Following on from the success of the ABTT award-winning Trolley Truss, Tomcat (UK) Ltd, has launched Swing-Wing, the latest trussing technology to satisfy the concert to theatre crossover market. A lightweight, modular and portable trussing system, Swing-Wing offers increased efficiency in the fit-up and transportation of stage lighting and associated equipment. Once flown in position this dual function product transforms to create a safe focus platform, and leaves the stage below clear of cases or dollies. On first inspection Swing-Wing resembles conventional pre-rig trussing: the lamps are mounted high inside the truss, protected from the rigours of transportation. The sections are wheeled from truck to stage on integral castors and pinned together. Swing-Wing uses a spigoted connection, for optimum strength and speed of assembly. Once supported at working height, the side faces of each section of Swing-Wing are swung vertically through 180 degrees, and held rigid in this new upright position with a pair of snap braces. This simultaneously reveals the lighting fixtures within, and forms a safe working platform with handrails.
Twenty four Tannoy i8 Dual Concentric sound reinforcement speakers have been purchased by Edinburgh-based hire company, Sound and Vision AV, to upgrade its entire mobile audio-visual and conference hire systems. The purchase followed a successful six month trial, which involved field testing four i8 speakers. Sound and Vision's mobile audio visual and conference systems are used at most major four and five star hotels in Scotland on a daily basis. In addition, the speakers are powerful enough to be used for larger conferences and road shows where required.
Sound system designers interested in learning more about QSC's new DSP-3 digital signal processing module can now download a free demo version of the configuration software directly from the company's newly-redesigned website. QSC's new DSP-3 is a compact digital signal processing solution that offers two channels of independent DSP. The DSP-3 is configured with a software interface that allows users to configure DSP signal chains with simple 'drag-and-drop' programming.
Reel EFX Inc, the original manufacturer of the Skydancer Fan, has announced the availability of the first disposable air tube puppet - now seen at various trade shows, parties and many other types of special event. The puppets are made of the same polytubing used for the original Skydancer Fan. The company currently produces 11 at very reasonable prices, and more are on the drawing board.
PJ Lighting has been granted a full patent for its PLASA Award-winning Multi Truss Adaptor - the CD146. The product, which was highly commended in the 1998 PLASA Awards, is a heavy-duty, multi-use truss adapter for mounting trussing to tripod or trussing stands. The main feature of this product is its unique ability to hold trussing in all of its differing angles - apex up, apex down, ladder truss and box truss. As well as holding trussing to stands, the adapter can securely clamp light or sound products to trussing.
Following on from its three-year contract to provide giant outdoor screens at all major international cricket matches and the NatWest Final in the UK, Screenco is also now supplying screens for the Norwich Union National Cricket League for this summer's season. Organised by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), the Norwich Union National Cricket League is a series of 45-over matches between 18 first class County Clubs, including over 20 floodlit games starting at 4pm and finishing after dark, necessitating the installation of temporary floodlights at the grounds. A total of 20 Norwich Union NCL matches televised on Sky Sports will feature a 32sq.m 25mm pixel pitch LED screens provided by Screenco, along with bespoke aluminium goal post support structures, mains power and peripheral branding facilities.
Digital Audio of Denmark has announced an upgrade to the ADDA 2402 high-end AD/DA converter. The ADDA 2402 has been updated and is now available with an interface for synchronisation to a studio reference Word Clock signal complying with SDIF2 up to 100 kHz. sample-rate. This means that the ADDA2402 is now available in two models - with synchronisation according to AES11, or with Word Clock synchronisation. For a special introduction period, the new model with Word Clock interface will be available at the same price as the previous model.
Denon has launched two new UK-designed amplifiers which improve on the well-known technology of the PMA-250SE and PMA-350SE range, and have broad-band designs, ready to take advantage of DVD-A and SACD (Super Audio CD) technology. The PMA-255UK uses the chassis and fascia of the 250SE, but with a totally new interior. Rated at 30W, typical power can exceed 45W pc into 8 ohms. The new design also delivers superior bass power and drive with enhanced load handling. PMA-355UK. The new PMA-355UK design adds extensive features and dramatically improves the sound quality of the 350SE. Despite a 50W rating, typical power output can reach nearly 70W pc into 8 ohms.
