News Archive for December 2011

Jands Vista Gets Festive at White’s Chapel UMC

22/12/2011 - Project News

Three Jands Vista T2 consoles, each running the next generation Vista v2 software, are controlling lighting and media at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church (UMC) in Dallas, Texas, USA.

DiGiCo SD9 is Gloria Gaynor’s Turkish Delight

22/12/2011 - Production News

This summer saw Istanbul’s Cemil Topuzlu Harbiye Open Air Theater stage its annual July Summer Concert Series, a three-week festival of music which culminated in a performance by disco diva and Grammy award winner Gloria Gaynor, accompanied by the ENBE Orchestra. Ensuring that the climax to the festival would live long in the memory of Turkish music fans was a DiGiCo SD9 console.

A Night to Remember: Ruth Sahanaya Celebrated with grandMA2

22/12/2011 - Production News

Only a few artists can claim a career spanning 25 years and still be relevant and Indonesian singer Ruth Sahanaya is just such an performer.

HSL Supplies the 2011 British Military Tournament

22/12/2011 - Production News

Leading UK lighting rental company HSL supplied all lighting equipment to the 2011 British Military Tournament at Earls Court in London for LD Steve Sinclair’s dynamic design, which helped showcase the action presented by a cast of 700 troops, 100 horses, massed bands and featuring the famous ‘field gun run’.

Northern Ballet Continues to Put Trust in Harlequin Dance Floors

22/12/2011 - Project News

British Harlequin recently installed Harlequin WoodSpring sprung floors with Harlequin Studio vinyl dance surfaces in all the dance and performance studios for Northern Ballet’s new building in Leeds.

Harlequin is the Floor Phoenix Dance Theatre Keeps Coming Back To

22/12/2011 - Project News

"I am very happy with the Harlequin floors in the building," said John Slater, technical manager of Phoenix Dance Theatre. "I’m yet to find anything else that makes the dancers happy."

New German SKY Sport News HD Studio Shines with mo2 Design and the coolux Widget Designer

22/12/2011 - Project News

Throughout December, German viewers can take a free sneak peek at the new SKY Sport News HD channel. The launch of this latest addition to the German SKY programme portfolio is a première in more than one sense. For the first time in German broadcast history, a 24 hour broadcast network will be solely dedicated to sports news in German.

Academy Initiative at Dynacord

22/12/2011 - Standards News

Two Dynacord Academies, each individually tailored to the demands of specific vertical markets, took place in Straubing at the end of October. The Dynacord team led by Oliver Sahm (Tech Support ProAudio EMEA), Frauke Jungbluth (sales manager Europe) and Andreas Köstlinger (technical support) was pleased to welcome around 60 participants from all over Europe.

Marquee Delivers State-of-the-Art Sound and Video for The Arts Club

22/12/2011 - Project News

Cofounded in 1863 by Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and Lord Leighton, and with Rodin, Churchill and Whistler amongst its former patrons, the Arts Club in Mayfair’s Dover Street boasts an unequalled and glamorous heritage.

MAC Rig, Martin Video Entertains at 99th Grey Cup

22/12/2011 - Production News

The Canadian Football League championship, the Grey Cup, is Canada’s biggest annual sports and television event. Held at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium on November 27th, half time of this year’s game featured a performance by Nickelback using a Martin lighting and video package of 98 MAC 101, 30 MAC 2000 Beam XB, 20 MAC 2000 Wash XB and six MAC III Profile moving heads with supporting graphics on two large Martin LC Series LED screens.

Orbital Extends its European Repertoire with Wicked

22/12/2011 - Production News

A Dutch language version of Wicked premièred recently at the Circustheater in Scheveningen, representing the third foreign language production that sound designer Tony Meola and associate sound designer Kai Harada have embarked on – tackling a tricky venue in the round. This production of Wicked saw Orbital Sound adding the show to its sound credentials for the first time – supplying the a portion of the sound equipment for this spectacular musical production.

Friendly Fires Blaze a Trail with Midas PRO6

22/12/2011 - Production News

UK band Friendly Fires is playing its biggest tour to date with a Midas PRO6 live audio system on monitors, supplied by SSE Audio.

Audient Announces Brand New Compact Console

22/12/2011 - Equipment News

Following strong global sales of its ASP8024 Dual Layer console, British manufacturer Audient has launched ASP4816, a compact, cost-effective console that maintains the key benefits of the flagship ASP8024 recording console – without the large dimensions.

Community Takes the Humbug out of Delaware Children's Theatre's Scrooge

22/12/2011 - Project News

Founded in 1973 by Marie Swajeski, the Delaware Children's Theatre has made a long-standing tradition of providing live family entertainment for people throughout the tri-state area, including seasonal holiday shows like the current production of Scrooge.

Robe LEDWash 600s Impress at the New Zealand Music Awards

22/12/2011 - Production News

Leading New Zealand lighting designer Ben Cooper utilised 24 Robe ROBIN 600 LEDWash moving light fixtures – amongst others – for the 2011 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (VNZMAs), which honoured the very best of established and emerging talent spanning a diversity of genres.

PRG Video on Never Mind the Buzzcocks

21/12/2011 - Production News

Despite its often controversial guests and provocative comments on the music industry, the BBC’s much loved comedy panel show ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ has reached it’s 15th year.

Metric Halo ULN-2 Survives Haitian fire

21/12/2011 - Production News

Bad things sometimes happen to good people. While he was working for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) as a hospital administrator in troubled Haiti, Eyal Tapiero volunteered his spare time and expertise to record some remarkably talented hip-hop artists in the community. But just days before his return to Canada, Tapiero arrived to his Haitian residence to find it engulfed in flames. His MacBook Pro was burned, his backup drive and music collection were destroyed, and his Metric Halo ULN-2 emerged from a drawer as hot as if it had been roasted in an oven.

Atlanta’s Perimeter Church puts Danley in the Hanger

21/12/2011 - Project News

Perimeter Church in suburban Atlanta, Georgia does a fantastic job of ministering in a way that connects emotionally and culturally with all members of the church community. Middle and high schoolers attend services in The Hanger, a 1,000-seat sanctuary devoted to the themes that resonate with the unique challenges and aesthetics of young adults. However, in the five long years since its completion, The Hanger has suffered from grossly inadequate sound reinforcement, including poor coverage and anaemic bass. To remedy the situation, Perimeter technical director Steve Simmons designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs-based system that now delivers even coverage and enough clean, undistorted bass to “knock the breath out of you,” in Simmons’ words.

J. R. Clancy’s VP of Marketing Announces Departure

21/12/2011 - People News

Tom Young, vice president of marketing at J.R. Clancy since 1998, has announced his plans to leave at the end of 2011 due to a health issue.

Restored Moscow Theatre Selects Clay Paky Lighting

21/12/2011 - Project News

September 15, 2011 was an important day for Moscow and indeed the entire theatre community of Russia: the day marked the opening of Moscow’s historic Theatre of Nations following a four-year reconstruction period.

Clay Paky Illuminates the Augsburg Town Hall

21/12/2011 - Production News

Kaiser Showtechnik recently purchased Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500 lights. When first used to illuminate the iconic Augsburg building, the town hall, the Italian company’s moving lights provided proof of their wide performance range.

Projection Studio Revisits Caerphilly Castle with "Illuminata" Show

21/12/2011 - Production News

Projection artist Ross Ashton of The Projection Studio was invited back to Caerphilly Castle in Wales – by popular demand – to recreate his fabulous "Illuminata" digital art son et Lumière.

Tannoy System for Game of Legends, New Delhi

21/12/2011 - Project News

Game of Legends, a brand new sports bar located City Square Mall, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, has been given a state-of-the-art Tannoy sound system by installation experts Audio Jewellers.

Announced Sale of London’s Lawrence Hall Prompts Change of Venue for ABTT 2012 Theatre Show

21/12/2011 - Event News

Following the announcement on 20th December of Westminster School’s purchase of Lawrence Hall from the Royal Horticultural Society, organisers of the ABTT 2012 Theatre Show moved swiftly to announce the event will be transferring to a new venue.

A True Heavy Weight Contender in the Baltics

21/12/2011 - Project News

Between Gdansk to the south and Gdynia in the north lies the lesser known resort city of Sopot on the Baltic coast. Here the new Ergo Arena and Entertainment Hall (EAEH) have taken the seemingly perfected sports arena design up another notch. "In the way of other such buildings the Ergo Arena can accommodate almost all the indoor sports to world championship standard," said Piotr Jankiewicz from Konsbud-Audio who installed the arena's sound system, "hockey, volley and basketball, even combat sports; and from the outset the architectural design has fully addressed the needs of touring shows, you can fly the biggest productions here."

