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Allen & Heath Puts Sound at the Heart of Venues
Allen & Heath has signalled an increased focus on installed sound by deepening the integration of its dLive digital mixing systems into multi-purpose venues. A raft of new releases, control options and expanders adds to the dLive ecosystem to create a distributed, integrated, scalable and accessible solution, handling every aspect of a venue’s audio world from simple boardroom tasks to a full scale live show.
A new dLive MixRack targeted at distributed audio scenarios, the DM0, has been added to the family. DM0 is a 4U mix engine, housing Allen & Heath’s XCVI FPGA Core and providing enough processing power for 128 channels and 64 buses at 96kHz with a latency of just <0.7ms, in keeping with the existing dLive MixRacks. Interfacing to audio networks for access to hundreds of sources and destinations is provided by DM0's three 128ch I/O ports, accepting cards for all major audio networking protocols, including Dante and AES67.
Other new products include a new DX Link I/O card and DX Hub half rack unit, which now enable a dLive system to connect up to 48 audio IO devices, located up to 100m apart to meet the needs of the largest venues. A new wall mount expander, the 16 in / four out DX164-W, joins the recently released DX168 stage box and the modular DX32 in the DX expander range. Integration with third party equipment has also been enhanced with the unveiling of a new GPIO unit, allowing dLive to control lighting, curtains and more.
Remote control options have been extended with the introduction of the programmable IP1 wall plate remote control, giving non-technical users control over functions such as music source selection, level control, or preset recall. Up to 96 IP1, IP6 and IP8 remote controllers can now be added to a dLive system via standard TCP/IP networks, in addition to console style mixing surfaces, tablet and laptop control, offering a multi-user, multi-point control architecture over wired or wireless networks.
“What we’re doing with dLive is bringing together the best aspects of audio management systems and live mixing consoles to create a 360 degree solution for today’s multi-purpose facilities. If you look at environments like schools and colleges, houses of worship or arts centres, they need to handle everything from background music and meetings right through to large scale live performances: until now there really hasn’t been one system that can excel in all situations,” said Nic Beretta, Allen & Heath’s head of product marketing. “With this extension of dLive and upcoming software features focused on installation, we’re allowing our customers to create incredibly powerful systems, and yet make these accessible for all levels of users, from the fitness instructor to the AV professional.”
15th June 2017
New Ten Watt Gobo Projectors
After customer feedback and a need for a cheaper more compact gobo projector, Projected Image has launched a 10W gobo projector for under £200, including a free custom gobo. Specifications are shown in the attached image.
Ideal for smaller venues but also intimate parties, celebrations or branding, this compact, affordable gobo projector could also be the answer for discreet gobo lighting in retail and public spaces.
14th June 2017
L-Acoustics and DiGiCo Immerse Sound Engineers in Hyperrealistic Sound Control
L-Acoustics and DiGiCo announce jointly that L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Source Control functionality is now natively integrated into DiGiCo’s SD range of mixing consoles, adding L-ISA’s object-based mixing technology to the console’s control surface.
L-ISA, which stands for Immersive Sound Art, is a breakthrough in immersive audio technology, combining L-Acoustics’ industry-leading sound design and world-class loudspeaker systems with sophisticated processing tools to create a hyperrealistic experience for audiences at live shows, creative events and private residences.
For L-ISA Live applications, the seamless integration of L-ISA Source Control into the DiGiCo SD-Series means that sound engineers will be able to use a familiar workflow on an industry-leading console to manage immersive environments easily and intuitively. With the L-ISA / DiGiCo integration, up to 96 Input Channels can be designated “L-ISA channels”, each one allowing the engineer to control pan, width, distance and elevation, as well as a designated aux send, for any given L-ISA source object directly from the mixing console. All L-ISA parameters can be stored in the powerful snapshots engine and recalled in the same way as other console parameters.
Source parameters are shared with the L-ISA Controller over the network and instantaneously converted to the defined speaker layout in the L-ISA Processor. Thanks to the flexibility of L-ISA’s object-based approach, the layout can easily be adapted to location changes whilst maintaining the spatial properties of the mix.
The L-ISA Source Control functionality expands the range of creative choices the mixing engineer can employ simultaneously, ranging from classic stereo or 5.1 controls, for uses such as downmixes or auxes, to the advanced object-based multichannel environment offered by L-ISA.
“As well as offering a streamlined user experience, integrating the L-ISA Source Control into DiGiCo’s SD consoles provides productions with a sophisticated yet intuitive solution to the growing demand for immersive sound designs,” said Sherif el Barbari, head of application at L-ISA. “Working with the outstanding team at DiGiCo has helped us move closer to our shared vision of bringing immersive, hyperreal sound to live, professional and private events.”
“DiGiCo is always keen to innovate, and it was fun and interesting to see what the possibilities were,” affirmed James Gordon, managing director at DiGiCo. “It’s been a pleasure to work with L-Acoustics to integrate L-ISA with the SD-Range. We share a lot of customers around the world and adding this new level of integration and control into the new world possibilities of L-ISA further strengthens our commitment to them and to the immersive future of sound.”
L-ISA-enabled DiGiCo SD consoles will be available later this year.
L-ISA demonstrations, including DiGiCo SD console integration, will take place in Orlando at InfoComm on Thursday, 15th June at 8:30am and 10:30am in room W206C.
12th June 2017
TC Electronic announces Reverb TwentyFour
As both the entertainment and media industries are preparing for a future of high-resolution and immersive technologies, there is a growing need for producers to deliver quality content in extreme channel formats such as Dolby Atmos, Barco Auro and NHK Multi-Channel.
