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IK Multimedia Releases ARC Studio Hardware to Instantly Improve Any Studio Monitoring System

23/02/2024

New Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze

21/02/2024

Astera Launches ProjectionLens for PlutoFresnel

08/02/2024

Dynacord expands its V Series amplifier line with compact V600:2 two-channel model

07/02/2024

DSP OUT Factory Presets – combine all LINEAR Series speakers perfectly with each other

06/02/2024

NEXT Audiogroup introduces LAm114xA PLUS

06/02/2024

Source Four Mini and Irideon Now Available for F-Drive

30/01/2024

NEXT Audiogroup introduces MOKA System

29/01/2024

L-Acoustics Launches Xi Series: Versatile Coaxial Speakers for All Types of Premium Installations

25/01/2024

Clear-Com Introduces Gen-IC Cloud Intercom and SkyPort Virtual System Management Platform

25/01/2024

HH Launches Tensor-MINI

24/01/2024

Built to handle the complexities of today’s music production

23/01/2024

Elation colour innovation on display with new SIX+ PAR series

23/01/2024

Big sound meets battery power! Electro-Voice announces global launch of EVERSE 12

19/01/2024

Equipson Launches the Integra Series for Advanced Digital Signal Processing

17/01/2024

Alfalite and César Yagüe redefine digital art with AlfaArt, a new LED display solution for the luxury sector

17/01/2024

Multi-functional Mixing Amplifier for Commercial Spaces From Tascam

17/01/2024

Sound Technology Ltd announces distribution of Dante AVIO Adapters by Audinate

16/01/2024

Optimal Audio Expands Ecosystem with Launch of Amp Series

16/01/2024

Maximise hearing accessibility with new rechargeable loop listener 

12/01/2024

KRATOS gratis: Naostage releases free download of tracking software

11/01/2024

Proteus Odeon with variable CRI engine a game-changer in professional framing profiles

10/01/2024

ETC Introduces High End Systems Ministar

10/01/2024

Allen & Heath Products Now Available on D-Tools

20/12/2023

F-Drive, ETC’s Flagship LED Driver Solution, Now Compatible with Irideon and Source Four Mini LED

13/12/2023

IK Multimedia Releases ARC Studio Hardware to Instantly Improve Any Studio Monitoring System

IK Multimedia Releases ARC Studio Hardware to Instantly Improve Any Studio Monitoring System

IK Multimedia releases ARC Studio, a unique out-of-the-box hardware acoustic room correction system that instantly upgrades traditional studio monitors with breathtaking results. There's a reason all of today's top-tier studio monitors include active room correction: it vastly enhances their performance and ensures that mixes translate flawlessly.

ARC Studio offers this same massive boost in performance and accuracy to any monitor in every studio. The system includes a stand-alone hardware processor, new ARC 4 software (also available separately) for analysing and correcting the listening environment with additional controls and a precision MEMS measurement microphone.

For the first time in the recording industry, an affordable hardware processor can be used as a correction and calibration system for any type of studio, be it home, project or professional, without the limitations of a software-only system.

Rooms have a big impact on how music is heard. The size, shape, materials and furniture all work to distort the frequency and stereo balance of studio monitors, degrading their sound.

ARC 4's all-new algorithm analyses and corrects these issues in minutes. The music snaps into focus with more controlled low-end, tighter transients and pinpoint stereo imaging. It's like an instant upgrade for monitors, leading their users to mix faster and more confidently than ever.

With the included mic connected to an audio interface, ARC 4 software guides the user through a rapid process of measuring acoustical responses within their listening position. IK's award-winning ARC technology uses this 3D snapshot to identify and completely correct all the problematic issues degrading a monitor's performance.

ARC 4 stores the correction profile and loads it to the ARC Studio processor, sitting invisibly between the interface and monitors to apply to all incoming signals. The standalone processor corrects studio monitors in any studio, including hardware and console-based set-ups.

For pro studios, whether DAW-based or console-based, ARC Studio with ARC 4 offers sonically transparent correction and custom-tuning for any monitoring set-up from nearfields to mains, preserving the inherent system's sonic quality.

For DAW-based studios, ARC Studio eliminates the need to insert the ARC 4 plug-in on the master bus of a project and preserves zero-latency monitoring setups. Plus, it allows users to listen to their preferred streaming service with acoustically corrected monitoring without messing around with system drivers.

Using ARC 4, profiles can be created and stored for every configuration, listening position or even monitor pair and quickly recalled or loaded to the processor unit at any time. Whether in a makeshift studio or a world-class one, fine-tuning the monitoring perfectly to taste is no longer a challenge and has never sounded so good.

And not only is the ARC Studio hardware designed and made in Italy to the highest precision and quality standards, but its clever engineering makes it extremely affordable and it is available at a fraction of the cost of other hardware solutions. Now everyone can dramatically improve the sound in their mixing environments: from a single pair of monitors to multiple monitoring systems, up to large facilities with multiple mixing and recording rooms.

ARC Studio features a 120 dB(A) analogue input to analogue output dynamic range, 0.5Hz to 40kHz frequency response, and ultra-stable clocking for vanishing low jitter, offering total sonic transparency and accuracy only found in mastering-grade audio converters.

The processor unit connects to the studio and monitors via balanced XLRs with a power-safe relay-based hard bypass, so when bypassed everything is protected from sudden power-related pops. Between the premium audio quality of ARC Studio and ARC 4's all-new correction algorithm, the result is the most natural, transparent monitoring ever.

ARC Studio can be reloaded instantly with new settings using ARC 4 software. ARC 4 now features a monitor emulation function that turns any monitor system into iconic studio monitors, plus popular hi-fi speakers and mobile devices, with breathtakingly true-to-life results, accurately reproducing the frequency and phase response of the originals.

With over 20 profiles included in ARC 4, a single pair of monitors now lets users test a mix on different reference systems quickly, without ever having to head to the car or buy additional pairs of monitors.

ARC 4 now comes with nine factory-tailored target curves suitable for most situations. The default curve offers optimally balanced results with flat and other specific curves for different needs or setups. By default, ARC corrects the entire frequency spectrum, but users can define limits to both upper and lower correction ranges separately. This is useful to preserve monitors' unique voicing or correct a certain frequency range.

There's also a control to adjust the resolution of the correction filter to use more or fewer frequency bands. Depending on the room's unique sound, this can achieve a more surgical correction or a broader, smoother balance.

Selectable natural and linear phase modes ensure precise stereo imaging. Natural mode improves the phase response, while linear phase maintains the original inter-channel phase response, which may be preferable in certain rooms and conditions. With ARC Studio, users will experience limitless flexibility as their studios grow and evolve.

23rd February 2024

New Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze

New Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze
New Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze

FLEXibility takes centre stage with the new Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze, an innovative addition to the world of lighting that is set to change the way we experience blinder effects. With its original design and versatile features, this lighting fixture promises to bring innovative possibilities to lighting professionals and enthusiasts.

The Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze goes beyond the conventional with a unique design comprising eight pods, each equipped with 100W, 3000K COB LEDs. But that’s not all; these pods are also enriched with amber and RGB LEDs, enabling a wide range of creative lighting applications. Unlike many LEDs that often fall short in replicating this effect, the Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze’s amber LEDs are specifically designed to perfectly mimic the dimming of traditional tungsten blinders, providing a nostalgic and warm ambiance. The RGB LEDs in each pod can be mixed to create a blaze effect with a captivating array of colours. With each pod working independently, the Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze enables you to craft one-of-a-kind light shows that are vibrant, dynamic, and visually stunning.

To guarantee optimal performance, the Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze boasts RDM (Remote Device Management) capability. This means that the temperature and humidity sensors that are integrated into both the controller and each pod can be monitored, allowing you to adjust settings remotely for precise control and peace of mind.

