Denmark - Martin Professional has introduced the latest software update for its P3 System Controller family of LED video processors. Version 3.1.0 includes an improved preset system, placement tools for creative projects, and a host of additional new features for improved functionality and ease-of-use.

"Since its introduction in 2008, Martin's P3 System Controller has become the industry standard for integrating video and lighting," commented Wouter Verlinden, product manager - LED Video, Martin Professional. "Setting up LED video systems can be a lengthy process. However, the P3's real time control capabilities paired with the new Version 3.1.0 software allows lighting designers to more easily integrate screen processing as part of the creative process and set up an entire system with a few mouse clicks. "

The new software's updated preset system allows fi

UK - Video, AV and technical production provider Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has launched a new range of specialist projector rigging solutions.

Four innovative products are currently available - Rental Frames, Truss Mounts, Flying Mounts and a Portrait Adaptor - all designed to work together.

These have been developed by and for riggers and technicians combining numerous ingenious features, offering straightforward and practical projector rigging options informed by CPL's vast experience of touring and live events.

The streamlined, efficient and versatile Truss Mount is at the heart of the system.

A genius touch is the tilt-and-swivel (T&S) mechanism underpinning the design, which is based on a ball joint and enables extremely quick and easy adjustment of the projector by one person - requiring only a single pair of hands!

This is ideal for crew aligning machines wh

USA - Audinate has released its latest firmware update for the Dante PCIe soundcard. Version 3.7.1 delivers a range of new features, including audio signal presence indicators, latency statistics monitoring and packet error detection.

In addition, the Dante PCIe high performance soundcard may now be used with several popular Thunderbolt expansion chassis, to enable connection to computers such as Apple's Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The Dante PCIe soundcard has been certified to run with Apple's latest version MAC OS 10.10. The soundcard will now also run on Microsoft Windows servers. Both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Window Server 2012 R2 are supported.

The Dante PCIe Soundcard supports up to 128 channels of bi-directional audio with incredibly low latency. "Professionals migrating to Thunderbolt based workstations and workflows will now be able to utilize Dante PCIe

USA - When Elation Professional arrives in Las Vegas as a Premier Partner of the 2014 LDI trade show, the award-winning Sniper multi-effect light and laser simulator is certain to be one of the stars of the show. Fresh off a successful PLASA trade show in London where the hybrid fixture won an Award for Innovation, the Sniper will be making its North American debut at the Las Vegas Convention Centre 21-23 November alongside world premier products and a host of other professional lighting innovations from Elation.

Two brand new products will be making their world debut at Elation Booth 2615 at LDI - the Protron 3K, a new high-power LED strobe light with 80,000 lumens of power; and the EPT6IP, a high-resolution, high-brightness LED video panel with 6.7mm pixel pitch designed for production and touring applications.

Elation continues to innovate in its Platinum Series with three

UK - Data Strategy's Power-Check RCD test software has received an Honourable Mention at PLASA London's 2014 Innovation Awards. Described as a real and worthwhile safety contribution to the production rental industry, the software runs and logs precision tests by the Out Board PAT4 Test Processor's new RCD-T plug-in.

In the words of the PLASA Innovation Awards Judges Panel: "Power-Check is not a sexy product but it's one which ensures the safety of everything that is connected to mains power. Just like the crew who makes a show happen, it's easy to overlook the importance of these behind-the-scenes products. We at PLASA wish to recognize those who toil to ensure the safety of our work force."

Power-Check is an add-on for Data Strategy's market-leading QC-Check PAT & Cable Test automation and logging software. It generates and logs comprehensive safety tests for all e

Italy - Powersoft has announced the introduction of the new DigiMod Integration Kit (IK), a true plug 'n' play solution for active loudspeakers. This offers all the components necessary to easily design a complete, but simple plug 'n' play solution around any DigiMod amp module. The result is a considerable saving in time and resource when compared with that normally required to manufacture mechanical parts and integrate external electronics.

Two elegant aluminium heatsink plates, both equipped with PowerCon input and output, are available to accommodate even the most recent DigiMod PFC models. The customer is able to choose between two different DSP solutions including interface panels with I/O connectors, LEDs, programming and networking connections.

Part of the DigiMod IK platform is Armonía ProManager, a new dedicated software tool which will configure any IK combination

USA - Roland has confirmed their support for Audinate's Dante audio networking solution as an optional expansion card in their new M-5000 Live Mixing Console.

