Product News

zoom-mxa920Shure gains Zoom Rooms hardware certification
Tuesday, 11 October 2022

UK - Shure has announced that the Microflex Advance MXA920 Ceiling Array Microphone together with the IntelliMix Room Audio Processing Software have received Zoom Rooms hardware certification when paired with the Shure Microflex MXN5W-C Networked Loudspeaker.
The certification is a key milestone for Shure in providing consistent, reliable sound for today’s hybrid work and learning Environments. To achieve Zoom Rooms hardware certification, the company’s products have undergone rigorous and comprehensive tests in lab environments. IT professionals and integrators can rest assured that Shure continues to deliver only the highest standards in collaboration performance. Meanwhile, end users can enjoy premium audio in an easy-to-use conferencing experience.
“We are pleased Shure has pursued Zoom Rooms hardware certification, which sends a signal to customers that the hardware meets the high-performance standards for Zoom Rooms,” said Eric Yu, head of hardware partnership, Zoom. “As many organisations look to enable remote collaboration for virtual participants, customers need scalable solutions to virtualise even the most complex hardware spaces.”
With the recent certification of the MXA920 Ceiling Array Microphone and IntelliMix Room Audio Processing Software, Shure has expanded its scalability for even the most complex spaces. The flexibility in Shure microphones and DSP for Zoom Rooms delivers a best-in-class system to any high-rise conference room or classroom on campus. The new flagship MXA920 also features Automatic Coverage Technology

proteus-brutusElation launches Proteus Brutus ‘powerhouse’
Tuesday, 11 October 2022

USA/Europe - Elation Professional continues to expand its Proteus line of IP65-rated luminaires with the Proteus Brutus, a powerful 70,000-lumen LED wash FX fixture capable of high intensity washes and piercing narrow beams that can ‘cut through at tremendous distances’. Available now and shipping, the Proteus Brutus is the brightest lighting fixture that Elation has ever produced.
“When real brute-force power is needed, the Proteus Brutus can deliver,” states Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “It provides designers the power to cover huge areas across long distances, but it also houses gorgeous colours, a complete FX system and even optional framing so it has everything you want in a real designer’s tool. It partners perfectly with the Proteus Maximus LED Profile and the long-throw Proteus Excalibur beam for a trio of compatible, high-power luminaires and outperforms anything in the market in an IP65 housing.”
The Proteus Brutus is flexible at any distance or field of projection from tight beams to wide, smooth washes for use in a variety of applications. Coupled with a 5° to 50° zoom and impressive 220mm (8.7”) front lens, it is i suited for use on the largest outdoor stages, but has application anywhere powerful beams and powerful wash coverage is desired. Its high-quality lens optics and 70,000 total lumen fixture output make it an ideal solution for any high-output application.
The Proteus Brutus houses a high-efficiency 1200W 6,500K White LED engine. The custom peak-field engine with 2-to-1 centre to edge ratio giv

apexApex releases Cloudpower firmware update
Friday, 7 October 2022

Belgium - APEX has added numerous new features to its CloudPower installation amplifiers with the public release of V1.2.1 firmware and updates to its IntelliCloud remote control software.
Among more than a dozen feature updates, V1.2.1 now allows global device audio presets to be uploaded or downloaded for backup and fast configuration of multiple amplifiers. The new firmware standardises amplifier channel and bridged channel gain across all four models in the series, from the 4 x 350W CP354 to the 4 x 3000W CP 3004. Similarly, limiter values are now the same across the range, and limiter threshold range value is identical in normal and bridged modes. After 15 seconds without user input, CloudPower’s front panel menu now auto-exits and the daylight visible OLED display dims to prolong screen life.
V1.2.1 builds on the raft of major new features introduced in V1.1 firmware, including a ten-input matrix on each amp channel, an integral signal generator to assist with system setup and extended hands-on, front panel access to setup tools, plus UDP protocol compatibility for deeper integration with industry-standard control systems such as AMX and Crestron.
APEX managing director, Paul Van Hees comments, “V1.2.1 is packed with user-requested refinements and enhancements from the early adopters who were quick to embrace the potential of CloudPower. Along with the blockbuster new tools delivered in previous updates, we’re confident that integrators will enjoy an even smoother, faster experience with CloudPower, whether they’re managing amplifier

