Portugal - NEXT-proaudio's website (www.next-proaudio.com) now offers an easy-to-navigate technical support, complete product information, and the most recent company news.

The company information, factory tour, support and distributor's information are some benefits of the new site. The goal is to be "the perfect guide to help the customers get all the information about products as easy as possible".

The user can sort the products by type, series, or application making the new product menu much more intuitive to find what the user wants. Inside the application list, the user can find which are the recommended series for touring, installation and portable.

The NEXT-proaudio users can also easily download the all the available software (Soundware, DP240 Software, LMS242 Software and Ease Focus) as well as all the support files. Additionally, links to the manufacture

Germany - HK Audio has announced that EASE Focus 2 GLL data is now available for its Linear 5 tops. The Linear 5 range joins HK Audio's Elements, ConTour Array, Cadis, Cohedra and Cohedra Compact systems in the EASE Focus 2 database.

EASE Focus 2 is a three-dimensional acoustic simulation software for the configuration and modelling of line array systems, digitally steered columns and conventional loudspeakers.

The software allows users to calculate levels, time and frequency responses for one or more systems simultaneously, giving them the possibility to plan out the best possible system configurations for every need and venue ahead of time.

Free for the end user, EASE Focus 2 - along with all the dedicated HK Audio GLL data - can be downloaded from a dedicated page on the HK Audio website: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?id=371

For new users, an EASE Focus 2 tutorial vid

Germany - The M10 is a lightweight monitor speaker that is only 29 cm wide and tips the scales at just 13 kg. Despite its compact size and low weight the M10 is designed to convince even the most demanding monitor techs and musicians with high levels and sound fidelity, says the manufacturer.

The required performance is achieved using a heavy-duty 10" cone driver and a high-resolution 1" HF driver which are both operated with virtually no distortions on system amplifiers via a very linear passive crossover. Together with the Linear Phase Technology an acoustic performance is achieved that is known from active 2-way monitor speakers at most. The directivity pattern of the rotatable horn is 60 x 90 degrees or 90 x 60 degrees respectively.

The electric impedance of 16 ohms allows to connect four to eight M10 Monitors to one channel of the 8.4-DSP or 6.2-DSP and 14.4-DSP

USA - City Theatrical will be launching a number of new products at LDI 2014 in Las Vegas this month.

A new feature to the multi award-winning SHoW DMX Neo product line is the addition of Maximum Bandwidth Technology which allows SHoW DMX to change from Frequency Hopping to Wide Band Digital Modulation, which allows it to narrow its output to smaller areas of the 2.4GHz spectrum, such as Wi-Fi channels 13-14, where in the United States, no Wi-Fi broadcast takes place.

This allows SHoW DMX to avoid all Wi-Fi interference in an otherwise saturated spectrum. This is accomplished simply by selecting a SHoW ID on the user interface or via RDM. This feature will be available as an upgrade for all present SHoW DMX Neo users and will be a standard feature of all new SHoW DMX Neo sales.

CTI is expanding their line of professional QolorFLEX brand LED tapes with the addition of 23 new

UK - UK wireless LED lighting manufacturer CORE Lighting is exhibiting at the 2014 LDI expo in Las Vegas for the second consecutive year ... reflecting increased business and a strong interest across its product range in the US and central America.

Two new products are presented in the US for the first time - the PinPoint and the ColourPoint Mk2.

CORE's Phil Ion comments, "Following a great reception for the new products at PLASA, we are hoping for further positive feedback at LDI. We will also be making some important announcements after the show as we focus attention on developing our markets in Canada and the Americas."

As for the new products, the PinPoint - launched at PLASA in London - is a new highly dynamic product - fully designed and made in the UK as with all CORE's technology. Already in production, the tiny IP65 rated wireless pin-spot / birdie weighs

USA - Martin Professional has announced the immediate availability of the Rush MH 5 Profile.

The Rush MH 5 Profile is a compact and bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics to punch out a variety of effects and colours. With two colour wheels, two gobo wheels and rotating prism the MH 5 Profile offers full effects in a super compact housing, making it perfect for DJs, bands, clubs, bars, cruise ships and installations where small footprint and low weight is critical.

"This highly anticipated fixture is fully CE and ETL compliant, which is a strong differentiator to non-certified products," said Mark Buss, product manager for Rush by Martin. "The Rush MH 5 Profile has suffered a slight delay in reaching the market, as we wanted to ensure that all the necessary third party certifications were in place before shipping."

