Spain - Amate Audio has expressed overall positive conclusions about exhibiting at ISE Live in Barcelona in a statement today.
Selected to exhibit in the Catalan Innovation Zone in the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, as the region’s premier pro-audio loudspeaker manufacturer, in association with ACCIÓ, the Government of Catalunya’s agency promoting Business Competitiveness, the Terrassa, Barcelona based company was one of just three major PA loudspeaker manufacturers exhibiting live at the show.
Vice president and chief technical officer Joan Amate reflected that the local focus of the event was, of itself, of value: “Although large-scale PA manufacturers were under represented, there were a significant number of visitors from the sector among attendees. We had valuable conversations and exchanges with people; some of whom we had not met before and others we had not seen for some time.
“Although there is no reasonable comparison with the usual scale of ISE, as a local regional event, there was the sense that there was opportunity for contacts and conversations that might otherwise get drowned out in a full-on international show. And with the more relaxed demand on our time, we also had some good networking interactions with other exhibitors.”
For Amate Audio the event also had longer term value going forward for ISE in the Fira Barcelona: “It was commendable of ISE to stage whatever event prevailing circumstances allowed on its inaugural year in Barcelona. It was proof of concept that, even given a residual level of risk, it will be po
UK - amBX, has announced the details of the latest updates to its smart lighting control platform, SmartCore.
Users will now be able to add Smart Emergency Lighting Control to their SmartCore platform. The new amBX Emergency Lighting Monitoring Dashboard will allow users to input and manage test results, check scheduled fixture tests and record and monitor ongoing actions needed to achieve compliance. Results can be exported to provide a hard-copy records. This will aid with supporting regulatory compliance while simultaneously making the audit process easier.
The update has also introduced a number of new protocol support options to SmartCore, including publishing data to MQTT topics for IoT applications to access. This allows for connectivity to the cloud and provides lightweight, efficient and reliable data management.
Introducing the new features, David Eves from amBX said: “At amBX, we are very proud of what we have achieved with SmartCore, and we are always looking for innovative ways to offer even more from the platform.
“SmartCore is ever-evolving, and it is ready to meet the demands of the future, which is why we are excited to launch these new features to bolster the already impressive software. We see ourselves as an enabling technology; we work with our clients to solve their smart-tech challenges and strive towards a fully connected, digitised future.”
UK - disguise has unveiled its new rx II hardware release. The new rendering node unlocks 40% more graphics processing power than its rx predecessor to reliably render larger and higher quality scenes in real-time engines such as Unreal Engine, on any display canvas and across any industry application.
When working on any type of creative project, whether it be fixed installations, virtual production, broadcast or even live shows, the disguise workflow enables users to update their content in real-time, delivering astonishingly detailed scenes on the fly whilst also saving time and money on post-production.
Although GPUs are getting dramatically more powerful, the processing power needed to drive the most detailed images means it can still be a struggle to keep frame rates high. The new rx II enhances disguise’s existing cluster rendering solution, which has been engineered to split the processing power of highly detailed or large-scale real-time scenes across multiple rx render nodes.
By splitting up content processing power, each individual machine is only given what its GPU can control. Each render node operates as part of a bigger cluster, allowing for a unified image that is, in reality, the product of multiple machines. The rx II is disguise’s new and improved dedicated rendering node, enabling users to demand far higher quality from their content than previously possible.
The rx II also makes integration more easily achievable - working with leading render engines and key hardware like LED panels and camera tracking systems without
USA - Christie has announced the launch of the Christie FHD554-X 55-inch LCD display. Part of the Ultra Series, a line of performance-driven LCD displays for tiled video walls, it is designed for a range of spaces including military and government control rooms, security and surveillance centres, briefing centres and critical viewing environments such as oil and gas exploration.
With a combined 3.5mm bezel width for near-seamless viewing, and an ultra-thin profile, the FHD554-X keeps the focus on the content. A high-performance electronic features set that includes high-bandwidth, HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.2 inputs supports streaming of 4K content and 4K UHD signals at 60Hz to deliver content to video walls with less flicker, and subsequently reduced eyestrain in critical viewing environments, says Christie.
