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Elation expands high-value Fuze series with Fuze Wash FR LED Fresnel

14/08/2020

Hydra measurement system starts shipping globally

14/08/2020

Prism Sound Gives its Lyra Audio Interface a Sleek New Look

13/08/2020

Elation’s top-of-the-line Artiste Mondrian now available

12/08/2020

Powersoft Invites Users to 'Pimp Their Seat' with MeMo

10/08/2020

Shure Expands Axient Digital Portfolio with New AD3 Plug-On Transmitter

05/08/2020

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series Adds ICC 24/3 to Bring More Power and Flexibility to Medium-Sized Integrations

04/08/2020

Shure Introduces SLX-D Digital Wireless System

04/08/2020

Two new models complete Verlinde's range of Stagemaker hoists

03/08/2020

Chauvet DJ Doubles Bubbles with New Hurricane Bubble Haze X2 Q6

30/07/2020

L-Acoustics Releases M1 Suite of Measurement and Monitoring Tools

28/07/2020

Green Hippo launches feature-packed Nevis+

22/07/2020

Elation KL Panel for broadcast quality white or full colour soft light

22/07/2020

New Professional F6 Strip IP Linear Video Panel Unleashes Imagination

17/07/2020

Goboplus Launches GoboQuick Packages

17/07/2020

Broadweigh Announces New Products and Software Features as Brand Unveils New Website

17/07/2020

L-Acoustics Creations Brings Home the Concert Experience with the Launch of its High End Professional Sound Systems for Residential Use

16/07/2020

Optocore Extends M-Series with Sample Rate Conversion

16/07/2020

Ayrton makes a splash with the launch of Domino – the Master of the Elements

13/07/2020

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

Elation expands high-value Fuze series with Fuze Wash FR LED Fresnel

Elation expands high-value Fuze series with Fuze Wash FR LED Fresnel

Designed as the perfect fusion of performance, features and value, Elation’s Fuze series of LED fixtures has found a niche in the market whenever outstanding price to value is high on the list. Elation is expanding the series with the Fuze Wash FR, an automated LED Fresnel fixture with framing designed for a wide array of precision lighting applications and ideal for the refined performance required in theatrical venues.

The Fuze Wash FR features a new 480W (6,500K) 92 CRI engine that utilises a five-colour homogenised LED array of red, green, blue, mint and amber sources, the same colour system found in the Fuze Profile and Fuze Spot for a perfectly calibrated colour match.

High colour quality and colour manipulation are central to the Fuze Wash FR. A virtual gel swatch book, virtual colour correction, magenta/green adjustment plus CMY emulation give designers access to an impressive LED colour array including a beautiful mixed white. The carefully-tuned RGBMA LEDs and extremely high native CRI ensure accurate colour reproduction while delivering a powerful output up to 14,000 lumens.

The Fuze Wash FR features a specially designed Fresnel lens for a smooth and even wash and houses an 8.2° to 42.1° (beam) and 12.7° to 62.1° (field) motorised zoom for tight to wide coverage. A full blackout framing system with four rotating blades gives full control of the beam shape when required and can index +/- 60-degrees. A variable frost filter can be added at any time for an extra layer of smoothing. The fixture dims seamlessly all the way to zero with 16-bit selectable dimming curves included. An iris for advanced beam control and high-speed electronic shutter and strobe round out its feature set.

The Fuze Wash FR is designed for any application where an automated Fresnel fixture with outstanding colours, a wide zoom range and framing beam control where a soft field is required. It is powerful enough to use in all sizes of rigs and because it is remarkably silent can be utilised in any noise sensitive environment. The Fuze Wash FR is fully optimised for broadcast environments as well with LED frequency adjustment for flicker free operation. It is outfitted with all the professional control and connection features that designers should expect from a modern luminaire.

With the Fuze series, Elation has given the market an option when it comes to compact yet feature-packed professional automated LED luminaires. A truly remarkable compact Fresnel for any application, the Fuze Wash FR is sure to create outstanding projections and beautiful bright washes on any stage.

www.elationlighting.com

14th August 2020

Elation

Hydra measurement system starts shipping globally

Hydra measurement system starts shipping globally

Following the successful launch and positive feedback from the industry on its new Hydra measurement tool for LED panels, Brompton Technology has announced that the highly anticipated system is now shipping globally. Among the first wave of systems to arrive with customers, a number have reached Shenzhen, where Brompton has recently opened its new larger China office. These Hydras are already being used for panel calibrations by Brompton’s many panel manufacturer partners, assisted by a team of calibration support engineers.

The Hydra is an advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels fitted with a Tessera R2 receiver card. Panels must be measured with Hydra to benefit from dynamic calibration, the ground-breaking technology that unleashes a panel’s full potential so it can achieve brighter whites, higher contrast ratios, more saturated colours, and true-to-life colour accuracy, delivering a previously unattainable level of image quality and realism through Brompton HDR.

Investors in the Hydra system will benefit from the system’s minimal set-up time, comprehensive error checks and its ability to generate reports in multiple languages to give an objective assessment of panel performance. This makes it straightforward to confirm that each new batch of panels meets individual specifications and reduces the potential for user error.

“Our original plan was to support every delivery with in-person training and full setup,” says Thomas Walker, product manager for Brompton. “We’ve had to adapt to the current climate but are still offering our renowned 24/7 global tech support by employing all available remote collaboration tools, such as video conference, phone support, and remote desktop control if needed.”

The first production run of Hydra sold out immediately after its launch. Rental companies including Fuse, Creative Technology and Faber AV have been early adopters, taking the opportunity to upgrade the capabilities of their existing LED panel inventory.

