Germany - At the recent Prolight & Sound show in Frankfurt, Fantek and Work Lifters announced they will be incorporating an enhanced version of the existing Dynsys overload limiting system in their future products.
Dynsys is a patented safety feature developed to protect operators by preventing top-loading (telescopic) and front-loading lifters lifting under overload conditions, in accordance with the stringent requirements of the EU-wide safety regulation DIN 56950, an important part of the DGUV V17/18 Health & Safety (Industrial Accident Prevention) regulations.
Until now, if lifters incorporating Dynsys are overloaded, user control of torque is blocked. With the improved Dynsys v1.2 system, Fanterk and Work lifters will additionally be prevented from raising anything above Level 0. At the same time, the operator will be given immediate visual feedback to inform them that their tower is excessively loaded, making it impossible for them to miss the potentially dangerous state of their lifter and keeping them safe.
“We all need safety standards, especially in the realm of industrial lifting technology,” comments CSO of Equipson Juan Jose Vila. “The problem is that left alone, companies sometimes have a tendency to create their own proprietary standards. But here are two rival companies agreeing to jointly adopt a new technology in the interests of everybody’s safety. Far from this putting them both at a commercial disadvantage, everyone benefits - not least lifter operators, who will be safer using products incorporating Dynsys v1.2
Germany - French lighting manufacturer Ayrton reported that the size of the crowds that surrounded its stand for the hourly lightshow throughout the four days of Prolight+Sound were “testament to the anticipation generated annually amongst visitors by Stephane Migné’s lighting design and the Ayrton products he used to create one of their most complete lightshows to date”.
The show incorporated over 300 fixtures and gave each product group a chance to shine. It showed off the qualities and characteristics of the full range of new wash and spot fixtures, some new product releases, plus a few old favourites. Swathes of MagicPanel-FX worked their geometric magic from the back wall, MiniPanel-FX performed in tight aerial clusters, and MagicBlade-FX showed off its capabilities moving between ethereal colour changes to dramatic club-style sweeps.
MiniBurst added drama with military precision followed by Merak gyrating to Indian style Bhangra music and Mistral bringing some atmospheric gobo work. Ghibli showed off its versatility and panache to some James Bond music before all were brought together in a finale which revealed all the drama, subtlety, fabulous gobo projection and superb colour renderings that these products are so capable of, moods-changing in a heartbeat before MiniBurst delivered a final dazzling ending with a lingering sparkly finish.
“We were delighted to hear rapturous applause after every performance,” says Ayrton CEO Chris Ferrante. “We are extremely pleased with the huge international attendance this year. There was near
Germany - New trussing and staging systems manufacturer Sixty82 only came into being on 1 March, and shortly after made its successful first public appearance at Prolight+Sound 2018. “The show was incredible for us and we have been bowled over by the phenomenal response we have received from the start,” says Sixty82’s sales & marketing director, Rainier Smeding.
Sixty82’s stand was built using some of its own products to replicate a pub. Complete with bar serving bespoke Sixty82 beer, meeting areas and a full complement of its products, it was a suitable setting for staff to welcome its many new clients. The arrangement reflected the friendly, approachable nature of the company whose team has a genuine enjoyment of their jobs and puts customer service at the forefront of their operations.
“Having good product is paramount of course, but we believe that giving our customers the best service possible is essential,” says Smeding. “We want them to be confident knowing we can be relied upon to deliver upon our promises, and will support them on their projects in every way possible, from advice in the initial stages through to the final supply.”
The stand was constantly packed with clients for the four days of the show: the company officially launched the new Sixty82 App and celebrated with an after-hours party with a live band. Sixty82 App allows users instant access to both unique and general data about the origin and safe use of the system through the use of unique Product Personalities obtained through each component’s RFID tag.
Germany - The RTI NEO ONE modular laser systems for professional applications and lighting designers debuted at Prolight + Sound last year. This year, they were featured on the PRG Stage in their Highlight show.
