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New Mounts and Guidance from RycoteNew Mounts and Guidance from Rycote
Wednesday, 23 January 2002

Sennheiser UK - exclusive distributor for Rycote microphone windshields and suspension systems - has introduced two new microphone mounts and a useful directory from the company. The Utility Mount is a rugged, lightweight, machined aluminium mount with an integral cable clamping system, purpose-built bands positioned at four staggered points and a bracket with pistol-grip handle. The mount can be stand- or pole-mounted via the 3/8" female thread in the base of the handle. Designed to complement the Rycote microphone suspension range, the Utility Mount is positioned between the company’s Softie Mount and its high performance Modular Suspension. The Utility Mount can be used alone or alternatively can slide into a Rycote Windshield for exterior use. The design of the bands supports a broad range of microphones and allows for quick and easy changes.

The Multi-Mount is a modified Softie mount and bracket with a female 3/8" Whitworth threaded brass insert, suitable for stand and pole mounting. An integral accessory shoe allows for camera hot-shoe mounting. The Multi-Mount isolates camera-mounted microphones from vibration and movement, greatly improving performance. It is available in three sizes to fit 19/20mm, 21/22mm and 25mm diameter microphones.

Rycote has also produced The Microphone Data Book. Over 1000 pages in length, this comprehensive volume documents the essential technical details of each device (with picture) in a standardized format which allows direct comparisons of specifications.

Rycote is the only company in the world specializing in win

Hevacomp Adds iLightHevacomp Adds iLight
Tuesday, 22 January 2002

Hevacomp, a portfolio of building services design software, has added iLight’s range of lighting control products to its database. The move will enable lighting control to be designed in with the other electrical services, allowing the designer to build the lighting, lighting control and electrical design straight into his system drawing.

Electrical CAD enables electrical systems to be designed on the building drawing using a DXF file or directly with AutoCAD. It comes with a comprehensive and easy to use BS symbol library: as symbols are entered onto the drawing, they automatically snap to wall orientations. Using extensive manufacturer’s databases of boards, protective devices, busbars, cable and luminaires, the designer can build the lighting and electrical design straight onto the drawing.

(Ruth Rossington)

 
 
All-Digital Praesideo System from Philips CSIAll-Digital Praesideo System from Philips CSI
Tuesday, 22 January 2002

Philips CSI has launched the Praesideo public address and emergency sound system. The company believe it to be the world’s first fully digital PA system of its kind: it meets virtually all today’s public address and emergency sound system needs and is fully compliant with the latest Evac standards for emergency sound systems.

By handling all audio processing, communication and control functions entirely digitally, Praesideo achieves hihg levels of flexibility and ease of installation. Initial system configuration is carried out quickly and easily from a PC with user-friendly configuration software, eliminating the need for programming at the equipment end or complex, time-consuming changes in the system cabling when upgrading or expanding. The configuration software uses web-based technology, and allows authorized users to access and monitor the system from any location. After the system configuration the PC can be disconnected and Praesideo can work without a PC.

Praesideo’s digital technology also provides virtually unlimited zones, call stations, audio inputs and outputs, control inputs and outputs and much more. Built-in TCP/IP protocol as well as a standard RS232 interface makes the system open for interconnection with other systems and peripherals. As well as the system’s own call stations and storage functions for pre-recorded announcements, audio inputs can be accepted from virtually all other sources.

Praesideo uses a ‘daisy-chain’ network topology that allows units to be located at any point on the network. External inte

 
Outline H.A.R.D. 212 monitors at the VaticanOutline H.A.R.D. 212 monitors at the Vatican
Monday, 21 January 2002

The new H.A.R.D. 212 monitors from Italian manufacturere Outline have been used for the very first time at the Christmas Concert in The Vatican, a high profile event held in the Paul VI hall, presented by Cristina Parodi and broadcast across Italy at Christmas by Canale 5. Since the first edition in 1993, this show has brought together hundreds of foreign and Italian artists, who accept the invitation of the Church of Rome. Different cultures, origins, races, ages and colours, but united to perform in the name of a very meaningful cause.

