Rose Brand’s new Melt Out fabric comes in black, white, red, blue, as well as dark and light grey.

Rose Brand Inc. Introduces “Melt Out” Fabric

Jacob Coakley

Rose Brand Inc. now offers “Melt Out” fabric, a more economical, fire safety, ceiling fabric used to diffuse light over trade show booths, displays and exhibits. Melt Out has meltable seams, which appear every 12 inches along its length. In the event of fire, the seams open, allowing smoke to escape and water from sprinklers to come through. It is priced to save customers  more than half the cost of similar products while not sacrificing any of the quality, safety, or aesthetic qualities. It’s highly economical for large scale surface coverage. Melt Out is 96 inches wide, inherently flame retardant, stretchable, and comes in black, white, red, blue, as well as dark and light grey.

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The Elation ZCL Series: the ZCL 360 Bar, the ZCL 360i, and the ZCL BAR Z300 IP

Elation Releases ZCL Series

Jacob Coakley

Elation Professional’s new ZCL Series of fixtures are designed to be high-output, ACL-style LED effects lights, with zoom. The ZCL Series consists of the ZCL 360 Bar, a versatile continuous rotation moving bar effect luminaire with zoom; the ZCL 360i, a single-beam continuous rotation moving effect luminaire with zoom; and the ZCL BAR Z300 IP, a versatile IP65-rated bar effect luminaire with zoom. All fixtures combine a high-power RGBW multi-chip with a 4° to 44° zoom and also feature strobe effects and full-range electronic dimming with dimming curve effects add to the design possibilities.

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The members of Mega-Lite’s new Nova-Lite Series of fixtures.

Mega-Lite Releases New Nova-Lite Fixtures

Jacob Coakley

Mega-Lite’s new Nova-Lite series of lighting fixtures are designed to be versatile enough for stage or house lighting needs. The Nova-Lite series consists of six fixtures with wide coverage and options in color changing, white or ultra-violet output. The Nova-Lite Q200 (RGBW), Nova-Lite T200 (RGB) and Nova-Lite UV200 (ultra violet) fixtures are equipped with a powerful 200-watt single source LED. The Nova-Lite VW150 (variable white), Nova-Lite WW150 (warm white) and Nova-Lite CW150 (cool white) house a robust 150-watt LED. The units have a 55-degree reflector beam angle and also ship with 30-degree and 15-degree lenses for longer throw applications. A 60-degree diffuser accessory is available for softening the edge of the output. A barn door is also an available accessory. These units will also work for house light applications thanks to a hanging adapter designed to fit a 1/2in all-thread or steal cable. Additionally, the series is ETL listed, making it certified for installation in more venues. 

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A screenshot of Smaart integration in JBL Pro’s HiQnet 2.1 software

JBL Pro Releases HiQnet 2.1 with Smaart Software Integration

Jacob Coakley

JBL Professional released version 2.1 of their HiQnet Performance Manager software, which helps audio engineers tune live sound reinforcement systems. The biggest addition is the integration of Rational Acoustics’ Smaart testing and measurement software directly into the Performance Manager workflow, providing audio technicians and engineers with unprecedented access to measurement information—all delivered over the network in real-time. In addition to Smaart software integration, Performance Manager 2.1 features an entirely new Go-Online mode that offers more intuitive options for system synchronization and management of online devices. A new Line Array Control Panel makes using the Line Array Calculator, a key tool for system configuration, more intuitive and easier to use.

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The new Enttec Pixelator Mini

Enttec Releases Pixelator Mini

Jacob Coakley

The Pixelator Mini from Enttec can control up to 2720 pixels using 16 Universes of DMX over Ethernet. There are eight Pixel Link ports in the Pixelator Mini that utilize two universes each. Physically, the unit is compact, and measures in at 1.75 inches high by 4 inches by 7.5 inches deep. Multi-protocol support is part of the Pixelator Mini, and the unit works with ArtNet, sACN and ESP, and supports WS2812B and APA-104 LED protocols. Users can connect Enttec Pixel Tape to the Pixel Link ports, using Enttec PLink Injectors and external power. Pixel tape from a plethora of other manufacturers can also be used with the Pixelator Mini, as long as they use the required protocols. Each port in the Pixelator Mini gives users the option of grouping up to 340 physical LEDs into one RGB DMX pixel, which reduces the overall number of DMX channels required. The Pixelator Mini works with numerous Art-Net and sACN supported apps. The Pixelator Mini works with a variety of media servers, including AI, d3 4x4pro, Hippotizer V4 and Catalyst.

