Product News

Avolites releases Synergy software
Thursday, 17 October 2019

UK - Having already won industry awards and being used on some extremely high-profile projects in its beta stage, Avolites reports that its new software control system, Synergy, is being released worldwide.
Effectively a free V12 software upgrade to both its lighting console and media server ranges, Synergy unites them, allowing lighting designers full visibility and fine control over both the lighting and video components of a truly multi-media performance.
Synergy allows users to quickly and simply pull control of pre-created screen surfaces and layers into a Titan-based lighting console at the touch of a button, or, vice versa, create surfaces in an Ai media server from within the console interface. All operations occur seamlessly using Avolites’ proprietary Titan Net protocol and take place on whatever hardware the user is running, from Titan USB interfaces all the way up to the Sapphire Touch console, and from Ai software licences all the way up to the super-powerful Q4 media server.
The software’s new Lightmap feature allows users to stream Ai video colour data through any colour-mixing fixture group, to instantly integrate them into a larger video canvas. As a result, everything from high-res LED screens to LED fixture groups can be controlled from a single intuitive User Interface without the requirement to create and arrange fixtures in the media server or create ArtNet merges. Users can simply select the group and choose Ai in the pixel mapper.
Synergy also allows for live video previews of up to six simultaneous streams from th

painting-with-light-realitesPainting with Light introduces Realites
Thursday, 17 October 2019

Europe - Painting with Light has developed Realites, a real-time virtual lighting design tool for balancing and fine-tuning the lighting of people and 3D objects in relation to digital scenery that is appearing on LED video screens in the background or foreground of the same scene.
It enables the lighting designer / programmer to light both the video content – which will already have a pre-determined ambience – and the actors or set around it, using the show lighting console, and without the video content needing to be re-rendered.
This is a flexible solution for video-orientated shows, creating highly realistic effects as the blend between 2D and 3D elements onstage becomes imperceptible.
Additionally, lighting on both the actors and digital backgrounds can be perfectly matched or contrasted to achieve the exact desired effect, bringing a perfect visual harmony to each scene.
The big advantages are the real-time workflow and rendering; an extremely fast production process offering ultimate flexibility for video and scenic content right up until the show / event goes ‘live’ and the expansion of creative possibilities in a show environment.
PWL initially developed the technique for Studio 100’s 40-45 spectacle which launched in 2018. The production is still thrilling audiences at the Pop-Up theatre in Puurs, Belgium.
The ‘virtual lights’ are additional lights to those on the actual physical lighting rig in the theatre or performance space. They are built into a 3D model which is loaded in the video server being

 
 
doughtysixtyunusualUnusual, Doughty and SIXTY82 together at PLSME
Tuesday, 15 October 2019


UAE - Unusual Rigging & Engineering, Doughty Engineering and SIXTY82 will exhibit jointly at this year's PLSME. Visitors will be able to see a range of equipment from Doughty and SIXTY82, as well as kit from Liftket, for whom Unusual Rigging is a distributor, and a selection of PPE gear.
Speaking ahead of the show, Denis Bramhall, managing partner at Unusual Rigging and Engineering said: "We've been exhibiting with Doughty at PLSME for a few years now but this is the first year that we welcome SIXTY82 onto the stand. We look forward to it being a very successful show for us and hope it marks the start of an interesting and exciting working relationship with SIXTY82."
Denis continued: "From experience, PLSME is a well organised show and attracts the right people. We look forward to meeting up with new and familiar faces, making the most of the networking opportunities that the show provides and of course demonstrating a selection of products on the stand."
Doughty's Fifty Clamp and Scaff Boom Arm will make their Middle East debut on the stand this year. Julian Chiverton, sales director for Doughty said: "This is the first time we'll be showing the Fifty Clamp and Scaff Boom Arm in the region so we are looking forward to hearing what visitors to the show have to say about these new items. They've been big hits in the UK and Europe but PLSME puts us in front of a very different audience and it's great to really understand what's important to our customers in this part of the world."
SIXTY82 will show a range of trussing and staging sol

