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infocomm6Meyer Sound’s Panther makes show debut
Monday, 20 June 2022

USA - The Meyer Sound stand at InfoComm in Las Vegas pulled steady crowds throughout the show.
“This was our first major trade show presence since early 2020 and it was a great feeling to welcome back all the dealers, customers, and associates we’ve known over the years,” says director of global marketing, Tim Boot. “When the live event industry suffered setbacks during COVID, the installation market remained surprisingly strong for us, and we were happy to show our appreciation with hospitality through the show.”
Making its major trade show debut at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s new Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker.
A major focus at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology, which uniquely combines the installation advantages of low voltage distributed systems with a level of performance possible only with self-powered loudspeakers.
“IntelligentDC remains the only viable solution for higher-power loudspeaker systems that require neither long loudspeaker cable runs nor access to AC power,” says Boot. “IntelligentDC systems can sustain peaks up to 860 watts, which is far more than you can get with Power over Ethernet solutions. More than two-thirds of the loudspeakers in the line are true bi-amplified loudspeakers with active crossovers.”
IntelligentDC systems utilise a multi-channel rack-mount power supply and signal distribution unit to deliver 48V DC power and balanced audio over a single five-core cable through eight outputs to as many as 24 loudspeakers, depending on system co

calibreOne Canvas Solution scoops two InfoComm 2022 awards
Friday, 17 June 2022

USA - The One Canvas Solution from Calibre UK has won an AV Technology and Installation InfoComm 2022 Best in Market awards at the recent InfoComm show in Las Vegas. The awards were judged by team of InfoComm CTS-qualified technology managers, integrators and consultants.
“We’re grateful for the industry recognition of our talented R&D team’s innovation to our One Canvas Solution,” comments Mike Novak who is newly-appointed to manage the North American market at Calibre UK.
The Calibre One Canvas Solution is suitable for large-scale and multi-screen 4K conference applications. The HQPro1000 scaler/switcher with 4K50/60Hz 4:4:4 RGB processing and 4K EDID management can manage up to four LEDFusion Pro screens with flexible screen layout at any one time using a simple control interface. A Quad2K card is available for optional splicing for four 2K output as necessary.
Coinciding with InfoComm, Calibre held a Calibre New Product Preview Showcase event at Westgate Las Vegas from 9-10 June, revealing the One Canvas Solution incorporating the Calibre LEDFusion Pro with splicing features across multiple screens. “We welcomed AV buyers, consultants and end users to see Calibre product plans and test out the new splicing features of the One Canvas Solution ahead of their future projects,” adds Novak.

 
 
vx-4-main-imagedisguisedisguise releases vx 4+ platform
Friday, 17 June 2022

UK - Visual storytelling technology platform disguise has released its new flagship media server: the vx 4+. Purpose-built for technically demanding productions, installations and shows, the vx 4+ is designed ‘to ensure maximum content quality and playback performance, enabling productions to push boundaries and captivate audiences like never before’.
With the capability to handle twice the amount of video layers versus its award-winning predecessor, the new disguise vx 4+ machine ramps up storage performance and significantly improves video throughout, with up to 100GbE in bandwidth for higher resolution live video.
“Production teams are perpetually seeking to push the boundaries of what is possible, with many experimenting with new technologies and workflows, using real-time content or using video content at unlimited scale and complexity. As these ambitions grow, playing back large-scale content reliably without latency remains a challenge,” explains disguise chief product officer Raed Al Tikriti.
“disguise vx 4+ addresses the pressing need for an ultra-reliable high-performance server capable of handling the most demanding bandwidth-hungry, data-rich video processing. Built on our team’s deep understanding of the needs of today’s productions, installations and large-scale shows, the vx4+ offers our customers cutting-edge technology, that works with the disguise modular ecosystem of solutions and offers the most reliable and effective solution for your production.”
Integral to the disguise modular ecosystem and working wi

 
christiecineeurope-mastheadsmay-22-en-1080x1080-v1Christie shows tailored solutions at CineEurope
Thursday, 16 June 2022

