USA - Obsidian Control Systems’ complete line-up of Netron data distribution products is now in stock and ready to ship from the company’s US and European warehouses.
Netron is a comprehensive range of DMX splitters and ethernet to DMX gateways, supporting applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments. All Netron products can be configured through either the internal OLED screen and encoder, or the integrated web menu system, which works from PC, Mac and any mobile device.
The Netron range offers three Ethernet to DMX gateways and three RDM splitters.
The EN12 is a powerful, high-density Ethernet to DMX gateway with 12 RDM compatible ports. The EN4 is a powerful Ethernet to DMX gateway with four RDM-compatible ports. Designed for live production and installations with a rugged housing and high-performance processing, it offers flexible rack, truss, wall or DIN-Rail mounting options to cover any situation.
The EP4 is a compact Ethernet to DMX gateway with four RDM compatible ports. It is configurable via its internal web remote and powered over ethernet or via the USB-C connection.
Three variants of RDM splitter round out the range: RDM 6XL, RDM 645 and RDM 10.
USA - Chauvet Professional has released the Ovation CYC 1 FC.
Debuted at LDI 2019, the fixture can be positioned unobtrusively on the stage and in the broadcast studio. With an illuminance of 173lx at 5m, the CYC 1 FC ensures a wide, smooth coverage area, often allowing larger backdrops to be fully illuminated only from the ground, without the need for downlighting. Since its light source is so near the ground, it can wash backdrops without dark dead areas at the lower end.
The CYC 1 FC can also a foot light, fill light and side light in a wide variety of applications. When the fixture serves as a foot light, its in built shutter can serve as a glare shield, in addition to being used to adjust the light’s throw. An integrated kick stand adds to the fixture’s versatility.
Drawing on Ovation’s award-winning RGBAL colour-mixing technology, the CYC 1 FC produces virtually any hue with the utmost realism and saturation. A virtual colour wheel in the unit matches popular gel colours and colour temperature pre-sets. The fixture also features 16-bit dimming of the master dimmer and individual colours.
The adjustable Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) feature in the fixture ensures that its flat, even field of light is never disturbed by flickering on camera. This attribute, together with its silent, convection-cooled operation, makes the CYC 1 FC suited for broadcast applications.
“We have always pushed the envelope with new concepts in our Ovation products,”comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “With the CYC 1 FC, we feel we have done
USA - ETC is now shipping a full family of white light LED luminaires for the 230V market. With an impressive lumen-per-watt output, Source 4WRD 230V is available in both warm and cool white arrays.
The warm white 80CRI and 90CRI (Gallery) arrays are designed for theatres and other venues where tungsten fixtures have been the favourite for years. While the cool white 90CRI (Daylight Gallery) array is suitable for industrial trade shows and other live events where “the coolest and brightest white light is desired”.
Both arrays are available in four different form factors including Source 4WRD Spot, PAR, PARNel, and a non-destructive LED retrofit for your existing Source Four fixtures.
ETC’s PAR and PARNel fixtures get a modern upgrade with the added benefits of LEDs and more than 1000 lumens of output. All existing Source Four PAR lenses and accessories are compatible with these LED fixtures. Featuring a patented wave-lens design and easy focusing knob, the Source 4WRD PARNel lets you quickly access a range of 25º-45º - a smooth, soft, symmetrical field that you can spot or flood as needed.
Europe - Litec’s Litecad truss configuration software now supports French and German languages.
The software is now available in four languages – English, French, German and Italian.
Litecad is a design programme for technicians who need to quickly and easily put together structures with Litec products and present them to their clients or product managers.
The software instantly creates a list of all materials used in a structure, including component data, such as weights and volumes. It also allows for the uploading of DXF files, such as theatre drawings and technical layouts. No CAD skills are required to use the tool, which is designed to be very user-friendly.
The Netherlands - LED display manufacturer Absen, will return to the RAI in Amsterdam next month to present its range of MiniLED products for the fixed installation and rental markets and to introduce new and enhanced products.
Absen will occupy 324sq.m of floor space in Hall 12, representing the company’s largest ever presence at the show.