Once again this year some of the world’s top artists participated, including Cranberries’ vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, Terence Trent D'Arby, Sasha, Josè Feliciano, Russell Watson, Massimo Ranieri, Edoardo Bennato, Elisa, Tiziano Ferro, the Schola Cantorum Cantate Domino treble voice choir from Belgium, the New Millennium Voices Gospel Choir from New York and the highlight of the evening - a live link-up with Los Angeles and the great Ray Charles.

All the artists’ songs were played and arranged by Maestro Renato Serio’s III Millennio Orchestra. Rome audio-video rental company Immagina decided to use Outline’s new H.A.R.D. 212 monitors and achieved great results. Filippo Rocca, the company’s owner and technical director of the event for seven years, states: "I was looking for monitors which had to be truly compact and very low profile for set production reasons and ensure linear frequency response, but also be able to come up with high SPL without risking feedback. The new Outline enclosures

 
 
Tomcat UK Increases Prostar Hoist Range
Friday, 18 January 2002

Tomcat UK has announced that they are now stocking an increased range of Columbus McKinnon Prostar electric theatrical chain hoists. The popular lower capacity hoist range, which already included 136kg and 272kg s.w.l. models are now complemented by 226kg and 452kg s.w.l. units. The new models have the same features as the original versions and also boast the extra capacity without an increase in external size. A variety of different speeds and voltage options are available, including extra fast 10m/min versions. The products are available directly from Tomcat UK or from any of the company’s UK and European distributors.

(Lee Baldock)

 
ENTTEC launches the EVO at ENTECH
Friday, 18 January 2002

At the forthcoming EnTech show in Sydney (4-6 February), ENTTEC is to release its flagship product - the EVO. This is a new generation of lighting desks based around Ethernet and new technologies. The hardware centres around a large 5'7 blue back lit LCD touch screen and seven motorised faders, whilst communication comes from an Ethernet port, and DMX options come via the desk’s DMXEthergate suite of products or a DMX over Ethernet solution.

The EVO was designed for maximum ease of use. Its user interface gives constant feedback over the current show or programming actions using plain English sentences. Thanks to the motorised faders, the user will be able to program scenes as on an analog desk or run entire cuelists from one submaster. ENTTEC have also included new features such as semi-automatic crossfades and web remote control. The EVO is not built around a PC, but uses an industrial real-time operating system for added reliability. Fixture libraries can be downloaded from the ENTTEC web services website or edited using an easy to use web editor.

After the initial release, the company plans to develop the software to include networking programming, where multiple desks on the same network could be used to program the same show, or remote Ethernet-based processing nodes to upgrade the processing power. A range of add-ons and options are also in the pipeline, including an offline editor, an expansion wing with more faders, buttons and a trackball, low cost playback unit and expansion modules such as sound inputs and a VGA video output.

The Evo can be seen on s

 
 
Dynaglide from Hall Stage
Wednesday, 16 January 2002

Hall Stage has announced the launch of the brand new DynaGlide winch range. The range includes a new concept in 'semi-manual' winches, the DGM system, which provides working loads up to 1000kg, can be driven manually or with an electric hand-drill via a secondary gearbox input, saving time and a lot of effort! The DGH curtain winches now come with a variable speed control system as standard. Full data sheets are available for all products in the range now and will also be available in .pdf format on the Harkness Hall website soon.

(Lee Baldock)

 
Heads Up with American DJ
Wednesday, 16 January 2002

American DJ has launched the XP-3 intelligent moving head - a high performance DMX-compatible fixture with a fully rotating head and an affordable price tag. "In the past, moving head fixtures were beyond the price range of the average club and professional DJ," said Scott Davies, general manager of American DJ. "The XP-3 offers those who have a smaller budget the excitement of a moving head fixture, without a high price tag."

The XP-3 features a fully rotating head, with pan and tilt. It includes four DMX channels and incorporates smooth stepper motors and an easy-to-read digital display. Features include 17 gobos plus spot, six colours plus white and four multi-colours and strobe. The XP-3 can be operated with any standard DMX controller. It can also be used with American DJ’s Utopia/C Controller (sold separately) to control black out, slow scan and strobe at the touch of a button.

