Product News

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

 
disguiseLatest disguise optimised for faster working
Wednesday, 1 July 2020

UK - disguise takes on the new ‘normal’ with the launch of r17.3, its latest software release that delivers an improved workflow for enhanced efficiency and successful completion of projects post-lockdown. New features include Indirections, Multi-layer Editing, Object Assignment Hotkeys, Crossfaded Loop Section Mode as well as a number of improvements and bug fixes to further streamline the user experience.
Headlining the release is the introduction of ‘Indirections’, which gives all new flexibility to change keyframe objects. Users can now quickly and easily change keyframe objects such as mappings, video clips, textures and configurations remotely via third-party protocols such as OSC, DMX or a dedicated API. This functionality unlocks new workflows for esports, making changes to the visual experience in response to gameplay, for example, to spotlight who is leading the match at any given time.
The new ‘Multi-layer Editing’ feature, allows users to edit multiple layers quickly, saving time sequencing and simplifying workflows by assigning common parameter values across layers. The ability to select multiple layers and keyframe values to layers simultaneously allows users to respond to feedback fast, and ensure time onsite is maximised.
According to Wyatt Bartel, senior technical director at Lux Machina who had early access to the software: “There’s never a time I'm not trying to select two things at the same time. The new release should help end on-site frustration and build better relationships with directors. It also has real-wor

 
 
atwirelessmanager1Audio-Technica updates Wireless Manager
Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Europe - Audio-Technica has released the Version 1.1.1 update of its Wireless Manager software, available for immediate download. Wireless Manager is a Mac OS/Windows application for remote configuration, control, monitoring, spectrum management and frequency coordination of compatible Audio-Technica wireless devices. For those customers who have Wireless Manager previously installed the software will be automatically updated.
Updated features in Version 1.1.1 include improved usability, layout and control, enhanced scrolling capability, improved visibility of all frequency coordinated devices, updated and expanded channel list reports, upgraded user tools and minor bug fixes. The software is compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.1, 10; macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13), macOS Mojave (Version 10.14).
Audio-Technica Wireless Manager software is compatible with all wireless devices operating in the UHF spectrum. When used with Audio-Technica 5000 Series and 3000 Series wireless systems with network control and monitoring, the software can coordinate and control all connected systems. The software can also interface with and monitor the latest 3000 Series networked chargers.
The updated Wireless Manager software is available for download from the Audio-Technica website.

 
aedAED releases ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’
Monday, 29 June 2020

UK – AED Group has launched a ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’ (MADS) for the UK market under its Luxibel brand.
Developed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it is made up of UVC ventilation cylinders that disinfect the air using UVC light technology. It has been specifically designed to cater for larger spaces with an audience where air circulation needs to be taken into account.
Glenn Roggeman, CEO of AED Group, used his knowledge of aerodynamics gained during his training as a helicopter pilot to drive the design forward. He comments: “This system sucks air breathed out by people into our aerodynamically-patented system. Micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses are neutralised, meaning germ-free air is blown back into the room.
“When we are able to meet up again in enclosed spaces with groups of people, air disinfection will contribute to reducing infection rates. I personally would also feel more comfortable and secure visiting locations that have this kind of system installed.”
Last week, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) published the results of tests on UVC light on the coronavirus. According to researchers at Boston University, UVC has proven to be effective at eliminating coronavirus. Through scientific testing they concluded that UVC radiation is highly effective in neutralizing the coronavirus. There is no risk of harmful radiation to people, as Luxibel carries out the UVC disinfection process within a fully-enclosed device.
Roggeman emphasises that UVC disinfection can be an important part of the multifaceted ap

