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Stage Electrics Showcase 2020

24/01/2020

ADC becomes NATEAC Platinum Sponsor

24/01/2020

Navori Labs Develops Special QL Player for BrightSign Digital Signage Media Players

22/01/2020

Michael T. Strickland Honoured with Lifetime Visionary Award at Parnelli Awards

22/01/2020

Atlona Ships Second-Generation Velocity AV Control Platform, Announces New Scheduling Touch Panel

22/01/2020

Artiste Monet Indispensable Technology Award Winner

21/01/2020

Absen to Present Next Evolution of MiniLED at ISE 2020

21/01/2020

NAMM 2020: Adamson Announces New Partner Education Initiatives for 2020 and Beyond

20/01/2020

Yamaha Launches New White DZR/DXS XLF Powered and CZR/CXS XLF Passive Loudspeakers and Subwoofers at the NAMM Show 2020.

17/01/2020

DiGiCo announces the DMI-KLANG at NAMM 2020

17/01/2020

DiGiCo shows new Quantum 5 at NAMM 2020

17/01/2020

DiGiCo reveals Quantum338 at NAMM 2020

17/01/2020

ProPlex FOH Friend – Programming Time Just Got More Productive!

15/01/2020

d&b audiotechnik launches the newest innovation to the SL-Series

15/01/2020

Alcons Audio Launches the LR24 Pro-Ribbon Line-Array

15/01/2020

Digital Projection to Change the Game Again at ISE

15/01/2020

Renkus-Heinz Placing Live Sound in a Position for Performance at NAMM 2020

14/01/2020

The ALD Announces the Winners of the ALD Awards for Excellence 2019

14/01/2020

PLASA and MIA to host IR35 and Brexit event

14/01/2020

Atlona Expands HDVS Series of PTZ Cameras at ISE 2020

13/01/2020

Mackie Launches All-New SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System

13/01/2020

Lights, Atmospherics, Control – Elation to highlight creative ranges at 2020 NAMM Show

10/01/2020

Alcons Audio Showcases New LR24 System for Live Events at NAMM 2020

09/01/2020

ROE Visual Sets New Standard for Stunning Visuals at ISE

09/01/2020

JBL Professional announces new IRX Series Portable PA Loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM Show

08/01/2020

Stage Electrics Showcase 2020

Stage Electrics Showcase 2020

UK – Only five days to go until the Stage Electrics January Showcase.

Featuring some of the biggest names in the industry, Stage Electrics is welcoming over 20 manufactures to the SS Great Britain, Bristol on Wednesday the 29th of January, to demonstrate their latest products.

This event offers the opportunity to speak directly to manufactures, discover the latest products, and network with others in the industry, making this the perfect way to start 2020.

The three educational seminars are now fully booked but additional spaces may become available on the day on a first-come-first-served basis.

With free entry, this event will run from 2:00pm until 7:00pm with drinks being served from 5:30 pm. If you can’t join Stage Electrics during the day, why not join them after work for a drink?

https://www.stage-electrics.co.uk/about-us/events/showcase-2020/

24th January 2020

Stage Electrics

ADC becomes NATEAC Platinum Sponsor

USA – Bill Sapsis, director of the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC), has welcomed ADC as a Platinum Sponsor. ADC general manager Kevin O’Grady noted: "ADC is expanding into a company that sells much more than just standard curtain

track. Our focus is now innovation, and NATEAC provides us with the perfect platform to reach those who'd be most receptive to our message, the forward-thinking architects, engineers and designers of our industry."

Bill added: “We’re very grateful for the ADC sponsorship. Their commitment helps NATEAC achieve its goals of promoting and facilitating communication between the design professionals responsible for performance spaces and the owners/end users of those facilities.”

NATEAC has attracted over 300 industry professionals, venue owners and end users from 12 countries on four continents. The conference offers a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences between all of the interested parties, ultimately creating a community for professionals to connect and engage in valuable, face-to-face conversations, offering opportunities not otherwise

available. Networking continues to be an important and enjoyable aspect of the conference, which includes panel sessions, the traditional harbour cruise, a conference dinner at Sardi's and a conference closing cocktail party.

24th January 2020

Navori Labs Develops Special QL Player for BrightSign Digital Signage Media Players

Navori Labs Develops Special QL Player for BrightSign Digital Signage Media Players

 

The Netherlands – Navori Labs continues to partner with today’s leading suppliers for the global digital signage industry, developing QL Player software applications for a broad variety of hardware platforms. Heading into ISE 2020, Navori is pleased to announce a new innovation for BrightSign digital signage media players that brings its flexible, feature-rich software to BrightSign customers worldwide.

Navori’s QL Player for BrightSign is designed for BrightSign’s 4K and HD digital signage media players, leveraging Navori’s proven in-house, proprietary software and operating system on a common SD card. The software is available for new BrightSign shipments or as a field upgrade for existing players from 2016 forward, bringing Navori innovations for player synchronisation, dynamic data feeds, conditional triggering and more to digital signage networks everywhere.

“BrightSign enjoys one of the largest installed bases of digital signage media players worldwide, and this software offers a plug-and-play solution for BrightSign customers that want to bring the power of QL software to their networks,” said Jerome Moeri, CEO, Navori Labs. “Integration into existing players is as simple as inserting the SD card into BrightSign players, and users can immediately begin publishing content enhanced by QL Player’s feature upon rebooting players.”

QL Player offers several advantages over competitive digital signage player software, including the ability to synchronise content on multiple players and platforms. BrightSign users can now easily add their media players to an existing network of SoC displays, Android players and PCs, and leverage Navori’s proprietary graphics engine to render all media, including very high-resolution content, across one or more displays, video walls, tablets or mobile devices without quality limitations.

Navori’s rules-based conditional content triggering capabilities add further value by data-tagging media assets, players and scenarios, and enabling real-time data integration with systems. These applications will enable more flexibility to BrightSign customers aiming to deliver dynamic, targeted content that is meaningful to the audience and moment. This includes automatically adapting content to real-time events including weather conditions, KPI data and inventory levels.

Other QL Player for BrightSign software features and benefits include:

  • Full template and ticker design for transparent, multi-layer and multi-zone playback

  • Reliable playout of real-time dynamic data feeds, including social media, XML/RSS, Google Calendar and QL Server hosted data

  • Simple, powerful HTML5-based content management

J. Moeri adds that upgraded BrightSign media players will retain access to the BrightSign app ecosystem, ensuring that existing users don’t lose access to critical device remote control, network management and monitoring features for their networks.

“Navori Labs has built a reputation of reliability for developing custom native player software for integration into a variety of hardware platforms,” said Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. “QL Player for BrightSign provides our customers with the freedom to deploy our broad range of market-leading media players made even more desirable by the features that have made Navori a leader in digital signage software.”

Navori Labs will demonstrate QL Player for BrightSign on their ISE 2020 stand (8-E212). ISE 2020 takes place 11-14 February at the Amsterdam RAI. Navori will also demonstrate its QL Player software innovations for leading Windows as well as SoC solutions for Android, Samsung Tizen, and LG WebOS displays.

22nd January 2020

Michael T. Strickland Honoured with Lifetime Visionary Award at Parnelli Awards

Michael T. Strickland Honoured with Lifetime Visionary Award at Parnelli Awards

USA – At the 2020 Parnelli Awards, Bandit founder Michael T. Strickland was presented with the Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in the entertainment lighting business. The awards, hailed as the Grammy’s of the Live Event Industry, were held during The NAMM Show at the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom to a packed crowd of 750 people.

In a touching tribute to Strickland’s lifetime achievements in founding and growing Bandit Lites, the world’s premier concert lighting company, clients and friends Alice Cooper and Shinedown offered video tributes. Later, Shinedown lead vocalist, Brent Smith, stepped on stage to present the award to him, extolling the virtues of Michael as a person above all else. Smith then stated there was one more person who wanted to say a few words.

Garth Brooks then entered the room to gasps and cheers. No one, including Strickland, knew Garth would be present; it was a complete surprise to all.

The seven-time Entertainer of the Year shared how he came to be a part of the Bandit Lites family, with Strickland believing in his dream of a concert that would rival the biggest rock shows. Thirty-two years later and several world records broken, the two remain close friends and Bandit remains Brooks’ lighting vendor. Brooks sang the praises of Strickland and his commitment and friendship with him. Kinder words could not have been spoken.

“Garth is just that kind of guy,” said Strickland. “He travelled 2,500 miles just to be here for me; what else can you say about him? It means the world to me. I love you Garth and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

In accepting the award, a moved Strickland noted how this honour was one that was not only his, but belonged to the entire Bandit Lites team, calling several to join him on stage.

