Product News

hkaudioprod27HK Audio unveils Premium PR:0 D2 family
Monday, 20 July 2020

Germany - HK Audio has unveiled Premium PR:O D2, the latest addition to the PremiumPR:O family of loudspeakers.
The Premium PR:O D2 series consists of five DSP-controlled full-range and multifunctional speakers (the PR:O 110 XD2, PR:O 112 FD2, PR:O 112 XD2, PR:O 115 FD2 and PR:O 115 XD2), as well as the PR:O 210 Sub D2 and PR:O 118 Sub D2 subwoofers. The PR:O D2 series uses premium components and DSP electronics with advanced FIR filtering for intuitive and practical operation, and their low-resonance wooden cabinets for powerful bass reproduction offer a maximum sound pressure of up to 132 dB.
In line with the modular principle, the speakers can be combined flexibly for the most varied of requirements, from standalone, 2.1 and monitor setups to full-stack applications, says the company. “These combination options make Premium PR:O D2 suitable for a wide range of installations where excellent speech intelligibility and transparent reproduction is required. All PR:O D2 speakers (except the PR:0 210 SUB D2 subwoofer) can be used together with PREMIUM PR:O legacy speakers.”
Sturdy metal front grilles not only adds to the visual appeal, but also give the speakers the necessary protection during operation. The new MultiGrip handles make handling the speakers a breeze in any position and also facilitate professional rigging using the familiar HK Audio tilt brackets.
The PR:O 110 XD2, PR:O 112 XD2 and PR:O 115 XD2 are billed as “genuine all-rounders that can be used as satellites, compact full-range speakers or low-profile stage monitors”. Th

ruby8flenovoengineNew software adds options to Lawo consoles
Friday, 17 July 2020

Germany - Lawo has released new software with additional options, functionality and security features for its line of radio mixing consoles, Ravenna / AES67 mixing engines, and VisTool GUI Builder software.
“The business of radio continues to evolve, and Lawo is committed to upgrading and improving our tools to match industry needs,” says Johan Boqvist, senior product manager, radio. “This upgrade gives users new tools to tailor their Lawo radio equipment to meet their unique on-air and production workflows. And they will benefit not only radio clients, but TV production and audio infrastructure users as well.”
The first major feature introduced with Radio Software v6.6 is a new license package for Lawo’s versatile Power Core DSP mixing / routing engine: Power Core EDGE. This license provides an entry-level configuration designed specifically for deployment as a high-capacity audio gateway, where mixing surface control is not required. It’s perfect for NOC and TOC installations where plenty of audio ingest is needed, or for large-scale conversion of legacy baseband signals to AES67 networking.
The Power Core EDGE license supports 2 MADI interfaces with 128 audio channels, and up to 64 RAVENNA / AES67 streams with a maximum channel count of 128. There’s a 1,280 x 1,280 routing matrix, and the ability to expand with up to 8 rear-panel I/O cards. Power Core EDGE can be controlled with the Lawo VisTool user interface application, which supports as many as 128 patchable audio PPM and / or loudness meters onscreen. It can also be controlled

f6-strip-ipChauvet releases IP linear video panel
Friday, 17 July 2020

USA - Chauvet Professional has introduced the F6 Strip IP linear video panel.
Measuring 1000 x 34.5 x 68.2 mm (39.37 x 1.36 x 2.69 in), the new outdoor-ready product can fit in tight spaces, add an extra dimension to set pieces, and be arranged in unique patterns, making it suited for a wide variety of applications, including drive-in shows and livestream productions, says the company.
A 6.9 mm pitch strip, the F6 Strip IP is compatible with all Chauvet Professional F series panels, allowing it to display the same images as other video pieces on the stage. It works with the VIP Drive 83R Nova, using the Novastar control protocol. The VIP Drive 83R Nova can auto-detect F6 Strip IPs when they’re plugged in, making it easy to ‘drag-n-drop’ into the mapping software.
“The F6 Strip IP opens up new options for incorporating video displays into designs,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Its flexibility makes it a valuable tool in today’s market where new applications are calling for unique solutions.”
The strip’s high-quality black body LEDs accurately reproduce video at 15-bit grayscale. Other features include a 5000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5940Hz refresh rate, as well as stealth and soft white diffusion filters.
In addition to its IP65 rating, the F6 Strip IP includes a host of other features that make it ideal for outdoor use. The panels are convection cooled, ensuring optimised heat dissipation for even colour distribution. They also have a dedicated compact power supply, for enhanced stability over extended use, mak