Absen’s MiniLED are ultra-fine pixel pitch LED panels, incorporating 4-in-1 pixel configuration (IMD) and common cathode technology. Demand for Absen MiniLED products has been very high since the launch of the CR series in 2018, and intensified significantly with last year’s launch of the Aries (AX) series, the market-leading sub-2mm MiniLED rental display, designed to meet the rigorous demands of the rental staging market.
Absen MiniLED now comes as standard in four core product lines: the Aries (AX), Acclaim (A27 Pro) and Control Room (CR) series, as well as the newly launched HC series for mission-critical environments.
The A27 Plus has been Absen’s best-selling fixed install product, seeing over 300% growth in 2019. The Acclaim series is Absen’s flagship display for indoor fixed installation, predominately in corporate and retail environments. This year’s ISE will see the series become available as a MiniLED range - the A27 Pro series - making it “better, stronger, and more efficient”.
Finally, the CR series will now be available in 0.7mm pixel pitch, which represents the company’s smallest pixel pitch and highest resolution display. As well as this improvement, Absen will also
UK - ChamSys has introduced the first release of its MagicQ Stable software.
Available on the ChamSys website, MagicQ Stable v22.214.171.124 can be downloaded at no cost to all MagicQ consoles and PC platforms. In addition to being capable of importing GDTF files directly, the new software embraces a wide range of performance features that have been universally well-received when tested in beta versions.
Among these features is an Undo function that allows actions by the programmer and the console to be undone and redone. For easy reference, an Undo History is also available. Another notable programming function is FX Tracking Out, which allows programmers using Cue Stack Tracking to track out individual FX with different fade times.
Together, the new features provide programmers with more powerful and flexible tools to use to control and expand lighting designs. These tools all were all designed to be user- friendly and readily accessible.
“The MagicQ Stable software release further develops our award winning powerful MagicQ platform,” says Chris Kennedy, ChamSys software director. “We are pleased to be amongst the first to embrace open protocols such as GDTF. Our new MagicQ Stable v126.96.36.199 takes these a step further by adding other unique features to MagicQ.”
USA - Two Elation Professional luminaires were recognised by the industry with product awards this month.
The Artiste Monet LED profile fixture won an Indispensable Technology (IT) Award. The accolade was bestowed at the recent Parnelli Awards, which took place on 17 January at the Anaheim Hilton Pacific Ballroom.
Days earlier, the company’s Fuze Profile was chosen by ProSoundWeb readers to be a top lighting product in the entertainment technology industry, winning a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award (RCA).
The IT Awards recognise products that have advanced the state of the art in entertainment technology and are voted on by subscribers to PLSN and Front of House magazines. The recognition for the Artiste Monet, which also won a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2019, was the eighth industry gong bestowed to fixtures from Elation’s Artiste series.
Accepting the IT Award were Elation sales & marketing director Eric Loader and the company’s product manager Matthias Hinrichs accepted the award. “Winning an award never gets old and the Indispensable Technology Award is extra special as it reflects the opinion of users and knowledgeable professionals who use and specify products every day,” comments Loader. “We’re thrilled to again be recognised as an innovator in entertainment lighting and honoured to add it to the Artiste’s growing trophy case.”
The Netherlands - Canon Europe will be showcasing a new dimension of its business to visitors at ISE 2020 next month.
Visitors to the stand will have the chance to see its advanced imaging ecosystem, including Canon’s incredible HDR, 4K and 8K projection capabilities and unrivalled line-up of input to output solutions, including world-class cameras and lenses. Canon’s network cameras, comprehensive analytics software, and a robotic arm - provided by Denso - will be on stand demonstrating how visual analytics technology can support automation of various cumbersome tasks.
Matthew Koshy, European product marketing specialist, Canon Europe, comments: “We’re building on the success of ISE 2019 by expanding our input to output showcase, which highlights the importance of having an integrated line-up to deliver unbeatable resolution. Our range of high-brightness and high-image-quality laser projectors will be on display to show how cohesive projection systems offer systems integrators incredible optical performance, simple installation and low maintenance.”