Spain - Christie will showcase its cinema technologies designed to meet the needs of every screen size at CineEurope, taking place 20-23 June at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB).
A selection from Christie’s range of Xenon, RGBe and Real|Laser projectors, and new Cinergy theatre management platform, will be available to view in MR 134, as will Christie Vive Audio and Christie CounterAct, with Care222 - the first UVC disinfection technology with proprietary optical filter that can be used when people are present.
“We’re excited to gather with the industry at an exciting time in cinema’s continued recovery,” says Adil Zerouali, senior director EMEA Cinema, Christie. “Since our last visit to CineEurope, we have further broadened our range of solutions to make Christie an outstanding choice for exhibitors seeking an impactful cinematic experience with high return on investment, regardless of screen size.
“CineEurope is a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with our European partners, meet new people and discuss how our technologies can elevate cinema to deliver even more memorable experiences and deliver on budget for exhibitors.”
On show at CineEurope, featuring Real|Laser and CineLife+ is the CP4435-RGB, which is designed for mainstream theatres with its long-lasting light source providing over 50,000 hours of stable DCI brightness.
Christie’s CP4420-Xe cinema projector will be on show for the first time in Europe. Featuring 4k technology with CineLife+ electronics.

 
 
vst-live-tracks-screenshotmasterStenberg launches VST Live system
Thursday, 16 June 2022

Germany - Steinberg has announced the launch and immediate availability of the VST Live Advanced Live Performance System. VST Live takes care of the technical production, supports the onstage musicians and ‘gives performers the tools to create a show to remember’.
Available for both Windows and macOS, VST Live is available in two versions: VST Live Pro and VST Live Elements. Both have all the functions needed to get songs ready for the stage, with an array of virtual instruments, effects, an integrated sequencer and synchronisation features to keep every beat and bar tightly in time.
The Layers page lets users quickly audition and choose from a range of instruments, high-quality effects and MIDI control for each song. These are saved as Parts and its entire Song is then added to the versatile Set List page to create the running order for the gig.
“VST Live is useful for really impressing an audience at any event,” says Steinberg product marketing manager Julius Farahwaran. “Whether performing at a major sold-out venue or in front of friends in somebody’s living room, VST Live will help anyone get the most out of their performance and make the biggest impact.”
Availability and pricing Full-license retail versions of VST Live Pro and VST Live Elements are available through the Steinberg online shop.

 
yamahavxhseries1Yamaha launches VXH pendant speaker series
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Europe - Yamaha’s new VXH series is designed for use in a wide range of commercial spaces where pendant speakers are the preferred solution.
Delivering quality sound in many larger retail, hospitality, entertainment and corporate premises can be a challenge with conventional surface mount or in-ceiling speakers. Pendant speakers are often a better solution, delivering more localised sound to reduce the issues of reverberation, unwanted reflections and the resulting lower-quality audio, which speakers located further away from the listener can cause.
Suitable for high, open structure and sloped ceilings, the VXH series comprises two models, the VXH6 and VXH8, engineered for optimum background music and voice reproduction.
Featuring a 120º dispersion pattern, the 6.5-inch VXH6 has a peak power handling of 300W and is designed for use where the speakers are to be suspended at a relatively low level. The eight-inch VXH8 has a narrower dispersion pattern of 75º and a higher peak power output of 360W, for higher suspended positions. You can mix and match both models, as well as with other speakers in the comprehensive Yamaha range, to achieve the best sound and coverage for any application.
Weighing just 5.7kg and 7.2kg respectively, The VXH6 and VXH8 support high and low impedance connections, while the speaker wattage can be easily switched even after installation, thanks to the straightforward tap selector. This minimizes the need for additional units, letting you design systems to precisely meet the needs of a space.
VXH series speake

 
 
tambora-linear-effects3Claypaky extends Tambora family with Linear
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Italy - Following on from its range of LED bars introduced last year, Claypaky has now expanded the Tambora family further and introduces Tambora Linear, a line of static LED Pixel mapping bars designed for versatile lighting effects and artistic set decoration.
These are hybrid bars, which incorporate two complementary effects into one fixture. The first is driven by a system of 400 RGB pixel LEDs, which offer a background light very similar to that of a high-definition LED wall in appearance. This LED array can be controlled as 16 LEDs in 25 groups to provide high quality motion graphics.
The second effect is created by a central line of 200 powerful white LEDs for an overwhelming strobe effect, capable of reproducing the behaviour of the most celebrated strobe fixtures on the market. This effect can also be controlled through 25 different areas, offering unparalleled versatility.
All graphic content can be managed through the Advanced Layers Management, an exclusive feature of Claypaky LED bars, with which you can choose to use different levels of effects simultaneously, giving free expression to your creativity.
Tambora Linear 100 features a large number of built-in effects, so it can be used not only in advanced mode but also in a simple mode for whenever a media server is not available, or the installation requires a speedy solution.
The Tambora Linear can be easily connected mechanically with multiple units and then operated as one complete fixture from the control software.

