The new Mackie Master Fader app has new reverbs

Mackie Master Fader v4.5 Now Available

Jacob Coakley

The newest version of Mackie’s Master Fader app, v4.5, is now available. The app lets users control the Mackie DL32R, DL1608 and DL806 mixers—and now has support for the Mackie AXIS Digital Mixing System. Master Fader v4.5 is packed with new features and enhancements, including a new advanced control section and the number one request from users: all-new reverbs. Adding another great tool for live sound mixing, a Spectrograph is now available alongside the RTA. A spectrograph is a great visual tool to help balance volume across the audible spectrum. In addition, the upgraded RTA/Spectrograph tool is now also visible on every input channel for added accuracy when dialing in a channel EQ.

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The Chauvet Professional COLORado 1-Quad Zoom VW

Chauvet Introduces COLORado 1-Quad Zoom VW

Jacob Coakley

The new COLORado 1-Quad Zoom VW from Chauvet Professional wash light will make its debut at the upcoming LDI show. It comes with a variable white color temperature range of 2800K-9000K, with a full output color temperature of 5000K. Its IP65 rating means it capable of handling adverse weather out doors. The fixture has a 15⁰ to 49⁰ zoom range to deliver complete coverage and allows the fixture to be used as an area-wash, or flooded out for close-up key light applications.It also has 16-bit dimming and DMX color mixing. 

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 Vectorworks 2017 is now available in its English-language version.

Vectorworks Releases 2017 Version

Jacob Coakley

Vectorworks has released the 2017 versions of their software, including Spotlight. Updates include a new Resource Manager to enable designers access their resources from multiple content locations. In Vectorworks 2017, project sharing enhancements integrates customer feedback from its initial release in Vectorworks 2016 and frees designers to work anywhere at any time with cloud integration that allows them to save project files in Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and Box. It also offers more options to customize multi-user workflows with the ability to check out individual objects or layers. Addtionally, Vectorworks has implemented a unified symbol library, the addition of fixture modes, enhanced Vision Data Export Mapping and a new Send to Vision command, designers will enjoy the benefits of a reduction in repetitive design tasks for previsualization workflows with Spotlight and Vision 2017 software. 

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The new Atom G Clamp (left) from Doughty Engineering and their new Super Lightweight Clamp

Doughty Engineering Introduces Atom G Clamp and Super Lightweight Clamp

Jacob Coakley

Doughty Engineering’s new Atom G Clamp is designed for smaller luminaires. The clamp fits 10mm to 25mm diameter truss and has an 8mm diameter fixing hole. Their upgraded Super Lightweight Clamp has new eyebolt features and has a captive knob, so it can’t fall off. (A nuisance when working at height.) They have also increased the SWL to 100kg. 

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d3 Technologies adds real-time generative effects playback in their latest release.

D3 Releases r14 Software Update

Jacob Coakley

D3 Technologies released their latest software update: r14. New features include real-time generative effects and device recording. Other improvements include improved DMX patching, sACN and CITP support, cue lists, as well as various under-the-hood performance updates. Notch real-time generative effects playback lets users edit and create high quality real-time content in a node-based environment, then transfer and play back in d3 without time-consuming rendering. Notch content is rendered in real-time on the GPU, so it can also apply effects to your live video capture / IMAG or be made responsive to live stage data, such as audio, MIDI, automation or BlackTrax tracking. Other notable features include d3’s cue list, which have been completely revamped, allowing users to trigger any cue in any track, and edit cues within the cue editor without having to jump to the track.

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The new Lex Products Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable Assembly

Lex Products Releases Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable Assembly

Jacob Coakley

Lex Products’s new Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable assembly is a heavy-duty tour-grade extension that is suitable for use in demanding locations. Category 6(Cat 6) is an established platform that utilizes standard twisted pair cable for expanded data transmission while remaining backwards compatible with Category 5/5e and Category 3 currently in use. Lex Products’ version includes a ruggedized Cat 6 extension for less-than-ideal environments. The Cat 6 Touring Grade Cable possesses a unique structure that keeps 23AWG twisted pairs fixed and properly spaced within a tinned copper braid shield that optimizes data transfer along the entire length of the cable. Dual layers of polyurethane jacket improve abrasion resistance and continuous bending cycles.

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The Buddha DMX appliance with stylus from Blizzard Lighting

Blizzard Lighting Releases Buddha DMX Tester

Jacob Coakley

Blizzard Lighting’s new Buddha is a DMX Data Handheld appliance equipped to measure, test, and troubleshoot any application with DMX controlled lighting. Complete with a user-friendly 6-button, full-color TFT touch screen display, this unit has many diverse capabilities including testing 3/5-pin cables and MIDI signals; monitoring and analyzing signals; programing sequences; sending and receiving DMX; storing data via SD card; and so much more. As always, BUDDHA is backed by Blizzard’s 2-year warranty.

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The Prodigy P75 Self Climber from ETC Rigging

ETC Rigging Introduces Prodigy P75 Self Climber

Jacob Coakley

ETC Rigging’s new Prodigy P75 Self Climber Hoist consists of the same technology as all Prodigy hoists, repackaged in a custom-made, heavy duty TOMCAT 20.5-inch truss with a Working Load Limit (WLL) of 2,000lbs (900 kg) and vertical travel of 75 feet. The Self Climber was built to accommodate venues and installations that may have domed or peaked roofs, plaster ceilings, tight spaces and corners, such as historic buildings, houses of worship, theaters, arenas and more. ETC Rigging’s Prodigy line of hoists – including the P75 Self Climber – all contain high-level safety features such as slack-line detection, load cell, load profiling, and dual-brake systems. Every Prodigy hoist comes fully tested and prereeved and the Self-Climber is no exception.

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ETC’s Source 4WRD LED engine has passed its new testing regimen

ETC Re-Releases Source 4WRD

Jacob Coakley

ETC released their Source 4WRD LED engine, a unit that would allow owners of tungsten-based Source Four fixtures to change them over to LED-based fixtures this past spring. They halted shipping the units when they discovered a problem with the thermal management system. ETC has now announced that their solution has passed its internal testing and they are once again shipping the Source 4WRD.

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