Product News

christieChristie expands RGB pure laser line-up
Wednesday, 23 September 2020

USA - Christie has announced the launch of the Christie Mirage SST RGB pure laser projector with a 50,000-lumen light source. With the same small and flexible form factor of the original 35,000 lumen Mirage SST, the new 50,000 lumen model cranks up the brightness for spectacular visual experiences, says the company.
The Mirage SST features a fibre-coupled, ultra-compact projection head weighing just under 51 kilograms and a remote light source that can be located up to 50m away from the head. It is engineered specifically for complex applications that require a high-brightness projector with incredible image fidelity, but that are tight on space such as venues without projection booths or outdoor weatherproof enclosures, or where quiet operation is critical and otherwise challenging to achieve.
“The new Mirage SST is a powerhouse in a small package,” says Larry Paul, executive director, technology and custom solutions, Christie. “With the chilling equipment and light source installed away from the projection head, as well as the ultra-low output of 2501 BTU, it gives users a flexible and quiet solution for theme parks, projection mapping spectaculars, domes and planetariums.”
A wide range of lens options are offered for added installation flexibility, with a total of 10 high-brightness 4K lenses with ratios from an ultra-short throw 0:38:1 to a long throw 7:69:1, and eight high-contrast lenses that offer enhanced contrast performance from 2000:1 to 5000:1.
Christie Mirage SST features TruLife electronics, a proprietary electronics plat

db-44sd&b debuts first flush-mountable loudspeaker
Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has announced the introduction of a new addition to the company's product repertoire, the 44S loudspeaker. The 44S is d&b’s first flush mountable cabinet, delivering compact, high performance audio and a wide range of flexible mounting options.
“For audio professionals who may be challenged by dimensions, architecture, or aesthetics, the 44S loudspeaker is a powerful, compact, flush-mountable loudspeaker that provides the sound needed, no matter what space they have to work with,” comments Wolfgang Schulz, d&b product manager. “It’s a very compact point source loudspeaker for flexible use in nearfield applications, and there is a big need in our industry for this type of form factor.”
An intelligent waveguide and baffle design creates a very smooth horizontal dispersion down to the lower frequencies while being tightly focused vertically. The 90º x 30º dispersion pattern keeps sound directed exactly where it should be.
The asymmetric cabinet design and the optional back box supplies additional flexibility that allows adjustments of +/- 20º in 5º increments, accommodating different listening heights. A rotatable waveguide extends this to both horizontal and vertical positioning.
Paired with the 10D or 30D installation amplifiers the 44S claims an exceptionally high performance to size ratio providing a powerful 121dB and123dB output, respectively.
“We at d&b are very proud to showcase our ongoing commitment to the installation market with the launch of this new product”, comme

 
 
mezzo-series-screenshot-websitePowersoft premieres new-look website
Friday, 18 September 2020

Italy - Powersoft, has launched its fully overhauled website, with a clean new layout and simple navigation structure designed to help users to quickly and easily access essential information, while offering a comprehensive understanding of the company’s value proposition, technologies and solutions.
The new website is also fully responsive, meaning that it is compatible with all browsers and can easily be navigated using any mobile devices.
“Through this easy-to-navigate design, users can learn about Powersoft including the services offered, said Powersoft’s brand, communication and trade marketing manager, Francesco Fanicchi. “It also details the applications the Powersoft’s products are suitable for, as well as providing support material, product guides, tutorials, application examples, and case studies. We hope that this new design will help customers to learn about Powersoft solutions and their relevance to specific applications or market verticals.”
Another aspect of the new website is the introduction of MyPowersoft, which will allow registered users to have seamless access to Powersoft ArmoníaPlus software and ProManagerPlus multi-purpose configuration tool, without having to remember multiple accounts and passwords.
“MyPowersoft is not only the simplest way to connect with Powersoft users and partners by providing what’s relevant to them, but it also allows them to gain access to an exclusive set of tools and services,” said Fanicch

 
shuremxa910p300mxn5Shure Microflex speaker certified for Microsoft Teams
Thursday, 17 September 2020

