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Datavideo Released NightHawk Camera Series



Datavideo engineers, designs and manufacturers a wide range of innovative technologies for use in broadcast, AV, live event and production environments. Datavideo has released its NightHawk camera series.

Datavideo’s new NightHawk series Cameras are feature-packed high-quality cameras in a compact design to fit various applications.

Equipped with a 4/3” CMOS sensor and the real-time HDR with sensitivity settings that can extend up to ISO 409600, the NightHawk camera series can capture shadows and highlights in spectacular detail. Because of the digital noise reduction feature, users can obtain remarkable image quality even under low light.

One unique thing about the NightHawk series of cameras is a feature that allows for RTMP streaming over any 4G network to YouTube or Facebook. This feature provides a low cost, high-quality, solution for outdoor event broadcasting.

Another interesting thing about the NightHawk series of cameras is that it has a highly modifiable body. This gives you the freedom to build up and enhance your own professional camera rig, containing monitors, recorders, batteries and stabilizers.

NightHawk cameras are compatible with professional lenses from Leica, Panasonic, Olympus and more.

Features include:

  • Direct 4G Video Streaming
  • Cinematic Quality Image Sensor
  • Ultra Low-Light Capture
  • High Dynamic Range
  • External Microphone Input
  • Remote Control Over Wi-Fi
  • Removable Lens
  • Multi-Purpose Applications

Get Ozone Imager from iZotope for Free



Founded in 2001, iZotope is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They are obsessed with great sound. Their intelligent audio technology helps musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers focus on their craft, rather than the tech behind it. Right now, iZotope is offering their Ozone Imager for free.

Ozone Imager is a free stereo imaging plug-in for your DAW or NLE. Born from Ozone’s legendary imaging technology, Ozone Imager can narrow or widen your stereo image with simple controls, stunning visuals, and incredible sound.

Make an impact with Ozone’s legendary Imaging technology. Add depth and width to mono or narrow mixes in Stereoize Mode for a fuller, wider, sound.

Receive immediate, intuitive feedback as you adjust to taste. An integrated Vectorscope and Correlation Meter give you precise feedback to help guide your mixing and mastering decisions,

System Requirements:

Operating Systems:
Mac: OS X 10.8.5 (Pro Tools 10 only), OS X 10.9 – macOS Sierra (10.12)
Windows: 7, 8 & 10

Plug-in Formats:
VST2, VST3, AudioUnit (Mac Only), AAX (Real-time & AudioSuite; 64-bit only), RTAS (Real-time & Audiosuite (DPM); 32-bit only)


Moniker Guitars Introduced the Rival Series



Moniker Guitars has introduced the Rival Series. This series of guitars is being built in Austin, Texas. They can rival any other guitar on the market on tone, feel, and price.

The Rival guitars has a maple body with a matching maple neck. That’s the same wood Moniker users on the necks of their Custom Series guitars.

Maple is a hard wood and so it’s typically bright and heavy. To offset the weight, we’re making a thinner body. To add mid range, bass and resonance, as well as further reduce weight, we’re cutting cavities or chambers into the body. The chambered body adds more warmth to the tone.

To add color to the Rival guitars, Moniker enlarged the pickguard to cover almost the whole body of the guitar. They also inlaid the acrylic faceplate into the body of the guitar to keep the appearance smooth and clean. The guitars are sprayed with a satin top coat that is smooth and not sticky like gloss.

The Rival guitars come in the following colors: black, cream, grey, peach, and seafoam. Choose any of those colors for the faceplate, and the headstock will match.

Choose from the following pickup sets:
* SSL-5 Staggered Strat Set
* Quarter Pounder Tele Set
* Antiquity Duo-Sonic Set
* Lipstick Set
* Phat Cat P90 Set
* Hot Rodded Humbucker Set

The pre-order pricing starts at just $875 (for a limited time only). The Moniker website says seven weeks is the current estimated number of weeks for custom builds to arrive at your door.


Tether Tools and Goal Zero Team Up for a Giveaway



Tether Tools is committed to supplying professional and enthusiast photographers with the finest quality tethering photography equipment. Goal Zero makes the best portable power products on the market. The two have teamed up for a giveaway.

The Solar Powered Memories Giveaway is easy to enter. Go to the Tether Tools website and log into the giveaway using either your email or Facebook. Next, follow Tether Tools on social media. Then, share with others for “even more entries”. At the time I am writing this, the Solar Powered Memories Giveaway has 4 days left.

There are 9 different ways to enter the giveaway. Most of them involve visiting Tether Tools and/or Goal Zero on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Someone will win a Venture 70 Recharger from Goal Zero and a Case Relay Camera Power System from Tether Tools.

The Case Relay Camera Power System lets you power your camera continually with an external battery pack or wall power, providing peace of mind knowing you have an uninterrupted power source for your camera. (It requires the Relay Camera Coupler, which is sold separately.) The Case Relay Camera Power System is $99.99.

