South Africa - DWR Distribution, the South African distributor of Prolyte, is now able to offer and maintain Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering trussing products, thanks to new partnerships between Area Four Industries and Prolyte.
“For South African Prolyte distributor, DWR Distribution, this means the opportunity to offer an additional service to our industry,” said Robert Izzett from DWR. “With access to the full Area Four Industries truss product range, which includes Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering brands (expect for Milos which has a different distributor), we can assist the African market with any new products or spare parts they may require which includes a variety of modernized motors within Exe Technology brand, also part of Area Four product portfolio.”
“DWR is not only a distributor for us at Area Four, but a serious and professional partner,” said Area Four sales and marketing director, Fabio Prada. “We are confident that the partnership will enable us to share projects that do not stop with the distribution of products to the South African market, but which can act as a platform for a more capillary presence on the entire African continent.”
“While Prolyte has the lion’s share of the South African market, DWR looks forward to extending our service and assistance to those who have Litec, Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering trussing in their inventory,” Robert concludes.
USA - CP Communications has announced the immediate availability of CamSTREAM2 and CamSTREAM2B, the second generation of the company’s Red House Streaming (RHS) all-in-one live production systems.
Available to rent or purchase, both systems support content acquisition, on-board recording and live streaming in fully integrated, turnkey packages, with CamSTREAM2 built for ProAV productions and CamSTREAM2B for professional broadcasts. Both systems are configurable to serve cloud streaming and user-hosted playout workflows.
Ease of setup represents the main departure from first-generation CamSTREAM systems. The new systems simplify and accelerate configuration for content creators, and cede production and control operations to remote CP Communications technicians. These two benefits remove the intimidation factor for less experienced content creators, including athletes, musicians and gamers, while providing the same premium technology and visual experience that professional organizations and viewers expect.
“We built our second-generation STREAM systems to reflect customer feedback, including the demand for more streamlined workflows and a cost-efficient at-home production model,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO, CP Communications. “These systems will allow content providers to shoot and stream broadcast-quality video direct to Facebook, YouTube, a CDN, and/or studio-based playout servers with virtually no advance labor or local production expenses.”
The all-in-one packages, which integrate a Sony SRG-360SHE PTZ camera, a Mobile Viewpoint Agile
USA – Strand has announced that their new line of LED theatrical luminaires are now shipping. The new fixtures, which include an updated Leko LED Profile, feature an RGBALC colour system and target theatres, houses of worship, TV studios and other performance spaces.
"There has been strong excitement about the new Strand luminaires, and customers are eager to see the fixtures in person," says Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. "The wide colour spectrum, high CRI and easy-to-programme SmartColor Control system have generated a lot of excitement in the market, and we are eager to have more customers see how truly excellent the quality of light is on these fixtures."
SmartColor Control on the new Strand luminaires allows programmers to quickly leverage the full power of the RGBALC (red, green, blue, amber, lime and cyan) colour mixing system with less effort using traditional CYM+CTO controls.
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 - for better reproduction of skin tone and other colors on stage. The tunable white fixtures offer a consistent CRI exceeding 94 across all color temperatures, as well as high TM30 and TLCI values.
"The full RGBALC colour system in these theatrical fixtures ensures designers can achieve the same deep colors they once obtained with gels, while the cold and warm tunable white options on the new Leko and Cantata luminaires of
Austria - The advantages of LED as a tungsten replacement are many: greater efficiency with less power draw, less maintenance, reduced heat and more flexibility. Leading Austrian event production company Steinerlive is realising all those benefits with a recent purchase of Elation KL Fresnel LED wash luminaires, a bright, high-quality white light with output as beautiful as traditional tungsten halogen.
With over 35 years of industry experience, Steinerlive, based in Vienna, are specialists in the application of professional event technology for congresses, conferences, corporate meetings, virtual events, and exhibitions. Seeking an LED alternative to an aging inventory of tungsten Fresnel fixtures, Elation sales representative for Austria, Karl Lager, helped Steinerlive personnel scrutinise the KL Fresnel line. “He did a great job, answered all of our questions, and provided us with demo equipment,” states Steinerlive’s Bernhard Höfert. “Finally, and significantly, he gave us a quotation we were able to work with.”
