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Pro Audio Stash Comus Cables – Now Available in the US
Pro Audio Stash’s range of European manufactured tour grade Comus musical instrument cables is now available through the US office in Austin, Texas.
The cable is quality engineered to suit all high-end touring applications and is ideal for those working in the professional live entertainment industry as well as for AV and custom installations of all types.
The US branch will be stocking cables from the Comus’ ranges for speakers, instruments and microphones.
Unique Comus features include flexible and durable jacket compounds which remain supple even in sub-zero temperatures. The whole cable construction is designed so that the cables are resistant to kinks and twisting, making them ultimately easy and adaptable to work with.
The jackets are tough, but easy to strip for quick, easy and painless installation. The cables also feature low capacitance and low dielectric insulation, reducing noise and signal losses which significantly boosts the sonic accuracy of the cable.
The new 6.5 noiseless mono instrument cable is durable and black, made in Europe and very flexible. It is idea for instruments and mono patch cables, mini-jacks and 6.3 mm jack connectors … made from stranded copper wire and insulated with a special Polyethylene. The impressive operating temperature ranges from – 20 to +70 degrees centigrade.
Also new is the 2 x 1.5 mm core ‘Arctic grade’ flexible high grade loudspeaker cable, again built to tour grade specifications, rugged and flexible. Applications include rehearsal studios / facilities and all types of portable applications – from high-end conferences to AV presentations. The conductor is a standard copper wire with PVC insulation and jacket, and the operating temperature range is between -10 and +70 degrees centigrade.
A heavier 2 x 2.5 core version will also be available, which is ideal for all types of live music and live sound reinforcement scenarios, as well as for professional AV and installations.
The premium grade 6.5 mm 2 core Comus Tour Grade Mic cable combines dynamics and high level audio performance and is perfect for microphones and line level analog balanced audio. The conductor is stranded copper wire and the spiral screen shielding is bare copper. The Polyethylene jacket is available in several different colors.
All cables are manufactured in Europe and available from Pro Audio Stash Inc. in 300 or 500 ft reels.
19th June 2013
TiMax SoundHub Video Tutorials at TiMax Media YouTube Channel
Out Board have posted five TiMax SoundHub Tutorial videos at their new YouTube TiMax Media channel.
Each short video runs about 4-6 mins and the set provides a fast-track training course for the versatile PC/Mac software used to program and control the powerful TiMax SoundHub audio matrix, playback server and showcontrol unit.
Titles include The Mixer basics, through Files and Cues, Triggers and Events, Cues and The Timeline up to a final System and Utilities roundup.
Following detailed briefs from Out Board, the videos have been compiled and narrated by Canadian sound designer and post-production engineer Alan Hardiman as he demonstrates the software’s comprehensive feature set.
Rendered in full HD, the videos look like the real thing when watched full-screen, and ProTools was used to help edit and balance sound effects demonstrations and also for mastering the narration.
Discussions are underway with certain TiMax distributors in Asia and Europe to provide narrative content to allow foreign language versions to be created for their territories.
TiMax SoundHUb software can be downloaded at www.outboard.co,uk and for the Tutorial Videos just Google TiMax Media.
19th June 2013
Harman’s Martin Releases v3.0 Software for M-Series Range of Lighting Consoles
Just in time for the shipping of Harman Martin’s new flagship lighting console, the M6, Martin has released a new software version for M-Series consoles with hundreds of improvements and a stunning new user-interface, built from the ground up to make programming performances easier and more efficient.
The new v3 software is all about speed with faster start-up time, show loading and more efficient access to functions. The clean and modern user-interface has been optimized for touch and gesture technology, which allows the user to work in an environment where everything is accessible from a single finger touch. Users can simply swipe to move from view to view, access other playback banks quickly or change parameter selection. Double tapping on playback status accesses its functions and options. Additionally, users can enlarge the quick slide out for visual parameter control.
"Our goal for this new interface was to simplify the workflow by giving access to many functions without the need to constantly change views or access sub menus," stated Steven Vanspauwen, head of user experience design, Martin. "Users will find themselves programming faster than they ever did on any console before with v3."
Martin’s M-PC v3 is no longer a simple hardware emulator, but a real PC-based controller with a user-interface optimized for any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC equipped with or without a touch screen. Using the same concept as the console interface, the M-PC v3 allows anyone to program shows for free. M-PC Free Edition is available for one universe over Artnet as well as the popular ENTTEC DMX devices.
It is also possible to use the M-PC with two universes using any Martin Duo-DMX box. When using its One-Key dongle license, the universe count can be increased to 8 and even 64, making M-PC one of the most powerful lighting PC controllers in the industry.
The new v3 release is available now at
18th June 2013
New RAMCAT 6-Cable RC6-LB1S from Klotz Cables
The new Klotz RAMCAT6 Cable offers high data rates plus high mechanical resilience, and is therefore ideal for the most challenging mobile applications.
Flexible and suitable for drum storage, the new RAMCAT6 cable from KLOTZ ticks all the boxes for outstanding performance in mobile applications, delivering bit rates up to 10 Gbit/s.
The RAMCAT6 is the cable of choice for data transfer in the Ethernet applications 1000BaseT and 10GBase-T where cable carriers and cable drums are used.
The rugged data cable offers characteristic impedance of 100 Ω and has four twisted pairs with copper cores (19 x 0.11 mm). The matched lay lengths of the individual pairs and the sophisticated cable stranding with central PE filler are designed to minimize crosstalk interference over short and long transmission ranges. With a cross-shaped PE central filler and abrasion-proof PUR jacket, the cable is ideal for mobile use on the road.
Dual shielding reliably protects against electromagnetic interference. Made up with rugged RJ45 SAT-Cat.6A connectors for field termination, the RAMCAT6 is a reliable and durable transmission cable with Class EA conformity (transmission frequency: 500 MHz).
With outstanding material characteristics and design features, the RAMCAT6 easily handles the challenges involved in mobile data communications.
