Product News

broaman-mux22-front-wBroaMan redundancy extends to Mux22 family
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Germany - Late last year, with the announcement of the Route66 Redundancy Manager, German network fibre giant BroaMan introduced the capability of full automatic redundancy switchover between devices, by harnessing the power of Optocore. This would enable switching between Route66 Video Router and Mux22 nodes - using smart mechanism to detect when one of the fiber links between the nodes is broken.
Now the same technology has been enabled in a very popular point-to-point system - between a pair of Mux22 devices. Mux22, which combines 3G SDI I/O and video sync, with Optocore and SANE digital audio networks, now also features full automatic redundancy. Thus, should one of the links fail, the system would automatically switch to the redundant path, enabling all video, audio and data channels to remain working. The switchover time is near instantaneous - implemented in just one sample length. Now this facility is available for any Mux22 device.
BroaMan technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, says: “Optocore has been offering redundancy as a standard for years while in broadcast and video world redundancy has never been an important feature. All this changed when muti-format single-cable solutions like Mux22 appeared on the market. We realised we could use Optocore’s experience and smart fault detection algorithms for adoption into BroaMan’s best-selling series. Thanks to the Optocore technology we can make the redundant switchover both automatic and seamless.”
(Jim Evans)

glen-brown-from-area-four-industries-wMILOS and Xstage impress at PLASA 2018
Friday, 28 September 2018

UK - Trussing manufacturer MILOS racked up another “overwhelmingly positive reception” at this year’s PLASA Show. With a selection of products from their extensive range of truss on display in the Area Four Industries UK stand, the company showcased the quality of their products and spoke with visitors about the many structural solutions they deliver for a wide array of projects.
Making its world debut was the new S10 deck from Xstage, sporting a light-weight, improved profile design, new cube lock leg attachment system (for both round and square legs), and hexagrip anti-slip surface. From the comments and praise received at the show, the future of the S10 certainly looks bright, says the company.
(Jim Evans)

current-plasa-wCurrent RMS unveils software updates at PLASA 2018
Friday, 28 September 2018

UK - Current RMS treated PLASA 2018 visitors to an exclusive look into some of the upcoming developments in the equipment rental management software.
The company said the show was ‘a great success’ for the team, who were offering visitors live demos of Current RMS on its stand, built by Red Peak Design.
The team demonstrated how the software can manage an entire rental cycle, from updating booking details to viewing accurate kit availability, allocating resources like crew and transport, and drawing up quotations.
Visitors to the stand were also given a sneak peek at Current RMS’s upcoming Automatic Costing and Purchasing modules, to be released in the coming weeks. These new modules will automatically pull through additional costs onto a job, including sub rents, freelance costs and any purchases. Users will also be able to create purchase orders to send from Current, and post these across to accounting software Xero and Quickbooks Online.
(Jim Evans)

communityCommunity adds compact model to R-Series
Thursday, 27 September 2018

Europe - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced it has completed EN54-24 certification for its compact R.35-3896-EN loudspeaker.
Community’s R Series has long been a standard for stadia and other large scale, all-weather applications worldwide. The company has consistently invested in improving performance across the range, introducing new models, and meeting increasingly stringent worldwide standards. Since gaining EN54-24 certification on the larger R1, R2 and R6 models, permitting their use in voice alarm systems in venues across Europe, Community has seen demand for these certified versions building significantly year upon year.
The R.35-3896-EN meets the need for a high performance compact loudspeaker for fill and supplementary areas in larger venues and for smaller venues wanting to conform to EN54 standards. The R.35-3896-EN is equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use in a wide variety of applications, including background and foreground music and announcement systems in corporate A/V, leisure centers, swimming pools, theaters, night clubs, shopping malls, stadiums, cruise ships, theme parks and factories.
The R.35-3896-EN is a fully horn-loaded triaxial three-way, full-range loudspeaker system, designed to provide high quality voice and music reproduction normally only associated with indoor loudspeakers. Featuring Community's innovative MultiSource Waveguide™ horn design, the output from the dual midrange compression drivers and 1-inch exit HF driver are combined seamlessly into a single time-coherent source, resulting in

