News Archive for March 2012

Frankfurt more than Doubles SGM’s Wildest Expectations

30/03/2012 - Business News

After four gruelling days of constant stand activity, Peter Johansen, managing director of the newly independent SGM A/S, declared: “Looking at the sales figures, Prolight+Sound has more than doubled our wildest expectations.”

TechnoPro Celebrates its 10th Anniversary by Partnering with High End Systems

30/03/2012 - Business News

High End Systems has announced the appointment of TechnoPro LLC as its exclusive Middle East distribution partner. TechnoPro will provide sales, support, service and training for High End Systems’ full range of Wholehog lighting consoles, automated and digital lighting products.

Broaman Launch the Main Focus of Optocore’s Successful PL+S SHOW Presentation

30/03/2012 - Event News

Optocore used their enlarged booth at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show not only to display their latest niche networking products and OEM solutions but also to officially launch the new BroaMan enterprise — conceived by Optocore founder Marc Brunke.

Martin Audio’s MLA Mission Gathers Momentum at Frankfurt

30/03/2012 - Event News

Martin Audio used Prolight+Sound in Germany to launch its new MLA Compact Multi-cellular loudspeaker array — introducing Stockholm-based DM Audio as the first customer worldwide. But by the end of the expo it was sales of the original MLA platform to two UK rental companies that they were celebrating, as the High Wycombe UK company reported taking orders worth in excess of £1.9 million.

Meyer Sound Stadium System in Rennes a French First

30/03/2012 - Project News

Approaching 100 years of hosting football matches, Le Stade de la Route de Lorient in Rennes made the decision to install a robust complement of 64 Meyer Sound loudspeakers—making it the first major stadium in France to boast a complete Meyer Sound self-powered audio reinforcement system.

A Pointless Achievement for Robe LEDWash 600s

30/03/2012 - Production News

Robe LEDWash 600 moving lights were used by lighting designer Tom Kinane to highlight the set of the latest series of the BBC’s popular quiz show "Pointless", recorded in Studio 8 of the BBC TV Centre in west London, UK.

MIPA Win Confirms Runaway Success of MIDAS PRO2/C

30/03/2012 - Event News

MIDAS picked up the MIPA (Musikmesse International Press Award) for Live Mixing Desk for the new PRO2/C live audio system at Prolight + Sound 2012. MIPAs are presented to the best products released during the previous year as voted for by more than 100 international audio and music magazines. The award was accepted by MIDAS brand development manager Richard Ferriday at a ceremony where the PRO2/C won out over the Digico SD10 and Allen and Heath GLD, which were also nominated.

Live Production Network and PALME Europe Launches at O2 London

30/03/2012 - Event News

The world’s largest exhibition and conference organiser Informa has announced the launch of a dedicated conference and exhibition for the live production industry. Live Production Network will take place from 28 – 30 April 2013 at The O2 Arena, London alongside PALME Europe.

Arts Centre Melbourne Chooses PRG V676 and V476 Consoles

30/03/2012 - Project News

Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia’s largest performing arts centre and the focal point of Melbourne's cultural precinct, has chosen to purchase PRG V676 and V476 control consoles to meet their lighting control needs. PRG will be supplying the consoles through its Australian subsidiary, Production Resource Group (Australia) Pty Ltd. Both the V676 and V476 consoles are in wide use globally throughout the entertainment industry including on major concert tours, international sporting events, and live television broadcasts. The selection of the Vx76 control platform by Arts Centre Melbourne marks the first permanent installation of the PRG control consoles in a performance venue.

Loewe UK Announces New Managing Director

30/03/2012 - People News

Loewe, Europe’s leading manufacturer of premium audio-visual systems, has announced the appointment of James McConnell (pictured) as managing director of its UK subsidiary, Loewe UK.

Interal Hails Success of P100 Protruss Launch at ProLight+Sound

30/03/2012 - Event News

Interal T.C., the Dutch manufacturer of trusses for sale and dry hire, said the launch of its new heavy duty P100 Protruss at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt has been a "great success".

VME Backs Martin Audio’s MLA Platform

30/03/2012 - Production News

When VME Ltd moves into its new 26,000 sq ft facility, in a prime location south of Manchester at the end of April, pride of place in the warehouse will be given to its newly-acquired Martin Audio MLA Multi-cellular loudspeaker array system.

PLASA RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest

30/03/2012 - Standards News

To be held at Gatwick Manor April 26-28, the PLASA Developers Conference ad Plugfest, hotel rooms are also now available for Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th at discounted rates when booking through the PLASA web site, and the booking deadline has been extended to March 31.

ShowTex Presents New Acoustic Solution for Stages and Venues on PLASA Focus Debut

30/03/2012 - Event News

The Acoustic Baffle from ShowTex proves ecology and noise level control can go hand in hand. The new acoustic fabric panels are made from 100% recycled material compressed together to optimize sound conditions. The Acoustic Baffle comes in two sizes and can be installed modularly for extra flexibility. By combining the two standard formats, nearly any height or area can be covered. The Acoustic Baffle can be installed as a ceiling lining or around curves and corners. Custom formats and /or colours are available by request. The panels are finished off with Velcro for connecting together easily and can be used for temporary and fixed installations.

DiGiCo SD9 Satisfies Ukrainian Taste At STB

30/03/2012 - Production News

Launched in 1997, STB is one of Ukraine’s most popular television stations. Broadcasting a mixture of original content and Ukrainian versions of popular Western programmes, the station continues to expand. Recently it invested in a DiGiCo SD9.

Robert Juliat Aledin LED Profile Spots Solve Power Needs of Silverdale Baptist Church

30/03/2012 - Project News

Mankin Media Systems Inc. (MMS) of Franklin, Tennessee helped Chattanooga’s Silverdale Baptist Church find a cost-effective lighting solution for the renovation of existing space into a 2,000-seat auditorium, which includes integration of 15 Aledin 85-watt LED profile spots from Robert Juliat.

Backstage Academy Supports Jobs and Growth in the Entertainment Industry

30/03/2012 - Standards News

Backstage Academy, the industry-led training centre designed to deliver high quality, relevant and practical training in different backstage skills, has launched a range of short courses for Spring 2012.

TC Electronic to Display Its Range of Broadcast and Pro Audio Products at the 2012 NAB Show

29/03/2012 - Event News

TC Electronic will exhibit its range of loudness meters and digital signal processors at this year’s NAB Show (booth C2852).

By Design Day 2012 – it’s Getting Closer!

29/03/2012 - Event News

If you haven’t signed up yet for By Design Day, the annual fundraising day for Light Relief in the UK and Behind the Scenes in the US and Canada, don’t worry — you still have time!

XL Video Supply Florence + The Machine

29/03/2012 - Production News

XL Video supplied a projection system, Catalyst media servers and control, cameras and crew to the latest Florence + The Machine UK tour, once again working with visuals designer and video director, Richard Stembridge.

Philips Vari-Lite Introduces Three New Luminaires

29/03/2012 - Equipment News

Philips Vari-Lite has introduced the new VL3015, VL3015LT and VL3515 Spot luminaires to provide lighting professionals worldwide with the increased output of a 1500W lamp in the successful line of Vari*Lite spot luminaires.

It’s Earl’s Court – but not as you know it!

29/03/2012 - Production News

Since 2010, when Unusual Rigging covered the front of Earl’s Court in ‘grass’ for that year’s Ideal Home Show, a façade has become a trade mark for this long established exhibition. For the 2012 show, Unusual transformed Earl’s Court – externally at least – into a grand country house.

World Cup skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with Electro-Voice

29/03/2012 - Production News

For two weekends running recently, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) was home the elite of the alpine skiing world: on January 28 & 29 for the men's downhill and super G, and February 4 & 5 for the women's speed disciplines. Once again, the small resort in Upper Bavaria found itself cast in the role of capital of the skiing world, and as in previous years, TV and radio stations the world over were providing coverage of the competitions unfolding on the dreaded Kandahar run.

RATstands Spring Showcase

29/03/2012 - Event News

RAT Stands has announced details of the inaugural RATstands Spring Showcase.

Q-Sys Takes Control at State-of-the-Art Italian Multimedia Museum

29/03/2012 - Project News

The historic Forte di Bard recently opened its high-tech multimedia museum here, spanning more than 20 rooms, and featuring state-of-the art audio visual presentations, touch screens and interactive experiences for the visitor, all controlled by the recently installed Q-Sys Integrated System Platform.

Innovason takes the lid off Pandora at PL+S 2012

28/03/2012 - Event News

Innovason has reported a highly successful PL+S show 2012. The focus this year was the revelation of the latest box of tricks that has been integrated into Innovason’s flagship Eclipse GT digital console: named for the "all-gifted" figure of Greek mythology, Pandora is a new way of panning that provides audibly better results across the listening field than traditional stereo panning.

Incus AV Opens London Office

28/03/2012 - Business News

Incus AV, providers of Audio Visual consultancy, design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and support are delighted to announce the expansion of its UK operations with the opening of a new office in Canary Wharf, London. With a growing number of support and maintenance contracts in the city and the surrounding areas, our new office located in Skylines Village will provide a central hub from which we can respond rapidly to all clients.

Danley Loudspeakers at University of North Carolina's Trask Coliseum

28/03/2012 - Project News

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is part of the state's 17-school university system and currently enrols over 14,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Basketball is big in the Tar Heel state, and UNCW's Seahawks basketball team

Meyer Sound Constellation Tailors Acoustics for Finland’s Shape-Shifting Logomo Hall

28/03/2012 - Project News

In Turku, Finland, the flexible Logomo Hall assumes whatever size or shape is suited for the event of the evening. On one night it can provide a compact 1,100-seat space with a nearly square audience area, ideal for a chamber orchestra or jazz ensemble. Within a few hours, it can be transformed into an elongated rectangle accommodating 3,500 for a rock concert. And with the push of a button, its permanently installed Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system instantly optimizes acoustical response for both the current room configuration and the event at hand, whether a concert, conference, play, or opera.

Royal Military School of Music Selects iLive for Touring Rig

28/03/2012 - Production News

Just Sound in the UK has supplied a PA rig based around an iLive digital mixing system to the Royal Military School of Music, which will operate and loan the equipment to the British Army's bands performing around the globe. The system was designed to be compact for air portability on a variety of military aircraft, with minimum set-up time.

wysiwyg Does Previsualisation in Style at London Fashion Week

28/03/2012 - Production News

CAST of Toronto, Canada was recently in the fashion limelight during London Fashion Week (LFW), one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers. The runways showcased the 2012 autumn and winter collections of some of the world’s top designers including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Alice Temperley (a favourite of Kate Middleton) and attracted visitors from over 25 countries including US, France, Italy, Russia, Middle East, China and UAE.

Clay Paky is "leading light" of Sanremo Festival

28/03/2012 - Production News

The 62nd Italian Song Festival did not disappoint the expectations of those who expected all round entertainment, including impressive stage design, abundant lighting effects and a production designed to exploit all the innovations specifically thought out and carried out on the stage of the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo.

Theatres Trust Statement: Culture in the National Planning Policy Framework

28/03/2012 - Business News

The Government has published its long awaited final National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). In its draft consultation document, culture, the arts and theatre were absent. This would have left theatres and other cultural institutions vulnerable to the NPPF’s over-riding principle of ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’, particularly where local authorities did not have their Local Plans in place.

Dynacord Introduces Five New Products

28/03/2012 - Equipment News

The TS 400 is a compact, powerful, and versatile loudspeaker system for mobile applications and fixed installations. It can be used either full-range or in active two-way systems for applications requiring subwoofers, where DYNACORD's PSD 215 and PSD 218 powered subwoofers make ideal companions. Vertical pattern control is essential if optimal sound quality and intelligibility are to be achieved in difficult acoustic environments. The TS 400 was designed to provide very even and smooth coverage over a very wide bandwidth by using spaced and filtered woofers as array elements.

