Product News

digicoquantum338NAMM 2020: DiGiCo reveals Quantum338
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA - DiGiCo has reveaedl the latest in Quantum console range. Like Quantum7 and Quantum5, Quantum338 represents “a dramatic leap forward in power and connectivity”. It includes new design features and enhancements that offer “ultimate flexibility, all with the same speed of operation that Quantum users have come to rely on, in a smaller format console”.
“With Quantum338, we have ensured that we are providing a next generation console that works in synergy with our Quantum Engine,” says Michael Aitchison, DiGiCo’s senior electronics engineer. “We focused our R&D team on user experience, learning from the last 20 years, with our continuing main objective of merging new with familiar.”
Quantum338 is based on seventh generation FPGAs and includes 128 input channels with 64 busses and a 24 x 24 matrix, all with full channel processing. There is a new look and feel dark mode application and three 17 inch 1000 nit, high brightness, multitouch screens, allowing both the meter bridge and soft quick select buttons to be displayed on each screen. There are also 70 individual TFT channel displays and the floating Quantum chassis features 38 x 100mm touch sensitive faders laid out in three blocks of 12 fader banks, plus two dedicated user-assignable faders, each complete with high resolution metering.
A new level of local audio connectivity and performance comes via the ‘Ultimate Stadius’ 32 bit ADC and DAC conversion, which are built in to Quantum338 as standard, alongside six single or three redundant MADI connections, dual DMI sl

karaiiNAMM 2020: L-Acoustics updates Kara line array
Friday, 17 January 2020

USA - L-Acoustics has announced the new Kara II modular line source. The addition of Panflex gives Kara four-in-one directivity: one box handily covers any audience geometry. Kara II morphs to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with precise focus in four different directivity patterns: 70° or 110° symmetrical and 90° asymmetrical, steering to either the left or right, says the company.
In a nod to the wide audience of Kara owners around the globe, L-Acoustics will make available a kit to upgrade existing Kara with Panflex.
Florent Bernard, executive director of application design at L-Acoustics explains, “Kara has been a perpetual best-seller for a reason. Its lightweight, diminutive form factor and strong, consistent SPL make it the perfect tool for a plethora of events or permanent installs. When we introduced Panflex to the industry, our clients told us this was the only thing missing from Kara. We listened, and the new Kara II brings our medium-format line array into a new era of added directivity and improved polar stability.
“Kara II is a powerhouse enclosure, meeting the needs of any audience geometry and morphing to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with laser focus. As with all L-Acoustics K Series line arrays, Kara benefits from decades of research and development into quick and safe rigging, making it the reference in the market for rapid and optimized deployment.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ksl-subd&b extends SL-Series with KSL-SUB
Thursday, 16 January 2020

USA - d&b audiotechnik has announced the introduction of a new addition to the company's exceptional SL-Series line array family. The KSL-SUB, available in both flown and ground stack (G) versions makes its debut at the 2020 Winter NAMM show in California this week.
The new KSL-SUB provides a small, lightweight format that extends the frequency response of a KSL System down to 36Hz with “exceptional dispersion control, impressive low frequency headroom and unmatched performance for its size”. This directivity-controlled, smaller format sub enclosure allows venues of all size to experience very accurate, smooth and punchy bass response, says the company.
The KSL-SUB and KSL-GSUB subwoofers operate with two forward-facing 15” drivers and a single, rear-facing 15” driver which, driven with two-way active amplification, provide uncompromised cardioid directivity control.
Measuring 100 x 90 x 45 cm (39.4” x 35.4” x 17.7”) in size, and with a weight of 82kg (181lb), the KSL-SUB delivers an output of 139dB driven by d&b D80 amplifiers.
The KSL-GSUB has a streamlined form: minus the KLS-SUB standard rigging hardware. It stands at a diminutive height of just about 45cm, easily allowing for under stage deployment. Using a new KSL-SUB adapter frame the KSL-SUB can be deployed above KSL-Tops as part of a flown array.
Completing the comprehensive System package - and designed to fit within standard sized shipping container and trucks - the KSL-SUB is available in touring carts with protective covers. The hybrid KSL-SUB touri

