CATEGORY: LDI 2017
“ Reports from Barbizon staffers about the latest products and releases featured at the LDI 2017 Show held November 12-19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”
Acclaim Lighting expanded its Flex Tube line with the new Flex Tube Pixel. This flexible, direct view LED strip features RGB control of every 4.9” (125mm) section. It comes with a 10M spool that can be cut to length to suit project requirements and features a highly durable PVC body which is outdoor and impact rated.
Acclaim Lighting’s Aqua Drum is a series of high output, submersible LED flood fixtures with an IP68 rating. It features an all stainless steel construction, included in-grade housing mounting option, and is submersible up to 20 ft (6M). Available in multiple color temperatures of white and color changing versions, it is ideal for outdoor façade wash, fountains, ponds, and landscape applications.
Aryton’s newest product is the GHIBLI, an LED spot luminaire that is equipped with a framing system designed to offer unlimited creative possibilities. Standard features include a CYM color mixing system with a variable CTO and a 6-position color wheel. The framing system allows each frame to be positioned with precision on a 100% surface area in all positions. The effects section includes two wheels with interchangeable HD glass gobos, one with seven rotating and the other with eight fixed gobos, continuous dynamic effects wheel, iris diaphragm, two frost filters, and a 4-facet rotating prism. The fixture has a liquid cooling system using a heat pipe.
BB&S featured their Force 7 LED Leko. This single source LED delivers smooth even light from edge to edge, 97 CRI, and draws 180W at maximum output, with no hot spots or double shadows when using a gobo. Available in 3000K, 5600K, and 6500K color temperatures, with 0-100% flicker-free dimming.
Also on display was the K-7 Twist, a compact magnetic LED ball light with a diameter of 35mm. Using a neodymium magnet, this light can be focused in any direction, with beam control obtained by the use of quick-change lenses and honeycombs. The K7 comes with a 3W LED available in 2700K, 3000K, or 4000K color temps. Dimmable power-supply and distribution PCBs are part of the K7 range.
BBS Lighting’s new LEDFLYERis a portable lightweight boom light available as a full kit that produces variable-color 3000K to 5600K overhead soft light. The complete kit includes a Molded Case, Light head, Diffusor; Diffusor Skirts, AC power supply, AC Cord, DC Cord, Integrated Belt Pack for Remote Controller and V-Lock battery plate. Additional Options include a Gold Mount battery plate, as well as DMX 512 control.
Aria is Blizzard’s new Ellipsoidal with 180w COB, RGBW, and 200w, 3200K, with a 90 CRI. The body and lens tubes are made out of a composite plastic, making the fixture lightweight. Available in 19°, 26°, 36°, and 50°, the lens tubes are also sold separately to be able to create whatever mixture of degrees you wish. The fixture body is also compatible with ETC S4 Lens Tubes. There is an LCD control panel on the back of the fixture for set up. Power in and out is powerCon and DMX in and out is via 3 pinXLR.
Hypno Beam is a relatively new moving head for Blizzard. I sports a 1x60x RGBW 8° LED as the main source and two rings of 60 RGB SMD5050 LEDs. There is individual control of each ring and the Beam source for a myriad of possibilities for effects. There are dozens of built-in effects to get you started. There is also built in auto/sound active programs. Power is supplied in and out via powerCon connectors, while DMX uses 3pin XLR.
Hypno Spot is also relatively new using a 30w white LED, creating a 4.7° spot. There is a 9 color + open color wheel for coloring your effect, and a gobo wheel with 9 gobos + open. It also has two effects rings of 76 RGB SMD5050 LEDs. The main source and the effects rings are controlled separately giving you the maximum control for your effects. Both of there Hypno fixture had a Pan of 540/630° and a tilt of 200°.
Wink is Blizzard’s new Moving Head Beam FX fixture. Sporting a 60w RGBW LED with a 5-45° motorized zoom and a ring of 4 RGB5050 LED segments with pixel control. This incredibly fast has an infinite pan and tilt making it fun to watch it spin around. There are dozens of built-in macros. Power in and out is via powerCon and DMX is 3pin XLR.
