Canada - CAST Software has released a new version of its wysiwyg lighting design and previsualisation tool. Release 41 brings a broad range of new features, including scaling objects, section sets, NDITM support, enhanced rigging points and realistic smoke and light effects.
CAST has also announced it’s working on a cloud and student licencing option and support for 64-bit architecture.
Scaling Objects: users are now able to easily scale up, down or stretch any 3D object within wysiwyg. The Scale tool can be applied to a primitive shape, an object from wysiwyg’s library (except truss and fixtures) or objects imported from other applications.
Europe - Lightact, a Slovenian media server manufacturer, now features a two-way sharing of textures and variables between Lightact and Unreal Engine.
Version 3.0.5 also introduces LightNet and LightSync which enable multi-server syncing.
Mitja Prelovšek, CEO of Lightact, comments: "We are extremely thrilled to be able to release v3.0.5 as it further strengthens Unreal Engine workflow as well as expanding Lightact's core media server functionalities.”
Lightact is an integrated suite combining standard media server functionalities such as projection mapping, multi-screen video output and DMX lighting control with unique real-time rendering capabilities and reliability features aimed at permanent installations.
The suite includes Lightact Cloud installation monitoring solution and Lightact WebUIs client user interfaces. Lightact v3.0.5 is available on Lightact's webshop.
The Netherlands - At IBC 2018, Sennheiser will show the wireless Memory Mic for smartphones. Designed for journalists, the tool claims to offer superior sound compared to smartphone voice recording utilities.
Tobias von Allwoerden, senior product manager, professional audio at Sennheiser, comments: “High sound quality remains an important area for differentiation and a hallmark of quality for video content. Currently, there is no other product on the market that is able to compete with the Memory Mic and offer the same fantastic combination of audio quality, price and mobility.
“The benefits for the mobile journalist include audio pick-up in broadcast quality via the free Sennheiser app, one-touch synchronization of audio and video via Bluetooth, no issues at all with range, up to four hours of operating time and convenient recharging via USB.”
Europe - Litec is increasing its range of Flyintowers to nine in total with the release of four new towers this year.
The company has introduced the first two of these - the FTH40 and FTH52. The FTH40 allows 1,600kg of your audio equipment to be supported up to 10m, while the FTH52 Flyintower supports a total load of 1,400kg up to 13m.
Both towers are designed for lifting loads with an electric chain hoist or manual winch, but more importantly, feature all straight sections made from standard truss, rather than truss that’s custom made.
Europe - Claypaky has added two more luminaires to its new Axcor series - the Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400.
Each fixture is available in two versions - with either 6500K colour temperature and high light output, or with 5600K colour temperature and a CRI of around 90.
The Axcor 600 is designed for tours and large events. It features a wide zoom range from 5° to 45° (1:9 ratio) and can be used in a variety of situations, including those for which a narrow angle is most suitable.
The Axcor Profile 400 is targeted to the medium power market by offering a light that packs the company’s advanced lighting, mechanical and electronic features into a compact body (less than 65 cm high).
Among the features this compact LED light offers are a framing system that works on four focal planes, an effects section with an animation wheel, a complete colour system with linear CTO, and a high precision mechanical iris. The Axcor Profile 400 is quiet, and has three operating modes, which can be chosen according to needs: silent, standard and auto.
Norway - Second Warehouse is introducing SMS messaging and a built-in search assistant as it continues to refine the online pro AV cross-rental platform.
The SMS feature will offer another communication channel to customers, whose email requests might be halted by spam filters.
The search assistant, named ‘Ask Sam’ after inventory manager Sam Nesbitt, would enable users to gain the manager’s direct assistance if the platform’s search utility fails to return all requested items.
Second Warehouse founder Stuart Kerrison comments: “SMS support is being introduced to make sure that even if you miss the email, you won’t miss the deal. Email is the principle way that we communicate with our users, but it’s really important that Second Warehouse users don’t miss the opportunity to make money because of an overenthusiastic spam filter. That said, we passionately believe in respecting the privacy of our users – Second Warehouse will only ever send an SMS to help a user hire out equipment or with information about their account. We will never use this system for marketing.”
Launched fewer than six months ago, Second Warehouse simplifies and speeds up the essential process of pro AV cross rental.
UK - Devon-based S+H Technical Support has launched a new HD video banner designed for all types of live events, as well as conferences, exhibitions and other applications requiring plug-and-play digital signage.
