Product News

harrikoskinenand6040rprsizeGenelec unveils first in Signature Series
Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Finland - Genelec has unveiled the first model in its new Signature Series with the introduction of the two-way 6040R Smart Active Loudspeaker, created in conjunction with Finnish industrial designer Harri Koskinen.
Koskinen’s long association with Genelec began 20 years ago with the introduction of the timeless 6040A model, the first Genelec loudspeaker to feature the distinctive minimalist curves of the Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) - a cabinet design by Koskinen that now forms the core of much of Genelec’s current loudspeaker range.
The 20th anniversary of the 6040 launch has given Genelec the opportunity to re-imagine the technology within the 6040 as part of a new Signature Series.
The re-engineered 6040R now features the same LF driver design and proprietary bi-amplified Class D power amplifier technology as Genelec’s professional loudspeaker models. Other refinements include both analogue and digital inputs (supporting AES/EBU and SPDIF formats), a digital output, universal mains voltage and sophisticated onboard DSP to allow each 6040R loudspeaker to be intelligently tuned for any acoustic environment via GLM room calibration software.
“I’m thrilled to be involved in the rebirth of the 6040,” comments designer Harri Koskinen. “When I first met Genelec founder Ilpo Martikainen in 1999, he had a clear vision for creating a unique look that would set Genelec apart aesthetically - and with the 6040A, we designed a loudspeaker that was truly ahead of its time both visually and technically. With the huge advances in tec

eaw-ac6-bottom-upEAW debuts ADAPTive column speaker
Wednesday, 6 October 2021

USA - Following the success of its ADAPTive Line, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced its latest addition, the AC6 2-Way Full Range ADAPTive Column. Capable of generating a max SPL of 143db and 120° of horizontal nominal beamwidth, it’s targeted at installations, houses of worship and small performing arts centers.
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 in any venue, says EAW.
“With the ongoing success of our ADAPTive line arrays, we are excited to introduce a loudspeaker equipped with the same powerful DSP toolkit that EAW is known for, but inside a small-format column enclosure,” says TJ Smith, president of Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). “With the release of the AC6, we affirm our mission in being a driving force of innovation and reliability in the world of live sound.”

arkaos-mediamaster-6-visualArKaos launches MediaMaster 6
Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Europe - ArKaos has released ‘the most significant features update in recent years’ for its MediaMaster realtime video control software platform, MediaMaster 6.
This MediaMaster feature update unlocks multiple new features and offers 50% more performance, power, and speed compared to previous versions - taking creativity and imagination to new levels, enabling users to produce the most spectacular high impact shows, says Arkaos.
The new Remote Player is one key feature - a cue-based programming tool especially designed for those working on long term and permanent installations and other fixed environment scenarios.
Remote Player is a network-based media player allowing the control of multiple servers from a single point on the network. A central programming hub can control cue lists that can be allocated to one or more separate MediaMaster entities in the network. The cue lists can be triggered manually or run via external triggers.
MediaMaster 6 significantly expands the software control options. It brings compatibility with the popular Elgato Stream Deck AND adds two new DMX fixture profiles - Layer Extended 2.0 and Layer Full 2.0 - which can control up to 112 DMX parameters per layer, available with the MediaMaster Pro licence.
For full flexibility, MediaMaster 6 significantly increased the number of available layers. MediaMaster Express doubled from 12 to 24 layers while MediaMaster Pro provides 48 layers.
Bringing even more power to MediaMaster’s layers, Single Layer Transitions add a vital new tool with massive po

ap6ArmoníaPlus 2.2 offers cloud integration
Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Italy - Powersoft has announced that version 2.2 of ArmoníaPlus - an update which enables integrators to share projects and work collaboratively in the cloud - is now available to download from its website.
The update makes it possible to access and collaborate on projects remotely from anywhere in the world, says Powersoft.
Primarily designed for systems engineers, but available in both ArmoníaPlus skins (Install and Live Sound), the new feature allows users to save projects in a Microsoft-based cloud, in addition to on a local drive. Project owners are then able to access and work on files remotely from any internet-connected PC, as well as invite their colleagues to collaborate on the project via a simple email link.
When used to share projects, ArmoníaPlus 2.2 offers ‘an intuitive, user-friendly platform tailor-made for collaboration’.
After joining the project and being assigned a specific role (either an editor or full project owner), all collaborators can see the full version history of a cloud project, listed in chronological order. This means installers will always have access to the latest version of the project, even when last-minute changes are needed, while system designers can provide remote support in-application.
The remote storage, which is free for all registered MyPowersoft users, also provides a place to archive projects after completion.
“Cloud storage has changed the way people work and has allowed the creation of new ways for us to interact with each other,” says Leonardo Weber, Powersoft’s pro

torus-vu-net-ikon-and-q-sysMartin Audio upgrades control software
Tuesday, 5 October 2021

