USA - TMB will introduce the first offerings in its new FloppyTape range during Lightshow West, taking place on 25-26 September at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
Suitable for applications from bespoke retail lighting to the most punishing rock and roll tours, FloppyTape is offered in premium and standard versions. Both versions are also available sealed with a highly protective, ultra-clear, UV-resistant, fully submersible, flexible coating. In support of the range, a comprehensive selection of standard and custom profiles and diffusion accessories are offered.
Currently, FloppyTapes are available in Dynamic White, RGBW, RGB, and RGBA, with many more options coming soon. Also, as a very significant bonus - FloppyTapes are backed by TMB’s world famous service and support.
At the tradeshow, TMB will display a wide and varied selection of proprietary architectural products, many derived from the company’s decades of entertainment and production staging experience. From specification grade decorative and specialty lighting, to temporary power hook-ups, to networking and control, to high quality data cables, to the world’s brightest exterior lighting fixtures, there’s plenty to see at TMB’s stand 126.
Germany - ARRI has introduced Orbiter, a new LED luminaire that is “poised to change the way the industry looks at digital lighting”. A bright, tunable, and directional LED fixture, Orbiter is billed as “the most technologically advanced luminaire ever produced for image capture and colour fidelity”. Orbiter’s six-colour light engine promises to deliver a wide colour gamut across all colour temperatures along with smooth dimming from 100 to 0%. With its changeable optics, Orbiter can transform into many different types of lampheads including projection (profile), open face, and soft light. Additional features, such as a fast processor, ample memory, expanded connectivity, a built-in array of sensors, and weatherproof housing, make Orbiter a formidable machine.
Orbiter’s state-of-the-art technology and versatile design makes it an optimal lamphead for today and for the future, with endless possibilities for updates, configurations, and enhancements, says the company.
UK - Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 enjoyed a busy and lively PLASA 2019 where for the first time in the UK, the company presented its new RigSwitch remote controlled switching system together with a host of other neat, practical and innovative power, data and control solutions.
Running concurrently with the first two days of the show, Zero 88 also ran two days of free hands-on introductory and training sessions for the FLX lighting console family at the Hilton Hotel, a two minute walk from Olympia, which were popular and well received.
Product manager Jon Hole commented that the quality of the visitors to the show was “consistently good” and that the footfall was busy throughout, especially on the Monday and Tuesday mornings.
The specially designed one-hour training sessions were based on a very successful informal format that the Zero 88 team has developed, with four a day including an extended two-hour session over lunchtime - with refreshments and a light lunch. The 6pmsession featured an extra highly informative Q+A plus a drink for all those attending.
The main new product reveal was RigSwitch, a fully customisable range of switching cabinets from 12 to 96 relays per cabinet, with four pre-designed options to cover the most regularly requested combinations.
All relays feature staggered power-on, DMX control and remote switching, using anything from a simple contact to a network of engraved keypads and touchscreens. Each channel has an MCB as standard, with additional options of RCBO, ELCB and AFP (Arc Fault Protection)
USA - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of its new POW-R Bar Rack USB, a power management solution designed to eliminate messy wires and extension cords. Designed for controlling the power supply to lighting and audio equipment, the compact unit is suitable for use in installations as well as at front of house and monitor mixing positions, lighting desks and in mobile entertainers’ setups.
Building on the heritage of ADJ’s popular PC-100A, a power switching unit that has been on the market for over 25 years, the new POW-R Bar Rack USB retains the original tried and tested design but with the addition of dedicated Always On sockets as well as USB charging ports. The new unit expands the ADJ POW-R Bar range which also includes the touring grade POW-R BAR65 utility power block and POW-R BAR LINK linkable power block.
The new addition features eight three-prong 120V Edison sockets on its rear panel which correspond to eight rocker switches on the front. In addition, there are two further 3-prong Edison sockets, one located on the front panel and one on the back, which are always on when the unit is receiving power. The front panel also features two USB ports – ideal for charging phones, tablets and other USB powered products like a gooseneck light – as well as a reset switch for the internal circuit breaker.
“The original PC-100A has been a consistent best seller for ADJ over the past quarter century and the new model builds on its winning design with the addition of two useful new features,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales ma
USA - A new training programme designed to teach stage technicians the safest way to operate telescopic and front-loading lifters has been introduced at WFX 2019 in Orlando by Spanish company Equipson, which manufactures WorkPro lifters.