 
pantherDushow invests in Meyer Sound Panther
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

France - Technical service provider Dushow is expanding its Meyer Sound loudspeaker range with the acquisition of the new Panther line-array speakers. This new product will be added to Dushow's audio inventory from July.
Panther has been designed as a sustainable and more environmentally friendly product. On top of its design, its compact size and light weight significantly reduce the carbon footprint on a transport and operational level. It also uses less energy thanks to the high-efficiency amplifier package, which reduces power consumption by 20%.

 
 
ahAllen & Heath processors debut at InfoComm
Monday, 13 June 2022

USA - Allen & Heath featured the latest additions to its installation range at InfoComm 2022. Making their InfoComm debuts were the recently released AHM-32 and AHM-16 matrix processors, the CC-7 and CC-10 Touch Panels for Custom Control plus a trio of compact Dante expanders.
Harnessing technology from the AHM-64 Audio Matrix Processor, AHM-32 and AHM-16 open up the platform to the full spectrum of installed audio environments - from a single boardroom to a complete campus - with emphasis on simplicity of programming and control, plus expandable audio networking and I/O capabilities.
Three Dante interfaces from Allen & Heath’s Everything I/O range of audio expanders will be making their first ISE appearance: the DT20 with 2 mic/line inputs on combi connectors; the DT02 with two line outputs on XLR; and the DT22 with 2x2 I/O on Phoenix connectors.
The CC-7 and CC-10 touch panels augment the existing range of remote-control options for AHM, dLive and Avantis mixers. PoE powered and pre-configured to run the Allen & Heath Custom Control app in kiosk mode, they offer an elegant alternative to BYOD in houses of worship, corporate and educational facilities.
“With a number of our install products making their first InfoComm appearance, we’re looking forward to showing them off at this year’s show,” comments Markus Sinsel, sales director at Allen & Heath. “We can’t wait to catch up with colleagues, partners and customers face-to-face and share what we have been working on over the last couple of years, and of course d

 
ca3000mxWaves extends commercial audio line
Monday, 13 June 2022

USA - Waves Audio has expanded its commercial audio line with the introduction of the CA3000-MX Commercial Audio Mixer.
Waves CA3000-MX offers powerful mixing and built-in processing, plus the option to expand processing, by adding plugins from Waves’ massive catalogue. The CA3000-MX system is compatible with standard ASIO audio or Dante network configurations.
CA3000-MX is suitable for corporate, commercial, government, educational or house-of-worship installations that demands a high level of audio quality and advanced processing flexibility. Housed in a compact half-width 2U rack-mount chassis, CA3000-MX couples a powerful digital audio processing engine with an install-ready version of the industry-proven Waves eMotion LV1 mixer, supporting up to 32 stereo inputs, 24 stereo aux mix outputs plus L/R/C/M outs, and a 12x8 stereo matrix.
Integration and setup of the system is simple: CA3000-MX integrates easily with standard ASIO audio device drivers, or with Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) audio networking.
Integrators can add any desired Waves plugins to the CA3000-MX, to customize the processing to their specific needs. Waves offers a massive selection of audio processing plugins to address issues with feedback suppression, dynamics control, source levelling, noise reduction, acoustic response, broadcast streaming optimization, and more.
Also new are updated versions of the Waves CA1000 and CA2000 Commercial Audio DSP Engines, now featuring more integration options: in addition to Dante compatibility, these units are now also ASIO-co

