Europe - Showtec has announced the launch of its new Stellar Series - a range of affordable effect machines that combine a blend of trusted technology and intuitive design to create the desired effect at a moment’s notice.
When it comes to creating exciting effects for your events or performances, reliability and versatility are an important factor. Showtec’s affordable Stellar series creates great visual effects with ease. This series offers a range of effect machines for various applications. With fast start-up/warm-up times, they are ready to produce the effect you want at a moment’s notice, says the company.
Clear and intuitive LCD displays provide a visual guide to all the settings. Its control options allow you to adjust the settings, whether you prefer manual operation, remote control or DMX. The Stellar series takes a no-nonsense approach, putting the ess

UK - PMC has launched a new multichannel amplifier specifically designed to meet the needs of the professional immersive audio and home cinema markets requiring multiple speakers.
Designed to power any passive PMC speaker, this 2U rack-mounted amplifier is particularly well suited for use with PMC’s Ci series of slimline monitors, which are now widely used for surround and ceiling channels in Dolby Atmos professional and home cinema installations.
Available from the beginning of November 2023, the PMC power 750-8 is an eight-channel amplifier that combines exceptionally transparent and neutral sound with a power output of 750 watts per channel. When bridged and configured as a four-channel amplifier, the power 750-8 can deliver 1,500 watts per channel from a unit that only occupies 2U of rack space.
In addition, the power 750-8 also offers fully featured DSP c

USA - ROE Visual is promoting the fine-pitch rental solution, Topaz, among other products for the live events market at LDI 2023.
The ROE booth for the 2023 show focuses on the touring side of the live events space, with a comprehensive stage setup reminiscent of the many stage designs involving ROE Visual panels over the years. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the panels, with a multitude of configurations at their fingertips.
LDI is the first North American show to exhibit the new, all-purpose live events LED panel, Topaz. This new series comes in three versatile versions - Topaz flat, curve, and cube - allowing event organisers and AV rental companies to ‘unleash their creativity while still achieving a superior return on investment’.
In addition to Topaz’s unveiling, the show will be the locale for other technology

UK - Iluminarc will be on booth 45 during LiGHT23 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, this week. Centred around the theme ‘Building Beautiful’ the company’s exhibit will showcase a collection of architectural lighting products intended to ‘enhance the depth and quality of any design’.
Occupying a prominent position in the Iluminarc booth will be the Logic line of interior architectural lights. This series features three streamlined form factors: Logic Graze, Logic Cove, and Logic Downlights.
All fixtures in the Logic line are all driven by the Logic Drive 2X, a compact control unit that provides combined data and power over widely available Ethernet cables, using Power over Ethernet technology. Other features include comprehensive scheduling and calendar functions, as well as a wide range of control options.
Joining the Logic units at t

UK - MCS Rental Software, provider of rental management solutions, has announced the launch of a new, innovative feature that will ‘revolutionise the way customers pick equipment to hire’.
The new feature introduces checklists to the picking process, as part of the pre-delivery inspections (PDIs), allowing users to perform comprehensive equipment assessments. This feature includes the ability to add specific notes for the picker(s), prioritise certain tasks for faster processing, and the creation of custom checklists. The checklists are versatile, supporting tick boxes, drop-down lists, as well as photos.
Nick Thomson, sales director at MCS Rental Software, explains, "We're excited to introduce our ground-breaking pre-delivery inspection feature. It's all about elevating efficiency and empowering our users to enhance their operational processes. With specific not

China - ROE Visual has announced the release of its ROE Calculator APP. This application is a complete upgrade of the previous ballast calculator and has added many new options to create essential technical calculations for LED screens.
Key features include ballast calculation, pixel calculation, power requirement analysis, user-friendly interface and comprehensive data library
The ROE Calculator APP is connected to the ROE Visual website - you only require one login for the website and the APP.