With the Reverb TwentyFour, TC Electronic is taking a quantum leap into that future.
The latest and greatest in reverb effects for ultra-channel productions, Reverb TwentyFour is a 19” high definition rack unit capable of processing 24 channels of reverb while retaining the quality and low degree of inter-channel correlation, that made the Reverb 8 algorithm of TC Electronic’s triple TEC awarded System 6000 a household name among top engineers within cinema, music and broadcast.
“We wanted to build an ambitious reverb unit, that points to the future, while keeping the pragmatic present in mind,” says Thomas Valter, director of product management at TC Electronic.
“Naturally, controlling twenty-four channels of reverb is a far more complex task than simple stereo or 5.1 mixing. But we’ve gone to great lengths to guarantee full, yet simple control over all the channels as well as hundreds of parameters, in an interface that won’t disrupt the established workflow of audio professionals.”
Reverb TwentyFour is equipped with MADI connections, and with the flexible and seamless audio routing, the user can send any 24 of the 64 MADI channels to and from the three powerful reverb engines.
With most other reverbs, it takes no more than switching from stereo to mono to greatly offset the mix balance, and as the amount of processed channels increase, things can really fall apart.
To prevent this from being an issue, TC Electronic has made sure that the reverb properties let the user render down from high channel formats with grace, and without ever introducing phasing artefacts or altering the balance of the mix.
In addition, the innovative Power Correction feature will save audio engineers hours of re-trimming by safeguarding the crucial balance between the direct sound and the reverb while mix changes are being done.
This gives producers and engineers the freedom to experiment with radical decay time settings and do last minute changes while leaving the overall levels of the mix consistent.
Due to the uncorrelated nature of the reverb channels, Reverb TwentyFour is equally suited for acoustic improvement within multipurpose venues, stores and restaurants.
12th June 2017
New MILOS Steel Truss – Support for the heaviest loads
MILOS has recently introduced a new series of Steel Truss for the most demanding projects and extreme loads. Constructed from special ultra-high strength steel alloys, MILOS steel truss is up to 2.7 times stronger than aluminium truss with similar dimensions at just double the weight. It features double fork couplers, zinc coated pins and durable black paint finish.
- Use of bespoke ultra-high strength steels
- Orientation-free connector arrangement for ease of use
- Greatly increases load capacity in comparison to similar size aluminium truss sections.
- Optimised weight to strength ratio
- Pinned connectors for increased strength
- Integrated forklift pick up points
- Extremely durable, matt black, impact-resistant industrial paint finish
- Optimised webbing pattern for ease of use when assembling cross trusses
- End braces with 16mm holes for lateral connection
12th June 2017
Universal motor controllers for D8 and D8 Plus hoists
Movecat's Motion Power and Motion Remote controllers – in both their DC (direct control 400V AC) and their RC (remote control/low voltage 24V DC) versions – have for years constituted the industry standard for the control of asynchronous BGV D8 and igvw SQ P2 D8 plus 400V AC rotary current drives, in particular those of electric chain hoists, such as those in the Movecat Eco, Plus, Compact, Ecolite, Pluslite or Plus-C series and comparable products.
Their robust metal housings contain all the contactor switches, safety circuits, under-voltage-, phase- and rotary-field-supervision circuitry and main control switches required for operation, as well as, for each channel, an individually adjustable motor-protection circuit breaker (except PD series).
The E-Controller series forms the foundation for Movecat's M-Link system (except the L and PD series) by means of which up to eight MPC controllers forming an integrated network can be centrally controlled and supervised. The integrated safety elements are arranged sequentially to form a ‘safety chain’, so that any operating failure, such as the tripping of a motor protection circuit breaker, brings all drives in the M-Link network to an immediate standstill. Furthermore, the runs of all linked MPC controllers can be activated centrally even if a variety of MRC units are being used. Operating statuses are indicated by means of signal elements.
The controllers comply with the EN 60204-32 and EN 13849-1 standards as well as VDE 0113 and are suitable for the control of lifting gear in accordance with the guidelines set out in BGV D8 and igvw SQ P2 D8 Plus, with which they comply in every respect.
Typical fields of application include rigging applications in the touring sector and assisting with setting-up and dismantling in the course of professional event and trade fair applications.
9th June 2017
Movecat develops first band hoist for loads up to 250kg
In the VMB-S 250-0.8-24, Movecat has developed its first band hoist. "We want to make it possible for our customers to meet their needs in terms of networked kinetic systems using exclusively equipment from our company," states Movecat CEO Andrew Abele. "In this way, issues of incompatibility and a great deal of costly and time-consuming system configuration can be avoided, and the still greater menace of discontinuities in the security concept that arise when attempts are made to integrate devices from different manufacturers can be effectively eliminated."
The Movecat VMB-S 250-0.8-24 band hoist weighs 100 kilogrammes and is designed for working loads of up to 250 kilos, which it moves at speeds ranging from 0 ("true zero speed") to 0.8 m/sec over vertical distances of up to 24 metres using a maintenance-free precision steel band. Thanks to a flexible radial feed, the steel band can be drawn in through angles of +/- 45°, emitting very little noise (nominal 50 dBa/1 m) in the process. The use of steel bands in kinetic systems allows exact positioning, very smooth movement and low operating noise – regardless of the speed of the run. For applications in particular where the load line needs to be virtually invisible, Movecat's thin 0.4 mm steel band is recommended.
