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derek-2Austrian Audio meets BEATBoX SAX
Tuesday, 14 April 2020

USA/Europe - Musician, Derek Brown recently tested out an Austrian Audio OC818 microphone, using it to capture his style of saxophone playing – dubbed ‘BEATBoX SAX’.
Previously the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University for six years, Brown received his BM in Music Performance (Classical and Jazz) from Hope College in 2006, and his MM in Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2008.
Crossing genres from jazz, to classical, to funk (and without using any looping or electronic effects), Brown’s unique playing style was born out of a love of blending musical genres.
“I grew up with a very normal way of playing the saxophone,” he said. “I studied classical music and I started liking jazz. I went to university and I studied all the techniques and different ways of improvising. I was always feeling a bit lost, thinking ‘what’s my new thing to say on this?’ Am I a jazz musician? Am I a classical musician? Am I a pop musician?”
Brown decided that he didn’t need to choose - the result being a blend of jazz and pop-style saxophone playing, combined with instrument-slapping techniques.
Requiring a microphone that was up to the challenge, Brown tested an Austrian Audio OC818: “It was great; it is everything I look for in a mic,” he said. “I had a very quiet signal and it seemed to pick up all the different things I'm doing on the saxophone, which is very important because everything I do – even though it sounds like it’s being looped or has an electronic effec

genelecGenelec offers RAW colour finish
Thursday, 9 April 2020

Finland - Genelec is now offering customers the option of a special RAW aluminium colour finish, available on a selection of the most popular models in its Studio, AV and Home Audio ranges.
All the models feature the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) design, developed by Genelec in close collaboration with industrial designer Harri Koskinen, and fashioned from recycled aluminium. The RAW versions require no painting and less finishing material than standard painted models - creating an even more environmentally friendly loudspeaker that allows the natural beauty of the enclosure’s raw aluminium to shine through, and gives each individual loudspeaker a unique look and feel.
The models available are all two-way designs, and include the 8020, 8030 and 8040 nearfield studio monitors, the 4020, 4030 and 4040 installation loudspeakers, the new 4420 and 4430 Smart IP loudspeakers and the G Two, G Three and G Four home audio models.
Genelec’s original use of aluminium enclosures dates back to 1996 with the launch of the 1029A nearfield model, with the distinctive curves of the revolutionary diecast MDE design finally achieving worldwide recognition when the 8000 series was unveiled in 2004.
Over the years the MDE design has made possible an extensive range of custom paint finishes, but with the announcement of the new RAW option, Genelec is confident that customers will be attracted to the idea of investing in an endlessly recyclable Genelec loudspeaker that is itself largely created from recycled beverage cans and automotive parts

 
 
pioneerPioneer DJ extends app free trial period
Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Europe - Pioneer DJ is extending the free trial period for its DJ mix recording app - DJM-REC - from 30 days up to 90 days to help DJs looking to raise their profiles by connecting and sharing mixes with audiences online.
The DJM-REC app simplifies the recording and sharing of music by allowing DJs to quickly and easily connect their DJM to an iPhone or iPad via a USB cable to create high-quality digital format mixes. These mixes can then be directly uploaded from the app to multiple online streaming platforms, removing the complications of analogue conversion or level adjustment.
To support as many DJs and producers as possible, Pioneer DJ is also offering the 90 day offer beyond new users to also include anyone who has previously accessed the free trial.
The extended DJM-REC trial period will run from 7 April until 6 May 2020.

 
tignewsmedia-webTIG announces wave of webinars
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Europe - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) is rolling out a series of webinars and online training sessions to bring its vendor partners’ solutions directly into the home offices of its customers.
The initiative comes as countries across the EMEA region are in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, with many workforces having to social distance themselves and work remotely from home.
Crestron’s Technical Institute (CTI) provides exclusive training of Crestron products at its worldwide and regional offices and online classes. Its instructor-led courses are available right now in 10 different time zones via Zoom Classroom, with peer-to-peer interaction.
For Salamander Designs, TIG will be rolling out three new webinars in English, German and French. Starting in April, these will demonstrate how Salamander Designs’ advanced, flexible furniture systems are designed to fit in perfectly with specific audio/video products represented by TIG for the commercial markets.
TIG is also working with GUDE Systems to bring its customers a first-ever webinar on 7 April, offering the chance to find out more about GUDE’s Power Distribution Units and Remote Monitoring Management systems.
Further, with the move to remote working having been extremely rapid, allowing very little time to prepare for the long-term, TIG’s partner Hoylu is hosting 30-minute webinars throughout April to showcase its interactive collaboration software. Its Connected Workspaces software provides a digital space for teams to meet and work together in a shared cloud w