 
 
infocomm2022headerLightware puts spotlight on connectivity
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - Lightware Visual Engineering will highlight a range of new and enhanced professional AV solutions at InfoComm 2022, on stand W1831. From its Taurus universal matrix switchers to UBEX AV-over-IP devices and more, the Lightware technologies on display combine atmix of performance, quality and efficiency needed by commercial end-users and system integrators.
Lightware is also announcing the official opening of its new global training facility, the Lightware Discovery Centre, based in Las Vegas.
“The professional AV/IT landscape is constantly changing, with an increasing emphasis on network connectivity, remote access and interactive collaboration,” said Gergely Vida, CEO at Lightware Visual Engineering. “Attendees will experience our latest technology innovations and comprehensive solutions designed for every application, requirement and budget as well as our commitment to training and education - a demonstration of our end-to-end support for the AV industry.”
Ubex is an AV-over-IP device that delivers pixel-accurate 4K60 video in real-time with Dolby Atmos capabilities for enhanced immersive experiences in live events, eSports or XR screen applications.
Ubex units can connect to create a complex network through standard Ethernet switches with virtually unlimited numbers of endpoints while providing enhanced redundancy.
The Vinx series of AV-over-IP devices for 1G Ethernet networks can also operate in point-to-point configuration with diverse application possibilities. Vinx devices include built-in USB 2.0 ports for KVM fu

 
qolorflex-banner-5-in-1-v3City Theatrical tapes on demo at Cine Gear LA
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - City Theatrical is staging demonstrations of relevant tape products at Cine Gear Expo LA which is running currently at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
City Theatrical's QolorFLEX HiQ High CRI LED Tape is designed to have a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 95, making it an iappropriatel high CRI LED tape for the needs of the film industry. It is available in three types, 3200K, 6000K, or 2700-6500K in a single chip, and offers exceptional on-camera colour rendition and the ability to match the light sources already being used on film and television sets.
QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape is an interior-grade LED Tape with high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colours when used with a DMX colour control system. QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape comes in two colour options, RGB plus Amber plus Cool White (new!), and RGB plus Warm White plus Cool White, which both have a high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colors when used with a DMX color control system. Designed for installations for television and film, all LEDs used in QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape RGBACW are identical to create an even illumination.
QolorFLEX NuNeon is rugged, outdoor-rated, and dimmable. It can be cut to length and is available in a variety of colours plus RGB. It offers nearly the same visual impact as traditional blown glass neon without the problematic issues of installation and maintenance. QolorFLEX NuNeon's extreme flexibility includes a ½" minimum bending radius in the horizontal plane for ideal precision for signage, like

 
 
arri-orbiter-fresnel-lens-key-visualARRI expands Orbiter offerings with Fresnel lens
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Germany - ARRI has announced the addition of the Orbiter Fresnel lens to the already large pool of Orbiter optics, making this LED luminaire even more versatile. Combined with Orbiter’s ARRI Spectra light engine, the high-end optical system is suited for cinematic application, broadcast studios, as well as theatres or live productions.
Creating a precise light spot with a soft single shadow, the new Orbiter Fresnel lens delivers true Fresnel output with a real Gaussian field of light. The light output of Orbiter with Fresnel lens is comparable to the ARRI L-Series L10 and True Blue ST2/3 with 2000 W Tungsten bulb.
Despite its large aperture, the Orbiter Fresnel lens housing is compact (approx. 340mm x 380mm x 370mm and lightweight (4.5kg / 9.5lbs). Its lens diameter of 285mm equals that of the True Blue ST2/3 and T5.

 
bromptonBrompton adds further features to Tessera
Thursday, 9 June 2022

UK - Brompton Technology has announced two major feature advances as part of its Tessera v3.4 software release: Extended Bit Depth and Stacking. “These features enhance our already compelling feature-set, which is well-established as the processing of choice for both major live events and film and television production,” says Brompton’s CEO, Richard Mead.”
Extended Bit Depth unlocks higher PWM bit depth output with a free firmware update for all existing and new panels fitted with the Brompton R2 or R2+ receiver card. Up to 3.3 additional bits of precision improves low-brightness performance – reducing visual artefacts and bringing out additional detail and nuance in dark areas of the image. This substantial increase in dynamic range offers a significant boost in performance that is hard to ignore for ICVFX and other LED on camera applications.
With Extended Bit Depth, you can also reproduce HDR content up to 10 times darker than previously possible, without compromising peak brightness for HDR highlights.
Many setups utilise multiple processors working together to drive different parts of a single LED screen. The second new feature of Tessera v3.4 - Stacking - which is available on Tessera SX40 and S8 processors, allows multiple processors in a setup to be controlled together in unison. Tessera v3.4 is now available as beta software for evaluation.

