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New Meyer Sound USW-210P Compact Narrow Subwoofer Fits Forceful Bass into a Tight Space
Meyer Sound has introduced the USW-210P Compact Narrow Subwoofer, a self-powered loudspeaker providing robust forceful low-frequency reproduction in a slender form factor that is ideally suited to space-restricted installations or very small performance stages. The dual 10-inch driver configuration produces greater output than typical single 12-inch designs, making the USW-210P a preferred alternative wherever convincing bass power must be combined with minimal cabinet width and depth.
''We created it for a customer who wanted superior, full-range music reproduction in retail outlets,'' says Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound's vice president and chief loudspeaker designer. ''Because their architect and interior designer had limited the dimensions allowed for loudspeakers, we made USW-210P to fit the space. It exceeded all performance expectations and we decided to make it available in our product line.''
The USW-210P has an operating frequency range of 30Hz to 140Hz with a conservatively rated linear peak SPL of 126dB free field at 1 m using pink noise. The long, slender bass reflex cabinet employs the same port design as Meyer Sound’s flagship 1100-LFC low frequency control element for high efficiency and low port distortion. Cabinet dimensions are 41.33 inches (1,049.78mm) high, 12.0 inches (304.8mm) wide and 12.0 inches (304.8mm) deep. A slanted connector panel allows mounting flush to a wall surface with cables connected. Weight is 56.0lbs (24.6kg).
The USW-210P cabinet houses a two channel Class D power amplifier with dedicated on-board processing including crossover, driver protection, and frequency and phase correction. The built-in crossover accepts full-range signals, facilitating daisy-chain system configurations for signal distribution, and eliminating the need for external crossovers in smaller systems. The Intelligent AC power supply provides automatic voltage selection, EMI filtering, soft current turn-on, and surge suppression.
The optional RMS remote monitoring system module provides comprehensive monitoring of loudspeaker parameters from a Mac or Windows-based computer running Compass control software via the RMServer interface. Optional XLR 5-pin connectors allow the use of composite cables for carrying both balanced audio and RMS signals.
The USW-210P cabinet is constructed of premium birch plywood and is coated with a durable, black textured finish. A stamped steel grille protects the drivers. Options include Meyer Sound weather protection and custom colour finishes for specific cosmetic requirements.
The USW-210P is supplied standard with M8 mounting points at top and bottom. In addition to horizontal placement, the USW-210P also may be mounted free-standing in a vertical orientation (connectors at top or bottom) using an optional aluminium base plate. A U-bracket for wall or ceiling mounting also is available as an option.
The versatile USW-210P integrates easily with Meyer Sound full-range loudspeaker systems, including CAL and UltraSeries loudspeakers. Applications include retail and hospitality installations, theatrical sound reinforcement, houses of worship, conference rooms, high-end home theatre and corporate AV systems.
13th December 2018
New Chauvet Professional IP 65 COLORado Panel Q40 Cast a Wide Light
Chauvet Professional makes it possible to cover a wider area with an even coloured wash on indoor and outdoor stages. Introduced just in time for festival season, the company’s new IP65 rated COLORado Panel Q40 features a magnetic flood filter that produces a very wide, but still even wash.
Powered by 40 15W RGBW LEDs, the rectangular wash fixture has a bright output (up to 9,480 lux at 5 metres) and creates perfectly smooth edge-to edge colour mixing. An adjustable beam angle of 15° or 24° adds to its versatility.
“We developed the COLORado Panel Q40 in response to the demand on the part of designers for a reliable IP65 rated wash with a wide coverage area that could be used at festivals, amphitheatres and similar outdoor venues without sacrificing colour quality,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The bright output of the COLORado Panel Q40 also makes it well-suited for outdoor applications.”
Ruggedly constructed, the COLORado Panel Q40 measures 20.27 x 7.71 x 11.96 inches (515 x 196 x 304mm) and weighs 28.2 lbs. (12.8kg), making it efficient to setup and transport. Its outdoor rated power and data connectors can be connecting quickly and easily without the need for propriety cabling.
The user-friendly wash fixture can be controlled via DMX, WDMX and RDM. It has a colour temperature range of 2800 to 10000K and selectable pulse width modulation that avoids flickering when lighting concerts and festivals that will be videoed.
“We’re excited about this light,” said Chauvet. “The popularity of festivals has created a growing demand for outdoor rated wash fixtures that also offer the coverage area and colour mixing that designers have a right to expect., and that’s what the COLORado Panel Q40 gives them.”
6th December 2018
Chauvet Professional Introduces Batten-Style Strike Saber
Following an unforgettable summer where it was featured on high-profile tours by the likes of Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows and Nine Inch Nails, Chauvet Professional’s popular Strike series is expanding to include its first-ever batten-style fixture. The new Strike Saber packs the intense punch associated with the series’ pod fixtures, but in a linear configuration that features ten 17W warm white/amber LED cells.
“The response that our Strike series has received from leading designers around the world has been overwhelming,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Designers told us they wanted more ways to incorporate the Strike series’ intense output into their rigs, so we designed a batten unit to complement our pod fixtures.”
A versatile fixture, the new Strike Saber excels as a powerful blinder, strobe, footlight or tuneable white wash. Pixel mappable, it can also be used to create captivating chase effects, making it strikingly effective as a set piece.
