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Tascam Debuts Model 24 Mixer and more at NAMM 2019
USA – Tascam will be pulling the wraps off its new and hottest products at this year's NAMM show, including some new, as yet unseen surprises.
At booth 18910 in the North Hall of the Anaheim Convention Center, Tascam will be showcasing the brand new Model 24 digital multi-track recorder. Offering 24 tracks of 24-bit, 48kHz audio capture (22 channels and a stereo main mix) and 22 playback tracks via either USB 2.0 or to the unit's onboard SD Card recorder, the Model 24 delivers quick, easy one-touch recording and includes transport controls, auto and manual punch in/out, and overdub capability. With colour-coded knobs, faux-wood sides, and a retro design, the Model 24 is reminiscent of vintage Tascam products but it's based on the company's industry-leading digital Portastudio technology, as evidenced by its LCD screen and digital recording and Bluetooth input features.
Regular demonstrations of the Model 24 will be shown throughout the day each day of the show.
In addition to the Model 24, Tascam will be unveiling several other new products for professional audio, DSLR video, and installed AV applications. Come by and get a first look at some brand new cutting edge surprises.
The Tascam booth will also be hosting the debut of Gig Performer 3.0, the innovative, feature-rich software platform that transforms your plug-ins into a powerful live performance system. Paired with Tascam's US-20x20 USB interface, Gig Performer 3.0 offers a complete live performance solution for taking control of your setup.
Also at the Tascam booth, join Nuclear Blast Records, home of Slayer, Death Angel, Accept, Hammerfall and other great metal artists. Nuclear Blast will be hosting a listening station featuring vinyl spun on custom TEAC turntables, as well as giving away slipmats, and other cool swag.
Orange County-based Burger Records, will also be hosting at the Tascam booth this year. One of the major forces behind the cassette revival, Burger Records will be hosting a cassette rewind contest, and giving away copies of some of their current releases.
Blue Coast Records, the premier DSD and high resolution audio label, will be joining Tascam again this year, using the opportunity to showcase their recordings on the Tascam DA-3000 Stereo Master Recorder.
Elsewhere at the booth, the stage will host sets by celebrated singer-songwriter RT Valine, as well as a performance by San Diego's Beebs and her Moneymakers, Grammy-nominated producer/guitarist Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down), and Odyssy featuring DJ Johnny Juice of Public Enemy. Between musical performances, check out demos of Model 24, Gig Performer, and presentations on high-resolution recording from Blue Coast's Cookie Marenco and Earful Productions' Jim Stern, as well as DW Fearn and the Hazelrigg Brothers.
21st January 2019
Powersoft Presents ArmoníaPlus at AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium
USA – Powersoft will present a two-hour training session at this year's AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio. The course will cover Powersoft's ArmoníaPlus System Manager, an update on Powersoft’s Armonía Pro System Manager audio design environment software, which has been adopted by some of today's leading loudspeaker manufacturing companies. The session will be held in the Hilton Anaheim, Level 4, C2, on Saturday 26 January from 12-2pm.
Powersoft’s Rick Woida, US application engineer, will lead the ArmoníaPlus portion of the training session and will cover topics such as software navigation, designing a large line-source system, preset creation and interactive tuning.
The ArmoníaPlus System Manager is an update on the Armonía Pro System Manager audio design environment software, modified for greater ease-of-use, efficiency and system flexibility to provide remote group control and sound monitoring in real time with the full range of Powersoft products.
“We’ve rethought Powersoft’s Armonía Pro System Manager with the goal of making it even easier to use and easier for loudspeaker manufacturers to employ in their own systems,” Woida said. “With ArmoníaPlus, we have completely redesigned the software to make it the most efficient audio design environment on the market today.”
Featuring a new and improved, intuitive user interface, ArmoníaPlus makes it easy to set up and manage complex sound systems. With ArmoníaPlus, every operation now takes place on the loudspeakers, providing multiple ways to link and audition various presets on the fly from a dedicated window.
For loudspeaker manufacturers, ArmoníaPlus lets OEMs display a system based on Powersoft amp modules as their own, enabling OEMs to support their own brand identity while providing a powerful environment created by Powersoft. ArmoníaPlus has already been adopted by a variety of pre-eminent loudspeaker manufacturers.
Klas Dalbjörn, product manager at Powersoft Audio, will also give a presentation on the new Powersoft T Series, a set of ultra-reliable and efficient amplifier platforms, which make Powersoft's renowned audio quality and functionality available to the rental market.
"We're setting the new benchmark for the type of reliability and audio performance you can expect from a product at this price level," Dalbjörn said. "The T Series is Powersoft's solution for rental companies with small to medium-size sound systems, and it features next generation processing and networking capabilities, but at lower price point."
The T Series will be also introduced during a press conference that will be held Thursday 24 January at 1pm at Powersoft booth located 17701 – ACC North, 2nd Floor.
AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio is presented by Audio Engineering Society (AES), in partnership with The NAMM Show. This exclusive, four-day international education and training program is targeted at working professionals in live sound, recording and performance audio. The four-day symposium comprises of a series of premier training academies and related technical sessions, provided by a dedicated team of topical specialists and experts to create a unique, new learning format that will appeal to career veterans and aspiring audio professionals.
18th January 2019
Optoma to showcase latest developments in LED display, laser and 4K projection at ISE 2019
The Netherlands – Optoma will return to ISE 2019 with its biggest stand to date. Showcasing its latest solutions in hall 1, stand 1-F90, Optoma will demonstrate its revolutionary new QUAD LED display solution, interactive flat panels (IFPDs), professional and consumer 4K UHD projectors and audio products.
Thierry Millet, managing director of Optoma EMEA, said: “ISE is Optoma’s most important platform to showcase the latest developments in display and audio technology to our customers and partners. We are excited to officially launch our new the QUAD LED display series and demonstrate our unique LED display, projection and IFPD solutions.”
For the first time, Optoma will demonstrate the FHDQ130 from its new QUAD series. The fully optimised 130” (2.88 x 1.62m) Full HD LED display is an all-in-one solution for a quick and easy out-of-the-box installation.
The QUAD series four-in-one SMD pixel format creates a smoother screen surface, wide viewing angle and a more robust design. Boasting an eco-friendly <0.5W standby mode, that conforms with ErP regulations, power consumption is reduced to save energy costs.
A hugely simplified assembly process significantly reduces the installation time required – from days to hours – to dramatically reduce the total project cost. And the integrated HQUltra and media player technology eliminates the need for any additional devices associated with traditional LED solutions.
At the show, Optoma will demonstrate two of its fully optimised Full HD 1080p LED display solutions: 180” 2.0mm pixel pitch (FHD20422) and 136" 1.5mm fine pixel pitch (FHD153169).
