News Archive for June 2014

Moogfest 2014 featuring DirectOut MADI system

30/06/2014 - Production News

USA – Billed as the “Synthesis of Technology, Art and Music,” Moogfest is a fabulously quirky celebration of electronic music, geekiness and the legacy of synthesiser legend Robert Moog. Held over five days in April in Asheville, North Carolina, the city where Moog spent the last 30 years of his life, performances from top acts like Kraftwerk, Flying Lotus, Pet Shop Boys and M.I.A. rubbed shoulders with instrument workshops and seminars on everything from sci-fi futurism to Sonification and Cybernetics.

Renegade Lights Awesome Kasabian Homecoming in Leicester

30/06/2014 - Production News

UK – Creative lighting designer Nick Gray of Renegade created a spectacular show for Kasabian’s incendiary homecoming gig in Victoria Park Leicester, realising a long-term dream of playing in front of 50,000 fans as their latest album ‘48:13’ rocketed to number one in the UK charts.

Set Up with d&b: Off with a Bang, a Bong, and a Bing-Bang Bong!

30/06/2014 - Production News

Romania – It shows some ambition when a young company takes delivery of its first full-size line array, complete system training for its technicians, then nine days later loads into a festival main stage with their new PA. Ovidiu Grunca who owns Set Up Company, the Romanian PA provider in question, was unrepentant. "This was for an audience of ten thousand with two days of full on performance. A mix of mainstream and dance, with a little rock and metal on the side, Blaj Alive is one of Romania's most popular new born festivals. You might think us foolish, but we had good reason to feel confident we could pull this off." And pull it off they did.

Clay Paky Enters the Arena with Futuristic Music by Marteria

30/06/2014 - Production News

Germany - The German rap band Materia has recently toured 14 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland under the motto "Zum Glück in die Zukunft II" (luckily into the future II). The lighting designer Tjorre Hasubski counted on (among other lights) 22 Alpha Spot QWO 800s and 20 Clay Paky Sharpys. They were controlled by a full-size grandMA2, a grandMA2 light, one VPU basic MK2 and two 12 x 2.3 kVA digital dimmers, all made by MA Lighting.

XL Video Supplies Global Healthcare Company FY15 ‘Kick-off’ event in Frankfurt

30/06/2014 - Production News

Germany – Collaborating closely with communication agency The Outlook Creative Group, XL Video supplied video, lighting, sound and associated rigging for a large conference and gala dinner event at the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt Airport for one of the world’s leading medical device company.

Prodigy Rocks Tel Aviv with Robe

30/06/2014 - Production News

Israel – Prodigy took their unique full-on maelstrom of mega-loud psycho-rock-rave to Israel, making some seriously deafening noise as the knife-edge excitement of their live show experience shook the Trade Fairs Centre in Tel Aviv to its foundations, complete with a lighting spectacle designed by Andy Hurst featuring over 120 Robe moving lights which helped to completely blow everyone’s minds!

Apex Peaks in Australia with Group Technologies

30/06/2014 - Project News

Apex’s Australian distributor, Group Technologies based in Melbourne, has enjoyed a busy first half of the year with its key brands including the Apex range of signal processing electronics for the pro audio industry. Recent installations include the Melbourne Athenaeum and the Ding Dong Lounge live music venue, also in Melbourne.

CAST releases wysiwyg R33

30/06/2014 - Equipment News

Canada – CAST Software has released wysiwyg version R33, the most power-packed release with more than ten new features, giving lighting designers, multimedia and production professionals the ability to create and previsualise amazing new lighting design like never before.

AED Distribution UK Goes into Summer Mode with One Last HOG4 Training in July

27/06/2014 - Standards News

With the first half of 2014 coming to an end, AED Distribution UK prepares for the summer season by offering one last HOG4 Training session. The training is the last one for now out of a total of ten training sessions held from January to July and is open for lighting designers, lighting operators and live visual designers and operators.

