CHAUVET Introduces STRIKE P38



CHAUVET introduced STRIKE 38, which brings a new level of flexibility to its popular STRIKE series of multi-formatted blinder/strobe fixtures. The new STRIKE 38 is an IP65-rated single pod LED fixture that offers the intense output that’s become synonymous with the series, but thanks to its more compact size, it can be used in a wider variety of configurations than its predecessors.

Its smaller dimensions notwithstanding, the STRIKE P38 packs a powerful punch, thanks to its 90W warm white light source. The intensely bright fixture weighs in at a mere 3.8kg (8.4lbs) and measures 303 x 164 mm (11.93 x 10.27 x 7.25 in). Aside from enhancing the fixture’s versatility, its more compact size will also make it easier to rig.

With its warm white output and IP65 rating, STRIKE P38 can be used to create a welcoming immersive atmosphere at outdoor festivals as well as at arena concerts. The fixture’s emulated “amber-shift” warms the color temperature of the light as it dims to perfectly mimic incandescent lights.

The fixture’s 16-bit dimming control results in smooth seamless fades, and its adjustable Pulse Width Modulation makes the unit camera friendly for videoed performances. Featuring a Strobe Rate of 0 to 29 Hz and four Dim Modes, the STRIKE P38 is well suited for use in creating special effects on the fly.


KODAK Introduces Cinema Tools App



KODAK introduced their new KODAK Cinema Tools app for iOS and Android. It includes essential tools for filmmakers that use celluloid in their projects. The app is free to download.

The KODAK Cinema Tools App provides essential film making tools for filmmakers that use celluloid film in their projects. The app features a film calculator and a depth of field calculator designed to simplify ongoing arithmetic. Additionally, the app provides access to an online contact directory and a list of labs to get film processed.

The Film Calculator tool eliminates the need for ongoing arithmetic. Use it to determine run time for any length of film in any format, including Super 8, 16, 35 and 65mm. Film length can be entered in feet or meters. It is easy, accurate, and at your fingertips whether you are on set or on location.

The Depth of Field Calculator tool helps you determine the settings you need to get the focus you want. For example, if you are using 35 mm film, and the subject is at 10 feet, your focal length is 50 mm, and your F-stop is 8 this app will calculate your near limit, hyperfocal distance and circle of confusion. Simply enter the values you know into the app and instantly have the answers you need to capture the image you envision.

The Depth of Field Calculator is designed to be used with any film format, including Super 8, 16, 35, and 65 mm. F-stops range from F1.4 – F22 with 1/3 stops included.


DynaMount Introduced the Echo-PT



DynaMount introduced the Echo-PT at NAB 2018. Audio professionals can now have real-time control over their mic placement. DynaMount Echo-PT is the only pan/tilt system purpose built specifically for microphones, so you can hear every moment.

Its silent motion, IP control, weatherproof enclosure, and optional mic-mounted camera for remote monitoring allow it to meet the demanding needs of broadcasters and filmmakers.

Use one or more Echo-PT’s to:

  • Follow sounds of the action, crowd & performance as they change in real-time
  • Save positions and motion paths ahead of time for single-click control
  • Use fewer mics to cover a broad range of perspectives
  • Save time during setup; mic placement can be easily tweaked later
  • Optional mic-mounted camera lets you see exactly where the microphone is pointed

DynaMount is currently beta testing the DynaMount Echo-PT. Shipping is expected to begin in late 2018. Pre-order DynaMount Echo-PT now through the DynaMount website, and save $600.


Lectrosonics has Firmware Update for PDR Portable Digital Recorder



Lectrosonics announced a new Firmware update, V2.0, for their acclaimed professional micro digital recorder, the PDR (Portable Digital Recorder).

Since its introduction a little over a year ago, the PDR’s highly compact size and professional quality sound has made it an ideal choice for a wide range of productions, from feature films to extreme sports and professional videography. The units tiny size and rounded shape make it unobtrusive and simple to place in garments and costumes, and easy to conceal when used as a “plant” microphone to capture environmental or location sound.

