Product News

chroma-q-studio-force-ii-72-48-and-12-models-low-resPLASA 2018: Chroma-Q unveils LED solutions
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II and Brute Force high intensity tuneable white LED fixtures will make their show debut alongside the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system at PLASA 2018.
The Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light uses a homogenised LED source capable of delivering variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control and the ability to produce deep saturated colours when needed. It is ideal for TV Broadcast, film and other situations demanding high quality tuneable white light.
The Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light was developed and rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications; to create a true LED full colour RGB-W lamphead that draws just 15 amps @ 240V. Robustly designed, it has an extended (2,000K - 10,000K) CCT range.
The multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects and Inspire house lighting LED fixtures featuring RGBA-mixing homogenised optics, will also be shown.
Making its UK show debut is Vista 3 by Chroma-Q, the new lighting & media control system developed to dramatically enhance existing functionality and introduce an array of intelligent new features that appeal to both existing and new users.
(Jim Evans)

jc-joel-plasaPLASA 2018: J&C Joel celebrates 40th anniversary
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - J&C Joel returns to the PLASA Show as it continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
The company, which is one of the leading manufacturers and installers of flame-retardant fabrics, flooring and stage engineering solutions, will be exhibiting on stand A45 at the show.
During PLASA, J&C Joel will relaunch its new and improved Serge Tape in response to high demand from customers. They will also be showcasing other new products including Euro Wool Serge, Empress, Super Wide Width IFR Canvas and the West End Velvets.
JCJ Serge Tape is designed to provide a quick, easy repair of tears in black Wool Serge drapes will be available in 25m rolls which are 50mm wide and is sure to be a staple product in the events and entertainment industry. A roll will be on hand for people to look at as well as some in application on a piece of Wool Serge.
During the event the company will also launch an exciting new scheme with the Theatres Trust, J&C Joel's chosen charity. This will take place on  stand A45 from 1pm on Monday, 17 September, and will form part of J&C Joel’s 40th anniversary festivities.
Members of staff from J&C Joel’s sales, projects and marketing teams will be on hand to provide advice and support to customers both old and new and the Joel’s bar will also be open throughout the three days allowing people to enjoy the company’s newly produced Curtain Call beer and Green Room cider.
James Wheelwright, J&C Joel’s

 
 
axcor-600-profilePLASA 2018: Claypaky sets world premieres
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - At PLASA 2018, Claypaky will debut the new Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400 LED profile spotlights, part of the company’s Axcor family.
Featuring a 500W white LED engine, the Axcor Profile 600 stands out for its versatility, high level of performance and the superior quality of its light. According to Claypaky, the unit’s luminous efficiency is among the highest for this power category, and can be further increased by about a quarter if necessary thanks to ‘boost mode’.
The Axcor Profile 400 has a compact body (65cm/25½in high) and is packed with advanced lighting, mechanical and electronic features.
The Axcor 300 series comprise three powerful yet compact moving LED lights - the Axcor Spot 300, the Axcor Beam 300 and the Axcor Wash 300. With a physical size, power consumption and price-point that disguise their strength and creative potential, the Axcor 300 range enables a new world of expression in touring, events, TV, theatre and installed lighting markets.
Claypaky will also launch the new hybrid wash/beam Hepikos, featuring an Osram 440W Sirius lamp.
(Jim Evans)

 
prolights-panorama-ip-wbxPLASA 2018: ProLights unveils indoor and IP65 solutions
Thursday, 13 September 2018

UK - The ProLights family of fixtures will be represented on the A.C. Entertainment Technologies stand, E30, at PLASA 2018 taking place on 16-18 September at London Olympia.
ProLights will also launch new indoor and IP65-rated lighting and video solutions.
Highlights include the PLASA Awards for Innovation-nominated Panorama IP WBX - an IP65 LED Moving Wash Light ideal for temporary outdoor events, the RA3000 - a 1000W fully featured moving LED profile, and the Eclipse family of theatrical LED luminaires.
The Panorama IP WBX leads the extensive ProLights IP65 family, which includes Pars, Blinders, Battens, Strobes and Moving Lights all designed for temporary outdoor use for events and festivals.
Increasing the creative options for outdoor shows, the ProLights OmegaPIX 3.9 is an IP65 modular LED screen with a 3.9mm pitch which delivers stunning image quality in even bright daylight conditions.
The ProLights RA3000 is a fully featured moving profile providing huge output, stunning colour options, full framing shutters, and a 19-element optical system that allows multiple beam elements to be focussed together right through the massive zoom range.
The Eclipse family of theatrical LED luminaires includes fixed white and colour changing LED Fresnels and Profiles designed to provide the performance, flexibility and accuracy that theatrical productions demand.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
spotlight-hyperion-seriesPLASA 2018: Spotlight to launch Hyperion LED models
Thursday, 13 September 2018