IRIS by Blizzard is Blizzards new Video panel. ETL listed the IRIS R3 is appropriate for indoor use only, permanent or rental. Each panel features a 128x128 resolution with a 3-in-1 SMD2121 blackbody for vivid color. There is a 3.9mm pixel pitch with 1200nits of brightness and 1920HZ refresh rate. Power in and out is via powerCon and data via Ethercon.
The panes connect via IRIS’s sophisticated quick lock system, allowing for a curvature of 10° concave and 5° convex maximum. The video panels work with the Novastar®VX4S professional LED display controller, making an external scaler unneeded. Each 250mmx250xx panel weighs less than 17lbs.
Canto USA was started with a specific goal of supplying the lighting community with good quality, nice looking, affordable products. LDI 2017 was a clear indication of this continued commitment. Their RETRO product line transforms existing inefficient incandescent fixtures into energy efficient LED fixtures. Patent-pending technology allows the fixture to smoothly dim from 0-100% utilizing existing dimming technology. Retrofit kits are available with a variety of options for both recessed and pendant style fixtures. Installation is as easy as changing a light bulb and their LED technology creates even fields and delivers consistent color.
Canto’s drive towards energy efficient LED solutions carries over into their powerful LED followspot line with both the ASTRA and ALBA series. These 200w LED modules are capable of producing a high CRI with well defined, a flat-field projection that is ideally suited for different size venues depending on which model FollowSpot you choose. Learn more about their followspot line by visiting
The hottest ticket on the show floor this year seemed to be City Theatrical’s DMX Cat…but that’s old news. (But if you are still looking for one City T has an LDIShow Special good through the end of the year! - Contact your local Barbizon for details.)
The biggest innovation in wireless technology is here in Multiverse – up to nine universes of DMX transmitted wirelessly from one device – it even includes native DMX Cat integration! And of course, it is compatible with the Show DMX system.
Multiverse comes to us in four products:
-Four radios: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs (DMX Cat and apps ala Luminair), 900MHz and 2.4GHz for Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM output
-Ethernet input for Streaming ACN and Art-Net
-All setup and user choices made with our free DMXcat app
-Rugged cast aluminum enclosure
-A hanging bracket is included for hanging from a pipe or truss
-Built-in 2.4GHz (for worldwide use) and 900MHz (for use in the Americas only) radios allow the user to select which single universe to transmit on, and which radio band to transmit on via the SHoW ID
-Single universe receiver that allows user to select the desired universe
-A very simple user interface to set SHoW ID and universe
-Rugged cast aluminum enclosure
-A single dual band antenna
-XLR input and output
-A hanging bracket for hanging from pipe or truss
-Optional yoke mount bracket
-Optional battery pack
-Four radios: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs (DMX Cat and apps ala Luminair), 900MHz and 2.4GHz for wireless DMX/RDM output.
-Ethernet input for Streaming ACN and Art-Net
-All setup and user choices made with our free DMXcat app
-Rugged cast aluminum enclosure
-A hanging bracket is included for hanging from a pipe or truss
- 8 universes of DMX output
The Multiverse Module is a tiny circuit board mounted device for lighting manufacturers that allows them to utilize all of the benefits of a wireless lighting system built directly into their fixture – ask your favorite manufacturer if this is of interest to you!
Fast-Fold NXT is a stronger, faster and simpler screen system for rental and staging environments. The re-invented design features a stronger extrusion, hinge, and corner as well as new height adjustment that allows the viewing area to be raised and lowered easily. A new case design upgrades the storage and transport capabilities and provides a foldable 4K-ready surface. The Fast-Fold NXT also offers new surface formulation and binding, with clips used for surface attachment, RF weld for clean lines, and a vinyl binding for easier attachment and flexibility.