Equipson has produced a series of 15 videos, voiced in English and Spanish, that demonstrate how safety issues can easily be avoided by following the correct procedures. These videos, which range in length from three to 10 minutes, cover topics such as setting up, elevating, mounting and descending telescopic and front loading lifters, how to safely move a telescopic lifter, how to mount a line array on a front loading lifer and how WireDrive works as well as how to rectify wire mistakes.
Juan Jose Vila, CSO of Equipson, says: "As manufacturers of these products we are committed to making them as safe and accessible as possible to all users. Dedicating resources to proper training is key to our approach and this is why we have devised a range of audio visual content that clearly shows the correct way to use lifters in order to avoid unnecessary and potentially fatal accidents."
Equipson's videos, which are free to view and hosted on the company's own WorkPro Lifters YouTube channel, are aimed at a wide range of staging operatives, from those working in theatres and Houses of Worship through to those operating in a live touring environment.
"It doesn't matter what kind of show or event you are putting on – the safety aspects of using lifters remain the same," Vila adds. "We have put these videos together beca
UK - Elation Professional’s Artiste Monet LED Profile luminaire won a PLASA Award for Innovation at PLASA 2019. Recognised as exceptional innovation at a ceremony held 16 September in London, the judges singled out the Monet’s wireless continuous-rotation framing and SpectraColor colour mixing systems.
“We are both honoured and proud to have won our fifth PLASA Award for Innovation yesterday for the fabulous Artiste Monet,” enthused Elation sales & marketing director Eric Loader. “The Artiste series is breaking new ground with innovation that opens up for greater creative possibilities. Lighting professionals on both the production and installation side are discovering how exceptional the series is and the Monet is a great example. We are thrilled to again be recognised as an R&D leader and innovator in entertainment lighting.”
The 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet is a full-featured LED Profile offering “outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via an innovative SpectraColor colour mixing system”. SpectraColor uses traditional CMY colours but adds variable RGB flags for rich and vibrant primary colours.
Unique to the Artiste Monet is a full blackout, four-blade framing system. Not only does the adjustable system allow for refinement of the beam shape and projection at any angle, newly designed unlimited indexing and continuous rotation control allow shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming, allowing for creative transitions, projections and aerial effects not pr
UK - Spotrack is at this year’s PLASA Show at London’s Olympia. Spotrack enables an operator to remotely control from any location, up to 50 moving lights as follow spots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors for live production from anywhere in the venue.
The Spotrack team will be on hand to explain and discuss all aspects of the hardware and software that comprise a system which is revolutionising the lighting industry’s approach to spotlight control. Spotrack systems are to be found in action all around the globe at high profile events, as more and more lighting designers and production managers acquaint themselves with the clear advantages the system delivers.
Spotrack CEO Liam Feeney comments, “We’re excited to be bringing TracMe to PLASA. We’ve witnessed an amazing response from the industry to the impact of Spotrack across a variety of big international productions and it soon became apparent that there was an obvious demand for an entry-level equivalent which could meet the needs of smaller applications. We look forward to showing visitors to PLASA how Spotrack and TracMe can enhance their work and make life easier and safer.” Spotrack is exhibiting on Stand N21 at PLASA.
UK - Vari-Lite has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL800 Series of fixed and moving head LED fixtures is now shipping. The new series of fixtures can be seen at the PLASA Show (stand E60) at Olympia.
“The VL800 Series has been very well received,” says Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “We’ve taken great care in their design to ensure that they look, move and feel the way you would expect from Vari-Lite, but with a cost profile and feature set that fits installations and smaller rental applications. We’re committed to delivering the tools that our customers need for the wide variety of lighting design environments that they work in, so it’s great to see such a warm response to this cost-effective, complementary, scalable family of event lighting fixtures.”
Comprising three new fixtures designed to work seamlessly in combination, the VL800 Series are colour-matched to be visually consistent.
“Our customers are confirming to us that the new VL800 Series strike a perfect balance of capabilities and price, embodying what they expect of an event line from Vari-Lite,” says Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “Whether you have a handful of fixtures in a school auditorium or use a number of them together at a large event, VL800 Series is a perfect fit for a variety of applications, offering a scalable solution that opens up a range of creative possibilities.”
The Vari-Lite VL800 Series fixtures are available for order
UK - City Theatrical is expanding its line of QolorFLEX LED tape, dimmers, and accessories with five new LED tapes: QolorFLEX HiQ High CRI LED Tape (available in three colour temperatures), QolorFLEX UV LED Tape, and QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape, RGBACW.