UK - After previewing its new Hyperion LED series earlier this year, Spotlight will showcase a six-colour Fresnel, six-colour profile and warm white Fresnel with new software at PLASA 2018, taking place at London Olympia on 16-18 September. In addition, the company will debut its tuneable white profile.
Developed to celebrate 50 years of the brand's innovation, the Hyperion series has been expressly designed to meet the most discerning requirements of professional users, both for the quantity and the quality of the light output.
The Hyperion six-colour LED technology adds amber, cyan and lime alongside RGB, for a wider choice of even colour-mixing, a colour temperature range from 2,700K to 8,000K, and colour rendering up to 97. As a result, it gives designers increased creative possibilities to achieve their artistic vision. The Hyperion range of Fresnels and Zoom Profiles also includes Tuneable White and Fixed White versions.
Designed for large installations such as professional theatres, film and TV studios, the efficient 300W luminaires have an output comparable with 2,000W Halogen fixtures and feature a rounder, more compact design while retaining Spotlight's reliably efficient internal heat reduction system. The fixtures also have DMX controlled fan speed modes to suit different environments and productions.
Highlights from Spotlight's extensive, award-winning Green Line range of lighting fixtures will also be represented.
For your demonstration of the Hyperion series and other Spotlight innovations, please visit stand E30 of exclu

 
pascalmmuPascal reveals dedicated amp modules
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Denmark - Amplifier electronics specialist Pascal has unveiled a range of amplifier modules with features and performance optimised for integration within power amplifier designs, across the breadth of live sound and commercial and custom installation applications.
A range of six modules enables both constant voltage (100/70 V) and low impedance output mode operation and a wide range of power configurations; for half rack 1RU to full 19U 2RU form factors.
Depending on the combination of modules used within a power amplifier, it is possible to drive any share of the total power capability reservoir to any output stage. This offers installers and integrators complete freedom to drive exactly the required amount of power precisely where it is needed.
This has a major operational advantage in addressing asymmetrical power requirements within a zoned installation, with the benefit of handling a wide range of different or changing power requirements from the same power amplifier. It also avoids paying for unutilized excess power in such applications, which otherwise require use of multiple, fixed rated power amplifiers.
Michael Munch recently joined Pascal as product manager, a position he held for several years at LabGruppen. "Pascal is known as the leading provider of high power, highly reliable amplifier modules for self-powered, pro audio speakers," he says, "It is a natural step for the company to help clients meet market requirements for more compact, more versatile power amplifiers with a series of application dedicated amplifier modules. The

 
 
vista-3-tnChroma-Q launches Vista 3 worldwide
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

World - Chroma-Q, who recently acquired and rebranded the Jands Vista lighting & media control system, has released the long-anticipated Vista 3 software, which introduces a large number of new features and improvements.
After receiving extensive user feedback, Vista 3 has been developed to dramatically enhance existing functionality and introduce an array of intelligent new features that appeal to both existing and new users. Some of the new features include the ability to merge multiple showfiles, a new colour engine that supports up to 11 colours, improved 2D fixture visualisations, customisable workspaces, a vastly expanded command line interface, and Smart FX masters.
These features all contribute to improving the entire user experience in creating and delivering fantastic looking shows, in addition to making the software even more intuitive to those users who are new to the Vista ecosystem.
Vista 3 user, LD Ben Inskip has been trialling the software on his shows. He comments: “Vista is getting better and better. The features in Vista 3 make everything quicker to access. Custom workspaces and the command line put even more at your fingertips. It allows me to try new things out really quickly and focus on adding intricate little touches to shows.” He continues: “Everything feels solid and reliable. I’m really excited to follow Vista as it continues to improve.”
Paul Pelletier, Chroma-Q's global brand manager, has been working with the development team on Vista 3. “I know a lot of people have been eagerly looking forward to