 
 
strandStrand debuts theatrical luminaires
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

USA - Strand Lighting has debuted a range of luminaires for theatres, houses of worship, TV and film studios.
The company announced a new LED version of the Strand Leko Profile luminaire along with an updated Cantata Fresnel. Also launching are he new Coda LED Cyc and Aurora LED Strip luminaires.
The Leko Profile and the Cantata Fresnel are available in RGBALC as well as tunable warm and cold white versions. The full colour versions feature an RGBALC (red, green, blue, amber, lime and cyan) colour mixing system as well as the SmartColor Control system first seen on the recently announced Vari-Lite VL5LED Wash. “With a full RGBALC colour system, designers have a wide range of rich colour options that help them achieve the same deep colours they once obtained with gels,” explains Martin Palmer, Senior Product Manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “With the innovative SmartColor Control System, designers can now use LEDs to obtain those deep colours while still using classic CYM + CTO control.”
For better reproduction of skin tone and other colours on stage, the Strand Leko LED Profile and Cantata LED Fresnel are also available in two white output versions - a warm tunable white (2700K to 4500K) and cold tunable white (4000K to 7000K) variety - both of which offer a CRI exceeding 94 across all colour temperatures, as well as high TM30 and TLCI values.
Meanwhile, the new Coda LED Cyc and Aurora LED Strip luminaires benefit from the same RGBALC colour mixing system and SmartColor Control, bringing a wide range of rich, easily

 
aqua-led-1700-framingpressPR Lighting releases latest in Aqua LED line
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

China - PR Lighting has announced the release of its new IP65-rated Aqua LED 1700 Framing - the first new product to come off the production line since coronavirus restrictions were lifted in China.
Designed to be sufficiently powerful to handle the demands of large outdoor events, the new fixture houses a 730W LED engine (8000K), enabling an extremely powerful output. It features a motorised zoom function, with a range of 7°-60°, and contains a colour wheel with six colour filters plus open, one rotating gobo wheel (with six exchangeable gobos plus white) and a fixed gobo wheel (with seven exchangeable gobos, plus white). In addition the unit has a full blackout framing system, with four rotating blades that can rotate infinitely and provide a complete curtain effect.
Other features include; four-facet prism; Linear frost (0-100%); exchangeable graphic effect wheel; 0-100% linearly adjustable focus and dimmer; linear iris (5-100%) with macros; double shutter-blade strobe (0.3-25fps); pan 540°, tilt 270° head movement, with auto position correction.
Thanks to a robust construction and its IP65 rating, Aqua LED Framing can be used outdoors in all conditions, either for one-off events or permanent installations, says the company.

 
 
prolyte-lsu-led-screen-bareProlyte LSU screen support system ready for hire
Monday, 6 April 2020


UK - Prolyte's LSU modular LED screen support system is now available for hire from Impact Production Services (IPS).
The Prolyte LSU system can be used to create freestanding LED screen support systems in a range of sizes. Designed to be used indoors for almost any LED screen system that has modules in 500mm wide multiple, it can also built to almost any size required. The kits from IPS contain a selection of components, and by combining different numbers of kits all kinds of screen support sizes can be constructed. If the screen needs to start higher, then IPS can supply a LiteDeck platform to boost the structure to the height required.
The system has already been deployed on a range of events, including on a corporate event in Paris for Showstyle where an 18m wide by 3m high LED screen was the centrepiece of a large room design. The LSU system was chosen particularly as it provides a clean finish to the front of the screen, with nothing sticking forward into the stage area. IPS project manager Tom Warden said: "Getting 18m of 2.9mm LED screen to line up seamlessly was one of my big concerns going into this project, and the Prolyte LSU system was brilliant onsite," adding that "the LED techs onsite all were very complimentary of the system, and how easy it was to set up".
The LSU system has adjustable feet on each base to make sure that the bottom horizontal connecting bar is level, and then vertical ladder truss sections attach to support the height of the screen. Arms then clamp onto the ladder sections and attach to the rear of the scree