“For users looking for a commercial-grade display that offers value and performance, Ultra Series FHD554-X fits the bill,” says John Dixon, senior product manager, Christie. “Each panel is factory calibrated and matched to ensure image uniformity across video walls, and is backed by Christie’s trusted warranty, service and support.”
France - The ID84 is Nexo’s first column speaker design, introducing the company’s trademark characteristics of size-to-power ratio, variable directivities and flexible scalable configurations to a loudspeaker category that is relevant for a wide variety of applications.
The ID84 is a performance loudspeaker with peak SPL output of 135dB, and a frequency response of 90Hz-20kHz.
This slender metre-high package is presented with two companion products, a low-frequency extension module (ID84L) and a partner subbass (IDS312), which can easily be configured to provide an innovative scalable solution for acoustically challenging architectures. Potential markets include all kinds of public spaces, particularly transport hubs, houses of worship, theatres and sports venues, says Nexo.
Weighing just 15kg (33 lbs), the ID84 measures 990mm x 150mm x 215mm (39.0” x 5.9” x 8.5”). For the first time, Nexo engineers have crafted a rigid lightweight enclosure out of aluminium, with a steel spine to host the rigging system and facilitate the hanging of multiple cabinets. Magnelis side covers and front grille complete the contemporary aesthetic, which is available as standard in black or white, with custom RAL colour options to match any installation environment.
In the two-way passive box are eight of Nexo’s powerful 4” long-excursion Neodymium LF drivers, and eight 1” HF drivers in a unique arrangement which maximises the efficiency of these units.
Joseph Carcopino, Nexo’s director of R&D, explains that this patent-pending arran
USA - Audio Precision has released the latest update to APx500 audio measurement software, version 6.1. With this release, AP is adding new measurement results, options, and test signals. APx software now offers the broadest set of methodologies available for detecting rub and buzz defects.
New features include: rub & buzz – Previously available in APx software, this method uses high-pass tracking filters to remove the fundamental signal and detect defects as excursions in the residual waveform’s crest factor or peak ratio; SoneTrac – A Bose-developed improvement to the Rub & Buzz, this method filters the residual signal and ratios it to the RMS of the total signal to reduce the noisiness of the measurement result; High-Order Harmonic Distortion - a classic method for rub & buzz detection, HOHD uses the THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) ratio but only of harmonics above the 10th, 10-35, 20-200, etc., which is a simple way to account for frequency masking effects.
To support the addition of the HOHD and Rub & Buzz Loudness measurements, AP is introducing the Fast Sweep signal with APx500 release version 6.1. Advantages of the Fast Sweep are the lack of transient ripples at low or high frequencies, the ability to sweep from low-to-high or high-to-low frequency, the support for measuring harmonics above the 20th, and precise control of the number of discrete points used in measurements.
APx500 release version 6.1 now allows users to switch instantly between IEC and IEEE THD calculation modes for harmonic distortion results. Version
USA - The ADJ team will be exhibiting at the 2021 Nightclub & Bar Show (Booth #822) scheduled to take place in Las Vegas at the end of June. The ADJ booth will showcase a variety of the company’s latest entertainment lighting products, including IP65-rated fixtures ideal for use on patios, terraces and other outdoor spaces, which are set to be more popular than ever this summer.
The 2020 edition of Nightclub and Bar, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was the first time in 30 years that ADJ hadn’t attended this annual event for the hospitality industry.
“This is the perfect time for venue owners and operators of all sizes to gear up for the summer season,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “Following a year of restrictions, there is a huge appetite for getting out and socialisng, but it will be locations that offer their customers the best possible experience that will be the most successful.
“The ADJ team are looking forward to using the Nightclub and Bar Show 2021 to meet with the industry and explain to owners and managers how ADJ lighting can be used to enhance their venue. The use of outdoor spaces is really trending right now, and so we’ll have a particular focus on IP65-rated products that can be used to enhance outdoor seating areas as well as front entrances and building façades.”
Taking pride of place on the ADJ booth will be the Focus Series of LED-powered moving head fixtures. These compact lighting tools all feature motorised focus and zoom and are idea for both crea
Spain - With the introduction of new projectors and displays at ISE 2021, Panasonic offers ‘the most complete line-up of 4K visual solutions to meet growing demand for highly detailed and richly immersive viewing experiences’.