The Venture 70 Recharger packs the power you need to keep those small devices, cameras, and tablets charged no matter the elements you may be out battling. With an IPX67 weatherproof rating and 17,799amAh the Venture will keep everything running smoothly. The Venture 70 Recharger is $149.95.


Litepanels Raises the Bar with Gemini



Litepanels is a pioneer in LED lighting for the film, photographic, and broadcast industries. They introduced Litepanels Gemini, an all-new 2×1, RGB-WW soft panel that combines daylight, tungsten, and red-green-blue LEDs to deliver highly flexible and precise color adjustment.

The Gemini soft panel produces true, full-spectrum white light and an extensive choice of control options designed to suit any professional lighting application.

Until now, users of most 2×1 panels have achieved white light by mixing red, green, and blue, which can create undesirable color spokes. Gemini eliminates this problem by giving users a daylight-to-tungsten light foundation and then enabling them to finely adjust color throughout the full, 360-degree color wheel. This means that users can match a broad range of ambient lighting conditions quickly and simply.

Gemini offers this unmatched flexibility through its easy-to-use, intuitive menu interface with LCD screens in three lighting modes:

* Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) Mode, for bicolor (daylight to tungsten) with +/- green adjustment.

* Color Mode, offering hue saturation and intensity (HSI) control for full color and saturation control

* Gel Mode, providing the ability to dial up a variety of popular gels

Like all Litepanels products, Gemini is complemented by a full line of light-shaping accessories, such as honeycomb grids and barn doors, to offer users extra creative lighting control. By the end of this year, Litepanels will release a mounting hardware kit that will enable customers to stack multiple Gemini panels either vertically or horizontally.

The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 is now available at a suggested retail price of $4,440 (4,200 euros).


Shure Released Super 55-BLK Microphone Pitch Black Edition



Shure Incorporated, the world’s leading microphone manufacturer, announced the release of a limited quantity of the Super 55-BLK Deluxe Vocal Microphone Pitch Black Edition, in time for the holiday season. The new Super 55 Pitch Black Edition is a modern take on the classic Super 55’s look and performance.

This limited edition microphone features a matte black die-cast base, black foam, and smooth frequency response for natural vocal reproduction, and comes with an integrated, swivel stand mount base and microphone bag, perfect for any performance on-stage and on-screen.

The Model 55 Unidyne defines classic microphone design just as much today as it did more than 75 years ago when it made its official debut. For vocal performers, the Super 55 Pitch Black Edition’s eye-catching black-on-black design is a twist on the classic and adds a sleek style to production.

The rigorously-tested supercardioid microphone cartridge rejects unwanted noise and prevents feedback. The shock-mounted cartridge and tough, die-cast case reduces handling noise and protects it from damage.

The Super 55 Pitch Black edition will be available through certified Shure retailers and online.


Cineo Lighting Premieres Standard 410 at IBC 2017



Cineo Lighting, a leader in the production of lighting systems for the motion picture, television and broadcast industries, announces the Standard 410 (S410), premiering at IBC 2017. Boasting a 25,000-lumen output in a chassis weighing under 27 lbs. (12kg.), the new S410 rounds out the range of Cineo fixtures that provide high-quality, full-gamut light.

Standard 410 combines Cineo Lighting’s award-winning white-light quality with innovative saturated-color technology. The Standard 410 delivers up to 25,000 lumens of beautiful, easily controllable, full-gamut light.

Boasting a substantial 2′ x 1′ diffused illumination surface, the Standard 410 is perfectly sized for use in the studio or out in the field. With a maximum power of 410 watts and weighing in at less than 27 lbs., this fixture offers a unique combination of convenience and capability.

The Standard 410 has four DMX channels that control the entire fixture in a single mode of operation:

  • Dim – Cineo’s Photo-Accurate Dimming maps the 0-100% dimming curve to actual cameral stops for precise output control using the MASTER control locally or on the second DMX channel.
  • White – For color-accurate white light, choose the CCT as you would with any Cineo fixture, using the WHITE rotary control or the first DMX channel
  • Color – To optionally add saturated color, the COLOR control adjusts the hue, the color of which is displayed on the control panel, or managed on the third DMX channel.
  • Saturation – Controls the amount of saturated color to be added to the white light, from full white to fully saturate color.

Standard 410 Features:

  • Consistency – SmartPower technology provides consistent light output regardless of the battery level
  • Reliability – Color constancy and flicker-free operation that will last throughout the life of the product.
  • Silence – The passive cooling system requires no fans, alleviating the concern over excessive noise.
  • Output – The Standard 410 puts out up to 25,000 lumens of fully-controllable light and unbeatable color.
  • Size – Measuring at 24” x 12”, the powerfully compact Standard 410 weighs less than 27 lbs.
  • Simplicity – The Standard 410 provides fully-controllable color without the inconvenience of gels.

