Events News

plug-festEuropean PlugFest celebrates France debut
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

France - PlugFest 2019, the event for lighting connectivity, was recently held in Lille, France for the first time. The event, which sold out well in advance, was celebrated by attendees and organisers alike for its productive programme and thriving atmosphere.
The annual event aims to improve the connectivity of lighting products and provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to test the interoperability of their products. The move to mainland Europe enabled even more professionals from across the continent to convene and collaborate.
“We’ve been coming to PlugFest for many years” says Jon Hole from Eaton, “as it allows us to discuss protocols that are still in development and test our software with newly developed protocols before we release them to our customers.”
38 representatives from 16 leading manufacturers, hailing from 10 different countries were in attendance including GLP, Swisson, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, Eaton, ChamSys, ETC and Chauvet, as well as the National Theatre and Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD).
Fraser Connolly from CSSD comments, “PlugFest gives us the information to make sure we are teaching cutting-edge technology, to test our own developments and to strengthen ties with manufacturers.”
PlugFest offered a programme of seminars which detailed the most widely used protocols including DMX512, RDM, DALI, sACN, Art-Net, RDMnet and LLRP. Making the most of these technical sessions, Christian Van Maurik from EldoLED says, “PlugFest offers the opportunity to connect with control dev

aesdublingriesingerAES Dublin ‘excites, educates and illuminates’
Friday, 5 April 2019

Ireland - The Audio Engineering Society’s 146th International Pro Audio Convention in Dublin, Ireland drew to a close on 23 March, wrapping up four days of audio science and education that drew attendees from 47 countries.
“It was a pleasure to bring the AES convention to Dublin for the very first time,” commented convention co-chair and Dublin resident Enda Bates, “and an excellent way to kick off the formation of the new AES Ireland regional section in style. It was also great to see a more diverse range of presenters and topics, something which was specifically highlighted by many attendees as a welcome development.”
The convention content was packed with options, notes co-chair Ben Kok, with 200 individual workshops, tutorials, paper and poster presentations and special events held in parallel across the four days of AES Dublin in seven auditoriums in the Dublin Convention Centre.
This year’s convention featured the AES Heyser Memorial lecture Learning to Listen by industry innovator and digital reverb pioneer David Griesinger and the keynote address – arranged by AES Dublin’s third co-chair, Mariana Lopez – Inclusive Sonic Interactions presented by Aalborg University Copenhagen Professor Stefania Serafin.
“For topics like cathedral acoustics and spatial electroacoustic music and education, there was a link between the technical programme, off-site and special events,” Kok elaborates, “Overall, immersive/3D sound and spatial audio had a strong presence at the convention, covering both sonic capture a

 
 
showforceShowforce opens Midlands office
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

UK - Event support company Showforce has opened an office in Coventry’s city centre. It is now well placed to service events and venues throughout the Midlands region. The new office will provide production and technical personnel, corporate event crew, stage and production crew, general and site crew and plant operators, along with its popular crew man and van service.
Headed up by Showforce’s former Middle East operations manager, Michael Boylan following his return to the UK, the Coventry office has recruited large numbers of crew locally who are already working regularly at venues throughout the city and nearby Birmingham, along with other venues based in the Midlands.
The office will deal with all enquiries and bookings along with recruitment, training and accreditation to ensure that the impressive standards of service that Showforce is globally renowned for are maintained.
Showforce’s operations director, Chris Martelly comments, “Agencies, suppliers and venues in the region were regularly mentioning that they were struggling to find hard working crew with the necessary training and skillsets in the region. It was clear that there was a gap in the Midlands for a reputable crewing company with a strong back office operation and highly skilled crew. Michael is from Coventry and he has an excellent knowledge of the event market in the area. This coupled with his Showforce background will stand him in good stead for heading up the new office.”
Recent venues the Showforce crew have been in action at include Ricoh Arena, NEC, ICC,