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Switzerland - The new Diode Series laser systems from Laserworld has only been on the market a few weeks, but is already experiencing massive demand.

"Many of the big sound & light retailers in Europe listed the products quickly after the product release and the demand from the customers was great," says Norbert Stangl, sales & marketing director at Laserworld. "We set this product line to provide a semi-professional laser show system at significantly low pricing, but with professional features like the latest diode-only technology and analogue modulation."

The Diode Series RGB white light products are available in three different power levels with up to 800mW, 1,800mW and 3,300mW: The DS-900RGB, the DS-1800RGB and the DS-3300RGB. All Diode Series units have automatic mode, sound-to-light mode, DMX512 capability and an ILDA (computer control) interface. The

Europe - Roland has introduced two HDBaseT products to compliment the Roland professional video product lineup that includes the XS Series of Matrix Switchers.

The two new models, the HT-TX01 HDBaseT Transmitter and HT-RX01 HDBaseT Receiver, convert HDBaseT signals to and from an HDMI signal. Designed to transmit or receive audio, video and RS-232 control information up to 100 meters over Cat5/6e cable, the TX/RX pair is ideal for extending HDMI signals over long distances in both live productions and fixed applications.

The HT-RX01 is suited as the receiver for an HDBaseT output coming from any Roland XS Series multi-format matrix switcher - a series designed for fixed installations requiring high-quality integrated video and audio conversion and switching. Using the RS-232 signal transmission function of the XS series allows the user to transmit RS-232 signals from the XS Se

USA - After being launched to great acclaim at the recent PLASA London international tradeshow, Chroma-Q will be showcasing PLASA Members Choice Awards Finalist, the new Color One 100 LED Par, at LDI 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Color One 100 features an innovative fully homogenised beam, virtually eliminating the colour separation and shadows synonymous with LED lighting - delivering above Par performance from one source.

The unit's optical design provides a smooth, uniform and defined 20° beam. This makes it suitable for use as a front and backlight with clean shadows, and an uplighter with a smooth, even beam.

An extensive RGBA colour-mixing palette delivers outstanding colour blend across the spectrum - including deep-cold blues, red-hot lava looks and super-soft pastels, as well as a complete range of whites. In addition, the high CRI of 93 ensures extremely accurate colo

Europe - November 2014 sees the birth of "a new era in live sound mixing", as Yamaha launches the Rivage PM10.

Yamaha's PM1D and PM5D digital mixers have been a mainstay of large scale live productions throughout the world for more than a decade - be they touring live music, festivals, theatre, musicals, dance, municipal or corporate events. Joining the PM series, the Rivage PM10 is a new flagship which, says the company, will again redefine the direction of the digital audio mixing industry.

Rivage PM10 features "many exceptional Yamaha innovations, delivering a true industry milestone for large format digital mixers".

At the core of the Rivage PM10 is Yamaha's quest to deliver the very best possible sound. This is achieved with the newly-developed RY16-ML-SILK Hybrid Microphone Preamplifier.

This design features an analogue section which delivers cons

USA - Robe Lighting Inc. will once again exhibit at LDI on 21-23 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. With an elegant booth design and exciting new products including the recently-launched BMFL Spot, the LDI exhibition is the grand finale of Robe's 20th anniversary celebrations.

The Czech Republic-based manufacturer is also sponsoring the recharge lounge. Recharge stations and seating will be available for all LDI guests. The area will highlight the BMFL Spot, a new mega-bright long-throw signature fixture that needs a large environment in order to be shown most effectively.

Numerous products will be introduced by Robe at LDI, including the miniPointe together with all the current product range luminaires on this spectacular booth, which will also feature one of Robe's dazzling lightshows.

Anolis, the architectural division of Robe, will be integrated into the lounge

Germany - Sennheiser has announced the availability of its Dante card for the EM 9046 receiver, enabling the top-of-the-range Digital 9000 wireless microphone system to be integrated into Dante audio-over-IP networks. Also available are - as free downloads - the associated new Digital 9000 firmware version 3.0.3, and the new Wireless Systems Manager 4.2 with a set of optimised monitoring functions.

"With the EM 9046 DAN extension card, broadcast and live audio engineers can now easily integrate Sennheiser's top-of-the-range wireless microphone system into a Dante network," says Claus Menke, head of portfolio management Pro for Sennheiser. "They benefit from the system's exceptional sound with the incredible convenience of routing high-definition audio data via Audinate's Dante Controller."