“This is not about me, but about the Bandit family,” said Strickland. “The 52-year success of Bandit Lites is because of the many great people that are Bandit. We have a huge number of people that have been with Bandit 20, 30 and 40 years. It is those people that make Bandit what it is. Anyone can buy gear but having a world class group of people for their entire career is an anomaly in entertainment. I am humbled that the Bandit family is being honoured in this way. I am truly humbled and stunned by the evening.”

Strickland then challenged the industry to follow Bandit and provide health insurance, retirement plans and paid vacation for all their people. He further stated Bandits commitment to female employees, and noted the industry needs to improve in that area. Further announcements included doubling the size of the Nashville and Charlotte facilities, as well as a new 200’ x 200 x 80’ rehearsal facility in Nashville.

The evening was a celebration of the wonderful journey of Bandit Lites in the past and a focus on the incredible future ahead. There were 30 Bandits in attendance for the celebration, and most were 20 to 40-year team members. Several Bandit clients were at the celebration as well, including Warren Entner of the Grassroots, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and the afore mentioned Brent Smith and Garth Brooks. Jimmy Buffet Road Manager and long-time friend Charlie Fernandez was also with the Bandit entourage.

“This is an award and an evening I will cherish forever.” said Strickland. “To be with your closet friends in this moment is simply magical. Thank you Terry Lowe and PLSN for making this happen!”

 

22nd January 2020

Atlona Ships Second-Generation Velocity AV Control Platform, Announces New Scheduling Touch Panel

Atlona Ships Second-Generation Velocity AV Control Platform, Announces New Scheduling Touch Panel

The Netherlands – Atlona, a Panduit company, announces the immediate availability of Velocity 2.0, the next generation of the AV industry’s first fully IP-enabled platform for AV control, room scheduling, and asset management. The latest Velocity System platform offers a flexible new architecture to support various room and application requirements, several of which Atlona will demonstrate on its ISE 2020 stand (5-T50).

Atlona’s latest Velocity System design innovations further simplify how consultants and integrators plan and scale AV control system designs, covering everything from single room to enterprise-wide installations utilising a streamlined, IP-based architecture. The new release integrates several new and important capabilities at no extra cost, including room scheduling, unlimited BYOD usage for AV control, integration with leading soft codec platforms (Zoom Rooms, Cisco WebEx), AV asset management, and remote monitoring and management from the cloud.

At ISE 2020, which marks the public debut of Velocity 2.0, Atlona will showcase these and other valuable benefits in multible, live demonstrations across the stand:

  • A stand-alone environment that highlights Velocity AV system control configurations, room booking and scheduling applications, and integration with the Atlona Management System (AMS) for configuration and management of Velocity and IP-connected AV devices.

  • Integration with Atlona OmniStream AV over IP, Omega presentation and collaboration products, and Opus HDR distribution and matrix products with a focus on video wall management, source routing, and ease of use for system users and integrators.

“These demonstrations will communicate the speed and accessibility that represents Velocity’s ease of use when managing AV operations over IP networks,” said David Shamir, director of product management, Atlona. “They will show how installers and end users can further simplify the transition to all-IP AV control, enable holistic management of AV components, and execute fast, conflict-free room bookings in meeting spaces and venues.”

Atlona also announces the AT-VSP-800 8” room scheduling and AV control touch panel that will ship in early February. With integrated bezel LED lighting, the panel is ideal for lobbies, hallways, or meeting space entrances that require a quick and easy way of visualizing room availability at a distance in scheduling applications.

Alternatively, the panel can instead be used within huddle spaces, conference rooms, classrooms, lecture halls and other spaces that require powerful AV control. In these cases, the lights on the outer frame of the touch panel can be used to reinforce awareness of AV control functions, such as AV mute or divisible room state.

Systems integrators and tech managers can configure the AT-VSP-800 for either room scheduling or AV control within the Velocity System Gateway, eliminating the expense of purchasing and managing separate software platforms. Installers save additional time and money through the panel’s compact mounting footprint, which offers universal compatibility within walls or furniture via a one-gang US, UK or EU opening.

Velocity retains the functionality and benefits that made it a groundbreaking AV control system, including an IT-friendly architecture, built-in disaster recovery, and the ability to quickly configure, modify and extend control systems without extensive programming. The updated Velocity System platform includes new hardware (VGW-HW) and software (VGW-SW) server gateways to serve AV control installations over the network, while eliminating the expense of and requirement for a stand-alone control processor in each specific room or space.

22nd January 2020

Artiste Monet Indispensable Technology Award Winner

Artiste Monet Indispensable Technology Award Winner
Artiste Monet Indispensable Technology Award Winner

USA – Elation Professional has started 2020 off with a bang with two distinguished product awards: an Indispensable Technology Award for the Artiste Monet and a ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International Readers’ Choice award for the Fuze Profile, both cutting edge LED profile moving heads.

Bestowedon 17th January at the Parnelli Awards during the NAMM show, the Indispensable Technology (IT) Award for Lighting marks the Artiste Monet’s third industry award and the Artiste Series’ eighth accolade. The IT Awards recognize products that have advanced the state of the art in entertainment technology and are voted on by subscribers to PLSN and Front of House magazines.

On hand at the Anaheim Hilton Pacific Ballroom to accept the award were Elation sales and marketing director Eric Loader and Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “Winning an award never gets old and the Indispensable Technology award is extra special as it reflects the opinion of users and knowledgeable professionals who use and specify products every day,” remarked Eric Loader. “We’re thrilled to again be recognized as an innovator in entertainment lighting and honored to add it to the Artiste’s growing trophy case.”

The 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet is a full-featured LED Profile luminaire that houses Elation’s proprietary seven-flag SpectraColor color mixing and continuous rotation framing systems. Increasingly specified on both the production and installation sides of the market, its growing list of references includes prestigious venues like The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Days earlier, the company’s Fuze Profile was chosen by ProSoundWeb readers to be a top lighting product in the entertainment technology industry, winning a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award (RCA). All voting for an RCA is by readers of ProSoundWeb and end-users from around the world. With over 25,000 ballots cast, it is one of the most successful entertainment technology awards programmes in the industry.

Designed with both creativity and value in mind, the Fuze Profile is a full-color-spectrum, LED moving head with framing designed for applications where beam control and high color quality is important. It is loaded with design features like zoom, two gobo wheels, animation wheel, frost, prism and full blackout framing system. The 2020 Readers’ Choice award is the Fuze Profile’s second accolade having won a WFX New Product Award last fall.

In picture: Elation sales and marketing director Eric Loader and Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs accept the Indispensable Technology Award at the Parnelli Awards Show.

www.elationlighting.com

21st January 2020

Elation

Absen to Present Next Evolution of MiniLED at ISE 2020

Absen to Present Next Evolution of MiniLED at ISE 2020

The Netherlands – Leading global LED display manufacturer, Absen, will return to the RAI in Amsterdam this February (11-14) to present its latest range of MiniLED products for the fixed installation and rental markets, as well as introduce a large range of new and enhanced products.

Absen will occupy an impressive 324 sqm of floor space, representing the company’s largest ever presence at the show. Spread across two neighbouring stands, these will respectively be dedicated to fixed installation (12-C50) and rental solutions (12-E80), though the theme of ‘Evolution. On Display’ and focus on MiniLED will remain consistent across both sections.

Absen’s MiniLED are ultra-fine pixel pitch LED panels, incorporating four-in-one pixel configuration (IMD) and common cathode technology. These boast superior visual performance, flatness and contrast, and makes them 2.5x stronger than standard SMD LED, not to mention 20% more energy efficiency.

Demand for Absen MiniLED products has been very high since the launch of the CR series in 2018, and intensified significantly with last year’s launch of the Aries (AX) series, the market-leading sub-2mm MiniLED rental display, designed to meet the rigorous demands of the rental staging market.

The popularity of MiniLED has further increased with exceptional demand from the corporate/retail market in applications such as corporate lobbies, event spaces, car showrooms and retail stores.

Absen MiniLED now comes as standard in four core product lines: the Aries (AX), Acclaim (A27 Pro) and Control Room (CR) series, as well as the newly launched HC series for mission-critical environments.

The A27 Plus has been Absen’s best-selling fixed install product, seeing over 300% growth in 2019. The Acclaim series is Absen’s flagship display for indoor fixed installation, predominately in corporate and retail environments. This year’s ISE will see the series become available as a MiniLED range – the A27 Pro series – making it better, stronger, and more efficient.

