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jbl104btblackproductphotopairfrontstraightrgb1605x1605JBL Professional debuts desktop monitors
Thursday, 5 December 2019

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has released the JBL Professional One Series 104-BT and 104-BTW desktop reference monitors with Bluetooth.
JBL One Series 104-BT reference monitors enable content creators and audio professionals to stream ‘accurate, studio-quality audio via Bluetooth or play back audio using a standard wired connection’. JBL One Series 104-BT monitors deliver ‘clear, detailed sound while mixing and editing’. With an array of easily accessible input options, smart features and a compact design, JBL 104-BT monitors provide great sound in every listening scenario, with the added flexibility of wireless streaming. Black (104-BT) and white (104-BTW) finish options are available.
“Music production has evolved beyond the recording studio, and today’s creative professionals and music lovers need reference monitors that deliver neutral, accurate sound to create mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments,” says Chris Hansen, director, recording and content creation, Harman Professional Solutions.
“With class-leading sound quality, impressive output and high-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming capabilities, JBL 104-BT monitors provide an accurate, reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience. They’re perfect for musicians, producers, podcasters and professional audio engineers who want a compact reference monitor with the added benefit of Bluetooth at an accessible price.”
The JBL 104-BT reference monitor features a coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woo

chamsysldi1ChamSys software supports GDTF
Tuesday, 3 December 2019

USA - ChamSys has become one of the first lighting console manufacturers to release software capable of importing GDTF personality files directly.
The company’s ChamSys MagicQ software is free to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It supports an output on up to 64 universes without additional hardware or dongles, making it an ideal test platform for GDTF.
In addition to importing the basic channel information from GDTF, the MagicQ inbuilt MagicVis 3D visualisation and plot views will automatically make use of 3D and 2D information provided in the GDTF files.
Demoed at LDI, ChamSys MagicQ software with the ability to import GDTF personality files received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception from all who saw it.
Chris Kennedy, ChamSys’ software director, comments: "ChamSys is a strong supporter of GDTF and the philosophy behind it. The entertainment lighting industry badly needs a common personality interchange format for lighting fixture manufacturers to describe the features of their new fixtures, and GDTF can only advance this.
“We have always embraced open protocols, and we continue this philosophy with GDTF support,” continues Kennedy. “ChamSys currently supports a library of over 28,500 different fixture personalities, and we’re committed to continue working with fixture manufacturers to improve the electronic description of their fixture capabilities through GDTF."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
calibreInter BEE demonstrates Calibre’s growth
Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Japan - Evidence of the increasing popularity of Calibre UK’s solutions, and of its rapidly growing network of partners, could be found at the recent Inter BEE (International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition) in Japan.
At the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, Calibre’s range was present on the stands of two exhibitors - Techno House and ARK Ventures. Techno House distributes the HQPro1000 and LEDView scaler/switcher products, while AZBAY - of whom ARK Ventures is a customer - is responsible for sales of Calibre’s innovative All-in-One LED Display solution.
“The technology leadership built into our platforms is finding widespread acceptance in growing numbers of highly complex projects in a broad range of applications,” said Willy Tsai, managing director of Calibre UK. “End users and resellers alike are recognising that, when it comes to the collaborative enterprise solutions that are at the heart of growing numbers of corporate initiatives, Calibre has what it takes to deliver success.”
Capturing many visitors’ attention was Calibre’s multi-award-winning All-in-One LED display. Specifically designed to ease and speed deployment of a videowall, Calibre’s solution is - unlike competing products that claim all-in-one functionality - a truly integrated (no need to attach external devices such as a media player or wireless control sender), simple-to install platform characterised by its smooth surface, its slim profile and the fact that the whole display is 100% certified. At the heart of the All-in-One family is Calibre’s powerful HQUltr

