News Archive for October 2014

Scandec Systemer AS confirmed as DiGiCo Norwegian distributor

31/10/2014 - Business News

Leading audio and AV supplier Scandec Systemer AS has been appointed exclusive distributor for DiGiCo products in Norway, stating its desire to only work with leading manufacturers as one of the main reasons for the company’s decision to include the DiGiCo brand in its product portfolio.

Colour Sound Develops Potential New Talent

31/10/2014 - Standards News

UK – London-based lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment is actively engaged in a work experience initiative in conjunction with Elstree University Technical College (UTC), offering a selection of students a practical and grounded introduction to the world of lighting festivals, concert tours and live events.

CDC eight mixes Block Party for WFX

31/10/2014 - Event News

USA Cadac exhibited at the recent WFX – Worship Facilities Conference and Expo – in Dallas, Texas. Moreover, the company supplied its latest CDC eight-32 digital mixing console for use by AE Global Media on sound production for the keynote presentations, 2014 Worship Facilities Awards and WFX Block Party, led by worship leader and Christian recording artist Ricardo Sanchez.

CT at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize

31/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Now in its 23rd year, the annual awards ceremony saw Young Fathers win the best album of 2014.

Kenneth Posner Taps Chauvet Professional LED Pars For Kinky Boots Tour

31/10/2014 - Production News

USA More than a few critics have compared the Broadway hit Kinky Boots to another Tony Award-winning production, Hairspray. The two musicals do indeed share much in common beyond their exhilarating music and spangly costumes, including the fact that both were enlivened by lighting designs created by Kenneth Posner (pictured).

Yamaha Gives De Montfort Hall The Best Return On Its Investment

31/10/2014 - Project News

UK - With its neo-Classical architecture, unique 6000 pipe concert organ and performances by hundreds of high profile artists since its 1913 completion, Leicester’s De Montfort Hall has always been one of the Midlands most iconic concert venues. But, as well as preserving its history, the owning city council has always kept the venue’s facilities as up-to-date as possible. This has included the recent installation of a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing system.

coolux releases new hardware revision

31/10/2014 - Equipment News

coolux GmbH, makers of the award winning Pandoras Box product family, will begin the production of their new Pandoras Box Version R3 hardware from 1st November.

Triple E and Rose Brand motor into LDI 2014

31/10/2014 - Event News

USA Track systems supremo Triple E is teaming up with its long-time exclusive North American distributor Rose Brand to exhibit its array of industry-leading products at LDI Las Vegas.

Over 300 Robe fixtures for Adha Festival in Doha

31/10/2014 - Production News

Milad Masaad, one of the best known TV and live event lighting designers in the Middle East, recently used over 300 Robe fixtures to light the 2014 Adha Festival staged at the Souq Waqef in Doha, Qatar in Doha.

GLP US Expands with Jamey Brock Appointed as South East Sales Manager

31/10/2014 - People News

USA – GLP US Inc., the North American based subsidiary of the German lighting manufacturer has expanded its ranks again with the appointment of Jamey Brock (pictured) to its sales team.

VL4000 Spot Luminaires Take the Stage with Train at Radio City Music Hall

31/10/2014 - Production News

USA - On September 25, the multi-platinum artists Train pulled into the historic Radio City Music Hall for an album release show in support the band’s seventh studio album Bulletproof Picasso. As the production teamed prepared the design of the show, lighting designer Brock Hogan decided that since the band was releasing their newest album, he wanted to use one of the lighting industry’s newest automated luminaires. So working with longtime tour provider LMG Touring, Hogan specified 10 VL4000 Spot luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Ricky Martin Brings One World Tour to Mexico with Adamson Systems

31/10/2014 - Production News

Mexico – Ricky Martin has sold over 85 million albums and has had 95 platinum records, six number one Billboard albums, six number one hit songs and received too many awards to keep track of. He has performed in more than 60 countries across the globe and is possibly the most successful Latin pop star of all time.

Austin City Limits Festival goes big with Bandit Lites

31/10/2014 - Production News

USA - They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the 75,000 people who poured into Zilker Park’s 46-acres for the Austin City Limits Music Festival were about to experience live music in a big way. Bandit Lites worked with the design team 3SRCreative to provide lighting for the massive event where more than 130 musical acts performed.

Elation’s Award-winning Sniper, World Premiere Product Launches and More to Star at LDI 2014

31/10/2014 - Event News

USA - When Elation Professional arrives in Las Vegas as a Premier Partner of the 2014 LDI trade show, the award-winning Sniper multi-effect light and laser simulator is certain to be one of the stars of the show. Fresh off a successful PLASA trade show in London where the unique hybrid fixture won an Award for Innovation, the Sniper will be making its North American debut at the Las Vegas Convention Center November 21-23 alongside world premier products and a host of other professional lighting innovations from Elation.

Unique art requires Unusual Rigging

31/10/2014 - Project News

UK - On October 14 Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall opened its doors to the largest work ever created by renowned American sculptor Richard Tuttle. Entitled I don’t know – the Weave of Textile Language, Tuttle’s piece combines vast swathes of fabrics to create a massive winged sculpture. Weighing in at 25 tonnes and measuring 50m long, production manager Jim Leaver faced the incredible challenge of how to suspend the artwork – not just safely over the heads of thousands of visitors, but also to create the illusion that the piece was floating effortlessly in the air.

Robe Paints it Red for SA Guide Dogs Association Ball

31/10/2014 - Production News

South Africa - Leading SA technical production company MJ Event Gear from Johannesburg supplied full technical infrastructure including over 75 Robe moving lights to the prestigious 2014 South African Guide Dogs Association (GDA)’s "Red Capet Affair" charity fundraising gala dinner.

Bandit Buys Robe to Take the Stage With Garth Brooks

30/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites has purchased even more gear to take on the road as ROBIN 1200 LED Washes are hitting the road with country superstar Garth Brooks. Lighting designer Dave Butzler utilised the fixtures to create stunning eye candy effects, colour patterns and brilliant wash coverage.

Audinate and Bose Professional to Sponsor AV Networking Roadshow in New York City

30/10/2014 - Event News

Continuing a series kicked off at InfoComm MEA in October, Audinate and Bose® Professional will hold their next session of the AV Networking Roadshow – focusing on Dante technology – in the Embassy Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Midtown, in New York City. The session, titled “Introduction to AV Networking,” is a one-day session on November 19, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The event is sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Attero Tech, Audio-technica, and Digital Audio Labs.

DiGiCo SD9 provides powerful solution for Belgian WWI Celebrations

30/10/2014 - Production News

Belgium-based GSF Sound & Light Rental is no stranger to complex events, having worked on many illustrious productions. Nonetheless, delivering the audio and lighting requirements for the World War I celebrations in Cointe, Liege this August was a challenge, one that its DiGiCo SD9 helped them meet.

Karamu House Artistic Director to Open USITT 2015

30/10/2014 - Event News

USA - Terrence Spivey (pictured), the dynamic artistic director of Cleveland’s historic Karamu House theatre, will deliver the keynote address at USITT’s 2015 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati next March.

British Museum gets the Doughty Treatment

30/10/2014 - Project News

The British Museum in London is dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

Bandit Increases Inventory with GLP X4 and X4S Fixtures

30/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites continues expanding its inventory with a purchase of German Light Products impression X4 and X4S fixtures. These high output LEDs utilise power, flexibility and a compact design to give designers the phenomenal lighting effects needed to take their audiences’ breath away.

Historic Milestone as Pulsar Factory LED Installation Reaches 100,000 Hours of Operation

30/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Pulsar moved into its present premises in the latter part of 2002. It was also at this point we installed our LED lighting on the front of the building, confident in its reliability, longevity, and durability. Twelve ChromaPanels were installed on the South-facing front of the factory building in May 2003 and have been running 24/7 ever since, with an additional 21 metres of ChromaStrip 2 installed the following year.

Elation Platinum SBX Shows Power and Versatility on OutKast Atlanta Concerts

30/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Hip hop fans rejoiced when OutKast decided to hit the road for the first time in a decade for a 20th anniversary tour and rejoiced some more when the duo decided to play three nights at Centennial Olympic Park in hometown Atlanta. Lit using an Elation Professional lighting rig that included the new multi-functional Platinum SBX moving head, OutKast invited old and new school artists to join them for an electrifying #ATLast concert series held September 26-28.

7,000 Osram LEDs illuminate the Sistine Chapel

29/10/2014 - Project News

The Sistine Chapel in Rome is now illuminated by a novel lighting solution from Osram. After 500 years, this extraordinary piece of art history can now be experienced in unprecedented quality, bathed in the light of more than 7,000 LEDs. The installation that has been put in place over the last few months is designed to protect the artworks while enabling much stronger lighting. At the same time, it will use up to 90 percent less electricity than the previous installation. The European Union supported the project.

Robe Cyclones Join Pittsburgh Penguins Fans for Season Opener

29/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Robe’s unique Cyclone combined LED washlight and fan fixtures literally joined thousands of excited fans of Pittsburgh’s National Hockey League (NHL) team – the Pittsburgh Penguins – for the all-important players' entrance at their 2014-15 season opening match.

Audio Enhances the Experience at Cypress Mountain Resort

29/10/2014 - Project News

Canada – Cypress Mountain is a world-class resort for all forms of winter sports and leisure. Located just outside Vancouver on Canada’s west coast, it was also host to the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Elation Platinum Profile LED Market’s First Entry-Level LED Moving Head with Automated Framing Shutters

29/10/2014 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has announced another industry first with launch of the Platinum Profile LED, the market’s first entry-level LED moving head profile with framing shutters.

UK’s Yes Events Ltd Turns to Elation for Concerts, Special Events and More

29/10/2014 - Production News

For several years, UK-based Yes Events Ltd has been investing in Elation Professional products to service a huge variety of applications from outdoor concerts to opera and corporate events. The most recent outing for some of their Elation units saw Platinum Series moving heads deployed for a corporate awards night at the exclusive Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. Products used included Platinum Spot 5R Pro, Platinum Beam 5R Pro, Platinum Spot 15R Pro, and LED-based Rayzor Q7 moving heads.

Prljavo Kazalište at Pula Arena

28/10/2014 - Production News

Croatia – Legendary Croatian rock band Prljavo Kazalište recently played a sold-out concert at the prestigious Pula Arena – an historical landmark only made available for performances to a handful of selected artists – and this gave their regular lighting designer Sven Kučinić the chance to use Robe Pointes and MMX Spots to great effect.

CPL Launches New Range of Projector Rigging Solutions

28/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK-based video, AV and technical production provider Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has launched a new range of specialist projector rigging solutions.

GLP Lands Another WFX Success

28/10/2014 - Event News

USA – For the third consecutive year, GLP’s ground-breaking LED technology was accoladed when the company picked up the prize for Best Moving Light at the prestigious Worship Facilities (WFX) New Product Technology Awards for its VOLKS|LICHT Spot moving head.