Since its launch at ISE 2019, AX1.5 has become the best-selling 1.5mm MiniLED rental product on the market and – due to popular demand, it will now be available in 1.2 and 1.9mm varieties, providing even more flexibility and choice to meet the evolving demands of global rental customers.

Finally, the CR series will now be available in 0.7mm pixel pitch, which represents the company’s smallest pixel pitch and highest resolution display. As well as this improvement, Absen will also present the HC series, a new 0.9mm MiniLED display for the high-end control room market. The HC0.9 delivers excellent contrast and colour uniformity and will be set up as a nine-piece video wall at the show.

Absen will also launch a new product for the Digital Out-Of-Home (DooH) advertising market. The AW series is Absen’s new outdoor fine pitch LED for light box displays, bus shelters and other types of urban street furniture. The 5,000nit AW series will also act as a “smart” pole display to cater for the growing trend of LED display and 5G technology integration, which is sure to usher in a new wave of intelligent applications.

Absenicon, the popular meeting room solution unveiled at ISE last year, is also back with a slimmer frame, a flatter surface and better ease-of-use. Available in four standard sizes, the upgraded Absenicon is set to open up the market for LED with its improved accessibility and affordability.

In addition, Absen’s stand at ISE will also be showcasing existing products, including Polaris (PL), the leading rental series for indoor and outdoor applications, the N-Plus and K-Plus series, which are suited for retail and corporate applications, as well as various LED solutions for the outdoor and sports market.

Absen is also due to partner with a number of leading providers at ISE with 7thSense Design supplying its Delta Infinity Media Server to drive its primary booth at ISE, whilst Green Hippo and Notch will be showcasing an interactive large-format LED wall on the rental booth using Absen’s multi-award-winning Polaris PL2.5 Pro and Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media server. Absen products will also be on display on the Novastar booth (8-G160).

Please join Absen in Hall 12 (12-C50 and 12-E80) for daily presentations at 4pm and, of course, the company’s famous beer time from 4:30pm onward (Tuesday to Thursday). Email europe@absen.com to arrange a demo or book a meeting at the show.

21st January 2020

NAMM 2020: Adamson Announces New Partner Education Initiatives for 2020 and Beyond

USA – Adamson Systems Engineering announced a suite of new partner education initiatives set to launch throughout 2020 during a press event at The 2020 NAMM Show. These include a US road show in tandem with Adamson Network partners throughout the country; increased delivery of the company’s globally-standardised Applied and Advanced Certification training programmes with partners throughout the EMEA and APAC regions and the Winding Roads Education Series in partnership with the AVIXA Foundation, designed to introduce secondary and post-secondary students to the many potential career opportunities in pro AV and live production.

“We want to show students there’s more to AV and live production than they may realise, with plenty of potential for exciting and rewarding careers, and believe the entire industry stands to benefit from these efforts,” says Adamson CEO Marc Bertrand about the Winding Roads Education Series. “We also have other programming that will help our current and future Adamson Network partners to be more successful throughout 2020 and beyond.”

The Winding Roads Education Event Series will provide students in Toronto, Canada, and the surrounding area with insight into live production, performance, and the music industry. Through the initiative, hundreds of individuals will have the opportunity to see professional audiovisual installations and touring systems, get hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment donated by industry leaders like Adamson, DiGiCo, Lab.gruppen and others, and learn about career opportunities in the industry from the AVIXA Foundation.
Bertrand and Jeremiah Karni, Adamson’s head of education and Applications, announced the programme alongside AVIXA Foundation Program Director Joseph Valerio and AVIXA Foundation executive director and AVIXA COO Heidi Voorhees on Thursday, 16 January, 2020, the opening day of The 2020 NAMM Show.

“We’re thrilled by Adamson’s commitment to bringing education and awareness for professional AV careers,” adds Valerio. “This education series is an excellent way for students to experience first-hand all the elements that go into creating a live performance. There are so many career possibilities in the AV world, and the AVIXA Foundation and its partners are here to shine a spotlight on them and build pathways towards them.”

Adamson also rolled out preliminary details for its US road show, being presented throughout 2020 in tandem with Adamson Network sales and rental partners. The various stops will introduce new and potential users to Adamson’s manufacturing history, company culture, and acclaimed core loudspeaker series, which are proudly designed and manufactured in Canada.

Additionally, Adamson is teaming up with its distributors and network partners in the EMEA and APAC regions to deliver its Applied and Advanced Certification training programmes to a wider swath of users. The globally-standardised programmes are designed to instil the framework needed to properly design, deploy, and control an Adamson loudspeaker system for a myriad of applications, utilising Blueprint AV simulation software and Lake Controller.>“We’ve been amplifying our focus on partner education in recent years to help our rental, sales, and integration partners around the world be more successful in their work, and 2020 will be the pinnacle of those efforts thus far,” comments Karni. “We’re looking forward to working with our unparalleled network of partners to ensure that professionals at every stage of the supply chain – especially our end users – are given all the tools they need to succeed and thrive in their respective applications.”

Further details about these various initiatives will be released throughout the first half of 2020.

20th January 2020

Yamaha Launches New White DZR/DXS XLF Powered and CZR/CXS XLF Passive Loudspeakers and Subwoofers at the NAMM Show 2020.

Yamaha Launches New White DZR/DXS XLF Powered and CZR/CXS XLF Passive Loudspeakers and Subwoofers at the NAMM Show 2020.

USA – At the NAMM Show 2020, Yamaha is launching new white models of its flagship DZR/CZR series and DXS XLF/CXS XLF loudspeakers / subwoofers.

Since being introduced in 2018, the black models of these speaker systems have established a high quality reputation for their exceptional accuracy and signature sound, proving very popular in a wide variety of applications, from touring artists and DJs to live venues and multi-purpose spaces.

All DZR/CZR and DXS XLF/CXS XLF models will be available in the new white finish, providing more options for a greater variety of uses, such as hotel banquets, houses of worship and auditoriums, where a high quality audio system needs to blend into the design of the space.

The DZR range comprises eight full-range models and four DXS XLF subwoofers, including ‘D’ versions that feature onboard Dante IN/OUT capability. Featuring best-in-class SPL performance, sophisticated 96kHz DSP processing and unrivalled low-frequency sound reproduction, DZR loudspeakers deliver professional quality sound with greater power than their compact, lightweight design might suggest. The DXS XLF subwoofers can reach an extended low frequency of 30Hz, the lowest of any DXS subwoofer yet.

The passive CZR series features three full-range models, with two CXS XLF subwoofers. They share the same cabinet and speaker components as the DZR/DXS XLF models, delivering very high power-handling and focused, professional sound.

Optional accessories for the new models include a white U bracket that is easy to install in both vertical and horizontal configuration. The existing SPCVR series speaker covers for all models (available in black only) and wheel kit for DXS XLF / CXS XLF subwoofers can also be used with the new white models.

Yamaha is exhibiting at Booths 100, Elite1, Elite 2 and OCB1 at the NAMM Show, which takes place at NAMM Campus Marriott in Anaheim, CA, USA from 16-19 January 2020.

 

17th January 2020

DiGiCo announces the DMI-KLANG at NAMM 2020

DiGiCo announces the DMI-KLANG at NAMM 2020

USA – DiGiCo has announced the new DMI-KLANG at NAMM 2020, an immersive in-ear mixing expansion that can be mounted directly into DiGiCo consoles, equipped with DMI slots.

KLANG’s acclaimed immersive in-ear mixing systems make spatial and transparent in-ear monitoring possible. With lower listening levels – on average up to 6dB less – it eliminates the feeling of isolation associated with a normal in-ear stereo mix and offers less fatigue. Its applications range from personal mixing for touring monitor engineers to spatial mixing for recording studio sessions.

The DMI-KLANG follows in the footsteps of the KLANG:fabrik. "This is the first hardware product since KLANG and DiGiCo joined forces,” says DiGiCo’s general manager, Austin Freshwater. “We took KLANG:fabrik’s immersive in-ear mixing core and rebuilt it with today’s latest FPGA technology. With one device, we can now deliver immersive mixes of 64 inputs for 16 musicians. This is the highest input count of any KLANG product to date. And the best thing is, we were able to bring the processing latency down to a quarter of a millisecond.”

