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ash-hannis-tactus2ISE 2018: Ash Hannis to demo Crest Audio’s Tactus
Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Netherlands - Live sound engineer Ash Hannis will be running a series of live demos on the Crest Audio Tactus digital mixing system on the Peavey Commercial Audio booth 7-M210 at ISE 2018.
Well known for his stints with Nizlopi and Kasabian as well as regular FOH engineering responsibilities on some of the biggest stages on the festival circuit (including Summer Sonic Festival, O2 Wireless, and Glastonbury), Hannis is currently using Tactus on tour with Showaddywaddy. Demos will be taking place on the stand every day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Built in partnership with Waves, the comprehensive Tactus modular mixing system combines front-of-house and stage input/output boxes with a compact control console and state-of-the-art software options. A simple, customisable touch-screen operating interface puts all of the audio routing, processing and mixing tools within easy and immediate reach and the integration of the Waves eMotion LV1 mixer application offers an unprecedented level of control.
The result is a powerful and flexible mixing system, capable of delivering studio-grade sound quality at any type of live event. Tactus’s modular approach provides unprecedented scalability for any size event across a wide range of applications including touring, corporate events, houses of worship, performing arts venues and live music.
According to Hannis, Tactus is a real revolution in live mixing: “The best thing about the Tactus system is its complete flexibility and scalability,” he said. “I can take out just one screen for smaller shows or t

db-at-ise-nl-2017-09ISE 2018: d&b Soundscape to make debut
Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Netherlands - ISE 2018 will see the official introduction of the latest d&b technology: the d&b Soundscape. Operating on the DS100 signal engine matrix and dynamically integrating engineering and artistry, the d&b Soundscape allows for a completely new auditory experience; no longer defined by physics alone, but by the unlimited power of the imagination. The methodology processes signals, accurately places sources and recreates acoustic environments, building the level of detail needed to craft an authentic, enveloping experience.
The driving force of Soundscape, Ralf Zuleeg from Sales Services & Application Engineering and Marcus Bäumler from Product Management, will provide in depth explanations and demonstrations in the d&b demo room E106.
It won’t just be the new DS100 available to explore, attendees will also have the chance to join other d&b demonstrations, such as the Integration and interoperability presentation, which will offer visitors the chance to experience of the d&b approach to integration with a broad range of applications.
Guests heading over to the d&b stand in Hall 7 will see the xC-Series, xS-Series, Yi-Series that will include its new rigging components, and V-Series, as well as an opportunity to experience the sound of d&b at the Product listening demonstration, to give an insight into the technical details. Guests will be shown the benefits of the d&b systems from a designer’s perspective, including demonstrations of the latest additions to the xS-Series, Y-Series and xC- Serie

 
 
aesatnammonsiteAES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium under way
Friday, 26 January 2018

USA - The inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio opened on Wednesday, 24 January, to offer a full slate of unique educational programming and training sessions covering a varied array of live sound- and studio production topics.
The event, produced by the Audio Engineering Society in partnership with NAMM, runs through 28 January, concurrent with the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. The AES has gathered its leading industry experts to train attendees on practical applications of audio science and technology. Attendees also have the opportunity to explore the Main Stage area events and training room listening environments revealing some of the latest pro audio gear and technologies, while networking with industry peers and pros alike.
"On behalf of all our members, we are grateful to the AES leadership team who has created the energy and excitement of AES@NAMM,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “This educational and networking opportunity will benefit many, especially the young people coming to NAMM that truly represent the future of the industry.”
"For audio professionals, networking is typically first thought of in a technical sense, but networking with people is more important than ever. From my perspective, the NAMM Show is one of the biggest networking opportunities in our industry,” commented AES@NAMM executive chair and ATK/Audiotek president Michael MacDonald. “The AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium has been designed to help AES members and non-members alike expand their ‘human network’. Our programme is fo

