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Claypaky ReflectXion: The Moving Mirror that allows bending and shaping of light without ever losing it
Optocore upgrades M12 MADI switch with MADI redundancy for console engine mirroring
Optocore has announced a significant upgrade option to its M12 MADI switch, with a new feature known as ‘MADI Mirroring’.
The powerful M12 MADI router originally burst onto the scene back in 2015, with its internal FPGA-based architecture allowing features to be added in the future simply by issuing new firmware.
This has now been undertaken, largely at the request of Optocore customers. “We have received several similar requirements, and suggestions for implementation, and we have responded accordingly,” said Optocore’s technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski.
And Optocore director, Tine Helmle added: “We see the primary focus of this product very much in installation, such as theatres,” citing Düsseldorf Schauspiel as a modern theatre with a progressive approach to sound design, adopting a multiple ring approach.
The aim of the new device is to mirror MADI ports, with the input patch from a single MADI port mirrored to another port. With the main and backup MADI streams both capable of being run to the M12 the device will switch the patch between the two input streams so that the audio feed is consistent on the output side, regardless of the input MADI stream used.
Switching between the main and backup MADI can be effected in two different ways, either based on lost signal detection or triggered by GPI (the RS485 port on the M12).
Continued Janiszewski: “This feature will be especially popular with DiGiCo SD7 Quantum users who can simply connect the MADI outputs from the ‘Engine A’ to the main MADI ports of the M12, and the MADI outputs from ‘Engine B’ to the backup MADI ports of M12. The M12 can then be used with other M-series devices or any Optocore output devices to distribute those MADI ports to either recording or broadcast feeds. If one engine is non-functional, the console will send GPO to the M12 which will switch all active MADI streams to the backup ones.
“This will keep recording and live broadcast both redundant and secure.”
4th December 2019
SONICUE 1.1 expands its reach through major upgrade for Dynacord’s L and C series amplifiers
Dynacord has extended the scope of its SONICUE sound system software with an update, which makes it suitable for smaller systems and day-to-day applications. With version 1.1, SONICUE now supports Dynacord L and C series amplifiers and includes an update to its Electro-Voice loudspeaker settings library, featuring almost all current commercial, portable, install and concert sound models.
SONICUE addresses the entire sound system and encapsulates Dynacord’s core design philosophies of simplicity, clarity and transparency. Its unique interactive design provides a clear and comprehensive system overview, making it quicker to set up, tune and operate sound systems with minimal effort.
SONICUE 1.1 includes a firmware 2.0 upgrade for Dynacord L and C series power amplifiers. Engineered to provide sound reinforcement for live music (L series) and permanent installation (C series), both series offer onboard DSP, advanced FIR-Drive and professional audio performance. The firmware upgrade expands the L and C series DSP structure to give users the same level of input or user processing as found in Dynacord’s tour-grade IPX and TGX amplifiers, with which L and C series models may now be combined. The user DSP block has been doubled to offer ten bands of parametric equalisation (PEQ); enhanced array processing features include five additional bands of PEQs and dedicated array delay. This enables L and C series amplifiers to be used for more complex set-ups requiring more options for system tuning and more flexibility when working (for example) with subwoofer arrays.
The expanded loudspeaker database allows users to utilize SONICUE software for a significantly larger range of applications. The software now features presets for almost all loudspeaker models from Electro-Voice, including the popular ZLX, ELX200, EKX and ETX portable series, and the EVID commercial family.
The database includes all parameters required by the amplifiers, including crossover settings, EQs and limiters for optimised audio performance. Expanding the variety of loudspeakers directly supported in the software means that more projects from smaller installations all the way up to the biggest festivals, can now take full advantage of the benefits that SONICUE brings.
The software is available as a free download from the Dynacord website.
3rd December 2019
ChamSys MagicQ Software Now Supports Import of GDTF Personality Files
ChamSys has become the first major lighting console manufacturer to release software capable of importing GDTF personality files directly.
The company’s ChamSys MagicQ software is free to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It supports an output on up to 64 universes without additional hardware or dongles, making it an ideal test platform for GDTF.
In addition to importing the basic channel information from GDTF, the MagicQ inbuilt MagicVis 3D visualisation and plot views will automatically make use of 3D and 2D information provided in the GDTF files.
Demoed at LDI, ChamSys MagicQ software with the ability to import GDTF personality files received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception from all who saw it.
Chris Kennedy, ChamSys’ software director, commented: "ChamSys is a strong supporter of GDTF and the philosophy behind it. The entertainment lighting industry badly needs a common personality interchange format for lighting fixture manufacturers to describe the features of their new fixtures, and GDTF can only advance this.
“We have always embraced open protocols, and we continue this philosophy with GDTF support,” continued Kennedy. “ChamSys currently supports a library of over 28,500 different fixture personalities, and we’re committed to continue working with fixture manufacturers to improve the electronic description of their fixture capabilities through GDTF."
