Germany - Claypaky launched Xtylos, the company’s first laser beam moving light.
The fixture’s laser source lasts 10,000 hours and uses laser technology with RGB additive colour mixing to ensure the coloured light beams are “as bright as a white light beam”. The beam aperture is less than 2° and it can be decreased further to 0.5°. The range of effects features two gobo wheels - with seven rotating gobos and 12 fixed gobos (including 7 beam diameter reducers) - a wheel with three prisms, and a 16 facet prism on a dedicated channel which can be overlapped with the prism wheel.
The Axcor Wash 600 received its world première at the trade show. It is a versatile, enhanced version of the Axcor Profile 600 with the same colour generation technology. In addition, it is fitted with a framing system with four blades and three focal planes. The unit is available with three interchangeable lenses, which may also be purchased separately: PC (standard), Fresnel or Clear.
The HY B-EYE is the latest innovation in the B-EYE range, with all the range's successful characteristic features, which have been improved and further enhanced. It is more powerful (it fits 40W RGBW LEDs), more efficient, more interactive with media servers (with Kling-Net protocol built-in), more versatile and quieter than ever.
The MINI-B is the smallest LED light ever made by Claypaky for the professional market. Although it weighs only 7kg (15.43 lb) and measures only 34cm (13.39 inches), the Mini-B incorporates all the most modern and innovative technological features. Th
Germany - Artistic Licence is enjoying “unprecedented interest” in its newly launched trailing edge mains dimmer, sunDial quad. At the recent Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, visitors were impressed by the performance achieved with dimmable LED replacement bulbs, which were dimmed to near-zero with no perceptible flicker.
LED replacement bulbs were developed as easy drop-in replacements for older incandescent technology, which is now illegal in many countries. While dimmable versions of LED replacement bulbs are available, the performance with conventional thyristor dimmers is usually poor and highly bulb-dependent. As such, the development of a robust, high-performance trailing edge dimmer at an affordable price has been eagerly awaited.
Product designer Wayne Howell comments: "Artistic Licence is known for its abiliity as a technical problem-solver, and without that expertise we could never have brought sunDial to market. We are delighted with the product, and the tremendous feedback received at the show indicates potential customers feel the same way. sunDial is an obvious choice for theatre and cinema house lights, or bars and restaurants - the applications are extremely widespread, and with so little credible competition we really feel we have nailed it with this product.”
sunDial quad offers a professional DMX512/RDM controlled solution, with four channels each providing 250W (or up to 500W per pair) - more than ample for LED, but also suitable for crossover markets that might have legacy incandescent technology.
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Germany - Record numbers visited the Ayrton stand to see the new products and witness the new lightshow populated by Ayrton’s latest fixtures.
This year’s releases, the Levante and Diablo wash and profile fixtures, were in action for the first time alongside Khamsin, Bora, Ghibli, Mistral, Merak and NandoBeam, all of which illustrated the versatility, power and feature set of Ayrton’s expanding new Wash, Spot and Profile ranges.
Ramping up the excitement, Perseo-S and Huracán-X made debut appearances at the show. Perseo-S is Ayrton’s first compact multi-function IP65 rated fixture developed for intensive outdoor use - think ‘Ghibli’ but weather-proof, and with a 27,000 lumen output from just a 500W source - and weighing in at less than 40kg. Huracán-X also created a storm as the 1000W big sister of Khamsin, in a similarly compact housing but with a 50,000 lumen output, making it ideal for touring and large-scale venues.
Levante is a miniaturised version of the Bora wash light with an ultra-compact form factor that matches that of Diablo. Weighing just over 20kg, it produces a light output greater than 20,000 lumens and can sculpture light using a high-transmission diffusion filter that erases the edge of the beam without changing its angle and a variable linear frost system that allows the user to adjust the desired diffusion level with precision.
Weighing just over 20kg, Ayrton’s ultra-compact Diablo delivers a record output of 19,000 lumens from its 300W source. Versatile and feature-rich, Diablo matches Mistral’s dimensio
Germany - Portman Lights, the Polish manufacturer of decorative stage lighting, has just released its newest product at Prolight+Sound 2019.