 
3dme3DME IEM system launched at NAMM
Thursday, 16 January 2020

USA - Newly-launched pro audio company ASI Audio x Sensaphonics has introduced 3DME in-ear monitoring system. The 3D Music Enhancement system combines all-new universal-fit Active Ambient IEMs with a sub-compact bodypack mixer and smartphone app with EQ and limiter, allowing musicians to create “a truly personalized monitoring experience”. 3DME makes its NAMM this week.
3DME stands for ‘three-dimensional music enhancement’, a new approach to in-ears. It starts with ASI’s all-new universal-fit Active Ambient earphones with an embedded binaural microphone system to capture room sound while keeping the ears isolated. The IEMs connect to the sub-compact 3DME mixer, where the ambient audio is added to the monitor mix. But the real key to Music Enhancement is the intuitive ASI Audio app, which is used to set both the limiter and equalization of the audio to the user’s personal preference, says the company.
The ASI Audio app lets the user set up their personal sound signature during rehearsal or sound check, using their phone or tablet. The app controls seven bands of EQ, and also controls the threshold setting for system’s limiter, putting hearing health directly into the user’s hands. Both EQ and limiting can be set in stereo, or with separate settings for the left and right earpieces. The app also offers one-touch access to the Audio Seal Test to help ensure a good fit, and allows the user to save a virtually unlimited number of User Presets for later recall. This is useful for recalling preferred 3DME settings for various scenarios, such as

 
 
alcons-audio-lr24Alcons Audio launches LR24 line array
Wednesday, 15 January 2020

USA - Previewed at Prolight+Sound 2019, the new Alcons LR24 pro-ribbon line-array system will be making its global debut at the NAMM show.
The LR24 is a three-way, bi-amped, mid-size format line-array system. Loaded with Alcons’ multiple-patented pro-ribbon technology for mid and high frequencies, the system features an unusually high dynamic range with a fast impulse response with up-to-90% less distortion. This results in an intuitive linear response, with optimal intelligibility and non-compressed identical tonal balance at any SPL.
The all-natural cylindrical wavefront of the purpose-designed RBN1202rs 12” pro-ribbon transducer and the acoustically and electronically symmetrical component configuration bring an industry-leading pattern control in both the vertical as well as the horizontal plane, up to the highest frequencies without any distortion-inducing horn constructions. The very-coherent vertical dispersion enables a non-destructive inter-cabinet coupling for maximum HF throw and wind-stability.
The RBN1202’s large 12" voice-coil features an unusual power handling of 2500W and RMS-to-peak ratio of 1:15, from 1,000 Hz to 20,000 Hz; This caters for a remarkable intelligibility combined with a virtually unlimited dynamic headroom reserve.
The patent-pending flying system facilitates both compressed and non-compressed suspension, while enabling angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array. It has a WLL of 24 cabinets under 10:1 safety.
Tom Back, managing director Alcons Audio, says: “The LR24 is filling the ga

 
robe-chicago-dsc4371-photo-by-eliza-wilmot-tnRobert Juliat SpotMe certified for L-ISA
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Europe - Following the release of the L-ISA Controller v2.0 software update, the Robert Juliat SpotMe 3D tracking device is now fully compatible to operate with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, the lighting manufacturer has announced.
L-Acoustics recently revealed the January release of a significant software update for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology that will enable users to monitor the positioning of any tracked object in a 3D view. With L-ISA Controller version 2.0, source parameters - including pan, width, height, distance, and elevation - can be mapped and scaled to all certified tracking systems.
In tandem with the L-ISA v1.10 update, L-Acoustics has announced that it has officially collaborated with tracking software providers whose technologies can now function within the L-ISA ecosystem, including Robert Juliat’s SpotMe tracking tool.
L-Acoustics executive director of creative technologies Guillaume Le Nost notes: “With our latest software and recent tracking system partnerships, the incredibly natural audio reproduction of L-ISA, paired with the smooth and precise real-time tracking of visual elements on stage is guaranteed to raise the Hyperreal Sound bar even further for our audiences.”
Robert Juliat managing director François Juliat adds: “We are happy with this new compatibility which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market. SpotMe only requires a followspot with no extra peripheral devices and can be installed easily and quickly

