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JB Lighting Embraces ArKaos Kling-Net
German lighting manufacturer JB Lighting has announced its commitment to ArKaos’s powerful Kling-Net protocol, which will now be embedded in its newest product lines including the Varyscan P18 hybrid, the Sparx 18 LED wash beam and the Sparx 30 twin zoom LED wash beam fixtures.
JB-Lighting’s head of sales Jörg Zimmermann explained that this is due to “the current and future requirements of lighting and visual design” which are constantly fluid and need to offer LDs, programmers and operators the most flexible and creative options.
One of those future developments, he observes, will include moving heads increasingly working in conjunction with video content. This is one of the main reasons they have decided “to support all these JB Lighting devices with a network interface for Kling-Net protocol”, confirms Jörg.
Kling-Net is a revolutionary plug-and-play control protocol developed by digital media specialists ArKaos for the easy operation of current and future LED fixtures and light sources.
It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices like LED fixtures or LED panels over Ethernet, adding some ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer.
It enables the perfect time synchronisation of video signals sent to multiple display devices, and avoids using expensive hardware and video converters to achieve this.
Using Kling-Net, a heterogenic network of display devices from different manufacturers can be created and all controlled from one computer!
One of the many aspects of Kling-Net impressing JB-Lighting was the opportunity to integrate spotlights very simply into a lighting design, removing the complications and time needed by the user to create a device library containing the pixel mapping information specific to each fixture.
With Kling-Net embedded, the fixture itself provides that information.
JB Lighting products running with Kling-Net will be demonstrated in the showroom during the upcoming Prolight + Sound expo in Frankfurt, 2nd – 5th April 2019.
14th February 2019
LITEC RL76 Double Pitch Roof
The LITEC RL76 double pitch roof is the exciting evolution of the RL105 double pitch roof.
Designed for high loading capacity and long spans, but with an eye on your budget, it's an attractive structure that adds a nice touch to outdoor events, as well as providing increased resistance to high wind loads.
Scaleable from 18m x 16m to 21m x 16m, and up to 15m in height, it’s the perfect choice for medium-sized outdoor events. Constructed with rectangular RL76A high load aluminium truss with steel fork connections, it provides high loading capacity on medium-long spans.
- 18 x 16 metres to 21 x 16 metres
Ten to 15 metres in height
Constructed from LITEC’s RL76A high load, anti-torsion aluminium truss with 50mm x 4mm chords, 30mm x 3mm diagonals, and 50mm x 4mm braces
RL76 supplied with steel fork connection system
Six Maxitower 52 towers
9,000 kg UDL (18 x 16m) or 7,150 UDL (21 x 16m)
Optional PA/LED WALL wings
Covered technical areas available on request
Eight hour set-up time with six riggers (18 x 16m) or ten hour set-up time with six riggers (21 x 16m)
13th February 2019
New HD29H HDR gaming projector has lowest latency ever
Optoma has just launched a new Full HD 1080p gaming and home entertainment projector that not only boasts High Dynamic Range (HDR) but also the lowest lag of any projector it has ever made.
Capable of receiving and displaying HDR meta data, the new HD29H produces exceptional depth and detail with accurate true-to-life colours.
“As well as the lightening refresh rate, this bright and versatile projector delivers high contrast and allows gamers to see far more detail and texture. The HDR imagery is also great for watching movies, live sport and TV shows.”
Convenient and easy to set up, its two HDMI inputs can connect to a laptop, PC, Blu-ray player, media streamer or games console and switching between them is simply a touch of a button. The HD29H can even be turned into a smart projector by connecting an HDMI dongle like the Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV to play games, stream videos and share photos on the big screen.
For added convenience, the projector comes complete with an integrated speaker that delivers powerful 10W audio. Despite the small dimensions of the projector, the level of audio created will easily fill a living space. An audio output is also included, enabling connection to external sound systems.
Additionally, the HD29H weighs less than 2.5kg making it light enough to carry around to friends in the optional carry bag for that gaming night, sports event or film festival.
12th February 2019
Martin Audio Announces That Adorn on-Wall Range is Now Shipping
Martin Audio has confirmed that its recently announced series of ADORN on-wall loudspeakers, that brings class-leading performance, reliability and value to a wide range of commercial sound installations, is now shipping.
ADORN created a major impression on launch at the recent Martin Audio Open Days, where global distributors noted the many application opportunities, ranging from the retail store to the boardroom.
Designed for distributed sound applications that require high performance from visually-discreet, ultra-compact enclosures, the ADORN series also provides a seamless sonic transition within a multi-zoned complex using larger Martin Audio systems such as CDD or BlacklineX.
Featuring a 4” and 5.5” driver, the two-way ADORN 40 and ADORN 55 respectively are available in black or white as standard and can be readily painted to match any interior décor and architectural environment.
The loudspeakers have a nominal impedance of 16 Ohms, enabling four or more speakers to be driven in parallel by one amplifier channel, thereby maximising efficiency and minimising cost. Their ‘T’-designated options are fitted with an internal high-quality 70V/100V multi-tap line transformer with a switch to select the output level.
Dom Harter, managing director, commented: “The commercial install market for loudspeakers is significant and growing, and the ADORN series is targeted to win over specifiers, system integrators and installers by offering stunning sound quality in a diminutive, attractive and competitively priced package.”
The newly-announced SX110 subwoofer will further extend the bandwidth of ADORN on-wall speakers, and is ideal for foreground music applications which require increased impact and low frequency performance. Designed to be able to sit under banquette seating or discreetly placed within a venue, this ultra-compact enclosure features a 10” (250mm) driver and generous bass-reflex porting to reduce air noise. SX110 can also be suspended by means of integral M8 threaded inserts.
Supporting electronics for ADORN series has also resulted in a significant shake up of Martin Audio’s amplifier and controller portfolio. VIA is a new range of four high performance, cost effective power amplifiers designed primarily for installation use, but also suited to portable applications.