Adding to the attractiveness and immersive qualities of the Strike Saber is its emulated amber shift, which warms the colour temperature of the light as it dims to create a very realistic incandescent look. The newest member of the Strike family also includes 16-bit dimming for smooth fades.
Measuring 39.3 x 3.08 x 6.18 inches (1000 x 78.4 x 157 mm), the Strike Saber also features a user-friendly OLED display, Adjustable Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), Remote Device Management (RDM), and an included floor plate for easy ground level mounting.
“We really have been awed by all the incredible looks that talented designers have created with our Strike fixtures in the past,” said Chauvet. “With the Strike Saber being a batten-style fixture, designers will be able to use it in a wider variety of configurations. We’re very eager to see what they come up with down the road.”
3rd December 2018
Elation Protron Eclypse Hybrid More Than Just a Powerful Strobe Light
Elation Professional has merged hybrid with high-intensity in the latest luminaire in the company’s Protron line of powerful strobe lights. Elation introduces the Protron Eclypse, a high-powered and highly versatile hybrid LED luminaire that can multi-function as a bright blinder, powerful strobe, high-output wash light or creative eye candy effect in one.
Following the development in moving heads towards more multi-functional luminaires, designers have also asked for effect lights that are more than a one-trick pony and the Protron Eclypse delivers. With flexible four-in-one functionality, the Protron Eclypse can fill multiple requirements in the rig on productions of all types while offering more 'bang for the buck'.
With 96 10W RGBW LEDs that produce an intense 37,000 lumens of power, the Protron Eclypse offers a full spectrum of colour options, including high-impact white light, for a barrage of coloured or white light effects possibilities. The fixture projects light at a 31° beam angle with strobe intensity, duration, rate and FX all controllable. A super-fast, adjustable strobe (1-25fps) produces the ultimate in rapid strobing effects and for added visual dynamism selectable 1-, 2-, 3-, 6-, 2 x 2, 2 x 3 and 2 x 6-zone pixel control can be incorporated for spectacular pixel-mapped and 'eye candy' looks. The Protron Eclypse is fully dimmable down to 0% and a selection of variable dimming curves is provided for faster programming.
The Protron Eclypse comes in a robust housing for durable on-the-road use. Versatile rigging options include an adjustable/removable yoke bracket with three-position mounting holes, ¼ turn omega bracket, and integrated interlocking pins for easy multiple fixture matrix designs. With an IPX4 rating for protection against water spray, the unit is also fit for temporary outdoor use. Barndoor and gel frame holder accessories are available for added versatility.
The Protron Eclypse features a superior interface with control support from DMX, Art-Net, Kling-Net and RDM protocols. It offers all the savings in cost, energy and space that a hybrid solution brings including all the benefits of LED like greater reliability and less maintenance with less power consumed compared to conventional Xenon strobes for a lower cost of ownership and greater ROI.
30th November 2018
NEXT-proaudio introduces Audio Tool Software
Audio Tool is the new free software developed by NEXT-proaudio with the main goal to help end-users when configuring their systems (speakers + amplifiers).
This exclusive and unique tool includes a database with all the passive speakers from NEXT-proaudio range as well as the available digital and analogue amplifiers, M Series, MA Series and Powersoft X Series.
The amplifiers and speakers databases include several important parameters, from each speaker and amplifier model, that grant the software the ability to calculate the optimum configuration.
With Audio Tool the user can, automatically, get the best combination between speakers and amplifiers in order to get the best performance from both devices.
Basically, the user inputs which speaker model and how many units per amplifier channel and the software sets the recommended amplifier, according to the selected amplifier mode and technology (stereo/bridge and analogue/digital).
Besides that, Audio Tool is also capable of automatically calculate the proper limiter settings such as threshold, attack and release times regarding the whole system settings.
In the past, this task was very time consuming and at the end it wasn't very effective because a lot of variables are on the play and most of the times the end-user is not able to do such complex calculations.
There is also a manual mode that allows the user to select which models of speaker and amplifier are in use and get the convenient limiters and see the system's performance through two very intuitive colour gauges.
16th November 2018
ArKaos introduces TrackDJ in the new GrandVJ 2.6
The first adopter of TrackDJ are Pioneer / ShowKontrol and Mixxx which allows GrandVJ and GrandVJ XT to track the real-time creative work of a DJ as they are playing live.
Other companies in the DJ technology industry such as VirtualDJ have already voiced their commitment to adopting TrackDJ, and more announcements are expected soon.
This is a huge leap forward to DJs working at festivals and in clubs or at parties, offering more control over their own visuals. TrackDJ will use the track and artist name to automatically select the video loop based on visuals loaded in the VJ set.
Track DJ offer you the possibility to :
Automatically follow the music the DJ is playing.
Be precisely in-sync with the music (lip-sync, subtitles, etc.).
Automatically and precisely loop your visuals on the beat of the music.
Give DJ immediate control on the visual performance by changing track, BPM and executing loops.
With this new version of GrandVJ XT 2.6, ArKaos wants to give the opportunity to all visuals creators to have better access to video mapping tools.
ArKaos’s core philosophy has always been to ensure that users and fans of the platform have the most flexible and powerful tools to create spectacular shows. Right at their fingertips.
