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Christie introduces Crimson Series of 3DLP laser phosphor projectors with 25,000 lumens and BoldColor Technology
NEXT- proaudio announces the Product of the year 2017, the LA122A Active Line Array Element
Based on the sales volume during 2017, NEXT-proaudio announces the LA122A as “Product of the year 2017”. This model was launched in 2014 following the popular LA122 Passive version launched in 2011 with thousands of units already sold.
The LA122A incorporates advanced neodymium speakers, custom made by B&C and a high performance DPA amplifier module, capable of generating 2200Wprg of high-definition power for a very high acoustic pressure for medium to large scale applications.
This system is designed for use in permanent installations as well as touring system. The system comprises three models, two line arrays elements (LA122A and LA122WA), with different coverage angles (8ºx90º and 15ºx120º) and a companion Single 18” subwoofer system allowing a great configuration versatility.
The Hybrid-Horn Arrayable Subwoofer LAs118A is equipped with a custom made B&C, long excursion, 18" neodymium woofer and is internally powered by a 2960Wpgr DPAmplifier module. As it shares the same rigging technology with the LA122A and LA122WA, a flexible integration, both on the ground or on the top of the LA122A arrays, is possible.
The integrated DSP with A/D-D/A low noise converters, provides eight selectable presets (six factory defined and two user-defined) that can be accessed by an easy selector, located on the front module panel or real time edited by a PC, using the supplied Soundware software, via USB remote control. This permits easy customisation of the sound programme, for various applications or different venues. An intelligent automatic standby mode is activated when the amplifier detects no input signal, saving energy and extending the expected work life
With the Soundware software (free download on the NEXT-proaudio's website) is possible to edit the six pre-loaded presets and store them either of the two free memories. Editable parameters are input equalisation, input delay, input high-pass/low-pass filters and the 'bass enhancer' function. A total of 255 units can be controlled simultaneously by the software.
14th December 2017
Audinate Releases Dante IP Core for Xilinx FPGAs
Audinate, developer of the industry-leading Dante media networking technology, has announced the availability of Dante IP Core, a soft IP solution for audio manufacturers. It allows OEMs working with FPGA-based designs to add Dante audio connectivity to AV products at a lower cost and with greater flexibility than ever before.
Development teams can save time, reduce BOM costs and minimise their internal footprint by using a single FPGA to implement both product applications and Dante audio networking. Dante IP Core efficiently runs alongside OEM product applications such as ASRC, audio encryption, and signal processing on a range of Xilinx FPGAs, providing channel counts up to 512x512 with ultra-low latency and sub-microsecond synchronisation.
Dante IP Core reduces the marginal costs of incorporating Dante in FPGA-based products, offering OEMs greater flexibility in aligning product families. Dante IP Core runs on the widely used Xilinx family of FPGAs. and provides all the interfaces required to be a fully functional Dante endpoint, including SiLabs clock synthesis, serial and parallel audio, DDR2 and SRAM, and a variety of standard control interfaces including UART, SPI and I2C.
“Dante IP Core gives savvy manufacturers something they’ve been requesting for a long time.,” says Chris Ware, senior VP of engineering at Audinate. “By integrating Dante IP into FPGA based product designs, they can save costs, reduce board space, and more easily manage thermal constraints while adding features their customers demand.”
Audinate is now a member of the Xilinx Alliance Program, a global community of qualified vendors that offers IP cores, tools and support for system designers who are developing innovative products using Xilinx FPGAs.
Dante IP Core is available for the Xilinx Spartan 6 family of FPGAs. Support for the Artix 7 FPGA is expected Q1 2018.
14th December 2017
Martin Audio Offers EASE Focus 3 Compatible Measurement Data
Martin Audio has announced the availability of GLL loudspeaker measurement data compatible with EASE Focus 3 for many of its point source loudspeakers.
EASE Focus 3 from AFMG Technologies is an acoustic simulation programme for 3D modelling that enables the user to define audience areas, section views, and receiver locations flexibly, while calculating sound coverage and frequency response immediately.
Dan Orton, Martin Audio’s product group manager, commented: “Martin Audio’s runaway success with the likes of CDD series and BlacklineX has accelerated our installation market share, and now that we and our customers have the ability to model our point source boxes in a 3D environment it will help ensure that this trend continues.”
The GLL loudspeaker data compatible with both EASE and EASE Focus is available to download from the Martin Audio website:
12th December 2017
Movecat VMK-S ll chain-hoist family now shipping
In its new VMK-S II chain hoists, Movecat is offering events equipment users four highly versatile BGV C1 chain hoists for professional applications. The fully dynamic chain hoists of the VMK-S family represent the leading industry standard and satisfy all requirements for the movement of loads over people in the course of scene changes. The series comprises four chain hoists: MINI 125, MIDI 250, MAXI 500, MEGA 1250 that make the movement of loads ranging from 125kg to 1,250kg possible.
Each of the four VMK-S II chain hoists is capable of speeds continuously variable between 0 and 40m/min in closed-loop mode, which allows runs continuing beyond the null point (floating state) with full torque. In order to assure maximum reliability during even the most complex productions, positions resulting from precision target and synchronous runs can be reproduced to an accuracy of < +/- 1mm. To allow direct monitoring of the transported loads at all times, integrated into the single-hole eyelet of each VMK-S family hoist is a maintenance-free, real-time, load measuring module (LME) with an SIL test function. Thanks to the two independent, low-noise brakes, combined with the noise-attenuation of all bearings, applications in acoustically sensitive environments present no problems whatsoever.
The VMK-S II chain hoists comply in full with the stipulations of the BGV C1/DGUV V 17/18 and DIN 56950-1 standards as well as EN 61508. The hoists are also designed for SIL 3 applications. Furthermore, Movecat delivers the chain hoists in a tested and ready to use format.
