The Netherlands - Lighting controller manufacturer Visual Productions has announced it has joined the Q-SYS Technology Partner Programme. This programme enables software and hardware technology partners to create market-ready solutions that integrate seamlessly with Q-SYS cloud-manageable audio, video and control platform.
As part of the programme, Visual Productions has worked closely with Q-SYS, who has fully vetted and endorsed the following plugin integration with a Q-SYS Ready badge (developed by Visual Productions and verified by Q-SYS).
The CueCore2 is a compact form-factor lighting controller for semi-permanent installations and architectural lighting. Designed for non-stop operation, the CueCore2 has no moving parts; the unit is completely solid-state and achieves a remarkable level of reliability that allows lighting engineers to ‘fit and forget’. Althou

USA - Renkus-Heinz will attend the Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX) on 18-19 October at the Crowne Plaza Dia Convention Centre in Denver, Colorado.
AVX 2023 attendees will have the opportunity to experience The Sound Solution in person at Booth #202, where Renkus-Heinz will exhibit a variety of solutions, including the ICLive X Series and Iconyx Compact Series of digitally steerable arrays, both powered by the company’s all-new OmniBeam beam-steering software, as well as the award-winning UBX Series of pre-steered passive column loudspeakers.
Members of the Renkus-Heinz team, including western regional sales manager Garrison Parkin and Chris Henley from Mountain AV Marketing, Renkus-Heinz’s representative for the Rocky Mountain region, will be on the show floor ready to answer any questions.
“We enjoy regional shows such as AVX that allow us to spend v

USA - The new AS8 ACDC from Avante Audio is a complete portable PA system that can be used ‘absolutely anywhere’ thanks to its integrated rechargeable battery. Easy to setup, this active column speaker system offers flexible input options including Bluetooth 5.0+ wireless connectivity. It is suitable for acoustic solo performers, small bands, comedians and mobile entertainers who want the flexibility to perform everywhere and anywhere without the need for power outlets.
Building on the success of the original AS8, the new AS8 ACDC offers the same combination of portability, connectivity and quality audio reproduction with the added benefit of an inbuilt 5,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery, which is capable of providing an average run time of four to five hours. A convenient four-segment LED battery level indicator is provided on the rear of the unit and the same power inlet soc

UK - Sound Technology, Harman Professional distributor in the UK and ROI, has announced immediate shipping of the new JBL Professional COL Series slim column loudspeakers.
Featuring wide horizontal and narrow vertical coverage with a built-in 10° down-tilt to the aim, COL Series deliver optimum coverage for most listening areas while allowing the speaker to be installed flat to the wall. Racetrack woofers provide maximum radiating area in a column form factor. Multi-tap transformers allow for use on either 70V or 100V distributed speaker lines, while the speaker is switchable for direct 8-ohm operation.
The two models in the range - the COL600 (600 mm) and COL800 (800 mm) - are suitable for a variety of applications, including conference and meeting rooms, lecture halls, retail stores, concourses, public transport spaces, fill applications and more.
Available in

USA - Verge Aero has unveiled the Verge Aero X7 drone at the 2023 UP.Summit, a gathering of innovative minds rethinking transportation. Drone shows are one application of the new technologies transforming mobility.
The Verge Aero X7 is a breakthrough product that delivers exceptional performances and smashes the barriers to entry into the drone show industry with a price designed to accelerate adoption, says the company. Now, almost anyone can create and perform drone shows with Verge Aero’s integrated, all-in-one drone show solution.
Venturing into the drone show industry has presented aspiring providers with a maze of mismatched hardware and software components creating disjointed workflows, at higher price points, making entry a daunting task. But Verge Aero, driven by a dedicated development team committed to making drone shows accessible to everyone, has flipp

UK - Apogee Electronics and UK distributor Sound Technology have introduced the Duet 3 Limited Edition Set, including the Duet 3, the Duet Dock and three of the best-selling Apogee plugins.
In 2007, the original Apogee Duet boosted the expectations of a home studio interface. The Duet revolutionised independent recording, empowering musicians, producers, and engineers with legendary Apogee sound quality, elegant design, and effortless ease of use.
This new limited edition set pays homage to the standards set by the original Duet and offers customers the best value yet, says the company. Creators will receive the Duet 3, the Duet Dock and 3 of the best-selling Apogee plugins. Providing everything required to break through and fulfil their potential.