Dante works with existing network infrastructure using IP and Ethern

Denmark - Martin Professional has announced the immediate pre-order availability of their new M-DMX interface hardware for connecting lighting software and DMX universes as well as several new controller solution bundles, including the M-PC 2U bundle and the LightJockey 2 and M-PC+ Controller kit.

The Martin M-DMX is a rugged aluminium extruded device and is built with two XLR 5-pin DMX ports, a USB 2.0 connection and a K-lock slot for securing the device. The interface also features a new stackable design, LED indicators and isolated dual output. The M-DMX is compatible with Martin's LightJockey and M-PC software, M-Series Consoles, Fixture Upload software, and is backwards compatible with Martin's Duo-DMX interface.

Martin's M-PC 2U is a professional two-DMX universe package, bundling Martin's M-PC software and the newly designed M-DMX two-port DMX interface. As the latest e

Switzerland - Schertler has announced the release of its new, re-engineered range of DYN contact microphones. The DYN P48 Series features a collection of fully balanced, active, dynamic models with Class A electronics. Benefitting from the latest developments in microphone technology, the DYN P48 Series now combines even better sound quality with a more elegant lightweight design and more user-friendly operation, says the company.

Schertler's original DYN Series was first introduced over 20 years ago, with the contact microphones quickly achieving recognition for their ability to enhance the natural sound quality and characteristics of a range of acoustic instruments. The new P48 Series retains the best features from these original models while incorporating state-of-the-art, in-house developed active filtering technology that has enabled each microphone to be precisely matched

Belgium - Barco is to expand its projector portfolio with a cost-effective single-chip DLP projector producing 12,000 centre lumens light output. The brand-new RLS-W12 offers WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, extended warping and blending, and HDBaseT technology to provide video over a single Cat 5 cable.

This new projector is suitable for small- to medium-sized venues, and its optional rental frame makes it equally suited for the rental and staging market as well. The projector will be commercially available from December 2014 onwards.

"Our RLS-W12 projector is a smart choice for customers who are looking for a cost-effective projector that delivers the brightness needed for large screens," comments Richard Marples, strategic market director venues & hospitality at Barco. "Designed for fixed installation in museums, theaters and conference auditoriums, it's als

USA - Le Maitre is set to make several announcements at LDI this week, with new products right across the board from haze to flames to pyro.

LDI will see the unveiling of a brand new hazer - the EcoHazer, making a world first preview on Le Maitre's booth.

Le Maitre hazers are already known for their incredible output and low power consumption, not to mention the haze fluid which converts to produce the purest, most efficient and long lasting haze on the market. The new EcoHazer takes the environmental aspect even further and Le Maitre believes that it is the most energy efficient water-based hazer on the market today!

The EcoHazer consumes a low 100-150W, a rate that other haze units on the market with a similar output simply can't match, with many requiring up to 1500W - that's ten times the electrical energy! The EcoHazer uses a completely new heating system borne out of L

USA - At LDI in Las Vegas, Martin Professional introduced the MAC Aura XB wash light, M-Touch lighting console, and RUSH Gobo Projector 1.

"It's an exciting time for us with so many products launched recently and so many new to be launched today at LDI in Las Vegas," said Peter Skytte, head of product management, Martin Professional. "We're bringing a variety of new products to the market across our entire product range, including controllers, atmospheric effects, LED video, lighting and Rush by Martin."

Incorporating many new features first introduced in Martin's MAC Quantum Wash, the MAC Aura XB combines a compact design and low weight with a new colour mixing system and an optimized lens design for tighter beams and more even washes The Aura XB uses a super bright, single lens wash with fully premixed colour to provide beautiful and robust colour washes.

North America - The recent partnership with industry expert Paul Rabinovitz has resulted in another strong alliance for Parasol Systems, this one with long time industry leader High End Systems.

At LDI, High End Systems showcased its latest developments with an eye-catching 40ft by 40ft booth. The STAR600 system was hung dead centre of their set-up and loaded with six Shapeshifter C2 and four SolaSpot Pro 1500 luminaries.