 
smarty-hybridPLASA 2018: Elation to showcase Smarty Hybrid
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Elation Professional will show visitors to PLASA 2018 a range of innovative lighting tools with real impact that continues Elation’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market. Lighting professionals will have the opportunity to see the company’s newest innovations September 16-18 at PLASA Stand H40 at Olympia in West London.
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, a full-featured spot, beam and wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. At the heart of the fixture is a new Platinum lamp using FLEX technology which offers a "smartly” designed discharge lamp/ballast package (6,000 hour lamp life) for high output (14,000 lumens) performance at an efficient and affordable price point. The lamp is dimmable and power to the lamp is reduced when not in use.
Features include motorized zoom, full CMY colour mixing, linear CTO, 13 dichroic colours, two gobo wheels, prism overlay and more. Elation has introduced a new Ultimate Warranty programme on Smarty Hybrid that covers the first two years of operation or 6,000 hours of use, whichever comes first, and includes the highly-efficient Philips Platinum FLEX 200 lamp.
Elation is set to embark on a new chapter in its evolution with the launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. Obsidian products run on ONYX, an innovative yet uncomplicated lighting control platform that is backwards compatible with all M-Series lighting control products. Obsidian offers a

 
 
cti-qolorflex-dimmers-accessories-1PLASA 2018: City Theatrical unveils new technology
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology on stand H50 at Plasa 2018 in London’s National Hall, Olympia from 16-18 September.
Live demonstrations include bright and flexible QolorFLEX NuNeon, linear lighting, plug and play QolorPIX pixel control, ultimate colour blending and control with QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape and Dimmers, troubleshooting with DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, and a preliminary look at revolutionary Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM products before they hit the market.
While there, meet and greet Andy Voller, the creator and developer of Moving Light Assistant and learn more about other lighting software available from City Theatrical.
QolorFLEX NuNeon is a flexible and bright sealed LED linear lighting product that can be used to replace traditional neon lighting. Up to 80% more flexible than similar products, QolorFLEX NuNeon was carefully developed to provide lighting and scenic designers with the ability to add bold and bright accents throughout entertainment and architectural projects. It operates on 24VDC, can be cut to length in 50mm (2”) increments, and includes 200mm (8”) flat cables on both ends for easy connections. QolorFLEX NuNeon is available in RGB in 5m reels, and seven distinctive colours in 10m reels.
Learn more about working with QolorFLEX NuNeon in this new video.
QolorPIX plug and play pixel control products make it easy to create thousands of professional dynamic lighting effects - chases, fades,

 
tank-trap-trolley-1Doughty looks forward to a busy month
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will be the main attraction on the Doughty stand at both PLASA and IBC this year. Visitors to stand B50 at PLASA and stand 12.A58 at IBC can see this piece of kit - which is designed for use across the broadcast, theatre and live events industries - and takes the all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model.
The stand comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a speaker adaptor, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explains: “This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We’ve spent the best part of this year taking the prototype to trade shows across Europe so that we can really hone in on the design and use the feedback we’ve gathered at the shows to make a really useful bit of kit."
The Three Position Tank Trap, which won last year’s ABTT Engineering Product of the Year award will also feature on this year's stands. This clever piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting poi

 
 
bw-ha-med-resPLASA 2018: BroadWeigh's Advanced Handheld debuts
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - BroadWeigh's new Advanced Handheld will make its first appearance at PLASA this year. Visitors to the stand of BroadWeigh's product partner A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (E30) will be able to demo the product which has been entered into this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018 as well as finding out more about the other items in the BroadWeigh range.
Matt Millward, rigging sales manager at A.C Entertainment Technologies explained: "We have an exclusive corner of our booth dedicated to BroadWeigh products this year. We are including around 24 cells in the main grid of our overhead truss which will be shown as a live demonstration on our tablet PC along with the new Advanced Handheld. We'll also have the BroadWeigh Wind Speed Sensor in action along with another Advanced Handheld.”
The Advanced Handheld brings an additional level of portability to the BroadWeigh system by expanding its standalone monitoring capabilities. The device allows users to perform advanced operations with load shackle readings without the need for a PC and base station. With a range of up to 800m, the Advanced Handheld is compatible with all existing BroadWeigh shackles and can be configured to either roaming inputs, pre-defined inputs or summing groups.
Kelly Voysey, sales and marketing manager for BroadWeigh commented: "We're really excited to get some feedback on our new Advanced Handheld. The demos on the A.C. Entertainment stand should give potential new users an idea of just how nifty a piece of kit this little device is. We have designed it as a solution

