can modify the projection by using colour wheels and gobos. Around the lens, three LED rings with a total of 76 RGB SMD LEDs have been arranged.

The second version houses a 60W COB LED in RGBW colours which create a vividly coloured beam. Around this are four LED rings with a total of 88 RGB SMD LEDs. the LED rings can be controlled individually on both devices. The fixtures can be controlled via DMX or operated in stand-alone mode.

Despite their impressive effect and their assertive light power, the dimensions of the Hypnos are manageable. Both versions are only 35cm high and weigh only 5kg. This makes them excellent for mobile use, solo entertainers or smaller bands are well equipped with these devices. Even when installed in clubs, the Hypnos perform perfectly.

23rd March 2017

Introducing the LED Creative Byte Controller

Introducing the LED Creative Byte Controller

Designed and built by the LED Creative in-house technical team, the Byte Controller is a state of the art controller unit developed specifically to work in unison with the LED Creative Sigma product range.

Created to allow maximum artistic control with minimum programming time and a greatly reduced DMX footprint, Byte offers precise, intelligent pixel management, easily handling up to 300px per output or up to 1200px across an eight output unit.

Accurate and flexible, Byte permits outputs to be addressed individually or grouped, thus solving a number of common ‘real world’ LED pixel issues by allowing control as individual fixtures, the same fixture or as part of grouped fixtures. For added variability, the system’s unique on board algorithms are able to easily manipulate built in effects to provide almost infinite, instantaneous results.

Commenting on the new units, LED Creative’s Adam Howard says: “Our new controller units are an extremely valuable addition to our product range. We built them specifically to meet the needs of clients using our Sigma LEDs and we’re absolutely delighted to have see them already put to good use on a number of productions.”

Solid, lightweight and featuring acoustic silent cooling, BYTE is ideal for studio and theatre use, or environments where ambient noise levels need to be kept to an absolute minimum. Delivering ultimate control to every performance, the LED Creative Byte Controller is the perfect accompaniment for broadcast, film and architectural installations of any size, shape or complexity.

22nd March 2017

GLP provides Free Connect Battery Pack for X4 atom

GLP provides Free Connect Battery Pack for X4 atom
GLP provides Free Connect Battery Pack for X4 atom

GLP has announced the release of the ‘Free Connect’ battery and wireless pack for its X4 atom. This gives users the freedom to use individual atom heads in any location.

Completely free of wires, the Free Connect contains a rechargeable battery and built-in Lumen Radio CRMX wireless DMX control, all packed into a smart housing that features an IP65 rating, matching the X4 atom head.

An eight-hour running time at full power offers long lasting usage, and a charging socket on the base allows fast and easy recharging. An on-board menu allows the operation of each atom to be customised and includes direct manual control of the connected head, along with the ability to store a DMX snapshot at any time for simple playback without a controller.

The Free Connect is a convenient and affordable accessory for the X4 atom providing users with great flexibility when connecting their existing fixture heads.

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22nd March 2017

GLP

Adamson Launches Load Library V4

Adamson Launches Load Library V4

Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the release of Load Library V4, enhancing the user experience and elevating the sonic performance of Adamson products in the field to a whole new level.

Now, all Adamson loudspeakers are presented as a single module in Lake Controller, simplifying the output routing process and minimising the time it takes to complete group assignments. It presents a cleaner and more streamlined workflow, especially with all loudspeakers utilising linear phase crossovers, as only half of the total modules are present on the workspace.

This enhanced ease-of-use is the product of Adamson's R&D team designing custom FIR filters for the high-performance E15, E12, and S10, which has ultimately produced a more tailored response, especially in the crossover region. This translates to a more even frequency response, as well as an even higher level of uniformity across the horizontal plane.

“At Adamson, we’re very proud of our R&D team and the constant stream of innovations they’ve helped us introduce to the market,” comments Brian Fraser, product manager and senior applications engineer, Adamson Systems Engineering. “But we’re not only committed to continually delivering state-of-the-art, high-performance audio products; we also want to ensure that our current solutions are performing at the highest possible level for our partners and end users around the world, and that’s exactly what this latest version of Load Library does for our users.”

Another attractive feature new to version 4 is a vastly improved limiting structure. The refinement of the peak limitation capabilities of the Lab.gruppen PLM, PLM +, and D Series amplifiers has allowed for both increased headroom and a cleaner transient response when paired with Adamson loudspeakers.

Finally, Array Shaping is now available as a recallable Overlay. This streamlines the Array Shaping procedure, eliminating the need to recall sub-system files containing pre-made groups and allowing the user to take advantage of all 28 available groups in Lake Controller while cutting down on the amount of DSP used in the workspace.

Adamson's Load Library V4 is now available from the Adamson website, and the individual module files will be available shortly in the accompanying installation Load Library file when installing Lake Controller 6.5.1.

20th March 2017

Pointman Lifting Products introduces the first Flex-Phase electric chain hoist

Pointman Lifting Products introduces the first Flex-Phase electric chain hoist

USA – Continuing the course of bringing innovative new features to the world of electric chain hoists, Pointman Lifting Products introduces the Flex-Phase hoist. Initially available in the 1/4T capacity Model S unit, this new to market hoist gives users the flexibility of powering their hoist with either 115 Volt single phase power or 230 Volt three phase power without changing any parts in the hoist.