Reefer String Curtain takes a bow after a Show-stopping Debut

28/03/2012 - Event News

J&C Joel launched their Reefer String Curtain to universal acclaim at Prolight + Sound 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Avolites Demonstrate Titan V6 on the Sapphire Touch at Prolight+Sound

28/03/2012 - Event News

For the first time in Germany, Avolites Ltd. exhibited in tandem with Avolites Media Ltd. on the stand of German partners, Trendco.

Avolites Media’s Prolight + Sound Debut

28/03/2012 - Equipment News

The Avolites Group took to the road for 2012’s first international trade fair for the events technology sector covering a broad spectrum of products and services with their German partner Trendco. Avolites Media Ltd. exhibited its new Ai Media Server in tandem with Avolites Ltd’s Sapphire Touch and Titan Mobile lighting control consoles.

Rosco Supports Backstage Academy with Successful Scenic Paint Seminar

28/03/2012 - Standards News

UK training facility Backstage Academy approached Rosco to introduce Scenic Paint to students as part of its Foundation Degree course in Live Events Production (accredited by The University of Bolton and first institution in the UK to provide this new course). The course has been developed to provide real-world training for graduates and professionals looking to work in the live entertainment technology industry.

DiGiCo SD10 has Maxi Appeal in Brazil

28/03/2012 - Production News

DiGiCo’s SD10 has just made its first venture into Brazil, with one being purchased by events company Maxi Audio Luz Imagen, based in Sao Paulo. Used on a variety of events, the company is very happy with its purchase.

Martin Audio Confirms First UK MLA Sale to RG Jones

28/03/2012 - Production News

After trialling Martin Audio’s active Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) on a series of high profile events, premier UK rental company, RG Jones Sound Engineering Ltd has become the first UK company to invest in the new award-winning system. The premier rental company confirmed the purchase of a System 36 on the opening day of this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt.

Giant Christie MicroTiles Display Cracks The Egg at Salford’s New Media City

28/03/2012 - Project News

The University of Salford’s unique digital learning, teaching and research space opened in October at MediaCityUK — the major development in Salford Quays which is also home to the BBC and independent creative, digital and media organisations.

L-Acoustics Launch ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus Systems

28/03/2012 - Equipment News

The ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus systems are based on two constant curvature enclosures holding distinct directivity pattern and SPL capabilities. Intended for medium-throw applications in rental productions and fixed installations, these line sources deliver remarkable acoustic properties and unmatched versatility for many applications, including FOH L/R systems, central clusters, side-fill monitors, distributed systems and complementary fills.

DM Audio Takes First Martin Audio MLA Compact for Scandinavia

28/03/2012 - Production News

Immediately after unveiling its new MLA Compact system in London, with a spectacular launch for international partners and media, Martin Audio was able to announce its first sale.

Midas PRO2 joins XL8 for Florence’s Ali Pali Gigs

28/03/2012 - Production News

Florence and the Machine’s current European dates to promote her Ceremonials album were recently upsized for a three-night run at London’s Alexandra Palace, with the band joined by a 12-piece choir and 12-piece string section. A new Midas PRO2 live audio system supplemented monitor world for these gigs, joining the stalwart XL8 at FOH. Both consoles were provided by Britannia Row Productions.

PRG Helps Launch the new King’s Cross Station Extension

28/03/2012 - Production News

Covering the vast Western Concourse, and spanning the full 150m length of King’s Cross station, a new 20m-high tapered central 'funnel' made of a latticework of steel and glass, was unveiled last week ahead of its March 19 public opening.

Martin Audio Strengthens Team with Andy Davies and Colin Quek

28/03/2012 - People News

Martin Audio has announced a formidable support team to boost awareness of its expanding MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) family.

Pro-audio Giants Flex Muscles in Preparation for PALME 2012

28/03/2012 - Event News

Several powerhouse loudspeaker systems are set to be unveiled when the three-day PALME Middle East show opens at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC) on May 1.

HSL Supplies Snow Patrol

27/03/2012 - Production News

HSL are supplying lighting equipment, a 26-axes Kinesys automation system, all associated trussing and rigging plus crew to Snow Patrol as they embark on the first UK leg of their 2011 "Fallen Empires" world tour.

W-DMX Lights Melodifestivalen Costumes

27/03/2012 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden was part of a show-stopping performance during the recent Melodifestivalen 2012 as part of Danny Saucedo’s crowd favorite, “Amazing”. Melodifestivalen is the annual Swedish song contest that determines Sweden's song to be internationally represented in the Eurovision Song Contest. This year’s Melodifestivalen began February 4 and the Finals were held at the Globe Arena in Stockholm on March 10.

Clay Paky New Products and Virtual Visitors at Prolight+Sound 2012

27/03/2012 - Event News

Among the new products making their international debut was the new "A.LEDA" LED moving head range. The line consists of three models with wide fast pan and tilt movements: 100W, 300W and 600W approx. The 100W model has a fixed 6° aperture, whereas the two more powerful models have a 8°-40° (over 60° at 10%) electronic zoom, which makes them suitable for use in more professional environments.

Arena Seating to Unveil New Box Seat Stadium Model at Soccerex

27/03/2012 - Equipment News

Arena Seating is exhibiting on stand 181 at this week’s Soccerex European Forum in Manchester, 28-29 March, showcasing the brand new BOX Seat 901 model.

LMG Extends its L-Acoustics Inventory with K1 System

27/03/2012 - Production News

LMG, Inc., an Orlando-based full-service provider of audio, video and lighting support, recently added a quantity of L-Acoustics K1 WST line source enclosures and accompanying K1-SB subs to its arsenal for live event production.

Raft of New Products set to make UK Debut in Leeds

27/03/2012 - Event News

A whopping 2000 professionals from the North of England's entertainment and installation technology communities have registered to attend PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012, taking place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April. Organisers PLASA Events are attributing this year's stronger-than-ever pre-show figures to the record number of new products on show, a flurry of first-time exhibitors, and the event's well-loved, friendly format.

ETC Demonstrates Success at Prolight 2012

27/03/2012 - Event News

ETC reports an enthusiastic response to its stand at Prolight+Sound this year. For the first time, a stage area was set up on the stand, where field project coordinator Mark Tobler gave presentations in German or English describing ETC's overarching philosophy: Layers of Light. He showed how different types of lighting - Tungsten, HID and LED - can be used together with ETC's latest control desks and Sensor3 power control system to create the right light for any kind of purpose.

Ambersphere on tour at Black Light Open Day and PLASA Focus: Leeds

27/03/2012 - Event News

Ambersphere’s regional tour of the UK continues in March and April with two headline appearances – at the Black Light Open day in Scotland, and at PLASA Focus in Leeds.

ADJ Europe Names Ian Webster Northern UK Sales Manager

27/03/2012 - People News

Ian Webster, a sales professional with extensive experience in the digital technology field, has been named sales manager for the United Kingdom, northern region, by the ADJ Group. In this capacity, Webster will be responsible for sales and customer development for American DJ Lighting and American Audio products in his territory.

Sell-out for ABTT 2012 Theatre Show as Exhibitors Rush to Confirm Bookings for Last Few Spaces

27/03/2012 - Event News

Following news last week of record visitor registrations of over 1,000 in just two days, it seems that exhibitors are equally eager to confirm their places before space runs out. Although the available exhibition space is the same 3,000 square metres as the three rooms at the Royal Horticultural Halls, the new venue is a single exhibition area on two levels with all facilities together in the same space.

d&b audiotechnik Adds Diversity to Democracy at Frankfurt

27/03/2012 - Equipment News

As ever, consistency remains a keyword in the d&b audiotechnik almanac. However, this year, it was a multiplicity in size, colour, application and intelligent solutions that were centre stage at Frankfurt prolight+sound 2012. Taking the limelight was the new V-Series, a formidable addition to the d&b stable of line array offerings within their Black product range. The latest cabinets to the E-Series, the teenyweeny E4 and E5 were also on display alongside fresh options for installers contemplating the d&b White range.

EM Acoustics Launches Thirteen New Products in Anniversary Year

27/03/2012 - Equipment News

UK loudspeaker manufacturer EM Acoustics celebrated its tenth anniversary in style at PL+S 2012 with the launch of thirteen new products across four different ranges, including a brand new range of amplifiers. There are also a number of self-powered products that are new for 2012 and represent a new technology departure for EM Acoustics.

Le Maitre Expand R&D with Three New Appointments

27/03/2012 - People News

Pyrotechnics and Special Effects manufacturer Le Maitre Ltd has announced the appointment of three new members of staff joining their Research & Development Teams.

PixelRange's New LED Technology Lights New Pippin Theatre Production

27/03/2012 - Production News

For the new production of Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the concept was to place the show inside a video game. As you walk towards the theatre entrance, the character Pippin is playing a video game – then during the opening number, Pippin gets sucked into the game that is then played onstage.

RML with the TV Burp

27/03/2012 - Production News

This week saw the very last Harry Hill’s TV Burp was filmed, marking the end of an era.

Xone:DB4 Becomes Mixer of Choice for John Digweed

26/03/2012 - Production News

Long standing Allen & Heath user, John Digweed, has adopted the new Xone:DB4 digital FX mixer as his mixer of choice for all tours and gigs.

Robe Takes Frankfurt By The Balls!

26/03/2012 - Event News

Robe lighting enjoyed its busiest and best Prolight+Sound exhibition to date with a record number of deals closed, plus a phenomenal interest in its progressive, forward thinking ROBIN product range, as well the launch of five innovative new fixtures at the show.

New XL48 mic pre: Classic Midas Sound for All

26/03/2012 - Event News

Midas launched the XL48 ‘digi-log’ mic preamp at Prolight + Sound 2012. The XL48, which packs eight Midas XL4 mic pres into a 1U box, brings the much-loved classic Midas mic preamp sound within the reach of live sound engineers everywhere.

Midas Launches Generation-II Software at Prolight + Sound 2012

26/03/2012 - Event News

Midas announced the launch of Generation-ll software for all Midas digital consoles at Prolight + Sound 2012.

It’s All About the Voice!

26/03/2012 - Production News

A new onslaught of Saturday evening reality television shows has begun with both sides vying for the best viewing figures for the family audience. This year, the BBC is launching a brand new singing competition, one that has already had remarkable success in the Netherlands, Germany and the USA, to compete with the sixth series of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent.

AC-ET Announced as High End Systems Distributor for UK and Ireland

26/03/2012 - Business News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has been appointed as the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for the full range of lighting products manufactured by US-based High End Systems.

Superior Upgrade for Meadowhall Centre’s Oasis Dining Quarter

26/03/2012 - Project News

Experienced end-to-end content and systems providers, tsg Media is increasingly finding the combination of BSS Soundweb London DSP and Crown amplification a winning one, as the company seeks packaged audio solutions that are both dependable and intuitive for its customers in the bar, restaurant, retail and leisure sectors.

Book a Place on the Black Light Pyrotechnic Course That Offers More Bang for the Buck

26/03/2012 - Standards News

Black Light’s next pyrotechnic training course is set to go off like a rocket on the 30th April when the company’s training team lights the blue touch paper at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. The one-day course is designed to give practical advice and instruction on all the key aspects of stage pyrotechnic design, operation and safety and will include hands-on workshop sessions during which participants will be able to try out everything they have learned.

Robolights Move Ahead

26/03/2012 - Business News

Specialist industry manufacturer Robolights has recently relocated to new premises in the South West.

Elstree Light & Power Increases Investment in Clay Paky Fixtures

23/03/2012 - Business News

Elstree Light & Power has recently invested in a significant number of Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s, supplemented by a healthy order of Sharpys.

Kreon Appoints Darin Fowler as General Manager of North American Headquarters

23/03/2012 - People News

Belgium-based architectural lighting manufacturer Kreon Inc, appoints Darin Fowler as general manager of North American operations, headquartered in New York City. In his new role, Fowler will oversee all sales, customer service and marketing in the US and Canada. Since his start in January of this year, Fowler has set up the office and is hiring staff, with warehouse space and a showroom to be announced in the near future.

