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cadac-cdcCadac marks anniversary with CDC five console
Monday, 4 June 2018

UK - Cadac is celebrating its 50th anniversary with two new launches in its CDC touch-screen digital mixing console series: the top of the range CDC seven-s and the CDC five; a highly compact, all-in-one mix solution for small-to-medium sized production companies, freelance mix engineers and all manner of fixed sound installations – with a sub £10K price tag.
With the launch of the CDC five, comes Version 5 CDC Console Software, which features an improved Graphical User Interface with a completely redesigned console control screen. The GUI has evolved for the CDC five, to include a swipe down feature on its sole 23.5” touch screen which brings up the control screen functions normally found on the separate 6.5” control screen on its larger siblings. Version 5 CDC Console Software also boasts a number of new features – including Cue Ripple and Cue Preview – and performance enhancements that feature across the entire CDC range.
The CDC five features a single 23.5” touchscreen and 16 faders, with dual banks of user assignable buttons (40 in total. The CDC ‘human interface’ and feature set combine in aiding the workflow and allowing the engineer full creative freedom, unhindered by operation of the technology.
The rear panel boasts 16 analogue inputs, to compliment eight analogue outputs and eight digital inputs and outputs, as well as the integrated 64 x 64 Waves card. The CDC five also includes dual MegaCOMMS ports, enabling additional MegaCOMMS processing / interfaces to be connected, forming an extended audio and mixing console netw

roe-infocomm18800x9002InfoComm 2018: ROE Visual unveils Sapphire
Monday, 4 June 2018

USA - ROE Visual will present its latest product offerings at InfoComm 2018 Booth N2014 this week at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. This year, ROE celebrates the launch of its high-resolution Sapphire LED display and other touring and fixed-installation products. To showcase its expanded offerings, ROE is building an in-booth theatre for attendees to enjoy presentations of the company’s latest products.

The public is invited to join media at a Press Conference to be held at 3PM on June 6, 2018 at ROE Booth N2014 to learn about details of the Sapphire. Product Managers for InfoCcomm-launched products will be on hand alongside members of ROE’s sales and marketing team to answer questions on new products.
ROE Visual will also showcase the Black Marble Glass LED platform, designed to offer LED floor solutions for concert stages, TV studios, commercial stands and a variety of other creative applications. The high-end glass or matte finish is strong and scratch-proof, while Black Marble’s glass finish enhances the visual effect
“InfoComm is an important exhibition for our industry where major players come together to share experiences and look for new products and innovations. This year, we are particularly excited to launch our Sapphire platform, showcase the new Diamond 2.6 series and introduce the Black Marble floor panels,” said Tony Van Moorleghem, product marketing director. “As we expand our product offerings, we are expanding our tradeshow team to include our product engineers and product managers. This year, Dries Vermeulen,

 
 
crestaudioc186kdsppowerampfrontInfoComm 2018: Crest Audio debuts C1 Series
Friday, 1 June 2018

USA - Crest Audio has unveiled the new C1 Series range of contracting and installation amplifiers featuring powerful and efficient Class D designs, on-board digital signal processing, Dante protocol networking and USB/Ethernet connectivity for monitoring and control. The new C1 Series amplifiers are contractor-friendly thanks to the addition of Euro connector inputs and barrier strip outputs as well as fault relays and CV (control voltage) inputs.
The C1 Series currently comprises four models: C1 86k 8-channel amplifier with 750w/channel into 4 ohms; C1 48k 4-channel amplifier with 2000w/channel into 4ohms; C1 44k 4-channel amplifier with 1000w/channel into 4 ohms, and C1 25k 2-channel amplifier with 2500w/channel into 4 ohms
All models incorporate a highly efficient switch mode power supply and Class D circuitry with full bandwidth PWM modulators for ultra-low distortion, high efficiency and superior circuit protection. The clip/limiter function provides output monitoring to prevent speaker damage with gentle gain reduction at clip threshold as well as efficient heat dissipation and overheat protection for uncompromised reliability.
In addition to being powerful workhorses, C1 Series amplifiers are also capable and sophisticated loudspeaker processors thanks to a powerful internal DSP engine with sampling rates of 96 kHz/24bit and high performance 24bit AD/DA converters.
(Jim Evans)

 
chroma-qwebsafeMBSi partners with Chroma-Q on LED alternative
Friday, 1 June 2018

