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austrianAustrian Audio debuts live performance mics
Thursday, 19 August 2021

Austria - Austrian Audio has announced two new microphones that bring their studio-quality microphone experience and technology to new handheld vocal mics that are designed for live performance.
The OC707 is a rugged vocal microphone with a die-cast body and true condenser technology for superior sound on stage. Developed and built in Vienna, the OC707 contains a small-diaphragm condenser capsule with a frequency response optimized for the human voice. The capsule is handmade in Austrian Audio’s facilities in Vienna. Its combination of low self-noise (19 dB SPL) and high sound pressure level (150 dB SPL) results in an impressive dynamic range, creating a vocal microphone that has all the important characteristics of a studio mic but can withstand the rigors of everyday stage use.
The OD505 is an active dynamic microphone that combines the advantages of a dynamic stage mic with the sonic refinements of a condenser microphone. This vocal microphone achieves nearly the same sensitivity as a condenser mic due to its dual capsule design where the bottom capsule is phase-inverted and passively switched. Combined with a switchable second order high-pass filter and the Open-Acoustics technology, noise from handling, bumps, and stage rumble are effectively eliminated.
These new microphones utilise Austrian Audio's special Open Acoustics technology, which allows sound to enter the capsule almost entirely unimpeded from all sides. Contact points between the mounted capsule and the enclosure are reduced to a minimum, allowing for an open and natural sound w

a400mbmx395wtablefingerredledShure releases Microflex mute button
Thursday, 19 August 2021

UK - ‘Sorry, was trying to find the mute button’ is a phrase heard all too often in meetings when users are unsure if the mute button is on the screen or microphone. To help resolve this persistent frustration, Shure is introducing its Microflex A400MB, a touch-sensitive Mute Button accessory that adds convenient audio mute functionality to the Microflex MX395-LED low-profile boundary microphones and MX405, MX410, and MX415 modular gooseneck microphones.
The A400MB installs like a washer between the microphone body and the table or lectern surface, hiding the circuitry underneath the surface. The mute function is easily programmed with onboard switches to provide complete flexibility and can be configured as momentary (push-to-talk or push-to-mute) or toggled (push-on, push-off). The A400MB Mute Button includes local mode as well as remote mode, making it easier for users to focus on what they care about most.
“With the rapid adoption of collaboration technologies in a wide variety of environments, the A400MB adds convenient, cost-effective local and remote mute functionality without the hassle,” comments Doug Daube, category director, microphone systems at Shure.
The new A400MB Mute Button can be easily customised to address a variety of room types and configurations. If A400MB mute buttons are installed with multiple microphones on a table, pushing any mute button can mute all the mics simultaneously, and all microphone LEDs can also change color to show that the outgoing audio has been muted.

acclaim-led-zoomspot-1Strand debuts Acclaim LED Series
Wednesday, 18 August 2021

USA - Strand has announced the Acclaim LED Series, a complete range of theatrical luminaires designed for use in education theatre spaces, community stages, and small houses of worship.
“For over 25 years, the name Acclaim set the standard worldwide for 500W/650W theatrical luminaires,” states Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “This new family of luminaires carries on that tradition, drawing on over a hundred years of theatrical lighting expertise to give maximum performance for small to mid-sized theatrical stages and studio spaces.”
The Strand Acclaim LED Series includes both a zoomspot and a profile light engine, as well as a true theatrical Fresnel and a cyclorama luminaire. Thanks to a custom LED multi-spectral light source, the Acclaim LED Series offers a consistent, high-quality experience throughout the range.
“The Acclaim LED Series offers exceptional output and full color mixing packaged into a family of compact theatrical luminaires,” explains Palmer. “This ensures that even facilities with limited budgets can have great output and color mixing options from a brand they can trust.”
The Strand Acclaim LED Fresnel is a full colour theatrical Fresnel wash fixture offering saturated stage colour washes and dramatic highlighting capabilities, plus control and light quality superior to comparable PAR fixtures. The adjustable 10° to 40° zoom provides manual adjustment with minimal light scatter, and the even, soft-edged beam easily blends with adjacent fixtures without hard

mx415dual-clecterna415dgwsrearpreampsShure extends Microflex line
Tuesday, 17 August 2021

