USA - ETC has announced the release of Hog 4 version 4.0 software. Enhancements include significant improvements to colour handling and Hog 4’s Color Picker, a new Record Defaults function, and Fixture Builder upgrades.
Senior product manager Sarah Clausen comments, “Ultimately, the new colour system relieves programmers and designers from the challenges in controlling rigs with multiple colour engines. By providing multiple colour input languages through the colour pickers, virtual colour functions and the gels library, and full ‘physical’ function controls linked to the virtual controls at all times, colour control becomes seamless.”
For colour handling, v4.0. represents a major overhaul of the colour mixing system used in Hog 4 OS. Substantial changes have been made to the fixture library, colour picker, gels, palettes, effects, plots, pixel mapping, and

UK - Disguise has announced the public launch of its new VX 3 video playback hardware solution within its flagship VX range. First revealed at ISE earlier this year, the VX 3 features three 4K video outputs suitable for both projection and LED displays and the capability to handle both pre-rendered and real-time video playback from any third-party render engine.
With live events currently undergoing an ‘IMAX-ification’ effect through larger canvases, more pixels, higher content fidelity and greater bit depth, the VX 3 was built to ‘unlock unmatched power per output for mid to upper tier live shows, corporate presentations and immersive experiences, striking the perfect balance between performance and accessibility’.
The Benefits of VX 3 include support for both pre-rendered and real-time content and the ability to scale the video output capability without addin

Portugal - Next Audiogroup is introducing the new Subwoofer LAs518A, billed as ‘the ultimate complement to the LA210x Line Array System’.
With optimised port tuning and ‘exceptional peak-to-peak excursion capability’, the LAs518A ensures deep, resonant bass down to 24 Hz at -10dB. Encased in a sturdy 89 kg front-loaded bass reflex enclosure, the LAs518A is equally adept for installation and rental applications, delivering a maximum peak SPL of 143dB.
Driving the LAs518A is a lightweight, efficient two-channel class D amplifier module, capable of delivering up to 2,800W RMS with precision and detail. Equipped with an integrated universal mains power supply featuring PFC, this subwoofer offers ‘consistent performance worldwide’.
At its core is an advanced 96 kHz/40-bit SHARC DSP engine, monitored via a built-in LCD screen with a preset loading encoder.

Germany - Prolight + Sound 2024 is set to be an important event for KV2 Audio and their customers. One of the highlights is the Live Sound Arena situated outside Hall 11 where KV2 holds four demos daily that invariably attract a big audience.
“We have participated in the Live Sound Arena demo area at Prolight + Sound every year for nearly 20 years (COVID years excepted),” says George Krampera, jr., KV2’s CEO. “In our experience, this demo area is the best demo setup of any trade show anywhere and it has always been hugely successful for us. In fact, it’s the main reason we’ve supported the show for so long despite its reduced size, because we still perceive enormous value in the live demos which are well set up and well run, offering extremely realistic outdoor conditions for all participants.”
KV2 will be demonstrating their powerful VHD2 system, a lon

Germany - Follow-Me, manufacturer of remote follow-spot and performer tracking solutions will be to exhibiting at Hall 12.1 D40 during Prolight & Sound this month. The stand is focused on demonstrating the full feature set of the manual system, Follow-Me 3D and Follow-Me Track-iT auto-tracking solution for lighting, audio & video.
Showing for the first time at PLS will be the newly released feature, Proximity that allows Follow-Me to take control of conventional lights based on the position of the performer. Users can customise the radius within which conventional lights should be turned on and off, creating dynamic and responsive lighting that moves with the performers, elevating your production to new heights.
The Follow-Me product range allows for growth within the scope of manual tracking right through to full auto-tracking. Follow-Me is fixture independe

Germany - ChamSys is supporting the collection of MagicQ and GeNetix products it will be showcasing at Hall 12.1, booth E21 in Messe Frankfurt with a robust schedule of educational and training sessions in both German and English, including a keynote talk by Christian (‘Rocketchris’) Glatthor, whose work has included tours by longtime client Rea Garvey, Evanescence, Snow Patrol, and others.
ChamSys’ learning sessions will take place in the Jade Room, located near Hall 12.1. All those who attend a training session will be entered into a draw to win a MagicQ Compact Connect, the versatile, lightweight control surface that connects to a PC or Mac and is capable of sending up to 64 universes of ArtNet and sACN directly from its onboard port with no need for external devices.
In addition to the Rocketchris session the learning schedule will include: MagicQ MQ250M Stad

