Designed as a cost-effective solution specifically for sound contractors, the new ISA Series from QSC Audio features six models, including three low impedance models (ISA 280, ISA 450, ISA 750) rated for 2-ohm operation, and three ‘T’ versions with 25, 70 and 100 volt outputs for distributed audio systems (ISA 300T, ISA 500T, ISA 800T). Versatile loading options and a comprehensive feature set make the ISA Series a suitable power solution for a wide range of permanently installed sound systems. The ‘T’ versions will drive 8- or 4-ohm loads and a distributed system on the same channel simultaneously. This enables a contractor to reduce the number of required amplifier channels by allowing a limited number of distributed speakers to be attached to the same amp as is powering the main sound system.
Housed in rugged 3U chassis, all six models feature rear panel gain controls for tamper resistant operation with 2dB detents for quick and repeatable settings. Inputs include both XLR and detachable Euro-style connectors. Outputs feature covered barrier strip connectors for safety agency compliance, and for added versatility, a DataPort V2 (Version 2) terminated with an HD-15 connector is provided for use with DPV2-compatible signal processing accessories such as the XC-3 Crossover, SF-3 Subwoofer Filter, and the LF-3 Low Frequency Filter. Selectable high-pass filters are included to protect speakers and prevent speaker transformer saturation with minimal effect on program material. The ISA Series provide additional protection circuitry including DC, infras
Wembley Loudspeaker has launched a new 15 - 400 Pro Cabinet to coincide with this year’s Frankfurt Music Exhibition. These two-way speaker enclosures have been developed for the professional audio user, and are suitable for mobile applications or installations, as parts of larger sound systems or as stand-alone units. The cabinets are rated at 400W RMS continuous and their performance has hugely impressed listeners, surpassing the output and quality of many more expensive makes. The 15 - 400 Pro contains a PTP 15-190 15" driver and a TP 300 flare, along with a proprietary European compression driver and adjustable crossover, with all the necessary protection built in. The cabinet is rigidly constructed covered in black carpet as standard and weighing in a 30kg they are easily portable. Fittings include protecting corners, top hats, metal grab handles and a full metal grill. Connection is via twin speakons.
Wembley Loudspeaker MD Paul MacCallum has built a reputation for producing high performance audio products, and he is delighted with the new enclosure: "We have looked at the design and components very carefully and tested various connotations to create the optimum performance for this niche of loudspeaker cabinet," said MacCallum.
Level Control Systems (LCS) has showcased the newest component of their dynamic mixing/processing platform - CueConsole. In the past, sound designs for live productions used a standard large format console as the front end - with group outputs feeding the LCS system for matrixing and cue control. Technically, all of it could be done in LCS - just not with real faders and knobs. CueConsole is LCS's proprietary control interface that allows the LCS system to replace the traditional front-of-house mixer. CueConsole's new approach to digital control surfaces is its uniquely adaptable modularity. Four types of control modules interface with the core of the system: the SuperNova audio engine or the new Matrix3 audio engine. The modules are flexible in that they can be configured in whatever way is most convenient for the sound designer/engineer. Because CueConsole is just a control surface without any audio passing through, the interface back to the audio engine is standard network interface cable. As a result, the modules can be set up in the conventional front-of-house position or different modules can be located in different locations. In addition, the modules can be in use at the same time, ultimately optimizing rehearsal time. If sound quality needs to be improved in the balcony, one can move an editor module to the balcony and solve the problem there. If close communication between the director and sound designer is a priority, the rehearsal mix position can be set up right next to the director and the lighting programmer. There is no down time waiting for someone to comple
Reacting on input from industry lighting designers and architectural lighting specialists, Martin has incorporated a 150W source into its new, smaller exterior housing. The Exterior 200 is a conveniently compact and powerful 150W, short-throw, CMY colour-changer in the same design of weatherproof (IP65-rated) aluminium housing as the award-winning Exterior 300. Its asymmetrical wide-throw flood beam makes it suitable for applications where projection distance is limited. Extremely versatile and housing a long life 6000-hour lamp, the Exterior 200 can be tucked discreetly into architectural design details of buildings or other structures. A built-in light sensor, memory presets and DMX controllability add to its independent functionality.