UK - MBSi, the Pinewood MBS Lighting innovations think-tank, has collaborated with Chroma-Q in the development of the Brute Force - a new LED alternative to a quarter Wendy light.
Extending the Chroma-Q range of energy efficient products, this new fixture has been rigorously tested by PMBS in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across a variety of applications.
The technical teams at both companies worked closely together to create a true LED full colour RGB-W lamphead that draws just 15 amps @ 240V. Robustly designed and fully dimmable, the Brute Force has an extended CCT range between 2,000K and 10,000K. Each unit features 96-way mappable pixel control with RDM, DMX and optional wireless operation. For greater flexibility, the on-board multi-point fixings allows units to be easily combined to form a full Wendy.
Although developed in partnership with MBSi, unlike other proprietary products, the Brute Force is to be made available industry wide through Chroma-Q. PMBS have invested their technical expertise, however the key objective is to see this new lamphead being adopted throughout the industry.
Speaking about the product, Chroma-Q’s global brand manager, Paul Pelletier said, “In creating the Brute Force our teams have introduced an incredible new alternative to the traditional Wendy. Having MBSi involved in the project has allowed us to design and build a fixture that has been properly tested and proven to perform prior to launch. I am confident that it will be instantly accepted throughout our indus

 
 
etc-abtt-2018ABTT 2018: ETC and High End Systems team up
Friday, 1 June 2018

UK - ETC and High End Systems will be side by side at the upcoming 2018 ABTT Theatre Show, marking the first time that High End Systems has exhibited at ABTT since joining the ETC family last year.
Visitors can indulge in the renowned ETC ABTT Theatre Show hospitality on stand B40, while speaking to representatives about the many products on display. There will be an opportunity to see several new releases, including the Element 2 console and ColorSource Pearl luminaires. The affordable and easy-to-use Element 2 offers the award-winning Eos software with an interface and price point that is accessible to a broad range of users and venues. ColorSource Pearl fixtures feature cold and warm white LEDs for a seamless colour temperature range, from 2,700K to 6,500K. Available in PAR, Spot and Linear configurations, they boast the same user-friendly interface as their established ColorSource siblings.
Other highlights from ETC will include the ever-popular Source Four LED Series 2 system, ColorSource family consoles and fixtures, ETC Rigging equipment, and the new architectural luminaire, Irideon WLZ.
Meanwhile, over on stand C40 attendees can check out a selection of High End Systems gear. Following its successful preview at Prolight + Sound, the SolaFrame 3000 moving light will be making its UK debut at the ABTT Theatre Show. There’s also a chance to see some other Sola Series fixtures in action – SolaFrame Theatre and SolaFrame 750. Visitors can also get demos of High End’s Hog 4 and Road Hog 4 lighting control desks.
(Jim Evans)

 
stumpflInfoComm 2018: AV Stumpfl unveils software solution
Thursday, 31 May 2018


USA - AV Stumpfl will allow InfoComm visitors a first look at their next-generation media server software solution PIXERA, scheduled to be released later this year. The 64-bit system for real-time media processing, compositing and management is built around the key theme of usability.
Users can gradually discover the options and features and can smoothly transition from being a beginner to becoming a specialist. Actions in the 2D and 3D space follow the same mechanisms. The system was designed so that users can execute the most important basic actions in record time and with only a minimum of effort.
A radical new interface logic enables even first-time users to intuitively understand the main software mechanics.
AV Stumpfl global business development manager Horst Damoser explains what makes PIXERA so special: "In order to have a real impact on the highly competitive media server and media playout software market, our development team came up with a radical new approach.
“There are many great systems out there, but we believe that PIXERA is the only one that strictly follows a product philosophy that lets users focus on their work instead of having to focus on technology. At the end of a busy working day, we want PIXERA users to be able to think about what they achieved that day and not about which sub-menus they had to click."
(Jim Evans)
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Caption: The 64-bit system is built around the key theme of usability