 
audio-technicaA-T offers work-from-home pro solutions
Friday, 3 April 2020

USA - Working from home has become the new normal for many. It can require some adjustment but can be made easier with the right equipment for staying connected. Audio-Technica offers a variety of audio solutions that enable audio professionals to maintain productivity, increase their visibility and keep in touch with their colleagues and co-workers.
Audio engineers, now working from laptops and in less than ideal monitoring environments, are frequently relying on headphones for the monitoring resolution necessary to make edit and mix decisions. The familiarity of the sonic signature of the Audio-Technica M-Series Professional Studio Monitor Headphone line, including the ubiquitous ATH-M50x model and the enhanced performance ATH-M70x model, allow confidence and trust in production decisions with excellent translation to consumer distribution formats. For extended comfort in longer sessions that require less isolation, an alternate solution is the ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones, a choice of many professionals for personal listening.
To drop in a new track or for overdubs, individual musicians are being recorded at home or via online collaboration. Whether in a home studio or in a personal space, a high-quality, reliable microphone is still essential. Audio-Technica Multi-pattern condenser microphones like the l high-performance, yet affordable, AT4050, and the go-to-mic in numerous professionals’ personal collection, the AT4047MP, are versatile choices for handling a broad range of production applications from vocals to instrument

 
 
madrixprtestmadrix5Madrix 5 professional available for test
Thursday, 2 April 2020

Europe - Madrix 5 software has always been available as a demo version for everyone to try out the pixel mapper at the convenience of their own work machines.
Madrix 5.1 launched the additional 'pre-programmer' software license to facilitate show and project preparation without the need for a full output licence.
A new way to fully test Madrix 5 is now being introduced as an additional resource to support the current workflow needs of operators, lighting designers, VJs, and project companies around the world.
Madrix 5 professional is an extensive software licence, which is available free of charge as a time-limited license that works until 1 June 2020. It is fully functioning within this time frame. The only requirement is to make a small, one-time purchase for a Madrix Key from a local dealer. This USB dongle then remains universally usable for the range of Madrix software products and licences.

 
convergenceClearOne's Convergence platform now available
Thursday, 2 April 2020

USA - ClearOne has announced the availability of its first release of Convergence AV Network Manager, a unified AV network management platform to monitor, control, and audit ClearOne Pro Audio and Video products and services. A beta version was available to AV practitioners for their evaluation prior to this release.
The new AV management system provides remote real-time system access for at-a-glance and all-inclusive dashboard views in any browser from desktop to mobile. Its unlimited scalability supports organizations of any size and can be configured for one of 12 languages.
The new release provides efficient batch firmware updates on multiple audio and video devices at once. The release adds the ability to download, back up, or restore project files simultaneously for multiple Converge Pro 2 and Converge Huddle systems. The release provides the ability to provision Converge Pro 2 VoIP lines and view VoIP registration status through the browser interface. The AV management system facilitates downloads of device logs and provides reports for devices and peripherals, users, histories, and calls. Email notifications provide anytime, anywhere alerts for immediate system status.

 
 
qgenfrontAvolites to unleash Q-Series media servers
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

UK - Avolites will launch its full range of Q Series media servers, along with the Ai v12.1 release.
Designed as the ideal hardware to complement the Ai software, the Q Series line-up includes the Q3, Q3pro, Q4 and Qgen.
“Seeing the projects and shows Ai has been used on made us realise we needed to provide servers powerful enough to meet the creative vision of our users,” explains Ciaran Abrams, Avolites, Ai lead developer.
The Q3 Pro is a portable server for the more demanding shows, with two 4K outputs and one HD along with EDID managed HDMI outputs.
The Q4 offers the power to deliver even more detail thanks to four 4K outputs and flexible input modules, so users can spec a server to meet the most demanding needs. With the rise in use of interactive realtime generative content providers like Notch, the Qgen is designed to deliver stunning graphics with three 4K outputs and a powerful Nvidia graphics card  that can deliver approximately 30,000 Notch marks + two-year Notch playback licence.
Paul Wong, Avolites MD, comments: "We worked with our customers to understand what technology and features matter to them, seeing these now developed into the new Q Series range is very exciting, and is just the start for where we see future of the Q Series.
Meanwhile, key feature updates in Ai will include:
- 64 bit architecture, allowing Ai to support the latest Notch blocks. Ai v12.1 will only work on 64-bit Windows and support 64-bit Synergy and USB Expert.
- AMD Texture Upload which will allow additional layers w