 
 
powersoftPowersoft gains EU alarm certification
Thursday, 25 June 2020

Europe - Powersoft reports it has gained certification for its amplifiers to be used in Public Address and Voice Alarm (PAVA) systems according to the European EN 54-16 requirements.
The EN 54-16 certification describes the required testing and performance criteria for a Voice Alarm Control and Indication Equipment (VACIE) for use in alarm systems installed in buildings, where the alarm signal is in the form of a tone, or voice message, or both. The certification now covers the extended range of Powersoft’s fixed install dedicated amplifiers, including the Ottocanali, Quattrocanali, Duecanali, as well as the X Series.
The importance of PAVA systems is widely recognised as an effective way to produce a timely reaction in most people when using voice guidance in emergency situations as opposed to the response to text and alarm bell information, which under half of individuals respond affectively to. The use of clear vocal messages has been shown to greatly increase the response time and provide opportunity to guide occupants to the safest escape route.
With the new certification, businesses can now invest in amplifiers not only as part of an entertainment system, but also as a voice alarm system - such as one used in the event of an emergency or fire. As a result of the certification, Powersoft amplifiers now offer a solution for voice alarm system integration in the EU. Integrators, consultants and end users can now benefit from Powersoft’s range of amplifiers not only in an entertainment capacity, but also for security and safety purposes.

 
chamsysmagicvistrackerChamSys supports XYZ positioning in MagicQ
Thursday, 25 June 2020

UK - ChamSys has added a new dimension to building lighting designs on its MagicQ series of consoles and software. The company has just-introduced XYZ positioning feature makes it simple for designers and programmers to achieve the looks they envision in 3D space, without getting slowed down adjusting fixture pan and tilt parameters.
Building on the company’s existing Focus Point and Focus Line, the new feature allows MagicQ users to store XYZ palettes referencing static positions, dynamic trackers, and visualisation objects.
MagicQ supports direct import of patch and XYZ information from popular 3D Visualisation packages, such as WYSIWYG, Capture, Depence, L8, and Vectorworks. (ChamSys has recently implemented the emerging industry standard GDTF MVR protocol enabling direct import from Vectorworks.)
“Our customers often patch and pre-programme their shows in advance either using our ChamSys free fully featured MagicVis visualisation or their own choice of third party visualisation packages,” comments Chris Kennedy, ChamSys software director. “Whichever option they select, we ensure that they only have to set up the patch and the positioning of the fixtures one time to seamlessly transfer this information to MagicQ so they can take full advantage of the 3D XYZ features."
Using MagicQ PC free software on Windows, Mac or Linux, a designer/programmer can create, visualise, and pre-programme a full show of virtually any size with MagicVis or third party visualiser software.
"MagicQ does not require expensive per universe external p

 
 
mtcases-ck-wb2724MT Cases feature in-built disinfection technology
Thursday, 25 June 2020

USA - MT Cases has announced the CK Case Series which incorporates UV-C light technology to disinfect air and surfaces.
General manager Tom Heslin shares: “We are solutions manufacturers. MT is known for our durable road cases, of which we have a patent on our corner construction. While our cases are useful in every industry imaginable, most of our clients are in the entertainment and touring world. With the coronavirus pandemic placing a hold on the industry, we started dabbling in ways to help ease the transition back into a semi-normal life.”
Each CK case will include STER-L-RAY germicidal lamps. These shortwave, low pressure mercury tubes emit ultraviolet wavelengths in the region proven to be most lethal to viruses, bacteria, mould and fungi. The first case in the series, the WB2724 utilises a 30W preheat fixture and features a highly reflective interior, an adjustable timer, and an exterior recessed electrical outlet for easy powering on the road. For protective measures, the workbox has a safety cut-off switch which is triggered when the door opens. The workbox can be ordered with fixed, adjustable, and/or removable steel wire shelving.
Heslin continues: “As part of the CK Case Series, we are building several case models in different sizes and configurations, including both road cases and Pelican cases. The smaller Pelican cases will be great for touring artists. After sanitisation, they can take their in-ear monitors, microphones, and any other accessories directly out of the case [without anyone else touching it] and head on stage.

 
arkaos-novastar-mediamaster-6-presentation2ArKaos and NovaStar offer HDR solution
Thursday, 25 June 2020