 
ac-et-at-plasa-2018PLASA 2018: AC-ET showcases over 15 brands
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exclusively showcase over 15 brands from its portfolio of over 200 marques at PLASA 2018 (Stand E30), London - including four products nominated for this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation and several previous Innovation award-winners.
2018 PLASA Awards nominees include PROLIGHTS' new Panorama IP WBX IP65 LED moving wash light ideal for temporary outdoor events; Columbus McKinnon's new Lodestar VS chain hoist featuring Magnetek IMPULSE G+ Mini drive and other industry-leading safety procedures; Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist Connector for distribution of power and control to motorised hoists which eliminates potential cross-connection with other entertainment applications; and BroadWeigh's new BW-HA advanced wireless handheld display for its innovative wireless load monitoring system.
Staff from AC-ET's dedicated product sales divisions will also exclusively demonstrate cutting-edge technologies from other leading lighting, rigging, video and audio brands.
Lighting highlights include Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light - which utilises homogenised LED optics and other leading technologies from the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects lighting range - and new Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light, which has been rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications; PROLIGHTS' new RA3000 1000W fully featured moving LED profile; Quasar Science

 
 
zero-88-plasa-2018-flx-range-of-lighting-consolesPLASA 2018: Eaton Zero 88 highlights FLX
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Eaton’s leading lighting control brand Zero 88 celebrates a year since the launch of its successful FLX S range of small, powerful and intuitive lighting consoles, designed for small to medium shows utilizing a mix of moving lights and LED fixtures as well as conventional luminaires.
Capitalizing on the buzz and excitement of PLASA as an industry hub and meeting place at the start of the autumn touring and event season, PLASA visitors can meet the Zero 88 team on Stand N21 and help celebrate the phenomenal first year of FLX S where sales far exceeded initial expectations in some considerable style!
FLX S24 runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering huge flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price. FLX S48 has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are ultimately portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, plus support for a range of networking accessories.
Enthusiasm for the FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles has been “fantastic worldwide”, across all Zero 88’s usual markets, and in other new regions including Japan, Australia and the US! There has been impressive uptake over multiple sectors, including TV and corporate events, fringe and experimenta

 
quadPLASA 2018: Artistic Licence unveils daliGate quad
Monday, 10 September 2018

UK - At PLASA 2018, Artistic Licence will be launching daliGate quad, a product that integrates DALI with Art-Net and DMX/RDM. Also new is Rail-Split RJ45, a premium DIN rail splitter developed in response to high customer demand. And for powerful yet economical DMX control, we are proud to be showing the stylish matisse range.
Artistic Licence CEO and product designer Wayne Howell will be present throughout the show to answer questions. Howell is also hosting a seminar on the latest news and views on industry control protocols at 1.30pm on Sunday, 16 September.
daliGate quad is an ethernet-to-DALI interface providing four DALI circuits. It is compatible with Art-Net or sACN and can convert between DMX, RDM and DALI. This means that an Art-Net capable lighting desk can now directly control DALI gear in just the same way as DMX.
Learn more about daliGate quad and daliScene in the Awards for Innovation gallery, or come to Stand C32.
Nominated for the Awards for Innovation, Artistic Licence will also be showing matisse f6 dmx and matisse d4 dmx. These products are programmable, multi-function DMX controllers presented in a wall-mount format. All the electronics are mounted on the rear of the panel, so there is no need for external control boxes.
Newly-launched is the Rail-Split RJ45. Developed in response to customer demand, this four-way DMX512 splitter features RJ45 connectors on the input and all outputs, making it a breeze to install using Cat5 patch cables. The product also eliminates the need for separate DC power supplies, as it i

 
 
maverickstorm1washPLASA 2018: Chauvet showcases hot new products
Monday, 10 September 2018