HHB Launches Avid S6 Builder Webpage

27/06/2014 - Business News

HHB Communications Ltd has announced the release of a new interactive Avid S6 Builder webpage.

5 Star supplies 250 Lightweight Cases to CT London

27/06/2014 - Project News

UK - Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases supplied 250 lightweight flight cases complete with padded and semi-rigid bags to live video rental and production specialist Creative Technology (CT).

Lighthouse is First Past the Post at Capanelle Rome Racecourse

27/06/2014 - Project News

With horse racing taking place over considerable distances, much of the action takes place where it is difficult for spectators to clearly see what is happening. LED screens greatly enhance the thrill of the ‘sport of kings’ for its followers, which is why a Lighthouse Technologies’ LED screen has recently been installed at the Capanelle Ippodromo horse racing course in the Italian capital, Rome.

Stage Electrics Supplies Fuel Theatre’s Outdoor Spectacular “The Roof”

27/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Creative producers Fuel Theatre have embarked on an adventurous project with the tour of their latest theatrical production, The Roof, with lighting supplied by Stage Electrics. The Roof is a unique and highly creative large outdoor production that has been created, produced and choreographed by artists Requardt and Rosenberg, commissioned by LIFT Festival and presented in association with the National Theatre, London.

TiMax SoundHub spatialisation at the Atlantis Shuttle Experience

27/06/2014 - Project News

USA - The last in the line of a legendary dynasty, Space Shuttle Atlantis, is now housed at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Centre, forming the centrepiece of its own 90,000 square foot, $100 million exhibit. The attraction was designed by PGAV Destinations, installed by Electrosonic and incorporates a pair of TiMax SoundHub audio showcontrol matrix systems to add immersive 3D spatialisation to a high-end multimedia history charting 33 missions of Atlantis, including maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the building of the International Space Station.

The First Night Riders Rock the South Coast in aid of The Theatrical Guild

27/06/2014 - Event News

UK – They revved, they rode, and they rocked the south coast last weekend: yes, this year's First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car adventure raising money for The Theatrical Guild (TTG) was an incredible success.

New Team Member Joins Highlite UK Office

27/06/2014 - People News

With immediate effect Ryan Hussey (pictured) has joined Highlite in the role of UK office manager, and all emails, faxes and telephone calls will be dealt with through the UK office by him.

ELC Lighting Introduces Entry Level Product for Newcomers to the Industry

26/06/2014 - Equipment News

ELC Lighting launched the Buddy, a new Ethernet to DMX node at this year’s ABTT show, to rave reviews. Designed and engineered as an entry level product, the Buddy was designed with students and newcomers to the market in mind, but is already being hailed as an essential piece of kit for lighting designers to carry in their back pockets, with over 200 units already sold.

Electrosonic Provides Audio-Visual Systems for National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan

26/06/2014 - Project News

USA - The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has opened in the footprints of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Electrosonic provided the audio-visual systems for the museum, which is primarily located about 70-feet (21-metres) below ground and offers a unique and moving visitor experience.

Clay Paky Lights Stand Godfather to Roby Facchinetti's First Solo Tour

26/06/2014 - Production News

Italy – Clay Paky lights stood godfather to Roby Facchinetti's tour. While awaiting the Pooh's 50th anniversary next year, Roby is doing the first solo tour of his career to support his album “Ma che Vita la Mia” (What a life I've had). The preview tour, which consisted of a few important shows in May, was an introduction to the tour itself, which will take place in the summer and autumn.

Sennheiser UK Helps Kick Off PFA World Cup Celebrations

26/06/2014 - Production News

UK - The Professional Footballer’s Association got its celebrations of this year’s World Cup off to a great start by hosting a charity dinner on London’s South Bank. Sennheiser UK – the PFA’s official audio supplier – provided a Digital 9000 Series wireless microphone system for an evening that raised thousands of pounds for charity.

