Vari-Lite VL3500™ Spot
Vari-Lite has introduced the VL3500™ Spot and VL3500™Q Spot luminaires designed to provide new opportunities for lighting designers requiring 1200W fixtures with automated shutter capabilities. The VL3500 Spot luminaires match perfectly with the VL3000™ Spot fixtures to provide a complete 1200W spot package. The VL3500 Spot fixtures' shutter system consists of four shutters on two planes, which allows the blades to be operated independently or in unison on the two planes. This, combined with the opposing chamfers allows designers a clear, crisp focus on all four blades at once. The VL3500 Spot fixtures have 11 total gobos — five rotating and six static. The fixtures are available in the popular “Q” version, which has a 50% less audible fan noise for situations where silence is critical. Vari-Lite expects the VL3500s to be extremely popular in the theatrical, television, houses of worship, corporate event, and trade show markets. The new luminaires is designed to allow designers to light an area without the worry of spillover. For example, a lighting designer might need to light a vase of flowers on a table very brightly while the rest of the stage remains in complete shadows. If any light spills onto other areas of the stage, the audience will see what's happening behind the scenes and secrets of the plot or how effects are created will be given away. To make it work, the designer shutters the beam tightly on the table and flowers, providing extreme intensity in just that area of the stage, keeping the secrets safe.
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Selecon 45-75 Pacific Zoom
The latest addition to Selecon's range of ellipsoidals is the 45-75 Pacific Zoom that delivers angles in a precise, well-controlled beam. Until now, angles much beyond 50° have not been available from an ellipsoidal, other than Selecon's Pacific 90° fixed beam zoom spot. Now, with the versatility of a zoom system you choose your required angle from 45° to 75° for precise area illumination or pattern projection. From a throw of 13' the Pacific 45-75 delivers a beam adjustable from 11' to 20' in diameter. The Pacific 45-75 is designed to open up a whole new world of creative possibilities in both entertainment and architectural lighting whether for full body shots from close inside stage positions or for texturing the complete set using only a few fixtures. The Pacific 45-75 lens tube can be used with any Pacific light source, including mains voltage tungsten halogen (575W, 750W, 1000W), 575W MSR, and 70/150W CDM.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
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Color Kinetics iColor® Module FX
Color Kinetics Inc. introduced iColor® Module FX — a new lighting medium in the form of a 6" (15.2cm) square modular unit for wide-ranging designs that call for singularly controllable points of light, from interior surface designs, to backlit fabrics, to three-dimensional objects. The iColor Module FX incorporates 9 or 36 tri-color LED nodes, mounted on a printed circuit board, and driven by Color Kinetics' custom Chromasic™ microchip. Each LED node within iColor Module FX is individually controllable, whether applied across one unit or a large-scale, multi-unit installation. iColor Module FX features simple through holes and board-to-board connectors for versatile mounting options, whether the units are positioned apart or conjoined to form grids and customized shapes. Applications range from simple, color-changing effects to more intricate designs and animation that require the refined level of detail made possible by individually controlled LED nodes. iColor Module FX is compatible with most Color Kinetics controllers and third-party DMX controllers. iColor Module FX is optimally controlled by Light System Manager 1.6, Color Kinetics' next-generation, Ethernet-based control system.
COLOR KINETICS, INC.
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The Avolites eDMX system transfers DMX data across a Wi-Fi radio link completely removing the need for DMX data cables. eDMX units are easily addressed and user configured, either as transmitters or receivers, allowing the fast set up of “Point-to-Point,” “Point-to-Multipoint,” or “Multipoint to Multipoint” DMX Data Transmission Systems. Each transmit/ receive pair of eDMX units relays data for one DMX universe at full speed, with ranges of up to 1 Km. The deployment of eDMX is totally user definable: one per light, one per pipe or truss, or one just one to overcome the front of house data leap. One advantage to rental and production companies is that any eDMX unit may be instantly set as a transmitter or a receiver. eDMX works across multiple networks and contains its own unique addressing protocol. Each unit can be set to receive data from a different universe or multiple universe situations and can act as a pre-patch unit, saving users from having to re-address the moving light in situ. eDMX also has a complete built-in web server that can be used to view system configuration and channel signal-to-noise ratios.
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Strong Radiance Followspot
Strong Entertainment Lighting, Inc., has introduced Radiance, a durable, lightweight followspot with a new “yoke” design allowing for unobstructed access to the fixture while providing smooth tilt movement. Using advanced operator ergonomics, Strong fuses performance with easy operation. Radiance's “insta-focus” allows operators to adjust focus with a simple twist of the zoom control, while the True Zoom Focus (“TZF”) system eliminates the difficulty of holding focus during zoom movements. The Philips MSR/MSD 2500 or 1200 powers the Radiance, with the only difference being overall brightness. Operator controls include a nichrome steel iris, a set of horizontal and vertical shutter blades and an innovative “dimming” iris. Radiance also includes a six-color, self-canceling boomerang style color changer.
