Product News

robert-juliat-spotme-position-tracking-system-for-followspots-and-the-new-maestro-interfaceLDI: Robert Juliat shows SpotMe with Maestro
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at LDI 2019 with US distributor, ACT. Lighting, where it will demonstrate SpotMe, its award-winning, bespoke 3D position-tracking device for followspots. SpotMe, which earned Robert Juliat a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018, will be shown with the new Maestro server which has been developed by Robert Juliat in collaboration with tracking specialists, zactrack.
Maestro extends the capabilities of SpotMe by enabling it to operate with any DMX lighting control console. With Maestro, even the simplest DMX console retains pan and tilt control and gets, in return, additional DMX channels to modulate the tracking parameters calculated and managed by the Maestro server. Maestro also brings a major new advantage in the form of a unique ‘Prediction’ feature - the ability to anticipate the direction of a performer’s movement on stage and adjust every ‘slave’ fixture to react quickly to the direction of travel.
SpotMe and Maestro will be shown both virtually and physically with an RJ Oz 600W LED followspot to show the full extent of their capabilities. SpotMe is shipping with immediate effect and Maestro will be available at the end of the year.
Robert Juliat’s Dalis family now includes Dalis 861 a 150W LED 8-colour wash light; Dalis 862 (150W) full size and Dalis 862S (75W) short, variable white footlights; Dalis Access 863 a 150W LED 4-colour cyclorama light with all the functionality and quality of the original at a price that makes Dalis technology accessible to those on a smaller budget; and finally, Da

ayrtonLDI: Ayrton’s Perseo and Huracán-X debut
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - Ayrton will be exhibiting at LDI with its US distributor ACT Lighting on stand 1237, with the first official US showing of Ayrton’s two latest products: Perseo and Huracán-X. Ayrton is also supporting the second KOI-USA Awards by sponsoring the Live Performance Special (Music) Award in the Live for Broadcast category.
Perseo is Ayrton’s first multi-function, compact, powerful, IP65-rated fixture developed for intensive outdoor use. Feature rich from the factory (including 100% framing shutters), Perseo produces 27,000lm from its 500W LED source, and sports a fully weather-proof housing with a new water-resistant menu navigation system to handle whatever the weather can throw at it!
Perseo-S has been designed to achieve an optimal resolution-to-performance-to-efficiency ratio with perfect image reproduction. Not only is its 27,000 lumen output calibrated at 8000K, but it also offers a zoom range of 7° to 56°, with no hotspot and significant improvement from distortion at wide angles. Perseo-S is shipping with immediate effect..
Huracán-X is a profile luminaire that delivers exceptional light output as standard, but is also a formidable new graphical tool possessing a wealth of features and an entirely new complex colour mixing system capable of generating 281trillion colours.
Huracán-X produces an output of 50,000lm from its 1000W LED source, at a colour temperature of 6500K. A triple variable colour temperature corrector allows subtle adjustment from 2700 K to 15000 K and offers noticeable CRI improvement. Specifically develop

 
 
mdg-vertical-flight-case-smlLDI: MDG demos haze generators
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - MDG will be exhibiting at LDI 2019 on Booth 1245, near its exclusive US distributor, ACT Lighting, where the team will be demonstrating the ATMe and ATMe WPE haze generators. The ATMe WPE is a weather-proof and dust-resistant version of the ATMe which has been designed specifically for outdoor use.
MDG’s Me Series of fog generators, will be represented by the compact Me1 and Me2 fog generators and the impressive Me4 fog generator - all of which release pure white, fine particled fog in volume with the finest of control.
Combining all fog and haze requirements will be MDG’s theONE, the award-winning dual mode fog and haze generator which will be shown in its touring cradle demonstrating a solution for easy, safe rigging.
New for LDI 2019 is MDG’s bespoke Vertical Flight Case. Designed to carry MDG’s ATMe haze generator, or either of Me1 or Me2 fog generators, plus everything needed to operate under production conditions, these cases not only provide rugged, safe transport for the generators, but allow the entire unit to be rolled onto stage and simply plugged in for instant use. Each flight case is fully equipped with direct plug-in connections for power and DMX In/Out.
Also included within each are snug compartment spaces for MDG’s theFAN, two 9kg (20lb) CO2 bottles, a four-litre bottle of MDG fluid, and space for a small DMX console.
MDG’s ICE FOG Q low fog generator will also be on show, producing low fog effects without recourse to dry ice. It will be shown with its D-Verter and Round Floor Pocket (RFP) accessories