LED by garageCube is on Kickstarter



LED by garageCube is a plug-and-play, user-friendly and adaptable LED Kit for stage design, visual art, and live performance. It is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this, they have 29 days to go.

The LED by garageCube is user-friendly and adaptable for structure assembling using aluminum profile. In short, the kit is made up of a bunch of aluminum pieces that have LED lights in them. You can assemble the pieces together in a variety of ways, depending on what you want to do. It is very customizable.

I recommend you visit the LED by garageCube Kickstarter page and watch their highly entertaining video that gives you more details about how this product can be put together and some ways that it has been used.

LED by garageCube can be plugged together in any order and are addressable. A single cable carries both power and data, reducing connections to a minimum. Our LEDs are a perfect complement to madMapper, but are also compatible with third party applications and lighting desk consoles.

With madMapper, the most advanced LED mapping tool, you can easily set up from simple to large scale installations. You can use content such as video files, live feed, and generative images, to control your LED by garageCube. Your favorite MIDI controller can be used for perfect live control.

The LED by garageCube will be available in RGB or in pure white. Choose from two different sizes: 50 cm and 1 meter. Light diffusers and transparent covers are included in the kit. If you require more customization, you can combine 3D printing or other tailored fabrication techniques, making any of your DIY creations possible.


IK Multimedia Announced iRig Mic HD 2



IK Multimedia announced the iRig Mic HD 2, the only handheld, high-definition USB digital microphone for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC. It is the successor to the highly acclaimed iRig Mic HD, and is now available for pre-order.

The iRig Mic HD 2 is designed to put all the power of high-resolution digital audio into the hands of singers, musicians, interviewers, broadcasters, presenters, podcasters and vloggers who are looking to capture pristine mobile recordings anywhere with remarkable ease.

The integrated low-noise preamp provides an optimal gain range while the gold-sputtered condenser capsule ensures clarity and accuracy over a frequency spectrum of 20 Hz – 20 kHz (-3dB) making sure all the tiniest details of the sound source are faithfully captured in recordings.

Able to withstand a maximum sound pressure of 120dB, iRig Mic HD 2 provides a high level of performance and quality even when recording loud sources while the cardioid pickup pattern will help reject sounds coming from the rear of the microphone.

The iRig Mic HD 2 features a versatile, integrated headphone output with volume control that can be used for monitoring the audio signal during recording or for listening to high-resolution music – including on the iPhone 7. The output can also come in handy for sending the audio signal to an external device like another recorder, a mixer or a PA system.

The iRig Mic HD 2 is designed to work flawlessly with the latest generation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices as well as with Mac and PC. It comes with a Lightning connector cable, a USB cable and extra accessories like a convenient table tripod for use during conferences, radio shows, video calls, etc., a sleek carrying pouch, for protecting the microphone while traveling or for storage, a mic stand clip and a handy 5/8” to 3/8” thread adapter.

It also comes with downloadable versions of Mac and PC software including:
* Ableton Live Lite
* T-RackS Classic
* Mic Room
* Mic Pack for VocaLive iOS app
* Pro Bundle for iRig Recorder
* Mic Room app


Audio-Technica and Audient Partner for Perfect Production Package



Audio-Technica has collaborated with Audient to deliver the AT2035-Studio “Essential Studio Kit”, a microphone/interface/headphone bundle ideal for budding producers and musicians in home studios or on the move.

Comprising Audio-Technica’s perennially popular AT2035 large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic and ATH-M40x studio monitor headphones, the Essential Studio Kit is completed by Audient’s outstanding iD4 Black USB audio interface.

The interface is the ideal partner for Audio-Technica’s versatile, natural-sounding AT2035, a cornerstone of the company’s studio-oriented 20 Series. It’s high SPL handling, 80Hz high-pass filter and 10dB pad make it well suited to a wide variety of instrument and vocal applications, while the supplied custom shock-mount provides superior isolation from knocks – critical in the studio and on location.

The ATH-M40x headphones deliver excellent performance in both tracking and mixing situations and share the same sonic signature as Audio-Technica’s legendary M50x and M70x flagship headphones.

Featuring a renowned Audient mic preamp, the 2-in/2-out iD4 Black boasts class-leading converter technology, JFET DI and the company’s ScrollControl virtual scroll wheel technology.

The Essential Studio Kit delivers a significant saving on the RRP of the individual components when bought separately – and also includes no less than £500 of Audient curated free plug-ins, production tools and training (available on registration of the iD4 Black on Audient’s ARC webpage), comprising Eventide’s Ultrachannel and Ultraverb plug-ins, Cubase LE and Cubasis LE2 (for iOS), ten free LANDR masters and two free courses and £20 voucher for online audio educators Producertech.

The AT2035-Studio is available in the UK, Germany, France, and Spain and has a recommended retail price of €389 / £335 inc VAT.