Dom Harter, explains: “We have enjoyed huge success with the new iKON amplifiers for our Wavefront Precision series and this VIA range of amps offers our users affordable high performance amplifiers for use with our other loudspeakers.”
VIA is the perfect partner for all Martin Audio loudspeakers where networking and on-board DSP are not required, but where full system set-up is necessary, either the existing DX0.5 controller or newly announced DX4.0 can be added. DX4.0 is a 4-in 8-out loudspeaker processor and matrix featuring networked audio via Dante, high quality 96kHz processing, VX limiting as well as FIR optimisation support for O-Line with Scaleable Resolution.
Summing up, Harter exclaims: “Our meteoric sales growth in the last two years has been underpinned by an aggressive new product development strategy and ADORN is a shining example of our ability to offer exemplary sound quality and high performance at an affordable price.”
12th February 2019
Retractable and Refined
Audience Systems is continuing its commitment to making ugly retractable seating a thing of the past by adding another elegant chair to their range, specially developed for performing arts venues.
The new Eclipse chair offers a comfortable high backrest, gorgeous timber elements and refined stitch detailing. The chair also has many practical benefits including auto-tip seat and armrests, and a reliable, tried and tested mechanism. Plus it’s designed to meet the highest level of the relevant BS strength standard.
Eclipse adds to Audience Systems’ existing range of great-looking chairs for retractable platforms including the innovative Recital and the classically understated Espace 628.
Audience Systems hasn't been standing still on the platform design either. Its robust TX retractable system can now be specified with a wide range of wood-effect flooring, with beautiful acoustic fascia panels to disguise the closed unit, or with telescoping side panels to elegantly mask the platform understructure.
8th February 2019
New Martin ELP Series LED ellipsoidal fixtures now shipping in the UK
Sound Technology Ltd, distributor of Martin by Harman in the UK, has announced the new Martin ELP Series LED ellipsoidal fixtures are now in stock and shipping in the UK.
Martin ELP fixtures are available in two versions: ELP WW (warm white) offers industry-leading colour rendering and brightness, while ELP CL (colour) delivers rich, saturated colours and class-leading output. ELP fixtures feature industry-first advances in lighting functionality, including the highly efficient gear-based fine focus adjustment knob, and the fast focus feature which allows the fixture to be focused without data flow.
The ELP WW delivers 7,000 lumens of output and an industry-leading 97 CRI at 3000K colour temperature, for the truest colour representation on any surface. The ELP CL fixture offers an impressive 6,900 lumens and a CRI of 85 in high output mode, and 5,900 lumens and 90 CRI in high quality mode, with a colour temperature of 6,000K (open white). Both models offer flicker-free operation for consistent light output, on and off camera.
ELP combines legendary Martin quality with a suite of next-generation features to deliver new levels of performance, functionality and ease-of-use. Innovative gear-driven fine focus adjustment allows for precise, nuanced control, and enables users to lock focus exactly where they want it, instantly. The innovative fast focus feature brings the fixture to full output for 60 seconds enabling users to focus the fixture during set up without data. Halation colour correction removes atypical blue and brown halos when using Martin lens tubes. ELP fixtures also offer 16-bit dimming with four selectable curves. Additionally, tilt knobs are placed out of the way of framing shutters, to allow quick, easy position adjustments.
ELP fixtures can be configured with one of four Martin lens tubes in 19, 26, 36 and 50-degree beam angles. Compatibility with third-party lens tubes, gel frames and gobos make ELP fixtures highly flexible and allow for seamless integration with existing rigs.
8th February 2019
Meyer Sound Extends the Flexibility of IntelligentDC Systems with New MPS-482HP Power Supply
The new MPS-482HP two-channel power supply extends the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of IntelligentDC, an exclusive Meyer Sound technology that enables remote DC powering of self-powered loudspeaker systems. The MPS-482HP may be used in place of the existing MPS-488HP unit when fewer than eight loudspeakers are needed in the system, or it can supplement the MPS-488HP for larger systems when the total count falls between multiples of eight. In addition, the compact dimensions and passive cooling allow flexible placement of the power supply in locations close to the loudspeakers.
“The MPS-482HP is the ideal choice for IntelligentDC systems in smaller rooms with limited loudspeaker requirements and no place for a full equipment rack,” explains Meyer Sound vice president and chief loudspeaker designer, Pablo Espinosa. “The MPS-482HP can be placed up in a drop ceiling, in a cable trough, or easily attached to the wall in a cabinet or closet. And because there is no fan, it can share the same acoustic space with the loudspeakers.”
As with the larger MPS-488HP, the MPS-482HP sends a balanced audio signal as well as 48V DC power to any of the 12 full-range loudspeakers and two subwoofers that incorporate IntelligentDC technology for remote external powering. Loudspeaker connections can be made with five-conductor class 2 cabling that does not require conduit in most jurisdictions.
Typical applications for the MPS-482HP as the primary power supply include smaller board rooms, hospitality suites, home theatre installations, and intimate hospitality and retail establishments. It is particularly suited for creating two-channel systems with compact loudspeakers, such as the MM-4XP, UP-4XP, and UP-4slim. Additionally, it can power up to six Ashby-5C or four Ashby-8C ceiling loudspeakers and is also ideal for powering surrounds in immersive configurations. In larger installations with a rack room, the MPS-482HP may be specified as needed alongside MPS-488HP units.
The MPS-482HP receives two channels of balanced audio from its two XLR 3-pin female input connectors or one 6-pin Phoenix connectors on the rear panel. A selector switch enables routing of the channel 1 input to both outputs. The balanced audio and 48V DC outputs are accessed via a single 5-pin Phoenix connector per channel. Line power is supplied through a powerCON 20 connector with automatic voltage selection from 100V to 240V AC.
The MPS-482HP front panel houses the power switch, short-circuit protection fuse holders, a load current present LED indicator, and a loudspeaker-connected indication LED that brightens as level increases.
