dbd&b audiotechnik opens US support and training base
Monday, 20 January 2020

USA - German audio technology and solution company d&b audiotechnik has opened a new office and training centre in Signal Hill, California.
The facility is the second in the country for d&b, which is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. With the two bases, the company can address both coasts with dedicated teams and resources.
“Accessibility to our growing base of customers and partners in the US is critical,” comments Amnon Harman, CEO of d&b audiotechnik. “In the audio business relationships are paramount and this new facility demonstrates our desire to build strong, long-term partnerships with both the audio technology and broader entertainment community.”
The facility’s training centre enables the d&b US team to deliver comprehensive Soundscape demonstrations and education seminars and will be available for existing and potential new customers to experience the capabilities and possibilities of d&b systems.
“Designing excellent sound experiences is at the core of d&b’s mission to accurately transfer passions. With our new Signal Hill facility and the investments we have made in customer services, d&b is well positioned to serve this mission and, together with our partners and customers, work to continue creating some of the world’s most inspiring sound experiences,” concludes Harman.

 
 
adamson-nammAdamson announces education initiatives
Monday, 20 January 2020

USA - At NAMM 2020, Adamson Systems Engineering announced a suite of training and education initiatives to take place throughout 2020.
These include a US roadshow; increased delivery of the company’s Applied and Advanced Certification training programmes; and the Winding Roads education series, designed to introduce secondary- and post-secondary school students to the potential career opportunities in pro AV and live production.
The Winding Roads Education Event Series, in partnership with the AVIXA Foundation, will provide students in Toronto, Canada, and the surrounding area with insight into live production, performance, and the music industry. Through the initiative, hundreds of individuals will have the opportunity to see professional AV installations and touring systems, get hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment donated by industry leaders like Adamson, DiGiCo, Lab.gruppen, and others, and learn about career opportunities in the industry from the AVIXA Foundation.
“We want to show students there’s more to AV and live production than they may realise, with plenty of potential for exciting and rewarding careers, and believe the entire industry stands to benefit from these efforts,” comments Adamson CEO Marc Bertrand. “We also have other programming that will help our current and future Adamson Network partners to be more successful throughout 2020 and beyond.”
“We’re thrilled by Adamson’s commitment to bringing education and awareness for professional AV careers,” adds AVIXA Foundation programme direct

 
robe-teatr-dramatyczny-mstTarrantulas in the house in Warsaw
Monday, 20 January 2020

Poland - Mateusz Karon, deputy of technical manager the Teatr Dramatyczny m. st. Warszawy (Dramatic Theatre of the capital city of Warsaw), is happy with the new Robe Tarrantulas that are part of the house lighting rig for this important venue, which has been at the forefront of producing Polish drama since 1949 and ensconced in the Palace of Culture and Science venue since 1955.
There are two performance spaces at the Palace of Culture, and the company also runs programmes in two other buildings around the city.
These four stages offer a busy and vibrant schedule of modern, classical and new works with a reputation for excellent acting and tackling relevant contemporary issues. Each space stages between 10 and 12 shows a year, primarily their own productions.
Mateusz oversees all things technical in the main Dramatic Theatre building and creates new lighting specs as and when they are needed to ensure they keep pace with developing technology. These then go out to open tender.
When initially looking for new fixtures for key lighting - with Tarrantula as one of the contenders - Mateusz and his team were all impressed with the controllability of the fixture, and beyond that, the sheer power, which they thought would be perfect for the 460-capacity ‘Big’ stage - in addition to key lighting duties. They also wanted a source with a high CRI and Tarrantula fitted all the criteria.
The decision to choose the Tarrantulas - delivered directly by Robe’s Polish distributor, Prolight - was a collective one made by Mateusz and the Dramatic T

 
 
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l-acoustics-pirates-open-day-02L-Acoustics demo at Jo’burg Pirates Club
Monday, 20 January 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution is inviting companies and individuals based in Johannesburg to attend an L-Acoustics demo to be held at Pirates Club in Greenside on 5 February.
This will be an open day, and visitors are welcome to visit any time between 11:00 and 15:00, where demonstrations will be held on the hour, every hour. The focus will be on the L-Acoustics Kiva II.

