Product News

maxhub-camera-familyPolar expands portfolio with Maxhub
Friday, 10 December 2021

UK - Polar has announced the addition of Maxhub to its portfolio. For distribution in the UK.
Maxhub is a brand of the large global manufacturer CVTE, for whom Polar will distribute a full range of unified collaboration products, including panoramic cameras, PTZ cameras, Bluetooth speaker-phones, webcams and conference bars.
Will Turney, Head of Polar’s Integrated Solutions Team comments: “Maxhub’s range provides us with a very high-quality range of collaboration products at a seriously competitive price point. As the world adapts to new and diverse ways of working, we’re seeing a dramatic increase in investment in collaborative technologies, both in commercial organisations and also in the creator sector. Maxhub perfectly complements our existing portfolio, enabling us to offer our customers a wider choice in this fast-growing market.”
Tony McCool, country manager for Maxhub UCC solutions, adds: “We are delighted to partner with Polar as we continue to expand the Maxhub brand across Europe. Polar has a great reputation and a long history of success, and its team possesses all the necessary knowledge and experience to firmly establish our unique solutions in the U.K. market.”

wpsandsxc118white-9900000000079e3cMartin Audio unveils white WPS models
Thursday, 9 December 2021

UK - Martin Audio has announced that its Wavefront Precision optimised line array system, WPS, is now available in white, as a made-to-order option, and is also accompanied by its cardioid subwoofer partner, SXC118.
Martin Audio originally announced WPS in 2019 - the fourth model in the Wavefront Precision series - and it has since gone on to be a firm favourite by owners and users alike.
Dom Harter, Martin Audio MD, explains: “With WPS it was a ground up product development. We wanted to overcome the deficiencies and compromises of other 8” line arrays available on the market. That’s why we believe we have more drivers in WPS than anything else in its class, with spacing, waveguide and crossover point engineered to deliver in particular optimum HF performance with exemplary mid and high frequency pattern control, even at higher SPL. And our rental partners, FOH engineers and system integrators, have really taken WPS to their heart.”
The SXC118 is a cardioid subwoofer featuring an 18” driver in the front and a 14” driver in the rear, coupling together for increased output to the audience while maintaining control and reducing noise behind it.
Harter continues: “The success of WPS and its partner sub has naturally meant that for houses of worship and auditoria there was a growing demand for a white variant and so moving forward we are happy to make this available as a made-to-order option.”

 
 
ldi-alchemy-7-best-product-debut-9Alchemy 7 wins LDI debuting product award
Thursday, 9 December 2021

USA - DTS, the Italian Professional Lighting company has won the prestigious Best Debuting Product Award for the entertainment industry. The Award, hosted during the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas was given to DTS's Alchemy 7, the latest Wash moving head announced by the company in 2021.
Alchemy 7 was designed in order to widen its range and offer a high-power, high-efficiency product.
With a 250mm lens, a two-blade framing system and a 6-LED colour chip, capable of delivering quality light and a wide range of pastel shades, this product was placed on the market with the goal to accommodate to the most demanding requests from lighting designers and directors of photography.
The Best Debuting Product Award was proudly accepted by Carmen Savarese, international sales manager at DTS and Ola Melzig, one of the four founders of Apex Technologies, DTS’s exclusive distributors in North America.
"Coming back to LDI after a long time and being awarded the Best Debuting Product Award in 2021 is a huge achievement for us, especially after two very difficult years for the entertainment industry, says Carmen Savarese
"We're grateful that the judges saw the great potential and strength that make Alchemy 7 a great, innovative product, and we're grateful for our colleagues at DTS, especially the Research and Development team that designed the projecto.
“Finally, I'd like to thank Ola Melzig and the whole Apex technologies team, with whom we recently established an exclusive partnership for the North American market. I believe winning this award

 
soundswitch-control-one-lifestyle-1-handSoundSwitch releases dual universe DMX controller for DJs
Tuesday, 7 December 2021