Hot on the heels of last year’s DMX Kegerator, at the home of Dr DMX this year, not only could you duel your friends in a Battle-Bot style arena with balloon-popping robots controlled by lighting consoles (I chose the Gio over the Apathy and Avolight options), but the Hawaiian shirt crew was showing several new products, including the E2E. The"Ethernet to Ethernet" interface is a lighting protocol conversion device with support for four universes of data. The input and output connections may use completely separate networks simultaneously, or transmit and receive on the same network using a switch. An internal web server provides configuration options on each port. The in and out ports may be configured to use E1.31 sACN, draft sACN, Artnet, Strand Shownet, and KiNeT. Universe numbering may be selected for each of the individual four channels. DHCP or IPv4 fixed addressing may be set individually on input and output. I know we’ve all had to reconfigure our sACN network for that ONE Artnet-only device. This is your get-out-of-jail-free card.
Also of particular interest was the new Decelerator featuring a “choose your speed” option (slow, medium, fast), as well as a bypass mode making this a true 1-to-1 opto-isolator.
Fleenor has also updated their relay pack with an Ethernet native option. Milton was very proud to have included most of the custom options he has cooked up over the years in the base model of this new version - such as momentary mode, latch lock, threshold setting, to name a few.
Elation had many new offerings at the show. Three fixtures of particular interest were:
TheArtiste Picasso™features a new 600W 8,000K Cool White LED engine with advanced optics delivering over 22,000 total lumens, ultra wide 7° to 53° zoom, full CMY color mixing and linear CTO color correction, 7 dichroic colors, 7 rotating glass and 7 static-stamped metal interchangeable gobos, 4-blade rotating framing shutter system, full 360° bi-directional animation wheel, 8-facet and linear rotating prisms, 2 frost filters, multiple color, framing, prism, and frost macros, motorized iris, focus, and auto-focus, selectable dimming curve modes, high speed electronic shutter and strobe, hibernation mode, DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), Art-NET, and sACN protocol support, Elation’s E-FLY™ internal wireless DMX transceiver, 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections, full color 180° reversible menu display with 6 button touch control panel, battery backup for display power, adjustable LED refresh rate and gamma brightness for flicker free operation for TV and FILM, and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v). This fixture should be available early next year.
TheSmarty Hybrid™is a compact full-featured CMY color mixing spot, beam, and wash hybrid luminaire featuring the all-new Philips™ Platinum Flex 200 lamp with “FLEX” technology which uses a smartly designed discharge lamp/ballast package to produce high output and compact performance at an efficient, long life solution of up to 10,000 hours. Features include motorized zoom ranges of 2° to 20° in beam mode and 3° to 25° in spot mode, a full CMY color mixing system, a frost filter for wash effects, 13 dichroic colors including CTB, CTO, and UV, 8 rotating interchangeable glass and 12 static-stamped metal gobos, a 16 and 8 facet independent rotating prisms, multiple CMY color, gobo, and prism macros, motorized focus and auto-focus, high speed shutter and strobe, lamp hibernation mode, DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), Art-NET, and sACN protocol support, Elation’s E-FLY™ internal wireless DMX transceiver, 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections, full color 180° reversible menu display with battery backup, and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v).
The DARTZ 360™ is a unique, compact, narrow beam luminaire featuring a new patent pending single source 50W RGB LED engine producing an impressive 3° aperture, amazing high output level and smooth color-mixed effects that can be used in a variety of applications requiring no minimum safe project distance as with typical discharge lamp beam fixtures, fast and precise 16-bit continuous 360° pan and tilt rotation, 14 static-stamped metal gobos, 6-facet linear and 8-facet independent rotating prisms, 0-100% linear frost filter for wash effects, high speed electronic shutter and strobe, electronic dimming and variable dimming curve modes, adjustable LED refresh rate and gamma brightness for flicker free operation for TV and Film, DMX, RDM (Remote Device Management), Kling-Net, Art-NET and sACN protocol support, Elation’s E-FLY™ internal wireless DMX transceiver, 5pin XLR, RJ45 etherCON, and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections, full color 180° reversible menu display with multi-button control panel, battery backup for display power and a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v).
ETC’s booth atLDI 2017was awash in color as the newColorSource CYCluminaire made its debut. This new compact, affordable five-color LED cyclorama light that specializes in smooth washes and rich color.