Built to brave the elements, one of the standout features of the Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze is its IP65-rated aluminium housing. This makes it not only suitable for indoor use, but also ideal for outdoor events, no matter what Mother Nature has in store. To mount the pods, each pod features a unique mounting bracket with a 12.5mm hole in the centre and four additional holes at a 45° angle. This innovative design makes it easy to securely screw the fixture to decor or structures without needing to remove the pod from the bracket, simplifying the installation process. The maximum cable length of 30 meters between the controller and each pod ensures that you can configure your lighting system to suit your needs.

The Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze comes complete with everything you need for a seamless set-up, including a controller, cables, and a mounting bracket. This all-inclusive package ensures that you have all the tools required to unlock the full potential of this lighting fixture.

Whether you’re lighting up a live concert, creating a captivating atmosphere for an outdoor event, providing support for a theatrical production or any other special event, the Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze promises to deliver stunning visual effects.

New Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX BlazeNew Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze

21st February 2024

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Astera Launches ProjectionLens for PlutoFresnel

Astera Launches ProjectionLens for PlutoFresnel

Astera boosts the creative potential and functionality of its battery powered PlutoFresnel LED luminaire with the launch of the new ProjectionLens which transforms it into a profile fixture.

Astera Fresnels are ideal for numerous lighting scenarios, from film and broadcast to a wide range of live events and the ProjectionLens is expected to be especially popular for events.

The ProjectionLens offers precision optics, zoom, accurate shutters for highlighting specific areas, plus gobos, all giving the Fresnel the value of being a truly multi-functional lighting fixture.

The ProjectionLens is quickly and efficiently installed by sliding in and out of the luminaire. The integrated manual zoom has a range of 16° to 36° for projection and is simply adjusted by twisting the lens barrel like a camera zoom lens.

Two focus wheels are included in the ProjectionLens to assist in producing crystal-clear gobo projection at any distance. One is for standard focus and the other enables a focus for close proximity surfaces.

The E-Sized gobo holder means the projection of shapes, breakups and other effects and custom logos / gobos are seamless and eye-catching, with the projected beam or gobo image aligned and focused by rotating and tilting the lens barrel.

A four-leaf shutter design offers maximum beam control by allowing the projected and lit areas to be trimmed as needed.

This option greatly enhances the adaptability of Astera’s already highly portable wireless PlutoFresnel which was launched in June 2023.

The PlutoFresnel has a 15° to 60° beam angle without any colour fringing and has both wired and wireless DMX control with up to three hours run time utilising the built-in battery.

Powered by Astera’s full spectrum high rendition Titan LED engine, the fixture has an impressive output comparable to a traditional 300W tungsten Fresnel, with power consumption of less than 80W.

It weighs just 4.5kg and is ideal for fitting into small and less accessible spaces on sets or stages.

As you would expect with an Astera product, there are multiple rigging options. The fixture has a removable handle, foldable legs and yoke bases.

The new ProjectionLens will vastly increase the potential of Astera’s PlutoFresnel for stage and theatrical applications, events and installations, and has been developed after gathering extensive feedback from event companies, lighting designers and other end users embracing the Fresnel range. Input has come from worldwide via Astera’s distribution network.

Profiles and Fresnels are a versatile go-to standard light for any designer’s toolbox, whether lighting a dance, drama or opera performance, or highlighting sets and people (specials) for a concert or music show as well as for keylighting events, from a conference to an awards show.

They are also a classic standard for fashion show runways, producing smooth, even lighting coverage that’s perfect for photos and video reels highlighting clothes and models.

Fresnels and profiles can additionally be used to accentuate architectural and structural features for gala events, large scale spectaculars and any other situation where detailed and adjustable building or monument lighting is required; the application list is almost endless!

With the ProjectionLens, Astera Fresnels can now also be profile lights with a set of dynamic gobos, the Titan engine’s high CRI and excellent range of whites all with the convenience of wireless operation.

8th February 2024

Dynacord expands its V Series amplifier line with compact V600:2 two-channel model

Dynacord expands its V Series amplifier line with compact V600:2 two-channel model

Dynacord has announced the introduction V600:2, a new member of its V Series family of commercial amplifiers. With a total output capacity of 600 watts, this ultra-compact two-channel amplifier is not only tailored for background music and announcements but also excels whenever higher SPL levels in small to mid-sized fixed installations are required, including educational facilities, hospitality venues, retail areas and houses of worship.

Enhancing the installation versatility, integrators can now mix and match different V Series models to precisely meet their specific project requirements. With the same premium features and Dynacord technologies on board as the four-channel model V600:4, the V600:2 offers optimal installation flexibility, superior power efficiency and advanced reliability.

powerTANK technology adds flexible power allocation, acting as a power reservoir. With direct access to the total power of 600 watts, the V600:2 can deliver asymmetric power across all channels as needed. Dynacord’s patented VLD (Variable Load Drive) technology allows the amplifier channels to be driven at 4 ohms, 8 ohms, 70V or 100V without affecting output power.

Overall power consumption is significantly reduced with ecoRAIL, conserving energy and lowering ownership costs. APD (Auto Power Down) further improves energy consumption by automatically powering down the amplifier when no audio signal is present.

dualCOOL ensures silent operation for applications in quiet environments, while a built-in multi-stage fan is activated under extreme thermal conditions. The proven PFC (Power Factor Correction), together with a sophisticated protection package usually only found in high-end professional amplifiers, maintains flawless and reliable performance, even under demanding conditions.

At just a single rack unit high and half a rack width wide, the V600:2 offers a multitude of installation options wherever space is limited. The included brackets facilitate single or dual rack-mount options as well as unobtrusive installation wherever needed, such as under counters. Two amplifiers fit in a single rack unit when rack-mounted side by side, efficiently using space and doubling the channel count and output power.

The V600:2 combines best-in-class features at a very attractive price, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking for an eco-friendly, robust and versatile amplifier that is quick to install and runs trouble-free.  

The Dynacord V600:2 power amplifier will be available in spring 2024.

7th February 2024

DSP OUT Factory Presets – combine all LINEAR Series speakers perfectly with each other

DSP OUT Factory Presets – combine all LINEAR Series speakers perfectly with each other
DSP OUT Factory Presets – combine all LINEAR Series speakers perfectly with each other

HK Audio speakers from the LINEAR 5 MKII, LINEAR 7, LINEAR 9 and LINEAR 5 or LINEAR SUB series can now be easily combined with each other. This is made possible by the DSP OUT of the current LINEAR 5 MK II, LINEAR 7 and LINEAR 9 series and the DSP OUT Factory Presets. All presets have been optimised by the developers at HK AUDIO to suit the respective speaker combinations and guarantee the highest sound quality and operational reliability.

To combine the speakers, simply download the preset library and select the desired preset in the DSP CONTROL software. Each preset comes with detailed instructions on wiring and settings.

The DSP OUT Factory Presets for the LINEAR 5 MK II series are now available in the download area of the LINEAR 5 MK II product page at www.hkaudio.com.

Further DSP OUT Factory Presets for LINEAR 7 and LINEAR 9 will follow.

6th February 2024

NEXT Audiogroup introduces LAm114xA PLUS

NEXT Audiogroup introduces LAm114xA PLUS
NEXT Audiogroup introduces LAm114xA PLUS

NEXT Audiogroup introduces the new LAm114xA PLUS, a new version of the famous LAm114xA.

LAm114xA PLUS is a Plus Edition of the famous LAm114xA, using a new DSP and amplifier module, ethernet controlled via Software X-NET, keeping the same de-essing and measures.

To fulfil all the artist´s performance needs the LAm114xA aimed to provide the musicians a perfect listening on the most demanding situations. The LAm114xA stage monitor incorporates advanced coaxial 14” B&C custom made speaker and a high performance DPA amplifier module, capable of generating 1,650W (1,150W + 500W) for a very high acoustic pressure.

