Product News

ColorBlast from Color Kinetics
Wednesday, 5 April 2000

Color Kinetics has introduced ColorBlast, which they claim to be the world's first digital lighting fixture designed to wash interior and exterior walls with rich, saturated colours and colour-changing effects. The product utilises Color Kinetics' patented Chromacore technology to generate over 16.7 million colours and colour-changing effects via microprocessor-controlled red, green and blue LEDs. The unit has built-in intelligence offering onboard control to run an assortment of pre-programmed lighting shows, including colour washes, cross-fades, random colours, fixed colours and strobes. The fixture also may be easily programmed and controlled externally by an industry standard DMX512 lighting console, a PC or Color Kinetics' own line of controllers.

New LCD Projector from Optoma
Tuesday, 4 April 2000

Optoma have produced a new compact and versatile LCD video projector for home theatre and commercial applications. The EzPro 540 features triple video input and projects in excess of 500 ANSI lumens, and can network between DVD, VCR and laserdisc appliances simultaneously. The unit weighs only 4.7kg and measures an unbelievably small 259mm x 162mm x 317mm. Other features include height-adjustment facility; onscreen display menu; remote control; projection size up to 160in; and exclusive Keystone correction to prevent distorted image. It also has an audio input/output function, and while it contains two internal 3W speakers, the EzPro 540 may also be connected to external speakers.

DAS at the Dome (Whitley Bay)
Thursday, 30 March 2000

The Dome in Whiteley Bay has recently installed a new DAS Sound System. The installation was carried out by freelance sound engineer Mickey Ware, in conjunction with Colin Rowell from Arcadia Leisure with equipment supplied by London-based Sensible Music. The main truss featured four RF212s running in conjunction with a pair of Sub18s on the floor, complemented by six RF115 monitors. As a listed building the Dome presented specific problems as Ware explains: "We had to be careful how things were flown, and the shape also posed problems when it came to the acoustics. In order to achieve a real surround feel to the system we used DAS Factor 5 compact monitors around the periphery of the building to act as in-fills. Finally, we used factor 8s in the bar area for playback music and also on the trussing and spot-fills for some dead spots off to the side of the stage."

Thursday, 30 March 2000

QSC has launched the RMX series of power amplifiers. Three models range in power from 430W to 1200W per channel @ 2 ohms, all in a compact chassis, two rack spaces high and less than 16" deep. All RMX amps boast comprehensive features including XLR and ΒΌ" balanced inputs, Speakon and binding post outputs - which allow users a choice of connectors, user-defeatable clip limiters and user-selectable low-frequency filters - optimising the performance for any audio system.

Music and Movement, The Modern Way
Wednesday, 29 March 2000

To address the growing fitness market, Cloud has developed a new multi-source audio distribution system. At its heart lies the Cloud Pump Station 16, which has the capacity to connect up to 16 remotely controlled stereo headphone outlets with a choice of up to eight stereo line level music sources or programmes, plus voice-over, alarm or microphone override. For larger venues the system is expandable, using the Sub Station 8. The Pump Station 16's powerful headphone amplifiers provide a selection of high quality musical programmes to individual locations via a small, personal control unit - the RH-8. This can be easily mounted to almost any exercise equipment and allows the user to select from a choice of up to eight programme sources and to set a preferred volume level. The audio is delivered via a pair of customised, lightweight stereo headphones, made for Cloud by Sennheiser.

Strand UK Launch for 300 Series
Wednesday, 29 March 2000

Strand Lighting's new 300 Series consoles, combining Pentium-class processing and the essential featureset of the flagship 500 Series, is set to make its UK debut at the ABTT Show in London (5-6 April). Modules may be arranged in any order or pattern and may be detached up to 100 metres apart. Interconnection between modules is via Strand S Buss communication system over Cat 5 cable, with RJ 45 connectors for simple low cost connectivity. Starting with the 24/48 and 48/96 memory manual desks, the series progresses through the 125 and 250 channel memory systems, designed to meet the needs of small to medium facilities. Completing the 300 Series consoles is a family of four Showcontrollers. An extension of the powerful 510 Showcontroller, the new 310s offer full support for MIDI, ASCII and SMPTE show control.

