NEWS: PLASA Awards for Innovation 2014 – Winners Announced


The PLASA Awards for Innovation were presented the other night, revealing the most ground-breaking products of PLASA London 2014. It was a night of celebration and of remembrance, as the prestigious Gottelier Award was awarded posthumously to Clay Paky founder, Pasquale ‘Paky’ Quadri, who recently passed away.

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Clay Paky’s Chief Operational Officer, Pio Nahum, graciously accepted the Gottelier Award on behalf of his friend and colleague. The other nominees – Richard Belliveau, David Cunningham and Dr Christian Heil – withdrew from the running following the sad news. The lighting industry has lost a great character and a true pioneer.

Every year, PLASA recognises products that demonstrate progress, through attributes like a new style of thinking, an improvement in technical practice, new technology, materials or techniques, or an improvement in safety. The entries were considered by an expert judging panel comprising Tim Atkinson, Scott Burges, Jonathan Burton, Richard Cadena, Jenni Harris, Tapio Ilomaki, Steve Moles, Nick Read, Ben Rogers and Ed Manwaring.

The team of judges faced a real challenge in whittling down the contenders, eventually deciding on eight awards for innovation, and one award for sustainability. Due to the extremely competitive nature of the field this year, the judges took the extra step of making two additional commendations. They also awarded the Gold Award, which is an optional award that is reserved for industry-changing product innovation.

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This year’s winners of the 2014 PLASA Awards for Innovation:

Clay Paky Mythos

The judges said: “In the Clay Paky tradition, it’s a real winner. Paky would be proud.”

Elation Sniper

The judges said: “The Sniper beam light, scanner, and laser simulator adds a unique effect to the lighting toolbox. It fills a gap in the market for a huge number of venues.”

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot

The judges said: “The judges were impressed by the VL4000’s colour animation wheel, the ‘intuitive timing’ feature and the quietness of the studio mode.”

Philips Strand Lighting Emergency DMX Bypass Switch

The judges said: “The judges feel that the Philips Strand Lighting Emergency DMX Bypass Switch addresses an important safety issue that have previously been overlooked. It’s a well-designed turnkey solution for using DMX in an emergency system.”

GDS ArcLamp

The judges said: “In 2011, GDS won a Sustainability Award for their ARCSystem of LED auditorium lighting fixtures. By following it up with the ArcLamp LED candle lamp, the judges feel they deserve another award for innovation in general service lighting.”

RC4 Wireless DMX4dim Series 3

The judges said: “The DMX4dim Series 3 4-channel dimmer uses clever technologies to pack a variety useful features in a tiny package. One judge said the only thing it doesn’t do is zip up your pants.”

Neutrik XIRIUM X

The judges said: “The XIRIUM X wireless audio link solves a problem neatly and without compromising audio quality. It offers low latency with full spectrum audio, and it can take a line level signal or a mic with or without phantom power.”

Robe BMFL

The judges said: “BMFL raises the bar on automated lighting by increasing brightness, decreasing size and weight, and providing all of the effects you would expect in a top-of-the-line moving light.”

The Award for Sustainability goes to a product or products that the judges feel will have a positive impact on the environment. This year’s winner:

GDS ARCLamp

The judges said: “If all the West End theatres alone switched to the ARCLamp system, it would translate to a significant reduction in carbon footprint, reduced heat load, lower maintenance costs, and the increased lamp life would result in less landfill. Multiply that by the number of theatres across the world and the potential impact of this product is tremendous.”

The judges felt that the number of award contenders made it extremely difficult to narrow down the field. Although the following products did not win outright, they felt they should be commended.

This year’s Honourable Mentions:

Data Strategy Power-Check

The judges said: “The Power-Check is not a sexy product but it’s one which insures the safety of every product that is connected to mains power. We at PLASA wish to recognise those who toil to insure the safety of our work force.”

LumenRadio CRMX TiMo

The judges said: “The TiMo is an implementation of the CRMX Chip, both of which will have a profound impact on our industry.”

The winner of the 2014 PLASA Awards for Innovation Gold Award:

LumenRadio CRMX Chip

The judges said: “If ever there was a game changer, this is it. The low price point and incredibly small dimensions mean that there is now no excuse for not making wireless DMX a standard feature of every lighting product that uses DMX. The only option now should be whether the application calls for copper or air, not whether a light has the in-built option. This could be the beginning of Skynet for lighting.”