 
 
r17-campaign-imagedisguise r17 brings workflow improvements
Monday, 13 January 2020

UK - Media server specialist disguise has released r17, the latest update to its software. Launched in response to user feedback, r17 brings workflow and user experience enhancements, including Manipulators and PreComps, and introduces Network Device Interface (NDI) support.
Users can now stream an NDI source from content tools to the disguise stage in realtime, unlocking new workflows for esports, fixed installations, and TV productions. Integration with NDI can also be used as a streaming preview from content tools, such as 3DSMax or AfterEffects that enable users to finesse content accurately in-situ, saving time and speeding up workflows.
For compositing, PreComps is a new workflow that allows users to create a pre-composition of layers which can be reused in multiple locations, making timelines cleaner and more flexible. It also enables the routing of video content between different layers on the timeline, allowing users to blend and mix content sources.
Meanwhile, new previsualisation feature Manipulators give users the ability to select multiple objects on a 3D stage and offset, rotate and scale them. The feature improves efficiency and usability, reducing the time and effort needed to set up a project.
In addition, the usability of SockPuppet projects, which enable the control of disguise via a lighting desk, iPad or another networked device, has been improved to enable less complex set-ups.
r17 is now available from the disguise.one website.

 
dmxcat-multi-fixture-featureCity Theatrical DMXcat boosts efficiency
Monday, 13 January 2020

USA - City Theatrical’s DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool now provides expanded functionality with the new Multi Fixture (DMX) feature, which offers lighting professionals an efficient way to turn on and test multiple DMX lighting fixtures simultaneously.
DMXcat’s new Multi Fixture feature includes a patch that can be implemented to group and control lighting fixtures together to save time and improve workflows. This patch also allows users to assign numbers to channels or fixtures, which can be useful in creating a consistent and simplified numbering system between creative and technical teams of a given production or installation project. DMXcat users can use the patch to save, name, and re-load setups across various rigs, for use on future projects.
Other DMXcat improvements with the Multi Fixture feature include a new interface for the Fixture Controller app, which offers patching and grouping methods like many show consoles being used in professional lighting, for ease of use and consistency among test and control gear. The Fixture Controller app also now includes 16-bit wheels, which save the user screen space and refine the user’s control.
This feature allows users to name their DMXcats, making it simpler for teams using multiple DMXcats to differentiate between various team members’ devices.
All of these new features are free to DMXcat users, who need only to accept the app update to get them.
The DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, which includes a hardware dongle and smartphone application, allows anyone to turn on any

 
 
amsAMS Neve launches RMX16 in hardware format
Monday, 13 January 2020

USA - Nearly 40 years since making its debut on the professional recording scene, the AMS RMX16 Digital Reverberation System is being re-launched in hardware format as part of AMS Neve’s rack mounted 500 Series.
On show for the first time at NAMM 2020, the RMX16 500 Digital Reverb Module delivers all the musicality of its famous predecessor, but at a fraction of the price. Furthermore, this new unit incorporates the nine programmes that came as standard with the original AMS RMX16, PLUS the nine rare aftermarket programmes that were only available to users via a remote control with bar code reader input.
“We are very excited to be bringing back the much loved and instantly recognizable sound that made the original AMS RMX16 everyone’s favourite ‘go to’ reverb,” says AMS Neve’s distribution manager David Walton. “Its special sound has characterised an enormous number of seminal recordings from the 1980s onwards. Indeed, the AMS RMX16 has remained such an essential piece of kit for any self-respecting world-class studio that vintage units still sell for a substantial proportion of their original cost.”
The new RMX16 500 comes in a three-slot wide format. It is simple to operate with 18 factory programmes including the Ambience, Nonlin and Reverse, simulating different reverberant environments, with the ability to control all parameters.
(Jim Evans)