QolorFLEX HiQ High CRI LED Tape has a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 95, making it a suitable high CRI LED tape for the needs of the film industry. Available in three types (3200K, 6000K, and 2700K to 6500K in a single chip), QolorFLEX HiQ High CRI LED Tape offers “exceptional on-camera colour rendition and the ability to match the light sources already being used on set”.
QolorFLEX UV LED Tape was designed to accentuate the fluorescence of surrounding objects or paint, providing a “glow in the dark” effect. With a wavelength of 395nm just outside the visible spectrum, QolorFLEX UV LED Tape works similarly to a black light fixture, but in a professional QolorFLEX LED strip. It is designed for installations such as theme park rides, as well as nighttime mood lighting, and can even be used for Halloween-themed events.
QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape, RGBACW is an interior grade 5-in-1 24V LED Tape with high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colors using red, blue, green, amber, and cool white, when used with a DMX colour control system. Like City Theatrical’s best-selling QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape, RGBWWCW, all LEDs used in QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape, RGBACW are identical to create an even illumination. This tape is aimed at the television and film industries.
UK - At the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia), Bose Professional will be showcasing products from its significantly expanded portfolio of loudspeakers, amplifiers, DSPs, controllers and software products. Featuring at PLASA are the new ArenaMatch DeltaQ loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers, which bring Bose sound quality, consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations through DeltaQ technology. Also on show are the easy-to-install DesignMax loudspeakers in a range of sizes (the total range includes 12 models; ceiling and surface, black and white, with subwoofer options), ShowMatch DeltaQ array modules, new PowerSpace amplifiers and Commercial Sound Processors. This new, expanded line comes together to build a range of cohesive systems that reflect Bose Professional’s latest advancements in terms of audio technology and design aesthetics, while also focusing on customers’ everyday needs with greater ease of design, configuration and installation.
Europe - Xstage has released a video on A4i.tv that puts the spotlight on its new stage deck, the S10. Weighing in at only 33kg, but without any reduction in loading capacity (750 kg/m2) or stability, the new S10 deck is winning over live entertainment professionals around the world.
Discover the advanced design and leading features that have made the S10 so popular by watching the video here.
UK - Martin by Harman UK distributor Sound Technology has announced UK shipping of the new Martin MAC Allure Wash PC, with its first UK appearance being at PLASA 2019 (Stand U75).
This washlight variant of the MAC Allure Profile features a solid-state RGBW light engine with unique 7-segmented beam control. With instant colour control and pixelated beam, the MAC Allure Wash PC enables dynamic diffused projection and mid-air effects, previously not possible.
The light and colour engine are divided into seven full colour pixels. Pixels can be focused on projection or in the beam for aerial effects. You have full colour and intensity control over each pixel via DMX or create effects via the fixture’s effects engine.
On top of DMX, Art-Net and sACN, MAC Allure fixtures can be controlled via P3. This allows a rig of multiple fixtures to deliver cohesive content that blends with video content on panels or creative LED products. Via a single data feed, switch between normal lighting & P3 control and cross fade between the two.
Additional features that make the MAC Allure Wash PC suitable for a range of needs are its ability to be broadcast safe with LED drivers that run the light engine at high and precise refresh rates, securing no flicker or banding on any broadcast application. It also features a compact 17.6 kg (39 lbs.) design that fits nicely into smaller sets and spaces, reducing truss loading constraint concerns.
“Not only is it part of the first product family to combine a proprietary, solid state RGBW additive colour mixing en
UK - Triple E is making final preparations for their exhibition presence at this year’s PLASA Show. The expertise of the UK based stage-engineering manufacturer will be demonstrated on stand B38 where Triple E will showcase the new 2Way Points System and the first product in their new Grip Equipment range. They will also have their new brochure hot off the press.
The stand will feature other key products including Triple E’s extensive range of track systems, and plug and play track mounted motors, all of which benefit from Triple E’s renowned superior performance and reliability.
Triple E’s stand will also demonstrate the flexible ModTruss system which has recently been seen in the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts’ summer show as well as forming the base of the Greenpeace tree at Glastonbury Festival. ModTruss is a highly efficient, re-usable, re-configurable modular system which is perfect for bespoke design requirements and has the potential to include additional lighting, screens and branding.