Christopher Toulmin, PLASA’s Director of Events, said: “Due to the level of competition, the judging of this year’s awards has been extremely difficult. The Awards have again proven that the entertainment technology industry is abound with innovation and continues to break new ground year after year. I’d like to thank all those who entered and give my congratulations to the winners. After such a high level of innovation this year, we’re really looking forward to seeing the entries for next year’s Awards.”

ENDS

NEWS: Elation Offers High Output LED-based Satura Spot CMY


Satura Spot CMYFollowing the success of the Satura Spot LED Pro, Elation Professional announces the next in the energy-efficient Satura Series, the LED-based Satura Spot CMY, a high-powered LED spot luminaire with zoom, CMY color mixing and dual gobo wheels.

The Satura Spot CMY’s 320W LED engine delivers 11,700 lumens of power for an output across all colors that is comparable to 575W and even 700W discharge fixtures. It projects the flat field of light that designers favor with sharp zoom optics that emit a powerful, well-defined beam. For flexible beam angle adjustments, the Satura Spot CMY houses a 14-36 degree zoom with a uniform field of light that is maintained throughout the zoom range.

A CMY color mixing system plus 7 dichroic colors for added color customization, including CTO color correction, blends a virtually unlimited variety of shades. A range of graphical effects is possible via two gobo wheels, one with 6 rotating interchangeable gobos and the other with 7 static gobos.

Beam projections and effects can be softened using the frost filter and further manipulation is possible via focus adjustment, iris and strobe. A 3-facet rotating prism adds unique effects to gobo projections. The fixture offers full 0-100% electronic dimming and a selection of variable dimming curves makes for easy intensity adjustments.

The Satura Spot CMY is naturally DMX controllable offering 22, 24, and 33 channel DMX modes. It is also RDM ready for bi-directional communication over the DMX cable. Other standards include 3 and 5 pin DMX in/out and powerCON connections, as well as a 6-button touch control panel with full-color reversible menu display that makes navigation through DMX and manual settings a breeze.

Built to endure the trials of life on the road or years of service in a permanent installation, the Satura Spot CMY’s modular construction makes for easier serviceability while silent movement means it can be used in noise sensitive environments. And a multi-voltage universal auto-switching power supply allows it to operate anywhere in the world.

The Satura Spot CMY offers all the benefits of LED like greater reliability and increased energy efficiency for a lower cost of ownership and with a long LED life rating of 50,000 hours, service intervals are few and far between.

For more information, contact:

 

Elation Professional US

6122 S. Eastern Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90040

USA

Tel: (866) 245-6726 (toll free)

Tel: (323) 582-3322

sales@elationlighting.com

www.elationlighting.com

 

Elation Professional EU

Junostraat 2.

6468 EW Kerkrade

The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)45 546 85 66

info@elationlighting.eu

www.elationlighting.eu

Your iPad as the mixer only – Mackie DL32R


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Well Mackie may have delivered a game changer in the audio field. The new Mackie DL32R is the new piece of gear that only requires an iPad to complete the mix. The DL32R is a 32 channel digital mixer that is completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app. It comes in a 3U Rackmount unit with 32 Onyx+ mic pre-amps. It also has 14 fully assignable outputs. When you look at the specs of this product it seems that it will be very popular and it seems to be very versatile. I certainly would love to get my hands on this beast to give it a work out. The only thing that would worry me is if your iPad died or lost connection part way through the gig. How would you control it then? But there is also a lot of benefits, like the fact individuals can adjust their own foldback. The fact you can allow access to the device, but you can limit how much access. The fact that you have no multicore to worry about running around the room. Love the idea of a virtual soundcheck – but other brands have this option. Being able to access a hard drive for backing tracks , or interval music sounds great – but I can imagine using it on small musicals where there are sound effects etc to play back.

The APP should be available shortly from iTunes app store.

I think it will be interesting how well this will be recieved by the industry, which sectors will embrace this. I have also included some video from Mackie in regards to the DL32R.

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These are the specs of the DL32R

