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Penn Elcom has the Power

15/06/2018

City Theatrical Introduces QolorFLEX NuNeon

15/06/2018

In Safe Hands With BroadWeigh

15/06/2018

EM Acoustics Introduces HALO-A Large Format Line Array

14/06/2018

Allen & Heath Gets Personal with SQ4You

14/06/2018

L-Acoustics Partners with Avid on L-ISA

11/06/2018

L-Acoustics Enhances Interoperability between the Q-SYS Platform from QSC and LA Amplified Controllers

11/06/2018

Adlib Gets More FLX-able

07/06/2018

Alcons introducing the VR5 mini versatile monitor

07/06/2018

L-Acoustics P1 Processor and Measurement Platform Integrates New Milan Protocol from Avnu

07/06/2018

LA Opera embraces LED with the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile

06/06/2018

DiGiCo reveals DMI-AMM for S-Series consoles

06/06/2018

PR Lighting Launces Polaris

05/06/2018

Audient iD44 Now Shipping Worldwide

31/05/2018

Pinewood MBS Lighting partner Chroma-Q on revolutionary LED Wendy light alternative

31/05/2018

EAW Adds New Line Array and Subwoofer to RADIUS Series of Loudspeakers

25/05/2018

Opti-Sculpt Beam Shaping Filters from Rosco

24/05/2018

Meyer Sound Debuts Svelte, UP-4slim UltraCompact Installation Loudspeaker

24/05/2018

Martin Audio Announces TH Series for High Performance Applications

24/05/2018

Cadac’s new CDC flagship console

23/05/2018

TASCAM Unveils 202mkVII Dual Cassette Deck with USB

23/05/2018

dLive V1.7 Firmware Adds Shure Wireless Control, Prime I/O and Routing Flexibility

23/05/2018

Panasonic launches new series of portable projectors

22/05/2018

New Ovation H-605FC From Chauvet Professional Raises Bar for House Lights

21/05/2018

ColorSource Pearl, a variable white light LED array by ETC

17/05/2018

Penn Elcom has the Power

Penn Elcom has the Power
Penn Elcom has the Power

Penn Elcom launches its new PDU16 range of premium rack-mounting power distribution: the PDU16-UN, the PDU16-EU, the PDU16-PC and the PDU16-AV. Newly designed as core products in a versatile range of professional, industrial and commercial racking options offered by the UK manufacturer.

The innovative 2U high horizontal mounting PDU16 series has been developed to offer more flexibility and well-engineered solutions in response to customer demand in the highly competitive 19-inch rack market, where Penn Elcom is a key player and currently enjoying robust business.

Features include a high-clarity, back-lit LCD monitoring display on the front of each unit showing essential operational feedback and data including voltage, current, power in Watts and energy level.

This convenient monitoring functionality includes a visible overload alarm, alerting users as to when the level (in Watts) of power being drawn is / or is about to be exceeded, the value being displayed will flash on and off.

The wattage power level threshold can be user-defined and pre-set, and this data will be stored when the unit is powered off.

The PDU16 series offers a variety of different outlet socket formats to cover a dynamic range of applications including all types of AV, audio and lighting installations, from clubs to museums to touring, rental and staging.

PDU16-UN (universal) main in/outs on Circuit A are a panel mounting 32A 240V IP44-C-FORM input socket feeding through to a 16A IP44 C-FORM output socket via an illuminated circuit breaker.

Circuit B has eight universal socket outputs which can be used with plugs from most regions including the UK, US, Europe and Australia, with a maximum combined load of 16A. (Schuko type sockets / plugs have a two- pin connection only.)

The PDU16-EU main in/outs on Circuit A are a panel mounting 32A 240V IP44 C-FORM input socket feeding through to a 16A IP44 C-FORM output socket via an illuminated circuit breaker.

The Circuit B outputs offer eight Schuko style sockets which are compatible with plug types C, E & F for usage within Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia, with a maximum combined load of 16A.

PDU16-PC has a panel mounting 32A 240V IP44 C-FORM input socket as the main in/out on Circuit A, feeding through to a 16A IP44 C-FORM output socket via illuminated circuit breaker.

Circuit B outputs have eight Neutrik powerCON sockets rated for a maximum combined load of 16A, so perfect for audio and media servers and other pro AV kit.

PDU16-AV is ideal for home audio visual installations and multimedia applications from live music venues to theme parks and museums. The main input is a 20A Neutrik powerCON, complete with a second order EMI filter and a GDT / VDR protection circuit to deal with lightning strikes and local power surges.

Channel A of this PDU features a four-way IEC C13 outlet strip with maximum combined load of 10A, plus two dual USB 5V 1.8A charger modules; Channel B has five universal socket outputs which can accommodate plugs from the UK, US, Europe and Australia, with a maximum combined load of 10A, through the standard illuminated circuit breaker protection for additional safety.

All these products come with Penn Elcom’s renowned quality assurance and are designed to provide straightforward and adaptable hook-ups for the distribution of AC power in the worlds of professional AV, multimedia, theatre and television productions and concert touring.

All four models of PDU16 have illuminated circuit breakers for overload protection, M4 earth studs for rack ground continuity and adjustable rack mounting ear positions.

PDU16 is a great addition to Penn Elcom’s already popular ranges of power distribution products for home-office and studio, and are the next step in developing a dynamic range of reliable and stable choices for the world of professional audio, rental and staging.

PDU16 is also the most comprehensive set of power distros that Penn has designed and delivered to date, and illustrates the company’s agility and ability to react quickly to market demands and take on-board extensive client / user feedback.

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15th June 2018

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City Theatrical Introduces QolorFLEX NuNeon

City Theatrical Introduces QolorFLEX NuNeon
City Theatrical Introduces QolorFLEX NuNeon

City Theatrical has expanded its QolorFLEX brand of professional LED lighting to include QolorFLEX NuNeon, an incredibly flexible and bright sealed LED linear lighting product that can be used to replace traditional neon lighting in entertainment and architectural projects.

QolorFLEX NuNeon was carefully developed to provide lighting and scenic designers with bold and bright accents for their designs. Each tape has a 12mm (1/2”) minimum bending radius, making QolorFLEX NuNeon up to 80% more flexible than similar products.

Like all QolorFLEX products, QolorFLEX NuNeon is designed to be easy for lighting and scenic professionals to work with, and exceeds industry standards for service life. It can be cut to length in 50mm (2”) increments, and includes 200mm (8”) flat cables on both ends for easy connections. QolorFLEX NuNeon operates on 24VDC and can be powered and controlled by variety of QolorFLEX Dimmers and power supplies.

QolorFLEX NuNeon tape is available in eight vivid colours, including RGB, three types of white, and solid colours. Each tape is encased in a silicone extrusion with a white finish backing, and is IP67 rated for indoor or outdoor use. QolorFLEX NuNeon can be seen in many new productions and environments internationally, including The Break starring Michelle Wolf on Netflix and at Hudson New York, a Morgans Original hotel.

