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The new Merlin followspot from Robert Juliat
The new Merlin followspot from Robert Juliat
A complement to Robert Juliat’s extensive range of premium spots, the new Merlin followspot is designed to be a powerful, rugged followspot for the touring market. With an HMI lamp and a 16A power socket, Merlin’s 2500W power consumption produces a light output near equivalent to a 3000W Xenon source. Combined with a 3°-12° beam range, Merlin covers both long and medium throw ranges in one unit. Designed to complement Robert Juliat’s Grand, Compact and Ultra-Compact ranges, Merlin is the result of in-depth consultation with rental companies, lighting designers and professional followspot operators. Designed to be easy to transport, install and maintain, the new model incorporates Robert Juliat’s superlative optical and ergonomic qualities into a robust package. Merlin mixes a stainless steel housing with strong aluminum frames to deliver strength, weather- and rust-resistance. Integral lifting points and a dedicated flightcase that stacks into touring trucks aid transportation and installation still further.

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The Elation Satura Spot CMY LED spot luminaire
The Elation Satura Spot CMY LED spot luminaire
Elation Professional’s LED-based Satura Spot CMY is 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.

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Elements of the d&b audiotechnik Y-series of loudspeakers. Top to bottom:  the Y7P, Y10P, Y8 and Y12
Elements of the d&b audiotechnik Y-series of loudspeakers. Top to bottom: the Y7P, Y10P, Y8 and Y12
The new Y-Series of loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik presents both point source and line array modules. The Y7P and Y10P point source and the Y8 and Y12 line source loudspeakers each feature two 8-inch drivers with neodymium magnets mounted in a dipolar arrangement around a 1.4-inch compression driver. All models are passively crossed over, keeping amplifier channels to a minimum.

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The Chauvet Professional Vesuvio RGBA fogger and light fixture, and a photo of its effects in action.
The Chauvet Professional Vesuvio RGBA fogger and light fixture, and a photo of its effects in action.
Chauvet Professional’s Vesuvio RGBA combines highly-saturated LED colors and fog effects. The high-output unit blasts out voluminous amounts of fog and is also equipped with 28 red, green, blue and amber LEDs that wash its bursts of haze in RGBA hues. It can produce 40,000 cubic feet of fog per minute. Its proprietary pump technology generates a thick column of smoke with instantaneous spurts and cutoffs that simulate cryogenic and pyrotechnic burst effects. Its bank of 2-watt color LEDs (seven each of red, green, blue and amber) emit a bright 720 lux at 5 meters. The Vesuvio RGBA is also equipped with an electronic dimmer and a variable 0 to 12.5 Hz strobe.

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The Apollo Design Technology line of Little Focus Focusing wrenches, the Little Focus 3, 5 and 6Apollo Design Technology has reengineered their Little Focus 5 in direct response to consumer suggestions and introduced two new additions to the Little Focus line of focusing wrenches: the Little Focus 3 and the Little Focus 6. New features include: a new wing nut opening in the center (Little Focus 5 and Little Focus 6 only), pan nut opening moved to the outside for better leverage, and an opening for a lanyard. These features were added without sacrificing the contemporary aesthetics of the wrench. The wrench’s many openings help quickly tighten or loosen clamps and fixtures, lock the tilt, move lights, open road cases and many other tasks. The Little Focus wrenches are available in three sizes—3” (weighing 2.9 ounces), 5” (4.9 oz.) and 6” (5.3 oz.)—to allow users to choose the torque that best fits their needs.

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The ETC ColorSource PAR LED Luminaire is an affordable LED fixture
The ETC ColorSource PAR LED Luminaire is an affordable LED fixture
The new ColorSource PAR Luminaire from ETC is an affordable, PAR-style LED fixture designed for small theatres, schools and other venues with tight budgets that still want to upgrade to LEDs. ETC has used their color expertise on the ColorSource PAR, which uses a proportionate blend of red, green, blue and lime LED emitters to produce a richer, more natural light output than other budget LED fixtures. ColorSource PAR users can benefit from the color calibration that ETC does on all its LED luminaires. The luminaires are tested for uniformity, so a lighting system with multiple ColorSource PARs will have the same color from fixture to fixture. And they’re designed to compensate for the droop that typically plagues LED fixtures, so the ColorSource PAR’s output will look the same from the beginning of a show to the end.

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The new Mackie Mix Series of compact mixers, including the Mix5, the Mix8 and the Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects
The new Mackie Mix Series of compact mixers, including the Mix5, the Mix8 and the Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects
The new Mix Series Compact Mixers from Mackie includes three models: the Mix5 5-Channel Compact Mixer, the Mix8 8-Channel Compact Mixer and the Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects. Mix Series mixers are the most affordable mixer produced by Mackie. Designed to maintain great sounding audio from any source, the new line of compact mixers offer a feature set perfect for smaller applications. The Mix5, Mix8 and Mix12FX compact mixers feature the right mix of I/O, EQ and routing for applications that don't require a lot of inputs or multiple racks of output. Ideal for singer/songwriters, small band rehearsals or instrumentalists on the go, Mix Series mixers are designed to deliver high-quality Mackie preamps and electronics in proven high headroom, low-noise designs. Additionally, Mix12FX offers a selection of 12 integrated effects including reverbs, choruses and delays to easily create mixes that sound great. Each model features an all-metal chassis, high-quality components and a sleek rugged design that's built to last. 

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The Elation Professional Platinum SBX Fixture
The Elation Professional Platinum SBX Fixture
The new Platinum SBX from Elation Professional is an innovative, full-featured 3-in-1 luminaire with patent-pending dual optical system that has flexible use as a spot, beam, or wash fixture. Designed for a wide variety of professional stage and special event applications, it does the work of three luminaires in one. The Platinum SBX uses an MSD Platinum 17RA lamp co-developed by Philips and Elation. To achieve the multiple functions, the Platinum SBX uses independent optical systems for Beam mode and Spot mode. The dedicated optics achieve a narrower beam angle and brighter central point when in Beam mode and a uniform, clearer and brighter spot field under Spot mode. The Platinum SBX’s intelligent patent-pending dual optical system mechanically switches between Beam and Spot modes quickly and accurately. It also includes a unique frost system design which can realize a Wash effect under Spot or Beam mode.

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The CRMX TiMo Wireless RDM Module from LumenRadio
The CRMX TiMo Wireless RDM Module from LumenRadio
LumenRadio’s new CRMX TiMo Wireless RDM module is a new generation wireless RDM module designed for high volume manufacture. CRMX TiMo features all of the same capabilities as the full sized CRMX OEM RDM modules in a package just 33.5mm x 18.5mm. CRMX TiMo is fully compliant with the ETSI EN 300 328 (v1.8.1) ‘2015’ revision and is fully FCC part 15 certified with a modular approval to 300mW—the highest allowed output power of any manufacturer within the Entertainment industry.

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A screenshot from Creative Conners’ Spikemark software version 3.1.11, which includes Periaktoi support.
A screenshot from Creative Conners’ Spikemark software version 3.1.11, which includes Periaktoi support.
Creative Conners released version 3.1.11 of Spikemark, their scenic automation design software. One of its new features is a new visualization option for rotating scenery in the Stage Model Viewer. Scenic elements can now be shown as Periaktoi to more accurately represent multi-sided spinning walls. Other new features include: Meters added as a valid position unit; Auxiliary output switching added to allow for improved hydraulic lift control; Active time linked cues completely sever when “Enable All Links” box is unchecked. Spikemark is free software, and this update is recommended for all users.

Read more: Creative Conners Includes Periaktoi Feature to Latest Version of Spikemark Automation Software

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