 
tourflexPL+S: Tourflex Cabling offers customisation
Monday, 1 April 2019

UK - Tourflex Cabling has invested in new state of the art machinery to provide customers with a service that offers even more customisation options for their cabling and connectors, including overmoulding, engraving and different colours.
Cabling and connectors can be overmoulded and sealed in a thermoset material, making them highly resistant to fluids – suitable for outdoor use. The overmould makes products more robust to withstand shock, vibration, and continual flexing without damage to the termination point. Customers can also opt to have their company logos moulded onto their connector to clearly identify it as their property.
Tourflex Cabling now has the capability to provide customer personalisation by laser engraving, allowing the customer’s logo or other information to be etched onto the side of a range of connectors. Engraving provides a permanent identification solution that will not fade or wear away over time.
The manufacturing service can also offer colour options for connector bodies and locking rings. When using a large number of cables, whether it is a live gig or a theatre show, it can be difficult to discern which cable is powering which equipment. Coloured connectors can be attributed to different equipment to make them easily recognisable and can be used to avoid cross connection.
Tourflex Cabling is exhibiting samples of its new offerings, as well as a range of other products (Hall 12.1, Stand D50).
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dlive-wingsPL+S: Allen & Heath shows flypack systems
Thursday, 28 March 2019

Germany - Allen & Heath will be highlighting some of its ultra-compact dLive touring systems at Prolight + Sound.
Currently in use with many international touring artists, from German metal heroes Accept, to fast-rising pop act, Sigrid, dLive Wings systems have rapidly established themselves as one of the most popular options for compact touring.
Central to the dLive Wings concept is the compact C1500 surface, which allows engineers to manage upscale shows from a 19” console, using its 12” touchscreen, 19 assignable SoftKeys and 12 faders over six layers. Paired with any of the dLive MixRacks, the C1500 is a top choice for fly-dates, bus tours, support slots and other scenarios where space and weight are at a premium.
For scenarios where users are seeking an even more compact solution, the company will also be showing off an elegant, surfaceless dLive system, with a pair of touchscreens running dLive Director software controlling the MixRack and a headphones / PFL feed over Dante. These surfaceless systems are often paired with Allen & Heath’s IP8 and IP6 controllers, and/or the MixPad App for even more control options.
“Going from a 36 fader surface to a 12 fader C1500 or a touchscreen can seem daunting at first,” commented Ben Morgan, dLive product manager at Allen & Heath. “But with a bit of planning and smart use of SoftKeys, it’s amazing how quickly engineers embrace the Wings concept and the freedom it brings. I hope we can encourage more people to explore the potential of ultra-compact touring at Prolight + So

 
martin-audio-uk-open-days-march-2019Martin Audio open days build on past success
Thursday, 28 March 2019

UK - Martin Audio’s series of open days, held at the company’s High Wycombe base, enable international resellers to sample the new portfolio of products first-hand, take a factory visit, and partake in the manufacturer’s hospitality.
The opening session on day one this year, dedicated to live sound, was predictably packed, reports the company.
After MD Dom Harter had spoken about the company’s origins, Nigel Meddemmen (technical sales support) ran through the current frontline systems, starting with the point source BlacklineX series and explaining that it should be partnered with the new VIA amp range for best effect.
Moving further upmarket, the XD series offers improved quality and is aimed at the higher end of pro rental. With its rotatable horn it provides a wide range of deployment options, and visitors could clearly hear the difference, both when the XD12 and XD15, powered by the iKON iK81 amp, were run alone, and in partnership with the new SXC118 cardioid sub.
Meddemmen then moved the audience into Martin Audio’s world of Coaxial Differential Dispersion with CDD-LIVE, explaining how this powered, portable box had emanated from the original CDD installation range.
Dom Harter returned to the podium to move the focus onto the line array portfolio, and the theory behind the latest Wavefront Precision series, with its scalable resolution technology.
“Wavefront Precision has quickly become the most successful line array in our history,” notes Harter. “The scalable resolution gives more flexibility and therefore

