UK - Allen & Heath puts performers in control of their monitors with a new personal mixing app for its SQ mixers.
The SQ4You app is available for both Android and iOS and up to eight phones or tablets can be connected at the same time, making it a time-saver for the busy audio engineer who is mixing the whole show single-handed.
SQ4You’s main ‘Four Wheel Drive’ view is designed to be big and easy to use, providing straightforward level controls over four groups, a master level and mute. Double tapping on a group gives access to more granular controls, including individual channel metering, send levels and stereo pan. Groups can be custom named for quick recognition and channels can be assigned to groups via simple checkboxes, allowing the user to create their ideal custom mix.
Keith Johnson, SQ product manager, comments: “Most performers will tell you how off-putting bad monitors can be, but in the real world there isn’t always a dedicated monitor engineer on hand to craft that perfect mix. SQ4You is free, unobtrusive and incredibly easy to teach and learn - most performers will be up and running in a few minutes.”
UK - EM Acoustics claimed the ABTT Sound Product of the Year award for the EMS-4, a new compact two-way passive speaker part of its EMS Series.
The product received praise from the judges, who said: “Following on from the success of the EMS-51, EM Acoustics have downsized with the EMS-41. This speaker features a compact design with a four inch driver and coaxial compression driver, producing a similar output to the larger EMS-51 but at half the size and below half the weight. This compact unit is ideal for placing discretely in positions where visual impact needs to be minimal, and the multiple connection options to the rear of the unit means it will integrate efficiently with existing infrastructure.”
EM Acoustics’ Mike Wheeler comments: “We were already bowled over by the reaction to the EMS-41 at PLASA Focus Leeds, “but this is just fantastic, especially as we were up against some pretty tough competition from very well-known brands, so it’s doubly gratifying.
“We developed the EMS-41 specifically in response to customer requests asking for an ultra-compact extension to the EMS Series to give them more options when space is tight or visual impact needs to be minimal. To have that decision - and the resulting product - rubber-stamped by such a prestigious jury makes us very proud.”
UK - Since its launch at PLASA 2017, Ghibli, Ayrton’s first LED spotlight, has taken the industry by storm.
Compact and lightweight, Ghibli is factory-equipped with a framing system and delivers 23,000lm output from a 600W source with an 80% efficiency, which makes it powerful enough for large scale arenas. An optional High TM30/CRI Mode can be implemented for situations demanding even higher quality light output. Its output offers a crisp, clean and uniform beam with no hotspot, and fantastic centre-to-edge uniformity across its whole field and delivers a fat, even beam, meaning Ghibli is at home as much in theatre as on the touring circuit.
Ghibli also boasts an 8:1 zoom from 7° to 56° and offers wealth of features, including CMY colour mixing, variable CTO, and a complete effect section including two gobo wheels, a prism, an animation wheel, two frosts, and a rotating framing system that allows a full wipe, all housed in a compact, competitively-priced, package with a classy, sleek, industrial design.
Ghibli is the smallest and lightest, yet extremely powerful, fixture in its class compared with both LED and metal halide products, and gives the best performance to size and weight ratio of any available LED hard edge fixture - and metal halide product - in its class.
“Ayrton’s new line of wash and spot fixtures has attracted immense interest, and Ghibli in particular has taken customers by storm as they truly start to engage with the unique potential of this multi-purpose, multi-talented fixture,” says Michael Althaus, Ay
USA - Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has announced the availability of the PWS 4 x 4 Quad Antenna Distro, designed to provide distribution for the Shure Axient Digital Quadversity wireless microphone system.
The unit handles up to four receivers and features 470-616 MHz filtering, bias power control/status LEDs for each input, rotary attenuators, and dual power inputs that allow for redundant power.
“The 4 X 4 Quad Distro is a must have for anyone using multiple Shure AD4Q receivers in Quadversity mode,” explains Justin Van Winkle, production manager, Professional Wireless. “Our unit simplifies setup and ensures a hassle-free wireless experience while making antenna setup for the Axient system a breeze.”
Housed in a rugged 1RU all-metal chassis with reinforced rack ears, the PWS 4 x 4 Quad Distro is designed and assembled by hand in Orlando, FL.
USA - ADJ has announced the expansion of its popular HEX series of LED pars with the introduction of three durable new fixtures that all feature a tough weatherproof casing design. The 7P HEX IP, 12P HEX IP and 18P HEX IP combine the wide colour palette of HEX LEDs with the flexibility of a robust all-weather IP65 rated casing to create truly versatile professional wash fixtures.