Europe - Realtime live visual technology specialist ArKaos and global LED display control solutions provider NovaStar Tech have teamed up to announce a strategic collaboration.
With the new release of ArKaos’ flagship MediaMaster 6.0 video control software platform, and NovaStar’s HDR (High Dynamic Range) ecosystem, much more of the world is coming to everyone, say the developers.
The preview version of ArKaos’ MediaMaster 6 is available today and allow users to test this HDR implementation.
The NovaStar HDR solution increases the dynamic range of the display image quality by nearly 5 times (from standard SDR systems), and the grayscale by four times, and up to 10 bits. The colour is fuller, the images look more exquisite and more realistic. The NovaStar MCTRL 4K Controller + A8s / A10s Plus receiving cards bring accurate analysis and the perfect display of HDR standard film sources.
ArKaos’ managing director Agnes Wojewoda comments: “We are very excited by the introduction of this HDR Playback Solution that will provide amazing video results and a friendly user experience”.
MediaMaster users can benefit from all the visual advantages that using NovaStar’s HDR display technologies brings to their work, a platform designed specifically to emulate the intricacies and detail of the human vision system (HVS) more closely.
ArKaos’ CEO Marco Hinic states: “This will assist everyone in the AV industry to move towards HDR solutions more quickly and easily. We have enjoyed some great teamwork and synergy with NovaStar and

 
 
connectseriesleaprofessionalLEA Professional targets small-scale installs
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

USA - LEA Professional has announced that its 160W and 80W Connect Series amplifiers are now shipping globally.
The eight low-power models of IoT-enabled professional amplifiers provide system designers and integrators simple and cost-effective solutions for professional-grade, small-scale system installations, says the company.
The new models consist of the Connect Series CS84, CS88, CS164, and CS168 in both Network and Dante. All eight of the Connect Series low-power models are built with fully-routable analogue input/outputs, as well as three network connection options: using the built-in Wi-Fi Access Point, connect to an existing Wi-Fi network, or using a Local Area Network Ethernet connection. Once connected to a network, integrators have access to LEA’s new cloud platform, leaprofessional.cloud for remote control and monitoring.
“We’ve already seen tremendous success with our higher power Connect Series models in the market. But the demand for our 80W and 160W models was clear from the beginning,” comments Blake Augsburger, founder and CEO of LEA Professional. “Now that these units are shipping, we’re excited to see LEA product fulfilling the needs of integrators in smaller-scale settings. And with the recent release of our Cloud platform, now integrators can really offer their clients a truly differentiated amplifier experience.”
“LEA Professional Connect Series facilitate remote configuration, monitoring and system control which enables integrators to support their customers with services that previously required rol

 
etc-colorsource-spot-jr2-1ETC extends ColorSource family
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

USA - ETC ColorSource Spot jr is the latest addition to the ColorSource family of affordable ETC fixtures. At only 5.5 kg, ColorSource Spot jr is nearly half the weight of a full-sized ColorSource Spot fixture. And it’s not only half the size, it’s also about half the price.
Spot jr is available in two array options - Original for subtle pastels and white light to enhance skin tones, and Deep Blue for more saturated, dramatic colours. Like all ColorSource fixtures, Spot jr includes ETC’s colour integrity technologies so you can be sure the colours you set in rehearsal are the same colours you see during the show. This includes thermal droop compensation, third-party lifetime testing, and comprehensive factory colour calibration.
Spot jr has built-in 25-50-degree zoom which is suitable for small stages, club spaces, and retail with both longer and shorter throws.