They will also be happy to share details of recent Triple E projects including the VariBanner and VariRoller installations at Battersea Arts Centre and Sherborne Girls School which are custom designed and built for the unique needs of each space they are installed into.
The Triple E team will be on hand throughout the show to discuss these products, installations and any stage engineering requirements you may have such as schools, arenas, tours and all applications in between.
UK - EM Acoustics is launching the S Series, a new subwoofer range comprising seven subs designed to pair with the company’s loudspeakers in a variety of fixed and portable sound reinforcement applications.
The new S-48 is a low profile, compact VLF subwoofer with minimal dimensions for easy concealment in confined spaces such as galleries, bars, cafés, museums and smaller theatres. Four 8-inch neodymium LF drive units deliver useable response down to 35Hz without the need for EQ.
At the top end of the range is the recently-introduced ST-215 compact flyable touring subwoofer, which is proportioned to fly with EM Acoustics’ Halo-B medium format line array system. The larger ST-218 high power dual 18-inch flyable sub is designed to be matched with the large format Halo-A system.
All the subwoofers in class are prefixed with S- followed by a number (e.g. S-12, S-15, S-18) giving a clear indication of size and composition, and thus application. All S Series subwoofers come complete with a range of rigging points and an impact-resistant paint finish as standard plus custom colour and weather-resistant options.
“The introduction of the S Series will make it much easier for customers to find their way around our product offering and quickly identify what they need,” says Mike Wheeler, operations director at EM Acoustics. “The advent of S Series has been part of a targeted restructuring of our product range in order to streamline our catalogue and ensure that everything we produce is both genuinely relevant to our customers’ needs and s
UK - ADJ will use this year’s show to demonstrate the latest additions to its range of professional moving head luminaires, including beam, wash and hybrid fixtures as well as the much-anticipated Hydro Series of IP65-rated models. Visit ADJ at stand H38 during PLASA 2019 (15-17 September, London Olympia).
ADJ’s Hydro Series brings the advantages of weatherproof IP65-rated enclosures to the broad mid-market of the entertainment technology industry. Designed for rental houses, tours and production companies, as well as permanent installation, the Hydro Series fixtures can be used outside in any weather. Their sealed casing design also means that, even if the fixtures are used indoors, their optics are protected from dust, dirt and humidity, resulting in an extended operational life and reduced maintenance requirement.
The flagship of the Hydro Series is the Hydro Beam X2, a bright and feature-packed luminaire. Through a combination of precision-engineered optics and a potent Osram Sirius HRI 370W LL (long life) discharge lamp, the fixture generates a razor-sharp 3-degree beam that can be customized using a wide variety of beam manipulation tools to provide lighting designers with a high level of creative freedom. These include a 14-position colour wheel (including both 3200K and 5600K CTO filters), 10 replaceable rotating GOBOs + two fixed beam reducers, two multi-faceted rotating prisms with layering feature and an independent frost filter.
The second fixture in the new series, the Hydro Beam X1, is a compact yet potent moving head powered by an
USA - Audinate has announced the availability of Dante Virtual Soundcard for installation in virtual Windows environments using Type-1 hypervisors. This update is especially important for customers such as broadcasters, educators and corporate users that want to deploy Dante networked audio throughout data centres, studios, server clusters and campuses, says the company. Dante Virtual Soundcard interfaces directly with audio software running on virtual machines, allowing distribution of media playback, centralised recording, and more.
Dante Virtual Soundcard turns any computer into a Dante endpoint for networked audio. It provides a standard WDM or ASIO audio interface that allows any installed audio software to send and receive up to 64 channels of lossless audio over a standard 1Gbps network to any Dante-enabled AV endpoints, including other instances of Dante Virtual Soundcard. Dante Virtual Soundcard is an ideal solution for computer-driven media playback, multi-channel recording and lecture capture, and is 100 percent compatible with the more than 2,000 Dante-enabled products available from multiple vendors.
“Dante Virtual Soundcard is already the gold standard for professional recording and playback on thousands of networks around the world,” says Nick Mariette, senior product manager at Audinate. “We want to ensure using virtualized environments get the same reliable high performance that has made Dante Virtual Soundcard the workhorse of the audio industry.”
Dante Virtual Soundcard with support for installation on virtual machines is
UK - Outline has announced a major firmware (v95) and software (v1.9) release for its Newton multi-source audio processor.