GDTF is supported by MagicQ Software version 22.214.171.124 available for download at https://secure.chamsys.co.uk/download
3rd December 2019
CP64EE – MultiCAT6A Network Multicore with etherCON
The KLOTZ CP64EE MultiCAT6A Cable is a 4x CAT6A multicore designed for data transmission in installations and secure mobile networks. Developed for 500MHz frequency, it is suitable for all applications with data transmission rates of 10 Gbit/s and transmission distances up to 100m.
The CP64EE has four data lines with characteristic impedance of 100 ohms; each has four twisted pairs with AWG 23/1 solid conductors dual shielding (S/FTP) reliably protects against electromagnetic interference. KLOTZ chose Neutrik’s CAT6A etherCON connectors for the CP64EE. And as a KLOTZ product, the cable naturally offers features including clear labelling of the individual lines and steel mesh strain relief grips with loop as standard.
The CP64EE MultiCAT6A Network Multicore is the ideal solution for all 1000Base-T and 10GBase-T Ethernet applications. The cable is naturally downward compatible and can be used for all common applications such as Dante, AVB, AES50 and MADI over CAT.
2nd December 2019
Announcing a major upgrade to AL Ethernet gateways
Artistic Licence has announced that all its premium Ethernet gateways including artLynx quad, artLynx RJ45, dataLynx II and netLynx quad, now support multi-way protocol conversion. Each port can be optionally configured as a DMX input (previously they were outputs only). This enables the product to route, split or merge Art-Net, sACN and DMX/RDM data with massive flexibility, great news for any venue requiring a versatile and easily configurable lighting space.
As the inventors of Art-Net, AL always strives to ensure that Art-Net conversion products are the best on the market. This is never more so than with the latest firmware release, now shipping on all new product sales of artLynx quad/RJ45 (four universes, DIN rail), dataLynx II (12 universes, rack-mount) and netLynx quad (four universes desk/table-top). Also just launched is a four universe PCBA module, oemGate quad, for manufacturers wishing to incorporate the technology into their own products.
Already packed with premium features such as electrically protected outputs and support for the very latest protocols (including RDMnet LLRP), these products just took on a new dimension with the addition of DMX input support.
To put this into context, the gateways previously served to convert Art-Net or sACN into DMX/RDM. This is a very common scenario where lighting data is routed via network protocols (Art-Net or sACN), then turned into DMX control for moving lights, etc.
However, if a data port on the gateway can not only output DMX, but receive it as well, a wealth of new functionality is opened up.
Putting it simply, the comparison of product functionality goes as follows:
Before the upgrade:
- Ethernet to DMX/RDM
After the upgrade:
- Ethernet to DMX/RDM
DMX to Ethernet
DMX to DMX router
DMX to DMX splitter
DMX and Ethernet merger
Not all lighting desks and controllers generate Art-Net or sACN directly; there are many systems that output DMX only. For example, a theatre might have a main, Ethernet enabled console at one end of the building and a DMX desk located elsewhere to cater for different seating and stage configurations. Having a single gateway that can 'talk' directly to the console, the dimmers and the lights and process the data in whatever way is needed, be that conversion, routing, merging or splitting, gives huge flexibility to the venue's configuration options, not to mention the time and cost saving associated with a single, multi-purpose piece of kit.
All the gateways have an internal web browser page that enables simple and rapid configuration of the basic options. Artistic Licence has also spent a considerable amount of R&D time upgrading DMX-Workshop, its hugely popular free software application for lighting network management, analysis, configuration and diagnostics. It can be used in conjunction with any of the gateways to unlock their full potential, providing access to advanced configuration menus and extended functionality. We've written a new application note (0130 Gateway merging) to show how to use and configure the wide range of new merging options available.
26th November 2019
JTE Conical Truss Multicubes and Bookcorners
James Thomas Engineering’s conical truss Multicubes have been designed to increase the strength of truss structure corners, while offering six different truss connection points with integrated location holes for expanding the structure’s versatility. All multicubes are available in regular and heavy-duty versions, and are compatible with JT22 Quatro, JT30 Quatro, JT30H Quatro and JT40H Quatro truss. In fact, the heavy-duty multicube provides enough strength to reach the maximum loading capacity of the truss. Male and female receiver accessories are available for convenient, trouble-free connections.
Discover the heavy-duty hinge design of JTE’s conical truss Bookcorners with 0 – 1800 adjustability for achieving new and interesting angles that help structures stand out. Their rigid aluminium profile is constructed with bolted male or female receivers, which are compatible with both the quatro and trio formats in the JT30 and JT40 truss series.
26th November 2019
Claypaky ReflectXion: The Moving Mirror that allows bending and shaping of light without ever losing it
Not all the lighting equipment on stage must be a lighting fixture. Claypaky introduces a new tool for lighting designers to expand on their creativity, called ReflectXion, the next generation moving mirror.
This moving mirror has a highly reflective 390 by 280mm mirror, featuring up to 99% reflectance without chromatic aberrations.
