Germany – The Music & Lights stand design featured the company’s largest footprint to date and played host to over 400 luminaires in the popular Prolights arena, along with the 20 new lighting products in the touring, studio and architectural markets also on display which were launched during the event.
The display area featured a new and innovative interactive touchscreen system allowing visitors to test fixtures at their own leisure, interact with the Music & Lights team and the dedicated global distributor network.
The new luminaires from the Prolights, Tribe and ArchWork ranges were all available on show and connected to the touchscreen displays allowing users to integrate them into the demonstration. The demo show on the stand was visited by various international media outlets, renowned designers and worldwide customers, who conveyed their satisfaction with the stand and the fixtures to the team and allowed them an environment to share their own experiences.
Germany - Large crowds visited the Chauvet Professional stand throughout Prolight + Sound. The brightest attraction that drew these visitors were the company’s new Maverick MK3 Spot and Maverick MK3 Profile LED fixtures. Supported by a marketing campaign built around a “take your breath away” tag line, the new fixtures are suited for even the largest arena and stadium applications.
The new 820W fixtures also offer value in terms of their weight and dimensions, being lighter and more compact than many luminaires with a comparable output. Adding to their advantage is a wide range of performance features, including full-loaded static, rotation and animation effects. Both fixtures have a 6° to 54° zoom angle, the widest ever offered in the Maverick series.
Other fixtures in the Chauvet Professional line (new and existing) were featured in the stand’s David Howard designed lightshow that ran throughout the four-day conference. Particularly noteworthy in Howard’s show were the Maverick MK Pyxis, Rogue R1 FX-B, the Maverick Storm 1 Wash, and IP65 COLORado Solo Batten, a powerful one-of-a-kind batten that projects a single homogenized wash with smooth color-mixing, a quality that gives it the appearance of a bright single bar of light without round “eyes” or pixels.
Another crowd pleaser, was the Chauvet Professional after party for the world preview of the Maverick MK3 fixtures that featured food, drink and the music of Spirit Of Soul.
“The show was great for us,” said CEO Albert Chauvet. “We felt good going into this show, an
Germany - Robert Juliat, which celebrates its centenary in 2019, presented its SpotMe system at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. Robert Juliat’s award-winning SpotMe bespoke solution for followspot technology was demonstrated with a new interface, the SpotMe Maestro, developed in partnership with zactrack of Austria. SpotMe Maestro allows the SpotMe system to operate universally with all DMX lighting consoles on the market.
“With SpotMe Maestro we have made the SpotMe technology more widely available to all venues and events, broadening the protocol possibilities,” says Claus Spreyer, Robert Juliat’s sales director. “We are proud to be associated with zactrack which is a major player in the field of position tracking, 3D-calculation and media control.”
“As a young, high-tech company, zactrack is honoured to deliver our 3D knowledge to the best-known brand for followspots on the market,” confirms Werner Petricek, CEO and founder of zactrack. “SpotMe Maestro easily connects the world of Robert Juliat products with the complex tracking and auto-following technology of zactrack.”
Dalis Access 863 was also showcased on the stand where a dedicated section of the wide cyclorama showed how its light quality and functionality is comparable with the full-scale Dalis 860 cyclorama fixture.
Dalis Access 863 is a cost-effective, versatile introduction to the Dalis technology, designed to give small-sized venues or those with smaller budgets access to the benefits of Dalis technology. Sharing all the technology of the original Dalis 860 Cy
USA - Focusrite has released RedNet Control 2.3, a free update that unifies RedNet Control with configuration, status monitoring, metering and extended operational control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre, Red 16Line – Focusrite’s range of audio interfaces offering up to 64 in / 64 out Thunderbolt™ I/O with Pro Tools | HD and Dante network audio connectivity.
“Providing support for Thunderbolt control of the Red 4Pre, Red 8Pre and Red 16Line within RedNet Control negates the need for the separate Focusrite Control application,” said Will Hoult, Focusrite pro senior product manager. “At the same time, we decided to add a handful of new features that weren't previously possible for the Red series.”
Focusrite RedNet Control’s Device View features a graphical representation of each device on the local network, giving critical feedback such as signal metering, clock status, power supply state and primary/secondary network connection state. RedNet Control is completely customizable, which allows for several users on the same network to have completely different views.
