News Archive for November 2012

Robe a Winner at La Grande Battle 2012

30/11/2012 - Production News

The ‘La Grande Battle’ concept brings a slightly different take to TV music talent competitions … An orchestra performs classical pieces which are reinterpreted by a series of contemporary performers - in their own style. Broadcast annually on France 2 it's fast become a cult 'must watch' event for popular music lovers and this year attracted over two million viewers.

Danley Speakers Give Nationwide Arena the Home Advantage

30/11/2012 - Project News

Nationwide Arena is home to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League and is host to most of the popular musical acts that travel through Ohio’s capital city. Depending on its configuration, Nationwide Arena can accommodate between 17,000 and 21,000 people, and its recent turn-of-the-millennium design and construction have been widely praised by sports fans and critics. ESPN The Magazine wrote that Nationwide Arena is “the No. 2 stadium experience in professional sports” and the “Ultimate Sports Road Trip” deemed it the greatest arena in the NHL. However, poor sound system coverage had been Nationwide Arena’s dirty little secret since it opened its doors in 2000, and the owners were wisely unwilling to rest on their laurels. Recently, as part of a project that included a massive video upgrade, acoustical consultant Anthony James Partners joined A/V integration firm Daktronics to bring sound reinforcement in line with the rest of the arena’s amenities using efficient, point-source Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

Meyer Sound Settles Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against VUE Audiotechnik

30/11/2012 - Business News

Meyer Sound Laboratories Incorporated, a Berkeley, Calif.-based professional audio equipment manufacturer, announced that it has settled the lawsuit it filed last June against VUE Audiotechnik, LLC of Escondido, Calif.

Robert Juliat and Pacific Lighting (HK) Ltd Light Up Hong Kong

30/11/2012 - Project News

Robert Juliat’s Hong Kong distributor, Pacific Lighting (HK) Ltd, reports an extremely healthy market across the region with a bumper crop of Robert Juliat sales over the last quarter.

Two Chain Hoist Rigging Standards in Public Review

30/11/2012 - Standards News

Two draft Rigging Working Group standards related to the use of chain hoists in the entertainment industry are available for free download and comment at through 28 January 2013. Materially affected members of the public are invited to review them. 

Standard for Gobo Projection in Public Review

30/11/2012 - Standards News

ANSI E1.35 - 2007, Standard for Lens Quality Measurements for Pattern Projecting Luminaires Intended for Entertainment Use, is being revised to increase the accuracy of the measurement procedure, while keeping it simple. The draft of the revised standard is available for free download and comment through 21 January 2013 at 

Orbital Sound Delivers the New Sound of Fairfield Halls

30/11/2012 - Project News

Orbital Sound has just completed a major installation at one of the UK’s premier concert halls, Fairfield Halls, in Croydon, south London. Forming the first part of a technical upgrade, Orbital has installed a new sound reinforcement system into the Concert Hall, with the principal components comprising d&b audiotechnik Q1 line arrays, augmented by flown 27A cardioid subs, ground-stacked B2 subs, and a Yamaha M7CL console with DME64 mix engine. The Q1 array is complemented by a T-series centre-fill cluster, using three Ti10L d&b audiotechnik loudspeakers

White Light Sponsors Seventh Annual TheatreCraft Careers Fair

30/11/2012 - Event News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light continues its commitment to the backstage industry by once again sponsoring TheatreCraft, a careers fair for those aged 17-25 exploring non-performance careers in the entertainment industry.

When Flooring Takes Centre Stage

30/11/2012 - Equipment News

Floors for the performing arts must often fulfil a wide range of functions from stage floors designed for heavy traffic, a sprung floor that meets the needs of dancers or simply a floor for a ‘one off’ exhibition event. But with floors becoming more than just a neutral functional element, what options do set designers have to give their flooring that exciting ‘wow’ factor?

Firehouse and L-Acoustics Help Create NYC Sensation

30/11/2012 - Project News

Since its Amsterdam début in 2000, Sensation has grown to become one of the world’s most successful and respected indoor electronic dance music (EDM) festivals. After producing more than 70 events for over two million people in two dozen countries, creator ID&T recently teamed up with promoter Live Nation to bring Sensation to North America for the very first time. As with all of its other productions, ID&T specified the deployment of a full L-Acoustics system to keep the high-tech party hopping well into the night.

Sennheiser France Appointed Innovason Distributor in France

30/11/2012 - Business News

Innovason has announced the signing of an important partnership with Sennheiser France for the distribution of all Innovason products throughout France with effect from 1st December 2012. Announced at JTSE 2012 in Paris, the move further strengthens Sennheiser France’s presence in the live digital technologies market, taking advantage of the existing synergies between Innovason digital consoles and Sennheiser’s digital microphones by Neumann.

Studiomaster Delivers New High Performance Portable PA

30/11/2012 - Equipment News

Studiomaster is now shipping its new high performance, ultra-portable XPX Series PA. Shown earlier this year at both NAMM and Prolight+Sound, the injection-moulded PA is the company’s most advanced, powerful portable reinforcement series ever; a product category in which the famous British marque is a long time market leader.

PRG at ‘Fast Forward’: Vauxhall UK Product Launch Programme

29/11/2012 - Production News

Launch events for the new Vauxhall Adam, Mokka and Cascada vehicles have been held at Five at Farnborough and Event City, next to Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

Prolyte Group's LiteConsole XPRS Winner

29/11/2012 - Event News

To promote its popular LiteConsole XPRS, manufacturer Prolyte Group offered the chance for one lucky visitor to BPM, the world’s largest event dedicated to DJing, to win their very own XPRS – a lightweight, innovative, modular and easy-to-assemble DJ console.

Central Becomes Royal

29/11/2012 - Business News

Her Majesty The Queen has confirmed Royal Title on Central, which will henceforth be officially known as The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Traditionally, and unofficially, Central has always been known simply as ‘Central’ – and principal Gavin Henderson is sure that this will continue. "We are nonetheless delighted that this honour should be bestowed upon us by The Queen as one of the final such gestures of her Diamond Jubilee commemorations," he told etnow editor John Offord.

New Scholarship to be awarded at Prix de Lausanne by Harlequin Floors

29/11/2012 - Event News

New for the Prix de Lausanne 2013 will be a scholarship awarded to one of the competition winners and sponsored by Harlequin Floors, world leaders in dance floor technology.

GDS World Tour Continues

29/11/2012 - Event News

As the exhibition season draws to a close, innovative UK manufacturer GDS reports great success in the concluding stages of its 2012 international trade show tour.

PRG Tours With Evanescense

29/11/2012 - Production News

Multi Grammy Award-Winning Evanescence has just completed their UK arena tour.
The Arkansas rockers, who released their self-titled third studio album in October last year, played four arena shows. The band kicked off the tour at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena on November 5 and finished up with a show at London's Wembley Arena on November 9.

Electrosonic’s Audio-Visual Systems Expertise Showcased in Five Thea Award-Winning Projects

29/11/2012 - Event News

Electrosonic has announced that it has taken part in five projects that have captured Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the Thea Awards recognize and honour excellence and breakthrough innovation in visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places.

Elation Launch IP-Rated Battery-Powered Wireless Event Cylinder

29/11/2012 - Equipment News

From modular chandeliers to glowing columns of light, the Event Cylinder from Elation Professional will inspire lighting professionals to take their designs to new creative realms. A battery-powered RGB LED fixture, the Event Cylinder is a one-foot-diameter (304 mm) transparent tubular-shaped colour-changing unit whose uses are limited only by the imagination.

Vector Light up Knightsbridge in style with Showtec LED fittings

29/11/2012 - Production News

A popular destination for London's tourists and revered in the retail industry across the world, Harvey Nichols window displays are a visual exhibit of fashion and exuberance. Changing with the seasons, the stylish window displays and frontage of the flagship Knightsbridge store have been known to literally stop passersby in their stride. And at night is when things really get interesting as the full effect of the lighting scheme becomes apparent. 

New Impression X4s Form Uinique Festoon in Marc Janowitz's MMJ Set Design

28/11/2012 - Production News

Marc Janowitz, long time lighting and production designer for Kentucky psychedelic rock band My Morning Jacket, has kept up his tradition of using the evolving series of GLP impression LED heads by specifying 50 of the latest impression X4s on the band’s recent US tour.

Martin Audio Takes MLA to Eastern Europe

28/11/2012 - Event News

One of the largest contingents of pro audio professionals working across Eastern Europe assembled in Budapest recently for a Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact system presentation.

Stage Electrics Appoints New Service Manager

28/11/2012 - People News

Stage Electrics have appointed Jon Smith as the company’s new service manager. Jon is taking over from Steve Chappell who was the service manager for over ten years. Steve is moving into the newly created role of a full-time commissioning and design engineer, responsible for lighting control system design and programming. This new challenge is a reflection of the company’s busy order book requiring a dedicated full time position.

Ed Sheeran Gets the A Team with Sennheiser and Avalon

28/11/2012 - Production News

British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran is steadily conquering the world, travelling from continent to continent; his appeal seems unwaveringly universal. The speed of his acceptance is matched by the pace of his current tour, which has taken in Australia, the United States and is currently in the UK before heading off to cover the rest of Europe without a pause. With him every step of the way is a Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless microphone system.

Dimatec Makes Major Investment in Philips Selecon LED Luminaires

28/11/2012 - Production News

The French distribution company Dimatec has made a substantial investment in a range of Philips Selecon LED luminaires.

Gahrens + Battermann Invest in the Future with Lab.gruppen and Lake

28/11/2012 - Production News

For a company like Gahrens + Battermann GmbH, investing in any new inventory is a decision that is not taken lightly, since your inventory has to perform every single day and has to be flexible enough for any job its required for.

Midas PRO1 on Tour with African Music legend Keziah Jones

27/11/2012 - Production News

A Midas PRO1 proved to be the ideal compact console for Afro beat and Blufunk star Keziah Jones’s central European tour.

Electro-Voice Supports the TV hit South Africa’s Got Talent

27/11/2012 - Production News

Casting shows are currently enjoying enormous popularity around the world, and Africa is no exception – as demonstrated by the extraordinary success of South Africa’s Got Talent, which regularly attracts over a million viewers nationwide. Some 5,500 performers took part in the auditions in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg for this year’s series, from which the eventual winner emerged in mid-October in the unlikely shape of eleven-year-old vocalist Botlhale Boikanyo.

Clay Paky Sharpys Showcase Saatchi & Saatchi Spectacular at Cannes

27/11/2012 - Production News

An array of Clay Paky Sharpys helped global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi launch the New Directors’ Showcase at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

XL Video Supplies Pixled LED for Royal Premiere of Skyfall in London

27/11/2012 - Production News

XL Video, commissioned by Limited Edition Events, recently supplied 300 tiles of their bright and vibrant Pixled F-12 LED for the Royal Premiere of the new James Bond film, Skyfall.

