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Le Mark Launch Sonata Compression Dance Floor
Following on from the success of the Dynamic Compression dance floor range, Le Mark has introduced Sonata, a matt-black-topped addition to their already world-renowned Compression flooring collection.
This 6mm foam-backed performance vinyl floor provides a lightly textured surface with point elastic shock absorption for dynamic dance routines and ballet pointe work, ideal for all types of contemporary dance.
Le Mark's Dave Cartwright said: "The Compression floor range has already been used on some of the UK's highest profile dance productions. Earlier this year, Dynamic Compression was commissioned for Sky1's primetime series of Got To Dance.
"For this application the floor was installed directly over an existing concrete floor, providing a roll-out covering where the show’s contestants could practice their high impact and varied dynamic dance routines."
Sonata's performance matt black top-finish matches the existing Sonata HD TV Studio top already favoured by many professional Studios.
14th May 2013
Apex Intelli-X2 Is The Smaart Choice For Rational Acoustics
Acoustic measurement is becoming increasingly important as the range and complexity of audio systems becomes ever greater. Learning how to use measurement systems properly is vital to achieve optimum results, which is why German distributor AudioTec delivers high quality seminars on Smaart, one of the most widely used systems. Apex Intelli-X2 48 system controllers play an important role in showing attendees exactly what is happening.
Based in Bergisch Gladbach, on the outskirts of Köln, Rational Acoustics’ Michael Häck has been running Smaart classes since 2008, as well as distributing the software. With 24 years as a professional sound engineer - ranging from contemporary music, big band, pop and television to 12 years working at the 20,000 capacity Kölnarena - Michael has, as he says, "a lot of experience of how to do things the wrong way."
"Our courses demonstrate that you don’t need to necessarily know all the theory, what is behind the algorithms or what is mathematically correct for setting up a high quality PA system. If you can use the software properly to measure the system and interpret the results correctly, you will get a good result," he says. "But if you measure wrongly, of course you will get the wrong result. It’s much better to get it right first time than to get it wrong and then try to fix the EQ or the PA with your ears."
The seminars are designed for all audio engineers, from those new to the industry to very experienced people who want to change from years of working in the ‘analogue way’.
"A main reason that we use Apex Intelli-X2 units is because the hardware and software work seamlessly with Smaart. They are integrated incredibly well - the Intelli-X2 software shows live traces of what Smaart is doing in the background, which is invaluable when demonstrating to classes how it is working," says Michael.
"Before doing any EQ or level changes, you need to be certain that the measurements are exactly right, that you can trust what you see on the Smaart trace and compare it with what your ears are telling you. The Apex software makes this much more straightforward."
As well as the Apex controllers and software helping Michael to run the courses more effectively, he is also introducing attendees to their benefits, many for the first time.
"A lot of the guys who come to the courses are unaware of Apex controllers and they are very impressed. As well as going away able to use Smaart more effectively, they also see that Apex controllers are a high quality, cost-effective option," he says. "Apex controllers are my favourite, no question. The quality and integration with Smaart is second to none and sound-wise they are of the highest standard."
14th May 2013
Klotz Cables new Sputnik Line Array Adapter Series
Klotz Cables presents the Sputnik range of four-channel line array adapters for cables with 4 mm2 conductor cross-section. Sputnik line array adapters meet the highest standards of reliability and durability. Sputnik supplies the rental and tour sector with a product that delivers outstanding performance.
The new Sputnik line easily complies with all standards for a range of speaker systems including Adamson, Kling & Freitag, JBL and D&B V-Series. Sputnik pigtails adapt individual speaker signals to multicore cables and vice versa.
The Sputnik range therefore also includes adapters for both the amplifier and speaker sides, for subwoofers and full-range speakers. To cope with the harsh daily routine of stage life on the road, the adapters must be durable, rugged and reliable. Klotz Cables has put its all into designing a product to meet these challenging standards, finally developing a unique design.
A speakON NLT8 connector has a milled plastic connector sleeve made from high-strength abrasion-resistant thermoplastic POM (polyoxymethylene), within which the four connector channels are divided between four Klotz LY240T cables. The rugged connector sleeve provides protection for the splice points of the individual connections, while a PG29 strain relief element protects the signal conductors from tensile stress. The connector sleeve includes a stainless steel hanging loop which can bear the full weight of the adapter.
This sophisticated adapter design is unique and available only from Klotz Cables.
13th May 2013
Dirty Rigger upgrade to Armourtex for Armordillo range
Following a period of extensive testing and strong customer feedback the all new Armordillo will showcase at the Safety & Health show.
Steve Marshall, chief designer for Dirty Rigger said: "The Armordillo project was 100% customer driven with their need to have a comfortable all day work glove with excellent grip and flexibility but with a high level of slash and cut resistance. We worked within a number of diverse industry sectors including event crewing, rigging, and overhead installation. This ensured that the feedback reflected the true use that these gloves would be exposed to.