 
 
claypakyferrari2Claypaky lights Ferrari gala in Sydney
Monday, 20 January 2020

Australia - Fusion Entertainment provided the technical production for the gala unveiling of the Ferrari F8 Tributo in Sydney, using a complement of Claypaky fixtures to illuminate the car’s debut at the black-tie event.
The evening marked the first Australian appearance for the new, half-million dollar mid-engined supercar.
More than 300 guests gathered at Sydney’s White Bay passenger terminal for an immersive Ferrari experience. The 2,000sq.m space was filled with classic cars in Ferrari’s shade of red and speeches paid homage to the luxury brand’s history and the debut of “the best eight-cylinder in the world.”
Some 200 Fusion staff members worked continuously across 36 hours to install and prepare for the event. They put together 5.1 tons of rigging equipment, 6,000m of cabling, 158m of black drape and a total of 236 lights to create a 348sq.m staging structure standing 1.5m high.
The evening began with guests watching a five-minute AV spectacular on the F8 Tributo, dotted with archival footage from Ferrari’s vault, in the pre-function area. When it was time to reveal the new vehicle the function area went to black and a 60-meter kabuki drop showed an astonishing collection of Ferrari V8s, on display for the first time outside Italy. The F8 Tributo emerged from under the stage through fog and lasers and past its predecessors to take its position on the podium.
Fusion mounted Claypaky Sharpy fixtures on either side of the podium; several more were used for the moment of reveal with Oracle Laser’s Laser Sharpy attachmen

 
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powersoft-uiPowersoft updates ArmoníaPlus
Monday, 20 January 2020

USA - At the 2020 NAMM Show, professional power amplifier manufacturer Powersoft announced a major update to its ArmoníaPlus audio system management software.
The latest update, available now, features a redesigned monitoring environment, Health+ (pronounced ‘Health Plus’), which replaces the ‘Events tab and offers sound engineers a complete suite of realtime system diagnostic controls. The tool is useful for live touring applications or fixed installations.
In addition to input monitoring for power amplifiers, speakers, and other connected devices, the system is also capable of measuring system health indicators such as headroom, temperature, voltage, and impedance to ensure optimal performances of all elements and will automatically alert users in case of malfunctions or element failures. Engineers can also now utilise the Event History function to track uploaded programmes, user logins, and diagnose any long-term system issues. Finally, Health+ has improved reporting, giving users the ability to track multiple indicators at once over an hour time log period for more detailed system monitoring.
Rick Woida, Powersoft US application engineer, explains: “We’ve designed ArmoníaPlus to be efficient and streamlined for effective use under any working conditions. With the new Health+ tab, engineers now have easier access to a peerless set of tools for system management, ensuring long-time health of any system and the ability to quickly diagnose and fix any potential problems better than ever before.”

 
aqua-marine-580PR lighting launches weatherproof moving heads
Monday, 20 January 2020

China - PR Lighting has announced two marine-grade, IP66-rated moving heads: the 3-in-1 AQUA Marine 580 BWS and AQUA Marine 580 Beam.
Thanks to the double-layer coating of the chassis and PR's sealing system, both AQUA Marine 580 fixtures can provide ‘superior resistance to a wider range of corrosive media, making them ideal for use on projects close to the seashore or in sea water’.
Housing either a Philips MSD Platinum 25 R lamp or Osram Sirius HRI 550W XL, both the AQUA Marine 580 BWS (PR-2596) and AQUA Marine 580 Beam (PR-2568) are fully featured. Colours include CYM linear mixing system with macros, a colour wheel with 12 colour filters (plus open), rainbow effect with bi-directional and variable speeds and stepping/linear colour changing, while the colour filters can be in any position. The fixtures also boast a linear CTO system.
The products accommodate one fixed gobo wheel (containing 17 gobos plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds. There is also a rotating gobo wheel, with seven interchangeable rotating gobos (plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds.
There are four different facet prisms which can be overlapped (other prisms are optional). The graphic effect wheel offers bi-directional rotation with variable speeds, and can be overlapped with the fixed and rotating gobo wheels. Features also include an independent frost filter.
Both fixtures are contained in dust-proof and water-proof cast aluminium, high-temperature resistant and UV-resistant engineering pl

