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KV2 Audio introduces the new CS Series loudspeaker range for high fidelity vocal reinforcement applications

20/01/2021

Powersoft Launches New M-Force and Reference Designs

20/01/2021

Electro-Voice launches the EVOLVE 50M column loudspeaker system with new technologies for convenience and expandability

19/01/2021

Yamaha Launches MSP3A Compact Powered Reference Monitors withTwisted Flare Port Technology

14/01/2021

Rupert Neve Designs Updates Summing Mixer Family in ‘Shelford Blue’

14/01/2021

Avolites Announces its New Diamond 9 Flagship Console, a Spectacular Evolution in Production Control

14/01/2021

Christie releases simpler, more powerful Pandoras Box software for scores of multimedia applications across all markets

13/01/2021

ArcSystem Pro One-Cell High Output adds yoke mount

13/01/2021

Audient Launches New Look and New Products for the New Year

07/01/2021

Keep Both Feet on The Ground with Chroma-Q’s Pole Operated Pan and Tilt Yoke

17/12/2020

Wireless Solution launch G6 – a new generation of wireless DMX products

17/12/2020

grandMA3 viz-key announced: Partnership with visualisation manufacturers

16/12/2020

Magmatic offers Rocket Series of CO2 cryogenic simulation effects

11/12/2020

Martin Audio Announces Additions and Upgraded Voicing to CDD Installation Series

09/12/2020

grandMA3 Software Release 1.4.: Many Enhancements

09/12/2020

Renkus-Heinz Expands S Series Subwoofer Line with Diminutive, High Performing SX/SA28

08/12/2020

KV2 Audio launches new D Series amplifiers with onboard control and diagnostics

07/12/2020

Neutrik AG announces the launch of NEUTRIK MINEA, a Milan Certified audio module

04/12/2020

PROLIGHTS releases ECL FW ellipsoidal

04/12/2020

The multi-tool of signal distribution: grandMA3 I/O Node and grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail

03/12/2020

Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

02/12/2020

Let the world see you in the best light with Chroma-Q’s Sandi

02/12/2020

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series “Lengthens” The Line to Bring Highly Intelligible Sound to Larger Spaces

02/12/2020

ETC Introduces High End Systems SolaFrame Studio

02/12/2020

Allen & Heath Premieres New MADI Option Card for SQ

02/12/2020

KV2 Audio introduces the new CS Series loudspeaker range for high fidelity vocal reinforcement applications

KV2 Audio introduces the new CS Series loudspeaker range for high fidelity vocal reinforcement applications

In response to customer demand, KV2 has introduced the new CS Series loudspeaker range that has been specially designed to deliver ultra-high vocal intelligibility and music reproduction in a compact form factor. A variety of flexible mounting options and easy connectivity make the CS range an ideal candidate for the corporate and rental markets.

The range consists of three extremely high quality two-way passive loudspeakers: the compact CS6, the medium sized CS8 and the larger CS12. Voiced for speech and utilising KV2’s analogue delay line first developed in the revolutionary ESD series, these discrete solutions are able to cover surprisingly large areas with relatively few boxes, providing excellent results in even the most challenging acoustic environments.

For rapid deployment the focus was placed on easy handling and quick connectivity. Accessories include a KV2 pole mount for speaker stands, as well as vertical and horizontal brackets with a precise tilt angle setting. The M10 fixing points cater for other standard accessories such as spigots, clamps and couplers.

The low profile trapezoidal cabinet design offers 35 and 55 degree angles, which also makes the CS range perfect for a variety of personalised monitoring situations.

The easy handling and connectivity of these boxes means less time is wasted during set up, with a 1+/ 2+ speakON connection, switchable in the field, allowing an additional speaker ring to be run independently down the same cable. The CS6 also features speakON connectivity in the top and bottom alongside the rear panel for neater cabling possibilities on a truss.

With exceptional KV2 quality as standard and unprecedented vocal intelligibility coupled with easy handling and connectivity, the CS range is a worthy addition to any rental inventory.

20th January 2021

Powersoft Launches New M-Force and Reference Designs

Powersoft Launches New M-Force and Reference Designs

Ever since its release in 2013, Powersoft’s M-Force linear transducer has redefined what was possible in the realm of infra-bass, reaching well below the conventional frequency range.

Despite its continued use and relevance at the highest echelons of live and installed sound, the Italian innovator has sought to push its boundaries even further with the introduction of the new and improved M-Force 301P02 and its associated reference designs, which have been created to ensure that everyone from AV professionals to amateur speaker builders will be able to benefit from the company’s powerful technology.

“Although the original M-Force has had a great life cycle, we knew that the time was right for our patented infra-bass technology to take another leap forward,” said Powersoft’s sales manager for OEM solutions Giacomo Previ. “This new iteration of the M-Force linear motor transducer comes equipped with high voltage and high current connectors and a whole range of internal electromechanical improvements. We’re so excited to share the new M-Force with the world, and we can’t wait to see what our fellow audio innovators will be able to create using this new technology.”

The patented M-Force moving magnet linear motor structure allows extraordinary levels of efficiency and reliability, making it the perfect choice for high efficiency, high SPL low-frequency sound reinforcement applications.

The implementation of the M-Force technology is now easier than ever, thanks to the 301P02, a complete solution that enables all levels of speaker builders to incorporate the M-Force into any design with absolute confidence, both in self-powered and passive configurations.

The motor is factory matched to a purposely built diaphragm, through a newly designed coupling and a lightweight chassis, that also improves thermal dissipation, while the addition of a front spider further stabilises the design.
The new reference designs have been created by Powersoft to help users increase the SPL capabilities of their systems, whether they are speaker builders, sound system owners, or installation professionals. All of the designs are free and come along with a cut list and presets that can be managed using the company’s ArmoníaPlus software.

“Self-powered configurations rely on the M-Drive, a purposely built amplifier module designed to deliver the juice to the M-Force. We recommend powering double 30-inch passive designs using the mighty X4L,” explained Fanicchi.
As the soon-to-be-released reference designs illustrate, Powersoft’s M-Force 301P02 is ideally suited to a variety of seemingly disparate applications.

The ‘EDM Sub’ bandpass design features two M-Force 301P02 transducers, which can be built both as a self-powered or passive infra-sub, driven either by an M-Drive amplifier module coupled with a DSPL ETH or an X4L amplifier platform respectively. When powered by an X4L, the sub can be connected to a Dante network.

The design has been optimised for producing ultra-high SPL down to 18Hz, making the EDM SUB the perfect subwoofer and infra add-on to your install or touring sound reinforcement system. The four available presets ensure ample coverage for different music programs: standard, punch, infra and a cardioid version of the standard one.

The ‘DV SUB’ is a bandpass cabinet loaded with the M-Force 301P02 transducer for subwoofer applications. The design has been optimised for producing very high SPL down to 28Hz in a very compact package, making the DV SUB the best possible upgrade for an existing subwoofer, virtually eliminating non-linear distortions. Two presets are available to squeeze the most out of this box: standard and punch, each of which is also available to accommodate for cardioid configurations.

