Product News

impression-s350-washGLP highlights five at PLASA Focus Leeds
Monday, 13 May 2019

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds will present a first opportunity for GLP UK to showcase the five new products unveiled at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt last month.
It will also demonstrate the degree to which the company has grown this past year. From the corporate end they have celebrated their 25th year by adding Fusion to their brand portfolio, while the UK operation, having moved to larger premises in Redhill, and recruited former Robe and TSL specialist, Greg Westwood as new technical manager. The full complement of UK staff will be present at the booth.
In order to give full exposure to the new products GLP has moved to a new location at the Royal Armouries, occupying the main foyer of the New Dock. “This will provide us with a great opportunity to build brand awareness and engage in the kind of networking for which PLASA Focus is well known,” said head of GLP UK, Simon Barrett.
As to the new products these consist of the following:
Highlander: Launched in Frankfurt with a distinctly Scottish theme, this is an impressive, traditional wash light based on a 1,400W discharge lamp, with a large zoom range, impressive field angle, full motion 4-blade framing system and fast iris.
KNV Dot / KNV Line: The KNV Line consists of five single pixels in a row, in which form factor is maintained 1:1 and thus they correspond to five KNV lines in form and pixel distance of a KNV cube. The KNV Dot is formed from a single power pixel (1 x white + 16 x RGB) in the form factor 2:1. Both were central to the Frankfurt lightshow, and wooed crowds permanently th

cadacCadac brings CDC sound to PLASA Focus Leeds
Monday, 13 May 2019

UK - Cadac will be demoing the compact CDC five console alongside the flagship CDC seven-s on booth R-B04 at this year’s PLASA Focus in Leeds.
Both consoles share the same audio performance and intuitive graphical user interface but on differing hardware configurations. There are three configurations, including the mid-sized CDC six, which means a Cadac solution can be specified for a majority of applications, ensuring no audio performance compromises are made due to either physical or budgetary constraints.
Cadac offers solutions ranging from a single standalone console to a 3072 channel audio network that can handle up to 12 MegaCOMMS units (consoles, stageboxes or bridges). The programmable CDC MC Router with NetCOMMS control software, enables the creation and recall of large, resilient networks with optical runs of up to 2 kilometres.
Cadac’s MegaCOMMS protocol delivers fully time-aligned and phase-coherent 96kHz / 24-bit audio, with an unrivalled total through-system propagation delay, including all console processing and A-D/D-A conversions, of just 400us, or 37 samples (@ 96 kHz). A network’s resultant sound quality is thus identical to that of the CDC console.
Access to Cadac’s combination of audio performance and initiative control starts with the CDC five, whose power-to-form factor ratio has been designed for smaller installation, corporate and touring applications.
The flagship CDC seven-s features the enhanced flexibility of dual-23.5” touch screens, with an addition 6.5” control screen, 36 faders, plus an expan

 
 
voltsGreen Voltage introduces portable power units
Friday, 10 May 2019

UK - Designed and developed specifically to address the demand for environmentally-conscious power within the film and TV industry, VOLTstack provides crews with easy access to clean power.
Completely emission free, with a proven track record powering sets of all sizes, the VOLTstack range includes a number of power units ranging from 2kW and 5kW to 13kW and 200kW variants.
The entire collection is suited to handling all manner of applications within the lighting, electrical and camera departments. With a rapid charge time of just 2.5 hours and available with a solar panel recharge option, the systems’ continuous power delivery is enough to handle almost any temporary application. For added convenience, units can be series linked to provide for extended operating times. The compact, rugged design which features an IP54 rating plus wireless monitoring, making VOLTstack a suitable solution whether on set or location.
David Sinfield, gaffer on Alladin and Wonder Woman comments: “These battery powered units deliver robust, convenient and emission free power, they are an excellent power source, wherever you are. Used in conjunction with the latest LED technology VOLTstack can easily handle all manner of lighting installations, with no compromise in performance, no fumes and no noise.”
Suitable for use in emissions sensitive areas and noise restrictive locations, VOLTstack delivers quality performance when paired with the growing number of highly effective, low energy and LED light sources which have become such a prominent featu