Additionally, the XP-3 can be operated in a sound activation mode. It features a sensitivity knob to control the intensity with which effects move to the music’s beat. Multiple XP-3 units can be linked together master-slave via XLR cable.

(Lee Baldock)

 
 
CIE-Audio Stand Apart from the RestCIE-Audio Stand Apart from the Rest
Friday, 11 January 2002

CIE-Audio has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for the newly launched ‘Euromet’ range of professional stands, trussing and audio/lighting hardware. The new product range is CIE-Audio’s latest move in its plans to develop a new ‘leisure-based’ music range which will complement CIE-Group’s existing portfolio of integrated product solutions (currently comprising installed sound, data & telecommunications and CCTV & security).

Chris Edwards, CIE-Group marketing manager told us: "These new products will give our existing customers a complete hardware range, from audio and lighting stands, brackets and fittings, to staging and event technology such as trussing and portable staging. Euromet will also form a vital part of our new ‘leisure’ product range, which will see CIE-Audio moving further into the AV, events and lighting markets over the next 12 months."

CIE-Audio’s leisure range already includes a whole host of new amplification and music processing products from Inter-M, the Wharfedale ‘Pro’ loudspeaker range and a number of new NXT-based flat panel speaker products from Amina.

(Ruth Rossington)

 
American DJ's Gem Upgrades
Wednesday, 9 January 2002

American DJ has introduced the Dual Gem and Super Jewel, upgraded versions of two of its most popular sound-activated moonflower effects. As its name suggests, the Dual Gem is a double version of the Color Gem. The Super Jewel is similar to the American DJ Jewel, but has sharper optics and a bigger beam spread to provide even more impact.

The Dual Gem includes an FX switch, which allows it to be operated in sound active, static or continuous rotation mode. A special sensitivity knob has also been added to control the degree of intensity with which the beams respond to the music. With the sensitivity adjustment, DJs can set the effect for high-energy movement or for calmer effects.

The Super Jewel features a high-power LL-64514 120V, 300W lamp. In addition to its increased brightness, new colours and wider beam spread, the Super Jewel now includes an FX switch for operation in sound active, continuous rotation or static mode. Other user-friendly features include an easy access lamp replacement door and hanging bracket.

(Lee Baldock)

 
 
Sony DMX-R100 Scoops the TrebleSony DMX-R100 Scoops the Treble
Tuesday, 8 January 2002

A coveted TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Award, presented during the AES New York Convention in December, rounded off a record year for the Sony DMX-R100 digital console. With over 1200 worldwide sales and a hat-trick of major pro-audio awards, the console has carved out an enviable reputation for itself.

Notable for being voted for by a large number of magazine subscribers, the Mix Foundation TEC award for best product in the Small Console Format Technology category is regarded internationally as one of the key accolades for technical professionals. The 48 channel DMX-R100 also scooped both the Studio Sound Award in the UK and MIPA (MusikmesseInternational Press ‘High End Digital Mixing Desk’ Award) in Germany earlier in the year.Sony has recently launched a Version 2.0 software upgrade for the desk, and there are plans for a forthcoming MADI implementation and optional GPI expansion for broadcast use.

(Ruth Rossington)

 
Germany embraces LegendGermany embraces Legend
Monday, 7 January 2002

Midas and Klark Teknik recently welcomed over 40 customers from Germany to their factory in Kidderminster to introduce them to the Midas Legend tri-purpose mixing console which has already won two awards for technological innovation. Customers were also treated to a Klark Teknik presentation on the DN9848 digital loudspeaker processor and a full factory tour as well as plenty of entertainment and sightseeing over the two days of their visit.

According to KTG marketing director, David Webster, the trip was a success for a very simple reason. "It's all about what we do best, which is to offer high quality professional equipment which offer solutions to customers' problems, and to do it in style! And we do our best to try and make it simple. Each distributor has their own DVD presentation on Legend in the language of their territory, as well as any other type of marketing back-up they require. The icing on the cake is to be able to present it in the factory (in this case in German), have customers meet us and also meet the designers so they can get a real feel for who we are and what we do. Then we go out and have some serious fun!"