Simple, yet very effective DMX / ArtNET control makes the RTI NEO ONE compatible to existing control infrastructure, no other control system is required. The RTI NEO ONE is designed as a multi-projector-laser-system: Several units can be attached to each other with a quick-lock system. Due to the octagonal shape it is possible to create shapes built of laser systems. They can not only be mounted at uncommon positions, e.g. flanking the sound line arrays on big stages, arranged as circle or in other shapes, but can also be used as high-power laser array.
The RTI NEO ONE is a powerful white light full colour laser system. With a power of ca. 20W RGB per meter or 3.3W RGB per unit it is also well suitable for large scale applications: The RTI NEO ONE have 10 times more power per aperture than the RTI NEO SIX, proven multiple times to be sufficiently powerful for large stages.
Besides the DMX controllability, the RTI NEO ONE has a built-in controller that can either allow for direct control of the lasers through laser software, or provides additional playback features. It can be individually configured with custom patterns or animations (free software for creating ILDA patterns is included).
The high-speed scanning systems allow graphics and logo projections as well if required.
Up to six units of the RTI NEO ONE can run with
Germany - Avolites experienced its most exciting Prolight+Sound show yet, with a series of product launches including the world premières of new compact media server, the Q3 and launch of light and video integration feature set, Synergy.
Avolites kicked things off on the eve of the exhibition by hosting its annual distributor summit and awards. The company introduced its latest product developments to the 68 sales partners who attended from around the world, and afterwards presented a number of awards to its highest-performing partners.
"The response from the international team was excellent," says sales director Koy Neminathan. "They were genuinely excited about the Q3 media server and what Synergy offers to their customers. The Avolites Academy was also an area of key importance as we are now rolling out certified Avolites training via our global distribution network."
Following this success, on the opening day of the show, sales manager Stephen Baird-Smith introduced Synergy at the company's packed press event. Key features of the Synergy platform include the ability for users to connect and configure their Ai media server from the Titan interface.
Synergy's Lightmap feature means that users can stream Ai video colour data through any fixture group, including both RGB and CMY fixtures, to instantly integrate them into a larger video canvas - meaning that everything from high-res LED screens to LED fixture groups can be controlled from one intuitive User Interface (UI).
"We were inundated with people asking us for more information abo
Germany - With the first live presentation of the new grandMA3 series the MA Lighting booths at Prolight + Sound 2018 were a popular draw.
Founded on the legacy of the previous grandMA consoles, the grandMA3 represents “a radical re-think of what’s possible from a lighting control platform”. The elegant new system-architecture incorporates new fixture, feature and effects-handling at its very heart.
The system features concepts from top industry visionaries, presented within a refined user interface, and is designed to make practical tasks more intuitive. The physical design detail of the grandMA3 range is focused on delivering “the best possible user experience, now and into the future”.
The interest of all visitors at the exhibition was very high, therefore all 13 grandMA3 hands on stations and the dedicated grandMA3 live demonstration auditorium were constantly packed with MA Lighting users from all over the world.
Additionally, the dot2 range was displayed on a dedicated dot2 booth. Four hands on stations as well as live demonstrations of tips and tricks attracted much interest.
Following the introduction of the new General Device Type Format (GDTF) in March 2018, a combined press conference with Vectorworks Inc and Robe lighting on the first day of the show was another important highlight for MA.
This new development for the entertainment design and production industry will change the way lighting designers, lighting fixture manufacturers, lighting console manufacturers and lighting visualizers will work together. T
UK - Orbital Sound returns to PLASA Focus Leeds this year on stand N-C28. Featured on the stand this year is the Nemesis range of audio tools for use in theatre, AV, live music and more.
Key featured product is the new ACS-1 Auto switch over unit that enables automatic switchover of the Nemesis range of Dante and MADI switches. A typical use for this unit is in computer playback systems enabling a dual redundant computer playback system to automatically switch to the Back-Up system should the Primary playback system fail.
Come and see the new option boards for the very popular Nemesis CCS-2 Computer Switch adding more versatility and options, whilst the TCR-1 Time Code Reader adds an impressive feature list to a simple but effective solution.
Full working demonstrations of these new products will be running on the stand daily.
