Product News

lighting-podTomcat debuts Lighting Pod & Zig-Zag
Friday, 26 October 2018

USA - Tomcat launched a new Lighting Pod at LDI 2018. The product offers lighting designers a much broader canvas for their creations and affords them the opportunity to present 'walls of light' on a much larger scale than with traditional truss profiles. Extreme adjustability and flexibility allow for the use of multiple lighting options within one framework that can be utilised both vertically and horizontally.
The Lighting Pod is constructed from 2” x 1/8” and 1 ½” x 1/8” tubes for strength and durability, and measures a healthy 6ft x 2.6ft x 6ft for extending your lighting wall possibilities. Stable stacking and convenient transport are ensured with steel spigots, forklift pockets and heavy-duty casters.
Also unveiled at LDI, Tomcat’s new Zig-Zag Truss is a unique concept that combines the advantages of pre-rigged truss - efficient truck packing and speedy load-in/load-out - with a hinging spigot design that allows folding of the truss system over itself for efficient storage/travel and trouble-free unfolding via vertical lift and pinning applications.
The strength found in Zig-Zag truss comes from its 2” x 3/16” chords, 1 ½” x 1/8” small horizontal tubes, 2” x 1/8” large horizontal/vertical tubes, and 21” x 1/8” diagonals. It also features steel spigots, ¼” end plates and 2” round studs for extended stability and durability.
(Jim Evans)

iris-net-01-wDynacord IPX Series amplifiers now shipping
Friday, 26 October 2018

Europe - Presented to the market earlier this year, Dynacord’s IPX multi-channel DSP amplifiers are now shipping. Incorporating Dante and OCA (AES70) audio networking technology, the amplifiers are accompanied by the 4.0 release of IRIS-Net software for system configuration, remote control and supervision as well as the ability to create customised graphical user interfaces with individual user access permissions.
Engineered and made in Germany, the IPX Series comprises three 4-channel and one 8-channel amplifier model, offering a power density of 5 kW, 10 kW and even 20 kW from a single amplifier with all channels driven. Designed from the ground up for outstanding audio performance, integration flexibility and reliability, IPX Series amplifiers cover a wide range of demanding sound system installations from concert halls, art centres, theatres and houses of worship to distributed systems in stadiums and entertainment facilities.
IPX series amplifiers feature eight Dante audio inputs in addition to their analogue inputs. In combination with native network redundancy and configurable input fail-over and fallback configuration, this feature represents a new level of system redundancy.
The full potential of the DSP-controlled amplifiers is unleashed with the IRIS-Net 4.0 software. It facilitates the creation of fully customisable graphical user interfaces with user access privileges for different user levels - an important feature to control even the most complex sound systems.
Combining pro sound and public address functions into a common sy

 
 
mediaconNeutrik launches mediaCON family
Friday, 26 October 2018

Europe - Neutrik AG launched the new mediaCON product family at the recent IBC show in Amsterdam. mediaCON includes lockable USB Type-C cables and panel sockets, with all components designed for data rates up to 10 GB/s (USB 3.1), 100W power and 10,000 mating cycles.
Fabio Röllin, product manager at Neutrik AG, states: “With increasing digitisation, the demand for high-quality and robust data connectors is steadily increasing. More and more manufacturers rely on USB Type-C technology. However, a lockable and reliable interface to connect professional audio components, storage media, cameras, monitors and computer hardware has been missing. The new mediaCON series now offers the perfect solution for professional AV and broadcast applications, live rental, system integration and industrial applications.”
For ease of handling, the space-saving, flush-mount panel socket with push-pull locking mechanism, can be mounted from the front or the rear, and the majority of the moulded cable connector is concealed when mated and locked in place. This not only ensures a reliable connection, but also protects against dirt and mechanical stress. mediaCON cables with bend protection are available in lengths of 0.5 and 1 meter. mediaCON cables and panel sockets are also compatible with standard USB-C products.
(Jim Evans)

 
l-acousticsL-Acoustics integrates P1 with Q-SYS
Friday, 26 October 2018

World - L-Acoustics has released a plugin to enable interoperability between its P1 processor and QSC’s Q-SYS designer software.
The integration will enable users to control and monitor L-Acoustics’ P1 through Q-SYS.
Jeff Rocha, director of product management for L-Acoustics, comments: “Following the successful introduction of a Q-SYS plugin for LA4X and LA12X in June, accompanying the P1 release with a complementary plugin seemed essential.”
The L-Acoustics P1 plugin for the Q-SYS platform as well as the LA4X and LA12X Q-SYS plugins are available from the L-Acoustics website.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
elation-at-ldi-20182-wElation draws a crowd at LDI 2018
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