 
smarty-maxElation highlights creative ranges at NAMM
Monday, 13 January 2020

USA - At the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Elation Professional will present new atmospheric effects in its new Magmatic range, as well as the latest lighting control products from Obsidian Control Systems.
Also featured will be the new Elation Smarty, Fuze and Paladin range lighting products.
On display will be the new Smarty MAX, an extreme-output spot/beam/wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, its resourceful design package includes four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and dual track animation.
Also showing is the Fuze SFX, a new concept LED Spot FX fixture designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire. The SFX is capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing over 12,000 lumens of output from its 300W white LED engine. Seamless CMY colour mixing plus colour wheel, variable frost, gobos and zoom allow for a variety of effect options.
Three new fixtures in Elation’s Paladin series of versatile Blinder/Strobe/Wash lights will also be on display - the Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel - all with IP65 protection.
Showing at NAMM from the recently-launched Magmatic range will be Magma Prime, a new water-based hazer with advanced technol

 
 
aqua-led-2-r-66Eliminator showcases five at NAMM
Monday, 13 January 2020

USA - Eliminator Lighting will use this month’s NAMM Show in Anaheim to showcase five recent additions to its line-up of entertainment lighting and event accessories. These include a powerful simulated water effect, a HEX colour LED par, and a 5-in-1 effect light.
Offering a one-stop lighting solution, Eliminator’s new Furious Five RG packs five distinctly different effects into one compact fixture. Designed for mobile entertainers as well as installers working in bars and clubs with limited space, this unit generates a complete lightshow featuring derby and laser beams, UV and colour washes, as well as strobe effects. At the centre of the fixture is a laser aperture which projects countless diffracted beams generated from two laser diodes (70mW green and 100mW red).
Serving as eye-catching décor for all kinds of special events, the LED BP Tubes 4 Pak is a set of four portable colour-changing plastic tubes. Each tube measures just over 1m (39”) in length and can be mounted vertically, horizontally or free-standing using the supplied tripod feet. The pack is supplied with a wireless IR remote that can be used to select a choice of operating modes.
Decor Cocktail Table is a portable wooden table designed for parties and other special events. Consisting of a wooden top, black pole and heavy-duty metal base, the table easily breaks down into these three parts for transportation with no tools required.
The new LP 12 HEX is a lightweight LED-powered par fixture designed for portable use or permanent installation. It features 12 x 5-Watt HEX

 
1modulokinetic-l-isaModulo Kinetic server now L-ISA compatible
Friday, 10 January 2020

France - Modulo Pi has announced the full compatibility between its Modulo Kinetic media server and L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology by L-Acoustics. Thanks to bidirectional interactions now available between the video toolbox on one hand, and the spatial audio technology on the other hand, Modulo Pi and L-Acoustics bring a complete A/V real-time production suite.
L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology is a multidimensional, object-based approach to designing, mixing, and processing sound that results in extremely natural and intelligible audio and a more vibrant, and authentic connection between artists and their fans. Already deployed on over 7,000 performances, L-ISA has been adopted by artists such as Mark Knopfler and Bon Iver, and permanently installed in experiential venues like Artechouse and Spyscape museum.
Modulo Pi has developed Modulo Kinetic, a s high-end and fully integrated media server solution. Launched in 2016, Modulo Kinetic is a field-proven solution used by major venues such as the multi-awarded theme park Puy du Fou, or Atelier des Lumières, the renowned digital art centre.
In January 2020, Modulo Pi releases a new version of Modulo Kinetic with full integration of the L-ISA technology by L-Acoustics. The spatial audio system is now included in Modulo Kinetic’s extensive library of preloaded devices, allowing bidirectional interactions between Modulo Kinetic and L-ISA.
Based on this integration, Modulo Pi and L-Acoustics offer real-time interactions between video and spatial audio for state-of-the-art

 
 
1anubis-one-of-a-kind1200pxMerging Technologies celebrates 30th anniversary
Friday, 10 January 2020

