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Astera Launches NYX Bulb

10/07/2020

MAXI-mise Your Planning Time

09/07/2020

Neumann introduces the V 402 Preamp

08/07/2020

FIX8Group Launches ‘OctoCue’ Virtual Presentation Solution

06/07/2020

Magmatic atmospheric effects powered by Atmosity fluid

06/07/2020

City Theatrical Launches RadioScan Spectrum Analyser

03/07/2020

Rosco Gobos for Health

03/07/2020

QSC announces plug-in for Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2

02/07/2020

The New ChamSys MagicQ MQ50 Opens More Design Options for Installations

02/07/2020

Raise Your Voice with the XSW 1-835 Vocal Set

02/07/2020

Discover the new Claypaky products for the year 2020 in its new virtual booth

01/07/2020

D8plus Ultra – The Most Compact Chain Hoist on the Market

30/06/2020

AED Launches Luxibel ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’

29/06/2020

ChamSys Now Supports XYZ Positioning in MagicQ Consoles and Software

25/06/2020

ETC Announces ColorSource Spot jr

24/06/2020

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is now Compatible with Zoom

24/06/2020

OutBoard introduces TiMax Crowdscape immersive sports arena

23/06/2020

Neutrik announces new IEC 62368-1 compliant speakON receptacle series

23/06/2020

Ayrton unleashes Karif-LT – The Creative Wizard

22/06/2020

Solid State Logic ORIGIN Mixing Console Now Shipping Worldwide

18/06/2020

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2

17/06/2020

Christie introduces new, free software solutions to monitor and align projectors with ease

17/06/2020

Sennheiser to launch Control Cockpit release 4.0.0 at InfoComm Connected

17/06/2020

Dynacord introduces the MXE5 matrix mix engine, first member of new performance audio matrix series

17/06/2020

Adamson Launches CS-Series of Intelligent Powered Loudspeakers, Software and Rack Systems

16/06/2020

Astera Launches NYX Bulb

Astera Launches NYX Bulb

Leading wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera launches its newest innovation – the NYX Bulb – a name inspired by NYX, Greek Goddess of the Night, a mysterious figure of exceptional power and beauty, feared even by Zeus himself!

NYX Bulb – the same size as a standard LED bulb – is the first colour-tuneable LED bulb for professional film, stage, and event productions. It comes complete with a CRMX receiver for wireless DMX, plus RF and Bluetooth modules for control via the Astera App on a smartphone or tablet.

It is lightweight, hugely flexible, and highly controllable, and as always, Astera keeps the standards of quality and innovation top of the agenda.

NYX Bulb is designed for gaffers, DoPs, lighting and set designers, visual artists and anyone needing stunning practicals or outstanding feature lighting bulbs: anytime, anywhere. In addition to film shoots and television studios, it is perfect for theatrical sets and for scenic elements on tour shows and live events.

Sized like a regular LED bulb, NYX Bulb can be powered via an E27 socket (E26 in the US version) or with a standard power bank. Due to its compact form, it is the first Astera light source with external battery options (rather than built-in).

Its Titan LED engine delivers precise colours and authentic white tones with an ultra-high CRI and TLCI and it emits an impressive 750 Lumens, comparable to a conventional 60W bulb, yet drawing just 10W of power.

The RGB + mint + amber LED engine is the same as that of Astera’s award-winning Titan Tube – another name embracing the power of Greek gods and mythology – so these sources can be seamlessly mixed and matched together, and NYX Bulb offers the same excellent colour rendering, with CRI and TLCI at 96-98 and 3200 to 6500° Kelvin respectively, and a full range of beautiful, precise colours unlocked through digital calibration.

The tuneable white range goes from 1750 – 20,000K, and a full range of precise gel filter numbers can be accurately reproduced.

Control includes inbuilt LumenRadio wireless DMX which can be run via any lighting console, as well as more locally from the quick and intuitive Astera App.

The inbuilt Bluetooth receiver is a new feature allowing users to control NYX bulbs directly from their smartphones without needing an Astera ART7 Box, and will be available via a software update in the second half of the year. The first Astera NYX Bulb that is connected via the Bluetooth signal enables the control of all the other NYX Bulbs in the range.

A dual power option offers more versatility! This can be either 90-240V AC via an E27 socket (E26 in the USA) or a DC socket is available for connecting external batteries or power banks, for which a USB cable is included with the NYX Bulb.

CupBouncer is another nifty accessory! When NYX Bulbs are used in conjunction with lampshades or other coverings, this is attached to the bulb via a suction cup and reflects light back towards the base controlling the light spread.

The Astera PowerStation is an essential multifunctional accessory which has an inbuilt battery unit for powering NYX Bulbs. The PowerStation can also be used to programme the NYX Blubs with parameters like DMX addresses, colours and other settings via its display and keyboard, and when the NYX Bulb is disconnected, these settings are retained.

Rear-side magnets for hanging the NYX Bulb together with an integrated airline track where several mounting grips and accessories can be connected all enhance the practical options for how and where NYX can be installed.

Currently available through Astera’s global distribution network, NYX Bulbs are available as single units or in sets of eight, complete with a PowerStation inside the case for charging and programming the bulbs.

The PowerStation is also available as a single stand-alone unit or as a set of eight PowerStations in a charging case, for setting up eight NYX Bulbs super quickly and efficiency.

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10th July 2020

MAXI-mise Your Planning Time

MAXI-mise Your Planning Time

Productions are about to start back up again and crews all over the world are looking for techniques and tools that will make their set safer. Rosco's new MAXI MIX LED fixture has a number of features that can help maximise time and space on set once shooting resumes.

  • Contactless controls – control MAXI MIX via the myMIX app on a mobile device.

  • Extra-Bright output – more output helps maintain extra social distancing between crew and artists.

  • Lightweight and mobile – easier to set up, move and reset keeps lighting set-up time shorter.

9th July 2020

Rosco

Neumann introduces the V 402 Preamp

Neumann introduces the V 402 Preamp

German studio specialist Neumann.Berlin introduces the V 402, a state-of-the-art microphone preamplifier with integrated headphone monitoring. The V 402 is Neumann’s first-ever stand-alone microphone preamp, although the company has created several generations of top-quality preamp modules for its mixing consoles, such as the now legendary V 476 B of the 1980s. Like its predecessors, the V 402 preamplifier is conceived as the perfect complement to all Neumann and other high-class studio microphones.

“All Neumann microphones, classics as well as current models, have highly unique sound characteristics”, explains Ralf Oehl, the Berlin company's new CEO. “Finding a preamplifier with the matching uncompromised sound fidelity wasn't always easy – until now! The V 402 provides the ideal signal path for all Neumann microphones because it is free from any colouration whatsoever. No artificial additives could make the sound of a Neumann U 47 or U 87 more desirable than it already is. Perfection cannot be perfected!”