"We chose Armourtex flexible shields in key risk areas, with a full Kevlar inner glove to ensure optimum protection and, very importantly, excellent grip. To ensure strength and durability Coats polyester thread was selected to stitch the whole Armordillo into a superb high end glove."
Armordillo gloves have achieved EN420 and EN 388:2003 3233.
10th May 2013
Harlequin Ballet Barres
As the industry leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, the performing arts and display, Harlequin also offers a range of accessories including portable, freestanding or wall-mounted ballet barres to suit every client’s budget and demands.
The ballet barre is essential for warm-up and stretching exercises and plays a crucial part in a dancer’s fitness regime. Both professional and amateurs can minimise the risk of injury by stretching properly to increase blood-flow to the muscles and improve flexibility whilst achieving an elegant stance.
Whether you choose Harlequin’s portable freestanding or permanent wall-mounted ballet barres, you’ll realise they are almost a prerequisite for any dancer. Comfortable and sturdy freestanding ballet barres are available in a beech or smooth silver aluminium finish and a range of sizes while single or double wall-mounted barres are also offered with a wide selection of brackets to suit any studio design.
9th May 2013
Audica Professional Launches MULTIzone
Audica Professional has announced it is expanding its MICROseries audio system capabilities with the launch of the MULTIzone. Applications include retail outlets, bars and restaurants, hotels, education facilities, museums, visitor centres and other public spaces requiring independent zone input and output control.
The MULTIzone is a 4-zone control mixer with 6 music inputs, plus a microphone input for paging. Each of the 4 outputs can be independently configured to provide music from any one of the inputs plus the paging microphone and the relative levels are set by front panel controls. The music is automatically ducked to allow for announcements to be heard clearly. Up to 7 MULTIzone units can be linked for systems of up to 28 zones.
Zone outputs are individually switchable for flat response or Audica loudspeaker EQ, allowing for systems using Audica or any other brand of loudspeaker. A mute control input is provided for connection to fire control systems. This mutes all music inputs whilst keeping the paging microphone active for safety announcements. Remote zone control is possible via optional in-room wired wall control panels or via an RS232 interface. The RS-232 interface allows control of all basic functions of the unit.
The MULTIzone can be used freestanding, or mounted in its included 19-inch rack-mount panel. Balanced and unbalanced outputs are provided for the MULTIzone to partner with Audica’s 4-channel MICROplus power amplifier, or any other unit.
"The design of the MULTIzone is in keeping with all of our MICROseries products", comments Audica’s Derek West. "This means as well as its attractive styling, the front panel controls have been kept to an absolute minimum making it simple for any user; just volume, input select and mic level controls for each of the 4 zones. Only when you look at the rear panel do you see how comprehensive and capable of customisation the unit is for the required application".
The MULTIzone is in stock and available for immediate delivery.
8th May 2013
ETC debuts Selador Desire D40XTI LED luminaire
ETC's Selador family of luminaires reinvented LED lighting by setting a new standard for colour mixing, light quality, dimming and ease of use. Now ETC is redefining permanent interior and exterior architectural lighting with the introduction of the new Selador Desire D40XTI luminaire.
The D40XTI has the same colour mixing system that Selador luminaires are known for. Using the x7 Color System - which combines up to seven LED colours in one unit - the D40XTI has the most flexible colour rendering possible.
Available in seven different arrays, it can cover any lighting task: Lustr+ is the most adaptable array, producing a range of hues, from deep, saturated colours to rich spectral whites; the Vivid array delivers the boldest colours available from an LED luminaire; fire and Ice dazzle with colour spectrum specific tones; Studio HD offers broadcast-quality variable white light; Studio Daylight and Studio Tungsten provide maximum brightness in punchy cool or warm whites.
The D40XTI also features the Selador family's professional-quality dimming capabilities. The D40XTI can fade to black smoothly, without the tell-tale steps demonstrated by other LEDs.
"The D40XTI was designed with the installer in mind," explains Jim Uphoff, ETC fixtures product manager. "It can be set up in minutes with a few simple connections. It has just two cables: one for power and one for both data in and thru. The DMX/RDM cable simply plugs into an included data board, and the power cord can be permanently wired to a junction box."
A tough, rugged luminaire, the D40XTI is safe for use outdoors in any weather. Says Matt Armendariz-Kerr, ETC entertainment market manager: "The weather-resistant design of the D40XTI makes it the perfect tool to bring out architectural details of a building's façade or to be installed in an outdoor theatre. At the same time, it's rated for interior use, so the D40XTI can handle any long-term indoor installation."
The accessory holder on the D40XTI is a new feature to the Selador line, letting accessories be added, secured or changed in the field. "Diffusers, glass lenses, egg crates and other accessories don't have to be factory installed," says Uphoff. "The D40XTI's sleek trim ring allows access to them without compromising the dustproof/waterproof seal."