USA - 2020 sees Merging Technologies celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company has revealed it has a number of plans in the works to "celebrate Merging’s achievements in improving the recording and listening experiences for clients across the globe", with a series of special events set to be announced in the coming months.
Claude Cellier, Merging’s founder and president comments: “The spotlight is now on Anubis and we could not be more pleased with its reception, but there are many landmarks during those years of which our team can be justly proud. Innovation has been the key to our continued success.”
NAMM 2020 (Anaheim, 16-19 January) will see Merging+Anubis exhibit for the first time. Launched in time for AES Dublin, Prolight+Sound and NAB 2019, Anubis arrives in Anaheim on the back of several months of record sales and with several significant feature enhancements.
For Mac users, a new Virtual Audio Device is available that is compatible with later Mojave 10.14.5/10.14.6 and the new Catalina 10.15.x OS. This ensures that the top performance can be maintained with the enhanced features of the new operating systems, says the company. The ability to control the PreAmps remotely from any web browser is also a major convenience for many Anubis users and this is also available on the latest version of firmware.
Merging+Anubis Premium has been DXD compatible for some months but there were some challenges in completing a full DSD workflow. This is now available as a free of charge firmware update The relevance of Anubis to the NAMM atte

 
1ssl-live-v4-10Solid State Logic Live V4.10 update released
Friday, 10 January 2020

UK - Solid State Logic (SSL) has released its latest Live V4.10 update for the entire range of SSL Live consoles including; L100, L200, L300, L350, L550 (including L500 and L500 Plus) as well as their SOLSA software. The new release provides live engineers with a number of features that expand their workflow and control.
The new Event Manager allows live engineers to create events that can perform one or more actions when one or more input states are met. This means that a single trigger can activate multiple output actions, or multiple triggers can activate a single output action. This makes workflow set up for the most demanding live events more flexible and intuitive for the engineer.
V-Auxes and V-Stems provides an efficient way of making mix adjustments from groups of paths using VCAs. Adjusting a V-Aux or V-Stem send will trim sends to that bus from all paths that are members of the VCA, and show each source path's discrete level to each bus, and the level with the VCA offset applied.
A new graphical FFT analyser overlay is now available across channel and bus, EQ and Filters, allowing an engineer to quickly identify and resolve problem frequencies. The fixed-point-per-octave analyser has equal resolution across the entire frequency range, providing high resolution even at low frequencies.
The 1, 2 and 4-band Dynamic EQs in the Live software FX Rack have been significantly redesigned with a new graph based GUI, and adding further levels of control including ‘static’ gain, increased Q (filter width) range, and new threshold trigger mo

 
 
1apb-dynasonicsAPB-DynaSonics relaunches analogue lines
Friday, 10 January 2020

USA - After a recent change in ownership, APB-DynaSonics has announced the relaunch of a range of its most popular products – the MixSwitch, ProRack-House and ProSpec lines. The analogue console manufacturer will showcase these products at the NAMM Show, Booth 17505.
Chuck Augustowski, who founded the company along with John Petrucelli and Taz Bhogal in 2004, has returned to the helm and is responsible for driving the acquisition by the new owners and initiating production of the APB-DynaSonics product line. Augustowski has engaged long-term APB partner, Contact Distribution, to handle the relaunch and distribution of APB products throughout North America.
“This is an exciting time for APB. We are looking forward to re-introducing the APB product line and are preparing to roll out some exciting new products in the near future,” explains Augustowski. “For years I have been told by our existing customers that there is still a strong need for good quality analogue mixers. We are prepared to fill that niche while also developing new products that utilize digital control over analogue circuits.”
After APB has stocked its warehouse, attention will turn to producing updated versions of the desktop ProDesk-4 , followed by the ProDesk-8. In addition, a new version of MixSwitch is in design that will include digital, analogue, and Dante inputs and outputs with an expanded feature set making the unit more usable in a wider variety of touring and fixed install applications. MixSwitch-Hybrid, which is scheduled to debut in late 2020, will be the bri