18th June 2013
Amber International takes Total Control with a host of new URC Products
Amber International, the EMEA master distributor to the CI industry has announced it will be commencing immediate shipment of several new URC products for the Total Control range including the TKP-7000 touch screen, CAM-DC1 surveillance camera and the THS-WD1 external temperature sensor.
In addition, URC is also in the process of launching ‘Offsite Programming’, a new feature available to programmers of Total Control whole-house systems. Now custom installers can access their customers’ MRX-10 Advanced Network Controller to program or reprogram, change cable channel line-up, reset Favourites or make any other adjustment, all without visiting the installation site. Access can be made remotely from the installer’s shop, home or anywhere else that they can connect to the internet.
Featuring a 7" 1024 x 600 capacitive-touch colour screen, the new URC TKP-7000 is an intuitive control device that adds complete management of all entertainment, lighting, heating, security and more. The TKP-7000 offers gesture-based control of music lists, source selection or volume. With full graphic feedback from both URC and compatible third-party devices, the TKP-7000 can also display live video for security monitoring when combined with URC cameras like the brand new CAM-DC1.
The latest Total Control surveillance camera, the CAM-DC1 is stylish, compact and easy-to-install. Available in two options as an unobtrusive indoor mini-dome, or a tough, vandal-proof outdoor dome camera, it can comfortably cater for every need. Offering H.264/MJPEG compression, motion detection, web-based set-up, administration, control and upgrade - the CAM-DC1 keeps in control via a 32-bit embedded CPU running Linux.
The THS-WD1 is a discreet external temperature sensor designed for use with the URC THZ-100 Advanced Thermostat, allowing for an additional zone of temperature measurement away from the unit itself. This allows the end-user to easily observe temperature sensitive areas of their property.
"We’re pleased to be able to offer a host of new products for the fantastic URC Total Control range," says Cees van Wendel de Joode, sales manager for Amber International. "Users will now have even more accessible and stylish ways to stay in control of their home. In addition to brilliant technical support via Offsite Programming, URC is once again breaking the mould of what is achievable with home control."
18th June 2013
CAST offers sneak peak at wysiwyg R31
CAST Group has released the first few details of forthcoming new release of wysiwyg R31, which is due to launch within the next few weeks.
R31 is set to deliver an array of stunning new features, enhancements and library additions, many of which were directly requested by accomplished wysiwyg professionals. These improvements will save huge amounts time and money by solving problems and delivering brand new functionality, consistent with CAST's mantra and its steadfast determination to dramatically improve the workflow and user experience of wysiwyg – Release 31 will be testament to this philosophy.
Among the extensive list of the additions to R31 are some striking visualization enhancements – perhaps most significantly the new Material System in Shaded Views, which will allow material properties to be applied on a per-element level to any object in the file, adding more realism to real-time visualization, meaning more screenshots and fewer renderings, therefore saving hours of time. There are also a number of new material properties including: Specular Level, Specular Gloss, Specular Colour Source and Light Reflection, delivering 'really virtually real' images to enhance the creative process. R31 will include the first phase of the Material System, with the second phase projected for completion in R32.
R31 beta-tester Nick Calthrop noted: "Specularity on surfaces is one of the greatest new features R31, because it's all about putting a shine on surfaces in realtime. It really is the bees knees for wysiwyg, one of the biggest things to happen to the software since R25.
Also central to R31 are some spectacular Shaded View enhancements that bring visualisation ever closer to reality. One of the most apparent of these advances is that beams will no longer saturate to white when overlapping in large numbers.
New CAD features will include Line Intersection Snap, Trim & Extend tools for rapid adjustment of lines, and new Dimension Properties & Styles to quickly and easily customize all aspects of dimension objects. The ability to colour, tint and brighten textures, images and videos reduces the need to switch back and forth between wyg and image editing software, while innovative fanning tools speed up the creation of stunning new looks in Design mode – especially useful for users working 'under the gun'.
Fellow beta-tester Daniele Peroni commented: "The updated design and fanning tools are wonderful. I love this software, it's my daily companion throughout all my productions, and it's growing continuously," while Gaël Szpak remarked: "With each new release the designer tools and fanning features look better and better. I've worked for a long time with wysiwyg and I've watched its evolution, It's wonderful."
Collectively, the improvements to wysiwyg in R31 are about productivity and creativity – designed with the end user in mind. For instance, to help cut down on the mouse click count, CAST has introduced floating toolbars to the right click menu, giving instant access to common features and operations. In addition, there are a raft of new keyboard shortcuts, while the 'Insert on Floor' option now included in the Library Browser for automated fixtures eliminates the extra steps previously involved in adding a floor mount, pipe or truss, making the process much more efficient and intuitive. Of course, this is just a small selection of the many improvements made in R31 – expect a whole lot more upon its release later this month.
Bruce Freeman, chairman of CAST Group concluded: "Our aim for each new release of wysiwyg is to use our Members’ input to spawn innovation which keeps them competitive with today’s design and production demands. wysiwyg is a professional’s tool and clearly our Members intend to deploy it to become more professional, more productive and more profitable. We've greased the wheels of the creative workflow and tweaked onscreen visualisation. R31 continues the tradition of raising the bar in the most exemplary way. Wait until they see R32!"
Look out for forthcoming news on wysiwyg
R31, including the official launch date and a full rundown of the new features. Upon release, the R31 update will be available from the Members Only Area of the CAST website where comprehensive product information can also be found. New releases are free for members.
17th June 2013
Lab.gruppen Introduces New LUCIA Decentralised Installation Amplifier
Putting power and audio processing exactly where it is required, Lab.gruppen has once again redefined expectations and moved into new territory with the launch of its new install dedicated amplifier range, LUCIA.
Addressing the specific needs of the AV contractor market for high quality, localised audio systems, the two-channel LUCIA (Localised Utility Compact Intelligent Amplification) is a compact and versatile Energy Star compliant Class D amplifier platform, packed with the innovative features and superior sonic performance Lab.gruppen has become renowned for. Designed with speed of install and easy configuration in mind, LUCIA combines cutting edge low-impedance amplifier electronics with advanced DSP in the smallest amplifier the company has ever produced.
