News Archive for July 2012

wysiwyg Helps the Golden Gate Bridge Celebrate 75 Years

31/07/2012 - Production News

Arguably the most recognisable landmark of the US’s West coast, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge recently celebrated its 75th birthday. Thanks to wysiwyg, the award-winning previsualisation suite from CAST Software of Toronto, Canada, tens of thousands of spectators experienced the light show and pyro celebration as a complete surprise. 

More than 100 Clay Paky Fixtures Make Annual Moscow Party ‘Unforgettable’

31/07/2012 - Production News

On 23rd June world renowned DJs descended on Moscow for the annual student Prom Night, dramatically lit by more than 100 Clay Paky luminaires.

Clay Paky Sharpys Join Motley Crue Tour

31/07/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are hitting the road with the North American summer tour of iconic rock band Motley Crue, which is co-headlining tour dates across the country with KISS. A complement of approximately 90 Sharpys have joined the Motley Crue/KISS lighting inventory.

A.C. Special Projects Delivers Technical Infrastructure for New Uxbridge College IT & Media Block

31/07/2012 - Project News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has supplied and installed an audio, lighting and media infrastructure for the new £5 million IT & Media Block at the Park Road Campus of Uxbridge College.

New Partnership of Klotz Cables and König & Meyer

31/07/2012 - Equipment News

Klotz Cables and König & Meyer repeat their successful partnership with the Guitar SmartKit comprising the Klotz Pro Artist guitar cable and K&M Heli guitar stand.

MilTec Take T in the Park with Professor Green

31/07/2012 - Production News

T in the Park is the largest festival in Scotland, spread over three days in July and regularly drawing attendances of 85,000. Acts appearing this year included Snow Patrol, The Stone Roses, Kasabian and Florence and the Machine.

3D Video Projection Mapping on New York’s Maritime Hotel

31/07/2012 - Production News

The evening of June 28th 2012 saw a one night art installation in the form of a 3D mapping projection. This and other events were paying tribute to and celebrating the artistic legacy of art icon Keith Haring and were sponsored by Tenga of Japan. What makes this different from other similar events in NYC is that this was a fully permitted projection and not a 'guerilla' execution.

Philips Entertainment Upcycle with Architainment Lighting and Industri[us]

31/07/2012 - Project News

Philips Entertainment and Architainment Lighting have loaned lighting design consultants dpa and social enterprise Industri[us] the latest Philips Selecon low energy, colour changing luminaires to enhance a regeneration project in the Olympic borough of Newham.

Mojo Barriers Moves into the Spanish Market

31/07/2012 - Production News

Mojo Barriers has expanded its European capabilities, providing its crowd barriers and consultation services to support touring and local promoters across Spain.

Electrosonic Joins the Big Guns at England’s Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson

31/07/2012 - Project News

Electrosonic found itself among the big guns – quite literally – when it installed the audio-visual and interactive systems supporting the exhibits at Fort Nelson, home to the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery and historic cannon. Electrosonic installed the AV and interactive systems that help interpret both the site and individual exhibits. The museum design was by Haley Sharpe.

Tait’s Landscape Video System Engulfs Entire Olympic Stadium with Moving Images

31/07/2012 - Production News

The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games saw the main stadium transformed into a huge array of LED video pixels, mapped to the space inhabited by the entire audience. Developed by Tait Technologies, the pixel tablet has become the latest product to emerge from the expanding range of Tait’s available rental systems. Producing over 70,500 pixel tablets for the entire stadium seating grid saw video emerge from its two dimensional world to become 3D; the audience members integrated into the show itself.

POLAR Audio Provides an A Star Solution for the New Hammersmith Academy

31/07/2012 - Project News

Hammersmith Academy is a brand new school designed for the 21st century. Opened in September 2011 the Academy is an all-ability, non-denominational, co-educational secondary school for 11-18 year olds. With specialisms in creative and digital media and IT and an emphasis on technology, the school's mission is to develop the talents of all students to the full and to raise educational standards.

Showsec Leads Security for Madonna’s MDNA UK Tour Dates

31/07/2012 - Production News

Showsec was engaged by promoter Live Nation to supply security consultancy and management for the UK leg of Madonna’s MDNA tour.

Le Maitre Launch New ProStage II Effects

31/07/2012 - Equipment News

Le Maitre has announced the addition of seven new products to their ProStage II professional range of pyrotechnics.

Wohler Distributor HHB Supplies NEP Visions with Audio Monitors for Major Sporting Events

31/07/2012 - Production News

HHB Communications has supplied OB provider NEP Visions with 26 Wohler AMP1-16-M audio monitoring units (AMU) for high-profile sporting events, including the London 2012 Olympics, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and Premier League football.

Stirling Prize: RIBA’s Nominations for Best Building 2012 Include two Theatreplan Projects

31/07/2012 - Event News

The Royal Institution of British Architects has announced its shortlist of six buildings that are to be considered for the 2012 Stirling Prize. The £20,000 award will be presented for what the judges consider to be the year’s ‘best building by a British-registered architect’.

ETC Source Four LED for France TV Sport’s Olympic Broadcast Studio

31/07/2012 - Project News

As sports broadcasters flood into London to provide news and comment on the Olympic Games, one TV station has made the decision to go all LED – with ETC’s Source Four LED profile spotlight providing the majority of the light.

Green Hippo Continues to Invest in the Future

30/07/2012 - People News

Green Hippo introduces Suzy Casserley as a new member of the technical support and product testing team. Suzy began interning at Green Hippo as part of the technical support team when she was studying a BA Hons Degree in Lighting Programming at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

City Theatrical SHoW DMX Neo Seen By One Billion People at London Olympics Opening

30/07/2012 - People News

City Theatrical’s SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX system was chosen to control the lighting on the most iconic of all symbols of the London Olympics, the Olympic rings on London’s Tower Bridge. Over one billion people worldwide watched on Friday, July 27, as the Olympic torch passed under the bridge by speedboat on the way to Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremonies. Television crews worldwide will use the Tower Bridge and its rings as a backdrop for their Olympic coverage throughout the games.

Renegade Unites Architecture and Entertainment Lighting for Tree of Light

30/07/2012 - Production News

Nick Gray of Renegade combined his skills and experience in the disciplines of entertainment and architectural lighting to produce a stunning, dramatic lightshow for the recent Tree of Light performances, which were part of the London 2012 Festival

Robe Flies On the Millions in Israel

30/07/2012 - Production News

Robe continues to be a popular choice of moving light for the leading Israeli TV shows, and especially with one of the country’s top lighting designers Ofer Jacobi – who specifies Robe constantly for his busy schedule of productions.

Innovason mixes Jeckyll & Hyde in Szeged, Hungary

30/07/2012 - Production News

Dóm Square in Szeged, Hungary, (literally, Cathedral Square) is one of the largest squares in Hungary. Every year its 12,000 square metres of open space are transformed into a massive 4000-seat auditorium to host the Szeged Open-Air festival. With a tradition stretching back over 75 years, the festival is Hungary’s largest open-air theatre and music event and the most visited summer cultural event of the region. The unique nature of the festival with its stunning backdrop of the Szeged cathedral is enhanced by a flamboyant program of world premieres and internationally ranked stage shows and concerts, and every year, the stakes are higher in the quest for technological perfection and flawless sound. This year, ES Audio’s Sandor Elek who has been managing audio for the festival for the last 12 years via his rental company, Votec, decided to raise the bar even higher and opted for a combination of his own loudspeaker system with Innovason digital mixing consoles and digital microphones from Neumann.

Part of the faculty: d&b at PLASA 2012

30/07/2012 - Event News

It seems that each year engagement with listeners grows ever stronger. For this year's PLASA show in London d&b audiotechnik contributes heavily to the educational debate, joining panel events within the PLASA education sessions, and in collaboration with Technologies for Worship.

Yamaha CL5 Celebrates In Spain

30/07/2012 - Production News

Some of Spain’s highest profile musicians performed at a special 20th anniversary festival for Spanish music station Cadena 100 Radio in June. Sound engineer Bori Alarcón chose a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console for the performance by vocalist and actor Dani Martin, marking the console’s festival debut in the country.

L-Acoustics K1 Aces Greenbrier Classic Concert Series

30/07/2012 - Production News

After all of the birdies, bogeys and pars were tallied on three days of the PGA Tour's weeklong Greenbrier Classic, golf fans were treated to a series of concerts headlined by Toby Keith, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Staged at the West Virginia State Fair Grounds in Lewisburg on July 4, 6 and 7, this year's Greenbrier Classic Concert Series benefitted from an L-Acoustics K1 line source system deployed by Cincinnati's Loud & Clear, Inc.

Olympics Uncovered Session Revealed by PLASA

30/07/2012 - Event News

Backstage at the London 2012 Opening Ceremonies is available to book now.

WORK to provide EASE data files to its customers

30/07/2012 - Equipment News

Spanish brand WORK has recently released the first EASE data files (.gll format) available for its products. With it, WORK provides a first class tool to audio engineers, in order to evaluate and predict acoustic performance in a determined area.

Crestron Expands Head Office in Belgium

30/07/2012 - Business News

Crestron International has continued to grow its global presence with the expansion of its Belgium office. The new building next to the Crestron offices in Rijmenam, will allow Crestron to provide a better service for customers, including extra space for training and technical support. The expansion comes as a result of Crestron’s considerable success in growing business with key integrators in the region.

ADLIB supplies Sound & Visual solutions for Pop Extravaganza

27/07/2012 - Production News

Liverpool UK based technical solutions provider ADLIB supplied sound, lighting, scenic video and crew for Radio City Live, a regular Summer pop event at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, hosted by Liverpool’s biggest radio station.

Jands Vista v2 for Andrea Bocelli Tour

27/07/2012 - Production News

Italian based lighting designer, Aldo Visentin is using his own Jands Vista S1 lighting console running the next generation Vista v2 software, plus two Vista M1 Wings, to control lighting for Italy’s most beloved tenor, Andrea Bocelli.

DPA Microphones Deliver a Spectacular Summer Concert at Leeds Castle

27/07/2012 - Production News

DPA Microphones played an important part in delivering a fantastic evening of classical music to over 10,000 people who attended a summer concert organised by Heritage Events at Leeds Castle

MilTec at the Olympic Torch Relay

27/07/2012 - Production News

On July 19 the Olympic torch arrived at Leeds Castle in Kent, ready to start the next morning in Maidstone. A concert and film show was staged in Mote Park, Maidstone, attended by thousands of local people who were eager to take part in the celebrations.

