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The ADJ Inno Beam LED
The ADJ Inno Beam LED
ADJ’s Inno Beam LED is a powerful and highly versatile automated fixture powered by a bright white 80W LED source. It utilizes a 6-degree beam angle and eight colors, plus white, to deliver an extensive range of mid-air beam effects. It has a wide palette of options available, such as beam reducers, a frost filter (for wash effects) and an eight-facet prism. It also has an independent color wheel and a laser cut gobo wheel, with four gobo patterns and four Beam Reducers. Video demo (and more details) after the jump!

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The GLP Impression X4 LED family of automated fixtures
The GLP Impression X4 LED family of automated fixtures
GLP’s next generation Impression X4 XL LED Moving Head is a “supersized” version of their popular Impression X4 fixture. It has 55 RGBW LED sources, each rated at 15W and each color matched to align across units, giving them compatibility with X4 and X4S units that may be used on the same production. It also offers the same zoom range of 7° to 50° which, with such a high output, forms a “cannon of light” at its narrowest angle up to a bright expanse of coverage at its widest. With its RGBW LEDs the Impression X4 XL offers the same extensive color palette as others in the series, ranging from soft pastels to deep, strong saturates.

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The new Beam Spread Stencil from Field Template three protractors, scale rules and straight edges, then adds a catalog of manufacturer’s cut sheets, reference formulas, and definitions
The new Beam Spread Stencil from Field Template three protractors, scale rules and straight edges, then adds a catalog of manufacturer’s cut sheets, reference formulas, and definitions
The new Field Template Beam Spread Stencil is designed to replace acetate “beam angle templates,” but with a whole lot more. Slightly bigger than a letter-sized piece of paper, the template combines three protractors, scale rules and straight edges, then adds a catalog of manufacturer’s cut sheets, reference formulas, and definitions. The “Zero Degree” starts from the middle on Centerline, so no more complex formulas needed to figure out beam spread points. The beam ray cutouts extend to 45° on either side, so you can draw beam spreads up to 90°. Vertical gutter cutouts on each side allow for beam spreads up to 180°.

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A Yamaha CL 5 digital audio console
A Yamaha CL 5 digital audio console
Version 2.0 of the Yamaha CL Series Digital Audio Consoles firmware includes enhancements for sound reinforcement applications as well as mix-minus capabilities for the broadcast market. One significant enhancement in V2.0 is discovery and head amp control for the new, compact QL Series that also inherits CL Series features and performance. A QL console can function as both monitor mixer and I/O rack, for example, while a front-of-house CL console can remotely control the head amp gain of the QL console’s I/O. Other new features in CL V2.0 include DCA Roll-Out: Channels assigned to DCA groups can be instantly called up to the console faders for enhanced operational flexibility; output DCA enables the Stereo/Mono bus masters, Mix bus masters, and Matrix bus masters to be assigned to DCA groups.

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The MA 2Port Node onPC 2K
The MA 2Port Node onPC 2K
MA Lighting’s new MA 2Port Nodes extends their range of 1Gbit MA 4Port and 8Port Nodes. The new line of 2Port nodes includes the MA 2Port Node, the MA 2Port Node onPC 1K and the MA 2Port Node onPC 2K (pictured here). MA 2Port Nodes are available with and without control parameters and are fully configurable from the grandMA2 consoles or from grandMA2 onPC software. Each DMX port can be individually configured as DMX in or DMX out for maximum flexibility. A range of accessories is available to facilitate front or rear connections and all rack mounting and truss rigging combinations. There are also specific 2/4Port Node Power over Ethernet installation versions in development which should be available later this year. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor for MA in North America.

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Meyer Sound’s four new videos walks users through setup and use of their Lyon line array systems.
Meyer Sound’s four new videos walks users through setup and use of their Lyon line array systems.
Meyer Sound has released four online video tutorials to support users of the Lyon linear sound reinforcement system, the newest addition to its Leo Family of line array products. The videos cover topics that range from system design and rigging to optimization and are titled: Lyon Product Introduction, a comprehensive overview; Lyon Array Assembly, a step-by-step tutorial for presetting splay angles, lifting and locking an array, and pullback techniques; Lyon Compass Presets and Controls, showing the user workflow for optimizing a Lyon loudspeaker array; and Using Array Correction and Delay Integration, demonstrating the use of array processing and correction and delay integration for Meyer Sound line array systems. Videos are available on the Meyer Sound website and after the jump!

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A screen grab from Qu v1.5 showing channel naming and the DCA Groups.
A screen grab from Qu v1.5 showing channel naming and the DCA Groups.
Allen & Heath has released a new firmware update for its Qu Series of compact digital mixers. New features include support for the newly launched Qu-32 mixer and AB168 Audio Rack, as well as DCA Groups, custom channel naming, flexible dSNAKE output patching, improved routing for studio recording applications, and additional MIDI control soft keys.

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Cast has released version R33 of their wysiwyg previsualization software.
Cast has released version R33 of their wysiwyg previsualization software.
Cast Software has released version R33 for their popular previsualization software package, wysiwyg. R33 is billed as “biggest release since wysiwyg was introduced twenty years ago” by the company and comes with more than 10 new features, including: LED video wall glow, shaded view optimizations and profiles, templates, and double the number of universes. Full description of features after the jump.

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The DiGiCo D2-Rack offers higher sample rate conversions for SD8 and SD9 consoles.
The DiGiCo D2-Rack offers higher sample rate conversions for SD8 and SD9 consoles.
At the recent InfoComm show DiGiCo showed off their new D2-Rack. Designed to support and expand the DiGiCo SD Range's higher sample rate I/O solutions, the D2-Rack comes with either BNC or CAT5 MADI connections, allowing it to be used with a number of DiGiCo consoles. By using the latest converters found in DiGiCo's SD Racks, the D2-Rack offers a more compact, efficient and affordable rack solution for connection at either 48kHz or 96kHz with no I/O reduction. The D2-Rack offers two I/O versions: The first features 48 mic inputs, 16 line outputs and two blank output slots allowing an additional 16 outputs in the owner's desired format (analog, AES and Aviom), while the second offers 24 mic inputs, 24 AES inputs, 16 line outputs and two blank outputs, again permitting an additional 16 outputs in one of three formats.

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The Accompanist Series of backing tracks has several collections featuring well-known songs played solely on piano.
The Accompanist Series of backing tracks has several collections featuring well-known songs played solely on piano.
The Accompanist is a series of backing tracks for popular musical theatre songs played solely on a classic piano. They format allows performers to rehearse their audition songs with a track that approximates the audition experience of being accompanied with a piano—as opposed to practicing with karaoke tracks—and thus better prepare. The collection includes more than 100 popular musical theatre and movie songs, including “Let It Go,” and others, but such composers as Stephen Schwartz and Frank Wildhorn. Many of the albums are segmented for male and female voices, ensuring that each purchase contains only tracks suitable for the customer’s vocal range. Titles include “The Female Solos of Stephen Schwartz,” “Heroes and Princes,” “The Solo Songs of Frank Wildhorn” and “Musical Theatre Duets” The Accompanist collection is available now through iTunes, GooglePlay and AmazonMP3.

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