 
 
hydroADJ’s Hydro Wash X29 now shipping
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

USA - The latest addition to ADJ’s Hydro Series of weatherproof moving head luminaires, the Hydro Wash X19, is a powerful and versatile wash fixture designed for touring, rental and event production applications. Combining impressive brightness with an expansive feature set, this rugged workhorse is ready to shine in even the most challenging of conditions, says the company.
Nineteen Osram 40W RGBW 4-in-1 LEDs fill the face of the Hydro Wash X19, making for an impressive total of 760W. The LEDs offer smooth colour mixing, allowing for the creation of a wide variety of different hues, and are arranged in three concentric circles. Each LED is individually controllable, allowing for the creation of pixel-mapped effects, with support available for both the KlingNet and Artnet control protocols as well as standard DMX-512.
Linear motorized focus allows the beam angle to vary between a narrow 6-degrees and wide 40-degrees. This means the fixture can be used to create tight mid-air beam effects as well as bathe large areas with vibrant colour washes at different moments during the same show. The focus function is both fast, to allow quick changes between different looks, and smooth, to allow seamless slow transitions.
The Hydro Wash X19’s robust all-metal casing is ready for the rigors of the road, while it’s IP65-rating means that it can be used safely outdoors in all weather conditions. Protected from rain, dust and dirt, it can be used reliably anywhere from dusty deserts to rainy fields. However, the fixture isn’t designed soley for use outdoor

 
amp-203Audac debuts Dante mini stereo amplifier
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Belgium - Audac has announced the release of the AMP203 mini stereo amplifier. The unit features network input through Dante or AES67 providing a complete media networking solution to distribute uncompressed audio via standard Ethernet networks with near-zero latency, while allowing all other data to be connected on the same network.
Various DSP functionalities are implemented in the AMP203. This allows all configurations to be made in Audac Touch 2 or via RS485 and Ethernet, making it a true 2 x 30W amplifier. The output connector has been implemented using a 4-pin terminal block connector, featuring an output power of 30W per channel and 60W when bridged.
The AMP203’s brand new TouchLink technology ‘provides the perfect solution to create virtual zones by linking multiple TouchLink compatible devices such as the AMP203 with each other’. In Audac Touch 2 you can select the devices or amplifier channels that should react to the user as one zone. To make the installation even easier, a PoE injector can be used. This way the AMP203 is connected and powered using only one Cat cable.
Once connected to the network, Audac Touch 2 will automatically discover your new device and allows you to get a complete overview of your entire installation, says the manufacturer.
Thanks to the digital signal transfer, crosstalk, interference from other electrical equipment or signal degradation over long cable runs don’t harm the audio signal. This way the best possible audio quality is guaranteed. In addition, Dante systems are highly scalable, installat

 
 
jblbrx300seriesnewproduct500x407JBL debuts modular line array series
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Asia Pacific - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the JBL Professional BRX300 Series of modular line array systems for small- to mid-size applications in the APAC, China and India markets, only.
The series, which includes the BRX308-LA Line Array Element, BRX325SP powered subwoofer with DSP, BRX308-ACC Transport Kit, BRX308-AF Array Frame and BRX308-PM Pole Mount and Adapter Kit, provides versatile sound reinforcement solutions for bands, DJs, A/V rental firms, houses of worship and anyone who requires pro-grade fidelity, class-leading output and seamless front-to-back coverage in a simple, scalable sound system.
“Every day, the world’s leading concert venues and touring productions rely on the power and clarity of JBL Professional line array technology,” said Sunil Karanjikar, Cinema product manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “With the BRX300 Series, we’re bringing that legendary sonic performance to small- and mid-size productions.
“The BRX300 series takes the guesswork out of system setup and operation, thanks to its built-in corrective processing, smart transport system and simple rigging hardware. No matter your configuration, you’ll be able to set up quickly and safely and get right back to focusing on your show. And, because systems are self-powered and self-contained, there’s no dealing with amp racks, crossover calibration or long cable runs - just add input cables and a mixer and you’re ready to go.”
The BRX300 Series can be configured to accommodate a range of live music events, receptions and co