Portable Stage and Fall Arrest Draft Standards in Review

27/07/2012 - Standards News

BSR E1.21 - 201x, Entertainment Technology - Temporary Ground-Supported Structures Used to Cover the Stage Areas and Support Equipment in the Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events, and BSR E1.39 - 201x, Entertainment Technology - Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, are in review through 24 September 2012. The reviews are over when the end date of Septembr 25 is reached. They may be downloaded for free at

ABTT Announce Edinburgh Showing of Guthrie Thrust Stage Exhibition

27/07/2012 - Event News

The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) has announced the Edinburgh showing of The Guthrie Thrust Stage 1948 - 2011: A Living Legacy exhibition, which can be seen from this week at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, opening hours Monday-Saturday, 9am-7:30pm and on Sundays, 10am-7:30pm (except Sunday 2 September, 1pm-6pm only), coinciding with the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival.

The Right Structure for Your Event

27/07/2012 - Business News

Right Structures has launched across the UK and Europe offering bespoke staging and structures to the event market.

GLP and German distributor B&K Braun bring efficiencies together

27/07/2012 - Business News

GLP German Light Products has announced a closer partnership with its German distributor and neighbour, B&K Braun, based in Karlsbad.

Black Cat Music Celebrates its 30th Birthday

27/07/2012 - Business News

The Black Cat Music story started in a small Kent village back in 1982 with a company founded by local entrepreneur Bob Dagger and staffed by just two people. The quirky Black Cat brand name and logo was to come later as the fledgling company, then known as Kent Mercantile Ltd, soon grew into a leading supplier of music education and performance equipment.

Live Sound Experts Deliver Mixing Masterclasses at Backstage Academy

26/07/2012 - Standards News

Some of live music’s leading audio professionals have been inspiring the next generation of talent at Backstage Academy, the West Yorkshire based training centre for careers in the entertainment industry.

Jean Lariviere Rejoins High End Systems as Regional Sales Manager

26/07/2012 - People News

Jean Lariviere has rejoined entertainment lighting manufacturer High End Systems (HES), part of the Barco group, in a new role as a regional sales manager. His assignment includes sales development for the Canada region and also select U.S. key business partner accounts. He is based at the Austin, TX headquarters.

MGC Lighting Group Wins International Trade Award

26/07/2012 - Event News

International lighting distributor, MGC Lighting Group, overcame stiff competition at this year’s Anglian Business Awards to win the International Trade category.

AC-ET Delivers Lighting Spectacle for British Grand Prix Ball

26/07/2012 - Production News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd again provided a spectacular architectural lighting system for the Clubhouse of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) at Silverstone racing circuit, for their annual British Grand Prix Ball event.

AP Security Is Singin’ in the rain at the IOW Festival

26/07/2012 - Production News

Despite weather conditions more suited to the monsoon season, the 2012 Isle of Wight Festival-goers were undaunted and proved to be another successful event. For the fifth successive year AP Security was providing safety and stewarding services for the festival’s campsites and, despite the conditions, played a key role in significantly reducing the festival’s crime rate yet again.

Mobile Technik Launches Steelrunner

26/07/2012 - Equipment News

Brand environment specialist Mobile Technik has added a state of the art trailer to its artillery. Steelrunner is a brand new sleek multi-functional unit with mirror finish stainless steel coachwork, perfect for a high quality brand experience or catering events.

XL Events Supplies Red Bull at Goodwood Festival of Speed

26/07/2012 - Production News

XL Events recently traveled to Goodwood, UK, and supplied a range of video and audio equipment to Red Bull for their ‘Gridsters’ structure at the famous Festival of Speed. XL Events was commissioned to provide equipment for the project by Jaie Genadt, production manager at Red Bull’s long-term events production partners, Innovision.

An Ultraviolet Feel for Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Tour

26/07/2012 - Production News

Longtime Coldplay production designer Paul Normandale is working with the band again, this time for the Mylo Xyloto Tour in support of the album of the same name.

Q-Sys Takes the Stage In Western China

26/07/2012 - Project News

Q-Sys, the integrated system platform from QSC Audio Products, is playing a controlling role at a recently built, 50-million-dollar theatre in Western China, an impressively modern symbol of the new economy in the Far East.

Renegade Designs Lighting for First ‘London Collections : Men’ Event

25/07/2012 - Production News

Creative lighting designer Nick Gray from Renegade was commissioned by show producers Bacchus to light the main venue at London’s first ‘London Collections : Men’ a brand new high profile fashion showcase event for menswear, staged at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

Lighthouse VideoBlades Draws Thousands to Paris Opéra Ballet Simulcast at Chicago Millennium Park

25/07/2012 - Production News

In what was considered to be a cultural milestone, Lighthouse Technologies provided Chicago’s Jay Pritzker Pavillion in the city’s Millennium Park with its revolutionary VideoBlades LED video display for a recent simulcast of the Paris Opéra Ballet’s Giselle, presented live by Chicago’s Harris Theater and the Grant Park Orchestra.

High-Density Cabling for HD Video Applications in OB Vehicles and Flypack Systems

25/07/2012 - Equipment News

Harting can now supply a range of connectivity solutions based on high-density cabling for HD video signal transfer applications in outside broadcast vans and production trucks as well as modular flight-case "flyaway" suites and de-rig systems.

Clearwing Productions Installs KARA at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

25/07/2012 - Project News

With over 10,000 reserved shed seats and room for nearly 18,000 more on its expansive sloped lawn, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, located just south of Chicago in Tinley Park, is the Midwest's largest outdoor concert space. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the venue recently hired Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee to design and install a full lawn delay system, which now is comprised of 42 L-Acoustics KARA enclosures.

Greg Oshiro Joins Community

25/07/2012 - People News

Industry veteran Greg Oshiro (pictured) has joined Community Professional Loudspeakers in the position of Senior Design Engineer. Oshiro will play a key role in new product evaluation, design and development.

Philips Entertainment Luminaires Highflying Eco-credentials Deliver Solution for New Zealand Aviation Display Hall

25/07/2012 - Project News

Philips Entertainment luminaires are helping Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), New Zealand’s largest single collection of aviation heritage, dramatically reduce its energy consumption in its most recently completed display hall.

ETC energy-saving LEDs light West Side Story

25/07/2012 - Production News

Thousands of venues around the globe have staged West Side Story, but none have approached the musical like the 49-seat Chance Theater in Anaheim, California. The theatre is producing West Side Story with a modern lighting twist: an all-LED rig, featuring ETC’s latest lighting innovations. The goal of the show is to demonstrate how to use ETC LED fixtures to achieve the look of a conventionally-lit show – with full-spectrum colour and naturally-rendered flesh tones – while achieving huge energy savings in a small theatre.

MLA Compact keeps it personal at Rock Of Ages premiere

25/07/2012 - Production News

PA company, Production Hire was contracted to provide sound reinforcement for the live band element of the Rock of Ages film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square recently.

Take Part In The LEDko Challenge: Countdown Running Now!

25/07/2012 - Event News

The countdown is now well and truly running to August 17, 2012, the final submission date for the White Light-Coemar LEDko Challenge - a chance to win a package of Coemar’s acclaimed, innovative, efficient Reflection LEDko LED lighting fixtures.

SGM Performs Miracles at the Source of Light

25/07/2012 - Production News

Amsterdam ArenA was transformed into an oasis of white for the premiere of Sensation’s new show Source Of Light recently, when 40,000 people gathered under a huge dynamic spherical centrepiece dominated by bespoke LED strips from SGM.

PR Lighting Stars on Algerian TV Game Show

25/07/2012 - Production News

PR Lighting effects are being used heavily on the latest series of Algerian TV game show Takdar Tarbah (which translates as You Can Win).

RealSound Provides a Winning Community Solution for Bar Sport

25/07/2012 - Project News

Audio, lighting and video specialist, Oxfordshire based RealSound and Vision, has completed the installation of a Community sound system for Cedar Sports Management Ltd. at Bar Sport in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Capital Sound Joins Martin Audio’s MLA Community

25/07/2012 - Production News

After an intensive market evaluation stretching back well over a year, leading British rental company, Capital Sound, has made a significant investment in Martin Audio’s award-winning and ground-breaking Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA).

Robe Hits The Tabloids!

25/07/2012 - Project News

Robe moving lights – ROBIN 600 LEDWash and ROBIN 600E Spots - have been specified and installed at the Serbian national broadcaster RDU RTV Vojvodine’s main studios in Novi Sad, together with LEDForce 18s from the Light4ce range.

Philips Entertainment Upcycle with Architainment Lighting and Industri[us]

24/07/2012 - Project News

Philips Entertainment and Architainment Lighting have loaned lighting design consultants dpa and social enterprise Industri[us] the latest Philips Selecon low energy, colour changing luminaires to enhance a regeneration project in the Olympic borough of Newham.

AC-ET Supplies Custom Rigging Solutions to Little Theatre Gateshead

24/07/2012 - Project News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has supplied a custom FOH lighting position curved truss, complete with CM Lodestar chain hoists, a bespoke motor controller and power distribution solutions to the Little Theatre Gateshead.

LiteWare Satellite Lights the Elite at the Isle of Man Sports and Dinning Club

24/07/2012 - Production News

The Isle of Man Sporting & Dining Club is a member’s only club that provides an exclusive dining experience for corporate clients and its membership. It holds a quarterly black tie event where diners meet, network, and are entertained by sporting legends and celebrities alike. The venue for these elite soirées is the luxurious Mount Murray hotel set in 200 acres of Manx countryside. Past guest speakers include Willie John McBride, Pat Cash, Hillary Devey, Terry Waite, the 1966 England Football team and Michael Portillio.

Prism Sound Appoints Funky Junk Spain as its Spanish Distributor

24/07/2012 - Business News

Prism Sound has appointed newly formed company Funky Junk Spain as its exclusive Spanish distributor with responsibility for its entire range high quality audio interfaces and processors.

Multimedia theatre art with coolux Pandoras Box

24/07/2012 - Production News

A small rural village is not usually the first thing that comes to one’s mind when the topic of high-tech projection technology is raised. In the case of the German theatre company theaterspinnerei, the situation is different.