Europe - Shure has announced that its new Microflex MXN5-C Networked Loudspeaker is now certified for Microsoft Teams. The MXN5-C joins a select portfolio of Shure networked systems products - the Microflex Advance MXA910 Ceiling Array, MXA310 Table Array Microphones, and the IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor - that are now certified for Microsoft Teams, providing a complete audio signal chain.
Introduced at InfoComm Connected in June, the networked loudspeaker from Shure provides high-quality speech reproduction for AV conferencing applications. PoE-enabled with an onboard amplifier housed in a low-profile design, the MXN5-C is optimised for easy installation in drop-ceiling configurations.
Microsoft Teams provides a complete solution that includes online meetings, live broadcasts, Microsoft Team Rooms and audio conferencing. Whether it’s a corporate conference room, special event venue or higher education campus, sourcing a dependable solution that provides crystal clear audio while also integrating with leading collaboration technologies is important for successful communication.
“This certification illustrates our commitment to providing best-in-class experience across the entire audio ecosystem for Microsoft Teams users,” comments Paul Gunia, director of technology partnerships at Shure.
“To be certified for Microsoft Teams requires products meet high quality standards to help ensure a better collaboration experience,” adds Albert Kooiman, director of Microsoft Teams devices partner engineering and certification,

 
 
s4wrdparparnel1ETC extends Source 4WRD fixture family
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

USA - ETC has introduced Source 4WRD Color as the latest addition to the Source 4WRD fixture family. This new product offers a colour-changing retrofit for existing full-size Source Four ellipsoidal/profile fixtures, bringing additive RGBA colour-mixing, saturated washes, quick colour changes and more to Source Four.
As a non-destructive retrofit, Source 4WRD Color is the next generation of ETC’s Source 4WRD LED line. Source Four ellipsoidal/profile fixtures can be transformed into RGBA LED luminaires with the Source 4WRD Color LED engine, while retaining all of the features of the Source Four including the lenses, accessories and its renowned reliability.
Source 4WRD Color technology is also available in two complete wash light fixtures. The Source 4WRD Color PAR and PARNel deliver soft-edges and saturated color, no retrofit required. These luminaires incorporate the Source 4WRD Color LED engine into a custom housing, offering economical colour washes, including zoom on the PARNel version.
David Lincecum, vice president of marketing at ETC comments: “With Source 4WRD Color, you get a simple and cost-effective colour-changing retrofit that can upgrade an existing lighting system quickly, allowing you to create even more stage looks than before. 4WRD Colour will allow venues to move their existing equipment to LED, using less energy, lower maintenance and all this at a very compelling price point.”

 
emberDirectOut’s Prodigy available with Ember+
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Germany - DirectOut’s Prodigy has added Ember+ as the first network based third party protocol for the series.
It is an open control protocol based on an initiative of the Lawo Group and is already used by companies such as Riedel, SSL and Lawo. The DirectOut implementation allows controlling the configuration, the settings of the microphone preamp and the routing matrix including channel labelling, as well as monitoring the status of the device.
“Ember+ opens up the range of control systems that can interact with our Prodigy devices. For example popular and widespread software like hi, VSM or KSC may be used. Even direct access from a mixing console can be possible,” says Claudio Becker-Foss, CEO/CTO of DirectOut, “Actually, we´ve already successfully tested our implementation with Broadcast Solutions´ control software hi, without any changes required in the software.”
Ember+ will be available as a paid software option for the Prodigy series and can be purchased separately per device.

 
 
stadia28v-arrayOutline’s Stadia 28 array now shipping
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Italy - Outline has announced the immediate availability of the new Stadia 28 constant curvature array designed for outdoor applications, launched during the 2020 edition of ISE.
Stadia 28 is a medium-throw system for permanent outdoor installations, suitable for sound reinforcement in stadiums, theme parks, leisure facilities, tourist attractions and public spaces.
Its main selling point is its weight-power ratio, being a single enclosure, weighing just 21 kg (46.2 lb), but able to reach 139 dB SPL, by means of two 8” mid-woofers and a compression driver with a 3” diaphragm - all in neodymium. The system operates in bi-amp format.
The dispersion angle of 90 x 22.5 degrees enables, for example, to form horizontal or vertical arrays with no less than 135° x 90° using just six cabinets, which means guaranteeing coverage in any context, as well as remarkable versatility.
Additionally, Stadia 28 hardware is designed for safe long-lasting installation: the 10 mounting points in light top-grade anodised Ergal are fixed to the internal load-bearing structure, manufactured entirely in stainless steel.
IP55 protection rating is ensured by a three-layer coating in elastoplastic material (‘OutSIDE Coating Technology’ - Outline proprietary technology) along with a series of sophisticated ideas introduced in Outline’s manufacturing process.
Outline’s senior loudspeaker system designer Francesco Simeoni states, “The lines of the cabinet, combined with the waveguide designed and optimised specifically for this type of application