16th November 2018
Doughty introduces new Heavy Duty Boom Arm
A new1000mm Heavy Duty Boom Arm, capable of taking the weight of a moving light has been launched by Doughty Engineering. The latest addition to the Boom Arm range is set to offer users an attractive solution without the need for a brace.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty explained: "Our Boom Arm range is already extremely popular with our customers. The regular Boom Arm works well in most scenarios and has a 25kg safe working load. However the feedback we were getting from customers is that they wanted something that would allow them to hang moving lights in environments where the overall aesthetic is important."
He continued: "Up until now, anyone wanting to hang a moving light would have to use our Braced Boom Arm which is capable of taking a 100kg weight. However, this depends on a brace support which, while effective isn't necessarily the most attractive solution. We hope that the new Heavy Duty Boom Arm bridges the gap. It has a SWL of 50kg which should more than suffice in the majority of situations while still looking good in its place. We hope it's something that our customers will appreciate and, as always, we welcome feedback."
16th November 2018
Made in Germany
Steinigke Showtechnic expands its product range in the field of DMX tools and therefore relies on its own development and production. The DMX splitters and mergers of the Eurolite brand are 100% "made in Germany" and convince with their high quality.
DMX tools are the stepchildren of event technology: in contrast to impressive moving heads or large PA systems, they receive hardly any attention. Nevertheless, they are an indispensable part of the product landscape; after all, every event technician is dependent on these little helpers.
The Eurolite DXT series consists of four RDM DMX splitters, a DMX truss splitter and a DMX merger. The special thing about the products: The series was completely developed and manufactured in Germany. It is primarily aimed at professional users who value quality and reliability.
"There are many mergers and splitters," says Matthias Schwab, managing director of Steinigke Showtechnic, "but so far, the market has been lacking really high-quality equipment with sophisticated details at a reasonable price. We wanted to fill this gap. And we have the right people for it in our company.”
That's why the handy devices were developed entirely at the company’s headquarters in Waldbüttelbrunn: "From the initial idea to the finished product, everything happens here in Germany. In this way, we literally have everything in our own hands, can rely on the expertise of our own developers and the craftsmanship of our technicians. And in this way we ensure that the quality meets our requirements and that the price is right for the user.”
The high-quality components catch the observer's eye right from the first glance at the DXT series. The developers have chosen the proven quality of PowerCon and Neutrik for the connections. The housings of the devices are very stable, some of them already prepared for mounting on trusses and suitable for the hard use on tour.
In addition to their high manufacturing quality, the devices of the DXT series also impress with their range of functions: four of the RDM splitters, for example, feature LED control indicators for the output channels and selectable functions for a possible failure of the DMX signal. Thanks to their well thought-out concept, operation of the devices remains simple and convenient. In case of any problems, their partially modular design makes repair easier.
14th November 2018
Outdoor laser system released
Laserworld has released a professional laser system specifically dedicated to the outdoor use for logo, text and architectural projection, the the PL-5500RGB Outdoor. It is housed in a rainproof enclosure and has a built-in control interface that can be loaded with laser frames and animations. The system can be either computer controlled or run automatically, e.g. switched with a timer clock or a timed show playback.
The outdoor laser is high powered and therefore very bright in the dark. The scanner system is very fast and well suited for projecting graphics, logos or texts. It comes with a special wall mounting bracket, which is designed to be used for fixed installation.
The Laserworld PL-5500RGB Outdoor comes as complete system including built-in LAN control interface and suitable professional control software.
14th November 2018
Christie expands RGB laser projection line up with the launch of Mirage SST
Christie announces the launch of the Christie Mirage SST, a high-performance RGB laser projection solution featuring Christie TruLife electronics.
Featuring an ultra-compact, fibre-coupled projection head, the Mirage SST is ideal for complex, demanding applications including theme park attractions, dome theatres and planetariums. Weighting just 110 pounds (50 kilogrammes) and with its small form factor, the Mirage SST projection head enables installation where space constraints have previously been a barrier. The remote light source allows the chilling equipment to be placed away from the projector head, saving space and ensuring a whisper-quiet experience for audiences.
With TruLife electronics, the Mirage SST delivers 4K resolution at 120fps, or, with an optional licence, 480fps at 2K resolution. High frame rates remove blurring and strobing effects in fast-moving images, critical to creating an immersive experience for audiences. The Mirage SST further creates an ultra-realistic experience by achieving greater than 90 percent of the Rec. 2020 colour space and 5000:1 on/off contrast with ultra-high contrast lenses. With rich, highly saturated colours, a more natural colour reproduction is also possible.
“The Mirage SST joins the recently released D4K40-RGB in Christie’s line up of RGB laser projectors,” says Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The Mirage SST brings flexibility to system design and incredible image fidelity, and, as a result, we believe the creation of the next generation of spectacular, immersive visual experiences is now possible.”
The Christie Mirage SST can be installed in single or multi-projector configurations and is compatible with Christie Mystique Install, which simplifies the design, installation and maintenance of multi-projector arrays, and Christie Guardian, which offers automated, invisible, real-time blended image correction even when content is playing.
The Christie Mirage SST ships in Q1 2019 with a three-year parts and labour warranty.
13th November 2018
Alcons Audio shipping the LR18B line-array bass
Following early previews at this year’s Prolight+Sound Frankfurt and InfoComm USA, Alcons Audio is now shipping the LR18B.
The LR18B is the dedicated low-frequency extension to the LR18 compact mid-sized pro-ribbon line-array system. It can also be combined with any other Alcons pro-ribbon system, as subwoofer in both permanent and portable applications.