The DMI-KLANG connects directly to DiGiCo consoles’ internal audio stream without any additional hardware I/O or overhead. This makes it possible to route any audio channel from the console to the DMI-KLANG and return the immersive mix to the aux merge input. Via the DiGiCo KLANG console link, monitor engineers can stay in their usual mixing workflow, use snapshots, faders and knobs, but with all the benefits of immersive in-ear mixing. This makes it the perfect companion for any monitor engineer who needs to deliver the ultimate 3D mix for their artist.

"The DMI-KLANG is just the beginning of a new line of products," says KLANG’s co-founder Pascal Dietrich. "Together with the DiGiCo OrangeBox and the many I/O expansion cards available today, we can now interface with almost any professional digital mixing console."

Available DMI cards offer MADI (TP, BNC), Optocore, Dante and many other digital formats. Additionally, by utilising the KLANG:app, personal mixing can be done on any tablet, smartphone or PC/Mac.

See the DMI-KLANG on DiGiCo’s booth 17901 from January 16-19 2020.

www.digico.biz

17th January 2020

DiGiCo

DiGiCo shows new Quantum 5 at NAMM 2020

DiGiCo shows new Quantum 5 at NAMM 2020

USA – DiGiCo has announced the debut of its new Quantum 5 console at NAMM 2020, with orders being taken now for delivery later this year.

Quantum 5 follows on from the huge success of DiGiCo’s flagship Quantum 7. As with Quantum 7, the Quantum 5 engine slots neatly into the existing SD5 frame and, with its 37 faders and three 15-inch full colour TFT touchscreens, provides Quantum processing features, power and connectivity in both new and existing hardware.

Quantum 5 expands the SD5 to over 450 channels of processing at 96kHz. It includes up to 256 input channels with up to 128 busses and a 36 x 36 matrix. The engine is also equipped with four redundant, or eight individual, MADI ports and two DMI slots (DiGiCo multi-channel interface) for AoIP and other connectivity options from the complete family of DMI card options, plus a built-in Waves port and up to two Optocore loops.

Other Quantum enhancements include the now highly regarded Nodal Processing which allows monitor engineers unrivalled creativity on their IEM mixes, and of course True Solo to allow them to hear exactly as their artist does. These are combined with the multiple flavours of 48 channels of Mustard processing and 12 Spice Rack processing slots, including Chili 6.

Mustard processing is a set of channel processing strips that work alongside standard Quantum channel processing. Each Mustard processing strip provides a choice of two pre-amp modellers, a four-band EQ (including all-pass filters), four different boutique style compressor models and a gate/ducker. Quantum 5 is equipped with 48 mono Mustard processing strips which can be used on any channel type.

The Spice Rack, meanwhile, supports plugin style native FPGA processing options, allowing you to build a rack of up to eight insertable processors. The first of these is the Chilli 6, a six-band multi-band compressor which allows full control of all parameters, including DiGiCo’s unique, patented, release shape control, which means Chilli 6 is perfect for shaping vocals and instruments as well as focusing on problem frequencies.

“Quantum 5 makes complete sense as an upgrade path for both new and existing SD5 users,” comments DiGiCo general manager, Austin Freshwater. “It allows them to take advantage of all the new Quantum features while maximising their ongoing return on investment.”

Along with the newly launched Quantum338, Quantum 5 is part of DiGiCo’s expanding Quantum range. As with all consoles in the range, Quantum 5 is developed with seventh generation FPGA devices that further expand audio processing power and allows DiGiCo to provide its users with unrivalled flexibility.

www.digico.biz

17th January 2020

DiGiCo

DiGiCo reveals Quantum338 at NAMM 2020

DiGiCo reveals Quantum338 at NAMM 2020

USA – NAMM 2020 sees DiGiCo reveal the latest in its new generation of Quantum consoles, the all-new Quantum338. Like Quantum7 and Quantum5, Quantum338 represents a dramatic leap forward in power and connectivity. It includes impressive new design features and enhancements that offer ultimate flexibility, all with the same speed of operation that Quantum users have come to rely on, in a smaller format console.

“With Quantum338, we have ensured that we are providing a next generation console that works in synergy with our Quantum Engine,” says Michael Aitchison, DiGiCo’s senior electronics engineer. “We focused our R&D team on user experience, learning from the last 20 years, with our continuing main objective of merging new with familiar.”

Quantum338 is based on seventh generation FPGAs and includes 128 input channels with 64 busses and a 24 x 24 matrix, all with full channel processing. There is a new look and feel dark mode application and three 17 inch 1000 nit, high brightness, multitouch screens, allowing both the meter bridge and soft quick select buttons to be displayed on each screen. There are also 70 individual TFT channel displays and the floating Quantum chassis features 38 x 100mm touch sensitive faders laid out in three blocks of 12 fader banks, plus two dedicated user-assignable faders, each complete with high resolution metering.

A new level of local audio connectivity and performance comes via the “Ultimate Stadius” 32 bit ADC and DAC conversion, which are built in to Quantum338 as standard, alongside six single or three redundant MADI connections, dual DMI slots and a built-in UB MADI USB recording interface.

Mustard Processing, Spice Rack, Nodal Processing and True Solo, all launched last year for the Quantum 7, are also standard on the  Quantum338.

Mustard processing is a set of channel processing strips that work alongside standard Quantum channel processing. Each Mustard processing strip provides a choice of two pre-amp modellers, a four-band EQ (including all-pass filters), four different boutique style compressor models and a gate/ducker. Quantum338 is equipped with 36 mono Mustard processing strips which can be used on any channel type.

The Spice Rack, meanwhile, supports plug-in style native FPGA processing options, allowing you to build a rack of up to eight insertable processors. The first of these is the Chilli 6: a six-band multi-band compressor which allows full control of all parameters, including DiGiCo’s unique, patented, release shape control, which means Chilli 6 is perfect for shaping vocals and instruments as well as focusing on problem frequencies.

“The entire system architecture is new and exciting,” concludes Austin Freshwater, DiGiCo’s general manager, “but just to recap on a few cool highlights, we have improved transparency of audio, provided more audio toys, bigger, brighter multi-touch PCAP screens, increased visual feedback and an all new work surface architecture!”

www.digico.biz

17th January 2020

DiGiCo

ProPlex FOH Friend – Programming Time Just Got More Productive!

ProPlex FOH Friend – Programming Time Just Got More Productive!

USA – The ProPlex FOH Friend, a new and unique addition to TMB’s award-winning ProPlex Data Distribution product range, will be introduced at Winter NAMM 2020.

Designed by professionals, for professionals, the FOH Friend is an entirely new, unique device which resolves the following everyday issue frequently faced by media, lighting and audio programmers. During rehearsals, while busy programming to tracks saved on their laptops, programmers often need to switch over to the primary live feeds from the stage. Absent the FOH Friend, this requires unplugging and plugging of cables, with all the associated inconvenience and potential malfunctions. The FOH Friend elegantly solves this problem by allowing instant switching between two timecode and two audio sources. This durable, compact unit also features extra timecode outputs, plus independently adjustable headphone and audio outputs. A great help during programming and rehearsals, this one-of-a-kind device really is a Front of House Friend!

“The FOH Friend makes things simple,” says Jason Rudolph of Mobius Productions. “I had the opportunity to use prototypes on major gigs and the benefits are immediately apparent. The timecode side of the unit is completely passive, so any power interruptions have no effect. On the audio side, there is a true powered headphone amp so that you can adjust the volume of your headphones separately from your timecode output. A separate volume control for another audio output on the back of the unit can be used to feed a monitor or recorder.”

Jason adds: “Truly flexible, the FOH Friend saves time: an increasingly precious commodity these days. This device is more than a friend, it’s an FOH BFF!”

The FOH Friend is part of TMB’s broader ProPlex product offering. Relied on by rental companies, tours and productions worldwide, ProPlex data distribution devices, drives and cables offer a truly integrated, complete data management and networking solution for entertainment production and staging. Built for extreme conditions, with features including shock-mounted circuitry, Neutrik connectors, and advanced thermal management, ProPlex devices are available in RackMount, PortableMount, Mini, Micro, DIN Rail, and IP Rated formats of various sizes. ProPlex Data Cables are world renowned for combining unparalleled data integrity with extreme durability.

Also on hand at NAMM will be many world-famous products exclusively available from TMB, including: Firefly Festoon, FloppyFlex premium decorative lighting systems, FloppyTape highest quality professional LED tapes, IMS DMX controlled LED/Marquee lamps, ProPower power distribution, Solaris Flare, Mozart, and SoLED fixtures and much more!