 
OCA Alliance hosts educational sessions at AES
Tuesday, 15 October 2019


USA - At this year’s 147th AES Pro Audio Convention in New York the OCA Alliance is exhibiting within the AVoIP Pavilion, promoting the advances in control and monitoring of AVoIP networks embodied within the AES70 standard. The convention will be the focus for a number of presentations and announcements from the OCA Alliance, including numerous educational sessions, presentations and demos, and the reveal of a new AES70 Products page on the OCA Alliance website.
The OCA Alliance will be on hand throughout the show as an exhibitor in the pavilion, with experts from the alliance and its member companies available to discuss the AES70 standard, available developer resources, and the evolution and progression of the standard throughout the AV industry.
In addition to demonstrations on its booth, the OCA Alliance will be participating in the programme of presentations in the AVoIP Pavilion Theatre, providing ‘public’ overviews of the AES70 standard to visitors and exhibitors attending the AVoIP Pavilion sessions.
In conjunction with its presence at the convention, the OCA Alliance has also launched a new AES70 Product Page on its website. Highlighting available and shipping product from seven companies covering 11 brands, this product gallery demonstrates the growing ecosystem and adoption of the AES70 standard across different application verticals.
“It’s great to see the portfolio of AES70 devices reaching the market,” says OCA Alliance marketing chairman Ethan Wetzell. “The adoption of a control standard can take time an

 
 
nx-4-3Obsidian NX 4 now shipping
Friday, 11 October 2019

USA - Obsidian Control Systems has reported its NX 4lighting controller is now shipping. Equipped with professional features and prepared to host Obsidian’s Dylos pixel composition engine, the NX 4 is the latest member of the Onyx lighting control platform and is designed to handle even the largest show with ease. With a well-arranged combination of motorized and manual faders, along with an array of playback buttons, it offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package.
Using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 includes a high-brightness, 15.6”, full-HD multi-touch screen with support for two external 4K touch displays. Eight assignable parameter encoders, a dedicated Intensity encoder, an assistive mini-touch screen, full keypad and command section, and a dedicated grand master make for an intuitive control surface. Two independent playback sections offer instant access. The main playback with 10 motorised faders plus 10 play-pairs allow for quick page changes while the sub playback with 12 faders and 12 button playbacks means important cues are always at your fingertips.
The console houses a powerful new Intel Hexa-Core processor, high-speed NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks results in unprecedented power in this form factor.
The NX 4 is also ergonomic with motorised playback faders, short depth, easy screen access, full Onyx command and keypad section,

 
r43Cast Software releases 64-bit wysiwyg R43
Thursday, 10 October 2019

Canada - Cast Software has released wysiwyg as a 64-bit application.
Available for download from the Cast members area, the application offers noticeable stability and performance increase across all modes and can now utilise more than 4GB of memory to open files.
Cast VP of product, Dino Mazza comments: “This is a special release for Cast. I am proud of the entire wysiwyg development team for getting us here, identifying the challenges along the way and finding the easy, and sometimes difficult solutions, and continuing to plug away at this project until its completion.
“R43 delivers our wysiwyg in a 64-bit architecture, and along with the increased responsiveness and improved user experience, which we know the users will love. But, also included are some new features too. I know there are some happy faces around Cast, and I’m suspecting the same is true amongst the wysiwyg R43 users out there as well.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
compactJBL debuts Compact portable PA system
Thursday, 10 October 2019