Each of the new pars feature powerful 12-Watt hex colour RGBAW+UV (red, green, blue, amber, white + UV) LEDs which allow for a huge gamut of colours to be created. These include both cool and warm white, for stage illumination, as well as UV-infused hot pink, lime green and electric blue. The inclusion of the UV element also means that the fixture can create the classic ‘black light’ effect that causes white and neon-coloured surfaces to glow brightly. The LEDs are flicker-free, therefore suitable for filming applications, and offer an impressive operational life of approximately 50,000 hours.
All three fixtures have a 30-degree beam angle, which makes them suitable for a wide variety of duties including stage washing, dancefloor illumination and architectural up-lighting and down-lighting. The 7P HEX IP incorporates seven LEDs, for a total output of 84W, and has a compact casing design that makes it ideal for situations where space is at a premium. The slightly larger 12P HEX IP features twelve LEDs, giving it a total power rating of 144W, meaning that it is suitable for situations were increased brightness is required but a relatively compact casing is also desirable. Final
UK - Allen & Heath (DJ) has responded to customer demand with the launch of its new flagship analogue DJ mixer - Xone:96.
Xone:96 takes the analogue soul of the Xone:92 and re-delivers it, enhanced and with state-of-the-art digital connectivity, says the company.
Senior product manager David Morbey comments, “Xone:96 has it all. The huge, detailed, space-shaking Xone analogue sound, a refined, precision 4-band EQ with Xone:VCF filters and CRUNCH harmonic distortion, plus a dual 32-bit USB soundcard (24 channels @ 96kHz) with Traktor Scratch certification straight out of the box.”
With a familiar layout of tactile controls and audio tools that allow the development of an individual’s signature sound, Xone:96 enables users to easily connect their entire rig, from laptops and turntables, to pedals, synths and drum machines. There are two dedicated FX sends, four stereo input channels with 4-band EQ, two stereo inputs with all-new 3-band parametric EQ, two auxiliary stereo return channels and a separate master insert for outboard FX hardware.
Underlining the professional club credentials of Xone:96 is a new, second and completely independent headphone cueing system, which taken alongside the dual soundcard, allows for smoother set transitions and back-to-back performances.
David Morbey concludes: “The launch of Xone:96 marks a highly significant moment for us, stemming as it does from our determination to take account of and act on feedback from the DJ community. The status of Xone:92 as an undisputed classic was something we t
UK - MDG received the ABTT Award for Engineering Product of the Year 2018 for its RFP Round Floor Pocket at this week’s ABTT Show at London’s Alexandra Palace.
MDG’s RFP Round Floor Pocket is a DMX/RDM-operated pneumatic Round Floor Pocket of rugged construction which can be embedded in the stage floor or set wall to conceal a fog output. It is intended to operate under pneumatic pressure as part of an existing fog system, delivering low fog or fog to precise locations.
The ABTT judges awarding the honour, who were made up of an experienced jury of working practitioners and industry peers, stated: “Solving the problem of how to get your low fog into those hard to reach places, the MDG DMX-controlled Round Floor Pocket works as a reversed trap, lifting a lid to allow ducted low fog and haze onto the stage.
“Suitable for integration into large touring stages, or those shows with longer runs that can accommodate routes sub-stage for fog and haze ducting, the steel lid means that it is still suitable to stand on safely, and the DMX control easily integrates into haze and fog cues.”
RFP Round Floor Pocket is one of the latest in a range of accessories that complements the MDG range of fog, low fog and haze generators, and is designed to provide years of quality service.
The Award was accepted by MDG UK’s Matt Wiseman who said, “I’m delighted to accept the ABTT award on behalf of MDG. The RFP Round Floor Pocket has drawn much attention in a very short time due to it being a simple, effective and well-engineered product. The
USA - City Theatrical has expanded its QolorFLEX brand of professional LED lighting to include QolorFLEX NuNeon, a flexible and bright sealed LED linear lighting product that can be used to replace traditional neon lighting in entertainment and architectural projects.
QolorFLEX NuNeon was developed to provide lighting and scenic designers with ‘bold and bright’ accents for their designs. Each tape has a 12mm (1/2”) minimum bending radius, making QolorFLEX NuNeon up to 80% more flexible than similar products.
Like all QolorFLEX products, QolorFLEX NuNeon is designed to be easy for lighting and scenic professionals to work with, and exceeds industry standards for service life. It can be cut to length in 50mm (2”) increments, and includes 200mm (8”) flat cables on both ends for easy connections. QolorFLEX NuNeon operates on 24VDC and can be powered and controlled by variety of QolorFLEX Dimmers and power supplies.