Germany - At the 2024 edition of the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, ETC will be showcasing new products and a series of presentations on stand C39 in Hall 12.0.
Throughout the week, visitors to ETC’s stand will have the chance to explore the latest technologies in lighting, control, stage machinery and more. Attendees will get a first look at a new entertainment lighting fixture, new Hog software and a preview of Eos lighting control software with expansion processing on stand C39.
ETC product specialists will also host a series of mini presentations during the four-day tradeshow on the stand. These sessions will delve into whole system solutions and integration, exploring how to make workflows more efficient, and taking a closer look at some of ETC's advanced technologies.
Attendees will also get a chance to see the latest in stage machinery including a Prodig

China - Brompton Technology has announced its participation in this year's Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), where it will co-exhibit with creative studio partner, Votion Studios, alongside AOTO and Disguise.
Hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the four-day event takes place from 11-14 March 2024, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is recognised as one of the premier events in the global film industry and serves as Asia’s largest film and entertainment content marketplace.
With a primary focus on virtual production as a cornerstone in the evolution of visual storytelling, Brompton will join its industry partners in showcasing the key capabilities and latest features of its Tessera LED processing range to the burgeoning filmmaking community in Hong Kong.
“Targeting filmmakers, content creators, and

Germany - Obsidian Control Systems teams from Europe and the U.S. are heading to Prolight + Sound with additions to its award-winning Netron data distribution range and invite lighting professionals to Hall 12.1, Stand B49/C49 for a closer look. Visitors will also be able to demo intuitive NX consoles, including the scalable and full-featured NX1, the lighting console that has propelled the Onyx platform's popularity to new heights.
Despite the immense amount of IP-rated entertainment technology on the market, until now, there has been no IP-rated data distribution devices to provide the required infrastructure. On display will be the world’s first line of IP65-rated data distribution products for entertainment, winner of a 2023 PLASA Award for Innovation.
The Netron IP65 range blends the proven chassis and connector technology of Elation’s IP65 Proteus range of

Germany - Building on its breakthrough exhibits at LDI and ISE, Chauvet Professional is continuing this voyage at Frankfurt Messe from 19-22 March. Visitors to the show are invited to drop by the Chauvet Professional and ChamSys at booth (E21 in Hall 12.1) to ‘experience first-hand how this bold approach to harnessing innovation fuses reality and imagination’.
The booth features a towering multi-faced overall panorama created by David Howard of David Howard Lighting Design, which draws on an extensive collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Endowing the booth design with its bold magnetism is the intense output of the Strike Array 2C and Strike Array 4C IP65 rated RGBAWW blinder-strobe-audience lights.
Adding to their impact, both fixtures offer industry standard-setting low end dimming capabilities, as well as a red shift function that warms the colour

Europe - Area Four has released the new Exe Technology Load Cells brochure capturing the latest products and innovations in the Exe Cell and Exe Flexa ranges, part of Area Four Industries.
The Exe brand offers a wide range of chain hoists engineered to safely manoeuvre stage equipment, scenery, video walls and other related structures before, during and after your performances and is highly in demand in the live entertainment and exhibition sector and extensively stocked by most of the rental and production houses throughout the UK.
In recent years, the complexity of touring events has increased dramatically with the explosion of LED technology combined with the demands of more complex set design. The need for live load monitoring is a critical task in the safety chain to provide a secure working environment under any suspended load. Without using load cells, it is i

Germany - ‘Elation translates visionary concepts into meaningful innovation to bring new product ideas to light’. The company will feature a broad selection of lighting solutions at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt (Hall 12.1, Stand B49/C49).
Highlights in the Proteus series of multi-environmental luminaires include the IP66-rated Pproteus Hybrid Max, that launches as the torchbearing successor of the Proteus Hybrid. Also on display will be the Proteus Odeon, a framing profile fixture with an industry-first completely variable CRI LED engine; and Proteus Radius, a high-intensity Beam FX fixture with solid state phosphor-converted light engine for incredible power at long distances.
New in Elation’s popular Fuze series is the Fuze Teatro, a fully-automated yet fanless framing fixture for completely silent operation and the first fanless automated luminaire incorpora