amateaudioAmate Audio reveals premium line array
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Spain - During a two-day summit, at the end of May, held in and around Amate Audio’s HQ facilities in Terrassa, outside of Barcelona, members of the company’s worldwide distributor network were introduced to a range of new products and technological developments.
A highlight of the second day was a dramatic change of location. High in the mountains of the Catalonian countryside, at the Masia Restaurant Torre del Conill, splendid isolation, an extensive terrace and brilliant sunshine provided an idyllic location to audition a line-up of the very latest and yet to be released Amate Audio speaker systems.
Alongside new additions to its latest NÍTID plug & play ultra-compact, ‘smart’ loudspeaker series, the company unveiled an all new flagship line array system; the latest addition to Amate Audio’s top of the range Xcellence series.
The X212AF is a 2x 12” full range, high performance, 3-way active line array, featuring an advanced engineered V-shape cabinet that delivers 100° horizontal coverage and 8° vertical coverage. Complementing the dual 12” LF drivers, are four 6” mid-range drivers and two 3” HF neodymium drivers mounted on a proprietary waveguide. Latest 3rd generation Class-D integrated amplification delivers 4000 W of power and the system launches Amate Audio’s next generation DSP platform, providing state-of-the-art control capabilities.
Advanced FIR filtering provides enhanced performance parameters including improved phase alignment and minimal latency. Separate limiters, with differing time constants, are

robert-juliat-wins-plasa-2018-award-for-innovation-for-its-unique-spotme-followspot-tracking-system-smlRobert Juliat SpotMe wins Award for Innovation
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UK - Robert Juliat was awarded a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation for its SpotMe, a creative tracking system that works in association with followspots. The Innovation Awards took place at the PLASA Show (16-18 October) amid huge competition, with 47 entries and only eight Awards at stake.
SpotMe is Robert Juliat’s bespoke, 3D tracking system for followspots and the only performer tracking system to be driven via a real followspot. The SpotMe system communicates the X, Y, Z positions and the beam size parameters to the console. All parameters are then used by the console to control any automated or static lights, and coordinate stage lighting to follow performers, without the need for on-stage/performer sensors or cameras. It is a unique bolt-on system that can be added to existing followspots without the need to invest in complete new systems.
The judges considered SpotMe worthy of an Innovation Award because of 'the approach Robert Juliat has taken to followspot tracking using an open protocol to provide position data to, not just lighting, but also audio or video systems,’ and also that it was notable for ‘being a bolt-on unit rather than a replacement device'.
“We are delighted to have been given this Award by a panel of judges who are peers of the industry,” says Robert Juliat product manager, Ludwig Lepage. “It is an acknowledgement that, amid the high level of expertise that exists within our industry, Robert Juliat is still recognised as the leader in followspot development for almost 100 years.”
“To have SpotMe a

datastrategyplasa2018-iainrocheonstandData Strategy enjoys a busy PLASA 2018
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UK - Data Strategy says its stand was ‘buzzing with activity’ as it exhibited at PLASA 2018.
The company’s new VeriCal, which verifies that the Out Board PAT-4 testers are within their operational specifications, received particular attention. VeriCal is the latest Data Strategy product to combine hardware with intelligent software. The new product ensures the appliance test units within the QC-Check Workstation produce verified and accurate results.
Data Strategy MD, Iain Roche, comments: “We had a very busy show, seeing a combination of existing customers, contacts who have shown protracted interest and brand-new prospects. VeriCal attracted much interest especially from potential oversees customers who perceived its purpose, which is to ensure the Pat-4 remains in its operational specifications.
“Power-Check, the QC-Check distro test module, also attracted interest. Combined with the Out Board PAT-4, the RCD test solution automates an otherwise tedious, time-consuming manual task.”
Data Strategy’s QC-Check system provides fast and accurate safety inspections and the robustly packaged PAT-4 tester provides the perfect solution for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), cable (continuity and insulation resistance) inspection and testing of equipment protected by RCDs (distro).
(Jim Evans)