In its V-Motion E-series, Movecat also offers a variety of power packs for the operation of regulated drives such as those of the VMK-S family. The series covers drives with motor outputs ranging from 250W to 7,500W, with each model available in both single- and dual-channel axis processor versions.
12th December 2017
Plus One for Clair Brothers One+ Series
Unveiled earlier this year at Prolight + Sound 2017, Clair Brothers introduced a bold new addition to its highly successful line of One Series 12- and 15-inch coaxial stage monitors: a self-powered version of the 1.5AM monitor called the 1.5AM+. On the heels of last year’s introduction of the powered monitor 1AM+, the amplified sister of the 1AM monitor, Clair Brothers continues to propel the pro audio industry forward.
The expanding One Series product line continues the tradition of stage monitoring excellence begun by the acclaimed Clair 12AM. The 1.5AM+’s internal, factory-programmed DSP loudspeaker processing gives users Xover, EQ, Limiter, and a total of four preset options. Of interest to current 12AM owners, the 1.5AM+ features factory-programmed processing that delivers two ‘12AM Emulation Mode’ preset options (32dB gain or 38dB gain); these presets provide similar frequency response voicing and low-frequency phase response for seamless compatibility for 1.5AM+ to be deployed harmoniously with existing fleets of 12AM monitors. The two remaining presets are options designed for low-frequency optimisation on stage as the 1.5AM+ may be coupled with other two-way monitors or with stage subwoofers. The “Mon A” preset offers a two-way phase vs. frequency characteristic and the “Mon B” preset includes an all-pass filter that aligns the low-frequency phase response seamlessly with subwoofers across the lowest octaves. It’s recommended to combine these monitors with Clair CS or kiT-Series subwoofers.
Like the 1AM+, the 1.5AM+ contains a lightweight, powerful amplifier module made exclusively for Clair by Powersoft; this module allows users to power a passive (non-powered) 1.5AM with a slave output. “Simply connect the 1.5AM+ by cable to a non-powered 1.5AM and power the pair. While this is a mono (not stereo mix) configuration, this is a very unique, value-added feature,” says Josh Sadd, vice president and chief engineer at Clair Brothers. The integrated amp notably delivers two-channel (1600W each) 3200W total power.
The 1.5AM+ offers a coaxial design and a proprietary high-frequency rotatable horn (40°H x 60°V standard dispersion) carved from premium Baltic birch. This proprietary horn design includes sculpted wooden acoustic filters that optimise the magnitude and phase response between the coaxial components in the crossover region – effectively avoiding the shadowing of the woofer with the horn, as well as the early reflection from the rear of the horn. The end result is a remarkably coherent, exceptional sound quality that gives the effect of a full PA system for the performer. Low-profile, sleek-styling and ergonomic, flush-mounted side handles afford great aesthetic appeal and portability. The 1.5AM+ monitors are travel-ready with a rugged exterior finish, a resilient grille design, and road cases designed to carry pairs. Custom cabling for systems is available and can be pre-wired, labelled and delivered in road cases.
Clair Brothers vision of the 1.5AM+ is that it is well suited for vocal monitoring and on-stage instrument reinforcement (drum fill, bass and keyboard monitors), but especially for DJ / EDM monitors. Those looking for the Rolls Royce of stage monitors should certainly consider Clair Brothers 1.5AM+.
7th December 2017
Elation Introduces KL Fresnel Series of Warm-White Wash Lights
Elation Professional is pleased to introduce the KL Fresnel series, a new line of warm-white LED Fresnel lights that provides the attractive warmth of tungsten halogen with all the benefits of LED. Available in 50W, 150W and 350W models, a 3000K fixed colour temperature and high colour rendering capacity ideally mimic the warm glow output of traditional Tungsten halogen lights while surpassing them in output and efficiency.
The KL Fresnel series (KL for Key Light) has been designed to produce the warmer, natural key light that designers desire while providing high CRI’s to make colours radiate, accurately reflecting an object’s true colour. They project a superior quality of light and are an excellent choice for the wide variety of white light illumination needs required in broadcast, theatrical or stage environments from highlighting performers or scenery on stage to illuminating speakers. The KL Fresnel 4 and 6 models house a manual zoom while the KL Fresnel 8 features a motorised zoom system. All models include removable barndoors and a filter frame.
The KL Fresnel 4 uses a 50W warm-white LED engine calibrated at 3,000 Kelvin to emit a smooth wash of light that simulates the warmth of a tungsten halogen source. With a high CRI of 91 and superior light quality, the KL Fresnel 4 has the ability to better distinguish colour and contrast. Total lumens output exceeds 1,600, on par with compatible Tungsten halogen models. For easy adjustment of beam size for more precise coverage, the fixture incorporates a 14° to 31° manual zoom. Consistent lux levels are maintained throughout the zoom range.
The KL Fresnel 6 uses a 150W warm-white LED engine calibrated at 3,000 Kelvin to emit a smooth wash of light that simulates the warmth of a Tungsten halogen source. With a high CRI of 97 and a superior light quality, the KL Fresnel 6 has the ability to better distinguish colour and contrast. Total lumens output exceeds 5,200, on par with compatible Tungsten halogen models. For easy adjustment of beam size for more precise coverage, the fixture incorporates a manual zoom that expands the beam evenly from 16° to 31°. Consistent lux levels are maintained throughout the zoom range.
The KL Fresnel 8 uses a 350W warm-white LED engine calibrated at 3,000 Kelvin to emit a smooth wash of light that simulates the warmth of a tungsten halogen source. With a high CRI of 97 and a superior light quality, the KL Fresnel 8 has the ability to better distinguish colour and contrast. Total lumens output exceeds 6,400, on par with compatible tungsten halogen models. For easy adjustment of beam size for more precise coverage, the fixture incorporates a 12° to 36° motorised zoom. Consistent CT and CRI levels are maintained throughout the zoom range.
