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Laserworld presents the Purelight Series

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Europe - Laserworld's Purelight Series with 6W, 10W and 20W offers high power for a low price with a good white balance. This makes the units suitable for high power applications in bigger venues.
Laserworld’s Purelight systems are powerful white light RGB laser systems with a power range between 6 and 20W. The three offered RGB systems have a good white balance with homogeneous beam profile and analogue colour modulation.
Lasers in the new Purelight Series have a compact housing, thus they easily integrate with existing lighting setups and established room concepts. Due to the rugged mounting bracket, the Purelight laser systems can be mounted in standing and hanging position, thus it is possible to hang the units from a truss or mount them on top of a stand. Laserworld Purelight systems are especially suitable for beam shows with longer beam distances such as festivals or bigger stage shows.
"The Purelight laser systems are extremely efficient, especially for their low price," said Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group, who co-developed the Purelight systems. "There is a significant need of strong laser systems for festivals and large stages at a low price, which became obvious over the last few months. Due to the large manufacturing quantities and technical developments we had the chance to dramatically reduce the production costs."


4EVAC Voice Alarm packs a punch at ISE

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Europe - 4EVAC rerports its best ISE yet, showcasing its Compact 500 Voice Alarm System which offers a lean design footprint and makes for cost effective installation and operation.
Designed and manufactured in Europe the C500 is EN54 compliant, and in line with 4EVAC’s rigorous standards, also third party approved and certified beyond the minimum relevant European standards, including EN54-16:2008, EN54-4:2006, EN54-17:2005 and EN50130-4:2011.
4EVAC’s sales director, Albert Van der Hout, commented, “This year’s ISE was unprecedented for us. We’re delighted with so much interest now that the C500 is fully certified, in stock, and ready to purchase as a complete system including paging microphones and networking. We’ve taken orders from integrators as well as receiving distribution enquiries, making a very positive start for business in 2017.”
Comprising self-contained compact ‘Wall-mounted Control’ and ‘Indicating Voice-Alarm’ panels, the C500 offers a ‘mean’ and powerful solution, providing an advanced digital audio-distribution on a networked VACIE solution.
It cleverly packs a punch offering the implicit simplicity of a stand-alone conventional system, but with the added power and benefits of Global Network Topology.
(Jim Evans)


Distro equipment stolen from site

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

UK – A piece of distro equipment stolen from a site in East London recently is being sought by its owner, The Technical Department Ltd. The item is a DT12 - Type 12, 63A/3-phase to 2x32A/3-phase box (pictured). As the photograph shows, the item is clearly marked on the top with ‘TYPE 12’.
It is believed that the item was stolen by an opportunist thief, and that it will reappear for sale on the market. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the equipment is asked to contact Jerry Singleton at The Technical Department [email protected].


PR launches XPar 150 for extreme outdoor use

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

China - PR Lighting has announced the release of the XPar 150 Zoom – a compact and lightweight fixture. With its IP67 rating it is designed for extreme outdoor conditions such as building façades, landscaping and so on.
Featuring multi-chip (4-in-1) multichip 150W COB (chips-on-board) LED and linear zoom, it is ideal for applications requiring superb RGBW colour mixing or high quality white light, and comes as part of a fully-featured package.
This includes Strobe (0.5-33 fps); Dimmer (0-100% linearly adjustable); RGBW colour mix, with macro; Beam Angle (1/2 peak) of 22°-55°; Zoom (DMX linear zooming); Colour temperature (2700K-10000K linear correction).
In terms of construction, the fixture is housed in a rugged, high-strength die-casting alloy capable of operating in ambient temperatures ranging from -20°C to 40°C. With a net weight of just 7.5kg, it measures (packaged) 595mm x 355mm x 320mm - and a 6-in-1 flight case is offered as an option.
(Jim Evans)