The hoist can be integrated effortlessly into Movecat's I-Motion network via the V-Motion 40E or 55E by means of a user-friendly, "plug and lift" procedure. The VMB-S 250-0.8-24 corresponds to DGUV V17/18 (BGV C1) and is intended for SIL 3 applications.
8th June 2017
HK Audio introduces LINEAR 3 series and new LINEAR SUB basses
HK Audio has introduced a brand new series of high-performance active speakers – LINEAR 3 – and has added two new active models to the LINEAR SUB family of subwoofers.
LINEAR 3 delivers top-notch sound for bands and DJs in every scenario, offering beautifully balanced, high definition sound, impressive low-end, clear speech reproduction, and advanced DSP technology, all packaged in a strong and confident design – and all made to premium standards in Germany.
The first members of the LINEAR 3 family are the 12”/1” L3 112 FA, the 15”/1” L3 115 FA and the multipurpose 12”/1” L3 112 XA – which functions superbly both as a top and as an on-stage monitor.
The technology behind LINEAR 3 makes it simple for performers to achieve great audio results every time, even if they have no sound engineer or a thorough pro audio knowledge themselves. Four EQ presets – Bass Boost, Flat (LF), Flat (HMF) and Contour, two of which are active at any one time – provide plenty of options for shaping the sound to perfectly fit the music style, venue and audience.
In addition, the LINEAR 3 mid/high units offer plenty of headroom thanks to their 1200 Watt class D power amps, Intelligent Multiband Limiters ensure tonal integrity at every volume level, and precision directivity means the sound will go straight to the audience, with few unwanted reflections occurring.
They are also ideal to be used in conjunction with LINEAR SUB subwoofers, including the new 15” L SUB 1500 A and the 18” L SUB 1800 A. The serious low-end punch the L SUB 1500 A and the L SUB 1800 A deliver is similarly suited to the LINEAR 5 series, and they can also be used to extend the ELEMENTS ‘Base’ systems. Flexible and powerful, the new subwoofers are each equipped with a stereo input, meaning they can be easily be configured in half stacks, full stacks, 2.1 set-ups, and in mono sub clusters.
Alexander Wollenberg, HK Audio’s product manager, said: “LINEAR 3 is the easiest way to impress your audience. Whether you’re a PA system expert or prefer to focus entirely on giving your best possible performance, LINEAR 3 gives you optimal results in seconds thanks to our ground-breaking technology, a bunch of logical yet innovative design features, and made-in-Germany quality. Plus, if you need an extra dose of thumping low-end power, the new LINEAR SUB basses are the perfect add-on. LINEAR 3 offers top performance you can trust in – every single time.”
The LINEAR 3 series and the new LINEAR SUB models are available now (with the exception of the L3 112 XA, which hits stores in the autumn).
8th June 2017
New hand-powered and motorised trolleys from Movecat
At this year's Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt, Movecat presented new hand-powered and motorised trolleys for loads ranging from 125 to 5,000 kilogrammes. They are designed for IPE girders between 66 and 300 millimetres wide. The hand-powered trolleys can be furnished with arrestors as an option.
In the case of Movecat's motorised trolleys, the choice is offered between fixed speed models, models with two speeds between which you can switch, and models with speeds continuously variable between 0 and 1.5 m/sec. They can be combined with all chain hoists and LME systems for dynamic load monitoring from Movecat. Furthermore, they are designed in such a way as to ensure that no installation height is sacrificed.
The new hand-powered and motorised trolleys from Movecat satisfy the requirements of DGUV V54 (D8), D8 Plus (IGVW) and DGUV V17/18 (C1).
8th June 2017
Allen & Heath Offers More IO for Dlive Range with the Launch Of DX168
Allen & Heath has added the portable DX168 expander rack to its dLive digital mixing system, offering further remote IO options to the range.
DX168 features 16 XLR mic inputs and eight XLR line outputs, and communicates with the dLive system via Allen & Heath’s proprietary 96kHz DX protocol over CAT5e cable, allowing cable runs of up to 100m between the dLive system and the unit.
In redundant mode, dual cable redundant connections can be made to dLive S Class hardware as well as non-redundant single cable connections to S Class and C Class systems. Alternatively, in cascade mode (available in upcoming firmware 1.60), up to six DX168 units can be connected to any dLive S Class or dLive C Class system allowing up to 96 remote inputs and 48 remote outputs.
The DX168 comes in a robust stage box format, with hard-wearing rubber bumpers and a carry handle for direct placement on the stage floor. An optional rackmount kit allows the unit to be mounted in a standard 19” rack.
Allen & Heath’s live sound product manager, Ben Morgan, comments: “DX168 makes it easy to add more I/O to any dLive system, and to deploy that I/O where it’s needed most. The rugged design ensures it is capable of standing up to the demands of on-stage use week in and week out, yet retains a lightweight and highly portable form factor that can also be rack mounted to offer maximum flexibility.”
7th June 2017
DMX-Workshop for lighting network management
The latest release of DMX-Workshop – a powerful, free software package for managing Art-Net networks – is now available for download from the Artistic Licence website.
Developed by Artistic Licence – the company that invented Art-Net – DMX-Workshop is an incredibly useful network management, analysis, configuration and diagnostics tool. The latest version has some great new features, and is optimised for Windows 10 (although it remains compatible with Windows XP, 7 and 8).
Based on customer feedback, AL has added automated configuration the first time DMX-Workshop is run. This application will detect whether the user is running on an account with a high enough privilege level and warn if not (DMX-Workshop needs administrator privileges). It also automatically opens routes through the firewall for ICMP and UDP messages. Additionally it will search all available network interfaces and propose defaults based on the IP address.
