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PULSE PANEL and PULSE PANEL FX from Elation merge creativity with explosive strobe power

17/06/2024

Adamson’s ArrayIntelligence V1.2 adds Sub Array Optimization, VGt and Delta Time Simulation

14/06/2024

Dynacord introduces MXE5-64 Matrix Mix Engine equipped with more Dante channels and version 1.4 of SONICUE Sound System Software

13/06/2024

Enhanced ambiance and communications on a budget: Dynacord presents the U Series, a new line of ultra-compact single-channel mixer amplifiers and power amplifiers for commercial spaces

13/06/2024

DirectOut unveils MAVEN: a powerful yet compact DSP platform for ultimate flexibility

13/06/2024

DirectOut announces USB.IO powered by RME

13/06/2024

Ayrton launches Nando 502 Wash

12/06/2024

Allen & Heath dLive V2.0 Update Where FX and Workflow Innovation Sets the Scene

11/06/2024

Clear-Com Unveils Arcadia Updates: Enhanced Intercom System

06/06/2024

Allen & Heath’s CQ Firmware V1.2 Takes Control to the Next Level

06/06/2024

Brompton Technology announces new features as part of Tessera V3.5 software release

06/06/2024

Martin Audio’s line-up gets even stronger, with third iKON announced

04/06/2024

Alcons Audio Officially Introduces The WR20 Stage Monitor

31/05/2024

ETC Announces Important Software Releases for Hog 4 OS 

31/05/2024

Optimal Audio Releases Most Significant WebApp Update So Far

30/05/2024

Obsidian ONYX 4.10 software now available

28/05/2024

Leyard launches VDS Complete – a highly versatile, all-in-one LED video wall solution

24/05/2024

Yamaha Launches YDM Series Dynamic Microphones

23/05/2024

Showtec adds new models to ACT family

22/05/2024

City Theatrical Launches Follow Spot Handle and Two Beam Control Accessories for Martin Lighting’s MAC Viper XIP

21/05/2024

First data management products in NETRON Integration Series now available

21/05/2024

Elation TruTone Technology a pioneering advancement in lighting fidelity

20/05/2024

DM3 Series Mixers Can Do More With New V2 Firmware

17/05/2024

Free NETRON CLU from Obsidian makes data management a breeze

16/05/2024

Curve light with Ayrton as it launches Kyalami

15/05/2024

PULSE PANEL and PULSE PANEL FX from Elation merge creativity with explosive strobe power

PULSE PANEL and PULSE PANEL FX from Elation merge creativity with explosive strobe power

Elation has merged explosive strobe power with design creativity in the new PULSE series and has announced that two highly versatile effects in the line: the PULSE PANEL and PULSE PANEL FX, are now shipping. Designers have asked for effect lights that are more than a one-trick pony and the PULSE PANEL and PULSE PANEL FX deliver with multi-functionality as a powerful strobe, bright blinder, high-output wash light or creative eye candy effect in one.

Perfect for concerts, nightclubs and theatrical spectacles, or any event craving electrifying visuals, the PULSE PANEL and PULSE PANEL FX infuse any performance with attention-grabbing moments of intense white or coloured light. Both fixtures incorporate zone-controllable RGB and cool white LEDs, 1152 x 1.5W RGB LEDs establishing the foundation with 288 x 5W cool-white LEDs at its centre and 96 1.5W RGB LEDs at its core. Some 144 x 5W cool white LEDs line the perimeter. When combined, output is jaw-dropping at over 100,000 total lumens!  

“We saw what existed in the market with the standard tilting strobe and knew we wanted to create a more visually dynamic effect with higher impact,” comments Bob Mentele, associate product manager at Elation. “We added the CW LEDs on the outer edges to offer more output and visual impact and then capped those with a custom linear prismatic lens we had developed for our Proteus Rayzor Blade fixtures. To expand its capabilities even further, we included a single line of RGB LEDs right at the centre to add extra colour to the fixture, or they can be set to mirror the centre CW strobe LEDs. All of these elements combine to create a fixture we’ve really become excited to offer to the market.”

Whether adding rhythmic flashes that synchronise with the music or crafting special effects for a more visually stimulating experience, customisable zone control of both the RGB and CW LEDs opens up for a myriad of design possibilities. Both fixtures also include a library of customisable RGB and CW strobe effects along with variable dimming modes and curves for quick programming.

“We spent a lot of time thinking about the built-in effects for the fixture and how to make it easier for programmers to control, or to save time in creating effects,” Mentele says. “The library of effects has been created to allow the user to control numerous parameters of the output being created. Speed, direction, colour and size of the effect can all be adjusted as desired.”

One of the most notable features of the PULSE PANEL FX is its ability to pan or spin its LED panel in an endless 360° rotation while 180° tilt adds an extra layer of dynamism. This gives users not only the ability to spin the LEDs endlessly, but also create tilted angle offsets and waves along a line of panels, expanding on the visual impact and creativity a designer can achieve.

Controlled via DMX, RDM, Art-Net, sACN, and KlingNet protocols, both fixtures also feature proprietary Aria x2 wireless device management for simplified system setup and maintenance. The PULSE PANEL FX allows for the use of two separate universes to control the fixture, one for fixture movement and another for LED control, allowing users to control the LEDs from a media server or separate content control device.

Both fixtures feature Elation’s market-leading IP65 protection, a durability standard that not only protects them from weather and harsh environments, but also serves to protect the internal components and electronics from dust and debris that can wreak havoc on fixtures. The PULSE PANEL’s housing includes a unique interlocking mechanism that allows the unit to be hung vertically or horizontally from other PULSE PANEL fixtures, or SŌL Blinder frame arrays. The unit also integrates airline track on the top and bottom, and the housing can accept optional diffusion filters, ND filters and other optics.

Coming soon in the PULSE series are linear PULSE BAR strobe and visual effects that feature the same RGB and CW LEDs for a perfect match, and feature the same effects engine and control capabilities as well. The PULSE BARs also include the same interlocking mechanism as the PULSE PANEL, so the bars can be locked together end to end or connected to the PULSE PANEL.  

Perfect for concerts, nightclubs and theatrical spectacles, or any event craving electrifying visuals, the PULSE series is set to ignite creative moments of sheer exhilaration.

17th June 2024

Adamson’s ArrayIntelligence V1.2 adds Sub Array Optimization, VGt and Delta Time Simulation

Adamson’s ArrayIntelligence V1.2 adds Sub Array Optimization, VGt and Delta Time Simulation

Adamson has announced the release of ArrayIntelligence V1.2, the latest version of its innovative loudspeaker design and control software. This update builds upon the success of ArrayIntelligence V1.1, which launched in September 2023, by introducing a range of powerful new features and enhancements designed to improve user experience and system performance.

Brian Fraser, head of product and technology at Adamson, states: “We are excited to release the culmination of our development efforts with V1.2. The new features included in this release are a direct result of the further development and continuous evaluation of our existing software by Adamson’s engineering team while taking into account the valuable feedback we receive from our user base.”

ArrayIntelligence V1.1 was a significant milestone, introducing user-focused features like a streamlined interface, a revamped Global Assign feature, addition of more loudspeaker products and an enhanced 3D dB SPL scale. The comprehensive bug fixes also greatly improved software stability and reliability.

Key highlights of ArrayIntelligence V1.2 include:

  • VGt Now Included – Adamson's new flagship line array, VGt, is now available in AI V1.2, allowing users to include it in simulations and evaluate the optimisation feature.  Pilot partners will be able to fully control their systems and utilise either cardioid or omnidirectional patterns, while also employing optimisation.
  • Sub Array Optimisation – A new tool that simplifies the design and optimisation of subwoofer arrays for superior sound coverage and impact. This feature allows users to automatically generate the optimal delay settings for a given horizontal subwoofer array deployment, based on a variety of user input.
  • Delta Time Simulation – A feature that allows for precise timing adjustments and simulations, enhancing the accuracy and coherence of sound systems. This tool integrates with the real-time monitoring introduced in V1.1, providing a comprehensive solution for timing and phase alignment.
  • Multiple Bug Fixes – Addressing and resolving various issues to provide a more stable and reliable user experience, ensuring that the software runs smoothly and efficiently.

Additional Features include a mutelock function and new buttons for better touch screen control. Inclinometer accuracy has been upgraded. Four 2D SPL curves can be stored and compared. A user sheet including global device count can be printed.