Triple E offers a ModTruss future at London’s EPS

Monday, 20 February 2017

UK – Triple E, the exclusive European distributor of the ‘universal construction system’ ModTruss, is showcasing the award-winning product at this year’s Event Production Show in London. The company will exhibit the lightweight aluminium truss system, which offers practically limitless configurations and applications, on Stand F58E at London’s Olympia on 1-2 March.
Often described as 'full-size Meccano' by its users, ModTruss won Engineering Product of the Year at the ABTT Theatre Awards in 2015. It has been gaining prominence in the UK and European markets after being exclusively distributed by Triple E.
ModTruss was once again utilised at the SuperBowl, this time at the SuperBowl LI in Houston in February, where it was used to build 12 structures throughout the SuperBowl City, Practice Facility and inside the NRG Stadium.
In Europe, it has already been the choice product in many prestigious locations, most notably at the Royal Opera House in London and Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
“ModTruss is gaining momentum in the event world and our ability to build pop-up theatres and structures makes our presence at the Event Production Show essential,” says Triple E’s managing director, David Edelstein. "The industry has become increasingly excited about the possibilities of ModTruss. Its power to truly change the way we approach set building


Electro-Voice extends X-Line Advance family

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Europe - Electro-Voice has announced the latest member of the X-Line Advance line-array loudspeaker family: the X12-125F flying subwoofer – a dual 15-inch system equipped with high-output EV-engineered transducers delivering 9600 W output.
The X12-125F features the family’s innovative Integrated Rigging System for quick, secure and seamless deployment in arrays, and is sonically matched to the other members of the family: X1 and X2 (high-performance) full-range models, and the X12-128 ground-stacking dual 18-inch subwoofer.
The X12-125F can also be used in ground-stacked configurations, making it a versatile choice for rental companies and mobile applications, as well as fixed installations including live performance venues and houses of worship. Its very compact, lightweight 18-ply Baltic birch enclosure is finished in EVcoat for superior durability.
The X-Line Advance family currently consists of two-way vertical line-array loudspeaker elements providing 90- or 120-degree horizontal coverage, the powerful dual 18-inch X12-128 ground-stacking subwoofer, the TG7 system power and processing rack, and a complete package of rigging and transport materials. The new X12-125F subwoofer complements existing X-Line Advance models in a wide range of possible system configurations.
The X12-125F is available in the Americas in April, 2017; in Europe, Mi


d&b highlights interoperability at ISE 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Europe is over for another year, and 2017’s record number of visitors return home with the best of the industry in mind. At the d&b stand the company’s latest amplifier monitor and control plug-ins for Peavey MediaMatrix, Beckhoff, AMX, Crestron and the update for QSC Q-SYS attracted plenty of interest, as the German loudspeaker systems manufacturer continues its drive towards ever easier third party integration.
For d&b, whose System Reality principle is found on the convenience of integrated system components, complete interoperability now comes as standard.
The show was also a first for the d&b Soundscape which was given a special preview in the d&b demo room. Here d&b introduced the thinking behind the next evolution in loudspeaker system design in which the concepts of sources and spaces are fully explored. The team then put theory into practice with the first public d&b Soundscape demonstration –completely redefining the performance possibilities of d&b loudspeaker systems.
On behalf of d&b, former director of Sydney Opera House, David Claringbold, also welcomed visitors to the d&b demo room where his session, Sound Futures, examined how the business models of modern venues are heading towards 24/7 utilization, and why now is the time to better understand how hig


MILOS Roofs latest video released

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Europe - MILOS has released the second video as part of its three-month spotlight on MILOS Roofs which runs until March 2017.
In this second video of a four-video series, Area Four Industries technical director Norbert Tripp focuses on some background information about wind and the resulting loads on roof structures.
Since this is a complex matter, Norbert touches on some basics, such as the relationship between wind speed and wind pressure, as well as the behaviour of canopies under wind loads. The often misunderstood self-weight of structures is also covered.
Click <a href="/">here to watch</a> the second MILOS Roofs video.