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15th June 2018

In Safe Hands With BroadWeigh

In Safe Hands With BroadWeigh

A new Advanced Hand-held from BroadWeigh is set to bring an additional level of portability to the BroadWeigh system by expanding its stand-alone monitoring capabilities and providing instant access to loads without the need for a PC and a base station. The new kit (BW-HA), received a soft launch earlier this year at Prolight & Sound and is now available to order.

Jonathan Purdue, BroadWeigh's business development manager said: "When we took the new Advanced Handheld to Frankfurt earlier this year, we met with some prospective customers and explained the benefits of the new kit – the first question most of them asked was – 'when can we get our hands on one?' What's great about this new Handheld display is that it's not been improved at the expense of losing simplicity. It has been designed with complete flexibility in mind, so whatever the complexity of a project – be it simple roaming straight out of the box to setting up summation groups – this device is more than capable and allows viewing of data without the need for a PC and base station."

The Advanced Handheld retains all the existing capabilities of the existing BroadWeigh Handheld (BW-HR) to monitor any BroadWeigh devices around it at a range of up to 800 m, whilst also introducing two additional functions to fit a wide range of scenarios.

In Roaming Mode riggers can view the readings of the closest 24 devices in the proximity of the handheld without the need to define them on the toolkit. This is the ideal solution at times when the Handheld needs to be used with different sets of devices. Listing Mode allows the configuration of up to 24 pre-defined shackles for further power saving and easy identification with custom name tags, and to set a custom overload warning for individual devices. Meanwhile Summing Mode provides group summations without the need for a PC and a base station, allows for groups to be assigned overload warning and enables the user to drill down to individual devices within groups to find the source of an overload. This device also includes a backlit display making this usable in low light environments.

Jonathan continued: "With these added functionalities, this really is an ideal solution for riggers who can monitor data on the ground without having to return to the site office or carry a laptop around. We aim to develop products that tick all the boxes for our customers in the UK, Europe and beyond and judging by feedback so far, this new Advance Handheld is set to be a must-have in every safety conscious rigger's tool box."

He concluded: "2018 is proving to be quite an exciting year for us. We're introducing several new products and expanding further in Europe, having recently signed up Scan-Rig in Sweden and Imagine Light in Italy as new product partners. Europe is a huge market for us and so it is great to have a greater presence as we increase our product offerings."

15th June 2018

EM Acoustics Introduces HALO-A Large Format Line Array

EM Acoustics Introduces HALO-A Large Format Line Array

EM Acoustics recently revealed the HALO Arena large format line array system to the North American market at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas.

The larger HALO-A follows the same core design as the more compact HALO-C providing the signature EM Acoustics “maximum headroom” design approach that ensures consistency of performance regardless of SPL level. The compact enclosure (14.3/362 x 40.2/1020 x 24.4/619 in/mm) and low weight (145.2/66 lbs/kg) translates into less truck space used and smaller motors required.

The HALO-A utilises a proprietary patent-pending emulation manifold, which combines the energy of four 3.4-inch diaphragm, 1.4-inch exit compressions drivers into a plane-wave array. This assembly gives not only a significant moving area for the high frequency section but also provides twice the headroom of comparable systems.

The HF section is flanked by a pair of high power 3.5-inch voice coil, 12-inch neodymium low frequency transducers. These two drive units combined with optimally-tuned low turbulence porting and generous cabinet volume ensure HALO-A has a low frequency performance to match the incredible highs.

A single HALO-A exhibits a flat, free-field frequency response from 48 Hz to 19kHz (+/-3dB) and a phase response which is +/- 20 degrees between 150Hz and 18kHz. Due to the unique loading technique applied to the low frequency drivers, combined with the high frequency waveguide, the dispersion pattern control is maintained down to 250Hz.

HALO-A requires two amplifier channels and makes use of the latest in FIR DSP technology requiring use of the EM Acoustics DQ20 advanced system amplifier. The enclosure (is constructed from premium 15mm (5/8-inch) and 30mm (1 3/16-inch) multi-laminate Baltic birch plywood, rebated, screwed and glued together for maximum strength. Intelligent bracing combined with low-loss porting structure minimises panel flexure removing unwanted resonances while keeping the overall enclosure weight low, and the enclosure is finished in a weather-resistant polyurethane coating.

Each enclosure offers a simple and intuitive three-point flying system, assembled from ultra-high tensile strength steel parts coated with Zylan for enhanced durability.

14th June 2018

Allen & Heath Gets Personal with SQ4You

Allen & Heath Gets Personal with SQ4You

The SQ4You app is available for both Android and iOS and up to eight phones or tablets can be connected at the same time, making it a great time-saver for the busy audio engineer who is mixing the whole show single-handed.

SQ4You’s main ‘four-wheel-drive’ view is designed to be big, bold and easy to use, providing straightforward level controls over four groups, a master level and mute. Double tapping on a group gives access to more granular controls, including individual channel metering, send levels and stereo pan. Groups can be custom named for quick recognition and channels can be assigned to groups via simple checkboxes, allowing the user to create their ideal custom mix.

“Most performers will tell you how off-putting bad monitors can be, but in the real world there isn’t always a dedicated monitor engineer on hand to craft that perfect mix,” commented SQ product manager, Keith Johnson. “SQ4You is free, unobtrusive and incredibly easy to teach and learn – most performers will be up and running in a few minutes. Performers will love being able to control their own mix and busy audio engineers will appreciate the time and space to focus on the front-of-house sound. It’s a win-win!”

14th June 2018

L-Acoustics Partners with Avid on L-ISA

L-Acoustics Partners with Avid on L-ISA

L-Acoustics has announced the development of an AAX DSP version of its L-ISA Source Control plug-in for the popular Avid VENUE | S6L console’s control surface, allowing sound engineers an expanded range of consoles in which they will be able to use a familiar workflow to manage immersive environments easily and intuitively.

L-Acoustics’ L-ISA ecosystem consists of a comprehensive toolchain that can handle multidimensional audio projects at any stage. With the L-ISA plug-in for S6L, users have access to all 'source object' controls, including pan, width, distance and elevation, as well as a designated aux send, and all L-ISA parameters can be stored in the console’s snapshots engine and recalled in the same way as other console parameters. This integration offers many benefits in terms of show portability and live interaction, and the loudspeaker layout can easily be adapted to location changes while maintaining the spatial properties of the mix.

In addition to the L-ISA AAX DSP plug-in, L-ISA can also be integrated into industry-leading Pro Tools via an AAX native plug-in, opening up L-ISA’s 96-input multichannel mixing capabilities in the Pro Tools environment for sound design and other applications.