 
ac-et-at-plasa-focus-leeds-2019AC-ET brings innovation to PLASA Focus Leeds
Friday, 10 May 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) knowledgeable staff will be on hand to demonstrate a number of leading brands and technologies from its one-stop portfolio at PLASA Focus Leeds next week (stand N-E02).
Continuing Chroma-Q’s celebration of 15 years in LED innovation, the multi award-winning Color Force II will be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for a multitude of cyc, wash and effects lighting applications. The award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light will be illuminating the stand. It combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling. Using a homogenised LED source capable of delivering variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control and the ability to produce deep saturated colours when needed, the Studio Force II is specifically designed for TV Broadcast and film applications.
Showing at PLASA Focus Leeds for the first time, the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system provides simple, visually-based programming and control which is scalable from small venue up to large concert tour applications.
Making their UK tradeshow debuts, a range of new Prolights fixtures will feature on the stand including the Panorama IP Spot, a powerful IP65 rated moving LED spot; the Pixie Wash XB, a 280W single source LED wash luminaire and the RA2000, a powerful, silent LED moving profile with high CRI ideal for theatrical, touring and broadcast productions.
First unveiled at Prolight + Sound, the Luminex Lumino

 
 
xr-580-beamPR Lighting expands XR series
Thursday, 9 May 2019

China - PR Lighting has added two fixtures to its XR Series of moving heads.
The new XR 580 BWS (PR-2552) and XR 580 Beam (PR-2554) incorporate the Philips MSD Platinum 550W 25R lamp (with the Osram Sirius HRI 550W XR as an option).
Features include a colour wheel with 11 colour filters (and CTO plus open), with bi-directional rainbow effect at variable speeds and stepping/linear colour changing. Also included are a CMY colour mixing system with macro and individual CTO colour temperature adjustment (0-100%).
The optical path also contains a fixed gobo wheel with 18 gobos plus open, bi-directionally rotatable and shakeable at variable speeds, as well as a rotating gobo wheel with seven gobos plus open, which are replaceable.
The fixture provides three prisms: 8-facet, 9-facet and 4-facet, with optional 3-facet and 16-facet prisms and frost filter, while the effect wheel can overlap with the gobos.
Other features include motorised linear focus and zoom, strobe function (0.3-25 fps) and head movement of 540° (pan) and 270° (tilt) with auto position correction and adjustable speed.
(Jim Evans)

 
calibre-aio-led-wall-low-resCalibre all-in-one LED wall now shipping
Thursday, 9 May 2019

UK - Calibre UK has announced its all-in-one FHDQ130 130” AiO LED wall is now shipping.
With in-built Calibre’s LEDView series scaler/switcher, which brings Ultra HD capability to LED screens, the FHDQ130 is a 130" FHD LED video wall that is fully CE-, CB- and UL-approved.
Weighing 125kg (275.5lb), it can be built ready to run in under an hour by three people, while a single module can be replaced in less than 10 seconds, claims the company. The video wall is controlled via either a remote or an app and consumes less than 0.5W in stand-by mode.
“The AiO is the result of feedback from our customers requiring a single solution that minimises set up time, is plug-and-play and ready to go,” comments Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “Our solutions are increasingly used in a verity of challenging environments requiring higher brightness levels, clarity and better colours. We are delighted to be delivering them to market so soon after announcing them, and we’re sure they will find many admirers among our existing and new customers.”
Fresh from being launched at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt last month, the AiO solution will make its Asian debut at InfoComm South East Asia trade show in Bangkok from 15-17 May.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
powersoftPowersoft releases ArmoníaPlus training videos
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Italy - Powersoft has released a series of training videos on YouTube for their audio design environment software ArmoníaPlus. The hour-long set of tutorials comprehensively covers the new features that Powersoft introduced with ArmoníaPlus when it was released last October. Aside from educating new users on the software, the goal of these tutorials is also to bring existing users who were familiar with its previous iteration, Armonía, up to speed.
ArmoníaPlus’s redesign includes a single window interface with four main views and takes further advantage of intuitive hotkeys and simplistic icons to allow users to move between functions efficiently. Users can move through four main steps: Design, Config, Tune, and Show, each offering a variety of functions and flexibility for different scenarios, as well as allowing users to audition different speaker presets easily. The YouTube tutorials cover all of these functions, as well as new features such as Shading, which allows the interface to reduce the gain of loudspeaker limiter thresholds coherently, keeping the balance between elements even if the system is limiting.
“When we were designing ArmoníaPlus, we wanted to make the system easier to use and employ,” says Powersoft US application engineer Rick Woida. “We also wanted to make certain that we were still supporting our users who work with Armonía and allowing them to learn the new features over time.”
(Jim Evans)

