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Void Acoustics celebrates successful return to ISE

20/05/2022

disguise powers debut of virtual production at Cannes Film Festival

19/05/2022

Grab your running shoes and Lycra – Backup announces the Roadie Games for Kartfest 2022

18/05/2022

Sennheiser brings latest products to The Media Production & Technology Show

11/05/2022

Robert Juliat celebrates at Prolight + Sound in Four Colours

10/05/2022

AC-ET is Excited to Return to PLASA Focus Leeds

10/05/2022

DAS Audio introduces LARA the only powered cardioid line array on the market

10/05/2022

Void Acoustics premieres Cyclone 4 at ISE

10/05/2022

Chauvet Professional Welcomed Enthusiastic Crowds at Prolight + Sound 2022

09/05/2022

It’s good to be back! Sennheiser heads to PLASA Focus Leeds - the northern hub for live entertainment technology

09/05/2022

Tascam to Show Latest Products at ISE 2022

09/05/2022

ALLDSP shows next generation products and announces forthcoming MILAN and AVB solutions at ISE 2022

06/05/2022

Christie invites ProAV industry to reunite and innovate together at ISE 2022

05/05/2022

ETC prepares for PLASA Focus Leeds 2022

05/05/2022

Claypaky News at Prolight+Sound 2022

05/05/2022

GLP tour de force promised for ISE 2022

05/05/2022

Absen promises ISE visitors an immersive LED experience

04/05/2022

Ayrton’s Cobra strikes at Prolight + Sound

04/05/2022

City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2022

03/05/2022

Eurotruss enjoyed a fantastic reunion at the Prolight+Sound 2022

03/05/2022

Robe Back at Prolight with Impressive Live Show and Lots More

03/05/2022

Strand and Zero 88 add Vision.Net, Color Kinetics KiNet and Philips Hue support in ZerOS consoles

27/04/2022

Brompton Technology to highlight advances in LED processing technology at ISE 2022

27/04/2022

GLP to unveil impression X5, impression X5 IP Bar and XDC1 IP Hybrid at Prolight + Sound

26/04/2022

PL+S: Follow-Me Track-iT – Next Generation Auto Tracking

26/04/2022

Void Acoustics celebrates successful return to ISE

Void Acoustics celebrates successful return to ISE
Void Acoustics celebrates successful return to ISE

 

Spain – The Void Acoustics team is back from the ISE trade show in Barcelona with a book full of new customer contacts, confirmed orders and an overwhelmingly positive response to the new Cyclone 4, the latest compact, versatile addition to the Cyclone speaker series.

“Our expectations for ISE have most definitely been exceeded,” smiles Josh Pearce, EMEA sales manager for Void Acoustics. “We had designed an open and welcoming stand for us to re-connect with many of our existing customers, both from Europe and from further afield. And there was a constant stream of global customers and potential new customers coming onto the stand from as far afield as Mongolia, Israel, India, Central America and Africa. As well as the UK and all the main European countries! It was fantastic to be able to greet our global family and to see so many people face-to-face for the first time in a long while.”

The Void team reported constantly high footfall onto the stand throughout the four-day show. In additional to which, with the show being hosted in Spain for the first time, they saw almost their entire dealer network from the Iberian Peninsula.

It seems that the word had spread, and everyone was keen to see the new Cyclone 4 speaker, the launch of which was a key feature of the trade show for Void.

“The reaction to the Cyclone 4 was very positive. In fact people absolutely loved it. The feedback from our dealers, distributors and end users has been all about the sound quality of this compact speaker” explains Josh. “People love how it looks and they told us in no uncertain terms they are excited to start specifying it on projects all around the world!”

In addition to the show-stopping Cyclone 4, Void Acoustics was also showcasing the recently launched addition to the Venu range, the ultra-compact Venu 208 sub-woofer, as well as their newest Bias Q3 touring amplifier. These products were ably supported by the full Cyclone range and a variety of other products from the expansive Venu and Air series, all of which could be seen up-close on the stand.

“It was a first for Void at a trade show to return with a full book of pre-orders and stock orders, so we could not be more thrilled. We also upped the ante on our brand awareness” continues Josh. “It is going to be a busy time for the team to follow up with some exciting new customers from regions of the world which are new to Void Acoustics, as well as discussing order fulfilment with current clients.”

“There is now doubt that we can already say that ISE 2022 was a huge success for Void Acoustics. We couldn’t have asked for more after a two and a half year hiatus away from European trade show floors,” sums up Amy Harvey, marketing manager for Void Acoustics. The entire team were thrilled to be back and to see the excitement on peoples’ faces! The whole show had an incredible buzz for us and we are already looking forward to next year.”

Void Acoustics celebrates successful return to ISE Void Acoustics celebrates successful return to ISE

20th May 2022

disguise powers debut of virtual production at Cannes Film Festival

disguise powers debut of virtual production at Cannes Film Festival
disguise powers debut of virtual production at Cannes Film Festival

France – The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will, for the very first time, host a virtual production space powered by disguise, marking a new milestone in virtual production’s expansion into the European film and television industry.

Talent-led film and television group Film Soho, is partnering up with virtual production innovators disguise, ROE Visual, global video solutions provider CVP and content studio ZOAN to showcase a state-of-the-art virtual production stage in the garden of the Grand Hotel in Cannes, hosting many of Cannes Festival’s A-list participants.

Visitors will step into a virtual production volume, powered by disguise and will become fully immersed into rich environments such as expansive city scapes and lush Icelandic country scenes, all designed in Unreal Engine and Notch. Visitors can drop by the space during the festival to receive demonstrations of the technology.

The disguise team will also host an exclusive drinks reception this evening on Wednesday 18th May at 17:30 CEST, featuring welcome remarks from disguise CXO Alex Wills, where he’ll share an insight into the virtual production landscape and future opportunities in the metaverse with disguise.

Register your interest by emailing marketing@disguise.one.

Powered by disguise’s award-winning extended reality (xR) workflow for virtual production, the stage is made possible with the support of industry-leading LED technology from ROE Visual, camera tracking from Ncam with CVP supporting on-camera and tracking system curation.

disguise’s xR workflow, known for its reliability, scaleability and ability to simplify virtual production technology into one seamless workflow has empowered over 600 productions in over 50 countries to date. Recently awarded the most prestigious business award in the United Kingdom – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2022 – disguise xR is the industry-leading workflow for those who want to take advantage of photorealistic virtual scenes and environments in their film productions.

“disguise is so excited to support Film Soho in bringing the vast possibilities of virtual production to the Cannes Film Festival and truly connecting with the innovative and disruptive qualities that both the festival, the international film-making community and disguise represents. disguise xR, combined with powerful graphics supported by Unreal Engine, empowers film-makers to let their creativity run wild and tell more compelling stories than ever before. We hope that, by seeing these technologies up-close at the stage we have set-up with Film Soho, film-makers will get a taste of what the new era of film will look like,” says disguise CEO, Fernando Küfer.

disguise will also be participating in a Cannes Next panel discussion on ‘Europe as a Global Leader in Virtual Production, Visionaries, Platforms and Studios’, on 19 May, 2022, at the Marina Stage (Riviera) at 14:00 - 15:15 BST. disguise CXO Alex Wills, together with experts from VRT, Zoan, FNF and Nordisk Film Shortcut, will explore how virtual production is shaping Europe’s film and series production. Together they will discuss whether the cost-cutting and creative benefits of

Nick Hamson and Chris Greenhill, founders of Film Soho commented: “Film Soho are excited to launch at the end of this year, the first ever virtual production stage in the heart of Soho. As a talent and production led company it made perfect sense for us to incorporate virtual production into our film making offering. We are delighted to be able to showcase this incredible technology to the international film-making community in Cannes.”

This monumental showcase represents a crucial step in the disguise virtual production roadmap to democratise VP workflows globally. disguise’s newly appointed vice president of virtual production, Addy Ghani, is further democratising disguise as the go-to production standard that simplifies workflows for film directors, producers and directors of photography heralding in a new era of film production. Participating in Cannes Film Festival is one example of the exciting initiatives disguise has planned for the virtual production space. Others include investing in leading talent and creating experimentation spaces dedicated to virtual production and training in several locations around the world.

19th May 2022

Grab your running shoes and Lycra – Backup announces the Roadie Games for Kartfest 2022

Grab your running shoes and Lycra – Backup announces the Roadie Games for Kartfest 2022

UK – Backup has announced that running (or perhaps stumbling) alongside this year’s Kartfest will be the inaugural Roadie Games.

Originally planned as part of the 2020 Kartfest celebration, the Roadie Games promises to highlight the unique skills and talents nurtured by the industry in which we challenge ourselves on a daily basis.

This fun-filled addition to what is always a great day will kick off with the Flight Case team relay on the main track, closely followed by the field events. These will include tests of strength, endurance and industry skills such as the Socapex Tug of War, Radio Mic Challenge, Follow Spot Small Bore competition and Lamp and Spoon race.