The V 402 is a dual channel microphone preamplifier carefully designed to maintain the sonic integrity of the original signal. Its unique transformerless circuitry amplifies the microphone signal without unwanted colouration or sonic artefacts, such as noise and distortion. While this is also often claimed for simple preamps such as those in audio interfaces, the V 402 is built to much higher standards.

“It took an elaborate development process with extensive series of measurements and critical listening tests to create a preamplifier worthy of the Neumann name,” comments portfolio manager Sebastian Schmitz. “And we’ve included the monitoring side, too. The V 402 establishes a fully transparent signal chain extending from the microphone all the way to the engineer’s ear. Finding the best microphone position has never been easier.”

The V 402 is equipped with a studio grade headphone amplifier ensuring uncompromised monitoring quality at the recording stage. Independent volume controls for each channel allow to dial in a latency-free monitoring mix without affecting the recorded signal.

As a true Neumann product, the V 402 is characterised by exacting attention to every detail. For example, the DI input is also designed for sonic purity. Its novel high-impedance input stage captures the sound of electric guitars and basses as well as other instruments with no loss of detail and free from audible noise.

Its switchable high pass removes rumble and pops very effectively without signal degradation.

A 20dB pad allows the V 402 to be used with high-level sources up to 28 dBu without distortion.

The V 402 comes in a 2U 19” rack enclosure measuring 89 mm x 483 mm x 242 mm.

Delivery starts in July 2020.

8th July 2020

FIX8Group Launches ‘OctoCue’ Virtual Presentation Solution

FIX8Group Launches ‘OctoCue’ Virtual Presentation Solution
FIX8Group Launches ‘OctoCue’ Virtual Presentation Solution

New virtual presentation software solution OctoCue has debuted its web-based service which enables smoother and more professional virtual events by allowing slide control from anywhere.

Developed by leading technical event specialist FIX8Group, OctoCue enters the market as the only professional-level control solution to offer live notes feedback, multi-presenter capability and seamless presenter switching. It features an easy-to-use interface which simplifies show control, enabling speakers to smoothly deliver their message in a virtual environment from wherever they are in the world.

Inspired by the rapid take-up of virtual events during the COVID-19 crisis, OctoCue offers a solid, long-term answer to the clunky and disjointed presentations that have been an inescapable feature of video conferencing systems until now.

“Many of our clients were asking how they could present virtually, but with the same production values and wow factor that they could achieve with live events,” says Paul Williams, FIX8Group’s technical director. “In response, drawing on the expertise of FIX8’s team of event specialists, we developed a way of giving them the same level of behind-the-scenes cueing and control that makes live events so effective.

“OctoCue allows the presenters to focus on the job of presenting, and gives the audience a seamless, professional and impactful experience.”

OctoCue allows remote presenters to use any web-enabled device to control their slides and simultaneously view real-time slide notes. Show operators can monitor presenters, preview their clicks, and switch slide control between them, as required.

OctoCue interfaces directly with presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Google Slides, providing redundancy by controlling multiple machines running the same presentation. Show information can be sensitive, so all data passing through OctoCue is encrypted by default.

For presenters that prefer physical buttons to touchscreens, OctoCue supports a range of handheld show controllers, such as Logitech and Kensington presentation remotes. Native Apple and Android Apps, plus a host of other features, are in development to further ease set up and use.

“We’re thrilled to bring OctoCue to the market,” says Nick Roberts, head of development. “Seamless slide control for virtual events has been a problem for a while, it’s great to be able to offer a tool that’s been designed to fix this issue.”

“It’s great for presenters and gives event technicians the control they need. We have big plans for even more operating options over the coming months; keep an eye on our new OctoCue.com site for updates!”

It is available on a free trial basis or paid subscription at OctoCue.com.

mages: OctoCue / FIX8Group

6th July 2020

Magmatic atmospheric effects powered by Atmosity fluid

Magmatic atmospheric effects powered by Atmosity fluid

To complement its growing line of special effects machines, Magmatic atmospheric effects is offering a complete line of high-quality fluid called Atmosity. Atmosity universal fluid has been specially formulated for use in Magmatic’s Magma and Thermatic haze and fog machines, Polar snow machines, Rocket CO2 cryogenic simulation effects, and other specialty effects products.

Atmosity is a high-quality, professional fluid series formulated for use with all types of effect machines. Rigorously tested for consistency and controlled to ensure it is the most pure atmospheric fluid available, Atmosity fluid is treated, filtered and then quality checked for purity, colour, density and acidity. The result corresponds to a purity level equivalent to water used by medical laboratories specialising in the production of vaccines.

Magmatic atmospheric effects are designed, engineered and exclusively distributed by Elation Professional. Built for professionals from the ground up by a passionate and proven R&D team, Magmatic effects are strong solutions that are on-the-road tough and made to endure.

Atmosity Effect Fluids:

  • Atmosity Extreme Filtered Fog Fluid (AEF): This extreme filtered fog fluid produces dense smoke and haze effects. Formulated for the Magmatic Magma series, it can be used in most atmospheric fog machines.

  • Atmosity Raw Haze Fluid (ARH): An advanced, fine-particulate oil-based haze fluid with extended linger effect formulated for use in the Magmatic Thermatic series.

  • Atmosity Aqua Haze Fluid (AAH): A premium, water-based haze fluid formulated for the Magmatic Thermatic series and best used indoors.

  • Atmosity Premium Snow Fluid (APS): A premium, dry-on-impact snow liquid formulated for the Magmatic Polar series.

  • Atmosity Flash Fog Fluid (AFF): A fast dissipating fog fluid formulated for the Magmatic Rocket series.

  • Atmosity Low Lying Fog Fluid (ALL): A cryogenic low-lying fog fluid formulated for Magmatic’s line of low-lying fog effects.

  • Atmosity All Bubbles Fluid (AAB): A water-based bubble fluid for clear, long-lasting bubble effects.

www.elationlighting.com

6th July 2020

Elation

City Theatrical Launches RadioScan Spectrum Analyser

City Theatrical Launches RadioScan Spectrum Analyser
City Theatrical Launches RadioScan Spectrum Analyser

City Theatrical’s newest product, RadioScan Spectrum Analyser, is a 900MHz and 2.4GHz spectrum analyser that allows users to easily visualise radio energy that is otherwise invisible. With its a hardware dongle and accompanying free software, RadioScan helps users create wireless DMX broadcast plans that optimise the available spectrum, and help prevent interference with nearby mission critical radio devices.

RadioScan shows all nearby radio activity in a chosen frequency, including frequency hopping gear like wireless DMX, as well as Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, wireless headsets, video transmitters, cordless phones, baby monitors, and microwave ovens. RadioScan can display spectrum data either in Spectrogram View or Waterfall View, and snapshots can be taken of both in the program. With RadioScan, scans of unlimited length can be recorded, saved, emailed and played back with the RadioScan software, without the need for the RadioScan hardware dongle.