 
meat-rackMilos Meat Rack offers versatility
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Europe - The new Meat Rack from Milos provides a convenient transport and storage solution for light fixtures through the use of adjustable light bars or a hanging adapter for oversize lights. Height adjustable shelves can also be installed for storage and transport of a range of other items needed for a show.
The high quality 6082 aluminium frame features all welded construction for high strength and long-term durability. Built-in fork-lift pick-up points allow for convenient stacking, and its castor wheels and height adjustable handles on each rack end ensure easy handling. Its dimensions of 2.3m x 0.8m x 1.6m (L x W x H) optimize transport space to and from your events.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
zero-88-plasa-focus-2019-product-collection-rZero 88 gets serious at PLASA Focus Leeds
Wednesday, 8 May 2019

UK - Lighting control manufacturer and specialist Zero 88 is all set for some serious networking and interaction in the highly convivial environment of PLASA Focus Leeds, taking place at the Royal Armories on 14-15 May.
The team including Jon Hole, Tyler Holpin, David Catterall, Edward Smith, Nathanael Orr and Charlie Madsen will be on Stand N-B12 and is looking forward to welcoming current and future professionals from all sectors of entertainment technology.
After successful take up and listening to feedback from previous years, Zero 88 is again providing free 75-minute training sessions through Tuesday 14 May on its award-winning FLX lighting console. Sessions start at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00. Places can be booked in advance to guarantee a space via training@zero88.com - and guests can also feel free to drop in too.
“PLASA Focus Leeds has always been a valuable place and space for us to meet and greet,” comments Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole. “As well as many customers and friends we know, there are always new faces and future professionals who are already invested in the industry. The atmosphere is lively, friendly and vibrant and we look forward to being part of the buzz.”
It will be the first UK trade show for four new and truly multifunctional products from Zero 88: Betapack 4 - one product with six dynamic variants; the ZerOS Server - one product with three different uses; new Data Distribution products - the first of a complete new range, and the latest ZerOS 7.9.5 software release for all ZerOS consoles.

 
levante-s-tc-smlAyrton’s Levante now shipping
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

France - Ayrton has announced Levante, the company's new compact 300W LED wash, is shipping with immediate effect.
Weighing just 22kg, Levante is a miniaturised version of the Bora wash light, which matches the dimensions of Mistral and Diablo. With Levante, Ayrton has created a wash luminaire that can actually sculpture light, and added a high-transmission diffusion filter to the zoom lens group to erase the edge of the beam without changing its angle. A variable linear frost system allows the user to adjust the desired diffusion level with precision, says the company.
Delivering a light output in excess of 20,000 lumens (Levante-S) through its 138mm frontal lens, Levante’s optical system is specially developed for optimum wash applications. Its 13-lens proprietary optical system features a zoom ration in excess of 9:1 and a 6.3° to 58° zoom range, and produces a uniform flat beam that ensures a perfect colour mix regardless of the colour combination selected.
Levante’s many features include a barndoor module that allows shutters to be positioned freely across 100% of the surface area, a CMY colour mixing system, a variable CTO and a wheel with seven complementary colours. In addition, a 15-blade iris diaphragm and a wheel with seven indexable rotating gobos are supplied as standard.

 
 
astera-helios-tubeHelios tubes now shipping
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Europe - Astera’s new Helios range of LED tubes is now shipping following “record presale orders”, reports the company.
The new Helios tube was unveiled at the recent Prolight+Sound and has all the features and functionality of the popular TitanTube utilising the stable and well-respected technology. It offers “outstanding concept continuity in an even more transportable package - a neat and powerful little tube which can be mounted virtually anywhere”.
Like all Astera products, Helios comes with an assortment of accessories to cover every rigging and positioning need, wish and necessity.
The IP65 rated Helios has eight pixels and is half the size with half the battery weight of the TitanTube, but with the same high CRI and TCLI of 96 for skin tones and detail.
With up to 20 hours of battery run-time, it’s a suitable option for areas like pop-up dressing rooms, fashion show makeup stations and well as for the close-lighting of faces, and in larger quantities, for rooms, sets and other spaces.
The tuneable white range is from 1750K – 20,000K and can be very simply dialled in on the tube or set from Astera’s App.
Eight tubes fit into Astera’s Helios Case which can be used for charging and transportation. It holds the same useful and practical sets of accessories as the Titan Tube case (16 eyebolts, 16 holders, eight floor stands, 16 x bolts, all included with the case) together with eight Wing Plates.
There is a compartment for an ART7 AsteraBox CRMX (which interfaces between the lights and the control App