Designed, supplied and supported as a single solution, they include everything from cables to preconfigured processors. This ensures a hassle-free set-up for a truly seamless installation. They can be mounted directly onto a suitable wall without a mounting frame, which combined with front access, gives fast, low-cost installation and easy maintenance.
Optoma will also display its complete range of LED display panels: THD series. Available in 1.5mm to 3.9mm pixel pitch, they can be configured to meet any display need, allowing complete flexibility in resolution and screen size.
Visitors are invited to try out the latest scaler-switchers to see the high-speed switching for themselves. With HQUltra 4K image processing, they deliver best in class picture quality and low latency video processing.
The new LS1000 LED scaler-switcher includes customisable connectivity with a modular design and features 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 scaling, four screen PiP and seamless switching.
The new multi-touch interactive flat panels will be on show. Boasting 4K UHD resolution and a 20-point touch-enabled display, they bring lessons and idea-sharing to life in education, corporate and retail settings.
Available in 65’’, 75’’ and 86’’ sizes and featuring anti-glare glass, a blue light filter and a wide viewing angle, they reduce eye strain while providing crisp and vivid visuals to every seat in the room.
Optoma, which is the number one DLP projector brand across EMEA, is partnering with VIOSO to showcase a large five metre blend with four new ZK1050 4K UHD projectors. This projector featuring MCL technology (Multi Colour Laser) is the latest addition to the DuraCore range, which combines a longer-lifetime light source and an independent IP rated dust certification.
Optoma has partnered with HeavyM to highlight the almost endless possibilities provided by projection mapping. This unique demonstration will show the ease of use and flexibility of the intuitive HeavyM software coupled with the Optoma ZU1050 DuraCore laser projector.
Visitors can have fun on the interactive gaming platform for trampolines created by Valo Motion, featuring Optoma’s 10,000-lumen ZU1050 DuraCore laser projector. This WUXGA model featuring MCL technology is designed for 24/7 continuous operation in challenging environments.
Optoma, in collaboration with Scan Computers will demonstrate two 4K UHD professional projectors featuring the latest single chip DLP technology, ZK750 DuraCore laser and 4K550ST with a short throw lens.
Visitors to the stand can test their gaming credentials, playing Battlefield 5 on one of five PC’s, with one 4K machine showing off the latest ‘Ray Tracing’ features from its NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
With a fully operational boardroom set up on this year’s stand, Optoma will demonstrate its latest projectors and accessories for corporate applications. All three DuraCore laser projectors on display here combine a high brightness with dust resistant IP5X certification.
The ZH420UST Full HD 4,000-lumen ultra short throw laser projector delivers 20,000 hours maintenance-free laser light source at full brightness. The ZH506 Full HD 5,000-lumen laser projector delivers 30,000 hours maintenance-free laser light source at full brightness and features vertical lens shift for easy installation. While the Full HD ZH550T 5500-lumen laser projector delivers 30,000 hours maintenance-free laser light source at full brightness and offers versatile orientation including 360° projection.
With its flexible folding arm and compact design, the new DC455 document camera is easy to store and move between rooms and adjustment and precise positioning is straightforward. Boasting an output resolution of up to 4K UHD, a 13 megapixel camera and 8x optical zoom, images are clear and allow presenters to display documents, drawings or 3D objects with superb clarity.
The QuickCast solution is designed for effortless, cable-free presentations at the click of a button. It gives users the freedom to display content instantly from almost any device with an HDMI output. With no wires, software or applications to download and simple to use, QuickCast reduces the stress of presenting.
Optoma will demonstrate two 4K UHD home projectors at ISE 2019 including the award-winning UHL55 LED model and a brand-new laser cinema model, the UHZ65UST.
The UHL55 delivers smart home entertainment with 4K UHD cinema quality images and support for Alexa voice control. Packed with the latest technology and features, this stylish LED projector boasts HDR compatibility, HDCP 2.2 support and includes integrated speakers and a host of connection options such as WiFi and Bluetooth.
ISE 2019 takes place from 5th to 8th February 2019 at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. The Optoma stand can be found in Hall 1, stand 1-F90. Use the code 705254 to receive a free entry ticket: http://www.iseurope.org
18th January 2019
L-Acoustics NAMM 2019 Preview
USA – As NAMM demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the professional audio community, L-Acoustics returns to the trade show for the second consecutive year with an enhanced booth and demo space.
The leading manufacturer of premium sound reinforcement solutions will be more than doubling its footprint this year at NAMM to showcase L-ISA immersive hyperreal sound, a trailblazing multidimensional sound technology. Demonstrations will take place in demo room 203A several times daily on a first come, first seated basis:
Thursday, 24 January: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm
Friday, 25 January: 10am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm
Saturday, 26 January: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm
Sunday, 27 January: 10am, noon and 2pm
L-Acoustics reports that L-ISA has been nominated for a prestigious NAMM TEC (Technological Excellence & Creativity) Award in the hardware processing category. Members of the L-Acoustics team present at NAMM look forward to networking at the awards event on Saturday night, as well as attending the Parnelli Awards to be held on Friday evening.
Alongside the L-ISA demo space, the L-Acoustics interactive showroom features the latest loudspeakers, processors, and software, including ARCS Wide and Focus, X Series, K Series, and Syva loudspeakers, along with the P1 AVB processor, which shipped in June 2018.
“NAMM presents us with an ideal forum to reconnect with peers and key clients, and to interact with the wider audience of music enthusiasts who make our industry thrive,” notes Laurent Vaissié, CEO, USA and Canada for L-Acoustics. “By combining technology showcases, educational sessions, and exciting awards ceremonies, NAMM gets the year off to an excellent start in a location close to our US headquarters in Westlake Village.”
Please visit L-Acoustics at NAMM booth 17208 and experience L-ISA and other technologies in demo room 203A.
17th January 2019
Hear The Pro-Ribbon Difference at the NAMM Show
USA – In 2019, for the first time, the NAMM Show will present a showcase of line array and loudspeaker technologies, hosted in the real-world environment of California’s Anaheim Convention Center Arena. Each day of the show, audio professionals will be able to hear the difference that Alcons Audio’s pro-ribbon technology delivers.
The showcases are being hosted in collaboration with Live Sound International magazine, where Alcons will be demonstrating the LR7/LR7B micro line-array system with BC332 cardioid subwoofers during three compact system showcases per day, as well as the VR5 mini versatile monitor, VR8 compact versatile monitor and RR12 point-source array module during a further portable system showcase each day.
The showcases will take place on all three days of the NAMM show: Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January, 2019. Alcons will have a booth at the event, where company staff will be on hand to talk visitors through its entire range of pro-ribbon solutions.