Audio Light Systems at the National Museum of Scotland

21/12/2011 - Project News

Audio Light Systems has completed the AV installation in the Moffat Auditorium at the National Museum of Scotland as part of the £46m epic transformation.

Harlequin Support for Laban Symposium

21/12/2011 - Event News

Thanking British Harlequin for its "generous support" Dr Emma Redding said: "Over 100 delegates attended the Passion, Pathways and Potential in Dance symposium held at Trinity Laban." The symposium launched the findings of a three-year interdisciplinary research project into the development of dance talent among young people.

Russell Watson Performs his Christmas Concert in the First 'Singing' Suit

21/12/2011 - Production News

Legendary English tenor Russell Watson, who has consistently topped the classical charts over the last 10 years, was back in the news this week when he performed at the Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a spectacular Christmas concert.

Lighthouse and TS Sports Hold Court at Michigan's Crisler Arena

21/12/2011 - Project News

The home floor of Michigan Wolverines men's and women's basketball, Crisler Arena, is the third University of Michigan athletics facility to open 2011 with a new Lighthouse LED video system. The new system, integrated by Lighthouse partner TS Sports, is a four-sided, centre-hung display featuring four main LED video screens, an upper LED video stats system with four full-colour corner screens, and 360-degree upper and lower fascia rings.

MilTec Restructures and Expands

21/12/2011 - Business News

MilTec is undergoing a major restructuring of its manufacturing and distribution operations.

Training Days with Green Hippo’s German Distributor B&K Braun

21/12/2011 - Standards News

Since being signed by Green Hippo Ltd, the company's exclusive distributor for Germany and Austria - B&K Braun - has had a very successful year boosting Hippotizer media server’s presence in this market.

Electrosonic Helps Convey Excitement of Lunar Launch at Apollo/Saturn V Center’s Updated Firing Room Theater

20/12/2011 - Project News

Few people get a chance to relive history, but visitors to the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex have the opportunity to experience the tension and excitement of NASA’s Apollo 8 lunar launch in the newly refurbished Firing Room Theater. Electrosonic was contracted by executive producer MAYAD (My Design Inc.) of Orlando, Florida, to design the show control and AV equipment installation, integrate show systems between the control room and supplied lighting and effects systems, and program all new and existing show components.

White Light and Christmas 2011’s Pantomimes

20/12/2011 - Production News

December is a time for panto, as Britain’s theatres stage their annual Christmas entertainments, all using lighting technology to create the magical effects these shows demand – many turning to entertainment lighting specialist White Light to supply the gear they need.

Pete’s Big TVs on Donny & Marie’s Christmas Shows

20/12/2011 - Production News

Pete’s Big TVs is providing LED screens, HD cameras and video crew for Donny and Marie Osmond’s touring Christmas Shows. The brother-sister duo performed at Detroit’s Fox Theatre Nov 29-Dec. 4 and are now in Chicago Dec.6- 24 at the Ford Oriental Theatre.

Bob Peterson Creates Magic for CMT Award Show with Bandit

20/12/2011 - Production News

Renowned lighting designer Bob Peterson was engaged by CMT to deliver his usual magic for their 2011 Artist of the Year television show. Filmed at the Gaylord Arena in Nashville on November 29th, it aired on December 13th. The show was one of the year’s most prestigious as it honoured Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift. This heavy weight collection of entertainers has set every type of record imaginable in the last year, and together accounted for millions of ticket and record sales.

MDG Partners with AED Distribution for Belgium and Luxemburg Markets

20/12/2011 - Business News

MDG, has announced the appointment of AED Distribution as its official distributor in the Benelux markets, with effect from 1st October 2011.

Jands Vista Wins another WFX Award with Next Generation Vista v2 Software

20/12/2011 - Event News

The smallest pair in the Jands Vista lighting and media control range won the award for ‘Best Moving Light Console – Small Format’ at the 2011 WFX expo in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Stagepoint Relies on Electro-Voice X-Line

20/12/2011 - Production News

Dutch rental company Stagepoint has established a fine reputation in the pro audio sector since being established in 2006. In order to maintain its successful course, the Lienden-based enterprise has just invested in a state-of-the-art sound reinforcement system from Electro-Voice. Not only is the system suitable for the very largest venues; it also – as indicated by world-class references such as AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and the Live8 festival – enjoys a high status in the pro audio industry.

Mobile, Flexible, Irresistible: MA onPC Command Wing

20/12/2011 - Equipment News

The MA onPC command wing paves the way for mobile use of the highly flexible and powerful grandMA2 control system. In combination with the free of charge grandMA2 onPC software, the MA onPC command wing is a portable 2,048 parameter control solution that can be used nearly in any location – and all for an affordable price.

Le Maitre MVS Hazers Endorsed on Uriah Heep's “Into The Wild Tour”

20/12/2011 - Production News

Le Maitre's Multi-Venue System (M.V.S.) Hazer is the only haze machine that rock legends Uriah Heep will use.

Backstage Academy Surprises Christmas Shoppers with Flash Mob Dance

20/12/2011 - Production News

Christmas shoppers visiting the Xscape complex in Castleford, West Yorkshire last weekend were in for a shock as a flash mob of 120 students from six local colleges, together with members of West Yorkshire Police, burst into dance amongst the crowd.

Community Introduces Distributed Design Series DP6 Pendant Loudspeaker

20/12/2011 - Equipment News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has introduced the newest addition to its highly acclaimed Distributed Design Series of ceiling and surface mount loudspeakers.

TheatreCraft – An Introduction to a Life In Theatre

20/12/2011 - Event News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light was the lead sponsor of TheatreCraft 2011, the annual free workshop and open day that provides anyone aged 17-25 with an introduction to every possible aspect of working backstage in the entertainment industry, from writing to stage management, to wig making to – of course – lighting.

ETC Eos Control Gives Big Lighting Capabilities to Bolshoi Theatre

20/12/2011 - Project News

After six years of construction, Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre – one of the world’s pre-eminent cultural meccas for opera and ballet – has finally reopened its doors to new-found glory. The massive renovation project was focused on preserving the architectural and artistic features of the building while adding modern necessities and installing state-of-the-art technology in the theatre’s historic main hall, including a completely new lighting system controlled by an ETC Eos lighting control system.

Black Light add Fire to Fiery Irn-Bru Launch

19/12/2011 - Production News

Black Light gave an explosive finale to the launch of the latest product from Scottish drinks company AG Barr, when it provided a spectacular pyrotechnic display for the unveiling of Fiery Irn-Bru. The launch event was in George Square, Glasgow. It featured former AG Barr chairman, Robin Barr, putting on a pair of oven gloves to pull the first ever bottle of the new drink out of a giant furnace. As the drink was held up to the cheers of the crowd, Black Light’s team unleashed columns of fire and fountains of sparks behind him.

ESL Delivers Changing Dynamic for Dick De Vigne’s Chameleon Nightclub

19/12/2011 - Project News

Mike Glover of Essex Sound & Light (ESL) has spent 2011 engaged in installation projects as far afield as Delhi and Spain, but he saved one of his best creations for a nightclub right on his own Southend doorstep.

SGM in Wonderland

19/12/2011 - Project News

No Saints, the leisure group set up by former Luminar boss Stephen Thomas, has added the Wonder brand to its growing portfolio after acquiring four new sites in the south-east.

PR XL 1500s Light Up Rock Legends in Minsk

19/12/2011 - Production News

Russian rock legends Bi-2 recently returned to their native Minsk, in Belarus, for a one-off sold-out show at the Sports Palace indoor arena, in front of 6,000 adoring fans.

PR Lighting and the Pride of the Nation

19/12/2011 - Production News

Broadcast by Belarus’ Second National TV channel, Pride of the Nation is one of a number of programmes – shot in outside locations with a studio audience – which are lit by Ilya Piatrouski and his team from Blackout Studio.

5 Star Supplies New PPU Cases to Central Presentations

19/12/2011 - Project News

Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star has supplied well over 1000 cases to West Midlands based AV rental specialists Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) in the last seven years, which have ranged from audio equipment, 19” racks, projector, plasma and LCDs and video production cases.

Karen Monid Creates Sound Waves at Illuminating York Festival

19/12/2011 - Production News

Karen Monid became the first sound artist to present a stand-alone acoustic artwork for York’s annual “Illuminating York” digital arts and lighting festival. “Contours” brought a fresh, provocative and highly entertaining medium through which visitors to the 2011 Festival could explore and enjoy the city’s rich cultural history.

