News Archive for January 2012

New Range of Column Speakers

31/01/2012 - Equipment News

A new range of three ETS slim design, weather-proof speakers has been introduced which feature extruded aluminium cabinets with an aluminium front grille. All of which are completely hose-proof and weather proof with an IP66 rating.

Compact iLive Selected for Strip Down Rodrigo Y Gabriella Tour

31/01/2012 - Production News

Internationally renowned guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriella recently embarked on their EU tour, cutting out the big production and stripping back to just two people and two guitars. Performing in a handful of intimate venues across Europe, the tour also carried a compact Allen & Heath iLive digital system, comprising the iDR-16 MixRack and iLive-R72 rackmount Control Surface, with a Dante audio interface card for virtual soundcheck.

AC-ET Appointed as RCF UK Sub-Distributor

31/01/2012 - Business News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s specialist audio division has been selected as one of the primary UK sub-distributors for RCF.

CMG Enjoys Seamless Communication with ASL

31/01/2012 - Production News

Corrino Media Group (CMG) is one of the Netherlands major media production companies, operating as a one-stop-shop for the film, broadcast, live event, advertising and other industries. Clear communications between staff at the events it services are vital, which is why the company has invested in a significant ASL digital intercom system.

Futuristic Set Makes History for Tinie

31/01/2012 - Production News

LS-Live developed and delivered a dynamic stage set to accommodate lively performances from mainstream hip hop’s man of the moment, Tinie Tempah.

Barco Adds New Member to its HDX Family of three-chip DLP projectors

31/01/2012 - Equipment News

Barco has added a new unit to its HDX range of three-chip DLP projectors. The HDX-W18 is the latest addition to the successful HDX family, sharing the on-board image processing, compact design, easy servicing, and preview mode features with its W12 and W14 cousins, but clocking in at 17,500 lumens. Barco will unveil the HDX-W18 at ISE from 31 January to 2 February 2012.

Blackout at the National Television Awards

31/01/2012 - Production News

Blackout Ltd provided bespoke heart-shaped draping for this year’s star-studded National Television Awards (NTAs) held at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday January 25. Broadcast live on ITV1, the annual event was hosted by Dermot O'Leary and saw stars from across the TV world commended in 14 categories.

White Light Brings Prism to Europe

31/01/2012 - Business News

Award-winning LED lighting fixture manufacturer Prism Projection has appointed UK-based entertainment lighting specialist White Light as its exclusive distributor for all of Europe.

dBTechnologies Soundworks in University Arena

31/01/2012 - Project News

A basketball arena at the University of Wisconsin has been decked with 20 dBTechnologies Arena 15 loudspeakers, which managed to overcome the foibles of a room with a broad range of applications. Beside sporting events, Quandt Fieldhouse in Stevens Point is also the venue for 'commencement' ceremonies and hosts a multitude of concerts and assemblies, asking a lot of the sound system – and the design/build team!

Aris Gives Voice to Russia

31/01/2012 - Project News

Contrary to much popular belief in the West, when Russian officialdom decides something needs to be done it can and will, pull it off with alacrity and precision. "The important factor is to analyse exactly what is required, identify the correct tools to achieve this then implement it." This was Alexander Fetisov talking about a complete refit of RIA Novosty, Russia's largest and most significant news agency.

Illuminate Design Starts 2012 with a Fresh Look at Marketing

31/01/2012 - Business News

Production management and technical services specialist Illuminate Design has signed up with Digital Deluxe for PR and marketing services.

Martin Gear at Republic Palace Inauguration in Almaty, Kazakhstan

31/01/2012 - Production News

Kazakhstan marked its 20th year of independence on December 1st and President Nazarbayev chose the day to celebrate the inauguration of the fully renovated Republic Palace, the biggest concert hall in Almaty.

Christie Combines the Best of the Best at ISE 2012

31/01/2012 - Event News

Taking some of the best design elements of award-winning showcases it presented around the globe in 2011 — and integrating them into a single concept — Christie will exhibit a vast suite of products and solutions in EMEA for the first time at ISE 2012 from adjacent large-scale, two-tier booths (Hall 1, Stand H27 and H40).

Martin Exterior 410 Brings Pou Manawa Tree to Life at Auckland International Airport

31/01/2012 - Project News

At the heart of the new retail departures area at Auckland International Airport in New Zealand is Pou Manawa, a huge tree of architectural fabric onto which colour and traditional Maori designs are reflected using Martin Exterior 410 wash lights and Martin smartMAC image projecting moving heads.

W-DMX Grants 2012 Wishes at Marina Bay Singapore

31/01/2012 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden along with MA Lighting had full control over a very special New Year celebration held at Marina Bay in Singapore. Headed by the Esplanade and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, this New Year spectacle spanned across the Marina Bay area, a 1 km2 fresh water reservoir flanked by the new Marina Bay Sands Resort complex, the Financial District and the Esplanade itself, which includes a collection of theatres, restaurants and parks.

Imerge Sails on the Super Yacht Aiyana

30/01/2012 - Project News

Holiday makers chartering the luxury super yacht Aiyana can tap into a store of over 250 movies and more than 1700 music CDs thanks to the installation of a state of the art entertainment system that has an Imerge media server at its core.

Norwest Extends Optocore Capacity for Pan Arab Games

30/01/2012 - Production News

The 12th quadrennial Pan Arab Games took place in Doha, Qatar recently — the first time that the country had hosted the multi-sport event.

HSL Supplies The Darkness

30/01/2012 - Production News

HSL supplied Electric Fly Productions with lighting equipment for The Darkness’s hugely successful UK tour, working with lighting designer Nick Jevons. This saw the band’s return to the major touring circuit after a five-year hiatus, ahead of the launch of a third studio album, slated for 2012.

AC-ET to Host Exclusive Green Hippo & PixelRange UK Open Days

30/01/2012 - Event News

A.C Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s Video and Lighting divisions are holding an exclusive 2012 UK open days in conjunction with Green Hippo and PixelRange on February 28 in the South and on March 1 in the North of England. The events will highlight the latest innovations from these leading brands, and explore the hottest developments in video and lighting convergence.

Ashly Audio: First Time Exhibitor at ISE Amsterdam

30/01/2012 - Event News

Jointly hosted by InfoComm International and CEDIA, ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) became the A/V industry's largest trade show last year, drawing almost 35,000 attendees.

TEAC Announces Strategic Alliance with Onkyo Corporation

30/01/2012 - Business News

As part of its corporate goal to enhance shareholder value and meet the demands of a changing marketplace, TEAC Corporation, the global electronics manufacturer, has announced a strategic alliance with Onkyo Corporation, a worldwide leader in consumer audio. The alliance between Onkyo and TEAC is particularly synergistic in that both companies share a commitment to excellence and a passion for engineering, designing and manufacturing products that deliver value and exceed customer’s expectations.

Blackout Rigging Services on the Rise with New Project Manager

30/01/2012 - People News

Blackout Ltd has appointed experienced rigger Nick Brown (pictured) as a new project manager, further reinforcing its capabilities for high-profile events across the globe. The appointment follows an increase in rigging-specific jobs, supplying a wide variety of sporting, cultural, broadcast and music events.

Fantasia’s Magic Enchants Switzerland

30/01/2012 - Production News

Although Friday the 13th does not seem to be a particularly auspicious date for a world premiere at first glance, the timeless magic of Disney’s classic Fantasia prevailed and proved a huge success with a spellbound audience at the Lucerne concert hall in Switzerland.

Clay Paky Present at IAA 2011

30/01/2012 - Production News

The Frankfurt IAA 2011 was once again the international must-attend event for all car enthusiasts. There were lots of highlights to discover at the fair, and not just among the cars on show. The motor show was again this year - as always - a major event for fair stand and lighting design. All manufacturers built elaborate sets for their cars, based on sophisticated lighting and media designs harmonized to perfection.

XLNT and Lift Turn Move Sign CyberMotion UK Sales and Distribution Deal

30/01/2012 - Business News

XLNT Advanced Technologies and Lift Turn Move (LTM) have announced an agreement for LTM to become the UK and Ireland sales and distribution dealer for CyberMotion, the world’s first dedicated mobile stage automation system, and the DS8 Solid State motor controllers for standard chain hoists. The deal was announced at the CUE trade show in Rotterdam on January 16.

Loewe Restructures UK Sales Force for 2012

30/01/2012 - Business News

Loewe, Europe’s leading manufacturer of premium audio-visual systems, has restructured its UK sales team with immediate effect, including the addition of two new account managers.

DV2 Appointed as Exclusive Tannoy Distributor in France

30/01/2012 - Business News

TC Group International (TCGI) has announced the appointment of DV2 as exclusive Tannoy distributor in France.

APG Rocks the Caribbean

30/01/2012 - Production News

Formule Teck, one of Martinique’s biggest rental companies and a long-standing APG customer, has recently taken delivery of fourteen DX15 monitor speakers from APG to add to his already considerable APG inventory. The first outing for the new equipment was the prestigious and now traditional event organized each year by the Tourist Office of the Martiniquan capital Fort de France called “Les Boucans de la Baie” on 30th December. Formule Teck handled all the audio requirements for concert in the evening which included a full APG PA and monitor system.

Nippy Industries Lift Sun above Trafalgar Square

27/01/2012 - Production News

The Trafalgar Sun – a new art installation replicating an early morning sunrise - brightened up the nation’s capital in Trafalgar Square on Monday January 23.

AC-ET at the 2012 BSC Show

27/01/2012 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be featuring new film lighting innovations from Gekko Technology, Chroma-Q and Mole Richardson at the 2012 British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) Show at Elstree Film Studios in Borehamwood, UK, on February 3 and 4 (Stand 109).

Draft Powered Rigging Standard in Public Review

27/01/2012 - Standards News

BSR E1.6-4 - 201x, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, is available for public review on the PLASA website at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php through March 26. The control systems covered are most often used to control one or more chain hoists being used to fly equipment or scenery in shows or events being done in arenas and convention centers.

Game, Set and Match to Crosspoint Solutions and the Yamaha M7CL

27/01/2012 - Production News

Flexibility, sound quality and portability are just some of the requirements which equipment used by Crosspoint Solutions needs to deliver to its clients in the international broadcast market. The company has just purchased a Yamaha M7CL-32 digital mixing console, which is currently serving audio aces at the Australian Open tennis championship.