X-Line the brand new line array system from Electro-Voice made its UK debut with Richard Ashcroft at the Brixton Academy recently. Robbie McGrath was engineered the nine-piece band on his console of choice a Midas XL4, accompanied by his custom-built front-of-house and effects racks courtesy of ML Executives. The system comprised a J-hang of five XVLS and three XVLT cabinets at a trim height of 25ft, plus five ground-stacked sub units per side. Infills for close audience coverage were provided by EV X-Array Xi-1152 cabinets, and the whole system was driven by EV P3000 amps. Processing was handled by three Klark Teknik DN9848s, while mic splitting was dealt with by five DN1248s.
This was the first time Robbie McGrath had used the new system. He commented: " . . . as with every first show, there were a couple of adjustments to make before it really started to purr the way I knew it would. But the beauty of these systems is the learning curve is so fast . . . For the second night we made a few adjustments to the angle of some of the speakers, ran the house EQ virtually flat and approached the desk EQ from more of a ‘studio’ aspect, and immediately started hearing dimensions with the reverbs that hadn’t been apparent before."
In conclusion, Robbie said: "I have no hesitation in saying that I think the X-Line will be in the top three contenders in the world for at least the next decade. It brings so much to the table that is lacking in other rigs. . . But above all, it’s a truly musical system."
Macclesfield-based Federal Signal, the leading supplier of public address and voice alarm systems, has won a £30,000 contract to provide an emergency alert system at the new offices of the UK Passport Agency in London. The contract has been won in conjunction with Hull-based systems integrator Galloway Electronics, which was recommended to Federal by Millbank master distributor RW Salt. The system will be based on Federal’s new multi-zone alert system, VeriFire, and will enable the Passport Office staff to quickly and safely coordinate the evacuation of the building from two incident rooms, situated on the first and fifth floors. VeriFire was specififed because of its diagnostic and fault-finding capabilities - a pre-requisite of the contract. The systems also features a digital messaging unit for office-wide public address announcements, and single- and multi-zone paging capability.
XFL, the new spring football league from the creators of the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) celebrated a successful launch on February 3rd that saw a Lighthouse Technologies LVP502 LED SuperScreen begin a unique tour of US stadiums. XFL, a combination of Football and live entertainment, is co-owned by broadcaster NBC and the WWF in a joint venture. For the benefit of watching fans, video screen specialists Screenworks were hired to supply giant LED video screens for the ten-week season, with one game a week, followed by two weekends of play-off games. The screen measures 25 feet high by 50 feet wide, using a total of 96 modules - the largest LED video screen ever to be toured in the United States. This creates an aspect ratio of 2:1, reflecting the WWF’s standard wrestling broadcast format, and the screen is colour corrected for television, with the signal source provided by NBC. A Screenworks crew tours with the screen, rigging it from a staging structure at each venue using chain motors. Screenworks, a division of Live Media Group, has been in the daylight video screen business for 12 years, and this recent purchase of Lighthouse LVP502 modules makes it the largest owner of 20mm screen modules in the US.
Show Presentation Services (SPS), the audio-visual equipment rental and technical staging specialist, is to install a Barco ‘DLite-7’ LED Daylight Display in the heart of London’s Oxford Street. The venture comes hot on the heels of a further major investment by SPS in 30sq.m of leading LED manufacturer Barco’s DLite-7 daylight display. The venture also heralds the first of a number of scheduled outdoor advertising pilot sites between SPS and London-based Trash Media Plc, the ambient media and outdoor advertising specialist, with whom SPS have formed a strategic alliance. The site, re-booked for a further 12 months, is located at the Cromwell Road/North End Road junction, on the main commuter route into London, and is live 24 hours a day.