“We announced Hydra last November and it got a great reception. But our whole industry has been facing tough times since then and our focus has been on supporting our team and our customers worldwide,” says Brompton’s managing director, Richard Mead. “It now gives me enormous pleasure to announce that we’ve delivered the first Hydra measurement systems, which will allow Brompton customers to significantly upgrade their current fleet of LED panels with all the power and flexibility of dynamic calibration and Brompton HDR.”

14th August 2020

Prism Sound Gives its Lyra Audio Interface a Sleek New Look

Prism Sound Gives its Lyra Audio Interface a Sleek New Look

Prism Sound’s critically acclaimed Lyra audio interface has been given an aesthetic overhaul to bring it in line with its larger multi-track audio interface siblings, Titan and Atlas.

Lyra now boasts the same sleek black-fronted look that was introduced to Titan and Atlas in 2019. It also features Prism Sound’s new updated logo and can now be controlled using the company’s recently updated software app that is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. This enables musicians, composers and producers to manipulate the unit from their own computer, thus speeding up workflow.

We have created a distinctive brand image for our flagship audio interfaces, so bringing Lyra into the fold was a natural next step,” says Mark Evans, Prism Sound’s sales director. “Lyra is already very cool because it gives recording professionals easy access to Prism Sound’s high quality audio conversion at a very cost effective price. The new look makes it even more desirable, while having the ability to control Lyra via our software app makes the unit much simpler to operate. The app provides a clearer, more user-friendly presentation in a resizeable window, making it easy to read on the latest 4K screens as well as on older computers.”

Based on Prism Sounds award-winning Orpheus interface, Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

The Lyra 1 interface has two analogue input channels one for instrument/line and one for mic/line plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency console-qualitydigital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

Customers who have recently added a Lyra to their recording set ups include Dance music producers Nu:Tone, Hugh Hardie and Etherwood, composer Iain Archer and musician and producer Tim Gennert.

13th August 2020

Elation’s top-of-the-line Artiste Mondrian now available

Elation’s top-of-the-line Artiste Mondrian now available

Now in stock and shipping is Elation’s Artiste Mondrian LED profile FX luminaire, a high-impact lighting solution for any application requiring powerful beam looks, stunning air effects and superior colour. A true powerhouse at over 51,000 lumens, the Artiste Mondrian offers all the advanced features designers would want in a top-of-the-line professional luminaire while surpassing outdated and inefficient lamp technology.

Filling out the top of Elation’s award-winning Artiste LED moving head series, the new Mondrian partners alongside and uses the same technology as the highly acclaimed Artiste Monet and Artiste Rembrandt including Elation’s exclusive seven-flag SpectraColor colour mixing system, and endless and continuous rotational framing system. The Artiste Mondrian is the brightest, full-featured LED Profile FX fixture Elation has produced to date.

“The Artiste Mondrian really has it all,” states Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “Tight beams from its massive front lens, smooth washes with unprecedented light output and sharp images without ever compromising on its incredible projection performance. It’s a true all-in-one workhorse that outperforms any discharge fixture in the market without the usual drawbacks of distracting fan noise and rapid degradation of light quality. Its mid-air creative FX are phenomenal due to the beautiful SpectraColors and carefully designed gobo selection. It’s a truly stunning luminaire and a great finale to the Artiste range of products. Like its namesake, Piet Mondrian, this fixture will create iconic looks for lighting designers for many years to come.”

Optimised for extreme output and coverage, the Mondrian harnesses its long-throw power from an efficient 950W 6,500K White Hotspot LED engine. The custom peak-field LED engine, a first of its kind, features a two-to-one centre to edge LED ratio for more powerful, high centre intensity beam and wash throws while allowing for more unique air FX.

With light bursting through a custom-designed 226mm (8 3/4") Plano Convex lens, the largest PC lens on the market, the thick beam look is deceptively tangible and eye-catchingly stunning. Combined with a tight 3.3-degree narrow beam that zooms out to 45-degrees, the Mondrian has the power to cut through at even great distances in arena touring environments or any large-scale show setting. With so much power, it also makes for a perfect long-throw followspot.

The Mondrian integrates Elation's highly praised SpectraColor colour mixing system, which offers traditional CMY mixing but adds a variable RGB colour mix for rich, saturated primaries. In combination with a variable CTO, the Mondrian allows for colours that were previously impossible to achieve, from theatrical pastels to the most vibrant red or blues ever produced by a colour mixing system. The seven colour-mixing flags align at 16-bit precision for artistic possibilities that are truly inspiring. A six-position fixed colour wheel offers UV and high CRI options to round out the amazing colour range of the fixture.

The full-blackout framing array includes Elation's newly designed, unlimited indexing and continuous 360° rotation control, which means you no longer need to rotate the fixture to hit the spot or angle you desire. Refine the beam shape as needed and frame around objects to be highlighted. Shapes can rotate like gobos while morphing and transforming, allowing for new creative transitions, interesting projections and aerial effects not previously possible.

The Artiste Mondrian offers a comprehensive FX package with 12 rotating interchangeable glass gobos on two wheels and bi-directional animation wheel for limitless texture and layering solutions for the largest and most demanding applications. Effects can be multiplied via dual prisms for more bustling looks and dual linear frost filters can be applied for an even diffusion of light when designers wish for softer gobo or soft wash effects. A high-speed iris can be engaged for further impression.

The Artiste Mondrian is outfitted with all the professional control and connection features that designers would expect from a professional cutting-edge luminaire. With unprecedented power and full array of professional design features, the Mondrian sets a new standard as a benchmark automated LED luminaire.

www.elationlighting.com

12th August 2020

Elation

Powersoft Invites Users to 'Pimp Their Seat' with MeMo

Powersoft Invites Users to \'Pimp Their Seat\' with MeMo
Powersoft Invites Users to \'Pimp Their Seat\' with MeMo

MeMo is a high performance, ultra-low frequency transducer amplifier bundle, specifically designed for the home cinema and gaming markets. The product, which is manufactured in Italy, is set to transform the entertainment experience by adding a new layer of sound; a layer that can be felt.

