USA - Elation Professional has extended its popular Fuze series of LED wash luminaires with new profile and spot versions.
Available now is the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, both housing full-colour-spectrum RGBMA colour mixing systems. Also available is the cold white Fuze Profile CW with dual colour wheels.
The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile are designed for a wide array of precision lighting applications, particularly theatre, TV and corporate event applications where high colour quality, colour manipulation and accurate colour reproduction is needed.
Both luminaires house a 305W 92 CRI engine (6,500K) that utilises a five-colour homogenised LED array of red, green, blue, mint and amber sources. The carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI ensure accurate colour reproduction while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens.
The Fuze Spot houses two gobo wheels, both wheels with six rotating, indexing glass gobos that are interchangeable. The Fuze Profile LED framing fixture houses two gobo wheels - a six-slot rotating, indexing wheel with interchangeable glass gobos and a seven-slot fixed wheel with glass gobos. A full blackout framing system with four rotating blades gives full control of the beam shape and can index +/- 45°.
Both the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile house a 7° - 42° motorized zoom and ship with an included snoot attachment. An animation wheel can be engaged to bring graphics to life while a variable frost filter can be employed when designers wish for softer gobo or soft wash effects.
USA - PixelFLEX has introduced the FLEXUltra XT, LED video display series that benefit from impact- and scratch-resistant COB technology that promises “a dramatic decrease” in pixel failures.
Debuted at InfoComm 2019, FLEXUltra XT series are suitable for any live production thanks to three pixel pitch options – 1.5mm, 1.9mm and 2.5mm – that can reproduce FHD, 2K and 4K content. The panels also offer all-in-one optional ground support system and the PixelShield protective technology for a long-lasting and dynamic LED video experience, says the company.
David Venus, chief marketing officer, PixelFLEX LED, comments: “Understanding the challenges associated with the live production industry and the toll it can take on LED video panels, we are very excited to be releasing the durable and impactful FLEXUltra XT. Now, not only can video designers be sure they have chosen the ideal technology to fully bring their HD video designs to life, but they can also rest easy knowing they have a technology that was built specifically to alleviate the onsite technical obstacles that may occur using common LED video displays.”
Europe - The new Milos Armor Cart is the focus of a new video released by Area Four Industries.
Available on A4i.tv, the video shows how the Armor Cart helps reduce hoist storage and transport space, as well as making the movement of hoists to and from venues more convenient.
Europe - Premium cable manufacturer PROCAB is introducing an extensive new range of CPR-compliant cables. This range is designed to be used in applications where CPR classification is required to offer the safest possible solution to installed cabling.
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is an EU regulation for installation cables, classifying cables based on their fire performance. The standardisation is introduced to improve the fire safety in buildings as in case of a fire, most casualties are a result of the toxic smokes.
This new cable range will consist of loudspeaker, microphone, Cat 6, Cat 6A and even Cat 7 types of cables, available in 100m and 300m variants, keeping possible surpluses to an absolute minimum.
PROCAB extensively tested their tailored made cable range in the harshest environments on three criteria: smoke concentration, burning droplets, acidity of the smoke. Because the outer jacket is flame retardant, it provides optimal resistance to spreading fire and therefore maximizes the overall safety of the construction. Available Euroclass types include B2CA, CCA and DCA.
USA - Chauvet Professional has released the Maverick MK3 Profile to the market. The fixture, which received its world premiere at the 2019 Prolight+Sound exhibition, can handle the demands of large concert venues and excels in a wide range of other applications, from high-profile events and festivals, to broadcast projects, says the company.
A fully featured 820W LED moving profile fixture, the Maverick MK3 Profile has an output of over 51,000 source lumens (23,000lm output), making it capable of creating aerial effects, specials and audience lighting at any touring show. In addition, it offers a plethora of features, including a four-blade fully wiping shutter system that can rotate up to 60° in each direction, for a total 120° rotation capability.