The design combines the voice reproduction clarity associated with 12” drivers with the bass extension typically of 15” speakers. The high-frequency reproduction is handled by a 2-inch exit, 3-inch voice coil, HF neodymium driver for the critical voice frequency range. The cabinet’s small footprint and low weight, combined with the absolutely linear and extended response at very high-pressure levels, makes the LAm114xA PLUS the well suited to both small and large venue use.

Onboard, advanced, powerful 96kHz/40bit SHARC DSP engine, monitored by built-in LCD screen with a preset loading encoder, can be remotely monitored and controlled through ethernet by a PC using X-NET Software. The full-featured X-NET Software automatically identifies each device and allows simultaneous control of multiple devices through grouping facility. Everything you need to fine-tune the sound of your system is right there.

The heart of the LAm114xA, is two-channel UMAC Class D full bandwidth PWM modulator with ultra-low distortion releasing 1150W for LF section and 500W for HF section. Integrated universal mains power supply with PFC provides consistency and optimum performance, that offers both sonic punch, balanced sound as well as a rich and transparent, sound at any level.

6th February 2024

Source Four Mini and Irideon Now Available for F-Drive

Source Four Mini and Irideon Now Available for F-Drive

ETC continues to expand Source Four Mini and Irideon fixture offerings with new F-Drive compatible options. With the addition of these low voltage versions to its line-up of canopy and portable fixtures, alongside the recently released OneTrack models, the Irideon and Source Four Mini families of products are more flexible than ever.

F-Drive compatibility in Source Four Mini and Irideon fixtures decreases costs while increasing portability and ease of installation. These luminaires use low voltage, making installation inexpensive and hassle-free.

With F-Drive compatibility, Source Four Mini LED can now be controlled via DMX for the first time. This provides a more beautiful, smooth dim in any Source Four Mini LED installation.

F-Drive compatible Source Four Mini LED and Irideon luminaires are available in all of ETC’s existing colour temperature and CRI options. They are available in canopy or portable options.

With the new F-Drive options, ETC’s line of display fixtures fits more seamlessly into any of your jobs. Information about these luminaires will become publicly available on the ETC website.

www.etcconnect.com 

30th January 2024

ETC

NEXT Audiogroup introduces MOKA System

NEXT Audiogroup introduces MOKA System

The MOKA System is an ultra-compact plug & play line array system optimised for flexible, high power and modular array configurations to fit a diverse range of sound reinforcement applications.

MOKA seamlessly integrates cutting-edge concepts in sound reinforcement technology into a singular system, comprising three fundamental elements: the MOKA Array, the MOKA Sub and the MOKA Sub A.

Its capabilities span from a small to large event, extending all the way to flown line array systems for professional live sound reinforcement at concerts and festivals, complete with adaptable subwoofer arrangements on the ground, or flown if needed.

Beyond its system flexibility, MOKA stands out with its sophisticated features and technologies designed to streamline the life of every installer, rental company or band.

The MOKA Array speaker, encased in a polyurea painted multi-laminate birch plywood enclosure, serves as a line array element. It accommodates a 9” neodymium woofer with a 3” neodymium driver coaxially mounted. The wave guide ensures minimal interference among the arrays, creating a classic line array dispersion pattern with remarkable throw and energy density.

The MOKA SUB A is a 15” active bass-reflex subwoofer powered by a 4 x 2300W Class D amplifier module with DSP. This professional active subwoofer was engineered for high-level and extended low frequency output. Each Moka Sub A can power up to another Moka Sub (passive) and four Moka Arrays.

“We know how flexible all the systems should be to fit the different venues. Having that in mind, we have developed these configurations to allow multiple combinations and each system: medium, large and giant can be converted in a smaller configuration. As an example, the Moka Large is equivalent to two Moka medium which is equivalent to two Moka Systems. This means that having a large system means having two medium systems or four small systems, only adding some additional accessories,” said Sergio Pinto, NEXT Audiogroup sales manager.

NEXT Audiocom presents MOKA in four different configurations: MOKA Small (four Moka Array, one Moka Sub and Moka Sub A), MOKA Medium (eight Moka Array, Moka Sub and two Moka Sub A), MOKA Large (16 Moka Array, four Moka Sub and four Moka Sub A) and MOKA Giant (24 Moka Array, six Moka Sub and six Moka Sub A).

29th January 2024

L-Acoustics Launches Xi Series: Versatile Coaxial Speakers for All Types of Premium Installations

L-Acoustics Launches Xi Series: Versatile Coaxial Speakers for All Types of Premium Installations

L-Acoustics has announced the launch of the Xi Series, an extension to the acclaimed X Series of coaxial speakers. Visitors to ISE 2024 will be able to see and hear the freshly launched X8i and X6i models in Hall 7 booth #7F150, Hall 2, #2G500, and Hall 8, Audio Demo Room #B4. The Xi Series is designed to meet the demands of every type of integration project that requires powerful, premium sound in a discreet format that can seamlessly blend into any room architecture.

The Xi Series offers a range of installation-focused coaxial enclosures with distinct formats, bandwidth and SPL specifically tailored for short throw applications. These enclosures provide pristine sound quality and discreet design, allowing them to integrate elegantly into venues requiring natural and powerful sound.

"The Xi Series represents a significant leap forward in meeting the diverse demands of premium installations,” says Germain Simon, director of product management at L-Acoustics.  “The refined acoustic and physical design combines with a plethora of simple yet purposeful accessories to ensure premium professional audio can be created in any space."

One of the key features of the Xi Series is its coaxial technology, which allows for a compact design and constant tonal balance over distance. This technology ensures smooth coverage for off-axis audiences, eliminates the need for a minimum listening distance and provides high feedback rejection. With an exceptional bandwidth-to-size ratio, the Xi Series boasts L-Vents to deliver clear low-frequency power and features a weather resistant IP55 rating, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor installations.

The X6i and X8i feature slender, streamlined designs that seamlessly integrate into high-end architectural settings while providing clear, studio-like sound. These passive loudspeakers boast a 1.5’’ neodymium compression driver coaxially loaded by a 6” or 8’’ low-frequency transducer in a bass reflex cabinet. The 90° axisymmetric directivity imparts a smooth tonal response, free of secondary lobes over the entire frequency range.

Both loudspeakers can be driven by two presets, allowing them to adapt to the acoustic needs of different projects and subwoofer coupling configurations. In their native presets, ideal for vocal reinforcement or when used alongside a subwoofer, the X6i boasts a maximum SPL of 123dB and a frequency response down to 69Hz, while the X8i features a maximum SPL of 129dB and a frequency response down to 67Hz. For stand-alone applications and close proximity listening experiences, the X6i_50 preset delivers full-range sound reproduction down to 54Hz and produces a maximum SPL of 117dB. The X8i_40 preset reaches 43Hz, producing a maximum SPL of 123dB. The combination of pristine yet powerful sound and elegant form make the X6i and X8i ideal for vocal or musical reinforcement in small theatres, live clubs, luxury and hospitality spaces, houses of worship, home and yacht, broadcast and recording studios.

L-Acoustics Xi Series offers unparalleled versatility and performance for premium installations. With its elegant design, exceptional sound quality, and adaptability to various acoustic needs, the Xi Series offers a concert-grade sound solution for any space.

X6i and X8i ship in April 2024.

25th January 2024

Clear-Com Introduces Gen-IC Cloud Intercom and SkyPort Virtual System Management Platform

Clear-Com Introduces Gen-IC Cloud Intercom and SkyPort Virtual System Management Platform

In a strategic move towards virtual technology, Clear-Com introduces the Gen-IC Cloud Intercom system, a secure and flexible virtual intercom solution that allows users to easily integrate on-premises hardware with virtual intercom clients. Designed for scalability, Gen-IC Cloud Intercom will be sold through Clear-Com’s extensive global network of reseller partners and will allow end-users to quickly ramp up multiple virtual clients as needed, with the unique capability of integrating with Clear-Com’s extensive hardware infrastructure over LAN, WAN and the Internet.