Behind the Scenes, Montréal’s New Concert Hall Runs on Symetrix DSP

19/12/2011 - Project News

After long enduring a substandard concert hall, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra was recently blessed with the La Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Built to exacting acoustical standards by Tateo Nakajima of Artec Consultants, La Maison will host a wide range of musical and theatrical performances. While most of the publicity surrounding the building’s opening is justifiably centred on the stunning, state-of-the-art acoustical experience that awaits its patrons, La Maison is just as sophisticated behind the scenes. Indeed, Artec Consultants designed a comprehensive, yet intuitive paging system that will ensure that the production quality of the events at La Maison will meet the highest expectations. Philippe Beaudoin of Montréal-based A/V integrator Solotech programmed and installed the Symetrix SymNet-based signal processing and interface technology that makes the powerful and elegant paging system possible.

Delta Sound Invests in EM Acoustics Rental Inventory

19/12/2011 - Production News

Major UK rental company, Delta Sound, has recently taken delivery of 32 EMS-122w loudspeakers from EM Acoustics for core rental stock. The EMS-122w is a wide dispersion, high quality passive 12” enclosure designed for applications which require a compact, powerful, full range loudspeaker.

Canford Opens in Dubai

19/12/2011 - Business News

Canford is opening a Dubai sales office. The new office is a key element of Canford’s strategy to move closer to their partners in one of its most important markets and will open before the CABSAT show. The company specialises in the provision of standard and custom professional audio, HD video, data and powering solutions to systems integrators, broadcasters and installers

Children In Need Rocks Sennheiser UK

19/12/2011 - Production News

Organised by Gary Barlow and hosted by actor David Tennant and Radio One DJs Chris Moyles and Fearne Cotton, this year’s Children In Need Rocks was held at Manchester’s MEN Arena. Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Barlow himself were amongst a host of stars who performed on the night, many of whom used Sennheiser radio equipment.

Pro Audio Stash Delivers Custom Project for Peer 1

19/12/2011 - Project News

Leading UK professional audio and AV suppliers and 19 inch racking specialists Pro Audio Stash (PAS) has delivered a massive custom design and manufacturing project for multinational internet hosting company, Peer 1.

Community Announces Promotions in Sales and Marketing

19/12/2011 - People News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced several promotions within the company's sales and marketing division.

Innovason Triumphs in Tragedy – 246 Dates Worldwide with Eclipse

19/12/2011 - Production News

“Des Femmes” by Canadian writer and director, Wajdi Mouawad, is a controversial production of a trilogy of Greek tragedies by Sophocles. A dramatic and unsettling blend of theatre and rock music, the tension generated by “Des Femmes” is significantly heightened by the participation of French rock star Bertrand Cantat, formerly of the group Noir Désir. Cantat, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend, actress Marie Trintignan, in 2003 during a violent domestic dispute, wrote the music for the production and is performing a certain number of dates. The rest will be performed by singer Igor Quezeda. Mouawad justified the inclusion of Cantat by saying, “Electra, Antigone and The Women of Trachis are plays about justice and revenge ... Cantat’s presence at the edge of the action will make those themes more powerful."

Enrico Caironi 1947-2011

16/12/2011 - People News

It is with great sadness that Clay Paky has announced the passing of Enrico Caironi, a man whose professionalism, integrity and humanity will be remembered by all Clay Paky work associates and friends. In the show-lighting industry, Enrico had for years been ambassador of Clay Paky and a model representative of Italian passion and quality.

ABTT/ETC Christmas Party Draws Top Names

16/12/2011 - Event News

Over 250 people attended this year’s joint ETC/Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) Christmas party at London’s Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. The theatre’s Grand Saloon saw some of the most important and well respected people in the theatre industry, including theatre consultants and owners, architects, lighting designers, system specifiers and technicians.

LTM to Train Five New Apprentices Over the Next Five Years

16/12/2011 - Standards News

Currently training its fifth apprentice; Robert Simmons, lifting solutions provider Lift Turn Move based in Bromborough on the Wirral, has already shown a commitment to training future engineers and this is set to continue with the announcement from director, John Jones, that the company plans to train a new apprentice each year for the next five years.

Kinesys Announces First 2012 Training Sessions

16/12/2011 - Standards News

London based automation specialist Kinesys has announced the first 2012 dates for its on-going product training programme, consisting of a series of two-day courses and workshops covering the fundamentals of the technology and (in separate training sessions) both their Vector and K2 automation control systems.

Robe Joins the M1 Global MMA Challenge

16/12/2011 - Production News

Robe moving lights took centre stage at the recent M1Global MMA (mixed martial arts) fight in Moscow, headlined by the bout between heavyweight legends Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko and Jeff ‘The Snowman’ Monson. It was attended by – amongst others – Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.

Greening of the Arts

16/12/2011 - Production News

As one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, touches the lives of over two million people a year with performances by artists from America and worldwide.

Wexford Opera Creates High Drama Using Philips Selecon PL3s

16/12/2011 - Production News

For any lighting designer, setting the scene for three very distinct operas, as part of a busy repertory season, invariably presents its own unique set of challenges.

DPA Mics Bring Creative Sound Solutions to Colourscape Festivals

16/12/2011 - Production News

Sound engineer Matt Saunders relied on a variety of DPA microphones, provided by UK distributor Sound Network, for the Colourscape music festivals on Clapham Common, London, and in Turku, Finland, during its European Capital of Culture celebrations this year.

wysiwyg R28 Now Available for Members Only

16/12/2011 - Equipment News

CAST Software in Toronto has officially released its newest software build of its industry standard lighting design and previsualisation suite, wysiwyg R28. Beta tester feedback on wysiwyg R28 was unanimous and exciting: “wysiwyg R28 is wow, wow, wow!”

Live Those Days Tonight

16/12/2011 - Production News

The members of pop sensation Friendly Fires first met at school in St.Albans and after stints at various universities, came together to write what they describe as ‘lush shoegaze melodies’.

Cadac at NAMM to Expand Distribution Channels

16/12/2011 - Event News

Cadac Holdings Ltd. is exhibiting alongside sister pro-audio company Studiomaster at NAMM 2012, with a view to establishing new distribution channels for its new product line, across the full range of pro-audio markets.

Faultless Service Game From Blackout at Barclays 2011 ATP World Tour Finals

16/12/2011 - Production News

Blackout provided a comprehensive truss structure to help organisers extend facilities at the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, 20th-27th November.

CS-50 Conference System Launch

16/12/2011 - Equipment News

Launcing this December is Monacor’s first step into the conference field. The CS-50 conference system is a natural progression for Monacor’s PA range and once again shows that the company acts on its customer demands.

Announcing the Launch of PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012

16/12/2011 - Event News

The fourth annual PLASA Focus: Leeds event has launched with a brand new website and a sold out floor-plan. The leading event for audio, video, lighting and staging technology in the north of England will be held on 17-18 April 2012, at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Singapore’s School of the Arts opts for Clay Paky

16/12/2011 - Project News

The School of the Arts (SOTA) is Singapore’s first national arts school to offer an integrated arts and academic curriculum for students aged 13-18 years old. The vision of the school is to nurture Singapore’s next generation of artists and creative professionals committed to the arts in a multi-cultural society.

Empire Theatre Toowoomba now home to Clay Paky Alpha Profile 700s

15/12/2011 - Project News

Located in Toowoomba, Queensland, the Empire Theatre is the largest regional theatre in Australia and is both a fine example of art deco architecture and a vibrant home to the region’s performing arts. With main stage seating for over 1500 and smaller venues available for more intimate performances, the Empire Theatre is a state-of-the-art facility for concerts, dance and theatre.

Electrosonic’s Robert Simpson is Selected by InfoComm to Present at Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition 2012

15/12/2011 - Event News

Robert Simpson, co-founder of Electrosonic and author of various publications including ‘Lighting Control Technology and Applications’ will open the 2012 InfoComm Future Trends Summit at the Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition (ISE) in Amsterdam with his ‘Technology Trends in High Resolution Electronic Displays’ presentation. Simpson, a frequent lecturer on audio-visual and lighting control topics, will also give delegates the opportunity to learn more about the unusual aspects of electronic image presentation during his ‘Unusual Display Applications’ seminar held on the second day of the exhibition.

Entec Supplies Lighting and Sound for Bootleg Beatles Tour

15/12/2011 - Production News

West London rental company Entec Sound & Light renewed its incredible 17 year acquaintance as a technical production supplier for the Bootleg Beatles on their latest UK tour by supplying lighting and audio equipment plus crew.