Adding to the fixture’s versatility are its precise CMY + CTO colour mixing and a fast 9:1 zoom ratio that maintains a flat field, and even focus from 6 degrees all the way out to 54°. Thanks to its two overlapping prisms, two gobo wheels, two frost options (super-light and medium) and an animation wheel, the fixture creates captivating static, and dynamic rotating and animation effects.
“We’re very excited to be releasing the Maverick MK3 Profile,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “This product is more than just a powerful light, it’s also an extremely versatile tool; one that will open a great number of creative possibilities for designers and rental houses.”
Belgium - Lucenti has introduced their latest additions to their portfolio, the Blackwave Collection. It consists of LED bars with a 20mm pitch and comes in two lengths, a 100cm LED bar with 50 pixels called the BW100 as well as a 50cm LED bar with 25 pixels, the BW50. Both are powered and controlled by the designated PixlDrive1.
These bars unleash “a whole universe of creative possibilities, any pixel can be fully controlled in any shape at any given time”. Their lightweight but robust engineering done in Belgium, is the result of light technicians, rental companies and light designers giving their extended feedback from real-life experiences, says the company.
The in-house developed Pixel bus data system by Lucenti, ensures ﬂuent RGBW colour mixing with smooth dimming and synchronization between each pixel and driver. Combined with interchangeable ﬁlters it allows for strong vibrant saturated colors all the way to pastel tints. With 50 powerful pixels per meter, these bars give “unparalleled output even during bright daylight without the need for smoke”.
Given that the BW100 and the BW50 are designed to be used in demanding environments like stages, festival decoration, club interiors and on the move with rental companies, Lucenti opted for a double chambered lightweight metal housing, providing enough strength to interlock multiple bars and resulting in an IP66 rating.
The Blackwave tubes come standard with a stealth black ﬁlter, with options including transparent clear flat, frosted flat, frosted tube and frosted square cov
South Africa - Stage Audio Works is celebrating the success it has seen at Mediatech 2019. With a two-storey booth design, the company made a statement on the show floor as visitors looked to find out more about its latest audio, visual and staging solutions. The company succeeded in winning a number of deals over the three-day event.
“Mediatech only takes place once every two years, so we have spent a lot of time and energy ensuring that we can maximise our presence at the show,” reflects Shaun Xavier, marketing manager at Stage Audio Works. “The response that we have had over the three days has more than justified this effort. We have been able to spend time with old friends and make some strong new contacts, as well as writing a significant amount of new business.”
This success has been boosted by the support that the company has received from the various brands it represents. Staff from Christie, dB Technologies, Sennheiser and Yamaha were all present on the booth, taking numerous customers through their respective technologies and adding to the expert advice that the Stage Audio Works team was able to provide for other brands, including in-house ranges Stage Plus and Pixel Plus, and international manufacturers such as Analog Way, d&b audiotechnik, Living As One and NovaStar.
“When people talk to us about projects, they are looking for solutions, not just products,” notes Nathan Ihlenfeldt, technical director at Stage Audio Works. “The hands-on approach and systems-based strategy supported by our agencies, suppliers and manufac
Europe - The Showtec Mistique is a CO2-based hazer which produces an extremely fine haze. It is the solution for many theatre and television productions because it is quiet, says the company.
The oil-based hazer-fluid is carried by and dispersed through the CO2 so there is no need for an additional pump which means no noise-pollution.
Features include: very even and thin haze ensures no visible cloudy effect on stage, customisable output direction for extra flexibility, silent operation with output and fan speed remote controllable by DMX and W-DMX.
UK - Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology report that Austrian Audio OC818 and OC18 microphones, including a limited edition OC818 Studio Set Launch Edition, are shipping now.