Uwe Wittman, Midas sales manager for Germany, said: "Most of the customers we invited were from mid-sized rental and installation companies which is where I think we will sell a lot of Legends . . . It was also very useful to give our customers greater insight into the Klark Teknik range. On a professional level they were certainly impressed with what they saw, and they definitely had fun! I have ordered 20 consoles as a result,

 
 
Diversitronics Mark 3000 StrobeDiversitronics Mark 3000 Strobe
Friday, 4 January 2002

Following its first public showing at the PLASA exhibition in September 2001, the new Diversitronics Mark 3000 Super High Intensity DMX Strobe is now being shipped by AC Lighting Ltd. The strobe features a long life high power quartz xenon lamp and delivers 24,000W peak flash intensity. Built into a streamlined housing with extensive aluminium heat sinking and automatic fan cooling, the unit is rated for continuous duty.

A major feature of the Mark 3000 is the ability of the strobe to accept both DMX and analogue remote control, as well as operating in stand-alone mode with integral speed control. To facilitate ease of connection, the strobe is fitted as standard with DMX input and through 5-pin XLR connectors and analogue (0 -10V) input and through 4-pin XLR connectors.

The Mark 3000 operates over a speed range from 15 flashes per minute to 15 flashes per second and features a Hyper Flash mode of 60 flashes per second. The microprocessor control provides nine in-built ultra bright Hyper Strobe special effects including Solidlight, Auto-Lightning, Fixed Lightning, Crossfade, Fade-Down, Arcweld, Emergency Vehicle, Rapid Fire and Hyperflash (single emission). Standard features provided by the Mark 3000 include a yoke-mount bracket, self re-setting safety thermal switch, plus LEDs for power-on, DMX present and status.

(Lee Baldock)

 
4.3.1 Software for MA Scancommander
Wednesday, 2 January 2002

MA Lighting has announced the latest software release for its Scancommander lighting desk. In the new version 4.3.1 further 36 moving heads were integrated in the products' library.Accordingly this list includes now also the following types: Clay Paky Golden Spot 1200, Coemer CF7 Zoom Wash, High End Studio Spot CMY, Martin MAC2000 Profile, Vari*Lite 2402 and 2406 and many more.

All customers who use a Scancommander with a 4.xx software version will get the new release free of charge.

(Lee Baldock)

 
 
HK Audio Introduces VT115X Bi-amp Module
Wednesday, 2 January 2002

For bi-amped monitor applications utilizing HK Audio's VT115X multi-function 15"/2" cabinets, HK Audio has now introduced a dedicated VT115X Monitor Application Module. This is run in conjunction with HK's AC 22 Controller and VX2400 power amps. When run in bi-amp mode, the VT115X delivers more headroom and 'cut through', often needed on larger stages in particular. The AC 22 stereo controller with the VT115X Monitor Module provides two channels of two-way frequency crossover with +24dB/octave system frequency correction, with circuit protection offered by HK Audio's onboard dynamic limiters.

(Lee Baldock)

 
The Wife - New DMX Tester from Martin Professional
Friday, 21 December 2001

The Wife, a new DMX tester from Martin Professional, is a sophisticated, battery-powered DMX 512 and MIDI analyzer with simple to operate characteristics that will find any fault in a lighting rig of intelligent lights. This new DMX tester receives, generates and/or re-transmits DMX 512 or MIDI data streams and includes automatic moving light test facilities. An auto-backup tool features a double and single-ended cable test procedure and displays both update rates and the number of channels. The Wife also houses 15 preset memories.

And why is it named The Wife? Well, if there’s a fault, she’ll find it!

 
 
High End Catalyst Receives EDDY Award
Friday, 21 December 2001

High End Systems' Catalyst recently received a top honour for lighting products at the 10th Anniversary of the EDDY Awards in New York, hosted by Entertainment Design magazine. High End's Al Ridella and Brad Schiller accepted the award during the ceremony, which took place on December 7, at John Jay College Theatre.

