Product News

prolightsProlights expands Fresnel range with variable white fixtures
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Italy - Prolights has just expanded its EclFresnel range with four new variable white variants. This includes the MINI, with a 60W LED engine and a 100mm lens, JUNIOR, with a 150W engine and a 150mm front lens, the 1K Fresnel with a 250W source and a 200mm front lens and finally, the 2K Fresnel, with a 500W LED source and a 250mm lens.
The variable white series include a CCT range between 2,700K to 5,600K, rendering skin-tones naturally whilst delivering a clean light beam and smooth fades between warm white to cool white.
Because these are variable white only fixtures, users get an incredibly bright beam across the entire zoom range, whilst keeping high CRI, TLCI and TM30 values.
The EclFresnel range are the perfect fixtures for high-demanding jobs like theatre and broadcast. There are many accessories for these units, including an eight-leaf barndoor and a 28mm TV-spigot that ship with these units. There are also dedicated pole-operated yokes available for all variants of the Fresnels.
The units are packed with the latest technology like 16-bit smooth dimming and adjustable PWM, colour temperature presets and much more. And just like the fixed white or full colour series, the EclFresnel VW range is also available in a white housing for concert halls and multifunctional venues.

phoenixAltman announces Phoenix range
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

USA - Altman Lighting has announced an update to its PHX line. The new PHX LIME chip is brighter without any increase of power consumption, meaning that mixing to white brings a 1,000-2,000lm increase in total brightness per fixture, all whilst delivering independent saturates of Red, Green and Blue. “This is made possible by splitting the LED only four times, allowing us to deliver more power to the saturate chips than many other fixtures in the current market while still maintaining thousands of colour combinations,” says the company.
The new PHX LVD has a very smooth fade out and in function, as Nicolas Champion, VP of sales and marketing for Altman Lighting, explains: “The LVD performance is similar to an incandescent dimming curve and can dim all the way to 0% very smoothly. Furthermore, the PHX LVD is forward or reverse phase compatible, meaning that it can work on almost all types of dimming systems, as long as the dimmer is big enough to handle the load of the fixture. Customers can have a warm/cool White LED unit, without having to change their existing dimming infrastructure and may even be able to save their current lens tubes, as the new PHX fixtures also accept many standard industry lens tubes. It's the true meaning of plug and play when it comes to upgrading old or new systems.”
The PHX1.5 LED 150W RGBL array is a long throw LED profile spot that is completely convection-cooled, making it ideal for any and all acoustically sensitive environments seeking to avoid the use of fans.

id44-mkii-lifestyle-4Audient releases next generation iD44 (MKII)
Wednesday, 1 June 2022

USA - Audient has launched the iD44 MKII, an upgrade to the company’s most powerful desktop audio interface.
“As far as audio performance was concerned, iD44 was already fully spec’d,” opens Andy Allen, Audient’s marketing director. “Yet we saw an opportunity to make the best better: making a major improvement to the all important ADC’s, incorporating additional must-have features and styling it with a beautiful new smoke-grey finish. All at the same price, delivering yet more value to our customers!”
The ADCs’ THD+N figure sees a 9dB improvement, representing a step up in audio performance for the MKII. “That’s super clean audio with less added noise and even less audible distortion,” says Allen.
iD44 (MKII) now also benefits from the addition of Audio Loop-back, so users have the ability to capture playback from multiple applications on the computer at the same time as the microphones - ideal for content creators, podcasters and streamers.
The incorporation of a dual headphone amp means three sets of headphones can be plugged in at once. The new unit also has a metal enclosure.
Allen continues: “The combination of these enhancements alongside four Audient Console mic preamps, class-leading converters, ADAT expandability and balanced inserts means iD44 (MKII) really does deliver the audio performance of an Audient console straight to your desktop, and ensures with iD44, our customers get a professional grade audio interface without breaking the bank.”
iD44 (MKII) is expected to ship this month and wi