Hippotizer 3.2 Goes to Public BETA

27/11/2012 - Equipment News

Green Hippo has announced that 3.2 Beta is available as a public download.

HippoSchool launches new 3.2 syllabus for 2013

27/11/2012 - Standards News

The Hippotizer training programme is in-house in both the UK and USA and backed up with regular international road shows imparting Hippotizer knowledge worldwide. HippoSchool has gained a reputation for providing the best training for the industry.

Robe Drives the Style at 2012 Australian Motor Show

27/11/2012 - Production News

Over 200 Robe moving lights were used on the 2012 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) staged at the Sydney Exhibition centre in Darling Harbour.

DPA Captures the Drama of the Tango

27/11/2012 - Production News

Richard Galliano, a musician widely regarded as the world’s greatest living accordionist, is currently touring the world with a quintet of musicians to celebrate the life and works of his mentor, Astor Piazolla.

ELP Returns to Wembley for Strictly 2012

27/11/2012 - Production News

Strictly Come Dancing decamped to Wembley Arena for the second year running during Children In Need weekend. Last year the lighting was ‘awesome’. This year it was ‘awesome and polished’.

More Exhibitors Named for Showlight 2013

27/11/2012 - Event News

As plans advance for Showlight 2013, more top line companies are signing up as exhibitors and sponsors at Showlight 2013.

GL Events Invests In Yamaha DXR Loudspeakers

27/11/2012 - Production News

With offices throughout France and ten other countries globally, GL Events is in the premier league of event service companies. Whether it be organising, producing, hosting or equipping events, the company delivers only the best to its clients, which is why it has invested in a significant consignment of 56 Yamaha DXR8 powered speakers.

Crestron Expands its DMPS Family with Two New Models

27/11/2012 - Equipment News

Crestron is expanding the popular DigitalMedia Presentation System (DMPS) line to include a complete family of all-in-one digital presentation solutions. The expanded DMPS line is engineered to meet the demanding requirements and budgets of all customers. The DMPS-100-C and DMPS-200-C join DMPS-300-C to offer the most feature-rich presentation solutions for boardrooms, conference rooms and classrooms of all sizes.

ADB Lighting Unveils Portable Dimmer and more at JTSE 2012

26/11/2012 - Event News

ADB cordially invites you to join them at the JTSE 2012 exhibition which will take place from 27 – 28 November 2012 at Dock Pullman – 50, avenue du Président Wilson 93200 La Plaine-Saint-Denis – (Métro Station: Porte de la Chapelle). They will showing a number of new and updated products.

Robe LEDWash 1200s are Cool for Ice Age Live

26/11/2012 - Production News

Ice Age Live, a fantastic new stage adaptation based on the characters of the four hugely successful Ice Age animated movies, features Robe’s powerful ROBIN LEDWash 1200 moving lights which were specified by lighting designer Luc Peumans.

Swedish House Mafia Crew Rock Movember

26/11/2012 - Production News

Key members of the Swedish House Mafia (SHM) crew are moving with the groove and becoming Movember Mo Bros, sprouting creative, wacky and wild selections of facial hair in the process of cultivating of eclectic array of moustaches to raise money for the Movember men’s health awareness initiative.

DPA Tackles a Medieval Fantasy

26/11/2012 - Production News

To ensure that his original recordings were as pristine as possible, Emmy Award winning production sound mixer Ronan Hill employed DPA 4071 lavalier microphones to capture the on-location dialogue while filming the third series of HBO’s medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

Coda ViRAY nominated for InAVate Award

26/11/2012 - Equipment News

Coda Audio has announced that its new ViRAY with DDP Dual Diaphragm Planar-wave-driver Technology has received its first award nomination, having been selected as one of the finalists for Most InAVative Commercial Loudspeaker in the InAVate Awards 2013.

LS-Live fights the clock to get Radiohead back on the road

26/11/2012 - Production News

Following the stage collapse on the Radiohead tour in Toronto earlier in the year, LS-Live was called upon to re-design the stage set and re-build certain components in order to get the production back on the road.

The Path to Hearing Enlightenment with d&b

26/11/2012 - Project News

The Buddha Memorial Center of Taiwan's Kaohsiung City is a symbol of tranquility and spiritual exploration. As a meeting place for Buddhists from around the world, the memorial center must be prepared to host any number of events. Covering more than one thousand hectares, the Center faces east and is built along a central axial line. It consists of a Welcoming hall, eight Chinese styled pagodas that stand for the Noble Eightfold Path, photo terrace, Bodhi square, Memorial hall, four stupas that symbolize the four noble truths and the Fo Guang Buddha.

TV One Maidenhead Official Opening

26/11/2012 - Business News

TV One, a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video and multimedia processing equipment, continues to expand its presence with the opening of a new R&D and Training centre in Maidenhead, UK.

DiGiCo in total control of Cirque du Soleil's MJ World Tour

26/11/2012 - Production News

After spending more than a year touring North America, Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour has finally touched down in Europe. After a run of nine shows at London's O2 Arena, this production, which fuses the King of Pop's greatest hits and Cirque's trademark acrobatic prowess, will then head into Europe for an extensive six-month stint, returning to the UK again in March 2013 for several shows in Manchester and Birmingham. For the whole tour, two DiGiCo SD7s are in control of everything audio at both FOH and monitor positions respectively.

Creative Events Studio Expands into China after Support from IVCA & UKTI

26/11/2012 - Project News

Creative communications studio Knifedge is to open a new office in Shanghai in January 2013, following a series of successful trade missions to China, organised by the IVCA and UKTI.

Charcoalblue Assists on Visionary Entertainment Training Facility Project

26/11/2012 - Project News

Charcoalblue has provided full planning, technical systems design service and business planning for the most up to date, technically sophisticated UK training facility for the entertainment industry.

Live Experience Announces Revamped Seminar Programme

26/11/2012 - Event News

Live Experience has announced an exciting education programme for the 2013 exhibition featuring new theatres, influential speakers and interactive areas. The exhibition runs alongside sister show International Confex on March 19-21 at ExCeL, allowing for one education experience across two shows.

Harlequin floors for dance, theatre and events will be at JTSE Paris

26/11/2012 - Event News

Harlequin Europe SA, world leaders in floors for the performing arts, will be presenting a comprehensive range of floors for dance, theatre, display and events on stand 102 at the JTSE Performance and Entertainment Technical Show taking place at Dock Pullman in Paris this week, November 27-28.

iceRock – the new Microphone Cable from KLOTZ Cables

26/11/2012 - Equipment News

iceRock is the name of the new white high-end microphone cable from KLOTZ Cables with exclusive white Neutrik connectors, available now.

Radlett Centre Smoothes Autumn Season with Triple E Track System

26/11/2012 - Project News

Hertfordshire’s Radlett Centre is smoothly gearing itself up for a busy autumn season after investing in a Unitrack system from pioneering entertainment engineers at Triple E.

White Paper calls for industry adoption of ‘Waveform integrity’ test to demonstrate loudspeaker quality

26/11/2012 - Standards News

The audio industry should test its products to a higher standard and publish the results in its sales material, according to a white paper released by loudspeaker manufacturer Flare Audio this month.

Universal Event Production Invests in New LED Screen

23/11/2012 - Production News

Buckinghamshire based live event technical solutions provider, Universal Event Productions (UEP) has made a major investment in new 12 mm pitch LED screen.

Brazil-themed Red Cross Fundraiser Gets the Turbosound Treatment

23/11/2012 - Production News

An array of Turbosound’s finest loudspeakers has provided the audio backbone for a Brazil-themed party in London to raise money for the Red Cross.

Stage Technologies boosts Australian rentals presence with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Legally Blonde

23/11/2012 - Production News

Stage Technologies has increased its Australian rentals presence substantially with two major projects. Saturday’s official opening of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney marks Stage Technologies’ second rental in Australia in as many months. The company also provided an automation system on Legally Blonde, currently playing at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. Having automated the shows in London’s West End and on tour, Stage Technologies has designed rental automation systems that allow both productions to repeat the magic for Australian audiences.

Rostov State Circus Backs PR Lighting

23/11/2012 - Production News

Set up in 1957, the Rostov State Circus, based in the southern Russian city of Rostov-na-Donu, has numerous circus troupes and shows.

Largest MLA Compact Rig Ever Fills 17,000-capacity Paris Bercy

23/11/2012 - Production News

The largest MLA Compact rig to date made its French debut at the Paris Bercy recently, when a capacity 17,000 crowd attended a six-hour marathon concert, called La Nuit de l'Outremer (the Overseas Night).

APG introduces ultra-compact DX5 Multipurpose Monitor Speaker

23/11/2012 - Equipment News

DX5 is the latest addition to the highly successful Dispersion Series of high quality, multipurpose, monitor speakers from French loudspeaker manufacturer APG. Little brother to DX15, DX12, and the recently launched DX8, DX5 is the ultra-compact, light weight model that everyone has been waiting for. There is now a DX Series model for every conceivable application.

Martin Viper and More at JTSE 2012

23/11/2012 - Event News

Join the Martin Professional France team November 27 and 28 at the JTSE exhibition at Dock Pullman, Porte de la Chapelle in Paris for a look at the latest in Martin lighting innovation and help Martin celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a champagne toast!

Barco and Partners win Gold ITEA Achievement Award for European 3DTV Project

23/11/2012 - Event News

Barco, one of the leading contributors to the JEDI project, has announced that the project has won a Gold ITEA Achievement Award. JEDI (Just Explore Dimensions), a part of the ITEA2 (Information Technology for European Advancement - EUREKA cluster program ?! 3674) platform, is supported by the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) and focuses on an end-to-end High Definition 3DTV chain (stereoscopic HD TV broadcasts with Blu-ray quality). This includes methods of capturing, production, distribution and displaying of stereoscopic HD video.

Yamaha CL5… and All That Jazz

23/11/2012 - Production News

Dominating the central Italian city of Gaeta, the massive 600 year old Castello Aragonese was one of the country’s strongest fortresses. These days it is rather more welcoming and the castle has hosted an annual jazz festival for the past five years. In 2012, old met new as it played host to a Yamaha CL5 system to mix the shows.

Britannia Row Productions Announces new Training Centre

23/11/2012 - Standards News

From April 2013 Britannia Row Productions Training will be offering courses in live sound practice and theory to people seriously considering a career in live audio. There will be a three month intensive full-time "Live Sound Technology" course covering all essential aspects of live audio production. Advanced courses will offer training to industry professionals who wish to develop their skills further in specialist areas such as mix engineering.

PALME Middle East to Host New Product Demo Area

23/11/2012 - Event News

Palme Middle East has announced that it will host Soundcheck, a dedicated product demo area, for the first time when the show’s 2013 edition opens for trading at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre on May 21-23..