The issue of latency is especially important for audio comms, and Clear-Com has developed a unique virtual intercom application that can be deployed on selectable regional targets. This minimises the latency inherent when going virtual by giving administrators the ability to easily deploy Gen-IC Cloud Intercom closest to where teams are doing work. Moreover, Gen-IC Cloud Intercom instances from around the world can be linked, producing the ultimate communication and collaboration tool for mission-critical productions.

Product manager Kari Eythorsson shared that “Gen-IC Cloud Intercom and SkyPort are the result of extensive development by our engineering teams and customer testing. Virtual intercom systems offer unique challenges and we know our customers expect a reliable and well-designed solution from us. We are proud to bring this partner-serviced solution to market and are excited by the possibilities of what we can do in the virtual space moving forward.”

During extensive field trials, users reported excellent results, even in the most challenging situations. Antonio Barbosa, an engineer at TV Globo and his team tested the product and stated that “TV Globo's test experience with Gen-IC Cloud Intercom was extraordinary. The system showcased seamless communication and exceptional audio quality, even in high data traffic event scenarios."

The system is designed for ease of use and utilises Clear-Com’s award-winning virtual clients, Agent-IC mobile app and Station-IC virtual desktop client, eliminating the need for additional user training. Connections from the virtual clients to hardware ecosystems is achieved through the existing range of Clear-Com LQ Series of IP Interfaces, with no dedicated interfacing requirements. 

The Clear-Com SkyPort provides workspace management for partners, making it easy to manage many different customer sites and events in one online application. Through SkyPort, Partners are empowered to authorise local administrators to manage events and put the control in the users’ hands, while still benefiting from Clear-Com’s impressive support capabilities provided via its partner network.

Gen-IC Cloud Intercom and SkyPort will make their debut at the ISE 2024 show at the Clear-Com Stand #5H620.

25th January 2024

HH Launches Tensor-MINI

HH Launches Tensor-MINI

UK-based HH Audio has announced the launch of Tensor-MINI, an ultra-portable, all-in-one, battery-powered PA. Tensor-MINI delivers an exceptional audio experience from an easy to carry design which can be set up in seconds.

With its a powerful 6.5” co-axial full-range driver, Tensor-MINI is perfect for a host of applications, effortlessly meeting the needs of buskers, small gigs, parties, gyms, cafes, classrooms, corporate AV presentations and many more. Its versatile pre-amp includes a three-channel mixer (two universal inputs with tone presets and adjustable EQ, and an auxiliary input), DSP and reverb effect, along with a Bluetooth/USB media player which doubles as a charger for the input device. Bluetooth also supports stereo linking of two Tensor-MINI units.

Tensor-MINI’s multi-angle cab allows the unit to be used on the ground, as a monitor, or on a pole stand, and comprehensive audio protection prevents overloading and damage. Fully chargeable in just five hours, the unit delivers up to 12 hours continuous playback thanks to its built-in Li-ion battery.

With Tensor-MINI, HH Electronics continues to draw on five decades of pioneering heritage to expand its range of versatile, competitively priced, high-quality solutions, which enable performers and presenters to take their sound anywhere they choose. 

24th January 2024

Built to handle the complexities of today’s music production

Built to handle the complexities of today’s music production

Sennheiser has launched its brand-new open-back HD 490 PRO reference studio headphones, purpose-built for producing, mixing and mastering. The circumaural, dynamic headphones feature highly precise sound reproduction and a very wide and realistic sound stage. This superior accuracy and range give producers, mixing and mastering engineers, as well as musicians, the transparency they need for critical mixing decisions and for confidently resolving any panning placement issues. The HD 490 PRO and HD 490 PRO Plus (includes additional accessories) will be available from the end of January.

“If you compare today’s music productions with that of ten, 20 years ago, you will notice how the massively increased computing power and complex parameter automation have changed the way in which music is made,” shares Jimmy Landry, category market manager for MI at Sennheiser. “In every genre, engineers and music creators are continuously pushing boundaries, creating extremely complex mixes that can be prone to so-called ‘audio blind spots’. Mixes can be crowded and muddy, with too many instruments sitting at the same position and their frequencies competing. For the engineer or musician, it becomes difficult to hear each individual instrument or voice distinctly. This goes to show the importance of a good pair of studio headphones.”

To tackle this complexity, the Sennheiser engineers have given the HD 490 PRO an extremely wide, dimensional sound stage for precisely localising the components of a mix. Ultralight voice coils ensure a fast and authentic sound reproduction. The frequency response is uncoloured and honest across the entire audio spectrum, with the low end being full, accurate and clearly defined thanks to a special low-frequency cylinder. The open-mesh ear cup covers reveal Sennheiser’s Open-frame Architecture, which minimises resonances and distortion. For an optimal listening experience, the transducers sit at a slight angle, thereby emulating a typical monitor loudspeaker set-up.

“All these features combine to enable music professionals to identify and resolve any panning placement issues and troublesome low-end frequencies, ensuring clear mixes and superbly refined masters,” explains Gunnar Dirks, Sennheiser product manager. “The HD 490 PRO studio headphones put you in full control of every detail.”

An excellent pair of studio headphones would only be half as good if it were uncomfortable. Therefore, the Sennheiser engineers have put decades of experience from professional headset design into the HD 490 PRO. Their lightweight, ergonomic design eliminates any pressure points, as the headband does not press on the sensitive parts of the head. Also, the circumaural ear pads feature a Sennheiser-patented soft comfort zone for the temples of glasses while maintaining good sealing.

A patent has also been applied for regarding the special axes geometry of the HD 490 PRO. This design makes sure that the headphones optimally adapt to the head when they are put on and maintain an equal contact pressure no matter what the shape of the user’s head.

“When you’re creating music, the last thing you want is to be focusing on the fit of your headphones. The HD 490 PRO let you feel the music and forget about the headphones,” says Landry.

“The development of the HD 490 PRO was preceded by the biggest professional headphone survey we ever did, where users voted neutral and flat reference audio as the most important feature,” explains Dirks. “However, when we took a look at market figures, we discovered that a slightly warmer sound was preferred over a 100 percent neutral response. Therefore, we decided to give our customers two headphones in one by providing two different sets of ear pads that were carefully designed to shape the sound differently.”

The producing ear pads (velour) of the HD 490 PRO have a slightly warmer response to create perspective and help users make a holistic judgement of the sound. The mixing ear pads (fabric), on the other hand, allow for a very flat, neutral sound that helps dive into detail when a sound reference is needed in finishing off a mix. Both ear pads are washable, a solution that is both hygienic and sustainable.

The HD 490 PRO includes a free licence for the innovative dearVR MIX-SE plugin from Dear Reality. The plugin turns a DAW into an ultimate virtual mixing environment, simulating the carefully designed acoustics of ideal mixing studios. Not only is the engineer or musician placed in the sweet spot, dear VR MIX-SE also helps them ensure a balanced and consistent translation of their mixes on different systems.

The meticulous design of this top-of-the-range studio model does not stop with the accessories. For example, the headphone cable can be plugged into the right or left earpiece of the HD 490 PRO to cater to different studio set-ups and preferences. A patented cable coil structure ensures that the headphone cable does not transmit any noise when it hits the desk or rubs against the clothing. The left/right designation is clearly visible on the inside dust covers of the transducers, while for the visually impaired, the headband fork carries braille information.

Each HD 490 PRO is delivered complete with two different sets of ear pads (mixing and producing) plus a 1.8 m headphone cable and a dearVR MIX-SE licence. The HD 490 PRO Plus, additionally includes a three metre cable, a transport case and an extra fabric headband pad in addition to the standard velour headband. All Plus extras are also available as individual accessories. A balanced headphone cable is available as an optional accessory.

“If you are looking for studio headphones that give you the transparency and excellent localisation needed for crafting outstanding mixes, the HD 490 PRO are your choice,” says Jimmy Landry. 