 
proteus-hybrid-and-proteus-beamelationISE 2018: Elation innovations set to inspire
Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The Netherlands - Elation Professional is taking momentum from a very successful 2017 to the ISE show in Amsterdam with a number of cutting-edge products set to inspire at Stand 12-F50.
From Elation’s award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads comes the Artiste Picasso, an innovative and inspirational theatrical-grade luminaire that connects art to engineering. The Artiste Picasso is a rare combination of brightness and features in an LED light. One of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures on the market today, it is a high-output (22,000 lumens), feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more) yet compact profile light featuring a new high-power 600W Cool White LED engine.
Making its European debut at ISE will be the Smarty Hybrid, a full featured spot, beam and wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. At the heart of the fixture is the new Platinum lamp using ‘FLEX’ technology which offers a "smartly” designed discharge lamp/ballast package for high output / compact performance at an efficient and affordable price point.
Elation will also have on display the popular and award-winning Proteus line of IP65-rated arc-source moving heads. The next-tier product line of discharge-based IP-rated moving lights includes the Proteus Beam and 3-in-1 Proteus Hybrid.
“Our product line is as strong as it’s ever been and we look forward to showing our latest innovations to new customers and connecting wi

 
 
glasgowSuccess in Scotland for PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018
Tuesday, 23 January 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow kicked off the 2018 show season last week, providing a regional platform for professionals in the industry to connect and discover the latest technology in the market.
The show welcomed nearly 800 attendees at the Scottish Event Campus on 17-18 January and exhibitors reported busy stands, with high quality of visitors including key decision makers in attendance.
Over 85 brands showcased the latest products in lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, as well as a busy programme of seminars, workshops and product demonstrations.
For exhibitors, the Focus-style show provided a platform to build connections in a new market and meet customers who often don’t travel to the larger international shows.
This approach was embraced by audio exhibitor KV2 Audio, who expanded their offering by hosting a demo room alongside their exhibition stand. Attendees could listen to the ultra-compact passive ESD 25 loudspeaker with active EX 1.5 subwoofer and EX 15 loudspeakers at drop-in sessions running throughout the show.
Production services supplier Adlib also hosted a demo room, offering visitors the chance to demo products including the new SYVA Colinear System from L-Acoustics, the latest SQ Series console from Allen & Heath, the M32 console from Midas, and the SD12 console from DiGiCo.
It was a full house for The Enchanted Forest seminar with award-winning duo Simon Hayes and Kate Bonney who revealed how they overcame unusual challenges to shape their lighting designs amidst a Scottish Highland forest.

 
penn-elcom-cross-standard-3-img0414Penn Elcom introduces Cross 3 cable protection
Monday, 22 January 2018

Europe - Cross 3 is a new high-performance cable protection product launched by Penn Elcom. Described as tough, durable and fire-retardant, the product is suitable for festivals, concerts, shows, events or exhibitions.
Cross 3, the first product in this new series, was revealed to the public earlier this week at the CUE 2018 expo in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It’s a three channel ‘crossover’ product manufactured from Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), chosen for its strength, high resistance to abrasion, flexibility and recyclability.
All elements of the Cross 3 product - top and base - are fire retardant and compliant to DIN EN 13501-1.
Penn Elcom has been developing Cross 3 over the last year based on extensive research and communication related to event industry demands for portable cable protection.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ISCE at ISE 2018
Monday, 22 January 2018

The Netherlands - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) is exhibiting at ISE 2018 and can be found on stand number 7-Z190 in Hall 7.
In 2017 the ISCE was approved by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) to assess and issue ECS Cards for sound engineers working within sound and communications industries. This agreement allows ISCE to issue and renew ISCE sound engineer ECS cards to existing and newly accredited ISCE members.
Helen Goddard, vice president for the ISCE, comments, “A recognised ECS card is increasingly requested by clients and main contractors to gain access to sites and venues for equipment upgrades and routine maintenance. The ISCE is the only dedicated provider of ECS cards to sound industry professionals.
“We look forward to meeting lots of visitors to ISE in Amsterdam who are looking to become ECS accredited or companies who would like staff and colleagues to become accredited. ISE provides an excellent platform for us to meet lots of key people working within our industries and to discuss improving standards from within.”
(Jim Evans)