The Roadie Games will run alongside the annual industry karting day with drivers and non-drivers encouraged to enter. New entrants specifically for this event are also welcome.

Teams, companies and sponsors are invited to register their interest in taking part at Kartfest@backuptech.com.

More details will be announced in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

18th May 2022

Sennheiser brings latest products to The Media Production & Technology Show

Sennheiser brings latest products to The Media Production & Technology Show

UK – Launched in 2016, in just six short years The Media Production & Technology Show has cemented its position as one of UK's largest events and a must-attend for the media and broadcast industries. This year, the show’s visitors will be able to experience Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless Digital (EW-D), a wireless microphone system with a rich feature set and app-based workflow integration that makes it a unique solution at its price point. Neumann’s Miniature Clip Mic System (MCM) for close miking acoustic instruments in live applications raises the bar of electret capsules. It will be demoed at the show together with the recently announced NDH 30, a reference-class open-back studio headphones for editing, mixing, and mastering, and Neumann’s Automatic Monitor Alignment MA 1, ensuring the best possible sound quality in any room.

Providing the highest dynamic range of any wireless system currently on the market, EW-D utilises advanced features that simplify users’ set-up and guarantee the most reliable connection. With EW-D, any speaker can maximise efficiency by taking full control with the Sennheiser Smart Assist app and automatically co-ordinate frequencies with ease. Increased bandwidth and the lowest latency of any digital wireless system currently available make Evolution Wireless Digital the most powerful tool for those who put quality and performance above all else.

The Neumann NDH 30 is a circumaural, open-back headphone with outstanding detail resolution and high-precision stereo imaging with razor-sharp localisation. Its linear soundstage and superior transient response recommend it for the most demanding applications such as mixing and mastering. With its high linearity and detail resolution, the NDH 30 is perfectly compatible with a loudspeaker system that has been optimally calibrated using Neumann Automatic Monitor Alignment.

The MA 1 is an integrated hardware/software tool for acoustic calibration and room correction that is tailor-made for the company’s studio monitors. Calibration algorithms, jointly developed with Fraunhofer IIS, a leading institute for audio signal processing, are designed to help ensure monitoring quality in any environment, from acoustically untreated bedroom studios to professional control rooms. Neumann’s Automatic Monitor Alignment is available for all DSP-controlled stereo systems of the KH line, currently the KH 80 DSP as well as the analogue studio monitors KH 120, KH 310, and KH 420 in combination with the subwoofer KH 750 DSP.

To create the Miniature Clip Mic System, the Neumann engineers in Berlin elevated electret technology and its production process to a whole new level. The new KK 14 capsule is able to capture the details of sound better than anything that came before, without any of the production tolerances that have been associated with electret solutions to date. The system’s modular construction has been designed to ensure excellent stability and long service life for live and stage performances. The system includes nine mounting solutions that make it possible to find the optimum positioning for acoustics while simultaneously protecting the instrument. Typical users of this microphone system include orchestras, theatres, musical productions, concert halls, big bands, brass sections and drummers.

“MPTS provides us with a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of discussions affecting the media and broadcast industries, and it’s a great platform to learn and present the latest technological innovations,” says David Atkinson, marketing manager, pro audio at Sennheiser. “We’re thrilled to bring our roster of Sennheiser and Neumann solutions to the show and let visitors experience them first hand!”

Visit Sennheiser on Stand L526 at The Media Production & Technology Show at Olympia London from 11-12 May 2022.

11th May 2022

Robert Juliat celebrates at Prolight + Sound in Four Colours

Robert Juliat celebrates at Prolight + Sound in Four Colours

Germany – Robert Juliat brought its trademark quality to a wealth of new product releases at Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt.

Robert Juliat profile, Fresnel and followspot fixtures have been synonymous with top quality lighting equipment for over 100 years, yet always maintained their relevance in the current market. This year was no exception with the introduction of Sully 4C, a new variation which is a colourful classic LED zoom profile and Fresnel spots with four-colour mixing, based on the success of the Sully white LED family launched in 2020.

The Sully 4C Series is an affordable, versatile product range with no compromise on build quality and overall performance. It places a new, factory-calibrated four-colour LED source (red, green, blue, lime) at the centre of a full package of lighting tools for an adaptable solution that delivers even coverage in every model type. The range includes a removable lamp compartment (T650SX 4C) as a quick and easy solution to upgrade RJ 600SX tungsten profiles to coloured LED sources, a Profile series (650SX 4C) that offers the same zoom range as the 600SX Series and Sully White LED range and a single lens Fresnel or Pebble luminaire (315L) to complete the full set.

Integrated into all new Sully 4C models is a new software platform, RJ C3, the Colour Creative Control, which has been specifically designed to offer multiple functions and control in a user-friendly way. Operators can choose from a variety of presets and options to select their required modes of colour control, colour temperature adjustment, colour mixing, colour filter simulation and even calibrated white sources. High quality dimming and adjustable response times are also possible alongside a DimShift function which allows colours to follow the Planck curve on dimming.

Robert Juliat again demonstrated its lead in LED development with the first showing in Germany of Arthur LT, its new long-throw adaptation of the original Arthur followspot. Arthur LT has a narrower beam angle with a zoom range of 4° - 10° (compared to the original Arthur’s 5.5° - 15°) and an output from its 800W LED source that matches an HMI 2500W Aramis at similar angles, and a high CRI (>94).

With the choice of several ventilation modes, Arthur’s sound level is much quieter than any of its discharge rivals; it can be operated as easily in opera houses as on concerts. Arthur LT is also available with top controls for the iris and dimmer functions.

“It was wonderful to be back at Prolight + Sound and have the opportunity to show our new products to our international customers in person,” says Robert Juliat MD, François Juliat. “The response to our new Sully 4C has exceeded even our expectations. With LED sources now such a major player in the market, the need to upgrade to LED profiles across venues worldwide is increasingly urgent and Sully 4C is answering the needs in quality and performance of both old and new customers.”

Other new RJ products which had been released but not yet exhibited due to the pandemic shown for the first time at Prolight+Sound included RJ Sully White, a complete family (profile, single lens and followspot) of high-quality 115W white LED lighting fixtures, available in warm (3000K) or cool (5700K) white, with a guaranteed light output equivalent to, or greater than, that of a 1000W tungsten lamp.
RJ Tibo HE (High Efficiency) 553, a mighty compact profile that is a product evolution of the original 75W LED Tibo 533 model, offering twice as much light output and quality from its 115W white LED engine.

SpotMe, RJ’s award-winning position tracking device for followspots, which was demonstrated with a Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspot, and the Maestro option.

Dalis 860 cyclights and Dalis 862 and 864 footlights, RJ’s award-winning ambiance lighting that demonstrated ambiance lighting in a stylish way.

10th May 2022

AC-ET is Excited to Return to PLASA Focus Leeds

AC-ET is Excited to Return to PLASA Focus Leeds

UK – Celebrating a heritage of 50 years, leading entertainment technology supplier, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) is excited to be returning to PLASA Focus Leeds at the Royal Armouries Museum, 10-11 May 2022, stand N-E02.

A team of specialists will be on hand for a chat and to show just a small selection of their cutting-edge lighting, audio, video and rigging product range.

Continuing Chroma-Q’s celebration of 25 years of brilliant solutions, the multi award-winning Color Force II will be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for a multitude of cyc, wash and effects lighting applications. Also showing is the Studio Force II, which is specifically designed for TV broadcast and film applications.

Other lighting solutions on show include PROLIGHTS’ new Astra Wash19Pix, the EclPanel soft light, EclExpo Flood300VW, EclProfile CT+ IP tuneable white and full colour IP ellipsoidal and Smart BatPlus battery uplighters. In addition, the stand will also include Claypaky’s XTYLOS, Arolla Profile MP and MINI-B.

A range of networking and control will also be featured. This includes Vista by Chroma-Q lighting and media control, a selection of Luminex’s networking solutions, LumenRadio wireless control and LSC’s Unitour portable power solution.

State-of-the-art audio equipment on their stand includes Dynamic Audio Device (D.A.D) range of speakers and amps, Midas’s new Heritage D digital mixing console and the new NEXO ID84 high-output column speaker and sub.

Video technology on display includes a range of PROLIGHTS LED video panels, as well as

Green Hippo’s NEVIS+ and Boreal+ MK2 Display Port media servers.

Rigging equipment featured includes Sixty82’s Alpha82 modular truss system and Lite82 deck.

You will also have the opportunity to discover more about Tourflex Cabling’s custom cable manufacturing service, which offers high quality bespoke fibre, data, mains and multicore lighting cables.

Stop by stand N-E02 to get hands-on with all this and more!

www.ac-et.com

10th May 2022

AC Entertainment Technologies

DAS Audio introduces LARA the only powered cardioid line array on the market

DAS Audio introduces LARA the only powered cardioid line array on the market

Spain – DAS Audio held a preview of LARA in Miami last March gathering FOH engineers, sound technicians, distributors and American customers to present the system for the first time. The first impressions were very positive. The official launch of the system was on 26 April at Prolight + Sound (Frankfurt) and the system will also be presented at ISE (Barcelona) and the NAMM Show (Los Angeles).

