Avolites showcase lighting and video integration at Prolight + Sound 2017

Frankfurt, Germany: Avolites will launch two software updates and showcase its trailblazing new developments in lighting and video integration at this year’ s Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt. The British manufacturer will launch the full capabilities of its much-anticipated Ai version 10 media server software, developed through real-world testing and the latest Titan update, V10.1, which boasts a plethora of end user-centric new features that will ensure Avolites stays resolutely ahead of the lighting control curve. Avolites will be in Hall 3 Level 0 Stand E80 throughout the four-day event.

Ai version 10 – developed with creatives, for creatives.

Ai V10 has been developed alongside some of the top names in the live event and installation sectors including the Director of Video Production at Hakkasan, Ed Shaw, Vice President of Entertainment at Hakkasan, James Algate, and Knight of Illumination award-winning video designer for Coldplay, Ben Miles.

The update includes the integration of real time effects generator Notch and video sharing feature Spout, both of which were developed alongside Miles and video programmer Leo Flint for Coldplay’s ‘Head Full of Dreams’ tour.


‘BPM Sync’ is a new Ai V10 feature born from developing the custom integrated control system for the lighting and visuals at Hakkasan Group’s JEWEL Nightclub in Las Vegas.


A new projection mapping tool, MeshWarp – features in the update. Born from the combination of Projective Keystone and Grid Warp – the feature enables users to quickly warp their content to match projection surfaces. This feature, in addition to auto map and auto blend, puts a powerful array of mapping tools in the hands of every user.


Lastly, Timeline is a major addition for Ai V10, providing precise control of video in a timecode environment, whilst still allowing live control simultaneously.


Head Ai Software Developer Ciaran Abrams commented: “Ai V10 represents a change in the media server in the way that our users will interact with the software. The extensive UI overhaul is just the start along with a list of easy, quick and intuitive controls, that make operating the software simple and fun.”


Titan v10.1 – total creative control

Far more than ‘just a point-release’, Titan V10.1 offers significant new functionality as well as many fixes and improvements. Scene Master mode introduces a new and more refined way to use the console live.  Avolites’ live palette time feature has been a favourite among users since the Pearl days, with Scene Master expanding its capability. The mode allows multiple palettes, playbacks and time information to be executed together, with either a fader or a chosen fade time.

Another key feature of the update is BPM Master, which now ensures all chases and effects attached to them remain not only at the same tempo, but also in synchronisation with the beat and each other.  Effects, including key frame shapes, can now be assigned a number of beats per cycle, allowing for more creative control when performing.

Not only that, effects can now also be linked to the group used to make them.  In this way, when the number of fixtures in a rig changes – as with festivals – the original group can be updated, and the effect will then run with all the fixtures in that group, greatly increasing flexibility and efficiency.

Avolites Sales Director Koy Neminathan comments: “Avolites has recently gone through some exciting changes which have allowed the company to adapt and change the way we create, produce and deliver world class products. The releases of Ai V10 and Titan are just the beginning with more focus on reliability. Users and non-users have told us that they have seen and heard that Titan and Ai have taken huge strides forward in delivering what they require. So, it is clear that our training programme is working efficiently and deploying that through our vast distribution network is paying dividends. With a sustained increase in demand and currently having the largest order book in the company’s history, it is clear to say that our new strategy is clearly going to create some positive shock waves. Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt is the best place to demonstrate this to everyone.


Elation Lighting Fixtures to Feature on 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

Elation lighting to showcase over 800 lighting fixtures for this year’s production with lighting design by Jerry Appelt; head of production is Ola Melzig

Elation Professional is pleased to announce that over 800 of the company’s lighting products will feature in the lighting rig at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to take place in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine from May 9-13. As an official technical event supplier to the 2017 show, Elation lighting will be utilized by Lighting Designer Jerry Appelt and Eurovision Song Contest Head of Production Ola Melzig in what is certain to be a spectacular lighting design.

“Being a part of the Eurovision Song Contest is a tremendous opportunity for Elation, not only for us in Europe but around the world,” stated Elation Director of Sales & Marketing Eric Loader. “Our team is very excited to be involved in this year’s production and honored to be selected by the world-class design team which is certain to dazzle audiences around the globe and help us show how well Elation products can perform on one of the world’s largest stages.”

Ola Melzig was key in the decision to go with Elation, having expressed interest in using the company’s products on Eurovision after the 2016 PLASA show. He commented, “We’re thrilled to have Elation as one of our Technical Suppliers this year on Eurovision. Their product range is a great fit for this show, and believe me, we absolutely must have hard core lighting like this to stand up to the challenge!”