In picture: the Selador Desire D40XTI
In picture: the Selador Desire D40XTI
7th May 2013
DPA Microphones Launches the Ultimate in Podium Microphones
Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.
At the top end of the range DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from the d:dicate Recording Microphones (formerly known as Reference Standard), which are acclaimed for their
exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art capsules with newly introduced modular active booms to complete their modular nature. A number of different capsules are available and by choosing the exact capsule and boom combination, DPA customers can access the exact microphone for their needs.
Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: "Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step. We already had the high-end capsule and pre-amplifier technology needed to fulfil the brief, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, a desk top, a stage stand or even suspended from the ceiling, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques."
Alongside the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on its renowned 4060/d:vote 4099 miniature microphones.
This directional gooseneck microphone, which uses interference tubes and pre-polarized backplate to ensure speech intelligibility, was originally devised for the Nobel Prize organisation. The organisation had requested a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation, which was taking place in Oslo City Hall, in a room with challenging acoustics. DPA adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. It also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand, which encompasses all that is best in sleek Scandinavian design. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can even be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s ingenious adapter range, which is already used for other miniature microphones.
Both of these ingenious solutions for the installation market will be available from August 2013.
7th May 2013
Allen & Heath Release iLive Firmware Update with Engineer Presets
Allen & Heath has released an interim firmware update for its iLive range of digital mixing systems, v1.91, containing a series of presets created by renowned sound engineer and regular iLive user, Ben Booker.
Booker has toured as a monitor and FOH engineer with many artists, including Scissor Sisters, Spiritualized and PJ Harvey, and won Monitor Engineer of the Year at the Total Production Awards in 2009. He has also produced, mixed and mastered various recording projects and mixed on stage sound and broadcast mixes on numerous TV and Radio shows, including MTV Awards and BBC Live Lounge.
Ben has extensive operating experience of iLive and has written his suggested presets for Dynamic EQ and Multiband compressors based on years of touring with the system. iLive users will love his tricks with these powerful tools, from the ‘Off Mic Boost’ to deal with bad mic techniques, to the ‘IEM Help’ to gently compress in-ear mixes, or ‘Bass Fix’ to smooth out bass guitars.
"The Dyn EQ and Multi BD compressor are both creative and controlling in use. They are the swiss knife off the audio world as virtually any sound can be fixed or enhanced with them. They are very powerful and worth taking the time to learn in depth," explains Booker.
The firmware update can be downloaded from the Allen & Heath website.
In picture: screen grabs of the Dyn EQ and Multi BD compressor FX.
In picture: screen grabs of the Dyn EQ and Multi BD compressor FX.
7th May 2013
New 16 Channel 3G HD Audio Monitors from Bel Hit the Right Price Point
Bel Digital Audio continues to expand and enhance its range of 16 channel audio and HD video in-rack monitors, with the introduction of the new BM-A1-E16SHD. The all new unit is a compact 1U audio monitor capable of extracting and monitoring all 16 audio channels embedded in two 3G/HD, or SD SDI video streams, plus provides the ability to monitor multiple analogue and digital sources.
The BM-A1-E16SHD features a front panel display to enable rapid configuration of the device and to provide signal status information. Bel has again chosen to permit the selection of inputs to be monitored by use of a simple rotary control on the front panel. This avoids the sometimes time consuming and complex nature of screen driven menus. Selected inputs are then displayed on eight high-resolution multi-coloured LED bargraphs (selectable in two banks for channels 1-8 and 9-16 respectively). Channels 1-8 are also provided as AES-3id and analogue outputs on the rear panel.
Inputs consist of a pair of auto-detecting 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs plus eight analogue audio inputs and four AES-3id pairs. An SDI re-clocked loop-through connector is provided enabling connection to downstream equipment whilst a redundant power supply reinforces the monitor’s high-end broadcast credentials.
The new monitor comes in two versions; one with the optional Dolby decoding facility fitted and the other without. With Dolby decoding enabled, the unit can decode Dolby E, Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus material from any of the AES inputs, or from any embedded audio pair within the SDI bitstreams. Comprehensive metadata reporting is also provided via the front panel display.
Barry Revels for Bel Digital Audio commented “The BM-A1-E16SHD (with Dolby decoding) and the BM-A1-16SHD are both already in full production with units already shipping and we are finding that the monitors are gaining particular favour in installations where rack space is limited and ease of use is a key requirement sometimes as a direct result of that confined space.”
Revels went on to say “We have also been able to hit a really keen price point with these two units whilst maintaining both quality and features and I am delighted to say that has been reflected in the high levels of initial interest we have seen not just from our dealers but from outside broadcast providers and several systems integrators we work closely with.”