Outdoor Domes Launched by Tecna International
Tuesday, 28 March 2000

Geodesic domes for outdoor use have been introduced by Tecna International, one of the few companies in the UK to manufacture this type of structure. The Domes come in a range of sizes up to 10 metres in a diameter and installation times are rapid with coverings fully waterproofed and fire retardant.

THX Approval for RCF
Tuesday, 28 March 2000

The RCF CSS (Cinema Sound System) 3003TX and 2008FX have both been THX approved for use in medium-sized cinema auditoriums. Both products are part of the CSS range - the 3003TX being a three-way screen system requiring three channels of amplification for full THX performance, the 2008FX being a two-way speaker using a 250mm speaker and a 1" high frequency unit used in conjunction with a logarithmic designed wave-guide.

Total Goes Hands-On With DMX-R100
Monday, 27 March 2000

Total Audio Solutions are hosting a series of events to promote the new Sony DMX-R100 professional digital 8 bus console, which was recently introduced at AES Paris. The first of these will be held at the BBC's Pebble Mill Studios on May 9th, with similar events throughout the country in May and June. The DMX-R100 console is flexible enough to be used for live and broadcast applications, as well as music and post-production, and features snapshot and dynamic automation with 24 bit 96kHz audio and surround sound monitoring. Anybody wishing to attend a launch event should contact Adam Heath on 07968 025669. Further information is available from the dedicated website

Yamaha's New Generation
Friday, 24 March 2000

Yamaha has released the next generation in multitrack hard disk recording systems. The AW 4416 is a combination of Yamaha products and incorporates the 02R digital mixer, CD-RW technology and hard disk recording. This multi-function unit brings the 'all in one' concept to life with studio quality audio, ease of use and expandability. It is an inclusive 44-channel (8 x analogue, 16 from internal HDD) 16-track hard disk recording system complete with sampling, editing and mastering capabilities, with true 24-bit, 48kHz resolution with no compression of any type. The AW 4416 will be available in the UK from July 2000.

New Products From RCF
Thursday, 23 March 2000

RCF's new ELISA 2123 amplified tuner-CD player is aimed at a range of applications including simple PA systems for restaurants, boutiques and supermarkets, to complete sound systems for offices and hotels, as well as large department stores and factories. The ELISA 2123 incorporates a 120W RMS amplifier with two switched constant voltage outputs for directly supplying two speaker lines, microphone inputs for connecting announcement consoles and a digital AM/FM tuner with selection storage. In addition, it is equipped with a multiple-CD player with track/CD programming.Also new from RCF, the latest addition to the Vision series - the PA 151. This compact new speaker offers 300W RMS power handling, and can be operated in passive or bi-amp mode, and can be run full-range, or actively crossed-over with the Vision PA 180 SW subwoofer. The PA 151 is aimed mainly at theatre, live music and music playback applications and will be of interest to sound installers.

Klark Teknik Announces Updates to DN1414 and DN1248
Wednesday, 22 March 2000

Following the recent launch of the DN1414 multiple DI module and the DN1248 active splitter system, Klark Teknik has released updated versions of both devices, adding more flexibility to their input and output interfaces. This is achieved by the fitting of a rear blank panel covering a cutout measuring 140mm by 70mm, which allows users to retro-fit the multi-pin connector of their choice to this panel. Internal wiring is equally straightforward. Each channel has its own PCB, fitted with a spring-contact multi-pin edge connector, carrying contacts for all four outputs and the input. To avoid the risk of confusion, a wiring diagram is included on the underside of the unit top cover. Users can therefore specify absolutely any type of connection both in and out of the unit.