mover2Powersoft showcases DMD at InfoComm 2022
Tuesday, 31 May 2022

USA - Powersoft will be showcasing the capabilities of Dynamic Music Distribution and its haptic feedback technology Mover at this year’s InfoComm 2022 in Las Vegas.
The capabilities of Powersoft’s Dynamic Music Distribution (DMD) will be visually demonstrated across three walls of the company’s booth (#W2961), where visitors will have the opportunity to understand how to dynamically route music and other signal sources between different zones, across multiple amplifiers, all independently of source location and without the need for a centralised DSP.
Powersoft’s Mezzo, WM Touch and a SYS Control App will be arranged on the walls, alongside a series of inlayed low power speaker drivers. There will be audio streaming from speakers on the walls, so that people can interact with it and understand more about how the ecosystem works.
“We are looking to demystify something that is perceived as complex but is really accessible for everybody to use and understand,” says Tom Knesel, general Manager at Powersoft US. “We will be walking visitors through the DMD ecosystem which enables the creation of highly customized and easy to use audio experiences - ideal for bars, hotels, fitness centres and other hospitality venues where sound is part of the overall customer experience.”
Showcasing alongside DMD is Mover, Powersoft’s powerful haptic feedback technology, is a direct-drive/tactile transducer designed ‘to create the ultimate immersive experience’. Mover is utilised for a variety of multi-technology immersive experiences, includin

infocomm-invitationRCF majors on power amps at InfoComm 2022
Tuesday, 31 May 2022

USA - RCF will have a major presence at InfoComm 2022. Product previews will be available in the RCF demo room, while the focus on the show floor (W 3223) will be a new section dedicated to RCF power amplifiers loaded with proprietary DSP, new passive speakers (most notably the Compact A and Compact C series) and new additions to the installed speaker catalogue. Further new products will be showcased for the first time at the show.
Sharing the same cabinet of the ART 9 Series, the Compact A Series is a lightweight and high-performance multi-purpose two-way full-range professional speaker for fixed installation projects.
Compact C Series is composed of two-way point source speakers for near and mid-distance applications, combining a compact wood cabinet with high output for accurate speech and music reproduction. Combining solid birch plywood cabinets with neodymium transducers and a 100° x 50° rotatable constant directivity horn, the speaker can be installed either horizontally or vertically, with optional mounting accessories for wall or ceiling.

Hirehop software adds free route planner
Tuesday, 31 May 2022

USA/Europe - HireHop, the cloud equipment rental software, has been adding new features and has just released its new route planner to help companies plan their deliveries, collections and service runs.
Deliveries, collections and other transports can be set to be automatically added when a user adds a delivery charge or collection charge to a job. There can be multiple deliveries, collections or service runs on each job, and all on different or the same dates. For some companies who need to schedule service runs over the duration of a rental, they can even schedule multiple runs at set or various intervals, for example a toilet hire company can schedule services every week to appear on the daily allocations in the route planner.
The planner also keeps track of weight, drivers and assistants and it can plot and display optimal delivery routes on a map. The delivery routes can be emailed to drivers who can open them on Google Maps for preset satnav guidance for the day’s delivery route. The route planner is available for free to all HireHop users.
HireHop has also released a new feature that breaks down as well as total profit and margins for jobs and projects. This enables users to decide if the job or project is profitable enough to undertake or see if the profit margins are within target.
For scanning barcode or QR codes, HireHop now has a built-in barcode scanner that uses the devices camera. This means that you don’t need any external barcode scanner and can just use your phone to scan.
There have been many other updates, such

foundersNaostage launches beaconless 3D tracking solution
Friday, 27 May 2022

France - Naostage, an engineering-led startup, has launched an automatic beaconless 3D tracking solution, making it easy for AVL rental-staging and fixed-install professionals to create immersive, interactive live experiences.
Designed and engineered at the company’s headquarters in Nantes, Naostage’s tracking solution seamlessly identifies and follows artists, performers and visitors wherever they are in a defined tracking area - allowing for the automation of an array of lighting, audio, video and media effects in real time.
“From outdoor festivals to touring shows, visitor attractions, immersive experiences and more, Naostage’s 100% automated solution streamlines and simplifies tracking workflow wherever it is deployed,” explains Paul Cales, Naostage founder and CEO, “helping artists, show designers and technical teams to improve productivity and reduce their costs while further elevating the live experience for fans and visitors.”
The potential applications for this one-of-a-kind technology are limited only by the imagination of the user, say the founders. Not only can Naostage help with staging automation for concerts, tours and festivals, but it can also help create a fully automated show in a museum or an entertainment venue where AVL actions could be triggered by a visitor entering the room. A cruise ship could also embark on multi-week journey with a fully automated show, simplifying pre-production and reducing costs across the board.
The product of four years of research and development, the Naostage ecosystem is bac

halo-product-image-01-loresNeutrik announces Halo product range
Thursday, 26 May 2022