 
adj-launchADJ launches eight products at NAMM 2018
Monday, 22 January 2018

USA - ADJ is set to introduce eight new products at NAMM. Those are: a moving head wash, a blinder, a ‘dim-to-warm’ pinspot, an illuminated lighting stand, two all white housing fixtures, a POW-R BAR and a new addition to the American Audio range of wireless mics.
Expanding the Vizi Series of professional-calibre moving heads, the new Vizi Wash Pro is ADJ’s most powerful wash fixture to date. Powered by 19 x 30W RGBW Osram LEDs and boasting motorized zoom that offers a beam angle of between 5 and 50 degrees, “this potent fixture is equally suited to tight mid-air beam effects as it is to far-reaching wash lighting”.
The Encore Burst 200 will also be showcased for the first time at this year’s NAMM. This innovative new addition to ADJ’s Encore Series of professional stage lighting fixtures is a dual blinder unit featuring high intensity 110W COB warm white LEDs (2700K) that offer cutting-edge ‘dim to warm’ technology to create an authentic tungsten lamp effect with all of the energy saving and long lamp life advantages of LED light-sources.
Another fixture to utilise ADJ’s new ‘dim to warm’ LED technology is the Saber Spot DTW. This new version of the popular Saber Spot LED pinspot unit is suitable for applications where an authentic tungsten-style illumination is required.
Following the success of ADJ’s Color Stand LED, the speaker tripod with LED-illuminated legs, NAMM 2018 will see the debut of the new LTS Color. This lighting stand can support an evenly-distributed load of up to 100lbs. and is supplied with an IR

 
 
netsplit-front-smlISE 2018: ARX releases Dante-enabled splitter
Monday, 22 January 2018

The Netherlands - ARX Systems is adding to its range of Dante enabled products with the release of the new NetSplit Audio Distribution Splitter on their Booth Number 6 - E160 at ISE 2018 next month in Amsterdam.
The new NetSplit Dante Digital-to-Analogue Distribution Splitter extracts audio from the Dante protocol network and converts it to studio-quality, transformer-isolated, low-latency analogue audio suitable for connection to multiple amplifiers, powered loudspeaker arrays, mixing consoles and other analogue audio devices using standard Ethernet hardware and cabling.
Extending operating flexibility, the NetSplit can be operated in either of two input modes, Dante or analogue. In Dante Mode, it will extract two channels of digital audio from the network via a RJ45 Ethernet input, and split them to two channels of 1:4 splitter/distribution amplifier. In Analogue Mode, it can take two channels of analogue audio and sends them to two channels of 1 in : 4 out splitter/distribution amplifier.
“Dante has become the long-awaited standard for digital audio distribution in production and install professional audio,” says ARX MD, Colin Park. “We'll be developing and expanding our Dante range with further product releases through 2018.”
(Jim Evans)

 
1jbl-speakersHarman confirms guest speakers for NAMM 2018
Monday, 22 January 2018

USA - Harman Professional Solutions with its JBL Professional brand has announced its line-up of guest speakers and in-booth (#14811) appearances at the 2018 NAMM show.
Guests are invited to stop by the Harman Professional Solutions booth for a series of artist interviews hosted by TV and radio personality Nic Harcourt, as well as intimate performances, artist meet and greets, autograph sessions, and more.
The diverse line-up of artists and Harman Professional Solutions ambassadors will include George Clinton and members of Parliament Funkadelic, Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarists Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Grammy Award-winning producer Neal Pogue, and more.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Behind the Scenes benefits at USITT
Monday, 22 January 2018

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders and Behind the Scenes will host their annual fundraising raffle at the USITT Conference on 15-17 March in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
This year’s raffle will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Long Reach Long Riders annual charity motorcycle ride. The Riders who have raised over $500,000 for charity in their years of touring, will be riding 23-30 June on the Gap and Notch Tour: A Ramble through New England.
The Behind the Scenes Boutique will also be open for business during the show featuring an assortment of Behind the Scenes swag and the famous Long Reach Long Rider T-shirts and kazoos.
Tickets for the raffle are an affordable $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Behind the Scenes booth #2601 throughout the show. Winning tickets for nine regular prizes and one grand prize will be drawn at 1pm on Saturday, the final day of Stage Expo.
The prizes, provided by generous donors, are: Grand Prize, Spotlight with Renderworks from Vectorworks; Ghostlight from Altman Rentals; American Express Gift Card from Barbizon; Tools for Success Kit from BMI Supply; Event Safety Summit 2018 Registration from the Event Safety Alliance; Stagehands Go Bag from 4Wall; DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool from Musson Theatrical; $250 Gift Certificate from Sapsis Rigging; Record and Print Social Package from Stage Equipment & Lighting; and a USITT 2019 Full Conference Registration from USITT.
All proceeds from the raffle and boutique sales benefit Behind the Scenes, which provides financial assistance to entert