23rd January 2024

Elation colour innovation on display with new SIX+ PAR series

Elation colour innovation on display with new SIX+ PAR series

Get ready to revolutionise PAR lighting with a cutting-edge upgrade to Elation's industry-standard SIXPAR series; introducing the spectacular SIX+ PAR S and SIX+ PAR L! SIX+ PAR offers an electrifying fusion of enhanced output, expanded colour spectrum and overall superior quality of light, making it an indispensable tool for the colour-savvy lighting designer. Not only that, the new SIX+ PAR is IP65 protected to handle any environment.

Available with either seven or 14 x 20W RGBLA+UV LEDs, the SIX+ PAR offers the ultra-wide colour spectrum, outstanding colour rendering and high CRI (93) that exacting designers demand. The carefully engineered optical system guarantees that beautifully homogenised colour distributes evenly and with no colour fringing, from high-fidelity whites to intense primaries and virtually every shade in between. Furthermore, they house the same LED engine as Elation's new SIX+ BAR series for a perfect colour match.

At 3200 lumens for the SIX+ PAR S and over 7000 lumens for the SIX+ PAR L, these indoor/outdoor PAR colour changers punch well above their weight. To expand the colour capabilities of the SIX+ PAR further, precise colour temperature control via a dedicated variable CCT control channel has been integrated with adjustments capable from 2400K - 8500K. A CMY Emulation mode plus an integrated library of calibrated colour presets that match the most popular gel filters have also been included.

The SIX+ PAR’s durable housing includes a dedicated diffusion lens holder with an optional gel frame holder available that can accommodate industry-standard 7.5” (S)/10” (L) accessories. Beam angle is 12° with a 22° lens included that allows them to match seamlessly with existing SIXPAR fixtures. Other optional lenses are also available. SIX+ PAR luminaires house an electronic dimmer and strobe and are capable of smooth dimming from 0-100% with excellent stability throughout the range. A selection of 16-bit dimming modes and curves are also included. 

To ensure the SIX+ PAR can be integrated seamlessly alongside original SIXPAR fixtures, great care has been taken to ensure that the new LED array colours match the original. A unique DMX mode has been created for SIXPAR emulation, enabling seamless control of the new fixtures using the identical DMX mapping as the original. The colour mixing has also been calibrated to virtually emulate the white LED included in the original SIXPAR array, and an output limit master setting has been added so the new lights don’t overpower any older fixtures in the rig.

Useful for any production that requires the magic and allure of colour and easily integrated into installation applications, the SIX+ PAR serves as a highly versatile wash light, uplight, wall wash, key/front light, truss warmer and more. A robust IP65 rating makes these compact and rugged LED fixtures go-to workhorse colour-changers for both indoor and outdoor events. Its marine-grade coating makes them safe to use in harsh coastal environments, while the fanless cooling system ensures silent operation for noise-sensitive settings. In addition, remotely variable LED refresh frequency allows them to be easily integrated into any broadcast application.

With a dual yoke design, mount them on the floor or effortlessly rig them to hang using a c-clamp or the included omega bracket receiver. The fixtures also feature proprietary Aria x2 wireless device management for simplified system setup and maintenance.

Harmonising the latest in LED colour technology with refined design, the SIX+ PAR is set to shine anywhere a high output, small form factor, and easy deployable PAR light is required.

www.elationlighting.com 

23rd January 2024

Elation

Big sound meets battery power! Electro-Voice announces global launch of EVERSE 12

Big sound meets battery power! Electro-Voice announces global launch of EVERSE 12

The launch of EVERSE 8 in late 2022 saw Electro-Voice set a bold new benchmark for battery-powered portable speakers by bringing real pro-audio performance into play and the EVERSE name quickly rose through the ranks to represent the gold standard in the segment. Now EV has raised its game once again with the global introduction of EVERSE 12, a larger and louder 12” two-way option for users looking for bigger sound, along with the best-in-class battery performance and wireless-friendly features that made its 8” counterpart such a success.

The stakes are high, and EVERSE 12 stands apart from the competition by showcasing truly impressive specifications that distinguish it from commonplace ‘party’ speakers available in consumer electronics retail channels. As always, Electro-Voice only manufactures professional-grade equipment, and EVERSE 12 reflects that commitment at an appealing price point. Boasting a maximum SPL rating of 126dB (compared to the EVERSE 8's 121dB), low-frequency response reaching deep down to 45Hz and wide 100º x 60º coverage, EVERSE 12 defies its compact form to establish unparalleled performance parameters in its product category.

Combine EV’s signature sonic clarity with this serious SPL capability and breathtaking bass reproduction and you have a portable powerhouse that’s suitable for an array of scenarios, whether it’s a rooftop DJ set, a patio gig, an outdoor wedding, expos and events, busking by the beach, or making a backyard party sound like a professional production, wherever you need a PA, inside or outside. It’s perfect for musicians, DJs, rental companies and any audio enthusiast looking for big sound that's good to go, no power cord needed.

EVERSE 12’s custom-designed high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack further enhances its appeal, optimised for audio use and providing plentiful power for 12 plus hours at an average SPL of 100dB with typical programme material or 6 plus hours at the maximum output level before limit indication, surpassing the EVERSE 8's equivalent performance at 95dB. Protection circuitry reduces the risk of the battery discharging to such a low voltage that it can no longer be recharged for example, after long periods in storage. Tool-free screws facilitate effortless removal of the battery pack.

Beyond its impressive output and endurance, EVERSE 12 is equipped with an array of premium features including weatherised design, a high-output titanium-diaphragm compression driver, true wireless stereo streaming and app control/mixing. These ensure that the EVERSE 12 excels in every critical detail while seamlessly transitioning from indoor to outdoor settings.

As always with Electro-Voice, what’s inside the box makes all the difference. EVERSE 12’s woofer and high-output titanium-diaphragm compression driver are coupled to a patented SST (Signal Synchronized Transducers) ported waveguide, enhancing low-frequency extension and delivering even vertical and horizontal coverage across all frequencies, all while allowing a significantly smaller enclosure.

The components are “Powered by Dynacord”: driven by a high-efficiency 400W Class-D amplifier and DSP module developed in collaboration with the world-class audio electronics engineering team at EV’s sibling brand Dynacord. Pro features include a built-in four-channel digital mixer with studio-quality effects and processing, mode/location/subwoofer presets, 48V phantom power, feedback suppression and audio ducking, ensuring a truly self-contained set-up from input to output.

Wireless control and monitoring are streamlined with the EV QuickSmart Mobile app, enabling users to adjust all audio, effects and mix functions via phone or tablet. The app allows pairing and grouping of up to six Bluetooth-equipped Electro-Voice portable loudspeakers, in any combination. EVERSE 12 supports Bluetooth true wireless stereo streaming for stereo set-ups. The intuitive user interface makes it simple to shape your sound to the space, so users are free to focus on their performance instead of the hardware.

Local configuration can be completed in seconds using the single-knob encoder with LCD. An integrated 12V DC port conveniently draws power from the EVERSE 12 battery, making it ideal for wireless microphone systems such as the Electro-Voice RE3 or R300 (refer to the user manual for details), simply attach the optional accessory tray to secure receiver hardware. A USB-C charging port for mobile devices is provided for a power top-up during streaming. Two XLR/TRS combo jacks, a 3.5mm stereo jack and a TRS footswitch input add further connectivity.

Every detail of EVERSE 12 is precision-crafted for easy lifting and transportation, while its build quality reinforces Electro-Voice’s reputation for everyday reliability. An ergonomically designed soft-touch handle and advanced lightweight construction simplify moving and mounting your EVERSE 12, whether it’s onto a tripod for an extended throw, set long-side-down as a stage wedge with a 55° monitor angle, or placed upright with a 25° kick-back angle to project upwards off the performance area. Built-in feet with no-skid rubber pads also ensure the system stays put.