m12-fx-frontOptocore moves MADI streaming to next level
Thursday, 16 July 2020

Germany - Optocore has further extended its M-series of interfaces, with the announcement of the MADI-SRC.
This exists in the shape of two new hardware boards with either four fibre or four BNC MADI SRC (Sample Rate Converter) ports. This means that any combination of devices from the M-series (comprising M8-OPT, M8-BNC, M12-OPT, M12-BNC, M12-OPT/BNC) can be now equipped with these Sample Rate Converters for MADI streams.
With this new feature customers can use stand-alone or networked MADI routers, with streams in different sample rates. In addition, the new M-series SRC will be available in DiGiCo mode, and can be connected to the DiGiCo optical loop providing MADI SRC streams.
Speaking of this latest development, Optocore application engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski, stated: "MADI SRC is a very useful and unique feature. Our R&D team worked tirelessly to ensure all existing M-series devices would function seamlessly with the addition of Sample Rate Conversion.
“It means that customers can now interconnect and route MADI signals from different clock domains and with different sample rates. In terms of flexibility, this moves our solution to the next level.”

at-headphonesA-T releases limited edition purple headphones
Thursday, 16 July 2020

Europe - Audio-Technica has launched a limited purple/black edition of its best- selling headphones, the ATH-M50x and ATH-M50xBT. The ATH-M50xPB and M50xBTPB feature metallic purple earcups and black accents including a distinctive headband and earpads.
The M50xPB share the same features as the M50x headphones, used by streamers, musicians and producers across the world, with 45mm large- aperture drivers, sound-isolating earcups and a robust construction.
The ATH-M50xBTPB harnesses the M50x studio sound for ‘an exhilarating wireless listening experience, with exceptional clarity and deep, accurate bass response’. Utilising Bluetooth technology, the M50xBTPB pairs performance with powerful features, such as a 40-hour battery life and touch controls for voice assistance. A wired connection is also supported.
Audio-Technica’s new limited edition ATH-M50xPB and the ATH- M50xBTPB will be available from August. They join the current collection of ATH-M50x models in black (ATH-M50x and ATH-M50xBT) and white (ATH- M50xWH).

mxl-microphonesac-44-familyMXL miniature microphones now shipping
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

USA - MXL Microphones is now shipping its AC-44 Miniature USB conferencing microphone to customers around the world, starting 21 July. With a compact footprint, MXL’s AC-44 offers a microphone solution for a range of applications that require pristine audio capture, including web conferencing, telemedicine, huddle spaces, classrooms and more. It can also be incorporated into OEM applications.
“Offering crystal clear speech intelligibility, the AC-44 removes the barriers that unclear audio creates,” says Trevor Fedele, director of sales at MXL Microphones. “In just a short time since announcing the AC-44, the mic has won many prestigious industry awards, taking home ‘Best of Show’ honours in the audio-conferencing category at major trade shows, including ISE and InfoComm. With the strong feedback that we’ve received from industry professionals, we are even more excited to get the AC-44 into the hands of our customers.”
MXL’s AC-44 utilises the company’s signature three-capsule boundary design to enhance direct sounds while mitigating noise and echoes in any workspace. The microphone’s wide 180-degree cardioid pickup pattern provides clear audio capture, focusing on sound sources in front of the microphone and eliminating unwanted noise from the back. This gives the AC-44 flexibility between working in a single-user workspace, in a medium huddle space or even in larger spaces, such as classrooms and medical facilities.
(Jim Evans)

adjADJ grows theatrical range with followspot
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