Stagetec has released version D05 software for the Compulite Spark 4D, Micron 4D and Ovation 4D consoles. The software is a result of an ongoing development and includes a whole host of new features including better manual control of chases, facility to assign macros and pages directly to memories and a system protect function plus many more. The software can be downloaded from the Compulite section of Stagetec's website.
Public address and voice alarm specialist Federal Signal has announced the launch of the Millbank Ultima II XK series of integrated amplifiers - the first Millbank product launched by Federal Signal since its acquisition of the brand name last year. Aimed at a wide range of environments from factories and warehouses to pubs and clubs, the Ultima II includes a range of features not normally available at this price range. The Ultima II mixer amplifiers have six inputs - five of them Universal, allowing the simple configuration of the signal priorities associated with each input. Each offers a balanced input, with a trim control to allow a wide range of signal sources from microphone to line level to be used.
Sony has launched a cost-effective loudspeaker management system which allows install, theatrical, live and studio engineers to 'set and forget' crossover, EQ, dynamics and level settings for PA and sound reinforcement systems. The new SRP-F300 is a true 24-bit 96kHz all-digital design that provides sophisticated control over complex multi-speaker set-ups via an intuitive PC interface. The 1U 19" rack-mounting unit offers both analogue XLR and AES/EBU (32-96kHz) format input connectors to accept signals directly from the monitor outputs of an analogue or digital mixing console, with a mix of both formats possible.
ARRI Lighting has introduced the new Arrisun 5 Event lighting system - created to save set-up time and costs when large numbers of daylight Pars are required. Facetted cold-light glass reflectors and spill light baffles optimise the new lamphead. ARRI has also introduced the EB 575 Event-Six electronic ballast pack, designed for 19" rack-mounting. Each contains six 575W electronic ballasts, with output for six lampheads via a single multicore cable.
Paradigm Audio Visual has introduced a new screen with exceptionally high image contrast for control rooms and other similar environments. The dnp Black Bead Screen, like other double element screens in the dnp range, utilises a Fresnel element to capture and redirect the projected light. Uniquely, however, the Black Bead screen incorporates a single layer of tiny glass beads set within a thin film of black material. A maximum area of each bead is exposed at the rear of the screen, facing the projector - with only a small surface area exposed on the viewing side. This configuration not only maximises the actual image contrast, but it also enhances the perceived contrast - because the screen appears black when nothing is being projected. The Black Bead screen offers wide horizontal and vertical viewing angles, virtually infinite resolution, but at a relatively low gain.
Apogee has introduced a new range of CA amplifiers for touring, permanent installations, rental applications and commercial sound. Built around the same rugged chassis as the DA-Series amplifiers, these new CA amps use the latest in power MOSFET technology. Four models are available and all are only two rack spaces high, and feature rear panel level controls to avoid tampering or inadvertent adjustment. The front-end circuitry features an advanced clip eliminator to reduce distortion. Speaker protection is provided by means of an ultra-fast crowbar circuit. All models are equipped with dual, adjustable speed fans for quite, efficient cooling and feature internally configurable AC mains for 120 VAC or 240 VAC. Power inlet is an IEC approved removable connector; cordsets may be specified for US, Euro or UK standards.
ADS Worldwide has received an order from a company in Cyprus for 60 Mole loudspeakers for installation in a theme park. ADS' Mole loudspeaker has several advantages in an installation of this type since it can be installed in the ground, being easily camouflaged by shrubs and plants. The unit has been designed to provide a wide frequency range through 360 degrees and in open areas is ideal in that it can be located near to those people required to listen to either background music or public announcements.
After months of research, UK-based Navigator Systems has appointed the Premier Technology Group as distributor of its best-selling rental management software, HireTrack Eclipse, to cover sales in Australia and New Zealand. As a well established and highly-respected company within the entertainment industry, the Premier Technology Group are an obvious choice to foster HireTrack Eclipse throughout Australasia, say Navigator.