ArKaos PRO Signs Distribution Agreement with ACE China

28/10/2014 - Business News

China ArKaos Pro has announced the appointment of ACE as its new distributor for China.

Jeremy Ruggles Joins 5 Star Cases

28/10/2014 - People News

UK – Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases has announced the appointment of new account manager Jeremy Ruggles, who joins Keith Sykes and the team.

Chauvet Professional Adds Extra Colour to Miley Cyrus Concert

28/10/2014 - Production News

Puerto Rico – Miley Cyrus knows how to attract attention: put on a glitzy show, and belt out a variety of songs from the sultry to the sensitive with aplomb, style, musicality and undeniable charisma. All of this was on display recently, along with dazzling wardrobe changes and dance routines, during the recording star’s 22-song concert at San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, the largest indoor entertainment venue in Puerto Rico. Lighting designer Sean Burke illuminated the performance on stage with a dynamic light show that include 44 Q-Wash 560Z-LED moving washes and 48 COLORado Batten 72 Tour LED linear wash fixtures.

iLive Chosen for Hungary’s Largest Protestant Church

28/10/2014 - Project News

An Allen & Heath Live digital mixing system has been installed in the Great Reformed Church in Debrecen, Hungary. The historic neoclassical church has a footprint of some 1,500m² and a capacity of 5,000, including 3,000 seated.

Panasonic grows ultra-short throw lens range

28/10/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic will release the world's shortest throw detachable lens for 3-chip DLP projectors in November.

Harlequin Floors announce partnership with Melbourne City Ballet

28/10/2014 - Business News

Australia – Dance floor specialists Harlequin Floors has announced a commercial and artistic tie-in with Melbourne City Ballet.

XL Video and Il Divo Affair Continues

28/10/2014 - Production News

UK – XL Video is supplying LED screens and IMAG projection system and camera / PPU for the continuing Il Divo “A Musical Affair” tour, now on its final leg through the UK and Europe.

Providing Consistent Sound in Diverse Environments

28/10/2014 - Project News

USA – Frequent referrals from existing customers helps integrator Site on Sound win a wide variety of AV system projects. Recently, the company provided systems for four businesses located in Fargo’s historic Loretta Building. And, using a combination of good system design and appropriate product choices, Site on Sound was able to meet each customer’s needs while delivering consistently high quality sound in these four unique environments.

Ragús Makes A Song And Dance With Yamaha

28/10/2014 - Production News

Benelux – Ever since Riverdance brought Irish dance to a truly global audience 20 years ago, interest in the genre has shown no sign of waning. In terms of touring, one of the hardest working Irish dance and music troupes is Ragús, which has just completed its ninth successive tour of Belgium and the Netherlands. A Yamaha CL1 mixing console ensured that the necessarily compact audio specification still packed a big sonic punch.

ETC Selador helps vulnerable people light their words at the Young Vic

28/10/2014 - Production News

UK - ETC’s Selador Classic LED fixtures have been used in two productions for people recovering from addictions and young people with special educational needs at London’s Young Vic theatre.

White Light Sponsors UK Theatre Awards 2014

27/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Entertainment lighting specialist White Light has recently sponsored UK Theatre Awards for 2014. Produced by leading theatre membership organisation UK Theatre, the annual event is the only nationwide awards celebration to recognise creative excellence and outstanding achievement on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Robe for Black Veil Brides

27/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Black Veil Brides brought their loud flourishing and highly visual neo-glam metal and rambunctious rock to the UK on the first leg of their "The Black Mass" world tour 2014-15 including a touring specials rig of 14 Robe Pointes, which in the UK was supplied by rental company Siyan.

Hawthorn scoops ‘Best Lighting’ award at Festival Supplier Awards

27/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Hawthorn took away the award for ‘Best Lighting’ at the inaugural Festival Supplier Awards on Wednesday night October 22 at the Showman’s Show, Newbury Showground. The award was given to Hawthorn based on a case study of the world renowned literary Hay Festival.

Robust connector offers reduced maintenance costs for outdoor theme park installations

27/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - The promise of reduced maintenance costs for outdoor theme park cabling systems is offered by the Han-Eco(R) Outdoor connector from Harting.

Neumann KH series installed in Calrec demo facility

27/10/2014 - Project News

UK - A Neumann 5.1 surround system has been installed at Calrec’s Hebden Bridge headquarters, allowing its clients to accurately experience the superior audio quality of Calrec broadcast consoles through Neumann KH Series studio monitors.

Classical Sensation Chad Lawson Reinvents Chopin with DPA Microphones

27/10/2014 - Production News

Denmark - Debuting on iTunes Classical at #1 even before its official release and raising in the ranks on the Billboard Classical charts, The Chopin Variations by celebrated pianist and composer Chad Lawson, violinist Judy Kang and cellist Rubin Kodheli, takes the familiar sounds of Chopin and recasts each composition in a new light. To accomplish this, Lawson used his Steinway piano to create a slightly muted, ethereal sound, captured entirely by DPA microphones. The positioning of d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Stereo Kit was critical to translate the desired mood into Lawson’s latest recording.

Ballet performed on Harlequin dance floor at breast cancer fund raiser

27/10/2014 - Production News

UK - A ballet piece performed in front of London’s elite ladies on a Harlequin dance floor was a highlight of the recent ‘Circles of Dreams’ lunch organised to raise funds in aid of breast cancer support and research.

A Journey Through Volvo’s History is Brought to New Life With LDR's CDM Architectural Line

24/10/2014 - Project News

Sweden is the country of Volvo and Goteborg is the right place for taking a journey through a world of iconic car models, groundbreaking innovations and imaginative prototypes.

Keystone Productions Makes Some Important Pointes

24/10/2014 - Production News

South Africa – Lighting designer Christopher Bolton recently used 24 Robe ROBIN Pointes to provide fabulous effects for a special gala dinner and evening of entertainment staged for business systems specialists EOH at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Clay Paky donates to Behind the Scenes charity at Knights of Illumination Awards

24/10/2014 - Event News

UK – Behind the Scenes – the new charity which supports entertainment technology professionals in times of need – received a kick-start to its fund-raising efforts at the Knights of Illumination Awards thanks to a donation from Clay Paky.

Blueprint Continues With CORE Technology Investments

24/10/2014 - Production News

UK – Event technical services and solutions provider Blueprint continues its commitment to Gloucestershire-based manufacturer CORE Lighting’s innovative battery powered wireless LED lighting products, a relationship which dates back six years to when CORE launched its first products – the Point 30 Series.

JDI Productions Lends “Dramatic Touch” to Boston’s Westin Waterfront

24/10/2014 - Project News

USA From Governor Deval Patrick to the leaders of the business, sports and political worlds, every Massachusetts A-lister has been to the elegant 15,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom at Boston’s stylish Westin Waterfront Hotel, a premier destination in the city. This venue has always had glamour; now it’s endowed with an added degree of glitz too, thanks to a dramatic lighting design by LD Derek Iorfida of JDI Productions (Johnston, RI).

Creative concept to arena: BlackTrax at Ninth Annual Projection Master Classes at LDI 2014

24/10/2014 - Event News

Canada – Renowned motion tracking solution BlackTrax will participate in the highly anticipated Projection Master Classes at LDI 2014 in Vegas, NV from 19 – 20 November 2014.

ArKaos PRO Kling-Net Protocol Drives Prolights

24/10/2014 - Equipment News

Belgium – ArKaos has announced the adoption of its revolutionary Kling-Net protocol by Italian lighting manufacturer Music & Lights to be incorporated into a number of pixel-based LED lighting fixtures from its Prolights range.

World’s biggest hologram effect created for superstar DJ show

24/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Holo-Gauze, the ground-breaking 3D display solution from Holotronica Ltd, has enabled the creation of the world’s biggest, brightest, highest-resolution indoor hologram effect during superstar DJ Eric Prydz’s EPIC 3.0 show at Madison Square Garden – the third in a series of visual dance music events. The performance, on 27th September, utlised a 20 metre x 5 metre Holo-Gauze screen which displayed huge hologram effects, including a giant helix, huge speaking head, and numerous rotating particle effects, realised by Realtime Environment Systems Ltd (RES) producers of the show.

Alcons introduces CRS12 high-output pro-ribbon surround

24/10/2014 - Equipment News

The CRS12GT is a two-way passive-filtered loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future digital cinema immersive surround sound formats.

Le Maitre USA to Show New Haze and Flame Machines at LDI

24/10/2014 - Event News

USA – Le Maitre USA looks forward to welcoming you onto Booth #2625 at LDI again this year at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada.

L-Acoustics Goes a Long Throw Over the River Tyne

24/10/2014 - Production News

UK  – The Great North Run is a popular half-marathon that has welcomed runners to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for over 30 years. In 2014, the run was the first in the world to welcome its millionth finisher and it celebrated the moment in style with an Opening Ceremony that spanned both quaysides of the river between the Tyne and Millenium bridges. With a show designed by the team that created the London Olympics opening ceremonies and included live music from Sting, Mark Knopfler, the Unthanks and Chase & Status as well as poetry, pyrotechnics, projections and performances from a cast of hundreds in the air, on stage and in boats, Tyneside production company Nitelites,with the help of sound designer Colin Pink, was brought in to face the challenge of providing sound to match the quality of the performances,

Siyan Buys More Robe Kit

24/10/2014 - Production News

UK – High Wycombe-based lighting rental specialist Siyan has recently expanded its stock with the addition of Robe Pointes and more LEDBeam 100 moving lights, all of which were sent directly out on various jobs for the summer as soon as they were delivered by Robe UK.

Elation Cuepix Light Cubes Highlight Colbie Caillat Gypsy Heart Tour

24/10/2014 - Production News

USA - Grammy Award-winning singer Colbie Caillat toured the US through the summer beneath a highly original lighting design that featured high-power Elation Cuepix Panel LED matrix blinders fabricated into eye-catching scenic light cubes.

Behind the Scenes Charity Golf Day Raises £5500

24/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Wednesday 15th October 2014 saw the first official Behind the Scenes Charity (BTS) Golf Day, which took place just a week following the charity’s UK official launch at PLASA Show 2014. Eighteen teams got through 27 holes of golf, 90 bacon rolls and the odd pint of Iso-tonic lager at lunch time.

Audio-Technica Europe Appointed Symetrix Distributor for Turkey

23/10/2014 - Business News

USA Digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has been added to Audio-Technica Europe’s (ATE) distribution portfolio for Turkey as both companies seek to strengthen their presence across the country’s professional installation sector. ATE plans to showcase the brand at an event in Istanbul in late November, with a roadshow of Turkish cities to follow shortly thereafter.