“As arguably the world’s leading trade show for the music industry, we welcome this exciting new chance to demonstrate Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems to key decision-makers in the live audio industry, including rental and installation companies in the performance, theatre and venue markets,” says Alcons North American sales manager David Rahn.
“Alcons is already established as a go-to solution for high quality cinema, screening rooms and home theatre. We have also proved that our pro-ribbon solutions deliver the power and clarity for exceptional live sound, from Broadway and performing arts centres, right through to sporting events and the biggest festivals.
“This showcase is a great opportunity to compare our evolutionary pro-ribbon systems to other loudspeaker technologies and for NAMM Show visitors to hear the difference for themselves.”
16th January 2019
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Leading Film and TV Solutions at BSC Expo 2019
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) will demonstrate exclusive highlights from its one-stop inventory of complete lighting, control, grip, infrastructure and consumables solutions for the world of film, TV and broadcast at BSC Expo 2019, Battersea Evolution, London, 1st - 2nd February.
The company's large inventory of options spans the needs of the owner operator, rental houses, and small, medium and large broadcast operations, through to major movie productions.
Stand highlights include:
Chroma-Q – the Brute Force powerful new, LED alternative to traditional light sources such as a quarter ‘Wendy light’, will be making a big impact this year, along with the award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light. Ideal for film and broadcast, the new Studio Force II LED tuneable white wash batten will be making its BSC debut, as well as the new Vista 3 by Chroma-Q next generation lighting & media control system.
Quasar Science – used by major Hollywood studios through to videographers, Quasar Science's Q-LED linear LED fixtures combine all the benefits of a self-ballasted LED source, yet with a compact, low profile form factor which gives users huge creative freedom. Producing a high quality output, models include the Q-Lion battery powered fixture, which offers a choice of 3,000K and 5,600K colour modes and the RGB-X rainbow, which features both RGB full colour changing and tuneable white modes.
PROLIGHTS – highlights showing from the brand's extensive range of LED moving heads include the new RA3000 high-precision 1000W LED profile; new Panorama IP WBX high output, IP65 LED wash luminaire for outdoor applications, JetSpot4 180W LED spotlight providing the output of a 700W discharge fixture with a massive zoom range and Diamond19 LED wash light with individual pixel control.
RatPac – Using industry-leading LumenRadio CRMX wireless technology, RatPac's AKS system allows users to control lighting fixtures directly from their mobile phone, tablet or PC. The Cintenna wireless receivers can plug directly into the back of the lighting fixtures themselves, and require no additional rigging hardware.
Visitors to the stand have a chance to win some of the latest lighting innovations, including a Quasar Science Q-Lion battery LED 3x1 Kit featuring one each of the Q5 (7"), Q10 (12") and Q20 (24") fixture sizes and a Vista MV control surface and 512-channel DMX dongle licence for use in conjunction with the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting and media control software. Terms & conditions apply, ask on the stand for details.
Visit stand 101 to enter the competitions, get product demonstrations and speak to a member of AC-ET's film and TV sales team.
16th January 2019
Stage|Set|Scenery partners with event organisers’ association
Germany – Be it at a traditional congress or an interactive bar camp, event organisers are trendsetters are often confronted with the challenge of finding new ways to realise an event. In that sense event technology is very important, not simply in order to shine the spotlight on speakers at a congress and transmit a clear message acoustically. The object is to transform an event into a genuine experience. New technology such as virtual and augmented reality is playing an increasingly important role. Furthermore, the meeting and event industry benefits from a dialogue between theatres, museums and other cultural institutions. Stage|Set|Scenery, which will be taking place from 18 to 20 June on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and for the first time will be partnering with the Association of Event Organisers (VDVO), is the right platform for this dialogue.
Hall 22 will feature a dedicated area for the event industry where among others the VDVO will be represented with a communicative stand concept. At the congress topics will focus on event production as well as cultural real estate such as theatres and concert houses as event venues. “The show offers our members and event organisers huge added value”, said Bernd Fritzges, CEO of the VDVO. ”Increasingly, cultural venues such as theatres and concert houses are being booked for story telling and the corresponding event productions. Culture makes it possible to establish a common theme when designing an event. Thus, culture and event production are the two key topics we will be focusing on.”
“With the VDVO we are delighted to have secured a further partner from the event industry,” said Patricia Pohle, the project manager of Stage|Set|Scenery. “This rounds off our portfolio. Be it a theatre performance or a corporate event – the skilled trades behind the scenes must work together smoothly and communicate throughout to ensure that an event is an unforgettable experience. Stage|Set|Scenery is the ideal platform for that dialogue.”
Also taking part in the international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology will be another event industry association, the Interessengemeinschaft der Städte mit Theatergastspielhäusern (Inthega).
16th January 2019
Martin lighting, Admiral staging, and TiMax to exhibit at Stage Electrics’ Showcase
UK – Stage Electrics has announced that Martin lighting, Admiral staging, and TiMax will also be exhibiting at the broadcast and theatre equipment Showcase on the 30th of January 2019.
Featuring some of the biggest names in the industry, Stage Electrics is welcoming 25 manufacturers, to the SS Great Britain, Bristol, to demonstrate their extensive range of lighting, audio, video and staging equipment.
Offering the opportunity to speak directly to manufacturers, discover the latest in theatre and broadcast equipment and network with others in the industry, this event is the perfect way to kick off the new year.
With free entry, the event will run from 2pm until 7pm and drinks and nibbles will be served from 5:30pm onwards – why not pop down after work? All who attend will be entered into a free prize raffle! Get in touch with Stage Electrics to register, free parking will be available to all those who register before 17th January.
14th January 2019
Elation Innovation Coming to 2019 NAMM Show
USA – Visitors to the NAMM Show 24-27 January at the Anaheim Convention Center will be able to see some of Elation’s latest lighting innovations at Booth #11542 in Hall A. The NAMM Show is North America's largest trade show for music industry products and the perfect opportunity to talk to a qualified Elation professional about bringing your lighting system to the next level.
On display – and shipping from February – will be the much-talked-about RAYZOR 760, a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire with SparkLED technology. SparkLED consists of 28 individual white LEDs inside the front lens that creates a unique additional layer of effect. Driven by seven, independently controlled 60W RGBW LEDs, the RAYZOR 760 with wide zoom projects well-defined mid-air beams as well as an exceptionally even wash. Continuous pan nad tilt rotation adds another layer of dynamic effect.
Featuring alongside the RAYZOR 760 will be the Smarty Hybrid, a full-featured spot/beam/wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. Features include motorised zoom, full CMY colour mixing, linear CTO, 13 dichroic colours, two gobo wheels, prism overlay and more. Elation has introduced an ultimate warranty programme on Smarty Hybrid that covers the first two years of operation or 6,000 hours of use, whichever comes first, and includes the efficient Philips MSD Platinum 200 Flex 280W lamp.