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The Blizzard Lighting Atmosfear Hex Jet Fogger

Blizzard Lighting Releases Atmosfear Hex Jet Fogger

Jacob Coakley

Blizzard Ligthing’s new AtmosFear Hex Jet is a vertical fogger combined with an RGBAW+UV LEDs. It uses 1500 watts and can send bursts of fog up to 25 feet in the air and colors them with 12 RGBAW+UV LEDs, using 15 watts each. For control it has a six-button LCD menu or an IR remote control. Other control features include on/off fog control, R/G/B/A/W/UV color mixing, strobe effects, and two separate auto color change modes with 10 preset speed settings to choose from. Additionally, you can manually adjust colors fade time, choose from 32 built-in colors, and set up the automated interval countdown timer and duration of time between fog blasts.

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A screenshot of the new GUI for BlackTrax 2.0

BlackTrax Releases Version 2.0

Jacob Coakley

BlackTrax version 2.0 includes many new features and an update to the GUI and workflow process. New feature include: a multi-person calibration mode that enables several people with different beacons to calibrate their own selection of lights; improved fixture programming with the ability to quickly view, select and apply settings to several fixtures from across multiple chapters; “Rigid” and “Soft” Frames for more flexible tracking operations and better object tracking. Other new features include: Copy and paste trackables and fixtures between chapters and within chapters; the ability to create a new BlackTrax Project without first requiring wysiwyg information; the ability to send BlackTrax/wysiwyg changes directly without needed to export.

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The JBL Pro PRX800W Portable PA System

JBL Pro Launches PRX800W Portable PA System

Jacob Coakley

The new PRX800W high-powered portable PA system from JBL features wireless control and sophisticated DSP, so live sound professionals and musicians can quickly set up and configure a system right from a mobile tablet. The PRX Connect mobile app for iOS and Android connects wirelessly to each unit in the system simultaneously, providing full control over the powerful DSP built in to each speaker. With control over 8-band parametric EQ, speaker delay, mute, gain and more, PRX Connect helps users achieve the perfect sound for their performances, faster than ever before. It also features integrated 1500-watt Class-D power amplification and a redesigned Crown input panel offers XLR, ¼-inch and RCA inputs plus XLR loop-through and professional outputs to provide plenty of options for input sources and routing.

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The Ovation E-260WW from Chauvet Professional

Chauvet Professional Releases Ovation E-260WW

Jacob Coakley

Chauvet Professional’s new Ovation E-260WW is designed to be the brightest ellipsoidal on the market, with an output that exceeds an HPL 750W ellipsoidal. Matching its industry-leading brightness with efficiency, the new Ovation fixture also has a 50,000-hour LED source life to lower maintenance costs. The Ovation E-260WW has been designed to produce a warm even field of light, with a slight center peak, making it ideal for both crisp well-defined gobo projection, and for blending in stage wash applications. Adding to its versatility, the fixture works with all Ovation lenses as well as all standard ellipsoidal lenses from other suppliers.

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The Elation Fuze family of wash lights. (Not to scale.)

Elation Professional Launches Fuze Series of Dynamic Wash Lights

Jacob Coakley

Elation Professional’s new Fuze Series of dynamic LED wash lights use single-lens RGBW COB LEDs to deliver an extremely homogenized field of light in a wide palette of colors. The series consists of two IP65-rated PAR fixtures (the Fuze PAR Z60 IP and the Fuze PAR Z120 IP) and two moving head fixtures (the Fuze Wash Z120 and the Fuze Wash Z350). All fixtures use a single source RGBW for color mixing gives fully premixed color looks and an extremely flat field of light. With a lens face that appears as one color instead of individual LED diodes, the Fuze Series fixtures create a non-pixelated look and can wash a surface or subject without the multi-shadows created from traditional LED wash fixtures. All Fuze Series fixtures include a wide zoom angle range for more precise beam control, full 100% electronic dimming, variable dimming curves and high-speed strobe. The Fuze PAR’s feature an optional gel frame / barn door / snoot holder as well.

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