STRONG ENTERTAINMENT LIGHTING
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i-Vision Lumos LED Range
LED lighting specialists i-Vision has unveiled its new LumosRange of LED fixtures. The initial product launches are: Lumos Strip, Lumos Strip Warm White, Lumos Flood, Lumos 3, Lumos MR 16. The i-Vision Lumos Strip Range is available in 400mm, 600mm and 1200mm lengths (12, 18 and 36 LEDs, respectively) and custom lengths can be made to order. Available as a color-change or a single-color fixture, Lumos Strip combines LED technology and design aesthetics, including the ability to mount on white circuit boards, boosting the brightness and look of the fixture. A wide range of drive systems and optic configurations are available to suit most modern lighting requirements. The Lumos Flood is available in 36, 48 and 72 LED fittings and is ideal for creating effects like wall washing and illuminating large spaces. The Lumos 3 is based on the concept of replacing standard MR16 and GU10 lamps, and is available as RGB color-change and single colors. Lumos MR16 is a direct replacement lamp for halogen MR16 sources. It brings all the cost advantages of LED lighting: low running costs and power consumption; long lamp life, rated at 70,000 hours plus; virtually maintenance free. Many practical advantages include low no heat emission, a softer superior light quality and uniform beam coverage without hot-spots.
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High End Systems Catalyst Pro v3.2 Media Server
High End Systems has released its newest version of software for the Catalyst Media Server, which fuses lighting with digital media. Catalyst Pro v3.2 now offers more features and functions, including six layers of digital media for real-time rendering, with full effects capabilities on each layer. (The previous v3.0 offered four layers.) New digital media libraries have also been added, with graphics specially enhanced for optimum projection performance. For the first time, Catalyst now features SDI video input for real-time video capturing and is shipping with SCSI drives. Catalyst has won numerous industry awards, and is being specified on concert tours, in corporate presentations, on television award shows, on cruise ships and entertainment venue installs. Catalyst Pro v3.2 Media Server features include: road-cased unit containing Apple® Power Mac G5, a 15" LCD monitor and DV1 dual video distribution amplifier, and Catalyst Interface Box; preloaded Catalyst Pro v3.2 software; rotation of images on x, y, and z axes; more than 50 real-time color effects; keystone correction on vertical and horizontal planes; and more.
HIGH END SYSTEMS
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J.R. Clancy SureLock™ Rope Lock
J.R. Clancy has introduced a unique rope-locking system designed to improve backstage safety. The SureLock™ rope lock is designed to prevent runaway counterweight sets by sensing unbalanced conditions and locking the system until balance is restored. An easy-to-read indicator tells whether weight must be added to or removed from the arbor. SureLock™ will not allow an operator to open the lock if it is more than 50 lbs out of balance. The SureLock unit can be installed during new construction or to upgrade existing rigging systems. As always, SureLock is only one component of a backstage safety program that must also include thorough user training and supervision.
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MQ Power Crawford Studio Generators
MQ Power's line of Crawford studio generators is offered in 250-, 500-, 800-, 1400-, and 2400A models all powered by Volvo engines. They can be customized to meet the needs of the operator and are mounted on tandem-axle trailers for easy hauling. Each generator features a lightweight aluminum sound-silenced housing to protect the unit and the generators' automatic overhead doors baffle sound. The generators also have a critical grade exhaust silencer, an oversized radiator with a highly efficient fan, two layers of acoustic insulation and engine-mounted isolators to reduce sound transfer and vibration. The Crawford line of studio generators contains analog or digital control panels that can be configured to meet the operator's needs while an overhang panel protects the instrumentation. Eight doors on each generator allow technicians access to all internal parts. The generators feature weather-tight enclosures to withstand the elements and promote longer life. To keep up with the changing tastes and fashion within the entertainment industry, custom colors are also available.