S+H’s Terry Murtha comments: “Whether it’s indicating the way to a plenary session or a breakout room, directing delegates to different seminars or providing fun and entertaining branding and content in specific areas of an event space - like hallways and corridors - or highlighting an area of an exhibition stand, this is a really fast and simple way to get noticed or to issue clear directions” enthuses Terry.
The standard S+H Video Banner offers a 2.5 mm pitch and 224 x 756 pixels per panel in a .622 mm wide by 1980 mm high format. The 6.7 mm deep modules can be butted up together and are housed in robust aluminium panels for protection and easy transportation.
The units weigh 35kg each and are designed with all S+H’s expertise in the live events field. “They can easily be moved around to different locations within a venue, which is a frequent requirement of conferences or exhibitions,” observes Terry.
They can currently be floor mounted, and custom brackets are arriving soon to facilitate flying and wall or truss mounting.
They can be fed with video sources from any standard laptop or media server.
UK - Following considerable investment in design and engineering, Cloud Electronics has announced the availability of its 70/100V multichannel DSP amplifier with Energy Star certification, making the CV range one of the most advanced constant voltage amplifier designs on the market.
The first mass production batch of the eight-channel variant (CV8125) was shipped from Sheffield last week, while the two-channel (CV2500) and four-channel (CV4250) versions will be shipping in the next four weeks as production starts to ramp-up.
Cloud Electronics says the six-channel version (CV6160) has been ‘intentionally sidelined’ as it’s not clear at this point if there is any reasonable demand for the variant, since the eight-channel variant’s power sharing feature replicates this model.
USA - Elation Professional has presented eCast, a stage lighting control app designed for use at small to medium-sized venues such as night clubs, houses of worship or mobile events. The app is available from the Apple App Store only and is free, but requires the Elation 4Cast DMX Bridge (pictured) as the interface between lighting fixtures and an iOS device (iOS 9.3 or later).
Elation eCast works with any Art-Net or sACN node and can control up to 576 lighting fixtures and up to 12 DMX universes (6144 lighting channels). Features include an effects generator for movement, colour and flash effects; audio trigger and MIDI support is also included.
The 4Cast DMX Bridge is a compact four-universe wireless device that bridges WiFi, Art-Net, sACN, and E-FLY (Elation’s wireless DMX solution) signals to control compatible DMX devices, a solution for small production events, nightclubs, bars or any event or venue that requires hidden data cables.
USA - PreSonus is now shipping its EarMix 16M 16-channel personal monitor mixer and NSB 16.8 and NSB 8.8 stageboxes.
Part of PreSonus’ ecosystem of AVB-networked products, the EarMix 16M and NSB-series stageboxes are designed to work with the PreSonus StudioLive Series III family of mixers.
The PreSonus EarMix 16M 16-channel AVB-networked personal monitor mixer provides an expandable networked monitoring solution for stage, installed sound systems and studio recording. Each EarMix 16M accepts 16 mono channels of input via AVB networking - and you can network multiple units with a StudioLive Series III mixer.
EarMix 16M features a loud, clear headphone amplifier that can drive low-impedance devices such as professional-calibrein-ear-monitors. Each unit can create its own custom mix, and you can apply limiting and three-band EQ with sweepable midrange frequency to each channel, as well as to the main mix. Once you’ve perfected a set of monitor mixes, save the whole scene to internal memory; you can store and recall up to 16 mix scenes locally.
PreSonus’ NSB 16.8 and 8.8 AVB-networked stage boxes deliver signals from stage to console over a lightweight Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable. All inputs feature gain compensation for shared input scenarios, a feature typically only found on much more expensive systems.
The 16x8 NSB 16.8 offers 16 locking combo mic/line inputs equipped with PreSonus’ remote-controlled, Class A solid-state XMAX preamps. The 8x8 NSB 8.8 offers eight of these mic/line inputs. Both models provide eight outputs wi
USA/Europe - Elation Professional has embarked on a new chapter in its evolution with the launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products.
Following completion in late March of the acquisition of the M-Series range of entertainment lighting controllers from Harman Professional Solutions, Elation received valuable feedback from the thousands of M-Series users worldwide.
“Based on this feedback, we sought to create a dedicated company and brand focus for the continued development and evolution of the product series,” states Elation sales & marketing director Eric Loader. “The Obsidian development will continue to be focused on stable and compatible software and hardware for all existing M-Series products.”
Obsidian lighting control software and hardware is designed and maintained by lighting professionals so that professionals can excel at the highest level, says the company. It is easy to use and accessible to every level of user, whether a novice programmer or a designer at the highest level.