UK - Shure is launching its new Microflex MX415 Dual Cartridge Gooseneck Microphone, to provide ‘maximum versatility and a streamlined appearance for applications where great sound and great looks go hand-in-hand’.
Mounted to a single, flexible gooseneck, the sleek, low-profile dual cartridge housing ensures every word is captured simultaneously by two cardioid cartridges, each to a separate output preamp - ensuring reliable, multi-feed audio with a streamlined appearance for major broadcast events, corporate presentations, and all other critical use cases.
“The Microflex MX415 Dual Cartridge Gooseneck Microphone provides the same legendary audio quality customers have come to expect from the Shure Microflex wired line, delivering reliable, high-quality audio for high-stake moments,” said John Born, associate director, global product management, at Shure. “When critical events are on the line, the MX415DUAL captures it all - twice.”
Each audio signal path is completely isolated with its own ground to ensure that electrical interference is not transferred between mics. With the integrated CommShield technology, RF interference from mobile devices is rejected, resulting in a clean signal to keep the focus on the speech. The most demanding situations are now covered by Shure’s new MX415DUAL, guaranteeing that the highest-profile speakers will sound extraordinary and deliver their messages successfully.

hirehopRefreshed HireHop heads for PLASA Show 2021
Monday, 16 August 2021

UK - HireHop has announced numerous new features to their equipment rental software which will be demonstrated on stand D15 (next to Avolites, Robe and Yamaha) at PLASA Show 2021.
The new features address online payments and multiple accounting software synchronisation. Additionally, there are new document generation features and calendar functions.
Users can now have multiple email addresses, so you can send emails from as well as and many more from within HireHop.
An improved document interface includes signed documents, document link sharing and the ability for documents to use the API. |There are more languages as well as documents available in multiple languages.
Different depots can now be linked to different or the same accounting software, like Xero, QuickBooks, Sage Online, Sage 50, as well as batch invoicing for monthly invoice runs.
In the five years since HireHop launched at PLASA Show 2016, it has grown exponentially all over the world, and is now used by some of the biggest names in the industry, from The Saville Group, MTD, The SFL Group, Blackout, UK Rigging, The NEC, with many more established companies in the process of moving over from their old software.

presonusPreSonus launches Revelator interface
Friday, 13 August 2021

USA - PreSonus is shipping the new Revelator io24 USB-C audio interface, which integrates high-headroom mic preamps, a two-channel loopback mixer, and extensive processing to deliver polished, professional-sounding results for streaming, podcasting, and music production.
Revelator io24 is designed for both recording and streaming. Its easy-to-use mixer lets you quickly record Zoom calls or Skype interviews and add backing tracks and sound effects for podcasts, live stream performances, music production, and more, says the company.
Two analogue mic/instrument/line inputs with PreSonus’ professional-grade XMAX-L microphone preamps which can be stereo linked, make Revelator io24 a high-quality production front-end. You also get two balanced 1/4-inch line outputs, a high-powered headphone output, professional metering, and zero-latency monitoring. You can record up to 24-bit, 96 kHz audio to the included Studio One Artist or other recording and production software.
The Revelator io24’s simple loopback mixer makes it easy to add backing tracks to live stream performances or conference in a Zoom caller to a podcast. With two dedicated stereo channels for loopback audio on macOS or Windows, you can simultaneously mix and record the audio from two different applications, along with the two analogue input channels.
The interface locally stores two presets per channel, and eight more factory presets can be loaded from Universal Control for fast processing.
Revelator io24 comes with a selection of software, including Studio One Artist and t

clear-oneClearOne debuts module for camera control
Friday, 13 August 2021

USA - ClearOne has announced the immediate availability of a new camera control module for AMX Netlinx series control systems that is designed to work with ClearOne’s BMA 360 Beamforming Microphone Array Ceiling Tile and ClearOne’s UNITE 200, or any other Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera that complies with the industry-standard VISCA control protocol.
The new module simplifies configuration of the BMA 360’s camera control feature and comes with an easy-to-use graphical interface that associates PTZ presets in the camera with BMA 360 Beam Reports.
When a local talker activates a given beam in the BMA 360, the control module recalls the associated PTZ preset in the camera. The module also supports returning the camera to a “home” position after a period of no voice activity.
Multiple instances of this module can be configured to control more than two cameras. This new module will save a significant amount of time and labour cost for BMA 360 camera control applications.

onerack-spider-imagetvONE ships enhanced DC power solution
Thursday, 12 August 2021