Metric Halo Supports Live Organ Recording at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church During AES Tech Tour

15/12/2011 - Production News

It was a unique confluence of events in late October that led to a mind-expanding technical tour for participants of the annual AES conference in New York City. Veteran classical music engineer and educator Bill Siegmund of Digital Island Studios, LLC, organised the “Live Organ Recital Recording” tour, a rather grey title for an event that ended up lively and colourful. The recording took place at New York’s famed St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Well known as ‘the jazz church,’ St. Peter’s current sanctuary resides below the Citigroup Building and was constructed with an ear for music. Celebrated organist Walter Hilse played the church’s massive Klais manual tracker organ, and Siegmund recorded it with the help of his trusty Metric Halo interfaces. The event allowed participants to reflect not just on the mechanics of mic placement and remote monitoring, but also on the philosophical underpinnings of recording and the place of recorded music in today’s technological zeitgeist.

HES intellaspots Enliven Stages for Indy Bands Passion Pit and Glitch Mob

15/12/2011 - Production News

Two indy bands, Passion Pit and The Glitch Mob, each featured High End Systems intellaspot automated luminaires in recent shows.

Apex Processors Deliver Sweet Sound at Junior Eurovision Song Contest

15/12/2011 - Production News

December saw 13 acts from across Europe convene on the Armenian capital Yerevan for the ninth Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Won by Georgian girl group Candy, a pair of Apex Intelli-X2 processors ensured that the sound hit the sweet spot throughout.

Creating Organic Layers of Light

15/12/2011 - Production News

As the indie rock band Incubus prepared to launch their 2011 world tour in Berlin, lighting designer Robb Jibson stood ready to unveil both some old and new tricks. Having been the bands designer since 2005, Jibson was familiar with how the music and lighting should blend together, but this year he also had a brand new look that no audience had ever seen before. So to help him achieve his latest design, Jibson relied upon the lighting instruments that he knew would perform exactly as needed: VARI*LITE automated luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite, supplied by Upstaging and HSL (Europe).

Warren Haynes Dreams of a Green Christmas with Bandit

15/12/2011 - Production News

Lighting designer Preston Hoffman and musician Warren Haynes again called upon Bandit Lites for the 23rd edition of the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. Held each year at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina, the event is always a sure fire sellout, and this year was no exception. The London Times calls the show “One of the Top 10 Concerts in the USA”. This year’s stellar cast included Haynes and Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh and Friends, Los Lobos, Bela Fleck and a host of other notable artists. The show was a mind altering seven hours long and no one left empty! It took place this year on 10th December.

Norwest Productions Joins Adamson Energia Exclusive Beta Partners List

15/12/2011 - Business News

With phase one of Project Energia well under way, Adamson along with CMI Music and Audio have announced that Norwest Productions has joined the illustrious group of beta partners with the purchase of an E15 beta system to service the Australasian market.

Dynacord ‘Specialist’ Stockist Network

15/12/2011 - Business News

Polar Audio has announced the introduction of its new Dynacord Authorised Stockist Network. Retailers from around the country have been specially selected as centres of excellence for Dynacord Product.

J. R. Clancy is Silver Sponsor of NATEAC 2012

14/12/2011 - Event News

Taking a leadership role in bringing together people who design and build theatre spaces, J. R. Clancy, Inc. is a Silver Sponsor of the 2012 North American Theatre, Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC). The conference is scheduled for Sunday, July 22 and Monday, July 23, 2012, in New York City.

Will Young Tours UK With Britannia Row and Outline

14/12/2011 - Production News

Multi-million selling British singer-songwriter Will Young has come a long way since winning the very first ‘Pop Idol’ series in 2002. His debut single, ‘Anything Is Possible’ was released two weeks after his triumph and subsequently became the fastest-selling debut single in UK chart history. His debut album ‘From Now On’ topped the album charts while the follow-up ‘Friday’s Child’ went five-times platinum.

Robert Juliat Profiles for Rotterdamse Schouwburg

14/12/2011 - Project News

Rotterdamse Schouwburg, which plays host to a wide variety of performances from every major Dutch theatre, dance and opera company, has recently increased its inventory of Robert Juliat zoom profiles with the purchase of thirty-four RJ 614SX 16° - 35° fixtures from distributor, LightCo, of the Netherlands.

L-Acoustics KIVA system brings Cabaret to life in Tel Aviv

14/12/2011 - Production News

L-Acoustics’ Israeli distributor Lightone has supplied a KIVA ultra-compact modular WST line source system to the 950-capacity Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Rosco Floors Go Dancing at Disneyland Paris

14/12/2011 - Production News

October and November 2011 saw the fourth consecutive successful International Festival of Dance & Performance Arts (IFDPA) and International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance (IGSHD) at Disneyland Paris. Both events organised and managed by Yorkshire event company Take Us 2 The Magic gathered more than 40 dance schools from around the world performing and competing in front of hundreds of people. In total, more than 250 acts per event performed on the main stage located in the prestigious Disneyland Paris resort.

Tannoy Provides Custom Solution for Hilton Anatole

14/12/2011 - Project News

A long overdue renovation of the lobby and atrium at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, began shortly after it was announced that the hotel would be the NFL headquarters hotel for the XLV Super Bowl. R2W’s Dallas office was tapped to handle the design and installation of a new sound system for the atrium as well as other system required by the renovation.

Amber Valley and X Factor

14/12/2011 - Production News

Amber Valley Displays has added Video-Flex to their inventory, and having provided all of the LED display systems for the entire X Factor series were excited to add this new and innovative flexible LED ribbon product which is both controllable and mappable from a video source. The product can cover curved surfaces and turn through 90 degree bends in both directions. It was developed specifically for television and event use.

Later... with Jules Holland and Infinity ACLs

14/12/2011 - Production News

The spectacular Coemar Infinity ACL beam projector made an appearance on a recent edition of the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, backing the Mercury- and Brit-nominated band Friendly Fires for lighting director Chris Rigby.

AVM Provides state-of-the-art AV to Bournville College

14/12/2011 - Project News

Bournville College, situated in Birmingham, is a large further education college. In November 2009 the college commenced a complete rebuild of its Longbridge campus which positions Bournville as a flagship college in the UK. The incredible new £66 million state-of-the-art campus covers 4.2 acres of land, has a capacity of over 15,000 students and provides some of the best education and training facilities in the country.

A.C. Special Projects Supplies DALD Winner at 2011 LUX Awards

14/12/2011 - Event News

David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) picked up two awards at the prestigious 2011 Lux Awards, one of which was for a project supplied by A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP).

Tannoy QFlex Provides Clarity and Coverage in Slidell, Louisiana City Council Chambers

14/12/2011 - Project News

Long an industrial crossroads of the area, Slidell was originally founded on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in 1882 and 1883 and has weathered its share of storms over time, but nothing like the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a storm surge in excess of 3-metres in the municipal area itself.

Wireless First Uses New Clair Global Wireless Antenna at Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony

14/12/2011 - Production News

When construction workers decorated a twenty-foot tree with paper garlands, cranberry strings, and the tinfoil ends of blasting caps in the early years of the Great Depression, they had no way of knowing they were starting a beloved holiday tradition. Today, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in midtown Manhattan is a national symbol of the season. The tree's lighting ceremony in late November has blossomed

Jason Aldean Parties with Aaron Swetland and Bandit

13/12/2011 - Production News

Jason Aldean is officially a superstar, a 10-year overnight sensation! Under the guidance of manager Clarence Spalding, Jason Aldean has been selling out coast-to-coast and sweeping awards shows regularly. Aldean just won a record six American Country Awards, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and the Holy Grail of live shows, Touring Artist of the Year.

Hawthorn Become an Exclusive GDS Distributor

13/12/2011 - Business News

Stocking the full range of GDS products Hawthorn is now able to fulfill most orders for next day delivery and also has large stocks of regular and high powered up lighters as well as the new Satellites available for hire. Opening seven days a week and with depots in London and the Midlands, Hawthorn recognises that time is usually of the essence to its customers.

Mike Murphy Becomes Top Exec at J.R. Clancy

13/12/2011 - People News

After 30 years with J.R. Clancy, Bob Theis will step down from his position as chief executive officer on December 31. Theis will continue until July 2012 as an advisor to the board of Wenger Corporation, the company that owns J.R. Clancy.