Be sure to stop by booth 11841 at NAMM 2020 for hands-on demos and warm TMB hospitality. TMB is the exclusive distributor worldwide for ProPlex Data Distribution.

www.tmb.com

15th January 2020

TMB

d&b audiotechnik launches the newest innovation to the SL-Series

USA – German audio technology and solution company d&b audiotechnik has announced the introduction of a formidable new addition to the company's exceptional SL-Series line array family. The KSL-SUB, available in both flown and ground stack (G) versions will make its debut at the 2020 Winter NAMM show in California in January.

Driven by a dedication to designing solutions for specific need the new KSL-SUB provides a small, lightweight format that extends the frequency response of a KSL System down to 36Hz with exceptional dispersion control, impressive low frequency headroom and unmatched performance for its size. This powerful, directivity-controlled, smaller format sub enclosure allows venues of all size to experience very accurate, smooth and punchy bass response.

The KSL-SUB and KSL-GSUB subwoofers operate with two forward-facing 15-inch drivers and a single, rear-facing 15-inch driver which, driven with two-way active amplification, provide uncompromised cardioid directivity control.

Measuring just 100 x 90 x 45cm (39.4 x 35.4 x 17.7 inches) in size, and with a sheer weight of 82kg (181lbs), the KSL-SUB delivers an output of 139dB driven by d&b D80 amplifiers.

The KSL-GSUB has a streamlined form: minus the KLS-SUB standard rigging hardware. It stands at a diminutive height of just about 45cm, easily allowing for under stage deployment. Using a new KSL-SUB adapter frame the KSL-SUB can be deployed above KSL-Tops as part of a flown array.

Completing the comprehensive System package, and designed to fit within standard sized shipping container and trucks, is the KSL-SUB is available in touring carts with protective covers. The hybrid KSL-SUB touring cart allows users to leave the KSL flying frame on top of the KSL-SUB adapter frame below the subwoofers during transportation if they choose.

“The KSL subwoofers are the next step in d&b‘s continuing obsession with innovation, efficiency, performance and directivity control," said Werner Bayer, product manager, d&b audiotechnik. "The KSL-System is growing and we will soon introduce new options for permanently-installed applications. Watch for integration-specific KSL cabinet design options and an addition to the d&b installation amplifier portfolio to be announced at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam.”

The industry-leading KSL System is designed for sound reinforcement needs of all kinds, mobile or installed, from large scale arenas, stadiums and festivals to medium scale applications such as clubs, theatres, houses of worship and performing arts venues.

The entire d&b SL-Series represents a significant evolution in the design and performance of line array systems. The ability of the Series to control the full frequency spectrum minimises low-mid frequency masking in the reverberant field allowing system engineers to reduce the overall sound pressure level in the venue, greatly improving the system’s program intelligibility while dramatically cleaning up the stage as well as backstage environment from annoying noise.

 

15th January 2020

Alcons Audio Launches the LR24 Pro-Ribbon Line-Array

Alcons Audio Launches the LR24 Pro-Ribbon Line-Array
Alcons Audio Launches the LR24 Pro-Ribbon Line-Array

USA – Previewed to a very positive response at ProLight+Sound in April, the new Alcons LR24 pro-ribbon line-array system will be making its global debut at the NAMM show.

The LR24 is a 3-way, bi-amped mid-size format line-array system. Loaded with Alcons’ multiple-patented pro-ribbon technology for mid and high frequencies, the system features an unusually high dynamic range with a fast impulse response with up to 90% less distortion. This results in an intuitive linear response, with optimal intelligibility and non-compressed identical tonal balance at any SPL.

The all-natural cylindrical wavefront of the purpose-designed RBN1202rs 12” pro-ribbon transducer and the acoustically and electronically symmetrical component configuration bring an industry-leading pattern control in both the vertical as well as the horizontal plane, up to the highest frequencies without any distortion-inducing horn constructions. The very-coherent vertical dispersion enables a non-destructive inter-cabinet coupling for maximum HF throw and wind-stability.

The RBN1202’s large 12" voice-coil features an unusual power handling of 2500W and RMS to peak ratio of 1:15, from 1.000 Hz to 20.000 Hz; This caters for a remarkable intelligibility combined with a virtually unlimited dynamic headroom reserve.

The MF-section, features two high-efficiency 6.5” midrange transducers with Neodymium motor structure, coaxially mounted behind the HF driver in a horn-loaded configuration.

The LF-section delivers a tight and accurate low frequency with highest output under lowest distortion possible. The new-generation 12” transducers are fitted with a large, dual-3.5” voice-coil Neodymium motor, enabling a significantly-extended excursion, while maintaining a high sensitivity.

The LR24 is driven by the Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller, optimizing the system’s response by configuration-specific VHIR drive processing and feedback. The Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures dynamic cable/connector compensation between the LR24 and ALC. This further enables a 1:1, undistorted natural sound reproduction, regardless of cable length and amplifier impedance load, with a system damping factor 10,000.

The patent-pending flying system facilitates both compressed and non-compressed suspension, while enabling angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array. It has a WLL of 24 cabinets under 10:1 safety.

Suitable for medium to large touring and production applications, the LR24 system is inventory of “The Ribbon Network”. Alcons Audio’s international network for dry-hire co-operation of Alcons systems, backing member with enough inventory, to bring the Alcons experience to even the largest audiences.

Tom Back, managing director Alcons Audio stated: “The LR24 is filling the gap we had between the compact LR18 and large-format LR28 pro-ribbon line-arrays and, as such, is a direct derivative of both systems, sharing features like low weight, bi-amped high output and the unique flying system of its larger sibling LR28. We had many requests from Alcons users that were looking for a high-end touring system solution, where the LR28 was simply too large for their majority of applications, but its sound performance was essential.”

Due to the completely neutral, high dynamic and ultra-low distortion 'Alcons signature sound', the LR24 can be used for any application and source possible, from speech, to classical music, jazz, all the way to pop, EDM and hard-rock performances.

Philip 'Dr. Phil' de Haan, head of Alcons R&D said: “With this new system, we were again able to introduce new technologies, continuing our strive for natural, uncoloured sound reinforcement with an intuitive response, regardless of type or size of application, from a two-seat studio, to a 2,000 seat Broadway show or a 20,000 seat hard rock concert, all with the exact same groundbreaking high-resolution. Or as we put it: 'What You Mix Is What You Get!'.”

15th January 2020

Digital Projection to Change the Game Again at ISE

Digital Projection to Change the Game Again at ISE

The Netherlands – Digital Projection will return to the RAI in Amsterdam this February (11-14) to give the first public EMEA showing of its revolutionary Satellite Modular Laser System (MLS) in Hall 1, F90.

Last year’s ISE saw Digital Projection give selected partners a sneak-preview of the Satellite MLS concept and, just 12 months later, the company is back to show the world a product that is primed to fly off the shelves.

As well as the Satellite MLS, Digital Projection is due to show two of its MultiView set-ups on the ‘VR at ISE’ section of the trade show, located in Hall 14.

As promised, the Satellite MLS will make its full EMEA debut at this year’s ISE. This ingenious new technology offers a small number of simple building blocks that allows users to address a wide range of applications, from single projector installs to complex, multi-channel domes, caves and simulators.

The cornerstone of the system is the separation of the light source, with its associated power and thermal management, to a remote location, which enables a small, compact projection ‘head’ that only contains the minimal optical and video processing.
The projector head is fundamentally compact, quiet, light-weight and consumes very little power. This offers huge benefits at every stage of a system design, from transportation and installation to serviceability and lifespan. By separating the projection Head from the light source and linking the two by robust and flexible fibre-optic cables up to 100m long, Digital Projection’s latest innovation offers the installer many more options, particularly where space and access are restricted.

Where RGB laser illumination used to be the preserve of only very high-end applications, the Digital Projection Satellite MLS system will make this technology accessible to the wider AV market, at a cost-effective price point.
The Satellite MLS will be developed around WUXGA, Native 4K and 8K resolutions and will also incorporate Digital Projection’s industry leading MultiView technology.

Given the modular design of the system, there can be a one-to-many, or many-to-one relationship between the light sources and the projection heads.
In addition to the many logistical, installation and performance benefits of Satellite MLS, including modularity, small size, low noise and low power consumption, users will benefit from enhanced system longevity with reduced need for servicing.
Each projection head is designed with a closed-loop cooling system, essentially sealing all of the critical optical components from ingress of contaminants. A further benefit of the reduced thermal dissipation and small size is that supplementary environmental enclosures become easier to design and manufacture, further reducing total system costs and complexity.

A new feature for ISE’s final Dutch outing is the VR area in Hall 14, Stand B100, which will allow attendees to explore the latest in virtual collaboration, as well as experiencing an interactive VR ride.

