USA - Video equipment rental company Pete's Big TVs has added new technology to its rental stock, including the digiLED LightSlice

Pete's Big TVs' owner Peter Daniel said, "We make it our mission to offer more creative, innovative solutions for your concert tour, corporate event, theatrical show, television broadcast or whatever your needs may be."

LightSlice will be on display at LDI at digiLED USA's booth #872 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Pete's Big TVs' Peter Daniel and Anne Johnston will be there Friday, 23 October..

The LightSlice is a slice of lightweight 10mm resolution LED video strip for indoor or outdoor use. It was designed for events requiring creative video solutions which do not conform to the module & panel format of standard LED screens. The LightSlice strips can be oriented in curved, splayed and organic formations to complement stage and se

USA - Ayrton will be bringing six new products to LDI 2015, all which have been launched this year, and will be presented on the stand of Ayrton's exclusive US distributor, Morpheus Lights (1531).

MagicDot-R and CosmoPix-R are part of the Creative Solutions line, into which Ayrton has incorporated a totally new technology: the first 94mm diameter narrow beam angle collimator combined with the latest generation high-power (40W or 60W) Osram multichip LED that create tighter beams with an unrivalled centre beam intensity.

VersaPix-RS, the third new member of the Creative solutions line, puts Ayrton's new 94mm diameter optics in combination with a 4mm2 40W RGBW multichip to produce five 3.5° beams (the narrowest in Ayrton's portfolio) with a record-breaking central beam intensity of 200 candela per lumen.

LDI also marks the US premiere of DreamPanel-Shift and DreamPanel-Twi

USA - At LDI 2015, Clear-Com will launch HelixNet Version 3.0, a free software-only update to the HelixNet digital network partyline platform. The new version unlocks the HelixNet system in response to the growing need for more communication channels to support live performances and live productions.

"We are extremely excited to unveil the updates in HelixNet Version 3.0 at LDI," said John Wyckoff, Product Manager at Clear-Com. "The additional capacity and simplified control functions create a whole new world of possibilities on this digital network partyline platform."

With this new update, the HelixNet multiplies its basic channel count by three, with a new offering of 12 channels per HMS-4X Main Station. In the previous version, users had to link three HMS-4X Stations together in order to achieve the same number of channels. This capability brings greate

Switzerland - Schertler has added to its family of acoustic amplifiers with the release of the new David, a compact three-channel amp that combines a number of new features and updated technology with a new look.

Equipped with a 1" dome tweeter and 6" woofer, David essentially offers 100W (30W + 70W) of bi-amplified power. However, improvements to the amp's acoustic construction have led to an increase in its internal air volume, an optimization of the bass reflex construction and a larger power supply, resulting in actual sound pressure levels that are typical of more highly powered amps.

David's inputs will accommodate a microphone, an instrument and a stereo device such as a computer, MP3 player or CD. The instrument input and the jack input on the microphone channel both feature a Bootstrap technology that enables the input to automatically adapt to any impedance

USA - Underscoring its commitment to providing rental and staging professionals with the latest videowall displays, ultra-large flat panels, and touchscreens available today, APG Displays, one of North America's leading distributors and renters of videowalls, will be showcasing NEC and AViary Green Hippo Par4keet visual solutions at LDI 2015. The presentation will be made at Booth #2349 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 23-25.

"This show gives APG Displays the chance to present rental and staging professionals with the variety of opportunities that large-scale videowalls, displays and video players are offering today," APG Displays President David Weatherhead said. "We exclusively sub-rent videowall displays with full technical support, installation services and logistics, to our rental and staging partners across North America.&qu

UK - Flightcase, loudspeaker component and 19 inch rack manufacturer Penn Elcom has launched a new LED rack light - the RADM-23 Raclite.

The RADM-23 1U Raclite is designed to be fitted to any 19 inch equipment rack, providing a flexible, elegant and practical solution for illuminating equipment in dark and dingy environments.

Suitable for the stage wings or dimmer, amp and control rooms, 25 x super bright high quality cool-white (6500K) LED emitters provide a crisp wash optimised to give clear vision of all the kit in the rack, allowing the status of equipment to be checked and assessed, and all the vital information and monitoring seen at a glance.

A 130 - 150 degree variable beam angle on the LEDs offers further visibility depending on the location and set-up of the installation, and a universal 12 Volt power supply means that it can be plugged in anywhere in the world.