ACSP Installs Acoustic Solution for Sound Technology Demo Facility

23/11/2012 - Project News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has designed, supplied and installed a custom trussing, lighting and acoustic dampening solution for the new cutting-edge 4,000 square foot demonstration facility of leading UK pro audio and MI distributor, Sound Technology – located at their premises in Hertfordshire.

Robe - More Than A Pretty Face!

23/11/2012 - Production News

Top Lighting designer Martin Kubanka created a fabulous setting for the Slovak Republic’s 2012 ‘Face of The Year’ contest and gala evening, which was broadcast live on national channel STV1, with the aim of finding new modelling talent for the worlds of glamour and fashion.

Luc Peumans and City of Genk Collect City.People.Light Award for C-MINE

23/11/2012 - Event News

Genk, Belgium based creative lighting design practice Painting With Light collected third prize in the 2012 City.People.Light Award for its creative lighting of the amazing C-MINE development in their home town.

Bandit Lites Nominated Again for Pollstar Lighting Company of the Year

23/11/2012 - Event News

Bandit Lites has been nominated for ‘Lighting Company of the Year’ from Pollstar.

Total Structures Now Stocking CM Lodestar and Prostar Parts

23/11/2012 - Production News

Total Structures has announced that they have recently invested in a large quantity of parts for the Columbus McKinnon (CM) range of electric chain hoists.

Clay Paky Sharpys Create Awe for Swedish House Mafia’s Milton Keynes Gig

23/11/2012 - Production News

An army of Clay Paky Sharpys were marched in to the National Bowl at Milton Keynes to make Swedish House Mafia’s live spectacular even more dazzling as it was filmed for DVD.

White Light and LTM Come Together in a Sales Partnership

22/11/2012 - Business News

Lift Turn Move has announced that White Light will be a UK sales distribution outlet for the LTM entertainment-based product ranges. This is a natural evolution of company strategy, with a focus towards increasing the avenues to market for its entertainment products through key distribution channels within the UK.

Clay Paky Sharpys Light Up Lady Antebellum’s World Tour

22/11/2012 - Production News

When country trio Lady Antebellum wrapped the North American leg of its We Own the Night World Tour earlier this summer the band had played to a total of more than one million fans. Two dozen Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures helped light up the successful tour, which recently concluded with three dates in Australia.

Board Further Strengthened as Stage Electrics Appoints New Chairman

22/11/2012 - Business News

The Board of Stage Electrics has unanimously endorsed the recommendation of David Whitehead (founding partner and majority shareholder) and Dan Aldridge (MD) to appoint Trevor Smallwood as the new Chairman of the Board.

Allen & Heath Launches New AES Option for iLive Series

22/11/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched a new AES Out option module for the fixed format MixRacks from its iLive digital mixing Series.

Third DiGiCo Console for Sydney Theatre Company

22/11/2012 - Production News

Sydney Theatre Company's new bar, aptly named 'The Bar at the End of the Wharf', is a busy little hot spot for Sydney's inner city crowds in the know. As the name neatly implies, the bar is found at the end of the Wharf just past the Wharf 1 Theatre. It is now the proud owner of a new DiGiCo SD9 console.

Red TX Partners with CTV Capture Broadcast Audio for Strictly Come Dancing’s Wembley Arena Show

22/11/2012 - Production News

Strictly Come Dancing’s one-off glitterball spectacular, which was broadcast live from Wembley Arena on Saturday November 17 in aid of Children In Need, involved an enormous effort backstage to ensure that the audio reflected the quality of the on-stage performances.

Brilliant Stages for Muse’s Second Law Tour

22/11/2012 - Production News

Brilliant Stages has designed and constructed the staging and spectacular suspended pyramid feature for Muse’s current tour, Second Law, which tours Europe until Christmas before moving to North America in January 2013.

Christie Projectors for The Hobbit Premiere

22/11/2012 - Production News

The technology on display at the premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), and New Line Cinema, represents years of effort and a bold step forward in the ultimate cinema experience. To do justice to Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson’s vision, Christie has been chosen to supply the digital cinema/HFR projection technology for the world premiere, to be held at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, on November 28th, 2012.

MAC 101 Advantages for Alan Tam Canadian Tour

22/11/2012 - Production News

One way that World Vision raises funds for its African relief programs each year is to stage a tour across Canada with an international pop star from Hong Kong. This year’s headliner was Alan Tam who performed shows beneath a Martin rig of MAC 101 and MAC 700 series moving heads.

KARA Hits the Road with The Book of Mormon

22/11/2012 - Production News

The Book of Mormon, the recent Broadway smash that absolutely dominated the awards ceremonies by winning nine 2011 Tony Awards, five 2011 Drama Desk Awards and a 2012 Grammy Award, is now taking the show on the road with two North American touring productions, both of which are using KARA loudspeaker systems supplied by East Rutherford, NJ-based L-Acoustics Certified Provider Masque Sound.

Le Mark Floors for BBC's Children in Need 2012

22/11/2012 - Production News

Le Mark's self-adhesive, high-gloss studio flooring was shown off at its best during last weekend’s live 7-hour broadcast for Children in Need's 2012 appeal.

Pharos Brings Peace of Mind to the Piste

22/11/2012 - Project News

Covering 1080 acres across four adjacent skiing areas, Sweden’s Åre ski resort is not just one of the largest in Scandinavia, but in 2009 was judged the best in the world by Conde Nast Traveller magazine. A recently completed major upgrade of the resort included the installation of some 240 luminaires on a 3.5km ski run, enabling longer opening hours in the depths of winter and so boosting revenue.

Clay Paky Sharpys Shine a Light on Miss Florida USA 2013 Pageant

21/11/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures made their debut on the Miss Florida USA 2013 pageant, which was televised from Davie’s Bailey Concert Hall on the campus of Broward University. Lighting director Stefan DeWilde chose a complement of Sharpys for the event boosting the impact of the lighting rig for the show.

Clay Paky Sharpys and Alpha Beam 1500s Light Up the Red Hot Chili Peppers

21/11/2012 - Production News

It’s been a long hot summer just about everywhere, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are amping up the heat with their "I’m With You World Tour", which features Clay Paky Sharpys and Alpha Beam 1500 luminaires.

Philips Vari-Lite and Selecon Provide Punch for Mammoth Afrikaans Concert

21/11/2012 - Production News

A line-up of Philips Selecon and Philips Vari-Lite fixtures have been praised by well-known south African lighting designer Joshua Cutts for providing the punch and power needed for a concert described as ‘the largest Afrikaans music performance of the year’.

Midas XL8, PRO2 and PRO6 ensure a kicking Votown Allstars fundraising concert

21/11/2012 - Production News

The hugely popular Votown Allstars has held another concert in the Netherlands to raise money for their local football club FC Volendam – and three Midas digital consoles were on hand to ensure it all sounded fantastic.

Philips Vari-Lite Keeps Grammy Award-Winning Evanescence in Spotlight

21/11/2012 - Production News

Philips Vari*Lite fixtures formed the baseline luminaires for a series of four British arena concerts by multi-million selling American rock band Evanescence.

High End Systems Hog 4 Debuts on Muse Tour

21/11/2012 - Production News

Out once again on tour with Muse, lighting designer Oli Metcalfe is the first LD to use the new High End Systems Hog 4 control system. During a recent string of shows in the UK and Europe, Metcalfe had the opportunity to swap out his Full Boar console for the new Hog 4 desk. Metcalfe's design is already turning heads for its creative implementation of video surfaces across a giant articulating pyramid that symbolizes the system of power and global politics; his approach to networking and control is similarly cutting-edge.

Alcons aids Alexis in Kuala Lumpur

21/11/2012 - Project News

Established in 1995, Alexis Group has five premises in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There are a variety of elements that make the Alexis experience so special: stylish interiors; warm hospitality; delicious food; and the finest jazz music in town.

SGM floods Wonderland with Biggest 3D Pixel Tube Display Ever

21/11/2012 - Project News

The biggest display yet of SGM’s revolutionary LT-100 3D pixel tubes has appeared at Wonderland Norwich, a brand new nightclub in Norwich, and UK operations manager, Lucy Herlihy, and general manager, Charlene Nicholson, at No Saints, owners of the club, are extremely happy with the result as the lightshow has generated overwhelming response.

Riggers' Forum for North of England Announced

21/11/2012 - Event News

PLASA Events has announced the addition of a new event to run alongside its ever popular northern trade show, PLASA Focus: Leeds 2013. The PLASA Riggers' Forum will take place on Tuesday 30 April, at the Royal Armouries at Clarence Dock, only a short distance from the Leeds City Centre.

Glamotion Celebrates K&F Sequenza 10

21/11/2012 - Production News

Glamotion is the German-Russian mega-event of the year. For the fourth time the doors of the Glamotion world of party, music and show opened to thousands of people from all over Europe who came together to hear, feel and live what's new on the electronic music scene.

AC-ET Appointed as Exclusive UK LedGo Distributor

21/11/2012 - Business News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s Video division have been officially appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for LedGo’s range of modular LED video solutions, recently unveiling the innovative product range on the company’s stand at PLASA 2012.

Robe MMX Spots for Berlin Festival

21/11/2012 - Production News

Robe moving lights – including 30 MMX Spots and 44 ColorWash 700E ATs - were in action on the main stage at the 2012 Berlin Festival, taking place over two days at the atmospheric Tempelhof Airfield, a former US military base.

XL Events Supplies Golden Joystick Awards

21/11/2012 - Production News

XL Events supplied LED screen, projection, cameras / HD PPU and crew to the high profile hmv sponsored 2012 GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards – the world’s most popular and credible video games awards – celebrating the very best in the gaming industry. The ceremony – celebrating its 30th anniversary - was staged at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, London.

Electro-Voice launches the ZX1-Sub

21/11/2012 - Equipment News

Precision-engineered components, high power-handling capacity, and powerful, well-balanced sound: the passive ZX1-Sub is the latest member of Electro-Voice’s compact and lightweight ZX loudspeaker family. Presenting an optimal combination of performance, portability and efficiency, the ZX1-Sub is well suited to both mobile applications and fixed installation.

Competition to Design a Sustainable Theatre Now Open

21/11/2012 - Event News

World Stage Design 2013 is a celebration of International performance design from the world of theatre, opera and dance. The event will take place in Cardiff, UK in September 2013, hosted by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Total Structures Now Stocking CM Parts

20/11/2012 - Business News

Total Structures has announced that they have just invested thousands of dollars in a new Columbus McKinnon parts program.

