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GLP JDC1 LED Strobe Redefines the Hybrid Paradigm
When looking for a strobe, the first thing to look for is power. GLP’s new JDC1 hybrid LED strobe delivers power in excess through a versatile and highly creative design, the likes of which are unparalleled. Already adopted by some of the world’s leading LDs, it has been flying out the door and into rental facilities across the globe since receiving its world premiere at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound in April.
The JDC1 unquestionably redefines the paradigm and creates a whole new class of strobe that goes way beyond the standard definition of a hybrid. And the market seemingly cannot get hold of them quickly enough.
Fundamentally, the JDC1 has been designed in three sections, which can be controlled independently or as a complete synchronised unit.
The fixture itself contains a traditional single tube element with an incredible clear, bright, white output, derived from 216 white LEDs, and then combines that with a surrounding, format-filling full face of RGB LED power, utilising 1,320 high quality LEDs. Whether running independently, or together these elements offer the brightest output unit its class with retina burning output.
Adding versatility to the design options, the two RGB plates can be divided into six separate ‘pixel’ sections on each plate and then operated with full pixel mapping control. This alone creates stunning effects, whilst the LED tube can pop through with high intensity flashes.
However, in a never seen before feature, the JDC1 also allows pixel mapping of the LED tube, which is broken down into 12 individually addressable sections. This enables the tube to create incredible motion effects, either when forward facing or through shadow play behind a performer. Whilst the tube is operated in this mode, the RGB plates can give a solid background colour to strengthen the effect.
With this level of flexibility, the JDC1 really offers a huge amount of colour, layering and operational effects, right up to the point of pixel mapping the entire array.
However, that’s not all, along with working as a powerful strobe light, both the tube and the RGB plates can be run continuously for high output blinder and wash light effects, which never reduce output or have thermal cut-out. With their wide beam angle, this allows for wide coverage of backdrops, stage areas or audience sections.
Then to crown it all, the JDC1 also offers dynamic movement, with a 16-bit, 185° tilt range, allowing you to place effects exactly where and when you want them to be, to derive the most possible power and impact.
Functioning in any orientation and whether the operator wishes to use it as crowd effect at one moment and then as a stage focused strobe effect the next, the motorised tilt gives a level of functionality and effect that has never been seen on the market before.
The design of the JDC1 allows adjacent units to be aligned through locking pins, which also align with their award winning X4 Bar series products.
Further features include on-board menu setup with battery operation, TRUE1 power input with variable voltage for worldwide usage, quiet operation and a low weight of just 12kg.
Across the world, rental companies have been quick to jump on board, with Rent-All in the Benelux and HELi Showequipment in Germany leading the charge in Europe, and Christie Lites, PRG, Solotech and Volt Lites being the early adopters in the US and Canada. At the same time, lighting designers on both sides of the Atlantic have been lining up to specify them on shows.
Stated GLP’s Mark Ravenhill: “This has been a real success story for GLP, early adopters have been quick to pick up on the unique features of the JDC1 and we are seeing it being used in some highly creative ways in the short time since we started shipping.”
18th August 2017
Introducing the new Shark series from Showtec
Showtec Shark is a new series of compact moving heads with excellent features and impressive performance, which makes it a perfect lighting solution for mobile DJs, musicians, pubs, and bars. Intelligent and easy-to-use light effects for both professional and non-professional users.
Changing expectations about the possibilities of affordable entertainment lighting makes the Showtec Shark series the next logical step in the evolution of compact moving light effects. The Shark Spot, Beam, Wash and Combi fixtures will eventually replace the popular Showtec Kanjo series.
Versatile macros, integrated sound-active programs, motorised zoom and improved optics are functionalities and features that allow anyone to create exceptional shows without programming skills.
In addition, all Showtec Shark moving heads are equipped with IFS technology, giving users full control of various Shark fixtures within a single setup. Synchronised effects or strobe rates and controlled movement sequences are no longer left just to the high-end markets.
17th August 2017
Sterling Audio Releases New Recording Microphones
Sterling Audio has announced a new line of high-value professional microphones for studio recording. The line includes six individual microphones, a two-microphone package, and two new shock mounts.
Ribbon microphones hold a special place in the hearts of recording engineers for their ability to capture high-frequency detail. Sterling Audio's new ST170 Active Ribbon Microphone is all of that and more. Sporting a figure-of-eight pick-up pattern and bringing a rich presence and warm bottom-end, the ST170 enables mixes to come together quickly without requiring extensive EQ. It's a great choice for modern mixes of electric and acoustic guitars, drums, vocals, and overhead/room tracks. The active phantom-powered design delivers the optimal output level to hit the tonal sweet spot of mic preamps, and the ST170 easily handles up to 132 dB SPL for loud sources like guitar amps and drums. The ST170 comes with Sterling Audio's SM5 metal shock mount and sturdy aluminium carry case.
Nothing quite matches the smooth warmth of a fine tube condenser microphone, and Sterling Audio's new ST169 multi-pattern tube condenser microphone delivers the proof every time it is used. Ideal for vocals, instruments, speech, and overhead/room recording, its combination of new and traditional technology results in a full frequency response and quick transient response, without sacrificing authentic tube warmth and tone. Selectable cardioid, omni and figure-of-eight polar patterns and a switchable highpass filter and attenuation pad, along with the ability to handle up to 142 dB SPL, make this one-inch diaphragm, Class A tube condenser unbeatable for sheer versatility. The new mic comes with Sterling Audio's SM8 premium metal, band-suspension shock mount, aluminium carry case, and low-noise power supply.