All KL Fresnel fixtures dim smoothly all the way to zero with smooth 16-bit selectable dimming curve modes included for programming ease. Gamma correction and LED refresh rate can be adjusted variably for flicker-free operation for broadcast and film environments. Professional control options include DMX and RDM (Remote Device Management), and all fixtures can be controlled manually. All KL fixtures are fitted with 5-pin XLR and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections while a four-button / two-rotary dial control panel and LCD menu display make for easy navigation. All units come with multiple-unit power linking to save on setup time and hassle, and are outfitted with a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply.
The KL Fresnel series offers all the benefits of LED like greater reliability and less maintenance and consumes little power for a lower cost of ownership. With a long LED life rating, service intervals are few and far between.
6th December 2017
“UV Power” research project is working on LED-replacements for conventional UV light sources
The project, which is being co-ordinated by Osram Opto Semiconductors, aims to develop new technology for high-power mass-market UV LEDs
Since February 2017, a total of five research institutes and companies have been working on “UV Power”, a collaborative project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The partners have made it their goal to provide high-power UV LEDs to cover a wide variety of applications. These LEDs will eventually replace conventional UV light sources, which often contain toxic mercury, in areas such as production, disinfection, the environment, life sciences and medicine. UV LEDs are also likely to open up new areas of application.
As part of “Advanced UV for Life”, a consortium of research institutes and companies which is being funded under the federal “Zwanzig20” programme, Osram Opto Semiconductors is working with four partners on high-power UV LEDs for the mass market: the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH), the Technical University of Berlin, LayTec AG and UVphototonics NT GmbH. Prototype LEDs and the technology for producing high-power LEDs for the UVB and UVC spectrums on the basis of the aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN) material system are scheduled to be presented by 2020.
The partners are therefore pooling their scientific know-how and making their highly specialised technical facilities and analysis methods available. Development of the high-power LEDs is taking place along the entire technology chain for LED production. “The various tasks have been distributed among the partners on the basis of their strengths, everything from the production of structured sapphire substrates, epitaxy and chip processing to packaging and analytics”, said Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lugauer, head of UV development at Osram Opto Semiconductors. “With our presence on the international market and our expertise in industrial manufacturing we are boosting the impact of the consortium considerably,” he added.
To speed up development and make efficient use of resources, the partners are splitting their work into different wavelength ranges. In addition to co-ordinating the entire project, Osram Opto Semiconductors is taking on the wavelength range of 270 to 290nm. In epitaxy, the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut is covering the adjacent wavelengths in the UVB range between 290 and 310nm and processing the epitaxial wafers into UV chips. The Technical University of Berlin is focusing on the wavelength range of 250 to 270nm, applying its expertise in material analysis for AIGaN materials and AIGaN LEDs. TU Berlin also has extensive specialised equipment for UV analysis. LayTec AG is developing tailor-made techniques for controlling the epitaxy and plasma etching systems. FBH spin-off UVphotonics NT GmbH is the interface to users. It is responsible for optimising the chip design, for achieving high currents and for efficient cooling. The company is also handling the statistical collection and analysis of process data from the entire production chain and making this data available to the project partners for optimising the production process. The important subjects of assembly technology and the effects of ageing will be investigated by FBH, TUB and UVphotonics in further projects as part of the consortium.
The optical outputs of the new LEDs are expected to be greater than 120mW at 300 ± 10nm, 140mW at 280 ± 10nm and 80mW at 260 ± 10nm. The research group is also working on making significant improvements to the ageing behaviour of the LEDs so they can be operated longer and more economically.
6th December 2017
Apex launches next-generation Intelli-X3 series of system management processors
Building on the unmitigated success of Apex’s flagship Intelli-X2 series, the company has introduced the first model of the next-generation Intelli-X3 series, the Intelli-X3 648 system management processor with optional Dante networking capacity for full network redundancy.
Like its predecessors, Intelli-X3 has been designed in close collaboration with sound engineers, system techs and system integrators to set new standards in system management and speaker processing. With internal processing up to 192kHz, high-end, studio-grade analogue circuit designs and mastering-grade compressors as standard, Intelli-X3 delivers premium audio performance in a robust 1U form factor with a powerful and intuitive front panel user interface.
Intelli-X3 provides all the system management tools necessary for comprehensive system alignment and EQ, through to the provision of IIR and custom FIR-based crossovers. I/Os can be selected (in pairs) to be either analogue, AES/EBU or Dante, enabling a mix of audio formats to be used simultaneously.
Designed to be plug-and-play, the Intelli-X3 is simple to configure and integrates easily into any network via internal three-way Ethernet switches. Both automatic IP (DHCP) and static IP configuration is provided as standard, enabling plug-and-play connectivity and more rigid IP assignments for use in fixed installations. SNMP support is also provided. Wireless access points can be directly connected to Intelli-X3 devices allowing direct control over a wireless network.
A comprehensive library of factory presets ensures that Intelli-X3 is at home in any application, be it as a stand-alone system controller or crossover configured via the front panel, or as a part of a comprehensive wireless networked system for stadium or arena-sized tours.
When it comes to configuration and control, there are two possibilities depending on the application: firstly, a completely re-engineered front panel with integral LCD menu enables direct configuration and on-the-fly parameter adjustment in a highly intuitive smartphone-like environment. Alternatively, Apex’s renowned proprietary software application, Intelli-Ware, provides fast and intuitive control from both portable Touch and Tablet PCs as well as from tethered PCs. The software is accessible from multiple PC devices simultaneously, a handy feature for engineers needing to optimize audio from various locations throughout a venue or festival site for example. The interface mirrors the powerful, intuitive design of the hardware whereby operation is predominantly icon-driven.