Roland is a premier pro audio and video manufacturer and is most notable in the audio market for their live digital mixing consoles, digital snake systems, multi-channel recording/playback systems, and personal mixing solution - all over Cat5e/6 Ethernet network.

Roland's offering of a Dante solution addresses the need from system integrators, consultants and pro audio professionals wanting to interconnect digital audio products. Supporting Dante in addition to REAC, MADI and Waves SoundGrid positions the new Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console and the O.H.R.C.A platform as one of the most openly networked audio consoles on the market.

"We are excited to be working together with Audinate in offering Dante connectivi

UK - Roland has today unveiled its next-generation, live-sound digital mixing console, the M-5000. The console is based on a brand new operating platform that provides more adaptability to individual workflow than any previous option.

The platform is known as O.H.R.C.A, which stands for three key concepts: Open; High Resolution; and Configurable Architecture. This combination adapts to the needs both of the application and the operator by delivering 128 freely definable audio paths, an extremely flexible user interface, expandable protocols and multiple-format I/O choices. All paths are delivered at a pristine 24-bit/96kHz sound quality.

The key to the Roland M-5000 Live Mixing Console's internal architecture is that it is not fixed to any configuration. It can be freely defined within a range of up to 128 input or output channels or busses, allowing the operator essentially t

USA - Following its well-received launch at PLASA London in October, Avolites' compact-yet-powerful Quartz console makes its debut at LDI in Las Vegas. Respected entertainment technology distributor and Avolites' US partner Group One will be hosting Quartz on booth #1915 from 21-23 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

"Quartz is the newest addition to the Titan Mobile family, complete with on-board processing and a bright, vibrant 12.1" screen," says Avolites sales manager, Stephen Baird Smith. "Super compact, measuring only 16.7" wide, the Quartz is positioned as the ideal companion for lighting projects ranging from touring and festivals to clubs and one-offs. It is Avolites' smallest fully-featured console.

"Featuring the same high quality faders and hardware you've come to expect from Avolites, the Quartz can go anywhere you can, ideal

Sweden - Lab.gruppen has announced that all models of its recently launched touring platform PLM+ Series, as well as all models of the install platform D Series, are now available for shipping.

PLM+ is the new touring platform from Lab.gruppen, a platform that offers all of the performance characteristics, flexibility, and raw power of the 20000Q, but with a whole host of additional features and improvements designed to deliver real world benefits and make the life cycle of any production easier, smoother and more efficient, from the system design stage, operating, through to the final load out.

PLM+ range offers two models - PLM20k44 and the PLM12k44 - each combining a true 4in/4out configuration for audio IO as well as four modules of Lake Processing.

Available in three power configurations (8000W, 12000W and 20000W total power output), the D Series platform is available i

Spain - BITAM 2014, the international show of Broadcast, IT, Audio and Media in Spain is the event to see the new Y-Series from d&b audiotechnik. Held on 26-28 November at the Hotel Auditorium of Madrid, conveniently adjacent to the Airport, this is the venue to visit for a close up and personal look at the newest products from d&b.

Coupling, the d&b audiotechnik sales partner in Madrid will be exhibiting the D80 amplifier, the elegant xC-Series column loudspeakers and the latest in d&b loudspeaker technology, the Y-Series. With utility and flexibility in mind, the design of the new Y-Series from d&b audiotechnik presents both point source and line array loudspeakers.

The Y7P and Y10P point source and the Y8 and Y12 line array modules each feature two 8" drivers with neodymium magnets mounted in a dipolar arrangement around a 1.4" compression driver. All models are p

UK - Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, is exhibiting at LuxLive 2014 (London ExCel, 19-20 November, stand F64). Making its debut is daliSwitch, a six-channel DALI controlled mains relay with some ingenious features.

Each relay simulates an independent ballast, enabling the relays to be controlled with the standard DALI commands - for example, the relays can be switched individually or as a group, or respond to a scene or broadcast command. A particularly useful feature is the 'Non-Com' warning LED: this lights up if daliSwitch detects that the circuit has not been commissioned, potentially saving the installer hours of unnecessary troubleshooting time. Each individual relay also has an activity indicator light, enabling the user to see at a glance the status of the device.

daliSwitch complements the growing range of Artistic Licence DALI products, which include DMX-D

USA - Philips Vari-Lite has announced that lighting and staging equipment supplier ELS is now stocking the VL4000 Spot luminaire at their Sun Valley, CA, headquarters.