The MeMo bundle includes a tactile transducer and a matched amplifier platform that, between them, are able to overcome the physical limitations of traditional systems to deliver sounds that extend well below sub-harmonic frequencies, to bring people into the heart of their favourite music, movie, or game.

With minimal set-up required and multiple mounting options, MeMo can be secured to any gaming chair right out of the box or added to a cinephile’s favourite seat to achieve a fully immersive experience. Any chair, once just a point of comfort, immediately and effortlessly becomes part of the action, all through the power of haptic perception.

MeMo contains three presets that are conveniently accessible from the rear side of the amplifier, which will allow users to choose their favourite audio set-up.

For gamers, the professional Class D amplifier can be set up to reduce resonating frequencies between 20 and 40Hz, giving enabling them to gain an advantage with more realistic and immediate feedback. Sim racers can now feel every inch of the road under their virtual seat thanks to the mighty power of the patented moving magnet transducer.

If a user is more concerned with adding extra depth to their home cinema system, MeMo can be optimised to bump the frequency around 50Hz and enhance the subharmonic content around 25Hz, allowing them to keep the sub’s volume down, while still delivering the full frequency spectrum.

Finally, MeMo can be optimised for music and multimedia content by using a flat preset with a slight bump between 60 and 80Hz, which will allow users to feel the kicks that they have recently been missing at live concerts.

Capable of reproducing the frequencies that become lost in translation when gaming with headphones, or watching a movie on a home theatre system, MeMo invites users to not only see and hear a story but to truly experience it. Boasting incredible precision, MeMo has the ability to envelope users in bass-heavy cinematic sounds, without cranking up the volume and disturbing the neighbours.

10th August 2020

Shure Expands Axient Digital Portfolio with New AD3 Plug-On Transmitter

Shure Expands Axient Digital Portfolio with New AD3 Plug-On Transmitter

Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System has established itself as the go-to industry standard for premium, flawless audio. Whether it’s a live, on stage performance or a high stakes broadcast to millions of viewers, Axient Digital empowers today’s entertainers, broadcasters, musicians, and others to bring perfectly clear audio to audiences all over the world. Now, with the introduction of the company’s Axient Digital AD3 plug-on transmitter, audio professionals can transform any XLR microphone into an Axient Digital wireless microphone, delivering impeccable audio quality and RF performance, wide-tuning and encryption features.

For high-tier broadcast, film, and TV applications that require a flexible connection to a wired microphone, the new AD3 plug-on transmitter makes it possible, complete with a plug-on design, high-performance radio, and spectral efficiency. Ideal for sideline reporting, street interviews, and press conferences, the AD3 seamlessly transforms a wired source into an advanced, Axient Digital wireless source. Additionally, it can easily connect to a shotgun microphone on a boom pole to up-level portability on film and TV sets. The AD3 is compatible with Axient Digital AD4D and AD4Q rack receivers in standard or high density modes.

“Broadcast networks, stadiums, conference centres, theatres and performance halls depend on Axient Digital, and that capability is now expanded with the launch of AD3,” said Nick Wood, senior category director of wireless products at Shure. “The plug-on transmitter enables field reporters, audio professionals, and on-set sound engineers access to a rock-solid portable audio solution that perfectly complements the power of Axient Digital. Audio professionals are going to want to have these transmitters in their kits.”

The AD3 was designed to provide exceptional portability and connectivity, all while still offering the reliability and performance that are synonymous with the Shure brand. Out-of-the-box, the AD3 includes an innovative 'locked' XLR connector design, a user-friendly control menu, OLED display that is easy to read in challenging lighting conditions and a sweat, moisture and debris resistant build. The transmitter also includes a pouch, belt clip, USB-C cable, and supports both conventional AA and Shure SB900A rechargeable battery options.

5th August 2020

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series Adds ICC 24/3 to Bring More Power and Flexibility to Medium-Sized Integrations

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series Adds ICC 24/3 to Bring More Power and Flexibility to Medium-Sized Integrations

Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has announced the latest product in its new Iconyx Compact Series: the Iconyx Compact 24/3-RN, a solution bringing the benefits of Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx family to a smaller footprint array.

The ICC 24/3 joins the recently announced ICC 12/3 in the new Iconyx Compact Series, a line that offers additional solutions for integrators seeking flexible and powerful options in medium-sized installations. The goal of the line is to open up more opportunities for integrators in the house of worship, corporate, transportation, education and government markets.

“With twice the array length as the 12/3 in the same ultra-compact footprint, the 24/3 provides significantly more control in challenging acoustic spaces,” said Brandon Heinz, product manager at Renkus-Heinz. “Interior design, whether traditional or modern is almost always a big consideration, and the ICC 24/3’s combination of advanced processing power, acoustic control, and discrete aesthetics make this a great addition to our Iconyx line-up.”

The Iconyx Compact Series brings performance and directivity to spaces where even the classic Iconyx arrays might be too large. The very narrow profile blends into nearly any environment, while the exceptional control of directivity can help with the most challenging acoustics, making the exceptional performance of beam-steered line arrays available to even the most architecturally sensitive spaces.

An all-new, 24-channel digital amplifier powers twenty-four, 3"/ 7 7 mm full-range, high sensitivity, treated paper cone drivers. With an amplifier and DSP channel for each driver, the flexibility of Iconyx is now available in a package nearly 40 per cent smaller than the classic Iconyx.