The ‘CINESUB’ is a hybrid transmission line cabinet loaded with the M-Force 301P02 transducer for infra and subwoofer applications. The design has been optimised for producing low distortion and high SPL from 16Hz to 120Hz, as per the Dolby and THX recommendations. Thanks to this high SPL, one single unit can replace four double 18-inch speakers with a better frequency extension and capability, making the CINESUB the perfect low-frequency system for cinema sound systems as well as for high-end home theatre installations. The modular design makes it perfect to be used in both single and double cabinet configuration, and both presets are available for linear and minimum phase set-ups.

20th January 2021

Electro-Voice launches the EVOLVE 50M column loudspeaker system with new technologies for convenience and expandability

Electro-Voice launches the EVOLVE 50M column loudspeaker system with new technologies for convenience and expandability
Electro-Voice launches the EVOLVE 50M column loudspeaker system with new technologies for convenience and expandability

Electro-Voice is expanding its industry-leading EVOLVE series with the launch of the EVOLVE 50M column loudspeaker system. The EVOLVE 50M features Electro-Voice’s new QuickSmart Link digital audio and control technology, an onboard mixer, DSP and effects, all combined within the sleek EVOLVE 50 format. The EVOLVE 50M is the perfect choice for bands/musicians, AV rental companies, DJs and any application where true professional audio performance is required in a super-compact and portable package.

Available in black or white finishes, the EVOLVE 50M combines state-of-the-art industrial design, superior Electro-Voice engineered components and premium materials to deliver best-in-class sound quality, power and reliability. The full-range column array and its eight lightweight 3.5” neodymium drivers provide ultra-wide, full-bandwidth 120° coverage via proprietary waveguides; array-formed 40° asymmetrical vertical coverage ensures acoustic output is directed towards both sitting and standing audience members. The array enclosure is constructed from a durable composite material and incorporates an ergonomic aluminium handle. A 12” subwoofer is housed in a 15mm wood enclosure with a high-efficiency laminar-flow vent design, for enhanced rigidity and acoustical performance. The array and sub are connected via a symmetrical aluminium pole with internal wiring and magnetically assisted latching. The speakers are protected by a black powder-coated 18-gauge steel grille, and an array/pole carry case is included. An advanced Class-D amplifier provides up to 1000W of power.

Equipped with the most comprehensive and user-friendly feature set of any column system on the market today, the EVOLVE 50M’s “M” designation refers to its integrated fully featured, fully configurable eight-channel digital mixer. Developed in collaboration with the world-class audio electronics engineering team at Electro-Voice’s sibling brand Dynacord, the mixer has multiple inputs (four XLR/TRS combo mic/line inputs, one XLR/TRS combo stereo line input, one RCA, one 3.5mm stereo, one Hi-Z instrument input) with professional-grade preamps and mix functions. High-resolution, low-latency Bluetooth streaming ensures excellent results for music playback or accompaniment. Independent channel aux sends and a foot switch input are also included, and a range of effects (30 presets, including chorus, delay, flange and reverb, via two FX channels) add a myriad of options for musicians to fine-tune their tone. All of the above help to reduce load-in/out and setup/teardown time and on-stage clutter by minimising the need for external equipment such as a mixer and effects pedals.

New from Electro-Voice, QuickSmart Link makes it easy to combine two EVOLVE 50Ms for use together with larger bands or gigs needing more inputs. Simply link the systems together via an Ethernet cable to create an uncompressed digital audio/control connection, pair both systems to a single mobile device via the QuickSmart Mobile app (available via the Apple App Store and on Google Play), and get full mix control of both systems. For applications requiring fewer inputs, but still requiring a mixer and stereo output, the EVOLVE 50M can be matched with an EVOLVE 50 via the MIX OUT XLR connector.

The EVOLVE 50M’s control panel features Electro-Voice’s powerful QuickSmart DSP, which allows the navigation and adjustment of all audio, effects and mix functions via an LCD with single-knob control or via the QuickSmart Mobile app, as well as multiple options for signal routing and inputs. Functions include four presets (music, live, speech, club), three-band system EQ (low, mid, high), seven-band graphic EQ (in mixer mode), five user-programmable presets (Store and Recall settings), phantom power, visual monitoring of limiter status, input level control and meters, and a master volume control to optimise gain structure.

EVOLVE 50M is available in select countries.

19th January 2021

Yamaha Launches MSP3A Compact Powered Reference Monitors withTwisted Flare Port Technology

Yamaha Launches MSP3A Compact Powered Reference Monitors withTwisted Flare Port Technology

Yamaha has announced a new addition to its professional loudspeaker range, the MSP3A powered monitor, building on the faithful sound reproduction and convenience of the much-loved MSP3.

Yamaha’s MSP3 has long been a fixture of many different applications, thanks to its great audio quality, compact size and convenient, front-mounted controls. The MSP3A builds on this legacy by adding key new features, including Yamaha’s Twisted Flare Port technology, which delivers an even clearer and tighter low-end, with faithful reproduction across the entire audio spectrum.

The built-in 22W power amplifier is optimized for the speaker unit, which comprises a 10cm (4” ) woofer and a 2.2cm (0.8”) tweeter, for a clear and natural reference sound. The compact 23.6 x 16.7 x 14.4cm (9.3 x 6.6 x 5.7”) cabinet weighs a mere 3.6kg (7.9lb), making it easy to reposition and move to different locations.

Like its predecessor, the MSP3A has multiple (RCA, XLR and 6.3mm) input connectors, level and low/high tone controls. It is compatible with a variety of optional brackets, making it suitable for a wide range of uses. These include audio monitoring in settings from studios, broadcast, post-production suites and other commercial applications, to monitoring audio from digital musical instruments and computers.

A reinforced metal grille ensures that the woofer enjoys maximum protection, which is especially useful for mobile and touring applications.

Included in the MSP3A for the first time in this loudspeaker series, Twisted Flare Port technology is a form of aerodynamic sound control, borne of Yamaha’s extensive subwoofer development experience. Applying aerodynamic sound analysis and flow visualisation measurement technologies to pinpoint and control noise generation mechanisms, noise-generating turbulence at both ends of the port is suppressed by changing how the port widens from input to output and twisting the airflow. Suppressing turbulence reduces muddiness in the sound and lowers the amount of noise generated at the port ends. This strengthens the connection between the sound and main speaker, delivering clear, tight low frequencies along with improved pitch and rhythm.

14th January 2021

Rupert Neve Designs Updates Summing Mixer Family in ‘Shelford Blue’

Rupert Neve Designs Updates Summing Mixer Family in ‘Shelford Blue’

Rupert Neve Designs has announced an update to its line-up of summing products: The 5059 Satellite 16 x 2+2 summing mixer and 5060 Centerpiece 24 x 2 desktop mixer are now being produced in the company’s classic “Shelford” colour, originally debuted with their award-winning Shelford Series and flagship 5088 console.