ArrayIntelligence V1.2 is available for download now on the Adamson website. For more detailed release notes and to access the tutorial videos, please visit www.adamson.ai

14th June 2024

Dynacord introduces MXE5-64 Matrix Mix Engine equipped with more Dante channels and version 1.4 of SONICUE Sound System Software

Dynacord introduces MXE5-64 Matrix Mix Engine equipped with more Dante channels and version 1.4 of SONICUE Sound System Software
Dynacord introduces MXE5-64 Matrix Mix Engine equipped with more Dante channels and version 1.4 of SONICUE Sound System Software

Dynacord presents an upgraded model of the MXE Matrix mix engine with expanded Dante connectivity. In addition to its standard 12 analogue mic/line inputs and eight outputs, the new MXE5-64 model features 64x64 Dante channels, raising the total channel count to 76 inputs and 72 outputs.

Building on the previous version, which introduced an open DSP architecture for customisable configuration, the latest 1.4 release of the SONICUE Sound System Software introduces advanced DSP blocks and includes user-friendly, efficient scene handling, thereby increasing audio performance and operational efficiency. The new MXE5-64 model is fully supported by this SONICUE release.

The new DSP blocks consist of an auto mixer with gain sharing, ambient noise compensation (ANC) that dynamically adjusts sound system output in response to ambient noise levels and automatic gain control (AGC) for balancing loudness variations across different input signals.

Moreover, SONICUE 1.4 enhances the TaskEngine by incorporating scene handling which can efficiently and user-friendly performed by leveraging the drag-and-drop functionality from SONICUE’s control flyouts for scene creation. The integration and control of third-party devices are further improved by a web viewer option, which is available for creating control panels in SONICUE. This feature allows for the integration of external websites of third-party devices or software applications via the SONICUE Control panel designer to be run as stand-alone apps on Windows and iOS devices or the TPC-1 touch panel controller.

These additions mark another significant leap forward in the evolution of Dynacord’s MXE5 matrix mix engine's feature set, further contributing to its usability as a powerful system DSP device.

The free software update is available for download at www.dynacord.com.

13th June 2024

Enhanced ambiance and communications on a budget: Dynacord presents the U Series, a new line of ultra-compact single-channel mixer amplifiers and power amplifiers for commercial spaces

Enhanced ambiance and communications on a budget: Dynacord presents the U Series, a new line of ultra-compact single-channel mixer amplifiers and power amplifiers for commercial spaces

Dynacord, a leading manufacturer of professional audio electronics, continues its mission to provide highly competitive, budget-friendly solutions for commercial installations aiming for professional sound quality. Following the launch of the multi-channel V Series amplifiers for commercial installations, the company introduces the U Series, an extremely budget-friendly line-up of ultra-compact, single-channel mixer amplifiers and power amplifiers. These are ideal choice for installers and consultants specifying background music and paging applications that do not require life safety compliance, complex networking or higher SPL levels, making them an ideal alternative to Dynacord’s other commercial amplifier lines that are typically the best choice for mid-sized to large projects.

The U Series delivers professional, high-quality amplification for single zones in high-impedance installations in smaller commercial spaces such as cafes, shops and offices. With versatile power output options, the U Series ensures tailored performance for their specific needs.

The series consists of six models offering a variety of power options to ensure optimal performance across different settings: four mixer amplifiers with 30, 60, 120 and 240 Watts, and two power amplifiers with 120 and 240 Watts. The U Series can be deployed in stand-alone applications as well as being seamlessly integrated into existing installations, while the power amplifier models are a great option to be utilised as auxiliary amps in larger system designs, for instance, when newly created zones require amplification.

U Series mixer amplifiers provide comfortable front access for main gain, channel levels and tone adjustments. Two mic/line and two aux inputs are available to connect external devices such as microphones, a paging station or music players. The models can drive high-Z or low-Z speaker lines, feature phantom power for the microphone inputs and a switchable high-pass filter at 120Hz. Also included are an emergency override input for integration with a PA/VA system, a chime when used with a paging station and VOX ducking. The configuration is performed easily with DIP switches that are located on the rear of the devices; a contact closure port for remote power on/off functionality is also available.

All controls for the two power amplifier models are securely located at the back, designed to prevent unintended or unauthorised changes, adhering to a ‘set and forget’ usability principle.

When combined with the EVID commercial speakers from Dynacord's sibling brand Electro-Voice, the U Series facilitates exceptionally cost-effective and high-quality audio installations ensuring enhanced ambiance and intelligibility to bring an elevated audio experience in every room.

The installation process itself is easy and does not require advanced technical skills. At just a single rack unit high and half a rack width wide, U Series require minimal space and provide various installation options, accommodating rack mount, table-top or under-table installation. The included brackets facilitate single or dual rack-mount options as well as unobtrusive installation wherever needed, such as under counters. If needed, two amplifiers can fit in a single rack unit when rack-mounted side by side, efficiently using space and doubling the channel count and output power.

Dynacord’s world-class reputation is based on its commitment to adhering to the highest product quality standards to deliver robustness and reliability. That’s why all Dynacord electronics undergo extensive testing at Dynacord’s Reliability Test Center (RTC) in Straubing, Germany, where all electronics must endure rigorous testing to ensure the ability to withstand extreme thermal conditions, physical stress tests and long-term heavy use when driving speakers at maximum loads. As a result, U Series amplifiers are equipped with a sophisticated protection package to ensure flawless operation, even under challenging conditions. On board are an overload and short-circuit protection and a limiter to prevent accidental overdriving. 

13th June 2024

DirectOut unveils MAVEN: a powerful yet compact DSP platform for ultimate flexibility

DirectOut unveils MAVEN: a powerful yet compact DSP platform for ultimate flexibility

DirectOut, a leading manufacturer of professional Audio Solutions, has announced the launch of MAVEN, a smart audio platform that redefines the limits of flexibility, rack space and DSP power.

Building on the success of the PRODIGY series, MAVEN offers DirectOut’s powerful DSP engine in a compact 1RU device, expanding the integration possibilities for sound engineers, system designers and AV professionals.

With the modular architecture and popular module-design introduced by PRODIGY, MAVEN is fully compatible with its big brother, PRODIGY.MP and can be tailored to the specific needs of any project. It delivers the same DSP power, enhancing its flexibility and range of applications. MAVEN offers support for a variety of audio network formats, including Dante, AVB/MILAN, RAVENNA/AES67 and SoundGrid. It is the perfect solution for live sound, installation, remote-production, studio recording and broadcast.

MAVEN’s reduced footprint makes it the perfect solution for decentralised setups in installed AV for systems of any size, where flexibility, maximum reliability and compactness matters.

MAVEN inherits the outstanding sound quality and tour-proven reliability of PRODIGY.MP including, flexible routing options and a scalable DSP core, making it perfectly adaptable to the dynamic demands of live events.

As part of the DirectOut Audio Solution Model (ASM), MAVEN expands the portfolio of smart hardware platforms towards smaller sized solutions, allowing users to extend their systems with additional functionality, control protocols, and add-ons to create a customised solution adapted to their specific requirements.

“With MAVEN, we can now offer the unlimited DSP feature-set, uncompromised reliability and flexibility initially introduced by PRODIGY.MP on a footprint of just 1RU,” says Jan Ehrlich, CEO of DirectOut. “Our customers’ demand for a more compact and even more granular platform has encouraged us to set new limits in terms of downsizing a DSP solution that is as powerful as our existing products.”

With MAVEN, DirectOut is setting new standards in the audio industry, taking form factor and power density/ratio to a new level. 

13th June 2024

DirectOut announces USB.IO powered by RME

DirectOut announces USB.IO powered by RME

Following the first collaboration with RME, the Digiface RAVENNA, DirectOut now adds the USB.IO, a USB audio interface module to their MAVEN and PRODIGY platforms. Based on the USB 3.0 core by RME and using their renowned low latency technology, the USB.IO benefits from high performance Windows and Mac drivers with unrivalled stability.

The collaboration introduces a new USB-C version of the interface that provides an impressive 128 channels I/O at standard sample rates (1FS), while the entire range from 44.1kHz to 192kHz is supported. This development eases the integration of DirectOut’s converters and multifunction processors into computer-based production systems, on tour and in the studio.