In combination with the rugged polypropylene enclosure, utilising the included weatherised input cover allows EVERSE 12 to achieve an IP43 rating (water-resistant for splashes and light rain) when running on battery power during Bluetooth streaming. An optional rain cover is available for additional weather resistance. An optional duffel bag is also available, ready to accommodate everything the user might need in addition to their EVERSE 12.

Ready to experience the next level in battery-powered portable sound? EVERSE 12 is available now.

19th January 2024

Equipson Launches the Integra Series for Advanced Digital Signal Processing

Equipson Launches the Integra Series for Advanced Digital Signal Processing

A new digital signal processing matrix that gives users full control of their audio output across multiple zones has been launched by Equipson under its WORK PRO brand.

Aimed at the professional installation market, the Integra Series offers configurable per-channel DSP architecture, adjust gains, EQ, compression, limiting and much more. Offering unparalleled flexibility, the Integra Series allows users to set parameters and fine-tune every aspect of the sound, thus optimising the listening experience and providing exceptional results in any environment.

There are three different Integra Series products offering eight, 16 or 32 input/output configurations. The flexibility of the range ensures that the right product can be chosen for any application, from the smallest installation with very few areas to process to larger installations with a variety of different areas, such as department stores, supermarkets, gyms, conference rooms and hospitality.

"Our aim with the Integra Series is to give professional installation customers advanced technology that opens up a world of creative possibilities," says Juan Jose Vila, CEO of Equipson. "These products give users the ability to individually configure and correct audio in multiple zones depending on what audio processing is required to produce the best sound."

The eight-channel Integra is delivered with Integra 8S, a free and powerful native parameter management software offering function control on inputs and outputs and configurable DSP architecture for each channel. The software includes controls for input and output gains, expander, compressor, parametric equalisation, limiter and anti-feedback on each channel. Its visual matrix and automix module ensure that it is adaptable for many different types of installation.

The more advanced 16-channel Integra 16+ and the 32-channel Integra 32+ both feature DANTE digital inputs. These versions are supported by Integra Plus native parameter management software, which is also free and incorporates all the features of Integra 8S, along with additional functions such as noise gate, parametric equalisation up to 31 bands, Ducker and Voice Tracking for synchronising video cameras.

Both software versions are highly intuitive and easy to use thanks to a highly visual interface that allows user to see configurations in real time.

In addition to a plethora of useful control features, all of the products in the Integra Series have USB ports for play/record, API for third party management and can be controlled from mobile devices via an APP for iOs and Adroid.

The Series is also supported by a WC 3U Wall Control unit with an OLED screen and built-in rotary button/push button, which is designed for simple and complete programming through the INTEGRA 8S and INTEGRA Plus software. Housed in an elegant aluminium casing, the Wall Control unit also features TCP/IP and UDP communication capabilities, making it easy to integrate into a variety of systems. Additionally, it is powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet), which simplifies installation.

 

17th January 2024

Alfalite and César Yagüe redefine digital art with AlfaArt, a new LED display solution for the luxury sector

Alfalite and César Yagüe redefine digital art with AlfaArt, a new LED display solution for the luxury sector
Alfalite and César Yagüe redefine digital art with AlfaArt, a new LED display solution for the luxury sector

Alfalite, the only European manufacturer of LED screens, has teamed up with visionary digital artist César Yagüe to create AlfaArt, a complete turnkey solution consisting of large format LED displays that transform entire walls into living canvases, with state-of-the-art media players and moving ambient artwork, curated and delivered ready for enjoyment anywhere in the world.

AlfaArt, which aims to redefine the concept of luxury through digital art, is designed for large corporations, hotels, high-end leisure and entertainment venues, galleries, luxury homes and recreational boats. It's the preferred choice for VIPs who desire to own unique digital artwork, made possible through NFT technology. Additionally, it's perfectly suited for visionary interior designers and architects committed to crafting and reimagining spaces with innovative, exclusive, and transformative design elements.

The new solution, which will be showcased on the Alfalite stand at ISE 2024, emerges from a unique collaboration between the innovative spirit of Alfalite and the creative genius of Spaniard César Yagüe, turning every screen into a digital work of art and invoking a deeper connection with our environment.

“At Alfalite we are dedicated to constant innovation, so we are delighted to offer alongside César Yagüe an unprecedented artistic experience integrating the best digital art and the latest LED display technology,” says Luis Garrido, executive director of the Spanish manufacturer.

He adds: “We fill an unmet need in the marketplace, providing simplicity and perfection beyond what any traditional art gallery or platform can provide. The opportunity lies in capturing the imagination of those looking to redesign their space with an avant-garde spirit and exquisite aesthetic, making it possible with a simple and complete solution.”

AlfaArt’s value proposition lies in transforming conventional spaces into contemplative and serene experiences that elevate them, projecting enriching visuals with impeccable resolution and a design that adapts to any space.

“AlfaArt is not just a work of art or a technological product; it is a holistic solution that transforms spaces into sanctuaries of calm and beauty,” explains César Yagüe. “Each acquisition is a commitment to excellence, a testament to vision and a legacy of good taste,” he adds.

AlfaArt offers different size and format options. From intimate personal corners to expansive corporate walls, the solution adjusts to the dimensions and shapes of each location. It also allows for custom resolutions, ensuring that every pixel conveys the artist's vision and the essence of the work. In addition, the dedicated state-of-the-art media player guarantees flawless playback 24/7.

With exclusive access to a diverse digital art gallery, customers can select pieces that resonate with their aesthetic vision and the mood they wish to create. In addition, each AlfaArt artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity, guaranteeing its provenance and exclusivity.

The specialist installation team offers a comprehensive 'White Glove' service that ensures that every AlfaArt is installed with the utmost care and professionalism. This service extends from initial planning to final execution anywhere in the world.

The relationship with customers does not end with the installation, as after-sales customer service and technical support are provided to ensure that the AlfaArt experience continues to be exceptional over time.

Alfalite and César Yagüe redefine digital art with AlfaArt, a new LED display solution for the luxury sectorAlfalite and César Yagüe redefine digital art with AlfaArt, a new LED display solution for the luxury sector

17th January 2024

Multi-functional Mixing Amplifier for Commercial Spaces From Tascam

Multi-functional Mixing Amplifier for Commercial Spaces From Tascam

Tascam is introducing the MA-BT240 multi-functional mixing amplifier, which is part of the company’s new Compact Commercial Series. Designed for sound distribution, presentations and announcements in commercial environments, the product offers a rich feature set making it an ideal choice for retail stores, restaurants, cafes, offices, educational facilities and similar venues.

With its compact half-rack form factor, the MA-BT240 can be placed on a table, shelf or rack-mounted with an optional bracket. It delivers powerful 240 Watts high-impedance amplification for driving 70V or 100V loudspeaker arrays in distributed audio systems and can also be utilised with 4- or 8-Ohm loudspeakers (2 × 120 Watts, selectable between mono and stereo).

Audio sources can be connected to a mic/line input with switchable connectors on the front and rear (the latter supporting paging), a stereo RCA line input and wirelessly via Bluetooth. A Ducker function is available for the mic. Hence, for environments where background music is playing, the system can automatically lower the volume of the music when an announcement is made. With the built-in mixing function, the user can easily control the levels of the various sources feeding the amplifier.

The built-in Bluetooth receiver makes it effortless to feed the amplifier with background music and other sources. The Bluetooth antenna can be wired for extension to position it in a preferred location, ensuring optimal signal reception.

An EQ and high-pass filter on the output side give the user control over the sound quality. Moreover, the master volume can be adjusted from external controllers. There is also a line-level output to facilitate the addition of further zones by routing the output signal to another power amplifier.

