News Archive for December 2013

Le Mark at the X Factor

23/12/2013 - Production News

From gaffer tapes to stage floors, Le Mark's professional products have played a starring role throughout this year’s series of ITV's smash hit show The X Factor.

Seeing Trees in a Different Light at The Morton Arboretum

23/12/2013 - Project News

“Illumination” at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, is a unique interactive holiday light experience where trees become a dynamic living canvas. Created by visual design group Lightswitch and hailed for its creative use of lighting, including Elation LED PAR lights, “Illumination” is a whole new way to experience the Arboretum in winter and has proved a magnificent way to draw more visitors there in winter months.

Robe Highlights La Vela Puerca in Montevideo

20/12/2013 - Production News

Uruguay - Uruguayan rock and ska band La Vela Puerca played two shows at the Teatro de Verano Ramón Collazo Theatre in Montevideo, Uruguay, with lighting directed by Sebastián Cybulski using Robe ROBIN LEDWash 600 and ColorSpot 1200E moving lights.

Elite Multimedia Productions Completes Substantial Gear Acquisition from TMB to Accommodate Growth for 2014 Tours

20/12/2013 - Production News

USA - Elite Multimedia Productions (EMP), a Nashville-based professional sound, lighting and video company, recently completed the major acquisition of live production equipment from TMB to accommodate the company’s expected growth in 2014.

Immersive Signs to International Production Company Partizan

20/12/2013 - Business News

UK - London-based design company Immersive has signed to 'creative excellence' production company Partizan - twice listed over the past decade as the Gunn Report's 'Best production Company in the World'.

POLARaudio Expands Team

20/12/2013 - People News

UK - POLARaudio has recently engaged new staff to reinforce its team in the light of its continued success in adding new brands to its portfolio. Taking on new personnel is a reflection of the company's commitment to maintain the highest possible standards of customer service as it continues to grow its business. Three new faces have joined the internal sales team - POLARaudio is delighted to welcome on board Nigel Brake, Alison Knight and Allison Geal, whilst Jo Griffin has joined the accounts department (purchase ledger). On the logistics side, Juan Recouso has joined to bolster the warehouse operation.

Stage One welcomes old friend and creative technical expert to its team

20/12/2013 - People News

Stage One, the company who realised Thomas Heatherwick’s spectacular cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics, has appointed Adam Wildi to its senior management team.

Ian Albery Awarded Fellowship of ABTT

20/12/2013 - People News

Theatre consultant, manager, producer and founding member of the ABTT Ian Albery, has been awarded a Fellowship of the Association. Individuals are appointed Fellow if they "have rendered signal service to the technical aspects of the art of the theatre".

CT Alive with Jessie J

20/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Creative Technology (CT) has supplied a video control system and LED screens package, crew and pre-programming services for Jessie J’s epic diva-style tour ‘ALIVE’. Brilliantly complementing the pop sensation’s considerable stage presence, Vince Foster’s set and lighting design offered a vivid mix of stunning lighting looks, and hot-to-trot pyrotechnics, while Paul Caslin’s clever mix of video production delivered sparkling video effects.

Clay Paky illuminates Cinéscénie, the largest night time show on earth

20/12/2013 - Production News

France – Puy du Fou has used a large number of Clay Paky fixtures to light its flagship live show – Cinéscénie. principal lighting designer, Koert Vermuelen, deployed Clay Paky’s Alpha Beam 1500s and Sharpys to create the sensational light show, which ran throughout the summer months.

The Alexandrinsky Theatre hosts Luc Lafortune’s lecture with special backing from Clay Paky

20/12/2013 - Event News

Saint Petersburg, Russia - Luc Lafortune held a lecture of great cultural interest, called "Art and Poetry in Stage Lighting", on 5 December 2013 in Saint Petersburg. This exclusive event was held on the beautiful, modern "New Stage" in the Alexandrinsky Theatre by the theatre's managerial staff itself, with the cooperation of TDM Stage Equipment and the Italian company Clay Paky, the world leader in the production of professional stage lighting equipment. The event media partners were the "Evening Petersburg" newspaper, the main Russian media and state television.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream with RML

20/12/2013 - Production News

‘’RML understand that those students are the future of our Industry and so it is imperative that they are given the tools to develop to the best of their abilities and shown the best and most recent in moving light technology. It is also a great privilege to be involved with such a prestigious institution such as LAMDA,’’ says Steve Wells, operations manager at RML.

Utopium Enchant at Bristol Zoo’s Christmas Celebrations

20/12/2013 - Project News

Lighting specialists, Utopium, transformed Bristol Zoo’s award winning gardens into a festive winter wonderland for its Enchanted Christmas 2013, December 18-20.

Cambridge University American Stage Tour (CAST) Present Measure For Measure Using MVS Hazer

20/12/2013 - Production News

The Cambridge University American Stage Tour (CAST) is the largest and most prestigious international touring theatre show from Cambridge University, now in its fourteenth year. Each year, a company of Cambridge’s most talented directors, producers, actors and technicians bring one of Shakespeare’s plays to Ivy League universities, high schools and professional theatres across the east coast of America. Le Maitre was delighted to provide an MVS Hazer for the tour.

Re:public and Dynacord enrich Bucharest’s nightlife

20/12/2013 - Project News

Bucharest - Located in the Old Town, Re:public is Bucharest’s largest brewery. Bucharest’s new venue features around 500 tables on a total of 1,500 square metres and a garden with 200 square metres. Located on two floors Re:public offers a brassiere on the ground level as well as an authentic pub in the basement. Completely rebuilt in 2012, Re:public’s building received an investment of around one million Euros to provide customers with an original décor, complex menu and one of the best audio systems in the country. For the latter, the operators secured the services of H.S.A. Audio. For the basement pub, which is used as for live performances and parties as well as a lounge area, H.S.A. Audio were requested to install a system which not only offered high sound levels and exceptional sound quality but is also easy to operate.

XL has the #willpower

20/12/2013 - Production News

XL Video is supplying a high powered projection system, Pandora’s Box mapping and media server control, cameras and PPU to the current #willpower tour by, which originated in the US and is currently in Europe.

ETC Expands Again

20/12/2013 - Business News

In the last few years, ETC has entered new markets, introduced dozens of products, surpassed three million Source Four luminaire sales and gained new customers worldwide. To keep the pace of this steady growth, ETC is expanding its office in New York City and opening a new factory in Wisconsin.

One-of-a-Kind Tension Grid Transforms Long Beach Arena

20/12/2013 - Project News

USA - Bringing unprecedented flexibility and ease of use to a decades-old arena space takes vision, imagination, and the ability to see new possibilities. That’s what Steve Goodling, president and CEO of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, brought to the table for the transformation of Long Beach Arena.

Robe Pointes and LED Fixtures Crowned at Gospel Awards

19/12/2013 - Production News

South Africa - Robe moving lights were right at the hub of the lighting action for the 2013 Crown Gospel Awards, staged at the Durban International Conference Centre (ICC), South Africa, and broadcast – live for the first time - by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), recognizing the best of South Africa’s vibrant gospel music scene.

Vivitek Sets the Stage at ISE2014 with New DU/W/X Series Large Venue Projectors

19/12/2013 - Event News

The Netherlands – Vivitek, a leading high-end specialist of video presentation products, is returning to the RAI as a Silver Sponsor for ISE2014, as it unveils not one, but three of its next generation large venue projectors. The DX6831 has XGA resolution, whereas the DU6871 and DW6851 feature WUXGA and WXGA resolution respectively. All models come with a raft of the latest display and connectivity technology on board including 3D capability.

GLD Manages Submarine Launch Ceremony

19/12/2013 - Production News

Manchester-based hire company, ACE PA, recently employed an Allen & Heath GLD-80 with accompanying AR2412 and AR84 I/O expander racks to manage the launch ceremony of a new submarine by BAE Systems in Barrow, Cumbria.

On tour with Justin Timberlake: grandMA2 gets experienced

19/12/2013 - Production News

USA - Justin Timberlake kicked off his “20/20 Experience” World Tour in Montreal and a grandMA2 full-size was out in force. True to its name, the tour is “an experience rather than a show”, says lighting designer Nick Whitehouse. “It’s very visual with lots of projection and lighting and a lot of new technology. We got pretty creative with everything and had fun putting it all together.”