With the additions of new 4K 1-Chip DLP projectors and interactive displays, Panasonic can offer 4K solutions for ‘any environment, across all industry sectors’, with projectors from 5,000-50,000 lumens and 43-98 inch displays. The technologies are all complemented by Panasonic’s 4K collaboration solutions, including video conferencing and wireless presentation systems.
“The time is now for 4K and we are seeing increased demand across all industry sectors,” explained said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic Business. “The entertainment world is using 4K to draw back audiences with immersive attractions, education is using the rich detail of 4K images in the new blended learning environment and businesses are relying on 4K to bring to life their collaborative meetings. Whatever the need, Panasonic has a 4K solution that suits.”
At ISE in Barcelona, Panasonic announced the Panasonic PT-RDQ10 Series of 1-Chip DLP laser projectors designed for entertainment, rental and corporate organisations that want to captivate viewers with detailed 4K images. The three models range from 8,000 to 10,000 lumens and there is an optional ET-DLE020 Ultra-Short-Throw Zoom Lens with zero offset to enable large-scale images even in the tightest spaces.
To meet rising demand for ultra-fine detail resolution
USA - Leading AV signal distribution developer tvONE has announced a new partnership with global technology manufacturer Bosch. The collaboration focuses on the combination of the tvONE CORIOmatrix modular video switching router and Bosch’s range of state-of-the-art conferencing systems.
tvONE says using its 4K CORIOmatrix router - which enables the mixing of AV, broadcast, IP and legacy sources seamlessly and at very low latency - with Bosch’s conference solutions facilitates streaming of the active speaker video to a hall display or system that records or webcasts the HD-SDI feed.
The Bosch Conference systems connect to the tvONE video switcher via TCP/IP and controls the switcher by using the protocol of tvONE to switch the video stream of the person speaking automatically to displays or video walls.
tvONE foresees a host of conference applications that will benefit from using the systems in tandem, including events in parliaments, commercial buildings, banking, convention centres, hotels and many others.
The CORIOmatrix (4RU) and CORIOmatrix mini (1RU) can accept a huge number of I/O configurations allowing complex functionality to be quickly and simply configured to meet end user requirements.
tvONE says that its CORIOmatrix supports a variety of Bosch’s conference solutions – the IP-based DICENTIS Conference System, the WiFi-based DICENTIS Wireless Conference System and the compact, simple to set-up and use CCS 1000 D Digital Discussion System.
UK - Panasonic has announced its new series of 1-Chip DLP laser projectors delivering 4K display resolution.
The Panasonic PT-RDQ10 Series is designed for entertainment, rental and corporate organisations that want to ‘captivate viewers with detailed 4K images and vibrant yet natural colour reproduction’. It comes in three different models, ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 lumens. The optional ET-DLE020 Ultra-Short-Throw Zoom Lens with zero offset adds versatility by enabling large-scale images to be projected, free from shadows, even in the tightest spaces.
The Series achieves 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution using Smooth Pixel Drive, a one-axis pixel-shifting technology to produce crisp, smooth, and richly detailed images. The updated Rich Colour Enhancer boosts colour reproduction for more vibrant colours, faithfully recreating even the most detailed visuals, such as artwork. Improved black border adjustments for curved surfaces further enhances brightness uniformity for the seamless edge-blending of dark scenes.
A variety of functions help simplify and reduce the time and effort required for installation. In addition to HDMI and HDBaseT-based digital link terminals, the projectors can be equipped with optional Slot NX interface boards, such as 12G-SDI or DisplayPort, to suit existing infrastructures.
The PT-RDQ10 Series retains the same compact body dimensions as other Panasonic 1-Chip DLP models in an all-new cabinet design. The hermetically sealed optical block contributes to 20,000-hour maintenance-free operation while laser redundancy enha
Spain - LightShark, Equipson's range of multiprotocol control products for the entertainment industry, are being given their own brand identity to reflect their growing popularity and the impact they are making on the entertaiment industry.
With LightShark, hardware and software control of up to eight DMX universes and 4000+ DMX channels is completely integrated via smartphones and tablets, while full compatibility with other manufacturer's equipment is assured because the products work with industry-standard DMX and Artnet lighting protocols, as well as any operating system (Android, Linux, Windows and macOS).