 
 
linda-rope-largeABTT 2018: Rope Assemblies to debut Anchor Strop
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - Rope Assemblies is set to debut its new Anchor Strop on stand A22 at this year's ABTT show. The Anchor strop is a 6mm stainless steel wire rope with thimble eyes on both ends, copper ferrules, and has been designed for general PPE requirements.It has an EN362 hook on either end and joins the company's existing range of Anchor Strops and is perfect for use in a wide range of industries – wherever a person works at height, near unprotected edges or in confined spaces.
The Anchor Strop will be joined on the stand by Rope Assemblies' lighting and climbing ladders. Ann McCorkell, technical manager explained: "The Lighting Ladder was created in conjunction with one of our customers who needed a solution for hanging lights vertically without the space consuming aluminium ladders."
Consisting of two lengths of wire rope with spacing of end stops, karabiners at the end and removable rungs for easy transportation and storage, the Lighting Ladder can be manufacturedto whatever length the customer requires and this can be increased by purchasing additional length. What's more, several ladders can be joined together width-ways to create a lighting 'curtain'. Rungs are available in widths of 500mm and 1m and spare rungs are available.
Rope Assemblies' Climbing Ladders are also manufactured on-site at the company's Retford factory and are fully compliant with the US Standard ANS1-E1-1 as there is no EN Standard for wire rope ladders. All ladders are manufactured with knurled rungs, karabiner end fittings and EN795 anchor straps. They are made to order by le

 
unusualABTT 2018: Unusual Rigging in positive mode
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - Unusual Rigging will showcase its wide range of products available for sale and for hire.
Tom Nightingale, Unusual's technical manager explained: "For Unusual, ABTT is undoubtedly the most important event in the trade show calendar. It gives us the opportunity to meet with the people right at the heart of the very industry that we aim to serve. We are incredibly well known for the projects we work on but people are often surprised when we talk them through the extent of our sales, hires and services offerings."
Several members of the Unusual team will be on hand for the duration of the show and . Tom continued: "In previous brochures we've focussed on the specific products tvisitors to the stand will be able to pick up a copy of the company's new Sales and Services brochurehat we can offer, but really, the range is so huge, no brochure could really do each product category justice. So this year what we've aimed to do is to give an overview of our sales, hires and services – a starting point if you like, that can lead to more in-depth conversations about the specifics."
This year's stand will once again feature a show reel of some of the company's 'best bits' from the last year. "This will be the third year we've produced a show-reel and we're excited to really show off some of the projects we've been involved in. From the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth to Lumiere London, not to mention the vast number of West End shows and theatre tours we've played a part in. We know that in previous years, the film has proved to be a real talking point among

 
 
dbsoundscape0011previewABTT 2018: d&b to demonstrate Soundscape
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - The d&b Soundscape is “sound as you feel it, sound as you see it, sound as it is meant to be heard”. Attendees at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show will have the opportunity to experience this in person during the d&b Soundscape sessions at Alexandra Palace, London on 6 and 7 June.
Powered by the DS100 Signal Engine, a revolutionary audio system processor based on a powerful Dante enabled signal matrix, the d&b Soundscape provides unparalleled creativity through its two software modules En-Scene and En-Space.
During the presentations d&b will demonstrate the evolution of sound systems. The team will deconstruct audio content from a number of typical live event scenarios, and through automation of sound objects, recreate them in d&b Soundscape; the traditional theatre, a small gig, Verdi’s AIDA from the Sydney Opera House, and how an experimental sound artist was able to manipulate spatial audio in a live environment using their own unique performance technology.
(Jim Evans)

 
lightweight-lighting-standlow-resABTT 2018: Doughty's lightweight stand to debut
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will make its debut on stand C30 at ABTT, to be held on 6-7 June at at London’s Alexandra Palace.
The stand, which recently appeared at PLASA Focus Leeds and Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt in prototype format, is now in production.
The stand takes the all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater model. It comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a speaker adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explains: “This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We’ve spent the first part of this year taking the prototype to trade shows across Europe so that we can really hone in on the design and use the feedback we’ve gathered at the shows to make a really useful bit of kit."
The Three Position Tank Trap, which won last year’s ABTT Engineering Product of the Year award will also feature on this year's stand. This piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points, which are located in the centre as per a