Among the other products making their first appearance at LDI were theIon Xe and Ion Xe 20consoles, which update the compact Eos® family desk with backlit keyboards, increased output, and the option of built-in faders.
Also showing for the first time was theSource 4WRD™ PAR and PARnel– which combine new fixture bodies with the Source 4WRD engine to create incredibly bright LED wash lights – and a Source 4WRD Daylight unit (5700K).
LDI attendees also saw new varieties of theIrideon™ FPZ architectural luminaire and the GDS by ETCArcLamp. At the ETC Rigging stand was theProdigy® P75 Self Climberhoist and a new, custom cart for theFoundation Desk.
Part of the Group One stand, Elekralite has some neat new things at LDI this year.
Stingray Profile- Not new to Elektralite but worth a mentioning. With a 300w COB LED and balanced 3200k color temperature it really packs a punch yet maintains a 95CRI. Elektralite is using a proprietary diffraction lens system to really punch up the brightness. Interchangeable 19°, 26°, 36°, or 50° lens tubes offer multiple beam spreads to find just the beam size you need. It also comes with 4 shutters giving you clean cuts, and dual slots on the front of the fixture to use color and diffusion at the same time. Power in and out is provided via PowerCON . There is a simple to use onboard DMX interface with 5 pin DMX in and out.
Stingray 7-Color- The Stingray 7-color offers all of the same features as the Stingray Profile but has 7 colors and is liquid cooled for quite operation. Available lenses for this fixture are 5°, 10°, 25°, 36°, and 50°. The both the Stingray and Stingray 7-Color use a B size gobo holder. The same powerCon in and out with 4 shutters and gel frame are included.
The Stingray Mini will not begin shipping until sometime in December 2017. It brings a nice clean warm white light to your smaller applications. With a 20w COB 3200k it provides the same rich white that the Stingray does, only smaller and not as bright. It is using the same proprietary diffraction lens system to help this tiny fixture pack a punch. Like it’s big brother the Stingray Mini ships with a 19° lens but they are interchangeable with 26°, 36°, or 50° lens tubes available.
SLA Retina- This new fixture was designed to be a “S”how “L”ighting “A”ccent. This fixture is also IP65 rated for outdoor use to go in planters and holiday displays or even rooftops. The 5” hexagon can fit in many small locations. The cable for this fixture is IP68, we all know that cable can end up in a puddle. The cable is UV-stabilized to hold up in harsh sun of the coast, or the high altitude intensity. The SLA Retina ships with two yoke arms, the height of each is adjustable for maximum flexibility. This is a pretty darn bright fixture can be used for accent lighting in multiple applications. Three 15w CREE RGBW LED’s deliver 1,400 lumens with a 25° beam spread.
Dazer Downlight – The Popular Elektralite Dazer is now available in an architectural form for more permanent installation applications. It is available in 3400k and RGBA. The body is also available in customer colors. There are 36- 5 watt LED’s available in beam spreads of 15°, 25°, 40°, and 60°. These optics are factory installed to allow for quick installation in the field. The fixture ships with a yoke to allow for easy adjustment for sloped ceilings, the yoke can be attaché to ¾” fan rod for installation, allowing for a place to run cables. There is also a mount for a safety cable for a second point of safety.
Fresnel – Elektralite is coming out with an LED Fresnel. There is a 300w COB LED for 3200k or 5600k with a CRI of 94. The 15°-50° zoom is manually operated, but the 100 step dimming through DMX is completely smooth. Power in and out is provided by powerCon connectors and data by 5 pin XLR. This fixture is so new there is not picture yet available to show you.
The Green Hippo booth was buzzing with activity this year. All of the products in the Green Hippo product line have been updated with the introduction of the Plus platform. All of the media servers are running Version 4 of the software, but each has been given a hardware update to provide more processing and horsepower to better run the real time graphics Green Hippo is known for. The award winning Montane + is the latest in the Green Hippo line up with two (2) Display Port outputs (4096 x 2160 resolution) and built in Notch Software with two year playback license. Also new for this year is Hippotizer PREP a software suite that enables you to encode, pre-program and visualize, in a Green Hippo environment.