By identifying SSIDs, broadcast channel, and the signal strength of wireless networks, RadioScan can help IT departments setup, maintain, and troubleshoot their wireless installations.

For users of City Theatrical Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM products, RadioScan guides users in creating the optimum broadcast plan for a production. The RadioScan software program for PC or Mac guides users in selecting Multiverse SHoW IDs by opening a table that shows the relationship of Multiverse SHoW IDs to the spectrum, and helps choose the optimum area of the band in which to broadcast.

The RadioScan hardware dongle is a 2.0” x 2.0” x 0.5” square that fits in your hand or pocket, and is made of rugged NEMA 4 IP20 ABS Plastic. Its detachable external omnidirectional broadband, 2dBi 900MHz, 4dBi 2.4GHz antenna allows for 900MHz and 2.4GHz dual band spectrum analysis. RadioScan comes with a USB-C power/data connector with 1m USB-A to USB-C cable.

RadioScan is CE certified and compliant with FCC, IC, and RoHS standards. RadioScan is designed and built in the USA by City Theatrical.

3rd July 2020

Rosco Gobos for Health

Rosco Gobos for Health

With restaurants, offices, and other businesses welcoming back customers and employees, gobo projections can provide a creative, elegant solution for encouraging healthy practices. Rosco Gobos For Health enable businesses can display messages about social distancing, mask wearing, and more.

3rd July 2020

QSC announces plug-in for Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2

QSC announces plug-in for Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2

QSC has announced a plug-in for Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone. The plug-in allows for drag-and-drop integration into the Q-SYS audio, video and control Ecosystem, saving programming time and resources for AV integrators, programmers and consultants.

By deploying this plug-in within the Q-SYS Ecosystem, users can easily configure and manage TeamConnect Ceiling 2, such as monitoring audio levels, and viewing, in real-time, the vertical and horizontal angle of the detected person speaking.

“Sennheiser is excited that QSC has added support for the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 to the Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager,” said Charlie Jones, global business development manager for business communications at Sennheiser. “The patented automatic beamforming technology of the microphone combined with the ease of integration into the Q-SYS Ecosystem allows integrators to deploy more meeting rooms even quicker than before, saving time and money.”

“The reality of our world has us all reconsidering how we design an effective meeting room,” said Greg Mattson, product manager, Q-SYS Control, QSC. “As meeting rooms continue to evolve, we are committed to providing pre-built plug-ins for some of the most common meeting room endpoints to easily expand the robust control capabilities of the Q-SYS Ecosystem.”

2nd July 2020

The New ChamSys MagicQ MQ50 Opens More Design Options for Installations

The New ChamSys MagicQ MQ50 Opens More Design Options for Installations

ChamSys has expanded its award-winning MagicQ series of consoles with the introduction of the MagicQ MQ50. Compact and lightweight, but powerful, the new console brings the same level of flexibility to the installation market that the groundbreaking MagicQ MQ70 has brought to touring.

As part of the MagicQ series, the sleekly-designed console works with advanced features such as MagicVis and MagicHD connectivity. The console’s show files are compatible with all products in the MagicQ range.

The MagicQ MQ50 offers six universes of control and supports four assignable physical DMX outputs, MIDI and audio in and out, to open new creative possibilities for programmers and designers working at mid-sized theatres, clubs, schools, houses of worship or any similar installation.

Easy to operate, the new console features an intuitive high-quality multi-touch HD display and ten full cue stack playbacks over 200 pages, as well as a network port for ArtNet and sACN output. RDM autopatch enables automatic configuration of the console to the connected fixtures. WIFI is inbuilt to the console with QR code scanning for quick and easy connection to the ChamSys MagicQ Remote App without the need for external networking hardware or any networking knowledge.

Small to mid-sized venues that are seeking to engage visitors with compelling visual settings will find the new MagicQ MQ50 to be an invaluable tool.  With inbuilt pixel mapping and colour mixing on all fixture colour emitters including white, amber, UV and lime, it makes creating complex looks simpler than ever.

2nd July 2020

Raise Your Voice with the XSW 1-835 Vocal Set

Raise Your Voice with the XSW 1-835 Vocal Set

Sennheiser’s July anniversary deal brings the XS Wireless 1-835 Vocal Set at a special price. An easy-to-use wireless microphone system for singers and presenters, this vocal system operates in the professional UHF band. To celebrate the audio specialist’s 75-year anniversary, the XSW 1-835 Vocal Set is available for EUR 199 instead of EUR 299 throughout the months of July and August. Please visit www.sennheiser.com/special-deals for a list of dealers offering this promotion. Still on special offer this month are the Memory Mic (extended until 31 August) and the HD 280 PRO headphones (extended until 31 July).

Looking for ease of use, fast set-up and reliable transmission? Then the XSW 1-835 is for you. Offering excellent live sound and a stunning design, this radio microphone system has you ready to perform within seconds, thanks to automatic frequency management with one-touch synchronisation and intuitive, icon-based controls.

The hand-held transmitter is fitted with the renowned Sennheiser evolution e 835 capsule; the receiver provides balanced XLR and unbalanced jack outputs and employs antenna switching diversity for reliable reception. The system offers up to ten compatible, preset channels in eight frequency banks, and is available in a number of ranges across the UHF spectrum.

The XS Wireless 1-835 set comes complete with receiver, handheld transmitter with microphone capsule, power supply unit, microphone clamp and batteries.

2nd July 2020

Discover the new Claypaky products for the year 2020 in its new virtual booth

Discover the new Claypaky products for the year 2020 in its new virtual booth
Discover the new Claypaky products for the year 2020 in its new virtual booth

Because of the numerous trade shows and industry events cancelled around the globe and current travel restrictions, Claypaky is not able to present its new and exciting products in person. To supplement these opportunities, Claypaky has created a virtual booth to introduce and showcase its latest product innovations to the Industry.

All around in the booth there are new Claypaky products for the year 2020, that are placed inside themed areas. For each product, there is a demo video, downloadable leaflet with datasheet, a rotating a 3D model over 360° and further information requests.

There is also a dedicated press corner containing press releases, literature and photos.

Claypaky invites you to visit its virtual booth now!

www.claypakyvirtual.com  

 

Discover the new Claypaky products for the year 2020 in its new virtual boothDiscover the new Claypaky products for the year 2020 in its new virtual booth

1st July 2020

Claypaky

D8plus Ultra – The Most Compact Chain Hoist on the Market

D8plus Ultra – The Most Compact Chain Hoist on the Market

ChainMaster planned on presenting the new D8plus chain hoists with load capacities of 250-2000kg at this year's Prolight & Sound. Since the world's largest trade fair for event technology was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the company decided to launch an online marketing campaign via newsletter and on the social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. The market response to the new products was extremely positive and pre-orders were immediately placed for the chain hoists available starting in the third quarter of 2020.