At one of the dedicated zones on stand, Canon will showcase its imaging solutions which work seamlessly together to streamline workflows and guarantee optical excellence for system integrators.
Canon’s premium video camera range, reference display monitors and projectors, will offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a live 4K production simulation. Starring in this demo is the 4K production camera - the XF705, the renowned EOS C200 4K Cinema camera, the compact 4K camcorde
China - PR Lighting has announced two marine-grade, IP66-rated moving heads: the 3-in-1 AQUA Marine 580 BWS and AQUA Marine 580 Beam.
Thanks to the double-layer coating of the chassis and PR's sealing system, both AQUA Marine 580 fixtures can provide ‘superior resistance to a wider range of corrosive media, making them ideal for use on projects close to the seashore or in sea water’.
Housing either a Philips MSD Platinum 25 R lamp or Osram Sirius HRI 550W XL, both the AQUA Marine 580 BWS (PR-2596) and AQUA Marine 580 Beam (PR-2568) are fully featured. Colours include CYM linear mixing system with macros, a colour wheel with 12 colour filters (plus open), rainbow effect with bi-directional and variable speeds and stepping/linear colour changing, while the colour filters can be in any position. The fixtures also boast a linear CTO system.
The products accommodate one fixed gobo wheel (containing 17 gobos plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds. There is also a rotating gobo wheel, with seven interchangeable rotating gobos (plus open), bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds.
There are four different facet prisms which can be overlapped (other prisms are optional). The graphic effect wheel offers bi-directional rotation with variable speeds, and can be overlapped with the fixed and rotating gobo wheels. Features also include an independent frost filter.
Both fixtures are contained in dust-proof and water-proof cast aluminium, high-temperature resistant and UV-resistant engineering pl
USA - dBTechnologies launched VIO C, a “complete series of two-way active line-source speakers for the widest range of venues and applications”, at NAMM 2020.
Designed to create horizontal or vertical line-source arrays and featuring a simple yet rapid rigging system, VIO C offers flexible coverage options as well as powerful acoustic performance.
The series encompasses three enclosures housing premium neodymium components. The whole series is equipped with latest generation 1600 W RMS Class D Amp module Digipro G4 driving a powerful DSP and allowing each system to deliver impressive SPL (139 dB for VIO C12, 140 dB for VIO C15, and 141 dB for VIO C212).
As a default, VIO C are equipped with dBTechnologies RDNet card for real time monitoring and remote control via Aurora Net software. The preamplifier is ready for future upgrades with Audinate Dante card.
When matching companion cabinets, users can easily set up scalable horizontal clusters, adapting the VIO C to the venue and application in use. Thus, a four-cabinet side-by-side configuration delivers a 90° horizontal dispersion, an eight-cabinet cluster reaches a 180° horizontal angle and so forth, up to a 360° coverage with a 16-cabinet set up.
Infrared ports are placed on top and both sides of each cabinet so that the speakers can recognise the size and configuration of the system when linked together horizontally or vertically.
VIO C12 and VIO C15 models can also be coupled vertically, simply by turning a speaker upside down and placing it on the top of a companion speak
USA - At the 2020 NAMM Show, professional power amplifier manufacturer Powersoft announced a major update to its ArmoníaPlus audio system management software.
The latest update, available now, features a redesigned monitoring environment, Health+ (pronounced ‘Health Plus’), which replaces the ‘Events tab and offers sound engineers a complete suite of realtime system diagnostic controls. The tool is useful for live touring applications or fixed installations.
In addition to input monitoring for power amplifiers, speakers, and other connected devices, the system is also capable of measuring system health indicators such as headroom, temperature, voltage, and impedance to ensure optimal performances of all elements and will automatically alert users in case of malfunctions or element failures. Engineers can also now utilise the Event History function to track uploaded programmes, user logins, and diagnose any long-term system issues. Finally, Health+ has improved reporting, giving users the ability to track multiple indicators at once over an hour time log period for more detailed system monitoring.