The front-loaded system delivers a super accurate bass and sub response with highest output under lowest distortion. The Max-Vent port design combines further increased output with low power compression.
The LR18B is designed for optimal deployment flexibility as it can be used as single subwoofer or in multiples, as end-fire or cardioid array, together with LR18 or in separate sub-only arrays. All functionality is possible in stacked or flown configurations.
The integrated stand mount adapter provides for easy top/sub combinations with any Alcons pro-ribbon system.
Adding to the flexibility, the versatile rigging system, rated for a high working load limit with 10:1 safety ratio, enables front and rear array splaying and straight or pre-curved flown (cardioid) arrays, to be flown besides or behind an LR18 array.
Array configurations can be simulated through the LR18 GLL in the Alcons Ribbon Calculator (ARC), Alcons’ high-resolution 3D simulation program.
For full system performance, the LR18B is to be driven and controlled by the ALC Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller; Driven by the ALC, the LR18B delivers full operation flexibility, maximum sound quality and output power with long-term operation reliability.
The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures complete cable/connector compensation between the LR18B and ALC, significantly increasing response accuracy and reducing both linear and non-linear distortion to an absolute minimum, regardless of cable length and system impedance.
Philip de Haan, head of Alcons R&D said: “With LR18B we are continuing our philosophy of bringing advanced transducer technology in our designs. The 18” is a new-generation transducer, fitted with a large, dual- 4.5” voice-coil Neodymium motor; This enables a significantly-extended excursion, thus SPL output, while maintaining a high sensitivity.”
Phil continues: “Specific attention in this design has been paid to obtain lowest possible distortion; In combination with the SIS™ sensing circuit onboard the Sentinel, this combination of advanced technologies is a perfect match with our pro-ribbon mid-high systems.”
8th November 2018
Allen & Heath Goes Deep with New Plug-ins for SQ Series
In a major ‘first’ for the manufacturer, Allen & Heath has announced that a range of DEEP processing plug-ins is now available as optional add-ons for its SQ Series.
The new options allow SQ users to choose from a suite of plug-ins ported directly from Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive mixing system, including premium compressors inspired by sought-after hardware units and a collection of powerful GEQs.
Thanks to SQ’s 96kHz XCVI core, based on latest generation FPGA technology, a preamp and compressor plug-in can be used on each of the 48 input channels, while a GEQ and compressor can be applied to each of the 16 mixes. Unlike third-party plug-in solutions which require additional hardware and add latency and complexity, DEEP plug-ins are built in to the console architecture and add no additional latency to the system, ensuring phase coherency across channels and mixes.
Nic Beretta, Allen & Heath’s head of product, said: “One of the key reasons for dLive’s success has always been the quality of its onboard processing and now we’re bringing that direct to SQ. These new additions confirm SQ as the most powerful console in its class, and certainly one of the most customisable. As an SQ user, you can pick the combination of plug-ins that you want and really hone the desk to your applications. Whether you need a vintage compressor to bring a studio quality sound to a live vocal, or a precision GEQ to tune an audio system, you can now bring the power of dLive’s DEEP processing to your SQ.”
26th October 2018
L-Acoustics Releases Plug-in to Enable Interoperability Between Q-SYS Platform from QSC and P1 Processor
L-Acoustics has announced integration between its P1 processor, which began shipping in June 2018, and the Q-SYS Platform from QSC, allowing users to easily control and monitor P1 through Q-SYS. System designers can now architect high-performing and fully scalable AV environments using the familiar Q-SYS Designer Software and native user control interface, while offering the state-of-the-art audio experience delivered by L-Acoustics sound systems.
Whether catering to sports facilities, theme parks, conference halls, houses of worship, performing arts centres or educational institutions, installation markets demand versatility, customisation, ease of use, reliability, and interoperability. Over the years, integrators have looked to both L-Acoustics and QSC for scalable solutions that fulfil increasingly stringent and complex requirements, including the use of sound systems to fulfil PAVA (public address/voice alarm) applications.
“Following the successful introduction of a Q-SYS plug-in for LA4X and LA12X in June, accompanying the P1 release with a complementary plug-in seemed essential,” comments Jeff Rocha, director of product management for L-Acoustics. “We are fully committed to easy connectivity and system interoperability across our evolving product lines. The demand for P1, our multifunctional AVB processor and measurement platform, is particularly robust. We are therefore pleased to offer this new integration with Q-SYS.”
The L-Acoustics P1 plug-in for the Q-SYS Platform, as well as the LA4X and LA12X Q-SYS plug-ins, can be found on the L-Acoustics website on the corresponding product page. To download, please visit www.l-acoustics.com
26th October 2018
Barco RigiFlex: the world’s first rigid powerwall that can be rolled up
Barco has announced the launch of Barco RigiFlex, a brand-new rigid yet very flexible powerwall screen. The first rigid, rollable powerwall of its kind, Barco RigiFlex combines excellent visual performance with amazingly easy transportation, installation and maintenance. Qualifying as one of the market’s best high-tension surfaces, Barco RigiFlex is an excellent alternative for fixed powerwalls.
Rear-projection is the mainstream projection mode in the virtual reality market. However, rigid screens are typically rather compact, smaller than the total required surface. The screen is therefore spliced, and the welding lines impede the visual sense of immersion. Moreover, installing such a screen can be challenging and time-consuming. Depending on the size of the screen, special equipment may be needed to transport and install it.