Mumford and Sons go Martin Audio MLA for UK Arena tour

20/11/2012 - Production News

Following speculation on the speaker system of choice for their next tour, Mumford and Sons FOH engineer Chris Pollard has elected to take out audio rental company Capital Sound’s new Martin Audio MLA system for the band’s debut arena tour in the UK.

Audio Systems Del Norte takes Delivery of E15’s and Hits the Road in Mexico

20/11/2012 - Production News

Long time Adamson rental company ‘Audio Systems Del Norte’ has expanded their existing Adamson inventory of Y-Axis, SpekTrix, T21 Subs, and M Series with a 32-box E15 rig. Audio Systems has been providing high caliber tours in Mexico for more than 20 years and employ 60 full time employees. In addition to their Audio department, this full service company has a staging, trussing, video and lighting departments, and also offer installation consultancy and services. The system was sold by Showco, Adamson’s exclusive distributor for Mexico.

White Light and WRG Transform NEC Birmingham for EE Live Event

20/11/2012 - Production News

White Light was tapped to provide lighting for a unique brand experience event – the internal launch of Everything Everywhere, the company that runs T-Mobile and Orange in the UK’s, new name and customer brand, EE, to its nearly 15,000 UK employees. With the event, known as EE Live, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company invited employees from across the UK to the NEC Birmingham for an introduction to the branding and vision of the new mobile and broadband provider.

Onstage Systems Supplies Audio for ‘Something Wicked’ Fest

20/11/2012 - Production News

Dallas-based production company Onstage Systems supplied the audio system for the main stage of the Something Wicked Festival Oct. 27 in Houston. Billed as Texas’s first large-scale Halloween-oriented electronic dance music festival, the event featured international, national and local DJs including Zedd, Nero and Flux Pavilion.

Pacha: producing a particular kind of sound through d&b

20/11/2012 - Project News

"We were looking to the complete renewal of the sound system. What we wanted to achieve was a more homogeneous and exciting sound throughout the Ibiza club and the dance floors," explained Toni Prats, technical director for the Pacha Group. Prats engaged the services of Imaginamusica, d&b audiotechnik partner for northeast of Spain. "We had done the research," said Toni Prats. "With Imaginamusica we discussed if the truth was that we needed higher SPLs to meet our goals. We didn't. They demonstrated we just needed a more detailed and articulate sound system and that system was the d&b V-Series. We were also certain we wanted extra definition for the low end without losing the low/mid frequencies impact; these are what make people dance. The third consideration was space, we wanted the new system to occupy minimal space; each square metre is very important. This is Pacha club, we don't want our customers to feel like they are cattle in a truck. What we understood from Imaginamusica was that the d&b V-Series would meet all our requirements completely."

White Light Supplies Martin MAC Viper for "Loserville" West End Debut

20/11/2012 - Production News

White Light is leading the way in London’s West End, supplying the latest lighting innovations, including Martin Professional’s new MAC Viper Profile, for the debut of a brand new British musical that has the town talking.

Let it d&be: Reproducing Fifty Years of Music

20/11/2012 - Production News

Though we might argue the paucity of proper theatre on the West End stage these days, it's rare indeed that a show presents honestly, as totally without drama. Even so, the Beatles theatrical concert Let It Be at the Prince of Wales theatre has received excellent reviews for precisely that candour.

Yamaha CL System Covers 1.3km ‘Stage’ At German Celebration

20/11/2012 - Production News

Every year a different German city holds a major celebration of the momentous events of November 1989, when the process of opening the Berlin Wall - and the reunification of Germany - began. This year Munich was the host and a Yamaha CL5 system was brought in to deliver high quality audio throughout a huge area.

Community Gains EN54-24 Certification for R-Series Loudspeakers

20/11/2012 - Equipment News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced that it has gained EN54-24 certification for its R-Series R1, R2 and R6 loudspeaker systems. EN54-24 is the harmonized EU standard for loudspeakers for use in fire detection and fire alarm systems.

A. C. Lighting Inc. on Track for Record Trading Performance in 2012

20/11/2012 - Business News

North American entertainment technology reseller, A.C. Lighting Inc. has announced that despite the current challenging economic climate, its business is on track to post a record year of trading performance in 2012.

Robe LEDWashes Get Aboard Train Tour

20/11/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Brock Hogan specified 28 Robe LEDWash 600s for the recent US tour by San Francisco rock band, Train.

Avolites Tiger Touch 6.1 debuts on landmark Level 42 Anniversary Tour

19/11/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Yenz Nyholm used his Avolites Tiger Touch to help reignite the memories of Level 42 fans when the band performed at London’s Iconic Royal Albert Hall. The concert marked a quarter of a century since the band launched its seminal album ‘Running in the Family’.

MILOS runs 2012 Safety Workshop in China

19/11/2012 - Event News

Trussing manufacturer MILOS recently staged a very successful Product Seminar and Safety awareness Workshop at its facility in Guangzhou, China, which was well attended by companies and individuals from Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and Indonesia as well as mainland China.

3D Mapping and LED Ceiling with ArKaos Stage Server at NOXX Antwerp

19/11/2012 - Project News

NOXX² Antwerp completes its redesign with two ArKaos Stage servers driving video on a 30 square meters 3D sculpture and a 300 square meters LED ceiling.

Artistic Licence Engineering ahead of the game at LuxLive 2012

19/11/2012 - Event News

Artistic Licence Engineering provided a small but powerful presence at LuxLive 2012, with a stand jam-packed with new technology. Exhibiting for the first time at this London based show, the company’s impressive display attracted high numbers of visitors who were both knowledgeable and focused.

Four PLASA Standards in Public Review

19/11/2012 - Standards News

Four PLASA standards are now in public review through the end of this year. Two are proposed reaffirmations of existing standards (no changes), one is a revision of a standard, and one is a new standard. The public review materials for the four standards are available at

DiGiCo SD11i is compact perfection for Ed Sheeran

19/11/2012 - Production News

Double BRIT Award winner Ed Sheeran’s unique style of music is winning fans around the globe. His current tour has seen him on the move since the end of 2011, with sell out dates in Australia, the United States and across Europe, confirming his popularity. For Front of House engineer Chris Marsh, who has been with him since the tour began, a DiGiCo SD11i digital mixing console has proved the ideal travelling companion.

PLASA Focus Stamford a Show to Remember

19/11/2012 - Event News

PLASA Focus's latest addition to the North American regional event series landed in Stamford, CT last week, impressing attendees with a wealth of new product launches, crowded seminars and a bustling show floor.

W-DMX in Control at the Oslo Opera

19/11/2012 - Project News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB is getting high praise on a regular basis from the world renowned Den Norske Opera and Ballett, also known as the Oslo Opera House, located in Norway’s capital city. The venue is home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and is considered one of the landmark modern buildings in Oslo.

Mojo Barriers US Record at Made in America Festival

19/11/2012 - Production News

Mojo Barriers US office broke its company record, supplying 800m of its aluminium stage barriers to Made in America Festival, Philadelphia, 1 -2 September 2012.

New Gerriets Catalogue: the new SOURCE BOOK (2)

19/11/2012 - Business News

The first Source Book, produced in March of 2011, has been overwhelmingly popular, and Gerriets has now published a greatly expanded, 650-page second edition close on the heels of the original. Updates include new projects and products, a revised index, and more extensive information about their line of technical systems.

New Martin MAC Viper, MAC Rig Light 2012 Danish Music Awards

19/11/2012 - Production News

On Saturday, November 10th, lighting designer Kasper Lange turned to a large Martin MAC rig that included Martin Professional’s new MAC Viper Profile for the 2012 Danish Music Awards at Forum in Copenhagen.

JLS Switch on Christmas Lights in Bristol at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway Winter Spectacular

19/11/2012 - Production News

JLS headlined the charity concert for The Mall at Cribbs Causeway’s Christmas Lights switch on in Bristol earlier this month. The UK’s hottest boy band was the main feature of the launch of The Mall’s ninth Winter Wonderland. The event raised over £20,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

Made in Germany Meets “Made in America”: grandMA2 Shines at Major US Festival

16/11/2012 - Production News

Numerous grandMA2 lighting consoles were on hand throughout Budweiser’s “Made in America Festival”, which entertained crowds on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day Weekend. Jay-Z and Pearl Jam headlined main stage concerts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively; punk rockers, up-and-coming rappers and native Philadelphia artists packed the other stages across the venue.

CPL Supplies Massive Gastech 2012 Exhibition

16/11/2012 - Production News

West Midlands based technical solutions provider Central Presentations Ltd. (CPL) delivered full technical production, ncluding lighting, sound, cameras PPU, AV and staging to the high profile 2012 Gastech Conference & Exhibition at ExCeL in London, UK.

Denver Sports Authority Field Goes Wireless with LumenRadio

16/11/2012 - Project News

Few RF (Radio Frequency) environments are more complex and challenging than a modern American Sports Stadium, where the air is literally saturated with wireless traffic of all kinds, from life safety and security, to sophisticated team communication and anti-terrorism systems, to the latest in state-of-the-art ticketing and concession wireless systems.

Bandit Lites Adds Media Relations Coordinator to Family

16/11/2012 - People News

Bandit Lites has announced the hiring of Sharon Gross as Media Relations Coordinator. Gross will be the primary contact for advertising inquiries, social media and general public relations.

Christie Announces the Extension of its French Office

16/11/2012 - Business News

Christie has announced the opening of its brand new office in France near Paris. Historically located in Gennevilliers, the brand new refurbished facility represents the logical next step for Christie’s leadership in the French market, providing an unrivalled level of service and support to its clients and partners.

Noise Control Audio Adds Midas pro2 to its Hire Stock

16/11/2012 - Production News

Noise Control Audio, a North London-based loudspeaker manufacturer and production company, has recently added two Midas PRO2 digital consoles to its hire and events stock, purchased from LMC Audio.

SAVI with d&b at Plasa Focus Stamford

16/11/2012 - Event News

PLASA Focus at Stamford Connecticut saw d&b audiotechnik share booth 224 with leading audio consultants and Installtion Partner SAVI. "These regionally targeted exhibitions embody the d&b democratic approach," said the company's head of marketing in the US, Roger Keim. "Every visitor has the opportunity for a direct, hands on look at elements of the d&b product range, and can spend valuable face time with our Partner. The team at SAVI has a long term relationship with d&b that is highly valued, and they have vast experience of implementing d&b systems."

Robert Juliat Followspots Go to the Head of the Class at UC Berkeley and Ithaca College

16/11/2012 - Project News

The University of California at Berkeley and Ithaca College (NY) have added Robert Juliat Cyrano and Buxie followspots, respectively, to their theatrical lighting inventories.