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the new JBL Eon One Compact portable PA system.
The latest addition to the JBL Eon One range of portable PA systems, the Compact is an ultra-portable, all-in-one PA system with Bluetooth that “delivers high-quality sound anywhere, for hours on end”. The swappable, rechargeable battery lasts up to 12 hours.
Weighing less than 18lb with a built-in carrying handle, the Eon One Compact is easy to take anywhere. A variety of inputs for microphones, instruments and more, plus a four-channel mixer with onboard Lexicon effects and dbx EQ provides ultimate flexibility. Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream music and link multiple speakers, and a handy mobile app for Android and iOS provides intuitive control.
“The Eon One Compact’s impressive volume, bass output, portability, connectivity and control features make it uniquely suited to a variety of applications, in addition to being the ideal portable PA for musicians,” says Brandon, Knudsen, loudspeaker product manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “Bluetooth connectivity and high-speed USB charging make it ideal for parties and the ducking feature makes it great for voice-plus-music applications like DJing or fitness classes and an excellent
The 8" woofer and 1-inch tweeter produce up to 112dB of output from 37.5Hz to 20kHz, providing loud, uncompromising sound with extended low-end. A built-in four-channel mixer makes it easy to dial in a balanced sound, and optional automatic ducking ensures that speech is always heard clearl

 
penn-elcom-pdu16-10dj-14Penn launches slimline PDU range
Tuesday, 8 October 2019

UK - Penn Elcom has released the PDU16-10DJ PDU (power distribution unit) range of 1U rack mounting units which combine all the power and practicality of 10 switchable output sockets - available with different socket outlets - and a range of power ratings between 10A and 16A.
The full catalogue of Penn PDU devices now includes these four new slimline variants plus four other 2U devices, all of which are designed to flexibly assist full connectivity in a wide array of scenarios.
The PDU16-10DJ range is suitable for numerous installation and integration applications - from live music venues, theatres and studios to clubs, restaurants and bars, plus custom install applications like home automation, says the company.
Each of the 10 switchable channels is protected by a thermal current overload trip switch, and each numbered channel has a dedicated rocker switch with a neon indicator light for quick and easy identification, so users can spot immediately whether if a load is present - or not - in both bright and dark light conditions.
Power comes in via a panel mounted C20 socket and is distributed to ten C13 / IEC outlets. A thermal overload trip switch cuts the power supply to all sockets if activated, providing the requisite safety standards for general industrial use.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
avantispressimage1Allen & Heath unveils Avantis console
Tuesday, 8 October 2019

UK - Allen & Heath has revealed its new 96kHz digital mixer, Avantis, the third to be based on the company's XCVI FPGA engine. Avantis puts Allen & Heath's technology in a 64 channel / 42 configurable bus console, with twin full HD touchscreens, extensive I/O options and processing from the company's flagship dLive mixing system.
"Joining dLive and SQ, Avantis completes our trilogy of next-gen 96kHz consoles," says Rob Clark, Allen & Heath's managing director. "Avantis takes many of the features that have made SQ and dLive so popular, putting them in a standalone 64-channel mixer that offers a new UI experience, connectivity with our Everything I/O ecosystem, and the dPack option which gives you access to our advanced dLive processing options if and when you need them.
"On top of that, we've taken a new approach with the industrial design, coming up with a full metal chassis that’s super-strong, lightweight and looks fantastic."
Encased in its alloy shell and tubular frame, the Avantis control surface is centred on the two full HD touchscreens and their corresponding rotary controls.
"Having two touchscreens isn't a new concept, but we realised we could use it to unlock exciting new possibilities, which led us to develop Continuity UI," says Andy Bell, Allen & Heath's R&D director.
"Within seconds of getting hands-on with Avantis, engineers are going to appreciate the seamless flow between the physical controls and the on-screen software. You can work gains and pans on the rotaries, then at the touch of a soft key

 
paladin-seriespanel-brick-cubeElation extends Paladin line
Monday, 7 October 2019