 
 
leeds2019-seminars-pressrelease-5PLASA Focus Leeds programme announced
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds has announced its line-up of seminars and speakers for this year’s event, taking place on 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.
Alongside the sold-out show floor with brands from across audio, lighting, AV, and staging, the seminars and training sessions provide opportunities to pick up essential technical know-how and gain insights into notable industry developments.
A programme highlight looks to the Royal Albert Hall, which recently received a multi-million-pound audio system upgrade. Ollie Jeffery, head of production and technical at the Royal Albert Hall, and Steve Jones from d&b audiotechnik will discuss their technical process and reveal how the new system is already impacting the audience experience.
Renowned audio consultant Roland Hemming is presenting a series of seminars, kicking off with an introduction to voice alarm systems in which he unpacks the design and installation of emergency audio systems. He will then explain the position of BSI concerning standardisation of voice alarm systems and how Brexit may affect matters. Finally, Hemming will present an overview of digital audio networking, through its history to modern day standards.
Continuing on a theme, Dante return with a Level 2 training session, ideal for those already familiar with Dante. The training will cover redundancy, clocking, latency and multicast, giving attendees the skills to create more advanced systems.
Chartered engineering consultant James Eade will present two seminars on electrics. One which de

 
astera-at-prolightsound-2019-helios-casePL+S: Astera launches Helios tube range
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Germany - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera will use the strategic importance of the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt as a vibrant meeting place and European entertainment technology hotspot to launch some new products and showcase its most popular current ranges on stand C20 in hall 12.1.
The new Helios range of LED tubes - smaller, lighter, brighter and more portable than ever - is launched at the expo - available like all Astera products - with “an assortment of accessories to cover every rigging and positioning eventuality”.
Helios tube has all the features and functionality of the popular TitanTube in a smaller, lighter and more transportable package - a neat and powerful little tube which can be mounted in places where a TitanTube might be too long or impractical to rig.
This is also the first time at Prolight+Sound that Astera will show its best-selling TitanTube LED batten product which was launched last summer.
Other highlighted flagship products will include the AX1 PixelTube, the AX3 LightDrop, the AX5 TriplePAR and the AX10 SpotMax.
These powerful, flexible and easy to use products are making a big impact in the worlds of film, video, promos and television as well as in a whole range of events, rental and staging applications and some more esoteric public arts projects.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
pls-timax-line-riderPL+S: Out Board highlights immersive audio
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Germany - UK spatial audio specialist Out Board is showcasing the latest evolutions of their TiMax immersive audio and show control systems.
Demos will feature the intuitive TiMax 500S software workflows including StageSpace for instant auto-calculation of adaptive localization objects directly from a map of the venue; and TiMax HARDCore FGPA, a powerful new dsp engine for the TiMax Soundhub platform, which adds extended delay-matrix memory and ultra-smooth dynamic delay-morphing algorithms to create totally transparent real-time localisation. Out Board will also preview the all-new TiMax TrackerD4 evolution of their market-leading stagetracking showcontrol.
TiMax TrackerD4 is billed as affordable, dependable and portable, addressing a current price/performance gap in the market with enhanced levels of speed and precision at a range of cost levels offering enhanced ROI across wider applications. With its long-established vocal-localisation processes now further integrated within the TiMax SoundHub software via OSC control, the responsiveness of the new D4 also opens up, for the first time, the reality of highly cost-effective lighting and multimedia stagetracking control.
Regular on-stand demonstrations will pull all of these technologies together into engaging and seductive spatial experiences.
Alongside bespoke multitrack arrangements of Greig concertos, as well as electronic music compositions and sound effect beds, a panoramically immersive Beethoven's 5th will accompany a specially licensed appearance of the viral internet sensation, L

