Product News


Claypaky offers immersive experience

Monday, 24 April 2017

Europe - Claypaky unveiled a number of new products at Prolight+Sound, all featured in the company’s Immersive Experience themed stand. With the Axcor Profile 900, Claypaky has launched a new direction in its design research: it is the first Claypaky spotlight to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. Claypaky has chosen to use a white LED engine with high luminous efficiency, total power of 900 watts and luminous flux of 24,000 lumen output, and couple it with a system of dichroic filters to create the colours.
“Thanks to its considerable light output, the Claypaky Axcor Profile 900 goes straight in at the top of its category and features the best in modern technology in every parameter: the characteristics of the white and coloured light it produces, its ability to form perfectly sharp projections, and the precision micro-mechanics of its exclusive beam shaping system,” the company says.
Folling the successful B-EYE, Claypaky has launched the K-EYE HCR, an LED wash light which provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or coloured light. The new HCR technology used in the K-EYE is an exclusive electronic platform developed by Claypaky in conjunction with Osram to meet the needs of lighting designers all over the world who were not fully satisfied with the performance of LED devices.
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DPA introduces 4-Way d:screet microphone

Friday, 21 April 2017

USA - Popular among broadcast journalists, churches, television and film productions, DPA Microphones’ d:screet microphone series is suitable for any situation where you need a completely hidden microphone. DPA d:screet lavalier microphones deliver clear, clean sound in a wide range of applications. Now, this versatile and durable microphone can be paired with the new SCM0013-B 4-way clip, which will be on display at NAB 2017.
The new four-way clip offers fast and secure mounting - upwards, downwards, left and right - and has multiple cable management mounting options. The clip offers three points for cable attachment, providing the user with the flexibility they need to move around.
“This new clip helps broadcasters expand their mobility and complements the flexibility of the omnidirectional lavalier microphones,” says Christopher Spahr, vice president of sales & marketing, DPA Microphones, Inc. “We like to create accessories that are innovative and have diverse applications. Our mics are used by a variety of industry professionals and it is important that we provide our customers with new and unique accessories to further simplify their microphone needs.”
(Jim Evans)


Audio-Technica System 10 packages shipping now

Friday, 21 April 2017

USA - Audio-Technica is now shipping two new packaged configurations of its popular System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System: ATW-1366 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with Boundary Microphone/Transmitter and ATW-1377 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter
Previously, the ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter and ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter were available as individual components, as integrators/contractors generally source these pieces separately to configure a system to spec. To simplify the ordering process, Audio-Technica has decided to offer the transmitters and receivers together as turnkey packages.
The ATW-1366 configuration includes ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, two ATW-RU13 receiver units and two ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphones/Transmitters. The ATW-1377 configuration includes ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, two ATW-RU13 receiver units and two ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitters.
Gary Boss, marketing director, professional markets, Audio-Technica US, stated: “When we originally introduced the ATW-T1006 and ATW-T1007 transmitters, we anticipated that they would be used primarily by dedicated installers and integrators who are used to buying component-based wireless solutions. After launch


Artistic Licence launches artLynx quad

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK - Artistic Licence, is delighted has announced its next generation of ethernet-to-DMX gateways. Based on a more powerful chip technology, the range provides full support for the award-winning Art-Net 4 protocol.
Leading the way is artLynx quad, a DIN rail mounted product that converts Art-Net (all releases) or sACN to 4 DMX universes. RDM is additionally supported when used with Art-Net. artLynx quad supercedes the previous Art-Lynx O/P product.
At the heart of the product, an order of magnitude increase in processing power allows artLynx quad to operate effortlessly on networks with congested broadcast data. All outputs are protected from accidental electrocution by any international mains voltage (including UK 3-phase, 415 VAC continuous connection). The electrical protection is 'self healing', so the product can continue to be used.
Other handy new features include a readily accessible factory reset switch, and a 'squawk' function that allows the physical location of the product to be easily matched to its listing on the network display. An improved, faster internal web server facilitates easy configuration, and the product's compatibility with Artistic's free DMX-Workshop software allows users to take advantage of the full suite of Art-Net 4 features. A two-output version, artLynx duo, is planned for release later this year.
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Axiom column array impresses in Frankfurt

