Product News

sundialArtistic Licence upgrades sunDial quad
Friday, 11 September 2020

UK - sunDial quad, the PLASA Gold award-winning mains LED dimmer from Artistic Licence, offers smooth LED dimming with DMX512. Following a firmware upgrade, the product is now offering improvement in dimming resolution, achievable with many theatrical controllers.
The latest firmware is available free-of-charge and can be uploaded using DMX-Workshop.
DMX512 can control up to 512 channels and has an 8-bit native resolution. This means each channel can be set to a level between 0 and 255 and is encoded as an 8-bit number (256 levels). sunDial quad has a much higher native dimming resolution of 14-bit, so in normal operation a dimmer curve translation is used - in effect, sunDial picks 'sweet spots' on the response curve to achieve a nice fade.
However, some professional lighting consoles allow two DMX512 channels to be combined to provide up to 16-bit resolution (65,536 different levels). In this scenario, no curve translation is necessary. Following sunDial's latest firmware upgrade, the console can access all the subtle levels available in sunDial's high native dimming resolution - thus ensuring ultimate dimming performance for applications that demand the most subtle effects.
sunDial quad is often used for house lights in theatre, and can be easily integrated with the stage lighting consoles. It also has the advantage that its firmware can be upgraded (at zero cost) in the field. Customers can achieve this using the Artistic Licence DMX-Workshop free software package.

claypaky-hy-b-eye-k25-teatro3Claypaky extends HY B-EYE series with Teatro
Friday, 11 September 2020

Italy - Claypaky has introduced the HY B-EYE K25 Teatro, a special version of the HY B-EYE K25 that is designed for venues that need silent operation without sacrificing bright colours. This fixture is designed for theatres, television studios, conference halls, showrooms, corporate events, and more.
The HY B-EYE K25 TEATRO has all the same optical, electronic, and mechanical features of the HY B-EYE K25 with changes in the overall design to reduce the acoustical footprint. This luminaire has the same 37 powerful 40 Watt Osram Ostar RGBW LEDs, a zoom range of 4° to 60°, uniform light spread, a rotating front lens, an enhanced electronic engine for dynamic beam pattern design with digital accuracy and repeatability, individual control of each single LED to make spectacular kaleidoscopic projections and charming eye-catching effects.
The HY B-EYE K25 TEATRO is extremely bright thanks to its powerful light source and special optical unit with a truly amazing lumen/watt ratio. The built-in Kling-Net protocol enhances the lighting designer's creativity, while making the management and synchronization of LED light parameters and functions simpler, says the company.

 
 
martinMartin Audio debuts iOS app for Blacklinex Powered
Thursday, 10 September 2020

UK – Martin Audio has announced the availability of its first ever iOS app, XP Connect, for control and streaming for its self-powered portable series, BlacklineX Powered.
When BlacklineX Powered launched, users were able to access the built-in three-channel mixer and onboard Bluetooth streaming by utilising the rotary panel controls on the back of the loudspeakers. Now all of that functionality is brought to life in an intuitive, colourful app making it more convenient for the user, says the company.
Announcing the app, project leader Dan Orton, Martin Audio’s product group manager, stated, “The user base of BlacklineX Powered has grown substantially since launch, and we thought it was now timely to introduce the app to the market, rewarding those users and encouraging others to the virtues of this series.”
In determining the navigation path and User Interface, Orton said the challenges had been simple usability. “We needed to give full control to the end user, with all the functionality of the back panel and in an intuitive format. For the majority of users it’s a quick and easy way to set up their loudspeakers and deliver a low scale mix using simple controls, such as input faders, output faders and hi-pass filters.
“You can put them into pairing mode for streaming Bluetooth audio—and because we could control the speaker by Bluetooth as well as streaming, it also lends itself to tablet control,” he adds.
The XP Connect app is “absolutely intuitive” once loaded, he affirms, and is designed to control a pair of spe

 
ebook-release-slide-mockupSound Particles releases 3D audio eBook
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

