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July 03, 2014
See this American DJ LED Pixel Effect Moving Head Fixture in action by viewing this video.

The American DJ Illusion Dotz 4.4 is a pixel effect moving head fixture that features a 4x4 matrix comprised of 16x 30W COB (Chip-On-Board) RGB Tri LEDs, pixel mapping capabilities, a color function display, ArtNet and Kling-Net compatibility over RJ45, 3-pin and 5-pin DMX in/out, and PowerCON in/out.


 

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June 27, 2014
An overview of Roland's FP-80 88-Key Digital Piano

Stylish and portable, the FP-80 Digital Piano brings a rich and rewarding musical experience to every piano lover. The acclaimed SuperNATURAL® Piano sound engine and Ivory Feel-S Keyboard deliver authentic tone and touch, while an onboard multi-channel speaker system equipped with Roland's Acoustic Projection technology envelops you with beautiful, immersive sound. The advanced rhythm feature further expands the joy of playing the piano, providing dynamic, sophisticated accompaniments that automatically follow your performances in real time. Available in attractive black or white finishes, the versatile FP-80 is perfect for a wide range of applications, including stage performing, the classroom, daily practice, and entertainment at home. The stylish and sophisticated FP-80 is the ideal choice for piano enjoyment in modern living spaces, offering tone, touch, and expressiveness to satisfy even the most demanding players. Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano technology powers the onboard grand piano sounds, delivering world-class performance with seamless velocity response, natural tone decay, and authentic key-range behavior. The Ivory Feel-S Keyboard with Escapement provides true grand piano feel and expressiveness, with keys that replicate the unique appearance, texture, and moisture-absorbing properties of real ivory. Incorporating four discrete speakers, the innovative Acoustic Projection sound system recreates the natural, organic sound field of an acoustic grand, filling your home with rich, beautiful tones. You'll also love the intuitive Piano Designer feature, which makes it easy to personalize the FP-80's tone and response to suit your taste.

 

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Mike Grace talks about designing and creating the Grace Designs m905 Monitor Controller

The m905 is Grace Design's second generation stereo monitor controller, engineered from the ground up to provide audio playback performance with a comprehensive and intuitive feature set. Included are all requisite professional audio inputs and outputs, both analog and digital, with an asynchronous USB input for jitter free 24/192 computer playback. Outputs include 3 stereo speaker sets, two subwoofer, and Grace Design's reference headphone amplifier. The remote is powerful, clean and ergonomic. It includes a headphone output, talkback microphone, and dedicated real time SPL meter. Controls are designed so that anyone unfamiliar with the system can operate it immediately and intuitively, then with a minimal time investment advanced setup and calibration features are accessed and programmed with ease. The m905 offers more monitoring management features than any current monitor controller. But its true essence is as the most sonically reliable and innate centerpiece available for your studio -- homebase for your ears, eyes and hands.

 

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Overview of the features and specifications of the d:facto II Supercardioid Microphone

Equally at home in sound reinforcement and recording applications, the DPA d:facto is a high quality stage vocal microphone with extraordinary natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and extreme sound level handling. Its supercardioid pattern and superb definition gives high separation and true sound color on stage, equally suitable for PA amplification and recording. A robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone removes unwanted noise. The d:facto II provides improved audio performance as it is superbly linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer's voice effortlessly. The new d:facto II guarantees users exceptional DPA sound with popular existing wireless systems such as Sony, Lectrosonics, Shure, Wisycom and Sennheiser. The flexibility of its adapter system gives the user simple and very affordable possibilities of choosing either a wired DPA handle or the professional wireless system of their choosing, with no loss in the sound quality.

 

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Overview of the features and specifications of the DPA Microphones d:vote 4099 Microphone Series

DPA's d:vote series is especially designed to address the unique mounting challenges of slim bodied and unusually shaped instruments. It allows for high quality audio capture while the low profile and light weight of the unobtrusive design provides visual elegance along with uncompromising sound quality.

June 26, 2014
An overview of Roland's F-20 88-Key Digital Piano

Though it comes at an entry-level price, the F-20 delivers sound, features, and performance directly inherited from Roland's high-end pianos. With its compact size and built-in stereo speaker system, the instrument fits nicely into any home environment and is easy to move from room to room. The stylish wood cabinet comes in your choice of Contemporary Black or Simulated Dark Walnut finishes, so you can select the perfect color to compliment your living space. Offering quality sound and playing touch that far exceeds other instruments in its class, the F-20 delivers solid performance that will carry your child through many years of musical development. The Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement inherits the functions, appearance, and texture of keyboards found in our flagship instruments, providing an authentic grand piano touch for building fundamental playing techniques quickly and efficiently. The SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine—also derived from Roland's top-line models—allows students to develop their skills with the rich tone and expressiveness of a world-class acoustic grand.