 
robe-at-prolightsound-frankfurt-2019-t1-wash-pcPL+S: Robe celebrates with high profile stand
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Germany - Robe celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and its high-profile stand (hall 12, stand D10) will reflect this journey.
There will be another spectacular live show, which will feature the concluding chapter in Robe’s Lost Worlds trilogy, which began in London at PLASA 2018. The show will play every hour on the hour and the accompanying lighting design will be utilising products from all the latest Robe product ranges.
Robe uses the strategic importance of the expo and its cosmopolitan international visitor base to highlight several important new products.
The T1 Profile, launched at LDI 2018, is specifically designed to fulfil the challenging requirements of three very diverse disciplines - theatre, television and touring - in one comprehensive fixture.
The new MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) LED light source is impressively bright, yet the T1 Profile is full of theatrical subtlety. With CMY colour control, a radical new custom colour creation system and wide ranging CCT control from 2700K to 8000K, all variations of colour are possible!
A closed optical system prevents dust and dirt, and the precise needs of theatrical dimming are catered for with Robe’s ultra-smooth 18-bit dimming system, while the high CRI provides the natural and harmonious skin tones so fundamental to theatre and television / film applications.
The T1 Profile FollowSpot has a digital camera on the head and can be connected to the RoboSpot BaseStation as part of Robe’s popular remote follow spotting system which is perfect for use in thea

 
 
shackle-twistlink-angle-1PL+S: BroadWeigh demonstrates on four fronts
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Germany - BroadWeigh, a leading brand from Mantracourt Electronics, is exhibiting on four of its product partners' stands. The BroadWeigh TwistLink is set to take centre stage, along with the BroadWeigh Wind Speed Sensor, both of which will be set up in demonstrations on the stands of Hof Alutec (Hall 12.0, E49), PSRig (Hall 12.0, C80), Sonoss and Louis Reyners who are exhibiting together (Hall 12.0, C94). And with representatives from BroadWeigh on hand too it's an opportunity for anyone who needs some expert advice on how and why they should monitor their loads.
Kelly Voysey, sales & marketing manager at Mantracourt commented: "Prolight + Sound is a very important event for us in that it puts our brand in front of a truly international audience. We have been supplying load monitoring equipment for years, but it's only relatively recently that entertainment riggers have started to embrace the concept.
“With the necessity to prove due diligence on all projects, riggers now are really interested in knowing the weight distribution of video walls, and complex lighting rigs and to understand how the elements can impact on outdoor events to the point that the readings change from minute to minute.
“So as well as being at Prolight + Sound to exhibit our new products, we're also looking forward to engaging with potential new customers and providing any information they feel they need about the importance of monitoring their loads, but also to hearing their opinions and learning from them.
"Behind Broadweigh is a team of talented engineers wh

 
kinesys-at-prolightsound-2019-vector-console-with-keyboardPL+S: Kinesys shows Vector and more
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Germany - UK-based automation manufacturer Kinesys will show its latest technologies in this specialist entertainment field on stand C98 in hall 12.0 at Prolight+Sound.
Products highlighted will include Kinesys’ powerful new Vector control console, the innovative Apex hoist system and LibraCELL/LibraNODE load monitoring - an invaluable tool to ensure that all static and dynamic loads are constantly and precisely monitored in real-time.
The popular DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and Kinesys’ industry standard Elevation range of vari-speed hoist drives will also be prominent on the stand.
Visitors will be invited to try out the new Vector console - to control a dual hoist Apex system flying a large screen above the stand.
Apex and Elevation hoists will also be available to control - via the console - for a side by side comparison of their performance and features.
Kinesys’ Vector control console provides a comprehensive control solution with a dedicated inbuilt PC running its well-established Vector software.
Users can programme, edit and run automation cues via dedicated console buttons plus all the advantages of having a 15.6-inch backlit LCD display with capacitive touch screen, rate-wheels, joystick and dedicated and illuminated stop/start buttons.
A dimmable backlit keyboard makes working in low light more practical and there is a trackpad for direct access to Vector’s core features.
The hardware provides functionality including RFID login, integrated Estop and DMH/Enable bar, a dedicated medi