RedNet Control now also provides parameter control. This includes clock source selection, sample rate converter configuration and reference level setup. All the functions of Red mic pres can be controlled from the software.
From the Custom Mixes page, RedNet Control’s internal audio mixer allows you to create up to eight separate mono or stereo sub-mix signals. Up to 30 of all the available inputs can be selected as sources for the mixer. Once selected, these input signals w
USA - At this week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, Genelec is demonstrating a selection of its active monitors in an immersive 7.1.4 Atmos configuration.
The system is composed of S360A Smart Active Monitors™ (L-C-R), 8341A’s (side and rear), 8331A’s (overheads), and 7382A and 7360A subwoofers (sub and bass management). These models will be used to demonstrate monitoring solutions for immersive mixing for music and post in Atmos.
“Immersive audio is one of the most interesting trends in the industry, as it adds 3D realism to music, virtual reality, movies, gaming and more,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. marketing manager. “At NAB, we wanted to give attendees a taste of what they can experience with regard to immersive audio reproduction. It is a very compelling demo.”
Additionally, Genelec is making available a new set of educational tools aimed at helping professionals to better understand and make use of immersive audio. Titled Genelec Immersive Solutions, the publication includes a comprehensive overview of the requirements for creating an effective immersive audio setup, including insights into the most commonly adopted formats and the Genelec solutions required to make the most of them. The guidebook can be downloaded from www.genelec.com/immersive.
USA - At NAB 2019, Shure has unveiled TwinPlex, the company’s new line of premium subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones. Designed to stand up to the toughest conditions, TwinPlex provides natural audio at both high and low frequency when professional vocal performance is a must.
The new patent pending capsule technology offers “best-in-class sound in an easy-to-conceal package, ideal for quick costume changes or discreetly placed under wardrobe with no impact on sound quality”. Developed with input from leading audio professionals, TwinPlex supports the diverse needs of theatre, broadcast, film and television, and corporate presentations to produce high-quality audio production with superior dependability, says the company.
TwinPlex consists of four lavaliers (TL45, TL46, TL47, TL48) and an ultra-light, fully-adjustable headset microphone (TH53) in multiple colours with extensive accessories and options.
The dual-diaphragm omnidirectional design yields “extraordinary off-axis consistency and industry-leading low self-noise creating lifelike vocal clarity and warmth”.
“We’ve put these mics on a number of different people, and they simply sound outstanding. The noise floor is really low, and there’s an appreciated lack of handling noise - clothing noise from the cable is actually nonexistent,” commented Peter Schneider, owner at Gotham Sound.
To simulate years of intense use, the ultra-thin, TwinPlex cable was flexed, stretched, and pulled to the absolute limit in internal tests. Available
Germany - In step to streamlining the d&b workflow, d&b audiotechnik has launched d&b ArrayCalc Exchange software to simplify the import of complex venue geometry data from CAD and EASE into the ArrayCalc simulation software.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange is a SketchUp extension that allows users to convert CAD and EASE files into an ArrayCalc venue file (*.dbacv) that can be imported directly into ArrayCalc.
d&b ArrayCalc Exchange supports system designers in mobile and fixed applications by simplifying the creation of complex venues in ArrayCalc. Selected elements are divided into triangles or quadrangles and converted into corresponding triangular or quadrangular planes that are used in ArrayCalc. Different layer name extensions are available, which will determine the input type of the single components from SketchUp in ArrayCalc.
The d&b ArrayCalc simulation software is the simulation tool. This is a comprehensive toolbox for all tasks associated with acoustic design, performance prediction, alignment, rigging and safety parameters.
ArrayCalc Exchange and a corresponding video tutorial are available as a free download via dbaudio.com.
Germany - The new RCF Business Music Solutions series offers a complete, matched family of products, with full processing power, to enable the design of commercial audio systems for both background and foreground music.
The integrated product suite has been conceived for applications requiring a high audio quality and flexible and scalable architecture, allowing distribution of different audio channels in different environments, each with their specific volume level and equalization needs.