USA - tvONE is now shipping ONErack Spider, a universal multi-voltage DC power solution, which is the latest addition to the company’s ONErack universal rack mounting system.
The ONErack Spider optimises installations by eliminating unreliable DC wall warts and other power clutter from the rack design. At the same time, it also ensures the provision of reliable power for a choice of up to seven different voltage options - 5V, 7.5V, 9V, 12V, 13.5V, 18V, and 24V. Available in a 1RU half-rack version (7-module capacity) or rear strip version (23-module capacity), the ONErack spider can be installed at the back or side of the rack to provide the ultimate installation flexibility.
“Not every rack has enough space for a full ONErack chassis, and the Spider offers the same simultaneous DC voltages but with rear or zero space racking,” says Mark Armon, global product manager at tvONE. “Everyone knows and has experienced the mess just a handful of wall-warts can cause when servicing or installing a system. The ONErack products have proven that there is a better way.”
The ONErack concept is a modular rack mount system designed to improve the installation and serviceability of small devices. It allows variously sized, externally powered devices from any manufacturer to be converted into slide-in modules that can be designed precisely, installed quickly, and serviced easily.
“The Spider’s innovative, multi-voltage design will bring the award-winning power capabilities of our ONErack system to a smaller, more flexible level of installation wo

arri-lightnetARRI LightNet offers centralised monitoring
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Germany - ARRI has announced the release of ARRI LightNet, a new software platform designed by ARRI’s Solutions Group to offer ‘smart, logical, and at-a-glance centralized monitoring, fault-finding, and management of broadcast studio lighting networks from anywhere’
This tool enables broadcast facilities to streamline the management of their lighting network in one platform. As remote, decentralized, and socially distanced working becomes more popular and established, ARRI LightNet provides comprehensive, user-friendly monitoring of lighting networks and will be offered with all ARRI Solutions Group tenders and projects.
ARRI LightNet has been developed as a powerful, visually intuitive, and flexible tool to assist the smooth and efficient operation of contemporary studio facilities with both IP-based and DMX-controlled lighting systems. Features include a very straightforward setup with a coherent, easy-to-understand dashboard to help maintain the status, security, and stability of these lighting systems.
All devices on the network will be auto detected for speed and accuracy of setup, saving time and hassle. Accessibility is integral to the system architecture design.
As ARRI LightNet is compatible with the hardware of multiple manufacturers and established lighting protocols, it can be retrofitted into existing facilities and lighting eco-systems as easily as it can be specified for new builds.
The central/decentral server infrastructure at the core of the product offers separate front and back ends, which enable this great fl

data-strategyData Strategy replacement pack for QC-Check
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

UK - Data Strategy has announced the availability of a Replacement Computer Package to address an unusual circumstance.
Known globally as a quality assurance and electrical safety workhorse, early adopters of QC-Check workstation were supplied with computers running Microsoft Windows 7. This operating system, released in 2009, went into an end-of-life programme in January 2020 and, for security reasons, best practice is to update to the current version of Windows. The QC-Check Replacement Computer Package is a quick and simple solution that is shipped ready to go.
Customers including Nottinghamshire-based Trans-Sport, London’s Royal Opera house and The NEC Arena, Birmingham, have already benefitted from the Replacement Computer Package for a secure and streamlined continuation of service.
Managing director of Trans-Sport, Shaun Cope, confirmed, “Outwardly we experienced no problems whatsoever with QC-Check. It’s always worked perfectly and continued to do so. However, our IT company recommended we replace the computer with one configured with Windows 10. Following a quick chat with Iain at Data Strategy, the replacement computer was shipped and ready to go. It required no effort from us whatsoever and the transition was smooth and simple.”
Data Strategy managing director, Iain Roche, explained, “Whilst the functionality of the QC-Check workstation remains unaffected, from a security and reliability viewpoint it is expedient to install a new computer.”
The Replacement Computer Package includes the computer supplied in a 19”

