News Archive for March 2014

Robe is a Winner at Sanremo Music Festival

31/03/2014 - Production News

Italy - Over 200 Robe moving lights graced the lighting rig for the 64th edition of the world famous Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, staged at the Teatro Ariston in the picturesque Ligurian city. The show was broadcast nightly on national TV channel RAI1’s primetime.

London Light Joins Aurora

31/03/2014 - Business News

UK - Aurora Lighting Hire Ltd has announced that it has secured a deal with London Light Production Services Ltd a UK-based Theatre, Corporate and Special Events Lighting company.

XL Video for Mayday

31/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Live Nation approached XL Video to supply a large video production for a recent epic one off show at London's Wembley arena by award winning Taiwanese alt rockers and superstars, Mayday.

DiGiCo appoints Amptec as new Belgian Distributor

31/03/2014 - Business News

Belgium - DiGiCo has appointed Amptec as its new distributor for Belgium. Founded by CEO Bart Willems in 1990, Amptec is one of the BeNeLux region’s best-known professional audio distributors and solution suppliers. With a strong reputation for quality and service, the company’s installation department has worked on high profile projects in live music venues, theatres, broadcast, post production and recording studios across the region.

HSL Has The X-Factor Live!

31/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Blackburn lighting and visuals rental specialist HSL continues its busy Spring season supplying numerous tours including the X-Factor Live UK arena tour, which is out for seven weeks allowing fans of the popular TV series to see a selection of the 2013 series finalists - including the winner Sam Bailey - perform live.

New bliss projectors from LOBO

31/03/2014 - Equipment News

The Germany-based high-end laser manufacturer LOBO has announced two new compact projectors, predestined for applications in nightclubs and for even major stage setups. In spite of their compact size, the new machines come with unique features, such as digital scanning, advanced colour modulation and LOBO's revolutionary PCS system.

Robe for Brazilian Summer Festival Main Stage

31/03/2014 - Production News

Brazil - Almost 100 Robe moving lights were utilised by rental company Luzbel Iluminação for the Main Stage of the 16th Festival de Verão (Summer Festival) in Salvador, the capital of Bahia, Brazil.

Event Technology Awards to return in 2014

31/03/2014 - Event News

UK - Following the hugely successful launch of the Event Technology Awards in 2013, organiser Event Industry News, has confirmed that they will return for a second outing in November this year.

Clay Paky spotlights subtly illuminate Doltone House

31/03/2014 - Project News

Australia – Clay Paky distributor for Australia, Show Technology, has supplied 14 Clay Paky Alpha Spot 300s to luxury venue Doltone House in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

The Clay Paky Sharpy earns its Strypes

31/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Proving size isn’t everything rock n’ rolls young sensation’s, The Strypes, performed to London’s packed our Shepherds Bush Empire alongside the punchy sweep of the Clay Paky Sharpy.

Osram Constructs the World's Most Efficient LED Lamp

31/03/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - An Osram research team has succeeded in constructing the most efficient LED lamp in the world. The lamp in tubular form consumes only half the power of currently common fluorescent and LED tubes, and also achieves significantly superior colour rendering.

CADAC shows SAM for digital

31/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - CADAC showed a version of its famous SAM theatre sound show automation software for its new CDC eight digital production console, at this year’s Prolight+Sound exhibition.

Pearl Jam Blast Out with SGM X-5s

31/03/2014 - Production News

USA - SGM’s pioneering X-5 white LED strobes are fast finding favour on the touring circuit — on both sides of the Atlantic and over a wide range of performance.

Danley Loudspeakers Infiltrate the Sports Market

28/03/2014 - Project News

USA - Wth a design team led by celebrated acoustician Tom Danley, Danley Sound Labs has developed an extensive catalog of loudspeakers and subwoofers that cleverly sidestep the constraints and trade-offs of conventional designs. Its original patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies led to a range of products that deliver point-source sound with stunning fidelity at any volume, near-perfect phase coherence, seamless arrayability, and "cliff edge" pattern control. In its latest generation of products, including the Jericho Horn and the Genesis Horn, those technologies have been combined with Tom Danley’s newest patent-pending technologies, Shaded Amplitude Lens Technology and Paraline, to deliver those same advantages in the high SPL environments typical of sports stadiums.

Kinesys has Busy & Successful First Prolight+Sound Exhibition

28/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - UK automation specialist Kinesys reports a busy and successful first Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

LightGeist Launches into Success at Prolight + Sound

28/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - The launch of LightGeist’s brand new product range, the LightStick, the Badger and the Splodger, proved an unmitigated success at the recent Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt. Exhibiting for the first time, the LightGeist team was delighted with the impact the new products had on visitors and the instant response they generated.

Prolyte Group at PALME Middle East 2014

28/03/2014 - Event News

Dubai - Leading trussing and staging manufacturer Prolyte Group is once again teaming up with UAE sales and service partner Unusual Rigging & Engineering for the annual PALME Middle East exhibition in Dubai.

Ayrton Launches NandoBeamS6 and the Radical Series

28/03/2014 - Equipment News

Ayrton astonished and delighted visitors to Prolight+Sound with the launch of several major new products: NandoBeamS6 and Ayrton’s new range of lighting fixtures, the Radical Series (R Series).

Pulsar Sponsors Groundbreaking Royal Academy Exhibition Sensing Spaces

28/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Pulsar Light of Cambridge Ltd (Pulsar) are proud to be sponsoring the latest Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition Sensing Spaces – a show drawing together specially commissioned work to give a new perspective on architecture through structure, texture, scent, light and colour from some of the most creative architects and practices. Approached by the lead exhibition and lighting designer Shizuka Hariu / SHSH Architecture + Scenography, Pulsar successfully met the technical and visual demands of a high profile lighting installation within the exhibition, and from that success was asked to provide LED lighting for an additional installation as well.

High-def Elation LED Backdrop Sets the Scene at Abundant Living Faith Center

28/03/2014 - Project News

USA - The Abundant Living Faith Center (ALFC) in El Paso, Texas, is a nondenominational, multicultural church with a large congregation of 20,000+ members and a spacious 3,620-seat main auditorium. The ministry sought to improve the quality of the auditorium stage’s visual backdrop and recently installed a large high-definition LED video wall by Elation Professional.

Robert Juliat Dazzles at Prolight + Sound 2014

28/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Robert Juliat experienced a hugely successful show at Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt with a constant stream of visitors keeping the stand exceptionally busy over the four days.

ETC Source4 Lustr+ and LED Cyc perfect for The Courtyard Theatre

28/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Stage Electrics have supplied a selection of the new ETC Source 4 LED Lustr+ profiles and LED Cyc’s to the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford.

DiGiCo gets broadcast specific at NAB 2014

28/03/2014 - Event News

USA - Last year’s NAB saw DiGiCo make a splash with its new SD9B console. This year, the British digital console manufacturer will be announcing a number of new features and demonstrating broadcast specific versions of its entire SD range, including the flagship SD7B and ultra compact SD11B, alongside US distributor Group One Ltd on booth C1344 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

grandMA2, Robin Haddow and Ellie Goulding: A Meeting of Minds

28/03/2014 - Production News

UK - His first time working as a video director, lighting man Robin Haddow has always been the inventive type, yet has set himself some high hurdles in the way he manages the Ellie Goulding show for designer Cate Carter.

Robe Hits It Hardwell in Sao Paulo

27/03/2014 - Production News

Brazil - The world’s number one DJ Hardwell recently took his acclaimed ‘I Am Hardwell’ show to Brazil playing the 8,000 capacity Espaço das Américas in Sao Paulo where lighting rental company Apple Produçoes supplied over 100 Robe moving lights for a design by Dutch LD Andre Beekmans of The Art of Light. Lighting for the show which is produced by Alda Events was operated by Tom Spaan from The Art of Light.

HES Announces Partnership with Creative Stage Lighting

27/03/2014 - Business News

USA - High End Systems has entered into a distribution agreement with Creative Stage Lighting whereby Creative Stage Lighting is now the USA wholesale distributor of the entire High End Systems product line.

XL Supplies New Radiant MC-18 Hybrid for Kings of Leon Tour

27/03/2014 - Production News

USA - XL Video’s new Radiant MC-18 Hybrid LED screen is on the road for the first time in the US with the Kings of Leon on their ‘Mechanical Bull’ tour, where it was specified by production designer, Paul Normandale.

CAST Software’s wysiwyg allows Pinnacle to scale new heights with Rudimental

27/03/2014 - Production News

Canada – The lighting and stage design for BRIT Award-winning band Rudimental’s recent tour may have been deliberately ‘old school’, but there was nothing old-fashioned about the technology used to create it. Award-winning LD, Jonny Gaskell of Brighton, UK-based Pinnacle Event Productions used R32, the latest version of CAST Software’s wysiwyg previsualization software suite, to give his creativity maximum bandwidth and ensure that what was programmed in theory was deliverable in reality.

Falmouth University Degree Shows 2014

27/03/2014 - Event News

UK - Spread over multiple sites in the South West and London, the Falmouth University Degree Shows 2014 promise an opportunity to preview the finest emerging creative talent. Taking place from May 12 – July 23, it’s a chance to discover tomorrow’s leading practitioners in art, design, media, performance and writing.

Hawthorn Supply New Lighting and Dimming for De Montfort Hall

27/03/2014 - Project News

UK - De Montfort Hall in Leicester, which plays host to concerts, stage productions and many other events, has recently received a comprehensive lighting upgrade courtesy of its local technical supplier, Hawthorn.

Harman’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console Wins Inaugural PIPA Award

27/03/2014 - Event News

Denmark - Underscoring Harman Martin Professional’s position as a leading provider of dynamic lighting solutions for entertainment production, the Martin M6 lighting console was awarded the first ever Prolight+Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for Best Lighting Controller.

More Free Educational at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014

27/03/2014 - Event News

UK - New sessions have been added to the Professional Development Programme taking place at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014, at the Royal Armouries at Clarence Dock, only a short distance from the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April 2014.

Elation Launches Lumina Matrix Warm-White LED Wash/Blinder

27/03/2014 - Equipment News

The Netherlands - Elation Professional has announced the launch of the Lumina Matrix, a warm-white LED wash/blinder. Ideal for stage lighting applications where an even wash of warm light or pixel-controllable blinder is required, the Lumina Matrix mimics the warm look of tungsten halogen.

Robe Gets its Rizzle Kicks on Tour

27/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Speed was at the essence of the all-Robe moving light rig specified by lighting designer Paul "Smiffy" Smith for the latest UK tour by lively hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks, with kit supplied by High Wycombe based rental company, Siyan, project managed by Tom Grant.

Skydeck Installation at the Park Theatre

27/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Hall Stage designed, manufactured and installed the SkyDeck grid system at the Park Theatre, a new theatre opened in May 2013 at Finsbury Park, London.

Dry Hire Lighting and Indu-Electric Launch Indu72+ Touring Distro

27/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK – Shown at Prolight+Sound at Frankfurt, Indu72+ is the latest addition to Dry Hire Lighting’s substantial hire stock of Indu distribution and the first order of eight of the new units will be available for hire from the end of April.

German dry hire specialist Motion receives award for the purchase of 1000th SGM P-5 wash light

26/03/2014 - Business News

Frankfurt - At this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt, Hans Günter Dünkel from Motion in Fürth, received a special award to commemorate the purchase of their 1000th SGM P-5 wash light.

AC-ET Supplies RCF HDL Line Array System to The Forum, Cumbria

26/03/2014 - Project News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd's Audio division has supplied a versatile RCF HDL line array sound system to cater for the diverse programme of events at Cumbria’s popular theatre and arts venue, The Forum.