This is the fourth award for Catalyst. It won two top awards at PLASA in September for Design Excellence and Technical Innovation, and Product of the Year for Lighting/Entertainment at LDI 2001 in November. Catalyst is currently making its splashy debut at New York's Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers games.

 
Orbital Rolls and Rocks the Face of Sound
Friday, 21 December 2001

Orbital Sound has recently added a range of outdoor Rock speakers from US-based manufacturer Rockustics to its extensive hire portfolio. For intrepid outdoor sound engineers, the company can supply a variety of Rocks to suit every outdoor application. Products include Punk Rocks, Octa Rocks, Econa Rocks, Rocky Too, Rocky Junior and even a Sub Rock! Designed to withstand both wind and water erosion, the Rocks can exist in sub-zero temperatures beneath snow and ice for months at a time.

Daniel Parton of Orbital¹s hire department, commented: "The Rocks blend seamlessly into any outdoor environment and offer innovative alternatives for a variety leisure-build installations. Their their unique aesthetics offer huge potential for any themed environment and have been used successfully for a number of exhibition stands and special events."

 
 
Sennheiser Adds to Headset RangeSennheiser Adds to Headset Range
Wednesday, 19 December 2001

Sennheiser has added three new professional models to its range of professional headphones and headsets. All three models are closed back, circumaural designs. Two new broadcast/location sound recording headsets, the HMD 280 pro and HMD 281 pro, combine neodymium-equipped drivers, providing an 8Hz - 25kHz, virtually linear frequency response for critical monitoring, with a high quality noise compensating microphone system. Designed for live presentation, reporting, talkback and intercom applications, the HMD 280 combines an excellent quality and comfortable 102dB SPL headphone monitoring system, with 32dB ambient noise rejection and a super-cardioid boom mic. Mounted on a flexible either-side boom with especially low structure-borne noise, the high directivity microphone capsule ensures clarity of speech, even in the most noisy production environments.

The similarly specified, single-sided HMD 281, specially developed for talkback applications in combination with film and TV cameras, features the same premium components and performance. Both headsets are available in alternative belt pack compatible configurations for Clearcom (4-pin female XLR - HMD28X/CC) and RTS (5-pin male XLR - HMD28X/RTS) intercom systems.

The HD 280 pro monitoring headphone is also now available, intended for broadcast, ENG and all sound production applications. Capable of up to 32dB ambient noise rejection, this ultra-sensitive, neodymium equipped headphone, delivers a precise, linear, extended frequency response and 102 dB SPL for critical monitoring. Comfortable and firm fitting, and easily ad

 
Outline Presents H.A.R.D. 212
Monday, 17 December 2001

Outline has launched the new H.A.R.D. 212 'low-profile' stage monitor, ideal for no-nonsense television studio and live band applications. Its unique acoustic architecture, with a folded waveguide (patent pending) for reproducing mid/high frequencies, has enabled the cabinet's maximum height from the floor to be limited to just 33cm, combining compactness with high quality performance.

Fitted with three neodymium loudspeakers - 2 x 12" woofers and a 3" compression driver loaded with the waveguide, the H.A.R.D. 212 can produce a maximum SPL of 135dB (AES), 141 peak, from 60Hz to 17kHz, with an almost constant polar response over a listening distance of between 0 and 3 metres. Another interesting feature of the enclosure is its lack of susceptibility to feedback, even at high SPLs, say Outline. The use of speakers with neodymium magnets has allowed the system's weight to be reduced by 50% compared with those fitted with traditional ferrite magnets, and the H.A.R.D. 212 weighs in at just 26kg.