“The L-ISA Source Control AAX DSP plug-in allows engineers to control their L-ISA mix directly from an S6L console,” says L-ISA director of R&D Guillaume Le Nost. “As a result, sound engineers are able to use a familiar workflow and a single interface to manage an object-based mix easily and intuitively, for a variety of loudspeaker configurations, from frontal layouts to surround or 3D.”

“With more tours and musicals using immersive audio and surround sound to engage audiences, live sound engineers need an easy, intuitive way to manage the added layer of complexity this brings to the audio space,” adds Avid director of live system product management Al McKinna. “These new plug-ins from L-Acoustics and Avid’s other development partners provide the most elegant, integrated and streamlined solution for immersive mixing, giving users hands-on control of immersive audio solutions and access to powerful new tools for mixing in these new formats.”

L-Acoustics’ L-ISA technology has already become the market leader in multi-channel sound reinforcement, finally making multi-layer, object-based sound design possible for live and creative events.With L-ISA quickly gaining momentum among artists and sound professionals alike, L-Acoustics is increasing the scope and networkability of L-ISA with a rapidly expanding universe of high-profile partners that have adopted the technology. In addition to Avid, these include: DiGiCo, which natively integrates L-ISA Source Control functionality via Desk Link into its SD range of mixing consoles; Blacktrax, a vision-based tracking system that connects to L-ISA technology via the RTTrP open source protocol; and KLANG:technologies, a pioneer in the design of 3D in-ear monitor mixing systems.

11th June 2018

L-Acoustics Enhances Interoperability between the Q-SYS Platform from QSC and LA Amplified Controllers

L-Acoustics Enhances Interoperability between the Q-SYS Platform from QSC and LA Amplified Controllers

L-Acoustics has announced integration between the L-Acoustics LA4X and LA12X amplified controllers and the Q-SYS Platform from QSC. This integration allows users to easily control and monitor the LA4X and LA12X through Q-SYS. Now system designers can architect high-performing and fully scaleable media-rich environments using the familiar and intuitive Q-SYS Designer software and native user control interfaces, while offering the unmatched audio quality delivered by L-Acoustics sound reinforcement systems.

Whether addressing the demands of conference facilities, houses of worship, theatres or educational institutions, installation markets demand versatility, ease of use, reliability, and interoperability. Over the years, integrators have looked to both L-Acoustics and QSC for solutions that fulfill these increasingly stringent and complex requirements.

“It was only natural that our companies combine forces to make implementation of both QSC and L-Acoustics market-leading technologies simpler and faster,” comments Jeff Rocha, director of product management for L-Acoustics. “QSC shares our unwavering commitment to easy connectivity and system interoperability. With the control and monitoring integration of our amplified controllers into the Q-SYS Platform, the system designer sandbox just became a lot more fun and creative.”

“By supporting third party devices integration by companies like L-Acoustics, we are able to showcase the power and versatility of the Q-SYS Platform,” said Greg Mattson, product manager, installed systems, QSC. “Utilising mainstream technologies on an open platform has allowed manufacturers and independent programmers to easily build plug-ins and scripts to make integration with Q-SYS even easier. This is a true testament to the power of a software-based audio, video and control paradigm.”

11th June 2018

Adlib Gets More FLX-able

Adlib Gets More FLX-able
UK - Leading UK rental and production specialist Adlib’s lighting department has invested in eight new Zero 88 FLX S24 consoles.

Simon Pettitt, lighting technical manager at the busy Liverpool headquartered company, and his team made the decision after becoming aware of the console and realising its massive potential as a cost-effective control package for small-to-medium shows, events and installations.

Typically, Adlib envisions using these consoles - offering optimised control for up to 48 x LED sources, moving lights and conventionals - on a wide range of smaller corporate events, smaller / alternative festival stages, house of worship events and dry hires to schools and colleges.

All of these are likely to be utilising a mix of some moving lights and LED fixtures.

Simon commented that FLX S24 uses a “familiar workflow” for programming fixtures in a small package at an “excellent price point”, so they can use them on events utilising moving lights as opposed to just static LED fixtures, “which wasn’t easy before without taking a larger desk out of rental stock”.

Directly related to that, he continues, is the speed and ease of which FLX S24 can be powered-on, patched and programmed. He feels that the encoders, combined with the familiar touchscreen pallet grid, are a key enabling factor for sending it out on projects to control fixtures with pan/tilt functionality.

The FLX S24 links in well with Adlib’s relationships with the educational and house of worship clients says Simon,  a scenario highlighting their keenness for lighting control to be “usable, approachable and creatively rewarding”, both for the events being lit and for the training and development of those using the kit.

The console has been designed from the outset to be quick to set up and use. “Users with little lighting experience can access intuitive basic moving light control and make the most of the fixtures they have installed or rented. However – because it uses the language and workflow of larger consoles, FLX S24 can also prepare students who potentially want to progress to the next levels of lighting control,” confirms Simon.

He thinks the FLX S24s will be easy to maintain long-term due to the lack of fans and the low weight, all of which contributes to reducing transport costs for clients “needing to maximise their budgets”.

One of the first shows for Adlib’s new FLX S24s was at Liverpool Cathedral for LightNight 2018, a dynamic and free one-day arts festival celebrating culture and diversity in and around the city. Adlib’s James Bailie used an FLX S24 to control a rig of Chauvet COLORdash Par H12IP LED wash lights.

Simon elucidated that users appreciate the “responsive software, RDM functionality, the bright screen but mostly just how quick it is to patch a modest rig … and create some detailed looks and effects with the lights”.

Zero 88’s products are all manufactured in the UK.

A substantial investment in production line technology at their facility in Cwmbran has just been completed and will boost and benefit the process, making a commitment to the local community as well as enhancing the already tight quality control in place on all product lines.

The brand is also renowned for its excellent technical and after-sales support, on which Simon comments, “The Zero 88 team are quick to respond with clear, concise information and we have every confidence that any future back-up - if needed - will be excellent”.

7th June 2018

Alcons introducing the VR5 mini versatile monitor

Alcons introducing the VR5 mini versatile monitor
Alcons introducing the VR5 mini versatile monitor

The Netherlands - The VR5 is a 2-way mini versatile loudspeaker, specifically designed for near-field applications where ultimate fidelity response needs to be projected with wide horizontal and vertical coverage.

The system brings the typical clear, dynamic and ultra-low distortion Alcons signature sound of the larger systems in a very small and unobtrusive package, for both portable and permanent applications.

The VR5 consists of the RBN202 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a dedicated-designed 5” mid-bass for extremely low-distortion LF reproduction. The VR5 HF section has a 400W peak power input, enabling a 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1 kHz to beyond 20 kHz.

The patented (90-degrees) horizontal and patent-pending (60-degrees) vertical dispersion of the revolvable waveguide, offers a wide and consistent coverage up to the highest frequencies; Very important for the imaging in stereo or immersive systems.