USA - Elation launched a new Artiste Series LED fixture while its latest luminaires continued to make an impression during this year’s LDI show.
Elation launched the Artiste Monet, a new 45,000lm LED profile light with SpectraColor system that received an LDI Award honourable mention.
Smarty Hybrid, the compact, CMY colour-mixing with efficient 6,000-hour lamp was also recognised by industry peers, receiving a PLSN award for Best Hybrid Fixture.
Interest was also high in two other Artiste Series luminaires - the Artiste Van Gogh, a powerful framing wash LED luminaire, and Artiste Picasso, one of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures on the market.
A host of other innovative products received significant attention at the stand, including the Proteus Profile, a new 45,000 lumen IP65-rated LED Profile fixture that houses the same 950W LED engine as the Artiste Monet. The RAYZOR 760 and IP65-rated Proteus RAYZOR 760 LED wash effects also generated a lot of attention with its TwinkLED LED twinkle effect system.
The Elation team kept busy showing these latest innovations but perhaps the most popular personality on the Elation booth was sales director Eric Loader, who attended the show in the form of a maneuverable E-Bot complete with attached iPad that allowed him to interact with customers and colleagues.
(Jim Evans)

 
chauvetldishow3-wLDI 2018: Chauvet makes debuts
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

USA - Chauvet Professional launched new products to its Maverick, Rogue, Ovation, COLORado and STRIKE lines. Drawing attention at the centre of the company’s booth was a running water display of the new Maverick Storm 1 Wash, a high output IP65 LED fixture that’s especially well-suited for outdoor applications.
Another crowd favourite was the large lighting display wall that featured a show by designer Cody James. Commanding attention on that impressive structure were the STRIKE Saber, a bright pixel mapable LED batten-style fixture with amber shift; and the COLORado Solo Batten, an IP65 rated RGBW linear unit that produces seamless edge-to-edge homogenized colour across its lens with no separations, dimmed lens corners or tiny circles.
Also drawing widespread interest were the new collection of Ovation products, including 6-inch Ovation Fresnels (the RGBA-Lime Ovation F-415FC, the Ovation F-415VW and the Ovation F-145WW), as well as four new pars: Ovation P-56UV, a UV light and a 365nM blacklight with class-leading power; Ovation P-56VW, a high CRI variable white light; Ovation P-56WW, a high CRI warm white light; Ovation P-56FC, featuring an RGBA-Lime color mixing system.Among the most talked-about new products at the show was the ÉPIX Flex 20, an IP67-rated pixel mappable RGB flexible strip that can accommodate 75’ of extension cables, but can also be cut every 20 mm at designated points.
“It was exciting to hear our customers talk about all the ways they were going to be able to use our new products,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Cha

 
 
vl10beamwashfrontLDI 2018: Philips Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash unveiled
Monday, 22 October 2018

USA - Signify announced the global launch of the new Philips Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash luminaire at LDI 2018.
The first lighting fixture to be designed to incorporate the Philips 25R Platinum 550W lamp, the VL10 BeamWash “packs a new level of power, dynamics and personality into a compact, fast-moving body”.
The VL10 BeamWash produces 28,000lm of output from the concentrated power of the new lamp, making it the brightest and most versatile fixture in its class. Its 2.2-48˚ zoom range delivers a broad choice of looks, from crisp, tight beams to wide, smooth washes and mid-air blasts, enhanced by an unrivalled suite of creative beam effects.
Among the effects choices available are dual overlaying prisms, an eight-slot rotating gobo wheel and an aperture wheel featuring 12 designs, including beam reduction to a laser-like 0.7˚ and a range of bold break-ups and aerial dynamics. Designers can access a further layer of design versatility with the exclusive new VL*FX glass animation wheel system, while mega-stepping, twist and shake control also add to the creative mix.
Effects can be softened with the internal frost, and strong, even washes can be created using the dedicated wash mode. As usual, designers can choose from the full Philips Vari-Lite colour palette: the enhanced CYM colour system and fixed colour wheel offer everything from the subtlest hues to the deepest reds and blues.
(Jim Evans)

 
martinmacallureprofile20c-1LDI 2018: Martin MAC Allure Profile debuts
Friday, 19 October 2018