Also on the stand will be products from Allen & Heath (dLive consoles and ME1 personal monitor systems), Clear-Com (Helixnet digital wired and Freespeak II wireless comms systems), DPA (New Core series microphones) and Nexo (Versatile ID Series, PS series & Geo M6 speakers)
Andy Simmons and the team from Orbital will be on hand to discuss all new developments.
UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 is looking forward to a busy PLASA Focus in Leeds next week, where the UK lighting control manufacturer will highlight its powerful FLX range of consoles, which will be running with the latest ZerOS 7.9.4 software on Stand N-B12, 1st and 2nd of May 2018 at The Royal Armouries in Leeds city centre.
The all new FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles, the original FLX and the ZerOS Wing will be demonstrated at this event, which is also renowned for its conviviality, networking and being a meeting hub for industry professionals working and based in and around the north of the UK.
FLX S24 is a new console that runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price.
FLX S48, also new, has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are ultimately portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, and support for a range of networking accessories.
Inbuilt tools include the award-winning RigSync, helpful step by step Guidance, and Auto Palettes to assist with the prep work. Colours can be quickly and accurately selected and applied via the multi-touch Colour & Image Picker or the encoder wheels or by selecting colours c
UK - A new lightweight lighting stand will take centre stage on the Doughty stand at this year's PLASA Focus Leeds. The prototype product, which has been designed with the events and conference market in mind comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. Described as ‘extremely robust’, the stand has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty comments: "We really encourage everyone to come and take a look at this piece of kit on stand N-C25 while it's still in its development stage. We take feedback extremely seriously and use it to fine tune the product so that it ticks all the right boxes. We think our customers will really like the Lightweight Lighting Stand - with all the principles of our popular Tank Trap but packaged into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model."
He adds: "A 28mm receiver in incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. And, when used in conjunction with a spigot adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers."
The Three Position Tank Trap will also feature on this year's stand. Following its debut in 2017, it went on to win the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year. This clever piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, whic
Germany - Robert Juliat has reported one of its busiest shows in recent years at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
The French lighting manufacturer occupied a central position in Hall 3 at its stand C42, saying the area was “constantly busy” throughout the four days.
Robert Juliat sales director Claus Spreyer comments: “It’s impossible to say which product made the most impact as customers were keen to try out the new followspots, the SpotMe system and the new additions to the Dalis range, as well as our new LED profile spot.”
Alice and Oz, the 600W LED short and long-throw followspots, were first in the line-up, exhibiting restyled bodywork and the company's classic optical train to ensure Alice and Oz produce an output equal to that of conventional 1200W discharge models whilst boasting silent operation and smooth electronic dimming.
"Alice and Oz were designed with small to medium-sized venues and budgets in mind and the hugely positive response we have received shows we have got the formula right,” comments Spreyer.
Sharing its technology, output and quality of light with Oz and Alice is Robert Juliat’s newly presented range of LED profiles, the Charles 960SX series. This range of 600W LED profiles is available in three variable zoom ranges (29°/50°, 15°/40° and 8°/16°) and exhibits a high optical efficiency with a 6000K colour temperature and a CRI in excess of 90.
Also demonstrated on the booth was Robert Juliat’s SpotMe, its bespoke, 3D tracking system for followspots.
“SpotMe is a genuine and u
Spain - Valencia-based audio-visual equipment manufacturer WORK Pro Audio is today has announced two product additions to its innovative LightShark range of lighting consoles: the LS-Wing console expander unit, which is designed to complement and extend the original LS-1 console, and the four-strong range of LS-Nodes, affordable hardware expanders for the LightShark system that add extra DMX and Ethernet connectivity without the user interface and physical controls of the LS-1 and LS-Wing units.
Launched in 2017, LightShark was the first DMX-based hardware lighting console range to offer wireless, browser-based control from a multi-touch smartphone or tablet, whilst also providing a rugged and intuitive hardware user interface in the form of the LS-1 unit. The new LS-Wing, which is slightly narrower than the original LS-1 but still comfortably holds a 12.9-inch iPad Pro on its top surface mounting area, connects to the LS-1 via Ethernet and allows users to expand the physical controls available in their LightShark systems.