Smaart API integration represents the quickest and easiest way for users to integrate Smaart measurement data into Newton and to plot it within the Outline Dashboard software environment. This new compatibility will provide a faster, simpler and more accurate method of system tuning for Smaart users.
“Outline has done an outstanding job of utilising the Smaart API to integrate Smaart measurement data within the latest release of their Dashboard control software,” comments Karen Anderson, CEO, Rational Acoustics. “This integration really highlights Outline’s commitment to providing their customers with powerful, forward-thinking professional audio tools and we are thrilled to see Newton/Dashboard added to the ever-growing list of Smaart API enabled products.”
While the Smaart API integration is dedicated to those environments in which Smaart is being used, the new Direct Transfer feature provides an alternative way to send data to any third-party measurement software or system. Both pre and post-EQ measurements (related to the same channel's DSP) are sampled and the resultant data can be used with independent measurement software or systems through the hardware outputs.
A new Group Overview feature allows users to see how changes to parameters made on a group basis affect individual channels. Each channel can be a member of up to four separate groups simultaneously and this new feature provides detailed informat
The Netherlands - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exhibit an array of specialist TV, broadcast and film lighting solutions from leading brands including Chroma-Q, Vista by Chroma-Q, Quasar Science and RatPac on stand 12.D39 at IBC this week.
Chroma-Q will continue to celebrate its 15th year in LED lighting innovation. Drawing upon this expertise, its latest generation of award-winning solutions utilise proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies to deliver a superior quality of light output and colour consistency.
The new Chroma-Q Space Force onebytwo variable white LED soft light panel will make its IBC debut. Recipient of a Lighting Product of the Year Award at NAB, the unit is a modern replacement for traditional soft sources and is the ideal fit for creating a huge volume of light in standard room ceiling height studios and small spaces. The popular Space Force fixture, upon whose technologies the onebytwo is based, will also be on display.
Also showing is the Brute Force 6 LED alternative to a traditional quarter wendy with comparable output - capable of delivering up to 140,000lm and drawing just 15A @ 240V. The lighter weight Brute Force 4 will be shown in action with Licht-Technik’s BigBee moving yoke. The stand will also feature the Color Force II colour-mixing LED batten range.
Also making its IBC debut is the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting and media control system, which provides simple, visually-based programming and control which is scalable from small studio up to large film set appli
UK - Avolites will showcase the Q4 media server, the latest development in the Q server range. Q4 boasts four full 4K outputs, which will be able to drive three layers of visually lossless, 4K content to every output simultaneously.
It also features Avolites’ Ai software, built on the Salvation node engine, which provides the tools needed to create effective shows, whatever the requirements. The new server will ship with Modular Flex Inputs, allowing video inputs to be swapped in and out to suit every situation.
In addition, Avolites will demo Synergy with its latest integration between Titan and Ai. The software, which won a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018, integrates lighting and video seamlessly, allowing users to turn their stages into one visual canvas. It has been used on shows and installations around the world, including the Temple Stage at Glastonbury this year.
UK - Martin Audio has confirmed that the active versions of its BlacklineX series, the BlacklineX Powered, will begin shipping in early September.
When it was first announced in May this year, customers and distribution partners welcomed the introduction of a self-powered version of this full-bandwidth, high definition portable system. They will now have the opportunity to sample the new speakers, and learn more about their properties at the series of Martin Audio open days (17-19 September) at company HQ in High Wycombe
Comprising 12” (XP12) and 15” (XP15) full range enclosures plus the compact but powerful 18” XP118 subwoofer, BlacklineX Powered integrates Martin Audio’s signature acoustic, DSP and amplifier technologies and follows the success of the passive BlacklineX Series - the fastest-selling portable series in Martin Audio’s 48-year history.
Stated Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter, “The introduction of a self-powered series makes perfect sense in every way. The reception it received on its worldwide premier in London and the follow up at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando was everything we had hoped for, and we encourage anyone who missed the presentation to make sure they attend one of our open day forums.”
UK - Doughty Engineering is preparing for a busy few months of trade shows, starting with IBC in Amsterdam (13-17 September) and PLASA in London (15-17 September). This will be followed by PLSME in Dubai (15-17 October) and LDI in Las Vegas (22-24 November).
The popular Lightweight Lighting Stand which made its debut back in 2017 and has proven to be a hugely successful piece of kit for the broadcast market, will be one of the main features on the IBC stand.