H2Ombre “Braves The Elements” with Chauvet Professional

23/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Ordinarily visitors enter the Ziff Ballet Opera House at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center through an elegant lobby where they mingle and enjoy cocktails before taking their seats in the well-appointed theatre. However, nothing about H2Ombre: Brave The Elements is ordinary. Guests who come to enjoy this unique show enter through the centre’s loading dock, hang out in a utilitarian “Bubble Lounge,” and then go to an area that’s been transformed into an aquatic performance space. Here, they’ll lose themselves in an immersive experience of booming sounds and electronic music, stunning aerial effects and 6,000 gallons of water being sprayed from all sorts of places, even the bodies of performers – all accompanied by a brilliant and intense light show created with fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

DiGiCo SD7s are a spooktacular success for Coldplay

23/10/2014 - Production News

USA – To launch their much-anticipated new album Ghost Stories, Coldplay played a pair of intimate live shows in California, which were filmed and broadcast on network TV stations around the world. The high profile event marked the debut of a second DiGiCo SD7 mixing console on the band’s live setup.

GDS and ETC forge North and South American partnership

23/10/2014 - Business News

GDS (Global Design Solutions Ltd) has just signed a licensing and manufacturing agreement with US-based company ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc). Under the agreement, ETC will manufacture the GDS ArcSystem and BluesSystem product lines for distribution exclusively in North and South America. GDS will continue to manufacture and distribute ArcSystem and BluesSystem for other worldwide markets from the company’s Bristol, UK, headquarters. “We are extremely happy to have ETC handling these products in the American markets,” says GDS managing director Matt Lloyd. “Their ability to manufacture and stock the products locally and provide the level of service needed is a perfect match for GDS.”

Harlequin sends IADMS off with a smile

23/10/2014 - Event News

Switzerland - Following three days of presentations, the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) held in Basel, Switzerland concluded on Saturday night with the presentation of the Marjorie Moore Student Poster Award presented by Harlequin Floors. Group marketing manager for Harlequin, Mark Rasmussen, entertained the delegates by asking them to imagine the fictional world of 2040 and what the 50th Annual Meeting would be like if a similar organisation didn’t encourage students and new members. In this world, only four surviving members of this fictitious Association attended the meeting and Mark further amused the audience by listing four made-up names very similar to the names of current IADMS members.

Audient’s Mix Competition Winner Takes It All

23/10/2014 - Event News

USA – Audient’s Hard-Fi Mix competition winner, Mark Downie was “elated” that his was chosen as the winning mix in this summer’s contest. The two Audient prizes, the much coveted eight-channel mic pre & ADC ASP880 and USB interface iD22 have now arrived at his Western Mastering studio, and he’s wasted no time in trying them out.

Power and design with WORK Pro’s NEO loudspeakers in Bautista Martí Italia

23/10/2014 - Production News

Bautista Martí Italia is a newly opened lounge located in Antic Regne, one of the most central and busiest avenue in Valencia, between the districts of Canovas and Ruzafa. It offers a wide range of possibilities in its menu, where customers can choose among several types of food and drinks for their breakfast or breaks for snacks and cocktails. They even offer complete meals for lunch and dinner.

Engaging Energy: Chauvet Professional Used To Create New Design At River of Life Church

23/10/2014 - Project News

USA – Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk Rivers, the community of Elk River, Minnesota has been called the 'City of Energy,' a reference to its long history of harnessing the power of its two mighty waterways. This tradition makes Elk River a fitting home for River of Life Church, a house of worship that radiates positive energy as evidenced by its many outreach programs and dynamic worship services.

dbn Co-Operates in Gala Event

22/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Manchester-based lighting specialist dbn was once again involved in the ambitious production at the heart of the Co-Operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG)’s annual Supporters Awards and gala dinner event, staged at the city’s Manchester Central venue.

Robe Helps Unmask the Phantom Magic in Estonia

22/10/2014 - Production News

The Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, Estonia, has just premiered its own fabulous new production of the epic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, "Phantom of The Opera".

Painting With Light Announces Restructure

22/10/2014 - Business News

Belgian based creative lighting and visual design practice Painting With Light announces a restructure, with Luc Peumans becoming the majority shareholder and CEO with immediate effect, taking over all the company’s day-to-day management.

Fred Bock Finds "Perfect Fit" for Nexus on The Tonight Show

22/10/2014 - Production News

USA - Like any good lighting designer, Emmy-nominated television LD Fred Bock is always filing away information about possible "future uses" when he encounters a new fixture. So when Bock of Ferri Lighting Design & Associates (FLDA) in New York saw the Nexus 4x4 LED panel from Chauvet Professional at LDI, he made a mental note. "I thought they did a nice job and could be a good replacement for halogen matrix panels," he said. "They seemed like a nice solution looking for a challenge."

The Mermaid Invests in Bose RoomMatch Audio System

22/10/2014 - Project News

Billed as one of the finest events and conference venues in central London, The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre in Blackfriars has a reputation to retain.

K-Array Branches Out at the Roundhouse

22/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Lightning struck all summer at London’s Roundhouse this year, as a unique sound and lighting installation, Arboreal Lightning, formed the centrepiece of the venue’s Summer Sessions. K-array loudspeakers helped transform the former locomotive shed into an interactive art space.

ITV Spandau Ballet: True Gold

22/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Spandau Ballet performed their greatest hits including Gold, To Cut a Long Story Short and True live in front of a studio audience as they celebrate 35 years of the band. TV director Paul Kirrage and production designer Dominic Tolfts, chose Anna Valley’s new Hybrid 18 LED display as a dynamic backdrop to the Spandau set. Dominic created an attractive checker style design that also allowed lighting director Dave Davey to point additional lighting through the checker apertures. The Hybrid 18mm screens also incorporate LED lighting for use on the command of the LD via DMX control. In addition, the two high resolution screens used on the show were AV4 4mm LED.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven Takes Flare into Theatre

22/10/2014 - Production News

UK - The Bill Kenwright musical celebrating the 1950s, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven, has been touring UK theatres with a sound system equipped with Flare Audio loudspeakers, supplied by Orbital Sound, in one of the first outings for Flare in the theatre sector. With a production style that is more a series of gigs than a conventional musical, the show’s vibe is being reinforced by the main front of house system, comprising Flare Audio’s X5A Vertical Point Source Array loudspeakers, ground stacked atop Flare’s Q18 Directional Touring Bass subs.

SGM’s G-Spot meets Azerbaijan’s weather ‘mentality’

22/10/2014 - Production News

Azerbaijan - Mamedia group s.r.o. teamed up recently with SGM to deliver a full outdoor event concert package for the Nakhchivan city municipality in Azerbaijan; this included all technical project design and event management.

Pixel Projects expands in Singapore

22/10/2014 - Business News

Singapore - Pixel Projects’ Singapore office was incorporated at the beginning of 2014 with the vision that it would act as the company’s regional HQ for the Asia Pacific region. Since then it has steadily been acquiring local clients of which have found the company’s global stance an exciting prospect for their own global operations.

Dance Proms sponsor offers pair of tickets for the event

22/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Harlequin Floors, supporter of Dance Proms, has a pair of tickets on offer for next month’s event, which takes place November 2 at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall!

Outline rocked V Festival

22/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Robert Lawrence Event Production Resource, one of the UK’s leading event production support companies, recently installed Outline’s Butterfly and Mantas line array systems, along with DVS 118 subs, in Virgin Media’s ‘Our House’ at V Festival - considered one of the best live music events in Europe.

Philips Entertainment wins two PLASA 2014 Innovation Awards

22/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Philips Vari-Lite's VL4000 Spot and Philips Strand Lighting's Emergency DMX Bypass Switch have both won a PLASA Innovation Award 2014.

White Light Adds CORE Lighting ColourPoints to Hire Stock

22/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Customers can now hire ColourPoint uplighters directly from White Light. The London based lighting supplier has added more than 100 new CORE Lighting ColourPoint uplighters to hire stock, further expanding the company’s range of all-weather event lighting. Manufactured in the UK, ColourPoint fixtures feature a bright LED source, long-life lithium-ion battery, and wireless control - making them extremely popular for lighting indoor and outdoor events, conferences, and architecture. The fixture’s sleek chrome casing and versatile colour range also make the ColourPoint ideal for on camera applications such as studio and set lighting for TV and broadcast.

Elation EMAG4 LED Display Panel for Simpler On-the-road High-definition LED Video

22/10/2014 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s new EMAG4 is a high resolution LED video panel optimized for the high-pace setup and tear down frequency of on-the-road productions, exhibitions and corporate AV, and is also an optimal LED display for venues that stage in-house productions like theatres and houses of worship. Featuring outstanding image quality and built to the highest standards, a host of convenient features like tool-less quick locks and a service-friendly magnetic module design make the panels easy to install and disassemble.

Studiomaster on ice: PA for World’s first gig on an iceberg

22/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Studiomaster supplied a "berg suitable" PA for the world’s first ever gig on a floating iceberg, when UK metal band, The Defiled, performed in sub-zero temperatures atop of the floating berg for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig.

Antari adds W-DMX Wireless DMX as standard in new products

21/10/2014 - Equipment News

Sweden – Wireless Solution Sweden AB and Antari have announced the generous line of fogger and hazer products are offering W-DMX as standard OEM installed or optional.

S+H Installs Lighting and Interactove Video Wall at Twitchen Holiday Village

21/10/2014 - Project News

UK - S+H Technical Support Ltd. has designed and supplied stage lighting and an interactive projection wall for the newly opened Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks' Twitchen House Holiday Village in Devon, UK.

RG Light Service relies on wysiwyg for the Gedinne Plein Air outdoor dance festival

21/10/2014 - Production News

Belgium – From concept to design to pre-cueing to execution, all lighting for the 26th Gedinne Open Air outdoor dance event in Belgium was created by RG Light Service using the wysiwyg R33 lighting design software suite from CAST Software.

ArKaos PRO Presents Training Sessions and New Products at LDI 2014

21/10/2014 - Event News

Belgium – ArKaos PRO will take a very active part in LDI 2014 (17-23 November) at the Las Vegas Exhibition Center where ArKaos software and hardware will be shown on the booth of its exclusive US distributor, A.C. Lighting, Inc. (Booth 2358). ArKaos PRO will also present training courses on the use of its MediaMaster software as part of the LDInstitute professional training programme.

The Search for the HOG Factor

21/10/2014 - Event News

UK - HOG Factor, which was organised and hosted for the first time by AED Distribution, drew a lot of attention to the AED stand on Tuesday October 7 at the PLASA Show 2014 in London. The Design and Programming Competition with High End Systems Luminaires and a HOG4 Console was open to full-time Students currently enrolled on a live entertainment technology course. Entering schools were Rose Bruford College, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of South Wales.