USA - From film to television to theatre and the concert stage, there are several tools beloved by designers; a recent addition to that list of must-have products is LED tape. Enttec has been leading the way in easy-to-use, bright, LED tape, and is now launching the 8PW and 8PX series of LED tape. Both offer designers a new option: White LEDs.

Both the 8PX and 8PW series of LED tape are individually addressable and suitable for both stage and architectural applications, as well as any other indoor application; their use is only limited by the imagination of the designer.

The 8PW and 8PX LED tape offers designers flexibility as well; they can be joined together, cut to a smaller length, and are available in three different densities: 30, 60 and 144 pixels per meter. As expected, the brightness increases with the pixel density. Both the 8PW and the 8PX tape are backed by 3M adhe

Germany - Setting up a lighting network can be a complex and time consuming process. Especially when integrating different products using various lighting protocols.

MA Lighting has a solution. With the new MA Network Switch, the setup time and the level of complexity to achieve an optimised lighting network is radically reduced, says the company. MA now offers the complete lighting control solution from MA console, via MA Network Switch and its network infrastructure to MA DMX distribution.

In combination with the MA consoles and additional MA networking devices the MA Network Switch provides a very easy to use solution, even for complex lighting systems. Incorporating the hardware and software features MA is famous for.

The MA Network Switch is designed to simplify the set-up and management of today's lighting networks. A simple and intuitive web browser based user interfa

UK - As the exclusive UK distributor for four of the most respected manufacturers in the lighting industry, Ambersphere Solutions provide a gateway to some of the most innovative lighting products on the market. As always, the team at Ambersphere went that extra mile to offer visitors the warmest of welcomes at stand B10. Representatives from all four brands alongside the Ambersphere lineup were there to welcome, inform and discuss the extensive range of products on show.

Joining the team of Clay Paky fixtures, the Mythos, the Stormy, the SuperSharpy is the brand new Scenius. This moving head spotlight boasts a 95 CRI light quality and a wide 80-500 zoom combined with all the sophisticated features one would expect from Clay Paky. Also attracting interst was the Spheriscan, a whole new take on the scanner light of the 90s; its mirror has a continuous pan rotation with speeds of

USA - During the LDI 2015 show in Las Vegas, attendees found a range of lighting, video, and automation innovations in the PRG Solutions Studio.

This year Production Resource Group L.L.C. (PRG) showcased cutting edge developments that continue to provide practical yet inventive solutions to the various challenges of production. PRG understands that true innovation must enable producers, designers, gaffers, cinematographers and technicians to work smarter - to accomplish more, with greater efficiency, at lower costs.

One of the innovations making its debut at LDI was the PRG GroundControl Remote Followspot System. Followspot control hasn't changed for decades. It's time to take the truss spot operator out of the truss and put him on the ground where it's safer and more efficient to operate the followspot.

The PRG GroundControl System allows a technician to remotely operate a

UK - FBT UK has announced the introduction of the new JTS UF-20 true diversity, dual channel wide band UHF professional wireless system, which boasts an operating range of 200-480 meters and a one-touch set-up facility, Remoset, which can set all parameters of the transmitter within an effective distance of 10 metres or more. Controllable via Remoset are functions including Frequency Data, RF Power, Sensitivity, Low Cut, Key Lock and User name.

Built to the usual rugged JTS quality standard, the UF-20 also features extremely low companding noise, cascadable power and antenna distribution and comes with an optional slide-in re-chargeable transmitter station.

The transmitter section is available as either the JSS-20 handheld transmitter or the UF-20TB beltback transmitter. Both are manufactured to the highest standards for professional use, featuring rugged aluminium alloy chass

USA - Chauvet Professional created a lot of buzz at LDI, drawing healthy crowds eager to see a collection of breakthrough products that included a five-colour LED ellipsoidal, as well as a single source RGBW IP65-rated wash and a new touring version of its popular ÉPIX Series.

"We were very pleased with the widespread interest shown in our products," said Berenice Chauvet, vice president of Chauvet. "I think the response we experienced at LDI this year speaks to the diversity of our product line."

Among the new products attracting attention was the ÉPIX Tour Series, 20mm bars and strips with RGB SMD LEDs that were built for life on the road and engineered to deliver dynamic looks with or without pixel mapping.