 
 
sx40finalPL+S: Brompton Technology partners with ROE
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Germany - Ahead of its official launch this summer, Brompton Technology is giving existing and potential customers another chance to get a sneak peak of its new HDR solution by combining the power of its Tessera SX40 LED processor with ROE’s Black Onyx LED screens on the ROE Visual stand 4.0 C60 at Prolight+Sound 2019.
The SX40 is Brompton Technology’s highest-ever capacity processor and offers support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output, a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen, plus all of Tessera’s processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction, On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA), and more.
Used in combination with the Tessera XD distribution unit, which is a sophisticated single box solution designed to manage the complications of mass cabling that can arise with large LED display systems, the SX40 provides a cost-effective yet powerful system that will support the biggest, brightest and boldest LED projects.
“Our initial preview of HDR at ISE 2019 created a real buzz,” says Brompton’s business development manager, Rob Fowler. “So we’re delighted to be able to offer our customers another sneak-peak ahead of the official launch this year by partnering with ROE Visual at ProLight+Sound.”
Brompton will be revealing more information about HDR at InfoComm this coming June.
(Jim Evans)

 
artiste-monetElation unveils Artiste Monet LED profile
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

USA - Elation Professional’s latest innovation in its Artiste series is a 45,000-lumen LED profile light capable of projecting “some of the most gorgeous colours ever produced by an automated LED luminaire”.
The Artiste Monet’s colour palette is possible due to an innovative SpectraColor LED engine that uses traditional CMY colour mixing and adds variable RGB flags for richer, more saturated primary colours. In combination with variable CTO colour correction, the Monet produces colours that were previously impossible to achieve. The wide colour gamut is achieved by seven colour-mixing flags with 16-bit precision. A six-position fixed colour wheel with UV and high CRI options round out the Monet’s colour range.
“With its massive output, absolutely stunning colour spectrum and precise optics, the Artiste Monet is the brightest and most feature packed framing LED fixture produced to date,” states Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “With an amazing quality of light and sheer power from the custom 950W LED engine, we managed to support the designer’s need for high lumens, rich colours and precision out of one fixture with no compromises.
“LED profiles truly have arrived with Monet radically exceeding the performance and colour quality of any discharge fixture on the market. The fixture’s continuous rotation framing system and SpectraColor array is a testament to Elation’s success as a true R&D leader and innovator in entertainment lighting.”
The fixture has the power to cut through at even great distances in

 
 
insomniacEDC Mexico moves to the beat of PK Sound
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Mexico - Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Mexico 2019 took over Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack for two days of electronic dance music, multi-media art, and a charged carnival atmosphere.
The flagship event for EDM-event promoters Insomniac, which takes place annually in Las Vegas as well as various other locations globally, drew over 120,000 participants and featured sets from many luminaries of the dance music scene including Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kaskade, and Paul Van Dyk.
In addition to its record-breaking attendance and stacked artist line-up, the festival also marked its fourth year of collaboration with Calgary, Alberta-based sound system manufacturer PK Sound, which provided the immense deployment for the kineticFIELD main stage.
“We first became involved with Insomniac events at EDC Las Vegas 2015 when we provided sound for the BassPod Stage,” PK Sound production operations manager and engineer Rory Stewart explains. “For EDC Mexico, the goal was to ensure that anyone in front of the kineticFIELD main stage was getting the same high-quality experience no matter where they were standing.” Along with assembling the sound system for the main stage, Stewart was brought on to supervise pre and post production of the event as well as run the system during the performances.
PK Sound has made its name on providing consistent, immersive sonic experiences to concert-goers with its pioneering Trinity robotic line arrays and Gravity subwoofers, as seen from its ongoing partnerships with popular EDM ar