Rick Woida, Powersoft US application engineer, explains: “We’ve designed ArmoníaPlus to be efficient and streamlined for effective use under any working conditions. With the new Health+ tab, engineers now have easier access to a peerless set of tools for system management, ensuring long-time health of any system and the ability to quickly diagnose and fix any potential problems better than ever before.”
USA - The new Christie Crimson Series of 3DLP laser projectors, introduced this week, deliver 31,500 ISO lumens for the same price as the Crimson 25 models with the same 60Hz processing and Christie BoldColor Technology in a compact, rugged package for rental, staging and fixed installation customers.
Users will also experience the same Christie TruLife electronics and the built-in warp and blend capabilities of Christie Twist. In addition, by adding Christie Mystique, users will reduce multiple projector calibration times from hours to minutes, saving both time and labour costs.
Designed with the technician in mind, the Crimson Series is built-tough and is easy to ship, handle and install thanks to its compact form factor, quiet operation and omnidirectional capabilities. Featuring an IP5X sealed, solid-state laser light source, Crimson projectors provide years of reliable, low-cost, and virtually maintenance-free operation while delivering vibrant, lifelike colours in theme parks, indoor and outdoor arenas and stadiums, entertainment venues, mega events, public spaces, and more.
“The new Crimson models – which are both upgradeable to 120Hz – support both Christie Guardian for real-time automatic blended-image correction when content is playing, and the Christie Terra input card for seamless integration into SDVoE networks,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “We’ve designed it with 31,500 ISO lumens for the same prices as the Crimson 25 models, providing even greater value for our fixed install, rental and staging cus
USA In Anaheim this week, Yamaha is launching new white models of its flagship DZR/CZR series and DXS XLF/CXS XLF loudspeakers / subwoofers.
All DZR/CZR and DXS XLF/CXS XLF models will be available in the new white finish, providing more options for a greater variety of uses, such as hotel banquets, houses of worship and auditoriums, where a high quality audio system needs to blend into the design of the space.
The DZR range comprises eight full-range models and four DXS XLF subwoofers, including ‘D’ versions that feature onboard Dante IN/OUT capability. Featuring best-in-class SPL performance, sophisticated 96kHz DSP processing and unrivalled low-frequency sound reproduction, DZR loudspeakers deliver professional quality sound with greater power than their compact, lightweight design might suggest. The DXS XLF subwoofers can reach an extended low frequency of 30Hz, the lowest of any DXS subwoofer yet.
The passive CZR series features three full-range models, with two CXS XLF subwoofers. They share the same cabinet and speaker components as the DZR/DXS XLF models, delivering high power-handling and focused, professional sound.
Optional accessories for the new models include a white U bracket that is easy to install in both vertical and horizontal configuration. The existing SPCVR series speaker covers for all models (available in black only) and wheel kit for DXS XLF / CXS XLF subwoofers can also be used with the new white models.
USA - Audio-Technica has announced the expansion of its 3000 Series frequency-agile true diversity UHF wireless systems with the addition of a network port. The ATW-R3210N receiver, which receives its NAMM debut this year, now allows network control and monitoring along with the same easy setup, versatile operation and rock-solid, richly detailed high-fidelity sound as standard 3000 Series components.
Expanding on the functionality of the standard 3000 Series Wireless System, the new network control and monitoring option is unique for a wireless system in this price category, as it allows the 3000 Series to be compatible with Audio-Technica’s proprietary Wireless Manager software.
The software package offers a broad range of control and management functions of networked receivers, grouped into three tabs: Device List, which auto-discovers connected compatible Audio-Technica hardware; Frequency Coordination, which allows real time spectrum scanning via the 3000 Series Wireless with Network option or other Audio-Technica connected network-enabled receivers, and Monitor, which allows live monitoring of connected systems with the option of filtering the displayed devices by assigned tag groups.
USA - DMI-KLANGDiGiCo has announced the new DMI-KLANG, an immersive in-ear mixing expansion that can be mounted directly into DiGiCo consoles, equipped with DMI slots.
KLANG’s immersive in-ear mixing systems make spatial and transparent in-ear monitoring possible. With lower listening levels - on average up to 6dB less - it eliminates the feeling of isolation associated with a normal in-ear stereo mix and offers less fatigue. Its applications range from personal mixing for touring monitor engineers to spatial mixing for recording studio sessions.