USA - Elation Professional is offering three new luminaires in its Paladin series of versatile wash/blinder/strobe lights. The Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel - all with IP65 protection - are compact and powerful outdoor flood lights useful for a wide variety of applications from stage/set washes to dynamic uplighting and eye candy effects.
Using 15W RGBW cells - 9, 24, and 50 respectively - they add vibrant colour to outdoor events while individual cell control and strobe make them flexible effect lights or audience blinders. RGBW colour mixing gives a full spectrum of colour options, including high-impact white light, for beautiful floods or accents. For added dynamism, multiple pixel zone control can be incorporated for spectacular pixel mapped and eye candy looks.
The Paladin Cube houses nine 15W RGBW cells with 3 x 1 cell control. Output for such a compact unit is surprising at 3,200 lumens and operation is completely noiseless. it can work discreetly in any set or stage.
The Paladin Brick houses 24 x 15W RGBW cells with 3 x 2 cell control. With an output of 9,600 lumens, it is powerful enough to wash larger areas while its broader face makes for a truly flexible strobe/blinder or dynamic eye candy effect.
The Paladin Panel houses 50 x 15W RGBW cells with 5 x 2 cell control. Its 21,300lm output means it can function as a high-output wash light to cover large areas from a distance or as a brilliantly bright blinder, powerful strobe or large-face eye candy effect.
Simple to operate standing on a floor or easy to hang

 
 
modulopi-kinemotion-trackingmoduleModulo Pi launches optical tracking module
Thursday, 3 October 2019

France - Modulo Pi has released KineMotion, an optical tracking module designed for creative and interactive visual experiences. Available now as an option for the Modulo Kinetic series of media servers, KineMotion has been fully developed by Modulo Pi to provide “unparalleled performance and reliability”.
KineMotion consists in an add-on software designed by Modulo Pi, beacons, as well as a calibration kit made of a wand and a square. Based on KineMotion and OptiTrack tracking cameras, Modulo Kinetic masters the whole calibration process.
Combined with the extensive capabilities of Modulo Kinetic - 3D particles engine, nodal editor, timeline sequencer, KineMotion “unlocks new opportunities for creative and interactive visual experiences such as projection on moving objects, particles drawing and tracking, automatic follow spot, light painting, and more”. Possibilities for tracking and interactivity are increased thanks to Modulo Kinetic’s extensive protocols support for Art-Net, OSC and PosiStage.
KineMotion comes with a user-friendly integrated interface to quickly set up the tracking system. It offers ultra-low latency, as well as high accuracy and precision for realtime video mapping on moving objects. Thanks to embedded fully automatic video-projectors 3D calibration and real-time 3D soft edge, Modulo Kinetic allows seamless projection on an object moving in front of multiple overlapping video-projectors.
Yannick Kohn, founder and CEO of Modulo Pi, explains: “Modulo Kinetic has been thought and designed to be the cornerston

 
afs-500Altman Lighting debuts Siren followspots
Thursday, 3 October 2019

USA - Altman Lighting has announced the Siren Sferies AFS-500 and AFS-700 followspots. Designed to be a powerful yet economical solution for any theatrical design, the followspots provide the full functionality of a traditional followspot but are packed with powerful new feature sets and operator enhancements.
“Understanding the need for high-performance LED luminaires in today’s theatrical environments, we are very excited about the introduction of our new AFS-500 and AFS-700 LED followspots,” explains Nicolas Champion, Altman Lighting vice president of sales and marketing. “Along with the recently released AP-150 LED Par luminaire, our SIREN Series of cost-effective theatrical solutions were engineered to meet and exceed the expectations of lighting professionals worldwide.”
The most compact of the Siren Series LED followspots, the AFS-500 is a lightweight, 490-watt, colour-changing followspot with a rich feature set. Using the on-board controller, the luminaire’s dimming, colour wheel, iris and CTO features can all be controlled manually or via DMX. Combined with an available colour boomerang and a manual zoom range from 7-13 degrees, the AFS-500 produces over 10,000 lumens of output for industry-leading power and flexibility in an affordable lighting solution.
Delivering almost 14,000 lumens with range up to 200ft, the AFS-700 offers a precision zoom system that delivers a 7-13 degree motorized or manual beam spread, the luminaire’s 18-facet iris, dimming, CTO, and colour wheel can all be controlled via DMX, or on an adjustable c