With a lifting capacity of 500 pounds at 16 feet per minute regardless of operating voltage, Flex-Phase is an ideal tool for companies whose projects run the range from small events projects up to large trade show events. The compact chassis and low self weight of the SM series platform combine to make the Flex-Phase hoist easy for crews to handle, and leaves more of the rigging points capacity for the support of the production equipment. A Flex-Phase unit fitted with 60 feet of lift weighs in at less than 50 pounds.

“This hoist meets a need for a very large segment of our industry. In many cases the convenience of a single phase hoist is the difference between an easy load in, or a larger labour call,” says Elmer Veith, Flex-Phase project lead. “Not having to carry a duplicate inventory of hoists to cover those cases means you can take on any project without worrying if you can get the right power or the right hoist. It’s liking getting two hoists in one body.” Flex-Phase hoists will work with a single channel control pendant, or can be operated from most hoist controllers manufactured for the entertainment industry.

Flex-Phase hoists are available for immediate shipment, and are stocked in Ventura, California and at the company’s hoist manufacturing facility in Newport News, Virginia.

20th March 2017

Have you had your daily huddle?

Have you had your daily huddle?

There’s little doubt: huddle rooms – or huddle zones or huddle spaces as they’re also known – are a significant phenomenon from corporate headquarters to local government to education. According to Wainhouse Research, there may be as many as 50 million of them around the world.

In fact, Wainhouse notes, they’re not a new phenomenon, there has always been ‘that little room’ that people used to gather in. What’s changed though, is that the necessary AV technology is now available to transform those little rooms into truly productive meeting spaces, catering for today’s users with laptops, tablets and smartphones.

As well as launching a complete range of purpose-designed, ‘huddle-zone’ furniture, Saville has enlisted the highly experienced industry commentator Ian MacMurray to take a look at the emerging future of the meeting room across all sectors.

He says: “It’s widely agreed that the key characteristics of a huddle room or space or zone (it doesn’t have to be walled off), is to accommodate up to around six people and to provide an informal space for ad hoc meetings.

The typical room is not, for example, bookable in advance. It’s designed to be a stark contrast to the more formal, larger boardroom-type space in which presenting, rather than sharing, is usually the norm.” Rather than being seen as a potential challenge to the larger, fully equipped rooms, recent installation contracts in business and education which have included large numbers of ad-hoc huddle spaces alongside boardrooms, conference rooms and lecture theatres, show they are a complementary extension to these meeting environments.

What is the technology that is transforming the huddle space? MacMurray’s view is that its key function is to make the sharing of information between mobile devices as simple as possible. “It will usually have a large, flat panel display – possibly equipped with interactive touch technology – and a device that enables meeting participants to, in effect, ‘project’ their device’s screen onto the central screen. In some cases, multiple mobile screens can be accommodated simultaneously.”

That’s a ‘basic’ huddle space. Increasingly, however, those spaces are equipped with facilities for audio conferencing or videoconferencing – with the latter allowing information sharing between locations.

First among these changes is the concept of ‘collaboration’. There is hardly a business or organisation today that isn’t moving towards a more collaborative style of working – as opposed to the centralised command and control structures that used to exist. Microsoft has re-engineered its entire Office suite to reflect this new, more interactive, sharing approach.

Any discussion of huddle rooms will likely turn to the subject of so-called “Millennials”. This generation – born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s – is now the fastest-growing demographic in the workplace.

Because of their socio-economic significance, they’ve been widely studied and their attitudes and preferences well documented. The huddle room style of working is one that engages (and thus helps to retain) Millennials, who enjoy teamwork and interaction.

MacMurray sums up: “The key to a successful, productive huddle space is that it should be easy and intuitive to use, with minimal set-up time – and absolutely no requirement for an AV technician. That ease of use, however, is not something that ‘just happens’ by buying the right products. It has to be designed in from the start. The skill lies in identifying how a space will be used and integrating the relevant technologies in such a way that they operate together seamlessly.”

Huddle spaces don’t replace the more formal, traditional meeting rooms; they complement them because they’re designed to facilitate a parallel, but different way of working. As more and more organisations embrace collaboration, huddling can only become more popular.

Trendsetting AV integrator Saville Audio Visual is a leading advocate for the benefits of huddle spaces, as illustrated in the latest issue of Communicate. Published this month, it is the company’s all-encompassing guide to the trending developments in AV technology.

15th March 2017

GLP Announces Formal Release of GT-1

GLP Announces Formal Release of GT-1

Following a number of successful field trials, GLP’s GT-1 hybrid fixture is now ready for official release and has begun shipping.

Already proving hugely popular, the GT-1 is a true hybrid fixture, working as
 a beam, spot and wash fixture with highest levels of performance. Incorporation of a new 440W Osram discharge lamp dramatically improves the output, while its high-quality optical system produces a beam that features an enormous 22:1 ratio zoom range from 3.5° to 57°.

Full-feature functionality is available at any time, with no optical lens changes required. The GT-1 offers a wide range of effects, including CMY colour mixing, eight rotating gobos, 14 fixed pattern gobos, additional beam reduction gobos, and a variable speed animation wheel that can be repositioned, and continuously rotated, within the beam. The GT-1 also features three rotating prisms, and a fixed colour wheel with colour correction filters, further widening the colour pallet.

in its narrowest beam mode, the GT-1 produces an impressive near parallel beam of light at 3.5° through its large 145mm diameter front lens, which remains bright and consistent over long distances. As there are no physical changes, full functionality remains in the GT-1 while delivering these superior beam effects.