That is the challenge we address with Barco RigiFlex. This new screen features a flexible surface which can be completely rolled up (so it can be easily brought inside any building), and is available in any size up to 10 x 4 metres/33 x 13 feet. Meanwhile, it has similar quality specifications as the top glass screens, delivering an authentic immersive interaction.
Barco RigiFlex uses innovative woven high polymer fabric and is less than 1mm/0.04 inches thick. This makes the product extremely light, as the weight per square meter is only about 0.5kg. Equipped with an aluminium frame, Barco RigiFlex issues extremely high tension on the surface, ensuring toughness and stability. The screen will not vibrate, even when doors are opened or closed, or when there is strong indoor ventilation. It also does not sag after long-term use. Furthermore, it displays images with high resolution, wide viewing angles (with a half gain angle of more than 80 degrees) and unequalled colour saturation, creating an outstanding rear-projection powerwall experience.
The flexible nature of Barco RigiFlex facilitates transportation, storage and installation. Compared with traditional rear-projection products, it can be installed in half the time and with less staff. In addition, the projection screen on the frame can be replaced or upgraded to meet new operation requirements.
“Barco RigiFlex is a great addition to our virtual reality portfolio,” says Kurt Doornaert, director virtual experience at Barco. “It allows us to install powerwalls in places where competitors need to offer suboptimal solutions (like spliced screens or smaller projection surfaces), giving us an important competitive edge. Combined with our great projectors, including the UDX and XDL series, we can answer the requirements of a very wide range of users.”
26th October 2018
Penn Elcom gets to the Nuts and Bolts with New Castor Plate
Speed is of the essence in the esoteric and wonderful world of flightcase manufacturing. The method by which the wheel is attached to the case is pivotal to the whole process, so flightcase accessory specialist Penn Elcom has designed and machined two ingenious new solutions to make this quick and straightforward.
Penn presents its brand-new Castor Plate series (W0098-FM) offering some truly revolutionary features to speed up the fitting of wheels. ‘Wheeling’ a flightcase typically consists of fitting a board, four plates, 16 screws and 16 nuts, and is an arduous and time-consuming task.
The Penn Castor Plate puts an end to all of that! It offers two practical solutions with the choice of either a top-down or a bottom-up style which come with bolts or nuts already attached respectively, so the case builder can choose to suit the case design and application.
The new Penn Castor Plate is made from Zintec and weighs just 187 grammes. It has a sleek and streamlined appearance and removes the need for heavy wooden caster boards when building flightcases, significantly reducing the weight of the overall case.
The wheels bolt directly through the flightcase panel utilising the Castor Plate’s integrated threads, so there is also no need to use T-nuts. It's quicker, less fiddly and more secure.
Both these key features reduce the overall costs of building flightcases and speed up the fixing time. The new system is robust and ideal for automated production of any type or style of flightcase.
Penn offers a complete Castor Plate Kit (W9970-KIT) which contains everything needed for efficient and cost-effective flight-case wheel assembly. The kit comes with universal wheel plates, and the current product is suitable for use with 100mm / 4-inch castors, one of the most popular sizes.
This has been developed to meet the increasing demand for quality fligtcase materials, from both rental and production companies with their own in-house fligtcase facilities and specialist case manufacturers.
The neat and nifty Castor Plate allows machining to be optimised and a reduction in the weight of the finished flightcase in addition to accelerating the build process.
Penn has been manufacturing high quality flightcase components and accessories since the 1970s and has a reputation for invention and trailblazing.
The Castor Plates are the first in a series of reinventions for the worlds of entertainment, leisure and commercial technology where good flight-casing is essential.
25th October 2018
New 3D DWG Libraries release for Milos systems
Milos has announced the release of its latest 3D component libraries for direct use with AutoDesk platforms and other DWG file compatible CAD systems.
The library contains over 1,000 new blocks from the vast range of truss systems available from the Milos portfolio. The new edition features quick-snap assembly points as well as pre-assigned component attributes including part codes, system weights, dimensions and accurate bracing patterns for rigging and set construction integration.
Visit the Milos download centre to download the files: https://www.milossystems.com/support/product-support/download-center
18th October 2018
Atlona Redefines AV for Presentation and Collaboration with Launch of Omega Series
Continuing its leadership in delivering practical, forward-looking innovations for the rapidly-changing AV market, Atlona has unveiled the new Omega Series of switching, extension, and video processing solutions. Redefining AV for presentation and collaboration in modern institutions and meeting spaces, the new product family is designed to address continually evolving trends in how people gather to share information and facilitate productivity, as well as the ways in which they engage technology for communicating through AV content.
“AV systems used to be rigidly defined for dedicated spaces such as conference rooms, lecture halls and other purpose-specific environments, in which AV played a critical but supporting role,” said Steve Kolta, product manager, Atlona. “Now, the trend in customer usage is heavily skewing toward smaller meeting rooms, huddle rooms and open gathering areas that host both spontaneous and planned collaborations. Meanwhile, the ability to actively engage with and share visual content has become integral to effective communications. The Omega family is the result of a fresh product design initiative at Atlona, intending to efficiently address these trends while providing a rich, future-friendly feature set.”