Marc Librecht, Sales and Marketing Manager at Elation Europe, commented, “From the time we started working with Ola and Jerry on this, we’ve been keenly aware of the opportunity that this presents for us. We are ecstatic they liked what they saw in both our personnel and our products and are extremely satisfied that they have shown us this confidence. Eurovision will be the most high-profile event Elation Europe has ever been a major part of and presents a milestone in our continued progress in the European market.”

A large portion of the intelligent lighting package at Eurovision 2017 will be made up of Elation lighting fixtures. On their way to Kyiv for it’s global debut is Elation’s new full-color Paladin™ strobe/wash/blinder effect light. Melzig and Appelt will also be using Elation’s brightest LED wash light, the new Platinum 1200 Wash™, along with the Platinum Seven™ LED wash light, and SixBar 1000™ LED batten along with the company’s award-winning Platinum FLX™ hybrid moving head. All of the Elation lighting fixtures that will feature on Eurovision will be on display at Elation Stand F60/61 at the Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 9th May and Thursday 11th May, with the Grand Final to be held on Saturday 13th May. The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programs in the world. It is also the most-watched non-sporting event in the world, with 2016 audience figures exceeding 200 million.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces New Soundcraft Notepad Mixers

New streamlined mixing surfaces offer Lexicon digital signal processing, and USB I/O connectivity for computer-based music recording and playback

PROLIGHT + SOUND (Hall 4.0, Stand F41), FRANKFURT—HARMAN Professional Solutions today introduced three new Soundcraft Notepad mixers. The Notepad-5, -8FX and -12FX are desktop analog mixing surfaces that include HARMAN signal processing, and USB I/O connectivity. Streamlined to meet today’s audio workflow challenges, the new Soundcraft Notepad surfaces offer exceptional value and performance for podcasters, singer-songwriters and audio professionals who require small format mixing solutions.

“Soundcraft Notepad mixers have a long history with musicians and audio professionals who need high-quality, small-format desktop mixing solutions,” said Scott Wood, Mixers Solutions Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The new Notepad generation maintains that trusted history, while adding legendary Lexicon signal processing and USB I/O connectivity, all at an entry-level price.”

Featuring trustworthy designs with high-quality components, Soundcraft Notepad mixers include professional microphone preamps with excellent audio quality for a variety of uses, XLR combination jack mic/line inputs for easy connection with professional audio gear, and 1/4″ balanced inputs for connecting keyboards, playback devices and more. USB I/O connectivity enables easy recording and playback with digital audio workstations or video audio workstations. In addition, users of the Notepad-8FX and Notepad-12FX can also enhance their audio using renowned HARMAN Digital Signal Processing (DSP), including Lexicon reverbs, chorus and delay with tap tempo control.

Soundcraft Notepad mixers are designed for exceptional convenience and ease of use. A traditional channel strip layout provides fast and efficient access to desired channels and sends. Up to three EQ’s per channel are perfect for simple audio shaping on incoming audio signals. An Aux/FX send makes it easy to feed audio signals to external effects send or built in Lexicon digital processing. A master fader with LED metering provides XLR stereo output level control. A rotary headphone level provides simple control for master mix or aux output levels.

Contact details:

Will Repanellis

P: +612 9582 0909

E: WRepanellis@jands.com.au

HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces the JBL EON ONE PRO Rechargeable All-in- One Portable PA

The battery-powered EON ONE PRO enables musicians and mobile presenters to perform anywhere with world-class JBL sound quality

PROLIGHT + SOUND (Hall 4.0, Stand F41), FRANKFURT—HARMAN Professional Solutions today unveiled the JBL EON ONE PRO rechargeable portable personal linear-array PA Created by the world leaders in loudspeaker and line array technology, the EON ONE Pro combines the superior sound quality of a professional system with the convenience and portability of a self-contained, battery-powered solution. Featuring Bluetooth® audio, a seven-channel mixer and a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts six hours, EON ONE Pro is ideal for gigging musicians and DJs, educators, fitness studios, corporate environments and more.

“The JBL EON ONE established a new standard for mobile sound reinforcement, and now the EON ONE PRO takes that even further with battery-powered operation, and a broader range of connectivity and control options,” said Craig Lambrecht, Retail & Recording Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With EON ONE PRO, musicians and mobile presenters can easily control their sound using the built-in 7-channel mixer with Bluetooth audio—then collapse the entire system into the base unit and carry it away with one hand. It’s finally possible to perform literally anywhere without sacrificing sound quality and control.”