For small-scale AV applications where high quality audio is required, without the complication and additional cost of a distributed system with centralised rack-mounted amplification, matrixing and processing, LUCIA offers systems designers a more logical and cost-efficient solution, one that is ideally suited for corporate boardrooms, classrooms and small lecture theatres, museum multi-media areas and retail units.
The range comprises four models across two power configurations – 2 x 60W and 2 x 120W – each available with either 4-in, 4-out matrix-mixer and configurable DSP features (LUCIA 120/2M, LUCIA 240/2M) or in a basic 2-in 2-out configuration (LUCIA 120/2 and LUCIA 240/2). While all models are equipped with DSP pre-configured ‘out of the box’ for operation in typical applications, the Matrix variants also facilitate easy setup via USB connection (with Windows and Mac LUCIA configuration software) to unlock the full potential of the processing and mix-matrix to meet specific system requirements.
Featuring classic Lab.gruppen limiters and mastering quality EQ and processing algorithms evolved from TC Electronic’s industry leading System 6000, LUCIA is a true synthesis of TC Group’s technologies – bringing truly exceptional sonic performance to this type of product for the first time. Among other advanced DSP features, the new Enhanced Bass Profile delivers greatly improved LF performance from standard full-range in-ceiling or surface mount loudspeakers, to the extent that the need for a separate subwoofer may be negated – saving both time and cost.
These intelligent amplifiers also benefit from an Auto Load Sense feature, with the device automatically measuring the impedance of a connected loudspeaker load and adjusting itself accordingly to deliver full power, at all impedances (2 – 8 ohm). All LUCIA models also come with intelligent fan control for silent operation at low volumes, and low-noise even at high output when fan is operational.
Klas Dalbjorn, Lab.gruppen’s product research manager for install products said: “LUCIA breaks new ground for Lab.gruppen, at the same time drawing on our knowledge and expertise in powerful, energy efficient amplification. Like E Series, LUCIA is Energy Star compliant, and is built upon proven Class D technology. The ease of install, ease of use and relatively low through-life cost make this a very compelling choice in today’s marketplace.”
Conceivably, each LUCIA model could drive up to 16 speakers on a localized low-impedance system (8 per channel – if the loudspeakers were 16 ohms). Tailor made presets will be available for Tannoy’s commercial loudspeaker ranges, along with additional hardware accessories to provide mounting flexibility.
14th June 2013
QSC Introduces Revolutionary Power Amplification Technology Platform
QSC Audio Products, LLC has announced its revolutionary power amplification technology platform with the introduction of two new amplifier families, the CXD Series for installed sound applications and the PLD Series for portable/live sound reinforcement applications. Featuring advanced signal processing combined with a unique power distribution configuration, PLD and CXD Multi-Channel Processing power amplifiers completely redefine the rack-mount power amplifier category.
“Our new CXD and PLD amps represent a major advancement in amplifier technology and innovation,” says Dale Sandberg, QSC senior product manager,amplifiers. “Not only are they amazing class-D amplifiers with on-board processing, but they change the fundamental amp paradigm with a unique channel combining methodology for much greater flexibility. The benefit of all this is an outstanding new platform that meets the needs of our customers in a whole new way."
“There’s been a misconception that QSC was moving away from power amplifier products and instead focusing our attention on loudspeakers and DSP,” states Gerry Tschetter, VP marketing. “While we’ve seen tremendous success in those product categories in recent years, the fact remains that QSC still builds the best power amplifiers in the market. Our new CXD and PLD amplifiers are a reflection of our use of cutting edge technologies, our deep understanding of DSP and loudspeaker engineering and our legacy of over 40 years of rock solid amplifier design.”
Housed in a 2U rack-mount configuration, CXD and PLD Series amplifiers feature new QSC proprietary class-D power devices, which enable multi-channel, high performance power. The innovative Flexible Amplifier Summing Technology (FAST), provides better power allocation by actively distributing the total amplifier power across one, two, three or all four outputs enabling amp channels to be combined for maximum current or voltage output with the largest models capable of up to 5,000 watts.
With independent DSP processing available for every channel, a preset wizard streamlines the setup process simplifying amplifier configuration and deployment. Advanced DSP includes cross-over filters, parametric EQ, alignment delay and other dynamics processing and when paired with QSC loudspeakers, Intrinsic Correction processing techniques may be employed to ensure optimum sonic performance. The integration of DSP with amplification means that the on-board processor is aware of what the amplifier is doing. This enables the dynamics processing and protection circuitry to be far more accurate and effective. USB interfaces on the rear panels allow firmware updates as well as the ability to upload loudspeaker tunings and configurations and transfer data between amplifiers. Multiple DSP-controlled power saving modes combined with the Class-D design ensure high efficiency, low weight, and economical cost of ownership.
Designed specifically for the needs of integrators, CXD Series amplifiers provide efficient, robust and extraordinarily high fidelity power capable of driving multiple amplifier channels and loudspeaker configurations while simultaneously deploying sophisticated digital processing, all with optimal energy and efficiency. The CXD lineup includes the CXD4.2 (400W at 8 ohms, continuous), the CXD4.3 (625W at 8 ohms, continuous) and the CXD4.5 (1150W at 8 ohms, continuous) with the CXD 4.3 and CXD4.5 able to direct drive 70V and 100V systems. The rear panel features four balanced Euroblock input connectors and four Euroblock touch-proof loudspeaker connectors enabling integrators to terminate wiring before connecting to the amplifier. GPIO located on the rear panel offers additional functionality including a heartbeat output for Life-Safety supervision. In addition to their outstanding efficiency, the CXD amplifiers’ power saving modes further ensure that energy costs will be kept to a minimum over the life of the installation.