Another LDI success for Chauvet Professional was the Ovation E-910FC, a new five-Color RGBA+Lime LED ellipsoidal. Bringing a new leve

USA - Focusrite has announced the launch of a new product in its popular RedNet range of Dante audio-over-IP products: the RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring unit. The new product is being shown on Booth 218 at the AES 139th Convention in New York, October 29 - November 1, 2015.

RedNet AM2 is a Dante-compatible stereo monitoring unit combining headphone and line outputs for flexible monitoring of signals sourced from the Dante network. RedNet AM2 features a 1/4" front-panel headphone socket plus a pair of balanced line outputs with male XLR connectors mounted on the rear panel, which may be used for loudspeaker monitoring and other applications.

The headphone output delivers significant audio output power, sufficient to drive even high-impedance headphones at substantial levels. RedNet AM2, fitted with non-slip feet, is designed to either sit securely on a flat surface or

UK - Purpose developed to partner Martin Audio's new CDD range, DX0.5 adds affordable loudspeaker system management to the existing range of DX loudspeaker controllers.

The success of CDD has helped drive demand for the controller - so much so that DX0.5 has been the most popular controller this year for Martin Audio, with just a few months of sales under its belt.

Now, Martin Audio has announced updated software for the DX0.5, with v1.0.3 now available. This latest release adds the ability to create project files with a single file containing up to 24 presets. This means that users do not have to load one at a time; alternatively, it can be used to 'back-up' an entire unit, which is useful for any installer that wants to keep a record of default settings at a venue. The update package includes new SW installer, updated user guide and project files for CDD (to reinstall the fa

Switzerland - Audio over IP pioneer Barix reports that it is now shipping SoundScape, its fully integrated live and scheduled streaming service that allows audio content providers to centrally manage and distribute branded music and advertising over IP networks. The concept, first introduced at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show, has evolved into a fully formed software-as-a-service (SaaS) that brings together cloud-based content management, end point playout and global monitoring capabilities in a highly programmable, user-friendly package.

SoundScape enables businesses to quickly transition from more complex and expensive systems long used for in-store radio. Service providers can quickly launch a SoundScape service with a subscription and IP audio players at each end location, and immediately start reliably delivering music and advertising to restaurants, stores, hotels

USA - PixelFLEX has won its second consecutive Parnelli Award for Indispensable Video Technology. At LDI 2015, this year's award was presented to the Nashville-based LED video screen manufacturer during the 15th Annual Parnelli Awards Ceremony held at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for their innovative FLEXCurtain HD LED Video Screen.

"What a tremendous honor for PixelFLEX to not only be nominated for two consecutive years, but to actually bring home the award once again, we are all very thankful to the voters and Timeless Communications," said David Venus, PixelFLEX director of marketing. "We strive every day to create the most technologically advanced LED video screens for the live event and entertainment production industry, and the 2015 Parnelli Award is a wonderful validation that we remain on the right path."

(Jim Evans)

USA - Just in time for AES 2015, MADI specialists DirectOut, has brought out MADI.MONI, a highly ergonomic MADI tester and mobile MADI monitoring tool. MADI.MONI has been specifically designed for MADI testing and monitoring in the field and has the smallest footprint of any mobile MADI monitor on the market, says the company.

MADI.MONI offers a simple, uncluttered interface enabling users to see at a glance all format parameters as well as the signal quality of a MADI stream. Operation is extremely straightforward via four push buttons on the UI including a volume/channel selection to monitor individual channels of a MADI signal via the 3.5mm headphone jack. The device is battery powered and provides one coaxial and one SFP MADI port. A traffic light like display delivers immediate information about the physical signal condition (amplitude/jitter).

The state of the incoming M

The Netherlands - Eight years after the introduction of the original, Alcons has launched the mkII version of its successful CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor System.

The CRMS is a three-way sound system design to offer "the most natural 1:1 Digital Cinema and HD audio sound reproduction possible".

Featuring the patented RBN401 pro-ribbon driver, the CRMS combines a remarkable clarity and intelligibility, with a unusually high headroom SPL. The Alcons pro-ribbon drivers have up to 90% less distortion than any conventional mid/high transducer, while the very high peak power handling offers a 1:16 RMS-to-peak ratio, enabling maximum screen compensations without any audible stress on the MHF performance.

The patented horizontal dispersion of the RBN401 extends the stereo-imaging and depth-of-field to a larger number of seats in the auditorium; Due to the "compression

Germany - Shure has announced the availability of a new version of its ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording App - designed for use with Shure MOTIV Digital Condenser Microphones. Version 1.1 of the newest iOS app offers a host of new features, including five-band EQ and gain adjustment controls for the MV51 Digital Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, the MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone, and MVi Digital Audio Interface.