Sterling Audio's ST155 large diaphragm condenser microphone features a one-inch large diaphragm and delivers warm, richly detailed, smooth, and articulate sound, perfect for recording vocals, instruments, and speech. Its hand-assembled capsule and custom-wound transformer make it a standout in its class. The ST155 provides additional versatility, thanks to its switchable highpass filter and attenuation pad, and can handle up to 144dB SPL from 20Hz to 20kHz. It comes with Sterling Audio's SM8 premium metal, band-suspension shock mount and a custom-padded carry case.
To capture instruments with outstanding clarity and subtle detail, choose the new Sterling Audio ST131 studio instrument condenser microphone, which features a hypercardioid polar pattern. Sterling Audio's ST151 large diaphragm condenser microphone sports a custom-wound transformer and hand-assembled, one- inch capsule, and offers a cardioid polar pattern, making it a fine choice for a variety of recording applications. The Sterling ST159 multi-pattern condenser microphone's selectable cardioid, omni and figure-of-eight polar patterns and other features will make it the most versatile mic in any collection.
Sterling also is shipping the SP150/130 studio condenser microphone pack, which provides two professional Class A FET cardioid microphones that enables handling of the widest possible range of recording situations. The side-address SP150 delivers articulate and detailed vocal, instrument and speech recording, while the end-address SP130 instrument mic captures fast transients with outstanding clarity.
Finally, Sterling has released two new shock mounts, the SM5, which can accommodate a variety of medium-body (1.2 to 1.7-inch) studio microphones and the SM8, which fits any Sterling large diaphragm microphones (1.6 to 2.4-inch body diameter).
16th August 2017
PixelFLEX improves life on the road with FLEXTour LED
USA – PixelFLEX has announced the introduction of FLEXTour, a new robust, high-definition and curve-able LED video display designed specifically for the high demands of production touring. With its unique rigging capabilities and fully modular construction, FLEXTour is front or rear-serviceable and employs an integrated climbing ladder for enhanced accessibility. FLEXTour has the highest standard in components from NovaStar and Macroblock. The new NovaStar A8s receiving card and Macroblock premium drivers deliver stunning image fidelity, greyscale and flicker-free performance, making it the premier rental staging LED video solution available today.
“As LED video continues to be highly integrated into live event and concert touring production designs, we are excited to be introducing FLEXTour which addresses the high demands presented by life on the road,” said Monty Rains, PixelFLEX president. “Understanding the performance capabilities sought after by touring and event designers, we have implemented this high-end solution for their creative video designs.”
Using the NovaStar A8s capabilities for high refresh and bit rate, FLEXTour is ideal for both television and low light scenarios. With its one-click functionality, FLEXTour also allows you to restore your tiles to factory settings, or use quick map mode to easily get your display up and running. Additionally, Clearview technology increases the detail level of your video and image playback, providing a much more crisp and clear LED video display.
David Venus, director of marketing adds: “At PixelFLEX, many of our team members have toured with some of the biggest musical artists today, so we also understand the need to design an LED video system with the right technical functionality. The combination of the right software and hardware custom-designed for the event world enhances the artistry possibilities as well as ease of use; that’s why we’re so excited about the FLEXTour LED video design.”
With quick-seat, interlocking hardware to ensure perfect alignment, FLEXTour tiles can be built in traditional or offset configurations, and each cabinet allows for 15 degrees convex and concave curving for additional creativity. FLEXTour also features a dual-purpose header and footer system, while the optional ground support system can quickly deploy any scale LED wall. The completely modular twist-lock connection allows for rapid change of data and power enclosures, and the LED corners are protected by an integrated cover that rotates in and out of place on all four corners for transit and staging. FLEXTour is available in a variety of indoor and full outdoor configurations starting at 2.8mm.
15th August 2017
Dirty Rigger Redefines the Tool Lanyard
UK – The Dirty Rigger developers have been in the thinking shed again, making one of the most awesome tool lanyards ever seen.
The legends that are the Dirty Rigger community were asking for a way of connecting tools with super-slim loop holes to their lanyards, just like the podger.
Le Mark love to tell stories of how they travelled the globe in search of the answer, but sometimes those niggling issues just need a simple solution. Cue to the Dirty Rigger screw-fasten mini loop. A 12cm long, super slim (4mm) steel wire rope that will fit through just about any of those niggly little loop holes and join together with a screw fastener.
To give the new mini loop justice, the company wanted a whole new lanyard to go with it. They thought a 128cm (part-coiled to 70cm when unstretched) steel wire rope, fitted with a rated anodised aluminium alloy carabiner clip with captive eye, featuring 360 degree rotation and self-locking mechanism sounded pretty good.
The new Podger/Tool Lanyard should be ready for an official launch at PLASA 2017, stand E14: Le Mark Group 17th to 19th September, Olympia, London.
15th August 2017
Chroma-Q does it again: Introducing the New Inspire XT
North America – The award winning Chroma-Q Inspire range welcomes its newest and eagerly anticipated addition: the Inspire XT.
Incorporating all of the features of the popular Inspire range of luminaires, including fully homogenised beam, theatrical grade dimming and convection cooling, the new Chroma-Q Inspire XT boasts an impressive output of more than 9,500 hot lumens.
The Inspire XT uses Chroma-Q's advanced homogenised optics, allowing for a single output beam that is clean, pure and uniform. Factory calibration ensures every Inspire’s output is colour matched.
The Inspire XT’s range of beautiful whites, soft pastels and bold saturates provides for maximum creativity. Its ability to transform the look and feel of a space and engage an audience while subtly or boldly shaping an environment makes Inspire XT perfect for entertainment, Houses of Worship and architectural projects.
