Robe ColorWash 250 AT
The ColorWash 250 AT is designed for television, theatrical, and architectural applications where low noise is crucial. It is also appropriate for clubs, installations, and scenic lighting of all types. A completely new optical system makes it 50% brighter than its predecessor. The CMY color mixing system features a color wheel with a new set of six saturated colors plus open and the slot-and-lock method for easy replacement. The motorized zoom effect ranges from 8° to 32°. A frost filter and a beam shaper are available on the effects wheel. Additional features include full 16-bit resolution, color wheel positioning, and dimming.
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Ice*lighting™ provides visual entertainment effects through LED and Bead*light© Technologies. It converges light and video technologies to provide wide area video effects across split batten arrays without the use of a media server. Each batten contains over 300,000 micro lenses, which provide unique color blending effects with little attenuation of the light, the result of which delivers multi-colored light and a viewing angle in excess of 140°. The blending is enhanced by the use of 384 individually controlled tricolor LEDs per batten, offering high-definition pixelation with no apparent point sources. Users have the ability to design and control individual battens or arrays of battens and import images, animations, and video clips. Eight DMX channels per batten control sequences across 1,152 emitters. Features include: a library of stored animations, complex sequences, individual batten control, speed control, freeze frame and frame nudge facility, real time RGB control, and real time dimming.
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Barco B-10 LED Mobile Display
The new B-10 from Barco is a mobile, self-contained outdoor LED display solution, which incorporates a rotatable 29.5' LED display mounted on a trailer. It offers all companies-large or small-the opportunity to have their own LED screen. Its mobile nature allows the screen to be used at any event at any time. B-10 incorporates Barco's SLite 10 outdoor LED technology. It can be used to play any type of video or data content, including play back live footage or show advertising and promotional messages. As a fully self-contained unit with display, image processor, and internal power supply, the B-10 can be set up by one person and can be ready to operate in less than 15 minutes. There is no need for supporting structures or trusses or for technical assistance onsite. With its 360° rotatable screen, the B-10 can also easily be positioned or repositioned throughout an event to face the audience, regardless the setting. In addition, the B-10 has an adjustable tow-bar, so it can be used with any car or truck with a towing capacity of 3.5 tons or more.
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JELCO, Inc. EZ-MOBILE and EZ-STAND
JELCO, Inc., a maker of mobile lift cabinets, portable stands, and other A/V accessories, introduced the EZ-MOBILE and EZ-STAND portable stands for large, flat-screen displays. The stands are ideal for digital signage, rental, staging, and other display applications. The EZ-MOBILE is unique in that it is a portable stand for large, flat-screen displays that can be assembled without tools by one person in less than two minutes. With an adjustable height from 44" to 66", the EZ-MOBILE accommodates displays from 30" to 50" diagonal and will work with most mounting brackets that use 16" portrait and landscape mounting centers. It has a balanced shape and structural-grade aluminum construction. Options include a DVD/ VCR shelf, a heavy-duty storage case with wheels for easy transportation, and stacking detents for nesting of multiple cases. It lays flat for storage when disassembled. The EZ-STAND is a portable confidence monitor floor stand that also sets up in less than two minutes and also accommodates displays from 30" to 50" diagonal. It works with all mounting brackets that use 16" mounting centers in landscape mode. It has a 90° range of tilt. In addition to the options available for EZ-MOBILE, the EZ-STAND can include the EZ-SCREEN, an aluminum frame and drape kit to conceal the display on stage.
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Road Ready Cases Cool Cases
The Cool Cases™ line features cases that include built-in electric cooling and venting fans. Plugged in for power, these cases cool live gear by an average of 12°F/7°C (cooling tested at 20°C/68°F ambient temperature). The first five cases in this new line are the RRCCDP, the RRCCDJ, RRCDJCD10W, RRCDJCD12W, and RRCDJCD19W. These cases are specifically designed to hold and cool DJ gear for live outdoor and indoor shows that suffer from excessive humidity and heat. RRCCDP is a universal case for top and front loading CD players measuring up to 14" deep, 8.5" wide, and 4.5" high. The RRCCDJ RRCDJCD10W, RRCDJCD12W, and RRCDJCD19W cases can store various specific Pioneer, Denon, Technics, or Stanton digital CD players and/or various mixers.
ROAD READY CASES
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Automation specialists Kinesys and product designers Carallon have developed K2, a new motion control software solution. The software allows any item — prop, scenery, lighting truss, etc. — whether flown, tracked, or revolved, to be dealt with in terms of its own movement, rather than the movement of the devices that support it. This flexibility simplifies the communication between designer and programmer. A request like “tilt another 5°” is programmed as exactly that. With the 3D view feature, the movement of pieces can be monitored and programmed from any angle, as the operator can move around anywhere and on any plane. Programming of motion is equally straightforward with a graphical 3D interface. K2 can control any device, from chain hoists to variable-speed winches. It will also operate existing Kinesys equipment. Easy importing of 3D worlds and moving objects is possible via industry-standard CAD packages.