Still, the ICC 24/3 offers the impressive performance synonymous with Renkus-Heinz: full RHAON II beam-steering with the latest U.R.G.O beam algorithms, a movable acoustic centre, multiple beam opening angles and high-pass filtering of individual beams. All with the fidelity and musicality expected of a Renkus-Heinz product.

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

4th August 2020

Shure Introduces SLX-D Digital Wireless System

Shure Introduces SLX-D Digital Wireless System

Whether it’s a high-school theatre production, corporate meeting, or a Sunday service, live events need to deliver flawless audio and require products that are straightforward to set up and use. Wireless microphones face additional challenges in today’s increasingly crowded RF environment. To help address these needs, the SLX-D Digital Wireless System is the newest addition to the Shure digital wireless portfolio. The new offering is the digital replacement of the Company’s popular SLX system, complete with new mechanical designs, exceptional audio quality, more reliable RF performance, streamlined set-up, and more.

The multi-faceted SLX-D Digital Wireless System provides end users with greater channel count than SLX, smart rechargeable options, and simplified ease-of-use for moments that matter most: in the classroom, houses of worship, corporate facilities, the hospitality sector, local governments and more. The new system is offered in single and dual channel options. Transmitters run on standard AA batteries or an optional lithium-ion rechargeable battery solution with a dual-docking charging station. SLX-D is a state-of-the-art system with several notable features and user-friendly benefits, including:

  • Reliable RF – with outstanding signal quality and digital modulation, SLX-D lets users navigate crowded environments with high spectral efficiency and dependable RF. The system enables operation of up to 32 channels per frequency band without worrying about dropouts or signal fades.

  • Excellent Audio Quality – to ensure every performance, lecture, and speech is delivered flawlessly, SLX-D delivers crystal clear sound. With a wide dynamic range, it can handle a variety of inputs while preventing distortion – ultimately enabling clean, natural instrument and vocal sound.

  • Ease of Use – knowing that personnel in various institutions and facilities need a simple and straightforward solution, SLX-D is equipped with Guided Frequency Setup and a Group Scan feature that lets users set up multiple channels more efficiently by assigning frequencies to all receivers automatically via Ethernet connections. Even for a 30+ channel system, the entire Group Scan can be completed within a few seconds.

“As we support customers in education, houses of worship, corporate facilities and theatres, we recognise the need for an easy-to-use digital wireless system with rock-solid RF performance that can scale as the needs of the venue or spectrum environment change,” said Nick Wood, senior wireless category director at Shure. “With SLX-D, we can offer a solution that is both state-of-the-art and a great value.”

4th August 2020

Two new models complete Verlinde's range of Stagemaker hoists

Two new models complete Verlinde\'s range of Stagemaker hoists

After two years of technological design and an alignment of production with market requirements, Verlinde announces the widening of its new range of Stagemaker electric chain hoists dedicated to the entertainment industry. The new Stagemaker SL5 and SL10 models with their load capacity of 500kg to 1000kg (1 fall) and 2000kg (2 falls) integrate Verlinde's latest technological developments: innovative design, toughness and enhanced power ensuring faultless reliability while complying with international standards.

From the first model with its reverse-purchase block system launched in 1975 Verlinde's Stagemaker range has enjoyed an excellent reputation worldwide in the entertainment industry and show business. Boasting an entirely ergonomic design, Stagemaker hoists are the only models available on the market fitted as standard with double brakes, retractable handgrips and protective rubber pads. The new SL5 and SL10 models will furthermore ensure IP66 protection, a rating currently being certified for the motor as a whole. The hoist shell is protected by a 70μm black epoxy powder coating enabling resistance to extreme environments (-10C° to +40 C°). Two versions of the SL 5 and SL 10 models are available: (A) with forward voltage and (B) with low voltage. These 2 new lifting units are upgrades on the previous SR5 and SR10 versions and so complete the current range of models alongside the SR1 and SR25.

Enhanced safety The new SL models are D8+ compliant as standard with SPQ2 (code of practice): the positioning of the clutch in the gear box ensures load holding by the brake whatever the operating conditions of the hoist. The CHAINFlux chain guide enables greater flexible horizontal flow of the chain on output from the lifting load wheel. The equipment used provides furthermore a remarkable friction coefficient facilitating passage of the chain on ejection. The LimitFlux electromagnetic limit switches are provided as standard on all B-type hoists in the Sl range. This system enables the high and low positions of the hook or hoist to be controlled with half-link chain precision. Travel limit switches are adjusted by moving two rings along the hoisting chain.

Ease of use and ergonomics Like the whole Stagemaker range, models SL5 and SL10 are fitted with PerfectPush, a five-pocket hoist load wheel concept designed to enhance chain guidance and prevent the polygon effect. Operation in standard self-climbing configuration or in industrial suspension hoist configuration is achieved without any modification by simply turning the chain bucket. The lifting motor provides a wide range of constant running speeds with or without load: SL5 and SL10 are available as standard with the conventional 4m/min but can also be

supplied at speeds of 8m and 16m/min.

The design with its unobtrusive lines provides Stagemaker SL excellent integration in its operating environment (lighting, sound system, etc.). Another appreciated aspect of this discretion is its operational silence (60dBA). The lifting hook and transportation handles integrate an ergonomic rubberised gripping system. The two retractable handles were integrated in the hoist shell when it was designed with the aim of facilitating its transportation. The high capacity, heavy duty, black canvas (1100 denier) chain bucket is removable and reversible.

Economical hoists The ease of access to the torque limiter, electrical components (plug & play) and to the fuse together with rapid removal of the motor facilitate maintenance operations. What is more, brake linings can be inspected visually.