 
 
adjallegro-z6-press-960x640ADJ’s new motorized linear LED fixture
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of its Allegro Z6 motorized linear fixture with zoom. It features six individually controllable 30W quad colour 4-in-1 LEDs; each LED offers a lifespan of approximately 30,000 hours, effectively preventing the need for lamp replacement even if the fixture is used extensively for many years, says the company.
The unit also features a motorized zoom function, allowing the angle of the six independent light beams to vary between 4°-32°. In addition, the bar on which the LED apertures are mounted is fitted with motorized tilt movement, while the precision motors allow for 16-bit smooth sweeping motion.
Rounding out the Allegro Z6’s feature set, the unit also offers variable speed strobe and pulse effects, flicker free LEDs suitable for filming (1200Hz PWM frequency) and 16-bit dimming. In addition, the unit features six preset dimming curves as well as variable speed dimming control, allowing it to be easily programmed and used for a wide variety of applications.
An OLED display on the front of the unit displays the current DMX address and channel mode at a glance. This menu system is battery-powered, which means that during event prep a unit can be set up and addressed without the need to connect a power supply. The fixture also features a USB port, allowing for easy future firmware updates.
Measuring 19.6” x 4.5” x 11” / 500mm x 113mm x 278mm and weighing just 21lb (9.5kg), the unit is both compact and easy to rig. It has a manual Tilt Lock feature for stable transportation a

 
audio-precision-apx500-flex-audio-analyzerAudio Precision launches APx500 Flex
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - Audio Precision announced today the APx500 Flex audio analyzer, enabling the use of APx audio measurement software with ASIO-capable third-party audio interfaces or sound cards. With the introduction of APx500 Flex, manufacturers can cost-effectively deploy the measurement capabilities, flexibility and quality of APx software to their production lines.
The APx500 Flex audio analyzer is Audio Precision’s APx500 measurement software operating independently of an AP hardware analyzer, with licensing controlled by an APx500 Flex Key. In lieu of a purpose-built analyzer, Flex can be paired with ASIO-capable third-party audio interfaces to create a cost-effective solution for a variety of acoustic and electrical test applications. Measurement scenarios where hardware performance requirements are secondary to test system price - such as production line test of speakers, headphones and microphones - are ideal candidates for Flex. APx500 Flex allows users to leverage test development done in the R&D cycle through the ability to import project and template files developed for AP hardware analyzers, thereby reducing test development time and maintaining consistency in test methodology across the organization. APx500 Flex also makes for a powerful, portable audio measurement system for application engineers and QA technicians on the go.
APx500 Flex is being introduced in conjunction with the release of APx500 software v5.0.2, which provides improved ASIO support, including the calibration of inputs and outputs in V, Pa, and FS, automatic or man

 
 
dpa-microphones2028-vocal-mic-familyDPA 2028 vocal mic makes US debut
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

USA - DPA Microphones will debut its new 2028 Vocal Microphone to the US pro audio market at AES 2019 (stand 633). The company will also highlight its new 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Mic at the show.
“DPA continually strives to provide the most advanced technology and best sound possible to meet the growing needs of current and potential customers,” says Christopher Spahr, director of sales and marketing, DPA US. “Our new 2028 Vocal Mic and 4097 Choir Mic solutions are the latest representation of our mission. From churches to concerts, DPA is proud to offer ground-breaking solutions that continue to push the limits of modern technology.”
The 2028 Vocal Mic is ideally suited for live stage performances, broadcast and pro AV applications. On a live stage, the 2028 delivers the same sonic qualities as DPA’s other microphone solutions and needs no (or very little) EQ. This allows the artist to hone-in on their vocals as if not using a microphone, which puts less strain on the voice, says the company.
Offered in three variants - a wired XLR handle and two wireless configurations - the 2028 features a new fixed-position capsule, as well as a specially designed shock-mount and pop filter. With the expected wear-and-tear that comes with live performances, both the outer grille and the inner pop filter of the 2028 can be detached and rinsed. Additionally, the 2028 exhibits a supercardioid polar pattern, with the famous DPA uniform off-axis response. This gives the microphone a very high-gain-before-feedback and makes it easier to hand

 
hesHigh End Systems releases Hog OS v3.13
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