PLD Series Amplifiers, designed specifically for portable sound applications, provide efficient, robust and extraordinarily high-fidelity power to drive multiple channels of loudspeakers while simultaneously deploying sophisticated digital processing, all with minimal operational complexity. The PLD line consists of the PLD4.2 (400W at 8 ohms, continuous), the PLD4.3 (625W at 8 ohms, continuous) and the PLD4.5 (1150W at 8 ohms, continuous). The rear panel features four balanced XLR input connectors with loop-thru and six Speakon NL4 loudspeaker connectors for easy setup. The on-board processing is managed via front panel controls with 20 factory settings included for the most common applications. For more customised settings, the included Configuration Wizard helps streamline system setup and configuration. PLD amplifiers combine improved system performance with a wide and flexible range of options for future systems growth.
CXD and PLD Series Amplifiers will be available in July 2013.
14th June 2013
Phaser Brings Laser Projection to New Performance Levels
Osram has for the first time achieved maximum image quality for pure laser-based projection with a combination of laser and phosphor material. The modules with phaser technology do not need to be replaced during the complete service life of the projector. They will be used for the first time in projectors from the end of this year.
Until now only green light was generated via laser with laser-based projectors – LEDs were responsible for the blue and red primary colours. With phaser technology, where ‘phaser’ stands for phosphor and laser, Osram for the first time presents a process which achieves outstanding image quality with projection by the use of laser, made possible by blue laser diodes. The beams of the diodes are focused directly onto a wheel coated with red, yellow and green phosphor. When the wheel rotates the colours are generated in sequence, and rapidly enough to form a uniform image for the human eye. The new projection technology ensures brilliant images on screens with colours that are true-to-life.
The first projectors featuring phaser technology will be launched on the market at the end of the year by a Taiwanese customer of the light manufacturer Osram.
In contrast to standard discharge lamps, the phaser module with a service life of 20,000 hours is as durable as the life of the projector itself. A beamer in offices used for eight hours daily can thus be operated almost seven years long without failure of the light source, whereas relamping for classic discharge lamps is usually required after a quarter of the time.
With phaser projectors, the light is also immediately visible without delay and with complete brightness. A cooling down phase following operation is not necessary. Connected with suitable electronics, the phaser module offers yet another advantage: in contrast to discharge lamps, it can be dimmed from 100% to 0% steplessly and within milliseconds so that brightness is optimally adapted to image content. Light is automatically dimmed for example when dark images are viewed, for example with a horror film.
Luminous flux is comparable to a 180W discharge lamp, and is thus suitable for presentations in offices and schools, for image shows and is also ideal for home cinema entertainment. The expertise for the phaser technology originates from Germany: the optical concept and product development come from Berlin, and the laser diodes from Regensburg.
12th June 2013
Announcing “WET X” – the Next Generation of Community’s WET Series
Community announces “WET X”, 13 new models of its acclaimed WET Series featuring innovative next generation techniques that redefine outdoor loudspeaker construction and improve sonic performance. WET X’s exclusive hand-laid fibreglass enclosures are internally lined with marine-grade plywood and use innovative drivers to provide premium sound quality for both outdoor and indoor venues. The versatile 12-inch and 15-inch, two-way, full-range WET X loudspeakers offer six rotatable horn patterns, high output, and unmatched LF extension. WET X loudspeakers contain a large diaphragm 1.4-inch exit high frequency compression driver and can produce the same output levels as the largest WET II loudspeakers but in enclosures only half the size. The low frequency cone and internal circuitry have Community’s proprietary Envirotech coating for improved weather-resistance. The WX218SDF, a downfire dual 18-inch model, adds an ultra-high-performance subwoofer to the line.
WET X enclosures feature a modified trapezoidal silhouette that improves upon the uniquely curved shape of Community’s WET II enclosures, bringing a more traditional look and feel to the loudspeakers while still providing the same outdoor direct exposure resistance and streamlined shape to reduce wind load.
Internally, the flat surfaces are fully lined with 18mm (7-layer) marine grade plywood to provide the sonic benefits of wood inside of Community’s fibreglass enclosures. All of the wood is resin-sealed to reinforce the enclosure’s weather resistance. The outer shell is handcrafted of multi-layer fibreglass with a smooth glossy finish and is available in black or white, with custom paint colours optional. All models include a dual-layer powder-coated stainless steel mounting bracket.
WET X’s combination of multiple horn options, high output and extreme weather-resistance brings exceptional sound and speech quality to any outdoor or multi-purpose application. With the introduction of WET X, Community continues to provide stylish loudspeakers with theatrical quality sound in weather-resistant enclosures that will deliver high performance in all conditions for many years.
11th June 2013
Gearsource Europe Launches Powerful Mobile Listing App for iOS and Android Devices
GearSource Europe has spent months duplicating their listing process from a desktop based application to a Mobile App for iOS and Android based devices. At the same time, the company has simplified the overall listing process and made it easier for both their first time sellers and power-users alike to list products quickly and without the wires.
This isn’t another shopping app - this is a fast and easy tool that allows GearSource Europe users to better manage their gear inventories on the website.
Clients no longer have to wait until they get back to the office to list their gear. Now they can list right on location as soon as a show or event is finished. In fact, the GearSource Europe Listing App doesn’t even require a WiFi connection in order to create listings. Added listings will be retained in the device cache and will automatically sync to GearSourceEurope.com when the device detects a wireless connection. Whether clients choose to work on their desktop or mobile devices, all listing and account information is completely in sync and secure, no matter where it is accessed from.
A few highlights of the GearSource Europe Listing App include: secure access sharing existing GearSourceEurope.com log-in and password credentials; easy-to-use form for adding new listings; the ability to add pictures using a smartphone camera or photo gallery; management of existing listings from mobile device or desktop – everything stays in sync; complete App FAQ; available now on iTunes and Google Play; links can also be found on the Gear Source Europe website.
10th June 2013
Elation’s New Professional-Grade Pars Offer Extreme Power and Performance
Elation Professional has designed from the ground up a new "best-in-class" LED par for the professional stage and production market. This professional grade, compact "flat-style" LED par series features two models, the Level Q7 and Level Q7 IP.
Housed in an ultra-low-profile case and weighing under 9 lbs., these high-power little pars offer RGBW color mixing, a narrow 7° beam angle/13° field angle, a highly efficient optical system, a 100,000-hour Quad-Color RGBW 15-watt LED engine by Osram, and an impressive array of professional features designed to be a best-in-class product.
