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Moving Heads – a history

June 20th, 2013 Posted in worth knowing Tags: ,

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Barbecue and Genesis

For a good meal, the right ingredients are indispensable. For a good light show, the equipment is. And for more than 25 years now, Moving Head spots are part of this equipment. They’re not only a part of it, but have become essential and integral for lighting technology. No concert, no TV show would do without the use of these multifunctional spots. But who invented them?

It wasn’t the Swiss this time. The spots took their first steps in the USA. In 1970, Showco was founded and emerged as one of the leading providers of PA and lighting installations at live events. After a few years, Showco could boast some really illustrious customers like Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie and Genesis. But the Americans had competitors from England, who used aluminum instead of steel for their PAR cans and experimented with new dimmer technologies, breaking new ground with devices working more efficiently. The financial losses grew so big, that Showco really thought about giving up and retiring from the lighting business. But it shouldn’t come to that.

 

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How to transmit audio signals over a long distance?

June 12th, 2013 Posted in OMNITRONIC, Product news Tags: ,

OMNITRONIC LH-120 Dual stereo extenderPassive CAT-5 Extender for Audio Signals

The OMNITRONIC LH-120 is a passive CAT-5 extender which allows transmission of two stereo audio signals over a single network cable (UTP/CAT-5 and higher) in a point-to-point connection. Used in pairs, the extender allows four coax audio cables to be replaced by a single CAT-5 cable up to a distance of 600 meters. Its compact design and easy installation makes the extender ideal for custom commercial and home audio systems, intercom systems, rental and staging systems and AV conference systems.

Suitable Devices

DVD players, audio receivers, audio amplifiers, audio mixers, audio matrix switches and other unbalanced line-level audio equipment.

OMNITRONIC LH-120 Dual stereo extender OMNITRONIC LH-120 Dual stereo extender

OMNITRONIC LH-120 Dual stereo extender

 

Amping for actively separated sound-systems

June 4th, 2013 Posted in PSSO, worth knowing

PSSO Line Array CLAWhen it comes to selecting amplifiers for an actively separated sound-system, there are two different philosophies we would like to present here. Both versions have their own advantages and disadvantages so that it is necessary to take a closer look at the requirements for every use and how to find a good economic and technically sound solution.

We call these two philosophies „Stereo-Setup“ and „Mono-Setup“, because in the stereo-setup, the individual signal paths (hi, mid, bass) of the left and right loudspeaker are amplified by one amplifier each. For the mono-setup, each loudspeaker side has its own amplifier, sometimes even its own system controller. The mono-setup is especially suitable for sound-systems not always being operated in the same configuration, e. g. Line-Arrays with more or less loudspeakers depending on the depth and general size of the audience area. Furthermore, mono-setups can also be operated individually as smaller systems in stereo-setup. The stereo-setup is suitable for permanent installations and for systems with always almost the same configuration. Read more »

Dwarfs with power: Futurelight EYE-7 and EYE-7 Zoom put to the test

June 3rd, 2013 Posted in FUTURELIGHT, Press releases Tags:

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German trade press tested the Futurelight EYE-7 and EYE-7 Zoom. The result: The small Moving Heads leave a lasting impression.

The spots overwhelmed the testers of the magazine Soundcheck with their workmanship: “The workmanship is extremely sturdy and of high quality, making a very good impression”. But also the inner values, especially the brightness, stood out in the test: “Regarding brightness, the dwarf swells and delivers a really convincing performance”.

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New face, approved strategies

May 13th, 2013 Posted in News, Press releases
B. Steinigke und M. Schwab

B. Steinigke and M. Schwab

Steinigke Showtechnic, one of Europe’s leading companies in the field of show technic, has a new general manager. Matthias Schwab will manage the company together with owner Bernd Steinigke in the future.

Long-time employee

Schwab has been working at Steinigke for 15 years and knows the company inside out. He has accompanied Steinigke Showtechnic through many critical phases and determined the tide of events in the last years as authorized signatory. For the founder and owner of the company, Bernd Steinigke, it is a „logical consequence“ to appoint Schwab general manager now.

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