 
halo-bfrontviewHALO-B debuts at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

UK - EM Acoustics will unveil HALO-B at PLASA Focus, Leeds (stand N-C10) where it can be seen for the first time in the UK. The third system in the HALO family is a medium format, 110° horizontal dispersion line array for indoor and outdoor sound reinforcement. As its name suggests, HALO-B sits between HALO-A and HALO-C in both physical size and overall system output, and as such is perhaps the most versatile system in the family.
Built on the same ‘maximum headroom’ design principles as HALO-A to ensure consistent performance across all SPL levels and consistent horizontal dispersion pattern across the operating frequency band, HALO-B is a two-way reflex-loaded medium format line array element featuring a patent-pending proprietary HF emulation manifold which combines the energy of four 1-inch compression drivers into a plane-wave array. These are flanked by two 8-inch LF drivers in an optimally tuned, lightweight, ported enclosure. The bi-amplified design results in only a single crossover point, which in turn translates into reduced amplifier channel count and more efficient use of amplifier power.
Continuity of voicing is preserved across the entire HALO series, enabling HALO-B’s use as a companion system to either the large format HALO-A, or the compact HALO-C systems in addition to stand-alone main PA applications. Festivals, stadia, sports arenas, performance venues, houses of worship and corporate AV events are all ideal candidates for HALO-B, designed to be equally comfortable in both fixed installation and mobile applications.
A tou

 
 
proteus-maximusElation brings versatility to PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

UK - Elation Professional will be exhibiting on stand N-D31 at PLASA Focus Leeds tradeshow, taking place 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries.
The lighting manufacturer is also a Gold Sponsor and a Show Bar Sponsor at the show, which will be the first UK trade expo since Elation appointed Entedi Ltd as its new UK distributor
Elation will be showcasing the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, a wash/beam and profile LED luminaire with a top-of-the-line design package that premieres as the brightest LED profile on the market. With a custom designed 950W LED engine and large 180mm front lens, Maximus has the power to cut through at even great distances and its IP65 protection means it can be used exposed on outdoor shows.
Elation is also highlighting two new luminaires in its award-winning Artiste line of theatrical grade moving heads. The 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet is a full-featured LED Profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and an innovative SpectraColor engine that produces the most vibrant primary colours ever produced by a colour mixing system.
The Artiste Picasso is one of the brightest (23,000 lumens) and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures available. Feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more), a 620W LED engine combines with advanced optics to produce a crisp yet uniform output while staying whisper quiet.
Also showing is the Proteus RAYZOR 760, an IP65 version of the RAYZOR 760 LED wash effects luminaire with patent-pending Spark

 
alcons-crs89090-under-viewAlcons Audio fills immersive Space
Friday, 3 May 2019

The Netherlands - Alcons Audio’s CRS8 is a two-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats.
Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRS8 combines “an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering the most realistic sound reproduction possible”.
The CRS8/9090 system consists of the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 8” mid-bass for LF reproduction. The CRS8 HF section has an 800W peak power input, enabling a unique 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1kHz. to beyond 20.000 Hz.
Due to the “compression-less” principle of the pro-ribbon transducer technology, the system has a fully linear response, with the same tonal balance at all SPL’s for an intuitive 1:1 performance.
The patented (90°) horizontal and patent-pending (90°) vertical dispersion of the waveguide, offers a very wide and consistent coverage up to the highest frequencies (20kHz -3dB); very important for the imaging in height channels of immersive systems.
Driven by the Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller, the Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures dynamic cable/connector compensation between the CRS8 and ALC; This offers a 1:1, undistorted natural sound reproduction, regardless of cable length and amplifier impedance load.
Typical applications include (height layer) immersive surround sound systems for performing arts theatres, screening rooms, post-production fac