USA - ADJ has expanded its range of theatrical stage lighting products with the release of the new FS3000LED follow spot. This professional-calibre LED-powered fixture generates a powerful spot that is suitable for tracking performers at live productions, theatre stages and churches. Offering a rich feature set and various control options, paired with a high CRI, it is a modern follow spot designed to meet all the needs of a modern theatrical setting, says the company.
The FS3000LED utilises the latest LED technology to produce a bright, clear and sharp output. Its 300W white C.O.B. (Chip On Board) LED source has a 6000K colour temperature and delivers approximately 8500 lumens of output with a high CRI of 95. The unit’s lenses and precision-designed optics make for an even light output that can be adjusted, using the manual focus feature, between a crisp spot and a less-defined ‘pool’ of light. It features very smooth 0-100% digital dimming, with a choice of modes to suit different applications.
Further adding to its flexibility, the beam angle of the fixture can be manually adjusted between 12 and 32 degrees. This means that it can be used over a short throw distance and still be able to cover an entire person, while also being equally suitable for use over a longer throw distance of up to 60’.
With a solid metal construction, the FS3000LED is billed as a professional lighting instrument suitable for use both in a permanent setting and for touring productions. The fan-cooled fixture weighs in at 26.5lbs. / 12kgs and has external measureme

martinelp-cl-ipMartin Professional expands ELP series
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

USA - Martin Professional has expanded the ELP Series of LED ellipsoidal fixtures with IP65-rated variants.
The Martin ELP WW IP (Warm White) fixture provides quality colour rendering and brightness, while ELP CL IP (Colour) delivers rich, saturated colours and ‘class-leading output’. Now, both fixtures are available in IP65-rated variants, which offer water resistance and complete dust protection while still providing the same quality of light, performance and ease of use.
Featuring optic assemblies designed in Denmark by the team behind MAC Encore, ELP IP are designed to maximise efficiency and deliver a flat field of illumination for smoother blending and mixing between fixtures. The ELP WW IP delivers 7,000 lumens of output and an industry-leading 97 CRI at 3000K-color temperature, for the truest color representation on any surface. The ELP CL IP fixture offers an impressive 6,900 lumens and a CRI of 85 in High Output mode, and 5,900 lumens and 90 CRI in High Quality mode, with a color temperature of 6,000K (open white). Both models offer flicker-free operation for consistent light output - on and off camera.
Martin ELP IP fixtures feature advances in lighting functionality, including the efficient gear-based Fine Focus adjustment knob and the Fast Focus feature, which allows fixtures to be focused without data, flow. ELP IP also offers 16-bit dimming with four selectable curves and 26 colour presets that match industry-standard colour filters.
ELP IP fixtures available in black or white, can be configured from a choice of four Mart

broadweighBroadweigh debuts new products and website
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

UK Load-cell company BroadWeigh is introducing a series of new products into its range this week plus the addition of software improvements to their toolkit.
The company, which has undergone a complete rebranding exercise over the past year, culminating with the launch of its new website, believes the time is right to bring the new developments to the market. The design changes have developed as a result of feedback from users, with the current COVID-19 pandemic creating an unprecedented time for pure engineering focus.
From 13 July, two new modules have been added to the 2.4GHz product line as well as a new release of the BroadWeigh toolkit software. Commenting on the design development and improvements, Robert Wilmington-Badcock, managing director said: "We have a clear ethos to continuously improve our products, to specifically develop for the entertainment industry and listen carefully to users' feedback.
“We have to understand exactly what tools are needed to do the job on a tour or in a venue". He continued: "In short, we are committed to continually improving the features and tools within our systems and because we design and manufacture the entire system, we can do this like no one else. The demands in rigging are very challenging and BroadWeigh can do the job."
The BW-WM1 Warning Module is a fully configurable three light warning indicator that can be used in a simple LOG100 mode, responding in the same way as LOG100. A green light extinguishes if there is a loss of signal from any transmitters, an amber light illuminates if any LOG

bluetoothgroupSymetrix introduces xIO Bluetooth endpoint
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