USA - SoundSwitch, the provider of DJ lighting control solutions, has announced the SoundSwitch Control One - a professional lighting controller and dual-universe DMX interface with extensive connectivity with DJ and DAW applications.
Control One is compatible with professional DJ platforms from Engine DJ, Serato DJ and Virtual DJ, making it easy to integrate the tool into existing set-ups. In addition, performers can automate synchronised light shows and add live lighting effects via Ableton Link or by manually tapping in the BPM on Control One.
Control One provides tactile control over all SoundSwitch performance features, including triggering colour and position overrides, cycling between banks of automated light shows (Autoloops) or triggering the strobe. There are customizable RGB performance pads, parameter knobs, and a touch strip to create the perfect ambience for any event or venue.
The tool can be used without a computer by connecting it via USB to Engine DJ hardware (running v2.0 or higher). Once connected, the user has full standalone control over the entire performance environment, music, and lights.
“The Control One adds new functionally and improves the overall experience of controlling lighting while DJing. Following on from the release of standalone lighting control and the improvements made to the desktop software, a dedicated controller for SoundSwitch and Engine Lighting was the logical next step,” says SoundSwitchʼs product owner, Matt Watkins. “Control One takes the use of lighting in a DJ set to the next level.”

 
 
New subscription licensing for LightFactory
Tuesday, 7 December 2021

New Zealand - Dream Solutions has announced that its flagship product, LightFactory can now be purchased as a yearly subscription. The new pricing model greatly reduces the investment needed to use this control software. The new subscription system starts at $99 for the full one universes product, $149 for four universes and $199 per year for a 10 universe system. The scription includes all future software upgrades, free fixture library requests and monthly fixture library updates.
The existing one-time purchase model is still available for those who prefer to purchase the software outright.
The latest version of LightFactory is free to download from: http://www.lightfactory.net
LightFactory has seen considerable success in a variety of applications over the past 18 years of development, from running major stadium spectaculars with up to 150 DMX universes to local theatre pantomimes, to night clubs and events, museums and architainment applications.

 
robe-jtse-2021-jts231231592Robe France catches T11 buzz at busy JTSE
Tuesday, 7 December 2021

France - Robe France enjoyed the buzz and excitement generated by the 2021 JTSE (Journées Techniques du Spectacle et de l'Evénement) expo staged over two days at Les Docks de Paris.
It was a welcome return to face to face - or mask to mask - meeting opportunities after the 2020 online event, and Robe’s French team also celebrated this landmark putting a special focus on the launch of the new T11 range of theatrical luminaires, a three-in-one LED lighting solution.
The eye-catching Robe booth in the main Pullman Dock building was designed as a stylish, contemporary ‘lounge’ meet and greet area, and became a social hub for those wanting to say hello and stop for meetings and discussions. It was constantly busy with a stream of customers, contacts and industry friends, and Robe France co-CEO Bruno Garros comments: “It was impressive - many came to us with a specific agenda - they wanted to negotiate and talk about deals. This is a great sign for business picking up again.”
His enthusiasm was shared by his co-CEO Elie Battah who underlined the “extreme importance” of being able to “network with such a diverse mix of people in one space, with so many very positive outlooks for the future after a tough 18 months”.
They and the team reported seeing numerous lighting designers, programmers, technicians, and others from the freelance community together with rental companies, venue operators and also students as well as aspiring young professionals eyeing a future career in production and entertainment technology.
Several peop

 
 
dpa4097-core-micro-shotgun-interview-kitDPA shines spotlight on broadcast
Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Denmark - DPA Microphones is promoting its latest microphone solutions, designed to meet the growing live production needs of the broadcast and AV markets.
As the rapid adoption of live streaming continues to grow in broadcast applications, speech intelligibility remains at the forefront of all productions. In recognition of the changes in the media landscape, DPA recently released broadcast mic solutions, the 4466 Core Omnidirectional and 4488 Core Directional Headset Microphones, and the 4097 Micro Shotgun Microphone and Interview Kit.
“The pandemic has shown us the true importance of being quickly and easily adaptable to a rapidly changing media landscape,” says Anne Berggrein, vice president, marketing, DPA Microphones A/S. “These new offerings are a direct result of the innovation and forward-thinking response to the industry, and we are excited to call attention to the benefits they provide to the broadcast market.”
Based on the design of the company’s 6066 Subminiature Headsets, the new 4466 Core Omnidirectional and 4488 CORE Directional Headset Microphones feature the brand’s popular 5mm round microphone capsule. With a one-size-fits-all design and adjustable boom height and length, the 4466 and 4488 headsets accommodate all head shapes and sizes.
In addition, the new headsets share the same interchangeable cable and boom options as the 6066 Subminiature Headsets. This includes the 90-degree cable management guide at the neck.
The 4097 Core Micro Shotgun Microphone has been optimised to pick up speech from a distanc