New Investmant for Audient

19/12/2013 - Business News

UK - Audio manufacturer Audient received a significant boost in the form of new ownership under audio veteran Simon Blackwood. Taking the helm at Audient this month, Blackwood is already working closely with the Hampshire-based team, using his considerable business experience within the audio industry to further strengthen the Audient brand.

Elation Expands with Opening of New 48,000 sq. ft. Facility in South Florida

19/12/2013 - Business News

USA - Over 200 customers attended the opening of the new 48,000 sq ft ADJ Group facility in South Florida on December 11 with guests getting a first look at the building’s modern amenities and enjoying a light show that featured over 400 products in action.

Yamaha CIS Series Delivers Seamless Sound at Church of St. Alexander

19/12/2013 - Project News

Italy - The 17th century parish church of St. Alexander is a centre of the community in Villongo, an Italian municipality located in the foothills of Lombardy’s Alpine region. When the church recently needed to upgrade its audio system, a seamless combination of Yamaha’s Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) series products and the DUGAN-MY16 auto mixing card provided an elegant solution.

Kashubian Philharmonic counts on Outline

19/12/2013 - Production News

Wejherowo (Poland) – An Outline sound reinforcement system has been installed in the Kashubian Philharmonic Hall, located in the city of Wejherowo in northern Poland.

SGM SixPacks Rock Around the Christmas Tree

19/12/2013 - Production News

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree the lyrics go. And that’s exactly how the Swedes will party at Trädgår’n in Göteborg this winter season.

Meyer Sound Introduces Galileo Callisto 616 AES Primary Array Processor

19/12/2013 - Equipment News

The new Meyer Sound Galileo Callisto 616 AES primary array processor is a powerful hardware and software solution for driving and aligning Meyer Sound loudspeaker array systems. Combining versatile alignment tools like U-Shaping equalization and delay integration with a full suite of digital AES3 and analog inputs and outputs, the Callisto 616 AES serves as a flexible mastering tool for delivering digital audio to satellite Meyer Sound processors, including Galileo Callisto 616 processors and Galileo 616 and 408 processors.

Le Maitre Launch ProStage II Tracer Comets

18/12/2013 - Equipment News

Le Maitre has launched a new range of Comets - Tracer Comets - which are much faster and brighter than conventional comets.

Robe Parties with Margarita in Auditorio Nacional Mexico City

18/12/2013 - Production News

Columbian born singer Margarita, La Diosa de la Cumbia staged a special sold-out show at the 10,000 capacity Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, with lighting designed by Ángel Alvarado and a rig that included Robe MMX Spots, LEDWash 1200s, LEDWash 600s and LEDBeam 100s - all from the ROBIN series - together with ColorWash 2500E ATs.

Bringing Legends to Life in the Most Unusual Way at the British Military Tournament

18/12/2013 - Production News

It promised to be the most spectacular British Military Tournament to date and it didn’t disappoint. In front of an audience of thousands and HRH the Duke of Cambridge, the Tournament presented dramatic re-enactments, nail biting high speed chases and daring stunts. And as show organiser Nick Mattingley of IMG explained, none of it would have been possible without Unusual Rigging on board.

HHB Helps Customers Comply with Loudness Broadcast Standards with Nugen plug-ins

18/12/2013 - Equipment News

UK - HHB Communications Ltd. has supplied Nugen Audio plug-ins to ITV, National Geographic, FX UK channels, audio post specialists Vaudeville, The Farm Group and many more to assist them in complying with international loudness broadcast standards.

Jay-Z Gets Set for Worldwide Tour with Stage, Set and Studio Rental from LS-Live

18/12/2013 - Production News

UK – Jay-Z’s current Magna Carter world tour has been wowing audiences up and down the globe since its first gig at Manchester Arena on 3rd October. Wakefield’s one-stop-shop stage, set and studio rental facility, LS-Live, was therefore a convenient first stop on the schedule for the US superstar.

Clay Paky Inaugurates the Walldorf Medical Centre

18/12/2013 - Production News

Germany - The opening ceremony of the new Walldorf Ärztezentrum (Medical Centre) was a true show with an imposing rig. Show management was assigned to Session Pro, which in turn placed its trust in 32 Clay Paky Sharpys, 48 Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s, 24 Clay Paky A.leda Wash K20s and 24 Clay Paky A.leda Wash K10s.

Pearl Jam Electrifies Fans with K1 on Lighting Bolt Tour

18/12/2013 - Production News

USA - Pearl Jam very recently wrapped up a sold-out, two-month sweep of North American arenas in support of its tenth and latest studio album, Lightning Bolt. The outing marked the Seattle-based rock band’s first official return to the tour circuit since 2010, and, as it did then, the group carried a full L-Acoustics K1 system supplied by Rat Sound Systems, Inc.

Colour Sound Frees The Universe with Major Lazer

18/12/2013 - Production News

West London based rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting, LED screen, media servers and LED draping for the recent Major Lazer UK and European tour, working with New York based lighting and visual designer Kyle Kegan from Voyage Productions.

Elation Launches Platinum Profile 35 Pro with Framing

18/12/2013 - Equipment News

Elation Professional continues to make advances in its Platinum discharge range of high-powered yet energy-efficient moving heads with launch of the Platinum Profile 35 Pro, a full-featured professional lighting fixture with flexible framing system.

New Deal Sounds Great To DPA Microphones

18/12/2013 - Business News

Denmark Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses.

Elation Professional Raises Profile at Busy LDI 2013

18/12/2013 - Event News

USA - LDI Premier Show sponsor Elation Professional enjoyed perhaps its busiest LDI Show ever November 22-24 in Las Vegas as the company continued to raise its profile in the industry with a number of key product launches that included the surprise announcement of a distribution agreement with High End Systems.

Soundtrack Chooses Community Loudspeakers for World Class Diving Training Pool

18/12/2013 - Project News

UK - Southend-on-Sea Leisure and Tennis Centre in Essex boasts a large range of facilities including a 150 station fitness suite, 25m swimming pool, world class diving pool with 10m diving board, teaching pool, eight court sports hall, two court sports hall, dry dive gym, four indoor tennis courts, four outdoor tennis courts and an athletics track.

SGM Package is The Choice for Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice

17/12/2013 - Production News

Brazil’s national counterpart to the American network Nickelodeon, a cable and satellite TV channel, recently hosted its 14th consecutive award show Nickelodeon Kids Choice, Meus Prêmios Nick.

SGM P-5s, SixPacks Highlight Brazilian Awards

17/12/2013 - Production News

Brazil - With a live television transmission from Arena Multiuso in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian award ceremony, Prêmio de Multishow de Música Brasileira, presented the best music of the year and awarded national artists and bands based on audience voting, and a panel of experts consisting of journalists and music industry professionals.

Backstage Students Get Set for Winter Work Placements

17/12/2013 - Standards News

UKIf you work in the live events industry and are thinking about employing extra help over the winter season, why not take on a Backstage Academy student?

Aurora Lighting Projects SGM X-5s on Premier TV Shows

17/12/2013 - Production News

Aurora Lighting Hire’s recent move to new purpose built warehouse facilities in Greenford, West London has coincided with a rapid take-up on their new SGM X-5 LED strobe inventory, as an increasing number of TV lighting directors and moving light operators turn to this new age solution.

Focus Productions Support Global TV’s 11th Anniversary with 80 PR Lighting Beam FX

17/12/2013 - Production News

Indonesia - Major Indonesian creative event management company, Focus Productions, has been working together with PR Lighting for the past three years, and during that time it has built up a massive inventory of around 400 discharge and LED fixtures, making it one of the Chinese manufacturer’s biggest customers.

PR Lighting Joins Prosound on

17/12/2013 - Production News

South Africa - Broadcasting from Johannesburg, distributes live music concerts both within South Africa and internationally via internet streaming — and since its inception has rocketed to ninth most popular live-streaming internet portal on Irocke (the most comprehensive source for live streaming concerts on the globe).

Yamaha CL1 Is The Best Fit For Sound & Light Technology

17/12/2013 - Production News

The Netherlands - One of the major benefits delivered by the Yamaha CL1 digital console is that it has brought high specification digital mixing to rental companies whose events demand the latest technology, but in a very compact footprint. Such is the case at Sound & Light Technology of Mierlo, Netherlands.