Three products lead off the new Omega Series:
The AT-OME-TX21-WP-E, now shipping, is a two-input, 4K EU/UK wallplate switcher and HDBaseT transmitter with one HDMI input, one USB-C input and one HDBaseT output. The space-efficient, PoE-powered unit offers a two-gang form factor and ships with interchangeable EU and UK trim kits, each in black or white, allowing discreet installation in European commercial AV environments. The OME-TX-WP-E is ideal as a core component of a small AV deployment or for providing convenient AV connectivity in lecterns, floor boxes and remote wall locations for larger-scale installations.
The AT-OME-ST31, which begins shipping late October, is a global 3x1, 4K switcher and HDBaseT transmitter with two HDMI inputs, one USB-C input, and two mirrored outputs – one HDMI, and one HDBaseT for transmitting video, embedded audio and control signals up to 330 feet (100 metres) over category cable. Stereo analogue audio embedding replaces the HDMI or USB-C input audio, allowing simple integration of sound from PCs or audio-only sources. The unit’s compact form factor facilitates inconspicuous integration with furniture in meeting rooms, auditoriums and open presentation spaces, and when installed below a meeting table, Atlona’s Pocket 3H (AT-PKT-3H) cable access enclosure provides convenient tabletop connectivity.
The AT-OME-SW32, which begins shipping early November, is a global 4K HDR, 3x2 matrix switcher featuring two HDMI inputs and one USB-C input, the latter enabling direct connectivity for laptops and mobile devices with AV-capable USB-C ports. The unit’s two HDMI outputs can be flexibly configured with a choice of three mirrored and matrix switching modes, while balanced analogue audio output provides de-embedded stereo audio. Easily mounted under a conference table in smaller meeting spaces, the compact OME-SW32 is perfect for serving dual displays; sub-switching into a central AV-over-IP system such as Atlona’s OmniStream platform; videoconferencing; and many other applications.
The use of 4K video in AV applications continues to proliferate, and all three initial Omega models support 4K/UHD at 60Hz. All inputs and the HDMI outputs on the OME-SW32 and OME-ST31 support 4K HDR and 4K/60 with 4:4:4 chroma sampling at HDMI data rates up to 18 Gbps, while the OME-TX-21-WP-E and the HDBaseT output of the OME-ST31 support 4K/60 at 4:2:0.
The OME-SW32 and OME-ST31 can also down-convert 4K inputs to 1080 on one HDMI output if desired, making them ideal for applications that combine 4K and HD sources and displays. For HDBaseT transport, the OME-ST-31 and OME-TX21-WP-E can be combined with Atlona’s AT-HDVS200-RX or AT-HDVS-SC-RX scaling receivers, AT-UHD-EX-100CE-RX-PSE receiver or HDBaseT-input switchers.
All three models offer a wealth of integration and user-convenience features including automatic input selection and display control; HDCP 2.2 compliance; and TCP/IP and RS-232 control for easy integration with third-party control systems. Comprehensive and intuitive remote management of the Omega Series products is available through the Atlona Management System (AMS 2.0) and Atlona’s ground-breaking Velocity IP-based AV control platform.
The OME-TX-21-WP-E is available immediately, with the OME-ST-31 and OME-SW32 scheduled to follow within a month. All three models are backed by Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty and customer support services.
17th October 2018
TC Electronic announces TC1210-DT and TC8210-DT
TC Electronic has announced two new modules in its range of hardware controlled plug-ins: a stereo expander / modulation unit and a main reverb for pro and home studios.
Both sport the same combination of tactile controls and DAW integration debuted with the Danish audio company's recent TC2290 and DVR250, but with smaller footprints.
The new TC1210 is a thorough recreation of the iconic rack unit, the TC 1210 Spatial Expander + Stereo Chorus Flanger, a staple among guitarists and sound engineers since the '80s.
"We've put a lot of time and love into recreating the 1210 with the same sound, the same feel, but with updated controls to fit in with a modern DAW-based workflow," says Leon Mortensen, TC Electronic's R&D manager.
"To make sure the sound, versatility and tone is on par, we've even had a group of studio pros and long-time 1210 users participate in the development of the unit alongside our in-house team."
New module on the block, the TC8210-DT is an all-new design, but with a tone and character which will be familiar to the many musicians and engineers, who have relied on classic clean and pristine TC reverbs.
Based on TC Electronic's reverb philosophy of natural and transparent air, TC8210-DT is the successor to popular reverbs known from the System 6000, TC's studio workhorse, and the acclaimed Hall of Fame guitar pedals.
"But with its even denser tails, better diffusion and refined hyper realistic room impressions that make the reverb sit better in the mix, the 8210 really takes natural ambience to the next level," adds Mortensen.
With now four units to the series, TC Electronic reveal that they aim at designing a full range of modules that encompass any and all aspects of studio production, as well as a custom docking station to house and power the units.
"We want the TC ICON series to grow into an entire ecosystem of state-of-the-art effects and tools, that bring back the creativity and joy of hands-on tweaking," says Mortensen.
Alongside the announcement of the two new modules, TC Electronic is responding to numerous user requests by extending the 'travel period' of the units, so musicians and producers can take their work on the road for a full 60 days, before they need to reconnect the module to their computer.
17th October 2018
Optoma launches impressive all-in-one smart 4K UHD LED home projector
Optoma has just launched a feature-packed portable 4K UHD LED projector, the UHL55. The new model delivers the ultimate in smart home entertainment with impressive 4K UHD cinema quality images and support for Alexa voice control.