Also on show will be the new Protron Eclypse, a high-powered and highly versatile hybrid LED luminaire that can multi-function as a bright blinder, powerful strobe, high-output wash light or creative eye candy effect in one. Featuring 96 x 10W CREE RGBW four-in-one LEDs with pixel zone control, strobe intensity, duration, rate and FX control, the Protron Eclypse can fill multiple requirements in the rig.
Obsidian Control Systems has announce that both the powerful NX 2 and the portable NX Wing are now shipping and will showcase at NAMM. The NX 2 is the ultimate compact yet fully-integrated lighting controller with all the connectivity and power the ever-increasing size of shows demands. The NX Wing is the complementary USB control surface to operate Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX platform on any PC system without compromise.
Obsidian Control Systems is offering Capture SOLO lighting design, documentation and visualisation software free with any NX Series console purchased. Universally regarded as easy-to-use visualisation software with a fast learning curve, Capture lets users work with lighting, video, laser, moving scenery and water elements to visualise a design and help sway clients.
Elation is also pleased to be offering free Capture and ONYX training sessions on 24th January at the NAMM show. The sessions will cover the basics of Capture 2018 and ONYX software and will be held from 10:30 am to 1:00pm (Capture) and 2:00pm-6:00pm (ONYX). Computers will be provided for both training sessions. Spots are still available but filling up fast. For more info and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/onyx-capture-training-namm-2019-tickets-54607213646
14th January 2019
Mackie Celebrates 30 Years Running
USA – Mackie has announced 30 years since it made its mark on the pro audio industry and is celebrating all the incredible customers that have made it possible. Mackie's history is full of breakthrough products which have gone on to create and define a number of new categories like the LM-1602 that was originally shown at The NAMM Show in 1989, and other classics like the CR-1604, HR824, SRM450 and MCU. Over the past three decades, pushing the industry forward with innovative designs, Mackie has delivered professional sound quality and "Built-Like-a-Tank" reliability at a price working musicians and engineers could afford since 1989.
"Celebrating 30 years is about recognising our customers around the world that have put their trust in our gear," said Shaunna Krebs, Mackie marketing director. "They are what made this possible, and we look forward to the next 30 years providing great gear for Mackie fans everywhere."
To celebrate, Mackie will be giving away CR-Buds earphones daily* at the demo room plus cutomers can also get their hands on a limited edition 30th anniversary Mackie t-shirt*. Mackie is also an official sponsor of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus who will be giving away FreePlay Series Bluetooth speakers. Mackie is also proud to be the official headphone sponsor of the NAMM Idea Center where all attendees there will be using Mackie's MC Series headphones.
This year, Mackie is found in more places than ever. Entering new categories with products like MP Series in-ear monitors, MC Series headphones, and FreePlay Series Bluetooth speakers. Mackie is also raising the bar with its all-new DRM Series professional loudspeakers that utilise the latest technology, quality components, and meticulous design for sound that needs to be heard to believed. Mackie will be demoing the DRM Series throughout the show on the hour starting at 10am. Continuing the anniversary celebration, Mackie will be hosting cake cutting events Thursday through Saturday at 5:30pm at the demo room as part of its 30th anniversary celebration while providing a comprehensive demo of the all-new DRM Series loudspeakers.
Visit Mackie at demo room 201D.
*While supplies last
14th January 2019
Bart Kresa’s Sviatavoid projection sculpture to debut at ISE 2019
The Netherlands – Panasonic Business and Integrated Systems Europe are joining forces to bring Bart Kresa’s (pictured) newest projection mapping show piece to ISE 2019.
Sviatavoid, a faceted, five metre tall projection sculpture, is the successor to the iconic Shogyo Mujo, which debuted at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA in 2014. The new sculpture is set to create a new benchmark in audio visual art and will be illuminated through 360° in True 4K using four Panasonic PT-RQ32 4K, 30,000lm laser projectors.
The world premiere of Sviatavoid will mark the launch of the new BARTKRESA Academy, which offers recent art school graduates the chance to learn projection mapping on a training course at Kresa’s studio in Lublin, Poland.
Following ISE, the sculpture will find residence at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin.
“The high-level of design and production that we have achieved with Sviatovid – high resolution, four times 4K, 120,000 lumens, and a complete transformation of the sculpture – is innovative.
“When I think of the best place in the world to premiere cutting edge new work, I think of ISE. We are so appreciative of Panasonic for collaborating with us on this project, and to ISE for supporting the premiere,” commented Bart Kresa.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems events managing director commented: “This the first time Sviatavoid will be shown anywhere, so we are delighted that Bart has chosen ISE to debut the piece, which is sure to provide a stunning centrepiece for the show.”
“Bart Kresa is one of the world’s foremost projection artists who has contributed to iconic works such as the Game of Thrones series premiere party and the mapping of NASA’s Endeavour Space Shuttle,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager for Panasonic. “Given the brightness and resolution of the projection on a relatively small surface, this is likely to be a real highlight and a great photo opportunity at this year’s exhibition.”
Sviatavoid will be on display outside Hall 1 and 2 (Entrance K) throughout ISE at the RAI, Amsterdam from 5-8 February.
Bart Kresa will also give the ISE 2019 Opening Address which will take place at 6pm on 4th February at the Forum, RAI Amsterdam.
11th January 2019
Highlite International at the 2019 edition of ISE
The Netherlands – Highlite International BV will be present during Integrated Systems Europe, ISE 2019 from 5 to 8 February at the RAI in Amsterdam, hall 7, stand Y190. At the Highlite stand various installation solutions from DAP Audio, visuals from DMT Premiere LED screens, effect lighting from Showtec and Infinity with the Furion and Signature series will be showcased.
Since the first edition in 2004, the ISE event has developed into the largest exhibition for AV and system integration professionals. For Highlite each year the perfect opportunity in this B2B environment to introduce innovative ideas and to provide answers to installation matters. DAP Audio supplies a vast array of installation mixers, very well equipped for zone control with multiple inputs. Amplifiers, like the analogue HP-series, the digital QI-Series or the 100V PA- or ZA-series offer possibilities for multi-room venues. In combination with the Celestion powered new XI-MKII installation speaker series the perfect solution for fixed installations.
Besides DAP Audio Highlite has a lot more to offer. Infinity will show the Furion Series, very fast and powerful LED-based moving heads, equipped with Wireless DMX. The Infinity washlight iW-720, the pixel controlled washlight iW-1915 Pixel RGBW Wash and the Infinity Chimp light controller will trigger your creativity. The Infinity Signature LED based theatre spots, a Robert Juliat collaboration, can be found at the Highlite stand as well.
