>Giving a high profile to two new products was ADB Lighting Technologies. With ring control of its beam-shaping functions, including the 360° rotation of shutters and a 15°-30° zoom, the Warp theatrical luminaire is now in full production. A retro-fittable motorized version will be available next year. Also on show was the Mentor control desk, a mid-priced, lightweight unit featuring up to 360 instruments and 8192 DMX addresses. Extendable up to 120 faders via extension wings, it features a series of user profiles to enable operators to quickly adapt the desk to their needs.
>Philip Sparkes, managing director of Maltbury Staging, noted that the company was enjoying its busiest ever year. In addition to its popular aluminium staging lines, Maltbury was also promoting its Cro-Bar alloy crowd barrier, designed to be easy to manoeuvre and lift. Sparkes was pleased with the visitors he'd had on the stand, describing them as "a good cross-section of the industry".
>Compulite's new Vector lighting desk, designed to be at home in a range of environments, was attracting a lot of attention on the stand it shared with UK distributor Stagetec. You can read more about this desk in our review of it first use on the Australian Logies in our September issue. The latest version of Compulite's Rave was also enjoying hands-on attention.
>Dimtek-Dynalite gave a tantalizing glimpse of future home life through its new range of automated products for controlling lighting, home entertainment and climate - all at the touch of a single button. The company's main business is in the commercial arena with the provision of elegant, state-of-the-art control systems for a variety of situations.
>Pride of place on the Stagetec Distribution stand went to the production version of Compulite's Vector lighting desk, but there was also much interest in the latest edition of Compulite's Rave - a compact lighting control desk aimed specifically at the club/DJ market. Also on stand, from Australia's LSC Lighting Systems was the Maxim lighting console and its smaller sibling, the Minim. LSC's new range of ePAK and ePRO dimmers was on display, as was Acutek Control Solutions' 72-way dimmer rack - launched at PLASA last year and featuring LSC e-1220 modules at its heart.
>5 Star Cases showed the revised Eurotrucker, the popular general road trunk in the Tour Grade specification. New features include a revised divider system and paint finish on the internal trays, new foam inserts for moving head luminaires. The company also now offers CNC engraving of clients' logos into the trays and divider sets for added corporate identity.
>Building on the success of the LPX24, the new LPX48 lighting console from Leprecon Pro Lighting was given an unofficial launch at PLASA, a preliminary to its official debut at LDI in November. Sales manager Ed Cheeseman explained that the desk was aimed at clients looking for well-priced, cross-functional control for both theatrical and moving head fixtures. The company currently has no UK distributor and would like to heighten its European exposure.
>The new V12HP and V6 installation loudspeakers were being shown by Tannoy. The former is an up-rated version of the V12 dual concentric enclosure, while the V6 - which will be available in November - incorporates a re-engineered 6.5" dual concentric driver. A range of lower-priced bracketry is now also available. For the studio market, the first fruits of the partnership between Tannoy and the TC Group were on show - the Ellipse iDP monitors, featuring integral digital signal processing. For its own part, TC Electronic, launched the EQ Station-8, EQ Station-4, EQ Station-2 and the MotoFader-64. Together with a PC/MAC editor, these products form a high-end equalizer system designed for use in touring monitor and FOH applications, as well as fixed installations in theatres and concert halls. Coming in 2-, 4- and 8-channel configurations, the EQ Stations are all 2U units featuring AD/DA conversion and powerful DSP processing.
>Award for Design Excellence
>High End Systems Inc
The Catalyst DL1 is a digital video engine which bridges the worlds of automated lighting and video projection. It is the second generation offering in the Catalyst family of High End products. Whilst the original Catalyst combined a media server and moving mirror light with an off-the-shelf video projector, the Catalyst DL1 significantly enhances the technology by housing a digital engine in a ruggedized package that has the look and feel of a moving light and the versatility of a moving projector. Users are able to take images from DVDs, videos and other types of media and display them onto a stage, wall, prop, screen or a set - with complete control over image size and shape. The DL1 also provides the ability to project Digital Aerials and provide uniform colour and beam intensity. Unlike conventional moving lights, where the beam field has peaks and valleys, digital lighting creates a flat, even field with a high contrast ratio.