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced its innovative Martin MAC Allure Profile LED moving head. MAC Allure products were designed to support the special performance lighting needs of rental and install clients, including concert/touring, TV shows, corporate, houses of worship, concert venues, nightclubs, and cruise ships.
Also at LDI, Harman re-introduced the ultra-creative potential and ease of use offered by its Martin P3 Visual Control Solution, which is integrated into the MAC Allure Profile and soon other Martin fixtures.
The Martin MAC Allure Profile is the first fully-featured moving head to combine a proprietary, solid state RGBW additive colour mixing engine, a seven-segment pixelated beam and onboard P3 and DMX controllability that lets users swiftly alternate or mix between control protocols. The overall feature set further includes dimmer, strobe, color mixing, gobos, iris, prism, zoom, focus, pan and tilt.
“Until now, there hasn’t been a truly efficient way to integrate solid state (LED) color mixing into profile fixtures,” comments Markus Kluesener, Harman Professional Solutions sage lighting product manager. “We decided to address this need head on and asked our engineers to come up with a game changer. They came through with an all-new, proprietary, color-mixing light engine that exceeded our expectations for efficiency.”
Additionally, the MAC Allure Profile includes a pixelated beam divided into seven individually-controlled, full colour segments (pixels). This gives lighting designers new options for cr

 
 
spxledrftnoshadsrgbLDI 2018: Philips Strand offers LED alternative
Friday, 19 October 2018

USA - Signify has announced the launch of the new Philips Strand SPX LED WW, a high-output, warm white LED profile spotlight fixture which offers a powerful, energy efficient alternative to existing models. The SPX LED WW was officially unveiled at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas.
The SPX LED WW is targeted primarily at applications such as education, houses of worship and themed environments. It has been designed to meet the requirements of consultants and specifiers looking for quality, efficient and reliable fixtures to serve as straightforward replacements for conventional profile fixtures. Dimmable either via DMX or via a conventional forward phase dimmer, it provides a smooth, stepless fade right down to zero - the perfect dimming credentials for performance lighting.
The SPX LED WW uses the latest energy efficient warm white LED light engine to produce an output equivalent to that of a 575W fixture. Its beam is crisp and precise, directing light only where it is intended. Thanks to the SPX filter frame system there is zero light leakage, so no additional masking is required. With reduced fan noise, the SPX LED WW is also quieter in operation than comparable LED fixtures.
The SPX LED WW uses the same proven, high-precision, high-performance gate and lens sets as the renowned Philips Selecon SPX Profile fixtures, with secure locking shutters, while other lens sets can be used via an adaptor plate. It also employs a Philips Selecon ‘box’-style gel colour holder. DMX connection is via familiar, robust XLR connectors.
Bill Richards, pro

 
artiste-monet-wLDI 2018: Elation lines up triple launch
Thursday, 18 October 2018

USA - Elation Professional (stand 931) will reveal three new luminaires at LDI 2018 - the Artiste Monet, Proteus Profile and Smarty MaX.
The Artiste Monet is a full-featured, 45,000lm LED Profile fixture a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via its SpectraColor engine. The new SpectraColor array uses traditional CMY colours but also adds variable RGB flags for rich and vibrant primary colours. Elation says that combined with variable CTO colour correction, the Monet produces colours that were previously impossible to achieve from theatrical pastels to the purest reds, blues or greens ever produced by a colour mixing system.
The Monet houses a full blackout, four-blade framing system with unlimited indexing and continuous rotation control that allows shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming for transitions, projections and aerial effects not previously possible.
The Proteus Profile is a IP65-rated LED Profile fixture offering “outstanding projection quality in any environment”. Providing up to 45,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Proteus Profile is suitable for any outdoor application requiring superior output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunningly precise gobos and colours.
Elation will also preview the Smarty MaX, an extreme-output, beam/spot/wash hybrid moving head featuring the new Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 400 lamp.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dwgMilos introduces new 3D DWG libraries
Thursday, 18 October 2018

Europe - Milos has announced the release of its latest 3D component libraries for direct use with AutoDesk platforms and other DWG file compatible CAD systems.
The library contains over 1000 new blocks from the vast range of truss systems available from the Milos portfolio. The new edition features quick-snap assembly points as well as pre-assigned component attributes including part codes, system weights, dimensions and accurate bracing patterns for rigging and set construction integration.
Visit the Milos Download Centre to download the files.
(Jim Evans)

 
multiverse-productsLDI 2018: City Theatrical launches Multiverse DMX system
Thursday, 18 October 2018