Stan Bibby Joins Northern Stage Services

13/12/2011 - People News

Northern Stage Services are pleased to announce that Stan Bibby will be joining their busy sales team from the start of January 2012 as technical sales consultant.

White Light Appoint Richard Saunders

13/12/2011 - People News

White Light has announced that Richard Saunders (pictured) has joined its growing events team as a project manager.

L-Acoustics Systems Used for Yanni’s Guangzhou Concert

13/12/2011 - Production News

An L-Acoustics KUDO large format line source system has been used for an outdoor concert in Guangzhou by Greek pianist and composer Yanni, as part of his Chinese tour. The sound system was supplied to the tour’s equipment provider, Beijing Dadong Huahan Audiovisual Equipment Co, by L-Acoustics’ exclusive distributor for Greater China, Rightway Audio Consultants.

California Dreams of G-LEC Solaris+

13/12/2011 - Production News

G-LEC’s Solaris+ is making its West Coast debut with DigitalSound Production Services (DPS), a rental and production company based in Los Angeles.

Robe MMXs for Bryan Adams Tour

13/12/2011 - Production News

The latest Bryan Adams tour is the first major one in the UK tour to feature Robe lighting's new ROBIN MMX Spots, as specified by lighting designer Ewan McRobb and supplied by the tour's lighting contractor, Siyan. The MMX Spot is the first of Robe's next generation of 1200 series moving lights - and like its predecessors, is expected to become a workhorse lighting unit for multiple applications. The MMX Spot is considerably smaller, brighter and lighter and seriously more power friendly, designed and built with the principals of greener technology to the fore.

Christie Now Shipping LHD700 and LX1200 LCD Projectors

13/12/2011 - Equipment News

Christie has announced that its 12,000 lumen Christie LX1200 and the full HD 1080p Christie LHD700 projectors are now shipping to meet strong demand for ‘no compromise’, affordable 3LCD options for rental staging applications, boardrooms, higher education facilities, houses of worship and more.

Unusual Rigging at the British Military Tournament

13/12/2011 - Production News

Following the tremendous success of the launch of the British Military Tournament in 2010, this year’s event was bigger and better, with the addition of participating units from the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, plus the American military.

New Mitsubishi Projectors at ISE

13/12/2011 - Equipment News

Debuting at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam in the new year will be Mitsubishi’s latest projector range, the 7000 series. Available in three formats, the XL7100U (1024 x 768 pixel XGA), WL7200U (1280 x 800 pixel WXGA) and UL7400U (1920x1200 pixel WUXGA), the 7000 Series projectors offer high-performance, versatility and low running costs, and are ideal for applications such as large meeting rooms, rental applications and digital signage.

Folktheater in Gothenberg Chooses TiMax Tracker and TiMax SoundHub

13/12/2011 - Production News

Sweden’s highly contemporary Folkteatern Goteborg has incorporated a TiMax SoundHub-S32 audio showcontrol processor in the audio refurbishment for its main auditorium, controlled by a TiMax Tracker (TT) performer tracking system. TiMax processing and control was specified by Alf Berntsen, head of leading Swedish acoustic consultants Artifon who undertook the audio design for the new space. A longtime advocate of delay-based source-oriented vocal reinforcement, Berntsen had previously included two TiMax systems in his designs for Norway’s prestigious Oslo Opera House, where he had also been impressed with their ability to deliver highly immersive surround sound effects.

ETC Completes Paradigm Installation in Helsinki

13/12/2011 - Project News

ETC has completed installation of three separate ETC Unison Paradigm Control systems at the new Helsinki Music Centre, Finland.

LSC Announce Staff Changes

13/12/2011 - People News

There have been several changes at LSC in recent times and as the company positions itself for growth with the release of the Clarity LX range of consoles in the new year.

New Faces at Ambersphere Solutions

12/12/2011 - People News

Ambersphere Solutions has announced that Doug Kelly and Caz Williamson have recently joined their expanding team.

Ambersphere Solutions Open Day

12/12/2011 - Event News

It's only been a short while since they changed their name from MA Lighting UK, but already the team at Ambersphere Solutions have lots to celebrate! With brand new premises and an impressive first three months of business they are having a festive office-warming celebration.

Investing and Expanding DiGiCo

12/12/2011 - Business News

DiGiCo, the independent UK based console manufacturer, has secured secondary investment from ISIS Equity Partners almost five years since the company successfully expanded with the backing of Matrix Equity Partners.

Renegade Rocks Out With Kasabian

12/12/2011 - Production News

Nick Gray of Renegade has blended cool, contemporary and classic in a massive lighting and set design for Kasabian's ‘Velociraptor!’ world tour, which is currently storming the UK arenas, with a large, no-compromise, full-on rock aesthetic to the delight of fans - oodles of energy, brightness, power, sub bass and attitude.

W-DMX on the 99th Grey Cup Halftime Show

12/12/2011 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution was one of the players at the 99th Grey Cup, the prestigious Canadian football game between the East Division champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the West Division champion BC Lions to decide the champion of the Canadian Football League in the 2011 season. The game was held on Sunday, November 27 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver in front of a live audience of 54,313.

Adlib Supplies Sound, Lighting and AV for John Barrowman Tour

12/12/2011 - Production News

Adlib were once again singin’ all the way to the tour bus every night on the recent John Barrowman tour for which they supplied a full technical production package of sound, lighting, AV, staging and crew.

DPA’s d:fine Headset Mics Provide Stability on Question of Sport Tour

12/12/2011 - Production News

Long-running BBC TV sports quiz, A Question of Sport, set off on its second UK tour during November with a full quota of DPA’s new d:fine single ear headset mics. The show’s audio provider, RG Jones Sound Engineering, purchased the mics from UK distributor Sound Network especially for the tour.

TSL chooses Philips Selecon to Add Festive Sparkle to Brighton Pavilion Ice Rink

12/12/2011 - Project News

After its successful debut last year, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Real Ice Rink and Restaurant is back. Once again dynamic Brighton-based lighting design and hire company, TSL has been tasked with adding the all-important magic sparkle to the rink, café bar and skate hire tents.

dbn Goes Back to The Warehouse

12/12/2011 - Production News

dbn is again supplying lighting and LED screen to Manchester's favourite dance experience - The Warehouse Project (WHP) which is in its last season at the Store Street Car Park below Piccadilly Station in the city centre, before moving to a new location.

AP Security Enjoys A Second Summer Of Swing

12/12/2011 - Production News

After being an integral part of four highly successful outdoor shows by teen heart-throbs JLS in 2010, AP Security was asked back by promoter Dave Suter of Beat Up Music to lend the company’s expertise to five more major shows in 2011.

Bombay Bicycle Club tours with APG Monitors

12/12/2011 - Production News

Award-winning British indie folk rockers Bombay Bicycle Club are currently touring their latest album, "A Different Kind Of Fix" throughout the UK. So far the tour has been a great success, playing to sold-out venues across the UK, including the Brixton Academy. The band’s monitor engineer, Dan Hermouet, was delighted to be trying out some SMX15 stage monitors from APG for the tour.

Yamaha Consoles Ensure Revamped Ritz Is A Cracker

12/12/2011 - Project News

One of Manchester’s leading live music and club venues, the Ritz, has recently reopened after a major refurbishment. The £2m project included a completely new audio system, which features two Yamaha M7CL-48 mixing consoles.

Apex Audio goes the Rightway in China

09/12/2011 - Business News

Belgian manufacturer Apex Audio joins a raft of leading brands in China as it moves its distribution for the area to Rightway Audio Consultants.

New and Improved PAB-MK2 Range from Monacor

09/12/2011 - Equipment News

Monacor International has announced the new and improved MK2 version of the already top selling PAB speaker range. The new PAB-MK2 version features increased power across the range without any additional costs to the dealer.

ShowTex Magic for Nutcracker

09/12/2011 - Production News

Nutcracker Magic, a new adaptation of the holiday classic, is an elaborate stage production that combines the best of Western and Eastern dance and performance art. Fourteen ballet dancers and 70 acrobats tell the story of a young ballet student and her journey to win a dance competition. Nutcracker Magic’s creative team, including Ric Birch, best known for his directing of the Olympics’ opening ceremonies, and Liu Jun, a dancer and choreographer for the German Royal Ballet, incorporated features of the show’s 2000-seat venue, the state of the art Shanghai Culture Square theatre, into the production. Not only does the space have a water-fountain stage and surround sound, it was built 26 metres underground, making it the deepest underground theatre in the world.