USA - Symetrix has announced the newest addition to its i product line, the xIO Bluetooth - the first Dante-enabled Bluetooth endpoint available in a single gang form factor.
Using a modern, full-featured Bluetooth 5.0 chipset allows the xIO Bluetooth to offer extended range, a stable connection, and audio quality. Available in both US and EU form factors, the xIO Bluetooth has a clean, sleek design and is compatible with standard single gang US wall boxes with Decora faceplates, as well as EU/UK standard wall boxes.
IP control and PoE power simplify installation by allowing a single cable connection from the xIO Bluetooth to a PoE enabled network switch. The xIO Bluetooth may be configured to allow media-only connectivity, phone bridge connectivity, or both. All aspects of xIO Bluetooth control can be controlled using Symetrix remotes, SymVue panels, or third-party control systems.
The xIO Bluetooth is a fully integrated member of the Symetrix xIO family of Dante endpoints allowing full control and configuration of the device, including Dante routing, from within Symetrix ComposerTM software. All aspects of the xIO Bluetooth are fully configurable including the Bluetooth friendly device name, Dante channel names, connect/reconnect functionality, and security.

grandma3onpccommandwingxt4010519anwendungsbeispielMA unveils addition to grandMA3 onPC family
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Germany - MA Lighting has unveiled a new member of its grandMA3 onPC solutions range: the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT.
grandMA3 onPC command wing XT is billed as a versatile solution for smaller and mid-sized installations and shows, streaming studios as well as a powerful pre-programming and backup tool on the road. It is built to the same standards of quality in software and hardware that are applied to the entire grandMA3 product range.
As a member of the grandMA3 family, the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT uses the same user interface as the other grandMA3 consoles. It therefore allows new users to learn the MA user interface from start and later seamlessly switch between this solution and other grandMA3 consoles. Furthermore, newcomers will benefit from the amount of free trainings and webinars MA offers which allows them to quickly build up their skills.
Experienced MA users can keep their proven workflow and rely on this solution wherever it is physically difficult to use a full-grown grandMA3 console. The grandMA3 onPC command wing XT enables them to seamlessly programme, playback or backup within the grandMA3 world. Twenty-four hour worldwide MA support is ensured for the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT as well.
With 10 motorized faders, 40 physical playbacks, 16 assignable x-keys and a dedicated master playback section the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT provides plenty of playback options.
Thanks to the grandMA3 onPC command wing XT incorporating the command section of the grandMA3 consoles, it has never been easier to use the g

claypakyvb3Claypaky launches virtual showroom
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Europe - Owing to the cancellation of numerous tradeshows and industry events around the globe and current travel restrictions, Claypaky is offering an alternative channel to promote its new products - the Claypaky Virtual Booth (
On show are new Claypaky products placed inside themed areas. For each product, visitors can watch a demo video, download a datasheet leaflet, rotate a 3D model over 360°, and request further information.
Featured products include the following . . .
With its custom designed 1200-Watt white LED engine, the new Arolla Profile HP is one of the most powerful LED Profile moving heads on the market. The LED engine produces 44,000 lumens and the fixture’s beam is flat and uniform, making projections crisp and colours rich. Designed to meet the size needs, this fixture boasts a very comprehensive assortment of features and offers an unmatched performance/price ratio.
The Axcor Profile 600 Teatro is a special version of the Axcor Profile 600 ST that features an updated cooling system and mechanisms to significantly reduce the unit’s acoustical footprint. Available in two different CRI versions, this fixture is ideal for applications where noise is a concern in venues such as theatres, television studios, opera houses, conference halls, and more.
The HY B-EYE K25 Teatro is a version of the HY B-EYE K25, that is designed for venues that need silent operation without sacrificing bright colours. The HY B-EYE

domino-smlAyrton launches Domino "the Master of the Elements"
Monday, 13 July 2020