The new Version 2.0 Firmware Update incorporates a number of user suggestions, including the addition of iXML file header support, Filesystem protection, and an improved menu structure.

The new Update offers iXML Header Support, which allows for recordings to contain industry-standard iXML data in the file headers, enabling easy handling in typical editing software. And Filesystem Protection adds provisions to protect recorded data on the Micro SD card when users mount the card onto a computer.

The menu structure has also been updated with some items moved to submenus, including “Timecode…”, “SD Card…”, and “Settings…” which is designed to allow quicker and easier navigation for users.

Timecode can now be copied from the internal real time clock. Scene and take numbers can now be manually entered, and are embedded in the filenames and iXML headers of recordings. Take number automatically increments each time the record button is pressed.

The new PDR v.2.0 Update is downloadable for free from the PDR – Firmware page on the Lectrosonics website.


Sennheiser Revealed New 300 PRO Headphones and Headset Series



Sennheiser revealed its New 300 Pro Headphones and Headsets Series. These products were designed to deliver the ultimate in comfort.

Whether its monitoring, camera operation or backstage communications – a comfortable pair of headphones are essential whenever you need to perform at your best while maintaining your focus for long hours. With the 300 PRO Series, Sennheiser launches new headphones and headsets designed with this demanding context in mind, fine-tuned with users to deliver when and where it matters.

Alongside outstanding comfort, the 300 PRO series offers precise sound reproduction. Available from August 2018, the new series includes the HD 300 PRO and HD 300 PROtect monitoring headphones as well as the HMD 300 PRO and single-sided HMD 301 PRO communications headsets.

Sennheiser’s acoustic engineers took their inspiration from the HD 250 Linear, a classic model that is still highly regarded amongst professionals today. Despite the difference in the ear cup shapes, the engineering team was able to get extremely close to precise, linear sound reproduction of the original model, thus placing the HD 300 PRO at the peak of Sennheiser’s monitoring headphone portfolio. The detailed, linear response makes the 300 PRO series ideal for music-makers, too.

The 300 PRO series’ detachable cables offer improved protection against handling noise, thanks to a small series of coils that acoustically decouple the cable from the headset. The series comes with a rugged, bendable and twistable headband and customized nameplates to feature a company logo on the ear cups. The new headset models also feature a noise-compensated, super-cardioid boom microphone for clear communications in loud production environments.

All HMD 300 PRO Headsets and HD 300 PROtect headphones have been fitted with Sennheiser’s ActiveGard technology, which protects the wearer’s hearing from sudden sound bursts without interrupting the audio signal – an added safety feature that differs from traditional acoustic shock clipping circuitry.


RecAll Captures Live Events



Audified has released RecAll. It can capture a live event without risking missing a part. RecAll is currently priced at $49 (regular price $99) and is for Mac OS X 10.6 – Mac OS X 10.13. Audified will let you try RecAll free for 30 days.

An awesome live show but no time for a slow DAW preparation? Do you risk missing an important part of the event? Record it all. Simply. Quickly. RecAll.

Audified points out that when you are reinforcing live events, there is no extra time for auxiliary recording. Although most DAW’s can be set up to record multichannel events, the configuration is not straightforward and the DAW is over-featured for simple recording tasks.

RecAll is fast and simple. Open the application, select the setup from a template and press record.

RecAll provides two types of meters, automatically toggling during the recording process. When the recording is off, you see the standard meters showing the signal level at the given time. If you start recording, the meters show the signal history, so you don’t need to check the meters all the time, especially if the RecAll window is hidden.

Features include:

  • Easy setup and control
  • Maximum 256 stereo and mono tracks
  • Instant playback of the recorded tracks
  • Stereo mix recorded aside
  • Meters showing recorded history
  • Comfortable setup of multiple strips simultaneously


Blackmagic Introduces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K



Blackmagic has introduced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. It is the next generation handheld 4K digital film camera.