USA - Neutrik has announced the launch of its new Halo product range, to be debuted on the company’s booth at the NAMM Show in the Anaheim next week.
Neutrik Halo products integrate a new patented light ring along with an asymmetrical, non-metallic push tab into the design of the company’s popular A series chassis connectors.
Halo product variants include the NC3FAH2-LR-DAE and NC5FAH-LR-DAE female XLR connectors, the NC3MAH-LR and NC5MAH-LR male XLR connectors, and the NE8FAH-LR-DAE etherCON connector. By placing one or two SMD LEDs on circuit boards, the connectors can be lit up for useful and attractive visual feedback such as input detection, transmission status, connection status, phantom power, operating mode indication, and other useful information.
The Neutrik Halo light ring delivers a forward-looking alternative to light pipes. With their standard cut-out, no additional holes for light pipes are required in the device panel. These connecters provide improved visibility compared to light pipes, and different colours can be displayed on the left and right sides of the connector - all of which results in a design element that is both visually appealing and informative, says Neutrik.
The asymmetrical, compound push tab minimises static discharge concerns. The tab’s matte, non-reflective surface minimizes light reflections - ensuring clear visual feedback. The asymmetrical placement allows closer vertical spacing of rows of connectors, compared to standard designs where the tab is located at the top centre. And with a larger push a

austrianAustrian releases large-diaphragm condenser
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

USA - Austrian Audio has announced the NAMM launch of the OC16, a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, designed to offer premium features at an affordable price. Just like the OC18 and the OC818 models, the new OC16 boasts a transparent and natural sound thanks to a combination of the hand-made in Vienna CKR capsule and Austrian Audio’s "Open Acoustics Technology" approach.
The OC16 is a robust microphone equipped with a patented CKR6 ceramic capsule. The design is inspired by the CK12 capsule which was made of brass. Austrian Audio opted for industrial ceramics instead as it is a highly insulating material that has the same mass and acoustic properties as brass, but is far less error-prone in production and can be manufactured much more consistently. Each capsule is made by hand in Vienna, tested and measured in-house before it leaves the factory.
Austrian Audio’s Open Acoustics technology reduces acoustic problems such as unwanted reflections and standing waves within the microphone. The result is the familiar, open and natural Austrian Audio OC (open condenser) sound. Thanks to the elastic capsule suspension, the mic can be positioned very close to even the loudest sound source, reducing unwanted noises, bass boosts and distortion.
The OC16 is an all-around microphone, says Austrian Audio. “Its price to performance ratio puts it within the reach of home studios, gigging musicians, school music programs, podcasters, live streamers, rental companies, and professional studios looking to fill out their mic locker with an affordable workhorse.

abstractTechLED brings Abstract fixtures to PLASA Focus Leeds
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

UK - At this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds, TechLED presented new products from Abstract Lighting, aimed at installers or rental companies who require affordable LED lighting solutions.
The showcase included Abstract’s IP20-rated, RBGW LED lighting system Candi Blox. Manufactured in the UK, the 200mm x 192mm unit features a five-by-five array of multi-chip LEDs configured as a central array of 25 LEDs, with an edge halo effect surround achieved through 20 additional LEDs. Lens options include 10°,15° and 40°, as well as an opal diffused option. The fixture can also be truss- or surface-mounted. Candi Blox is connected via four-pin XLR and operated via Duplicator 4, Duplicator 6, or even a proprietary smartphone or desktop app. The Blox draw just 5V for a 15W output.
Abstract’s Candi Bar packages up to six Candi Blox together as a standalone fixture taking the six-way unit to a height of 2m. Candi Bar is a versatile fixture, suitable for a live stage, television, bars and clubs and mobile DJs.
Complementing the Candi Bar, Abstract’s XLite Pro is a freestanding, two-metre-high, LED lighting system which exudes a beautifully blended peripheral light. High-performance mix-at-source multi-chip RGBW LEDs pitched at 14.2mm are housed within precision-engineered aluminium covered with a 160° frost lens to create a diffused 300-lumen glow. IP20-rated and connected via 4 pin XLR, the XLite Pro is operated via its own remote control or proprietary smartphone app and Amazon’s Alexa.

