Product News

goboplus-logosFollowSpotSales comes to ABTT 2019
Tuesday, 4 June 2019

UK - GoboPlus.com, the one-stop, online shop for gobos and projection products, will be showcasing its new brand, FollowSpotSales.com at ABTT. The company is also delighted to have industry stalwart, Mandy Bullock, join them to lead this new division.
Bullock, a well-known and respected figure within the industry, brings to FollowSpotSales.com, nearly 50 years of industry experience and an extensive background in sales and rental roles. “I am really excited to be joining this incredible team,” says Bullock. “By joining GoboPlus.com and heading up FollowSpotSales.com I am going back to my roots. I have a real passion for our industry and the creative and focused people we work with and have missed selling lanterns and consumables.”
FollowSpotSales.com is a new UK distributor for LDR of Italy, one of the last remaining independent lantern and follow spot manufacturers. It produces a complete range of profiles, Fresnels, soft-lights and follow spots with LED, discharge and traditional tungsten light sources, for entertainment technology as well as display and architecture.
“My new role at FollowSpotSales.com will be to promote the full range of LDR products - the LED models as well as the traditional tungsten sources - alongside the projectors, lanterns and consumables from the GoboPlus.com and CutColourPlus brands,” says Bullock.
GoboPlus.com will also be showing its new, high resolution glass gobos. “The new glass gobos render images in much finer detail than has been previously possible,” explains CEO Paul de Ville. “The exq

sonicuebydynacordDynacord debuts sound system software
Monday, 3 June 2019

Europe - Designed to solve “the real-world challenges of sound engineers for whom time is always of the essence”, SONICUE is Dynacord’s new system-focused software. It supports Dynacord TGX and IPX series amplifiers as well as all amplifier models fitted with the RCM-28 OMNEO Network & DSP Module.
SONICUE’s interaction design provides “a clear and comprehensive system overview, making it quicker to set up, tune and operate sound reinforcement systems with minimum effort”.
Previewed at ISE and Prolight + Sound, SONICUE is a system-based solution which can be immediately understood by users at every level, helping them get the job done no matter how simple or complex it may be, says the company.
System designs can be produced from scratch or based on imported files from loudspeaker prediction applications - such as the forthcoming Preview software from Electro-Voice. The new user interaction design ensures operators have barrier-free, direct access to every sound system parameter, even directly from the loudspeakers.
The software is free to download on Dynacord’s homepage.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
calibreCalibre focus on display functionality
Monday, 3 June 2019

UK - Calibre has announced a further set of features to its recently-introduced AiO (All-in-One) LED display.
“From an image quality point of view, it can be difficult for customers to choose between one LED display and another,” explains Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK. “With the development of the new AiO LED Display, we chose to focus on functionality that is less visible - but that is no less important when it comes to the practicalities of deploying videowalls. The result of that development work is an LED display that not only features outstanding image quality, but that is easier and faster to install than alternative solutions - and is also significantly safer in operation.”
The AiO LED Display features an integrated power control system with low standby power consumption and an efficient power supply - minimising long-term cost of ownership as well as being more environmentally friendly. Critically, however, the power consumption of the full screen body is clearly marked and is consistent throughout.
This is in contrast with a typical LED wall which is regulated by the LED modules: the power consumption of these modules after assembly is not clear, meaning that incorrectly assembled units may cause overload or even fire. With the AiO, the specifications and warning signs are clear to the user at a glance, thus avoiding any electrical hazards and making it safer to use.
Ease and convenience of installation and ongoing operation and maintenance were also key design goals for the AiO. Its all-in-one architecture - Ca

