Product News

iq-testerTMB's ProPlex IQ wins third award
Monday, 22 July 2019

USA - TMB’s ProPlex IQ network tester was recognised with a Cine Gear Expo Technical Achievement Award, coming first from 130 entries in the Lighting Technology Accessories category.
The tool is applicable to networks of all kinds - lighting, video, audio, special effects, rigging, etc. - this hand-held product is billed as the world’s first portable network tester for entertainment staging and production use.
This is the third official accolade that the IQ tester has been granted by industry professionals, having already claimed the LDI Debuting Product award and a PLASA Award for Innovation.
(Jim Evans)

lscLSC Lighting launches LED driver
Friday, 19 July 2019

Australia - LSC Lighting Systems continues to develop its range of LED control technologies with the release of the new LED-CV4 DINrail mount driver.
The LED-CV4 is a 4-channel LED driver with a 5A per channel output and a 100% duty cycle, significant when compared to the competition. It also has built-in, short-circuit protection per channel with auto-reset, thereby eliminating the need to change fuses if the LED tape or cabling gets damaged.
Controlled via DMX and configured by RDM, the LED-CV4 has true 16-bit dimming for seamless professional dimming. If used in 8-bit mode, there is a smoothing algorithm that allows for stepless dimming across the 0-255 DMX input range.
Current monitoring per channel and variable frequency output come as standard and can be monitored and configured by LSC’s new Houston-X software tool. Power input can be either a 12V or 24V DC supply and is fully rated to 20A.
(Jim Evans)

adj-burstADJ expands Encore Burst series
Thursday, 18 July 2019

USA - ADJ has introduced three single LED wash fixtures to its Encore Burst series.
All new models feature IP-rated casing and flexible multi-purpose bracket, but come with LED engines of different intensities.
The Encore Burst 100 IP has a 125W warm white CREE C.O.B LED and a 50° beam angle, making it ideal for use as an audience blinder or general wash fixture. The unit has a colour temperature of 2700K and also offers a dim-to-warm feature that authentically replicates the dimming profile of a traditional halogen lamp light source by introducing a 1200K (amber) low intensity LED element at lower dimmer settings. In addition, the model offers variable speed strobe and pulse effects which add to the flexibility of this professional lighting fixture.
Also designed for use as a wash or audience blinder / strobe effect light, the Encore Burst RGBW IP offers RGBW colour mixing. Harnessing the power of a 150W CREE C.O.B 4-in-1 RGBW LED light source and also offering a wide 50° beam angle, this fixture can be used to bath a stage or crowd in an almost limitless choice of colours as well as for creating powerful multi-coloured strobe effects.
The final new model to be added to the series is the Encore Burst UV IP. This fixture features a high intensity 50W C.O.B. ultraviolet LED, with a wavelength of 365nm, and is designed to fill large areas with UV light. Ideal for concert stages, nightclubs and festivals, as well as theme parks and state fairs, this powerful black light will make white and fluorescent materials glow vibrantly from a considerabl

danteDante AV now available
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

USA - Audinate has announced that the Dante AV module and the Dante AV product design suite are now available to order.
The Dante AV module adds video capabilities to Dante’s unified control and tight synchronisation of AV signals over standard IP networks, alongside benefits such as discovery, ease-of-use and integrated control. Dante AV enables complete interoperability with more than 2,000 Dante-enabled audio products already on the market.
“Bringing Dante AV to market is the culmination of our work to add the V to AV,” says Bob Ehlers, VP of product management at Audinate. “By adding video to Dante we are making it easier for manufacturers to add robust and integrated audio and video capabilities. In turn, that means a better AV experience for all end users who depend on - and have come to love - Dante and Dante-enabled products and solutions. We are incredibly pleased and honoured to have Patton be one of the first to adopt Dante AV.”
Buddy Oliver, VP of business development for Patton spoke about Patton’s adoption of Dante AV: “Patton brought on the FiberPlex (aka LightViper) brand in 2017. Patton’s VoIP expertise combined with FiberPlex’s AV experience makes the addition of video a natural next step. We are excited to introduce video capable UC products to our existing markets as well as gaining access to new adjacent markets.”
The Dante AV Module supports one video channel and eight channels of uncompressed Dante audio. The Dante AV Module is suitable for manufacturers creating 1G video-over-IP products and inclu

stage-audioStage Audio Works gets hands-on
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