ReflectXion can redirect beams of light from any stage light with the same intensity as it receives them. The unit offers 540° pan and unique, continuous tilt movement at adjustable speeds. Furthermore, the ReflectXion's mirror is the same on both sides giving you two highly reflective surfaces with which to direct light beams.
Using the same omega clamp hanging system as with all Claypaky luminaires, this compact moving mirror can be used virtually anywhere on or off stage in any working position. For control, the unit uses only six DMX channels and pan and tilt resolution are both 16-bit for precise movements. The unit’s on-board LCD menu system is very user friendly and makes addressing and set-up a snap.
The ReflectXion is a simple, yet effective tool that adds a touch of magic to any light show.
The new Claypaky ReflectXion will be shown at LDI (booth #1447) and at JTSE (stands 81-82)
• Size of mirror: 390x280mm (15.4”x11.0”)
• Mirror type: 99% reflectance without chromatic aberrations (double sided)
• 540° pan and 360° continuous tilt movements
• 16-bit pan and tilt resolution
• Adjustable rotation speed
25th November 2019
Laserworld releases safe effects laser for DJs and nightclubs
The new Laserworld EL-300RGB is a very special diffraction effects laser producing many colours. It is a multi-colour white light laser system that creates a multitude of projection dots or beams through haze and fog. Due to special optics the power of the laser system is distributed evenly to the dots, which as a result makes the laser safe for audience scanning, as it is a class 2 laser and thus not considered dangerous if used appropriately, but the laser beams remain well visible!
This makes the EL-300RGB the perfect effects laser for the use in small to medium sized rooms. Mobile DJs and small nightclub, bars and entertainers appreciate the easy use. The laser system can be controlled via DMX, but can also run in different stand-alone operation or triggered by music and even linked as master and slave with two or more units. The colour and effects rotation in the EL-300RGB can be controlled from the digital display or via DMX to select specific colours of white, pink and yellow to name just a few. Rotation can be selected from slow to fast to suit any occasion, also a static operation is possible.
25th November 2019
JBL EON ONE Compact all-in-one rechargeable personal PA system now shipping
JBL Professional by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced immediate availability of the JBL EON ONE compact all-in-one rechargeable personal PA system. The JBL EON ONE Compact packs a professional speaker, a full-featured, four-channel mixer and Bluetooth control into JBL's most compact battery-powered PA, weighing in at just 8kg.
Sound the best in seconds with premium Lexicon and dbx-inspired effects and presets that can be customised on a phone or tablet using the JBL EON ONE Compact Control appm, no engineer needed. Presenters, fitness instructors and emcees will appreciate EON ONE Compact’s ducking feature, which lowers background music volume when speech input is detected. Peer-to-peer Bluetooth allows broadcast music playback. And with EON ONE Compact’s tool-free, swappable 12-hour battery, you’ll keep the party going long after the sun goes down.
Whether a singer/songwriter, DJ, presenter, fitness instructor, or just want to enjoy amazing sound on the go, get ready to #PlayAnywhere with JBL EON ONE Compact!,p>The EON ONE Compact may be small enough to carry in one hand, but its sound is big enough to fill the room. It offers an amazing at the 112 decibels of rich, crystal-clear sound produced across the entire range of this ultra-compact system, with rich, uncompressed bass even at high output levels. Its 8-inch woofer extends low-end response to 37.5Hz: nearly an octave lower than other PAs in its class.
With loudspeaker, amp, mixer, and effects all rolled up in one easy-to-carry package, the load-in is lightened while maximising the value of the gear investment.
EON ONE Compact’s four-channel digital mixer is fully loaded with dbx and Lexicon-inspired professional effects including four-band EQ, reverb, chorus and delay; quick-recall settings get great sounds, quickly in any environment.
The EON ONE Compact offers more inputs than any system in its class. Two XLR/TRS combo jacks, one 1/4-inch hi-Z guitar input and one 1/8-inch aux input connect microphones, line-level instruments and audio playback sources; phantom power supports condenser microphones, and pro-grade preamps deliver full, rich sound from any microphone. Plus, a 1/4-inch passthrough allows system expansion with additional EON ONE Compact units. Use the built-in headphone jack to rehearse privately or dial in presets before performances. Two high-power USB 3.0 ports allow high-speed charging of tablets, phones and select DJ devices.
The JBL EON Control app makes the best sound in seconds by selecting and controlling effects and presets right from a phone or tablet. Bluetooth networking gives you the ability to sync and control up to four EON ONE Compact units from one single source for music playback.
With a PA this portable, you can be ready to rock at any moment. This ultra-compact, 17.6-pound package is designed to be carried effortlessly in one hand, with an ergonomic handle that’s positioned for maximum comfort. A built-in pole mount expands configuration options; illuminated ring indicators automatically align with monitor or vertical speaker orientation.