 
 
dbtvioc-series-namm20201NAMM 2020: dBTechnologies debuts VIO C series
Monday, 20 January 2020

USA - dBTechnologies launched VIO C, a “complete series of two-way active line-source speakers for the widest range of venues and applications”, at NAMM 2020.
Designed to create horizontal or vertical line-source arrays and featuring a simple yet rapid rigging system, VIO C offers flexible coverage options as well as powerful acoustic performance.
The series encompasses three enclosures housing premium neodymium components. The whole series is equipped with latest generation 1600 W RMS Class D Amp module Digipro G4 driving a powerful DSP and allowing each system to deliver impressive SPL (139 dB for VIO C12, 140 dB for VIO C15, and 141 dB for VIO C212).
As a default, VIO C are equipped with dBTechnologies RDNet card for real time monitoring and remote control via Aurora Net software. The preamplifier is ready for future upgrades with Audinate Dante card.
When matching companion cabinets, users can easily set up scalable horizontal clusters, adapting the VIO C to the venue and application in use. Thus, a four-cabinet side-by-side configuration delivers a 90° horizontal dispersion, an eight-cabinet cluster reaches a 180° horizontal angle and so forth, up to a 360° coverage with a 16-cabinet set up.
Infrared ports are placed on top and both sides of each cabinet so that the speakers can recognise the size and configuration of the system when linked together horizontally or vertically.
VIO C12 and VIO C15 models can also be coupled vertically, simply by turning a speaker upside down and placing it on the top of a companion speak

 
g12-1Chamsys creates new dimensions for G12 rally
Monday, 20 January 2020

Singapore - Lighting designer Nick Ho began working with the G12 worship rally in 2005 and has lit every one of its annual conferences since 2016.
Although his big, multi-faceted lightshows have earned widespread praise from the conference’s attendees and its technical director, Dennis Thien, Ho is always working to make them more compelling. This year, he and his programmer Justin Poh upped the engagement level by doing something they’d never done before: pixel map their rig’s washes.
Creating this new design with the 78 wash fixtures in their rig was made much easier, they say, by the pixel mapping features in their ChamSys MagicQ MQ100 Pro. “This was the first time that we have tried pixel mapping washes for such a large scale event,” explains Ho, noting that the conference, which was held at the Singapore Expo Hall, drew 10,000 people. “The pixel mapping functions in our ChamSys works very fast, which was good, because Justin wound up creating looks on site during the conference.
“Pixel mapping the washes added another dimension to our show,” continued Ho. “Having the simple low-res animation effects run across the back line truss created very engaging looks. Doing this was a straightforward process with ChamSys. We just had to create a fixture layout in the Output Window View Plan, create the grid size, and assign heads correctly into the boxes, then patch PIXMAP - and we were done! The ease of working with ChamSys removes a lot of stress when you are trying something new.”
Ho was also impressed with how smoothly hi

 
 
elgiva-theatre-vista-by-chroma-q-pic-2Elgiva Theatre switches to Vista by Chroma-Q
Monday, 20 January 2020