South Africa - Stage Audio Works is putting hands-on experiences at the forefront of its presence at Mediatech 2019.
Stage Audio Works will once again be supporting the biennial event with its characteristic large stand, highlighting some of the latest products from major international brands, as well as its own locally-manufactured technology.
On top of this, Stage Audio Works also has a presence at the outdoor live sound demonstration area. Daily demonstrations of the VIO L208 from dBTechnologies is set to be a highlight of this popular feature of Mediatech.
“The real benefit of any trade show is getting technology into the hands of end-users and discussing how it can help them,” says Shaun Xavier, marketing manager at Stage Audio Works. “We have seen how Mediatech has enabled us to do this in the past and we are looking forward to highlighting how our technology can benefit projects of all shapes and sizes right across Africa.”
(Jim Evans)

green-hippoGreen Hippo & DWR prepare for Mediatech
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

South Africa - Green Hippo will join its African distributor DWR Distribution at Mediatech Africa, taking place 17-19 July in Johannesburg.
Green Hippo and DWR will be highlighting how technology is changing the face of creative design and human experiences, and showcasing the Hippotizer Media Server range of solutions for real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
Visitors are invited to stand C20 to witness the creative possibilities that the powerful new features of the latest Hippotizer software, V4.5. The team will be demonstrating the most recent software features developed in response to end-user feedback, including Object to Output, a new output mapping workflow.
Created as an invaluable live events tool, Object to Output ensures users can directly map content to outputs inside Hippotizer’s 3D workspace, ingeniously simplifying the management of large numbers of displays. It also allows users to seamlessly integrate multiple moving set elements, map a single video across numerous displays or dynamically adjust the perspective of the content.
Another feature designed to augment the creative user’s artistic expression is Hippotizer’s BeatBridge feature, which allows Hippotizer parameters to respond, in real time, to an audio input, via MIDI or DMX, be it the beat of the music or the intensity of a crowd.
In addition, on 17 July at Zone 3, stand C30, Green Hippo’s product specialist Suzy Stenning will present an introduction to Media Servers for Live Production. Visitors will be able to learn about real-time output conf

lscLSC debuts data distribution range
Friday, 12 July 2019

Australia - LSC’s growth into the global installation market has enabled the company to develop a new range of professional DMX DINrail devices to “better serve and protect the installer from cheap and inferior data distribution products that can cause significant on-site problems”.
The new MDR-DIN data distribution range is a four-way DINrail-mount version of the MDR DMX splitter with RDM as standard. Each of the four-port outputs is individually optically isolated, protecting lighting systems from earth loops, rogue voltages and transients.
In addition, each output of the MDR-DIN can be RDM enabled/disabled as required by the user and each port monitored remotely via LSC’s new Houston-X software tool.
(Jim Evans)

harlequin-touseHarlequin extends reversible vinyl range
Friday, 12 July 2019

UK - Harlequin Floors has launched Reversible Red/Black, a new colour in its Reversible range of double-sided dance, event and stage floor vinyl. The product is available now from the Harlequin global offices.
Harlequin Reversible is a lightweight calendered vinyl that rolls out quickly, lays flat and stays flat, says the company. It is hard-wearing and slip-resistant and offers versatility as it can be used on both sides. Harlequin Reversible also conforms to fire rating Bfl-s1 (EN 13501-1) and is easy to handle and transport, making it particularly suitable for touring and events.
Other colours in the Reversible range include Black/White (001), Dark Grey/Light Grey (003), Fog/Tan (890) and Hazelnut/Beige (310).
For TV and film production, Harlequin has developed Black/Projection Grey (005), a vinyl surface that is ideal for projecting onto it thanks to its ability to absorb ambient light. Harlequin also offers Chroma Key Green/Chroma Key Blue, designed specifically for digital compositing, providing a practical solution for filmmakers and television producers as both a floor and backdrop.
(Jim Evans)