 
robert-juliat-at-prolight-sound-frankfurt-copyPL+S: Robert Juliat marks centenary
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Robert Juliat will take its place at Prolight+Sound trade show in the Lightpower Village as the company marks its 100th anniversary this year.
Occupying a purpose-built stand in hall 12.0, C62, RJ will present its range of recently released LED profile fixtures, the Charles 960SX series. This range of powerful 600W LED profiles is available in three variable zoom ranges (29°/50°, 15°/40° and 8°/16°) for short to long throw applications.
Charles exhibits a high optical efficiency, a 6000K colour temperature and a CRI in excess of 90. The fixture delivers the maximum high output, a flat, even beam and excellent image projection at all beam angles. Smooth electronic dimming and an in-built power supply gives silent operation that is perfect for front of house positions.
From its range of followspots, the 600W Alice and Oz short and long throw followspots will feature. Both possess the expected RJ quality and functionality and pack a punch equal to that of conventional 1200W discharge models.
The award-winning Dalis range will also be represented by Dalis Access 863 and Dalis 864 Footlight.
Dalis Access 863 is a 150W LED cyclight fixture designed to give small-sized venues or those with smaller budgets the first access to Dalis technology. Sharing all the technology of the original Dalis 860 Cyclorama fixture, Dalis Access 863 has four colours and 24 of the patented Dalis asymmetrical micro-reflectors, but retains all the functionality and quality of the original. Equipped with an advanced fanless cooling system, Dalis Acce

 
 
25th-anniversarysignet4cPL+S: GLP celebrates 25 Years with innovations
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - GLP is celebrating a landmark year in its history as it marks its 25th anniversary in 2019 Founded by Udo Künzler in a 200sq.m workshop in Karlsbad, southern Germany, the operation has developed into one of the leading stage and event technology companies.
Occupying their biggest stand to date - a 380sq.m space in hall 12.1, D36 - there will be plenty to entice lighting professionals, from the signature lightshows (this year choreographed by American designer, Nate Files) to the GLP beer, enabling LDs to chat informally at the bar with company representatives.
The KNV series of modules is this year extended from the original KNV Cube and KNV Arc with the addition of the KNV Line and KNV Dot, offering even more creative opportunities for production designers.
Launched alongside, is the impression S350 Wash - a logical partner for the S350 unveiled last year. The same high-efficiency LED white light source, with 350 watts of power, ensures excellent colour rendering. Of course, in addition to the innovative virtual CTC other attributes of its sister include a framing module onboard.
Finally, the new GLP Highlander is based, as the name implies, on traditional technology: a 1,400W discharge lamp. The wash light impresses not only with its 230mm diameter front lens and signature baseless design, but also in its optical characteristics. It offers a very large zoom range with a punchy 5° beam angle and up to 63° smooth field angle with focus link. A four-blade framing system (± 30° blade tilt, fully lockable, ± 45° rotatable) and a

 
alconsPL+S: Alcons Audio to debut mid-size array
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Alcons Audio comes to Prolight + Sound 2019 with a number of new pro-ribbon loudspeaker developments, bringing enhanced benefits to small, medium and large-scale live productions.
Exhibiting at Hall 8.0, Stand G71, Alcons is highlighting it’s steadily increasing expansion into the live touring and festival markets with significant additions to its L-series of true line source, vertical array loudspeaker systems, highlighting Alcons’ commitment to bringing the many benefits of pro-ribbon audio quality and directivity to medium/large venues and outdoor festivals.
Positioned between the LR18 compact mid-size and LR28 larger-format systems, the new LR24 mid-size pro-ribbon line-array features a new, specially-designed pro-ribbon transducer. The LR28B low-frequency module sets a new benchmark for arrayable sub-extension, with a new 18" ultra-low distortion woofer design. More detailed specifications will be revealed at the show.
Also highlighted will be the LR18/120, wide-dispersion compact mid-size line-array module. This 120º dispersion LR18 module has already toured with kd lang, Lisa Nilsson and others in Alcons pro-ribbon systems that also included the LR18/90 and LR18B bass extension.
Alcons will also be showing the QR20 modular line-source array column, which received a lot of attention from the professional rental and installation markets at its ISE preview in February.
"With our profile rising in the rental and touring market, Prolight + Sound remains a very important show for Alcons Audio and one of the highlights of