 
 
dante-brooklynAudinate debuts Dante Brooklyn updates
Thursday, 9 June 2022

USA - At this week’s InfoComm in Las Vegas, Audinate introduced Dante Brooklyn 3 audio networking module and Dante Fremont 3 AV networking module. The new modules are pin-compatible replacements for the popular Dante Brooklyn 2 and Dante Fremont modules and have been redesigned to ensure continuous availability while delivering support for current and future Dante features.
Samples of both modules will be available to manufacturers in Q3 2022 and will start shipping in production quantities in Q4 2022.
The Dante Brooklyn module family is the most widely deployed implementation of Dante, and is used in hundreds of mixing consoles, DSPs, amplifiers, and much more. The Dante Brooklyn 3 audio module is available in 8x8 to 64x64 channel SKUs, delivering ultra-low latency networked audio in a small footprint and supporting the complete suite of Dante audio features.
The original Dante Fremont module supported Dante AV. The new Dante Fremont 3 is 100% compatible with Dante Fremont designs and supports low-latency Dante AV over IP along with 8x8 channels of Dante audio for use in encoders, decoders, PTZ cameras, AV-over-IP monitors, format converters and matrix products.
“These new Dante modules help to alleviate supply constraints,” says Chris Ware, Audinate’s senior vice president of product development. “We re-engineered our most popular products to ensure steady availability in the foreseeable future, while improving the designs in anticipation of upcoming Dante features. Dante Brooklyn 3 and Dante Fremont 3 modules are direct replacemen

 
alejocerveralightsharkboothise2022Video tutorials support LightShark consoles
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Spain - The LightShark range of DMX-based hardware lighting consoles is now supported by more than 100 video tutorials, all of which are designed to help users get the most from these versatile products.
Spanish manufacturer Equipson, the company behind LightShark, has created this resource so that customers can explore the full functionality of the range. Starting with basic introductory tutorials, the videos take users through numerous features covering topics such as creating groups and palettes through to connectivity with external routers and larger networks. There are also advanced tutorials that cover subjects such as importing fixture profiles, working with LightShark's built in scheduler and creating complex colour effects.
Juan Jose Vila, COO and CMO of Equipson, says: "Our video tutorials are highly informative and very simple to follow. By delving deeply into the full range of LightShark features, customers can truly explore their creativity and deliver exceptional shows in many different settings."
The LightShark range includes the LS-1 hardware console with assignable faders and rotary controls, the more affordable LS-Core, the LS-Wing Open Sound Control (OSC) hardware controller and three multiprotocol DMX streaming devices - each supporting a different numbers of DMX universes - that are collectively referred to as LS-NODE.
"Improving education provision is vital for the industry's future,” Vila says. "It is very important that we develop career paths for young people entering the industry, and therefore we collaborate with e

 
 
stemecosystembarcolarge-meeting-room015b15dShure and Barco collaborate on Stem Ecosystem
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Europe/USA - Aligned with InfoComm Show 2022, Shure has announced that microphones from its Stem Ecosystem, Stem Wall, Table, and Hub, have received full certification with the Barco ClickShare Conference room system.
Stem Ceiling is also compatible with the Barco solution. With this certification, Shure and Barco have partnered to make it even easier for users to seamlessly turn any Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) meeting space into a fully integrated hybrid meeting environment, where they can combine the high-quality audio of Stem Ecosystem with easy-to-use wireless conferencing.
This certification marks a significant milestone for the Shure Stem Ecosystem, a complete audio solution that provides users with the freedom to create, manage, and scale their collaboration space audio for an effortless experience in any room. With Stem, you can mix and match devices to create the perfect pickup in every room in your organisation.
“With this certification for Shure’s Stem Ecosystem devices, we are pleased to provide our customers with an excellent audio solution that seamlessly integrates into their hybrid workplaces,” said Johan Pirot, product manager ClickShare alliances at Barco. “Combining our two solutions, users can operate video conferencing systems and collaboration tools that give them the freedom to connect, collaborate, and wirelessly share content from anywhere.”
“We are thrilled to expand Barco ClickShare certification to select Stem Ecosystem products,” said Luis Guerra, associate director of global product management at S