proteus-maximusElation Proteus Maximus now shipping
Thursday, 11 July 2019

USA - Elation Professional’s 50,000lm all-purpose luminaire Proteus Maximus is now shipping.
With flexible use as a profile, beam or wash light and all-weather IP65 rating, the Proteus Maximus is suitable for any outdoor or indoor application that would require bright output, powerful beam looks and precise gobos and colours. The dust and waterproof design makes the fixture ideal for theme parks and cruise ships, while its quiet operation, flicker-free functionality and DMX-controllable LED refresh rate will be welcome in TV and other broadcast environments, says the company.
“With Proteus Maximus we managed to create the perfect package for the most challenging environments,” says Elation product manager, Matthias Hinrichs. “From its hotspot engine to its large front lens, this is an outstanding fixture that provides designers the power to cover huge areas and long distances with remarkable output, colour and optical precision. Maximus certainly lives up to its name, truly offering maximum performance and utility out of a single model.”
(Jim Evans)

bi-ampPolar takes stock of Biamp Parlé
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

UK - Polar has announced that Biamp’s new Parlé ceiling microphones are available for shipping. Aimed at conference rooms and utilising the Beamtracking technology found in the TCM-1 pendant microphone, Biamp has responded to a growing demand amongst architects, designers and end users for ‘invisible’ technologies, with the TCM-X ceiling microphone.
With four 90° zones for full 360°room coverage, the TCM-X’s beam tracking technology, which actively tracks and intelligently mixes conversations, works straight out of the box, simplifying installation and reducing commissioning time.
Each microphone uses just one channel of acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) for far more efficient processing resource utilisation than conventional beamforming models. The range also includes the TCM-XA with 2-channel PoE and amplifier for further ease of installation (requiring only a single cable from the DSP to the unit’s ceiling-located amp) and the TCM-XEX expansion model.
Stuart Leader, director at Polar Integrated Solutions comments, “Parlé’s Beamtracking technology combines full room coverage and complete freedom of movement while making system commissioning easier for integrators. Room aesthetics are a major priority in contemporary settings and Biamp have significantly raised the bar in this respect with these models. At less than six inches in diameter, the microphone enclosures really do blend subtly into the ceiling while delivering crystal clear conferencing.”
(Jim Evans)

vari-liteVari-Lite’s VL6500 Wash is now shipping
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - Vari-Lite has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL6500 Wash is now shipping.
The high-output wash lighting fixture, first demonstrated at Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt, combines the VL6000 Beam’s arena-scale performance with a visual attraction reminiscent of the legendary VL5. The fixture offers show designers a mix of modern power and vintage styling.
“The initial response to the VL6500 Wash has been tremendous, and it’s not surprising really, because we made this fixture as a direct response to the requests we have received from lighting designers,” explains Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “We partnered with designers every step of the way when creating this fixture and tailored it to provide the capabilities our customers asked for most often.”
Palmer reports that customers like that the VL6500 Wash is a fully featured wash fixture companion to the VL6000 Beam with the same big picture form factor as its award-winning sibling. The VL6500 offers a full CYM+CTO system and fixed colour wheels but has presets that are colour-matched to the VL6000 Beam, improving the colour system while providing a consistent experience.
For further creative colour possibilities, the VL6500’s extended colour range mode offers the ability to move the colour mixing wheels beyond full saturation back to open. This allows designers to use creative split colour effects that can be seen both in air and on the Dichro*fusion blades.
“The Dichro*fusion blade system is absolutely the featur

