Product News

disguise-virtual-productiondisguise ‘democratises’ Virtual Production
Tuesday, 16 March 2021

UK - disguise has announced new features for its xR software. This upgrade will further enhance its integration of Unreal Engine and address the continued demand for immersive content of the highest quality, detail and frame rate across Extended Reality (xR) and Virtual Production, says the company.
The latest features introduced by disguise include ACES colour management, DirectX12 (DX12) and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) support from Nvidia. Together, they will allow users to deliver images of the highest quality via 10-bit HDR processing of Unreal content through disguise RenderStream.
RenderStream is a proprietary IP protocol that enables the hosting of Unreal content on dedicated disguise hardware. “This approach of scale-out rendering in conjunction with features such as DX12 support, DLSS and the ACES colour management workflow allows Virtual Production customers to pursue truly photorealistic scenes and content without compromising on creative delivery,” says Joe Bleasdale, product manager at disguise.
“In my last shoots I’ve been working with the ACES workflow, and the results have been really good,” reports David Monguet of MO&MO Films. “This feature is a great tool for all of us in the production process - the VFX team has less work to transform the plates, and I have more dynamic range to adjust in the screens. I've been doing some tests with a colourist to compare and the conclusion is that it is working perfectly.”
disguise has also implemented a pipeline that supports Unreal Engine running DLSS - an Nvid

eclctplusProlights adds RAW control to EclProfile+
Monday, 15 March 2021

Italy - Prolights EclProfile CT+ is now capable of being controlled in RAW mode and xy coordinates control. This update comes after the release of the new ellipsoidal in the autumn of 2020 and a successful kick-off in sales amid a global pandemic, and with many users giving great feedback about the profiles and comparing its features against other market-leading units, says the company.
Xy coordinates control allows users to pick a colour in the CIE 1931 chromaticity diagram right from their consoles, or to typing in the exact colour coordinate to match different sources.
“This is an extremely useful feature for our customers in theatre or film lighting, where colour precision is important,” says Andrea Gabrielli, R&D manager at Prolights. “We are working on implementing features that are inclusive to all segments of the industry. This is the first ellipsoidal to support these modes, and we couldn't be more excited by sharing this update.”
RAW mode gives users the possibility to control the six LED emitters directly through advanced colour management control platforms, ensuring full colour control to lighting designers.

 
 
trinityPK Sound debuts Trinity Install line array
Monday, 15 March 2021

USA - PK Sound has released an installation-focused iteration of Trinity, its flagship large-format line array element.
“Trinity Install delivers the impact and operational advantages of our flagship array family to high-performance installs in a fixed position, with our sleek, clean, and uncompromising new all-black design,” comments Darryl Ross, senior applications support for PK Sound. “The response from our network and clients so far has been very encouraging, as partners can now offer a solution for concert venues, theatres, nightclubs, houses of worship, and other live event spaces that want the full PK experience for their performers and patrons.”
The vertical angles are set during installation using a fixed rigging system, while horizontal angles are locked into one of 22 symmetric or asymmetric configurations throughout a line source. A combination of FIR and IIR filters are applied to ensure smooth frequency response in the listening area.
Horn-loaded 12” transducers manage low-frequency response. The mid-frequency band is supported by four 6.5” midrange transducers affixed to the patented Coherent Midrange Integrator (CMI). Two dual-diaphragm high-frequency transducers, coupled directly to an integrated planar waveguide, significantly reduce distortion across the high-frequency band. A 6,000 W Class D amplifier maximizes headroom while maintaining crystal clear audio and exceptional output.
The CMI waveguide combines mid and high frequencies, working in tandem with precisely spaced low-frequency apertures for smooth and

 
briteshotcorporate-pivotroy-mcdonaldBriteShot switches strategy to combat COVID
Friday, 12 March 2021

USA - BriteShot, a vendor of LED lighting solutions for television, film and events, has shifted its manufacturing strategy to help venues re-open safely amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Making the most of its resources during these challenging times, BriteShot is now specialising in coronavirus air filtering and decontamination products.
“At Briteshot, we aim to have our decontamination technology be a factor in helping entertainment venues, restaurants, and more, reopen their doors in a safe and effective way,” says Roy McDonald, co-founder at BriteShot. “It’s been a difficult year within the entertainment space as facilities have been forced to close their doors or reduce capacity, greatly impacting revenue and job security across the board.
“To help ease customers back into business, we dedicated countless hours in production and testing to provide a solution that will keep artists, staff and audience members safe while we continue to enjoy doing what we love.”
Founded in 2009, BriteShot embarked on a three-year research and development process to bring its first product, The Luminator, to market.
Mitigating COVID-19 exposure in indoor environments, BriteShot’s decontamination solutions include its AirAffair air filtration system and ShelteX decontamination tent. The AirAffair system uses new technology to purify and sterilise the air from existing HVAC systems and can act as a stand-alone unit in any given environment.
The ShelteX decontamination tent is a fully enclosed structure constructed from high-density polypropyl