DMT Premiere LED Screens with pixel pitches ranging from 5.9 to 2.9 will show you the big picture, literally. With their quadruple presentation it becomes very easy to make the right screen-choice for any venue.
Showtec offers a very powerful outdoor washer: the IP-65 rated Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 with 40 Prolight Opto RGBW four-in-one 10W LEDs and WDMX. WDMX is also present in the Showtec Eventspot 1600Q4, a very interesting battery light with up to 15 hours battery lifetime per usage.
11th January 2019
High End Systems opens entries for Hog Factor 2019 – Prolight + Sound
Germany – High End Systems has announced that entries are now open for Hog Factor 2019, taking place at Prolight + Sound on the 3rd April in Frankfurt. Open to all aspiring lighting practitioners, university students and apprentices, the competition is back on a bigger scale than ever before, welcoming entrants from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions.
Hog Factor was first held in the US (2015) and has grown its reputation in the industry for being the chief lighting programming competition across the globe. In the first phase of the competition, entrants are invited to program a light show on a Hog console to a specified song via a visualisation file. The deadline for submissions is the 26th February 2019. Following this, judges will select three shortlisted teams who will receive free travel and accommodation for Prolight + Sound 2019 (2nd – 5th April).
The teams will compete against one another with a performance of their lighting show on the High End Systems booth at the exhibition. This will be in front of a live audience of industry experts and a panel of judges who will then announce the winners.
Nina Mesitz, a member of last year’s winning team ‘Status Cue’, commented positively about her experience of the competition: “The hands-on approach and interaction with industry professionals is invaluable. There is much to learn and vital key contacts to make for the future. It is an opportunity not to be missed for anyone with a passion for a lighting career!”
ETC vice president of marketing David Lincecum added: “Hog Factor is exciting, rewarding and educational for all aspiring lighting practitioners, but equally so for the crowds that watch! The audience is really engaged in every beat of the performance.”
For more information on the Hog Factor competition and to register your team, visit https://www.highend.com/hogfactor/hog-factor-competition-prolight
10th January 2019
Green Hippo takes control and goes ‘beyond content’ at ISE 2019
The Netherlands – Green Hippo, the manufacturer of multi award-winning Hippotizer media servers, is set for an all-embracing ISE 2019. The company, renowned for its hugely popular range of Hippotizer media servers, will operate its own stand (Hall 5, stand W100) where visitors will receive a comprehensive introduction and demonstration of the latest software and hardware development. Attendees can also understand more about Green Hippo’s 3D mapping workflow, demonstrated at numerous global events and projects such as Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and ‘Energy City’ at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Green Hippo will also be on show on the stand of its sister company, tvONE (Hall 1, stand M140). Paired together, Hippotizer media servers and CORIOmaster offer a unique control solution, delivering high-resolution, media manipulation with super-low latency, live capture compositing for a wider range of corporate markets and installations.
Flawless integration has always been a key aspect of the Green Hippo proposition and the company’s ISE team will be demonstrating the power of interactivity and generative content, working with Notch, the real-time visual creation tool on the Green Hippo stand.
Green Hippo’s creative partnerships also extend to Absen, (Hall 12, stand C60) the integrated service provider and manufacturer, showcasing premium-quality turnkey LED display solutions with media manipulation and control delivered by Hippotizer V4+.
Green Hippo’s impact on ISE 2019 will also extend beyond the halls and stands of ISE 2019. Working in collaboration with Integrated Systems Events and Tenfeet, the Netherlands-based lighting creative, Green Hippo will projection map on to the nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel, transforming the hotel into ISE 2019’s largest canvas.
10th January 2019
Beckhoff to showcase latest technologies at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE)
The Netherlands – Throughout this year’s ISE exhibition, automation technology specialist Beckhoff will be demonstrating how stage and show technology, AV and multimedia communications, and building technology applications can be integrated into a single control platform.
Taking place from 5th-8th February, ISE is the largest AV and integrated systems exhibition in the world and the 2019 show is expected to attract 80,000 attendees across the four-day event. As well as a wide variety of conferences, keynote speeches, training programmes and floor events, ISE also plays host to the Smart Building Conference, a one-day programme which offers visitors unique insight into building technologies and the future of smart buildings.
Beckhoff will be making use of the Amsterdam-based exhibition to showcase innovations such as TwinCAT Speech, its advanced speech recognition software that enables a controller to process speech signals. Elsewhere on the stand, Beckhoff will demonstrate how the TwinCAT TCP/IP software module can open up new fields of application in the entertainment sector for Open Sound Control (OSC) and MIDI integration and show how the new EL2596 EtherCAT Terminal can deliver high-precision control of LEDs.
As a specialist in PC-based control, Beckhoff will also highlight the expansion of its ultra-compact Industrial PC series and TwinCAT HMI - the software tool for rapid creation of platform-independent user interfaces.
Karl Walker, market development manager at Beckhoff Automation, comments: “ISE combines the best of AV, multimedia and building automation, attracting visitors with a keen interest in all fields. We look forward to welcoming attendees to stand D150 and demonstrating the cutting-edge technologies that allow multiple functions to come together on a single control platform.”
10th January 2019
Meyer Sound Highlights UP-4slim System and Immersive Demo at NAMM Show
USA – The Meyer Sound booth (17800) at the 2019 NAMM Show will feature a display of the new UP-4slim system while also offering the content creation community an opportunity to experience a 7.1.4 immersive demo using Amie precision studio monitors in a small studio environment.
The new UP-4slim ultra-compact loudspeaker will make its NAMM debut as part of a special promotional package available to Meyer Sound dealers. Offered at a substantial combined discount, the pair of UP-4slim loudspeakers together with two companion MM-10ACX subwoofers comprise a complete, fully integrated and highly portable system that provides extraordinary fidelity and an outstanding power-to-size ratio.
Housed in a slender, all-aluminium enclosure, the UP-4slim has a 100 degree symmetrical pattern for wide, uniform coverage in horizontal or vertical orientations. A svelte cabinet (15.90 in. H x 4.29 in. W x 5.69 in. D) makes the UP-4slim easy to install in tight spaces while the minimal weight (14lb.) allows a one-hand carry in portable applications.
The booth’s walk-in immersive sound demo, simulating a small production studio, employs a total of 11 Amie precision studio monitors for front, lateral surround and overheads with low frequencies augmented by dual Amie-Sub compact cinema subwoofers. The intimate immersive environment is suited to a variety of content creation applications in VR, AR, gaming and cinema. Audio content for the demo includes selections from both music recording and cinema with selections in stereo, 5.1 and 7.1.4 formats.
Also featured on the booth, representing the Leo family of sound reinforcement systems, will be a ground-stacked configuration of Lina very compact line array loudspeakers over a companion 750-LFC low frequency control element.