LEE Filters Swatch app

25/06/2014 - Equipment News

LEE Filters has introduced an app that gives lighting designers access to the entire LEE colour effect filter range – all from the convenience of their iPhone

Technical expertise counts: MA Lighting continues to be at the forefront with the new software release 3.0

25/06/2014 - Equipment News

“We’re a great believer in luck. The harder we work, the more luck we have.” Although often attributed to Thomas Jefferson this could have just as easily coined by the team at MA Lighting. Their strong position in the market as the manufacturer of premier lighting consoles has not happened just by fluke or happy circumstance. Since 1983, when Michael Adenau founded MA Lighting, the company has been committed to ploughing as much time, effort, resources and expertise as it can muster into developing the very best in lighting control. Today, more than thirty years on, MA Lighting is undeniably the premier choice of control for lighting and video designers and operators throughout the entertainment sector.

Yes Again for Robe

25/06/2014 - Production News

Popular and critically acclaimed maverick progressive rock band Yes continued their 2013-14 Three Album world tour presenting three complete iconic works: "Close To The Edge", "Going For The One" and "the Yes Album" live, with a lighting design by Don Weeks and with the latest European section featuring Robe’s ROBIN Pointe multi-purpose moving lights.

Lab.gruppen Introduces D Series – the New Integration Superpower

25/06/2014 - Equipment News

With an enviable pedigree in the world of high performance amplification, having defining benchmarks in sonic performance, power density, reliability and energy efficiency for over 30 years, Lab.gruppen looks set to continue its proud tradition of cutting-edge innovation with the unveiling of D SERIES, a new flagship install-dedicated four-channel DSP amplifier platform, which debuted at InfoComm in Las Vegas.

Bertil van Veen is Country Manager for XL Video

25/06/2014 - People News

Amsterdam – XL Video welcomes Bertil van Veen back to the XL team. After his last challenge at ACS from 2010-2014 as manager for the Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam locations, Bertil is back at XL Video, where he previously worked from 2008-2009. Bertil will be located at the brand new office in Amsterdam and is responsible for the management of the Dutch sales team.

Community Delivers Great Sound for New Ice Hockey World Championship Arena in Belarus

25/06/2014 - Project News

Art Ramos Studio a.l.c., Community’s partner in Belarus, has recently overseen the installation of the audio systems at the Chizhovka-Arena in Minsk, featuring Community loudspeakers. The arena, one of the largest sports facilities in Belarus, is a multi-purpose complex for ice hockey, sports, leisure and entertainment and is the home ground of HC Yunost-Minsk.

Italy’s Biggest Commercial Broadcaster Adopts Nuage

25/06/2014 - Project News

Yamaha and Steinberg’s state-of-the-art Nuage post-production system is now seeing adoption by broadcasters across Europe. One of the most high profile of these is Mediaset, Italy’s biggest commercial broadcaster.

Jands’ Flagship Vista L5 Console Controls Demanding Lighting and Media Shows for US Megachurch

25/06/2014 - Project News

USA – Florida’s fast-growing Celebration Church is utilising Jands’ flagship Vista L5 console to control state of the art lighting and video productions during worship services for its 12,000-strong congregation.

ABTT Technician of the Year 2014

25/06/2014 - Event News

As announced at the ABTT Theatre Show Awards, Peter Lambert has been presented with the ABTT Award for Technician of the Year 2014.

“Perfect for television studios”: Channel 9 votes for grandMA2

25/06/2014 - Production News

Israel’s Channel 9 broadcasts news around the clock from their studios in Modiʿin as well as talk shows, current affairs programs, series, original productions, telenovelas and many more. The channel has two studios, a large 900sqm space and smaller one of 350sqm. A new lighting system was installed with grandMA2 control with the move into the new facility.

Clay Paky Breathes New Light into Manchester’s Resurrected Albert Hall

25/06/2014 - Project News

UK – Manchester-based lighting specialists dbn Lighting specified Clay Paky fixtures when designing a lightweight and versatile rig for the renovation of the city’s Grade II listed, multipurpose Albert Hall.