Jands Shows New Vista L5 Media and Lighting Control Console at ProLight + Sound

23/03/2012 - Event News

Jands gave the new flagship Vista L5 media and lighting control console its first European tradeshow outing at the Prolight and Sound trade show in Frankfurt.

Lake Introduces Long-Awaited Smaart 7 Integration with Lake Controller Version 6

23/03/2012 - Event News

Lake is using Prolight+Sound 2012 as the preferred stage to unveil the brand new release of its Lake Controller software – version 6 – marking a critical leap forward in the development of the ubiquitous live sound processing environment. This latest release heralds some highly anticipated new functionality as well as a host of performance improvements, many of which will be actively demonstrated daily on the Lake stand at the Frankfurt show.

Get the Symnet Edge

22/03/2012 - Equipment News

Symetrix has announced SymNet Edge, a significant update to its long line of DSP solutions packed with incredible new features. DSP is deep in Symetrix’ DNA and Edge is their most exciting commercial audio product yet. Edge is scalable hardware configured with SymNet Composer open architecture software for total design synergy.

Alcons Celebrates a Decade of Excellence at ProLight+Sound

22/03/2012 - Event News

Alcons Audio, which marks its 10th anniversary of exhibiting at ProLight+Sound in 2012, is showing a number of new products and updates to existing models on Stand G60, Hall 8.0.

New Software and Firmware Upgrades Released as DiGiCo Celebrates Multiple Anniversaries at ProLight+Sound

22/03/2012 - Event News

2012 marks three major milestones in DiGiCo’s history: the anniversary of 40 years since the birth of Soundtracs, the company from which DiGiCo was born; 20 years since it made its first foray into digital consoles; and 10 years since DiGiCo took over the Soundtracs reins.

DiGiCo Shows UB MADI at Prolight+Sound 2012

22/03/2012 - Event News

First shown at the 2012 NAMM show in California, DiGiCo’s revolutionary UB MADI makes its European debut at Prolight+Sound 2012 on Stand G56, Hall 8.0.

Labrinth Makes the Earth Move with Neumann and Sennheiser

22/03/2012 - Production News

With a number of high profile collaborations to his name, singer, songwriter and producer Labrinth has achieved much in the two years since he rose to prominence. About to release his second solo single, Earthquake, Sennheiser and Neumann equipment are constant companions on stage and in his studio.

Apex launches Intelli-Z2 at ProLight+Sound 2012

22/03/2012 - Event News

Since being launched 18 months ago, Apex’s groundbreaking Intelli-X² processors have become a fixture for a wide range of touring bands, musicals and festivals. Now the company has brought all the high end features of Intelli-X² to the installation market with the Intelli-Z², which is being launched at ProLight+Sound 2012.

Yamaha Announces Exclusive European Distribution Agreement with Steinberg

22/03/2012 - Business News

Yamaha Commercial Audio Europe has announced at ProLight+Sound 2012 that it will become the exclusive European distributor for Steinberg’s Nuendo family of products from 1st April.

Yamaha Shows the Full Product Range at ProLight+Sound 2012

22/03/2012 - Event News

Yamaha Commercial Audio is showing its full ranges of mixers, interfaces, amplifiers, loudspeakers and processors on Stand 8.0 F50 at ProLight+Sound 2012.

Small Power Packs for a Big Impression

22/03/2012 - Equipment News

With their much flatter profile the new OSRAM Ostar Stage LEDs provide the basis for compact spotlights with an extremely narrow beam and high luminance. These LEDs are ideal for moving heads fixtures.

DPA Upgrades Popular 4099 Instrument Mic Series to d:vote

22/03/2012 - Event News

DPA Microphones has announced the unveiling of its new d:vote range of microphones at Prolight + Sound 2012, Hall 8, F22.

DPA Unveils Expanded Range of d:fine Headset Mics at Frankfurt Prolight + Sound 2012

22/03/2012 - Event News

DPA Microphones is featuring its expanded range of d:fine headset microphones at Prolight + Sound, Hall 8, F22.

DPA launches d:facto Vocal mic at Frankfurt Prolight + Sound 2012

22/03/2012 - Event News

DPA Microphones has announced the launch of its handheld d:facto vocal mic at Prolight + Sound 2012, Hall 8, F22.

i-Pix Launches Two New i-Line Products at Prolight+Sound

21/03/2012 - Equipment News

Innovative UK LED manufacturer i-Pix launches two new i-Line range products at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, a 600mm six-cell unit and a 1200mm 12-cell.

MattLX Group Launches New Website

21/03/2012 - Business News

Production lighting, training and safety services supplier MattLX has announced a brand new website at www.mattlx.com. Launched to coincide with the release of the company's new lighting services brochure, the complimentary web design is easier to navigate and reaffirms an ongoing commitment to provide customers with relevant and accurate information.

NATEAC Receives AIA/CES Approval

21/03/2012 - Event News

The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) has announced that it has been accepted into the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES) Provider program. Architects will receive credit for any AIA/CES approved session they attend at NATEAC. Bill Sapsis, conference director, noted: "The criteria for achieving AIA/CES approval is extremely stringent and we are very happy to have been approved. All sessions receiving AIA/CES approval will be identified on the website and in the conference program to ensure that everyone who wishes to take advantage of this program can do so easily.

2012 National Stage Management Awards Call for Nominations

21/03/2012 - Event News

Administrated by the SMA and sponsored by key figures in the industry, the National Stage Management Awards are awarded annually to extraordinary stage managers – individuals, or teams. These are the only awards that recognise the importance of excellent stage management to make or break a show, and in these tough times where arts professionals are being asked to perform way above and beyond the call of duty it is even more crucial that we applaud those at the helm of the production.

PALM Expo 2012 Mumbai

21/03/2012 - Event News

Leading manufacturers and distributors of pro audio, pro sound and lighting technology will display their latest offerings at PALM Expo 2012 to be held on 31 May – 2 June, 2012 at Hall No 1, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India. PALM Expo is India’s premium trade fair for the professional audio, lighting and music industry. Already there are well over 100 confirmed exhibitors, making it India’s largest convention for the entertainment technology industry. The China Pavilion will host representations from at least 10 Chinese companies, giving an apt testimony of the booming Indian market.

Radiohead Returns to the Road with L-Acoustics

21/03/2012 - Production News

Radiohead recently embarked on its first North American tour in four years and is firing on all cylinders with a full L-Acoustics K1/KARA/KUDO system supplied by Firehouse Productions of Red Hook, NY.

PRG Expands its Longbridge Service Centre

21/03/2012 - Business News

PRG has announced the expansion of their Longbridge service and technical centre, with the addition of two new field service engineers, Mark Atkinson and Gareth Hards.

Get the Symnet Edge

21/03/2012 - Equipment News

Symetrix has announced SymNet Edge, a significant update to its long line of DSP solutions packed with incredible new features. DSP is deep in Symetrix’ DNA and Edge is their most exciting commercial audio product yet. Edge is scalable hardware configured with SymNet Composer open architecture software for total design synergy.

Muskimesse and Prolight+Sound Open Today

21/03/2012 - Event News

Today, Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound open their doors in Frankfurt am Main with an extended spectrum of products and services and a high degree of internationality. A total of 2,388 exhibitors from 55 countries are making presentations at the world’s leading trade fairs for musical instruments, music production, event technology and entertainment.

Audio Light Systems Purchase New Premises in Edinburgh

21/03/2012 - Business News

Audio Light Systems, now in their ninth year, have purchased new 11,000 sq.ft premises in Edinburgh to allow for their ongoing expansion.

Madagascar: White Light Supplies Award-Nominated Project In Singapore

21/03/2012 - Project News

Madagascar: A Crate Adventure at Universal Studios in Singapore, the first attraction in the world based on DreamWorks Animation’s film, has been nominated for the About.com 2012 Reader’s Choice Award. The award honours the best new achievements for theme parks, amusement parks and water parks worldwide, with the winner picked by voters on the About.com website.

QFlex Answers the Challenges at Edinburgh’s Historic Royal Commonwealth Pool

21/03/2012 - Project News

With over 40 years of history and having played host to two Commonwealth Games, the Royal Commonwealth Pool is a landmark A-listed building in Scotland’s capital. For the last two years, The City of Edinburgh Council has led a massive £37m renovation and refurbishment programme to return the pool to its former glory.

PG Stage Design New Flexible Television Studio at Middlesex University

21/03/2012 - Project News

PG Stage has worked for over 30 years designing, supplying and installing performance facilities and equipment in venues across the UK.

HHB Helps Celebrate The Purcell School’s 50th Anniversary

21/03/2012 - Project News

HHB Communications Ltd. has taken part in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Purcell School with the donation of a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer.

Norwest Productions Becomes Largest L-Acoustics KUDO Provider

21/03/2012 - Production News

L-Acoustics Rental Network Agent and Certified Provider Norwest Productions has added 74 KUDO cabinets and 16 LA-RAK amplified controllers to its existing inventory, which already includes 118 KUDO boxes. The equipment was delivered directly to Doha for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan Arabic Games, whose sound designer, Auditoria’s Scott Willsallen, extensively specifies KUDO for his projects due to its adjustable horizontal cue, which provides even coverage over a large space.

Live At The Electric

20/03/2012 - Production News

Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has recently purchased 24 Robe ROBIN 600 LEDWash’s and will showcase them on a show about new comedians.

ETC Introduces Source Four LED

20/03/2012 - Equipment News

The world's most popular line of profile spotlights just got bigger. ETC's Source Four started with the HPL lamp. Then the Source Four HID was added to the range. And now there's the ETC Source Four LED, featuring brilliant colours, low heat and even more energy-saving efficiency.

ARRI Lighting Solutions and ADB-TTV Technologies Announce Cross-Marketing Agreement

20/03/2012 - Business News

ARRI Lighting Solutions and ADB-TTV Technologies have entered into a cross marketing agreement with the double objective of exploiting the synergies between their product ranges and exploring opportunities for rationalising their product spectrum.

CADAC Unveils CDC Eight System Series

20/03/2012 - Equipment News

Just seven months after first unveiling its revolutionary CDC8 digital production console, CADAC is launching a complete CDC8 series production system at Prolight+Sound 2012, with the addition of an ultra-compact 16 channel variant, with identical processing, channel count and I/O capabilities, and an Ethernet connected 16 fader ‘sidecar’ expander module, enabling expansion of the control surfaces of the CDC8 console, or dedication of I/O channels on the desk to sub mixing, monitor mix or other discrete applications.

Alcons in Frankfurt and Los Angeles

20/03/2012 - Event News

In a few days, the doors will open for Europe's largest professional audio and light show, ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt Germany. Next week, on the other side of the Ocean, the USITT Theatre Technology conference takes place in Long Beach California USA. Alcons Audio, Dutch manufacturer of professional pro-ribbon based sound systems, will participate at both events.

Illuminate Design Builds a New Space for Jasmin Vardimon

20/03/2012 - Project News

Illuminate Design has helped one of Britain's flagship dance theatre companies move to a new creation and rehearsal space in Ashford, Kent.

White Light at The Electric Forest

20/03/2012 - Production News

White Light has spent the winter helping lighting designer Phil Supple bring light to the dark winter nights at forests around the UK as part of Culture Creative’s Electric Forest project. This saw lighting transform the Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest in Kent during October, High Lodge at Thetford Forest in Suffolk during December and the Moors Valley Country Park & Forest in Dorset this February.

Hoist UK Makes a Point at Warwick Arts Centre

20/03/2012 - Project News

Suppliers are sometimes put into boxes by consultants and customers alike. Hoist UK are no different in that their core business is seen as being the live touring and events industry, which is really not the case. Hoist UK are a British manufacturer who produce their own lifting and rigging products, as well as working within in a close team of some of the world’s best and well know stage engineering manufacturers to create a total project solution in theatre, retail, industrial and the live event industry.