The DMI-KLANG follows in the footsteps of the KLANG:fabrik. "This is the first hardware product since KLANG and DiGiCo joined forces,” says DiGiCo’s general manager, Austin Freshwater “We took KLANG:fabrik’s immersive in-ear mixing core and rebuilt it with today’s latest FPGA technology. With one device, we can now deliver immersive mixes of 64 inputs for 16 musicians. This is the highest input count of any KLANG product to date. And the best thing is, we were able to bring the processing latency down to a quarter of a millisecond.”
The DMI-KLANG connects directly to DiGiCo consoles’ internal audio stream without any additional hardware I/O or overhead. This makes it possible to route any audio channel from the console to the DMI-KLANG and return the immersive mix to the Aux merge input. Via the DiGiCo KLANG console link, monitor engineers can stay in their usual mixing workflow, use snapshots, faders and knobs, but with all the benefits of immersive in-ear mixing. This makes it the perfe
USA - DiGiCo has reveaedl the latest in Quantum console range. Like Quantum7 and Quantum5, Quantum338 represents “a dramatic leap forward in power and connectivity”. It includes new design features and enhancements that offer “ultimate flexibility, all with the same speed of operation that Quantum users have come to rely on, in a smaller format console”.
“With Quantum338, we have ensured that we are providing a next generation console that works in synergy with our Quantum Engine,” says Michael Aitchison, DiGiCo’s senior electronics engineer. “We focused our R&D team on user experience, learning from the last 20 years, with our continuing main objective of merging new with familiar.”
Quantum338 is based on seventh generation FPGAs and includes 128 input channels with 64 busses and a 24 x 24 matrix, all with full channel processing. There is a new look and feel dark mode application and three 17 inch 1000 nit, high brightness, multitouch screens, allowing both the meter bridge and soft quick select buttons to be displayed on each screen. There are also 70 individual TFT channel displays and the floating Quantum chassis features 38 x 100mm touch sensitive faders laid out in three blocks of 12 fader banks, plus two dedicated user-assignable faders, each complete with high resolution metering.
A new level of local audio connectivity and performance comes via the ‘Ultimate Stadius’ 32 bit ADC and DAC conversion, which are built in to Quantum338 as standard, alongside six single or three redundant MADI connections, dual DMI sl
USA - L-Acoustics has announced the new Kara II modular line source. The addition of Panflex gives Kara four-in-one directivity: one box handily covers any audience geometry. Kara II morphs to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with precise focus in four different directivity patterns: 70° or 110° symmetrical and 90° asymmetrical, steering to either the left or right, says the company.
In a nod to the wide audience of Kara owners around the globe, L-Acoustics will make available a kit to upgrade existing Kara with Panflex.
Florent Bernard, executive director of application design at L-Acoustics explains, “Kara has been a perpetual best-seller for a reason. Its lightweight, diminutive form factor and strong, consistent SPL make it the perfect tool for a plethora of events or permanent installs. When we introduced Panflex to the industry, our clients told us this was the only thing missing from Kara. We listened, and the new Kara II brings our medium-format line array into a new era of added directivity and improved polar stability.
“Kara II is a powerhouse enclosure, meeting the needs of any audience geometry and morphing to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with laser focus. As with all L-Acoustics K Series line arrays, Kara benefits from decades of research and development into quick and safe rigging, making it the reference in the market for rapid and optimized deployment.”
USA - d&b audiotechnik has announced the introduction of a new addition to the company's exceptional SL-Series line array family. The KSL-SUB, available in both flown and ground stack (G) versions makes its debut at the 2020 Winter NAMM show in California this week.
The new KSL-SUB provides a small, lightweight format that extends the frequency response of a KSL System down to 36Hz with “exceptional dispersion control, impressive low frequency headroom and unmatched performance for its size”. This directivity-controlled, smaller format sub enclosure allows venues of all size to experience very accurate, smooth and punchy bass response, says the company.