 
x218Martin Audio extends BlacklineX range
Thursday, 9 January 2020

UK - Martin Audio has announced the release of the X218 subwoofer, extending the company’s best-selling portable series, BlacklineX.
BlacklineX, launched in 2016, was the first new series developed under the management of Dom Harter and was an instant hit, delivering performance and value for a range of applications including portable sound reinforcement and stage monitoring for live bands, DJs and corporate events, to installations in nightclubs, bars, commercial spaces and houses of worship.
The original line-up comprised just a 15” and single 18” subwoofer and so as Harter says, “the success of the BlacklineX series led to numerous calls to extend the range with a double 18” subwoofer, and we’re delighted to kick off the new year with this punchy sub at an equally punchy price point.”
The X218 is a dual-driver subwoofer with an operating range of 42Hz - 200Hz + 3dB. It produces high output levels - 141dB peak SPL (half space) - with low distortion and can be used singly or stacked horizontally. It features dual 18”/4” voice coil, long-excursion drivers in a reflex enclosure with eight large ports that reduce air turbulence at high output levels.
For added versatility in deployment, the X218 is fitted with a 35mm pole-mount socket for mounting BlacklineX full-range enclosures, and integral M10 inserts provide for eyebolt suspension of a single enclosure.
When used with BlacklineX Series full-range systems, crossover and EQ functions can be performed by the DX0.5 or DX4.0 system controllers or by a Martin Audio ampli

 
 
alcons-audio-packshot-namm-2020Alcons showcases LR24 system at NAMM
Thursday, 9 January 2020

USA - California’s Anaheim Convention Centre Arena will see Alcons Audio launch new line array and loudspeaker technologies at the NAMM 2020 tradeshow. Each show day will give live audio professionals the opportunity to hear the difference that Alcons’ pro-ribbon technology makes to the audience experience, including the first chance to hear the power and clarity of the new LR24/90 mid-size line-array system.
Hosted in collaboration with Live Sound International magazine, the showcases will see Alcons demonstrate the LR24/90 during the ‘compact systems’ portion of the event’s demonstrations. In addition, the ‘portable system’ demos will showcase Alcons’ extremely popular LR7/90 micro line-array.
“As arguably the world’s leading trade show for the music industry, we welcome this exciting new chance to demonstrate Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems to key decision-makers in the live audio industry, including rental and installation companies in the performance, theater and venue markets,” says Alcons North American sales manager, David Rahn.
NAMM marks the first outing worldwide for the complete LR24 system.
“The NAMM launch is an indication of the importance of the US live sound market and underlines our focus on expanding our presence in the North American continent,” David adds.
Immediately after the NAMM show, Alcons Audio will be hosting a special What You Mix Is What You Get event where a full system of LR24 and BC543 can be test driven at a Hollywood location. Dates are 20 and 21 January. For mo

 
bishopBishopSound brings British sound to NAMM
Thursday, 9 January 2020

USA - BishopSound, the fast-growing Yorkshire-based PA specialist, is making its NAMM debut this year, giving international visitors to the show the chance to meet the owner Andrew Bishop and discuss what promises to be a busy year for his company.
Having recently launched its first passive line array system, and while simultaneously expanding its wide range of affordable PA equipment, this year BishopSound will be introducing a series of new UK-designed and manufactured speakers aimed at the top end of the professional market.
The first of the new models will be a 2x18" high power subwoofer; initially designed to complement the company's new Delta Dual 8" passive line array, the new high-power subwoofer is likely to find many other uses due to its exceptional performance, BishopSound predicts.
Also, to be launched this year this year will be a new three-way enclosure featuring a 15" woofer, 8" mid-range driver and 1.75" HF unit, again designed and manufactured in the UK and featuring British made speakers. The third BishopSound introduction will be a high-fidelity passive wedge monitor available in left- or right-hand versions.
BishopSound is working closely with the veteran UK speaker manufacturer Celestion which will be producing speakers for the new products to BishopSound's specification in its Ipswich factory in the UK.
Finally, BishopSound has announced an agreement with the noted speaker designer Mykey Hurley which will see the company licence-building Hurley's AK47 enclosure, increasingly popular in the reggae sound system m