 
boseBose DesignMax series now shipping
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Europe - Bose Professional’s DesignMax family of loudspeakers has started shipping in Europe and will be available in the US later in November. DesignMax delivers the critical performance needed while providing the flexibility and style to blend into any commercial space, says the company.
Consisting of 10 loudspeakers and two subwoofers - including ceiling- and surface-mounted options available in either black or white - system designers can tailor DesignMax to fit applications of any size.
DesignMax loudspeakers are available in a wide range of sizes, from 2” low-profile models to 8” woofer models with a coaxially-mounted compression driver. Select models leverage the Bose Dispersion Alignment system to provide wide and consistent off-axis response - so everyone experiences premium sound throughout the space.
When DesignMax is paired with select Bose DSPs and smart amplifiers, even greater performance levels can be reached. Bose EQ voicings enable increased sound quality and clarity while SmartBass processing delivers enhanced sound at any listening level.
All models include Euroblock connectors, with ceiling-mounted models including plenum-rated backcans, tile-bridges, and front-access audio wiring making installation and troubleshooting easier.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
l8celogobwL8 launches Community Edition software
Monday, 11 November 2019

Ukraine - Realtime visualisation specialist L8 has launched L8 CE, an affordable, entry-level version of its flagship pre-viz software.
L8 CE (Community Edition) uses the same code and libraries as the full version, but there are restrictions on the number of DMX inputs and the number of fixtures. Support is also limited to one year from activation.
"L8 CE may be a good solution for simultaneously using the software on a pre-programming workstation and for everyone else involved in the process of creating the show," says the company. "For those who want to know the full power of L8 visualisation technology, this is the first step to study it with."
L8 CE supports up to 64 fixtures and two DMX universes. Other features include animated 3D textures (cyclic animation of any texture), volume transparency (ie. (effects such as hard smoke, rain, snow, fire) and mirror reflection surfaces.

 
chamsysmq70LDI: ChamSys debuts MagicQ MQ70
Monday, 11 November 2019

USA - ChamSys (stand 937) will debut its compact MagicQ MQ70 console in the US at the upcoming LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas. Launched at the PLASA Show 2019, the desk weighs in at a mere 7kg (15.4lb) and can fit into a carry-on sized luggage that meets the restrictions of even budget airlines.
The MagicQ MQ70 supports 24 universes of ArtNet/sACN natively, with an option to expand this to 48 universes directly from the console (with a paid upgrade). The console features a 10.1” multi touch display, along with illuminated fader and encoder tracks.
The MagicQ MQ70 also has built-in WiFi, making it easy to connect to the ChamSys MagicQ Remote focus application simply by scanning the QR code on screen without the need for external networking hardware. MIDI input and output as well as LTC timecode input are also inbuilt, allowing easy integration with show control and timecoded shows.
An in-built UPS protects the MagicQ MQ70 in the event of a power failure. Due to its low power consumption, the console requires no cooling fan, which means it operates silently - a critical feature for broadcast, theatrical and corporate show applications. Since the MagicQ MQ70 runs the same MagicQ software as other consoles from the range, it accepts shows programmed on any of them, within the universe limits.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
hdr-logoLDI: Brompton launches High Dynamic Range
Monday, 11 November 2019