 
 
tvoneSpider option offers DC power solution
Thursday, 11 March 2021

USA - tvONE has announced the forthcoming arrival of the ONErack Spider, a universal multi-voltage DC power solution which is the latest addition to the company’s ONErack universal rack mounting system.
“Not every rack has enough space for a full ONErack chassis, and the Spider offers the same simultaneous DC voltages but with rear or zero space racking,” says Mark Armon, global product manager at tvONE. “Everyone knows and has experienced the mess just a handful of wall-warts can cause when servicing or installing a system. The ONErack products have proven that there is a better way.”
The ONErack concept is a modular rack mount system designed to ‘vastly improve the installation and serviceability of small devices’. It allows variously-sized, externally-powered devices from any manufacturer to be converted into slide-in modules that can be designed precisely, installed quickly and serviced easily.
The ONErack Spider optimises any installation by eliminating unreliable DC wall warts and other power clutter from the rack design. At the same time, it also ensures the provision of reliable power for a choice of up to seven different voltage options - 5V, 7.5V, 9V, 12V, 13.5V, 18V, and 24V, says the company.
Available in a 1RU half-rack version (7-module capacity) or rear strip version (23-module capacity), the ONErack spider can be installed at the back or side of the rack to provide the ultimate installation flexibility.
“The Spider’s innovative, multi-voltage design will bring the award-winning power capabilities of our

 
martinMAC Aura FX reference library available
Thursday, 11 March 2021

UK - The Martin MAC Aura PXL has a rich feature set of internal FX macros allowing maximum versatility even when time is of the essence. Created as a resource for lighting designers, Martin's UK distributor, Sound Technology has published a complete video reference library of all of them.
There are six categories of Macros in the PXL - Beam Intensity FX, Beam Colour FX, Aura Intensity FX, Aura Colour FX, Beam and Aura Combined FX, and Full Fixture FX. Each category has its own video, time-stamped in the YouTube description with each individual effect.
Utilising the MAC Aura PXL's 141 Aura LEDs and 19 Main Beam LEDs, each effect can also have speed, colour, zoom range & output level manipulated simultaneously, and both the Aura and the Main Beam effects can be active at the same time.

 
 
ptrq35kproductimage20201009highptrq35kslantrhighPanasonic enhances esports experience
Thursday, 11 March 2021

UK - With esports rapidly becoming one of the world’s most popular spectator sports, one of the challenges for the industry is to ensure that audiences in studios and stadiums see every detail of the gameplay on the large screens at the same time as the players. Any lag or juddery visuals can ruin the immersive experience, and Panasonic’s latest high fame rate (HFR) upgrade kit (ET-SUK10) for the Panasonic PT-RQ35K projector addresses these issues, bringing stadium and studio spectators closer to the action.
The HFR upgrade delivers higher quality images with rapid and smooth movement and less image lag by enabling the 30,500 lumen, three-chip DLP laser projector to accept and output 240Hz HD signals using just one cable. The improvements delivered by the upgrade are significant. As well as enhanced images, latency can be reduced to just 5ms - compared to 82ms using predecessor Panasonic projectors, ensuring fans experience the thrill of the action in virtual real-time.
“This ground-breaking visual enhancement creates a fantastic live experience, enabling the audience to see and react to the action as it happens,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic Business. “It’s another important addition to our complete glass-to-glass production solution for the industry - from capture right through to distribution workflow.”