Spectators at the recent Norwich Union Indoor Trials/AAA Championships and Grand Prix athletics meetings at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena were treated to a unique spectacle. Held three weeks apart, the infrastructure for both events was rigged with Unitek’s latest and lightest high-impact LED Megascreen, offering 17mm pixel pitch resolution, designed for indoor and outdoor use. The 6 x 5 (6.7m x 4.2m) modular screen took a feed from six BBC cameras via the mixer in the OB truck, and the magnified action shots not only brought track and field into sharp focus, but formed a vital part of the BBC’s transmission.
Crestron’s Isys touch panel control system is breaking new ground in converging audio-visual and information technologies, thanks to its ability to operate any number of devices, and link to multiple control systems around the world via the internet. Building on this platform, Crestron has now introduced the TPS-4500 Advanced Touchpanel Control system. The TPS-4500 offers a 12" diagonal touch-sensitive active matrix SVGA display (800 x 600 pixels) with an ergonomic Soft-Touch adjustable screen tilt (30°-80°) design. Colour control graphics, including 2D and 3D icons, photos and animations, are easy to read, even at extreme viewing angles. In common with other Isys products, users can upgrade its capabilities simply by installing optional expansion cards. For example, by installing the optional TPS-VID expansion card, the TPS-4500 can display full-motion NTSC or PAL video on the touchpanel with 256,000 colours.
Bose has been appointed an approved supplier of sound systems to Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts following a two-day Techno Forum in Dubai. The Forum was part of a company conference for Le Meridien’s general managers and aimed at introducing the latest technologies to the Group. Bose were among nine companies invited to make a presentation, and as a result, the company’s Wave Radio/CDs and Acoustic Wave Music Systems are now both featured on Le Meridien’s approved product list.
Z-Systems has appointed HHB as exclusive UK distributor of its full range of professional audio products. In recent years, Z-Systems has established an enviable reputation for its ‘Detangler’ digital audio patchbays which it manufactures, alongside a comprehensive range of sample rate convertors and multi-channel mastering processors.
Rosco has added 24 new colours to its redesigned e-colour+ range, which has been considerably enhanced with a new design swatchbook, colour guide and poster. The swatchbook includes full SED curves, transmission values, and cross references to filters in other Rosco ranges.
City Theatrical, which won praise last year for its AutoYoke system, has released a number of new products. These include the AutoYoke for PARnel - an automated variable beam spread washlight for use with ETC’s Source Four PARnel. Users can control the width of the beam and drive colour scrollers using remote DMX. A second new product, the Event PAR, is aimed squarely at the trade show market. A 575W MSD or MSR cold restrike lamp is incorporated into a Source Four Par, the result being a bright, high output washlight with a colour temperature of around 5600 degrees K. The third key new product is the Image Multiplexer - a multiprism device that turns any ellipsoidal with a six inch colour frame slot into a multi-image projection device. Also new from the company is the range of SlipWay taping cables and other theatrical accessories.
Cerwin-Vega! has made two significant additions to its Pro series of installation speaker systems. Following the success of the V-152, the Californian-based company has now released the V-252 - a dual 15" two-way, full-range system. It has also revisited those two little digits - 36; drawing on the heritage of the renowned L-36PE and SL-36B, the company has now reinvented its legendary ‘earthquake’ sound in the form of a ‘compact tremor’ - an 18" folded horn known as the LR-36. The V-252’s twin 15" woofers share space with a bi-morph HF driver mounted on a proprietary spherical waveguide horn. Designed as a stand-alone, and producing tremendous bass response, the V-252 does not require bi-amping with a subwoofer. In order to attain a smooth response at high SPLs, Cerwin-Vega! has developed a proprietary spherical waveguide tweeter horn flare. The LR-36 utilises a newly-designed 18" woofer, with clean output at 35Hz, and a bias control system for improved linearity and accurate punch. Other innovative features include a newly-designed 18" high-excursion woofer, with die-cast aluminium frame and reverse loading of the woofer, to utilise inherent compression between the cone and the frame.