USA - High End Systems has announced the latest upgrade to the Hog 4 lighting console range, OS v3.13.
Hog 4 OS v3.13 contains improvements to the infrastructure of Hog 4, including a more robust handling of the command line and other internal processes. It also includes new additions to the Plots feature, including new plot objects like groups, palettes and lists, including text in the plot, more options for handling images and shapes, align to grid, and more.
Sarah Clausen, console product manager, comments: “This release brings users some great new tools they can use in their plots, making them even more useful. In addition, we have brought back the ability to use multiple MIDI inputs on a system. Happy Hogging!”
(LSi Online)

 
 
goboplus-mandy-bullock-paul-de-ville-vicky-fairall-smlGoboPlus.com puts clients first at PLASA 2019
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - GoboPlus.com and its sister companies FollowSpotPlus.com, CutColourPlus and Inluster enjoyed a very successful PLASA 2019, showing off the latest products in its range.
The company presented the Rosco Image Spot Mini. A scaled-down, weatherproof version of the Rosco Image Spot, Image Spot Mini is a compact 13W LED gobo projector with a 1,050lm output, three colour temperatures (3000K, 5500K and UV) and a weight of 1kg (2.2lb). Image Spot Mini offers a choice of three interchangeable lenses (11°, 17° and 25°) and promises crisp, clean image projection across its flat field for a distance of up to 8m. Available in black, silver and white, Rosco Image Spot Mini comes with an onboard manual dimmer and a range of optional accessories including an iris and framing shutter. Rosco Image Spot Mini is ideal for projecting with GoboPlus.com’s extremely high resolution glass gobos.
A 0-10V and a DMX-controlled version of the projector will be available soon, says the company.
Meanwhile, FollowSpotPlus.com showcased a range of profiles, Fresnels and followspots from Italian lighting manufacturer LDR. This included the newly released architectural Fresnel lantern, Tondo F, a 80W LED 10°-55° Fresnel with non-dimmable LED source that produces a warm white (3200K) beam which can be focused with a slide control. Optional barndoor accessories can be added, and colour filter fitted beneath the removable front ring or with the addition of an optional colour frame.
GoboPlus.com also reported its most successful promotional items to date - e

 
rcfhdl50-a4k-arrayRCF’s HDL 50-A 4K now shipping
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Italy - Pro audio solutions manufacturer RCF has announced its HDL 50-A 4K is now shipping. This is the company’s most powerful HDL line array module, with an internal amplifier pushing 8000W peak power under the hood. The amplifier module is available as an upgrade for current HDL 50-A owners, the company has said.
The HDL 50-A 4K is an active three-way line array module designed for large-sized events, indoors and outdoors. It features a sound pressure level of 143 dB SPL with a built-in Class-D 4000 W RMS four-channel amplifier. Equipped with eight transducers, it offers playback quality ideal for high performing musical applications. The proprietary 90 x 10° 4PATH waveguide, paired with the symmetrical design of the cabinet delivers coherent coverage. Each of the four 4K amplifier modules operates at very low impedance producing a quick and detailed transient response, while the high damping factor improves sound quality and detail.
(LSi Online)