The MPS-482HP may be mounted to a wall or ceiling using the optional MUB-MPS-482HP U-bracket. One or two MPS-482HP units may be rack-mounted in the optional RMT-MPS-482HP rack mount tray.
Meyer Sound IntelligentDC technology uniquely combines the sonic superiority of self-powered loudspeakers with the installation ease of low voltage systems. All Meyer Sound IntelligentDC loudspeakers incorporate amplifier and signal-processing circuits that store DC power and can tolerate voltage drops, allowing cable runs of up to 300 feet in most applications using multi-conductor cables such as Belden 1502. Heavier gauge cables can be used for applications requiring longer runs or very high output levels.
7th February 2019
Meyer Sound Updates UPQ Line with New Amplifier, New Processing and Third Coverage Option
Drawing on technologies developed for the Leo Family line array systems, Meyer Sound has updated its popular and proven UPQ point source loudspeakers with a new class D amplifier, new on-board signal processing for optimized frequency and phase response, and a 13 pound overall weight reduction. The current UPQ-1P (80° x 50°) and UPQ-2P (50° x 50°) have been re-designated as, respectively, UPQ-D1 and UPQ-D2. A third variant, the UPQ-D3, offers a new 80° x 80° coverage option. All three variants retain the same exterior cabinet dimensions and rigging points as current UPQ models, allowing use of the same mounting and rigging accessories.
“Our UPQ series has been enormously successful, but we decided the time had come to offer a new coverage variant while updating the entire series with the latest amplifier and signal processing technologies,” says Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound’s vice president and chief loudspeaker designer. “This greatly extends the versatility of one of our most widely used loudspeaker lines in a lighter package.”
All three new variants incorporate the same proven driver complement as the prior versions. The low frequency section relies on a 15-inch neodymium magnet cone driver while high frequencies are reproduced by a 4-inch diaphragm compression driver. Both drivers are manufactured at Meyer Sound’s Berkeley campus.
The new two-channel class D amplifier is designed for high efficiency with reduced current draw, yet produces a total peak output power of 1800 Watts. A new generation of phase-corrected signal processing results in flatter frequency and phase response for superior transient reproduction and precise imaging.
All UPQ-D series models have an operating frequency range of 53Hz to 19kHz with phase response of 80Hz to 18kHz ± 45°. Linear peak SPL is 133dB measured with M-Noise, free-field at 4m referred to 1 m. The Constant-Q horn exhibits a gentle and uniform roll-off characteristic for predictable behaviour when plotting room coverage. Performance specifications are the same for all three variants except for the high frequency horn patterns.
The new input module provides loop-through XLR-F and XLR-M connectors for balanced audio, as well as parallel powerCON 20 AC line connectors. The optional RMS remote monitoring system module provides comprehensive monitoring of loudspeaker parameters from a host computer running Compass software. An optional XLR 5-pin connector is available to accommodate both balanced audio and RMS signals. Note that, due to significant changes in the internal cabinet structure, the new amplifier and processing module may not be retrofitted into current UPQ loudspeakers.
The redesigned cabinet retains the original size, grille frame, and is compatible with all the rigging options of previous UPQ products.
The new UPQ series loudspeakers are suited to a wide range of portable and installed applications ranging from main loudspeakers in small and mid-sized venues to fill systems in larger venues.
6th February 2019
High End Systems Introduces SolaFrame 1000
Automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems introduces SolaFrame 1000, the new go-to workhorse automated framing fixture for lighting designers. SolaFrame 1000 offers 20,000 field lumen output, full framing shutters, rotating and fixed gobo wheels, a new CMY and CTO colour mixing system, 12°-40° zoom, replaceable colour wheels and continuously variable animation effects.
Available in Ultra-Bright and High CRI versions, SolaFrame 1000 ships with a TM30 filter that boosts the ultra-bright engine to 85+ CRI. Other features include iris and light frost, rotating prism and High End Systems’ patented lens defogger system.
Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner commented: “SolaFrame 1000 brings a very wide feature set to the medium sized fixture range. In conjunction with the luminaire’s efficient and bright optics, we look forward to users finding the SolaFrame 1000 to be the perfect fixture for their venue or rental inventory.”
High End Systems sales manager Sean Hoey added: “We are excited to bring our latest framing fixture to our dealers and customer base. SolaFrame 1000 compliments and completes our product offerings in the SolaFrame family.”
5th February 2019
A new member of the LITEC Roof System family
The QL52 double pitch roof from LITEC is an evolution of their popular QL40A single pitch roof and is the right choice for your medium-sized outdoor events. Thanks to its double pitch construction, and use of QL52A load-bearing truss with fork connections, it looks great and provides stability you can count on, even when encountering winds that increase loading requirements.
15 x 12m roof structure (up to 11m's height )
Grid constructed from LITEC’s QL52A high load, anti-torsion fork connection truss
Six Maxitower 40 towers
7,000 kg UDL
Optional PA/LED wall wings
Covered technical areas available on request
Eight hour set-up time with 5 riggers
4th February 2019
Peavey Commercial Audio develops Digitool driver for Neets TanGo AV control system
Peavey Commercial Audio has partnered with Neets to announce the availability of a TanGo driver for PCA’s Digitool family of digital audio processing units for loudspeaker management, matrix mixing, room combining and more. The driver is currently available for the Digitool MX16 and Digitool Live devices, both of which are 8x8-channel units.
The Neets TanGo is a powerful control system enabling intuitive touch control of third-party devices – such as Digitool – either through the array of Neets touch panel devices, Android/iOS touch panels, or standard browsers allowing for custom built GUIs. For easy installation, TanGo comes with PoE-in and PoE-out to avoid the need for an external power supply for either the control system itself or any external device such as a touch panel.
The Neets TanGo driver developed by PCA offers an IP-based command set including input and output channel level and mute control, level and mute functionality for all audio matrix points, and the ability to trigger internal preset loads.