Lightfactor Sales, UK distributor for Apogee Sound products, hired Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire for the UK debut of the Apogee Sound ALA-9 Line Array touring system.
Despite freezing temperatures and high winds, a steady stream of audio professionals made the trip to the once thriving World War II USAAF base. As well as offering the facility to crank the system up to high volumes, the Bovingdon site was also ideal to demonstrate the quick rigging and de-rigging capabilities of the ALA-9.
Judging by the number of line array launches at the recent Frankfurt MusikMesse, one could be forgiven for thinking that this is an emerging technology, but line array is nothing new. In fact, examples are common from as far back as the 1950s and The Grateful Dead were using the principles of line array in their ‘wall of sound’ in the seventies. However, advancements in electronics and transducer technology, coupled with the use of processors to effectively crossover, equalise and align various types of processor-based speaker systems, has allowed line array to exploit its full potential. Through its ALA-3 and ALA-5, Apogee was one of the first companies to develop processor-based line array systems. The ALA-9 is the natural successor to these and the largest line array system yet produced by the company. During the development of the system, Apogee’s R&D team focused on the needs and wish-lists of the touring industry.
As a result, the ALA-9 features a smooth, clear sound quality, immense power and a robust construction, which should guarantee it holding its
NXT flat panel loudspeakers were recently specified as part of the new speech reinforcement system installed in Eton College Chapel by Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd (CAR), in conjunction with Mission. Using panels from Mission's award-winning FS2-AV Home Theatre system, Tim Lewers, chief acoustician of CAR, worked with other suppliers to install a computer-controlled sound reinforcement system using Peavey Media Matrix software, complete with touch screen display controls. The Mission FS2 satellites are located along the pews and mounted into bronze housings to match the lights and music stands and maintain the existing decor. They are placed in a spaced array of five panels down either side of the chapel to provide complete coverage of all seated areas. Further panels are wall mounted in the ante-chapel and chancel. Each NXT satellite is driven by its own amplifier and time-aligned for distance to the selected microphone, of which there are ten, located throughout the chapel. Thus the direct sound of voices arrives at the listener at the same time as the sound from the Mission FS2 speakers.
Hayden Laboratories Ltd, UK distributor for Rane products, has introduced the latest Rane TTM 54i and TTM 52i professional mixers to the UK market. Both units include a host of innovative features plus fast and intuitive control. The TTM 54i mixer includes a hard-wearing Lexan face plate, improved Transform (Phono/Line) switches, A precision Active Crossfader with continuously adjustable Contour and ‘Hamster’ control. Other features include Reversal controls, Switchable Contour Controls and high performance Accelerated-Slope, band-split 24dB per octave tone controls allow 40dB Bass and Treble cut without affecting the vocal mid-range. In addition, a proprietary, assignable Effects Loop allows a stereo effect to be inserted in Pre-Fader Program 1, Pre-Fader Program 2, or Master at the press of a switch.
The TTM 52i, part of the Rane Mojo Series, offers the same quality, reliability, performance and core elements as the TTM 54i, but is aimed at tighter budgets. The Mojo Series offers all Rane’s sonic and construction qualities - not normally associated with machines in this price range. It is quick and easy to operate and is designed for busy, sonically imaginative working artists and performers.
TMB Associates has been appointed as exclusive worldwide stocking distributor for the DMX Data Lynx from Upstaging Inc. TMB is now stocking Data Lynx at all its locations. DMX Data Lynx is an all-in-one DMX router, tester, and disaster recovery unit. It allows instant switching between two lighting consoles with up to four DMX universes per console. It is capable of automatically switching from one console to the other in the event of DMX output failure from the current console. It can also test moving lights and cables, diagnose and display DMX data, plus store backup scenes from any DMX controller. Tommy Stephenson, TMB’s sales manager, said: "This is a very practical product, developed by one of the top rental companies. In addition to its main function of switching between a primary and backup console, it performs a variety of very useful tasks such as DMX diagnosis and fixture testing. We see it becoming standard equipment for the larger lighting rigs."