 
grafandmeyerHK Audio begins collaboration with Gräf & Meyer
Monday, 22 January 2018

Germany - Pro audio company HK Audio has entered into a non-exclusive collaboration with the German electro-acoustic alarm system firm Gräf & Meyer.
The partnership sees the companies moving towards offering a range of services that focus on the complex domain of standard-compliant and high-quality audio playback in voice alarm and evacuation systems.
The goal of the cooperation is to offer architects, planners, project developers and integrators a comprehensive package of products, partners and services to meet all their various needs and demands.
Nils Stamer, HK Audio CEO, said: "Venues and spaces that are challenging to fit with appropriate public-address systems can be even more complex when it comes to the technical implementation of a sufficient voice alarm system. Now, with the partnership between HK Audio and Gräf & Meyer, we are opening a new chapter for both companies, with pro audio technology and alarm system technology coming together to meet these demanding requirements.”
The first results of the collaboration are set to be unveiled at the Integrated Systems Europe 2018 trade show in Amsterdam in February, where the HK Audio booth can be found at location 7-R205.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
tourflex-cablingTourflex Cabling at PLASA Focus Glasgow
Thursday, 18 January 2018

UK - Tourflex Cabling is showcasing products from its extensive range of specialist cable assembly solutions, at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 this week.
Visit stand C2 to see their comprehensive display of power, signal & multicore cable assembly options used by rental and production companies, venues and installers in the live touring, theatre, events, architainment, architectural and film and TV industries.
The brand's cabling solutions are also being used on the adjacent A.C. Entertainment Technologies stand to provide power, signal & multicore for all lighting, rigging, audio & video equipment showcased.
Tourflex Cabling recently launched a new website to showcase the thousands of options available, and has invested heavily in testing equipment so that every cable assembly manufactured in-house conforms to the high build quality customers require (www.tourflex-cabling.com).

 
eventproductionforumEPFE announces 2018 Budapest date
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Hungary - Event Production Forum East (EPFE) will once again attract event and venue professionals to Budapest for its second edition, 16 November 2018.
With interest already high, the organisers are keen to build on the success of the inaugural EPFE, November 2017, where over 60 delegates enjoyed discursive panels covering event security, the challenges dealing with different capacity venues, events cultural position in a city / country’s priorities, touring and labour movements.
Máté Horváth, EFPE founder and director at DDW Music comments: “The high level of attendees and discussions exceeded all of our expectations last November at the first EPFE. There was a real willingness to share information and help each other between the event professionals from across Eastern Europe we brought together.
“Positive feedback from delegates, speakers and our sponsors Mojo Barriers made it an easy decision to move forward and we are looking to the A38 Ship venue to progress the discussions on some of last year’s topics and introduce new issues affecting us all.”
Dániel Benis, Sziget production director adds, “EPFE was a great forum to discuss topics around our industry with fellow professionals from the region. There are some issues that affect the whole of Europe, but certainly some challenges that are more particular to our region and EPFE gives us the perfect platform to discuss these.”
Tickets are available from 2018 January 16 17:00 CET via www.tixa.hu/epfe2018
(Jim Evans)

 
 
entechEntech roadshow to debut in US
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