Available in both indoor (Level Q7) and outdoor (Level Q7 IP) models, the Level Q7s contain 7 high-output 15-watt 4-in-1 (red, green, blue and white) LEDs. Their Quad-Color LED lamps can create an infinite palette of rich, smooth colors, free of RGBW multi-color shadows, producing a surprisingly powerful output for their size -- up to 3,636 LUX @ 5 metres.
Ideal for stage/wall washing, truss toning and uplighting, the Level Q7s are more than just LED colour-blending fixtures. They’re equipped with a full complement of design tools and special effects that give them the vitality and versatility to do double-duty creating dynamic lightshows at nightclubs, discos, concerts and productions. Among these features are a rainbow effect, strobe/pulse effect, 0-100% theatrical grade dimming, and eight auto program chase macros. The rugged die cast aluminum case features power/data linking via Neutrix 5-pin DMX and power-con in/out connections. They also come with a gel frame and holder kit for even more flexible options. Additionally, the Level Q7 IP model comes with IP67-rated power/data linking cables, and the case is rated at IP65 to withstand dust and rain, making it perfect for outdoor shows and events, as well as lighting up landscapes and building exteriors.
Although new on the market, Level Q7s have already been chosen to illuminate some impressive venues, including the exclusive Mar-A-Lago resort/club in West Palm Beach, FL, owned by Donald Trump, which recently installed 24 Level Q7 IP units supplied by Garrett Production Group (Ft Lauderdale, FL). "The initial reception to the Level Q7s among designers and end-users has been fantastic," said Eric Loader, director of sales for Elation Professional.
"These versatile little pars offer exactly what today’s lighting pros want in terms of brightness, RGBW colours, and features. With their flat, low-profile, lightweight case, they fit into any design. They can be hung overhead or placed on the ground for uplighting, and they give you an exciting mix of tools for achieving your creative vision. The power/data linking is also great for providing clean and fast installations."
The Level Q7 and Level Q7 IP are also very user-friendly and maintenance free. Equipped with 5-pin DMX In/Out, they can be operated in 4 DMX channel modes (4, 5, 7, and 9-channel). A convenient 4-button control panel on the rear makes it easy to scroll through DMX, manual or auto settings. With an extended LED life rated at 100,000 hours, they are sure to perform well for many years to come.
Both Level Q7 models also include PowerCon In/Out and offer multi-voltage operation: AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz. Each unit measures a compact 11"L x 5.6"W x 10.2"H/ 278.6 x 140.5 x 260 mm, and weighs 8.9 lbs./ 4 kg. CE and cETLus approval are pending.
10th June 2013
Smart-e Limited standardizes on Stardraw Design 7
Surrey-based AV designer and manufacturer, Smart-e Limited, has standardized on Stardraw.com’s award-winning design and documentation software, Stardraw Design 7, in order to provide a free design service to all their customers.
Smart-e specializes in the design and manufacture of high quality switching and distribution equipment for a wide range of applications including corporate communication, interactive learning, digital signage, marine, entertainment and security/monitoring. Their solution-based approach means that Smart-e is constantly looking for ways to add value for their customers and make it easier to integrate Smart-e products into their designs. Standardizing on Stardraw’s SD7 to provide free block schematic installation and maintenance diagrams complete with full wiring configurations and input/output connections is a key part of this process.
Smart-e products are stored in the Stardaw.com data library which can be accessed by users of the Stardraw Design 7 software to create system drawings and associated documentation. For those without access to the software and/or requiring system design assistance, Smart-e’s technical team will discuss and incorporate all the elements of the specification, including equipment from other manufacturers, to create a wiring diagram, free of charge.
As Jon Lane, Smart-e’s managing director says: "An installer armed with accurate system drawings gives their customers a clear and easily digestible overview that could make all the difference to winning the business. And once installation is complete, the drawing provides a great reference source for future upgrades and maintenance."
"This is a clever strategic move on behalf of Smart-e," comments Stardraw.com’s Rob Robinson. "They have armed themselves with the best tool on the market for AV system design and documentation, and by offering the block schematic service free to their customers, they are ensuring that those clients who don’t already own SD7 are able to provide the same top quality documentation for their projects. For clients who do own the software, Smart-e products are available in our libraries for integration into their projects, and the designs provided by Smart-e can easily be extended to provide Rack Layout drawings, presentations, Plan View layouts and other critical project documentation. Everybody wins."
7th June 2013
TC Electronic Adds 3G Capability to the TouchMonitor TM7
TouchMonitor TM7 is a very popular loudness meter for mobile trucks and small installations where space is always an issue. Broadcasters have wished for the same 3G SDI capability of the larger TouchMonitor TM9, and now a TM7 model with that exact I/O configuration is available.
TM7 accepts all SD, HD and 3G formats available on the market. Apart from the 3G SDI interface (including SDI loop through), it also features four digital AES3 inputs (8 channels) and four digital AES3 outputs (8 channels) via a D-sub connector. The internal routing matrix offers great flexibility and even includes routing SDI to AES, optionally using the meter as an SDI to AES converter while measuring the signal simultaneously.
Like the other versions of TouchMonitor, TM7 with 3G SDI features intuitive touch screen control, USB connections, GPIO, Ethernet, VGA output and highly flexible, user-definable screen layouts. It is also compliant with all major broadcast standards and a plethora of software options are available, including TC Electronic’s highly acclaimed Loudness Radar Meter that provides a complete overview of any loudness landscape at a glance, including Loudness History, Momentary Loudness and numeric values for e.g. Program Loudness and Loudness Range.
5th June 2013
A Terra-fic Light and Sound Solution for the Great Outdoors
Amber International, the EMEA master distributor to the CI industry, is now shipping the advanced Terra LuminSound LS.32, a combined speaker and lamp which is housed in a stylish column design that blends seamlessly into any environment. At 32.5-inches high and 7-inches in diameter at its largest, the slim LS.32 has been designed to provide fully adjustable accent, path or landscape lighting alongside precision high-fidelity sound.
