ChainMaster has developed a new BGV-D8-Plus chain-hoist controller. It comes in two versions: a four channel or eight channel model, with connections for the relevant number of load measuring cells. Since the BGV-D8-Plus standard does not require the continuous monitoring of all connected loads, the ChainMaster team has developed a solution whereby the loads can be called up in sequence, and the controller has just the one display. For this innovative solution, ChainMaster has applied for a protection of utility patent.
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Harlequin has added three new colors (red, blue, white) to its Hi-Shine range of floors. Hi-Shine rolls out easily to 65'7"×59", revealing a wet-look finish with a laminated hard polymer ultra-gloss surface. This surface is superior to urethane for scratch resistance. Hi-Shine flooring works as display floors for the entertainment industry, in opera, TV sets, and more.
AMERICAN HARLEQUIN CORPORATION
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Encore Flooring System
Stagestep's Encore is a transportable pre-finished, real oak hardwood floor with an integrated sprung subfloor that provides consistent energy absorption. The portable floor installs directly over concrete or carpet, making it ideal for show and party rentals. The Encore floor comes in lightweight 8'×82" sections for easy installation, breakdown, and storage requiring no tools. It has a life expectancy of 10-15 years and is guaranteed up to seven years against water. Encore kits, with perimeter aluminum transition edging, range in size from 12'×14' to 32'×35', and custom sizes are available. Stagestep also offers a 6'×3'×3' transportation cart that carries 425 panels (1,938 sq. ft.).
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LK Connector Upgrades
Link USA has introduced enhancements to its line of LKS 19-pin lighting connectors, specifically the 19-pin LKS and the 19-pin Spider connectors. The 19-pin LKS connector has a longer backshell that improves the ergonomics of the connector and provides easier assembly. The anodized connectors now come in multiple colors for easier identification. Other additions are an internal insulator, impact resistant rubberized locking ring, and an integral locking set screw system that improves connector integrity by making it impossible to accidentally uncouple the connector assembly. The LKS 19-pin Spider connector features a new, ultra-compact design, resulting in the only Spider grip on the market that maintains the dimensions of the low profile, Pg29-style connector. Its compact design is due to the internal locking system and special insulator, which eliminate the need for a large external locking ring. The new Spider is waterproof and each cable can be individually replaced. The Spider clamp comes both cabled and uncabled. The LKS rubber insert can accommodate six cables. The internal insulator can also be opened and installed after the individual conductors have been terminated.
LINK USA, INC
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL
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d&b audiotechnik Qi-Series Installation Loudspeakers
d&b audiotechnik designed its new Qi-Series as the fixed installation loudspeaker cousins to its Q-Series mobile loudspeakers. The Qi-Series consists of five loudspeakers and specialized accessories: the Qi1, Qi7, and Qi10 are passively crossed over two-way loudspeakers; the Qi-SUB and QiCSA-SUB are bass-reflex designs with a high excursion 18" driver. The Qi1, Qi7, and Qi10 share the same size, shape, weight, and driver compliment (a 1.3" exit HF and two 10" LF drivers). The Qi1 HF driver is fitted with a toroidal wave-shaping device; the resulting 75°×15° (h × v) dispersion pattern produces a curved coherent wave-front allowing construction of vertical line arrays. The Qi7 and Qi10 loudspeakers have a rotatable 75°×40° and 110°×40° (h×v) conventional CD horn respectively and may be deployed as single units or in columns with Qi1s and Qi subwoofers. The Qi1, Qi7, and Qi10 individually weigh 21kg but achieve maximum output levels of 139, 138, and 137dB SPL, respectively. The Qi-SUB and QiCSA-SUB are designed for the Cardioid Subwoofer Array (CSA) system, which increases directivity at low frequencies. The Qi-SUB is used as forward facing cabinets in the array while the QiCSA-SUB is specially designed to provide the rear facing elements. All Qi-Series loudspeakers can be supplied with finishes that color match interior designs and can be protected for hostile climates.
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EQ III DigiRack Plug-in
Digidesign's new EQ III DigiRack™ plug-in is a high-resolution, double-precision 48-bit EQ plug-in available for Digidesign® Pro Tools® and Avid® systems (download for free at www.digidesign.com). EQ III supports TDM, RTAS®, and AudioSuite™ formats, and is available in 1-band, 4-band, and 7-band configurations for optimized CPU/DSP efficiency. In addition to its fully parametric design, the EQ III includes selectable shelving filters and settings as well as separate high-pass, low-pass, and variable Q notch filters. EQ III's interface features an interactive frequency graph that allows users to view and adjust individual EQ bands and filters from within the display. EQ III was designed to complement the dedicated EQ center section of Digidesign's ICON D-Control™ tactile worksurface, providing D-Control users with unsurpassed control over all of EQ III's parameters, including gain, frequency, Q, and filter switching for all of EQ III's bands. It also provides support for high-resolution sample rate processing up to 192kHz.