 
next-proaudiopxa8001backNEXT-proaudio releases rack solution
Monday, 3 June 2019

NEXT-proaudio has developed an integrated rack solution PXA8001 (powered by Powersoft), designed for optimum performance flexibility and setup simplicity.
The new rack is the heart of the system and was configured to interface seamlessly allowing multiple configurations for the entire NEXT-proaudio’s PX System, capable of driving a very wide range of rig configurations with absolute reliability and ample headroom.
Composed by a very powerful 8000W Powersoft amplifier module, featuring four output channels (4x2000W @4ohm has been specifically designed for multi-way loudspeakers and asymmetric loads. The PXA8001 features a new power supply design equipped with PFC and featuring Smart Rails Management, to grant efficiency in all the driven ways. The high immunity to EMI interference is also a characteristic of this new rack.
This PX System Rack features a fixed switching frequency design of the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) block allowing for maximum performance, high predictability and immunity from intermodulation artifacts; all this with an additional and extensive set of protection mechanisms (power limiters, thermal shutdown, short circuit and overload, clip limiter).
The DSP audio processor unit protects controls and optimizes the entire system including all the necessary signal processing, crossover filters, PEQ filters, All-Pass filters, delays and limiters.
The built-in port allows to access DSP processing capabilities directly from the PC running Powersoft Armonía software. For a versatile use, four different presets that can be select

 
 
timax-jbl-seminarlogoABTT 2019: Sound Technology and Out Board collaborate
Monday, 3 June 2019

UK - Immersive audio and show control specialists Out Board and Sound Technology, Harman Professional’s UK distributor for audio and lighting products, will collaborate on a spatial audio demo at this week’s ABTT Theatre Show.
Out Board will present a sampler of TiMax immersive audio soundscapes, along with panoramic and 3D spatialised music playback using a multi-channel immersive sound system of JBL's VTX A8 line array and AE Compact point source loudspeakers.
There will also be updates on some of the latest TiMax innovations, including the new HARDCore FPGA spatial processing engine for TiMax SoundHub, and the TiMax TrackerD4 all-purpose performer tracking system.
Sound Technology will demonstrate the VTX A8 system including the latest hardware accessory products and updates to the Line Array Calculator and ArrayLink software applications.
The demos are taking place in the Londesborough Room at the ABTT Theatre Show at 12pm on Wednesday, 5 June, and at 3pm on Thursday, 6 June.
(Jim Evans)

 
neetsdigitoolPeavey develops Digitool driver for Neets
Friday, 31 May 2019

USA - Peavey Commercial Audio has partnered with Neets to announce the availability of a driver for PCA’s Digitool family of digital audio processing units for matrixed zone processing.
Shown for the first time in the US at InfoComm 2019, the newly-ratified driver is currently available for the Digitool MX16 and Digitool Live devices and works with all Neets AV control interfaces with IP connectivity. These include the feature-rich TanGo control system that enables intuitive touch control through Neets hardware, Android/iOS devices or standard browsers allowing for custom-build GUIs.
The Neets/Digitool driver developed by PCA offers an IP-based command set including input and output channel level and mute control, level and mute functionality for all audio matrix points, and the ability to trigger internal pre-set loads.
PCA operations manager, James Kennedy, states: “This partnership opens up a whole new range of applications and opportunities for both Digitool users and Neets users. It gives Digitool customers access to a range of highly effective, low-cost, control solutions capable of simultaneously controlling multiple hardware devices such as screens, projectors, amplifiers etc. as well as the Digitool for efficient, cost-effective, system-wide control. In essence, the combination of Digitool and Neets AV controllers offers an extremely economic alternative to many of the well-known and often very expensive control solutions on the market.”
The Digitool/Neets driver is available within the Neets Project Designer drag-and-drop confi

 
 
halo-bfrontview-1ABTT 2019: Halo-B heads EM Acoustics line-up
Friday, 31 May 2019