The XT is twice as bright as the industry leading Inspire and uses DMX, allowing the fixture to dim smoothly through the entire range, especially at low levels. In addition to being energy efficient, the Inspire XT is a low maintenance fixture delivering over 50,000 hours of life expectancy. Camera friendly technology eliminates camera flicker, on even the most demanding HD camera.
The Inspire XT rounds out the product range, which includes both the Inspire and Inspire Mini, for a complete house lighting solution.
Inspire XT Additional Features:
- RGBW colour mixing provides a CRI of up to 90 and delivers extremely accurate colour mixing
- DMX-512 Control allows for individual fixture control and pixel mapping to create gorgeous colour effects and warm amber looks to engage and captivate the room
All versions of Chroma-Q Inspire fixtures are available with a full range of optional accessories for mounting and beam control.
7th August 2017
ProPower “Old Faithful” for iWeiss Theatrical Solutions
USA – At iWeiss, ProPower means continuity in more ways than one. Its oldest ProPower Rack Power Distribution (RPD) rack has been in continuous service for 17 years, in the most challenging and hostile theatrical conditions. With over 1,500 ProPower racks in service across North America, the story of this reliable workhorse product is worth telling.
“After 17 years of continuous use in the construction and renovation of venues, amidst all the associated debris, dust and dirt, our oldest ProPower rack still functions flawlessly,” says Richard Parks, VP of rigging and installation at iWeiss. “I can’t praise this product enough. It always saves us time and money with a single tie that the crew can work without an electrician, and it always passes the OSHA and AHJ inspections.”
Parks adds: “This rack has supported dozens of crews, rigging, welding and hoisting, year after year. It’s been used to power everything from power tools to sophisticated motion control and stage machinery. We’ve gotten more than our money’s worth from our ‘Old Faithful’ ProPower distros.”
For 40 years, New Jersey’s iWeiss has provided quality drapery and rigging solutions to the entertainment industry. Offering a variety of products and services including project management, draping, installation, steel fabrication, backdrops, rigging, automation, and more, iWeiss takes great pride in superior performance and personalized service. Every job, big or small, receives the same attention.
For the North American market, ProPower RPD rack systems normally ship within ten business days from order, fully cULus Listed, completely ready to use, housed in high-quality, custom ATA flight cases. ProPower CE systems offer all the features and benefits of their American cousins to professional users in 220/240 volt markets.
Custom-configurable ProPower power distribution systems offer a comprehensive range of distro panels incorporating virtually every type of connector, voltage range, or special purpose device used in the entertainment production and staging industries. Over 150 panels are readily available, with more being regularly added. Panels and their positioning in the rack are specified by the customer, and each system is built exactly as ordered. In addition to power distribution panels, ProPlex Data Distribution systems can be specified in many ProPower units. The most recent addition to the wide range of ProPower options is a 1U panel with eight USB outputs for charging mobile devices and powering LED goosenecks.
ProPower is exclusively distributed worldwide by TMB.
4th August 2017
Latest Eos family software unlocks output upgrades and empowers Element
When Eos family console users install software v2.6, they may find that their systems get a serious boost. As announced at CUE, ETC’s professional development conference, Eos v2.6 brings major upgrades for Element consoles and improvements to Snapshots and other programming features. The release also marks a change in the way the console family handles output upgrades for both new and existing users.
Eos v2.6 dispenses with the notion of incremental upgrades, by which customers could purchase consoles and output upgrades at a number of different levels. From now on, any upgraded console is a fully-upgraded console. Moving forward, each Eos family controller will be sold in two formats, base and unlocked. A base level Gio @5, for example, will have 4,096 outputs, while an unlocked Gio @5 will have 24,576 outputs.
If a user wishes to increase a base-level console’s control potential, a one-time, very cost-effective upgrade may now be purchased to expand the desk to its full capacity. What does this mean for users who have already purchased incremental upgrades, or who have purchased a console above its base-level output capacity? Upon installation of v2.6, all existing upgraded desks above the new baseline – even those that have only been upgraded to partial capacity – will be automatically expanded.
Eos v2.6 brings massive upgrades to Element consoles, enabling a whole host of features previously reserved for the larger Eos family platforms. For entry-level Element users, day-to-day operation will not change. More advanced users, however, can now take advantage of multi-user control, partitioned control, virtual media server functions, full display controls, new timing options, filters, presets, highlight functions and more. Touring productions and receiving houses will also find the changes beneficial; a show programmed on an Ion or larger desk can now more seamlessly transfer to a venue with an Element console.
The software update also adds new display and playback features for all Eos family consoles. With the push of a button, users working in the live table view can now bring up part structures, output level, playback sources, or the DMX map. Manual timing masters enhance live playback options, and the ability to assign Macros to playback buttons unlocks a new layer of playback flexibility.
To download Eos v2.6, visit www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Eos-Ti/Software.aspx
2nd August 2017
Ashly’s Digimix24 Digital Mixer Gets New Control App and Firmware Update
The Ashly digiMIX24 leverages Ashly’s forty-plus years of building powerful audio gear. Ashly’s digiMIX24 is a 24-channel/14-bus digital mixer with a live control surface, comprehensive equalisation and dynamics, 32-bit/48kHz fidelity, flexible inputs and outputs, and option cards for 32-channels of USB and Dante connectivity. DigiMIX24 embodies Ashly’s proud legacy of pro-quality audio processing, bulletproof reliability and surprising affordability. In addition, the digiMIX24 comes with Ashly’s comprehensive five-year warranty.
