Germany - Laserworld has developed a new product line, the Diode Series, to fill the gap between their entry-level and their more professional laser light systems. The compact housing, built according to the Sealed Housing Technology, is equipped with a diode-only solution, which means great beam specifications at smooth colour fading behaviour.

The Diode Series is fully graphics capable and has a professional ILDA interface for computer control. Besides that, stand-alone mode, sound-to-light operation and DMX control is possible.

Two versions of the full colour whitelight lasers are offered: the Laserworld DS-800RGB and the Laserworld DS-1600RGB. Both have great beam specifications of ca. 3mm / 1.3mrad full angle and come with fast scanners at 40kpps.

Nightclub owners, mobile DJs but also rental companies will like these new units, as they well fit for medium sized rooms, b

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will showcase a selection of the latest lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions available from their vast portfolio of premium brands - on stand 38 at ABTT 2014, London.

Sales teams from AC-ET's four specialist product divisions will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the latest technologies from leading marques which AC-ET are the exclusive UK dealer for, as well as over 200 leading brands available for immediate despatch from the company's multi-million pound inventory.

After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response when showcased at another recent UK tradeshow, the AC-ET stand will feature models from the UK-exclusive Prolights line-up of lighting and effects products. The impressive lighting range features an extensive portfolio of product lines from a wide selection of LEDs, including Pars, battens, moving lights,

UK - Hall Stage has announced the launch of the DL-Lite range of rigging pulleys to complement the existing extensive catalogue of stage equipment, built up since the company formation 116 years ago in 1898.

Designed to meet a 5:1 safety factor - 60% higher than competitive products - DL-Lite has a safe working load of 150Kg, with the Hall Stage quality guarantee and warranty to back it up. Featuring Laser-cut 3mm steel side plates - no light gauge pressed materials - the pulleys are fabricated from high grade materials and components to complement the standard Halls Dynaline 8:1 units, sharing the same comprehensive selection of fitting & fixing options.

Finished in Hall Stages' non-reflective and durable powdercoat, DL-Lite pulleys feature triple cable retainer guides to secure ropes in the sheave profile and are fully proof load tested & CE marked prior to shipping.


UK - Distributor HD Pro Audio will be exhibiting at ABTT 2014. The company will be showing a wide range of professional audio products, with the SSL Live, L'Acoustics, Timax and BroaMan taking centre stage.

"This is the first time the SSL Live console will be shown at ABTT," commented HD Pro Audio's Andy Huffer. "The SSL Live sets new standards for audio quality and transparency, which are so critical in theatre sound. SSL has combined that ultimate sound quality with a compact foot print, rock-solid stability and incredible flexibility - it's a dream to use and provides the way forward that engineers want."

Huffer continues, "With such a premium range of audio products setting the standards for the performing arts, we're really looking forward to a very busy ABTT show."

HD Pro Audio will be on Stand 24 and Andy Huffer and Tom Turner will be on

USA - Cadac is exhibiting at InfoComm for the first time as Cadac Audio Ltd US & Canada, its new North American sales and distribution arm, under the direction of general manager Paul Morini.

The company will be focusing attention on its MegaCOMMS System Network with the introduction of three key infrastructural network components - the CDC MC Router, CDC MC MADI Network Bridge and CDC MC Dante Network Bridge. MegaCOMMS extends Cadac audio performance across scalable digital audio networks of up to 3072 channels of 96kHz/24-bit audio, comprising multiple CDC I/O stage boxes and consoles. The extensive latency management system automatically manages all internal routing and associated processing latency; providing time-aligned, phase-coherent transmission with sub-0.4 millisecond latency, from analogue inputs on stage to analogue outputs on stage.

The 2U CDC MC Router is the hu

UK - Software provider has just announced a major upgrade to their award-winning design and documentation software, Stardraw Design 7, which will be publically unveiled at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas this June.

Stardraw Design 7.1 is the evolution of's seventh-generation application for AV systems integrators. A powerful, fully integrated project design and documentation system with access to 70,000 symbols from over 700 of the industry's leading manufacturers, Stardraw Design 7.1 includes a host of important new features, all based on requests and feedback from Stardraw users in more than 80 countries worldwide, as well as a number of bug fixes and enhancements to existing functionality.