USA - Sound Particles, known for their 3D audio software, has released a free eBook entitled All You Need To Know About 3D Audio, with the goal of helping professionals around the world to transition into the immersive audio field.
“With this new eBook, sound enthusiasts will be able to find all the answers they’re looking for in a detailed, complete and easy to read guide,” says the publisher. “Immersive Sound is the next big thing in audio. Cinema, TV, VR/AR, videogames, music, installations - everyone is moving to 3D audio as a way to immerse audiences and improve their experiences.
“However, 3D audio brings new concepts and some new/old technologies that professionals may not understand at first, with buzzwords such as 7.1.2, VBAP, 22.2, objects, beds, B-format, AmbiX, ACN, SN3D, HRTF, HRIR. This eBook summarises the most relevant information on this topic, covering channel-based audio, object-based audio, Ambisonics, and binaural.”
“3D Sound is the future, and the last big challenge in audio” says Nuno Fonseca, founder and CEO of Sound Particles. “Yes, it may be a little confusing for someone to understand all the formats that currently exist, but the goal of this eBook is to give people the initial push, allowing everyone to start working on this new creative field.”

 
 
modulopi-auto-calibrationModulo Pi launches multi-projector module
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

France - Modulo Pi has announced the immediate availability of a new multi-projector auto-calibration module. Available as an option for the Modulo Player and Modulo Kinetic media servers, the auto-calibration system allows to automatically align multiple video-projectors on planar, curved, and dome surfaces for a pixel-perfect projection.
Working with Modulo Player, up to one server can be supportedfor example up to six WQXGA outputs, or four 4K outputs. Working with Modulo Kinetic, the auto-calibration option supports multi-server configuration, resulting in an unlimited number of outputs and resolution support. Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration system can handle independent calibration groups, as well-stacked video projectors.
In addition, a versatile masking feature ensures a fine-tuned projection. Fully developed by Modulo Pi, the auto-calibration module relies on Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras to offer fast and simplified cabling. Using the Modulo Pi media servers equipped with the auto-calibration option, high-precision edge blending, warping, and media playback is achieved within minutes and with zero latency.
In summer 2019, design and production company ECA2 worked with a preview version of Modulo Pi’s auto-calibration module for The Legend of Pangu, a spectacular show in the new Chinese Culture Exhibition Centre in Lanzhou. The auto-calibration module was used to automatically align 20 x Christie projectors and deliver a 2.800 sqm 3D video mapping on a dome surface.
“This is totally revolutionary technology,” says Clé

 
headphonesAustrian Audio Hi-X50 headphones now shipping
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

UK - Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology have announced immediate availability of the Austrian Audio Hi-X50 professional headphones. The Hi-X50s are closed-back, on-ear headphones built on Austrian Audio’s respected microphone manufacturing reputation.
The Hi-X50 supra-aural, closed-back headphones provide on-the-ear comfort, as well as portability with a foldable hinge design, says the company. Metal parts are used for all critical elements in order to guarantee long durability even under rough conditions, be it in studios or tour buses.
Developed from scratch, the all new 44mm Hi-X driver features a ring magnet system allowing improved air-flow and the strongest magnetic field in its class. This ring magnet structure, coupled with a copper-clad aluminium voice coil, reduces the weight of the membrane and the voice coil that sits on it. This allows the membrane to move or change direction faster, providing a better impulse reaction.
A double acoustic wall was designed to achieve the best damping results. To support this and increase comfort, the form factor of the earpads has been rethought completely, to provide sealing as well as comfort, reducing fatigue from long listening sessions.
Engineered and manufactured in Austria, the Hi-X50, and its over-ear brother the Hi-X55, are ‘tailored to suit the demanding production conditions of today’.

 
 
mixxmaker-new-grey-front-croppedARX Systems releases new look MiXXMaker
Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Australia - ARX Systems has recently upgraded their MiXXMaker USB Mic/Line master mixer. The new version will start shipping this month.
Responding to an increase in demand for a professional 1RU solution that can interface with smartphones, tablets, laptops and other MiniJack and USB enabled devices, the MIXXMaker is designed to deal with a wide variety of protocols and connectors. As consumer level devices have become the program source of convenience in audio playback across most applications, the MIXXMaker not only provides all the inputs you’ll need but also the independent controls that you want at your fingertips for a truly professional mix.
The MiXXMaker integrates ARX USB, wireless and Analogue audio interface technologies into a compact 1RU package with a wide range of features including wireless audio, USB and MiniJack inputs, two balanced XLR microphone inputs, switchable push to talk priority override ducker, global three-way EQ control and phantom power for condenser microphones.
“The MiXXMaker really is the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ product for any installation where the audio playback source – and therefore the inputs, outputs or protocols - can change or is unknown on a day to day basis. There is a growing need for products that can deliver professional quality audio playback from consumer devices without messing around with additional hardware or cables and the MiXXMaker does exactly that,” says Colin Park, managing director of ARX Systems.