Ashly digiMIX24’s latest firmware update (v4.3) includes two very significant improvements in functionality: AutoMix and Crossfade Mode. AutoMix gain sharing allows for applications where multiple microphones are active and used simultaneously. Crossfade Mode is a simple solution for engineers that require a live transition/crossfade operation between two selectable sources (mono or stereo mixer channels).
Other notable improvements include its now smarter, Intelligent Meter Bridge. In addition to showing all our fader positions it now also shows Mute Status per channel. The Stereo Channel Link function has been greatly enhanced, providing more flexibility in routing and independent panning.
Ashly digiMIX control app has been updated to version 4.3 to support all new features and is available for download at the iTunes app store.
This firmware update is available now and can be found at http://ashly.com/software/digimix-downloads
1st August 2017
Elation Proteus Hybrid IP65 Moving Head Now Available
Elation Professional offers the second luminaire in the Proteus series of IP-rated, discharge lamp moving head lights, Proteus Hybrid. Now available to the market, the three-in-one hybrid moving head is an LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner along with the recently released Proteus Beam.
The Proteus Hybrid is a professional moving head luminaire with spot, beam, and wash modes and the power and features to bring ideas to light. Engineered specifically to empower designer creativity, Proteus moving heads are high-performance, next-level intelligent lighting solutions designed to excel under varying weather conditions.
Featuring a sophisticated yet pragmatic design, the Proteus Hybrid gives designers the freedom to utilise the latest technology at any event, indoors or out. Compact, robust and budget friendly, Elation’s first ever IP-rated discharge-lamp moving head series provides solutions to real industry needs. Outdoor events bring their own set of logistical challenges and with Proteus Elation has eliminated the need for costly shrouds and weatherproof coverings while doing away with the compromise that often comes with using IP-rated LED units. Featuring a rugged, multi-environmental IP65 design, the Proteus Hybrid also houses an innovative internal thermal cooling system that keeps the fixture cool even under extreme conditions.
Along with the ruggedness to withstand the elements, the Proteus Hybrid is a versatile luminaire that does not compromise on features. Using the new Philips 21R 470W lamp and housing an advanced optical system with auto-focus, the fixture produces a bright beam that can zoom from 3.0° - 40° in spot mode, 2.0° to 30° in beam mode, and 8.0° to 55° in wash mode. The Proteus Hybrid’s beam can be manipulated via eight- facet and six-way linear rotating prisms.
Colour design features include full CMY colour mixing plus CTO colour mixing for greater colour temperature control. A 14-slot dichroic colour wheel has been added for even greater colour choice. Eight rotating replaceable gobos and 14 static-fixed gobos provide for a host of graphic effects while a full animation system offers even greater design possibilities. The full 360° bi-directional animation effect wheel brings graphics to life, allowing for the creation of dramatic animated effects such as undulating waves, rising flames, driving rain, drifting clouds, foliage, and more.
The Proteus Hybrid features a superior interface with control support from DMX, Art-Net, sACN and RDM protocols and internal program macros are included for quick programming. Elation’s internal E-FLY wireless DMX transceiver is also included for quicker set-ups with less cable mess.
Proteus is another example of Elation’s mission to offer the best value:performance ratio fixtures on the market. Designed to unleash a designer’s creative vision, Proteus fixtures are built for visionary lighting designers who refuse to compromise, allowing their vision to be unbound by the elements.
31st July 2017
Keeping Quietly Cool
Multi-national loudspeaker component, flightcase hardware and premium 19 inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom continues to innovate with the launch of the new CoolRac FT-80-Q-FC, a near-silent exhaust fan, specially designed for flight casing that requires efficient and quiet heat management.
Setting new standards in flightcase cooling, the total noise levels of the FT-80-Q-FC in operation is just 22.5 dBA (0.3 sone) and is a dramatic reduction to average fan noise levels.
The fan is ideal for mounting in a whole range of flight case racking equipment, and provides thermal regulation for sensitive equipment such as lighting, AV, TV or musical equipment. This allows the equipment to operate safely and optimally while remaining within the protection of its flight casing, whether stationary or in transit.
It functions by expelling hot air from the front of the flightcase rack, preventing thermal damage that could lead to thermal failure. This differentiates from many other generic fans that simply circulate hot air within the casing rather than expelling it.
Digital control gives refined and super-accurate heat management via continuous temperature monitoring and ‘set-and-forget’ fan control. All the components are optimised for quiet running, have over-temperature alarms and benefit from running off a universal power supply.
The lightweight CoolRac FT-80-Q-FCs weighs just 400g each and is engineered to the robust and reliable specifications common to all Penn Elcom products.
Nine fan blades improve the airflow and facilitate highly efficient ventilation. The impeller aerofoil shape was specifically devised to minimise the noise levels and deliver more airflow and pressure. (Fans should be cleaned regularly to ensure optimum performance).
The CRC-TEMP is a thermal sensor accessory that can be attached via an acrylic adhesive pad and plugged in to the TEMP socket on the FT-80-Q-FC. This should ideally be located in an area where it can measure ambient temperature rather than directly attached to the main heat source!
The unit’s thermal bi-metal reed switch is made to operate at temperatures up to 40oC and it will re-set when the ambient temperature reaches 30oC or drops to minus 2oC.
The Fluid Dynamic Bearing has a two-year guarantee and is an oil capsule to avoid lubricant leakage. It is as quiet as a sleeve bearing, but offers a significantly higher service life!
The CoolRac FT-80-Q-FC is mounted in a recessed dish available in standard sizes for easy mounting to any existing style of flight case, just like fitting a standard socket or a handle dish. Fuss-free mounting – either horizontally or vertically – is quick and easy using a handy fitting template, which is included.