32-Channel wireless digital mixer
• 32 Onyx+™ recallable mic pres with wireless control
• 14 fully-assignable XLR outputs
• Stereo AES digital output
• Total recall of all settings
• 3U rackmount design ready for road or install
• Card slot for Dante expansion card – Dante expansion card coming soon (sold separately).
Wireless mixing
• Complete control from your iPad®
• No set FOH position – mix from anywhere
• Personal monitor mixing via iPad, iPhone® or iPod touch ®
• Supports up to 10 separate iOS devices at once
• Multiple engineers can work from a single mixer
• Ditch the snake – place the mixer anywhere
Multi-track recording & playback
• 32×32 USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac or PC
• 24×24 recording/playback direct to USB 2.0
hard drive
• Wireless control over all direct-to-disk recording/
playback functions
• Record the show for later mixdown
• Play back intermission music and backing tracks
• Perform a virtual soundcheck
• Amazing recording interface for the studio
• Utilize Mac or PC audio plug-ins in a live environment
Fully-loaded DSP
• 36 input channels with 4-band PEQ + HPF, gate and compression
• 32 stereo-linkable input channels
• 4 stereo-linkable return channels
• 28 output busses with 4-band PEQ + HPF/LPF, 31-band GEQ, comp/limiter and alignment delay
• 14 stereo-linkable aux sends
• 6 stereo-linkable matrix busses
• 6 stereo-linkable subgroups
• Main L/R busses
• 6 VCAs and 6 mute groups
• 3 stereo FX processors with dedicated sends and returns
• Full I/O routing with A/B sources per channel
• Modern and Vintage options per processor
Master Fader control app
• Intuitive and easy to master
• Fast navigation with view groups and overview
• Quick setup with tons of factory and user-definable
presets
• Access limiting prevents unwanted adjustments
• Complete offline operation
• Easy and frequent updates via App Store

 

More information can be got from here : MACKIE DL32R

 

 

NEWS: Sound Workshop chooses Meyer Sound MJF-210 low-profile high-power stage monitors


Sound Workshop in Canberra, Australia has chosen the new self-powered MJF-210 stage monitor from Meyer Sound. Built for the demanding needs of today’s live productions, the MJF-210 is the lightest stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line.

The problem has been finding something that delivers the same audio performance, reliability, acceptance and ease of use that all our other Meyer products provide. As soon as we heard the new MJF-210, we knew that our search was over and that it was time to invest. From what I’ve heard from other Meyer-related sources around we’re not the only ones to recognise the potential of this product either, but we’re very pleased to put these amazing new monitors into our rental inventory,” says Sound Workshops MD, Tony Brighton.

A self-powered system with a low-profile design and an impressive power-to-size ratio, the MJF-210 contains two 10-inch LF transducers and a four-inch diaphragm compression driver mounted on a 50° H x 70° V constant directivity horn. The drivers are powered by an internal three-channel Class D amplifier.

Sound Workshop has added four MJF-210 stage monitors to an existing inventory of Meyer Sound equipment. With big name artist such as Metallica now touring with 76 MJF-210 units, the monitor is a must have for any professional company.

 

For more information on the Meyer Sound MJF-210 go to

http://www.meyersound.com/products/ultraseries/mjf-210/

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For more information on the MJF-210, visit www.meyersound.com.au or contact:

 

Australia Sales:

Meyer Sound Australia

Aus: 1800 463 937

Nz: 0800 363 937                                          

Email: sales@meyersound.com.au

NEWS: Elation to Unveil “Game Changing” Product at PRO Show in UK


Elation to Unveil “Game Changing” Product at PRO Show in UK

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Elation Professional is proud to be an exhibitor at the inaugural PRO Show 13-15 September at the NEC Birmingham in the UK where the company is excited to announce the world premiere launch of a truly innovative game changing product that is unlike anything on the market today.

Visitors to Elation Stand G25 will be the first to experience the Sniper, a new type of hybrid multi-effect lighting fixture that gives the creative LD an all-new tool to create stunning light shows. See a sneak peek of the new Sniper here. [https://elationprofessional.wistia.com/medias/1c9786dh2e]

And there’s more. Visitors to PRO will also be some of the first to see two new LED-based professional moving heads from Elation, the Satura Spot CMY Pro, a high-powered LED spot luminaire with zoom, CMY color mixing, dual gobo wheels and more; and the Platinum Profile LED, a full-featured professional LED profile fixture with flexible 4-blade rotating framing system. Using a new high-performance 180W LED engine for an output comparable to a 575 discharge lamp, the Platinum Profile LED houses 7 dichroic colors, 7 rotating interchangeable gobos, 7 fixed gobos and more.

Elation will also be showing two new discharge-based luminaires in the popular Platinum range, the energy-efficient Platinum Wash 16R Pro, a flexible feature-packed luminaire that can be used as both a wash and beam and loaded with features such as CMY color mixing plus fixed colors, zoom, beam shaper, shutter/dimmer and more; and the 800W Platinum Profile 35 Pro, a full-featured professional fixture with rotating 4-blade framing system that allows for full control of the beam shape and delivers an output comparable to 1,200W moving head profile MSR fixtures.