DAS Audio's new powered cardioid line array system is already a reality. DAS Audio's LARA system reflects the brand's firm commitment to technology and it will soon become a benchmark in the industry. In addition, DAS Audio has also presented ALMA, the new system control and monitoring software created by sound engineers for sound engineers.

“It's a product that's going to be on a lot of technical riders. It's going to mark a significant change for DAS,” stated Yamil Martínez, Luis Fonsi's FOH engineer.

Coinciding with its 50th anniversary, the Spanish company presents a wide range of technological solutions, not only for live events but also for commercial installations. Javier Navarro, head of engineering and CEO, highlights: "Our intention is that these new tools mark a paradigm shift for the brand. Celebrating 50 years of history might be a coincidence, but it is certainly charged with symbolism. We strongly believe in the work done over the years and in the team behind it."

“I am very impressed with the system; I really like it. Coverage is excellent, very homogeneous. I was very impressed by the quality of the vocals, it is an extremely coherent system. A great job with the cardioid, the truth is that it disappears just below the system, it is not even necessary to go behind it,” stated Amable Frómeta, Juan Luis Guerra's FOH engineer.

LARA is a powered, cardioid, four-way line array system with a symmetrical design. LARA offers 146dB linear maximum SPL and wide dynamic range, making it an ideal system for large events. The cardioid design provides a remarkable attenuation at the back, behind the system, of 15dB in the 63Hz - 200Hz range. Not only does it help the artists on stage, but also reduces the noise pollution generated by any live event.

“Impressive, clean, great coverage, extremely efficient. LARA will mark a new era for DAS,” said Randy White, of Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center.

Power efficiency is yet another highlight of the LARA systems. The Powersoft S.p.A. class D amplifiers integrate a switch-mode power supply with power factor correction (PFC), ensuring maximum performance and efficiency regardless of the mains voltage. Each set provides a total of 6000Wrms of power, divided into eight channels, to feed the two 12 inch and the two compression drivers, the two front-facing eight ionch and the two rear-facing eight inch.

“Compared to all other line arrays on the market, this one is completely revolutionary,” said Arturo de Jesus Morejón of Reflections Productions.

All LARA components have been custom designed and manufactured to maximize system efficiency. The system incorporates two 12 inch bass loudspeakers with 4 inch voice coils, plus two eight inch speakers in cardioid configuration. To cover the mid-frequency range, two eight inch speakers with 2.5 inch voice coils are used. The high frequency section consists of two DAS M-78N compression drivers with three inch voice coils and a waveguide with a horizontal coverage of 100 degrees.

“The coverage is impressive, on all frequencies, but what I liked the most is that the TOPs are also cardioid. I'm looking forward to experiencing this system live,” said Oscar Marín, Rubén Blades' FOH engineer.

On top of what can be expected from DAS Audio and from a line array of this category, the brand have also included some very outstanding features, which constitute a major improvement for the sound engineer; control and monitoring for each frequency section, self-positioning and arrangement of the systems in an array, EQ for groups or single speakers, integration of the DASaim optimisation tool (FIR), creation of ONline and OFFline projects, etc.

“Expectations are high, the equipment really sounds spectacular. It is ready for any technical rider,” added Bad Bunny's sound and production team (Rolando Leo, Brian Martinez and Luis Velasquez).

The three-point rigging system is another great feature used in both LARA and LARA SUB, allowing to fly arrays of up to 24 LARA units and 16 LARA SUB units. The FSSTM (Fast Set Splay) system allows the angles to be adjusted in 1 degree steps, from 0 to 7 degrees, from the ground-stack position, reducing assembly time significantly.

During the final stage of the system and software development process, DAS Audio conducted a beta-tester programme to ensure usability of the new tools and maximise performance. "This programme has allowed us to evaluate the system in real and very demanding situations, the response of the system and feedback from the engineers could not have been better."

The systems have already been chosen for tours and festivals throughout Spain. They made their official debut at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne (Germany) on 30 April, and on 14 May at the Estopa concert in Barcelona and Izal in A Coruna, as part of their Spanish tour.

DAS Audio introduces LARA the only powered cardioid line array on the marketDAS Audio introduces LARA the only powered cardioid line array on the market

10th May 2022

Void Acoustics premieres Cyclone 4 at ISE

Void Acoustics premieres Cyclone 4 at ISE

 

Spain – Void Acoustics proudly announces the launch of the Cyclone 4 loudspeaker.

This welcome addition to the popular IP-55 rated Cyclone series perfectly complements its fellow products in the range, offering a smaller, compact solution for outdoor venues and entertainment spaces.

The Cyclone 4 offers additional versatility as a solution where a lower sound level is required compared to the Cyclone 55 and Alex Skan, managing director of Void Acoustics is delighted to be presenting it.

The Cyclone 4 is an important development for the hugely successful Cyclone series. Void Acoustics are delighted to be launching this much anticipated addition to the range, at a time when the audio market is flourishing once again.

The compact design of the Cyclone 4 means this product is also well positioned for deployment into indoor spaces including restaurants and hotels and even domestic applications.

“We fully expect the flexible nature of this product to be well received into its core market, but to also introduce the Void Acoustics brand into new markets where the design aesthetic and audio excellence of our products is currently less well known,” explains Alex.

As with all Void products, the compact ABS enclosure permits optional colour customisation to perfectly complement the design of the space where the Cyclone 4 is being deployed.

Void Acoustics anticipates the Cyclone 4 being specified into a wide range of applications worldwide, and quickly becoming one of their high-volume products.

Alex summarises: “The welcome return of the ISE trade show in its new location in Barcelona is the perfect place for us to re-connect with our existing clients and meet future customers and we couldn’t be prouder to be showcasing this product at the show.”

Visit Void Acoustics at ISE from 10th – 13th May in Hall 7, Stand T700.

10th May 2022

Chauvet Professional Welcomed Enthusiastic Crowds at Prolight + Sound 2022

Chauvet Professional Welcomed Enthusiastic Crowds at Prolight + Sound 2022
Chauvet Professional Welcomed Enthusiastic Crowds at Prolight + Sound 2022

Germany – The size of the crowd might not have been as large as it was in previous years, but the enthusiasm at Prolight + Sound 2022 was as high as ever. For the Chauvet Professional and ChamSys teams at the show that was reason enough to celebrate and look confidently toward the future.

“We were very pleased with the show,” said Michael Brooksbank, managing director of Chauvet Europe. “It was tremendously exciting to see so many familiar and new faces at our stand. Their response to the new camera and outdoor ready solutions that Chauvet Professional has developed over the past year was truly encouraging.”

A collection of many of Chauvet Professional’s new Rogue Outcast, ColorSTRIKE and COLORado PXL Bar products were on full display at the company’s exhibit, which featured 40 universes of pixel mappable IP rated fixtures, many arranged on a massive perspective pillar, and controlled by the new ChamSys MagicQ MQ250M. Another highlight was the red carpet display of the IP65 rated onAir panels.

Visitors to the stand also enjoyed seeing demonstrations of the Maverick Force 2 Profile working with CAST Spft’s Black Trax to deliver next level followspot lighting.

“There was an air or excitement and optimism that you could really feel at our stand,” said Stéphane Gressier, Chauvet’s international sales director. “When you consider that this show hadn’t taken place in two years, because of the pandemic, this was very reaffirming to all of us.”

As Gressier’s comments indicate, the response at Prolight + Sound 2022, gave the entire team a very positive attitude. “All of us left the show feeling good about the year ahead,” said Henning Oeker, operations manager of Chauvet Germany. “This show demonstrated the strength and resilience of our company, as well as the entire industry.”

Chauvet Professional Welcomed Enthusiastic Crowds at Prolight + Sound 2022Chauvet Professional Welcomed Enthusiastic Crowds at Prolight + Sound 2022

9th May 2022

It’s good to be back! Sennheiser heads to PLASA Focus Leeds - the northern hub for live entertainment technology

It’s good to be back! Sennheiser heads to PLASA Focus Leeds - the northern hub for live entertainment technology
It’s good to be back! Sennheiser heads to PLASA Focus Leeds - the northern hub for live entertainment technology

UK – After two long years of hiatus, PLASA Focus Leeds is finally back to welcome renowned players from all corners of the industry including audio, video, lighting, rigging and staging technologies. For the very first time, Sennheiser will be showcasing its brand-new XS Wireless IEM system designed for musicians who want to take a step towards professionalising their shows by switching to wireless IEMs. Additionally, PLASA visitors will find audio specialist’s Evolution Wireless Digital (EW-D) wireless microphone systems, which bring a world of wireless freedom and empowers guitarists, vocalists, and keyboard players to take the stage with confidence. Last but not least is Neumann’s newest Miniature Clip Mic System (MCM) for close miking acoustic instruments in live applications which features a ground-breaking KK 14 cardioid capsule that changes the very definition of natural sound of electret-based systems.