 
sphereSphereLabs launches multi-use PZ Sphere
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK/USA - New interactive LED sphere technology company SphereLabs has launched a futuristic LED display and interactive solution for the entertainment and corporate markets.
The PZ Sphere is 2m tall whilst its precision-engineered frame is covered with a tessellated arrangement of bespoke LED panels at a high-resolution 3mm pixel pitch. SphereLabs says the product will appeal to a wide range of customers, including production companies, agencies, record labels, producers, production houses, directors and designers.
It can also work to increase visibility and engagement with displays in settings such as airports and attractions, while with added interactivity, it can also as a unique touchpoint 360˚ information resource for information or navigation in venues such as shopping centres.
SphereLabs is a new-to-market collaboration between Light Initiative’s Bryn Williams and Dave Stevens and Steffan Jones of production and design company Production Zync.
“We’re thrilled to bring the PZ Sphere to market,” says Williams. “It’s the result of many months of input from talent at the forefront of LED sphere innovation and has the capability to transform the way information is displayed and experienced.”
SphereLabs says it is ready to roll out the PZ Sphere in both sales and hire capacities.
“With hire, we will manage, deliver, and execute the A to Z of technical production for anything live, be it an event, a concert, a sport half-time show, a tour, TV, music and so on,” Williams continues. “That can include not only the

 
 
nl4mpxx-4Neutrik debuts speakON receptacle series
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK/Canada - Neutrik has announced availability of its new speakON XX-receptacle (two- and four-pole) series of the company’s connector design. speakON XX is the first Neutrik speakON chassis line to come to market compliant with the new IEC 62368-1 materials safety regulation, requiring any materials used in potential ignition sources to have a V-O vertical burn classification.
Compliance for devices using existing horizontal burn (HB) rated materials in connector components will require enclosure of these, necessitating potentially expensive, time consuming modifications to connectivity components within devices such as amplifiers, mixing consoles and loudspeakers; potentially making them bulkier and less likely to be accommodated within the constraints of existing circuit layouts.
Simply using certified receptacle components, using UL 94 V-O materials, enables device certification to be claimed on the basis that all effected connectors are themselves certified; essentially saving time and expenditure in R&D and adjusting manufacturing processes.
Certification is on a going forwards basis from 30 December. Chassis connectors are the specific certifiable components, however, for additional safety, Neutrik is also upgrading its cable connectors to meet the standard. Currently the NL4FC speakON cable connectors are fully compatible with the new XX-receptacle series, with other cable connector in the process of being uprated to meet the specifications of the standard.
Several design modifications have been incorporated in the speakON XX-rec

 
timax-crowdscape-immersive-arenaOutBoard introduces TiMax Crowdscape
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK - As global professional sports teams emerge into new COVID-restricted league and tournament seasons, TiMax Crowdscape has been created to restore an element obviously lacking that normally helps drive their endeavours - the crowd.
TiMax Crowdscape provides a live and interactive sonic cocoon of sound that immerses the players in realistic and responsive spectator reactions to the game. Studies have shown that player engagement, motivation and performance are hugely influenced by the crowd, and currently, of course, the lack of it.
Comments such as “a game without fans is a game without soul” have appeared in the press alongside emotive assertions about “that ecstatic communion between players and spectators.” Fans have begun to notice and there has been a growing demand from teams and players themselves to fill that void.
The Crowdscape system utilises a multichannel “bowl” sound system mounted in the seating bleachers and pointing in towards the playing area. One or more operators use iPads to trigger and variably spatialise selected crowd atmosphere loops as well as cheering, applause and booing spot effects, plus whatever other tailored content is relevant to the game and teams. Samples are spatially mixed to anywhere in the arena or stadium using individual iPad 3D panners, faders and triggers, and can be merged selectively into the existing house system for added energy and immersion. TiMax Crowdscape brings all this in an exclusive portable game-in-a-box package which includes on-board playback, spatialisation, mixing and syste

 
 
ayrton-karif-ltAyrton unleashes long throw Karif-LT
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