Gerriets New Acoustic Range at Prolight + Sound

26/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Prolight + sound 2014 saw Gerriets introduce its new acoustic range of products, the first offering from the newly created Gerriets Acoustic Department.

Le Maitre G300 Celebrates 20 Years as Leading Smoke and Haze Machine

26/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Le Maitre is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its renowned G300 Smoke Machine – an industry standard around the globe which has been widely adopted by theme parks, theatres, cruise ships and the emergency services for breathing apparatus training.

Robe for Olympic Park Sochi in Prague

26/03/2014 - Project News

Czech Republic - A section of Prague’s beautiful hilltop Letná Park area was transformed into an exciting and fun Olympic Park environment for the duration of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, complete with a lighting installation in key areas by Prague based technical production company AV Media, which included over 100 Robe moving lights.

The Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 is number ‘O1NE’ for Abu Dhabi’s latest ‘superclub’

26/03/2014 - Project News

UAE - The feature rich Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s are providing a large part of the top-end lighting solution for Abu Dhabi’s latest nightclub ‘O1NE’.

Clay Paky Sharpys Power Interactive Lightscapes for U2 ad at Superbowl

26/03/2014 - Production News

USA - Interactive light technology group, Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF), harnessed the sharp, high output features of 185 Clay Paky Sharpys to create a hard-hitting, high-impact real-time lightscape for U2’s latest music video, which launched the band’s new single ‘Invisible’ on 4th February.

"Weapon of choice": grandMA2 tours the globe with OneRepublic

26/03/2014 - Production News

UK - OneRepublic’s headlining "Native Tour" wraps in the UK after spending last year circling the globe. The tour was programmed and operated from a grandMA2 light platform. The American pop rock band toured Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand last year in support of its third studio album, "Native." OneRepublic’s tour has continued in 2014 with more dates in Europe and the UK.

ARC-Productions are first Belgian Company to Back MLA Platform

26/03/2014 - Production News

Belgium - Belgian pro audio and lighting specialists, ARC-Productions, have confirmed the purchase of 16-enclosure Martin Audio MLA Compact and Mini PA rigs — the first company in Belgium to do so.

SGM X-5s Put the Bang into Miley’s Bangerz

26/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Rob Sinclair has incorporated 87 of SGM’s new X-5 LED strobes into the set for the current Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour, which visits Europe in a few months’ time — and he has been relishing the experience of working with them.

Martin Audio AQ’s are both Potent and Discreet on London’s South Bank

26/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Part of London famous Southbank cultural complex, Topolski Bar & Café — situated in the arches under the Hungerford Bridge, which carries pedestrians across the Thames — has undergone a complete refit, including a new Martin Audio AQ loudspeaker system.

Community Completes New Loudspeaker Test Facility

26/03/2014 - Business News

USA - In keeping with its commitment to accurate and complete loudspeaker technical data, Community has opened a new, state-of-the-art indoor test facility at its factory in Chester, Pennsylvania USA. Designed by Charlie Hughes of Excelsior Audio and operated by Senior Measurement Technician, Hadi Sumoro, the new test facility enables loudspeaker measurements with unprecedented accuracy and precision.

Painting With Light Designs Lighting Scheme for Plopsa Theatre

26/03/2014 - Project News

Belgium - Genk, Belgium based creative lighting practice Painting With Light (PWL) has designed a complete bespoke interior, exterior, foyer and house lighting scheme and control for the brand new 1400 seater luxury Plopsa Theatre, located at the Plopsaland de Panne theme park and business centre in West-Flanders, Belgium.

Midas PRO1 Rocks the Tudor House

26/03/2014 - Project News

UK - The Midas PRO1 Digital Mixing Console is the board of choice for Russ Miller and the Tudor House, a popular hotel, pub and performance venue located in Wigan, UK. Technical manager Russ "the sound guy" Miller, who has worked with such notable acts as Sugarman, Lacuna Coil, Pop Will Eat Itself, and Curtis Stigers, specified the PRO1 after using it on multiple tours and high-profile music festivals.

Allen & Heath Stream Live from SXSW

25/03/2014 - Production News

USA - At this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival held in Austin, TX, USA, Allen & Heath digital consoles were used to stream the experience live to millions of fans around the world. One of the world's largest music conferences with 100+ music venues, Allen & Heath mixers managed the Festival’s British Music Embassy, sponsored by the UK Trade and Investment Corporation, where over 40 UK bands played sets over a five-day run, and BBC Radio streamed live to the UK for the first time, and the Dell Computer Fader Fort.

The Theatres Trust Conference 14 Early Bird delegate Discount Closes Friday

25/03/2014 - Event News

UK - Take advantage now of the discounted delegate rate for The Theatres Trust’s Conference 14: Community Theatres which closes on Friday 28.

JFS and Artistic Licence Light-Up Sintra’s Castelo dos Mouros

25/03/2014 - Project News

Portugal - Portugese company, JFS, recently enlisted the help of lighting control expert, Artistic Licence, to illuminate the spectacular Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors) at the Sintra UNESCO World Heritage site. The Castelo – a commanding cliff-top structure built by the Moors in the 8-9th Century – was given a dramatic after-dark presence through the use of feature lighting to pick out the contours of its fortified perimeter walls. 

Meyer Sound Announces its Most Powerful Cinema Surround Loudspeaker to Date

25/03/2014 - Equipment News

USA - Meyer Sound has announced the new self-powered HMS-15 surround loudspeaker, which will debut during CinemaCon 2014 in Las Vegas, March 25-27. Easily the most powerful in the company’s expanding line of surround loudspeakers, the HMS-15 delivers both the intensity and subtle nuances of soundtracks to every listener, without compromise.

La Scala with Meeting Project

25/03/2014 - Production News

The bride of the Zar, directed by Dmitri Rcherniakov, has developed different narrative plots on Teatro alla Scala’s stage. Beside the music masterfully conducted by Daniel Barenboim and the ability of the singers, another protagonist of this opera layout has been for sure the use of technology.

Ayrton Launches IntelliPixR at Prolight + Sound 2014

25/03/2014 - Equipment News

Ayrton chose Prolight+Sound as the forum to launch three new products as it continues its mission to develop fixtures that provide lighting designers with unique products to expand the possibilities of Light in Action. The last in this trio of new exciting new launches is IntelliPixR which was exhibited on the Ayrton stand.

3D Cinema for Coventry Campus

25/03/2014 - Project News

UK - The Square One venue at Coventry University is a versatile multi-function space located on the ground floor of ‘The Hub’ in Coventry city centre. The building is an ideal central meeting place and a venue for sporting events, concerts, dinners, exhibitions and conferences. During the evenings, it also doubles as the university’s very own nightclub venue and now, thanks to Saville Audio Visual, a state-of-the-art 3D digital cinema facility has been added.

Harman’s Martin Professional Announces Leading Technologies as Exclusive Distributor for Italy

25/03/2014 - Business News

Italy – Harman’s Martin Professional has appointed Leading Technologies as the exclusive distributor of Martin products in Italy. Leading Technologies has been working with Harman since 1995 and this partnership will serve to enhance the sales, distribution and support of Martin Professional lighting solutions in the Italian market.

Music Legends Honored Under Bandit Lights

25/03/2014 - Production News

USA - It may have been a bitterly cold winter night in the South, but inside Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium some of music’s greats gathered to perform and honor those being inducted into the Musician Hall of Fame. Bandit Lites and Mark Carver worked to illuminate the evening hosted by Chip Esten of ABC’s Nashville.

RDS offers AAEON’s ultra-slim, multi-touch panel PC

25/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK – Slim enough for infotainment and retail use, Review Display Systems Ltd (RDS) offers the ACP-1073HTT-A1, a 7" fanless, multi-touch panel PC from AAEON. The ultra-slim panel chassis measures 20mm deep and the LCD measures just 13mm deep for integration into the most space-constrained panels.

City Theatrical at USITT 2014

25/03/2014 - Event News

USA - City Theatrical will be demonstrating some innovative technology at USITT in Fort Worth, TX on March 27–29, 2014 (Booth 909), including QolorFLEX Professional LED Light Tape, D Series LED Dimmers, and the SHoW Baby 5 wireless DMX transceiver.

Doughty raises the bar at Canterbury Christchurch University

25/03/2014 - Project News

UK - When theatre consultants Charcoalblue were enlisted by Canterbury Christchurch University to assist with the relocation of the performing arts teaching facilities from Folkestone to the Canterbury campus, the company brought Doughty Engineering on board to create a low cost, low weight and reliable system for overhead rigging in the campus’ Anselm Hall.

Robe Shows its Talent at the Viña del Mar Festival

25/03/2014 - Production News

Chile - The 55th edition of the world famous Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile was staged in the city of the same name in the Valparaíso region of Chile, with 48 of Robe’s ROBIN Pointes onstage at the Quinta Vergara’s amphitheatre.

Emto LED Screen for Manbar

24/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Manbar - London’s Sexiest Gay venue - just got sexier with a new installation of Emto’s Mambo 8 LED screen by the Buckinghamshire UK based LED specialist.

ETC celebrates successful Prolight + Sound

24/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - ETC is celebrating after their most successful Prolight + Sound show ever. The staff on the stand – including people from ETC, their dealers and a number of freelancers – were kept very busy, helping hundreds of visitors wanting to catch up on the company’s latest innovations.

Robe for Rose Bruford Concert Lighting Project

24/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Robe teamed up with top lighting designer / director Dave ‘Bickie’ Lee to make the latest moving light technology available for ‘The Concert Lighting Project’, a practical module being taken by students on the BA (Hons) Lighting Design course at leading UK theatre and performance college, Rose Bruford.

Clay Paky at ProLight+Sound 2014 Highlights

24/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - "It was the most successful ProLight+Sound ever for Clay Paky." Pio Nahum, Clay Paky CCO, did not mince his words when he described the results the Italian company had achieved at the largest show for the industry in the world.

Harman’s Martin Professional Welcomes PS TEATR as New Distributor in Poland

24/03/2014 - Business News

Denmark - Harman’s Martin Professional has announced the appointment of PS TEATR as the new exclusive distributor for Poland. Established over 40 years ago, TEATR is the longest serving industry leader, specializing in some of the most complex project installations throughout Poland, whilst managing exclusive distribution for a portfolio of world class brands.

CCTV Installs QSC Active Line Array

24/03/2014 - Project News

Beijing - Chinese State Broadcaster CCTV has installed a QSC KLA Active Line Array system at its Beijing headquarters, in a 400-seat multi-purpose hall used for meetings, seminars, demonstrations, lectures, and live broadcasts. The installation comprises eight QSC KLA12 elements (four per stereo channel) and two KLA181 subwoofers, all finished in white to match the CCTV building's aesthetics.

All Access provide Rolling Stage for Jack Whitehall

24/03/2014 - Production News

Jack Whitehall has just completed his UK Arena tour with a 24’ round rolling stage provided by All Access Staging and Productions Ltd from their Woking office. The stage was complemented by a custom printed dance floor.

Harman Professional Names Prosound Distributor for Albania

24/03/2014 - Business News

Albania – Harman Professional has appointed Prosound of Tirana as distributor in Albania for its AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL Professional, Lexicon and Soundcraft product lines. As Prosound is also the existing Albanian distributor for Martin Professional lighting, the company is positioned to address all the key vertical markets where Harman Professional is active in the country.

Three towers: a d&b trilogy at PL+S

24/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Had you accepted the quest, ProLight + Sound proved once again to be worth the adventure, especially if you like a good trilogy. New products from d&b audiotechnik featured prominently, most significantly: the D80 amplifier.