To help bridge the video and traditional lighting worlds, Catalyst DL1 incorporates the communications standards of both: VGA, RGBHV and S Video inputs for incorporating film or graphics content, and DMX programming, allowing the DL1 to be remotely pointed or focused from any DMX-based control unit.
>Award for Technical Innovation
The Kaoss Entrancer is a completely new type of VJ gear that "visualizes sound," letting people control images and sound in real-time simply by fingertip control of a touch pad, producing
>In the market since 1982, Bryant Broadcast was a new exhibitor at PLASA this year, bringing a range of power distribution units, audio/video patch fields, flexible multi-pair audio snake cables, microphone and stage boxes and cable drums to the show. New products included a number of cost-effective 'hybrid' audio/video cables for digital projector systems in boardroom and education applications. Bryant's Bob Hart told L&SI that the company's power units and drums went down a bundle, adding: "If the number of catalogues and CD-ROMs we got through is anything to go by, then visitors were previously lacking in equipment suppliers like Bryant for the nuts and bolts of technical installs!"
>There were two new products from Formula Sound - the Q18 foldback mixer system for use in small studios and the AT-1 controller, a noise control device for use in conjunction with the company's Sentry unit for power socket control. Essentially, Sentry will cut power to club/bar audio systems where over-excited DJs feel impelled to exceed agreed noise level limits. AT-1 provides a more sophisticated intercept, taking the Sentry system measurements and controlling the output levels to the PA system.
>Remixer One and the simpler R1 titles are both applied to XTA's new DJ mixer. A departure for XTA, whose wares are more normally to be found in the realms of live concert, the R1 is a high spec mixer with a comprehensive EQ section that will shame many a rival. The usual toys are there - plug-in DJ effects modules for dynamic filtering, phlanging, crossfader - but it's the features such as balanced inserts which will set this unit apart. This was in prototype form, so expect production models soon.
Also from XTA was the DP6i, the install version of the highly acclaimed and well-known DP226. It has a tamper-proof front panel with just four buttons to access your own programmed presets. All the usual parameters and controls are accessed and set from your PC.
>Italian company Luci Della Ribalta (LDR) is one of Europe's leading lighting manufacturers for both the architectural and entertainment markets. New products on show this year included LDR's Soffio CDM-T luminaires, Canto followspots and Gobo Wizard.
>On the Bosch stand, Integrus took pride of place; a digital IR transmission-based conferencing system with light and nifty receiver belt-packs, Integrus can operate up to 32 channels, each individually configurable. In addition to a much improved signal-to-noise ratio (<80dB) the big advantage of this digital IR system is its ability to work in adverse conditions, not least broad daylight. Also from Bosch, the less sophisticated Ultro CCS80 system now has an acoustic feedback suppressor for hassle-free set-up on portable conferencing. Bosch also announced that it is licensed to sell the Intellivox system, developed by Duran Audio, and now badged to Bosch.
>ELC Lighting showed its new dmXLAN range of Ethernet nodes, based on the ArtNet protocol. It allows the user to convert from DMX to Ethernet and back and enables complete system management via a PC or Pocket PC software. It can be wall- or truss-mounted as needed. The software is WYSIWYG compatible and the company is officially licensed by to be a Registered WYSIWYG Developer.
>The new VL3000 Spot from Vari-Lite adds to the rental inventory of service-company VLPS. The new lamp features a 1200W source, extremely smooth movement, two gobo wheels with full indexable rotation (and morphing between them) plus effects wheel, 6:1 zoom optics and full CMY colour mixing. The VL3000 weighs 35kg and has the same upper enclosure footprint as the 2000 series. Quiet and bright.
>Since its foundation, Link has concentrated on manufacturing and distributing a wide range of cables, connectors and accessories dedicated to this sector. The company has recently introduced two new cables, specifically designed by Eurocable for Yamaha's PM1D system, and a copper interface between the CS1D console and DSP1D unit.
>The Spica series is a range of automated lighting from 5 Star Systems in 250W and 400W discharge versions. Fast pan and tilt, comprehensive colour and gobo wheels, plus the ever-popular prism all shine through a motorized focusing system (two step 16°-20° and 20°-25°). Also on display was the VisualDMX Windows application for programming and controlling any DMX512 device. Aimed specifically at club light jockeys, the key feature of this software is its intuitive interface, which masks much of the specifics of technical lighting control, leaving easy grab functions visible; you might not know which lamp type you've grabbed, but the software will turn it red for you anyway.