neutrikNeutrik Group adds Fiberfox production lines
Friday, 7 October 2022

Germany - The Neutrik Group has announced it has completed two new Fiberfox production lines, now in operation, at the group’s Connex Oldenburg plant in Germany.
As a result, market demand for Neutrik Fiberfox products will be significantly better served going forward, with one third reduction in standard delivery times.
Dietmar Rottinghaus, managing director of Connex, says, “Since joining the Neutrik Group in 2021 our sales have gone from strength to strength. The completion of these production lines supports that success and invests in our continuing growth, with new products for the AV and Industrial sectors planned for announcement in 2022.”
Fiberfox’s hermaphroditic coupling – the connector capable of both front- and rear-mounting – eliminates the need for adaptors and female and male mating halves. Available in 2-channel and 4-channel variants, with either configuration compatible with the other, and other MIL-DTL-83526 specified systems, it dramatically improving mating ability.
These are available as both pre-assembled network cables, in standardized lengths, and as the Fiberfox briDge chassis connector, which fits into the ubiquitous Neutrik D-shape cut-out. The Fiberfox briDge chassis connector is the first of its kind to convert standard LC patch cables in to an expanded beam solution. Acting as a ‘feed-through’ and fitting in to an industry standard D-size shell.
Fiberfox offers considerable technical and market advantage across a vast array of applications including AV networking, lighting, touring sound and

blue-lineDMT debuts Premiere Series Blue Line screens
Friday, 7 October 2022

The Netherlands - DMT has announced the launch of the Premiere Series Blue Line pixel screens. Starting with two new models that have a pixel pitch of 3.9 mm, the PS-3.9 Blue Line LED pixel screens are a cost-effective choice.
Thanks to a rating of IP54 (back) and IP65 (front), and a brightness of up to 5000 nits, they’re suitable for temporary use outdoors and can also be used indoors, of course.
The built-in A5s PLUS receiver card works perfectly with NovaStar video processors, while the Power Pro and ProCat connections ensure safe and secure power and data connectivity.
Like all Premiere Series screens, the Blue Line models offer front and rear access for easy servicing, which makes them ideal for fixed installations as well as the rental market. Measuring 50x50 cm and 50x100 cm, the new PS-3.9 Blue Line pixel screens are compatible with other models in the Premiere series and use the same hardware too.

pcxR-H brings rocking sound solutions to Denver
Friday, 7 October 2022

USA - Renkus-Heinz will be exhibiting its latest Sound Solution loudspeaker technology at the Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX) in Denver, Colo. from 19-20 October 2022.
Renkus-Heinz will showcase a variety of its product lines including the all-new, award-winning PCX Series, as well as innovative offerings from the Directivity Control Series, Iconyx GEN 5 Series, ICLive X Series, S Series and C Series.
AVX attendees will have the opportunity to drop by booth #811 to speak directly with Garrison Parkin, Renkus-Heinz’s western regional sales manager, and Steve Trump, owner and president of Signal Marketing, Renkus-Heinz’s independent manufacturer's representative for the Rocky Mountain region.
“Attending regional shows such as AVX allows our team to spend valuable one-on-one time to engage with our customers, partners and other industry professionals,” said Parkin. “We are excited to showcase our PCX Series for those who have not been able to see the new passive column in person yet.”
The newest offering from Renkus-Heinz, the award-winning PCX Series brings Renkus-Heinz’s industry-leading sound quality and coverage into the realm of passive arrays, creating more opportunities for AV contractors, consultants and sound system engineers to craft the perfect sound solution for its projects.
Utilising the same complex steering algorithms as Renkus-Heinz’s flagship ICONYX columns, the PCX Series’ new Passive UniBeam Technology delivers pristine sound and consistent coverage with minimal distortions or side lobe artifact