GLP’s Scenex LED Tape Helps Convert Living Room into Rock Arena for Sony Commercial

17/12/2013 - Production News

GLP’s Scenex Lighting flexible LED tape has been used extensively on a Sony TV commercial to ‘explode’ a domestic living room into a simulated high energy full concert arena.

Doughty Engineering Supplies Vital Components to Great Hall at The Leys School

17/12/2013 - Project News

UK - The Great Hall is a stylish, professional-level theatre within the school grounds of one of England’s premier independent schools, The Leys in Cambridge.

Electrosonic Provides AV Support for New Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios

17/12/2013 - Project News

USA - Electrosonic has provided the primary audio and video systems at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios in Los Angeles, a new 5,000-square-foot multimedia studio and retail gallery located across the park from the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Meridian Pro Gets the Pointe in Mexico

17/12/2013 - Production News

Leading Mexican rental and technical production company Meridian Pro S.A de C.V based in Iztapalapa in the east of Mexico City has expanded its lighting stock with the addition of 14 Robe Pointe moving lights.

CueCores Installed in 170 Basic Fit Sport Clubs

17/12/2013 - Project News

Over the last year Dutch based installer First Impression Audiovisueel was commissioned to supply an audio, video and lighting installation for Basic Fit. Basic Fit is a large chain of sport clubs located throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. First Impression found a perfect control solution in the CueCore solid-state control for this customer.

XL Gets Arty at the Guggenheim

17/12/2013 - Production News

USA - Cool music and modern art combined at New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum for a special set by electronic music pioneer Richie Hawtin, who swapped his more usual club backdrop to play as Plastikman alongside his brother Matthew, as part of a high profile fund-raiser hosted by the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council.

5 Star Group Offers Extra ProTection!

16/12/2013 - Equipment News

Leading European case manufacture the 5 Star Group, parent company to 5 Star Cases Ltd. and Mossman Trunks Ltd. has launched an exciting new brand line: ProTect Bags and Covers.

Bandit Lites Releases Mobile App

16/12/2013 - Equipment News

USA - Bandit Lites is making it easier than ever for access to all things lighting, including quotes, concerts and photos with its new mobile app.

Siyan Provides Quick Turn Around for Conor Maynard

16/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Lighting rental specialist Siyan supplied a floor specials package for chart-topping British singer/songwriter Conor Maynard’s recent UK tour, where he opened for the dynamic

Sennheiser Digital 9000 System Drives ‘Next Wave’ of Interactive Art

16/12/2013 - Production News

USA – In November, Invisible Cities - the world’s first large-scale opera for wireless headphones - completed its limited run of sold-out performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station – the largest railway terminal in the western United States. At the heart of the production, which was staged within the vast, multi-room expanse of the terminal as well as among its outdoor courtyards, was Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system. The microphone system delivered uncompressed, artefact-free audio night after night to patrons donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

Bryan Ferry’s Casting his Spell with Chauvet Professional Video Panels

16/12/2013 - Production News

UK — Hot on the heels of his European tour, Bryan Ferry is touring the UK with his ‘Jazz Age’ tour – with production managed by OneBigStar Limited. The set features a video wall backdrop comprising 36 Chauvet Professional PVP S7 video panels.

DPA Microphones and Steinway Pianos in Perfect Harmony for Keyboards at Christmas Event

16/12/2013 - Production News

USA - The School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary recently enlisted the help of DPA Microphones and Steinway Hall of Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth to put on Keyboards at Christmas — a performance of 'grand' proportions. With 17 Steinway Grand Pianos on stage, student and professional musicians performed holiday songs for the packed house at the 3,500-seat venue.

Jill Scott Makes a Pointe in Australia

16/12/2013 - Production News

Australia – Tucson, Arizona based lighting designer Martin Thomas of Relentless Lighting Design used Robe’s new Pointes for the first time for multi-talented Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, actress and poet Jill Scott's recent highly successful Australian tour.

SpotMax - The Future of Wireless Lighting Arrives

16/12/2013 - Equipment News

Astera LED-Technology has unveiled its new wireless spotlight, the SpotMax (AX10). This enhanced spotlight is now Astera’s biggest and most powerful spotlight, surpassing their previous high-power LED spotlight (the AL7-XXL) by than more than 30% in total LED power and brightness. The SpotMax has a myriad of new features and upgrades, including the addition of TruColor Calibration, amber LEDs, long-life Samsung batteries, state-of-the-art Khatod lenses, and high-quality Philips LEDs, plus many other benefits.

Pete’s Big TVs Tours with Donny & Marie’s Christmas Shows

16/12/2013 - Production News

USA – Donny and Marie Osmond are spreading their holiday spirit in song and dance around the US on their 15-city Christmas tour. Pete’s Big TVs is again supplying a full video HD production system for the show, and enhanced its production values over last year’s tour.

No Sleep ‘Till Hammersmith Refit Complete - GDS at the Eventim Apollo

13/12/2013 - Project News

There is perhaps one venue whose name is carved deeper than any other in the hearts of every self-respecting British music fan. Opened in 1932 and designed by Robert Cromie in Art Deco style as The Gaumont Palace cinema, it was renamed the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962, later the Hammersmith Apollo and now after an extensive refurbishment that has restored it to its former Art Deco glory, it will be known as the Eventim Apollo. For a certain generation, this Grade 2 listed building has and will always be known as Hammy O. Ziggy Stardust was killed off there, Motorhead wouldn't sleep until they got there and it was there that Thin Lizzy recorded, some would say, much of the greatest live rock album of all time. No matter what age or genre, it remains the ambition of musicians across the world to tread its boards and its future programme attests to the fact that this is a situation that is unlikely to change any time soon. When GDS were commissioned to work on the refurbishment of the Apollo, it was nothing short of participating in the restoration of what thousands would consider a national monument.

John Mayer’s Born and Raised World Tour with Harman’s Martin Viper Lighting Fixtures

13/12/2013 - Production News

Denmark  - As John Mayer travels the world on his four-conintent “Born and Raised” tour, lighting designer Nathan Alves ensures the lavish set is deployed quickly and easily to wow fans beyond Mayer’s renowned guitar playing. Supplied by Upstaging, 50 Harman Martin Professional MAC Vipers and 18 MAC III Quadrays light up the stage for the 9-month tour.

Soldaat van Oranje marches on with Alcons

13/12/2013 - Production News

In October 2010, an Alcons LR14 loudspeaker system took its bow at the first performances of Soldaat van Oranje, De Musical (“Soldier of Orange, the Musical”), a huge, technically complex theatrical production based on the book by Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema and the film of the same name. Three years, a thousand performances and over a million audience members later, the Alcons system is still performing flawlessly.

Christmas for Robe in Ireland

13/12/2013 - Production News

Lighting designer/director John Penny Williams worked with Robe moving lights supplied by leading Anglo-Irish rental companies HSL from Blackburn UK and Production Services Ireland (PSI) who are headquartered in Belfast, to create a beguiling lighting design at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Stage Technologies takes Platinum at ITEAC 2014

13/12/2013 - Event News

The organisers of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) have announced that Stage Technologies is the major Sponsor of the 2014 conference.

School is in at Tomcat U

13/12/2013 - Standards News

USA - Tomcat understands the importance of not only having the best truss and hoist/rigging equipment for your support structures, but also having the experience and knowledge to use it correctly and safely.

Richard Martin Lighting Invests in Philips Showline SL NITRO 510s

13/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Richard Martin Lighting has made a major investment in Showline's cutting-edge SL NITRO 510 LED strobes.

TS Veranstaltungstechnik updates with Clay Paky and MA Lighting

13/12/2013 - Production News

Germany - TS Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG has recently extended its range of Clay Paky lights by adding 38 A.leda Wash K10s and eight Alpha Spot HPE 700s to the 14 Alpha Spot 300s it already had at its disposal. The firm also purchased a grandMA2 light, a VPU light and a 4Port Node onPC from MA Lighting. In the past, they had already chosen a grandMA2 ultra-light.