Small and light enough to move from room to room, this new projector has everything in one box including integrated speakers and a host of connection options such as WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and MHL. Bluetooth functionality means external speakers, headphones or a keyboard and mouse can be connected cable-free. It can even play content directly from a USB memory stick via its 4K UHD media player.
Kishan Mistry, product manager at Optoma said: “The new UHL55 is a great all-rounder, combining impressive 4K UHD cinema quality images, easy set-up, instant on/off, Alexa voice control and integrated speakers in a compact chassis for the ultimate smart home experience.
“A huge advantage of this new projector is that it uses the latest LED technology, which offers consistent brightness and colour performance, maintaining its out-of-the-box image quality throughout its lifetime. The perceived brightness from the UHL55 can be twice that of an equivalent lamp-based projector. This means it can comfortably handle low levels of ambient light with less impact on image quality than traditional lamp-based systems. It also has a light source lifetime of up to 30,000 hours.”
Set-up is simple with auto focus and auto keystone for fuss free positioning and a host of connection options such as two HDMI 2.0 ports. The compact UHL55 is also lightweight and easy to move around.
Packed with the latest technology and features, it boasts High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility, HDCP 2.2 support and PureMotion frame-interpolation technology to produce stand-out images. This advanced processing eliminates motion blur or image judder, even in high-speed action films or fast-paced sports.
Capable of decoding Dolby 5.1, its built-in stereo speakers deliver rich, clear and powerful sound with superior bass performance. It even supports pass through via S/PDIF out port for connection to an external surround sound system.
LED technology delivers 118% Rec.709 for accurate, true to life colour rendition, perfect for recreating the big-screen experience at home.
15th October 2018
SQ Monitor Mixing Upgrade
SQ firmware V1.3 adds a listen bus, enabling the engineer to patch PAFL to an IEM system, stereo nearfield monitors or a mono listen wedge, with the option to control the listen level with the master fader. Engineers can enjoy easy communication between FoH and monitors, thanks to the addition of an external input to PAFL.
V1.3 firmware dovetails with the new SLink card, opening up new possibilities for FoH / monitor splits and remote I/O, or combinations of either of these with a ME personal monitoring system. Digital splits are further facilitated by new tie lines, connecting input and output sockets without running through SQ’s processing.
“Space for monitor desks is often super-tight, so we’re seeing a lot of SQs in monitor world, where their big functionality and modest footprint have won them many friends,” said SQ product manager, Keith Johnson. “With the generous feedback and support of monitor engineers from the SQ user community, we have ticked off a wish list of new and enhanced features that make SQ the ultimate compact monitor mixer.”
SQ V1.3 firmware also adds user permissions, enhancements to the user interface, plus FX control, MIDI messaging and instant value feedback to the soft rotary controls on SQ-6 and SQ-7. The companion V1.3 SQ MixPad app also adds new features, including FX and DEEP unit control, a patching matrix, plus integration with the signal generator and user permissions.
Download SQ V1.3 now from www.allen-heath.com
10th October 2018
Altman Lighting introduces the AP-150 RGBW LED Par luminaire
Celebrating their 65th Anniversary as one the industry’s most trusted lighting solutions providers, Altman Lighting has introduced the new AP-150 LED Par luminaire. As the next generation Altman Par, the AP-150 is a compact and lightweight, 135 Watt RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorised zoom range.
“Since our inception in 1953, Altman Lighting has always been a leading provider of quality and affordable lighting solutions, and we are proud to continue that tradition with introduction of the AP-150 LED Par,” said Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager. “Knowing the challenges lighting professionals often face when selecting the ideal wash luminaire, we have included a number of new features into the AP-150 Par that will undoubtedly accentuate any lighting design.”
Weighing only 11 pounds, the AP-150 replicates the soft output of a traditional par wash light with control states from 8 Bit, 16, Bit, RGB, and HSIC. Its factory and custom colour presets allow for the quick selection of the most widely used entertainment colour choices, and it also adds the ability to record colour presets directly to the luminaire for custom colour playback.
“As we discussed the design behind the AP-150 RGBW Par luminaire, we always had the mindset of the designer at the forefront,” added Pete Borchetta, Altman Lighting product innovation. “With that idea leading the way, we are very excited to be launching our next generation Altman Par which provides a superior output and performance to other LED Par luminaires currently on the market.”
In conjunction with its colour output, the AP-150 also offers a variety of strobe options ranging from pulse and fade, to a 30Hz strobe rate. With the motorised zoom which produces a beam spread between 12-65 degrees, the luminaire also has built-in stops at five different set points ensuring precise beam spread repeatability. Additionally, should a technician need to locate the luminaire while in the lighting rig, the AP-150 includes the new “Tech Identify” option which flashes the fixtures LEDs without disrupting focus.
To find out more about the AP-150 RGBW Par luminaire visit Altman Lighting at LDI 2018 in Las Vegas in Booth 2227.
3rd October 2018
Audient Makes New Mixer and Driver Improvements Available to All iD Users
Audient has announced that the new iD Mixer has been rolled out across the iD audio interface range, giving iD14 and iD22 users beta access to the redesigned, mix focused software already available for iD44.