Verlinde constantly upgrades its hoists in alignment with current technologies and worldwide regulations. SL models comply with the following standards: CE, DIN, CSA and EAC.

3rd August 2020

Verlinde

Chauvet DJ Doubles Bubbles with New Hurricane Bubble Haze X2 Q6

Chauvet DJ Doubles Bubbles with New Hurricane Bubble Haze X2 Q6

Releasing copious amounts of haze-filled bubbles, the Chauvet DJ bubble haze generated fun and excitement throughout the event industry when it was introduced in 2019. Now the company has taken bubbles to the next level with the introduction of the Bubble Haze X2 Q6.

Doubling the effect and volume of its predecessor, the new product features six quad-coloured (RGB + UV) LEDs that illuminate bubbles, haze or haze-filled bubbles. The new effect features twin blowers with variable-speed loft fans that push bubbles up into the air.

Chauvet DJ’s 'Always-Ready' technology means the effect can run continuously to keep the party going. But the Hurricane Bubble Haze X2 Q6 is not just about fun, it also has a practical side. For example, its gravity-fed bubble reservoir recirculates unused bubble fluid reducing fluid consumption. Also, a built-in cleaning function increases machine longevity and reduces clogs.

“It’s always amazing to see the reaction Hurricane Bubble Haze gets” said Chauvet DJ senior product manager Allan Reiss. “This thing really brings out the kid in all of us and we’re really excited to take that excitement to new levels with added LEDs that light up this amazing effect and double the output with twin blowers.”

30th July 2020

L-Acoustics Releases M1 Suite of Measurement and Monitoring Tools

L-Acoustics Releases M1 Suite of Measurement and Monitoring Tools

In tandem with the recent release of LA Network Manager 3, L-Acoustics takes its industry-leading sound reinforcement system control and monitoring software to a new level with the introduction of the M1 suite, a comprehensive set of measurement and monitoring tools. From data acquisition through system tuning to live monitoring, M1 harnesses the power of the manufacturer’s Milan-certified P1 processor and amplified controller hardware to deliver a streamlined system calibration process as well as real-time performance monitoring.

The M1 suite is an industry first, pairing system measurement and control software to work natively as one seamless solution. Providing an original, reliable, and more efficient method for calibration, M1 allows users to expand their capabilities and optimise their time.

Ideal tuning of a venue requires both data capture and analysis. For most systems on the market, calibration processes typically involve estimating optimum EQ and alignment settings, measuring these setting via mic placement, then capturing the data. For each setting, mic placement and capture must be performed multiple times to obtain measurements throughout an entire venue. Any adjustments made to EQ or alignment would naturally require the user to repeat the mic placement and capture process.

M1 is a dual-channel FFT measurement platform that automates this process, sequentially muting and unmuting different parts of the system that need to be measured, capturing audio, labelling measurements, and storing data to the proper groups automatically. With M1, mic placement and capture throughout the venue is done only once. Data is acquired and compiled in the software, and measurements can be visualised individually, as spatial averages and sums of elements. If adjustments to EQ are needed, they can be done virtually, and subsequently analysed and optimised within M1, meaning that the user attains the best calibration for the venue much faster. And once the measurements have been captured, the sound team can even leave the venue and finish the calibration offline, freeing up time and resources for the setup of other production elements.

All data capture in M1 is storable. If the user has a 'eureka moment' days or months after calibrating a venue, M1 is ready. Simply adjust calibration settings virtually in the control software and upload it to the venue for automatic improvement from anywhere in the world. Every adjustment ever made is tracked in the software and can be recalled and reanalysed.

When proper calibration has been attained and a performance begins, M1 provides live system monitoring via a real time analyser (RTA), evaluating the behaviour of the system and keeping it optimised at all times. During a show, atmospheric conditions like humidity and temperature can fluctuate, content can vary from pianissimo to forte, crowds ebb and swell, affecting room excitation. Each of these variables can lead to changes in system performance. To compensate, M1’s RTA gives the operator a graphical understanding of the behaviour of the system, while LA Network Manager continually analyses the new atmospheric conditions and proposes corrections accordingly.

The measurement and control tools within M1 are natively integrated, any changes made to one tool are reproduced in the other and automatically optimised.

“M1 with LA Network Manager is really the future of system calibration and monitoring,” says L-Acoustics product and technology outreach manager Scott Sugden. “By integrating a comprehensive measurement platform into our amplifier control software, we very effectively help sound professionals save time, decrease error, and concentrate their skills on creating amazing experiences for their artists and audiences.”

28th July 2020

Green Hippo launches feature-packed Nevis+

Green Hippo launches feature-packed Nevis+

Real-time video manipulation expert Green Hippo has opened up new a new world of options for its users with the addition of a small-yet-powerful media server to its range, the Hippotizer Nevis+.

Featuring all of the creative power of its well-known bigger brothers, Hippotizer Nevis+ is designed to provide a smaller, inexpensive solution for video creation, visualisation and playback, with all of Hippotizer’s software features as standard.

The Nevis+ is a half-rack or wall-mount unit offering one display port 1.2 output with software-based EDID management, two network ports and the latest versions of Hippotizer’s user-friendly tools including SHAPE 3D Mapping, PixelMapper and the multi-purpose pre-visualisation tool, all built into its Hippotizer V4 software.

“We’ve designed the Nevis+ for a broad range of less demanding applications, including live music and theatre tours, corporate events and TV OB/on location productions, which have logistical and budget restrictions and where the the control systems need to be compact,” says Green Hippo’s sales and marketing director, David March. “Nevis+ offers a full, rugged media server inside a small, purpose-built chassis that you can pack into carry-on luggage. It’s lightweight, affordable and offers straightforward control with all the the popular Hippotizer features that simplify powerful video manipulation.”