On stage and in the rehearsal space, hearing yourself through floor monitors, side fills, or even the PA can be a struggle. Wireless IEMs give musicians a consistent, reliable sound, totally independent of the location. There is complete freedom of movement on stage. Wireless IEM systems are easy to transport, they can be set up much more quickly than wedges and put an end to stage clutter. Also, the quieter stage means that there is no risk of feedback and the overall sound for the audience is improved. XSW IEM sets a new standard for simple, flexible and reliable wireless in-ear monitoring. Designed for musicians who want to take a step towards professionalising their shows by switching to wireless IEMs, XSW IEM uses the UHF band to provide a professional-level, rock-solid wireless connection that gives peace of mind and lets the user focus on their performance. Ease of use is provided by the frequency presets the system offers.

Providing the highest dynamic range of any wireless system currently on the market, EW-D utilises advanced features that simplify user’s set-up and guarantee the most reliable connection. With EW-D, any musician can maximise efficiency by taking full control with the Sennheiser Smart Assist app and automatically co-ordinate frequencies with ease. Increased bandwidth and the lowest latency of any digital wireless system currently available make Evolution Wireless Digital the most powerful tool for those who put quality and performance above all else.

To create the new Miniature Clip Mic System, the Neumann engineers in Berlin elevated electret technology and its production process to a whole new level. The new KK 14 capsule is able to capture the details of sound better than anything that came before without any of the production tolerances that have been associated with electret solutions to date. The system’s modular construction has been designed to ensure excellent stability and long service life for live and stage performances. The system includes nine mounting solutions that make it possible to find the optimum positioning for acoustics while simultaneously protecting the instrument. Typical users of this microphone system include orchestras, theatres, musical productions, concert halls, big bands, brass sections and drummers.

“We are really excited to be back and meet up with industry friends again at PLASA Focus,” concludes Kevin Gwyther-Brown, business development manager, pro audio – UK at Sennheiser. “It is particularly exciting for us at a time when we are bringing a lot of new Sennheiser and Neumann products to market, which have appeal to many sectors of our industry. PLASA Focus is a great platform to share these products and is always a great show for networking. We look forward to seeing our industry friends as well as existing and potential customers there!”

Visit Sennheiser on Stand R-B18 at PLASA Focus Leeds at the Royal Armouries Museum from 10-11 May 2022.

It’s good to be back! Sennheiser heads to PLASA Focus Leeds - the northern hub for live entertainment technology It’s good to be back! Sennheiser heads to PLASA Focus Leeds - the northern hub for live entertainment technology

9th May 2022

Tascam to Show Latest Products at ISE 2022

Tascam to Show Latest Products at ISE 2022

Spain – Tascam will again be exhibiting at ISE and can be found in Hall 7, where the company will be presenting its products for AV installations, as well as several products that have been released over the past year. Visitors can also look forward to seeing what Tascam engineers have just worked out and plan to show exclusively in Barcelona.

Products that support PoE / PoE+, including the Tascam Dante Compact Processor range (MM-4D/IN, ML-4D/OUT, MM-2D, AE-4D) and the TASCAM VS-R265 and VS-R264 Video Streamer/Recorder will also be shown at the booth working together with the Netgear M4250-10G2F-POE+ switch.

Tascam is a Netgear Pro AV Partner, and Netgear will also include Tascam AV products on their booth (3J85), along with their range of managed switches for AV-over-IP applications.

The MM-2D Dante Interface with internal DSP and TM-95GN gooseneck microphone from Tascam can also be found on the SY Electronics booth (2H450) as part of their PoE Meeting Room solution.

The Tascam team is looking forward to having face-to-face conversations again after such a long time and cordially invites ISE visitors to meet them at the company’s booth.

9th May 2022

ALLDSP shows next generation products and announces forthcoming MILAN and AVB solutions at ISE 2022

Spain – This year’s ISE trade show will see German DSP module manufacturer, ALLDSP, presenting its next generation of OEM products, which will soon include much-anticipated MILAN and AVB audio network technology. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to experience the company’s significant improvements in software and hardware performance, functionality and new configuration options that increase their versatility even further.

ALLDSP’s range of products covers a wide range of DSP applications from entry-level to top-end loudspeaker processors, processor boards to match active loudspeaker amplifier modules, system amplifiers, outboard equipment and audio streaming products, along with complimentary dedicated control software with a customised look and feel.

On show will be forthcoming MILAN and AVB modules, the PLP Series, the 1800i, 1800B, XM24 and the SBD44, all of which are designed for stand-alone processors, active loudspeakers or system amplifiers, which are suitable for both professional and high-end home audio.

The PLP Series is ALLDSP’s highest channel count, top performance module, suitable for rack processors and system amplifiers, and the 1800i it its highest performance 2×4 or 4×4 module, suitable for system amplifiers and active loudspeakers.

The 1800B is a dedicated 2×4 active loudspeaker module providing a cost-effective alternative to 1800i by integrating the external connectors and indicators, the XM24 is an entry level module with similar acoustic performance capabilities to the 1800i and 1800B, whilst the SBD44 is the most cost-effective module, the SBD44 is a 4×4 fully capable processor with 48kHz sample rate.

“As well as our forthcoming MILAN and AVB products, which we are currently working on and we intend to certify with Avnu Alliance later this year, we also developed a raft of solutions at the start of the pandemic, which have been very well received by our customers,” says the company’s Jeroen van Waterschoot. “We are thrilled to bring those solutions to ISE and be able to demonstrate them to the shows’ visitors and let them see exactly what they can do.”

Visitors looking for a good-quality, Made in Germany DSP, MILAN and AVB modules can visit ALLDSP on Stand 7M113 at ISE from 10-13 May for an informal chat with the team.

6th May 2022

Christie invites ProAV industry to reunite and innovate together at ISE 2022

Christie invites ProAV industry to reunite and innovate together at ISE 2022
Christie invites ProAV industry to reunite and innovate together at ISE 2022

Spain – From complex to straightforward AV solutions, Christie has the industry covered with end-to-end solutions for virtually any application requiring visual display technology. Reuniting in person at ISE 2022 at Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía, from 10-13 May in Hall 3, stand 3K600, Christie will showcase its latest products and integrated solutions, including its RGB pure laser projection technology, LED video walls, content management and processing and a string of first-time showings.

“We are thrilled to once again be meeting partners and customers in-person at ISE,” says Arlonna Seymour, executive director, corporate marketing, Christie. “Our latest innovations on show are a perfect complement to our existing product line-up, allowing partners to create visually compelling, effective integrated solutions. With Professional Services, we have another layer of support to help design, manufacture, deploy and support AV display systems, empowering partners to focus on creating the best experiences for their clients.”

A range of integrated Christie solutions will be on show at Hall 3 Stand 3K600. Two stacked M 4K25 RGB pure laser projectors and MicroTiles LED will be combined to create an attention-grabbing projection mapped logo and screen above the stand, with the new Pandoras Box version 8.6 managing content for the display. Below it will be a tech demo of Christie’s award-winning MicroTiles LED, in a new 1mm pixel pitch.

In a technical preview, the eye-catching 50,000 lumen Griffyn 4K50-RGB pure laser projector, will light up the back screen of the booth in brilliant colour, while the Inspire Series DWU960-iS 1DLP laser projector will make its trade show debut in a blended display with Mystique Lite, a camera-based alignment software, which will keep the array aligned with the click of a button.

Attendees will see an archway lit up with Core Series II LED in a range of pixel pitches, including the new 0.9mm pixel pitch. Additional first-time showings include Access Series LCD displays, as well as Captiva DWU500 laser projectors, which will illuminate the screen behind the hospitality stand.

Active on the Christie stand will be Christie CounterAct with patented Care222 technology. Designed to add another layer of defence to indoor spaces, Christie CounterAct is the first UV disinfection technology developed for use around people. Christie CounterAct uses proprietary filtered far-UVC light to eliminate 99% of pathogens on surfaces in indoor spaces, including the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19, influenza, bacteria and other antibiotic-resistant superbugs by damaging the DNA or RNA of the pathogen, which leaves them unable to reproduce and infect humans.

Christie’s Brent Peckover, director, industrial applications, will be a part of 'The Post-Pandemic Smart Building' opening panel at ISE’s Smart Building Conference on 9 May at 10:55am in Hall 5 (#5X200), followed by his own track presentation at 1pm on “Clean buildings – planning disinfection in your smart facility with Far-UVC light.” Visit SBC’s site for more details.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to learn more about Christie Professional Services which helps partners prolong the life of their customers’ AV systems by proactively maintaining, troubleshooting, and resolving critical system issues that reduce the burden on support staff.

Christie GS and HS 1DLP laser projectors will also be on display at the Legrand booth (Hall 3, stand N500).