The ChainMaster Ultra series consists of D8plus chain hoists in direct control, which comply with the SQ P2 standards introduced in October 2018, and have been developed to securely hold loads above persons in everyday rigging use or in fixed installations. According to the company's own research, the low tare weight and dimensions make these chain hoists the most compact hoists currently available on the market.

The new D8plus Ultra 500kg is particularly noteworthy. Its weight and dimensions compare to the previous D8plus 320kg model. In order to achieve the required static safety factor of 8:1, a 5.4x15mm sectional steel chain is used, which is driven by a specially manufactured chain wheel. The motor has a low power requirement of only 0.4kW. In addition, the level of standard protection has been increased to IP55, with an optional IP66 version available for brand-new units.

The models covering the range of 250-1000kg load can be operated using ChainMaster standard controllers from the CM-801, CM-802 and CM-820 series. In addition, special equipment such as contactor control, limit switches, distance measurement and load detection are available so the chain hoists can be configured for specific projects. The Ultra Series is therefore suitable for plug & play integration into existing complex control systems such as D8plus StageOperator CM-850 and Protouch StageOperator CM-880. When it comes to planning new installations, ChainMaster's highly experienced staff are on hand to support planning offices and operators worldwide from the very first step right through to commissioning and operator training.

Since the market launch of ChainMaster products in 1994, the medium-sized, Saxon-based company has developed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of hoist technology in the event industry and offers a comprehensive range of products for all requirements from set-up operations to complex scenic movements to complete automation of performances. National and international projects are accompanied individually from planning to implementation through to user training. The worldwide network of ChainMaster Consulting Offices, commercial partners and trained service companies guarantees comprehensive after-sales service. ChainMaster now exports to 55 countries worldwide. The company's references include projects such as the new Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, the Louvre in Lens, the Stockholm Opera, the Almaty Ice Arena, the Kremlin State Palace, the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and the Helmut List Hall in Graz.

30th June 2020

AED Launches Luxibel ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’

AED Launches Luxibel ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’
AED Launches Luxibel ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’

UK – AED Group has launched an innovative ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’ (MADS) for the UK market under its Luxibel brand.

Developed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it is made up of UVC ventilation cylinders that disinfect the air using UVC light technology. It has been specifically designed to cater for larger spaces with an audience where air circulation needs to be taken into account.

Glenn Roggeman, CEO of AED Group, used his knowledge of aerodynamics gained during his training as a helicopter pilot to drive the design forward. He comments: “This system sucks air breathed out by people into our aerodynamically-patented system. Micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses are neutralised, meaning germ-free air is blown back into the room.

“When we are able to meet up again in enclosed spaces with groups of people, air disinfection will contribute to reducing infection rates. I personally would also feel more comfortable and secure visiting locations that have this kind of system installed.”

Last week, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) published the results of tests on UVC light on the coronavirus. According to researchers at Boston University, UVC has proven to be effective at eliminating coronavirus. Through scientific testing they concluded that UVC radiation is highly effective in neutralizing the coronavirus. There is no risk of harmful radiation to people, as Luxibel carries out the UVC disinfection process within a fully-enclosed device.

Roggeman emphasises that UVC disinfection can be an important part of the multifaceted approach to combat COVID-19 and also hopes for a new perspective on the severely affected events and entertainment sector.

“In addition to the measures relating to social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of personal protection equipment, I am convinced that technological innovations can also contribute to better protection. In addition to the 'Mid-Air Disinfection System', I've also developed scanners which we at AED Studios will use to check the body temperature of every visitor at the start of an event. In this way we want to provide our studios with technology to protect our visitors as much as possible.”

The system has already been installed at AED’s Studio 6 in Lint, Belgium, helping to disinfect indoor air. This makes AED Studios the first event location in the world that disinfects the air in a room on a permanent basis using UVC light technology in the fight against COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria.

AED Group and Luxibel are proud to support PLASA's #wemakeevents initiative.

photos: AED Group

29th June 2020

ChamSys Now Supports XYZ Positioning in MagicQ Consoles and Software

ChamSys Now Supports XYZ Positioning in MagicQ Consoles and Software

ChamSys has added a whole new dimension (quite literally) to building lighting designs on its award-winning MagicQ series of consoles and software. The company has just-introduced XYZ positioning feature makes it simple for designers and programmers to achieve the looks they envision in 3D space, without getting slowed down adjusting fixture pan and tilt parameters.

Building on the company’s existing Focus Point and Focus Line, the new feature allows MagicQ users to store XYZ palettes referencing static positions, dynamic trackers, and visualisation objects.

MagicQ supports direct import of patch and XYZ information from popular 3D Visualisation packages, such as WYSIWYG, Capture, Depence, L8, and Vectorworks. (ChamSys has recently implemented the emerging industry standard GDTF MVR protocol enabling direct import from Vectorworks.)

"Our customers often patch and pre-program their shows in advance either using our ChamSys free fully featured MagicVis visualisation or their own choice of third party visualisation packages,” said Chris Kennedy, ChamSys software director. “Whichever option they select, we ensure that they only have to set up the patch and the positioning of the fixtures one time to seamlessly transfer this information to MagicQ so they can take full advantage of the 3D XYZ features."

Using MagicQ PC free software on Windows, Mac or Linux, a designer/programmer can create, visualise, and pre-program a full show of virtually any size with MagicVis or third-party visualiser software.

"MagicQ does not require expensive per universe external processing nodes for show playback or for pre-programming,” said Kennedy. “An entire show can be pre-programmed on a laptop without any hardware connected, which makes this feature ideal for those last- minute tour bus situations."

Dynamic trackers can be received from external inputs over industry protocols such as Esta E1.59 Object Transform Protocol (OTP), PosiStageNet (PSN), or ChamSys simple open tracking protocol. With any of these protocols, lights can be made to follow performers automatically in real time, track lighting of moving set pieces, and make compensations for lights on moving trusses.

For those that are more adventurous, MagicQ allows the use of dynamic tracking inputs in its inbuilt automation system. Automation events can be built-up to trigger events when received Trackers move in and out of areas on the stage, allowing changes in intensities, zoom, colours or any attribute to be triggered automatically.

Areas are created simply by adding and positioning objects such as rectangle and circular forms into MagicVis. The user can choose whether events snap in and out as the Tracker enters the object area, or changes proportionality as the Tracker moves from the edge to the centre of the object.

"ChamSys has always been committed to leading edge software features and has been a strong supporter of third-party open protocols,” said Kennedy.

The company’s support for XYZ Trackers, OTP and MVR maintains this tradition, offering our customers excellent system integration opportunities."

ChamSys MagicQ software can be downloaded from https://chamsys.co.uk/mqdownload/

25th June 2020

ETC Announces ColorSource Spot jr

ETC Announces ColorSource Spot jr
ETC Announces ColorSource Spot jr

ETC ColorSource Spot jr is the newest addition to the ColorSource family of affordable ETC fixtures. At only 5.5kg, ColorSource Spot jr is nearly half the weight of a full-sized ColorSource Spot fixture. And it’s not only half the size, it’s also about half the price.