Green Hippo has developed Nevis+ in response to an ever-increasing use of visual displays in live entertainment and fixed installations, and despite it being in the production phase before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now needed more than ever.

“Every surface seems to be a digital display these days, and we want to offer the power of Hippotizer in an affordable package to projects with lower budgets,” March continues. “We feel that now, more than ever, such an affordable solution will help solve the problem of keeping projects well within budget as crews struggle with the realities of social distancing.

“In the new world that we are entering into, Nevis+ offers the unique combination of being affordable, easy-to-use and simple-to-program, while also perfectly compatible with DMX.”

Green Hippo is inviting users to experience Nevis+ by requesting a demo via their website. Nevis+ is shipping now.

www.green-hippo.com

22nd July 2020

Elation KL Panel for broadcast quality white or full colour soft light

Elation KL Panel for broadcast quality white or full colour soft light

Elation Professional has added a full colour spectrum soft light to its KL series (key light) of broadcast quality LED luminaires, the KL Panel. Optimised for the colour temperature adjustable requirements of film and television, it is an ideal key and fill light source for any situation requiring outstanding performance and colour quality.

Broadcast environments require bright and highly variable lighting of very high quality. The KL Panel LED soft light delivers with superior output, precise colour temperature control, full spectrum colour rendering and an even wash coverage. Using a highly efficient 295W RGBW + lime + cyan LED Array, the KL Panel produces beautifully soft white or full-colour washes up to 24,000 field lumens at a 100° half peak angle.

Colour reproduction is also of the highest quality with a CRI over 95 while colour temperature is easily adjustable from 2,000 to 10,000K for a wide choice of variable colour or white shade projections. Additional colour tuning is possible through a green shift adjustment and virtual gel library.

Besides its wide spectrum of chromatic options, this dynamic soft light luminaire includes other useful design features like smooth 16-bit dimming all the way to zero and 16-bit selectable dimming curve modes for programming ease, as well as electronic strobe. Adjustable and removable eight-leaf barndoors allow for customised shaping of the beam for more precise illumination and less light spill.

The KL Panel is fully optimised for broadcast and film environments with 900-25000Hz LED refresh rate adjustment for flicker free operation. Compact and portable, it can be mounted on a stand or suspended using any standard clamp or the included Junior pin adapter. A rugged housing with impact-resistant surrounds and base plate ensure that the fixture can handle rough handling on today’s fast-paced sets.

Fully self-contained without the need for an external power supply, the fixture can be powered remotely through its integrated 4-pin XLR 24-36 VDC battery input (battery not included).

Professional control options include DMX, Art-NET and sACN. It can also be controlled manually using the included encoders and OLED display, providing instant control of intensity, colour temperature, green shift and other settings. The integration of Elation’s E-FLY wireless DMX system allows for even more flexibility of use.

The KL Panel is energy efficient, consuming only 295W of max power, and offers other benefits of LED like greater reliability, a long LED life rating and less maintenance for a lower cost of ownership.

www.elationlighting.com

 

22nd July 2020

Elation

New Professional F6 Strip IP Linear Video Panel Unleashes Imagination

New Professional F6 Strip IP Linear Video Panel Unleashes Imagination

Designers now have more freedom to create video displays in a wider variety of configurations, thanks to the introduction of the Chauvet Professional F6 Strip IP linear video panel. Measuring 1000 x 34.5 x 68.2mm (39.37 x 1.36 x 2.69 in), the new outdoor-ready product can fit in tight spaces, add an extra dimension to set pieces, and be arranged in unique patterns, making it well-suited for a wide variety of applications, including drive-in shows and livestream productions.

A high resolution 6.9mm pitch strip, the F6 Strip IP is compatible with all Chauvet Professional F series panels, allowing it to display the same images as other video pieces on the stage. It works with the VIP Drive 83R Nova, using the Novastar control protocol. The VIP Drive 83R Nova can auto-detect F6 Strip IPs when they’re plugged in, making it easy to drag & drop into the mapping software.

“The F6 Strip IP opens up new options for incorporating video displays into designs,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Its flexibility makes it a valuable tool in today’s market where new applications are calling for unique solutions.”

Images displayed on the linear strips are clear, crisp, and vivid. The strip’s high-quality black body LEDs accurately reproduce video at 15-bit greyscale. Other features include a 5000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5940Hz refresh rate, as well as stealth and soft white diffusion filters.

The F6 Strip IP maintains its pixel pitch for 0° end-to-end linking, as well as for mounting units next to one another. A viewing Angle (H/V) of 160°/155° and a resilient LED mask design presents clear images to audiences from any seat in the house (or car in a drive-in show) and a 5,500 NITS output ensures that images can be seen easily, even during daylight hours.

Featuring rugged aluminium extrusion housing, the F6IP sets the industry standard for lightness and thinness, while being easy to install thanks to its flexible mounting options, which include adjustable brackets on each side. Up to four strips can be suspended from a single rig point using the end brackets, opening even more opportunities to create unique, unforgettable displays.

In addition to its IP65 rating, the F6 Strip IP includes a host of other features that make it ideal for outdoor use. The panels are convection cooled, ensuring optimised heat dissipation for even colour distribution. They also have a dedicated compact power supply, for enhanced stability over extended use, making them a reliable go-to tool for designers seeking to expand their creative possibilities.

17th July 2020

Goboplus Launches GoboQuick Packages

Goboplus Launches GoboQuick Packages
Goboplus Launches GoboQuick Packages

In support of PLASA's #wemakeevents campaign, Goboplus Ltd and Rosco have teamed up to supply a special gobo designed to light up buildings and venues, to keep everyone talking about the difficulties the live events industry is facing.
Whilst the Government has pledged some financial support, let's continue to raise awareness to help secure our industry's future.
#wemakeevents glass gobo is offered at the special offer price of £39 ex vat (usually £78 ex vat).