 
 
6060-lavalier-subminiature-beigeInfoComm 2019: DPA debuts smallest capsules
Thursday, 2 May 2019

USA - DPA Microphones will introduce the US conference, AV and installation markets to the industry’s smallest high-end pro audio microphone capsule at InfoComm 2019 (stand 6861). Incorporated into the d:screet CORE 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Microphones and d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone, DPA’s new subminiature microphone capsules measure in at just three millimetres (0.12”) in diameter.
These new 6000 series capsules are 60% smaller than the company’s existing 4000 series, though they pack a powerful performance. Developed using the company’s new CORE by DPA microphone amplification technology, these capsules reduce distortion and increase dynamic range.
As a result of extensive research into the precise demands of the market, DPA has not only reduced the size of its microphone capsules but also introduced an innovative lightweight, one-size-fits-all headset, the 6066. This new headset attaches over the ears for maximum comfort and has a three-point spring mechanism to help grip below the ears and to the side of the head for added security. With a fully adjustable boom, it is very easy to fit and has a redesigned 90° cable attachment that allows the cable to run down the wearer’s back, so it can’t be seen.
“DPA continually strives to provide the most advanced technology and best sound possible, and our new 6000 series and CORE by DPA technology is just the latest representation of that philosophy,” says Christopher Spahr, director of sales and marketing, DPA US. “From theatres to boardrooms, DPA is proud to o

 
pixelflex-touseInfoComm 2019: PixelFLEX to showcase LED video
Thursday, 2 May 2019

USA - As the largest AV conference and exhibition in North America prepares to open its doors on 8 June, Nashville-based PixelFLEX is set to debut an innovative LED video showcase at InfoComm.
Located on stand 248 at the Orange County Convention Centre, the visual solutions provider will be demonstrating the unlimited potential for creating dynamic and long-lasting LED video designs for virtually any architectural, commercial, educational or entertainment installation.
“Over the past several years, LED video has crossed over into a variety of markets and is becoming an ideal solution for any AVL professional looking to create a memorable visual experience,” says David Venus, chief marketing officer, PixelFLEX LED. “No matter if the installation is indoors or outside, we have helped deploy high-resolution and durable LED video designs that accentuate any environment, and we are excited to be showcasing a number of these solutions at InfoComm 2019.”
A dynamic and high definition LED display, FLEXUltra from PixelFLEX LED allows for “boundless opportunities to experience true HD quality video with the creative freedom to define any space”. Utilising the impact and scratch-resistant COB PixelShield technology for long-lasting performance, FLEXUltra is designed in a convenient 16:9 ratio and has a 160° horizontal and vertical viewing angle.
With fully font-serviceable panels for quick and easy onsite installation and maintenance, FLEXUltra operates with a 3840Hz refresh rate to eliminate on-camera scan lines and flicker, and is availab

 
 
nomad-graphicHigh End Systems releases Hog 4 OS v3.12
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

USA - In the continuing effort to release quarterly software updates to the Hog 4 operating system, High End Systems has released Hog 4 OS v3.12 software.
Hog 4 OS v3.12 brings support for ETCnomad Dongle/Gadget II, as well as minor improvements including XML Import/Export of custom fixtures, Carallon-sourced fixtures, Custom Lock Screen Image and hiding of PIN dialog and Capture Presentation CITP connectivity (requires Capture 2019).
Console product manager Sarah Clausen comments: “We're very excited to bring Hog 4 PC to the ETC nomad family. Users of our Educational package will now have yet another control system option to expand their horizons. Professional users will enjoy the new options for data distribution using Hog 4 PC and the ETCnomad USB key.”
(Jim Evans)