Meyer Sound’s higher profile on the show floor is in response to positive changes instituted by NAMM in recent years, according to Will Lewis, western US sales manager.
“The NAMM Show has emerged as the leading West Coast trade show for the pro audio community,” reflects Lewis. “This is due to a number of factors, including expanded floor space for a dedicated pro audio hall and the formal integration of AES programs into the schedule. And the fact that it’s in Southern California, a hub of the global content creation industry, is another big plus when it comes to direct contact with important Meyer Sound clientele.”
Meyer Sound also will be on-hand for the NAMM-sponsored TEC Awards, where the ground-breaking SIM (Source Independent Measurement) system will be inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In addition, the Bluehorn System studio monitor and VLFC very low frequency control element have received TEC Award nominations in their respective categories.
The annual Parnelli Awards, also held in conjunction with NAMM, will spotlight companies and individuals associated with Meyer Sound. UltraSound, a system user and technology collaborator for decades, is nominated for "Sound Company of the Year" recognising its stellar work on the Dave Matthews Band tour. Regional rental partners vying for “Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year” are Kian Concert Sound (Canada), Blackhawk Audio, Inc. (south-eastern United States) and Rainbow Production Services (north-east). In addition, Metallica’s Dan Braun is nominated for “Scenic/Set Designer of the Year” for his visuals on Metallica tours that carried Meyer Sound Leo Family audio reinforcement systems exclusively.
9th January 2019
Newest (and Smallest) Microphone Series by DPA Microphones Presented at NAMM 2019
USA – Making its NAMM debut (North Hall, Level 2, Booth 18507), DPA Microphones will be showcasing its smallest high-end pro audio microphone capsule, the d:screet CORE 6060, 6061 subminiature microphones and the d:fine CORE 6066 subminiature headset microphone. In addition, DPA’s d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone and d:facto 4018VL linear vocal microphone will be used during live in-booth performances throughout the show. DPA will also be participating in a variety of educational sessions as well as supplying mics for several NAMM events.
Measuring in at 3mm (0.12 inches) in diameter, the Subminiature mics may be small, but they are powerful in terms of performance. All three microphones incorporate the company’s TEC-nominated CORE by DPA amplification technology and have achieved an IP58 waterproof rating, which provides water and moisture resistance. In terms of technical specifications, all three 6000 series capsules are omnidirectional and have a frequency range of 20Hz - 20kHz. The d:screet 6060 lavalier has a noise floor of only 24dB(A), while the d:screet 6061 lavalier and d:fine 6066 headset have noise floors of only 26dB(A).
The d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone also incorporates CORE by DPA amplification technology. The d:vote CORE 4099 line is designed for use with every woodwind and acoustical instrument. Known for its discreet size and versatile mounting/clip options, the d:vote CORE 4099 mic is a great fit for a variety of applications ranging from the studio and theatre to live performances. For the d:vote CORE mics, the dynamic range has gone from 100dB to 108dB for the Loud SPL and from 95dB to 109dB for the Extreme SPL.
DPA is providing all of the mics for the outside Yamaha Grand Plaza main stage, including d:dicate 4011 cardioid microphones, d:dicate 2011 twin diaphragm cardioid microphones, d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphones and d:facto vocal microphones, and will be on hand to help the bands with any miking questions or techniques.
DPA is also contributing to Dynaudio’s Unheard Project, which gives new artists the chance to record their music and get exposure on a global scale. Artists will get the opportunity to perform and record live in the Dynaudio Unheard studio throughout the show using a wide selection of DPA instrument and vocal mics, right in the middle of the Grand Plaza area.
On Saturday 26th January, DPA representatives will take part in two panels at the Hilton, Level 4, Room C7. From noon to 2pm PST, Vincent Gabriel Antonini, DPA global sales support/new business manager in the US will present as part of the “Choosing The Right Vocal Mic” session, where he will discuss tips and tricks for selecting the right microphone-type based on a range of applications. Following this panel from 2pm to 4pm PST, Paul Andrews, global sales support and business development manager at DPA, will be presenting at a session on Miking the Piano, Choir and Orchestra. Andrews will be using DPA’s d:dicate recording microphones as well as d:vote CORE 4099 mics, d:screet CORE 4061 miniature omnidirectional microphones and d:sign 4098 supercardioid microphones.
9th January 2019
ROE Visual to Bring Next-Level Integration and a 6k Viewing Experience to ISE
The Netherlands – Presenting its visitors with an unmatched viewing experience in 6K, ROE Visual is gearing up for ISE 2019 with a new selection of outstanding products and integration options aimed at the rental and system integration markets they serve. ROE Visual is located in Hall 12, stand F50.
ISE, which is held at the RAI in Amsterdam, from 5-8 February 2019 is an important showcase opportunity for ROE Visual. The show gathers various partners to be informed on the latest product developments and solutions for applications like corporate meetings, touring and live events as well as broadcast, event venues, architectural design and control rooms.
This years’ stand design will feature a massive Sapphire SP1,5 screen, a Diamond 2.6 video wall and the Black Marble LED system in various applications. Next to these high-end products the ROE Visual stand design incorporates the ROE Strip and the newly released Vanish V8 LED panel.
The versatile Black Marble system by ROE Visual has evolved from a fast-building LED floor to a full-fledged system that provides stylish and unique integration solutions, to create floors, multi-level platforms and walls suited for architectural, broadcast or event applications. The system has four different finishes for a classy or fashionable look.
The unique Sapphire platform by ROE Visual is the only NPP system that can be suspended. Sporting a mere 1,5 mm pixel pitch and unique frame structure, Sapphire offers a flawless canvas that is strong and stable. The clever assembly system with intersection layers guarantees a seamless assembly.
The Vanish V8 system by ROE Visual offers high transparency. With a transparency of 60% this light-weight LED panel boasts an outstanding performance through its high-brightness and excellent viewing angles, capturing the audience’s attendance with a surprising visual experience.
ROE Visual pairs its exciting product presentation with excellent hospitality and expert support from both the ROE sales and product development teams.
Whether visitors care for sound advice, a product demonstration or just a good chat with some great coffee, they are welcome to join!
9th January 2019
TiMax sets new standards in immersive audio at ISE2019
The Netherlands – UK immersive audio and show control specialist OutBoard will demo the TiMax 500-series software, setting new standards for immersive spatial audio rendering and show programming workflows in live, presentation and experience applications, also featuring selectable skins optimised for outdoors and show conditions.
Based on detailed input from leading sound design associates, the new TiMax StageSpace allows auto-calculation of dynamic delay-matrix spatialisation objects directly from a map of the venue, speakers and audience/guest spaces.