5th May 2022

ETC prepares for PLASA Focus Leeds 2022

ETC prepares for PLASA Focus Leeds 2022
ETC prepares for PLASA Focus Leeds 2022

UK – ETC will be heading to Leeds for the return of PLASA Focus on 10th-11th May with new products to showcase on stand N-C06: Eos Apex, Source Four LED Series 3 and fos/4.

The 2022 edition of PLASA Focus Leeds, a key industry trade show for entertainment technology in the north of England, takes place in the Royal Armouries Museum and will host a variety of industries including live events, entertainment and installation.

ETC looks forward to meeting with visitors and customers in-person at the show – which returns after three years – and presenting new product releases. ETC’s next generation of lighting control Eos Apex will make its UK debut at PLASA Focus Leeds this year. The new console offers industry-leading lighting control hardware, powerful, award-winning software and programming surfaces which are suitable for top-level control for the most advanced productions.

ETC specialists will also be on-hand to present the Apex 10 console along with new fixtures Source Four LED Series 3 and fos/4. Visitors will be able to explore the full color X8 array in these fixtures on ETC’s booth. They deliver high quality colour rendering and brightness with the eight-colour mix as well as wireless technology and intuitive user interfaces. Join ETC on stand N-C06 to get a demonstration and find out more.

Register to attend here: www.etcconnect.com/About/Events/Tradeshows/PLASA-Focus-Leeds-2022.aspx

5th May 2022

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Claypaky News at Prolight+Sound 2022

Claypaky News at Prolight+Sound 2022
Claypaky News at Prolight+Sound 2022

Germany – After two years without almost any in-person events, Claypaky finally had the chance and pleasure to meet all sectors of the industry at ProLight+Sound 2022 in Frankfurt. Claypaky CEO and Osram head of business field for entertainment lighting solutions Marcus Graser said: “Over the last two years Claypaky have never stopped investing in people, innovation, process improvement and new product development. We presented a broad, versatile portfolio of over 20 products, which serve the needs inherent in various fields of use. Some of our fixtures made their international début in Frankfurt.

Today Claypaky offers one of the most complete assortments of lighting solutions both by kind of light source – lamp-based, LED-based and laser-based moving head fixtures – and by professional sector: touring and events, theatre, effect lighting, and IP66 weatherproof units. We met many professionals from our industry who told us that there is a strong desire everywhere to return to live shows and great optimism for full recovery after two years of COVID pandemic.”

Volero Batten Aqua is the new Claypaky high-performance LED moving batten. The light source is made up of ten 60W Osram RGBW LEDs, adopting extra-wide 80x80mm lenses and some important features like the separate control of the zoom in two groups from five adjacent lenses. With its IP66 protection rating, standard Wireless DMX control, a large number of effects and built-in macros it is the perfect lighting effect for the touring, event, television and installation market, and works equally well for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Tambora Linear is an advanced line of static LED Pixel mapping bars designed for versatile lighting effects and artistic set decoration. These are hybrid bars, which incorporate two complementary effects into one fixture: the first is driven by a system of 400 RGB pixel LEDs, which offer a background light very similar to that of a high definition LED wall in appearance. The second effect is created by a central line of 200 extremely powerful white LEDs for an overwhelming strobe effect.

Tambora Flash is the only hybrid fixture on the market that can act simultaneously as a strobe, wash and blinder, specifically designed with a modular approach for use in a linear array, to offer new creative opportunities to lighting designers. Tambora Flash features an IP66 degree of protection, which guarantees its ideal use in outdoor applications.

Adding to the family of the award-winning Sharpy fixtures, Claypaky introduces the Sharpy X Frame multi-function luminaire. It takes the best features of the Sharpy line and integrates a four-focal plane shutter system in a lightweight, compact unit. As a completely hybrid, multifunction fixture, the Sharpy X Frame not limited as to beam effects, it can also be a spot, profile, or wash unit.

Sinfonya Profile 600 is a unique, low noise LED based fixture, conceived and developed exclusively for the theatre market. Exclusive features: Tonedown for a low noise operation (27dB), Accuframe (new framing system using two focal planes: 40 times more precise than traditional framing systems), New proprietary optical system (featuring an impressive 5° to 60° Zoom), five-colour LED light engine (RGBAL) controlled by a special, internally developed firmware algorithm, new calibration syncing for matching the colour temperatures to other fixtures, absolute position for the advanced pan and tilt control, Lineguard, a new frost system using two pair of blades. Sinfonya Profile 600 is the truly next generation of lighting for theatres.

Xtylos Aqua – How to make the hottest fixture on the market better? Make it weatherproof! The Xtylos Aqua is the next in the series of laser-based fixtures, featuring IP66 and marine-grade C5-M protection and comparable in features and performance of the original Xtylos.

Mini Xtylos HPE – Ever since the introduction of the Xtylos fixture, Claypaky has been focused on developing new, pioneering technologies that offer new ways to motivate designers to reach further to inspire audiences. New Mini Xtylos HPE opens opportunities to bring this unique technology where smaller, energy efficient, yet powerful fixtures are required for small and large venues and events.

Arolla Profile MP and Arolla Spot MP – A new series of LED-based moving head fixtures, the smallest and lightest ones available in their classes. While small in stature, they booth deliver powerful light output with their 470W white LED engine and are full of the features you would expect in much larger, more expensive luminaires for example, eSWAP – enabling the profile-to-spot (and spot-to-profile) interchangeability with automatic configuration.

Tambora Batten – A high-power LED batten fixture delivering an impressive 8500 lumen output, with advanced pixel mapping capabilities and unique three-layer selection, which can be arranged seamlessly in line or in a matrix for amazing lighting effects.

Panify – A new solution for more creative possibilities, allowing you to turn every static, non-moving fixture into dynamic effects.

ADB by Claypaky Actoris Parled – A compact, silent, and efficient RGBWW Parled, perfect for use in any theatre and/or venue. The first in a series of specialised models for the theatrical sector, this product features a LED light source that produces warm colour temperatures.

CloudIO – the first digital maintenance tool that enables easier, faster, and more precise remote diagnostics of moving head fixtures, now open to other brands.

Claypaky has already implemented several projects to reduce the environmental impact of its business activities. At ProLight+Sound 2022 Claypaky launched a new company initiative “Claypaky Green – Spotlight on Sustainability” to approach the topic of environmental sustainability with even greater focus and in a more systematic way.

www.claypaky.it

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5th May 2022

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GLP tour de force promised for ISE 2022

GLP tour de force promised for ISE 2022
GLP tour de force promised for ISE 2022

Spain – GLP will present a real tour de force of new-season blockbusters at this year’s ISE show in Barcelona (10–13 May), celebrating the show’s move to its new location with a real powerhouse display.

Its new portfolio will address every conceivable application. For large-scale sports and event venues, the dynamic ArenaLED promises to create an unforgettable visitor experience.

The centrepiece is the efficient ArenaLED3, with unmatched 145lm/W efficiency and luminous flux of up to 73,500 lumens. These can be clustered together, while the three lamp heads inside can be swivelled through 30°. The ArenaLED3 can be individually adapted and aligned according to the requirements to ensure a permanently homogeneous light distribution. Several units can be interconnected in 2.5° steps and installed at an angle of 15°. ArenaLED3 is equipped with 5700K white light LEDs and a colour version with RGB colour control is also available. Both come in two mechanical variants.

Adopting a different focus, GLP, in co-operation with Zumtobel, has combined its expertise in event technology and architectural lighting to develop the Agilio product series. With a high-quality white light LED source and very high colour rendering, the new multifunctional wash light is perfect for flexible lighting tasks involving sensitive objects.

Providing DMX over Powerline (DoP), the unique GLP DoP Converter UM system can transmit up to ten DMX universes via a single power cable. This is able to provide a realistic alternative to standard wireless connections (WDMX, CRMX, etc.), which can be susceptible to interference when each requires transmitter and receiver, and may otherwise be dependent on the inconsistencies of locally available radio networks.

Finally, after its highly anticipated launch at the recent Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, the new impression X5 series, including the impression X5 IP Bar, an IP65-rated, feature-packed batten fixture – and the impression X5 wash light, which promises to set a new benchmark in LED automated wash lights, will take pride of place at the Fira de Barcelona.

Visit GLP at ISE 2022 in Hall 7, booth 7W300.

www.glp.de

5th May 2022

GLP

Absen promises ISE visitors an immersive LED experience

Absen promises ISE visitors an immersive LED experience

Spain – Absen will return to ISE (Fira Barcelona, 10-13 May 2022) with a full range of new stunning LED solutions for corporate, control room, retail, stadium and rental staging, giving visitors a unique opportunity to get insights into the future from the manufacturer’s Immersive LED Experience themed stand.

Situated in hall 3, Absen’s impressive booth (#N350) will double as a virtual production studio experience, reflecting the increasingly important role LED-equipped virtual studios are playing in film and television productions, as well as in the corporate and MICE sector.