Community Professional Launches XLT415
Tuesday, 21 March 2000

Community's new XLT415 is a fully horn-loaded subwoofer designed to complement the company's XLT series of full-range loudspeakers. The system is aimed at portable sound reinforcement and DJ systems as well as fixed installations in clubs and theatres. The XLT415 produces 131dB SPL output (138dB peak) from its four ferrofluid-cooled 15" (381mm) drivers which are compression loaded into the horn throat and into two sealed compression chambers. The four ohm unit is rated for 600W RMS, 15000W programme, with a sensitivity of 100dB at 1W/1m over its frequency range of 35Hz - 250Hz.

Meteor Elip-Scan from Multiform
Tuesday, 21 March 2000

Multiform Technology Group has announced the availability of the Elip-Scan from Meteor Lighting. The Elip-Scan is a low-cost DMX-controlled pan and tilt mirror attachment for ellipsoidal spotlights. The mounting plate fits on standard 6.25" colour frame holders. Motors employ 16-bit stepping, with real-time speed-sensitive tracking for continually variable speed. In addition, the independent pan and tilt speed settings allow for flexible variations in design.

AudioBox now has 16-Channel Playback
Monday, 20 March 2000

Richmond Sound Design's AudioBox now has full 16-channel synchronous and non-synchronous audio playback capability, doubling the playback capacity of the original AudioBox. Current owners of the original version of the AudioBox can upgrade to the capabilities of the new version by simply exchanging their mother board, available at nominal cost. All other components remain compatible with the new mother board. The AudioBox has gained popularity in the short time it has been available to the theatre and themed entertainment industry. It was chosen for the Universal Islands of Adventure Theme park as the multi-channel sound and show control system for all ride vehicles in their 'Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man' multimedia dark ride which opened in May 1999.

Black Box LED the Way
Wednesday, 15 March 2000

In what it believes to be a world first, Black Box-AV has just launched a CD listening post with a moving, dot matrix LED display. Installed in the new Virgin Megastore at Glasgow, the 3" wide by 3/4" high signs provide a welcome message prior to headphone pick up, together with a 'thank you' closing message when the headphones are replaced. Messages can be updated via PC or hand-held organisers such as Psion, although the post itself is not PC-based. The product is the latest in a new range of listening posts from Black Box-AV which include the bar code recognition system widely used throughout the Virgin Megastores. All these now utilise CD-ROM drives as the audio delivery mechanism.

Major New Product Launch for beyerdynamic
Tuesday, 14 March 2000

A new series of microphones will be released by beyerdynamic at the Frankfurt Messe - the first major microphone product introduction targeted at the MI and project studio market since the launch of the Tour Group range. The range will include studio and live performance microphones and will be manufactured entirely at the beyerdynamic factory in Heilbronn, Germany. The new range will be ready to ship by the end of April and full details will be available at the Frankfurt show.

QSC to Unveil New DSP Module at NSCA
Monday, 13 March 2000

QSC is to introduce a new Digital Signal Processing accessory module at the NSCA Expo 2000, April 27-May 1. The compact module offers two channels of independent DSP and attaches to the back of most DataPort-equipped QSC amplifiers - without taking up additional rack space. Each channel handles digital signal processing functions including high- and low-pass crossover filters, high- and low-pass shelf filters, signal delay, compression, peak limiting, six parametric filters, two-to-one mixer, signal splitter and more. DSP configuration is made simple with an advanced "drag-and-drop" software graphical user interface. Users can access a DSP "toolbox" with icons and simple drawing tools to configure processing functions and signal flow. QSC will also announce major upgrades to QSControl at the NSCA Expo. QSControl, QSC's Ethernet-based computer controlled amplifier management system, now allows users to build custom applications with drag-and-drop tools, control MIDI devices, and features expanded amplifier monitoring capabilities.