USITT Unveils New Website for 2015 Cincy Show

21/10/2014 - Event News

USA - USITT has launched the new website for its 2015 Conference & Stage Expo, at www.usittshow.org 

Artist uses ETC Selador to make his paintings ‘pop’

20/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting director Franck Evin has used 40 ETC Selador Desire D22 fixtures in a London art gallery to make the colours in the artwork ‘pop’. “Using ETC Selador LED is a radical way to fix the lights. It looks fantastic!” he says.

Master Audio launches full-range self-powered compact column array

20/10/2014 - Equipment News

Spain - Master Audio has announced the launch of the JK46A, the engineering led, specialist PA company’s first self-powered column array loudspeaker.

Robe Kicks off NBC’s Sunday Night Football with Carrie Underwood

20/10/2014 - Production News

USA - A back-wall of 72 x Robe CycFX 8s and Pointes helped create awesome effects for Carrie Underwood’s all-action high profile Introduction for NBC’s 2014 Sunday Night Football.

Pearce Hire continues long-standing participation at the Showman’s Show

17/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Pearce Hire continues their long-standing support of the Showman’s Show by confirming their presence at the exhibition on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 October. Pearce Hire has regularly participated at the Showman’s Show because it offers an important platform for promoting their expertise in the provision of services for the outdoor and special events market.

James Thomas Engineering joins Tomcat in Milos Group

17/10/2014 - Business News

Milos Group, the largest manufacturer of trussing and support structures in the world, has welcomed James Thomas Engineering to its growing number of professional and trusted brands. James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977. Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are known throughout the industry as benchmarks for professional outdoor concert, theatre and corporate venue productions.

Robe Celebrates 20 Years in Style

17/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Robe Lighting celebrated its 20th anniversary in style at a special gala dinner event staged in their Robe Arena booth one evening during the 2014 PLASA Expo in London’s ExCeL Centre.

Channel Zero Rocks with Shapeshifter at Alcatraz Festival

17/10/2014 - Production News

Belgium - The Alcatraz Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium highlights the best in hard rock and heavy metal each year. On August 8-9, metal heads were treated to performances by Marilyn Manson, Twisted Sister, Wasp, Prong and a host of other artists, including Belgian group Channel Zero. Although they played in broad daylight, their performance was augmented by eight High End Systems Shapeshifter C1 fixtures that displayed phenomenal effects in full sunlight.

Jim Tetlow presented Alumni Achievement Award by Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association

17/10/2014 - People News

USA - Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association selected W. James Tetlow (College of Fine Arts ’77) to receive one of this year’s Alumni Achievement awards. The ceremony took place on Friday October 10th in Kresge Theatre and Great Hall in the College of Fine Arts. The Alumni Achievement Award is for achievement in the alumni’s profession and is intended to recognize both their expertise and leadership in their field while also representing important creative effort or accomplishment with societal or educational value.

Black Light brings a waterfall of sound and vision to the Arsenal Armoury

17/10/2014 - Project News

UK - Edinburgh-based Black Light has continued its work with one of the UK’s leading football clubs by outfitting Arsenal’s flagship shop with the latest in sound and AV technology. The success of the project at the Armoury store showcases Black Light’s technical expertise and creativity and the fact that its team can deliver exceptional installations that bring interactivity and excitement to the retail environment.

Penguin provides versatile AV solution for University of Kent multi-purpose venue

17/10/2014 - Project News

UK - Brighton-based pro audio, video and lighting integrator, Penguin Media Solutions, has recently completed an extensive installation into the University of Kent’s new student bar, bistro and live venue, Cargo.

Dig Deep! Unusual Rigging urges the industry to support Behind the Scenes charity

17/10/2014 - Business News

UK - Unusual Rigging has become one of the first companies to donate to the UK’s new entertainment industry charity Behind the Scenes. Presenting a check for £10,000 to White Light’s John Simpson, the charity’s Chairman, at the PLASA 2014 Award ceremony, Unusual’s Alan Jacobi (AJ) called upon all organisations within the industry to dig deep and support this very worthwhile cause.

SGM’s LB-100 Brings Life and Depth to Theatre Production

17/10/2014 - Production News

Denmark - Although still only in the initial phase for Fredericia Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid – The Musical, production designers Anders D. Jensen and Jens Frausing already had their eyes on SGM’s LB-100 LED Balls; lighting designer Christian Vigsø had introduced them to the IP65-rated RGB pixel strings at one of his designs for the Kolding Light Festival — set in a much different outdoor environment. The production team was keen to use them in their attempt to reinvigorate theatre scenography, and once implemented, the result has lived up to all their expectations.

Avolites Sapphire Touch controls over 600 LEDs in Paines Plough's Roundabout Theatre

17/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Avolites' fully featured, dual wide screen Sapphire Touch console is controlling unique ceiling panels of LEDs in theatre company Paines Plough's portable Roundabout Theatre. Premiering at this summer's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the theatre has since popped up in towns across the UK.

At full speed: The Art of Light uses wysiwyg for Armin Only – Intense world tour

17/10/2014 - Production News

Canada – The Art of Light, a Netherlands-based creative light designing, programming and operating company, used wysiwyg version R33 to previsualize lighting design and effects for DJ Armin van Buuren and his 'Armin Only - Intense' worldwide tour.

Carolyn Downing Confuses The Believers

16/10/2014 - Production News

UK - The Believers (A Frantic Assembly production) recently completed a successful run at Kilburn’s Tricycle theatre, featuring sound design by the Olivier Award-winning Carolyn Downing, who used a TiMax Soundhub audio showcontrol matrix to create a complex and sometimes awkward soundscape to complement the physically demanding and theatrically elevated perspectives of the performance.

Pixel Mapped Next NXT-1 and Nexus Fixtures Live Large On Ricky Martin Tour

16/10/2014 - Production News

Mexico – Everything about Ricky Martin’s phenomenal career has been written on a grand scale. His success has been nothing short of awesome, with six Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard chart toppers and 85 million album sales to his credit. Throngs of fans turn out for his concerts around the world. As for the shows themselves, “extravagant” doesn’t even begin to do justice to their dazzling choreography and scenic elements. There is no room in a Ricky Martin performance for anything that’s less than intense, which is why tour manager Veikko Fuhrmann of Motion Music, lighting designer Richard Neville, lighting director Churry Lafuente and lighting programmer Alex Grierson built the light show for the superstar’s Mexican One World Tour around pixel mapped Nexus 4x4 and Next NXT-1 panels from Chauvet Professional.

DiGiCo predominates at Tivoli Vredenburg

16/10/2014 - Project News

The Netherlands - Tivoli Vredenburg is a new and architecturally impressive venue in the heart of the beautiful Dutch city of Utrecht. Equally impressive is its technical infrastructure, which features an array of DiGiCo mixing consoles as part of its extensive audio system.

USITT to Present Wally Russell Mentoring Award

16/10/2014 - Business News

USA - Wally Russell, one of theatre technology’s most beloved leaders, also was one of its most generous mentors. That’s why USITT and the Wally Russell Foundation created a new award to honor an industry professional who has helped others start their careers.

Adamson Energia System Exceeds Expectations for Carlos Vives tour In Colombia

16/10/2014 - Production News

Colombia -- Colombian music idol Carlos Vives is currently out on tour promoting his latest album Corazón Profundo, which dominated the Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart as soon as it debuted this summer.

The Dalai Lama Presents 2014 Kalachakra Prayer with DPA Microphones

16/10/2014 - Production News

India - Earlier this year, His Holiness the Dalai Lama hosted Kalachakra, a religious event that takes place at various locations around the world every few years. With a now 79-year-old religious figure at the helm for the nearly two-week long Kalachakra 2014 prayer meeting, high importance was placed on finding a microphone that would project his voice to the nearly 200,000 followers who attended. The solution was found in DPA Microphones’ d:fine Dual-Ear Cardioid Headset Microphone, which was supplied from the company’s US office. The microphone was such a success that it is now the preferred microphone for His Holiness for all of his speaking engagements.

The Y-Series lands at Light & Sound in Lucerne

16/10/2014 - Event News

Switzerland - Sound & Light at the Messe in Lucerne is the venue for the D.A.CH. launch of the newest edition to the d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker range: the Y-Series. Visitors to the show, held from 19th to 21st October, will discover this exciting new development at Stand E33 where Swiss distributors, 2M Audio will be exhibiting the Y8, Y12, Y-SUB, B6-SUB and Y7P.

Elation Platinum Beams and Spots for Ultimate Eagles “When Hell Froze Over” Tour

16/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Rock band The Ultimate Eagles are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Eagles’ iconic album “When Hell Froze Over” by touring the UK beneath an Elation lighting rig of Platinum Beam 5R and Platinum Spot 5R Pro moving heads.

Robe CitySource 96s for Ljubljana Castle

16/10/2014 - Project News

Slovenia - Beautiful Ljubljana Castle dates back to the 12th century and is one of the landmark attractions of the Slovenian capital. It has recently taken delivery of Robe CitySource 96 LED flood fixtures which are being used to illuminate external elements of the Courtyard for summer evenings and various events.

Colorist from Iluminarc European Launch at PLASA

16/10/2014 - Event News

UK - A must-see highlight on stand P80 at PLASA London 2014 was the Colorist Series from Iluminarc, the architectural and architainment lighting brand of Chauvet. Making their European debut at PLASA London, these IP65-rated, high-output colour-mixing RGBA LED pods, panels and linear fixtures have the adaptability to be used across markets. They come housed in sleek, low profile white cases that are designed to blend into all types of architectural installations, as well as provide an elegant look when used in public spaces for event lighting. Robust and weather-resistant, the Colorist fixtures are also very economical and easy to set up and/or install.

Ayrton Returns to PLASA 2014

16/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Following a new distribution partnership for the UK freshly signed with Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton’s return to PLASA where it last exhibited in 2011 was a complete triumph.

Celebration of the Life of Sue Burlow

16/10/2014 - People News

The service to celebrate the life of Sue Burlow, MD of Highlite UK Ltd, who passed away on October 4, will be held on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 2.30pm at Semington Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Wiltshire BA14 6HL.

Behind the Scenes UK Kick Started at PLASA 2014

15/10/2014 - Business News

UK - The industry stepped up at PLASA 2014 to care for its own by supporting Behind the Scenes UK, the new charity that will provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals in need due to serious illness or injury. Fundraising kicked off on Sunday evening at the Knights of Illumination Awards Ceremony when Clay Paky’s commercial director Pio Nahum presented a cheque to lighting designer Rick Fisher for Behind the Scenes UK. Pio explained to the large gathering that one of the last things approved by the late Pasquale Quadri was this generous contribution to the new charity.

A Cheeky Night in Brussels

15/10/2014 - Production News

Belgium - When the world’s flashiest disco diva teamed up in Brussels with the laid-back master of American jazz, Stageco was there to put a roof over their heads.