UK - Martin Audio has announced the latest release of its control software VU-NET (2.2.2), which alongside new firmware for iKON amplifiers, implements new features.
First, pre-set support has been added for Martin Audio’s constant curvature loudspeaker, Torus T12, including when it is also used in conjunction with its partner cardioid subwoofer, SXC118. Secondly, Martin Audio iKON amplifiers can now be added to the Q-SYS ecosystem within the Q-SYS Designer software. Features can be controlled from the software, Q-SYS compatible UCIs and GPIO logic ports integrated into Q-SYS cores and peripherals. These control features include gain and muting, sleep and standby and alarm notifications, as well as amplifier snapshot recall.
Dom Harter, managing director, comments: “The much higher than forecast demand for Torus has taken us a bit by surprise so we are delighted to release the latest version of VU-NET to enable deployment of the product for installation and live sound. Similarly, we’ve had a number of requests from system integrators to have iKON amplifier compatibility with the Q-SYS eco-system and so with this latest firmware support there are even more tools available to enable our customers to maximise sales within our portfolio.”

manewsgma3-software1-61170x695MA releases grandMA3 1.6 software
Friday, 1 October 2021

Europe - MA Lighting has released the grandMA3 software v1.6, bringing workflow improvements and new implementations in the area of presets and data handling.
Features include intuitive programming with selective, global and universal presets; auto pre-set mode takes care of standard pre-set operations without thinking about data; fixture exchange transfers the preset data - important for touring and festival shows; universal presets can be created even before patching fixtures.
There are also workflow improvements - additional information for showfiles has been added to the Backup menu and the Stomp command has been revised based on numerous user feedbacks. The new version also includes visibility and overview improvements, especially for grandMA3 onPC users.
The new command wing bar fits at the bottom of screens used together with a grandMA3 onPC command wing or grandMA3 onPC command wing XT.
There are also some new implementations that will enrich lighting control in many different areas: markers - move and rotate objects in 3D, even with connection to PSN data; CleanUp command - delete objects which are not used in the showfile; new RDM parameters and notifications; support of RDM proxy devices and more.

danteDante Application Library now widely available
Friday, 1 October 2021

USA - Audinate has announced full availability of the Dante Application Library software development kit (SDK). Previously available to a select few, Dante Application Library is an SDK for PC and Mac that provides software developers with an ‘easy-to-use conduit to the greatest installed base of audio devices on earth: products and solutions connected via Audinate’s Dante, including microphones, speakers, signal processors, amplifiers, loudspeakers, and more’.
“Dante is the native language of professional audio,” comments Nick Mariette, senior product manager at Audinate. “The success of any audio software application hinges upon customers being able to easily connect to audio devices in the system they are using. More and more audio devices connect via Dante’s AV over IP. Dante Application Library brings Dante network functionality directly into applications, giving users access to an ecosystem of more than 3,000 Dante-enabled audio products from more than 500 manufacturers.”
Dante Application Library provides a seamless solution for developers seeking to reach customers within this widely adopted - and ever-expanding - ecosystem.
Developers can integrate Dante device discovery and subscriptions directly into their software products for conferencing, recording, lecture capture, media playback, or other applications for a seamless, “one-stop-shop” set-up experience.
Dante Application Library can simplify setup of unified communications applications, allow for easy deployment of software-based digital signal processors and