The Clay Paky B-EYE scores a triple crown at the 2014 PIPA Awards

24/03/2014 - Event News

Germany – The Clay Paky A.Leda B-EYE has received the "best lighting product" award at the first ever PIPA Light & Sound Press Awards. These prestigious awards are conferred exclusively by professionals from the international specialist press (over a hundred including magazines and websites). The PIPA Awards were founded this year to celebrate 15 years of MIPA Awards, the annual music industry prizes awarded during the most important trade fair for the musical instrument industry, Musikmesse, which takes place every year at the same time as Prolight+Sound.

Yamaha Enjoys an Award-Winning ProLight+Sound 2014

24/03/2014 - Event News

Yamaha Commercial Audio enjoyed a hugely successful 2014 ProLight+Sound - not only launching the new QL series digital mixing consoles to a huge gathering of expectant media and dealers, but the company also winning one of the event’s debut PIPA awards.

A State of Trance 650: grandMA2 discovers new horizons

24/03/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - A State Of Trance (also known as ASOT) is the title of a weekly radio show hosted by prominent trance DJ and producer Armin van Buuren. The success of the show has also spawned several live dance events around the world. The show is celebrated live each year in different locations around the globe with a line-up of the most exciting trance artists, and recently took place at Utrecht in the Netherlands. This year the show (A State of Trance 650 – New Horizons) will be staged in eight more cities ranging from Moscow to Buenos Aires.

Pasquale Quadri, founder and chairman of Clay Paky, receives 2014 MIPA/PIPA Lifetime Achievement Award

21/03/2014 - People News

Germany - Pasquale Quadri, founder and chairman of Bergamo-based Clay Paky SpA, received the prestigious lifetime achievement prize at the MIPA/PIPA awards held in Frankfurt during Musikmesse, the most important international exhibition of musical instruments and professional sound equipment for the entertainment industry. The ceremony took place on 13 March 2014 and the winner was chosen by an overwhelming majority of the jury, which consisted of journalists from all around the world, representing more than a hundred industry journals.

EM Acoustics strengthens UK dealer network with The Warehouse

21/03/2014 - Business News

UK - Successful Scotland-based pro audio specialists, The Warehouse, have become the latest members of EM Acoustics’ growing UK dealer network. With offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, The Warehouse offers high quality services in sales, rental and operation of pro audio equipment, and has been doing so for the last 35 years. The company will be supplying the full EM Acoustics product range including the Halo Compact line array system, and has already taken delivery of their first items of demo stock.

Rodney Atkins Tours with Bandit Lites

21/03/2014 - Production News

USA - Country star Rodney Atkins is on the road bringing his rocking country sound to venues across the United States. Bandit Lites is providing the lighting package to the ACM award winner.

GLD-80 Installed in Michigan Church

21/03/2014 - Project News

USA - Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Michigan, has installed an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer along with an AR84 and AR2412 audio I/O racks, to manage FOH and monitors.

Avolites Media Sapphire Media Controller Wins Prolight + Sound 'PIPA' Award

21/03/2014 - Event News

Germany - Avolites Media's intuitive, live, hands-on Sapphire Media Controller show control surface has won the first ever Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for Best Video/Projection Control.

PR Lighting Provides High Impact with High Economy at Prolight+Sound

21/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - PR Lighting provided a powerful inventory of new products, as well as support personnel, for this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Germany, occupying a self-contained wing of the giant stand operated by their German distributor Focon Showtechnic.

Out Board’s TiMax at USITT Soundlab

21/03/2014 - Event News

USA - For the USITT 2014 Stage Expo and SoundLab, 1602Group TiMax will provide visitors with hands-on demo and workshop access to the TiMax2 SoundHub system matrix, sound-effects playback server and audio showcontroller. Alongside the market-leading TiMax Tracker UWB performer tracking system, visitors will experience real-time delay-matrixed localisation of presenters’ radio-mics or effects as they move around a defined performance area.

NEP Screenworks Unveils Innovative New X7-HD LED Display

21/03/2014 - Equipment News

USA - NEP Screenworks has announced the release of the company's innovative new X7-HD LED display solution, a custom-designed and purpose-built video display that provides exceptional visual quality while offering unprecedented portability and enabling exceptionally fast setup and teardown. The modular solution created by NEP Screenworks comprises rugged 1-square-metre LED display panels that can be quickly arranged in almost any configuration to meet the visual display requirements of any indoor or outdoor event.

PR Lighting Reports Major GETShow Success

21/03/2014 - Event News

China - PR Lighting has reported an outstanding response to its latest products from visitors attending the recent GETShow 2014 in Guangzhou. Held at the Poly World Trade Expo Center by Industry Association of South China Entertainment Equipment (SCEE) it was the fourth time this burgeoning entertainment technology show has taken place.

Adlib Burns for Ellie Goulding

21/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Liverpool based Adlib supplied an L-Acoustics K1 / KARA sound system – plus some of their new K2 as side hangs at London’s O2 Arena - for BRIT Award winning Ellie Goulding on her recent high profile UK arena tour, working with engineers Joe Harling (FOH) and James Neale (Monitors) and production manager Rebecca Travis.

RML and Goodness Gracious Me

21/03/2014 - Production News

UK - This year is a year of celebrations! Not only are Richard Martin Lighting (RML) celebrating 30 years in the Industry, BBC Two are also celebrating 50 years of comedy! The channel has aired some of the most iconic comedy shows of recent years, including Goodness Gracious Me, the British Asian hit show, which has been revived for a one-off special.

DPA Appoints OKNO-Audio as its Distribution Partner in Russia

21/03/2014 - Business News

Denmark - DPA Microphones has appointed OKNO-Audio as its new distributor in Russia, with responsibility for its entire product range including the award-winning d:facto vocal microphone, the recently introduced modular active booms from the d:dicate rRecording microphone and d:fine 66 and 88 miniature headset microphones.

B-EYE gets the Brand New MTV experience

21/03/2014 - Production News

"Standing still is never an option in this game." So declares veteran lighting designer Peter Barnes (pictured) whose CV is summed up by his moniker as ‘the UK’s guru of pop lighting’. "One of the most challenging and daunting aspects of lighting events is the pace of change and how quickly technology in our industry continually develops and evolves. So the opportunity from Ambersphere to try out the newest toy from Clay Paky was not one I was about to turn down."

Drake Tours Europe with PRG

21/03/2014 - Production News

New York and London - Touring in support of his critically acclaimed album, Nothing Was The Same, Drake has taken his Would you like a Tour? to Europe after the well-received North American leg. Since the beginning of the tour in the US last October, lighting designer Guy Pavelo and production manager Chris Reynolds have relied on Production Resource Group (PRG) for the lighting and rigging solutions on the beautifully designed tour.

Philips Entertainment Celebrates Prolight + Sound Multiple Product Launch Successes

21/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Following the incredibly positive reactions to new product launches from all four of its premier brands - Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite - Philips Entertainment is celebrating its most successful Prolight + Sound to date.

Robe Latest Technology for Versuz

21/03/2014 - Project News

Belgium - Versuz in Hasselt, Belgium is one of the best known club phenomenas in Benelux, regularly attracting a devoted crowd of dance music enthusiasts from Belgium, The Netherlands and many regulars who think nothing of travelling from France and Germany to catch the superlative vibes and fantastic grooves courtesy of resident DJ Laurent Wery and a selection of special guests.

JustLite Spec Chauvet Professional Legend 230SR Beam for Other Voices

21/03/2014 - Production News

Dublin – JustLite has recently supplied 19 Chauvet Professional Legend 230SR Beam fixtures for one of Ireland’s most unique music events — Other Voices — which is transmitted globally online and as a television series. The lighting set was designed by Liam McCarthy and he positioned the beams as the central focus of the stage, in the Glassworks venue on the Derry leg of main shooting schedule of the show.

Rogue from Chauvet Professional Makes Impressive Debut at Prolight + Sound

20/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt — Visitors to Prolight + Sound speak many different languages, but at the Chauvet Professional stand there was one often-heard word that was instantly recognizable to everyone – WOW! That simple three-letter word accurately describes the reaction that visitors from every corner of the world had to the company’s new Rogue series of moving head fixtures.

Prince Chooses the Midas Touch for UK Concerts

20/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Two Midas PRO6 digital mixing consoles were recently employed to mix the first in a series of "secret" performances by multi-platinum recording artist Prince, at the legendary Electric Ballroom in Camden, London. The PRO6 consoles were supplied by LMC Audio Systems Ltd., and operated by the well-established production company – DB Audio.

Saville Sets the Stage for RTS Awards

20/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Saville Audio Visual provided the complete audio visual facilities for the Royal Television Society’s North East awards night at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead - for the 27th consecutive year.

Netherlands Live Music Venue 013 Chooses Adamson Systems

20/03/2014 - Project News

The Netherlands - Adamson Systems has announced that 013, the largest live music venue in the Netherlands, has decided to upgrade their main hall (the Jupiler Hall) with a complete Adamson sound reinforcement system.

Yamaha CIS Series is the UBN One To Beat

20/03/2014 - Project News

Denmark - The former Kino cinema in Odense has recently begun a new lease of life as the Danish city’s latest and most modern cafe, bar and nightclub. Whether its quiet background music during the week or loud party tunes at weekends, a Yamaha CIS series system serves up the perfect taste in sound.

Yamaha Rocks Around The Clock Tower

20/03/2014 - Project News

Italy - Yamaha’s CIS series installation products are increasingly being adopted across Europe in projects where the requirements of excellent sound quality and reliability are allied with the need for very flexible systems. One new installation with a truly international flavour is in Treviglio, northern Italy, where an Irish pub and live music venue is benefitting from superior CIS sound.

Pulsar Launch LumaRange

20/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - A brand new series of intelligent white LED Lighting fixtures, the new Pulsar LumaRange combines a quality of light second to none and Pulsar’s high grade build quality.

Optocore and partners steal the show with three-way comms network at Prolight+Sound

20/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Following the development of new software, enabling Optocore devices to be connected directly to the Optocore-DiGiCo fibre loop, the German specialists created an ambitious network at this month’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound which threatened to steal the show.

GLP Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Style and Swagger

20/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - GLP (German Light Products) celebrated a landmark birthday at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt, when Udo Künzler, who founded the company in 1994, invited the massed ranks of international press and distributors to raise a glass and toast the company’s first 20 years.

Robe for Rudimental

20/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Jonny Gaskell chose Robe moving lights to be right at the centre of his design for the latest UK leg of BRIT Award winning band Rudimental’s ongoing tour.

Avolites Expert Pro and Avolites Media Ai Drive 'R&B Superstars' Wild at London's Wembley Arena

20/03/2014 - Production News

UK - This February saw Avolites technology at the heart of The Show: R&B Superstars Valentine's Special: a night of performances by a nostalgic line-up of 90s R&B legends at Wembley Arena in London.

Elation Satura Spot LED On the Road with Travis Tritt

20/03/2014 - Production News

USA - Derek Parker has handled lighting design for country music singer Travis Tritt for seven years and after years of using discharge spot fixtures on a steady regimen of shows, now enjoys the benefits that the 300W Satura Spot LED Pro moving head from Elation Professional brings.

Behringer X32 Takes Dual "Best Mixing Console" Awards

19/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - The Behringer X32 and X32 Core Digital Mixers have taken top honours from the readers of German music magazines Tastenwelt and Soundcheck at this year’s Musikmesse. The presentations took place at a special invitation-only event Wednesday hosted by powerhouse publisher PPV MEDIEN. New to the Behringer X32 family, the X32 Core took the Soundcheck "Reader’s Choice" top prize in the mixer category.