USA - A new touring roadshow featuring dozens of lighting, audio, staging and vision brands rolls out through selected US States in September. Using the highly popular Entech format from Australia, Entech Roadshow USA is a partnership between Cary, N.C.-based Production Media Inc, a popular entertainment media company, and Julius Media Group from Sydney Australia.
For 19 years, Entech has been a key event for exhibitors and visitors alike in Australia. In its Roadshow format it is popular with visitors because its ballroom-sized footprint avoids the miles of aisles of a big tradeshow, and the one-day format respects the time constraints of most A/V technicians, designers and integrators, allowing them to meet the key people from major brands, and see the latest technologies.
Major brands in Australia have come to rely on the Roadshow to ‘bring the show to the people’ in major cities. Traditional large-format shows feature a high home town attendance, with many trade unable to justify the cost and time to travel.
Focusing on a series of key markets, the inaugural Roadshow travels to convention centres in Richmond VA, Charlotte NC, Atlanta GA and Birmingham AL across a compressed two-week period in September, 2018.
(Jim Evans)

 
glasgowPLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 opens for business
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 opened for business this morning at the Scottish Event Campus for the fourth consecutive year with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. Leading brands are displaying their latest products, and the programme sees industry leaders giving inspiring talks, live demos, interactive workshops and panel discussions.
The latest in lighting is being featured by Ambersphere Solutions including the highly anticipated LED Ghibli spot fixture by Ayrton and Clay Paky’s compact Axcor 300 spot and beam. Robe is showcasing its all new MegaPointe, Chauvet is presenting the Maverick MK Pyxis and Maverick MK2 Profile, and Chroma-Q majors on the Color Force II, Color One 100X LED PAR, and Inspire XT.
Production services supplier, Adlib, is hosting a demo room, providing visitors with the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest audio products from leading brands, including the SYVA Colinear System from L-Acoustics, the latest SQ Series console from Allen & Heath, the ‘future classic’ M32 console from Midas, and the ‘sonic powerhouse’ SD12 console from DiGiCo.
On the show floor, among the 85 exhibitors, there will be plenty for audio professionals, with STEEDSY.COM displaying the latest from Funktion-One, with founder Tony Andrews on hand to chat with visitors. Also, Bose is showcasing the EdgeMax in-ceiling loudspeakers, and FE Live is presenting fresh d&b audiotechnik products.
AC-ET is due to present riggers with new wireless load monitoring solutions from BroadWeigh and electric chain hoists from Columbus McKinnon

 
 
lineaLinea Research introduces FIR capability
Monday, 15 January 2018

USA - Linea Research amplifier and DSP specialist will be making its first NAMM Show appearance at this year’s event in Anaheim.
“We’re very pleased the NAMM Show has expanded to encompass more pro-audio,” comments Rik Kirby of Linea Research USA. “It’s a great way to kick the year off and meet with so many of our reps and business partners, and to launch our new FIR capable amplifiers.”
On display will be Linea Research’s range of four and eight channel networked DSP amplifiers, the portable and touring focused M Series and the installation and contractor C Series. Both series offer models with power ratings from 400W to 5,000W per channel, all with 96kHz DSP and optional Dante networked audio.
New for 2018 Linea Research is introducing FIR capable versions of its amplifiers allowing users to import loudspeaker manufacturer “greybox” FIR settings. “This capability has been much-requested and we’ve been able to implement it at 96kHz giving improved sound quality over 48kHz solutions,” remarks Kirby.
Also in attendance will be Linea Research’s newest addition Margie Kirby of US distributor Allied Professional Technologies. “I’m excited that NAMM will be my first outing representing Linea Research,” says Margie, who will be working closely with Linea Research on their US and global marketing efforts.
(Jim Evans)

 
cloud-cv8125-mutli-channel-digital-amplifier-imageISE 2018: Cloud debuts multi-channel amplifier
Friday, 12 January 2018

The Netherlands - Cloud Electronics will present Cloud CV8125, the first in a series of new digital amplifiers. The new Cloud CV8125 Digital Class-D multi-channel amplifier provides 125W output per channel across eight channels, plus two additional configurable aux channels offering feature-rich functionality and class-leading performance for commercial audio installers and users.
Designed for use in retail, leisure, hospitality, commercial, industrial and other demanding applications, the new Cloud CV amplifiers utilise energy efficient switch-mode power supplies for improved performance in a compact size, allowing the new CV digital amplifiers to meet stringent Energy Star Compliancy ratings.
A host of user and advanced user functionality includes comprehensive on-board digital signal processing, assignable 1450ms audio delay and load-testing / reporting ability. Rear panel DIP switch settings allow configuration of routing, switching of high-pass filters to minimise speaker transformer saturation and switching between 70V/100V output per channel.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
vipedia-frontISE 2018: ASL showcases voice alarm systems
Friday, 12 January 2018