Equipson originally included LightShark in its Workpro range, which features a wide variety of products aimed at the installation and live sound markets. But as the LightShark products have evolved, the company has decided to make this a stand-alone brand with its own division, which involves a product development, sales and marketing team.
"LightShark products are so different from any of our other product lines that they require an individual approach to R&D, sales and marketing," says Juan Jose Vila, CSO of Equipson. "The range has become incredibly popular - to the extent that customers are already recognising it as a separate brand - so this move is a natural progression that makes the public acceptance official and gives the range its own identity within the company. From now on, LightShark will have different verticals that are attuned to the market's specialized needs and an entirely separate staff who will be responsible for all
USA - Christie has announced the launch of the Christie Inspire Series, a family of fixed zoom lens 1DLP laser projectors in three brightness options designed for small to mid-sized environments, including classrooms, boardrooms, museums, houses of worship and more.
The Inspire Series offers professional-grade features in a budget-friendly package. A range of brightness options, starting at 6000 lumens, as well as 7,200 lumens and 8,100 ANSI lumen options (7,150, 8,500, and 9,600 ISO lumens respectively), brings bold images in WUXGA resolution to any application. And with laser illumination, the Inspire Series offers up to 20,000 hours of low-maintenance operation to 50% brightness.
“The Inspire Series offers a winning combination of low-maintenance performance and value, without sacrificing advanced capabilities,” says Chris Kee, executive director, Enterprise product development, Christie. “Motorised lenses offer easy zoom, focus and offset from the remote control, and our DWU960ST-iS 8100 ANSI lumen model is one of the brightest short throw projectors currently available.” The Inspire DWU760A-iS 6000 ANSI lumen model is TAA compliant for government applications, like briefing rooms and meeting spaces.”
The new series features Christie Twist, a proprietary built-in image warping and blending software for up to six arrayed projectors and up to 81 grid control points, and is compatible with Christie Mystique Lite, an automated camera-based alignment software for up to three Christie projectors. Mystique Lite is available for download at no
UK - Extending the capabilities of its compact Dante audio network interfacing modules, Neutrik has introduced the NPS-30W Gigabit Power over Ethernet power supply, addressing the increasing requirement for PoE injectors with the first ever such device optimised to operate in the harshest stage and field applications.
The NPS-30W PoE injector behaves as a passive power supply, delivering constant uninterrupted power, with no requirement for power negotiation with connected devices. The NPS-30W PoE partners the new NA2-IO-DPRO and NA2-IO-DLINE I/O interface devices that enable connectivity of legacy analogue and digital audio equipment within Dante audio networks, in the most demanding application environments.
With a 30W PoE budget, up to four of these I/O Dante interface devices can be daisy-chained off of a single NPS-30W; this makes the NPS-30W ideal for applications such as ambient mic'ing.
In common with the NA2-IO-DPRO and NA2-IO-DLINE, the NPS-30W features a compact ultra-rugged form-factor and removable rubber safety casing and is equipped with lockable power connector and Ethernet ports, for utmost reliability in field production applications. Optional mounting brackets or a rack panel, allow all three devices to mounted on the underside of tables, in floor boxes, outboard racks or on a truss.
Spain - Amate Audio is exhibiting in the Catalan Innovation Zone at ISE Live, in Hall 2 of the Fira Barcelona Gran Via exhibition centre, in association with ACCIÓ, an agency of the Government of Catalunya promoting business competitiveness, which is hosting a dedicated zone showcasing some of the leading companies and technologies from the region.
Barcelona-based Amate Audio will be featuring spread of .some of its latest loudspeaker products.
The company’s flagship Xcellence series X212AF large format, 3-way line array and accompanying dual 18” X218WF ‘compact’ sub were the major product introductions on its booth at ISE 2020.
Also from the Xcellence series, the all-new X102FD is an ultra-high output compact point-source alternative to line arrays in medium and smaller size application environments. Its advanced cabinet geometry incorporates two 10“ drivers in a concentric V-configuration, a 1.4″neodymium HF driver with a simple ‘no tools required’ ‘pull & turn’ rotatable aluminium horn. With a compact form factor in relation to its extremely high power and signal output, which enables a single pair of X102FD cabinets to outperform up to two 4x 8” line array strings.
