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ARRI L7-C LED Fresnel Updated wth Light Engine 2ARRI has provide a new light engine, dubbed Light Engine 2, for its L7-C LED Fresnel. ARRI says the change makes the fixture 25 percent brighter. The fixture achieves its luminous output while consuming only 160 watts, and is tunable for color temperatures ranging from 2800K to 10000K. Other features include green/magenta correction, hue and saturation control and more.

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The ADJ Illusion Dotz 4.4 pixel-mappable wash fixture
The ADJ Illusion Dotz 4.4 pixel-mappable wash fixture
The new Illusion Dotz 4.4 moving head wash fixture from ADJ uses a powerful COB LED 4x4 matrix mounted on a moving head yoke. With sixteen 30-watt tri-color COB LEDs, the Illusion Dotz 4.4 is extremely bright. It is capable of both wash effects and beam effects (thanks to its 15-degree beam angle), alongside its use as a pixel-mappable effects matrix. With 360/540-degree pan and 270-degree tilt, the whole unit moves around, enabling users to create an even more attention-grabbing lightshow by sending the beams spinning and sweeping across dance-floors and stages. Video demo after the jump.

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The Blizzard Lighting Lil' G Mini Moving Head Spot
The Blizzard Lighting Lil' G Mini Moving Head Spot
The Lil G is a moving head spot fixture that uses a 40-watt LED with 9° optics to produce intense beams of light with nine different bi-directional gobo patterns (plus open) and seven colors (including UV). Lil’ G is also capable of fast and precise 540°/220° pan and tilt motion. It has an 11-channel DMX footprint, and can alos be controlled via its 4-button LCD menu. Both methods offer full control including pan/tilt, gobo wheel, color wheel, dimming, strobe, gobo shake, auto, sound active, and fixture reset.

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The ComStar Full Duplex Wireless system by Eartec
The ComStar Full Duplex Wireless system by Eartec
The ComStar Full Duplex Wireless system by Eartec now has double the capacity, going from 8 to up to 16 users. Now larger teams can enjoy simultaneous, hands free communication within an 800-yard range. The All-In-One headsets are completely wireless and there is no delay when transmitting. This is achieved by interlinking ComCenters which are fully portable, operating by rechargeable battery or AC power. The system is dual channel with a “conference” option so that two separate groups can either talk privately or combine their signals.

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A rendering of the W-DMX UglyBox MK2 and a screen shot of it in use.
A rendering of the W-DMX UglyBox MK2 and a screen shot of it in use.
Wireless Solution Sweden AB’s UglyBox MK2 is a compact wireless signal tester. The UglyBox MK2 is housed in a compact body with a 4.3-inch Touch LCD Screen. It supports 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz and is a transceiver solution, which means that it can be used as both transmitter and receiver. It has a complete DMX tester that provides all data in live format directly on the screen. It also has a built in DMX Controller as well as an RGB Fixture to simulate LED fixtures on the LCD Screen for quick testing. In history mode you can also see over time that you have a stable signal over a certain period.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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