The Netherlands - ASL, UK manufacturer of public address, voice alarm, commercial audio and control system products, will be showcasing the VIPEDIA-PRO range of EN54 PAVA equipment with Dante and the INTEGRA all-in-one public address/voice alarm system at the ISE.
VIPEDIA-PRO uses the Brooklyn Dante implementation from Audinate to bring together strands of EN54 and Pro-Audio performance via Dante. By enabling Dante within an EN54 environment, ASL offers solutions to large-scale projects whereby an EN54 core solution is enhanced through the inclusion of pro-audio processing, control and advanced mixing, with secure transmission and fault tolerance.
INTEGRA , a wall-mounted member of the VIPEDIA product family, forms a single-box, EN54 compliant public address and voice alarm system. Sleek and uncluttered, INTEGRA is designed with a modular approach and builds upon the proven technology of ASL’s D-series transformer-less amplifiers and VIPEDIA DSP. INTEGRA greatly reduces the need for expensive design and build often required for rack-based voice alarm systems.
ASL will showcase the new products in two presentations on Thursday 8 February 2018 with colleagues from ASL’s overseas distribution partners. The presentations will highlight two recently completed large-scale projects using the new products. The presentations will be followed by Q&A sessions from the floor.
For the duration of ISE 2018, a full complement of technical, sales and marketing personnel will be on-hand to present and demonstrate the ASL product range.
(Jim Evans

 
pfglasgowimageAmbersphere sets product debuts for PLASA Focus Glasgow
Friday, 12 January 2018

UK - Ambersphere Solutions is gearing up to welcome visitors to PLASA Focus at Glasgow’s SECC. At Stand C1, the team will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate a selection of new products from the premier manufacturers Ambersphere is proud to represent.
Ayrton’s new LED Ghibli spot fixture received its worldwide debut on the Ambersphere Stand at PLASA London 2017, with the fixture now shipping it is already getting people excited about just how much is in one light. Featuring a huge even output as well as a rich feature set, lighting designers have asked for. PLASA Focus Glasgow will give you a chance to get hands on and see for yourself what all the talk is about.
Clay Paky are about to break the myth of bigger is better with the launch of the Axcor 300 range. Showing for the first time at a UK show will be the Axcor 300 Spot and Beam. These two LED fixtures bring an enormous amount to the toolkit of any designer. These no compromise fixtures are packed with features and all within a compact body. Be among the first in the UK to see these up close.
Last year saw the success of the Dalis 860 Cyc light from Robert Juliat. This year the Dalis 862 footlight now has a smaller model the 862S. This 500mm fixture is the perfect solution tucked in front of a speaker wedge or hidden discretely by a set piece. The full Dalis range will be on show.
This week has seen the very exciting news of a new console coming from MA Lighting. This will be on show for the first time in the spring, but in the meantime the hugely popular dot2 range will be on disp

 
 
live-company-chroma-q-showcase-eventChroma-Q stars in Copenhagen showcase
Friday, 12 January 2018

Denmark - The Live Company AS showcase event co-hosted with Chroma-Q enabled rental production clients to experience the multi award-winning Color Force II LED cyc, wash & effects light.
Leading lighting designers and specifiers from all sectors were invited to Tivoli in Copenhagen, one of Denmark's most prestigious entertainment resorts. Delegates got hands-on with Color Force II, followed by dinner and a show, where they were able to see it in action during a performance of The 35th Crazy Christmas Cabaret Show - Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens.
Freelance lighting designer Mark P Jones, who attended the event commented: "Having a history of using and specifying Chroma-Q products, it's great to see that Color Force II builds on the reputation of the original fixture - the output, colour range and stability on camera make them a great lighting tool."
Bjarne Olsen, show lighting designer for Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens noted, “I am very impressed with the fixture's colour palette. It can produce both deep saturated colours and vivid pastels. The amount of light output is also very impressive, and the individual pixel control allows for some nice effects."
(Jim Evans)

 
schertlerarthurprime52NAMM launch for Schertler’s Arthur Prime
Thursday, 11 January 2018