The KL Fresnel series is a line of warm-white or cold-white LED Fresnel lights available in 50W, 150W and 350W models. Steinerlive acquired the 150W KL Fresnel 6 CW, a cold-white LED Fresnel with a 5,600K Cool White LED engine and high CRI of 97.
“The KL Fresnel 6 CW will replace our stock of tungsten Fresnel fixtures in order to reduce the electrical load, simplify the setup by not needing dimmer racks and thus complicated cabling, and streamline installation by using hybrid DMX+load cables that simply daisy chain the fixt
UK - Le Mark has released a rolling screen suitable for protection against sneeze and cough particles suitable for enclosed spaces, such as rehearsal studios.
Originally designed for hairdressers and beauty salons that require a simple, clear screen that could be regularly sanitised yet remain as unrestrictive as possible, the vinyl screen has lockable castor wheels and a metal frame and measures 122.5cm wide by 188.5cm high. (4ft x 6ft 2). It is available for purchase online.
USA - The latest addition to ADJ’s Entour range of atmospheric effect generators, the Entour Chill, is a compact yet powerful low-fogger. Using a combination of standard water-based fog juice and regular ice cubes, it can be used to create a dramatic low-lying fog effect without the hassle or expense of procuring dry ice.
Building on the success of ADJ’s popular Mister Kool Series, the Entour Chill features enhanced technology that allows for increased output and a robust design that makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications. A newly-developed 800W heater system allows for continuous output for up to an hour, while sophisticated new electronic temperature control lets the machine heat up in just 3 minutes and stay at optimum temperature ready for immediate firing of the effect when it is required.
The unit features an internal tank design, however a slot in the back of the machine’s case makes it easy to monitor the amount of fluid remaining. This is made even more convenient by an LED illumination system which lights the tank red when the machine is heating, green when it is ready to use, and flashes red when the tank is low. For optimal output, use of the ADJ Kool Fog juice is recommended. This particularly dense water-based fluid has been specifically developed for creating low-lying fog effects.
A versatile effect generator, the Entour Chill offers a variety of different control options. It features a 16-character LCD display screen that presents a menu-driven interface for configuration of the unit’s control and other operati
USA - Audio Precision has released the latest update to APx500 audio measurement software, version 6.0. With this release, APx software supports multiple simultaneous input types, enabling the concurrent measurement of up to 16 channels of digital and eight channels of analogue audio data. This new multi-input capability, paired with the highest channel count and widest range of digital I/O available, provides APx users critical cross-domain insight and the opportunity to reduce testing time.
Multiple simultaneous input types, or multi-input, is the ability to activate a second input type on any APx modular audio analyzer, or APx515 analyzer, and make measurements simultaneously on analogue and digital signals.
With two input types enabled - for example, analogue for one or more reference microphones and PDM 16 for an array of MEMS microphones - there will be measurement results for every enabled input channel. In addition, the sensitivity or gain function of digital microphones and other converters can be directly found via a new derived result, Sensitivity, which displays the RMS Level relationship between the analog and digital inputs.
The multi-input feature is available for use in both Sequence Mode and Bench Mode and supports all the essential measurements used for the analysis of microphones and microphone arrays. This includes Transfer Function, a dual-channel FFT analysis function added in the previous release of software. With multi-input and Transfer Function, the complex, magnitude and phase, relationship between multiple analog or digit
Germany - Steinberg has released the Steinberg Production Starter Kit. As the name implies, this hardware/software bundle includes “all the essentials for recording and making music productions from A-Z”.
The Steinberg Production Starter Kit features the UR22C USB 3.0 audio interface, Nektar’s Impact LX25+ keyboard, the ST-H01 studio headphones and the ST-M01 studio condenser microphone. On the software side, Steinberg’s Cubase Artist 10.5 is the centrepiece of music productions, with HALion Sonic 3, WaveLab LE and Cubasis LE, the sequencer app for the iPad and iPhone, rounding out this bundle and making it one of a kind.