In its widest wash mode, the GT-1 produces a soft-edged beam from a variable filter that can be inserted into the beam to give the desired level of wash required.

The GLP GT-1 also features the company’s signature baseless design, full 
16-bit pan and tilt movement, full range dimming and shuttering capability, a built-in battery for fixture set-up, an auto sensing power supply and a low weight of just 55lbs, in all producing a hugely versatile fixture for a wide range of applications.

14th March 2017

GLP

Optoma launches the 8,200-lumen ZU850 ProScene projector featuring MultiColor Laser

Optoma launches the 8,200-lumen ZU850 ProScene projector featuring MultiColor Laser

Following its unveiling at ISE last month, Optoma has officially launched its 8,200-lumen ProScene laser projector, the ZU850.

The first to feature MultiColor Laser (MCL technology), this WUXGA resolution projector achieves superior colour rendition through an additional red laser. Together with the blue laser, this red laser enhances the colour performance to deliver striking and rich lifelike images with exceptional detail. Designed to deliver consistent brightness and advanced colour fidelity, it is engineered to last.

The ZU850 forms part of Optoma’s DuraCore laser range which champions an industry-leading lifetime laser light source delivering a minimum of 20,000 hours in full brightness mode.

Featuring an airtight optical engine that has been independently certified as IP6X, this latest ProScene ‘fit and forget’ model offers spectacular versatility and reliability. Designed for continuous 24/7 operation, it supports 360° flexible installation and, with 100 variable power and luminance settings, is perfect for simulation, live events and almost any challenging environment.

Head of visual systems solutions, Justin Halls at Optoma Europe, commented: “We are confident that the ZU850’s superior colour performance is a direct result of Optoma’s MCL technology, reproducing the best reds imaginable.

“The ZU850 joins our elite range of DuraCore laser projectors with multiple lens options making it suitable for all types of venues. Aside from the excellent reliability and performance, it will soon pay for itself in savings over traditional lamp-based projectors with virtually zero maintenance required.”

Key Features of the ZU850

  • WUXGA resolution 8200 lumens
  • DuraCore laser technology combining industry-leading lifetime with an independent IP dust certification
  • 20,000 hours in full brightness mode to 50% of original brightness
  • Airtight optical engine independently dust certified to IP6X
  • MultiColor Laser (MCL technology)
  • Installation flexibility – Multiple lens options

14th March 2017

Casio launches 4K Ultra HD Resolution 5,000 Lumen projector

Casio is stepping into new market territories through the unveiling of its first 4K Ultra HD projector featuring 5,000 lumen brightness, the Large Venue XJ-L8300HN. This is making the revolutionary benefits of Casio’s lamp-free light source available to applications looking to utilise 4K content, which are expected to grow from the current level of under 10% to approximately 40% by 2020.

The XJ-L8300HN has an ultra-high-definition resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels and is equipped with a 4K DLP chip, to create images of approximately 8.3 million pixels. This is made possible because the four-megapixel chip has twice the amount of pixels than traditional 4K eshift method, creating sharper, more detailed images. Content is reproduced with a spectacular colour array and a built-in lens shift function auto corrects the visual positioning.

Casio is the leading manufacturer of solid state illumination light source projectors with a global market share of 73%.

Lee Turpitt, head of projector division for Casio UK explains: “Our mission has always been to make the benefits of lamp-free projection available to a wider segment of the market and this new model is ideal for the growing business applications for 4K projectors, from large conference rooms and halls to brightly lit classrooms and the big screens found in spacious venues such as auditoriums. The 4K capability allows the fine details of images to be shown precisely and accurately, including charts, engineering plans and design drawings where every aspect counts.”

Casio is the only manufacturer to have dedicated its whole projector range to the lamp-free platform and having been pioneering this technology since 2010. This process of solid state illumination replaces the lamp traditionally found in projectors, along with the hazardous chemical mercury, with two of the most sustainable light sources on the planet, laser and LED.

This leads to a much more sustainable and eco-friendly product through factors such as a lower power consumption and longer life span of 20,000 hours. Maintenance is also virtually eliminated with no consumables to monitor or replace, offering a hassle free solution to the end user. All Casio projectors maintain their brightness consistently throughout the whole lifetime, resulting in an industry-leading total cost of ownership.

The XJ-L8300HN comes with Casio’s acclaimed five-year / 10,000 hours warranty, giving users switching to lamp-free for the first time complete peace of mind.

13th March 2017

Atlona Ships 4K HDR System Problem-Solver Device

Atlona Ships 4K HDR System Problem-Solver Device

Atlona is now shipping its Etude™ Sync (AT-ETU-SYNC) EDID Emulator, addressing the increasing challenges systems design and integration firms face with solving audio and video format compatibility, signal integrity and EDID communication in commercial and residential AV systems.

The Etude Sync is the latest Atlona integration problem-solving device, replacing the popular AT-UHD-SYNC. It supports HDR (high dynamic range) video as well as 4K/UHD at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. The compact solution provides EDID emulation and Hot Plug Detect communication between HDMI sink and source devices.

