Europe - The rise of LED luminaires is changing the way that lighting designers are able to think about colour. As Source Four LED Series 2 and other luminaires increasingly replace gelled incandescent lights, rigs may be streamlined, but design opportunities and complexities continue grow exponentially. When any hue can be mixed at any moment and different LED mixes of the same colour can achieve different onstage effects, designers and programmers may find themselves oversaturated with colour choices.

ETC's latest Eos family software update addresses these challenges head on, providing "unprecedented colour control options and a wide range of new features" that allow users to adapt their workflows for an evolving art form.

The new update provides an extensive toolbox for quick, easy colour mixing and selection. Want to adjust the colour of your sidelight? Use one o

Canada - For lighting designers looking to switch to wysiwyg lighting design and previsualization software for special projects, CAST Group has announced the introduction of wysiwyg Design and Perform three and six months leases.

Created specifically for production professionals wanting to use an all-inclusive production design tool, wysiwyg Design Suite offers a customized 3D CAD application with the most complete equipment libraries in the market, realtime lighting design simulation, rendering engines and an integrated paperwork database. wysiwyg Design allows users to explore their designs in a virtual environment and use the available tools to create lighting concepts and proposals

Taking the foundations of wysiwyg Design, wysiwyg Perform is an all-inclusive end-to-end solution that offers an additional simulation component. Console, media server or compatible offline edit

USA - Symetrix has launched three new products allowing integrators to quickly and easily add extra inputs and outputs to their SymNet DSP systems.

The first, Symetrix xIn 4, is an audio input expander for SymNet Dante-scalable systems featuring four mic/line inputs with +48 VDC phantom power. Likewise, Symetrix xOut 4 is an audio output expander featuring four line outputs, designed to capitalise on the surplus processing power of a SymNet Edge or Radius DSP to bring overall system costs down.

The third new device, Symetrix xIO 4x4, is an audio input/output expander for SymNet systems sporting four mic/line inputs, including +48 DVC phantom power, and four line outputs.

All three devices are configured using SymNet Composer software, thereby eliminating any requirement for hardware DIP switches, front panel menus or third-party software. Featuring the industry-leading perfo

France - Honeywell has announced the availability of Fix-A-Fit, a comprehensive new guide to properly selecting, fitting and using industrial earplugs. The Fix-A-Fit guide is a free 12-page training resource that will help anyone responsible for safeguarding workers' hearing against noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) which, according to the World Health Organisation, could affect as many as 1.1bn people under the age of 35 worldwide.

"Considering the popularity of earplugs as a form of hearing protection across many industries, it is surprising how many employers still believe that making two or three types of large earplugs available in different colours constitutes offering a variety of solutions," said Brad Witt, director of hearing conservation at Honeywell Safety Products. "One size does not fit all however, and failure to ensure a proper fit will not only giv

UK - Cloud Electronics is now shipping its new CS-C Series of in-ceiling loudspeakers launched recently at Infocomm15 in Orlando.

The CS-C Series features 5-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch full-range models and an 8-inch subwoofer completes the range and is also shipping. The CS-C Series loudspeakers boast two-way coaxial drivers with soft dome tweeter providing consistent dispersion and broad frequency response. All models offer ZeroEdge magnetic grilles which remove to reveal high or low impedance switch settings for distributed audio systems.

The speakers, designed for Cloud Electronics in the USA are tuned to complement Cloud Electronics range of amplifiers and mixer amplifiers using premium quality components and electronics. A range of surface loudspeakers is also expected to be shipping very soon.

(Jim Evans)

UK - PSCo, the trade only AV distributor and rental specialist, is showcasing the latest innovations from its leading manufacturer partners at the PLASA Show 2015 (London's Excel - 4-6 October). Visitors will be able to view PSCo's must-see 3-2-1mm LED line-up of Absen products on its 70m² stand, alongside innovative LCD displays including the new Samsung High Bright and video wall displays, and the stunning new Samsung 105" display - the largest professional display available in the world.

"Following the success of last year's PLASA, we are excited to be showcasing so many new technologies from our rental and sales portfolio for system integrators and live events partners," says Stuart Holmes, managing director of PSCo. "We will have new technologies across mu

UK - HHB Communications has been appointed a value added reseller for Studio Network Solutions (SNS) shared media storage systems.