POLARaudio helps Swifts in Belfast Zoo Giraffe Enclosure

24/07/2012 - Project News

POLARaudio and Saville Audio Visual recently installed an In/Out Dinplayer and Australian Monitor Colum Speaker into the giraffe enclosure at Belfast Zoological Gardens.

Top Audio Specialist Snake Newton Invests in ‘Revelatory’ Prism Sound Orpheus

24/07/2012 - Production News

Snake Newton is an industry professional who is making his mark in several different areas of the recording industry, working both Front of House (where he can namecheck Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Pet Shop Boys, Supertramp, Sugababes and many more) and in audio post.

DiGiCo makes IBC Debut

24/07/2012 - Event News

Having developed application specific feature sets for a number of its SD Range of digital consoles, UK manufacturer DiGiCo will exhibiting for the first time at this year’s IBC on Stand B16, Hall 8, showing its SD7B, SD10B and SD11B mixing consoles, which cater for all broadcast situations from the most complex to the most straightforward.

Paper and Pencil Exams Offered at LDI 2012 Las Vegasv

24/07/2012 - Standards News

Many major venues and employers across North America are now requiring ETCP Certified Technicians for lead positions. Don’t get left behind, get your ETCP application in today!

New from Canford at IBC – High End Fibre Products, Infrastructure & Cables

24/07/2012 - Equipment News

Canford will be launching their recently acquired ES brand of 19 inch rack enclosures and a broad range of rack accessories plus the latest additions to their range of 3G HDTV cables and interconnects will be seen at IBC for the first time. They will also feature their own new fibre patching and connection products and new additions to their fibre routing and interconnection range from AFP (Advanced Fiber Products). The show will also see a first for the broadcast industry, a new type of catalogue browsing which Canford will launch at the show.

Movecat VMW-S 125-3 Winch for Universal Entertainment, Tour and Events

24/07/2012 - Equipment News

The VMW-S 125-3 has been tested in accordance with BGV C1, DIN 56950 and BGG 912 and approved for the movement of loads over human heads and in manned airframes as well as conforming to EN 61508 SIL 3. It transports up to 125 kg at speeds continuously variable from 0 to 3 metres per second. The winch achieves acceleration values up to an astounding 3m/sec². The hoisting height is up to 24 metres.

Sennheiser Helps Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Hunt For A ‘Superstar’

24/07/2012 - Production News

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest television talent contest is a search for the lead role in a nationwide tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. The show is to be broadcast on ITV this summer and Sennheiser 8000 series wired microphones have been used exclusively throughout the recording of the auditions.

Future Lighting at Dorking Halls

24/07/2012 - Project News

Touted as the future of entertainment lighting for a number of years, LED-based lighting fixtures are now rapidly entering the mainstream, as witness the re-equipping of Dorking Halls in Surrey that White Light has supplied.

New Team Member for Northern Light

24/07/2012 - People News

Northern Light has announced the appointment of Steve Turnbull (pictured) as a business development manager.

Electrosonic Helps The Horniman Museum ‘Dress London’

24/07/2012 - Project News

London’s Horniman Museum has debuted the exhibition, "The Body Adorned: Dressing London", with AV support from Electrosonic. The temporary exhibition looks across time and cultures at the multiple relationships between dress, the body and cosmopolitan London. The exhibition was designed by Neill Richardson of Objectives, and uses AV techniques to present new material.

PLASA 2012 Awards for Innovation and Sustainability

24/07/2012 - Event News

PLASA 2012 is now accepting entries from all exhibiting manufacturers and their representatives for the 2012 PLASA Awards for Innovation and the PLASA Sustainability Award. Do you have a new product that you think deserves special recognition?

2012 Gottelier Award Nominees Announced

24/07/2012 - Event News

UK - PLASA has announced the shortlist of nominees for this year's prestigious Gottelier Award.

Yamaha CL5 Makes Outdoor Classical Debut

24/07/2012 - Production News

June saw an event which marked another ‘first’ for Yamaha’s new CL series of digital mixing consoles - the first time one had been used at an outdoor classical concert. Held in the grounds of the German town of Rheda’s historic castle, the concert was the opening event at the first Ostwestphalen-Lippe Biennial arts festival. Two years in the planning, the concert got the festival off to a perfect start.

5 Star On Olympic Mission

23/07/2012 - Production News

5 Star Cases has supplied custom super-tough road cases to a Swedish collector Henrik Stuifbergen, for a number of artefacts from the White Star Line ocean liner RMS Olympic, sister ship and carbon copy of the ill fated RMS Titanic.

2Cellos for Robe

23/07/2012 - Production News

Croatian classical superstars 2Cellos played an ecstatic ‘homecoming’ show in Zagreb Arena in front of 15,000 enthusiastic fans accompanied by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, with lighting and set designed by Dalibor Radic.

Colour Sound Invests in New Kit and Kicks off Summer Season

23/07/2012 - Production News

London based lighting rental and visuals company, Colour Sound Experiment (CSE), has invested in a batch of new Robe moving lights, JTE trussing and Chauvet LED battens to help service its busy summer schedule of festivals.

Painting with Light is Daddy Coolest

23/07/2012 - Production News

Luc Peumans from Belgium based lighting and visual design practice Painting With Light has designed the set, lighting and video for a completely new production of the hugely popular musical "Daddy Cool" which has opened at the Trui Theatre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain.

Newcastle Theatre Royal does the Conservation Double

23/07/2012 - Project News

The recent authentic restoration of Newcastle Theatre Royal has received a double accolade by winning both the RIBA North-East Regional Award for Conservation and the RICS North-East Regional Award for Conservation. The project has also picked up an additional award from the RIBA in the form of their prestigious "Hadrian Award" for Architecture.

Nearly 500 MAC Luminaires Light "Rick Hansen Celebration 25"

23/07/2012 - Production News

Twenty-five years to the day that Rick Hansen and his "Man in Motion World Tour" returned to Vancouver, a journey in which he circled the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness and money for spinal cord injuries, the Canadian Paralympian held a special anniversary show to inspire a new generation of activists.

Martin Honours Russian Lighting Designer Contest Participants

23/07/2012 - People News

Martin Professional’s representative office in Russia and the CIS, in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt RUS, held a lighting designer contest as part of the Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia exhibition in Moscow.

St Petersburg’s Coliseum sets new standards in sound – with systems from Electro-Voice

23/07/2012 - Project News

The Coliseum is one of the most popular entertainment venues in St Petersburg. Formerly, exhibitions of the plastic arts were staged in the venerable building, whilst a smaller hall added alongside was for a long time a cinema. Ten years ago, the 600-seater auditorium was renovated and equipped with a Dolby-certified sound reinforcement system from Electro-Voice.

ABTT Appoints Fellows to Acknowledge Outstanding Service to Theatre Planning

23/07/2012 - People News

Since the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) was founded in 1961, the ABTT Theatre Planning Committee has aimed to provide impartial advice with the purpose of improving the design and technical standards of new or refurbished performing arts buildings of any size.

Triple E gear up for New York NATEAC Conference

20/07/2012 - Event News

David Edelstein (pictured), managing director of entertainment equipment engineering company Triple E will be chairing a discussion entitled ‘All You Wanted To Know About Automation But Were Afraid To Ask’ at this year’s North American Theatre, Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) this month.

ADLIB All Smiles at T In The Park

20/07/2012 - Production News

Another weekend , another Festival , another ADLIB crew in a field – this one led by Kenny Perrin at the 2012 T In The Park Festival, staged at Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland as the Liverpool, UK based rental company returned for the sixth consecutive year to provide sound for the King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut stage.

PRG Shipping TruColor HS Remote Phosphor Lighting

20/07/2012 - Equipment News

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) has announced it is now shipping the new TruColor HS lighting system for film and television production.

Chroma-Q Color Force Compact is Wired for Broadway Green Alliance

20/07/2012 - Project News

New York based lighting designer James Bedell recently specified 100 Chroma-Q Color Force Compact fixtures for an installation illuminating the interior of a 10,000 square feet temporary pop-up store in Times Square, NYC, for Wired Magazine.

Clay Paky get Pop Happy with European smash girl group K3

20/07/2012 - Production News

An army of Clay Paky fixtures brightened up kid’s faces across the Benelux as pop sensation K3, kicked of its EYO tour at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp and the Ahoy, Rotterdam.

Robe Helps Celebrate Summer Nights at Schönbrunn Palace

20/07/2012 - Production News

Robe moving lights and LED fixtures – around 135 in total - were again specified by lighting designer Helmut Krammer to illuminate the 2012 Summer Night Concert, staged by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra in the fantastically sumptuous Baroque setting of Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Yamaha PM1D Hitch Hikes To The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe

20/07/2012 - Production News

June and July have seen a Yamaha PM1D digital mixing console temporarily updated with an Infinite Improbability Drive as it helps to provide the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything on a unique theatre tour of Douglas Adams’ legendary Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

ARC Sound Invests In Coda Audio Monitors

20/07/2012 - Production News

South London-based production and audio rental company ARC Sound has recently invested in a package of Coda Audio stage monitors, helping to ensure that artists performing at the wide variety of events the company services enjoy the very best sound.

PLASA Rigging Conference Expands International Seminar Programme

20/07/2012 - Event News

Two more sessions have now been confirmed - adding to the already busy programme of seminars and debates at the Earls Court Conference Centre on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September.

Lift Turn Move Appoint Dan Holme as Entertainment Director

20/07/2012 - People News

Lift Turn Move has announced the appointment of Dan Holme to director of their Entertainment Division.

Austrian Hire Company Chooses Adamson

20/07/2012 - Production News

MEB Veranstaltungstechnik is the first Adamson Metrix Partner in Austria. They are located in Leondig a town in Upper Austria near the city of Linz, with a beautiful view of the Alps. This small format sound and lighting hire company established by Martin Lang and Markus Six about 10 years ago employ freelancers as needed. Their main engagements are business and corporate events, design and installation services for permanent installations, and live performances for audiences as small as 100, upto a few thousand people.

Entec Supplies New LED Lighting Solution for Vineyard Church

20/07/2012 - Project News

West London based Entec Sound & Light's lighting division has supplied an LED stage lighting solution to the Vineyard Church in St Albans, which upgrades their current system and paves the way for future developments.