Sennheiser’s Feeling Fine At O2’s Silent Session

27/01/2012 - Production News

December saw the chance for over 100 up-and-coming bands to reach a potentially huge audience as London’s O2 ran its December Sessions music programme, giving music fans the opportunity to enjoy 20 nights of live music at no cost. With Sennheiser equipment featuring on every show, one unique performance saw the company unusually embracing the sound of silence.

MT Pro at the Event Production Show

27/01/2012 - Event News

MT Pro Ltd. will be starting a busy year of trade shows at the Event Production Show at Olympia on the 1st and 2nd February. This will be the first show undertaken by the new company, part of the MilTec Group. MT Pro is the distributor for LEDHead LED lighting and MT Audio products in the UK and Ireland.

TV One Hires Chris Wallace as Western Regional Sales Manager

27/01/2012 - People News

TV One has announced the recent hiring of Chris Wallace as Western regional sales manager.

RML with Friday Download

27/01/2012 - Production News

Children’s show ‘Friday Download’ focuses on the latest trends in TV, film, music, gaming, fashions and more! The CBBC favourite is filmed in front of screaming kids in a live studio situation and is hosted by Dionne Bromfield, Aiden Davis, Tyger Drew-Honey, Georgia Lock, Ceallach Spellman and Richard Wisker. These young and talented faces are all experts in their different downloads. Each episode different presenters discuss their download subjects and include the crowd at every stage with debate, opinion or even teaching them dance moves or song lyrics. There is also a celebrity performance.

Robert Juliat Lucy Followspots Light Up Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Angus Bowmer Theatre

27/01/2012 - Project News

The Angus Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland has taken delivery of three Robert Juliat Lucy 1200W HMI followspots from Musson Theatrical, Inc. of Santa Clara, California. The OSF’s recent emphasis on musical theater prompted the acquisition, which expands the company’s followspot inventory. OSF previously purchased a pair of Robert Juliat Super Korrigan 1200W HMI followspots for its Elizabethan outdoor theater. The outdoor theater seats 1200, and the Angus Bowmer Theatre seats 601.

John Gittins Offers New Consultancy Services

27/01/2012 - People News

Following 26 action-packed years with stage set fabricators Brilliant Stages, John Gittins (pictured) has branched out as a consultant offering his design and project management skills on a freelance basis.

Panasonic Introduces New Short Throw Projectors with Interactive Features

27/01/2012 - Equipment News

Panasonic Europe has announced a new short throw LCD projector range (PT-TW231R and PT-TW230) with a resolution of WXGA (1280x800) and 2.500 lumens of brightness. The PT-TW231R model is further equipped with a feedback camera for interactive functionality on various projected surfaces. The short throw distance required for setup and the interactive feature together make the PT-TW230 Series an ideal solution for engaging students in the classroom, or conducting collaborative meetings and presentations.

coolux to present Pandoras Box Version 5 at ISE

26/01/2012 - Event News

At the upcoming ISE 2012 in Amsterdam, coolux GmbH will present its new Pandoras Box Version 5 hard- and software. A special visual treat will be the impressive atmosphere 4K content, which will be displayed on a massive 152 inch Panasonic screen, using coolux Pandoras Box.

Philips Vari-Lite Fortifies European Service Network

26/01/2012 - Business News

Philips Vari-Lite has announced the strengthening of its European Service Network with the opening of four new European Service Centres: Entertainment Equipment Supplies, S.L. (EES) in Spain, FACE in Belgium, Lightco in The Netherlands, and White Light Ltd in the United Kingdom. As Authorised service centres, EES, FACE, Lightco and White Light will work with end users and technicians throughout Europe to ensure the complete and timely service of any Vari*Lite automated luminaires.

Atomic Joins Adamson's Project Energia

26/01/2012 - Business News

Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the addition of Atomic Professional Audio to the growing list of Energia beta partners. The Rutland, Vermont based sound company is no stranger to the Adamson family with Y-axis systems in their inventory dating back to 2002. Their inventory also includes T21, SpekTrix, Metrix, SX18 and M series. Atomic has provided Adamson PA for such tours as Linkin Park, John Fogerty, Jay Z, Il Divo, Third Eye Blind.

New Workflow Tools for d&b Users

26/01/2012 - Equipment News

d&b audiotechnik has announced several new updates for their ArrayCalc simulation software, R1 Remote control software and the R10 Service software as well as a firmware update for the E-PAC amplifier - yet one more step in the increased efficiency of workflows for d&b audiotechnik users.

GDS Adds to Sales Support Team

26/01/2012 - People News

GDS has announced the appointment of Alexa Brierley (pictured), the newest member of its rapidly growing team. Alexa has been appointed as sales account co-ordinator to strengthen the sales support team.

United Arab Emirates celebrates 40th National Day with Electro-Voice

26/01/2012 - Production News

Each year on December 1, the United Arab Emirates celebrate their independence. The celebrations were especially lavish in 2011, as December 2 marked the formal 40th anniversary of the coming together of the seven emirates to form the UAE. A comprehensive program of cultural and sporting events kicked off on December 1 to make this a true jubilee event.

IPS is First UK Rental Stockist of New Prolyte H40R Truss

25/01/2012 - Production News

Milton Keynes based Impact Production Services (IPS) has added the new Prolyte H40R Truss to its extensive rental inventory. The truss has been supplied with a powder coated black finish. Launched at the 2011 PLASA show in September, and arriving now in the UK, this innovative product combines the compact dimensions of Prolyte H30V Truss, with the loading capacity of the larger H40V truss.

New Metric Halo Website Delivers a Clean, Intuitive User Experience

25/01/2012 - Business News

Metric Halo has completely revamped its website, bringing the crystalline clarity of modern design and functionality to its online presence. The new site, www.mhsecure.com (which is also accessible at the old address, www.mhlabs.com) offers users well-organised access to product information, product support, purchasing, and user-community wikis & list-serves. It is simple and intuitive to navigate and will make obtaining relevant information at any stage of Metric Halo engagement (casually-curious, committed purchaser, dispassionate user, obsessive enthusiast, etc.) straightforward. The new site launched in synchrony with Metric Halo’s move from New York to Florida, giving the company new homes in both planes of existence.

DiGiCo SD9 Lures Soundlink Away from Analogue

25/01/2012 - Production News

Since its launch, the compact DiGiCo SD9 has made a significant impact on audio rental and sound reinforcement companies who need a digital console for medium-sized productions. An example is Soundlink, a Dutch audio company whose SD9 has been in constant use since it was purchased a year and a half ago.

Chroma-Q Provides Flexible Eco Lighting for Lincoln University HD TV Studios

25/01/2012 - Project News

Lincoln University has invested in 30 Chroma-Q Color Force RGBA LED fixtures for its two television studios at the campus’s Media Broadcast Production Centre, which has recently been upgraded to full multi-camera and HD specification facilities.

L-Acoustics US Sets Training Dates for Kara, Kudo and Soundvision

25/01/2012 - Standards News

L-Acoustics US has announced its first two product training sessions for 2012.

Coemar Appoints New German Distributor

25/01/2012 - Business News

Coemar’s international representation continues to grow with the appointment of Feiner Lichttechnik of Regensburg as new distributor for Germany.

Robe MMXs Join Slovakian Legends of Pop

25/01/2012 - Production News

Robe MMX Spots were among over 50 Robe moving lights supplied by Slovakia's top technical production rental company, Q-99, to lighting designer Martin Kubanka for STV1’s new music series "Slovakian Legends of Pop", aired live during Friday night prime time on national TV channel STV1.

Clair Global Scores a Hat Trick at the 2012 NHL Winter Classic

24/01/2012 - Production News

The NHL Winter Classic is a throwback to the bygone days when professional hockey was played outdoors in the chill wintertime air. But more than that, it is the NHL’s so-far-successful attempt to claim New Year's Day in the same way that baseball claims July 4th and football claims Thanksgiving Day. This year’s contest took place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia between the hometown Flyers and their rivals, the New York Rangers. Despite the Flyers’ loss, the 47,000 fans in attendance enjoyed the experience, as did the nearly four-million viewers who watched on NBC. Clair Global provided house sound and a broadcast mix for the between-period performances by hometown superstars, The Roots. They used three unique, Clair-conceived and Clair-deployed solutions: mobile speaker carts that allowed the line arrays to be lowered and flipped out of site lines as needed; custom modular diffusion/absorption panels that were used to convert an equipment room at Citizens Bank Park into an acoustically favorable studio control room environment; and the Clair CF 1090 Fractal Antenna for the RF system.

Allen & Heath Launches Two New ZED Models

24/01/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has added two new models to its ZED range of multi-purpose live sound and recording mixers. The new ZED-16FX and ZED-18 each have 10 fully-featured mono channels and three or foue dual stereo channels, respectively, fulfilling the demand for increased channel counts in a compact format.

Allen & Heath Unveils the New GLD Live Digital Mixing System

24/01/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has unveiled GLD, a user-friendly, cost effective and scalable live digital mixing system, conceptually based on the hugely successful digital iLive series. A standard GLD 32 input system offers 28 XLR mic inputs with plug & play I/O expanders allowing easy expansion up to 48 inputs (44 XLR mic inputs).

Finding the Harmony Between Light and Sound

24/01/2012 - Production News

While many concert tours rely on large lighting rigs that showcase extreme lighting displays, some are more about the experience of the music than the production behind it. Such was the case for lighting designer Rich Locklin and lighting director Steve Fallon who have recently completed work on the latest Paul Simon tour. Tasked with creating a design that worked in harmony with the music instead of overpowering it, Locklin and Fallon teamed with Authorised Dealer TMS who supplied them with VARI*LITE luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Martin Audio MLA Boosts Brixton for Rock Legends

24/01/2012 - Production News

When Brixton Academy was built in art deco style during the cinema boom of the late 1920s it never expected to be hosting high-octane rock bands like American supergroup, Chickenfoot (led by former Van Halen legend Sammy Hagar).