 
adj-ldiADJ debuts four extra products at LDI
Monday, 2 December 2019

USA - In addition to the 11 new lighting fixtures and LED video panels announced in the run-up to the event, ADJ used LDI 2019 to launch four extra products.
The Encore Profile Pro range is a new series of professional LED-powered ellipsoidal fixtures designed for theatrical, broadcast and performance environments. The Focus Spot 6Z and Focus Wash 400, meanwhile, are head luminaires that join the ranks of ADJ’s popular Focus Series.
The Focus Spot 6Z harnesses the power of a 300W cool white LED engine and pairs it with precision-engineered optics to create an impressively sharp and bright output. While still retaining a compact design, this is ADJ’s most feature-rich Focus Series moving head to date.
Bringing a dedicated wash luminaire to the Focus Series for the first time, the new Focus Wash 400 features a 400W HEX LED engine (red, green, blue, amber, cyan and lime) that generates an output of 11,000 lumens with a high CRI. Its large Fresnel lens generates a homogenized output, while its motorized zoom function allows for a variable beam angle of 12-55°.
The new Encore Profile Pro WW is an LED-powered ellipsoidal designed for professional theatrical and other performance lighting applications. It utilises a potent 250W warm white LED light source with a colour temperature of 3200K and a high CRI in excess of 97.
"There’s no doubt that this year’s LDI was the best one yet for our company,” reports ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “Our team did a fantastic job of creating a stunning stand design that sh

 
 
xtylosldi2019Claypaky North America launched at LDI
Monday, 2 December 2019

USA - Claypaky launched a North America operation and enjoyed award success at the recent LDI tradeshow held in Las Vegas.
The company’s European and American team joined forces on the stand, designed in keeping with the ‘It's Real’ marketing campaign that marked the launch of the laser-source beam moving head, Xtylos, in North America. Dedicated demos took place every hour and visitors also saw the Mini-B, the HY B-EYE, the Axcor series fixtures; the Sharpy Plus, and three fixtures which made their world premieres - Sharpy Plus AQUA, ReflectXion and CloudIO.
Meanwhile, Xtylos took home two LDI Awards, winning the Best Debuting Product Award and the Best Advancement in Lamp Technology Award.
Claypaky CEO Marcus Graser comments: “We have invested a lot of resources in recent years, not just to create an innovative luminaire, but to conceive and develop a totally new technology combining the strengths of Osram and Claypaky, which could benefit our entire industry. We are pleased with the awards the Xtylos has received, which are an acknowledgement of our continuous and constant efforts to generate Innovation.”
Claypaky also launched a North America operation, which is based in Dallas, Texas. The facility houses a product demonstration space and technical service training centre. There are also finished goods in stock and the team provides support, repairs and parts, to enable the company to decrease delivery times.
Julie Smith, who manages the USA Claypaky customer care operation, explains: “I recently partnered with Claypaky

 
shackles-play-buttonEric Porter tackles shackles on A4i.tv
Thursday, 28 November 2019

Europe - In the latest back-to-basics video release on Area Four Industries’ internet channel A4i.tv, Eric Porter tackles the main information you need to know about shackles in less than two minutes. He covers the two main types of shackles used for rigging, their proper use, the important markings found on them and where they should be used.
The video is available on www.a4i.tv/2019/11/26/shackles-eric-porter

 
 
artisticArtistic Licence upgrades ethernet gateways
Thursday, 28 November 2019

UK - Artistic Licence has announced that all of its premium ethernet gateways - including artLynx quad, artLynx RJ45, dataLynx II and netLynx quad - now support multi-way protocol conversion. Each port can be optionally configured as a DMX input (previously they were outputs only). This enables the product to route, split or merge Art-Net, sACN and DMX/RDM data with great flexibility.
Says the company, “As the inventors of Art-Net, we always strive to ensure our Art-Net conversion products are the best on the market. This is never more so than with our latest firmware release, now shipping on all new product sales of artLynx quad/RJ45 (4-Universes, DIN rail), dataLynx II (12-Universes, rack-mount) and netLynx quad (4-universes desk/table-top). We have also just launched a 4-universe PCBA module, oemGate quad, for manufacturers wishing to incorporate the technology into their own products.”
Already loaded with features such as electrically protected outputs and support for the latest protocols (including RDMnet LLRP), these products have taken on a new dimension with the addition of DMX input support.
“The gateways previously served to convert Art-Net or sACN into DMX/RDM. This is a very common scenario where lighting data is routed via network protocols (Art-Net or sACN), then turned into DMX control for moving lights etc. However, if a data port on the gateway can not only output DMX, but receive it as well, a wealth of new functionality is opened up.”
Not all lighting desks and controllers generate Art-Net or sACN directly - there