Hawthorn Lights ‘Indika’ Premiere at CAST, Doncaster

15/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Hawthorn recently worked with lighting designer Declan Randall to provide an additional lighting package and video projections for Indika, a new musical dance spectacular. The production tells the story of India throughout the years using the medium of dance. The premiere of the first UK production of Indika had a hugely successful run at the new state-of-the-art CAST Theatre in Doncaster in early October. The production will tour the UK in 2015.

Sound System Optimisation

15/10/2014 - Event News

UK - For the first time in the UK, d&b audiotechnik GB is offering an open invitation to their Sound System Optimisation seminar. Each seminar runs for two days and invites participants on a journey through the theory and practice of acoustic measuring, adjusting and fine tuning.

Clay Paky introduces The Projectors at LDI

15/10/2014 - Event News

Italy - Following their launch at PLASA last week, Clay Paky will be showing their "Projectors" at LDI.

Robert Juliat Unveils New Followspot at PLASA 2014

15/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Robert Juliat chose PLASA London 2014 to unveil its latest followspot. Merlin, revealed both its name and its presence on the Robert Juliat stand, which it shared with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere, to give visitors the first opportunity to see the new touring model.

d&b audiotechnik at PLASA

15/10/2014 - Event News

The worldwide premier of the new Y-Series loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik took centre stage at Stand D80 in the d&b corner of PLASA 2014.

POLARaudio Steers Reading University Great Hall to Audio Clarity with Iconyx

15/10/2014 - Project News

UK - Reading University is a globally renowned institution. Ranked amongst the top 1% of universities in the world, its reputation for teaching, research and enterprise is formidable. Established in 1892 and granted its Royal Charter in 1926, Reading continues to evolve to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. By any measure, the university is an exceptionally strong educational establishment. Its graduate employability rates, as well as the numbers of students staying on to higher levels of study, are well above the national average and it shows no sign of slowing down its dynamic approach to research excellence. In the field of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, for example, the university's multidisciplinary work is housed in a new £17million centre. Reading is also home to some of the country's most beautiful campuses and a number of heritage buildings. It was in respect of one such heritage site that the university contacted POLARaudio, seeking a solution to an audio headache on a grand scale.

Charcoalblue performs at the Chichester Festival Theatre

15/10/2014 - Project News

UK - Stephen Sondheim's 'Gypsy' is playing at the 'renewed' Chichester Festival Theatre this month following a £22 million refurbishment project by architects Haworth Tompkins and theatre design consultant Charcoalblue to create 21st Century facilities.

Flare Audio Launches Revolutionary New Headphone Technology

15/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Award winning audio technology company, Flare Audio, has launched what they believe to be the world’s first ‘fully’ open back headphones. The Reference R1, aimed at the pro audio and audiophile market, uses Flare’s unique new approach to produce distortion free sound, even at full volume, enabling true transfer and transmission of source material.

Pulsar hit the 100,000 hour Milestone

15/10/2014 - Event News

On October 17, part of Pulsar’s factory façade LED lighting installation will hit 100,000 hours of continuous activity! To coincide with this first in exterior LED installations, Pulsar is running a special event on the afternoon of Thursday November 13.

Debut for the Weltenbauer Awards at Stage|Set|Scenery 2015 in Berlin

15/10/2014 - Event News

Germany - Taking as its slogan ’Wir sind Weltenbauer’ (we build the world), this year Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) has launched the Weltenbauer Awards, which on 9 June 2015 will be presented at Stage|Set|Scenery, the international trade fair for theatre, film, media and event technology.

coolux releases free Pandoras Box demo version

15/10/2014 - Equipment News

coolux, the creators of the award winning coolux Pandoras Box product family, have recently released a free demo version of their Pandoras Box software.

Miami Horse Racing Track and Casino relies on Tannoy and Lab.gruppen

15/10/2014 - Project News

USA - Choosing Tannoy loudspeakers and Lab.gruppen amplifiers for Miami’s Hialeah Park Raceway and Casino was based on a wealth of past experience with both company’s products, says Dave Stearns of Dallas Texas-based, Marsh/PMK International LLC - the new incarnation of Pelton Marsh Kinsella (PMK). “We’ve been using Tannoy for this type of application pretty much since they started making ceiling speakers,” Stearns says, “and Tannoy has very few competitors that challenge what they do.”

Elation Offers High Output LED-based Satura Spot CMY

15/10/2014 - Equipment News

Following the success of the Satura Spot LED Pro, Elation Professional announces the next in the energy-efficient Satura Series, the LED-based Satura Spot CMY, a high-powered LED spot luminaire with zoom, CMY color mixing and dual gobo wheels.

Chauvet Professional Launches Products at PLASA London 2014

15/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - At PLASA London 2014, Chauvet Professional previewed several products to be launched at next month’s LDI in Las Vegas, including two new Rogue Wash fixtures, an addition to the COLORado family and a house light from the Ovation line. The show also marked the European debut of a selection of exciting fixtures including the Next NXT-1 moving head LED display and the ÉPIX Tile 2.0.

Osram completes acquisition of Clay Paky

14/10/2014 - Business News

Italy - With effect as of 13th October 2014, Osram has successfully completed the acquisition of Clay Paky, a leading provider of entertainment lighting for shows and events. All necessary approvals from the respective authorities have been granted regarding the acquisition. With this move, Osram will further expand its position in entertainment lighting. “The successful closing of this transaction is a further step towards strengthening Osram’s specialty lighting segment in a highly attractive market,” said Wolfgang Dehen, chief executive officer of Osram. Pio Nahum, who has been appointed CEO of the Clay Paky business also with effect from 13th October 2014, explained: “As part of Osram, we have good prospects for further growth.”

Optocore Boosts National Theatre’s MADI Capacity

14/10/2014 - Project News

UK – Following a review of their playback systems, and a need to create higher capacity MADI streams, the National Theatre on London’s South Bank has purchased six Optocore DD4MR-FX converters from dealers, HD Pro Audio.

Eclipse invests in first SGM P-5 LED Washlights for major Middle East projects

14/10/2014 - Production News

Dubai-based technical service specialists, the eclipse Group, operates a programme of continuous investment to keep its inventory of lighting, sound and video solutions at the cutting edge.

Bandit Adds New Chauvet Gear to Inventory for Growing Demand

14/10/2014 - Production News

USA – While 2014 may be edging its way to a close, Bandit Lites continues to increase its inventory of new gear by purchasing Chauvet Nexus Aw 7x7 LED panels, Nexus 4x4 fixtures and Rogue R2 Beam fixtures. With the most popular acts in music putting on bigger and brighter shows, Bandit looks to provide its clients with the best and most versatile technology available.

Nexus Creates Wall Of Light on Sunken Garden Stage at Nocturnal Wonderland

14/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Every EDM festival owes a debt of gratitude to Nocturnal Wonderland. Long before EDM fests became the hottest thing on the entertainment scene, Nocturnal Wonderland (formerly Nocturnal Festival) blazed the way as the pioneering event in this red hot live entertainment genre. Produced by Insomniac, this outdoor celebration of music and creativity is now in its 19th year, but it’s definitely not resting on its laurels. Case in point is the 2014 event’s Sunken Garden stage, which was energised by an eye-popping wall of light designed by LD Steve Lieberman, using 136 Nexus 4x4 panels from Chauvet Professional.

LD-5 LED domes transform dance venue

14/10/2014 - Project News

Slovakia – When planning the refurbishment of the popular Slovakian club Ponorka Music Pub, it was essential that the owners found a unique and unusual effect to help restore the venue’s reputation. SGM’s distributor City Light Slovakia presented a quality solution encompassing both light and sound, from concept to installation, that met these prerequisites.

CORE Lighting PinPoints PLASA 2014

14/10/2014 - Event News

Wireless battery powered lighting manufacturers CORE Lighting reported an excellent PLASA 2014 exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre, which was seized as an opportunity to launch the new little PinPoint fixture.

PR Lighting Fixtures Dominate at Asian Games Ceremonies

14/10/2014 - Production News

Korea – The Incheon Asian Games in Korea is the largest sporting event in Asia, set on an Olympic scale with around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries representing 36 sports.

Royal Court Theatre Goes LED with New Profiles from White Light

14/10/2014 - Project News

UK – When London’s Royal Court Theatre sought to upgrade its existing lighting stock the company turned to entertainment lighting specialist White Light for solutions that would suit the venue’s needs. Concerned with reducing lighting energy use and keen to take advantage of the versatility of new technology, Jack Williams, head of lighting at Royal Court Theatre, went searching for a complete lighting solution that would combine new sources – such as LED – with the theatre’s existing tungsten fixtures.

ETC LED luminaires paint Singapore Red

14/10/2014 - Production News

Mark Rothko, one of the most influential postwar American artists, was famous for using colours and forms to interpret his artistic philosophy. He paid particular attention to the lighting where his paintings were exhibited. That’s why Singapore’s Blank Space Theatre focused on the lighting design on Red, an award winning docudrama by John Logan which covers Rothko’s work in the late 1950s. ETC LED luminaires, controlled by an ETC Ion console, helped lighting designer James Tan achieve that lighting goal during a production at Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre Studio.

Hawthorn Lights 20th Pink Ribbon Ball in London

14/10/2014 - Production News

The 20th Pink Ribbon Ball in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign was held at the prestigious Natural History Museum on Saturday 11th October. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, a four-course meal and top entertainment including a performance by Brit Award winner Lisa Stansfield. Kate Thornton was in attendance to host the evenings fundraising festivities.

Pulsar Stokes the Flames of Blast Furnace Illumination

14/10/2014 - Project News

Luxembourg – Approached by the team at CE+T Technics in Belgium, Pulsar was requested to supply a high power single colour LED solution to illuminate the bases of a pair of landmark blast furnaces – a lighting concept devised by innovative designer Ingo Maurer.

Courteeners’ Concrete Love for Robe

14/10/2014 - Production News

UK indie rockers The Courteeners headlined the NME/Radio One stages for this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, complete with a rig of Robe moving lights specified by their lighting designer, Dan Hill.

Yamaha Enjoys Positive PLASA London Return

13/10/2014 - Event News

UK - After a year’s absence, 2014 saw Yamaha Commercial Audio return to exhibit at PLASA London, with the experience surpassing all the company’s expectations.

Harlequin Delegates ready for IADMS conference

13/10/2014 - Event News

Switzerland - When the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) convenes in Basel, Switzerland, October 16-19, representatives of dance floor specialist, Harlequin Floors will be taking part.

DiGiCo quintet for Theaters Tilburg

13/10/2014 - Project News

The Netherlands - Based in the south of Holland, Theaters Tilburg is a combination of concert hall, large theatre and studio. It has recently invested in five DiGiCo systems to replace its existing analogue set up.

Black Light brings theatrical magic to Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema

13/10/2014 - Project News

UK - Black Light has used its theatrical expertise to help revamp a classic Newcastle cinema. The Edinburgh-based company installed AV, sound and lighting systems to create a new, flexible entertainment space for the Tyneside Cinema, the city’s only full-time independent picture house.

