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/

http://www.meyersound.com/multimedia/#192

 

 

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

Elation @ PRO Show 2014

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

Martin M-Series

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.

FROM CX: Counterfeit JBL Ring Melbourne firm under investigation


Thanks to a Facebook page “Knock Off Entertainment Gear Australia Alerts” and some dedicated people in the industry it seems that action is being taken against counterfeit gear and their suppliers in Australia. Julius at the CX Network has allowed people to share the following story. May this be the start of more to come. Too many people are being conned through buying on eBay or gumtree what they believe are genuine products. We all need to be alert when buying gear.

The Darebin Crime Investigation Unit are investigating a Preston based company accused of selling counterfeit JBL SRX and VRX products. JBL Manufacturer Harman International of Stamford Connecticut hired a trade mark investigator recently after Jands, the authorised JBL agent in Australia, detected fake products in the market.

Jands received complaints from users who had purchased the goods from various entities that seem to be one organised gang, led by a Kosta Sivov. The entities used include Hoblos Pty Ltd and Proline Productions. Hoblos is now under external administration, with a long list of goods under finance now subject to resale.

Amongst the goods listed as belonging to Proline, which include various vehicles, are a number of ‘JBL’ VRX932LA , VRX918S, SRX725, and SRX712M. The serial numbers listed are not genuine JBL numbers. The lease company Pepper Australia Pty Ltd have not responded to CX by presstime, so it is not known where these goods are. Seized goods are usually sold off. A list of serial numbers is on the Knock Off Entertainment Gear Australia FaceBook Group.

Various other parties are named in association with the sold and shipped fake JBL, but it not yet clear whether they were duped or are part of the gang.

Proline Productions directors were Vasco Jovanovski (aged 47) from Preston, and Elizabetha Nedanoska-Josifovska (aged 43) from Thomastown. It is not known whether they had knowledge of the company’s activities, and CX does not suggest they have done anything illegal.

CX spoke to two victims who purchased fake JBL from Kosta Sivov or from companies related or tied to him.

Kosta Sivov

Corey Boyd of the Hunter Valley region of NSW purchased a pair of SRX725 along with SRX728S subs.

“They cost $6000 delivered”, Corey told CX. Alarm bells rang when he picked them up from the transport co.

“I thought, gee these are heavy for JBLs, and when I looked closer, I saw the handles were ordinary. I took the Speakon plate off and saw no name speakers with big heavy drivers not Neodymium. The subs were over 100kg each.”

Corey wasn’t stupid, he flew to meet Kosta Sivov at ProLine Productoons, and went into the store to have a look at the speakers first. “I did ask if they were fakes, he said no way. Alarm bells were ringing but I ignored them. There were fake Nexo PS10’s in that store.”

Justin Myers of Toowoomba QLD purchased 6 x SRX712M and as soon as they arrived he smelled a rat. He will not use them, like Corey he does not want to misrepresent JBL on his professional gigs.

“I took one of the pole mounts out and realized I’d been had. I’d wasted $5,000.
They’re not real good, I haven’t used them on a job. They’re not even the same – it’s like there’s two different batches of knock offs, the wedge angles are slightly different”.

Other known fakes include SRX728S and VRX932LA. Some counterfeit EON products have been seized, but these are not known to be connected to Kosta Sivov.

What do you know? Email julius@juliusmedia.com

NEWS -DIGICO, ALLEN & HEATH AND CALREC ANNOUNCE THE FORMATION OF A NEW PROAUDIO GROUP


From the Allen & Heath website. This is worth watching, I think this might be a sign of things coming. Maybe we might get a standard file format therefore be able to move shows between desks. also if you look at the combined knowledge that these companies have we should see some amazing things come out of the union.

The DiGiCo team has spent the last 18 months consulting with Electra Partners about the possible combination of both Allen & Heath and Calrec with the DiGiCo family. The culmination of this brings together three British console companies to create a new professional audio group, while retaining their unique skills, customer relationships and the identities of each brand.