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA
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Hewlett Packard HP Remote Graphics
HP has introduced new software that allows customers in graphics-intensive fields to collaborate with teams across geographically dispersed regions in real time. HP Remote Graphics, an interactive 3D graphics software application, enables artists, engineers, and designers to work closely with remote teams in a more productive manner and eliminates the need to upgrade to an expensive 3D graphics card on each user's machine. The software can be used with workstations, notebooks, or commercial desktop PCs. With visual image quality true to the original, it provides users with an easy-to-use, secure collaboration solution. HP Remote Graphics provides an alternative to high-bandwidth-consuming software for businesses with multiple national or international locations. It also removes the 2D collaboration limitation of other software alternatives by allowing customers to work with large 3D models. The software uses the HP's proprietary compression and decompression technology to enable cross-regional collaboration and sharing on graphics-intensive projects over a standard network connection with minimal lag time between the sender rendering and the receiver updates.
PALO ALTO, CA
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Level Control Systems Wild Tracks 4
Level Control Systems (LCS) released Wild Tracks 4 fault tolerant sound effects playback system, an integrated hardware and software option for the Matrix3 modular digital mixer that provides 16 tracks of audio playback. Unlike conventional samplers and disk-based playback systems, audio files can be grouped in arbitrary track combinations on the fly, and triggered by a combination of external control, internal automation, and internal or external SMPTE time code. SafetyNet™ redundancy provides automatic changeover from a primary drive failure to any available backup drive. Wild Tracks 4 provides an intuitive user interface that includes a visual timeline of audio events and click-and-drag simplicity for building complex sound cues. Audio files can be imported from a variety of formats using the new AudioMove™ multi-platform (OS X, Linux, Win32) program included with Wild Tracks 4. A Samba file network server is implemented with Wild Tracks, allowing convenient access to sound files over a network. This new Wild Tracks release also incorporates one-button drive copy and format commands, and users can now use their preferred backup and restore software on Wild Tracks drives.
SIERRA MADRE, CA
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Yamaha Y96K DSP
Yamaha Professional Audio introduces the Y96K high-performance DSP add-in processor card, a joint development between Yamaha and Waves, Inc. This dedicated hardware and software solution expands the recording, mixing, and mastering capabilities of Yamaha's digital mixing consoles and digital audio workstations, and reduces the need for outboard rack-mounted processors and CPU-hungry computer-based processing. The Y96K inserts into any of the Mini-YGDAI slots on the Yamaha host models and uses two DSP56K devices, providing two billion DSP operations per second. Audio processing is supported with 48-bit internal precision on a 24-bit I/O. The device includes ADAT Lightpipe fiber optic digital input/ output in Master or Slave Mode, eight-channel ADAT I/O and an RS-232C port for future upgrades. Each installed card supports up to eight (44.1/48kHz) or four (88.2/96kHz) chains of effects and channels of ADAT/IO. These chains may be set to mono or stereo pair, and independently configured to process audio directly to or from the host device or the ADAT I/O. Each effect chain supports up to five different effect functions, with each function's order individually controllable. The effects chains and processor settings may be saved, loaded and quickly accessed using the snapshot automation of the host device. The package features control software and six Waves audio processors: TrueVerb, Super-Tap Delay, L1 Ultramaximizer, Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance EQ and DeEsser, with additional processors (available for purchase as downloads) scheduled for release in late 2004.
YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL AUDIO
BUENA PARK, CA
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Link USA Yamaha Cabling Solution
Link has designed a new “Plug and Play” cabling solution specifically for use with the Yamaha” PM1D” Digital Audio mixing console. The Link interconnection system for the Yamaha PM1D was designed with touring use in mind and provides a safe, solid connection between the CS1D control surface and the DSP1D processing unit that is quick and easy to use as interconnection is made by only ONE cable. The eurocable SNK YMHPMD main trunk incorporates the SCSI, sync AND eight channels of analogue audio in one casing that is both durable and flexible and built to withstand life on the road. The 19" rack-mount BOX YMHDSPS fits in the rack with the DSP1D and has SCSI and BNC tails which connect directly to the DSP1D. The CS1D utilizes the smaller BOX YMH-CSD that can be mounted to the doghouse and also features tails that connect directly to the CS1D. Both boxes incorporate panel-mounted XLRs for the eight analogue tie lines. The connection between the CS1D and the DS-P1D is ensured by using specialized, heavy-duty LK connectors. Each house two 50-ohm coaxial connectors and 112 gold-plated pins for the SCSI and analog audio connections and are based on the LK150 pin connectors that, like all LK connectors, conform to the MIL C5015 and VG95234 military standards. The Link solution offers reduced set-up and strike time along with greater connection integrity. These cable systems are available now in the US through Link USA.