Eco-Friendly Curtains for Kilden Performing Arts Centre

09/12/2011 - Project News

ShowTex Netherlands supplied all stage drapes, curtain tracks, and projection screens for the Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand. The arts centre is built to accommodate Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Opera Sør and a number of local theatre groups. The Centre opened its doors in October for guided tours and sneak previews and will have its official grand opening in January 2012. The ambitious project has been in the works for several years and will meet the cultural needs of the entire south coast of Norway.
The building has four stages: a concert hall with 1185 seats, a theatre and opera hall with 708 seats, a multi-purpose space with 234 seats and an intimate hall with 150 seats.

HSL Chases Status with Screens and Lights

09/12/2011 - Production News

HSL supplied lighting equipment, LED video screens and crew to the recent UK leg of the Chase & Status "No More Idols" tour, where Neil Carson's high energy lighting and visual design WOWed the crowds and captured the true spirit of hi-energy drum 'n' bass vibes.

POLARaudio at Integrated Systems Europe 2012

09/12/2011 - Event News

ISE 2012 is set to be the largest professional AV and systems integration trade show ever held in Europe, bringing together manufacturers, distributors, integrators, specifiers and technology managers from over 100 countries.

That’s Britain with RML

09/12/2011 - Production News

BBC’s show ‘That’s Britain’ gives you the chance to say what’s driving you mad, investigating and finding solutions for the irritating issues of everyday life.

Midas PRO2 takes Indonesian Market by Storm

09/12/2011 - Business News

The Midas PRO2 and PRO2C live audio systems were given their first Asian unveiling during the JAPEX Exhibition in Jakarta in November. Midas’ Indonesian distributor, PT Gracia Auvindo, together with Midas’ David Cooper, demonstrated the new consoles on their booth.

Honour and Military Virtue with Martin Lights in Moscow

09/12/2011 - Production News

In early September, when Moscow celebrates its birthday, the traditional International Military Music Festival, ‘Spasskaya Tower’, takes place on Red Square. This year the event was punctuated by an honorary salute of Martin dynamic colour.

Colour Sound Supplies EPIC Show at Alexandra Palace

09/12/2011 - Production News

Colour Sound Experiment (CSE) supplied lighting, lasers and LED screens for the two day Bass Culture / Together Winter Music Festival at London’s Alexandra Palace venue, which culminated in an incendiary EPIC performance - Eric Prydz in Concert.

Light and Sound Deploys L-Acoustics KIVA at ORF-Tirol Oktoberfest

09/12/2011 - Production News

Austrian rental company Light and Sound has deployed an L-Acoustics KIVA WST line source system at the annual ORF-Tirol Oktoberfest at the Herbstmesse in Innsbruck.

GDS Announce New UK Distribution Strategy

09/12/2011 - Business News

UK Manufacturer GDS has announced its plans to improve the route to market for its five multi-award winning product ranges.

Mix Music and Ministry put the Cool back in to Music Education

09/12/2011 - Equipment News

The Government’s just-published National Plan for Music Education sets out a number of guidelines for taking music education forward to 2015 and one of its key themes is ‘hub-based’ learning.

Bandit Rocks with Big Gigantic and 10 Years

08/12/2011 - Production News

Bandit Lites spent 2011 with two bands destined to be major stars in the near future. Knoxville based 10 Years worked with Bandit business development officer Brent Barrett for all their illumination needs throughout the year. Tour manager Michael Mahar and stage manager Noah Beachy, along with lighting designer Shawn Hammer used a variety of GRN battens and washes along with Atomic strobes and Martin hazers to produce compact but highly effective shows along the way this year. The venues varied in size and the packages had to fit the many different needs. Plans are being made now for an even bigger, badder 2012 assault.

Czech’s High Lite Touring Supplies L-Acoustics K1 for Chili Peppers Tour

08/12/2011 - Production News

L-Acoustics’ Czech Republic rental network agent High Lite Touring has become the first Eastern European rental company to supply the main PA system for an international tour – Red Hot Chili Peppers’ I’m With You tour. High Lite is providing an L-Acoustics K1 WST line source system for the UK and European leg of the Chili Peppers’ world tour, which continues through Europe during December, having kicked off at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne in early October.

AC-ET Gets Rigorous with Kinesys

08/12/2011 - Business News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd's specialist rigging division has supplied a substantial quantity of Kinesys LibraCELL load cells to Rigorous Technology (RT), a new company specialising in load cell systems and motion control equipment rentals, for tours including Kings of Leon and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the latter via Knight Rigging Services (KRS).

Martin EC-10 LED Display for Get Focused Christian Youth Festival

08/12/2011 - Production News

Vestad Lighting of Norway recently supplied a large Martin lighting and video screen package for Get Focused, one of the largest Christian youth festivals in Norway and one of the first events to incorporate visuals using Martin’s new 10 mm pixel pitch EC-10 LED video panels.

MAC 101s Fast Yet Fluid on “SesioneS”

08/12/2011 - Production News

Popular Mexican television show “SesioneS” with host Alejandro Franco brings live musical performances by some of music’s top bands into the homes of fans across North and Latin America.

dBTechnologies Reaches for Sky Corporation Inc in Serbia

08/12/2011 - Business News

dBTechnologies has announced the appointment of Sky Corporation as the exclusive distributor of its product range in Serbia. It was dBTechnologies' sales area manager Gianluca Dalessandro who closed the deal. "I'm very impressed by Sky Corporation. They handle everything from rental to retail, organise events, logistics and are able to offer every kind of service to meet all needs. It's a huge company!” he says.

Electrosonic Launches New Apprenticeship Programme in Conjunction with Skillsmatch

08/12/2011 - Standards News

Electrosonic was recently awarded the AV systems integration contract at JP Morgan’s new Canary Wharf site in London. As a result of this appointment, on Thursday 10th November Electrosonic and Skillsmatch jointly held a recruitment and selection event to appoint young, local ‘apprentice installers’ to take part in a six month audio-visual apprenticeship programme with Electrosonic, working in-part at JP Morgan. Following a six month placement it is Electrosonic’s intention to offer six individuals a full time ‘junior AV installer’ position.

Outline Pioneers New Distribution Model for Central Europe

08/12/2011 - Business News

Outline has announced a new distribution partnership which will service key territories in eastern and central Europe. Outline Central-Europe Ltd is the brainchild of Tamás Fazekas, CEO and owner of Zaj System House based in Budapest, and whose association with Outline and their products stretches back to the mid-90s.

Richard Steps up at XTA

08/12/2011 - People News

With over 20 years experience in research and development, the last six at XTA, Richard Fleming’s promotion to the role of application and support manager means that users of the company’s products could not be in better hands.

Studiomaster and Carlsbro Appoint Joint Regional Sales Manager

08/12/2011 - People News

Studiomaster and Carlsbro have announced the appointment of Ben Millson as regional sales manager across both brands.

Arena Group Accommodate the Stars at 2011 MTV EMA

08/12/2011 - Production News

The Arena Group expanded Belfast’s Odyssey Arena with temporary structures for the star-studded 2011 MTV EMA, on 6th November.

PR Pilots Croatian Sea Coast Music Festival

07/12/2011 - Production News

The Summer Sea Coast Show takes place annually in Croatia’s picturesque seaside towns of Opatija and Rijeka on the Adriatic Sea.

Spot One Makes its Mark at Nu Skin Global Convention

07/12/2011 - Production News

Premier anti-aging and skin care giant, Nu Skin, recently held its global sales meeting when 15,000 sales reps from around the world assembled in Salt Lake City to learn, celebrate and connect over a three day period. The expansive Energy Solutions Arena was dressed for the occasion, and Michael Marto, CEO of event producers Executive Visions Inc., collaborated once again with John Featherstone of Lightswitch for innovative lighting and media design.

Dynacord Announces Release of DSP 260 Editor Software V1.5.0

07/12/2011 - Equipment News

The DSP 260 continues to set the standard for cost effective, high performance digital audio processing, offering features and functionality unrivaled by competitive products. DSP 260 Editor V1.5.0 software offers a variety of improvements and enhancements to this robust and unique PC-based control and configuration software.

Lighthouse VideoBlades Off the Wall in Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour

07/12/2011 - Production News

Lighthouse's new product, VideoBlades, is the main video element in Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour.

AC-ET Gets Savage with First Martin LC Screen in Ireland

07/12/2011 - Production News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) has supplied the first Martin LC2140 LED screen system into the Irish market – purchased by County Wicklow based Savage Lighting.