 
 
zero-88-plasa-2019-david-catterall-demonstrates-rigswitch-pla151027115Zero 88 launches RigSwitch at PLASA 2019
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 enjoyed a busy PLASA Show 2019 at Olympia in London. The company’s new RigSwitch remote controlled switching system received its UK tradeshow debut and a host of other practical power, data and control solutions were presented.
RigSwitch is a customizable range of switching cabinets from 12 to 96 relays per cabinet, with four pre-designed options to cover the most regularly requested combinations. All relays feature power-on, DMX control and remote switching, using anything from a simple contact to a network of engraved keypads and touchscreens. Each channel has an MCB as standard, with additional options of RCBO, ELCB and AFP (Arc Fault Protection) for installations requiring further protection.
The product is designed for anything from entry level installations right up to the most complex multi-level projects and is affordable and cost-effective for all.
Other multifunctional products shown were the Betapack 4 - one product with six dynamic variants; the ZerOS Server - one product with three different uses and a new Data Distribution range supporting both DMX / RDM plus the latest Ethernet protocols.
All lighting desks on the stand were running on the latest ZerOS 7.9.6 software release which is available for all ZerOS consoles.
Product manager Jon Hole commented that the quality of the visitors to the show was “consistently good” and that the footfall was busy throughout, especially on the Monday and Tuesday mornings.
Running concurrently with the first two days of the show, Zer

 
rj-stand-plasa2019-2Robert Juliat puts spotlight on Maestro at PLASA 2019
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - Robert Juliat has emerged from an “extremely successful” PLASA 2019 with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where it continued to celebrate its Centenary Year with new products.
The French manufacturer presented the Maestro server for SpotMe, developed in collaboration with tracking specialists, zactrack, extends the capabilities of RJ’s award-winning SpotMe, the bespoke 3D position-tracking system for followspots, by enabling it to operate with any DMX lighting control console. SpotMe has functioned with the PosiStageNet open protocol which is run by only a limited number of consoles, but with the Maestro extension, a designer can take control from any DMX console. The lighting console, even the simplest DMX model, retains the pan and tilt control and gets, in return, additional DMX channels to modulate the tracking parameters calculated and managed by the Maestro server.
Meanwhile, the Dalis Access 863 is a 150W LED four-colour cyclorama light with all the functionality and quality of the original at a low price point to make Dalis technology accessible to those on a smaller budget. Featuring a four-colour mixing system (red, green, royal blue and warm white 2200K) Dalis Access 863 delivers powerful, smooth coverage and a variety of pastel and saturated colours. Its body shape and location of controls and connectors underneath the unit makes Dalis Access 863 equally perfect for cyclorama or footlight applications.
Also presented was Dalis 864 Footlight, a 150W four-colour version of the original Dalis 862 tuneable whi

 
 
arkaos-plasa-2019ArKaos praises ‘great’ PLASA 2019
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - ArKaos, realtime visual processing technology provider for live performance and displays, enjoyed a busy PLASA 2019 expo in London Olympia (15-17 September) on the stand of its UK and Irish Republic distributor, Entedi.
ArKaos highlighted the latest version of its flagship MediaMaster Pro 5.6 realtime video control software, which is also now available with a License Rental service that enables weekly rental periods of MediaMaster Pro usage. This greatly increases flexibility and affordability for anyone involved in specific projects or events on which they want to use this award-winning platform, says the company.
ArKaos CEO Agnes Wojewoda comments: “PLASA was great! A lot of buzz and activity at the show and a lot of interest in MediaMaster Pro in particular and in the new Licence Rental options for this as well as some other ArKaos products. It’s a good show with great networking for anyone active in entertainment and live events sectors.”
On working with Entedi, she adds: “We are really pleased to be working with Cally [Bacchus, Entedi MD] and this team. They are great people with an excellent reputation and a wide reach across all areas of the entertainment industry.”
Bacchus says his company saw more high-quality and serious visitors than last year, underlining PLASA’s place as a hub for the UK’s entertainment technology industry. He adds: “We have seen ArKaos develop over the years and add a huge amount of user-friendliness, power and simplicity to the real-time control of video and pixel sources. Like us,