sennheiserSennheiser rolls out EMEA tour to debut EW-DX
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Europe - As part of the company’s objective to prepare the rental market, theatres, sound engineers, RF technicians and channel partners for EW-DX, the next step in the Evolution Wireless Digital series, Sennheiser has announced the dates for its EMEA-wide tour where the Sennheiser team will engage with end users and provide an in-depth overview of the EW-DX and EW-D technology through a mix of presentations, tests, demos and hands-on experience with the new system.
Additionally, visitors will be able to benefit from a refresher training on Sennheiser’s full range of capsules and microphone elements.
As part of the Evolution Wireless Digital family, EW-DX will boast family features such as the lowest latency on the market, convenient and spectrum-saving equidistant frequency spacing, and ultra-wide input dynamic range. A simple press of a button is all that is needed for the Auto Scan function to automatically assign frequencies using an equidistant tuning grid that allows more channels to be packed into a given frequency window.
At the same time, EW-DX will add new options such as two- and four-channel receivers, new handheld, bodypack and table stand transmitters, and new benefits such as its wider switching bandwidth of 88 MHz, AES 256 encryption, e-ink displays and more. Transmitters are conveniently sync’ed via Bluetooth Low Energy.
EW-DX will be integrated into the Sennheiser Control Cockpit software, Wireless Systems Manager desktop software and Smart Assist App.
Among the countries visited by the Sennheiser team between Oc

dpa-microphonesDPA spotlights live sound at AES New York
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - DPA Microphones will showcase its studio and live sound microphone solutions at the 2022 AES New York Show (Booth 328).
Offering both instrument and vocal mics for a variety of applications, attendees can view DPA’s newly released 4055 Kick Drum Microphone alongside the company’s 2028 Vocal Microphone. The company will also highlight its 4006 and 4011 Pencil Microphones and 4099 Instrument Microphones.
Designed without a pre-tailored sound, the company’s new 4055 Kick Drum Microphone allows sound engineers to shape the sound of the instrument exactly as desired for any application — be it pop, rock, jazz, folk or other genres. The mic’s asymmetric design makes it easy to position when slid into any size drum without risking a tear in the drum skin. It can be placed both inside or outside the kick drum, so finding the ideal placement is quick and effortless, without worry of compromising sound pickup or quality.
Being a condenser mic, it is also fast and produces a tight and clean sound even at very high SPL (max SPL is 164 dB). Although specifically designated for use with a kick drum, this mic can be used on many instruments found in live house bands on loud stages, such as electric guitar cabinets, bass and horns due to its flat frequency response and ability to bring the uncoloured sound to the next level.
On a live stage, the 2028 Vocal Microphone delivers the same sonic qualities as DPA’s other solutions, allowing all types of vocals to shine. Borrowing elements from the company’s renowned d:facto 4018 Vocal Mic, the

stemecosystemShure tunes and refines Stem Ecosystem
Thursday, 29 September 2022

UK - Shure has extensively tuned and refined Stem Ecosystem audio components in certified acoustic labs at its headquarters. These advancements, available to Stem users today via Firmware v2.5, have yielded significant improvements in clarity, more consistent speech levels, and enhanced intelligibility for a more natural and transparent communication experience
The Stem Ecosystem provides a customisable audio solution that is easy to set up and designed to seamlessly fit the requirements of any room. Combined with the audio quality and acoustic performance improvements of Firmware v2.5, Stem delivers an even more effortless way to achieve a great-sounding conferencing audio experience.
“In recent firmware updates, we improved the installation and setup experience of Stem solutions and the reliability of products already in the field. This new update provides substantial improvements in acoustic performance and audio quality,” said Luis Guerra, Associate Director of Global Product Management for the Stem Ecosystem, at Shure.
“We care about enabling our customers to create meeting spaces where they don’t even have to think about the audio because it just works, regardless of the environment,” continued Guerra. “We are confident that the enhanced audio performance featured in this update will have an encouraging and positive impact on our customers’ experiences in their meeting spaces.”
Because Stem devices have auto-updates enabled by default, all Stem Ecosystem devices connected to a network with internet access and on defaul