Kaiser Chiefs Have A Riot with Robe

20/03/2012 - Production News

UK indie rockers The Kaiser Chiefs are back on the road again and right on form as among the country’s favourite live performers, with a characteristically boisterous set and a hard-working four week sold-out UK tour just behind them.

Philips Selecon Names AVAB CAC as an Authorised Dealer for Norway

20/03/2012 - Business News

Philips Selecon has appointed AVAB CAC as its authorised dealer for Norway. With offices in Oslo, Bergen and Lillehammer, AVAB CAC is a single source provider of stages, audio lighting, image and rigging solutions to the entertainment industry.

MDG and cast C.Adolph & RST Distribution GmbH Celebrate 20 Years in Germany at Prolight & Sound

20/03/2012 - Business News

Prolight & Sound 2012 will be the scene of a big celebration for MDG and cast C.Adolph & RST Distribution GmbH as the two companies celebrate a long-standing association. The show marks the twentieth anniversary of MDGâs appointment of cast C.Adolph & RST Distribution GmbH as its distributor for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Elation Introduces Platinum Wash ZFX Pro

19/03/2012 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has once again pushed the edge of the LED envelope with the unveiling of its new Platinum Wash ZFX Pro RGBW moving head wash. This time the "push" is by 30%, which is how much more output the Platinum Wash ZFX Pro provides than comparable wash fixtures, thanks to its cutting-edge high-power Quad color OSRAM LED chipset and new innovative HO (high output) optical lens design.

iLive and IDR Systems Installed in New Icelandic Venue

19/03/2012 - Project News

Several Allen & Heath iLive and iDR digital mixers were installed in the prestigious new Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, Iceland.

AC-ET Supplies Green Hippo HD Media Server Systems to Creative Visual Artists

19/03/2012 - Business News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s video division has supplied leading UK live visuals specialist, Creative Visual Artists Ltd with three Green Hippo GrassHopper HD media server systems and related video equipment, to meet growing demand from their client base.

Colour Sound Experiment Doubles Space in Warehouse Expansion

19/03/2012 - Business News

West London based lighting and visuals rental company Colour Sound Experiment (CSE) has expanded its current warehouse facility by acquiring the building next door and knocking through into one.

i-Pix Launches New M25 Pixel Matrix Fixture

19/03/2012 - Equipment News

i-Pix has launched the first in a new line of LED Pixel Matrix fixtures – the Matrix 25 (M25) - a super high powered 5 x 5 LED unit that delivers real punch with a dynamic ‘daylight visible’ array of colours and multiple other features.

XLNT CyberMotion Gets ProLight+Sound 2012 Moving

19/03/2012 - Event News

XLNT CyberMotion, the worldâs first fully integrated mobile motion control system, will be on display at ProLight+Sound in Hall 9.0 on Stand F61. The system is designed to change the philosophy of motion control with new creative possibilities.

Hall Stage at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt

19/03/2012 - Event News

Amongst the products on show on stand F82 8in Hall 9 will be the new ‘Chaindrive’ system for T60 & T70 track systems, which enables heavy curtain motorisation through tight and complex curves, even in ‘rearfold’ format - without the need for additional and expensive ‘off-stage’ storage space.

New K.M.E. Compact Column Array Speaker VL 4 and Active PA system SD X

19/03/2012 - Equipment News

With the VL 4 a professional, ultra-compact column array loudspeakersystem with excellent sound quality for speech and music reproduction will be presented at Frankfurt.

K.M.E. Presents New Hybrid Array Element QF 5045 at Frankfurt

19/03/2012 - Equipment News

The new Hybrid Array element QF 5045 with a dispersion of 50° horizontal and 45°vertical is an absolute novelty in the combination of line source and point source technologies.

Interal to Launch Heavy Duty P100 Protruss at ProLight+Sound

19/03/2012 - Equipment News

Interal T.C., the Dutch manufacturer of trusses for sale and dry hire, will launch its new heavy duty P100 Protruss at this year’s ProLight+Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt, alongside its complete product portfolio of Protruss and Intertruss.

Outline to Unveil Five New High Performance Subwoofers at Prolight + Sound

19/03/2012 - Equipment News

The profitable on-going cooperation relationship that Outline has had for years with the world’s major rental companies on one hand and on the other its increasingly in-depth research to optimize development, manufacture and testing processes (material, components, technology, measurement instruments, etc.) have also been fundamental for the success achieved in the realization of their new subwoofers.

TiMax Tracker Touring Version shown at ProLight & Sound 2012

19/03/2012 - Equipment News

Out Board will be exhibiting at Frankfurt Pro-Light & Sound with TiMax distributor Pro Audio-Technik in Hall 8, Stand A01, and will demonstrate the TiMax SoundHub S-Version’s unparalleled combination of sound effects editing and management and wide range of showcontrol trigger and event interfaces. Aimed at theatre and live events sound designers as well as museum and attraction integrators, the new S-Version features include multitrack Timeline cue programming, clip editing, looping, timeslip, volume-profiling and archiving, plus the object-based delay-pan programming pioneered by TiMax.

Allen & Heath Launches Upgraded Xone DJ Headphones

16/03/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched an updated version of its flagship Xone professional monitoring headphones, the XD-53s. The new XD2-53s have several new features, including a detachable coiled cable with 3.5mm connector and ¼” jack adaptor, and also sport a stylish gunmetal finish.

Musical Polymath Jack Hale Dotes on Metric Halo

16/03/2012 - Production News

Jack Hale does it all, and he does it all well. An instrumentalist, a musician, a composer, an engineer, and a producer, Hale has enjoyed a storybook career. Inspired by the successful and meaningful lives of his father and uncle, musicians both, Hale took up the trumpet at thirteen and quickly obtained a virtuosic proficiency that earned him a place in the music department at the University of Memphis. Hale befriended John Fry and Joe Hardy, and they gave him the keys to Ardent Studio to use as he wished in the off hours. Meanwhile, Hale was selected as the trumpet player in the Memphis Horns and had a hit single to his credit at the tender age of twenty (on Al Green’s “Full Of Fire”). While touring as a trumpet player with Johnny Cash, Cash recognized Hale’s genius and hired him to be his musical director. Hale held the position during the last decade of Cash’s life, which was one of the most prolific periods in The Man in Black’s storied life.

Sennheiser Shows XS Wireless at PLASA Focus 2012

16/03/2012 - Event News

New at PLASA Focus 2012 from Sennheiser UK is the XS Wireless Series, an entry-level series of wireless microphone package designed for users who want to go wireless effortlessly, but still have the guarantee of great quality sound.

Jands Vista v2 is a New Revolution for Les Misérables

16/03/2012 - Production News

Danish lighting designer Benjamin la Cour has been using his own Jands Vista T2 lighting console, running the next generation Vista v2 software, on a busy schedule which includes the Musical Silkeborg’s production of the Victor Hugo classic, “Les Misérables”.

Rose Bruford College Creates an Interactive Rock Concert for the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham

16/03/2012 - Event News

Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance will be hosting an interactive stand for the The Big Bang Fair held at The NEC Birmingham, 15-17th March 2012.

Richard Pilbrow Speaks About the Importance of the 5th Knight of Illumination Awards

16/03/2012 - Event News

Internationally respected lighting designer Richard Pilbrow has called the annual Knight of Illumination Awards “the most valuable gift to the entire lighting profession”.

Danley Sound Labs to Exhibit at ProLight + Sound

16/03/2012 - Event News

For the first time, Danley Sound Labs will exhibit at ProLight + Sound. They will be located in Booth #8.0 P93, together with its regional distributor, Carsten Eichstadt at Frankfurt’s Exhibition Centre. Sales manager Paul Giansante, general manager Scott Barker, and consultant (and audio guru) Doug Jones will showcase representative models from Danley’s catalogue of revolutionary high-fidelity, high-output, well-controlled loudspeakers and subwoofers, including the new ultra-compact, high-performance SM-96. Although space restrictions won’t allow Danley to bring the large-format Jericho JH-90 and Genesis GH-60 Horns that have proven so successful in stadiums (e.g. Lambeau Field, Spodek Arena, University of Arizona), interested visitors are encouraged to stop by the booth to learn more about them.

The Royal Commonwealth Pool Edinburgh Select High Quality

16/03/2012 - Project News

The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh is more than just an Olympic swimming pool. It contains multiple gyms, dry dive training facilities, cafeteria, kids party zones, diving pool and much more. This grade A listed centre piece of Scottish sport require sound systems of extremely high calibre to match the level and quantities of events that are staged at the facility. Audio Light Systems Ltd was picked to design and install the building wide PA and music systems.

Martin EC-10 LED Video Panels for Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

16/03/2012 - Production News

John Dacosta is fortunate enough to have been the lighting designer for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival for the past five years. Not a bad place to spend a late January. For this year’s festival, a kick-off celebration as Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence, Dacosta turned to the design ease of Martin Professional EC-10 LED video panels.

MAC III Profile Goes Phishing

16/03/2012 - Production News

Phish lighting designer Chris Kuroda (Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, R. Kelly) has a couple of associations to Denmark. One is that he happened to be in Copenhagen on that June day in 1992 when Denmark won the UEFA European Football Championship. It’s a good story that we’ll have to save for another time.

ArKaos Innovates Again at Prolight+Sound

16/03/2012 - Event News

ArKaos will bring two new innovations to this year’s Prolight+Sound: the ArKaos Hub, an intelligent network monitor software for media servers running MediaMaster Pro and a new revolutionary video mapping software package making its first public appearance at the show.

Robert Juliat at ProLight + Sound 2012

16/03/2012 - Event News

Aside from its range of lighting equipment for theatre, opera and corporate event markets, Robert Juliat will be previewing two exciting new profile ranges at ProLight + Sound 2012 in readiness for their launch later in the year.

Triple E’s UniBeam - Travelling Light at The National, in Cinemas Worldwide and on Tour

16/03/2012 - Production News

Triple E’s Unibeam track System is ensuring the National Theatre’s stage scenery travels right this spring for its production of Travelling Light. Since the show opened in January 2012 it has been broadcast to Cinemas worldwide and embarked on a tour of UK theatres, which opened at The Lowry, Salford, on 13th March.

Philips Selecon PL1s Make All the Difference to the ‘Man in the Middle’

16/03/2012 - Production News

Respected UK lighting designer Johanna Town used Philips Selecon PL1 LED luminaires to great effect on Wiki play, Man in the Middle by Ron Elisha.

MidasPRO2 Defies Storms to Debut at Dubai International Jazz Festival 2012

16/03/2012 - Production News

A MidasPRO2, deployed by leading Dubai AV production company Artes Middle East, delivered a first-class debut performance FOH at this year’s 10th Dubai International Jazz Festival despite the onset of strong winds and sandstorms during the week-long event.

Live Event World Flocks to IOEX

16/03/2012 - Event News

IOEX, the International Outdoor Event Expo delivered a diverse audience of live event companies in its inaugural year from the worlds of sport, music, festivals, brand and corporate events.

Pixled Showcases new Innovations at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt

16/03/2012 - Event News

Leading LED screen manufacturer Pixled shows its brand new Pixled F-10 i/o multi-purpose product on Booth E17, Hall 9 of the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

Oasis Enterprises at the Pinnacle

16/03/2012 - Project News

How do you illuminate a 100m high metal tube on top of the tallest building in the world? That was exactly the question asked of Oasis Enterprises – Architainment Division – who were called in to solve the challenge.

Wireless First/Clair Global Deliver Another NBA All-Star Slam Dunk

15/03/2012 - Production News

This season’s NBA All-Star Weekend, which included “rising stars” contests, a slam dunk contest, and similar events in the run up to Sunday night’s big game, took place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Although basketball took its rightful place at the center of the festivities, performances by Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Chris Brown, and Ne-Yo with Nayer framed the event, and high-energy audio set the tone throughout. Even the American and Canadian national anthems, sung by Mary J. Blige and Neverest, respectively, were amped. As they did last year, NBA Entertainment entrusted Wireless First/Clair Global with the monumental task of (1) handling wired and wireless audio for all of the performers and events and (2) delivering it to the house and to the broadcast feeds, in addition to providing behind-the-scenes communications.