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Germany - Proel's newest Axiom loudspeaker system turned more than a few heads at the Live Sound Arena demo at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt. The AX12C column array, which consists of twelve 3.5-inch cone transducers in a slim, structurally rigid extruded aluminium housing, was side by side with some of the industry's more notable medium and large scale sound systems at the Live Sound Arena at the Frankfurt Messe.
"The intention was not to go head-to-head with the big guns who we obviously respect, but rather to demonstrate in a departure from conventional thinking that our new column array, which is essentially one-way down to 180Hz where it crosses over to a 21-inch sub, is capable of exceptional clarity of speech, good articulation, and even rock and roll performance at reasonable levels (max SPL is 130dB)," says Italian sales manager Damiano Formiconi.
The unobtrusive PA – the column is less than 11cm wide and just over a metre tall – consisting of four AX12C columns and two SW2100A powered subwoofers per side. The columns were powered from the subs, which have Class D amplifiers in them with 2000 watts dedicated to the internal 21-inch speaker and 2000 watts available for up to four connected columns via the NL4 output. Transmission line back-loading of the drive units helps to provide natural cardioid response from the column with a reduction of bas


Work Pro debuts LightShark desk

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Germany - At ProLight+Sound, WORK PRO launched the LightShark project, a lighting software that is neither installed on a PC nor operated entirely from a console.
It's a system based on the Web, offering the possibility to be controlled from many device such as a PC / Mac, tablet or smartphone, operating with the software whithin the light console. The console (the first in a planned series), named LS-1, has playbacks faders, flash buttons, encoders and a 4.7 "screen that interacts with the processor, at the same time via Wifi, its showed a graphical interface and the power of a touch monitor in another device.
In this way, several advantages are obtained: No need to install any applications on the PC or tablet as they connect to the console via the Web; The graphics power of the monitors is developed by the PC or tablet leaving the console only DMX processing work. With up to eight DMX universes, LightShark offers enough power to perform small and medium events.
(Jim Evans)


QSC introduces K.2 Series loudspeakers

Thursday, 20 April 2017

USA - QSC has introduced the K.2 Series, the next generation of the company’s best-selling K Family line of powered loudspeakers. The new K.2 Series, which is comprised of the 8-inch K8.2, 10-inch K10.2 and 12-inch K12.2 full-range loudspeakers, offers a number of significant feature upgrades. QSC is also announcing the introduction of the KS212C, a first-in-class, single-box powered cardioid subwoofer.
Each loudspeaker model in the K.2 Series is equipped with a 2000-watt power module carefully matched to high-performance woofers and compression drivers. DMT (Directivity-Matched Transition) ensures smooth coverage across the entire listening area. On-board DSP provides Intrinsic Correction™ voicing and advanced system management to further optimize performance.
K.2 Series models additionally provide operators with a library of pre-set contours for common applications such as Stage Monitor, Dance Music, Musical Instrument Amplification, Hand-held Microphone and more, while also offering storable Scenes to recall user-configurable settings such as input type, delay, EQ, cross-over and selected contour via the loudspeakers’ LCD screen and control panel.
All three models can be operated as either main PA or as a floor monitor. Each model can also be flown, wall- or truss-mounted, or placed on a speaker pole, either straight-firing or with 7.5-degree


Crowds roll up to J&C Joel’s circus stand

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Germany - J&C Joel demonstrated they were the ringleader of fabrics when they showcased their big top circus tent stand at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt.
The tradeshow stand was inspired by the Madagascar themed circus tent the company created at Motiongate Dubai, a theme park within Dubai Parks and Resorts.
As visitors rolled up to the stand they were transported to a circus complete with a red and blue Deko Molton big top, sand effect digitally printed Joelmat flooring, an 8m by 4m seamless canvas digitally printed with a big top tent and popcorn for everyone to enjoy.
People were also able to view an impressive black and silver Reefer String drape, a seamless projection screen with video content about the company’s recent work and a variety of tracks.
The company also continued their successful partnership with Backstage Academy which saw their students design the lighting and projection arrangement for the stand to create the perfect atmosphere.
During the event, the company announced their new sales team structure which sees sales manager Oliver Marns move into a new role heading up Creative Sales. This marks a strategic approach to further the develop the company’s creative manufacturing and bespoke solutions for the events industry. Whilst continuing to produce the traditional flame retardant drapery and stage engineering soluti


PL+S: LEDBlade LED strip visual technology showcased

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Germany - LEDBlade presented its new generation LED strip, visual technology system at Prolight+Sound recently. The system comprises both a straight component, the original LEDBlade Stripe, and the recently launched LEDBlade Curve.
“LEDBlade creates depth of space or three-dimensionality; it enhances edges, expands the visual area or links together to create any geometric design. LEDBlade adds extra dynamic to the video design toolkit,” the company says.
“LEDBlade Curves and LEDBlade Stripes can be used in any combination together – deployed as an independent visual item or integrated into a complex visual design – to create an impressive and memorable visual experience. For creatives and event designers, LEDBlade offers fast and easy mapping through any media server or projection control device, for a perfect image, on TV or live.”
Handmade in Europe, LEDBlade was developed by an AV rental company and benefits from over 20-years of hands-on experience. LEDBlade is rugged in demanding situations, compact and light for ease of transportation and IP-rated for use indoors and out. The product is simple and fast to install and can be reassembled on a daily basis, with both components utilising the same cabling and power options. LEDBlade offers numerous fastening and securing options, including sliding, rotating or magnetic, to sui