Clay Paky at PLASA 2014: a Success on all Fronts

13/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Clay Paky was the event's Gold Sponsor and one of the leading players at PLASA in London, which saw an excellent turnout this year, especially from Britain. The Mythos, which was launched in September, made its world première at PLASA 2014 and won a PLASA Award for Innovation. Clay Paky's founder and chairman Pasquale Quadri, who passed away last month, received a posthumous lifetime achievement award. The Knight of Illumination Awards, created and organized by the Italian company, were more popular than ever and very highly acclaimed. However and above all, Clay Paky's new lights were able to reveal their outstanding performance to the world, thanks to a specially set up, thrilling multimedia show.

Tascam Unveils US-16x08 Multichannel Audio Interface

13/10/2014 - Equipment News

USA - Tascam has announced the US-16x08 audio interface, with 16 mic and line inputs and advanced features to manage big sessions. Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps deliver the cleanest and quietest specifications in their class while delivering up to 56dB of gain. An additional eight line inputs are provided, two of them switchable to instrument level for direct guitar or bass recording. Eight balanced line outputs are also available, two with a level control on the front panel for monitoring.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Recorded with DPA Microphones

10/10/2014 - Production News

Oscar-winning production sound mixer Simon Hayes (pictured) relied on DPA lavalier mics to record Marvel’s film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn.

Doughty’s award winning Drop Arms and H Frames at PLASA 2014

10/10/2014 - Event News

UK – Faster rigging of stage and sets combined with improved safety are just two of the benefits offered by Doughty Engineering’s Modular Rigging System, shown at PLASA for the first time.

The Late Clay Paky founder Pasquale ‘Paky’ Quadri wins Gottelier Award

10/10/2014 - Event News

UK – The beneficiary of this year’s Gottelier Award, given during the 2014 PLASA Awards ceremony, was founder and managing director of Clay Paky, Pasquale ‘Paky’ Quadri. The Award, which recognises members of the industry who have made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of event, entertainment or installation technology, was given posthumously as very sadly Paky passed away on 6th September 2014.

Clay Paky Mythos Wins Innovation Award at PLASA 2014

10/10/2014 - Event News

UK – PLASA Gold Sponsors Clay Paky’s new product, the Mythos, was recognised with a PLASA Innovation Award at London’s ExCeL recently. Clay Paky’s chief commercial officer, Pio Nahum, received the award from PLASA governing body chair Ed Pagett.

Sennheiser UK Ltd presents scholarship to Bucks New University Audio and Music Production student

10/10/2014 - Standards News

Leading audio manufacturer Sennheiser UK Ltd has presented its second annual scholarship award of £1,500 to a Buckinghamshire New University Audio and Music Production student.

Triple E Sponsors the Technical Theatre Awards 2014

10/10/2014 - Event News

UK – Track systems specialist Triple E has sponsored the Technical Theatre Awards (TTA) for the second year running.

Elation Sniper Wins PLASA 2014 Award for Innovation

10/10/2014 - Event News

Elation Professional’s new Sniper multi-effect and laser simulator took home an Award for Innovation at the 2014 PLASA Awards held on 7th October at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London. Honouring the most ground-breaking products of PLASA London 2014, the Sniper was recognised for its innovative technology and new approach to hybrid lighting.

L-Acoustics Helps Tomorrowland Blow Out Their Ten Candles

10/10/2014 - Production News

Belgium – Tomorrowland is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important dance festivals, attracting over 400,000 to this year’s 10th Anniversary edition. Spread out over two three-day weekends in the town of Boom in Belgium, Tomorrowland headliners included David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren and Aviici. Tomorrowland’s success and influence now extend around the globe, with new editions being created in Brazil and the USA.

Robe Enjoys Biggest, Busiest and Best PLASA Exhibition

09/10/2014 - Event News

UK – Robe Lighting enjoyed its biggest, busiest and best PLASA expo to date over four days at London’s ExCeL Centre, and also won its fourth PLASA Innovation Award for its new Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire (BMFL) high powered signature product.

Nick Gray Lights ‘Out of the Box’ for London Fashion Week SS15 Shows

09/10/2014 - Production News

Nick Gray of London-based creative lighting and visual design practice Renegade pushed the ‘risk-taking’ and ‘imaginative daring’ envelope for a number of high profile off site shows at the latest London Fashion Week – SS15 – with five stunningly unique lighting designs in five distinctive architectural spaces.

DPA Microphones Features d:facto Vocal Mic Grids and d:vote 4099 Touring Kits at AES 2014

09/10/2014 - Event News

DPA Microphones presents the latest versions of its d:facto vocal and d:vote 4099 instrument microphones at the 137th AES Convention (Booth 1109). Among the updates are the golden finish and nickel grids for the d:facto, which follow DPA’s continued commitment to providing the best vocal microphone on the market. Representatives will also discuss the d:vote 4099 rock and classic touring kits.

DPA Microphones Displays d:screet Miniature Microphone Updates at AES 2014

09/10/2014 - Event News

DPA Microphones showcases the latest updates for its d:screet miniature microphone line, including the new d:screet necklace mic, heavy-duty d:screet 4060 and 4061 omnidirectional mics, and d:screet omnidirectional mics with reinforced cable relief, at the 137th AES Convention (Booth 1109). The expansion of the d:screet miniature mic series is in direct response to increasing market demands for a variety of solid workhorses that deliver superb sound under challenging conditions.

DPA Microphones Makes Incognito's Percussion Sound Crisp and Clear

09/10/2014 - Production News

UK – Jazz Funk band Incognito celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion the band was recently filmed at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire for a live concert DVD.

FACE.nl new TiMax SoundHub distributor for the Netherlands

09/10/2014 - Business News

Out Board has appointed FACE.nl as the new exclusive distributor covering the Netherlands, of the TiMax2 SoundHub and TiMax Tracker audio processing, playback and showcontrol automation products. FACE CEO Karel de Piere comments: “We are very happy to widen our Benelux distribution of the TiMax products which we already represent in Belgium for some years. TiMax fits well with our other high quality brands and suits perfectly our core activities in system solutions and integration.“

IAG UK to distribute luxman

09/10/2014 - Business News

IAG UK, the British arm of International Audio Group has announced its appointment as UK distributor of the Luxman brand with immediate effect.

Yamaha CIS Series Stars In €6m Cinecitta Refurbishment

09/10/2014 - Project News

The Netherlands – Built in 1877, Cinecitta is one of the most culturally significant buildings in Tilburg, Netherlands. Recently it underwent a €6m refurbishment which included the installation of a major Yamaha CIS series audio system.

Alcons Audio powers Marbach Classics 2014

09/10/2014 - Production News

Germany - This year, the Marbach state stud farm from Baden-Wuerttemberg celebrates its 500-year existence. The Marbach Classics Open Air, taking place in July, was the brilliant climax in the anniversary calendar of the stud farm.

CT at Gleneagles

09/10/2014 - Production News

UK - The 2014 Ryder Cup, held at Gleneagles, Scotland, is Creative Technology’s 8th European Ryder Cup and, by some margin, the largest and most complex in its 29 year relationship with the event.

Gottelier Award

08/10/2014 - Event News

The Gottelier Award went to Clay Paky founder, PasqualePaky’ Quadri, who recently passed away.

PLASA Awards for Innovation and Sustainability

08/10/2014 - Event News

The Gold Award, which is optional and reserved for examples of industry-changing innovation, was awarded to LumenRadio for CRMX Chip.

Post-rock dance music on tour: grandMA2 joins STS9 for their US cross-country ride

08/10/2014 - Production News

USA - Lighting designer Saxton Waller selected a grandMA2 full-size with a MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) for two sold-out STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) concerts at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, the lead up to the band’s US cross-country fall tour. The console was provided by Brown Note Productions, Inc. in Thornton, Colorado.

The Technical Theatre Awards winners announced at PLASA ceremony

08/10/2014 - Event News

UK - The Technical Theatre Awards, which celebrate the achievements of people working behind the scenes, have announced their winners at a well-attended ceremony during PLASA London 2014 hosted by Kasper Holten.

Lab.gruppen launches a new icon in touring sound with PLM+

08/10/2014 - Equipment News

For over 30 years Lab.gruppen’s enviable reputation in live sound has been driven by rock solid, innovatively designed and sonically superior products, and none showcase that more than the iconic design of the TEC Award-winning PLM 20000Q.

Dharma Studios Finds Balance With Audient

08/10/2014 - Project News

Italy– Dharma Studios owner, Paolo Tubia is a fan of the hybrid set up. “I like analogue outboard - a tasty compressor and some boutique preamps - to be a part of the mix. So I needed a centrepiece to manage the various control room components effectively and creatively,” he explains, describing the studio he has aspired to – and, with the arrival of his new ASP4816 last month – ultimately brought to life.

Bandit Creates ‘Gig Lite’ Fixture for Garth Brooks Tour

08/10/2014 - Production News

USA - When Garth Brooks announced he was launching a world tour, Michael T. Strickland, chair of Bandit Lites, knew the production would be unlike anything anyone had seen before.

Audinate and Bose Professional to Sponsor Dante AV Networking Roadshow Events at InfoComm MEA in Dubai

08/10/2014 - Event News

Dubai – To kick off what will become a series held in multiple global locations, Audinate and Bose Professional will launch their AV Networking Roadshow – focusing on Dante technology – at InfoComm MEA in Dubai, UAE. The sessions, titled Introduction to AV Networking, are one-day sessions, being offered two days consecutively: October 15 and 16, from 11:00am to 5:00pm each day. The events are sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Atterotech, Digital Audio Labs and Yamaha.

Michael Northen Bursary 2014

08/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Max Narula, a student at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, has won this year’s Michael Northen Bursary (MNB), picking up a £500 cash award at a special presentation at PLASA London.

AC-ET Appoints Aaron Cripps as Regional Sales Representative for Ireland

08/10/2014 - People News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced that Aaron Cripps, a regional account manager in the company's international sales division, will be taking on the new role of regional sales representative for Ireland (ROI) and other selected European sales territories, effective from 20th October 2014.

Orbital Sound to Open London Demonstration Facility with Flare Audio

08/10/2014 - Business News

Orbital Sound has announced that it is opening a brand new demonstration zone this month, in conjunction with award-winning British loudspeaker technology company, Flare Audio Limited. Equipped with the growing line up of Flare loudspeaker systems, this represents the first facility to provide a comprehensive London demonstration resource for the manufacturer, as a dedicated centre of excellence.

Green Hippo, Harman’s AMX and Projection Artworks join Optoma Showcase at Silverstone

07/10/2014 - Event News

Green Hippo, Harman’s AMX and Projection Artworks will join Optoma and Texas Instruments at Silverstone for The Optoma Showcase: Driving performance in projectors.