“When Mr. Rupert Neve developed the original 1073, 2254, and other legendary early designs, he lived in a small English village named Little Shelford,” says Chris Dauray, brand manager for Rupert Neve Designs. “As initial production of these early modules began, the Royal Air Force happened to have a surplus of paint intended for their airplanes: ‘RAF Blue Grey’. This abundant and affordable airplane paint was chosen purely for cost reasons at the time, and thus a legendary colour scheme was unintentionally born. Just as Rupert Neve Designs’ products preserve the sonic history of Rupert’s creations throughout the years, the Shelford faceplates are a nod to the visual style from that early era.”

The updated Satellite and Centerpiece from Rupert Neve Designs retain all the same characteristics that garnered each their respective “Small Format Console Technology” TEC Awards, but with the updated Shelford colour scheme to make them more referential to the classic design ideologies on which they are based. No other changes have been made.

14th January 2021

Avolites Announces its New Diamond 9 Flagship Console, a Spectacular Evolution in Production Control

Avolites Announces its New Diamond 9 Flagship Console, a Spectacular Evolution in Production Control

Avolites has announced the launch of its new flagship Diamond 9 console in two versions: D9-330 and D9-215. Both new visual canvas controllers deliver inspired creative control to production designers in lighting, broadcast and AV, allowing them to create, program and command their ultimate performances.

The Diamond 9 consoles are the result of years of technical innovation from the Avolites team, utilising its 45 years of industry experience, feedback from designers across the industry and award-winning industrial designers to create the ultimate control surface. The Diamond series is designed by visual designers, for visual designers, and everyone in-between to intuitively combine lighting, media and other visual aspects of a show together. Each screen, fader, encoder and button has been meticulously thought over, so the console becomes an extension of the designer to give them totally unhindered creative freedom to power their ultimate shows.

The new hardware is a feat of engineering. Bringing a new distinctive look and feel to the console, the main front panels are machined from a single sheet of sleek aluminium with high end finishes. The D9-330 boasts 11 ultra-bright touch screens, including three main workspace screens, three for media preview and specific screens for attribute control and softkey short cuts. The brand new motorised touch sensitive Penny & Giles faders and new encoders each have their own RGB bar graphs so levels can be monitored at a glance. There’s also a return of the backlit integrated keyboard.

The most interesting side of the D9 is the right-hand side, with five encoder wheels, a T bar for controlling scene masters and a new set of bespoke buttons carefully positioned so finding them is second nature.

“I had the privilege of using the D9-215 back in January 2020. The experience was fantastic. Programming on it felt familiar but greatly enhanced by the step up in hardware allowing for smoother, quicker and more enjoyable programming experience,” says Tom Campbell (MIRRAD), production and lighting designer. “As a long-term user of Avolites, I’m very excited to see where the D9 takes the company and I’m very proud to have had a small part in it.”

The key differentiators go far beyond the aesthetics; they provide more intuitive media control integration for lighting designers in all sectors of the industry. Building on the ground-breaking Synergy feature set, released in October 2019, that allows seamless integration between media server and lighting control, the D9 brings this to users’ fingertips with intuitive design and layouts ideal for media playback and control. With the rise of video wall use in live performances, installs and even TV productions, creating an immersive and seamless lighting and video performance is vital.

The new hardware isn’t the only pivotal change on this product. The D9s are badged with Avolites’ new logo marque, the first significant change since the company’s inception in 1976. It reflects the forward thinking strategy direction of the company, whilst underscoring Avolites’ creative-led approach to lighting and media design.

The Diamond collection, with our new brand logo, marks the first step in our future-facing strategy as a company,” says Paul Wong, managing director of Avolites. “The D9s are the resulting product of years of R&D investment, and we’re very proud to be giving our users the ultimate programming tool for their future creative projects.”

The Avolites D9-330 and D9-215 are available to order now.

www.avolites.com

Avolites Announces its New Diamond 9 Flagship Console, a Spectacular Evolution in Production ControlAvolites Announces its New Diamond 9 Flagship Console, a Spectacular Evolution in Production Control

14th January 2021

Avolites

Christie releases simpler, more powerful Pandoras Box software for scores of multimedia applications across all markets

Christie releases simpler, more powerful Pandoras Box software for scores of multimedia applications across all markets

Christie has launched the new Pandoras Box V8 Software Licence, for real-time video processing and show control, featuring a host of professional new features, a simplified workflow and streamlined licensing. Now, one single licence has the full Pandoras Box software family feature suite, to deliver the high-level media processing performance required for fixed installations, live events, theatres and other entertainment environments, in a budget friendly platform.

The simpler, more robust software supports NDI network streams, offers a comprehensive and deep implementation of Notch and accessibility to native Dante audio without requiring configuration. It can be paired with an existing custom set-up or any Christie hardware such as the Pandoras Box Server R5, a new hardware solution with powerful components available in different specifications.

“Pandoras Box software Version 8 is a great leap forward in terms of the flexibility and workflow it offers,” says Markus Zeppenfeld, product manager, Christie. “With this new software version, we’ve kept the core appeal of Pandoras Box by combining the feature sets of all our existing software licences into one single package and offering it to every level of Pandoras Box user. This solution will deliver more value, quality, features, performance and further streamline the creative efforts for our partners, be they consultants, integrators, rental stagers or end users.”

One Pandoras Box software product licence will now unlock all functionality within the range; previously comprising Server, Player, Compact Player, Software Player, Manager and Educational licences. Features formerly only available with hardware and software combinations (Server) are now available to all software users operating with any custom hardware system. And the new Pandoras Box V8 offers content ingestion functionality, which allows time-saving batch handling of multiple folders of image sequences and is ideal for content-heavy shows. The award-winning Pandoras Box maintains all the benefits offered by the previous versions, including high frame rate 3D stereoscopic video playback and processing, multi-user control, 64-bit processing, 10-bit colour depth playback and more.

With the introduction of the Pandoras Box Server R5*, customers can make the most of a single server with a wide range of performance and drive space options for demanding performance requirements, as well as for more modest budgets. Different performance kits and graphics cards allow customisation of the Server with optional video and audio cards, including Dante, FLEX and Christie Terra SDVoE for enhanced integration.

Christie is the only manufacturer to offer source-to-display solutions for integrators, consultants, dealers and end users. From single displays to more complex multi-display spectaculars, Pandoras Box easily integrates with Christie Spyder X80, Christie Terra, Christie RGB projectors and Christie MicroTiles LED and is trusted by content and projection designers and rental and stagers around the world, including the Xpark Aquarium in Taipei, National Opera in Amsterdam, Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land in South Korea, Lotte World’s Magic Castle and the National Museum of Korea.

The Pandoras Box V8 Software License beta version is available now and the Pandoras Box Server R5* is available in most regions.