The UR22C is a two-channel audio interface with USB-C connectivity, housing two TRS/XLR combo inputs that include studio-grade D-PRE microphone preamps, two TRS outputs, MIDI I/O and one headphones output. Other highlights are latency-free hardware monitoring, superb audio quality with a sampling rate of up to 192kHz, as well as seamless connectivity to Windows and Mac computers and the iPad and iPhone.
Cubase Artist 10.5 is based on the same technologies offered within Steinberg’s advanced music production system, Cubase Pro. The Artist edition combines audio and MIDI recording and production, with many creative tools and instruments. To complement the array of sounds and instruments already included in Cubase, HALion Sonic 3 also provides over 3,200 instrument sounds together with many effects for further audio processing.
Also included in the Steinberg Production Starter Kit are WaveLab LE 10 and Cubasis LE. Wave
France - L-Acoustics has announced that its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology will soon be natively controllable via Yamaha Professional Audio’s entire line-up of Rivage PM digital mixing systems, including the newly launched PM5 and PM3, thanks to a DeskLink co-developed by the two manufacturers.
As a feature of Rivage PM firmware version 4.0, which will be released simultaneously with the PM5 (CS-R5) and PM3 (CS-R3) hardware in the coming months, DeskLink enables Yamaha’s newest consoles to be fully capable of controlling L-ISA mixes, just like their larger siblings, the flagship PM10 and PM7 mixing systems.
Within the Rivage PM desks, for every mono or stereo input channel, direct control of L-ISA Objects or Groups will be available on the console control surface and touch screens. The five main L-ISA parameters - Pan, Width, Distance, Elevation, and Aux send - will also be stored for each object in the console Scenes, with dedicated recall scope.
“More than three decades ago, Yamaha helped pioneer the digital mixer market, and has since remained one of the premier live console manufacturers,” says Sherif El Barbari, director of L-ISA Labs. “With the recent additions of the PM5 and PM3 to their Rivage range, Yamaha can now accommodate a much broader user base and allow them to each experience the future of live sound reinforcement in a very intuitive way, via L-ISA’s object-based mixing approach.”
“Yamaha is delighted to have been able to include L-ISA system control integration for the newly expanded Rivage PM
Europe - Audio-Technica has released the version 1.1.1 update of its Wireless Manager software, available for immediate download.
Wireless Manager is a Mac OS/Windows application for remote configuration, control, monitoring, spectrum management, and frequency coordination of compatible Audio-Technica wireless devices. For those customers who have A-T Wireless Manager previously installed the software will be automatically updated.
Updated features in version 1.1.1 include improved usability, layout and control; enhanced scrolling capability; improved visibility of all frequency coordinated devices; updated and expanded channel list reports; upgraded user tools; and minor bug fixes. The software is compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.1, 10; macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13), macOS Mojave (Version 10.14).
A-T Wireless Manager software is compatible with all wireless devices operating in the UHF spectrum. When used with Audio-Technica 5000 Series (3rd Gen) and 3000 Series (4th Gen) with network control and monitoring, the software can coordinate and control all connected systems. The software can also interface with and monitor the latest 3000 Series networked chargers.
A-T’s updated Wireless Manager software (version 1.1.1) is available for download from Audio-Technica’s website.
France - Robert Juliat has launched a new range of luminaires – and the latest introduction to its LED lines – Sully.
Sully is a new family of LED products based around the same exclusive 115W white LED engine, with an output that equals or exceeds that of a traditional 1kW tungsten fixture.
Robert Juliat has developed a new LED compartment which will enable customers to upgrade current traditional profile installations to LED by simply swapping the tungsten lamp base on their existing RJ 600SX Series for the new T650SX LED module. The new accessory is also compatible with Robert Juliat’s Aledin Series, Figaro, and Quincy, and with its tungsten Cricket and MSD Buxie followspots.