Europe - Ayrton has launched the latest in its series of IP65-rated fixtures, Domino – billed as "the Master of the Elements". Building on the success of Perseo, Ayrton’s first IP65-rated fixture, Domino delights in "dominating the most extreme environments while delivering the most stunning effects", the company says.
Delivering 51,000 lumens from its 1000W LED source, Domino is a versatile fixture that combines the output and optics of Huracán-X with the feature set of Khamsin, in an IP65-rated body. Designed to operate in "the most extreme situations", Domino can resist hot or cold temperatures, wind, rain, hail, salt fog, sand and dust. It can withstand arid environments, heavy rainfall, and sudden climatic variations.
Ayrton has included all the weatherproofing features of Perseo and given it the same minimalist design, reduced visual footprint and, for maximum effectiveness, a liquid cooling system with six IP68-rated submersible fans outside its weatherproof enclosure.
Fitted with a 178mm frontal lens, Domino’s proprietary optical system uses 13 lenses, producing a 10:1 zoom ratio and a zoom range of 6° to 60°. The impressive optics deliver an extremely uniform flat beam with no hot spot and reproduce high-definition images over the entire zoom range.
Feature-rich from the factory, Domino has a sophisticated subtractive CMY colour mixing system combined with a variable CTO and a wheel with six complementary colours for infinite pastel and saturated colours. The framing section allows accurate positioning of each of its 4 shu

astera-nyx-bulb-setAstera launches colour-tuneable NYX Bulb
Friday, 10 July 2020

LED lighting manufacturer Astera has launched the NYX Bulb - a name inspired by NYX, Greek Goddess of the Night.
NYX Bulb - the same size as a standard LED bulb - is billed as the first colour-tuneable LED bulb for professional film, stage, and event productions. It comes complete with a CRMX receiver for wireless DMX, plus RF and Bluetooth modules for control via the Astera App on a smartphone or Tablet.
NYX Bulb is designed for gaffers, DoPs, lighting and set designers, visual artists and anyone needing feature lighting bulbs. In addition to movie shoots and television studios, it is designed for theatrical sets and for scenic elements on tour shows and live events.
Sized like a regular LED bulb, NYX Bulb can be powered via an E27 socket (E26 in the US version) or with a standard power bank. Due to its compact form, it is the first Astera light source with external battery options (rather than inbuilt).
Its Titan LED engine delivers precise colours and authentic white tones with an ultra-high CRI and TLCI and it emits an impressive 750 Lumens, comparable to a conventional 60W bulb, yet drawing just 10W of power.
Control includes inbuilt LumenRadio wireless DMX which can be run via any lighting console, as well as more locally from the quick and intuitive Astera App.
Currently available through Astera’s global distribution network, NYX Bulbs are available as single units or in sets of eight, complete with a PowerStation inside the case for charging and programming the Bulbs.

paladin-panelChristie Lites invests in Elation Paladin Panels
Friday, 10 July 2020