"When the VL4000 Spot luminaire was released, ELS was one of the first companies to carry the fixture on the West coast, and with good reason," said Scott Jevons, ELS vice president of operations. "The VL4000 Spot literally has all the necessary features desired in a powerful fixture that weighs only 83 pounds. We raced to get them into our inventory and they have been one of our most popular rental items ever since."

The 1200W VL4000 Spot boasts 33,000 lumens as well as a quiet Studio mode which outputs 25,000 lumens. Its high resolution optics ensure remarkable center-to-edge focusing and an unprecedented contrast ratio while a 5:1 zoom covers an amazing 9 to 47 degrees without sacrificing

USA - DJ/lighting designer, Arnoldo Offermann, in conjunction with American DJ, will be conducting a full day of training on ArKaos GrandVJ at the LDI show in the Las Vegas Convention Centre (17 - 23 November 2014).

Arnoldo will demonstrate video mapping and show how this real-time video mixer software allows the composition of up to eight layers of video on the fly. ArKaos Grand VJ presents a VJ solution for all DJs, VJs, musicians and content creators looking to add a video track to compositions during live performance. For more details and booking links visit:

The ArKaos range of video mixer software products has been created especially for VJs, DJs, clubs and musicians. ArKaos VJ-DJ software is compatible with Mac and PC and has been designed to combine state of the art real time video mixing technology with intuitive interfaces adapted for various user sit

USA - At the LDI 2014 tradeshow, 21-23 November, in the Las Vegas Convention Centre, ETC will feature a variety of new products and "a gravity defying design" on stands 2891 and 2991.

LDI 2014 will be the first time that ETC is demonstrating Vortek technology, which will become available internationally in the near future. In September, ETC acquired the Vortek rigging division of Daktronics, which expanded the ETC Rigging family of products to include a variety of custom engineered, heavy lift, high lift and high speed rigging solutions, such as orchestra shell, grand drape and scoreboard lifts, synchronised acoustic panels and motorised packaged hoists.

ETC's LDI 2014 stands will also include GDS luminaires for the first time. ETC is the North and South American distributor of GDS products, including award winning ArcSystem LED products, ArcLamp screw based replacem

USA - Wireless Solution Sweden AB will promote its three latest products at LDI (Booth 1715) in Las Vegas later this month.

New on display will be the W-DMX UglyBox MK2. This is a compact new wireless signal tester, which is a valuable tool for users of wireless products, providing proof of a solid signal and piece of mind in the absence of visible cable.

The UglyBox MK2 is housed in an attractive compact body, resembling a gaming control with a 4.3" Touch LCD Screen. It supports 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz and is a transceiver solution, which means that it can be used as both transmitter and receiver. It has a complete DMX tester that provides all data in live format directly on the screen. It also has a built in DMX controller as well as an RGB Fixture to simulate LED fixtures on the LCD Screen for quick testing. In history mode you can also see over time that you have a

USA - Metric Halo has announced the immediate availability of version 2 of its Production Bundle plug-ins. The new plug-ins provide a comprehensive set of tools offering Metric Halo's signature sound quality at a compelling price.

The full Production Bundle includes eight plug-ins that provide engineers, producers, musicians and sound designers with the tools they need to create world-class mixes and productions. Starting with the ChannelStrip, the Production Bundle adds TransientControl, Character, HaloVerb, Dirty Delay, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, and the Precision DeEsser.

Dirty Delay is a visceral, gritty, fantastic-sounding musical feedback delay processor with integrated Character and filters in the delay path. It can create awesome vintage echo and tape-delay style sounds as well as lush and subtle spaces in a mix. New users are already finding that it is mo

USA - The Funfetti from Chauvet DJ is a wirelessly controllable professional confetti launcher, designed for weddings, concerts, parties, holiday celebrations and special events of all types. Unlike many confetti launchers, it does not require CO?or compressed air to run - just add confetti, says the company. With no need for special propulsion substances, the Funfetti can be used safely and easily virtually anywhere. Compact in size, it can be set up and operated by a solo entertainer, making it a great way to add an exclamation point to your next event.

Although lightweight and easy to use, the Funfetti blasts out a torrent of confetti that can cover an area as large as 540sq.ft (50M²). It has a throw distance up to 30ft (9M) and its powerful bursts last as long as 25 seconds each.