This new development is kinder to the planet as well as your budget. Any 600SX Series profiles can be transformed from tungsten to LED sources whilst retaining the iconic, ergonomically-designed, steel bodywork that has become synonymous with the Robert Juliat name. By simply changing your existing tungsten lamp base for a Sully T650SX LED base, you can have a new LED rig without the cost, inconvenience and waste of replacing your existing rig. What’s more, you can retain all your existing 600SX Series accessories (iris, gobo holders, etc…) which are compatible with the new module – recycling at its best! Your reward for helping to save the planet? Lower power consumption and running costs too!
The newly-developed Sully LED compartment is also the key element in a whole new range of fixtures from Robert Juliat which offers a choice of profiles, beam spots
Europe - With fellow General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting and Robe lighting, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks reports that DIN SPEC 15800 officially recognises the GDTF as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide.
"With this latest accomplishment of DIN SPEC 15800, GDTF will continue its growth and see even greater success now that it is recognised as a standard way of communicating controllable characteristics of lighting fixtures,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar.
“GDTF has covered a lot of ground in the two short years since inception. We already have 35 manufacturers signed on to support the open standard and are grateful for their contributions to help build a solid basis for a standardized format that will advance the industry in new ways. I look forward to seeing more manufacturers, as well as more entertainment professionals contributing to the wide-spread availability of GDTF files and benefiting from it in their workflows.”
DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, is the independent platform for standardization in Germany and worldwide. A DIN SPEC, is a document that specifies requirements for products, services and/or processes, and it’s a trusted strategic instrument for quickly and easily establishing and disseminating innovative solutions on the market. DIN's job is to ensure that a DIN SPEC does not conflict with any existing standards or rules of procedure.
Now, GDTF will be a standard for describing the hierarchical and logical structure and controls o
Germany - LED manufacturer Absen reports that they they have won the Red Dot Product Design award for their latest rental staging LED solution, the Venus (VN) series.
The Red Dot Design Award has become established internationally as a seal of quality for good design. Established in 1955, the Product Design award is presented to the best products created each year, as decided by a jury of 40 international experts on product innovation.
Winners of the award are judged on a range of elements, such as innovation, functionality, quality, and ecological compatibility. Commenting on the winning VN Series, the Red Dot Award’s jury praised “a particularly high flexibility and durability which makes the Venus series universally applicable in various usage scenarios.”
“We’re delighted to have been presented a Red Dot award for Product Design,” said Amy Tang, VP of product at Absen. “The VN Series was designed with users in the field in mind every step of the way. Not only does the product deliver a visually stunning performance, it is radically different to what is currently available on the market and will see customers save on weight and cost, without compromising on the performance of the product.”
The Venus series is an LED display that has been specifically designed for concerts and festivals due to its ability to create super-sized screens at speed. The product features an integrated ‘module-on-frame’ design, which has removed the need for a sub-frame and is 27% lighter than competing solutions, allowing creative teams to cut b
UK - Cornwall-based bespoke audio specialist Apt-GB has introduced the CMA Range consisting of ‘two compact top packs that pack a serious punch’ – the versatile SC208 (CMA44) and SC122 (CMA82).
The speakers are designed to cover most install, conference and live music needs. With multiple rigging points they ﬁt discreetly into most spaces in installations. You can also rotate the horn for more control.
Leading the design team, company founder Graham Gosden has over 20 years of experience in design and engineering for live touring and fixed installations.
All Apt-GB cabinets are manufactured in itson-site facility at the heart of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor.
Italy - Powersoft has announced that its full line of amplifiers will be available for specification within the popular D-Tools software for systems integrators. In celebration of this announcement, Powersoft dealers will be eligible for a free 45-day trial of D-Tools Cloud.
“It is our pleasure to bring the full breadth of Powersoft amplification to the D-Tools platform,” says Francesco Fanicchi, brand communication and trade marketing manager, Powersoft. “Our diverse line-up of industry-leading amplifiers presents compelling possibilities for installations of all sizes, and we are happy to now make them available to integrators through this powerful and efficient software tool.”
