Product Pick of the Month:
Entertainment Technology's Intelligent Power System® Intelligent Raceway

The IPS-IRW Series Intelligent Raceway replaces a conventional dimmer rack and connector strip with one lightweight raceway that provides both. Each Raceway can be up to 100' in length and contain up to 48 dual dimmer modules, for a total of 96 dimmers. Intelligent Raceway dual dimmers feature a new, dynamic method of sharing a single power feed. Either dimmer may be loaded up to 20A when used alone, or when the two dimmers are operated at the same time, any combination of loads may be connected, as long as the combined total of both dimmers does not exceed 20A.

The Intelligent Raceway is fed from a standard three-phase breaker panel. This significantly reduces the number of wires (five vs. 12 for six outlets) and reduces the installed cost when compared to a conventional system of connector strips. Each dimmer incorporates a local focus button for quick setup and testing. IPS dimmers utilize state-of-the-art insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology, which provide significant performance enhancements over conventional dimming equipment. IPS dimmers are completely solid-state, which enables them to operate silently without mechanical noise and operate at 800µs in forward or reverse phase waveform, which dramatically minimizes lamp, ballast, and transformer noises in the space. Since IGBT technology does not use filters or chokes, IPS dimmers are more efficient, with a maximum 2.5 voltage drop at full, are lightweight at less than 2 lbs per dimmer, and produce less heat than conventional dimmers.

IPS dimmers offer features that are unsurpassed in today's conventional dimming equipment. Every IPS dimmer has an on-board, intelligent microprocessor, which adjusts and maintains proper voltage and current in response to changes detected in the load and electrical service. The microprocessor automatically suppresses surges, protects against dead shorts, and extends lamp life.

Configuration features include Talkback, which provides dynamic feedback of load size/type, short circuit, temperature, and overload. IPS dimmers also significantly reduce neutral harmonics and may be configured to operate in Low Harm mode, making them the lowest harmonic dimmer available. Other configuration features include IPS Remote Commands, which provide user control of forward or reverse phase dimming during operation, and selectable voltage output control from 115-120V. With the Intelligent Raceway, who needs a dimmer room?
ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY, A PART OF THE GENLYTE THOMAS GROUP
GARLAND, TX

WWW.ETDIMMING.COM

Knit One, Pearl 2004

Avolites has launched the Pearl 2004, an updated and streamlined version of its most popular live console, the Pearl 2000. The Pearl 2004 uses new technology and offers a host of improvements; 2,048 DMX channels are provided on four separate DMX connectors. The software OS has been upgraded to the 2004 version. Many enhancements include the Color, Gobo, and Beam Tables, making it easier to control complex, multichannel fixtures like the High End x.Spot and the Martin MAC 2000. Additionally, all Pearl 2004 consoles are supplied with a free suite of PC software, including the Pearl 2004 Simulation Program, Avolites Visualizer, and the Cache Builder.
AVOLITES LIMITED
PARK ROYAL, LONDON, UK

WWW.AVOLITES.COM

Be Prepared

Caig Laboratories wants you to be prepared and have a Caig Survival Kit handy. Survival kits come complete with the popular ProGold, DeoxIT, and CaiLube MCL products and lint-free accessories. All kits are packaged in a handy carrying case. The products are designed to clean surfaces, improve conductivity, and provide long-lasting protection from atmospheric contamination that silently attacks all metal electronic connections. They will improve performance and reliability of all of your electronic equipment.
CAIG LABORATORIES, INC.
POWAY, CA

WWW.CAIG.COM

A Wash of Color

Coemar introduces the CF7WashZoomX. Wrapped in the carbon fiber covers that have become the trademark of Coemar's CF family, the new unit extends this series of moving lights. A 700W MSR lamp powers the WashZoomX. Output can be manipulated via the zoom lens system and series of filters, which will adjust the beam characteristic from maximum intensity to maximum evenness to maximum diffusion. Alongside the zoom capability — which can produce beams as narrow as 9° and as wide as 54° with the diffusion lens, or as wide as 80° with the prismatic lens — Coemar's CMY color mix system is included, plus a single dichroic color wheel and color correction filters.
COEMAR SPA
CASTELGOFFREDO, ITALY