More Elements for Success from HK Audio

19/07/2012 - Equipment News

HK Audio's Elements system has changed the way we think about portable line array systems, and now the German firm has come up with another way to further improve their winning formula, with the release of Elements Plus and Elements Install.

Anne Minors to Present Efficient Design Ideas at NATEAC

19/07/2012 - Event News

Anne Minors (pictured) of Anne Minors Performance Consultants will be one of four panellists to present a session at NATEAC 2012. Entitled Efficient Design Ideas for Theatres: How To Do More With Less, the session will explore ideas around how to maximise design efficiency in projects with modest budgets.

DiGiCo SD8 Delivers Turkish Online Shows

19/07/2012 - Production News

Music fans in Turkey have been treated to a series of online ‘unplugged’ concerts during the first half of 2012, with performances by five of the country’s brightest up-and-coming bands broadcast online by promoter Hafifmuzik. Each watched by 8-10,000 people, the sessions were mixed by engineer Cagan Tunali on a DiGiCo SD8.

Allen & Heath Releases New GS-R24 Firmware with HUI Support

19/07/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released a major firmware and driver update for its acclaimed recording console, the GS-R24. The new firmware includes integrated support of the HUI protocol for direct integration with DAW applications with HUI MIDI control presets, such as ProTools and Reaper, and users also benefit from a range of enhancements to the FireWire interface driver.

Martin Turns on "City Lights" in St. Petersburg

19/07/2012 - Production News

The Russian city of St. Petersburg welcomed the long-awaited premiere of "City Lights", an original ice show based on the famous 1931 Charlie Chaplin film. Produced by Russian ice dancer Ilya Averbukh, "City Lights" is a grand production that features stunning Martin lighting effects and no less than seven Olympic and eleven world figure skating champions.

Ayrton Illuminates Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band "Wrecking Ball" Tour 2012

19/07/2012 - Production News

Ayrton has announced that more than 65 Wildsun 500C automated LED luminaires are being used on Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's "Wrecking Ball" world tour.

UK Rental Houses Take Delivery of Martin MAC Viper Profile

19/07/2012 - Production News

Three of the United Kingdom’s top rental houses - Stage Electrics, Neg Earth and White Light - have all taken delivery of Martin Professional’s new MAC Viper Profile, ushering in a new era of moving head performance and efficiency.

XL Events Supplies ŠKODA at Goodwood Festival Of Speed

19/07/2012 - Production News

XL Events supplied audio and video equipment for two of the ŠKODA display areas at the recent 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

Strasbourg Philharmonique Orchestra lights up with eco-friendly ADB ALC4-2 LED

19/07/2012 - Project News

The Erasme hall at the Congress Centre in Strasbourg, home of the Strasbourg Philharmonique Orchestra, has upgraded its stage lighting to an ADB Lighting LED system, designed to lower power consumption and heat on stage, and provide more uniform and flexible lighting.

Mackie Master Fader App Delivers Intuitive Control over Mackie DL1608 Mixer

19/07/2012 - Equipment News

Mackie has announced the first release of the much anticipated Mackie Master Fader control application for the Mackie DL1608 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control. This preview release of the Master Fader app comes before DL1608 availability, providing the perfect way to try out the functions of the DL1608 mixer before you buy.

Robert Juliat’s Lancelots Provide a Shining Night for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

19/07/2012 - Production News

When the eyes of the world are upon you, you need to be shown in your best light! And what higher profile could you have than the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, held on June 4 outside the gates of Buckingham Palace before an audience of over 10,000 people and broadcast to millions of viewers worldwide?
On a stage designed by Mark Fisher with a backdrop of the Palace itself, lighting designer Durham Marenghi worked his magic to create a spectacular lighting show worthy of the occasion, balancing the light from 240 moving lights, 36 20K projectors, and a wrap-around LED backdrop.

Compulite Announce Vector Software Update

19/07/2012 - Equipment News

Compulite systems has announced the release of a new Vector software update: Version 3.20R02. This version contains a range of new and enhanced features including bug fixes. 33 new devices were also added and 12 were updated. Details from the Compulite website.

I.A.T.S.E. Local One Certifies 36 ETCP Theatre Riggers

19/07/2012 - Standards News

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) has awarded 36 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Local One members with its Rigger - Theatre Certification.

Allen & Heath Releases New ZED Mixer

19/07/2012 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched the ZED60-14FX, a highly compact analogue mixer that is ideal for small bands and venues. ZED60-14FX is a companion to the ZED60-10FX launched earlier this year, employing the same high quality 60mm faders but with the addition of an extra 4 mono/mic channels.

Onstage Systems Gets Onboard with L-Acoustics K1

18/07/2012 - Production News

For nearly a quarter of a century, Dallas-based Onstage Systems has been steadily updating its equipment inventories to continually raise the production bar for clients like George Strait and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This summer, that initiative has continued with the company's purchase of a full K1 stadium loudspeaker system from L-Acoustics.

Backstage Academy and LS-Live Support Young Musicians with West Yorkshire Police

18/07/2012 - Production News

Wannabe rock stars from schools across West Yorkshire got a taste of stardom at the weekend thanks to an initiative from West Yorkshire Police, in association with Backstage Academy and LS-Live.

K.M.E. TCP/IP Remote Network Module for Digital Amplifiers DA 428 and DA 230

18/07/2012 - Equipment News

The compact Ethernet module replaces the RSNC module (implemented as standard) and is working with a firmware > V2.0 in both amplifier models. It provides a 100 mbit standard Ethernet connection, the potential-free normally-closed-contact is still available for current loop monitoring especially in fix installations.

Sapsis Rigging helps STREB fly over London

18/07/2012 - Production News

Sapsis Rigging played a pivotal role in the aerialist event held in London on July 15. The event, titled One Extraordinary Day, was commissioned by the Mayor of London and involved performances by Elizabeth Streb and her "Action Heroes" troupe at the Millennium Bridge, City Hall, Trafalgar and Paternoster Squares, the National Theatre and the London Eye.

New Head of Sales for LS-Live

18/07/2012 - People News

LS-Live has welcomed Nick Howard (pictured) into its growing team as head of sales. The stage, set and studio specialist in West Yorkshire has recruited Nick full-time to oversee sales across the business, particularly focusing on its staging equipment rental operation.

Pepsi Center Mexico Installs L-Acoustics

18/07/2012 - Production News

L-Acoustics certified provider distributor VARI Internacional, based in Mexico, has supplied a KUDO system to the Pepsi Center, a new multipurpose arts venue owned by WTC Mexico City and operated by PRG Mexico and OCESA. The two production companies have worked together for several years to provide L-Acoustics systems for their events.

BAE Systems Engages the world’s largest Plasma at Farnborough International Air Show

18/07/2012 - Production News

BAE Systems created an immersive and engaging set to bring their key messages to life at Farnborough International Air Show using the world’s largest flat panel display, the 152” Panasonic Plasma.

New Robe ROBIN DLX Spot

18/07/2012 - Equipment News

The ROBIN DLX Spot uses a unique new RGBW LED light source giving colour outputs brighter than a 575/700 Watt discharge unit, but with an average very eco-friendly power consumption of only 250 Watts.

Robe Adds More Colour to NeonSplash

18/07/2012 - Production News

Sixty Four Robe MMX spots were used on the largest show of the German NeonSplash Paint Party tour, a new concept from Miami that fuses the best dance sounds and DJs with the visual spectacle of dancers stilt walkers, aerialists, all wrapped up in one super adrenalized party vibe.

Elation Unveils New ELAR Quad Series

18/07/2012 - Equipment News

More Power, More Punch, More Pixels! Designers and lighting professionals can dial up a spectrum of rich, perfectly blended colours for illuminating the largest stages, buildings, facades, landscapes and other entertainment or architectural elements where extreme output and/or direct view pixel blinder effects are desired with the new ELAR Quad Series from Elation Professional.

Light Emissions Installs Architectural Video System at QVC

18/07/2012 - Project News

The multi-million pound retailer QVC made its first broadcast from its new purpose-built Media and Commerce Centre in Chiswick, London on June 7. The company has invested £33.6 million in the move from its previous base in Battersea. 600 Staff made their last broadcast from the Battersea building at 2am and then had a quick transfer to be on time with the first broadcast in Chiswick at 9am.

Kid Koala Tours New Project with Compact iLive System

17/07/2012 - Production News

Kid Koala has adopted a compact iLive system to mix his new Space Cadet live project. Touring venues such as planetariums, biospheres and space museums, Kid Koala performs a live rendition of his latest album, Space Cadet, and each member of the audience is equipped with their own set of headphones installed in individual inflatable ‘space pods’. The show uses an iDR-16 MixRack and an xDR-16 expander unit to cater for the large number of mixes required.

Cally Bacchus Resigns from A.C. Entertainment Technologies

17/07/2012 - People News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced the resignation of Cally Bacchus from AC-ET, with his departure taking effect on 18th December.

Clay Paky GlowUps Sparkle for Seen Presents

17/07/2012 - Production News

Ambersphere Solutions has recently worked with Entec Sound & Light to supply a number of GlowUp fixtures used for a premium jewellery product showcase.

XL Video Supplies International Music Summit 2012 in Ibiza

17/07/2012 - Project News

XL Video supplied LED screens, cameras, PPU, mapping and projection for the recent International Music Summit in Ibiza.

Five Courses: A Banquet for the Ears with d&b on the Menu

17/07/2012 - Project News

"Each Ilona restaurant has five rooms, a bar, karaoke, a live stage room, a quiet room, and of course the restaurant." Perttu Pesonen is manager of the Ilona restaurant in Tampere. A big round faced Finn with a no nonsense manner, Pesonen is a former production manager in the rock and roll industry; some might think restaurant manager is a sideways step? "We get a lot of demand from groups who want to play here because we make the sound good; the fact is music industry people come here to socialise and hear new bands at the same time." Obviously the ingredients prove irresistible.

Crestron Celebrates Best in Integration

17/07/2012 - Event News

The Crestron Residential Award winners have been announced for 2012, with eight integrators being rewarded for their outstanding projects completed in the past year. Guests were invited to an awards party at Crestron’s HQ in Cobham where the company celebrated the best in custom installation.