Ashly Enters the Commercial Sound Electronics Industry

15/03/2012 - Equipment News

With the introduction of the new TM-360 mixer/amplifier, Ashly Audio has entered the commercial sound electronics industry. This is Ashly’s first product in this genre and heralds their commitment to providing quality products to this growing segment of the audio marketplace. The first product in this line, the TM-360, is a three-Input 60W mixer/amplifier that offers input and output flexibility coupled with energy efficiency. The TM-360 has the capability to automatically switch into a stand-by mode if no audio input is received for 25 minutes, thus reducing the current draw.

AC-ET is on Cue for 0% Finance Audio Deals

15/03/2012 - Business News

UK based Cue Media has taken advantage of the 0% finance deal that is currently available through A.C. Entertainment Technologies* (AC-ET) Ltd’s audio division on equipment purchases of leading brands Nexo, Yamaha and Sennheiser.

Scaleable Midas Digital Systems Fly High on Noel Gallagher Tour

15/03/2012 - Production News

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds world tour has just completed its UK arena leg, with Midas XL8 live performance systems at FOH and on monitors, supplied by Britannia Row Productions. Such is the scalability of Midas’ growing digital range that the tour will move onto PRO6s for its run of European and US dates throughout the spring and then to the new PRO2Cs for summer festival appearances.

Clay Paky Sharpys Go Worldwide with Evanescence Tour

15/03/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are making their mark on the Evanescence Tour, the world tour by American rock band Evanescence in support of their eponymous third album. After a successful start to the tour in the US last year, the band, with frontwoman Amy Lee, is currently playing to packed houses in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia.

L-Acoustics Creates Skandal in Istanbul

15/03/2012 - Project News

New indie nightclub Skandal! has opened its doors in Istanbul with an L-Acoustics coaxial loudspeaker system supplied by Turkish distributor, Elit Light & Sound Technologies.

Previewing Doughty Engineering at ProLight+Sound

15/03/2012 - Event News

Doughty Engineering is introducing three new products at ProLight+Sound 2012, two of them designed specifically for smaller television studios.

Artistic Licence Integration Boxes Clever at ARC 2012

15/03/2012 - Event News

Artistic Licence Integration's stand at ARC 2012 packed a huge visual punch, enticing a constant stream of visitors throughout the two-day show. Based on a simple yet ingenious wall of interconnecting blocks, the luminous blue structure artfully incorporated display screens and the latest technology from the company's Engineering division, including previews of two exciting new products - dVnet and Diamond.

High End Systems Hosts Competition at ProLight + Sound

15/03/2012 - Event News

High End Systems has announced that it will be hosting an exciting new competition at the 2012 ProLight + Sound tradeshow held 21st-24th March, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.  The first ever “Battle of the Hogs” competition will take place daily on the High End Systems stand.

Robe Illuminates Triple Helix Glass Sculpture for High Profile School of Art

15/03/2012 - Project News

Robe ROBIN 600 LEDWash and 300 Plasma Spot moving lights have been installed to illuminate a beautiful 20ft high triple helix glass sculpture created by artist Lyle London, which is suspended in the new Rotunda entrance of the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art in Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA.

Arena Group Grandstand Seating at Europa Opening

15/03/2012 - Production News

VIP guests welcomed the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, from the comfort of an Arena Group seating grandstand for the opening of the Europa Centre, 6 March 2012.

Entec Lights Mandarin Pop Superstar Fish Leong

15/03/2012 - Production News

London based Entec was asked by show producers Magic Sound to supply lighting and all associated rigging equipment plus crew for a show at Hammersmith Apollo, London by Malaysian Chinese Mandarin pop superstar Fish Leong.

coolux Presents New Features at ProLight + Sound

15/03/2012 - Event News

coolux GmbH, producers of the award winning Pandoras Box product family, will present a great number of new features at this year’s prolight+sound.

Rule BRITannia - Sennheiser UK Celebrates Ten Years at the BRIT Awards

15/03/2012 - Production News

As The O2 opened its doors to the BRIT Awards for the second year, Sennheiser UK celebrated its tenth anniversary of providing support to this most iconic of British music events.

Now Shipping: MA onPC Command Wing

15/03/2012 - Equipment News

Just four weeks after the first MA onPC command wings have arrived at worldwide MA Lighting distributors for presentation purposes, MA Lighting has announced the start of shipping its brand new product to the market.

Yamaha Goes With The Grain At Maassilo

14/03/2012 - Project News

The issue of what to do with industrial buildings once they are no longer needed for their original purpose is a familiar one to urban planners. But in Rotterdam, Holland, a 106 year old grain silo has found a new lease of life as a music and corporate event venue. Historic the building may be, but its brand new Yamaha audio specification is anything but.

AC-ET Enjoys Successful Green Hippo and PixelRange Open Days

14/03/2012 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. enjoyed a busy turnout to its recent ‘Video and Lighting Convergence’ UK open days, which showcased the latest products and innovations available from Green Hippo and PixelRange.

University of Leicester Builds Advanced Conference Hall with JBL / BSS

14/03/2012 - Project News

The University of Leicester has completely redeveloped one of its primary conference facilities in the Oadby Student Village, transforming Gilbert Murray Hall into a state-of-the-art conference venue. This comprises a large central space, four seminar and break out rooms and a hospitality area.

LIGHTS … PALME … ACTION!

14/03/2012 - Event News

PALME Middle East will demonstrate just how far production lighting has come in the Middle East when the three-day show gets underway at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC) on 1st May.

Upstaging Takes Delivery of Six Robert Juliat Victor Followspots

14/03/2012 - Production News

Upstaging, Inc. has purchased six Robert Juliat Victor followspots for its rental equipment inventory, which supplies some of the biggest names in entertainment coast to coast. The Sycamore, Illinois-based company has been known for theatrical lighting and equipment trucking since 1972; its additional capabilities include production services, mobile marketing and event coordination. Five Lakes Marketing, which represents architectural and theatrical lighting manufacturers from its base in White Lake, Michigan, closed the deal with Upstaging.

Green Hippo in Asia

14/03/2012 - Event News

This March Green Hippo is embarking on a tour of Asia, with the aim of introducing newly acquired technical sales manager for Asia, Justin Fitzpatrick, to its existing distributors. Samantha Bailey and Justin will be carrying out visits to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Klitschko Celebrates 50th Knock Out

14/03/2012 - Production News

Wladimir Klitschko retains his world heavyweight title and celebrates the 50th knock out of his professional boxing career.

Movecat Presents I-Motion V2 Software for Show Controller

14/03/2012 - Event News

After wide-ranging practical tests, Movecat is presenting Version 2 of its I-Motion software at Prolight+Sound 2012. the software includes numerous new features. Among them are an optimised graphic display, freely configurable page views for a clearer overview when large numbers of drives are involved, additional safety-relevant indicators and enhanced performance through the integration of a powerful database.

Movecat Presents V-Motion 55/V-Motion 75 for More Powerful Drives

14/03/2012 - Event News

As an extension of the successful V-Motion series, Movecat is presenting V-Motion 55 for drives up to 5.5kW and V-Motion 75 for drives up to 7.5 kW at ProLight+Sound. The power packs for kinetic systems are available in 5U metal housings. A large backlit LCD display provides continuous information on all operating conditions.

Culture Capital: grandMA2 Walks the Path of Pearls

14/03/2012 - Production News

With Path of Pearls, a musical production that wove Bahrain’s heritage with its modern underpinnings, Manama, Capital of Arab Culture 2012 was officially launched. The event was held at the sea front of the Bahrain National Museum. Lighting designer Luc Peumans from Painting with Light, Belgium, specified one grandMA2 full-size and one grandMA2 light along with two MA NPUs (Network Processing Unit) for the show.

Duncan Haynes MP Presents Award to GDS Engineer

14/03/2012 - People News

GDS design engineer, Richard Dyer, has been named Technical Engineering Apprentice of the Year 2011 in a recent ceremony held at Wiltshire College. The award for outstanding achievement was presented by Duncan Haynes, Liberal Democrat MP for Chippenham.

W-DMX at Super Bowl Village

14/03/2012 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden proved to be MVP at Super Bowl XLVI, where Indianapolis transformed the heart of downtown into Super Bowl Village, a ten-day, three-block interactive festival of American football. The Village entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors with live concerts, food and beverages, an ESPN broadcast studio, and even ziplines running down the main street.

DiGiCo Debuts as Live Sound Console Provider for GRAMMYs

14/03/2012 - Production News

CBS's telecast of the 54th GRAMMY Awards this past February was the second-highest-rated in GRAMMY history with approximately 41 million viewers. The three-and-a-half hour show offered memorable and milestone moments – from stellar performances to stunning productions. Behind the scenes on music's biggest night, however, there was a changing of the gear guard so to speak, with DiGiCo reigning supreme in the trenches for all of the live music production.

AC-ET Showcases Leading Technologies at ProLight + Sound 2012

13/03/2012 - Event News

The A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. stand E63, hall 9.0 will feature a selection of leading brands including Chroma-Q, Jands and PixelRange.

Robe Launches Five New Products at Prolight+Sound 2012

13/03/2012 - Event News

Czech Republic moving light manufacturer Robe launches five innovative new LED based products at the 2012 Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

Iceland’s Magnificent Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is Complete with Meyer Sound

13/03/2012 - Project News

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik is a keystone element in Iceland’s bid to become a first-tier destination for both business meetings and arts events. Harpa expects to attract increased bookings with its striking architecture and cutting-edge AV systems – notably incorporating more than 160 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

Aura Aglow Symetrix Solus 8 Processor Provides the Sonic Soul for Fashionable Philadelphia Restaurant and Lounge

13/03/2012 - Project News

Aura Restaurant and Lounge recently opened in Philadelphia and, without wasting a moment, placed itself at the vanguard of the city’s hip and happening night life. Claiming two floors in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighbourhood, Aura is, like its clientèle, dressed to the nines. But instead of sharp suits and tight dresses, Aura teases with futuristic LED lighting, HD plasma screens, and hip, modern décor. Of course, hearts race when Aura kicks up the music from one or both of the elevated DJ booths, and compliant bodies move to the rhythms. Aura hired Pro Systems from nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey to breathe fire into its sound reinforcement system, and they responded by providing Aura with an unfalteringly stable Symetrix Solus 8, a processor that’s heavy on fidelity and possessed of a deep musical soul.

Alcons Celebrates a Decade of Excellence at ProLight+Sound

13/03/2012 - Event News

Alcons Audio, which marks its 10th anniversary of exhibiting at ProLight+Sound in 2012, will showing a number of new products and updates to existing models on Stand G60, Hall 8.0.

Lyric Theatre Belfast Receives the 2012 Civic Trust Award

13/03/2012 - Project News

The announcement that the Lyric Theatre Belfast has won a 2012 Civic Trust Award is a feather in the cap for London-based theatre consultants Theatreplan.

Stage Electrics Supplies Full Video Production for I Dreamed A Dream Tour

13/03/2012 - Production News

The extraordinary story of Susan Boyle is brought to life in I Dreamed A Dream, a new touring musical which boasts Susan’s unique personal endorsement.

PLASA Focus: Nashville 2012, Open for Business!

13/03/2012 - Event News

PLASA Focus: Nashville 2012 has launched with a brand new website and free online registration. The event will take place July 11-12, 2012 at the Municipal Auditorium, in Nashville, TN.

Major Theatre Equipment uses J. R. Clancy Motorised Rigging in Massachusetts High School

13/03/2012 - Project News

The new Hanover High School in Hanover, Massachusetts opened its doors for its first school year with a special treat for its performing arts students: motorised rigging in the new auditorium.