optimalOptimal Audio extends Cuboid loudspeaker line
Tuesday, 27 September 2022

UK - Optimal Audio has announced new additions to its Cuboid line-up of loudspeakers with four models introduced, available in black or white as standard. The new models comprise Cuboid 3, Cuboid 3TX, Cuboid 5 and Cuboid 5TX.
Cuboid 3 is a full range, two-way, passive 3” loudspeaker, designed ‘to give exceptional sound quality in a very small form factor’, for distributed applications with high quality background music and speech reproduction.
With included mounting hardware, Cuboid 3 can be fixed in either portrait or landscape orientation for simple and flexible installation. A weatherproof terminal cover is available as an aftermarket accessory for outdoor use, bringing the rating to IP54. Cuboid 3 features a 3.5” low frequency driver and a 0.5” PEI dome high frequency driver mated to a shallow wave guide for consistent HF distribution.
Cuboid 3TX adds a transformer, enabling the speakers to run on a series of 70 or 100V taps or at low impedance. Tap selection is via a rotary switch on the rear of the cabinet.
Cuboid 5 and Cuboid 5TX follow in similar fashion and feature a 5.25” low frequency driver and a 0.75” high frequency driver.
The new Cuboid additions will start to ship in APAC from November, EMEA from December, and the Americas in the new year.
Managing director Dom Harter says, “We’re delighted to extend the popular Cuboid series - these new additions open the brand to additional indoor and outdoor applications with sound quality that will delight. When coupled with the Zone series and the WebApp, sett

duecanalidspPowersoft bolsters fixed-install range
Monday, 26 September 2022

Italy - Powersoft has further enhanced its fixed-install product range by introducing AES67-compatible versions of its popular Duecanali and Quattrocanali amplifier platforms.
The new models, called Duecanali DSP+ and Quattrocanali DSP+, are able to receive audio-over-IP (AoIP) streams compliant with the AES67 standard, which allows high-performance streaming AoIP interoperability across different networking systems.
The new Powersoft DSP+ models – comprising the Duecanali 804 DSP+, 1604 DSP+, 4804 DSP+ and 6404 DSP+ and Quattrocanali 1204 DSP+, 2404 DSP+, 4804 DSP+ and 8804 DSP+ – can receive AES67 streams natively by connecting the dedicated AoIP networking port to an AES67 network.
The Duecanali DSP+ and Quattrocanali DSP+ amplifiers are supported by a new version of ArmoníaPlus, Powersoft’s system design, control and monitoring software, which is available now.
The introduction of the new DSP+ models will enable systems integrators to take advantage of the growing number of AES67-native audio products, says Powersoft product management specialist Giorgio Carminati, while the v2.4 update to ArmoníaPlus will streamline the configuration process by allowing users to configure both the AES67 inputs and DSP settings of the amplifiers in the same software.
All Powersoft amplifiers featuring a Dante card, including Duecanali DSP+D and Quattrocanali DSP+D models, can also be configured to work with AES67 audio streams by enabling AES67 mode in ArmoníaPlus or Dante Controller.
“We are delighted to introduce these new amplifi

martinmacauraxipwebbannerintroducingsocial1080x1080Martin by Harman introduces MAC Aura XIP
Thursday, 22 September 2022

USA - Harman Professional Solutions, a global leader in audio, video, lighting and control, today introduces the Martin MAC Aura XIP premium moving head wash light. The new fixture “raises the bar for optical quality, featuring an even wash field with soft edge, minimal stray light, and high intensity mid-air beams,” says Harman. “It includes a radical aura filament effect, with improved light engine control and a first-in-its-class outdoor rating with close to zero compromises in weight, size and aesthetics.”
“In developing the MAC Aura XIP, we set out to build a true workhorse,” says Wouter Verlinden, product manager Creative LED, Lighting and Control. “Our smart, outdoor-capable design intelligently seals away vital electronics while exposing the cooling system to the elements which allows for a lighter, quieter and more versatile unit that can be used anywhere, at any time, reinventing the universal indoor/outdoor-rated concept.”
MAC Aura XIP’s 12 Radical RGBW filaments deliver a brighter aura backlight effect as well as the ability to show iconic aura filaments, promising new and exciting stage effects. The extensive feature package covers both indoor and outdoor applications with optional high CRI / TM-30 / TLCI modes, LED frequency control for a flicker-free even wash light, RGBW colour mixing and multiple control options. Also included are variable calibrated colour temperature control, 200+ built-in FX macros, rapid movement and 8.8 – 49.3˚ zoom range; weighing just 8.9 kilograms.
Featuring pixel control with video map