DALY CITY, CA
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LCS Audio LX-ML8 Analog Input Module
LCS Audio released the LX-ML8, an eight-channel balanced XLR audio input module for the LX-300 audio engine, the building block of the Matrix3 product series. The ML8 provides software-controlled microphone and line level gain settings of +26dBU and +16dBU down to -57dBU in 1dB steps. CueConsole and Variable Room Acoustics (VRAS) systems now provide complete programmability of the entire signal path, from microphone level settings through to signal processing for loudspeakers. The LX-ML8 provides the necessary mike pre component of a mixing console and enhances the integration features of both VRAS and CueConsole, which will benefit houses of worship, theatrical productions, theme parks, and cruise ships.
SIERRA MADRE, CA
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DCC16 and DCC8 Loudspeakers
The new DCC16 and DCC8 digitally controlled column loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz are designed to provide intelligible speech and musical sound in highly reverberant environments. The DCC16 acts as the basic building block of the system and is an array of 16 compact full range transducers. Measuring 5.25"×7"×78", DCC16 modules mount inconspicuously on walls or large pillars. Advanced DSP software and true digital amplification enable definition of the shape and aim of the vertical beam without moving the DCC modules. The DCC16 delivers constant SPL over large distances (300' plus). Coverage is consistent at 500Hz and above, especially on the coverage area's sides due to advanced DSP algorithms that create vertically narrow beams without side lobes. Beams can be symmetrical, asymmetrical, or dual and can be customized. DCC8 modules, which are half of a DCC16, can be added easily to the basic DCC16 system to extend the vertical pattern control to lower frequencies. For front and side fill applications, a single DCC8 module can be used to control acoustic energy above 1kHz. The drivers are driven by individually processed signals, delivered by an 8-channel processor/amplifier module designed by D2 Audio. The module converts a standard PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) input to eight PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) signals. This eliminates the need to convert PCM to analog and analog to PWM.
FOOTHILL RANCH, CA
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Sound Design software
Designed as a sound designer's ultimate assistant, ShowBuilder software is a single program that helps organize every aspect of sound design and maintenance to take the drudgery out of design administration. ShowBuilder software does all paperwork and labeling needed to organize a show; it generates professional labels, reports, contact lists, equipment requests, etc. It helps A1s and A2s keep track of equipment problems and inventory, but it is a tool for designers, associates, assistants, and operators as well. The program allows designers to build a sound design in their computer and verify that it will work before ever getting to set. ShowBuilder acts as financial organizer — keeping track of purchase orders, budgets, expenses, invoices, income, etc.; a schedule planner by tracking important dates and tour schedules; and a notepad by saving notes and memos. It also organizes repair and shop orders, truck manifests, show routes, sound cues, all equipment settings, and more. ShowBuilder makes it easy to create equipment lists by automatically tracking equipment changes and adjusting and updating the lists accordingly. It contains an RF coordination system and an RF intermodulation calculator.
STAGE RESEARCH, INC.
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Enttec has updated its DMXPlayBack with the DMXPlayBack Mk2, which can store up to 12 complete light shows, each consisting of up to 500 static scenes. Scenes can be stored as a “snapshot” of the DMX input or can be built using the dedicated free software package ShowEditor 2. Once scenes have been stored, shows are put together using ShowEditor and uploaded to the DMXPlayBack Mk2. It can run a single show on power-up or can trigger individual shows via RS232. A remote provides manual control, allowing single-button access to all 12 shows; it can even be triggered using a TV remote. The new LCD display on the DMXPlayBack Mk2 tells which show is currently running, the scene playing, and how many times the show is set to run.
ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
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Invisible Rival Controls
The Gherkin is a DMX lighting controller that can run small shows or test dimmers, moving lights, and scrollers. It fits in a rack with dimmers, mounted behind a bar, in a control room, or in a toolbox. Twelve channel control knobs set the DMX channel level output, and a grand master control scales the levels of the knobs. Turning the grand master control all the way down creates a blackout. It is mounted via an optional GH-RM rack-mount kit or with the GH-WM wall-mount kit. Features include DMX-512 signal, short circuit and electrostatic discharge protected DMX output, steel chassis, easy-grip knobs, standard XLR 5-pin DMX jack, long battery life, automatic switching between battery and external power, power adaptor for 120VAC operation, power status LED, safety cable/lanyard connection points, and bolt-on battery door.
