Gear Review of Shure Axient Digital

Vince Lepore

Shure’s Axient Digital is the latest addition to the Axient line of high-end, robust wireless systems. Building on a wealth of experience with both analog and digital wireless, and coupled with an array of available microphones and accessories, Shure is well-positioned during a transitional time for the U.S. wireless spectrum. Having recently lost a large portion of the 600Mhz band to the FCC incentive auction, Axient Digital is as timely as it’s powerful. Digital wireless systems are spectrally efficient compared to their analog counterparts. In standard operating mode, Axient Digital can tune 17 channels in a 6Mhz TV band. In “high density” mode, it can tune a whopping 47 channels into 6Mhz, allowing RF technicians to manage even the most complex wireless demands. 

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The new Ovation SP-300CW LED followspot from Chauvet
The new Ovation SP-300CW LED followspot from Chauvet

Chauvet Professional: Ovation SP-300CW LED Followspot

Michael Eddy

The new Ovation SP-300CW offers the efficiency of LED technology in a bright professional-level followspot fixture. Powered by a 260-watt, 5,500K cool white LED engine, and featuring a 10°-20° zoom, the fixture is designed to provide mid-sized venues with a practical, reliable, and cost-effective followspot solution.

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Heavy-Duty IXARC encoders from POSITAL are available in different sizes and configurations
Heavy-Duty IXARC encoders from POSITAL are available in different sizes and configurations

POSITAL: Heavy-Duty IXARC Incremental and Absolute Rotary Encoders

Michael Eddy

POSITAL’s heavy-duty IXARC incremental and absolute rotary encoders are built to stand up to extreme environmental conditions. Based on a housing design with a 25-year track record of surviving the toughest conditions, these devices are suitable for marine vessels, off-shore facilities, mines, cranes, wind turbines, and other challenging locations. These sensors feature extra rugged impact-resistant Type 316L stainless-steel or aluminum housings with seals rated to IP67.

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The XLED 6019 wash luminaire from PR Lighting and Mega Systems
The XLED 6019 wash luminaire from PR Lighting and Mega Systems

Mega Systems and PR Lighting: XLED 6019 Wash Luminaire

Michael Eddy

PR Lighting, which is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Mega Systems, has announced the release of the new XLED 6019 wash luminaire. It will make its debut in April at Frankfurt at Prolight+Sound. Containing 19 high power Osram 60W RGBW (4 in one) LEDs, with linear color temperature change from 2,700K-10,000K, it is capable of producing mid-air parallel beams to create a uniform wash and variable built-in dynamic effects. This fully-featured moving head offers unlimited RGBW color mixing, with macros and 0-100% dimming, linearly adjustable. Beam angle (1/2 peak) is θ1/2 and Linear Zoom 3.3°~ 60°.

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The ETC Unison Foundry family of distributed power control products
The ETC Unison Foundry family of distributed power control products

ETC: Unison Foundry Family of Distributed Power Control Products

Michael Eddy

ETC introduces a new member of the Unison family: Unison Foundry™. Foundry power products are a line of DMX-controlled, distributed power control products that includes Mini Panels, Relay Controllers, 0-10V Controllers, and Phase-adaptive Dimmers. Foundry products are the perfect partners for Unison Paradigm®, Unison Mosaic®, and Echo Control Systems that utilized DMX. These combinations help users create complete lighting and plug-load control packages that provide energy saving features and meet stringent energy codes.

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The Single Channel StudioPro LED Dimmer Environmental Lights
The Single Channel StudioPro LED Dimmer Environmental Lights

Environmental Lights: High-Capacity, Single-Channel LED Dimmer

Michael Eddy

Environmental Lights announces the availability of a new high-capacity, low-cost single-channel dimmer. The Single Channel StudioPro LED Dimmer allows users to dim up to 20-Amps of single-color LEDs seamlessly from 100% brightness to fully off for consistent control across large installations. The design utilizes a 5kHz PWM frequency to ensure flicker-free lighting performance, making it ideal for on-camera applications. Additionally, its compact design allows for easy dimming without having to connect to a control board.

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The KL Fresnel 8 from Elation Professional
The KL Fresnel 8 from Elation Professional

Elation: KL Fresnel Series Now Shipping

Michael Eddy

Elation Professional launched the KL Fresnel™ series, a new line of warm-white LED Fresnel lights back in December. The company announced that they are now shipping this series of LED-based Fresnels. The KL Fresnel series, which is designed to provide the attractive warmth of tungsten halogen with all the benefits of LED. Available in 50W, 150W, and 350W models, a 3,000K fixed color temperature, and high color rendering capacity ideally mimic the warm glow output of traditional Tungsten halogen lights while surpassing them in output and efficiency.

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POSITAL offers interfaces for its magnetic Kit Encoders with support for the non-proprietary open-source BiSS Line communication protocol
POSITAL offers interfaces for its magnetic Kit Encoders with support for the non-proprietary open-source BiSS Line communication protocol

POSITAL: Open Source Interfaces for Motor Feedback Kit Encoders

Michael Eddy

Rotary encoder specialist POSITAL has expanded its interface offerings for its magnetic Kit Encoders, launched last year, with support for the non-proprietary open-source BiSS Line communication protocol. This enables the practical implementation of single-cable technology, which is becoming increasingly popular with motor and robot manufacturers.

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Grosh Digital allows you to project your scenery
Grosh Digital allows you to project your scenery

Grosh Digital Steams into the New Year Building on its Fall Launch

Stage Directions

A breathtaking African sun landscape or a package of Wizard of Oz scenes can now be quickly downloaded and projected for your next production through GroshDigital.com, a digital website and desktop app launched last Fall by Grosh Backdrops & Drapery. Grosh Digital enables people to easily download high-quality scenic images and animations which can be mixed and matched for theatrical productions, events, dances, parties, or special occasions. The growing catalogue already offers approximately 350 digital backdrops and animations. Grosh offers complete rental show packages, including Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, and more.

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