Play more sets or teach more classes, confident in EON ONE Compact’s 12-hour battery life. Swap out batteries in seconds – no tools necessary – and quick-charge batteries in just 2.5 hours. The system can even be charged up while in use. (Additional batteries available separately.)
Presenters, fitness instructors and emcees will appreciate EON ONE Compact’s ducking feature, which lowers background music volume anytime the user speaks to ensure your audience hears every last word, loud and clear.
Like every JBL speaker, the EON ONE Compact undergoes 100 hours of stress testing to ensure that it’ll perform flawlessly in real-world conditions. The system is encased in a light, durable polypropylene shell that’s rugged enough to handle your toughest gigs yet elegant enough to display in your home.
- 112 dB output the highest volume in its class
- 8-inch woofer with deep low-frequency performance down to 37.5 Hz
- Ultralight unit weighs just 17.6 pounds (8kg)
- Set up quickly and easily using JBL EON Control app presets
- Sound great with professional effects including EQ, reverb, chorus and delay
- Balance volume levels with built-in four-channel mixer
- Optimise sound with eight-band output EQ, customisable via presets
- Stream music from a phone or tablet via Bluetooth to up to four EON ONE Compact units
- Operate two EON ONE Compact units in stereo mode
- Two pro-grade preamps deliver fuller, richer sound from any microphone
- Connect mics, instruments and playback devices with two XLR/TRS combo jacks, one 1/4-inch hi-Z guitar input and one 3.5mm (1/8-inch) aux input
- Phantom power supports condenser mics
- One-touch ducking feature automatically lowers music volume when speech input is detected, ensuring every word is heard clearly
- Two USB 3.0 ports allow high-speed charging of external devices
- Tool-free, swappable battery p provides up to 12 hours of playtime
- Fast battery charging, just 2.5 hours
- Two performance orientations: monitor and vertical; tuning and mixer displays automatically adjust
- Headphone jack allows private monitoring for practice sessions and managing presets
- 1/4-inch passthrough output allows system expansion with additional EON ONE Compact units
- Convenient, built-in tilting tablet stand orients to front or back of system
- Built-in pole mount expands configuration options
- External battery charger option available separately
- Ergonomic handle and even weight distribution make carrying the system a breeze
25th November 2019
Claypaky CloudIO: Digital connectivity and remote maintenance
Digitalisation has become an essential technological mainstay, and many aspects of our work and lives rely on it. Even the simplest tasks are filtered through computers, which process parameters and provide quick, simple, suitable responses. Thanks to digital technology, the world of communications has expanded its scope enormously. Objects are identified remotely through cloud systems and made intelligent by providing information about themselves and accessing data on the Internet.
In the entertainment business, digitalisation means also receiving, transmitting, collecting and analysing data consisting of digital parameters for updating, diagnostic and maintenance purposes.
Claypaky and OSRAM, which has made digitalisation one of the cornerstones of its corporate strategy, have developed an innovative, state-of-the-art tool capable of performing these processes accurately, precisely and rapidly
The CloudIO is an IoT device which provides technicians with complete diagnostics for Claypaky fixtures.
When the lights run checks after use, the unit collects data on hours of lamp life of each fixture, the conditions of various components in the units and update firmware, simply by connecting to the cloud.
The CloudIO is a compact device (240 x 230 x 93mm / 9.45 x 9.06 x 3.66 inches), equipped with a seven-inch capacitive touch screen. It has two in/ out pass-through DMX connections, so it is possible to interface and communicate directly with up to 31 lights in series. This is particularly useful for rental companies, who can connect their lights to the CloudIO when they return from a tour.
The CloudIO is a retrofit system which allows it to be fitted to these Claypaky lights: Axcor series (all), Scenius series (all), Mythos / Supersharpy series (all), Sharpy series (all), Alpha series, B-Eye series (all), K-Eye series (all), A.leda Wash series (all), Sharbar, Showbatten, Spheriscan, Stormy, Glowup.
The CloudIO offers the following advantages for rental companies:
- Automatic Overview and FW Update: Automatic overview of all info. One click firmware update.
- Live Remote Assistance: the customer care operator can see all the information and setup data of the fixture that needs service support remotely in real time
The new Claypaky CloudIO will be at LDI (booth #1447) and at JTSE (stands 81-82)
22nd November 2019
Claypaky Sharpy Plus Aqua
Designed in the spirit of the award-winning Sharpy Plus platform, the Sharpy Plus Aqua luminaire is an IP65-rated moving head fixture perfect for outdoor events, touring, permanent installations, cruise ships, and much more. This new fixture maintains the same performance features of its predecessor, the Sharpy Plus luminaire, in a new weather-resistant package; giving you greater flexibility in a single luminaire.
When designing a weather-resistant moving light, performance and features are often sacrificed. Not with the Sharpy Plus Aqua luminaire. Claypaky addressed and enhanced the design of the Sharpy Plus Aqua in critical areas to make sure this fixture maintains the brightness, efficiency, and performance needed and expected.