2nd May 2013
Dual-GPU Video Wall Player Supports 6K Resolution on Six Displays
Nexcom's high-end video wall player, NDiS B862, is designed to drive multiple displays for digital-out-of-home (DOOH) applications. The video wall player provides superior graphic performance to display immersive visuals at 6K x 2K resolution on tiled displays. Equipped with six HDMI display outputs, NDiS B862 can seamlessly stretch the image and video across six displays. NDiS B862 also has the durability, the functionality and the right interfaces to ensure long-term operation.
NDiS B862 is based on the dual/quad-core AMD Embedded R-Series APU platform and a dedicated AMD Radeon E6760 GPU. Featuring the dual-GPU design, NDiS B862 has dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory, dual-video decoder and DirectX 11 support. The video wall player offers accelerated streaming of HD and 3D Blu-ray videos and enables massive display resolution of up to 5760 x 2160 across six displays using AMD Eyefinity technology.
The six displays can be configured in vertical, horizontal orientations and flexible multi-monitor placement to meet video wall set-ups. To keep installation simple, the NDiS B862 comes with uniform HDMI display output interface and advanced display configuration utility to give engineers a fast and easy way to configure the display matrix. Therefore, NDiS B862 is ideal for graphic-intensive DOOH applications in retail, gaming and entertainment sectors, and mission-critical control rooms requiring real time accuracy and high visibility. NDiS B842, a model with four HDMI display outputs, is also available.
In addition to superb graphics, NDiS B862 is designed for long-term operation. Inside the chassis, a vibration-proof mount is used to house a hard drive and protect it from shock and impact. On each side of the chassis wall, a removable fan module is placed to keep the internals cool and allow easy fan replacement. The fan speed can be automatically adjusted to match the internal temperature, increasing fan life and improving reliability.
NDiS B862, enclosed in a compact, stylish exterior, provides a vast range of interfaces to support LAN/WLAN/WWAN connectivity, television program and audio outputs. The player also provides USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and RS-232 ports for peripheral devices. NDiS B862 has the performance, the functionality and the right interfaces to enrich DOOH applications by large scale displays.
2nd May 2013
QSC Adds New Loudspeakers to AcousticDesign Installation Series
QSC has announced new additions to the AcousticDesign series of installation loudspeakers. The S8T, S10T and S12 are weather-resistant surface-mount installation speakers suitable for foreground or background sound reinforcement applications. They feature both constant voltage (70V/100V) and low-impedance operating modes.
The new models have been designed with ease of installation in mind. A new mounting solution common to all models, the X-Mount (patent pending), can be fitted on-site during construction. The speaker can be fitted subsequently by simply lifting it on to the mount and locking it in place.
The speakers can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and can be adjusted for pan, tilt and yaw. A grooved ball in the key pivot points allows the speaker’s angle to be adjusted in 7.5º increments – and tick marks on the mount every 15º provide a convenient visual reference.
The short profile (110mm) X-Mount is included in the box, but other possible mounting options are suspension via eyebolts with M10 mounting points, and an optional yoke mount.
The IP54-rated cabinets are made from rugged ABS and are available in black (RAL 9011) or white (RAL 9010), and can be painted.
Positioned at the larger end of the AcousticDesign series, the S8T, S10T and S12 are two-way 8in, 10in and 12in models, with coverage angles of 105º, 90º and 75º respectively. They feature Directivity Matched Transition, QSC’s acoustic design approach that matches the coverage angle of the compression driver to the coverage angle of the woofer at the crossover point. This is claimed to produce remarkably consistent coverage, optimum power response, and smooth, accurate reproduction both on and off-axis.
QSC says that the new models are expected to be available in early June.
2nd May 2013
Jem AF-1 Mkll – Popular All-Purpose Fan Gets Upgrade
Martin Professional’s compact Jem AF-1 fan has been a touring industry staple for well over a decade. Now improvements in digital electronics have made this industry-standard fan more responsive and even more versatile.
With the new Jem AF-1 Mkll, advances in control, rotation, speed range and increment adjustment have raised the bar for quality, performance and durability. Speed control response is instantaneous, minimum fan speed has been lowered and motor noise at low speeds has also been reduced.
Fully DMX controllable or via a hand-held remote, the AF-1 Mkll is the ideal fan for a large variety of indoor or outdoor applications from touring and stage to theme parks, cruise ships and much more. Also featuring an all new design, the AF-1 Mkll can be installed from a truss or used floor standing.
1st May 2013
Martin ShowDesigner (MSD) Demo Version Now Available
Lighthouse of Holland has made available for download a demo version of Martin Professional’s ShowDesigner (MSD) lighting and set design software package.
The demo version can be used without the need for a Martin One-Key and is available at www.martinshowdesigner.com/v06/index.php?view=downloads&viewSub=1
The MSD demo version contains a ready-to-use scene that matches Martin’s M-PC training show file. After a simple registration, the user gets a license immediately. Connection to the MSD demo version can be made via a Martin M-PC or LightJockey as well as Artnet.