An exciting feature that comes with RME’s drivers, is the inclusion of RME's renowned TotalMix FX software. TotalMix FX offers an extensive range of mixing and routing options. From up to 128 separate submixes over internal loopback routing to mixer and matrix views and controls, TotalMix FX allows flexible and versatile handling of the available record and playback channels, providing users with an all-in-one solution for interfacing to an external computer.

In addition to the advanced driver support for Windows (ASIO, WDM) and macOS (Kernel Extension and DriverKit Core Audio), the new interface boasts a USB 3 class-compliant USB mode that transfers all 128 channels each for record and playback.

This feature allows for driverless operation of the module, making it instantly compatible with iPads and other devices for seamless, on-the-go audio production.

Of course, the card comes with EARS support, DirectOut's proprietary Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching technology. EARS ensures continuous audio playback by automatically switching to a backup source in the event of a signal loss, providing an additional layer of reliability for live performances and broadcasts.

“We are very happy to offer a USB audio interface for the PRODIGY series and MAVEN,” says Claudio Becker-Foss, CTO of DirectOut. “RME’s long standing experience in implementing computer interfaces and their drivers is legendary and their philosophy to create long lasting devices with maximum performance and long-term support matches our mindset perfectly.”

“DirectOut's PRODIGY family is a state-of-the-art modular system,” concludes Matthias Carstens, head of design of RME. “RME is happy to provide a professional audio interface solution as an optional module, continuing the successful collaboration with DirectOut.”

13th June 2024

Ayrton launches Nando 502 Wash

Ayrton launches Nando 502 Wash

At 10am on Tuesday 11 June, Ayrton launched Nando 502 Wash, the latest in Ayrton’s Multi Sources IP65 6 Series and a brilliant evolution of the successful NandoBeam range.

Nando 502 Wash is an incredibly compact IP65 luminaire, specially designed for mixed use stage lighting, both indoors and outdoors and even in salty environments.

In the wash light category, there are some luminaires that will make the audience feel pure emotion and the new Nando 502 Wash delivers a wash effect with finesse.

Perfectly suited to stage lighting, this new LED source offers the advantage of better integration into the colour space and facilitates colour reproduction. Nando 502 Wash is fitted with 12 high-performance 40W LED sources with RGB-L additive colour synthesis and a proprietary optical system made up of a unique 210mm cluster in PMMA. This works in combination with 12 glass light-guides with an output surface made of an optical micro-structure.

Nando 502 Wash is a precision machine that allows perfect colour reproducibility with a colour rendering index greater than 86. It can achieve a luminous flux of 10,000 lumens and offer a perfectly homogeneous mix of pastel or saturated colours. A complete library of pre-programmed colours allows subtle, dense and contrasted swaths of colour. Ayrton has installed separate LED source control channels on all wash versions and included a virtually infinite library of effects.

Versatile by nature, it can instantly switch from beam to wash with an excellent zoom ratio of 15:1 and a zoom range of 3.5° to 53°. Its black honeycomb and perfect separation of the light sources help to significantly boost the level of contrast. The anti-reflective treated glass window guarantees an optimal visual result and increased performance.

As lightweight as it is efficient, Nando 502 Wash’s new minimalist design ensures full accessibility to all functions. By decreasing the thickness of the aluminium parts, optimising the cooling system, simplifying lens guidance, and integrating low-density optical components, Ayrton has been able to reduce overall weight by 20%. A new submersible ventilation system in a non-waterproof compartment allows for optimal cooling.

Nando 502 Wash is an ultra-compact luminaire measuring 342 x 467 x 268mm (l x h x d) and weighing 15.6kg, that enhances scenes with elegance and refinement. It is meant for designers looking for depth of colour who want to create unforgettable wash effects. 

12th June 2024

Allen & Heath dLive V2.0 Update Where FX and Workflow Innovation Sets the Scene

Allen & Heath dLive V2.0 Update Where FX and Workflow Innovation Sets the Scene
Allen & Heath dLive V2.0 Update Where FX and Workflow Innovation Sets the Scene

Allen & Heath has announced the release of dLive firmware V2.0 and the new RackUltraFX card, bringing next-generation effects processing and extensive workflow enhancements to the renowned mixing platform.

“dLive V2.0 ushers in a new era of integrated creative FX and advanced workflow features, completely redefining what is possible in-the-mixer,” says Jack Hughes, head of marketing at Allen & Heath. “Four years in the making, this exciting update gives engineers the tools to supercharge their workflow and improve the mixing experience in every live sound environment.”

Leading the workflow improvements is an overhauled cue list system, simplifying cue list creation with manual and auto renumbering options plus custom MIDI recall, designed for fast-moving performances, heavily automated shows and theatre applications.

The powerful new Actions feature makes complex automation easy, enabling functions across multiple channels, such as routing assignments and levels, ABCD inputs, processing and insert in/outs and strip layout to be triggered via a single SoftKey press.

The Channel Library has been extended to include mix contributions, meaning channels can now be saved with all sends, processing and name/colour data included.

The new RackUltra FX card, fitted as standard to all new MixRacks and available as an upgrade for existing MixRacks, adds eight RackUltra FX engines – including dedicated stereo send and return channels plus PEQ and dynamic processing – to any dLive system without consuming any inputs, busses or FX slots. 

“The unprecedented power delivered by the RackUltra FX card’s combination of a custom FPGA FX core with ARM processing has allowed us to push the envelope with our new algorithms,” says Anthony Evans, R&D software manager at Allen & Heath. “We can now deploy integrated, low-latency effects that were previously unimaginable in a live console, opening up dLive to the next generation of onboard processing.”

The RackUltra FX collection, powered by the RackUltra FX card, brings together ten new algorithms that rival the most advanced plug-ins on the market, with the added benefit of seamless low-latency integration and no licensing.

For the first time on a professional live console, studio quality pitch correction, shifting and gridding can be achieved with no external hardware or third-party software.

Vocal Tuner is designed for natural sounding pitch correction where the performer may need a gentle helping hand. Vocal Gridder produces faster, less natural-sounding pitch correction where notes ‘snap’ to pitch almost instantly. Vocal Shifter radically alters vocals with formant and pitch shifting for doubling, widening and unreal robotic and ageing effects.

dLive's vocal processing is further enhanced by the addition of three ultra-realistic harmonisers.

Quad Voice Harmoniser generates up to four voices of natural-sounding vocal harmony. Dual Voice Auto Key Harmoniser adds up to two voices of harmony with intelligent Auto-Key mode which can determine the key of the performance in real-time. MIDI Harmoniser creates harmonies based on an external MIDI input.

Two new reverbs utilise the full power of the RackUltra FX card to bring previously unthinkable realism to in-console reverberation. 

Spaces Reverb Designer is an algorithmic reverb dedicated to recreating physical spaces with the stunning realism usually associated with high-end hardware units. Plate Reverb Designer is dedicated to replicating the characterful build-up and tail of a plate reverb, with the choice of several plate materials.

A pair of distortion effects complete the V2.0 RackUltra FX collection.

Saturator delivers five analogue saturation models, covering everything from smooth and subtle tape drive to germanium and valve crunch. Amp+Cab distortion models the harmonically complex characteristics of guitar and bass amplifiers and emulates various classic speaker cabinets.

“This update further cements dLive’s reputation as the go-to mixer for flexibility, sound quality, and onboard processing tools,” adds Jack Kenyon, product specialist at Allen & Heath. “We can’t wait for users to explore these new features, designed to inspire creativity and streamline the mixing process while improving the experience for engineers, artists and audiences alike.”

Allen & Heath dLive V2.0 Update Where FX and Workflow Innovation Sets the SceneAllen & Heath dLive V2.0 Update Where FX and Workflow Innovation Sets the Scene

11th June 2024

Clear-Com Unveils Arcadia Updates: Enhanced Intercom System

Clear-Com Unveils Arcadia Updates: Enhanced Intercom System

Clear-Com has announced the latest release of Arcadia, the updated version of the award-winning intercom platform Arcadia. Set to revolutionise the communication landscape, this update is equipped with new features, offering unparalleled connectivity and expanded device support.