 
polar12subtopHK Audio unveils Polar 12 column PA
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Germany - HK Audio has unveiled Polar 12, a full-fledged active full-range columnar PA system for musicians, entertainers, DJs, presentations, schools and audiovisual applications, and big brother to its bestselling Polar 10 model.
The Polar 12 system consists of a subwoofer and two columnar elements. The birch-ply subwoofer’s enclosure is acoustically shaped and sized to deliver excellent audio results in combination with a specially developed 12” long-excursion woofer. Driven by a muscular 2,000-watt power amplifier, this combination delivers an incredibly full bass response even at high volumes.
The midrange/HF column comes in two sections for easy transport. The top section is loaded with six high-performance 3” neodymium midrange drivers and a low-distortion, 1” constant directivity horn. The Polar 12 system delivers well-balanced, exceedingly natural sound, rendering everything from 35 Hz all the way up to 20 kHz with remarkable authority.
Tuned to project an expansive 120° throw pattern and engineered to impede feedback, it gives users freedom of choice when it comes to positioning the PA in venues. Placed behind the speaker or performer, it can also serve as a stage monitor to take the place of wedges in many scenarios.
Setting Polar 12 on a raised stage is not a problem, as it can still be aimed at the correct height by simply leaving the column’s bottom section – which is a spacer – out of the stack.
The four-channel mixer offers two mic/line channels, one instrument channel, and one aux channel for music players

 
 
clear-oneClearOne Conference Controller now available
Monday, 14 September 2020

USA - The newest Conference Controller from ClearOne is now available worldwide.
The Conference Controller’s 10-inch touch screen is designed for easy control of ClearOne’s Converge Pro 2 audio DSP mixers as well as Collaborate Live video conferencing room systems from a single device.
The Conference Controller functions can also be accessed from a personal mobile device, eliminating the need for touching shared surfaces by downloading the free mobile apps.
The Conference Controller can be paired with Converge Pro 2 DSPs, allowing users to make and receive VoIP and/or PSTN conference calls and multiparty calls with the easy-to-use, on-screen dial pad. When paired with Collaborate Live room video systems, users can make and receive video calls as well as manage content-sharing options.
A modern user interface makes controlling conferencing functions as intuitive and simple as familiar mobile and tablet devices.

 
sundialArtistic Licence upgrades sunDial quad
Friday, 11 September 2020

UK - sunDial quad, the PLASA Gold award-winning mains LED dimmer from Artistic Licence, offers smooth LED dimming with DMX512. Following a firmware upgrade, the product is now offering improvement in dimming resolution, achievable with many theatrical controllers.
The latest firmware is available free-of-charge and can be uploaded using DMX-Workshop.
DMX512 can control up to 512 channels and has an 8-bit native resolution. This means each channel can be set to a level between 0 and 255 and is encoded as an 8-bit number (256 levels). sunDial quad has a much higher native dimming resolution of 14-bit, so in normal operation a dimmer curve translation is used - in effect, sunDial picks 'sweet spots' on the response curve to achieve a nice fade.
However, some professional lighting consoles allow two DMX512 channels to be combined to provide up to 16-bit resolution (65,536 different levels). In this scenario, no curve translation is necessary. Following sunDial's latest firmware upgrade, the console can access all the subtle levels available in sunDial's high native dimming resolution - thus ensuring ultimate dimming performance for applications that demand the most subtle effects.
sunDial quad is often used for house lights in theatre, and can be easily integrated with the stage lighting consoles. It also has the advantage that its firmware can be upgraded (at zero cost) in the field. Customers can achieve this using the Artistic Licence DMX-Workshop free software package.