France - Ayrton has introduced Karif-LT, its ultra-compact 300W LED beam-spot, and the first in Ayrton’s new line of LT (Long Throw) products dedicated to long-range applications.
Karif-LT is equipped with a 168mm frontal lens offering a zoom ratio of 17:1 and a 2.8°- 47° zoom range, the narrowness of which is unprecedented and unmatched in an LED fixture, says the company. A new high-efficiency, low-etendue, compact LED module delivers an ultra-intense beam which, calibrated at 8500K, can generate powerful metallic white light and deep, vivid colours. Karif-LT has an overall output of 13,000 lumens at a colour temperature of 7500K, and a centre-beam luminous intensity of 3,500,000 candelas.
Billed as ‘a creative wizard’, Karif-LT’s rich feature set includes a CMY colour mixing system, a patent pending multi-position CTO wheel with seven different colour correction filters, a wheel of 13 complementary colours for infinite pastel hues and saturated colours, nine interchangeable rotating HD glass gobos and a new innovation in the form of a wheel with 39 fixed gobos (patent pending).
Karif-LT also has a glass monochrome multi-position, bi-directional effects wheel, and a prism effect system comprising four combinable rotating prisms which, coupled with an ultra-intense beam, can achieve complex effects. Standard features also include light and heavy frost filters, a dynamic animation effect with speed and fade adjustment and an electronic dimmer. Karif-LT is shipping with immediate effect.
View the newly released Karif-LT pres

 
shureAudiologic adds Shure’s Microflex Advance
Friday, 19 June 2020

UK - Audiologic has announced a new selection of products from Shure that will provide systems integrators and AV professionals with a complete conferencing audio ecosystem.
As video conferencing moves towards the top agendas, the expanded range of Microflex Advance products - with complementary software for design, management, and control - offers expanded possibilities for systems integrators to deploy Shure’s premium audio capabilities into more types of meeting and collaboration environments. These products are all natively designed to work seamlessly with each other and provide the market with a fast and efficient means to deploy premium audio, with IntelliMix audio signal processing in either device-based or software formats.
Shure’s conferencing audio ecosystem comprises various options including ceiling array, table and linear array microphones, a networked ceiling loudspeaker, audio conferencing processor and software, system configuration, and remote management software along with other complementary accessories.
“Premium audio is essential for business,” comments Chad Wiggins, senior director, networked systems at Shure. “Shure is the market-leading provider of a comprehensive, premium audio hardware and software ecosystem for conferencing. We feature innovative and scalable solutions of networked microphones, DSPs, and loudspeakers for small meeting rooms to large boardrooms and everything in between. Shure’s portfolio now includes the complete audio signal chain from microphone to DSP to loudspeaker, providing audio solutio

 
 
soundscaped&b extends Soundscape capabilities
Friday, 19 June 2020

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has introduced a set of performance-enhancing capabilities for its Soundscape audio platform.
The latest feature updates include: Scenes, hardware-based scene memory capabilities within the DS100 Signal Engine and for the Soundscape software platform; two new room signatures within En-Space; and a configurable ‘Spread factor’ for function groups in En-Scene.
Scenes enables snapshots of all DS100 and Soundscape parameters (Matrix / En Scene & En Space) to be stored within the DS100 hardware memory.
En-Space room emulation software is an in-line technology, meaning to generate or expand the acoustic environment it does not use microphone feedback loops. Its outstanding simple setup and operation, make access to some of the world's most acoustically renowned performance spaces a reality for installation and touring both indoors and outdoors.
Two new rooms, from Ravenna Italy join the existing seven concert and recital halls, significantly extending the scope of En-Space room emulation. With the very short and "dry" reverberation of 1.3 sec from the Alegrie Theatre and the (massive & manifold) 5.6 sec from the Cathedral of San Vitale, users now have two new environments at their fingertips. These additional Space options are distinctly different from the extraordinary concert halls already available and open up new applications and new creative possibilities for existing designs.
The Soundscape software allows for loudspeakers to be combined into Function Groups. This ability to organise and address

 
mxa710w-2ftsuspendedmxn5ceilingstilllifedesatShure debuts networked loudspeaker
Thursday, 18 June 2020