focus-beam-led-fx8ADJ expands Focus LED series
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - ADJ has announced the expansion of its Focus series of LED-powered moving head fixtures with the introduction of the Focus Beam LED.
The first dedicated beam fixture in the range, this new model generates a concentrated beam that is suited for creating impressive and engaging aerial effects.
Powered by an 80W white (7400K) LED light source with 50,000-hour average life, Focus Beam LED features an optical system that creates an output comparable to an MSD 5R lamp. The front lens projects a beam with a 5° angle that has an even field with no hot spots, and which remains uniform over long projection distances.
The fixture is also compact and lightweight, measuring 10.96" x 6.85" x 17.61" / 278 x 174 x 447mm (LxWxH) and weighing 27 lb (12.25 kg), whilst its relatively low profile also makes suitable for installations in venues with limited ceiling height or for areas where rigging space is limited.
“The Focus series has proved very popular for a wide variety of applications across the middle market of the entertainment lighting world,” explains ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “From churches to nightclubs, production companies to mobile entertainers, Focus Series moving heads have made their mark on fixed installations and temporary event productions all over the world. Which is why we are excited to be expanding the series with the new Focus Beam LED.
“Despite its compact size and low power requirement, this impressive fixture generates a surprisingly-potent beam that is capable of holding its own in larg

etc-stagesetscenery-1ETC draws crowds at Stage|Set|Scenery
Friday, 5 July 2019

Germany - ETC and High End Systems presented live demonstrations alongside their latest line-up of products to large crowds at Stage|Set|Scenery 2019. Visitors arrived in their thousands to Messe Berlin, with many gathering at ETC’s stands to watch the Prodigy P2 hoist installations and Augment3d demo.
During the three-day tradeshow, ETC held live demonstrations installing the innovative Prodigy P2 hoist. The speedy installation of the full upper stage machinery system including luminaires was completed by just two staff members in under half an hour every time.
Crowds gathered as the quickest time recorded during the show to install the P2 powerhead, hang the ColorSource Raceway, fit a double purchased swag-style cable management system and rig and connect some ColorSource luminaires was under 18 minutes. ETC’s Prodigy P2 is compact in size and has advanced features that make installations a swift and easy process, saving costs and time, and with variants available from European stock entire projects can be delivered at short notice.
Visitors to the lighting hall of the international trade fair and conference were able to see in-depth presentations of ETC’s first integrated 3D programming environment, Augment3d. The Eos v3.0 tool was shown on Eos Ti and Gio @5 consoles, demonstrating how users can design and control in a three dimensional space as well as interacting with their fixtures through augmented reality.
High End Systems distributor, Preworks GmbH showcased a range of the newest products at the tradeshow. A selection of automat

the-dwr-team-cant-wait-to-see-youDWR prepares for Mediatech Africa 2019
Thursday, 4 July 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution will have a major presence at Mediatech Africa, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show in Africa, to be hosted from 17-19 July at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
With a list of international guests attending, the exhibition will see some of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers, distributed by DWR, hosting stands at this year’s exhibition, including Robe, Claypaky, Absen, Prolyte, Visual Productions and Quest.
“We wanted to make DWR a central hub for people to unwind, meet up with our team and catch up with our international suppliers,” says Robert Izzett from DWR.
On the DWR stand, visitors will be able to have a drink or enjoy a cup of coffee. Then, a few steps away, they will have the opportunity to see the latest products being demonstrated. “Our suppliers have jumped on board with great enthusiasm, and we know their passion will contribute to creating a fantastic vibe at Mediatech Africa,” says Robert.
Mediatech Africa plans to host three presentation zones, where discussions and training sessions will be held. “This is a great initiative by Mediatech, and DWR along with our suppliers, are glad to contribute to the conversation,” he ends.
(Jim Evans)

etcresponsemk2dmxgateways-2ETC releases Response Mk2 DMX Gateways
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