“Our pillars are that we believe in innovating together to create intuitive products that are both forward thinking and reliable,” Loader continues. “We asked ourselves what it would look like to remove creative and financial obstacles so that designers and programmers can go beyond where they have before, and so that the next generation can be taught and encouraged. By innovating together, we’re creating products that are focused on the user. We have the user in mind and they
Germany - Astera LED Technology has announced the official release of its AsteraApp for the iOS platform to public via its social network. The AsteraApp is now available for download for both iOS and Android platform.
The AsteraApp is an application for professional entertainment lighting control and management. It provides professional-level control over Astera-based fixtures by connecting the phone/tablet`s to the AsteraBox via Bluetooth which then relays the command to the battery operated fixtures via radio frequency.
The App allows simple to complex operations without touching the lights such as firmware update, grouping, assigning and configuring DMX addresses as well as controlling colours and effects and monitoring the status of the lights during operation.
Since its first introduction in 2015, the app was available only on Android-based devices and for the first time, it is now available for iOS.
“It took us two years to reprogramme the app so it can be the same now on iOS and Android. As this reprogramming is now done, the users can expect many more new features in the future,” says Simon Canins, technical director at Astera. “Some of the new features are targeted to our customers from the filming business - they put in many suggestions. We want to thank them. And we are listening and implementing them step by step now.”
USA - ADJ’s new POW-R BAR65 and POW-R BAR LINK professional-calibre utility power blocks have been specifically designed for distributing reliable, surge-protected power on stage and at front-of-house, monitor mix and DJ positions.
The POW-R BAR65 is a utility power block that is fitted with six well-spaced-out and surge-protected 3-prong Edison 120V AC sockets which can be used for providing power to a wide variety of sound, lighting and effects equipment. It also has a USB charging port that can be used to provide power for a mobile phone or tablet and its case features a recessed slot that serves as a stand for one of these devices. This makes it ideal for use by sound, lighting and AV professionals to manage power distribution at front-of-house or other control positions.
In addition, the POW-R BAR65 also incorporates a four-port USB 3.0 hub, which can be used to hook up multiple USB storage and control devices to a laptop computer. These four ports can also change mobile phones as well. This makes it suitable for use as a part of a front of house, lighting desk or mobile DJ setup. The AC sockets can be used to power electronics, while the USB hub can be used to connect together a laptop, controller and peripherals.
Also new to the ADJ range is the POW-R BAR LINK. This is similar to the POW-R BAR65 – offering six surge-protected Edison 120V AC sockets – but without the USB hub and charging socket. It does, however, have the added benefit of a powerCON outlet socket, allowing multiple units to be daisy-chained together to provide extended
Slovenia - Lightact, a Slovenian media server manufacturer, has launched a new version of their flagship software.
Lightact v3.0.4 features NDI integration, HAP codec playback, a new real-time particle engine and a number of new real-time texture processing filters. Lightact is an integrated suite combining standard media server functionalities such as projection and multi-screen mapping and DMX lighting control with real-time rendering capabilities and reliability features aimed at permanent installations.
The suite includes Lightact Cloud installation monitoring solution and Lightact WebUIs client user interfaces. Lightact also includes a real-time 3D rendering engine and Unreal Engine integration.
Mitja Prelovšek, CEO of Lightact, says: "We are extremely thrilled to be able to push v3.0.4 out as it further expands Lightact's core media server functionalities while strengthening its 3D real-time rendering capabilities."
Lightact v3.0.4 is available on Lightact's webshop. Links Lightact: http://lightact-systems.com Online shop https://lightact-systems.com/get-ligh
Europe - Belgian pro audio manufacturer Audac has expanded its existing range of ceiling speakers with two new series.
The CENA series is designed to offer a cost-effective solution in a single cone 4.5” and 6.5” model and have a low-profile construction that allows placement in locations with limited ceiling space. The SpringFit fixation offers “the fastest possible installation time of any speaker available on the market, while the borderless grill design is unseen for any ceiling speaker in this segment”.
The CIRA series is designed with installer convenience in mind and delivers “superior audio reproduction”. The series has a lot of the advantages that normally are only found in premium priced ceiling speakers, says the company. Like the TwistFix borderless grill design, which offers an easy but solid assembly and a completely seamless transition from grill to ceiling.
Additional front grills for the CIRA are available in black and white, while for custom projects a paintable version is offered. These electroplated grills make sure installations in applications with high levels of humidity or permanent outdoor installations are possible.