Technomad Makes Loudspeakers with Heat from the Sun

13/03/2012 - Equipment News

Technomad redefines sustainable AV with a new partnership that brings solar technology to its already-green plastic loudspeaker manufacturing process. The move slices production costs up to 30% while reducing the company’s carbon footprint — and introduces a revolutionary process to the professional audio and AV space.

High End Systems Debuts New Products at ProLight + Sound Tradeshow

13/03/2012 - Event News

Digital and automated lighting pioneer High End Systems has announced that it will be showcasing an exciting line-up of innovative product offerings at the 2012 ProLight + Sound to be held March 21-24, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. Several new products will make their European debut at this year’s event.

CueCore in Control at Drents Museum, NL

13/03/2012 - Project News

Dutch supply, hire and installation company Lichtpunt Theatertechniek recently completed a beautiful installation with Visual Productions' CueCore at the Drents Museum in North East of Netherlands. For a number of years Lichtpunt have provided lighting to the museum, so when Drents Museum approached them for a new project that would evolve around the world famous Yde Girl they were delighted with the opportunity.

On Tour with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

13/03/2012 - Production News

Following a busy February being named ‘Godlike Genius’ at NME’s 2012 awards and performing with guest pianist Chris Martin at the Brit Awards, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds have headed out on a UK and European tour, with other international dates and a range of summer festival appearances to follow.

Charcoalblue Scoops Hattrick of Civic Trust Awards

13/03/2012 - Event News

The talented team at multi award-winning theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue is celebrating. Why? Because three of the company’s projects won prestigious gongs at this years Civic Trust Awards ceremony.

Technosound Chooses Community to Provide Indoor and Outdoor Solutions for Bkerké

13/03/2012 - Project News

Built in 1893 and located 650 meters above the bay of Jounieh in Lebanon, Bkerké is the See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate. Like many ancient religious buildings the architecture is beautiful and the acoustics challenging. For its new sound system the Church commissioned Lebanon-based pro audio specialist Technosound to provide a solution that would give the highest quality audio with the minimum aesthetic intrusion. A combined system was required to provide sound for both the interior of the main church and also for selected areas outside the building.

New Foundation Degree – Lighting

13/03/2012 - Standards News

A new Foundation Degree will be available to students and industry starting September 2012. The University of Glamorgan has recently validated a two year Foundation Degree in Sound Light and Live Event Technology, to run alongside the already established BSc courses in Lighting and Live Event Technology.

Milos Supplies Lviv Stadium

13/03/2012 - Project News

Czech Republic based aluminium trussing specialist Milos has supplied a substantial amount of trussing to the brand new Arena Lviv in the Ukraine. These facilitate the hanging of audio speakers underneath the top of the grandstand roofs on all four sides of the venue.

Pete’s Big TVs Quietly ‘Rip the Runway’ for BET

13/03/2012 - Production News

The BET Network recently called on Pete’s Big TVs for the third consecutive year to provide the visual elements of Rip the Runway. But this year, Pete’s Big TVs ripped it quietly - you might say - using their new MC7 high resolution LED panels.

Multiform Reveals its Latest Developments in Frankfurt

12/03/2012 - Event News

Multiform Lighting will be exhibiting at the ProLight + Sound show in Frankfurt, 21st - 24th March on Stand E38 in Hall 11, the stand of their German distributor World-Media Showtechnik GmbH. The stand will be manned by Jurgen Hutmacher, Markus Grimm and Dirk Linnenweber.

Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Shine on Fourth Season of Ukraine TV’s “Star Factory”

12/03/2012 - Production News

“Star Factory,” the hit talent show on Ukrainian television, is shining brighter than ever in its fourth season thanks to a complement of Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures. Adapted from the French series, “Star Academy,” the Ukraine version (“Fabrika Zvezd”) features 16 contestants who live together in a penthouse apartment and showcase their talents in a weekly elimination-match concert. The productions are full-blown with stage design and lighting, dancers and participation by some of the country’s most popular singers.

Clay Paky Alpha Moving Heads Add Colour and Punch to Turkmenistan’s 20th Anniversary Independence Gala

12/03/2012 - Production News

Central Asia’s oil-rich Turkmenistan celebrated the 20th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union with a multimedia extravaganza lit by Luc Lafortune, one of the creators of Cirque du Soleil, with an extensive package of Clay Paky Alpha moving heads.

Annual Austrian Event uses High End Systems Lighting and Control for Charity

12/03/2012 - Production News

Digital and Automated lighting pioneer High End Systems equipment aided an annual event in Austria that kept the artists and the audience alike up much of the night. The benefit concert, “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” was held just days before Christmas in the town of Graz. It featured the coming together of the theatre, Orpheum Graz, promoter Vojo Concerts and event supplier Preworks to financially help those organisations in need with donations from the show.

d&b Cooking Up a Storm at Hotel Maher in Spain

12/03/2012 - Project News

Listed as one of the finest restaurants in Spain, the Maher Hotel in Cintruénigo on the banks of the Ebro just one hour south of Pamplona, is renowned for its ability to mix unlikely ingredients and conspire to make them sumptuous, satisfying, delicious and daring. When the owners approached Jesús Lavilla of Gradual Event to design and install a PA system at Maher, his thoughts, once he had recovered from the shock, turned immediately to ingredients. "This was to be no 'background music' system. The owners were single minded; the quality and definition of the system needed to be on a parallel with the food."

New and Improved TMB Coolux College Kicks Off for 2012!

12/03/2012 - Event News

The second year of TMB coolux college kicked off last month at TMB-UK’s London office. The event was a sell-out, with attendees eager to get hands-on with the latest features and additions included in the Pandoras Box V5 release, and to take home their personal copy of coolux Offline Manager.

Informal Link-Up Offers De Boer’s Customers Access to Seating, Staging and Graphics

12/03/2012 - Business News

Structure specialist De Boer has agreed an informal partnership with two industry-leading companies, broadening the range of services and products on offer to customers.

d&b audiotechnik Joins this Year's PLASA Focus Leeds

12/03/2012 - Event News

The next regional PLASA event for the north of England, PLASA Focus takes place at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds on 17th and 18th April. This two day event will be a first for the d&b GB office, who will be at the show to introduce the E4 and E5, the latest teenyweeny additions to the time honoured E-Series, from their Black range.

Legendary Liverpool Band The Searchers Turn to HK Audio for Live Shows

12/03/2012 - Production News

Legendary Liverpool band The Searchers, who topped the charts with Sweets For My Sweet in the 60s and have been playing and touring solidly ever since, have turned to HK Audio to give their live shows the best quality sound possible.

DiGiCo SD9 is a Shrew(d) Investment for The RSC

12/03/2012 - Production News

The DiGiCo SD7 console installed at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s refurbished Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, in 2011 has proved such a success that, when the Company needed an additional mixer for its touring shows and West End transfers, another SD series console was their first choice - this time an SD9.

Martin Exterior 400 Installation at 78o North Latitude

12/03/2012 - Project News

In what is likely the northernmost dynamic lighting installation in the world, and certainly one of the most unique, Martin Professional Exterior 400 luminaires are used to simulate the rhythm of natural daylight on an historic building on the island of Svalbard in the north Atlantic.

Takida Tours Scandinavia with Midas PRO2s for FOH and Monitors

12/03/2012 - Production News

Swedish rock band Takida has embarked on its sell-out spring tour of Scandinavia, The Burning Heart, with Midas PRO2 consoles being used for FOH and monitors. Leading Scandinavian hire company Starlight, which purchased the PRO2s from Midas’ Swedish distributor Intersonic, is the first company in the region to use a dual system on a tour.

Philips Vari-Lite Brings Sunshine to the Desert at the Royal Albert Hall

12/03/2012 - Production News

Multi award winning lighting designer Andrew Bridge used the Royal Albert Hall’s (RAH) arsenal of automated luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite to deliver the stunning lighting on Raymond Gubbay’s production of Verdi’s classic opera ‘Aida’.

Innovason Enjoys Successful Workshop Tour Across Europe

12/03/2012 - Event News

Innovason has been incredibly busy over the last few weeks with a highly successful Eclipse workshop tour that has taken sales director Marcel Babazadeh all over Europe. Marcel has been accompanied by his team of demonstrators as well as a number of distinguished guest engineers and artists in order to present hand-on workshops on topics ranging from PA for philharmonic orchestras, working with Eclipse and digital microphones and digital workflow generally.

DPA’s New 2006A Reference Standard Mics Used for Groundbreaking Polar Recordings

09/03/2012 - Production News

Australian location recorder Daniel Blinkhorn has been using DPA 2006A twin diaphragm omni-directional microphones, supplied by local distributor Amber Technology, for his location recording work in the polar archipelago of Svalbard, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Blinkhorn travelled to the region on a traditionally rigged tall ship, working on creative field recordings for sound installations and electro-acoustic compositions as well as a feature for ABC radio’s 360 program and his own research into composing with environmental sound.

Crestron Open Day at New Experience Centre

09/03/2012 - Event News

Crestron is set to open its new experience centre at its UK headquarters in Cobham this summer. The new centre will launch with an open day for integrators, architects, end users and consultants looking to gain both information and training in the latest industry leading solutions for the residential market.

Dynacord Equips Bayern Munich's Basketball Arena for the First Division

09/03/2012 - Project News

Sports fans the world over associate the name “Bayern Munich” with soccer; yet in basketball, too, having won the German championship already in 1954 and 1955, the club is capable of great things and ambitious of a tradition to compare with that established in the beautiful game by the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, and Oliver Kahn.

Two more Line Array Lifts from VMB

09/03/2012 - Equipment News

Prolifts S.L. has released two new VMB TL-A line array lifts which will be presented at Prolight + Sound in March. The launch of the TL-A150 and TL-A300 means that the company now offers five different solutions for lifting line arrays and has taken its porfolio of lifts to a total of 17 different models.

DiGiCo SD9 Gives Turkish Songwriters a Taste of the Big Time

09/03/2012 - Production News

Late 2011 saw the annual finals of the Halıcı Computer Aided Composition Contest held at the Babylon venue in Istanbul. Ensuring that the finalists’ live performances sounded their best was a DiGiCo SD9 console.

Showsec Supports Football Safety Officers Association

09/03/2012 - Business News

The Football Safety Officers Association was formed almost 20 years ago to provide a positive environment for safety officers to share good practice and develop safety standards within football stadia. The Association achieves this by promulgating best safety and crowd management practices, enhancing the role of security personnel, stewards, supervisors and management and continually developing the expertise of safety officers.

CMG Enjoys Seamless Communication With ASL

09/03/2012 - Business News

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

Midas Announces Competitive Pricing for PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 Live Audio Systems

09/03/2012 - Business News

Midas has announced extremely competitive pricing for the PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 live audio systems, making them an even more cost effective solution for all live audio applications.

Stage Electrics Helps Leicester Stargazers

09/03/2012 - Project News

Set in stark contrast with the widespread cutback in library services by cash-strapped local authorities is a rising tide of local communities determined that these hubs of town and village life should not suffer the fate of red telephone boxes and disappear forever from Britain’s cultural landscape. It is a fight that is seeing communal spirit making a dent in an all-pervasive economic nihilism.

Skills Minister Celebrates 1000 Creative Apprentices at National Skills Academy Conference

09/03/2012 - Event News

Delegates at the National Skills Academy’s third Annual Industry Conference today heard John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning celebrate 1000 apprentices in the creative sector, recognising a commitment to skills and training and the significant contribution the creative and cultural industries make to the UK's economy.

Renegade Style for London Fashion Week

08/03/2012 - Production News

Nick Gray of UK creative lighting design practice Renegade once again designed lighting for the main British Fashion Council (BFC) Courtyard Show Space at Somerset House for London Fashion Week (LFW) 2012.