USA - Christie Lites has added Elation Professional’s new Paladin Panel to its extensive inventory of lighting gear. The versatile flood and effect light is available for immediate rental from Christie Lites locations across the US and Canada.
“Once again, our partners at Elation have come up with an innovative, durable and economical fixture which will support our mission of providing lighting designers the highest value available in the industry,” comments Ken Alexander, VP rentals at Christie Lites. “Christie Lites is proud to continue our long-standing relationship with Eric Loader and the Elation team and to deploying our new stock of Paladin Panels on a multitude of different events over the months to come.”
As an increasing number of shows are staged outdoors, Elation has again expanded on its line of multi-environmental IP65-rated products with the multi-purpose Paladin Panel. Using 50 x 15W RGBW cells with cell control, its powerful 20,000-lumen output means it can function as a high-output wash light to add vibrant color to large areas, a brilliantly bright blinder or powerful strobe for peak impact moments, or a direct large-face light for eye-candy and pixel map effects.
Eric Loader, director of sales & marketing at Elation, said: “As more and more events go outdoors, high-power, rugged outdoor lighting for rental has experienced greater demand. Because of its power, versatility and IP65 protection, the Paladin Panel is a real workhorse fixture that you can mount anywhere and use in all types of applications. It lets de

adj-focusADJ extends Focus series with moving head spot
Wednesday, 8 July 2020

USA - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of the latest addition to its Focus series of LED-powered moving head luminaires. The Focus Spot 6Z has become the new flagship of the range. It is desigmed for event production, rental and touring applications as well as installation in churches, concert venues and large nightclubs.
The Focus Spot 6Z features a potent 300W cool white LED engine that offers a 50,000-hour operational life. This is paired with a precision-engineered, high-quality optical system to deliver punchy output, allowing for sharp aerial effects and crisp GOBO projections. Offering 50% more LED power than the 200W Focus Spot 4Z and 5Z models, the 6Z has an output of 10,500+ lumens, which represents a significant step up for the Focus Series.
In addition to the brightness, the Focus Spot 6Z is also the most feature-packed model in the range. It offers a diverse collection of beam-shaping tools designed to give lighting designers a huge amount of creative potential. This versatility makes it ideal for rental and event production as well as for installation in venues such as large churches and multipurpose venues where the lighting requirements can change from week-to-week or month-to-month.
The signature feature of the Focus Series is motorised focus, which the Focus Spot 6Z combines with motorised zoom to offer a variable beam angle range of between 9 and 28-degrees. The fixture also includes a motorized iris function, which allows precise control over the size of the spot. In addition, the unit incorporates two frost filter op

msolavoipfrontpanelMSolutions releases IP Network Analyser
Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Israel - MSolutions has announced the immediate availability of its IP Network Analyser software introduced at ISE 2020 in February. Available for use on its MS-TestPro portable test device, the specialised, secure software gives integrators an affordable toolset to test AV signal integrity and performance over IP networks.
The MS-TestPro is one of the first HDBaseT testers to integrate AV over IP test capabilities, eliminating the need for an expensive standalone network tester. The initial software release is compatible with Cisco network switches and is activated upon connecting the MS-TestPro to the network switch. Customers can download the IP Network Analyzer software to their existing MS-TestPro devices for an immediate 14-day trial, or purchase the software for use on new devices.
The software provides immediate, detailed feedback on network and switch information and settings, and a general overview of IP network conditions and connections. The information received allows integrators to quickly confirm if network settings fit AV over IP performance requirements, and that the switch configuration can support smooth video streaming.
“This industry-first innovation represents an affordable value-added option for technicians seeking to minimise the number of testers they carry from job to job,” said Eliran Toren, CEO, MSolutions. “As Cisco switches are among the most widely used network switches in AV over IP installations today, the software will provide a near-immediate ROI for our customers installing complex AV over IP systems today.

atmosity-logoMagmatic introduces Atmosity fluid
Monday, 6 July 2020

USA - To complement its growing line of special effects machines, Magmatic atmospheric effects is offering ‘a complete line of high-quality fluid’ called Atmosity.
Atmosity universal fluid has been specially formulated for use in Magmatic’s Magma and Thermatic haze and fog machines, Polar snow machines, Rocket CO2 cryogenic simulation effects, and other specialty effects products.
Atmosity is a professional fluid series formulated for use with all types of effect machines. Rigorously tested for consistency, Atmosity fluid is treated, filtered and then quality checked for purity, colour, density and acidity. The result corresponds to a purity level equivalent to water used by medical laboratories specialising in the production of vaccines.
Magmatic atmospheric effects are designed, engineered and exclusively distributed by Elation Professional.