 
controlcontractorexpansioncollagepr1200x726v2JBL expands Control Contractor series
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced an expansion of the Control Contractor Series of installed audio solutions, unveiling several new loudspeakers and subwoofers at NAMM.
The new products include wall-mounted speakers, pendant speakers and landscape speakers and subwoofers. These new solutions empower installers with increased freedom to design sound systems to meet any architectural requirement.
The new speakers and subs give installers versatile options for building new systems or augmenting existing systems. All products feature premium multitap transformers for use in distributed systems, and are switchable for direct operation.
“JBL’s new loudspeakers and subwoofers really check all the boxes for integrators,” says Rick Kamlet, senior manager, installed loudspeakers, Harman Professional Solutions. “They provide power and clarity in a range of challenging acoustic environments, and they don’t just sound great, they’re incredibly versatile. With sonic signatures that complement JBL’s existing installation products, they can be mixed and matched to create the perfect solution for any application or budget. And they’re absolutely gorgeous.”
The Control 68HP provides clarity and consistent coverage in rooms with open-architecture ceilings, spaces with challenging acoustics and other locations requiring especially high SPL capability from a pendant loudspeaker. Its driver complement features a 200mm (8") Kevlar-reinforced low-frequency driver with a high-powered 50mm (2-inch) voice coil.
The SLP12/T and S

 
 
clear-comClear-Com adds HelixNet integration for Arcadia
Monday, 6 June 2022

USA - Clear-Com has announced new features for Arcadia Central Station, including integration with HelixNet Digital Partyline, cementing the platform’s position as a powerhouse of intercom systems with support for over 100 beltpacks and 180 ports of mixing capability.
In a 1RU package, Arcadia powers the company’s wired and wireless analogue and digital intercom systems, together with Dante connectivity, supporting the broadest range of wireless solutions with 1.9GHz, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz systems working together simultaneously. This latest set of new features also includes a 5GHz scanning tool for FreeSpeak Edge systems, along with increased beltpack capacity for FreeSpeak systems and an increase in licensed port capacity.
With full support for up to 64 HelixNet endpoints - including HelixNet Remote Stations, Speaker Stations, and Beltpacks - over 24 HelixNet-enabled channels, Arcadia is well-equipped to support even the largest of systems. The new 5 GHz scanning tool will display and recommend open frequency channels for FreeSpeak Edge transceivers and beltpacks, assisting audio engineers in deploying their wireless system without interference from other Wi-Fi device traffic.
Expanding on an already generous port capacity, Arcadia now offers up to 128 IP ports, (previously 96), to allow for an additional eight FreeSpeak beltpacks, for a total of 40 (previously 32), and up to 24 ports for HelixNet channels – all while still providing additional intercom access through eight 4-wire ports, four 2-wire ports and up to 64 Dante audio ports.
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austrian-audioAustrian Audio debuts dynamic vocal mic
Monday, 6 June 2022

USA - Austrian Audio announced at NAMM the OD303 dynamic vocal microphone.
The company described the mic as “well-balanced and open, but at the same time its powerful sound is unparalleled in this price range.”
The OD303 will withstand daily use in the rehearsal room and also the wear and tear of the road. The die-cast housing is ‘virtually indestructible’ and the microphone fits comfortably in the hand.
The OD303 also incorporates the Open Acoustic technology of Austrian Audio which delivers an optimally-shaped supercardioid polar pattern across a wide frequency band and with ‘excellent feedback stability’.
Sound engineers will greatly appreciate minimum changes in the sound and without increased feedback: Due to the open design, there are only minimal changes in sound and feedback behaviour when holding the mic close to the head grille. In addition, the proprietary 3D Pop Noise Diffuser, developed by Austrian Audio, reduces noise caused by explosive sounds such as ‘T’ and ‘P.

 
 
astera-hydrapanel-launch-hydrapanel-fanAstera launches LED-driven HydraPanel
Monday, 6 June 2022

Germany - Astera has introduced its latest wireless LED lighting product, the HydraPanel, which features the company’s Titan LED engine.
The HydraPanel offers features including a beam-shaper module, magnetic mounting, and the Titan LED engine’s colour mixing, dimming characteristics and quality of light.
The six-pixel product weighs 600g and has an inbuilt battery and wireless DMX module making it ‘ultimately flexible and useable anywhere’. It can also be run fully wired.
It is IP65 rated in both wired & wireless scenarios so it can be used outdoors or in damp or otherwise challenging atmospheric conditions.
Each HydraPanel emits 1300 Lumens of quality light giving 515 Lux at 1m (without filter) and a high CRI and TLCI.
Accessories include a ConnectorPlate which connects two HydraPanels together, and up to four panels can be joined using three ConnectorPlates to create a medium size panel that is still compact, lightweight and manoeuvrable.
Uses will include key for lighting people as well as illumination of more substantial areas such as stages, scenery, and buildings. Larger Arrays of HydraPanels can be used as a low-resolution screen / video effect, and the products look fabulous on camera, either highlighting people and objects or as cool back-of-camera-fill.
Like Astera’s PixelBrick, power and data are delivered via PowerBox 2x86W devices, and for larger setups, eight HydraPanels can be connected to the PowerBox via Power/Data combination cables. This is ideal for building bigger and more dramatic effec