The range was formally launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt where the full range of amps was on demo, in its own dedicated space.
The series is made up of compact DMA (Digital Mixing Amplifiers) and DPA (Digital Power Amplifiers). Fed by two channels amplifier modules, DMA and DPA drive either WMR (Wall Monitor speakers) or CMR (Ceiling Monitors), these two-way speakers equipped with either 4”, 5” and 6” transducers, combined with 1” dome tweeter. Expanding the features further, and completing the set-up are the RC 401 Remote Control and BM 404 Paging Console.
The criteria set at the design stage were: uncompromised sound quality; full processing features; market leading power to size ratio; easy configuration and high scalability. The speakers also needed to have high aesthetic values - elegant when on display, discreet when not - while the amplifiers had to be rugged, highly efficient and with impressive thermal dissipation.
USA/Europe - Elation Professional has announced a new warranty policy that extends its standard limited product warranty to five years on LED light engine sources for some of its latest and most popular LED luminaires. In addition, warranty coverage on fixture components has been extended to three years for products used in registered indoor fixed installation projects.
The five-year/three-year limited warranty applies to Elation’s Artiste, Fuze, KL Fresnel, Seven and Profile LED product series for indoor installation projects installed and maintained by an authorized reseller. Products used on temporary indoor rental projects also benefit from the extended five-year warranty on LED engine sources with warranty coverage on fixture components remaining at two years. All exterior-rated lighting products continue to be covered by Elation’s standard two-year limited product warranty for the LED source and fixture components.
Eric Loader, global director of sales & marketing at Elation, commented on the new policy: “High power LED technology has evolved and matured to the point that it now allows us to offer this extended warranty to our customers. Because we work closely with our component suppliers and select only the highest quality key components to engineer into our products, the long-term reliability of our products has increased tremendously. We therefore feel very confident in being able to provide this extended warranty offer to our customers, adding even more value proposition to our product line.”
The new extended warranty cover
Germany - One year after the release of MADRIX 5, the first major software update was previewed at PL+S 2019, alongside the full range of hardware products for modern lighting control.
Version 5.1 will bring native support for Blackmagic Design, NDI, and Spout to the award-winning pixel mapper. Operators around the world are already looking forward to these flexible new ways to work with video.
With Blackmagic Design, using capture cards from the professional equipment manufacturer, such as DeckLink and Intensity, is now even simpler and faster. Capturing live video signals can be a valuable addition to any artistic LED project.
Based on the widely available IP technology, NDI makes sending and receiving video or output streams over standard network easily possible. As such, NDI promises to be an extremely useful addition to any Ethernet-based production environment.
Sharing videos and output streams among different tools on the same system has never been easier than with Spout. Bringing stunning new looks and visuals into MADRIX or using the creative power of MADRIX in other software is now just a few clicks away for any VJ.
The visual lighting design toolbox has never been more versatile or flexible as you can now combine your favourite solutions for video and pixel control quickly and easily, says the company.
Additionally, the new pre-programmer software licence facilitates show and project preparation without the need for a full output licence.
Germany - Robe celebrated 25 years with style and flair at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt 2019 with its largest and most dynamic booth to date – also one of the biggest in the exhibition – which provided a dramatic backdrop for the show-stopping finale of the Lost Worlds trilogy of live shows, complete with seven dancers, a specially compiled soundtrack and over 300 of the latest Robe moving light fixtures.
On the Wednesday night, a special Robe silver jubilee party rocked the booth and over 1000 guests joined the Robe Family to be entertained by Czech ‘glamtronic’ electro swing band Mydy Rabycad, who interrupted their European tour for the occasion.
Robe CEO Josef Valchar got the party started in a short kick-off speech, thanking everyone for their vision, enthusiasm and commitment to the brand. “It’s been a fantastic and inspirational journey in every way by an extraordinary team with whom I am very proud to work! Here’s to the next 25 years,” he stated.
The live show ran eight times a day, and the booth was constantly full for all four days of the event, packed with people as Robe enjoyed the buzz and international flavour of the exhibition and highlighted three exciting new innovations:
The SilverScan is the first in a range of ‘silver jubilee’ products from Robe and the result of a ’favourite technology’ study covering the last quarter century.