UK - Following its UK launch at PLASA Focus last month, EM Acoustics is to showcase Halo-B at the ABTT Theatre Show in London’s Alexandra Palace.
The third system in the Halo family is a medium format, 110° horizontal dispersion line array for indoor and outdoor sound reinforcement. As its name suggests, Halo-B sits between Halo-A and Halo-C in both physical size and overall system output. As such it is perhaps the most versatile system in the family and ideally suited to live performance applications in theatres, concert halls and other performance venues.
Halo-B will feature amongst a range of other of EM Acoustics’ firm favourites for performance venue applications, including the award-winning ultra-compact EMS-41 which delivers class-leading performance in a truly bijou package.
Halo-B is a two-way reflex-loaded medium format line array element featuring a patent-pending proprietary HF emulation manifold which combines the energy of four 1-inch compression drivers into a plane-wave array.
Continuity of voicing is preserved across the entire Halo series, enabling Halo-B’s use as a companion system to either the large format Halo-A, or the compact Halo-C systems in addition to stand-alone main PA applications. Festivals, stadia, sports arenas, performance venues, houses of worship and corporate AV events are all ideal candidates for Halo-B, designed to be equally comfortable in both fixed installation and mobile applications. Halo-B is matched with the ST-215 flyable dual 15-inch subwoofer and packaged with Dante-enabled DQ Series am

 
pixeraminisideInfoComm 2019: AV Stumpfl focus on projection
Thursday, 30 May 2019

USA - AV Stumpfl will present its new AT64-SHIFT system for large mobile projection screens and the new PIXERA mini media server at this year's InfoComm in Orlando.
With the AT64-SHIFT, it's possible to assemble a large mobile projection screen and to adjust its height in a matter of minutes, says the company. No extra measuring is needed to ensure that the frame is level, due to a clearly marked height scale.
Based on the same principles as the T32-SHIFT, the AT64-SHIFT projection screen legs can be used for much larger mobile projection screens and are compatible with all mobile AV Stumpfl screen systems.
Another highlight of AV Stumpfl's InfoComm booth will be the new PIXERA mini hardware. PIXERA mini is an ultra-compact media server, perfect for digital signage and multi-display applications.
The PIXERA mini is a 1U and ½ 19“ product. Two PIXERA mini servers can be installed in a 1U 19“ rack.
PIXERA version 1.2 will include the ability to export videos from the workspace, either containing the entire venue or the content of a specific screen. Another of the many new features is a set of pixel patching tools seamlessly integrated into the UI. They allow users to reposition content pixels on the output as needed and to patch the result to DMX channels, making it possible to drive all forms of LED processors from PIXERA.
For those InfoComm visitors interested in show control solutions, there will be a sneak peek presentation revolving around AV Stumpfl's upcoming AVIO 3 software, a distributed, highly modular and extensible

 
 
sq-6-dyneq4-high-resAllen & Heath upgrades SQ software
Thursday, 30 May 2019

UK - Allen & Heath has released V1.4 firmware for its SQ series, delivering a raft of features and new processing options ported from the company’s flagship dLive digital mixing system.
V1.4 unveils a dynamic trio of powerful audio tools, comprising Multiband Compressors, Dynamic EQ and De-Esser, all straight from the FX Rack of dLive. These optional add-ons allow SQ users to have up to eight instances that can be inserted on any input channel, group or mix.
Giving engineers more preparation time away from the console, V1.4 also introduces the eagerly awaited offline mode for SQ’s MixPad App, which is now also being released for PC and Mac (previously iOS and Android only). Offline mode enables engineers to create entire show files without the need for an SQ, manage shows and scenes offline, and send and receive entire shows over a wired or wireless network.
Users can further streamline their workflow using SQ’s new Input Ganging, which features eight separate gangs with drag ‘n’ drop set-up to link processing, routing and faders across multiple input channels and can also be switched per-scene.
“What’s great about this release is that it delivers a whole bunch of user-requested features which really enhance the SQ mixing experience,” comments Keith Johnson, Allen & Heath’s SQ product manager. “In particular, MixPad’s offline mode is something that users have been asking for, so to be able to have this and make it available on PC/Mac too is a real winner.”
(Jim Evans)