“We are excited to add Powersoft to our amplification offerings within D-Tools’ software solutions,” says Barrie McCorkle, director of supplier programs, D-Tools. “Powersoft amplification’s unique capabilities and diverse configurations help broaden our users’ selection of amplification solutions, empowering them to design and build systems that best meet their clients’ needs.”
D-Tools’ award-winning on-premises software, System Integrator (SI), and cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, streamline project workflows for system integrators including sales, comprehensive system, design, project documentation, procurement, installation, back office management, and service, through a data-driven process that leverages an extensive and integrated product library. The D-Tools product library will now include detailed product information and dealer-specific
Switzerland - Following on the success of its virtual NAB booth, audio over IP specialist Barix will present its latest products for the professional AV market and host individual meetings with end-users and systems integrators during its virtual InfoComm event on 22-24 June.
“While we will miss not being able to meet with AV professionals, integrators, and partners face-to-face in Las Vegas this year, we look forward to engaging with them virtually,” comments Manuel Merki, head of marketing at Barix. “Our virtual NAB booth for broadcasters was well received, and with more virtual event experience under our belts, our Virtual InfoComm may prove to be even better. With businesses starting to emerge from lockdowns and projects ramping back up around the world, this is a perfect time for end-users and integrators to learn what’s new from Barix and discuss their specific requirements with us one-on-one.”
Barix will present its latest AV product news on 22 June in three sessions, allowing attendees around the world to choose the most convenient time for their region: 10:00am CEST, 1:00pm EDT (10:00am PDT), and 5:00pm SGT. A highlight of the webinar will be the full launch of Barix’s IP Former hardware for transforming virtually any loudspeaker into an IP Speaker, following its early preview at ISE.
Other featured products will include the SIP Audio Endpoint for bridging analogue audio with SIP-based phone systems; a new SDK available for the AudioPoint 3.0 low-latency, audio-to-mobile streaming platform; and enhancements to the company’s S
UK - DiGiCo’s latest software update, V2.6, for its S Series consoles delivers a number of significant new features. These include control of the A164D Wall LCD and A168D Stage for networked audio in installations via the Dante 64@96 DMI, and support for the DMI-KLANG, both of which were launched at this year’s ISE show in Amsterdam.
A164D Wall LCD, a 16 input 4 output I/O Expander, and A168D Stage, a portable 16 input 8 output I/O Expander, deliver all the connectivity of the original A164 Wall LCD and A168 Stage, but with the additional advantage of Dante connectivity. This not only adds the flexibility and familiarity of the Dante network protocol, but also means that consultants and integrators can take advantage of existing network infrastructure to drop I/O anywhere on the network.
With a Dante DMI 64@96 card installed in an S Series console, access to 64 channels of I/O to or from the Dante network is provided. This allows control of both racks and can be set to either be in Full Control mode or Receive Only mode in the audio routing menu. In full control mode, socket properties can be changed from the console, whereas in receive only mode, socket property values are only received from the Dante IO device, and not transmitted by the console.
This can be utilised when sharing inputs with another console; one can have full control of socket properties whereas the other cannot control them, but still receives the value in order for gain tracking to be used.
The DMI-KLANG takes KLANG:fabrik’s immersive in-ear mixing core and rebuil
USA - Altman Lighting has announced release of the new PHX3 LED Profile and PHX3 LED Zoom luminaires. Designed for theatres, special events, television studios, or ‘any location where superior, energy-efficient lighting performance is required’, the 340W PHX3 LED ellipsoidals ‘enhance your design versatility and efficiency without sacrificing performance’.
“Wanting to make sure that we implemented the most robust technology possible into our next-generation LED ellipsoidals, the PHX3 Profile and Zoom introduce a number of innovative features in function, style, and efficiency,” says Pete Borchetta, Altman vice president product innovation. “Having spoken with a number of lighting designers and dealers worldwide, we wanted to expand our PHX series even further with these two new high-performance and dependable luminaires.”