WWW.COEMAR.COM

Got the Hookup

Communications Specialties, Inc. has introduced the Pure Digital Fiberlink® 4040 Series fiber-optic transmission system. This system offers all-digital transmission of four independent audio channels over single mode or multimode fiber, and is competitive with traditional analog systems. The 4040 transmitter and 4041 receiver are designed for a range of applications, including theatres, auditoriums, clubs, and retail. The four channels may be used to transmit four independent audio signals, two sets of stereo signals, or to support four-channel surround sound. The system is compatible with all line level audio sources and the transmitter and receiver units are equipped with indicator LEDs to continuously indicate the presence of power and audio signals.
COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALTIES, INC.
HAUPPAUGE, NY

WWW.COMMSPECIAL.COM

Sporty and Compact

The Runabout, Genie's self-propelled aerial work platform, features a narrow 29.5" (75cm) width and a 53" (1.35m) length, which allows it to go through single doorways as well as fit in most passenger elevators. The unit can be driven through doorways with an operator onboard. Standard non-marking tires and low unit weight allow use on sensitive flooring. The Runabout uses the same field-proven mast system used on Genie's AWP Super Series. An optional extension deck provides nearly 2' (61cm) of horizontal outreach and provides a larger working area within the platform. All Runabout models feature a tight 6" turning radius, which provides good jobsite maneuverability through congested areas, corridors, and hallways.
GENIE INDUSTRIES, INC.
WWW.GENIELIFT.COM

Sound in a Can

The Control 26-DT ceiling speaker from JBL is designed for use with standard backcans. The speaker is a coaxial low/high frequency driver assembly, with a network and transformer. Without a dedicated backcan assembly, the Control 26-DT is applicable for new construction in which installation of the backcan and wiring must be inspected prior to the final completion of the ceiling. The Control 26-DT can also easily be used as a retrofit loudspeaker in cases where 8" ceiling speakers were previously used. The low frequency driver has a 6.5" polypropylene-coated cone, the high frequency tweeter diaphragm is coated in titanium and the tweeter is diffraction-loaded for optimum pattern control.
JBL PROFESSIONAL
NORTHRIDGE, CA

WWW.JBLPRO.COM

Take Control

Mackie announces Mackie Control, a new nine-fader master control surface that supports software integration for a growing family of DAWs. In addition, it has been premapped to enable power-user functions by many of the supported DAWs, and is the first to offer DAW-specific Lexan overlays allowing users to take advantage of these functions. Each of Mackie Control's eight channel strips includes a 100mm optical, touch-sensitive motorized fader, mute, solo, and record arming buttons, signal LED, a channel select button, and a V-Pot that can be used to control panning, send levels, EQ, dynamics, and other DSP plug-in modules. For those customers needing more than nine faders, the Mackie Control Extender is a channel extension add-on option for the Mackie Control.
MACKIE DESIGNS INC.
WOODINVILLE, WA

WWW.MACKIE.COM

Power Wash

Martin's MAC 2000 Wash features high light output, CMY color mixing, multiple front lens options for various beam spreads, and a fully motorized zoom system. If more beam control is needed, an optional motorized four-way barndoor module will be available by September. Each of the two color wheels is fitted with four color options, plus open. For the largest variety of colors, the second wheel is replaceable. The first option will be a graduated red wheel, allowing designers to color mix to those hard-to-achieve rich reds. The fixture comes fitted with a fresnel lens, giving a zoom range of 15°-40°. For added flexibility, a PC lens comes supplied providing a zoom range of 12°-34°. Also, a super wide-angle lens is available as an option. It gives a zoom range of 70°-80°.
MARTIN PROFESSIONAL
AARHUS, DENMARK