FLEXStorm answers outdoor challenges

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

USA - PixelFLEX has announced the introduction of the weather-rated FLEXStorm LED video technology. Designed specifically to overcome the challenges associated with traditional outdoor LED video displays, FLEXStorm utilizes an intelligent, auto-correcting light sensor control system to ensure the appropriate brightness at all hours of the day. FLEXStorm is available in a variety of custom sizes, resolutions and configurations.
“Operating in an outdoor environment presents numerous design challenges for permanently installed outdoor LED video displays,” said David Venus, PixelFLEX director of marketing. “Understanding how to overcome these challenges, the FLEXStorm design engineers have created a truly remarkable system that allows flexibility of choice including the ability to sense the ideal brightness based upon the weather conditions and then self-adjust for an optimum LED video display.”
Built to withstand adverse weather conditions while still providing “a truly breathtaking experience”, FLEXStorm can be utilized for outdoor advertising, entertainment, and much more.
With its adjustable sensors that communicate directly with the cabinets control system, FLEXStorm has variable brightness offerings between 6500-7500 Nits to look its best day or night. Additionally, using cloud-based content management, updating the FLEXStorm is simple and


NEXT-proaudio to launch AST at Frankfurt

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Europe - The new Acoustical Simulation Tool (AST) software from NEXT-proaudio is an acoustic simulation software for 2D modelling of either single subwoofer sources or sub-arrays. IT will be unveiled at ProLight & Sound in Frankfurt.
With an intuitive and easy to use interface, AST, acoustic simulation software, has been designed to help NEXT-proaudio users when setting up the subwoofers enclosures into a venue. Based in a very fast and accurate algorithm, this tool is capable of predicting the acoustical performance of the subwoofers, helping the user to find the best solution for a given venue with a multiple sound sources. The simulator allows the user to simulate in 11 different ISO 266 spacing frequencies (20Hz~200Hz) with a single click.
AST includes a NEXT-proaudio’s subwoofer models database, containing sensitivity, Max. Power and subwoofer dimensions. After adding a sound source to the project, it can be easily modified by clicking on the top of each one.
There are several different parameters that can be set, such as: orientation and vertical stack (up to 4 units), some other electronic parameters can be also individually configurated like polarity, delay and gain (The gain value can be calculated according to the feeding amplifier power). Based on humidity, temperature and altitude, the speed of sound is carefully calculated in order to


EM Acoustics launches new ESP Series

Monday, 13 February 2017

Europe - EM Acoustics selected ISE 2017 as the launch forum for their new ESP Series of compact, self-powered, multipurpose loudspeakers for a variety of live applications. The range currently comprises three models: the ESP-8 and ESP-12 loudspeakers, both with coaxial designs for true point-source performance, and the ESP-15S compact reflex subwoofer.
The ESP-8 is an 8-inch, 2-way coaxial loudspeaker whose powerful performance belies its diminutive size. The coaxial drive unit arrangement provides a uniform 100-degree conical dispersion pattern with very smooth off-axis response and none of the parallax effects that would be generated with separate HF and LF drive units. The result is a compact, fully self-contained loudspeaker system that delivers excellent performance across a range of applications from small FoH duties to speech reinforcement, front-fill or compact stage monitoring.
The ESP-12 is the bigger brother of the ESP-8, sporting the same coaxial design in a compact, lightweight, multi-angle enclosure. Both enclosures benefit from the latest onboard class D amplification technology and sophisticated DSP processing for high performance as well as reliable limiting. The amplifier power supply is a universal voltage design meaning that ESP-8 and ESP-12 will operate happily across the globe.
Last but not least is the ESP-15S compact reflex subw