 
 
sundialPL+S: Artistic Licence debuts sunDial dimmer
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Artistic Licence will be launching sunDial quad, its new DMX/RDM or Xicato GalaXi controlled mains dimmer. Using trailing edge technology, the product provides smooth fades with dimmable replacement LED, CFL or incandescent sources, with exceptional performance even at very low intensities.
Also on show will be the award-winning DMX controller, matisse, along with the latest splitters, gateways and media server, dVnet.
Artistic Licence CEO and product designer, Wayne Howell, will be present throughout the show to answer questions.
sunDial quad offers a professional solution, with four user-selectable dimming curves providing optimum results for a broad range of fixtures. sunDial quad has been designed to be extremely resilient, with intelligent features that reduce ongoing maintenance needs.
The standard product, sunDial quad dmx 1k, is controlled via DMX512/RDM. Also available is a product variant, sunDial quad xgc 1k, which incorporates Xicato GalaXi technology. This allows wireless control, which is particularly suitable for heritage buildings and retrofit applications where the installation of new data cabling would be problematic. The xgc product merges radio and DMX data on an HTP basis. Both product variants share the same rich feature set.
Winner of a 2018 PLASA Award for Innovation, the matisse dmx dimmer will be actively demonstrated at the show. matisse is a programmable, multi-function DMX controller presented in a wall-mount format. All the electronics are mounted on the rear of the panel, so there is no need for

 
atmewpe-front-viewPL+S: MDG promotes haze and fog generators
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - MDG will be exhibiting at Prolight+Sound in the new Hall 12.0 Stand D44 beside its exclusive German distributor, cast C. Adolph & RST Distribution.
MDG will present a selection of its range of atmospheric effects which includes the Me Series of fog generators, the ATMe haze generator, the ICE FOG Series of low fog generators and the award-winning theONE dual mode haze and fog generator, plus a number of accessories including the Round Floor Pocket.
Central to the display, with its new black version on show for the first time in Germany, will be the WPE Series of rugged, non-stop, variable output, IP55-rated haze and fog generators: the ATMe WPE haze generator and Me1 WPE and Me2 WPE fog generators.
The new black WPE Series has been designed to encase all the benefits of standard MDG haze and fog generators in a sturdy, yet discreet, black housing that can blend unobtrusively into a stage set up, indoors and outdoors, to provide the ideal fog and haze solutions for theme parks, outdoor laser shows and the enormous number of outdoor festivals around the world.
For more information on all MDG’s fog, haze and atmosphere generators, visit www.mdgfog.com
(Jim Evans)

 
 
chroma-q-celebrates-15-years-in-led-at-pls-showPL+S: Chroma-Q continues celebrations
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Chroma-Q will continue to celebrate its 15th year as a producer of performance LED lighting products by showing its latest range of LED Solutions at Prolight + Sound.
Chroma-Q has been a pioneer in the development of LED lighting for entertainment applications since launching the Color Block DB4 in 2004. The brand's latest generation of lighting solutions utilises Chroma-Q's proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies - drawing upon 15 years of LED expertise.
The Brute Force LED alternative to traditional light sources such as a quarter ‘Wendy Light’, will be making a big impact this year. Capable of delivering up to 140,000 lumens and drawing just 15 amps at 240V, the larger Brute Force 6 is a versatile, controllable fixture.
After its unveiling at the show last year, the Studio Force II has been adopted in a number of studios. This high intensity, tuneable white LED wash batten delivers variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control, and can produce deep saturated colours when needed.
Widely adopted by major film & television companies, the award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling.
The award-winning Chroma-Q Color Force II will also be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for grazing a variety of interior surfaces.
Providing inspiration for the architectural and installation market is the Chroma-Q Inspire range of c