jbl-lct-81c-tmJBL Professional debuts ceiling tile speaker
Wednesday, 29 September 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the JBL-LCT 81C/TM metric lay-in ceiling tile speaker and the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 retrofit safety tether for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling speakers with press-in grilles.
The LCT 81C/TM delivers high output intelligibility for classrooms, offices, paging systems, airports, retail stores and any place where speech and music clarity are critical. This low-profile speaker features an efficient 200 mm dual-cone driver with 1-inch voice coil and high-performance transformer. Its wide 100-degree conical dispersion pattern translates to broader coverage with fewer speakers, and its high 96 dB sensitivity means loud and clear sound even at low tap settings.
Installation is quick and easy: Simply remove a standard 600mm x 600mm ceiling tile and lay the speaker in its place. With a shallow depth of just 103 mm (4.1 inches), the JBL-LCT 81C/TM can be installed where deeper loudspeakers can’t fit—even in ceiling spaces with HVAC ducts, plumbing and other obstructions. Because the speaker looks like a ceiling vent, it’s ideal for venues where the architect or visual designer doesn’t want the appearance of a ceiling speaker. Use the JBL-LCT 81C/TM on either a 70V or 100V distributed speaker line or at low impedance, for maximum versatility.
“Most in-ceiling speakers require a highly skilled installer to measure and cut precise speaker holes into ceiling tiles, which is a messy, expensive, time-consuming process,” said Rick Kamlet, Harman/JBL senior manager, installed loudspeakers. “The JBL-L

prolightsProlights library available in Vectorworks
Monday, 27 September 2021

Italy - Prolights has made available nearly 200 Vectorworks symbols for most of its lighting fixtures, clamps and accessories, and will keep supporting the library development.
Sister company Protruss has also released a separate 3D library with over 650 symbols, including truss and rigging objects. The Protruss symbols include all the properties of objects required from Braceworks (a Vectorworks plugin) to run static calculation and loading reports.
“The recently added library represents an important asset to the entire LD community,” says Fabio Sorabella, managing director at Prolights. “Not only that but the announced file compatibility among Vectorworks, GDTF and MVR, and Unreal Engine really benefits designers and system engineers, innovating a new multi-platform workflow from parametric design to show pre-visualisation and presentation.”
The files can be freely downloaded from the Prolights and Music & Lights webpages, including the Vectorworks files, GDTF and dozens of other personality files for industry-standard consoles and other control platforms.

anolis-plasa-2021-pla051014087Anolis sets the mood with Ambiane
Monday, 27 September 2021

UK - Architectural LED lighting specialist Anolis showcased its Ambiane range of interior lighting products at the 2021 PLASA Show at London’s Olympia Grand Hall, the first in-person UK industry trade show since pandemic restrictions were lifted.
The Anolis team was especially interested in meeting theatre consultants, venue managers and specifiers working in different types of auditoria.
“After long periods of lockdown and no tradeshows, PLASA Show in London was the perfect platform to reconnect, attracting a targeted visitor base which gave the team the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with relevant buyers across the sector,” says the company.
Anolis used the occasion to highlight the indoor Ambiane range which is available in RGBW and CCT versions with multiple beam angles - suitable for FOH, back-of-house and any public space illumination.
Simon Gooding, sales & business development manager at Anolis UK, comments: “PLASA combined with ABTT was a great opportunity to incorporate Anolis into this year’s plans.
“Whilst the spotlight was on our Ambiane range, it was also excellent for generating conversations around other interior fixtures and Anolis products that are a perfect choice for theatres and venue spaces. The show was an interesting and worthwhile platform for the team to engage with existing customers and meet new ones.”
The Anolis section of the stand was clean and streamlined with a selection of Ambiane recessed downlights and a high output pendant on display, impressing with thei

proteuselation-professionalThree Proteus luminaires to debut at LDI
Monday, 27 September 2021

USA - Elation’s Proteus line of IP65-rated automated lighting has enjoyed worldwide success, with over 10,000 units now in the market. Three new Proteus products set for release this autumn.
“We’ve put years of extensive R&D work, market research and planning into developing this award-winning product line and are extremely proud that it has become the most specified line of IP65 automated lighting on the market,” states Eric Loader, Elation director of sales & marketing. “Our goal from the beginning was to give creative designers the freedom to design any project just the way they see fit regardless of weather or other factors and we delight every time we see them on a show or event.”
Set for release in November are the Proteus Excalibur, Proteus Rayzor Edge and Proteus Rayzor Blade.
The Proteus Excalibur is a long throw beam moving head with a long-life lamp and a wide front aperture perfect for creating aerial light columns, and CMY and prismatic effects. Proteus Rayzor Edge and Proteus Rayzor Blade are a creative blend of a high-powered tiltable, linear zoom LED pixel wash luminaire and an extreme impact dual linear strobe array, combining mid-air beams, light curtains, blinder and pixel precise strobe effects, plus Elation’s patented SparkLED lens technology into a unique multi-layered fixture design.