“The Etude Sync has quickly gained a reputation for helping our partners detect and correct signal integrity issues associated with cabling or connections throughout the installation and commissioning process,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “With the increasing popularity and demand for 4K and HDR video, the Etude Sync comes to market at the right time, effortlessly resolving compatibility problems between source and destination.”

In addition to addressing HDMI signal and device-related issues, the Etude Sync reports HDCP compliance at the source and sink, and supports HDMI 2.0 data rates up to 18 Gbps. It can manage EDID communication with the source by delivering EDID from the display or the Etude Sync’s internal memory.

The Etude Sync is ideal for AV system troubleshooting as well as ensuring reliable, consistent performance. For convenience to installers and technicians in the field, the Etude Sync can be powered via USB by the included power supply, a laptop, or any available USB port nearby.

The Etude Sync is now available for a suggested retail price of $249.99, and is protected by Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty and customer support services. This ensures integrators can specify, purchase, and install the Etude Sync with confidence.

9th March 2017

Elation WW Profile HP a warm-white ellipsoidal spot with power

Elation WW Profile HP a warm-white ellipsoidal spot with power

Elation Professional now offers the WW Profile HP, a high-power version of the company’s popular warm-white ellipsoidal spot WW Profile fixture. It projects a superior quality of light and is an excellent choice for the wide variety of white light illumination needs required in broadcast, worship or theatre environments from highlighting performers or scenery on stage to illuminating speakers.

Powered by a 250W warm-white LED engine, this pro-level product gives an output of 14,000 lumens, more than twice the power of its predecessor and the brighter level of illumination needed for both video and broadcast purposes. The WW Profile HP houses an advanced optical system and emits an exceptionally flat field of soft, warm-white light with a high CRI of over 91 for a more faithful reproduction of an object’s colour. Its soft, flicker-free output means the WW Profile HP can operate with video cameras for image magnification and for broadcast.

The WW Profile HP supports multiple interchangeable lens options: 19°, 26°, 36° and 50° (sold separately), making it a highly effective and highly flexible directional spot luminaire. Manual focus and a four-blade framing system allow for full control of the beam shape for a highly controlled field of light with less light spill. The fixture supports B-size metal or HT transparency gobos for custom projections to complement a theme or overall design.

Low-noise thermal fan cooling means the fixture can operate in noise sensitive environments like broadcast, worship or theatre, a thermal management system that keeps the LEDs cooler and outputting at their maximum brightness.

The WW Profile HP can slowly and smoothly dim from off to full and back again without flicker or stepping. Full range dimming is either manual or DMX controllable and a selection of variable dimming curves is provided for faster programming. Strobe and strobe effects are also possible.

A host of other features come standard like multi-channel DMX control, 3- and 5-pin DMX in/out, and PowerCON in/out connections. Operation is simple via a four-button control panel with easy-to-read LCD menu display that makes navigation through settings uncomplicated. An integrated rigging yoke allows for easy hanging and an auto-sensing power supply means the fixture can operate anywhere in the world. The WW Profile HP operates flicker free and is an excellent choice when warm-white light is required in television, film or theatre. Add in the other benefits of LED lighting like greater reliability, a long life LED rating so technicians won’t have to change expensive bulbs, and overall less maintenance, and the WW Profile HP will satisfy even the most discriminating professional.

9th March 2017

Midas monitor slashes waste and contains cost

Midas monitor slashes waste and contains cost

Temporary power specialist Midas’ latest generators feature LiveLink, JCB’s unique monitoring system, which lets the supplier watch and address the machines’ performance, efficiency and security, remotely.

Mooted as the progressive sustainability solution since early last year, this is the first time a major manufacturer has got involved to make a monitoring system the new reality for temporary power.

Providing real time, and historic, analytics through the Vodafone emergency services network, which has 99 per cent coverage across the UK and offshore, LiveLink measures every element of a machine’s performance and how it’s being run. Unaffected by the bio diesel/red diesel cost equation, it slashes waste and contains costs for the supplier, and the client, like never before.

JCB LiveLink’s enhanced security package keeps Midas informed when its machines are on the move and lets the company know how they are being treated, generating a reduction of up to 10 per cent in insurance premiums.

Midas’ managing director, Dave Noble, comments: “You don’t have to rely on the client for information any more. With LiveLink we know more about the machine than the person using it. The graphs tell us how the machine is being run. The object is to get the pie chart as green and yellow as possible by drilling down into the dynamics. LiveLink means we can watch the kit at all times, give advice about any impending problems and optimise performance. It’s a massive step forward.

Brian Cleary, managing director at Sygma Safety & Events, says: “LiveLink crosses a new threshold in terms of quantifying generator efficiency and accountability on event sites. It will ring real changes. Congratulations JCB for developing the technology and to Midas for its unquenchable pioneering spirit.”

In picture: Trend charts from the Generator Performance Report.

8th March 2017

Elation Proteus Beam IP65 Moving Head Set to Empower Designer Creativity

Elation Proteus Beam IP65 Moving Head Set to Empower Designer Creativity

Proteus Beam, the first in Elation Professional’s Proteus series of IP-rated, discharge-lamp moving head lights and an LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner, is now available to the market. Proteus moving heads are high-performance, next-level intelligent lighting solutions designed to excel under varying weather conditions. Engineered specifically to empower designer creativity without the constraints of weather, technical, or brightness, the Proteus Beam is a professional moving head beam luminaire with top-level functionality, power and features to bring ideas to light.