 
panasonicPanasonic delivers ‘smallest’ laser projector
Friday, 27 September 2019

Europe - Panasonic has announced availability of ‘the world’s smallest 50,000 lumen laser projector with Native 4K resolution’. It delivers new levels of immersive experience at live events and entertainment venues with half the effort and twice the reliability of existing solutions, says the company.
Designed for the rental and staging market and theme parks, where fast set-up and reliability are essential, the PT-RQ50K is a single body, 3-Chip DLP laser projector will be available in Europe from December 2019.
“RQ50K is an all-in-one projector that allows our partners to create breath-taking experiences with ease and reassurance,” says Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic Business. “It is the combination of our finest image quality and our long proven ‘half’ and ‘dual’ concept. Partners will be able to deliver the premium experience with half the effort and double the reliability.”
A single PT-RQ50K can match the output of two lower brightness projectors, reducing installation and set-up time. It delivers Native 4K resolution at 50,000 lumens with separate blue and red phosphor laser technology creating powerful colour reproduction. The addition of red laser technology delivers an enhanced colour gamut, delivering an image closer to Rec. 2020 and the SMPTE2120 colour specification.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
etc-highendsystems-plasa-1-1ETC celebrates award win at PLASA 2019
Friday, 27 September 2019

UK - ETC and High End Systems celebrated a successful tradeshow following three days of busy stands, Tech Talks seminars and a win for ETC’s Augment3d at the PLASA Awards for Innovation.
The new 3D programming environment, which is part of the upcoming Eos v3.0 software release triumphed at PLASA in a ceremony that celebrates the year’s most pioneering product designs. Judges commented: “This will change the way lighting design and operation works by increasing speed in the lighting workflow and making the process from design to conception easier to manage.”
This was proven during the tradeshow at ETC’s Augment3d challenge event where participants were invited to create five focus palettes on an Eos family console in the quickest time possible using either encoders, a mouse click (in the 3D model) or the Augment3d Focus Wand. The quickest time recorded was 37 seconds on the Focus Wand, notably faster than the best time on the encoders, which was 3 minutes, 32 seconds.
“By combining the power of previsualisation, live interaction and augmented reality, Eos console users can now work quicker and more efficiently before and during production periods,” comments ETC market manager, Rory Fraser-Mackenzie.
Alongside Augment3d were several new innovations including the latest moving lights by High End Systems. The newly launched SolaWash 1000 and TurboRay fixtures were on the stand for visitors to see. SolaWash 1000 wowed crowds with its full-curtain four-blade framing system and dual frosts that give designers the ultimate versatility;

 
nexoplasaawardNexo and Yamaha gear up for BPM 2019
Friday, 27 September 2019

UK - Fresh from an award-winning PLASA Show in London, Nexo and Yamaha are again teaming up on stand D2 for the BPM DJ show (5-6 October, Cranmore Park, Birmingham).
Having recently won a PLASA Award for Innovation, the Nexo P12 point-source loudspeaker will be a highlight, along with the L15 subwoofer. Described by the PLASA judges as “the loudspeaker version of lighting’s [ETC] Source Four, having interchangeable horns with tool-less interchangeability”, the P12 features a system for varying high-frequency coverage patterns. Available in both touring and installation versions, the P12 is ideal for a wide range of short-throw sound reinforcement applications.
BPM visitors will be able to hear the P12 and L15 in action at the show’s Sound Experience, where a range of speaker manufacturers will have three demonstration slots each day.
Yamaha will also be showing a range of its loudspeaker systems, including the DZR Series of bi-amped powered loudspeakers; each of the four models also has a Dante-enabled counterpart, allowing users to fully integrate a DZR system with Audinate’s industry-leading digital audio networking.
DZR loudspeakers are complemented by DXS XLF Series powered subwoofers, which feature frequencies extended down to 30Hz, perfect for professional touring DJs, musicians and sound engineers who need extra low end. The DXS18XLF and DXS15XLF are also both available in a Dante-enabled version.
New Yamaha models on show will include the DXRmkII Series of powered loudspeakers, an upgraded four-model range which combine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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