The revolutionary new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the camera you’ve been asking for! It features an all new handheld design that puts the latest digital film technology into the palm of your hand!

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a 4/3 size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and dual native ISO up to 25,600. That means you get stunning HDR images and incredible low light performance. The external controls give you quick access to functions, while the large 5 inch touchscreen makes it easy to frame shots, focus accurately and change camera settings.

Images are recorded onto standard SD/UHS-II or CFast 2.0 cards in RAW and ProRes at up to 120 frames per second. In addition, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has an MFT lens mount, built-in microphones, mini XLR input, full sized HDMI, 3D LUT support, Bluetooth, USB-C Expansion Port, and more.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses the same Blackmagic OS as USRA Mini. That means you get the world’s most advanced camera operating system and many of the same features found on larger cameras. If you are just getting started, you can learn how to use the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K today and move up to an URSA Mini when you are ready.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is priced at $1,295, and is listed as “coming soon” on the Blackmagic website.


Aputure Diety Condenser Microphone



Aputure was founded in 2005 by a team of inspired filmmakers and videographers who wanted to create high quality content, but struggled with steep cost of equipment needed to do so. The Aputure Deity is their newest condenser microphone.

The Aputure Deity is a professional shotgun condenser microphone, offering superior sound performance, high industrial standard components and great craftwork made for a reliable tool for audio recording. For film, documentary, interview and more, this mic offers the best quality audio for your needs.

The new Deity has remarkably low off-axis coloration. It can get great balance between major sound and environmental ambience. Sound from off-axis direction won’t get distortion or coloration. The Diety can more accurately capture off-axis sound, minimizing noise reduction requirements in post.

The Diety adopts a super cardioid polar pattern, which is extremely directional minimizing surrounding ambient noise, which is a very important characteristic for recording (dialogue) with a boom pole. Capture dialogue directly with a broadcast level quality.


OpenLabs Offers a Tax Break Coupon Code



OpenLabs is offering a tax break coupon code – for a limited time. The code is TAXBREAK and it will be valid through April 23, 2018.

BUY MORE, SPEND LESS! Stack the savings this week on all Stagelight in-app loop, presets, drum kits and features! First, upgrade to the latest free version of Stagelight 3.5 HERE. Next, launch Stagelight to enter the in-app store to shop tons of new packs and exclusive content.

Use the coupon code TAXBREAK at checkout. The coupon code will expire on April, 23, 2018 at Midnight CDT.

Stagelight 3.5 includes dozens of new user presets, drum patterns and multiple sound effects to choose from. Beginners and hobbyists can quickly build beats by browsing through multiple presets by genre or create their own track templates that include instrument and effect combos.

Stagelight can be downloaded for Android, for Windows, or for macOS.

OpenLabs posted information about this coupon code on their Instagram. They point out you can stack the savings this week on all Stagelight in-app loops, presets, drum kits, and features.


Line 6 Introduces Powercab 112 and Powercab 112 Plus



Line6 has introduced Powercab 112 and Powercab 112 Plus speakers. They are active guitar speaker systems for modelers.

Powercab 112 and Powercab 112 Plus are 1×12 active speaker systems that deliver an authentic “amp-in-the-room” playing experience when paired with any modeler, profiler, or even an amp-simulation pedal. Select one of the six classic Speaker Models as alternatives to your current cab models, or simply plut in your modeler and play using Flat Mode – the choice is yours

Powercabs are also loud enough to fill any small club or medium-sized venue, and performing guitarists will also appreciate their lightweight yet roadworthy construction, compact size, flip-out kickstands, and XLR direct outputs.

The Powercab 112 Plus also includes powerful advanced features such as a 2-inch LCD, 128 user preset locations, MIDI In/Out, AES/EBU and L6 LINK digital I/O, a multipurpose second input, and a USB audio interface.