 
ayrton-diablo-s-tcAyrton’s Diablo now shipping
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Europe - Launched at Prolight+Sound 2019, Ayrton’s ultra-compact Diablo profile is the smallest, lightest and most efficient LED luminaire of its type. Weighing just over 20kg, Diablo delivers an output of 19,000 lumens from its 300W source, and matches the ultra-compact Mistral in dimensions. Diablo is the latest to join Khamsin and Ghibli in Ayrton’s new profile luminaire range.
Diablo’s miniaturised framing system uses eight motors to accurately position its four blades across 100% surface area, enabling precision framing of any object, regardless of the luminaire’s position. The 119 mm frontal lens produces an extremely uniform flat beam with no hot spot that renders perfect images at any beam angle, says the company.
Diablo shares Mistral’s 13-element proprietary optical system to deliver an 8:1 zoom ration and produce a 6.7° to 53° zoom range. It includes CMY colour mixing, a progressive CTO and a wheel with seven complementary colours for an infinite palette of bright pastels and saturated colours. The effects section includes a wheel with seven interchangeable HD glass gobos, a continuous dynamic effects wheel, 15-blade iris diaphragm, heavy frost filter and five-facet indexable, circular rotating prism.
Like all Ayrton fixtures, Diablo has a highly efficient phase-change liquid cooling system using a heat pipe that includes a particularly effective, ultra-silent ventilation mode which is perfect for stage and studio applications.
Diablo, like its sister fixtures the Levante wash light and Mistral spot luminaire, is avai

 
 
systemonShure releases SystemOn software
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Europe - Shure has introduced version 3.1 of SystemOn Audio Asset Management Software, empowering AV/IT managers and system integrators to “stay one step ahead when overseeing large scale installs”. Because AV/IT managers and system integrators can’t be everywhere at once, SystemOn 3.1 provides users a 360-degree view of inventory.
The software constantly monitors device health and history to help ensure events run smoothly and seamlessly (tracking network connectivity, low battery status, RF performance, audio levels, etc.). Users have access to additional Shure products supported through the latest version of the management software to solve problems proactively.
“SystemOn is like a virtual system tech for AV/IT professionals,” said Chad Wiggins, senior category director for networked audio systems at Shure. “Version 3.1 adds support for our latest networked microphones and DSP products, making it an even more expansive management tool. As enterprises deploy various Shure products across multiple locations at increasing scale, the need to manage endpoints remotely is why we’ve developed, and now updated, SystemOn to make users’ lives even easier.”
SystemOn 3.1 now supports Shure’s ULX-D Digital Wireless System, Microflex Advance MXA910 Ceiling Array and MXA310 Table Array Microphones, P300 IntelliMix Audio Conferencing Processor, ANIUSB-MATRIX USB Audio Network Interface, and SCM820 Automatic Mixer.
“AV managers have a lot of demands on their time, and we believe system monitoring and maintenance shouldn’t be one of t

 
vs-34fdKramer debuts 8K switcher at InfoComm
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

USA - Kramer Electronics will be showcasing its VS-34FD, a 34-port modular 8K multi format digital matrix switcher with interchangeable inputs & outputs, at InfoComm Orlando.
Getting its US show debut, VS-34FD from Kramer supports HDMI, HDBaseT, DGkat, fibre optic, DVI, VGA HD-SDI as well as analogue and digital audio. The VS-34FD chassis is backwards compatible with all existing cards (with the addition of an adapter) and futureproofs AV installations with an 8K ready chassis for upcoming 8K cards. Furthermore, all ports can be used interchangeably as either inputs or outputs, according to installation requirements.
VS-34FD has an independent audio matrix in addition to the audio features of the installed cards, a built-in Ethernet switch for use with any card that has an Ethernet port, and redundant hot swappable power supplies. All cards can also be hot swapped and due to the switcher's automatic recognition it does not need to be re-configured when removing or inserting cards – All in a convenient 4U form factor. Future capabilities will include video wall processing as well as seamless switching.
“Whatever the size, environment or complexity of your installation, VS-34FD enables complete customization and provides an end-to-end AV solution for both current requirements and future technologies,” said David Margolin, VP marketing at Kramer. “Kramer is the first manufacturer to launch a fully flexible modular matrix switcher on this scale that is also 8K ready.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
esdcubeESD Cube debuts at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