 
1235aGenelec announces 1235A active monitor
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Europe - Genelec has unveiled the 1235A Smart Active Monitor, which fuses the sound and heritage of the 1035 main monitor with 96kHz processing and the ability to adapt to any space through its tight integration with Genelec’s GLM calibration software.
The 1235A is designed as a main monitor for large music, film and post-production studios that demand high SPL and neutral, stable imaging that can be optimised for the room’s unique acoustic environment.
Launched in 1989, the original 1035 became an industry standard throughout the world, fulfilling the need for a wall-mountable full-range monitor that could deliver true reference performance at high SPLs and over long listening distances. Legendary studio designer Sam Toyoshima was an early evangelist for the 1035, and as a result it was quickly adopted by many of the world’s finest studios, including Metropolis and Olympic in London and JVC and West Side in Japan.
The new 1235A shares all the characteristics of its forerunner. With a short-term SPL of 130 dB and low-frequency extension down to 29Hz, the 1235A also delivers “staggering power”, but its uncoloured performance ensures the listener can still make accurate mix decisions.
Through its integration with GLM software, the 1235A can be configured, controlled and calibrated for any type of acoustic environment, allowing the user to tailor the frequency response, level, distance delay and more, to provide a truly optimized listening experience - and mixes that translate perfectly to other rooms and systems. GLM allows users of

 
 
calibreCalibre scaler addresses distance learning
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

UK - Calibre UK has announced that its HQPro1000 switcher/scaler now benefits from a number of enhancements.
Many of the new features found in HQPro1000 make it now even more suitable for remote interaction applications, a market that Calibre sees as growing rapidly as businesses and organisations look to minimise travel and face-to-face contact.
“Distance learning, cloud meetings and medical display are typical of the remote applications that have become increasingly popular as organisations look to reduce cost, increase productivity and minimise their carbon footprint,” said Willy Tsai, managing director, Calibre UK.
“Now, they have another reason to evaluate the solutions available from Calibre to facilitate video streaming and remote interaction - and the new functionalities we’re introducing for the HQPro1000 further enhance its ability to deliver the optimum response.”
Offering those features typically only found in higher priced high-end rental products, the HQPro1000 is also a suitable seamless scaler/switcher for fixed installations. It features a modular architecture, true seamless switching, support for multiple sources and layers, plus a confidence monitor output. Scaling is provided by Calibre's best-in-class low-latency proprietary HQUltra technology.
Of particular relevance to remote interaction/distance learning is that the HQPro1000 now has the ability to create a virtual classroom. It can be set up in a chroma key studio and transmit four layers of educational material, with a camera used to capture the teache

 
point-sourcePoint Source Audio boosts mic hygiene
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

USA - As a way of helping to enhance microphone hygiene in these challenging times, Point Source Audio has added extra windshields into every microphone it sells.
Standard mic packages that had typically included one windshield have been upgraded to six at no additional charge to address stricter hygiene measures brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic with respect to shared equipment.
“While it is always important to keep your microphones clean, this is particularly important now,” reasons Yvonne Ho, VP of sales and marketing at Point Source Audio. “We hope that supplying these extra windshields will be a reminder to users on proper mic cleaning and etiquette now and into the future.”
Point Source Audio has also created a new video dedicated to cleaning microphone systems. The video demonstrates the techniques needed to clean a microphone system using alcohol wipes.
“We have been receiving a lot of questions over the last few weeks about how to keep microphones clean and an old article we put together demonstrating this has been one of the most popular pages on our website recently,” explains Ho. “At the moment, the best thing that anyone can do is to stop sharing microphones. However, for those who can’t, we felt the best solution would be to make this demonstration video so our global family of customers can learn the best techniques for keeping safe with shared microphones.”