The new G7 premium commercial audio loudspeaker features Amate Audio’s proprietary hexagonal form, injection moulded reinforced ABS plastic enclosure. Described as “offering the highest quality and performance to price ratio achieved with a plastic cabinet”, the G7 is a ground-up, fully in-house development to create “a compact injection-mould
UK - Shure has announced free software networking capabilities for its SLX-D Digital Wireless System. Shure’s Wireless Workbench 6 software and ShurePlus Channels iOS app will be compatible with SLX-D later this summer. The software solutions offer the necessary RF management that professionals rely on for critical oversight and control of Shure wireless systems.
Shure’s Wireless Workbench 6 software allows audio professionals to discover and automatically connect to all Shure devices on the network for remote monitoring and control. With just a few clicks, users can scan the spectrum, identify open frequencies, and deploy to networked systems.
To ensure an optimal working environment, and smooth production with SLX-D, Wireless Workbench 6 can also help: establish network parameters and track all devices used in any given production; manage alerts and make adjustments in real-time without interrupting the performance, and Implement necessary changes to Shure devices remotely from a computer.
The ShurePlus Channels app gives users optimal control from the palm of their hand, helping them monitor events and make important real-time changes using a mobile device. The easy-to-download iOS app can be connected via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet adapter to automatically discover and manage Shure networked devices. Users are able to precisely monitor RF signal strength, audio levels, and battery life, from their mobile device for on-the-go performance management. Additionally, users can remotely diagnose and adjust critical channel information - ensuring the s
France - Modulo Pi has announced the immediate availability of Modulo Kinetic version 4. With this release, the fully integrated media server solution offers a revamped user interface, improved 3D engine, and new extensive capabilities dedicated to virtual productions.
Introduced in 2016, Modulo Kinetic makes a major step forward in its development with a variety of new features and improvements. The Modulo Kinetic Designer offers a revamped user interface with new icons, optimised views, toolbars, timelines, nodal programming editor, and more.
Special attention was paid to the 3D scene viewer to offer users a smooth navigation and polished experience with the software.
Version 4 includes the support of Notch Block, 10-bit Apple ProRes, and 10-bit GoPro Cineform. Modulo Kinetic also supports LUT format, allowing creative filters and real-time colour grading.
With support of the WebSocket protocol, it is now possible to create custom web applications, and interact with shows created in Modulo Kinetic from a smartphone, a touch screen, or any other computing device.
Improved 3D engine Modulo Kinetic V4 includes a large series of improvements to its embedded 3D engine. New features allow to significantly enhance show study and simulation in Modulo Kinetic. Projectors can be easily imported into Modulo Kinetic Designer from a csv file. Their distribution in 3D scenes is much faster and easier thanks to a new clone and symmetry tool.
Europe - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the Martin by Harman VDO Atomic Bold Creative LED lighting fixture.
High-lumen output, true tungsten emulation, smart interlocking mechanics and a compact footprint make the VDO Atomic Bold powerfully versatile. Combining an audience blinder, strobe light, creative LED pixel/surface (beam and aura) and stage wash; the VDO Atomic Bold equips lighting designers with a palette of application possibilities.
The fixture retains the same precision interlocking mechanics, same universal cabling and a similar look as its popular sibling, the VDO Atomic Dot, but is much larger with higher, full-colour LED lumen output. In addition to its octagonal-shaped design that offers single light or large array configuration options, the VDO Atomic Bold features control via Martin’s proprietary P3 software and Art-Net, sACN and DMX protocols, allowing fixtures to be driven from a console, a video source or a mix of both.
While it is targeted to support rental customers and set and lighting designers working in concert/touring and TV shows, the VDO Atomic Bold is also a suitable fit for corporate clients and customers in the high-profile nightclub market.
“Creative LED offers lighting designers so many opportunities to reflect the vision of the artist and to uniquely capture and illustrate the story being told onstage,” comments Wouter Verlinden, Martin Creative LED product manager. “When we heard from designers just how many uses they were getting out of the VDO Atomic Dot, we knew that the next step i
Europe - Robe has launched two new products in its all-weather IP65-rated iSeries - the iPointe65 and the iSpiider – both suitable for exterior work or any damp, misty, steamy or high condensation environments.