Arcadia is now designed to provide users with a seamless and highly efficient communication experience. Features include I.V. Direct Interfacing, allowing effortless interfacing with LQ, Eclipse E-IPA and other Arcadia systems over LAN, WAN, or the Internet, ensuring robust and versatile connectivity options for diverse operational needs. HelixNet HXII-DPL Powerline Device Support expands intercom capabilities with enhanced support for HelixNet devices, allowing for greater flexibility and integration within communication infrastructure. Additionally, the increased capacity for FreeSpeak II digital wireless system beltpacks and IP transceivers means that Arcadia now supports a significantly higher number of these devices, accommodating larger teams and more complex communication requirements with ease. Furthermore, Arcadia doubles the number of supported HelixNet User Stations, making it an ideal solution for larger and more demanding communication set-ups.

This newest update is set to become an indispensable tool across multiple sectors, including broadcasting, live events, theatre and more. By delivering superior audio quality, robust reliability and extensive connectivity, Arcadia ensures that teams can communicate more effectively, no matter the environment.

"We are thrilled to launch this newest update to Arcadia," said Bob Boster, president of Clear-Com. "Our goal has always been to provide our users with the most advanced and reliable communication solutions. Arcadia represents a significant leap forward in terms of connectivity and capacity, empowering our customers to achieve even greater efficiency and performance in their operations."

The latest release of Arcadia is now available starting 4 June, 2024. For more information on purchasing and detailed technical specifications, please visit Clear-Com’s website or contact a local Clear-Com representative.

6th June 2024

Allen & Heath’s CQ Firmware V1.2 Takes Control to the Next Level

Allen & Heath’s CQ Firmware V1.2 Takes Control to the Next Level
Allen & Heath’s CQ Firmware V1.2 Takes Control to the Next Level

Following the award-winning and ultra compact CQ, Allen & Heath unveils the CQ firmware V1.2. This latest release introduces a host of new features including DCAs, Mute Groups and a freely configurable Custom Layer, enabling a new level of user control. 

“Since launch CQ has quickly become the smart choice for bands, engineers, venues and AV installers looking for a small, easy-to-use mixer packed with our renowned processing and effects,” says Keith Johnson, senior product manager at Allen & Heath. “For V1.2, we set out to incorporate the most commonly requested features from our fantastic digital community forums, with this user feedback driving a new level of control for CQ mixers.”

At the top of the new V1.2 feature list is the addition of 4 DCAs, each capable of controlling the level of any combination of inputs, outputs and FX, for simple single-fader control of multiple channels, such as a drum kit, without affecting their relative levels.

Due to huge popular demand, we are introducing four Mute Groups, enabling operators to mute and unmute multiple channels at once via a single button, allowing the muting of all stage mics or monitor speakers.

The new configurable Custom Layer allows users to set up the four channel tabs with any combination of channel strips for a personalised mixing experience and accelerated workflow.

Additional features include a two-band EQ on FX, remote MIDI control, custom colours for outputs in the GUI, and several other improvements.

CQ V1.2 is available now from the Allen & Heath website.

6th June 2024

Brompton Technology announces new features as part of Tessera V3.5 software release

Brompton Technology announces new features as part of Tessera V3.5 software release

Brompton Technology introduced the latest Tessera V3.5 software features at this year’s InfoComm 2024, bringing significant improvements and functionality for professional workflows in live events, virtual production, broadcast, XR, corporate and esports markets. Additions include Frame Store, Hidden Markers and Dark Time Insertion, which complement Tessera’s already industry-leading capabilities. Tessera V3.5 will be available to Brompton users in June. 

Frame Store adds a game-changing capability to the Tessera LED processor to store and recall 24 bitmaps. These bitmaps can either be captured from a live video source or uploaded directly to the processor. The feature is integrated into the existing Test Pattern function, resolving previous limitations in test pattern quality by supporting industry-standard HDR to deliver unparalleled depth of colour and brightness. The Frame Store function also allows users to access significantly higher-quality test patterns, complete with alpha channels to be used as overlays.

“Frame Store means users can trigger test patterns to evaluate HDR video quality on LED screens or utilise them for commissioning new panels,” says Cesar Caceres, product lead at Brompton Technology. “For live events, pre-recorded test patterns can be showcased to troubleshoot video issues or be creatively overlaid with transparent company logos for enhanced branding during corporate events.

“The introduction of the Frame Store feature enhances flexibility and test pattern quality for our users. We've received overwhelmingly positive initial feedback and Brompton customers are eagerly anticipating the seamless integration of this feature into their day-to-day workflows.”

The Hidden Marker function allows markers to be displayed for a fraction of the frame period. This brings a significant improvement as implementing markers previously required sending two frames: one with the content and another with the marker. The camera then had to be set to 180 degrees, opening when the content was displayed and closing when the hidden marker appeared. This method required Frame Rate Multiplication to effectively double the frame rate to 120fps when running at 60fps, as both content and markers were sent at 60fps, but this doubling strained the network capacity of the output ports and limited the number of panels that could be utilised.

“With Hidden Marker’s improved capability, this limitation has been removed. Now, we can send any image we want and use the ShutterSync function to display it only when the shutter is closed. Since the image is now stored within the panels and not generated by the LED processor, it does not impact the processor's network capacity,” explains Caceres.

Following successful integration with Mo-Sys's camera tracking system, Brompton now offers its digital tracking markers functionality with stYpe's RedSpy, another leading tracking system. Additionally, Brompton users can now choose Custom Markers within the same interface, which can be uploaded remotely via a USB key, or through the API.

“In addition to partnering with major players like Mo-Sys and stYpe, we aim to provide a broader range of companies with access to the Hidden Marker functionality,” says Caceres. “To achieve this, we've introduced the Custom Marker option, allowing companies to upload any one-bit image into the LED processor for use as a marker.”

A notable application for Hidden Markers is in the broadcast sector. “For example, in an XR studio, it’s possible to place custom markers on the floor to provide the presenters with a reference for AR visuals during broadcasts, while keeping these markers hidden from the camera. This opens up creative possibilities for using various images in diverse ways, as well as making it much easier for the presenter to interact with virtual objects,” Caceres notes.

Dark Time Insertion is a new feature that builds on Brompton’s patented ShutterSync technology to deliver benefits for human viewers rather than a camera. It allows users to specify Dark Time within the frame period, reducing motion blur and enhancing the viewer experience in applications such as simulators or eGaming. It can be defined in milliseconds or as a percentage of the frame period.

“The need to address motion blur becomes apparent in fast-moving scenes, where the refresh rate can introduce distracting blurs,” continues Caceres. “Cinematographers often prefer 24fps for ideal motion blur, enhancing creative visuals. However, for content where clarity is paramount, such as in eGames or simulators, minimising motion blur is crucial to maintain a sharp viewing experience.”

The Dark Time Insertion feature tackles this challenge by strategically inserting dark intervals between frames, effectively eliminating motion blur and delivering the perception of higher frame-rate video. “This enhancement is important for users seeking Brompton's hallmark quality, akin to the improvements seen with HDR technology, which enhances colour, depth, and brightness, resulting in sharper image definition and a vastly improved motion quality,” adds Caceres.

This new feature allows users to set a maximum brightness limit in Global Colour that is either equal to, or less than, the maximum panel brightness. It becomes particularly valuable when granting brightness control through the API or remote access to the Tessera LED processor.

“During live events like concerts and music festivals, it's often crucial to adjust the LED screen's brightness according to the time of day or to suit an overall creative look,” explains Caceres. “The new feature in Tessera V3.5 software empowers users to give control over the screen’s brightness settings to other operators, such as the lighting designer, to manage the brightness while ensuring it remains within a defined brightness top-limit. This enhancement provides greater flexibility and peace of mind for the LED technical team.” 

Caceres emphasises that with the latest features introduced in Tessera V3.5 software, their applications can span diverse sectors like theme parks, simulations and eGaming among others. “Whether in a live event, virtual production, or broadcast environment, the new features exemplify the quintessential Brompton approach to delivering top-quality and industry-leading functionality, with yet more brilliant tools to control the image and make it look good in camera and to the eye,” he concludes.

6th June 2024

Martin Audio’s line-up gets even stronger, with third iKON announced

Martin Audio’s line-up gets even stronger, with third iKON announced

Martin Audio has announced the introduction of iK41, an advanced four-channel power amplifier, to further strengthen the existing iKON series and portfolio offering.

The iK41 combines high power density with rich and accurate audio performance, state-of-the-art DSP and network control, and is designed as a dedicated controller amplifier for Martin Audio WPM optimised line arrays, TORUS 8 constant curvature loudspeakers, as well as multi-channel amplification for select Martin Audio loudspeakers.