Entec Helps Create Colour Lab for Streets of Spain Festival

25/06/2014 - Production News

UK – It’s always great to be involved in projects that are unique, challenging and different, and when Caroline Jones of production company Miss Jones and Co evolved the concept of the world’s first sensorial wine tasting ‘Colour Lab’ at the four day Streets of Spain Festival staged along London’s famous Southbank she required some inventive input from lighting designer Simon Honnor.

The Heart and Soul of the Great American Road Trip

24/06/2014 - Production News

USA - As one of country music’s most popular artists, the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Zac Brown Band has sold over six million albums worldwide and produced 11 number one singles. So as they prepared for their 2014 Great American Road Trip tour, the design elements of the production needed to be as big and bold as the artists themselves. With tour provider Special Event Services (SES) once again ready to support, show designer James Scott was brought on board to create the dynamic design and he did so using 20 VL3500 Wash, 60 VL3000 Spot and 22 VLX Wash luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX Luminaires Deliver mesmerising Lighting for The 1975

24/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Critically-acclaimed indie pop four-piece The 1975 have been driving fans wild on their world tour, including a sold out show at London's majestic Royal Albert Hall where the power and brightness of 12 Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX luminaires provided spectacular illumination for the Manchester-born boys.

LED Video Screens Shape Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour Using Solutions from PRG Nocturne

24/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Having completed the first European leg of her Prismatic World Tour and now starting dates throughout North America, Katy Perry invites her audiences into a visually stunning concert experience. “Everything with Katy is larger than life so the design needed to reflect that. The stage itself is a statement,” points out show director and designer Baz Halpin. Helping Halpin and Perry make that strong visual statement is PRG Nocturne.

Broaman in the Fast Lane for New Grand Prix Season

24/06/2014 - Production News

With the start of the new Formula One Grand Prix season, Dutch satellite uplink specialists Multi-Link Holland and BP Satellite Solutions have again been brought in to provide broadcast facilities to their clients at all GP circuits worldwide.

A.C. Special Projects Specifies LED and Control Solution for London College of Fashion

24/06/2014 - Project News

UK – London College of Fashion (LCF) has upgraded to an energy-efficient, full LED lighting and control solution in its main multi-purpose auditorium featuring Chroma-Q, Jands Vista, Spotlight, Robe and GLP technologies, specified, supplied and installed by A.C. Special Projects Ltd (ACSP).

Jands Vista L5 Controls Lighting for World-Famous Hot Ice Show

24/06/2014 - Project News

Top UK amusement park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, is using Jands' flagship Vista L5 console to control the lighting on its latest production of the world-famous ‘Hot Ice Show’ ice skating spectacular.

ETC Introduces New Nomad and Nomad Puck Portable Lighting Controllers

24/06/2014 - Equipment News

ETC has just added two exciting products to its lighting control line up: the Nomad software and Nomad Puck controller. Designed for situations when lighting professionals can’t bring their consoles with them, Nomad and Nomad Puck allow users to program and run shows from anywhere.

W-DMX Helps Malta Celebrate Ten Years in the EU

24/06/2014 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden once again helped pull off the impossible at Malta’s ten year anniversary celebration of joining the European Union. Widely considered as one of the most important constitutional developments in recent times, Malta's accession to the EU in May 2004 began a new chapter in the island’s history and it was a common goal to make the anniversary a truly spectacular event.

Space For Robe in Ibiza

23/06/2014 - Project News

Iconic award-winning Ibiza superclub Space Ibiza was the first venue to launch its 2014 summer season in style, with a ten-hour party together with a spectacular lighting rig designed by Eduardo Valverde which included 42 Robe moving lights.