Amongst the most requested of features is Cable Bridges, a drawing mode that shows where cables cross without intersecting. The mode can be toggled and is parameter-d

UK - Induction loop manufacturer Ampetronic has revealed a new low profile compact hearing loop solution for integration into intercom applications such as lifts, help points, drive-thrus, car park barriers and door entry systems where space is at a premium.

Integration of hearing loop technology into intercom applications is essential for hearing aid users, who struggle to use traditional systems in the busy and noisy environments that they are normally associated with - as hearing aids cannot fully separate the speaker sound from the surrounding din.

A good quality system is crucial if intelligibility of the sound is to be maintained, and as would be expected from an Ampetronic designed solution, the unit features Metal Loss Correction and Automatic Gain Control whist producing ample power and sufficient voltage headroom to allow IEC 60118-4 Standard compliant performance to

UK - For the month of June Green Hippo is offering a limited time free Connect and Control software upgrade to everyone buying a new Hippotizer Chipmunk. The offer will run throughout June and finishes on Friday 4 July 2014.

Chipmunk is Green Hippo's latest release in their Hippotizer media server range and since its launch in January this year it has received exceptional feedback as well as being awarded the 2014 Live Design projection product of the year award.

Everyone buying a new Chipmunk this June will receive a free software upgrade to the top of the range model Chipmunk Connect & Control.

Chipmunk is driven by the same software engine as all servers in the Hippotizer range and delivers two layers of 1080p HD with ease. It includes full on-layer geometry, FX and colour control, keystone correction as well as Timeline functionality as per Chipmunk's siblings, along wit

UK - Audio-Technica is to show its new M-Series headphones alongside Allen & Heath digital mixing consoles and Vicoustic acoustic treatment products at this year's ABTT show at the Old Truman Brewery in London on 11 and 12 June.

The new M-Series professional monitoring headphones are at the centre of Audio-Technica's activity at ABTT2014 - the well-balanced, natural sound of the M40x and M50x models is suited to live sound situations, with excellent acoustic seals ensuring isolation from ambient noise.

The Allen & Heath offering at ABTT will focus on the company's flexible GLD-112 and Qu-24 digital mixers with their flexible feature sets and wide-ranging recording options. The ease of use and compact nature of the GLD and Qu ranges makes the mixers perfect for theatre applications.

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USA - Green Hippo technical director and AViary product manager Sean Westgate will be holding a special seminar at InfoComm, discussing the capabilities of 4K+ in the real world, new mapping solutions and the challenges of displaying video in environments such as corporate AV, Retail and Installation.

The session will be taking an overview of the challenges faced in the world of high resolution digital displays, tackling both its problems and the solutions, including a presentation of Par4Keet, the flagship player of the AViary Video Tools range. We will also discuss our FlexRes codec, the new approach to media encoding focusing on non-standard aspect ratios and unconventional pixel counts.

"4K+ demands attention and at the Green Hippo's manufacturers training, we aim to deliver you the best in digital display solutions," says the company.

As the AV world continues

UK - At ABTT this week, LDR and UK partner Zero 88 (part of Eaton's Cooper Controls) will introduce the Astro LED followspot to the UK.

Designed for professionals, Astro offers a state-of-the art flat, clean beam. The double condenser optics system delivers outstandingly high resolution for both A/B size steel and film transparency gobos.

LED dimming is fast and accurate with 512 step resolution controlled from a single DMX/RDM or from a local control knob positioned on the rear panel of the unit.

Fabiano Besio commented , "The followspot is a real step forward in this market field and the positive comments from the market reinforce our decision to not make any compromise in quality ."

Available in warm white at 3200K or cool white at 5600K, Astro has been designed for all applications and is particularly attractive where power supply is limited and where running

USA - German loudspeaker manufacturer, Coda Audio has been making waves in the European and Asian markets with its innovative range of loudspeaker systems. Coda is a name as yet relatively unknown in America, but this June sees the company set sail for the United States to make its first appearance at InfoComm 2014.

There are many reasons why Coda has captured the imagination of the audio industry with its innovative patented technology, not least of which is the company's commitment to delivering outstanding dynamic results through the design and manufacture of each and every component of its systems at its European facility.