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL
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InnovaSON Sy48 Digital Console
The new InnovaSON Sy48 is a compact lightweight digital mixing console. Similar to the Sy40, the Sy48 is versatile, equally at home mixing front of house or monitors on tour, or in fixed installations such as OB trucks, radio studios, theatres or houses of worship. The unit features mixing for 64 channels with up to 48 local standalone inputs (32 mike plus 16 line), up to 48 inputs onstage plus 16 mikes/line local inputs with an optional stage box and 64 local mike inputs with a local external mix box. Additional features include a new MC module providing both coaxial and fiber inputs and outputs for connecting the Sy48 to an InnovaSON stage box; and 48 faders, freely configurable for use as inputs, VCAs, groups, buses, aux, matrix, etc.
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Turbosound QLight™ Series
Turbosound has released a new range of digitally powered systems in its QLight™ Series. The three new models — the TQ-445DP three-way design in a trapezoidal cabinet; the TQ-310DP two-way system in a trapezoidal enclosure; and the TQ-308DP trapezoidal two-way design — all employ new-generation Class-D power amplifiers, which incorporate revolutionary DSP technology using a class-leading 96kHz sample rate. These additions to the QLight Series utilize a new design of lightweight Class-D power amplifier module that feature a 110-dB dynamic range, and is capable of operating at more than 90% overall efficiency. The design's use of pulse width modulation techniques enables the new twin-channel module to run cooler than the more conventional Class A/B types, removing the need for a heat sink and resulting in significant weight savings. The loudspeaker's rear panels include Neutrik Powercon™ connectors, limit Hi and limit Lo LEDs, and an EQ contour selector for speech or music optimization.
WEST SUSSEX, UK
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Symetrix, Inc. SymNet Express
Symetrix, designers of the SymNet™ Audio Matrix line of audio processors, introduces SymNet Express, which will be available in two versions: Express and Express Cobra. The Express series includes seven new audio processors that extend the utility of the SymNet technology into new applications, scenarios and price points and is available in three models: 12x4, 4×12, and 8×8. They are targeted at standalone applications where a single DSP unit is sufficient to handle all of the processing between the source gear (all inputs are line- or microphone-selectable) and the amplifiers. These three different hardware configurations lend themselves to a variety of common system requirements. Express Cobra is available in four models: 12×4, 4×12, 8×8, and 4×4. Along with analog I/O, each includes an 8×8 CobraNet license, supporting Peak Audio's industry standard protocol for networked digital audio. Key hardware features include an onboard Ethernet interface so Express units can be mounted on a computer network (LAN) and accessed in real time from a remote location. Symetrix addresses a question posed by DSP users by providing for the connection of a redundant 24V power supply (not included) on all Express models. New software features include additional mixers, a new EQ module, auto firmware-upgrade function and more. Some of the additions to the software are new mixers, a new British EQ module, the ability to return to the last operational state when the hardware is power cycled, an auto firmware upgrade routine and full support for the Motor Mix control surface by CM Labs.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA
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Neumann KK104-S Mike Capsule
Neumann has unveiled the KK104-S microphone capsule for the Sennheiser SKM5000-N wireless system. In contrast to the supercardioid characteristic of the KK105-S, the first Neumann capsule head to be made available for the Sennheiser handheld RF mike system, the new KK104-S offers a cardioid characteristic. Developed in response to numerous customer requests, the polar response pattern of the new KK104-S capsule is especially beneficial for high-volume stage applications, such as a monitor system positioned at a 180° angle, directly behind the microphone. The KK104-S capsule head is designed to be adaptable to practical, real world requirements.
OLD LYME, CT
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Drawmer DSL424 TwoPlusTwo Gate/Compressor
Drawmer is introducing the DSL424 TwoPlusTwo Gate/Compressor into the US market. The DSL424 combines two frequency-conscious noise gates and two soft/hard knee compressors with variable threshold limiting in a 1U, four-channel, comprehensive toolbox. Units are in stock and now shipping from Drawmer's US distributor, TransAudio Group, Las Vegas. The new DSL424 combines the gate design of Drawmer's DS404 with the compressor/limiters of the DL441 to provide a 1U problem-solver that is especially valuable in applications where rack space is limited. From the front panel, users may configure the unit as four individual standalone processors or as a stereo linked pair of compressor/limiters with a stereo linked pair of gates. Alternatively, any combination of processing may be achieved through rear panel patching. The noise gate design in the DSL424 utilizes the company's unique “Program Adaptive” circuitry, which optimizes the attack time and ratio as well as having some effect on the manual release setting. Each channel may be operated as a “hard” or “soft” gate with switchable attenuation and LED “traffic light” indication of mode status.