17th January 2024

Sound Technology Ltd announces distribution of Dante AVIO Adapters by Audinate

Sound Technology Ltd announces distribution of Dante AVIO Adapters by Audinate

Sound Technology Ltd, a Midwich Group company, has announced the addition of Dante AVIO adapters by Audinate to its professional audio distribution portfolio in the UK.

Cost effective, compact and rugged, Dante AVIO adapters bring the modern AoIP connectivity to audio devices without on-board Dante. Available in eight versions: Bluetooth, USB (USB A and USB C versions), analogue input (one and two channel versions), analogue output (one and two channel versions) and AES3, Dante AVIO adapters are all fully-functional Dante interfaces, with all the features expected from Dante networking.

Alison Charters, business manager, Sound Technology Ltd commented: “We're very pleased to be working with Audinate to help bring these brilliant tools and problem-solvers to market. Particularly through our pro audio application team’s project design work, the Dante AVIO devices will provide incredible flexibility to match the needs of our customers and their clients.”

Jochen Wainwright, EMEA systems solutions sales manager at Audinate commented: “We’re excited to be on board with Sound Technology in the UK and look forward to growing the AVIO business and developing this relationship further."

Dante AVIO Adapters are available now from Sound Technology Ltd.

16th January 2024

Optimal Audio Expands Ecosystem with Launch of Amp Series

Optimal Audio Expands Ecosystem with Launch of Amp Series

Optimal Audio, an award-winning British manufacturer, is expanding its footprint in the commercial audio sector with the launch of the Amp series, featuring three high-power class A/B amplifiers.

This strategic move underscores Optimal Audio's commitment to providing a comprehensive solution for the diverse needs of the commercial audio industry, seamlessly complementing its existing loudspeaker and control offerings.

The Amp series comprises three two-channel amplifiers: Amp 100 (2 x 350W at 4Ω), Amp 200 (2 x 700W at 4Ω), and Amp 300 (2 x 1350W at 4Ω), and they are available in both 120V 60Hz and 230V 50/60Hz models to accommodate various international power standards. They are designed to power the complete suite of Optimal Audio’s Cuboid point source loudspeaker series and their subwoofer partners from the Sub series effortlessly and reliably. Furthermore, when used with Zone controllers, the complete system reaches its full potential by providing a full suite of Optimal Audio loudspeaker presets, limiters, and time of day routines, all easily and quickly configurable via Zone’s onboard WebApp.

The compact 2U amplifiers feature Optimal Audio’s trademark intuitively designed front panel, featuring indicator LEDs for status monitoring of each amplifier channel. The user-friendly interface ensures that even in complex audio set-ups, users can easily monitor and control the performance of the Amp series.

The flexible input connectors of the Amp series are designed with versatility in mind. Featuring two balanced XLR / ¼ inch jack ‘combi’ line input connectors, the amplifiers cater to a wide range of audio sources. The output options include speakON or binding posts, offering installers the flexibility to choose the most suitable connection method for their specific setup. Additionally, the amplifiers can be effortlessly configured for various applications, thanks to the Stereo, Bridge, or Parallel mode, selectable via a switch on the rear panel.

David Morbey, product manager at Optimal Audio, highlights the impact of the Amp series, stating: “The introduction of these performance power amps is very significant, enabling us to be a true one-stop shop for installers and distributors. We are now able to offer a complete ecosystem for multi-zoned commercial audio applications that wish to combine audio quality with ease of deployment and use by venue staff.”

For those eager to experience the Amp series first-hand, Optimal Audio invites visitors to explore the new range in Hall 7, booth A300, during the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event. Furthermore, the Amp series will be available for shipping no later than 1st February, ensuring interest and demand can be quickly fulfilled.

16th January 2024

Maximise hearing accessibility with new rechargeable loop listener 

Maximise hearing accessibility with new rechargeable loop listener 
Maximise hearing accessibility with new rechargeable loop listener 

Venues can maximise hearing accessibility with a new rechargeable loop listener that gives everyone access to clear sound.  

The RX-30 from Contacta Systems is a pocket-sized receiver which opens up the capability of an existing loop system. 

Through its accompanying headphones, or the user’s own, the RX-30 enables those who struggle to hear but who don’t use a hearing aid to receive sound directly from the hearing loop, cutting out background noise and offering crystal clear speech and music.  

Created by Contacta’s in-house design team, the RX-30 offers up to 50 hours of battery life and comes with a range of charging options, with base stations to accommodate one, five, ten, 15 or 20 receivers. 

“The RX-30 creates added value for venues that have invested in a hearing loop system,” said Contacta’s head of new business development, Ran Meyrav. 

“Not only does it enhance a venue’s accessibility, it also has the potential to increase revenue as it creates a welcoming environment for people with any degree of hearing loss.   

“The prevalence of hearing loss is growing, among both the young and older populations. While almost seven million people in the UK could benefit from a hearing aid, only about two million people use them, so you can see how many the RX-30 could help. 

“The RX-30 delivers speech or music from a microphone, via the hearing loop, with no latency and the product suppresses both background noises and low frequency hums. It removes the effort of trying to hear.” 

Being rechargeable is a unique feature of the RX-30, cutting out the need for cables and ensuring the units are all in one place and easily located when customers request them.   

12th January 2024

KRATOS gratis: Naostage releases free download of tracking software

KRATOS gratis: Naostage releases free download of tracking software
KRATOS gratis: Naostage releases free download of tracking software

Naostage has released its KRATOS software to the public as a free download, enabling all AV professionals to discover for themselves the power of the industry-first tracking and show control tool.

KRATOS serves as the central hub for Naostage’s K SYSTEM, the world’s first automatic beaconless 3D tracking solution, and allows users to manage automations and output tracking data in real time to AV systems (sound, light, video and any third-party system). Its multiple functionalities help users create fully automated and interactive live events and visitor attraction shows, as well as immersive spaces for the public.

In the software, users can design their own stage, set up zones to automate AV effects in sync with tracked targets, set up modules to send and receive target's position, send any other useful information and commands to third-party systems and script actions to automate the show.

“We want to place our solution directly into the hands of all AV enthusiasts, allowing them to experience the brilliant user interface of KRATOS and the interactions they can create with their own AV equipment,” says Alexis Reymond, sales manager for Naostage. “We believe releasing KRATOS for free will help introduce users to the possibilities offered by live tracking, and make them want to explore K SYSTEM further, which gives them access to the full power of real-time tracking.”

KRATOS can be synced with any third-party system, from lighting consoles to immersive audio processors, or used as a show control solution for video projection. The software stands as the centrepiece of an AV ecosystem, crucial for retrieving the real-time position data essential to designing interactive shows.

KRATOS is accessible to anyone with a computer that runs Windows 10 or later, MacOS 11.0 or later and Linux. The software is well-suited for using at training institutes, specialising in immersive sound and visual experiences, as well as for distributors looking to demonstrate interactive capabilities to their customers.

KRATOS can be downloaded from the Naostage website. 

11th January 2024

Proteus Odeon with variable CRI engine a game-changer in professional framing profiles

Proteus Odeon with variable CRI engine a game-changer in professional framing profiles

Elation continues to discover new lighting frontiers with the Proteus Odeon, an IP66-rated framing profile moving head with industry-first completely variable CRI LED engine. A breakthrough innovation in colour and performance control, this professional framing profile fixture isn’t shy on power and is packed with design features.

Elation has spent several years developing a new CRI technology, combining a blend of high and low CRI LEDs into a single high-density array. The innovative concept, called TruTone, essentially provides both high and low CRI engines in one, adjustable CRI control that allows the user to find the best blend of lighting intensity and colour accuracy.

The variable TruTone system is seamlessly adjustable from CRI 70 to 93, blending smoothly with no switching or stepping. As CRI adapts, colour temperature remains stable with no visible artefacts in the beam and projected image. With CRI adjustable from a single fixture, not only can Odeon cater to a wide range of applications but designers do not require multiple fixture variants to achieve accurate colour representation.