>Displayed on the attractive, leafy DHA Lighting stand was the new Gobo Carousel - an optical effects system which sits in the focal plane of the ETC Source Four profile. This can serve as a gobo changer containing two wheels (each with five 70mm/B-size slots giving a potential choice of eight gobos plus open), or a dichroic colour changer, or effects unit, utilizing either one ot two wheels. With independent speed and direction control of each wheel, this is a highly felxible unit, and is aimed specifically at theatres and rental companies.
>There was genuine excitement on and around the A.C. Lighting stand, where the new Vista console from Australian manufacturer, Jands, was being demonstrated. With a new design utilizing the latest user interfaces, the Vista promises a leap forward in speed and ease of lighting desk operation. Doing away with touch screens, keypads and number-crunching, the Vista uses a pen and a large colour screen, and incorporates a timeline that shows what's happening in your design in relation to time - when lights come on, when they change colour and so on. You can step in at any point to edit, and all variables (colours, focus, gobos etc) are there on the one screen.
The Vista also boasts a generic fixture model that makes changing fixtures easy. When a change is made, the Vista compares the two lights and adapts automatically - even if the replacement has a different feature set. For the operator, the desk provides splittable fader banks, a host of user-definable buttons and assignable encoder wheels to give you fingertip control of timing, chase speed and more.
A.C. also showed the TourSpot 575 and TourWash 575 moving head fixtures. The former includes a rotating wheel with seven indexable gobos, a remote focus control, three-position stepped beam angles (13°/18°/21°) plus frost effect, a rotating three-way prism and an eight-way colour wheel. The latter also includes CMY colour mixing with an additional eight-way colour wheel, remote zoom control (16-28°) and a directional lens for beam shaping.
But that wasn't all that A.C. had to offer: the latest Chroma-Q products in
>It was difficult to miss the Light Engineering Multiform stand with its impressive 7m long sign rigged above it. The seamless, polycarbonate sign was backlit with colour changers and Sparkle fibre optics and by the time you read this will be mounted back in its permanent home above the company's premises. On show was the Gemini 12x48, a two-preset DMX memory lighting desk aimed at small theatres. Also new was the DMX424, low cost, mains powered decoder.
>A discretely-styled wedge, the M12 monitor from Community features a nifty cable management system, with input connector mounted to an indent on the underside, making this passive two-way 300W (continuous) system very attractive for use in TV studios. Also from Community, the Cloud12-66 is a high power ceiling speaker based upon a 12" with 1" coaxial driver, capable of handling 200W continuous. A dual transformer package (70.7V and 100V) and 60° x 60° control pattern makes this a useful solution for installers confronting high ceiling environments.
>With its main business in television, G-LEC has been kept busy either renting its LED curtain system or designing and selling systems to meet project specifications. Product-wise, the company has upgraded the software for its systems to enable more flexibility for the user.
USA - During this week's PLASA Show, US-based lighting manufacturers Color Kinetics Inc and Altman Lighting Inc announced an agreement whereby Altman will license Color Kinetics' patented Chromacore technology and expertise and integrate Color Kinetics components for a unique line of intelligent LED-based systems for the theatrical, entertainment, and themed architectural lighting markets. The Chromacore-powered systems are slated for availability in November 2003.
Robert Altman, CEO, Altman Lighting told us: "When it comes to intelligent LED illumination, we recognize the distinct advantages of aligning with Color Kinetics, whose dominant intellectual property, technology, and expertise are unmatched in the field. We're pleased to announce this agreement in support of Altman's commitment to deliver high-quality, state-of-the-art products that meet the rigorous demands of today's foremost lighting designers and specifiers."
Bill Sims, President and COO of Color Kinetics, commented: "Altman is renowned for its market strength and expertise in theatrical and entertainment lighting, and we're pleased to help distinguish its product offerings through the powerful advantages of Color Kinetics' intelligent LED technology and integrated systems approach. This agreement further validates Color Kinetics' proven technology and supports our expansion strategy to meet wide-ranging market opportunities through select OEM and licensing relationships."
Chromacore is a pioneering technology that applies microprocessor-controlled, multicolored, high-brightne