Spain - Equipson has expanded its Work Pro range with the launch of a new range of loudspeakers that deliver ‘a reliable, outdoor sound solution, whatever the weather’.
Available in a range of sizes to suit different applications, the Arena Series has been carefully designed to ensure that these loudspeakers can withstand the most testing weather conditions.
A key feature of the Arena Series is its ability to deliver high power in a small format. These compact coaxial full-range speakers are available in four sizes (6", 8", 10", and 12") and deliver between 300W and 600W or pure power depending on the model size selected. In all cases clear highs, efficient low-frequency performance and minimised distortion ensure a balanced audio experience. In addition, the ARENA Series features a Dual 8" 800W band-pass waterproof subwoofer that provides powerful low-frequency p

Switzerland - Merging Technologies has announced the much-anticipated launch of its Venue Mission software for Anubis, designed specifically for the brand’s popular audio interface.
Created with live musicians in mind, Venue Mission promises to revolutionise the way users manage their workflows when using multiple Anubis units together. By focusing on the needs of both musicians and technicians, the software offers control over the entire audio ecosystem, providing a seamless and intuitive user interface for multiple users.
At the heart of Venue Mission is its full 16-channel mixer, delivering comprehensive control across four monitors. The mission supports up to 16 mono or stereo inputs, accommodating any sampling rate and enabling users to work effortlessly with local analogue inputs or incoming audio over IP streams. The ability to show or hide mixer inputs on eac

USA - Renkus-Heinz will attend Church Facilities Expo (CFX) from 9-11 October at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre in Dallas, Texas. CFX 2023 attendees will have the opportunity to experience The Sound Solution in person at Booth E in Ballroom A3/A4, where Renkus-Heinz will exhibit the ICLive X Series of digitally steerable arrays, powered by their all-new, multi-award winning OmniBeam beam-steering software.
Renkus-Heinz will participate in the CFX Loudspeaker Demo Experience, where attendees can hear Renkus-Heinz’s latest solutions for the house of worship market at any of the multiple round-robin demo sessions and individual Renkus-Heinz product demos.
Renkus-Heinz will feature both a flown system consisting of six ICLX steerable array modules and six ICLX-118S subwoofers as well as a portable system comprising a single ICLX module pole mounted on an ICL

China - ROE Visual has unveiled the Topaz Series, an addition to its LED panel line-up. Topaz combines ROE Visual quality with a cost-effective solution, making it a suitable choice for AV rental companies and event organisers seeking a creative, flexible, reliable LED solution that allows a superior return on investment.
At its core, the Topaz Series includes standard LED panels that uphold the highest quality standards ROE Visual is known for. The series encompasses curved panels that seamlessly bend and shape to accommodate the most imaginative stage designs and specially engineered panels that effortlessly assemble to create 90° corners and cubes, thus allowing for limitless possibilities in stage setups and visual storytelling.
"We are thrilled to introduce the Topaz series," states Jason Lu, CEO of ROE Visual. "We believe innovation is the key to transforming th

Canada - Adamson has released the latest version of its loudspeaker design and deploy software - ArrayIntelligence V1.1. The update reflects the Adamson development team’s focus on encouraging user-generated feedback and quickly including it in the available software.
Brian Fraser, head of product and technology says: “We sincerely appreciate the feedback generously shared by the dedicated our user community. It plays a pivotal role in refining our software.”
ArrayIntelligence V1.1 revolves around an overarching goal: enhancing the user experience and optimising software performance.
The new Header Bar graphical layout brings clarity to the user interface, indicating which pages are available online, simplifying navigation and enhancing workflow.
The Global Assign feature, a cornerstone of system management, has undergone a comprehensive update. This

USA - Vari-Lite has announced that the premium Neo X5 console is now shipping, making the entire line of consoles from Vari-Lite available to purchase. The Vari-Lite Neo X Series is a family of high-performance lighting consoles designed for mixed-use applications such as performing arts centres; stadiums and arenas; houses of worship; studios; schools; touring rental; and more. The Neo X Series includes the 15-fader Neo X15 and the newly shipping Neo X5.
“Feedback on the Neo X Series has been great,” says Jon Hole, global product manager, Vari-Lite Controls at Signify. “Customers speak highly of the professional-quality hardware and premium features of the X15, with a strong response across a variety of markets, and we’re excited to begin shipping the smaller X5 to our customers as well.”
The Neo X5 is a high-performance lighting console running the powerfu