The P1 mini LED is suitable for TV and live events. The fixture exhibits a tungsten look and retro style to match Portman Lights’ existing product line, but is a fully LED product. Arranged in the same configuration and housing as the original P1 Retro Lamp, P1 mini LED combines two layers of light sources: a 1800K linear filament and an RGBW glow that adds colour and enhances the creative possibilities of the new fixture.
“We are very excited to bring our new P1 mini to the market at Prolight+Sound,” says Portman Lights’ business development manager, Dominik Zimakowski. “This is a ground-breaking product for us because, for the first time, we have produced a full LED stage lighting fixture whilst retaining the truly vintage, halogen look. P1 mini LED provides that unique Portman Lights look that is so in demand for television and live performance, yet answers the growing demand for LED light sources.”
P1 mini LED is also a suitable product for permanent installations because its total power consumption is less than 100W per unit, and it is designed to run off 110V-230V power.
The new fixture met with interest among Portman Lights’ distributors and new customers at the show. “We anticipated P1 mini LED would generate a lot of interest, but were very happy to see our expectations were exceeded by the amount of enquiries we received,” says Portman Lights lighting designer, Łukasz Sztejn
Germany - MDG celebrated Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt with the first presentation in the country of its IP55-rated WPE Series of fog and haze generators. The ATMe WPE haze generator and Me1 WPE and Me2 WPE fog generators are rugged, non-stop, variable output, outdoor versions of their successful counterparts.
Housed in new black enclosures, the WPE Series has been designed to encase all the benefits of standard MDG haze and fog generators in a sturdy, yet discreet, black housing that can blend unobtrusively into a stage set up, indoors and outdoors. The WPE Series provides the ideal fog and haze solutions for theme parks, outdoor laser shows and the enormous number of outdoor festivals around the world.
“The reception to the new WPE units was fantastic,” says Martin Michaud, MDG CEO. “Our European customers were very happy to see that the controllability, output, ruggedness and ease of maintenance they know in standard MDG generators is now available in weatherproof and dust-resistant housings for all kinds of outdoor use.”
The stand was packed with visitors for the duration of the show who witnessed demonstrations of a range of MDG atmospheric effects which included the full Me Series of fog generators, the ATMe haze generator and the award-winning theONE dual mode haze and fog generator. Also drawing the attention of young and old were the ICE FOG Series of low fog generators which were demonstrated in conjunction with a D-Verter and, to the amusement of young and old, the award-winning RFP Round Floor Pocket.
D-Verter is a DM
Germany - Portuguese acoustic treatment specialists Artnovion (distributed in the UK by Audio-Technica) unveiled two new product ranges at Prolight+Sound 2019.
The latest addition to the company’s Pro Audio and Studio range, Orion is the culmination of extensive research into the optimisation of MLS sequences for calibrated acoustic absorption. An array of Orion absorbers create areas with a distinct acoustic response, each calibrated to work at a certain frequency range – the panel’s performance begins at 315Hz and offers effective, even absorption to 3150Hz.
Using Helmholtz-style absorption techniques boosts mid-low and mid-range absorption, whilst the open areas of the panel are enough to guarantee high-frequency control. Designed for the studio world, where each surface is critical, the new Orion panels have been created to enable producers and engineers to maximise the sonic potential of their recording space.
Artnovion’s new Antares absorber is the latest addition to studio designer Jan Morel’s signature product line-up. The tapered slots of the panel create balanced mid-range absorption, whilst the panels’ deceptively large absorption area guarantees high performance, high frequency absorption.
Germany - SRS Group presented their product range with several new releases including GSM PDU, NLP Network Group Sync and ANGS Art-Net Node. Their newest power distribution unit with built-in GSM module allows its user to control and monitor the status of the PDU in real time anywhere, anytime. Every time a certain setting falls below or exceeds its pre-set limits, the user is notified by SMS on their phone. Also, they can request the actual status of your PDU anytime and from anywhere by a short text message.
SRS Group also promoted a new feature on the Network Loadcell Processor (NLP) unit. The NLP is now capable of being synchronized as a group via network using all linked NLP devices in the ETH network. Simply link all the desired units with link cables and select option “group synchronization” in either menu of the units.