*Server R5 will be available in Russia, Korea, and China by the end of year.

13th January 2021

ArcSystem Pro One-Cell High Output adds yoke mount

ArcSystem Pro One-Cell High Output adds yoke mount

ETC has added a new option to its ArcSystem Pro family of LED solutions. Building on the success of the popular Pro One-Cell High Output luminaire, ETC now has a yoke variant available for purchase.

The High Output version of the Pro One-Cell yields 8700 field lumens and is available in 2700K and 3000K colour options. Featuring the same high-quality optics as its recessed counterpart, the new Pro One-Cell High Output variant has an adjustable yoke that can be mounted or clamped in spaces that were once challenging to light.

All ArcSystem Pro solutions are designed for ease of installation, high-quality light, and smooth dimming. To explore the full range of ArcSystem Pro products, please visit www.etcconnect.com/Products/Lighting-Fixtures/ArcSystem/

13th January 2021

ETC

Audient Launches New Look and New Products for the New Year

Audient Launches New Look and New Products for the New Year

As the world of audio continues to evolve, audio tech company Audient does the same, marking the next chapter of its journey with a brand new look and website, alongside the launch of three new products.

“This represents a significant step in Audient’s evolution. Designing products that balance audio excellence and innovation continues to drive everything we do. Redefining our visual identity underlines our dedication to these ideals and helps to lay the foundations for what we hope will be a very bright future,” says marketing director, Andy Allen, leading the charge.

To honour Audient’s brand transformation, the next generation (mark II) of two iD audio interfaces iD4 (MKII) , iD14 (MKII) have been released, along with the brand new EVO Start Recording Bundle.

In order to continue providing the best product proposition to its customers, Audient has taken this opportunity to make significant upgrades to the audio performance and feature sets of both iD4 and iD14, making sure they are now comparable with its most powerful interface, the iD44.

Both iD4 (MKII) and iD14 (MKII) now provide 120dB of dynamic range on the DACs and ADCs, representing a huge step up in audio performance and ensuring users experience professional audio performance. As well as the improvements to the audio specs, new features have also been added.

iD14 (MKII) is now completely bus powered via USB3.0 and benefits from the addition of dual headphones outputs, two extra line outputs and a USB-C connection, making collaboration, connectivity and portability that bit easier. Whilst iD4 (MKII) is now USB3.0 bus powered with a USB-C connection, both models now sport a modern gun-metal finish.

Andy says: “Our customers can now enjoy improved audio performance, additional features and a stunning new aesthetic design. The best part is that both iD4 (MKII) and iD14 (MKII) come in at the same price as their predecessors, so they also get better value for money.”

At the same time, Audient’s sub-brand EVO by Audient launches the EVO Start Recording Bundle. This comprises the EVO 4 audio interface, the SR1 large diaphragm condenser mic plus shockmount and the SR2000, monitoring grade headphones.

“EVO 4 was designed for beginners and pros alike. This bundle is simply an extension of that. Here you have absolutely everything you need to get started – right down to the cables – in one easy package ready to just plug and play,” explains Andy. “Using the Smartgain to set your levels and controlling your session via the free EVO Control App on your computer, producing music or content couldn’t be simpler.”

Audient Launches New Look and New Products for the New YearAudient Launches New Look and New Products for the New Year

7th January 2021

Keep Both Feet on The Ground with Chroma-Q’s Pole Operated Pan and Tilt Yoke

Keep Both Feet on The Ground with Chroma-Q’s Pole Operated Pan and Tilt Yoke

Chroma-Q has announced the launch of a brand-new pole operated pan and tilt yoke accessory for its Space Force Octo and Space Force onebytwo fixtures.

Over the past few months Chroma-Q has seen a large increase in demand from its film and TV customers, specifically for their Space Force range of fixtures.

“The development and launch of this new accessory came about due to customer demand. We are delighted to be able to give our customers what they want and endeavour to respond to their needs to ensure our products tick all the boxes,” commented Chroma-Q’s global brand manager, Paul Pelletier.

In such a fast-paced industry, having the ability to make changes quickly and easily is essential. Thanks to the pole operation, operators will now be able to make adjustments whilst keeping both feet on the ground, removing the need for ladders on set not only keeps things tidier but also removes a potential safety hazard.

The new accessory is available now from local Chroma-Q dealers.

www.chroma-q.com

17th December 2020

Chroma-Q

Wireless Solution launch G6 – a new generation of wireless DMX products

Wireless Solution launch G6 – a new generation of wireless DMX products

Sweden-based company Wireless Solution, famous for its well-known W-DMX product range, has announced the release of its new generation of BlackBoxes with the introduction of G6.

Featuring state-of-the-art new technology, the new G6 models include some brand-new functionality and communication protocols, including ArtNet and Streaming ACN via WiFi, RDM support in all models, Bluetooth connectivity for configuration and software updates, and full compatibility with LumenRadio’s CRMX technology.

Michael Karlsson, product development manager, at LumenRadio and Wireless Solution says: “With the new G6 models, we are taking wireless DMX to a whole new level by introducing official support for both WiFi and Bluetooth as well as support for LumenRadio’s CRMX technology. Especially the question of a common wireless DMX standard within the entertainment lighting community has been an ongoing discussion for many years and with the introduction of compatibility between W-DMX and CRMX, we are now offering customers the world’s first true DMX compatibility.”

Michael continues: ”With the W-DMX and CRMX technology now under the same ownership we have a unique possibility to create a truly global standard for wireless DMX. We will continue to work hard to make it easier for our customers to use wireless DMX in their projects without having to think about which supplier to use. We will also look to make it easier to commission products and change settings with minimal effort.”

Robert Larsson, business area manager, Wireless Solution says: “Wireless Solution have for the past 15 years contributed to transforming the lighting industry with the development of reliable and innovative wireless lighting control. Our products, also known as W-DMX, is today a 'must have' within live events, theatres and architectural lighting. Here at Wireless Solution, we have great experience and expertise within the field of wireless communication and engineering, and we will continue to invest in our W-DMX products so that our customers in turn are better equipped to meet the future requirements from their customers.”

The new G6 products are available in early January 2021.

17th December 2020

grandMA3 viz-key announced: Partnership with visualisation manufacturers

grandMA3 viz-key announced: Partnership with visualisation manufacturers

grandMA3 viz-key is the easiest way ever to cross-connect between any scale of grandMA3 lighting control system and compatible third-party visualisers.

For many years, users were asking for solutions to connect grandMA3 lighting control systems with existing visualisation platforms, from a single onPC software device up to a full-blown multi-user system.

grandMA3 viz-key is the unique solution for stable and safe connectivity between third-party visualisation tools and grandMA3 lighting control systems. Simply connect the grandMA3 viz-key with the visualisation computer and it will enable all necessary parameters for visualisation.