PCA operations manager, James Kennedy, sees several benefits of the Neets/Digitool partnership. “Essentially it opens up a whole new range of applications and opportunities for both Digitool users and Neets TanGo users,” he states. “It gives Digitool customers access to a highly effective, low cost, IP-based network controller that is capable of simultaneously controlling multiple hardware devices such as screens, projectors, amplifiers etc. as well as the Digitool. It also provides a fully customisable interface for fingertip control. In essence, the combination of Digitool and Neets TanGo offers an extremely economic alternative to many of the well-known and often very expensive control solutions on the market.”
The Digitool TanGo driver is currently available on request from PCA technical support and will soon be available for download from the PCA and Neets websites and, pending ratification, will shortly be available as part of the device driver library available within the Neets project designer drag-and-drop configuration software.
For further information on the new driver for Digitool, please visit Peavey Commercial Audio on stand 7-H200 at ISE 2019 or contact an authorised dealer.
1st February 2019
Four new UDX projectors offer more lumens in compact format for live events
As an innovative technology company, Barco is constantly searching for solutions to bring new capabilities to the event industry. Two years ago the company released both the extreme XDL and the revolutionary UDX-series. The UDX-32K was the world’s most compact high-brightness laser projector. Until now, because the company is further expanding this exceptional platform with a 40,000-lumen version. Same format, more lumens.
Since the launch of the UDX-series in March 2017, Barco has unleashed more than 50 million lumens on the business. Partners from all over the world have shown their trust in the projectors for unbelievable projections on some of the most iconic locations. In Tibet, Lhasa, for example, eight UDXs were used for an inspiring projection mapping on a temple at an impressive height of 5,000 metres. Thanks to its ruggedness, the compact series is preferred by event partners in the music industry. The announcement of Britney Spears new Vegas tour or the Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall were all supported by the unbelievable UDX. The installations in famous sports stadiums, like the Paris la Defense Arena, and various theme parks have shown that the projectors flexibility is also a perfect fit for the fixed AV market.
Now Barco is adding four more UDXs, two 26K and two 40K units, to complete the offer to their wide audience of users. The series never compromises on colour, lifetime or brightness. On the contrary, with its 40,000 lumens the UDX-40K is now the brightest projector under 100kg/200lbs. The unique FLEX2 feature ensures partners to get even more out of their investment. It allows users to regulate and adapt the brightness and resolution to their specific needs. This means fewer projectors are now needed to cover a wider range of brightness levels and resolutions.
These recent additions also keep the same proof points as their predecessors. The resolution reaches 4K UHD, matching the widest colour spectrum compared to other laser phosphor projectors in the market. Latency is kept at its lowest due to the Single Step Processing technology. And thanks to the Barco Pulse electronics the projectors have a recognizable user-friendly interface.
Find out why Barco believes their UDX is a must-have for projector fleets during ISE 2019 at RAI Amsterdam, 5-8 February, 2019 (Hall 12 - F100 and in the Whisper Suite D503).
1st February 2019
Alcons Broadens Pro-Ribbon Horizons
The CRMSC-SRHV/120 reference surround is a two-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future high-resolution surround sound formats.
Featuring the multiple-patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver transducer technology, the CRMSC-SRHV/120 surround combines an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering the most realistic sound reproduction possible.
The CRMSC-SRHV/120 system consists of one RBN202 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 6.5” mid-bass for LF reproduction. The HF section has a 500 W peak power input, enabling a 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1kHz to beyond 20kHz.
Due to the 'compressionless' principle of the pro-ribbon transducer, the system has a linear response at any SPL.
Unique property of the surround is the very wide dispersion pattern; The patented (120-degrees) and patent-pending (90-degrees) dispersion, up to 20,000Hz, offers a very wide and consistent coverage and significantly extends the stereo “sweet-spot” throughout the room.
The revolvable RBN waveguide enables a precise projection-matching of the listening area.
Philip De Haan, head of Alcons R&D: “The CRMSC-SRHV120 follows our initial designs CRMSC-SRHV and VR5 with the patent-pending waveguide technology. Now we were able to extend the dispersion of the RBN202 transducer up to a very wide 120-degree by 90 degree over the entire bandwidth from 1kHz to 20kHz. This is the very first time ever that a (pro-)ribbon transducer reaches this extreme coverage with this constant directivity. The resulting imaging and sound-stage needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated by the listener.”
Typical applications include (height layer) surround sound system for premium home cinemas, high-end mix/screening rooms, quality-conscious post-production facilities and dubbing stages.
By utilising identical MHF components, a perfect voicing matching between screen- and surround system is realized, resulting in an exceptionally wide and uniform sound stage throughout the entire listening area. As a result of Alcons’ tight manufacturing standards, all system cabinets are within matched pair tolerance.
The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures complete cable/connector compensation between the CRMSC-SRHV/120 and ALC, significantly increasing response accuracy, regardless of cable length and system impedance, with tight and accurate mid and bass response as result.
The CRMSC-SRHV/120 will be part of the Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience at the coming Integrated Systems Europe show in Amsterdam.
1st February 2019
NEXT-proaudio introduces LA26, Ultra-Compact Line Array
NEXT-proaudio has announced the launch of the LA26, a new ultra-compact modular line source, with a long throw capability, delivering great sound quality at a very high SPL levels from the front row to the back of the entire audience.
The LA26 is a two-way, full range passive line array cabinet housing two 6.5" neodymium flat diaphragm drivers located in the side walls of the HF Oblate Spheroidal Waveguide, a 2" diaphragm HF neodymium driver and a passive network crossover presenting a nominal input impedance of 16Ω. A fast and easy 3-point auto-locking rigging mechanism is integrated for easy build of ground stacked or flown systems.
The new technology waveguide and coplanar transducer configuration, generates precisely coherent wavefronts uniformly spread in the horizontal plane (105°) and precisely coupled in the vertical plane without sacrificing HF presence in the far field, further eliminating the low-mid lobbing normally associated with two-way line source systems. According to the Portuguese manufacturer, the main goal is to improve the audience coverage by the unrivaled dispersion control and smooth even sound radiation pattern.