 
go-8wdhand-heldABTT 2019: PSA debuts moldable microphone
Thursday, 30 May 2019

UK - At ABTT 2019, Point Source Audio (PSA) will unveil the GO-8 Series of microphones featuring the GO-8WD, a moldable microphone that shapes into a variety of mic styles.
The company says GO-8 allows the sound team to create a custom actor microphone style as they need it.
Designed for theatre, the moldable GO-8WD-SK starts out flat but can be shaped by an A2 or mic expert into a collar mic, halo mic, or a headset mic for the left or right side. The company reports that while these are the most common styles in theatre, the GO-8WD’s moldable format can be an instant problem solver in a multitude of mic’ing situations that are either unexpected or challenging.
“For me, the GO-8WD is a great solution for precisely fitting a headset-style mic on an actor; every aspect from the ear hook to the boom length can be formed exactly as needed to get the best sounding position, as well as comfort for the actor,” said Jonathan Deans, the Tony-nominated veteran sound designer whose volume of work includes Waitress, Kiss Me Kate, Pippin, and multiple Cirque Du Soleil productions.
The defining feature of the entire GO-8 Series of microphones, which also includes the single lavalier (GO-8WL-SK) and dual element lavalier (GO2-8WL-SK), is the company’s new Lemo-style connector said to “withstand accelerated life testing to 12,000 bends”.
All GO-8 microphones feature Point Source’s proprietary Lemo-style connector with accelerated life testing to 12,000 bends.
“We have achieved a proprietary design that stre

 
 
artnovionaries-r1Artnovion unveils Aries studio diffusers
Thursday, 30 May 2019

Europe - Portugese acoustic treatment specialist Artnovion has announced the launch of its Aries series of diffuser products created specifically for professional audio applications.
The Aries Diffuser was designed using a variety of diffusion techniques and offers a clear advance in performance over traditional QRD design. Inspired by traditional numeric sequence diffusers, it’s composed of asymmetrical multi-depth wells, in which specific wells use a folded-depth technique to boost the mid-low diffusion range of the panel.
While the panel itself is only 60mm thick, the extended wells on the diffuser are designed to be effective at 160Hz and 400Hz, with a linear diffusion pattern from 700Hz upwards, delivering previously unheard-of diffusion capacity for its size.
The asymmetric wells are also arranged in an optimised sequence to prevent lobbing when used in larger arrays.
The company’s UK distributor is Audio-Technica.
(Jim Evans)

 
artisticArtistic Licence debuts DMX to DALI converter
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK - With support for DALI DT8 (colour), DMXtoDALI quad is specified for the new generation of DALI products coming to market.
Artistic Licence has extensive experience in DMX512 and DALI interconversion. Its popular DIN rail solution, Rail-DMX-DALI, was launched several years ago to serve customers needing to add DALI fixtures to DMX based lighting control systems.
With the continued growth of the crossover market, Rail-DMX-DALI is still very much in demand. However, the recent introduction of DALI DT8 (colour control) means that this product is not compatible with the very latest DALI technology.
Artistic Licence therefore took the opportunity to redesign Rail-DMX-DALI to incorporate the new standard, and to implement major product upgrades that greatly improve the performance and user experience. The result is DMXtoDALI quad.
DMXtoDALI quad retains the core functionality of its predecessor: it converts DMX512 to four circuits of DALI, allowing up to 256 devices to be connected. However, the feature set and user interface have been significantly enhanced. The operation of DMXtoDALI is also much faster, implementing interleaved DALI transmission.
Most significantly, DMXtoDALI features DT8 colour support for Colour Temperature and RGBWAF. This is in addition to conventional DT0 (intensity) control. DMXtoDALI provides simultaneous control via all four addressing modes (Broadcast, Group, Device and Scene).
DMXtoDALI quad is highly configurable, enabling it to be tailored for specific installation requirements. The DMX start addres