World Cup Broadcasts with Multiple Allen & Heath Mixers

23/06/2014 - Production News

Brazil – Allen & Heath is playing an important role in the playback, broadcast and transmission of the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil. Supplied by distribution partner, Teleponto. multiple Allen & Heath consoles are being used at several stadiums, in various remote broadcast trucks, and in the master control rooms.

Production Resource Group Expands Leadership Team with Seasoned Marketing Executive

23/06/2014 - People News

USA - Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) has announced that Stephen Lambright has joined its executive leadership team as vice president of marketing.

Saville Jockeys to Top Position

23/06/2014 - Project News

UK - National conference and live events services provider Saville Audio Visual has just been appointed as AV supplier to the Jockey Club Racecourses for the Northwest region.

Yamaha Nuage Wins Another Award

23/06/2014 - Event News

Spain - Yamaha’s Nuage post-production system has won another award, topping the category of Best Audio Technology for Recording, Post Production and ProAudio at a new annual awards ceremony hosted by Spanish broadcast and AV magazine Panorama.

Robe MiniMes For Australian Old Parliament House

23/06/2014 - Project News

Four Robe ROBIN MiniMes – Robe’s fabulous compact effects luminaire with video – have been supplied for use throughout the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) located at the Old Parliament House Building in Canberra, ACT, by Elite Sound & Lighting, also based in the city. The fixtures are mobile and are being used for a variety of applications involving temporary exhibitions and small events which are constantly staged in the venue.

Stage Technologies Celebrates 20 Years

20/06/2014 - Event News

Stage Technologies celebrated its 20th Anniversary on 11 June with a client celebration at Centre Point. Guests, who reminisced over drinks and enjoyed the view of London from 31 floors up, included clients, old friends and colleagues from Stage Technologies, Delstar Engineering and TAIT.

Ambersphere & Richard Martin Lighting up Sky Sports with the B-EYE

20/06/2014 - Production News

UK - If you own a television then it’s unlikely that you haven’t watched a programme lit by Richard Martin Lighting. Since the company’s inception in the early 1980s it has established a formidable reputation as a premier supplier of lighting fixtures to the television sector and now boasts a stock sheet comprising more than 5000 products. In such a demanding and fast moving industry, RML are constantly reassessing and updating their inventory and have recently taken delivery of a number of the new Clay Paky K20 B-EYEs, the fixture that has won a variety of industry awards since its launch late last year.

Vancouver Aquarium selects Barco projectors to create first-ever, 360-degree immersive projection experience

20/06/2014 - Project News

Canada – Barco is making history in Canada with the Vancouver Aquarium, collaborating on the development of "Connections 360", a fully immersive, 360-degree, high-definition water experience powered by seven large-venue Barco projectors.

Philips Selecon PL LED range is focus of future lighting at Youth Theatre seminar

20/06/2014 - Event News

South Africa - The next generation of South African theatre lighting designers has got hands on with Philips Selecon's industry-leading PL range of LED luminaires as part of a two-day seminar focusing on the future of LED technology at The Savoy theatre in Adcockvale.

Allen & Heath launches Portable Audio Rack for GLD and Qu ranges

20/06/2014 - Event News

Alongside the Qu-32 digital mixer, Allen & Heath has launched the AB168 portable audio IO rack at Infocomm 2014. Suitable for live or installation applications, AB168 is designed primarily as a stage box for live performance, providing a direct connection to the main mixing system.

Robe MMX WashBeam Wins ‘Best Luminaire’ Product of the Year Award

20/06/2014 - Event News

USA - Robe’s ROBIN MMX WashBeam was named ‘Best Luminaire’ by US based web portal Live Design in their 2013-14 ‘Products of the Year’.

dbn Supplies Lighting, Design and LED for Parklife 2014

20/06/2014 - Production News

UK – Manchester-based dbn Lighting supplied lighting production and rigging for five out of the eight primary stages at the 2014 Parklife Weekender festival in the city’s Heaton Park and LED screens for one of these five plus one other arena.