For Art-Net product developers, the current release contains the latest OEM code registrations (up to May 2017).
Improvements and upgrades:
- Ping Radar function expanded and improved. This feature broadcasts ICMP messages to all network interfaces and then analyses the results to locate any Art-Net nodes. The function is invaluable when trying to locate a node that is off network or has an unknown IP address.
- Transmit Preset function improved with short cut buttons that allow a quick 'rig check' function.
- Node configuration dialogue expanded to allow remote configuration of a gateway's merge, data source, output style and RDM enable settings.
- Node display now details the Integrity Index Number, which is a serial number used when registering a node for use with the RDM Integrity application.
The latest, award-wininng version of Art-Net (Art-Net 4) is fully supported. Data packet analysers for both Art-Net and RDM over Art-Net along with the ability to transmit sACN and KiNet data are included.
DMX-Workshop includes numerous DALI features, including DALI transmission via a USB adapter, Art-Osc to DALI translation and DALI wire sniffing.
The free applications Art-Route and Bandwidth-Tester are also installed with DMX-Workshop.
Art-Route is used to route and convert broadcast data to unicast data. It is particularly useful when directing specific universes over links such as Wi-Fi and VPN. Bandwidth-Tester is a handy stress tester for the network and gateways.
The utility application Nic-List is also included. As the name suggests, it provides a list of all the Network Interface Cards (NICs) attached to the computer along with their settings.
This release includes DMX-Workshop v7.18, Art-Net driver v4.5, Nic-List v5.4, Bandwidth-Tester v5.19 and Art-Route v5.4.
6th June 2017
Ultimate 4K home projectors
TV, gaming and movie fans can now enjoy impressive 4K cinema quality images in their own home with the launch of two new home projectors from Optoma – UHD60 and UHD65. Ultra HD 4K resolution brings content to life with incredible detail, colour and contrast for a stunningly immersive experience.
With the full 8.3 million on-screen pixels, the new models meet the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) requirements for 4K UHD and comply with the CTA high dynamic range (HDR) compatible display standards. This guarantees razor sharp, vivid images capable of showing more details than standard HD and replicating the digital cinema experience.
Joe Ahmed, head of marketing at Optoma EMEA, said: “We are incredibly excited to launch our much anticipated first 4K UHD HDR compatible home projectors, the UHD60 and UHD65. The advanced DLP single-chip design from Texas Instruments ensures absolute image integrity delivering over eight million pixels to screen. Without doubt the 4K UHD experience requires the biggest of images, which the two new projectors deliver at an affordable price to home users.”
Capitalising on the fast switching speed of the DLP chip with XPR technology and advanced image processing, 8.3 million pixels are delivered to the screen without alignment issues, especially critical at 4K, with four times as many pixels as 1080p. This brings ultimate clarity to home users.
For a truly future-proofed home projector, both projectors fully support HDCP 2.2, the latest evolution of copy protection so users can enjoy the fast-growing choice of 4K content.
Equipped with Optoma’s Amazing Colour technology which includes an enhanced colour wheel and multiple modes and settings to choose from, users have the freedom to select the best setting for the content. Each mode has been fine-tuned by Optoma’s expert colour team to ensure superior colour performance. Reference mode reproduces accurate Rec.709 HDTV broadcast specification colours – ensuring reproduction of cinematic colour – exactly as the director intended.
The UHD65 also has sophisticated PureMotion frame-interpolation technology. This advanced processing eliminates motion blur or image judder, even in high-speed action films or fast-paced sports. An RGBRGB colour wheel provides accurate, true to life colour, perfect for high-definition colour reproduction. With its sleek black casing and 2200 lumens, the UHD65 produces stand-out images for those looking for a dedicated home cinema projector.
At 3000 lumens, the UHD60 produces bright images for life-like big-screen entertainment even with the lights on. Its gloss-white finish makes for discrete integration into any living space.
Packed with the latest features, these new models are whisper quiet and come complete with integrated speakers that provide powerful 8W audio, with exceptional sound quality. An audio output is also included, enabling connection to external sound systems.
Set-up is simple with vertical lens shift and a host of connection options such as two HDMI ports and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) for compatible phones and tablets. In addition, the UHD60 and UHD65 can even be turned into smart projectors by connecting a HDMI dongle like the Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV to access popular media services and stream TV shows, films and video clips, play games and share photos on the big screen.
6th June 2017
ETC introduces the Response DALI Gateway for architectural markets
ETC has announced the addition of the DALI Gateway – that accepts DMX input and outputs DALI protocol – into the company’s line of Response products. The DIN-rail-mountable Response DALI Gateway delivers a single loop of DALI control for up to 64 devices and 16 groups.
ETC networking and architectural controls product manager Lowell Olcott explains: “This product allows for the control of DALI devices to be added to all of ETC’s lighting systems, making the product a great option for retrofits and new installations alike.” Users have complete control over their entire system with a patchable output map, allowing for the assignment of individual DMX addresses to each DALI device.
The Gateway supports auto-replace, allowing failed DALI devices to be replaced without the need for configuration tools. The DALI Gateway uses special calculations for individual, group, or broadcast DALI commands, to optimise fade performance and ensure dimming quality.
2nd June 2017
Optoma expands award-winning Hi-Res HEM series
Optoma has expanded its range of Hi-Res certified in-ear headphones with the NuForce HEM Dynamic. The stylish new model is available now in two colours (charcoal black or crystal white) and features a high quality dynamic micro driver that produces deep and explosive bass with balanced crystal clear highs.