UK - Chauvet Professional will showcase some of the latest products from its Maverick, STRIKE, Ovation and COLORado series of fixtures at PLASA 2018 on 16-18 September at London Olympia. The ranges have been making their mark on the theatrical and touring scene this summer, being specified for shows on Broadway and concerts by bands like Counting Crows and Nine Inch Nails.
Among the highlights at the Chauvet Professional stand J30 will be the Maverick Storm 1 Wash. The newest addition to the award-winning Maverick line of moving fixtures, the high-output (over 6000lm) Storm 1 Wash has an IP65 rating, making it suitable for outdoor festival use.
Another fixture for outdoor use is the STRIKE P38, a compact IP65-rated blinder that delivers a punchy output from its 90W warm white LED source. An emulated “amber shift” warms the colour temperature of the light as it dims to mimic incandescent lights. The unit’s IP-rated fan keeps it cool enough for use as a wash.
The company will also be showcasing the COLORado Solo Batten, a powerful batten that projects a single homogenised wash with smooth colour mixing, giving it the appearance of a bright single bar of light without round 'eyes' or pixels.
On the theatrical and broadcast lighting front, Chauvet Professional will be highlighting the Ovation F-915VW, a high-power variable white Fresnel-style fixture that utilises the company’s unique six-colour LED system. This fixture projects a bright, beautifully soft field of light in nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS, making it i

 
direct-outDirectOut debuts EXBOX.BLDS hardware version
Monday, 10 September 2018

Germany - Pro audio specialist DirectOut Technologies has announced a new hardware version of its popular EXBOX.BLDS automatic redundancy switch.
As a result of requests from FOH engineers all over the world, the hardware - which has proved to be a life-safer for big playout systems in live environments - will ship with a modular MADI interface in order to cover all applications and formats in multichannel MADI systems.
CTO Stephan Flock explains the reason for a new hardware revision five years after its launch: “EXBOX.BLDS has always been a special product for DirectOut, since it is one of our typical problem-solving solutions. Very many live systems and broadcast environments worldwide rely on our fail-over hardware to ensure proper signal transmission in redundant recording setups or playout rigs.”
However, one of the limitations of the EXBOX.BLDS hardware has been the fixed design of its MADI I/O, which means that it was unable to provide all BNC or SFP configurations.
Flock adds: “While BNC MADI is still very popular, especially in live systems where DiGiCo and Avid consoles are predominant, the flexible SFP format is the preferred option for broadcasters. As a result of this, we decided to eliminate this last little deficit by designing a hardware with modular MADI.IOs - for everybody using MADI.”
The new hardware design of EXBOX.BLDS is based on the MADI modules DirectOut uses in its SG.MADI SoundGrid interface. In this way, users are not only able to receive any configuration of the two MADI ports as required but are a

 
 
adapter-modules-stacked-350pxAudinate unveils Dante Adapter Module family
Friday, 7 September 2018

USA - Audinate has announced the availability of Dante Adapter Modules, designed for the production of cost-effective, compact, manufacturer-branded Dante audio adapters and low-channel count audio devices. Dante Adapter Modules are pre-programmed and are easily integrated into larger host devices to provide Dante network support without the need for PCB design and manufacturing, component procurement and programming, significantly reducing time-to-market.
The Dante Adapter Modules family contains six models - single and dual-channel analogue input, single and dual-channel analogue output, 2 in / 2 out AES3, and 2 in/2 out USB. These modules can be used to create custom-featured adapters or incorporated directly into low-channel count endpoint products such as powered speakers, direct boxes and more.
Using the same high-quality field-tested components as the Dante AVIO adapter family, Dante Adapter Modules enable fast development of professional audio products with proven components. The modules are designed for over-moulding, clamshell enclosures or mounting on a baseboard, enabling manufacturers to design products with their own physical enclosures, branding, and connectors.
Dante Adapter Modules sample rates up to 96 kHz (except USB), user-configurable signal levels (for the analogue models), Power over Ethernet, and support for AES67 RTP audio transport. They are fully-functional Dante devices which can provide a hardware master clock for a Dante network, and are also Dante Domain Manager ready. The USB Adapter Module can also be powered by U