Adlib Appoints Mike Docksey as GM for its Lighting and AV Divisions

20/06/2014 - People News

UK - Liverpool based sound, light and visual production solutions provider Adlib, has just appointed Mike Docksey (pictured) as general manager to oversee its fast expanding Lighting & AV divisions.

Harman’s Martin Professional Appoints SF SES vs ISIK Exclusive Distributor in Turkey

20/06/2014 - Business News

Turkey — Harman’s Martin Professional has appointed SF SES vs ISIK Sistemleri A.S., also known as SF, as the exclusive distributor of Martin products in Turkey. Istanbul-based SF has been a valued member of the Harman distributor network for over 25 years and this partnership will enhance the sales, distribution, and support of Martin Professional lighting solutions throughout Turkey as well as Azerbaijan and Northern Cyprus.

Passenger takes to the road with Sennheiser LSP 500

20/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Singer songwriter Passenger (aka Mike from Brighton, as he introduces himself) may be one man busking with a guitar, but this is busking with a difference. Fans turn up in their droves to his impromptu gigs. Both they and production manager and FOH engineer Simon Kemp have discovered the benefits of Sennheiser’s LSP 500 wireless loudspeakers.

OneRepublic goes ‘Native’ with Bandit Lites and Chris Lisle

20/06/2014 - Production News

USA - OneRepublic is back on the road with Bandit Lites for their Native Summer Tour. The American rock group is celebrating Native, their third studio album which includes ‘If I Lose Myself’, ’Counting Stars’ and their most recent single, ‘Love Runs Out’. The summer tour kicked off under Bandit’s lighting at the bands home state at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Avolites Expert Pro controls live visuals at rooftop club WHITE Dubai

20/06/2014 - Project News

UAE - Exclusive rooftop bar WHITE Dubai has invested in an Avolites Expert Pro and Touch Wing as part of the club's state-of-the-art entertainment technology system.

New Kids On The Block Europe 2014

20/06/2014 - Production News

UK - The internationally famous boy band New Kids On The Block came to Europe for a month of gigs. Their production manager Chris Roberts contacted All Access Staging with the stage design for the tour. It consisted of Versa stage risers stepping down to make various levels that spanned the stage 40’ wide and 12’ deep. He also required each step to have LED on the front edge and to be controlled individually to enhance the lighting design by Joshua Koffman. This was achieved by inserting LED strip into the Versa decks extrusion. All the cable management was done in the underside of the deck with all the LED power supplies living in this space. All the decks packed onto set carts and once unpacked required one loom to be attached each day to get them to work. This method with the LED has been used on many tours with All Access and has been very successful. It allows set edge lighting without the need for custom edges or daily application. The LED being enclosed in the extrusion prevents it from getting damaged.

Ultra short throw lens is a world’s first

20/06/2014 - Equipment News

USA - Panasonic has announced the world’s shortest throw interchangeable lens for 3-chip DLP projectors at infoComm 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

High End Systems & Barco Bring Creativity and Flexibility to High Brightness Projectors

19/06/2014 - Equipment News

USA - Barco has announced the launch of the MMS-100 and MMS-200, High Definition digital mirror systems for their HDX, HDF and HDQ projectors.

Audio Logic and Commercial Audio Solutions Team Up

19/06/2014 - Business News

UK - Audio Logic, a leading provider of pro audio sound equipment products has appointed Derbyshire-based Commercial Audio Solutions as a sub-distributor of its Ecler, Audac and Procab exclusive brands. A shared business ethos and an eye for a mutually advantageous forward move underpin this arrangement, which sees Audio Logic continue to develop and grow its business.

DPA Microphones is Newest Member of the Jersey Boys Big-Screen Quartet

19/06/2014 - Production News

USA - When production started on the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, set to hit the big screen this Friday, June 20, crew members knew they would need to capture all audio, music and vocals live without any pre-recordings. As instrument miking was not available during the 1950s to 1970s era of the film, the production team also needed to conceal the musicians’ mics on set. To address these unique challenges, they turned to DPA Microphones.