 
 
CueServer Version 4.0 released
Monday, 30 March 2020

USA - Interactive Technologies has announced the release of its latest software version for all models of its CueServer 2 platform.
CueServer version 4.0 includes over 70 new features and bug fixes and introduces the concept of CueServer plugins, designed to add a new level of customisation to every CueServer.
Additionally, CueServer now speaks Javascript, enabling users to mix and match Javascript code with the traditional CueScript language. CueServer’s multi-lingual feature gives users the ability to create more complicated logic or write a custom plugin.
“With CueServer's new capabilities, we're enabling a next-generation of lighting control projects,” says Rob Johnston, founder and president of Interactive Technologies. “These next-gen projects reach far beyond just DMX. They react to changes in the weather, integrate with multiple media types, and collaborate with the rapidly expanding Internet-of-Things.”
Additionally, Version 4.0 offers users the power of web stations. Live and responsive control of a CueServer system can be achieved from within the same building or across the planet. The creation and publishing of touchscreen designs can now be performed on nearly any device including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, or Linux.
“CueServer 4.0 provides a new, open platform that puts integrators and installers in a position to add tremendous value to their service offerings” says Gary Douglas, senior product engineer. “The unrestricted ability to fully customise a controller's behaviour is unprecedented in the industr

 
dmxDMX-Workshop application upgraded
Monday, 30 March 2020

UK - A new improved version of DMX-Workshop, the free software application for lighting network management, analysis, configuration and diagnostics, is now available for download.
The latest update includes numerous improvements based on work done at February's PLASA PlugFest in Lille. 
The software offers functionality across many protocols, including Art-Net, sACN, DMX512, RDM, VLC and DALI. Key improvements include the curve editor for Artistic Licence's PLASA Gold Award-winning trailing edge dimmer, sunDial. 
Using DMX-Workshop, users can now define whether they want sunDial to generate a linear or log response. The latter results in a very smooth low end curve - a major benefit for dimmable replacement LED bulbs, which often perform poorly in this range.
In addition, Artistic Licence has put in significant R&D effort into developing custom curves for a growing range of widely available bulbs. The curves are freely available for anyone to download from the sunDial lamp research database, available here. Meanwhile, the free DMX-Workshop can also be downloaded from Artistic Licence's website.

 
 
cs-700zoommeetingimage0001Zoom certifies Yamaha Video Sound Bar
Monday, 30 March 2020

Europe - Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms.
The all-in-one video conferencing system passed Zoom's extensive testing process for the audio system, camera and USB interface to ensure it seamlessly integrates with the video conferencing software. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom, making it even easier for users to connect and control the Video Sound Bar while benefitting from the highest quality audio and video.
Designed for huddle rooms, the CS-700 video sound collaboration system delivers the highest quality audio, video and collaboration capabilities in a simple, smart wall-mounted unit that is easy to install and deploy. It features an adaptive beam-forming microphone array, four Yamaha speaker elements and a wide-angle HD camera.
Users can quickly link to any UC platform, including Zoom, via a single USB connection, eliminating the frustrations and inefficiencies of operating disparate video, audio and collaboration components. With Zoom certification, the software automatically detects the CS-700, enabling mute sync and optimizing the audio in the Zoom cloud. The CS-700's integrated network management system allows IT staff to deploy and remotely manage each unit from a single location, increasing service response and efficiency.
“With Yamaha’s exceptional AV technology and expertise, the CS-700 will help us to transform any huddle space or meeting room into a modern, easy-to-use and power

 
proteus-luciusElation readies spring release programme
Monday, 30 March 2020

USA/Europe - Elation Professional has several new lighting products launching this spring. The weatherproof Proteus range welcomes the Proteus Lucius, a compact and powerful LED profile with IP65 rating that features a 580W hotspot LED engine and over 30,000 delivered lumens to cut through in any environment.
Feature-packed and outfitted with framing shutters, 20 gobos on 3 wheels, animation and CMY + variable CTO colour mixing, Proteus Lucius offers outstanding projection qualities and is the latest step in Elation’s quest to provide “the widest range of IP65 moving heads on the market”.
Elation is introducing two additions to its multi-award-winning Artiste LED moving head series, the Artiste Rembrandt and Artiste Mondrian. The Rembrandt and Mondrian partner alongside the Artiste Monet and feature the same seven-flag SpectraColor colour mixing system (CMYRGB+CTO) and endless and continuous rotational framing system.
The Artiste Mondrian is a powerful LED profile with 50,000 lumens of power to cut through at great distances in arena touring environments or any large-scale show setting. With a 226mm PC lens and 3.3 to 45-degree zoom angle, this fixture utilises a custom hotspot LED engine to provide outstanding centre intensities at long throws. Its comprehensive FX package includes 12 rotating interchangeable glass gobos, full animation wheel, dual prisms, dual frost and a high-speed iris.
Obsidian Control Systems has available a new and comprehensive data distribution range of products, Netron. The range encompasses Ethernet to DMX ga