 
new-hang-force-accessory-Chroma-Q Hang Force now available
Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Europe - Chroma-Q has launched the Hang Force, a new accessory designed for use with the Color Force II and Studio Force II (48” and 72” models).
Restrictions with where you can hang the fixture on the truss due to the crossbar-section is now a thing of the past, thanks to the Hang Force bracket which allows fixtures to be hung from trusses where the position of clamps might not align with the original fixture clamp position, says the company. A series of slots allow the clamps to be re-positioned to fit anywhere on the truss pipe.
For added flexibility and speedy mounting, the Hang Force uses rapid ¼ turn locks so it can quickly be installed and removed from the fixture. A centred carrying handle also means it can be moved easily.
The bracket also enables all the fixture sizes in the range (12”, 48” and 72”) to hang equally side-by-side when rigged on to the truss.
The Hang Force comes with the necessary hardware to upgrade existing fixtures for use with ¼ turn locks. The Hang Force can also be used on the floor thanks to a set of plates to stabilise the whole assembly.
Chroma-Q’s Global brand manager Paul Pelletier comments: “We are excited to release the new Hang Force. We are always looking to develop new accessories that add additional versatility and flexibility to our products to enabling them to exceed the high levels of creativity required by our customers.”

 
 
installed-systemsPowersoft debuts dynamic music distribution
Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Italy - Powersoft is now able to offer system integrators (SIs) the ability to scale inputs and zones conveniently and efficiently with the dynamic routing capabilities embedded on its fixed install amplifier platforms.
This ability makes it simple to share variable music sources locally and/or between different zones in small- / medium-sized venues, independently from the source location, and carry control signals in an automated fashion – all without the need of a centralised DSP. With dynamic routing all inputs can be shared over the network as Dante signal.
Moreover, user interfaces (UI) will allow integrators to obtain control of the entirety of the system in background and foreground dynamic music distribution applications; an ability that is useful in verticals such as bar and restaurant, hospitality, retail, and fitness.
As well as saving integrators configuration and installation time and client’s budget, Powersoft’s suite of hardware, software, and additional tools, such as the soon-to-be-launched WM Touch, can all be targeted at specific applications, providing an intuitive system and low learning curve.
Powersoft amplifier platforms allow SIs to replace most of the outboard required to manage, shape, and share audio sources throughout the various zones in a variety of dynamic music distribution applications by merging a routing matrix, networking capabilities, and digital signal processing between multiple amplifiers in different locations.
The dynamic routing capability on Powersoft amplifiers enables advanced routi

 
rh-c-seriesRenkus-Heinz expands C Series line
Monday, 8 March 2021

USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced the latest product in its C Series line: the CA/CX121M – a compact stage monitor suitable for a multitude of applications.
“The CA/CX121M is the culmination of extensive customer and market feedback,” said Brandon Heinz, product manager at Renkus-Heinz. “The addition of the CX/CA121M supports the totality of the C series as an innovative stage monitor, delivering exceptional performance and consistent coverage at a very attractive price point.” The monitor is available in both passive (CX121M) and powered (CA121M) models.
Designed not only as a stage monitor, the CA/CX121M is also suitable for portable and installed PA functions. It can be used as a pole-mounted side-fill – using the optional pole adapter – or sound reinforcement system without the need to rotate or reconfigure the drive unit. Also, the UBRKT/CT121M mounting yoke is available to facilitate permanent installation configurations.
The CA/CX121M utilizes a 12” (300mm) high-efficiency coaxial transducer mounted in a compact and sturdy, black or white durable plywood cabinet.
Ergonomic and discreet recessed handles – along with the optional pole adapter – make portable use easy and practical. Further, the unit’s robust perforated steel grill is designed to withstand the rigors of the road and provide driver protection.
The optional SA625 power amplifier precisely matches the power needs of the CA121M, providing optimised processing for performance and protection. The integral amp eliminates the need for additional rack spa

 
 
vestelVestel debuts Q Series displays
Friday, 5 March 2021

UK - Vestel Visual Solutions has announced the expansion of its display range with the arrival of the Q Series family. Featuring four new 24/7 models - the 65” QN65, 55” QN55 and QP55, and 49” QP49 - the Q Series is built to meet the needs of businesses across a number of sectors, delivering ‘outstanding high-res picture quality within a slender E-LED design’.
Picture quality is delivered through UHD resolution and HDR 10 on the QN65 and QN55, and FHD resolution on the QP49 and QP55. A 500 NIT brightness level on the QN65 and QN55, and 700 NIT on the QP49 and QP55, also provide notably high brightness for displays of this size and price-point, making them a vibrant and cost-effective solution for areas of high ambient lighting - whether that be within retail spaces, schools, or corporate environments, says the company.
Each of the Q Series displays has been specifically designed and tested for 24/7 usage, which also brings with it the necessary robustness required for commercial environments. This includes a panel lifetime of more than 50,000 hours, as well as a durable yet slim-line ELED design with narrow bezels to provide a premium look and feel for any business. The flexibility of portrait or landscape orientation, combined with the option of three different display sizes, also ensures the Q Series is equipped with the versatility to be used in almost any space.
Ease of use is built into the Q Series, with an abundance of connectivity and CMS options available to simplify operations for the end user.
“We believe that the Q Seri