USA - Schertler S.A, Swiss manufacturer of acoustic amplification systems, will launch its new Arthur Prime compact mixer series at the 2018 NAMM Show.
Specially designed for smaller-scale live performance and recording applications, Prime mixers will initially be available in fixed 5-, 9- and 13-channel configurations. Each compact, competitively-priced model uses technology from Schertler’s flagship Arthur (Format 48) mixer, including the same No Negative Feedback (NFB) structure for fast response and natural attack, the same hi-voltage (48V) power supply for superior headroom and the same high-quality preamps on input channels.
Added to this are two aux sends, a built-in digital reverb, stereo inputs (1/4” balanced inputs with Pan) that can be used as either 2x Mono or a single Stereo In and other essential features for straightforward, high-quality sound production.
Prime mixers are suitable for live performances where fewer input channels and aux sends are needed, or home/project studio recordings where space is limited. Easy to set up and transport, they are also designed for other applications requiring a quality affordable mixer. The new mixers are expected to ship during Q2 2018.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
halo-aISE 2018: EM Acoustics previews arena system
Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Netherlands - EM Acoustics will reveal HALO Arena at ISE 2018. HALO-C made an impact when it was first launched in 2012. Five years on and EM Acoustics is ready to make the same kind of impact in the arena sound reinforcement market; built on the same core design intent as the much smaller HALO-C, HALO-A takes overall SPL capability to a level suitable for much larger applications, both fixed installation and touring.
HALO-A benefits from the same “maximum headroom” design that characterises its little brother, HALO-C, ensuring that that HALO-A delivers consistent performance across all SPL levels. A single HALO-A cabinet exhibits a flat, free-field frequency response from 48Hz to 19kHz (+/-3dB) and a phase response which is +/- 20 degrees between 150Hz and 18kHz. Due to the unique loading technique applied to the low frequency drivers combined with the high frequency waveguide, the dispersion pattern control is maintained down to 250Hz.
Whilst HALO Arena delivers the same flawless performance and coverage as HALO-C, the technology used to achieve it is different due to the much higher SPLs required from HALO-A. Rather than an AMT plane-wave guide, EM Acoustics has used compression drivers with a specially developed patent-pending emulation manifold which combines the energy of four 3.4” diaphragm, 1.4” exit compression drivers into a plane-wave array.
EM Acoustics’ Ed Kinsella, who designed HALO Arena, explains: “This assembly provides a very significant moving area for the HF section and twice the headroom of comparable systems.

 
billy-gsE releases Billy Gibbons Signature Edition V7
Thursday, 11 January 2018

USA - New for the 2018 Winter NAMM Show, sE Electronics has announced the V7 BFG: a special chrome Signature Edition of sE’s TEC-Award-nominated V7 dynamic microphone, created in partnership with Mr. Billy F. Gibbons - best known as the guitarist of ZZ Top.
The V7 BFG is the signature vocal microphone for Billy F. Gibbons. Best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of legendary American rock band ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons consistently ranks as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. From sE: “This Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee and iconic blues-rock guitarist from Texas has been performing on the road for decades, and is still musically hyper-active with The Kings of Chaos, the BFG’s and – last but definitely not least - ZZ Top!”
The V7 BFG is a dynamic vocal hand-held microphone with a supercardioid polar pattern, delivering “a crisp, open sound that perfectly captures your voice in the most natural way you've ever heard on stage”.
Featuring a special custom chrome finish & royal purple internal windscreen, the V7 BFG ships standard with a mic clip and thread adapter, leatherette pouch, microfibre polishing cloth, a V7 BFG sticker, two BFG Signature Jim Dunlop custom gel guitar picks, and a spare black internal windscreen.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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