Dirk Van Nieuwenhuysen

16/11/2012 - People News

It is with great sadness that ADB Lighting Technologies announces the passing away of one of the company’s longest serving friends, its popular sales manager, Dirk Van Nieuwenhuysen, on 13th November 2012.

dbn Helps Manchester Festive Switch-On

16/11/2012 - Production News

Manchesterbased lighting and rigging company dbn supplied stage lighting for the City’s high profile 2012 Festive Season lighting switch-on.

Meyer Sound Announces Promotions and New Hire for Digital Products Team

15/11/2012 - People News

Meyer Sound has announced two key promotions in the digital products team: Richard Bugg is now audio show control product manager and Jason Rauhoff takes over many of Bugg’s former responsibilities as the company’s new senior digital products support specialist. In addition, Cirque du Soleil veteran Robert Mele has joined the support staff as digital products field support specialist.

LD Chris Bushell Chooses Avolites’ Sapphire Touch for Dazzling Florence & the Machine tour

15/11/2012 - Production News

Avolites top-of-the range Sapphire Touch lighting console is the control and programming tool of choice for lighting designer Chris Bushell, currently touring with Florence & the Machine.

Strictly Come Dancing Wrapped in Lights

15/11/2012 - Production News

Devon based drapes, starcloth, LED and visual effects specialist S+H Technical has supplied 1100 square metres of lush red velvet Pea-Light Starcloth containing approximately 6000 inbuilt lights, plus an additional 6000 pea lights integrated into the set walls for Strictly Come Dancing, staged in BBC TV’s TC1 studio at television Centre, London.

White Light Adds PR Lighting to its Distribution Portfolio

15/11/2012 - Business News

PR Lighting has changed its UK distribution arrangements, appointing White Light, with immediate effect, as sole reseller for its extensive range of LED and automated discharge solutions.

Triple Expansion for Pearce Hire

15/11/2012 - Business News

Pearce Hire has announced some notable additions to its team, the hire stock, and the premises after one of their busiest summer seasons ever.

Clay Paky QWOs Pay Homage to Peter Gabriel’s Iconic SO Tour

15/11/2012 - Production News

Challenge anyone to name a landmark tour from the 1980s and many will say Peter Gabriel’s ‘SO’ Tour. Lighting fixtures played a starring role on that tour 36 ago, interacting with Gabriel from a number of strategically place lighting booms that were integral to the stage set.

Martin Audio Recruits Chris Pyne as APAC Technical Support

15/11/2012 - People News

Martin Audio has appointed one of the world’s leading sound engineers as its new technical support specialist for the Asia Pacific region (APAC).

BAAC Light Does Hairspray the Musical with ArKaos MediaMaster Pro 3.0 and the Video Mapper

15/11/2012 - Production News

Prior to the recent release of ArKaos MediaMaster Pro 3, the team at BAAC Light in Melbourne, Australia gave the new software – complete with its new Video Mapper extension - the ultimate final beta test.

Turbosound is Ship-Shape for Viking Line’s latest Cruise Ship

15/11/2012 - Project News

A range of Turbosound loudspeakers has been specified to deliver total clarity on Viking Line’s latest ship, the M/S Viking Grace.

PRG at the Mercury Music Prize 2012

15/11/2012 - Production News

The Mercury Music Prize is one of the most coveted titles a band or musician could win. It proved to be genre-hopping electronic quartet Alt-J's big night as they picked up the prestigious prize. The event was held at The Roundhouse, Camden.

Martin M-Sync for SMPTE timecode input into M-Series consoles

15/11/2012 - Equipment News

Martin Professional offers M-Sync, a simple USB device that allows SMPTE timecode to be input directly into any Martin M-Series console such as the M1, M2GO, M2PC, M-PC, or Cerebrum.

Mick Brophy Joins Midas Klark Teknik

15/11/2012 - People News

Mick Brophy has joined Midas Klark Teknik in the role of customer services manager, UK. The move continues Midas' ongoing drive to provide dedicated customer support across all global territories.

A New Theatre for Limerick - The Lime Tree

15/11/2012 - Project News

The Lime Tree Theatre at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, opened its doors officially on 30th October with a gala performance of The Plough in the Stars from the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland’s National Theatre.

The Rolling Stones Light Up Carnaby Street to Celebrate 50 Years

15/11/2012 - Production News

To celebrate 50 years of their music, The Rolling Stones kicked off this year’s holiday festivities on London’s Carnaby Street, switching on the annual Carnaby Street lighting display with a rock & roll twist. For the temporary installation, Patrick Woodroffe, lighting designer for The Stones since 1989, collaborated with James Glancy Design to transform London’s historical shopping and music district for the season. They turned to entertainment lighting specialist White Light to supply lighting solutions for the holiday installation.

Christie Delivers Superior Value, High Brightness and Flexibility with New G Series and Improved E Series 1-Chip DLP Projectors

15/11/2012 - Equipment News

Christie continues to lead the way for superior price : performance value and high brightness with the introduction of the G Series and four new E Series 1-chip DLP projectors. In the new G Series, the Christie DHD550-G and Christie DWU550-G provide 5,000 lumens, 1-chip DLP technology and a single mercury-lamp design for fixed applications with better price performance and higher brightness than other projectors in their class. Similar to G Series, the four new E Series projectors deliver exceptional price performance, higher brightness, and increased flexibility and reliability for both fixed and rental staging applications.

A.C. Lighting Inc. Enjoy Successful LDI Show

14/11/2012 - Event News

A.C. Lighting Inc. enjoyed an extremely successful LDI show, hosting the North American launch of products from Chroma-Q, Jands and ArKaos, as well as announcing an exciting new distribution agreement with Prolyte Group.

Historic Czech Theatre Adds Second Eclipse GT to its New Audio Set-Up

14/11/2012 - Project News

Just under a year ago, Innovason announced a significant audio system upgrade for one of the Czech Republic’s most historic cultural landmarks, the beautiful J.K. Tyl theatre in the city of Plzen (Pilsen). Built in 1902, the impressive building honours the city’s outstanding theatre tradition, which is second only to that of the capital, Prague. Last year saw the installation of a brand new Innovason Eclipse GT digital mixing console at the heart of a sophisticated and fully scalable EtherSound digital audio network, all supplied and installed by Innovason distributor and entertainment solutions provider MusicData. Less than 12 months later, MusicData, were back to install a second Innovason Eclipse GT.

Skavlan in London

14/11/2012 - Production News

Award winning journalist Fredrik Skavlan hosts the most seen talk show in Scandinavia with over three million viewers, so it came as no surprise when BBC Entertainment decided to film some of the new series in London.

Arena Group Ice Success with Canary Wharf

14/11/2012 - Project News

Nestled under the soaring buildings of Canada Square and bathed in twinkling festive lights, Ice Rink Canary Wharf is back with a sparkling new look for the 2012/13 season. The 807m² rink opened on 7th November with a spectacular ice show and live music and is expected to attract a record number of people before closing on January 13th, enhancing visitor experience across the Canary Wharf district during the festive season.

Allen & Heath Releases V1.9 Firmware for iLive

14/11/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released the latest version of its iLive firmware, V1.9, featuring a range of enhancements including new GEQ, Dynamic EQ and multi-band compressor emulations, increased MIDI control options, and improvements to the functionality in the supporting iLive editor software and MixPad app.

PLASA Announces 2012 Election Results

14/11/2012 - Business News

PLASA's month-long elections to determine positions on its European and north American regional boards, together with its central governing body, concluded at midnight on Wednesday 31st October.

The Showman’s Show Recycles Over 50% of its Waste

14/11/2012 - Event News

The organisers of The Showman’s Show report that over 50% of the Show’s waste was recycled, which equated to 7.92 tonnes of bulk refuse including wood, paper and carpet. The waste management was coordinated by M J Church Event Waste Management. This was the first year the company was responsible for the Show’s waste control, executing a very good job overall.

Harlequin Floors Brings the Curtain Down on IADMS Annual Conference

14/11/2012 - Event News

The 22nd annual meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) was brought to a rapturous close on Saturday 27th October, with the presentation of the Marjorie Moore Student Poster Award by Harlequin Floors group marketing manager, Mark Rasmussen.

Inside and Out, Harrah's Sounds Good with Community

14/11/2012 - Project News

Drive through the parking lot at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack any time, day or night, and you're likely to find it packed. With the Philadelphia area's only 5/8 mile harness racing track and a casino larger than three football fields, Harrah's draws a steady stream of customers coming to play, eat, drink, and be merry.

LTM Supplies Programmable Hoist and Control Package to Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik

14/11/2012 - Project News

The Harpa concert hall, Reykjavik, is considered to be one of the greatest concert halls of the new millennium. With a breathtakingly beautiful façade designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and the Architecture firms of Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriið Architects.

L-Acoustics Focuses on Asian Market with Key Appointment

14/11/2012 - People News

L-Acoustics strengthens its commitment to the Asian market by announcing the appointment of David Cooper as regional sales manager for the territories of China, Japan, Korea and South-East Asia.

Blackmotion Invests in Robe

13/11/2012 - Production News

Johannesburg based lighting design, rental and production company Blackmotion has invested in the latest ROBE moving light technology.

Danley Speakers Deliver 7.1 A/V for Florida State Sesnate Chamber

13/11/2012 - Project News

The Florida Senate Chamber is a large, circular room, with desks for the forty senators and lecterns for the Senate President, the Senate Secretary, and invited speakers on the main floor. Visitor galleries surround the chamber. Tallahassee-based A/V integration firm and instrument retailer Music Masters recently renovated the chamber’s thirty-plus year old sound reinforcement system. A new 7.1 surround sound system comprised of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers rings the floor from above and delivers natural and highly-intelligible sound reinforcement for A/V playback, live performances, and senate business.

Bandit Clients Dominate at CMA Awards

13/11/2012 - Event News

Bandit Lites has announced that Bandit clients were the big winners at the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. The event was broadcast live on Thursday, November 2, 2012. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the event which was held in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena.

Richard Willis Joins Christie Lites Nashville Rental Rep Team

13/11/2012 - People News

Christie Lites, one of North America’s premier entertainment stage lighting and rigging suppliers, appoints Richard Willis as a new member to its Rental Rep team. Willis recently joined the company as a National Account Rep in the Nashville office and serves his client base from all 12 Christie warehouse locations across North America.

Philips Vari-Lite Fixtures on tour with Jennifer Lopez

13/11/2012 - Production News

Celebrated lighting designer Sean Burke is taking Europe by storm with dramatic Vari-Lite powered lighting on Jennifer Lopez’s world tour.

White Light to Exhibit at BVE North – Stand F71

13/11/2012 - Event News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light heads to the BVE North Expo in Manchester to showcase the latest lighting innovations for the film and television industry. Products from Altman, Coemar, CORE Lighting, Galaxia Electronics, and Prism Projection will be on display at White Light’s stand – F71.