The KSL-SUB and KSL-GSUB subwoofers operate with two forward-facing 15” drivers and a single, rear-facing 15” driver which, driven with two-way active amplification, provide uncompromised cardioid directivity control.
Measuring 100 x 90 x 45 cm (39.4” x 35.4” x 17.7”) in size, and with a weight of 82kg (181lb), the KSL-SUB delivers an output of 139dB driven by d&b D80 amplifiers.
The KSL-GSUB has a streamlined form: minus the KLS-SUB standard rigging hardware. It stands at a diminutive height of just about 45cm, easily allowing for under stage deployment. Using a new KSL-SUB adapter frame the KSL-SUB can be deployed above KSL-Tops as part of a flown array.
Completing the comprehensive System package - and designed to fit within standard sized shipping container and trucks - the KSL-SUB is available in touring carts with protective covers. The hybrid KSL-SUB touri
USA - Newly-launched pro audio company ASI Audio x Sensaphonics has introduced 3DME in-ear monitoring system. The 3D Music Enhancement system combines all-new universal-fit Active Ambient IEMs with a sub-compact bodypack mixer and smartphone app with EQ and limiter, allowing musicians to create “a truly personalized monitoring experience”. 3DME makes its NAMM this week.
3DME stands for ‘three-dimensional music enhancement’, a new approach to in-ears. It starts with ASI’s all-new universal-fit Active Ambient earphones with an embedded binaural microphone system to capture room sound while keeping the ears isolated. The IEMs connect to the sub-compact 3DME mixer, where the ambient audio is added to the monitor mix. But the real key to Music Enhancement is the intuitive ASI Audio app, which is used to set both the limiter and equalization of the audio to the user’s personal preference, says the company.
The ASI Audio app lets the user set up their personal sound signature during rehearsal or sound check, using their phone or tablet. The app controls seven bands of EQ, and also controls the threshold setting for system’s limiter, putting hearing health directly into the user’s hands. Both EQ and limiting can be set in stereo, or with separate settings for the left and right earpieces. The app also offers one-touch access to the Audio Seal Test to help ensure a good fit, and allows the user to save a virtually unlimited number of User Presets for later recall. This is useful for recalling preferred 3DME settings for various scenarios, such as
USA - Previewed at Prolight+Sound 2019, the new Alcons LR24 pro-ribbon line-array system will be making its global debut at the NAMM show.
The LR24 is a three-way, bi-amped, mid-size format line-array system. Loaded with Alcons’ multiple-patented pro-ribbon technology for mid and high frequencies, the system features an unusually high dynamic range with a fast impulse response with up-to-90% less distortion. This results in an intuitive linear response, with optimal intelligibility and non-compressed identical tonal balance at any SPL.
The all-natural cylindrical wavefront of the purpose-designed RBN1202rs 12” pro-ribbon transducer and the acoustically and electronically symmetrical component configuration bring an industry-leading pattern control in both the vertical as well as the horizontal plane, up to the highest frequencies without any distortion-inducing horn constructions. The very-coherent vertical dispersion enables a non-destructive inter-cabinet coupling for maximum HF throw and wind-stability.
The RBN1202’s large 12" voice-coil features an unusual power handling of 2500W and RMS-to-peak ratio of 1:15, from 1,000 Hz to 20,000 Hz; This caters for a remarkable intelligibility combined with a virtually unlimited dynamic headroom reserve.
The patent-pending flying system facilitates both compressed and non-compressed suspension, while enabling angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array. It has a WLL of 24 cabinets under 10:1 safety.
Tom Back, managing director Alcons Audio, says: “The LR24 is filling the ga
Europe - Following the release of the L-ISA Controller v2.0 software update, the Robert Juliat SpotMe 3D tracking device is now fully compatible to operate with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, the lighting manufacturer has announced.
L-Acoustics recently revealed the January release of a significant software update for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology that will enable users to monitor the positioning of any tracked object in a 3D view. With L-ISA Controller version 2.0, source parameters - including pan, width, height, distance, and elevation - can be mapped and scaled to all certified tracking systems.