Shapeshifters C2's and SolaSpot Pro 1500 are the newest additions to the innovative range of luminaires designed by Richard Belliveau. Each offers "awesome power, incredible speed, and total flexibility". Each Shapeshifter has seven independently controlled modules housed in one moving fixture which basically means that these luminaires will provide a jaw-dropping visual impact to audiences everywhere. The SolaSpot Pro 1500 offers an overwhelming cr

USA - Royal Philips Electronics chose LDI in Las Vegas to launch the new compact lamp systems MSD Platinum 14 R and 17 RA. With today's growing trend of integrating LED walls in stage lighting design, a new generation of lamps with more powerful beams is required to cut through the sea of homogenous light they provide - and add additional accents to the show, says the company. This is exactly what the new Platinum lamp systems from Philips are designed to do. The new lamp system MSD Platinum 14 R provides extreme brightness of 12,000 lumens at 280W with a colour rendering of 80. The lamp is successfully designed-in in the X3-Coupe from Jolly.

Also, the new compact and lightweight MSD Platinum 17 RA lamps offer exceptional brightness with a light output of more than 20,000 lumens at 350W, plus cool white light (7000 K) and a high colour rendering of 85. This makes them suitable f

USA - Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced that the Spanish-language release of its Vectorworks 2015 software version will be available on 24 November. This release is part of a worldwide rollout that included other European-language releases earlier this month and continues into 2015 with additional localizations in Japanese and Chinese. The Vectorworks line of award-winning software products includes Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks.

The Vectorworks 2015 software contains more than 100 updates and new features in the areas of architecture, BIM, urban planning and entertainment design. In previous versions, the power of 64-bit was only available in the platform's photorealistic rendering engine, Renderworks, but has now been integrated throughout the entire Vectorworks 2015 product line, providing designers with the ability to handle larger

Australia - ARX Systems has announced the Remote Switcher externally controlled stereo input signal switcher, for use in EWIS (Emergency Warning and Intercommunications System) emergency announcements, Console Switching, and remote control of signal sources in Broadcast applications.

"We developed the Remote Switcher in response to requests from integrators and installers for a unit allowing remote and external switching selection between two line level audio sources. EWIS is becoming mandatory for most new and upgraded commercial buildings and public spaces, and our Remote Switcher is a cost effective solution for noiseless and instantaneous switching between normal audio program and EWIS emergency announcements," says ARX MD, Colin Park.

"Other applications include remote switching between FOH or Monitor Consoles, Main and DJ consoles when one main loudspeaker

USA - At LDI, ETC revealed that the Eos Titanium (Ti and Gio consoles, as well as the RPU3 (Remote Processor Unit), have become more powerful. Their motherboards have been changed, which allows currently shipping products to output up to 32,768, without co-processing. Desks with the new motherboard have three display port outputs instead of DVI ports. Any older Ti, Gio and RPU3 products (with DVI connectors) can upgrade to a total of 16,384 outputs, and both hardware variants can upgrade in 1,024, 2,048 or 4,096 increments.

"The output upgrades are now even more affordable," explains ETC Eos Controls product manager Anne Valentino. "Users needing to increase their system capacity can upgrade through a lower-cost pricing structure. Anyone wanting to expand their output can contact an ETC dealer for more information."

ETC's Nomad and Nomad Puck mini controlle

USA - Energy levels were pumped and spirits high on the Robe Lighting booth throughout the 2014 LDI Expo in Las Vegas which saw three days of constant activity, high quality visitors and high interest in all the new products, especially the new Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire (BMFL) - shown for the first time at a US trade show.

The elegant, stylish and super-cool all-white booth was designed to maximise space and provide a showcase for the power, colour and versatility of Robe's newest technologies, together with the architectural LED product ranges of sister brand Anolis, all working together with seamless synergy.

Says Bob Schacherl, CEO of Robe Lighting Inc, "This is definitely the best LDI in Robe's history based on the responses to product presentations and the number of new customers who came specifically to see BMFL, and to express their desire to start buying a

USA - Chauvet Professional has enjoyed many successful LDI shows, but the 2014 version set a new standard, not only for leads generated, but also for visitor enthusiasm, says the company. "It looks like we had more leads than ever," said Berenice Chauvet, vice president of Chauvet Professional. "I can't be completely positive without reviewing the results from past shows, but one thing I can say is that we've never seen so much enthusiasm for our new products."

Among the attention getters were two new trail-blazing fixtures from the Ovation line: the Ovation ED-190WW ellipsoidal and the Ovation FD-165WW Fresnel wash, both of which have the unique ability to work equally well on constant power dimming systems (as incandescent fixtures do) as well as DMX systems (as LED fixtures typically do).

This breakthrough technology allows end-users to add dimmable LED

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