 
brightsign-au335-frontBrightSign debuts ‘affordable’ audio player
Friday, 4 September 2020

UK - BrightSign has announced the BrightSign AU335, an audio player with ARC and eARC support that can distribute up to three zones of audio to soundbars and AV receivers.
“Our new player strikes a balance between affordability and power, making it the ideal solution for virtually any setting where sophisticated, high-quality audio is called for,” explains Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. “Whether simply providing background music or powering the display of complicated consumer electronics products at retail, the BrightSign AU335 is up to the task.”
Besides multi-zone audio support, the AU335 has physical buttons, proximity sensors and more via USB, GPIO or Ethernet connectivity. This enables customers to control the volume and toggle between devices with ease. The BrightSign AU335 includes a free subscription to BSN.cloud Control Cloud for easy access to realtime player health and other controls.
Additionally, the new player supports free presentation-authoring through BrightAuthor:connected, BrightScript, JavaScript and node applications, plus a host of CMS solutions available within BSN.cloud Control Cloud.

 
 
yamahaYamaha ADECIA offers flexible audio intelligence
Thursday, 3 September 2020

Europe - Yamaha’s new RM-CG dynamic beam-forming ceiling array microphone and RM-CR conference processor are the heart of the new intelligent ADECIA conferencing solution, which ‘applies automated room tuning and dynamic, multi-beam tracking to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow's conference environments’. Designed to provide flexible audio intelligence for the meeting spaces of today and tomorrow, ADECIA can be used in a wide variety of locations and situations, says the company.
Available from Q1 2021, this solution is based on Dante audio networking and comprises the new RM-CG dynamic beamforming ceiling array microphone, the dedicated RM-CR conference processor, Yamaha’s iVXL1-16P line array speakers and the optimised SWR2311P-10G PoE+ switch.
ADECIA is easy to install, set up and operate. The heart of the system is the RM-CR conference processor, which automatically recognizes microphones and speakers on the same network. During commissioning it automatically sets the optimum sound settings for the environment, taking into account the location of speakers and microphones, the room’s reverberation characteristics and echo responses. Auto-tuning is achieved with a simple, five-step process using a special web-based interface. The system then performs auto mixing of all connected Dante audio sources. The conference processor can handle a wide range of sources, including dynamic microphones, analogue line level I/O, USB, Bluetooth and SIP telephony.
The RM-CG dynamic ceiling array microphone features multi-beam tracking technology w

 
amberAmber unveils ‘The Second Electrical Revolution’
Thursday, 3 September 2020

USA - Amber Solutions has announced the availability of a white paper on solid-state electrification, the digital control of electricity and the many market opportunities these breakthroughs create. The paper is titled The Second Electrical Revolution.
In March, Amber Solutions introduced the world to the possibility of embedding the digital control of electricity in solid state architecture in every device, appliance, power cord and electrical end point in buildings globally with the immediate commercial availability of its newly-patented Amber AC/DC Enabler and Amber AC Switch.
“Thomas Edison would be proud of what we have achieved,” comments Amber Solutions founder, president and CEO Thar Casey. “The publication of this white paper is the logical and necessary next step in educating the world on the future opportunities our breakthrough creates for, manufacturing partners, electrical designers, interested media and others.”
The Solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for everything - security and control systems, circuit breakers, dimmer switches, outlets, even appliances. “Through commercial implementation of our technologies within the existing building electrical grid, we can uniquely embed modern intelligence and enhanced sensing functionality into every wall, throughout the whole building. Amber, its partners, and even a couple of its competitors will tap the tremendous opportunity to upgrade every electrical end point in buildings globally to solid-state architecture.”
This white paper det

 
 
lightlab1ETC releases Augment3d toolkit for Eos
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