USA - Danley Sound Labs has introduced the Danley MINI 180 which provides “even, seamless coverage across 180 degrees (by 90 degrees vertical) using Danley’s patented technology”.
Its operating frequency range is 149Hz to 20kHz (?3dB) with impressively linear phase response across that range and across the beam width. Maximum output is 119dB SPL continuous and 125dB SPL peak.
“Folks have been asking us for a 180-degree loudspeaker for a long time, and the Danley MINI 180 meets that specification with sound quality that makes Tom proud to put his name on it,” said Mike Hedden, Danley president. “We made it easy to use: the Danley MINI 180 only weighs 45 pounds and mounts easily on a pole or on a wall. In fact, it’s easy to put two MINI 180s back-to-back on a pole for instant 360 degree coverage with Danley’s phenomenal seamless coupling. There’s no shortage of applications, from houses of worship to sports complexes to farmers markets and beyond. Also, clients can rest easy that overambitious users won’t blow the speaker up. The Danley MINI 180 uses Sentinel Limiter protection circuitry.”
The Danley MINI 180 uses two eight-inch drivers and Danley’s patented technology to couple them into a single point source loudspeaker with 180 degree coverage. Polyurea coated 13-ply, 18mm Baltic Birch makes the loudspeaker durable but still light, and its modest size (12.5” x 18.5” x 9.5”) makes the Danley MINI 180 easy to fit into most applications.
USA - ADJ Products has announced the distribution of a wide range of ArKaos products, included several software titles, media servers, for the U.S. and Mexico.
ADJ Products has been successfully offering ArKaos Grand VJ2, Grand VJ XT and LED Master software titles for the past several years. Now that ADJ Products has entered into a distribution agreement with ArKaos, the company can offer a wider range of ArKaos products to the entire ADJ Products dealer network in the United States and Mexico including a full suite of software titles and media servers.
“With the tremendous growth of the AV Series and Design Series video panel systems, we knew we needed to expand our media server and software options as well, said Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager of ADJ USA. “ArKaos was the natural partner because they are known around the world as a first-class media software and hardware company. By adding Arkaos products, we are now able to offer customers more options for a total video wall solution.”
ADJ Products plans to distribute the Grand VJ software suite, Media Master Express software suite, Media Master Pro software suite, LED Master, as well as, the Stage Server Express and Stage Server Pro media servers.
ADJ Products will add the ArKaos software and hardware products into their video panel packages, as part of a “total video solution” that already includes video panels, road cases, cables and rigging accessories.
UK - Cloud Electronics, UK has announced its new range of energy efficient, amplifiers with the introduction of its CV-Series digital multi-channel digital 70/100V amplifiers.
There are three models in the CV-Series including two, four and eight-channel variants. The first model to launch is the CV8125 eight channel digital amplifier, offering up to 125 watts output per channel at 70 / 100V.
The series is designed and assembled in Sheffield, UK and embraces more than 30 years of knowledge in producing audio products for commercial use with emphasis placed on design and industrial build quality.
For use in sound reinforcement applications in retail, leisure, hospitality, commercial and industrial sectors the new CV-Digital amplifier series is designed to drive 70 / 100V loudspeaker systems directly.
All models offer a total power output capability of one kilowatt, this maximum rating power-shared equally between channels.
Flexible output allows a single multi-channel amplifier to drive loudspeaker systems, differing in load size in different areas of a building or venue, whilst optimising overall power output capability.
Particular attention has been paid to the new CV-Digital series amplifiers energy efficiency to meet Energy Star compliancy ratings. Automatic Power Down (APD) is triggered if an input signal is not detected for thirty minutes, reducing power consumption to just 2.5 watts.
“It is important to understand the new CV-Digital series represents key technological advances for Cloud”, says Jon Spyve, head or r
USA - Audio-Technica is now shipping the ATW-T6002x handheld transmitter for the 6000 Series high density wireless system - a spectrum-efficient solution that allows users to pack 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth.
The ATW-T6002x handheld transmitter offers low handling noise and features a metal construction body, high-visibility OLED screen, soft-touch controls and switchable RF power (2mW / 10mW / 50mW). Its industry-standard thread mount allows for the use of six new interchangeable A-T microphone capsules, as well as other compatible capsules.
UK - Pliant Technologies and its UK distributor Sound Technology have announced the immediate availability of Pliant's new professional wireless intercom system, CrewCom.