Developed in co-operation with various partners, Absen’s virtual studio will showcase the manufacturer’s solutions for both LED on camera and virtual events, as well as providing a stage for filming, panel discussions and other must-see live events during the show. Absen turned to L&L to provide the stage solution, while Brompton Technology will handle image processing. An Alexa Mini LF paired with a 29mm Signature Prime Lens, as well as SkyPanel and Orbiter lighting fixtures will be courtesy of ARRI whilst camera tracking will be handled by stYpe.

A number of “Insights into the Future” presentations will be hosted throughout the show, including a new products “Spring Launch” overview on Tuesday 10th May at 11:30a and Thursday the 12th at 3pm; a “Virtual Production Solutions” presentation will also take place at 3pm on Tuesday, and visitors can get inspired from “The Future of MicroLED” presentation on Wednesday the 11th at 3pm. Finally, a panel discussion on XR/Virtual Studios will be held on Thursday at 10:30am. Visitors will also be able to hear short presentations from each partner throughout the show.

ISE will also mark the international premiere of Absen’s latest LED series, including the new AX Pro series of MiniLED, the MR series of professional floor tile screens and perhaps most excitingly, the new Clear Cobalt (CL) MicroLED.

“One of the highlights on the stand will be, without a doubt, our Clear Cobalt Series and in particular the 0.9mm model,” enthuses Jess Golding, Absen’s European brand and marketing director. “As industry leaders for the past 20 years, we view the MicroLED display era as a huge step into new technology. This is something we have been tirelessly exploring over a number of years and it will soon be seen in high-end conference rooms, control rooms, radio and television studios and luxury homes.”

She adds: “MicroLED has redefined the quality of images and is unparalleled compared to anything else available on the market today. It’s an exciting time for Absen and the industry as a whole, and we are very much looking forward to showcasing these technologies in Barcelona.”

Absen’s CL series comprises the CL1.2 and CL0.9 models. Measuring 610 x 343 mm and supporting resolutions from FHD to 8K, the Clear Cobalt series boasts Absen’s black coating black calibration and custom HDR image algorithm technologies, producing vivid and true to life colours. Equipped with non-reflective coating, Clear Cobalt also offers high reliability thanks to full flip chip and chip-on-board technologies.

Absen will also be unveiling the new KL II Series at ISE. Available in four different pixel pitches (1.2, 1.5, 1.8 and 2.5mm), KL will answer requirements for different applications including control rooms, exhibitions, retail or conference rooms thanks to their 16:9 aspect ratio (which allows to create 2K, 4K and even 8K displays), HFR+ capabilities, high brightness, increased greyscale performance and Colour Precision management technology.
Also on the stand will be Absen’s award winning Absenicon, N series and Polaris series, as well as the new MR series of floor LED. Capable of bearing a load of 2500kg/sqm thanks to a high density frame and tempered glass design, the MR4.8 and MR2.5 can also be hanged and stacked, and have the option of turning into interactive screens. Absen’s A99 perimeter display series will also be demoed, an ideal solution for stadiums and sports venues.

Last but not least, Absen will be hosting a belated birthday drinks reception at the end of the second day of the show to celebrate two decades of LED innovation on their stand, a milestone achieved last year.

Visit Absen at ISE 2022 in Barcelona on Hall 3, stand N350.

4th May 2022

Ayrton’s Cobra strikes at Prolight + Sound

Ayrton’s Cobra strikes at Prolight + Sound
Ayrton’s Cobra strikes at Prolight + Sound

Germany – Ayrton celebrated its 20th anniversary at Prolight + Sound with a new light show, created by Stéphane Migné in conjunction with French water effects company, Aquatique Show. This showcased Ayrton’s latest products including the new Zonda 9 FX with its stunning liquid effects and Cobra, Ayrton’s first IP65 laser sourced fixture. The imaginative visual choreography gave a taste of the creativity these new products are capable of and ensured Ayrton remained one of the busiest stands at Prolight + Sound.

“It is incredible to be back at Prolight + Sound after two years,” says Ayrton CEO, Chris Ferrante. “We have been busy engineering and developing new products, such as Domino LT and Huracan LT. Now, for the first time, we are showing Zonda 9 FX and Cobra, our laser light sourced fixture. These are all clever, unique products, especially the liquid effects in Zonda which are absolutely stunning and the narrow 0.6° beam of Cobra, these are things we couldn’t have achieved just a few years ago. It’s been super to show these new products to the industry in person and to hear first-hand their overwhelmingly positive response.”

Central to the show and making their debut were Zonda 9 FX and Zonda 9 Wash, the first luminaires in a new family of products devised for stage lighting. Each fixture has a flat face formed of 37 40W RGBW LEDs, each with a 50mm front lens, that deliver a 25,000 lumen output and 4° - 56° zoom and, in the case of Zonda FX, a high-definition liquid effect (LiquidEffects) between its main lenses which can create complex graphic effects. This new feature caused a lot of excitement demonstrating its phenomenal potential for a multiplicity of unique effects.

Ayrton’s first IP65 laser-sourced fixture, Cobra, received its eagerly awaited official launch at the show. Designed for rendering a D65 white point that allows perfect colour reproduction, Cobra is the only luminaire on the market capable of illuminating an object several kilometres away, with an output of 386,000 lux at 20m, an unprecedented 38x zoom ratio and an incredible zoom range of 0.6° to 23°. Possessing continuous pan and tilt, a highly innovative colour section and unrivalled graphics capability (including 92 gobos, four prisms and an extreme range of focus (XT-Focus) which permits the beam shape to be adjusted according to the operating distance), Cobra is also IP65 rated.

Already specified on several major tours for 2022, Cobra is currently on the road with Ed Sheeran’s tour which began this week.

Domino LT also took its place for the first time in the show and, under the fountains, demonstrating its capabilities as a IP65-rated 1000W, 6700K profile fixture with a 51,000 lumen output, and a 3.5° - 53° zoom through its 225mm front lens.

Domino LT is the first all-terrain LED luminaire in Ayrton’s ‘LT’ (Long Throw) range, and is designed for intensive outdoor use in long-distance applications that require high precision. It combines the minimalist design of Domino Profile with the colour mixing capabilities of Huracán Profile and the IP65 weather-proofing of Perseo.

Full details and video demonstrations of Zonda 9, Domino LT, Huracán LT and Eurus can all be found on the Ayrton website. The new promotional video demonstrating Cobra will be released in the coming weeks.

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4th May 2022

City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2022

City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2022

UK – City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology on Stand N-C04 at PLASA Focus Leeds 2022 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, United Kingdom from 10 – 11 May. Live demonstrations by City Theatrical will include the revolutionary Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM 2.4GHz system, including PLASA Award for Innovation winner Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz, the Multiverse Studio Kit for film and video, RadioScan Spectrum Analyser, and DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool, as well as QolorFLEX 5-in-1 and HiQ High CRI LED Tape, QolorFLEX Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM Dimmers, and other City Theatrical unique lighting accessories.

In addition to its special commendation in the 2019 PLASA Awards for Innovation, the Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system was recognised as the winner of the Live Design Award for Best Debuting Product at the 2018 and 2019 LDI Shows in the USA, for the ability of the Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz to broadcast up to 10 universes of DMX data while using less radio energy than other single universe wireless DMX transmitters.

City Theatrical’s Multiverse Studio Kit is an all-in-one, battery powered wireless DMX/RDM solution that offers reliable wireless DMX functionality with greater usability, making wireless DMX easier to install and use for film and video projects. Multiverse Studio Kit features contactless charging for its six Multiverse Studio Receivers, which each contain a long-life lithium-ion polymer battery giving 20 hours of use. Each Multiverse Studio Receiver features a full four button user interface with a backlit LED display, which makes setup easy and gives feedback on system performance, as well as a DMX corded connector, which allows the external antenna to hang below the lighting fixture for improved data fidelity.

Multiverse users can plan their wireless DMX broadcast using a RadioScan Spectrum Analyser as a frequency scanner, and set universes on each receiver from their smartphones using City Theatrical’s DMXcat app, which allows them to change their wireless DMX/RDM setup from anywhere on set, whether it is a lighting fixture with a Multiverse Module inside, a lighting fixture receiving its data from a Multiverse Node, or any wired fixture downstream of those devices. The Multiverse Transmitter is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for communication and control from tablet-based Wi-Fi lighting controllers.

The QolorFLEX LED Tape line includes 40+ high quality tape options that help lighting designers put light in places that were once thought impossible and create lighting fixtures and effects in a new and inexpensive way. At PLASA Focus Leeds, City Theatrical will be demonstrating QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tapes, which are offered in RGB plus Warm White or Amber plus Cool White colours. This LED tape has a high output brightness and all LEDs are identical to create a more even illumination. City Theatrical will also be demonstrating its QolorFLEX HiQ LED Tape, which was designed to have a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 95, making it an ideal high CRI LED tape for the needs of the film industry. Available in three types (3200K, 6000K, and 2700K to 6500K in a single chip), HiQ LED Tape offers exceptional on-camera color rendition and the ability to match the light sources already being used on set.