 
 
claypaky-hy-b-eye-k25-teatro3Claypaky extends HY B-EYE series with Teatro
Friday, 11 September 2020

Italy - Claypaky has introduced the HY B-EYE K25 Teatro, a special version of the HY B-EYE K25 that is designed for venues that need silent operation without sacrificing bright colours. This fixture is designed for theatres, television studios, conference halls, showrooms, corporate events, and more.
The HY B-EYE K25 TEATRO has all the same optical, electronic, and mechanical features of the HY B-EYE K25 with changes in the overall design to reduce the acoustical footprint. This luminaire has the same 37 powerful 40 Watt Osram Ostar RGBW LEDs, a zoom range of 4° to 60°, uniform light spread, a rotating front lens, an enhanced electronic engine for dynamic beam pattern design with digital accuracy and repeatability, individual control of each single LED to make spectacular kaleidoscopic projections and charming eye-catching effects.
The HY B-EYE K25 TEATRO is extremely bright thanks to its powerful light source and special optical unit with a truly amazing lumen/watt ratio. The built-in Kling-Net protocol enhances the lighting designer's creativity, while making the management and synchronization of LED light parameters and functions simpler, says the company.

 
martinMartin Audio debuts iOS app for Blacklinex Powered
Thursday, 10 September 2020

UK – Martin Audio has announced the availability of its first ever iOS app, XP Connect, for control and streaming for its self-powered portable series, BlacklineX Powered.
When BlacklineX Powered launched, users were able to access the built-in three-channel mixer and onboard Bluetooth streaming by utilising the rotary panel controls on the back of the loudspeakers. Now all of that functionality is brought to life in an intuitive, colourful app making it more convenient for the user, says the company.
Announcing the app, project leader Dan Orton, Martin Audio’s product group manager, stated, “The user base of BlacklineX Powered has grown substantially since launch, and we thought it was now timely to introduce the app to the market, rewarding those users and encouraging others to the virtues of this series.”
In determining the navigation path and User Interface, Orton said the challenges had been simple usability. “We needed to give full control to the end user, with all the functionality of the back panel and in an intuitive format. For the majority of users it’s a quick and easy way to set up their loudspeakers and deliver a low scale mix using simple controls, such as input faders, output faders and hi-pass filters.
“You can put them into pairing mode for streaming Bluetooth audio—and because we could control the speaker by Bluetooth as well as streaming, it also lends itself to tablet control,” he adds.
The XP Connect app is “absolutely intuitive” once loaded, he affirms, and is designed to control a pair of spe

 
 
ebook-release-slide-mockupSound Particles releases 3D audio eBook
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

USA - Sound Particles, known for their 3D audio software, has released a free eBook entitled All You Need To Know About 3D Audio, with the goal of helping professionals around the world to transition into the immersive audio field.
“With this new eBook, sound enthusiasts will be able to find all the answers they’re looking for in a detailed, complete and easy to read guide,” says the publisher. “Immersive Sound is the next big thing in audio. Cinema, TV, VR/AR, videogames, music, installations - everyone is moving to 3D audio as a way to immerse audiences and improve their experiences.
“However, 3D audio brings new concepts and some new/old technologies that professionals may not understand at first, with buzzwords such as 7.1.2, VBAP, 22.2, objects, beds, B-format, AmbiX, ACN, SN3D, HRTF, HRIR. This eBook summarises the most relevant information on this topic, covering channel-based audio, object-based audio, Ambisonics, and binaural.”
“3D Sound is the future, and the last big challenge in audio” says Nuno Fonseca, founder and CEO of Sound Particles. “Yes, it may be a little confusing for someone to understand all the formats that currently exist, but the goal of this eBook is to give people the initial push, allowing everyone to start working on this new creative field.”

 
modulopi-auto-calibrationModulo Pi launches multi-projector module
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

France - Modulo Pi has announced the immediate availability of a new multi-projector auto-calibration module. Available as an option for the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic media servers, the auto-calibration system allows to automatically align multiple video-projectors on planar, curved, and dome surfaces for a pixel-perfect projection.
Working with Modulo Player, up to one server can be supportedfor example up to six WQXGA outputs, or four 4K outputs. Working with Modulo Kinetic, the auto-calibration option supports multi-server configuration, resulting in an unlimited number of outputs and resolution support. Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration system can handle independent calibration groups, as well-stacked video projectors.
In addition, a versatile masking feature ensures a fine-tuned projection. Fully developed by Modulo Pi, the auto-calibration module relies on Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras to offer fast and simplified cabling. Using the Modulo Pi media servers equipped with the auto-calibration option, high-precision edge blending, warping, and media playback is achieved within minutes and with zero latency.
In summer 2019, design and production company ECA2 worked with a preview version of Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration module for The Legend of Pangu, a spectacular show in the new Chinese Culture Exhibition Centre in Lanzhou. The auto-calibration module was used to automatically align 20 x Christie projectors and deliver a 2.800 sqm 3D video mapping on a dome surface.
“This is totally revolutionary technology,” says Clé