This latest iKON amplifier can deliver a full 1500 Watts per channel into 4Ω, and its high efficiency reduces the energy drawn from the mains supply and ensures the power reserves needed to deliver signature sound under arduous conditions.

Ethernet is used for system remote control and monitoring via Martin Audio’s VU-NET software application, while a user-friendly front panel interface allows full local control of all features. Dante digital audio network inputs are also provided for digital audio distribution and control.

Powerful DSP is fully integrated into the iK41 to provide a multitude of features that ensure maximum performance of select loudspeaker systems. It also provides up to 1000 FIR filter taps at 48kHz on each output channel, which is essential to implement DISPLAY’s wide bandwidth optimisation process in WPM line array systems.

The iK41 employs comprehensive protection functions to maintain safe operating conditions of both the amplifier and the loudspeakers driven, including a sophisticated loudspeaker limiter suite which incorporates peak, RMS and excursion limiting, as well as multi-band limiting for passive two-way systems.

Dom Harter, managing director, commented: “The success of iKON amplifiers has been undeniable and with this less expensive model being introduced it will allow for more efficient installations of WPM, TORUS 8 and FlexPoint systems. While we expect rental partners to continue their inventory of iK42, we also expect that some will see the benefit of holding additional iK41 inventory for their smaller events.”

The iK41 will be on display at InfoComm 2024 in Las Vegas, booth C9601, and will start shipping globally from July. 

4th June 2024

Alcons Audio Officially Introduces The WR20 Stage Monitor

Alcons Audio Officially Introduces The WR20 Stage Monitor

Following a preview at the recent NAMM show in January, Alcons Audio now officially introduces the WR20 high performance stage monitor sound system.

The passive-filtered system brings the well-recognised dynamic and ultra-low distortion Alcons signature sound in a slim and unobtrusive package.

Through the implementation of the Alcons proprietary RBN702 pro-ribbon transducer – an industry-first – the WR20 offers a non-compressed, identical tonal balance at any SPL, with up-to-90% less distortion and also far less listening fatigue.

Its fast impulse response, compressionless principle and flat frequency response offer a 3dB to 6dB improved gain-before-feedback over traditional systems, even with the most sensitive microphones, without steep tonal corrections, leaving the original signal unchanged. At the same time, it also caters for the benchmark-setting intelligibility in even the acoustically most-challenging applications.

The pro-ribbon’s very high peak power handling of 1500W results in a unique 1:15 RMS-to-peak dynamic range, which means in practice a virtually unlimited headroom.

The multiple-patented (H 45 x V 60-degrees) dispersion of the RBN702 offers a very controlled and consistent projection up to the highest frequencies. Mounted in a symmetrical tight-pack configuration with the two woofers, the projection control is extended down to the lower frequencies, while maintaining a relative small footprint.

The two Alcons purpose-designed 10” woofers feature Active Coil technology for very low-distortion LF reproduction, a perfect match with the MHF pro-ribbon driver. The woofers are loaded by VelocityVent ports, for optimised breathing while extending the usable LF response down to 44Hz.

As integral part of the Alcons eco system, WR20 is to be driven by the ALC amplified loudspeaker controller through the integrated VHIR processing, 192kHz AES3 digital inputs and audiophile amplifier stages, the ALC makes the WR20 deliver a natural sound quality with maximum output and utmost operation reliability.

Philip ‘Dr.Phil’ de Haan, head of Alcons Audio R&D said: “we have had a floor or stage monitor on our development list for a long time. Despite quite a few prototypes though the years, it wasn’t until we developed the patent for the directivity control up to the highest frequencies in both planes for our pro-ribbon transducers.

Being the first-ever Alcons dedicated stage monitor, we wanted to make a design statement to give it the extra edge over the traditional industry standards, which are typically aimed at being loud, but often lack the fidelity to be a truly accurate reference for the performer.”

Philip continues: “for operation economy, we wanted to stick to a passive-filtered system, as with most of our designs. However, we also wanted “over-the-top” headroom, so we opted for high efficiency components combined with large/maximum voice-coil real estate.”

Weapon of choice for the mid and high frequencies became the RBN702rs, with a 7-inch voice-coil and 1500W peak power, coupled to a full-size waveguide for excellent directivity control.

For the low frequencies, a completely new 10” was developed for the WR20, featuring a 3-inch ActiveCoil motor structure for the lowest distortion possible.

Philip concludes: “The result of the combination is a unique ultra-low distortion reference system, with a very high dynamic range or, as we like to put it, WR20 combines the power to cut through the noise, with the elegance to reveal even the finest detail.”  

31st May 2024

ETC Announces Important Software Releases for Hog 4 OS 

ETC Announces Important Software Releases for Hog 4 OS 

ETC has announced two software releases for the Hog 4 console’s operating system. Hog 4 OS v3.21 and v4.1 are the bridging releases with export/import features to get old show files into Hog desks running v4.x software.

Senior product manager Sarah Clausen commented: “We recognise the value of our users’ hard work overtime and the cost of having to recreate shows to move forward with Hog into the future. These two releases create the bridge needed to bring older show data into the v4 world and beyond.”

Hog OS v3.21 is required for users that wish to import/export existing show files. Show files can now be exported to an XML format which allows for easier transitions between software versions where show file compatibility may be limited. Section 4.12 of the Hog OS v3.21 help manual offers details on how to use the show import/export feature.

Additional features in v3.21 include cloning per type palette rules for fixtures when change type is used and a dedicated timecode frame rate option for lists. Additional details are available in the release notes and help manual.

Hog OS v4.1. facilitates importation from exported v3.21 data into v4.x OS. Please note that some show cleanup will likely be needed, especially in situations where colours are stored in a non-native colour system for a fixture. Section 4.12 of the Hog OS v4.1help manual also has the most up to date details on how to use the show import/export feature. 

Additionally, in v4.1, the SPD view of the physical tab in the colour picker window has been simplified by removing the selected emitter info section and locked physical function tray area and a new optimise palettes button has been added to the show manager window. Pressing this button starts a background task that scans all the palettes in the show for repeated per fixture values and rolls them up to per type rules when possible. This is intended to improve performance in editors and playback and improve palette editing overall.

For more information, visit https://hubs.la/Q02jc2Jd0

31st May 2024

Optimal Audio Releases Most Significant WebApp Update So Far

Optimal Audio Releases Most Significant WebApp Update So Far

As part of its continuing mission to simplify the world of commercial audio for integrators and end-users, UK manufacturer Optimal Audio has further evolved the user-friendliness of its ecosystem with updates to its WebApp and ZonePad controllers.

WebApp allows users to unlock the capabilities of Optimal Audio’s Zone controller, which enables the efficient delivery of high-quality, multi-zoned commercial sound systems. Compatible with any device, WebApp makes system set-up straightforward, after which a simple user interface is presented to venue staff for easy operation.

Amongst the new features unveiled as part of WebApp 1.3, comes the biggest update for ZonePad so far, with the ZonePad 4 now able to be configured as a single zone controller with up to four routine triggers. This allows venue staff, at the push of a physical button, to trigger pre-configured groups of presets for example, altering audio output routing, source selection and EQ or triggering playback of a specific playlist from a supported streaming device. ZonePad 1 is also updated to allow routing of its local mic input to the system mic, making this in-Zone mic available across the wider system.

A further headline feature of WebApp 1.3 is the addition of soundtrack your brand to supported music streaming platforms. Customers who purchase soundtrack player, which is licensed for business use and has more than a thousand pre-made playlists for every venue type, can take advantage of this quick and easy integration with WebApp.

With a further raft of new audio system and workflow visuals also added, all aimed at simplifying system setup and operation, Matt Rowe, engineering manager at Optimal Audio, is pleased with WebApp’s continuing development: “We continue to respond to the needs of the market whilst also innovating, ensuring our eco-system is the definitive solution for small to medium multi-zone venues. Every update works to extend what is possible for integrators whilst simultaneously preserving the simplicity of operation for end-users.”

For full details of WebApp 1.3 update visit: https://optimal-audio.co.uk/news/optimal-audio-releases-most-significant-webapp-update-so-far/

30th May 2024

Obsidian ONYX 4.10 software now available

Obsidian ONYX 4.10 software now available

Obsidian Control Systems has introduced ONYX 4.10, the latest iteration of the popular lighting control software for NX consoles and PC systems. ONYX 4.10 includes a host of improvements – new features and bug fixes – aimed at streamlining navigation for an even more intuitive lighting control experience while opening up new possibilities for creative programming.