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Serious Stages Luna and Satellite PA Masts
Serious Stages designed and fabricated a new system of PA Masts for use with their stages and structures. The specially designed Luna PA mast is configured in three heights (39', 47', and 55') all of which can flow up to four tons of PA. Space between the two main base out-riggers is decked at low level, which is useful for PA preparation and bass enclosure support. Replacing Serious' traditional Dandelion PA masts, its new Satellite PA mast uses a heavy, one-piece 7.5'×7.5' square base, nominally 0.9' high, with an offset 10m ground support truss mast, optimizing stability for flown PAs weighing up to 1.5 tons. The base has an additional fixed 5'×7.5' platform infront of the mast. A unique headboard works in conjunction with the heavily ballasted base to allow the masts to be easily scrimmed, and both PA masts feature Serious' new scrim system, which combines semi and non-permeable fabric.
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EDIROL Updates UA-1 USB & MIDI Interface Line
EDIROL Corporation announced a new version of the UA-1 series USB Audio Interface. The new UA-1EX replaces the UA-1X and adds support for ASIO drivers and 24-bit/96kHz audio. The UA-1EX features Core Audio support for Mac OSX and WDM support for Windows 2000/XP as well as zero-latency direct monitoring. Inputs include RCA pin, input for plug-in powered electret condenser-type stereo microphones, and SP/DIF optical in. Outputs include RCA pin, 1/8" headphone jack, and SP/DIF optical output. EDIROL has also updated its USB MIDI Interface line with three new designs: the UM-1EX, the UM-2EX, and the UM-3EX. The UM-3EX 3-In/3-Out MIDI Interface features a built-in USB hub allowing the connection of two additional UM-3EX units for a total of up to 9-In/9-Out. Three UM-3EX can be rack mounted on an optional Roland RAF-70 rack adapter. The UM-2EX replaces the UM-1SX and adds an additional MIDI out port for a new 1-In/2-Out configuration. The new UM-1EX replaces the UM-1X and adds a new MIDI Thru switch to be used as a stand-alone MIDI cable or route MIDI back to an instrument or other external MIDI device. All three interfaces will be available in winter 2005.
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Audio-Technica 3000 Series UHF True Diversity Wireless
The Audio-Technica 3000 Series UHF True Diversity Wireless System, a 200-channel frequency-agile UHF wireless system, now has Automatic Frequency Scanning. This function automatically determines and sets the best available frequency (open channel), which is beneficial when working with multiple wireless systems, because it avoids interference and intermodulation. Up to 16 simultaneous systems per frequency band are compatible, for a total maximum of 32 simultaneous systems across two bands. The 3000 Series systems and components are available in two UHF frequency bands: 541.500 to 566.375MHz (TV channels 25-30) and 655.500 to 680.375MHz (TV channels 44-49) with 200 selectable frequencies in each band. The system features soft-touch controls for access to functions and Audio-Technica's digital Tone Lock© squelch. The 3000 Series is comprised of two system options. The first is the ATW-3110a UHF UniPak™ Transmitter System, with the ATW-R3100 true diversity receiver and the ATW-T310 UniPak body-pack transmitter. The true diversity ATW-R3100 receiver offers 200 PLL-synthesized UHF frequencies, menus to minimize setup time, and an adjustable-slope high-pass filter (ie. Off, 6dB, 12dB, or 18dB). Among the ATW-T310 UniPak's features is a three-position sliding cover to limit access to controls. The other system option is the ATW-3141a UHF Handheld Dynamic Microphone System, which includes the ATW-R3100 receiver and the ATW-T341 handheld microphone/transmitter. Designed to be used as a handheld or mounted on a microphone stand, the ATW-T341 microphone/transmitter provides a focused vocal pickup while offering superior gain before feedback. In addition, both transmitters have dual power settings permitting selection of high for maximum range or low for extended battery life.
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HM Electronics, Inc. AC850 Battery Charger
The AC850 Battery Charger for use with the PRO850 Wireless Intercom System from HM Electronics, Inc. (HME) is designed to charge beltpack batteries. The AC850 takes about three hours to charge up to four BAT850 NiMH rechargeable battery packs at a time. LED indicators show the charge status. The PRO850 allows production crew members to easily communicate with each other via wireless beltpacs. PRO850 is used mainly by sound professionals in theatres and television, but its application also spans to stadium/concert events, churches, touring companies, and schools.
HM ELECTRONICS, INC.