USA - City Theatrical is launching its new Multiverse wireless DMX system at stand 2815 at LDI in Las Vegas this week (19-21 October).
The Multiverse system can broadcast up to 10 universes of DMX data from a single transmitter while producing less radio energy compared to other single universe systems.
The launch will include the introduction of Multiverse SHoW BabyTM, City Theatrical’s fourth generation of the original plug and play wireless DMX transceiver system, and feature the Multiverse Module, Multiverse Node, Multiverse Transmitter, and Multiverse Gateway products. Discussions and live demonstrations of the technology will take place on stand every half hour.
Every product in the Multiverse system is built around a tiny radio, the Multiverse Module, which can carry up to five universes of data depending on the frequency used. Multiverse Transmitter and Multiverse Gateway products use dual band operation to simultaneously broadcast on different bands (2.4GHz and 900MHz in the Americas) to either spread their radio signals across these two bands or to avoid the overcrowded frequencies.
The system utilises a patent-pending method called MDMX which can reduce data transmission by over 90% while still allowing perfect fidelity. Multiverse also uses a non-interfering RDM system, MRDM, to allow both DMX and RDM to operate simultaneously.
The new system also features Auto Dynamic Limited Burst to automatically save unneeded radio energy by designating only the DMX slots needed to broadcast.
Meanwhile, Multiverse’s SHoW Key s

 
 
solaspot3000-wLDI 2018: High End launches SolaSpot 3000
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

USA - Hot on the heels of the release of SolaFrame 3000 in August, High End Systems will launch the SolaSpot 3000 automated luminaire at LDI this week. Offering the same performance as the SolaFrame 3000, the new SolaSpot 3000 is engineered for designers that require “unprecedented pattern and effect possibilities as well as incredible brightness”.
The SolaSpot 3000 delivers over 37,000lm and features three gobo wheels for a total of 21 patterns, graphic and glass textured animation wheels, light and heavy frost, three-facet and eight-facet prisms, aerial effects plus a full feature set.
HES general manager Becky Koester comments: “We are excited to bring this new luminaire to our Sola Series family. Customers that don’t require the framing capabilities of the SolaFrame 3000 now have a high-powered option with the largest effects selection to date. It further supports our commitment to provide a broad offering to both the production and installation markets.”
LDI visitors will also get a sneak peek at High End Systems’ SolaFrame 1000, a new mid-level framing fixture scheduled to launch later this year. Koester adds: “With the SolaFrame 1000, we are addressing customer demand for this class of fixture that compliments the SolaFrame 750. With 19,000 lumen output and a secondary gobo wheel onboard, the SolaFrame 1000 fills a crucial space in our product offerings.”
(Jim Evans)

 
bt-ldi-presentation-withlogoLDI 2018: CAST shows wysiwyg R41
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

USA - At this year’s LDI show, CAST Group (stand 2255) will demo the latest from wysiwyg, BlackTrax and also present a new native software for broadcast. The company will also launch its global training programme.
CAST will present release R41 of wysiwyg in the USA for the first time. On stand, the new BlackTrax V2.3.3 will be at the heart of a presentation designed by Dream Laser that will combine tracking with lighting, media interactivity, moving projection mapping, 3D positional audio and camera tracking for broadcast. Lighting for the demonstration - which will include the opportunity to get hands-on and will feature live performances and interactive games - will be powered by Luminex; media support will come from disguise and Notch; L-Acoustic will provide 3D positional audio; and projectors and PTZ cameras will be from Panasonic.
Meanwhile CAST’s new broadcast software, code-named Herald and powered by BlackTrax, will also be demo'd.
Andrew Gordon, director of business development at CAST Group, comments: “This is the first time that we’ve shown the software publicly. We’ve been testing it with focus groups in the broadcast and production market - and we’ve had an overwhelming response.
“Our goal with Phase 1 of the system is to aid in the automation of broadcast with the function of not only camera control, but also to become an aggregate control suite for all cameras on a production as well.”
“Herald’s node-based editor is a user’s dream. For the first time in broadcast software dedicated to cameras, the qu

 
 
sharpy-plusLDI 2018: Claypaky debuts Sharpy Plus
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