James Gordon will become Group CEO supported by a strong and talented management from across the new group. When asked about what this means for the future, James said:

“We have bold plans for the group but it is imperative that each company maintains its own independence and style. None of these brands needs to trade off each other’s technology or reputation.”

“These are three great companies and all the brands currently in the group have enviable reputations for technology, audio quality, reliability and perhaps, most importantly, customer focus and care. The strategy is to share technology and resource across the group and allow some interconnectivity across the product lines.”

“The combined R&D teams are about to enter a new world of possibilities and we intend to take full advantage of their resource, passion and experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, and just maybe the whole British Pro Audio industry.”

Glenn Rogers, Managing Director of Allen & Heath, added, “The creation of the group with DiGiCo and their management is an impressive combination. It will certainly add new momentum to what Allen & Heath and Calrec had already planned for the future.”

Henry Goodman, Calrec’s Sales and Marketing Director, commented that “This exciting formation gives Calrec new opportunities for swifter development of a host of ideas we have been wanting to bring to the market. We will have a vast pool of engineers to share new ideas for the industry and target them specifically to each brand’s needs. Customers can expect us to maintain and in some areas improve our very high levels of support and service.”

The complexity of this combination required the effort and support of two of London’s top Private Equity houses. For the first time, Electra Partners and ISIS have pooled resources to support the management with this ambitious vision for the future of UK Pro Audio. Charles Elkington, Investment Partner at Electra Partners, said:

“DiGiCo augments our existing investment in the professional audio sector. We have worked hard over the last 18 months to bring together these three successful businesses. We look forward to working with James Gordon and his team to grow the group, while also preserving the distinctive brand identity and excellent customer relationships of each business.”

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Safety Guidelines for Live Entertainment and Events Update


This is one of the seminars that I attended at the recent Entech Connect held in Melbourne in July 2014. It is great to see that the industry is working hard on getting a set of guideline together for our industry. They have achieved a hell of a lot in the last couple of years and soon we will see fruition of some of their work at the end of August if the pieces all fall into place. The lead organisation is  Live Performance Australia, and they are working with a variety of people across our industry putting together in what is a complex task a series of hazard guides. These hazards include: rigging, electricity, chemicals, heights etc to name a few.

Now the purpose of this update was to let folks know that they have completed five guides so far. These being Rigging, Chemicals, Electricity, General operational and height. They are currently have another seven in development.

These guides place a stronger emphasis on hazard identification and risk management, in line with the new legislation. Connections are made with legislation, the codes of practice, Current Australian and NZ standards and also with consultation with related industries. They is a strong emphasis placed on consulting the folks doing the work and strengthening the skills of workers, accredited training and licensing.

Each guide will have 3 sections, the first part outlining the regulatory framework, duty holders and responsibilities, enforcement, how to manage compliance, communication, consulting, competency and training. Part two covers, hazard identification and risk management, principles of risk management, risk assessments inc. template, understanding hazards, event hazard checklist, safe work method statements including a template.  Part three will be the hazard guide for the area that the hazard may occur, such as rigging or lighting.

The purpose of the guides is to assist the venue technician,event organisers to assess the a situation. These guides build on to the legislation and current codes of practice. In fact it could be  best practice, they are based on what is already there but are written in a way an event practitioner can understand and therefore assess their show or event and do it in the safest possible way.

It is great to see the industry take the bull by the horns and come up with guidelines with consultation of the industry So much better than the government stepping in heavy-hand and stomping over our industry because we were slack.  The government does not understand our industry and the first time we have a major incident they would clamp down on us. This way we are having a set of “best practice” type documents outlined that will give us guidance and make us think twice before doing something dangerous. Being proactive is going to save lives. It will get us to examine how we go about tasks and if we don’t know how it will hopefully encourage us to ask an industry professional how to.

I am, and I am sure plenty of others, are looking forward to the next step in this process. I like to go home to my loved ones at the end of a shift.