Like the other ColorSource fixtures, Spot jr offers stunning colours and precise dimming at an irresistible price. Spot jr is available in two array options: Original for subtle pastels and beautiful white light to enhance skin tones, and Deep Blue for more saturated, dramatic colours. Like all ColorSource fixtures, Spot jr includes ETC’s colour integrity technologies ensures the colours set in rehearsal are the same colours seen during the show. This includes thermal droop compensation, third-party lifetime testing, and comprehensive factory colour calibration.

Spot jr has built-in 25-50-degree zoom which is ideal for small stages, club spaces, and retail with both longer and shorter throws.

ETC offers an impressive five-year warranty on the entire fixture, and an astonishing ten-year warranty on the LED array. Pair that with ETC’s unmatched 24/7/365 phone support and you’ll never regret buying a ColorSource Spot jr.

With over 5,700 lumens of brightness, ColorSource Spot jr gives you more of what you love at a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the size. Download the MyETC:Photometrics app for full photometric and colour information on this, and all other ETC fixtures.

www.etcconnect.com

24th June 2020

ETC

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is now Compatible with Zoom

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is now Compatible with Zoom
Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is now Compatible with Zoom

Sennheiser has announced that its TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone is now compatible with Zoom Video Communications, Inc.’s Zoom Meetings, as is the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution, an in-ceiling unified communications solution consisting of the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone, the Bose ControlSpace EX-440C conferencing DSP, Bose EdgeMax EM180 in-ceiling loudspeaker and Bose PowerSpace P2600A amplifier. While ensuring perfect aesthetics for any conference room or seminar room, the system provides users with a seamless, high-quality audio experience. Zoom is a video communications solution that has become an indispensable resource for many businesses in light of the digital transformation of the workplace, and now more than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced many professionals to work remotely.

“Collaboration tools must enable people to connect seamlessly and with confidence,” says Charlie Jones, global business development manager for Sennheiser’s business communication segment. “The Bose/Sennheiser solution does just that, and we are very excited to announce that this solution is now officially compatible with Zoom. The importance of video conferencing and webinar solutions has increased massively during the coronavirus crisis, and so has the significance of touchless microphone systems like TeamConnect Ceiling 2.”

“We’re extremely proud to be part of a reliable, in-ceiling audio solution that is Zoom compatible,” stated Martin Bodley, director and global head, Bose Work at Bose. “The Bose ES1 brings together a selection of innovative products that deliver the perfect combination of transparent technology to support how and where people work, so you can focus on what’s important.”

Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone uses adaptive beamforming to automatically and reliably pick up the person speaking in a conference room, no matter where he or she is located within the space. The microphone allows for freedom of movement, flexible use of conference rooms and outstanding audio quality.

In addition to business conferencing applications, the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is increasingly employed in higher education environments, where it facilitates distance learning, especially with seminars which usually require a greater freedom of movement and feature several speakers. In addition, as hygiene continues to be top of mind, the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 enables touchless audio in classrooms to more easily maintain social distancing best practices while ensuring all students experience clear and discernible lectures.

24th June 2020

OutBoard introduces TiMax Crowdscape immersive sports arena

OutBoard introduces TiMax Crowdscape immersive sports arena

 

As global professional sports teams emerge blinking into new Covid-restricted league and tournament seasons, TiMax Crowdscape has been created to restore an element obviously lacking that normally helps drive their endeavours: the crowd.

TiMax Crowdscape provides a live and interactive sonic cocoon of sound that immerses the players in realistic and responsive spectator reactions to the game. Studies have shown that player engagement, motivation and performance are hugely influenced by the crowd, and currently, of course, the lack of it. Comments such as “a game without fans is a game without soul,” have appeared in the press alongside emotive assertions about “that ecstatic communion between players and spectators.” Fans have begun to notice and there has been a growing demand from teams and players themselves to fill that void.

The Crowdscape system utilises a multi-channel 'bowl' sound system mounted in the seating bleachers and pointing in towards the playing area. One or more operators use iPads to trigger and variably spatialise selected crowd atmosphere loops as well as cheering, applause and booing spot effects, plus whatever other tailored content is relevant to the game and teams. Samples are spatially mixed to anywhere in the arena or stadium using individual iPad 3D panners, faders and triggers, and can be merged selectively into the existing house system for added energy and immersion. TiMax Crowdscape brings all this in an exclusive portable game-in-a-box package which includes on-board playback, spatialisation, mixing and system zone management.

As well as locally triggered and mixed immersive crowd content, Crowdscape operators can also spatially mix external crowd FX stems from broadcasters or viewer response systems and place them in the appropriate segments of the arena or stadium. Downmixed stereo, 5.1 and mono crowd content feeds can also be simultaneously generated live in Crowdscape and returned to the truck for broadcast or streaming.

TiMax Crowdscape is currently being trialled in Canada in an NHL hockey arena format, using a 10.4 multichannel bowl system with also includes spatially distributed sub-bass. Fully-scaleable Crowdscape is also offered, in conjunction with regional PA rental houses, in larger 12.6 configurations and beyond for football and baseball stadiums

23rd June 2020

Neutrik announces new IEC 62368-1 compliant speakON receptacle series

Neutrik announces new IEC 62368-1 compliant speakON receptacle series

Neutrik has announced availability of its new speakON XX-receptacle (2-pole and 4-pole) series of the company’s iconic connector design. speakON XX is the first Neutrik speakON chassis line to come to market compliant with the new IEC 62368-1 materials safety regulation, requiring any materials used in potential ignition sources to have a V-O vertical burn classification.

Compliance for devices using existing horizontal burn (HB) rated materials in connector components will require enclosure of these, necessitating potentially expensive, time consuming modifications to connectivity components within devices such as amplifiers, mixing consoles and loudspeakers; potentially making them bulkier and less likely to be accommodated within the constraints of existing circuit layouts. Simply using certified receptacle components, using UL 94 V-O materials, enables device certification to be claimed on the basis that all effected connectors are themselves certified; essentially saving time and expenditure in R&D and adjusting manufacturing processes.

Certification is on a going forwards basis from 30 December 2020. Chassis connectors are the specific certifiable components, however, for additional safety, Neutrik is also upgrading its cable connectors to meet the standard. Currently the NL4FC speakON cable connectors are fully compatible with the new XX-receptacle series, with other cable connector in the process of being uprated to meet the specifications of the standard.

Several design modifications have been incorporated in the speakON XX-receptacle series. These include improved electrical performance due to special copper alloy contacts and tarnish resistant plating, an all-black colour scheme and enhanced high visibility logos and product ID marking.