QolorFLEX NuNeon tape is available in eight colours, including RGB, three types of white, and solid colours. Each tape is encased in a silicone extrusion with a white finish backing, and is IP67 rated for indoor or outdoor use. QolorFLEX NuNeon can be seen in many new productions and environments internationally, including The Break starring Michelle Wolf on Netflix and at Hudson New York, a Morgans Original hotel.
USA - L-Acoustics has announced integration between the L-Acoustics LA4X and LA12X amplified controllers and the Q-SYS Platform from QSC. This integration allows users to easily control and monitor the LA4X and LA12X through Q-SYS.
“It was only natural that our companies combine forces to make implementation of both QSC and L-Acoustics' market-leading technologies simpler and faster,” comments Jeff Rocha, director of product management for L-Acoustics. “QSC shares our unwavering commitment to easy connectivity and system interoperability. With the control and monitoring integration of our amplified controllers into the Q-SYS Platform, the system designer sandbox just became a lot more fun and creative.”
“By supporting third-party devices integration by companies like L-Acoustics, we are able to showcase the power and versatility of the Q-SYS platform,” adds Greg Mattson, product manager, installed systems, QSC. “Utilising mainstream technologies on an open platform has allowed manufacturers and independent programmers to easily build plug-ins and scripts to make integration with Q-SYS even easier. This is a true testament to the power of a software-based audio, video, and control paradigm.”
USA - Yamaha has launched the VXL1-16P, a Dante-enabled, Power over Ethernet (PoE) loudspeaker, designed for the corporate installation market.
The PoE functionality allows power to be supplied over a Cat 5e (or higher) Ethernet cable, meaning only one cable is needed for power, control and audio distribution.
Launched at InfoComm2018, the VXL1-16P is a slim (5.4cm/2.1inch wide) line array loudspeaker, optimised to deliver high quality audio into rooms that demand vocal clarity from a stylish design, but where space is limited.
The VXL1-16P receives audio via a Dante network, with power supplied from a PoE compliant L2 switch, such as the new Yamaha SWR2311P-10G, which can supply both PoE and Dante audio/control signals.
The VXL1-16P’s Dante/PoE provision means that an entire speaker system can be constructed as a network, allowing existing IT infrastructure to be effectively used.
“We are confident that the VXL1-16P and SWR2311P-10G will contribute to smoother, more efficient system design and setup, as well as improved operating ease and comfort for increasingly demanding conference system installations,” says Yoshi Tsugawa, Yamaha Pro Audio Division general manager. “At Yamaha we are always open to feedback from the field and ready to respond to the market, so that our users benefit from sound systems that truly satisfy their needs.”
USA - Audio-Technica has upgraded its entire line of network microphones and devices, offering new AES67-compatible versions of all its previous models.
The updated models carry an ‘a’ suffix in their names and include the ATND971a boundary microphone, ATND8677a microphone desk stand, ATND8734a power module, ATND931a gooseneck microphone and ATND933a hanging ceiling-mount microphone.
These new network microphones and devices are designed for audio-over-IP interoperability, connecting directly to any AES67-compliant network, including those that utilise Livewire, Ravenna and Q-LAN AoIP technologies. There’s been no change in functionality.
The latest firmware increases the Dante Domain Manager features, adding role-based security, cross-subnet routing, SNMP alerts and more. With increased connectivity for audio streams and expanded Dante features, these new network microphones and devices give users plug-and-play access to nearly any AoIP system.
Audio-Technica’s new AES67-compatible “a”-designated versions of its network microphones and devices will be available in Europe in August/September 2018.
USA - Panasonic Business is set to introduce the SQ1 series, new large-format 4K professional displays at InfoComm 2018.
Available in 86 and 98-inch models and boast 500cd/m2 brightness, along with Intel Smart Display Module (SDM) for improved processing and integration capability, the displays are built for self-contained or networked signage and ideal for use in corporate, education and retail environments.
“At Panasonic, we are committed to continually improving our display line up in terms of its performance, versatility and efficiency, no matter what the intended application or venue is,” says Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “Incorporating the Intel Smart Display Module allows Panasonic to offer a sleek, slim and scalable display solution which simplifies interface integration, signage installations and platform management.”
“We are pleased Panasonic has adopted the Intel Smart Display Module specification in its new SQ1 series of 4K displays. Our collaboration offers a flexible, integrated and scalable solution to help businesses interact and work together more easily and efficiently,” says Jose Alvaro Avalos, vice president, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation.