30th April 2013
Community Introduces the Commercial Design Series
Community Professional Loudspeakers is introducing the new Commercial Design Series, a comprehensive family of ceiling, surface mount and pendant loudspeakers designed to meet the needs of installations requiring high performance at a competitive price. Commercial Design models offer a choice of 4.5-inch, 6.5-inch and 8-inch driver sizes, and deliver Community’s legendary sonic quality, exceptional speech intelligibility and proven reliability. The entire Commercial Design family features uniform sound quality throughout the series, providing excellent consistency from model to model.
The Commercial Design Series was designed to complement Community’s Distributed Design family of high-performance ceiling, surface mount and pendant loudspeakers in a combined installation. For this reason, Commercial Design utilises many of the same technologies as Distributed Design, including real compression drivers and Tru-Phase phase plugs for high output and low distortion. Commercial Design ceiling models also incorporate labour-saving installation innovations like Community’s exclusive Drop-Stop technology, while the use of compression drivers and proprietary LF transducers results in higher sensitivity and higher maximum output than competitors’ models in a similar price range.
All Commercial Design models feature Euroblock input connectors, Community’s exclusive external loop-through wiring design, weather-treated drivers, and corrosion-resistant dual-layer powder-coated grilles. Commercial Design ceiling models are ETL listed to comply with UL1480, UL2043 and CSA60065, and the pendant model conforms to UL1480 as well. Commercial Design surface mount models have passed compliance testing for MIL-STD-810G and include a low profile multi-angle pan-tilt mounting bracket for precise aiming over a broad pan-tilt range. All Commercial Design models can be painted to match room décor and are equipped with a built-in autofomer for selectable 8 Ohm or 70V/100V operation.
The new Commercial Design Series from Community provides an affordable solution to unobtrusively provide even coverage and great sound quality from zone to zone throughout an entire venue.
30th April 2013
Pro Audio Stash Launches 'The Nuts' Product
Pro Audio Stash (PAS), leading UK professional audio and AV suppliers and 19 inch racking specialists launches an innovative new captive nut design – the Threaded Rack Rail Clip Nut. This is set to become the much-anticipated alternative to traditional cage nuts
The PAS Clip Nuts contain a threaded extrusion which simply and neatly slides over the square rack rails and clips closed, saving masses of time as well as the potential of pain, bruises, stabbings, not to mention the complete and utter frustration that anyone attempting to grapple aged nuts into place will be familiar with.
Once in place, the retaining bolt is then screwed through the Clip Nut in a civilised manner to secure the rack device or panel into place. A quick and elegant solution to an age old challenge.
Currently PAS’s Threaded Rack Rail Clip Nuts are available as standard in black or silver, and with M6, M5 or 10/32 threaded holes. This will bring deep joy to all those in the professional audio and AV, broadcast, IT, home entertainment, security and other industries who are involved daily in installing equipment into19” rack mounting systems. It will also speed up the process substantially, especially for multiple rack population scenarios and seriously reduce stress.
Says PAS’s Rob Platt: “Quite simply – It’s The Nuts! We have been listening to people procrastinating for years about the insertion of cage nuts – a job that no one likes – and are very proud to have come up with a novel answer in the Clip Nuts.”
As word is spreading Clip Nuts are in big demand and PAS is boosting production to deal with the avalanche of orders.
PAS has made an excellent video to illustrate this fabulous new invention and how it can be a life changing experience :
29th April 2013
New integrated sound and lighting cabs shown in pre-production form
Studiomaster showed two major new product series at Musikmesse for the first time outside of the US: the Starlight integrated sound and lighting speaker cabinets, which caused a major stir when shown in prototype form at NAMM this year, were given a European debut in final pre-production form, and the newly complete Horizon 2000 mixer range was on display, comprising two self powered and two passive variants.
The Starlight sound and lighting cabinet is a world first, fully integrating FOH and monitor sound and stage lighting within a pair of portable trapezoidal PA cabinets. Comprising two stand or pole mountable, 2-way 12 inch or 15 inch cabinets, Starlight combines 250 watt self powered FOH reinforcement and a 50 watt powered side mounted monitor driver within each cabinet. Each cabinet features a rear panel mounted 2-channel mixer with one balanced XLR mic and line inputs, and one with balanced XLR and stereo phono inputs. There is a 3-band EQ and a separate monitor level control and input for a foldback signal from a mixing console. Each cabinet also incorporates a recessed side slot housing six high-power LEDs with dispersion lenses. The in-built lighting controller features 13 programs, including seven static colours, fade to colour change, sound to light; brightness and speed are also adjustable. The Starlight cabinets are supplied as matched pairs, with the LEDs and monitors angled inward towards the performers’ stage position.