The lighting section of the LuminSound LS.32 can be specified as an uplight, downlight or both – and each MR16 waterproof lamp delivers a wide spread of warm white illumination. The light can be adjusted if required, by tilting the lamp within its cast aluminium housing. A fully weatherproof low voltage power supply is also available from Amber International, which can power up to 18 Terra MR16 lamps.
The upper audio section of the LS.32 houses a Terra 5.25-inch co-axial weatherproof speaker with an ACAD ceramic aluminium cone and a 0.75-inch aluminium dome tweeter. The driver itself is mounted at a 45 degree upwards angle for wide sound dispersion, yet due to its advanced design and construction, it doesn’t lose clarity or depth. A built-in switch allows operation as a 70.7-volt or low impedance system, while the speaker casing can be rotated up to 358 degrees to direct sound precisely where required.
“We are pleased to offer Terra’s versatile LuminSound LS.32 weather-proof bollard to the CI market,” comments Cees van Wendel de Joode, sales manager at Amber International. “The ability to double up both light and sound in a single unit is a really unique selling point; while precise angling of these elements can easily enhance a pathway, patio, greenery or outdoor architectural feature. Specifically designed for the great outdoors, audiophile sound quality and perfect illumination is now easily obtainable outside - whatever the weather.”
Moulded from resilient polyethylene, the LS.32 bollard is (like all Terra loudspeakers) well equipped to deal with long-term exposure to the elements without degradation.
5th June 2013
It’s Showtime in no time with Harlequin Showfloor
For a fast-applied, comfortable and decorative vinyl flooring system for virtually every temporary and short life application – Harlequin Showfloor offers the lightweight, stable and reusable solution.
Harlequin Showfloor is the ideal, loose-lay floor for any temporary event – from trade stands at exhibitions to display areas in shops, fashion catwalks and many more. It can be laid on any hard and smooth surface including plywood, chipboard, hardboard, tiles or concrete, and comes in a black, grey, white or red finish.
Mineral fibre reinforced with a thin cellular backing, Showfloor is just 2.8mm thick and weighs only 1.5kg/m². It quickly lays flat, stays flat and has an embossed display surface that helps to prevent scuff marks, whilst its cellular foam backing not only provides comfort under foot but helps to reduce noise pollution.
Recognised as leaders in advanced technology flooring for dance and performing arts, Harlequin Floors offers an ideal solution for virtually every flooring project. With Harlequin Showfloor, the company has once again set the standard for the industry with a vinyl display floor that combines quick application and performance with a stunning finish to match.
3rd June 2013
Clarity Version 2 Software Released
LSC Lighting Systems and OpenClear have announced the release of Clarity software version 2. This much anticipated version includes a huge array of enhancements, bug fixes as well as updates for full compatibility with the latest versions of the Mac and Windows operating systems.
This release also brings the software in line with the recently released LX range of consoles so that features are common across the software and hardware platforms. The latest software also includes virtual consoles enabling users to operate their software as a virtual LX300, LX600 or LX900.
The v2.0 software includes new features such as: Rig View, a topographical view with 2D simulation and intuitive fixture selection; Playback audio tracks and fade them in/out as easily as a light; an Intensity Levels Window with enhanced dimmer display for theatre & TV clients; Media Server integration now includes MBox from PRG; Universal controller interface for simultaneous control of different fixtures; Search field in Patch window; an Improved fixture library for better control of non-linear compound fixtures e.g. Mac Aura, Robe Robin LEDwash, ClayPaky A-LEDa, etc.
Also: Page Bookmarks and naming/rearranging of pages; Time Presets; Enhanced Touch Screen control; Swipe and Flick programmer screen interface; Calender and Time scheduling; OSC protocol for remote control via Android and iPhone/iPad and other 3rd party devices; Updated Mac installer with OSX Mountain Lion compatible HASP drivers; Updated Windows installer with Windows 8 compatible HASP drivers.
The software for Mac or PC can be downloaded and tried for free at LSC’s website.
31st May 2013
MAC Viper Wash, MAC Viper Wash DX with Internal Framing Now Shipping
Two new Fresnel luminaires in Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads are now shipping.
The MAC Viper Wash and MAC Viper Wash DX with internal framing are full-range wash luminaires capable of performing at the high level you would expect from a professional wash light. Both luminaires feature the same compact form, impressive speed, superior light quality and beautiful colours of the MAC Viper Family and use the same 1000 W HID source.
The Wash DX version houses a unique internal framing system that enables designers to shape and control light projection onto stages, performers, scenery, scrims or any set element with great precision. The internal framing system makes it a highly capable, automated substitute for a conventional daylight Fresnel fixture.
At 33 000 lumens of output, both the Viper Wash and Viper Wash DX are brighter than larger and more power-demanding 1500 W fixtures. They feature an outstanding quality of light with a flat and uniform field.
Both house a CMY colour mixing system capable of producing a superior palette of vibrant colours including true reds, rich ambers, primary green and deep blues with excellent color stability across the entire beam. A linear CTO gives daylight to tungsten CCT control and expansion of the CMY palette.
The MAC Viper Wash and Wash DX house a continuous, fast and fully linear zoom with a flexible 13.5 to 59° range. The zoom maintains near full efficiency throughout the entire range with no visible beam jump when zooming from tight to wide.
The Fresnel beam can be further manipulated using a combined dimmer/shutter system with intensity effects for instant blackout or smooth fades all the way to blackout. Diverse strobe effects are also possible. Additional effects are possible in the Wash DX version from a fast and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects.
30th May 2013
Amber Bolsters Range with Adjustable Kinetik In-ceiling Speaker
EMEA master distributor, Amber International has announced the launch of the new Kinetik Labs KISP-E200-IC speaker. Designed for in-ceiling installations, or other suitable surfaces such as plasterboard walls, the powerful two-way speaker features a pivoting tweeter that provides the user with a more engaging listening experience.