Intelli-Ware provides comprehensive system-wide ganging and copy/paste functionality allowing complex setups to be easily configured, presented and stored. The Intelli-Ware screen layout is fully configurable and can be sized to match any type of display. Full offline design capabilities enable shows to be prepped off site.
Intelli-Ware also comes complete with an analyser/bridge feature which enables control of all commonly used sound measurement tools found in WaveCapture’s Live-Capture and Rational Acoustics’ Smaart 7/8, all directly from within the software.
Finally, an optional Dante module provides audio-over-IP networking capability supporting full network redundancy with ultra-low latency. This automatically prevents any audio loss or interruption in the event of a connectivity problem on the primary network.
6th December 2017
Business looks brighter with Optoma’s new trio
Optoma has just launched a trio of corporate projectors designed for brighter, higher resolution presentations across boardrooms, meeting rooms and offices.
The new models EH470, EH461 and EH460ST feature Full HD native resolution and produce an exceptional brightness of up to 5000 lumens for superior images even in meeting rooms with ambient light.
As well as the usual dual HDMI + MHL, VGA and composite inputs, presentations can be plugged in from a USB device and played via the projector’s built-in OfficeViewer media player without the need for a laptop or PC. This also supports Excel, Word, PDF and JPEG files.
All models come with the added benefit of four corner geometric adjustment allowing for quick and accurate installation, ideal for uneven walls or where a projector placement is awkward and needs to be installed at an angle. The EH460ST includes a short throw lens for a 100 inch image on a screen or wall from just over a metre away – ideal in installations such as retail, museums, education and the corporate sector.
Kishan Mistry, senior product manager at Optoma EMEA, commented: “These projectors give businesses, that want higher quality imagery in their meeting rooms, an extremely cost-effective solution.
“For added flexibility, the geometric adjustment cuts out the need for a separate warping processor and is extremely intuitive to use.”
Full support is provided for Crestron, Extron, AMX, PJ-Link and Telnet LAN commands, which allow almost all aspects of these projectors to be controlled remotely across a network. They have extensive connectivity with multiple inputs including HDMI, VGA, RJ45 and 12V trigger. An audio input in also included which cuts out the need for additional costly audio hardware and cabling. For wireless presentations from a laptop or mobile device, the Optoma wireless WUSB adapter (sold separately) can be connected to the USB output.
The chassis design is compact and incorporates a built-in speaker that delivers 10W audio.
The new models have an Eco mode for energy saving which includes standby mode and auto power off. And because they are virtually maintenance free, they offer an overall lower cost of ownership, longer life and improved reliability.
5th December 2017
GIS extends LP electric chain hoist series for the entertainment industry
In the year of its 60th anniversary, Swiss electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS AG has launched LP1000, the latest model in its new LP series of electric chain hoists developed and adapted to the needs of the entertainment industry.
The LP series was introduced at the start of 2017 with the successful launch of the LP500 model, and replaced the LCH series. The LP electric chain hoist series offers a low dead weight at 12kg only for 320kg lifting capacity, quiet running at 65db and a built-in motor that offers a speed up to 32m/min. A 60% increase in lifting capacity with one chain fall (D8 hoist) is offered across the LP series, alongside a substantially increased life cycle compared to the corresponding chain hoist with the previous lifting capacity, up to four times depending on the application.
LP1000 has a lifting capacity of 1.6 tons with one chain fall (D8 hoist), an increase of 60% but with the same service life and switching frequency as the previous model.
The self-contained, helical-cut, three-stage gear with permanent lubrication ensures considerably quieter operation. The powerful built-in motor with high reserve capacity guarantees excellent synchronising in group rides. The motor features permanent grease lubrication, while there is a proven DC spring-loaded brake and dry-running slipping clutch.
The whole chain thread is equipped with a static security factor of at least 8 (ISO M5/FEM 2m). This reduces the wear of the components and extends their life cycle. In comparison with a conventional round steel chain, the case-hardened and manganese-phosphated profile steel chain offers an increased lifting capacity of 15% with the same nominal diameter.
During development, particular attention has been given to modularity and low maintenance with good accessibility to wear parts. All shaft-hub connections are designed in a self-centring polygonal design. This means disassembly and assembly during maintenance work is carried out faster and without special tools, which reduces service costs.
The LP series is available as BGV D8, D8 Plus and C1 versions, or in country-specific or customised variants. Incremental and absolute encoder for distance measurement, load sensor, external limit switch, carrying handles and further accessories can be added without difficulty to the standard D8 version. The second independent DC spring-loaded brake for the D8 Plus and C1 models can be mounted on the existing shaft.
IP65 protection is included as standard and guarantees dust tightness and protection from water jets.
All GIS LP series electric chain hoists come with an extended warranty of up to three years.
Addressing successes since the launch of the LP series, Erich Widmer, GIS AG sales and marketing manager, says: “LP500 has been received excellently by the market due to its outstanding features. We have new distributors who have won larger projects or sold bigger numbers of electric chain hoists to rental companies.”
To match high demand for the new LP series of electric chain hoists, GIS AG increased its production capacity by 20% in 2017 and will increase it further in 2018.
5th December 2017
Allen & Heath Adds SE Electronics to ProFactory Mic Presets
Allen & Heath has announced the availability of the latest ProFactory channel libraries for its Qu series digital mixers. Following successful collaborations with Shure, Sennheiser and Audio Technica, the new presets cover a range of popular SE Electronics microphones, including the V3, V7, VR, 4400a and RNR1.
ProFactory Mic Presets offer engineers of all abilities an ideal starting point to get the best possible sound quickly and easily. The team at Allen & Heath worked closely with sound engineer Frederik Brandt Jakobsen at SE Electronics who developed the optimal settings for each microphone and instrument combination.