UK - The Elgiva Theatre has invested in a Vista by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system to take full advantage of its recent upgrade to an all-LED house rig.
Located in Chesham, The Elgiva presents a wide-ranging programme of professional and amateur productions, touring concerts, top comedy, musicals, ballet/dance, one-night shows, professional pantomime, movies, and private events.
After upgrading its house rig to all-LED, the theatre’s ageing control desk had been struggling with the quantity and greater sophistication of the fixtures, and the extra workload created by additional shows as a result of the venue’s increased popularity.
This was limiting what could be achieved creatively in the time available - both for Elgiva’s own productions, and in the theatre providing high quality technical support for its clients, which include major international tours.
The theatre therefore decided to invest in the next generation Vista 3 control system, purchasing the latest Vista EX control surface, plus a Vista MV to use as an extra playback wing.
Tristan Collett, the theatre’s technical manager, comments: “I have found that the speed with which Vista allows users to work benefits Elgiva not only with saving time, but also positively impacting shows’ quality and budgetary constraints.
“Our technicians are extremely creative, and finally don’t have to struggle to transpose their vision onto the stage. What would previously take hours to program now takes minutes or seconds using Vista.”
The Vista syste

 
grandsmoulins2Grands Moulins parties with Chauvet DJ
Monday, 20 January 2020

France - Playing a rich and colourful role in the history of its region’s wine making (it was once owned by legendary vintner, the late André Lurton), the estate of Couhins-Lurton was prominently featured in the recent 100th anniversary celebration of the Grands Moulins de Bordeaux.
Accentuating the intricate architectural qualities of the château during this event was a collection of wireless, battery powered Chauvet DJ lighting fixtures installed by Benson’ Audiovisuel.
The Benson’ Audiovisuel design team, under the direction of Benjamin Faure, positioned 12 Freedom H1 par units below the ornate cornice to highlight its details. Thanks to its compact size and wireless properties, the 10W fixture was able to fit unobtrusively on the site without distracting from its aesthetics. Drawing on the fixture’s RGBAW + UV colour mixing engine, the design team was able to create a wide and varied palette of hues during the event.
Bathing the building’s façade in an array of richly saturated colours were 24 Freedom Flex H4 IP uplighting fixtures. With their intense output, these units were able to send smooth, even fields of light high up the exterior walls of the château.
A group of 16 freestanding Freedom Stick RGB LED linear fixtures was used to enliven the estate grounds, as well as provide a colourful setting on the dancefloor inside during the party. Also generating excitement on the dancefloor were a Derby X effect light, a Line Dancer that projects intense strips of colourful light, and two mini Kinta beam units. Like the outdoor

 
 
winkler-livecomWinkler Livecom invests in Elation KL Fresnel
Friday, 17 January 2020

Switzerland - Winkler Livecom of Switzerland has added 200 Elation Professional KL Fresnel series luminaires to its inventory.
Winkler, based in Wohlen, near Zürich, is one of the largest full service companies in Switzerland, handling virtually all aspects of exhibition, corporate and public events from initial idea to execution. Since its founding in 1996, Winkler has often employed Elation lighting in its broad portfolio of projects, but the KL Fresnel acquisition marks the company’s first purchase of Elation gear.
“We continue to replace our bulb-based static lights with LED versions and invited several distributors to a shoot out here at our facility,” recounts Frank Burghardt, head of sourcing at Winkler Livecom. “Elation’s Swiss distributor Cast came with the KL Fresnel 4 and Kl Fresnel 6 and in the end it was the price vs performance ratio of the KL series that was the best.”
The KL Fresnel Series is a line of warm-white or cold-white LED Fresnel lights available in 50W, 150W and 350W models. Winkler acquired the 50W KL Fresnel 4 CW (50) and 150W KL Fresnel 6 CW (150), cold-white LED Fresnel lights with a 5,600K Cool White LED engine. Both luminaires include manual zoom, manual and DMX controlled dimming, and silent operation mode. Barn doors and gel frame holder are also included.
“We decided to invest in the cold-white version and then we can add full CTO or half CTO filters when we need a warmer look. It was a smart solution and gives us the flexibility to cover a wider color temperature range,” states Burghardt,