 
outline-gsr-kit1Outline adds acoustic analysis system
Monday, 29 November 2021

Italy - Designed in collaboration with the Department Of Mechanical And Industrial Engineering at the Brescia University and engineered in Italy by Outline, the new GSR (Globe Source Radiator) provides a tool for acoustic analysis.
Optimised acoustics are a prerequisite of many modern buildings and for some (classrooms, offices, theatres, and concert halls for example), their acoustic properties determine how well they are able to perform their core purpose.
Accurate and reliable test data is essential for those engaged in the design and construction of these spaces: a powerful omnidirectional sound source is vital to assist in the testing of acoustic insulation of internal walls, floor slabs, and insulation from the external environment, plus the acoustic properties of any internal space where sonic performance is important.
GSR’s design combines a robust spherical enclosure with an Ergal aluminium inner structure that houses twelve 5” neodymium-magnet transducers and is the first such device to include a bass reflex design to extend its frequency response.
Its ‘globe’ design eliminates diffractions, reflections and other anomalies caused by non-spherical radiators, which can compromise the accuracy of data measurement. The GSR is capable of producing a maximum SPL of over 130.3dB.
The GSR is also available as a part of a complete user-ready kit, comprising a GSR, an NG01 Noise Generator, a compact amplifier (Outline’s L3000) plus the necessary cables, a transportation bag and a set of mounting accessories, providing a port

 
 
robe-t11-range-t11-22Video highlights three-in-one Robe T11
Friday, 26 November 2021

Europe - Robe lighting s.r.o has launched the full-form product video for its new T11 luminaire, the latest in its T series.
T11 is a static fixture – available in three versions (Profile, Fresnel and PC) - is designed to be “a perfect investment for any venue - especially theatres and performance spaces - seeking to renew their existing ‘generic’ lighting rigs and upgrade to the latest LED technology with all Robe’s guaranteed reliability and quality”.
This genuine three-in-one solution in a single fixture housing alleviates the additional cost of separate ‘generic’ purchases and looks forward to a more sustainable future, says Robe.
The MSL-TE 350W LED engine itself generates 16,760 Lumens, giving 9,500 lumens from the T11 Profile, 9,600 lumens out of the T11 Fresnel and 9,400 lumens for the T11 PC, and being a TE light source, brings all the advantages of straightforward exchange or replacement.
Building on Robe’s MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) colour ideas and TE (Transferable Engine) technology, the T11 offers the colour finesse that has made the entire T series so successful.
This concept first developed by Robe enables different and interchangeable LED engines in the same fixture hardware, which can be quickly changed / ‘transferred’ in 5 to 7 minutes.
The LED technology also provides identical colour characteristics, responses, and ultimate control of all T series luminaires for precise colour consistency across any Robe lighting installation.
A rapid-change front lens system transforms the T11

 
ledj324Versatile VersiLED 6 offers multi colour control
Thursday, 25 November 2021

UK - Prolight Concepts has announced the release of The VersiLED 6 Wireless from LEDJ - a universal DMX controller designed for controlling multi colour LED fixtures.
Suitable for use with RGB, RGBW/RGBA, RGBWA or RGBWAUV products, with or without dimmer channels the controller may be used for LED par cans, panels or even LED strip lights. The on-board W-DMX transmitter allows for wireless DMX control.

 
 
stan176imageProlight Concepts introduces Kuzar’s K-10
Tuesday, 23 November 2021


UK - Prolight Concepts has added the Kuzar - K-10 7m 500kg ground support tower system to its product offering. The K-10 is an easy-to use ground support tower requiring only one person to setup. It is erected using the integral winch, hoisting the tower over the base’s pivot joints into the vertical position, whilst the rigid steel base gives stability.
The rest of the tower is built with 30 × 30cm Kuzar truss composed of 50mmØ thick tubes with integral brake runner, giving the user an overall height of 7m. Once the tower is erected, the max. 500kg load is lifted with the manual hoist, and non-slip and adjustable supports are used in the base. Adaptors are available separately to integrate with Global Truss F34PL or Global Truss F34 Standard horizontal truss sections.

 
proteus-rayzor-edgeElation debuts Proteus Rayzor Edge and Blade
Monday, 22 November 2021