28th July 2017
A moving head with a powerful LED, first class equipment and wide zoom: Futurelight presents this with its new DMH-200, which shows off its strengths especially when it comes to projections. The beam angle zooms from 7.5° to 40°.
The new moving head of the long-established company offers particularly sharp projection, even on short distances. The projections are very bright and – if needed – also really big. Narrow beams on a show stage or wide projections in a theatre, the Futurelight DMH-200 masters these tasks brilliantly; not only due to the zoom, but also thanks to the motorised focus, its steplessly dimmable COB LED and the stepless frost filter.
The 200W strong, white COB LED of the DMH-200 produces an enormous light output, so the spot is very assertive even on big stages. The colour wheel offers eight dichroitic colours and a rotating three-facet prism and two gobo wheels provide variety – one is equipped with seven rotating, indexable and quickly changeable gobos, the other one with seven static gobos. Both gobo wheels can be used in combination.
At a little more than 20kg, the DMH-200 is a lightweight among the spots in its brightness class. Connectors are 3-pin and 5-pin XLR for DMX as well as Powercon input and output.
The DMH-200 has been designed for mid-sized and large stages. It is perfectly suited for festivals and rock shows. Thanks to its unobtrusive, flicker free operation, the moving head can also be used in quiet surroundings like theatres and TV studios.
26th July 2017
Panasonic 4K hits the big screens this summer
Panasonic’s new 4K-ready video wall display series, the LFV8 is set to launch this summer in 49 and 55-inch sizes. The displays have the ability to show 4K images in a 2x2 configuration and larger using DisplayPort in a daisy-chain fashion.
The 49-inch panel offers 450 cd/m2 brightness, while the 55-inch screen has 500cd/m2 with native 4K-capable DisplayPort inputs and outputs. When installed in a 2x2 configuration across the four Full HD panels, the result is a single, film-like 4K (4096 x 2160/30p) video image.
The two model range meets the demands of professionals by streamlining the installation process. The new precision video wall mounting system saves time, reducing labour costs. The rigid mount uses an automatic magnet system, eliminating potential alignment inconsistencies.
The display features an ultra narrow bezel-to-bezel distance of just 3.5mm, allowing for near seamless video wall display. This is combined with high resolution IPS (in-plane switching) technology so that the image remains clearly visible even from oblique angles, vital for signage applications. In addition, the 49-inch display promises improved visibility by combining an anti-glare treatment with a low-reflection coating (AGLR).
“These panels are perfect for creating an impressive 4K video wall,” said Enrique Robledo, European marketing manager for Panasonic. “Whether it’s for retail, hospitality or transport, these displays have excellent blacks and highlights making them immensely capable at grabbing the attention, while the flexible installation allows you to exploit just about any installation space.”
The display is engineered for 24/7 reliability in either landscape and portrait orientation. The 55-inch (TH-55LFV8) will be available in August with the 49-inch (TH-49LFV8) display available in September.
21st July 2017
PR Lighting’s New Blinder 360 LED Strobe
PR Lighting has announced the new Blinder 360, an exceptionally powerful LED strobe, blinder and flood. Available in white (6500K – 8330D) or warm (3000K – 8330T) versions it is powered by 360 x 1W white LEDs. This provides an intense output of pulse and random strobe effects at a rate of 0-25fps (plus seven macro effects). This achieves staggering light levels and an unbelievable punch over a huge area.
The strobing effect is compounded by an impressive head movement of 720°, 360° plus continuous rotation (in pan mode) and 270° (or endless rotation) in tilt to further increase the dynamic.
Beam angle (1/10th peak) is 120° and dimmer function is 0-100%, linearly adjustable, with eight individually controllable areas for separate dimming and a wide selection of effects (12 channels in standard mode and 20 channels in extended mode).
Available with wireless DMX control, and weighing just 5.7kg, the new Blinder 360 is now shipping.
20th July 2017
Atlona Ships 4K HDR-Capable HDMI Audio De-Embedder and Downmixer
Atlona is now shipping its new AT-HDR-M2C audio converter, a key offering in its growing array of integration problem-solving devices supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. Ideal for commercial or residential playback of multi-channel source content via displays, distributed audio systems, and whole-house audio systems, the AT-HDR-M2C extracts, decodes, and downmixes multi-channel PCM, Dolby, and DTS audio from HDMI sources.
The AT-HDR-M2C delivers stereo downmixed audio over HDMI, analogue unbalanced audio, and TOSLINK digital audio outputs. It also simultaneously passes through the HDMI input with no downmixing. The successor to Atlona’s popular AT-HD-M2C and AT-UHD-M2C-BAL, the AT-HDR-M2C is compatible with HDMI signals up to 4K/UHD at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling and supports HDR10 plus other HDR formats. The new audio converter is compatible with HDMI data rates up to 18Gbps and is HDCP 2.2 compliant.
Compatible with current and emerging 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays, the AT-HDR-M2C supports all video resolutions, audio formats, including all Dolby and DTS formats and colour spaces encompassed in the HDMI 2.0a specification, and can pass metadata for HDR content. The device can conveniently serve both surround-sound and two-channel audio systems from a multi-channel audio source, and can de-embed HDMI audio with or without being connected to a display or other HDMI destination.
“As the popularity and adoption of 4K and HDR video continues to grow in both residential and commercial settings, so too does the need for compatibility with these formats throughout the entire signal chain,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “The AT-HDR-M2C combines the audio conversion capabilities that integrators and end-users need with versatile support for HDR-enhanced content, and we’re pleased to be delivering it to the market.”