An Epic Design for an Epic New Musical

08/03/2012 - Production News

As musicals begin their journey to the bright lights of New York City, they often begin the trip with an initial production run at a well respected regional theatre. Such was the case with the Dallas Theater Center’s production of GIANT, a new musical with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by Sybille Pearson. Co-produced with The Public Theater, GIANT will relocate to New York City after the initial production run, but it was in Dallas that the new musical about a transitioning ranch family would get its start under the direction of three-time Tony Award-nominee Michael Greif with a lighting design by Tony Award-winner Ken Posner.

Race BlackTrax at ProLight+Sound 2012 – Meet Some Industry Notables!

08/03/2012 - Event News

CAST Software is bringing some racing excitement to the show floor at Prolight+Sound 2012, which can only be seen 21 - 24 March 2012 at Messe Frankfurt, Germany, Hall 9.0, Stand C76.

iLive Manages International Ski Event

08/03/2012 - Production News

An Allen & Heath iLive digital system was selected by Biel PA company, Walther AG, in Switzerland to manage the International Lauberhorn Ski Races 2012.

GDS Conveys the Environmental Virtues of ArcSystem at Julies Bicycle Event

08/03/2012 - Event News

Matthew Lloyd, managing director of GDS recently presented to an audience of industry professionals at an event organised by Julies Bicycle. The not-for-profit organisation was established in 2007 by Alison Tickell, the company was set up to tackle the issue of climate change and promote sustainability within the music, theatre and creative industries. Julies Bicycle has brought together a coalition of scientific and industry figures to map the carbon profile of their industries and take practical steps to reduce it.

MTFX Adds Mammoth II Dry Fogger Units to Equipment Catalogue

08/03/2012 - Production News

MTFX has increased its ranks of atmospheric effects by the addition of two Mammoth II dry fogger units. The Mammoth II is a superb high volume fog machine, capable of filling the largest of events with a thick ground fog, fog curtains and multiple output fog systems.

Robe Gives It Killer Love for Nicole Scherzinger

08/03/2012 - Production News

The recent sold out UK and European shows by dynamic US singer/songwriter Nicole Scherzinger featured a lighting design by Scott Warner, who took a selection of the latest Robe technology on the road to all six high profile gigs in a floor specials package.

LMC Audio welcomes Jotham Jackson to the Birmingham Sales Team

08/03/2012 - People News

Jotham Jackson joins LMC Birmingham in his new role in technical sales following a period of employment with HSBC Bank. He comments: “I was trained in sales and then worked in the PPI claims department which gave me really worthwhile experience in delivering meaningful customer service.”

Analog Way exhibits at Prolight + Sound 2012

08/03/2012 - Event News

Analog Way is exhibiting at Prolight + Sound 2012, showing a selection of its powerful solutions on booth #9.0 D04, from 21 to 24 March in Frankfurt, Germany.

Lynx Pro Audio Adds New Sub-Bass Cabinet to the ADP Series

08/03/2012 - Equipment News

Spanish manufacturer Lynx Pro Audio has released a new sub, the ADP-12S to its ADP Series. The ADP-12S is a high output, self powered (Class D switch mode power supply) direct radiation sub bass. It uses a 12” neodymium transducer with double spider for improved linearity, is DSP controlled with 1000W amplification and delivers a peak 134dB SPL.

ETC uses Christie to Light the Opening Ceremony of the 12th Pan Arab Games

08/03/2012 - Production News

On 9th December 2011 dancers, musicians, athletes, and falconers both on foot and on horseback paraded through the Khalifa Stadium in Doha (Qatar), which had been transformed into a huge screen for the opening ceremony of the 12th Arab Games.

API 1608 Installed in Belgian Studio

08/03/2012 - Project News

Brussels-based Studio La Buanderie has recently installed a 16-channel API 1608 – a console that its owner and engineer, Pieter Apers, calls: “The holy grail in recording.” Apers purchased the fully-analog console through API dealer Amptec, who is credited with quickly bringing multiple 1608 consoles into Belgium.

LightFactory LF25 Edition Release

07/03/2012 - Equipment News

Dream Solutions has announced the immediate availability of a new entry level version of its highly successful LightFactory controls software. The new LF25 edition is a 128 DMX channel licence that includes a USB to DMX interface for only $99. LF25 is the perfect starting point for this advanced control solution.

Designing Room Acoustics and Loudspeaker Systems: AFMG Announces EASE Seminars 2012

07/03/2012 - Standards News

After the great success of completely sold-out seminars in 2011, AFMG publishes the 2012 schedule of trainings for EASE. EASE is the simulation package for room acoustics and loudspeaker systems that has been setting the industry standard for over 20 years by now. As in the last years, there will be two trainings at AFMG's Berlin headquarters in spring and fall. International dates will take place in Dubai, accompanying the PALME fair and in Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland. Again, these highly recognised EASE Users' seminars will be supplemented by a Sound System Design seminar aimed at audio consultants. In 2012 this seminar will cover the topics of digitally steerable loudspeakers as well as audio networks. Additionally, AFMG will be offering a two-day course for professionals and loudspeaker manufacturers addressing the topic of loudspeaker data acquisition and evaluation with EASE SpeakerLab and its usage for GLL data generation e.g. for line arrays.

Stage Technologies Automation Training Courses Announced

07/03/2012 - Standards News

Stage Technologies has announced the 2012 schedule of training courses taking place at its London office. The suite of hands-on events includes “A Beginner’s Introduction to Automation”, “An Introduction to Stage Technologies’ eChameleon Software” and “Chameleon 5 to eChameleon Conversion Course”, and will aim to provide complete beginners right through to experienced automation practitioners with the key concepts and latest updates. Participants may choose from dates in March, June and September 2012.

Stage Electrics to Equip City’s New Guildhall Facilities

07/03/2012 - Project News

Stage Electrics has been awarded the contract for one of the largest UK installation projects of the year – the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s new £89 million Milton Court site in the City of London. The year-long installation project begins this month and the grand opening of the school itself is scheduled for Autumn 2013.

High End Systems to Showcase Innovative Lighting at Nightclub and Bar Show

07/03/2012 - Event News

High End Systems has announced that it will be showcasing an exciting line-up of innovative product offerings at the 2012 Nightclub and Bar tradeshow held March 13-14, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Electrosonic Announces Promotion of James Sharp to Account Manager for Corporate Solutions

07/03/2012 - People News

Electrosonic has announced the promotion of James Sharp to account manager for corporate solutions. Sharp joined Electrosonic’s Edinburgh office in 2005 taking on the position of internal sales support. During his six years with the company, Sharp has worked within the corporate, entertainment and operations teams in both a sales and technical capacity. His ability to adapt to new markets and positions, and continuously exceed expectations has led to his current promotion from sales engineer to account manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest

07/03/2012 - Standards News

PLASA's Technical Resource Office has announced that an RDM and sACN Developers Conference and ”Plugfest” will take place on the 26th - 28th April, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.

MAC Aura Power Surprises on Negrita Tour

07/03/2012 - Production News

Jò Campana has been filling a number of roles for Italian rock band Negrita since 1998, among them lighting designer, lighting programmer and operator, set designer, and show concept designer. “I’m a one man band,” he says affably.

Martin at Prolight + Sound 2012: A New Breed of Light!

07/03/2012 - Event News

This year’s Prolight + Sound exhibition will be a busy affair for Martin Professional with no less than 12 new product introductions including the world premiere launch of a new breed of moving head – the MAC Viper family!

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Installs PRO6

07/03/2012 - Project News

Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has installed a Midas PRO6 live audio system in a major refit to its main theatre. The desk was selected after a rigorous evaluation of digital consoles.

GDS Kick-Starts the Exhibition Season at PLASA Focus Austin

07/03/2012 - Event News

As the exhibition season begins, innovative UK manufacture GDS reports a great start at the first North American PLASA Focus in Austin, Texas.

Symetrix Jupiter Processors Unite First United

07/03/2012 - Project News

First United Methodist Church of San Diego is the largest Methodist church in southern California and occupies one of the most architecturally-splendid church campuses in the area. Over many decades, First United has struggled with sound reinforcement systems for its multiple venues that somehow always failed to live up to expectations. Recently, Paul Svenson of Sound Casework Inc. (PS Audio Video) reversed the inertia of that sorry history, unifying all five sound systems under a common, easy-to-use, foolproof paradigm centred on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 signal processor and the Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote. Now volunteers can get a quick explanation of how to work on any system and transfer their knowledge transparently to any of the other systems, relying on Svenson’s intuitive design to deliver perfect audio with confidence.

Meyer Sound SB-3F Goes Long at the 110,000-Capacity University of Michigan Stadium

06/03/2012 - Project News

“The Big House,” aka Michigan Stadium, got even bigger in 2011 when the University of Michigan completed an expansion and upgrade that included a large complement of equipment from Meyer Sound.

LTP flies high at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre

06/03/2012 - Project News

Lighting Technology Projects has installed an eye-catching exterior LED lighting scheme to illuminate the fly tower of the recently redeveloped Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. The modern day spire is part of the brand new multi-million pound building, which was designed by award-winning Keith Williams Architects to complement the city’s historic skyline.

Three PLASA Photometrics Standards in Public Review

06/03/2012 - Standards News

Three of PLASA’s published photometrics standards are being considered for reaffirmation. The standards are sold by The ESTA Foundation. The public review forms and instructions are available at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Materially affected members of the public are invited to review them. The reviews for all three run until May 1; the last day to comment is April 30.

One PLASA Control Protocols Standard in Public Review

06/03/2012 - Standards News

One draft Control Protocosl Working Group Standard is available for public review at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Materially affected members of the public are invited to review it. The review runs until April 24; the last day to comment is April 23.

Guano Apes - Ready to Rock with Coda Audio

06/03/2012 - Production News

Band reunions may seem commonplace these days, but there are a few that explode back onto the music scene in such a way that you just know they are going to be great. Enter Guano Apes, the German rockers that achieved huge global appeal. Their reunion in 2009 has taken them from strength to strength. They have just completed Bel Air, their second successful tour since reforming, and the decision by front of house engineer Ingo Thürauf to specify a Coda Audio Airline loudspeaker system meant they delivered an audio clarity and punch that did their fiery brand of rock’n’roll true justice.

Sennheiser Rocks (and Rolls in the Deep) with Big Grammy Winners

06/03/2012 - Production News

This year’s Grammy Awards event, hosted by LL Cool J, celebrating music’s biggest night, went down in history as the second highest rated telecast since the show’s inception in 1959. It was a phenomenal undertaking showcasing nearly thirty diverse musical performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, along with a very last minute tribute celebrating the late Whitney Houston. So when Sennheiser artists took the stage, their engineers knew they had to have Sennheiser microphones to assure their performances would go off without a hitch.

Compulite Systems Releases New Vector PC Wing

06/03/2012 - Equipment News

Compulite Systems (2000) LTD has announced the release of a new Vector PC Wing to their flagship Vector family. The powerful portable unit brings flexibility by combining sophisticated features of the Vector platform with unmatched simplicity and size. Weighing in at 3.5kg, the Vector PC Wing, when used with the Vector software, will deliver cutting edge performance, advanced functionality and enhanced programming, making it the perfect portable unit for corporate events, cruise ships, trade shows, clubs, theatre and more.

WiSE Advice for Those Starting Out in Technical Theatre

06/03/2012 - Event News

This week, thousands of participants will turn out for the Perform 2012 theatre conference in London. Attendees will participate in seminars, network with other professionals, and get advice from over 50 exhibitors. This Friday, Women in Stage Entertainment, a leading networking and professional development organisation, will be hosting a seminar to engage young women considering a career in the entertainment industry.

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Solves Acoustical Issues with Threshhold Acoustics and J. R. Clancy

06/03/2012 - Project News

When The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville needed to renovate its multi-purpose hall’s acoustical system, director of production services Peter Bell had to solve a wide range of rigging challenges.