USA - The Proteus Rayzor Edge and Proteus Rayzor Blade are billed as a striking visual combination of linear wash, high-intensity strobe line and SparkLED FX inside a compact IP65 linear fixture design. Envisioned to provide the designer ‘unlimited creative control of powerful colours’ and high-powered strobe effects from a single unit, they allow unlimited placement in any outdoor and indoor environment, greatly enhancing their capabilities, says Elation.
Protected from dust and water ingress, they are part of Elation’s industry-leading Proteus range of outdoor luminaires, matching colours and SparkLED effects with the popular Proteus Rayzor 760.
Driven by six or 12 independently controlled 60W RGBW LEDs, Proteus Rayzor Edge and Blade provide a powerful beam. The oversized front lenses create a large visual surface on the fixture that is enhanced by the epatent-pending SparkLED technology. SparkLED consists of individual white LEDs strategically placed inside the lens itself to create an additional layer, allowing designers access to a new and innovative way of creating interest on stage.

In addition, the Proteus Rayzor Edge and Blade emphasize the RGBW lenses with two seamless high-intensity strobe lines with a total of up to 256 cool white strobe LED dots. Flanking the Rayzor lenses across the entire length of the fixture, these dual strobe arrays offer incredible visual effects with a multitude of integrated FX or precise pixel control from the lighting console.

 
 
gdtf-din-specUpdates revealed for GDTF standard
Monday, 22 November 2021

Europe/USA - With fellow General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting and Robe Lighting, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks has revealed several updates to GDTF - the standard for describing the hierarchical and logical structure and controls of any type of controllable device in the lighting and entertainment industry.
The GDTF file format has continued to evolve with input and involvement from manufacturers across the globe and critical feedback from its many adopters, resulting in a newly published update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021.
“Receiving recognition in the form of a published update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021 is a testament to the continued evolution and success of GDTF,” comments Vectorworks CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “The necessary work will continue to take place to ensure GDTF’s bright future so that its benefits can not only advance the work of the designers utilizing it, but the entertainment industry as a whole.”
DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, is the independent platform for standardization in Germany and worldwide. A DIN SPEC is a document that specifies requirements for products, services and/or processes. It’s a trusted strategic instrument for quickly and easily establishing and disseminating innovative solutions that do not conflict with any existing standards or rules of procedure.
“The update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021 is a good example of how DIN SPECs can evolve and stay current with specifications that meet the needs of the market,” said Michael Bahr, project manager at D

 
f-drive-b-box-1ETC F-Drive B-Box expands compatibility
Friday, 19 November 2021

Europe - A new F-Drive accessory is now available, simplifying installation and vastly increasing compatibility with third-party LED fixtures. The B-Box4 uses the RJ45 output of an F-Drive card to position up to four channels of Molex, terminal, or RJ45 connections at any location in your installation.
With the addition of B-Box, the F-Drive LED power system offers more flexibility to meet each facility’s installation needs. Whether using third-party or ETC-manufactured fixtures, specifiers can simplify the wiring required to connect to the F-Drive unit.
F-Drive is a modular, centralized solution for controlling LED luminaires. With easy access to swappable driver cards and power supplies, all critical components are readily accessible for maintenance and updates. F-Drive is available as an R12 rack-mounted solution or a W1 wall-mounted solution.
A variety of connection options allow facilities to use a wide range of luminaires with B-Box, while taking advantage of ETC’s superior dimming and control technology. ETC’s new F-Drive System Design Tool helps confirm third-party functionality. In addition, our integration test lab is set up and ready to receive general market fixtures for testing and performance grading.

 
 
etc-eos-v3ETC releases update for Eos software
Thursday, 18 November 2021

Europe - ETC’s Eos Family of lighting controllers is known for providing comprehensive, finely tuned control for lighting rigs of all sizes. Now, with the release of Eos v3.1 – the latest major software update for the platform – that control becomes even more customisable to suit any programming style or show. Eos v3.1 is all about you, with new tools that help you set up your workspaces – programming, 3D-visualized, and physical – just the way you want them, says ETC.
In a fast-paced show environment, you need quick access to all your content. In Eos v3.1, Custom Direct Selects now support thousands of custom target lists, which you can populate with channels, groups, palettes, scenes, and more – along with new navigation tools to help you page quickly between them. A new icon library lets you add images to both Direct Selects and Magic Sheets so that you can identify targets at a glance.
The addition of user-defined Encoder Maps also allows you to create custom encoder layouts for all your fixture types using a dedicated and intuitive editor. Show control triggers are now easier to monitor as well – a new Timecode dropdown in the top bar of each display allows you to see your console’s interactions with other devices.
Eos v3.0 introduced Augment3d, a workspace that lets you programme and visualize your rig in three dimensions. The v3.1 release adds new tools that let you bring your virtual programming environment closer to reality. You can now enhance your model surfaces with Materials, which can be applied from an included library