“Convenience is key. On-board effects and snapshots are mandatory characteristics of today’s digital consoles. Allen & Heath have taken this one step further with the addition of ProFactory Presets to their Qu series,” says Toni Scherrenberg, global sales and mMarketing director at SE Electronics. “We know the strengths of our products, and we have created a variety of awesome-sounding EQ settings for SE microphones.”
The presets are available now as a free download from the Qu series product pages on the A&H website.
30th November 2017
New Ovation E-930VW Variable White Ellipsoidal from Chauvet Professional
Chauvet Professional has introduced its first variable white LED ellipsoidal fixture, the Ovation E-930VW. Featuring a groundbreaking and unique six-colour LED system, the new fixture can perfectly match ambient natural light at different times a day, making it ideal for broadcast applications that are exposed to sunlight.
With colour temperature presets from 2800K to 8000K, the Ovation E-930VW produces a flat even field of light with a very high CRI (88-92) and CQS. Each colour temperature produced by the fixture can be further adjusted +/- green to fine tune the light.
“We engineered the Ovation E-930VW to give designers tighter control over colour temperature, because the more precisely you can dial into the colour spectrum with white light, the better people will look on camera,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The Ovation E-930VW will excel when used for film, television, pop-up studios, churches or any application that requires realistic lighting on camera, especially those that are exposed to sunlight.”
Adding to the fixture’s performance as a broadcast light are its virtually silent operation and its adjustable PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), which avoids flickering light on camera. Smooth 16-bit dimming also enhances the performance of the Ovation E-930VW on and off camera.
Powered by 91 3W LEDs, the Ovation E-930VW delivers a robust output at all colour temperatures. Each colour group of LEDs in the fixture’s six-colour engine can be controlled independently. This allows a splash of colour to be added to an application when necessary.
Compact, user-friendly and flexible, the Ovation E-930VW works with DMX and RDM protocols. It has Neutrik powerCON power input and output, plus 3-pin and 5-pin XLR data connectors. The versatile fixture works with all industry standard lens tubes and accessories.
“The Ovation E-930VW will fit right into the lighting professional’s current inventory of fixtures,” said Chauvet. “It offers all of the performance that you expect from an Ovation fixture and it’s designed to excel in broadcast applications.”
30th November 2017
Meyer Sound Hits New Lows with Introduction of the VLFC Very Low Frequency Control Element
Meyer Sound has announced the introduction of the VLFC very low frequency control element, the latest addition to Meyer Sound’s Leo Family of line array systems. VLFC is the first large-scale loudspeaker system specifically engineered to create visceral impact at frequencies below the threshold of hearing. By focusing energy into a narrow band between 30Hz and 13Hz, VLFC is uniquely capable of generating extreme variations in air pressure that are sensed by the entire body as compression waves while those frequencies at the upper end of its range are perceived as thunderous bass sound.
The VLFC is a self-powered system housing two low resonant frequency 18-inch cone drivers. The on-board power is supplied by a two-channel Class AB/H bridged amplifier with complementary MOSFET output stages for high peak power and clean transient reproduction even at extreme operating levels. Cabinet porting and internal baffling have been optimised to deliver maximum acoustic output in one octave that extends across the lower limit of human hearing.
“You actually feel the effect of the VLFC much more than you hear it,” explains Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound’s vice president of research and development and chief loudspeaker designer. “It truly is a chest-slamming experience. And because the VLFC’s very long wavelengths have lesser impact on hearing and fall below most weighting curves, you can add bone-rattling power to your performance without running afoul of noise limits.”
The VLFC shares the same exterior footprint as Meyer Sound’s 1100-LFC low frequency control element, allowing use of the same rigging grids and caster frames. When the VLFC is paired with the 1100-LFC, the combination produces linear, coherent bass response from 13Hz to 100Hz.
Applications for the VLFC include adding very low frequency, visceral impact to hard rock and electronic dance music in concerts, festivals and clubs. The VLFC also adds explosive impact to special effects in cinemas, themed spectacles, and theme park attractions. A limited early production run of VLFC elements was supplied for Metallica’s on-going Worldwired tour, where as many as 42 VLFC cabinets created a forceful impact that was felt throughout large stadiums.
The VLFC is currently shipping on Meyer Sound’s regular order turnaround schedule.
30th November 2017
The next generation of the Batten 2
The Batten 2 range has become an industry standard for the rental, hire and production industries, with over 3,000 units supplied to over 100 of the largest rental companies in Europe.
28th November 2017
Community Launches the I SERIES Modular Vertical Array 600
Community has expanded the system design versatility of its I SERIES family with the new IV6 Modular Vertical Array 600 system. Aesthetically designed for installed indoor or outdoor applications, IV6 is a scaleable, adaptive sound reinforcement system featuring wide-dispersion IV6-1122 array elements (12-inch, two-way) available in two complementary vertical coverage angle versions (5° and 15°). Up to 5° of splay between elements eliminates excessive overlap or coverage gaps, overcoming the physical limitations and acoustical tuning difficulties of conventional line arrays and constant-curvature arrays, while maintaining the best qualities of each in long-throw line arrays, medium-throw progressive curvature arrays and compact constant-curvature arrays. The single 18-inch IV6-118S subwoofer can be flown above or behind any array to provide additional low frequency impact.
Built-in passive acoustic optimisation (PAO) settings on the rear of each loudspeaker allow up to 55 different frequency response profiles to be independently selected for each element in the array, providing unmatched SPL and frequency response consistency throughout a listening area without requiring costly additional amplifiers or DSP channels. Community’s exclusive PAO module included within EASE Focus 3 software quickly calculates the ideal PAO settings for each loudspeaker.
Community has collaborated with trusted audio rigging manufacturer Polar Focus to design a variety of color-matched array frames that seamlessly integrate with Polar Focus’ wide variety of install-friendly array-to-structure hardware.