Due to the “compression-less” principle of the pro-ribbon transducer technology, the system has a fully linear response at any SPL, for an intuitive 1:1 “input=output” performance.

For full system performance, the VR5 needs to be driven by an ALC amplified loudspeaker controller, delivering maximum sound quality with increased headroom and utmost operation reliability and flexibility.

The Signal Integrity Sensing™ pre-wiring ensures dynamic cable/connector compensation between the VR5 and ALC, significantly increasing response accuracy, regardless of cable length and system impedance, with a tight and accurate mid and bass response as result.

The combination of the asymmetric multi-angle enclosure, the revolvable waveguide and the ACO™ colour option provides for inconspicuous low profile stage-, stand-, wall- or ceiling positioning. The 5 M10 mounting points enable swivel bracket, shoulder eye bolt and mic stand deployment.

Typical (short to medium throw) applications for the VR5 range from reference monitor, low-profile stage-lip/front-fill, stage monitor, under-balcony system up to a nearfield main PA system, in combination with a separate subwoofer, if required.

Phil “Dr Phil” De Haan, head of Alcons R&D: “following the recently introduced CRMSC-SRHV surround for cinema, the VR5 is the first pro-audio system that incorporates our patent-pending vertical-control waveguide technology. In further extending our line-up in point-source solutions, this has been a major breakthrough to enable any dispersion pattern from our pro-ribbon mid/ high-frequency drivers. We plan to further implement this in our upcoming new products.”

Tom Back, managing director:  “Although the VR5 concept, as our smallest pro-ribbon system ever,  was already previewed at this year’s ISE and as product introduced at the Prolight+Sound, we still had thoughts about taking “the next step” in the low-frequency transducer. As we’ve been doing with most systems, as recently the 8” of the LR18 line-array, we consistently co-develop and implement the most advanced technology on the cone-drivers, to have the best match with the pro-ribbons.

So, we decided at the show to investigate implementing a new active coil technology on the 5”; A technology we’ve been using on a number of design-studies for some time now. The beta-testing of the samples proved our ideas right, leading us to re-design the VR5 with this new technology.”

Tom concludes: “We can truly say, that the VR5, with the combination of the 5” with significantly further reduced distortion on the LF and the RBN202 pro-ribbon on the 90x60 waveguide is setting new standards for ultra-low distortion, superb-imaging near-field sound reproduction.”

7th June 2018

L-Acoustics P1 Processor and Measurement Platform Integrates New Milan Protocol from Avnu

UK - The new multifunctional P1 AVB processor and measurement platform from L-Acoustics, shipping now, is one of the first products developed to be fully compliant with Avnu’s Milan protocol requirements which were announced June 5 at InfoComm 2018. Milan compliancy has also been added into L-Acoustics Avnu-certified LA4X and LA12X amplified controllers.
 
“Milan represents the next step up in AVB interoperability certification,” notes L-Acoustics Director of Electronics Genio Kronauer. “Products like our P1 that are recognized by Avnu’s new classification will not only mean that they can connect with other brands’ Milan-certified products, but that they are guaranteed to communicate fluently and be fully compatible with each other.”
 
L-Acoustics’ design engineers worked closely with their industry counterparts at d&b audiotechnik, Meyer Sound Laboratories, and others to openly collaborate on how to successfully ensure that their products “spoke the same language,” Kronauer points out. “It’s quite unprecedented that some of the biggest names in pro audio came together on their own to jointly make this a reality. This depth of communication between each of these companies’ products is a huge win for all of our installation and touring customers.”
 
The P1 processor is a unique, three-in-one unit that serves as a front-end processor, an audio matrix and bridge, as well as a system measurement and tuning platform, all in one convenient, robust package. The P1 takes the complex and hardware-intensive task of system optimization and streamlines it to a single piece of hardware, fully integrated with the industry-leading LA Network Manager software platform.
 
As a signal processor with equalization, delay, and dynamics, its four analogue line inputs with premium A/D conversion assure the utmost sound quality. Integrating 20 inputs and 16 outputs in one rack space, the P1 can matrix, bridge, and distribute AVB, AES/EBU and analogue audio. Time-aligned redundant signal distribution guarantees artefact-free sound with the click of a button. Exceptional demand shown by early orders indicates that the marketplace recognizes the current and future value that P1 will add to the L-Acoustics toolkit.

Updates to LA Network Manager will leverage P1’s four microphone pre-amps to create an analyzer that is aware of all system parameters. This technology enables system tuning without additional noise.
 
Presentations of P1 and new tools for fast and accurate system optimization in 3D acoustical design software Soundvision and system control software LA Network Manager will take place four times daily at InfoComm in demo room N107. Please visit L-Acoustics booth C576 for more information. 

7th June 2018

LA Opera embraces LED with the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile

LA Opera embraces LED with the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile
LA Opera embraces LED with the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile

USA - Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced that the world-renowned LA Opera, located in the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles has invested in the company's new LED-based Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile fixtures as part of its stage lighting rig. LA Opera's current production of Verdi's Rigoletto, with lighting design by Robert Wierzel, is the first production in its history lit with a predominantly LED lighting rig. It underscores Signify's leadership in providing innovative LED lighting for the entertainment industry.

Jeff Kleeman, LA Opera's technical director, says, "We already hold a stock of Vari-Lite VL3500 Spots and Washes, VL3000s and VL4000 BeamWash fixtures, so we were very interested in the VLZ Profile when they became available recently.

"Initially we were drawn to the impressive 24,000 lumens output - they are bright, even brighter than our VL3500s. We've had zero issues with the exceptional light source, which creates a large and particularly even field. But there is so much more to like about the VLZ. The colour spectrum, the shuttering system, the low power consumption, which is critical for the venue, and then there's the very quiet operation: quiet is a big deal for us."

He adds, "Our work schedule means that, although we begin the design process months in advance, it is only a week prior to load-in when we pull and prep fixtures before the get-in. There is usually a pretty tight window to rig, hang and focus the light, so the small, light VLZ fixtures make that process all the smoother. They have absolutely met our expectations."

In 1987, LA Opera was the first opera company to utilize a complete Vari-Lite moving light rig, using the award-winning VL2 and VL3 luminaires to light Tristan und Isolde, designed by David Hockney and directed by Jonathan Miller. The company has been a regular user of the Vari-Lite brand ever since.

Martin Palmer, Philips Vari-Lite Product Manager for Signify, says, "For an artistic organization of such prestige to commit to the VLZ Profile as part of its stage lighting rig is a great vote of confidence in the quality of our world-leading LED luminaire technology. We are delighted that LA Opera has chosen to continue its long history with the Vari-Lite brand and we look forward to working with them in the future."

Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of 16th May 2018. The legal name of Signify will be adopted across all global markets in the course of 2018-2019.

Signify's Entertainment Lighting Group comprises the Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon brands, as well as the Philips Showline range of LED stage luminaires.