Digital Projection is set to demonstrate two of its MultiView VR systems, which are based around the company’s INSIGHT 4K HFR 360 projectors. With Multi-View 3D projection, a single projector, with ultra-fast frame rates can accommodate multiple viewers, each being tracked and each having a view of the image that remains appropriate to their changing position. This allows the users to see and interact with each other in a truly shared collaborative manner.

Previously, the ultra-fast frame rates required for a multi-viewer 3D system have meant sacrificing resolution and therefore image fidelity. Digital Projection was not willing to accept such a compromise. The INSIGHT 4K HFR 360 offers both native 4K and high frame rate thanks to the thousands of hours invested by Digital Projection’s team of experts and their unsurpassed experience in 3-chip DLP projection.

One MultiView system will enable attendees to walk around and manipulate a virtual object in a number of ways, while the other will demonstrate how the technology can be used in the visitor attraction space by allowing people to virtually explore ancient artefacts and buildings.

Finally, digital Projection E-Vision Laser projectors will provide the visuals as part of an interactive VR theme park ride. This attraction is designed and run by Lightspeed Design and makes use of DepthQ technology to plunge users into an immersive aquatic environment. The E-Vision projectors will be teamed with a VIOSO Panadome screen and will can be seen at Stand B120 in Hall 14.

As if this wasn’t enough, ISE attendees will be able to witness a variety of other Digital Projection technologies up close, including a giant 4K LED wall.

Digital Projection to Change the Game Again at ISEDigital Projection to Change the Game Again at ISE

15th January 2020

Renkus-Heinz Placing Live Sound in a Position for Performance at NAMM 2020

USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, is showcasing the scientific advantage of digitally steerable solutions at NAMM 2020 by highlighting two cutting-edge offerings: the DC12/2 and the ICLive X Series. Both products will be on display at the Renkus-Heinz booth (#17907) and speakers from the ICLive X Series will also power live performances each night at the Hilton Anaheim Lobby Bar.

“Renkus-Heinz has taken a cutting-edge approach to digitally steerable loudspeakers over the past few years,” said Matt Czyzewski, president of Renkus-Heinz. “Not just in terms of the industry-leading engineering and science, but also in the application layer. We’re making it easier than ever to install, configure, and provide steerable sound for all environments.”

The ICLive X series brings a new level of flexibility for integrators, contractors, and production/rental houses alike to provide the best solution for any application. The ICLive X series is a complete system, designed from the ground up, consisting of two freely combinable, steerable-array modules, the ICLX and ICLXL, and a matching subwoofer, the ICLX-118S.

New for the ICLive X Series is Renkus-Heinz’s exclusive Acoustic Source Multiplier (ASM) waveguide. The ASM allows the HF section to be coaxially mounted in front of the LF section. The coaxial driver arrangement delivers a consistent and symmetrical array of both high and low frequencies along the entire length of the array, allowing the freedom to choose any acoustic center available. In addition, the ASM reduces inter-driver spacing to its absolute minimum, ensuring gradient-lobe free performance to very high frequencies.

The culmination of over a decade of experience in steerable line arrays, the ICLive X Series is the latest evolution of the medium-format, steerable line array. The ICLive X module can be arrayed up to 12 tall, making it perfect for jobs of all size: from house of worship, to theatres, to hospitality, to major stadium installs.

The first product in the Directivity Control Series, the DC12/2 ultra-compact, steerable self-powered column array brings the clarity, intelligibility, and control synonymous with Renkus-Heinz legendary digitally steered line arrays to smaller, but equally challenging, spaces.

The DC12/2 is also the first digitally steered array with control via smartphone or tablet. This means integrators can install quickly and strategically, then use several pre-defined presets through an iOS or Android device to tailor the system for the specific environment. By providing multiple directivity options in the app, Renkus-Heinz is making it possible for everyone to deliver consistent coverage that dramatically outshines a typical point source or column loudspeaker.

Easily installed with the included wall mount, the DC12/2 requires no vertical aiming and is the perfect choice for smaller venues with an abundance of reflective surfaces: meeting rooms, galleries, restaurants, fitness clubs, and small theatre spaces, as well as for covering balconies, transepts, and overflow spaces.

With 12 full-range, two-inch drivers powered by twelve channels amplification, the DC12/2 is the perfect choice for any application requiring tight control and nearly invisible aesthetics.

For more information, visit Renkus-Heinz at NAMM 2020 at booth #17907.

14th January 2020

The ALD Announces the Winners of the ALD Awards for Excellence 2019

The ALD Announces the Winners of the ALD Awards for Excellence 2019

UK – Following this year’s rebrand of the ALD’s Awards, to become the ALD Awards for Excellence, the Association has announced the winners in each category, including the newly targeted award, The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics, which was created to balance the recognition of talent demonstrated across the membership profile.

Fittingly, the winners were announced at the Annual Lighting Lunch held at London’s Victoria Park Plaza in December. The awards are a celebration of imaginative and creative lighting and video production and represent a chance for young designers to showcase their talent, bringing their work to the attention of experienced lighting and video designers, as well to the wider reach of industry professionals.

The coveted Michael Northen Award for Lighting Design was this year awarded to two outstanding winners. 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, joint winners were Lucìa Sanchez Roldan from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art whose work the judges thought “beautiful … with strong design, clear choices, and great angles” and Rose Bruford’s Ryan Joseph Stafford, who was commended for his ambition to create different looks for each piece, keeping only sidelight as the constant.

ALD chair, Johanna Town, presented Lucia with her prize, which alongside a copy of Michael’s iconic book: ‘Northen Lights’ and a £500 cash prize, has this year been upgraded to include a 512 ETCnomad Package, a one-year Vectorworks license, and a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals. Ryan received the same prize but was unable to make the event due to pre-existing work commitments.

LIPA’s Tracy Gibbs proudly walked away with the Blue-I Media Award for Video Design, presented by ALD president, Richard Pilbrow. The judges thought hers a beautifully presented portfolio that really conveyed how she liked to work as well as the end results. The award for the video production category has also been enhanced to be more relevant and alongside a £500 cash prize Tracy also won a £1,250 hire credit from the sponsors towards her first commercial venture as well as the six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals.

The first ever winner of the Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics, sponsored by ETC, was Rohan McDermott of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, who could not be at the event to claim his prize in person. The award was presented by ETC’s regional sales manager for Ireland, and UK rigging, Mark White, a friend and colleague of ETC’s legendary CEO, Fred Foster, who sadly passed away in February 2019.

Rohan’s former tutor, Guildhall’s Nick Peel collected Rohan’s award, comprised of a £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a one-year Moving Light Assistant software licence, a one-year subscription to the Association’s PLI insurance alongside the six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals. The judges remarked that Rohan’s documentation was outstanding.

Johanna Town commented: “With the annual lighting lunch growing in such proportions, with this year being the largest gathering to date, it is an honour to award and introduce the best up-and-coming talent before the wider realm of lighting industry professionals.
The ALD Awards for Excellence not only provide an important launchpad for young would-be professionals but also provide a valuable opportunity for feedback on and improvement of a working portfolio which remains a mainstay for the acquisition of quality work in theatre.”

Steve Huttly, ALD Awards committee member and head of this year’s judging panel, commented: “Judged by a panel of eight leading practitioners, it was really hard to pick just one winner in the awards because the quality of the entries was so high. In the end, the panel believed the only fair outcome was to award a joint first prize for the Michael Northern Award for Lighting Design.

In picture: Joint winner of the Michael Northen Award for Lighting Design, Lucia Sanchez Roldan, receives her award from ALD Chair, Johanna Town.

www.ald.org.uk

14th January 2020

PLASA and MIA to host IR35 and Brexit event

PLASA and MIA to host IR35 and Brexit event

UK – PLASA, the lead association for the entertainment technology industry, is teaming up with the MIA (Music Industries Association) to co-host a free-to-attend event on IR35 and Brexit updates, taking place in London on 30 January. Professionals from across the entertainment technology and music industries are invited to RSVP as soon as possible to secure their free place.

The event will see business and HR experts take to the stage to deliver vital information on how to prepare for upcoming changes to both Brexit and off-payroll working rules (IR35). The first confirmed speaker is Nicky Gleadow, managing director for The HR Point who will detail how the IR35 updates may affect employers and contractors. More speakers will be announced soon.