64-audio-hi-res-headphone-extension-cable64 Audio adds hi-res headphone extension cable
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

USA - 64 Audio has announced the launch of its new hi-res headphone extension cable. Now shipping, the cable will be featured during the 2022 NAMM Show in Anaheim next month.
“Designed as an ultra-efficient solution to the cable length problem, our new extension cable is made to effectively extend the IEM signal by an additional 10 feet without any audio degradation,” says Vitaliy Belonozhko, 64 Audio founder and chief sound designer. “It is built to match the quality and low-resistance nature of all 64 Audio cables for complete sonic transparency.”
The extension cable is suitable for use with personal monitor mixers, rather than using low-quality extension cables that severely degrade the quality of sound compared to a direct connection. It can also be used in a live audio setting as well as by studio professionals, gamers, and audiophiles.

evo-16-lifestyle-2000px-1Evo unveils latest audio interface
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

UK - Evo by Audient has announced the launch of the latest product in its range, Evo 16. A 24 in/24 out audio interface, the release features eight Evo preamps, advanced converter technology as well as the Smartgain feature which can be used on all eight channels simultaneously, and continues to ‘make recording easy’.
“Building on the success of Evo 4 and Evo 8, we wanted to super-size the Evo concept,” says marketing director, Andy Allen, describing the new audio interface which is designed to fit either on the desktop or in a rack. “Evo 16 offers the intuitive user experience, professional sound and technical quality you’d expect from parent company Audient, with plenty more I/O than its smaller counterparts. And yet it still fits firmly into the ‘affordable’ audio interface category.”
Evo 16 features a high resolution, full colour screen built into the unit. “With our all-new Motion UI (user interface) control system, we’ve found a new way of doing things,” says Allen. “Motion UI uses the wide-angle screen to intelligently display information on your session as and when you need it, making any interaction with Evo 16 a fully immersive, easy-to-use experience - more comparable to what you might expect when using a Smart device, with no menu deep diving required to activate features.
“Working alongside Evo 16’s hardware controls, Motion UI provides a centralised, one-knob control system for adjusting all EVO 16’s hardware parameters,” continues Allen. “Simply put, every adjustment is displayed on the screen in

nammRCF gears up for NAMM 2022 in Anaheim
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

USA - RCF will exhibit many new products at NAMM 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Centre in southern California.
Arturo Vicari, CEO of RCF states: “After so much time with limited personal contact and conversation, we are delighted to collaborate in the reopening of the industry with our presence at NAMM.”
Products on display will range from the new XPS 16K power amplifier with DSP to the versatile ART 9 AX Series, TRK PRO audio interfaces, new TT and NXL speakers, subwoofers, new products for installed sound and more. Live demos will take place in Demo Room 201 D.
Tarik Solangi, VP of RCF USA says: “It’s been a rough time for all in our industry, and we’re grateful to be here and to have the opportunity to meet with friends and customers. We have many new products and some disruptive technologies to show and we look forward to receiving feedback. We’re ready to be back in the swing of things.”

eaw-ac6EAW debuts ADAPTive column at InfoComm
Friday, 20 May 2022

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) will be showcasing its AC6 2-Way Full Range ADAPTive column loudspeaker at the 2022 InfoComm Show in Las Vegas. The latest addition to the brand’s ADAPTive line, the AC6 has a bandwidth of 65Hz-20KHz and max SPL of 143dB.
Although slightly smaller than its predecessors, the AC6 includes just as many features. Managed via EAW’s Resolution 2 software, the AC6 can compensate for coverage and directivity with its Adaptive Performance technology. By integrating all factors and aspects of the loudspeaker, the AC6 can produce three-dimensional coverage at any site, making it perfect for even the most acoustically challenged spaces.
“Showcasing the new AC6 at InfoComm is an exciting opportunity for EAW to continue connecting with and supporting the AV market,” says TJ Smith, president of EAW. “The AC6 features the same powerful DSP toolkit that EAW is known for in a small-format column enclosure, further cementing our mission in being a standout choice for AV integrators and installations.”
An infinite number of columns can be flown as mains or integrated with the larger Anna or Anya line arrays for endless coverage possibilities. Just like its other ADAPTive models, the AC6 is integrated with Dante redundant networking as well as analog redundancy capabilities making connecting and communication to each module streamlined and dependable.