With a more modern look and an improved user experience, the latest iD Mixer was designed with simplicity in mind. Features include a new tab-based layout, making the mixer easy to navigate and enabling the user to set up complex routing, headphones mixes and more, quickly and without fuss. There is also an option to save and store presets.
Marketing manager, Andy Allen says: “Owners of all Audient iD interfaces that use iD Mixer can now take advantage of the all-new Smart Talkback, letting them utilise any audio source connected to their computer – such as a built-in or USB microphone – as your talkback mic, freeing up valuable mic pres for recording.”
A Windows drivers update across the range also provides significant performance enhancements, allowing for reduced buffer sizes and operation at lower latency, giving customers reliable software as well as hardware.
The new, mix focused look is available immediately. “For those who love the classic look, there’s no imperative to update to the new user interface now – or ever! The choice is yours, simply switch between them in the menu,” adds Andy.
Simply visit the product page on Audient’s website for full instructions on how to get the new iD Mixer software and drivers for an iD audio interface.
28th September 2018
Allen & Heath adds Waves Card for SQ
Allen & Heath has expanded its arsenal of networking cards with the addition of a Waves SoundGrid option. The SQ Waves card provides any SQ mixer with a 64x64 96kHz or 48kHz interface to a Waves SoundGrid network using the I/O port.
Engineers can now fit the Waves card to any SQ mixer for Waves plug-in processing, multi-track recording (at 96kHz or 48kHz), virtual soundcheck and audio distribution applications.
Waves SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet protocol developed by Waves for real-time professional audio applications. The card also enables the use of existing Waves plug-ins at a very low latency, using standard Gigabit Ethernet networks rather than a USB connection.
“Waves SoundGrid has been a very popular option among our dLive users, with many systems on tour deploying a Waves card on recording duties,” commented Allen & Heath’s head of product, Nicola Beretta. “Since the launch of SQ we’ve received requests for the same technology to be made available here and following the release of our Dante and SLink cards, we’re very happy to tick another box in the list of protocols and standards SQ supports.”
24th September 2018
Now Streaming – Electro-Voice adds Bluetooth audio streaming models to best-selling ZLX speaker series
Electro-Voice has announced two new additions to its ZLX series – the world's best-selling portable powered PA speakers – ZLX-12BT (12-inch 2-way) and ZLX-15BT (15-inch 2-way), both Bluetooth-equipped for audio streaming from any mobile device.
The BT models combine the superior components, coverage and clarity of the standard ZLX models with the latest Bluetooth technology to deliver the lowest-noise, highest-fidelity streaming experience in their class.
Perfect for music playback or accompaniment, the ZLX-12BT and ZLX-15BT also offer the same features that have made the standard ZLX models the global benchmark for lightweight, high-performance portable sound:
- QuickSmart DSP processing: Easy setup via four presets, sub/top system-match, two-band EQ, five user-programmable presets, visual monitoring of limiter status, input level control and meters, and master volume control to optimise gain structure, all via a single-knob controller with LCD.
- High-efficiency 1000 W Class-D power amplifiers delivering up to 127dB peak SPL utilising transducers designed and engineered by EV.
- EV-patented Signal Synchronised Transducers (SST) waveguide design providing precise and consistent coverage, minimal distortion, and maximized acoustical loading.
- Three-handle design integrated into a rugged composite enclosure for an optimal combination of portability and durability.
The new Bluetooth-equipped models will be available in selected countries.
21st September 2018
Matrix Series is now ready for delivery
NEXT Matrix was presented at the last ISE Amsterdam, and it is now coming out from the production line and ready for delivery with large quantities available in stock.
NEXT-proaudio has unveiled the Matrix Series of passive column arrays aimed at installed and small, portable applications. With a chassis of aluminium and wood, the cabinets are described as ‘stylish and yet sturdy’ and designed for architectural integration as well as portable solutions.
The Matrix Series comprises two models: The Matrix M8 (8x3”) and the Matrix M3 (3x3”), which house eight and three 3-inch neodymium transducers respectively. Built to offer a ‘high intelligibility at high SPL’ and ‘wider frequency response while providing constant beam-width over a user selectable vertical coverage’, the Matrix columns provide beam control that reportedly extends up to 10kHz.
In addition, to control the lower frequencies better, the Tuned Dipolar Technologywas developed by NEXT-proaudio engineers to provide much more consistent low frequency pattern control than other similar size systems. This can be a very important advantage to reduce the stimulation of resonant room modes at low frequencies.
A use- selectable music / vocal mode switch is incorporated to allow quick and easy system optimisation. Music mode is intended to give a flat,balanced frequency response, while Vocal mode adds a mid-range presence to enhance speech intelligibility.
NEXT Matrix column arrays are able to focus the acoustical energy where it is needed, the listening area, leading to significant improvements to speech intelligibility and musical clarity even in critical acoustic environments.
For even greater versatility, another choice presented to users is the ability to switch the vertical dispersion pattern between wide or narrow coverage.
The internal processing board at the heart of the M3 and M8 column arrays reportedly handles array optimisation, allowing users to adjust the system behaviour to meet application requirements. Adding to the ease of set up is the 16mm cavity in the back of the cabinet, which conceals wiring, even when the speaker is mounted flat against a wall in architectural integrated installations, while a removable input screw connector simplifies the wiring process.
This series can fit permanent installation, bars, clubs and restaurants, speech reinforcement, transportation halls, houses of worship, critical environments and auditoriums as well as use in portable solutions.