Europe - Elation has introduced the KL CYC, an expressive LED cyc light and footlight fixture. Tailored for smooth and evenly illuminated cycloramas, sets, or wall washing applications, the KL CYC boasts an efficient asymmetrical reflector design to achieve blends of diffused light, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the stage and covering significant heights with ease.
With its stylized, low-profile housing, the KL CYC is also a suitable choice for footlight positions on the downstage edge, providing versatility for stage, film, television, theme park and event lighting use.
The KL CYC introduces the innovative EdgeLight safety feature, allowing users to designate a safety light in red or blue whenever desired. The new feature, which operates even if DMX signal is lost, provides guidance for performers, alerting them to the edge of the stage and adding an extra lay

Europe - Yamaha has announced the introduction of its new HS3 and HS4 compact powered studio monitors.
Introduced in 2013, the HS series is designed to deliver honest, precise reproduction, giving creators complete confidence that what they are hearing is a true representation of the sound.
Sold in pairs, the HS3 and HS4 feature a high performance Class D power amplifier, housed in the left speaker. This links to the right speaker with a simple speaker cable connection.
The HS3 features a 3.5-inch driver and 0.75-inch soft dome tweeter, while the HS4 has a 4.5-inch driver and 1-inch soft dome tweeter. Yamaha’s proprietary Twisted Flare Port technology reduces air turbulence noise in the rear bass reflex port, providing clear and accurate bass.
The left unit’s rear panel includes stereo combination XLR/TRS phone, RCA and mini jacks, allowing connection

USA - With fellow General Device Type Format (GDTF) and My Virtual Rig (MVR) founders MA Lighting and Robe Lighting, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks has announced that DIN SPEC 15801 officially recognises MVR as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide.
"The accomplishment of DIN SPEC 15801 marks a significant milestone in the continuous evolution of GDTF and MVR, as well as the overall advancement of the entertainment industry," said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. "Since its inception, MVR has made remarkable progress in meeting the needs of manufacturers and designers through a standardized approach to data and 3D model exchange. This latest recognition further proves our unwavering commitment to unifying the entertainment industry and equipping professionals with the necessary tools for success."
Developed to facilitate inte

Japan - ROE Visual is participating in the Inter BEE exhibition, the annual media event in Japan, which brings together professionals from various disciplines, including video, audio, broadcasting, and communication. ROE Visual will showcase some of its latest LED innovations, such as the Ruby Series and the Carbon CB5MKII RGB-W LED panel.
At Inter BEE (15-17 November), ROE Visual will be represented on several stands of its partnering companies: Hibino (booth #3302), Ark Ventures (booth #3111), Ikegami (booth #4208), and Restar (booth #5212). Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and discover ROE Visual's innovative LED-based solutions.
One of the highlighted products will be the Black Pearl BP2V2. This product pioneered virtual production and helped create the world's largest virtual production studio, NantStudios.
Further, the Black Mar

Europe - Ayrton has announced the official launch of its new IP65-rated Rivale Profile, the next in its Classical IP65 3 Series, and the first ultra-equipped luminaire in Ayrton’s Ultimate series. It has been developed for mixed use indoors and outdoors, and in all conditions.
Weight determines performance, and Rivale Profile weighs only 28kg, yet is capable of outstanding performance. And with continuous rotation of the pan and tilt movement, Rivale Profile allows you more creativity and freedom in your lighting design.
Rivale Profile is fitted with a new high-efficiency 450W sealed mono-block LED module, calibrated at 6500K, that offers a luminous flux of 30,000 lumens with optimal positioning on a black body to obtain perfect light neutrality.
The proprietary optical system has 13 lenses, delivering a 13-to-1 zoom ratio and zoom range of 4 to 52°. Equippe

USA - ADJ is preparing to showcase its newly evolved range of professional lighting products designed for concert tours, festivals and special events at the 2023 LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas.
Alongside new products that will launch exclusively at the show, ADJ’s booth (#1443) will feature a lightshow designed by experienced concert LD, Steve Kosiba. This will showcase select fixtures from the brand’s existing range of fixtures.
A partner at Squeek Lights, the concert lighting specialist based in New Jersey, Steve Kosiba has extensive experience in the lighting industry. He joined Squeek Lights after six years at Starlite Productions, where he was head of the automated lighting department, and, before that, spent years working as a house LD at many venues in and around Philadelphia.
“My first experience with the ‘new’ ADJ gear was, as with many people in