They can be ordered online http://www.goboplus.com/we-make-events-gobo.html

Goboplus has designed a new range of gobos to project social distancing signage. As more businesses open, gobos can help all to be aware of new guidance and instructions.

The main benefit of using projection over adhesive signage is that gobos can be easily replaced as guidance changes and when normal circumstances resume.
See the full range of new designs visit our website:

http://www.goboplus.com/stock-gobos/gobos/signage-and-social-distancing-gobos.html

Goboplus has put together three competitively priced packages to include a lantern and gobo for projecting safety messages. The Goboquick is ideal for applications that require a compact fixture for easy LED gobo projection. Ideal for clubs, bars, restaurants and shopping malls, this silent gobo projector provides easy adjustment of focus.

  • A GoboQuick Projector with a monochrome glass gobo

  • A GoboQuick Projector with a colour gobo

  • A GoboQuick Projector with a custom gobo

17th July 2020

Broadweigh Announces New Products and Software Features as Brand Unveils New Website

Broadweigh Announces New Products and Software Features as Brand Unveils New Website

Leading load cell company Broadweigh has announced a series of brand new products in its range, plus the addition of software improvements to its toolkit. The company, which has undergone a complete rebranding exercise over the past year culminating with the launch of its new website, believes the time is right to bring the new developments to the market. The design changes have developed as a result of feedback from users, with the current COVID-19 pandemic creating an unprecedented time for pure engineering focus.

From 13th July, two new modules have been added to the 2.4GHz product line as well as a new release of the Broadweigh toolkit software. Commenting on the design development and improvements, Robert Wilmington-Badcock, managing director said: "We have a clear ethos to continuously improve our products, to specifically develop for the entertainment industry and listen carefully to users' feedback. We have to understand exactly what tools are needed to do the job on a tour or in a venue." He continued: "In short, we are committed to continually improving the features and tools within our systems and because we design and manufacture the entire system, we can do this like no one else. The demands in rigging are very challenging and Broadweigh can do the job."

The new products bring numerous new benefits to the already highly regarded range. The BW-WM1 Warning Module is a fully configurable three light warning indicator that can be used in a simple LOG100 mode, responding in the same way as LOG100. A green light extinguishes if there is a loss of signal from any transmitters, an amber light illuminates if any LOG100 display channel passes the warning level and a red light illuminates if any LOG100 display channel passes the over/ under-load level. A buzzer sounds with the red indicator (which can be disabled for quiet use). Alternatively, the BW-WM1 can be configured as part of a stand-alone system. The values from up to eight data tags can be used to trigger each of the amber and red indicators (and buzzer). As well as showing that signals are being received, the 'good' green light can also be set to extinguish if other error states occur.

The BW-BSi is another new release. A base station option which configures transmitters via USB or serial connection. It comes with the options of USB, RS232 or RS485 interfaces and with a 9-32Vdc supply. The kit works with LOG100 for viewing data and allows a cable length of up to 300m distance from the PC. Elliot Van Laere, sales executive at Broadweigh explained: “The BW-BSi is the perfect solution for a permanent installation, providing a great solution when distance to a base station is limited." Commenting on the new Warning Module he continued: "The BW-WM1, though a new product, has already proven an imperative piece of hardware when included within a build. A green light showing all transmitters are communicating successfully, along with an early indication of being close to a pre-set load limit, means you don't have to be present watching LOG100."

The Broadweigh Toolkit rounds off the current series of new releases and is designed for its 2.4GHz wireless product range. The new release offers features which greatly simplify the initial shackle set up, especially for new users of the system or rental houses. Broadweigh has introduced a new mode which automatically loads pre-defined parameters to the shackles. These are parameters, which from experience, Broadweigh believes will give optimum performance for initial use.

Another brand new feature in the toolkit allows users to access the full transmission power. This applies mainly to users in the USA and Canada but means that, should Regulatory Region Power Limit allow, the radio output on Broadweigh modules can be increased.

"We are continually trying to simplify the operation of the Broadweigh system but without taking away any of the functionality," said Tom Lilly, applications engineer. "I believe that the latest version of the toolkit achieves a massive step in the right direction. It now means that if you don't wish to use the 'advanced' parameters of the shackles, you don't even need to see them! Experienced users will still be able to set up the shackles with their favoured settings."

It is this level of investment in R&D that has earned Broadweigh a solid reputation as a market leader in the rigging and entertainment industry over the past eight years. Earlier this year, the Broadweigh team felt that it was time to communicate its message more clearly and a fresh new brandmark was introduced onto its products. The final piece of the jigsaw is the new website, launched officially this week. Kelly Voysey, marketing manager for Mantracourt and Broadweigh said: "We've distilled the benefits of the Broadweigh system down to a handful of points, one of which is "Know More Do More". Our website embodies this and our core message is the more accountable you can be for every rigging point that you're hanging from, the more creative and innovative you can be while ensuring a safe working environment. Our new website provides countless examples of riggers doing just that. It introduces clarity in its design and navigation and delivers information more clearly so that users can get straight to the product, manual, video or find a reseller or rental house, depending on which best suits their needs. We've also launched an e-commerce shop so Broadweigh users can quickly purchase spares and have them shipped directly, or get their hands on one of our Broadweigh polo-shirts or jackets."

www.broadweigh.com

17th July 2020

L-Acoustics Creations Brings Home the Concert Experience with the Launch of its High End Professional Sound Systems for Residential Use

L-Acoustics Creations Brings Home the Concert Experience with the Launch of its High End Professional Sound Systems for Residential Use
L-Acoustics Creations Brings Home the Concert Experience with the Launch of its High End Professional Sound Systems for Residential Use

L-Acoustics Creations, a division of L-Acoustics, is dedicated to making L-Acoustics market-leading professional audio products and technologies available for specification in state-of-the-art private, residential, cultural and marine AV environments. As consumer demand for in-home audio and entertainment experiences rises, L-Acoustics Creations addresses that demand with the release of Archipel Sound Systems for the home, offering the impact and dynamics of the live concert experience.