voidVoid Acoustics enjoys successful return to ISE
Friday, 20 May 2022

UK - Void Acoustics enjoyed a busy ISE trade show and reports a positive response to the new Cyclone 4 – the latest compact, versatile addition to the Cyclone speaker series.
“Our expectations for ISE have most definitely been exceeded,” says Josh Pearce, EMEA sales manager for Void Acoustics. “We had designed an open and welcoming stand for us to re-connect with many of our existing customers – both from Europe and from further afield. And there was a constant stream of global customers and potential new customers coming onto the stand from as far afield as Mongolia, Israel, India, Central America and Africa. As well as the UK and all the main European countries. It was fantastic to be able to greet our global family and to see so many people face-to-face for the first time in a long while.”
The Void team reported constantly high footfall onto the stand throughout the four-day show.
The new Cyclone 4 speaker attracted considerable interest. “The reaction to the Cyclone 4 was very positive. In fact, people absolutely loved it. The feedback from our dealers, distributors and end users has been all about the sound quality of this compact speaker” says Josh. “People love how it looks and they told us in no uncertain terms they are excited to start specifying it on projects all around the world.”
In addition to the Cyclone 4, Void Acoustics was also showcasing the recently launched addition to the Venu range – the ultra-compact Venu 208 sub-woofer, as well as their newest Bias Q3 touring amplifier. These products were ably

cuelist-appearance-with-colorsFirmware update for Infinity Chimp DMX desks
Friday, 20 May 2022

The Netherlands - The firmware for Infinity Chimp DMX consoles has reached version number 2.1. In this release, several new features have been added and some bugs have been fixed.
The latest software for the Infinity Chimp DMX consoles adds a number of new features, like the Virtual Strobe, which lets you create a virtual strobe function for fixtures that only have a dimmer channel and no shutter channel. It adds synchronised strobing as well as random strobe effects. Another new feature is the cue-only record option, which allows you to mark changes in a cue to be used for a certain cue only.
It is now also possible to import Reaper csv files, the MIDI and DMX inputs are freely configurable, new options have been added to the cue commands, and the Magic Sheets have been enhanced with more sheets, renaming, cue renumbering, and much more. A full list of improvements and bugfixes can be found in the release notes published on

dsrdsr5pdsr4pressbluebgLectrosonics debuts digital slot receivers
Thursday, 19 May 2022

USA - Lectrosonics has announced the introduction of the DSR and DSR5P dual-channel and DSR4 quad-channel digital slot receivers. The new receivers are compatible with all the current Lectrosonics mono and stereo digital transmitters and are backward compatible with any of the Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters made in the past 20 years.
The DSR and DSR5P receivers provide two independent receiver channels and the DSR4 provides four independent receiver channels at the highest level of RF and audio performance available, with versatile feature sets and next-generation capabilities in the Unislot/Superslot form factor for ENG (Electronic News Gathering), field, and location production.
Both receivers are offered in several tuning ranges including A1B1 (470-614 MHz), B1C1 (537-692 MHz), 941 (941-960 MHz for use in North America) and 961 (961-1,015 MHz for use in the UK). Settings can be made from the front panels which feature high-resolution displays, making the units suitable for use in portable bag systems, mounted in or on cameras, and on sound carts.
An RF spectrum analyzer and SmartTune are built into the receivers to alleviate interference problems in an increasingly congested RF spectrum. The new receivers include a USB jack and data connection through the SuperSlot interface for compatibility with Lectrosonics Wireless Designer frequency coordination and system management software.
The DSR and DSR5P dual-channel units are exactly the same size and with the same screw mounting holes and rear connector as all Lectrosonics SR series pred

celestsioncf1025bnb-angled-topCelestion introduces versatile bass driver
Thursday, 19 May 2022