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6th June 2018

DiGiCo reveals DMI-AMM for S-Series consoles

DiGiCo reveals DMI-AMM for S-Series consoles

UK - DiGiCo is delighted to announce the launch of its new DMI-AMM (Automatic Mic Mixing) card, which allows up to 48 channels of automatic mic mixing on any S-Series console. Designed in direct response to requests from the corporate market, the DMI-AMM will benefit any production where complex vocal mic setups are in use.

Insertable on any input channel, be it local or rack I/O, the DMI-AMM is designed to assist engineers with multiple spoken voices. It is seamlessly incorporated into the console’s user interface, allowing a continuous workflow that does not hinder the operation of the console.

The DMI-AMM system works by automatically managing several live microphones in unpredictable dialogue situations. When one person speaks, that microphone’s gain level fades up instantly, while the other microphone gains are reduced. When the speaker pauses, all microphone levels will adjust to medium gain to collectively match the level of one microphone at full gain. The resulting effect will be as if all speakers are sharing one microphone.

The AMM does this by using the highly regarded ‘Shared Unity Gain Share’ principle – the most effective and natural sounding method available - which means that when several people speak at once, the gain is shared. A Weightingcontrol allows adjustment of the relative sensitivity of the DMI-AMM on a per channel basis. When weighting controls are balanced (equal), each microphone has an equal opportunity to ‘take over’ the system. A NoiseFloorcontrol imposes a lower limit (floor) on the level detector for all associated microphones to prevent a noisy microphone capturing a disproportionate share of gain during quieter moments.

In an S-Series console, the DMI AMM offers 48 channels of processing which can be used in any console input channel. There are two independent AMMs implemented by the DMI-AMM, known as AMM-A and AMM-B, with channels assigned to either A or B or neither. This means that two separate events can run simultaneously on the same console without one interfering with the other.

“We studied what was already available on the market and noticed that other implementations varied in quality,” explains DiGiCo DSP and Product Specialist, Pete Johnston. “We tested the DMI-AMM at the lowest levels, as well as at very high levels, so the gaps between people speaking would come up with reliable results with no cumulative error when high channel counts were being used. We also made sure that all the control circuitry was running at sample rate so that the beginnings of words wouldn’t be cut in any way. This means that the AMM has a sample accurate response as well as having an extremely fast attack time. Each channel has its own pre-conditioning which is carefully tuned to deal with both male and female voices alike.”

“Our corporate AV customers have been asking us for a product like this,” says Tim Shaxson, International Sales Manager at DiGiCo. “The one we have developed is exceptionally easy to use and has benefits for the corporate market and beyond. I can’t wait to let my customers try it out in the real world.” 

DiGiCo reveals DMI-AMM for S-Series consolesDiGiCo reveals DMI-AMM for S-Series consoles

6th June 2018

DiGiCo

PR Lighting Launces Polaris

PR Lighting Launces Polaris

With the summer outdoor season now in full swing, PR Lighting has announced the timely release of an impressive, all-weather LED wash luminaire called Polaris (PR-6805).

With its IP67 rating, Polaris has at its source 7 x 15W RGBW 4-in-1 SMT LED lamps, with a colour temperature of 3200K-10000K. Each pixel is independently controllable.

Other features include: electronic strobe (0-25fps, with preset strobe pulse effect); Dimmer (0-100% linearly adjustable); Effects: Rainbow, Wash, Beam Spot modes (swirl, kaleidoscope), with many macros and unlimited mixed colours; Light angle 4°-40°; Bi-directional and continuous rotation of front lens module; 14 channel control (standard mode), 39 channels (extended mode); DMX wireless control function; Over temperature protection.

The net weight of Polaris is just 8.4Kg, and the first batches are expected to ship in mid-June.

5th June 2018

Audient iD44 Now Shipping Worldwide

Audient iD44 Now Shipping Worldwide

Audient has announced that the highly anticipated iD44, its most powerful audio interface yet, is now shipping worldwide and will be available at all Audient dealers in June.

Launched to much acclaim at NAMM this year, including winning Music Radar’s award for Best Studio Gear, iD44 offers four Audient Class-A console mic pres delivering 60dB of gain, all new Dual Converter Technology, the option to expand up to 20 channels via ADAT/SPDIF, new mix-focused software with significant performance improvements for the Windows drivers and more, all over USB 2.0 with USB-C connectivity.

Marketing manager, Andy Allen explains how listening to customers’ feedback has been the inspiration for the latest release. “iD44 is the natural expansion of Audient’s high performance audio interface range,” he said. “We’ve built on award-winning features, utilised high grade components and innovative ideas to enhance its design. We’re really looking forward to getting it out to our customers and hearing what they have to say about it. We’re confident that it will blow them away!”

For a full list of specifications as well as inspiring and creative videos of the 20-in, 24-out desktop interface, iD44, head over to Audient’s website.

31st May 2018

Pinewood MBS Lighting partner Chroma-Q on revolutionary LED Wendy light alternative

Pinewood MBS Lighting partner Chroma-Q on revolutionary LED Wendy light alternative

MBSi, the Pinewood MBS Lighting innovations think-tank, has collaborated with Chroma-Q in the development of the Brute Force – a brand new LED alternative to a quarter Wendy light.

Extending the Chroma-Q range of highly effective, energy efficient products, this new fixture has been rigorously tested by PMBS in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across a variety of applications.

The technical teams at both companies worked closely together to create a true LED full colour RGB-W lamphead that draws just 15 amps at 240V. Robustly designed and fully dimmable, the Brute Force has an extended CCT range between 2,000K and 10,000K. Each unit features 96-way mappable pixel control with RDM, DMX and optional wireless operation. For greater flexibility, the on-board multi-point fixings allows units to be easily combined to form a full Wendy.

Although developed in partnership with MBSi, unlike other proprietary products, the Brute Force is to be made available industry wide through Chroma-Q. PMBS have invested their technical expertise, however the key objective is to see this new lamp head being adopted throughout the industry.

Speaking about the product, Chroma-Q’s global brand manager, Paul Pelletier said: “In creating the Brute Force our teams have introduced an incredible new alternative to the traditional Wendy. Having MBSi involved in the project has allowed us to design and build a fixture that has been properly tested and proven to perform prior to launch. I am confident that it will be instantly accepted throughout our industry as a versatile, effective light source.”

As a company recognised by the BAFTA led albert initiative as a supplier that supports an environmentally sustainable future for the industry, Pinewood MBS Lighting is keen to share their knowledge to help production achieve their true potential in this area. The introduction of the Brute Force is just one such example of an ongoing commitment to making energy efficient alternatives more widely available.