Road Hog Keeps American Idol Finale Party Under Control

17/07/2012 - Production News

FOX TV’s American Idol 2012 season finale on May 22 declared contestant Phillip Phillips the winner. Then it was time for the after show bash at the Event Deck at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Kinetic Lighting (, a Los Angeles-area event lighting rental company, was in charge of the party ambience, providing a rig that included 200 lights and a half-dozen effects fixtures, controlled with a High End Systems, a Barco company, Road Hog console.

2012: The Year of Leader Light

17/07/2012 - Production News

From the very first moments of 2012, high-output LED lighting fixtures from Leader Light was in action – and has continued to be in demand through the rest of the year.

Soweto Theatre Lights Up with ETC

17/07/2012 - Project News

In the dark days of apartheid South Africa, theatre was one of the most important means of exposing racist rule. And now, with the opening of the stunning Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg, it has become important once again.

HSL Says Farewell to Westlife

17/07/2012 - Production News

Westlife played two phenomenal and highly emotional farewell concerts over two nights at Croke Park stadium in Dublin in their very last live performances, capping an amazing 14 year chart-topping, multi-million record selling career.

Alex Leinster Appointed MD at Chaos Visual Productions

17/07/2012 - People News

With immediate effect Alex Leinster has been appointed managing director of Chaos Visual Productions Ltd in the UK. “Alex has done a fine job filling the breach these last few months,” explained company president John Wiseman. “We always take the posture of standing back and letting people get on with the job, and in Alex’s case he did a whole lot more than that. He has led from the front and proved himself the ideal candidate for the position. When you have someone with so much commitment to quality and excellence why look anywhere else?”

dbn Supplies Lighting for Live at Jodrell Bank event

17/07/2012 - Production News

Manchester based lighting and visuals rental company dbn supplied stage, DVD, audience and architectural lighting for Elbow's acclaimed show at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, home of the magnificent Lovell Radio Telescope.

Sabine Jörg New Head of Service at Martin Germany

17/07/2012 - People News

In a move to strengthen the service network across Martin Professional’s German-speaking markets, Martin EMEA has announced the hiring of Sabine Jörg as Martin Germany’s new head of service.

Back to the Future for MAC Aura on M83 World Tour

17/07/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Sarah Landau has turned to Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Aura LED wash light, along with MAC 700 Profiles, Atomic 3000 strobes and Martin LC Series LED video panels, to light French electronic band M83’s current world tour.

DPA Microphones Offers a Range of Broadcast Microphone Solutions at IBC

17/07/2012 - Event News

DPA Microphones is highlighting its international reputation for distortion-free sound and ergonomic design at IBC 2012 (Hall 8, Stand D70) by showing a range of high-quality microphones that are ideally suited to broadcast applications.

XL Video Gets The Elbow at Jodrell Bank

17/07/2012 - Production News

XL Video supplied production company Ear To The Ground and the band Elbow with LED screens, PPU, cameras, a Catalyst media server system and crew for a sold out performance at the hugely atmospheric Jodrell Bank Observatory and Centre for Astrophysics near Manchester.

Meyer Sound re-awakens Buddha-Bar Paris

16/07/2012 - Project News

Buddha-Bar Paris recently installed a new Meyer Sound systems to present its wide-ranging musical atmosphere with consistent, crystal-clear quality.

C3 bulk up with L-Acoustics

16/07/2012 - Production News

UK-based L-Acoustics Certified Provider SFL Group has supplied a KARA WST line source system to C3 Productions of Brighton.

M83 brought to life with MAC Aura

16/07/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Sarah Landau has turned to Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Aura LED wash light, along with MAC 700 Profiles, Atomic 3000 strobes and Martin LC Series LED video panels, to light French electronic band M83’s current world tour.

dbn produce 'stellar' Elbow show

16/07/2012 - Production News

Manchester-based lighting and visuals rental company dbn supplied stage, DVD, audience and architectural lighting for Elbow's acclaimed show at the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Roche and Harman Professional kit out £75-million MMU Business School

16/07/2012 - Project News

The new Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (MMU), which cost £75m to develop, features sound reinforcement and control from Harman Professional brands through its many newly-equipped lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

HHB Kits Out New £5m NGY myplace Nottingham Youth Centre

13/07/2012 - Project News

HHB Communications has supplied a host of equipment for new production rooms at the recently opened NGY myplace facility in Nottingham.

Fat Boy Slim is Cooking with Rane

13/07/2012 - Production News

One of the world’s best known DJs, Fatboy Slim – aka Norman Cook – hosted his fifth Big Beach Bootique at the beginning of June and his trusty new customised Rane Sixty-Two mixer was helping him to dish out the beats.

Clay Paky Sharpys Shine at GreenWaves III Concert at the University of Central Florida

13/07/2012 - Production News

Environmentally friendly Clay Paky Sharpy met eco-inspired GreenWaves III recently, the third annual event at the University of Central Florida (UCF) that implements environmental and social best practices to promote the need for conscious sustainable solutions.

ATEÏS Applaud Albion and Hove Football Stadium

13/07/2012 - Event News

ATEÏS would like to congratulate Brighton & Hove Albion football club on winning the New Venue Award at the recent Stadium Business Awards in Turin.

Jands Vista v2 Controls Innovative Mutemath Visuals Show

13/07/2012 - Production News

A Jands Vista T2 console, running the next generation Vista v2 software, has been controlling lighting and visuals for progressive rockers Mutemath on their recent US tour.

Philips Selecon SPXs Shine Bright in South Africa’s Largest Theatre

13/07/2012 - Project News

South Africa’s largest performance venue has invested in 77 brand new Philips Selecon SPX luminaires.

SGM Appoints Representaciones de Audio as Mexican Distributor

13/07/2012 - Business News

Mexico City-based Representaciones de Audio has been appointed territorial distributors for SGM Lighting.

Sonny Sonnenfeld to Chair Panel at NATEAC

13/07/2012 - Event News

Sonny Sonnenfeld, an icon of the lighting manufacturing industry, will speak at NATEAC 2012. Sonny, along with ETC's Mark Vassallo, Jonathan Resnick of Barbizon and Bob Lorelli of Robert Lorelli Associates, will discuss the art and science of dealing with manufacturers reps when outfitting a new performance space.

XL Events Supplies Circular LED Display for Nissan at Goodwood Festival of Speed

12/07/2012 - Production News

XL Events, commissioned by the TRO Group, supplied a specially constructed circular LED screen for Nissan’s stand in the main exhibition area of the 2012 Festival of Speed, held at the Goodwood Estate near Chichester, UK.

Showtech Sharpens Profile with New Subtitle and Focus on New Visitor Groups

12/07/2012 - Event News

Showtech is known as the "world forum for the stage", but it is really much more than that. This is why the long-established trade show which has been held in Berlin every two years since 1984 has now been given a new subtitle. As the "International Trade Show and Conference for Theatre, Film and Events", Showtech 2013 will be held in Halls 1 to 4 of the Berlin Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 June.

Newly Consolidated Marketing Appointment for TC Group Brands

12/07/2012 - People News

Mark Flanagan (pictured) has been appointed to the position of marketing manager for TC Group’s install, touring and residential brands – responsible for international marketing activity (outside North America) across all channels for the Tannoy, White Acoustics, Lab.gruppen and Lake brands.

Prolyte Group Launches LiteConsole XPRS

12/07/2012 - Equipment News

Prolyte Group has announced the launch of the latest incarnation of its LiteConsole – the XPRS. The performance platform, which previewed at Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound, is now available to consumers through a network of Prolyte partners.

Gearsource Europe Appoint Irina Gromova as Area Consultant for Russia and CIS Countries

12/07/2012 - People News

GearSource Europe Ltd has welcomed Irina Gromova (pictured) as an area consultant for Russia and CIS countries. Irina has a long and varied background in the entertainment industry, having specialised in foreign trade for leading Russian companies over the last ten years.

PAS Pro from Omnitronic

12/07/2012 - Equipment News

Omnitronic has enlarged its popular PAS series with the new PAS Pro. With an advanced acoustic pattern and a lower weight the two 2-way top speakers shall extend the series at the top.

Martin Lights Mercedes-Benz Gallery on the Champs Elysées

12/07/2012 - Project News

The prestigious ambiance of the Mercedes-Benz Gallery in Paris attracts visitors to explore this essential showcase of the famous German marque. Presentations of the latest models in the range, themed exhibitions, special events - just about everything is possible in this 500 m2 space where eco-friendly materials take pride of place and where Martin Professional lighting plays an intriguing, seductive role.

Northern Light Delivers at UK’s Most Northerly Arts Centre

12/07/2012 - Project News

Northern Light has recently completed design and installation work at Mareel – Shetland’s new music, cinema and creative industries centre.

Martin MAC Rig with Debuting MAC Viper Profile on Coldplay

12/07/2012 - Production News

Martin Professional’s new 1000 W MAC Viper Profile successfully debuted on the first European stadium leg of Coldplay’s "Mylo Xyloto" world tour with lighting / production designer Paul Normandale exclaiming: "I’ve found my 1200W replacement and what’s more … I can lift it!"

PLASA 2012: Professional Development Programme Goes Live

12/07/2012 - Event News

As booking opened recently, strong exhibitor numbers, record breaking pre-registration figures and a new focus on content provision are creating a buzz about PLASA 2012. With four brand new theatres and 80 free-to-attend sessions split into nine new themes, these exciting developments underpin PLASA's commitment to providing an unparalleled experience for visitors and remaining a leader in the provision of education, professional development and knowledge sharing across our industry.

A.C. Lighting Inc. Appointed Exclusive ArKaos North American Distributor

11/07/2012 - Business News

A.C. Lighting Inc. has been appointed as the exclusive North American distributor for the ArKaos range of show and lighting media server solutions, recently unveiling the partnership and innovative product range on its stand at the InfoComm 2012 exhibition.

The Wonder of DiGiCo - Stevie uses three SD7s at Rock in Rio Lisboa

11/07/2012 - Production News

Headlining the fourth night of this year’s Rock In Rio (Lisboa) festival, Stevie Wonder used three DiGiCo SD7 consoles, ensuring that his sound didn’t rely on any Superstition.

The VL880 Spot Inspires at the Hong Kong Ballet

11/07/2012 - Production News

As the finale to its 2011-12 season, the Hong Kong Ballet opened Turandot, a neo-classical ballet inspired by Puccini's internationally-renowned opera at the Grand Theatre Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

New Area Sales Manager for MGC Lighting Group

11/07/2012 - People News

MGC Lighting Group has appointed Jorge Villalba (pictured) to the role of area sales manager at the company’s Spanish office in Valencia.