USA - LED processor manufacturer Brompton Technology is officially launching its High Dynamic Range (HDR) solution at LDI 2019. The company will also unveil a new technology that it believes will “make a real difference to the industry” in a dedicated showcase area in room N254 of the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
“We are delighted to be able to bring some very exciting new technologies to LDI and let our customers judge for themselves what a difference Brompton processing can make. In our new technology showcase, we will demonstrate our latest innovation, alongside Brompton HDR that we have previously previewed at ISE and Infocomm, in addition to a wealth of other new features that these technologies enable,” says Brompton’s managing director Richard Mead.
HDR video offers a new approach to delivering better image quality, without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches, and LED is well placed to benefit from its trio of image quality improvements. For every pixel, HDR offers a larger brightness range, a wider colour gamut, and a higher bit depth, thus delivering greater detail within the shadows and highlights and increased contrast. Brompton’s new technology adds to this with more headroom for exceptionally bright content and saturated colours that might otherwise be 'clipped'.
"Brompton’s implementation of HDR is very different from anything else already on the market and has required us to re-imagine the fundamentals of how LED video processing should work,” says Brompton’s CTO, Chris Deighton. “We’re looking forward to l

 
mag-must-presentation3MAG Audio debuts versatile array technology
Monday, 11 November 2019

Ukraine - Loudspeaker manufacturer MAG Audio introduced its new line array technology, MAG Must. The company unveiled the product during an event at Kiev’s 70,000-seat NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on 6 September.
Standing for Multiple Uniform Sound Technology, MAG Must allows installers to use a single line array format, therefore eliminating the need for bothersome stock and complex logistics, says the company. The technology is based on the scalable 8” MAG Wasp line array, which allows creation of uniform sound coverage across a venue of any size.
“We intended to create the technology that can change approach to using small format line arrays,” explains Igor Sydorenko, systems engineer at MAG Audio. “Today, manufacturers offer lines of products depending on the target event size - starting from compact arrays and up to the large-format ones. But we consider this approach outdated. So we decided to design the technology that can serve the needs of any client, regardless of the event’s demands.”
The technicians built an impressive stage, 65m in length, which incorporated two LED screens on each side. Such a large venue called for a nuanced approach to the project design, so MAG Audio engineers conducted extensive researches, studies, and tests to get the best out of MAG Must.
The set-up consisted of two line arrays (24 MAG Wasp tops and 12 Wasp S-12 subs per each side of the stage) as PA; two line arrays made up of 16 MAG Wasp tops each as out-fills; 48 x H28 subs lined in the end-fire configuration; and eight MAG Wasp tops deployed

 
 
shownetoemsetopenpackageShowNET laser mainboard now available
Friday, 8 November 2019

Europe - The multi-functional laser mainboard ShowNET is now available to laser system manufacturers. The ShowNET is a digital to analogue convertor (DAC) for laser software such as Showcontroller and comes with a full licence for Showeditor Laser Software for free. It is also an ArtNET node and can be triggered by DMX so professional lighting designers appreciate the additional professional DMX mode that provides advanced control options with lighting consoles, like safety zones over DMX, color balancing of the laser or RGB color wheel support.
Besides the trigger control options, ShowNET can be operated in various stand-alone operation modes as well as sound to light (microphone board available on request). The contents of the memory on the ShowNET board can be customised with standard ILDA files, which can be created with the included Showeditor software or any other software capable to export standard ILDA files.
With integrating the standard ShowNET set, it is still possible to operate the laser system via ILDA signal (switch board provided in the set). It is also possible to omit the ILDA connectors and just go via LAN connection. It is also possible to feed any ILDA signal to the integrated ShowNET board (receiver) via LAN connection by using an external ShowNET interface box as a sender via ILDA streaming.
The standard ShowNET integrator’s set contains the following components: ShowNET mainboard, ILDA switch board, mode selection and addressing board, RJ-45 LAN socket with connecting wire, pre-made wires for connecting all components incl