DPA Microphones is to unveil a new large-diaphragm stereo kit for professional A-B stereo applications. The new 3532 is a complete A-B Stereo Kit consisting of two carefully factory-matched omnidirectional Large Diaphragm Microphones with 130V preamplifiers in a discrete class A design. The specially selected and hand paired microphones are matched within 1dB on frequency response, sensitivity and self-noise. The maximum phase response difference from 50Hz to 20kHz is 10°. With low self-noise and high SPL capability, the stereo kit delivers a huge dynamic range of distortion-free, clean detailed sound.
In 1996 the second edition of British Theatrical Patents 1801-1900 was published in demand to the runaway success of the first edition. Such was the interest and fascination with the subject, the authors Terence Rees and David Wilmore, embarked upon the mammoth task of consulting several million more patents to compile a database of theatrical patents for the first half of the twentieth century. As a result of some five years work the first release of the database is now available covering 1901-1950 and includes many fascinating technological developments relating to moving lights, projection, dimming and control as well as staging, illusions, and a myriad of other technical theatre subjects. The database is now available for purchase (£957+ Vat) and there are currently almost 1,000 patentee entries on the database. Purchasers will receive free updates as new entries are discovered - but beware - as the entries increase so does the price! - the earlier you buy it the cheaper it is! Further information can be obtained from Theatresearch on Tel:+44 (0) 1423 780497
Coe-tech, UK distributors for the Coemar range of stage, effects and architectural lighting fixtures, have three new portfolio additions. The Coemar Supercyc 2.4 is the first ever cyc light offering 425 degrees pan and 212 degrees tilt movement. Making the most of Coemar’s patented Twin Lamp Technology (TLT), the Supercyc 2.4 utilises two powerful 1.2K MSR lightsources, giving an incredible 110,000 lumens output and a colour temperature of 5,900ºK. The Coemar Panorama Cyc Power is a highly flexible CYM cyc floodlight designed for exterior use, again taking advantage of Coemar’s Twin Lamp Technology (TLT), an optical system that multiplies the luminous output while minimising power consumption. The latest model of Coemar’s successful award-winning CF7 luminaire is the CF7 HEX. The HEX version features enhanced optics with a 30% brightness increase, 21 channel mode for even more precise movement and a glass front lens to filter incoming smoke, dust and other potentially troublesome environmental elements. All CF7 features can be made into the HEX model if required with new retrofit kit now available.
The versatility of Audio-Technica's range of microphones has been demonstrated with the use of A-T ProPoint mics in a purpose-built badger sett at a Welsh country park. Flintshire County Council's Countryside Service has constructed the sett, with its earth-lined tunnels leading out into woodland, at Wepre Park, at Connah's Quay on Deeside. Specialist sound systems suppliers Apple Sound, based nearby at Mold, installed cameras and microphones in the sett to allow people in the visitor centre at the 168-acre combined recreation and conservation site to see and hear inside the badgers' home. A camera and an Audio-Technica PRO42 boundary microphone were installed in the walls of each of the three chambers of the sett, out of reach of the sharp teeth of any inquisitive badger residents.
Once the project - sponsored by Airbus UK, Apple Sound, International Power and Toyota Manufacturing UK Ltd - was completed, Wepre Park's Countryside Rangers invited the BBC to take a look who agreed to run a webcam by taking a feed off the three cameras installed in the sett. The Wepre Park Badger Cam can be viewed at www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/webcams.
DHA has appointed its first distributors in France - Dimatec, La Boutique du Spectacle and Lighting Technology Durango. In addition to an already extensive range of DHA gobos, Dimatec has expanded its stock of products to include DHA's moving effects range and the Gecko image projector. La Boutique du Spectacle is now a stockist of DHA catalogue gobos, moving effects and the DHA Gecko, a compact, low voltage image projector, which can be used as a framing spot or to project images and textured light. Lighting Technology Durango, meanwhile, is now a stockist of DHA gobos and moving effects.