The cooling system was redesigned and optimized specifically for this new outdoor configuration for the Osram Sirius HRI 330W X8 lamp currently used in the Sharpy Plus fixture. This lamp is a proven performer in its reliability, output, and being consistent in both brightness and colour temperature.
Just like the Sharpy Plus, the Sharpy Plus Aqua fixture offers two distinct operating modes: beam or spot. The 3° to 36° zoom covers the entire zoom range linearly with a beam that is always perfectly sharp and uniform in either mode. The Sharpy Plus Aqua also offers the same complement of prisms, rotating and fixed gobos, colour wheels, CMY colour mixing, and more. So, if you need to use both the Sharpy Plus and Sharpy Plus Aqua on a production, you can be assured of a consistent look and performance from these fixtures.
The Sharpy Plus Aqua is also an appealing unit when considering the value. At a price point every rental company will appreciate, it has truly excellent performance, which can be used in a wide range of environments and entertainment venues, whether the requirements are for a beam or spot fixture, for indoor or outdoor applications.
See the new Claypaky Sharpy Plus Aqua at LDI (booth #1447) and at JTSE (stands 81-82)
Sharpy Plus Aqua – Main Features:
Moving head fixture for outdoors (IP65 protection rating)
Source: Osram Sirius HRI 330W X8 arc lamp
Two projection modes: beam and spot
3°- 36° linear zoom in both modes
CMY colour mixing | 15 colours on three wheels plus two CTO filters
Rotating gobo wheel: eight glass gobos
Static gobo wheel: 18 fixed gobos (including six beam reducers)
Rotating four-facet prism on dedicated channel
Rotating eight-facet prism on dedicated channel
Linear, soft edge frost filter
Dimmer and stop/strobe
21st November 2019
Software Update: Hippotizer 4.5.2
Hippotizer 4.5.2 is an improvement release for V4 and V4+. This version builds on 4.5.1, including fixing a few key issues and adding functionality in SHAPE's new 3D output management workflow.
Every Hippotizer V4 and V4+ can install 4.5.2: the software Assurance release date is 28 February 2019.
Functionality improvements in 4.5.2:
Sprite Mix ode now fades through transparent instead of blank when using crossfade on layer.
New contrast fader on the Colour Trafo effect.
Added level controls for each texture input into SHAPE.
Added the ability for pin selectors to show only the local host to speed up loading in larger systems.
4.5.2 fixes the following reported issues in 4.5.1:
PoKeys external I/O now working in Multicontroller.
Improved Zookeeper speed and stability in larger networked systems.
Host status now updates after configuring or importing components.
20th November 2019
Introducing YIMSA, a Dedicated Online Tool to Simplify Background Music System Design
Designing a successful background music (BGM) system, even for small spaces, is usually seen as something that only a professional systems integrator can do, adding both cost and time to a project. But with the introduction of Yamaha’s new online tool, YIMSA, designing BGM systems for small to medium-sized premises will be quicker and free of any cost.
The Yamaha In-store Music System Advisor (YIMSA) is a new online tool, dedicated to the BGM market, which provides system recommendations based on the input of some basic, easy to understand details.
Unlike other tools, YIMSA is designed so that users do not need an in-depth knowledge of audio or be aware of the Yamaha product range. It asks straightforward questions like: “What is the atmosphere of the store?” and “What quality of music is desired?” with simple buttons to choose the answers.
When these questions have been answered and the size of the space entered, YIMSA will recommend a choice of ‘good’ or ‘best’ solutions, based on Yamaha’s VXS and VXC series speakers and MA/PA series amplifiers. The recommendation will also suggest speaker layouts for the system.
YIMSA is free to use, it will work in any web browser and supports ten languages.
20th November 2019
Discover the LiteCAD Evolution CAD Truss Structure Configurator
LiteCAD Evolution is a dedicated cloud-based truss configuration software with intuitive drag & drop architecture. Users are provided with a tool that allows for the extremely quick and easy creation of technical layouts and visualisations of LITEC truss structures.
Select from a vast database of products enhanced with a continuous expansion programme that provides access to the greatest range of truss solutions, so all of your creative and technical needs are met.
Automatic updates to the system library on each login gives you access to the widest and latest range of products and accessories. The system also features a custom parts configurator for special set-ups. To ensure complete and valid information, the software features real-time processing of all LITEC parts required for constructing your creative truss structures, such as truss, corners, connections and accessories.
LITEC’s configurator development team is committed to creating system libraries for the complete range of LITEC products.
The configurator currently supports the following American LITEC products:
- Towerlift 3
LITEC provides the tools to virtually build the ideal LITEC structure!
Read more here.
18th November 2019
Chauvet Professional Introduces Maverick Storm 1 Spot
The weather may not always be ideal at a festival or other outdoor event, but designers and rental companies will always be able to rely on optimal performance from the new Maverick Storm 1 Spot. Just introduced by Chauvet Professional, the 480W cool white moving spot fixture, which will be showcased at the company’s LDI booth (937), takes outdoor reliability to a new level, not just with its IP65 rating, but also with aluminium alloy housing, marine grade 316 stainless steel screws, M12 Gore valves and a sun shield optical protection system.