 
 
adjADJ to launch new products at NAMM
Thursday, 9 January 2020

USA - ADJ is preparing to kick off the new decade with a significant presence at the 2020 NAMM exhibition in Anaheim.
Officially launching at NAMM 2020, ADJ’s new MDF (Magnetic Dance Floor) System is a robust, lightweight and extremely easy to setup portable LED dance floor solution. Each panel (MDF2) features an array of 3-in-1 RGB LEDs that cause its opaque tempered glass surface to glow intensely in an almost limitless selection of vibrant colours. The panels and accessories are all available individually, but can also be purchased in a pack of nine panels (MDF433) complete with all cables, ramps and a flight case.
Also making its exclusive debut at NAMM 2020 will be ADJ’s new Entour Chill high-output low-lying fog machine, which uses standard water-based fog liquid and ice cubes to generate an effect similar to that of dry ice. This latest addition to the Entour range of professional DMX-controlled effect generators builds on the success of ADJ’s popular Mister Kool low-foggers, with enhanced technology to allow for increased output. A newly-developed 800W heater system allows for continuous output for up to an hour, while sophisticated new electronic temperature control lets the machine heat up in three minutes and stay at optimum temperature ready for immediate firing of the effect when it is required.
NAMM 2020 will see the launch of the latest addition to ADJ’s range of wireless LED up-lighters, the Element ST HEX. Building on the success of ADJ’s popular Element Hex, the new model features a compact design as well as a full-colo

 
hoistGIS launches lightweight entertainment hoists
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Europe - Swiss electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS AG has launched two new D8 products, of 500kg and 1,000kg capacity, for mobile use in the entertainment sector.
The LPML and higher capacity LPL chain hoists are both capable of lifting over 40 times their own weight. The LPML weighs a modest 12kg (20kg with 18m lifting height) and delivers a lifting capacity of half a ton. The LPL meanwhile lifts 1,000kg, and when fully equipped for an 18m lifting height weighs in at just 39kg (23kg net weight).
The hoists will be introduced as a supplement to the popular GIS D8+ motors, used for static suspension of loads over people. Hoists to the standard D8 specification may also be used for static suspension of loads, but it is essential to have a secondary suspension, such as a load arrestor, for example. The hoists are manufactured in accordance with EN14492 and DIN56950.
Erich Widmer, sales and marketing manager at GIS AG, says: “Both motors are highly robust yet still light, thanks to the aluminium housing and covers. The design of the chain hoists in accordance with protection class IP65 [as standard] protects them against dust and water. This makes them ideal for both mobile and outdoor use. They are extremely quiet running due to closed three-stage transmission with helical gearing and grease permanent lubrication.”
Other standout features, Widmer says, include casehardened profile steel chain with minimum five-fold static safety; modular configuration; quick assembly and disassembly thanks to polygonal couplings; and low maintenance. He adds

 
 
jblirxseries108bt112btshadow2048pxJBL debuts IRX portable PA loudspeakers
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

USA - At NAMM 2020, Harman Professional Solutions will introduce the new JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers.
JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers provide musicians, performers and presenters with JBL sound in |”a highly portable, feature-rich package”.
A durable, lightweight design makes IRX Series speakers easy to transport. Versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming, custom application-based pre-sets and automatic signal processors make it easy to dial in sound for a wide range of applications. The IRX Series of portable PA loudspeakers includes the IRX108BT, which features an 8-inch woofer, and the IRX112BT, which features a 12-inch woofer.
“Today’s performers need a portable, easy-to-use PA system that delivers professional results at an affordable price,” said Brandon, Knudsen, loudspeaker product manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to showcase our new IRX Series loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows, which combine impressive volume output and detail with an assortment of versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming in a compact, lightweight design. Best of all, the IRX112BT and IRX108BT are the most affordable powered speakers JBL has ever offered.”
Featuring two combination XLR/TRS inputs with professional-grade preamps, IRX Series speakers provide “crystal-clear sound for microphones, playback devices and mixing consoles”. One-button Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream audio from mobile devices or link two speakers to provide additional coverage and create a t