Clay Paky fixtures add broadcast quality to NL International’s 13th Anniversary Event.

19/06/2014 - Production News

Russia - Novosibirsk-based production company Elkruff specified a wide range of Clay Paky fixtures for its stylish design for global product solutions company NL International’s 13th Anniversary event in Moscow’s Crocus City Hall.

Miley Cyrus with Sennheiser Digital 9000 on Bangerz tour

19/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Miley Cyrus is currently on tour with her fourth and definitely most controversial album to date, Bangerz. Having comprehensively ditched the Disney image of her teenage years – although not the purity of her voice which is dominant all the way through the album – Bangerz exhibits influences that shift dramatically between pop, hip-hop, funk, country, R&B and dance. The tour is equally eclectic and outrageous, featuring a giant hot dog, a troupe of dancing furry animals and cartoon characters, foam fingers and some very skimpy costumes amongst other things. High-energy and steeped in self-mockery, there is never a dull moment. Critics have been largely very positive, appreciating her vocal performance, audacity and charisma, with one critic from Time magazine calling her one of the "most dynamic performers of her generation". On this tour, and for the first time, Cyrus is performing with the new Digital 9000 microphone system from Sennheiser.

Stage construction techniques to the fore at ABTT Theatre Show

19/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Harlequin Floors’ stand at last week’s ABTT Theatre Show 2014 featured demonstrations of various construction methods for stage floors and dance studio floors. Harlequin also presented a comprehensive range of floors for theatre, dance and events at The Old Truman Brewery, based event in London.

PRG Calls K2 into Active Duty for National Memorial Day Concert

19/06/2014 - Production News

USA - Production Resource Group (PRG) has officially begun upgrading to L-Acoustics’ new K2 platform with the purchase of two complete line source array systems. Delivered in mid-May, the sale comprised a total of 48 K2 enclosures and 24 LA8 amplified controllers.

Electro-Voice Introduces ETX Powered Loudspeakers to the pro AV marketplace at InfoComm 2014

19/06/2014 - Event News

USA - A versatile choice for live entertainment venues, houses of worship, and rental companies, the ETX Powered Loudspeaker family features technologies from EV concert/touring systems. EV-engineered high-efficiency transducers and high-powered Class-D amplifiers, Signal Synchronized Transducers (SST) waveguide design, and FIR-Drive DSP all work together to provide excellent sound quality and precise coverage at the highest SPLs.

Electro-Voice previews next generation X-Line line-array loudspeakers at InfoComm 2014

19/06/2014 - Event News

USA - Electro-Voice has announced the first preview of the next generation of its legendary X-Line line-array loudspeaker family at InfoComm 2014. The new models mark a dynamic step forward in EV’s 85-year tradition of industry-leading innovation, offering

Allen & Heath Launches new addition to Qu Digital Family

18/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Allen & Heath will be unveiling Qu-32 at Infocomm, a 32 fader, 38 in / 28 out digital mixer joining the rackmount Qu-16 and compact Qu-24. Qu-32 shares the Qu series key features, such as total recall of settings (including faders and digitally controlled preamps), Qu-Drive integrated multi-track recorder, dSNAKE for remote I/O and personal monitoring, multi-channel USB streaming, Qu-Pad control app, and the renowned iLive FX Library to deliver class-leading audio quality. It comes with a larger, 7" touchscreen and 33 motorised faders.

Tektile2 by Panalux

18/06/2014 - Equipment News

UK - The Panalux TekTile2 is a super efficient, slimline Bi-Colour illumination solution created by Panalux exclusively for the film, television industry and entertainment media industries.

Yamaha QL5 Aids Vandenberg’s Return to Rock

18/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Dutch guitarist Adrian Vandenberg has kept a low profile since gracing the 1980s biggest stages with Whitesnake. But that is all changing now, as he hits the road with a new band, aided by a Yamaha QL5 digital console.