Blue extends Essentials Series

Monday, 13 February 2017

USA - At NAMM 2017, Blue announced the newly updated and enhanced Essentials Series now featuring Spark SL, Bluebird SL and Baby Bottle SL.
Taking their most popular microphone line one step further, Blue advances each mic with a new streamlined build and refined sonics, along with a versatile 100Hz high-pass filter and -20dB pad. The enhanced Essentials Series provides the flexibility to track a wide variety of sound sources with nuance and power. The newly updated Essentials Series is now available at Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend, and coming soon to Sweetwater, Sam Ash, Long & McQuade Canada and other authorized retailers worldwide.
“We’re excited to take the legacy of Baby Bottle, Bluebird and Spark one step further,” said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. “These very popular and trusted mics serve creators in every situation, from the home studio to the professional mic locker. The new models were designed to enhance their distinct sounds and give customers greater control and flexibility. Even the newly updated designs were fine-tuned to inspire creativity.”
Building on the success of the original Baby Bottle, the newly refined SL model provides superior sound with vibrant warmth and clarity to capture the true character of each instrument and performer. Baby Bottle SL also features an updated design that looks great in an


ISE 2017: Nexo unveils high power line array

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Netherlands Nexo has unveiled the new Geo M10 line array, a high-output sound reinforcement system for long-throw theatre and live music applications. Nexo has produced an exciting contemporary design using a single 10” driver, delivering “an unprecedented ratio of LF response to cabinet size for this class of mid-size line array”.
The Geo M10 system is a true power package, twice as more powerful as its sister Geo M6 compact line array, launched two years ago. While the M10 design aesthetic is comparable to the elegant new-generation silhouette of the M6, the larger M10 cabinet draws on structural and acoustic innovations first released in Nexo’s ground-breaking STM Series modular line array, in particular the STM M28.
The M10 takes its name from the single 10” neodymium LF driver, paired with a 1.4” HF titanium diaphragm HF driver. With a footprint of 531(W) x 288(H) x 355(D) mm, this 2-way passive module will deliver a frequency response of 59Hz-20kHz with nominal peak SPL of 131dB.
There are two versions of the M10 cabinet, offering 12.5° and 25° of vertical dispersion. Both have 80°/120° horizontal dispersion which can be configured manually, without tools, by removing the magnetic grille and adjusting Nexo’s innovative flange fixing system.
The choice of a single 10” design does not come out of the blue. Nexo’s firs


ISE 2017: NEC Solutions Zone platform launched

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Netherlands - NEC Display Solutions Europe has today launched the NEC Solutions Zone, a free web-based information and networking tool for professional end-users, distributors, NEC’s eco-partners and reseller partners.
The platform supports Pan-European as well as local suppliers and partners. By providing insights into a broad range of real installation scenarios, the platform makes users aware of the added value services provided by the NEC partner ecosystem.
The NEC Solutions Zone platform supports many different verticals, from aviation and transportation, cinema, corporate office and Digital out of Home (DooH) to education, healthcare, retail and many more. It gives peripheral vendors the opportunity to showcase their products, solutions and services, giving end-user customers a wide variation of solutions to choose from.
When it comes to display applications, different verticals often have requirements beyond the display technology hardware. Most applications require numerous additional products such as media players, application software, loudspeakers, stands, mounts, display holders etc. to support the displays and projectors to their intended uses. With the NEC Solutions Zone, visitors to the platform can pick from tested and approved combination of additional products around NEC’s display technology to build their own tailored solutio


Hawthorn premieres virtual experience at EPS

Friday, 10 February 2017

UK - Hawthorn is inviting visitors to step into virtual reality as it launches its innovative virtual venue experience at this year’s Event Production Show (1-2 March 2017).
The creative technical event production expert has for the first time ‘built’, in virtual reality, just some of the diverse venues it works in partnership with in real life. This will enable event planners to pop on a HTC Vive headset and explore incredible event spaces without leaving the Hawthorn stand.
The venues showcased in virtual reality at the Event Production Show will include some of Hawthorn’s key partnerships from around the UK. Built by Hawthorn’s in-house 3D and visualisation team using Cinema 4D and Unreal Engine, the virtual venue experience will offer delegates a unique on-stand experience, demonstrating the versatility of virtual reality as a powerful tool to support the event planning process.
Rachel Waterfield, head of sales & marketing at Hawthorn, said, “We wanted to shake things up on our stand at EPS this year and offer visitors the opportunity to experience some of the UK’s most iconic venues in a completely new and fun way.
“As virtual reality technology becomes ever more accessible, the opportunities it offers the event world are endless and not just as part of the live event experience.
“We wanted to harness it to showcas