In tandem with the L-ISA v1.10 update, L-Acoustics has announced that it has officially collaborated with tracking software providers whose technologies can now function within the L-ISA ecosystem, including Robert Juliat’s SpotMe tracking tool.
L-Acoustics executive director of creative technologies Guillaume Le Nost notes: “With our latest software and recent tracking system partnerships, the incredibly natural audio reproduction of L-ISA, paired with the smooth and precise real-time tracking of visual elements on stage is guaranteed to raise the Hyperreal Sound bar even further for our audiences.”
Robert Juliat managing director François Juliat adds: “We are happy with this new compatibility which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market. SpotMe only requires a followspot with no extra peripheral devices and can be installed easily and quickly
UK - Media server specialist disguise has released r17, the latest update to its software. Launched in response to user feedback, r17 brings workflow and user experience enhancements, including Manipulators and PreComps, and introduces Network Device Interface (NDI) support.
Users can now stream an NDI source from content tools to the disguise stage in realtime, unlocking new workflows for esports, fixed installations, and TV productions. Integration with NDI can also be used as a streaming preview from content tools, such as 3DSMax or AfterEffects that enable users to finesse content accurately in-situ, saving time and speeding up workflows.
For compositing, PreComps is a new workflow that allows users to create a pre-composition of layers which can be reused in multiple locations, making timelines cleaner and more flexible. It also enables the routing of video content between different layers on the timeline, allowing users to blend and mix content sources.
Meanwhile, new previsualisation feature Manipulators give users the ability to select multiple objects on a 3D stage and offset, rotate and scale them. The feature improves efficiency and usability, reducing the time and effort needed to set up a project.
In addition, the usability of SockPuppet projects, which enable the control of disguise via a lighting desk, iPad or another networked device, has been improved to enable less complex set-ups.
r17 is now available from the disguise.one website.
USA - City Theatrical’s DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool now provides expanded functionality with the new Multi Fixture (DMX) feature, which offers lighting professionals an efficient way to turn on and test multiple DMX lighting fixtures simultaneously.
DMXcat’s new Multi Fixture feature includes a patch that can be implemented to group and control lighting fixtures together to save time and improve workflows. This patch also allows users to assign numbers to channels or fixtures, which can be useful in creating a consistent and simplified numbering system between creative and technical teams of a given production or installation project. DMXcat users can use the patch to save, name, and re-load setups across various rigs, for use on future projects.
Other DMXcat improvements with the Multi Fixture feature include a new interface for the Fixture Controller app, which offers patching and grouping methods like many show consoles being used in professional lighting, for ease of use and consistency among test and control gear. The Fixture Controller app also now includes 16-bit wheels, which save the user screen space and refine the user’s control.
This feature allows users to name their DMXcats, making it simpler for teams using multiple DMXcats to differentiate between various team members’ devices.
All of these new features are free to DMXcat users, who need only to accept the app update to get them.
The DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, which includes a hardware dongle and smartphone application, allows anyone to turn on any
USA - Nearly 40 years since making its debut on the professional recording scene, the AMS RMX16 Digital Reverberation System is being re-launched in hardware format as part of AMS Neve’s rack mounted 500 Series.
On show for the first time at NAMM 2020, the RMX16 500 Digital Reverb Module delivers all the musicality of its famous predecessor, but at a fraction of the price. Furthermore, this new unit incorporates the nine programmes that came as standard with the original AMS RMX16, PLUS the nine rare aftermarket programmes that were only available to users via a remote control with bar code reader input.
“We are very excited to be bringing back the much loved and instantly recognizable sound that made the original AMS RMX16 everyone’s favourite ‘go to’ reverb,” says AMS Neve’s distribution manager David Walton. “Its special sound has characterised an enormous number of seminal recordings from the 1980s onwards. Indeed, the AMS RMX16 has remained such an essential piece of kit for any self-respecting world-class studio that vintage units still sell for a substantial proportion of their original cost.”
The new RMX16 500 comes in a three-slot wide format. It is simple to operate with 18 factory programmes including the Ambience, Nonlin and Reverse, simulating different reverberant environments, with the ability to control all parameters.