Key updates in ONYX 4.10 include:

  • NDI Streaming Video: ONYX now supports the NDI network protocol, facilitating real-time transmission of audio and video signals over networks. Users can seamlessly capture high-quality streaming video feeds directly from external media servers into the DyLOS library. This upgrade feature allows for a fluid transmission of video content over all lighting, video walls and projectors, empowering designers to fully manage visual elements in any event space. Additionally, NDI streaming enhances compatibility with ProPresenter, a popular presentation software often utilized in worship environments.
  • Enhanced Audio Input, Filter and Analyser: ONYX 4.10 introduces audio input, filter and analyser processors (including NDI and ASIO), enabling manipulation of graphics based on audio input. This includes features like beat-tap processing, Ableton support, third-party ASIO driver support, MIDI clock support and more. These enhancements cater to the specific needs of designers working on high-energy lighting programming typical of music festivals, EDM shows or clubs, offering greater flexibility and control over audio-responsive visual effects.
  • Enhanced Override options: Output overrides, including Park, Default, Highlight and Offset, are now available as customisable presets within a dedicated programmer context. This allows users to fine-tune output settings with greater precision, making it easier and faster to manipulate cues and achieve the desired lighting effect.
  • Added Exterior Trigger support: ONYX now includes direct support for exterior triggers, with added compatibility for Telnet and UDP commands for cue triggering. This new feature simplifies cue activation and is particularly beneficial in integration scenarios such as themed environments where external triggering systems are commonly utilised.

And there is much more! ONYX 4.10 represents a significant advancement in the ONYX lighting control platform with a comprehensive suite of new tools and functionalities. Full ONYX 4.10 release notes and ONYX 4.10 software download is available at:

https://support.obsidiancontrol.com/Content/Support/Downloads.htm

28th May 2024

Leyard launches VDS Complete – a highly versatile, all-in-one LED video wall solution

Leyard launches VDS Complete – a highly versatile, all-in-one LED video wall solution

Leyard Europe announces VDS Complete, an all-in-one LED video solution based on the manufacturer’s award-winning VDS series, its latest LED product using MicroLED Chip-on-Board (COB) technology, which was launched at the beginning of the year. VDS Complete creates an easy-to-use solution that is ideal for a variety of environments, including board rooms, meeting rooms and public areas.

VDS Complete comes in pre-defined packages that include the LED cabinets, controller, mounting solution, trim, processor, cables and spares. Five sizes are available (108”, 136”, 163”, 196” and 217”) in 16:9 or 32:9 aspect ratios and in full HD, 4K and dual HD resolution. The range of pixel pitches from 0.7mm to 1.8mm and wide viewing angles make it ideal for both close viewing in intimate settings, or for larger scale audiences.

Each option comes with a 4K controller, enabling content from multiple sources, including native 4K and full HD and images can be scaled or cropped, or picture-in-picture if required.

VDS’s MircroLED Chip-on-Board technology creates a ruggedised, high contrast, low power consumption solution. The ruggedised design also means that any of the packages can be optionally touch-enabled, whilst 5G technology ensures simplified cable management that facilitates installation. VDS Complete also has the option of being transportable, allowing it to be moved from room to room if desired by adding an optional trolley.

“By creating pre-defined packages, we are facilitating our partners to deliver an incredibly simple, quick to install solution to their customers,” says Cris Tanghe, VP Product at Leyard Europe. “The range of sizes makes it easy to deploy in any type of environment, and with optional touch-enabling and transportability it is ultimately versatile.” 

24th May 2024

Yamaha Launches YDM Series Dynamic Microphones

Yamaha Launches YDM Series Dynamic Microphones

Yamaha Corporation has announced the release of the YDM series, a new line of dynamic microphones with capsules carefully tuned to capture clear and natural sound across a wide frequency response.

The YDM series comprises four models: the YDM 707 (available in both black and white), the YDM 505 and the YDM 505S (with on/off switch, including switch lock). All are housed in a sleek, curved metal body and incorporate a custom-designed capsule to precisely capture the full range of expressive detail, from the quietest whispers to the most powerful shouts.

The YDM 707 features a super cardioid pattern capsule with a frequency response of 60Hz-18kHz, while the cardioid capsule of the YDM 505/S has a 60Hz-15kHz frequency response, All models naturally minimise ambient pickup, enhancing audio capture and making them ideal for home production and streaming, where controlling environmental noise is crucial.

In addition, the capsule's insulator features a proprietary Yamaha material, designed to minimise the vibrations which cause handling noise. Coupled with an elegantly curved form, reminiscent of the bell curve of brass instruments, the YDM series provides a comfortable grip and allows creators to focus on their performance, while delivering the best sound for a live audience or recording.

Supplied with a microphone clip and pouch, replacement grilles are also available for separate purchase in case of those unavoidable mic drop moments.

"The YDM Series is designed for ambitious voice artists who want to capture sound more naturally and transparently when creating high-quality content," says Yoshiyuki Tsugawa, senior general manager at Yamaha Creator & Consumer Audio Division.

"Yamaha’s wealth of audio experience and technical expertise have been particularly valuable in developing the YDM series. Through extensive listening tests and precise capsule adjustments, we have achieved a product that meets our highest standards. It is a key part of the Yamaha audio line-up, which spans the entire input to output signal chain.”

23rd May 2024

Showtec adds new models to ACT family

Showtec adds new models to ACT family
Showtec adds new models to ACT family

Showtec has added four new models to its ACT series that now includes a number of Fresnel, ellipsoidal, par and flood lights. Like the existing models, the new Par 200W RGBAL, Par 200W CW/WW, Par 200W UV and Flood 200 RGBAL are designed for use in theatres, on stages and even at business events.

The new models strengthen the ACT series by adding three new pars and one floodlight to the range. Each one is equipped with a powerful 200W LED designed for a specific purpose. In keeping with rest of the ACT series, accurate colour rendering, manual control options, optimised beam angles and silent operation are features of the new models.

The Par 200W RGBAL is a versatile indoor spotlight with an RGBAL LED light source that is capable of producing a wide range of colours. In addition to control via DMX, manual control is possible using the onboard control panel and two knobs that allow easy colour selection and dimming in stand-alone mode. For even more versatility, the beam angle of 32° can be easily adapted using one of the three included diffusers (30°, 50° or 80°).

When only white light is required, the Par 200W CW/WW offers flexibility with its dual CW/WW LED light source. With a controllable colour temperature of 2800K to 7200K, it can produce cold white, warm white or anything in between. A CRI of 92 ensures that colours under the light are accurately rendered. In addition to DMX, manual control options include two knobs to adjust the colour temperature and the dimming in stand-alone mode. To easily adjust the beam angle, three diffusers are also included with this model.

The Par 200W UV is a special model with a UV light source making it the choice for applications where fluorescence is key. Like the other models, it benefits from DMX or manual control with a single knob allowing easy dimming in standalone mode.

For a bright, soft field of coloured light with a beam angle of 90° x 105°, the Flood 200 RGBAL is the model to go for. A CRI of 93 ensures accurate colour rendering, while the adjustable colour temperature from 2800K to 10000K expands the possibilities for light designers. Alongside DMX, manual controls include knobs for colour selection and dimming. An eight-leaf barndoor is also included for easy beam shaping.

The Showtec ACT series now includes a total of 14 different models. With similar characteristics and features, each model complements the other, culminating in a complete range of professional lighting products that are suitable for theatre, stage and business use.

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22nd May 2024

City Theatrical Launches Follow Spot Handle and Two Beam Control Accessories for Martin Lighting’s MAC Viper XIP

City Theatrical Launches Follow Spot Handle and Two Beam Control Accessories for Martin Lighting’s MAC Viper XIP

City Theatrical now offers three standard beam control accessories designed to fit Martin Lighting’s MAC Viper XIP lighting fixture, which includes the MAC Viper XIP Followspot Handle, MAC Viper XIP Concentric Ring and MAC Viper XIP Hexcel Louver. These three beam control accessories were developed based on City Theatrical’s understanding of the unique accessory needs of lighting professionals and the high demand for this moving light fixture in the market. City Theatrical currently offers 40 plus styles of beam control accessories for 15 different Martin Lighting moving light fixtures, which are available through the City Theatrical dealer network.