Utilising a 340W (RGBL) Red, Green, Blue, and Lime LED engine, the PHX3 luminaires output just over 10,000 lumens for a true front-of-house workhorse fixture. Available in 5°, 10°, 19°, 26°, 36° and 50° fixed focus Profile Spot models, as well as 15-35° and 30-55° Zoom Spot models, the fully locking shutters and 360° rotating barrel helps you keep the PHX3 fixture focus intact with virtually no light leak.
Providing multiple on-board control options such as colour fades and strobes, PHX3 luminaires also offer a console-free stand-alone Player Mode, and 8-bit or 16-bit virtual dimming for smooth, high quality blackouts and colour shift minimization during dimming.
“Looking for a lighting solution tha
USA - The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for UV-C lighting products offering reliable disinfection, even from coronaviruses. ACT Lighting has announced that it is distributing UV-C lighting devices from Luxibel as well as the GSUV product range from Golden Sea.
“ACT Lighting has begun to distribute UV-C disinfecting devices from our suppliers, which are ideal for use in production environments of all types,” says Aaron Hubbard, regional sales manager at ACT Lighting. “We are delivering a myriad of products from both manufacturers geared toward the permanent installation markets as well as portable solutions ranging from smaller, consumer level applications to theatres and arenas.”
Luxibel, the professional AV lighting brand of AED group, which has its headquarters in Belgium and offices in The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK, currently offers four UV-C products that can be wall, ceiling or tripod mounted. B HYBRID is a direct and indirect disinfection unit and B AIR is an indirect disinfection unit; both take care of 24-hour air disinfection in the presence of people and animals and eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungal and mould spores in the air.
B DIRECT is a single direct UVC radiator with reflector and B DIRECT II is a double direct UVC radiator with reflector. They disinfect air and surfaces, up to 22 and 38sq.m respectively, prevent secondary infections and eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungal and mold spores in the air. Luxibel products are shipping now.
Goldensea UV products are manufactured by Golde
UK - TSL Lighting has developed a Covid-secure remote control lighting system.
The Basingstoke-based company devised the solution in response to a project brief from digital web streaming pioneers Beings Broadcast, on behalf of creative agency Collider.
“The COVID-19 lockdown has required companies across the event production industry to look at new ways to deliver client communications,” says TSL’s Loz Wilcox. “When the message is important, it’s imperative that this is delivered in a slick, professional manner and sometimes this can be tough to do outside of the normal production environment.
“TSL was contacted by lighting designer Paul Cook, who required a lightweight and easily transportable lighting solution. There were multiple needs: no bulky flight cases which might not be suitable for a home broadcast, simple setup that could be achieved by someone from a non-technical background, and the ability to control it all remotely to ensure lighting levels for camera balance could be monitored during the presentation.”
After exploring various options, TSL created a package using their Litepanels Astra 6X Bi-Color LED Panels and a pre-configured laptop as the interface to the remote lighting controller. Once the client receives the lighting and control package, they connect the colour-coded system by following the supplied instruction manual and simply connect the laptop to the local network or WiFi.
Once connected, the laptop automatically logs on to TSL’s central server, and onwards to the remote console, enabling the l
USA - American Audio’s APX12 GO BT is a self-contained portable audio system designed for playing music and making announcements ‘absolutely anywhere’. Combining a 12” speaker cabinet, class D amplifier, internal battery, on board media player with Bluetooth and wireless mic receiver, it offers ‘a complete audio system in one easy to transport package’.
With a sleek moulded plastic design and matte black finish, the speaker enclosure is fitted with a tough protective metal grille on its front. It features a 12” woofer with a 1.5” voice coil paired with a 1” high frequency driver. An internal Class D module provides 65 Watts RMS of amplification for a peak power output of 200 Watts. The system has a frequency response of 40Hz-18KHz and a sensitivity of 93 +/- 2 dB.
The APX12 GO BT’s internal 700mA 12V battery allows up to eight hours of use from a single charge, while a handy four-segment LED battery life indicator provides a snapshot of the amount of charge remaining. An IEC power input socket can be used both for charging and running the system from a wall socket instead of the battery.