The SolaFrame 750 automated luminaire fromHigh End Systemsoffers many of the effects capabilities of the company’s flagship white light LED products, making it suitable for theaters, houses of worship, nightclubs and other medium-sized venues. Delivering 11,300 lumens, the fixture includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO- linear color mixing, replaceable fixed color wheel systems, rotating gobo wheel plus rotating animation, frost, iris, 6º to 50º zoom, and a three-facet rotating prism. In other fixture news, the SolaFrame Theatre fixture received the 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for Best New Light For Theater.
On the console side, High End showcased thenew release of Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 software running on their desks at the show.Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 contains major new features including plot icons, fixture color-coding, plot images, support for additional touchscreens, effects synchronization, MIDI note macros, many smaller enhancements.
High End also held their2017 HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition at LDI. Of the three finalists, the Long BeachThree from California State University, Long Beach won the competition with their show.
Lectrosonics was featuring their Duet IEM System - 24-bit digital audio, low latency, and a compact, lightweight, diversity bodypack unit. The new system consists of the M2T dual-stereo half-rack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver. Utilizing UHF frequencies between 470-608 MHz (138 MHz) in a single range, digital modulation for transmission, and can accept analog or Dante™ digital inputs. The new system can be considered a "wireless IEM" or a deluxe IFB product, designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theater, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind. The compact nature of the M2T ½-rack transmitter means that up to four dual-channel carriers can be sent from 1RU, resulting in either 4 stereo audio feeds or up to 8 mono audio feeds.
Also of interest was the HH Digital Hybrid Wireless Handheld Transmitter. The HH incorporates many advanced features to provide high-quality speech and vocal reinforcement. Along with peerless audio quality with wide frequency response and dynamic range in native 400 Series mode, the technology used in the HH includes compatibility modes for Lectrosonics 200 Series, 100 Series and IFB receivers, and some systems from other top manufacturers.
With a lifespan of up to 200 times longer than standard lighting filters, the new Zircon range is designed to last. Lee Filter’s Research and Development team has developed a new way of producing filters that ensure they last longer when used with LED lights. Manufactured using a 180-micron material, they are more than double the thickness of a normal lighting filter.
There are 12 filters in the Zircon range; the five Minus Green filters remove the green casts often associated with LED lighting when using a digital camera. The four Warm Amber filters correct a range of different color temperature white LED so that they appear like Tungsten, while the three Diffusion filters offer different strengths of diffusion specifically designed for LEDs. Available in 4ft x 10ft rolls, 24in x 24in sheets and 12in x 12in Lighting Packs.
Lee Filters now has two apps available:
The new Lee Swatch app puts the complete range of Lee lighting filters on one screen and features a color picker so you can build palettes anytime. The app also features many of the tools on Lee Filter’s website, redesigned for use on a smartphone, including: Find a Dealer, Diffusion Finder, Gel Comparator, and Colour Temperature Calculator.
The Official Lee Filters Diffusion Comparator enables lighting designers to directly compare different diffusions lighting a model. The comparator is built from video clips of a real-world lighting setup using a single M8 source and each and every diffusion in the Lee range.
Available for download from the Apple App Store and Android App on Google Play.
Litepanels was founded in 2001 by a group of Hollywood-based lighting designers and directors who pioneered LED lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Since their inception, Litepanels has grown their product portfolio and innovated new technology to become an industry leader in lighting solutions.
At LDI, Litepanels revealed the new improved versions of their popular Astra and Sola fixtures boasting an incredible 50 percent increase in output. The new Astra 6X is six times brighter than the original 1x1 model while the Astra 3X is three times brighter. Compared with their predecessors, the daylight-balanced Sola 4+ LED Fresnel offers a greater than 120 percent increase in output while the new Sola 6+ has an incredible 50 percent increase.