SNS has over 17 years of experience creating software and shared media storage SAN/NAS solutions for the post, TV and film markets. HHB and post production specialists Scrub have been chosen for their expertise to introduce the UK's leading post facilities to the benefits of the flagship EVO range.

President of Studio Network Solutions Ryan Stoutenborough comments: "I'm delighted to have HHB on board as a value added reseller for the UK post production market. Our partnership with HHB brings their complete understanding of new technology combined with a rich history in the post community and a strong passion for always helping the customer first. Our mutually aligned quality of service standards make this partnership a no brainer. It's hard to

UK - Tannoy has introduced new CMS and CVS Retrofit Adapter Kits that enable fast, secure installation of Tannoy ceiling loudspeakers inside existing back-cans from third party manufacturers or, in other scenarios, utilizing existing ceiling cutouts that were sized for other loudspeakers. By using the Retrofit Kits, installation contractors can upgrade to the premium quality sound of Tannoy while minimizing additional installation time and costs.

"We know of many instances where acoustical consultants or end users have wanted to replace existing loudspeakers with Tannoy ceiling products," says Stuart Archibald, product manager. "However, too often the added installation costs were prohibitive when the back-cans or ceiling tiles - or both - had to be replaced. With the Adapter Kits, in many cases new Tannoy units will fit neatly in place of the old units, using the

Europe - German pro audio connectivity specialists DirectOut and networked audio specialists Merging, have announced high-performance interoperability of both their in-house developed RAVENNA cores.

DirectOut's MONTONE.42 supports low-latency streaming of 256 audio channels to and from Merging's Pyramix Virtual Studio DAW. This high capacity and low latency feature demonstrates the full benefit of RAVENNA. Other RAVENNA-compliant devices such as Merging's Horus and Hapi networked audio converters and DirectOut's PRODUCER.COM can simply be added to the network to provide additional features and functionality.

Merging will commence shipping of the new Pyramix 10 workstation at IBC 2015 whilst DirectOut says that MONTONE.42 is already shipping. The MADI (AES10) to Audio-over-IP bridge is based on RAVENNA audio networking technology and offers four MADI and two gigabit network por

UK - With LED lighting now becoming more and more common, LEE Filters has introduced Zircon - a new range of lighting filters that is designed to offer quality, consistency and, above all, durability.

It's no secret that conventional lighting filter struggles with fade times when used in conjunction with LED lighting set-ups. Zircon filters are able to circumvent this problem, thanks to a new technology that gives them an increased lifespan of up to 200 times longer than standard lighting filters.

It's not only their fade-resistant characteristics that distinguish Zircon filters from their more conventional counterparts. They are also easy to handle and fix in place, thanks to being produced on a 180-micron substrate that is more than double the thickness of standard filters.

With a selection of warming and diffusion filters in the range, Zircon filters provide a reliable an

Europe - Lab.gruppen has announced that the new version of its application browser configuration software for its Lucia range of compact power amplifiers is immediately available for free download on its website. Versions are downloadable for Mac or Windows.

With the new software, all six Lucia amplifiers including the two new 70 V models can access the full set of matrixing and DSP features, some of which were previously restricted to the premium M-suffix models that offer additional inputs and line level outputs.

The common harmonized feature set now includes custom EQ on inputs, custom EQ or preset recall for each discrete output, reconfigurable GPI ports, and Lab.gruppen's exclusive ADLC (Automatic Dynamic Loudness Contouring). Each model also offers matrix mixing of all inputs to all available outputs as determined by the model's available hardware I/O capability.

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UK - The newest RedNet devices announced last year - RedNet MP8R, RedNet D16R, RedNet HD32R and RedNet D64R - are now available, Focusrite has announced. All new models feature redundant power supplies, primary and secondary etherCON connections and occupy a single rack space. "Perfect for live sound and broadcast, this marks another forward step for the Focusrite brand into broader pro audio applications," the company says.

The four new models join the RedNet range of Dante-based interfaces, which offer a high quality audio-over-IP. In addition to a 1U form factor, they incorporate several features aimed squarely at the live sound market, including power- and network-redundancy.

The four new products are the MP8R 8-channel remote-controlled mic pre; D16R AES/EBU interface; HD32R Pro Tools bridge; and the D64R MADI bridge. Dual Ethernet ports, fitted with locking eth

USA - Following the launch of SymNet Composer 4.1, Symetrix has bolstered its control and command offering for SymNet open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs with the addition of three new control options.