All compatible third-party manufacturers are MA-Net3 members on the network and can visualise all granted parameters instantly. grandMA3 viz-key also enables all non-granted parameters for visualisation.
MA Lighting has already made agreements with the following visualiser manufactures (listed in alphabetical order below) to co-develop a seamless integration between grandMA3 viz-key and their specific pre-visualisation solution:

Capture Visualisation – Capture

Imaginary Labs – Carbon For Unreal

Syncronorm – Depence²

Vectorworks – Vision

Vision 2021 Service Pack 2.1 from Vectorworks, Inc. is already compatible with the grandMA3 viz-key.

In addition to the partners above, MA Lighting is in contact with further companies and will release updated information as new partnerships are formed.

16th December 2020

MA Lighting

Magmatic offers Rocket Series of CO2 cryogenic simulation effects

Magmatic offers Rocket Series of CO2 cryogenic simulation effects

Magmatic atmospheric effects offers Rocket, a robust line of powerful CO2 cryogenic simulation effects that produce dense white clouds of fog for visually stunning atmospherics. Capable of generating a heavy blast of fog that engulfs an area in just a few seconds yet dissipates instantly, each effect is arrayed with high-output RGBA LEDs for the ultimate in dynamic fog jet effects.

Rocket is making it easier for designers and production houses to implement high-impact cryogenic-type effects into projects of all types: tours, special events, clubs, theme parks and more. The advantages over traditional liquid CO2 or liquid nitrogen cryogenic effects are many. With the Rocket series there are no cumbersome, high-pressure liquid CO2 or liquid nitrogen cylinders to deal with, making for a safer, less expensive and faster setup that requires no local authority approvals.

Three Rocket series effects are available, Javelin, Sidewinder and Tomahawk, all wrapped in a durable, tour-ready aluminium housing designed to withstand travel and repeated use.

Javelin is a high-velocity CO2 simulator fog machine in a compact and lightweight mobile design. It features 34 x 2 Watt RGBA LEDs for bursts of dynamic coloured effect and can rotate 90-degrees for horizontal or vertical bursts of fog. Max throw distance is 20ft (six metres) with a 50,000 cu.ft per minute output and max continuous output of ten seconds at full. Fluid capacity is 2.5 litres. Its compact size and easy mobility (the unit weighs only 28.7lbs. (13kg) with convenient carrying handle) means Javelin is easy to position virtually anywhere.

Sidewinder is a high-velocity CO2 simulator fog machine in a compact and lightweight mobile design. It features 22 x 2 Watt RGBA LEDs for bursts of dynamic coloured effect and can rotate 180-degrees for multi-position bursts of fog. Max throw distance is 20ft (six metres) with a 50,000 cu.ft per minute output and max continuous output of 10 seconds at full. Fluid capacity is 2.5 litres. Sidewinder weighs only 30.20lbs. (13.7kg) and comes with a convenient carrying handle so it is easy to have on the road and position virtually anywhere.

Tomahawk is a high-velocity CO2 simulator fog machine with huge 85,000 cu.ft per minute output for wide coverage applications. It features 34 x 8 Watt RGBA LEDs for bursts of dynamic coloured effect and can rotate 180-degrees for bursts of fog in multiple positions. Maximum throw distance is 25ft (7.6 metres) with maximum continuous output of 12 seconds at full. Fluid capacity is 5.6 litres. The Tomahawk will first be available in Q2, 2021.

All Rocket series effects include thermally protected heat exchangers to produce outstanding output. Advanced HPA (High Pressure Air) pump technology reduces the risk of heater clogging and automatic self-cleaning and energy-saving auto shut-off (when no fluid is detected) make operation even more effortless and economical. Rocket series effects are easy to use with onboard LCD touchscreen control panels with manual and timer control options, intuitive DMX-512 and RDM control, and wired and wireless remote control options. Javelin, Sidewinder and Tomahawk use specially formulated Atmosity effect fluid, non-toxic and odourless fluid that dissipates fast and leaves no condensation on walls, floors or equipment.

Designed, engineered and exclusively distributed by Elation, Magmatic speciality effects are strong solutions that are on-the-road tough and made to endure. Products encompass a comprehensive range of haze and fog machines with the Magma and Thermatic series, atmospheric snow machines with the Polar series, and CO2 cryogenic simulation effects with the Rocket series. To complement all of the special effects machines, Elation has developed a complete line of specially formulated effect fluids called Atmosity. Also available is an IP65-rated series of UV LED lighting products in the Prisma series.

www.elationlighting.com

11th December 2020

Elation

Martin Audio Announces Additions and Upgraded Voicing to CDD Installation Series

Martin Audio Announces Additions and Upgraded Voicing to CDD Installation Series

Martin Audio has announced new additions and upgraded voicing for its best-selling CDD series, as well as improved production capacity, as part of a concerted effort to meet the growing needs of installation applications.

CDD was original launched in 2015, bringing engineering innovation to installed applications, combining distinctive curved enclosures with patent protected Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology. Delivering class-leading performance, fidelity and coverage consistency to venues that demand the ultimate in cutting-edge technology and style, CDD is also pitched at a highly-competitive price point. Martin Audio further extended the range in ensuing years with both weatherised and marine editions to cater for all outdoor environments including cruise ships.

During the pandemic, Martin Audio has seen a plethora of small to medium installations, both indoors and out, to keep sales of CDD extremely buoyant. Bars and restaurants upgraded systems or extended to outdoor areas to better cater for clientele in changing conditions; houses of worship adapted to socially-distanced congregations with the need for improved coverage and consistency, while education facilities similarly needed better solutions to manage socially-distanced students.

Martin Audio has taken the opportunity to maximise the potential of the series by increasing production capacity, while extending product lines to include transformer variants of the popular 8” and 10” models, as well as improving the voicing across the series for an up-to-date sound and consistency to the family, straight out of the box.

In terms of increasing production capacity, Martin Audio has achieved this through improved sourcing of suppliers as well as changing the 12” and 15” from their normal UPM Formi cabinet construction to wooden cabinets. Dom Harter, managing director, explained: “The 12” and 15” models in particular have always seen capacity constraints so by moving to wooden enclosures, using innovative bended wood techniques, we have not only been able to retain the classic aesthetics of the CDD design and performance, but now have the capability to increase production by tenfold.”

Extension of the series includes new 8” and 10” versions, with 70V / 100V transformer options, as well as weatherised variants, enabling daisy chaining of loudspeakers for increased amplifier efficiency in larger installation projects. Harter added: “We have seen increased requests for additional transformer versions to complement the current 5” and 6” transformer models, as larger scale projects are all about efficiency of the installation.”

Finally, to coincide with this, Martin Audio has also launched new DSP settings across the range to bring the voicing up to date. These are available to complement any amplifier solution but in addition to this there are also new FIR-based presets for iKON amplifiers and DX4.0 controller to further enhance the sound quality performance ‘out of the box’ to make installations even easier and better performing.