IV6 loudspeakers are available in textured black or white finishes for indoor applications, and may also be ordered in weather-resistant versions featuring Community’s exclusive PolyGlas enclosures and optional powder-coated stainless-steel hardware for outdoor applications. All IV6 loudspeakers are made in the USA at Community’s headquarters in Chester, Pennsylvania and will begin shipping in January 2018.
27th November 2017
Introducing tube-driven overdrive pedal
Tube Pilot Overdrive from TC Electronic is built on the truly classic ingredient of foot-stomping rock licks, the glowing 12AX7 vacuum tube immortalised by vintage full stacks.
Powered by a single preamp tube with only two simple knobs to worry about, this is a no-nonsense tone machine.
This raw circuit type maintains maximum warmth and old-school amp characteristics with the dynamic pick response that only warm tubes can produce.
Tube Pilot serves a bluesy break-up or high octane overdrive, depending on how hard the strings you hit.
24th November 2017
SGM launches the first ever reliable motorised barndoor LED luminaire on the market
SGM has released the high-power and practically maintenance-free G-4 Wash motorised barndoor – a true Fresnel-based luminaire with optimal performance and easy-to-operate wireless control, perfect for stages, theatres film and TV studios.
The motorised barndoor is a powerful and accurate feature, operated remotely by DMX. Each of the four blades has individual -90° to +40° angle control, and the whole module rotates -110° to +110°. With the maximum output achieved at the 15°-18° zoom range, the luminaire delivers the best light output for the size of its lens.
The G-4 Wash motorised barndoor is the first moving head able to achieve a coherent and qualified light spectrum in all colour temperatures with a completely even field and no hotspots. This is achieved through a combination of RGBAM additive mixing, the included glass Fresnel front lens, precise SGM firmware, and colour mixing based on red, green, blue, amber and mint LEDs.
The silent performing moving head also solves one of the biggest demands in LED luminaires – a real Congo blue colour. With a physical enhancer, the G-4 Wash motorised barndoor can create deep and saturated blues, including the characteristic shade of a real Congo blue colour.
With an expected lifetime of 50,000 hours, this powerful yet compact luminaire offers 2,000-10,000K CTC linear control, while delivering best-in-class colour rendering with TLCI, CRI, CQS, and Rf values all higher than 90.
21st November 2017
Green Hippo Says Prepare for PREP
Green Hippo has announced Hippotizer PREP. Enabling users to encode, pre-programme and visualise, Hippotizer PREP is the complete pre-programming tool and is the latest addition to the award-winning media server software.
Fluently answering the requirements of today’s creatives, Hippotizer PREP comes with unlimited watermarked outputs, allowing projects to be pre-programmed from the comfort of a PC or laptop of any size to plug-and-play into Hippotizer hardware. Assign unlimited mixes to one or more outputs and, of course, expect the high performance playback typical of Hippotizer and its impressive stable video technology. The PREP dongle also includes ten free Notch FX, meaning that working directly in Hippotizer, users can create interactive and generative content and live video effects in a powerful, easy and stable workflow.
Hippotizer PREP is now available – contact local distributor or country manager for pricing and information.
20th November 2017
Green Hippo Launches Hippotizer + Media Server range and Releases Hippotizer V4.3 Software
Green Hippo reveals Hippotizer + media server range, its new product range of media servers. The new line comprises the Amba +, Boreal +, Karst +, Montane +, and Taiga +. Building on already incredibly powerful and talented machines, Hippotizer + range brings many user benefits, including the below standout features:
Performance boosts measure at up to 40%. You can playback additional media layers, deliver more complex 3D projects, and expect even better Notch performance.
Larger media drives. This is great news for the storage and more accurately the increasing demands of storage. The Boreal +, Karst +, and Taiga + all enjoy up to double the space on their standard versions.
New back-up and restore system. Time is money – especially in the rental business – and the new machines let you create user and password-protected rental back-up image enabling a faster turnaround between gigs.
Same old brilliant performance. The Hippotizer + range also runs Hippotizer V4 software, ensuring perfect interoperability between the two, and enabling new features for years to come.
Green Hippo has also announced Hippotizer Version 4.3, the latest version of its award-winning software. Hippotizer V4.3 runs on both Hippotizer and Hippotizer + hardware, and brings many new features to Hippotizer and SHAPE. In addition to vigorous bug squashing, benefits of Hippotizer V4.3 include:
NDI (video over Ethernet) send and receive
Smart improvements to ZooKeeper include a new ‘tabbed selector’ and drag-and-drop pin board creation and editing
‘Notes and Tags’ – tag media with key words such as ‘Blue’ or ‘Strobe’ and then search for it by those tags in the media select
Enhanced UI for SHAPE, with grouping of objects, Nulls, parenting and bulk editing
Controllers in SHAPE let you move objects in real time, in 3D
GPU Selection enables even better PLAY and PREP performance in SHAPE
The Green Hippo Hippotizer + Media Server range and Hippotizer V4.3 both launched on 17th November at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas.
20th November 2017
Claypaky AXCOR 300: Small body, big personality, mass appeal
The new Axcor 300 family of moving LED fixtures brings Claypaky’s no-compromise quality and performance to the broad mid-market. The range consists of a spot light, a wash light and a beam light, all driven by a white LED engine with a rated power of up to 180 Watts. The quality of their effects, their construction, and their high light output derive from the high-end products Claypaky specialises in.
The AXCOR SPOT 300 has 17 gobos on two wheels, including seven high quality dichroic rotating gobos. Weighing just 20kg and measuring a little over 500mm, this unit incorporates features that are not often found in models of this size, like a rotating prism, a motorised iris, a soft edge filter, a 16-bit dimmer, and a 8-40° zoom.
The AXCOR BEAM 300 has an even more compact body – less than 500mm – and is able to emit a super-concentrated solid beam with a beam angle as small as 2° and a surprising light output. The wealth and quality of its colours and aerial effects, its electronic focus and its 140 mm diameter front lens make the Axcor Beam 300 the ideal beam moving light in any application area, and the perfect replacement of a Claypaky Sharpy!