Power and Variety are Key on Journey

07/12/2011 - Production News

Few rock bands can say they have been touring to sold-out crowds across five decades, but Journey can. Since first forming in 1973, the group has produced 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. So when launching their 2011 tour in Phoenix, AZ, lighting designer Kevin “Deuce” Christopher was tasked with putting together a powerful and expansive design that could enhance the music while creating a variety of looks. To do so, Christopher turned to longtime tour provider Epic Production Technologies who supplied him with VARI*LITE automated luminaires.

DiGiCo Heads to BVE London 2012 with Dedicated Broadcast Consoles

07/12/2011 - Event News

DiGiCo makes its first appearance at BVE London on Stand C2 at London’s Earls Court from 14-16 February 2012, where it will show its new broadcast specific SD7B, SD10B and SD11B.

Let's Dance With Robe

07/12/2011 - Production News

Robe moving lights continue to be a popular choice for television and broadcast applications worldwide, with a selection of the latest Robe technology centre stage for the most recent series of Let's Dance in Slovakia, where celebrities paired with professional dancers battle it out with great flare on the dance floor every Friday night on Markiza TV.

Who Dares Wins

07/12/2011 - Production News

When the National Lottery began in 1994, the nation became all the more optimistic that one day they might have a taste of glamour and luxury as each Saturday those with a lucky ticket could win over a million pounds.

McDaniel College Gives Accolades to ENTASYS Sound System

07/12/2011 - Project News

Situated on a hilltop between the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains, McDaniel College’s tree-lined 160-acre campus has been called one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S.

Electro-Voice in the National Stadium, Bucharest

07/12/2011 - Project News

For over 50 years, the National Stadium in Bucharest was the venue for all home matches of the Romanian national football team. In 2005, it was decided to tear the stadium down and construct a new one in its place. The new “Stadionul National,” which was three years (from 2008 to 2011) in the making, is an ultra-modern, multifunctional arena designed for both major sporting events and concerts.

Black Light Installs ‘Stunning’ New Lights at the Sage Gateshead

07/12/2011 - Project News

Black Light has replaced the house lighting for two auditoriums within the Sage Gateshead, one of the UK’s leading music venues. The project required Black Light’s team to overcome a number of significant technical challenges and work to a tight deadline and on a restricted budget. To get the job done the company used its specialist rigging skills and installed a bespoke LED-based system that provided the flexibility, long life, low running costs and low heat output that the client required.

Symetrix Announces 2011 International Distributor and Rep Award Winners

07/12/2011 - Event News

Symetrix announced its international distributor and sales representative award winners for fiscal year 2011. UK-based World Marketing Associates earned International Rep of the Year for the tremendous strides it made in introducing Symetrix innovative solutions to a broad range of industry professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Norway-based Fotophono earned Symetrix Distributor of the Year Award in Europe. For the second consecutive year, China-based Sanecore Audio Ltd. in the Asia-Pacific region and Canada-based SF Marketing in the Americas earned International Distributor of the Year Awards.

David Vandepeear

06/12/2011 - People News

It is with extreme sadness that Northern Light has announced the death of David Vandepeear, the company’s head of project delivery.

L-Acoustics Kara-i Helps Bring New Life to New Life Community Church

06/12/2011 - Project News

After outgrowing its previous worship facility of ten years, New Life Community Church of Oxnard, California has now moved into its new home – a renovated 50,000-square-foot industrial building on Rice Avenue. To accommodate the sound reinforcement needs of the much larger space, New Life called upon Rutherford Design of nearby Northridge, which specified the installation of an L-Acoustics Karai loudspeaker system.

HES intellaspots Shine on Keep a Child Alive Fundraiser

06/12/2011 - Production News

Six High End Systems intellaspot automated luminaires helped shine the light on Alicia Keys’ charity fundraiser - the 2011 Black Ball New York for the Keep a Child Alive Foundation. Keys started the organisation in 2003 to aid HIV/AIDS victims in Africa and India.

Adamson at the Arena Montpellier

06/12/2011 - Project News

Arena Montpellier is a newly constructed venue located in the Mediterranean city of Montpellier in the province of Languedoc-Roussillon, and is the fastest growing city in all of France. Montpellier is a expected stop for all top international touring acts, including Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil, and Shakira, and home to the annual WTA tennis event 'Sud the France' among other professional level of sporting events such as basketball and horse jumping.

White Light Supplies PIGI Projection to Durham’s Crown of Light

06/12/2011 - Production News

The hit of the 2009 Durham Festival, Crown of Light - a stunning son-et-lumière that uses the extraordinary architecture of Durham Cathedral as its canvas - returned to the city once again this winter.

Independent Studio Services Move to Larger Things

06/12/2011 - Business News

Independent Studio Services has moved to larger premises in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The move has come about to facilitate the increased demand for the company’s services of design, supply and installation of complete stage engineering mechanical facilities.

Robert Juliat Followspots Top of the Class Nationwide

06/12/2011 - Production News

High schools and colleges from coast to coast are clamoring for the versatility, quality and superior performance of Robert Juliat followspots, according to Bill Conner and Paul Sanow of Bill Conner Associates LLC, theatre planners and designers in Oak Park, Illinois.

Complete DiGiCo SD Range to appear at ISE 2012

06/12/2011 - Event News

UK digital mixing console manufacturer DiGiCo once again returns to ISE alongside the brand’s Dutch distributor TM Audio, with its complete range of consoles that addresses every part of the installation market, from the largest multi-purpose complex, to the smallest theatre.

Sennheiser UK Shows Monitors and Shotgun Microphones at BVE London

06/12/2011 - Event News

Following intense interest at BVE North, Sennheiser UK is set to take a comprehensive range of equipment to BVE London, being held from 14-16 February at London’s Earls Court 2. This includes Sennheiser and Neumann’s industry-leading analogue and digital microphones, wireless systems, headphones and monitoring products.

Tom Etra is Green Hippo’s new Technical Sales Manager

06/12/2011 - People News

Green Hippo’s sales team has welcomed Tom Etra (pictured) into their midst as the new technical sales manager for the EMEA region.

LOBO Stages Giants of Technology

06/12/2011 - Production News

For two of its long-term customers, the multi-awarded show design team of LOBO implemented sensational show concepts. For the inauguration ceremony of the world’s largest paper machine for corrugated board of proGroup, the Germany-based multimedia specialist staged the entire plant with impressive dimensions by means of lasers, lighting, building mapping and aerial acrobatics. In addition, LOBO was in charge of the creative and technical master plan of the show programme and the overall direction of the event.

Turbosound Launch New Downloads

06/12/2011 - Equipment News

Turbosound has updated and improved the Downloads section of their website, providing all the software downloads and preset files needed from one convenient location. Just one click from the SUPPORT menu will get you there.

DPA 4099s used for Kathryn Tickell’s Northumbrian Voices

06/12/2011 - Production News

Musician and composer Kathryn Tickell has been using DPA 4099 instrument clip mics, supplied by UK distributor Sound Network, for her Northumbrian Voices project, which has been touring the UK.

Versatile MAC 101 Foundation of Cold Chisel Lighting Design

06/12/2011 - Production News

Described by Australian press as "everything a rock show should be", iconic Australian band Cold Chisel’s ‘Light the Nitro’ tour is playing dates across the country with lighting design by Francesco Calvi.

Legoland Dresses Up for Halloween with Martin Exterior 400 Image Projector

06/12/2011 - Production News

In October, Legoland in Billund, Denmark, offered a variety of Halloween-themed activities, competitions and special shows for all the small goblins that make Legoland, well, their favorite haunt. As part of the spooky fun, Legoland dressed up its King’s Castle in Halloween-themed colors and graphics, including animated images from energy-efficient, LED-based Martin Professional Exterior 400 Image Projectors.

ETC's Tiny Tessera Touchscreen Controls Complex Effects

06/12/2011 - Equipment News

ETC's versatile new touchscreen lighting-control Tessera - the Unison Mosaic Tessera Controller (MTPC) - is now shipping.

Lighting For Music - Live And On TV

06/12/2011 - Production News

The Leader Light Stage 6-06 LED fixture - which features a traditional look of six round lenses mounted in a 600mm linear batten, but with each lens powered by a 10W white LED source - recently made dramatic appearances lighting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on The Jonathan Ross Show, and on Bowling for Soup’s UK tour. In both cases, the fixtures delighted lighting staff and audiences alike with their performance.

Historic Czech Theatre Upgrades with Innovason Eclipse GT and EtherSound Digital Network

06/12/2011 - Project News

The J.K. Tyl theatre in the Czech Republic city of Plzen (Pilsen) is one of the city’s most historic cultural landmarks. Built in 1902, the impressive building honours the city’s outstanding theatre tradition, which is second only to that of the capital, Prague. The theatre has recently benefited from a significant audio system upgrade which has seen the installation of a brand new Innovason Eclipse GT digital mixing console and a sophisticated EtherSound digital audio network.