outlinearchitecturalseriesOutline launches Architectural Series
Monday, 27 September 2021

Italy - Outline has launched its Architectural Series, a range of loudspeakers designed specifically to ‘enable integrators to meet the aesthetic and performance demands of architects, interior designers and clients who want the ultimate in discreet, high-performance audio systems’.
Comprising four loudspeakers (the Ai41 and Ai81 ultra-compact columns, the Charlie 4 cube and the dedicated AS6 micro-sub) plus a complementary selection of mounting accessories, the primary focus of the new range is on premium sound quality.
Despite their diminutive size, each of the mid-high modules delivers balanced audio, whether from playback or ‘live’, while the AS6 dedicated subwoofer provides low-frequency reinforcement ‘that totally belies its dimensions’. All four also produce maximum SPLs far in advance of what one might reasonably expect from such a design.
The performance of the mid-high modules Ai41 and Ai81 is made possible by Outline’s inclusion of an ‘MTM’ configuration of midrange and HF elements. This proven design, in which multiple transducers are symmetrically arranged within an enclosure, can almost completely eliminate unwanted lobing effects in the radiating sphere of a loudspeaker, says Outline.
This is a key factor in the system’s intelligibility, particularly for speech, which makes it suitable for projects where that must be achieved with minimum-possible visual impact - examples include meeting and presentation spaces, houses of worship, museums and boardrooms. Its ability to reproduce music to a hi-fi standard f

strand-electric-pattern-23m-by-pacific-lighting-hk-limited-fits-in-the-palm-of-your-handStrand Electric Pattern 23M debuts
Friday, 24 September 2021

UK - The newly launched Strand Electric Pattern 23M lantern from Pacific Lighting (HK) is a 1/3 scale replica of the original Strand Patt 23 Mk1 designed by aircraft designer, Morgan McLeod.
The fully working model has a 3W 3000K LED source and is available with a choice of telescopic stand, swivel arm wall bracket or ceiling/floor plate. The lantern can be connected to a USB phone power supply or computer, and the beam angle can be altered by moving the lens back and forward.
Hugh Chinnick, director of Pacific Lighting has spent several years researching and developing the Patt 23M (‘M’ stands for Mini) to perfect every detail of appearance and performance.
“For more than 20 years it has been my dream to produce a scale model of the Patt 23, one of the most iconic lanterns in British theatre lighting history,” he says.
“It has taken over four years of development, failures and triumphs. I have been fortunate and very grateful to have had the contribution, encouragement, and expertise of people without whom my dream would not have been realised: Mike Wood who meticulously produced the very first 3D printed working model of the lantern and kept my feet firmly on the ground, and Scott Ingham, Susan Lo and their team at Ingham Design who took on the onerous task of preparing all the necessary detailed drawings in preparation for production.”
The Pattern 23M is cast in zinc which provides a superior quality of finish while retaining excellent thermal properties as a heatsink for the LED, together with a good weight. Over time,

cc811stereosetAustrian Audio launches instrumental line
Friday, 24 September 2021

Austria - Austrian Audio has announced the first of a new line of instrumental microphones for use in the studio and on stage: the CC8. Integral to this new small diaphragm microphone is Austrian Audio’s OCC7 condenser capsule. Inspired by the CK1, this newly developed capsule ‘delivers all the benefits of that classic design updated to meet the demands of today’.
The capsule’s three-micron-thick gold-coated polyethylene napthalate (PEN) diaphragm is much more robust than conventional mylar alternatives, says the company. The OCC7’s filter fabric guarantees a constant broadband cancellation, resulting in outstanding cardioid characteristics with exceptional attenuation of sound coming from the sides and rear.
The CC8 can handle high sound pressure levels of up to 156 dB SPL without distorting.
Thanks to the built-in switchable attenuation of 0 dB, -10 dB, and -20 dB, the microphone can be positioned very close to loud sound sources such as trumpets without fear of distortion. Rumble and impact noise are effectively eliminated with the switchable high-pass filter (60Hz 2nd order, 120Hz 2nd order).
The Austrian Audio CC8 is hand-built in Vienna. Before leaving the factory, each microphone is measured and tuned to a maximum tolerance of only +/- 0.5 dB sensitivity at 1kHz. This means that any CC8 can be match-paired with any other, regardless of their production dates.