 
 
zero-88-abtt-2018-preview-leisuretec-trainingABTT 2018: Zero 88 highlights FLX range
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 will highlight its FLX range of consoles at the ABTT show on stand E23 in the West Hall at London’s Alexandra Palace next week (6-7 June).
The all new FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles, the original FLX and the ZerOS Wing will be demonstrated at this event. The desks will run with the latest ZerOS 7.9.4 software.
FLX S24 is a new console that runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering huge flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price.
FLX S48, also new, has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, and support for a range of networking accessories.
Visitors can also see Zero 88’s popular Chilli Pro range of dimmers including the new Chilli Pro 12 and Chilli Pro 24 Bypass dimmers with RCBOs.
A selection of neat and useful data distribution and networking devices from Zero 88 will also be showcased, including Split2.8 RDM, EtherN.8 RDM and the SCD Server Pro DMX generator.
(Jim Evans)

 
alcons--astro-demoroom--infocomm-2017InfoComm 2018: Alcons and ASA get immersed
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

USA - At last year’s annual InfoComm show, delegates in Orlando were treated to the US debut of the Astro Spatial Audio: Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience. This year, the ‘Live Entertainment Capital of the World’ is the latest stop on its international tour.
In the acoustically-optimised room N106, the Astro Spatial Audio: Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience will showcase the remarkable possibilities of high quality, object-based immersive audio from 3D live sound specialist Astro Spatial Audio (ASA). Hourly demonstrations will take place each day, featuring the company’s 3U rack-mountable SARA II Premium Rendering Engine, used in combination with Alcons CRMS / CRMSC SR Cinema Reference Monitor systems and the new VR5 ultra-compact versatile monitor. The demonstration will deliver the ultimate in clarity and coverage, which is ideal for any immersive application.
Previewed in February and officially launched at the Prolight+Sound show in April, the VR5 is the first professional audio monitor that features Alcons patent-pending waveguide technology, allowing any dispersion to be achieved in the vertical plane. It is the ideal unit to highlight the innovation of ASA’s live 3D audio in demonstrations that have been impressing trade show visitors throughout the world.
In room N105: the half-hourly Alcons Audio Pro-Ribbon Sound Systems demonstrations will introduce show visitors to Alcons pro-ribbon technology with a 5.1/7.1 immersive audio system, featuring VR8 compact versatile monitors, CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor Systems, CB181sl

 
 
infocomm-2017-ck-23InfoComm 2018: d&b talks integration and creation
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

USA - d&b audiotechnik is returning to InfoComm on 5-8 June, with its stand #C982 “brimming with all the latest audio solutions for seamless installation and interoperability”.
For the first time, visitors will be able to explore the full extent of what tailor-made means at d&b, with the new d&b Custom solutions programme consolidating the company’s long-term appreciation for individuality and character. No matter the project size, the rigging, colour and weatherisation of any d&b system can be ideally matched to even the most challenging interior and outdoor spaces. A Yi Special Version Stadium system will be rigged on the booth for its US show debut showcasing examples of what’s available.
Following the global launch in April this year the new top of the range GSL System from the SL Series will also be making its US show debut. The GSL System is a complete solution created specifically for the largest sound reinforcement applications in significantly sized arenas, stadiums and festivals, to accurately deliver any performance style or musical genre.
Away from the stand, the team will be welcoming visitors to demo room #N119 for two presentations: the d&b Soundscape, and Integration and Interoperability, running throughout the show multiple times a day. In the d&b Soundscape session, visitors will experience a world beyond stereo, made possible by the DS100 Signal engine, a revolution in signal processing.
Meanwhile, Integration and Interoperability will take a look at the d&b approach to integrating syste

 
powersoftInfoComm 2018: Powersoft promotes Duecanali
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

USA - Powersoft is launching several new products targeted at the fixed installation and OEM markets at this year’s InfoComm exhibition. New products include a significant extension of its successful two-channel amplifier platform, Duecanali, as well as its renowned M-Force transducer, which brings power and integration possibilities to an increasing number of OEM partners.
The Duecanali 804 and 4804 - which are now launching in the U.S. market - are the latest additions in the Duecanali platform, which is suited for retail, leisure and hospitality fixed installations that require both pristine and reliable sound. The Duecanali 804 offers 2 x 400W and represents a lower total power solution for installations in retail, as well as bars and restaurants where a single two-channel amplifier is required - without the need for additional channels or power. The range is completed by the existing Duecanali 1604 launched last year, which sits between the two new products in the Duecanali range.
The newly completed Duecanali range is able to drive low impedance loads (2/4/8 Ohm) and 70V/100V distributed lines selectable per channel. It also provides more than 16 different possible output configurations per channel. The Duecanali range also delivers on control and interoperability with DSP onboard, third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control.
“With DSP onboard, interoperability created via third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control, Powersoft amplifiers have been converted into smart controllers of the future,” says Francesco Fanicchi,