Serpro Producciones invests in Mavericks

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mexico - Serpro Producciones, one of the largest audio and lighting rental companies in Mexico, has taken a major step toward increasing its ability to serve customers by adding 90 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures to its inventory. The company invested in the RGBW LED moving washes after carefully evaluating a wide variety of options.
“We looked at a number of different alternatives, and it became very clear that the Maverick MK2 Wash was the best choice for us and our customers,” said Edi Sosa, the company’s lighting manager. “We were impressed by the Maverick’s compact and rugged construction, as well as the power of its LEDs. Its optics are also amazing. Other fixtures that we looked at had lenses that were similar in shape to the Maverick’s, but they are hollowed. The lenses installed in the MK2 Washes are completely solid.
“The lens design makes a big difference, because it means that the MK2 Wash’s colour blend and the sharpness are unmatched,” continued Sosa. “Plus, the 7°- 49° zoom range makes these fixtures extremely flexible for any application. Another thing we like about the fixture is that its variety control protocol options make it easy to adapt to any programming style."
Serpro Producciones already has its new Maverick MK2 Washes slated for a number of high-profile applications. The fixtures have been


ISE 2017: Lawo debuts processing toolkit

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Netherlands - Lawo has introduced its V_pro8 8-channel video processing tool armed with a comprehensive software update. With its latest update, Lawo’s V_pro8 became even more powerful, further increasing its features-per-RU density, says the company.
Amongst the latest additions is an updated A/V sync tool, which, in addition to the native V_line sync pattern and the EBU pattern, can now also read the Vistek VALID8 format. Furthermore, the integrated quad-split multiviewer now also features multi-colored Tally lamps, which are switchable via Ember+, allowing to integrate the MV tally in the overall tally system of your installation.
The V_pro8 can be used to connect different video formats as well as to connect between audio and video. High quality format conversion, colour correction as well as audio embedding and de-embedding make the V_pro 8 a compact and powerful video processor, building bridges between different worlds and formats.
The powerful video / audio router of the 19”/1RU device provides an internal 8x8 video routing matrix and a 384x384 audio matrix. The in-built frame-synchronizers are syncing the incoming independent free running signals to the same reference (Blackburst or TriLevel) whereas the variable video & audio delays for compensating latencies and lip-sync match between incoming or outgoing audio (up to 320 ms del


ISE 2017: RTS debuts ROAMEO wireless intercom

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Netherlands - ROAMEO from RTS is a professional, easy-to-use and future-proof wireless intercom solution based on the license-free DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) standard with a protected frequency band. It provides high-quality audio over a seamlessly integrated digital wireless beltpack and associated access points.
Featuring a modern, rugged design, ROAMEO is suitable for a wide range of professional intercom applications where wireless communication is critical, including broadcast production studios, theatre and sport event productions, houses of worship, commercial buildings and outside broadcast (OB) trucks.
Operating like a wireless keypanel, ROAMEO can be fully integrated into all existing wired digital RTS matrices. The system allows users to address either individuals or specified groups. The system consists of the TR-1800 beltpack, the AP-1800 access point and accessories including charger, holster and pole-mount kit. Connection to a digital matrix is easily established via a single Ethernet cable. In addition, the system can use standard IT infrastructure, which ensures easy installation and low maintenance costs; the access points can be daisy-chained.
(Jim Evans)