 
karaiiNAMM 2020: L-Acoustics updates Kara line array
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA - L-Acoustics has announced the new Kara II modular line source. The addition of Panflex gives Kara four-in-one directivity: one box handily covers any audience geometry. Kara II morphs to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with precise focus in four different directivity patterns: 70° or 110° symmetrical and 90° asymmetrical, steering to either the left or right, says the company.
In a nod to the wide audience of Kara owners around the globe, L-Acoustics will make available a kit to upgrade existing Kara with Panflex.
Florent Bernard, executive director of application design at L-Acoustics explains, “Kara has been a perpetual best-seller for a reason. Its lightweight, diminutive form factor and strong, consistent SPL make it the perfect tool for a plethora of events or permanent installs. When we introduced Panflex to the industry, our clients told us this was the only thing missing from Kara. We listened, and the new Kara II brings our medium-format line array into a new era of added directivity and improved polar stability.
“Kara II is a powerhouse enclosure, meeting the needs of any audience geometry and morphing to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with laser focus. As with all L-Acoustics K Series line arrays, Kara benefits from decades of research and development into quick and safe rigging, making it the reference in the market for rapid and optimized deployment.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
digicoquantum338NAMM 2020: DiGiCo reveals Quantum338
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA - DiGiCo has reveaedl the latest in Quantum console range. Like Quantum7 and Quantum5, Quantum338 represents “a dramatic leap forward in power and connectivity”. It includes new design features and enhancements that offer “ultimate flexibility, all with the same speed of operation that Quantum users have come to rely on, in a smaller format console”.
“With Quantum338, we have ensured that we are providing a next generation console that works in synergy with our Quantum Engine,” says Michael Aitchison, DiGiCo’s senior electronics engineer. “We focused our R&D team on user experience, learning from the last 20 years, with our continuing main objective of merging new with familiar.”
Quantum338 is based on seventh generation FPGAs and includes 128 input channels with 64 busses and a 24 x 24 matrix, all with full channel processing. There is a new look and feel dark mode application and three 17 inch 1000 nit, high brightness, multitouch screens, allowing both the meter bridge and soft quick select buttons to be displayed on each screen. There are also 70 individual TFT channel displays and the floating Quantum chassis features 38 x 100mm touch sensitive faders laid out in three blocks of 12 fader banks, plus two dedicated user-assignable faders, each complete with high resolution metering.
A new level of local audio connectivity and performance comes via the ‘Ultimate Stadius’ 32 bit ADC and DAC conversion, which are built in to Quantum338 as standard, alongside six single or three redundant MADI connections, dual DMI sl

 
dliveteachingCollege students get creative with dLive
Friday, 17 January 2020

UK - Leeds City College is the city’s largest educational establishment, offering a wide variety of courses to more than 25,000 students. The college recently expanded its facilities with the new £60m Quarry Hill Campus, home to the School of Creative Arts, featuring an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system.
Following a recommendation and demonstration by the audio sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET), the college opted for a dLive C3500 control surface and CDM48 MixRack, fitted with a Dante 64x64 networking card, for the campus’ soon to open theatre.
For use by both Theatre Design & Production and Music Production students, the dLive system will also be employed for public performances by theatre companies and community groups during holiday periods and outside of college hours. As such, the new system needed to meet a variety of criteria as the College’s chief theatre technician and teacher, Paul Graham-Bell explains.
“We looked at several models from different manufacturers when trying to find a mixing solution to meet the demands of the theatre,” he says. “The Theatre Design and Production students are taught sound design for dance and musical theatre, while Music Production courses cover both live sound and recording, so flexibility was very important. The control surface also needed to be simple enough to learn the basics of mixing, but also sufficiently powerful for students to explore advanced features and techniques. We also wanted to invest in something that was popular within the industry, to