Continental Air Show Productions Pumps Star Spangled Sailabration with Community

11/07/2012 - Production News

On the morning of September 14, 1814, Major George Armistead signalled the American victory in the war of 1812 by raising the first American flag over Fort McHenry. The incident inspired poet Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner, which would eventually be declared the country's national anthem.

Architainment Lighting Expands Product Range with Philips Dynalite Control Solutions

11/07/2012 - Business News

Architainment Lighting Ltd has announced that it is now a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Philips Dynalite, adding the controls solutions range to its portfolio of high quality LED lighting and controls.

Rosco Introduces LitePad Loop

11/07/2012 - Equipment News

Rosco has introduced the LitePad Loop, a ring light that represents the latest addition to their popular LitePad line of LED lighting fixtures.

Mobile Promotions fly high with the Air Tattoo

11/07/2012 - Production News

Mobile Promotions transformed one of its specialist event trailers into a radio broadcast studio for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world’s largest military airshow staged at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

beyerdynamic Launch T 90P Tesla Headphones

11/07/2012 - Equipment News

POLARaudio has announced the UK launch of the new beyerdynamic T 90P Headphones with Tesla Technology.

Clay Paky among leading lights at Volkswagen Night in Beijing

11/07/2012 - Production News

The Volkswagen Group presented an exclusive preview of its latest models at the first Volkswagen Group Night in China, which was held recently during the "Auto China 2012" exhibition at the Beijing Olympic Swimming Centre. Over 1700 guests turned up for the one-hour event, which took place the evening before the opening of the motor show. The event was planned and coordinated by Filmtec Media GmbH, on behalf of Volkswagen Kommunikation, and technical direction was entrusted to Martin Kuhn.

Clay Paky Fixtures Light Up Electric Daisy Carnival’s Main Stage

11/07/2012 - Production News

Once again Clay Paky lighting fixtures turned out in force for the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Show designer and director Stephen Lieberman of SJ Lighting, Inc. chose a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpy, Alpha Spot HPE 1500 and Shotlight Wash fixtures for all the moving lights on the EDC’s main stage.

Illuminate Design shines for Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Battersea Park

11/07/2012 - Production News

On Sunday 3 June, over 1,000 vessels participated in a flotilla on the Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. And while it may have been an awful day for the weather, live acts were the order of the day at Battersea Park, with everything from 1950s swing orchestras on the bandstand, to a host of exciting acts on the main stage.

Armagh Theatre Installs new GLD

11/07/2012 - Project News

Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre in Armagh, Northern Ireland, has become one of the first venues in the world to install Allen & Heath’s new GLD digital mixer, comprising a GLD-80 mixer plus an AR84 I/O rack in the control room, and an AR2412 rack down on the stage floor.

XL Video Adores the Stone Roses at Heaton Park

11/07/2012 - Production News

XL Video supplied 400 square metres of its latest Pixled F-12 LED screen – configured as 12 screens, ten of which moved – plus cameras, PPU and crew for the Stone Roses seminal homecoming shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park.

L-Acoustics Bolsters Focus on Installation Market with Two Key Appointments

11/07/2012 - People News

L-Acoustics has further strengthens its commitment to the North American fixed installation market by announcing the appointments of Dan Palmer as national manager of installation projects and Andrew Nagel as head of application for the US installation market.

Philips Vari-Lite Reinforces Sales and Marketing Team

10/07/2012 - People News

In a move to strengthen its sales and marketing operations, Philips Vari-Lite has announced that Brad Schiller (pictured) has been named as the new product marketing manager. With over 25 years of experience in the automated lighting industry, Schiller will oversee the development of the complete line of Philips Vari-Lite automated luminaires while also operating as a key contact for lighting dealers, designers and end-users worldwide.

Saville Unlock the Mystery of Hybrid Events

10/07/2012 - Production News

Conceived and sponsored by Saville Audio Visual in partnership with De Vere Venues Whites, the first ever Conference North attracted an enthusiastic audience to Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

White Light in Nashville

10/07/2012 - Event News

White Light will this week be at PLASA Focus in Nashville, showing the latest LED lighting technology from i-Pix and Core Lighting, both leaders in their respective fields.

Le Mark: Zwack in the Heart of Europe

10/07/2012 - Business News

Le Mark Group continued its expansion into Central and Eastern Europe this past June with a recent visit to Budapest. Spending time developing both new and existing business, Le Mark's Stuart Gibbons and Hannah Attfield (pictured) returned saying: "The country offers huge potential for all Le Mark products."

DPA Microphones for Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular

10/07/2012 - Production News

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has once again tapped DPA Microphones for its nationally broadcast, live Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Held annually in the Hatch Shell at the Esplanade along the Charles River, the concert and fireworks show hosts nearly 400,000 attendees. As the most watched Independence Day performance in the U.S. each year, the Pops have continued to rely on DPA Microphones to ensure that audio at the Spectacular is as magnificent as the rockets’ red glare.

Xinjiang International Expo Centre Chooses QSC For China/Eurasia Expo

10/07/2012 - Project News

The QSC Q-Sys integrated System Platform has been chosen as the backbone of the audio systems at the Xinjiang International Expo Centre, the main regional conference and exhibition centre in north-west China. Comprising two Core 1000 Q-Sys processors, together with multiple QSC PowerLight 3 amplifiers and speakers from the QSC WideLine, ILA, AcousticDesign and K Series, the QSC audio systems were designed by PCI, the exclusive QSC distributor in China, and installed in over 20 conference rooms at the centre. The system was completed and made operational in time for the first China-Eurasia Economic Development & Cooperation Forum, held in the Xinjiang capital Ürümqi last Autumn.

Rock of Ages Entertains with High End Systems

10/07/2012 - Production News

The New Line Cinema film adaptation of the "Rock of Ages" Broadway musical opened June 15 with a star-studded cast, hits from the 1980s, and High End Systems products in the mix. The rock and roll romance of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, meeting on the Sunset Strip in search of their Hollywood dreams, is told through the music of Journey, Foreigner, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and more, much of which is recreated in performances in the film.

MediaPro use mighty Christie Roadie HD35Ks for Etisalat Football Finals

10/07/2012 - Production News

Dubai-based AV company, MediaPro International, recently fielded three mighty Christie Roadie HD+35K projectors (along with two Christie HD18K 3-chip DLP projectors) to beam the action for the Etisalat Pro League Football Finals — a major event in the Abu Dhabi city of Al Ain).

SSE Stocks Up With Audix

10/07/2012 - Production News

In response to rider requests, rental company SSE Audio Group has recently added a significant quantity of Audix microphones to its hire stock, which will be in use on stages across the UK throughout the summer festival season.

Coemar at the Royal Albert Hall

10/07/2012 - Project News

The Royal Albert Hall, London’s landmark venue, has recently purchased Coemar ParLite LED fixtures as part of a major re-vamp of its auditorium lighting.

Green Hippo Expands its Team

10/07/2012 - People News

Mercedes Stevao-Boase is a new member of the Green Hippo marketing team. She has joined Green Hippo as their marketing executive and will be responsible for increasing the brands online presence via numerous social media platforms and other tools.

W-DMX Brings New Gear and Seminar to PLASA Focus: Nashville

10/07/2012 - Event News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB is on the road again, this time heading for PLASA Focus: Nashville (July 11-12) with new products and some innovative advancements to their W-DMX product range. The show will be held at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, USA and Wireless Solution will be exhibiting with A.C.T. Lighting in Stand 321.

ETC Shines for Serbian Cultural Centre

10/07/2012 - Project News

ETC's Serbian distributor, Studio Berar, has installed and commissioned the latest generation of lighting at the Palilula Cultural Centre and theatre in Belgrade - complete with ETC lighting, dimming and control.

Iconyx Breathes New Life into Eden Resort Courtyard

09/07/2012 - Project News

Champagne Sunday Brunch in the Eden Courtyard at the Best Western Eden Resort & Suites has become a local area tradition, attracting patrons with an ever-changing menu that draws from the region's finest seasonal ingredients. But while the Courtyard is known for its dining and social events, the room's acoustics have long made it a challenge to attract speaking engagements. With its 40-foot-high glass ceiling, hard stone floor and hard walls, the room's reverberation made intelligibility nearly non-existent.

5 Star Expands Premises Again

09/07/2012 - Business News

Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases has expanded its HQ and manufacturing facility in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire again - this time adding a further 4700 square feet of production units.

Yamaha to Bring AFC3 to Europe

09/07/2012 - Equipment News

Following a successful launch at InfoComm 2012, Yamaha is now in discussion with audio consultants about bringing its latest Active Field Control system, AFC3, to the European market.

Backstage Academy Open Day on July 15

09/07/2012 - Event News

Entertainment industry training and skills centre Backstage Academy will be holding an Open Day next Sunday July 15, between 11am and 4pm.

World Class Wisdom Comes to Yorkshire

09/07/2012 - Production News

They say you can always tell a Yorkshireman, but you can’t tell him much… However an audience of over 700 tough Yorkshire business people paid and turned up to hear worldly wisdom and wit at the 17th Yorkshire International Business Convention, held in Leeds.

Live Soccer Relays with Dynacord and Electro-Voice

09/07/2012 - Production News

Last month, all Germany was gripped with football fever. In addition to record TV ratings, the fans who gathered in vast numbers in front of giant screens all over the country to watch live relays of its performances underlined the popularity of the German national team. In arenas, including the stadiums in Kiev and Lviv where the matches were being contested, as well as at football parties all over Germany, sound reinforcement from Bosch Communications Systems provided the competition with superlative acoustic support – whatever the size of the gathering.

MAC Aura Teams with Big MACs on LITFIBA Rock Show

09/07/2012 - Production News

"I needed something that could properly compete with its bigger neighbors in the rig in terms of brightness and presence and the MAC Aura didn’t disappoint." So says lighting and show designer Jò Campana who teamed Martin Professional’s MAC Aura LED wash with 1500-watt MAC III Profiles and MAC 2000 Wash XBs on Italian rock band LITFIBA’s latest tour.

The Norwegian Television School Relies on DPA 4060 Miniature Microphones

09/07/2012 - Production News

The Norwegian Television School has replaced its existing stock of miniature microphones with 20 DPA 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones, which were chosen for their ruggedness and reliability.