 
 
g901-0320VNS announces GeoBox G901 processor
Thursday, 26 March 2020

USA - VNS Inc has introduced a 10-bit HDR-10-ready processor solution designed for large display installations. The GeoBox G901 processes 4K, 60Hz inputs/outputs for LCD or LED video walls, or projection edge-blending systems.
The G901 video processor places and controls secondary PIP or POP imagery (any digital input source in any format) onto projection-blended or video wall installations, without the need for a separate PC. It can switch video sources, convert formats, scale up and down in 10-bits, precisely crop and flip/rotate images, and supports non-VESA standard input timings and editable output timing.
The G901 boasts five inputs (three HDMI 2.0b and two DisplayPort 1.4) with switcher functionality outputted via one HDMI 2.0, and allows switchable dual-source content selection (maximum two images displayed at a time) with flexible, programmable output resolution. Maximum input is 4096 x 2400 at 60Hz or 7680 x 2160 at 30Hz via HDMI, and 7680 x 4320 at 30Hz via DisplayPort. With progressive RGB 10-bit 4:4:4 chroma sampling, the G901 supports 8, 10 and 12-bit deep colour, as well as BT.2020 HDR10 signal processing; refresh rates of 24-120Hz, with 3D motion adaptive de-interlacing; low angle smooth algorithm; and 3:2/2:2 film mode cadence.
Thanks to its powerful PIP/POP functionality, PIP (sub) images can be placed in any location and in any size on the video wall or projection-blended installation, with POP images able to be placed side-by-side or top-to-bottom. Main and secondary images can be rotated, flipped and swapped around independent

 
gdtf-workflow2SP3 for Vectorworks 2020 released
Thursday, 26 March 2020

USA - Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks has released Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3 (SP3) with quality and performance improvements as the central theme of this update. As part of the SP3 release, Vectorworks is introducing additional partner integrations with Enscape and NBS Chorus, as well as providing key updates for users of its BIM, landscape and entertainment design product line.
“Our release of the Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3 is the perfect example of our focus and drive to improve software quality and performance and to further enable Vectorworks to be a design hub for many workflows,” said Steve Johnson, vice president of product development at Vectorworks. “By continuing to develop connections to the latest technologies and partner solutions, we’re delivering a design ecosystem that is helping designers around the world to ideate, discover and realize their design visions.”
With Vectorworks Spotlight 2020 SP3, lighting devices and their schematic views have been re-engineered, improving overall file open time and performance. Specifically, issues with Schematic Views related to project sharing, the display of 2D label legends and how views are updated with model changes have been implemented, which will provide users with significant speed gains
Additionally, quality fixes have been made to optimise snapping and attaching loads to rigging objects in 3D, as well as to improve the graphic generation of lighting fixtures when using Duplicate, Mirror, Rotate and Move by Points commands.
“We’ve heard

 
 
xilicadesignersolaroconsoleXilica releases Xilica Designer 4.0 software
Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Canada - Xilica has announced the release of Xilica Designer 4.0 software, a flexible, universal, drag-and-drop platform that simplifies the design, configuration and integration of Xilica DSPs and third-party AV systems.
As with previous generations, Xilica Designer 4.0 software offers integrators a single, centralised platform for project design and management. Xilica Designer software provides optimised configuration of Xilica Solaro DSPs, as well as Xilica’s XWP networked wall controls, XTouch screens, and I/O expansion devices. It also handles configuration and management of any networked Dante device, and delivers comprehensive third-party control integration.
Xilica Designer 4.0 offers AV integrators more freedom to customise designs through Lua programming, a fast and powerful scripting language embedded within the software. “With Lua scripting, users can programme modules to flexibly control the equipment without limitations,” said Eddie Tam, director of engineering at Xilica. “That opens up new avenues for integrators to design complete AV systems with greater flexibility.”
Other Xilica Designer 4.0 software enhancements include an improved DSP schematic design that expands support for drawing elements. New capabilities include native insertion of comments and labels, resulting in clean schematics that are easy to read. Xilica engineers have also accelerated device boot-up times by 30 percent through updated firmware.
The new software release retains Xilica Designer’s drag-and-drop functionality, which simplifies how u