ANGS is a fully functional DMX RDM node and gigabit switch. After a few years of development and testing, SRS Group is offering ANGS in two versions: 16-channel Art-Net/DMX Converter & Combined Art-Net/DMX Converter with five-channel DMX splitter and built-in RDM proxy. With ANGS, Art-Net signal can be simply converted to up to 16 separate DMX/RDM universes and therefore save the time and energy required for connecting DMX cables on the most demanding jobs.
Germany - Crowds gathered at the ETC and High End Systems stands to get a look at the latest product innovations and the Hog Factor 2019 competition final.
Attendees were able to catch demonstrations of Augment3d, ETC’s new fully integrated 3D programming environment in Eos v3.0. This innovation lets users control and design in a three dimensional space; as well as interacting with their fixtures through augmented reality. Augment3d made its European debut at Prolight + Sound, alongside High End Systems’ TurboRay.
TurboRay is the newest automated fixture in High End Systems’ FX family. Its distinctive appearance with a classic retro design and radial diffusers attracted many visitors to the High End stand. Used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a powerful hard edge beam, TurboRay produces “stunning aerial effects and more”.
ETC’s Relevé Spot was another main attraction at this year’s exhibition. The moving light, specifically designed for theatre brings a calibrated four-colour additive mixing system and Ani-gobo wheel that creates textures like never before. It is an automated light that brings affordable, high quality colour mixing to smaller venues.
Visitors explored the innovative Prodigy P2 hoist, with Prodigy Cable Management, and were introduced to ColorSource Raceway a lightweight power and data distribution system perfect for small venues.
High End Systems’ Hog 4-18 console was used for the Hog Factor 2019 final which drew big crowds as three teams went head-to-head in the academic lighting programming contest.
Germany - ROE Visual concluded an upbeat Prolight + Sound receiving enthusiast feedback on its showcased products and having major customers confirm their investments in ROE Visual LED panels at the show.
“The Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt always attracts a mix of new and existing customers. We really enjoy meeting our loyal customer base and to be able to interest new customers for our brand, after all our industry is basically all about the people,” comments Roelof Bouwman, general manager for ROE Visual Europe.
Presenting new technologies, ROE Visual had both a sneak peek for its new eV4 processor on the stand as well as an HDR solution, presented in cooperation with Brompton Technology. Both products are expected to launch mid-2019.
New staff member Erik Baum, appointed to lead business development in the D A CH region, was warmly welcomed by many visitors, who were acquainted with Erik in his previous job role at VER. “Erik has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the German market, this show proved that it’s really good to have him joining our team”, continues Bouwman.
Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director for AED Display confirmed an expansion of the AED Display rental fleet with an investment in the Diamond DM2.6 LED panels, thereby further expanding AED’s existing stock of ROE Visual LED panels.
Faber Audiovisuals invested in the Diamond DM2.6 LED panels, continuing to broaden their range of ROE Visual LED products for rental purposes, such as their latest investment in the Black Marble LED floor, which w
Germany - ArKaos enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound 2019 exhibition in Frankfurt. The Belgian company was at the heart of the new Hall 12, together with a dynamic mix of lighting and visual technology manufacturing and service companies.
ArKaos demonstrated all its latest products including MediaMaster v5.4, Kling-Net, PRO DJ LINK - a project with Pioneer DJ - and its new 4K media servers.
Several leading lighting manufacturers used the potential and flexibility of ArKaos’s Kling-Net protocol to run and demonstrate the versatility of pixel-fixtures on their stands, including Robe, Claypaky, Elation, JB Lighting, Music & Light, and more.
Kling-Net is a plug-and-play control protocol developed by ArKaos for the quick and easy operation of current and future LED fixtures and lightsources.
It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices – like LED fixtures or LED panels – over Ethernet, adding some ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer.
One Kling-Net feature that is not available in other protocols is that the fixture sends its pixel configuration to the media server. If for example a luminaire has 20 x LEDs arranged in a circle, MediaMaster will map video perfectly over these without asking the user to encode the order of the pixels.