QolorFLEX LED Tapes connect easily to QolorFLEX Dimmers for ultra-smooth, flicker-free dimming. City Theatrical QolorFLEX Dimmers include a family of miniature low voltage wireless dimmers with Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM connectivity, which were recognized by LDI Show Awards as Best Debuting Product Awards. QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers are small, low voltage, constant voltage, two-output dimmers designed to be mounted in small spaces such as props, costumes, wands, and candles. QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers are slightly larger and can be controlled wirelessly using City Theatrical’s Multiverse or SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX/RDM technology, or with wired DMX, and provide 20-bit PWM resolution and 8-bit or 16-bit control for extremely smooth dimming at the low end of the dimming curve.

3rd May 2022

Eurotruss enjoyed a fantastic reunion at the Prolight+Sound 2022

Eurotruss enjoyed a fantastic reunion at the Prolight+Sound 2022

Germany – Last week a special moment took place, after many digital meetings Eurotruss finally had the chance to meet live in person at the Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. Located in Hall 12 within the Lightpower village, the renewed booth was in the centre of attention.

Besides being incredibly grateful to see everyone in person again, Eurotruss also brought along some new products.

Eurotruss launched two new truss products in Frankfurt. Firstly, the brand-new rectangular truss HD54R which is designed for indoor and heavy-duty performance. Secondly, two types of truss that are specifically designed to cope with LED systems, centralised loads with minimal deflection: HDX35 and HDX45.

3rd May 2022

Robe Back at Prolight with Impressive Live Show and Lots More

Robe Back at Prolight with Impressive Live Show and Lots More
Robe Back at Prolight with Impressive Live Show and Lots More

Germany – Czech Republic-based moving and LED lighting manufacturer Robe lighting s.r.o. returned to major live exhibition shows with a dazzling new live production, CUETE & The Beast, created exclusively for the Prolight+Sound 2022 expo and presented last week in Frankfurt.

Robe made a very strong statement with the show, offering another outstanding booth design as well as launching five brand-new innovative products and showcasing five others seen for the first time at a major trade show.

The only P-words on people’s lips were ‘production’ and ‘products’ as Robe’s in-house creative team took the booth and the show to new levels of excellence and inspiration with this lively show that radiated energy throughout the entire Hall 12.1 of the Frankfurt Messe. And the only viral activity was on social media as photos and videos of the show were posted on the first day and enthusiastically liked and re-shared.

Robe’s CEO Josef Valchar commented: “Given the last two years with the pandemic, we didn’t have any specific expectations for Prolight this year, however the response has been extremely positive with a very busy booth every day that’s been a good hub for communication and generating great vibes.”

He noted that Robe’s live show was crafted specifically to illustrate how the different types of fixtures can be utilised, showing the product functionality and why they have been developed in a “real setting” that is new, fresh and so much more dynamic than a black box environment.

Josef added, “The industry is moving forward again in all ways, and of course, we all fully appreciated being able to meet up on person again here! It was a pleasant surprise just how many leading designers and production people came from all over Europe to say hello.”

Robe’s brand-new launched products were – Painte, TetraX, iBeam 250, Spikie+ and the Anolis Calumma – which were joined by five new ones from 2021 – Forte, Cuete, LEDBeam 350, T2 and T11, all presented physically following their digital launches last year!

As always, Robe’s live show was highly anticipated and together with the VOG presentations in between explaining the main product details, the area around the stage proved popular for people to meet and relax.

Two demo rooms, one private and one public, were constantly in action and helped keep the booth packed with people and interest for all four days of the expo.

For the final two hours of the show on the first three days, this merged into Robe’s ‘Get-Together Hour’ where the booth morphed into a bar and that famous Czech hospitality and good vibes continued to flow and embrace visitors from around the world.

Robe’s international marketing manager Pavel Nemec stated: “Opening the door to the hall and getting onto the booth was like coming back through the door to your house or apartment after being away. It was a special ‘homecoming’ feeling.”

A full Robe international team were on the stand with staff from all over Europe, the USA, Latin America, UK, Asia plus an enthusiastic team of Robe Germany’s NRG (Next Robe Generation) students.

Robe also revealed some other surprises during the expo, like inventive new tools to help the brand connect with its community, investors and end users offering more opportunities for all to learn first-hand and in-person about the products and their potential.

The “Robe on The Road” show truck – a 45ft artic truck / trailer rig – was parked outside. This is a fully kitted out and expandable mobile showroom, studio and meeting facility, complete with roof deck, which will be touring Europe from spring until autumn!

The ten minute, full-tilt CUETE & The Beast showfeatured Robe’s recently launched Cuete moving light – with the Cuete being Belle and the Forte playing The Beast – bringing a taste of West End glamour to Frankfurt, complete with elaborate costumes and a pumping soundtrack.

It was performed in-the-round by a talented cast of three dancers and singers supported by around 200 of Robe’s newest LED fixtures, picked, placed and programmed to show off their most impressive creative features.

Fixture-wise the show was a mega-mix of Fortes, Cuetes, LEDBeam 350s, Paintes TetraXs, Tetra2s, iBeam250s, T1s running with RoboSpot systems, T2s, T11s and Divine Uvs, which highlighted special FX, gobos, beamwork, shuttering, zooming, intensity, Robe’s renowned colour mixing, etc., as well as the continuity between all product lines and of course the amazing keylighting abilities of these luminaires.

Each set of lighting fixtures had its own section in the show which was an original, trippy, fun, and comedic parody that slickly amalgamated memorable snapshots from selected iconic musical stories.

“The ultimate goal was to show off the products in a theatrical-style environment with an uplifting and positive vibe and the narrative was designed around the kit we wanted to highlight,” commented Nathan Wan, Robe’s lead creative.

Andy Webb added that the in-the-round design and eight metre diameter raised stage was chosen for viewing angles (when the space and show was originally designed the covid regulations were also very fluid) and because it allowed everyone an optimal view wherever they were sitting or standing. This also maximised photo opportunities as the show was a massive draw for visitors.

With all the technology including an eye-catching centrepiece and epic mirror-ball reveal concentrated in the middle of the show space, it was a vast, open and welcoming arena rather than a closed and shut off black box, and this was one of the major booth objectives.

The performance area was framed with authentic luxurious red velvet theatrical drapes, a continuity following on from the successful PLASA 2021 booth look where it emphasised Robe’s current product ranges that are refined for theatre and also great for rock & roll, television, and other genres.

At the end, all the lights all took their own bows so audiences could appreciate the contributions each had made to this lively, up-tempo productions which was fully produced by Robe’s in-house team.

Robe’s spectacular new show truck provides an unmissable opportunity for people to follow the lights, offering up to 180 square metres of fully mobile space to showcase Robe’s current trend-setting fixtures wherever they are needed for events and demonstrations, bringing the show anywhere in Europe during 2022.

A brand-new website www.robeontheroad.com launched this week will support the Robe show truck around the world and through which interested parties can book the truck and follow its travels and own news.

The trailer has specially designed roller shutter doors that open to reveal the rig: up to 50 fixtures, which is fully configurable to suit the demonstration and location and a black box tent extension is rigged on the side to provide a slick and streamlined mobile showroom.

There is also a fully air-conditioned VIP zone and bar inside the trailer, with access to a roof terrace that can be used for anything from meetings and discussions to a chill out space for enjoying the summer sunshine.

Already solidly booked for the first six months, the eye-catching show truck made its first appearance at Prolight + Sound 2022 parked adjacent to Hall 12.

It and the on-board Robe experience will be rocking and rolling to several key European festivals including Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Balaton Sound in Hungary and Mysteryland in the Netherlands as well as a raft of special distributor and subsidiary events.

Robe’s show truck is run by a permanent crew of two who will build up the truck and black box tent, stock and run the bar and take care of the cleaning. A Robe crew chief will assist with the organisation of each individual show truck event, including allocation of additional sales, technical and product managers, and other staff as appropriate.

After a very busy and positive Prolight+Sound 2022 with lots of connections and positive feedback, the Robe team is ready-to-rock and pleased to be back in-person and looking forward to the whole industry moving forward after two exceptionally tough years.

photos: Robe s.r.o.

www.robe.cz

Robe Back at Prolight with Impressive Live Show and Lots More Robe Back at Prolight with Impressive Live Show and Lots More

3rd May 2022

Robe Lighting

Strand and Zero 88 add Vision.Net, Color Kinetics KiNet and Philips Hue support in ZerOS consoles

Strand and Zero 88 add Vision.Net, Color Kinetics KiNet and Philips Hue support in ZerOS consoles
Strand and Zero 88 add Vision.Net, Color Kinetics KiNet and Philips Hue support in ZerOS consoles

Germany – Signify entertainment lighting brands Strand and Zero 88 have announced that they are previewing a new version of the popular ZerOS console software at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. The update adds integration with Strand Vision.Net, Color Kinetics KiNet, and Philips Hue, making it easier for small to mid-sized theatres, houses of worship and schools to connect to other lighting systems in the facility with minimal infrastructure impact.