Starlight provides a straight out of the box sound and lighting solution for small venues and touring artists, and one that delivers substantial cost and manhour savings. Speaking on the stand at Musikemesse, Studiomaster Head of R&D and designer of the Starlight series, Paul Belcher, explained: "The Starlight system is targeted at solo artists and duos, small bands, and DJs – where the monitor speaker is a particular bonus. It is also highly applicable in smaller venues and music bars; in fact anywhere where you need good PA sound reinforcement and a colour light show.
"Simply mounted on a speaker stand, with power and audio signal connected, it is ready to go. It’s a feature configuration that in so many different applications makes perfect sense, and it is a unique concept that we plan to develop further in other product ranges."
The Starlight cabinets were used extensively on live product demonstrations on the Carlsbro /Studiomaster stand throughout Musikmesse.
The Horizon series mixers offer 12 or 20 input configurations. All feature twin effects DSP, dynamics processors and two way active cross-over, with the powered versions packing a colossal 2000 watts, flexibly assignable to FOH and / or stage monitoring. The new form factor features light aluminium panels and sustainable bamboo end cheeks that create a modern, elegant design with the emphasis on portability and minimum weight. The control surface is the result of a ground up re-evaluation, specifying only the necessary features and controls in order to minimise clutter and improve operability. The curved front trim panel features a concealed centre carry handle enabling even the largest model in the Horizon series to be picked up and carried in one hand.
The Horizon also features a new generation Studiomaster mic-pre amp, incorporating ultra low noise discrete circuitry and is the only mixer in its class to feature an optical compressor on input channels. 3-band channel EQ includes mid sweep and four auxiliary sends feed the on-board effects and connections for external monitor systems. Balanced XLR and jack, and unbalanced RCA phono I/O connectivity throughout is augmented with a USB 2.0 interface for computer / digital audio player connectivity. The powered models feature twin 1000W Class D amplifiers with discrete switch mode power supplies.
Commenting on these two major product launches for the Studiomaster brand, International Business Development, Sales and Marketing Director, Paul Brewis said, "Studiomaster is a company born out of design innovation, developing products to meet the needs and budgets of musicians and sound engineers, hire and installation companies working in the most competitive market sectors. The Starlight and Horizon series are products firmly rooted in that heritage, offering something unique at their price points. The Horizon marque has always represented the very best in Studiomaster portable mixers and this new series takes the product concept to new heights, with the highest performance specifications and build quality of any portable mixer series."
In picture: Paul Belcher with the Starlight sound and light cabinet.
In picture: Paul Belcher with the Starlight sound and light cabinet.
26th April 2013
Martin Pro Clean Supreme Maintenance Fluid Available to Market
Tried, tested and used internally by Martin Professional for years, Pro Clean Supreme maintenance fluid for haze and smoke machines is now available to the market.
Using Pro Clean Supreme on a regular basis reduces clogging, extends the life of haze and smoke machines and keeps atmospheric effects performing at their highest level. By providing longevity of the heat exchanger, Pro Clean Supreme is both a professional and cost-effective cleaning solution. It is water-based and leaves no residue.
By using the highest grade ingredients available while remaining eco-friendly, Martin fluids are both effective and safe.
26th April 2013
Chroma-Q Launches AutoLED II - Ultra Bright Daylight White LED Moving Light
Utilising the same core technologies as the innovative Chroma-Q Studio Force D XT 12, the new AutoLED II is a 6,500K* CCT daylight white LED moving head fixture that boasts an extreme 16,430 hot lumens output for ultra bright, long distance throw; an optional revolutionary beam shaper that enables you to vary the beam angle, a built in louver to avoid glare, a high CRI and a smooth linear dimming curve.
Specifically designed for providing precise daylight illumination of motor industry tradeshows, fashion events and retail environments, the AutoLED II incorporates DMX control, allowing it to be operated from any DMX enabled lighting console.
Utilising the very latest generation of LEDs and optics, the AutoLED II offers an ultra bright output of 16,430 lumens - providing precise daylight illumination for a wide range of event lighting applications including key-lighting, uplighting, backlighting, wash applications and effects.
Featuring a camera friendly custom optical design, the AutoLED II provides a smooth, uniform output, matched by theatrical grade dimming.
Utlising Chroma-Q’s latest LED technologies, the AutoLED II has an extremely low power consumption of 280 watts, offering a significant return on your investment with its high energy efficiency compared to conventional discharge fixtures. In addition, there are no lamps to degrade and replace over time.
On the outside, the AutoLED II has been designed to provide maximum versatility and ease of use. The built-in power supply and 5-pin DMX connectors in and out provide fast deployment and simple cable management – as well as allowing for remote focusing and fixture adjustment.
Including 16-bit pan and tilt movement, the AutoLED II allows you to fine-tune your beam placement via DMX control for extremely accurate positioning - saving you the time and manpower needed to manually focus conventional discharge fixtures.
The AutoLED II comes supplied with a louver accessory. A revolutionary beam shaper lens plate - custom developed by Chroma-Q for remote control of beam angle adjustment – is also available as an optional accessory.