Clay Paky Alphas set the 18th MOBO Awards Alight

13/12/2013 - Production News

UK – The MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards came of age in October this year when it celebrated its 18th anniversary in style at Glasgow’s brand new 13,000-seater SSE Hydro. Lighting designer Gurdip Mahal, working alongside programmer Ross Williams, bought the M shaped MOBO stage to spectacular life for the BBC3 live broadcast. Not only that, the excited live audience and VIP guests also enjoyed a dazzling light show that saw the set and stage practically dripping with Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700s.

ISCE Appoints Anthony Smith as New President

13/12/2013 - People News

The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) has appointed Anthony Smith (pictured) as its new president. It was announced at a recent AGM that the new president would be taking up the position vacated by Terry Baldwin, who is stepping down from the office he has held for the last four years.  

Elation Professional Offers New HedgeHog 4 Lighting Console

13/12/2013 - Equipment News

Elation Professional announced at the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas a distribution agreement with High End Systems that allows the company to distribute the HES HedgeHog 4 in North and South America, India and Southeast Asia. Developed by High End Systems, the HedgeHog 4 is the newest member of the Hog family of consoles, which has long set the standard for lighting control products.

New Flyintower QL76A and Water Ballasts from LITEC

13/12/2013 - Equipment News

LITEC has developed the new Flyintower QL76A, a new support tower for audio systems. Designed in QL76A, it is suitable for 2,000kg loads and can reach a height of 15 metres, guaranteeing sturdiness and rigidity on relevant heights. It also utilizes QH30SA trusses as stabilizing elements and is equipped with fork connections.

Adlib Settles for Disclosure

13/12/2013 - Production News

Liverpool based Adlib supported super-hot electronic duo Disclosure with plenty of enthusiasm, a control package for their latest UK tour and a sound system for their two sold-out Brixton Academy performances. The Brixton shows were the culmination of an amazing year for brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence whose career has leapt from 0-200 in the last 18 months.

Grand Central Terminal Lights Up for the Holidays with Harman’s Martin Professional

12/12/2013 - Project News

New York - As New York’s Grand Central Terminal celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad decided to create a beautiful lighting design for all travellers and New Yorkers to brighten up their holiday spirit. Partnering with Toshiba, a concept for a light show filling the west windows of the terminal was created by designer Michiru Tanaka, displaying coloured patterns and images during the evening hours. Bestek Lighting & Staging, Inc. deployed an impressive lighting system in the historical building featuring more than 350 of Harman’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures.

Sennheiser – Alive with Jessie J

12/12/2013 - Production News

As Jessie J’s Alive tour draws to a close, one thing is for certain - she knows how to put on a show. Complementing the power and energy Jessie J brings to the stage was an ‘A’ list of both equipment and crew, which included monitor engineer Andy ‘Baggy’ Robinson, Karl ‘Snake’ Newton (pictured) at Front of House and a raft of Sennheiser and Neumann products.

HES Announces Russian Support Site

12/12/2013 - Business News

Moscow – HES has announced the launch of a new support, service and HOG community portal for Russian speaking markets. The portal can be accessed by going to bluedot.gif WWW.HOGHOG.RU.

Martin Audio Announces MLA Demo Showcases

12/12/2013 - Event News

UK - Martin Audio has announced dates for a European Showcase Demonstration of its new MLA Mini ultra-compact multi-cellular loudspeaker array.

Winchester's Chesil Theatre Invests in Philips Selecon LED Technology

12/12/2013 - Project News

UK - Winchester's 75-seat Chesil Theatre has invested in Philips Selecon's PLprofile1s, PLfresnel1s, and PLcyc1s in an upgrade to LED following an extensive shootout comparing results with its existing tungsten rig.

DPA Microphones win Popolski Family Approval

12/12/2013 - Production News

Germany - Members of the popular German cabaret act The Popolski Family are so delighted with their recently acquired DPA microphones that they have made a short video extolling their virtues for DPA's German distributor, Mega Audio.

Charcoalblue Consults on Technical and Design Aspects of London's new Jewish Community Centre

12/12/2013 - Project News

London - Designed to create an inclusive gateway to all things Jewish, London's brand new £12 million Jewish Community Centre - JW3 - has opened its doors to offer a wealth of cultural and entertainment spaces - including a Performance Hall designed collaboratively by the project's architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and theatre consultants Charcoalblue.

iLives Perform at Vienna Festival

12/12/2013 - Production News

A total of four Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing systems were employed for the grand opening of the 2013 Vienna Music and Arts festival.  The annual event is held in front of the historical City Hall in Vienna’s Rathaus Square, and iLives have been used to manage the event for the past four years.

Stealth Acoustics Unveils New Compact Stingray-6

12/12/2013 - Equipment News

Stealth Acoustics will demonstrate the latest award-winning addition to its ‘StingRay’ family of advanced, all-weather outdoor speakers at ISE 2014 on Stand 5-R117 (Hall 5). Combining high quality audio performance and reliability with a discreet, easy to conceal design, the compact Stingray 6 will open up new business opportunities for European AV integrators, especially when working in confined spaces.

Italian culture at its best: grandMA2 joins Luciano Ligabue

12/12/2013 - Production News

Italy - The popular Italian artist Luciano Ligabue recently played six dates in the spectacular Arena of Verona, all of them sold-out and greatly acclaimed. "A rather varied and complex concert," reported Jò Campana, who has been Ligabue’s trusted lighting designer for many years. "A defining element is certainly the 70-strong classical orchestra that plays along with the rock band, resulting in an interesting twist on Luciano’s style."

S+H is Full of Variety

12/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Devon, UK based drapes, starcloth, LED and visual effects specialist S+H Technical has supplied products to several high profile TV shows in recent weeks, including the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing special at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, The Royal Variety Performance at The London Palladium and the record-breaking 2013 BBC Children In Need telethon’s main studio at Elstree.

SGM Italy Reborn

12/12/2013 - Business News

Italy - Following Peter Johansen’s takeover of SGM in February 2012, the company and brand have undergone a complete revamp. This process remains ongoing, with the latest activity being a new distribution channel for the Italian market provided by the SGM subsidiary, SGM Italy s.r.l.

A Rendez-vous for Robe

12/12/2013 - Production News

Paris - Leading French television lighting designer David Seligmann-Forest used a selection of over 100 Robe moving lights - LEDWash 300 and 600s, LEDBeam 100s and MMX Spots - to light the studio elements of the latest “Retour de Terre Inconnue” programme.

DPA's d:facto Vocal Mics Hit the Road on MKS Tour

11/12/2013 - Production News

DPA's d:facto II Vocal Microphones have been proving their flexibility and giving great performances on tour with MKS, the original Sugababes line-up.

Hive Partnership makes its MLA Mini Investment Count

11/12/2013 - Production News

The Hive Partnership and its AV rental division, London Speaker Hire (LSH), have become the first investors in Martin Audio’s new MLA Mini ultra compact multi-cellular loudspeaker array.

Utopium set the scene for Nokia’s Christmas Party

11/12/2013 - Production News

Utopium supplied the full event production for guests to get into the swing of things at Nokia’s 1920s themed Christmas party held at Colston Hall.

SGM LED Tubes Provide Intimate Atmosphere for Medina

11/12/2013 - Production News

For Danish pop and R&B singer-songwriter, Medina, this fall has been dedicated to her extensive Danish tour Tæt På.

Martin Audio AQ’s for Salcombe Harbour Hotel

11/12/2013 - Project News

UK - Salcombe Estuary is an idyllic harbour enclave of South Devon and now home to the recently redesigned, renovated and expanded Salcombe Harbour Hotel.
Bedford-based Kazbar Systems were contracted to install the sound system for The Jetty Restaurant & Bar, corridors, reception and outside terraces in this spa hotel, which is built into the side of a cliff.

Dave Roden takes MLA ride on Stereophonics Arena Tour

11/12/2013 - Production News

Although starting out more than 20 years ago in the Welsh village of Cwmaman, it wasn't until 1996 that Stereophonics secured management, a record deal (with V2) and embarked on a world tour in support of their first album Word Gets Around.

Mojo Barriers Announce Strategic Partnership with IVS

11/12/2013 - Business News

Crowd control and stage barrier specialist Mojo Barriers has announced a strategic partnership with contactless payment and access provider Intelligent Venue Solutions (IVS), as of December 10, 2013.