 
 
artiste-picassoInfoComm 2018: Elation highlights Picasso
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

USA - Elation Professional will be showcasing the latest lighting at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas.
At the Las Vegas Convention Centre, Elation will be showing the latest luminaires in the award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads, the Artiste Picasso and Artiste Dali.
The theatrical-grade Artiste Picasso is one of the brightest (22,000 lumens) and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures on the market. Feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more), it houses a high-power 600W Cool White LED engine. The Artiste Dali, a PLASA and LDI award winner, is a full-featured moving head with a unique hybrid light engine that combines a 300-watt LED source and 100-watt Laser Phosphor source for greater spot and beam capabilities from one fixture.
Elation will also be showing the new Smarty Hybrid, a full-featured spot/beam/wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. At the heart of the fixture is a new Platinum lamp using FLEX technology, offering a "smartly” designed discharge lamp/ballast package (6,000 hour lamp life).
Also on display will be two new series of all-weather LED colour changers that use the latest seven-color multi-chip LED technology - SEVEN Batten linear lighting effects and outdoor-rated SEVEN PAR IP colour changers.
Also on show will be the new Protron Eclypse, a versatile strobe/wash/blinder luminaire featuring (96) 10W CREE RGBW 4-in1 LEDs with pixel zone control, strobe intensity, duration, rate and FX c

 
nrr29-lab-resultsSensaphonics scores high NRR rating
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

USA - Sensaphonics has scored a 29dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) for its soft silicone custom earpieces - the highest ever earned by a custom in-ear monitor.
This scientific measure of broadband isolation was the result of independent testing by independent testing lab Michael & Associates and applies to all Sensaphonics custom IEMs: 3D AARO, 3MAX, 2MAX, 2X-S, and the new D2.
“Our custom products solve real-world problems for musicians and sound engineers, and this 29 dB NRR is proof,” says Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci. “That means maximum isolation, which promotes safer monitor levels. But beyond that, soft silicone is far more comfortable and retains its seals for full bass response, allowing performers to focus on their music, not their equipment. So Sensaphonics promotes both hearing health and better performances.”
Michael & Associates tested attenuation on 10 test subjects across nine frequencies, per ANSI standards (S3.19-1974).The rating of 29dB is a conservative estimate of the broadband isolation. Actual attenuation averages were higher, ranging from a low of 32.6 dB at 250 Hz to a high of 47.6 dB at 6300 Hz across three separate tests per subject.
“Sensaphonics is dedicated to hearing wellness through superior product design,” notes Santucci, who also works with the World Health Organisation to promote safe listening globally. “This new NRR rating proves that for maximum isolation, Sensaphonics is the best choice. To hear natural stage ambience without yanking one earpiece out, our 3D AARO i

 
 
xl2018-1dnp launches Supernova XL screen
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Denmark - dnp denmark has announced the next generation Supernova XL screen.
Available in sizes up to 230” in 16:9 format, it’s marketed as a cost-effective solution for large venues and an affordable alternative to dnp’s Supernova Infinity Screen.
The new Supernova XL is designed to be transported rolled up in boxes of only 900mm x 900mm (length determined by screen height), which significantly reduces transport and handling costs. Two people can then assemble the screen on site in just a couple of hours, saving time and labour costs.
“We’ve eliminated the overlap of the screen materials to ensure an image without any visible seams, which is the key to the best viewing experience,” says dnp VP global sales & marketing, Soeren Kraemmergaard. “Our true optical lens technology delivers crisp high-contrast images without users having to dim the lights or draw the curtains.”
(Jim Evans)