Rain or shine, the Maverick Storm 1 Spot delivers a flat even field of light with variable CMY + CTO colour mixing to create a wide palette of colours. Designers will enjoy a range of creative options with this fixture, thanks to features like its 8° to 48° zoom angle and field angle, 16-bit dimming for smooth control of fades, five-facet motorised and rotating prism, animation wheel, iris for beam control, and independently controlled light and medium frosts.
In keeping with its flexible design, the versatile Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a wide array of gobo options. The fixture has seven glass rotating and indexable gobos on Wheel 1 and nine metal static gobos on Wheel 2.
Compact enough to allow easy installation on any rig (it weighs in at just 38.19kg or 84.2lbs.), the Maverick Storm 1 Spot is nevertheless powerful enough to punch through the light from other fixtures or video panels on stage. The fixture’s 32,000 lumen source and illuminance of up to 28,829 lux (at five metres) ensure that it can makes its presence known on stage even during daylight hours.
A very user-friendly fixture, Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a variety of control options, including DMX, RDM, WDMX. ArtNet and sACN. Its easily accessible menu system makes it simple to adjust control protocol, as well as features like fan control, pan and tilt, and dimming mode. By setting up a menu preset, the end-user can save time by loading choices on all of the Maverick Storm 1 Spot fixtures in a rig simultaneously, instead of manually presetting each unit individually.
The Maverick Storm is as easy to maintain as it is to set up, thanks to its rugged construction and a design that prevents dust intake into the fan.
“We have developed the Maverick Storm 1 Spot with real world applications in mind,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “In designing this fixture, we didn’t look only at how it could excel when in use under a variety of conditions, but also how easy it would be to maintain, so it could contribute to the success of our customers in the long run.”
15th November 2019
Penn Elcom Launches New Range of Premium Flat Pack Credenza Racks
Penn Elcom launches a vibrant new range of its premium flat pack 19 inch racking Credenzas, manufactured and tailored to meet the high standards of custom installers working in all market sectors, from commercial to residential and entertainment.
These are available in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12U variants and in two elegant high-quality wood-style finishes for maximum versatility in all types of built environment. As the world gets smaller, smarter and increasingly dynamic, more ingenious 19-inch rack solutions are required.
Popular demand for the products has been fuelled by numerous factors including changes in digital technology and the need to combine elements of home entertainment / smart-home and commercial / industrial systems into good looking integrated packages.
These Credenza racks are ideal for all these scenarios and applications.
Each pack includes two pre-threaded steel rails and a set of four non-marking feet. The panels are specially made from tough 25mm high resin density melamine faced chipboard, which is durable, featuring 2mm solid wood edging for excellent strength and desirable aesthetics.
Penn R0863 rack-strip rails can be fitted at the rear for easy access, and there is a choice of two depths: 300mm / 11.81" or 500mm / 19.69", designed to provide customers with the right unit to house all manner of rack hardware.
Penn’s vast experience in the 19 inch racking market has resulted in these beautifully and robustly engineered products utilising superior grade components, offering a choice of contemporary surfacing that is ideal for IT and technology hubs in studios, offices, entertainment venues (restaurants, lounges and bars), educational establishments, theme parks, museums and attractions, prestige displays, exhibition stands and hobby projects.
The Premium Credenza range has been redeveloped from the outset by the team at Penn as a flat pack item, meaning faster and more cost-effective delivery and a reduced storage footprint.
Assembly is quick, efficient and stress-free, even for those challenged with practical skills! Gone are the bad old days of ‘self-assembly’ products accompanied by a completely incomprehensible brick-sized instruction manual.
Penn’s hallmark of developing for the needs of end users continues to affirm the company as a pioneer in 19-inch racking, a world that is constantly evolving and changing with an increasing crossover between the once separate areas of AV, IT and surveillance.
With so much commercial, industrial and domestic infrastructure now being part of the IoT landscape, the demand for Penn Elcom’s quality, innovative racking solutions has never been greater.
15th November 2019
Chauvet Professional Builds Brightness with New Rogue R2X Wash
Progress, it is said, builds on itself. The new Rogue R2X Wash fixture from Chauvet Professional offers an excellent example of that. Debuting at this year’s LDI show (booth 945), this extremely bright, updated version of the popular Rogue R2 Wash was developed in response to a very recent advance in LED lamp technology.
“We recognised the potential of the new generation of LEDs that OSRAM is developing, so we made a commitment to updating our fixtures to incorporate this technological advance,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet.
Drawing on this new technology, the Rogue R2X Wash is almost twice as bright as the Rogue R2 Wash when producing a single colour, and 20 per cent brighter at full output. This impressive brightness boost has been achieved without changing the fixture’s DMX profile and with no changes to its popular form factor.