 
5dc0687e30bd6mod-stq-header960x640pxADJ ships latest LED-powered wash fixture
Thursday, 7 November 2019

USA - ADJ is now shipping the latest addition to its range of LED-powered par-style wash fixtures, the MOD STQ. This professional lighting tool offers a combination of punchy output, compact size and versatile design, which makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications.
The MOD STQ harnesses the power of seven 8-Watt RGBW LEDs, for a total output of 56W. Each quad colour LED features independently-dimmable red, green, blue and white elements that can be mixed together to deliver a wide palette of different colours. With an average LED lifespan of 50,000 hours, lamp replacements are a thing of the past, while the fixture’s total maximum power draw of 57W makes it economical to run. A punchy fixture, the MOD STQ delivers up to 2952 LUX measured at 3M (9.8 ft.) with a total output in excess of 2500 Lumens.
“As an established leader in the manufacture and supply of LED-powered pars, we are excited to debut the latest new addition to our range,” enthuses ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “The MOD STQ is an extremely compact and incredibly punchy fixture that offers a great deal of flexibility. From its multi-purpose dual yoke to its choice of frost filters, every aspect of the fixture has been developed to allow it to offer maximum flexibility. It is therefore ideal for use by rental, production, décor and entertainment companies, as well as for permanent installation in churches, clubs, bars, lounges and fun centres.”
The MOD STQ is available now from ADJ USA - this product won’t be available from ADJ Europe.

 
 
roguer2xwashLDI: Chauvet debuts Rogue R2X Wash
Thursday, 7 November 2019

USA - The new Rogue R2X Wash fixture from Chauvet Professional which debuts at this year’s LDI show is an updated version of the popular Rogue R2 Wash and was developed in response to a very recent advance in LED lamp technology.
“We recognised the potential of the new generation of LEDs that Osram is developing, so we made a commitment to updating our fixtures to incorporate this technological advance,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet.
Drawing on this new technology, the Rogue R2X Wash is almost twice as bright as the Rogue R2 Wash when producing a single colour, and 20-perecent brighter at full output. This brightness boost has been achieved without changing the fixture’s DMX profile and with no changes to its popular form factor.
The Rogue R2X Wash is powered by 19 of the new Osram 25W RGBW LEDs. This engine produces a brightness of 8,650 lux measured at 5m. Thanks to a calibrated white mode that has been added to the new fixture, its output is balanced to roughly 7,000k when it is brought up to full intensity.
Another new enhancement to the fixture is the addition of RDM. The Rogue R2X Wash also makes it possible for users to set their own calibration via the fixture’s menu, so they can match its output to other lights in their rig. Additionally, five zones of pixel control allow users to create stunning pixel mapping effects.
“Our industry is technology driven,” said Chauvet. “As a company, we can never stand still. This is the driving force behind the Rogue R2X Wash.”
(Jim Evans)

 
audio-precision-pdm-16-module-and-remote-pod-with-apx525-analyzerAudio Precision expands PDM channel count
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

USA - Audio Precision has introduced the PDM 16 module for the APx500 Series audio analysers. The new module offers simultaneous acquisition and measurement of up to 16 channels of PDM signals, making it the highest channel-count solution available for MEMS microphone and MEMS mic array testing, says the company.
PDM 16 is an optional interface module for the APx555, APx52x Series or APx58x Series audio analysers. Comprised of the input module installed in the analyser, a remote interface pod and an extension cable, the module provides sample-accurate inter-channel phase information, critical data for the creation of MEMS mic arrays. Developers of systems using beam-forming microphone arrays and other DSP-based multi-channel audio acquisition applications depend on a true representation of phase alignment of the input channels to validate their algorithms and designs. PDM 16 utilises synchronous sampling based on a common clock, thereby assuring a clear picture of the phase relationship between channels.
“With today’s smart devices incorporating as few as three and as many as seven MEMS microphones, the ability to conduct simultaneous, multi-channel test is critical for developers in evaluating their designs,” states Mike Flaherty, Audio Precision chief executive officer. “Our PDM 16 module’s multi-channel capability, acoustic test-friendly design, and ability to deliver sample-accurate inter-channel phase information make it the ideal measurement choice for MEMS mic designers and mic array developers alike.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
glp-highlanderGLP brands out in force at LDI 2019
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