Pixled at ISE 2012

24/01/2012 - Event News

Leading European designed LED manufacturer Pixled launches its new Pixled F-10i/o - the first of two new fully IP-65 rated indoor/outdoor LED displays – on Booth F41 in Hall 11 at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) exhibition in Amsterdam, January 31st – February 2nd.

First US Dirty Rigger Dealer Announced

24/01/2012 - Business News

Following unprecedented interest at the recent LDI Exhibition in Florida, Dirty Rigger gloves and cccessories are now available for the first time in the USA.

Alcons Returns to ISE 3D Theatre

24/01/2012 - Event News

For the second year running and underpinning the technology’s appeal, the ISE trade show’s Rooms E105 and 106, adjacent to Hall 10 features a 3D Theatre, allowing visitors to experience the very best that the technology has to offer. Having supplied a highly praised system in 2011, Alcons Audio has been invited once again to provide the 3D Theatre’s sound system.

Antique Flying Systems are No Longer a Laughing Matter for London’s Comedy Theatre

24/01/2012 - Project News

Recently renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre, London’s Comedy Theatre had retained its original wooden grid and manual hemp flying system for over a century. The intervening years had taken their toll on the grid, with heavy steel-framed sets and moving lights causing major operational challenges for the theatre staff.

New Software Developers for Green Hippo

24/01/2012 - People News

Green Hippo is excited to introduce Adrian Gilby and Philippe Levieux as new members of the software development team. Adrian and Philippe will expand the department, creating a positive impact on what is already a strong work force.

Lighthouse LED Video Debuts at the Ford Center

24/01/2012 - Project News

Lighthouse and TS Sports are a part of Evansville, Indiana’s elegant new sports and entertainment venue, the Ford Center. Included in the project are a centre-hung LED video system, a 270-degree LED video fascia ring, two LED video scorer’s tables and an outdoor marquee.

Brilliant Stages Supports Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Arena Tour

24/01/2012 - Production News

The lead up to Christmas 2011 saw mega-band, Coldplay, undertake a 12 date European arena tour with their album Mylo Xyloto, taking with them a set designed by Misty Buckley and Paul Normandale which featured specialist pieces by UK-based, Brilliant Stages.

QAV Lines up with L-Acoustics

24/01/2012 - Business News

Leading audio visual specialist QAV has announced its purchase of an L-Acoustics Kiva Kilo line array system to add to its rental department’s already substantial stock.

Preparing for a Significant Anniversary

24/01/2012 - Project News

St Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church (presently known as St Paul's United Methodist Church) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is listed on the United State's National Register of Historic Places and is essentially the work of architect Louis Sullivan, the so called 'father of skyscrapers'. Sullivan's aspirations however, were high, beyond what the church's congregation could reasonably afford back in 1912. The restraint exercised back then by architect W.C. Jones, when he re-drew Sullivan's plans under instruction from the church, meant that two years later Bishop William Quayle was able to dedicate the freshly completed St Paul's. The church building remains true to Sullivan's clean modernist design, sacrificing only his more elaborate ornamentation. In the intervening ninety seven years just the lightest of touches has been required to keep this building aligned to purpose, not least a new organ in 1946; however the acoustic of the sanctuary had always been problematical.

TM Audio upgrades Arnhem GelreDome with Powersoft and NION

24/01/2012 - Project News

TM Audio has completed a major audio upgrade at the icon GelreDome arena in Arnhem, the Netherlands, replacing the original amplification and control network. Nearly 70 Powersoft 3904 two-channel 1U amplifiers now drive the GelreDome’s main audio system, with a new MediaMatrix NION system in control.

LEE Launches New Website

24/01/2012 - Equipment News

The new LEE Filters website is now live.

Royal Opera House Upgrades to ETC Unison Paradigm

24/01/2012 - Project News

When the Royal Opera House installed Unison architectural lighting control for the stage and side stage areas as part of the original 1999 refurbishment, it was recognised that lighting control systems will be eventually replaced as new and better products are developed. When senior lighting manager Nick Ware and his team members decided it was due for replacement, they understandably looked first at the updated version of the product: Unison Paradigm.

European Début For New Yamaha DXR Loudspeakers and MGP Mixers at ISE 2012

24/01/2012 - Event News

In addition to presenting an ever-expanding range of products for the professional installation markets, ISE 2012 sees Yamaha giving a European début to its new DXR series of active loudspeakers and the new MGP series of audio mixers.

Mark Henderson and White Light Illuminate St Matthew Passion

24/01/2012 - Production News

“Kids are used to the high production values of Lady Gaga. You can’t fob them off with something else.” So says Suzi Digby, internationally renowned choral director and conductor explaining her innovative new scheme, Vocal Futures, which she hopes will prove that youngsters from any background can form a life-long bond with classical music.

PLM 20000Q Awarded Pro-Audio Industry’s Biggest Accolade

24/01/2012 - Event News

Lab.gruppen’s flagship PLM 20000Q Powered Loudspeaker Management system has been honoured with a TEC Award. More precisely it won the award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Amplification Hardware/Studio Sound Reinforcement at the 27th Annual TEC Awards ceremony.

A Century Later, The Vortvots Vorodman Church is Renewed

24/01/2012 - Project News

Vortvots Vorodman (Children of Thunder) Church, located in Istanbul, which had been opened for worship on October 14, 1828, has not been used since World War I. Now, unused for about 100 years the church is restored and reopened. Preserving the place of worship property this church will also be used as cultural centre as well.

Innovason Busy in Russia with New Distributor, Imlight

24/01/2012 - Business News

Innovason has announced the appointment of IMLIGHT LLC as the brand’s new distributor in Russia. Headquartered in Kirov in north-eastern Russia with offices in Moscow, Imlight is one of Russia’s premier manufacturers and distributors of professional sound, lighting and staging equipment. They also have a large systems contracting division as well as a major rental division that handles some of the biggest tours and events throughout Russia.

Audinate Hires Dave Anderson as New Director of Sales

24/01/2012 - People News

Audinate has announced Dave Anderson as the new director of sales. Anderson brings a very successful career of sales leadership in the professional audio and video industries to his new position. During his 18 years with Avid, Anderson held various sales roles establishing professional audio, video, storage, and asset management technology products in the marketplace.

Lester Cobrin Joins XL Video

23/01/2012 - People News

Lester Cobrin joins the team at XL Video UK as senior project manager.

CPL Creates Pixel Magic for Unity Show

23/01/2012 - Production News

West Midlands UK based video and AV specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) designed and supplied a widescreen projection system and media server control for an annual Awards event for Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. which was staged at Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Adamson Adds Technical Sales Support at its Headquarters

23/01/2012 - People News

Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the addition of Ryan Grant to the international sales team at its head office. Ryan will apply his experience in tour management, production management, front of house, and monitors to the technical sales and support departments.

New Parker Performing Arts Center features J. R. Clancy Rigging

23/01/2012 - Project News

With the opening of the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center (PACE) in Parker, Colo. late in 2011, audiences looked forward to an exciting season of more than 60 performances of 28 different shows.

David Wilmore Appointed Globe Theatre Restoration Consultant

23/01/2012 - People News

One of the country's leading theatre restoration experts has been appointed as restoration consultant for the iconic Globe Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees.

Colour Sound Makes it Brighter in Brighton

23/01/2012 - Project News

London based lighting rental company Colour Sound Experiment (CSE) has designed and is supplying contract rental lighting systems to four popular clubs in popular seaside destination Brighton for Inn Brighton Ltd.

Pharos Plays its Part in London’s New Year Celebrations

23/01/2012 - Production News

The spectacular pyrotechnic and lighting show for the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve festivities, produced by Jack Morton Worldwide, is an extraordinary collaborative effort involving multiple control systems at multiple locations incorporating multiple disciplines - all perfectly synchronised for this most time-centric event.

Clay Paky Spotlights Qatari Football Awards

23/01/2012 - Production News

Production company Qatar Vision recently produced the Qatar Football Association Award Ceremony using 150 moving lights from Clay Paky. The design of the show was conceived and created by Qvision with less than a month’s production time.

Dynacord Promatrix 8000 Now Certified to the EN 54-16 Fire Safety Standard

23/01/2012 - Equipment News

Dynacord has announced that its Promatrix 8000 combined ProAudio and voice alarm system has achieved certification to the EN54-16 fire safety standard.

Lab.gruppen and Lake Take to the Water for Rock Legends Cruise

23/01/2012 - Project News

When faced with the prospect of putting on 58 rock performances over four days on board a cruise ship heading to The Bahamas, Bauder Audio Systems knew that they needed audio systems that were up to the job. With legendary bands such as ZZ Top, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and John Kay and Steppenwolf in attendance, it’s little wonder that they deployed Lake and Lab.gruppen in their audio inventory.

Crestron Announces Exclusive Training programmes for ISE

23/01/2012 - Event News

At ISE 2012, Crestron will be running a full schedule of free training programmes to Crestron dealers, including its flagship course, the DigitalMedia Certified Designer.

Yamaha Provides Flexible Sound at Ashton Central Mosque

23/01/2012 - Project News

When the construction of a northern bypass for Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, meant the compulsory purchase and demolition of the town’s longest-established mosque, a brand new facility was constructed in its place. Built in less than a year, Yamaha amplifiers and digital networking are a central feature of its audio specification.

Generation Change: ORF Switches to grandMA2

23/01/2012 - Project News

In a major technical upgrade, the ORF centre in Vienna has changed all its grandMA series 1 consoles to grandMA2 consoles. The MA NSPs (Network Signal Processors) were also replaced by MA NPUs (Network Processing Units), and furthermore, the ORF has invested in new grandMA2 fader wings.

Yamaha Launches DXR and DXS Digital Loudspeakers at NAMM 2012

23/01/2012 - Equipment News

Following the success of Yamaha DSR series of portable active loudspeakers, NAMM 2012 saw the company launch the DXR series and DXS series subwoofers.

Yamaha Launches New MGP Mixer Range at NAMM 2012

23/01/2012 - Equipment News

As 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Yamaha first analogue console and the 25th anniversary of its first digital console, it is an appropriate time for the company to launch a series of compact mixers which make optimum use of both technologies.