 
remoteARRI debuts Remote Solutions for workflow
Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Germany - ARRI has introduced Remote Solutions, a toolkit that can be customised to meet near-set and off-set workflows. This remote production ecosystem allows professionals to safely and immediately get back to work without compromising operational and creative control, says the company.
With a complete system of connected ARRI cameras, lights, remote heads, and accessories, ARRI Remote Solutions offers workflows that enable safe social distancing between talent and crew as well as between crew members.
The ARRI Remote Solution enables professionals to remotely control ARRI cameras, lights, remote heads, and accessories.
“The pandemic has accelerated change and forced productions to adapt. With travel limitations and new requirements for social distancing onset, our connected ecosystem of industry-proven tools can be customized to create safe sets, whether working near-set or off-set, without compromising the creativity or technical control of production. This is just another way we at ARRI are enabling and supporting filmmakers,” says Stephan Schenk, general manager global sales & solutions.

 
 
strandStrand standardises on DIN rail for Vision.Net
Tuesday, 2 March 2021

USA - Strand has announced that they are standardising their portfolio of Vision.Net architectural lighting components to use 35mm DIN rail for mounting.
Strand’s new, modular family of hardware devices consists of nine new products, including control modules, rack trays, enclosures, power supplies, and other components. This new solution can be customised to any size application for educational, theatrical and house of worship environments.
“Customers have relied on Strand’s custom lighting control enclosures for years,” says Fernand Pereira, global head of marketing and product management, Entertainment Lighting at Signify. “Customers received exactly the solution they needed in a factory certified, UL rated enclosure that could be easily installed in the field. However, this required each solution to be custom designed and assembled in Strand’s factory.
“By deploying standardised, DIN rail mountable modules, customers get the same flexibility in a solution that’s easier to order as boxed goods, can scale easier down the road and can be assembled at any dealership or in the field—while still keeping the regulatory compliance.”
Using standard 35mm DIN rail ensures system integrators can easily retrofit the solution into any existing installation or incorporate it into any new build out. With modular components and a variety of trays and enclosures available, the solution can scale to address any application, with rack, flush, or surface mounting options available.
Because components are individually listed, solution

 
bwsspressimagergbalt-1Broadweigh introduces SensorSpace platform
Tuesday, 2 March 2021

UK - SensorSpace is a new cloud-based platform designed to ‘revolutionise’ the way riggers can access and manage data from Broadweigh's wireless sensors. Launched this month, SensorSpace can be used to remotely monitor the status of any Broadweigh sensor - load or wind speed -and help site managers and rigging managers make decisions or take action before, and during a show.
Elliot Van Laere, product specialist at Broadweigh, explains: “SensorSpace is a game-changer. It not only provides a way to visualise load cell or wind speed data in the cloud, so anyone with access can log in on a desktop or mobile device, but can easily be set up to automatically send SMS, email or app-based alerts in the event of unexpected change. A whole team can stay connected to a dashboard keeping them on the ball and informed wherever they are located.”
SensorSpace is fully customisable which means dashboards can be as simple or as complicated as they need to be, from numerical display of sensors, to in-depth overlays, charts and graphs showing live and historical data. With a SensorSpace plan, users can store up to three years’ data should post event analysis be required.
Elliot Van Laere, continues: “In the case of an outdoor festival, for example, where wind is a major concern for temporary outdoor structures, SensorSpace can give live data on the average speed and maximum detected gust. This can give a very good idea on site for when to go ahead with a build or not, coupled with weather forecast data. It can also allow for constant monitoring of ongoin