Each LS-Wing adds 20 backlit buttons and 10 Playbacks, plus two further universes of DMX control (that is, a further 2 x 512 channels of lighting control) and an extra three Ethernet ports, while a pair of USB connectors allow users to charge the associated tablets or mobile devices being used to control their LightShark system.
Four different models of LS-Node are available: the LS-Node1, LS-Node2, LS-Node 4 and LS-Node8, each of which adds its respective number of freely configurable DMX Universes to the connected DMX-capable li
USA - Building on the success of the SixBar series of colour-changing LED battens, Elation Professional now offers the Seven Batten, a new line of linear lighting effects using the latest seven-colour multi-chip LED technology for an even more flexible colour wash solution.
The Seven Batten Series house individual 25W 7-IN-1 RGBAW + Lime + UV LEDs and boost an improved optical design for better colour mixing and smoothness of field. The fixtures can also project uniform colour onto any surface, whether lining the downstage edge or flown in a truss.
Available in 1ft (0.3m), 4ft (1.2m) and 6ft (1.8m) lengths, Seven Batten fixtures produce nearly 80% more lumens versus comparably sized SixBar series fixtures. An updated rugged die-cast aluminium case design provides improved thermal control and heat management, ensuring stable, improved performance and extending the fixtures’ lifetime.
Useful for production applications or installations as a wash light, uplight, wall/cyc wash, accent lighting, direct view pixel strip and more, the Seven Batten’s high-power LEDs offer an expanded palette of colours, including stunning ambers, true whites and even an ultraviolet effect. The addition of the Lime LED produces a better white mixed output and improved CRI across all mixed white colour temperatures while the Amber extends the colour range and provides an effective means of colour temperature control and higher colour rendering. LED zone control allows for even further design possibilities and eye candy looks.
All fixtures in the Seven Batten serie
Germany - Media solutions and control specialist ArKaos revealed its new An-Ki scheduling system at Prolight+Sound and highlighted MediaMaster 5.2, the newly-launched latest release of its popular real-time video control platform.
Managing director Agnes Wojewoda comments: “We experienced another very busy show this year and saw a good mix of high quality European and international visitors, with people from the US, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa as well as Pan Pacific regions. I am impressed with this international flavour.
“Particularly interesting to us was perceiving an increase in professionals and practitioners working in the architectural and ‘architainment’ sectors which - to us - reinforced the belief that there is a hunger for new technology in these markets.”
This trend tied in with the launch of An-Ki, which addresses the need for flexible, cost-effective and fully mobile control of media interfaces.
An-Ki is an inventive tool for scheduling and monitoring the highly successful ArKaos MediaMaster platform that enables mapped video or LED installations to be maintained from anywhere in the world via the potential of the ArKaos cloud.
An-Ki was launched during a special presentation event in the Manufacturers Forum on the first day of the expo, and the feedback has been very positive, reports Agnes.
Working over the internet, An-Ki enables digital content appearing as projections, or creative media on any LED mappable surfaces or devices to be updated, synched and tweaked in just a couple of cl
Germany - Claypaky presented a new concept in theme booths as it introduced its stage lighting products at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
The Claypaky booth concept was based on three theme showrooms. Demos were performed in each one by alternating lighting techniques with evocative visual effects, creating an absorbing multimedia mix enjoyed by the almost 3,000 visitors who came to the showrooms over the four days.
"We saw enormous interest," comments CEO Pio Nahum and marketing manager Davide Barbetta. "The theme itinerary through the three showrooms worked in a continuous cycle, yet there were visitors waiting to enter at every time of day, and their numbers even increased on the last days. We think word got round of a highly detailed demo, put together by our technical team consisting of Claypaky's lighting designers, Marco Zucchinali and Giulia Sabeva, and visual design experts."
Making its international debut at the show was the Zac-Eye, a stand-alone followspot that uses artificial intelligence: the movements of Claypaky lights are controlled automatically by a device that connects to them via Ethernet. Its 3D optical sensor detects all the objects on stage, and a sophisticated algorithm distinguishes human shapes from the rest of the surroundings. In this way, it is possible to follow up to 4 actors on stage independently and automatically with any Claypaky light.