USA - ETC has officially released the Eos v3.0 software, bringing powerful three-dimensional programming and augmented-reality control to the Eos platform. This update marks the official integration of the much-anticipated Augment3d toolkit into Eos.
With Augment3d, users can programme moving fixtures with unprecedented speed and ease, visualize their cues in an imported model of their space, and even position lights with a flick of an augmented-reality smartphone “focus wand”. Over 5,000 beta users tested the software in recent months, and their feedback has helped to build one of the most exciting new Eos feature sets yet.
The new software runs natively on all the latest Eos Family hardware and can be used with the ETCnomad software on Mac and PC. Educators, students, and those wishing to learn the software can download the latest ETCnomad software for free and make use of the Augment3d programming space to create virtual design projects in offline mode. ETC has also created a virtual light lab show file to help students use Augment3d to learn about lighting.
If the educational potential of Augment3d seems perfectly timed for the current distance-learning moment, the long-term professional applications for Augment3d are even more powerful. Augment3d supports over 50 different 3D file extensions for importing venue or set models, and you can easily import your fixture plot using a Vectorworks plugin. Even without a pre-existing plot or model, you can use the Fixture Position Estimation tool to quickly reverse-engineer the spatial coordinates of

 
kwmq4e1Kam launches Quartet Eco wireless microphones
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

UK - The new Kam Quartet Eco is a complete, easy to operate, professional multi-channel UHF wireless microphone system. Four colour-coded cardioid hand-held microphones are included in the KWMQ4E - Kam Quartet Eco package.
Powered by two1.5V AA batteries, these microphones, with an uninterrupted working distance of up to 60m, transmit audio signals to the Quartet Eco UHF Quad multi-channel receiver, operating between 863.30 / 864.30 / 863.80 / 864.80MHx frequencies.
As with all Kam wireless systems, compact is again the theme, with the road-ready, lightweight metal-cased mains driven (PSU supplied) UHF Quad receiver featuring enhanced muting, individual volume controls for all four microphones, RF/AF LED signal indicators and 4 balanced and unbalanced audio outputs. This UHF receiver also includes a pair of adjustable, omnidirectional antennas that are also removable for storage and transportation.

 
 
prodigy-fw-updateDirectOut expands capabilities of Prodigy
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Germany - DirectOut has expanded the capabilities of its Prodigy Series with the release of new firmware for both Prodigy.MC (Modular Audio Converter) and Prodigy.MP (Multifunction Audio Processor).
“We are immensely proud to share this major update of the series,” comments DirectOut CEO/CTO, Claudio Becker-Foss, “The lockdown had a huge impact on all of us; it has changed and will continue to change the industry. Considering the circumstances, we are extremely happy that we could use this time to continue our work on the Prodigy Series in order to provide customers with this exciting update.”
Originally planned solely for Prodigy.MP, the update considerably expands the potential application scenarios of Prodigy.MC by adding FastSRC and EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching).
FastSRC is a bidirectional, low-latency asynchronous sample-rate converter for MADI and Network I/Os that allows two digital interfaces of a device to work in different clock domains. It combines good sound quality with very low latency of less than 0.15 milliseconds, and is invaluable in live sound applications and a "life-saver" in critical situations.
“Besides finalising the already large feature set of Prodigy.MP,” says Becker-Foss, “we even added a bunch of new functions. Some of them, like the Levelmeter speed configuration or the LTC-to-MTC converter, were implemented as an immediate response to the increased remote production requirements that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new firmware makes the product ready to face those new c

 
studio-techStudio Technologies adds Announcer’s Consoles
Thursday, 27 August 2020

USA - Studio Technologies has launched a series of Announcer’s Consoles with Dante Audio-over-IP connectivity and a flexible set of features that supports a wide range of live commentary and related applications.
The new line of Announcers Consoles includes three products - the Model 232, Model 234, and Model 236. All feature a “pro quality” microphone input circuit, Dante and analogue output channels, plus two, four, or six talkback inputs and outputs. Each unit can be easily incorporated into a Dante- or AES67-based network and is compatible with the Dante Domain Manager (DDM) application.
“We designed these units such that they can be used as part of just about any on-air or live-event commentary application,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “In addition to their terrific sonic performance, we built-in an incredible number of options that let their performance be easily optimized. We’ve also included some unique, specialized features so they will work very well in REMI/At-home applications.”
The unit’s high-performance microphone preamplifier features selectable gain over a range of 20- to 65-dB with available P48 phantom power. For flexibility, an external source of audio, arriving by way of a Dante receiver (input) channel, can be used instead of the microphone input. This allows devices, such as wireless microphones, to be directly supported. A Dante transmitter (output) channel is provided as the main or “on-air” output. In addition, an analogue microphone-level output is available to allow the unit