Integrated EDID management features and audio volume, bass, and treble adjustments can be controlled through the device’s graphical web interface, third-party control systems, or the free Atlona Management System (AMS) network software platform. AMS enables systems integrators and users to set up, manage, and monitor multiple Atlona solutions over a LAN, WAN, or VPN.
19th July 2017
Chauvet Professional F4IP Video Panel Stands Out Rain or Shine
The F4IP LED video panel from Chauvet Professional is a fair and foul weather friend. With brilliant SMD 1921 LEDs, a pixel pitch of 4.8mm and 5,000 NITs illuminance, the new panel has the brightness and clarity to make a vivid impression in outdoor applications even on the sunniest days. At the same time though, its rugged construction and IP65 rating also make it tough enough to perform flawlessly even in inclement weather.
The F4IP is more than just an all-weather outdoor performer, it’s equally well-suited for indoor applications. Thanks to its magnetic assist hanging function and lightweight magnesium aluminium housing, the F4IP can be installed far more quickly and easily than the typical video panel, whether used indoors or outdoors. Its magnetic modules allow quick front and rear serviceability, making it easy to maintain in any setting. Maintenance is further simplified by the panels’ intelligent modules with dedicated memory. Plus, its dual back-up power supply results in more stable and reliable displays.
“We designed the F4IP to be a go-to reliable workhorse indoors or out, making it ideal for the rental, touring and outdoor festival markets,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Everything about these panels was designed with the real world concerns of the end-user in mind.”
In addition to its all-weather reliability, the F4IP makes a positive statement in any setting with its clear, sharp and vividly coloured displays. The panel’s wide viewing angle of 140⁰, pixel density and high contrast ratio result in crisp images when viewed from any direction. It also produces smooth flicker free images, thanks to its 3,840Hz refresh rate.
Each F4IP panel is powered by 21,632 RGB SMD 1921 LEDs that deliver an intense output. These powerful panels have a minimum viewing distance of four metres (13’), making them as at home in smaller venues as they are in larger spaces. This flexibility, along with the F4IP’s performance, should make the panels a common sight in a variety of places, come rain or shine.
18th July 2017
Panasonic introduces 24/7 indoor signage displays
The Full HD SF2 range replaces the LF8 indoor signage series and features new data cloning software, accessed via LAN, which allows for the copying of menu settings and adjusted values from the original display to multiple others.
The E-LED LCD display is available in four sizes (43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch), the adaptable screen features wide-view IPS panel technology with 450 cd/m2, making it ideal for digital signage applications.
The addition of multi monitoring and control software enables users to monitor and control the displays alongside any projectors within a facility from a single PC. Up to 2,048 devices can be controlled simultaneously, perfect for use within corporate or education environments. “We have engineered the SF2 series to offer failure-free round the clock operation,” said Enrique Robledo, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “The panel offers particularly impressive colour and brightness levels whilst also boasting incredibly low energy consumption, making it perfect for 24/7, high-profile operation.”
Released this month, the durable panel includes a failover and failback function, adding a layer of redundancy for signage applications as well as making it suitable for use within rental and staging. The display also features a built-in USB Media Player and is equipped with synchronised power on/off for simple management of multiscreen installations.
18th July 2017
PR Upgrades Popular Hybrid to Create New XR 440B BWS
PR Lighting’s new XR 440B BWS expands on the existing XR 440 BWS, which integrates three features (spot, wash and beam) in a single unit. Combining the same advanced 440W Osram Sirius lamp technology with superb optical system, it has been upgraded with an animation effect added to the fixed gobo wheel, along with a wide angle (50°) zoom and LCD touch screen control.
Full features include mechanical strobe (0.3-25fps with macro), mechanical dimmer (0-100% linearly adjustable), CMY linear colour mixing with macros, colour wheel (13 colours with CTO plus open), rainbow effect with bi-directional and variable speeds, stepping/linear colour changer, fixed gobo wheel (ten gobos plus open, bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds), rotating gobo wheel (nine interchangeable gobos plus open, bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds), prism (two eight-facet and 16-facet prisms with optional three-facet prism and gradient prisms, bi-directional rotating at variable speeds), individual frost filter and diffuser lens, motorised linear focus and zoom, head movement (pan 540°, tilt 270°, with auto position correction and adjustable speeds) and light angles of 2.3°-10° (beam), 5°-40° (spot), and 5°-50° (wash).
Other features include fixture and lamp hours display, modular structure for easy maintenance, wireless receiver and optional transmitter.
The new XR 440B BWS is now shipping.
17th July 2017
PR Lighting’s Phantom is Now a Reality
PR Lighting has announced the release of Phantom, a new hybrid moving head first previewed at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show. An upgraded version of the XR 440 BWS, it contains a full designer’s toolkit in a single unit.
Utilising an Osram Sirius HRI 440W discharge source combined with PR Lighting’s advanced optical system, it delivers a solid beam with 60° wide wash and an even varied spot.
The fully featured fixture brings a number of advantages. These include a fixed gobo wheel with18 fixed gobos plus open, a rotating gobo wheel with seven rotating gobos plus open, a prism wheel with eight-facet prism and four-facet linear prism as well as an independent eight-facet prism, an independent frost filter; an interchangeable animation wheel, bi-directionally rotating at variable speeds.
Other features include mechanical dimmer (0-100%), double shutter blades (0.3-25 fps), motorised linear focus and zoom. The Phantom also boasts variable beam angles: 0°-2.8° (in beam mode), 5°-60° (in spot mode) and 5°-60° in wash mode, all linearly adjustable. It offers 540º pan and 270° tilt with auto position correction, DMX512 control with 22 channels in short mode, 30 in standard mode and 34 in extended mode. There is also a wireless control function.