The new OC18 and OC818 large diaphragm condenser microphones, made in Vienna, both featuring the same handmade capsule at their heart. Royal Marines commemorate fallen comrades with EM Acoustics
The single-diaphragm OC18 and dual-diaphragm OC818 both feature a new handmade ceramic CKR12 capsule, resulting in no compromise in sound between the two models. In fact, any OC18 and OC818 can be used as a matched pair due to the extreme precision of our manufacturing and measuring processes.
Since the OC18 and OC818 are sonically identical your choice is based only on application. The OC18 features a classic cardioid pick-up pattern and includes a selectable high-pass filter plus a -10/-20db Pad. The OC818 features the same filter and Pad, plus a variety of pick-up patterns selectable from the body, and some incredible extra features up its sleeve.
The OC818 is also the first multi-patterned microphone to feature the world’s first wireless pattern and switching control via an optional transmitter/receiver (OCR8) that can be fitted to the rear of the microphone. This feature allows for a previously unheard of 255 discrete polar patterns between figure-of-eight, through all of the cardioid versions and into omnidirectional. The free control software, PolarPilot, will be available for iOS and Android. This all occurs in the analogue domain and there is no process
Europe - Area Four Industries has released a four-minute video dedicated to the Ultimate Hinge from Milos.
The product, an aluminium and steel truss that allows for up and down and side-to-side movements of truss spans, features a high-strength lifting eye for connection with electric hoists or lifting points.
In the video, Area Four Industries technical director Norbert Tripp explains the design of the Ultimate Hinge, its feature set, loading capacity factors and the self-balancing act it achieves when attached to truss spans.
It can be viewed on www.a4i.tv/2019/07/30/milos-ultimate-hinge.
USA - Audinate has announced the availability Dante Controller 4.2.3 with Dante Updater, a new feature that makes it easy to update firmware in Dante devices.
Firmware files are hosted by Audinate so they are always up-to-date. Dante Updater allows product manufacturers to more easily bring critical updates to customers by making them available directly in Dante Controller with one-click installation.
Dante Updater continues Dante Controller’s famed ease of use, automatically discovering and associating updates with connected devices in a clear, unambiguous interface, says the company. Now customers can take full advantage of new Dante features and capabilities without hunting for product-specific installers and can deploy updates to an entire system at once.
“Dante Updater is a win-win for Dante users and manufacturers alike,” says Neil Philips, product manager at Audinate. “Audinate’s updater programme allows manufacturers to include their specific firmware updates directly in Dante Updater for error- and headache-free deployment by end-users. Support costs are reduced, and users always have the latest features at their fingertips for the best possible Dante-enabled product experience.”
Dante Controller with Dante Updater is free for all users and is available now at www.audinate.com/dc.
USA - ADJ has announced the availability of the PAR Z Move RGBW, part of its PAR Z range.
This 300W C.O.B. LED colour mixing moving head par fixture that is suitable for fixed installation in theatres, churches, concert venues and nightclubs as well as for the temporary production of concerts, theatrical performances, festivals and dance events. The PAR Z Move RGBW houses a 300W C.O.B. LED engine, which generates an even wash and extremely smooth colour mixing with no colour shadows. It also offers variable colour temperature for white light washes, making it ideal for stage lighting as both a key light and a wash.
The fixture is available now in the USA and will become available in Europe from mid-August.
“The whole PAR Z Series, but particularly the PAR Z Move that we released earlier this year, has proved extremely popular with lighting designers looking for versatile LED-powered key lighting / wash fixtures,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “However, our customers were quick to tell us that they would value the combination of the PAR Z Move’s moving base and the colour mixing ability of the static PAR Z120 RGBW model.
“As a company it is our policy to always try to act on customer feedback to produce the products that lighting designers and other lighting professionals desire, which is why we are now pleased to introduce the PAR Z Move RGBW to the market. Offering punchy output, versatile colour mixing and agile movement, it is ideal for a wide variety of applications including key light, back light
UK - Penn Elcom has introduced a new solution for scenarios where space or access is limited. Suitable for commercial, industrial and residential environments, the R6400-RHF double-hinged wall mount rack enclosure joins the company’s range of 19” rack products.