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The Martin Ether2DMX allows users to increase the number of Maxxyz DMX universes and/or easily place DMX universes remotely on any TCP/IP Ethernet network. The Ether2DMX is useful to extend the number of DMX universes of the Maxxyz console. Every Ether2DMX box extends the number of universes by four. A maximum of 32 universes can therefore be reached. It can also allow you to place your Maxxyz universes remotely, connected to the Maxxyz by a single Ethernet line (RJ45). You can also extend the number of DMX inputs or have DMX inputs placed at a remote location and use it as an output device for the upcoming Maxxyz PC. The Ether2DMX can also be used as an input device for Martin ShowDesigner (MSD) by simply connecting the Ether2DMX router to your MSD computer and using it as the input device for the Offline Visualizer. The Ether2DMX box uses the Artnet protocol and can therefore be used to interface with any third party product that can interface with Artnet. When using additional Ether2DMX routers, a switch must be employed to split up the Ethernet connection. A rack mount RJ45 Neutrix switch will be available soon, but any normal Ethernet switch can be used.
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Element Labs Versa™ TUBE
Element Labs, Inc. announced the release of Versa™ TUBE, an LED-based light tube controlled by video signal. This new product gives designers content creation capabilities with an expansive color range and high light output. A large array of the product is also currently being used on the German production of Saturday Night Fever. Control is handled via the standard Versa Drive video processor, so there are no constraints on the looks that can be programmed. From vibrant patterns to organic flows, the tubes come to life with flowing, ebbing streams of colored light. Versa TUBE features 16 pixels/m controllable by a Versa DRIVE D1 video processor. The unit is rated IP66 and has a built-in power supply.
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Robe ColorWash 1200E
Robe Show Lighting's new ColorWash 1200E is designed to capitalize on the popularity of the high-power ColorSpot 1200 AT/ColorSpot 1200E AT fixtures. The ColorWash 1200E AT comes complete with a CMY color mixing system; variable CTO; two color wheels, each with six easily replaceable slots for colors and effects: a combined dimmer/shutter and many more features. The ColorWash 1200E AT zoom has a range of 10°-87° depending on the lens type used. The electronic ballast enables features like flicker-free operation, extended lamp life and a power-saving mode. The large LCD display is designed to make the operation of the ColorWash 1200E AT quick and easy. An Ethernet connection offers additional connectability. The low noise advantages make the fixture ideal for all types of studio application. ColorWash 1200E AT can be used in large theatres, live productions, and television shows, and for multi-purpose venues to large clubs.
ROBE SHOW LIGHTING
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Luxology LLC modo
Luxology LLC, an independent technology company creating high-end 3D content creation tools has launched modo, its next generation 3D modeling system. Modo combines a powerful, real-time subdivision surface modeling engine with a user-centric, highly customizable interface and includes hundreds of production-oriented tools, which can be repeatedly modified to handle the trickiest of modeling tasks. More of a 3D modeling platform than a traditional software application, modo is geared to 3D artists and is designed to be flexible enough to model everything from organics to hard surfaces, and to comfortably work in low-resolution real-time meshes, high-resolution film models, and more. Modo has been tested extensively through a beta site program that includes leading international artists and companies.
An advanced, dynamic workflow with fluid user interface allows users to evolve modo to fit their specific method. Features in modo include: tool composites that enable artists to use tools independently with any combination of modifiers to create a near limitless set of advanced modeling tools; a fully integrated help system that provides users with training video clips to drastically cut the learning curve; and a seamless pipeline integration for smooth insertion into existing 3D pipelines. Luxology has also launched the modo product website that provides up-to-date information, including feature descriptions, education, training, and purchase information.
SAN MATEO, CA
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d&b audiotechnik Q10 Loudspeaker
d&b audiotechnik's latest addition to their Q-Series, the Q10 loudspeaker. features wide horizontal dispersion pattern, and is ideally suited for use in the near field. It may also be used in larger Q-Series loudspeaker systems. The Q10 is a passively crossed over two-way loudspeaker sharing the same physical size, shape, weight and driver complement (a 1.3" exit HF and two 10" LF drivers), while the Q-SUB is a bass-reflex cabinet utilizing an 18" driver. The Q10 uses a rotatable constant directivity horn with a horizontal coverage angle of 110° and a 40° vertical dispersion characteristic. The Q10 weighs 22kg and achieves a maximum output level of 137 dB SPL. A range of fittings allow easy deployment for all appropriate applications, while the use of neodymium magnets in the driver assemblies significantly increases the ratio of weight against output power. The latest firmware revisions for both the d&b D12 and E-PAC amplifiers include loudspeaker configurations for the new Q10 loudspeaker. These firmware versions are contained in the dbUpdate software for the D12 and E-PAC available from
CANDLER, NC WWW.DBAUDIO.COM.
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