Vari-Lite unveiled its first-ever line of direct sales products at the recent LDI show in Orlando. The new products are the VL2400 series wash luminaire and the VL2201 spot luminaire, which will be available in the New Year. These products are aimed specifically at permanent installations, and focuses for the first time on entertainment venues - such as community arts venues, theatres, places of worship and theme parks - which were not served by the company's traditional rental-only operations.The VL2400 is based on the Emmy Award-winning VL5 family; the 2400 series will six configurations of the 2400 wash luminaire, each with either collimated beam or beam spreader options. Sources include 1200W and 1000W incandescent or 1200W and 625W arc versions. The compact and lightweight VL2201 meanwhile, is based on the VL6B spot luminaire, with 3:1 zoom optics, rotating gobos and a centre beam intensity greater than competing 575W fixtures. Both series are operable through standard DMX-512 standard control consoles, as well as the company's own Virtuoso desk.
High End Systems has launched a new automated luminaire - the Studio Beam - which adds a third type of automated light, the Pebble Convex automated fixture, to the designer's tool kit. The Pebble Convex (PC) optical train produces a unique quality of light, distinct from a fresnel wash or ellipsoidal spot. Variable soft-edge and extremely high output blending distribution, coupled with a large zoom range and intense beam shaping give the Studio Beam PC a unique niche in lighting design and application. Using a new short-arc lamp and a patented combination elliptical/spherical reflector and aspheric lens system, the Studio Beam PC produces output levels one would previously only expect from much larger units.With its wide zoom range, intense output and compact size, Studio Beam PC is ideal for soft-edge key and long-throw highlighting, as well as providing aerial effects. Other features include full CYM colour-mixing, three additional discrete dichroic colors, an internal preset system, and 540 degree by 287 degree movement.An Adobe Acrobat version of the Studio Beam PC brochure can be downloaded from the High End website.
In another important announcement, automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems is introducing a major upgrade to the its Cyberlight automated luminaire, which they claim will double the light output of the unit. The enhanced fixture will be known as the Cyberlight Turbo, and benefits from improvements in short arc source technology and High End's expertise in optical design have yielded substantial improvements in several areas. Photonic output has been dramatically increased - Cyberlight Turbo offers up to 100% increased light output with no increase in power consumption. Additionally, a new twin achromatic lens system results in an improved focus quality.
RCF have announced the launch of two new products: the Vision 151 is the latest addition to the Vision series of loudspeakers, and the AM1120 is part of the new AM1000 series of integrated mixer amplifiers.The AM1000 series has been specifically designed for transmitting announcements and/or musical programmes through all PA sound systems. The AM 1120 offers two jack inputs, selectable line/mic sensitivity, two XLR microphone inputs with 24volt DC phantom supply, one RCA stereo input, one main input, one pre-out, one tape out output. All inputs are fully balanced with XLR connectors and each input has phantom power.The Vision PA 151 loudspeaker is a short-throw unit that can be used as a standard passive enclosure or in bi-amped configuration. The PA 151 includes a 15" LF transducer in combination with a 1" compression driver loaded on a 90 x 75 degree CD horn.
Rosco has produced a lighting Master Class video which offers both inspiration and practical information for lighting practitioners in the theatre, film, TV or architectural fields.The Designing with Gobos Master Class video is hosted by Tony Award-winninglighting designer Neil Peter Jampolis and provides designers with a range of creative ideas.
AKG has launched a re-engineered and re-styled version of its C3000 large-diaphragm condenser microphone. New features include a switchable -10 dB pre-attenuation pad ahead of the preamp for an actual 10 dB increase in SPL capability. Specifications such as sensitivity, maximum SPL capability, and equivalent noise level have been improved for a much wider dynamic range. The C3000B comes with a H100 elastic suspension system.
Sennheiser has launched the new MKE-2 Gold sub-miniature omni-directional lavalier microphone, aimed at television broadcast and theatrical productions. The key feature of the new microphone is its unique 'Umbrella Diaphragm', which keeps the mic moisture resistant, while delivering the same quality performance as the industry standard MKE-2. The extremely thin (0.000014 inch) low-mass diaphragm exhibits excellent transient response. The MKE-2 Gold is available in matt black or beige.