Christie Lites Opens Nashville Office

09/07/2012 - Business News

Christie Lites has opened a Nashville office and warehouse, the latest additions to its multi-office network of full service stage lighting supply locations across North America.

W-DMX Appoints New Distributor for Malaysia/Thailand/Indonesia

09/07/2012 - Business News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB has announces the appointment of lighting specialists Acoustic & Lighting System to supply W-DMX to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, effective immediately.

Tri-C Metro Auditorium Jazzed with L-Acoustics

06/07/2012 - Production News

Known to Cleveland locals simply as "Tri-C", Cuyahoga Community College is the oldest and largest community college in Ohio. But to jazz aficionados, the school is more than simply an institution dedicated to higher learning--it's the host site of the renowned Tri-C JazzFest, which recently celebrated its 33rd anniversary.

Clay Paky Sharpys on tour with British electronic duo Chase and Status

06/07/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpys have provided the bedrock for a dazzling live video shoot for UK-based drum and base hell-raisers Chase and Status.

SF Marketing Sets Up SGM Canada

06/07/2012 - Business News

An enduring relationship has been renewed, with SGM and its Canadian distributor SF Marketing signing a new contract which will see the Montreal-based company represent SGM’s next generation of LED fixtures under the name ‘SGM Canada’.

Volkslichts and Spot Ones Shine at Wakarusa

06/07/2012 - Production News

For the fifth consecutive year, synaesthesiax LD JC Campbell played an active role in the four-day Wakarusa Music and Arts Festival in the Ozarks of Northern Arkansas.

Live Production Network launches at The O2 Arena

06/07/2012 - Event News

Live Production Network and PALME Europe is launching at The O2 Arena from 28 – 30 April 2013 and has unveiled its seminar programme with a call for papers from the industry.

Yamaha Is the sound of the UK’s Summer of Sport and Song . . . and Well Beyond

06/07/2012 - Production News

With the busiest summer in recent years for UK’s major audio rental companies underway, Yamaha has seen significant orders for equipment which is playing a key role in delivering high profile, globally-broadcast events for both sport and music fans. But this is no one-off - the reason Yamaha equipment has been chosen is because of its long-term return.

Amber Provides the Clear Solution for Fibre Optic Cables

06/07/2012 - Equipment News

Cleerline Technology Group, the makers of the Planet Waves CI range of cables and solderless connectors, has launched a new range of affordable, easy to install Fibre Optic Cables for the custom installation sector. Branded Cleerline, and available in Europe through distribution leaders, Amber International, the ground-breaking Non Strip Fibre (NSF) is a fast and safe alternative for custom installers that simplifies and improves the fibre termination process.

Silence! Invests in Uniline from APG

06/07/2012 - Production News

Parisian company Silence! is the leading supplier of AV equipment and services to the TV and live events market in France. With over 30 years’ experience, the company is renowned for its solutions-based approach, preferring to hire in the appropriate equipment for the job in question – and even going so far as to build it if the right product doesn’t exist – rather than investing in a major inventory of PA rental stock that would then limit them in their choice of equipment. It is therefore something of a surprise and a great honour that Silence! has chosen to invest in a significant Uniline modular line array system from French manufacturers APG. The news comes shortly after the announcement that the UK’s Plus 4 Audio, also TV studio sound specialists, has just taken delivery of their Uniline system.

Robe Goes Wild for the Maccabees

06/07/2012 - Production News

Robe ROBIN MMX Spots and LEDWash 600s were the main moving lights used by LD Phil Shaw for a recent high profile one off show at London’s Alexandra Palace by indie rockers, The Maccabees. The band are currently promoting their third studio album ‘Given To The Wild’, released in January and hitting the UK album Top 10 Charts.

Theatres at Risk 2012

05/07/2012 - Business News

Forty-nine theatre buildings across the UK are at real risk of being lost unless owners recognise they are responsible for community assets and work with trusts and local communities to secure their future, says The Theatres Trust.

XL Video Supplies LED Screens for Westlife Farewell Concert

05/07/2012 - Production News

XL Video UK supplied Production North with Pixled F-11 moving screens and two large left and right IMAG screens made up from their brand new F-12 product for Westlife’s Farewell Concert at Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.

The New RAMCAT5 System Cable by Klotz Cables Combines Network Connection, Digital Audio and Power Supply in a Single Product

05/07/2012 - Equipment News

Klotz Cables designed the new RAMCAT 5 (RCSB1D1P) system cable for applications in the fields of audio networks and DMX lighting control. The cable is particularly suitable for HiQnetM cabling. It combines the outstanding signal transmission quality of RC5SB network connection cable with a digital audio cable and integrated power supply cable.

Bose Offers Simplified Approach to DSP for 2x4 Installed and Portable Applications

05/07/2012 - Equipment News

A new sound processor from Bose, designed to make audio processing setup quicker and easier, is being launched in August.

AC-ET Supplies LED Lighting Solutions to BBC's Radio Theatre

05/07/2012 - Project News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd has supplied a quantity of LED based lighting fixtures from leading entertainment lighting manufacturers Chroma-Q, PixelRange and GLP to the BBC’s Radio Theatre facility at Broadcasting House in central London.

Orbital Installs a White Aura Over Mayfair

05/07/2012 - Project News

Orbital Sound has recently installed a d&b audiotechnik White range system at private members’ club Aura in Mayfair. This represents one of the first club installations for the new range, involving a combination of D12 and D6 amplifiers with Q-Sub, 10S-D, 8S and 5S loudspeakers – together with a Ci80 DJ monitor.

Le Mark PAL Labels for USA’s WorldStage

05/07/2012 - Production News

One of the leading providers of audio, video and lighting technologies in the USA, WorldStage, has put its trust in Le Mark’s PAL road case labels.

Mark Tallent Moves to International Role

05/07/2012 - People News

Crestron has announced that Mark Tallent has moved to a new role within the company: international lighting and building controls product manager.

Crestron Appoints EMEA Marketing Manager

05/07/2012 - People News

Crestron has announced its latest member of the Crestron team with the appointment of Simon Clarke to the position of marketing manager to the EMEA region. Covering all aspects of Crestron’s commercial and residential activity, Simon will be working closely with the in-house sales teams and accredited integrators on joint projects and developing new initiatives.

Clay Paky Sharpys Bring Cutting Edge Technology to Massive 90s Nostalgia Party

04/07/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpys have dazzled up-for-it crowds across Norway during a series of mammoth We Love the 90s concerts. This year, German group Scooter headlined, alongside 90s stalwarts Haddaway, E-Type, and the Vengaboys.

A&O Technology Named as Knight of Illumination Awards Bar Sponsor

04/07/2012 - Event News

A&O Lighting Technology GmbH is exclusive bar sponsor for this year’s Knight of Illumination Awards. This year’s invitation only event will be held at Battersea Evolution, London and promises to be a spectacular event.

Projection Studio World Record is Confirmed

04/07/2012 - Production News

London based projection artist Ross Ashton of The Projection Studio had his Face Britain video projection work onto the front of Buckingham Palace officially confirmed as a Guinness World Record for the ‘most artists working on the same art installation’.

Charcoalblue Celebrates as Four of its Consultancy Projects win RIBA Awards 2012

04/07/2012 - Business News

Charcoalblue’s projects have swept the board at this year’s prestigious RIBA Awards. The Royal Institute of British Architects honoured four separate Charcoalblue projects: Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, The Hepworth gallery, Wakefield, and Newcastle’s Theatre Royal - with six separate awards.

Sydney Opera House Sounds in IOSONO 3D Sound

04/07/2012 - Production News

Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt successfully premièred at the world famous Sydney Opera House with IOSONO 3D sound on June 30, 2012. The elaborate production by Opera Australia is breaking new ground as the orchestra’s music is streamed live to the Opera Theatre using IOSONO’s 3D sound technology. While the musicians are playing live in the neighbouring studio, cinematic surround sounds fill the theatre bringing the performance to the audience and singers.

DPA Microphones Defy the Elements During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

04/07/2012 - Production News

More than one million people lined the River Thames in London on Sunday, 3rd June to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a River Pageant involving 1000 boats. And in typical British style the weather was dreadful, with heavy rain doing its best to spoil what was supposed to be the highlight of the UK’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Green Hippo’s Asia Trade Show Round-Up

04/07/2012 - Event News

Green Hippo’s technical sales manager for Asia, Justin Fitzpatrick, has been busy travelling from trade show to trade show. He has visited four shows in as many weeks and supporting the company’s local distributors, managed to further increase Hippotizer’s profile in the region.

PRG at Stand Up For The Week

04/07/2012 - Production News

PRG’s head of full service John McEvoy and account director for video Jeff Bailey have provided a full production hire to Open Mike Productions. This will be the fourth series of Stand Up For The Week for PRG, who worked with production designer Colin Pigott and lighting designer Ian Jackson-French.

Backstage Academy Courses Announced

04/07/2012 - Standards News

Two-Day Rigging Course

You Cannot be Serious!

04/07/2012 - Production News

This summer is topped to be one of the best in the UK country for sport so it’s only right that there should be a new show to delve into the funniest, quirkiest and silliest moments … You Cannot be Serious!

Jands Unveil Winners of Vista L5 Console Launch Competition

04/07/2012 - Event News

Jands has announced the winners of a high-profile competition celebrating the recent launch of its Vista L5 flagship media and lighting control console – the latest addition to the exciting Vista range.

L-Acoustics Previews 5XT and SB15m

04/07/2012 - Event News

L-Acoustics recently treated InfoComm 2012 attendees in Las Vegas to a preview of two new systems – the 5XT ultra-compact coaxial enclosure and SB15m compact subwoofer – both scheduled for winter 2012 availability.

coolux Pandoras Box Version 5.1 Software Released

04/07/2012 - Equipment News

coolux Pandoras Box 5.1 software release is now available. Building on the enormous success of Pandoras Box Version 5.0 launched at PLASA last fall, over 50 distinct improvements and upgrades have been added, including Media Encryption, 3D Warping, and a new Matrix Patcher. The new user-friendly Version 5.1 software package makes Pandoras Box a yet more powerful creative tool, uniting state-of-the-art rendering technology with intuitive live media and show control.

iLive on Worldwide Tour with Morrissey

04/07/2012 - Production News

Allen & Heath’s iLive digital mixing system has been selected by FOH engineer, David Millward, as the console of choice on Morrissey’s 2012 worldwide tour. Requiring a small, lightweight console to travel with the production, Millward selected an iLive-80 Control Surface and iDR10 modular MixRack fitted with a Dante Card for multitrack recording and virtual soundchecking.