USA - The Claypaky Sharpy Plus and the Claypaky Axcor Spot 400 will make their international debut at LDI 2018.
Sharpy Plus is billed as “the first true 100% hybrid unit, able to be a perfect beam light and a perfect spotlight”. It fits a new Osram Sirius 330W X8 lamp and weighs only 21.6kg (47.6lb). All its functions are extremely quick. A linear 3° to 36° (1:9) zoom covers the entire range linearly, both in Spot mode and in Beam mode.
The Axcor Spot 400 provides the medium-power applications with compact, bright, LED moving spotlights, complete with “every device you need for exceptional projected visual effects”.
The Axcor Profile 600 stands out for its versatility, its high-level performance and the superior quality of its light. The luminous efficiency is among the highest for this power category, and can be further increased by about 25% if necessary thanks to the Boost mode, says the company.
The Hepikos is an innovative hybrid wash/beam light that combines low power consumption with colour quality, without compromise, in its highly compact body.
(Jim Evans)

 
ayrtonLDI 2018: Ayrton to highlight new products
Tuesday, 16 October 2018


USA - Ayrton will highlight new products at LDI 2018, including the newly launched BoraS and KhamsinS fixtures, alongside previews of its new Diablo-S, Diablo-TC, Merak-S and Merak-TC automated fixtures. The new products can be seen on Booth 1139 where Ayrton will be showcasing them in its now much-anticipated lightshow, alongside its exclusive US distributor, A.C.T. Lighting. The Ayrton portfolio will be also on display on Booth 2105, represented by Theatrixx Technologies, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in Canada.
Launched just last month at PLASA London 2018, BoraS is Ayrton’s exciting new high output, low power LED washlight, complete with gobo projection and framing capabilities for stunning aerial effects. Bora-S’s extreme optical efficiency delivers an output of 38,000lm from an 8000K white LED engine using just 750W to “surpass any other LED fixture in its class and 1500W/1700W discharge fixtures at a fraction of the power consumption”, says Ayrton.
Bora-S is an ideal washlight for large scale venues, outdoor and indoor arenas, being fully featured with a 178mm PC front lens for optimal performance, a 8:1 zoom delivering a beam range of 8° to 64°, full field framing, an iris, a rotating gobo wheel, two colour wheels and a full CMY + CTO colour system with a CRI greater than 70 – with smooth transitions at all focal lengths.
Also launched at PLASA London 2018, Ayrton will be showing its brand new Khamsin-S automated LED profile spotlight. Billed as the brightest LED profile spotlight on the market, outputting 39,000lm, Kh

 
 
sleeep-in-fingersFlare Audio introduces high-tech earplug
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

UK - Flare Audio has extended its range of ear plugs with the introduction of Sleeep, billed as “a comfortable, light, and unobtrusive way of blocking out unwanted noise, day, or night”.
Sleeep builds on advances made by Flare’s previous ranges of ear plugs, Isolate and Snoozers, using an engineered metal core to exclude sound, while a comfortable memory foam tip fits snugly to the wearer’s ear, ensuring a comfortable fit for all night use. The addition of dual tips – one at each end - maximise comfort for sleeping on your side. The audio innovators have been able to reduce the size of the sleeping aid by slimming the metal core by over half from its earlier model, Snoozers, from 5.5mm to 2mm, without losing any of its audio qualities.
Sleeep works by blocking sound with its metal core rather than absorbing it, as traditional earplugs do. Available in two models, Sleeep and Sleeep PRO, the sleeping earplugs come in natural aluminium or silver pink, and titanium. The new cores are ergonomically designed to allow greater comfort and a more discrete fit.
“After the success of Isolate, which is ideal for daytime functions, we felt there was a need for a comfortable, unobtrusive and effective sleep aid which people could wear at night,” says Davies Roberts, CEO, and co-founder of Flare. “Having spent many months experimenting and fine tuning the product, we believe Sleeep, successfully fulfils all those functions and are confident it will be as successful as Isolate.”
(Jim Evans)

 
fdc-aLDI 2018: WORK PRO returns with Pyron
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