rogueRogue IP65 Outcasts meet weight challenge
Thursday, 22 September 2022

USA - With their IP65 rating, the just-introduced Rogue Outcast 1L Beam and Rogue Outcast 2X Wash are designed to operate outdoors in all weather conditions. Thanks to their innovative lightweight aluminum-magnesium alloy housing, these newcomers are also suited to deliver indoors at clubs, conference centres, and live music venues.
“Coming out of the pandemic, rental houses and installers began asking for IP65 moving fixtures, because of the protection from dust and humidity they offered indoors,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “However, until now, the weight of IP65 products presented a challenge in some indoor applications.”
Anyone who picks up either of these new fixtures will quickly appreciate how well they meet this weight challenge. Both weigh-in at low numbers: 35 lbs. (16 kg) for the 1L Beam and 23 lbs. (11 kg.) for the 2X Wash, which, in addition to all their other advantages, makes them very easy to install.
When it comes to brightness, for example, the Rogue Outcast 1L Beam is a heavy hitter. It’s light weight and compact dimensions notwithstanding, it puts out 224,670 lux at 5m. Chauvet Professional’s product development team accomplished this by combining a cool white 140W LED and a 160mm font lens to maximize the fixture’s brightness.
The Rogue Outcast 1L Beam has the ability to rotate gobos, which opens opportunity to create more captivating aerial effects. It has seven rotating and static gobos on a single wheel. The fixture’s 1.4ﹾ beam angle adds another dynamic element to its aerial effects. Other f

disguisedisguise software release unlocks scalability
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

UK - disguise has announced the launch of r22, a new software release that will help users scale their disguise-powered projects like never before. Developed to save hours of time on manual processes such as media distribution or spatial calibration, r22 introduces new features that will help enhance content resolution, production set-ups and media file management.
New features include Intelligent Media Distribution - built to help users save time on manual media file distribution and maximize on server space by synchronizing and distributing only the media files within the video layers that are needed across each disguise server.
Single Large Canvas (SLC seamlessly combines multiple video fragments into a single view output when used alongside multiple projectors. This creates a single, gigantic canvas that can be used for everything from live event projections to immersive installations, without limitations to the overall resolution of the video.
Faster Spatial Calibration enables spatial calibration to be completed in less than half the time of previous releases, helping users save hours setting up their extended reality stages.
With r22, disguise is also growing its platform integration capabilities by adding support for a new major real-time engine. disguise’s proprietary RenderStream infrastructure, enabling bi-directional data transfer between disguise and third-party render engines, now supports the integration of TouchDesigner. This integration, made possible thanks to RenderStream’’s new support for Vulkan API, will allow us

racoonInfinity debuts Raccoon RGBM Par can
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

The Netherlands - Infinity has introduced the Raccoon P14/4 LED Par can. This very high-brightness, high-CRI, IP65-rated par can with XY control mode is intended for professional applications where brightness and/or quality are of high importance. Its 14 bright LEDs can produce four colours each: red, green, blue, and mint. They can be switched between maximum brightness and maximum colour quality mode. The top-of-the-line control options are fitting for a high-end fixture like the Raccoon P14/4.
The Infinity Raccoon P14/4 RGBM Par can produces up to 8000 lumen and is intended for use in professional environments like rental that require lots of light output. The core-technology of the Raccoon P14/4 is the calibrated XY colour engine, ‘which guarantees outstanding colour accuracy and stability’.
Five different internal dimmer curves are available through the easy-to-use menu system, including a tungsten shift simulation that works even with a colour filter applied! It can take care of CCT, RGB, and Lee filters internally.
The Raccoon P14/4 can also be controlled through regular DMX, RDM, manual, and master/slave. The PWM frequency is adjustable between 640 Hz and 25 kHz, ensuring flicker-free camera images. Basic settings, like PWM and dimmer curve, can be copied among Raccoon fixtures in the same network to guarantee identical behaviour. Sturdy 5P XLR DMX and Power Pro True power connectors ensure reliable connections and IP65 compliance.