The manufacturer states that for best results, the unit should be bi-amped, using Outline T2.5 and T4.5 digital power amps for the top and bottom end respectively. The system's parameters are controlled by a Genius 6 24-bit digital processor which, thanks to its 60 storable presets, enables timbre to be personalized and recalled precisely when required by performers. The control/power rack can drive up to four H.A.R.D. 212 units in parallel. The cabinet is also available in a semi-finished version, which can be given a custom paint job to match TV studio or stage sets, and

 
 
Wybron & TMB at ETC NY's Open House
Monday, 17 December 2001

The combination of Wybron's award-winning Eclipse II and TMB's PowerPAR attracted a great deal of attention from New York's professional lighting community at ETC's very successful New York Open House, held on Thursday 6 December. The Eclipse II is an innovative dimming shutter that works like an iris, giving smooth even light output and consistent colour temperature at all intensities. The PowerPAR combines the convenience and optics of ETC's Source 4 Par with a high-output HMI source. Brian Dowd, TMB NY general manager says: "Many lighting designers are interested in the PowerPAR, because it is incredibly bright. They've been asking us if it is dimmable. Now we can tell them yes!"

The Eclipse II received top honors for "Major Technical Advancement in the Field of Professional Lighting" from the 2001 EDDY Awards the following evening. TMB is a value-added distributor of entertainment lighting equipment, supplies and services and has been serving the professional lighting industry for over 19 years. TMB serves customers from locations in Los Angeles, London, New York and Beijing.

 
New Martin FiberSource CMY 150New Martin FiberSource CMY 150
Friday, 14 December 2001

The new FiberSource CMY 150 from Martin Professional is a fibre illuminator for permanent outdoor and indoor installations. The fixture's full CMY colour mixing capability and unprecedented brightness for a fibre optic source open up new possibilities for fibre optic applications, say Martin. Intended for permanent installations, the FiberSource CMY 150 is designed around a robust IP44-rated housing. It is based on a very efficient 150W lamp giving 6000 hours of lamp life.

The FiberSource CMY 150 features an extremely broad color spectrum achievable from a full CMY color mixing system. Additionally, a full range dimmer gives the user an added effect dimension. The large fiber port accepts up to 800 pieces of 1mm fiber optic cable. The fixture features DMX control and a very comprehensive stand-alone operation including real-time clock activation.

 
 
Autograph Sales Talks Back
Friday, 14 December 2001

Autograph Sales Ltd, an authorized distributor for Digital Talkback, has reported an excellent response to the company’s new DTB-2001 system since its launch at the PLASA Show in September. One of the major advantages of the DTB-2001, say Autograph, is its total compatibility with all two- and four-wire communications systems, including Clear-Com, for which Autograph Sales is the UK distributor. In addition, the DTB-2001 is the first system of its kind to exploit DECT technology, widely used in the telecoms industry. This form of digital frequency agility saves set up time and is licence exempt in the EU and many other countries worldwide.

Autograph Sales has sold and shipped over 30 Digital Talkback units since the product was launched at September's PLASA show. These units went to a variety of users, including broadcast clients, theatre and concert service providers, such as Gradav, Richmond Film Services and a multi-channel system to the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.

 
Mackie: DX 10E Expansion Card for DX8Mackie: DX 10E Expansion Card for DX8
Thursday, 13 December 2001

Mackie Industrial, the contractor products division of Mackie Designs, has introduced the DX 10E Expansion Card for the Mackie Industrial DX8 digital audio mixer and signal processor. The DX 10E Hardware/Software expansion kit transforms the DX8 into a sophisticated programmable 8x10 matrix mixer with enhanced signal processing capabilities. The kit also includes upgraded control software and an improved user interface.

"We've said since the introduction of the DX8 late last year that we were creating a platform capable of supporting the needs of systems integrators into the future," comments Costa Lakoumentas, product director for Mackie Industrial. "The DX 10E turns the DX8 into an incredibly powerful matrix mixer and signal processor unrivalled in functionality and value. Whether you need a sophisticated matrix mixer, a speaker processor, a paging controller or any one of a myriad other devices, with 8 inputs and 10 outputs the DX8 with DX 10E expansion kit delivers."

To coincide with the introduction of the DX 10E, Mackie Designs UK held a series of training seminars at their Wickford HQ. The DX8 was introduced last year as an 8x2 DSP-based digital audio mixer and signal processor for the contractor market.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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