City Theatrical’s engineers and craftspeople design and create lighting accessories, like the new MAC Viper XIP Followspot Handle (P/N 2815), based on working with designers and manufacturers every day to develop and make new products from their New Jersey-based factory. The MAC Viper XIP Followspot Handle is the first handle developed as an easy and economical way to convert the MAC Viper XIP light fixture into a followspot for live entertainment applications. Prior to this product, there was no place to put a handle on this sleek fixture. This Followspot Handle includes a balanced bar that easily attaches to the fixture in order to manually spotlight talent in performance. The MAC Viper XIP Followspot Handle is IP65 rated for indoor and outdoor performance applications.

City Theatrical Concentric Rings deliver 45° cutoff of light spill but from a shorter depth. When space is at a premium, such as on moving lights hung in a tight rig, using a MAC Viper XIP Concentric Ring (P/N 2816) would be a top choice for designers seeking beam control. Concentric Rings are also used to create a ‘Svoboda-like’ style on lighting fixtures that are in view of the audience.

Serving a similar beam control function to a City Theatrical Top Hat or Concentric Ring at a minimal depth, MAC Viper XIP Hexcel Louvers (P/N 2817) provide beam control and 45° cutoff of light spill. City Theatrical Hexcel Louvers use cells that are 3/8” x 3/8” x 3/8” deep and provide a sleek appearance when mounted on the lighting fixture.

In addition to these three accessories, City Theatrical’s Multiverse Connect Module was developed to fit Martin Lighting’s MAC Viper XIP fixture. This wireless DMX/RDM plug-in solution was introduced at LDI Show 2023 and won the LDI Lighting Award in the Controls Category. The Multiverse Connect Module will be available through City Theatrical dealers during Summer 2024.

 

21st May 2024

First data management products in NETRON Integration Series now available

First data management products in NETRON Integration Series now available

Obsidian Control Systems introduces a comprehensive range of data distribution products under the industry-leading NETRON series, tailored for system integrators and fixed installations. These smartly designed products prioritise reliability and performance, and like all NETRON products excel in the management of complex networked lighting systems. The NETRON Integration Series has been created to integrate flawlessly with the ONYX lighting control platform yet is compatible with all other manufacturers’ lighting control systems, making it a universal solution for a multitude of setups.

The initial products in the series are available now, with more solutions set to debut soon.

NETRON EP1: This compact device functions as an Ethernet to DMX gateway, featuring a single RDM-compatible port. Designed for effortless integration into single-gang wall mounts, trusses, or stand-alone set-ups, it offers configurability via an integrated OLED display and encoder, or via internal web remote access. With its internal network switch, the EP1 efficiently manages incoming network traffic, making it suitable for distributing sACN and Art-Net traffic throughout any type of facility or across different stage locations, from floor pockets to lighting pipes and trusses.

NETRON EN12i: This powerful high-density Art-Net and sACN to DMX gateway boasts 12 RDM compatible wire terminal or RJ45 outputs. It offers easy configuration through integrated presets and advanced merge and routing features, making it ideal for permanent installations requiring numerous physical DMX ports. Analogue contact closures or the optional BS10 Button Station allow for recall of presets, routings, mergers or any of the internal cues. The innovate wiring configurations allow the NETRON EN12i to be configured with RJ45, screw-terminals or IDC (Insulation displacement connectors). All options are included through exchangeable backplates. Additionally, the EN12i provides two convenient front access ports to the internal gigabit switch and a single 5pin DMX output.

NETRON WP1DO / WPIDO-EU: Featuring a 5-pin DMX output connector within a Decora insert plate for a sleek installation, this device offers integration flexibility with various DMX options for seamless integration into any DMX infrastructure.

NETRON WP1CAT6 / WP1CAT6-EU: Simplifying integration into Ethernet or DMX set-ups, this device offers a CAT6A compliant locking RJ45 connector within a Decora insert plate for a tidy and efficient installation process.

NETRON PCB5P: Providing a standard D-Size DMX output connector on a small PCB, this device offers flexibility with different DMX input options for system integration. Useful for custom wall plates or other custom integration, it is ideally suited to work with the NETRON NET Plate which provides 14 pre-machined positions.

NETRON PCBCAT6:  The PCBCAT6 presents a standard D-Size locking CAT6A RJ45 output connector on a compact PCB, catering to custom integration needs and compatible with the NETRON NET Plate for expanded capabilities.

There will be more additions to the NETRON Integration Series, including the RDM6D (six-port RDM Splitter), EN6D (six-port EtherDMX Node), EN12 BS10 Button Station and DA2410V, a compact Ethernet or DMX gateway featuring 24x 0-10V analogue outputs.

The new NETRON Integration Series works seamlessly with the NETRON CLU, an easy-to-navigate central utility interface useful in discovering and managing NETRON data distribution devices across a lighting network. Especially helpful when deploying networks that use multiple nodes, or when working with nodes that lack integrated screens, the NETRON CLU makes NETRON data signal devices even easier to configure, eliminating the need to physically access the devices themselves. 

21st May 2024

Elation TruTone Technology a pioneering advancement in lighting fidelity

Elation TruTone Technology a pioneering advancement in lighting fidelity

Elation’s research and development department embarked on a development project that spanned several years to tackle the challenge of achieving the perfect balance between colour accuracy and intensity. The result is TruTone Technology, a groundbreaking advancement that allows designers to adjust CRI from a single fixture in order to find the best lighting fidelity.

Achieving that perfect balance between brightness and colour accuracy is an issue that has persisted in the entertainment lighting industry for years and holds significance for lighting designers and rental houses alike. Traditional LED engines, with their fixed CRI values, have fallen short in delivering a comprehensive spectrum, leaving designers and gear providers with inflexible options. Despite the industry’s numerous attempts to address this shortfall, the ideal solution has remained elusive.

The core concept behind TruTone is ingeniously simple yet profoundly impactful: a fusion of high and low white CRI LEDs into a single, high-density optical array that allows for CRI adjustments across a range from CRI 70 to 93. The system blends light smoothly with no switching or stepping and without any visible artefacts or disruptions in colour temperature. Its advantage – the flexibility to adjust colour rendering in a single fixture to cater to various lighting needs while presenting a new approach to fine-tuning the tone and depth of colour – makes the system wholly unique.

Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs played a pivotal role in TruTone’s development and says the journey began with a recognition of the limitations inherent in existing lighting technologies. He states: “Because LED lights often have a low CRI of 70, with discharge lights typically around 80, the light source is not great at representing the true colours of an object, which can appear dull, or in the case of skin tones, unnatural.” He says attempts have been made to address this with glass CRI filters that reduce the green component of the source, creating a warmer and more complete spectrum. “That is fine for a rock concert and other applications but when lighting more critical environments like a fashion show, car show, television, theatre or opera for example, where the colour rendering of costumes and sets is important, deficiencies in the spectrum appear.” Another CRI ‘fix’ has been through the use of multi-colour additive LED engines that make it possible to choose different LED emitters to blend and compensate for the missing frequencies, a step that Matthias says achieved better results but was still not totally satisfying.

Then LED engines started to be available with a high CRI option of 90+ and manufacturers began offering high CRI versions of existing products, or even replacement engines. “But that came with a drop in performance. As the CRI increased, the LEDs became less efficient so you ended up with a fixture that was 60-70% of the original output,” Matthias explained.

For rental houses, the high CRI options meant they had to stock two different sets of fixtures and the high CRI versions would often sit in the warehouse for long periods compared to normal CRI stock. “That’s not great for business,” Matthias stated, noting that Elation made the decision early on to forgo dual fixture versions. “On the designer side, you had to be mindful of what you specified because if you spec’ed all high CRI fixtures, you needed 30-40% more fixtures because you didn’t have the necessary light output. That’s also not ideal.”

It was apparent that the crux of the issue lie in the inherent trade-offs between CRI values and performance, yet each solution presented its own set of compromises. Elation engineers then asked the question, What if, instead of settling for a fixed CRI value, we could offer users the ability to seamlessly adjust colour rendering in a single fixture according to their needs: more horsepower or more colour accuracy?