“The Proteus Beam is a giant step forward for our company and our industry,” stated Elation sales director Eric Loader. “As more and more outdoor events occur each year, production companies need a reliable, full-featured, moving head beam solution that can deliver the performance they need under any conditions while protecting their investment. Our goal is to give designers the utmost freedom to design any event or project just the way they see fit. The ability to use the fixture when inclement weather occurs, and control it remotely from up to 2,000ft away via the built-in wireless DMX, only adds to the flexibility and power of the Proteus Beam. We’ve put years of extensive R&D work, market research and planning into developing this next-tier product line and are very excited to start delivering them to customers this month.”

Featuring a sophisticated yet pragmatic design, the Proteus Beam gives designers the freedom to utilise the latest technology at any event, indoors or out. Compact, robust and budget friendly, Elation’s first ever IP-rated discharge-lamp moving head series provides solutions to real industry needs. Outdoor events bring their own set of logistical challenges and with Proteus Elation has eliminated the need for costly shrouds and weatherproof coverings while doing away with the compromise that often comes with using IP-rated LED units.

Proteus is another example of Elation’s mission to offer the best value: performance ratio fixtures on the market. Along with the ruggedness to withstand the elements, the Proteus Beam is a versatile luminaire that does not compromise on features. Using the new Philips 14R 280W lamp and housing an advanced optical system with focus, the fixture produces a bright and extremely precise two-degree beam. Design features include full CMY colour mixing, a 13-slot dichroic colour wheel (including Quad Colour, CTO, CTB and UV), eight rotating replaceable gobos, plus 13 static-fixed gobos. The beam can be manipulated via features like five- and 32-facet rotating prisms and a frost filter which designers can turn to when a softer wash effect is needed. The Proteus Beam also includes an innovative internal thermal cooling system that keeps the fixture cool even under extreme conditions. The Proteus Beam features a superior interface with control support from DMX, Art-Net, sACN and RDM protocols and internal program macros are included for quick programming. The fixture also houses Elation’s internal E-FLY wireless DMX transceiver for quicker set-ups with less cable mess.

Over the recent holiday season, the Proteus Beam passed a real-world test in the harsh weather conditions of the American Midwest when design group Lightswitch and LD John Featherstone used the weatherproof moving head in Ilumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum near Chicago. The cold, often harsh weather project provided an excellent real world test for the IP65 arc source luminaire and the winter weather reportedly posed no issues for the fixtures over the six-plus weeks that the event ran. “We found it incredibly robust and weather-resistant,” Featherstone commented. “Based on our experience this year, I think the Proteus Beam is a phenomenal fixture and is going to allow all manner of new design potential for both Illumination and other projects.”

Designed to unleash a designer’s creative vision, Proteus is built for visionary lighting designers who refuse to compromise. Now designers can benefit from Elation’s trusted indoor reliability outside, with superior illumination allowing their vision to be unbound by the elements.

3rd March 2017

Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixers Get Major Firmware Update for Expanded Audio Networking Power

Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixers Get Major Firmware Update for Expanded Audio Networking Power

Yamaha has released a major firmware update for the company’s TF series digital mixers with intuitive TouchFlow Operation, bringing with it significantly expanded audio networking capability.

The firmware update – version 3.1 – allows TF consoles and the recently released TF-Rack equipped with an NY64-D Dante interface card to connect to audio networks, such as Ravenna, that support the AES67 audio-over-IP interoperability standard.

The Dante audio network solution, developed by Audinate, was first adopted by Yamaha in 2012 for its CL series digital mixing consoles. Since then, Dante has been the company’s network of choice for pro audio devices, including digital mixers, signal processors and power amplifiers.

The AES67 audio-over-IP interoperability standard was established by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) in September 2013. With this new firmware update, AES67 compatibility will allow Dante to communicate with a variety of other AES67 compatible audio networks, e.g. the Ravenna network by ALC NetworX, Q-LAN network from QSC and the Livewire+ network from Axia Audio—for even greater system flexibility.

As Audinate has already begun providing AES67 support in Dante, Yamaha is updating Dante-equipped products with corresponding firmware. Updates have already been announced for the CL/QL series digital mixing consoles and R series I/O racks, and this new firmware update v3.1 adds AES67 support to the TF series digital mixers line. It also supports Dante Device Lock, allowing PIN-based locking and unlocking of devices on a Dante network.

“The new v3.1 update adds AES67 support to our TF series mixers, continuing the process that began with updates for the CL/QL series mixers and R series I/O units,” said Nithin Cherian, marketing manager, MI Pro Audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. “This will allow TF mixers to connect to Ravenna networks in live sound and other applications where they are already popular, further enhancing their versatility and value to our customers.”

Firmware update v3.1 is a free update available now for all TF series digital mixing console users.

2nd March 2017

City Theatrical DMXcat is Now Shipping

City Theatrical DMXcat is Now Shipping
City Theatrical DMXcat is Now Shipping

City Theatrical has announced that the DMXcat multi-function test tool is now shipping and is available through City Theatrical dealers worldwide.

The DMXcat makes it easy for anyone to control, analyse, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus several other useful functions to the user’s smartphone.

The DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: how to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console.

The DMXcat hardware dongle is a compact battery powered unit which fits easily in a pocket or tool pouch or may be worn on a belt. It uses Bluetooth LE technology for communication with the smartphone applications within a range of 50’ (15m). Without the limitations of being physically connected, the user can move about the workspace as needed with their smartphone and run the various apps while still using the phone for on-the-job communication.