Two New Effects from MAD
Friday, 10 March 2000

MAD Lighting is to launch two new products. The new Axis 250MR is a single-arm moving head effect: everything you expect from a moving head unit is fitted as standard including E size indexable rotating gobos, trapezoid dichroic colours, a shutter and selectable Fresnel lens. The ITM 250 is available in scanner, star effect and colour changer versions. All fixtures have E sized gobos, rotating on the Scan 250R version, a separate shutter, trapezoid dichroic colours and digital address system.

Dbx Equalisation and Management System
Friday, 10 March 2000

Designed to be the only device necessary between the mixer and power amps, dbx's new DriveRack is an all-inclusive loudspeaker management system versatile enough to suit any sound reinforcement, monitoring or install application. At the heart of the DriveRack system is the dbx 480. The 480 provides four inputs and eight outputs which can be tailored for any configuration. The 480 includes every form of processing necessary to drive signal from the mixer output to power amp. Controls available are pre-crossover EQ as either one 31-band graphic or nine band Parametric per input channel, up to five notch filters per input, speaker delay, multiple crossovers, speaker compensation EQ, driver alignment and compressor/limiter with PeakStopPlus, VariKnee and OverEasy. Two real time analysers can run simultaneously with RTA source inputs capable of being remotely switched on the fly.

ShowMagic 128 Launched
Friday, 10 March 2000

Dial Sound & Lighting has just announced the launch of ShowMagic 128, the latest addition to the ShowMagic range of lighting and sound controllers for the PC. To coincide with the launch, both Dial and distributors Cerebrum ran a series of workshops to introduce the new 128 to a wider audience. In essence, the latest release is an entry-level version of the flagship 512 channel version. The software enables you to control literally all the technical aspects of any performance or presentation that uses sound, lighting and special effects equipment from a single PC. It uses a 'Virtual Desk' - the software equivalent of a lighting control desk, sound playback and mixing desk all rolled into one. With the new version, the virtual desk enables control of up to 128 DMX512 channels and six stereo audio channels and comes with upgrade versions which feature RS232 control and a seven-day auto-schedule facility. The new 128 complements the existing 256, 512, 1024, 1536 and 2048 versions.

KR Ceiling Speaker from Celestion
Wednesday, 1 March 2000

Celestion's latest addition to the contractors' range of speakers, the KR Series, is the versatile KRc, designed for use in hotels, offices, schools, hospitals, transport termini and public venues.The KRc is a ceiling-mount enclosure capable of high-quality background music and high level voice paging. With power handling of 100W, the unit has a full range response of 80 - 20,000Hz, thanks to its two-way configuration featuring a reflex loaded 5.25" bass driver and a coaxially mounted polymer tweeter.

Philips Plena
Monday, 28 February 2000

Philips CSI has launched a new generation of amplifier - the Plena PA amplifier. The new product combines many different functions such as PA messaging, emergency messaging with priority over-ride and optional background music with simple installation and configuration. Up to four different microphones can be connected, with priority provided for emergency announcements over background music. The range features three single-zone mixer amplifiers rated at 30W, 60W and 120W and a two-zone 120W mixer, whilst two additional booster amplifiers, rated at 120W and 240W, extend the reach of the system to cover larger areas.

Celestion Extends CXi Range
Monday, 28 February 2000

Celestion has launched two additions to its CXi Series. The CXi 1531 is a three-way full-range loudspeaker, the largest in the CXi range, designed for sound reinforcement applications where high-power performance from a single enclosure is required. Ideal for use in small to medium sized music venues and as a full-range club box, the CXi 1531 has controlled dispersion, is easy to array and simple to fly. At the other end of the spectrum is the new CXi 521. This two-way passive loudspeaker is an ultra compact trapezoidal loudspeaker offering full-range high-definition performance. Designed for space-critical applications, the CXi521 is high performance yet ultra compact and can be easily installed in both horizontal and vertical formats. The CXi Series has been further extended with the upgrade of the CXi 1022HP, a dedicated mid-high cabinet using 2 x 10" and a 2" compression driver, and the CXi1812 double 18" bass bin.


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