USA - Twelve months on from the launch of LightShark at the 2017 LDI show, WORK PRO returns to Las Vegas to launch a completely new range of control hardware: Pyron.
Bringing together the company’s established background in digital audio and lighting control with their R&D team's experience of remote firing systems and pyrotechnic control, WORK PRO's Pyron range comprises several wirelessly controllable devices designed to provide event organisers and touring companies with complete control of stage effects and hardware ranging from stage pyrotechnics, audio and lighting effects to CO2, flame and cold fire spark machines.
At launch, the Pyron range includes an advanced suite of control software, two different DMX-equipped, battery-operable hardware consoles (the FDC W and the more fully-featured FDC A) and the FD P1 wired or wireless trigger pad, all of which are built into easily portable but durable IP67-rated water-resistant ABS transport cases for use in demanding event environments, indoor and out. The consoles connect to M2 pyrotechnic firing modules; up to 64 M2 modules can be used with each console, and each M2 can launch up to 16 fireworks simultaneously.
The consoles form the command centre of any Pyron system; both may be mains- or battery-powered for stage use, in the latter case utilising twin rechargeable 12V lead acid batteries with enough power to last several shows of average length.
“Just as LightShark took the best aspects from the previously incompatible concepts of large-scale lighting consoles and affordable smal

 
 
arkaos-trackdjLDI 2018: ArKaos previews control platforms
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

USA - At LDI 2018, ArKaos will preview its powerful and flexible MediaMaster 5.4 and GrandVJ 2.6 video and media control platforms. Both now offer two significant new features: TrackDJ is designed for the seamless synchronization of video clips with a live DJ or to beat-match short video loops; while Full Fixture Control has also now been added to the ArKaos Video Mapper
ArKaos has had a busy and productive summer out and about at festivals and shows, talking to numerous lighting and video operators, DJ’s VJ’s, LDs etc., working in many different environments, and several have also visited ArKaos’s base in Brussels.
Their comments and feedback have helped shape the latest product developments and ensure that ArKaos keeps in touch and on-trend with what the fast-moving world of show visuals is demanding.
TrackDJ is a straightforward solution for better integration between DJs or LJs and their live visuals, while Full Fixture Control is a serious advancement for lighting designers and operators, allowing them to control LED screens / surfaces and treat them just as if they are lighting fixtures.
The first adopter of TrackDJ is ShowKontrol which allows GrandVJ or MediaMaster to communicate with the op level of Pioneer DJ players which are one of the universal industry standard brands.
ArKaos will also show Mixxx at LDI, the popular free open-source DJ software application, which has been updated to send this TrackDJ information.
Other companies in the DJ technology industry have already voiced their commitment to adopting Tra

 
adj-hydroLDI 2018: ADJ debuts weatherproof Hydro Beams
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

USA - ADJ is proud to announce will use the 2018 LDI trade show to unveil its latest technology breakthrough: IP65-rated moving head beam fixtures. The new Hydro Beam X1 and Hydro Beam X2 will bring weatherproof moving heads within the reach of production companies and installers working on projects with budgets that up until now would not have allowed for IP-rated fixtures.
With robust construction and IP65-ratings, the Hydro Series fixtures are designed for both indoor or outdoor use. Their durable casings protect them from dust, sand, moisture and liquids, making them ideal for use in all situations from dusty deserts in California to rainy fields in England. Suitable for festivals and outdoor events, as well as installation in open-air clubs and other outside entertainment spaces, the fixtures offer an extended operational life and reduced maintenance requirement due to their sealed casing design.
The compact yet potent Hydro Beam X1 is powered by an Osram Sirius HRI 100W discharge lamp that offers an impressively long operating life of 6,000 hours.
Measuring just 12” x 8” x 19” / 308mm x 210m x 488mm and weighing in at 34.5 lbs. / 15.5kg., the X1 is ideal for installations where space is limited or lighting fixtures need to be unobtrusive.
Despite its small size, the X1 packs in plenty of beam-shaping features. Its colour wheel offers a diverse selection of 14 colour options, including UV and a CTB colour correction filter, plus open white.
The larger Hydro Beam X2 harnesses the power of an extremely bright Osram Sirius HRI

 
 
etc-hes-at-ldi18LDI 2018: ETC and High End Systems unite
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