 
 
alcons-audioAlcons debuts CRMS wide dispersion system
Monday, 1 March 2021

The Netherlands - The CRMS-SRIW/9090 is a wide dispersion reference main / screen system - or compact surround system in immersive sound-for-picture applications.
It can also be used as full-range sound system in any installed audio application, where quality sound reproduction with inconspicuous in-wall or on-wall mounting is required, says Alcons.
Typical applications include sound system for auditoria, performing arts theatres, houses of worship, screening rooms, post-production facilities and dubbing stages, premium Home Cinemas and quality-conscious cinemas.
The CRMS-SRIW/9090 is like its sibling CRMS-SRIW/9040 part of the CRMS system series.
The two-way passive-filtered CRMS-SRIW system consists of the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 8” mid-bass for LF reproduction; the HF section has a 800 W peak power input, enabling a 1:15 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1 kHz to beyond 20 kHz.
The CRMS-SRIW/9090 features a 90-degrees and patent-pending 90-degrees dispersion up to the highest frequencies.
The CRMS-SRIW system’s low frequency section is tuned for a usable frequency response down to 58Hz, enabling a smooth transition with additional LFE subwoofer systems.
Philip de Haan, head of Alcons Audio R&D, says, “On the heels of the development of the CRMSC in-wall with less than 4-in/10cm depth, larger applications demanded a higher output, but at the same time, also required a wide projection for near-field applications and for overhead or height-layer immersive sound systems.

 
prolightsProlights releases EclDisplay series
Friday, 26 February 2021

Italy - Prolights has released its latest EclDisplay series of LED spotlights designed for use in galleries, retail, hotels, exhibitions and other installations.
The fixtures in the range feature multiple control options, sources, colours, lenses and accessories, with over 7,000 possible fixture configurations, using the same core technology while meeting different aesthetic or technical requirements.
The EclDisplay units are available in three control configurations: DAT, UN and CC. The DAT version comes with a built-in PSU, with manual knob-dimming, RDM, DMX and DALI control on-board. The UN version includes all the above and adds phase-cut dimming for retrofitting in existing systems. The CC (Constant Current) version works with external drivers, allowing installers to complete the light fittings with any track mounted, rack or boxed drivers, accepting any wired or wireless control (DALI, Casambi, 0-10, on-off).
The EclDisplay is engineered with a 25W high-CRI LED engine. There are five different source options available: fixed white sources in 2,700K, 3,000K, 4,000K, 5,600K, as well as a 40W RGB+WW source, capable of delivering a wide tuneable white range, as well as beautiful pastels and saturated colours.
Prolights has developed optics that unlock the fixtures' full potential, increasing their efficiency and light output. There are three lenses available: a zoomable 20º - 40º profile lens with 4 lockable blades, allowing to precisely frame any projection area with crisp or soft-edge accents, or to project images and textures through

 
 
glpGLP launches Streamer Duo Kit
Thursday, 25 February 2021

Germany - Building on the success of the Streamer, GLP’s new LED light for video conferencing, live streaming and home office work, the company has announced a new packaging variant for those wanting multiple sources, called the Streamer Duo Kit. Simultaneously, the free-to-download app has been updated, offering significant expansion of the remote-control capabilities of all Streamer units.
The Streamer Duo Kit packages two of the GLP Streamer units together with a pair of extendable tripods, USB-C cables and USB-A to USB-C adapters for both units. This comprehensive accessory set also comes with a pair of soft drawstring bags to protect the units whilst in transit. The packaging insert has been cleverly designed to be placed directly into standard portable hard cases, reducing the products’ environmental impact.
The Duo package has been designed for applications specifically where two units would be beneficial to place more evenly spread light coverage on a presenter from multiple angles, thereby creating more professional studio-like situations.
With the launch of the Duo set, comes a new version of the control app. Free to download for both PC and Mac platforms, it allows the user to intuitively control up to 16 Streamer units - either locally or remotely from a single device - and is compatible with both existing and new Streamer units.
GLP US president, Mark Ravenhill, said: “This expanded capability provides significant new functionality, especially to those making use of the remote facility for corporate streams as well as full

 
kl-fresnel-8-fccomposite-imageElation expands Key Light series
Thursday, 25 February 2021