La Esfera Enjoys Rounded Sound with New Yamaha System

06/12/2011 - Project News

The domed roof of La Esfera (The Sphere) is a distinctive feature of the city of Alcobendas, north of Madrid, Spain. Hosting a variety of live entertainment, a recent major upgrade of the venue has seen a Yamaha / Nexo digital audio system installed.

Alan Graham Retires from LSC

06/12/2011 - People News

LSC Lighting Systems has announced the retirement of long serving manager Alan Graham (pictured). Alan joined LSC in 1988 and will be known to many in the lighting industry as the front man for LSC export sales from the early 90s until 2004 when he relinquished the position to concentrate on internal matters and move away from constant travel.

i-Pix Satellite Mk II is Universally Popular

05/12/2011 - Production News

Buckinghamshire based Universal Event Productions (UEP) has recently invested in a batch of the new i-Pix Satellite MkII LED fixtures as well as i-Pix’ popular BB4 LED wash lights to service its busy on-going schedule of corporate and live events.

Entec Laughs For the Polar Bear

05/12/2011 - Production News

Entec Sound & Light supplied lighting, sound and video production and crew for the recent Friends of the Earth’s star studded comedy extravaganza at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, "Laugh or the Polar Bear Gets It".

Anolis in Architectural Lighting First at New Sandton City Extension in Johannesburg

05/12/2011 - Project News

Protea Court is the newly opened extension to South Africa’s most desirable and glamorous retail destination – Sandton City in Johannesburg.

APG Equips Moscow’s Historic Theatre of Nations

05/12/2011 - Project News

As part of a massive five-year renovation project that culminated in a star-studded opening ceremony last month, Moscow’s premier playhouse, the Theatre of Nations, has been equipped with an APG loudspeaker system. Designed, supplied and installed by Russian pro audio and lighting specialists, Doka Center, who also supplied the fully motorized lighting and staging systems, the main audio system is based around APG’s versatile DS Series loudspeakers. Phase two of the renovation project, which is scheduled for early in 2012 and will include more APG equipment, will concentrate on the renovation of the theatre’s smaller hall.

Sennheiser Goes Gaga At MTV European Music Awards

05/12/2011 - Production News

Hosted by Selena Gomez and with a show stopping performance by Lady Gaga, who walked away with multiple awards, 6th November saw the great and the good of the contemporary music industry descend on Belfast’s Odyssey Arena for the 2011 MTV European Music Awards. Sennheiser radio equipment was in use by a number of the show’s performers.

Neg Earth is Spot On With Robert Juliat

02/12/2011 - Production News

No matter how enormous the venue or the production, Robert Juliat followspots, large and small, are spot on. This is the message that Robert Juliat continues to hear. The latest reports come from London-based hire company, Neg Earth, which included Robert Juliat spots in its inventory of lighting equipment on a number of large-scale musical events across Europe this year.

Tsinghua University Celebrates 100 Years with ArKaos

02/12/2011 - Production News

ArKaos has been instrumental in the Centenary Celebrations of Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Stardraw Design 7 Available Now

02/12/2011 - Equipment News has announced the launch of Stardraw Design 7. Stardraw’s all-new system design/documentation tool is available for download from The move follows the initial unveiling of the software at InfoComm 2011 in June which marked the debut of a public beta phase.

Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake bring new Technology to ISE 2012

02/12/2011 - Event News

Kicking off a busy year of international trade shows, ISE 2012 is once again taking place in Amsterdam’s RAI between January 31st and February 2nd, and Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake are looking forward to what promises to be a perfect showcase for their latest product innovations.

Star Stage in the Spotlight for Nike’s Luna Product Launch

02/12/2011 - Production News

Nike has just rolled out a new ad campaign in China that called on people to run, even at night in an attempt to challenge Chinese people, especially from big cities, to put on their running shoes.

Online Tickets for Prolight + Sound 2012 Now Available

02/12/2011 - Event News

Visitors can now purchase their admission tickets for Prolight + Sound 2012 via the internet.

Clay Paky Sharpy Perform ‘Brilliantly’ on X Factor USA and MTV Video Music Awards

02/12/2011 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are gaining in popularity in the USA with extensive exposure on Simon Cowell’s music talent show The X Factor as well as the recent MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) telecast.

AC-ET Supplies Chroma-Q and Robe to Universal Live

02/12/2011 - Business News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) has delivered a quantity of the latest Chroma-Q Color Force LED and Robe moving and digital lighting products – including the brand new ROBIN MMX Spot – to Universal Live, a leading single-source production solutions provider to the live events industry.

Crestron Appoints New Commercial Account Manager

02/12/2011 - People News

Crestron has invested heavily in its business development recently with a strong unveiling of new product lines and an influx of new talent to the company. This pattern is set continue with the latest appointment of Matthew Buck to the position of commercial account manager. Matthew will be responsible for bringing new members into the Crestron family as well as maintaining good links with existing clients.

Special Christmas prices on Classic 50 Music Stands

02/12/2011 - Business News

During December, Black Cat Music is offering 10% discount on its best selling Classic 50 music stands. Quantity discount breaks allow purchase prices as low as £34.20. Schools and colleges looking to equip with new music stands designed for robust and regular handling can take advantage of this great offer throughout December. There is still time to order in time for Christmas concerts!

Coemar Infinity for the New Multi-Purpose Centre in Orel Russia

01/12/2011 - Project News

Summer 2011 has seen the rise of the new Green Centre in the city of Orël in Russia, a multi-purpose building that aims to be a major point of congregation for the city.  

Schnick Schnack Systems and TMB Sign Distribution Agreement

01/12/2011 - Business News

At this year’s LDI, TMB’s exclusive North American distribution of Schnick Schnack Systems was formally confirmed with the two companies’ CEOs shaking hands over their signed distribution agreement. The ceremony at TMB’s LDI “Village” was momentous for the North American market, for TMB will offer the entire range of Schnick Schnack Systems’ peerless and unique products plus full technical support.

J&C Joel Shows a Degree of Expertise in Motorised Roller Banners

01/12/2011 - Project News

J&C Joel played a major role in the refurbishment of ten lecture theatres at the University of Manchester, the UK’s largest university, installing 71 motorised acoustic/blackout banners within buildings in the university’s city centre campus.

Charcoalblue Projects Win a Raft of Industry Awards

01/12/2011 - Business News

2011 has been an eventful year for busy UK theatre consultancy Charcoalblue. The company has been responsible for many of this year’s most highly praised UK theatre projects – regeneration and new build – including the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and the Newcastle Theatre Royal; as well as the hugely successful transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Although the RST was completed in 2010, it only opened to the public in April 2011, with a new repertory created specifically for the space.

Penn Elcom Acquires Rackz

01/12/2011 - Business News

Flightcase and audio speaker solutions specialist Penn-Elcom has announced that Bristol based rack aficionados Rackz is to join the Penn Elcom Group, bringing a wealth of experience in the field of 19 inch rack mounting design, construction and installation to the equation.

First TiMax Tracker and TiMax2 SoundHub Purchase by Neumann & Mueller

01/12/2011 - Production News

Germany’s première live event audio production supplier Neumann & Mueller (N&M) has augmented its rental inventory with a TiMax2 SoundHub audio show control matrix and TiMax Tracker performer tracking system. The purchase followed a 12-month period of extensive evaluation that culminated in a highly-acclaimed outdoor staging of Die Zauberfloete (The Magic Flute) at Erfurt’s Domstufen Festspiele event.

Classic Martin MAC Rig for Def Leppard 2011 US Tour

01/12/2011 - Production News

Upstaging supplied a large Martin Professional MAC rig for the summer US leg of Def Leppard’s current Mirrorball tour, a classic rock & roll rig that included MAC 2000 Wash XB, MAC 2000 Beam XB and MAC III Profile moving heads along with MAC 101 LED fixtures.

Show Your Spots, Lets Raise Lots!

01/12/2011 - Production News

Richard Martin Lighting (RML) showed its continuous support for the BBC's annual Children in Need show by supplying the lighting for over a decade.

Monacor ‘The Movie’

01/12/2011 - Business News

For a greater insight into the German company Monacor International there is now ‘Monacor The Movie’ available for viewing. The short video highlights the history of Monacor International and showcases the true size of the European Electronic Giants.