yamahaplasa1809Yamaha and Nexo bring flower power to Olympia
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UK - In mid-September a small piece of Japan appeared in West London for three days - and it proved a real talking point as Yamaha and Nexo exhibited at PLASA 2018.
This year’s stand was the brainchild of Chris Irvine, Yamaha Commercial Audio (UK and RoI) marketing manager, and Gareth Collyer, Nexo sales manager (UK and RoI). PLASA London tends to attract a high number of students and, with a shrewd eye to making the most of any free publicity generated by the ‘Instagram generation’, they created a stand themed as a Japanese garden.
Yamaha highlighted the long-term success of the company’s digital mixing consoles by showcasing the latest Rivage PM7 system next to a PM5D, one of its most famous products. Loaned for the show by Britannia Row Productions, it featured along an information panel about the number of high profile artists that particular console has worked with, the PM5D was a major talking point.
“The PM5D really drew people in. It was notable how many professional engineers walked on to the stand and greeted it like a long-lost friend,” says Chris. “We then guided them to the adjacent Rivage PM7 and showed them how much more advanced our latest console is.”
Nexo, meanwhile, showcased a number of its latest products, including the ID Series, GEOM6, GEOM10, STM series, NXAMP4x2 MK2 amplifiers and DTD Controller. STM and GEOM10 loudspeakers were recently entrusted with relaying the Pope’s words and a dazzling array of entertainment to a sold-out audience at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium.
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holoplotHoloplot ORION wins PLASA Award for Innovation
Monday, 24 September 2018

UK - Holoplot’s ORION sound system was awarded a PLASA Award for Innovation. The judges were convinced by the technology and the product, which allows a radical new approach to sound reinforcement and provides audio engineers with a versatile tool for their work.
On the first two days of the PLASA Show, the judges visited the 47 nominated companies to learn more about the innovative products. Demonstrations were given, use cases were discussed, and functionality for rigging, maintenance, and installation was explained.
The Holoplot stand attracted many of the jury members a second or third time. In their eyes, “a system with such precise beam steering capabilities and flexibility in how audio can be projected, demonstrates a paradigm shift in the industry”.
Roman Sick, Holoplot’s CEO, comments: “The conventional speaker technologies are very established in the industry. It’s not easy for a young company to change the mindset. This award shows us, that the value of our product is recognized by the industry. This award is a great accomplishment for all the effort our team has put into the development of this amazing product.”
(Jim Evans)

timax-stand-at-plasa2018TiMax demos StageSpace at PLASA 2018
Monday, 24 September 2018

UK - At this year’s PLASA Show, UK immersive audio and showcontrol specialists Out Board demonstrated the new StageSpace object-based spatial environment auto-rendering tool within the new TiMax 500S software.
The stand featured a miniature booth-sized demo of TiMax’s ‘orchestral hugeness experience’, which has been trialled on some arena-scale and festival-sized stages across Europe this summer.
Out Board co-owner Dave Haydon comments: “Even under the slightly challenging conditions of a busy tradeshow floor, people were overwhelmed by the realistic spatial enhancement that StageSpace added to multitrack classical and jazz music playback. Of particular note was the adaptive nature of the StageSpace rendering that allows quick delivery of full immersion for audience members while using relatively minimal and flexible speaker system topologies.”
Haydon also contributed to the audio panel that led the discussion on System Design and the Future with Immersive Sound, held in the Audio & AV seminar Theatre.
He adds: “It was a pleasure to contribute to a healthy discourse on this very current theme. All in all, we had a highly productive and rewarding PLASA Show.”
(Jim Evans)

waves-frontAllen & Heath adds Waves card for SQ
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - Allen & Heath has expanded its range of networking cards with the addition of a Waves SoundGrid option. The SQ Waves card provides any SQ mixer with a 64x64 96kHz or 48kHz interface to a Waves SoundGrid network using the I/O port.
Engineers can now fit the Waves card to any SQ mixer for Waves plugin processing, multitrack recording (at 96kHz or 48kHz), virtual soundcheck and audio distribution applications.
Waves SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet protocol developed by Waves for real-time professional audio applications. The card also enables the use of existing Waves plugins at a very low latency, using standard Gigabit Ethernet networks rather than a USB connection.
“Waves SoundGrid has been a very popular option among our dLive users, with many systems on tour deploying a Waves card on recording duties,” comments Allen & Heath’s Head of Product, Nicola Beretta. “Since the launch of SQ we’ve received requests for the same technology to be made available here and following the release of our Dante and SLink cards, we’re very happy to tick another box in the list of protocols and standards SQ supports.”
(Jim Evans)