XL Video Enjoys Halcyon Days with Ellie Goulding

19/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting and visuals designer Cate Carter and Pablo Beckett of Bryte Design expanded their innovative, eye-catching video set design concept for Ellie Goulding’s recent UK arena tour, in the process utilizing three of XL Video’s newest LED products - Radiant MC-18 Hybrid, Radiant MC-7T and Radiant MC-18T - plus their popular Pixled F-12 screen. XL Video also supplied cameras, a Catalyst media server for playback and PPU and crew. The account is being project managed by XL’s Phil Mercer.

RF Venue Introduces RF Optix

19/03/2014 - Equipment News

USA - Wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Optix RF to fiber optic conversion system, a powerful new tool for mainstream wireless microphone users that expands the possibilities of antenna distribution and wireless audio design.

High-power Arena PAR Zoom from Elation Now Shipping

19/03/2014 - Equipment News

The Netherlands - The Arena PAR Zoom from Elation Professional is an RGBW PAR wash light with motorized zoom that is powerful enough to be used on large stage applications of all types. Featuring a bright and well-defined beam, the Arena PAR Zoom houses 19 x 10W RGBW LEDs for a broad selection of saturated color options including a genuine white.

Outstanding Prolight + Sound for Elation Includes World Premiere Product Previews

19/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Elation Professional enjoyed an outstanding Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt with a bustling stand that was on the go from start to finish thanks to a broad lineup of attractive products that included a few surprise world premiere preview products, as well as an exhilarating light show that attracted throngs with every showing.

Avolites Hosts Free Weekly Training Webinars

19/03/2014 - Event News

USA - In an effort to provide the very best product support to its current clients and potential customers, Avolites announces its continuing series of free weekly online training sessions. Hosted from the manufacturer's worldwide headquarters in London, several one-hour GoToMeeting webinars each Thursday cover various topics related to Avolites and Avolites Media products.

Inter-American Development Bank Shares Culture with L-Acoustics

19/03/2014 - Project News

USA - Headquartered in the heart of the nation's capital, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Latin America and Caribbean countries by providing much needed loans, grants, technical assistance and research. In 2005, when the organization first opened the IDB Conference Center at 1330 New York Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., its 500-seat Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium was slated to host films, seminars, lectures, and town hall meetings, so the original PA system was primarily designed to accommodate spoken word and cinema playback.

Vivitek Introduces New High Brightness Projectors

19/03/2014 - Equipment News

The Netherlands - Vivitek, a leading high-end specialist of video and presentation products has introduced three, high brightness, multimedia digital projectors, which are ideal for large meeting rooms and other corporate applications. Each projector in the D96x Series delivers an amazing level of image quality, combined with a range of features designed to meet any integration or presentation challenge.

POLARaudio Launches New Website

19/03/2014 - Business News

UK - POLARaudio has launched a brand new website in keeping with its recent expansion. Having secured distribution for more major brands such as Mackie and Ampeg to complement existing giants like beyerdynamic and Biamp, this timely move reflects POLARaudio's determination to move forward on every front with the emphasis on quality.

RML Help to Celebrate Science

19/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Richard Martin Lighting (RML) is about to celebrate 30 years in the Industry, an achievement the company is certainly proud of. Part of the key to this success has been to evolve alongside changes in the Industry and building relationships with other rental houses and their staff.

Electrosonic Helps English Heritage Unfold the Legend of Stonehenge

19/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Since its opening on December 18, 2013, the new Stonehenge exhibition and visitor centre has welcomed over 50,000 visitors. The centre makes dramatic use of high resolution projection technology to help visitors learn about one of the world’s most important prehistoric monuments. Electrosonic was responsible for the audio-visual systems design and integration.

Clearwing Takes KARA and KIVA to the Streets of New York City

19/03/2014 - Production News

New York City - Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee reports that it was hired by the National Football League for three Super Bowl venues, all of which it supported with a full complement of L-Acoustics loudspeakers.

Get your HOG on at LIPA!

19/03/2014 - Event News

AED Distribution UK and LIPA are joining forces to hold a HOG4 Test Drive on Thursday April 10. The HOG4 Test Drive format that proved so successful during 2013 at The Theatres Trust Covent Garden will be held at LIPA, which was co-founded in 1996 by Sir Paul McCartney. LIPA is an acknowledged part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside institutions a lot older. LIPA provides learning for the main skills needed for putting on a show (performers and those who make performance possible), uniquely blending specialist and generic skills.

DiGiCo Takes the Ice for 2014 NHL Winter Classic, Stadium Series and Heritage Classic

19/03/2014 - Production News

USA - This year, for the first time, the National Hockey League (NHL) programmed four regular season games into outdoor venues in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, scheduling the 2014 NHL Stadium Series between the previously established NHL Winter Classic and NHL Heritage Classic series of outdoor games. Tasked with mixing the live musical entertainment at the games in all three NHL series for broadcast on the NBC networks, Ron Reaves called on production provider Clair Nashville to supply a DiGiCo SD10 digital audio mixing console with two SD-Racks.

Robe Enjoys Another Phenomenal Prolight+Sound Frankfurt

18/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Robe once again enjoyed a massively busy and successful Prolight+Sound exhibition at the Messe in Frankfurt … launching a selection of new innovations and presenting another eye-catching lightshow on the booth in Hall 11, which attracted huge numbers of visitors to the stand and created a buzz which resonated throughout the entire trade show.

Chroma-Q Inspire LED House Lights Provide ‘Immersive’ Environment for Celebration Church

18/03/2014 - Project News

USA - Jacksonville, Florida’s Celebration Church - one of the nation's fastest growing churches - is utilising over 100 Chroma-Q Inspire premium performance, color-changing LED house lights to provide an 'immersive' environment during its worship services.

Backstage Academy reports global demand for training at Prolight + Sound

18/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Backstage Academy, who claim to be the first training institution to exhibit at Frankfurt’s Prolight+Sound exhibition, says a lack of industry training provision in countries outside of the UK – and particularly outside of Europe – has resulted in a number of enquiries for overseas courses.

HSL Levels With Avicii

18/03/2014 - Production News

UK - HSL supplied lighting equipment and crew to the recent Avicii tour, once again working with tour director Curly Jobson and production manager Robin Scott following a successful collaboration for the Swedish House Mafia.

Charcoalblue helps transform Liverpool's Everyman Theatre

18/03/2014 - Project News

UK - Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, whose acting alumni includes Pete Postlethwaite and Julie Walters, has undergone a complete structural and artistic renovation thanks to the Everyman creative team, architects Haworth Tompkins and theatre consultants Charcoalblue.

Avolites Media Ai Infinity EX Powers 400m LED Strips on Channel 4's 'The Jump'

18/03/2014 - Production News

Austria - Channel 4's popular celebrity winter sports series The Jump wowed audiences during February with ski jumps lined with 400 metres of IntelliFLEX LED systems, controlled by Avolites Media's industry-leading Ai Server Infinity EX Series.

Brighter and more beautiful: ETC launches new LED luminaires

18/03/2014 - Equipment News

Frankfurt - ETC is expanding its LED family, with the introduction of two new products: the Source Four LED Series 2, a powerful spotlight with the most expansive colour spectrum possible from an LED luminaire; and the Source Four Mini LED, an ultra-energy-efficient variation of ETC’s tiniest fixture. Both were seen for the first time in public at the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt.

Tetractys – The Art of Fugue

18/03/2014 - Production News

UK - This February, the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, introduced, for the first time into its theatre, a Hippotizer Rackoon, the new six-layered HD Rackmount, to provide video control on a Royal Ballet production. With video production by Florian Baeumler, programmer, the Rackoon was chosen for its wide range of capabilities with PixelMapper and ease of use in a 1U Rackmount.

DuraTruss Coupler Series and Dura Stage Platforms

18/03/2014 - Equipment News

DuraTruss products are durable and safe and in order to back that claim and give users of the Coupler Series even more confidence, DuraTruss asked the TÜV, the global technical, safety, and certification consultants, to check the series for loading and safety. The new TÜV-approved Coupler Series includes 24 different coupler types with loading ranges from 50 to 500kg and in different shapes and colours.

DuraTruss Joins PLASA

18/03/2014 - Business News

DuraTruss has joined PLASA under the leadership of its new sales and marketing manager Karsten Steinbach (pictured), who recently joined the company’s management.

ISCEx2014 Hits the Right Note

18/03/2014 - Event News

UK - Record numbers attended the ISCEx2014, the annual exhibition and seminar event for the ISCE (Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers), which proved a big hit at its new venue in Birmingham City Centre in early March.

Brainpower: Electro-Voice Presents ETX Powered Loudspeakers at Prolight+Sound 2014

18/03/2014 - Equipment News

Frankfurt - Launched in Europe at the Prolight+Sound, the new ETX Powered loudspeaker family builds upon the industry-leading innovation and 85-year heritage of Electro-Voice audio engineering to offer the most advanced professional portable powered loudspeakers available today.

Alcons USA goes big in Texas @ USITT 2014

18/03/2014 - Event News

USA - Alcons Audio USA is making a big impression in the theatre market and to show its continued support to this key demographic Alcons is increasing its involvement in the annual USITT conference taking place from March 26-29 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Icona Pop ‘Blown Away’ with Robe Cyclones

17/03/2014 - Production News

USA - Lighting designer Scott Warner is utilizing four of Robe’s new ROBIN Cyclones for the award-winning Swedish DJ duo, Icona Pop, while they perform as the opener for Miley Cyrus on the U.S. leg of her much anticipated “Bangerz” world tour.

S+H New Glux 3.9 mm Screen For Affinion Event

17/03/2014 - Production News

UK - S+H Technical Support’s new Glux 3.9 mm hi definition LED screen was recently used to great effect on an event at The Portsmouth Guildhall in the UK which was produced by Sounds Commercial for Affinion International – a global leader in customer engagement and loyalty solutions.

Harman’s Martin Professional Introduce New Lighting Solutions and Offers Daily RUSH Giveaway

17/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Harman’s Martin Professional introduced several new lighting solutions, both hardware and software, as well as a offered a daily giveaway of Martin’s popular RUSH line, at Prolight + Sound 2014.

Long Reach Riders Announce Sponsors

17/03/2014 - Event News

The Long Reach Long Riders have announced sponsors for their 11th annual charity motorcycle ride. Reprising their roles in the 2013 ride, Dana Taylor and the Short Reach Short Riders are sponsoring the LRLR T-shirts and Limelight Productions and Sapsis Rigging, Inc. are each sponsoring a chase car.

DPA Microphones Allow Juri Tori to Move Freely on Stage

17/03/2014 - Production News

Denmark - Slovenian accordionist Jure Tori is using DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones to bring extra energy and quality to the sound he is achieving on stage. The internationally acclaimed musician recently bought two d:vote microphones from DPA's Slovenian distributor, Sonus, and is now using them for all of his live performances.

Yamato Drummers Use DPA Microphones On European Tour

14/03/2014 - Production News

Denmark - Netherlands-based Sound Adventure has purchased a DPA d:vote 4099 Rock Touring Kit featuring 10 d:vote 4099 instrument microphones and accessories. The kit was immediately put to use by the Japanese drumming troupe, Yamato, for which Sound Adventure has been providing live audio services during its recent European tour.

PTB Lights New Backstage Artists Lounge at Barbican Concert Hall

14/03/2014 - Project News

Push The Button Ltd (PTB), the specialist electrical contractor for the entertainment industry, has recently completed the creation of a new backstage artists lounge for the internationally renowned Barbican Concert Hall in London.

