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Kino Flo launched the Select LED system as a white light source with Green/Magenta selection. Kino Flo used an RGB emitter to control the Green/Magenta color, but they knew that the RGB feature could do more. Kino Flo just needed to sort out a menu system that would be as intuitive when using the controller manually as when using it on DMX.

The solution was to have a second menu option. Those who prefer to work with white light can use the “white menu” that gives the user access to Dimming, Kelvin and Green/Magenta control channels.

Those who want additional features can switch over to the new “color menu”. In the color menu, the Kelvin range travels from 2500K tungsten to 9900K daylight, and Kino Flo has set up a fourth channel called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo colors to match Candle Flame, Warm White, Cool White, Sodium Vapor, Mercury Vapor, 20K Blue Sky, Green Screen and Blue screen. In addition, there is a range of gels that can be applied to any Kelvin setting. Simply scroll through the menu to choose up to 105 well-known lighting gels.

In the color menu there is also a fifth channel called Hue Angle and sixth channel, Saturation.
These two channels behave similar to a traditional color wheel, where you have white light in the center, the Hue angle determines the color along a 360-degree range, and Saturation determines how much color is applied. For example, if a user wants to review the choices, they can set Saturation to 100% and scroll through 360-degrees of color to choose the desired hue, and adjust the Saturation to their liking. Reducing the Saturation to “0” will take the settings back to white light.

For those that have already purchased these units, there will be a free firmware update available in January 2017 to gain access to the color menu. kino-select-color-select

Kino Flo’s new Select LED’s also come with standard DMX and wireless DMX (Lumen Radio®), 24VDC input, and universal voltage input 100-240VAC (1.3 Amps at 120U). Kino Flo also recently added new Snapbag Softbox and Snapgrid accessories.

Enjoy the possibilities.

Great Online Deal for the RØDE NTG2 Mic!

John Barry Sales are running a red hot WEB SALE ONLY deal on the popular RØDE NTG2 Shotgun Microphone. The RØDE NTG2 has a RRP of $500.00, the John Barry Web Only Price is $299.99 saving over $200! To purchase the RØDE NTG2, click here.

You can read more about the RØDE NTG-2 below.
The RØDE NTG2 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, designed for professional applications within the film, video, television and production industries.

Its full frequency response, low noise and audio transparency make it an ideal film, video, and voice over microphone, while its low weight (161gm/5.7oz without battery) makes it an ideal boom microphone.

In addition to the NTG2 native 20Hz-20kHz response a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz is available, which will prevent low end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded.

The NTG2 operates either from a AA (1.5V) battery or P48 phantom power which can be supplied by professional cameras, audio recorders and power supplies.

The WSVM windshield is supplied to minimise light wind noise and plosives during recording. The optional ‘DeadCat’ furry is recommended for outdoor applications.

The RØDE NTG2 shotgun microphone is covered by RØDE Microphones’ industry leading 10 year warranty.

The Professional's Radio Mic kit – Lectrosonics Radio Mic Kit Block 26


John Barry Sales are excited to announce a ‘Online Special’ special Lectrosonics/Sanken Wireless package.
This awesome piece of pro audio gear is headlined by the UM400AAU Transmitter and the UCR411A Receiver combo and includes the Sanken COS11D Lapel Mic. The package has a special price of $3060.00 Inc GST which offers a massive saving. It also includes a CC MINI carry case, plastic rain cover for the receiver and XLR receiver cable.

For more information about the LECTROSONICS RADIO MIC BLOCK 26 KIT, click here.

Sennheiser MKH 416-A Workhorse Mic

The ever popular Sennheiser MKH 416P is a compact pressure-gradient shotgun microphone with short interference tube, highly immune to humidity due to its RF condensor design. It’s got very good feedback rejection, low proximity effect, 130 dB/SPL. Very sturdy and rugged, ideal for boom, fishpole and camera production audio needs.
Some of its headlining features are:

  • Pressure gradient receiver with short interference tube
  • Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency above 2kHz approaches lobar pattern
  • RF-Technology to control residual micrphone noise resulting in a further improvement in low noise performance.
  • Very low inherent self-noise
  • High sensitivity
  • Transformerless and fully floating balanced output
  • Matt black all-metal body

To order the Sennheiser MKH 416, click here or contact one of our friendly John Barry staff.

The Digital Dividend: What you need to know about the big switch from Analogue to Digital

Introduction

Currently, a large number of wireless audio systems and devices operate within the frequency range 520-820 MHz. This frequency range is the same as that used by television broadcasting. The wireless audio systems are low power, and are allowed to operate under a Low Interference Poential Device (LIPD) class licence in the unused television channels on the basis of no interference, and no protection from interference.
Television services are currently in the process of changing over from analog to digital. This switch-over will change the ranges of frequencies that television services use, and will therefore affect the spectrum available for wireless audio equipment.
This web page provides users of wireless audio equipment with information on the analog-to-digital television changeover process and how it might affect the use of their equipment.
The planning process for the digital dividend band and the replanning of digital television services are at an early stage. This page will be updated periodically as planning progresses.