Measuring 498.5mm (19.6in) wide and weighting only 15kg, the product’s elegant lines and flush-fitted rigging allow it to fit into any architecture, making it a natural element for installations in concert halls, theatres, and special venues demanding minimum visual obstruction. The LA26 can also be used as touring sound reinforcement for small and medium-size venues, sports arenas, stadiums, and corporate AV events. It can be flown in arrays for use as a main system or configured as single cabinets or short stacks for use as front-fills and under-balcony-fills. Using an adaptive flying frame, the use of this system as a complement to larger LA systems becomes possible.
“Our new LA26 is the smallest and lightest in the LA series keeping the elegance of LA family.” explains Antonio Correia, R&D Manager at NEXT-proaudio: “The new line array model is uniquely flexible, upgradeable, and financially accessible.”
For low frequency extension the LAs15A active subwoofer or the LAs15 passive subwoofer can be used. Both models house a powerful 15-inch, long excursion 100mm (4in) voice coil speaker, operating from 38Hz to 200Hz and can be paired with LA26 cabinets via the integrated pole mount, ground-stacked, or flown.
The LAs15A (active) is powered by the DPA4000 power unit, capable of delivering 4000Wrms with a magnificent precision and punch at incredible SPL, combining optimized acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic solutions to maximise efficiency. Each LAs15A has a separate power output to power up to 3 LA26. Using the appropriate preset a cardioid system can be easily implemented. Besides this solution, the LA26 together with the LAs15 passive subwoofer, can be powered by the N-RAK, NEXT-proaudio’s new unified rack solution.
The cabinets can be finished in a variety of colors to suit fixed installations.
The new LA26 will be on display during ISE 2019 at the RAI Amsterdam on NEXT-proaudio booth number 7-X205 from 5 to 8m February, 2019.
31st January 2019
Touring with LITEC PR60 Pre-Rig Truss
An ideal solution for touring applications, the PR60 Pre-Rig Truss is constructed without bracing on the underside, which allows moving or fixed lighting fixtures to be pre-rigged inside the truss before arriving at the venue. This eliminates the need to move bulky cases around and, consequently, allows for greatly reduced trucking space. Its design also ensures faster and more efficient lighting set up and break down at the event venue, since everything is already loaded up and ready to go.
LITEC’s PR60 “pre-rig truss” and its dedicated line of accessories allow for the permanent attachment, storage and transportation of a wide range of lighting equipment. Each pre-rig dolly comes with removable leg and caster frames for easy transport and manoeuvrability during load in/out operations. The bracing pattern, located on the upper side of the truss, provides multiple fixing positions for many types of lighting fixtures directly to the truss or via a dedicated lighting drop bar.
- Truss lengths: 150, 235 and 300cm, as well as custom dimensions on request
- Truss connection via a dedicated fork system, available in three options: 90° Fixed, 90° Steps Rotating or 360° Continuous Rotation
- CE certified
- Fixed or adjustable height dollies sold separately
- Finishing: natural or powder coated
- Custom colours and finishes available on request
- Accessories, such as horizontal gates, vertical gates, additional light bars and double vertical/horizontal forks are also available
31st January 2019
Broaman Route66 40 X 40 Standard Version Set for ISE Showcase
BroaMan is set to launch a standard version of its popular Route66 configurable router series.
The Route66 family already has four members, which are ideal for high performance customised video/audio designs. This latest fifth version is targeted for simple and cost effective standard cable management usage, specifically for the AV market and AV friendly data centres and server rooms.
The new 2RU design makes Route66 applicable to standard smart fibre patchbay applications. This smart patchbay allows routing of fiber/copper cables by software instead of a manual patch, enabling automated IP workflows and remote cable management. It also allows fibre/copper conversion without external devices.
The Route66 platform itself provides single channel, non-blocking 40 x 40 router ports, and the new standard version of Route66 will offer 40 SFP+ slots for 40 hot-swappable bi-directional SFPs with each slot up to 4Gbit performance. This is ideal for the vast combination of signals popular in the AV world, such as Ethernet, fibre, up to 4K SDI, HDMI, Optocore, MADI and so on. A wide range of fibre transceivers is also available, while the use of all SFP+ slots guarantees superior EMI performance.
The Route66 family offers built-in redundant power supplies and extremely low power consumption of 10W-40W, making the system significantly more cost and energy efficient than competitive models which depend on external 120W PSUs. The models are designed with a very efficient passive cooling system, which replaces noisy fans, therefore the device fulfils all noise criteria.
BroaMan MD, Tine Helmle, cites the possible different combinations of any protocol in just one device as a real advantage. “We have already installed many Route66 devices in server rooms and data centres, where our users love the remote routing flexibility. They simply do not have to walk long miles to server rooms any more when a cable patch change is needed. Now, with this streamlined unit we have been able to simplify these installations further. Every AV server room deserves a Route66.”
All connections are to the rear, thus making Route66 installation friendly, and ensuring server racks are kept clean.
The new Route66 is shipping with immediate effect.
28th January 2019
Chauvet Professional Introduces COLORado Solo Batten
The new COLORado Solo Batten from Chauvet Professional got off to a fast start this year, making its world premiere on the Times Square “Midnight Countdown Stage” of the ABC Network’s Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve program. Based on its performance there, and its powerful list of features, this RGBAW LED wash should be turning up at many more high-profile applications in 2019 and beyond.
A bright, one-of-a-kind IP65-rated fixture, the COLORado Solo Batten creates a uniformly homogenised wash, giving it the appearance of being a single bar of light with no pixels or “round eyes” visible, and no dark corners. This smooth, even look can add a distinctive aesthetic touch to any design, particularly in broadcast and theatrical applications.
“This is a unique light that addresses a need that our customers have expressed for a batten that creates an edge-to-edge single bar of light,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Designers tell us they’re excited, because this will allow them to create a whole range of new looks.”