 
 
headphonesAustrian Audio Hi-X50 headphones now shipping
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

UK - Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology have announced immediate availability of the Austrian Audio Hi-X50 professional headphones. The Hi-X50s are closed-back, on-ear headphones built on Austrian Audio’s respected microphone manufacturing reputation.
The Hi-X50 supra-aural, closed-back headphones provide on-the-ear comfort, as well as portability with a foldable hinge design, says the company. Metal parts are used for all critical elements in order to guarantee long durability even under rough conditions, be it in studios or tour buses.
Developed from scratch, the all new 44mm Hi-X driver features a ring magnet system allowing improved air-flow and the strongest magnetic field in its class. This ring magnet structure, coupled with a copper-clad aluminium voice coil, reduces the weight of the membrane and the voice coil that sits on it. This allows the membrane to move or change direction faster, providing a better impulse reaction.
A double acoustic wall was designed to achieve the best damping results. To support this and increase comfort, the form factor of the earpads has been rethought completely, to provide sealing as well as comfort, reducing fatigue from long listening sessions.
Engineered and manufactured in Austria, the Hi-X50, and its over-ear brother the Hi-X55, are ‘tailored to suit the demanding production conditions of today’.

 
mixxmaker-new-grey-front-croppedARX Systems releases new look MiXXMaker
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Australia - ARX Systems has recently upgraded their MiXXMaker USB Mic/Line master mixer. The new version will start shipping this month.
Responding to an increase in demand for a professional 1RU solution that can interface with smartphones, tablets, laptops and other MiniJack and USB enabled devices, the MIXXMaker is designed to deal with a wide variety of protocols and connectors. As consumer level devices have become the program source of convenience in audio playback across most applications, the MIXXMaker not only provides all the inputs you’ll need but also the independent controls that you want at your fingertips for a truly professional mix.
The MiXXMaker integrates ARX USB, wireless and Analogue audio interface technologies into a compact 1RU package with a wide range of features including wireless audio, USB and MiniJack inputs, two balanced XLR microphone inputs, switchable push to talk priority override ducker, global three-way EQ control and phantom power for condenser microphones.
“The MiXXMaker really is the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ product for any installation where the audio playback source – and therefore the inputs, outputs or protocols - can change or is unknown on a day to day basis. There is a growing need for products that can deliver professional quality audio playback from consumer devices without messing around with additional hardware or cables and the MiXXMaker does exactly that,” says Colin Park, managing director of ARX Systems.

 
 
brightsign-au335-frontBrightSign debuts ‘affordable’ audio player
Friday, 4 September 2020

UK - BrightSign has announced the BrightSign AU335, an audio player with ARC and eARC support that can distribute up to three zones of audio to soundbars and AV receivers.
“Our new player strikes a balance between affordability and power, making it the ideal solution for virtually any setting where sophisticated, high-quality audio is called for,” explains Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. “Whether simply providing background music or powering the display of complicated consumer electronics products at retail, the BrightSign AU335 is up to the task.”
Besides multi-zone audio support, the AU335 has physical buttons, proximity sensors and more via USB, GPIO or Ethernet connectivity. This enables customers to control the volume and toggle between devices with ease. The BrightSign AU335 includes a free subscription to BSN.cloud Control Cloud for easy access to realtime player health and other controls.
Additionally, the new player supports free presentation-authoring through BrightAuthor:connected, BrightScript, JavaScript and node applications, plus a host of CMS solutions available within BSN.cloud Control Cloud.