bromptonBrompton enhances Livegrade Studio
Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Germany - Known for its flagship software products, Silverstack and Livegrade, Pomfort has been simplifying digital movie production workflows for over 10 years. Most recently, the German software manufacturer has extended Livegrade Studio, its leading app for live grading and integration of digital imaging processes on-set, to export 3D LUTs (Look Up Tables) directly to Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 or S8 processors via a network connection.
This makes use of the 3D LUT Import feature offered by the latest Tessera v3.2 software. Livegrade users can now send 3D LUTs in near real time using Brompton’s API, thus taking full advantage of Livegrade’s powerful live grading features when working with LED screens using Brompton’s Tessera processing.
Essential in applications such as image editing, film and video, 3D LUTs are used to remap the input colour values of source pixels to new output values based on data contained within the 3D LUT, thus offering a kind of colour pre-set that can be applied to images or footage. 3D LUTs are frequently used for technical and creative colour correction tasks such as display calibration, colour space conversion, on-set camera tuning, creating special effects such as monochrome or sepia, boosting shadows and highlights, or simply replicating the look of a particular film emulsion in post-production.
“Since developing and launching our very first on-set software for secure and comprehensive management of digital movie data, we were determined to make the life of digital imaging technicians (DITs) easier

hi-x15Austrian Audio releases Hi-X headphones
Monday, 9 August 2021

Austria - Austrian Audio is now shipping the new Hi-X15 closed-back headphones and the Hi-X25BT. They’re designed for ‘studio, stage, rehearsal room, on tour, or practising at home’.
The folding design of the Hi-X15 makes them easy to store and carry. They are extremely robust, thanks to the durable all-metal hinge and bow. The closed construction and insulation of the Hi-X15 headphones open up many areas of application: in studio recording sessions, as a monitor on stage, and as a reliable companion in the rehearsal room, says Austrian.
The Hi-X25BT gives ‘ultimate listening flexibility’. You no longer need to change headphones for different tasks or locations. If you’re wearing them in the studio, working on a record or a mix, you'll connect with analogue or digital audio.
The Hi-X15 and the Hi-X25BT headphones use the award-winning drivers of the Hi-X series. The ear pads are made of soft memory foam and adapt to the shape of the head without pinching—and they’re replaceable.

neumann-studio-subwooferNeumann debuts subwoofer for AES67 environments
Monday, 9 August 2021

Germany - Neumann has introduced the KH 750 AES67 subwoofer, a product variant of the KH 750 DSP for AES67-based environments. Thanks to its DSP power provides access to Neumann's Automatic Monitor Alignment MA 1, thus allowing for room adaptive correction of the entire monitoring system, including even the connected analogue Neumann loudspeakers – in amplitude and phase.
“The compact KH 750 AES67 is suitable for all areas in which audio over IP in existing AES67 infrastructure is to be routed all the way to the loudspeakers in a redundant and lossless manner. Its AES67 interface allows to address not only the subwoofer but the entire stereo system, including the speakers connected to the KH 750 AES67,” explains portfolio manager Markus Wolff. “Its dual AES67 audio network connections are fully compliant with broadcast standards such as ST 2110 and ST 2022-7 redundancy. At the same time, the KH 750 AES67 is also compatible with Dante-generated AES67 network streams.
“The acoustic properties of the successful KH 750 DSP have been retained, as well all other features, such as the Bass Manager with four routing modes, flexible acoustical controls for a wide range of configurations and setup conditions, as well as analogue and digital inputs and outputs. Of course, the KH 750 AES67, too, features a powerful DSP engine.”
“The new KH 750 AES67 is Neumann's entry into the continuous support of AES67 networks. It raises the entire monitor system to a new level: deeper bass, higher SPL capability, and even greater sound transparency. In additio

floodLEDtronics releases Slim LED flood lights
Friday, 6 August 2021

USA - LEDtronics has announced its latest series of Slim LED flood lights designed for easy installation in various applications.
The area lights are offered with a choice of angular adjustable brackets with multiple mounting options for various lighting situations indoors or outdoors, such as in pole-mounted area and building security lighting, wall washing building exteriors, sign lighting, landscape lighting, tennis courts, parks, playgrounds, parking lots and structures, as well as driveway and walkway lighting, tunnels, caves and mines, and up/down spotlighting, among many others.
The bracket choices include adjustable yoke, knuckle, U-bracket and trunnion for wall and roof, and adjustable slip-fitter for pole mounting. LEDtronics’ UL and CE-listed FLL00 series flood lights have a 110-degree-wide Type-V circular beam and are IP65 rated to be moisture-proof, making them suitable for outdoor locations.
The new low-wattage and high-lumen LED area lights consume only 33, 52 and 149 watts, and replace metal-halide and HPS luminaires up to 70, 250 and 600 watts, respectively - an energy savings of up to 60%. The luminous intensities range from 3,614 all the way up to 18,617 lumens.