Talking about MBSi, PMBS technical director Steve Howard commented: “MBSi provides us with a central point from where to share creativity, to innovate and introduce new thinking that can enhance the way we support our clients. Through our collaboration with Chroma-Q we are proud to have taken this ethos a step further and are committed to sharing our knowledge in a way that can benefit the industry as a whole. In a creative industry we have to offer more than just power saving in the products we are looking to replace. We are delighted with the ability of the Brute Force to combine it’s comparable output and spread to a quarter Wendy with the benefits of intelligent, controllable, full colour LED illumination.”

31st May 2018

EAW Adds New Line Array and Subwoofer to RADIUS Series of Loudspeakers

EAW Adds New Line Array and Subwoofer to RADIUS Series of Loudspeakers

Eastern Acoustics Works (EAW) has announced the addition of the RSX212L line array module and RSX18F subwoofer to the RADIUS Series. The two new RADIUS products provide added versatility to the series designed for both touring and permanent install applications. Both products will be presented at EAW’s InfoComm Booth C352 and Demo Room N116 in Las Vegas.

Similar to the other products in the RADIUS Series, the RSX212L and RSX18F utilise EAW’s proprietary Focusing and Dyno technologies to deliver immaculate impulse response throughout the coverage area even at the highest output levels. The accompanying EAWmosaic applications tackles prediction, control and monitoring for all RADIUS enclosures. For added convenience, EAW’s Resolution software can also be utilised for prediction of all Radius products.

The new, two-way RSX212L line array module is loaded with two 12-inch low frequency drivers and two 1.7-inch voice coil compression drivers. Like the smaller RSX208L line array, the RSX212L includes array self-detection via on-board infrared sensor and accelerometers that enables EAW’s OptiLogic technology to pre-optimise the array to reduce setup and tuning time. The RSX212L features three-point rigging, a new flybar, caster pallet and cover designed for quick deployment and pack down.

The new RSX18F is a single 18-inch, flyable, low frequency module that offers automatic cardioid functionality, in stacks of two or greater, via OptiLogic. The subwoofer provides significant low-end support for all full-range products in the RADIUS Series and can be flown with the companion RSX208L line array module via a new accessory adapter.

The entire RADIUS Series features all-wood enclosures, EAW Roadcoat finish, Power Factor Corrected Class D amplification and a rear-panel LCD screen and encoder to provide on-box access to all RADIUS functions. Dual locking etherCON connectors offer daisy-chain Dante connectivity for single cable audio and communications. There is also an integrated wireless router connection on every RADIUS loudspeaker that delivers router placement options. Analog input option and automatic fail-over redundancy is managed with XLR audio input and thru connections. Power is delivered via powerCON inlet and loop connections.

25th May 2018

Opti-Sculpt Beam Shaping Filters from Rosco

Rosco Opti-Sculpt filters have been engineered to provide precise angular beam control for lighting professionals. If your lighting design work illuminates theatrical productions, theme parks, architectural installations or broadcast studios, then you’ll appreciate the ability to accurately and affordably control the shape of your light with Rosco Opti-Sculpt filters. Their unique, proprietary process features engineered light distribution to provide increased brightness over traditional diffusion and holographic filters.

Other unique features include accurate, repeatable beam shaping; flame retardant and heat resistant - compatible with both LED and traditional tungsten fixtures - and durable construction that is unaffected by dust and fingerprints.

Opti-Sculpt filters are available in 20”x24” and 40”x24” (50cm x 60cm & 100cm x 60cm) seamless sheets that can be cut to any size and shaped to fit virtually any light fixture.

www.rosco.com

24th May 2018

Rosco

Meyer Sound Debuts Svelte, UP-4slim UltraCompact Installation Loudspeaker

Meyer Sound Debuts Svelte, UP-4slim UltraCompact Installation Loudspeaker

Meyer Sound has introduced the UP-4slim ultra-compact installation loudspeaker, a slender new solution for applications that demand impeccable performance and exceptional power-to-size ratio together with elegant aesthetics. The UP-4slim incorporates Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology, integrating the inherent sonic advantages of self-powered loudspeakers with the installation ease of low voltage systems. It is the first IntelligentDC multi-way loudspeaker to be housed in an all-aluminium enclosure.

''Today’s high-end installation market is driven almost as much by appearance as by performance, and the UP-4slim makes no compromises on either point,'' says Pablo Espinosa, vice president of R&D and chief loudspeaker designer for Meyer Sound. ''When surface mounted, its understated appearance blends discreetly with any room décor, and where soffit mounting is preferred it will slide into tight spaces where other loudspeakers offering comparable performance simply won’t fit.''

The UP-4slim is a three-way system comprising two 4-inch cone drivers, a 1-inch metal dome tweeter, a three-channel amplifier and dedicated signal processing. The two cone drivers work in parallel at lower frequencies, with one rolling off in the midrange to prevent comb-filtering effects. The high-frequency driver is mounted on a conical waveguide to produce a smooth and consistently wide 100-degree dispersion pattern. The integral three-channel amplifier produces 500W total output power.

The UP-4slim’s operating frequency range is 65Hz to 18kHz, and the aluminium enclosure is ported, damped and braced to minimize resonance while maintaining uniform response to the lower frequency limit. Real-world linear peak acoustic output is 110dB SPL using unfiltered pink noise.

As with the other fourteen loudspeakers in the IntelligentDC range, the UP-4slim receives balanced audio signal and 48V DC from a remote, rack-mount MPS-488HP power supply and signal distribution unit. Connections are via a single five-conductor cable (e.g. Belden 1502) with termination on a 5-pin Phoenix connector. Conduit for the cabling is not required in most jurisdictions worldwide. The optional RMS Remote Monitoring System provides a display of loudspeaker operating status on a Windows or Mac computer.

The internal components of the UP-4slim are identical to those in Meyer Sound’s highly successful UP-4XP, which is housed in a slightly larger, wood-based enclosure. However, the dedicated signal processing in the UP-4slim has been modified and refined to attain optimum performance in the slimmer aluminium housing.

The UP-4slim measures 15.90 inches high, 4.29 inches wide and 5.69 inches deep (404 mm x 109 mm x 145 mm). Weight is 14 pounds (5.9kg). The UP-4slim may be installed using the optional U-bracket or mounting yoke. The M8-threaded top and bottom rigging plates also can be fitted to the optional external pole mount for portable applications.

Other options include custom colour matching and weather protection for outdoor installations. Applications for the UP-4slim include foreground/background music and paging in commercial installations, delay and fill systems in performance venues, and portable systems for smaller rooms. It is also ideal for deployment in Meyer Sound’s Constellation active acoustic system. The UP-4slim will start shipping in June.

24th May 2018

Martin Audio Announces TH Series for High Performance Applications

Martin Audio Announces TH Series for High Performance Applications

Martin Audio has announced the TH Series, comprising two very high performance, all-horn, three-way systems in both a horizontally and vertically formatted package. They are designed to complement the styling of its best-selling CDD and BlacklineX Series and are ideal for nightclub and large scale installs.