UK - Celestion has announced the introduction of the CF1025BMB 10-inch (254mm) diameter ferrite magnet, cast aluminium chassis professional audio driver. Well-suited to both bass and mid-bass applications, the new CF1025BMB excels as a bass unit in compact subwoofer applications, says the manufacturer.
The Celestion CF1025BMB features a 2.5”/64mm multi-layer voice coil providing 300W (AES standard) power handling and 92.5 dB sensitivity with an output frequency range of 45Hz to 5000Hz. The elastomer surround enables a longer Xmax compared to a conventional 10” mid-bass speaker, allowing the CF1025BMB to better reproduce lower frequencies. This makes the driver ‘a natural solution for discreet, compact subwoofer applications’. However, it also performs very smoothly up to 2kHz, making the CF1025BMB an option for two-way designs with the added advantage of exceptional low frequency performance.
In addition to the extended low frequency performance, features include Celestion’s smart airflow vented magnet assembly for dynamic heat dispersion to minimise power compression during operation; and an optimised T-pole magnet assembly to maximise the stability of cone movement for enhanced Bl symmetry, hence lower distortion.
Developed at Celestion’s headquarters in Ipswich, England, this loudspeaker is designed using specialist in-house software deploying FEA (Finite Element Analysis) modelling techniques, enabling the Celestion engineering team rapidly to achieve genuine increases in performance, that translate into greater product longevity, a

astraProlights launches AstraHybrid420
Thursday, 19 May 2022

Italy - Prolights has released the Astra Hybrid420, an all-in-one hybrid moving head that serves as a bright beam fixture, a flat field spotlight or a wide wash projection.
The Astra Hybrid420 comes with a 420W long-life discharge lamp, enabling an immensely bright light output, aided by the Italian-designed optical system that boasts a zoom range from 2.4º to 40º. The internal homogenizer removes any hotspot in spot mode, turning the beam into an even, flat field projection.
The extensive feature set of the Astra Hybrid420 includes a linear CMY colour mixing system and three colour wheels with 15 dichroic filters. The new fixture produces sharp and high-contrast in-air effects, using a set of 18 static gobos plus nine interchangeable rotating gobos.
The Hybrid420 is also packed with an animation wheel, two overlapping prisms and a frost filter, allowing designers to unleash their imagination.
In addition to the traditional DMX/RDM control options, this fixture has Art-Net, sACN and Wireless DMX (CRMX and W-DMX).

glpGLP enjoys successful return to PL+S 2022
Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Germany - The GLP stand proved to be one of the main attractions in Hall 12.1 at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. The generous hospitality area provided ample space for personal discussions with customers, colleagues and friends. GLP reports that the quality of visitors was high, which more than made up for the reduced numbers. The general mood was remarkably relaxed, which seemed fitting for both exhibitors and visitors.
"We were able to spend several productive days in Frankfurt," says GLP managing director Udo Künzler. "We enjoyed many good discussions with customers with plenty of passion and emotion which rekindled the spirit of the growing GLP family."
On the product side, Prolight + Sound 2022 also proved to be a major success for GLP. The impression X5 Compact, which was presented for the first time, proved equally popular as its already launched sibling, the impression X5. "The response from visitors showed quite clearly that we are on the right track with the new X5 series," adds Künzler.
Another show premiere was the XDC1, a fusion of X5 wash qualities and raw JDC1 strobe power. A large number of these fixtures are already proving their versatility and performance characteristics on Ed Sheeran's current world tour.
The new products of Fusion by GLP – Creos and X-PAR 12 Z – were also greeted with conviction by the audience and will certainly be in use in the near future.
"We are very satisfied with the results of our exhibition and will continue with the concept tested here,” summarises Udo Künzler. “In other words, we

ma-3MA Lighting releases grandMA3 software v1.7
Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Germany - MA Lighting has released the grandMA3 software version 1.7. This release offers MAtricks in presets, reworked preset editor, easier creation of recipes, faster programming of phasers and more intuitive timing and speed.
In addition, there are new features as well as ‘lots of improvements’. XYZ programming, preview functionality and a DMX tester have been implemented. Important menus like Backup and Patch have been reworked for a faster and easier workflow.
Importantly, the grandMA3 software release version 1.7 takes the next step towards a future-proof lighting control system. It reacts to the rising complexity of shows and the increasing requirements in the different market segments.
The software delivers ‘a massive parameter upgrade for most grandMA3 devices’. The parameter upgrade just comes with the software update to grandMA3 v1.7.