crestronshuremxa910ucc100tShure partners with Crestron to gain certification
Thursday, 5 August 2021

UK - Shure IntelliMix Room is the first software-based digital signal processing (DSP) for AV conferencing to achieve official certification for Microsoft Teams when installed on the Crestron UC-C100-T Flex Video Conference System Integrator Kit. Now users can deploy end-to-end certified solutions for Teams systems without the need for a separate DSP device. This is key because DSP is valuable in ensuring that meeting room audio sounds intelligible and natural for all meeting participants.
Shure’s collaboration with Crestron helped enable IntelliMix Room software to achieve this certification. Crestron has been a Microsoft partner for more than 15 years and AV integrators rely on the UC-C100-T Crestron Flex Integrator Kit to bring Microsoft Teams Rooms into custom spaces. The Crestron Flex series provides users with the components needed to build a fully customised video conferencing space, whether for a company-wide annual meeting in the auditorium, for sharing content in the boardroom, or for connecting stakeholders around the world.
“Crestron is the leader in enabling customisable conference rooms with the award-winning Flex-series solutions. Now, with the integration of Shure’s IntelliMix Room software DSP, the entire experience is further enhanced by providing an end-to-end Microsoft Teams Certified solution that significantly simplifies the deployment,” said Andrew Ludke, director of product management at Crestron.
“With Crestron Flex being a true ‘technology platform,’ integrating Shure’s Microflex Advance Array Microphones an

jbl-prx-oneJBL Professional debuts all-in-one portable PA
Tuesday, 3 August 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has unveiled its latest addition to the JBL Professional PRX Column Portable PA family, the PRX One all-in-one portable PA. JBL Professional also introduced the universal JBL Pro Connect app for simplified management of the PRX One system.
PRX One meets the needs of a broad range of portable and installed applications, delivering unmatched power, acoustic performance and functionality in a sleek, compact package weighing just 56 pounds. The system delivers 130 dB of wide, full bandwidth SPL with consistent front-to-back throw, thanks to its custom-engineered, 12-tweeter column array, featuring JBL A.I.M. (Array Inumbration Mechanics) acoustic design; 12-inch bass-reflex woofer; and a built-in 2,000-watt (peak) Class D amplifier.
Performers will benefit from PRX One’s comprehensive suite of professional-grade Lexicon and dbx processors and eight customizable pre-sets. Built-in effects include reverb, 8-band EQ, delay, compression, limiting, ducking, echo, sub synth and dbx DriveRack Inside technology, featuring AFS Pro Automatic Feedback Suppression; Triple Tier DSP control offers multi-level user experiences based on knowledge level.
PRX One’s Soundcraft-designed seven-channel, dual-mode digital mixer that can be set to control either general mix functions or channel-strip functions, all manageable via a full-colour LCD or the new JBL Pro Connect universal app.
A full-colour LCD screen provides complete access to all functions, and a convenient Setup Saver saves snapshots for easy recall. Simple Succes

audio-technicaAudio-Technica brings broadcast sound to podcasters
Friday, 30 July 2021

Europe - Audio-Technica has introduced the AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Podcast Microphone.
Taking cues from the BP40 professional broadcast microphone, the new AT2040 dynamic microphone brings pro-quality sound, style and all-metal construction to podcasters and other discerning content creators, at a more accessible price, says the company.
The directional, precision-made hypercardioid pickup keeps the sound focused on your voice and helps to minimise unwanted room noise, ensuring professional-quality broadcasts even from less-than-ideal locations. To further reduce unwanted noise, the mic features a specially designed, integrated shock mount that dampens shock and vibration that’s transmitted through a mic stand, boom or mount.
Additionally, the AT2040’s multistage windscreen combines a nonwoven filter with foam mesh to provide superior internal pop filtering, allowing close-up use with exceptional clarity and without annoying pops.
The AT2040 has an XLR output that connects to a conventional analogue microphone input. This provides easy pairing with everything from multi-input home studio computer interfaces to professional mixing consoles.