 
chauvetldiboothChauvet wins LDI stand design award
Thursday, 28 November 2019

USA - Chauvet Professional was awarded the 2019 LDI Large Booth Design Award. Described by the award organisers as a “welcoming and easily walkable” exhibit that “beautifully integrated” lighting and video, the stand engaged visitors with its visual displays.
Ryan Warffuel and Max Koehler of Antics Studio created this panorama with help from the Chauvet Professional team, using over 200 of the company’s IP65 outdoor-ready products, including the newly-launched Maverick Storm 1 Spot, Maverick Storm 1 Wash, COLORado Solo Batten, Strike 1, and F5IP video panel.
To underscore the IP65 ratings of the fixtures on the booth’s main wall, a “live rainfall” appeared in front of the lighting units. For added emphasis, the video wall that ran between the lighting fixtures showed vivid images of flowing water that bordered the geometric patterns of the panel display.
“Max and Ryan did a fantastic job balancing video and lighting in the booth design,” says global brand manager Caroline Chauvet, who accepted the award on behalf of the Chauvet Professional team. “We’re excited to receive this honour. Big thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this come to life, and to all the visitors who stopped by our booth.”
Also featured in the display were F2 video panels as well as the arena-tour grade Maverick MK3 Profile, Maverick MK3 Spot, and Maverick MK3 Wash moving heads, which were arranged in a compelling V shape suspended structure.
Another area of the Chauvet Professional exhibit featured an inviting theatrical themed di

 
 
ldi3Spotrack unveils new products at LDI 2019
Wednesday, 27 November 2019

USA - Spotrack discussed the new features of the soon-to-be-released Spotrack 2020 edition of the system at the BCT Entertainment stand during the LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas.
Spotrack enables an operator to remotely control from any location, any number of moving lights as followspots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors from anywhere in the venue.
In conjunction with Ushio Japan and Strong Lighting, the Spotrack team also conducted regular live demonstrations of this and its new followspot interface, SpotrackEvolution, on the Apex Stages stage.
Whilst the forthcoming Spotrack 2020 sees the addition of many new features that allow users more flexibility, some in response to customer feedback, it has been principally upgraded to enable the use of SpotrackEvolution. Used with Spotrack 2020, Evolution allows the use of an existing follow spot, via a simple upgrade in the form of a small hardware accessory, to be used as a controller for Spotrack.
Also on show was the company’s entry level TracMe system, the smaller, competitively-priced sibling of Spotrack, which can control up to four moving lights from any vendor in a single universe, opening access to the technology to a greater range of application.
(Jim Evans)

 
jte-multicubes-and-bookcornersJTE Multicubes increase corner strength
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Europe - James Thomas Engineering’s conical truss Multicubes has been designed to increase the strength of truss structure corners, while offering six different truss connection points with integrated location holes for expanding your structure’s versatility.
All multicubes are available in regular and heavy-duty versions, and are compatible with JT22 Quatro, JT30 Quatro, JT30H Quatro and JT40H Quatro truss. “The heavy-duty multicube provides enough strength to reach the maximum loading capacity of your truss,” says the company. “Male and female receiver accessories are available for convenient, trouble-free connections.”
Bookcorners’ aluminium profile is constructed with bolted male or female receivers, compatible with the quatro and trio formats in the JT30 and JT40 truss series.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
apgAPG unveils iX speaker range at JTSE
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