 
 
dmi-klangNAMM 2020: DiGiCo debuts the DMI-KLANG
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA - DMI-KLANGDiGiCo has announced the new DMI-KLANG, an immersive in-ear mixing expansion that can be mounted directly into DiGiCo consoles, equipped with DMI slots.
KLANG’s immersive in-ear mixing systems make spatial and transparent in-ear monitoring possible. With lower listening levels - on average up to 6dB less - it eliminates the feeling of isolation associated with a normal in-ear stereo mix and offers less fatigue. Its applications range from personal mixing for touring monitor engineers to spatial mixing for recording studio sessions.
The DMI-KLANG follows in the footsteps of the KLANG:fabrik. "This is the first hardware product since KLANG and DiGiCo joined forces,” says DiGiCo’s general manager, Austin Freshwater “We took KLANG:fabrik’s immersive in-ear mixing core and rebuilt it with today’s latest FPGA technology. With one device, we can now deliver immersive mixes of 64 inputs for 16 musicians. This is the highest input count of any KLANG product to date. And the best thing is, we were able to bring the processing latency down to a quarter of a millisecond.”
The DMI-KLANG connects directly to DiGiCo consoles’ internal audio stream without any additional hardware I/O or overhead. This makes it possible to route any audio channel from the console to the DMI-KLANG and return the immersive mix to the Aux merge input. Via the DiGiCo KLANG console link, monitor engineers can stay in their usual mixing workflow, use snapshots, faders and knobs, but with all the benefits of immersive in-ear mixing. This makes it the perfe

 
utilita-arena-birminghamArena Birmingham partners with energy provider
Friday, 17 January 2020

UK - Arena Birmingham is set to be renamed Utilita Arena Birmingham as a part a new partnership with Smart Pay As You Go (PAYG) Energy provider, Utilita. .
Utilita has a growing presence in the UK live events industry, having partnered with a number of major music festivals in recent years including Parklife, TRNSThe city centre venue will take up its new name on 15 April 2020MT, Creamfields, V Festival, Bestival and Camp Bestival – as well as Newcastle Arena (now Utilita Arena Newcastle).
Utilita’s customers are set to receive exclusive access to pre-sale tickets at the 15,800-capacity venue, which has recently hosted the likes of Ariana Grande, Jack Whitehall and Take That, as well as VIP experiences and exclusive ticket offers.
The energy supplier will also use the Arena’s pre-show entertainment areas to get audiences thinking about their energy usage as part of its new #EnergyHigh5 campaign, designed to get 5m UK households to reduce their energy consumption.
As part of the new deal, Utilita will also become a partner of the NEC Group’s other flagship arena, Resorts World Arena on the NEC campus just outside Birmingham City Centre.
Utilita founder and CEO, Bill Bullen, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to have our name above the door of such an exciting and well-known venue. As well as providing our customers with fantastic opportunities to see some world class shows in the heart of the country, this will also help us to deliver our #EnergyHigh5 message to nearly a million visitors a year – and millions more across the

 
 
robe-puy-du-fouRobe dreams big at Puy du Fou España
Friday, 17 January 2020

Europe - Award-winning independent French theme park, Puy du Fou, unveiled its first venture in Toledo, Spain with an epic night-time immersive spectacular El Sueño de Toledo (The Dream of Toledo), creatively directed by Nicolas de Villiers and the team from Puy du Fou with lighting designed by Koert Vermeulen from Belgian creative visual practice, ACTLD.
At the heart of Koert’s lighting spec are 74 x Robe BMFL WashBeam and 20 x MegaPointe moving lights.
El Sueño de Toledo takes spectators on a hi-octane condensed one-hour journey through history – from the Reign of Ricaredo in the 6th century to the arrival of the railways – touching on the battle of Navas de Tolosa and the discovery of America along the way! The 1500 years of history is represented by 185 actors and a plethora of special effects.
Koert and Nicolas have worked together on several previous Puy du Fou live shows and projects in France. The show is staged outdoors on a performance space approximately 125m wide by 100m deep, rising up towards the back. The set includes several permanent buildings and structures and a large lake, with the action taking place both on, in front of, and behind the water.
Nicolas briefed Koert on the historical narrative and Koert produced a lighting concept for the show which is played out by the large cast to a special soundtrack composed by Nathan Stornetta.
“The show’s essence was similar to some of those we have created in the French park, so some of the base principles and style needed to reflect a continu