The Rogue R2X Wash is powered by 19 of the new OSRAM 25W RGBW LEDs. This engine produces a brightness of 8,650 lux measured at five metres. Thanks to a calibrated white mode that has been added to the new fixture, its output is balanced to roughly 7,000k when it is brought up to full intensity.
Another new enhancement to the fixture is the addition of RDM. The Rogue R2X Wash also makes it possible for users to set their own calibration via the fixture’s menu, so they can match its output to other lights in their rig. Additionally, five zones of pixel control allow users to create stunning pixel mapping effects.
“Our industry is technology driven,” said Chauvet. “As a company, we can never stand still. This is the driving force behind the Rogue R2X Wash.”
7th November 2019
MILOS Meat Rack – Convenient transport an storage of lights and equipment
Give lighting fixtures and other items a home in the new Meat Rack from MILOS. Its adjustable light bars, or a hanging adapter for oversize lights, are the perfect solution for the transportation and storage of lighting fixtures. Optional height adjustable shelves can also be installed for a wide range of other items needed for an event.
The all-welded construction of the Meat Rack’s high quality 6082 aluminium frame provides strength and durability for the long-term. Built-in forklift pick-up points allow for convenient stacking in storage areas and on location. Large castor wheels and height adjustable handles on each rack end provide easy and trouble-free handling. Its optimised dimensions of 2.3m x 0.8m x 1.6m (L x W x H) ensure convenient transport to and from events.
7th November 2019
Highlite Supply Innovation Productions with All Weather Solutions
7th November 2019
The CLAES3PTRUSS combines the best of two worlds: The KLOTZ CATLink and TrussLink series!
A network cable has four pairs of twisted wires, each with characteristic wave impedance of 100 Ohms. This means the KLOTZ CATLink Series can easily handle four audio signals (analogue or digital) or four DMX signals. The internal wiring is naturally 'digital ready', guaranteeing interference-free performance of the CLAES3PTRUSS as a DMX or AES/EBU box.
KLOTZ TrussLink Stage Boxes are always dependable companions where professionalism is required. Their paired parallel configurations of XLR connectors (XLR 3p. F/M) can be used as both inputs and outputs. This maximises their flexibility in professional stage work and speeds up setup and take-down times.
The CLAES3PTRUSS is great for a whole range of roles, from a small sub-stage box to a full-scale multicore system. The ideal choice for transmitting signals from the stage to the FOH or submixer and back. The rugged aluminium housing has non-slip rubber feet and laser-engraved labelling. With four safety lanyard holes and an M10 thread for use with a Manfrotto Super Clamp, the CLAES3PTRUSS is easy to affix to rigs and trusses.
KLOTZ recommend using a network conductor with overall shield (e.g. KLOTZ RC5EE Cable) as a connection cable, to ensure the four separate channels share a common earth.
5th November 2019
Chauvet Professional COLORado Solo Batten 4 Creates Seamless Scenic Looks
Chauvet Professional’s new COLORado Solo Batten 4 sets the stage for seamless scenic looks at tours, festivals, churches, theatres, and other applications. A featured product at the company’s LDI booth (945), the unique four-cell batten features seamless end-to-end RGBAW colour mixing with no separation or dimmed lens corners.
The fixture’s crisp looks and smooth homogenised light make it ideal for creating engaging backgrounds on stage. It can also be used to outline entire stages and scenic elements in addition to accenting truss structures. Thanks to its compact size, the 372mm (14.65”) long fixture can be arranged in vertical or horizontal configurations, even in tight quarters. Adding to its versatility is its IP65 rating, which makes it ideally suited for temporary outdoor applications.
Designers can create an endless variety of scenic looks with the COLORado Solo Batten with pixel mapping. The versatile fixture can be controlled via Art-Net, DMX, Art-Net to DMX, sACN, or RDM.
Developed to complement Chauvet Professional’s popular COLORado Solo Batten, the new fixture serves as an invaluable resource for the creation of compelling scenic vistas on stage. In addition to contributing to scenic effects, the COLORado Solo Batten 4 is an outstanding wash fixture, producing a beautiful bright, smooth, and even field of light.
“We carefully considered feedback from designers when creating this fixture,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “They told us how important scenic elements were becoming to their designs. So, we have developed a new generation of battens that are not only powerful washes, but are also are very attractive to look at in their own right.”
4th November 2019
Introducing the World’s First Digital Swatchbook
MIXBOOK is the first-ever digital swatchbook, engineered by the LED lighting and colour experts at Rosco. Designed to be the perfect planning tool to previsualise LED colours, MIXBOOK contains the same six-chip LED technology found in our DMG Lumière MIX fixtures. This enables film makers to create perfect colour matches between their MIXBOOK and any MIX lights they have on set.
Through a Bluetooth connection with the myMIX app, users can mix, capture and save their own colour creations, and then use MIXBOOK to quickly and easily explore those colours and how they will interact with other elements in the shot.
