Tech Talk

Review: Luminex GigaCore

15 Jul 2015

Connecting the bits… We often take for granted how multiplexing has changed the way we do things.  Now instead of running lots of analogue audio multicore, we can run a data cable.  Instead of running lots of lighting control multicore, we can run a data cable.  Instead of running a bunch of video cabling, we…

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Review: Martin MAC Quantum Profile

8 Jul 2015

Raising the bar for LED I ran an LED lighting demo early this year – it wasn’t a shootout because I had a number of very different types of fixtures.  The Mac Quantum Profile was one of them, and because it’s been quite a busy year, I’d forgotten just how much it impressed me at…

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Margaret Court Arena – Outside In

7 Jul 2015

Margaret Court Arena, in Melbourne Park, started life in 1988 as an open air tennis court known as Show Court One.  Thanks to the $700 million Melbourne Park Masterplan, the outdoor court was bought inside with a retractable roof, just in time for the 2015 Australian Open, and renamed after the legendary Margaret Court, winner…

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Review: RUSH Gobo Projector 1

2 Jul 2015

It took all of three minutes for the entire of the CX office to reach a consensus about the RUSH Gobo Projector 1, and the consensus is that we all think it’s great.  But why? I guess it’s important to understand the function of a gobo projector – most commonly they’re used for corporate branding. …

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Mixing It Up: Avid S6L

28 Jun 2015

AVID’s new flagship live desk, the S6L, was so popular at PL+S that they had two of the new systems in a roped-off area that you needed an appointment to get in to. The decision-makers from the world’s biggest production companies were all in there through the show, pulling out their chequebooks and ordering what…

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Review: Robe CycFX

26 Jun 2015

Something different We’re sort of at a point now where LED is not only a practical and viable lightsource, but it’s starting to become the accepted norm for many applications.  Robe got onto the LED bandwagon pretty early on and their product line has matured well over time as a result.  Only a few years…

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Toolbox: GKL MA-PEQ M

25 Jun 2015

A fantastic new channel strip arrived here at The Mill a couple of weeks ago – which I’ve been giving a damned good flogging ever since…  The Canadian made MA-PEQ is an all-discrete, transformer-less single channel mic preamp and passive program equaliser housed in a single rack unit. Combining a high quality, powerful sounding preamp…

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Review: Midas M32R

24 Jun 2015

Lightweight digital with heavyweight performance I’m rather taken with the M32R.  I wasn’t too sure initially what to expect from it, but I think it’s fair to say whatever expectations I had were certainly exceeded. M32R is essentially an M32 which is rack width and includes rack rails in the box.  I’m not sure why…

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Mixing It Up: Soundcraft Vi5000 and Vi7000

21 Jun 2015

It’s no secret we’re big fans of the Soundcraft Vi3000 at CX – our Gearbox video review is on Soundcraft’s website. So we were really happy to see that Soundcraft have extended the range with the Vi5000 and Vi7000, the big difference being that the new models use remote I/O and are exceptionally configurable. Both…

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Mixing It Up: Digico S21

16 Jun 2015

Arousing the most curiosity in the CX readership, the new DiGiCo S21 features an all-new operating system, small frame and much lower price than other desks in the DiGiCo stable. Those familiar with the SD range will notice that the interface changed completely. Compared to the SDs, the S21 has flat, simplified graphics, colour-coded to…

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10 Jun 2015

When you buy a litre of milk at the supermarket, do you only ever pay one price regardless of whether you choose low-fat, non-fat, full fat or soy? Of course you don’t. So why the hell does music sell for the exact same amount regardless of what it is or who made it? Beats me.…

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12 May 2015

Imagine if the car industry were the music industry. Vehicles could be downloaded for free, copied, test driven and replaced at the click of a button. Fewer and fewer people would own cars yet more and more would be driving brand new ones. Doesn’t make much sense does it? Welcome to the music industry in…

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