The speakON locking cable connectors are the industry-standard connectors for amplifier / loudspeaker connections. The entire family of 2, 4 and 8 pole cable connectors has been designed to operate in high current, inductive load environment of loudspeakers. speakON is a trademarked Neutrik design.

23rd June 2020

Ayrton unleashes Karif-LT – The Creative Wizard

Ayrton unleashes Karif-LT – The Creative Wizard

With much of the world having been at a standstill due to COVID-19, Ayrton has continued to innovate, spending the hiatus in preparation for when we are all back to full strength. Now, with the first tentative signs of global recovery, Ayrton is excited to showcase Karif-LT, its ultra-compact 300W LED beam-spot, and the first in Ayrton’s brand-new line of LT (Long Throw) products dedicated to long-range applications.

Karif-LT is equipped with a 168mm frontal lens offering a zoom ratio of 17:1 and an incredible 2.8°- 47° zoom range, the narrowness of which is unprecedented and unmatched in an LED fixture. A new high-efficiency, low etendue, compact LED module delivers an ultra-intense beam which, calibrated at 8500K, can generate powerful metallic white light and deep, vivid colours. Karif-LT has an overall output of 13,000 lumens at a colour temperature of 7500K, and a centre-beam luminous intensity of 3,500,000 candelas.

Karif-LT is a creative wizard: its rich feature set includes a CMY colour mixing system, a patent pending multi-position CTO wheel with seven different colour correction filters, a wheel of 13 complementary colours for infinite pastel hues and saturated colours, nine interchangeable rotating HD glass gobos and a new innovation in the form of a wheel with 39 fixed gobos (patent pending). Karif-LT also has a glass monochrome multi-position, bi-directional effects wheel, and a prism effect system comprising 4 combinable rotating prisms which, coupled with an ultra-intense beam, can achieve amazingly complex effects. Standard features also include light and heavy frost filters, a dynamic animation effect with speed and fade adjustment and an electronic dimmer for perfect fades.

Karif-LT is shipping with immediate effect.

22nd June 2020

Solid State Logic ORIGIN Mixing Console Now Shipping Worldwide

Solid State Logic ORIGIN Mixing Console Now Shipping Worldwide

Solid State Logic (SSL) announced that its new ORIGIN analogue mixing console is now shipping to approved global partners and dealers. The latest in a long line of SSL studio mixing consoles, ORIGIN brings an unprecedented degree of sonic performance and flexibility to the modern production studio.

As the first large large-format analogue studio mixing console from SSL in over a decade, ORIGIN has enormous appeal to both world-class recording and mixing facilities, educational institutes, as well as top-shelf project studios around the world. SSL has already announced the first US based installation of ORIGIN at the world-famous Blackbird Studios in Nashville, with additional consoles already ordered by other prominent facilities.

“ORIGIN really is a unique console in today’s market,” comments Nigel Beaumont, SSL managing director. “The combination of classic analogue SSL design, forward-thinking hybrid production tools, and features like E-Series EQ and Bus Compressor that are so fundamental to the legacy of SSL, all at a new price point that makes ORIGIN an option for a wider audience.”

ORIGIN is the perfect partner for a modern DAW driven ‘hybrid’ production studio, while maintaining a traditional analogue studio workflow style at its heart. Its familiar design is inspired by the ‘origin’ of in-line consoles from a signal flow perspective, but blends cutting edge analogue developments to deliver a unique sonic signature that is still unmistakably SSL.

A purely analogue, inline, dual channel design, with 16 buses, E Series 242 type EQ and an updated version of the classic Bus Compressor, ORIGIN breathes new life into a design classic across the whole console. The new PureDrive mic pre inherits the clarity and purity of previous SSL Mic Pre designs, that can also switch character to a warm, harmonically rich and driven tone that varies with mic pre gain. The new mix bus and mix amp architecture delivers an amazingly low noise floor along with a huge headroom for a summing bus, that retains the classic SSL sound while bringing the breadth and space to mixes that engineers and producers love from analogue summing. Balanced insert points per channel path, dedicated channel direct outputs, stem-ready 0dB fader bypass switches, and a new configurable centre section, make it an ideal way to add console workflow to a modern production studio.

18th June 2020

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2
Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2

Having spent several weeks working from home during lockdown, many people are now missing their usual office environment and the chance to exchange ideas directly with their work colleagues. Employers are busy developing plans for returning to work – while still observing hygiene rules and social distancing – with the aim of gradually increasing the number of people present at their workplaces. In fact, many manufacturers are finding that employees are becoming more and more keen to return to their deserted offices as time goes by: “Our people are coming back of their own accord,” said the chairman of a world-famous producer of sports goods, for example. Ceiling microphones such as the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 offer hygiene benefits for cases like this.

Protecting the health of employees is the top priority at all times, which means that, as lockdown restrictions are eased, strict rules apply for the use of conference rooms at companies. This “new normality” involves measures to avoid the risk of infection, including sufficient distance being maintained between the participants of a meeting, adequate ventilation of the rooms and thorough cleaning of all surfaces after every use. These disinfection measures are made much easier if the tables do not have microphones that need to be disinfected. Solutions using ceiling microphones save time and money in such cases.

“TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is ideally suited for medium-sized to large meeting rooms, in other words rooms with an area of between 50 and 60 square metres or rooms for 14 to 16 participants. Of course, a reduced number of participants is possible without any disadvantages if smart distancing measures are applied,” explained Jens Werner, portfolio manager business communication at Sennheiser with responsibility for the areas of meeting and conference. “For example, those attending the meeting can keep a sufficiently safe distance during conference calls without the need to crowd together around a telephone conferencing station. Several ceiling mics can be combined to achieve greater coverage, for example in very large rooms or ones with an unfavourable shape. Due to its very principle, Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 meets strict hygiene requirements. It is the perfect solution for all conference and meeting rooms where excellent speech intelligibility, simple handling and seamless integration into the existing room environment are required.”

The TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone array, which is specially designed for ceiling installation, can be elegantly integrated into every room environment and ensures that the participants’ contributions are transmitted with an outstanding level of detail regardless of their individual position in the room.

With its 28 condenser capsules that are intelligently linked via DSP matrixing, TeamConnect Ceiling 2 covers the entire room; the signal processing takes place within the microphone housing itself. Dependent on the signal level, the ceiling microphone recognises precisely where the speaker is located in the room and “focuses” on the corresponding area in the form of a beam. Other areas are attenuated accordingly.

Dynamic beamforming means that the ceiling microphone does not have to be adapted to different seating arrangements or changes in the number of people in the meeting. The system is therefore ideal for flexible collaboration scenarios or “ad hoc shared space” room utilisations, allowing participants to move around freely and speak anywhere in the space covered by TeamConnect Ceiling 2 without any need to reconfigure the settings.