The Robe stand featured an all-encompassing live performance show. Lighting and production designer Nathan Wan utilised Kling-Net to control 36 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams.
Germany - ADB was present at Prolight+Sound 2019 with a large demo and hospitality area where visitors could meet and discover all the new products as well as some classics.
ADB's CEO Simone Capeleto reports: “ADB is traditionally linked closely with the theatre world, where our company has become established over the years with a vast range of lights, lighting controllers and dimming systems. In recent years, we have decided to combine tradition and innovation by enhancing ADB's classic know-how with a range of LED lights equipped with state-of-the-art technology for versatile, high-quality lighting, which is particularly in demand in theatres.
“Today, therefore, we know that our distributors and customers can not only count on our classic catalogue, with long-standing products such as the Warp and the timeless Eurodim dimmers, but also on control desks and LED theatre lights, which look to the future.”
Among the products that ADB presented for the first time at Prolight + Sound, was Ocean, the lighting console, designed for theatres, opera houses and multi-purpose venues.
The Ocean's most striking feature, as well as one of its main strong points, is its high-resolution touch screen, with a 70-cm-wide (27½-inch-wide) viewing area. It provides operators with full access to all functions and control of all parameters through a single screen, which greatly simplifies control desk ergonomics.
The Orkis is ADB’s new colour LED fresnel or pebble luminaire, which brings the modernity of innovative technology to the stage in a simpl
Germany – The Music & Lights stand design featured the company’s largest footprint to date and played host to over 400 luminaires in the popular Prolights arena, along with the 20 new lighting products in the touring, studio and architectural markets also on display which were launched during the event.
The display area featured a new and innovative interactive touchscreen system allowing visitors to test fixtures at their own leisure, interact with the Music & Lights team and the dedicated global distributor network.
The new luminaires from the Prolights, Tribe and ArchWork ranges were all available on show and connected to the touchscreen displays allowing users to integrate them into the demonstration. The demo show on the stand was visited by various international media outlets, renowned designers and worldwide customers, who conveyed their satisfaction with the stand and the fixtures to the team and allowed them an environment to share their own experiences.
Germany - Large crowds visited the Chauvet Professional stand throughout Prolight + Sound. The brightest attraction that drew these visitors were the company’s new Maverick MK3 Spot and Maverick MK3 Profile LED fixtures. Supported by a marketing campaign built around a “take your breath away” tag line, the new fixtures are suited for even the largest arena and stadium applications.
The new 820W fixtures also offer value in terms of their weight and dimensions, being lighter and more compact than many luminaires with a comparable output. Adding to their advantage is a wide range of performance features, including full-loaded static, rotation and animation effects. Both fixtures have a 6° to 54° zoom angle, the widest ever offered in the Maverick series.
Other fixtures in the Chauvet Professional line (new and existing) were featured in the stand’s David Howard designed lightshow that ran throughout the four-day conference. Particularly noteworthy in Howard’s show were the Maverick MK Pyxis, Rogue R1 FX-B, the Maverick Storm 1 Wash, and IP65 COLORado Solo Batten, a powerful one-of-a-kind batten that projects a single homogenized wash with smooth color-mixing, a quality that gives it the appearance of a bright single bar of light without round “eyes” or pixels.
Another crowd pleaser, was the Chauvet Professional after party for the world preview of the Maverick MK3 fixtures that featured food, drink and the music of Spirit Of Soul.
“The show was great for us,” said CEO Albert Chauvet. “We felt good going into this show, an
Germany - Robert Juliat, which celebrates its centenary in 2019, presented its SpotMe system at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. Robert Juliat’s award-winning SpotMe bespoke solution for followspot technology was demonstrated with a new interface, the SpotMe Maestro, developed in partnership with zactrack of Austria. SpotMe Maestro allows the SpotMe system to operate universally with all DMX lighting consoles on the market.
“With SpotMe Maestro we have made the SpotMe technology more widely available to all venues and events, broadening the protocol possibilities,” says Claus Spreyer, Robert Juliat’s sales director. “We are proud to be associated with zactrack which is a major player in the field of position tracking, 3D-calculation and media control.”