By far the most talked about product at their booth was the brand-new Gemini 2x1 LED soft panel. Staying true to the Litepanels legacy, the Gemini has accurate full spectrum Daylight and Tungsten lighting. The Gemini also allows for additional quick and easy adjustment by offering full-featured 3 lighting modes full color with hue and saturation control all which allow for the intensity to be controlled anywhere from 100%-0 at all times. This fixture is without a doubt something to witness and not only rich in color but in features, making the Gemini a must have for any broadcast lighting application.
Lyntec introduced NPAC this year to the entertainment community. NPAC is a rack-mounted relay system for controlling the power-up sequence for sensitive electronics. The NPAC system works stand alone or remotely controlled using Telnet, HTTP, DMX512, sACN or contact closures. To take it one step further, end users can set up control zones and tie them to installation relay panels from Lyntec for complete control of power throughout the building.
Marinco is offering SELF CUTTING CABLE TIES, manufactured by Ancor. An integrated stainless steel blade leaves a clean flush cut, improving appearance and eliminating the tail. Simply lock the tie and place and twist…no need to have additional tools! Various lengths available from 4’ to 17”.
Neutrik expands its fiber optic connector range opticalCON by a version optimized for compactness and a high number of fibers, the opticalCON MTP 24. The ruggedized and dirt-protected 24-channel fiber optic connection system based on MTPtechnology (Multifiber-Push-On“) is used in the Telecom and Data technology.
MTPconnectors are compatible with the MPO technology (Multifiber-Push-On) and nominated for IEC-61754-7. Due to the small outer diameter and the robust design, the opticalCON MTP 24 is a solution for long cable runs and point-to-point wiring. The system is based on the opticalCON QUAD and optimized for mobile applications in the broadcast and pro audio section. The system can be cleaned easily without any tools, and also dust and water resistant according to IP65 if mated.
The opticalCON MTP 24 cable connector is characterized by the all-metal housing and the heavy-duty strain relief. The spherical dust shutter protects the fiber from contamination and minimizes maintenance. The color-coded cable connector is pre-assembled and available in a variety of mobile field cables.
The rear compatibility of opticalCON MTP connector fitting with standard MTP/ MPO breakout cable allows easy adaptation to fiber standard connectors such as LC, SC, ST. The approved dust shutter ensures high mating cycles and minimal maintenance. The housing seal is used for color coding and IP protection.
Neutrik also introduced the latest extension of the CAT6Aportfolio - the CAT6Afeedthrough coupler for cable extensions.
The new adapter features the 10 GBit bandwidth as well as ingress protection class IP65.
New for LDI 2017 Pathway introduced the Vignette system of modular button and slider wall station inserts that allow you to snapshot four universes of E1.31 sACN or one universe of DMX512. This flexible system can be set up using CAT5 over a network or using existing wire and 485 Architectural Gateway to provide new control features to an existing system.
The MEGA POINTE is a game changer for ROBE! Bright, sharp parallelbeams, excellent gobo projection, precise movement, smooth CMY color mixing, and dimming, plus a multitude of beam splitting, wash and shaping effects. The fixture uses a 470W Osram lamp that aligns perfectly with the cutting edge optical system. The design provides a brilliant, crystal clear, razor-edged beam, adjustable from a punchy 1.8 out to a wide 42-degree zoom. The newly designed effects engine can product 12 varying beam and “flower” effects. The beam can also be shaped using the innovative shutter emulation.
The PARFECT 150 is a static, zoomable version of the successful LEDBeam 100 and retains all the key features including both CMY & RGBW color control, 18-bit dimming, Tungsten emulation, selectable & variable color temperatures and the powerful punchy beam ranging from 3,8° to 60°.
The compact and lightweight molded composite unit includes a combined hanging bracket/floor stand. Accessories such as barn-doors and the gel frame give ParFect 150 the features required for TV and theatre.
ROBE’s architectural division, ANOLIS, focuses on custom LED solutions for architectural, leisure & entertainment, retail, clubs & bars, and beyond. A large focus is offering outdoor rated lighting. One of the popular fixtures in this line is the Divine series, available in RGBW and UV. The custom options for this architectural line are endless.