The first of these options, the ARC-3 wall panel remote, was introduced to the systems integrator community at ISE 2015. Arriving in a single SKU with both surface- and flush-mount capabilities, ARC-3 incorporates a brand new capacitive touch interface with LED feedback, as well as a multi-lingual graphics-capable OLED display that is expected to resonate strongly with Symetrix' global customer base.

The second new option is the ARC-WEB browser-based dialler, which allows owners of iPhones, iPads, Android phones, tablets and network-enabled computers to control audio via embedded web servers running on SymNet Edge and SymNet Radius DSPs.

"With this option, end-users can

UK - A central feature of Focusrite's RedNet audio-over-IP interface system is the high-quality remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers included in the RedNet 4 and MP8R models. New firmware releases from Yamaha and Focusrite now make it possible for RedNet mic preamplifiers to be remote-controlled from Yamaha CL and QL mixing consoles, allowing significant additional interoperability between the two systems.

Yamaha's CL/QL version 3.1 firmware update, released this week, adds specific support for RedNet 4 and RedNet MP8R preamps. A firmware update to the RedNet units, also available immediately, is also required to enable the facility.

"RedNet units integrate into any Dante-based audio-over-IP network and have been steadily making a name for themselves with major broadcasting and live sound companies around the world," says RedNet product manager Will Hoult. &quo

The Netherlands - ETC is preparing for the next trade show in their busy calendar, with Amsterdam's IBC on 11-15 September, coming up soon.

The company's main draw for the show, which is geared towards professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content, are set to be the Source Four LED Series 2 Tungsten HD and Daylight HD fixtures. Specially designed to produce the best quality white light in cool (4000-6500K) or warm (2700-4500K) ranges, each is tuned for high definition use, eliminating any on-camera flicker. They have already been installed at a range of studios worldwide, including Israel's Channel 1 news studio in Jerusalem, where the technical staff and presenters were impressed by the flicker-free performance, low heat and impressive light output.

Alongside the two white light engines on the stand, the full-colour, high pow

Portugal - This month, NEXT-proaudio is introducing a new paint shop at its factory, making it possible to customise the colour of each speaker according the RAL library.

It will be possible for the customer to choose the colour of the wood as well as the colour of the grill and metal parts. Clients can choose from more than 45.000 possible colour combinations.

According to NEXT-proaudio's assistant manager André Correia, "The strategy of the company is to provide to the customers a unique product for a unique solution, having 45369 possible combinations. This makes the speaker an exclusive product for each person.

"This colour customization service will be able for all series (Touring, Portable and Installation) making the sound system more discreet or flashy depending on the desired application."

(Jim Evans)

UK - At their joint booth at BPM 2015 (booth G109), Electro-Voice and Dynacord will be presenting the latest additions to their portfolios of loudspeakers, amplifiers, digital sound processing and mixing consoles.

Electro-Voice will celebrate the BPM premiere of its EKX loudspeaker family, which be displayed alongside the Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker family as well as ZxA1, ZLX and ELX loudspeakers. Dynacord will present the Xa2-PRO system in Birmingham for the first time. Also showcased will be the brand's Vertical Array system, AXM 12A monitor as well as the PM502, PowerMate and CMS mixers.

The EKX series is the newest member of the Electro-Voice portable loudspeaker family, and combines legendary EV sound quality and reliability with the latest technology - all in a lightweight, compact package suitable for a wide range of sound reinforcement scenarios, including m

Canada - CAST Software has announced wysiwyg Student Edition lighting design and previsualization software for students and educational & training institutions. The new edition will "better prepare students for their future careers in live lighting, laser and video event design".

All the student's investment on the student edition licence, goes towards a wysiwyg six or 12-month lease or full professional version.

A newly added Perform Lease Student Edition enables students to programme lighting using up to 1,000 DMX channels including connection with media server or compatible offline editor, via protocols such as DMX, EDMX, Art-net, sACN, CITP, Motion Control Universes, Pangolin Laser System, Sollinger Laser Animation, Strand ShowNet or SandNet.

wysiwyg version R35 was recently upgraded to include unrivalled performance and functionality. Constantly evolving, wysi

Denmark - The RUSH MH 6 Wash, the newest moving head in the RUSH by Martin series, is available for pre-order and expected to ship late September.