Avolites Tiger Touch Pro is Right on Target for Bastille World Tour

11/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Will Dart is using the rapid response Avolites Tiger Touch Pro to control his cinematic lighting concept for Indie rock band Bastille on their worldwide 'Bad Blood' tour.

Siyan Supplies Robe to MGMT Tour

11/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Buckinghamshire rental company Siyan supplied a floor lighting package for the recent UK and European leg of a tour by American psychedelic rockers MGMT, who are promoting their eponymous third studio album, to complete an eye-catching lighting and visuals design by Ben Silverstein.

University of Roehampton Upgrades with White Light

11/12/2013 - Project News

When the University of Roehampton Drama Department decided to upgrade their stock of theatre lighting, White Light was the university’s first choice as supplier. Jonathon Wilson, technical manager for Drama at Roehampton, wanted to drastically increase the university’s lighting capabilities while also complementing their existing equipment.

RML and Top of the Pops

11/12/2013 - Production News

Top of the Pops is one of the most iconic TV shows of our time – showcasing so many bands and artists over the years and holding a special place in so many hearts. None more so than Richard Martin Lighting’s (RML) as this show was where the company started. So it is still a great privilege for RML to be asked to be involved in the annual Christmas and New Year specials.

Electrosonic Supports Integrated Environmental Media System in New Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX

11/12/2013 - Project News

Los Angeles - The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) offers passengers a unique travel experience with its Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS), a series of seven digital media features integrated into the interior architecture that provides entertainment and information to passengers. Electrosonic was tasked by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) with the detailed engineering and system integration of the IEMS components, and the build out of the IEMS control room that keeps everything humming around the clock.

Music Group City to Open 2014

11/12/2013 - Business News

Zhongshan, China – Just over a year after breaking ground on a massive new campus that will become home to up to 10,000 employees, Music Group founder and CEO Uli Behringer is excited about the progress made on the site – and the fantastic prospects for the company’s future. The campus will design, build and distribute products for the entire Music Group portfolio, including Midas, Klark Teknik, Turbosound, Behringer and Bugera.

XL Video Supplies LED for ‘Eros Snow Globe’

10/12/2013 - Project News

With London enjoying the busiest time of the year during the Christmas and New Year period, Westminster City Council have taken the decision to install a giant ‘snow globe’ to protect the Shaftesbury Memorial and Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus.

The Long Reach Long Riders Announce 2014 Route

10/12/2013 - Event News

USA - The 11th annual Long Reach Long Rider charity motorcycle ride, dubbed "Carpe Twisty", will visit the mid-Atlantic states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Starting and ending in Baltimore, MD, the riders will experience the big sweeping two-lane backroads through the farmlands of Pennsylvania, the challenging curves of the West Virginia mountains and even a jaunt over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The ride begins on Saturday July 12 and ends on Friday, July 18. The traditional meet and greet day will be Friday, July 11 in Baltimore.

Christie set to address key markets at ISE 2014

10/12/2013 - Event News

Christie is promising to live up to its reputation for innovation when the curtain lifts on next year’s ISE 2014 (Hall 1, Stand H50, Amsterdam RAI, February 4-6).

Harman Professional Appoints Joachim Bogetvedt as Sales Manager, Nordic, Martin Professional

10/12/2013 - People News

Norway — Harman Professional has announced the appointment of Joachim Bogetvedt (pictured) as sales manager, Nordic, Martin Professional. Based in Kristiansand, Norway, Bogetvedt will lead sales and initiatives for Martin Professional across Northern Europe, reporting directly to Steen Matthiesen, vice president EMEA sales, Martin Professional.

Ricky Martin & Draco Rosa Get The Pointe at the 2013 Latin Grammys

10/12/2013 - Production News

Las Vegas - Carlos Colina, lighting designer for the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards, staged at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre, Las Vegas, USA and produced by Univision, decided to make a point for Ricky Martin’s live appearance at the event… utilizing 18 of Robe’s new Pointe multi-purpose moving lights for the superstar’s acclaimed rendition of “Más y Más” together with singer songwriter Draco Rosa (who won Album of the Year).

Bucks New University students design interior of Sennheiser UK new office

10/12/2013 - Business News

UK - Sennheiser UK is unveiling a newly-designed office in Marlow completed after enlisting the help of five creative students at Buckinghamshire New University to come up with ideas.

Elation Professional Raises Profile at Busy LDI 2013

10/12/2013 - Event News

Las Vegas - LDI Premier Show sponsor Elation Professional enjoyed perhaps its busiest LDI Show ever November 22-24 in Las Vegas as the company continued to raise its profile in the industry with a number of key product launches that included the surprise announcement of a distribution agreement with High End Systems.

Sennheiser delivers quiet revolution at MTV EMAs

10/12/2013 - Production News

The Netherlands - The 2013 MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) enjoyed all the usual spectacle of one of the music industry’s highest profile events. But amongst this, the sound department was enjoying a quiet revolution of its own thanks to Sennheiser equipment - notably the new Digital 9000 Series microphone system, which was making its MTV debut.

White Light Supplies Henry V, Completing the MGC West End Season

10/12/2013 - Production News

Henry V, the last of the five plays forming the acclaimed debut season of the Michael Grandage Company, recently opened at London’s Noël Coward Theatre - with entertainment lighting specialist White Light supplying the lighting once again, as it has done since the season began last December.

Chroma-Q Color Force Battens Provide Subtle Cycs for Emil and the Detectives at the National Theatre

10/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Billed as ‘the latest in the exciting tradition of War Horse and His Dark Materials, Emil and the Detectives requires lighting designer Lucy Carter to transform the National Theatre's Olivier Stage into 1920s Berlin, utilising the subtle colours and theatrical grade dimming of Chroma-Q’s Color Force 48 and 72 premium performance LED battens.

ISCE Announces ISCEx2014 Expo, Dinner and Seminar Programme

10/12/2013 - Event News

The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) has announced plans for its ISCEx2014 Exhibition and Networking Dinner.

One Big Star invests in Vari-Lite VLX3 Washes for sell-out Bryan Ferry Tour

10/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Live music lighting designer Rod Clay is making good use of the colour rendering technology of Philips Vari-Lite's VLX3 LED Wash luminaires to provide key light for Bryan Ferry during his 'An Evening with Bryan Ferry' tour.

ETC Source Four Mini picks up PLASA Members Choice Award

10/12/2013 - Event News

ETC’s Source Four Mini – a compact, 23 cm version of the legendary Source Four spotlight – picked up a PLASA Members Choice Award in the Gadget category at the LDI show. It earned the award due to its crisp optics, crystal-clear image projection and outstanding efficiency.

Pro Audio Stash Launches New Octopus Range of PDUs

09/12/2013 - Equipment News

UK - Leading 19 inch rack specialist designer, manufacturer and supplier, Pro Audio Stash (PAS) has launched the first in a brand new range of power distribution units. 

dbn in the House!

09/12/2013 - Production News

UK – Manchester-based dbn Lighting is once again supplying an integrated lighting and visual design plus equipment – including lighting and LED screens – to one of the most cutting edge EDM experiences in the north west – The Warehouse Project (WHP), which has grown in popularity and cool under the careful curatorship of founders Sacha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel.  

To Host Free Webinar on SHoW DMX Vero

09/12/2013 - Event News

City Theatrical will be hosting the fourth free webinar in a series of five on Wireless DMX on Tuesday 10th December, 2013 at 11am EST (16:00 GMT). This webinar will focus on how to set up a permanent outdoor architectural wireless DMX system using SHoW DMX Vero and Vero Net. If you would like to learn more about this exciting application of wireless DMX products please register for this event by simply logging on to City Theatrical’s website or by clicking the following link: Webinar Registration 

Yamaha Adds Further CIS Loudspeakers At ISE 2014

09/12/2013 - Event News

Amsterdam - Yamaha Music Europe GmbH will be showing its full range of products for the installation market at Integrated Systems Europe 2014, including new loudspeakers.

Aurora and Robbie Williams – For One Night Only!

09/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Aurora Lighting Hire Ltd supplied full TV lighting facilities to the legendary Robbie Williams "One Night at The Palladium" on Friday 8th November for a very special performance of swing songs old and new.