solarisShowtec launches Solaris laser series
Friday, 16 September 2022

Europe - Showtec has introduced its most powerful series of laser effect units to date - Solaris. The Solaris series is intended for professional applications and consists of four powerful models, ranging from 3,000 to 11,000 mW. The models with integrated Pangolin FB4 module unlock the professional QuickShow control software.
The Solaris range consists of four models. The ‘entry-level’ models, Solaris 3.0 and Solaris 3.0 with Pangolin FB4, have a 3,000-mW RGB laser on board and support Art-Net and ILDA, just like the rest of the series. The Solaris 3.0 with Pangolin FB4, the Solaris 5.5, and the Solaris 11.0 are equipped with a Pangolin FB4 module, which unlocks the full capabilities of the award-winning QuickShow software. QuickShow allows control of lasers via PC through a full network setup.
The Solaris 5.5 and Solaris 11.0 are equipped with 5,500 and 11,000 mW lasers respectively. All units are very precisely built and use a high-quality construction to ensure perfect matching of the RGB beams and distortion-free images.
Because the Solaris series uses analogue intensity control, each model can create a full spectrum of colours. The low divergence of the laser and high scanning speeds ( The Solaris laser effects are CE certified and fully protected against failures to comply with all necessary safety precautions.

tpxcikkLightware’s TPX extenders deliver plug-and-play
Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Hungary - Lightware Visual Engineering is expanding its line of TPX extenders designed to address the need for increasingly flexible technology solutions in a range of AV/IT commercial applications. The high-performance devices fully embrace the benefits of Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) technology for problem-solving and room management in any type of networked environment.
“With the growing convergence of AV and IT technologies in commercial applications,” said Gergely Vida, CEO at Lightware, “customers need easy-to-use, multi-purpose solutions that expand their control over any networked systems and create seamless user experiences, especially in challenging environments.”
The latest TPX extenders are the first AVXT based devices from Lightware which extend signals easily in a plug-and-play way. Additionally, the devices extend signals over a single CATx cable (up to 100 meters), allow fan-less, passive cooling and include Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) management.
As an SDVoE-compliant extender, TPX devices allow for HDMI 2.0 signal management with support for the HDCP 2.3 and Dolby Vision standard to deliver HDR content, while also providing compatibility with Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) endpoints connected point-to-point.
TPX extenders offer 4k60Hz video signal distribution over a distance of 100 meters with ultra-low latency using 10GbE IT-networks. Having TPX devices integrated into existing industry-standard 10GbE environments enables customers to run and support a single infrastruc

fulcrumacousticapexpresetsFulcrum adds Apex CloudPower pre-sets
Monday, 12 September 2022

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic has announced that pre-sets for Apex CloudPower amplifiers are now available for download on the Fulcrum Acoustic website. The processor settings work with all Apex CloudPower amplifiers running firmware version 1.2.1 or later. These pre-sets add to an already extensive list of processor configurations available for download on the Fulcrum Acoustic website.
"Fulcrum Acoustic is committed to supporting a broad range of processing platforms at a high level to ensure that our loudspeakers are easy to work with and so our customers can achieve the best results possible," says Rich Frembes, senior technologist, Fulcrum Acoustic. "We’re excited to add Apex to the ever-growing list of third-party DSP amplifiers we support."
The Apex pre-sets are available as a free download from the support page on the Fulcrum Acoustic website.

passive-floor-monitor-browsing-toolWharfedale Pro further streamlines website
Friday, 9 September 2022