The RUSH MH 6 Wash is adapted from the popular RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom and utilizes the same LED engine and zoom system, while also featuring moving head capability. The RUSH MH 6 Wash offers a fully pre-mixed color system from 12 10 W RGBW LEDs with a spectacular 10°-60° zoom. It also features full electronic dimming, strobe effects and temperature-controlled fan cooling for quiet operation.

"After hosting a private preview event at this year's Prolight&Sound in Frankfurt I am confident in saying that the RUSH MH 6 Wash will be the ideal workhorse for night venues and small to medium events," said Mark Buss, product manager, RUSH by Martin. "With proven LED technology used within the RUSH Par 2 Zoom RGBW and the

Germany - The demands for a high performance point source have always been the same: reliable, lightweight and compact, and with a wide range of rigging options for maximum flexibility. The V7P and V10P from d&b audiotechnik are billed as a new breed of loudspeaker offering all this and more, including the d&b hallmark constant directivity control down to low frequencies.

Building on the three-way passive design of the well-known d&b V-Series line array modules, the V7P and V10P point sources house two 10" drivers in a dipolar arrangement with a rear mounted 8" MF driver attached to a dual chamber horn. The exits from this horn design create another dipole around the centrally mounted single 1.4" exit compression driver with a constant directivity horn. This maximises the performance to size ratio, by making almost the entire baffle board radiate.

The V7P and V1

China - When the 24th PALM Beijing Show was reinstated, after originally being cancelled, PR Lighting took every opportunity to capitalise.

On their large 252sq.m stand at the China International Exhibition Centre the company presented no fewer than eight new products, and was rewarded by picking up several 'Best in Show' awards.

The XR 470 Beam won the first prize and three further PR Lighting products - XLED 3019, XR 1000 Spot and XR 130 Beam - took runner-up awards in the 24th PALM Expo Exhibitions Products Technology Progress category. In addition, PR Lighting walked away with the Exhibition's Intellectual Property Award.

According to international sales director, Ernie Armas, response to the new products from the market was equally positive. "The lighting professionals, specifiers and consultants who visited our booth were extremely bullish about all our new produc

Europe / USA - Utilizing a proprietary Philips technology, Philips Selecon has introduced the PL Series Mark II LED luminaires.

"As we listened to our dealers and clients worldwide, we found that what they desired most in LED luminaires was colour consistency," said Julie Smith, Philips Strand Lighting general manager of the Americas. "Working with our engineers at Philips, we have found a fantastic solution with the PL Series Mark II LED luminaires and we are very excited to introduce them into the market."

The PLPROFILE1 MKII LED luminaire is a variable beam profile with precise beam control and pattern projection from a high output beam using only 140 Watts. An innovative combination of LED source technology and precision optical design, the PLPROFILE1 MKII is available in 18-34 or 24-44 degree beam angles while offering the performance of a 500 Watt pro

Denmark - Martin Professional has announced the RUSH FiberSource 1 is now shipping. As the latest addition to the RUSH by Martin line of affordable lighting solutions, the RUSH FiberSource 1 is a powerful tool for illuminating fibre optic cables in permanent installations.

With a new 78 W LED fiber projector, the RUSH FiberSource 1 can light up to 300 1 mm fibre optic cables and boasts improved efficiency and reliability. The luminaire features a colour wheel with nine interchangeable colours, a twinkle wheel for variable-speed sparkling effects, and smooth, full-range (0-100 percent) electronic dimming.The fixture is fully controllable via DMX (up to five channels) as well as a stand-alone mode that ensures any combination of colours, colour speed and twinkle speed can be easily programmed.

"LED technology is evolving and is now also taking over traditional fibre applica

Germany - The new Flashback 4 (FB-4) network interface from Pangolin Systems is now available in a professional and durable aluminium housing. Ray Technologies (RTI), a Laserworld company, manufactures the new interface at its premises near Munich, Germany.

The Pangolin FB-4 is a new interface providing Network laser show control options for Pangolin software products. It is designed for high performance application. Several FB-4 interfaces can be connected with normal network switches.

The RTI FB-4 is available for Pangolin Quickshow or for Pangolin BEYOND, and it is available in different configurations, each providing additional features: Standard, DMX, IDLA and MAX. RTI's FB-4 interface can be used with any ILDA compatible laser show projector, and can be placed directly at the laser (it is snap-on compatible to the RTI PIKO and RTI NANO remote pad attachment slot) and the

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