Booth # C12319 and demo room MR - N105 at InfoComm 2014 will see Coda reveal its prowess by showing a comprehensive range of products that deliver high quality, cost effective solutions to satisfy the most discerning and complex professional sound reinfo

Belgium - Barco has introduced its groundbreaking E2 image processor - featuring native 4K inputs and outputs and supporting 4K content at professional frame rates (up to 60p 4:4:4). Raising the bar for live screen management, this brand-new presentation system provides superior image quality, exceptional input and output density, great expandability, and durability.

A truly versatile system, it offers eight mixable PGM outputs and four scaled Aux outputs for full show control with a single box. The E2 will be showcased from 18 - 20 June at the Barco booth at InfoComm in Las Vegas.

"We are proud to be breaking ground in superior image processing technology with the launch of our revolutionary E2 image processor," says Bill Morris, vice president venues & hospitality at Barco. "Supporting native 4K input and output, it is the first and only screen management syst

UK - In what looked to be one of the busiest ABTT shows to date, ETC staff were on hand to show visitors their most advanced lighting systems, as well as updates to the Source Four LED range.

ETC's new Cobalt desks have been impressing lighting designers and board operators with their quick and efficient operating style since they were launched at PLASA 2013. There are now two desks in the range: Cobalt 20 and Cobalt 10. Each has the same power, but the smaller Cobalt 10 has a reduced footprint, allowing it to fit into smaller venues.

The Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr fixture updates the hugely successful Source Four LED line. The addition of lime green emitters fills in gaps in the colour spectrum, creating the most effective LED light source yet. With twice the brightness of the original Source Four LED in 'colours that matter' like pinks and ambers, and pastel blues and la

USA - Listen Technologies Corporation, US distributor of Ampetronic have confirmed a new product release at InfoComm 2014. Ampetronic will be releasing Loopworks, a package of tools and systems with fully integrated expert support that will transform working with hearing loops at all levels. In April 2012 Listen Technologies partnered with Ampetronic to distribute Hearing Loop solutions to customers in the Americas.

At the heart of Loopworks is an online interface that gives rapid access to a suite of knowledge and tools, including measurement systems, design tools, training materials, an Ampetronic knowledge base and rapid access to support for your projects.

At InfoComm 2014 Ampetronic is demonstrating the first module of Loopworks to go live, a completely new and automated test and measurement platform 'Loopworks Measure'. Measure combines a smartphone or tablet app with a

USA - ArKaos PRO, Belgian software and media server manufacturer, will be exhibiting at InfoComm this week, with its exclusive North American distributor, A.C. Lighting on booth C5054.

The newly released ArKaos PRO MediaMaster 4.0 software will be on show for the first time in the USA, alongside ArKaos PRO's full range of media servers.

MediaMaster 4.0, the fourth generation of ArKaos PRO's software, brings more flexible protection via an optional dongle and many additional features. This ever-more powerful version of this favourite media server software still retains the simplicity of operation familiar to its users.

Comprising the Stage, Studio and Stadium servers, ArKaos PRO's range of media servers offers up to two-, four- and six-outputs respectively with features and controllability that meet any challenge or project requirement. The powerful systems offer a vast libra

Spain - is the new website developed and launched by WORK Pro which contains all the last news and featured products that have been designed by the brand for the professional audio and installation sector. The aim is to offer a comprehensive communication to its potential and current customers with a site with all kind of information about WORK PRO audio products.

With the launch of, users have within range different type of useful documents relative to the products, such as user manuals, datasheets, free software developed by the brand, high resolution pictures, application notes and videos, among others. All these pieces of information are available in the product cards and in the Download Centre of the site.

Beside of these resources and product cards, the new website is also a link to the extra documents and information available o

Denmark - Martin Professional has announced the release of MAC Viper firmware 2.0. The update contains fixes for all known issues and improvements on existing functionality including low noise cooling for the entire MAC Viper Family.

"Since its launch two years ago, the MAC Viper family quickly became a new industry standard being used in all sorts of entertainment environments," stated Markus Kl├╝sener, product manager for stage lighting, Martin Professional. "Be it corporate events, theatre or concerts, the whole MAC Viper family can cover it."

Low noise cooling, which at first was only implemented in the Performance version, is now standard throughout the entire family. Aligned dimmer-curves and smoother effect speeds are also valued additions to the new firmware.

"We have been in close dialogue with lighting designers, rental companies and techni

Belgium - Barco is expanding its projection portfolio for rental and staging with a new three-chip DLP projector. Offering a brightness level of 35,000 centrelumens, the new HDQ-4K35 is capable of showing native 4K content at 60 Hz frame rates. It features an integrated design with internal power supply, rental frame and no external chimney fan.

