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A screenshot of the new SD App from DiGiCo, which is available now.
A screenshot of the new SD App from DiGiCo, which is available now.
The new SD App from DiGiCo allows users to remotely control any DiGiCo console in the SD range from their iPad. This application takes the existing feature set and presents it in a new way to take advantage of the extra screen. This allows engineers to implement very specific functions dedicated for FOH or Monitors. Aimed at installation and touring applications, the DiGiCo SD App includes a number of dedicated screens that open up the iPad surface to a selection of the consoles’ functionality. For example, there are eight macros available on the hardware buttons of an SD9, but by connecting the iPad via the DiGiCo SD App, a large number of user-defined buttons will be available; these can reside on the iPad screen, allowing for quick access, while the console remains clear to mix the show on.

Read more: DiGiCo Releases SD App

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The new Yamaha Rivage PM10 Digital Mixing Console
The new Yamaha Rivage PM10 Digital Mixing Console
The new Rivage PM10 console from Yamaha builds on the heritage of the PM1D and 5D models, while increasing their quality and capabilities. The PM10 system is comprised of the CS-R10 control surface, DSP-R10 DSP engine, RPio622 I/O rack, three types of RY cards, and two types of HY cards provide the flexibility to configure and ideally match the scale and functional requirements of any application. Notable features include newly-developed Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers, models of the Rupert Neve Designs (RND) transformer circuitry and acclaimed SILK processing created utilizing Yamaha’s VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology, and significant upgrades to the channel EQ and dynamics. A total of 45 plug-ins are available for creative processing, with substantially increased processing power.

Read more: Yamaha Launches Rivage PM10 Digital Mixing Console

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A screenshot from the newest version of Mackie’s Master Fader app
A screenshot from the newest version of Mackie’s Master Fader app
New features in version 3.0 of Mackie’s Master Fader app include the addition of four subgroups and four VCAs. These new grouping options deliver mix management tools critical for professional applications. Also new is the overview screen, which delivers at-a-glance information for all input and output channels, allowing simple, fast navigation. The new Master Fader v3.0 app for Mackie DL Series Mixers is compatible with all DL Series mixers (DL32R, DL1608, and DL806), althought some features are specific to the 32-channel DL32R.

Read more: Mackie Releases Master Fader v3.0

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The Staging Concepts WeatherTec Platform
The Staging Concepts WeatherTec Platform
Staging Concepts’ new WeatherTec Platform is designed to last and endure harsh outdoor conditions. Its 0% water absorption composite core and multiple aluminum skin construction protects the panel from rain and humidity. Meeting the same quality and strength requirements of Staging Concept’s flagship product—the SC90 Platform, the WeatherTec Platform’s load rating exceeds 150 lbs/ft2 and has a Class “A” fire rating. The WeatherTec Platform comes in a standard black or gray quad textured polypropylene surface. A variety of other surface options are also available upon request.  A full line of accessories including supports, storage carts, guardrail and other staging needs are available. The WeatherTec Platform is fully compatible with all other Staging Concepts equipment.

Read more: Staging Concepts Launches WeatherTec Platform

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The Allen & Heath Qu-You app allows performers to control their monitor mixes
The Allen & Heath Qu-You app allows performers to control their monitor mixes
The Allen & Heath Qu-You app allows for wireless personal monitor mixing. Qu-You has a ‘Four Wheel Drive’ view presenting chunky thumbwheel level controls for 4 groups of sources, plus a master mute and output level control. Double tapping on a group gives access to individual channel metering, send levels and stereo pan. Groups can be named for instant recognition and channels can be assigned to groups via simple checkboxes, allowing the user to create their perfect custom mix.

Read more: Allen & Heath Introduces Qu-You App

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The Creative Conners Showstopper 3 Consolette
The Creative Conners Showstopper 3 Consolette
The Showstopper 3 Consolette is part of the four product Showstopper lineup including the Base (a required unit), Hub, and Remote E-stops. It connects to 8 axes of motion via the Base, plus 8 additional axes via each Hub as well as unlimited RemoteE-stops. Features include: Front of House Portability for tech rehearsals; a motor jog joystick and positioning wheel; backlit keys and adjustable illumination; green and red indicator light; Ethernet connection to Spikemark software and more.

Read more: Creative Conners Launches Showstopper 3 Consolette

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The CT-Tent Clamp from Trusst
The CT-Tent Clamp from Trusst
Trusst’s new CT-Tent clamp attaches firmly to the slots on clear span tent Keder beams, so items can be suspended from it securely without requiring extra trussing. With a load capacity of 330 pounds (150 kg), the TRUSST CT-Tent Clamp can safely support a very wide range of audio and lighting equipment as well as most other items. The new clamp also has a welded eye bolt that makes attaching loads easy with standard rigging hardware.

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The IP 65-rated Idol Lite from Mega-Lite
The IP 65-rated Idol Lite from Mega-Lite
Mega-Lite’s new Idol Lite is an LED fixture for outdoor use with an IP 65 rating. The wash fixture has 24 12-watt Penta (5-in-1) RGBWA LEDs and a 25-degree lens angle. The unit is controlled via DMX-512 with 3, 5 and 8 channel modes. It is flicker free with a 1200K refresh rate, making it camera ready. Energy efficient, the Idol Lite only consumes 151 watts (1.32 amps) at 110V.

Read more: Mega-Lite Idol Lite Outdoor LED Fixture

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The Elation Platinum Profile LED with automated framing shutters
The Elation Platinum Profile LED with automated framing shutters
The Elation Professional Platinum Profile LED is an LED moving head profile with framing shutters. Using a high-performance 180W LED engine that gives a level of power comparable to a 575W discharge lamp, the fixture’s flexible 4-blade rotating framing system allows the beam to be shaped and angled as required for precise highlighting of set pieces and performers, or can be used to create outstanding projection or mid-air effects.

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The Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Wash and Rogue R2 Wash.
The Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Wash and Rogue R2 Wash.
The Rogue R1 Wash and Rogue R2 Wash are RGBW colorwash moving heads that use high-power 15-watt Quad-Color LEDs (red, green, blue, white,), all configured under a single zooming lens plate, to provide smooth shadow-free color blending, potent output, and an exceptionally even field of light. With a wide zoom range of 8°-30°, they can be used to highlight an object or performer in an intense glow of color, or softly wash or uplight broad expanses of walls and other surfaces. Both models feature full 540° pan/230° tilt rotation, giving them the ability to cover large areas with their rich, saturated colors.  The Rogue R2 Wash offers the bonus capability of 5-zone control, which means it can be used to create exciting pixel and eye candy effects, in addition to RGBW color washes.

Read more: Chauvet Professional Adds Moving Head Wash Lights to Rogue Series

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