ETC’s completes ColorSource family

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

USA - ETC’s ColorSource Linear family is now complete with the launch of the ColorSource Linear 4 fixture. This is the third and longest variation of the ColorSource Linear fixture and measures a full two-metres in length. Like the half-metre and one-metre fixtures, Linear 4 comes in both original and deep blue array options. Both offer a richness of colour, and quality of light output you’ve come to expect from ETC ColorSource fixtures.
Every half-metre of the Linear 4 is individually addressable and controllable from the simple 7 segment display. It’s like having four fixtures in one. Linear fixtures are perfect for use as curtain warmers, sidelights, an unbroken stage wash, and in any installation location that is too narrow for many other standard fixtures.
(Jim Evans)


Powersoft finds OEM upsurge at PL+S

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Germany - Powersoft had many reasons to reflect on a comprehensively successful outing at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound earlier this month.
On the booth, they provided a first showcase for their new MiniMod 4 and LiteMod 4HC the latest in their market-leading range of power modules, which have become the engines for so many active OEM loudspeaker systems over the years.
These new releases attracted interest from both new and existing OEM partners, who expressed a strong desire to adopt the new modules in their upcoming developments.
With the impending release of the latest version of Armonía Pro Audio Suite, the daily training sessions proved popular. These focused on the latest implementations, and in particular the new Powersoft Interactive Tuning, and the many attendees were all impressed with the Smaart plugin within the Armonìa software.
Meanwhile, Powersoft’s M-Force technology continues to create increased awareness, as a result of which the company has launched a dedicated website This features the logos of brands who have designed loudspeaker enclosures around M-Force solutions that are ready for shipment. Other brands will be added to the website when their products are ready.
(Jim Evans)


Philips Lighting rocks Frankfurt

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Germany - Philips Lighting reports that the company saw its most successful Prolight+Sound to date, where it launched new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcasing recent releases.
The new products were incorporated into the lighting design for the stand, which transformed into a stage for a performance from Dutch rock band TOM. The group saw a line-up of the original members of popular Dutch group The Marshalls, formed in 1995 (TOM stands for The Original Marshalls), who are well known on the European festival scene, in particular the infamous Zwartecross motorcross festival.
New products that launched on the Philips Entertainment Lighting stand:
Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Spot. The first in a new range of spot, profile and wash luminaires from the iconic product line, the Philips VLZ Spot utilizes the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm (7”) front lens.
Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx. The larger version of the incredibly popular Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx, the new Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx offers designers exceptional output from its 37 RGBW LEDs whilst being fast, quiet and extremely versatile.
Philips Showline SL BAR 720ZT. The new, high performance linear wash and effect luminaire offers designers smooth and seamless washes of color from studio to stage


PL+S: Martin Audio reaps rich dividends

Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - With 10 new products, including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers, being showcased at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound for the first time, Martin Audio’s optimism was fully understandable.
But even they could not have anticipated the overwhelming market response to the new product suite, in particular the Wavefront Precision, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays. Designed as complete systems, with the new external iKON multi-channel amplifiers, the sound is optimised using Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software.
Said director of marketing, James King, “Despite the lower turn-out at the show overall, traffic was constantly being driven to our booth and the footfall was one of the highest we have ever experienced at a trade show. This coincided with record levels of online PR coverage, social engagement and website traffic.”
Away from the stand, over 400 channel partners and prospective customers found their way to the Brillianz Room where Martin Audio product support engineer, Robin Dibble, hosted targeted product demos on each day covering selected items from the portfolio and some of the new releases.
(Jim Evans)