USA - ETC’s new Response Mk2 DMX Gateways translate DMX/RDM to and from sACN, allowing users to put control exactly where they need it - saving money and time.
Available in one-, two- and four-port models, Response Mk2 DMX Gateways provide DMX and RDM data distribution, taking advantage of the reliability and interoperability of industry-standard protocols such as ANSI E1.31 (sACN) and ANSI E1.20 (RDM). Every model now features an OLED screen and four-button interface to display and modify configuration and status.
Response Mk2 DMX Gateways make it easy to deal with the headaches of networks, too, says the company. With increased processing, each Gateway can support 256 RDM devices. Plus, all Gateways can be monitored and configured from a central location with ETC’s Concert software, letting users change network status and DMX/RDM settings
Response Mk2 DMX Gateways offer powerful integration into ETC’s Paradigm, Echo, or Mosaic architectural lighting control systems.
(Jim Evans)

robe-at-mediatech-2019-robospotRobe gears up for Mediatech Africa 2019
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

South Africa - Robe Lighting is heading to South Africa to present a selection of its latest moving lights and LED technology on stand - C18 - at Mediatech Africa, at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, from 17-19 July.
This is the second time that Robe hosts its own stand at Mediatech, supporting its local distributor DWR. Expo visitors can look forward to meeting up with key Robe people including CEO Josef Valchar, international sales director Harry von den Stemmen, theatre and performing arts specialist Dave Whitehouse - who previously worked at DWR Distribution - lighting and media designer Nathan Wan and technical specialist Radim Zlebek.
Highlighted products will include the T1 Profile, T1 Wash, SuperSpikie, SilverScan, BMFL FollowSpot, BMFL WashBeam, MegaPointe, RoboSpot and Divine 160.
(Jim Evans)

abttShowlift wins ABTT engineering award
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

UK - AED’s SL18 Showlift was named Engineering Product of the Year’ at the annual ABTT Awards, which took place during the ABTT Theatre Show in June.
The DMX-controlled automated production lift offers theatre and live event lighting designers a new set of tools to add dynamics. It’s quiet, smooth and fast operation, and the fact that it can be controlled by a 2-channel DMX signal from a lighting desk, has been attracting attention since it was launched.
The ABTT Awards’ panel of judges praised the AED-SL18 as “a piece of engineering equipment with the lighting designer in mind. With a small lifting platform that can take the weight of a moving light and controlled from the same DMX system as the moving light, the Showlift allows all the programming to sit in one place.”
David Baker, commercial manager at AED UK, comments: “We’re thrilled that the AED-SL18 has been recognised as Engineering Product of the Year by the ABTT Awards’ judges. AED worked closely with VMB to create this innovative product, which is engineered to provide a powerful mix of clever mechanics and clean aesthetic design alongside easy-to-programme set up and deployment. It’s fantastic to see it making waves in the industry and enhancing shows. Thank you to ABTT and the Awards judges - everyone at AED is honoured to accept this award.”
Inside the AED-SL18, the inertial lift offers smooth operation up and down and when multiple units are used, all can operate at the same speeds and heights when programmed using timecode.
“In addition, we desig

milos-short-trussIncreased strength for Milos M290
Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Europe - Milos has reently introduced redesigned short truss segments in its M290 range, which incorporate thicker bracing tubes.
The redesign of the tubes increases the shear load capacity of the short truss sections, resulting in strength equal to that of Milos regular truss sections.
With the introduction of this new design, short truss sections can now be placed anywhere within a truss structure without having any adverse impact on the structure’s loading capacity. The planning process is therefore simplified and the risk of errors during structure assembly is eliminated, says the company.
(Jim Evans)