As the first all-in-one battery-powered linear-array PA system, the EON ONE PRO provides the ultimate combination of sound quality and portability. The high-frequency section and two spacers fit conveniently into the base unit, providing a streamlined package. Users can set up the system in seconds, choosing the right number of spacers to optimize the sound for each application. Two spacers provide a long throw for live performances and large crowds, while a single spacer is ideal for conferences, gyms and medium-sized groups. For small meetings and intimate events, users can place the high-frequency section directly atop the base unit.

With a maximum SPL of 118 dB (peak), the EON ONE PRO provides detailed, distortion-free audio. An unobstructed 8” bass-reflex subwoofer delivers tight, accurate low-frequency response that’s ideal for DJs and playing back recorded music. The high-frequency section features JBL’s patent-pending Directivity Control Geometry, which optimizes the spacing and angles of the six two-inch high-frequency drivers to deliver full and clear sound over a wide coverage area, ensuring that the entire audience hears the sound accurately and consistently.


The built-in seven-channel mixer with Hi-Z inputs and phantom power enables users to connect microphones, instruments such as acoustic guitars, electric guitars and keyboards, and other sources. The mixer features bass, treble and reverb controls to optimize the sound. The unit also includes a pass-thru XLR connector for integrating additional units for more robust sound reinforcement. Bluetooth audio streaming makes it easy to play back recorded music from smartphones or tablets. A USB charger connection provides power for phones and tablets when needed and the unit features an integrated tablet stand for convenience. The integrated accessory attachments allow users to add a camera or a future lighting element to complete any show.

Contact details:

Will Repanellis

P: +612 9582 0909

E: WRepanellis@jands.com.au

Chauvet Acquires ChamSys

SUNRISE, FL, USA– (For Immediate Release) – Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced that it completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, UK-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a strong presence in the controller market that complements its CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with ChamSys,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet & Sons LLC. “ChamSys has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, quality and value, the same principles that are at the heart of our own Chauvet brands. Together ChamSys and Chauvet are now in a position to better cover and serve worldwide markets.”

ChamSys will continue to operate as an independent business unit from its facility in Southampton, UK. ChamSys founders Chris Kennedy and George McDuff will remain as Managing Directors of the company and, together with Sales Director Tony Cameron, will continue to lead its current staff of software and hardware engineers, operations, sales and support teams.

The ChamSys industry standard MagicQ series of lighting control products will continue to be sold by the company’s current network of distributors, except in the USA, where Chauvet will sell and support ChamSys products from its Sunrise, Florida, headquarters. The CHAUVET Professional sales team will assume responsibility for ChamSys sales in the USA. They will have the full-time support of Phil Watson, former CEO of ChamSys, Inc. who has been named ChamSys USA Director.

“We’re committed to maintaining the ChamSys brand and its reputation for excellence by supporting the vision and culture of its management team,” added Albert Chauvet. “At the same time, we’re also looking forward to building ChamSys in the USA and making this outstanding line of controllers available to an even larger market.”

ChamSys Managing Director Chris Kennedy echoed this enthusiasm. “Chauvet and ChamSys share similar cultures, a strong sense of respect for our customers, an appreciation of our staffs and a powerful drive to be the best in our markets,” he said. “This partnership is clearly a logical step for both companies. We deeply appreciate that Chauvet is committed to building on our 14-year heritage so that ChamSys becomes even stronger in the future.”

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About Chauvet
Chauvet & Sons LLC, headquartered in the USA with offices in the UK, Belgium and Mexico, is a leading global provider of professional luminaires, trusses, controllers and related equipment. The company has a diverse portfolio of brands and award winning products that meet the needs of customers across all sectors of the lighting market ranging from concert touring to festivals, theater, broadcast, corporate and architectural applications. All brands under the Chauvet umbrella share a commitment to value, innovation and performance.
For more information, visit http://www.chauvetlighting.com

About ChamSys
Based in the UK, ChamSys Ltd. was founded in 2003 by a group of designers and product developers seeking to create a lighting console that offered greater flexibility. The company’s MagicQ range has set an industry standard used in some of the most prominent concert, theatre, broadcast and club applications around the world. ChamSys has recently launched its new top of the range MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console and will be showing further additions to the Stadium range at PLS Frankfurt.
For more information, visit http://www.chamsys.co.uk

Press Release: upgrade to the Hog 4 OS – v3.6.0. Out in the wild

Well it seems it is time to upgrade your Hog. High End have released the latest Hog 4 OS – v3.6.0.