“Most theatrical spaces have multiple systems to control the various luminaires inside and outside their facility, and because these systems don’t talk to each other, there is typically no way to initiate a single lighting cue for an event, such as a show start, across all the systems at once,” explains Jon Hole, global product manager, Strand and Zero 88 controls and systems at Signify. “Instead, lighting adjustments need to be made on each system separately. ZerOS 7.12 is designed to address that.” The new update allows Strand and Zero 88 consoles running ZerOS to natively connect with other Signify lighting systems in the facility, ensuring multiple systems from a single manufacturer can work together.

ZerOS 7.12 includes the ability to accept input from a Strand Vision.Net control system via Ethernet. Users can press a button on Strand Vision.Net user interfaces such as touchscreens, control stations, or the web-based Gateway-on-the-Go Interface to recall or adjust a cue on a ZerOS-based console without needing to interact with the console itself.

Thanks to integration with Philips Hue, designers can use also Philips Hue Smart Plugs and Smart Light Bulbs using the lighting desk. “Smaller theatrical venues want to add functionality to their system without a lot of additional cost,” explains Hole. “They want to adjust the ambience of house and lobby lighting, or control practical lighting or set elements on stage. With Philips Hue integration in ZerOS, facilities can have these capabilities with their existing house lighting fixtures rather than undergoing expensive refits or losing functionality.”

ZerOS 7.12 also includes support for Color Kinetics KiNet, ensuring users can control their architectural lighting systems with KiNet, but then connect the system to the console for control during certain applications. Designers can control Color Kinetics luminaires from the console when they need to, while retaining the remote maintenance capabilities and Interact Landmark integration that KiNet provides.

“Prolight + Sound marks the first time Zero 88 will be joining Vari-Lite and Strand in a global trade show. So, it’s fitting that we’re demonstrating yet another expanded integration between Signify brands,” adds Hole. “The new update builds upon previous updates that improved support for Vari-Lite and Strand fixtures, such as expanded fixture libraries and added support for multi-cell and multi-chromatic luminaires, among other advancements. We are continuing to look for ways to better integrate with Vari-Lite, Strand and the rest of Signify.”

An interactive demo of ZerOS 7.12 is available on the Vari-Lite, Strand, and Zero 88 booth at Prolight + Sound, Hall 12.0, Stand D95. The software update is expected in the second quarter.

27th April 2022

Brompton Technology to highlight advances in LED processing technology at ISE 2022

Brompton Technology to highlight advances in LED processing technology at ISE 2022

Spain – Once again taking up its place at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), leading LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, will be demonstrating the rapid advancements it has made in LED processing technology since its last appearance at the show in 2019.

Brompton’s newly designed stand will include an LED screen dedicated to High Dynamic Range (HDR) and accurate colour reproduction, a centrally positioned LED display demonstrating the company’s latest software developments, along with a product display area and private meeting space.

With the increasing uptake of Virtual Production by multiple sectors of the industry including product launches, and corporate and live streamed events, the features in Brompton’s Tessera software, which offer an ever-increasing level of control, including a wide gamut of colour and image controls that allow users to correct and optimise the image on the screen, are becoming an essential component in the process.

Brompton HDR, along with its enabling technology Dynamic Calibration and Hydra, an all-in-one industrial solution that incorporates all the measurement instruments and processing required for panel measurements to enable Dynamic Calibration, will also be on display.

Tessera v3.2 already added ShutterSync, Frame Remapping, and 3D LUT Import, with Pomfort Livegrade and Assimilate integration. Visitors to the stand will now be able to experience the capabilities of Brompton’s latest updates, Tessera v3.3 software, which includes massive enhancements to virtual production workflows such as PureTone, Operating Modes, on-screen tracking markers and support of ACEScg colour gamut, all of which put the emphasis on creative choice and control.

The product display area, meanwhile, will showcase Brompton’s range of Tessera LED processors, including ideal rental workhorse S8 and the flagship SX40, with the all-important XD Data Distribution Unit, which works alongside the SX40 to keep cabling as simple as possible for any scale of event.

“We are delighted to be back at one of the most important events in the European trade show calendar,” says Dries Vermeulen, business development manager – Europe for Brompton. “We have been working hard over the past two years and have developed significant advances in our LED processing capabilities. We’re proud of what our team has achieved, and we’re excited to be able to show Brompton’s latest solutions to our European customers.”

Visit Brompton Technology on Stand 3B850 at FIRA Barcelona from 10 – 13 May, 2022.

27th April 2022

Brompton Technology

GLP to unveil impression X5, impression X5 IP Bar and XDC1 IP Hybrid at Prolight + Sound

GLP to unveil impression X5, impression X5 IP Bar and XDC1 IP Hybrid at Prolight + Sound
GLP to unveil impression X5, impression X5 IP Bar and XDC1 IP Hybrid at Prolight + Sound

Germany – With the brand-new impression X5 series, GLP sets a new standard for LED wash moving lights. This new development is the prelude to a whole series of innovative luminaires and will be on show at Prolight + Sound alongside the X5 IP Bar and XDC1 IP Hybrid, an exciting fusion of X5 Wash and untamed JDC1 strobe power, at Stand C30 in Hall 12.1.

The impression X5 is a "next-generation LED wash light", a new workhorse that brings all the benefits of the iconic X4 series with cutting-edge technology and much anticipated new features. The fixture weighs only 13.3 kg and is equipped with 19 powerful 40W RGBL LEDs that provide an incredible light output and an expanded colour gamut. GLP's new iQ.Gamut colour algorithm, for example, ensures that the impression X5 produces a clean white point at 6,500 K with high colour rendering (CRI 90 / TLCI 90) as standard, plus the option to switch to other fixed and precisely calibrated white points. With the new super-fast zoom mechanism, the impression X5 offers a 16:1 zoom from 3.5° to 60° with homogeneous light distribution across the entire range.

The new design gives this LED wash light a fresh, modern look. The round shaped design allows for a variety of geometric patterns for great pixel mapping effects. The impression X5 also features a comprehensive effects package, including a virtual colour wheel with 64 colours from the LEE filter palette, tungsten emulations, magenta/green correction, a new colour quality control and effects channel, and double layer effects. GLP’s advanced technology enables near-silent operation as well as breakneck speeds at over 540° pan and 200° tilt.

The brand new GLP XDC1 IP Hybrid fixture was developed in collaboration with a top star of the UK lighting design scene. The innovative hybrid combines the impressive wash characteristics and powerful colours of the impression X5, with a narrow beam angle of 9°, with two extremely bright strobe lines borrowed from the JDC1, all in an IP65-certified housing. The GLP XDC1 IP Hybrid can be aligned horizontally and vertically and effortlessly combined with other units to create seamless columns or lines.

Visit GLP at Prolight + Sound 2022 in Hall 12.1, Stand C30.

26th April 2022

GLP

PL+S: Follow-Me Track-iT – Next Generation Auto Tracking

Germany – Follow-Me BV has announced the launch of next generation hardware for auto tracking: Follow-Me Track-iT at Hall 12.1 Stand C40.

Follow-Me systems for remote followspot and performer tracking enable customers, with the addition of Follow-Me Track-iT, to use both manual and auto tracking simultaneously, autonomously and as redundancy within one system.

Follow-Me Track-iT is:

Independent:

  • When Follow-Me Track-iT is added to the Follow-Me 3D system, you build upon its independence. Any manufacturers moving light can be used, with no limit to the amount of fixtures you can run through the system. Stable beams are generated on the performer through smart motion filtering algorithms and prediction.

Flexible:

  • Allows operators to switch seamlessly between manual and auto tracking

  • Manual and auto tracking methods can be used autonomously, simultaneously and as redundancy

  • Through the Follow-Me systems’s camera you have a live video feed of the performance area

Scaleable:

  • For multiple performers just add more tags

  • To extend the performance area just add more anchors. The performance area can be increased in size with no real limit to the trackable performance area

  • Follow-Me Track-iT provides excellent and accurate positioning information. Scaling up with or from a Follow-Me 3D SIX system, Follow-Me Track-iT becomes a very powerful auto tracking follow-spot system, with access to all the unique features and functions within the Follow-Me 3D SIX System for controlling the lighting fixtures

Also on the stand of Follow-Me BV will be the latest release of Follow-Me 3D that includes various new features:

  • Masking: Prevent fixture beams from hitting specific objects in your performance area. Map objects in the 3D view using the new calibration point group functionality and mask objects such as video walls and curtains.

  • Calibration point groups: Move and rotate groups of calibration points over your 3D mesh and control them through mappings in Follow-Me 3D or your lighting desk of choice.

  • sACN network protocol: Follow-Me becomes an even more flexible solution. Use Follow-Me 3D systems in your lighting infrastructure using Art-Net, sACN or both at the same time.

  • Offline show file editing: Want to prepare your fixture patch or 3D mesh in advance of your show? Install Follow-Me 3D on your MacBook and edit your show file offline.

The team at Follow-Me look forward to welcoming visitors on its stand at Prolight+Sound.

26th April 2022