avo-wAvolites Synergy wins PLASA Award for Innovation
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - Avolites’ video and lighting control integration system Synergy has won a coveted PLASA Awards for Innovation.
Picked by an expert panel of judges, Synergy stood out because it “opens up the creative opportunities for visual effects on stage as well as providing time-saving opportunities in production workflow.”
Koy Neminathan, Avolites sales director, says: “We’re all thrilled that Synergy has won a PLASA Innovation Award. Synergy is the product of years of experience and innovation as we continue to push forward what’s possible for total visual creative control. To have this recognised by the judges is a testament to the forward-thinking attitude at Avolites and the hard work we put in to achieving our vision of the future - which is empowering our users to achieve even more incredible things.”
Synergy was launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound and quickly gained acclaim for being a simple and functional solution that enables users to connect and configure Ai media server from the Titan interface.
Stephen Baird-Smith, Avolites sales manager, adds: “Developing the integration of two very different platforms is a formidable challenge, but one which makes so much sense for our industry. Our goal is to create a platform which is creative enough to ‘speak’ to the artists who are creating content, or lighting the shows or scenery, yet is technically adept enough to be able to deliver all of the detail and precision that is required on shows.”
The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration

audio-technicaes954-websafeAudio-Technica debuts ES954 mic array
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Europe - Audio-Technica has introduced the ES954 hanging microphone array, a cost-effective solution for huddle rooms, conference rooms and other meeting spaces.
When controlled by the Audio-Technica ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer, the four-capsule microphone array provides 360° coverage through virtual hypercardioid or cardioid outputs which can be steered horizontally and tilted vertically.
Intended primarily for video conferencing, the ES954 may be used singly or in multiples to capture every person speaking in a room, with the total number of channels restricted only by the capacity of the mixer or DSP device controlling the system. When using the ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer, the intuitive graphic interface enables control of the width and orientation of each virtual polar pattern, which may be steered in 30° increments, with a tilt function accommodating differing ceiling heights or users that are sitting or standing.
The ES954 has a non-detachable 1.2m (4ft) cable with locking grommet enabling easy microphone height adjustment. Audio-Technica’s UniGuard RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference.
The package includes a Plenum-rated AT8554 Ceiling Mount with RJ45 connectors and push-type wire terminals for simple, secure installation. The ES954 connects to the mixer over a pair of standard Cat 5 cables. Two RJ45 breakout cables are provided to input the four channels, plus an LED tally, into the mixer. An integral, logic-controlled 360-degree red/green LED ring provides clear indication of th

next-proaudio-matrixNEXT unveils Matrix Series column arrays
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Europe - NEXT-proaudio has unveiled the Matrix Series of passive column arrays aimed at installed and small, portable applications. With a chassis of aluminium and wood, the cabinets are described as ‘stylish and yet sturdy’ and designed for architectural integration as well as portable solutions.
The Matrix Series comprises two models: the Matrix M8 (8x3”) and the Matrix M3 (3x3”), with eight and three 3-inch neodymium transducers respectively. Built to offer a ‘high intelligibility at high SPL’ and ‘wider frequency response while providing constant beam-width over a user selectable vertical coverage’, the Matrix columns provide beam control that reportedly extends up to 10kHz.
To better control the lower frequencies, the Tuned Dipolar Technologywas developed by NEXT-proaudio engineers to provide much more consistent low frequency pattern control than other similar size systems. This can be a very importante advantage to reduce the stimulation of resonant room modes at low frequencies.
A user selectable Music / Vocal mode switch is incorporated to allow quick and easy system optimization. Music mode is intended to give a flat, balanced frequency response, while Vocal mode adds a mid-range presence to enhance speech intelligibility.
Another choice presented to users is the ability to switch the vertical dispersion pattern between wide or narrow coverage.
(Jim Evans)

impression-e350-1PLASA 2018: GLP’s new impression moving head
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