Europe - The new Microflex MXN5-C Networked Loudspeaker from Shure provides speech reproduction for AV conferencing applications. PoE-enabled with an onboard amplifier housed in a low- profile design, this networkable loudspeaker is optimized for easy installation in drop-ceiling configurations. It integrates seamlessly with the company’s conferencing audio ecosystem of networked hardware and software for a complete audio solution.
The MXN5-C features pre-tuned frequency response optimized for voice intelligibility in AV conferencing applications.
Its low-profile, shallow-can design is compatible with most drop-ceiling installations and includes two Dante inputs and one Dante output. The clean design elements allow for a subtle blend into drop-ceiling environments with a removable and paintable grille.
“This new loudspeaker is part of a complete solution from the Shure Audio Ecosystem for Conferencing,” said Chris Merrick, global marketing director, integrated systems, at Shure. “The complete audio solution, from one manufacturer delivers streamlined global room deployments to a consistent standard, remote management, and troubleshooting. For end customers and integrators, this is a significant time-saving advantage.”

 
 
christieChristie introduces all-purpose Griffyn
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

USA - Christie Digital is highlighting its lightest and quietest RGB laser projector during this week's virtual tradeshows InfoComm Connected and Projection Expo 2020.
The new Christie Griffyn 4K32-RGB projector offers 360° orientation capabilities, and includes patented next-generation Trulife+ all-in-one electronics for ‘a blur-free experience, and unrestricted connectivity to eliminate the time and hassle of removable option cards’.
The Griffyn 4K32-RGB is Christie’s first projector to offer new digital convergence giving users the ability to select Red, Green, or Blue individually and adjust each colour by remote control, for easy picture-perfect image alignment that saves time and money.
Griffyn 4K32-RGB produces a wide colour gamut, achieving greater than 96% of the Rec. 2020 colour space - more than twice the colour of Rec. 709 and 50% more than DCI-P3-capable projectors - for a richer, more memorable audience experience. It also features optional high frame rate (HFR) capability to achieve 120Hz at 4K resolution or up to 480Hz with HD resolution for lifelike images.
“Weighing only 175lb (79.5kg) the Griffyn 4K32-RGB is packed full of powerful features that will enhance your audience’s experience including exceptional colour, sound performance below 50dB at full brightness, and superior video processing,” said Brad Martin, senior product manager at Christie. “Users can transport their audience to colourful new worlds since Griffyn not only raises the bar for RGB pure laser projection but soars above it. The Christie line

 
mics-in-lecture-hallSennheiser updates Control Cockpit software
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Europe - Sennheiser has announced a major update of its Sennheiser Control Cockpit, a software tool that makes daily work routines in controlling and monitoring large microphone set-ups easier.
Besides design and usability enhancements, the latest version 4.0.0 now adds the ability to monitor the new SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver and the EM 6000 receiver from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series, in addition to evolution wireless G3 and G4, SpeechLine and the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone. This makes the software a universal tool for corporations and education facilities. Version 4.0.0 can be downloaded here and experienced at the virtual InfoComm Connected from June 16 to 18.
Sennheiser Control Cockpit now features a ‘location-based Mute’ functionality: All devices in a room can be grouped and their mute switches synchronized, so that all devices can be muted and unmuted together, either centrally via the Sennheiser Control Cockpit or locally on one of the devices. Location-based Mute is available for TeamConnect Ceiling 2 and SpeechLine Digital Wireless, including the new Multi-Channel Receiver. Also, the software now employs SSL encryption to make data transmission between the user interface and the host server even more secure.
The user interface of the software has had a refresh, too, and you can easily switch between Details View and Monitoring View. In addition, the software is now available in a Chinese language version.
Sennheiser Control Cockpit provides centralised monitoring and control of Sennheiser microphone systems. En

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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