As a response to feedback from retailers and leisure operators, who are unable to benefit from custom-programmed music services because the CDs play on specialist proprietary devices, AEI Music has launched Dynamic Disc - a CD which, with the aid of a special filter, will play on the sites' existing CD players. The filter, which attaches directly to the CD player, decrypts the recorded music during playback, preventing pirating of the music. While still being able to play their own CDs, subscribers can also choose from seven different genres of music programmes, which are updated on a monthly basis.
Shure has launched the PSM700 series of in-ear monitors. These feature a synthesized design, offering greater frequency agility, which in turn allows for the simultaneous use of up to 16 personal stereo mixes. The units have Shure's Mixmode technology - one of three operating modes (along with stereo and mono) - which provides high levels of control at the receiver over the mix that the performer hears. Initial demand for the PSM700 has been strong and John Henry's Ltd of London has already had systems out with David Bowie.
Sound Dept will be holding an SIA-Smaart Pro Training School session on November 17 at The Matrix Club, reading. SIA Smaart Pro, the acoustic measurement and sound system optimisation software for Windows 95/98 and NT4.0, was developed to provide sound system contractors, acoustical consultants and audio professionals with a practical, powerful and accurate acoustical analysis tool, to enable them to achieve new levels of sound performance. The software delivers detailed and accurate spectral impulse and system response information.
Trantec's award-winning range of UHF and VHF radio microphones are now available for the export market for the first time. Until now, products bearing the Trantec marque have been confined to the UK only as a result of an exclusive licensing agreement overseas. Following the company's takeover by the TOA Corporation in April 1998, Trantec has worked on revising its market strategy, leading to the announcement this month of the implementation of a worldwide export policy, with the exclusion of the European mainland.The first available products will be the new S4000F UHF fixed frequency diversity system, based on the popular S4000 UHF system, and the S3.2, which combines many of the features of the S3500 in a single frequency system.
EAW has introduced a new subwoofer designed specifically to work with flown arrays of EAW KF700 Series concert loudspeakers. The SB750 shares the same trapezoidal footprint and the same flying hardware as the KF750 three-way loudspeaker and the KF755 downfill loudspeaker, allowing the SB750 to be flown quickly with any KF700 array. The SB750 includes dual 18-inch woofers, housed within a tuned Baltic birch plywood cabinet with EAW's tough black polyurethane finish and weighs just 200lbs. Rear panel connectors are dual Neutrik Speakon NL4's. Frequency response of 30Hz – 150Hz at +3dB, and 25Hz at - 10dB. Axial sensitivity is 99dB (1W/1m), with SPLs of 138dB peak and 132dB long-term (@ 1m).
Tascam's new TM-D4000 digital recording console, launched at AES New York, is now shipping in the UK. This new addition to the 8-buss digital console market features moving faders, dynamic automation and recall, extensive machine control capabilities, 24-bit AD and DA convertors throughout, stereo digital effects and dynamics processors, fully parametric EQ and the most versatile. Aimed at both project and professional recording studios and post applications, the 36-channel TM-D4000 is a competitively-priced addition to the digital market.
EMO's new C600 series 32A mains distribution panels are aimed at both the rental and installation markets. All versions have a rear panel which offers six 13A MK outlets together with an earth bonding stud. Front panel options include a choice of breakers for safety. Power inlet is via straight or angled 32A Ceeform connectors on the front panel or a fixed mains lead on the back. Ceeform versions feature a parallel output so neighbouring racks may be conveniently linked. All 32A panels feature removable rack ears which allow the units to be recessed in the rack or rear-mounted if required.
Rosco has announced that it can now supply custom metal gobo designs in any size up to A, inclusive of tooling and the first gobo, for around 40% less than was previously possible. The development has been enabled by Rosco's investment in a purpose-built manufacturing facility.
At this year's AES in New York, AKG launched the new CK77WR, improving on the original design of the CK77 - the smallest dual-diaphragm microphone in the world, the WR version is now Perspiration proof and water resistant. The original design of the CK77 had a tiny hole in the diaphragm which provided the necessary pressure compensation. This however posed a potential risk that liquids might penetrate into the capsule and cause a short circuit. Now the Barometric pressure is compensated by a capillary tube that is connected to a compensation cavity sealed with a soft, flexible diaphragm. The patent pending new technology ensures pressure compensation, although the capsule is absolutely tight.