The device’s five pin XLRF connector/cable assembly allows it to be connected to a point in a DMX data chain to allow testing and/or control of the various DMX/RDM channel functions.

Battery life is over 20 hours and it is charged using a standard USB to Micro-USB cable and charger.

The DMXcat utilises a database of over 100 worldwide lighting manufacturers and thousands of lighting fixtures and their personalities, just like a sophisticated lighting console. The user can choose a fixture from the database and gain control through a user interface on their phone which emulates a lighting console with encoder wheels labelled to match the personality of the lighting fixture being used. DMXcat also utilises an advanced implementation of wireless RDM which allows the fixture’s exact personality, starting DMX address, and user interface to be loaded into the app without even using the database lookup.

Other applications included with DMXcat are a full 512 channel DMX controller which the user can select to emulate either sliders or a console style keypad, a complete set of DMX analysis tools similar to what is found on engineering level DMX testers, an RDM controller to enable the user to perform all functions that RDM fixtures allow including setting DMX address, changing personalities, viewing lamp hours and temperature levels, etc. A DIP switch calculator app is included in all  versions, and a light meter app and a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi spectrum analyser are included in the Android version only.

Other useful features include a built-in LED flashlight, an audible alarm (for locating a misplaced unit), an LED Status indicator, and direct links from the database to both the fixture manual and the fixture manufacturer’s website. Accessories included with the DMXcat are a removable belt clip with a safety ring attachment point, a XLR5M to XLR5M turnaround (needed for some DMX testing), and a USB to micro USB charging cable.

Optional DMXcat accessories include: XLR5M to RJ45 Adapter, XLR5M to XLR3F Adapter, XLR5M to XLR3M Turnaround, and a Belt Pouch.

The DMXcat works with both Android and iPhones, and is available from City Theatrical dealers worldwide.

24th February 2017

Le Mark Launches Magtape Xtreme

Le Mark Launches Magtape Xtreme

For over 30 years Le Mark has offered one of the most comprehensive ranges of self-adhesive products for the entertainment industry, and their Magtape brand has been a market leader and is the first choice in many countries.

Spring 2017 now sees the launch of a crossover tape designed for both indoor and outdoor ultra-heavy duty applications.

Magtape Xtreme is a “monster” of a tape, explains Le Mark’s Stuart Gibbons. “With our clients both at home and abroad often working in extreme conditions themselves, we needed to be able to meet their requirements for a tape that could work from a freezing start to hot and humid conditions.”

Magtape Xtreme is made using a co-extrusion process.

Simply put, it offers double the usual adhesive thickness and grip and holding power with excellent all-weather performance and UV stability. It’s the strongest Magtape ever!

www.lemark.co.uk

23rd February 2017

Le Mark

Laserworld presents the new Purelight Series with high performance for a low price

Laserworld presents the new Purelight Series with high performance for a low price
Laserworld presents the new Purelight Series with high performance for a low price

Laserworld's Purelight Series with 6W, 10W and 20W offers high power for a low price with a good white balance. This makes the units well suitable for high power applications in bigger venues.

Laserworld’s Purelight systems are powerful white light RGB laser systems with a power range between 6W and 20W. The three offered RGB systems have a good white balance with homogeneous beam profile and analogue colour modulation. Lasers of the new Purelight Series have a compact housing, thus they easily integrate with existing lighting set-ups and established room concepts. Due to the rugged mounting bracket, the Purelight laser systems can be mounted in standing and hanging position, thus it is possible to hang the units from a truss or mount them on top of a stand. Laserworld Purelight systems are especially suitable for beam shows with longer beam distances, e. g. at festivals or bigger stage shows.

The devices are completely equipped with diodes and fast scanners, which also allows for graphics projections. The trim pots at the back side of the projector can be used for adjusting the intensity per colour channel. Buttons for switching the scan safety as well as flipping the x- and y-axis are available as well.

"The Purelight laser systems are extremely efficient, especially for their low price," said Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group, who co-developed the Purelight systems. "There is a significant need of strong laser systems for festivals and large stages at a low price, which became obvious over the last few months. Due to the large manufacturing quantities and technical developments we had the chance to dramatically reduce the production costs."

The dust-proof optics section makes the Purelight lasers nearly maintenance free.

Laserworld presents the new Purelight Series with high performance for a low priceLaserworld presents the new Purelight Series with high performance for a low price

22nd February 2017

Movecat VMK-S chain hoists – Series II

Movecat VMK-S chain hoists – Series II
Movecat VMK-S chain hoists – Series II

The fully dynamic Movecat BGV C1 chain hoists of the VMK-S Series II represent the current industry top standard for scene transformations involving the overhead movement of loads.

The VMK-S II hoists meet in full the requirements of BGV C1 / DGUV V17/18, DIN 56950-1 and EN 61508 and are designed for SIL 3 applications.

In day-to-day operation, this means top performance without any compromises in terms of reliability and safety.

Models with lifting capacities ranging from 125 to 2,500kg and speeds continuously adjustable from 0 to 40 m/min in closed loop mode are available.

V-Motion Powerpacks are designed for the operation of controlled drives such as VMK-S C1 chain hoists, VMW-S Entertainment Winches or comparable drives.