Copenhagen’s Blue Planet Aquarium Immerses its Visitors in the World of the Sea

09/12/2013 - Project News

Denmark - The design goal of The Blue Planet, Denmark’s new national aquarium, was to make the aquarium’s visitors feel like they had entered the world of the sea surrounding it. Using Rosco’s X24 Effects Projector, lighting designer Jesper Garde Kongshaug created a realistic and controllable water effect to accomplish that goal as he projected that effect throughout the vast concourse areas inside the aquarium.

Philips Showline SL PAR 150 ZOOM on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Tour

09/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Nick Richings has specified Showline's high-output SL PAR 150 ZOOM luminaires to create a 'jolly', bright wash for the current hit musical tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Robe Adds Momentum to Jamie Cullum Tour

09/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Mood, drama, invention and Robe moving lights were at the heart of the elegant, intricate lighting design created by Rich George from 3DL&S for jazz-pop singer and songwriter Jamie Cullum’s Momentum tour, which has just completed its first UK leg and now heads to Europe.

Symetrix Announces Rep Award Winners: The Farm • CS&A • Native Media

09/12/2013 - Event News

Seattle, Washington – Closing another record year, Symetrix, DSP solution specialist has announced its annual US regional sales representative award winners. Based in Roseville, California and having represented Symetrix for 25 years, The Farm AV earned Rep of the Year, while on the opposite coast venerable Cardone, Solomon, & Associates (CSA) earned Highest Sales Growth. The recently launched, Texas-based Native Media successfully leveraged owner Michael Austin’s decades of industry experience to earn the Symetrix Outstanding Sales Achievement Award.

It's Back! North American Plugfest Returns

06/12/2013 - Event News

US - The PLASA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers can test their entertainment lighting control products for interoperability with other manufacturers’ products, is scheduled to take place 17th-20th January 2014 at the Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. The Plugfest was created originally to support the Remote Device Management protocol (ANSI E1.20) but it has expanded to cover all the PLASA Control Protocol Working Group's protocols, including the popular ANSI E1.31 Streaming DMX over ACN protocol, and now a draft version of RDMnet (BSR E1.33). In the past, Plugfest attendees from all over the world have brought controllers, luminaires, analysers, and various other tools and devices, and connected them all through a network to look for and to resolve problems; they will do the same this coming January. Complimentary coffee and snacks are served. There is no fee for participating in this North American Plugfest.

Clay Paky Recreates Romeo and Juliet

06/12/2013 - Production News

Germany - When we think of tragic love stories, Romeo and Juliet comes instantly to mind, together with the feud between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The story has been rewritten several times over the centuries, always in new ways. This time William Shakespeare's play returns to the stage in the form of a touring rock ballet that starts out in Hamburg and stops over throughout Germany. This rewrite is the fruit of the creative minds of Rasta Thomas and Adrienne Canterna, the duo behind the international "Rock the Ballet" show. The lighting was designed by Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil from Woodroffe Basset Design, who chose, amongst other equipment, 16 Sharpy Washes made by Clay Paky, and a grandMA2 light and Network Processing Unit (NPU) made by MA Lighting.

Psychedelic Rockers MGMT Transport Audiences Live Across The Globe With DiGiCo

06/12/2013 - Production News

New York-based psychedelic rock outfit MGMT are at the core a duo comprised of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. But live, they are one of those bands that are expansive. And by all indications of reviews from their current global invasion in Europe, that axiom is reinforced nightly with the touring six-piece outfit, bring music from their current, self-titled release to the masses. Behind the controls at monitor world for the past seven months has been Fabian Quiroga, back on his favourite DiGiCo SD8 desk since his departure earlier in the year from a lengthy stint with The Black Keys. The SD8 was provided by Eighth Day Sound’s UK shop.

Ambersphere Provides the Solutions for Blinding Light

06/12/2013 - Production News

When faced with the overwhelming choice of lighting fixtures on the market, how can a lighting design and rental company be sure it is making the right decision for its business and its clients when investing in new products? Reading based event lighting specialist, Blinding Light has been in business since 1999 and over the last 14 years has undoubtedly made its mark in what is a fiercely competitive sector. With a diverse client base that demands a range of solutions from corporate and architectural lighting through to full stage artistic rigs at high profile events such as BBC Proms in the Park, Blinding Light has to be sure that its warehouse inventory matches exactly what the client is looking for.

Eilon Ron StageMaster Wireless Load Cells Give Peace of Mind on Rammstein Tour

06/12/2013 - Production News

Germany – Dart Rigging GmbH has been handling rigging on Rammstein shows since 2005 and for the band’s last two tours has been using Ron StageMaster wireless load cells by Eilon Engineering to monitor the large set up and any overload issues.

tarm Showlaser backs up Katy Perry’s appearance on TV‑channel ProSieben

06/12/2013 - Production News

Germany – Four full-colour, 25 Watt lasers backed up Katy Perry’s performance on the “Schlag den Raab” show broadcast from Brainpool Studios, Cologne, on November 16. Arrays of white and orange beams criss-crossing the stage and scanned beam fans formed the basis for the design of the laser show for the German TV premiere of her new smash hit, “Roar.”

ITEAC 2014 Call for Papers and Content

06/12/2013 - Event News

The organisers of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) have issued a formal Call for Papers to be considered for inclusion at next year’s event. ITEAC 2014 will be the fourth edition of the Conference to be held in the UK since its inception in 2002.

XL Video Tangoes with m¡longa

06/12/2013 - Production News

XL Video is supplying world famous dance company Sadler’s Wells with a projection system for ‘m¡longa’, a new work by the brilliant internationally acclaimed Belgian born choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, which was inspired by the magical communication of tango dancing the intimate, almost conspiratorial social setting of the m¡longa (social tango dances).

QSC Q-Sys Ready For Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Approval

06/12/2013 - Business News

Costa Mesa — QSC has announced that several key components of its Q Sys networked audio management platform, and all of the models in the CX amplifier line, have achieved IEC60945 certification. This is the final stage in the process of rendering them eligible for use at sea under the internationally recognised maritime safety conventions known collectively as SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea).

Projection Advertising Launches System for Pixel-Perfect Moving Head Mapping

06/12/2013 - Equipment News

Projection Advertising has developed a new, proprietary projection mapping system to maximise the effectiveness of moving head projection systems. Motion Mapper custom software takes 3D objects and computes exact trajectories, ensuring a seamless marriage between projection and pathway and, thanks to the use of a bespoke transport vehicle working in tandem with moving
head technology, creates ‘daylight visible’ performances.

Electrosonic’s Sarah Joyce Appointed to InfoComm International’s Board of Directors

06/12/2013 - People News

InfoComm International, the trade association representing the commercial audio-visual and information communication industries, recently announced their election results for the 2014 InfoComm International Board of Directors. The announcement saw Electrosonic’s Sarah Joyce, Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), appointed to serve a two-year term on the board.

GLP Impression X4 Makes Waves with the Naked and Famous

06/12/2013 - Production News

Lighting designer Liam Griffiths recently selected GLP’s impression LED spots for use on tour with New Zealand alternative rock band, The Naked and Famous.

Parasol Gets Rave Reviews for the STAR600

05/12/2013 - Event News

Las Vegas - Parasol Advanced Systems of Vancouver, BC, Canada, is literally spinning after the enormous success of LDI 2013 and the debut of the new STAR600 system, as well as the incredible reaction to the KLR Kinetic Light Ring and award-winning Parasol ACS Autonomous Carrier System shown at the event.

Adlib Brings the Horizon and More

05/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Liverpool UK based rental specialist Adlib is supplying Sheffield Rock band Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) with a Midas PRO2 FOH console, outboard FX, Adlib FD2 side fills and mics-and-stands audio package for the European leg of their current ‘Sempiternal’ tour. This was boosted with a full L-A coustics racks-and-stacks system for their two sold out dates at London’s Brixton Academy

LynTec's RPCM Recognized With LDI 2013 Award

05/12/2013 - Event News

Las Vegas - LynTec, a leading manufacturer of customized electrical power control for professional audio, video, and lighting systems has announced that the company's Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM) mobile power distro panel was honored with an LDI 2013 Award for Best Debuting Product of the Year. The solution was selected for its innovative new technology by a panel of industry experts working in conjunction with the editors of Live Design. The award was presented onsite at the LDI show in Las Vegas on Nov. 23.