 
lectrosonicswirelessdesignermac822stackedLectrosonics updates Wireless Designer
Thursday, 18 November 2021

USA - Lectrosonics has announced that their Wireless Designer frequency coordination and RF system management software for Mac or PC is now updated for use with the DCR822 dual-channel portable digital receiver.
This will allow DCR822 users to monitor all channels in operation, change settings, initiate infrared data transfers, manage frequency groups, scan the local RF spectrum, and calculate system operating frequencies using the Frequency Coordination Engine. Wireless Designer Versions 2.0.30 for macOS and 2.0.34 for Windows are now available with these features for the 822.
The DCR822 receiver offers a versatile feature set in a compact, dual-channel design for field and location production. This receiver is compatible with Lectrosonics mono and stereo digital transmitters and is backward compatible with Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters.
The unit tunes across six standard Lectrosonics blocks and offers over 6000 frequency choices. SmartTune and 2-way IR sync makes quick work of choosing clean channels and setting up transmitters. A new RF front end design provides low noise amplification, excellent sensitivity and extremely low intermod susceptibility with an IP3 (3rd-order Intercept Point). Vector Diversity smoothly combines RF signals from two receiver front ends per channel and combines them in phase to obtain maximum signal integrity. In addition, the DCR822 can record receiver audio directly onto a microSD card in the industry standard .wav (BWF) file format at 24 bits/48 kHz. A USB jack allows connection to Wireless Designer software.<

 
 
coloradopxlbar-16-rightChauvet unveils COLORado PXL Bar
Thursday, 18 November 2021

USA - The new IP65 rated COLORado PXL Bar 16 and COLORado PXL Bar 8 from Chauvet Professional deliver a wide range of performance features, such as seamless pixel pitch between fixtures and fast, smooth motorized tilts up to 200ﹾ whether used indoors or out.
“We developed this fixture in response to customers who wanted a motorized IP65 rated batten that could be used outdoors at remote broadcast sites, festivals, and amphitheaters, as well as at indoor applications,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “This versatility translates into a faster ROI for our customers.”
The COLORado PXL Bar16 has features that will expand creative possibilities for lighting designers, such as its 60ﹾ, 180ﹾ and 200ﹾ motorized tilt range options. Other examples are the 5.8ﹾ to 48.8ﹾ zoom range of its 16 45-watt RGBW LEDs, and its two zones of control for pulsing effects.
The COLORado PXL Bar 8 also maintains pixel pitch between fixtures and has the same zoom range as its larger cousin. However, it has fewer pixels and only one zone of control due to its smaller size. Both fixtures also have an impressive 8,875K color temperature (at full).
Adding further versatility of these fully pixel mappable fixtures are built-in effects, including virtual gobo and movement macros with separate foreground and background color control. Slotted Omega brackets make it quick and easy to hang the fixtures on truss. They can also be positioned on the ground to provide a variety of different light angles.
The latest in Chauvet Professional’s series o

 
visionnet8367-2Strand adds features to Vision.Net Gateway
Wednesday, 17 November 2021

USA - Strand has announced new capabilities for the Vision.Net Gateway that offer DMX connectivity as well as RDM management and dynamic DMX snapshotting without needing a separate lighting console.
“As LED architectural lighting has become more advanced and architectural luminaires with DMX and RDM have become available, the integration of these fixtures and the entertainment lighting system has become more common and more complex,” explains Jon Hole, global product manager, Strand and Zero 88 Controls and Systems at Signify.
“That’s why we are introducing the Strand Vision.Net 4-Port DMX Interface Gateway Module, an expansion module for the Vision.Net Gateway that allows users to control DMX/RDM luminaires from Vision.Net. We’re also adding basic RDM management into the Vision.Net Gateway as well as dynamic snapshotting that brings more movement and texture to architainment applications.”
The new four-port DMX Interface Module is DIN rail mountable and connects to the Gateway via the integrated ‘Gateway BUS', allowing integrators to add four independent, bi-directional DMX/RDM ports to the Gateway without separate power or data connections. And with integrated RDM management, users can discover, identify and manage connected devices, performing tasks such as changing addresses or modes right from the Gateway’s web interface.
“RDM is a vital tool to simplify commissioning and management in entertainment applications, but it is even more important for architectural lighting, because DMX-controlled luminaires predominantly do