In their basic configuration, they comply with BGV C1 / DGUV V17 and EN 61508 SIL 1, however they can be upgraded for SIL 3 applications and therefore for the movement of scenery over human heads.

The E series is equipped with a integrated special line- and motor-filter. They allow the use of up to 50/75 m PMC-HV motor cable while complying with Interference Suppression Class C1/C2 EN 61800-3 and the operation of multiple devices with RCD Type B / 30 mA safety switches.

Models with motor outputs ranging from 250 to 7,500W in a single- and dual-channel axis processor version.

16th February 2017

Danley Packs Low-End Punch into the New Portable TH-Mini15 Sub

Danley Packs Low-End Punch into the New Portable TH-Mini15 Sub

By using patented tapped-horn technology and scientific incantations, Tom Danley and the engineering team at Danley Sound Labs are champions at building honest, musical subwoofers. Their latest creation is the Danley TH-Mini15, an ultra-compact subwoofer with a single 15-inch driver, big brother to the Danley TH-Mini (which uses a single 12-inch driver). The new Danley TH-Mini15 boasts faithful bass reproduction down to 50Hz with sensitivity measuring 105dB and maximum output measuring 132dB continuous and 135dB programme. Packing 100 lbs. of goodness into a 30” x 18” x 24” enclosure, the Danley TH-Mini15 is ideal both for pack-and-go live situations and for fixed installations where space is at a premium.

“The Danley TH-Mini15 is a great-sounding little subwoofer that can be moved with relative ease,” said Mike Hedden, Danley president. “It’ll fit under a pick-up truck bed cover or in the tight space under the stairs at a restaurant. It’s got a pole cup to make it easy to mount atop boxes and the handles are all well placed for ergonomic transport. If you need something even smaller, look to the Danley TH-Mini, but if you can afford a few extra pounds and a few extra inches, the TH-Mini15 has lower and louder output. Both boxes are great ambassadors of the Danley sound when small size and light weight are required.”

15th February 2017

PixelFLEX redefines outdoor LED video displays with FLEXStorm

PixelFLEX redefines outdoor LED video displays with FLEXStorm

USA – PixelFLEX, the award-winning LED video manufacturer, has announced the introduction of the weather-rated FLEXStorm LED video technology. Designed specifically to overcome the challenges associated with traditional outdoor LED video displays, FLEXStorm utilises an intelligent, auto-correcting light sensor control system to ensure the perfect brightness at all hours of the day. With its safe and reliable connections, FLEXStorm can weather the environment and is available in a variety of custom sizes, resolutions and configurations.

“Operating in an outdoor environment presents numerous design challenges for permanently installed outdoor LED video displays,” said David Venus, PixelFLEX director of marketing. “Understanding how to overcome these challenges, the FLEXStorm design engineers have created a truly remarkable system that allows flexibility of choice including the ability to sense the ideal brightness based upon the weather conditions and then self-adjust for an optimum LED video display.”

Built to withstand adverse weather conditions while still providing a truly breathtaking experience, FLEXStorm can be utilised for outdoor advertising, entertainment, and much more. With its adjustable sensors that communicate directly with the cabinets control system, FLEXStorm has variable brightness offerings between 6500-7500 Nits to look its best day or night. Additionally, using cloud-based content management, updating the FLEXStorm is simple and easy with the click of a button, and the fully front-serviceable panels allow for quick access to the electronics and data control for any on-site service. Available in multiple cabinet sizes to best fit unique outdoor LED displays, FLEXStorm data and power connections are 100% water tight creating stable and reliable connections between each cabinet.

“When an LED video display can look its best no matter what is happening around it, the experience for the viewer will have a much deeper impact making the installation a greater success,” continued Venus. “With the growing digital experience that is all around us today, our goal is to help our clients have a one-stop destination for all of their LED video display solutions; indoor or outdoor, permanent install or live production.”

14th February 2017

PR Lighting Launches Upgraded XRr 330 Beam II / XR 250 Beam 250 II

PR Lighting Launches Upgraded XRr 330 Beam II / XR 250 Beam 250 II
PR Lighting Launches Upgraded XRr 330 Beam II / XR 250 Beam 250 II

PR Lighting has launched upgraded versions of two of its products, and has now released the XR 330 Beam II and XR 250 Beam II.

While the XR 330 Beam II is equipped with the Osram Sirius HRI 330W lamp the XR 250 Beam II houses a Philips MSD Platinum 11R 250W lamp to produce a laser-like parallel beam.

These products are designed to meet the requirements of small and medium installation applications. Rich in features, they are compact and easy to maintain and install.

Features include colour wheel with 13 colours, fixed gobo wheel with 16 gobos and rotating gobo wheel with 12 gobos (three prisms and frost wheel). The fixture also contains electronic strobe (0.3-20 fps), dimmer (0-100%, linearly adjustable) and motorised linear focus and zoom.

The head movement offers 540° (pan) and 270° (tilt), with auto position correction, and light angle of 3°.

Functions of the control include adjustable pan and tilt speed, fixture and lamp usage time display with DMX wireless options.

Both products are of modular construction, housed in high temperature resistant engineering plastics (IP20).

Shipping now, the fixtures weigh 16kg and dimensions (WHD) are 412mm x 510mm x 336mm. 