France - APG will preview its new iX range at the JTSE trade show in Paris this week. Comprising a full line of fixed installation speakers, and based on the successful coaxial concept, the new iX range is characterised by a combination of ‘uncompromising drivers and a non-diffraction acoustic baffling that allows pure point source directivity’. For some of the iX models, APG has created coaxial devices that strike a perfect physical alignment between low and hi transducers.
The iX line is made up of five coaxial speaker models: iX5, iX6, iX8, iX12 and iX15; all of which are two acoustic way speakers loaded in bass-reflex for low-frequency extension. APG will also announce at the show a future extension of the range with two unique models of pseudo-coaxial speakers – the iX2.5 and IX2.6 – which will be optimised for vocal applications.
From an acoustic point of view, the iX range offers ‘stunning musicality down to low mid and even low frequencies and is characterised by an impressive SPL to size ratio and exceptional sound clarity’.
The iX range’s non-diffraction baffling reduces feedback without the need for equalisation. This factor makes the iX range suitable for a variety of purposes, including immersive sound.
The speakers are also well-suited to a variety of applications, including main FOH or distributed sound reinforcement in all types of venues. It is also possible to combine iX speakers with the popular Uniline and Uniline Compact systems from the French manufacturer.
All iX models have been ergonomically optimis

 
robe-ldi-2019-post-show-ldi222019317Robe returns to the future again at LDI
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

USA - Robe rocked one of its busiest and most dynamic LDI expos to date in Las Vegas, winning two awards, one for Best Creative Use of Light and the other for the T1 product series.
The second instalment of its #ReturnToTheFuture live show created a serious buzz. This show is a performance trilogy highlighting Robe’s latest LED and moving light technologies including the just-launched PLASA award-winning Esprite and the new Tetra2 moving LED batten.
#ReturnToTheFuture part 2 highlighted Robe’s newest products in the context for which they were designed.
The energized 7.5-minute performance played five times a day and had an original DeLorean MMC12 as the set centrepiece, six dancers and around 200 Robe lights - including Esprites, Tetras, T1s, SilverScans, MegaPointes, Spiiders, Tarrantulas, SuperSpikies, LEDBeam150s and PixelPATTs. These were rigged in the roof and all around the sides of the double-decked booth. The spacey fun-filled show included fog and flame jet special effects and a water feature.
Drapes for all areas of the booth which included separate meeting and demo areas were all designed around the #ReturnToTheFuture garage / laboratory theme.
The booth was packed with people right from before the first live show on the first day and it stayed that way throughout the expo, keeping the Robe North America sales team extremely busy making new contacts and reconnecting with existing clients and industry friends.
They were joined on the booth by Robe’s CEO Josef Valchar and sales director Harry von de

 
 
dynacal-uiLDI: Brompton debuts Dynamic Calibration
Monday, 25 November 2019

USA - Brompton Technology’s Dynamic Calibration is a new technology that enables LED panels to achieve a higher brightness and wider colour gamut than is possible with legacy calibration techniques, while maintaining uniformity. Dynamic Calibration is the enabling technology for Brompton HDR, as well as new, performance-enhancing features such as PureTone and ThermaCal.
“Commonly used calibration methods achieve uniformity by sacrificing both brightness and colour gamut, forcing every LED to match the dimmest and palest LEDs in the entire screen. Once calibrated, this is used for all content over the entire life of the panel,” explains Brompton’s CTO Chris Deighton. “However, with ever-increasing demand for better image quality without increased cost, such sacrifices in performance can no longer be justified.”
Brompton’s Dynamic Calibration takes ‘a revolutionary approach to maintaining uniformity, while unlocking the full potential of the LEDs to achieve previously unthinkable levels of brightness and colour saturation’.
To benefit from Dynamic Calibration an LED panel must be fitted with a Brompton Tessera R2 receiver card and needs to be measured using Hydra - an advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels and exclusive to Brompton Technology.
“Dynamic Calibration is a flexible approach that uses the immense parallel computing power of the R2’s Dynamic Engine to process incoming video in an entirely new and innovative way,” says Deighton. “Before making any decisions, the Dynamic Engine gathers a v

 
laserworldel-300rgb-beamsincyanLaserworld releases safe effects laser
Monday, 25 November 2019

Europe - Laserworld has introduced EL-300RGB, a diffraction effects laser suitable for use in small to medium sized rooms.
EL-300RGB has a multicolour white light laser system that creates a multitude of projection dots or beams through haze and fog. Due to its special optics, the power of the laser system is distributed evenly to the dots, making the laser safe for audience scanning whilst the laser beams remain visible.
The laser system can be controlled via DMX, but can also run in standalone operation or be triggered by music and linked as master and slave with two or more units. The colour and effects rotation in the EL-300RGB can be controlled from the digital display or via DMX to select specific colours. Rotation can be selected from slow to fast to suit any occasion, or remain static.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
claypaky-reflectxionLDI: Claypaky shows ReflectXion moving mirror
Monday, 25 November 2019