PL+S: PR Lighting promotes Aqua beam

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Germany - PR Lighting enjoyed high visibility at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show - largely due to an inspired product showcase centred around their new Aqua waterproof moving heads. This was promoted heavily at the show via banners and large posters in heavily populated areas of the concourses and walkways.
The Aqua 440 Beam, the waterproof version of the XR440 Beam, takes advantage of the popular new high output Osram 440W discharge lamp to deliver a punchy and parallel 3.1° beam. Lining up alongside was the AQUA LED 600 Spot, which in addition to offering protection against rain and humidity, maintains “a perfect working temperature even in hot or cold conditions”.
The ability of PR Lighting’s new IP44-rated enclosures to protect against splash water was demonstrated at their Frankfurt booth, where they continued to function in the midst of a fountain/water feature.
“This was an extremely popular item and we picked up orders for Aqua at the show,” confirmed international sales director, Ernie Armas.
The Chinese manufacturer also previewed some other new items in Europe for the first time. These included: Phantom (440 BWS II), XLED 6007, Blinder 360 and Butterfly.
PR Lighting were exhibiting alongside their German distributor, Focon Showtechnic. Stated product manager, Martin Hentschel, “PR Lighting’s Aqua Series


MA releases dot2 console software update

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Germany - MA Lighting has announced the next level of intuitive lighting control software for the dot2 console series incorporating a host of new features. The dot2 software release allows users to work even faster and more intuitively than ever before.
The new 1.3 dot2 software features a Web remote facility, allowing important remote functionality from any device with a web-browser, either wireless or cabled. More master speed faders are included allowing increased flexibility for live playback speed adjustment. Increased effects functionality with instant access to groups and blocks allow for faster adjustments of any effect. High priority playbacks for specific fader arrangement for houselights or key lights to control individually at any time and many more enhancements are also now included.
The software now allows freely assignable sACN and Art-Net universes for DMX over Ethernet output as well as for DMX remote in. Additionally, a new version of the Fixture builder with enhanced access to the fixture settings itself allows for much more detailed adjustments of each fixture.
The easy to operate dot2 software is available in multiple languages and provides on-board Help and Direct Hints to guide a new user to operate the console to its full potential. A full range of clever programming and playback features provide intuitive access to advanced fun


Alcons celebrates 15th Prolight+Sound

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Germany - This month, Alcons Audio marked its 15th year of exhibiting at Prolight+Sound by showing new products, welcoming visitors from across the globe and hosting the traditional annual Alcons dinner.
The new products being showed were the LR28/110 - a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 Larger Format Line Array; the QR24 Wide - an extension of the QR24 modular high-output line-source column and the latest software for the company’s Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers, ALControl release 1.4.
Alcons welcomed visitors from across the globe - including China, India, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Poland, South Korea, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Austria (to name a few) - to the company’s stand, all keen to share and discuss a common bond - the love of excellent sound.
On the second day of the show, Alcons hosted its annual dinner, where guests enjoyed sharing project stories, experiences and music, accompanied by excellent food and drink. The dinner included demonstrations of the company’s point-source, point-source array, line-source column and line-array systems, with the participants invited to test them with their own choice of audio.
"We are happy to set up various systems and allow our guests to choose their own material. That is what happens in the real world of sound reinforcement and this way we can show that our pro-ribbon technology mak


Le Mark movie makes gaffer tape the star

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

UK - How do you make Gaffer Tape a rock star? You take a breaking rock band called Star from Ivy plus a great range of Gaffer tape and link the two together and you get
The video was produced, filmed and edited by the St Ives Cambridgeshire based Le Mark team, in time to be showcased by Le Mark at the world largest trade show for music and entertainment products, ProLight + Sound held at the famous Music Messer Frankfurt.
Le Mark has combined a Brexit beating innovative marketing ‘first’, take an everyday consumable product and project it as ‘the’ No 1 rock & roll accessory. Magtape - the professional’s gaffer tape, has a backing track that is fully downloadable and is being played around both central & eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Promoting the product range and a new British band.
Marketing & managing director Stuart Gibbons says, “As a multi-award winning company, Le Mark like all British exporting companies must become even more innovative to survive the difficulties of Brexit. Not only must you have excellent products, we must be able to catch the eye of potential new world markets. Creative video content with an amazing back track that clients can now can buy and download are working incredibly well for us.”
(Jim Evans)


Rosco announces Silk line upgrades

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

USA - Rosco Laboratories has announced several upgrades to its popular Silk line of LED soft lights.
“We’re very excited to share these improvements to our Silk line with the marketplace”, said Tracey Cosgrove, Rosco’s senior director of products. “We listened to feedback from our loyal film and broadcast lighting customers and responded with a suite of new features.
“These product enhancements all focus on increased precision, control, greater overall functionality and ease of use – all of which our customers requested. Not only are these new features improvements over our original version of Silk, but they also surpass the offerings of other LED soft light fixture manufacturers.”
The newest versions of the Silk family of products maintain all of the qualities of the original Silk products, including pure, soft white light and high colour fidelity. All Silk fixtures in the product line now feature new control options, including wireless DMX, as well as greater control of output and colour temperature, and overall improvements to the units’ physical properties.
New Features include two new DMX modes, including: DMX Master, which enables one Silk fixture to control others on set that share a common base address, and Wireless DMX via Lumen Radio technology.
DMX dimming is now possible in 8 bit or 16 bit mode, offering a mult