Meanwhile at PLASA, the new Fifty Clamp, Scaff Boom Arm and Heavy Duty Boom Arm are set to be the main talking points on stand B50. Dan Phillips, special projects manager, will be manning the stand with Laurence Dyer and other members of the Doughty team.
“We’ve been exhibiting at PLASA for years and every year brings something new. For us, it is the ideal platform to launch new products to a wide audience but it’s also where we do a lot of research which is fed back to our R&D department. The products we bring to shows like PLASA as prototypes are often the result of many conversations and suggestions that we’ve had with our customers on the stand," said Phillips.
The Fifty Clamp was launched at LDI in 2018. Since its debut, the clamp which has a safe working load of 50kg and is the big brother of the best-selling Twenty Clamp, has quickly become just as popular. “We spent a lot of time developing and refining the Fifty Clamp,” explained Dan. “Based on the success of the Twenty Clamp which launched several years ago, we knew there was a market for a clamp that could take a s
UK - Elation will team up with technology equipment solutions provider Entedi to present a line-up of innovative lighting tools at PLASA 2019 on Stand H40.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, an all-purpose beam/profile/wash power luminaire with a top-of-the-line design package that shows as the brightest LED profile on the market. With a custom designed 950W LED engine and large 180mm front lens, Maximus has the power to cut through at even great distances and with IP65 protection can be exposed on outdoor shows.
Joining the Maximus is the 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet, a full-featured LED Profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via an innovative SpectraColor colour mixing system.
Also showing is the Smarty MAX, an extreme-output Spot/Beam/Wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, its resourceful design package includes four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and dual track animation.
Elation is expanding its popular Fuze series of LED wash luminaires with new profile and spot versions. Showing will be the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, both housing full-colour-spectrum RGBMA colour mixing systems. Also available is the cold white Fuze P
UK - At PLASA 2019, Artistic Licence will be launching rackSplit octo, the first product in its new ‘skinny rack’ range. Designed for a standard 19” rack but only 50mm deep, the product - an 8-output DMX/RDM opto-splitter with Neutrik XLR5 outputs - packs premium functionality into an impressively compact form factor. Visitors are invited to view rackSplit octo in the PLASA Awards for Innovation gallery and on Stand C32.
rackSplit octo is a budget-friendly 1U rack-mount DMX/RDM opto-splitter. rackSplit octo heralds the new ‘skinny rack’ range from Artistic Licence, which also currently comprises a gateway (rackLynx octo). Its metal enclosure is a mere 50mm deep, allowing products to be doubled up (front and back) in touring racks for maximum packing density. Alternatively, the splitter is great for space-saving on wall mounted 1U racks.
The product features an optically isolated input and 8 Neutrik XLR5 outputs which are electrically protected from transients. rackSplit octo is also equipped with the unique Artistic Licence 'data fix' mode, for use in situations with problematic fixtures that do not implement DMX/RDM correctly.
The electrical (transient) protection on the outputs guards against both static electricity and LED power supply faults or mis-wires. The input is optically isolated from the outputs and mains earth. This isolation offers protection from potentially dangerous high voltage accidents. Also it can eliminate potential earth/ground differential issues as the input is not electrically connected to any of the outputs.
UK - The award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth system is set to be a major talking point on the A.C Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) stand where it will make its PLASA debut this year. The kit, which launched in June has already been put through its paces at some major events, including the New York Auto Show and at Glastonbury and is in the running for the 2019 PLASA Innovation Award.
Visitors to stand E30 will be able to see a demo of the Bluetooth cells and speak with a member of the Broadweigh team who will be able to advise on the suitability of the kit for their project. Elliot Van Laere, sales executive for Broadweigh said: "We are really excited to be showcasing this product at PLASA. Since its official launch earlier this summer, it's really been making waves. People are excited about its capabilities and it's proving to be a real game changer for riggers who want to monitor the loads on small scale applications and have the data sent straight to their mobile phone or tablet."
Johnny Marshall, from AC-ET’s rigging sales division said: "Our partnership with BroadWeigh has always been extremely important to us as a company and we are certain Broadweigh Bluetooth is going to draw the crowds to our stand. Its innovative design and ease of use make it highly appealing to riggers who can simply download the free app to either their iOS or Android device. The 3.25 tonne load shackle with integrated Bluetooth LE 4.0, provides high-precision, multi channel wireless load monitoring and sends the data straight to the phone or tablet. What could be simpler