New voicing settings for CDD are available to download now, while wooden cabinet changes are available from January and the transformer additions to follow in February.

Dom Harter summed up: “We’re delighted to extend and improve our best-selling CDD series as well as increase the production capacity to maximise its absolute sales potential as we see increased demand of small to medium installation projects at this time.”

9th December 2020

grandMA3 Software Release 1.4.: Many Enhancements

grandMA3 Software Release 1.4.: Many Enhancements

MA Lighting has now released grandMA3 Software Version 1.4. This release rolls out many enhancements to continuously improve the basic workflow, as well as new features that enrich the overall lighting control experience. Additionally, it marks a fundamental step in the evolution of lighting control software and introduces the new concepts of Recipes and MAgic (MA grid interpolation concept).

The enhanced recursive selection functionality supports easy tree-structure selections not only for fixtures but for any object. The well-known MAtricks have been expanded from a selection tool to a full three-dimensional manipulation tool for phase, speed, fade, delay and several invert value and invert encoder functionality. MAtricks integrates perfectly with the new way of creating and adjusting phasers. The streamlined UI – known as Phaser Editor – is available straight from the encoder bar and hosts a step editor now. On top all presets, the programmer and cue-parts can host recipes – the most powerful way to pre-arrange a show, change ingredients and re-cook single parts or the whole show!

Besides an optimised 3D window for even better performance there are different selection modes to copy any selection straight into the grid view. The colour picker improvements for additive colour mixing allow generic use of GDTF colour information to match colours of different fixture types.

Working on the playback side of things the sequences and sequence sheet handling has been improved for faster workflows. And the enhanced copy functionality for cues, cue-content and all other objects comes in handy when editing and adjusting afterwards. This goes along with all timecode and timecode editor Improvements for much smoother timecode show generation and editing. New event symbols and easier access of time-markers allow for a smarter overview.

Newly implemented protocols such as RDM support the workflow enhancements for concert touring as well as fixed installations. Many more smaller enhancements, bug fixes and feature adjustments for already implemented functionality enrich the programming experience and show the continuous commitment from MA Lighting to improve the user workflow.

The grandMA3 software is the soul of the grandMA3 platform and is designed to accommodate the current and future needs of lighting control. MA Lighting continues to deliver a lighting control tool for new and existing users of all genres, to create new and exciting shows of any scale.

For the complete list of features and enhancements or further information please visit: www.malighting.com

9th December 2020

MA Lighting

Renkus-Heinz Expands S Series Subwoofer Line with Diminutive, High Performing SX/SA28

Renkus-Heinz Expands S Series Subwoofer Line with Diminutive, High Performing SX/SA28

Renkus-Heinz has announced the latest product in its S Series Subwoofer line: the SX/SA28, an extremely compact, low profile subwoofer suitable for a multitude of applications that require deep, powerful bass.

“The performance of the SX/SA28 belie its extremely compact dimensions,” said Graham Hendry, vice president of strategic development at Renkus-Heinz. “The addition of the SX/SA28 allows for flexible and discreet placement in a variety of install and portable scenarios. This is another new solution Renkus-Heinz has introduced this year that looks to make the lives of those in the live sound and installation markets easier through compact and impressive loudspeakers.”

Available in both passive (SX28) and powered (SA28) models, the compact dimensions and low profile allow the new subwoofer to be positioned under seating, under low stages, soffits, and incorporated into fixed furnishings. This offers flexibility to the designer and integrator without compromising system performance. In addition, multiple units can be arranged to create cardioid, end-fire, and steered low frequency arrays.

The SX/SA28 is designed to extend low frequency response and increase system headroom in conjunction with Renkus-Heinz full range loudspeakers. It also offers an ideal low frequency complement for use with many of Renkus-Heinz’s other systems, such as the Iconyx and ICC Series. Extending overall frequency response to below 45 Hz, the highly efficient design provides output levels normally associated with considerably larger enclosures.

The SX/SA28 also utilises a pair of long excursion high efficiency 200 mm (8”) drive units mounted in a compact and sturdy, black or white painted plywood cabinet.

Sixteen M10 universal mounting points allow the SX/SA28 to be flown using M10 eyebolts, while the recessed handles and top-mounted pole adapter make portable use easy and practical. Integrated rear cable channels allow for discrete installations even when flush to a boundary.

The optional SA1250 power amplifier precisely matches the power needs of the SA28, providing optimised processing for performance and protection. The integral amp eliminates the need for additional rack space and speaker cable runs. Controlled via RHAON II, the SA1250’s built-in DSP has eight fully parametric EQ filters, high and low shelf and high and low pass filters, and up to 358 ms. of delay. All options are easily accessed via a Windows computer running RHAON II.

The SA28-RD1 and SA128-RD add Dante digital signal distribution capability, including AES67 compatibility and network redundancy.

8th December 2020

KV2 Audio launches new D Series amplifiers with onboard control and diagnostics

KV2 Audio launches new D Series amplifiers with onboard control and diagnostics

KV2 is recognised the world over for the quality of its analogue engineering, and its amplifiers are no exception. The company brings the superior audio quality of its super analogue engineering to an even wider audience with the introduction of their new D Series amplifiers with on-board control and diagnostics. The very first deployment of D Series amplifiers is at the Volksoper or People’s Opera in Vienna where 56 units are in use every day.

KV2’s D Series amplifiers use a range of topologies including Class AB for exceptional high frequency response, a unique high current switching topology on low frequencies and consistent power delivery that features toroidal transformers hand-wound in the Czech factory, specific for each model.

In terms of control, the D Series amplifiers offer the option to set up gains, operate mutes, configure the limiters, or select filter, EQ and bridge modes depending on the model, whilst the diagnostics section provides information on the temperature of heatsinks, mains voltage, real-time health checking and the output levels relative to limiting. This is a crucial feature for the increasing requirement of monitored loudspeaker systems in public spaces. Amplifiers may be set up individually or in groups using the new KV2 Control & Diagnostics software tool, including saving and recalling presets, or show files. Configuration and monitoring are accessible either via the front panel or remotely via any Windows or Mac OS device.

KV2 Audio founder, George Krampera Sr., is proud to introduce the new D Series amplifiers. “Finally, our users can now benefit from control without compromise as well as real-time monitoring and system diagnostics – elements which are vital when running large systems,” he says. “Our customers no longer have to rely on third-party solutions which inevitably affect the sound. By embracing digital technology for control where it is suited, but maintaining the fastest, highest quality analogue electronics for the audio path where it is needed, we have developed a revolutionary hybrid solution that offers user friendly operation whilst maintaining the integrity of audiophile reproduction.”