 
arkaos-grandvj-25-screenshotArKaos launches latest GrandVJ software
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Europe - ArKaos has launched GrandVJ 2.5, a new version of its GrandVJ software designed for control of video sources by VJs.
The new version will help optimise functionality of the host of pixel-based LED fixtures and media products as well as for ‘conventional’ video surfaces such as LED and projection screens.
The launch follows 'intensive research and development' and the new release has been 'comprehensively' tested by the user base.
ArKaos’ managing director, Agnes Wojewoda, comments: “We have listened extensively to what our VJ and video operator community has been requesting and taken that valuable feedback and their wish-lists on-board in developing this version of GrandVJ.”
There is also improved support for DPI display scaling and for international characters, as well as faster movie playback for ProRes on Mac and Windows and more rapid YUV colour conversion for all Mac codecs.
The v2.5 LED Mapper now has the facility to merge the Art-Net input with the LEDMapper output, and an Editor has been added to create fixtures with any format of DMX pixel-mapping including channel gaps.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
peex-press-shot-websafePeex platform connects fans with artists
Friday, 25 May 2018

UK - Peex, a new technology that enables interactive multi-channel mixing of live sound, has been unveiled.
Peex Live allows fans to tweak the live mix at a concert by transmitting an encrypted live audio feed split into five channels to the audience, which is picked up by Peerx rX, a wearable device attached to earphones. Fans can then adjust the five channels via Peex’s Bluetooth app, and the rX will blend their personal mix with the live sound.
The rX is provided with a set of earbuds but any set of 3.5mm-jack headphones can be used.
Peex, which is backed by Rocket Music Management, also launched a platform for performers - Peex Relive, where artists can sell audio downloads of past and future live shows in the company’s five-channel interactive audio format.
Graham Tull, chief technology officer and co-founder of Peex, comments: “We’re delighted to unveil Peex. Through focussing on adding genuine value both to music fans and the music industry ecosystem, we’ve invented new music technology that we’re all very proud of and believe will revolutionise the live music experience. Artists, labels and venues will all benefit from a closer dialogue with their audience via the Peex app. We’re looking forward to putting Peex into action with our upcoming partnerships including A-list talent - it’s sure to be a game-changer for fans, artists, and the live music experience.”
Mike Dawson, CFO of Rocket Music Management, adds: “Over the last three years, Rocket has worked closely with the team at Peex as they've developed their

 
th-seriesMartin Audio launches high powered TH Series
Thursday, 24 May 2018

UK - Martin Audio has announced the TH Series, comprising two high performance, all-horn, three-way systems in horizontally and vertically-formatted package.
Designed to complement the styling of its CDD and BlacklineX Series, the TH Series are suitable for nightclub and large-scale installations.
Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, comments: “TH Series is an important addition to our growing portfolio, offering a high-powered solution with modern styling that will help continue our market share gains in the install market.”
THH is configured in a horizontal format while THV is its vertical counterpart. The driver complement in both systems has been engineered for exemplary performance in all bands.
The Hybrid low frequency section comprises a horn-loaded 15” (380mm)/4” (100mm) voice coil driver that is reflex-loaded to extend the LF output to below the natural horn cut-off point. The LF driver features a water-resistant cone and triple roll surround for increased excursion.
The mid-horn has a unique ‘phase-ball’ loading device which maintains the constant directivity characteristics of the horn at the upper end of its range. It is driven by a 10” (250mm) midrange driver with an aluminium demodulating ring for improved high-mid clarity and reduced distortion when driven hard. The 70˚ x 40˚ HF section features a neodymium 1” (25mm) exit compression driver with a Kapton diaphragm for high sensitivity and extended HF performance.
The internal mid/ high passive crossover allows these three-way systems to

 
 
zero-ohmZero-Ohm brings innovation to InfoComm
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

USA - Montreal-based Zero-Ohm will show MS-4R5, a two-input, two-output rack mounted system at InfoComm 2018. Meanwhile, the new MS-2R (2000W version) will debut at the Las Vegas-based event. The company’s Multispeaker system won a Best New Product Technology award at the Innovations Showcase at InfoComm 2017.

“Our primary product is well beyond the testing phase,” says co-founder George Dracopoulos. “There are existing installations that have been operational for over three years. Our technology already provides the key benefit of full range sound on major installs that far exceed the limitations of traditional 70V and 100V solutions. Building on the revolutionary design, that eliminates the need for transformers, we continue to push the frontiers of big sound with our plug-n-play system."