The new T1 Wash is the latest product in the T1 series of refined LED luminaires specifically designed for theatre, television and touring, featuring Robe’s MSL (
Germany - Faital S.p.a introduced FaitalPRO HF1440: a new powerful 1.4" neodymium compression driver
Flavio Naggi, sales and marketing manager of FaitalPRO, explains: "The new HF1440 is a completely new compression driver, very powerful and outstanding, which joins a series of really compact high frequency drivers.
“Mounting a 3.4" voice coil, we are now facing a market area that has been completely unexplored so far for FaitalPRO. It is the model with the largest voice coil in our catalogue.
“Furthermore, it covers a fairly wide frequency range from 0.7 to 20 kHz allowing it to be used as a high-power driver in any traditional application, including two-way acoustic systems. Its linear frequency response gives a neutral and natural sound tonality capable of obtaining a very high sound quality.”
The neodymium magnet circuit uses an 86mm, 3.4" coil, which classifies it as a large driver, nonetheless the external dimensions make it surprisingly compact.
The diaphragm carries over some technological choices common to other consolidated FaitalPRO drivers and is a polymeric type, precisely a ketone polymer.
Developed to ensure an unparalleled response to transients, it is able to withstand high continuous power, up to 120W AES, corresponding to 240W of maximum power.
Designed to operate at a minimum crossover frequency of 700 Hz, it reaches low frequencies so as to facilitate perfect matching with a woofer.
This product may be used with the FaitalPRO horn LTH142 or the FaitalPRO WG141 waveguide. Flavio Naggi concludes:
Germany - Grammy Award winning artist and engineer Imogen Heap imopressed a capacity Prolight + Sound crowd with a live demonstration of how she uses her Mi.Mu gloves to create sounds and control the d&b Soundscape, the d&b immersive sound system.
“The combination of these two exceptional tools quite literally puts live production control at my fingertips – and the results are magic, as if there was no tech at all, just sound and space,“ says Heap.
Heap has been touring with the d&b Soundscape on her Mycelia European tour and will again take it on tour in North America this year. In the session, part of a series of well attended User Experience events hosted in the d&b demo room, Heap spoke about her experience using the d&b Soundscape on tour and how the immersive experience that it created for the artist and the audiences has changed the live performance sound experience forever.
“It’s like going to see technicolour for the first time after only seeing black and white,” Heap stated.
Other special guests at the d&b demo room included renowned theatre designer Sebastian Frost and Serge Gräfe, sound engineer and designer for electro pioneers Kraftwerk. Each guest different insights into their experiences with the d&b Soundscape.
Germany - dBTechnologies is showcasing new systems at Pro Light + Sound, with a special focus on the active three-way line array system VIO L212 and a wide range of previews for the rental world and the musical instruments market.
The main focus will be a double demo of the active line array VIO L212 at the Live Sound Arena of the Frankfurt Messe complex, with a system composed of 10 VIO L212 per side completed by 16 active subwoofers VIO S218 and 2 VIO X205 as front fills.
VIO L212 is also being showcased at dBTechnologies booth, where every day the product specialist team shows visitors how the system can be set up and rigged in just a few minutes thanks to the special 3-point rigging system and dedicated accessories.
Among the 2019 previews presented in Frankfurt by the Italian manufacturer, the new VIO X205 active system condenses the detailed and powerful sound characteristic of the VIO X point source series into an ultra-performing cabinet with reduced dimensions (150x485x240mm, for only 7.8 kg) that is well suited to different applications: as a small full range system, FOH monitor, fixed installations, or front fill in medium and large size sound reinforcement systems.
VIO X205 is a 2-way system equipped with premium components (2x5 "LF and 1x1 "HF) and Digipro G3 400W RMS amplifier module. Like all other members of the VIO X family, the small 205 allows full remote control via RDNet communications and Aurora Net control software. The cabinet is available in two different models featuring a different acoustic design that ensures cover
Germany - Cadac is showing a number of new developments at Prolight+Sound, including a console ‘sidecar’, and console mirroring and bus VCA features in a preview of v6.0 CDC OS.