UK - Following their recent inauguration of a European Experience Centre, Wharfedale Pro continues to uphold a mission of transparency. With the addition of enhanced website navigation and ‘finder’ tools, they are optimising their processes ‘to enable their customers to make more informed, intelligent decisions’.
The newly added ‘bracket and rigging finder’ effectively acts as a filterable table or ‘cheat sheet’, that clearly displays which brackets, rigging and poles (X axis) are most suitable for each model of loudspeaker (Y axis), as well as what quantity is required. The entire loudspeaker range is displayed by default, but the selection can be narrowed to a specific model via a search function. It will serve as an invaluable, at-a-glance tool for integrators who are planning installs of any size.
Similarly, earlier in August, Wharfedale Pro unveiled their decision simplify their passive floor monitor presentation. With a substantial portfolio of passive floor monitors, it became clear that they had to simplify the browsing experience and make it easy to differentiate the specifications. By adopting a ‘good’, ‘better’ and ‘best’ logic, the lineup has simply become easier to understand. As part of this cleaning up, the DVP-X and EVO-X passive floor monitors will be discontinued.
Peter Peck, marketing manager at Wharfedale Pro comments, “Wharfedale Pro is a longstanding company that has produced hundreds of products. Naturally, over time we have actively pruned our portfolio to better reflect the audio standards of th

gdtfhighlights-bannermVari-Lite adds GDTF support to console line
Friday, 9 September 2022

USA - Vari-Lite has announced support for the General Device Type Format (GDTF) in all currently shipping fixtures and consoles, including production luminaires such as the recently launched VL3600 Profile IP, theatrical fixtures like the Acclaim LED Series, and consoles running Neo or ZerOS software.
GDTF, jointly developed by the GDTF Group, is an industry standard for entertainment fixture profiles, intended as a unified definition for the exchange of data for the operation of intelligent luminaires. GDTF profiles are available for all current luminaires. GDTF support is included in the recently announced ZerOS 7.13 and will also be included in the Neo 4.0 software update, bringing support for the standard to existing FLX, FLX S, and Neo controllers, along with future Vari-Lite consoles.
Customers can use the GDTF builder online tool to build profiles for any third-party fixtures, and both Neo and ZerOS consoles will continue to get regular fixture library updates as well.
“Whether it’s a production company, concert venue, touring theatre destination, or a lighting designer with their own console, many Vari-Lite users need a way to ensure they have a profile for every fixture every time despite varying rigs,” explains Jon Hole, global product manager, Vari-Lite Controls and Systems at Signify.
“Designers want to ‘just get it done,’ with less worry and preplanning, and no need to build - or request - a fixture profile. And they want any console they choose to work great with every luminaire in their rig without being locked into

plasa-20222Highlite debuts multiple new products at Olympia
Friday, 9 September 2022

UK - At PLASA Show 2022, Highlite featured numerous products from several of its brands including DAP, Showtec and Infinity.
New additions to DAP’s media players include the MP-220BT – a dual media player capable of broadcasting two separate audio feeds simultaneously, and the MP-100DBT – a media player with a DAB+ and FM radio as well as a USB/MP3 player. DAP also introduced its new IP54-rated WMS wall speakers that have been specially designed to be easy to install and position as required. Options include 4 & 6-inch, 16 ohm and 100 V speakers in black and white. A election of other DAP media players, amplifiers, speakers and PA equipment were also on display.
Showtec’s new products include the Performer Cyc Q6 – a cyclorama background wash light, the Performer Profile 700 Q6 ellipsoidal spotlight, the stunning Solaris 5.5 laser projector, and the QubiQ S1000 smoke machine. Popular products like the Performer 2500 Fresnel, the Media Panel 100 CCT and the Cameleon Flood 115 Q4 Tour and Solar FL-280 floodlights were on display too.
An inspiring selection of Infinity products included the new Raccoon P14/4 Parcan, which boasts very high brightness and light quality. Other highlights were provided by outstanding models like the TS-300 and TS-260C7 Profile Engines and the TF-260C7 and TF-300 Fresnels. The iW-741 RDM moving wash and the iW-1915 Pixel that can function as a wash or a beam made quite an impression too.
Highlite also featured a number of products by Antari, including the new S-600 Yeti snow machine and the CH-1 Cinema

ibc-wall-dante-av-hAudinate launches Dante AV-H software solution
Thursday, 8 September 2022