wlii-leftAltman introduces the LED Worklight II
Friday, 30 July 2021

USA - The new LED Work Light II (WLII) from Altman Lighting is designed to be a solution for any space requiring a high CRI, wide-spectrum, dimmable work light.
WLII’s 90+ CRI ensure both costumes and set painting looks as colourful and true as designed.
“Altman designers and engineers focused on developing a new LED Work Light that would be portable enough and energy efficient enough to make it perfect for just about any venue,” says Nicolas Champion, VP of sales and marketing.
The LED Work Light II is outfitted with onboard dimming for local control or, when set to full, can be operated on any Phase cut or Triac dimmer. It can output well over 14,000 lumens and offers a high CRI and soft, even distribution of light, when coupled with the included framed diffuser. The 3000K or 5000K, 90 watt single point source allows for a true flood with soft distribution.

danteDante Domain Manager version 1.2 released
Thursday, 29 July 2021

USA - Audinate has announced the immediate availability of Dante Domain Manager version 1.2. This new version improves how AV and IT managers use and maintain their Dante-based AV networks, while supporting a new, more flexible range of purchase options.
All editions of Dante Domain Manager are now expandable to accommodate growing needs for Dante nodes or Dante domains and features previously reserved for Platinum customers are now available as add-ons to the Silver and Gold editions. Additionally, the base versions of the Silver and Gold editions now support twice as many nodes right out of the box: Silver now supports 20 Dante nodes, and Gold supports 100 nodes. Additional nodes may be purchased at any time in packs of 20, 50 or 100, and provide additional domains.
“This change helps our customers get just the right size Dante Domain Manager package with flexibility to scale as they grow,” says Neil Phillips, senior product manager at Audinate. “Many smaller installations can benefit just as much from Dante Domain Manager as larger ones, and now it’s easier than ever to get the security and control that AV managers need.”
Dante Domain Manager version 1.2 is available for immediate download. Existing customers can take advantage of new editions if they have a Support and Maintenance agreement in place. All Dante Domain Manager licenses are perpetual and non-expiring.

amxHarman Pro debuts conferencing technology
Thursday, 29 July 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced six new products that address today’s meeting and lecture spaces, utilising software-based conferencing platforms like Zoom and Teams as well as meet many capture, switching or window processing needs.
The debut includes four new Precis PR-Series matrix switchers supporting up to eight sources and eight outputs, the new Precis PR-WP-412 windowing processor to dynamically window up to four sources, and the new UVC1-4K HDMI to USB 3.0 capture device. Whether used individually or together, these products ensure incredibly impactful collaboration at a powerfully competitive price point.
Suitable for affordable yet beautiful video routing in small to medium installations, the new Precis PR-Series Matrix Switchers are available in four configurations - 4x2, 6x2, 4x4 and 8x8. All models include best-in-class capabilities like pixel-for-pixel video reproduction, fast switching, comprehensive EDID management, HDMI audio de-embedding, an open control API, and a simple-to-use web interface. The PR-0402 also supports auto-switching to provide touch-free video switching in small applications.
The new AMX PR-WP-412 combines a 4x1+1 windowing and a 4x2 seamless matrix switcher in a single, compact unit. Collaboration in meetings and distance learning can be enhanced and amplified with included technologies like seamless switching, class-leading 4K60 4:4:4 video quality, integrated audio breakaway, an open control API, and a simple-to-use web interface.
The new UVC1-4K capture device solves the immediate

labeltvonetvONE CORIOmaster integrates with Neets
Wednesday, 28 July 2021

USA - AV signal distribution developer tvONE has announced that that its CORIOmaster video wall processor range can now be controlled by Biamp’s Neets product line, thanks to some driver innovations from Biamp’s new family of AV control systems.
tvONE approached Biamp with a view to enhancing integration between products that would harness the simple UI of the Neets product line to control basic functionality of the powerful CORIOmaster processors. Biamp responded with new drivers for Neets control panels that operate the CORIOmaster family of products simply, efficiently and intuitively. The new drivers enable commands including on/off, source select, and preset recall. The drivers are generic and can be used on all future applications where Neets control products and CORIOmaster products are used.
“There are benefits for both tvONE and Biamp here, and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved,” says Michael Munch, head of strategic business development at Biamp. “We now have a central, unified, easy to configure control option for the fantastic CORIOmaster processors. The benefits for the end-user are clear: the Neets uniform keypad can now provide simple control via our aesthetically pleasing and intuitive device, easily configured through Neets’ Project Designer software.”
Neets products from Biamp are in use in more than 250,000 meeting rooms and classrooms around the world. The company says it’s on a mission to make life easier for presenters, who require easy control of visuals.
“Biamp’s close collaboration with s