USA - Visitors arriving at GLP’s stand at LDI will be greeted by four diverse offerings as GLP extends its 25th year celebrations accompanied by associated brands Fusion by GLP, Cosmic Truss and Scenex Lighting.
Also present will be the Highlander high output discharge washlight; impression S350 Wash, which brings a new level of control and functionality to the mid-range LED washlight market; and impression FR10 Bar, with a new optical system, and larger size aperture.
Fusion by GLP’s Fusion Stick 10 and Fusion Stick 20 feature a connector system, which allows the Stick to create seamless light lines in either a horizontal or vertical set up; the Fusion Par 7 is equipped with seven high powered 30 Watt RGBW LEDs, and with an IP65 rating, it is capable of outdoor applications; Fusion Supernova features a powerful, homogeneous pixel free RGBW light output, making it a suitable wash fixture for any event, indoor or out. Two new additions are the Exo Beam and Exo Wash.
Also distributed in North America by GLP, Cosmic Truss will present new additions to its F34DNA 12” spiral truss, its twisted truss design. In addition, it will show corner and new angled conical pieces for box to spiral conversion. Finally it will present a new ‘Ubase’ that features stabilizer arms for U-Torms, its flexible solution to create both hanging drop and ladder positions for lighting fixtures and other pieces of kit.
Scenex Lighting will introduce the latest innovation in pixel LED control, the PixeLit Control Manager. PixeLit empowers control of up to 256 indi

 
odinOdin Audio Systems adds side fill speakers
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The Netherlands - Odin Audio Systems has introduced two two-way active side-fill speakers- SF-12A and SF-15A.
The loudspeakers have been introduced to make the Odin Line array set-ups more flexible, giving sound engineers the ability to expand the set-up to the live stage.
The SF-12A and SF-15A speakers have been engineered according to the already existing Odin-blueprint. They are equipped with Celestion speakers, DSP modules, roadproof enclosures and produce “full range, crystal clear sounds”.
The side-fills are designed for X-stage setups to provide a well-balanced and developed sound field across the entire stage. They give the sound engineer the opportunity to deliver a sound image across stage which allows all performers to hear a good mix of the whole band.
Both models have 800W continuous amp power and 3200W peak. For a setup which requires a bit more low the SF-15A is the solution. Besides the two side-fills, Odin also offers matching premium line flightcases.
The Odin SF-12A and SF-15A are available now through distributor Highlite International.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
colorado-solo-batten-4COLORado Solo Batten offers variety
Monday, 4 November 2019

USA - Chauvet Professional’s new COLORado Solo Batten 4 will be a highlight on the company’s stand at the LDI tradeshow.
The four-cell batten features seamless end-to-end RGBAW colour mixing with no separation or dimmed lens corners and sets the stage for seamless scenic looks at tours, festivals, churches, theatres, and other applications, says the company.
The fixture’s crisp looks and smooth light make it suitable for creating engaging backgrounds on stage. It can also be used to outline entire stages and scenic elements in addition to accenting truss structures. Thanks to its compact size, the 372mm (14.65”) long fixture can be arranged in vertical or horizontal configurations, even in tight quarters. Adding to its versatility is its IP65 rating, which makes it ideally suited for temporary outdoor applications.
Designers can create a variety of scenic looks with the COLORado Solo Batten with pixel mapping. The versatile fixture can be controlled via Art-Net, DMX, Art-Net to DMX, sACN, or RDM.
“We carefully considered feedback from designers when creating this fixture,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “They told us how important scenic elements were becoming to their designs. So, we have developed a new generation of battens that are not only powerful washes, but are also are very attractive to look at in their own right.”
(Jim Evans)