The AXCOR WASH 300 has a 140mm front PC lens and linear 5.5° - 42° zoom. Producing colours is its speciality. It is fitted with all the components needed to produce any shade of colour desired, with a light diffusion uniformity comparable to higher-end models.
The AXCOR 300 models boast cutting-edge electronic and software technology, with all the features that enable optimal fixture management and maintenance over time.
With a physical size, power consumption and price-point that disguise their strength and creative potential, the Axcor 300 range enables a new world of expression in touring, events, TV, theatre and installed lighting markets. Now, more designers than ever before can achieve their biggest ideas.
17th November 2017
Christie introduces Crimson Series of 3DLP laser phosphor projectors with 25,000 lumens and BoldColor Technology
The new Christie Crimson Series of 3DLP laser phosphor projectors deliver up to 25,000 ISO lumens, 60Hz processing, and Christie BoldColor Technology in a compact and rugged package with a low cost of ownership for rental, staging and fixed installation customers. For further cost savings, customers can upgrade from their existing Christie M Series and Christie J Series to experience the lamp-free technology of the Christie Crimson WU25 and HD25 without needing to purchase new lenses.
Users will appreciate the ultra-fast processing of Christie TruLife electronics and built-in warp and blend capabilities of Christie Twist. Moreover, by adding Christie Mystique, users will reduce multiple projector calibration times from hours to minutes, saving both time and labour costs.
Designed with the technician in mind, the Crimson Series is built-tough and is easy to ship, handle and install thanks to its compact form factor, quiet operation and 360-degree orientation. Featuring an IP5X sealed, solid-state laser light source, Crimson projectors provide years of reliable, low-cost, and virtually maintenance-free operation while delivering vibrant, lifelike colours in theme parks, indoor and outdoor arenas and stadiums, entertainment venues, mega events, public spaces, and more.
Using an almost identical chassis as the bestselling Christie Boxer and featuring 20,000 hours of long life light, Christie Crimson Series can withstand the rigors of the road and high-usage applications. For customers needing higher frame rates, and up to 120Hz for 3D visualisation or simulation applications, the new Christie Mirage HD25 and Mirage WU25 fit the bill.
“Audiences will see an appreciable difference in both colour richness and brightness with Christie Crimson,” said Curtis Lingard, senior product manager, Christie. “And with its long-lasting brightness, rock-solid reliability, TruLife Electronics, and BoldColor Technology, the Christie Crimson Series combines the best in laser phosphor technology with the brightness and colour that both fixed and live events stagers demand in today’s ever-evolving marketplace.”
Christie Crimson will receive its first public showcase in EMEA at ISE 2018 on the Christie stand (in Hall 1, Stand H70). Christie Crimson ships in February 2018.
16th November 2017
AKG C636 master reference hand-held condenser microphone now available
AKG by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announce immediate availability of the new AKG C636 master reference hand-held condenser microphone. Building on the legendary studio-quality sound of the acclaimed C535 microphone, the C636 innovates by providing professional singers with unparalleled stage reliability and performance. In addition to a custom-tuned capsule with hand-selected components, the C636 is engineered to reject feedback, handling noise and pop noise so vocalists can fully focus on their performance.
“A singer’s voice is their single most important instrument, and the AKG C636 captures their sound in the most unfiltered, uncompressed and natural way possible,” said Erich Gaertner, product line manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “The original C535 is renowned for its legendary audio quality and has appeared on countless stages worldwide. With the C636, we’ve kept that same sound and updated the design with state-of-the-art technology to create a stage microphone that combines best-in-class sound quality and onstage reliability.”
The AKG C636 features three proprietary technologies that are designed to address several common problems singers face on stage, including feedback, handling noise and pop noise.
The C636 essentially eliminates feedback by combining a uniform cardioid polar pattern throughout the entire frequency spectrum with a specially designed suspension and grille for the capsule. This unique approach to housing the capsule avoids unwanted sound reflections on the back of the capsule, ensuring feedback and spill over rejection.
The C636 innovates by integrating the world’s first double shock suspension system, greatly reducing unwanted handling noise. The capsule sits on a highly absorbent rubber bearing that eliminates any structure-based noise, while an adjustable balancing network cancels vibrations over a wide frequency range.
A multi-layer protection system prevents unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of the grille, a foam layer behind the grille and a magnetically attached computer-modelled mesh layer on top of the capsule providing singers with a clear, plosive-free vocal performance. This three-layer protection system is virtually unique to AKG and sets the new standard for pop noise suppression in the market.
In addition, thanks to a robust, zinc-alloy housing with a spring steel grille and 24-carat gold-plated capsule, the C636 is extremely rugged and durable enough to last a lifetime of performances.
16th November 2017
HK Audio unveils the new generation of the Lucas Nano family
HK Audio has introduced the new generation of its bestselling Lucas Nano family of portable, high-performance stereo PA systems. New for November 2017 are the Lucas Nano 302, Lucas Nano 305 FX and Lucas Nano 605 FX, joining the already available 608i and 602 models.
The award-winning Lucas Nano family – which is the only genuine active stereo PA series that can be carried in one hand – is now made up of five individual models across two power classes. A range of different features and options means there is a Nano to suit any need or application.
All adhere to the classic Lucas Nano format, incredible audio performance in an ultra-compact and exceedingly lightweight package. Each Lucas Nano model includes an active subwoofer that delivers huge amounts of low end. The subwoofer powers the two fist-sized satellites which, when not in use, are stored within the subwoofer itself.
The Lucas Nano family is exceptionally easy to scale up or down – two units can be used together as a powerful Twin Stereo System – and all set up in seconds flat.