USA - Elation Professional is expanding its Key Light (KL) series of LED Fresnel luminaires with the full-colour-spectrum KL Fresnel 8 FC.
Designed for TV and film, theatre, tradeshows or any general AV application requiring high output soft light with precise colour reproduction and adjustable colour temperature, the KL Fresnel 8 FC produces ‘the soft field light that designers desire in order to masterfully highlight performers or scenery on stage’. Offering a wide array of rich saturated colours, subtle pastels and dynamic white light, it is designed for use in situations requiring outstanding performance and colour quality.
The KL Fresnel 8 FC houses a 500W RGBMA LED engine calibrated at 6500 Kelvin and emits a diffused wash of light. It produces over 18,000 field lumens with a motorized zoom range of 10° to 50° for easy adjustment of beam size. For illumination that is more precise with less light spill, adjustable and removable 8-leaf barn doors allow for customized shaping of the beam.
Colour rendering offers high CRI (92), TM30 (88) and TLCI (95) values, meaning that colour re-creation is extremely accurate both to the eye and to the camera. As a flexible complement to any professional lighting system with customizable effects to accommodate aesthetic design requirements, the KL Fresnel 8 FC has also been designed with respect for the whisper-quiet requirements of the professional stage and studio.
Optimized for the specific requirements of broadcast, the KL Fresnel 8 FC can adjust for light that shifts away from pure white tow

 
 
rode-wigo2-product-front-3-quarter-jan-2021-1000x1000-rgbRØDE releases Wireless GO II system
Thursday, 25 February 2021

Europe - The RØDE Wireless GO II is an ultra-compact and versatile dual channel wireless microphone system. The system offers ‘the same pocket-sized form factor and sound quality as the Wireless GO, with a host of incredible new features making it even more powerful and flexible’.
“The original Wireless GO was a gamechanger,” says RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “It truly revolutionised sound capture for everyone from vloggers to business professionals producing content while working from home. The form factor and feature set had never been seen before and many have attempted – and failed ­– to replicate it since.
“The Wireless GO II is a huge leap forward in terms of useability and versatility, while retaining all the elements that made the first edition such a success. It represents RØDE’s mission to innovate and continue evolving our product lines, always with creators in mind. The Wireless GO II is once again going to change the way people record audio for their content.”
Each Wireless GO II kit contains two transmitters and a single receiver, allowing users to capture two sound sources simultaneously – suitable for a wide range of filmmaking scenarios, from recording interviews to two-person vlogs. It can also be used as a single channel wireless microphone for recording just one sound source.
The Wireless GO II features a 3.5mm analog TRS output for plugging into cameras, plus a digital audio output via USB-C for plugging into smartphones, tablets and even computers. This universal compatibility with any device makes th

 
audio-technicaes945ofm5Audio-Technica unveils boundary variations
Wednesday, 24 February 2021

UK - Audio-Technica has announced several new variations of its ES945 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone and ES947 Cardioid Condenser Boundary Microphone, developed as a direct response to market feedback. All models are intended for surface flush-mount installation and include Audio-Technica's UniGuard RFI-shielding innovations for unsurpassed immunity from radio frequency interference.
The existing standard ES945 and ES947 models are being replaced and enhanced by the new ES945O/XLR (omnidirectional) and ES947C/XLR (cardioid), which feature upgraded functionality including IPX4 water resistance. These mics are designed for surface-mount applications such as conferencing, recording, monitoring and other demanding sound pickup applications.
Audio-Technica is also introducing new miniature, space saving variations, known as ES945O/TB3 and ES947C/TB3. These mics are suitable for the same applications as the ES945O/XLR and ES947C/XLR, but the ultra-compact design enables extra-inconspicuous tabletop, ceiling and wall mounting.
The existing ES945/LED and ES947/LED (models intended specifically for conferencing) are being upgraded/replaced by the new ES945O/FM3 and ES947C/FM3. These mics feature a highly visible two-state RGB LED ring (seven selectable colours + OFF) to indicate mute status and a touch-sensitive capacitive user switch that enables local muting, making them ideal for conferencing applications.
Finally, new to the line are the ES945O/FM5 and ES947C/FM5, which are similar to the FM3 models but feature a 5-pin XLR output

 
 
wharfedaleWharfedale Pro debuts three-way Reason-X
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

UK - Wharfedale Pro has announced the release of the Reason-X series, a three-way passive series with matching subs.
The three-way configuration delivers a response which is almost impossible to achieve from a standard 2-way system, says the company. Wharfedale Pro has used new concepts and new components to make Reason-X the premium loudspeaker series in their passive, point-source portfolio.
The full range models (Reason-X12 and X15) feature a new Z38 HF compression driver which has enormous cooling fins to disperse generated heat and a 1.5 inch ring-shaped polyethylene flat diaphragm to bring a precious feeling of space and air to high frequencies.
The 100° x 70° waveguide is also rotatable, making Reason-X suitable for vertical or horizontal applications.
The mid-range of the three-way comes from a custom Wharfedale Pro 8” driver with an aluminium basket and ferrite magnet. The LF driver boasts a 3.0” voice coil and large φ190mm ferrite magnet.
The series is completed by two substantial subwoofers - single 18” and a "floor destroying" 2000 watts AES, 148 dB Max SPL dual 18”. New LF drivers have been manufactured which feature NOMEX spiders for extreme suspension and durability.
All models are constructed of premium Baltic birch and use thick steel front grilles for extreme durability.