Germany - HK Audio has announced that simulation files in GLL data format are now available for Ease and Ease Focus 3 for the loudspeakers in the Linear 5 MK II series.
AFMG's Ease software is the globally established standard for electrical and room acoustics simulation. Acousticians, planners and installers can use Ease to create highly accurate simulations of any rooms.
Available free of charge on the AFMG homepage, Ease FOCUS 3 is an acoustic simulation program for 3D modelling of line arrays, sub-arrays, digitally controlled columns and conventional loudspeakers and is based on the Ease calculation module.
GLL files contain extremely precise system definitions that describe the mechanical, electronic and acoustic properties of the loudspeakers. The Linear 5 MK II GLL files are now available for download from the Linear 5 MK II product page.

UK - GLP has reported its best PLASA Show footfall for a number of years. According to the head of GLP UK, Simon Barrett, this was partly because of its unmissable stand - immediately inside the entrance - but also because it placed a clear focus on promoting the new impression X5 product family integration - and the quality and integrity of light emanating from its new colour engine. But equal focus was placed on GLP’s highly professional, and ever-expanding, technical and customer support team.
The sophistication was manifest in Andrew ‘Twiggy’ King’s choreographed lightshow, which demonstrated the entire impression X5 Family. This included the impression X5 Wash, impression X5 Compact, X5 IP Bar, X5 IP Maxx and impression X5 Bar 1000 - the last two being shown in the UK for the first time. This was played out to Ludovico Einaudi’s haunting and beautiful Diven

USA - Avid has announced Pro Tools Sketch, a new non-linear, clip-based creation tool in Pro Tools software that is also available as a free iPad app. Pro Tools Sketch enables musicians to quickly capture new ideas and freely experiment with concepts and songs and find inspiration with a massive library of free loops, virtual instruments and effects.
With Pro Tools Sketch, Avid addresses the growing needs of modern creators, no matter their preferred music creation style. While the Pro Tools Sketch iPad app is available for free to anyone via the Apple App Store, the Pro Tools 2023.9 update is now available to all Pro Tools customers on an active subscription or perpetual license with a current Software Updates + Support Plan, as well as all users of the free Pro Tools Intro application.
“Every music creator wants to capture inspiration when it arises and act on it

Europe - Showgear, an all-round supplier of stage essentials, expendables and accessories, has introduced its biodegradable confetti, ‘transforming celebrations into eco-conscious experiences’.
In a world where sustainability is paramount, Showgear’s new biodegradable confetti allows revellers to celebrate with a clear conscience and to elevate their events while minimising their environmental footprint.
The new biodegradable confetti proudly carries the respected TÜV OK-biodegradable SOIL certification, assuring users that it will completely decompose in the soil, leaving no lasting environmental impact. In addition, the confetti is flame retardant and meets the stringent DIN4102-1 Class B1 safety standards, ensuring that celebrations are both stunning and safe.
Made from top-quality tissue paper, Showgear’s biodegradable confetti blends contemporary

UK - BeamZ Lighting enjoyed a busy three days at the PLASA Show in London, showcasing its technical lighting solutions.
“We would like to thank everyone who visited our beamZ booth at the PLASA Show in London. Our innovative, affordable lighting solutions fascinated industry professionals and set new standards in lighting technology,” said Mario Velders, CEO of beamZ Lighting (Tronios).
“Our presence at the PLASA Show was nothing short of spectacular. We unveiled our latest lighting marvels, leaving attendees spellbound. One of the stars of the show was the Ignite300LED 300W BSW, a powerful beam/spot/wash LED moving-head fixture that is ready to revolutionise live events and stage productions.”
The StarColor200, the latest addition to the StarColor family, a wall wash fixture known for its extensive colour spectrum and versatile control options, also took

Germany - intoPIX and Lawo have announced that .edge users can now benefit from the intoPIX TICO-XS codec to encode and decode JPEG XS-compressed streams.
As the media industry increasingly leverages the benefits of IP-based remote and distributed production workflows, the challenge it faces is pushing a relentlessly growing amount of data through a fibre optic pipe with a fixed bandwidth while preserving broadcast-grade quality.
Support for the lossless JPEG XS compression technology in HD, 3G and UHD video-format resolutions will allow users of Lawo’s .edge Hyper-Density SDI/IP Conversion and Routing Platform to encode, process and decode compressed SMPTE ST2110-22 IP streams.
Lawo’s aim is to provide broadcasters with the ability to leverage compressed streams as and when required in order to accelerate high-quality distributed content creation. JPEG XS su