The new model enables the full rack to securely swing away from the wall, giving technicians and installation engineers excellent access to the rear and sides of the rack and the kit inside of it. The design simplifies the process of running cables, replacing parts or performing regular maintenance and can dramatically reduce the time taken to access the equipment.
Built from rugged but lightweight steel to Penn’s industrial grade specifications, the bracket is reversible so the rack can be configured as left or right opening for full flexibility and space maximisation.
Heavy-duty hinges allow the R6400-RHF to be loaded with up to 50kg (110lb) of equipment, and a handy slam-lock system creates smart open / close functionality.
As with all Penn Elcom racking products, the R6400-RHF offers practical and integrated cable management, with both top and bottom 1U cable knockouts as well as full length internal rack rails.
The R6400-RHF is suitable for a range of applications, from professional entertainment and leisure installations to any spaces utilising IT hubs and servers.
Europe - The Laserworld Group has released the tarm 2.5 laser light systems, a new generation of Art-Net/DMX-controllable lasers that can create and store artwork straight onto the device.
The laser module in the tarm 2.5 has been improved by combining all laser sources in one white light module, which has professional mirror mounts allowing for precise module alignment with hex keys. Different laser software can be used to directly access the built-in DAC (digital-analogue-converter) via LAN for professional show control.
Meanwhile, mobile DJs or entertainers who cannot actively control the laser during performance can make use of the sound-to-light or the standalone operation mode, which - combined with the option to load custom graphics to the mainboard - makes the tarm 2.5 suitable for advertisement projections or use in architecture illumination.
The tarm 2.5 has an overall power of 2.7W RGB. Several modification options are available on request, including CT Scanner upgrades to maximum scanning performance.
“It has taken some time for lasers to become versatile, intelligent systems,” explains Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group. “The technical circumstances didn’t allow for developments like this in the past, but these challenges have been faced and the result are lasers that can easily be used as conventional intelligent lighting systems.”
USA - High End Systems has introduced the TurboRay automated luminaire. Offering “a classic retro look with its radial diffusers, TurboRay brings a distinctive appearance to any lighting design”.
High End Systems general manager Becky Koester comments, “We are thrilled to have TurboRay as the first entry back into fixture manufacturing in our Austin, Texas headquarters. The positive reactions we’ve had from lighting designers around the world has been staggering, and we’re very excited to bring this fixture to market.”
Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner adds, “TurboRay is an awesome new look built on a classic style. Beyond its’ classic and volumetric face look, the fixture employs a powerful LED system with multiple types of colour control. TurboRay gives users a wealth of tools to make any stage more exciting.”
UK - Having made its world debut at Prolight+Sound 2019, the new JMAxX line of portable loudspeakers from FBT is now available throughout the UK.
The successor to the original FBT MaxX series, JMaxX combines ease of use and versatility for many portable or installed sound applications, making the speakers suitable for musicians, DJs, AVL contractors, rental sound reinforcement, corporate events, houses of worship, bars and clubs.
With its gas-injected forms designed to virtually eliminate undesired enclosure resonance and reinforce strong low frequency performance, the JMaxX series of powered loudspeakers is available in three two-way models: the 14” JMaxX 114A; the 12” JMaxX 112A; and the 10” JMaxX 110A. All are equipped with FBT’s latest 90° x 60° HF horn design which delivers “improved projection, accuracy, and dispersion of the mid and high frequencies”.
Each JMaxX model is actually four loudspeakers in one. Derived from a decade of experience of portable sound reinforcement, the carefully tailored equalisation pre-sets offer highly intelligible response for vocals and floor monitoring; slightly boosted response in lounge bar applications; punchy and forward sound for DJs; and a general-purpose EQ setting that mirrors the original and familiar FBTMaxX voicing, says the company.