The iPointe65 is a bright, high-performance multifunctional luminaire modelled on the company’s best-selling MegaPointe. The new fixture works equally well as a beam, spot, effects and wash, says Robe. Designed, developed, and manufactured to be sealed against water and particle ingress, the iPointe’s aluminium housing also gives a dust-free environment for the optical, gobo and colour systems, eliminating the need for frequent cleaning and maintenance.
Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology enables access setup, diagnostics and other performance-related features directly from a mobile device using the Robe Com app - even when the fixture is not powered.
The light source is a 310W lamp with a lifetime of up to 4,000 hours that has been developed for Robe by OSRAM. Providing 12,000 lumens - measured at the front lens - the source produces a “crystal clear, razor-edged beam” adjustable from a tight, punchy 1.8° column to a wide 42° spot.
iPointe65 is an easy fixture swap / clone with Robe’s popular MegaPointe, featuring the same DMX control channels and feature set.
Meanwhile, the iSpiider features an advanced protective design and is also happy in the rain. Modelled on Robe’s successful Spiider LED wash beam, iSpiider is a bright, high-performance luminaire, retaining all the favourite features of the indoor v
China - Nanlux has introduced The Evoke 1200, a 1.2kW LED fixture designed for cinema, live events, stills and broadcast.
At the heart of the system is a COB delivering “stunning levels of controllable, flicker-free light, comparable to that of a 1.8kW PAR or 2.5kW HMI Fresnel”.
Available as both 5,600K and Tungsten 3,200K models, the Evoke 1200 features an interchangeable optic system allowing it to be easily configured, to satisfy almost any lighting requirement. The large aperture and sturdy fixings of the mounting system, allows users to quickly switch between optics, to sculpture, shape and modify the output with absolutely no compromise in beam quality, colour or intensity.
The Evoke is fully dimmable and features a selection of onboard creative effects including INT loop, flash, pulse, storm, TV, paparazzi, candle/fire, bad bulb, firework, explosion and welding. For added convenience, user settings and custom looks can be locked or stored for later use. There is a 2.8 inch display and the system also incorporates a sturdy, fast-fixing yoke to allow full pan and tilt with 360° rotation.
The fixture supports both wired and wireless operation via Nanlink APP, DMX/RDM, Bluetooth and Lumenradio TimoTwo. Dual power and battery options further extend the flexibility of the system.
Nancy Zheng, Nanlux managing director, comments: “The Evoke really is an exciting development in the application of LED technology. The incredible output and creative abilities of the fixture, make it a highly effective, truly versatile alternative to t
USA - Altman Lighting has introduced the Hydra series, an indoor and outdoor lighting solution designed for performance spaces emerging from the pandemic.
“A lot of the work I do is listening,” says Nicolas Champion, VP of sales and marketing for Altman Lighting. “Throughout the pandemic, there was a stated need for a luminaire that could work safely inside and outside, in various weather conditions, integrate with existing systems, and provide a perfect ‘spot to wash’ transition. That’s why we developed the Hydra.”
The Hydra Series AIP-200 is a compact 200 Watt RGBL IP65 rated & convection cooled zoom PAR that is packed with a high feature set. The silent, compact luminaire weighs 13.44 pounds and features a powerful lumen output with a wide zoom range. The motorized zoom produces a beam spread between 6.5° and 50° with built-in stops at five different set points ensuring precise beam spread repeatability.
Germany - Coda Audio has announced the expansion of its HOPS (high output point source) range with the addition of the new HOPS12i. A high output, three-way point source, HOPS12i incorporates high performance 12” neodymium cone drivers with 4” voice coils adapted from those found in Coda Audio’s flagship line-array, AiRAY, delivering ‘power with clarity’.
Versatility is key to the HOPS12i. As well as Coda’s latest DAC (Dynamic Airflow Cooling) technology, it features exchangeable and rotatable waveguides that provide various options for adjusting directivity, but unlike loudspeakers that ‘only’ steer high frequency – the HOPS12i waveguides control all the way down to 300Hz.