CrewCom is based on a new technology platform “that offers the industry’s highest user density, unparalleled range, and scalability” and features the industry’s smallest fully-featured professional full-duplex wireless radio packs, multiple simultaneous frequency bands, as well as a host of user features, says the company. With CrewCom, production crews of all sizes can now easily and quickly deploy communications solutions to connect more people in more places than ever before, says the company.
“We took a completely non-traditional approach to wireless intercoms, and while CrewCom’s advanced technology offers huge benefits to the customer, the development time was longer than we had anticipated,” says Gary Rosen, vice-president of global sales for Pliant Technologies.
“The effort we invested in getting out the right product was commensurate with the importance of this new intercom system. With CrewCom’s release, we can now provide a wireless intercom solution that will change the way professionals use intercom, allowing both easy-to-use small wireless systems and large-scale deployments for those that need dramatic scalability and user count based on the same technology.”
CrewCom offers 1,024 conferences that provide the flexibility of a matrix/party-line without the cost. Unlike a matrix-based architecture, CrewCom is based on a decentralised platform t
Italy - DTS has launched Synergy 5 Profile, a new moving head in the company’s LED Profile range designed for live and broadcast productions.
Synergy 5 Profile’s main feature is the quality of the emitted light - CRI is higher than 90, with R9 (red) higher than 80, ensuring a realistic reproduction of colours and skin tones, according to DTS.
An example of the fixture’s versatility is the availability of a second selectable CRI in the same unit: CRI >75 for high brightness for applications where power is the key factor, such as large concerts.
First batches of the new fixture will start to ship at the end of July to cover all distributors orders already placed.
USA - Elation Professional has expanded its line of IP-rated products with the new Cuepix 16 IP. An IP65-rated 4x4 matrix LED blinder and effect panel, the Cuepix 16 IP is an updated version of the company’s Cuepix Panel, a 5 x 5 LED matrix panel launched five years ago.
Lighting fixtures mounted on a downstage truss like blinder/effect lights, or general area wash fixtures, are especially exposed to the elements - designers can now add high-impact colour or white light, eye candy or pixel-mapped effects, to productions of all types, indoors or out, without the worry of weather and cost and inconvenience of protective coverings, says the company.
Cuepix 16 IP houses 16 30W RGBA COB LEDs for a full spectrum of well-balanced, custom colours (saturates to pastels) with no pixelated rainbow shadows. The amber LED compared to the RGB-based Cuepix Panel extends the possible range of colours and gives more control over white balance, producing a better warm white. The COB LEDs give a higher-density output and a more even light distribution for superior all-around performance.
Germany - A long reach is not only in demand in sport, but also in the professional installation or event technology sectors. Many systems fail when it’s about the transmission of sound and picture over long distances. Customers of Sommer Cable don’t have to compromise here. The new generation of the Caddinal DVM-HDBT extender systems creates “a milestone in terms of transmission quality”.
“When designing the new Cardinal DVM systems, we focused on a stable, zero latency transmission of HDMI signals. That way uncompressed UHD content can be transferred in real-time by using only a single Cat line. And this over a maximum distance of 70m,” says Peter Rieck, key account & distribution manager at Sommer Cable.
The ultra-compact devices are optimised for continuous operation and process HDMI signals up to the 2.0 standard with all common features such as HDCP 2.2, 4K, 3D, CEC as well as PCM and bitstream audio. Likewise, the bi-directional RS232 and infrared communication for display or beamer control is transmitted along.
Additionally, the engineers at ommer Cable have realised the voltage supply via PoH (Power over HDBaseT), whereby the power supply may be connected either to the transmitter or to the receiver.
The Cardinal DVM-HDBT extender systems are now available as transmitter and receiver and as kits.
Europe - Wireless Solution Sweden has announced that ADB Stagelight has joined W-DMX’s OEM family.
ADB recently debuted the Klemantis, a new LED cyclorama light based on a six-colour module, with HCR, being able to deliver a wide selection of colours, from bold hues to pastel shades.
The unit also comes standard with a W-DMX module, that allows it to wirelessly receive DMX data from a W-DMX transmitter. It includes an external 2dBi antenna in order to be able to achieve long-distances on 2.4 GHz.
“We are very excited to be able to work with ADB,” says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO for Wireless Solution. “The company is in great shape and developing some of the most pioneering products for theatre, it’s great they have chosen our company to supply Wireless DMX. Giving the users the possibility to wirelessly control their Klemantis fixtures opens up a lot of possibilities for designers to be very flexible with their lighting design, without having to consider data cables“.
The Klemantis series had its TV debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon last month.