THH is configured in a horizontal format while THV is its vertical counterpart and the driver complement in both systems has been engineered for exemplary performance in all bands.

The Hybrid low frequency section comprises a horn-loaded 15” (380mm) /4” (100mm) voice coil driver that is reflex-loaded to extend the LF output to below the natural horn cut-off point. The LF driver features a water-resistant cone and triple roll surround for increased excursion.

The mid-horn has a unique ‘phase-ball’ loading device which maintains the constant directivity characteristics of the horn at the upper end of its range. It is driven by a 10” (250mm) midrange driver with an aluminium demodulating ring for improved high-mid clarity and reduced distortion when driven hard. The 70˚ x 40˚ HF section features a neodymium 1” (25mm) exit compression driver with a Kapton diaphragm for high sensitivity and extended HF performance.

The internal mid/high passive crossover allows these three-way systems to be driven in a bi-amp configuration with the Martin Audio iK42 being the recommended amplifier partner, with the DX range of controllers also compatible.

Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, commented: “TH Series is an important addition to our growing portfolio, offering a high powered solution with modern styling that will help continue our market share gains in the install market.”

TH Series will start shipping at the end of June 2018.

24th May 2018

Cadac’s new CDC flagship console

Cadac’s new CDC flagship console

One of two new digital consoles Cadac launched at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this year, the new CDC seven-s replaces both the original CDC seven iteration and the CDC eight, the inaugural expression of the platform.

As the new CDC flagship console, the CDC seven-s expands the 96 input count of the original CDC seven to 128. Additionally the new model ups the bus count to 64, of which 56 are assignable in FOH mode and 62 in Monitor Mode. The new console also features a number of additional hardware buttons, aimed at speeding up navigation.

CDC seven-s ships with the latest Version 5 CDC Console Software which boasts a number of new features – including Cue Ripple and Cue Preview – and several performance enhancements that will feature across the full CDC range. These include a redesigned Control Screen with new graphics and layout, improvement to the overall GUI. Delay Groups allows channels to be grouped and have delay applied to the group. Bus Send VCAs allows 16 individual VCAs to be available within each and every mix bus in monitor mode for unparalleled control.

The CDC seven-s retains the physical frame and control surface configuration of the CDC seven (excepting the additional new hardware buttons) with dual 23.5” 16:9 hi-definition operating touchscreens and their associated rotary encoders, a mid mounted 6.5” system control touchscreen, and 36 motorised faders. The exceptional CDC ‘human interface’ and feature set combine in aiding the workflow and allowing the engineer full creative freedom, unhindered by operation of the technology. The dual 23.5” touchscreens display the uniquely intuitive CDC swipe-able user interface. Encoders immediately to the right of and below both screens further encourage the instinctive use of gesture – touch and swipe – operation in navigating and operating the console.

The major advantage of the dual screens is the ability to simultaneously display and control multiple tasks, e.g. the VCAs can be displayed on one screen while the inputs to the VCAs are displayed on the other. The faders and encoders naturally follow the GUI displayed on the individual screens, resulting in further increases in the speed and flexibility of the workflow. The CDC feature set includes Cadac’s unique Monitor Mode with Mix Focus, as well as the ability to create custom fader layers. All 36 motorised faders feature stereo metering and a full colour user definable OLED display.

Cadac’s legendary audio quality noticeably improves the sound quality achievable any PA system. The company’s famous mic pre-amps boast the best audio performance of any mic pre; a performance further improved upon in the CDC design. CDC consoles employ Cadac’s proprietary CDC MegaCOMMS digital audio protocol, within which an extensive automatic latency management system manages all internal routing and associated processing latency, synchronizing all audio samples before summing, which results in absolute phase coherency at all outputs. MegaCOMMS boasts a total through-system propagation delay, from inputs on stage to outputs, including all console processing and A-D / D-A conversions, of under 400μs (0.4 ms). The audio industry’s lowest latency protocol, it is also uniquely advantageous when using multiple channels of in ear monitoring.

The console features 16 creative on-board stereo effects and is preconfigured with an integrated 64 x 64 Waves interface; enabling direct connection to a Waves MultiRack SoundGrid server with access to the vast Waves’ library of plugins (license dependent), as well as multi-track recording directly to a laptop.

A further additional feature of Version 5 OS is a Dugan Post fade Insert point for Waves, with auto assign. This allows the easy setup of the Dugan Automixer within Waves along with an auto-patch function (when using Waves server with the Dugan Automixer plug-in). The Waves Dugan Automixer plugin automatically controls the gains of multiple microphones in real time, dramatically reducing feedback, ambient noise and comb filtering from adjacent microphones. It maintains a consistent system gain, even when multiple speakers are talking simultaneously, and makes perfectly matched crossfades, without any signal compression or a noise gate. The plugin is particularly useful in commercial AV applications deploying multiple microphones such as conferencing and meeting rooms.

Cadac marketing manager James Godbehear said: “Launching CDC seven-s at Prolight+Sound and then showing it immediately afterwards at PLASA Focus in the UK, there was immediate appreciation of the increase in I/O capability, plus the additional features of Version 5 CDC OS along with the improved GUI. CDC seven-s offers all of these improvements over the original CDC seven at no additional cost.”

23rd May 2018

TASCAM Unveils 202mkVII Dual Cassette Deck with USB

TASCAM Unveils 202mkVII Dual Cassette Deck with USB

TASCAM's new 202mkVII dual cassette deck is the latest generation of the company's professional cassette recorders. Coveted for their reliable performance, comprehensive feature set, and audio quality, the 202 series has long been the leading choice for recording studios, houses of worship, audio/music enthusiasts, and other professional applications.

The 202mkVII's most noteworthy new feature is a rear-panel USB output that enables recording and archiving cassettes to digital media. A front-panel ¼-inch, high-impedance (200kΩ) microphone input with dedicated level control enables live input to be mixed with Tape 1 audio and recorded, in real time, to Tape 2 for karaoke and voiceover applications. The mic input also can accept line-level signals. In addition to the USB output, the rear panel provides stereo analogue line-level input and output on unbalanced RCA connectors. A ¼-inch stereo headphone output with dedicated level knob is conveniently located on the front of the unit.

The dual twin-head cassette decks can record and play back independently, including recording simultaneously to create two tapes with the same source. Among other applications, this enables simultaneous creation of a master tape and a copy for distribution, skipping the need to duplicate the master tape. The two decks also provide real-time dubbing at the touch of one button. Tape 1 offers pitch control (±12%) and Tape 2 has a Return to Zero function.

The TASCAM 202mkVII offers two playback modes. Normal playback, as expected, routes sound to the line outputs and headphone output. In Special playback mode, you can monitor the sound from one tape using headphones, while the other tape plays through the line outputs, making it easy to cue another tape. A noise-reduction feature (the equivalent of Dolby B) reduces hiss during playback.