What is happening?

Television in the UHF bands is currently broadcast on frequencies between 520MHz and 820 MHz. On 24 June 2010, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy announced that by switching from analog to digital television, 126 MHz of this spectrum would be cleared in Australia. This means that after the changeover from analog to digital television, only the range 520-694 MHz will still be used for UHF television broadcasting, while the 694-820 MHz range will be made available for other services.

What is the digital dividend?

The block of spectrum which will be cleared through the switchover to digital television is often referred to as the “digital dividend”.
The digital dividend spectrum is able to be cleared because digital television broadcasting makes more efficient use of the spectrum than the corresponding analog services. Currently both analog and digital television services are being broadcast, with the analog services being progressively switched off on a region-by-region basis across Australia. More information on the switch-off of analog telelvision is available.
The diagram above shows the use of the affected part of the spectrum before and after the digital switch-over.

When are the changes happening?

There are two phases to the digital television switchover that need to be completed before the digital dividend spectrum will be clear and available for other uses. The first phase is the switch-off of analog television services. This is being done on an area-by-area basis, with the final regions to be switched off by 31 December 2013.
After the switch-off is complete in each area, there will still be digital television services operating in the digital dividend frequency range. The second phase is known as the “restacking”, where the digital services will be moved so they all operate below 694 MHz. This process will also take place over a period of time on an area-by-area basis with the current target date for completion being the end of 2014.
Therefore, there is still at least 3 years before the clearance of the digital dividend spectrum will be complete. It should be noted that due to the area-by-area switchover, it is possible that some of the areas that are ‘restacked’ earlier may be made available before the process is completed everywhere else.
The diagram below gives an example, illustrating how the use of the spectrum will change step-by-step through the switch-over process. The diagram is to illustrate the general concept only, and is not supposed to accurately represent any actual existing, or future, channel arrangement or rearrangement.
1. Analog television operating only.
2. Digital television begins. Both analog and digital television in operation at once.
3. Analog television finishes. Only digital remains operating.
4. Digital services are all relocated to channels below 694 MHz. Digital dividend is now cleared, and ready for use by other services.

What frequencies will be available for audio equipment after the switchover?

There will be two major blocks of spectrum which wireless audio equipment may be allowed and able to operate in:
1. 520-694 MHz (Remaining broadcasting spectrum)
The frequencies from 520-694 MHz will continue to be used for terrestrial broadcasting, and the ACMA expects that the unused TV channels or ‘white spaces’ in this range with still be available for use by wireless audio equipment, in the same way as they are at the moment.
Note that the specific arrangements of channels which will be used by digital television after the restack is still under consideration. The specific frequencies (channels) that are available in any given area at the moment may not be the same as those that will be available following the switchover.
2. 694-820 MHz (Digital Dividend spectrum)
Much of the 126 MHz of spectrum is likely to be used for next generation mobile broadband services, such as LTE and 4G.
The ACMA is currently working towards a decision on how this block of spectrum will be divided up, used and allocated to new services. Currently, Australia is following – and participating in – international discussions working towards creating a common band plan across most of the Asia-Pacific region. Adoption of a plan harmonised with other countries will allow for cheaper equipment for users and service operators through creation of economies of scale, as well as simpler and wider roaming capabilities for users.
One of these plans is to implement 2 x 45 MHz blocks of spectrum, with a 10 MHz mid-band gap, and guard bands at either end. Using this plan – or something similar – both the mid-band gap and the guard bands are potential segments of spectrum which could be used for wireless audio equipment, subject to further technical studies and discussion. The diagram below illustrates this potential arrangement of the band.

Will my audio equipment still work?
This depends mainly on what range of frequencies your equipment is able to operate over. Equipment which operates below 694 MHz should be able to operate just as it does at the moment, unless it happens to fall within a range that the digital channels get ‘restacked’ to. For devices which operate only above 694 MHz, it will depend on the final arrangements decided on for the digital dividend spectrum.

When will we know more specific details of the spectrum available for wireless audio equipment?

In 2011, the ACMA plans to begin technical discussions with any interested and affected stakeholders regarding details of the use of the digital dividend band. This will include consideration of the possible use of wireless microphones. Outcomes of these discussions will be used by the ACMA to assist in planning for the use of the digital dividend.
The ACMA will also continue to engage with the wireless microphone industry, on an ongoing basis, throughout the planning process, particularly through industry representative groups, such as the Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG).

What if I want/need to buy new equipment now?