geminiLitepanels extends Gemini range
Wednesday, 18 May 2022

USA - Litepanels has announced a further expansion of its Gemini RGBWW LED panel range. Litepanels’ Gemini 2x1 Hard RGBWW LED Panel delivers up to 23,000 lux @10ft/3m of output from a lightweight, compact fixture.
Just like the Gemini 1x1 Hard released a year ago, the double-size Gemini 2x1 Hard produces highly accurate full spectrum white light as well as RGB output and a range of creative cinematic effects. It weighs just 25.3 lbs (11.5kg), including yoke and integrated power supply, and has a maximum power draw of just 500W. Twice the size of its smaller sibling, Gemini 2x1 Hard produces an output that is seven times brighter than the Gemini 1x1 Hard, creating a large volume of punchy light that can be easily softened with a range of diffusers.
“Gemini 2x1 Hard produces a greater volume of light than any other RGBWW LED panel available to gaffers and lighting designers today,” said Michael Herbert, product manager, Litepanels. “No other 2x1 LED panel is this powerful or this versatile. We have combined the latest advances in LED technology with cutting edge industrial design to push the boundaries of what is possible with LED lighting for cinema production.”
Gemini 2x1 Hard can deliver a powerful 20° beam of accurate hard white light, or seamlessly switch to a beautiful soft 100° wash with included diffusion panels. Users can control and modify without compromising on source. The output enables users to deploy a wider range diffusion or reflection tools not possible with less powerful fixtures.
With no external ballast, the ligh

lucentiProlight brings Lucenti at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

UK - At PLASA Focus Leeds, Prolight Concepts Group unveiled a new distribution partnership with Lucenti. On show from the Belgian lighting manufacturer were the Blackwave pixel bar series and Vinci DMX-addressable festoon lamps.
Blackwave is a IP66-rated series of pixel-mappable bars controllable by Art-Net or sACN. The fixtures have a 120° viewing angle and a black front cover, with clear, frosted, rounded or square covers also available.
The system is configured by using one controller for up to 64 bars arranged in groups of eight (1m bar) or 16 (0.5m bar). The strips are easy to link via the Blackwave combined power and data cables, and benefit from automatic patching, configuration and a bi-directional feedback and monitoring using the technology.
The 1m and 0.5m bars are designed to be used in demanding environments like stages, clubs and on the move with rental companies. The double chambered lightweight metal housing provides enough strength to interlock multiple bars, additionally, they feature a back rail to ensure easy mounting and a variety of rigging possibilities with the multitude of accessories available.
Meanwhile, the Vinci DMX addressable festoon lamps have PETE housing and come in a variety of styles. Combined with the Vinci controller (also IP-rated for outdoor use), these lamps are easy to operate with powerline communication technology. Both power and data can be sent along a standard festoon harness up to 240m.
Alongside the showcase from Lucenti, Prolight Concepts exhibited fixtures from LEDJ and e

ayrton-cobraAyrton debuts Cobra laser source IP65-rated luminaire
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Europe - Ayrton has introduced Cobra, its first phosphor laser source, IP65-rated luminaire, based on the concept of Dreamspot 18K which it first presented at Prolight+Sound 2016.
Several years of development have gone into designing and finalising this luminaire, which offers a next generation speckle-free laser source, designed for rendering a D65 white point that allows perfect colour reproduction.
Cobra pushes all the limits when it comes to beam definition, with native contrast never before achieved by a digital light source, an incredible beam angle of 0.6°, and an extreme range of focus, XT-Focus, which permits the beam shape to be adjusted according to the operating distance.
Cobra is the only luminaire on the market capable of illuminating an object several kilometres away, with an output of 386,000 lux at 20m and an unprecedented 38x zoom ratio and a zoom range of 0.6° to 23° due to its proprietary optical system with 13 lenses and a 170mm frontal lens.
Cobra adopts a particularly minimalist style, is extremely well-balanced due to the luminaire’s simplified waterproofing, known as EasyProtect-65, and the continuous rotation of the pan and tilt movement, which together multiply the possibilities for creating complex effects (Multi-I.R.S.) and makes this luminaire a universal tool capable of meeting any challenge in all conditions.
Cobra is equipped with a highly innovative colour section including a CMY mixing system and a multi-position instant access wheel equipped with six corrective filters, 21 complementary colour


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