Philips Vari-Lite Introduces VL4000 Spot Luminaires

14/03/2014 - Equipment News

Dallas, Texas – Philips Vari-Lite has introduced the new VL4000 Spot and VL4000GT Spot luminaires. As the next generation of Vari-Lite luminaires designed specifically to provide designers, rental companies, venues and productions with unlimited possibilities without compromises, the 1200W VL4000 Spot and the 1500W VL4000GT Spot are complete with low ambient noise, high lumen output, and amazing optics.

Ava Wins Darcey Bussell Signed Copy of Dance Gazette in Harlequin Competition

14/03/2014 - Event News

Young Somerset-based dancer, Ava, is the winner of Harlequin Floor’s Move It related Facebook competition.

Passion 2014 Shines a Light into Darkness with Bandit

14/03/2014 - Production News

Atlanta, Georgia – More than 20,000 university students gathered at the Phillips Arena the weekend of January 17 for worship and teaching at The Passion 2014 Atlanta Conference. This was the first of two gatherings in North America with the other being held on February 14-15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.

Announcing the Launch of PLASA Focus: Baltimore

14/03/2014 - Event News

New York – Free registration is open now for PLASA Focus: Baltimore 2014. This will be the first PLASA Focus event to take place in the mid-Atlantic region, taking place on Thursday May 8 and Friday May 9, 2014 at the Reitz Arena, Loyola University, Maryland.

Harman’s Martin Professional Expands RUSH Line Introducing Two New LED Light Fixtures

14/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt, Germany — Harman’s Martin Professional has introduced the latest additions to its comprehensive RUSH by Martin line for club and DJ effects, the RUSH MH 5 Profile and RUSH DC 1 Aqua. Both fixtures combine advanced LED technology with the latest innovations in effects lighting to offer an affordable solution with unparalleled light output and reliability.

Shane Filan Tours with Flare Audio X5 Line Array

14/03/2014 - Production News

Former Westlife front man Shane Filan is currently out on his debut solo tour, complete with another first – a sizeable touring speaker system from Flare Audio. This is the first major tour to use Flare Audio’s X5 line array, configured with six X5As and four Q18 bass units aside, powered by Lab.gruppen PLM20000Q four channel DSP amplifiers. With industry veteran Steve Levitt at the production helm, Shane Filan is taking in 18 cities around the UK and Eire, finishing in the star’s home city of Dublin on 14th March.

ProPower RPD Power Distros Reach Major Milestone – Over 1,000 Systems Sold!

14/03/2014 - Equipment News

USA - TMB and AC Power Distribution have celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th ProPower Rack Panel Distribution (RPD) system. The latest ProPower RPD rack was handed over at a special ceremony at TMB’s global headquarters earlier this month.

In Tune with the Architecture at the Royal College of Music

13/03/2014 - Project News

The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s greatest conservatoires, training gifted musicians for international careers as performers, conductors and composers. The RCM’s buildings, facilities and location are the envy of the world, as much for their aesthetic beauty as for their location directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

Entec for the Bhangra Showdown

13/03/2014 - Production News

UK – West London based lighting and sound rental and production specialist Entec Sound & Light supplied a full production package for the 2014 Bhangra Showdown event staged at London’s legendary Hammersmith Apollo venue by Imperial College’s Punjabi Society.

Feel The RUSH with Harman’s Martin Professional At Prolight + Sound 2014

13/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt, Germany — At Prolight + Sound 2014, Harman’s Martin Professional hosts its annual RUSH event at the Gibson Club in Frankfurt on 13th March. In addition to a great night of fun, the venue will showcase the RUSH by Martin line, including Martin’s RUSH Multibeam 2, MH 4 Beam, and PAR 2 RGBW Zoom lighting fixtures.

New Ultra-Bright Platinum Lamps Systems to Take Centre Stage at this Year’s Prolight + Sound

13/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt, Germany – Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has launched two new compact lamp systems with unrivalled brightness to meet the demanding requirements of the touring entertainment industry at this year’s Prolight + Sound.

Harman’s Martin Professional Announces Winner of Annual Young Lighting Designer Contest

13/03/2014 - Event News

Aarhus, Denmark — Harman’s Martin Professional has announced Garou Blancan as the winner of its 2014 Professional Young Lighting Designer contest. Throughout the month of February, young amateur lighting designers from around the world competed for a chance to win by programming their ultimate show to a music track of their choice and submitting it the Martin Facebook page. Blancan will be presented as the winner during the 2014 Martin Professional Prolight + Sound Press Conference at 4 PM on Thursday, March 14 at the Martin Booth A93 (Hall 9.0).

J. R. Clancy Introduces the VARION Versatility Hoist

13/03/2014 - Event News

SYRACUSE, NY – In response to customer demand for a lightweight hoist that fits in a wide variety of spaces, JR Clancy plans to introduce its new VARION Versatility Hoist in booth 1301 at USITT, 26-29th March in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sennheiser Offers RF Training with Tour Supply

13/03/2014 - Standards News

Sennheiser UK has announced that the company is offering two two-hour entry level RF training sessions in conjunction with suppliers of professional equipment to the touring industry, Tour Supply.

PRG for the BRIT Awards 2014

13/03/2014 - Production News

UK – PRG worked with lighting designer Dave Davey and production managers Kate Wright and Lisa Shenton to supply the lighting for the spectacular BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 19th February. With a strong working relationship with both the LD and production, PRG provided a seamless lighting package for each stage of the event.

Allen & Heath Digital System Installed in Chinese Mobile Corporation

13/03/2014 - Project News

Allen & Heath’s iLive digital products were selected to be installed in the new office building of Hebei Mobile Communications Co., Ltd, in Shijiazhuang, China.

Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Front Line Published to Mark Company’s 50th Anniversary

13/03/2014 - Business News

Electrosonic celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the milestone the company is publishing “Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Front Line,” which celebrates five decades of achievements in the AV community.

Powersoft X Series Raises Power Amplification to a New Standard

13/03/2014 - Event News

Powersoft plans to change the landscape of the professional amplifier market once more with its new X Series, launched at ProLight + Sound.

PRG Adds Panasonic Projection to Live Events Roster

13/03/2014 - Production News

Panasonic has signed a partnership with PRG that will see the company’s market leading 3-Chip DLP projectors used on some of the world’s biggest events.

DiGiCo Expands its Options at Prolight+Sound 2014

13/03/2014 - Event News

UK-based digital solutions manufacturer DiGiCo has announced a further set of software upgrades on stand 8.0-G56 at Prolight+Sound 2014, which brings ultimate power to its range of SD consoles.

DiGiCo Announces New Optocore Software Implementation at Prolight+Sound 2014

13/03/2014 - Event News

DiGiCo has announced the release of a new version of Optocore for all optically enabled DiGiCo consoles. This new format will provide connectivity to X6R, DD2FR and DD4MR units, allowing Optocore devices to live on DiGiCo’s optical loop.

DiGiCo Squares Up for PL+S 2014 with new D2-Rack

13/03/2014 - Event News

Stand 8.0-F60 at ProLight+Sound 2014 sees leading digital solutions manufacturer DiGiCo exhibiting with new German distributor united-b, launching its new D2-Rack and announcing a number of new software features and an expansion of a third party development project. 

Putting on a Show at Prolight + Sound

12/03/2014 - Event News

The projector technology at the heart of the Roger Waters ‘The Wall Live’ tour will be displayed on the Panasonic booth at Prolight + Sound, at the Messe Frankfurt, from 12-15th March 2014.

Yamaha Launches New QL Series Digital Consoles At ProLight+Sound 2014

12/03/2014 - Event News

ProLight+Sound 2014 sees Yamaha launch a brand new range of digital mixing consoles, delivering all of the audio quality, processing power and flexibility of the acclaimed CL Series, but in a size and with local i/o facilities aimed at smaller scale productions.

Yamaha’s State Of The Art Solutions At ProLight+Sound 2014

12/03/2014 - Event News

While the launch of the QL series digital mixing consoles will be the headline event of Yamaha’s presence at ProLight+Sound 2014, there will many more of the company’s state of the art audio solutions on display at Frankfurt Messe.

The d&b ArrayCalc Simulation Software V7.6.11

12/03/2014 - Equipment News

The d&b ArrayCalc simulation software is the planning tool for d&b systems; a comprehensive toolbox for all tasks associated with electroacoustic design, performance prediction, alignment, safety parameters and rigging plots. In the decade since ArrayCalc was first established, many
significant improvements have been introduced, hosting numerous new features, ArrayCalc V7.6 is no exception. Amongst these, improved room data input to define listening planes in three dimensions, the xC-Series column loudspeakers, as well as the D80 amplifier along with export functions into the new d&b R1 Remote control software V2, downloadable at www.dbaudio.com

ETC on show at Prolight + Sound 2014

12/03/2014 - Event News

ETC is showing a range of new and updated products on its stand at Prolight + Sound 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.

XL Video at The BRIT Awards 2014 with MasterCard

12/03/2014 - Production News

The BRIT Awards 2014 with MasterCard – hailed as one of the liveliest and most compelling to date for content, production and visual presentation – featured a fresh and epic look at London’s O2 Arena with an eye-catching stage set designed by Peter Bingemann and XL Video once again supplying LED screens, projection and crew.

W-DMX Debuts Triple Band Technology

12/03/2014 - Event News

Uddevalla, Sweden – Wireless Solution Sweden AB has announced the debut of new W-DMX triple band technology, making its first appearance during Prolight + Sound,12-15 March, 2014 at Messe Frankfurt, Germany, Hall 11, stand D80.

New Products Debuting at Prolight + Sound 2014

12/03/2014 - Event News

Vapour Series Fog Machines

American Seating, Shalleck Collaborative Aid USITT Architecture & Theatre Student Design Competition

12/03/2014 - Event News

USA - The finalists in the USITT 2014 Architecture & Theatre Student Design Competition sponsored by American Seating will present their designs for a college theatre at USITT’s 2014 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Fort Worth.

DPA Microphones Appoints GerrAudio to Lead Canadian Distribution

12/03/2014 - Business News

Brockville, Ontario - DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of GerrAudio as its Canadian distributor. GerrAudio is an established distributor of professional audio equipment for the live performance and broadcast industries across Canada. The company represents some of the industry’s leading wired and wireless intercom, digital mixing console, signal processing and audio test and measurement equipment brands. 

PRG’s Lighting Division Launches Highly Anticipated Best Boy Wash at Prolight + Sound

12/03/2014 - Event News

New York, NY - Continuing to build on its long tradition of customer-focused innovation, Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) will introduce the new PRG Best Boy Wash luminaire at the upcoming Prolight+Sound trade fair in Frankfurt from March 12 to 15, and will be available for demonstration in Hall 11, Stand E28. The PRG Best Boy Wash luminaire is a feature-rich wash light that fills a critical gap in the market while setting a new standard for its class.

Stageco Hires Liveculture Group

12/03/2014 - Business News

Belgium - Stageco Staging Group, the award-winning international staging, event and structures engineering company, has hired Mark Cunningham at Liveculture Group as its new media and marketing consultant.

Liveculture Group Goes Live

12/03/2014 - Business News

Two months after opening for business, Liveculture Group’s official website at http://liveculture.co.uk has finally been launched.

Midas Announces the World’s Most Powerful Live Mixing Console

12/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Building on the rock-solid legacy of their award-winning PRO3, PRO6 and PRO9 digital consoles, Midas has announced the new PRO X – claimed to be the touring engineer’s dream console. The revolutionary Neutron engine, is capable of up to 800 audio channels, which can be routed on a point-to-point basis – and that routing can be changed, even on individual automation scenes.