 
adjADJ debuts Vizi moving head wash
Wednesday, 30 October 2019

USA - ADJ is expanding its range of professional moving head luminaires with the launch of the Vizi Wash Z37. This LED wash fixture is described as a versatile lighting tool designed for professional touring and one-off event production as well as for permanent installation in large nightclubs, concert venues and houses of worship.
The Vizi Wash Z37 features variable motorized zoom, allowing for a beam angle of between 10° and 60°. This wide zoom range means that the same fixture can be used to saturate large areas of a stage or crowd with vibrant colour washes as well as spotlight specific performers or features. Set to its narrowest beam angle, the fixture can also be used to create strikingly sharp mid-air beams, with the ability to add further impact using the unit’s variable speed strobe and pulse effects (1 to 40Hz).
Harnessing the power of 37 separate 20W 4-in-1 RGBW (red, green, blue and white) Osram LEDs, the Vizi Wash Z37 generates an output measuring 15,000 lux @ 4M when the beam angle is set to 10°, and 1,100 lux with the beam angle zoomed out to 60°. Each LED offers an average lifespan of 20,000 hours of operation. The LEDs are also positioned behind a precision-engineered lens array, which generates a uniform wash.
The unit’s 37 LEDs are arranged into four concentric circles. The outer of these rings is split into four separate sections, while the middle two rings are each split into two sections. This makes for a total of nine independently controllable zones, which allows for the creation of split colours as well as animated

 
 
optocore-autorouterOptocore AutoRouter forges its own path
Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Europe - By leveraging the advanced technology of the Route66 from its associate company BroaMan, Optocore has not only been able to develop the AutoRouter intelligent patchbay - which offers similar functionality - but has been steadily exploiting the market segments in which the Optocore brand has greatest recognition.
“The Optocore AutoRouter automatically creates a redundant star out of ring topology, offering automatic routing of DiGiCo, Yamaha and Avid loops when thus connected,” states Maciek Janiszewski, who serves as technical sales manager for both companies. “It is the extremely close relationship that exists between Optocore and BroaMan - including a sharing of technical resources and expertise - that has enabled this to happen.”
The Optocore AutoRouter is designed for audio systems, mainly in installation markets such as theatre, while BroaMan’s Route66 offers further options, such as video routing and software-based fibre stream routing, for wider broadcast and AV applications.
AutoRouter essentially closes the loop automatically between active devices and mobile stage boxes. There is no longer the need to patch cables manually, as the system is always redundant. And without the need for user interaction, this speeds up system layout and configuration for any production.
The device can be equipped with up to 40 duplex LC sockets allowing up to 20 different connections from different locations, devices or device groups.
By the time it was formally launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show the Optocore AutoRoute

 
f2leftChauvet expands LED video panel series
Tuesday, 29 October 2019

USA - Chauvet Professional has expanded its popular F Series LED panels to offer solutions for a wider range of applications with the introduction of two new products: the F2 2.9 mm pixel pitch panel and F5 IP, an outdoor rated 5.9 mm pixel pitch outdoor rated panel.
The highest resolution panel ever offered by Chauvet Professional, the slim-bodied F2 is designed for applications where crystal sharp clarity is essential from any viewing angle, even at distances as close as 7.5ft. Its black bodied LEDs, reproduce video at 14-bit grayscale, operating on an A5s Novastar card, to result in very clear and realistic displays of even the most detailed content. (An 18-bit Novastar card can also be used.)
High performance digital LED drivers in the F2 deliver an impressive 3840Hz refresh rate for flicker free images, while a maximum illuminance of just under 1,500 NITS ensures a bright output. The panel also features a contrast ratio of 8,500:1 and pixel density of 112,896/m2.
The new F5 panel is IP65 rated for reliable outdoor use. Working with the VIP Drive 43 Nova using the Novastar control protocol, its high quality black-bodied LEDs accurately reproduce video at 14-bit grayscale, operating on the Novastar A5 receiving card. With a 1920 Hz refresh rate, maximum 6,000 NITS illuminance, and 12,000:1 contrast, it’s ideal for displaying bright, powerful images at outdoor festivals.
Engineered for dependability, both panels have a light source life expectancy of 50,000 hours. Both also feature optimized heat distribution across the entire panel for