The Netherlands - Audinate has announced Dante AV-H, a new software solution designed to allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the ability to incorporate Dante control into existing H.264-based IP video product designs. Part of the Dante AV product family, the company also announced 10 partners who will build products with Dante AV-H, including AVer, Avonic, Bolin, BZB Gear, HuddleCam, Lumens, Minnray, Telycam, Televic, and ValueHD.
H.26x remains one of the most widely used compression standards today and is available on products that use H.26x codecs available on most Systems on a Chip (SoC). The software-based Dante AV-H lets OEMs develop fully manageable video products that fit into the Dante ecosystem. Dante AV-H provides IT-level management to cost-effective IP video products such as PTZ cameras and encoders/decoders using Dante Domain Manager. Dante AV-H integrates industry standard Dante Audio into AV-over-IP products, giving users the ability to independently route audio to wherever it is needed.
“Dante AV-H brings the power of Dante Audio and Video control to products and customers that are in more cost-sensitive markets,” said Wim Roose, senior product manager, Audinate. “Dante AV-H brings interoperability to AV-over-IP products, providing easy-to-use discovery, connectivity and manageability while using the familiar, reliable H.264/265 codecs already supported in common hardware. Also, because Dante AV-H is software based, it is easier, less costly and faster to integrate than hardware-based solutions. We are excited to see the

promo-side1080wAPT-GB reveals teleprompter with Neutrik Halo
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

UK - At PLASA Show 2022, APT-GB launched the most most advanced series of its globally successful > SMV stage-monitor form factored teleprompters.
These teleprompter designs are intended for use in performance, production and presentation applications, by a wide range of users – from singers to pastors. Amongst a list of innovations, the new SMV2 series encompasses a range the most common and newest video formats with input and output conversion of NDI, SDI and HDMI all in a single platform, making it a much more accessible technology.
A complement of Neutrik connectors includes dual etherCON with Halo connectors supporting onboard video networking, with SMV2 series models receiving, converting and outputting multiple signal formats (NDI, RTSP and many more) via the I/Os and the Halo continuously indicating power and connection speed status.
Neutrik Halo products integrate a new, patented light ring along with an asymmetrical, non-metallic push tab into the design of the company’s popular A series chassis connectors. Halo product variants include the NC3FAH2-LR-DAE and NC5FAH-LR-DAE female XLR connectors, the NC3MAH-LR and NC5MAH-LR male XLR connectors, and the NE8FAH-LR-DAE etherCON connector.
By placing one or two SMD LEDs on circuit boards, the connectors can be lit up for useful and attractive visual feedback such as input detection, transmission status, connection status, phantom power, operating mode indication, and other useful information.
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euro-2020Solar-powered Stage Box announces relaunch
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

UK - The Stage Bus, a Birmingham-based events production company that provides solar-powered staging solutions, has released the latest version of its newest stage, The Stage Box.
A concept that’s been designed and constructed at the company’s Halesowen HQ, The Stage Box is built into a converted 20ft shipping container. It provides a stage platform which can operate from the back of a truck, or as a detachable unit which can self-dismount using hydraulic legs. The entire stage is solar-powered, and can run for up to eight hours on a full charge.
The latest version of The Stage Box expands its power capacity with a modular solar battery system, allowing its running length to be extended past the eight hour mark. Combined with its nature as a self-contained unit which can be locked up and safely left at any event site overnight, this makes it the ideal choice for small to medium sized events, corporate activations, sports events, weddings and more.
The Stage Box is equipped with a powerful PA system and LED lighting, which help bring any performance or broadcast to life. Its hydraulic legs allow it to self-level on uneven terrain, simplifying the stage’s transportation and deployment. The stage can also be deployed on ground level, allowing people to get up close and personal with it when used in interactive events such as marketing activations. It can also be raised up to six feet off the ground, providing maximum visibility.
The Stage Box was first launched in 2019, shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In the two and a half year


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