Bristol’s Finest, the Colston Hall, Installs Nexo GEO S12 Line Array

20/01/2012 - Project News

Evans Audio of Bristol has joined the UK Nexo rental network with its purchase of a GEO S12 line array system. This follows hard on the heels of a prestigious installation project for the company, equipping the well-known Colston Hall venue with a Nexo S12 system in its main auditorium and Nexo PS Series for its secondary performance areas.

DiGiCo Sets the Standard at the Jazz Music Festival Shanghai

20/01/2012 - Production News

Now in its seventh year Jazz Music Festival Shanghai is one of the largest jazz festivals in Asia and is the biggest outdoor music event in China’s largest city. Attracting artists from across the world, this year the festival featured five stages, with a DiGiCo SD8 and SD8-24 setting the gold standard on one.

SLD Invests in Uniline

20/01/2012 - Business News

Rental specialists SLD (Sound Light Design) based in Wesel near Dusseldorf in Germany has recently invested in a Uniline line array system from French manufacturer APG. Supplied as a complete turnkey system, fully flightcased with standard racks and Lab.gruppen FP Series amplifiers, the new system Uniline system is a welcome addition to the SLD inventory.

Apex Intelli-X2 Processors Are Ready An’ Willing With Whitesnake

20/01/2012 - Production News

Thirty-three years after forming, blues rockers-turned-Stateside superstars Whitesnake continue to record and tour, with the hard rocking, tongue-in-cheek innuendo of frontman David Coverdale still entertaining legions of fans. A recent six-date tour of Japan saw the band inviting fans from across the country to Come An’ Get It, with Apex Intelli-X2 processors ensuring that the sound gave no Trouble.

New Low Cost, High Performance Radio Microphones

20/01/2012 - Equipment News

Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology design and development firm, has launched a reference design for low cost, high performance radio microphones using the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) platform. By taking advantage of DECT, Cambridge Consultants’ new radio microphone design delivers higher audio quality with no interference and quadruples the range of existing radio microphone technology, whilst also lowering the total bill of materials (BOM) costs to under £12 for each microphone.

Ambersphere Solutions Welcomes 2012 on a High

20/01/2012 - Business News

Ambersphere Solutions has announced a remarkable end to their first quarter of trading.

HSL Cuts To The Chase

20/01/2012 - Production News

Blackburn UK based lighting and visuals rental company HSL is supplying specialist LED light sources to the current series of the popular ITV quiz show, The Chase, in the process renewing its long and fruitful working relationship with leading TV lighting designer Tom Kinane, who has lit the series since it started.

Artistic Licence to Moderate Lighting Panel Discussion at the Dynamic Events Conference 2012

20/01/2012 - Event News

Artistic Licence founder, Wayne Howell, is to chair a lighting panel discussion at the Dynamic Events Conference being held at 4.00 – 5.30pm on Monday 30th January, RAI, Amsterdam.

Technical Marketing Appointed to Promote ABTT 2012 Theatre Show

20/01/2012 - Business News

Technical Marketing Ltd has been appointed to plan and implement a marketing campaign to promote the ABTT 2012 Theatre Show which takes place on the 13th and 14th of June at The Old Truman Brewery in London.

Volkslichts Zoom in on the Hamilton

20/01/2012 - Project News

Just a block away from The White House in Washington DC, The Hamilton has kick started a creative renaissance and is fast becoming the American capital’s hot destination for sophisticated live music and dining — presenting local, national and international bands.

HHB at BVE London

20/01/2012 - Event News

Broadcast audio technology specialists HHB Communications will be highlighting a comprehensive range of professional audio loudness tools during the BVE London show at Earls Court 2 on Stand C40 from 14th to 16th February.

dBTechnologies Ace at Davis Cup

20/01/2012 - Production News

dBTechnologies speakers were chosen by rental company Angel Dominguez Sonido (AD Sonido) for last month's Davis Cup tennis final at the Estadio Olímpico in Seville. Comprising a surprisingly small number of DVA T4, S20 and Opera Digital 410D boxes for the space, the sound system was able to deliver clear and comprehensive sound to some 25,000 spectators.

Mackie Increases Mixer Performance With New Op-Amp Design

20/01/2012 - Equipment News

Mackie has announced a partnership with New Japan Radio Corporation to develop a new op-amp exclusively for Mackie mixers. The new M-80 op-amp performs exceptionally well, offering low noise, high drive and class-leading channel separation. Implementation into the existing Onyx, VLZ3 and ProFX series mixers is currently in progress.

New Sessions Added to Sold-Out Seminar Programme

19/01/2012 - Event News

Three new sessions have been added to the attractions already on offer during the inaugural PLASA Focus: Austin 2012, taking place at The Renaissance Austin, on February 22-23, 2012.

New HD Video Cable, Mains Units and Fibre Video Routing from Canford at BVE

19/01/2012 - Event News

Canford is to launch a new intermediate size of its SDV low fire hazard installations cable range at BVE. New sequentially powered up and down mains distribution units will also be on display as will the new Canford manufactured mains power distribution units and fibre optic termination panels featuring most industry standard fibre optic couplers. Voice Technologies miniature high quality microphones and headsets will be exhibited including the latest waterproof versions. Products from the innovative Nevion fibre optic signal processing, conversion and routing ranges can be seen alongside Canford’s D’n’A audio cables. A selection of the latest portable audio recorders from Tascam including the new DR-40 will also be on Canford’s stand.

Clay Paky at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards

19/01/2012 - Production News

Atomic Lighting of Lititz, Pennsylvania, the exclusive lighting supplier for the second consecutive year to the Latin Grammy Awards, recently provided the show with 50 Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures.

Step Inside the Innovation Incubator at IOEX

19/01/2012 - Event News

The International Outdoor Event Expo (IOEX) has launched its Innovation Incubator area at the exhibition, designed to give event organisers the chance to see quick fire pitches from the most exciting innovations to hit the event market in 2012.

At Last Simple MADI Connectivity Thanks to DiGiCo’s UB MADI

19/01/2012 - Equipment News

Until now, MADI connectivity on a desktop or laptop required a format such as PCI or ExpressCard. This involves an inconvenient and time consuming set up operation on a desktop, whilst it is increasingly difficult to find a laptop with the necessary slot. DiGiCo Solutions’ UB MADI eliminates this frustration.

DRP Group Adds Chroma-Q Color Force to Production Inventory

19/01/2012 - Production News

The lighting division of leading UK live event and communications agency, DRP Group, has made its first investment in Chroma-Q products with the purchase of 24 Color Force 48 LED battens.

Forcast Expansion with Action Monaco Acquisition

18/01/2012 - Business News

South of France based broadcast, video and AV rental services specialist Forcast, headed by Stephane Pilloud has acquired Action Monaco from the Avesco Group - in a planned expansion that will see both companies join forces and continue operating in their existing highly successful formats.

K-Array Provides Invisible Sound for Bow Tie Television

18/01/2012 - Project News

Broadcasting services provider Bow Tie Television recently needed to upgrade the audio monitoring system in one of its outside broadcast vans to deliver the high quality of sound that the company’s clients expected. A K-Array system was the answer.

TC-Group Aligns MI and HD Business Management for Continued Growth

18/01/2012 - People News

TC-Group has appointed Kevin Alexander, CEO of subsidiary TC-Helicon, as vice president of business management MI & HD. Alexander is part of a further commitment to TC-Group's strategy of unifying the business and operations of its audio brands by market segments.

Charcoalblue Transforms the Cinematic Experience for ICA Visitors

18/01/2012 - Project News

2012 has bought a fresh new look and feel to the cinemas at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), the home of the British avant-garde. Between Christmas and New Year, multi award-winning theatre consultancy Charcoalblue ensured that the cinemas were completely transformed and ready to host the 9th London Short Film Festival.

Vortex Lights Britain’s Favourite Building – Durham Cathedral

18/01/2012 - Project News

Vortex Lighting Ltd was recently commissioned to provide the lighting for a Carols of Light concert in Britain’s favourite building, Durham Cathedral. The aim of the concert was to raise funds for both the Durham Cathedral Music Endowment Fund and The Sunderland AFC Foundation. Lessons were read by HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Sir Tim Rice, The Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Kate Adie OBE, Steve Cram MBE and Channel 4’s George Clarke while the concert included performances by Joe McElderry, Rick Wakeman, Alan Price, Barbara Dickson OBE, Sir Thomas Allen, Clare Teal and Kathryn Tickell.

Pro Audio Stash Launches New Slide-and-Rotate Racking System

18/01/2012 - Equipment News

Pro Audio Stash (PAS) has launched its unique new R8010 19-inch Slide-and-Rotate racking system to provide ultimate flexibility for 19 inch racking set ups that are installed in tight and/or difficult to access spaces.

Philips Selecon Luminaires Bring Ice Sculpture Spectacular to Life

18/01/2012 - Production News

HA Rental purchased a number of Philips Selecon Pacific and PL3 LED luminaires from Philips entertainment brand VAR (Value Added Reseller) for the Netherlands, Rolight, in order to create a dramatic lightscape for the first Ice Sculpture Festival in Zwolle, Holland.

Zion School in Indonesia Benefits from the Ease of Simplicity of Symetrix Jupiter 8

18/01/2012 - Project News

Zion School recently completed construction of a brand new building in Makassar, South Sulawesi in Indonesia. The school serves over 700 students from kindergarten through high school and uses state-of-the-art technology to connect with students and to prepare them for an increasingly technological world. An excellent case in point is the school’s 750-seat mult-ipurpose auditorium. The auditorium will be used for seminars, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and performances. Symetrix distributor PT Gracia Auvindo supplied an adept, but cost-effective Symetrix Jupiter 8 to handle all of the audio processing in the auditorium. Local dealer JK Sound in turn furnished the unit to the school, and both companies helped install it.

J&C Joel's Stage Dressings Help to Bring Singapore's History Alive

18/01/2012 - Project News

Formerly Singapore’s largest cinema, the Kallang Theatre is now one of the country’s premier performance venues. After closing in 2007 the theatre re-opened in August 2011 by staging Singapura: Lion City, a music and acrobatic extravaganza chronicling the history of Singapore.

