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 The Pandoras Box Media Server from Coolux
The Pandoras Box Media Server from Coolux

Pandoras Box Version 5.9 media server is designed to provide faster, more intuitive operation with a wider range of options, compatibility and user-friendly workflow solutions. Features include a standalone Kiosk Mode, a completely redesigned Patch-Tab, the addition of a Cues Tab for an overview of all cues, and an optimized Pandoras Box Codec. Pandoras Box Version 5.9 now encodes files up to four times faster, delivers additional codec information through the file inspector, and includes a completely redesigned Patch-Tab and new templates that deliver faster workflow for remote control from a lighting desk. Users can create their own profiles, as well as export and import patch templates with exceptional ease. A Cues Tab has also been introduced for an overview of all cues, which can be used to navigate through the timeline and leave individual notes per cue.

Read more: Coolux and Christie Release Pandoras Box version 5.9

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A screenshot from Martin’s M-Series software, version 3.5
A screenshot from Martin’s M-Series software, version 3.5

Martin Lighting release version 3.5 of their M-Series software, created specifically for design and production purposes with the idea of inspiring creativity and innovation when programming light shows. The primary feature for this new software is the 2D Plan tool, which simplifies lighting fixture selection by using a topographic representation of the fixtures in relation to the real world. The M-Series 2D Plan allows multiple fixture layouts to be stored and recalled at any time. In addition to fixtures, fixture groups and various shapes can be positioned on a 2D layout, while the content of each can be subdivided into layers for better management, similar to many CAD tools.

Read more: Martin Lighting Releases M-Series Software Version 3.5

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The new MCX Node from ETC
The new MCX Node from ETC

The new MCX Node from ETC allows users to build larger and more complex rigging systems than ever before. The MCX Node is an Ethernet-based I/O accessory for ETC’s Foundation controller that facilitates communication between Foundation and connected hoists, increasing the standard 48-axis capacity to 96 axes of control, to be used with motorized hoists and curtain motors. Each Node supports 48 axes of control. When using a 1RU rack-mount kit, you can install two MCX Nodes per system, totaling 96 axes of control.

Read more: ETC Doubles Axes of Control with MCX Node

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The Robe BMFL WashBeam
The Robe BMFL WashBeam

Robe’s new BMFL WashBeam is the brightest fixture in its BMFL series. The WashBeam uses a super-bright 1700W compact short-arc metal halide lightsource with 6,000K color temperature to deliver 300,000 lux at 5 meters at a CRI greater than 90. It has a “fat beam” mode, thanks to a 180mm front lens, and can work in wash, spot, profile and beam mode, with 5°-45° zooming. It has smooth color mixing thanks to two color wheels, along with two gobo wheels (rotating and static) and an animation wheel.

Read more: Robe Releases BMFL WashBeam

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The Optix Fiber Optic Antenna Distribution System from RF Venue
The Optix Fiber Optic Antenna Distribution System from RF Venue

The second generation of RF Venue’s Optix system maintains the dynamic range and quality of the RF signal, while adding industry standard connectors requested by many users. The RF Venu Optix system consists of two modules: a transmitter placed at the remote antenna site, and a receiver at the rack or FOH location. Both modules have been redesigned with new components, connectors, and enclosures for improved performance and ease of use. The revised OPTIX offers female BNC connectors for all RF/antenna connections, and ST/UPC optical connectors for fiber-optic cable connections. Additional signal and power indicator lights have also been added.

Read more: RF Venue Releases Second Generation of Optix Fiber Optic Antenna Distribution System

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Audio-Technica ATM230 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone.
Audio-Technica ATM230 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone.

The new ATM230 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone from Audio-Technica is designed to capture sound from drums and percussion. The mic’s proprietary capsule is designed to excel in high SPL applications, delivering full, well-rounded audio with an exceptional low-end. The hypercardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source – directionality that is aided by the mic’s low-profile design, which allows it to be placed in a wide variety of setups. ATM230 is ideally suited for miking toms, snare and other percussion instruments.

Read more: Audio-Technica Releases ATM230 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

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Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE2300 Cardioid Instrument Microphone
Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE2300 Cardioid Instrument Microphone

The new Artist Elite AE2300 dynamic cardioid instrument microphone from Audio-Technica features proprietary double-dome diaphragm construction, giving it excellent high-frequency and transient response, with little off-axis coloration. With its rugged, brass metal construction and low-profile design (able to be placed unobtrusively in a variety of applications) and the ability to handle high SPLs, the AE2300 is designed to capture sound from guitar amps, brass and woodwinds, drums and percussion instruments with clarity and precision. The microphone is also equipped with a switchable low-pass filter.

Read more: Audio-Technica Releases AE2300 Dynamic Cardioid Intrument Microphone

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The Allen & Heath Qu Chrome line
The Allen & Heath Qu Chrome line

Allen & Heath has launched new Chrome editions of their Qu series of compact digital mixers. The Chrome Edition Qu-16, Qu-24 and Qu-32 mixers all feature the same high contrast metallic finish rotary controls and fader caps as the premium GLD Chrome series, providing optimal visibility in low lighting scenarios and enhanced tactile control. The line also features the advantages of v1.8 of Qu firmware, including automatic mic mixing, spectrogram capabilities and additional monitor mixes.

Read more: Allen & Heath Launches Qu Chrome

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The Mackie SRM1550 Subwoofer
The Mackie SRM1550 Subwoofer

Mackie’s new SRM1550 Subwoofer is a 1200W thumper designed to be the ultimate companion to the popular SRM450 and SRM350 powered loudspeakers. The SRM1550 features a 1200W amplifier, custom high-output 15-inch woofer, digital variable crossover, and the instantly recognizable looks of the legendary SRM Portable Series. The road-worthy, internally reinforced Poplar cabinet delivers on the "Built-Like-A-Tank" legacy that the SRM series is known for, and its front-ported design provides maximum punch and low-frequency extension. Equipped with stereo XLR inputs, full-range and high-pass outputs, the SRM1550 also features a variable digital crossover that includes presets for the Mackie SRM350 and SRM450, for simple and fast setup at every gig. Plus, built-in Smart Protect DSP protects the 15-inch woofer when pushed to the limit.

Read more: Mackie Introduces SRM1550 Subwoofer

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The lineup of QSC E Series Passive Loudspeakers
The lineup of QSC E Series Passive Loudspeakers

The new E Series line of passive loudspeakers from QSC consists of four models incorporating QSC’s DMT (Directivity Matched Transition) which delivers uniform frequency response across the entire coverage area. The E10 features a 10-inch, die cast frame woofer with a 2.5-inch voice-coil. The E12 is a trapezoidal, two-way loudspeaker using a 12-inch die cast aluminum woofer with a 3-inch voice-coil, and the 15mm, 11-ply enclosure provides enough volume to deliver solid low-frequency extension down to 60 Hz. The E15 is a trapezoidal, two-way loudspeaker using a 15-inch, 500W, die cast aluminum frame woofer with a 3-inch voice coil, intended for use when high-power and authoritative low-end are needed from a full-range loudspeaker. The E18SW is a high-performance subwoofer with a single, high-powered, 18-inch, aluminum frame woofer.

Read more: QSC E Series Passive Loudspeakers

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