IR35 is a piece of UK government legislation which aims to determine whether a worker is an employee or contractor, ensuring that the person carrying out the work is paid and protected in the proper manner and that both parties pay the relevant tax. The changes to IR35, which begin on 6 April 2020, mean that all medium and large companies, in both the public and private sectors, will be responsible for deciding the employment status of their workers.
‘Get your business ready: IR35 and Brexit’ is taking place at the Victory Services Club, London on Thursday 30 January from 11am-3pm. The venue is located two minutes’ walk from Marble Arch underground. To book a free ticket visit https://ir35-brexit.eventbrite.co.uk.

14th January 2020

Atlona Expands HDVS Series of PTZ Cameras at ISE 2020

Atlona Expands HDVS Series of PTZ Cameras at ISE 2020

The Netherlands – Atlona will bolster its HDVS Series of enterprise-grade PTZ cameras at ISE 2020 next month, with two new models that simplify connectivity in collaborative and many other environments. To be exhibited at Stand 5.T50 (February 11-14, Amsterdam RAI), the new models offer HDBaseT and HDMI outputs, providing integrators with flexible options to build systems for conferencing and other applications inside meeting spaces, training rooms and classrooms, among other AV environments.

The Atlona HDVS Series is built for video conferencing systems, and is also ideal for instructional applications such as lecture capture and distance education. The two models offer a similar feature set, including professional-quality imaging for video resolutions up to 1080p at 60Hz, fast and accurate auto-focusing, a quick pan and tilt mechanism with minimal noise, and availability in black or white. Both cameras also offer effective upgrades to existing codecs in legacy video conferencing systems, delivering high-quality imaging performance and ease of installation.

The two cameras differ most on the connectivity side, with each providing a unique value proposition for its intended AV architecture:

  • The AT-HDVS-CAM-HDMI features an HDMI output plus a USB 2.0 interface for video and camera control, with simultaneous video output available over both interfaces to support conferencing and lecture capture, or a legacy hardware codec alongside modern software video conferencing.

  • The AT-HDVS-CAM-HDBT features an HDBaseT output for extending video, power and camera control over distances up to 330 feet (100 metres), and enables simple, clean connectivity over category network cabling.

The AT-HDVS-CAM-HDMI adds value by enabling multi-usage applications for live presentation, recording, streaming and conferencing. The professional-grade design outperforms standard webcams in both quality and meeting size adaptability. The camera also brings software video conferencing capability into the collaborative workflow via its USB connection. PTZ camera control is available from popular soft codec and UC clients such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, BlueJeans, Slack, Cisco WebEx, and GoToMeeting.

Integrators working with Atlona’s Omega Series of switchers and extenders can also seamlessly integrate with these systems, and develop a complete conferencing system that includes AV and USB extension.

The AT-HDVS-CAM-HDBT is ideal for remotely interfacing into HDBaseT switchers and extenders; the latter can be eliminated from the architecture when the camera is used with an HDBaseT-equipped switcher. Remote camera powering over HDBaseT further streamlines integration, with the freedom to install the camera anywhere without AV power availability constraints.

Whereas the HDMI model is ideal for smaller to medium sized meeting spaces and classrooms, the AT-HDVS-CAM-HDBT provides customers with an easily extendable solution for larger meeting spaces, lecture halls and auditoriums.

Atlona will continue to offer its original AT-HDVS-CAM, which features a USB 2.0 interface for video and camera control, and captures video at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, an ideal solution for huddle spaces and smaller classrooms.

“The AT-HDVS-CAM was optimistically received by integrators seeking a camera that was simple to install, and offered a quick learning curve for use in education, training and corporate environments,” said Marshall Simmons, Product Manager for Atlona. “We are now offering new camera models for flexible adaptability into a wide range of AV system designs, while continuing to simplify integration with modern presentation and collaboration systems, including switchers and soft codecs.”

13th January 2020

Mackie Launches All-New SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System

USA – At NAMM 2020, Mackie is showing its latest entry into the portable PA market, the all-new SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System. Featuring an ultra-lightweight design, legendary SRM Series sound quality, a full-featured six-channel digital mixer, and complete wireless control and streaming, SRM-Flex is perfect for solo acts, small bands, presentations, events, DJs, and more. Packed with premium features and capability, SRM-Flex offers an incredible value not before achieved at this price point.

The modular design of SRM-Flex features a 10” LF woofer in the molded cabinet base module which also contains the 13,00W amplifier and built-in digital mixer. The three-piece tower houses a wide-dispersion array with 6 x 2” high-performance HF drivers for clear, whole room coverage. This modular tower design allows the user to easily change the height of the mid and high frequencies to match the ear level of the audience.

“Portability is a major factor with a portable PA, and SRM-Flex delivers,” said Craig Reeves, Mackie product manager. “At under 30 pounds, the SRM Flex is easy to carry one handed, and it’s small size means it will fit easily into the trunk of your car, or even on the bus.”

The SRM-Flex has been meticulously tuned, utilising the latest in acoustic measurement technology for crystal clear sound that is balanced and punchy. Whether plugging in a mic and a guitar or streaming music from a phone, SRM-Flex offers exceptional sound worthy of the SRM name.

The built-in six-channel digital mixer provides everything needed to get the sound and mix just right. Two flexible Mic/Line inputs accept microphones, instruments, and more. There is also a dedicated stereo channel with dual 1/4” line inputs and a dedicated 1/8” Aux In / Bluetooth streaming channel. Channels 1 and 2 are equipped with individual two-band EQs and Reverb level controls with three different reverbs to choose from. To tailor the entire system to your application, there are three voicing modes available at the push of a button. Connecting to a second SRM-Flex or house PA is easy via the professional XLR mix out.

Control is fast and easy, even mid-performance, thanks to dedicated physical controls for every critical adjustment. For even more freedom, the SRM-Flex Connect app allows wireless control from an iOS or Android device. The app not only provides the same control available on the SRM-Flex itself, but offers even more customisation such as front LED and metering behaviour, presets and more.

“SRM-Flex is incredibly easy to get up and running and sounding great,” remarks Reeves. “And with full physical controls plus complete wireless control, adjustments on the fly are stress-free.”

For an up close and personal look at it, and the rest of the newest Mackie gear, visit Mackie at NAMM 2020, 16-19 January, at the Anaheim Convention Center in room 201D.

13th January 2020

Lights, Atmospherics, Control – Elation to highlight creative ranges at 2020 NAMM Show

Lights, Atmospherics, Control – Elation to highlight creative ranges at 2020 NAMM Show

USA – Showing alongside innovative new Elation Smarty, Fuze and Paladin range lighting products at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim will be all-new atmospheric effects in the company’s new Magmatic range, as well as the latest lighting control products from Obsidian Control Systems. Held 16-19 January at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Elation team welcomes lighting professionals to Booth #11337 for a closer look at the following exciting innovations and much more.

On display will be the new Smarty MAX, an extreme-output spot/beam/wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, its resourceful design package includes four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and dual track animation.

Also showing is the Fuze SFX, a new concept LED Spot FX fixture designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire. The SFX is capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing over 12,000 lumens of output from its 300W white LED engine. Seamless CMY colour mixing plus colour wheel, variable frost, gobos and zoom allow for a variety of effect options.

Three new fixtures in Elation’s Paladin series of versatile blinder/strobe/wash lights will also be on display: the Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel, all with IP65 protection. These compact and powerful outdoor flood lights are useful for a wide variety of applications and can flexibly be used from either a floor or truss position. Using 15W RGBW cells – 9, 24, and 50 respectively – they add vibrant and powerful colour to outdoor events while individual cell control and strobe make them versatile effect lights or audience blinders.

Elation is excited to have launched a completely new brand of inspiring and dependable atmospheric effects: Magmatic at LDI. Designed, engineered and exclusively distributed by Elation, showing at NAMM will be Magma Prime, a new water-based hazer with advanced technology providing a high volume dry haze effect with low fluid consumption, Crisp, a high volume yet compact snow machine with adjustable snowflake size and silent operation and Prisma, an advanced series of IP65-rated UV LED lighting.

Obsidian Control Systems is showing a new and comprehensive data distribution range of products, Netron. Netron encompasses Ethernet to DMX gateway, DMX splitter and DMX/RDM splitter solutions, supporting applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments. Obsidian Control Systems is delighted to offer DYLOS, a pixel composer that far exceeds the capabilities of regular pixel-mapping systems. It is a comprehensive tool set of dynamic fixture animation, exciting content generators and powerful media playback, easily accessible through an elegant and well-thought-out user interface.