Volksoper’s head of sound and media technology, Martin Lukesch, is delighted with the new amplifiers. “In 2020, large installations like ours – we have 56 amplifiers in use full-time and five spare – have to be accurately controlled and monitored, or we simply can’t operate efficiently,” he reveals. “KV2’s D Series solution offers us both the flexibility and security we require for managing a large, complex system. All amplifiers, drivers and speakers are monitored in real time, so any anomalies are instantly located and reported. It also enables me to configure and switch between systems in no time. For example, for one show I’ll be using small speakers, and for the next I’ll have a completely different system with all of the subs involved. This enables me to load all of the amp settings for a particular show in just one click – it’s virtually plug and play which makes my life much easier!”

The new models include ESR 3000D, ESR 2800D, ESP 2000D, SL3000D and VHD 3200D.

7th December 2020

Neutrik AG announces the launch of NEUTRIK MINEA, a Milan Certified audio module

Neutrik AG announces the launch of NEUTRIK MINEA, a Milan Certified audio module

In February 2020, Neutrik announced the development of Milan audio modules. Now, a few hard months for the industry later, the most recommended connector brand in pro AV announces the launch of the first Milan Certified audio module, MINEA.

MINEA is a 2 x 2 stream Milan certified audio module. It's a ready-to-go solution that allows manufacturers in the pro audio market to quickly and easily implement Milan into their products, from single loudspeakers, amplifiers, microphones, audio embedders and de-embedders, to complex multichannel mixing desks and multi-port conferencing systems.

Today the demand for professional real-time, reliable, future-proofed audio network systems is growing rapidly. Manufacturers in the pro AV industry want to focus on the core values of their products and when it comes to audio networking they want to rely on an open standard, defined by the industry.

With the development of Milan audio modules, Neutrik is taking the next logical step by offering OEM customers a time- and cost-saving path towards developing and producing future audio network solutions built on the Milan protocol.

“The network must now become part of the value proposition for manufacturers. It must be open for creativity to enable bringing truly valuable products to market,” said Richard Bugg, Avnu Alliance Pro AV segment chair. “With Milan-certified modules, such as Neutrik’s, pro audio manufacturers can tap into the benefits of the Milan protocol with a faster path to developing and certifying Milan devices that are deterministic, interoperable, future-proof, and easy-to-use.”

With the recently announced, Milan Associate Membership, companies can join Avnu Alliance at an entry-level membership costing $1000 per year, in order to register products that implement Milan certified modules and have them marketed with the Milan certified logo.

"The availability of Milan certified modules and the introduction of the new Avnu Alliance Milan Associate Membership level will in turn expand the Milan certified ecosystem of devices to bring end users in the pro AV market more choice of interoperable end devices," said Florian Frick, production manager Neutrik.

The MINEA modules and the correspondent development sets will be available Q1/2021.

4th December 2020

PROLIGHTS releases ECL FW ellipsoidal

PROLIGHTS releases ECL FW ellipsoidal

The Italian manufacturer has released its new LED ellipsoidal, the EclProfile FW. This is a high-quality full white LED profile, in tungsten (3,200 Kelvin) and daylight (5,600 Kelvin) variants.

The unit has been engineered in the same housing and optical design as the EclProfile CT+ fixtures, launched last October. However, the FW series were conceived with higher brightness and quality on a specific white point, with LED sources selected to achieve the finest quality of whites, scoring over 97 CRI, as well as very high on R9 and TM30 values, since it was designed for demanding broadcast and studio environments.

The EclProfile range has a broad range of lens barrels available, with fixed or zoom high-definition, anti-reflection lenses for different applications, but it also accepts third-party accessories.

The FW range outperforms in luminous flux against any other ellipsoidal, with high-definition and smooth dimming features, selectable PWM control, and an easy user-interface that offers a classic user experience just like on older ellipsoidals.

4th December 2020

The multi-tool of signal distribution: grandMA3 I/O Node and grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail

The multi-tool of signal distribution: grandMA3 I/O Node and grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail

MA Lighting has now introduced two new tools for signal distribution that will make daily life for every grandMA3 user so much easier.

The grandMA3 I/O Node is the multi-tool of signal distribution within a grandMA3 lighting control system. Wherever the signal is generated or needed, just place a grandMA3 I/O Node there and receive or send external signals.

The grandMA3 I/O Node comes in the same housing as a grandMA3 2/4 Port Node and is also available as PoE version (Power over Ethernet).

The display shows the status of all input and output signals. Just add the grandMA3 I/O Node as a session member and it is ready to go.

It has never been easier to integrate external signal flows into the MA-Net workflow. Once a grandMA3 I/O Node receives MIDI, Timecode or DC Remote signals, these are available immediately throughout the grandMA3 lighting control system, and can be used in any grandMA3 onPC or console. The same is true for transmitting MIDI or Timecode signals.

Just add a grandMA3 I/O Node and connect locally with external signals to integrate them into the MA-Net3 workflow.

The grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail is the multi-tool of signal distribution within a grandMA3 lighting control system, especially for fixed installations. Wherever the signal is generated or needed, just place a grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail there and receive or send external signals.

The grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail comes in the same housing as a grandMA3 2/4 Port Node DIN-Rail and is also available as PoE version (Power over Ethernet).

The display shows the status of all input and output signals. Just add the grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail as a Session Member and it is ready to go.

It has never been easier to integrate external signal flows into the MA-Net workflow. Once a grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail receives MIDI, Timecode or DC Remote signals, these are available immediately throughout the grandMA3 lighting control system, and can be used in any grandMA3 onPC or console. The same is true for transmitting MIDI or Timecode signals.

Just add a grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail and connect locally with external signals to integrate them into the MA-Net3 workflow.

3rd December 2020

MA Lighting

Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems
Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

Through regular software updates to its RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems, Yamaha is able to bring sound engineers the very best quality and most user-friendly features. The latest of these, to be released with Firmware V4.7 in mid-December, is the premium Y7 reverb, developed in close collaboration with Bricasti Design.

Bricasti Design is known for being the world’s premier manufacturer of hand crafted, hardware digital reverbs. The delicate expressiveness, exceptional sound quality and ease of use of Bricasti Design is characterised by the rackmount M7. Considered to be the company’s masterpiece reverb, it is widely used by many professional studios and live sound engineers.

Yamaha and Bricasti have now collaborated to design a revolutionary new reverb for RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems. The superb Y7 will be available at no cost as part of the Firmware V4.7 update, bringing the highest level of expressiveness, sound quality and operability to live sound engineers, further expanding the high quality options available to RIVAGE PM users.

“Together with Yamaha we are pleased to announce the release of the Y7 reverb. By working closely with the Yamaha development team, the Y7 was specifically designed for use in Yamaha RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems,” says Brian Zolner, CEO of Bricasti Design: “It brings to the live market a Bricasti reverb that is integrated in the console for simple, fast, and familiar operation, as well as bringing the renowned ‘Bricasti sound’ to users of Yamaha products. We feel the Y7 will offer new art to the sound engineers and fulfil their requests for a premium reverb product from us for their consoles.”