For an optimised experience, the list of user-friendly ShurePlus MOTIV features now also includes AirPlay compatibility and Bluetooth support for instant playback over a speaker system. Additionally, transport controls in the control center simplify the process of pausing, playing, fast-forwarding, and rewinding a recording. For low-light environments where a bright screen might become a distraction (such as a club or other live event venue), Shure has added a dark

USA - In a ceremony at the Las Vegas Convention Centrelast week during the LDI 2015 tradeshow, Live Design recognised the new ProPlex EZ-LAN Unity 20 with an LDI 2015 Best Debuting Product of the Year Award.

ProPlex's EZ-LAN makes managing today's complex show networking easier and accessible for everyone. These simple to operate yet powerful managed Gigabit Ethernet switches distribute up to four discrete networks - e.g. lighting, audio, content, server, console, communications, etc. - quickly, effortlessly, and simultaneously. Users untrained in the complexities of managed networking can easily isolate networks and access and change VLAN assignments with one button.

"Managed Ethernet switches are very complicated to use," explains TMB product specialist, Ashley Simper. "The ability to distribute up to four discrete networks with a single button makes life easi

USA - The 139th AES Convention in NYC saw Genelec unveil the new flagship 1236 Smart Active Monitoring (SAM) Main Monitor System. The 1236 and its individually calibrated 3U-high Remote Amplifier Module RAM-XL provide the highest performance possible in a large format, flush-mounted main monitoring system, says the company. The new design is based on the high-efficiency proprietary double-18-inch bass driver design of Genelec's 1036.

The 1236's frequency response extends from 17 Hz to 26 kHz and it is capable of delivering 130 dB SPL referred to 1 metre through a combination of modern digital signal processing and efficient Class D amplifiers, providing 2 x 1000 W, 800 W, and 400 W of short-term power into woofer, midrange and tweeter channels, respectively. The H 960 x W 1180 x D 650 mm (37 ¾ x 46 ½ x 25 5/8 in) enclosure features two 18-inch high-linearity woofers, two Genel

USA - After many years of requests for an API line amp, the company has announced that the 535-LA Line Amplifier is the newest addition to the 500 Series collection. Modelled after API's console-based 325 booster cards, the 535 can both amplify and attenuate incoming and outgoing signals for ultimate flexibility - all while providing API's trademark API warmth and tone.

The 535 is useful anywhere signal levels need adjusting such as inputs from keyboards, audio playback devices, or from mic preamps or audio processing devices that do not have their own level control, says the company. The 535 excels at adding warmth to digital signals such as DAW outputs, and features an LED clip indicator.

The 535-LA also includes a balanced input, a polarity switch, a 20dB pad for incoming signal attenuation and a three position toggle switch, which allows for different output gain levels fr

South Africa - The Calibre LEDView530 scaler/switcher is now available from Penmac, live event, staging and multimedia specialists, based in Randburg, South Africa.

"The LEDView530 has a strong feature set, unrivalled functionality and competitive edge. It is the perfect tool for switching, scaling and processing video wall content and has performed extremely well in projects we have been involved with," explains Malcolm Finlay, managing director at Penmac. "The LEDView530 is supported by our experienced technical experts who are available to demonstrate the LEDView530 technology as required."

The LEDView530 is a multi-input scaler/switcher that is designed for combining HD and SD video sources on to LED video walls. Four-sided picture edge Features also include genlock capability and low latency.

Pauline Brooksbank, managing director at Calibre adds: &qu

UK - Equally versatile in both portable and installed system configurations, and with its four channels delivering up to 5,000W, neatly packed into 1U weighing just over 7kg (16lb), Martin Audio's new MA5.0Q is billed as a flexible, cost-effective solution for small to medium sound systems.

Benefitting from core technologies found in Martin Audio's flagship amplifiers, the MA5.0Q sets a class standard in efficiency, leading to low power consumption, and consequently to substantial cost savings on electricity - all in an eco-friendly way. Minimum heat dissipation makes the MA5.0Q suitable for hot or otherwise challenging environments.

The target markets for the new amplifier include stage monitoring, hotels, restaurants and bars, visitor attractions, houses of worship, auditoriums, educational facilities, live sound and night clubs.

(Jim Evans)

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