 
yamahaYamaha ADECIA offers flexible audio intelligence
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Europe - Yamaha’s new RM-CG dynamic beam-forming ceiling array microphone and RM-CR conference processor are the heart of the new intelligent ADECIA conferencing solution, which ‘applies automated room tuning and dynamic, multi-beam tracking to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow's conference environments’. Designed to provide flexible audio intelligence for the meeting spaces of today and tomorrow, ADECIA can be used in a wide variety of locations and situations, says the company.
Available from Q1 2021, this solution is based on Dante audio networking and comprises the new RM-CG dynamic beamforming ceiling array microphone, the dedicated RM-CR conference processor, Yamaha’s iVXL1-16P line array speakers and the optimised SWR2311P-10G PoE+ switch.
ADECIA is easy to install, set up and operate. The heart of the system is the RM-CR conference processor, which automatically recognizes microphones and speakers on the same network. During commissioning it automatically sets the optimum sound settings for the environment, taking into account the location of speakers and microphones, the room’s reverberation characteristics and echo responses. Auto-tuning is achieved with a simple, five-step process using a special web-based interface. The system then performs auto mixing of all connected Dante audio sources. The conference processor can handle a wide range of sources, including dynamic microphones, analogue line level I/O, USB, Bluetooth and SIP telephony.
The RM-CG dynamic ceiling array microphone features multi-beam tracking technology w

 
 
amberAmber unveils ‘The Second Electrical Revolution’
Thursday, 3 September 2020

USA - Amber Solutions has announced the availability of a white paper on solid-state electrification, the digital control of electricity and the many market opportunities these breakthroughs create. The paper is titled The Second Electrical Revolution.
In March, Amber Solutions introduced the world to the possibility of embedding the digital control of electricity in solid state architecture in every device, appliance, power cord and electrical end point in buildings globally with the immediate commercial availability of its newly-patented Amber AC/DC Enabler and Amber AC Switch.
“Thomas Edison would be proud of what we have achieved,” comments Amber Solutions founder, president and CEO Thar Casey. “The publication of this white paper is the logical and necessary next step in educating the world on the future opportunities our breakthrough creates for, manufacturing partners, electrical designers, interested media and others.”
The Solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for everything - security and control systems, circuit breakers, dimmer switches, outlets, even appliances. “Through commercial implementation of our technologies within the existing building electrical grid, we can uniquely embed modern intelligence and enhanced sensing functionality into every wall, throughout the whole building. Amber, its partners, and even a couple of its competitors will tap the tremendous opportunity to upgrade every electrical end point in buildings globally to solid-state architecture.”
This white paper det

 
lightlab1ETC releases Augment3d toolkit for Eos
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

USA - ETC has officially released the Eos v3.0 software, bringing powerful three-dimensional programming and augmented-reality control to the Eos platform. This update marks the official integration of the much-anticipated Augment3d toolkit into Eos.
With Augment3d, users can programme moving fixtures with unprecedented speed and ease, visualize their cues in an imported model of their space, and even position lights with a flick of an augmented-reality smartphone “focus wand”. Over 5,000 beta users tested the software in recent months, and their feedback has helped to build one of the most exciting new Eos feature sets yet.
The new software runs natively on all the latest Eos Family hardware and can be used with the ETCnomad software on Mac and PC. Educators, students, and those wishing to learn the software can download the latest ETCnomad software for free and make use of the Augment3d programming space to create virtual design projects in offline mode. ETC has also created a virtual light lab show file to help students use Augment3d to learn about lighting.
If the educational potential of Augment3d seems perfectly timed for the current distance-learning moment, the long-term professional applications for Augment3d are even more powerful. Augment3d supports over 50 different 3D file extensions for importing venue or set models, and you can easily import your fixture plot using a Vectorworks plugin. Even without a pre-existing plot or model, you can use the Fixture Position Estimation tool to quickly reverse-engineer the spatial coordinates of

 
 
kwmq4e1Kam launches Quartet Eco wireless microphones
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

UK - The new Kam Quartet Eco is a complete, easy to operate, professional multi-channel UHF wireless microphone system. Four colour-coded cardioid hand-held microphones are included in the KWMQ4E - Kam Quartet Eco package.
Powered by two1.5V AA batteries, these microphones, with an uninterrupted working distance of up to 60m, transmit audio signals to the Quartet Eco UHF Quad multi-channel receiver, operating between 863.30 / 864.30 / 863.80 / 864.80MHx frequencies.
As with all Kam wireless systems, compact is again the theme, with the road-ready, lightweight metal-cased mains driven (PSU supplied) UHF Quad receiver featuring enhanced muting, individual volume controls for all four microphones, RF/AF LED signal indicators and 4 balanced and unbalanced audio outputs. This UHF receiver also includes a pair of adjustable, omnidirectional antennas that are also removable for storage and transportation.