TiMax spatial objects can be quickly auto-rendered and adapted for different shapes and sizes of presentation and experiential spaces, or stage, audience and audio system configurations. Objects can be fine-tuned by the user, because, as OutBoard asserts: “Experienced sound designers will tell you it’s the last few milliseconds or dB of adjustment that make the imaging work.”
TiMax OutBoard will also demo their powerful new bespoke FPGA dsp core, destined to break the mould for immersive spatial reinforcement techniques and unparalleled acoustic enhancement.
TiMax systems have become the preferred choice worldwide of premier sound designers of immersively spatialised music, drama, opera and orchestral sound, and for immersive soundscapes and showcontrol in museums, galleries, expos, planetariums, theme parks, rides and experiential events.
8th January 2019
ABTT Christmas Party 2018: Honours
UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians awards Fellowships to those who are considered to have rendered signal service to the technical aspects of the art of theatre. At the ABTT Christmas Party at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on Friday 7th December, Will Bowen and David Staples were both appointed as an ABTT Fellow.
Jack Tilbury, Director of Plann the specialist provider of services to cultural capital building projects, spoke to commend Will Bowen in his appointment as a Fellow. Jack remarked how pleased and honoured he was to introduce Will having sat in countless design and production meetings grappling with an insoluble problem only to offer the lifeline “I know a guy we can call!” Looking back at Will’s CV it is obvious that Jack was not the only person to have done this: amongst Will’s credits are Phantom of the Opera; Aspects of Love; Oliver!; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wizard Oz and His Dark Materials.
Richard Pilbrow, ABTT Fellow, one of the world’s leading theatre design consultants, a lighting designer and an author, commended David Staples in his appointment as a Fellow. Richard commenced his remarks by commending all those gathered for delivering such overwhelmingly fabulous theatre in the UK. Richard met David when at university he applied for a job which was some 44 years ago. As a teenager, David had read Richard’s books. Theatre Projects, Richard’s company, had landed a job for the Shah of Iran to build 26, three-auditorium arts centres across the country – all at once. Needless to say it never happened but Theatre Projects opened an office in Iran. David went out to manage it.
Honorary Memberships are bestowed upon those who have rendered signal service to the Association itself. Also at the ABTT Christmas Party, Rikki Newman was appointed an Honorary Member.
Ted Moore, Director of Rental Services for TAIT a world leader in delivering live event solutions, commended Rikki Newman to the appreciative company in his appointment as an Honorary Member. Rikki has had a long career in theatre, Ted suggested to know exactly how long would need carbon dating. He started his career in Australia. He served in the Australian Army, he has worked in the Sydney Opera House and he has worked in Australian TV. Rikki has been a very critical “friend” to the introduction of automation in to theatre but he is certainly the Master Carpenter’s Master Carpenter.
The acknowledgement and congratulations to all three recipients could not have been more warmly and genuinely given by the large gathering of ABTT Members, friends and guests at an enjoyable annual event.
In picture: The 2018 ABTT award winners, Will Bowen, David Staples and Ricky Newman are joined by ABTT CEO Robin Townley and chair Louise Jeffreys.
21st December 2018
The ALD announces 2018 Michael Northen Awards Winners on the occasion of the Annual Lighting Lunch
UK - From the Annual Lighting Lunch, the Association of Lighting Designers’ has announced the winners of this year’s Michael Northen Awards.
The awards offer students just leaving education, a vital opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in creating a portfolio which sells their design ideas. The strongest, most imaginative and creative lighting or video designs are showcased for the eyes of experienced lighting and video designers, as well to the wider reach of industry professionals.
Submissions had been deliberated over by an esteemed panel of judges and the honour of presenting the awards fell to ALD chair, Johanna Town, presenting the Michael Northern Award itself, ETC Ltd sales manager, Darren Beckley, presenting the ETC Award, 2018 judge, Steve Huttly, presenting the Francis Reid Award and Lucy Carter, ALD professional designers’ rep, presenting the Excellence in Video Design Award.
The Michael Northen Award, named in honour of the first credited lighting designer in the UK and his work on the “The Mousetrap” which can still be seen in London’s West End today, was awarded to a very deserving Sophie Bailey (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts). For her design which the judges claimed was ‘sculptural and controlled’.
Johanne Jensen (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama) was awarded The ETC Award for excellence in lighting design. The judges felt the process was presented well and the use of light thought about in some depth. The award is sponsored by ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls), specialists in lighting solutions and control equipment for theatre, film & TV studios, architectural spaces as well as entertainment industries.
Bethany Gupwell (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama) walked away proudly with The Francis Reid Award. The final imagery of Gupwell’s designs was thought striking, three-dimensional and with faces well lit!
The Excellence in Video Design Award which marks out the winner for their artistic distinction in the growing art of video design in live performance, was presented to Ruben Plaza Garcia (Rose Bruford College). The judges commented that his portfolio contained a good range of images and especially liked the combination of animated versus traditionally scenic content.
Johanna Town commented: “The value of collating your design work to be assessed by – and to gain insightful feedback from – professional judges, cannot be overestimated. This year’s entries were all remarkable and it was very hard to come to a final selection. We were also pleased to see a number of entries from non-drama schools: from practitioners who are just enjoying working with light and stage design. I hope we see more of these entrants in the future. It’s been an honour to meet this year’s winners and to see what they’re capable of. I know we will all be seeing more of their work in the near future.”
In picture: ALD chair, Johanna Town, with Sophie Bailey, winner of The Michael Northern Award.
21st December 2018
d&b opens the door to new install possibilities at ISE 2019
The Netherlands – d&b audiotechnik will be at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019, at RAI Amsterdam from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 February, exhibiting multiple new products developed for audio system installation and integration.
On stand C210 in Hall 7, the d&b team will introduce d&b’s first MILAN network protocol enabled product, the DS20 audio network bridge. In addition d&b will launch the R90 touchscreen remote control for d&b sound installations, present its BIM/Revit information modelling solution for planners, as well as updating visitors on developments in the d&b Soundscape system.
“ISE provides a great opportunity to highlight the advantages of our new developments, as well as to discuss emerging audio industry trends,” says David Claringbold d&b chief marketing officer. “Our team is looking forward to showing visitors what these new tools can help them to achieve.”
Guests heading over to the d&b stand will also find the newest edition to the SL family, the KSL System, which recently had its official launch at NAMM 2019 in California. KSL is the latest loudspeaker system from d&b, designed to deliver all the recognisable performance characteristics of its SL-Series lineage, from broadband directivity control to advanced rigging options. The KSL System is scaled to suit a broad range of installation and mobile applications.
d&b will also be showcasing these new products at ISE’s Pro Audio demo rooms E105 and E106. Guests will have the chance to join d&b sessions, including the product listening sessions, Soundscape sessions and the daily news session, where d&b will introduce the R90, and the DS20, with further focus on d&b Soundscape.