Black Light Throws its Support Behind the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s Winter School

18/01/2012 - Standards News

For the second year in a row, Black Light is acting as a leading sponsor for the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s (FST) Technical Winter School. This takes place at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre between the 21st and 23rd February 2012. The company is supporting the high-profile event both financially and practically and has teamed up with a number of its key suppliers to deliver three days of technical training.

Annual Industry Conference 2012

18/01/2012 - Event News

Since the 2011 conference, it has become even more important for the industry to be proactive, enterprising, creative and skilled. This is a growth industry predicted to expand 40% by 2020, yet we are confronting some of the most challenging economic circumstances of recent history. 

CORE Goes Rococo

18/01/2012 - Project News

The Rococo Gardens in the heart of the glorious English Cotswolds are a significant tourist attraction for visitors across the globe, with stunning Rococo architectural features and large scale avenues of trees all crying out to be lit during the dark winter months. Due to planning regulations and preservation of the original theme, installed electrical power is barred, thus preventing any night illumination and meaning early closure especially during winter months.

New Licence-Free Multi-Frequency Microphone Systems

18/01/2012 - Equipment News

Brand new for 2012 is this pair of licence-free multi-frequency microphone systems. With either a hand-help microphone transmitter (TXS-611SET) or pocket transmitter with tie clip microphone (TXS-631SET) both units operate on the licence-free 863-865MHz frequency. With 80 selectable channels these units offer a perfect solution for adapting market.

Luke Jackson and Andrew Strachan Join PRG

18/01/2012 - People News

Production Resource Group UK has announced that Luke Jackson has joined its event services team as an event services coordinator.

L-Acoustics K1 and V-DOSC Systems Stolen from Procolor

18/01/2012 - Business News

In the early morning hours of December 8th, 2011, L-Acoustics systems provider Procolor of Guadalajara, Mexico had an entire 53-foot semi truck and trailer of equipment stolen at the conclusion of a Britney Spears concert in Mexico City.

Robe Provides Nothing But The Best for David Guetta Show in Hungary

17/01/2012 - Production News

When dance guru David Guetta rocked Budapest’s Hungexpo in front of 8000 enthusiastic fans, the producer of rave anthems like ‘Sexy Bitch’, ‘Who’s That Chick’ and numerous others, was illuminated by a rig of Robe moving lights supplied by locally based lighting rental company, Colossal Rental.

Iconyx Helps St. Matthews Get the Message Across

17/01/2012 - Project News

Nestled in the rolling canyons of Pacific Palisades, Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church is one of the area's oldest and largest parishes. The sprawling 42-acre grounds are home to multiple buildings including St. Matthew's Day School and Pre-School, as well as recreational facilities and the highly acclaimed Moore Ruble Yudell-designed sanctuary.

Clay Paky and RML Light Justin Bieber Christmas Special

17/01/2012 - Production News

For all of those parents out there wondering if their teenagers will venture out from their bedrooms for anything other than food or presents this Christmas, the answer is yes, but only briefly.

Allen & Heath Launches Two New ZED Models

17/01/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has added two new models to its ZED range of multi-purpose live sound and recording mixers. The new ZED-16FX and ZED-18 each have 10 fully-featured mono channels and three or four dual stereo channels, respectively, fulfilling the demand for increased channel counts in a compact format.

Perfect Fit for Digital Trinity

17/01/2012 - Project News

Located in the heart of one of south east England’s most elegant towns – and one that remains synonymous for the British with a colourful combination of crotchety colonels and an expensive daily commute to London – is a venue whose long history is matched by the enthusiasm of its management for contemporary technology.

XL Video Back In the Coldplay MX

17/01/2012 - Production News

XL Video is supplying video production including a projection system, LED screen, cameras and PPU to Coldplay’s acclaimed “Mylo Xyloto” (MX) world tour, continuing its long working relationship with the band that started in 2005.

TC Group International Assigns Payman Abdali as Sales Manager HD in the Middle East

17/01/2012 - People News

TC Group International is reinforcing its presence in the Middle East significantly by assigning Payman Abdali as sales manager. Abdali has more than 14 years of experience within the field as sales manager for Yamaha and will focus on the pro audio and broadcast markets that are growing rapidly in the Middle East.

Tomcat Appoints Mike Garl as President and General Manager

17/01/2012 - People News

Tomcat has announced that Mike Garl has joined the Tomcat team as president and general manager. Garl, who joins Tomcat from James Thomas Engineering, where he was previously the president and managing partner, will be responsible for all the day-to-day activities at Tomcat.

Green Hippo's Internship Programme

17/01/2012 - People News

Green Hippo has announced the start of what the Wood Green based company is hoping will prove to be a successful and on-going internship programme throughout 2012 and beyond.

d&b audiotechnik Makes a Stand on D97 at Siel, Paris

17/01/2012 - Event News

As the 2012 exhibition season gets under way in Paris d&b greets the year with a quote from France's most famous philosopher, "To enjoy life, we must touch much of it lightly". Voltaire certainly didn't have expo visitors in mind when he said it, but then most of the visitors to Siel at Grande Halle de la Villette 29th to 31st January will not have philosophy uppermost in their minds as they run their fingers ever so lightly, over the products: but d&b does.

Barber Motorsports Park is Loud and Proud with Community's R-Series

17/01/2012 - Project News

It was George Barber's lifelong passion for racing that led him to become a driver with the Sports Car Club of America in the 1960s.

White Light: Your New Philips Vari-Lite Service Centre

17/01/2012 - Business News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light has announced its appointment as an Authorised Philips Vari-Lite Service Centre, joining the world-wide family of VARI*LITE Service Centres. The appointment was confirmed on December 7th and became effective immediately.

Stage Electrics Ring in the London New Year Celebrations with Cooper Controls Wireless CRMX Control Technology

17/01/2012 - Production News

The Mayor of London’s New Year 2012 celebrations started with a bang thanks to a fantastic pyrotechnic and light show produced by creative events experts, Jack Morton Worldwide. As in previous years, this show featured Vari-Lite VL3500WashFX fixtures in each of the capsules on the London Eye, together with Syncrolite and Clay Paky Alpha Beam fixtures. Technical event specialists Stage Electrics, which has successfully been supplying all the lighting for this landmark event for 10 years, proposed the use of Zero Wire CRMX product from Cooper Controls to esteemed lighting designer Durham Marenghi as solution to enable wireless control of each of the 32 pods fitted to the London Eye. Zero Wire CRMX was first launched at PLASA in 2011 and features the CRMX wireless DMX technology designed by LumenRadio.

W-DMX Revamps Website for 2012

17/01/2012 - Equipment News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB is starting the new year with a new makeover of the W-DMX website, www.wirelessdmx.com, providing the latest material on their award-winning line of wireless DMX products.

GDS Specials Provide Retro-Fit Solution for Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre

16/01/2012 - Project News

As part of the Festival of Britain anniversary celebrations, GDS was approached by Roger Hennigan, technical manager at The Southbank Centre, to assist with the redevelopment of disused outside area of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof. The space was to be part of the centres redevelopment project, with plans to build a garden and green event space for the festival celebrations.

AC-ET Showcases Next Gen Technologies to some of UK’s Hottest LDs

16/01/2012 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. recently hosted a workshop event for some of the industry’s hottest lighting designers to showcase its portfolio of next generation LED, lighting and video control technologies from leading manufacturers - including Chroma-Q, GLP, PixelRange, Vari*Lite, Jands Vista and Green Hippo.

5 Star Expands Facilities with New Sanding Booth Area

16/01/2012 - Business News

Flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases kicked off 2012 with a new, much larger, custom designed sanding booth area at its Wisbech, UK, headquarters.

Zappa Plays Brighton

16/01/2012 - Production News

Via the technological wonderment of enhanced video legendary composer Frank Zappa joined Dweezil and band on stage in Brighton in December as part of the long-running and critically acclaimed Zappa Plays Zappa show, with the band playing in its entirety in original track order one of Frank's best known albums Apostrophe (‘).

LightParts to Provide Technobeam Support

16/01/2012 - Business News

Ballantyne Strong Inc has announced that LightParts, Inc has been chosen to take over the day-to-day support of Technobeam and will now be the one-stop source for all support, repair and replacement parts for the long-time industry favorite moving mirror light.

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures Join Jay-Z and Kanye West

16/01/2012 - Production News

Hip hop kings Jay-Z and Kanye West have teamed on a second, eight-week leg of their Watch The Throne North American tour where Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are playing a key role. The tour, which ends in Vancouver just before Christmas, supports the rappers’ joint LP released in August and features solo cuts from their own catalogs.

LOBO Installation Set to Break All Records

16/01/2012 - Project News

Shortly before the turn of the year, a huge laser projection appeared on the monumental facade of the 175 metre high Anayasa tower in Ashgabat. Slowly the figure "2011" faded away and the laser counted down the last seconds of the year. The gathered crowd cheered as the year "2012" appeared and the entire city shined brightly under magnificent fireworks.

ArKaos at NAMM in Triplicate

16/01/2012 - Event News

ArKaos will be well represented at NAMM 2012 by appearances in no less than three locations: the American Audio, American DJ and Elation Lighting Booths.

A.C. Special Projects Flies with Nike

13/01/2012 - Project News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has supplied a bespoke truss grid and flying system for Nike’s new concept store in Westfield Stratford City, London’s latest flagship retail destination and one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. The 17,000 square metre Nike store showcases the latest innovations in professional sports and casual footwear from the brand and is situated in an impressive double-storey glass fronted outlet.

Bolshoi’s Sumptuous Set Design Includes the Dance Floor

13/01/2012 - Project News

After a six year restoration project, reported to have cost a massive £1/2 billion, Moscow’s iconic Bolshoi Theatre re-opened last autumn with a glittering gala performance attended by president Dmitry Medveded and the Russian elite. Unusually, instead of unobtrusively providing a world-class floor for the dancers, the Harlequin dance floor was itself an integral part of the set design for the Bolshoi Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty.

Entertainment Company Hits Jackpot with dBTechnologies in Argentina

13/01/2012 - Production News

dBTechnologies' successful DVA T12 and T4 line arrays were chosen by rental company Wanzo Producciones srl at leisure company Grupo Slots' annual closing event last month in La Punta. Consisting of prize draws beamed across Argentina to all the group's casino halls, the event culminated in a music show at La Punta's Hippodrome, featuring singer Abel Pintos and 15-piece band La Konga performing to a 48,000 strong audience.