ACMA recommends that the purchase and use of equipment with the largest possible tuning ranges should be the preference for users.
The larger the range of frequencies over which a piece of equipment can operate, the more likely it will be able to find an available portion of spectrum among the parts in use.
How do I find out what spectrum/frequencies are available in my area?
Information on the frequencies/channels that are currently occupied by broadcast services can be found in the Digital Channel Plans pre 2005 andpost 2005, available on the ACMA website.
Since restack planning is at a very early stage, the frequencies/channels that will be occupied after the switchover is complete are not yet known.

Who should I contact for more information?

Questions or comments for the ACMA regarding the information on wireless audio devices on this page may be sent to the ACMA’s frequency planning inbox (freqplan@acma.gov.au)
The Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG) are an industry representative group for users and suppliers of wireless audio equipment in Australia. AWAG have actively provided input to the digital dividend planning process already through responses to government discussion papers and direct discussions with the ACMA. These discussions will no doubt continue throughout the planning process.
More information is available from the AWAG website.
Your equipment supplier and/or manufacturer should also be able to assist you with details of specific equipment you may own or need.

Summary of major points

• Wireless audio equipment is currently permitted to operate in the vacant spectrum between UHF television services (520-820 MHz)
• Following the switch-over from analog to digital television, the range 694-820 MHz will be cleared
• 520-694 MHz will continue to be used by television, and it is expected that wireless audio equipment will continue to operate in this range under similar arrangements to the current LIPD licence
• 694-820 MHz will be replanned, and allocated to other uses
• Planning is ongoing to determine the precise details of the use of wireless audio equipment in this range into the future.
• The ACMA’s target date for completion of the digital restack process is the end of 2014
• The wireless audio industry will continue to be consulted throughout the planning process, in particular through AWAG.
• This page will be updated as the various planning processes affecting these issues are progressed.

Sennheiser MKE 400: Great Video Camera Mic

The Sennheiser MKE 400 is a great versatile camera microphone designed for the DSLR shooter. The MKE 400 is rugged, compact and unobtrusive which allows the camera operator to move in and out of frame and crowds with ease and with out hassle.

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The Sennheiser MKE 400 features are: 

  • Rugged all-metal housing
  • Maximum side noise rejection, optimised for video recordings
  • Switchable sensitivity for long and short distances
  • Switchable wind noise filter
  • Approximately 300 hrs operating time (from a single AAA battery)
  • Integral shock-mount for rejection of handling noise
  • Foam windshield included

For more information about the Sennheiser MKE 400, click here.

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The service department, headed by Richard Hopper in Sydney also have offices in Melbourne, Gold Coast and Auckland, New Zealand. All the members of the service department have been factory trained meaning they have the best knowledge in servicing the equipment, being trained straight from the manfucaturer.

The team also service equipment in-house for brands such as Lectrosonics, Sound Devices, K-Tek and Manfrotto Video, a long with lighting equipment such as FilmGear lighting and Lite Panels, they also have their roots in the film industry, their expertise in Cinema lenses by Zeiss, Anginieux, Cooke, Canon, Fujinon and of course Panavision are second to none. This is the piece of mind that the John Barry Advantage brings.

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Sound Devices 664 Mixer Firmware v1.02

Sound Devices have released a firmware upgrade to their popular 664 Mixer. Firmware version 1.02 was announced on the 16th of November, 2012 which includes new features such as:

  • Take and Scene name changes of current take are rippled through the next take.
  • Select encoder will act as a space insert in applicable menus, such as notes, track names, headphone presets, etc..

 

Some changes with the new Firmware are:

  • Loading Factory Default settings now has confirmation popup.
  • RTN will now cancel PFL. PFL will temporarily override RTN program when PFL is active.
  • Tone will now latch if held for 1 second as opposed to 2 seconds.

 

Fixes with Firmware V1.02 are:

  • Various screen drawing improvements.
  • Lock up caused by rapidly activating/deactivating tone Handling of CF and SD transfer errors.
  • Scene Increment shortcut will no longer activate scene increment popup when disabled in the setup menu.
  • COM program is now sent to right headphone program when COM is active.
  • Rare MP3 playback bug where the file wouldn’t playback from the Meters page.
  • External U-Bits are now jammed when jamming RX timecode.
  • Input Metering Activity when the inputs are OFF.

To purchase the Sound Devices 664 Production Mixer, click here.
To download the latest Firmware v1.02, click here.

John Barry Sales now accepts PayPal

We are pleased to announce that www.johnbarry.com.au now accepts PayPal. For all our online customers that use PayPal as a form of currency will now be able to take advantage of the John Barry Sales shopping experience, for more information, please go to www.johnbarry.com.au or contact our friendly John Barry Staff.

John Barry Sales Website Upgrade


John Barry Sales will be upgrading our website to ensure the best possible online experience to our customers, this is mainly due to the success of our cross platform and social media strategy. This has generated a significant amount of traffic and to ensure our platform continues to create an enjoyable shopping experience we will upgrade our website on the 20th of November from 1:00am to 1:30am. If you have any enquiries please contact our friendly John Barry staff.