 
 
proteus-smarty-hybridElation Smarty Hybrid available in IP65 version
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Europe - With the success of the efficient Smarty Hybrid luminaire and the increasing popularity of the Proteus range of weatherproof fixtures, Elation Professional is now offering the Proteus Smarty Hybrid.
Housing the same feature set and using the same Philips MSD Platinum 200 Flex 280W lamp (6,000 hours) as the Smarty Hybrid, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid’s IP65 dust and water protection means this compact and versatile effect luminaire can be used exposed on outdoor stages.
Designed for the wide variety of professional stage applications, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid has flexible use as a beam, spot or wash luminaire with an output of 11,000 lumens. Fully sealed against dust, humidity and water ingress, the IP65 fixture is ideal for any outdoor environment while its impermeable properties and low maintenance design make it just as suitable for indoor use.
Outfitted with a motorised zoom with auto-focus, beam angle range differs in beam and spot mode with gobo projection focus realized from 1.0° - 18° under beam mode and 3.0° to 27° in spot mode. The Smarty Hybrid also includes a frost filter for a PC lens-type concentrated wash, zoomable from 5° to 33°.
The IP65 fixture offers a full CMY colour mixing system plus linear CTO colour correction with an extra 13 dichroic colours, including UV and CTB colour correction.
(Jim Evans)

 
multiverse-transmitter-5911-pipe-mountABTT 2019: City Theatrical highlights wireless DMX
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK - City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology on stand K1 at ABTT Theatre Show 2019.
This will include wireless DMX technology with the award winning Multiverse family of wireless DMX/RDM products, extended DMX control with Pathway Connectivity controllers, gateways, and other solutions, troubleshooting with the multi award-winning DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, bright and flexible linear LED lighting with QolorFLEX NuNeon, plug and play pixel control with QolorPIX, colour blending and control with QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape and QolorFLEX 5x8A Dimmers, and more.
Multiverse marks the fifth generation of City Theatrical's engineering development for wireless DMX technology. The Multiverse system can deliver more data while reducing the amount of radio energy required for wireless DMX by as much as 90%, enabling scalability never possible before.
The Multiverse SHoW Baby is the fourth generation of the original plug and play wireless DMX transceiver system by City Theatrical. The addition of Multiverse radio technology enhances the performance. In its default mode, Multiverse SHoW Baby works like and is compatible with all other SHoW Baby Transceivers with six user selectable SHoW DMX Neo SHoW IDs. By connecting an RDM controller, like DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, all of the 147 revolutionary new 2.4GHz Multiverse SHoW IDs are accessible as well as all 70 SHoW DMX Neo SHoW IDs.
City Theatrical has partnered with Pathway Connectivity and is the exclusive distributor for Pathway products in the UK and Europe. Pathway products ext

 
 
bw-bluetoothABTT 2019: Broadweigh launches Bluetooth system
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK - Broadweigh will launch its Bluetooth load monitoring system at the ABTT Theatre Show 2019.
The Broadweigh Bluetooth system makes wireless load monitoring accessible to smaller scale rigging applications. The system will be on display and demonstrated on A.C. Entertainment Technologies' stand D1 at this year’s show.
The Broadweigh 3.25 tonne load shackle with integrated Bluetooth LE 4.0 provides precise multi-channel wireless load monitoring and sends data to the Broadweigh Android and iOS app, which contains all the tools required to configure and display data from the shackles in range.
Kelly Voysey, sales and marketing manager at Mantracourt, who design and manufacture Broadweigh, comments: "We are so excited to be using ABTT as our platform for launching Broadweigh Bluetooth. We believe this new system will be a real game changer for riggers. It delivers a simple system with shorter range and fewer connections than our original kit. Crucial to all of this is that it there is no loss of accuracy, build quality or battery life - it is simply a lower cost option for load monitoring and is ideal for small systems for a rigger's toolkit."
Voysey adds: "For many of our existing and potential customers, the capability of Broadweigh Bluetooth is more than enough. However up until now, they had no option other than to purchase the original system which delivered way more than they may ever need. What we now bring to market is a more affordable system which provides riggers with a handy toolkit for fast monitoring of static loads on a phone