The 3U rack-mountable, professional tape deck supports recording and playback of Type I (normal) and Type II (chrome) cassette tapes, as well as playback with Type IV (metal) tapes. A dedicated wireless remote control is included.

 

 

23rd May 2018

dLive V1.7 Firmware Adds Shure Wireless Control, Prime I/O and Routing Flexibility

dLive V1.7 Firmware Adds Shure Wireless Control, Prime I/O and Routing Flexibility

Allen & Heath has released dLive V1.7 firmware, code name Sennen, a major feature upgrade for its flagship digital mixing system. Key enhancements include support for Shure’s Axient digital, ULX-D and QLX-D wireless systems, extended routing and patching capabilities, plus support for the forthcoming PRIME I/O modules.

Thanks to a collaboration between Allen & Heath and Shure, V1.7 firmware allows engineers to enjoy the convenience of monitoring and controlling up to 45 Axient digital, ULX-D and QLX-D Shure wireless systems from a dLive surface. Key wireless information, including mutes, signal level and battery bars, is visible from Bank screens, allowing multiple channels to be monitored at the same time. More detailed information, including RF frequency, device name and peak indicators, can be accessed by selecting the Preamp tab on an individual wireless channel. Receiver gain and mutes can also be controlled direct from the dLive touchscreen, or from a laptop running dLive Director software.

V1.7 introduces extended routing and patching options for dLive users to explore. Inputs can now be routed to matrices for fine-tuning of speaker cluster contributions in larger venues. Mixes can be patched to the PAFL external input and vice-versa, allowing multiple ways of creating technician chat channels, and mixes can be patched to inputs for advanced processing.

V1.7 firmware also supports the recently unveiled PRIME I/O modules. Using the very latest converter and component technology, PRIME input and output modules are designed to harness the full potential of dLive’s 96kHz XCVI FPGA core, delivering next-level audio quality for critical live, broadcast and studio applications. PRIME modules exploit I/O converter technologies optimised for higher sampling rates to provide audiophile transparency without undermining latency or bandwidth.

Allen & Heath’s product manager for dLive, Ben Morgan explained: “Every one of our software releases is powered by our dLive user community. dLive V1.7 Sennen delivers a raft of features designed to speed workflow, along with much-requested integration with Shure's popular wireless systems.”

The firmware can be downloaded here: https://www.allen-heath.com/dlive-home/software/

23rd May 2018

Panasonic launches new series of portable projectors

Panasonic launches new series of portable projectors

The PT-VW360 3LCD projector, is capable of 4,000 lumens of brightness at WXGA and offers a superb blend of picture quality, practical features, quiet operation (29dB), and long-lasting reliability.

The PT-VW360 series is the lightest and brightest projector in its class, offering high-contrast imaging on screens up to 300 inches, whilst boosting contrast to 20,000:1 with an iris mechanism, reproducing text and graphics clearly.

Available from May 2018, the PT-VW360 can assist with focus, screen-fitting, and wall-colour compensation, meaning projector setup and realignment has never been easier for users. A flexible 1.6x zoom lens, curved screen and corner keystone correction are among the features available for ease of projecting off-centre at various throw distances.

“The projector’s daylight view lite detects the levels of ambient light level and optimises brightness output for enhanced picture quality,” explains Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “However, it’s the 3.3kg weight that will appeal to teachers and office workers who need to carry projectors from room to room.”

Plug-and-play connectivity allows access to two HDMI inputs, USB input display from PC, and a memory viewer function so that content can be projected from a USB flash-memory drive. The addition of an optional ET-WML100 wireless module, enables projection over Wi-Fi.

“With robust construction, low maintenance, and high brightness, the PT-VW360 Series punches above its weight in both cost and performance, while enabling users the flexibility to project anywhere,” added Hartmut Kulessa.

22nd May 2018

New Ovation H-605FC From Chauvet Professional Raises Bar for House Lights

New Ovation H-605FC From Chauvet Professional Raises Bar for House Lights

Chauvet Professional has brought a new level of colour-mixing to house lights with the introduction of the Ovation H-605FC. The new convection cooled fixture is powered by an RGBA-lime LED engine, enabling it to replicate nearly any colour with extraordinary accuracy, as well as virtually any colour temperature of white. This feature allows the fixture to excel not only when functioning as a traditional house light, but also when used to colourise a room as part of a theatrical production or worship service.

“We developed the Ovation H-605FC in response to the demand from customers who wanted full colour-mixing in a house light,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The RGBA-lime LEDs give this light excellent colour-rendering capabilities. At the same time, it also has a virtual colour wheel to match popular gel colours.”

Colour temperature presets from 2800K to 6500K with high CRI and CQS ensure that the fixture’s output is of the highest quality. Adding to the value of the Ovation H-605FC is its 16-bit dimming, which results in extremely smooth colour fades down to the bottom of the curve. This allows the light to be dimmed at the start of a theatrical production or worship service without distracting sudden drops in output.

Interchangeable lens plates allow the fixture’s beam angle to go from narrow to wide, so it can be adapted to different mounting heights. Mounting can be done effectively from pipes or integrated loop-eyes, thanks to the yoke that’s included with the fixture.

Silent in its operation, the Ovation H-605FC is well suited for recital halls and venues that have video productions. The fixture also features adjustable pulse width modulation, which avoids flickering on camera.

Control of the versatile Ovation H-650FC can be achieved via DMX, WDMX or RDM. The fixture has 5-pin XLR and terminal blocks for DMX connections. “The Ovation H-605FC is easy to control and install,” said Chauvet. “With its colour-rendering capabilities and other features, it will broaden the range of house lighting opportunities open to designers.”

21st May 2018

ColorSource Pearl, a variable white light LED array by ETC

ColorSource Pearl, a variable white light LED array by ETC

ETC’s ColorSource family line of products has become a known staple for affordable theatrical systems. Showing up in venues around the world including schools, houses of worship and restaurants, these products offer a full system of lighting, control, and power for a variety of installations. Today ETC adds the ColorSource Pearl to the ColorSource family of fixtures.

ColorSource Pearl is a variable white light LED array for ColorSource Spot, Linear, and PAR fixtures. This array utilises a mix of two different white LEDs that enable a user to set the colour temperature anywhere between 2700 and 6500K.

The Pearl array includes the same great feature set and high quality construction as their full colour siblings including an impressively bright output, a simple user interface, and a price point that is tough to beat.

Designed for installations that depend heavily on white light such as studios, houses of worship and architectural installations, this array features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve. It’s finally possible to install a full LED rig that gives adjustable white light, without breaking budget.

ColorSource Pearl holds the notable LED fixture warranty recently announced by ETC. With a five-year warranty on the fixture and an unmatched ten-year warranty on the LED array, you can be sure these fixtures are built to last.

www.etcconnect.com

17th May 2018

ETC