“As a young, high-tech company, zactrack is honoured to deliver our 3D knowledge to the best-known brand for followspots on the market,” confirms Werner Petricek, CEO and founder of zactrack. “SpotMe Maestro easily connects the world of Robert Juliat products with the complex tracking and auto-following technology of zactrack.”
Dalis Access 863 was also showcased on the stand where a dedicated section of the wide cyclorama showed how its light quality and functionality is comparable with the full-scale Dalis 860 cyclorama fixture.
Dalis Access 863 is a cost-effective, versatile introduction to the Dalis technology, designed to give small-sized venues or those with smaller budgets access to the benefits of Dalis technology. Sharing all the technology of the original Dalis 860 Cy
USA - Focusrite has released RedNet Control 2.3, a free update that unifies RedNet Control with configuration, status monitoring, metering and extended operational control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre, Red 16Line – Focusrite’s range of audio interfaces offering up to 64 in / 64 out Thunderbolt™ I/O with Pro Tools | HD and Dante network audio connectivity.
“Providing support for Thunderbolt control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre and Red 16Line within RedNet Control negates the need for the separate Focusrite Control application,” said Will Hoult, Focusrite pro senior product manager. “At the same time, we decided to add a handful of new features that weren't previously possible for the Red series.”
Focusrite RedNet Control’s Device View features a graphical representation of each device on the local network, giving critical feedback such as signal metering, clock status, power supply state and primary/secondary network connection state. RedNet Control is completely customizable, which allows for several users on the same network to have completely different views.
RedNet Control now also provides parameter control. This includes clock source selection, sample rate converter configuration and reference level setup. All the functions of Red mic pres can be controlled from the software.
From the Custom Mixes page, RedNet Control’s internal audio mixer allows you to create up to eight separate mono or stereo sub-mix signals. Up to 30 of all the available inputs can be selected as sources for the mixer. Once selected, these input signals w
USA - At this week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, Genelec is demonstrating a selection of its active monitors in an immersive 7.1.4 Atmos configuration.
The system is composed of S360A Smart Active Monitors™ (L-C-R), 8341A’s (side and rear), 8331A’s (overheads), and 7382A and 7360A subwoofers (sub and bass management). These models will be used to demonstrate monitoring solutions for immersive mixing for music and post in Atmos.
“Immersive audio is one of the most interesting trends in the industry, as it adds 3D realism to music, virtual reality, movies, gaming and more,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. marketing manager. “At NAB, we wanted to give attendees a taste of what they can experience with regard to immersive audio reproduction. It is a very compelling demo.”
Additionally, Genelec is making available a new set of educational tools aimed at helping professionals to better understand and make use of immersive audio. Titled Genelec Immersive Solutions, the publication includes a comprehensive overview of the requirements for creating an effective immersive audio setup, including insights into the most commonly adopted formats and the Genelec solutions required to make the most of them. The guidebook can be downloaded from www.genelec.com/immersive.
USA - At NAB 2019, Shure has unveiled TwinPlex, the company’s new line of premium subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones. Designed to stand up to the toughest conditions, TwinPlex provides natural audio at both high and low frequency when professional vocal performance is a must.
The new patent pending capsule technology offers “best-in-class sound in an easy-to-conceal package, ideal for quick costume changes or discreetly placed under wardrobe with no impact on sound quality”. Developed with input from leading audio professionals, TwinPlex supports the diverse needs of theatre, broadcast, film and television, and corporate presentations to produce high-quality audio production with superior dependability, says the company.
TwinPlex consists of four lavaliers (TL45, TL46, TL47, TL48) and an ultra-light, fully-adjustable headset microphone (TH53) in multiple colours with extensive accessories and options.
The dual-diaphragm omnidirectional design yields “extraordinary off-axis consistency and industry-leading low self-noise creating lifelike vocal clarity and warmth”.
“We’ve put these mics on a number of different people, and they simply sound outstanding. The noise floor is really low, and there’s an appreciated lack of handling noise - clothing noise from the cable is actually nonexistent,” commented Peter Schneider, owner at Gotham Sound.