Plus 4 Audio brings First APG Uniline System into UK

03/07/2012 - Production News

Plus 4 Audio, one of the leading suppliers of PA and monitor systems to the UK TV industry, has just invested in a sizeable Uniline modular line array system from French manufacturer, APG. Operating out of Surbiton in Surrey, Plus 4 Audio serves the London Studios, Fountain Studios, Maidstone Studios and the BBC as well as various OB events with shows such as the Mercury Music Prize, Strictly Come Dancing, Sports Personality of the Year and new for 2012, The Voice, to name but a few. The Uniline system, which is the first of its kind in the UK, adds to Plus 4’s existing APG inventory of DX12 compact monitor speakers purchased in September 2010.

Andreas Gabalier Uses Exclusive High End Systems Lighting Rig on Austrian Tour

03/07/2012 - Production News

Called ‘The Concert Event of 2012’ in Austria, the country’s newest superstar Andreas Gabalier is conducting his first tour of his native land. Though he’s dressed in traditional leather suede pants, plays an accordion and sings "Volksmusic", he’s packing in crowds on his "Volksrock’n Roller Tour" 2012 with a rig full of High End Systems products.

M2GO and M2PC Now Shipping

03/07/2012 - Equipment News

After Martin Professional’s successful launch of the M2GO and M2PC lighting controllers at Prolight and Sound in Frankfurt, the first production models are now ready for shipment.

DiGiCo SD7 sounds sweet for Foster The People

03/07/2012 - Production News

Monitor engineer Francois Pare has been working with American indie pop band Foster The People for just over a year. When the band decided to expand its set up for the current tour he decided it was time to bring in the big guns in the form of an SD7 from British digital console manufacturer, DiGiCo.

July Special Prices on Encore Chair

03/07/2012 - Equipment News

With correct seated posture a vital consideration for musicians, the current discounted price on offer from Black Cat Music makes July a great time to buy the Encore Chair designed specially for musicians.

Hugh Hardy to give Closing Speech at NATEAC

03/07/2012 - Event News

Renowned architect Hugh Hardy will give the closing speech of the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) on Monday night, July 23rd at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City. Hardy, a leader in the planning and design of active public spaces throughout North America, has been responsible for the design of numerous performance spaces including LCT3 at Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Brooklyn Academy, Signature Theatre, NYC and The Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY.

CueCore Installed at Papenburg Cinema, Germany

03/07/2012 - Project News

Visual Productions' German distributor, LMP, recently supplied a CueCore and other lighting equipment for the new Cinema Center in Papenburg. Designed and implemented by Werner Post of W.P.highlights, his concept revolves around energy efficiency with the magic words for the overall design being "emotional signage". The installation included the complete interior and exterior lighting.

QSC Audio Products Launches New Website

03/07/2012 - Business News

QSC Audio Products, LLC has announced the launch of, a new website which offers an engaging and interactive look into the products and technologies that make QSC products the superior choice for professional customers worldwide.

Christie’s Mirage M and J Series 3-Chip DLP Projectors Expand Popular Product Lines for Visualisation Solutions

03/07/2012 - Equipment News

Christie, the first to market a fully stereoscopic 3D DLP projector more than a decade ago, announced an expansion to its product offerings for the visualization markets with the addition of its next-generation Mirage M Series high performance digital projectors. The M Series joins the latest Mirage J Series, adding three new 3D capable products to the dual-lamp platform for a total of 21 projectors in the Mirage Series line up. The Mirage Series offers the broadest range of 3-chip DLP 3D active stereo digital projectors – single projector or in a multi-projector array – with advanced features that are specifically created for the demanding needs of the visualisation market.

Bush Hall goes digital with MIDAS PRO2

03/07/2012 - Production News

Popular West London live music venue, Bush Hall, has recently invested in a Midas PRO2 console. Charlie Raworth, managing director and proprietor of Bush Hall, made the decision to ‘go digital’ following the venue’s chief engineer, George Hider’s, visit to the PLASA Show last year.

Hippotizers at the Spider Man Premier with Digital Insanity

03/07/2012 - Production News

Fans, celebrities and actors alike were all present at the premier of the ‘Amazing Spider Man’ in London’s Leicester Square.

RH Signature Series Wins Best Of Show at InfoComm 2012

03/07/2012 - Event News

At InfoComm 2012, Renkus-Heinz introduced their newest product, the Ralph Heinz Signature Series loudspeakers. This versatile new line of loudspeakers received an overwhelming response from attendees and media alike, and was recognized with the coveted Best Of Show award by ProSound News and ProAudio Review.

SSE Supplies L-Acoustics to Pro Productions

03/07/2012 - Production News

L-Acoustics UK Certified Provider SSE Audio Group has supplied a KARA WST line source system to staging and production hire company PRO Productions.

Renkus-Heinz Unveils New Products at InfoComm 2012

03/07/2012 - Event News

The Renkus-Heinz booth and demo room were buzzing with activity throughout the three days of InfoComm 2012, with visitors and customers making the company's newest products a must-see at the show.

Amber International Launches URC Total Control

03/07/2012 - Equipment News

Amber International has announced the launch of the eagerly anticipated URC Total Control range which combines a series of products to create a whole home automation system.

ETC on set in Ukraine

03/07/2012 - Project News

The Ukraina and Novy channels are two of the most watched television outlets in Ukraine. Last year, Ukraina launched a new HD-capable facility, complete with four television studios. At the same time, Novy also opened a new, expansive complex with two broadcast studios. Both networks have ambitious production schedules with multiple shows being filmed on each set every day, covering everything from news to sports shows.

Pro Audio Stash Opens Texas Office

03/07/2012 - Business News

Leading UK based professional audio and AV suppliers and 19 inch racking specialists Pro Audio Stash (PAS) has opened a new office and warehouse in Austin Texas, which is being managed by Marcus Butler (pictured).

White Light supplies Coemar ParLite LED fixtures to AB Lighting

03/07/2012 - Production News

Watford-based AB Lighting has recently expanded its lighting equipment rental stock with Coemar ParLite LED lighting fixtures, supplied by Coemar’s UK distributor White Light.

EM Acoustics Appoints Stage Electrics as UK Dealer

03/07/2012 - Business News

EM Acoustics has announced the appointment of one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the entertainment industry, Stage Electrics, as a UK dealer for the brand. The move further reinforces EM Acoustics’ presence in the UK market and adds a premium loudspeaker brand to the portfolio of high end audio brands that Stage Electrics supplies and installs into entertainment.

Yamaha Scores At UEFA EURO 2012

02/07/2012 - Production News

Within days of their manufacture, four of Yamaha’s new CL series consoles were given a very high profile assignment in the challenging environment of four football stadiums at the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships. Four M7CLs were also specified for the tournament.

Prism Sound’s Orpheus Helps The Bees’ Paul Butler Branch Out

02/07/2012 - People News

Paul Butler, founder member of the Isle of Wight-based The Bees and owner of The Steam Rooms recording studio, has purchased a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire multi-track audio interface from Funky Junk to help expand his work with other artists. Not that he seems to need too much help, his work with Michael Kiwanuka already attracting enough attention to see Kiwanuka top the BBC’s influential ‘Sound Of 2012’ poll.

FocusTrack Welcomes Kevin Barry

02/07/2012 - People News

FocusTrack, the show lighting documentation system, has welcomed New York production electrician Kevin Barry, who will now be providing direct support to FocusTrack users in the US.

L-Acoustics Gives Voice to Oscars Outdoors

02/07/2012 - Project News

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently cut the ribbon on its newest screening venue, an open-air theater at its 7.5-acre campus on Vine Street in the heart of Hollywood. As of mid-June, the site is currently hosting its inaugural ten-weekend summer film series known as "Oscars Outdoors", which is being reinforced via an L-Acoustics P Series self-powered loudspeaker system.

Adamson's Energia makes Latin American debut with Sir Paul McCartney

02/07/2012 - Production News

Adamson Systems Engineering recently placed their first E15 system in Latin America with respected Sound Company and new Energia Beta partner, C. Vilar Amplificacion Professional. During Sir Paul McCartney’s last leg of the ‘On The Run’ tour which had started in the US and Canada last year, after which it headed to Europe and the UK, finally landed in South America. FOH engineer Paul ‘Pab’ Boothroyd found out that there was a new e15 system available with a significant quantity of Y18, Y10 and T21's to support the stadium show in Bogota and jumped at the opportunity.

Philips Entertainment Names New CEO

02/07/2012 - People News

Philips Entertainment has announced that Steve Carson is stepping down as the chief executive officer of Philips Entertainment, and Matthijs Glastra will take over as the new CEO. Glastra joins Philips Entertainment with an 18-year executive track record in the LED, entertainment lighting and semiconductor industries, and Carson will remain with Philips Entertainment for the remainder of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

Martin MAC Viper Profile biggest pre-sale success in Martin’s History now Shipping

02/07/2012 - Equipment News

Following an overwhelmingly positive response from both lighting designers and rental companies leading to the biggest pre-sale success ever in Martin’s history, the MAC Viper is now on its way to rental houses around the world

Clay Paky Seduces Audiences on Within Temptation’s European Tour

02/07/2012 - Production News

Dutch super group Within Temptation and it’s lighting designer Pim Elberse are currently proving that Clay Paky Sharpys are de-rigueur when it comes to lighting some of the world’s biggest rock bands.

Electro-Voice EVA line array brings sound enhancement to cultural and sporting events

02/07/2012 - Project News

Since last year, the municipality of Ertingen in the district of Biberach has been enjoying the benefits of a new cultural and sports hall, which, thanks its unusual architecture, is suitable for a very wide variety of events. Both the geometry of the rooms and their facilities are designed for multiple uses: club and corporate gatherings, conferences, celebrations, balls, theatrical productions, and concerts. Musik Markt Bad Saulgau, under the direction of its proprietor Alfons Müller, was the company charged with the planning and installation of the audio system. After conducting numerous comparative tests, the company opted for an EVA line-array system from Electro-Voice.