WWW.MARTIN.DK

Pixelated

James Thomas Engineering has unveiled the Pixelpar 660 — the first in a new range of solid-state lighting fixtures using high-brightness LEDs. The Pixel range is designed for a variety of applications including architectural, retail, clubs, bars, restaurants, events, and theatre. The range has a silent, non-mechanical, additive color mixing system and the fixtures can produce stunning and instant effects — from the subtlest of dissolves to the fastest of high-impact stroboscopic color sequences. The exceptional heat- and energy-saving properties of solid-state lighting guarantee its future success and the technology is predicted to replace incandescent sources during the next decade. Pixel PAR 660 is the first of a complementary range of solid-state lighting products.
PIXELPARA
DIVISION OF JAMES THOMAS ENGINEERING LTD.
WORCESTER, UK

WWW.PIXELPAR.COM

Q-ing Up

Prophet Systems introduces the Console Q, a powerful standalone DMX controller package that is designed to not only replace the lighting console, but to also expand your lighting capabilities. Control everything from simple architectural lighting to complex special effects; one player can even be used to control multiple areas. Features include up to 20 DMX universes/10,240 dimmer addresses per unit, and unlimited units can be controlled together; DMX snapshot; unlimited cues; unlimited active-dynamic soft-patches with unlimited channels. Based on Microsoft Windows® drag-and-drop technology. Schedule playback of cues or cue lists based on real time, SMPTE (input or output) triggers, or Prophet Systems programming language.
PROPHET SYSTEMS, INC.
OGALLALA, NE

WWW.PROPHETSYS.COM

Seventh-Inning Stretch

Sutton Technologies has launched an expansion of its Elastack family of products. The materials used to make Elastack products are scientifically designed to offer ultra-softness, stretchability, and strength with gentle adherence. This adherence utilizes a micro-suction technology without the use of adhesives. Elastack Molding Compound, which offers the same properties of Elastack Tapes, but is sold in a 3/4 lb package of cubes. These cubes can be easily melted over low heat and be shaped and colored (with melted crayons) into any desired shape. The compound has a variety of uses, including masks, costume accessories, props, and scenic details. Like all Elastack products, the Molding Compound is safe to use, washable, and reusable.
SUTTON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
NORTH EAST, MD

WWW.ELASTACK.COM

Winch It Up

Thern has winches for a variety of tasks. Manually operated Clew Winches install easily and give stagehands economical and dependable control of multiline loads. Worm gears with load-holding disc brakes are especially well suited for raising and lowering tasks. Drum winches handle multiple linesets with loads up to 5,000lbs. The system includes a double-redundant braking system, ball or roller bearings, and grooved drums for uniform cable winding. Fire Vent Closure winches provide single-system operation and testing of fire vent doors — no need for complicated, improvised rigging. These FVC units allow testing without breaking the electrothermal link.
THERN, INC.
WINONA, MN

WWW.THERN.COM

The Swing of Things

TOMCAT has introduced the Swing Wing Truss. From a stackable, self-contained transport position to a sleek functional rigging position when flown, it's the new intelligent prerig. Designed to hold a wide variety of conventional and intelligent fixtures, Swing Wing accommodates more or less any fixture. Similar to TOMCAT's Heavy Duty prerig in its 30" × 30" form, the main cords are fabricated from 2" OD × 31/6" aluminum and the diagonals are fabricated from 1½" OD × ⅛" aluminum. Swing Wing comes equipped with a steel spigot arrangement, supports up to three lamp bars, and is available in 8' and 10' lengths. Accessories include a third caster assembly and cable hooks.
TOMCAT USA, Inc.
MIDLAND, TX

WWW.TOMCATGLOBAL.COM

Tommy, Can You Hear Me?

Listen is adding a new series of eight-unit cases, including a carrying case, drop-in charging case, and charging case with removable lid. Cases make management of an auditory assistance system easy. When combined with Listen's NiMH batteries and Listen's exclusive SmartCharge, battery management is as easy as dropping the beltpack units into the case and plugging it in. End users can take a credit card or driver's license when individuals check out the receivers, then drop the card into the appropriate slot, and when the receivers come back in, pull the card out and hand it back to the patron. You can see at a glance how many receivers are still out.
LISTEN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
SANDY, UT

WWW.LISTENTECH.COM

Ride the Wave

Martin Audio introduces the Wavefront W8L, the next generation of line array systems. The design combines innovative horn-loading techniques with line array technology to produce an extremely powerful system with maximum dynamic impact. The W8L is a three-way, full-range system, which may be used without subwoofers for many applications. The W8L system combines patentable and proven driver-loading techniques with vertically coupled waveguides and true constant directivity horns. The W8L achieves a level of efficiency and coverage consistency not usually found in this popular format.