UK - GLP launched the impression E350 LED moving head at PLASA 2018, a new, supercharged companion to its popular impression S350, in an optimised package.
With an advanced LED engine offering ‘unprecedented’ output in its class, the fixture will find favour in any type of showcase event or installation with dynamic, articulated lighting as the centrepiece. And since it offers flicker-free operation, with smooth electronic dimming from 0-100%, multiple dimming curves, with no colour shift while delivering random and pulse electronic strobing effects it will also find favour in the broadcast segment.
This compact fixture features a baseless design, high colour temperature of 7500K for a hard-edge mid-air effect beam, bright gobo projections, and a notably tight iris as well as GLP’s motorised 7:1 zoom range (7°- 48°). According to GLP, this creates an even and flat field with a considerable light output of up to a maximum of 9500lm.
The impression E350 also houses a CMY colour mixing system with separate CTC channel along with an eight-facet prism, a light and heavy frost, a tiltable animation wheel, two gobo wheels, a tight 14-blade iris and 10-slot colour wheel. All functions are fully capable of working in combination with one another, making the GLP impression E350 suitable for almost any application.
GLP product manager Michael Feldmann comments: “Our first priority was to get maximum output and efficiency from a 350W LED engine, with intensive 7500K default white, as we knew this would be perfect for mid-size shows or wherever c

robe-rocks-plasa-2018Robe rocks PLASA 2018 with SuperSpikie
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

UK - Robe brought a ‘theatre-meets-rock ‘n’ roll’ live show to the centre of its stand design at the 2018 PLASA Show held at London Olympia.
Putting performance at the heart of the presentation, the Czech lighting manufacturer launched its new SuperSpikie moving light.
The show also utilised other new and current Robe products, including the new RoboSpot remote follow spotting system running with MDC (multi device control) and the new iParFect, the first in a series of upcoming IP-rated luminaires.
Inspired by the Tomb Raider / Indiana Jones movie and e-games adventure genre - the show concept, The Lost World Trilogy, was originated by Robe’s own creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb.
It’s the first of three stand designs that will be rolled out by Robe at selected trade expos worldwide over the coming months.
Seven dancers starred in an all-action eight-minute extravaganza choreographed by Chris Manoe, taking them on a risky and dangerous mission negotiating jungles, caves and volcanoes in search of a stash of hidden treasures, which turn out to be SuperSpikies.
The stand show also featured a bespoke soundtrack, an in-house-designed water curtain effect, fog and haze courtesy of several MDG machines, and around 200 skilfully positioned Robe moving lights.
“The goal was to create an immersive, highly visual environment where people would want to stay, meet, chat and discuss business,” says Nathan Wan. “We are here to sell lighting products, so we need to engage people on all levels and get t

r35-3896-en54Community adds compact Model to R Series
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has completed EN54-24 certification for its compact R.35-3896-EN loudspeaker.
Community’s R Series has long been a standard for stadia and other large scale, all-weather applications worldwide. The company has consistently invested in improving performance across the range, introducing new models, and meeting increasingly stringent worldwide standards. Since gaining EN54-24 certification on the larger R1, R2 and R6 models, permitting their use in voice alarm systems in venues across Europe, Community has seen demand for these certified versions building significantly year upon year.
The R.35-3896-EN meets the need for a high performance compact loudspeaker for fill and supplementary areas in larger venues and for smaller venues wanting to conform to EN54 standards. The R.35-3896-EN is equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use in a wide variety of applications, including background and foreground music and announcement systems in corporate A/V, leisure centres, swimming pools, theaters, night clubs, shopping malls, stadiums, cruise ships, theme parks and factories.
The R.35-3896-EN is a fully horn-loaded triaxial three-way, full-range loudspeaker system, designed to provide high quality voice and music reproduction normally only associated with indoor loudspeakers. Featuring Community's innovative MultiSource Waveguide™ horn design, the output from the dual midrange compression drivers and 1-inch exit HF driver are combined seamlessly into a single time-coherent source, resulting in excellent musicalit

glp-ledPLASA 2018: GLP launches modular LED system
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