Of modular construction to facilitate easy maintenance, Phantom was one of the big successes of this year’s Prolight+Sound and customers who pre-ordered are delighted to see that the fixture is now in full production and shipping.
17th July 2017
Movecat VMB-S 250-0.8-24 Band Hoist
The Movecat VMB-S 250-0.8-24 band hoist weighs only narrow 100kg and is designed for working loads of up to 250kg, which it moves at speeds ranging from 0 ("true zero speed") to 0.8 m/sec over vertical distances of up to 24 metres using a maintenance-free precision steel band.
Thanks to a flexible radial feed, the steel band can be drawn in through angles of +/- 45°, emitting very little noise (nominal 50 dBa/1 m) in the process. The use of steel bands in kinetic systems allows exact positioning, very smooth movement and low operating noise, regardless of the speed of the run.
For applications in particular where the load line needs to be virtually invisible, Movecat's thin 0.4mm steel band is recommended.
The hoist can be integrated effortlessly into Movecat‘s I-Motion network via the V-Motion 40E or 55E by means of a user-friendly, "plug and lift" procedure. The VMB-S 250-0.8-24 corresponds to DGUV V17/18 (BGV C1) and is intended for SIL 3 applications.
14th July 2017
Get more DiGiCo S-Series for your money
DiGiCo has announced the release of its latest V2.0 software upgrade for its S-Series consoles, adding key features including increased channel count for both the S21 and S31 from 40 to 48 input channels.
This free of charge upgrade gives S-Series users an amazing 48 mono/stereo switchable flexi-channels, the equivalent to 46 busses at 96kHz, with no processing limitations, giving you the DiGiCo power, performance and sonic quality you want, whatever your budget.
The upgrade also includes:
- New switching functionality for the order of EQ and Dynamics modules
- New Stereo Width and Balance controls added to the Input Processing View for Stereo Input Channels
- The addition of a Disable Master Mute function
- New Backup User Partition function allowing all user sessions to be copied to an external USB key at the same time
- A Clear User Partition function allowing all user sessions to be deleted from the user partition
DiGiCo’s S-Series consoles have been designed with meticulous attention to detail, using the same FPGA components as its SD Series consoles, combined with a new ARM QuadCore RISC processor.
“This is what has allowed us to produce an entry level range with the same fundamental technological values as every other DiGiCo console and faster processing and lower power consumption than any other console in its class,” says DiGiCo’s general manager Austin Freshwater. “It also gives us the ability to unlock more features as time goes on, so you can be confident your investment is safe and you won’t have to buy a new console to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of today’s industry.”
13th July 2017
Atlona to Expand OmniStreamTM AV over IP Capabilities
Atlona has announced that a firmware update to its award-winning OmniStream AV over IP platform will expand the innovative solution with a wide range of new features and capabilities that will greatly benefit its corporate, educational, and government AV customers. Scheduled for release in late September, these new enhancements include comprehensive 4K and HDR compatibility, video wall processing, HDCP 2.2 compliance, and AES67 audio over IP interoperability.
“In keeping with our mission to help our AV over IP customers solve their integration challenges, streamline infrastructure, enhance connectivity, and simplify management, this OmniStream upgrade will continue to enable many new and novel AV system design and problem-solving opportunities, today and tomorrow,” said Nick Bethard, Atlona’s senior product manager.
Topping the list of new features is the addition of high-performance encoding and decoding of UHD at 60Hz 4:4:4. This feature will be available as an optional licensed upgrade for the OmniStream 111 (AT-OMNI-111) single-channel encoder, but will be standard with the OmniStream 112 (AT-OMNI-112) dual-channel encoder as well as the OmniStream single and dual-channel decoders (AT-OMNI-121 and AT-OMNI-122).
The firmware upgrade also adds support for popular HDR formats, including HDR10. In particular, the OmniStream platform will now handle 4K at 60Hz with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling, 10-bit colour, and HDR, making it compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray, streaming media players and other emerging consumer video sources that deliver HDR content.
The OmniStream product family consists of five distinct products that integrate and distribute critical-quality 4K/UHD video, audio, and RS-232 control over a standard Gigabit Ethernet network with off-the-shelf switches. This enterprise-grade network platform also offers extensive levels of system redundancy and failover, AES-128 encryption, forward error correction, and other measures for reliable, secure IP content distribution.
“With the addition of UHD 60Hz 4:4:4 and HDR10 support for 4K video over 1 GbE networks, among other higher-end video capabilities, Atlona is responding to the requests by our quality-conscious corporate, educational and government customers for better video resolution, low-latency compression algorithms, and standards compliance,” commented Bethard.
HDCP 2.2 compliance adheres to the latest specification for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), and is backwards compatible with older HDCP 1.x compliant devices, if permitted by the source content. HDCP 2.2 compliance also ensures seamless integration with new and forthcoming sources and displays.
The upcoming OmniStream firmware update will also allow encoded video to be delivered to an array of video wall displays, regardless of size. Additionally, the newly expanded video wall processing capabilities include bezel compensation and image rotation, as well as frame-accurate synchronisation between decoders.
With this firmware upgrade, Atlona is expanding the platform’s audio networking capabilities further by adding compatibility with AES67-enabled audio over IP devices and systems for OmniStream encoders and decoders.
The AES67 standard enables audio over IP streaming interoperability between OmniStream and a wide range of AES67-enabled professional audio products from other manufacturers. AV consultants, system designers and integrators will greatly benefit from the ability to interface OmniStream encoded audio directly with popular third-party audio DSPs.