The Axcor 300 family of ultra-compact LED moving heads was presented for the first time at PL+S.
There was also great interest in the début of the HEPIKOS, an innovative
Germany - ROE Visual enjoyed a successful Prolight + Sound 2018, introducing new team members, as well as two new products.
Roelof Bouwman, managing director of ROE Visual Europe, comments: “Prolight + Sound is an important exhibition for our industry, all the major players come together to share experiences and look for new products and innovations. The quality of the visitors visiting our stand has been outstanding. We were happy to illustrate our innovative drive, by showcasing both the new Diamond 2.6 series and the Vanish 18 panels. These new products, have received very positive feedback from our customers and users.”
Bouwman continues: “As commercial partner of the AV Alliance, we were asked to participate in a panel discussion on The future of LED during the annual meeting here in Frankfurt. This offered a unique opportunity to discuss the development of the LED business and its outlooks for the future. ROE Visual felt secured by the topics discussed, with our innovative strategy and drive to enhance the general knowledge on LED technology, the future looks bright. Passing on this knowledge is one of the reasons we have started our training programme, the ROE Academy.”
The Diamond 2.6 (DM2.6) is the new light weight, small pitch solution from ROE Visual, suitable for various indoor applications. With its ultra-light weight frame design, this superb LED screen brings lifelike viewing experience.
A carbon and magnesium frame design, guaranties light weight panels, where the black LEDs bring an incomparable viewing experie
USA - Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has announced seven new products designed to simplify the deployment of wireless systems.
The new PWS 4X4 provides quad antenna distribution for the Shure Axient Digital Quadversity wireless microphone system. The unit can handle up to four receivers and features 470-616 MHz filtering, bias power control/status LEDs for each input, rotary attenuators, and dual power inputs that allow for redundant power.
The company has also debuted the V-IC, four-zone intercom multicoupler for the VHF range – designed for use with Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems. The unit is optimised for use in the VHF frequency range, filtered for 179-216 MHz. Four antenna inputs are combined, filtered and amplified to unity gain. Eight outputs supply signal for up to eight UV-1G base stations.
The P-812S houses eight independent passive two-way RF splitters, capable of handling high-power transmit signals. The P-812S enables 2-zone transmission for up to four UV-1G base stations. The 1RU unit is far more convenient and more rugged than traditional methods.
The UX-8 is an updated version of the popular GX-8 transmit combiner. The refreshed unit removes the old frequency screen and replaces it with input status LEDs. The rear power connector is now an XLR5, which offers a more secure, locking connection. Same great performance at a lower price.
The DC-4R is a power supply solution that powers up to four Radio Active Design bases or chargers in an easy-to-use 1RU package. Features include s
Germany - Laserworld has updated its Purelight Series so they come in a smaller housing, are lighter and built with enhanced laser sources. The company promises "great white balance and high power at low price".
The Purelight Series units are available in 6W, 10W and 20W power and have graphics-capable scanners at 30kpps 8° ILDA, which makes them suitable for a large number laser show applications. The optics section of the laser systems has no air circulation, which significantly reduces maintenance efforts for the Purelight systems.
The Laserworld Purelight Series, launched at PL+S 2018, are suitable for large nightclubs, festivals, outdoor stages and any kind of application that requires high power and good white balance, says the company.
Denmark - When the original 2290 Digital Delay hit the music world in 1985, it was lauded as nothing short of a revolution in sound.
Adopted by producers and FOH engineers as well as musicians such as David Gilmour, The Edge and Robben Ford, it set the benchmark for delay units, and quickly became an industry standard in professional studios and live effects rigs.
Due to its popularity, it had one of the longest production runs of any rack-mounted processor, and since its discontinuation has in 2005 become highly sought after on the vintage market.
The new TC2290-DT aims to take up the sonic mantle of the original 2290 while radically reinventing the delay unit for a new generation of musicians, producers and engineers, says the company.
“Because we still have the original blueprints, we’ve been able to rework the 2290 from the ground up,” says Thomas Valter, director of product management at TC Electronic.