UK - Officially presented at PLASA 2018 and shipping now, the modular KNV LED system from GLP can be used either individually or as a composite. Designers can rely on two basic forms: the cube-shaped KNV Cube and the KNV Arc – a device in the form of an eighth circle.
Billed as the first frameless LED module, which combines strobe, blinder and pixel-block in the market, it looks set to become a game-changer, as it allows production designers to effortlessly build unique structures. Any combination of KNV Cube and Arc can be combined together to form an infinite level of seamless design elements where scenery becomes lighting and lighting becomes scenery.
Each GLP KNV unit houses 25 Power-pixels, each consisting of a hyper-bright White LED for maximum brightness and impact along with a surrounding ring of 16 RGB LEDs for creative effects and powerful backlight illumination. Combined, each module will output an incredible 50,000 lumens.
But the KNV system goes much further. Since the modules are IP54 rated, they can be used on exposed stages, festival front trussing or other outdoor applications, with comfortable power/data daisy chain capabilities enabling large modular displays to be created — regardless of the weather.
Whilst independent pixel mapping is available, the KNV also incorporates two integrated powerful FX engines that offer easy handling of the pixels and create stunning effects, requiring a bare minimum of programming time.
Explaining the design rationale, GLP’s MD Udo Künzler, said, “Presently, all existing strobe

obsidianPLASA 2018: Obsidian to debut new consoles
Monday, 17 September 2018

UK - Obsidian Control Systems is showcasing the first two lighting control products under the Onyx lighting control platform at the PLASA Show.
Those are NX 2 and the portable NX Wing.
NX 2 is a compact yet fully-integrated lighting controller, which features a high brightness, full-HD multi touchscreen, eight assignable parameter encoders, an assistive mini touchscreen, full keypad and command section, a dedicated grand master, and 10 full playbacks with four freely assignable buttons. The product also contains an Intel Hexa-Core processor, NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for external processing networks result in unprecedented power in this small form factor, says Obsidian. The NX 2 has all the connectivity and power the ever-increasing size of shows demands.
NX Wing is the complementary USB control surface to Obsidian Control Systems’ Onyx platform. Based on the NX 2 console, the NX Wing utilises the same rugged design and components with an identical footprint and layout. Through its USB connection, the NX Wing provides a responsive professional hardware surface to operate ONYX on any PC system without compromises. NX Wing hsd four DMX Ports, MIDI and Timecode ports while unlocking 128 Universes of control when connected to ONYX on a PC.

mmp1v11Yamaha shows new products and updates at IBC
Monday, 17 September 2018

The Netherlands - Yamaha launched an updated firmware and two new interface cards for its Rivage systems at IBC 2018 held in Amsterdam.
The HY128-MD is a 128-in/128-out interface which can be used to convert the output of a RIVAGE PM10 system to MADI, for transmission to a broadcast OB truck or to connect to a MADI-based mixing console, as well as providing asynchronous sample rate conversion for devices using different word clocks to be connected without noise and dropouts. The HY144-D-SRC supports up to 144 inputs/144 outputs via Dante with onboard sample rate conversion, adding convenience to systems where devices running at different sample rates need to be interconnected. The latest version 2.20 firmware supports both the new cards and adds several new features for PM7 and PM10 systems.
Yamaha's CL and QL series digital mixers have received a firmware update (v5.1), which directly supports the Sony DWR-R03D DWX digital wireless receiver, enhancing the value of existing and future CL/QL-based audio systems to broadcasters. In addition, the latest firmware for all Yamaha digital mixers means that they now feature multiple channels of Dan Dugan automixing, making them the ideal solution for all kinds of multi-microphone broadcast applications.
Also on demo was v1.1 firmware for the MMP1 studio monitor management system, which adds a range of refinements and support for the CB Electronics TMC-1 monitor controller. The company also presented the Nuage production system R-series D2 Dante I/O units, RMio64-D Dante-MADI I/O unit, RSio64-D Dante-Mini Y