XL Events Supplies Visual Solutions to Nissan LEAF Roadshow

13/11/2012 - Production News

Production house sevens7 recently approached XL Events to supply a range of visual solutions to Nissan for an innovative ‘Future : Today’ roadshow and driver experience promoting the new LEAF electric car which is currently touring Scandinavia.

ETC Lighting and Control for Oslo Konserthus

13/11/2012 - Project News

Elektrik Solutions of Norway has supplied lighting and power control for a refurbishment of the Oslo Konserthus (Concert Hall). Some 100 ETC Selador Desire D40 Lustr+ LED fixtures have been installed in the auditorium ceiling for house lighting, along with another 14 in the choir area behind the stage, and an ETC Unison Paradigm system to control them.

Belgian Guests Grace HK Audio Headquarters

13/11/2012 - Event News

Belgian HK Audio reseller Wils Muziekimport and its biggest account, Antwerp’s Muziek + Visie Metropol music store, arranged a rather unusual field trip for local HK Audio users and prospective customers on Monday, 22nd October, 2012. The outing was a fact-finding mission to learn more about HK Audio, its products and manufacturing methods and the St. Wendel company headquarters.

Robe Roadshow in South Africa

13/11/2012 - Event News

Robe’s South African distributor DWR coordinated a hugely successful 2012 Roadshow event which was attended by over 200 people in three major cities – Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – highlighting Robe’s latest technologies and newest launched products.

AC-ET Exhibits Leading Broadcast Technologies at BVE North 2012

13/11/2012 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd's lighting division will showcase the latest cutting edge film, television and broadcast products from its key distributed brands at the BVE North show, Manchester Central on 13th and 14th November (stand D60).

Adlib Expands New Training Facilities

12/11/2012 - Standards News

Liverpool based rental and technical solutions provider Adlib is expanding its new training facilities to offer yet more opportunities for manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and anyone interesting in industry related training needing a purpose-designed space and a well-connected location to stage seminars, workshops and hands-on demonstrations. Regular training events taking place throughout the year, on average one every two to three weeks, have been such a success that Adlib intends to step this up in 2013.

Robert Juliat Profiles in Switzerland

12/11/2012 - Project News

Robert Juliat’s Swiss distributor, Lumiere Spectacle LSB SA has been spreading the word about Robert Juliat profiles, spotlights and dimmers with three prestigious Swiss venues adding to their lighting inventories this summer.

ArKaos and A.C. Lighting Inc Share Success at LDI 2012

12/11/2012 - Event News

ArKaos reports an extremely successful show at LDI, Las Vegas where the company exhibited with its new North American distributor, A.C. Lighting Inc. for the first time. Newly appointed in June this year, A.C. Lighting Inc distributes the full range of ArKaos Show and Lighting products across North America and Canada.

Paper and Pencil Exams Offered at USITT 2013

12/11/2012 - Standards News

ETCP is a high quality certification program that can further enhance your identity as a competent and knowledgeable leader in your field. Increase your credibility by becoming ETCP Certified!

Higher Education Sector Embraces coolux Pandoras Box

12/11/2012 - Project News

As technology develops and changes, so does the way in which higher education institutes train the professionals of the future.
Modern media servers and their software equivalents have only been a part of the wider AV industry for roughly ten years, but the software and hardware solutions surrounding topics such as realtime rendering, projection mapping, network synchronisation and multiscreen displays have already changed the way in which many kinds of productions are being conceived and produced.

ADB Dimming for Historic DeLaMar Theatre

12/11/2012 - Project News

A modern theatre with one of the most colourful histories in the Netherlands, DeLaMar Theater in the central Leidsplein district of Amsterdam has had both of its beautifully finished auditoriums equipped with ADB Lighting’s Twin Tech dimming technology through Dutch distributor Controllux.

Obama, Martin MAC Viper US Election Night Winners!

12/11/2012 - Production News

Thousands of supporters gathered at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago on Tuesday evening, November 6th, to celebrate Barack Obama’s election night victory.

One More Time in Afrikaans: grandMA2 and MA onPC Command Wing at South Africa’s “Huisgenoot-Skouspel”

12/11/2012 - Production News

The 13th “Huisgenoot-Skouspel” was hosted at Sun City’s Superbowl during four days in October. The show, which had been described as the largest Afrikaans music performance of the year, saw a collaboration of 60 artists performing 80 songs in a three hour period.

All Martin at Prestigious GIBSON Club in Frankfurt

12/11/2012 - Project News

Gastronome Madjid Djamegari opened Germany’s most innovative nightclub GIBSON and for the musical aspect chose experts Sascha Schwind, Michael Herberger and Xavier Naidoo (Söhne Mannheims GmbH) as his partners. Moreover, the ex-owner of the gastronomy brand King Kameha astonished his guests with his latest design concept, a melding of rock & roll, glamour and industrial charm and in July 2012, GIBSON was awarded the World’s Finest Club Award.

Immersive Pushes the Boundaries of Touring Stage Design for Sub Focus World Tour

12/11/2012 - Production News

Cutting edge content creators and show designer Immersive has produced a sophisticated visual spectacular for the upcoming 2012 / 2013 world tour of British EDM (Electro Dance Music) star Sub Focus.

Robe Does it Gangnam Style for Psy Concerts

12/11/2012 - Production News

Chart topping rapper Psy - Korea’s most popular singer and originator of the current Gangnam Style phenomena - performed two special concerts recently, both of lit with Robe moving lights in a design by Myeong Soo Kim.

Philips Vari-Lite Provides Hub for Seal’s World Tour

12/11/2012 - Production News

An inspired mix of Philips Vari-Lite fixtures are providing the hub for a visual fusion of lighting, video and automation on Seal’s current world tour.

Ice Age Live is Painted with Light

09/11/2012 - Production News

Luc Peumans from Genk, Belgium based creative visual design practice, Painting With Light, has designed lighting for the new Ice Age Live show, a vibrant stage adaptation of the 20th Century Fox Ice Age animation movies featuring the same much loved characters and a new story.

New Clay Paky’s Sharpy Wash 330 Awarded at LDI 2012

09/11/2012 - Event News

Clay Paky has once again surprised experts with a masterful demonstration of how to achieve significant energy savings through optical design optimisation. This time it did so with the Sharpy Wash, winner of the LDI 2012 Débuting Product Awards. This brand new super-compact light uses a mere 330 watt discharge lamp to produce as much light as is normally seen with a washlight of over 1000 watts!

NL Productions Creates Some Enchanted Evenings

09/11/2012 - Production News

NL Productions has just come off site at the 2012 Enchanted Forest in Faskally Wood, Pitlochry, after providing the technical installation and support for the event for the third year running.

Yamaha Helps Deliver Comprehensive Workshop On Small Venue Live Sound

09/11/2012 - Event News

22nd November sees audio engineers from across Europe converging on Cologne, where Yamaha Music Europe is one of four leading audio manufacturers and suppliers working closely together to deliver a Live Mixing Workshop, focusing on the challenges of live sound in small venues.

QFlex Helps Decision Makers in Berlin Town Hall

09/11/2012 - Project News

For any decision maker, hearing the information that is being presented is of paramount importance, and thanks to Tannoy’s QFlex, district delegates in the town hall of Mid-Berlin are now hearing that information clearer than ever before.

Jands Vista L5 Controls Lighting & Media for Incubus Tour

09/11/2012 - Production News

A Jands Vista L5 console was chosen by Chicago based lighting designer Robb Jibson of So, Midwest Inc. to control lighting and media for multi-platinum selling rockers, Incubus. Sharing the headline of the North American 2012 Honda Civic Tour were Grammy award winning rap-rock outfit, Linkin Park.

Philips Selecon SPX Zoom Profiles are Model Fixture for Fashion Week

09/11/2012 - Production News

Philips Selecon’s SPX Zoomspot profiles have made a splash on the catwalk for Africa Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week.

Midas Delivers Heavenly Sound for Jesus Christ Superstar

09/11/2012 - Production News

After considering all the possible contenders, sound engineer Roger Lindsay decided the Midas XL8 console was the ideal front of house mixing console to address and match the complex demands of the recent sell-out arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Danley Sound Labs New Jericho J3 Thunders at Michigan State University

08/11/2012 - Project News

Football is central to the Michigan State University experience, and nearly 80,000 students and alums pack its Spartan Stadium at home games. Wearing green and white, they arrive electrified with school spirit and roar in a collective voice that, in most cases, drives the MSU Spartans to victory (they win nearly seven out of every ten games that they play at Spartan Stadium). Consistent with its importance to the school’s soul, MSU has regularly expanded the facility since it was first constructed with just 14,000 seats in 1923. This year, Spartan Stadium received a multi-million dollar audio/video systems upgrade, which included the Big Ten’s largest video board (5,412 square feet) at its south end, two auxiliary video boards at its north end, and a sound reinforcement system centred on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers. Apart from fills, just six Danley Jericho J3s provide all of the new system’s full-range coverage with point source fidelity, excellent pattern control, and tremendous return on investment.

The Lausanne Opera Opens its Doors to its Newly Designed Home Featuring Adamson

08/11/2012 - Project News

The Opéra de Lausanne reopened October 5, 2012, with a new production of The Elixir of Love by Donizetti. More than 700 guests from the political, economic, cultural and media realm celebrated the re-opening in Lausanne, Switzerland. It will be one of the most anticipated seasons now that the historic building which has been closed for five years for renovations and expansion work, is finally welcoming its residents back from a nomadic life on the road.

Vari-lite Makes it Happen with Train

08/11/2012 - Production News

Since 1998, Train has been at the forefront of the pop/rock industry with multi-platinum records and several Top 40 hits. Now at the conclusion of the California 37 Tour, the San Francisco-based band has been selling out venues of all sizes across the world. To make sure the show was unlike any the band had produced before, lighting designer Brock Hogan had the opportunity to create their largest rig to date and he filled it with VL3500 Wash FX, VLX Wash, VLX3 Wash, and VL3000 Spot Luminaires. Lighting and LED equipment was provided by LMG Touring.

Clay Paky Luminaires are the Brightest Choice for Bahrain Festival

08/11/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpys, Alpha Beam 700 and Alpha Spot HPE 700s have proven to be the right choice for bright beams during the Bahrain Summer festival, where sunshine temperatures can reach 48°C.

Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Earn Country Creds

08/11/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures showed they are country strong with appearances in the lighting rigs for superstar Kenny Chesney’s Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw and the fan-favourite CMA Music Festival with concerts at Nashville’s LP Field.

AC-ET Hosts Exclusive TV and Broadcast Lighting Open Day for STLD Members

08/11/2012 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. recently held an exclusive TV and Broadcast Lighting Open Day for STLD members at their state-of-the-art demo facilities in High Wycombe.

Top Indian DJs Choose Xone

08/11/2012 - Business News

Allen & Heath's Indian distributor, Sun Infonet, has signed four of the country's top DJ's to endorse the leading Xone Series.