Ayrton an LDI Winner with MagicPanel 602

05/12/2013 - Event News

Las Vegas - Released in April this year, the instant success of Ayrton’s MagicPanel602 has been acknowledged at the LDI show in Las Vegas where it received the 2013 LDI Award for Best Debuting Product of the Year in the Projection category.

‘Crown of Light’ Returns to Durham Cathedral

05/12/2013 - Production News

UK - For an unprecedented third time, London based projection artist Ross Ashton’s ground-breaking "Crown of Light" work was invited back to Durham Cathedral for the 2013 Durham Lumière Festival, a four-day event, curated and produced by Artichoke, commissioned by Durham City Council.

JHS introduces new benchmark wired performance microphones from Lewitt

05/12/2013 - Equipment News

John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. Has announced two new Lewitt MTP Live Series flagship models: the MTP940 condenser microphone and the dynamic MTP840. Both models offer wide-ranging features and impressive performance specifications that set new standards in this segment.

Russian Rentals Company Elkruff Invests in Clay Paky

05/12/2013 - Production News

Russia – Elkruff , the Novosibirsk-based lighting rentals company and one of the biggest in the Urals region, has chosen to invest in 24 of Clay Paky’s compact yet extraordinarily bright Sharpy Wash 330s and 12 Alpha Spot QWO 800 STs.

Top Grammy Award Winners in performance with Shure

05/12/2013 - Production News

Las Vegas - Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives and Draco Rosa shined among the top winners of the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. The awards show, televised on Univision, took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Since the annual Latin GRAMMY telecast debuted entirely in Spanish on Univision in 2005, the Latin GRAMMYs have become one of Univision's most watched and highest rated shows, delivering strong social media results thanks to its high regard among Hispanics. The award show featured live performances by some of the biggest stars in Latin music, the vast majority of whom used Shure microphones for their vocals and backline.

Greenville Falls for the Alcons Pro-Ribbon Sound

05/12/2013 - Production News

USA - As we head towards winter in the Northern Hemisphere, there is still time for warmer places to enjoy some outdoor entertainment before the temperature drops too much. Such is the case in Greenville, South Carolina, where Alcons audio systems are a feature of the Fall for Greenville civic festival.

Pakedge Launches Easy-to-configure Wireless Access Point Controller at ISE

05/12/2013 - Event News

California – Pakedge Device & Software will unveil its ground-breaking C36 Macrocell wireless access point (WAP) controller to European installers at this year’s ISE 2014 (Hall 5, Stand S-122). The C36 features automated, "intelligent" configuration tools, making it much quicker and easier for installers to set up and manage every WAP in residential and commercial AV networks, and provides enterprise solutions that are easier to deploy than traditional networking manufacturers.

Genelec to launch new 4000 Series loudspeakers at ISE

05/12/2013 - Event News

At ISE 2014 on Stand 3-C90, Genelec is set to launch the latest addition to its 4000 Series of loudspeakers designed specifically for the AV install market. Combining premium performance, installation friendly features and with renowned Genelec design and build quality, the 4000 Series is the benchmark loudspeaker range in the systems integration sector.

Protect Your Technology Investment with Tempest’s Projector Enclosures

05/12/2013 - Equipment News

The Blizzard and Cyclone enclosures from Tempest are designed to protect digital projectors outdoors from dust, sand, salt, oil, water, snow, sleet and smoke, and from impact and theft. Through its innovative Goldilocks system, Tempest enclosures eliminate overheating and condensation – the real enemy of delicate equipment outside – and are available in sizes for projectors from 3,000 – 40,000 lumens.

HHB expands Technical Services Department with the appointment of Mike Rigby

05/12/2013 - People News

HHB Communications Ltd. has further strengthened its Technical Services Department with the appointment of Mike Rigby (pictured) to the role of technical sales support engineer.

Optocore keeps Nitro Circus Flying High for Capital Sound

05/12/2013 - Production News

Stockholm - After selling out shows across Europe last year, Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live is back on tour — beginning at the brand new 40,000 capacity Tele2 Arena in Stockholm.

Tannoy QFlex for the Comédie Française

05/12/2013 - Project News

Paris - The Comédie Française in Paris is one of the most important and historic performing arts institutions in the world, and since 2013, is now operating with Tannoy’s innovative QFlex beam-steering technology in its main theatre.

Philips Vari-Lite Provides Key Fixtures for Huge Latvian Festival

05/12/2013 - Production News

Latvia - Challenged with lighting a huge concert featuring 20,000 performers celebrating Latvian culture in an open air space, lighting designer Normunds B?as?ns felt he could only achieve his vision by specifying Philips Vari-Lite's high-output VL3015LT Spots, VL3500 and VL3000 Washes.

ARRI ALEXA Software Update Packet (SUP) 9.0 Released

05/12/2013 - Equipment News

Munich - ARRI has announced the availability of Software Update Packet (SUP) 9.0 for all ARRI ALEXA cameras. In addition to numerous improvements to the user interface, SUP 9.0 adds a slew of exciting new features including new recording capabilities, new codec options, new recording media and expanded support for accessories.

ARRI ALEXA In-Camera DNxHD 444 Recording with SUP 9.0

05/12/2013 - Equipment News

Munich - With the release of Software Update Packet (SUP) 9.0 for ARRI ALEXA XT cameras and ALEXA Classic cameras with the XR Module Upgrade, DNxHD becomes available in 444 for cameras with a DNxHD license.

Madeleine Peyroux Tours UK with Avid S3L System Console

05/12/2013 - Production News

UK - Mixing engineer, Gerard Albo, whose credits cross every genre and extend from Amy Winehouse and Anastacia to the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, chose the new Avid S3L for the current Madeleine Peyroux UK tour.

Christ Fellowship Church Makes a Pointe

05/12/2013 - Project News

Florida - Ten Robe Pointes have been delivered to Christ Fellowship Worship Centre in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA, specified by lighting designer Aaron Leahy who is responsible for all lighting designs and systems at the 1,747 capacity purpose-built venue.

Bandit Lites Celebrates 45 years

04/12/2013 - Business News

Nashville, Tennessee – In 1968, gas was 28 cents a gallon, man had not set foot on the moon, telephones all had wires attached, and a simple computer took up 10,000 square feet. Laugh In was the number one TV show, the Vietnam War was in full swing, The Beatles were at their zenith, Nixon was elected President, Led Zeppelin first performed and 60 Minutes debuted on TV.

Kinesys for Latest Io Canto Series

04/12/2013 - Production News

Italy - Live show, event and broadcast video specialist Event Management based in Milan, Italy, expanded their investment in Kinesys automation equipment to service the latest series of the popular TV show, Io Canto.

Allen & Heath Releases v1.2 firmware update for Qu-16

04/12/2013 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released a new firmware update for its Qu-16 rackmount digital mixer. Downloadable from the website, v1.2 introduces several new features, including enhanced DAW control, extra processing on mix outputs, processing Libraries and enhancements to the accompanying QuPad app.

New Panix team buy TiMax for VW, Adidas and Fraunhofer events

04/12/2013 - Production News

A dynamic new event sound design team called Panix has emerged in Germany, specifically focused on bringing the latest audio concepts and technologies to corporate and special events. With particular emphasis on audio showcontrol, imaging and spatialisation, the core team at Panix consists of partners Jorg Rapp and Stephan Diebel who founded the company in late Spring of 2013. Recent projects include the vast VW stand at the Frankfurt 2013 IAA motor show plus branding and conference events for Adidas and the Fraunhofer Institute.

Industry focuses on Stage|Set|Scenery 2015

04/12/2013 - Event News

Germany - Around 18 months before Stage|Set|Scenery (9 to 11 June 2015) is due to open its doors bookings for the trade fair for stage, film, media and event technology are already high. 50 per cent of the display area has been taken up. Based on current booking levels exhibitor numbers are expected to be high.

Shanghai Mook Club’s Exhilarating Nightlife Created with Harman’s Martin LED Lights

04/12/2013 - Project News

Shanghai – Shanghai Mook Club, one of the most popular nightlife hotspots in the financial capital of China, recently installed a full Harman’s Martin lighting system, creating an exciting experience for Shanghai’s partying public. The club’s vibrant and urban-style interior design is complete with a vast number of Martin lighting fixtures.