13th February 2017

EM Acoustics launches new ESP Series

EM Acoustics launches new ESP Series

EM Acoustics selected ISE 2017 as the launch forum for their brand new ESP Series of compact, self-powered, multi-purpose loudspeakers for a variety of live applications. The range currently comprises three models: the ESP-8 and ESP-12 loudspeakers, both with coaxial designs for true point-source performance and the ESP-15S compact reflex subwoofer.

The ESP-8 is an 8-inch, 2-way coaxial loudspeaker whose powerful performance belies its diminutive size. The coaxial drive unit arrangement provides a uniform 100-degree conical dispersion pattern with very smooth off-axis response and none of the parallax effects that would be generated with separate HF and LF drive units. The result is a compact, fully self-contained loudspeaker system that delivers excellent performance across a range of applications from small FoH duties to speech reinforcement, front fill or compact stage monitoring.

The ESP-12 is the bigger brother of the ESP-8, sporting the same coaxial design in a compact, lightweight, multi-angle enclosure. Both enclosures benefit from the latest on-board class D amplification technology and sophisticated DSP processing for high performance as well as reliable limiting. The amplifier power supply is a universal voltage design meaning that ESP-8 and ESP-12 will operate happily across the globe. Four built-in presets are available for different applications: stand-alone use, flat response, use with a subwoofer and stage monitoring. A number of intuitive rigging options are available for swift and easy set-up.

Last but not least is the ESP-15S compact reflex subwoofer that extends the low frequency performance of the ESP Series down to 45Hz. ESP-15S delivers a very high power-to-size ratio, as do ESP-8 and ESP-12. Integral handles, a polemount fixing and optional castors make the ESP-15 easy to deploy in a wide range of applications, whilst four presets, each with a different low pass filter frequency, enable the user to modify the characteristics of the subwoofer to suit his taste.

13th February 2017

Light Bytes first edition now on sale

Wayne Howell, CEO of Artistic Licence and inventor of Art-Net, has announced the publication of the first edition of his book "Light Bytes - Inside Art-Net and sACN".

The book – a practical reference on the Art-Net and sACN lighting protocols – was launched recently in preview edition at the 2016 PLASA London show. Already enjoying strong sales, it has been updated to cover the latest version of sACN (E1.31-2016), and includes a foreword by Iain Ruxton, Design Associate at Speirs + Major.

Given the increasing industry-wide use of ethernet as a means for transporting DMX512, this timely reference manual is a must-have for anyone seeking to increase their knowledge of Art-Net or sACN.

The book is available for purchase directly from the Artistic Licence webshop.

9th February 2017

Artistic Licence

Allen & Heath Expands Networking Options with Addition of AES67

Allen & Heath Expands Networking Options with Addition of AES67

Allen & Heath has announced support of the AES67 standard through the most recent version of its M-Dante audio networking card, which provides a 64x64 interface to Audinate Dante networks, and is one of several options that can be installed in a GLD, dLive, ME and iLive digital mixing system.

AES67 is an interoperability standard created by the Audio Engineering Society, which specifies a common set of protocols to enable audio transport between different Audio-over-IP platforms.

Available through a firmware update to the M-Dante module, the Allen & Heath mixing systems can now connect to a growing number of devices and systems which support AES67, including Ravenna, Livewire, and QSC Q-Lan.

“AES67 is the latest addition to a number of standards and protocols that we support on our products, including Dante, Waves SoundGrid, MADI, AES3 and EtherSound,” comments Ian Thomas, Allen & Heath install sector specialist. “This update makes our solutions particularly attractive to an increasing number of consultants, integrators and broadcasters who are looking at AES67 to future-proof their projects or installations.”

The firmware update will also be available from the Allen & Heath website in the near future.

8th February 2017

Lab Gruppen's Lucia Amplifiers

Lab Gruppen\'s Lucia Amplifiers
Lab Gruppen\'s Lucia Amplifiers

Lab Gruppen continues its tradition of cutting edge product innovation with three new Lucia 60W power models: Lucia 60/2M, Lucia 60/2 and Lucia 60/1-70. Available with either 4-in, 4-out matrix-mixer (Lucia 60/2M), 2-in, 2-out configuration (Lucia 60/2) or 2-in, 1-out for the 70V model (Lucia 60/1-70); all with configurable DSP features like the equivalent larger models.

“Lucia has an exceptionally small footprint and multiple mounting options and its input flexibility provides installers with an absolutely reliable and highly-cost effective solution,” notes Hakan Gustafsson of Lab Gruppen. “To further increase cost efficiencies we have introduced new 60W power models, which reduces the initial system investment by 30% whilst delivering all the same features as the alternative models.”

Central to Lucia’s cost efficiencies is its Energy Star certification. After 20 minutes of no signal input, the amplifiers automatically enter standby mode and power up within one second when signal returns. Additionally Lucia incorporates intelligent fan control where it provides silent operation in idle and lower output levels.

Lucia’s ultra-compact form factor – a half-rack 1U chassis – allows it to be tucked away inconspicuously wherever needed. Lucia mounts behind video screens using the included wall bracket, tucks away in rack shelves or drawers, or attaches to the optional pole mount or rack mount. 

With the release of the Lucia 60W models, Lab Gruppen is providing a new version of its free Application Browser software, V 1.5.0, which will support all nine Lucia models.
Also a new elegant looking table-top level control – LAB Level – is available for the entire Lucia range. 

3rd February 2017

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