Featuring 144 LEDs, the linear fixture has 12 equally-sized square sections, each of which can be controlled individually. This allows the COLORado Solo Batten to go from presenting a single homogenised light source, to displaying an endless variety of pixel mapped effects and chase sequences with smooth fades and wipes.
With a luminance of up to 3,870 lux at five metres, the COLORado Solo Batten has the output needed to make an impact at even the largest venues. IP65 rated, this extremely bright batten is well-suited for music festivals and other outdoor applications. Thanks to its intense output, it will deliver stunning effects even during daylight hours. Adding to its flexibility, the fixture runs on DMX and RDM protocols.
The versatile COLORado Solo Batten can be oriented vertically or horizontally and used on set pieces, where its individually controlled squares can be employed to create visually dynamic effects. Producing a wide array of colours plus white (colour temperature presets from 1800 to 8000K), the fixture also excels as a downlight, toning strip, foot light and cyc.
“We are very eager to see more of what designers come up with when using the COLORado Solo Batten,” said Chauvet. “This is truly a multi-purpose batten light that can be used in a wide variety of ways, not just for uplighting or in set pieces. There is really no limit to the creative possibilities it opens for designers.”
28th January 2019
The d&b audiotechnik KSL System sparkles at pre NAMM launch event
USA – Ahead of the NAMM Show, d&b audiotechnik launched the KSL System, the latest addition to the SL-Series family, at the Fox Pomona Theatre in Los Angeles. Guests from all over the world flew in to be treated to a thorough demonstration of the system’s performance before being spirited off to a rooftop location to celebrate the launch of the exceptional line array.
d&b audiotechnik chief marketing officer, David Claringbold says: “This is the most significant product launch d&b has undertaken outside of our German home. This launch event reflects both the technology’s global relevance and our international perspective as a company. With enabling technologies such as ArrayProcessing and NoizCalc, combined with the broadband directivity delivered by the SL-Series plus the d&b Soundscape, our immersive sound solution, d&b is equipping customers today with the practical and creative technologies of the future.”
The KSL System is the versatile, no compromise, smaller sibling of the GSL. KSL brings to market all the recognisable benefits of its Special Loudspeaker (SL) lineage, including full range broadband directivity, extended LF response and advanced rigging options in an accessible size and performance package. KSL is designed for sound reinforcement needs of any genre, mobile or installed, from large scale arenas, stadiums and festivals to medium scale applications such as clubs, theaters, houses of worship and performing arts venues.
The d&b KSL System has already featured on tours and events by The Chemical Brothers, Rock en Scene, the 1975, Klassik Open Air, and Bring Me the Horizon.
28th January 2019
Rock-Solid RF: Electro-Voice introduces the new RE3 UHF wireless microphone product family
Electro-Voice has announced the launch of the RE3: a new UHF wireless microphone system engineered for best-in-class sound quality, wireless flexibility and overall ease of use in alignment with the latest RF regulations. The RE3’s user-friendly, state-of-the-art technology and roadworthy construction extend the rock-solid reputation of its predecessor the RE2.
RE3 receivers and transmitters are available in ten pre-packaged sets, configured to cover a wide range of performance and presentation applications. Sets contain one 1/2-rack-space diversity receiver with antennas, universal power supply, rack mount kit, transmitter, batteries and an input device.
- Additionally, the RE3 portfolio contains a comprehensive assortment of accessories to aid in the creation of large, multi-channel systems. The RE3’s UHF design with clear frequency scanning makes multi-system wireless operation fast and simple.
- The RE3 handheld combines robust aluminium build quality with a sleek profile. Five handheld system sets are available with a choice of interchangeable mic capsules: ND76, ND86, ND96 (dynamic) and the new RE420 and RE520 (condenser). These capsules can be purchased separately.
- The compact RE3 bodypack features cast magnesium construction for maximum durability. Five bodypack system sets are available for instrument and lavalier/headworn microphone applications: OL3, CL3 (lavalier), HW3 (headworn), GC3 (instrument cable) and one bodypack-only system.
- All RE3 transmitters offer excellent battery life and run on regular alkaline or rechargeable AA cells.
The RE3 operates on three bandwidths for the North American market, chosen to minimise the complexities of today’s challenging RF environments. These include two 36 MHz-wide bands in the low and high 500 MHz spectrum, as well as one strategically chosen to operate within the 600 MHz duplex gap which the FCC has dedicated for wireless microphone use. Additional bands are also available for use in Europe and Asia, in the 600 MHz and 800 MHz ranges.
36 MHz tuning bandwidths (most bands) / 1440 selectable frequencies
Eight groups with up to 22 frequency coordinated channels in a group
Electro-Voice ND and RE series capsules on handheld transmitters, for superior sound quality
Selectable low/high transmitter output power – 10mW and 50mW in most bandwidths (10 mW only in EU-specific band)
Rechargeable transmitters and battery charging station (optional accessory)
25th January 2019
Electro-Voice introduces new RE series premium condenser vocal microphones
Electro-Voice has announced the next generation of its RE series of premium-grade, high-performance condenser vocal microphones for live performance: the RE420 (cardioid polar pattern) and RE520 (supercardioid polar pattern).
Each new model is engineered for refined, best-in-class performance, benchmarked across critical technical categories including dynamic range, maximum SPL, self-noise and transient response, all with the pure, accurate audio quality for which the RE series is renowned.
The RE420’s cardioid pattern combines effective acoustic control with a comfortable working range, allowing freedom of vocal expression. It provides warm low-frequency response, open mids and clear highs.
The RE520’s supercardioid pattern ensures superior sonic isolation and high gain-before-feedback, to maintain a vivid vocal presence – even in the most challenging stage environments. It provides tight low-frequency response, natural-sounding mids and detailed highs.
The RE420 and RE520 are the next generations of the RE410 and RE510, microphones with a reputation in the live sound industry for outperforming comparable condensers costing significantly more. The updated design and engineering of the new models evolves the professional performance, look and feel of their predecessors, while extending the RE series’ reputation for exceptional value in the premium vocal microphone segment.