The lightweight, ergonomic housing with angled design keeps the earphones securely in place so they rest comfortably in the ear. And the over-ear configuration keeps cables out of the way.
“Our new HEM Dynamic in-ear headphones are Hi-Res audio certified and specially engineered to bring out all of the detail from streamed or stored audio. These earphones are a substantial upgrade from those that come with a smartphone so music fans can now get closer to the music as the artist intended. They also feature a detachable cable, which is rare on affordable in-ear monitors,” commented Joe Ahmed, head of marketing at Optoma EMEA.
These innovative in-ear monitors offer budding artists, home recording musicians, DJs and music lovers incredible audio reproduction. Using a dynamic micro driver, the HEM Dynamic delivers detailed sound with a wide frequency range.
The HEM series enables users to hear every track in exceptional clarity, for rich full-bodied sound. The combination of cutting-edge design and Hi-Res certified dynamic micro driver technology results in balanced sound.
Featuring a high quality dynamic micro driver, the HEM Dynamic earphones produce deep and explosive bass with balanced clear highs. Each driver and earphone is carefully measured and matched between each earbud and can produce high frequencies up to 40,000Hz, twice as high as traditional earphones.
For maximum comfort and performance they come with two types of ear tips in a range of sizes for a snug, slip-free fit. These include Comply soft memory foam ear tips which shape themselves to fit perfectly in the ear canal, offering superior isolation from noise and creating incredible bass response. They also feature a detachable cable for easy replacement in the future.
Constructed with acoustically calculated, vibration-free Lexan earpieces the HEM Dynamic allow for prolonged listening without fatigue. The in-ear monitors are lightweight making them ideal for use at home, in a recording studio, on stage or on the go.
HEM Dynamic key features
- High Resolution certified – for studio-quality audio
- Impressive frequency – for rich bass and clear highs up to 40,000 Hz
- Comply soft foam ear tips – for enhanced isolation and sound quality
- Built-in microphone and in-line remote – for convenience
- Ultimate convenience – built-in microphone and inline remote to skip, pause and play songs as well as for Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant and Siri
2nd June 2017
Outdoor Rated Chauvet Professional Épix Strip IP Features Quick Programming Mode
The new Épix Strip IP from Chauvet Professional makes pixel mapping a snap indoors or out. In addition to standing up to inclement weather thanks to its IP65 rating, the new one meter LED strip features a quick programming mode that greatly reduces the amount of time needed to set up pixel mapping programs by allowing access to several pre-built effects while using just a few DMX Channels.
Using the Épix Drive 2000 IP, which is required with this product, designers can control the Épix Strip IP via Art-Net, Kling-Net, or sACN to configure and program shows in a matter of minutes rather than hours. “We made it easier to create stunning pixel mapped looks in less time,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “This is an ideal product for one-offs, events and festivals, as well as the touring and rental markets.”
With 100 RGB SMD 5050 LEDs lined up in a row, the Épix Strip IP produces a stunningly bright output and extremely high resolution graphics. Adding to its versatility are its three different lens covers (stealth black, round milky and square milky, which can be used to create a wide range of diffused and high contrast looks. For example, the stealth black creates a flatter image, while the round milky and square milky filters increase the viewing angle and result in a more diffused output. The stealth black cover also allows the linear strip to blend with scenery or 'hide' when used in a dark environment.
“We designed Épix Strip IP to be a very flexible tool,” said Chauvet. “Every designer has a unique approach, so we worked hard to make this product as versatile as possible from the way it can be controlled to the different looks and viewing angles you can get with lens covers.”
In keeping with this flexibility, the Épix Strip IP offers a variety of programming options. As an alternative to the quick programming mode, designers can opt to control each pixel individually, or they can divide the fixture into 5, 10, 20, or 50 pixel sections. They can also use a media server to control every pixel or section.
Ruggedly built, the Épix Strip IP is ideal for touring. Not only are the strips themselves IP65 rated, the 4-pin XLR connectors that link them to the Épix Drive 2000 IP are too. These connectors are also fast and easy to work with, further simplifying life for end users. The Épix Drive 2000 IP is also IP65 rated, so it can be used directly on outdoor rigs without concern about the elements.
“We talked to a lot of designers to learn what was important to them in their real life applications,” said Chauvet. “In the end, this led us to develop a product that not only creates great looks, but is easy to work with as well.”
2nd June 2017
Movecat develops operating hours counter for D8 and D8 Plus hoists
Movecat has introduced an integrated digital operating hours counter for electric chain hoists complying with the D8 and D8 Plus standards. The BSZ-DC is suitable for DC drives with 400 Volt AC direct control. An external power source is not required.
The BSZ-DC shows not only the accumulated but also the maximum permissible operating hours, as well as providing information about the remaining useful life. The data is output to a digital display that is legible in daylight, even in stationary mode when the chain hoist is at rest.
2nd June 2017
DPA Microphones Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Launch of First Limited Edition Kit
DPA Microphones is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2017.
“Innovation remains the key to our success and we are excited to be able to celebrate this momentous event with our clients, friends and business associates this year,” says Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, CEO. “Since our inception, we have always challenged the status quo to make our products better. We are on a never-ending quest to get closer to the perfect sound, it’s in our DNA. We look forward to continuing to bring advanced products to the market. Here’s to the next 25 years!”