Here is a great video by Tim Holub of the show in their booth this year.
Strong Lighting manufacturers specialized solutions for entertainment markets that require one common thing; high powered lighting for key market segments. Strong Lighting’s presentation at LDI 2017 consisted of a number of their industry recognizable products such as their followspot line of Super Troupers. The Super Trouper II offers high performance in a small package and is an extremely compact, powerful Xenon powered followspot. For years the Super Trouper II was considered Strong’s flagship solution but the market demanded more!
At LDI 2017 Strong launched their new Super Trouper III, 3,000-watt FollowSpot improving on almost all of the best features that made the Super Trouper II so popular. Improved balance, cooling systems, and ballasts will complement this new brighter fixture that will be available later this year from Strong Lighting.
Tomcat had on a display a prototype model of their new Nemesis pre-rig truss. Simply rig your moving light to their aluminum bar, slide it into the open end of the truss and lock it into place with any of the 4” on center holes for consistent, even spacing. Thomas offers dollies that insert into both ends of the truss for transport, as well as shop stands to keep the ends open for fixture loading without worry of the truss sliding away during pre-rig.
As you would expect, Tomcat also displayed their numerous truss solutions, everything we’ve come to expect from them over the years – collapsible box truss, bolt end, spigoted, swing truss – all the good standbys.
Ushio America, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of light source solutions including lamps, LEDs, lasers, drivers, systems, and services. Ushio’s presentation for LDI 2017 consisted of a broad spectrum of their lighting solutions including their newly acquired Zylight and Aladdin brands.
The largest products on display consisted of their Ushio followspots including their new 230w LED Sai-300 producing a high quality, powerful 5600k daylight white beam. The Sai-300 inherits the same design characteristics of balance, ergonomics, and superior functionality as their xenon powered line of Xebex follow spots. Step-less dimming, 100% iris closure, and flash effect enhance operator usability.
A sampling of solutions from Zylight were on hand showcasing their innovative LED broadcast fixtures including a number of Soft Lights and Fresnels like the F8-B; the only fixture that combines a proprietary Tru365TM LED module with the flexibility and control of a focusable glass fresnel lens.
Wenger / J.R. Clancy, the rigging juggernaut who announced their merger in 2016, continues to promote their broad product line and depth of expertise. For LDI 2017 they were on stand, in force, to promote their new offerings, upcoming for 2018
Virtuoso Acoustical Shell (with or without Transcend Active Acoustics)
Virtuosois an acoustic shell that creates a virtual experience with an active system of microphones, speakers and digital signal processors instead of relying on the mass of a composite wooden structure. Essentially this system acts as a feedback monitor for all the musicians onstage, providing a uniform acoustical experience which
Virtuoso can either stand alone to improve the sound on stage or be paired withTranscend Active Acoustic Systemto create a full-venue solution for optimal acoustics, from the stage all the way through back of the house. Transcend’s active acoustics algorithm results in a system requiring fewer microphones and speakers to provide a more reliable and stable system. This allows for streamlined, lower-cost installations than other systems on the market, and the best possible acoustic experience for any seat in the house
For facilities with limited storage, a ceiling/rigging system without structural capacity for a heavy wooden structure, or a lack of resources to set up and remove a shell on stage, Virtuoso provides a unique previously unattainable solution
TheMaestro Acoustical Shelldelivers impressive full-stage acoustics while creating live entertainment environments for performances at an affordable price. Maestro is packed with features, conveniences and performance aesthetics.
Maestro has been redesigned with construction and design improvements, providing a cost-effective solution for any performance space requiring an acoustical enhancement. It features mobile towers and rows of ceiling panels that form a full stage acoustic enclosure when placed together on stage. A separate wheeled mover easily lifts and moves the towers.
It can be easily configured to accommodate groups of varying sizes. Maestro’s counterweighted wall towers ensure stability and safety. And the design saves space since the individual towers nest together when not in use.
The Maestro line comes in a variety of configurations, offering an economical solution in comparison to Wenger’s top of the line, highly customizableDivaFull-Stage Acoustical Shell.