USA - Claypaky has introduced Reflectxion, a new moving mirror that promises up to 99% reflectance without chromatic aberrations.
Featuring a 390 by 280mm surface, Reflectxion can redirect beams of light from any stage light with the same intensity as it receives them. The unit offers 540° pan and continuous tilt movement at adjustable speeds.
Using the same omega clamp hanging system utilised in all Claypaky luminaires, this compact moving mirror can be used virtually anywhere on or off stage in any working position, says the company. For control, the unit uses only six DMX channels and pan and tilt resolution are both 16-bit for precise movements. The unit’s onboard LCD menu system is very user friendly and makes addressing and setup simple.
(Jim Evans)

 
magmatic-logoLDI: Elation introduces Magmatic effects
Monday, 25 November 2019

USA - Elation Professional launched Magmatic, a new brand of atmospheric effects, at LDI 2019. Designed, engineered and exclusively distributed by Elation, Magmatic products encompass a range of haze and fog machines with the Magma and Thermatic series, atmospheric snow machines with the Polar series, and CO2 cryogenic simulation effects with the Rocket series.
To complement all of the special effects machines, Elation has developed a complete line of specially formulated effect fluids called Atmosity. Also available is an IP65-rated series of UV LED lighting products in the Prisma series.
“We have long had a vision that stems from a strong demand from our customers around the world to create more advanced atmospheric products designed for professional users, products that are easy to use and hard to break, and that is exactly what we are doing with Magmatic,” states Elation sales & marketing director, Eric Loader.
“Atmospheric effects are key to any stage performance so it’s essential they be reliable and perform on demand. With Magmatic, we are empowering users to create unparalleled experiences with machines that last a lifetime. We’re committed to designing products that are built to last, user intuitive and dependable. In short, Magmatic is world class atmospherics and we’re excited to be showing them for the first time at LDI.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
highendsystems-solahybeam-1LDI: HES launces SolaHyBeam 3000
Monday, 25 November 2019

USA - At LDI 2019, High End Systems introduced the SolaHyBeam 3000 automated fixture. With a feature set designed for beam control, aerial effects and raw power, the flagship luminaire has all the elements to cut through the haze and shine brilliantly in the world’s largest venues, says the company. Powered by an efficient White Light LED engine, SolaHyBeam 3000 features a large front aperture and optimised long throw optics for ‘superior light output throughout the fixture’s wide zoom range’.
Automated lighting product manager, Matt Stoner, comments: “We are so excited to have the SolaHyBeam 3000 added to our family of ultra-powerful premium quality fixtures. The SolaHyBeam 3000 specialises in a fantastic narrow 3.1° beam, turning its massive output and dazzling front lens into a powerful narrow beam. Whether used as a long throw front light (yes it has framing shutters) or for shining dazzling aerials across your rig, SolaHyBeam 3000 is a beam light unlike any other, a wash light with punch and versatility, and so much more. We can’t wait to see this fixture burning the skies on festivals and tours around the world.”
HES general manager, Becky Koester, adds: “Our development and product management teams did an exceptional job on defining and pioneering the narrow beam capability and unique lens effect that offer a unique tool set for designers and end-users. The SolaHybeam 3000 addresses a universal segment of the market that has been dormant the past several years. The early product previews have been remarkable.”
(Jim Evans)

 
martinera600performance3f2048pxLDI: Martin by Harman extends ERA line
Friday, 22 November 2019