Mick Jones Returns to CT

07/10/2014 - People News

UK - Creative Technology’s London operation has announced the expansion of its account management team with the return of Mick Jones.

ETC hands over £17,500 to Behind the Scenes UK

07/10/2014 - Event News

UK - ETC has handed over a cheque for almost £17,500 to the Behind the Scenes UK charity at the PLASA trade show in London.

GreenGo gets the green light from Audio Alliance

07/10/2014 - Production News

Audio Alliance is a UK company that specialises in designing and supplying audio solutions for some of the most high profile events in the world, from conferences to music and theatre projects. So when Oliver Driver, the company’s managing director, began researching a new digital talkback system that would handle the most demanding events and most complex venues, he decided that GreenGo was the best system for the job.

Everybody needs some Buddy

07/10/2014 - Event News

ELC Lighting’s Buddy has made its PLASA debut! Launched in summer 2014, the pocket-sized Ethernet to DMX node has already won rave reviews from industry lighting designers and those who visited stand C03 at this year’s show were amazed at just how capable the little device is. Designed and engineered as an entry level product, the Buddy was originally aimed at students, but is already being hailed as an essential piece of kit that established designers want carry in their back pockets, with several hundred units already sold.

Nitin Sawhney Gives MLA Thorough Albert Hall Work-Out

07/10/2014 - Production News

UK - After working with RG Jones’ Martin Audio Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) at Glastonbury Festival — as well as the smaller footprint MLA Compact at other events — David McEwan’s vision was to fire it up in anger at the holy grail of London venues, the Royal Albert Hall.

James Thomas Engineering joins Tomcat in Milos Group

07/10/2014 - Business News

Milos Group, the largest manufacturer of trussing and support structures in the world, welcomes James Thomas Engineering to its growing number of professional and trusted brands. James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminium trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977. Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are known throughout the industry as benchmarks for professional outdoor concert, theatre and corporate venue productions.

High End Systems Launches Brightest LED Spot

07/10/2014 - Equipment News

High End Systems has announced that SolaSpot Pro 1500, the latest of the SolaSpot range, will be available in December 2014.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

07/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Music has always been a huge part of British culture and music shows have always been popular with our audiences, whether that is shows that include live performances (such as Top of the Pops and CDUK) or game shows.

Seventh Knight of Illumination Awards winners announced at glittering ceremony

06/10/2014 - Event News

UK - The seventh Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) was held on Sunday 5th October and once more it was a sparkling success. This year London's glamorous art deco Troxy saw representatives from the professional entertainment lighting and video industry come together to celebrate the creative achievements of lighting and video professionals working on shows across the UK.

Community Upgrades the Fan Experience at Troy Fair

06/10/2014 - Project News

USA - Billed as the ‘Largest Event in Bradford County’, the 139th Troy Fair opened July 21, 2014 with a new grandstands sound system provided by Gelnett and Associates of Northumberland, Pennsylvania and based on Community R Series loudspeakers.

ETC defies gravity at PLASA 2014

06/10/2014 - Event News

ETC’s new stand at PLASA London this year incorporates an upside down sword fight hanging from the grid, enabling lighting demonstrations to be even more realistic. In fact, their stand has traditionally been so popular, that this year, they are taking two separate but adjacent spaces, in order to provide more room for product demonstrations and discussions.

ETC adds budget-friendly ColorSource PAR to its LED line-up

06/10/2014 - Equipment News

Venues with limited budgets that wanted to update their lighting systems with LEDs have until now often had only one option: flimsy, noisy and undependable fixtures with incredibly limited, fake-looking colour that drifted as soon as they were turned on. Now ETC has a new solution: the ColorSource PAR, an LED luminaire developed by colour experts and backed by ETC’s industry leading service department. Schools, houses of worship, small theatres and other venues with tight budgets now have a way to affordably upgrade to LEDs, without losing out on beautiful colour.

GLP gives world debut to X4 Bar 20 / X4 Bar 10 and launches X4 L at PLASA

06/10/2014 - Event News

PLASA, London – GLP has chosen this month’s PLASA Show (London ExCeL, October 5-8) to unveil two brand new fixtures which incorporate the award winning impression X4 optical system into a linear batten configuration.

AC-ET Appoints Laurie Giraudeau as Marketing Manager

06/10/2014 - People News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced the appointment of Laurie Giraudeau in the company’s UK Marketing team, as part of their ongoing expansion programme.

AC-ET Appoints Jack Moorhouse as Jands Product Manager

06/10/2014 - People News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. Has announced the appointment of Jack Moorhouse to the role of Product Manager - Europe & the Middle East - for the Jands range of lighting and media control solutions.

AC-ET Appoints Neil Vann as Prolights Brand Manager

06/10/2014 - People News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced the appointment of Neil Vann to the role of Brand Manager - UK, Ireland & Sweden - for the Prolights range of high value, yet high performance, lighting, video and effects products.

USITT’s Gateway Project Seeks 12 Mentees for 2015

06/10/2014 - Event News

USA - USITT’s Gateway Project is accepting nominations for students and young professionals from populations underrepresented in the theatre industry for a unique mentoring opportunity at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati next March.

White Light Expands Audio Expertise as Lee Dennison Joins

06/10/2014 - People News

UK - White Light welcomes Lee Dennison to the White Light management team as head of audio, further expanding the company’s audio expertise. The move signals more growth for White Light as the company continues its strong market presence throughout the entertainment and events industries.

Yamaha Launches MG Rec & Play App for MG Series Mixers

06/10/2014 - Equipment News

Yamaha Commercial Audio has launched MG Rec & Play, an iPhone and iPad* app which allows high quality recording and playback for MG Series XU models, via an attractive, easy-to-use interface.

2014 Lightmongers / ALD Award Winner Announced

06/10/2014 - Event News

Young Lighting Designer Elliot Griggs is named as the inaugural winner of the New Talent in Entertainment Lighting Design competition.

The Black Keys Turn Blue with Sennheiser

06/10/2014 - Production News

Overnight success was slow in arriving for Ohio garage rock duo, The Black Keys (TBK). The band was active for over a decade in small clubs on the Midwest indie circuit before the big time finally caught up with them in 2010 with the release of their sixth album, Brothers, and its quirky hit single “Tighten Up”. “We accidentally took off,” remarked TBK’s drummer, Patrick Carney. “We weren’t expecting that.” Nevertheless, they’ve had to get used to it as record sales and popularity have climbed steadily ever since, to the point where their eighth album, Turn Blue, released in May 2014, debuted at number one in Canada, the US and Australia, the band’s first record to top the album charts anywhere. The band is currently in the midst of their Turn Blue worldwide tour complete with a full panoply of Sennheiser microphones specified by their long-time FoH engineer, Jason M. Tarulli, and fully endorsed by monitor engineer Rob Elliot.

It’s that time of year again

06/10/2014 - Production News

During the first weekend of October, RML was filming the first Christmas special of the season: Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

Friday Download

06/10/2014 - Production News

Childrens' show Friday Download has become so successful since first airing in 2011 it is now BAFTA winning. Part of its success is the fact that it is presented by teenagers (Ceallach Spellman, Dionne Bromfield, George Sear, Richard Wisker and Shannon Flynn) which instantly makes it current and fresh, something that kids will want to rush home and watch!

Growing Outdoor Trend for TiMax SOR Across Europe

06/10/2014 - Production News

As summer 2014 draws to a close, the UK source-oriented reinforcement (SOR) specialist Out Board has seen its TiMax delay-matrix and performer-tracking systems deployed for a broad and varied season of outdoor shows across Europe.

yLM 5 lights up in colour the luxurious Las Arenas Hotel-Spa of Valencia

06/10/2014 - Project News

Spain – Las Arenas Hotel-Spa is the only 5 stars luxury hotel located in Valencia and, in all probability, one of the most luxurious throughout Spain. This hotel began its construction in 2002 next to Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa beaches, in the seaside of Valencia.

Massive Robe Rig for 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival

03/10/2014 - Production News

USA - Tom Kenny specified over 500 Robe moving lights for the immensely popular 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, staged in the 15,000 capacity Ballroom of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for two consecutive days.

Chauvet Professional Shines at BPM and PRO Shows

03/10/2014 - Event News

UK – All eyes were on Chauvet Professional at the recent BPM and PRO shows held at Birmingham NEC from September 13-15.

ARRI ALEXA’s 10th Software Update Released: SUP 10.0

03/10/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - ARRI customers are rushing to download the 10th free software update for ALEXA, which was released this week following an open beta that began in August. The many features in Software Update Packet (SUP) 10.0 have been chosen based on feedback from numerous set visits and a continual dialogue with cinematographers, assistants, DITs, rental and post houses, and ARRI partners.

USITT and Set Designer Patrick Rizzotti Visit PLASA London

03/10/2014 - Event News

UK - A highlight of USITT’s presence at PLASA London will be 2014 USITT Scene Design Award winner Patrick Rizzotti. Visit USITT and Rizzotti at Stand R42 in London’s ExCeL Centre October 5-8 -- and see Rizzotti present his work at the Theatres Trust TheatreStage on October 6.

Holo-Gauze wows theatre goers during Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

03/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Holo-Gauze, the ground-breaking 3D display solution from Holotronica Ltd, made its West End debut in September as part of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece. Premiered at the legendary London Palladium with an exclusive and limited run starting on September 3, ahead of a world tour, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games boasts incredible holographic effects from Holo-Gauze, including a dance battle featuring a holographic triptych of Michael Flatley.

ETC unveils new Source Four LED Series 2 arrays: Daylight HD and Tungsten HD

03/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - ETC’s Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr luminaire introduced an entirely new way of thinking about colour and LED light. Now ETC is stepping up the quality of broadcast lighting, by introducing two new Source Four LED Series 2 arrays: Daylight HD for variable cool (4000 to 6500K) light and Tungsten HD for adjustable warm (2700 to 4500K) light.

Hoist UK Become Full Members of LEEA

03/10/2014 - Business News

UK - Hoist UK has recently completed a full LEEA audit, and been granted full membership of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association).

Elation Professional’s Innovative Platinum SBX a Spot, Beam and Xtreme Output Fixture All in One

03/10/2014 - Equipment News

The new Platinum SBX from Elation Professional is an innovative, full-featured 3-in-1 luminaire with patent-pending dual optical system that has flexible use as a spot, beam, or wash fixture. Designed for a wide variety of professional stage and special event applications, it does the work of three luminaires in one.

Arena Group enjoys Gleneagles Glory

03/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Mirroring the joy of the victorious Team Europe, Ryder Cup organisers were delighted their visions for hosting the 40th Ryder Cup were widely applauded, with Arena Group expertise central to the transformation of Gleneagles Golf Course with temporary event structures, grandstand seating and interiors, Sept 24-28.