 
sennheiserSennheiser launches new in-ear series
Friday, 7 September 2018

Europe - Sennheiser is launching a new series of professional in-ears, beginning with the IE 40 PRO entry model which will be available towards the end of this month. The IE 40 PRO ensures “impeccable audio reproduction with warmth, great detail and natural clarity”, thus improving the artist’s focus and performance control even in difficult stage situations.
This audio performance is complemented by a well thought-out mechanical design that includes a patent-pending, break-proof cable ducting. In early 2019, the IE 40 PRO will be joined by the IE 400 PRO and the top-of-the-range IE 500 PRO.
“The IE 40 PRO is the first and most accessible in a new series of fantastic sounding dynamic in-ear phones,” says Jannik Schentek, product manager professional audio at Sennheiser. “In the field test phase, the IE 40 PRO’s sound reproduction astounded the engineers and bands that tried the prototypes. They were delighted with the clear and natural reproduction, which enabled them to better connect with every member of the band and to critically monitor their performance.”
Among the early testers was Paul Di Leo, who plays bass with German superstar Nena. Paul tried the IE 40 PRO on stage during his current tour with Nena: “I’ve been a huge fan of Sennheiser for years and use their products on tour because they are truly reliable. And for me, that’s the most important thing on stage performing. Worry-free equals priceless! I’ve just had the opportunity to test the Sennheiser IE 40 PRO in-ear monitors live on stage. They delivered the Senn

 
 
pb32sg-to-dante-network-bridge-renderingPLASA 2018: Crest debuts SoundGrid-to-Dante bridge
Friday, 7 September 2018

UK - Crest Audio unveils the PB-32 SoundGrid-to-Dante network bridge for the very first time in the UK at PLASA 2018. Brand new out of the box at InfoComm 2018, PB-32 provides the connection between Crest Audio’s flagship Tactus digital mixing system and the new powered Versarray Pro line array system, both of which will also be featured at PLASA.
The PB-32 enables the audio signal to remain in the digital domain from the desk right through to the Dante-enabled Versarray Pro PA system. It may also be deployed by any other audio systems utilizing the Dante audio networking protocol, thereby also offering compliance with the AES67 interoperability standard.
Housed in a rugged, 1U ½ rack chassis, the PB-32 provides up to 16 channels of bi-directional audio to be transmitted and received by each network (SoundGrid and Dante) via interchangeable 16x16 networking modules. The unit is shipped with one Dante and one SoundGrid module as standard but may be loaded with two Dante cards to link separate Dante systems with different clock sources. The device benefits from high quality full asynchronous sample-rate conversion on all channels to keep clocking simple and straightforward, and a PoE network source selector switch for when PoE is available.
According to PCA’s operations manager, James Kennedy, the PB-32 is an essential piece of equipment for all Tactus users. “Our Tactus digital mixing system is an exceptionally powerful and flexible platform, thanks in large part to our decision to integrate the capabilities of the Waves LV-1 software. By defa

 
arkaos-hooks-up-with-ndi-pr-image-1ArKaos hooks up with NewTek NDI
Thursday, 6 September 2018

Europe - Digital control specialist ArKaos has announced its support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek NDI Network Device Interface protocol.
Joining the industry’s largest IP ecosystem of products, and a rapidly expanding number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows, ArKaos has integrated NDI into its MediaMaster PRO, MediaMaster Express, Grand VJ and Grand VJ XT products, which are all now recognizable as a source by other NDI-enabled applications and devices connected via a standard Ethernet local area network.
The ArKaos Ecosystem allows for the maximum and most flexible control of lighting and video, in one easy-to-use comprehensive tool.
ArKaos hardware and real-time video software is present in every major market sector and industry, from IOT / architectural and architainment installations to LED applications and media solutions to video mapping projects encompassing live events, corporate and broadcast.
NewTek’s royalty free NDI technology allows video and audio sources to be shared bi-directionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, expensive cable runs, and infrastructure upgrades, while turning every source into a destination instantly available anywhere on the network.
ArKaos CEO Marco Hinic comments: “We choose to use NDI for several reasons. The first one is simplicity. NDI will auto-discover the sources and receivers on the network and will happily coexist with other protocols used in the lighting industry. We did not even have to add any settings in our ap

 
 
robe-plasa-2018-robospot-basestationPLASA 2018: Robe plans major product launch
Thursday, 6 September 2018