Mackie Designs has introduced the new S500 loudspeaker to add to its ever-broadening series of sound reinforcement products. The S500 is ideal for gigging musicians, PA Hire companies and other mobile sound specialists and employs several new proprietary technologies. RCF precision components include a 15-inch woofer with inside/outside high temperature coil technology and a 17.5-inch high frequency compression driver mounted to Mackie's super-wide dispersion horn.
Wandsworth-based Dimension Audio has recently purchased 10 Audient ASP231 graphic equalisers from Marquee Audio for their corporate events department. Dimension Audio has used Audient EQs at IBM Shows in Cannes and also at the launch of the new Nissan in Sunderland. The ASP231s have been in Munich more recently at the beginning of October for the Disney Channel launch in a fairy-tale castle.
Royal Festival Hall, London's famous South Bank complex, has recently added to its existing range of Jem products. The world famous live venue has just purchased a Jem Heavy Fog 2500 complete with a full range of ducting accessories. RFH has also purchased a special customised version of the Jem Club Smoke System modified for the theatre environment. The new Jem products are the latest purchases in are re-equipment programme that also included a comprehensive Martin Professional lighting package. On a separate note, Jem also announced the sale of two Roadie smoke machines to London's newest landmark the Millennium Dome.
In response to demand from sound contracting and conference system installers, beyerdynamic has designed an 'intelligent' 10-channel mixer for integration into computer-controlled sound systems. Supporting up to six microphones and four stereo line inputs, the Mix 10 can be interfaced to a PC or third party control system via an RS232 connection, giving access to input and output selection with status reply and volume settings. Housed in a single rack unit, the Mix 10 includes a wide range of facilities including a mix-bus connection point, microphone ducking function as well as several different output options for connection to external destinations and recording equipment. Phantom power is available on all of the microphone inputs which also have insert points for using external dynamics control systems.
At the end of a busy touring and festival season, sales of XTA processing equipment remain strong. XTA's UK distributor, beyerdynamic, report a growing level of sales across the range, including the popular DP226 loudspeaker processor. Recent buyers of the DP226 include ML Executive and Skan PA Hire, as well as many units being taken by The Music Company in Bradford for their numerous installation contracts around the UK. Recent sales of the new DS800 microphone distribution systems include John Henry Group, which has taken a 40-channel system, now in regular use on Top of the Pops. Wigwam, meanwhile, have invested in a further 48 channels of DS800 microphone distribution system for integration with their d&b loudspeaker systems, as well as adding more XTA GQ600 graphic equalisers.
AEI Music is launching a unique in-store radio system for the high street retailer, aimed at providing complete control over the shopping environment. The system is available in two packages, each of which is delivered in a conventional radio programme style, complete with DJ links and commercials. The first is a bespoke system, and provides the retailer with a satellite channel that carries music programming, messaging and commercials; the second, the custom radio, benefits from the practical economies of using music programming into which the individual customers' messages are embedded.
Logic System Pro Audio's latest monitor cabinet, the CM20, is currently out on the road with the Deacon Blue reunion tour, which is taking in 12 UK dates. The cabinets were supplied by long-established Logic user EFX Audio of Bathgate, West Lothian. EFX have a long working relationship with the band and report that front man Ricky Ross is reluctant to use any other monitor system, having already used EFX's Logic LS152 monitor system on a number of occasions. Also on the live front, Logic's three-box PA system has recently been used for a series of live concerts for BBC Radio 2 at the Boardwalk in Sheffield. Supplied by Andy Salmon of Midland Sound & Light, the system was used by acts including The Pretenders, Gary Barlow and Jools Holland.
The M Corporation are to host an open day dedicated to DigiDesign's new Pro Tools 5 software and the new entry level product, Digi001. The day will include a series of seminars and demonstrations, with formal training sessions hosted by DigiDesign's Dan Muchmore. The event will take place at the M Corporation's head office in Ringwood, Hampshire, on November 23rd .