UK - Fresh from its international launch at the recent PL+S 2019 in Frankfurt, KV2 Audio will unveil the most compact loudspeaker yet in its range at PLASA Focus Leeds.
The ESD Cube is a passive 5" loudspeaker that utilises a trans-coil design for superior vocal reproduction, extended high frequency response, increased dynamic range and low distortion. The Cube will be demonstrated alongside other KV2 products in KV2’s exclusive demo room at the show.
KV2’s exclusive trans-coil AIC (Active Impedance Control) technology, already deployed in a number of KV2 products, has been taken to a whole new level in the Cube.
According to KV2’s founder and chief engineer, George Krampera, the ESD Cube’s design makes it stand out from the crowd sonically, even though physically it is designed to blend seamlessly into its environment. “What sets the Cube apart from similar offerings by other manufacturers is the unique trans-coil technology incorporated into its 5-inch twin cone speaker,” he states.
“We had already seen excellent results using our AIC technology in other, larger systems, and I was determined to develop it still further for the Cube. The results have been beyond even our own expectations with perfect phase response, increased dynamic range and the lowest distortion of any speaker in its class.”
The ESD Cube may be used as a standalone system with up to eight Cubes powered by a single ESP1000 amplifier or with the ESD1.10 single 10-inch passive subwoofer for applications requiring more low end reinforcement. One ESP1000

 
green-hippoPL+S: Green Hippo shows new Hippotizer features
Monday, 29 April 2019

Germany - At Frankfurt, Green Hippo seized the opportunity to team with cast, its German distributor, to showcase the new features of Hippotizer Version 4.5, the latest version of its software.
Co-exhibiting with CAST, Green Hippo demonstrated the features of Hippotizer Version 4.5, including BeatBridge and Object to Output – Object to Output maps content to outputs directly inside SHAPE’s 3D workspace, while BeatBridge simplifies programming by allowing Hippotizer parameters to react to audio input.
The Green Hippo squad also worked with Absen and Notch, to create stunning visuals on Absen’s stand. Here, the display highlighted the power of combining Hippotizer Montane+ RTX with Notch. Thanks to Notch’s generative content creation system, the show team created visuals, using input from a simple camera feed, which was then shown on an Absen LED wall. Eliminating the need to render content, generating video on the fly is the next frontier in live events.
Prolight + Sound 2019 attendees could also witness Hippotizer on the Kinesys stand and also on the Martin booths. Kinesys works well with Green Hippo Hippotizer Version 4.5, including integrating with Object to Output and Advanced Automation Smoothing, making the integration of moving elements with Hippotizer easier and more flexible than ever before. The demonstration fed data from a Kinesys K2 system into Hippotizer, creating a full 3D representation. SHAPE then mapped content on to the display in real time.
“We were thrilled about the response that we had at the show, from both exi

 
 
penn-elcomPenn UltraFlite panels reduce case weight
Monday, 29 April 2019

UK - Penn Elcom has launched UltraFlite, a new 100% recyclable flightcase panel material.
Utilising this in a building project will dramatically reduce the weight of flightcases, adding to all the positive consequences this brings in a tough and highly durable solution, says the company.
The UltraFlite has been developed after two years of extensive R ‘n’ D coupled with Penn’s considerable experience in the field.
Around 80% lighter than traditional wood-ply flightcase panels - approximately 1.6kg per square metre - it will be of interest to anyone in the rental, staging, installation and venue sectors who has kit needing to be flightcased for touring or transportation as well as for installations where (light) weight is crucial.
The UltraFlite panel’s skin features a honeycomb structure that makes it tough, light, durable and resistant to liquids and weather.
It has been created to meet the needs and demands of contemporary and future flightcase builders, who can dramatically reduce case weight by an impressive 30 - 40 percent on average by utilizing UltraFlight in a case design.
Any contribution to reducing deforestation and climate change – however small it might appear – is worth instigating and switching to UltraFlite will mean less wood is needed globally across the flightcase industry.
UltraFlite maintains the ultimate utility and strength expected from premium flightcase products, it is stable, and the panels can be cut, drilled and punched just like traditional flightcase panels!
The hardened skin i

 
sunstripHighlite International debuts Sunstrip LED
Monday, 29 April 2019

Europe - Highlite International is introducing the Showtec Sunstrip LED, the successor of the Sunstrip Active.
This LED strip light has five DMX modes and can also be controlled in manual, auto or master / slave mode. The DMX 3 & 5 pole and Powercon in/output make the Sunstrip LED easy to daisy-chain in every setup.
Through the tungsten mode, the Sunstrip LED works like conventional bulbs while there is still an option to operate them in warm white, cool white or a combination of both.
The Sunstrip LED is equipped with two wall/floor brackets in order to put your Sunstrip in any desired position.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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