Come and Play with Award-winning Green-GO Digital Audio Intercom at Prolight+Sound

06/03/2012 - Event News

Anyone looking to try out the award-winning Green-GO digital intercom in the sound section of Prolight + Sound 2012 in Frankfurt this year may miss out on an opportunity to see the Ethernet-based communication system everyone is talking about – because it’s with lighting in hall 9. Green-GO caused excitement at both PLASA in London and LDI in Orlando where it debuted in 2011, and it is expected to have the same impact this year on the stand of CAST GmbH, in Hall 9, E71.

Flashline Data Files Released for EASE Focus2

06/03/2012 - Equipment News

Turbosound has released GLL data files for use with the EASE Focus2 program to enable Flashline line array loudspeakers to be accurately mapped in computer simulations. The data release coincides with the publication of a test report prepared by Germany's foremost loudspeaker testing laboratory Four Audio for Production Partner to be published for Prolight+Sound 2012, which contains "some of the best measurement data we've ever seen" according to the magazine's editor Detlef Hoepfner.

First Midas PRO2/Cs Arrive in Benelux

06/03/2012 - Production News

Midas Consoles Benelux reports a healthy first wave of PRO2 and PRO2C sales, with systems going into rental, worship installation, touring and TV production applications.

Lighting The Sounds

06/03/2012 - Production News

White Light has supplied the lighting equipment to Swedish indie rock band The Sounds’ European Tour. Lighting designer Jack Davis was provided with his choice of equipment including the award-winning Martin MAC Aura LED fixture, Martin Atomic strobes and an MA Lighting grandMA2 Light console.

Spring Success for ETC Control Desk Training

06/03/2012 - Event News

ETC's newly invigorated control desk training programme has seen massive demand from users, with sessions in the UK and now across Europe full and more dates added.

Tiny but Talented from Steinigke Showtechnik

06/03/2012 - Equipment News

Steinigke Showtechnic has enlarged its Eurolite TMH family and will present eight remarkable newcomers at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. This means that a dozen of these small, but very powerful Tiny Moving Heads are available – a huge selection which meets most different demands.

Worship Central on Tour with grandMA2

06/03/2012 - Production News

Sam Tamplin, lighting designer and MD of flourishing Brighton-based rental company TSL Ltd has just returned from a successful tour of France and the UK with the popular Church band ‘Worship Central On Tour’, accompanied by his recent purchase, the grandMA2 lighting desk.

IOEX Outlines Predictions for ‘Beyond 2012’

06/03/2012 - Event News

IOEX (International Outdoor Event Expo) will outline predications for ‘Beyond 2012’ as part of the seminar and education program at the inaugural exhibition taking place at ExCeL London this week from March 6-8.

Visual Productions Launches IOCore at Prolight+Sound 2012

05/03/2012 - Equipment News

The new product that Visual Productions is launching at Prolight+Sound is the IOCore, an expansion module in the CueCore product family of solid-state lighting controllers. It offers interfacing to digital and analogue inputs and digital outputs and supports various protocols like DMX, RS-232, OSC, UDP and Art-Net.

ArKaos Releases GrandVJ 1.6.5

05/03/2012 - Equipment News

ArKaos has released GrandVJ 1.6.5, a new version of its famous real-time video mixer with features that bring out the VJ in everyone.

New Brighter Music Stands from Black Cat Music

05/03/2012 - Equipment News

During March, Black Cat Music is offering an additional 5% discount on the top selling Mighty Bright Duet 2 music stand lights. Dual LEDs provide smooth illumination across two sheets of music and the good news is these light bulbs never need replacement. Cool to touch and battery powered with no trailing wires, they are very safe to use.

Four PLASA Rigging Standards in Public Review

05/03/2012 - Standards News

Four draft Rigging Working Group Standards are available at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Materially affected members of the public are invited to review them.

TV One Expands its UK Manufacturing and Distribution Facility in Margate

05/03/2012 - Business News

To meet continuing growth in sales TV One has expanded its UK facility with an additional warehouse on the Westwood Industrial Estate. The new warehouse adds 79,705 ft3 (2,257 m3) of space, fully racked out for the latest automated distribution systems.

Mojo Barriers line up along the red carpet at The BRIT Awards 2012

05/03/2012 - Production News

Mojo Barriers provided a range of barriers and configurations to ensure the safety of A-list celebrities, music artists, guests and fans at the recent The BRIT Awards 2012 in association with Mastercard.

CAST Appoints Jim Hutchison as wysiwyg and Vivien Product Manager

05/03/2012 - People News

CAST Software of Toronto, Canada has announced the promotion of Jim Hutchison (pictured), creator and editor of the internationally renowned JimOnLight.com, stepping up to assume the role of product manager for CAST Software'swysiwyg as well as for Vivien Virtual Event Designer, the CAST software suite for the special events industry.

Crestron Wireless Dimmers for Integrated Lighting Control

05/03/2012 - Equipment News

Crestron’s wireless CLWI-DIMUEX lighting dimmers provide native Crestron dimming control to any light fitting in new or retrofit 230 volt applications. Featuring reliable infiNET EX wireless technology, the CLWI can be installed in virtually any location thanks to reliable mesh networking. Universal dimming provides automatic compatibility with both forward and reverse phase loads, providing installers with a reliable, wireless solution for all projects which installs with minimal impact.

It’s a Mad Mad World with Richard Martin Lighting

05/03/2012 - Production News

Comic Paddy McGuiness hosts the new Saturday night comedy panel show which will be aired on ITV later in the year.

MAC 101 Spot On at TELUS Sales Conference

05/03/2012 - Production News

TELUS Communications of Canada held its annual sales conference on February 3rd at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary and LD Jason McKinnon used 200 Martin Professional MAC 101™ LED wash lights to dynamically pinspot each table.

Clay Paky New Products at Prolight+Sound 2012

02/03/2012 - Event News

Last year the Sharpy, the Shotlight and the Alpha Profile 700 hogged the ProLight+Sound limelight. This year, Clay Paky has yet more surprises up their sleeves:

PLASA Focus Proves Itself the Must-See Event for Texas

02/03/2012 - Event News

Busy booths, packed seminars and a raft of new product launches firmly established PLASA Focus as an unmissable industry event for Texas. A total of 820 attendees, including exhibitors, headed to the Renaissance Austin to see over 50 brands launch dozens of new products and enjoy Focus's trademark informal, friendly atmosphere.

AIDA Opens at Royal Albert Hall with Projection Design by Knifedge

02/03/2012 - Production News

London-based creative agency Knifedge has produced another set of dramatic theatrical projections to act as the backdrop to a major new production of Verdi’s Aida at The Royal Albert Hall.

Double Award Celebration for Star Events

02/03/2012 - Event News

It was an award winning month for Star Events Group. The Event Production Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane and hosted by the comedian Mark Steel saw Star Events Group Ltd win the top award of overall "Supreme Supplier of the year" and less than two weeks later they also picked up Rigging Company of the Year at the TPi Awards, an event which has consistently grown in size and status and is now regarded throughout the world as a premier networking event for the live production industry.

Jands Vista v2 Shines on Third Day

02/03/2012 - Production News

Alabama based lighting designer Taylor Price used a Jands Vista S3 console, running the next generation Vista v2 software, to control lighting for the recent US tour of Grammy Award winning rockers, Third Day.

Lawrence Upton has Smashing Time with GLPâs New Volkslicht Zooms

02/03/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Lawrence Upton recently extended his long relationship with Smashing Pumpkins when the band took first to the American tour circuit, and then Europe, in support of their ninth album, Oceania.

GLP Announce Five Year Warranty for latest LED Light Engine

02/03/2012 - Equipment News

In an unprecedented move, GLP have announced that the LED light engine used in their impression Spot One and impression Wash One fixtures now carries a full five year warranty.

Martin Lights Northern Europe’s Largest Concert Organ

02/03/2012 - Project News

In the autumn of 2010, Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra was the proud recipient of a beautiful, new concert organ that now graces the Symphonic Hall of the Concert Hall in Aarhus. The pipe organ is a stunning piece of craftsmanship and was built by one of Europe’s notable organ masters, Orgelbau Klais of Bonn, who have provided pipe organs for famous concert halls all over the world.

Martin Audio Extends Cellular Revolution with New MLA Compact

02/03/2012 - Equipment News

Martin Audio is making its groundbreaking and award winning Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array Technology available to a wider range of touring and installed sound applications, in a smaller and lighter version, with the release of the new MLA Compact.

New VP Sales and Marketing Strengthens DPA Microphones

02/03/2012 - People News

DPA Microphones has taken further steps to strengthen its market position and future growth by employing Susanne Seidel as executive VP sales and marketing. Seidel joins on 1 March from Sennheiser Electronics, where her most recent position was president of global marketing.

Midas PRO6 and PRO2 Deliver Perfect Performances for Brit Awards 2012

02/03/2012 - Production News

A Midas PRO6 at FOH with an additional PRO6 and the new PRO2 on monitors, specified by live sound supervisor and supplied by Britannia Row Productions, delivered perfect performances at this year’s Brit Awards, held for the second year running at London’s O2 Arena.

Arena Seating Appoint Edward McCarthy as Business Development Director

01/03/2012 - People News

Arena Seating has appointed Edward McCarthy (pictured) to the role of business development director for the Box Seat range of stadium seating – further enhancing its reputation as the foremost supplier of temporary and permanent stadium seating solutions.

Midas PRO Consoles at Heart of Historic UAE National Day Celebrations

01/03/2012 - Production News

A Midas PRO6 supplied by London’s Britannia Row and a PRO9 from Dubai-based Sound On Stage Events had leading roles in the UAE’s spectacular National Day celebrations to mark the 40th Anniversary of the nation’s founding.

Free Professional Development Programme Expands at PLASA Focus

01/03/2012 - Event News

New sessions have now been added to the free programme of demonstrations, seminars and tutorials taking place at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012, on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Martin Professional and Peavey Co-Sponsoring Agora Stage at Musikmesse

01/03/2012 - Event News

Martin Professional is teaming up with Peavey Electronics to sponsor the popular Agora Stage at this year’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt (March 21-24). Martin and Peavey will be providing a complete lighting and audio setup for both Agora stages during the entire four-day trade fair, which is held in conjunction with the Prolight + Sound exhibition.

Kinesys Appoints Danish Distributor

01/03/2012 - Business News

Automation and motion control specialists Kinesys has appointed Light Partner as its exclusive Danish distributor in the latest expansion of its global distribution network.

The Kills Live with Metric Halo

01/03/2012 - Production News

When The Kills went on a tidy 15-show tour of North America in support of Blood Pressures (Domino Records), culminating in their ten year anniversary show in New York City, they brought along trusted FOH and recording engineer Philip Harvey (Modest Mouse, White Stripes). In addition to delivering the tuneful and carefully-crafted lo-fi of The Kills to the fans who flocked to see the duo in the flesh, Harvey was also charged with the task of recording the shows. On loan from the Amsterdam Recording Company, where he serves as head engineer, Harvey crossed the ocean with his trusted Metric Halo interfaces and the confidence that they would capture the musical soul of the band's performance night after night.

PSI Takes out The Family Fortunes

01/03/2012 - Production News

Production Services Ireland (PSI)’s Dublin branch kicked off 2012 with the supply of full lighting production, trussing and associated rigging for two high profile TV series - Take Me Out (Ireland) and Family Fortunes - both recorded at the Helix Theatre, Dublin City University.

Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Light Up Madonna’s Stage at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

01/03/2012 - Production News

Madonna may have headlined Super Bowl XLVI’s Halftime Show, but Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures made a name for themselves too, helping to light up the stage for the Material Girl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Lighting designer Al Gurdon, of UK-based Incandescent Design, utilized 204 Sharpys supplied by PRG after being impressed with their performance on FOX’s "X Factor".

Robe Makes Impact and Saves Energy at De Bijloke Music Centre, Ghent

01/03/2012 - Project News

Robe’s latest ROBIN moving lights have been installed into the two main performance spaces at the prestigious De Bijloke Muziekcentrum (Music Centre) in Ghent, Belgium.