adjADJ adds beam fixture to Vizi Series
Monday, 6 July 2020

USA - The new ADJ Vizi Beam 12RX joins ADJ’s popular Vizi Series of professional moving head luminaires as its new flagship beam model. The fixture is designed ‘to generate piercing mid-air effects for concert stages, dance events and large-scale nightclubs’.
Beam fixtures based on the popular Philips Platinum 5R lamp, such as ADJ’s Vizi Beam 5RX, have been staples of most concert, festival and superclub lighting rigs for the past decade. Now, the ADJ Vizi Beam 12RX ups the ante with a fixture that is not only noticeably brighter (while still maintaining a relatively low power draw) but also packs in an enhanced feature set to give lighting designers unprecedented creative potential, says the company.
The Vizi Beam 12RX harneses the power of a 260W Philips Platinum 12R LL lamp, which features an innovative reflector design to generate an extremely high-intensity beam. This is coupled with precision-engineered optics and a large glass front lens to allow the fixture to generate an exceptionally potent and sharp beam. It outputs approximately 9,400 lumens (compared to around 8,000 lumens for a 5R fixture) and measures approximately 70,200 lux at 20 metres [65.6 ft] (compared to around 58,000 lux for a 5R model).
In practice, this makes for a visibly brighter and more intense beam. In addition, the lamp has an extended lifespan of up to 6,000 hours (increased from 2,000 - 3,000 for the 5R) which significantly reduces the cost and inconvenience of lamp replacements.
“The Vizi Beam 12RX is a next generation beam fixture that offers impro

octocueFIX8Group launches virtual presentation solution
Monday, 6 July 2020

UK - New virtual presentation software solution OctoCue has debuted its web-based service which enables smoother and more professional virtual events by allowing slide control from anywhere.
Developed by technical event specialist FIX8Group, OctoCue enters the market as a professional-level control solution to offer live notes feedback, multi-presenter capability and seamless presenter switching. It features an easy-to-use interface which simplifies show control, enabling speakers to smoothly deliver their message in a virtual environment from wherever they are in the world.
“Many of our clients were asking how they could present virtually, but with the same production values and wow factor that they could achieve with live events,” says Paul Williams, FIX8Group’s technical director. “In response, drawing on the expertise of FIX8’s team of event specialists, we developed a way of giving them the same level of behind-the-scenes cueing and control that makes live events so effective.
“OctoCue allows the presenters to focus on the job of presenting, and gives the audience a seamless, professional and impactful experience.”
The process allows remote presenters to use any web-enabled device to control their slides and simultaneously view real-time slide notes. Show operators can monitor presenters, preview their clicks, and switch slide control between them, as required.
“We’re thrilled to bring OctoCue to the market,” says Nick Roberts, head of development. “Seamless slide control for virtual events has been a problem f

touchlink-technologyAudac reveals TouchLink technology
Friday, 3 July 2020

Belgium - Audac's new AMP203 Dante mini stereo amplifier will come equipped with a new innovation called TouchLink, a system that can be used for creating virtual zones by linking multiple compatible devices.
In Audac Touch 2, users can select multiple devices or amplifier channels that should react to the user as one zone. A typical application example is a large open area where multiple compatible amplifiers are used. When these are virtually linked, all devices or amplifier channels with the same TouchLink-assigned zone will be following each other’s settings (including volume, input, muting, and so on). This means that devices installed throughout the same area will be simultaneously operated by one single control such as a volume fader from the Audac Touch 2 app.
Additionally, a wall panel physically connected to one of the linked devices will automatically control all the linked devices. A number shall be assigned as a TouchLink zone (e.g. 1, 2, 3) and all devices with the identical TouchLink ID will virtually work as one zone.