USA - The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the organisation that oversees Bluetooth technology, has announced the completion of Bluetooth Networked Lighting Control (NLC), the first full-stack standard for wireless lighting control. By offering standardisation from the radio through the device layer, Bluetooth NLC ‘enables true multi-vendor interoperability and mass adoption of wireless lighting control’.
"The establishment of globally available wireless standards has always been a key landmark in enabling connected device ecosystems to achieve their full promise. Wireless lighting control is no different," said Andrew Zignani, senior research director at ABI Research. "Bluetooth NLC expands the supplier opportunity by instilling buyer confidence and peace of mind, increasing the likelihood of adoption, and unleashing the lighting control market's total potential.

The Netherlands - The latest firmware version for the Infinity Chimp DMX consoles is now available from Highlite. In version 2.21, several new functionalities and bug fixes improve the quality of the platform.
Chimp 2.21 introduces the Cuelist Pause feature, giving users even more control over their lighting cues. This function is seamlessly accessible through multiple inputs including fader buttons, MIDI, DMX In, Cuelist Commands, and Virtual Executors, adding flexibility to performances.
The new Tap Speed capability revolutionises the way effects are managed, allowing users to seamlessly synchronise effects. While effects remain in sync with the global synchronisation, their speed is now calculated as a rate based on 60 BPM, ensuring consistent synchronicity even within cues with varying speeds.
The new firmware introduces FX Speed Master Settings, which allow

The Netherlands - Absen is set to unveil its latest innovations in broadcast and esports at IBC 2023. The company will showcase its latest LED technology on Stand 2.B24, where visitors will have the opportunity to see virtual production, rental & staging, and commercial displays in action, as well as get hands-on with Absen's LED technology.
In addition to the exhibition, Absen will host a range of events and activities on its stand including interviews with industry experts on the latest trends and developments in LED technology. Absen will also be hosting live casting of esports tournaments and other events on its stand, giving visitors the chance to experience the excitement of live LED production. There is also a chance for visitors to the stand to compete 1-on-1 in a game of Rocket League on an Absen's state-of-the-art LED display.
“IBC 2023 show is the perf

The Netherlands - At IBC, Sennheiser will preview the MKH 8030 RF condenser microphone with figure-of-eight pick-up pattern. The MKH 8030 will not only unlock M-S, double M-S, and Blumlein stereo recording options, but will also be a great choice wherever the highest attenuation of neighbouring sound sources is required - be it a PA system whose sound needs to be eliminated or an adjacent instrument that must not be picked up.
The sound signature of the MKH 8030 has been carefully engineered to blend in harmoniously with the sound of the existing MKH 8000 series microphones.
“We are thrilled to be previewing the MKH 8030, a microphone that the MKH user community has been expecting for quite a few years,” shares Kai Lange, product manager professional, wire-bound. “The extremely compact 8030 is ideal for field recording, sports and general broadcasting, theatres,

Germany - ARRI has announced the launch of SkyPanel X, an all-weather LED luminaire and latest addition to the SkyPanel family.
Introduced as a modular system and configurable into different sizes, SkyPanel X now offers native soft, native hard, and open-face lighting.
ARRI’s SkyPanel X connects advanced LED technology with flexibility, broadening possibilities for diverse applications and all existing workflows, addressing the extensive needs of studios, rental houses, and corporate clients. With a variety of innovative features, SkyPanel X is tailored to the requirements and working dynamics of DPs, gaffers, console operators, lighting designers, and broadcast technicians, says ARRI.
SkyPanel X provides superior low-end dimming with flicker-free operation from 100 to zero percent for direct, close-distance key lighting. With a dynamic CCT range from 1,500 to

Europe - The new ByB Boost your Booth System from HOF is designed for exhibition booth construction, showrooms as well as stores or shops with high demands on appearance and flexibility.
The assembly of the ByB Boost your Booth System is ‘very easy and fast and can be done by two people’.
Lighting technology and other equipment such as screens or advertising banners can be positioned flexibly and precisely.
The ByB Boost your Booth system offers space-saving transportation. An exhibition booth of 5x5m, for example, can be easily transported in an estate car.
The square pipes are hollow and can be used to run cables invisibly through the pipes. The head has a rear cable exit. Catalogues or a laptop can be placed on a storage table and cables required can also be run invisibly through the hollow square pipes from the storage table.
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