DPA is also announcing that the first of three limited edition 25th Anniversary microphone kits is available from 1st June. This kit features a d:facto 4018V vocal microphone in a nickel finish with a handle that features the 25-year logo. It also includes an SL1 adapter for Sony, Lectrosonics and Shure also in nickel finish absolutely free. Only 250 of these kits were made and 50 of them come in an exclusive suitcase with the 25-year logo engraved. The additional 200 will be delivered in a traditional black zip case. The anniversary offer also includes the traditional black d:facto 4018V with a free SL1 adapter included.
DPA’s d:facto 4018V vocal microphone is entirely modular in that the capsule can be removed and replaced with any other d:facto capsule to suit different recording or performance requirements. Also, using DPA’s flexible adapter system, the microphone can be transformed from a wired version with a handle to a handheld wireless microphone capable of seamless integration with all leading wireless solutions, such as Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Lectrosonics and Line6.
2nd June 2017
SuperNova 4 Now available for Download
LumenRadio has made SuperNova 4 available for download. SuperNova 4, a complete system management tool for lighting rigs, was showcased at ProLight + Sound in April and brings an all new flat UI design and improved performance.
The new features and improved UI has made this market leading RDM management tool even better.
With support for both CRMX and third party Art-Net nodes from other manufacturers, SuperNova provides a clear and detailed view of the status of your entire network, both wired and wireless devices. RDM enabled fixtures can be configured and monitored from the software, with configuration of common parameters just a click away.
SuperNova 4 features a new and improved UI. The all-new flat design is aimed to work extremely well on not only your regular laptop, but also on tablet type computers with touch screen, such as Microsoft Surface. There is also a new bright theme featuring higher contrast, perfect for use in outdoor conditions.
Among the new features is that now you have unlimited access to RDM through third party Art-Net nodes for any number of universes, configuration of dimmer specific parameters such as dimmer curves, improved support for sub-devices, improved support for saving complete projects to disk and improved support for multi-screen systems.
As showcased on Prolight + Sound SuperNova 4 is now available for download from the LumenRadio homepage.
Furthermore, SuperNova 4 now supports the latest version of Java, which means that it now will install and run on any new version of Microsoft Windows or Apple’s Mac OS.
31st May 2017
Alcons Launches LR28/110 Wide Dispersion Larger Format Line Array
Previewed to a very positive response at ProLight+Sound in April, Alcons has launched the LR28/110 Wide Dispersion Larger Format Line Array – a three-way, line-source sound system for use as vertical array with extended horizontal coverage in up to the largest applications.
The roots of the LR28 system go back to Alcons’ foundation in 2002 and the fledgling company’s aim of delivering the best possible sound reproduction in any application at any sound pressure level. The Alcons R&D team already had over 15 years experience in signal processing, amplifier technology and transducer development, with particular focus on pro-ribbon technology. As a manufacturer of its own mid/high transducers, the company literally had a blank sheet of paper from which to start its quest for the ‘holy grail’ of large format sound reinforcement systems.
“A long-time ambition was to see how far we could take our pro-ribbon transducer technology, in terms of sheer power output,” says Philip ‘Dr Phil’ de Haan, Alcons co-founder and R&D chief.
By 2007 the company had a design study for a large scale, pro-ribbon sound reinforcement system and in 2010 development started in earnest on what would become the LR28.
Alcons produced a 14” tall, single-diaphragm pro-ribbon transducer with 14” voice-coil. This was the multiple-patented RBN1402rsr, which is the mid/high heart of the LR28. Its super-fast impulse response, HF peak power handling of 3000W with RMS-to-peak ratio of 1:15 and all-natural cylindrical wavefront delivers a fully-predictable linear response, with ultra-low distortion and exceptionally precise pattern control.
Introduced in 2015, the LR28/80 features an 80º horizontal dispersion pattern, but is identical to the new, wide-dispersion LR28/110 in all other aspects. Both models combine the highest sound quality possible with very high SPL capabilities and throw. It is a true ‘what you mix is what you get’ (WYMIWYG) solution, where the system literally doesn’t add anything to the original source: input = output (but louder!).
The RBN1402rsr and mid section (featuring four high-efficiency 6.5” midrange transducers) are jointly mounted on an aluminium cassette for optimised heat-dissipation/reduced power-compression and prolonged system output.
The LF section comprises two reflex-loaded, custom 14” woofers with reinforced cone and large voice-coil Neodymium motor structure for improved heat dissipation and reduced power compression.
“We could have made a three-block of LR18 compact mid-size line array units as an under-fill for the LR28, but we wanted to have a dedicated system to maintain the identical performance and array-coupling down to the lowest cabinet,” says Dr Phil.
“We also knew that a wider dispersion version of the LR28 would prove to be an ideal solution in outfill or delay situations where the audience area is spread more widely and less throw is necessary. The patented 110º horizontal dispersion of the LR28/110 is maintained up to the highest frequencies and it can be deployed in dedicated 110º arrays, in combination with the LR28/80, with the LB28 line array bass extension or with both in larger arrays.”
The LR28/80 and LR28/110 are powered and controlled by four channels of the Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controller, through the integrated processing and feedback, the ALC offers LR28-specific drive processing with array compensation, filter-presets, system EQ, phase-matching and other facilities.
The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring of the LF and MF sections ensures dynamic cable/connector compensation between the LR28 and Sentinel, resulting in a fast, tight mid/bass response and reducing distortion even further.
The unique, patent-pending rigging system enables angle setting on the cabinets without lifting the array, resulting in safer and faster set-up with minimal handling. The flying system facilitates two different ways of array assembling – caterpillar and pre-rig-style – with compressed and non-compressed suspension. It has a WLL of 24 cabinets under 10:1 safety.