“It retains the beautiful and dynamic modulated delays of the original and fuses the plusses of plug-in technology with all the benefits of having a tactile control unit at your fingertips.”
Over the course of more than a year, TC Electronic had their team of engineers take apart four original units, each with their own distinct character, and measured their components from top to bottom.
By cross referencing the data step-by-step with the original schematics, their software engineers then recreated all the parameters until they achieved the unique 2290 sound.
"We have put a lot of effort into making it aut
Germany - Prolight+Sound 2018 was the official launchpad for the d&b’s GSL System from the SL-Series, a new loudspeaker system in the company’s product portfolio.
d&b also announced a series of integrations between Soundscape’s central DS100 Signal Engine and digital mixing consoles from DiGiCo, Avid and Lawo at a live mixing session showing the console workflows & mixing live multitrack recordings.
The new GSL System is a complete solution created for the largest sound reinforcement applications in significantly-sized arenas, stadiums and festivals to accurately deliver any performance style or musical genre.
Prolight+Sound attendees had multiple opportunities to experience the d&b Soundscape, with two different Soundscape Sessions; The Soundscape Mixing Session and The d&b Soundscape Sessions. The daily d&b Soundscape Mixing Sessions with Serge Grafe, Kraftwerk FOH, were well-received and guests were keen to learn more about the process of developing a creative concept for a mix using d&b Soundscape.
It wasn’t just the two new d&b releases in the spotlight at Prolight+Sound though, guests could find the full d&b product range in the Sound + Audio Hall on the d&b stand, including all loudspeaker series E, T, J, Y and V-Series, as well as xS, xA and xC-Series.
David Claringbold, d&b chief marketing officer, comments: “Prolight+Sound has been a fantastic opportunity to officially introduce the next generation of d&b line array to the market. Birthing the SL-Series an
Europe/USA - The new Philips VL2600 range of LED moving head luminaires from Philips Entertainment Lighting has been designed as a smaller, brighter and lighter LED alternative to the VL2500 Spot and Wash moving heads.
The VL2600 range combines LED light source engineering with the quality, colour palette and performance of the Philips Vari-Lite brand. In terms of light quality, output power, reliability and cost, the three fixtures in the VL2600 range are simply the highest performing luminaires - and the most attractive investment proposition - in their class, says the company.
Having listened to the wishes of customers worldwide, Philips Entertainment Lighting has exceeded the output of the VL2500, while expanding the available package and its potential applications with the addition of a dedicated Profile fixture, plus the added advantage of a beam-shaping system within the Wash fixture. At the same time, the compact form factor has been retained.
All three models in the range - Spot, Profile and Wash - offer an updated, more saturated, but still familiar Philips Vari-Lite CMY colour mixing system with variable CTO colour correction, high-colour temperature (7200 K) output, a class-leading wide zoom range (7-48˚) and a flat and even field of light at any beam angle. And they deliver all the effects and features that users expect of the Philips Vari-Lite brand.
In designing the VL2600, Philips Entertainment Lighting has prioritised the twin goals of top-class performance and cost-effective ownership. The VL2600 range is tough and reliable,
Germany - PR Lighting presented one of its most expansive displays yet at this month’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
With a dedicated booth adjacent to their German distributor, Focon Showtechnic, their theme was Water Proof Products in the form of a series of IP65-rated fixtures.
Although they found the attendance generally lower than previous years, according to international sales director, Ernie Armas, due to their inspired and eye-catching water display units, they managed to drive a constant flow of traffic to their stand.
“This allowed attendees to see a series of moving heads perform over the duration of the show under water conditions,” he notes. “Furthermore, the design of our booth allowed visitors to play with our units and get full hands-on experience, by using a simple controller attached to the pedestal.”
PR Lighting displayed all models in their new AQUA portfolio, many of them in the specially constructed water display boxes, where they continued to function perfectly. This included AQUA LED 600 Spot; AQUA 480 BWS (Beam, Wash, Spot); AQUA 480 Beam; AQUA 350 BWS; AQUA 350 Beam.
In addition, PR Lighting presented the new AQUA 230 Silent Mode - another UP65-rated fixture, which carries a 230W lamp and with an operating noise level of just 40dB.