The flagship Lucas Nano 608i features 8 channels, controlled via an onboard digital mixer or using a free App for iPad which features additional EQ and compressor functions. With enough inputs to plug in a whole band in, and other features like Bluetooth audio streaming, the 608i is the portable PA for any environment – and it can be mixed wirelessly from anywhere in the venue.
The all-new Lucas Nano 605 FX is a superb all-rounder, ideally suited for anyone from musicians and bands to DJs and public speakers. Featuring five inputs, built-in reverb effects and Bluetooth audio streaming, Lucas Nano 605FX is ready for any audio occasion.
For musicians, DJs and entertainers who want to use their own external mixer, DJ controller or playback device, the Lucas Nano 602 is perfect – its simple interface and single stereo input make it incredibly simple and quick to get ready for show time. Its simplicity also makes it the ideal second unit in a twin stereo system.
Finally, the all-new Lucas Nano 305 FX and 302 are slightly smaller in size, power and weight than their 605FX and 602 counterparts, but include the same input options and features. Supremely practical to transport and set up in a huge variety of locations, the 305FX and 302 are set to become top choices for audio fans who are seeking a better sounding lifestyle.
Rüdiger Forse, HK Audio’s senior product manager, said: “The second generation of the Lucas Nano family will make anyone’s world sound bigger and better! We’ve built in highly requested features, such as reverb, to some models, and our groundbreaking technologies like the multi-cell transformer on the 608i, 605FX and 602 systems make sure your performance will sound incredible, wherever and however you use them.
“Plus, whether you’re a musician, public speaker, fitness instructor or a home entertainment fan, Lucas Nano’s ease of handling and the various setup options mean there’s a solution for you – and up to 200 friends!”
The classic Lucas Nano 600 and 300 models will now be phased out, and replaced by the 605 FX and 305 FX models. However, the classic models will combine perfectly with the new models, for example in a twin stereo system.
The Lucas Nano 608i, 602 and 302 are available now, while the 305 FX and 605 FX will be available in late November 2017.
9th November 2017
Elation DARTZ 360: New projection possibilities from a narrow-beam luminaire
Elation Professional is offering the DARTZ 360, a unique LED beam/spot fixture that offers new projection possibilities from a compact, narrow-beam luminaire. The DARTZ 360 is the first RGB source beam/spot to combine such a high level of output with smooth colour-mixing, gobos, effects and sharp optics in such a small package.
A single-source 50W RGB LED engine produces a powerful and tight three-degree beam for smooth, colour-mixed beam effects similar to a discharge lamp. Output is an amazing 29,000 Lux at 5metres. That’s more lumens per watt than similar products on the market.
Extremely bright for its wattage and size, the combined LED engine source/optics package not only provides brighter output than previous multi-chip LED “beam” solutions, the field of light is also noticeably more homogeneous. Safe to use at any distance, the DARTZ 360 is ideal for use in smaller clubs and at smaller events.
The smooth, full spectrum colour output combines with fourteen fixed gobos and effects to produce perfectly colour-mixed beam or image projections. With remote focus for a perfectly smooth colour-mixed beam, the light quality is exceptional. This focusable beam effect is similar to a discharge lamp source but in a fixture that offers full LED colour mixing with an extremely flat field of light and gobo and projection effects.
The DARTZ 360’s effects package also includes six- and eight-facet independent rotating prisms, which can be overlaid to create new morphing effects. A linear frost filter is also included that softens the beam when a wash effect is needed. The DARTZ 360 is compact and phenomenally fast with lightning-quick motors and continuous 360° pan and tilt movement that adds an intense level of energy to any size show. A high speed electronic shutter and strobe are also included.
Dimming of the LED engine is smooth and stepless from 100 to 0 percent and the unit includes five dimmer curve modes to suit any specific application. When used with cameras, the fixture works absolutely flicker-free thanks to its user-adjustable LED refresh rate and Gamma brightness settings. Standard DMX controllable and RDM ready, the DARTZ 360 can also operate via Art-Net, Kling-Net and sCAN protocol. Users can pixel map multiple units via Art-Net, easily adding into matrix displays the added features of beams and effects.
The DARTZ 360 features a full-colour LCD menu display with a multi-button touch control panel that is 180-degree reversible. Professional grade 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, PowerCON TRUE1 in/out connections are included as is a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply. The DARTZ 360 can also receive wireless DMX via the integrated Elation E-FLY system.
9th November 2017
ETC introduces ColorSource CYC
ETC’s newest addition to the ColorSource fixture family is the ColorSource CYC. A dedicated cyclorama fixture with a sole purpose of creating beautiful, smooth washes of light on a cyclorama or wall, ColorSource CYC produces a wide range of bold colours using a unique, all-LED, five colour mix of red, green, blue, indigo, and lime.
ColorSource CYC eliminates the need to replace expensive lamps and highly saturated, coloured gel that burns through after a couple of shows. Furthermore, these fanless LED fixtures consume a fraction of the power of other standard CYC fixtures. However, lower power consumption doesn’t equal reduced light output. In fact, it’s possible to light a full cyclorama with a fraction of the fixtures typically required.
With a compact and lightweight design, this affordable fixture practically blends in with the background. ColorSource CYC can be quickly set up on a stage floor, or hung from a pipe with ease, meaning it’s no longer necessary to lug around large, clunky, boxy fixtures or setup ground row after ground row or border after border.
Each fixture includes an optional hanging yoke, power in and thru connections for easy installation, and stand-alone presets and sequences, making installation and set up a breeze.
With the new ColorSource CYC fixture, comes an update to ETC’s CYC Tool. This powerful fixture app will do the work, calculating the number of fixtures required and how far apart to space them to get full cyclorama coverage. The latest version of the CYC Tool is available to download now via iTunes and Google Play.
Learn more about both the ColorSource CYC and the CYC Tool on the ETC website at etcconnect.com/ColorSource