 

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Overview of the features, benefits and specifications of the ADAM Audio A7X Near-Field Monitors

The predecessor to ADAM Audio's A7X, the A7, became the most famous of all ADAM monitors in a very short time. Not only has it been reviewed over three dozen times with outstanding results, it has also received numerous awards. The A7 quickly gained mass appeal, praised in many of the world's largest internet forums. Still today, the A7 are the reference monitors in many smaller studios. With the A7X, ADAM Audio proudly presents the evolution of a legend. It takes everything that made the A7 such an outstanding speaker to a new level. The first aspect that distiguishes the old from the newer model is the X-ART tweeter. The "X" stands for "eXtended frequency response" and thus for one of the features of the Accelerating Ribbon Technology that has been drastically improved: the frequency response. It now extends all the way up to 50 kHz. In addition, the X-ART tweeter has a higher efficiency and higher maximum sound pressure levels. The perfect integration with the lower frequencies has been achieved with a redesigned 7" midwoofer. It has a much bigger voice coil (1.5") and is driven by an amplifier with twice the power compared to its predecessor. This combination produces an amazing sound and pressure levels with an almost distortion-free musical reproduction. Each driver has its own dedicated amplifier. A 50W A/B amp is responsible for the X-ART tweeter, while the midwoofer is being driven by a 100W PWM amplifier. The front panel includes a power switch and a control for the volume that retains the volume setting independently from the on/off switch. On the rear panel are several additional controls: a gain for the high frequencies (± 4dB) and two shelf filters for high and low frequencies. To ensure greater compatibility, there are both XLR (balanced) and RCA (unbalanced) connectors.

 

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Overview of the features and specifications of the Sennheiser HDVD 800 HiFi Headphone Amplifier

With Sennheiser's HDVD 800, sound is perfect. The HDVD 800 is able to connect with digital sources and is equipped with a high-quality Burr-Brown digital/analog converter (DAC) that converts digital audio data into analog signals with a resolution of 24 bits and a sampling rate of up to 192 kHz. This enables the HDVD 800 to transmit the entire frequency spectrum of high-end audio sources without any loss of frequencies. In addition to the symmetrical inputs, the HDVD 800 also has an asymmetrical input socket; incoming signals are symmetrized before further processing takes place. Digital sources can be connected to the rear of the unit via an XLR (AES/EBU) input, optical and coaxial (S/PDIF) digital inputs or USB. All digital inputs accept signals up to 24 bit at 192 KHz. Designed and manufactured in Germany, this high-end, solid-state amplifier harmonize perfectly and deliver an ultimate acoustic performance when paired with any of Sennheiser's audiophile headphones.

 

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Check out the Intelix DIGI-P123 in this informative and entertaining video.

The Intelix DIGI-P123 allows the integration of multiple analog and digital devices into a high-definition environment. It allows selection of twelve different sources, and will simultaneously scale the selected video to HDMI, VGA, and HDBaseT outputs. The unit features four HDCP compliant HDMI inputs, four VGA inputs, and four analog video inputs. There are five fixed output resolutions to pick from, and several aspect ratio modes, which will ensure your content is displayed properly. The HDBaseT output will allow you to extend audio, video, and control signals up to 70m away. The DIGI-P123 offers several unique audio options designed to simplify your installation. All audio inputs are embedded into the HDMI and HDBaseT streams, so you can use your display speakers for audio. Additionally, line level and 8ohm speaker outputs can be used for reinforcement. A balanced input is provided (line or microphone level) which is mixed with the source audio to provide voice lift capabilities; while the volumes of the mic and source can be individually controlled.

Learn more about the JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION Action Camera.

The JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION is the newest JVC action camera. Performance enhancements for 2013 include 1080/60p, an improved gyro-sensor image stabilizer, expanded viewing angle, enhanced low light performance, upgraded Wi-Fi functions, a 16MP Ultra-Resolution Digital Still mode, and much, much more. The GC-XA2 offers unmatched versatility right out of the box, and is ready to capture the fun in most any situation. Truly pocket-sized and weighing barely a quarter pound, ADIXXION is waterproof to a depth of five meters (16.4 feet), shockproof to withstand a fall from two meters (6.5 feet), dustproof and freezeproof, all without the need for a separate housing. In addition, ADIXXION also includes built-in Wi-Fi, 1.5-inch LCD monitor and dual standard tripod mounts for use with a wide range of accessories.