Elation R&D explored avenues for blending high and low CRI LEDs into a single, cohesive array and a breakthrough came when separate drivers and electronics for each set of CRI LEDs was tested. Matthias explains: “Independent CRI engines eliminated the hard switch and allowed us to seamlessly adjust the fixture to any CRI we wanted. Because of the efficiency differences at each CRI point, we did a lot of math and optimisation to get the blend of output and colour spectrum just right while making sure that the colour temperature remained stable when moving between the different CRIs.”

This fluid adjustment, facilitated by sophisticated algorithms and meticulous engineering, ensures optimal performance and efficiency along the 70 to 93 CRI range. A CRI of 70 aligns perfectly with many existing fixtures like the Elation Proteus Maximus and Lucius, while a CRI of 93 is ideal for applications where colour accuracy is essential like keylighting, theatre, fashion, auto shows, TV/film, etc. Optimal efficiency is in the middle, at CRI 80, which is perfect for high performance requirements.

The more engineers looked at the system, the more they realised its advantages. “When we scrutinised it, we looked at white light on a surface, a person, a costume and it looked great, also skin tones,” Matthias recalls. “But we quickly learned that the system has a huge influence on the colour mixing system as well. It allows you to shift colours from a cold balance to a warm one and create some beautiful warm theatrical colours. It’s an adjustment in fidelity and a new way of influencing colour.” In short, by changing the spectral composition of how a colour is built, it gives the designer an expanded range of colour variations to choose from. “When we presented the feature to theatre and television designers, they could really see its advantages and were amazed at the palettes they could create.”

Since the TruTone system enables the adjustment of CRI from a single fixture, it not only accommodates a broad spectrum of applications but also eliminates the need for multiple fixture variants to achieve precise colour representation. No longer is the designer stuck with the choices he or she made in the type of LED engine. A lighting fixture can play a dual role in a single show. Whether it’s illuminating a presenter with high CRI keylight then repositioning to a rock band for full-on power looks, or illuminating a car at an auto show then repositioning onto a DJ at high output, TruTone’s seamless CRI transitioning is unique and is the only system in which this is possible.

TruTone’s adjustable fidelity opens up a world of possibilities, allowing users to fine-tune the tone and depth of colours with unparalleled precision. Elation’s new Proteus Odeon framing profile moving head is the first lighting fixture to feature the new TruTone system and the technology will be implemented into other Elation fixtures moving forward.

In closing, Matthias states: “TruTone has been years in the making and we’re excited to bring this new technology to the market. I think when designers see the possibilities, they will realise the real impact it can have on their designs.”

20th May 2024

DM3 Series Mixers Can Do More With New V2 Firmware

DM3 Series Mixers Can Do More With New V2 Firmware

Yamaha Corporation has announced the release of firmware version 2.0 for its DM3 series digital mixing consoles, which significantly enhances flexibility and expandability with new, customer-requested features including insert function, USB driver mode option and more.

Launched in April 2023, the DM3 series set a new standard in compact mixers, shattering the stereotype that a compact digital console means having to compromise on features. Available with a choice of Dante networking (DM3) and non-Dante (DM3 Standard) models, these supremely portable digital mixers offer facilities unmatched by any other console of a similar size.

The DM3 series is already proving very popular and, with firmware 2.0, adds more functionality and flexibility for a range of professional applications.

A new insert function has been added to the input/output channels. This allows users to insert VST plug-ins via USB (using the included VST Rack Elements software) and also to insert external devices via USB or Dante.

An extra USB Driver mode option has also been included. In addition to the existing Mode 1, which allows 18 channels to be connected to a single application, Mode 2 allows connection to up to four applications, connected via USB to a PC or Mac.

The DM3 is also now compatible with Dante Domain Manager, providing further expansion and flexibility for Dante networks.*

Further improvements include support for the exFAT USB storage format, which means fewer limitations and easier recording of high quality audio on USB external storage media of up to 256Tb.** The FAT32 format will still be supported, which is limited to media with a maximum size of 32Gb.

Other new features in the V2.0 firmware upgrade include screen calibration and fader position calibration, which enhance the consistency of the user experience and allow the colour balance of the screen to be adjusted, according to the operating environment.

“The Yamaha DM3 series has set a new standard for compact mixers and we are very pleased to provide this update, which delivers even more flexibility and expandability. We think this will be beneficial to many professional users,” says Thomas Hemery, Yamaha senior general manager of Professional Solutions Division.

“In an ever-changing world, which constantly presents new challenges as well as opportunities, the new firmware for DM3 series mixers gives users the power and flexibility to do more with a compact digital console. We at Yamaha are always listening to the opinions of our customers and we will continue to work hard at providing the most flexible, comfortable mixing environments and systems.”

* Not available on the DM3 Standard.

** When recording in WAV format, the maximum size for each file is 2Gb. Recording will continue as multiple, seamless 2Gb WAV files up to the capacity of the USB storage medium.

17th May 2024

Free NETRON CLU from Obsidian makes data management a breeze

Free NETRON CLU from Obsidian makes data management a breeze

Obsidian Control Systems offers the NETRON CLU, an easy-to-navigate central utility interface useful in discovering and managing NETRON data distribution devices across a lighting network. Especially helpful when deploying networks that use multiple nodes, or when working with nodes that lack integrated screens, the NETRON CLU makes NETRON data signal devices even easier to configure, eliminating the need to physically access the devices themselves.

NETRON devices can be discovered regardless of their current IP address and all NETRON features can be centrally configured, or reconfigured, without the need to access individual web pages or the device displays. Whether you're setting up a handful of nodes for a live event or 50 nodes for an install, remote access to all device functions straight from a computer makes device settings easy to overview and node deployment a breeze.

The Windows-based NETRON CLU app continuously monitors the network status and indicates the devices’ online or offline status on the user interface. The NETRON CLU also includes integrated firmware update management, allowing users to upgrade multiple devices to the latest firmware release simultaneously and with a single click.

The NETRON CLU fully supports all NETRON devices and is free to use. Download the latest version at https://files.obsidiancontrol.com/s/NetronCLU

NETRON is Obsidian Control Systems’ comprehensive range of DMX splitters and Ethernet to DMX gateways, supporting applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments. Featuring outstanding build quality, advanced feature sets and smart mounting options, they excel in the management of complex networked lighting systems. Developed with the user in mind, NETRON products combine tough hardware with smart software for fast setup and solid performance.

16th May 2024

Curve light with Ayrton as it launches Kyalami

Curve light with Ayrton as it launches Kyalami

Ayrton has announced the official launch of Kyalami, its first IP65-rated laser source luminaire in its Creative Solution series.

Kyalami is inspired by the revolutionary, multiple award-winning MagicDot. First released in 2015, MagicDot sold by the thousands within months and still inspires creativity. Nine years later it has given birth to Kyalami.

Devised for architectural graphic effects, Kyalami is an ultra-compact luminaire with incredible creative potential. Its essential performance capability is based on its unique design, extreme miniaturisation and a minimalist cylindrical footprint that allows multiple luminaires to be installed only a few centimetres apart.

A sphere of just 265mm incorporates Kyalami’s 100W laser module, cooling system and optics, while its 126mm front lens positioned in the continuity of the sphere provides Kyalami with a unique visual signature.

Kyalami pushes all the limits when it comes to beam definition, with native contrast never before achieved by a digital light source. Its proprietary three-lens optical system produces an incredible, intensive one degree beam and an extreme range of focus that permits the beam shape to be adjusted according to the operating distance.

Kyalami delivers a record luminous flux of 400,000 lux at ten mtres from its next generation speckle-free laser source, which is designed for rendering a D65 white point that allows perfect colour reproduction. A highly innovative colour section includes a high-definition progressive CMY colour mixing system and a multi-position instant access colour wheel equipped with five corrective filters and 17 complementary colour filters.

Kyalami has unrivalled graphics capability, offering a wide choice of 29 fixed metal gobos designed to sculpt light in beam mode. These gobos can be blended with two individually combinable rotating prisms allowing the production of a multitude of volumetric lighting effects. A light and heavy frost filter complete the graphic tool palette.

Kyalami adopts a minimalist style due to simplified waterproofing and the continuous rotation of the pan and tilt movement, increasing the possibilities for generating complex effects and making this luminaire a universal tool capable of meeting any challenge in all conditions.

Its dimensions measure just 265 x 430 x 265mm (l x h x d) and weighs in at 14.5kg.

A creative, elegant, original, light weight and fast luminaire, conceived and designed to be unlike any other, Kyalami will disrupt the codes and unleash the emotions. 

15th May 2024