Weighing in at 35 lbs. / 16kg. and with compact measurements of 16.375” x 14” x 27.5” / 415mm x 355mm x 700mm, the APX12 GO BT is easy to lift and will fit in the trunk of most cars. It is also fitted with a pair of wheels and a retractable handle, which means that it can be wheeled to where it needs to be as simply as wheeling a cabin bag to a plane. It also features two convenient side handles as well as a tripod mount on the bottom.
Italy - Powersoft has released new plug-ins supporting Mezzo Series and its non-DSP install dedicated amplifier platforms ranges for the Q-SYS and Crestron control ecosystems.
These free-to-download plug-ins allow for user friendly network-based control of amplifier functionality via third-party systems. They feature ‘a refined, modern-looking interface, extended functionality, and a high level of user customisability, compared to legacy plug-ins for the format’.
In addition, a new Q-SYS plug-in supporting DSP+D versions of Duecanali, Quattrocanali, Ottocanali, X and T series is slated for release this summer with brand new functionality.
“Powersoft enables wide-ranging control and configuration of our amplifiers through our own ArmoníaPlus software, but we are also committed to ensuring interoperability with other popular control ecosystems,” says Michael Perry, Powersoft application engineer, North America. “Our new Q-SYS and Crestron plug-ins improve functionality and usability for any users integrating our premium amplifier technology with these popular products.”
The latest plug-ins extend third-party network-based interoperability to Powersoft’s new ultra-compact Mezzo half-rack installation amplifiers. For Mezzo, the new plug-ins allow Q-SYS and Crestron controllers to access numerous key functions, including power and standby, LED blink / identify, amplifier nickname, backup strategy mode, source selection priority, gain and mute control, polarity control, and user delay.
The new plug-ins for Duecanali, Quattrocan
Denmark - DPA Microphones has introduced the latest addition to its microphone line-up, the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun Microphone. Featuring the same sonic qualities as the brand’s supercardioid Choir Microphone, the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun has been optimised to pick up speech from a distance.
Incorporated into the company’s new 4097 Core Interview Kit, the mic has been designed for use with a lightweight boom and windjammer. This kit is particularly useful for journalists in today’s socially distanced world as it allows users to conduct interviews from up to two meters (6.5 feet) away. It is a plug and play solution that allows users to get started quickly and employ their existing workflows, says the company.
The kit features one each of DPA’s new 4099 Cold Shoe Mount, which incorporates a one-quarter-inch thread; DPA MicroDot cable; transmitter plate; lightweight telescopic boom pole, to further ensure social distance protocols; and windjammer, to provide ideal conditions for outdoor productions. Terminating in a MicroDot connection, the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun can attach directly to a transmitter or be used with the company’s 4099 series mounts, clamps and clips, for easy mounting on any surface. The mic can also be used as a plant mic solution for film and TV production environments.
“The 4097 Core Micro Shotgun was designed as a solution to help complement broadcasters’ toolboxes,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “Prior to social distancing protocols, a typical interview incorporated standard handheld or la
USA - Visix has released version 1.32 of their AxisTV Signage Suite digital signage software with a new Voice Recogniser Widget that turns any screen into a hands-free interactive sign.
AxisTV Signage Suite users can drag and drop the new Voice Recognizer Widget (VRW) onto any layout, then set custom parameters that instruct the sign what to listen for and how to respond to requests. It can be used on single displays, banks of screens and video walls in any environment.
“Clients no longer have to depend on touchscreens for interactivity, which is especially important in this time of concern about germ transmission,” says Jill Perardi, creative services manager for Visix. “Just as people got used to using touchscreens because of smartphones, they’re now starting to expect a voice user interface like they use with their virtual assistants at home. Now anyone with digital signage can offer that experience without having to invest in expensive touchscreens or custom programming. They can just use the software and displays they already have.”
Real-world application of the VRW allows viewers to walk up to any display, ask for the material they want, and then immediately see that content on screen. AxisTV Signage Suite users simply design the various content options, employ the VRW, enter speech triggers, and configure those triggers to launch the appropriate content. Keywords can launch different slides within a layout, or simply hide or show things on the same slide.
A microphone is always listening for the triggers set in the software b