USA – At LDI 2018, ETC and High End Systems will join forces in one large-scale, combined booth to “showcase lighting solutions for every show and venue”. In addition to new fixtures, controls and rigging options, both companies will debut new moving lights on the tradeshow floor.
The booth showcases several new automated fixtures this year, among them are Relevé Spot fixtures, a mover that combines nearly a decade of LED optical engineering with forty years of theatrical experience. This affordable automated fixture includes impressive colour mixing capabilities, a perfectly subtle theatrical frost, and a unique Ani-gobo wheel that was designed with your theatre in mind.
The latest and brightest additions to the Sola Series, SolaSpot 3000 and SolaFrame 3000 will light up High End’s side of the booth. For a more compact frame option, the SolaFrame 1000 will be shown in the HES booth.
Also showing for the first time at LDI will be the flagship Hog 4-18 console, which features 18.5” touchscreens and a refreshed design with accessory arm mounts on each side. For advanced backstage communications, CueSystem will be in booth with new large outstation options that add even more flexibility to the cue light system.
ETC’s new Prodigy FlyPipe and QuickTouch Preset rigging solutions will also be featured in the ETC booth. The easy-to install, easy-to-use hoist and controller fit into cafeterias, lobbies, museums, and churches that would not otherwise be able to accommodate rigging technology because of limitations of architecture, structur

 
50-clampLDI 2018: Doughty launches the Fifty Clamp
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

USA - Doughty Engineering is set to launch the new Fifty Clamp at this year's LDI. The clamp which will make its debut on booth 1827 has TUV approval, a safe working load of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm-51mm. Made from pressure die cast aluminium ensures it prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty commented: "We've been working on the Fifty Clamp for a little while, so we're very excited to be launching it at LDI this year. Our Twenty Clamp is one of our best-selling pieces of kit and we realised that a clamp which could take a safe working load of 50kg would be a welcome addition to the range."
Doughty's Omega Space Saver will also make its debut at the show. Mark continued: “We actually brought the prototype version with us to LDI 2017, but this year we want to let our customers know that the Omega is now available to order. The Omega version of our popular Space Saver sees one of our Omega clamps permanently fitted to a lumiere with a hinge that locks into place. Not only is it a more ergonomic solution but it also speeds things up for the lighting technician who might find themselves having to move lights into different locations on a rig or for the touring lighting professional for whom time is always of the essence.”
Julian Chiverton, sales director said: "We'll have an incredibly full stand at LDI this year – we expect our new items to get lots of attention but also appreciate that kit, which has b

 
 
nx-2LDI 2018: Obsidian debuts ONYX platform
Monday, 15 October 2018

USA - Obsidian Control Systems will be showcasing the first three lighting control products under the ONYX lighting control platform. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Obsidian Control Systems Booth 1135 for a first look and hands-on demo of the powerful NX 2, the portable NX Wing and the convenient NX DMX.
The NX 2 is a compact yet fully-integrated lighting controller with all the connectivity and power the ever-increasing size of shows demands. As a member of the innovative ONYX platform from Obsidian Control Systems, the NX 2 is feature rich and never restricted in its capabilities.
Utilizing the latest in industrial components, the NX 2 contains a powerful Intel Hexa-Core processor, high-speed NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks result in unprecedented power in this small form factor.
NX Wing is the complementary USB control surface to the ONYX platform. Based on the NX 2 console, the NX Wing utilizes the same rugged design and components with an identical footprint and layout. Through its USB connection, the NX Wing provides a responsive professional hardware surface to operate ONYX on any PC system without compromises. Any user of ONYX will feel instantly familiar with the NX Wing and no setup or additional installation is required.
The NX DMX is a USB –powered, plug -and –play, two –port DMX Node for ONYX. It provides instant access to DMX In and Outputs

 
kinesys-at-ldi-apexLDI 2018: Kinesys highlights Apex hoist system
Monday, 15 October 2018

USA - Following a very successful LDI last year and substantial growth in its American market, Kinesys returns to LDI to meet industry influencers, decision makers and movers & shakers - creative and technical - who will visit over the three days.
Kinesys will be highlighting its innovative new Apex hoist system, as well as its industry standard Elevation 1+ system and will be getting interactive on the stand, where visitors can control both Apex and Kinesys converted CM Lodestar hoists running with Elevation 1+, side by side. This is designed to provide a real hands-on and tactile experience, so people can appreciate what the two different systems can offer in terms of performance and smoothness of operation. It will also provide an authentic comparison between these two versatile platforms of chain hoist control.
Attendees can also check out the Kinesys’ DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and the LibraCELL / Libra NODE load monitoring system, an invaluable tool for any rigging scenario to ensure that loads – static and dynamic – are constantly and accurately monitored in real-time.
Both Vector and K2 control options will be demonstrated, as well as a few little surprises.
Apex incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive knowledge and practical experience of working with variable speed chain hoist technology … to create a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers - designed to maximize creativity for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all entertainment sectors.
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