 
prolightsProlights expands Fresnel range with variable white fixtures
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Italy - Prolights has just expanded its EclFresnel range with four new variable white variants. This includes the MINI, with a 60W LED engine and a 100mm lens, JUNIOR, with a 150W engine and a 150mm front lens, the 1K Fresnel with a 250W source and a 200mm front lens and finally, the 2K Fresnel, with a 500W LED source and a 250mm lens.
The variable white series include a CCT range between 2,700K to 5,600K, rendering skin-tones naturally whilst delivering a clean light beam and smooth fades between warm white to cool white.
Because these are variable white only fixtures, users get an incredibly bright beam across the entire zoom range, whilst keeping high CRI, TLCI and TM30 values.
The EclFresnel range are the perfect fixtures for high-demanding jobs like theatre and broadcast. There are many accessories for these units, including an eight-leaf barndoor and a 28mm TV-spigot that ship with these units. There are also dedicated pole-operated yokes available for all variants of the Fresnels.
The units are packed with the latest technology like 16-bit smooth dimming and adjustable PWM, colour temperature presets and much more. And just like the fixed white or full colour series, the EclFresnel VW range is also available in a white housing for concert halls and multifunctional venues.

 
 
phoenixAltman announces Phoenix range
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

USA - Altman Lighting has announced an update to its PHX line. The new PHX LIME chip is brighter without any increase of power consumption, meaning that mixing to white brings a 1,000-2,000lm increase in total brightness per fixture, all whilst delivering independent saturates of Red, Green and Blue. “This is made possible by splitting the LED only four times, allowing us to deliver more power to the saturate chips than many other fixtures in the current market while still maintaining thousands of colour combinations,” says the company.
The new PHX LVD has a very smooth fade out and in function, as Nicolas Champion, VP of sales and marketing for Altman Lighting, explains: “The LVD performance is similar to an incandescent dimming curve and can dim all the way to 0% very smoothly. Furthermore, the PHX LVD is forward or reverse phase compatible, meaning that it can work on almost all types of dimming systems, as long as the dimmer is big enough to handle the load of the fixture. Customers can have a warm/cool White LED unit, without having to change their existing dimming infrastructure and may even be able to save their current lens tubes, as the new PHX fixtures also accept many standard industry lens tubes. It's the true meaning of plug and play when it comes to upgrading old or new systems.”
The PHX1.5 LED 150W RGBL array is a long throw LED profile spot that is completely convection-cooled, making it ideal for any and all acoustically sensitive environments seeking to avoid the use of fans.

 
id44-mkii-lifestyle-4Audient releases next generation iD44 (MKII)
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

USA - Audient has launched the iD44 MKII, an upgrade to the company’s most powerful desktop audio interface.
“As far as audio performance was concerned, iD44 was already fully spec’d,” opens Andy Allen, Audient’s marketing director. “Yet we saw an opportunity to make the best better: making a major improvement to the all important ADC’s, incorporating additional must-have features and styling it with a beautiful new smoke-grey finish. All at the same price, delivering yet more value to our customers!”
The ADCs’ THD+N figure sees a 9dB improvement, representing a step up in audio performance for the MKII. “That’s super clean audio with less added noise and even less audible distortion,” says Allen.
iD44 (MKII) now also benefits from the addition of Audio Loop-back, so users have the ability to capture playback from multiple applications on the computer at the same time as the microphones - ideal for content creators, podcasters and streamers.
The incorporation of a dual headphone amp means three sets of headphones can be plugged in at once. The new unit also has a metal enclosure.
Allen continues: “The combination of these enhancements alongside four Audient Console mic preamps, class-leading converters, ADAT expandability and balanced inserts means iD44 (MKII) really does deliver the audio performance of an Audient console straight to your desktop, and ensures with iD44, our customers get a professional grade audio interface without breaking the bank.”
iD44 (MKII) is expected to ship this month and wi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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