All Obsidian lighting control systems run innovative ONYX lighting control software. ONYX is a powerful yet easy-to-learn lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. Obsidian Control Systems products are distributed exclusively by Elation Professional worldwide and are available in various sizes to accommodate any scale and budget.
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. For more information on these new product innovations, please stop by Elation Booth #11337 to chat with an Elation sales representative.

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10th January 2020

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Alcons Audio Showcases New LR24 System for Live Events at NAMM 2020

Alcons Audio Showcases New LR24 System for Live Events at NAMM 2020

USA – The real-world environment of California’s Anaheim Convention Center Arena will see Alcons Audio launch new line array and loudspeaker technologies at the NAMM Show in mid-January. Each show day will give live audio professionals the opportunity to hear the difference that Alcons’ pro-ribbon technology makes to the audience experience, including the first chance to hear the power and clarity of the new LR24/90 mid-size line-array system.

Hosted in collaboration with Live Sound International magazine, the showcases will see Alcons demonstrate the LR24/90 during the ‘compact systems’ portion of the event’s demonstrations. In addition, the ‘portable system’ demos will showcase Alcons’ extremely popular LR7/90 micro line-array.

“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 power, ultra-high quality live sound applications, from Broadway and performing arts centers through to sporting events and the biggest festivals. NAMM marks the first outing worldwide for the complete LR24 system.

“The NAMM launch is an indication of the importance of the US live sound market and underlines our focus on expanding our presence in the North American continent,” David adds.

The showcases will take place on all three days of the NAMM Show: Thursday, 16th to Saturday 18th January 2020, from 10am to 6:20pm.

Both the LR24 and LR7 demo systems will also feature the Alcons BC543 very high output cardioid subwoofer, which offers selectable cardioid low-frequency pattern control and excellent rear rejection (up to 42dB), without the need for additional cabinets.

Alcons will be present at the event’s Loudspeaker System Showcase Arena, where company staff will be on hand to talk visitors through the company’s entire range of pro-ribbon solutions. “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,” David concludes.

Immediately after the NAMM show Alcons Audio will be hosting a special “What You Mix Is What You Get” event where a full system of LR24 and BC543 can be test driven at a Hollywood location. Dates are Monday and Tuesday the 20th and 21st. For more details and reservations, please contact the Alcons US team at info@alconsaudio.us

9th January 2020

ROE Visual Sets New Standard for Stunning Visuals at ISE

ROE Visual Sets New Standard for Stunning Visuals at ISE
ROE Visual Sets New Standard for Stunning Visuals at ISE

The Netherlands – ROE Visual will be introducing a range of new products at the ISE, all designed using the latest LED technologies. Setting the standard for stunning LED performances, ROE Visual showcases its unmatched expertise in the field of LED technology, for applications in both the rental and system integration markets. Find ROE Visual at stand 12F80.

The ISE exhibition, which is held at the RAI in Amsterdam, from 11-14 February 2020 is a major event for ROE Visual. Reflecting the importance of this years’ product releases, the stand design will focus on the new products Black Quartz and Ruby. Interested in cutting-edge LED technology? Stop by at ROE Visual and experience these products first-hand.

How to comprise the latest technology into an advanced LED panel and translate that to an outstanding viewing experience? ROE Visual has done just that. As a worthy successor to the legendary Black Onyx, the Ruby LED panels are a new generation of LED panels equipped with features that are beneficial from build to performance.

Surpassing existing technology, ROE Visual has developed its own LED, the 2.3 4in1 LED, which is exclusively available for Ruby. This LED type is stronger, has less reflection and more contrast, due to an optimised black body, the resulting colours are striking.

Each four-in-one LED has four individual lenses instead of one large one, this reduces the glare effect and creates perfect on-camera visuals. The consequential effect is a remarkable LED performance.
Using common cathode technology significantly reduces panel power consumption and temperature, resulting in efficient heat-dissipation, reduced colour differences and higher brightness.

Fitted with advanced driver ICs and LEDs with large colour space Ruby is fully HDR adaptive, adding excellent colour depth and great greyscales.
Building outdoor LED screens can be a challenge. The Black Quartz LED panels by ROE Visual are designed as a fast-building, full-fledged LED screen appliance, with an integrated wind-bracing system. The perfect solution for your next tour or outdoor event.

Black Quartz panels have an excellent visual performance due to the use of common cathode technology. Its stable and brilliant LED performance, with reduced colour differences and relative high brightness, is the result of a significantly reduced panel temperature and efficient heat-dissipation.

The high-performance processing cards on the Black Quartz panels warrant superb visuals. HDR10, Natural true colour, low latency, module calibration, edge correction, and 10-bit greyscales are added features. Black Quartz can be run in a low brightness mode for unrivalled greyscales during indoor use, making this a very adaptable product.

ROE Visual will further showcase a range of its latest products, such as its fixed installation products Amber, Jasper. Next to these ROE Visual excellent NPP platform Sapphire is presented, suited for system integration as well as rental purposes.

Additionally, ROE Visual presents new updates for its LED floor, Black Marble. Both the BM4 regular LED floor as the BM5i, interactive LED floor can be found in the stand.

Using advanced technology, the BM5i interactive LED panels are equipped with build in in infrared sensors. The sensors enable users to captivate the movements of persons or objects on the panel, translate this to matching content and create a truly immersive experience. With its enhanced options, like the anti-moiré finish and optional interactive functionality the Black Marble BM5 and BM5i are an ideal solution for broadcast, live music, corporate events and a variety of other applications.

Don’t miss the ROE Visual stand for a truly exciting LED experience. The ROE Visual team of knowledgeable LED experts will be happy to demonstrate the latest novelties.

ROE Visual Stand12F80. Voucher code: 246026.

9th January 2020

JBL Professional announces new IRX Series Portable PA Loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM Show

JBL Professional announces new IRX Series Portable PA Loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM Show

USA – Harman Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, has announced new JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. At NAMM, visitors can experience IRX Series loudspeakers at booth 14508 in the ACC North Hall.

JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers provide musicians, performers and presenters with iconic JBL sound in a highly portable, feature-rich package. With class-leading volume and clarity, IRX Series speakers deliver detailed, intelligible sound for vocals and music. A durable, lightweight design makes IRX Series speakers easy to transport, ensuring professional sound quality in any environment. Versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming, custom application-based presets and automatic signal processors make it easy to dial in great sound for a wide range of applications. The IRX Series of portable PA loudspeakers includes the IRX108BT, which features an 8-inch woofer, and the IRX112BT, which features a 12-inch woofer.

“Today’s performers need a portable, easy-to-use PA system that delivers professional results at an affordable price,” said Brandon, Knudsen, loudspeaker product manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to showcase our new IRX Series loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows, which combine impressive volume output and detail with an assortment of versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming in a compact, lightweight design. Best of all, the IRX112BT and IRX108BT are the most affordable powered speakers JBL has ever offered.”

IRX Series loudspeakers draw from seven decades of legendary JBL engineering to deliver class-leading frequency response, with SPL, wattage and performance ratings equivalent to much larger loudspeakers. Equipped with a highly efficient 1,300 Watt amplifier, IRX Series speakers deliver clear, detailed sound with minimal distortion, even at high levels.

IRX Series speakers were designed to take the guesswork out of getting a great sound, with no experience necessary. Four custom EQ presets optimised for common performance scenarios help simplify setup with push button ease. Built-in dbx automatic feedback suppression makes your performance or presentation sound polished and protects IRX Series speakers by stopping feedback before it starts. One-touch ducking automatically lowers music volume when speech input is detected, ensuring every word is heard loud and clear.

With an ultra-lightweight cabinet and ergonomic handles, IRX Series can be easily transported and lifted, providing maximum portability. A custom, road-ready grille features a tight-gauge, reinforced honeycomb pattern with a specially designed bevel for added durability without compromising acoustic performance. Like every JBL loudspeaker product, IRX Series speakers undergo 100 hours of stress testing to ensure they perform flawlessly in real-world conditions.

Featuring two combination XLR/TRS inputs with professional-grade pre-amps, IRX Series speakers provide crystal-clear sound for microphones, playback devices and mixing consoles. One-button Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream audio from mobile devices or link two speakers to provide additional coverage and create a true stereo image.

The IRX Series consists of two speaker models, ideal for a variety of applications. The IRX112BT features a 12-inch woofer for an extended frequency range down to 53Hz and a maximum SPL of 129dB, while the IRX108BT features an 8-inch woofer with an extended frequency response down to 54 Hz and a maximum SPL of 127dB. Both models feature an integrated pole mount to elevate the speakers for improved performance in PA applications.

8th January 2020