All the d&b demo session dates and times for ISE can be found in the Demo room schedule.
Free registration for the show is available by following the link and using the d&b code 836775.
21st December 2018
DiGiCo takes the best of everything to ISE 2019
The Netherlands – ISE 2019 sees world-leading high-end digital audio solution manufacturer, DiGiCo, give visitors to the show another opportunity to get up close and personal with its 4REA4 installed audio solution, as well as experience the proven power and flexibility of its acclaimed SD Range and S Series digital mixing consoles.
4REA4 is designed to meet the expanding performance requirements of large entertainment venues, houses of worship, theatres and shared stages at festivals and music venues.
At the heart of the system is the 4REA4 processing engine with DiGiCo connectivity options and powerful 4REA4 control software, providing routing, processing and mix control that allows performance areas to expand across an installation. The 4REA4 processing engine rack has four dedicated mix areas, or zones, each with its own stereo master output, CGs, and allocated FX. 128 input channel and 48 buss output processing strips allow independently allocated processing to whichever area as required.
Managing the mixing and routing of each individual local performance area are a range of premium designed hardware control panels and external I/O units, that work in conjunction with the 4REA4 processing engine and control software. Ethernet connected controller options include the wall mounting single rotary ACONTROL1 with a TFT display for small area performance management, and the ACONTROL8 with eight 100m faders designed for more complex mix and function control.
Local I/O boxes are managed via proprietary Ethernet or Dante connectivity for extended reach across a facility, with options including the new A168 STAGE floor rack and the A164 WALL LCD box, both providing mic and line level connectivity to ensure a premium 96kHz audio experience across the most demanding performance venues.
“There’s been intense interest in 4REA4 over the past year,” says Austin Freshwater, DiGiCo’s general manager. “It delivers all the versatility, flexibility and audio quality people have come to expect from a DiGiCo product and ISE is the perfect forum for potential customers to become more familiar with the benefits it can bring to their installation projects.”
Experience the power of 4REA4 and DiGiCo’s range of digital mixing consoles on Stand 7-K200.
20th December 2018
d&b audiotechnik introduces genetic engineering of a different kind at NAMM 2019
USA – For a second year the d&b audiotechnik team will be heading to NAMM 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center, California. From 24-27 January booth #17915 and demo room #204A will be alive with all the latest developments from the German pro audio company, including the international introduction of the SL-Series’ KSL System, a line array offering nothing short of full range directivity control to sound reinforcement projects of any genre, medium or large, mobile or installed.
KSL embodies the same technical innovation and performance capabilities of its ground-breaking big sister GSL, launched earlier this year, in an accessible size and performance package. Featuring all the recognisable benefits of its special loudspeaker lineage KSL provides full broadband directivity control, an extended LF response, and advanced rigging options all wholly aligned with the d&b Workflow.
“The SL-Series is a milestone for d&b,” says David Claringbold, chief marketing officer. “GSL and now KSL are the result of a company obsession with directivity control and making every seat the best seat. For us these products are the stars of the show, but it’s the people who seek them out, and ultimately make the difference for listeners, who are the true heroes of the hour.”
Joining KSL at the booth will be a selection of products from the truly comprehensive d&b portfolio, including the flyable SL-SUB, with two forward facing 21” drivers and a single, rear facing 21” for cardioid dispersion in the low end. The highly flexible Y-Series will be on display as will industry favourites E12, T10, xC column loudspeaker, M4, and an open V7P – revealing the true nature of this multi award winning point source. The well-bred D80 amplifier will also be present, the full potential of which can be explored with some hands on time at the d&b Workflow island. Taking users comfortably through design and optimization to control, the integrated workflow is a trusted accomplice for realizing the full potential of system and user alike.
Meanwhile, down the hall in the demo room, anyone who’s explored the d&b Soundscape corner at the booth can get fully immersed in this problem-solving toolkit in an insightful theory, practice, and listening session taking place twice each day at 12:00 and 4:00pm. With the DS100 Signal engine at its heart, Soundscape is something of a creative portal in the d&b Workflow, for realizing more natural source positioning, easing every day audio struggles, or creating works of pure imagination.
At 10am and 2pm each day of the show, demo room visitors can join the d&b team on a journey exploring the benefits and scalability of d&b systems, looking particularly at the technological trajectory of d&b products and software that has led to the inauguration of KSL into the portfolio.
When the product exploration’s over, visitors are invited to take time and relax in the d&b booth’s reception area and meeting space, where the team will be on hand for questions and advice.
“With the introduction of the KSL package, the conscientious, holistic thinking at the heart of what we do, has never been more evident,” adds Larry Italia, president and CEO of d&b USA. “What it represents in terms of efficiency for customers and quality for listeners is something we are very proud of. NAMM is a great opportunity to feel first hand the comfort and ease of working with d&b. Being here on the west coast is a great way for the team, together with our expert partners, to make that first hello a little easier.”
18th December 2018
ADB presents the Ocean, an innovative console for the future of theatres
France – ADB Stagelight recently presented the Ocean for the first time ever in the world at JTSE in Paris. This innovative lighting console, designed for theatres, opera houses and multi-purpose venues, immediately attracted a great deal of interest among sector workers.
The Ocean's most striking feature, as well as one of its main strong points, is its high-resolution touch screen, with a 70-cm-wide (27½-inch-wide) viewing area. It provides operators with full access to all functions and control of all parameters through a single screen, which greatly simplifies control desk ergonomics.
Due to its ultra-stretched display format, the console and screen itself are still very compact, both in depth and height. This means the operators have a perfect view of the stage from every angle, regardless of where they are sitting, and can place the console on small surfaces. Moreover, its shallow depth allows them to access the touch screen very easily.
The obvious ergonomic and practical advantages of the Ocean, however, should not be allowed to overshadow the advanced software and hardware technology it is equipped with. For example, to respond to the ever-increasing need for multiple connections, it is the only console on the market with four Ethernet outputs, which means users no longer have to provide additional Ethernet access.
Simone Capeleto, CEO of ADB, said: "We are thrilled with the interest this innovative console received. We got a lot of positive feedback, not just from operators using Hathor software. Many programmers saw the Ocean as a practical, modern tool for the present and future of their profession.
He then reflected on the name of the desk: "The word Ocean conjures up the idea of a horizontal landscape, which spreads out in all directions, but still allows us to see the horizon. It is a metaphorical representation of what we intend to offer operators in practice: a way to let them see as many things as possible on a single screen and, at the same time, keep what is happening on the stage under perfect control.
The Ocean therefore promises to open up new horizons for operators, where all features have been taken into account: innovation, ergonomics, practicality, high technology, reliability and interconnection.