90º x 60º and 60º x 40º waveguides are available, and both are rotatable, giving four directivity options. The impressive low end of the full-range HOPS12i means that in many applications, subs might not be required - something that is helpful in multi-use education settings, for example. HOPS12i thus offers system designers even more choice towards achieving optimal solutions across the very broadest range of applications, says the company. As with the entire HOPS range, HOPS12i is complemented by a variety of accessories and mounting options that allow for the greatest possible flexibility in fixed installations.
HOPS12i can be customised in wide range of colours - weatherproofing options are also available for demanding environments. The latest versions of Coda’s proprietary amplifier control software (Linus Control V2.2) and prediction software (Syst
UK - Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology have announced availability of the new Hi-X65 headphones. Building on the popularity of their Hi-X55, the Hi-X65 headphones are designed as professional monitoring headphones for mixing and mastering, the open over-ear design and the high excursion driver ensure transparent sound for sound engineers and audiophiles alike.
The development of the Hi-X (High Excursion) technology results from “decades of experience and today’s state-of-the-art technologies”, and it’s the key to the detailed sound of the Hi-X65 headphones. All Austrian Audio Hi-X headphones feature a 44 mm driver and a ring magnet system. This design allows for improved airflow and includes the strongest magnetic field in its class.
The ring magnet, combined with a copper-clad aluminium voice coil, reduces the weight of the membrane and the voice coil connected to it, allowing the membrane to move or change direction faster, providing a more responsive impulse reaction. The result is great bass imaging and superior low THD at low frequencies, a linear frequency response, and open, precise, high-resolution sound that simplifies error detection and makes mixing and mastering a pleasure.
The Hi-X65 ear pads provide a high level of comfort. The ear pads are made of soft memory foam and have been completely redesigned to provide more space for the ears without increasing the external dimensions.
The breathable construction ensures excellent ventilation, while supporting the acoustic design. The soft memory foam padding of
USA - As part of Better Hearing Month, 64 Audio, is promoting the importance of its hearing health initiative by offering free custom earplugs and all four apex modules (mX; m15, m20, m26) with the purchase of a custom 64 Audio IEM throughout May.
“As a musician, your ears are arguably your most important asset,” says Vitaliy Belonozhko, 64 Audio founder and chief sound designer. “You spend hours rehearsing to perfect that riff, master that drum solo, or hit that high note. Your ears are your guide, your biggest fan, and your harshest critic. As such, ear protection and being mindful of your environment can help combat noise-induced hearing loss. There's no better time than the present to start protecting your hearing so you can enjoy and play music for years to come.”
64 Audio’s Air Pressure Exchange (apex) is a pneumatically interactive vent that releases air pressure in a sealed ear canal. This venting alleviates listener fatigue and opens the soundstage. All of 64 Audio’s current IEMs feature apex technology and comes in two variations, m15 and m20, depending on the model purchased. Unlike competitor venting solutions, apex preserves the bass frequencies and produces a more open soundstage, which helps the listener distinguish individual instruments.
The apex module is also engineered with features to prevent vent-clogging and wind noise. Its compact and durable construction is virtually maintenance-free, designed for the most demanding users.
Europe - DirectOut Technologies has further expanded the capabilities of its recently released Ravenna/MADI converter Exbox.Rav adding NMOS IS-04 and IS-05 support.
NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) is a suite of specifications for stream discovery and connection management developed and maintained by the AMWA filling a gap left open by the AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110 standards.
IS-04 handles device discovery and registration to support automation in setting up networked systems, while IS-05 covers the connection management between devices to allow creation and removal of flows between senders and receivers on the network.
“We are seeing a lot of AES67 and ST 2110 projects coming up with requests and requirements for NMOS,” comments Claudio Becker-Foss, CTO and CEO of DirectOut. “NMOS is a public specification, which fits well with the open approach of Ravenna. Based on modern network protocols, it eases the device integration into network management and orchestration software. Being now NMOS ready makes Exbox.Rav even more attractive as a compact and cost-effective interface for IP infrastructures.”
NMOS has also been added to the Ravenna modules offered for the Prodigy series and to DirectOut’s OEM board Rav2.