 
 
bromptonBrompton Technology releases LED reporting app
Thursday, 27 August 2020

UK - Brompton Technology has announced the release of its DynaCal Reporting App which generates detailed, multi-language, browser-based reports that offer an objective assessment of a panel’s performance based on accurate measurements using the Hydra Calibration system.
This new tool allows Brompton customers to see at-a-glance headline LED panel performance figures such as achievable luminance and colour gamut, presented in terms of percentage coverage of the Rec 2020 colour space. There are also options to view comprehensive information down to a per-pixel level for each individual panel using convenient, interactive, visual displays.
The DynaCal reporting app is available for any LED panel that has been calibrated using Brompton’s new Hydra Calibration system. Utilising the detailed information collected by Hydra, reports can be generated for individual LED panels, or for entire batches. These reports can easily be shared and viewed in any browser without any special software installed, and the report language can be switched between English and Chinese on the fly.
“The great thing about DynaCal Reports is that our customers are just one click away from data that can help inform decisions about how their panels should be used,” says Thomas Walker, Brompton’s product manager. “The reports offer a quick and easy way of comparing panels and checking they are capable of delivering what is needed at any given point or for a specific project.”
Luminance maps show how the LEDs are performing across the entire panel surface, with addi

 
media-orchestratoruiXytech interface provides workflow simplicity
Wednesday, 26 August 2020

UK - Resource management software provider Xytech continues to innovate its MediaPulse resource management system, this time with the release of a new, fully featured graphical user interface for the Media Orchestrator.
Seamlessly incorporated to the workflow software, the new graphical UI merges asset management, operations and resource management, allowing game-changing media services companies to monitor the people, facilities or equipment needed to complete a given task.
“All too often, companies are adversely effected by a lack of efficiency in their workflows, and this can have a direct impact on profit margins,” said Greg Dolan, Xytech CCO. “The media software industry demands intelligent solutions with the ability to dynamically adapt to customers’ constantly evolving needs. With offices in Los Angeles, London, France, Germany, Belgium, Canada and China, Xytech is uniquely positioned to meet customers at their point of need with unmatched technical service. Also, with regular, yearly upgrades and quarterly updates to the MediaPulse platform, we are not leaning on decades-old software like our competitors.”
The new graphical UI takes the complication out of the workflow process by offering users an easily digestible and totally intuitive interface. Users can move an entire block of functionality instead of choosing from a menu item. A user can grab a visual block, plot out the appropriate steps and link it graphically through Visio.
The new UI also allows users to define, configure and monitor any media service workflow while

 
 
rackbox-microphoneBarix aims RackBox at wider market
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Switzerland - IP audio and control specialist Barix is bringing its IP paging and intercom expertise to large broadcast and emergency response networks with RackBox, a universal cloud-based, any-to-all platform for widespread delivery of critical messages.
Initially custom-developed for a large national US TV broadcaster, Barix has now ‘productised’ RackBox to serve a broader set of paging and intercom needs inside and outside the broadcast industry. In addition to TV and radio networks, RackBox is designed for professional alarm and notification applications over military, emergency response and business networks that serve many locations. RackBox’s single-button user interface enables immediate delivery of important messages to all stations over local and wide-area networks.
RackBox systems are infinitely scalable, with each device programmable as a transmitter, receiver, or both. Using independent Barix AudioSpread devices, the system replicates the live stream globally to receivers anywhere without depending on multicast or complicated configurations. An optional management portal supports real-time monitoring and central configuration.
“RackBox represents our latest advances in cloud-based replication and remote monitoring technology to serve a broad variety of universal communication requirements,” said Johannes Rietschel, CTO and founder, Barix. “As one of the first vendors to innovate paging and intercom solutions for use on IP networks nearly 20 years ago, Barix brings reliable emergency communications over the network to a glob