 
5yr-warrantyPowersoft extends free warranty
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Italy - Powersoft has announced a further 12-month warranty on their rack amplifiers for all customers who register their product for free to MyPowersoft, the company’s online portal. This free extension brings the total warranty length, including the four years standard warranty, to five years.
As of the Monday 22 February 2021, all customers buying Powersoft amplifiers on or after this date will need to register their product on MyPowersoft within 30 days of purchase to benefit from the extended extra year warranty.
All customers who have previously purchased a rack amplifier prior to this date, that is still covered by the standard four years warranty, can extend their warranty by a year by registering their product into MyPowersoft by the 23 April 2021.
Iacopo Vannucchi, Powersoft’s customer care and service centre manager, commented, “In the last year, we’ve all seen and experienced unprecedented struggle within our industry. This is our way of offering a helping hand during these trying times.”
By registering a product to MyPowersoft, users can check their product’s history and current warranty status. Users also benefit from direct technical and commercial support from the team, as they can request and track their product repairs. Other benefits include access to the Power-Sharing and Comparison tools, examples of Powersoft designs, and webinar session access with Powersoft’s audio experts.
“We want to provide our customers peace of mind that we have their products covered for years from the first day of purchase,

 
 
opto-m08m12Optocore upgrades MADI interfaces for DiGiCo
Monday, 22 February 2021

Europe - Optocore has announced that it has further upgraded its M-series MADI interfaces, making it compatible with DiGiCo premium consoles, and providing additional functionality.
Additionally, the new, advanced versions have all the advantages of Optocore’s popular DD-series, and much more, at exactly the same price point. M-series devices are now the principal means of plugging MADI streams directly into the DiGiCo loop to enable MADI streams to be input and output (other than DD-series and DiGiCo’s own devices).
This includes the channel count recognised by the DiGiCo devices, which is identical to the channel count provided by the DD2FR-FX and DD4MR-FX.
This upgrade applies equally to the entire M-series, as all available channels can also be freely distributed through all MADI ports on any of the five M8 and M12 devices. For example, one show could use an M12-BNC/OPT, and provide one (1) 64/64 MADI fibre port and two (2) 32/32 MADI BNC ports, while for another show it could be two (2) 64/64 fibre MADI.
States Optocore applications engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski, “The compatibility of the M-series, along with the ability to control Optocore preamps from the console, makes DiGiCo/Optocore systems by far the most effective solutions for essentially all installations.
“Furthermore, when not incorporated within the DiGiCo loop, M-series functions as standalone, full-capacity MADI routers; for example the M12 allows for routing of 512/512 channels @48K.”

 
g7amatemesa-de-trabajo-5loresAmate offers instant conversion for T-G7
Thursday, 18 February 2021

Spain - Amate Audio has announced the availability of the T-G7, a design solution to enable instant conversion of the all-new G7 commercial audio loudspeaker from low impedance to 100V line level operation.
The easily swappable connector plates enable changeable low impedance / 100 V line operation with the same stock unit. The T-G7 is the optional plate incorporating high performance transformer circuitry and a facia mounted selector switch for 5W, 10W, 20W or 40W 100V line power settings, or a switch back to ‘Direct’ 16 ohm operation, and can be fitted in the field in just a matter of minutes.
This design feature reduces potential waste, eliminating the need for redundant circuitry and associated additional weight in facilitating optional 100 V line operation. Additionally, it offers contractors efficiencies in providing all modes of installation from a single stock holding. The design also contributes significant economies of scale in production.
Affirming the significance of the G7 in offering the market a distinct alternative to the mass market commercial audio product, head of sales Jordi Amate says: “We could not come to this market with a similar looking equivalent product, to that already in considerable over supply from far eastern manufacturers. In G7 we have something else, something more. Something that ultimately allows installers to offer a better customer experience. And that, for sure, represents the highest quality and performance to price ratio achieved with a plastic cabinet.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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