UK - TiMax spatial audio and performer stagetracking solutions, the most recent addition to the Focusrite Group, will make its debut appearance at the first set of this year’s Martin Audio Open Days. Running from 12-24 March at High Wycombe, the open days will see TiMax join forces with its sister pro audio brands from the group which includes Martin Audio, Linea Research and Optimal Audio, as well as OutBoard’s chain-hoist rigging motor control.
TiMax will showcase the capabilities and strengths of the TiMax SoundHub spatial audio engine and the award-winning TiMax TrackerD4 stagetracking solution, including new product offerings introduced earlier in the year. The presentations, by TiMax director Robin Whittaker with applications specialist Dan Roncoroni and new Martin Audio colleagues, will highlight the synergies between the product offerings of the group.
The

Germany - The Adam Hall Group will once again be presenting its extensive event technology portfolio in a variety of ways at this year's Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
The event technology manufacturer will not only be represented with two stands (Adam Hall Networking Space and Cameo) in the exhibition halls, but will also open its Experience Centre at the nearby company headquarters in Neu-Anspach for the exclusive Adam Hall Group Surround Experience. The Adam Hall Group's presence at the trade fair will be rounded off with a presentation by Herbert Bernstädt (senior research & development engineer, light technology) as part of the Manufacturers' Forum.
The Adam Hall Group's Networking Space (12.1 A24) is the central point of contact for all those interested in the company. With its designated business area, the Networking Space offers a location for focused cust

Germany - Lighting control specialist Pharos Architectural Controls will be exhibiting at this year’s Light + Building expo, continuing the company’s busy calendar of events as part of its milestone 20th anniversary year.
Pharos will showcase its Expert, Designer and Cloud product ranges at the expo, held from 3-8 March 2024 at Frankfurt am Main, demonstrating the substantial benefits these technologies bring to the industry.
Located on stand 8.0-C71, Pharos will be demonstrating a number of key solutions from across its lighting control portfolio. Visitors will be able to explore and interact with the latest features in the Pharos Designer range and get hands on with the most recent addition to the Pharos product portfolio, Pharos Expert.
Expert is an innovative and straightforward control solution centred around a single, reliable, set-and-forget controlle

Europe - FLEXibility takes centre stage with the new Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze. With its original design and versatile features, this lighting fixture promises to bring innovative possibilities to lighting professionals and enthusiasts.
The Showtec Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze features a design comprising eight pods, each equipped with 100-watt, 3000 K COB LEDs. But that’s not all; these pods are also enriched with amber and RGB LEDs, enabling a wide range of creative lighting applications. Unlike many LEDs that often fall short in replicating this effect, the Stage Blinder FLEX Blaze’s amber LEDs are specifically designed to perfectly mimic the dimming of traditional tungsten blinders, providing a nostalgic and warm ambiance.
The RGB LEDs in each pod can be mixed to create a blaze effect with a captivating array of colours. With each pod working independently,

UK - Event management solutions company OctoCue has launched a user-intuitive cloud-based event management app, DeckTrack, enabling event professionals to monitor and manage conference presentations in real-time.
Focusing on three key pillars, DeckTrack delivers ‘a comprehensive solution’ to the market that helps prevent and mitigate presentation issues, by providing full control for event professionals. The app not only offers full visibility of presentations and enables monitoring anywhere with an internet connection, but its ease of adoption and deployment is exceptional. Its simple cloud-based monitoring functionality eliminates the need for expensive on-site networking, making it an incredibly cost-effective option.
“We’re thrilled to announce that DeckTrack is now available for the market,” says Paul Williams, director at OctoCue. “OctoCue developed

UK - Specialist lighting controls manufacturer, Pharos Architectural Controls, 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, a cloud-manageable audio, video and control platform.
As part of the programme, key products from the Pharos range have been verified and endorsed by Q-SYS, following plugin integration with a Q-SYS Ready badge.
Pharos Designer and Pharos Expert will integrate with Q-SYS to provide integration with its ‘architainment’ and show control system for advanced installation through Q-SYS and Expert’s DMX control.
Pharos Designer is the company’s original, award-winning range, which now boasts a wide range of controllers to suit any DMX, eDMX and DALI lighting project, as well as comprehensive show co