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has launched the Martin ERA Performance Series that includes the 400, 600 and 800 fixtures, along with launching the first outdoor rated moving head, the ERA 500 Hybrid IP. The Martin MAC Allure Wash PC and VDO Atomic Dot fixtures will also have their LDI 2019 debut.
The Martin ERA 400, 600 and 800 Performance fixtures, ERA 500 Hybrid IP outdoor fixture, MAC Allure Profile spot fixture, MAC Allure Wash PC wash fixture and VDO Atomic Dot hybrid lighting and video fixtures offer powerful, versatile and cost-effective solutions for entertainment and rental applications, covering everything from the smallest stages to the largest live productions and events.
“The release of the new Martin ERA, MAC Allure and VDO Atomic Dot fixtures ushers in a new era of versatility, enabling lighting designers to create bigger, bolder and more creative lighting displays than ever,” says Mark Buss, Martin Lighting product manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “These streamlined, no-nonsense LED fixtures give rental companies tremendous power, value and trusted Martin performance. They’re bright, compact and loaded with in-demand features that lighting designers love.”
At 34,000 lumens and 800W with a 1:8 zoom, the ERA 800 Performance is the brightest moving head in Martin’s history and is designed for the largest arena and stadium productions. Additionally, the ERA 800 Performance features variable CTO for colour temperature adjustment. The 550-watt ERA 600 Performance is a fantastic option for medium-sized shows, putt

 
 
claypaky-cloudioLDI: Claypaky develops remote maintenance
Friday, 22 November 2019

USA - Claypaky and Osram have presented the CloudIO, an IoT device which provides technicians with complete diagnostics for Claypaky fixtures.
When the lights run checks after use, the unit collects data on hours of lamp life of each fixture, the conditions of various components in the units and update firmware, simply by connecting to the cloud.
The CloudIO is a compact device (240 x 230 x 93mm / 9.45 x 9.06 x 3.66 inches), equipped with a 7” capacitive touchscreen. It has two in/ out pass-through DMX connections, so it is possible to interface and communicate directly with up to 31 lights in series. This is particularly useful for rental companies, who can connect their lights to the CloudIO when they return from a tour.
The CloudIO is a retrofit system which allows it to be fitted to these Claypaky lights: Axcor series (all), Scenius series (all), Mythos / Supersharpy series (all), Sharpy series (all), Alpha series, B-Eye series (all), K-Eye series (all), A.leda Wash series (all), Sharbar, Showbatten, Spheriscan, Stormy, Glowup.
(Jim Evans)

 
hydroADJ releases Hydro Wash X7
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - ADJ’s new Hydro Wash X7 IP-rated moving head wash luminaire has been released to the market, the manufacturer reports.
This versatile 280W LED fixture packs a host of features into a compact housing, making the luminaire suitable for one-off events and concert touring as well as permanent installation in large nightclubs and other entertainment venues.
The latest addition to ADJ’s Hydro Series of IP65-rated professional moving head fixtures, the Hydro Wash X7, harnesses the power of seven 40W Osram 4-in-1 (RGBW) LEDs. Each LED can be controlled independently, which allows for the creation of dazzling ‘eye candy’ visuals through full pixel-mapping. The unit also offers motorised zoom with a wide range of between 6° and 40°. This makes the fixture equally suited to generating large washes of punchy saturated colours as it is to creating narrow solid beams ideal for impactful aerial effects.
With its IP65-rated casing, the fixture is designed for safe use outdoors in all weather conditions. Protected from rain, dust and dirt, it can be used reliably for events, concerts and productions anywhere from dusty deserts to rainy fields. However, it’s not only outdoors that the Hydro Wash X7 has the potential to shine. Used indoors its IP65-rated shell protects the fixture from dirt, dust, drinks and haze residue to prevent build-up on internal components and therefore offer a prolonged operational life and reduced maintenance requirement.
“The Hydro Series is really making waves in the industry,” explains ADJ USA’s national sales

 
 