The company’s booth features the full current range of CDC consoles, running on its MegaCOMMS dedicated music production audio network, which supports up to 3072 channels of the same ultra-high quality, fully time-aligned, phase-coherent, high-resolution audio, over distances of up to 2 kilometres.
A total of five networked consoles are live on the booth; two of the latest CDC five compact format consoles, two CDC six 80 input medium format consoles and a single CDC seven-s, the 128 input, dual-touch screen series flagship. CDC series consoles provide unparalleled operational simplicity, with a combination of 23.5 inch high contrast HD touchscreen based control and a highly evolved, high agility OS. The swipeable graphical operator experience – akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation – presents a less challenging, rapid learning curve.
The MegaCOMMS digital audio protocol ‘powers’ the CDC series consoles, CDC MC I/O stage boxes and the MegaCOMMS audio network.
The new CDC five, is designed for smaller auditorium fixed installations, as well as corporate and smaller touring applications, with a power-to-form factor ratio, and levels of sonic performance and operational simplicity exceptional in a compact professional mix console.
Cadac marketing manager James Godbehear says, “CDC five is designed to appeal to a much wider customer base –
Germany - Responding to the recent pro sound philosophy that requires lightweight products, with a light moving mass, Italian manufacturer FaitalPRO has launched three cone speakers 12, 15 and 18 inches in diameter. The units are dedicated to the reproduction of the lower frequencies. With 700 W of continuous AES power and 1400 maximum, the new woofer family called FX600- comprises three new models, 12FX600, 15FX600, 18FX600.
Flavio Naggi, sales and marketing manager of FaitalPRO, explains: "In the audio-video world ‘FX’ refers to ‘special effects’ and that's why we chose this name for these series of speakers. They offer high level performance for top of the range applications. An acoustic designer can obtain super high-grade performance and maximum efficiency (2,2-2,4% of total efficiency) for a first-class impact."
Flavio Naggi concludes: "The FX600 woofers are definitely designed to cover wide-ranging, multi-purpose application pro market needs. They sound excellent, have a consistent behaviour and very significant acoustic performance even in smaller cabinets."
Germany - Loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One has unveiled its latest technological development with the launch of Vero VX at Prolight + Sound 2019 in Frankfurt. Vero VX, which has been in development for the last three years, promises Vero sound for a wider range of venues and environments thanks to its more compact footprint.
Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews says: “We’re delighted to introduce Vero VX to the world. Since Vero’s launch in 2016 we’ve had a lot of interest in a smaller system that offers the same performance characteristics and ease of deployment. Through significant engineering innovation, we’ve managed to achieve that objective.”
The Vero VX system comprises VX90 full-range vertical array elements, V124 or V221 bass enclosures, amp racks, fly bars, transport dollies, ground stack hardware, cabling and Projection predictive software.
The VX90 is a 3-way vertical array element with four new Funktion-One designed Neodymium drivers in a horizontally symmetric configuration: two reflex loaded, high efficiency 12” mid bass drivers; one Axhead loaded wide bandwidth 8” cone midrange driver; and a single 1” compression driver on a proprietary isophase diffraction waveguide. The VX90 measures 1120mm wide and 340mm high, its usable bandwidth is 50Hz to 20kHz and horizontal dispersion is 90°.
The patented Lambda rigging system results from 40 years of development and refinement of Funktion-One rear tension rigging methods. This enables cabinets to be transported and flown as straight columns, then tensioned into p
Germany - Linea Research, the UK manufacturer, has announced the addition of 8 channel 20kW models to their successful M and C series of networked DSP amplifiers. Optimised to deliver 2500W per channel into 4 ohms with all eight channels driven simultaneously the new touring focused 48M20 and installation targeted 88C20 amplifiers offer truly class leading performance while maintaining the outstanding audio performance which defines the brand.
“Our existing amplifiers models delivered their highest power output into 2 ohms” explains Peter Collins, sales manager at Linea Research, continuing “but of course 2 ohms isn’t always ideal and many of our users prefer to load their amps at 4 ohms. In developing these new models we’ve been able to effectively double our output and power density into 4 ohms giving our customers exactly what they’ve been asking for.”