The SQ1 series complements the EQ1 range of six entry class, 4K professional displays, ranging from 43 to 86 inches, that was introduced at ISE 2018. The EQ1 series offers 4K resolution for high-impact images with 350 cd/m2 brightness, making it a cost-efficient solution for public spaces, retail venues, corporate meeting rooms and
UK - Allen & Heath has launched SQ-7, a new flagship console in its 96kHz SQ series.
Hot on the heels of the successful launch of SQ-5 and SQ-6, the new SQ-7 takes the XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine and adds extended control and I/O in a larger format, boasting 33 faders, 32 on-board preamps, 16 custom soft keys and 8 user-definable soft rotary controls.
SQ-7 is a 48-channel console, compatible with a range of remote I/O expanders, including the portable DX168 96kHz stage boxes. Inputs and mixes can be individually assigned to 192 fader strips across 6 layers, while 16 softkeys and 8 user-assignable soft rotary controls allow the mixer’s workflow to be customised to the needs of each show and operator.
Forthcoming Dante, Waves and SLink audio networking cards further extend the scope for expansion, system integration, FOH / monitor splits and recording.
Optional DEEP processing plugins give SQ-7 users access to boutique compressor and preamp emulations which can be embedded directly into all input and mix channels, without adding system latency or setup hassles.
Allen & Heath product manager, Keith Johnson says, “SQ-7 embodies everything that’s so exciting about SQ – the power, the speed, the ergonomics – in a more imposing format that lets us push the capabilities of the console even further. As soon as we unleashed the SQ phenomenon, we were inundated by people who loved the concept and the features, and who wanted to take SQ into scenarios that called for more built-in I/O and more hands-on control. This one is for them!”
UK - Solid State Logic (SSL) has unveiled the L100, a new console part of the Live range and suitable for space-restricted installations, sub-mix positions or corporate productions.
The L100 has a compact 12 + 2 fader configuration frame and sports the same high headroom, low latency SSL Tempest Audio Engine as the other SSL Live consoles.
Other features include showfile compatibility and all of the same I/O options, including SSL SuperAnalogue stageboxes (over MADI or Dante), local analogue and digital I/O, and Blacklight.
Antony David, SSL managing director, comments: "The launch of the L100 will deliver the SSL Live audio performance and technology to a whole new range of users that previously might not have been able to specify SSL Live.”
UK - For the first time, the Odin Demo-tour will visit the UK this summer. In June and July, the Odin line array system will feature at various festivals and events, from Ipswich to Cornwall, and from Kent to Essex.
The Odin team will be there explain all the possibilities of the T-8A satellites and the S-18A subwoofers and you can experience the Odin loudspeakers hands-on.
The dates are: Woodlands Festival, Kent, 8-10 June; Demo Day, Kesgrave, Ipswich, 20 June; Elements, Hornchurch, 4-8 July; Karis May Darling Foundation Family Variety Day, Corringham, 12-14 July; Vicars Picnic, Maidstone, 20-21 July; Leopallooza Festival, Bude, 27-29 July.
USA - AV equipment manufacturer Work pro Audio is unveiling the SoundNut range, a new series of stylish, high-powered pendant loudspeakers for installation applications at InfoComm 2018. The first product in the range, the SN8, a two-way 400W coaxial pendant speaker with an 8-inch bass driver, will be on display at the show.
Like all forthcoming members of the SoundNut range, the SN8 is a high-resistance, high-powered installation speaker (8Ω, 400W, 125dB maximum SPL) designed to faithfully reproduce audio with a flat frequency response from 98 to 19kHz and uniform acoustic coverage across a wide, 90-degree area.
The speaker itself features an innovative, frameless and screwless magnetic grille which can be detached in seconds for easy access to the drivers. The housing can also be custom-coloured to blend into its install environment as required, with a choice of colours available for its top section.
“Everyone wants powerful installation speakers, but they have to be as unobtrusive as possible - and, of course, deliver great sound too,” explains Juan Jose Vila, chief sales officer at Work Pro Audio. “Our design team has been working hard to produce the optimum combination, and the result is the new SoundNut range. Speakers that are small and discreet enough to pass for light fittings, especially with the custom-coloured housings — but sufficiently large to deliver the power, dispersion, frequency range and clarity required.
“The SN8 will be on display at InfoComm, but of course this is just the first product in the SoundNut range.