To simulate years of intense use, the ultra-thin, TwinPlex cable was flexed, stretched, and pulled to the absolute limit in internal tests. Available
Germany - In step to streamlining the d&b workflow, d&b audiotechnik has launched d&b ArrayCalc Exchange software to simplify the import of complex venue geometry data from CAD and EASE into the ArrayCalc simulation software.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange is a SketchUp extension that allows users to convert CAD and EASE files into an ArrayCalc venue file (*.dbacv) that can be imported directly into ArrayCalc.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange supports system designers in mobile and fixed applications by simplifying the creation of complex venues in ArrayCalc. Selected elements are divided into triangles or quadrangles and converted into corresponding triangular or quadrangular planes that are used in ArrayCalc. Different layer name extensions are available, which will determine the input type of the single components from SketchUp in ArrayCalc.
The d&b ArrayCalc simulation software is the simulation tool. This is a comprehensive toolbox for all tasks associated with acoustic design, performance prediction, alignment, rigging and safety parameters.
ArrayCalc Exchange and a corresponding video tutorial are available as a free download via dbaudio.com.
Germany - The new RCF Business Music Solutions series offers a complete, matched family of products, with full processing power, to enable the design of commercial audio systems for both background and foreground music.
The integrated product suite has been conceived for applications requiring a high audio quality and flexible and scalable architecture, allowing distribution of different audio channels in different environments, each with their specific volume level and equalization needs.
The range was formally launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt where the full range of amps was on demo, in its own dedicated space.
The series is made up of compact DMA (Digital Mixing Amplifiers) and DPA (Digital Power Amplifiers). Fed by two channels amplifier modules, DMA and DPA drive either WMR (Wall Monitor speakers) or CMR (Ceiling Monitors), these two-way speakers equipped with either 4”, 5” and 6” transducers, combined with 1” dome tweeter. Expanding the features further, and completing the set-up are the RC 401 Remote Control and BM 404 Paging Console.
The criteria set at the design stage were: uncompromised sound quality; full processing features; market leading power to size ratio; easy configuration and high scalability. The speakers also needed to have high aesthetic values - elegant when on display, discreet when not - while the amplifiers had to be rugged, highly efficient and with impressive thermal dissipation.
USA/Europe - Elation Professional has announced a new warranty policy that extends its standard limited product warranty to five years on LED light engine sources for some of its latest and most popular LED luminaires. In addition, warranty coverage on fixture components has been extended to three years for products used in registered indoor fixed installation projects.
The five-year/three-year limited warranty applies to Elation’s Artiste, Fuze, KL Fresnel, Seven and Profile LED product series for indoor installation projects installed and maintained by an authorized reseller. Products used on temporary indoor rental projects also benefit from the extended five-year warranty on LED engine sources with warranty coverage on fixture components remaining at two years. All exterior-rated lighting products continue to be covered by Elation’s standard two-year limited product warranty for the LED source and fixture components.
Eric Loader, global director of sales & marketing at Elation, commented on the new policy: “High power LED technology has evolved and matured to the point that it now allows us to offer this extended warranty to our customers. Because we work closely with our component suppliers and select only the highest quality key components to engineer into our products, the long-term reliability of our products has increased tremendously. We therefore feel very confident in being able to provide this extended warranty offer to our customers, adding even more value proposition to our product line.”
The new extended warranty cover
Germany - One year after the release of MADRIX 5, the first major software update was previewed at PL+S 2019, alongside the full range of hardware products for modern lighting control.
Version 5.1 will bring native support for Blackmagic Design, NDI, and Spout to the award-winning pixel mapper. Operators around the world are already looking forward to these flexible new ways to work with video.
With Blackmagic Design, using capture cards from the professional equipment manufacturer, such as DeckLink and Intensity, is now even simpler and faster. Capturing live video signals can be a valuable addition to any artistic LED project.
Based on the widely available IP technology, NDI makes sending and receiving video or output streams over standard network easily possible. As such, NDI promises to be an extremely useful addition to any Ethernet-based production environment.