 
 
chauvetldiChauvet plans high-profile LDI presence
Wednesday, 17 November 2021

USA - Reaffirming its support for the industry and confidence in its future, Chauvet Professional has announced its plans for a high-profile presence at LDI. The company’s stand (2041) has been designed around the theme Depends on Your Perspective LIGHT and will be showcasing IP65-rated and broadcast lighting fixtures.
Featured in this collection of innovations will be the new Maverick Force series of moving fixtures; the Color STRIKE M, an IP65 rated strobe/wash with two white light tubes surrounded by a colour-mixing, pixel-mappable face; and the onAir IP soft light panels, which recently made their debut on the TBS network’s broadcast of the National League Championship Series.
In addition to its product introductions, Chauvet Professional will be hosting educational sessions on Friday and Saturday between 2-4pm in training room N120. These learning opportunities will feature Scott Laurentz on Lighting for Video, Brad Haynes with Mike Graham on Why Maverick Force and Brad Haynes with Ben Dickmann on New to STRIKE which looks at the features powering the Color STRIKE M. (https://chauvetprofessional.com/ldi-training/).
Chauvet Professional will also be sponsoring a Battle of the Busk contest full of Maverick Force, Rogue Outcast and ColorSTRIKE units and a tour of Resorts World, the new high-tech-driven luxury resort on The Strip. (An extensive collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures is used throughout this property.) Visitors to the stand will receive a

 
jbleon700lifestylephotodj9JBL Professional unveils EON700 portable PA
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

World - JBL Professional has introduced the EON700 Series portable PA loudspeakers and subwoofer with Bluetooth.
With four models available, including the 10-inch EON710, the 12-inch EON712 and the 15-inch EON715 powered PA speakers and the 18-inch EON718S subwoofer, EON700 systems cover the needs of today’s working musicians and sound providers, says JBL.
These flexible systems are designed to “effortlessly scale with customers’ needs, from DJ performances and full bands to solo singer/songwriter gigs, presentations and worship events”.
“The EON700 Series truly represents the next generation of portable PA systems,” says Brandon Knudsen, Harman Professional product manager, portable PA loudspeakers. “When we started designing these new PAs, we looked at our best-selling EON Series and made that core technology even better by upgrading drivers and amplifiers, refining waveguides, supercharging the effects package, and incorporating the most up-to-date Bluetooth protocol and universal app control. The result is a powerful, versatile system that sounds incredible at any volume, anywhere in the room.
“We’ve made it even easier than ever for performers to sound their best without having to rely on outboard gear, thanks to built-in advanced dbx DSP and presets that are optimised for a range of scenarios. And the series’ incredible power-to-size ratio and low weight mean a faster, lighter load-in, which we can all appreciate.”

 
 
apgAPG to launch new subwoofers at JTSE
Friday, 12 November 2021

France - APG has announced its new iS range of three subwoofers, as well as the UC118i, a new subwoofer from the Uniline Compact range. All four loudspeakers will be presented on the Arbane Groupe stand at the 25th edition of the JTSE (Paris, 23–24 November 2021).
The French manufacturer will also take this opportunity to unveil a new visual signature, inspired by the blue border dear to the brand since its creation in 1978, which will now act as an integrated logo on the products' grilles. New round perforated grilles that are perfectly integrated into the enclosure also complete the new visual appearance of APG loudspeakers.
This new signature accompanies the launch of a new range of subwoofers: the APG iS series. Consisting of three models with a 10”, 12” and 15” driver respectively, the iS series replaces the SB series, bringing a wider bandwidth of bass that is compatible with the demands of modern music.
The new range also features a number of functional insert points and accessories for wall mounting (iS110), overhead mounting (iS112 and iS115) and coupling, with the iX range of loudspeakers using crossbars to create modular, high-performance and easily movable sound systems.
Thanks to its optional mounting system, the iS115 subwoofer can be coupled with the iX12 loudspeaker. When coupled, the bass efficiency of these two loudspeakers allows the creation of compact clusters that will bring an innovative solution for nightclubs and small to medium concert venues, says APG.
To complement the iS range, APG will also be launch

 
voice-acoustic-venia-6-001Voice-Acoustic debuts Venia series
Friday, 12 November 2021