Visit Stand G25 for the opportunity to talk with Elation personnel about the latest in our range of innovative yet affordable professional lighting solutions and be the first worldwide to see an exciting new product launch!

NEWS – HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces Immediate Availability of its M-Series Software 3.4


HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces Immediate Availability of its M-Series Software 3.4

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AARHUS, Denmark  — HARMAN’s Martin Professional has released one of the biggest software releases ever in the new M-Series, version 3.4.

This latest version of the M-Series software brings a lot of new features as well as tons of improvements to make the entire system faster, more accurate, responsive and more efficient.

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of the next phase of MaxNet. This custom designed network protocol allows full workstation synchronization and can be programmed and played back from any M-Series console or M-PC client on the network. MaxNet is a plug and play system with zero setup. It does not require special training or experience in IT networking and is very user friendly. Programming and even patching can happen without interrupting the network, allowing multiple playback consoles to operate while someone is editing the show.

The M-Series can scale up to 64 Universes of playback straight from the console without the need of additional processing hardware, making the system very cost efficient to own and operate. sACN protocol is now part of the M-Series and can be used with any compatible sACN devices.

M-Series users will be delighted to know version 3.4 brings the Fixture Swap feature, allowing any fixture to be quickly exchanged for a new one in a single operation.

This version features a complete remake of many user interfaces such as fixtures, groups, presets, playbacks and the cue list directory. The new touch optimized design of these windows has an updated look and is created to improve user workflow and speed. Items and backgrounds can be custom-colored for fast identification and quick access.

Newly designed instant tools such as the grouping tool or cue list control allow for direct access to functions without having to change views, which further speeds up the programming on M-Series consoles.

For Windows tablet users such as the MS Surface 3 Pro it is now possible to use digitizer pen input and multi-touch displays to control the M-Series software. Combined with the new networking, such tablets are the ultimate lighting remote where all console features are available with no limitations. The M-Series software continues to innovate its user interface and provides the best user experience on touch PC systems in the industry. Theater people will be happy to use the new A/B manual crossfader, especially on the innovative split T-Bar found on the M6 console.

Artnet is now a possible input for DMX-in, allowing up to 16 Universes to be merged in or to remotely control cue list or fixture intensity. Merged DMX channels can be captured and recorded into cues or presets; an easy way to convert an older lighting system into the M-Series or allow simple remote stations anywhere on the network. A new window shows DMX-In/Out values.

Lightjockey II owners can take advantage of the M-PC, as their One-Key Lightjockey license will now unlock M-PC for up to 4 DMX universes.

The M-Series is currently in use on many international tours, shows and installations, such as Taylor Swift, Pink, Cher, Ministry of Sound and every Norwegian Cruise Liner around the world.

The M-Series software is available at no cost for one DMX Universe of control using the M-PC Free Edition.

Martin’s M-PC is available for download at www.martin.com/controllersupport

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

NEWS: Osram to acquire entertainment lighting company Clay Paky


PRESS RELEASE FROM OSRAM

Osram is set to strengthen its position in entertainment lighting and agreed to acquire Clay Paky, a leading maker of entertainment lighting for shows and events. The profitable company from Northern Italy is privately owned and recently generated annual sales of more than €60 million. Its products include so-called moving heads, follow spots and projectors. They are used at live concerts, in theaters and studios as well as in the area of architainment. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the current calendar year. “Clay Paky is a selective addition and improves the position of the specialty lighting business unit in a highly attractive market”, said Wolfgang Dehen, Chief Executive Officer of Osram. The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.
Osram is one of the leading makers of lamps and LED-based (Solid State Lighting – SSL) components for the entertainment industry. With the planned acquisition of Clay Paky, Osram will take over a well-respected entertainment lighting brand and push forward its value-driven strategy of technology and innovation. The innovation-driven entertainment lighting market is very attractive, with mid-single digit percentage growth rates. Clay Paky will be part of Osram’s Specialty Lighting business unit, which comprises the company’s automotive lighting as well as the display and optics activities.

“The combination of Osram and Clay Paky will form a leading professional entertainment lighting systems provider with a strong expertise in SSL technologies such as LED and laser light”, said Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of Osram Specialty Lighting.

Clay Paky, founded in 1976, has more than 100 employees and is known for innovative products in the industry. Osram therefore plans to keep the Clay Paky brand due to its outstanding reputation in the international entertainment sector and to maintain the company’s independence to a large extent in day-to-day business. Notable artists and establishments trust in Clay Paky products – examples can be found at http://www.claypaky.it/en/news.