Five L-Acoustics Creations packages are available for pre-order on the newly launched L-Acoustics eStore,

  • Fiji 2.1 – Compact X4i based package for home office or salon

  • Hawaii 2.1 – Powerful X8 based package for superprime sound lounges

  • Tahiti 2.1 – Sleek Syva based package for high end home audio indoor or outdoor listening

  • Tonga 2.1 – High performance Syva based package with reinforced sub for high performance, high fidelity music or cinema listening

  • Ibiza 2.0 – Mighty Kara II based package for best DJ audio systems

Other custom systems are available via a network of residential A/V Integrators currently being developed.

“Consumer focus has shifted to the home, and to high end home audio as artists create an abundance of live streaming content,” explains Nick Fichte, business manager at L-Acoustics Creations. “Consequently, interest in the best home sound systems is surging and L-Acoustics Creations is uniquely placed to fulfil the desire to bring the concert home. We’ve put three decades of professional audio experience into creating turnkey packages that transform musical content into an experience that satisfies the most demanding audiophile.”

L-Acoustics Creations home audio packages can be reserved online now. Visit http://www.l-acoustics-creations.com to learn more.

Also available to the public for the first time, L-Acoustics custom branded merchandise will be available for purchase in the eStore.

Online sales will benefit L-Acoustics certified providers and industry partners via a voluntary referral programme enabling special discounts for customers.

16th July 2020

Optocore Extends M-Series with Sample Rate Conversion

Optocore Extends M-Series with Sample Rate Conversion

Optocore has further extended its highly successful M-series of interfaces with the announcement of the MADI-SRC.

This exists in the shape of two new hardware boards with either four fibre or four BNC MADI SRC (Sample Rate Converter) ports. This means that any combination of devices from the M-series (comprising M8-OPT, M8-BNC, M12-OPT, M12-BNC, M12-OPT/BNC) can be now equipped with these Sample Rate Converters for MADI streams.

With this new feature customers can use stand-alone or networked MADI routers, with streams in different sample rates. In addition, the new M-series SRC will be available in DiGiCo mode, and can be connected to the DiGiCo optical loop providing MADI SRC streams.

Speaking of this latest development, Optocore application engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski, stated: "MADI SRC is a very useful and unique feature. Our R&D team worked tirelessly to ensure all existing M-series devices would function seamlessly with the addition of Sample Rate Conversion.

“It means that customers can now interconnect and route MADI signals from different clock domains and with different sample rates.

“In terms of flexibility, this moves our solution to the next level.”

16th July 2020

Ayrton makes a splash with the launch of Domino – the Master of the Elements

Ayrton makes a splash with the launch of Domino – the Master of the Elements

Ayrton has launched the latest in its series of IP65-rated fixtures, Domino – The Master of the Elements! Building on the huge success of Perseo, Ayrton’s first IP65-rated fixture, Domino delights in dominating the most extreme environments while delivering the most stunning effects.

Delivering a massive 51,000 lumens from its 1000W LED source, Domino is a brilliantly versatile fixture that combines the output and exceptional optics of Huracán-X with the feature set of Khamsin, in an IP65-rated body. Designed to operate in the most extreme situations, Domino can resist hot or cold temperatures, wind, rain, hail, salt fog, sand and dust. It can withstand arid environments, heavy rainfall, and sudden climatic variations.

Ayrton has included all the weatherproofing features of Perseo and given it the same minimalist design, reduced visual footprint and, for maximum effectiveness, a liquid cooling system with six IP68-rated submersible fans outside its weatherproof enclosure.

Fitted with a 178mm frontal lens, Domino’s proprietary optical system uses 13 lenses, producing a 10:1 zoom ratio and a zoom range of 6° to 60°. The exceptional optics deliver an extremely uniform flat beam with no hot spot and reproduce impeccable high-definition images over the entire zoom range.

Feature-rich from the factory, Domino has a sophisticated subtractive CMY colour mixing system combined with a variable CTO and a wheel with six complementary colours for infinite pastel and saturated colours. The framing section allows accurate positioning of each of its four shutter blades across a 100% surface area. The image section includes 14 interchangeable HD glass gobos on two wheels. The effects section contains two dynamic effect-wheels with continuous movement in both directions, a CMY multi-layered wheel for creating multi-coloured effects, a standard monochromatic effect-wheel, a 15-blade iris diaphragm, two frost filters (for light and heavy diffusion), CRI and TM30 optimising filters, two rotating prisms (one circular with five facets and one linear with four facets), a dynamic sparkle effect with speed and fade adjustment, and an electronic dimmer.

Domino is available in S and TC versions: Domino-S delivers metallic white light with a record-breaking output of 51,000 lumens at a colour temperature of 7000K for incredible brightness; Domino-TC is calibrated at a colour temperature of 6000K with a CRI greater than 90 and very high TM30 readings for perfect colour rendition.

Weighing in at 52kg, Domino is designed for stadium-sized settings and intensive outdoor use. This Master of the Elements is ready to take on the most extreme conditions and is shipping with immediate effect.

13th July 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.

Astera Launches NYX BulbAstera Launches NYX Bulb

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