 
prodigy-fw-updateDirectOut expands capabilities of Prodigy
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Germany - DirectOut has expanded the capabilities of its Prodigy Series with the release of new firmware for both Prodigy.MC (Modular Audio Converter) and Prodigy.MP (Multifunction Audio Processor).
“We are immensely proud to share this major update of the series,” comments DirectOut CEO/CTO, Claudio Becker-Foss, “The lockdown had a huge impact on all of us; it has changed and will continue to change the industry. Considering the circumstances, we are extremely happy that we could use this time to continue our work on the Prodigy Series in order to provide customers with this exciting update.”
Originally planned solely for Prodigy.MP, the update considerably expands the potential application scenarios of Prodigy.MC by adding FastSRC and EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching).
FastSRC is a bidirectional, low-latency asynchronous sample-rate converter for MADI and Network I/Os that allows two digital interfaces of a device to work in different clock domains. It combines good sound quality with very low latency of less than 0.15 milliseconds, and is invaluable in live sound applications and a "life-saver" in critical situations.
“Besides finalising the already large feature set of Prodigy.MP,” says Becker-Foss, “we even added a bunch of new functions. Some of them, like the Levelmeter speed configuration or the LTC-to-MTC converter, were implemented as an immediate response to the increased remote production requirements that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new firmware makes the product ready to face those new c

 
 
studio-techStudio Technologies adds Announcer’s Consoles
Thursday, 27 August 2020

USA - Studio Technologies has launched a series of Announcer’s Consoles with Dante Audio-over-IP connectivity and a flexible set of features that supports a wide range of live commentary and related applications.
The new line of Announcers Consoles includes three products - the Model 232, Model 234, and Model 236. All feature a “pro quality” microphone input circuit, Dante and analogue output channels, plus two, four, or six talkback inputs and outputs. Each unit can be easily incorporated into a Dante- or AES67-based network and is compatible with the Dante Domain Manager (DDM) application.
“We designed these units such that they can be used as part of just about any on-air or live-event commentary application,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “In addition to their terrific sonic performance, we built-in an incredible number of options that let their performance be easily optimized. We’ve also included some unique, specialized features so they will work very well in REMI/At-home applications.”
The unit’s high-performance microphone preamplifier features selectable gain over a range of 20- to 65-dB with available P48 phantom power. For flexibility, an external source of audio, arriving by way of a Dante receiver (input) channel, can be used instead of the microphone input. This allows devices, such as wireless microphones, to be directly supported. A Dante transmitter (output) channel is provided as the main or “on-air” output. In addition, an analogue microphone-level output is available to allow the unit

 
bromptonBrompton Technology releases LED reporting app
Thursday, 27 August 2020

UK - Brompton Technology has announced the release of its DynaCal Reporting App which generates detailed, multi-language, browser-based reports that offer an objective assessment of a panel’s performance based on accurate measurements using the Hydra Calibration system.
This new tool allows Brompton customers to see at-a-glance headline LED panel performance figures such as achievable luminance and colour gamut, presented in terms of percentage coverage of the Rec 2020 colour space. There are also options to view comprehensive information down to a per-pixel level for each individual panel using convenient, interactive, visual displays.
The DynaCal reporting app is available for any LED panel that has been calibrated using Brompton’s new Hydra Calibration system. Utilising the detailed information collected by Hydra, reports can be generated for individual LED panels, or for entire batches. These reports can easily be shared and viewed in any browser without any special software installed, and the report language can be switched between English and Chinese on the fly.
“The great thing about DynaCal Reports is that our customers are just one click away from data that can help inform decisions about how their panels should be used,” says Thomas Walker, Brompton’s product manager. “The reports offer a quick and easy way of comparing panels and checking they are capable of delivering what is needed at any given point or for a specific project.”
Luminance maps show how the LEDs are performing across the entire panel surface, with addi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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