1st November 2019
Tascam Bundles iZotope RX 7 Elements With DR-10L Micro Audio Recorder
Tascam has announced that it is bundling its black DR-10L Micro Audio Recorder with a free full version of RX 7 Elements, iZotope’s ground-breaking audio repair and noise reduction tool. The DR-10L / RX 7 Elements bundle brings a powerful recording and editing workflow solution to live productions where ambient noise and environmental distractions are common post production challenges, including weddings, on-location films, and documentaries, to name a few.
The TASCAM DR-10L and iZotope bundle is available in the UK now.
The DR-10L and RX 7 Elements bundle reflects synergy at its best, where individual components in the production chain combine to create a solution greater than the sum of the two parts.
As perfect partners, the DR-10L recorder and RX 7 Elements software together seamlessly address common live production and recording challenges. The bundle can reduce stress while on location by helping a videographer or film maker ensure reliable and accurate audio capture. And it helps streamlining costs and workflow during post-production by reducing the time required for fixing and repairing problematic audio.
About iZotope RX 7 Elements:
- Perfect for small home studios, RX 7 Elements is a budget-friendly noise reduction and audio repair tool powered by technology used in studios all over the world. Features of RX 7 Elements:
Repair Assistant: This intelligent repair tool can detect noise, clipping, clicks, and more. Solve common audio issues faster than ever by selecting the type of material (music, dialogue, other) and letting Repair Assistant analyse the audio with one listen.
Voice De-noise: This tool can adapt to a changing noise floor for responsive, articulate vocal correction.
De-Clip: This tool repairs digital and analogue clipping artefacts, eliminating the need to re-record audio.
De-Click: Use this to polish audio recordings suffering from quality degradation and digital errors.
De-hum: This tool automatically identifies unwanted hum and precisely removes it for immediate clarity.
31st October 2019
Solid State Logic Announces ST 2110 JT-NM Tested HC Bridge SRC
Solid State Logic (SSL) successfully participated in the recent JT-NM Tested programme, gaining “JT-NM Tested” ST 2110 certification for the recently released HC Bridge SRC and other devices from the SSL Network I/O range. These devices are compliant with ST 2110-30 and ST 2022-7 to conformance levels A, B and C, all of which can be used simultaneously to receive and transmit streams on a single device.
As seen at the recent IBC show, the HC Bridge SRC provides 256 bi-directional channels of sample rate conversion for AoIP networks. HC Bridge SRC facilitates connecting audio between devices running at different sample rates or in different clock domains on Dante (48kHz and 96kHz), AES67 or ST 2110-30 networks.
Applications for the HC Bridge SRC include as a stand-alone device providing bulk sample rate conversion between 48 and 96kHz sources on the same network, or alternatively as a firewall to provide control and discovery separation between two networks. Scenarios include providing separation between venue and OB networks at large scale events, or between a Dante-based studio network and standards-based transmission network in a broadcast facility.
30th October 2019
Chauvet Professional Introduces F5 IP and F2 LED Video Panels
CHAUVET Professional has expanded its popular F Series LED panels to offer solutions for a wider range of applications with the introduction of two new products: the F2 2.9mm pixel pitch panel and F5 IP, an outdoor rated 5.9mm pixel pitch outdoor rated panel.
The highest resolution panel ever offered by Chauvet Professional, the slim-bodied F2 is ideal for applications where crystal sharp clarity is essential from any viewing angle, even at distances as close as 7.5 feet (2.3 metres. Its ultra-fast, high-quality black bodied LEDs, reproduce video at 14-bit greyscale, operating on an A5s Novastar card, to result in very clear and realistic displays of even the most detailed content. (An 18-bit Novastar card can also be used.)
High performance digital LED drivers in the F2 deliver an impressive 3840Hz refresh rate for flicker free images, while a maximum illuminance of just under 1,500 NITS ensures a bright output. The panel also features a contrast ratio of 8,500:1 and pixel density of 112,896/m2.
The new F5 panel is IP65 rated for reliable outdoor use. Working with the VIP Drive 43 Nova using the Novastar control protocol, its high quality black-bodied LEDs accurately reproduce video at 14-bit greyscale, operating on the Novastar A5 receiving card. With a 1920 Hz refresh rate, maximum 6,000 NITS illuminance, and 12,000:1 contrast, it’s ideal for displaying bright, powerful images at outdoor festivals.
Engineered for dependability, both panels have a light source life expectancy of 50,000 hours. Both also feature optimised heat distribution across the entire panel for enhanced colour quality.
The two new products, which will be showcased at Chauvet Professional’s LDI booth (945), share much in common with other LED video panels in the Chauvet Professional F Series. This includes a specialised frame design that allows them to be hung overhead, ground stacked, or wall mounted quickly and easily. Both panels can also be serviced in the field from the front with the included service tool, or from the rear using the built-in handles.
Anyone familiar with other F Series panels will have no trouble installing these newcomers. That’s a good thing too, considering that these panels should now be appearing in a wider variety of applications than ever.