 
adjADJ debuts RGB LED dancefloor
Thursday, 19 March 2020

USA - ADJ’s MDF (Magnetic Dance Floor) System is a new portable illuminated dancefloor aimed at event production and mobile entertainment companies. Featuring vibrant LED illumination, a robust yet lightweight design, a magnetic connection system for easy setup and individual control of each panel via DMX, it is designed to create impact and atmosphere at a wide range of corporate and private parties and events.
Each panel (MDF2) is illuminated by an array of 3-in-1 RGB LEDs that cause its opaque surface to glow intensely. Full colour mixing (red, green and blue) allows the creation of an almost limitless selection of vibrant colours, while each panel in a larger dancefloor system can be controlled individually. This provides unlimited creative potential for the design of static patterns and animated chase effects using DMX control, while the system also offers a variety of easy-to-use pre-programmed colour macros and chase effect patterns.
Users can choose between Sound Active, Standalone or DMX Controlled modes, while the later offers four different DMX channel modes (3, 5, 7 or 10), allowing flexibility depending on the total number of available channels and the level of control required. Mode selection and DMX addressing of each panel is facilitated via a four digit LED display on the side of the panel, which is hidden when a full dancefloor is setup.
Thoughtfully designed with input from seasoned event professionals, the MDF2 panels fit together quickly and easily thanks to an innovative magnetic locking system. This not only makes it easy t

 
 
ifbr1b-all-blue-bgLectrosonics debuts miniature receiver pack
Thursday, 19 March 2020

USA - Lectrosonics has introduced a new miniature IFB (Interruptible Foldback) Receiver pack, the IFBR1B, as well as the companion CHSIFBR1B Dock Charging System.
The receiver unit is nearly half the size and weight of the industry-standard IFBR1A receiver that it is replacing and uses a slim 3.7V LB-50 rechargeable lithium ion battery instead of the archaic 9V type. The IFBR1B is fully compatible with the existing line of IFBT4 transmitters, so that adding the convenience and new features of the IFBR1B receivers to existing Lectrosonics IFB systems is quick and easy. With a backlit LCD and membrane buttons, the new receiver is easy to set up and use, offering 10 presets which are easily programmable from the front panel.
Five tuning ranges are available for the new IFBR1B receiver: the VHF version (red knob) covers 174-216 MHz, the A1 (470-537 MHz), B1 (537-614 MHz) and C1 (614-692 MHz) versions (blue knob) cover the UHF TV frequencies for most countries, and the 941 Band version (black knob) covers the North American license-only 941-960 MHz range. Future firmware updates can be installed in the IFBR1B in the field via the USB jack on the bottom of the unit. The IFBR1B comes standard with a wire belt clip for light weight and easy placement. An optional “clamp” style belt clip, part number IFBR1BBCSL, is also available, and easily installed with two small screws.
The system’s new companion dock charging system, the CHSIFBR1B, is capable of charging up to four receivers or four batteries in any combination. The charging dock can be also be ga

 
sxc115-tnMartin Audio releases cardioid subs
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

UK - Martin Audio has announced the release of two new compact, high performance cardioid subwoofers, the SXCF118 and the SXC115, suitable for both live sound reinforcement and fixed installations.
The SXCF118 is a flyable version of the SXC118 released last year and has been purpose designed to accompany the WPS optimised line array system, while the ground stack SXC115 is set to partner WPM.
The SXCF118 combines maximum low frequency output with exceptional pattern control. It features an 18” (460mm) forward facing driver and a 14” (356mm) rear facing driver, each driven independently by separate amplifier channels and DSP. Each driver has its own chamber with optimised bass reflex porting.
This arrangement produces a cardioid dispersion pattern which maximises the front radiation, while reducing unwanted radiation behind the subwoofer. The recommended iK42 amplifier optimises the DSP parameters for front and rear drivers to maximise the rear rejection - from 21dB at 43Hz to 28dB at 75Hz. This keeps low frequencies away from stages and walls as well as reducing reverberant energy in the room - greatly improving low frequency response accuracy and impact.
In front of the enclosure, the output from the two drivers is additive, giving an extra 2dB of output when compared with a conventional 1 x 18” subwoofer.
The SXC115 follows similar principles and contains a 15” (380mm) front facing driver and 12” (300mm) rear facing driver, each driven, again, independently by separate amplifier channels and DSP. Each driver, similarly,

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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