The RE420 and RE520 join the acclaimed RE320 in EV’s RE Performance microphone group. Both are ideal for high-quality stage performance and productions, club and concert sound, touring artists, and house of worship praise bands.
RE420 & RE520 shared features:
Premium EV condenser elements provide studio sound quality for live performances
Multi-stage pop filters minimize breath blasts and plosives
Selectable high-pass filters reduce undesirable low-frequency content when engaged
Vibration-absorbing internal shock mounts minimize handling noise
Sleek new form factors with elegantly tapered metal handles and dent-resistant “Memraflex” grilles
25th January 2019
Real Road Miles Contribute to Latest Software Release for Outline’s FPGA-Based Processing Platform
Outline has announced the immediate availability of v.93 firmware for their unique (patent pending) Newton digital hub, in addition to software version 1.8.1 for their proprietary ‘Dashboard’ remote control application.
This is the latest operational upgrade following the successful launch of Newton at Prolight + Sound 2018 and is largely based on input from Outline’s international group of Newton users, who have thoroughly road-tested the units in a wide variety of applications.
The full list of new features can be found on the Outline Newton’s website but the principal improvements from a user viewpoint are as follows:
* Alerts and notifications: immediately signals to the user any major event (for example, input back fallback, clock change, power supply fault, etc) within Newton and / or Dashboard, and simultaneously logs the event to a database
Permanent links: In addition to the groups and temporary links already available, permanent links and many related features have been added, another feature set completely unique to Newton
Filtering implementation: additional user features driven by the new permanent links feature plus various safety and reliability enhancements to the user interfaces
Signal backup implementation: additional options for the user to use the ‘fallback’ feature complete with additional safety request to reset the previous status after a fallback event
Dante backup implementation: a new option for fallback strategy to Dante sources.
Clock implementation: new Dante-specific feature ‘Sync To External’ allows connection to an external clock in a Dante network
Input from Ian Nelson of Adlib Audio in the UK and German system technician and teacher Michael Häck has been central to the new releases.
Häck comments: “I’m always looking forward, hitting manufacturers and hire companies to make the next step. I choose Newton as my preferred system processing platform because its feature set and audio quality ticks so many boxes for me, but the new software takes it up another level. Some of my suggestions were fairly simple display options, such as not having to re-size EQ windows, retaining a phase trace window when I close and then reopen an EQ pane and even things like numbering inputs and outputs to make navigation simpler.
“However, the new linking options, with the ability to colour-code groups of linked functions, really makes a difference in a live system setup and tuning scenario, it’s very intuitive. I’m already thinking about what I would like in the next release!”
Ian Nelson remarked: “Having used the Outline Newton 16+8 as both a festival matrix system and system processor over the 2018 season, we identified a number of features that we felt would be of benefit to engineers using Newton in the field.
“The new linking functionality in particular allows us to (for example) program a ‘One Button’ option to mute or unmute all of the various inputs from a particular console. The link can also be turned off temporarily so that a gain adjustment could be made to only one channel but then easily turned back on again following the adjustment.
“We also felt that critical error reporting that could do with some improvement. In the new release we have much greater visibility of system-essential messages to the Dashboard software. Similarly, we requested Dante input failure detection, plus the ability to clock the Dante card from an external source. The Newton is now one of very few devices that will successfully detect a Dante audio failure and then fall back to secondary non-Dante input.
“With this release, Outline have continued to develop an already great product and add features that we feel make the device unique in the market; also, as we move forward, we continue to foster a fantastic relationship with Outline.”
22nd January 2019
Meyer Sound Introduces M-Noise Test Signal for ‘Real World’ Loudspeaker SPL Measurements
Meyer Sound has introduced M-Noise, a new test signal that will promote standardised measurement of a loudspeaker system’s maximum linear output. A mathematically derived test signal that effectively emulates the dynamic characteristics of music, M-Noise enables a far more accurate measurement of a loudspeaker system’s linear peak SPL in any application requiring reproduction of musical content.
The mathematical formula for generating M-Noise was derived following extensive spectral analysis of a wide variety of music program material. In particular, the analysis measured the varying crest factors in music, and how these measurements compared to pink noise (crest factor is the difference between the average and instantaneous peak levels of a signal). It was discovered that the crest factors of music and pink noise were similar at frequencies below 500Hz, but with music exhibiting a steadily rising crest factor at higher frequencies.
"It’s vital to have an accurate and consistently repeatable way to measure the linear peak SPL of a loudspeaker when reproducing music," says vice president and chief loudspeaker designer Pablo Espinosa. "Pink noise may get you in the ballpark but you still could be off by 6dB or more when you switch to music program. However, if you measure your maximum level using M-Noise, following our recommended procedures, you will know for certain your real-world limit for sustained, linear and full-bandwidth music reproduction. The procedure is consistent and repeatable, and it gives you full confidence that your system will have the headroom required for accurate reproduction of dynamics without compression."
Additional information and a free download of the M-Noise file are available on Meyer Sound’s dedicated M-Noise web site, m-noise.org. File format is 96Hz WAV with a size of 10.2MB. Playing time is 53 seconds but playback can be looped indefinitely.
The new M-Noise site includes three informative videos. A short overview (four minutes) summarises the technical solution offered by M-Noise and outlines the development process. For audio professionals who want more background:
M-Noise: A New Test Signal (eight minutes) explains the fundamental concepts behind pink noise, demonstrates the different crest factor characteristics of music and pink noise, and reviews the methodology behind deriving M-Noise. The third video,
M-Noise: Practical Use (14 minutes) describes the measurement equipment (source player, analyser and measurement microphone) required to effectively use M-Noise, and details the step-by-step procedure for precisely determining the linear peak SPL of a loudspeaker system. The Real World SPL video (six minutes) serves as a prerequisite to watch before the two technical videos.