USA - DPA Microphones will showcase its new d:sign Installation Solutions Series at InfoComm 2018. Targeted specifically at the installation and conference markets, the d:sign product line includes an array of products ideally suited for conference and AV applications, including floor stand, ceiling and tabletop microphones. Also at InfoComm, DPA will introduce its spec-swap and protect program as well as its on-site commissioning initiative.
“The d:sign series is an excellent microphone choice for functional yet aesthetically-pleasing meeting or conference spaces, and we are excited to display the complete line at InfoComm 2018,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “This line of unobtrusive tabletop, ceiling and floor stand microphones ensures outstanding sound even in acoustically-challenging spaces.”
All products in the d:sign range “deliver neutral and accurate sound to the smallest detail, even in the most difficult surroundings”.
DPA is also debuting a spec-swap and protect programme, and will provide a discount on any order if a competitive microphone system specification is converted to a DPA product or if a system design specifies and includes DPA products on the final request for proposal (RFP). DPA will be the sole determination if a product meets the specification conversion criteria. For more information, please contact your DPA area sales manager or firstname.lastname@example.org to start the pre-approval process.
Also, DPA is now providing a Global Sales Support Team member (GSST) to assist with on-
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will demonstrate its extensive portfolio of leading theatrical technologies - including new lighting, rigging, audio and video products from Chroma-Q, Spotlight, Follow-Me, Sixty82, BroadWeigh, Tourmate, Sennheiser, Shure and Green Hippo - at the ABTT Theatre Show 2018 this week. Highlights include:
Lighting: Chroma-Q's premium performance Color Force II LED cyclorama & effects light, and Inspire XT RGBW LED house light - both multi award-winners - and new Studio Force II high output variable white fixture; ProLights' Eclipse LED Fresnel in a choice of white colour temperatures, plus various effects lighting models; a preview of Spotlight's Hyperion 6-colour LED Profile and Fresnel, alongside many other theatrical LED fixtures; Follow-Me's remote follow spot control system for harnessing multiple moving lights from any brand in any orientation, to replace old-school follow spots; LSC's Mantra Lite console; Luminex's range of high performance lighting networking solutions; and LumenRadio's wireless DMX and RDM lighting control products.
Rigging: The new original, Sixty82 brings a fresh innovative approach to trussing and staging systems through years of experience from the industry innovators who are behind the new brand; BroadWeigh's new BW-BSd wireless USB dongle for laptops and tablets, enabling users to connect to BroadWeigh shackles at a line of sight range of up to 500m; Columbus McKinnon Entertainment's Prostar electric chain hoists designed for smaller venues; and Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist, a n
USA - DiGiCo has announced the launch of its new DMI-AMM (Automatic Mic Mixing) card, which allows up to 48 channels of automatic mic mixing on any S-Series console.
Designed in direct response to requests from the corporate market, the DMI-AMM will benefit any production where complex vocal mic setups are in use.
Insertable on any input channel, be it local or rack I/O, the DMI-AMM is designed to assist engineers with multiple spoken voices. It is seamlessly incorporated into the console’s user interface, allowing a continuous workflow that does not hinder the operation of the console.
The DMI-AMM system works by automatically managing several live microphones in unpredictable dialogue situations. When one person speaks, that microphone’s gain level fades up instantly, while the other microphone gains are reduced. When the speaker pauses, all microphone levels will adjust to medium gain to collectively match the level of one microphone at full gain. The resulting effect will be as if all speakers are sharing one microphone.
“We studied what was already available on the market and noticed that other implementations varied in quality,” explains DiGiCo DSP and product specialist, Pete Johnston. “We tested the DMI-AMM at the lowest levels, as well as at very high levels, so the gaps between people speaking would come up with reliable results with no cumulative error when high channel counts were being used.
“We also made sure that all the control circuitry was running at sample rate so that the beginnings of words wouldn’t be
USA - Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems has announced the Alpha Series of products designed to offer users the same durability and reliability that Professional Wireless products are known for. The Alpha Series product line “provides the features necessary to get simple jobs done smarter and more efficiently, at a price point that fits everyone’s budget”. The Alpha 4-Zone Filtered Distro, which can be seen at InfoComm Booth C479 in Las Vegas, is the first product in the series.
Intended for use at the heart of every distributed antenna system, the Alpha 4-Zone Filtered Distro combines four sets of diversity antennas and provides signal for up to eight receivers. With RF filtering at 470-616 MHz, the Alpha 4-Zone is a compact and powerful solution for many applications.