The firmware update will also provide text scrolling, a feature unique to OmniStream which allows the display of announcements, alerts, captions and notifications with scrolling capability for presentation of extended messages.
“We are committed to continually upgrading the features and capabilities of our OmniStream AV over IP platform and adding compatibility that supports key, next-generation AV integration requirements,” said Bethard. “By responding quickly to evolving market demands, we can ensure that our customers continue to benefit from OmniStream AV over IP network capabilities and operational efficiencies well into the future.”
OmniStream products are available for order through authorised OmniStream partners, and pricing is available through regional Atlona representatives.
13th July 2017
PR Lighting’s Butterfly Dazzles Even More Spectacularly
PR Lighting recently previewed the new Butterfly among a suite of new products at the Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt.
Although it was well received, the company decided to supercharge it by adding five small plates on the central disk, containing 15 x 1W LEDs, to the six 40W Osram R/G/B/W four-in-one LEDs already existing. It is now known as the Butterfly II.
The new de luxe fixture is thus now composed of 11 independently controlled or grouped LED engines all in one unit. The fixed centre 3.5° RGBW beam is surrounded by the five individual identical RGBW beams, all with tilt control, creating a flapping butterfly effect.
This fixture contains five white LED clusters that can be individually controlled or can work together to create either a white blinder strobe or random strobing effect. The entire unit can pan 540° and tilt 270° while the entire head can spin continuously through 360° and the outer LEDs can tilt 180°. The LCD touchscreen and WDMX control make operation and connection easy and intelligible.
This colourful and dazzling lighting fixture, suitable for concerts, clubs or any setting that requires precise movement, enables the lighting designer to provide perfectly even wash coverage from a truly multi-purpose unit.
The Butterfly II is shipping now.
12th July 2017
CAST Software announces wysiwyg R39
CAST introduces wysiwyg lighting design software Release 39 which packs improved security to protect user investment as well as a rich new feature set for every wysiwyg mode: CAD, data, plots, reports, previsualisation and more!
Created with the lighting designer in mind as well as a futuristic workplace, wysiwyg’s powerful and integrated improvements result from the direct feedback from wysiwyg users and the wysiwyg beta testing programme. Users will be able to be more creative and dynamic in their lighting design workflow from the design and presentation to clients as well as on site, saving valuable time and resources.
Driving innovation, wysiwyg highlights include:
Panorama / 360º Image export – Users now can export 360º Spherical images of their design and with the help of a VR googles, such as Google cardboard or Gear VR, users can step inside their virtual design and experience it in first hand.
Alpha Beam Shadows – wysiwyg is taking it one step closer to reality by considering the colour and Alpha percentage in the textures and altering the beam’s colour and intensity as it passes through the surface.
Library’s Insertion Points – Select from different insertion points when adding a Library item into a drawing. This will help place an object correctly and avoid having to re-position it afterwards.
Software UI Translations – CAST has accomplished extensive background work so that wysiwyg can be translated to new languages. French language is first with many more languages available soon.
AutoCAD Importing Improvements – For wysiwyg Release 39, a lot of investigation time and effort was dedicated to make improvements to importing DWG/DXF files. This should resolve any issues experienced when importing very large DWG/DXF files.
Library Additions – Setting a brand-new world record for a wysiwyg release, there are 220 new fixtures available in the Library plus new accessories, gels, gobos and many old fixture correction and updates.
wysiwyg lighting design software continues to improve its ease to use workflow and features, some of the new functionalities are a first in the industry giving users significant commercial and creative advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
11th July 2017
Martin Audio’s New Product Line up Starts to Ship
Back in April, Martin Audio chose Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt as the platform to announce and preview its ambitious line-up of ten new products across multiple categories including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers.
With pre-sales running high, Martin Audio has announced that many of the new products have now started to ship. Dom Harter, managing director, commented: “I’m delighted that our production schedule has remained on track which is another sign of the growing maturity of the business, enabling us to keep our commitments to customers.”
First out of the gates was the XE Series, bringing engineering innovation to high performance stage monitoring. Featuring unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology with a patent pending third static waveguide, the XE series is designed to deliver perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors. Harter commented: “Both XE500 and XE300 will be featuring at major festivals over the summer, and currently demand has already accounted for our next few months’ production.”
Also shipping is the latest LE Monitor Series, scaling down the technology found in the XE Series to bring engineering innovation to everyday stage monitoring, while at the same time delivering exceptional performance and controlled coverage at a price point not previously possible for a truly professional monitor. Both the LE100 (1x12” LF) and LE200 (1x15” LF) started to ship at the end of May. Harter commented: “We’ve ramped production quickly on these as the price point and early interest suggests significant volume to follow.”
The Wavefront Precision Series is also set to ship this month. Both the WPC (2x10” LF) and the WPM (2x6.5”LF) are new generation of multi-purpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of live events, permanent venue installations and budgets. Combined with the newly announced iKON multi-channel amplifiers, iK42 and iK81, Wavefront Precision is designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible. Harter, commented, “The reaction to Wavefront Precision has been extraordinary with our forecast six month volume already taken in opening orders.”
Finally, the two new high performance subwoofers the SX118 and SX218, a single 18” and double 18” respectively, have also started to ship. Harter explained: “The SX subs were designed primarily to accompany the Wavefront Precision but their performance and price point has seen demand as a sub to accompany many of our other loudspeaker series too. This is so much so, that we are now looking to phase out the older WS118X and WS218X.”
Summing up, Harter said: “We’re delighted that this bold new line-up of product, offering innovation and value has taken the market by storm and already starting to get into customers’ hands.”