Common to all JMaxX models is FBT’s latest generation lightweight 700W + 200W Class D power amplifier with universal switch mode power supply, delivering abundant power and headroom to reproduce “even the largest transients without distortion”.
USA - TMB’s ProPlex IQ network tester was recognised with a Cine Gear Expo Technical Achievement Award, coming first from 130 entries in the Lighting Technology Accessories category.
The tool is applicable to networks of all kinds - lighting, video, audio, special effects, rigging, etc. - this hand-held product is billed as the world’s first portable network tester for entertainment staging and production use.
This is the third official accolade that the IQ tester has been granted by industry professionals, having already claimed the LDI Debuting Product award and a PLASA Award for Innovation.
Australia - LSC Lighting Systems continues to develop its range of LED control technologies with the release of the new LED-CV4 DINrail mount driver.
The LED-CV4 is a 4-channel LED driver with a 5A per channel output and a 100% duty cycle, significant when compared to the competition. It also has built-in, short-circuit protection per channel with auto-reset, thereby eliminating the need to change fuses if the LED tape or cabling gets damaged.
Controlled via DMX and configured by RDM, the LED-CV4 has true 16-bit dimming for seamless professional dimming. If used in 8-bit mode, there is a smoothing algorithm that allows for stepless dimming across the 0-255 DMX input range.
Current monitoring per channel and variable frequency output come as standard and can be monitored and configured by LSC’s new Houston-X software tool. Power input can be either a 12V or 24V DC supply and is fully rated to 20A.
USA - ADJ has introduced three single LED wash fixtures to its Encore Burst series.
All new models feature IP-rated casing and flexible multi-purpose bracket, but come with LED engines of different intensities.
The Encore Burst 100 IP has a 125W warm white CREE C.O.B LED and a 50° beam angle, making it ideal for use as an audience blinder or general wash fixture. The unit has a colour temperature of 2700K and also offers a dim-to-warm feature that authentically replicates the dimming profile of a traditional halogen lamp light source by introducing a 1200K (amber) low intensity LED element at lower dimmer settings. In addition, the model offers variable speed strobe and pulse effects which add to the flexibility of this professional lighting fixture.
Also designed for use as a wash or audience blinder / strobe effect light, the Encore Burst RGBW IP offers RGBW colour mixing. Harnessing the power of a 150W CREE C.O.B 4-in-1 RGBW LED light source and also offering a wide 50° beam angle, this fixture can be used to bath a stage or crowd in an almost limitless choice of colours as well as for creating powerful multi-coloured strobe effects.
The final new model to be added to the series is the Encore Burst UV IP. This fixture features a high intensity 50W C.O.B. ultraviolet LED, with a wavelength of 365nm, and is designed to fill large areas with UV light. Ideal for concert stages, nightclubs and festivals, as well as theme parks and state fairs, this powerful black light will make white and fluorescent materials glow vibrantly from a considerabl
USA - Audinate has announced that the Dante AV module and the Dante AV product design suite are now available to order.
The Dante AV module adds video capabilities to Dante’s unified control and tight synchronisation of AV signals over standard IP networks, alongside benefits such as discovery, ease-of-use and integrated control. Dante AV enables complete interoperability with more than 2,000 Dante-enabled audio products already on the market.
“Bringing Dante AV to market is the culmination of our work to add the V to AV,” says Bob Ehlers, VP of product management at Audinate. “By adding video to Dante we are making it easier for manufacturers to add robust and integrated audio and video capabilities. In turn, that means a better AV experience for all end users who depend on - and have come to love - Dante and Dante-enabled products and solutions. We are incredibly pleased and honoured to have Patton be one of the first to adopt Dante AV.”
Buddy Oliver, VP of business development for Patton spoke about Patton’s adoption of Dante AV: “Patton brought on the FiberPlex (aka LightViper) brand in 2017. Patton’s VoIP expertise combined with FiberPlex’s AV experience makes the addition of video a natural next step. We are excited to introduce video capable UC products to our existing markets as well as gaining access to new adjacent markets.”