magicq-mq50-compact-frontChamSys MagicQ MQ50 offers more options
Thursday, 2 July 2020

UK - ChamSys has expanded its MagicQ series of consoles with the introduction of the MagicQ MQ50. Compact and lightweight, but powerful, the new console brings the same level of flexibility to the installation market that the MagicQ MQ70 has brought to touring, says the company.
As part of the MagicQ series, the console works with advanced features such as MagicVis and MagicHD connectivity. The console’s show files are compatible with all products in the MagicQ range.
The MagicQ MQ50 offers six universes of control and supports four assignable physical DMX outputs, MIDI and audio in and out, to open new creative possibilities for programmers and designers working at mid-sized theatres, clubs, schools, houses of worship or any similar installation.
Easy to operate, the new console features an intuitive high-quality multi-touch HD display and 10 full Cue Stack playbacks over 200 pages, as well as a network port for ArtNet and sACN output. RDM autopatch enables automatic configuration of the console to the connected fixtures. Wi-Fi is inbuilt to the console with QR code scanning for quick and easy connection to the ChamSys MagicQ Remote App without the need for external networking hardware or any networking knowledge.
Small to mid-sized venues that are seeking to engage visitors with compelling visual settings will find the new MagicQ MQ50 to be ‘an invaluable tool’. With inbuilt pixel mapping and colour mixing on all fixture colour emitters including white, amber, UV and lime, it makes creating complex looks simpler than ever.

outline-v24-bgm-kitOutline extends portable V-Series range
Thursday, 2 July 2020

Italy - Outline has announced further additions to its V-Series range of portable loudspeakers. Designed specifically for users who transport and operate their own sound systems, the V-Series now comprises five separate pre-configured rigs, all of which major on speed and simplicity of setup, ease of transport and superb audio quality.
From the super-compact V6.5 kit (weighing under 40kg for the complete system, which will fit comfortably in the back of a small car but which has a maximum power output of 3,000w) through to the mighty V15 kit which pumps out 12,000 watts while still an easy one-man lift, there is V-Series kit to suit virtually any portable application, says the manufacturer.
Outline’s V-Series systems are 100% made in Italy from top-grade components. All the loudspeaker enclosures feature high quality birch ply construction finished in a super-tough polyurea coating - the same materials and finishes as Outline’s flagship touring systems.
The V-Series also shares its ‘sonic fingerprint’ with the rest of the Outline range, so if you need to augment your own system with additional gear for larger events, it’s easy to add extra units. “Best of all, and despite their incredible power, audio quality and versatility, Outline’s V-Series are genuine ‘plug and play’ solutions - the absolute minimum of connections and adjustments to make before you get on with your performance,” says Outline.

shureShure and Logitech provide video solution
Thursday, 2 July 2020

Europe - Shure is collaborating with Logitech to deliver ‘exceptional user experiences through superior video collaboration solutions for meeting rooms of all sizes’.
The Logitech Collaboration Programme is a customer-focused programme allowing customers to benefit from enhanced relationships with partners. Customers who purchase Shure’s Microflex Advance Ceiling Array, Table Top Microphone, IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor and Microflex Wireless microphone products, along with select Logitech Video Collaboration products, now receive a solution that is optimised for groups to collaborate anytime.
“Shure and Logitech working together in the video conferencing space creates exceptional new opportunities for our joint end customers and business partners,” said Chris Merrick, director of global systems marketing at Shure. “This brings together the quality of Shure’s audio ecosystem with the strength of Logitech’s video to provide options for the best virtual conferencing experience.”
Customers will be able to choose from solutions that are scalable from medium to training rooms provided by Shure’s and Logitech's global networks of channel partners. These solutions include the Logitech Rally Camera, and Logitech Tap base solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms paired with Shure’s Microflex Advance Ceiling Array, Table Top Microphone, IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor and Microflex Wireless microphone products.
Both Shure and Logitech products in the solutions are certified by Zoom and Microsoft


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