Sound engineers who have used the LR28 system have said that they can hear and do things with it that they can't do with conventional systems, describing its exceptional clarity, dynamic headroom and throw as a ‘major step forward’ for large shows. These thoughts have been echoed by artists, promoters and rental companies. Thanks to its directional controllability, neighbours living close to festivals and arenas have also reacted more positively to events where it has been used.
The LR28/110 is element of the Alcons application-configurable touring package, including the LR28 line-arrays, LB28 bass array- extension, BC543 cardioid subwoofer system, Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller, ARC 3D-simulation tool and power / signal-distribution and transport logistics.
The LR28 is part of The Ribbon Network inventory, Alcons’ global dry-hire and partner network and comes with a six-years “no hassle” warranty.
“Up to 90% lower distortion and a flat frequency response up to and beyond 20.000Hz at the highest concert sound pressure levels became a reality with the LR28. The LR28/110 module extends this capability, delivering enhanced coverage and even better audience experience,” Dr Phil concludes.
30th May 2017
Bel Digital releases new firmware for Dante Confidence Monitor
Bel Digital has released a firmware update (v1.31) for its BM-A1-64DANTE, which now includes the facility to automatically display channel names via Dante Controller.
Ideal for commercial installation, broadcast, live sound, houses of worship, theatre and production applications the BM-A1-64DANTE is an Audio-over-IP audio monitoring solution that allows confidence monitoring of any channel present on a Dante network. AES67 compliance also means the BM-A1-64DANTE can operate in any other compatible AoIP network.
The BM-A1-64DANTE can be configured to monitor up to 64 channels with two monitoring modes available to the user. With the new firmware, Dante Receiver Channel names are now automatically displayed, which makes configuration and operation even faster and completely intuitive.
“With up to 64 channels routed to the front panel, it’s possible to audition each channel individually,” explains Bel’s Craig Lovell. “With v1.31 firmware installed, the Dante Receiver Channel name on the selected channel is now automatically displayed, which makes for very intuitive operation.
“It’s also possible to combine any number of channels to create unique stereo monitor mixes if you need simultaneous monitoring of multiple channels. In this instance, the availability of channel names means that custom combinations can be quickly achieved.”
“I’ve just uploaded the new firmware to all my devices and I love the new feature. It works really well,” says Matt Wentz, audio systems engineer at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, who recently purchased three BM-A1-64DANTE units for the church’s extensive campus. “The ability to see the names allows ease of programming a preset, or just trying to find the channel you want to solo. Instead of keeping a spreadsheet of the layout, it’s now right on the screen. We’re looking forward to more updates in the future!”
Additionally, inserting headphones automatically mutes the front panel speakers and presets allow for different mix combinations to be stored and recalled. The audio present on the speakers is also available via balanced analogue (two XLR) and AES/EBU (one XLR) outputs, which is useful for connecting the unit to external monitors or if using the BM-A1-64DANTE as a simple two channel breakout unit to feed external equipment.
The Dante monitor is housed in a rugged, compact 1U rack chassis, features a redundant power supply as standard and offers full audio redundancy over a Gigabit Ethernet network.
26th May 2017
ETC launches Dual Tech Sensors and Contact Interfaces for Unison Echo line
USA – ETC has released two new additions to its Unison Echo line of architectural lighting control. The new Dual Tech Sensors ensure spaces can adhere to stringent energy codes, while also ensuring occupant comfort. Secondly, two contact interface devices provide simple and seamless integration with other systems.
For locations where no movement doesn’t mean a space is vacant, the new Dual Tech sensors offer a convenient and reliable way to make sure illumination is constant. Dual Tech sensors couple passive infrared (PIR) detection with acoustic detection and can support almost any room size or configuration. Available in wall, ceiling and switch mount configurations, with a range of finish options, the Echo Dual Tech sensors offer different models for occupancy or vacancy, meeting energy codes without the need for advanced configuration. The Dual Tech sensor features a walk test function to confirm coverage, supports small movement detection up to 45-feet, and includes coverage patterns for most applications. They are UL Listed and CE marked, and meet ASHRAE 90.1, IECC, and CA Title 24 codes.
System integration is simple with the new Echo contact interfaces. Available in four-input and four-output versions, contact interfaces join Echo systems seamlessly to third-party, external control systems. The Echo contact input interface (ECII) can receive wet or dry contacts and uses the closure to activate actions in an Echo control system. Anything from a basic toggle switch all the way up to an advanced enterprise A/V systems can trigger the contact input interface, and with the EchoAccess mobile app users can program the system for any Echo control action.
The Echo contact output interface (ECOI) supplies contact triggers to external systems. A contact output can be generated as part of any preset or zone control to automatically trigger an external system, including functions like powering on a projector or deploying shades. Additionally, the Echo contact output interface can send a contact to third-party management programs, keeping enterprise-wide systems updated of the lighting system status. Both Echo contact interfaces connect Echo systems to larger installations, bringing custom actions and high-level integration to a budget-friendly system.
25th May 2017
Network master box from Movecat assures SIL3 compliance
The new I-Motion network master box from Movecat meets all the requirements of SIL3 applications with Stop Category 1 in combination with vario drives. The NMB-14 I-Motion network master box generates in addition for subsequent NDB-6 network distributor boxes with star network wiring the Stop Category 1/E-Stop function level. For this purpose, the device is equipped with 14 I-Motion network outputs for V-Motion or NDB-6. Both an internal and an external E-Stop are supported.