Both M and C series versions offer networked control, 96kHz DSP signal processing and user FIR filters on every output along with analogue and AES inputs as standard and a Dante/AES67 option. With four inputs, eight outputs, and full front panel control the 48M20 is aimed at portable and touring users while the eight-input eight-output 88C20 provides all the same DSP and control features but is finished with a blank front panel for tamperproof operation.
“Flexibility is key with all our products and these are no different,” concludes Collins. ”In one 2u 8 channel amplifier we can now offer anything from a bridged pair giving 5kW @ 8ohms, single channels of 2500W @ 4ohms, and ev
Germany - Prolight+Sound 2019 provides attendees the opportunity to discover the integration of KLANG:technologies immersive in-ear mixing into the DiGiCo SD-Range and the latest A3232 DMI for S-Series consoles.
ISE gave a first glimpse of the advantages the collaboration of DiGiCo and KLANG:technologies will bring to the companies’ customers. Now, Prolight + Sound 2019 gives a first opportunity to experience a working version of their new control integration for immersive in-ear mixing; the bidirectional control of mixes and immersive pan positioning will allow monitor engineers to provide fully immersive IEM feeds as part of their normal workflow.
A beta version of the software is running on the SD7 Quantum 7, SD10 and SD12 96 throughout the show.
Also, first shown at NAMM and ISE, the A3232 DMI card from DiGiCo’s 4REA4 Range is now incorporated into the S-Series consoles. This I/O expansion allows the 4REA4 I/O to be directly connected to S-Series consoles, widening the I/O possibilities. Part of this upgrade, the recently launched S21-Stage48 and S31-Stage48 system, offered with 48 Mic inputs from stage via three A168STAGEracks, will also be on show.
“There was a lot of interest in what DiGiCo’s acquisition of KLANG would bring when it was first announced, which were soon dispelled when the logic of having immersive in-ear mixing capability integrated into DiGiCo consoles became apparent,” says DiGiCo general manager Austin Freshwater. “We are delighted to be able to show a working version of the software so quickly and to f
Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is set to expand its popular S-Series, a line of sub-compact, tour-proven loudspeakers, with several new solutions. The new additions further enhance the performance and flexibility of system deployments for “a myriad of applications”.
The latest additions include the S7 ultra-compact two-way, full-range line array enclosure and complementary S118 subwoofer, plus the S7p and S10p two-way, full-range point source cabinets. Together, they offer a substantial increase in configuration options for standalone S-Series systems in corporate, theatre, worship, and live music applications or, thanks to Adamson’s uniform voicing between product families, deployments supporting the flagship large-format E-Series.
“The S-Series family changed the face of Adamson, transforming it from a manufacturer of performance loudspeakers to a provider of complete system solutions,” shares James Oliver, director of marketing and sales. “Since its debut, we’ve seen huge corporate growth and a universal acceptance from partners and engineers around the world. Even as we expand our sub-compact offerings on either side, with the simplified IS-Series for install applications and the intelligent, Milan-ready CS-Series, the S-Series remains the anchor, and these new offerings expand the number of potential system configurations for even more specifically-tailored solutions.”
The Adamson S7 is a two-way, full-range line array cabinet containing two ND7-LM16 Kevlar Neodymium drivers (2x 16 Ω) and an NH3-8 1.4” exit compression
Germany - Yamaha’s commitment to providing the best live audio facilities is the theme of its presence at Prolight+Sound 2019, with the latest updates to its digital mixing consoles and an updated range of loudspeakers on show.
Exhibiting alongside Nexo, Yamaha is showing the new TF Series V4.0 firmware. This adds a number of enhancements, including a Selected Channel View for even more intuitive, efficient operation, scene fade time function for added for scene management flexibility (particularly in theatrical applications), additional mute groups, expanded support for DZR-D and DXS-XLF-D series speakers and an extensive selection of new QuickPro Presets for a variety of microphones, in-ear monitors and speakers. The TF StageMix iPad app has also been updated.
The flagship Rivage PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems is on show, running the latest Rivage V3.0 update. This adds the new DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor plug-in, bringing improvements to speech clarity for theatrical and broadcast applications. Other enhancements include Mix to Input routing and workflows for global paste, DCA assignment and Custom Faders. All of the improvements of RIVAGE V2.5 are featured, including Theatre Mode, offering significant advantages for all types of theatrical production and support for Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager.