INVISIBLE RIVAL CONTROLS
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P10 and R10 Fanless LED Screens
Two fanless 10mm pixel pitch indoor LED video screens, the P10 and R10, are for environments requiring minimum noise levels. Designed for permanent installations, the P10 is lightweight, with each panel weighing 21.16lbs. The R10 rental product features a fast rig single kingpin design for quick setup and strip down. The R10 is also compatible with all existing LVP1010D accessories. Both models include a clip-on IM (intelligent module) feature for screwless maintenance on LED modules and average power consumption of 100W per panel at 2000 NITS brightness. Other features include 140° horizontal and vertical viewing angle, 10,000 pixels per m2, 4.4 trillion color capability, 14-bit processing depth, 50/60-frame-per-second frame rate, proprietary SDI data input, M4 Technology, and a lifetime of 50,000 hours to half brightness.
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AS-62D SO Compact Dimmer
Lightronics' new AS-62D SO Compact Dimmer is a flexible and portable fixture well designed for the rental and touring market. The AS-62 SO has a socapex connector allowing direct connection to standard touring lighting bars like those from Tomcat and James Thomas Engineering. It will handle a full 7200W load simultaneously. It is addressable up to 512 channels in the DMX mode and up to 128 channels in the industry standard 3-wire multiplex protocol. This unit has a built-in stand-alone chaser mode, which provides eight chase patterns. The AS-62D SO may also be switched to a relay (non dim) mode in groups of two channels for On/Off control. Each channel has high capacity 25A triacs and external breakers, and the dimmer's heavy duty filtering eliminates EMI/RFI interference with other equipment.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
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Zero 88 Lighting
After a two-year development process, production units of the Frog 2 console by Zero 88 are shipping. This compact moving light console is highly configurable, with 2,048 channels patchable to four DMX universes. It uses conventional syntax with intuitive features, so a user experienced on another console can immediately begin to patch fixtures and create presets and cues. The programming interface includes standard keypads and a built-in color touch screen and supports two external touch screen monitors. On-the-fly playback adjustments are possible via 10 playbacks, 10 user-defined faders, and 20 user-defined keys, all extended to 100 pages. The board supports simultaneous DMX output (two ports per universe) and/or DMX over Ethernet. Other connections include keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports, DMX input, SMPTE, MIDI, CANbus, and audio line input. Show storage is handled via CD-R/CD-RW drive or USB memory stick.
A.C.T LIGHTING, INC.
AGOURA HILLS, CA
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Video System Management
Color Kinetics introduced Video System Manager, an integrated software and hardware solution designed to produce Video With Light™ in wide-ranging entertainment lighting applications for theatre, concerts, corporate events, exteriors, and more. Video System Manager allows video-based, Ethernet control of Color Kinetics' intelligent solid-state lighting systems, intuitively facilitating the reproduction of complex effects in a lighting installation. It converts standard live video signals from a variety of media sources, including media servers, DVD players, camcorders, and personal computers, and streams the video content to Color Kinetics' LED-based lights-scaling to accommodate large installations that may exceed thousands of individually controlled LED nodes. Video System Manager is compatible with Ethernet-based networks of lights that apply Color Kinetics' technology, including many LED-based lights developed by Color Kinetics' OEM and licensing partners, such as Main Light's Soft-LED™. It is comprised of two components: Video Management Tool, an intuitive software interface that maps each Color Kinetics light or node in a system as a single, controllable pixel; and Video System Engine, a hardware controller that processes live digital video and maps the video stream to the layout of Color Kinetics lights.
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First unveiled on the current U2 Vertigo tour, designed by Willie Williams, Barco's MiSphere is a tiny, plastic-encased LED spherical module designed and developed by Barco at its R&D headquarters in Belgium especially for the current tour. With 360° viewing angles, opaque, light-diffusing casing and ability to play both full video and data, the MiSphere bridges the gap between existing video and lighting products, enabling it to be used for both application purposes. In-dividual MiSpheres are daisy-chained into a string, with several strings in turn forming a 3D visualization curtain. Each MiSphere acts as a pixel within the curtain, making it possible to display images and simulate lighting effects across the entire curtain, while also achieving a “Look-Trough” effect and “Multiple Angle” viewing effect for the audience all around the scene. For the U2 tour, the MiSphere strings hang high above centerstage, each containing 64 spheres and totalling approximately 30' long. A total of 189 strings (containing over 12,000 spheres) together form seven 3D curtains, which allow fans on all sides of the stage to have a perfect view of the images and content displayed on the curtain above the band. The digital curtain will be retracted and lowered throughout the show as needed.
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