W8L horns develop low-curvature wavefronts for smooth, comb-free vertical coupling.
MARTIN AUDIO LTD.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UK

WWW.MARTIN-AUDIO.COM

Line Drive

Meyer has released the LD-3, a unique eight-channel line driver designed for optimizing large-scale sound reinforcement systems by introducing automatic frequency response compensation for the attenuation of sound in air. A two-channel master input section provides individual channel gain adjustment in the range of +6 to -12dB, mute switching, signal/clip/mute indicators, and switchable high-pass filters (0, 80, or 100Hz) for boundary compensation or to optimize a crossover to subwoofers. Master environmental parameter controls include temperature (0° to +45°C), altitude (switchable in three ranges: 0, 2,500', and 7,500') and % relative humidity (10 to 100%). The LD-3 occupies two standard 19" rack spaces.
MEYER SOUND
BERKELEY, CA

WWW.MEYERSOUND.COM

Dark Light

NEC's SXGA resolution High Light Output (HLO) Nighthawk and TriDigital Series projectors will now utilize a new three-chip 0.9" DLP system from Texas Instruments featuring TI's new Dark Metal Process. This process incorporates a dark layer over the chip substructure, absorbing scattered light entering the substructure for improved darkness and a significant increase in contrast ratio. The Nighthawk Series projectors will benefit from a doubling in contrast ratio from 400:1 to 800:1 as a result of the new process for significantly enhanced image quality. The TriDigital Series projectors recreate the look and feel of film. The result is images with deeper blacks and crisper, cleaner whites — and an even more authentic film look than before.
NEC SOLUTIONS AMERICA, INC.
ITASCA, IL

WWW.NECSOLUTIONS-AM.COM

Capsule Review

Based on the Neumann KMS 105 handheld condenser microphone, a new Neumann capsule head, the KK 105-S, has been developed for use with the Sennheiser SKM 5000 wireless microphone system. It is backwards-compatible with all existing SKM 5000 transmitters and is available in black or nickel finish. The KK 105-S capsule has a unique multilayered grille assembly that eliminates popping and breath noise without sacrificing high-frequency clarity and transient detail. Later this year, Sennheiser will introduce the SKM 5000-N, a new version of the SKM 5000 transmitter optimized for use with the Neumann KK 105-S capsule.
NEUMANN USA
OLD LYME, CT

WWW.NEUMANNUSA.COM

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Rane's new RPM 44 and RPM 22 join the RPM 88 and Rane's growing family of 100% drag-and-drop configurable DSP-based devices, set up and controlled using Rane's new Drag Net software. Ethernet 10Base-T is used to communicate between Drag Net devices and any PC running Microsoft Windows®. Drag Net offers the ultimate in signal processing flexibility, allowing you to draw the system you need without signal flow restrictions. Familiar Windows file management tools and shortcuts are incorporated into Drag Net, allowing complete project management within a single interface. Windows 95, 98SE, NT, 2000, and XP compatible.
RANE CORPORATION
MUKILTEO, WA

WWW.RANE.COM

Just Add Speakers

Yamaha has unveiled the 12-input EMX5000-12 and 20-input EMX5000-20 powered mixers. Essentially integrated PA systems, both units provide flexible audio mixing and patching options, nine-band graphic EQ, dual integrated 500W amplifiers, and unprecedented dual onboard 32-bit digital effects processors. Compact designs eliminate the need for additional outboard gear, thereby reducing setup times. They are ideal choices for performance venues, houses of worship, media presentations, and any small, budget-conscious mobile or permanent sound reinforcement system. An integrated carrying handle provides easy plug-and-go system setups.
YAMAHA CORPORATION OF AMERICA, PROFESSIONAL AUDIO
BUENA PARK, CA

WWW.YAMAHA.COM/PROAUDIO