New Major Website Online

12/03/2014 - Business News

Germany - Major has introduced its new dedicated website to make finding all details of products and custom made solutions quick and accessible. For example, the product section has a concise overview of all major product segments (Dimmers, Luminaires, Rigging + Safety Ropes, Power Distribution, Cables + Connectors and Colours + Effects), or in the Navigation header, visitors can discover more about the company and its renowned service.

Dynaline Pulleys from Hall Stage

12/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - The Hall Stage Dynaline steel frame pulley block system for theatre and general rigging purposes has been designed to suit capacities ranging from 125kg to in excess of 500kg, all available with a wide selection of fixings from stock.

Technical Stage Services Opts for Chauvet

12/03/2014 - Production News

UK — Technical Stage Services Ltd, Leeds, has cultivated a strong customer relationship with Chauvet over the past four years, and recently turned to the manufacturer for the supply of a 5m-by- 2.5m video wall for their client, UCAS (The Undergraduate Careers Advisory Service).

Allen & Heath to add Xone:23C DJ Mixer to Xone Range

12/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Following the launch of the Xone:23 earlier this year, Allen & Heath has announced the introduction of a sister product, the Xone:23C. Also a 2 channel mixer, the Xone:23C features the same pro features as the Xone:23, with the addition of a 4 stereo channel internal soundcard, X:LINK to connect compatible Xone products, and ships with a copy of Mixvibes Cross LE software.

Christie appoints Trond Solvold in Scandinavia

12/03/2014 - People News

UK - Christie has announced the appointment of Trond Solvold (pictured) to the position of sales consultant for Scandinavia.

WORK Lifters reinforces its investment in lifting solutions for Line Arrays

12/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - WORK Lifters will be part of Prolight+Sound 2014 (Hall 8, stand C-60) where will be on show the more recent lifting towers that the division has developed during last year. These new references are focused on line array system's elevation to respond to the market needs which are increasingly growing in this specific area.

Hoist UK appoint General Manager

12/03/2014 - People News

UK - Hoist UK has announced that Louise Dickson (pictured) has been appointed general manager of the company.

ETC adds new desk to the Cobalt family

11/03/2014 - Equipment News

The short commands and on-the-fly lighting controls of ETC’s Cobalt family are now packaged to take on tour. The new Cobalt 10 lighting desk features the same capacity and functions of the larger Cobalt 20 desk, but is compact enough to take on the road or fit into control rooms with limited space.

LSC at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt

11/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt – at Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt LSC will release no less than three new products and preview the next release of Clarity software.

Robe’s Star Rises Again In Israel

11/03/2014 - Production News

Israel - Robe continues to be a popular choice for Israel’s top TV lighting designers, with ROBIN MMX Spot and LEDBeam 100s right up there in the eye-catching lighting scheme designed by LD Ronen Najar for the first 24-episode series of brand new singing contest, ‘Rising Star’.

Colour Sound Waits All Night for Rudimental

11/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Colour Sound Experiment continued its working relationship with BRIT Award winning band Rudimental and their innovative lighting designer Jonny Gaskell on the most recent UK leg of their ongoing live campaign.

Blueprint’s SGM 3D pixel tubes for chart-topping Katy B’s music video

11/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Event technology specialists Blueprint were recently tasked with the challenge of providing dynamic lighting to enable British chart topping artiste Katy B to make the video promoting her next single, Crying For No Reason.

City Theatrical at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt

11/03/2014 - Event News

City Theatrical will be demonstrating some innovative technology at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany on March 12-15, 2014 (Hall 9.0 Stand C54), including QolorFLEX Professional LED Light Tape, D Series LED Dimmers, the SHoW Baby 5 wireless DMX transceiver, and the Cognito Lighting Control Console from Pathway Connectivity.

TASCAM Announces UH-7000

11/03/2014 - Equipment News

USA - Many audio interface manufacturers strive to design products that help bridge the gap between studio-quality recording and home recording. TASCAM built the bridge: Meet the UH-7000 USB 4x4-channel audio interface and standalone microphone preamp.

2014 Olivier Award Nominations Announced

11/03/2014 - Event News

London – White Light, sponsor of the Best Lighting Design category in the 2014 Olivier Awards, would like to congratulate this year’s nominees in the category: Paule Constable, Paul Pyant, Peter Mumford and Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross - as well as all of the nominees in other categories.

New SSL Live Console on Satellite UK Tour

11/03/2014 - Production News

Three of Universal’s newest signings, Sons & Lovers, Eliza & The Bear and Fred Page, have just completed The Satellite Tour with an SSL Live console, supplied by HD Pro Audio.

Prolyte at Prolight + Sound

11/03/2014 - Event News

With Prolight + Sound around the corner and some of the Prolyte crew already on their way to the show, Prolyte likes to share the latest updates and product news.

European Capital of Culture Explodes into life with SGM

11/03/2014 - Production News

Sweden - Having been declared European Capital of Culture 2014 all eyes now turn to the city of Umeå in Sweden. Lumination of Sweden was put in charge of the technical production for the inauguration ceremony, and brought in 36 SGM P-5 wash lights to create the right atmosphere and colour large outdoor spaces for this opening winter weekend of the cultural year. This incorporated the shows, “Burning Snow” and “Lit City”.

Auditoria Specifies Optocore Network for Sochi Opening/Closing Ceremonies

11/03/2014 - Project News

Russia - Within the newly constructed 42,500 capacity Fisht Olympic Stadium in the developing Russian city of Sochi, the XXII Olympic Winter Games drew to an end with the spectacular Closing ceremony.

30% for 30 - Black Light’s Anniversary Offer

11/03/2014 - Business News

Edinburgh - To finish off its celebrations of 30 years in the business, Black Light is offering 30% off all of its hire stock. This means that you can choose from the company’s comprehensive range of light, stage, sound and AV equipment, try out its big-name brands and cutting-edge technology and take advantage of its professional advice and expertise.

WORK latest at ProLight+Sound 2014

11/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Prolight+Sound is near and no one in the professional entertainment industry can miss it. WORK will participate on this show (stand C-60 Hall 8) to continue introducing new products and the improvements that have been developed by the R&D team during the last months. This great opportunity to find out about all WORK's novelties will take place at Frankfurt on 12-15 March.

Inspired Audio at Frankfurt

11/03/2014 - Event News

Germany - Inspired Audio return to the Frankfurt Pro Light and Sound show confident of building on the solid foundations laid down at last year’s show. With a product focus in 2013 orientated towards the live sound and touring market, this year’s show will showcase the first products from the new mFlex MQ & iQ ranges, which will seek to broaden the product offer with MQ targeting the live performance market and iQ fixed installation. The show will also see an expansion of the reFlex bass range, with additions which are designed to complement the new mFlex product ranges.

Audient Celebrates First Product Launch under New Ownership

11/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt – British pro-audio manufacturer, Audient will be using this year’s Musikmesse to showcase ASP880, 8-channel microphone preamplifier and ADC, the first product to be released since Simon Blackwood’s acquisition of the company at the end of 2013.

HHB and Scrub host UK’s first 24-fader Avid S6 in Soho demo facility

11/03/2014 - Equipment News

HHB Communications Ltd. has installed the UK’s first 24-channel Avid S6 M40 control surface in its subsidiary Scrub’s demo room in Soho, London.

GLP Celebrates Two Golden Decades

11/03/2014 - Business News

Germany - When Udo Künzler (pictured) first set up German Light Products (GLP) in 1994 the disco boom was still running at full tilt, and the supply industry was wondering how to transition out of the scanner, helicopter and flower FX idiom that had dominated the genre, into the new world of moving yokes.

Anolis Lights Iconic Industrial Landmark in Brisbane

10/03/2014 - Project News

Australia - The heritage-listed Newstead Gas Ring is an iconic piece of Brisbane’s historical industrial architecture that is now at the hub of a major urban regeneration project, Gasworks, a plan started over two decades ago to transform the formally derelict post-industrial wasteland into a busy and vibrant contemporary living, working and commercial environment.

Outline chooses Frankfurt MusikMesse for Major Multiple Product Launch

10/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - It’s going to be a very busy show for Outline, as they announce the launch of a whole raft of innovative new products at MusikMesse 2014 (stand J70, Hall 8.0).

Renegade Rocks London Fashion Week

10/03/2014 - Production News

London - Nick Gray, the UK’s leading fashion lighting designer once again brought his imagination and flair to the mix for London Fashion Week AW14, designing lighting for the main BFC showspace at Somerset House which featured up to eight premium shows per day plus a number of interesting and high profile ‘offsite’ shows.

Kinesys at Prolight +Sound 2014, Frankfurt

10/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - UK based automation and motion control specialist Kinesys exhibits for the first time at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, reflecting a steady growth in its international business in the entertainment technology sector, and a massive interest in its reliable and innovative solutions.

Brittania Row invests in BRITish console manufacturer DiGiCo

10/03/2014 - Production News

London - Britannia Row Productions has invested further in DiGiCo consoles, with latest SD7 purchase going straight out on the recent Mastercard BRIT Awards.

The Old Log Theatre Installs GLD

10/03/2014 - Project News

USA - Old Log Theatre on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA, has recently undergone a refurbishment including the installation of an Allen & Heath GLD mixing system. The 400-capacity theatre has been taken over by artistic director, Kent Knutson, and sound designer, Jeff Geisler, who together have worked on the design or remodel of five theatres in their careers.

New Year’s Ski-jumping in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with Electro-Voice

10/03/2014 - Production News

Germany - For over 60 years, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria has provided the stage for the first sporting highlight of the year: the New Year’s Ski-Jumping, which is one of two German legs of the Four Hills Tournament. This year, some 21,000 fans lined the landing area, as millions more followed the competition from the comfort of their homes. With each succeeding year, the level of interest seems to rise.

Alcons LR24 Pro-Ribbon Line-Array Nominated at Debut PIPA Awards

10/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - In the 15th year of the annual Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA), a brand new ‘sister’ awards scheme has been announced which recognises excellence in the professional lighting and sound industry. One of the debut nominees is the Alcons Audio LR24 pro-ribbon line array.

Happy Days Are Here Again with Yamaha

10/03/2014 - Production News

UK - A slice of 1950s Americana is currently rockin’ and rollin’ all week long throughout the UK and Ireland, as Happy Days, A New Musical brings The Fonz, Ritchie Cunningham and many other familiar characters from the television series to provincial stages. A Yamaha CL5 digital console is helping to deliver the c-o-o-o-l sound of the era.

Robert Juliat Prolight + Sound 2014

07/03/2014 - Event News

Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at Prolight + Sound alongside its German partner, Lightpower, in the Lightpower Village (Hall 11.0 Stand D76).

Ayrton MagicPanel 602 dazzles at the Super Bowl XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

07/03/2014 - Production News

USA - Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were given a dazzling backdrop to their performances at the Super Bowl XLVIII Half Time show at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, on 2 February by Bob Barnhart’s spectacular lighting.

Robe Jams with Moe.

07/03/2014 - Production News

USA - American jam band Moe. thrives on spontaneity for their improvisational music. No two nights are the same. However, their lighting designer Preston Hoffman needed reliable fixtures he could rely on night after night giving the same steady performance. He now counts on Robe ROBIN Pointes and ROBIN LEDWash 300s for the features and flexibility he needed for their recent East Coast U.S. winter tour.

Bandit Adds Project Coordinator to Team

07/03/2014 - People News

Nashville, Tennessee - Bandit Lites has announced the hiring of Justin Schwartz (pictured) as project coordinator. Justin will assist Bandit’s team of project managers to organize the preparations between crew members, testing gear before it heads out, and ensuring all of Bandit’s projects receive the meticulous care and attention to detail Bandit’s clients have come to anticipate.