The KISP-E200-IC offers smooth and engaging bass and mid notes, thanks to a rigid 200mm (8 inch) Polypropylene bass/mid driver. The advanced 25mm silk dome tweeter can be adjusted up to 30 degrees off axis and angled in any direction from the centre, thanks to its ball and socket design. This allows installers to optimise listening positions, regardless of location - which simply wouldn’t be possible with a traditional fixed tweeter design.
Further fine tuning of the wide-dispersion speaker is possible via a treble adjustment switch. It can be left in the central position for passive response or switched left or right for a 3 decibel boost or cut of high frequencies. Speaker impedance can also be selected as either 4 or 8 Ohms as required.
"Our Kinetik Labs audio engineers have placed great emphasis on creating a motor and cone structure that performs perfectly, with constant reliability whatever’s being played and regardless of the volume level," says Stuart Tickle, managing director of Amber International. "The choice adjustment through tweeter angle, frequency options and impedance levels can be governed by the acoustic characteristics of the room, or by listener preference. This creates a truly customisable experience, rarely attainable by custom install speakers at such a competitive price."
Alongside speakers, Kinetik Labs incorporates a range of installer-friendly IR kits, cables and versatile brackets for screen mounting.
30th May 2013
Robe Cyclone Hits Town with LD Scott Warner
Robe takes their policy of listening to what lighting and visual designers are requesting to new levels of commitment with the new Robe ROBIN Cyclone product, which made its US début at the PLASA Focus exhibition in Orlando, Florida last week, following a worldwide launch at Prolight+Sound 2013 in Frankfurt.
Robe collaborated with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based lighting designer Scott Warner on this highly innovative product – featuring an integrated fan in the centre of a moving head, surrounded by a ring of 24 high powered individually controllable RGBW multichip LEDs.
Scott was in Orlando on the Robe booth to see the production model Cyclones for the first time and was delighted. “It’s very special to have something you draw and dream about brought to life in this way,” he enthuses.
Scott originally hit on the idea when touring with a client in the UK. He had to move his lights on a daily basis to accommodate the wind machines on stage that were used to cool the artist. Instead of getting grumpy, he had a eureka moment: “Why doesn’t someone make a fan with a light in it!”
A short while later, he met with Robe’s sales director Harry von den Stemmen and mentioned it. Harry was suitably impressed, and then discussed it with Robe’s CEO Josef Valchar who is deeply involved in all Robe’s product development.
Robe decided to run with the idea and less than nine months later, the Robe designers had worked their magic and Scott was looking at the fixture!
Cyclone was chosen as an apt description to represent the power and dynamics of wind as a formidable natural element – a moment that Scott has never forgotten since witnessing his first tornado as a child – when the sky turned an eerie, unforgettable green.
The Cyclone takes ‘strategic hazing’ in a performance environment to new levels of control and sophistication.
Cyclones are also ideal for wafting drapes and softs around the stage and set producing for distinctive and subtle effects, as well as for cooling artists whilst performing in any hot environment – indoors and outdoors – complete with dramatic ‘hair-blowing’ and ‘smoke-through-the-fan’ looks.
The Cyclone’s LEDs have a zoom of 8 to 63 degrees and a strong central airflow can be combined with fog and haze for awesome high quality atmospheric effects.
In addition to that, “It looks really, really cool,” says Scott with pride.
He is absolutely delighted with Robe’s response: “I don’t think any other company would have taken a chance in investing in this product,” he says.
Scott will soon be taking delivery of several Cyclones and using them on the Smokey Robinson tour amongst others. Already, his many LD contacts have expressed an interest. “At this point, it’s not about competition, it’s about assisting my peers with a new and different creative tool.”
The Cyclone’s varispeed fan can be independently DMX controlled starting from a very low RPM and it is a perfect complement to fog and hazers in any live environment needing fine-tuned fog/haze flows, from a mere wisp of smoke to full-on immersive low cloud coverage. The unit also benefits from all the features from Robe’s massively popular LEDWash series.
Harry von den Stemmen comments: "It was an absolute pleasure for us to have a well-known LD on the booth at PLASA Focus Orlando, and someone who is out there working day-to-day on tours, shows and events.”
Scott is hugely passionate about "his" product. At PLASA Focus he talked to many other LDs, brought them to the Robe booth and showed off the Cyclones. His expansive sense of humour made everyone laugh and helped create a great vibe on the booth, where he was somewhat of a rock star himself!
Says Harry: “As often happens with great innovations, Scott just had a rough idea when we visited him in his office in Pittsburgh a few months ago. He said, 'Wouldn't this be a cool idea, can Robe make something like this?' And we said 'Yes we can!' "
Scott has been using Robe fixtures regularly in his work since the 2006 Pussycat Dolls tour. “Robe makes products that LDs want to use – as opposed to what they think that people should be using – and you always feel like your opinion is valued,” he concludes.
24th May 2013
Alcons Extends its Digital Cinema Compliance
With the Digital Cinema standard of 24-bit, up-to-16-channels of PCM non-compressed audio, now becoming reality, new challenges have arrived for existing equipment.
Upgrading with just higher powered versions of existing solutions is just not enough to benefit from the new audio standard; Speech, music and effect should be reproduced with non-compressed non-colored detail, with lowest distortion and fullest digital dynamics.
Extending Alcons’ evolutionary Digital Cinema sound system program, the company developed the CR3 thee-way pro-ribbon cinema screen system, specifically aimed at medium-sized applications, where excellent projection control and superb, 1:1 accurate, non-compressed digital sound reproduction is required.
It is designed to meet and exceed all requirements of current and future Digital Cinema sound formats.
Due to the multiple-patented Alcons pro-ribbon transducer technology, the CR3 offers a unique linear response to above 20.000Hz; The absence of a compression mechanism caters for the same tonal balance from the lowest to highest SPL’s, while the patented “Real-90” horizontal dispersion of the pro-ribbon transducer guarantees a very stable sound field throughout the operating bandwidth. This also widens the stereo experience for far left and right seated audience.
The driver arrangement consists of a double RBN401 pro-ribbon HF driver array, two 6.5” mid-range drivers and two vented 15” woofers for LF reproduction. The CR3 HF section has an 1600W peak power input, enabling a 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1kHz. to beyond 20kHz.