LDI: ConnectCAD 2020 software unveiled
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - As part of the acquisition that was finalised in August 2019, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks brings ConnectCAD 2020 to market in conjunction with the Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 2 release. From simple to complex, the ConnectCAD add-on to Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer allows AV system designers to lay out signal flows in an easy-to-read format.
“Since ConnectCAD is built on Vectorworks technology and available as an add-on for Spotlight and Designer, you can take advantage of the flexible and robust design and documentation capabilities that have made Spotlight the entertainment industry standard,” comments Vectorworks CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “With features like data visualisation and bi-directional worksheets, along with an extensive manufacturer library and a customizable 2D/3D hybrid environment, you have everything you need to design with confidence.”
“At Vectorworks, I've found myself amongst a group of people that I can really communicate with, and we share a similar mindset and goals,” says Conrad Preen, ConnectCAD founder and now software engineer at Vectorworks. “The technical excellence of Vectorworks is important and has helped us grow immensely in our current development to get further towards what we would like the product to be. Plus, Vectorworks’ passion to expand the reach of the product is more than I could have ever hoped for.”
ConnectCAD will be on display from 22-24 November at the Live Design International Show 2019 in Las Vegas at booth 1331.
(Jim Evans)

 
broadweighLDI: BroadWeigh offers ‘vision for the future’
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - At LDI this year, BroadWeigh will offer ‘a bold new look and new vision for the future’. This comes as the company prepares to give its award-winning Bluetooth system its US trade show debut.
BroadWeigh is collaborating with CassidyRig, one of its US product partners, with Dan Cassidy, founder and CEO responsible for the design and build of the stand - which of course will be monitored with BroadWeigh loadcells.
Speaking ahead of the show, Robert Wilmington-Badcock, MD of Mantracourt says: "BroadWeigh really came about as a result of some clever thinking by one of our employees, who happened to be a part time rigger. He saw the potential for Mantracourt to break into the entertainment technology market with our core wireless technology which, at the time, had just been released and was being rapidly adopted in the under hook industrial market. Little did we realise that our wireless load cell offering would become the success that it is today. You could say that BroadWeigh was never part of the original Mantracourt blueprint."
He continued: "However looking around in the market, it has become very clear to us that no one else is designing monitoring tools specifically for the entertainment market, or as successfully. As a company, we hold the engineering and manufacturing capabilities to bring really useful products to riggers and 2020 will mark the year that a series of bold developments will be released and continue to be developed upon.”
The timing of the rebrand co-incides with new feature releases on existing products as well

 
 
sharpy-plus-aquaLDI: Claypaky extends Sharpy Plus line
Thursday, 21 November 2019

USA - Designed in the spirit of the award-winning Sharpy Plus, the Sharpy Plus Aqua luminaire is an IP65-rated moving head fixture designed for outdoor events, touring, permanent installations, cruise ships, and much more. This new fixture maintains the same performance features of its predecessor, the Sharpy Plus luminaire, in a new weather-resistant package; giving you greater flexibility in a single luminaire.
The cooling system has been redesigned and optimised specifically for this new outdoor configuration for the Osram Sirius HRI 330W X8 lamp currently used in the Sharpy Plus fixture. This lamp is a proven performer in its reliability, output, and being consistent in both brightness and colour temperature.
Like the Sharpy Plus, the Sharpy Plus Aqua fixture offers two distinct operating modes - beam or spot. The 3° to 36° zoom covers the entire zoom range linearly with a beam that is always perfectly sharp and uniform in either mode. It also offers the same complement of prisms, rotating and fixed gobos, colour wheels, CMY colour mixing, and more.
(Jim Evans)

 
yimsa1200x62820191107YIMSA simplifies BGM system design
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Europe - Designing a successful background music (BGM) system, even for small spaces, is usually seen as something that only a professional systems integrator can do, adding both cost and time to a project. But with the introduction of Yamaha’s new online tool, YIMSA, designing BGM systems for small to medium-sized premises will be ‘quicker and free of any cost’.
The Yamaha In-store Music System Advisor (YIMSA) is a new online tool, dedicated to the BGM market, which provides system recommendations based on the input of some basic, easy to understand details.
YIMSA is designed so that users do not need an in-depth knowledge of audio or be aware of the Yamaha product range. It asks straightforward questions like “What is the atmosphere of the store?” and “What quality of music is desired?” with simple buttons to choose the answers.
When these questions have been answered and the size of the space entered, YIMSA will recommend a choice of ‘good’ or ‘best’ solutions, based on Yamaha’s VXS and VXC series speakers and MA/PA series amplifiers. The recommendation will also suggest speaker layouts for the system. YIMSA is free to use, it will work in any web browser and supports 10 languages.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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