Audio output is through a three-pin Phoenix contact for analogue connection (external audio processor, video conference codec) and two Dante ports (primary/secondary, two RJ45) for digital scenarios. Power is supplied by PoE (Power-over-Ethernet). Setting the system up and trouble-free AV workflows are best achieved by using the free Sennheiser Control Cockpit software 4.0.0, which also supports the evolution wireless G3 und G4 microphone series, as well as the SpeechLine Digital Wireless series and the ground-breaking Digital 6000 system. As an alternative, TeamConnect Ceiling 2 can also be operated with a media control system.

An extensive range of accessories makes it extremely easy to install the ceiling microphone, which measures 590 x 590 x 43 millimetres (L x W x H). Special paintwork in RAL colours is also available. Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is certified for use with Microsoft Teams Rooms together with a correspondingly certified DSP, and is compatible with Zoom.

If you would like to know more about touchless audio systems, why not join a live webinar with Sennheiser’s Andrew Kornstein? On 17 June, 2020, he will be taking a look at the advances in microphone and assistive listening technology and will discuss TeamConnect Ceiling 2 and MobileConnect. Andrew will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

17 June, 2020, with two time options: 16:00 to 17:00 or 20:00 to 21:00 (CEST, Berlin time)

Please register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dj7NDfPGTXOan3vb7oJQJg for the 16:00 to 17:00 session and at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8U_KewAaTECpHnNdjrXwmA for the 20:00 to 21:00 session.

17th June 2020

Christie introduces new, free software solutions to monitor and align projectors with ease

Christie introduces new, free software solutions to monitor and align projectors with ease
Christie introduces new, free software solutions to monitor and align projectors with ease

Christie is making it easier for customers to install and maintain seamlessly blended images and monitor and control its projection systems with the launch of two new free software solutions: Christie Mystique Lite and Christie Conductor.

Multi-projector arrays, projection mapping, and complex screen shapes and surfaces require expert image configuration, alignment, warping and blending: processes that can take hours of painstaking work. Christie Mystique is a camera-based alignment and recalibration solution for supported Christie projectors that can quickly install, align, calibrate, and maintain multi-projection systems.

Like the other software editions in the Mystique family, Christie Mystique Lite removes the time-consuming work of image alignment in multi-projector arrays. Mystique Lite is a free software download. It works with an inexpensive third-party webcam to warp, blend and align up to three supported Christie projectors in a single horizontal projector array on a flat surface or screen with the click of a button. The intuitive interface automatically detects the projectors and webcam, allowing users to easily mark the corners of their screen to then align, blend and warp an image. For more complex applications, there is an easy upgrade path to any of the other Mystique editions.

Christie Conductor is a free advanced monitoring and control software solution for up to 256 Christie 3DLP projectors. Conductor enables end users to proactively diagnose technical issues, execute repetitive processes with a single click, and keep projectors working optimally, reducing the risk of downtime and saving hours of manual work. Originally designed for the Al Wasl Plaza dome at Expo 2020 Dubai to monitor and control the 252 Christie D4K40-RGB projectors installed, Conductor allows operators to perform remote firmware updates of many projectors at once, view the health status of multiple projectors via a list or status map, as well as automatically power up and down the projectors, all from their desktop.

“Mystique Lite and Conductor software save time and make complex projection systems easier to operate and maintain, removing hours of manual work,” says Brad Martin, senior product manager, Christie. “Both are available for our newest 3DLP projector, Griffyn 4K32-RGB, which is not only the smallest and quietest 34,000 lumen RGB pure laser projector on the market, it’s now easier to manage.”

Christie Mystique Lite will be available early July, and Christie Conductor is available now for free download at www.christiedigital.com.

17th June 2020

Sennheiser to launch Control Cockpit release 4.0.0 at InfoComm Connected

Sennheiser to launch Control Cockpit release 4.0.0 at InfoComm Connected
Sennheiser to launch Control Cockpit release 4.0.0 at InfoComm Connected

Sennheiser has announced a major update of its Sennheiser Control Cockpit, a software tool that makes daily work routines in controlling and monitoring large microphone set-ups a breeze. Besides design and usability enhancements, the latest version 4.0.0 now adds the ability to monitor the new SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver and the EM 6000 receiver from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series, in addition to evolution wireless G3 and G4, SpeechLine and the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone. This makes the software a universal tool for corporations and education facilities. Version 4.0.0 can be downloaded here and experienced at the virtual InfoComm Connected from 16 to 18 June.

Sennheiser Control Cockpit now features a “location-based Mute” functionality: all devices in e.g. a room can be grouped and their mute switches synchronised, so that all devices can be muted and unmuted together, either centrally via the Sennheiser Control Cockpit or locally on one of the devices. Location-based Mute is available for TeamConnect Ceiling 2 and SpeechLine Digital Wireless, including the new Multi-Channel Receiver. Also, the software now employs SSL encryption to make data transmission between the user interface and the host server even more secure.

The user interface of the software has had a refresh, too, and you can easily switch between Details View and Monitoring View. In addition, the software is now available in a Chinese language version.

Sennheiser Control Cockpit provides centralised monitoring and control of Sennheiser microphone systems. Enabling remote device management as well as remote troubleshooting and support, Sennheiser Control Cockpit makes workflows and operation as easy as possible. The software provides IT staff with a real-time overview of all networked devices, including their location and status, and is accessible from anywhere in the network on all common platforms.

“The prime benefits of the software are easy battery management and remote troubleshooting,” explains Peter Grünert, product manager software. “Whereas in the old days, IT staff had to walk to every single room and check the microphones on site, they can now take a look at the dashboard and quickly identify where action is really required. The same goes for remote troubleshooting, a look at the dashboard, and you can immediately see if a mute switch has been operated accidentally or the sensitivity changed unintentionally and remedy this via the software.”

The new software version can also be experienced at InfoComm 2020 Connected, which will take place from 16 to 18 June. Registration for the virtual show is free, and participants will have the opportunity to browse products, watch exclusive videos and schedule meetings with Sennheiser’s Business Communications team.

Following InfoComm Connected, Sennheiser will host a post-show webinar in co-operation with AVIXA on 2 July 2 from 1pm – 2pm EDT. To register, please visit https://www.avixa.org/events/event-details/2020/07/02/default-calendar/webinar-modern-solutions-for-corporate-and-education-campus-wide-audio-by-sennheiser.

 

 

17th June 2020

Dynacord introduces the MXE5 matrix mix engine, first member of new performance audio matrix series

Dynacord introduces the MXE5 matrix mix engine, first member of new performance audio matrix series

The evolution of an iconic audio brand continues. Following the launch of the internationally acclaimed IPX and TGX amplifiers and SONICUE sound system software, Dynacord adds to its line-up of high-grade professional electronics solutions with a new performance audio matrix.

The MXE5 is the first member of the MXE matrix mix engine series. The 24 x 24 crosspoint performance audio matrix offers both routing and mixing functionalities, with 12 analogue mic/line inputs, eight line outputs and 24 Dante audio channels. At the same time, the MXE5 serves as a communications hub for all IP-based peripherals and provides comprehensive supervision of all system-wide commands.