Rock-It Cargo London Moves Offices

08/11/2012 - Business News

On 12 November, specialist transportation and global logistics company Rock-it Cargo UK will be moving to Hatton Cross Centre on Eastern Perimeter Road at London Heathrow Airport. The company’s new office is located directly in-between Jurys Inn Hotel and Hatton Cross Tube Station , the latter making it easily accessible by London Underground Piccadilly Line.

Martin Audio Releases New VU-NET MLA Control Software

08/11/2012 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has announced the launch of the latest version of its VU-NET control software for the MLA and MLA Compact Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array systems.

Crestron Showcased at Hill House Interiors Showroom

08/11/2012 - Event News

Interior design consultancy Hill House Interiors in conjunction with leading smart home technology provider, Icon Connect has unveiled a state-of-the-art Crestron smart home system at Hill House’s new London showroom. Located on Elystan Street in Chelsea Green SW3, the showroom showcases the latest in Crestron technology, with an array of impressive products for home owners and yacht owners alike.

PR Lighting Appoints Matrix Group as Danish Distributors

08/11/2012 - Business News

The recently formed Matrix Group has taken on the exclusive Danish distribution of PR Lighting’s automated discharge and LED lighting portfolio, with immediate effect.

Allen & Heath Completes Training Roadshow in China

08/11/2012 - Standards News

Allen & Heath recently completed an iLive and GLD training roadshow in China, travelling to several key cities. Organised by Allen & Heath’s distributor, Sanecore, and delivered by A&H product specialist, Nicola Beretta, the sessions were attended by dealers, sound engineers and Sanecore’s technical staff, offering operational training on the iLive and GLD digital mixing systems. Sanecore has a total of seven offices strategically located in different areas of mainland China and Hong Kong, including Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an.

Le Mark's Mirror Floor for Rita Ora and the Jonathan Ross Show

08/11/2012 - Production News

Le Mark's mirror effect Studiotak studio floor wowed an estimated 3.5 million viewers during its broadcast on the Jonathan Ross Show recently. This week's live performance saw chart-topping Rita Ora control the stage singing her new song How We Do (Party).

Black Light Sponsors the Arts & Business Scotland Small Business Award

07/11/2012 - Event News

Black Light was the proud sponsor of this year’s Arts & Business Scotland Small Business Award. Tangent Graphic and the Edinburgh International Book Festival jointly won the Award, which was announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on the 24th of October.

DiGiCo SD5 Delivers Sonic Sorcery at Royal Albert Hall’s Fantasia

07/11/2012 - Production News

London’s Royal Albert Hall is wowing 2012 audiences with a series of screenings of famous films accompanied by a live soundtrack. One of the most ambitious took place on 21st October, as the London Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied selections from Walt Disney's original Fantasia and Disney's Fantasia 2000. Mixed on one of Sound By Design's new DiGiCo SD5s, the grandeur of the sound, screen and surroundings delivered an unforgettable experience.

UEP Proves Excellent Mobile Choice

07/11/2012 - Production News

Universal Event Productions (UEP) supplied a slick, streamlined design and all technical production required – set, staging, audio and lighting – to stage the 2012 Mobile Choice Consumer Awards event in the Ballroom of the Northumberland Hotel, central London. This honours the brightest, most innovative and popular mobile technologies, and UEP has been involved for the last 11 years.

EM Acoustics Launches HALO Compact in Style at the Royal Albert Hall

07/11/2012 - Production News

It would be difficult to imagine a more high profile launch for a brand new loudspeaker system than a highly prestigious event at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in front of over 10,000 paying guests across two performances. This was exactly what UK loudspeaker manufacturer EM Acoustics did when they debuted their brand new HALO Compact line array for the UK premiere of Disney’s Fantasia live in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sennheiser UK Heads Back to BVE2012 North

06/11/2012 - Event News

Following the success of Broadcast Video Expo’s (BVE) inaugural Manchester event, Sennheiser UK heads back to the Manchester Central Arena, where stand E35 will see the company exhibiting its industry-leading microphones, wireless systems, headphones and monitoring products as well as highlights from its distributed partners including Nagra and new addition Avalon.

Pulsar's New Addition to Sales Team

06/11/2012 - People News

Pulsar welcomes a new addition to its sales team this month, Chris Penney, who is appointed to the role of architectural business development manager.

Terra Signs Distribution Deal with Amber International

06/11/2012 - Business News

Amber International has been appointed by Terra Speakers to distribute its range of ‘All Climate’ speakers to CI dealers in the residential and marine sectors across the EMEA region.

IPS Plays a Supporting Role at James Bond Skyfall Première

06/11/2012 - Production News

Milton Keynes based Impact Production Services (IPS) supplied all the lighting, staging and rigging for the recent James Bond première at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Working for Limited Edition Event Design, IPS built various Prolyte Truss and Layher Scaffolding based structures, which were then dressed with event branding and LED screens. IPS also supplied intelligent lighting fixtures from Martin, Clay Paky and Studio Due, along with a substantial quantity of generic fixtures, mainly 1kW and 2kW Fresnels. All the lighting was controlled via a Chamsys desk.

Harrods’ Disney Princess Christmas Windows Unveiled with Le Maitre Events Roof-Top Pyrotechnics Display

06/11/2012 - Production News

Le Maitre Events provided a stunning roof-top finale to the Harrods Christmas lights switch-on this year.

Community ENTASYS Brings Clarity to Historic Philadelphia Sanctuary

06/11/2012 - Project News

Since its founding in 1891, Holy Spirit Catholic Church has held a special place in the hearts of Philadelphia-area residents. In the early years of the 20th century, the church forged a reputation as one of the few non-segregated churches and parochial schools in the region.

Bandit Lites Brings Sights to the Sounds of Moogfest

06/11/2012 - Production News

The synthesised sounds of electronica took centre stage at Moogfest 2012 where Bandit Lites lit the main stage for multiple artists to enthral the crowd with their unique sounds.

DiGiCo SD9 Rack Pack Shakes the Cage at All-Star Opening of Mick Fleetwood’s Hawaiian Venue

06/11/2012 - Production News

DiGiCo rocked the house at the grand opening celebration of Mick Fleetwood’s new restaurant and club, Fleetwood’s on Front St., in the heart of downtown Lahaina, Maui. The four-night musical celebration boasted a star-studded roster of performers. Night one kicked off with the Grammy-nominated Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring guitarist/singer Rick Vito, bassist Lenny Castellanos, and keyboardist/harmonica player Mark Johnstone, with blues phenomena Jonny Lang sitting in. The second night featured the Island Rumors Band (IRB) with Fleetwood, Vito, Castellanos, Johnstone, singer/guitarist Eric Gilliom and vocalist Gretchen Rhodes, with special guests Steven Tyler, Jonny Lang, Joe Caro, and Maui’s own Willie K. Night three also featured the IRB, and included Hawaiian singer-songwriter-guitarists, Henry Kapono and Willie K... with Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom singing a tune as well. On the final night, everything moved upstairs for the restaurant’s first rooftop show, with King Paris and his Hip-notic Guitar featuring Rick Vito and his band, the Hypnotics.

Yuanlin Performance Hall Refits with QSC

06/11/2012 - Project News

The Yuanlin Performance Hall lies in Changhua County, Taiwan, an area of the country famed for its literary culture and poetry. Last year, the sound systems at the venue were extensively refitted, incorporating several QSC PLX amplifiers and WideLine-10 line array loudspeaker elements with subwoofers for the first time. The new PA was installed by local dealer Reyn Yang Professional, with the guidance of the QSC distributor in Taiwan, Prosound.

White Light Appoints Lester Cobrin as Head of Concert Touring

06/11/2012 - People News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light has recently welcomed industry veteran Lester Cobrin to its growing team as head of concert touring. Cobrin brings to the role more than 20 years experience in the lighting and live production industry, having worked previously with Samuelson Concert Productions and Theatre Projects, LSD/PRG, Bandit Lites, and most recently XL Video.

Stage Technologies Provides Rental System for Timon of Athens

06/11/2012 - Production News

A Stage Technologies rental AU:tour control system provided the overhead flying for Nicholas Hytner’s triumphant version of William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, at the Olivier Theatre in the National Theatre complex.

d&b audiotechnik Appoints Gerhard Mayr as Head of Sales

06/11/2012 - People News

A new head of sales has been appointed at d&b audiotechnik. Based at the headquarters in Backnang, Germany, Gerhard Mayr takes over from Peter Tongue who, after almost 14 years with the company has retired. With a keen eye on the future, d&b took the decision to target recruitment beyond the entertainment industry. "Gerhard has skills stretching far outside the familiar toolkit," commented marketing director Simon Johnston.

DPA Helps China Find its Voice

06/11/2012 - Production News

DPA Microphones’ new hand held d:facto Vocal Microphone made its début on Chinese television this summer when it was used extensively during the production of The Voice of China, a show produced and screened by Zhejiang Satellite TV that topped the nationwide ratings.

IOSONO Redefines Event Sound

06/11/2012 - Production News

October 1st marked the 100th anniversary of global health care group Fresenius which was celebrated with a superior ceremony at Festhalle Frankfurt. IOSONO 3D sound created a stunning surrounding for the centennial celebration of Fresenius, highlighting a multimedia presentation shown to the 1,000 invited guests, among them high-ranking representatives from politics and business. Founded in 1912, Fresenius provides health care products and services in over 100 countries worldwide, employing more than 160,000 people.

Stamford Gears Up for aTri-State Triumph

06/11/2012 - Event News

There is only one week remaining until PLASA Focus: Stamford 2012 opens its doors to the tri-state area for the first time! Over 50 companies are currently preparing to début new pro-audio, lighting, video and stage technologies at the event, which takes place at The Stamford Marriott, CT. November 12-13, 2012.

Robe Makes Impact in Colombia

06/11/2012 - Event News

Robe’s new Colombian distributor Codiscos SA recently staged hands-on technical demonstrations followed by a rock concert in the city of Medellin, all designed to illustrate first hand the capabilities of Robe’s latest technologies to potential clients.

A Floral Feast with Martin MAC 301 Wash

06/11/2012 - Production News

Floriade, Australia's biggest celebration of spring, is held every year for 30 days over the months of September and October. It showcases one million flowers in bloom, set in Canberra's Commonwealth Park and attracting over 400,000 visitors.

UK Sales Surge for ETC Gio Lighting Control Desk

06/11/2012 - Project News

ETC’s latest lighting control console, Gio, has seen a surge in sales since it was introduced just a few months ago, with many of the company’s UK-based dealers buying them for sales and hire stocks.