Other new products featured on the stand included the Omega; XLED 6019 and XLED 6007.
Away from the fixtures, Armas said that Frankfurt had provided the opportunity for one-to-one meetings with distribution partners and other trade show attendees. “This
UK - Global Truss has developed the truss Silencer, a rubber damper that is simply pushed on to the end of a truss pin to reduce noise when assembling truss structures.
The Silencer will decrease the volume when hammering truss pins by around 50% whilst dampening the high pitch frequencies significantly, says the company. A special rubber blend is being used in production which makes the Silencer flexible yet hard enough to transfer the force of the hammer effectively, and whilst preserving the material of the pin and the copper hammer.
The Silencer has been designed to be left on the truss pins, whilst fitted to the truss, providing protection not only to the truss but also the surface it is sitting upon. Another added feature is that it offers camouflage when silver pins are used on black truss.
“Audio measurements were conducted by audio specialists under real live and laboratory conditions and confirm that with the help of our Silencer an 8dB decrease of the acoustic noise can be achieved. Additional measurements have revealed that especially high pitch tones are significantly dampened for protection of the human ear. Tests during events have attested that other service providers on location did not feel as disturbed by noise when assembling truss,” says Oliver Braun, marketing director of Global Truss.
Since the inception of Global Truss, innovation is one of the guiding principles and the whole industry will now benefit from this innovation, as Global Truss will distribute the Silencer for free to all customers, users, exhibition v
Europe - With the festival season fast approaching, Optocore chose the recent Frankfurt Prolight+Sound expo to launch its new Festival Box, which celebrated its world premiere with a well-attended press launch.
Having already proven the versatile fibre-based technology in the broadcast industry - marketed through its close technology partner BroaMan - Optocore has responded rapidly to the growing demand from the live sound community for a more elegant and efficient signal transport system.
The Festival Box is based on the BroaMan Repeat48WDM media converter, which uses Repeat48-2Fiber modules at its source. This provides several specific models with different conversion options. The standard SFP modules allow any protocol to tunnel over the same fibre.
Explaining the design rationale to the assembled press, Optocore applications engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski, comments: “We have called it the Festival Box because it is perfect for festival situations when multiple bands are appearing, each sound engineer bringing different consoles, and running different protocols to the stage box.
“All can now be transported using just a single duplex fibre, thereby saving a tremendous amount of cabling between FOH and stage.” And because the SFP optical module transceivers are hot-swappable they can simply be exchanged to meet any demand.
In conclusion, Janiszewski summarises the benefits to production companies: “What makes this so perfect for the rental market is that the Festival Box supports all fibre protocols as well as Cat 5 E
Germany - Crest Audio’s Versarray PRO powered line array made its entrance at ProLight + Sound 2018. Comprising the Versarray PRO VR112 line array element and the VR-PRO 215 sub, Versarray PRO is designed for all mid-sized line array applications including live entertainment, theatres, houses of worship and more.
The VR112 benefits from Crest Audio’s latest-generation Mark III ribbon drivers and proprietary Clear Form Waveguide for crystalline high end reproduction. The low end is served by the 12” NEO Black Widow neodymium loudspeaker with dual 4” voice coils which works in conjunction with Crest’s Ram Air Cooling (RAC) design for even greater efficiency and power handling. The compact, flyable VR-PRO 215 sub, also with RAC design, features dual 15” Black Widow Low Rider drivers and delivers full power down to 35 Hz and a peak SPL of 135dB. Both elements benefit from 3000 W of available dynamic power.
In terms of rigging, Versarray PRO is a fully articulating array thanks to an easy-to-adjust three-pin system on the back, which enables a range of configurations that are not possible in other comparably priced systems.
Versarray PRO includes Auto-Hang DSP technology, a quick and easy push-button control option that allows you to adjust the array according to the number of cabinets in the array, speaker positioning and more. Combined with the innovative FlyQWIK hardware, a Versarray PRO system can be accurately deployed in a fraction of the time required by competing systems.
*Following their recent European unveiling at ISE 2018,