UK - Robe, a platinum sponsor for PLASA 2018, will launch a major new product at the trade show taking place on 16-18 September at London Olympia.
The Czech manufacturer is keeping all details under wraps until 10.00AM on Sunday, 16 September, when it will reveal all on stand D40.
Also highlighted at the show is Robe’s modular RoboSpot remote followspotting system, now available with the latest Multi Device Control (MDC) software. RoboSpot comprises several different elements which can be used in a variety of combinations to control up to 12 units of Robe’s newest fixtures including the BMFL range, MegaPointes, Pointes, DL7 and DL4 series luminaires.
The BMFL FollowSpot LT is another new fixture to be shown at PLASA for the first time. It’s a brighter long-throw version of the standard BMFL FollowSpot, with all the same as the standard BMFL FollowSpot, however it benefits from a different reflector and optics with a tighter beam spread optimised for extra brightness over long distances.
Visitors should be prepared to be “stunned and amazed” as Robe continues to make drama, live performance and a truly immersive entertainment experience at the heart of their stand design and presence.
After PLASA 2017’s show-stopping Mirror Man concept and the ambitious, highly visual Cirque Robe at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt earlier this year, Robe is promising to take “exhibition imagineering and detail to another level” with the first in a trilogy of new expo stand designs.
In addition to the new products, all pop

 
webpicSupercharge your career with Curtain Call and Soulsound
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

UK - Curtain Call, a network for theatre professionals, is exhibiting jointly with Soulsound, a leading online resource centre for audio engineers, for the first time at PLASA this year. The two companies will be offering a special joint membership offer.
Hailed as ‘LinkedIn meets IMDB, for theatre’, Curtain Call is an online network dedicated to connecting theatre professionals. Members can build profiles, find jobs and collaborate with new and existing connections using the game-changing platform.
Soulsound has been helping sound engineers to improve their skills, find work and be insured since 2011. Members benefit from full public liability insurance as well as training and mentorship from highly successful professionals who share their knowledge and experience.
Together, Curtain Call and Soulsound cover all the needs of theatre and live event technicians and can be of profound service to their members.
If you’re at PLASA 2018, visit stand V4 to discover more about how these innovative organisations will benefit your career in sound and take advantage of their exclusive joint membership offer. For more information and to register interest, please visit https://info.curtaincallonline.com/soulsound

 
 
martin-audio-product-launchMartin Audio schedules nine new products
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

UK - Martin Audio has announced nine new products spread across the spectrum of electronics and loudspeakers. These represent a significant development in the company’s portfolio advancement with increased tools for system integrators, installers and specifiers. Furthermore, they will be on display and demonstration at the company’s UK Open Days, 18-20 September in High Wycombe.
First out of the gate is the new ADORN series of on-wall loudspeakers that bring class-leading performance, reliability and value to a wide range of commercial sound installations. From the retail store to the boardroom, ADORN loudspeakers are designed for distributed sound applications that require high performance from visually-discreet, ultra-compact enclosures. They also provide a seamless sonic transition within a multi-zoned complex using larger Martin Audio systems such as CDD or BlacklineX.
Featuring a 4” and 5.5” driver, the two-way ADORN 40 and ADORN 55, respectively, are available in black or white as standard and can be readily painted to match any interior décor and architectural environment.
Dom Harter, managing director, comments: “The commercial install market for loudspeakers is significant and growing, and the ADORN series is targeted to win over specifiers, system integrators and installers by offering stunning sound quality in a diminutive, attractive and competitively priced package.”
The newly announced SX110 subwoofer will extend the bandwidth of ADORN on-wall speakers and is suitable for foreground music applications which require

 
rps4-pressLectrosonics Introduces universal power supply
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

USA - Lectrosonics has announced the release of the RPS4, a high-reliability universal DC power supply with redundant internal supply modules. The unit is designed as a 12V DC source for low-voltage devices such as wireless microphone receivers, IEM transmitters, IFB transmitters, and audio signal processing equipment.
The 1RU chassis eliminates the need for a separate power strip with individual DC supplies for each device. The RPS4 is ideal for use in broadcast, theatre, touring, houses of worship and many other professional applications.
The RPS4 supplies four 12 V DC thread-locking (LZR type) taps, each providing up to 1.5 Amps. Two internal power supplies and two temperature-controlled fans operate in a failover mode for an automatic backup in the event one of them fails. Individual 2A automotive blade-type fuses protect each 12 V tap from overload or direct short. The unit can be powered by 100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Output DC ripple is less than 20 mV. The unit ships with both two 12-inch and two 18-inch DC supply cables.
“The RPS4 is a perfect companion to our Venue and Venue 2 receivers, Duet M2T transmitters, and IFBT4 IFB transmitters,” comments Karl Winkler, VP of sales at service at Lectrosonics. “Our users and dealers have asked for a highly reliable rack-type power supply for use in a variety of professional applications, such as broadcast, theatre, touring and houses of worship, and this unit will fill those needs nicely.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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