Motome Tanaka, Yamaha Group manager, PA marketing and sales group, adds: “We are very pleased to announce the release of the Y7, which we have co-developed with Bricasti Design.

“All Yamaha mixers are built on the philosophy of allowing engineers to capture the on-stage sound accurately, without colouration. Plug-ins play a vital role in allowing engineers to take this transparent sound and apply their artistry to the mix. High quality reverb is one of the most important tools to achieve this and we are confident that the Y7 will become a key part of the creative expression for many sound engineers.

“We at Yamaha will continue to listen to the opinions of our customers and work hard to provide the most flexible systems and comfortable mixing environments.”

2nd December 2020

Let the world see you in the best light with Chroma-Q’s Sandi

Let the world see you in the best light with Chroma-Q’s Sandi

Chroma-Q has announced the release of its new Sandi 1622 video conferencing keylight. It’s soft lens diffusion, large source and adjustable colour temperature means you’ll look your best under any ambient lighting conditions.

With everything now moving online, the Sandi has been developed to ensure that your professional image isn’t compromised by bad lighting, and that you stand out for all the right reasons. The light can fit around a monitor up to 24” (609mm) and also provides a physical support for phones, laptops and tablets.

The Sandi has two adjustment dials that allow you to control the intensity from 0 - 100%, and the colour temperature from warm white to cool white (2,700K to 6,500K). The LED driven light engine provides a flicker-free source for cameras.

With 110° coverage from three different axis, the Sandi creates an even, soft, natural light, delivering beautiful skin-tones with enough output to look good, but that isn’t harsh on the eyes.

This video conferencing key light is specifically designed for business professionals, vloggers, bloggers, Zoomers, telework, government officials, make-up artists and theatres.

Sandi 1622’s set-up is quick and easy, simply connect one USB cable and it is ready to make you shine!

“With video calls and live streaming on television becoming the new norm, we wanted to create a professional light, designed to keep you looking good on screen wherever you are. If you want to avoid flickering, unflattering lighting, and maintain your professional image, then look no further, the Sandi can help achieve this quickly and easily,” commented Paul Pelletier, global brand manager.

www.chroma-q.com

2nd December 2020

Chroma-Q

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series “Lengthens” The Line to Bring Highly Intelligible Sound to Larger Spaces

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series “Lengthens” The Line to Bring Highly Intelligible Sound to Larger Spaces

USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has announced the latest products in its new Iconyx Compact Series: the Iconyx Compact 36/3-RN and the 48/3-RN – two solutions that bring the benefits of the Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx family into an impressively compact and architecturally friendly package.

“The ICC 36/3 is three metres (10 feet) in length and the ICC 48/3 is four metres (13 feet) in length, all while remaining in the same ultra-compact footprint,” said Ralph Heinz, chief technical officer at Renkus-Heinz. “This design allows the 36/3 and 48/3 to provide significantly more low frequency control, an important consideration for applications where reverberation times peak at low frequencies. In addition, the longer columns will project coherent, highly intelligible sound for longer distances, negating the need for labour intensive distributed systems in many applications.”

The addition of the ICC 36/3 and ICC 48/3 completes the portfolio in the new Iconyx Compact Series, which launched in 2020 to provide additional solutions for integrators seeking highly coherent and steerable sound in highly problematic acoustic spaces. With its compact footprint, the series brings performance and directivity to spaces where even the classic Iconyx arrays might be too large.

The very narrow profile allows the Iconyx Compact Series to blend into nearly any environment, while exceptional directivity helps control even the most challenging acoustics. This brings the premium performance of beam-steered line arrays to even the most architecturally sensitive spaces and provides more opportunities for integration in the house of worship, corporate, transportation, education and government markets.

Both the ICC 36/3 and ICC 48/3, which offer 36 and 48 channels respectively, are constructed with channel digital amplifier power 3"/ 7 7mm full-range, high sensitivity, treated paper cone drivers. These feature an amplifier and DSP channel for each driver. The new products also offer full RHAON II beam-steering with the latest U.R.G.O beam algorithms, a movable acoustic centre, multiple beam opening angles and high-pass filtering of individual beams. That means all of the fidelity and musicality expected of a Renkus-Heinz product, but found in a footprint 40 percent smaller than the classic Iconyx.

The included wall-mount brackets make mounting easy and is nearly invisible behind the arrays. Standard RN units have analogue and AES inputs.

2nd December 2020

ETC Introduces High End Systems SolaFrame Studio

ETC Introduces High End Systems SolaFrame Studio

ETC has introduced the SolaFrame Studio automated luminaire, a fanless, convection-cooled fixture that prioritises high quality features, beautiful spectral output and silent operation. Audibly invisible and with visual impact, the fixture’s feature set is designed for exquisite projection control and gorgeous color in a compact package. A perfect fit for theatres, concert halls, opera houses, film/TV broadcast studios and houses of worship, it uses a 300 Watt High CRI bright white engine to produce 10,000 lumens.

The fixture’s convection-cooled engine allows for completely fanless operation. SolaFrame Studio is packed with features including a high quality 13-lens optic system with patented lens defogger, extremely powerful 5.5 - 57° zoom, CMY / CTO-Linear colour mixing system, seven position plus open replaceable colour wheel, full-curtain framing system for total control of beam shaping, 16-blade iris for extremely tight beam effects, light diffusion with additional, optional heavy diffusion, seven position plus open rotating gobo wheel and linear prism for controlled pattern replication across a stage

Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner commented: “The SolaFrame Theatre has been an exceptional fixture for us. Our customers have often requested a smaller version to expand the applications where fanless fixtures can be used. This led to the development of the SolaFrame Studio, with its broad feature set and smaller footprint it improves the silence made famous by the SolaFrame Theatre.”

High End Systems brand manager Tania Lesage added: “With pioneering technology in moving lights and more recently in LED fixtures, our expertise in fanless technology is unmatched and has been demonstrated in countless installations worldwide. The unique blend of our years of experience, technical expertise and customer service has come together in the creation of our new fixture SolaFrame Studio, which we are incredibly proud to add to our product portfolio.”

www.etcconnect.com

2nd December 2020

ETC

Allen & Heath Premieres New MADI Option Card for SQ

Allen & Heath Premieres New MADI Option Card for SQ

Allen & Heath’s SQ has rapidly established itself as a go-to pro streaming console throughout 2020, and now it’s opening up even more applications with the timely addition of the new SQ MADI card.

Joining the existing Dante, SLink and WAVES option cards, the 64x64 MADI (48/96kHz) interface unlocks a host of new possibilities for integration with broadcast and recording systems, OB vans and third-party consoles.

“With its easy USB streaming and Dante options, SQ is already an ideal console for pro streaming and AV production applications where there’s a need for big features in a compact footprint,” comments Keith Johnson, SQ product manager. “Now, answering calls from broadcast engineers, the new SQ MADI card allows more pro broadcast applications to benefit from SQ's powerhouse feature set and super-fast workflow.”

2nd December 2020