Punctuation Provided by MA VPU for London Grammar

07/03/2014 - Production News

UK - With their debut album only released in September 2013 and about to embark on a lengthy tour of the UK, Europe and the USA, London Grammar have made a rapid and memorable impact on the music scene.  So much so, they were nominated for the 2014 Brit Awards in the Best Newcomer Category. The trio’s style is a singular combination of intelligent, emotionally charged lyrics and musicality with its roots in the classical sounds of piano and guitar. This is a band who clearly don’t intend to be a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ outfit.

Allen & Heath Releases V1.4 Firmware Update for GLD

07/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Allen & Heath has released V1.4 firmware for its GLD digital mixer range, introducing a suite of powerful dynamic processors and enhancements to scene management, including crossfading and embedded scene recalls.

NEXT pro audio introduces HFA Series

07/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - The HFA speaker series are fully powered PA systems designed to deliver high output and dynamics, extreme linearity and fidelity for unrivalled performance at a very competitive price. Entirely made in Portugal the HFA speaker series uses superb quality custom made components, loaded by birch plywood enclosures, coated by a scratch resistant textured paint to assure an outstanding performance.

Harman’s Martin Professional Provides Live Streaming Demo of New MAC Quantum Wash Light

07/03/2014 - Equipment News

Denmark — Harman’s Martin Professional opened its doors for a 15-minute live online streaming demo of its new MAC Quantum Wash moving head luminaire. Live streaming took place on March 6 was available for replay at the conclusion of the event.

EMTO and Stage Right Bring Las Vegas To Northampton

07/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Northampton based production company Stage Right has been using LED specialist EMTO’s new LED screens on a number of recent theatre productions including an ever popular ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’ staged at the 1000 seater Deco Theatre in Northampton, and the acclaimed UK tour of the smash hit Broadway musical ‘Rent’ produced by JP Productions and starring Kerry Ellis as Mimi. 2014 is the 20th anniversary of Rent’s first staging. In this time it’s becoming one of the most universally popular and successful musicals worldwide.

ArKaos at Prolight+Sound

07/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - ArKaos PRO will show its complete range of media servers at Prolight & Sound 2014, marking the first European showing of all three servers side by side.

VME Make Major Martin Audio MLA Stock Upgrade

07/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Already owners of an MLA System 30, Manchester-based VME Ltd have extended their commitment to Martin Audio’s premier platform by investing in a further 28 MLA, six MLD Downfills and 12 MLX subs — bringing their inventory up to 76 enclosures.

Major UK Event Companies Invest Heavily in SGM

07/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Two leading UK event technical support companies, Hawthorn and Blueprint, have recently invested heavily in SGM’s next generation LED portfolio, selecting different solutions from the Danish company’s catalogue to boost their rental fleets.

SGM FX Star at Danish Embassy Fashion Show

07/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Hawthorn pressed their new fleet of SGM P-5 washlights, both RGBW and TW (Tunable White), into service to implement a concept by one of Denmark’s most creative lighting designers, Søren Peglau, during London Fashion Week recently.

Jands Vista S1 Reacts Musically on Ben Rector US Tour

07/03/2014 - Production News

USA - When Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Ben Rector embarked on a 34-date autumn tour of the USA to promote his beautifully crafted The Walking in Between album, lighting designer Ryan Burton employed a Jands Vista S1 to provide portable yet powerful control.

AC-ET Appointed Exclusive UK Distributor for James Thomas Engineering's Patt 2013 Retro-Look Fixture

07/03/2014 - Business News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. have been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for James Thomas Engineering (JTE) Ltd's innovative, retro-styled Patt 2013 tungsten-source softlight.

Peter Maddison joins MilTec

07/03/2014 - People News

UK - MilTec (UK) Ltd has announced the appointment of Peter Maddison (pictured) to the position of audio sales manager. Peter's role within the company will be to further promote Miltec's successful Blakite range of British made speakers along with their amplifiers, signal processing and LED lighting products.

Inspired Audio launch new mFlex MQ & iQ Series at Prolight & Sound

07/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Inspired Audio return to Pro light + Sound (Hall 8 stand F12) confident of building on the solid foundations laid down at last year’s show. With a product focus in 2013 orientated towards the live sound and touring market, this year’s show will showcase the first products from the new mFlex MQ & iQ ranges, which will seek to broaden the product offer with MQ targeting the live performance market and iQ the fixed installation market. The show will also see an expansion of the reFlex bass range, with additions which are designed to complement the new mFlex product ranges.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards in Perfect Harmony with DPA Microphones

07/03/2014 - Production News

Los Angeles - As all eyes were fixated on the actors who graced the stage of the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night, the audience’s ears were tuned to the musical accompaniments of the show’s orchestra, which performed remotely from Capitol Records. Since the piano was positioned among the noisy percussion instruments, the show’s Orchestra Mixer and Orchestra Setup Coordinator needed a way to isolate its sound. To accomplish this for the piano, the duo used a combination of DPA Microphones’ d:dicate 4011A Cardioid Microphones and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones. He also positioned a pair of d:dicate 4011E Hanging Microphones for the orchestra’s drum kit.

coolux presents new Hardware and upcoming Pandoras Box 5.7 Software at Frankfurt

07/03/2014 - Event News

coolux, the creators of the award winning coolux Pandoras Box product family, will present multiple new hardware products at this year’s Prolight+Sound exhibition, as well as the upcoming Pandoras Box 5.7 software.

New products from Prolyte at Prolight + Sound

07/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - With Prolyte + Sound just a matter of days away, the Prolyte crew is waiting with eager anticipation for the show to begin. The sales teams are fully briefed and poised to demonstrate a range of new products. In adddition to those already announced, including the AETOS 250kg hoist and controllers, and the StageDex LinLine deck, we’re pleased to be re-launching the LiteStructures truss range, with a few new additions.

Unusual Rigging face another Saturday Night Takeaway challenge

07/03/2014 - Production News

UK - The much-loved Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway returned to UK screens on Saturday February 22 with the promise of a daring and dangerous head to head challenge for the stars of the show. Entitled Men on a Ledge, the terrified twosome (one of whom has a real fear of heights), were escorted outside onto the ITV studio roof and prepared to take part in a race from the top of the 90m high ITV tower down to the ground.

APG announces direct operation in the UK spearheaded by Scott Fraser

07/03/2014 - Business News

Paris – In the run-up to PL+S 2014, APG has announced the appointment of experienced pro audio professional, Scott Fraser, who is to head up APG’s UK sales operation with a strong technical background. The fact of going direct will ensure that UK clients benefit from exactly the same support as customers in France, in addition to having access to a significant stock of demo equipment. The move is indicative of APG’s broader international strategy throughout the EMEA region.

Robe Gets Into A State … of Trance

06/03/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - Lighting designer André Beekmans from Eindhoven, The Netherlands based creative lighting practice The Art of Light specified Robe ROBIN Pointes and ROBIN LEDBeam 100s to be a major visual feature of his stunning designs for the ‘A State of Trance’ 650 (ASOT) event, staged at the Jaarbeurs, Utrecht.

Ashly Audio Appoints Mike van der Logt for Europe, Middle East and Africa

06/03/2014 - People News

USA - Spurred by growing demand in foreign markets that has prompted a complete sales reorganization, Ashly Audio has appointed industry veteran Mike van der Logt of 4M4You (pictured), to serve as its sales manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Van der Logt has over 25 years of experience in the industry providing product and relationship advice to pro audio manufacturers. Based in the Netherlands, he is well-suited to serve EMEA customers. On behalf of Ashly, van der Logt will travel the region to strengthen and expand business with existing distributors, and develop new relationships to sustain and build sales momentum.

John Colley joins ARRI Lighting Rental as General Manager

06/03/2014 - People News

UK - ARRI Lighting Rental has announced that John Colley (pictured) has joined the team in the role of general manager, following the retirement of managing director Tommy Moran at the end of 2013.

UEP Invests Heavily in SGM’S new generation LED Portfolio

06/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Describing UEP’s equipment inventory as both “quirky” and “eclectic”, Steve Butcher, founder of the technical event production company, can draw on many years’ experience providing top level support across premium lighting, sound and staging components.

Avolites Sapphire Touch Controls Bold Lighting for Frank Turner's Arena Tour

06/03/2014 - Production News

UK – Popular folk-punk singer Frank Turner has taken Europe by storm with an energetic arena tour featuring bold, atmospheric lighting controlled by Avolites' Sapphire Touch console.

PR Lighting’s Flagship LED Heads ‘Magnificent Seven’ destined for Prolight+Sound

06/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - PR Lighting plan to preview a new flagship LED moving head and no fewer than six other, fully featured lighting projectors at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show. This includes fixtures purpose designed for photographic and TV studios, and also for use at motor shows.

Chroma-Q Showcases Leading Entertainment & Studio Lighting Solutions at Prolight + Sound 2014

06/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Chroma-Q’s award-winning lighting products deliver premium performance for - and have been adopted by leading users in - some of today’s most demanding and prestigious lighting applications, including opera, theatre, film and TV, venues, touring, events, retail, houses of worship, and others.

AC-ET Showcases Leading Technologies at Prolight + Sound 2014

06/03/2014 - Event News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will showcase a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions available from their vast portfolio of premium brands - on stand location Hall 9.0, E63 at Prolight & Sound 2014, Frankfurt.

Event Industry News Launches Event Tech Live

06/03/2014 - Event News

UK - An exciting new event will launch later this year, born out of the success of last year’s Event Technology Awards. Event Tech Live has been created following the success of the conference that preceded last year’s awards ceremony. The new event will be in an exciting fresh format that will include live tech demos, immersive educational content and expert Q&A sessions. Attendees will be able to interact and engage with leading tech providers, giving them a hands-on opportunity to research new services.

Sennheiser supports the stars at 2014 BRITS

06/03/2014 - Production News

UK - The eyes of the music world were on London in mid-February as the annual BRIT Awards brought together many of pop music’s brightest stars at the O2 Arena. Sennheiser was much in evidence, the high quality of the company’s equipment and support ensuring that the RF-heavy show enjoyed crystal clear sound throughout.

PRG Supports Young Brit Star - Jake Bugg

06/03/2014 - Production News

UK – In support of his second album, Shangri-La Jake Bugg set out on a UK tour, including headlining the first Albert Session of 2014 at Royal Albert Hall on February 21. The sold-out tour featured his home city at The Capital FM Arena Nottingham; Newcastle; London; Edinburgh and Manchester. At the Albert Hall he captivated his audience in two sets - one acoustic and one with his band.

Philips Entertainment Brand New Products from Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite at Frankfurt

06/03/2014 - Event News

Germany - Philips Entertainment's four premier brands - Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite - will debut a raft of exciting new products at this year's Prolight + Sound - stand 11.0 D71, Messe Frankfurt, 12-15 March 12-15.

iLive and ME Tour with Ane Brun

06/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Swedish PA company, Parashoot, has been on a European tour with Norwegian singer songwriter, Ane Brun, using iLive and ME systems for FoH and Monitors.

Elation Lights State of the City Address at Historic Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

06/03/2014 - Production News

USA - Sacramento Production & Lighting (SPL) supplied both LED and discharge lighting gear from Elation Professional for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s State of the City address held at the historic Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on February 12.

RML Does the Studio Round

06/03/2014 - Production News

UK - Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has been busy working in numerous studios in and around the UK, giving the company a great start to the year.

Clay Paky B-EYEs and Sharpys shines on Super Bowl Halftime Show

05/03/2014 - Production News

USA - The Super Bowl Halftime Show always glitters, and Bruno Mars’s stellar performance at Super Bowl XLVIII was no exception. This year 330 Clay Paky Sharpys and a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s were on hand to illuminate the show.