Overview of the features of the Revolabs Executive Elite Wireless Conference System

Revolabs Executive Elite™ 4- and 8-channel wireless microphone systems are the latest products in the Revolabs family of boardroom and conference room audio solutions. Architected to support deployments requiring increased number of microphones, they provide enhanced integration with room control systems, leverage a distributed architecture for straightforward, trouble-free installations, and facilitate remote management capabilities. Finally, the Executive Elite products feature the superior audio quality required for exceptional audio and video conferencing. Utilizing a distributed architecture, Executive Elite separates the remote antenna receiver unit from the Executive Elite base digital signal-processing (DSP) unit. A standard CAT5e or CAT6 cable supporting Power over Ethernet (PoE) connects the antenna receiver and base DSP unit, enabling simplified distributed or in-room installations. Whether ceiling- or wall-mounted, the remote antenna receiver unit can be placed in the room with the wireless microphones, regardless of the location of the receiver base DSP unit. Revolabs Executive Elite systems support up to four or eight microphones and employ Revolabs OTA™ technology. Revolabs OTA technology enables receivers in relative proximity to one another to synchronize automatically, thus allowing deployments of multiple Revolabs Executive Elite receivers to optimize usage of the available high-definition audio channels. In North America, South America, and Japan, 44 mics and more can be used one room or area. In Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, Executive Elite receivers can support 76 or more microphones in one area. The distributed architecture serves to further support deployments requiring significant numbers of microphones for audio and unified communication applications. The Executive Elite system pairs exclusively with the full suite of Revolabs Executive Elite microphones and adapters. The suite includes omnidirectional, directional, gooseneck (6-inch and 12-inch variations), and wearable microphones as well as a TA4 (mini XLR) adapter and XLR adapter. Microphones and adapters can be mixed and matched to suit the user's deployment requirements. The Revolabs Executive Elite microphones introduce new and improved audio capabilities enabling significantly enhanced audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, and expanded digital signal communication over the wireless link. Combined with Revolabs "Designed for Speech" technology, the Executive Elite microphones provide the highest quality audio for any communication application.

 

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Here's a quick look at the GZ-R10 HD Camcorder from JVC

The GZ-R10 from JVC takes stunning HD video, and is ready for everything. A Quad Proof design makes it water proof, dust proof, shock proof & freeze proof. Take this camcorder places you would never take a normal camcorder for videos that are unlike anything possible with a normal camcorder. Rain, Snow, Swimming Pools, Off-Road, Amusement Parks - you name it. Look forward to legendary JVC video quality with a high performance HD zoom lens, high bit-rate AVCHD recording, zoom microphone and advanced image stabilizer - all features that are not available from a typical smart phone or tablet.

Overview of the features and specifications of the TOA AM-1 Real-Time Steering Array Microphone

Equipped with a built-in sensor to detect and track sound sources, the TOA AM-1 Real-time Steering Array Microphone System captures voices clearly and continuously from either side, above or below. This frees speakers to move back and forth in the vicinity of the podium, turn or tilt their heads to address different sections of the audience, or gesture naturally without concern for the location of the microphone. Placed unobtrusively on top of the podium or pulpit, this innovative voice-tracking microphone completely eliminates the interference and inconvenience of gooseneck or handheld mics. Intuitive parameter setting by iPad (or PC) adds further convenience.

 

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Let's take a look at Altman Lighting's Spectra Cyc 100 Watt Cyclorama Wall Wash Luminaire

Altman Lighting's Spectra Cyc is a 100 Watt cyclorama wall wash luminaire utilizing red, green, blue and amber LED emitters*. Designed for theatrical and architectural applications, the Spectra Cyc blends colors via a patented LED lens which reduces pixelization from direct view. The on-board power supply allows for direct power & data input which can be daisy chained thru 20 units. Designed for use on 8 ft centers maximum, individual units can be linked side by side for greater saturation of light. The Spectra Cyc is compatible with both DMX and RDM protocols, and comes complete with a library of pre-programmed single colors to various color mixes. Units are made for floor or Sky-Cyc applications.