25th April 2013
Total Solutions Refresh the Catalogue
Making something in the UK that conforms to the EU regulations applicable is one thing, to develop an engineered product that is entirely fabricated in the UK, exceed these standards, and costs less than anything comparable is frankly astonishing. "But that’s just what we’ve done," said a justifiably chuffed Ian Hall making his first announcement in his new role as sales director at Total Solutions Group (TSG).
"The Euro Code 9 standards gave us pause to re-examine our entire product line; eighteen months later we have OV Truss up and ready to go. Currently available in two forms, OV Truss is a square truss with either 30 or 40 centimetre chord centres. Where it differs is in the web; we have developed a special extrusion for the web that gives a strength gain of +15% above the Code 9 standard. Length for length it’s also lighter than anything comparable, and faster to fabricate, which is where the cost savings are made. Developing OV has allowed TSG to re-examine all the many applications to which truss is used in the modern entertainment world. By pitching the material specification to give maximum strength whatever orientation it’s suspended, we have achieved structural gains in strength while maintaining a competitive price."
TSG will supply OV into the European, Middle Eastern and Asian markets, while Stage Audio Works in South Africa will be manufacturing the same product under licence for customers on the African continent.
As Hall indicated, OV is just the first development in what is an on-going program of reappraising the full TSG product line. "The lessons we have learned developing OV are quite profound in engineering terms. You can be sure they will be applied to all future offerings," he said.
The OV Truss will be launched at PLASA Focus in Leeds next week.
25th April 2013
MAC Viper AirFX now shipping
A new luminaire in Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads, the MAC Viper AirFX, is now shipping. Both flexible and efficient, the MAC Viper AirFX is a new concept that combines hard-edge, mid-air effects and a beautiful wash field in one luminaire. It features the same compact form, impressive speed, superior light quality and beautiful colours as the other members of the MAC Viper Family.
Capable of projecting a dense, hard-edge beam with stunning mid-air aerial effects, the MAC Viper AirFX’s unique optical system allows it to adjust from a tight beam to a radiant wash instantly for greater design flexibility.
The MAC Viper AirFX uses the same bright and efficient 1000-watt HID source as the other Viper Family luminaires, and at nearly 35 000 lumens of output, is brighter than larger and more power-demanding 1500-watt profile fixtures.
The MAC Viper AirFX houses a selection of all-new aerial effects on two gobo wheels – a rotating gobo wheel with five replaceable designs and a fixed gobo wheel with seven replaceable designs.
Hard-edge effects remain stunning and hold focus through the fixture’s entire 11 - 59° zoom range and at varying throws. Beam gobos can adjust along the entire zoom range and unlike other fixtures, light output is constant throughout the entire zoom range with no visible beam jump from tight to wide.
A combination of optical design and lamp choice has been the foundation for developing a fixture rich on colours without compromising light quality. The Viper AirFX’s unique and highly efficient optical system does not boost the color temperature of the lamp and quality of white light is excellent.
The CMY colour mixing system offers a superior palette including true reds, rich ambers, primary green and deep blues with added colour choice from a 7-slot colour wheel. A linear CTO provides daylight to tungsten CCT control and expansion of the CMY palette.
The MAC Viper AirFX uses a special 160 mm precision PC lens for an eye-catching and distinctive fat beam look with less spill than micro-Fresnels. The beam looks brilliant in mid-air and gives a powerful visual look to any show.
Beams can be further manipulated using the combined dimmer/shutter system with intensity effects for instant blackout or smooth fades all the way to blackout. Additional effects are possible from a fast and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects as well as a frost that can snap or fade-in for beautiful wash effects. Diverse strobe effects are also possible.
24th April 2013
KEF Launches New Headphones
KEF has announced its first ever range of headphones, offering consumers the chance to enjoy KEF’s unparalleled audio expertise in portable form for the very first time.
This announcement sees the launch of the M500 over-ear headphones, and the M200 in-ear buds. Both models deliver a unique blend of sophisticated industrial design, outstanding build quality and the unbeatable sound performance that KEF has brought to its speakers for more than 50 years. This audio expertise is unique in a thriving headphone market that is now calling out for top quality.
Both the M500 and M200 headphones have already been honoured with the 2013 Red Dot Award, one of the most internationally recognised product design prizes in the world.
KEF’s new headphones carry a legacy that no other pair of ‘cans’ can offer. More than 50 years of speaker engineering, in pursuit of the clearest and most accurate audio production possible, means that KEF’s engineers – with an enviable track record of technical innovation and award-winning products – have brought every ounce of this history to the design of the M500 and M200 headphones.
24th April 2013
Five new Colour Versions for LED Duris P 5 from Osram
Osram Opto Semiconductors now offers the mid-power LED Duris P5 in colour. The five new versions have impressively high luminous efficacy from a compact form factor, already known from the white version. The LEDs are ideal for architecture lighting and for the hospitality sector, in other words hotels and restaurants.