ISE 2017: Panasonic aims at large event market

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Netherlands - Panasonic will introduce a new 20,000 lumens projector at ISE 2017 this week, a laser light source companion to the PT-DZ21K.
The PT-RZ21K is a three-chip DLP Solid Shine laser series aimed at the rental, events and large venue market. It is compatible with existing Panasonic lenses and comes in a similarly compact, lightweight body as the DZ21K, which became an industry essential since its launch in 2012.
The RZ21K generates up to 20,000 lm of brightness at WUXGA or SXGA+ resolution using dual solid-state laser drives. A durable dust-proof optical system means that the projector offers extended maintenance free operation beyond lamped rivals.
“The industry is ready to make the switch from lamp to laser,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “Panasonic research identified that many projection projects are not being realised because of the high operating cost caused by replacement lamps and service requirements. We believe moving the industry’s most popular high brightness projector to laser will grow the market for projection even further.
“We have ensured that the RZ21K is similarly lightweight compared to other projectors in this class, enabling easy handling. This expedites transport and installation for staging professionals at major events, and, because it’s laser, rental companies will


Focusrite debuts two new Scarlett OctoPre units

Thursday, 9 February 2017

UK/USA - Focusrite is debuting two new Scarlett OctoPre mic-pre units: the standard Scarlett OctoPre and the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic. With eight channels of Focusrite's second-generation Scarlett preamps and built-in Focusrite precision 24-bit / 192 kHz conversion, Scarlett OctoPres present an ideal way of adding eight extra mic/line inputs to a DAW or digital console, says the company. And there are eight analogue line outputs too, perfect for stand-alone use in a live sound environment.
The preamps feed precision 24-bit Focusrite A-D converters that operate up to 192kHz sampling with 109dB dynamic range, making the OctoPres suitable for hi-res audio recording. Dual ADAT ports enable eight channels to be used at sample rates up to 96kHz, while four channels can be transferred at 176.4/192kHz sampling.
The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic model adds eight channels of 24/192kHz D-A conversion too, with 108dB dynamic range, fed from dual ADAT inputs. A button switches the eight line outputs to be sourced from the ADAT inputs, via the D-A.
Both OctoPres provide phantom power throughout and accurate five-segment LED metering. The OctoPre offers a pad on every channel and front panel, high headroom instrument inputs. The OctoPre Dynamic comes with optimized headroom as standard, capable of handling the same input levels as the standard OctoPre, plus analogue, soft-


Light Bytes first edition now on sale

Thursday, 9 February 2017

UK - Wayne Howell, CEO of Artistic Licence and inventor of Art-Net has announced the publication of the first edition of his book Light Bytes - Inside Art-Net and sACN.
The book - a practical reference on the Art-Net and sACN lighting protocols - was launched in preview edition at the 2016 PLASA London show. Already enjoying strong sales, the book has now been updated to cover the latest version of sACN (E1.31-2016), and includes a foreword by Iain Ruxton, design associate at Speirs + Major.
(Jim Evans)


The Warehouse brings Adamson down south

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

UK - The Warehouse Sound Services will host a presentation and demonstration day of Adamson's S-Series products, showcasing the S10 line array cabinets and the S119 subwoofers, next week. The half-day event will take place at The Backstage Centre in Essex on the on 14 February 2017.
The Adamson S-Series solves a problem that audio professionals face, which is how to get consistent coverage and excellent power out of a sub-compact system. Traditional two-way line array designs cannot provide even horizontal coverage in the mid-range, which is why Adamson designed Controlled Summation Technology.
By eliminating the interference associated with multiple-source summation at the pass-band, Adamson have allowed the end-user to provide seamless coverage to their clients, without sacrificing power and flexibility. By engineering enclosures with custom-built drivers, using pioneering Kevlar cone technology, the S-Series is guaranteed to outperform competitors in its weight class in power, coverage and clarity.
Southern sales manager Justin Frost will present the event with technical support from Aidan Thomson and Graeme Brown. Justin Frost commented: “The S10 is an extremely powerful and universal product offering an amazing combination of performance, footprint and pricing. End-users have been extremely impressed with its level of performance.”
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