The Zero-Ohm Multispeaker system is a passive device that interconnects between any amplifier and multiple loudspeakers without worrying about amplifier speaker loads, impedance and extremely long cables runs. This device allows users to connect 20, 30, 40 or more speakers in parallel to one amplifier without the use of transformers. Up until now, the ability to connect multiple speakers in parallel was confronted by the issue of operating the amplifier at a safe impedance. Although there are amplifiers that operate at 4 ohms and 2 ohms safely, any effort to drive them below the rated resistance load led to device failure. The system is ideal for major audio applications:test

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mxwproduct-suitewhiteplus2upqgShure showcases Microflex at InfoComm
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

USA - At InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas, Shure will feature the new Microflex Complete integrated audio system for conferences and meetings. Available in wireless and wired configurations, and with advanced meeting productivity tools, the systems delivers natural, intelligible audio for both in-room participants and remote attendees.
Boasting easy set-up, configuration and solid audio capabilities, Microflex Complete Wireless supports productive, engaging meetings even in the most challenging wireless communications environments, says the company.
The Microflex Complete Wireless system combines a fully-featured discussion system with wireless convenience for government, corporate, and educational facilities, and speeds setup in dynamic meeting spaces or at temporary meeting locations, such as hotels and conference centres.
With no cable limitations, Microflex Complete Wireless is suitable for use in historic buildings or rooms with flexible seating. Automatic Interference Detection and Avoidance technology delivers reliable RF transmission in even the most congested RF environments and robust AES-128 audio encryption provides enhanced privacy. Each wireless conferencing unit is powered by a smart Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery for up to 11 hours, and a single access point can control up to 125 wireless units without additional software or licenses.
“In a world where conferences of all sizes require efficient, easy set-up and coordination, Microflex Complete Wireless empowers the most productive of meetings - from start to finish,” said Bill

 
 
current-websafeCurrent RMS showcases new software features
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

UK - Celebrating PLASA Focus Leeds’ 10th anniversary at the start of May, Current RMS was back at the popular show, exhibiting new features of its cloud-based rental management software to stand visitors.
In between catching up with their customers and demonstrating their software to new faces, the show proved an opportunity to showcase its new and highly-anticipated feature, Deal Pricing.
Requested directly by Current users via their online wishlist, Deal Pricing allows users to apply an agreed deal price straight to a job. This overrides the charge total and can either be applied as a blanket figure to all items on the job, or to individual groups, for example, audio or conference room sub-labels.
Handy for providing clients with friendlier quotations and charging a neat deal price for a job, feedback at the show was “overwhelmingly positive”. As with all features, Deal Pricing was built with the AV, Lighting and Events industries and processes in mind. The feature is now in final testing stages and due to be released extremely soon. Built alongside this release, the development team behind Current RMS have also released Two Factor Authentication since the show, providing a new option to add an extra layer of security when users are logging into their rental business. With new GDPR legislation deadlines looming, when this new feature is enabled, users will have to enter a unique code sent to their smartphone to gain access to their sensitive business data, just another way in which Current users can safeguard their rental data.
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astro-medMartin Audio and Astro Spatial offer 3D experience
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

USA - At this year’s InfoComm, Martin Audio will be introducing Sound Adventures, a 3D sound experience in cooperation with its partner Astro Spatial Audio.
Immersive audio is becoming an important new trend across multiple applications, bringing with it an exciting and differentiated experience for the audience.
Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter, comments: “There are many solutions now appearing in the market, but we believe that Sound Adventures, which combines our sound quality and dispersion control alongside the absolute 3D sound immersion of Astro Spatial Audio, is unrivalled.
“Martin Audio loudspeakers with Astro Spatial Audio processing is utilising nearly 30 patents to unite the audience in a fully 3D immersive sound field. Moreover, it does so without audible artefacts and provides a solution that is more realistic for the audience. Our coverage patterns, in combination with Astro Spatial Audio’s algorithms, also enable fewer speakers than competitors to be deployed in order to still achieve an absorbing experience, thereby making the solution available to a wider market. At the other end of the scale, up to 128 speakers can be deployed for the deepest and richest of experiences.
“This state-of-the-art advancement in 3D audio, coupled with our acoustic technology, therefore makes it an ideal solution for performing arts facilities such as theatres, opera houses, concert venues, theme parks, and worship spaces. With the depth of our Dante compatible portfolio it’s also easily deployable.”
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