M-Noise can be used to determine the linear peak SPL of any loudspeaker system, regardless of manufacturer, size or design. However, the accuracy and consistency of results will depend on the type and quality of the test equipment (as specified in the video) and adherence to the proper measurement procedures.
M-Noise was introduced to many audio professionals as a concluding point of the Heyser Memorial Lecture by president and CEO John Meyer at the 145th AES Convention in New York last autumn.
"At Meyer Sound we are constantly pursuing new ways of measuring and analysing what we experience when we listen to music," says Meyer. "By uniquely combining the consistency and repeatability of a test signal with the real-world dynamic complexity of music, M-Noise provides audio professionals a powerful new tool for system calibration."
21st January 2019
Cadac spotlights continuing evolution of MegaCOMMS no compromise ‘audio first’ network
The growth of multi-purpose venues often means mixed-use environments are served by audio network systems that do not support the highest possible production values for music and event performance applications. Cadac’s MegaCOMMS enables music and event performances, of any scale, to be cost effectively staged – and venues permanently equipped – to studio quality levels of sonic performance providing unparalleled, minimal total through-system propagation delay, time-aligned, phase-coherent high-resolution audio, with up to 3072 channels over distances of up to two kilometres.
Cadac’s CDC series mixing consoles are widely recognised as being audibly superior to any other mixing console, analogue or digital, that is currently available, and credited with perceptibly improving the sound performance attainable with any of the world’s leading sound reinforcement systems.
MegaCOMMS networks the same ultra-high performance digital audio via the 2U 12 port, NetCOMMS software programmable, CDC MC Router. This powerful tool enables the creation of large, resilient networked audio systems, comprising up to 12 separate MegaCOMMS devices, including the full current range of CDC mixing consoles and I/O stage boxes, and 1,536 bi-directional channels of 96kHz / 24-bit audio. Latency performance is unrivalled, with a total through-system propagation delay, including all console processing and A-D/D-A conversions, of an astonishing 37 samples (at 96kHz), or just under 400us. Combined with MegaCOMMS’ protocol synchronisation of all audio samples before summing, for absolute phase coherency at every output, the result is a level of sound quality with which no other audio network can compare.
As well as the ability to move around huge channel counts, the CDC MC Router performs ‘gain compensation’ in real time, allowing multiple consoles to share stage racks with a single console being the ‘gain master’. Once setup, the router will automatically adjust the outputs of the other consoles seamlessly in real time, even when the mic amp gain is adjusted by the master console.
Devices connect to the CDC MC Router on the MegaCOMMS network via low cost, robust co-axial cables. More extensive networks, up to distances of two kilometres, are achievable via fibre optic cable with the MegaCOMMS CDC MC Optical Bridges, the four port CDC MC Optical-4 and the new, cost-effective, single port CDC MC Optical-1.
The CDC series mix consoles provide unparalleled operational simplicity, with a combination of 23.5 inch high contrast HD touchscreen based control and a highly evolved, high agility OS. Their swipeable graphical operator experience – akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation – presents a less challenging, rapid learning curve. The range of CDC series consoles, comprising the 80 input CDC six, the flagship dual 23.5 inch touchscreen, 128 input CDC seven-s and two of the latest compact CDC five, will be integrated within the booth’s MegaCOMMS network.
17th January 2019
PixelFLEX introduces EF Series economical and efficient LED video display
Created to meet the high demands of budget-friendly, indoor video installations, the award-winning LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced the new EF Series. With its economical and efficient design, the EF Series meets all the PixelFLEX standards for quality performance and reliability, while offering an innovative simplicity to installation and serviceability.
"As a company, we strive to develop products that we know we can stand behind, and that our customers can trust,” said David Venus, PixelFLEX chief marketing officer. “Our goal with the new EF Series was to offer an economical solution, without affecting the performance quality that our customers have come to expect in our innovative LED video product lines."
In addition to its straight-forward design, EF Series tiles are fully front serviceable making it an ideal wall-mount solution for your house of worship, entertainment venue, corporate facility, and more. The EF Series also offers custom upgrade capabilities to meet the specifications for right-angle and curved displays, and is available in a 3.9mm, 5.2mm or 6.25mm pixel pitch. With multiple cabinet sizes and built-in alignment pins to guarantee proper alignment of panels, the EF Series is complete with standard power and data connectors, as well as pass through channels, making wiring quick and easy.
"Understanding the fine line between quality and affordable LED video solutions, our talented engineering team developed a high-resolution and creative product line which reduces the manufacturing and installation costs, and allows us to pass those savings on to the end user,” added Venus.
17th January 2019
Showcontroller – New Laser Show and Multimedia Software released
Laserworld released Showcontroller – a new laser show control software that was specially designed for professional use. The software is designed as a suite with several parts to the program that cater for different kinds of laser show applications. Showcontroller was designed as intuitive, easy-to-use ILDA software for beginners up to high professional users.
The Showcontroller software suite consists of five program parts: Showcontroller LIVE for easy live laser show operation, Showcontroller RealTime for programming timeline or media based laser shows, Showcontroller PicEdit for creating laser-optimised artwork, Showcontroller Tracer for converting pixel-based pictures to laser graphics (logos, drawings, etc.) and Showcontroller SVG-Tool for converting vector based graphics to laser-compatible files.
Showcontroller was designed to extend the range of Laserworld’s laser control software products further. It is available in two versions, Showcontroller and Showcontroller PLUS. Showcontroller PLUS also supports the 3D visualisation Software REALIZZER 3D and allows for the visualisation of even very complex laser and multimedia shows.
The licensing concept of Showcontroller was designed to keep costs low. The licence comes on a licence dongle, so only one licence is required to use several ShowNET LAN output interfaces (DACs).
With using the Laserworld ShowNET LAN interfaces it is possible to use the same interfaces with Laserworld Showeditor (free laser show software that comes with every ShowNET interface) or with Showcontroller. Both software products use the same type of signal transmission, so the ShowNET interfaces can be used in a very versatile way.