 
kam-ampsKAM extends KXR power amp series
Monday, 24 August 2020

UK - KAM has added four new models to the KXR Series of professional grade, stereo power amplifiers.
Presented in a sturdy 2U mountable chassis with rack-ears, two-channel stereo or bridged output modes, and with outputs varying from 64w to 508w, there’s a model ‘to suit all occasions, meeting the requirements of a vast range of sound reinforcement environments, from live-sound, studio to commercial installations’.
These power amplifiers, feature forced-air cooling for continuous use. “Whilst beautifully designed and engineered on the inside, all effort has been made for ease of use with an easy to configure front panel layout, featuring large channel 1 and 2 volume controls aside the central mains on/off switch, and individual channel status LEDs for power, clip, signal and fault,” says distributor JHS.
With two XLR and two ¼" jack inputs and outputs via two x SpeakON connectors, two pairs of 'banana' binding posts and separate ‘bridge’ binding post, all four new KXR power amps offer flexible connectivity. There are also rear panel switches for stereo/bridge and ground lift, while internal circuits protect against thermal, short circuit and overload.
The operation voltage can also be changed from 110v to 240v for use around the world.

 
 
wharfedaleWharfedale Pro i-series now shipping
Friday, 21 August 2020

UK - Wharfedale Pro are now shipping their new i-series of installation loudspeakers.
Designed specifically for small to medium scale commercial installations, the i-series is made up of three ABS plastic models (4", 6.5" and 8"). Each model is available in a 70v/100v or in a 8Ω low impedance configuration.
All i-series loudspeakers are IP54 Certified, which makes them suitable for installation into extreme environments where excess moisture or dust ingress are a risk. A full-face aluminium front grille also gives solid protection against any physical impact damage. All models are supplied with fully adjustable steel wall mounting brackets.
Internally, the i-series use a two-way design with a 1.0" silk dome tweeter and custom Wharfedale Pro 4", 6.5" or 8" low frequency drivers. This combination results in a natural sounding speaker that suits both pre-recorded music playback or voice applications.

 
mvpiq-spxcamUpgraded Sports Producer aids streaming
Thursday, 20 August 2020

USA - CP Communications has announced the next generation of Mobile Viewpoint’s IQ-Sports Producer (IQ-SP) family of automated live sports production systems.
Powered by AI and supporting a range of outdoor and indoor sports from football to hockey, the updated series brings several key technology enhancements and adds a new entry-level model - IQ-SP Lite - built for customers focused on single-sport productions with one output stream.
Designed to remove the need of an onsite camera crew, IQ-SP makes professional sports production affordable for minor leagues, training camps, universities - and now, with IQ-SP Lite - smaller colleges and high schools previously hindered by budget constraints. CP Communications is the exclusive North American distributor of Mobile Viewpoint solutions.
Mobile Viewpoint developed IQ-Sports Producer to easily capture, stream and re-publish sports events with ease, and also gives players and coaches an affordable solution for recording practices and create game footage. Mobile Viewpoint has strengthened the AI capabilities in the new generation of IQ-SP systems, which will prove especially invaluable as live sporting events gradually return during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foremost amongst the new AI features is automated highlight creation. IQ-SP can automatically detect scoring plays, and create individual replay clips or post-game highlight packages for publishing to social media and other outlets with minimal manual intervention, saving producers significant turnaround time, effort, and staffing costs.

 
 
at2020vAudio-Technica releases limited-edition double
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - Audio-Technica has announced two limited-edition iterations of its AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone featuring a reflective silver finish: the AT2020V (standard) and the AT2020USB+V (USB model). The visually striking finish is meant not only to celebrate the mic’s clear, natural sound quality, but to mirror the creative force of its user, making these mics suitable for YouTubers, livestreamers and other content creators.
These side-address condensers are equipped with low-mass diaphragms, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. The mics’ cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source. All models in the AT2020 mic line - the price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology - offer a wide dynamic range and handle high SPLs with ease. Both of the limited edition V models come with AT8458a shock mounts to attenuate any noise, shock, or vibration transmitted through a mic stand, boom, or mount.
The AT2020V is designed for vocal pickup in home-studio applications and features an analogue XLR output for easy connection to a digital converter or mixer. The AT2020USB+V, is suitable for podcasting, streaming, home studio recording, and voiceover use.
The AT2020USB+V features a built-in high-output headphone amplifier with volume control that allows direct monitoring of the microphone signal with no delay. It also offers a mix control that blends microphone and pre-recorded audio.