Audient ASP8024 – a Capital Investment for Music Technology Students

13/01/2012 - Project News

Continuing to be a top choice for educational facilities, an Audient ASP8024 has been delivered to Capital University, and is now the centrepiece for the studio in the Music Technology Area. Fitted with the fully integrated Dual Layer Control module, this mixing console was chosen to help facilitate the teaching of signal flow to Music Technology students of all levels.

LumenRadio AB, TMB and City Theatrical, Inc. Settle Litigation

13/01/2012 - Business News

LumenRadio AB, TMB and City Theatrical, Inc. have entered into a Confidential Settlement Agreement that settles all current litigation between the Parties and resolves all of the claims and counterclaims that the Parties asserted against one another.

Jim Long Retires from Electro-Voice

13/01/2012 - People News

Electro-Voice’s Jim Long (pictured) retired in December 2011 after over 45 years with the company, during which time he became one of the pro audio industry’s most familiar and respected personalities. Long enjoyed a wide range of roles in EV marketing and sales over the years, most recently as a member of the product marketing management team, and contributed his technical know-how and communication skills to many aspects of the company’s success, including the development of the "PA Bible" – still a trusted reference guide today.

The Warehouse Lights Four Iconic Buildings in Edinburgh

13/01/2012 - Project News

Scottish lighting and sound supplier The Warehouse has just completed a seven-week temporary installation commissioned by the City Of Edinburgh Council. The project required the illumination of four specially selected ‘iconic’ buildings in the city centre over the Christmas and New Year periods.

PLASA 2012 Launches Free Registration Month

13/01/2012 - Event News

The PLASA 2012 free registration website is now live. Show organiser PLASA Events expects around 6000 visitors to take advantage of the special free registration offer over the next 48 hours, with early bookers saving £20 on the standard ticket price for this year's PLASA Show, which takes place at London's Earls Court on 9 - 12 September 2012.

HES Technospot Has the ‘X Factor’ in Hungary

12/01/2012 - Production News

The X Factor is that thing, the "IT" quality, that distinguishes itself from the rest. High End Systems’ Technospot automated luminaire is the X Factor in Hungary’s version of the popular TV singing competition. Also shining onstage are six Showgun 2.5s, two intellaspots and 20 Studio Commands. A Wholehog 3 console with DP8000controls the show.

iLive Installed in Turkmenistan’s Iconic TV Tower

12/01/2012 - Project News

An Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system has been installed in the conference room of Turkmenistan’s iconic new TV Tower located in the capital city of Ashgabad.

Yamaha Rocks Wroclaw At Poland’s Biggest New Year Celebration

12/01/2012 - Production News

Ushering in the new year was the focus of many of the world’s countries at the end of 2011, with Poland no exception. Getting 2012 off to a great start was the city of Wroclaw, which hosted the country’s biggest celebration and featured no less than six Yamaha digital mixing consoles.

TV One Introduces New HDBaseT HDMI over Single Cat.5e/Cat.6 at ISE

12/01/2012 - Equipment News

TV One will be displaying the new 1T-CT-651/1T-CT-652 HDMI over Single Cat.5e/Cat.6 system at the ISE 2012 Exhibition being held in Amsterdam on January 31st through February 2nd.

7th TiLEzone London

12/01/2012 - Event News

The 7th annual TiLEzone London will be on Wednesday 21st March, and there is a 20% discount on all delegates fee for those registering and paying before the 21st January - Download Delegate Booking Form and return to Andrich International, or call +44 (0)1985 846181 to register over the 'phone.

Arena Group Supplies Seating System to Czechs Got Talent

12/01/2012 - Project News

The Arena Group lent its expertise in bespoke seating installations to provide over 1,000 tiered spectator seats, 30 upholstered seats and additional substructure components to Czechoslovakian TV company JAM Films for its production of Czechs Got Talent in November.

First Ever Stage Management Association Conference

12/01/2012 - Event News

Making history at the Arts Theatre in Central London the great and the good of the Stage Management world will meet to share information, wisdom and experience. Expecting 300 stage managers and theatrical professionals it looks set to be a ground-breaking event.

Outline GTO Rocks in Rio

12/01/2012 - Production News

The 2011 edition of the now-legendary Rock in Rio festival featured a bill that included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Coldplay, Metallica, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Shakira, Motorhead, Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria), Lenny Kravitz, Snow Patrol, Maroon 5 and many more. The sheer scale of the event is extraordinary, certainly when compared with even the largest European festivals - the 150,000 square metre (about the same as 28 American football pitches) area of the Parque do Atleta in Jacarepaguá can accommodate 800,000 people.

Two Danley Jericho Horns Cover 30,000 at Florida Atlantic University's New Football Stadium

12/01/2012 - Project News

On the heels of Florida Atlantic University's elevation to Division I-A football and its record-setting win at the New Orleans Bowl, the Owls opened the 2011 season in a brand new, 30,000-seat stadium on the school's main Boca Raton campus. The facility is a paragon of modern stadium design, with clean sightlines, comfortable amenities, and multiple grades of profitable priority seating. Indeed, with optimistic eyes to the future, the design will accommodate 65,000 additional seats and a roof if needed. Given the project's tight budget, initial plans called for a bare-bones public address system, but system consultant Anthony James Partners alerted the school to the remarkably affordable, high-performance Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horn JH-90. Two Jericho Horn JH-90s fire from the scoreboard to cover the entire stadium with full-frequency, eminently-intelligible audio.

Anolis Illuminates Ostrava Town Hall Tower

12/01/2012 - Project News

An energy saving Anolis LED lighting scheme designed by Petr Kolma?ka has been installed to highlight the famous City Hall Tower in Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic and the administrative hub of the Moravian-Silesian region.

Hoist UK to Open New Facilities

11/01/2012 - Business News

In an unprecedented and in what some might feel a daring move, Hoist UK has decided not to exhibit at any of the national or international trade shows this year. Instead they have decided to open a demonstration room and teaching facility at their new premises on the Wirral.

Art Curtain at the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconson-Madison

11/01/2012 - Project News

Gerriets had a new and exciting opportunity to help realize the fantastic concepts of visionary designer Petra Blaisse and her company Inside Outside. Previous projects with Inside Outside include the Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal) and the Mercedes-Benz Museum (Stuttgart, Germany).

Sound Image joins Adamson's Project Energia

11/01/2012 - Business News

Escondido, California based Sound Image, a leading provider of audio systems for touring and installation applications globally, is the second American company to join Adamson's Project Energia. The significant investment in Adamson's E15 system was no surprise to Sound Image president, David Shadoan. Shadoan comments, "Adamson kept us closely informed as Energia was developing. As soon as beta testing began, we confirmed that we would join in Phase One. The Sound Image philosophy is to deliver leading technology and to stay ahead of the curve. Energia was a simple choice. This system is progressive and a very powerful solution. We look forward to getting it on the road."

ArKaos Kling-Net Protocol Drives Chauvet’s ÉPIX Range at NAMM 2012

11/01/2012 - Equipment News

ArKaos will be taking its successful, revolutionary new protocol, Kling-Net, to NAMM 2012.

Gerriets at 2011 IAA Frankfurt

11/01/2012 - Project News

The 64th Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) drew more than 900,000 visitors and the IAA has been one of the most important trade fairs for Gerriets for many years. The company were very pleased to again be involved in creating the show’s largest and most spectacular display: the Mercedes-Benz booth.

t&mSystems Launches New Project Mixers, Mixer Amps and MP3 Mixer Amps at ISE

11/01/2012 - Equipment News

Ibbenbüren-based t&mSystems will be exhibiting for the first time at ISE 2012. In addition to showing a selection of products from its range of electronics and loudspeaker s, the German manufacturer is launching a number of new competitively-priced audio electronic products for the installation market, including the ProjectMix818, ProjectMix241, Project1240Z, Project120MP and Project240MP.

First Lutheran Church Finds "Solutions" with Community Loudspeakers

11/01/2012 - Project News

The leafy green hills west of Baltimore are home to First Evangelical Lutheran, one of the area's oldest and most beloved churches. Established in 1874, the church has grown steadily over the years, moving to its current site in the mid-1950s. The campus is home to several buildings, including the Ellicott City Children's House, Montessori School, and the current sanctuary, dedicated in 1996.

Yamaha PM5D Provides the Right Mix for Shrek El Musical

11/01/2012 - Production News

Following its success on Broadway, in the West End and on tours in the US, Israel and Poland, a new Spanish-language version of Shrek The Musical is proving a sell-out success in Madrid, featuring a Yamaha PM5D-RH at front of house.

Cooper Controls Lighting Console Training

11/01/2012 - Standards News

Due to continued demand for its lighting console training courses Cooper Controls has increased the number of UK training sessions for 2012. Taking place every Thursday, the first six months of training sessions are now available for booking:

Yamaha Helps Bring 600 Years Of History Up To Date at Warsaw’s Royal Castle

11/01/2012 - Project News

Warsaw’s Royal Castle is one of Poland’s most famous and historic buildings, its 90m long façade and three spires leaving the city’s residents in no doubt as to its importance. Nowadays a venue for major events like official visits, state meetings and concerts, the recent installation of a state-of-the-art digital audio network has seen Yamaha equipment entrusted with audio mixing and system processing duties.

Black Light Records a Hit with School Installation Project

11/01/2012 - Project News

Black Light has worked with Graham Construction and North Lanarkshire Council to install a full package of stage lighting, sound, audio visual and recording studio equipment at the new Coltness High School in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. This is the first of six similar projects Black Light is involved with and demonstrates its expertise in the education sector and its ability to offer a high quality, specification-compliant proposal at the right price.

PixelRange’s New SMART Technology Showcased on Tour with Example

11/01/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Grum Leesmith recently showcased PixelRange’s new SMART technology luminaires on Example’s latest tour. The rig included six PixelSmarts and six SmartLines from the new innovative intelligent range.