proteus-rayzor-760PLASA 2018: Elation introduces TwinkLED
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - Elation Professional is introducing TwinkLED, a new and innovative LED lens design offering creative layers of powerful light beams and elegant lens illumination. TwinkLEDs offers a prominent, patent-pending LED pixel effect using dedicated high-brightness pixels inside large front lenses to provide additional layers of creativity for the lighting designer.
Shown on stand H40 for the first time anywhere is an all new visual effect - the Rayzor 760, a compact yet extremely powerful LED wash effects luminaire and the first fixture to feature Elation’s the TwinkLED system. With a wide zoom range from 8° to 77°, the Rayzor 760 provides intense and well-defined mid-air beams with over 8000 lumens, as well as an exceptionally wide and even wash coverage.
The Rayzor 760 is also available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus Rayzor 760, for use in any environment and under adverse conditions.
Elation will be showcasing the CMY colour-mixing Smarty Hybrid at PLASA and is introducing an IP65-rated version, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid.
Also on hand will be the Artiste Van Gogh, a powerful framing wash LED luminaire that’s the ideal partner to the profile luminaires in Elation’s growing Artiste range.
(Jim Evans)

bp28lAudio-Technica debuts shotgun microphones at IBC
Friday, 14 September 2018

The Netherlands - Audio-Technica is to unveil a pair of new shotgun microphones from its Broadcast & Production series at IBC2018. The BP28 and BP28L combine low-noise, large diaphragm condenser elements in shotgun models with tight polar patterns, making them suitable for long-range sound recordings.
Two lengths are available, with the BP28 being 355mm long, the BP28L 568mm - both feature a patented acoustic port to maintain directionality across the entire frequency range.
The new models offer market-leading dynamic range, with self-noise of just 3dB (BP28L) and 8dB (BP28) in conjunction with remarkable SPL handling (143dB in the case of the BP28 and 138dB for the BP28L). They bring studio microphone-like response to distance miking applications such as on movie sets, location TV, sports broadcasting and more.
The BP28 and BP28L are expected to be available in Europe in Winter 2018.
Alongside a range of other Audio-Technica broadcast microphones - used for the world’s biggest sporting events - the company will also be showing its latest 3000 Series and 5000 Series wireless systems at IBC.
(Jim Evans)

lexpert-profile-1-1PLASA 2018: ADB expands Lexpert LED family
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - ADB will highlight its Lexpert LED range, introduce a new theatrical washlight, and demo a version 2.0 of its Hathor lighting software.
Part of the Lexpert family, the Lexpert Profile Spot and Fresnel lights feature white-LED solutions for replacing 1KW halogen lamps. The series includes the compact and versatile Lexpert Emphasy.
The Oksalis is a static LED washlight for theatre, which provides control over the quality of all forms of white and coloured light. It is based on HCR (High Colour Rendering) technology, a LED light module consisting of six chips and share the same light technology of the ADB Klemantis. Together, they form a product line able to provide a very wide colour range with an extraordinary colour spectrum coverage, and different shapes and light distributions.
The asymmetric cyclight Klemantis will also be on show. Extensions to the Klemantis family, including a more compact 500mm version (Klemantis AS500) and the new symmetrical optical units available as accessories, will be showcased.
In terms of software, visitors will be able to experience the many new features of ADB’s newly released version 2.0 of the Hathor lighting software. A particular highlight will be Wily!, a mobile solution compatible with Hathor that can turn an iPad and iPhone into configurable smart consoles.
(Jim Evans)

chroma-q-studio-force-ii-72-48-and-12-models-low-resPLASA 2018: Chroma-Q unveils LED solutions
Friday, 14 September 2018

UK - Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II and Brute Force high intensity tuneable white LED fixtures will make their show debut alongside the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system at PLASA 2018.
The Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light uses a homogenised LED source capable of delivering variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control and the ability to produce deep saturated colours when needed. It is ideal for TV Broadcast, film and other situations demanding high quality tuneable white light.
The Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light was developed and rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications; to create a true LED full colour RGB-W lamphead that draws just 15 amps @ 240V. Robustly designed, it has an extended (2,000K - 10,000K) CCT range.
The multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects and Inspire house lighting LED fixtures featuring RGBA-mixing homogenised optics, will also be shown.
Making its UK show debut is Vista 3 by Chroma-Q, the new lighting & media control system developed to dramatically enhance existing functionality and introduce an array of intelligent new features that appeal to both existing and new users.
(Jim Evans)


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