 
k2-swedish-house-mafiaABTT 2019: Unusual Rigging demos K2 software
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK - Unusual Rigging will be demonstrating the Kinesys K2 software, a product that combines aspects of existing programming methodologies with some new concepts.
Speaking ahead of the show, director and head of sustainability at Unusual, Tom Harper explains: "K2 is Kinesys' motion control console. It employs an intuitive approach to automation programming. We at Unusual are extremely excited by the potential that this system enables, having recently used it for a concert for Swedish House Mafia - allowing us to expand the scope of rigging and engineering solutions for all our clients' creative ideas."
Visitors to stand P1 will have the chance to talk through their project needs with the Unusual team, as well as viewing a stunning visual show-reel of the company's 'best bits' of the last year.
Harper continues: "Our annual show-reel has become something of an attraction at ABTT in recent years. It showcases some of our most challenging and diverse projects, highlighting the amazing work that our teams do across a spectrum of sectors - theatre, museums, outdoor events - challenging, beautiful and often jaw-dropping."
A new Engineered Solutions brochure will also be available on the stand which offers potential customers a general overview of the plethora of solutions Unusual can offer a project. “ABTT is the main event on our trade show calendar - for us it's the place to see and be seen, giving us the opportunity to talk to our customers and find out how we can work with them to make their visions a reality. It's exciting - and it m

 
 
scaff-boom-arm-newABTT 2019: Doughty double Boom Arm debut
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK - Doughty Engineering is set to bring its two latest Boom Arms to this year's ABTT. The Heavy Duty Boom Arm and the Scaff Boom Arm will make their first ABTT outing, following a successful launch earlier this year.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, says: "Both our Scaff Boom Arm and Heavy Duty Boom arm have got people talking since we launched them this spring. The Scaff Boom Arm has been designed in response to customer demand - we see it as a 'get out of jail item' which will allow a rigger to fashion their own boom arm out of materials they have to hand and simply cut it down to size. It will take 48mm aluminium barrel or scaff tube and from feedback we've received so far, we're told it's a perfect addition to any tool kit."
While Doughty is unable to quote a safe working load for the product, each piece of kit comes with a loading chart which is also available in Doughty's Little Blue Book catalogue and on the company's website.
"We have to make sure that all bases are covered. We cannot predict how the product will be used, we have tested several different tubes of different sizes and suggested a SWL. Of course if our customers have any questions they can get in touch at any time. The Doughty team will be on hand for the duration of ABTT to handle any queries and we would encourage our existing and potential new customers to come and see the new members of the Boom Arm family and give us their feedback," adds Mark.
The Heavy Duty Boom Arm is capable of taking the weight of a moving light, offering riggers an attractive solutio

 
etc-hes-abtt-1ABTT 2019: ETC & HES return
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK - ETC and High End Systems (HES) will showcase their latest product line-ups at 2019 ABTT Theatre Show on stands R1 and S1.
ETC will display its first integrated 3D programming environment: Augment3d on stand R1. The new Eos tool lets users control and design in a three-dimensional space as well as interact with their fixtures through augmented reality. Visitors are welcome to attend in-depth presentations on Augment3d in the Londesborough Room. Eos v3.0 will be available for use with all Win7 Eos family consoles, and will be shown on the flagship Eos Ti and Gio @5.
High End Systems' Hog 4-18 console will be on stand S1 during the tradeshow. The powerful console uses the very latest technology and is designed for the largest stadium shows, theme parks, concert tours and more.
The newest addition to the SolaFrame family - SolaFrame 1000 – will be on the booth for visitors to explore. Alongside this will be the SolaFrame Theatre, the industry’s first fanless automated LED luminaire that operates completely silently.
ETC’s first automated fixture in over a decade will be on show at ABTT. Specifically designed for the theatrical lighting designer, ETC’s Relevé Spot boasts a calibrated four-colour additive mixing system and an Ani-gobo wheel.
Product experts will be on the stand to talk about ETC’s Stage Technology solutions including Prodigy P2 hoist. The complete package hoist is easy and fast to install and suitable to fit any venue’s needs.
Visitors can discover further highlights on stand R1 including the ArcSystem