 
rivageL-ISA links with Yamaha Rivage consoles
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Europe - L-Acoustics has announced the expansion of console partners, adding Yamaha Professional Audio, who has co-developed an L-ISA DeskLink for their flagship Rivage PM7 and PM10 mixing systems.
“Collaborating with the creative team of experts at Yamaha has resulted in an exceptionally sleek integration of the L-ISA object controls into Rivage mixing workflow. The new DeskLink is a great example of collaborative design,” explains Sherif El Barbari, director of L-ISA Labs.
Within the Rivage consoles, for every mono or stereo input channel, a direct control of L-ISA Objects or Groups will be available on the console control surface and touch screens.
The L-ISA DeskLink provides a seamless workflow on the consoles, allowing for immersive hyperreal mixing in a familiar environment, making adoption of L-ISA technology even easier.
“It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with the team at L-Acoustics to create a dedicated, deeply integrated and flexible user interface. As the reputation of Yamaha Rivage PM mixing systems for outstanding sound quality and traditional Yamaha reliability continues to grow, this project will benefit our many joint customers throughout the world.” comments Chris Angell, Yamaha Pro Audio R&D.
The Yamaha Rivage with L-ISA DeskLink will be available this Spring and on display for hands-on discovery at Prolight & Sound in L-Acoustics demo room Symmetrie 2+3.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
brompton-ise-standBrompton brings Dynamic Calibration to ISE
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Europe - ISE 2020 sees LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, give the first European showing of its Dynamic Calibration technology and launch its latest LED processor, the Tessera S8, on its largest ever trade show stand. The significant size increase of this newly designed stand, which measures 90m2, will allow Brompton to give regular presentations of Dynamic Calibration, the Brompton HDR solution, and the new Tessera S8, alongside its ever-popular demonstration stations.
First shown at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Dynamic Calibration takes a different approach to maintaining uniformity, while unlocking the full potential of the LEDs to achieve “previously unthinkable levels of brightness and colour saturation”.
Dynamic Calibration is enabled after panels are measured with Brompton’s Hydra system; an all-in-one advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels and exclusive to Brompton Technology. And Dynamic Calibration is not just for new panels, it can give existing panels using Brompton’s Tessera R2 card a new lease of life.
The new Tessera S8 LED processor, meanwhile, is a cost-effective solution for high profile projects that do not require the large output capacity of the award-winning Tessera SX40 processor, but still want to benefit from the flexibility of Brompton’s industry leading Tessera feature set and easy-to-use software to produce stunning results.
“We had an incredible response to Dynamic Calibration at LDI in Las Vegas,” comments Brompton CEO Richard Mead. “We’re excited to be able to sho

 
all-in-one-graphicAED Group launches AED Audio
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Belgium - AED Group has launched its own pro audio brand, AED Audio.
The news was announced during AED’s annual Customer Nights networking and showcase events in December and is seen as a return to the company’s roots, as AED’s CEO Glenn Roggeman designed and built loudspeakers during the 1980s and early 90s.
AED Audio’s range includes two lines, the Flex and Solid series. The Flex series comprises one model, the multi-purpose powered line-source speaker Flex6, which can be used in various applications, including flown as a line array or mounted on a pole.
Part of the Solid line, Solid15 is a compact, single 15” 1.800W RMS low cabinet or subwoofer which can be used in many scenarios and several configurations. The speaker can be operated standalone, flown and stacked.
Meanwhile, the Solid28, combined with the Solid15 in low and the Flex6, gives you access to a large scale of applications, says the company. This double 18” band pass powered subwoofer with a 3.000W RMS robust amplifier module gives an output of 137 max SPL.
The three products will be available from April. All AED Audio products will be presented at ISE 2020 at the AED group stand (hall 1, stand H127).
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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