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LCS Audio CueStation 4.3 software
LCS Audio has released CueStation 4.3 software for its Matrix3 digital audio engine. This upgrade provides enhancements to Wild Tracks, VRAS (Variable Room Acoustic System), and the external control capabilities of their flagship FOH mixing, playback, and acoustic enhancement system. Wild Tracks now adds 24 tracks of playback to Matrix3 and has the capability to record up to eight tracks. In addition, users can change the number of loops while the file is playing and then seamlessly transition out of the looping section on cue. Audio files can be dragged directly into the Cue List, and playback channels can be assigned to tracks using a new display. Other cues can be triggered at any specified point, enabling automation events to be tightly synchronized to audio playback. In addition, a new algorithm has been added for VRAS to decipher between speech and music on a designated input channel. Depending on the type of signal detected, VRAS presets are triggered to automatically adjust the room for the appropriate acoustic setting. Other upgrades include the implementation of Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol for controlling and subscribing to system parameters. New features are available for testing network performance, defining and executing custom scripts using Python, and specifying a default web page for Matrix3.
SIERRA MADRE, CA
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Samsung SyncMaster™ LCD Monitor Displays
Samsung announced a new lineup of advanced LCD monitor displays tailored to the Pro A/V and corporate communities: network-enabled and large-screen versions of a 46" and 40" SyncMaster™ display. Samsung's SyncMaster 460pn and 400pn feature an Ethernet connection and Samsung's MagicNet™ technology, which allows users to send content to any MagicNet display on a network from a server. This eliminates the need for remote PCs. MagicNet allows users to show different content on different displays at different times, and schedule content up to a month in advance. Samsung also unveiled its SyncMaster 460p and 400p, which have the same display technologies without MagicNet, for non-network-related applications. All four LCDs feature Samsung's MagicSpeed™ technology, which provides an 8-millisecond response time. With Samsung's Patterned Vertical Alignment, the displays offer 1366°768 native resolution, a 170° horizontal and vertical viewing angle, a brightness of 500cd/m2, and an 800:1 contrast ratio. Interfaces options include composite video; S-video; component video for DVD and HDTV at 480i/p, 720p and 1080I; and RGB analog and digital interface for the PC. The displays feature 16:9 aspect ratios for HDTV and PC-based applications. They also feature a built-in video wall processor, allowing creation of a towering video wall, 16 monitors high, without the need for any additional controllers.
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Furman Sound AR-15 Voltage Regulator
Furman Sound released the AR-15 Series II, a 15A voltage regulator that delivers 120V of AC power to protect electronic equipment from damage caused by line voltage irregularities like sags, brownouts, and overvoltages. The AR-15 accepts any input voltage from 97V to 141V and transforms it to a constant 120V (±5) with an output capacity of 15A. The AR-15 also protects connected equipment from damage using Furman's exclusive SMP+ circuitry, which clamps and dissipates damaging transient voltages. Over-voltage circuitry protects against accidental connections to 208VAC or 240VAC by shutting off incoming power until the overvoltage condition is corrected. Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) filters and purifies AC power, which dramatically reduces noise that masks and distorts critical signal information. The AR-15 has eight outlets on the rear panel and one on the front panel. It is housed in single-space, rack-mount chassis. An LED bar-graph meter indicates the input voltage, while a separate LED indicates that the output voltage is within an acceptable range.
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Digidesign D-Show 1.1 Software
Digidesign® VENUE D-Show™ 1.1 software, a free upgrade for registered D-Show console owners, adds new software features and support to increase the power and flexibility of the VENUE live sound environment. D-Show 1.1 introduces a Variable Groups mode, which allows VENUE operators to configure 24 mix buses in addition to the Main Left/Right and Center/Mono buses, improving routing flexibility and usability for monitor mixing and FOH applications. Buses can be mono or stereo linked for a maximum of 12 stereo mixes. All 24 buses are accessible from the D-Show console or the software interface, and no hardware changes to the console are required. New features include +12 dB of gain for channel aux and variable group sends, “aux/variable group follows AFL” mode for simplified monitor mixing, enhanced hardware monitoring and reporting, and improved global patchbay numbering. Users can link VENUE's digital engine directly to a Pro Tools|HD® system, for up to 128 tracks of simultaneous recording and playback with the maximum of two HDx cards. VENUE operators can conduct “virtual” soundchecks (without performers), mix 48 live instruments with up to 80 pre-recorded tracks, and produce live recordings without additional peripherals or interfaces. In addition, when using a second FOH Snake Card, two remotely positioned stage racks can be connected to a single FOH Rack, expanding the total I/O from 48 to 96 remote-controlled, fully recallable mike preamps. With the available FOH Rack I/O, a total of 128 inputs are available to mix. Support for the ECx Ethernet Option card allows users to control the D-Show console remotely from a laptop or tablet PC.
DALY CITY, CA
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