UK - Digital Projection has released a new and improved Projection Simulator, which is a free web-based application which helps users choose a suitable projector for their particular install needs.
Projection Simulator offers a comprehensive suite of features, including calculating throw distances between screens and projectors, as well as determining the relationships between the size and distance of the projected image. The tool also provides recommendations for optimal projector placement.
With the user’s convenience in mind, the software offers two modes: Single Projection and Multi Projection. In Single Projection mode, one projector is available, in Multi Projection mode, users can import, select and arrange 3D objects, such as domes and curved screens, and map onto them, helping users to pre-install projectors simulated in an install scenario.
The appli

USA - At this year's Live Design International (LDI) from 3-5 December, Cameo - the lighting technology brand of the Adam Hall Group - will be presenting various innovations and product highlights that will significantly expand the range of professional lighting designers, operators and rental service providers.
In addition to the OTOS IP65 models SP6 (Spot Profile) and B5 (Beam) and the PIXBAR G2 IP65 LED bars, the focus will be on the new products of the AZOR series, which will be presented to the public for the first time at LDI. Cameo will be showcasing its product portfolio at LDI 2023 together with its North American partner Theatrixx at booth 1145.
Cameo can look back on more than 10 years of experience in the professional lighting industry and impresses professionals all over the world with lighting technology for live, event, theatre and architectural lightin

Germany - Pan Acoustics has announced the launch of its latest speaker series, the Pan Speaker CX series. This new series is specifically designed for use in systems with virtual room acoustics and object-based audio.
Pan Acoustics' Pan Speaker CX series presents itself as ‘the ideal solution for demanding audio projects that require precise sound reproduction and immersive audio experiences.’
The combination of a woofer and tweeter unit in one chassis enables precise sound dispersion and localisation.
With different versions including 8", 10" and 12" woofer drivers, the series offers the ability to select the appropriate speaker type based on room size and performance requirements.
Regardless of size or power unit, the sound signature of the speakers remains uniform to ensure consistent sound results. Equalisation of the speakers is already done via t

Europe - Shure continues to expand its collaboration across different UC platforms to help IT professionals and AV managers elevate the conferencing experience.
Shure has announced three new Works With Google Meet certifications for the Microflex Advance MXA920 ceiling array microphone, the recently launched Microflex Advance MXA902 integrated conferencing ceiling array and the ANIUSB-Matrix USB Audio Network Interface. These new certifications expand the flexibility of using Shure products with Google Meet in hybrid environments for a consistent and reliable audio performance every time.
The MXA920 is certified for Works with Google Meet when combined with the ANIUSB-Matrix and the Microflex MXN5W-C networked loudspeaker.
“We understand how critical it is to ensure seamless conferencing performance, which requires solid collaboration with UC platforms. By c

UK - Wharfedale Pro has announced the release of updates to its DP-F and DP-N series amplifiers. The output power, model numbers and configurations remain the same, but updated DP-F and DP-N models will now feature updated DSP controller software features, increased internal DSP functions, new IPS colour displays, locking XLR connectors and AES/EBU inputs. These new features represent a huge upgrade to Wharfedale Pro’s amplifier offerings.
These upgrades are supported by the simultaneous release of the updated v1.1.8 DSP Control software. The scale and expanded feature set of the DP-F and DP-N upgrades means that not all of the new software features are backwards compatible with original DP-F/N hardware. However, users of current DP-F and DP-N series amplifiers will still benefit from multiple improvements in the DSP Control Software. Even the original DP-F and DP-N amplif

Europe - Coda Audio has announced the launch of its CiRAY compact full-range, dual 10” line-array system. As the third element of Coda’s VCA ‘family’, alongside ViRAY (dual 8”) and the flagship AiRAY (dual 12”), CiRAY has been developed by Coda to ‘deliver ultimate flexibility for rental companies and complete a full spectrum of line-array products for installation’.
As well as building further on Coda’s patented technologies to offer an ultra-light, ultra-compact standalone system, CiRAY can also work seamlessly with its ‘siblings’ for optimum mix and match configuration to obtain the best sonic and logistical outcomes for a host live and installed applications.
The VCA range shares Coda Audio’s technologies, including the Dual Diaphragm Planar Wave Driver (DDP), Coupler technology and FS-FIR Filters, with CiRAY also benefitting from the additi