 
 
gv-voltstack-locationGreen Voltage introduces VOLTstack
Monday, 28 October 2019

Europe - Green Voltage has launched VOLTstack, a new range of portable, battery powered, silent generator units.
Designed and developed specifically to address the demand for environmentally-conscious power within the film and TV industry, VOLTstack provides crews with easy access to clean, reliable, silent power. Completely emission-free and with an IP54 rating, the VOLTstack range includes a number of highly capable power units in a selection of sizes, from 2kW and 5kW to 13kW and 200kW variants. With a rapid charge time of just 2.5 hours and available with a solar panel recharge option, the systems’ continuous power delivery is enough to handle almost any temporary application, says the company. Units can be series linked to provide for extended operating times and the system is IP54-rated (protected against dust ingress).
David Sinfield, gaffer on Alladin and Wonder Woman, comments: “These battery powered units deliver robust, convenient and emission free power, they are an excellent power source, wherever you are. Used in conjunction with the latest LED technology VOLTstack can easily handle all manner of lighting installations, with no compromise in performance, no fumes and no noise.”
(Jim Evans)

 
sixeye-pathway-diagramCity Theatrical expands Pathway offering
Monday, 28 October 2019

Europe - City Theatrical has expanded its Pathway Connectivity product offering in Europe with five products now offering SixEye cloud-based remote management.
The expansion includes three Pathport DMX/RDM Ethernet Gateways - the Pathport Quattro, Pathport Octo, and Pathport 4-Port Gateway - as well as VIA16 PoE Ethernet Switches and Vignette Controllers, which can now be managed and monitored securely from anywhere in the world using a PC or smartphone.
Pathway products extend the functionality of DMX control, and have created the next generation of lighting networks with open system products that harness the power and convenience of Ethernet to create spectacular visual experiences for live audiences worldwide, says City Theatrical. The integration of SixEye cloudbased remote management provides users with secure access to monitor state, uptime, port status and other mission critical functionality online, potentially saving users time and reducing the carbon footprint of this lighting control technology.
The Pathport Quattro is a compact four-port DMX-over-Ethernet management gateway. Powerover-Ethernet operation makes the Pathport Quattro suitable for truss-mounted locations, while its silent, fanless operation allows it to be placed immediately next to the lighting console. The encoder knob/LCD screen interface provides front panel access to all common configuration parameters.
The Pathport Octo is an eight-port rack-mountable gateway, providing compact installation for any size system. Status LEDs provide instant confirmation of port d

 
 
harmanclourdworxbannerpressrelease1920x950Harman launches CloudworX Manager
Monday, 28 October 2019

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced CloudworX Manager, the first application from its cloud-based CloudworX software.
CloudworX Manager is a browser-based (available from www.cloudworx.harman.com) utility that unifies the configuration, deployment and monitoring of Harman professional audio, video, control and lighting systems. Initial supported devices include the AMX by Harman Acendo Core meeting space collaboration system as well as AMX Acendo Book scheduling touch panels.
Key features include support for private or single sign-on accounts; sorting, filtering and searching of discovered devices; simultaneous configuration of like or unlike devices; simple connection of local installations using CloudworX Gateway software; device firmware management; and template creation and deployment.
Future applications are being developed to offer additional design and management capabilities. All CloudworX applications will share the same support pillars - unifying disparate platforms into a single ecosystem, integrating the industry’s most reputable and well-regarded security protocols and delivering a resplendent, second to none user experience.
“CloudworX Manager represents a first look at the power of the CloudworX platform,” says Iain Gregory, director of software, Harman Professional Solutions. “With a simple firmware update, CloudworX brings mass configuration to the existing Acendo Book and Acendo Core devices. As more products are supported and additional software applications are added to the suite, CloudworX will el

 
ls-wingpersp-izquEquipson unveils LS-Wing controller at LDI
Friday, 25 October 2019