 
 
tactus-demo2InfoComm 2019: Peavey announces star line-up
Thursday, 23 May 2019

USA - Visitors to InfoComm 2019 will be able to both see and hear the new Versarray Mk III and Versarray PRO compact line array systems from Crest Audio, plus a host of other Crest and PCA product in audio demo room W224A. Hour-long demos will be running every day at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Attendees will also be able to see the products up close and meet the team to get advice on how a Crest/Peavey solution might suit their needs.
The ‘headline act’ in the Crest demo room is the new Versarray Mk III which was first seen at NAMM in January. The system comprises the Versarray 112 Mk III passive ribbon tweeter line array element featuring a 12” Black Widow Neo series woofer combined with a neodymium-based Peavey ribbon tweeter, and its companion subwoofer, the dual 18” Versarray 218 Mk III.
Designed to provide modular coverage of small to medium-sized venues, Versarray Mk III - which will be powered by Crest Audio amplifiers - combines versatility with high performance in a robust, easy-to-rig package, says the company.
Starring alongside Versarray Mk III is sister system, Versarray PRO, which offers all of the performance benefits of Versarray Mk III in a Dante-enabled, self-powered package. Both systems benefit from Peavey’s ingenious FlyQWIK fully articulated rigging system.
Also gracing the stage will be the new installation-friendly marine-grade Elements CS Series from Peavey. These fully weatherproof IP56-rated loudspeakers are specially designed to withstand the ravages of salt water. Peavey will also be demonstrating the RBN p

 
blacklinex-powered-1Martin Audio launches BlacklineX Powered
Thursday, 23 May 2019

UK - Martin Audio has announced BlacklineX Powered, bringing new active options to the BlacklineX family.
Comprising the 12” XP12 and 15” XP15 full range enclosures plus the compact but powerful 18” XP118 subwoofer, BlacklineX Powered integrates acoustic, DSP and amplifier technologies to achieve clarity, precision and richness of tone. The range’s debut follows the international success of the passive BlacklineX Series of portable enclosures, the fastest-selling portable series in Martin Audio’s 48-year history.
In addition, BlacklineX Powered offers optional Bluetooth control, streaming and a built-in three channel mixer, placing increased flexibility and features within easy reach of every user, from live venues, DJs and corporate events to permanent installs, particularly houses of worship. Users will also recognise the road-ready construction, quick set-up and adaptability of this range developed by one of pro audio’s founding brands.
“BlacklineX was the first series the team developed and launched after I became Managing Director,” recalls Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter. “It’s become the fastest selling portable series the company has ever launched and a significant contributing factor in Martin Audio’s rapid success over the last three years. The introduction of a self-powered series makes perfect sense and by leveraging our engineers’ expertise in acoustic, DSP and amplifier technologies, we have crafted a very forward-looking portable range with a classic Martin Audio sound.”
BlacklineX Powered will begin ship

 
 
getPR goes for total integration at GET
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

China - PR Lighting took a fresh approach to their 558 sq.m. booth design at this year’s four-day GET Show at the Poly World Trade Centre in Guangzhou.
The company’s CEO Dave Liang reverted to an idea originally floated at the 2017 edition where they presented a united booth with other suppliers, in order to show customers a completely integrated, ‘finished’ solution. This year they collaborated with experienced Chinese LED display company, DGX, as well as laser company, Magical Laser and acoustics specialists, Lianhui Acoustooptical.
“These are all necessary facilities in most projects, particularly events, tours, club installs, and customers like to be able to see how a full project solution will look,” says international director of sales Ernie Armas.
On the other side of the booth, in anticipation of a strong international presence, there were three function areas - a product showcase for each company at the front of booth, a bar in the centre of the booth and a ‘dynamic’ stage for lighting the show at the rear of the booth.
Into this backdrop, PR presented the 580 Series, which debuted at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound earlier this year. This included two waterproof units (Aqua 580 BWS and Aqua 580 Beam), as well as two indoor units, XR 580 BWS and XR 580 BEAM. “The all-new IP66 moving heads are already being extremely well received by our customers,” Armas confirms.
(Jim Evans)