The five colour versions of Duris P 5 are "deep blue" (450 nm), "blue" (470 nm), "true green" (528 nm), "yellow" (590 nm) and "red" (615 to 625 nm). At the heart of the different colours are state-of-the-art chip technologies from Osram, based on either the InGaN (Indium Gallium Nitrite) material system or InGaAlP (Indium Gallium Aluminum Phosphite) depending on the wavelength. Low forward voltages and optimized light extraction result in high luminous efficacies for all types. The "deep blue" version, for example, delivers a light output of 140 mW (at 100 mA and 25 ºC), corresponding to a typical efficiency of 48 percent. Efficiency is defined as the ratio of the amount of light produced to the amount of power consumed.
As members of the mid-power class, the colour versions of Duris P 5 are ideal for linear, area or omnidirectional lighting applications in which the light has to be distributed as uniformly as possible. Colour mixing is also much easier in applications involving several colours.
"The color Duris P 5 versions will give our customers even greater freedom in designing luminaires. A good example is the combination of white and colored mid-power LEDs within a luminaire", said Martin Wittmann, product manager marketing SSL at Osram Opto Semiconductors, and added: "The use of the Duris power class also reduces system costs while at the same time improving the distribution of light and simplifying thermal management." Like the white versions in the P 5 family, the coloured Duris versions are capable of withstanding extremely harsh conditions. The innovative package technology offers greater corrosion stability compared to conventional mid-power LEDs. The small component dimensions of only 2.6 by 2.2 mm also allow good optical control in connection with secondary optics.
In addition to architectural lighting and signage applications, the new Duris colour versions can be used in LED lamp and luminaire modules with "remote phosphor" technology. In this case, the converters needed to generate white light are not attached directly to the chip but are illuminated by "deep blue" LED from a certain distance, causing them to luminesce. This remote phosphor technology results in uniform distribution of light and high luminous efficacy.
24th April 2013
Electro-Voice loudspeaker series certified EN 54-24 Compliant
The EN-54 series of standards was introduced in 1996 to cover all aspects of fire alarm systems in use throughout Europe. In view of the trend towards combined fire detection and voice alarm systems, in April 2011 the series was extended to cover voice alarm systems as well. EN 54-24 is, therefore, the new standard stipulating the required specifications, test procedures and performance criteria for passive loudspeakers used in voice alarm systems.
"The certification of our loudspeakers to conform with the EN 54-24 standard offers our customers Europe-wide assurance that they meet the rigorous requirements it lays out," comments Oliver Sahm, technical support ProAudio EMEA. "For example, in the planning of an arena sound reinforcement system, customers can now be certain they are obtaining tested products with a corresponding quality guarantee. The certification is now the confirmation from an official institution that even those of our systems that have been performing successfully for years still conform to all the relevant guidelines and satisfy the latest safety standards."
The following Electro-Voice loudspeakers systems were recently certified to conform with EN 54-24: Electro-Voice Sx600 series two-way loudspeakers; Electro-Voice EVF-1122S front-loaded systems; Electro-Voice EVH-1152D horn-loaded systems; Electro-Voice Zx1i series two-way loudspeakers
An accredited independent European test centre was employed to confirm that the devices conformed with all relevant criteria set out in EN54-24. The loudspeakers were put through their paces under a variety of environmental and mechanical conditions where their design, construction, robustness, reliability and performance were each subjected to meticulous examination before the certification could be awarded. "With this large choice of different products and indeed entire product series we play a pioneering role. With immediate effect we are able to offer pro sound loudspeakers that – additionally to their general sound performance – can also attain the safety objectives stated in EN 54-24, even under the most demanding acoustic conditions: the provision of clearly intelligible voice alarm messages."
23rd April 2013
Stardraw.com announces major upgrades for Stardraw Design 7
Software provider Stardraw.com has announced a significant enhancement to their most sophisticated design/documentation product yet, the award-winning Stardraw Design 7 software package. The upgrade follows a period of intense beta testing by a select group of Stardraw Design 7 "Power Users".
The principal object of the beta was to test a new version of SD7 with optimized memory handling for a noticeably faster, smoother and better overall experience, particularly when working with very large project files. The new version offers all the same features and functionality as before but a huge amount of low-level work has been carried out with the result that file operations are faster, file sizes are generally smaller and overall memory usage is significantly reduced.
Rob Robinson, CEO at Stardraw.com, commented: "As always happens with software, Power Users emerge that push the tool to its limits and, when it’s a powerful and flexible package like SD7, they often use it in ways that may not have been foreseen during development. This is great and it leads to the sort of improvements and enhancements represented by this new release – thanks go to all our users, particularly the Beta group that have been pounding on this prior to release and helping us make Stardraw Design 7 an even better tool for systems integrators everywhere."
Based on the positive feedback of the Power User group, the new version has now been released and is available for download on the Stardraw website.