USA - LS-Wing, the latest addition to Work Pro's award LightShark DMX-based hardware lighting console range, is gives professionals access to an Open Sound Control (OSC) hardware controller.
Making its U.S debut at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, LS-Wing can send OSC commands via ethernet networks to any device or software controlled by the OSC protocol. What's more, it can also use ethernet networks to send UDP/IP commands, making it compatible with virtually every lighting, music, video and media server software in use today.
LS-Wing can be configured in a variety of different modes to suit different applications. Developed as a 3 In 1 product, LS-Wing can be a straightforward fader wing, an OSC hardware controller or a standalone MIDI console for any device that accepts MIDI control via USB. A total of four USB ports are provided, including a USB-B port, making it easy to connect to MIDI devices and charge smartphones and tablets.
In all three modes, LS-Wing has a built-in ArtNet/sACN to DMX converter node offering two Direct DMX universes. Work Pro's existing LightShark products - the LS-1 and LS-Core - already offer two Direct DMX universes via an XLR connector, so by adding LS-Wing it is very easy to double the number of Direct DMX universes available to each console.
"This latest addition to our award-winning LightShark range is now in production and will be shipping early next year on both sides of the Atlantic. We are delighted with the interest it is generating," says Juan Jose Vila, CSO of Equipson, Work Pro's parent company. "Its 3 in 1 des

 
 
notchNotch Builder software upgrade released
Friday, 25 October 2019

Europe - Notch, the visual creation tool for interactive motion graphics, has released a new version of its Notch Builder software for motion graphics artists and designers. The update brings a path tracing solution to the tool, which already features accessible real-time rendering and ray tracing technology.
Path tracing is used by many leading high-quality renderers. It simulates the paths of real light including the way light bounces, reflects and refracts through a 3D scene. It also takes into account the materials it interacts with, making near photo-realistic results possible.
The new GPU path tracer is seamlessly integrated into the existing Notch toolkit. The same real-time WYSIWYG environment and nodes our users know and love are now unified with the path tracer. This includes particles, procedurals, cloners, lights, post-processing and compositing. Available as a drop-in component, path tracing can be introduced to scenes and toggled on and off when needed.
The increase in render quality using the new path tracer node makes Notch viable for a whole new range of use-cases.
Matt Swoboda, founder of Notch, comments: “Our R&D team has spent months pushing Notch’s creative boundaries. For the first time, we’ve combined the familiar immediacy and intuitiveness of Notch’s toolset with our own full GPU path tracing renderer. Much of what we have launched to date has been building up to this. Today’s release shatters the ceiling for rendering quality available in Notch.
“Near realistic rendering in an easy to use package

 
xstage-banner-llXstage S10 stage deck options available
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Europe - Area Four Industries reports that owing to popular demand by customers, the new Xstage S10 stage deck tops are now available in two surface finishes – Hexagrip or black paint. Both surface options are available on all shapes and sizes of the S10 deck.
The indoor/outdoor, non-slip Hexagrip surface was launched together with the new S10 last year and is mounted on its 12mm birch plywood top. Increased traction is provided during demanding performances and even when wet.
The black painted surface is another popular option that comes on the S10’s 12mm poplar plywood top. This finish is also water resistant for safe use both indoors and outdoors. An advantage with this finish is that it can be repainted at the end of each season, or from time to time during the year, to cover up scratches and abrasions.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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