tpd3k-perspective-amateaudioAmate Audio adds power to TriPhonic
Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Spain - Thirty-five years ago Amate Audio introduced its original TriPhonic 2.1 power amplifier design, an integrated L/R and sub solution for small sound installations. More recently the company revived the concept with a Class-D based design - the TPD - incorporating onboard loudspeaker management DSP and proving popular with installers and commercial audio contractors.
Now the Barcelona loudspeaker company has extended the application potential of the platform with the launch of a higher power rated iteration of the rack-space, cable saving format. As the name suggests, the TPD3K provides in excess of 3000 W of combined power, with up to 750W continuous program power each for the left and right channels, and 2000W for the sub channel (at 4 Ω).
Onboard control DSP offers much of the operational performance advantage of Amate Audio’s fully active loudspeaker systems, including remote PC based configuration via the company’s intuitive DSPLink software. Adjustable system parameters include highly accurate filters, parametric EQs, Peak / RMS limiters, and delays enabling time-alignment of amplifier channels.
R&D’d system presets enable instant optimum configuration of a range of Amate Audio loudspeaker models in the most common applications. In the TPD3K these extend to control of some of the larger models in the Nítid series, including the largest N18WP and N218WP subs.
Comprehensive I/Os comprise balanced XLR stereo inputs, L/R and sub speaker connectors on binding posts and Speakon connectors, and three discretely configurable DSP

chauvetmaverick-plasaMaverick Silens 2 Profile wins Award For Innovation
Tuesday, 21 September 2021

UK - The Maverick Silens 2 Profile doesn’t attract attention to itself because of its sound; the 100% convection cooled LED PCB fixture operates in virtual silence. However, the versatile 560W luminaire did make waves recently when it was honoured with a 2021 PLASA Award For Innovation.
The only moving fixture (and one of two lighting products) to earn this recognition at the PLASA show, the Maverick Silens 2 Profile was singled out for its “near silent operation,” being described by the independent panel of judges as “the sound engineer’s favourite light.”
Without making a sound, the Maverick Silens 2 Profile wowed judges with its impressive visual performance, thanks to features like CMY+CTO colour mixing with CRI, R9, CQS, and TLCI all between 91 and 97 (depending on the colour temperature mixed). Other features that speak volumes about this silent powerhouse of a fixture include a four-blade framing shutter system with rotation, a colour wheel, animation wheel, a 10:1 zoom, prism, two frosts, static and rotating gobo wheels and 16-bit dimming with selectable red shift.
“Our entire team is very proud of this honour,” says Michael Brooksbank, managing director of Chauvet Europe. “Silence has always been a goal for everyone involved in lighting theatre, broadcasts, recitals and other applications where absolute quietness is essential. However, no one could be expected to give up performance for the sake of silence. Now, with the Maverick Silens 2 Profile, they don’t have to - they can enjoy the best of both worlds.”

copper-candleCopper Candle wins three Innovation Awards
Tuesday, 21 September 2021

UK - Copper Candle won three separate PLASA Innovation Awards during September’s PLASA Show 2021, held at London’s Olympia.
The winning products - Copper Stream, Bone Stream and Cue29 - were chosen by a panel of industry experts and have been created to optimise the real time design, broadcast and audience engagement of live music, theatre shows and events in the virtual environment.
The PLASA Innovation Awards judging panel said: "The judges have chosen to award a suite of products from this boundary-pushing software developer. They felt the group of products shared the same innovative approach to merging gaming technologies into a framework engineered for the live events industry. The judges believe these products are at the forefront of the move towards virtual production in events."
Following 18 months of a global pandemic on the live entertainment sector, James Simpson, managing director and founder of Copper Candle, was thrilled, and reassured, by the outcome of the awards: “Winning industry specific, product awards are critical to the success of curve leading products like ours. If there is a positive outcome from the recent pandemic, it’s that it has revolutionised people’s attitude to virtual technology. For a new start-up like Copper Candle the PLASA Award has provided the respected expert and public validation we need for our products. In turn that drove our future customers to pick up the phone to discuss their own projects.”
Simpson went on to say that the Copper Candle team were astounded and flattered by the suppor

akgaralifestylewebbanneryoutuber1398x1398AKG debuts Ara two-pattern USB microphone
Monday, 20 September 2021