TheHDQ-4K35 is fully ready to be combined with Barco's ground breaking 4K screen management system, which allows native 4K projector blending - a first in the industry. Barco will unveil the new HDQ-4K35 at InfoComm, from 18 - 20 June in Las Vegas, and the projector will be commercially available as of Q4 2014.

"Barco has been the industry leader in high-brightness and high-resolution projection technology for decades and with the introduction of the HDQ-4K35 projector we continue to raise the bar for image quality," comments

UK - Studiomaster has announced the pricing for its Starlight ML combined sound and lighting cabinets; these are now shipping to MI stores and pro-audio dealers worldwide.

Starlight is an exclusive new Studiomaster product concept, offering an instant gigging solution for solo artists and small groups; or all-in-one 'straight out of the box' sound and lighting for small venues. The Starlight concept with its portable compact form factor reduces the weight, complexity and cost of PA and lighting. With Studiomaster's renowned product quality and performance, and a price tag of under £500 a pair for the 12ML and £570 for the 15ML (mrrp inc. VAT), Starlight ML represents incomparable value for money, says the company.

The 2-way 12 inch or 15 inch cabinets combine self-powered front of house (FOH) and stage monitor sound, and LED stage lighting. The 'matched' 'left' and

UK - Doughty Engineering has been awarded the ABTT 2014 Theatre Award for Engineering Product of the Year, following the introduction of its new range of Drop Arms, T Bars and H Frames at this year's show.

The range of complementary modular products was showcased on the Doughty stand and has been designed to allow designers to quickly create robust and professional lighting or scenic structures of varying drops and shapes.

Accepting the award from Olivier award winning actor Lesley Manville, Julian Chiverton, sales director of Doughty, said, "Until now, the Drop Arms, H Frames and T Bars have only been seen in prototype form. so we really weren't expecting to be in the running for this award. But feedback on the stand from lighting designers and others has been amazing and we're honoured that our new range has grabbed the attention of so many of our peers and industry exp

USA - Designed to provide exceptional musical quality and vocal clarity, Community's new I Series is an innovative family of high-power/high-output modular loudspeakers that allows designers to implement complex solutions in houses of worship, multi-purpose auditoriums, live theatres and other professional and commercial venues.

I Series includes point-source, high-directivity, compact and floor-monitor models in multiple performance levels, providing modular scalability for any application requirement. A suite of matching-height subwoofers, in sizes ranging from compact single 12-inch models, to ground-shaking dual 18-inch models, complements the full-range I Series models with powerful low-frequency extension. Optional weather-resistant versions fill the needs of sports fields, amphitheaters and other venues needing high-performance loudspeakers designed for full outdoor ex

UK - There are lots of things you can't rely on during an English summer in London: the weather, the traffic, the Underground and the price of a decent pint. But for those of us lucky enough to enter The Old Truman Brewery in London's East End, it was a simple matter to find consistency, reliability and a welcome thirst-quenching concoction to wet the whistle. The team at d&b audiotechnik's stand were on hand to offer a hospitable welcome to all.

This year's stand was something of a fresh departure from the mono-block colouring so characteristic of d&b audiotechnik. Gothic vaulted arches sketched in pastel provided an ideal backdrop to the new column loudspeakers, the xC-Series. Aesthetically pleasing yet designed to be unobtrusive in the most demanding of acoustic spaces, the xC-Series attracted the attention of visitors looking for a cabinet that could deliver unsurpassed spee

UK - The Panalux TekTile 2 is a slimline Bi-Colour illumination solution created by Panalux exclusively for the film, television industry and entertainment media industries.

Featuring instantly variable colour temperature from 3000k to 5800k with no shift in light output throughout the transition via an on board Tektile2 controller or when used in conjunction with Panalux F-stop 8way Controller units

The impressive specification of these new high quality, high output fixtures includes: mains or battery power; local or DMX control; fully dimmable with no shift in correlated colour temperature; Panalux F-Stop® compatible; choice of mounting options; range of accessories; optional wireless control - all housed within a sleek aluminium unit weighing just 2.5kg.

Simple to operate and just 30mm deep, Tektile 2 is perfect as an effective, balanced 'solo' soft light or can be co

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