"Breaking out the confetti is an instant way to ramp-up the fun factor at any party or e

USA - When an extremely powerful fat beam effect is required for those impactful aerial looks, the new Platinum BX from Elation Professional delivers in a big way. Featuring new lamp technology from a Philips MSD Platinum 17RA 350W lamp and new wide lens optics for a thicker beam look, the Platinum BX powers out over 15,000 lumens of concentrated light along a tight 3-degree beam, comparable to much higher wattage fixtures and four times the output of previous dedicated beam models from Elation.

Housed in an efficient compact design that means the Platinum BX is also surprisingly fast, the wider lens produces a thicker beam of light that looks great mid-air, making it ideal for high-impact long throws. This small but powerful moving head is ideal for a variety of applications from the largest stages at concerts, stadiums and festivals to TV shows, special events and more.


Denmark - Projection screen specialist, dnp denmark, has launched the world's largest optical front projection screen available as a single screen solution. With an image area of up to 5.3m x 3.0m - equivalent to 240" in 16:9 - and near flat-screen quality, the new Supernova XL Screen is designed to satisfy even the most critical audiences.

"Big is truly beautiful when it comes to display technology," says dnp VP global sales & marketing, Soeren Kraemmergaard. "The Supernova XL Screen's size and optical performance make it the ideal option for large venues such as big conference rooms, auditoriums and houses of worship. It's the cost-effective option too". Soeren Kraemmergaard continues, "We've designed the new screen to be visually impressive yet still affordable, with a smart shipping solution that saves cash and time."

The Supernova XL Scr

UK - DiGiCo has announced the release of the SD App, which is now available through the Apple App Store.

The DiGiCo SD App is compatible with all consoles in the SD Range and allows users to take advantage of both Apple and DiGiCo's touch screen technology.

The advent of the DiGiCo SD App means that your iPad becomes a remote control surface and also an expansion of the control surface. This application takes the existing feature set and presents it in a new way to take advantage of the extra screen. This allows engineers to implement very specific functions dedicated for FOH or Monitors.

Aimed at installation and touring applications, the DiGiCo SD App includes a number of dedicated screens that open up the iPad surface to a selection of the consoles' functionality. For example, there are eight macros available on the hardware buttons of an SD9, but by connecting the iPad v

USA - Lycian Stage Lighting will introduce its two newest followspots, the model 1274 Superstar 1.2 Short and Superstar 2K, 2000W MSR at LDI.

The Lycian 1274 was unveiled at PLASA London 2014 and is now available for sale. The Superstar 1.2 Short brings all the controls favoured for years on its sibling, the 1275 Superstar, one of Lycian's best-selling followspots, but in a more compact form factor and with a smaller diameter front lens.

With its short overall length the 1274 offers a remarkable size to output ratio.

As a short throw, optically the 1274 is designed for throws to beyond 100 feet/ 35 meters. It utilizes the OSRAM Sharx series 1200W double-ended lamp positioned in a dichroic glass reflector.

The Superstar Short is capable of beam widths from head shots to two person circles or greater in much of its optimum operating range. The 1274 top mounted control cluste

UK - MA's latest software release, version 3.0, received the most attention and praise at the recent PLASA exhibition in London. It provides users with a suite of integrated tools to control and visualise lighting and video. The MA VPU 3.0 software for example, now offers a single SD output for free, streaming CITP 3D visualisation and seamless integration of unique features like auto backup, blind-mode and preview programming. Advanced grandMA2 features like Message Centre and inbuilt network stability tests are also incorporated, along with intelligent colour control and true 3D XYZ control with integrated support for external position tracking systems (PosiStageNet-Protocol).

Glyn O'Donoghue, MA Lighting's managing director, commented on MA's very successful trade show presence: "PLASA was again an ideal platform to show what's new from MA. Located on the stylishly desig

USA - At LDI 2014, in Booth 2115, Philips Entertainment will be showcasing the award-winning products from Philips Selecon, Showline, Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Vari-Lite through The Symphony of Light. Starting at 11am each day, "The Symphony of Light" will feature the electronic violin styling of Elizabeth Bacher, and will fully demonstrate the power of the complete lighting and controls package from Philips Entertainment.

"This year, our booth has been designed for both full lighting demonstrations and hands-on opportunities as well," said Pete Borchetta Philips Strand Lighting product manager. "To give our visitors a completely immersive experience, the booth has been split into a number of different areas. First, there is the main stage for our Symphony of Light performances. Next, we have two separate demo areas featuring our

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