Optocore Boosts Functionality for Muscat’s World Class Opera House

11/01/2012 - Project News

Occupying an eight hectare site, the magnificent new Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), built at the behest of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, was officially opened in October. The complex, consisting of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, cultural market with retail outlets and luxury restaurants, is an arts centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions, and has been designed to reflect contemporary Omani architecture.

Impression Wash One HAS the X-Factor

11/01/2012 - Production News

After the major success of X-Factor 2010, the German version of the popular talent show has just completed its second season, which ran between August 30 and December 6.

New 5W LED Spotlight Set PARL-47SET

11/01/2012 - Equipment News

The LED Par Bar Kits have been around for a few years now with 5mm then 10mm LEDs but Monacor International are about to take it to the next level with the latest in LED technology providing a staggering 5W kit. The kit consists of four slim-line LED spotlights, each with seven super bright height power 3W each LEDs providing what they claim is the highest luminous effect on the market. The kit is completed with a stand, foot controller, 10m connection cable and bag.

Same Truss, Same Company, New Brand Name

11/01/2012 - Business News

GLP German Light Products Inc. has announced that it has reached a successful conclusion to the legal situation that occurred with Global Truss America LLC. At the conclusion of matters, GLP remains the exclusive distributor of its trussing products throughout the Americas, and is excited to announce its new name, Cosmic Truss.

Lighthouse Brings Breathtaking Visual Effects to Audiences at Baoshan Sports Center

10/01/2012 - Project News

With the completion of the Shanghai Baoshan Sports Center’s recent renovation project, audiences will soon be able to experience breathtaking visual effects on the center-hung video scoreboards, LED fascia ribbon display, and full-color outdoor LED screens provided by Lighthouse Technologies.

White with Hints of Colour from d&b at ISE 2012

10/01/2012 - Event News

Time to take a stand and defend the currency of audio endeavour? Well maybe not. While the complexities of amplified sound might baffle the dull witted global economist, for the d&b audiotechnik user the choice is often as simple as black or white.

New Products from Canford at CABSAT

10/01/2012 - Event News

CABSAT will see the regional launch of Canford’s latest designs of broadcast pattern fibre optic termination panels and 3G HDTV compatible MUSA and 3G compatible HD BNC panels. New mains power distribution panels providing sequential power up and sequential power down will be shown at CABSAT for the first time. Also the new CatKit Cat5e breakout boxes (stage boxes) will make their show debut and the D’n’A range of cables which provide both digital and analogue audio

Blue Microphones Announces Spark Digital, iPad and USB Microphone

10/01/2012 - Equipment News

Blue Microphones has announced Spark Digital, the world’s first studio-grade condenser microphone to offer both USB and iPad connectivity. As an extension of Blue’s renowned analog Spark microphone, Spark Digital is the first professional recording option for the iPad mobile platform. Spark Digital also offers USB connectivity, delivering studio-quality audio to any computer, laptop or tablet with USB input.

MattLX Group Celebrates 30 years of Design Innovation

10/01/2012 - Equipment News

The close of 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the electronic flicker candle originally designed by MattLX project manager Rob Clutterham and still performing. The ever-popular piece of kit was originally distributed by Lighting Technology.

Martin Holds M1 Seminars in Beijing and Guangzhou

10/01/2012 - Event News

Martin Professional Hong Kong held three M1 lighting console seminars in Beijing and Guangzhou recently with focus on operation and application.

Philips Vari-Lite Names New Distributor for Serbia

10/01/2012 - Business News

Effective immediately, Philips Vari-Lite has appointed Svetlost Teatar as its new distributor for Serbia. Specialising in the installation of entertainment technology for theatres and other related venues for over 20 years, Svetlost Teatar has operations in Moscow, Skopje and Belgrade.

Tannoy VX Series Helps Provide German Church with Perfect Audio

10/01/2012 - Project News

Installation experts Klartext have given The Evangelische Kirche (Lutheran Protestant Church) of the parish of Wahrenholz in northern Germany a brand new audio system featuring Tannoy loudspeakers, including their new VX Series.

'Show Us Your ETC' Student Video Challenge Underway

10/01/2012 - Event News

ETC is now accepting video submissions for its 'Show us your ETC' student video contest. Student participants can post their videos to YouTube, fill out ETC's submission form at showusyouretc.com, and show off their 'ETC' - enthusiasm, talent and creativity.

White Light with Matilda The Musical

10/01/2012 - Production News

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved story Matilda arrived in London in November after opening in Stratford last year - and the show has immediately been hailed as a five-star smash by the critics and audiences alike.

IOEX Launches Event Industry Survey

10/01/2012 - Business News

International Outdoor Event Expo (IOEX) has launched a research project which aims to provide an insight into the event industry in 2012, with predictions for the year and the issues facing event professionals.

CADAC Appoints Adagio.pro for Spain and Portugal

10/01/2012 - Business News

Cadac Holdings Ltd. has announced the appointment of Adagio.pro as exclusive distributor of its new range of analogue and digital compact consoles in Spain and Portugal.

ABTT 2012 Theatre Show Moves to Creative Heart of East London

09/01/2012 - Event News

For 2012, the ABTT Theatre Show is moving to the ‘Old Truman Brewery’ a new venue for the event, located in the heart of a thriving creative community in East London.

Rick Fisher Becomes ALD Fellow

09/01/2012 - People News

The Association of Lighting Designers has announced that former chairman, Rick Fisher, has been given the honour of becoming a Fellow of the ALD. It is the highest award the Association can give to its members and is presented in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art and business of lighting design.

Toronto's Prestigious National Club Modernizes Sound System with Renkus-Heinz

09/01/2012 - Project News

Hidden in plain view amongst the towering skyscrapers of Toronto's downtown financial district, The National Club is one of the city's most prestigious landmarks. The non-political members-only organization serves as private retreat for its clientele, including many of Canada's current and future leaders.

Pixled & Radiant Join Forces

09/01/2012 - Business News

Pixled has been appointed as the official distributor for LED display manufacturer Radiant’s Linx range of products in key European countries.

W-DMX Under Control in Stockholm’s Internet Traffic Mecca

09/01/2012 - Project News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden delivered cheerful lighting to TeliaSonera’s Stockholm headquarters for the holiday season. TeliaSonera AB is Europe’s 5th largest telecom operator with operations in Northern, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Spain, with a total of over 150 million mobile customers. The company headquarters are located at Stureplan in the centre of Stockholm, one of the highest wireless traffic locations in the world.

LS-Live Helps to Stage the UK Festival Awards

09/01/2012 - Production News

The annual UK Festival Awards found a new home at London’s Roundhouse in November where the event reached new levels of prestige with the help of a bespoke in the round stage by LS-Live.

Renegade Steams into 2012 with Kasabian Re:Wired Show Live on You Tube

09/01/2012 - Production News

Nick Gray of UK based visual design practice Renegade, designed lighting for rockers Kasabian’s live You Tube Re:Wired performance, streamed direct from London’s O2 Arena, to welcome in 2012 with a big bang and a few WOW factors!

MAMMA MIA! DiGiCo SD8 breaks new ground with Chinese Production

09/01/2012 - Production News

Smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! has recently broken new ground as the first Western musical to be performed in Mandarin with a Chinese cast. After runs in Shanghai and Beijing, the show is currently playing in Guangzhou, with a DiGiCo SD8 at the helm.

Holy Heimori Epic Comes to Life with Martin Lighting

09/01/2012 - Production News

The elaborate Ordos epic, "Holy Heimori," produced by the Etuoke Qianqi people of Inner Mongolia in China, premiered in September on the Grassland Stage of the Shanghai Temple in Inner Mongolia.

Holy Heimori Epic Comes to Life with Martin Lighting

06/01/2012 - Production News

The elaborate Ordos epic, Holy Heimori, produced by the Etuoke Qianqi people of Inner Mongolia in China, premièred in September on the Grassland Stage of the Shanghai Temple in Inner Mongolia.

MAC Aura Makes Hong Kong Début on TVB Anniversary Show

06/01/2012 - Production News

Television Broadcasts Limited, TVB, has been delivering excellence in programming with cutting-edge broadcast technology to the people of Hong Kong and other Chinese communities for 44 years. In November, the professional TV studio celebrated its anniversary with a star-studded event that featured the Hong Kong début of Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Aura LED wash light.

wysiwyg Scores Big at Canada’s Grey Cup Halftime Show

06/01/2012 - Production News

In just the few weeks since PLASA, wysiwyg software suite from CAST Software of Toronto, Canada was the clear winner at the 99th Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's championship football game between the East Division champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the West Division champion BC Lions. The game was held on Sunday, 27 November 2011 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver in front of a live audience of 54,313 and broadcast live to over 4.5 million viewers.

Price Discount on Conductor’s Stand

06/01/2012 - Equipment News

During January Black Cat Music is offering the Wenger Preface Conductor’s music stand at a 10% discount compared to the usual price.

Arena Group Skating Success at Van Hage

06/01/2012 - Production News

The Arena Group extended its capabilities in event overlay this Christmas to supply structures for the Van Hage Garden Centre ice rink in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, which opened to the public on November 16th.

CPS Group to Lead the Stagecraft Brand into the Next Decade

06/01/2012 - Business News

Following lengthy negotiations, CPS Group has announced the purchase of the Stagecraft brand together with a significant proportion of assets, after the recent voluntary liquidation of Stagecraft Technical Services Ltd. The newly acquired assets have strengthened CPS’ stock of industry standard brands such as ETC, Avolites, Shure, Steeldeck & Prolyte.

Jennifer Tipton to Receive the ALD 50th Anniversary Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Lighting Design

06/01/2012 - People News

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, The Association of Lighting Designers has announced a new international award which honours practitioners who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the art and esteem of theatre and live performance lighting design.

Yamaha System Helps Bring Siege Mentality To MACBA

06/01/2012 - Project News

Lasting 1395 days, the siege of Sarajevo was one of the darkest episodes witnessed by mainland Europe since the Second World War. Revisited in a major exhibition at the world famous Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Yamaha audio technology is helping to bring a powerful depiction of the siege to life.