Enjoy this video highlighting the Altman Phoenix 19º LED Profile Spot

The Altman Phoenix 19º LED Profile Spot is a state of the art luminaire in function, style, and efficiency. These Profile Spots have been designed and engineered with a number of innovative details and features enhancing versatility and efficiency without sacrificing performance. This particular Phoenix LED is the 250 watt, RGBA version. Fully locking shutters and a 360° rotating barrel help keep the artistic part of your fixture's focus intact and easy to attain, and with virtually no light leak from the fixture itself you won't have to worry about any extra light illuminating unwanted parts of the ceiling. The aesthetic appearance and ergonomically designed function controls only add to the appeal. All of these new and innovative options are what makes the Phoenix LED Profile Spots ideal for theatres, special events, television studios, or wherever superior, energy efficient lighting performances are required.

June 20, 2014
Jim Haler, Product Manager – Acoustic Drums at Yamaha, gives an overview of Yamaha's tom hardware

Since 1887, Yamaha has grown to become a leading producer of musical instruments and audio/visual products. Yamaha’s dynamic product range includes mixing consoles, speakers, digital pianos/keyboards, signal processing and more.

 

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Step-by-step Installation Video for Installing the Acoustic Geometry Door Seal Kit

This Door Seal Kit is the simplest way to start soundproofing a room. It offers the most effective sound isolation for the money, and is very easy to install. Soundproofing any room starts with eliminating the air gaps around the door. The highly-effective Door Seal Kit includes an automatic bottom seal and adjustable jamb seals, which create an airtight seal. The automatic door bottom seal lowers a neoprene gasket to the door threshold and works as a self-leveling unit - the gasket end nearest the hinge drops first, with the rest of the seal self-leveling to the threshold as the door closes. The adjustable jamb seal is installed around the two sides and top of the door jamb, utilizing soft neoprene rubber to create an airtight seal by closing the air gap between the door and the jamb. If door swings INTO the room, the kit goes on the OUTSIDE of the door; if door swings OUT OF the room, the kit goes on the INSIDE of the door.

Overview of the features and specifications of the TC Helicon VoiceSolo FX150 Personal PA

TC Helicon's VoiceSolo FX150 is an all-in-one personal PA, vocal monitor, instrument amplifier and vocal reverb unit, it puts your music and your needs for control front and center. Featuring a custom designed 6.5" 2-way coaxial driver from legendary loudspeaker company Tannoy, VoiceSolo FX150 delivers exceptional musical clarity and a premium full range punch. Not only is the tone kept intact and pristine, but the expert voicing of the driver means that more volume and power is drawn from the 150 Watts than any other system in the same class. In other words, even when it gets loud on stage, you'll hear yourself – and your music – projected perfectly. TC Helicon VoiceSolo FX150 Features: • 6.5" 2-way coaxial Tannoy speaker and 150W of premium musical clarity and power. • 3-Channel Digital Mixer with TC-Helicon Vocal Processing, including Reverb, intelligent EQ and Compression. • Instant mic-stand mounting with unique one-click Easy Grip system.

 

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Overview of the features and specifications of the Lab.Gruppen IPD 2400 Power Amplifier

Lab.gruppen's IPD Series of power amplifiers features high-sustained power output, analog and AES3 digital inputs, on-board DSP with an extensive feature set, and Ethernet-based networking for monitoring and control by a computer at FOH or – using a WiFi router – a freely roaming iPad. With AES3 digital inputs standard, IPD Series amplifiers connect directly to digital console stage boxes, eliminating a D-A/A-D conversion cycle. AES3 inputs can be set for automatic failover to analog, and input mixing is available for all four inputs. At the power output end, connections are available on binding posts or Neutrik speakON. At the heart of the IPD platform is a latest-generation DSP engine equipped with up to a total of 40 real-time, multi-slope parametric EQs along with adjustable gain, input and output delay, and both high- and low-pass filters adjustable to any frequency. All setup parameters for input mixing, DSP features and limiter setting are accessible on the front panel using two navigation buttons, a rotary encoder, and the backlit display. Individual channel mute buttons are also available. Up to 100 user-defined presets may be stored on-board.

 

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Rick Montgomery of Stagemaker presents the highlights of the Stagemaker SR Series of chain hoists.

These Three Phase Hoists come from Stagemaker - known for offering a full line of lifting products including electric chaine hoists, chain hoist controllers, manual chain hoists, lever pullers and beam clamps. They are available in 1/4 ton, 1/2 ton and 1 ton capacity.


 

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