Live Experience 2013 Gets off to Flying Start

06/11/2012 - Event News

Live Experience, the showcase for innovative event and experiential production services has announced its exhibitor line-up which already exceeds the 2012 list. With five months of the sales cycle remaining ahead of the exhibition, this is a real testament to the growing appeal of live production in the events mix.

Abu Dhabi Heritage Theatre Invests in Midas PRO6

05/11/2012 - Project News

A Midas PRO6 console has been supplied to Abu Dhabi’s iconic Heritage Theatre, making it the latest high-profile venue in the Middle East to invest in a Midas console.

W-DMX and United Light Enter OEM Partnership

05/11/2012 - Equipment News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB has announced French manufacturer United Light as its newest OEM partner, with their latest product, WiPLUG, using W-DMX technology.

CAST Brings New Products and Seminars to PLASA Focus Stamford

05/11/2012 - Event News

CAST is pulling out all the stops for PLASA Focus Stamford with not one, but four new products, plus an educational seminar. PLASA Focus will be held 12-13 November at the Stamford Marriott in Stamford, Connecticut, only 40 minutes from New York City and serving the New York/Tri-state area. CAST will be exhibiting in Booth 121 and will demonstrate their newest products, BlackTrax, wysiwyg R29, Vivien 2012 and Vivien Online.

Another Exciting Appointment at Chaos Visual Productions Ltd

05/11/2012 - People News

Hot on the heels of the appointment of Alex Leinster as managing director, Chaos Visual Productions Ltd has announced that Mick Jones will be joining the company as project director in the UK.

5 Star Cases Goes Purple for Black Light

05/11/2012 - Project News

Leading European flightcase manufacturer, 5 Star, continues to enjoy brisk business this autumn with a wide variety of projects including a substantial supply of cases to Edinburgh-based lighting, sound and AV specialist, Black Light.

Adamson Ignites Defqon1 Dance Party with Energia E15

05/11/2012 - Production News

Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith Lakes, near Sydney, Australia hosted one of the most successful outdoor dance party events of its kind on September 15th 2012. The outdoor festival featured seven stages spanning over the Island, with the main stage, also known as the 'Red Stage' hosting 22,000 people who came to dance to the beats spun by Wildstylez, Headhunterz, Frontliner, Code Black, Psyko Punkz, Toneshifterz, Zany, Max Enforcer, S Dee vs Hektic, and XDream. The event was hosted by MC Villain, produced by Matt Chromatic and promoted by Q-dance Australia. Norwest Productions provided complete sound production. Staging, lighting and pyro were executed by LX- PRG, Lasers- Oracle and Pyro-Howard & Sons.

Stage Electrics Completes Bristol Old Vic installation

05/11/2012 - Project News

The Bristol Old Vic, one of Britain’s most historic theatres founded in 1766 by 50 merchants, lawyers and politicians, has been given a spectacular £12.26 million makeover in the first phase of a major redevelopment.

DiGiCo SD7 Rocks with Melbourne’s MAVIS

05/11/2012 - Production News

17th September saw five very different acts take to the stage in Melbourne, Australia, as the city’s RMIT University staged its seventh annual MAVIS showcase. With all of the production’s technical tasks carried out by students, a highlight was the fact that they were able to get hands on with a DiGiCo SD7.

SGM First Choice for World Famous Outdoor Venue, Halikarnas

05/11/2012 - Production News

The relentless march of SGM’s new generation LED strobes has continued — right to the Aegean Sea. In one of the world’s biggest open air venues 18 of the punchy XC-5 RGB strobes pulse beneath the night sky of Bodrum. The stylish Halikarnas, which overlooks the Aegean, was completely redesigned this summer by its millionaire owner Süleyman Demir.

Ampco Flashlight for Gelredome’s Monster Jam

05/11/2012 - Production News

The Gelredome in Arnhem was sold out recently for the world première of a new production of the truck-busting, ear-crunching spectacle known as Monster Jam.

Right Structures Expands GEO Stage Range

05/11/2012 - Equipment News

Right Structures has introduced three new models to its Geo Stage range, now available to the live events industry across Europe, October 2012.

Orbital Sound Opens for Business in New York

05/11/2012 - Business News

Orbital Sound Inc opens its doors today, bringing the well-established Orbital brand directly into play in the US market for the first time. Headed up by industry veteran Jim Shearing, Orbital Sound Inc is headquartered in Springfield, NJ, just outside New York City, and is staffed by a talented pool of seasoned professionals, including Jeff Hahn, Lorne Grabe, Luke Lytle and Ray Mancison. Mirroring the structure of the highly successful UK-based company, the US operation will be focusing principally on servicing the theatre, live entertainment and corporate event sectors.

QSC Announces the Promotions of Jatan Shah to Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Barry Ferrell to Vice President, Cinema

05/11/2012 - People News

QSC Audio Products, LLC has announced two new promotions on its executive team, the promotion of Jatan Shah to executive vice president, chief operating officer and the promotion of Barry Ferrell to vice president, cinema.

Robe in the Fast Lane with BMW and Mini at Paris Motor Show

02/11/2012 - Production News

Over 200 Robe LEDWash 600 RGBW LED moving lights were again central to Peter Heilig’s lighting design concept for the BMW and Mini booths and press launches at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2012 à Paris (Paris Motor show). This was staged at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles and attended by over 1.2 million visitors over two weeks.

HHB Communications Bolsters Technical Services Team with the Addition of Patrick Belcher

02/11/2012 - People News

HHB Communications Ltd. has recently appointed Patrick Belcher to the role of service engineer.

White Light Supplies Horse of the Year Show 2012 at NEC Birmingham

02/11/2012 - Production News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light supplied the lighting to the Horse of the Year Show, a long-standing fixture in the British event calendar, held at the Birmingham NEC. The event features equestrian displays, show jumping, and more. The show is an annual must-see for equestrian fans.

Martin Professional’s M2GO Success in US

02/11/2012 - Equipment News

As Americans get ready to go to the polls, there is already one clear winner – Martin Professional’s M2GO and M2PC lighting controllers.

Backstage Academy Short Courses

02/11/2012 - Standards News

Introduction to Working in Live Events Production Career Course
Monday 26th November 2012 - Wednesday 19th December 2012 (month long course)
£1995 + VAT
This Introduction to Working in Live Events course introduces you to many of the personal, practical and business skills you will need, and how best to apply them in the planning and development of a successful career in live events production and staging. Please call the Backstage office on 01977 659881 for more details.

Triple E SDRIVE System installed in Concept School Project

02/11/2012 - Project News

Edinburgh-based technical installation specialist Northern Light is leading the way by becoming the first company to purchase the newly launched SDRIVE motorised track system by Triple E.

Alcons Downsizes its Bass Instincts

02/11/2012 - Equipment News

The BC332 is a self-contained, high-output cardioid subwoofer system for both permanent and portable ground-stacked applications. Following the footsteps of its bigger brother, the BC543, the BC332 is designed to offer a directivity controlled, high output, tight and accurate sub-bass response, for low-frequency extension of any Alcons pro-ribbon system.

AC-ET Supplies Green Hippo to XL Video for The xx Tour

02/11/2012 - Production News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s video division has supplied the UK’s leading live music video rental company, XL Video, with two of the latest Green Hippo v3 HD i7 media servers, which have gone into immediate use on tour with 2010 Mercury Prize winning UK indie band, The xx. The sale was coordinated by Peter Butler for AC-ET and Paul Wood, XL’s project manager for The xx tour. Peter also liaised closely with XL Video’s technical project manager, James Morden.

Games Time for dbn

02/11/2012 - Production News

Manchester based lighting, rigging and visuals rental company dbn designed and supplied a large ground support system for the Games Time outdoor stage spectacular, which played its final performance at Derby last weekend.

Theatrical Lighting Connection Lights PGA Ryder Cup with ProPlex Data Distribution

02/11/2012 - Production News

At the 2012 biennial Ryder Cup golf tournament, a team of USA all-stars challenged the European Cup-holders at the private 640-acre Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Lighting for the event ceremonies was provided by Theatrical Lighting Connection (TLC) of Chicago.

Lab.gruppen Helps EML Power Pukkelpop

01/11/2012 - Production News

Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival has grown from a small one-day event to become one of the biggest festivals in Europe, with over 180,000 music fans attending over the course of the three-day event to witness performances from the likes of The Stone Roses, Foo Fighters, Bjork, and Eagles of Death Metal.

What a Week That Was!

01/11/2012 - Production News

It was certainly a case of everyone helps when the Saville team, headed up by account director Adam Pike, were called on by retailer Tesco to provide all the AV and technology support for seven events across five days in six different venues!

Sound On Stage Invests in Robe

01/11/2012 - Production News

The latest Middle East technical production company to invest in Robe products is Sound On Stage, based in Lebanon and the UAE, and run by Mazan and Rawad Saad.

The Dukes of September Take K1 to the Streets

01/11/2012 - Production News

The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue – perhaps better known as Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, along with a seasoned nine-member backup band – has now closed the final chapter on a very successful 43-show North American tour. The outing was a combined effort between Detroit-based Thunder Audio, which supplied the monitor package for Fagen, and Escondido’s Sound Image, which handled monitor packages for McDonald and Scaggs as well as provided FOH control and a full L-Acoustics K1 system for the duration.

GLP Impression Spot Ones on the Road with Jackson Browne

01/11/2012 - Production News

GLP’s ground-breaking impression Spot One is among several of the German lighting manufacturer’s LED fixtures that are presently dominating high profile touring productions in the US. However, while the impression series has extended its popularity with the arrival of the new X4 head it has been the new fully featured automated Spot which is being seen as the holy grail by others.

Le Mark Hits the Jackpot at LDI Las Vegas

01/11/2012 - Event News

Bringing home one of the best results from any International Trade Show, this year's LDI Exhibition saw an outstanding level of development in Le Mark's USA distribution network.

PR Lighting at the Dream Palace

01/11/2012 - Production News

PR Lighting’s broad portfolio of fixtures are being specified increasingly on television shows around the world, from Algeria to Cambodia, in view of their rich feature-set, discreet form factor and quiet operation.

ACSP Supplies Exterior LED Lighting Scheme for Da Mario Italian Restaurant

01/11/2012 - Project News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has provided an attractive exterior LED colour-changing lighting scheme for Da Mario Gastronomia Napoletana, an Italian restaurant in the heart of London’s busy Gloucester Road area known for being a popular celebrity haunt. Located a short walk from Kensington Palace, the 120 year old building’s beautiful architecture merges Venetian and Gothic styles and was commissioned by Queen Victoria.

Black Light Makes University Sports Centre Stand Out at Night

01/11/2012 - Project News

Black Light has installed an external lighting system at the recently completed £20m sports centre at Lancaster University. The project, which presented a number of key technical challenges, highlights the company’s national reach and the fact that it can offer turn-key solutions of the highest quality.