stagepas1kYamaha announces next generation Stagepas
Monday, 24 June 2019

Europe - Featuring a new design concept and significant improvements in audio performance, usability and portability, Yamaha's new Stagepas 1K “redefines the standard for portable PA systems”.
The new system features modified versions of the 1.5 inch (3.75 cm) drivers with high end neodymium magnets that have made Yamaha’s VXL series line array loudspeakers a great success in the professional sound installation market, receiving widespread praise for their audio quality, 170º horizontal coverage and slimline appearance.
Bringing all of those qualities to the streamlined, reduced weight Stagepas 1K system, an array of 10 of the 1.5 inch drivers work seamlessly with a 12” subwoofer to deliver uniform, high quality sound with clear highs and punchy lows. The subwoofer features Yamaha's Twisted Flare Port technology, which effectively reduces wind noise in the bass reflex port, delivering a clearer, more powerful, distortion-free low end.
Complementing the loudspeakers is a 1000W Class-D amplifier, delivering 119 dB SPL and maintaining exceptional stability and sound quality, even at high output.
The back of the subwoofer houses a digital mixer with three mono mic/line channels (two with Hi-Z connectivity for direct input of electro-acoustic guitars and other instruments), plus stereo inputs which support playback from Bluetooth devices.
The mixer also features professional sound engineering tools, including 1-Knob EQ that handles multi-band processing simultaneously, high-quality SPX digital reverb and a Mode feature to adjust opt

lumingsWhatsit launches video mapping plug-in
Monday, 24 June 2019

France - Whatsit, the French video mapping consultant and events specialist, has announced the launch of Lumings - a plug-in for the 3D design and modelling software application Sketchup, whose purpose is to simulate the technical rendering side of video mapping in the most realistic way possible.
The video projection design tool is set to save valuable time and substantially reduce technical costs for technical videographers, scenographers and project managers alike, says the company.
Lumings makes it possible to design an entire scenography before setting foot on site, thanks to its accurate and precise models and information. Another advantage, and what makes it unique to the market, is its comprehensive database, which integrates the technical characteristics of all existing professional projectors.
Working closely with manufacturers, and following a thorough in-house development period, Whatsit has gathered, tested and measured the necessary data to allow a show designer to precisely simulate a variety of factors, for any set of projectors. The projector’s illuminance, positioning, energy consumption and heat release can all be monitored, as well as wider concerns such as pixel size / distortion, or the impact of shadows on projection surfaces.
Pierre-Yves Toulot, managing director of Whatsit, comments: “In our job, speed of execution is a key factor, and we were looking for a reliable plug-in that would allow us to be more efficient. So we started working on a plugin which would feel familiar to users, and we wanted to make it availa

mediasuiteMediaSuite Pro TV range now available
Friday, 21 June 2019

Europe - Philips Professional Display Solutions has announced that its complete range of Google-certified, Android-powered MediaSuite Pro TVs is now available across EMEA.
Unveiled during ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, the Philips PDS MediaSuite range has been designed to help “revolutionise the way businesses and end-users can access and broadcast digital content, debuting several ground-breaking features never before seen on a Professional TV”.
Following a soft launch earlier this year, the MediaSuite range consists of seven variants in two series and is a perfect solution for a wide range of verticals, including hospitality, education, corporate, retail, food and beverage and healthcare, amongst others.
The HFL6014U UHD series is available as 43” 50”, 55’ and 65” models with slimline, silver bezels and a swivel stand. The HFL5014 FHD series is available in black in 32”, 43” and 50”. Both series feature direct LED back lights and high-quality panels to offer superior contrast, black level, brightness and colour saturation to ensure an outstanding picture performance.
MediaSuite TVs also provide access to thousands of apps through the Google Play Store, including major services such as YouTube, Deezer and Spotify, plus local news, weather and traffic information.
“The way we all consume content at home and at work has changed significantly in recent years and it’s important for that experience to remain consistent,” commented Anthony Tizzard, Pro TV business manager EMEA, Professional TV. “Whether you’re in a hotel r