France - Audio network specialist and equipment manufacturer AuviTran has announced the release of a new AxC-AES67 interface. Available from AuviTran’s network of distributors, the AxC-AES67 card is latest addition to the Audio ToolBox suite, the company’s flagship product line.
AxC-AES67 is fully compatible with AES67 and Ravenna protocols, and supports industry standard SMPTE2110, ST2022-7 Seamless Protection Switching and NMOS IS-04 + IS-05. Using one slot of AuviTran AVBx3 or AVBx7 ToolBox platforms, this interface card features up to 64 input channels and 64 output channels at 48kHz. Combined with other AuviTran Audio ToolBox cards, the reliable and versatile AxC-AES67 enables the setting up of multiple professional audio systems while seamlessly interconnecting network audio protocols.
Either operating as a flexible analog StageBox when combined with AxC-AX4

Europe - Robe Lighting enjoyed a busy and lively ISE 2024. New products on show included a selection from Robe’s award-winning IP rated iSeries - the iForte and iForte LTX, iPainte, iESprite, iBeam 350TM, iTetra2TM, iT12 ProfileTM and Robe also previewed its new iBolt - soon to be launched - plus a variant of its T32 Cyc, as well as the Footsie Slim, a compact version of this ingenious footlight solution.
The eye-catching and contemporary Robe booth featured areas for Robe’s other businesses - architectural brand Anolis, lighting control solutions specialist Artistic Licence and lighting console and media server manufacturer, Avolites. It attracted many visitors and was constantly busy throughout all four days, primarily functioning as a meeting and networking space.
Those wanting to see the highlighted products in more depth could walk or catch a shuttle bus a s

Europe - Optocore reports a successful ISE 2024 in Barcelona. Represented by directors and founders, Marc Brunke and Tine Helmle, the company announced the setting up of a new technical workshop (under the provisional title of Optocore Fibre Workshop) to an enthusiastic response from all partners. During each workshop, specially designed demo systems - unique to each location - will demonstrate how easily it is to operate advanced control situations using the Optocore protocol.
These events will take place right across the world - at partners’ demo rooms - and access will be free to all who register. Further details will be provided in due course.
Optocore presented this year’s Best Distributor Award (for outstanding sales) to Bill and Brandon Coons, of Optocore North America, based in Canada.
The company is also in the process of streamlining its distributi

Germany - The FlexDistro rack has been developed to meet the frequently changing requirements in the event and touring sector.
Designed for quick and easy swapping of modules, the Indu-Electric FlexDistro can be equipped for the specific requirements of any project or production in an instant.
Each module has up to 24 channels, and each channel is protected with its own 30 mA RCBO (RCD/RCCB). The list of standard features includes a network-capable meter, USB port, mains indicator, switchable LED strips and utility outlets.

USA/Europe - Meyer Sound got off to a high octane start in 2024, with technology showcases at The NAMM Show and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) conventions.
“2024 promises to be another significant year for Meyer Sound,” says senior vice-president John McMahon. “We’re building on unprecedented momentum that began with the success of the Panther large-format linear line array and the 2100‑LFC low-frequency control element. This success continues with further development of our award-winning Nebra software and the newly announced NADIA DSP platform, which is already redefining the world of active acoustics. NAMM and ISE proved perfect opportunities to highlight our latest advancements and forge meaningful connections in key markets as we move ahead.”
At NAMM, Panther and the 2100-LFC were on display alongside LINA very compact line array loudspeakers paired w

Europe - Midas Consoles has launched Cobalt, a high-channel count, pocket-sized USB3 audio protocol converter.
“Cobalt is designed with sound engineers in mind. It is more than just a USB converter; it is a game-changing solution that combines power, portability, and connectivity for those seeking professional-grade recording without breaking the bank,” says Midas.
With Cobalt - which debuted at ISE 2024 - users can record and virtual soundcheck up to 192 channels all through a single Neutrik locking USB C connection, direct into PC or Mac. This not only streamlines the set-up but also allows audio professionals ‘to carry a powerhouse of functionality right in their pockets’.
The built-in sample rate converters further elevate Cobalt's capabilities, enabling operation at either 48kHz or 96kHz without compromising the channel count. This flexibility is cru

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