“The 4-zone Filtered Distro is the first of many Alpha products we plan on rolling out over the next year,” explains Justin Van Winkle, production manager, Professional Wireless. “Many of our customers have requested a cost-effective product line that offers the features they need every day without the expensive bells and whistles – the Alpha Series fulfils that request.”
China - PR Lighting has released a new weather-proof LED wash luminaire, Polaris (PR-6805).
An IP67-rated fixture, Polaris has seven 15W RGBW 4-in-1 SMT LED lamps, with a colour temperature of 3200K-10000K. Each pixel is independently controllable.
Other features include: electronic strobe (0-25fps, with preset strobe pulse effect); dimmer (0-100% linearly adjustable); Rainbow, Wash, Beam Spot modes (swirl, kaleidoscope), with many macros and unlimited mixed colours; 4°-40° light angle; bi-directional and continuous rotation of front lens module; 14-channel control (standard mode), 39 channels (extended mode); DMX wireless control function; overheating protection.
The net weight of Polaris, is just 8.4Kg, and the first batches are expected to ship in mid-June.
Europe - Neutrik’s new NA2-IO-DLINE Dante I/O interface will be available from its official distributors and resellers worldwide on 12 June.
This new end-of-network device provides an easy solution for integrating analogue signal devices within Dante based AoIP networks. With two line level analogue inputs and two line level outputs, it can simultaneously integrate two analogue audio channels within a Dante network and output a Dante stream as two analogue channels, in just a few easy steps.
The NA2-IO-DLINE is optimised for use in extreme environments and applications, offering all of the usual Neutrik standards of robust construction and protection. The unit is equipped with lockable etherCON connections for audio and network I/O, and comes wrapped in a highly protective rubber casing for stand-alone deployment. This can be removed, to allow it be used with optional mounting brackets or a rack panel; enabling it to be mounted below tables, in floor boxes, or in equipment racks for fixed installation applications.
Mark Perrins, managing director at Neutrik UK, states: “The NA2-IO-DLINE is a uniquely robust, highly specified, simple to use, hand-holdable synchronous Dante - analogue / analogue - Dante interface. Its field ready form factor and construction contrasts sharply with the plethora studio-use I/O metal boxes, and fragile breakout connectors currently on the market. As a quick fix, on-stage or onsite, system and production engineers tool kit essential, it is unrivalled.”
USA At InfoComm 2018, software provide Stardraw.com is unveiling the latest version of its award-winning design/documentation software for AV systems integrators. Stardraw Design 7.3 can be seen for the first time on the Stardraw booth C-3116 at InfoComm 2018.
Boasting a raft of new features and significant performance enhancements, SD7.3 will be available for download from the Stardraw.com website in June. All new features are based on user feedback and requests from Stardraw’s extensive user base that now covers 83 countries worldwide. One of the most significant enhancements is a move to a new, 64-bit platform to enable handling of the largest of projects with ease. The new 64-bit architecture is able to manage huge and multiple imported DWG files better than ever before, as well as other resource-intensive non-native data formats including PDF, DXF and image files (PNG, JPG, etc.)
Another popular enhancement is the new Feathering feature, sometimes called ‘Continuations’ or ‘Fly-offs’, which provides a graphical representation to indicate where a cable has come from, and is going to, in the event that it spans separate drawings or is noncontiguous in the same drawing. Crucially, it consolidates the two Cable objects into one ‘physical’ cable in the Cable Schedule to ensure that they aren’t double-counted in the project.
Other new features include monochrome import for even clearer drawings, high-resolution rendering and more.
“We’re now into our seventh generation of design/documentation software applications for AV i
USA - Bose Professional has launched the Business Music System Designer (BMSD), a new online interactive design tool to aid audio integrators in specifying the right Bose Professional sound products in commercial audio applications. Hosted online and free to access, the BMSD tool helps users quickly choose the right sound solution for specific applications and customer budgets.
The first release of this easy-to-use web tool focuses on Bose FreeSpace and EdgeMax loudspeaker recommendations for non-technical users, based on simple parameters such as room dimensions, mounting style, desired coverage and volume level. The tool then provides “good” and “better” options for loudspeaker quantity, tap settings, placement locations and spacing.
Business Music System Designer reduces design time and increases confidence that the right system has been recommended, says the company. The next update to the tool will produce further system recommendations, including amplifier and accessories selections, as well as other useful options.
The web tool’s intuitive visual user experience and reporting capabilities enable integrators to turn estimates around quickly, while helping to build credibility and more productive engagements with their customers.