Yamaha Helps Dutch Cancer Charity Reach The €20m Summit

06/01/2012 - Production News

The Netherlands charity KWF (Dutch Cancer Society) has over 120,000 volunteers which help it to raise awareness of cancer and funds towards patient support and furthering cancer research. One of its annual highlights is the Alpe d'HuZes, which sees thousands of cyclists climb the French mountain Alpe d'Huez. Concluding with a live concert at the resort on top of the mountain, Yamaha equipment helped this latest event to raise a record amount of money.

W E Audio choose Pro 2’s Midas Sound

06/01/2012 - Project News

W E Audio, based in North Oxfordshire, has received delivery of two Midas Pro 2 consoles, purchased from LMC Audio.

Award-winning Martin LED Video Displays and Controllers at ISE 2012

06/01/2012 - Event News

Martin Professional is heading to Europe’s leading exhibition for professional AV, the ISE show at the Amsterdam RAI, with new products in its award-winning lines of LED video displays and system processors. On display from 31st January – 2nd February at stand 11D52 will be Martin’s new 10mm pixel pitch LED display panel, the EC-10, along with additions to the P3 System Controller family for LED screens, the P3-200 and the PC-based P3-PC. Other products on display include the user-friendly Maxedia media server, as well as the latest in Martin’s popular line of LED moving heads.

Specialist Rigging Firm Nippy Industries now backed by ELP

06/01/2012 - Business News

On the 1st January 2012 Elstree Light and Power became the new owners of production rigging services company, Nippy Industries.

Martin Exterior 400 Range Lights Imagination Headquarters, London

06/01/2012 - Project News

Integrated communications firm Imagination, based in London, has a reputation for producing experiential and effective brand marketing using the latest in digital lighting technology and recently turned to Martin Professional’s award-winning Exterior 400 Range of LED luminaires to illuminate its own headquarters façade.

Jands Vista for Sara Bareilles Tour

05/01/2012 - Production News

US Lighting designer Tony Fransen continues his long association with the Jands Vista lighting and media control system by recently going on the road with a Vista T2 console to run lighting for the Sara Bareilles US Tour.

W-DMX Offered OEM Installed in the Smart-e LED Fixture

05/01/2012 - Equipment News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB is part of The Components Co new Smart-e, a revolutionary compact wireless LED fixture, measuring approximately the size and weight of a standard bag of sugar, making it the first wireless LED product to scale down the size without compromising the performance.

Lighthouse Supplies Screens to new Hong Kong Indoor Stadium

05/01/2012 - Project News

Lighthouse will supply four LED screens to the new Macpherson Indoor Stadium in Hong Kong, which will bring enhanced community facilities to the city’s area of highest population density.

Knifedge Designs Virtual World on Stage for UK Revival of Pippin

05/01/2012 - Production News

Computer gaming meets live theatre in an imaginative new production of the hit Broadway musical Pippin, which has just opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.

K.M.E. and CVV CheerMANIA e.V. Sign Cooperation

05/01/2012 - Production News

K.M.E. and the Cheerleading club Vogtland CheerMANIA from Auerbach in Germany have reaffirmed their existing partnership. K.M.E. provides the sports club with sound systems for their events and competitions.

Paul Smith

05/01/2012 - People News

It is with deep regret that TMC has announced the death of Paul Smith, co founder of the company. Paul passed away on New Year’s Day after a courageous battle with cancer. His family was by his side at his home in Haworth, Yorkshire.

Iconyx Makes the Grade in Missouri State University's Carrington Hall

05/01/2012 - Project News

Carrington Hall was the first building to open its doors on the Missouri State University campus in 1908, and has lived through many incarnations since then. Today Carrington Hall serves as the university's administration building, and its previously unused, antiquated auditorium has been renovated and modernized.

MAC Aura Magic in Phuket, Thailand

05/01/2012 - Production News

LD Palle Palmé is the first to use Martin Professional’s new MAC Aura in Thailand having incorporated 18 of the award-winning LED wash lights into his lighting design for renowned Swedish magician Joe Labero’s "Genesis Magic Spectacular" show.

Encore for the Noise Boys

05/01/2012 - Project News

It all makes perfect sense, conduct an experiment for the Noise Abatement Society and what's the first thing you do? Rent in a PA system of course. It does make sense in one way, how else can you investigate the suppression of noise without first creating it, "but this was something completely different," said John Tinline of Encore who provided the system.

HSL Supplies UK’s Hottest Panto

05/01/2012 - Production News

HSL supplied and installed a full mother grid and flying system for scenery, cloths and props, plus all the lighting equipment to stage one of the UK’s highest profile pantomimes this year – "Robinson Crusoe & The Caribbean Pirates" - at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.

Electrosonic Refreshes The Scottish Government’s Media Centre

05/01/2012 - Project News

Electrosonic has successfully upgraded some of the key audio-visual components in the Scottish Government’s Media Centre at St. Andrew’s House in Edinburgh. The Centre has the facility to run presentations, record proceedings and relay images to an adjacent room.

NYC’s Irving Plaza Installs High End Technospots and intellaspots

04/01/2012 - Project News

New York’s Irving Plaza recently purchased High End Systems intellaspot and Technospot automated luminaires for installation in the live music/dance-oriented club Irving Plaza.

Allen & Heath Unveils the New GLD Live Digital Mixing System

04/01/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath will unveil GLD, a user-friendly, cost effective and scalable live digital mixing system, conceptually based on the hugely successful digital iLive series, later this month. A standard GLD 32 input system offers 28 XLR mic inputs with plug n’ play I/O expanders allowing easy expansion up to 48 inputs (44 XLR mic inputs).

Technospot and DL.3 Fixtures Tour with Nik P. & Andreas Gabalier

04/01/2012 - Production News

High End Systems' new Technospot automated luminaire and DL.3 Digital Light took center stage on the recent sold-out tour of Germany with two artists, Nik P. and Andreas Gabalier. The show also featured other High End Systems lighting and control products supplied by GETEC-Eventtechnik.

Renkus-Heinz Announces 2012 EASE Training Class Schedule

04/01/2012 - Standards News

Renkus-Heinz has just announced their EASE Level 1 Training Class schedule for 2012.

Russian Rock Legends DDT on Tour with Martin Gear

04/01/2012 - Production News

In 2011, Russian rock legends DDT released the album "Otherwise" then hit the road playing dates across Russia, former Soviet countries and Europe. Stage and lighting design was by Andrejs Dubkovs of Lumen Art Division who turned to a Martin rig of MAC III series and MAC 2000 series fixtures along with MAC 700 Washes and MAC 301 Wash luminaires.

HHB Delivers First-class Recording Studio to Birmingham Ormiston Academy

04/01/2012 - Project News

Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), a new state-funded Creative, Digital and Performing Arts educational facility, has been equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio by HHB Communications.

First ETC Source Four Fresnel Luminaires Delivered

04/01/2012 - Equipment News

The first batch of Source Four Fresnels to be shipped to the UK have been delivered - and customers are delighted.

Martin Professional Celebrating 25th Anniversary

04/01/2012 - Event News

It's Martin Professional’s 25th Anniversary year and it’s time to celebrate! To mark the company’s quarter of a century in the entertainment lighting industry, Martin will be celebrating with a variety of special activities in 2012, including anniversary events at trade shows throughout the year.

Next Phase for Swindon MECA

04/01/2012 - Project News

New proprietors are stepping in to take the Swindon MECA to the next stage of its life as a music venue, a year since it opened its doors as a cultural destination in December 2010.

Gunther Hecker’s Visual Design Rocks for Fantastischen Vier

04/01/2012 - Production News

Germany’s biggest and best known hip-hop band – Die Fantastischen Vier – AKA Fanta 4 just concluded their latest sold-out arena tour with an equally fantastic set, lighting and visual design by Gunther Hecker. The tour culminated in a spectacular home-coming performance by the band at Stuttgart’s Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle.

Cover It Up - Anyone for Tennis & Red Bull

03/01/2012 - Production News

London UK based drape, soft goods and dressing specialists Cover It Up finished one of their busiest years to date continuing to supply solutions to a huge diversity of projects including high profile sporting events like the AEGON Masters Tennis tournament at the Royal Albert Hall to the Red Bull F1 Racing End of Season Party at Silverstone’s The Wing.

Black Light Maintenance Goes Swimmingly at Carnegie Leisure Centre

03/01/2012 - Project News

Black Light has used its rigging and working at heights expertise to help a high-profile leisure centre refurbishment meet its completion deadline. The company used innovative thinking and a bespoke access system to reach a malfunctioning high-level LED lighting feature at the Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline. This tricky repair challenge was jeopardising the scheduled hand-over of the newly renovated centre.

Robe Loves Techno!

03/01/2012 - Production News

Over 100 Robe ROBIN 600E Spot and LEDWash moving lights were used to illuminate the Blue Room, one of five arenas at the 2011 I Love Techno (ILT) event – one of the biggest and most successful rave experiences in Europe - staged at the Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium, and attended by a completely sold out audience of 35,000 enthusiastic ravers.

Road Productions Makes Further DiGiCo Investment

03/01/2012 - Production News

Owned by Sander Krouwel, Road Productions is based in central Holland and operates in the corporate event, theatre, one-off events, and concert touring markets. The company is a loyal DiGiCo user, being the first rental company in Holland to purchase a dual D1 Live setup back in 2004. It is now adding to its console inventory with the purchase of a DiGiCo SD8 and SD11.

Robe ROBIN MMX Spots and LEDWashes for La Grande Battle

03/01/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer and DOP David Seligmann-Forest from Lite4Life used Robe ROBIN MMX Spots, ROBIN 600E Spots and LEDWash 600s to light ‘La Grande Battle’, a live TV presentation aired on French network France 2.

grandMA2 a Hit at Swedish Idol

03/01/2012 - Production News

"Idol" is a Swedish reality-TV talent competition airing on TV4. It debuted in August 2004, and became one of the most popular shows on Swedish television. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the Pop Idol phenomena created by British entertainment executive and impresario, Simon Fuller, first shown in the United Kingdom in 2001.

Culture and Arts Endorsed by CLG Select Committee’s draft National Planning Policy Framework Inquiry

03/01/2012 - Business News

The Theatres Trust is delighted to see the recognition given to culture and the arts in the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report into the draft National Planning Policy Framework published today.