astera-ax9-powerparAstera launches AX9 PowerPAR
Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Germany - Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera has launched the AX9 PowerPAR, billed as ‘a high-intensity, rock-solid, all-purpose everyday LED lighting fixture with all the advantages of Astera, including battery operation, wireless control, and quality engineering’.
AX9 is the ‘big brother’ of Astera’s successful AX5 TriplePAR. AX9 is bigger, brighter and benefits from all Astera’s latest innovations, like the Titan LED engine, an optimised bracket with Airline Track, a Titan-style keypad for fast and easy local control and direct control via the versatile AsteraApp.
Effectively it is a three-in-one solution. Offering a wireless PAR light source that can also be run as a wired PAR for longer-term installations and an elegant up-lighter, with the fixture’s 105 Watt output offering over 3000 Lumens of beautifully homogenised light.
Being wireless, AX9 can be used anywhere – on set, onstage, in the studio or on location – and at short notice, quickly deployed as and when needed.
The benefits of Astera’s outstanding Titan LED engine include its high CRI and the wide range of tuneable colour temperature whites, plus that rich and diverse gamut of colours encompassing the whole spectrum.
The inbuilt battery offers up to 20 hours of reliable runtime which can be programmed to maintain optimal output over the designated period. Direct control via the AsteraApp removes the need for an AsteraBox, further optimising and making setup simpler.
The keypad on the rear has a logical and easily navigable menu resembling

versamediabarClearOne launches all-in-one Mediabar
Monday, 26 July 2021

USA - ClearOne has announced the market introduction of its new Versa Mediabar, the company’s first professional quality all-in-one audio and video capture device that combines the ‘simplicity of a soundbar with the power of ClearOne’s intelligent audio capture and 4K camera technologies’.
According to ClearOne chair and CEO Zee Hakimoglu, the Versa Mediabar provides high-quality visual collaboration, audio conferencing, and UC applications from a single integrated device, offering the simplest solution available for offices, conference rooms and home offices with virtually no setup required.
“The number one thing we hear from dealers and customers is that they need video conferencing equipment that looks and sounds excellent but also works right away, every time, without training or troubleshooting. That’s exactly what the Versa Mediabar delivers,” Hakimoglu said. “With a compact design that can be mounted on a wall or attached to a video display, the Versa Mediabar connects via a single USB cable to elevate the soundbar concept into a powerful tool for virtual collaboration that includes AI-enabled auto-framing and people tracking.”
The Versa All-In-One Mediabar features a built-in 4K Ultra HD camera with a 110-degree ultra wide-angle field of view and a four-element microphone array with 360-degree voice pickup and intelligent DSP that provides acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) and automatic noise reduction to ensure crystal clear audio capture. The camera combines electronic pan, tilt and zoom functions (ePTZ) with artificial i

studio-technologiesStudio Technologies adds PL intercom kits
Monday, 26 July 2021

USA -bStudio Technologies has announced two new party-line (PL) intercom kits that utilise Dante Audio-over-IP networking. These new kits allow customers to purchase a bundle of Studio Technologies intercom products at a reduced price point.
The Party-Line Intercom Kit 1 (DPL-KIT-01) includes a Model 5421 Dante Intercom Audio Engine and four Model 372A Intercom Beltpacks. Party-Line Intercom Kit 2 (DPL-KIT-02) again includes a Model 5421 Dante Intercom Audio Engine but with four Model 373A Intercom Beltpacks. These new offerings enable personnel to easily implement a high-performance, Dante-enabled PL intercom system in fixed and mobile broadcast facilities, post-production studios, commercial and educational theatre environments, industrial, and general entertainment applications.
“We’re pleased to offer our customers a cost-effective means of implementing a small, Ethernet-based party-line intercom system,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “Arriving in a single carton, users can easily deploy a flexible, high-performance system that leverages their existing network infrastructure. These kits can also be an excellent learning ‘tool,’ providing a great way to begin the transition to an IP-based communications environment.”
The Model 5421 Dante Intercom Audio Engine is a compact 1/2-rack unit that supports 16 Dante receiver (input) and transmitter (output) channels. Only a Gigabit Ethernet network connection with power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capability is required for Model 5421 operation. Users can configure the 16-cha


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