 
ayrtonplsPL+S: Ayrton launches Levante & Diablo
Monday, 25 March 2019

Germany - Ayrton’s new compact Levante and Diablo 300W LED wash and profile luminaires are ready to ship and will be celebrated in full force at Prolight+Sound 2019.
Levante is a miniaturised version of the Bora wash light, endowed with outstanding performance capabilities in an ultra-compact form that matches the dimensions of Mistral.
With Levante, Ayrton has created a wash luminaire that can actually sculpture light and added a high-transmission diffusion filter to the zoom lens group to erase the edge of the beam without changing its angle. A variable linear frost system allows the user to adjust the desired diffusion level with precision.
Weighing just over 20kg and with a light output greater than 20,000 lumens, Levante’s optical system is specially developed for optimum wash applications. Its many features include a barndoor module allowing shutters to be positioned across 100% of the surface area, a CMY colour mixing system, a variable CTO and a wheel with seven complementary colours, for an infinite palette of vivid pastels and saturated colours. In addition, a 15-blade iris diaphragm and a wheel with seven indexable rotating gobos are supplied as standard.
Weighing just over 20kg, Ayrton’s innovative, ultra-compact Diablo is the smallest, lightest and most efficient LED luminaire of its type, with a record output of 19,000 lumens from its 300W source. Versatile and feature-rich, Diablo matches the ultra-compact Mistral dimensions, and joins Khamsin and Ghibli in Ayrton’s stunning new profile luminaire range.
Diablo

 
 
simon-phillipsStage set for Sound:Check XPO 2019
Monday, 25 March 2019

Mexico - The 17th edition of Sound:Check XPO, Mexico’s leading music industry show, is taking place on 28-30 April at the Mexico City’s World Trade Centre, with the latest developments in audio, video, lighting and staging set to be showcased across more than 13,000sq.m of exhibition space.
Over 22,000 attendees are expected to visit the show, which will also include a programme of masterclasses, with musician Simon Phillips, Mimi Fox and Camilo Laro from Instituto Mexicano del Sonido/Mexican Institute of Sound, the AES Mexico Annual Conference and the Tendencias (Trends) sessions.
The Harman Auditorium will be the stage for product presentations that can be heard and seen in full operation, accompanied by technical talks with leading industry professionals.
The AES Annual Conference will feature Sergio Molho (Waters-Storyk Design Group), Jonathan Wyner (mastering engineer, education director and Izotope chief studio engineer), Lenise Bent (engineer and producer), Bruce C. Olson (Olson Sound Design founder), John La Grou (Millenia Media founder), Merlijn van Even (Meyer Sound senior technical support and education specialist), Mark Drink (audio engineer for Suzanne Vega, Boston Pops Orchestra, Tony Bennet and KD Lang), Sergio Díaz (sound designer of the movie Roma), and AES global president, Nadja Wallaszkovits.
(Jim Evans)

 
mantraminianglePL+S: LSC Lighting Systems unveils DINrail
Friday, 22 March 2019

Germany - LSC Lighting Systems will once again be exhibiting at the forthcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt (12.1-C67).
This show will see the official release of the new DINrail range of LSC products including LED drivers, MDR DMX RDM splitters and a preview of the new Mantra Mini DINrail playback unit and Houston X software, allowing configuration and monitoring of GenVI, APS, UNITY and the entire new DIN range of products.
The LED-CV4 is a four-channel, 12V or 24V LED dimmer with constant voltage, a 5A per channel output and is a True 16-bit dimmer controlled via DMX and configured by RDM. It has built-in, short-circuit protection per channel with auto-reset, current monitoring, variable frequency output and can be monitored and configured via the new LSC Houston X software system.
The MDR-DIN data distribution range is a new four-way, DINrail-mounted version of the popular MDR DMX splitter with RDM as standard. Each port is optically isolated and it is available with either RJ45 or terminal connectors. Each output of MDR-DIN can be RDM enabled/disabled as required by the user.
LSC will also be previewing Mantra Mini, a new addition to the award-winning Mantra range. The nine-module DINrail-mounted recording and playback unit offers all the functionality of Mantra in a simple-to-install package.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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