This new version has some new and improved features for all of you keen Hog users. So download and update your consoles and PC’s to be the latest. I will download in the next few days and see what the improvements are. So for the moment here are a few new features to keep your appetite whetted.

Batches can contain one or more Lists or Scenes and can be assigned to a Playback Master. Once assigned to a Master the Playback bar will show status for all of the included Lists or Scenes.

The Batch preferences allow for each Batch master fader to scale Intensity / playback rate / effects rate or size for all of the contained Lists or Scenes. Lists and scenes may be assigned to multiple Batches to allow for separate Intensity / Playback Rate.

The Batch directory can be opened by using the keyboard shortcut (pig+open+list), Lists and Scenes are added to Batches by moving one or more items at a time From the List or Scene Directory into a slot in the Batch Directory. Batches are assigned to Masters by using the move function.

Effect Spread
A new effect offset control mechanism has been added to the 5th encoder wheel of Hog 4 and Full Boar 4 consoles when the effect kind is selected.

The effect spread is a simple way to spread the effect offset evenly among the selected fixtures. For example, an effect spread of 100% evenly distributes the effect offset values for the currently selected fixtures from 0 to 360 degrees so that every fixture within the selection has a unique offset.

The effect spread value is not stored in cues, scenes or palettes. Instead the effect spread is treated as a front-end tool to establish individual offsets among selected fixtures.

Auto Patch For Media Servers
AutoPatch is an easy way to quickly detect and patch fixtures that are connected and properly configured on the console’s FixtureNet port.

The following fixtures are currently supported by Hog 4 OS for autopatch:
Arkaos MediaMaster (Software v5.0.3), High End Systems Axon HD (Software v1.0.3), High End Systems Axon HD Pro (Software v1.0.3), High End Systems DL.HD (Software v1.0.3), High End System MMS-100 (Software v1.0.3)

Hog 4 OS will use the information supplied by the fixtures to:
Schedule the fixtures.
Patch the fixtures to the appropriate dmx channels using the lowest available Hog universe.
Establish an ArtNet output mapping to the fixture in the art-net outputs tab of the DP8000 node settings window.
In Australia contact Lexair on the numbers below.
If you have any questions or problems please don’t hesitate to contact Alex on 0418 691 509, Renaat on 0477 539 222 or Tony on 0477 539 247.


Press Release:Barco in discussions over sale of High End Systems to ETC

Copy of what arrived in my inbox this afternoon.
Kortrijk, Belgium, 2 March 2017 – Barco and ETC announced today that they are in the midst of serious discussions wherein ETC would acquire High End Systems, Barco’s lighting activities, part of the Entertainment division. While the timeline for the completion of this acquisition is still unknown, both parties are committed to moving forward with a successful transaction.
Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President of Barco’s Entertainment division, commented, “For Barco, the envisioned divestment of its lighting activities is in line with its strategy to sharpen the focus on its core activities. We believe joining forces with ETC would enable High End Systems to realize its full business potential, while providing ongoing support and opportunity development for its customers, and we appreciate ETC’s commitment to maintain High End’s operations in Austin and fully support the development of High End’s products.”

Fred Foster, ETC CEO commented today, ““ETC has been executing a strategy to grow our company. We want to offer our employee-owners opportunities for greater personal success and continue to give our customers innovative products and services. We see adding HES to the ETC family as an opportunity for both of those things. Our plan is to continue High End operations from their current location in Austin, TX. High End products like the Sola family of LED automated fixtures, Wholehog consoles, and Axon media servers are innovative tools for the live-events industry. Our intention is to make the investments needed in order to restore these products and the High End brand to market-leader status.”

Foster continues, “We place a high value in not only the High End products, but also the employees that will join our ETC family with the completion of this acquisition. Both companies have similar core values when it comes to innovation and I know working together will be a great success.”

More information will be announced in the coming weeks, as it becomes available.

About ETC
ETC is a global company dedicated to manufacturing the most innovative lighting and rigging products and providing industry-leading service. ETC employs over 1000 people across 10 countries, in 11 corporate, and several home offices. ETC posted sales of 300 million dollar in 2016.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,500 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.102 billion euro in 2016.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.barco.com