 
atw-r3210nNAMM 2020: Audio-Technica expands 3000 Series
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA - Audio-Technica has announced the expansion of its 3000 Series frequency-agile true diversity UHF wireless systems with the addition of a network port. The ATW-R3210N receiver, which receives its NAMM debut this year, now allows network control and monitoring along with the same easy setup, versatile operation and rock-solid, richly detailed high-fidelity sound as standard 3000 Series components.
Expanding on the functionality of the standard 3000 Series Wireless System, the new network control and monitoring option is unique for a wireless system in this price category, as it allows the 3000 Series to be compatible with Audio-Technica’s proprietary Wireless Manager software.
The software package offers a broad range of control and management functions of networked receivers, grouped into three tabs: Device List, which auto-discovers connected compatible Audio-Technica hardware; Frequency Coordination, which allows real time spectrum scanning via the 3000 Series Wireless with Network option or other Audio-Technica connected network-enabled receivers, and Monitor, which allows live monitoring of connected systems with the option of filtering the displayed devices by assigned tag groups.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dzr-w-familyNAMM 2020: Yamaha offers white finish
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA In Anaheim this week, Yamaha is launching new white models of its flagship DZR/CZR series and DXS XLF/CXS XLF loudspeakers / subwoofers.
All DZR/CZR and DXS XLF/CXS XLF models will be available in the new white finish, providing more options for a greater variety of uses, such as hotel banquets, houses of worship and auditoriums, where a high quality audio system needs to blend into the design of the space.
The DZR range comprises eight full-range models and four DXS XLF subwoofers, including ‘D’ versions that feature onboard Dante IN/OUT capability. Featuring best-in-class SPL performance, sophisticated 96kHz DSP processing and unrivalled low-frequency sound reproduction, DZR loudspeakers deliver professional quality sound with greater power than their compact, lightweight design might suggest. The DXS XLF subwoofers can reach an extended low frequency of 30Hz, the lowest of any DXS subwoofer yet.
The passive CZR series features three full-range models, with two CXS XLF subwoofers. They share the same cabinet and speaker components as the DZR/DXS XLF models, delivering high power-handling and focused, professional sound.
Optional accessories for the new models include a white U bracket that is easy to install in both vertical and horizontal configuration. The existing SPCVR series speaker covers for all models (available in black only) and wheel kit for DXS XLF / CXS XLF subwoofers can also be used with the new white models.
(Jim Evans)

 
massAyrton Ghibli lights Minneapolis convention
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA - CMI Communications supported the stage production for a multifaceted event at the Minneapolis Convention Centre in August, where they utilised a large complement of Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires to illuminate the Knights of Columbus 137th Supreme Convention. Sessions were broadcast internationally, and to over 1800 attendees of the event. The fixtures matched exactly in output and colour temperature even though they were supplied by three different vendors.
AV service provider CMI Communications of Rochester, New York asked Light and Shadow, LLC of Winter Garden, Florida to provide turnkey lighting design for the convention as the company has in the past. During the three-day event the daily morning Mass and business sessions were broadcast on EWTN, CatholicTV and other outlets. The convention hall featured a 120ft-wide stage with a 115ft projection screen as a backdrop.
“We needed a high-quality broadcast light that we could also use for the opening dinner,” says lighting designer, Shawn Seithel. “We were looking for a replacement for our previous go-to fixture, and a Ghibli demo by ACT Lighting sparked our interest.”
During the demo, “Ghibli did everything our usual go-to fixtures did and did it better. Ghibli was brighter, had a nice flat field and its framing shutters were a huge plus. It looked like a well-rounded light for every kind of event we do,” Seithel says.
For the convention Seithel rented 78 Ghibli fixtures from three vendors placing them on mid-stage and downstage truss and on two trusses running the lengt

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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