The 40° vertical cylindrical projection of the HF section (inclusive screen spreading compensation), in combination with the 10º pre-tilt, caters for a very precise projection control, preventing unwanted ceiling reflections.
The bi-amped CR3 is powered and controlled by the ALC Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller; Through the integrated processing and feedback, the Sentinel offers CR3-specific drive processing with optimal response and reliability. And is then covered by a six-years limited warranty.
The shallow system design of 35cm/13,7” guarantees space economic mounting, that could even add an extra (money-making) row of seats.
The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures complete cable/connector compensation between the CR3 and ALC Sentinel; This offers an undistorted natural sound reproduction, regardless of cable length and amplifier impedance load (system damping factor >10.000 down to 2 ohms).
24th May 2013
Le Mark Launch Sonata Compression Dance Floor
Following on from the success of the Dynamic Compression dance floor range, Le Mark has introduced Sonata, a matt-black-topped addition to their already world-renowned Compression flooring collection.
This 6mm foam-backed performance vinyl floor provides a lightly textured surface with point elastic shock absorption for dynamic dance routines and ballet pointe work, ideal for all types of contemporary dance.
Le Mark's Dave Cartwright said: "The Compression floor range has already been used on some of the UK's highest profile dance productions. Earlier this year, Dynamic Compression was commissioned for Sky1's primetime series of Got To Dance.
"For this application the floor was installed directly over an existing concrete floor, providing a roll-out covering where the show’s contestants could practice their high impact and varied dynamic dance routines."
Sonata's performance matt black top-finish matches the existing Sonata HD TV Studio top already favoured by many professional Studios.
14th May 2013
Apex Intelli-X2 Is The Smaart Choice For Rational Acoustics
Acoustic measurement is becoming increasingly important as the range and complexity of audio systems becomes ever greater. Learning how to use measurement systems properly is vital to achieve optimum results, which is why German distributor AudioTec delivers high quality seminars on Smaart, one of the most widely used systems. Apex Intelli-X2 48 system controllers play an important role in showing attendees exactly what is happening.
Based in Bergisch Gladbach, on the outskirts of Köln, Rational Acoustics’ Michael Häck has been running Smaart classes since 2008, as well as distributing the software. With 24 years as a professional sound engineer - ranging from contemporary music, big band, pop and television to 12 years working at the 20,000 capacity Kölnarena - Michael has, as he says, "a lot of experience of how to do things the wrong way."
"Our courses demonstrate that you don’t need to necessarily know all the theory, what is behind the algorithms or what is mathematically correct for setting up a high quality PA system. If you can use the software properly to measure the system and interpret the results correctly, you will get a good result," he says. "But if you measure wrongly, of course you will get the wrong result. It’s much better to get it right first time than to get it wrong and then try to fix the EQ or the PA with your ears."
The seminars are designed for all audio engineers, from those new to the industry to very experienced people who want to change from years of working in the ‘analogue way’.
"A main reason that we use Apex Intelli-X2 units is because the hardware and software work seamlessly with Smaart. They are integrated incredibly well - the Intelli-X2 software shows live traces of what Smaart is doing in the background, which is invaluable when demonstrating to classes how it is working," says Michael.
"Before doing any EQ or level changes, you need to be certain that the measurements are exactly right, that you can trust what you see on the Smaart trace and compare it with what your ears are telling you. The Apex software makes this much more straightforward."
As well as the Apex controllers and software helping Michael to run the courses more effectively, he is also introducing attendees to their benefits, many for the first time.
"A lot of the guys who come to the courses are unaware of Apex controllers and they are very impressed. As well as going away able to use Smaart more effectively, they also see that Apex controllers are a high quality, cost-effective option," he says. "Apex controllers are my favourite, no question. The quality and integration with Smaart is second to none and sound-wise they are of the highest standard."
14th May 2013
Klotz Cables new Sputnik Line Array Adapter Series
Klotz Cables presents the Sputnik range of four-channel line array adapters for cables with 4 mm2 conductor cross-section. Sputnik line array adapters meet the highest standards of reliability and durability. Sputnik supplies the rental and tour sector with a product that delivers outstanding performance.
The new Sputnik line easily complies with all standards for a range of speaker systems including Adamson, Kling & Freitag, JBL and D&B V-Series. Sputnik pigtails adapt individual speaker signals to multicore cables and vice versa.
The Sputnik range therefore also includes adapters for both the amplifier and speaker sides, for subwoofers and full-range speakers. To cope with the harsh daily routine of stage life on the road, the adapters must be durable, rugged and reliable. Klotz Cables has put its all into designing a product to meet these challenging standards, finally developing a unique design.
A speakON NLT8 connector has a milled plastic connector sleeve made from high-strength abrasion-resistant thermoplastic POM (polyoxymethylene), within which the four connector channels are divided between four Klotz LY240T cables. The rugged connector sleeve provides protection for the splice points of the individual connections, while a PG29 strain relief element protects the signal conductors from tensile stress. The connector sleeve includes a stainless steel hanging loop which can bear the full weight of the adapter.
This sophisticated adapter design is unique and available only from Klotz Cables.
13th May 2013
Dirty Rigger upgrade to Armourtex for Armordillo range
Following a period of extensive testing and strong customer feedback the all new Armordillo will showcase at the Safety & Health show.
Steve Marshall, chief designer for Dirty Rigger said: "The Armordillo project was 100% customer driven with their need to have a comfortable all day work glove with excellent grip and flexibility but with a high level of slash and cut resistance. We worked within a number of diverse industry sectors including event crewing, rigging, and overhead installation. This ensured that the feedback reflected the true use that these gloves would be exposed to.
"We chose Armourtex flexible shields in key risk areas, with a full Kevlar inner glove to ensure optimum protection and, very importantly, excellent grip. To ensure strength and durability Coats polyester thread was selected to stitch the whole Armordillo into a superb high end glove."
Armordillo gloves have achieved EN420 and EN 388:2003 3233.