Sharing videos and output streams among different tools on the same system has never been easier than with Spout. Bringing stunning new looks and visuals into MADRIX or using the creative power of MADRIX in other software is now just a few clicks away for any VJ.
The visual lighting design toolbox has never been more versatile or flexible as you can now combine your favourite solutions for video and pixel control quickly and easily, says the company.
Additionally, the new pre-programmer software licence facilitates show and project preparation without the need for a full output licence.
Germany - Robe celebrated 25 years with style and flair at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt 2019 with its largest and most dynamic booth to date – also one of the biggest in the exhibition – which provided a dramatic backdrop for the show-stopping finale of the Lost Worlds trilogy of live shows, complete with seven dancers, a specially compiled soundtrack and over 300 of the latest Robe moving light fixtures.
On the Wednesday night, a special Robe silver jubilee party rocked the booth and over 1000 guests joined the Robe Family to be entertained by Czech ‘glamtronic’ electro swing band Mydy Rabycad, who interrupted their European tour for the occasion.
Robe CEO Josef Valchar got the party started in a short kick-off speech, thanking everyone for their vision, enthusiasm and commitment to the brand. “It’s been a fantastic and inspirational journey in every way by an extraordinary team with whom I am very proud to work! Here’s to the next 25 years,” he stated.
The live show ran eight times a day, and the booth was constantly full for all four days of the event, packed with people as Robe enjoyed the buzz and international flavour of the exhibition and highlighted three exciting new innovations:
The SilverScan is the first in a range of ‘silver jubilee’ products from Robe and the result of a ’favourite technology’ study covering the last quarter century.
The new T1 Wash is the latest product in the T1 series of refined LED luminaires specifically designed for theatre, television and touring, featuring Robe’s MSL (
Germany - Faital S.p.a introduced FaitalPRO HF1440: a new powerful 1.4" neodymium compression driver
Flavio Naggi, sales and marketing manager of FaitalPRO, explains: "The new HF1440 is a completely new compression driver, very powerful and outstanding, which joins a series of really compact high frequency drivers.
“Mounting a 3.4" voice coil, we are now facing a market area that has been completely unexplored so far for FaitalPRO. It is the model with the largest voice coil in our catalogue.
“Furthermore, it covers a fairly wide frequency range from 0.7 to 20 kHz allowing it to be used as a high-power driver in any traditional application, including two-way acoustic systems. Its linear frequency response gives a neutral and natural sound tonality capable of obtaining a very high sound quality.”
The neodymium magnet circuit uses an 86mm, 3.4" coil, which classifies it as a large driver, nonetheless the external dimensions make it surprisingly compact.
The diaphragm carries over some technological choices common to other consolidated FaitalPRO drivers and is a polymeric type, precisely a ketone polymer.
Developed to ensure an unparalleled response to transients, it is able to withstand high continuous power, up to 120W AES, corresponding to 240W of maximum power.
Designed to operate at a minimum crossover frequency of 700 Hz, it reaches low frequencies so as to facilitate perfect matching with a woofer.
This product may be used with the FaitalPRO horn LTH142 or the FaitalPRO WG141 waveguide. Flavio Naggi concludes:
Germany - Grammy Award winning artist and engineer Imogen Heap imopressed a capacity Prolight + Sound crowd with a live demonstration of how she uses her Mi.Mu gloves to create sounds and control the d&b Soundscape, the d&b immersive sound system.
“The combination of these two exceptional tools quite literally puts live production control at my fingertips – and the results are magic, as if there was no tech at all, just sound and space,“ says Heap.
Heap has been touring with the d&b Soundscape on her Mycelia European tour and will again take it on tour in North America this year. In the session, part of a series of well attended User Experience events hosted in the d&b demo room, Heap spoke about her experience using the d&b Soundscape on tour and how the immersive experience that it created for the artist and the audiences has changed the live performance sound experience forever.
“It’s like going to see technicolour for the first time after only seeing black and white,” Heap stated.
Other special guests at the d&b demo room included renowned theatre designer Sebastian Frost and Serge Gräfe, sound engineer and designer for electro pioneers Kraftwerk. Each guest different insights into their experiences with the d&b Soundscape.