Black Light Brings its Expertise to the 2014 Fringe

03/10/2014 - Production News

UK - The 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe was another great success for Black Light, with the company supplying over 700 light fixtures, 16.5 miles of cables and one kilometre of Fairy Lights to the Pleasance Theatre.

WIN a MADI Analyser at PLASA

03/10/2014 - Event News

Not only do you have the chance to win ANNA-LISA, a handheld MADI analyser and signal generator on stand B02 at PLASA, you'll also be able to see another three new products from DirectOut Technologies plus all the other unique MADI tools in the range.

Backstage Heritage Collection To Debut at PLASA 2014

03/10/2014 - Event News

UK - The Backstage Heritage Collection, a new organisation aiming to document and, where possible, preserve the history of entertainment production technology, will introduce itself to the world this Sunday, October 5, at the 2014 PLASA Show. The launch event will take place at mid-day on the Theatres Trust TheatreStage, stand R40, at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London.

AED Distribution expands to the UK and Germany with QSC Pro Audio

03/10/2014 - Business News

QSC Audio Products and AED Distribution have agreed on a partnership for the distribution of QSC Pro Audio products in Germany and the UK, starting November 1st, 2014.

Cruzan Amphitheatre Now Cruisin’ with L-Acoustics

03/10/2014 - Project News

USA - Located in Palm Beach County, the 19,000-capacity Cruzan Amphitheatre is South Florida’s premier open-air concert venue. Managed by Live Nation, which presents approximately 30 productions annually at the venue, Cruzan recently installed 24 L-Acoustics KARAi loudspeaker enclosures to deliver improved audio coverage to its lawn, which seats 12,000 concertgoers.

Osram presents its largest LED lamp portfolio

03/10/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - Osram is now presenting its largest portfolio of LED lamps, making digital light available for everyone. In terms of technology, the 90 lamp types are based on a platform strategy. This ensures a uniform design appearance and that technological enhancements are rapidly passed on to customers. Production in close proximity to the market also means quick availability. "Even more customers are upgrading to LED," stated Geert van der Meer, head of the LED Lamps and Systems business unit at Osram. "We help them make their decision through attractive prices, premium design and above all, the highest quality."

Introducing Pointman Lifting Products

02/10/2014 - Equipment News

USA - Total Structures has announced the launch of Pointman Lifting Products, an entirely new brand aimed specifically at the rigging sector of the entertainment technology market.

Enhancing a Versatile Experience at Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha

02/10/2014 - Project News

USA - "It is all about the audience experience. Whether seated on the main floor, or anywhere in the two tier balcony, the Peter Kiewit Concert Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center hopes to offer even, balanced, coverage for every person," says Omaha performing arts production manager, Kate Williams. Since first opening its doors in 2005, the Holland in Omaha, Nebraska has been celebrated as a world class concert hall. Originally designed almost a decade ago to enrich live acoustic performances, the two thousand seat shoebox style space is used for a variety of purposes, showcasing jazz, blues and popular performers presented by Omaha Performing Arts and is home to the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, who play here several times per month.

SSL release ‘XL-Desk’ - a killer new mid-scale Analogue Console

02/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Solid State Logic has announced the release of XL-Desk, a modern twist on the classic analogue studio console. XL-Desk is designed for tracking or mixing engineers who require the sonic and workflow benefits of an analogue console within a DAW centric studio, but don’t want or need the integrated DAW control and analogue level automation other SSL console products have made the new hybrid studio standard.

POLARaudio Adds Portability with MIPRO

02/10/2014 - Equipment News

UK - POLARaudio has announced that it has secured the exclusive distribution of MIPRO products in the UK. Established in 1995 in Taiwan, MIPRO has grown to become a major force in the manufacture of portable wireless PA and wireless radio microphone systems, both of which offer a wealth of possibilities to the education, sport and fitness and ecclesiastical sectors.

Philips Selecon PLcyc1 luminaires keep the cakes cool for Panasonic at IBC

02/10/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - Last month saw television lighting director Paul Middleton turn to the sophisticated yet low-temperature and economical Philips Selecon PLcyc1 LED luminaire to light the patisserie-themed Panasonic Broadcast stand at major entertainment technology trade show IBC 2014.

Robe Adds Atmosphere to Grand Opening for New SLS Las Vegas

02/10/2014 - Production News

USA - The hip new $415 million 1613 room SLS Las Vegas hotel opened in a blaze of glory on the former site of the Sahara – one of the city’s iconic gaming culture landmarks – complete with a special gala event staged in the pool area, headlined by rapper Iggy Azalea and lit by Axis deBruyn.

Doughty’s award winning Drop Arms and H-Frames at PLASA 2014

02/10/2014 - Event News

UK - Doughty Engineering is showcasing its award winning Drop Arms, T-Bars and H-Frames at PLASA, the first time the finished products will have been seen at an exhibition.

Broadcast media specialist joins CT London

02/10/2014 - People News

UK - Creative Technology’s London operation has contracted business development professional Ben Philpott (pictured), specialising in broadcast media.

W-DMX Celebrates Swedish Monday at PLASA 2014

02/10/2014 - Event News

Sweden – Wireless Solution Sweden AB is celebrating all things Sweden during PLASA 2014, held at ExCel London, October 5-8 on stand E50. On Monday, October 6, the Wireless Solution Swedish vodka bar opens at 16:00. The party spreads to the White Light Zone, where there will be a Sweden theme celebration beginning at 17:00, complete with Swedish vodka, beer and snacks. Representatives from Wireless Solution and White Light will be on hand to display W-DMX products and answer questions.

White Light to Host Free Daily Receptions at PLASA Show 2014

02/10/2014 - Event News

UK - White Light will treat guests to three nights of themed receptions during the annual PLASA Show this October, held at ExCel London. Each evening event will focus on White Light exclusive manufacturers, offering food and drink to represent different regions around the world. The London based company is the exclusive UK distributor for several well-known brands, providing a wide selection of quality lighting, effects, and AV equipment for B2B sales through its White Light Distribution Network.

CT London go Strictly Come Dancing

02/10/2014 - Production News

UK - Creative Technology is providing a wide range of visual solutions or Strictly Come Dancing’s dazzling Saturday night dance show.

USITT a Finalist for 2014 Prudential Leadership Award

01/10/2014 - Business News

USA - USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a finalist for the 2014 Prudential Leadership Award for Exceptional Non-profit Boards. The winner will be announced on October 10 at the 2014 BoardSource Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. BoardSource is the national association for non-profit boards.

WNY and Fineline Deliver Amazing 2014 Outlook Festival

01/10/2014 - Production News

Croatia - The Outlook Festival is staged over four days in the beautiful and slightly desolate environs of Fort Punta Christo just outside Pula, the main city on Croatia’s bustling Istrian coastline, known for its mild climate, smooth sea and unspoiled nature.

Clay Paky Hits the Road with Journey and the Steve Miller Band’s Summer Tour

01/10/2014 - Production News

USA – Clay Paky Sharpys illuminated the Journey and the Steve Miller Band along for the ride that took them to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Clay Paky B-EYEs with Lady Gaga for ArtRave world tour

01/10/2014 - Production News

USA - Lady Gaga has launched her tour, ArtRave: The Artpop Ball, and Clay Paky’s A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights and Clay Paky Sharpys are along for the wild ride.

Clay Paky delivers powerful yet portable festival lighting at Godiva

01/10/2014 - Production News

UK – This summer saw an eclectic mix of pop and rock legends take to the main stage at Godiva festival in Coventry. Lighting designer for the project, Yenz Nyholm, chose to specify an array of Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 700 fixtures as he felt they would provide the ideal festival lighting solution on account of their robust technology, brightness and portability.

Jands Unveils Latest Lighting, Media & LED Control Solutions at PLASA

01/10/2014 - Event News

Jands’ award-winning Vista lighting and media control system has been embraced by leading designers, companies and venues around the world. The platform allows all levels of user to get the most from whatever mix of technology they have available, whether dimmers, moving lights, LEDs or media. Utilising the same Vista v2 software, there's a choice of all-in-one Linux consoles and control surfaces running natively on a Mac or a PC.

George Benson in concert with D.T.S. in Tunisia

01/10/2014 - Production News

At the age of 71, George Benson is still an amazing vocal performer, and a master guitarist who enchants the audiences with his signature soft jazzy touch.

Griven Equipment for National Taiwan Museum Façade

01/10/2014 - Project News

Taiwan - Set up in 1908 by the colonial government during the Japanese rule, the National Taiwan Museum (NTM) is nowadays the oldest museum on the island. Located within the 2/28 Memorial Peace Park on Xiangyang Road, the museum includes five departments - anthropology, earth sciences, zoology, botany and education - featuring specimens of native animals and vegetation as well as man-made artifacts. Its elegant neo-classical architecture, along with the many permanent and temporary collections and its unique geographical position, have made the museum, which was declared "National Heritage Site" in 1998, an important landmark in Taipei.

Le Maitre Adds Several New Pyro Products to Range

01/10/2014 - Equipment News

Le Maitre’s newly launched range of Coloured Ice Gerbs includes a spectacular and unique colour change effect. A deeply coloured flame enveloping the base of the gerb and a column of silver sparks shoot up to heights of 6-8ft. The effect, which last for some 20 seconds, has been achieved by Le Maitre’s R&D team and is available in aqua, blue, green, orange, purple, red, yellow and pink or as a colour change version.

RML for the Referendum

01/10/2014 - Production News

UK - In recent years the BBC have worked tirelessly to bring TV and entertainment to the masses and more and more of their shows are being filmed around the country. Huge state-of-the-art facilities have been built in Manchester and Glasgow and Richard Martin Lighting (RML) have embraced the development and progression that comes with working in these different studios.

L-Acoustics WIFO Does Double-Duty for Community Reformed Church

01/10/2014 - Project News

USA - Community Reformed Church in Zeeland, Michigan has taken on the sobriquet of “one of the best-sounding churches in Western Michigan” thanks to the recent integration of two separate L-Acoustics ARCS “WIFO” systems. Installed by AV systems integrator Parkway Communications, the first system replaces an existing 10-year-old PA in the main sanctuary, while the other is used to transform the church’s adjacent gymnasium into an extended worship space for overflow seating as attendance has grown.

Chauvet Professional PVP Panels Engage Guests at Hard Rock Café

01/10/2014 - Project News

Dominican Republic – The new Hard Rock Café in the chic heart of the Dominican Republic’s bustling capital Santo Domingo offers all of the attractions that have made this iconic chain so popular around the world. Aside from enjoying great food and a festive atmosphere, guests can also see Rihanna’s famous dog tag dress, a sequin dress worn by Shakira, plus memorabilia from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. This Hard Rock location also serves up something extra, however, in the form of two very special LED video walls created by Jhansen "Mangu" Reinoso of Word Up Sound and Lighting, using PVP S5 Video Panels from Chauvet Professional.