XL Video Wakes Up With Avicii

05/03/2014 - Production News

UK - World leading DJ and record producer Avicii’s current tour features a phenomenal live performance action-packed with energy, high-impact visuals and a beautiful real-time fluidity to delight his enthusiastic fan base … complete with video production – LED, projection and control - supplied by XL Video.

Robe at Frankfurt 2014

05/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Robe Lighting is celebrating its 20th glorious year throughout 2014. The company first made the pilgrimage to Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt in 1994 when there were seven full time employees. That number has now grown to 470 who are engaged in manufacturing in the Czech Republic and sales and support teams in four wholly owned subsidiaries in the UK, USA, Singapore and Dubai.

Adlib Audio Launches AA Install Speaker Range

05/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Liverpool based Adlib Audio launches a new specialist division – Adlib Speakers – to manufacture and market its AA brand of speakers, which are very proudly made in Liverpool.

Mushroom Lighting Adds Three New Distributed Brands

05/03/2014 - Event News

UK - Mushroom Lighting Technology has added significantly to its portfolio of distributed brands by becoming a UK distributer for three high quality European brands - Mobiled, LTH and CLS.

Visual Productions launches Cuety at Prolight+Sound 2014

05/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Next week Visual Productions BV, Lighting Control manufacturer, will be exhibiting at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt in Hall 11.0 on stand B40. On the stand Visual Productions will be proud to show you their latest innovation with the product launch of Cuety: Lighting Control for iOS.

HiLo by Panalux

05/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - HiLo is a unique softsource fixture designed and built by Panalux - a world leading creator of lighting solutions developed specifically for the film, television and entertainment media industries.

European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest 2014

05/03/2014 - Standards News

UK – PLASA Technical has announced that the RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest returns for 2014 and will take place on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.

New FreeStyle Dance Floor is Right Up Their Street for Boy Blue Entertainment

05/03/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Launching this week at Move IT is Harlequin FreeStyle, developed as an ideal floor for street and hip-hop in conjunction with Boy Blue Entertainment.

Yamaha CL5 Leads The Revolution

05/03/2014 - Production News

Belgium - Antwerp-based Revolution Event Support is one of Belgium’s leading production companies, supplying sound, lighting and stage design to many of the country’s best-known artists. Recently the company bought a pair of Yamaha CL5 digital mixing consoles to ensure its clients enjoy state-of-the-art sound.

Mackie’s Updated Master Fader 2.1 Now Available

05/03/2014 - Equipment News

USA – Mackie has announced the release of Master Fader 2.1, the primary control app for Mackie DL Series Digital Live Sound Mixers. Master Fader v2.1 delivers new features that appeal to the professional user, including enhanced output processing.

Elation Rayzor Q7 LED Moving Heads Color Imagine Dragons Into the Night Tour

05/03/2014 - Production News

USA – Imagine Dragons has exploded onto the music scene of late and LD Nook Schoenfeld has turned to Elation Professional’s compact Rayzor Q7 LED moving head to paint the American alternative rocker’s current Into the Night arena tour in coats of saturated colour.

Sapsis Rigging Flies Phoenix in St. John's Cathedral

05/03/2014 - Project News

USA – Sapsis Rigging provided rigging design and installation services as well as all of the equipment to fly two sculptures in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The sculptures, designed and crafted by Chinese artist Xu Bing , represent a male and female Phoenix flying through the nave of the Cathedral.

Novatech Chooses Optocore to Optimise Switch to AES

05/03/2014 - Project News

Australia – Having regularly used Optocore products for events requiring custom audio distribution, Australian premier rental staging company, Novatech Creative Event Technology, has now gone further.

Fineline in Motion

05/03/2014 - Project News

UK – Bristol-based lighting rental specialist Fineline Lighting is supplying all house lighting and rigging to Motion, one of the most popular multi-room clubbing experiences in the UK. It is located amongst an atmospherically significant collection of historic warehouses in central Bristol and has a reputation for showcasing some of the best EDM sounds on the planet.

Awards Evening Illuminated by Mark Carver and Bandit Lites

04/03/2014 - Production News

USA – It was a night of glittering gowns, a red carpet and amazing lighting at The Trumpet Awards. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the event which works to celebrate and honor African American achievers and those who support the African American experience. The Awards, which took place on 25th January at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, honour accomplishments in diverse fields including law, medicine, business, politics, the arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and other careers.

Stage Technologies Supplies Stage Engineering System to the New Everyman Theatre

04/03/2014 - Project News

UK – Stage Technologies has supplied a stage engineering system for the newly reopened Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. The system is based on a specification designed by Charcoalblue consultants and the Everyman Trust that focuses on flexibility and future expansion. This combined both automated and non-powered engineering applications spread throughout the fly tower, thrust grids, and at stage level with a completely re-configurable and removable staging and seating rostra.

Capital Sound Sets the Controls for The Australian Pink Floyd Show

04/03/2014 - Production News

Since 1988, The Australian Pink Floyd Show has been taking the ‘tribute act’ concept to extremes by bringing the aural and visual spectacle of Pink Floyd’s live shows to enthusiastic audiences around the world. The band’s current European tour includes a month of UK dates, which start in mid February, for which Capital Sound Hire is providing the audio system.

SW19 Shines On with The Australian Pink Floyd Show

04/03/2014 - Production News

Three million ticket sales, 35 countries played… This does not happen by accident. The Australian Pink Floyd Show, one of the world’s most successful tribute acts, have spent many years honing their craft. SW19’s Kevin Hopgood has played a significant part in making this touring powerhouse’s show the technical success it is. His role for the current tour has expanded and, along with Paul Crockford, he has taken on overall management of the band as well the production.

PLASA Events Turns its Focus to Europe

04/03/2014 - Event News

Europe – In response to growing industry demand, PLASA Events Ltd has announced that two new PLASA Focus events will take place in Europe during 2014.

Scan-Rig, Interal, Michel.Ingenieure GmbH and ZFX team up to go ‘big, black and beautiful’ at PL&S 2014

04/03/2014 - Event News

Four of Europe’s leading specialist rigging companies have announced they are to join forces at Pro Light + Sound 2014 on a stand described as ‘big, black and beautiful’.

AC-ET to Host April UK Video Open Days Showcasing Leading Brands

04/03/2014 - Event News

Following the success of last year's events, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s video division – the exclusive UK dealer for Green Hippo media servers and LedGo video display solutions, and an official partner for Christie Digital projectors – is holding more UK video open days in conjunction with these leading brands, on Tuesday 1st April (AC-ET North, Leeds) and Thursday 3rd April (AC-ET South, High Wycombe).

Electrosonic Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Founding

04/03/2014 - Business News

Electrosonic has announced that March 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding. In 1964 the company started with two rooms in London’s Greenwich vegetable market. Five decades later, Electrosonic is an international, multi-million dollar business with headquarters in Burbank, California, and offices worldwide.

Clay Paky Flies High in Peter Pan Spectacular

04/03/2014 - Production News

UK – Pirates, mermaids and a boy who can fly without wires come to life under the sculptural throw of Clay Paky’s Alpha Profile 1500s in Music Hall founder Geert Alaert’s £10million video-mapped arena spectacular – Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story.

Clay Paky Alpha 1500s to the Extreme with Nitro Circus

04/03/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - Lighting designer Paul Collison used the full power of the Clay Paky Alpha 1500 range to light Travis Pastrana’s daredevil sports troupe Nitro Circus during their explosive show in the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam.

Elation EPV9 IP LED Screens the Bright Choice for Alchemy Concert Systems

04/03/2014 - Production News

USA – Rental and production house Alchemy Concert Systems of Aspen, Colorado, recently purchased Elation Professional EPV9 IP LED panels and immediately put them to work on two events at Aspen Mountain ski resort.

White Light Gears Up for Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt

04/03/2014 - Event News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light will bring the latest in LED lighting and lighting control systems to the Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt this Month, with exclusive products from manufacturers Altman Lighting, CORE Lighting, and Interactive Technologies. White Light will be located on Stand C65, Hall 9.0, from 12th to 15th March.

Elation Lights Up Louisville and 40 Nights of Lights

04/03/2014 - Production News

Louisville, Kentucky, is known for its festivals and special events and the city’s annual Light Up Louisville event between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is one of its most popular. Elation Platinum Beam 15R Pro moving heads and IP-65 rated ELAR 108 PAR RGBW lights were used for the 2013 edition, which included an extra component, '40 Nights of Lights' that featured light projection and a nightly light show set to music.

TiMax MADI-64 and Dante-64 Connectivity products at PL+S 2014

04/03/2014 - Event News

Following a year of significant inroads into new markets and territories for its TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker products, Out Board will be exhibiting and demonstrating them again at Frankfurt PL&S 2014 on Stand A02 in Hall8.0. This year's show will see the launch of the first of a new suite of TiMax networking interfaces dubbed Connectivity by the company. The new MADI-64 and Dante-64 Connectivity devices fit into the rear option slots of the TiMax2 SoundHub audio showcontrol matrix and playback server to provide 64channels in and out on the respective transport protocols.

Dry Hire Lighting Makes Massive Robe Investment

04/03/2014 - Production News

UK – Cross rental facility Dry Hire Lighting has invested in a substantial quantity of new Robe moving lights to boost their available hire stock of Robe fixtures, making it one of the largest rental stockists of Robe fixtures in the UK. The new purchase comprises a mix of Robe ROBIN Pointes, ROBIN LEDWash 600s and ROBIN LEDBeam 100s.

Be a Friend to Theatres and Join Friends of The Theatres Trust

03/03/2014 - Business News

The Theatres Trust has been promoting the better protection of theatres since 1976. Their expert advice to theatre owners and local authorities helps to ensure that the future of theatre buildings is protected and that theatres receive support when it’s most needed.

DiGiCo squares up for PL+S 2014 with new D2-Rack

03/03/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - Stand 8.0-F60 at ProLight+Sound 2014 will see leading digital solutions manufacturer DiGiCo exhibiting with united-b, their new German distributor, and launching the new D2-Rack and announcing a number of new software features and an expansion of a third party development project.

In House and On Time: 452 ChromaRange Fixtures Delivered in a Month

03/03/2014 - Production News

UK - At the end of August 2013 Jay Z’s Magna Carter World Tour stage design had been finalised and the concerts sold out. With the first date of the epic tour fast approaching, production company LS-Live had barely a month to find their lighting solution. Pulsar Light of Cambridge Ltd (Pulsar) was a key provider of the set lighting, a manufacturer LS-Live knew could provide customized products that were robust enough for touring and would deliver on time.

Philips Entertainment Promotion 'On Stage'

03/03/2014 - Business News

UK - From March 4, 2014 through to April 4, 2014, Multi-lite in partnership with Philips Lighting have announced a promotional campaign on the MSR Gold range of MSR Gold lamps, including: 700 Fast Fit, 700/2 Fast Fit, 1200 Fast Fit, 1500 Fast Fit, 2000 Fast Fit, 2000/2 Fast Fit and 2500/2 Fast Fit.

AED Studios opens its doors

03/03/2014 - Business News

Belgium – on February 27, Glenn Roggeman (CEO AED group) cut the ribbon for the opening of the AED studios in the presence of numerous important guests from both the political and corporate scene.

TC Electronic Introduces Infinite Reverb for System 6000 MKII

03/03/2014 - Equipment News

Denmark - TC Electronic has been at the forefront of reverb research and development for decades. With the arrival of Reverb 8, multichannel reverb reaches the next level, bringing world-class room simulation to new 3D sound formats.