The Dante AV Module supports one video channel and eight channels of uncompressed Dante audio. The Dante AV Module is suitable for manufacturers creating 1G video-over-IP products and inclu
South Africa - Stage Audio Works is putting hands-on experiences at the forefront of its presence at Mediatech 2019.
Stage Audio Works will once again be supporting the biennial event with its characteristic large stand, highlighting some of the latest products from major international brands, as well as its own locally-manufactured technology.
On top of this, Stage Audio Works also has a presence at the outdoor live sound demonstration area. Daily demonstrations of the VIO L208 from dBTechnologies is set to be a highlight of this popular feature of Mediatech.
“The real benefit of any trade show is getting technology into the hands of end-users and discussing how it can help them,” says Shaun Xavier, marketing manager at Stage Audio Works. “We have seen how Mediatech has enabled us to do this in the past and we are looking forward to highlighting how our technology can benefit projects of all shapes and sizes right across Africa.”
South Africa - Green Hippo will join its African distributor DWR Distribution at Mediatech Africa, taking place 17-19 July in Johannesburg.
Green Hippo and DWR will be highlighting how technology is changing the face of creative design and human experiences, and showcasing the Hippotizer Media Server range of solutions for real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
Visitors are invited to stand C20 to witness the creative possibilities that the powerful new features of the latest Hippotizer software, V4.5. The team will be demonstrating the most recent software features developed in response to end-user feedback, including Object to Output, a new output mapping workflow.
Created as an invaluable live events tool, Object to Output ensures users can directly map content to outputs inside Hippotizer’s 3D workspace, ingeniously simplifying the management of large numbers of displays. It also allows users to seamlessly integrate multiple moving set elements, map a single video across numerous displays or dynamically adjust the perspective of the content.
Another feature designed to augment the creative user’s artistic expression is Hippotizer’s BeatBridge feature, which allows Hippotizer parameters to respond, in real time, to an audio input, via MIDI or DMX, be it the beat of the music or the intensity of a crowd.
In addition, on 17 July at Zone 3, stand C30, Green Hippo’s product specialist Suzy Stenning will present an introduction to Media Servers for Live Production. Visitors will be able to learn about real-time output conf
Australia - LSC’s growth into the global installation market has enabled the company to develop a new range of professional DMX DINrail devices to “better serve and protect the installer from cheap and inferior data distribution products that can cause significant on-site problems”.
The new MDR-DIN data distribution range is a four-way DINrail-mount version of the MDR DMX splitter with RDM as standard. Each of the four-port outputs is individually optically isolated, protecting lighting systems from earth loops, rogue voltages and transients.
In addition, each output of the MDR-DIN can be RDM enabled/disabled as required by the user and each port monitored remotely via LSC’s new Houston-X software tool.
UK - Harlequin Floors has launched Reversible Red/Black, a new colour in its Reversible range of double-sided dance, event and stage floor vinyl. The product is available now from the Harlequin global offices.
Harlequin Reversible is a lightweight calendered vinyl that rolls out quickly, lays flat and stays flat, says the company. It is hard-wearing and slip-resistant and offers versatility as it can be used on both sides. Harlequin Reversible also conforms to fire rating Bfl-s1 (EN 13501-1) and is easy to handle and transport, making it particularly suitable for touring and events.
Other colours in the Reversible range include Black/White (001), Dark Grey/Light Grey (003), Fog/Tan (890) and Hazelnut/Beige (310).
For TV and film production, Harlequin has developed Black/Projection Grey (005), a vinyl surface that is ideal for projecting onto it thanks to its ability to absorb ambient light. Harlequin also offers Chroma Key Green/Chroma Key Blue, designed specifically for digital compositing, providing a practical solution for filmmakers and television producers as both a floor and backdrop.