UK - The team behind Optikinetics - a leading innovator of specialist lighting projection effects - has launched a Kickstarter project to help introduce [OPTI] Kino, a limited-edition ‘70s-inspired psychedelic light projector.
Created in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary, the Kino projector takes inspiration from the past whilst utilising modern manufacturing materials and techniques. “Imagine you are in the ‘70s and not afraid to let your imagination flow,” say Kino’s creators. “Opti's newest projector is here to take you back in time on a vibrant and mesmerising journey. It's all about love: love for the past, love for creativity, love for colours and above all, love for your imagination.”
Offering a retro-modern style, the limited-edition effects projector is designed to work with Optikinetics’ range of analogue lighting effects, such

USA - NADIA is an integrated, network-based digital audio processing and distribution platform that will power future installations of Constellation by Meyer Sound. When incorporated into new Constellation installations, in addition to the processing power and inputs reserved for active acoustics, NADIA also provides separate inputs, processing, and matrixing to enable Spacemap Go spatial sound with no performance compromises for either function.
“With NADIA, we have leveraged the latest advancements in DSP technology along with Milan-based AVB networking and combined them with Meyer Sound’s four decades of experience in dedicated signal processing for audio applications,” says Andy Davies, Meyer Sound senior product manager.
“The result is a uniquely powerful, scalable, and unified platform for signal processing and distribution. NADIA has been designed for ou

Japan - A significant highlight at this year’s Inter BEE will be the presence of Brompton Technology, featured on the stands of partners including Ark Ventures Inc., AOTO Electronics, Sony Marketing Inc., Ikegami, d&b audiotechnik, and Restar Communications Corporation. Notably, the team from Ark Ventures will introduce Brompton’s TrueLight technology for the first time in Asia.
As well as TrueLight, which enables full per-pixel calibration and control of the light spectrum emitted by an LED panel with a broader spectral output by utilising extra emitters in addition to the standard RGB format, Brompton’s partners will also present other leading Tessera features, such as Frame Remapping, that are utilised by some of the world’s most renowned broadcast studios.
"At Inter BEE, Ark Ventures will showcase state-of-the-art technologies from Brompton and other ma

UK - HireHop, the cloud equipment rental software, has been adding new features at a rapid pace and has just released their supercharged scanning module, that can also be run as a progressive web app on any device.
This new addition is free to all users, even the users using the free version of HireHop.
HireHop’s product manager, Daniel Shenker, said: “HireHop’s ethos is not just doing the minimum to say we have “a feature”, we always strive to implement features never seen or tried before and, with our new scanning app, we have invented new technology to give users more scanning functionality than ever before to further boost their warehouse productivity and accuracy. We are so proud to give our users all of these world class features, and at no extra cost.”
The new scanning app is fully adaptive and works on all mobile devices, including mobile P

France - L-Acoustics has announced the release of the LC16D network audio converter, designed to simplify the process of interfacing legacy digital formats with the Milan AVB time-sensitive network.
LC16D is a high-capacity AES/EBU- and MADI-to-Milan AVB audio network converter housed in a compact and rugged 1RU chassis. With up to 80 legacy format inputs and outputs, LC16D can interface with up to 128 channels to and from the network. It offers dynamic mapping of audio channels and comprehensive synchronisation options, all controlled via an intuitive, embedded web interface. LC16D features flexible power options, with the innovative use of power over Ethernet and seamless Milan AVB audio connections, providing robust redundancy features as standard.
LC16D is simple to use; the embedded web interface enables full control and monitoring from any device with a web brows

Germany - HK Audio has expanded the Linear 5 MK II series with the Linear 5 MK II 308 LTA long-throw mid/high unit and the Linear 5 MK II 118 Sub HPA compact high-performance subwoofer.
Linear 5 MK II 308 LTA and 118 Sub HPA round off the top end of the Linear 5 MK II series. The modular and economical sound reinforcement tools, manufactured in St. Wendel, open up new areas of application and offer system configurations that grow with the requirements and also provide high-resolution, expressive sound with a powerful bass foundation for large events.
Linear 5 MK II 308 LTA is the optimal solution for sound reinforcement of large, long and wide rooms as well as open airs. The Linear 5 MK II 308 LTA long-throw mid/high unit closes the gap between the classic point source PA and the line array in the form of a compact, horn-loaded speaker cabinet.
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