 
anybrandfacecoveringBranded face coverings geared for live sector
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

UK - AnyBrand is introducing face coverings treated with HeiQ Viroblock technology, a “tested and proven COVID-19 barrier” that counteracts the airborne transmission of the virus.
HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 Swiss technology has been tested to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in the laboratory and the ISO-tested 18184, which is added to the fabric during the final stage of the textile manufacturing process.
AnyBrand founder Colin Graham states: “The new every-day problems we face need high tech and sustainable solutions. Partnering with HeiQ allows us to do this with a unique and invaluable edge.
“We don’t have the cure all solution, but we do have a ‘silver bullet’ that could make the all-important difference to minimise the social distancing requirement that has decimated the live events sector.
“We believe our brandable face coverings present live events with a better chance of accelerating the reopening of its doors with higher capacity audiences, when used alongside other COVID-19 safety measures.”
Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ Group, said: “We are pleased to partner with AnyBrand in the UK to develop life-saving products and applications for our technology.”
The first face coverings have arrived in the UK this week and AnyBrand is geared up to deliver large quantities of a variety of specifically branded, reusable face coverings within weeks.

 
 
adjADJ debuts LED-powered ellipsoidals
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - ADJ has introduced its new range of Encore Profile Pro professional LED-powered ellipsoidal fixtures, complete with a wide selection of lens options.
Designed for theatres and other performance spaces looking to embrace the power-saving and heat-reducing benefits of LED, without compromising on performance or features, two models are available. The Encore Profile Pro WW has a powerful warm white LED engine, while the Encore Profile Pro Color offers full colour mixing from a 6-in-1 LED source.
The Encore Profile Pro WW features a potent 260W warm white LED light source with a color temperature of 3200K. It generates an even field of light, with no hot spot, and boasts a high CRI in excess of 97. When used with a 26° lens, it measures a total light output of 10,000 lumens, while the LED engine has an average lifespan of 50,000 hours.
The Encore Profile Pro Color utilises a 250W 6-in-1 RGBWAL LED engine, which also boasts an impressive 50,000 hour average operational life. Through independent dimming control of the red, green, blue, white, amber and lime LED elements, this fixture can be used to generate a huge gamut of colours ranging from vibrant primaries to subtle hues. It can also be used to generate colour-corrected white light, with a macro function providing easy selection of a range of different Kelvin color temperatures. It has a light output of 6,000 lumens (measured with a 26° lens) and offers a CRI in excess of 90.
These robust and reliable fixtures can be used with ADJ’s range of interchangeable lens tubes, however they ha

 
mapp-3d1Meyer Sound releases MAPP 3D design software
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

USA - Meyer Sound has announced the release of MAPP 3D, the most extensive upgrade to its industry-standard system design tool since the original MAPP Online software program was introduced in 2001. MAPP 3D works on both the Mac and Windows platforms, employs local processing (no Internet connection required) and is now available as a free download from the Meyer Sound website.
As the name implies, MAPP 3D provides highly accurate, three-dimensional renderings of predicted sound system performance within detailed, wire-frame venue drawings. Equally important, MAPP 3D now offers complete integration with the Galileo Galaxy Network Platform and Compass control software for a seamless workflow from initial design through on-site tuning. Comprehensive processing parameters for complex systems can be optimized using MAPP 3D predictions, with the resulting processor settings pushed directly into multiple GALAXY processors with the click of a mouse.
In addition to traditional calibration test signal sources, MAPP 3D supports M-Noise, an emerging industry standard to determine the maximum linear SPL for music. This combination provides the industry’s most accurate prediction of a sound system’s maximum capability when reproducing music.
“The release of MAPP 3D marks a milestone in the development of sound system design software, not only for Meyer Sound, but for the industry as a whole,” says Perrin Meyer, Meyer Sound director of emerging technologies. “The detail in the renderings is spectacular and the flexibility of the user interface is unprec

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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