By offering the flexibility to adjust colour rendering, the Proteus Odeon enhances the accuracy, aesthetics, and functionality of lighting in any setting. It allows users to customise and adjust the lighting to suit different requirements and match the desired mood or style, all from one light.

The Proteus Odeon outputs up to 30,000 lumens from a custom-designed 580W variable CRI bright-white LED engine (6,500K). With a fast zoom range from 5.5° to 50° out of a surprisingly compact fixture design, the Odeon has the power to cut through on any stage. Zoom wide for a wash of gorgeous colour from a CMY colour mixing system with linear CTO colour correction or zoom tight to project a powerful, tangible shaft of narrow light. Complementing the CMY colour mixing system is a five-slot colour wheel that includes a UV filter.

The Odeon can play a dual role in a single show, for example as a key light with high CRI in one scene and an effect light with high output in the next. Whether it's a fashion show where accurate colour reproduction is needed, or a rock & roll show that requires that extra punch, with Odeon you always have the right lamp for the job.

Proteus Odeon avoids the inconvenience and pricy compromise of fixtures with replaceable LED engines. No longer is the designer stuck with the choices he or she made in the type of LED engine. Odeon allows them to adjust from highest performance to best colour rendering through a simple adjustment from the lighting console.

Odeon’s colour quality and quiet operation is perfect for TV and theatre, and its sealed IP65 design ensures long life and clean optics in all sorts of venues, even outdoor theatres, cruise ships and other applications where reduced maintenance and long-term performance are crucial. Fully loaded, this LED profile luminaire in Elation’s award-winning Proteus line is fit for use in any production environment, indoors or out, and due to its all-purpose functionality can be used anywhere in a rig.

Designers have access to a comprehensive FX package that includes 13 rotating and seven fixed glass gobos across three gobo wheels. Effects can be multiplied via an overlapping four-facet or linear rotating prism and a 360° bi-directional animation wheel can be engaged to bring graphics to life. Two variable frost filters (light and wash) can be applied for an even diffusion of light when designers wish for softer gobo or powerful wash effects. A high-speed iris with variable pulse effects and high-speed electronic shutter and strobe can be engaged for further impression.

The Proteus Odeon also includes an indexable four-blade framing system with full blackout shutter cuts for full control of the beam shape and projection at any angle. Internal colour, framing, prism and frost macros have been included to easily recall commonly used effects. The fixture dims smoothly all the way to zero with smooth 16-bit selectable dimming curves included.

Compact for its class, an IP66 rating and completely sealed optics mean the Odeon is ideal for exposed outdoor environments like outdoor stages, theme parks and cruise ships. Yet its IP-rated properties are just as beneficial in dirty or humid indoor settings where dust, grit and moisture can unwittingly wreak havoc on lighting gear. Because the fixture is environmentally sealed from moisture, dust or any particulate, including airborne haze and fog, its internal components seldom require cleaning with no degradation of the optics. The result is less operational costs and a longer product lifetime.

www.elationlighting.com 

10th January 2024

Elation

ETC Introduces High End Systems Ministar

ETC Introduces High End Systems Ministar

ETC has introduced the High End Systems Ministar, a game-changer in its automated lighting product line. Ministar brings exceptional versatility and performance at an affordable price point; with a compact footprint, punchy output and a professional feature set, Ministar fits the specification and budget for small to medium-sized venues.

Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner dives into key features that define the Ministar. “What sets this fixture apart are the dual color wheels that create the VersaColor technology, offering a spectrum of 60 pure and elegant colours that are accessible via a single channel. This empowers users to create beauty with an extensive range of colour options.”

Complementing the VersaColor is QuadraTech, an innovation that harnesses the power of four colours within the projection. Matt Stoner elaborates: “QuadraTech revolutionises the creation of stunning visual effects, both in washes and aerials, offering a unique edge that sets the Ministar apart. This technology unlocks a realm of beautiful colour combinations that are easy to use and provide unique projections and aerials.”

Ministar uses a 300W custom LED to generate an impressive output exceeding 9,700 lumens. Its feature package includes dual pattern wheels for gobo morphing and textural manipulation, variable frost for softening edges and washes, a prism to elevate theatrical applications and create breathtaking aerial effects and swift pan and tilt functionality for dynamic movements. Notably, its ingeniously engineered 6.5° - 48° zoom function is housed within a remarkably lightweight 16kg/37lbs. design.

Tania Lesage, ETC’s market manager, outlines the Ministar’s position within ETC’s line-up, emphasising its outstanding performance and reliability. “The Ministar exemplifies ETC’s commitment to industry-leading innovation while remaining cost- effective. It heralds a new era in lighting solutions, empowering professionals with budget constraints to elevate their creativity without compromise.”

www.etcconnect.com 

10th January 2024

ETC

Allen & Heath Products Now Available on D-Tools

Allen & Heath Products Now Available on D-Tools

Allen & Heath has announced that its products are now available on D-Tools, a popular software platform for system integrators. Boasting an integrated product library complete with up-to-date specifications and unique dealer-specific pricing, the D-Tools Cloud and System Integrator (SI) platforms enable end-to-end management of the systems integration project lifecycle.​

D-Tools users can now access Allen & Heath's extensive product catalogue, featuring popular solutions for live sound, installed sound and audio production applications. With D-Tools, integrators can easily create proposals, system designs, and project documentation using Allen & Heath's products. The platform also offers field service management for collaboration and project tracking.​

One of the highlights of Allen & Heath's product range is the AHM series of audio matrix processors, designed to excel in corporate, retail, hospitality and education environments. The AHM series combines the simplicity and set latency of fixed architecture with the flexibility and power of open architecture platforms, allowing integrators to quickly create systems that build from a single boardroom to a complete campus.​

The AHM series is supported by a comprehensive ecosystem of scalable I/O, control and Dante solutions, including remote controllers, expanders and the Custom Control app, which enables tailored user interfaces for multiple user and device types. The AHM series also features a 96kHz FPGA engine, delivering exceptional audio quality and sub-millisecond latency.

"We are excited to partner with D-Tools and offer our products to their users," said Samantha Potter, commercial audio manager for Allen & Heath. "We believe that D-Tools is a great tool for integrators to streamline their workflow and deliver outstanding results to their clients. With our products, especially the AHM series, integrators can create versatile and scalable audio systems that meet the needs of any installation project."

20th December 2023

F-Drive, ETC’s Flagship LED Driver Solution, Now Compatible with Irideon and Source Four Mini LED

F-Drive, ETC’s Flagship LED Driver Solution, Now Compatible with Irideon and Source Four Mini LED

ETC has announced F-Drive compatible versions of Irideon FPZ, Irideon WLZ, and Source Four Mini LED. These additions make it even easier to pair ETC luminaires with ETC’s flagship LED driver solution. Direct connection to the F-Drive system enables facilities to build more cost-effective lighting systems, all backed by a state-of-the-art lighting control solution.

The award-winning F-Drive LED power system is both modular and centralised for easy installation and maintenance. Swappable driver cards and power supplies in the F-Drive R12 rack make all critical components readily accessible. A wide variety of LED systems, including Irideon and Source Four Mini LED, can take advantage of the centralised drive and power structure of F-Drive to reduce costs and simplify the remote lighting positions.

Source Four Mini for F-Drive offers a compact LED solution that fits seamlessly into any lighting system. The Source Four Mini LED delivers everything users expect from the Source Four brand: ease of use, superior optics, crystal-clear image projection and a bright, even field with the superior characteristics of DMX control. This luminaire is ideal for museums, retail outlets, restaurants, light labs, children's theatres and more.

Irideon FPZ for F-Drive and Irideon WLZ for F-Drive bring a sleek design to any F-Drive system. Both Irideon architectural luminaires feature exceptional light output and intuitive controls that are built right into the fixture. With an unassuming industrial design, the Irideon family fits right in any space.

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13th December 2023

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