PCM has introduced a range of low cost motor controllers. Constructed from standardised steel plates, the controllers are available in 4, 6, 8 or 12 channel units with both local and remote controls. 24 or 36 channel units are also available for larger venues. Local controlled units have Ceeform outlets for each hoist on the front panel, whilst the rear panel contains toggle switches for each hoist, a manual phase reversal system and an overload device all protected by a hinged cover.
Paradigm Audio Visual has announced the arrival of the latest innovation from Danish projection specialists, DNP. The Holo Screen, a holographic rear-projection screen designed specifically for point of sale applications, was launched at the recent Infocomm exhibition in California, USA. The DNP Holo Screen is a hologram in the form of a thin film laminated to an acrylic substrate. This hologram will only respond to light striking it from specific angles - in this case exactly 35°. This allows the screen to be hung anywhere in free space, with the projector hidden away from view. From the viewing side, an image of almost perfect 3D-quality can be seen apparently suspended in thin air. This new medium allows further scope for creativity in content and images than has previously been possible, and enables the use of existing video, computer and still image material. The hologram is so selective about the direction from which it receives the light that it is suitable for use in even the most glaring of ambient light situations, such as shop windows. The DNP Holo Screen is activated solely by a projector modified to throw a trapezoid image at a 35° angle that translates as a perfectly square image. The DNP Holo Screen is now shipping and is available from Paradigm Audio Visual, exclusive distributors for DNP Denmark A/S in the UK.
Following considerable success at the top end of the market, Starlite Mk5 distributor Lane Lighting has passed the baton to High Wycombe-based AC Lighting to launch the product into the mainstream market. At the same time, the latest generation of the fixture has been launched, featuring an 18º - 35º zoom module. To coincide with the launch, AC has also announced a substantial price reduction with the aim of making the product affordable to a much wider market.During the past two years the Starlite Mk5 has been a feature of many of the major UK festivals and events, with appearances at Glastonbury, V98 & V99, Reading, Party in the Park and Homelands. In addition, the fixture was used in abundance at the opening of London's Millennium Dome. The first customer for the new zoom fixtures was lighting design specialist Metropolis Lighting, who have just installed six of the units into the brand new 'Now' TV studios in West London.
Allen & Heath has announced the availability of version 1.01 of the new ML5000 console's software, which can be downloaded from the company's website and is complete with full, clear instructions for uploading to the console. The new version offers refinements to the functionality of the desk, including a streamlining of the snapshot store to allow storing to sequential locations with single key presses and an extension of the MIDI dump to include more surface settings.
ARX has announced the launch of two new products. The Mix 8 is an 8 into 2 stereo line mixer, designed as the ideal real-world interface for today's 8-track playback requirements, and a solution to all multi-channel line mixing needs. Also new is the VCS-6 (pictured) DC-controlled noise gate, which has been developed in conjunction with Panasonic Broadcast and the Sydney Olympic Broadcast Organisation (SOBO), who requested from ARX an audio-for-video switcher based on the ARX Sixgate, which they were already familiar with. Panasonic has now placed an order for 34 of the units, allowing them to control remotely 204 channels of audio at the Sydney Olympics.
XtraMusic has launched a new satellite music package which provides subscribers with unlimited access to 80 channels of music, encompassing full background and foreground music requirements for business establishments. The company's European business development manager Noel Chivers said: "Our customer feedback tells us that the average pub can spend between £50 to £100 a month on CDs, and this is without the cost of CD players."
Philips CSI's Easy Line 2000 products represent anew and easy way for CCTV installers to offer more advanced systems combining CCTV and PA. Easy Line brings together Philips POS observation and discrete CCTV systems with compatible public address products to add sound capability in a plug and play format. The new system allows installers to provide fast and cost-effective solutions including stand-alone or integrated POS, CCTV and PA systems.
Artistic Licence (UK) Ltd is now able to supply the full range of Tourflex Datasafe cable manufactured by AC Lighting Ltd. Tourflex Datasafe cables are engineered specifically to handle the requirements of DMX512 and the range includes single pair, twin pair and digital colour changer cable, all types are UL listed.