For the operation of the NMB-14 I-Motion network master box, two external safety enabler buttons as well as a 4 x 20 digital display with status LEDs are provided. The integrated UPS sets the seal on the operational safety of the network master box.
25th May 2017
Allen & Heath Enhances dLive Scene System
Allen & Heath has released V1.50 firmware for its flagship dLive S Class and dLive C Class ranges. This latest update includes multiple improvements and additions to the scene system to meet the needs of theatre, festival and other complex show applications.
The Scene Update system has many enhancements including an improved manual mode and new auto-tracking mode, both of which can apply changes in absolute or relative modes. Additionally, an enhanced GUI offering increased scope and granularity of parameter control has been implemented for recall filters and global safes. Festival-friendly tools to allow scenes to be imported from USB have also been added.
Allen & Heath’s Pro Live product manager, Ben Morgan commented: “This release is well timed, with dLive appearing at many summer festivals these improvements to the scene system will provide an even smoother experience for both visiting and resident engineers. We have also seen a lot of dLive systems going into theatre environments, where these updates will help to streamline workflows.”
Also included in V1.50 is a comprehensive MIDI over TCP/IP Protocol for integration with third-party equipment in installations and support for forthcoming new hardware.
V1.5 is available to download immediately from the website.
23rd May 2017
New software for ETC’s ColorSource Relay implements wireless RDM
The ColorSource Relay system kick-started a new era of power control, bringing budget-friendly system infrastructure with data distribution to theatres, houses of worship, schools and community centres. Now the ColorSource Relay is upgrading its simple configuration and wireless performance with the addition of wireless RDM.
The latest release of the Relay software – version 1.1.0 – is available to download and offers venues the ability to add wireless RDM to their ColorSource Relay system. RDM makes the convenient system even simpler to use, letting users identify and address their equipment wirelessly and then configure and monitor it, no matter where it’s placed in the rig. The Relay and ColorSource Transmitter have a 100-metre (328-foot) range and require minimal setup and no programming whatsoever.
“The ColorSource Relay system was already a ground-breaking tool, but now it’s even more powerful with the addition of wireless RDM,” says Ned Keitt-Pride, power controls product manager. “The ColorSource Relay makes it easy to get DMX, power and the benefits of RDM into remote locations.”
RDM is available in all ColorSource Relay units with an upgrade to software version 1.1.0. In order to upgrade their units, users should contact ETC technical support. In addition to adding wireless RDM, the latest version of the ColorSource Relay software also includes upgrades for performance optimisation of wireless DMX.
The problem-solving ColorSource Relay offers configuration and control without cords and gives experts and beginners alike the superior ETC control experience.
For more information on the ColorSource Relay and the entire ColorSource family, visit www.etcconnect.com/ColorSource
23rd May 2017
Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixing and multi-track recording system now shipping
Soundcraft by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd has announced immediate availability of the the new Soundcraft Ui24R. The Ui24R is a complete digital mixing and multitrack recording system that delivers flexible I/O, pristine sound quality, intuitive wireless control, and roadworthy reliability, all in a streamlined design.
The Soundcraft Ui24R can be controlled by up to ten devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, making it possible to control mixing and multitrack recording wirelessly. Renowned Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech signal processing ensures pristine sound, while 20 Studer-designed microphone preamps deliver more professional inputs than any other mixer in its class. The compact, rack-mounted Ui24R is part of the new Harman Connected PA ecosystem and offers unprecedented control, versatility and power at an incredible value.
“The Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixing and multitrack recording system delivers the power and capability of a large-format console in a compact and convenient solution,” said Scott Wood, solutions manager, mixing at Harman Professional Solutions. “High-quality technology and components, including renowned signal processing from Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech, as well as Studer preamps, provides incredible results for rehearsing, performing, recording, overdubbing and more. From the stage to the studio, Ui24R is the ultimate system for artists, venue owners and engineers who need to save space and deliver superior sound.”
Ui24R provides 24 input channels, including ten combo/XLR, ten XLR, two line level, and two digital mix channels for a total of 24 simultaneous inputs. Renowned Studer preamps deliver rich sound for live performance and multitrack recording applications, while iconic Lexicon reverbs, choruses, delays, and dbx compression offer polished results for vocals, acoustic guitar and more. dbx AFS2 automatic feedback suppression is available on all monitor outputs, providing an excellent live experience. Plus, two channels of DigiTech guitar and amp modelling bring a host of effects to any performance or recording, particularly when low stage volume is desired.
Ui24R redefines the live mixing experience by giving engineers the freedom to control mixes from anywhere in the venue. Up to ten devices can be connected simultaneously across reliable dual-band Wi-Fi, so musicians can adjust their inpidual mix on stage while the FoH engineer optimises the audience experience. Thanks to HTML5 compatibility, the system can be controlled from any modern browser including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS and Linux devices, without installing any apps.
Ui24R allows engineers and musicians to redundantly record their stereo mix, plus all 22 multi-track inputs, directly to a USB storage drive and a connected computer. The Ui24R is equally at home as the centrepiece of a multi-track recording studio, with easy integration between its USB audio interface and the user’s DAW of choice.
Soundcraft Ui24R is part of the Harman Connected PA family of products, and offers full compatibility with the new Harman Connected PA app for easy control, fast set-up and better quality results. Connected PA eliminates the need for multiple apps or graphic user interfaces (GUIs) and delivers seamless plug-and-play operation with a variety of Harman equipment so users can control their entire live sound system with one app. Products within the Connected PA ecosystem self-identify with the new app for effortless set up, and set-up wizards help customers to quickly optimise volume, configuration settings and sound quality.