Gearhouse continue to improve AV stockholding

04/12/2013 - Production News

South Africa - Gearhouse Group, South Africa’s largest rental staging company, has increased their Audio Visual projection stockholding with the recent purchase of sixteen 20K projectors - eight Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP and eight Panasonic PT-DZ21K 3-chip DLP units.

Plus 4 goes fully DiGiCo for Barclaycard Mercury Prize

04/12/2013 - Production News

UK - For the first time this year, regular audio supplier to the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, Plus 4 Audio made the move to a fully DiGiCo system, with the UK-manufacturer’s consoles seen at each of the awards show’s mix positions.

Chauvet DJ supplies Technical Arts for Luminar Venues

04/12/2013 - Project News

UK - Herts-based light, sound and video experts, Technical Arts, have long been the preferred installation partner for Luminar Leisure venues and have partnered lately with Chauvet Europe to complete the supply of a recent spate of lighting upgrades across Luminar’s portfolio.

GLD-80 at New Zealand National Jazz Festival

04/12/2013 - Production News

New Zealand - An Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer was recently employed at the National Jazz Festival held in Tauranga, New Zealand. The annual event has included a line-up of New Zealand and international jazz musicians such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Earth, Wind and Fire to local favourites, Kokomo and Bay Dixie performing in various venues in Tauranga’s historic Jazz Village, a re-creation of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Diego & Diogo Film First DVD with Robe lighting

04/12/2013 - Production News

Brazil - Brazilian singing brothers Diego & Diogo have recently filmed their debut DVD at the Nestle Auditorium in São José do Rio Pardo, São Paulo, using nearly 150 different Robe fixtures – including the brand new Pointe - with lighting services provided by São Paulo-based Showdesign.

Osram LED: Longer lifetime at High Temperatures

04/12/2013 - Equipment News

Excessive heat generation is one of the main reasons why light-emitting diodes fail. With the Oslon Square, Osram Opto Semiconductors presents an LED that withstands high ambient temperatures particularly well. To ensure that the colours of several LEDs in a luminaire remain uniform even at higher temperatures, they are measured and binned at 85 degrees Celsius (° C), a temperature that comes very close to that encountered in lighting applications within buildings, in everything from spotlights to retrofit light sources.

John Dunn New Rental and Production Market Manager at Elation Professional

03/12/2013 - People News

US - Elation Professional has announced that industry professional John Dunn (pictured) has joined the company as rental and production market manager for the US market.

T250 and T300 Track from Hall Stage

03/12/2013 - Equipment News

UK - Hall Stage offers a range of specialist curtain tracks for every application. The highly versatile T250 and T300 tracks are manufactured from continuously extruded aluminium, finished in white and supplied with self-lubricating nylon sliders, making them an attractive and virtually silent option for small to medium sized applications.

Christie Lites Opens New York Office

03/12/2013 - Business News

New York - The new office for Christie Lites New York is officially open for business. The warehouse is in a newly renovated 30,000 square foot space at 13B Division Street in Fairview, NJ. This 14th location further strengthens Christie Lites’ multi-office network supplying full service stage lighting equipment rentals across North America.

Becky Pell gives Martin Audio Monitors Unique Workout in the Operatic World of Sarah Brightman

03/12/2013 - Production News

When experienced monitor engineer Becky Pell was asked to join Sarah Brightman on her world tour, she decided to take a creative approach to designing her stage rig.

PR Lighting on duty at Sri Lankan Commonwealth People’s Forum

03/12/2013 - Production News

Sri Lanka - When the recent Commonwealth Peoples Forum was held for the first time in Sri Lanka, Live Productions Pvt. Ltd was contracted by another local company, Dynamic AV Technologies Pvt Ltd to provide the lighting in front of 500 invited guests at the historic Galle Fort.

Vaughan Sound install audio and AV solutions at refurbished Penarth Pier Pavilion

03/12/2013 - Project News

Vaughan Sound has installed hearing assist, public address, background music and audio-visual systems as part of the £4.2m revamp of the Grade II listed Penarth Pier Pavilion in South Glamorgan.

Red Bull’s Revolutions in Sound

03/12/2013 - Production News

UK - On 14th November 2013, PRG teamed with leading production company Innovision to bring the EDF Energy London Eye to life, celebrating fifteen years of Red Bull Music Academy. The event celebrated club culture, bringing together over 100 DJ’s and artists including Lily Allen, Katy B, Rudimental, Ritchie Hawtin, Goldie, Gilles Peterson and a whole host of other performers.

Yamaha CL3s Are iCity Slickers

03/12/2013 - Project News

The feelgood factor of the 2012 London Olympics may have faded, but its legacy lives on from the state-of-the-art facilities installed to host it. Key amongst these is the former International Broadcast Centre, now transformed as iCity - the home of BT Sport, where five Yamaha CL3 digital mixing consoles are helping to deliver high quality sporting action, both on television and online.

Clay Paky meets La Bohème in Austria

03/12/2013 - Production News

Austria - La Bohème, composed by Giacomo Puccini, was performed for the first time in 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy. It was an immediate success and is still successful today. This was confirmed by its recent staging during the St. Margarethen Opera Festival in the Römersteinbruch (a Roman quarry). The quarry has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001 and is the largest natural stage in Europe. For this reason, it makes an impressive setting for operatic performances.

APG Appointed Exclusive Lab.gruppen and Lake distributor in Australia and NZ

03/12/2013 - Business News

TC Group has announced the appointment of Audio Products Group (APG) as the exclusive distributor of Lab.gruppen and Lake in Australia and New Zealand. The new business agreement commences on February 1st 2014, when APG will take over from the current distribution partner Hills SVL.

ETC’s Masters Training Initiative moves to Belgium

03/12/2013 - Standards News

ETC’s northern region is set to hold its second Masters training session for dealers and distributors in Belgium in the new year, concentrating on entertainment control systems.

Clay Paky lights the Embassy of Latgale in Latvia

03/12/2013 - Project News

Latvia - The Embassy of Latgale GORS is a place with a soul, where the cultural traditions of the region of Latgale combine with modern opportunities and give life to the fascinating stories of eras, people, music and art. In this place, the local dialect mixes with the sound of symphonies, and historical heritage combines with contemporary creative works. New meets old, guests encounter locals, songs hybridize with dance and art merges with cinema.

DPA Goes Down a Storm in France

03/12/2013 - Production News

As the go-to French rental company for all broadcast and film producers needing specialist audio equipment, Tapages & Nocturnes is renowned for the diversity and quality of its equipment range.

Pearce Hire goes Back to School

02/12/2013 - Standards News

UK – Over the past few months Pearce Hire has embraced its CSR (corporate social responsibility) and established a link with a local further education college to provide an internship programme for young people in their locality.

I Love Techno Loves Robe

02/12/2013 - Production News

Robe was once again prominent on the lighting specification lists for I Love Techno - one of the best known and most popular annual events in Belgium’s action packed EDM calendar, staged at the Flanders Expo in Ghent.

L-Acoustics Delivers “Philly Sound” for Theatre of Living Arts

02/12/2013 - Project News

US – although the theatre of living arts (tla) was best known in previous decades as a host for art house films and campy touring Broadway shows like Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the TLA has steadily evolved into Philadelphia’s premiere small concert venue for edgy, up-and-coming artists. Owned and operated by concert promoter Live Nation, the intimate 1000-capacity club recently bumped up its production values with the addition of a new Arcs II loudspeaker system from L-Acoustics.

Walking (vertically) in a Winter Wonderland

02/12/2013 - Production News

When the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York revealed its legendary holiday windows to hoards of shoppers with a performance by STREB Extreme Action Company, Unusual Rigging was on hand to ensure the event created a much talked about spectacular – and they didn’t disappoint.

Gibonni Gets The Pointe in Belgrade

02/12/2013 - Production News

Croatian megastar Gibonni recently played a special concert in the Kombank Arena, Belgrade, Serbia in front of 20,000 fans who all went crazy for the occasion. The lighting utilised 22 Robe ROBIN Pointes and 36 LEDBeam 100s which were specified by lighting designer Sven Kučiniċ.