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the AKG Ara, a two-pattern USB condenser microphone.
Ara lets content creators and musicians effortlessly capture studio-quality, 24-bit, 96kHz audio for superior speech clarity and stunning vocal and instrument tracks, says AKG. Two pickup patterns focus on a single source or everyone in the room. The directional Front (cardioid) pattern captures sound directly in front of the mic while rejecting sound from other sides, making it suitable for podcast hosts, bloggers, gamers, videoconferencing and for recording voice and instruments. The front + back (omni) pattern picks up sound evenly from all sides, making it suitable for recording interviews with multiple speakers.
“What’s really great about Ara is that it can accomplish so many goals for a variety of users. It’s perfect for elevating interviews and video blogs with its crystal-clear sonic quality and sleek looks,” says Chris Hansen, director of recording and broadcast, Harman Professional Solutions. “But it’s also great for gamers who really get to step up their in-game vocal delivery with a mic that sounds phenomenal. And Ara’s selectable patterns and the ability to handle up to 120 dB max SPL give musicians plenty of headroom to record everyone in the band. The best part is that Ara is plug-and-play simple, thanks to USB connectivity and class-compliant drivers.”
Ara’s essential functions, including pattern selection, mic mute and a headphone volume knob, are located on the front of the mic for easy access; a 3.5mm headphon

christie-m-4k25-rgbfront-high-leftChristie ‘reinvents an industry workhorse’
Friday, 17 September 2021

USA - Christie has announced the M 4K25 RGB pure laser projector, an all-in-one RGB pure laser projector that continues the original M Series, first introduced in 2007.
“The M Series packed a lot of features in a small package,” explains Larry Paul, executive director, technology and custom solutions at Christie. “Features like the intelligent lens system and embedded Twist for blending and warping were unique at the time, plus its small size and weight, helped it to become Christie’s best-selling line of projectors and lenses.”
RGB pure laser technology delivers twice the colour of the original M Series for vibrant, bright images that approach Rec. 2020 colour volume, a colour standard closest to what the human eye can see.
With TruLife+ electronics all the needed connections are built-in, eliminating the need for optional input cards. TruLife+ also features electronic colour convergence (ECC), which allows users to correct colour convergence imperfections and individually adjust red, green, and blue via remote, so there’s no need to climb a ladder to make adjustments.
The intelligent lens system (ILS1) makes swapping lenses easy for rental and staging, and offers motorized zoom, focus and offset via remote. Existing Christie owners can use their M, J and Crimson Series lenses, as well as the M Series rigging frame, with the M 4K25 RGB for added cost savings.
Christie’s proprietary precision pixel-shift technology, which reduces or eliminates typical artifacts found in other pixel-shifting technologies, provides UHD 4K res

rdnet-array-viewRCF releases software updates for RDNet
Thursday, 16 September 2021

Italy - RCF has released a new update for RDNet networked management software with a new installer, improvements to the user interface, auto-updates, a beta testing program, and a new firmware manager. All designed to work together within the RCF RDNet ecosystem.
Based on a management and monitoring network for RCF devices, RDNet includes system control tools, a line array design platform, and a complete audio analyzer in one software package. RDNet provides intuitive management of every connected device/object on the network for live and installed audio systems. A network user can control all DSP settings inside any compatible device, including advanced subwoofer configurations, from a single object to groups of objects.
This new update has as its main objective to unlink future software and firmware updates, so the user will no longer be required to perform an RDNet installation when new firmware upgrades are available. In addition, the RDNet 4.1 is now able to auto-update when a new version is released.
This is made possible through the introduction of the RDNet Launcher. For the user, this is a completely transparent operation, keeping the system up to date with the latest release for maximum compatibility with all RDNet compatible products.
Users are now able to enroll in the RDNet beta testing programme. Individual users will be able to contribute, check and verify all new features weeks before the official release. Subscription to the programme is enabled by clicking the ‘Beta’ item in the drop-down menu at the top left of the sta

ledfusion-a130cCalibre ships LEDFusion Pro series
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

UK - Calibre UK is now shipping the flagship Calibre LEDFusion Pro screen management solution.
Announced in April, the all-in-one screens are available in 130-inch or 163-inch sizes and are sold either as a stand-alone unit (A130C-15 and A163C-09) or a multi-system solution for advanced screen management (W236CF-15 and W260CF-15). LEDFusion Pro brings advanced operational features, energy saving and installation benefits.
“Calibre LEDFusion Pro was introduced earlier this year incorporating the feedback received from our integration partners for a more complete, sustainable and future-proof system that could be expanded without limits,” explained Steve Su, general manager at Calibre UK.
New product demo sites in Dallas, USA and Hannover, Germany will open in Q4, 2021.