martin-audioMartin Audio double debut at InfoComm 2019
Friday, 21 June 2019

USA - At InfoComm 2019, Martin Audio held the world premiere of both the latest Wavefront Precision optimised line array, WPS, as well the integration of BlackTrax real time tracking for its immersive audio experience, 3-D Sound Adventures. In addition, it also marked the US launch of the company’s latest powered point source range, BlacklineX Powered.
Up first in the demo room was the debut integration between Martin Audio’s immersive Sound Adventures and the renowned BlackTrax real-time tracking technology. Based on a ground-breaking new algorithm, which converts Real-Time Tracking Protocol (RTTrP) signals to Open Sound Control (OSC) commands, the BlackTrax integration showcased how performers could be tracked seamlessly with both lighting and localised audio for a truer, more impactful AV experience.
This was followed by the US premiere of the latest powered point source series, BlacklineX Powered. Including the 12-inch XP12 and 15-inch XP15 full range enclosures plus the compact but powerful 18-inch XP118 subwoofer, BlacklineX Powered integrates acoustic, DSP and amplifier technologies to achieve the clarity, precision and richness of tone that audio professionals will recognise as uniquely Martin Audio.
In addition, BlacklineX Powered offers optional Bluetooth control, streaming and a built-in 3-channel mixer, placing increased flexibility and features within easy reach of every user via iPad or iPhone - from live venues, DJs and corporate events to permanent installs, particularly houses of worship.
As a finale, the latest in the Wav

bw-widget-award-imageBroadweigh's Bluetooth wins widget award
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

UK - Broadweigh Bluetooth is now an award-winning product - despite launching just one week ago. The product which made its debut on the A.C. Entertainment stand at the ABTT Theatre Show in Alexandra Palace, was awarded the Widget of the Year accolade at the annual awards ceremony.
The judging panel, which comprised an experienced group of working practitioners and industry peers, comments: "As a quick way to provide monitoring of small rigs, the Broadweigh load cell shackle - in conjunction with a Bluetooth connected device running the Broadweigh app - is exceptionally useful for those touring shows that require up to 12 points of rigging. The App also sums selected load cells to enable a maximum load to be identified. Use of this product will greatly speed up prep days."
Kelly Voysey, sales and marketing manager at Mantracourt Electronics, Broadweigh's parent company added: "We are delighted to receive this year's widget award at the show. Our aim was to bring a useful and affordable tool to a theatre technician's tool box - which would provide a clear picture of what is happening on the rig.”
She continued: "As a design and manufacturing company, our ethos is to bring intelligent, usable products to market. We believe the Broadweigh Bluetooth system fills a gap in the load monitoring solutions currently available. We look forward to bringing more Broadweigh innovations to our customers."
Johnny Marshall, senior rigging sales executive for A.C. Entertainment, Broadweigh's product partner in the UK, adds: "The Broadweigh Bluetooth shackle

spectraLEDJ Spectra withstands the elements
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Europe - Released through Prolight Concepts Group, the LEDJ Spectra QX40 Pixel “gives the wow factor to any indoor or outdoor space”. This IP-rated exterior fixture will withstand the elements, illuminating event spaces, stages or facades in all weathers, says the company.
Utilising quad-colour technology from its 40 10W RGBW LEDs the Spectra QX40 Pixel can produce a wide colour spectrum from rich, primary colours through to subtle pastel hues. This, coupled with five segment pixel zone control, allows lighting designers to create stunning effects. This multi-use fixture can also be truss mounted via the included Omega clamps, making it suitable for use as a blinder, strobe or stage wash panel.
The QX40 features a heavy-duty alloy chassis with precise 180° tilt angle adjustment, quick release omega brackets, powerCON TRUE1 connectors and IP rated 5-pin XLR connectors both fitted with protective rubber covers. It also has an easy to navigate four-button menu with OLED display plus both wired DMX and W-DMX Sweden wireless DMX, further widening its application use.
The fixture offers a broad range of optional extras. The LEDJ QX40 has a long-throw 8° beam angle as standard but this can be easily changed with the optional 15° x 60°, 40° and 20° fast fit beam shaping lenses. Barn doors or a snoot to reduce glare and light spill are also available. Keeping the fixture safe is an optional custom designed flight case holding up to four units and accessories.
(Jim Evans)


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