CL and QL series mixers are also be on the stand with V5.1 firmware, which supports the Dante-equipped DZR-D series powered loudspeakers and the Nexo NXAMPmk2.
Another updated product at Prolight+Sound is the DXRmkII series of powere
Germany - Prolight+Sound 2019 sees the introduction of the B8, an ultra-compact subwoofer from d&b audiotechnik. Standing only 170 mm tall, the B8-SUB keeps a low profile yet boasts a high performance to size ratio that provides a low frequency extension down to 43 Hz.
The B8 pairs with the established d&b xC, xS and E-Series loudspeakers, with dedicated models for mobile (B8-SUB) and install (Bi8-SUB). Fitting comfortably in the tightest of spaces, the B8 is ideal for corporate environments, cruise ships, small venues and more.
The B8 is an actively driven subwoofer that features two 6.5” drivers with ferrite magnets housed within a bass-reflex cabinet design. These precisely tuned drivers achieve an impressive low frequency extension from 170 Hz down to 43 Hz. The B8 can be driven by all current d&b amplifiers, achieving a max. SPL of 122 dB for a truly full range performance from a low profile subwoofer.
With flexible setup options, the B8 and Bi8 provide a complete sound reinforcement solution for a broad range of applications where form factor and performance to size ratio are as important as authentic aural impact. The B8 can be used under stages, stairs or ceilings; landscape or portrait; flush mounted or flown with small mid/high d&b loudspeakers.
“The lower frequencies play an important role in the perception of speech and rhythm,” affirms d&b product manager, Wolfgang Schulz. “Subwoofers have often been omitted from applications due to space constraints or the visually sensitive nature of a venue. Now l
Germany - At Prolight+Sound, L-Acoustics announced the immediate availability of new versions of Soundvision, its 3D simulation software, and its amplified controller real time control and monitoring software LA Network Manager. Soundvision 3.1.0 and LA Network Manager 2.7.0 feature advanced autosolver tools to simplify, accelerate, and improve system optimization from system design to operation.
Soundvision, introduced in 2004, was the pro audio industry’s first 3D modelling software capable of accurately predicting audio coverage and system performance in real time. Fifteen years of interaction with end users has led to numerous refinements of the programme, available free of charge. The latest version, 3.1.0 represents a major upgrade with robust automated features to greatly assist and streamline the system design process: Autosplay and Autofilter.
Autosplay uses algorithms to calculate mechanical optimization based on the proposed configuration and design objectives defined by the systems engineer, assisting an indispensable and formerly laborious process.
“Autosplay brings speed and accuracy to an otherwise highly iterative human process, saving time and improving practical outcomes,” explains Yann-Gaël Gicquel, application engineer, acoustics, and Soundvision project leader. “Additionally, the high-performance algorithms of the Optimize function yield an unparalleled degree of finesse and detail. The result is a better sounding system, and ultimately, an enhanced audience experience.”
In addition to Autosplay and Autofilter,
Germany - Spotrack will be exhibiting at this week’s Prolight + Sound show. Spotrack enables an operator to remotely control from any location, any number of moving lights as follow spots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors for live production from anywhere in the venue.
The Spotrack team will be on hand to explain and discuss all aspects of the hardware and software that comprise a system which is revolutionising the lighting industry’s approach to spotlight control.
Spotrack systems have been in action on a number of high profile global events in recent months as more and more lighting designers and production managers acquaint themselves with the clear advantages the system provides.
On the live rock and roll front, Metallica used Spotrack to supplement their spotlights on a number of stadium gigs, before moving exclusively to the system for their subsequent arena tour. In Australia, where Kate Miller-Heidke won the first national televised selection show for Eurovision - Australia Decides - Spotrack played a key role in the delivery of a spectacular performance that featured 10 very different acts and attracted a huge TV audience.
In China, Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment is working with Fremantle and Hunan TV on a 13-part World’s Got Talent CEO Liam Feeney is looking forward to Prolight + Sound, which will see the Republic of Ireland based company unveil the latest version of Spotrack: “These are exciting times for Spotr