Germany - Voice-Acoustic has introduced the Venia compact column loudspeaker series.
The new series consists of two full-range models: the passive Venia-6 (4x 6.5" and 3x 1") and the bi-amped high-performance column array Venia-8 (4x 8" and 4x 1"), which offers with 140dB sound pressure at only 35kg weight. The high-frequency drivers are each coupled to a line array waveguide and produce a dispersion angle of 100° horizontally and 0°/-20° vertically via a large horn.
The HF section of the Venia series provides a vertically asymmetrical sound pressure coverage with a plane wavefront. The principle of larger line arrays is transferred to the Venia loudspeakers in a compact column format: the high-frequency energy is bundled to cover longer distances and the near filed is covered by curving with a lower energy content distributed to a larger area. The result is a balanced level distribution across the entire listening area with very homogeneous sound distribution, says the company.
"With the Venia series, we have developed design column loudspeakers with high coverage and extremely even sound distribution. Due to the extremely high performance of the Venia-8, this single loudspeaker can replace a conventional small line array system in many cases. This saves money in purchasing, time in setting up and dismantling, as well as in commissioning, and eliminates the possibility of incorrect use. In addition, the customer saves not only space but also weight during transport," says Stefan Rast, founder and managing director of Voice-Acoustic.
"In in

 
 
exportsCloud Microphones wins President’s E Star Award
Thursday, 11 November 2021

USA - The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded Cloud Microphones the 2021 President’s E Star Award for Exports.
Cloud Microphones designs and manufactures ribbon microphones and microphone preamplifiers. The company’s patented Cloudlifter Microphone Activator has garnered several industry awards and is used by audio professionals in recording studios, on concert stages, in broadcast booths, in podcasts and for livestream audio.
"Cloud Microphones has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The E Awards committee was very impressed with Cloud Microphones’ extensive marketing through trade events, podcasts, social media, and other advertising. The company’s development of innovative products with export markets in mind was also particularly notable. Cloud Microphones’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” comments US Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection.
“Working with the US Commercial Service has been instrumental in reaching our goals in foreign markets, helping us increase our US made exports by several hundred percent,” said Rodger Cloud, co-founder and CEO of Cloud Microphones. “This is very satisfying as this new revenue comes into the United States, and particularly Arizona, and stays here due to our local Tucson, Phoenix, and Navajo Nation supply chain.”
US companies are nominated for the E Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service,

 
strand-flx-s-touchscreen-hand-1920x1080pxStrand and Zero 88 update FLX software
Wednesday, 10 November 2021

USA - Signify entertainment lighting brands Strand and Zero 88 have announced the latest update to ZerOS, the software for their FLX S Series and FLX consoles.
ZerOS 7.10 includes support for multiple pixel luminaires, a library update featuring a wide range of Vari-Lite and Strand fixtures, and more. The new update is available for Zero 88 lighting consoles as well as the recently announced Strand FLX S Series consoles.
“Despite the prevalence of multicell fixtures in the market, facilities have mostly been able to find full multicell control on higher end consoles,” says Jon Hole, global product manager, Strand and Zero 88 Controls and Systems at Signify. “Many of these consoles either control the luminaire as a single fixture with a large number of parameters or patch each pixel as a separate fixture, with compromises in either approach. Even consoles with sub-fixtures or cell control have conflicts between pixel intensity and fixture intensity. We have been waiting to implement multicell control until we could address all of these challenges.”
To address this issue, ZerOS 7.10 allows users to dynamically select whether to adjust the whole fixture or a single pixel depending on how they interact with it using the multitouch screen on the console. “ZerOS is all about being powerful and easy to use, and this new update does that for multiple pixel fixtures, allowing users to fully control them just like the rest of their rig without complications,” adds Hole.
ZerOS 7.10 also brings a major update to the fixture library, including

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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