 
elumeneLumen8 moving beam draws the crowds
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Europe - eLumen8 has continued to expand its range of professional moving heads with the introduction of the 9RE Beam. This moving beam is powered by a MSD 260R9 (8000K) discharge lamp, allowing users to create sharp 2.5° beams and gobos.
Showcased at the recent PLASA Focus Leeds tradeshow, this latest addition by eLumen8 has been designed with the lighting designer in mind as it not only has top quality optics and motorised focus, it also features two prisms that can be used simultaneously, giving the user a host of options to create stunning light shows.
Andrew Jeffrey, Prolight Concepts Group managing director,comments: “This is the first of several new movers aimed at the rental and installation markets to be released in the coming months. The 9RE has been over 12 months in development but well worth the wait.”
Additionally, this moving head features 12 colours (plus 5600K, 3200K and open) and 17 fixed gobos (plus open), along with an on-board six-push button menu with 1.8” LCD display, and selectable 16 bit pan and tilt with auto correction. Combining its high output and perfectly focussed beam the 9RE boasts all the fundamental features you would expect from eLumen8, making this a n ‘event ready’ luminaire designed to “unleash creativity in lighting designers and installers alike in the theatre, television and touring sectors”.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
paul-de-villeFollowSpotSales.com debuts at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

UK - GoboPlus.com, the one-stop, online shop for gobos and projection products, exhibited at PLASA Focus Leeds 2019 where the team showed off its new, high resolution glass gobos.
“The new glass gobos render images in much finer detail than has been previously possible,” explains CEO Paul de Ville. “The exquisitely fine resolution allows much greater detail to be produced on smaller gobos, and has been created in response to the huge improvements in optical quality of most modern lanterns. The resultant HR gobos give the lighting designer more scope, not only allowing for more detailed images, but also enabling more accurate adaptation of standard gobo designs to fit on the new generation of smaller gobos used by many moving light fixtures.”
In a further development for the company, GoboPlus.com chose PLASA Focus Leeds to introduce an additional brand into the GoboPlus.com portfolio, FollowSpotSales.com. FollowSpotSales.com will join CutColourPlus, the filter cutting and supply service, and Inluster lighting consultancy under the GoboPlus.com umbrella.
FollowSpotSales.com is, with immediate effect, a UK distributor for one of the last remaining independent lantern and follow spot manufacturers, LDR of Italy, which produces a complete range of profiles, Fresnels, soft-lights and follow spots, each of which are available with LED, discharge and traditional tungsten light sources, for entertainment technology as well as display and architecture.
To head this new division, GoboPlus.com has employed well-known and respected industry figure,

 
prolightProlight brings The Big One to Leeds
Monday, 20 May 2019

UK - The Prolight spotlight at PLASA Focus, Leeds was the release of the 2019/20 catalogue and numerous new products showcased including a moving head, IP pixel mappable fixture and some genetically enhanced truss. There was an extra element of fun on this year’s stand in the form of a gigantic sized catalogue, which drew in the crowds.
The event saw the official release of the 2019/20 catalogue The Big One – 2nd Edition, with visitors eager to pick up their copy. The marketing and purchasing departments have worked hard over the last few months to get the catalogue ready for its big release and features over 2,200 products. As a company, Prolight is continually adding products to provide customers with everything they need for installations and events from peripherals such as cables, connectors and cases through to high quality luminaries, along with staging and truss.
Along with key products lines, there was a multitude of new products on show. Professional moving heads from eLumen8 were amongst them including the 9RE Beam, an agile moving head powered by a revolutionary MSD 260R9 (8000K) discharge lamp, producing sharp 2.5° beams and focused gobos. Also on display was the Kudos 700 Beam which projects a tight 2° concentrated beam from its powerful 110W LED source.
One other key lighting fixture that was the focus of attention was the IP65 rated Spectra QX40 pixel mappable exterior panel from LEDJ. Equipped with 40 x 10W RGBW LEDs, the QX40 is suitable for illuminating event spaces, stages or facades, while the zone control

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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