The MXE5 is designed for consultants, production companies, specifiers and system integrators who demand the highest-quality BGM and uncompromising live performance sound. It is the perfect choice for installations including stadiums and sports facilities, congress, conference and performing arts centres, contemporary churches and large educational facilities. Production companies can also deploy the MXE5 in live-sound environments in a system drive rack.

The MXE5 benefits from advanced DSP, providing outstanding audio quality and dynamic range. This is ensured by a sampling rate of 96kHz and the industry’s lowest audio latency of less than 0.22ms. Dynacord’s leading-edge DSP technology also shows in other specifications, such as an extremely low distortion rate (<0.002dB THD) and a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 118dB.

The MXE5 offers a variety of functions beyond being a powerful crosspoint matrix; it also works as both a system manager and an OCA controller with complete monitoring and supervision abilities. In addition, it also serves as an FIR-Drive speaker controller. Third-party integration is enabled via plug-ins to upgrade existing systems for enhanced performance, starting with a plug-in for Q-SYS. The MXE5 also incorporates the entire network infrastructure, with Dante audio transport, AES70-compliant control and no requirement for retrofitted external cards.

On board are 24 channels of professional input and output processing features, such as zone mixing, dynamic EQ, delay, compression, limiting, ducking, de-essing and more. Future additions will include free DSP configuration, auto mixing, a task engine, Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and Ambient Noise Control (ANC).

Mission-critical reliability and failure-safe operation are at the core of the MXE5’s design, with primary and secondary OMNEO ports allowing full flexibility and integration into various network designs, such as transparent, RSTP or glitch-free. The eight GPIO control ports comprise a built-in multicast filter that makes the MXE5 ideal for control over Wi-Fi networks.

The MXE5 integrates completely with Dynacord’s SONICUE sound system software, one of the most powerful software interfaces in the industry, offering comprehensive control and easy, intuitive operation. Thanks to SONICUE, the MXE5 can be assigned with personalisation features, rights management and GPIO configuration.

The optional TPC-1 touch panel controller has a low-profile form factor and features a 5.7” HD display. With the universal mounting socket (EU, UK, US) and Power over Ethernet (PoE), it can be easily mounted and installed. The TPC-1 is controlled and freely configurable via SONICUE.

The MXE5 will be available in summer 2020.

17th June 2020

Adamson Launches CS-Series of Intelligent Powered Loudspeakers, Software and Rack Systems

Adamson Launches CS-Series of Intelligent Powered Loudspeakers, Software and Rack Systems

Adamson Systems Engineering is officially launching its CS-Series as part of InfoComm Connected, running 16-18 June, 2020. The CS-Series brings the heralded performance of Adamson’s sub-compact S-Series loudspeakers into the networked future with onboard amplification and DSP, plus Milan-ready AVB connectivity. Rounding out the series are a suite of CS rack-mounted systems and a dedicated CS software solution.

The CS-Series loudspeaker offerings are available as stand-alone products or as an upgrade to existing S-Series enclosures. Their Milan-ready AVB architecture offers a seamless transition into the future of network integration and boasts built-in network redundancy contained in a single cable to relay audio and control signal, as well as assurance of long-term viability as part of an IEEE standard.

“The CS-Series is the product of years of engineering and innovation, and we’re proud to now offer this sophisticated solution with simple, straightforward operation and the audio performance the industry has come to expect from Adamson,” begins Brian Fraser, head of product and technology. “The CS-Series offers networked audio with precise control and monitoring of each individual enclosure to maximise performance. We’ve spent the time and resources to ensure reliability and redundancy in order to provide bulletproof operation in any configuration or application.”

The new CS-Series is comprised of: the ultra-compact CS7 two-way full-range array enclosure, CS7p point-source enclosure and companion CS118 subwoofer, along with the sub-compact CS10 two-way full-range array enclosure, CS10n narrow-dispersion array enclosure, CS10p point-source cabinet and companion CS119 subwoofer.

CS-Series loudspeakers feature the same form factors as their S-Series counterparts, and their fully compatible sonic signatures are uniform with the S-Series and IS-Series, ensuring scalable configurations from portable corporate solutions to high-performance touring and installed systems.

Meanwhile, the turnkey CS Upgrade Kit allows any existing S-Series cabinets to be easily converted to CS models in minutes by simply removing four screws, connecting the CS Jackplate with the provided wiring connectors, and switching the front grille.

Also included are four rack-mounted products designed to provide the necessary tools to get the highest level of performance out of the CS-Series. The CS Gateway is a 16 x 16 matrix with 16 channels of DSP, containing dual-LAN, Milan-ready AVB, AES/EBU, and analog connections. The NDS is a network and analogue patch bay that allows users to send redundant audio and control to CS loudspeakers on a single network cable. The PDS ensures that all CS-Series systems receive ample power, regardless of region, and also allows the user to monitor consumption data, both per power output as well as overall draw. The CS Bridge is designed to replace existing network infrastructure in Adamson's E-Rack, allowing users to seamlessly integrate the CS-Series into their existing inventories by converting dual-LAN, Milan-ready AVB signal to AES/EBU, while also offering six channels of DSP per unit.

Finally, Adamson’s new CS software enhances the user’s ability to design, deploy, control, and monitor systems in mobile and installed environments with a simplified workflow and easy-to-navigate user interface that moves logically from design and simulation through to patch, control, metering, optimisation, and diagnostics.

“The response we’ve had to the CS-Series from some Adamson Network partners involved in early field testing has been outstanding,” notes Jochen Sommer, Adamson’s director of operations, EMEA. “This is the future of intelligent loudspeaker design. From initial system design to deployment and tuning, the CS-Series offers top-tier performance with an incredibly simple workflow. The work our engineering team put into the DSP and amplifier technology has been widely praised, and of course, the products sound phenomenal.”

Drawing from early experiences with the products, veteran system designer and FOH engineer Patrick Demoustier (Simple Minds, Night of the Proms, Rock Werchter) says: “The CS-Series is already the future of networked audio. The CS7p offers an incredible power and headroom-to-size ratio and the proven sound quality of Adamson’s line array systems. We’ve used it with great success on many corporate events, fashion shows, and car shows and as front fills and delays with larger systems; meanwhile, the CS7 is probably the most powerful ultra-compact array enclosure out there. When I first used it, I was sure that the limiter settings weren’t correct, so much power and body from such a compact speaker without even being close to the limiter threshold. But I was wrong!”

“The Adamson S-Series is a proven staple of the international installation and mobile markets,” states Adamson CEO Marc Bertrand in closing. “CS-Series loudspeakers, software, and rack-mount products build on that legacy and bring Adamson’s consistency, innovation, and performance to a powered, intelligent loudspeaker platform that is built for – and will help to usher in – the future of professional audio.”

16th June 2020