Chinese Launch for Vectorworks 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

China - Building upon the English release in September 2016, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has announced the release of the Chinese version of its Vectorworks 2017 software line, which includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals.
Part of a worldwide rollout, the Chinese language is the final installment to join other languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish.
To demonstrate the new technology features of Vectorworks 2017, Mad Macs Technology Distributions Limited, the Vectorworks distributor in China, will host a series of presentations across the country throughout April and May.
Attendees of the launch events can enjoy free refreshments and will have the chance to win a free Vectorworks Fundamentals 2017 license. Space is limited and interested parties can register on the Chinese launch website.
“We are committed to providing Chinese designers with tools that meet their growing needs,” said Cecil Fung, managing director of Mad Macs Technology Distributions, Ltd. “With Vectorworks 2017’s robust updates, we continue to put designers’ needs first, making it one of the top design and BIM solutions for the Chinese market.”
(Jim Evans)


PL+S: Software success for MA Lighting

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Germany - MA’s latest software releases, grandMA2 3.3 and dot2 1.3 received considerable attention and praise at the recent Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. It was the same for the MA Network Switch that was equally well received and highlighted the importance of network control.
dot2 version 1.3. will allow users to work even faster and more intuitively than before. Web remote access, more master speed fader, increased effects functionality, high priority playbacks and many more enhancements are now incorporated.
New software, version 3.3 for MA Lighting’s renowned grandMA2 lighting control solution, features numerous updates. A major step in keeping the fixture libraries updated is the new online MA Fixture Share which is unlocked with this latest software version. Another huge development is the fully re-worked partial show read functionality, as well as the new modes of DMX output function for the xPort Nodes, plus Offset for Pan/Tilt.
Furthermore, the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) now has a completely reworked Warper functionality including pixel-exact U/V mapping and a snapshot / masking tools.
The MA Network Switch offers a simple solution for all types of networks. It uses all the entertainment industry protocols and makes the network management easier for users without specialist networking experience. The MA Network Switch


PL+S: d&b puts focus on integration

Monday, 10 April 2017

Germany - With more audio technology solutions than ever before, the d&b stand at Prolight+Sound 2017 proved integration and interoperability remain at the heart of the company's ongoing commitment to customers. Visitors to the d&b stand caught an insight into the future, learning more about the d&b Soundscape – creating landscapes in sound.
Visitors from across the industry were invited to peruse the complete product range including several new releases, and welcome in a new age of d&b: Sound Futures, alongside newly appointed chief marketing officer, David Claringbold. Having served on the d&b Advisory Board and as Director of Sydney Opera House, Claringbold has a long-standing insight of the market and its changing needs.
Day one of the show marked the official release of two software features created for easier, more straightforward working: Array verification, and the ArrayCalc Viewer app.
Meanwhile, the ArrayCalc Viewer app harnesses all the benefits of instant communication by displaying all ArrayCalc data for positioning and flying a d&b system on smartphones and tablets. It means once a project’s been designed, calculated and optimized in ArrayCalc, the file can be shared, and changed with everyone completely in the loop.
Also made to make everyday a little easier, visitors got a first glimpse of next month’


Sennheiser and Neumann showcase at NAB 2017

Monday, 10 April 2017

USA - Audio technology for productions of any scale – this is what Sennheiser and Neumann will showcase at their joint booth (C2213) at NAB. An innovative range of products is ready to support professional audio capture at every level, whether visitors are producing movies or focusing on mobile journalism. The booth also features solutions for radio and TV studios, for fully immersive virtual reality productions, and even for personal use, with the MKE 2 elements action microphone for GoPro HERO4 cameras.
“Production technology today spans a wide range of applications, and therefore so does the audio technology Sennheiser and Neumann are showcasing,” explains Achim Gleissner, commercial manager, broadcast and media, at Sennheiser. “Whether you’re making a big-budget movie or filming a tutorial for your YouTube channel – a great audio solution will be at your fingertips at our NAB stand.”
The booth is divided into a number of areas to best showcase the breadth of solutions that Sennheiser and Neumann offer.
The Filmset area of the booth introduces visitors to the new Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless system and the EK 6042 two-channel camera receiver, in addition to the Sennheiser MKH series shotgun microphones.
A typical audio desk has been recreated in the ‘OB van’ section. Neumann monitors, such as the KH 120 active studio mo


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