tt-515-a-and-tt-808-as-pressRCF extends TT+ series with portable pair
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Italy - RCF has introduced two powered portable speakers. The TT 515-A speaker and TT 808-AS subwoofer are intended for high-powered portable and installed professional applications where size and weight are critical factors. This approach combines the advantages of RCF TT+ technology such as controlled dispersion, clarity, high-power, multiple rigging accessories, weather protection, and RDNET software connection for real-time management with recallable pre-sets.
TT 515-A is a 127 dB speaker that fits in the palm of your hand and can be used as a main speaker system, or to supplement a larger system, a 3D/immersive sound system, or high-quality installations. The transducer configuration of the TT 515-A pairs two symmetrical custom-loaded 5" cone drivers to a rotatable CMD waveguide surrounding a titanium 1.75" high-frequency compression driver, all powered by a two-channel 1,000W RMS Class-D amplifier. The multiple rigging accessories and the unobtrusive form factor of the cabinet are suitable for a wide range of configurations including hanging, pole-, truss-, wall- or ceiling-mounting - in horizontal or vertical orientation - with a rotatable waveguide and logo plate.
TT 808-AS subwoofer features two high-power 8" woofers with vented frontal loading powered by a two-channel 1,000W RMS Class-D amplifier. The compact cabinet can be used in both horizontal and vertical orientation or paired for cardioid, arc, and other complex subwoofers configurations using RDNet. TT 808-AS also includes balancing brackets for improved vertical stability and a rotatab

astera-plasa-2021-innovation-awardAstera PixelBrick wins PLASA Innovation Award
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

UK - Astera’s PixelBrick won a 2021 PLASA Award for Innovation – one of two lighting products out of the six 2021 winners selected from 29 entries – as the PLASA entertainment technology trade show returned to Olympia after a pandemic forced absence in 2020.
The judges commented, “this is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in an assortment of lighting applications.
PixelBrick has been carefully crafted by Astera’s R ‘n’ D team and is designed for concerts, events, filming, or broadcast scenarios. It can also be utilised as a compact, light (1.1kg) and exceptionally handy up-lighter or hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or facades. For exterior use, its IP65 rating is resistant to rain and other elements. PixelBricks can be joined together to make all sorts of funky shapes and combinations!
Astera exhibited on the booth of its UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. The PLASA event – one of the first industry expos to be staged ‘post’ pandemic – proved a busy and upbeat environment for people from across the industry to re-start, re-connect and finally meet again face-to-face as things start moving forward after an extremely tough period.
Astera’s sales & marketing director Sebastian Bückle revealed that many customers specifically asked to see the PixelBrick having already seen it online. “I think the i

elswepsclusterstightfamilyokNexo unveils installation range at PLASA Show
Friday, 10 September 2021

UK - Using the opportunity of the first trade show for many months, Nexo unveied its ePS Series of loudspeakers for professional installation. Three two-way passive cabinets and two partner subbass units are the first models in a new range, which Nexo says delivers its “high-quality European engineering at a cost-effective price that will galvanise budget-sensitive projects”.
Drawing on 25 years of success with the PS Series, the company has slimmed down connection and mounting options whilst taking advantage of new manufacturing techniques and driver design to hit “unprecedented price points” for its industry-standard point source products. ePS models will provide a way for many public and private installation projects to access a Nexo-badged system without breaking the bank, says the company.
Designed specifically for fixed installation, the ePS Series packages high output, superior coverage patterns, directional control and musical performance into compact trapezoidal-shaped wooden enclosures, with steel grilles for IP54 (and IP55) certified weather resistance.
The ePS range features three lightweight point source models, in 6”, 8” and 10” iterations. Each cabinet includes a 1.4” HF driver and lightweight LF driver, with NEXO’s trademark rotatable horn design offering dispersion options to the user.
Presented in Baltic birch plywood, the ePS6, ePS8 and ePS10 offer Peak SPL stats of 125, 128 and 130dB respectively. The ePS6 weighs in at just 7.1kg, with a footprint of 367 mm x 200 mm x 182 mm and has a frequency response of


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