Eclipse Presentations meets the Future at Central Hall

18/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Eclipse Presentations - the east London based technical solutions provider known for innovation and flair – collaborated with the marketing team at Central Hall Westminster (CHW) led by Maria Schuett to provide all the required technical production and infrastructure to facilitate their very successful recent one day ‘Meet The Future" event.

Not all Black and White for d&b at ABTT 2014

18/06/2014 - Event News

UK - There are lots of things you can't rely on during an English summer in London: the weather, the traffic, the Underground and the price of a decent pint. But for those of us lucky enough to enter The Old Truman Brewery in London's East End, it was a simple matter to find consistency, reliability and a welcome thirst-quenching concoction to wet the whistle. The team at d&b audiotechnik's stand were on hand to offer a hospitable welcome to all.

WORKPRO to reveal two new products at InfoComm 2014

18/06/2014 - Event News

USA - It is already June and during this month WORKPRO has another important meeting with the sector at InfoComm 2014. As always, the event, that will take place at Las Vegas Convention Centre from une 18-20, will gather the most important manufacturers, distributors and professionals from the AV sector. With InfoComm as backdrop, WORKPRO will launch on the market two new products: NEO 5 A ES and NEO 5 IP. The brand will also let visitors meet the latest launches, like the line array column speaker UDA 16 or the ZERO subwoofers Series, as well as the improvements made at some of the existing references, like the update of the distributed audio system over IP BlueLine Digital.

Ampco Flashlight Rental Invests in Qu and ME

18/06/2014 - Production News

Dutch PA company, Ampco - Flashlight, has updated its rental stock by adding 24 ME-1 Personal monitor mixers and 2 ME-U hubs with a MADI option card, as well as 4 Qu-16 rackmount digital mixers, all from Allen & Heath.

CueCore controls Kista Trafikplats Bridges in Sweden

18/06/2014 - Project News

Sweden - Lighting designer Michael Hallbert collaborated with Swedish design and installation company Luxlight on the recent Kista Trafikplats E4/E18 project just outside of Stockholm. This is where two bridges have been built at the largest interchange in Stockholm, running from north–east and south-east forming a T that can be seen from space. Visual Productions' CueCores were utilized to control the lighting.

Backstage Academy recruiting staff for new degrees

18/06/2014 - Standards News

UK - Backstage Academy, the live events industry training centre based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is looking to recruit industry professionals, teachers and admin staff ahead of the new term commencing in October 2014.

Osram Creates Milestone with Laser Diodes for Projectors

18/06/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - For the first time there is a compact laser multi-chip package. Osram Opto Semiconductors can pack up to 20 blue laser chips in the new PLPM4 450 module. Instead of taking the laborious approach and constructing a light source from individual laser diodes, it is now possible to reduce the complexity of laser projectors significantly. Developers also succeeded in doubling the optical output of the individual chips, with the result that the new laser module now offers an overall output of 50 W. This means that professional laser projectors can achieve a brightness level of more than 2000 lumen with only one component.

The Clay Paky B-EYE is a ‘great joy’ on Veronica Maggio Arena Tour

18/06/2014 - Production News

Scandinavia - Lighting designer Henrik Lundin is using a number of the triple-award winning Clay Paky B-EYE K20s to light Ethereal Swedish songstress Veronica Maggio’s first-ever Scandinavian arena tour.

XTA Launches New APA Series at InfoComm 2014

17/06/2014 - Event News

USA – XTA is debuting the APA series – short for Adaptive Processing Amplification – at this year’s InfoComm show. APA’s new power and DSP platforms have been designed to interact intelligently and adapt to prevailing conditions, protecting drivers and significantly enhancing performance from all speaker systems.

DiGiCo gets twinned with Belgian company Twin4U

17/06/2014 - Production News

Belgium – Young, dynamic company TWIN4U had an eye for quality from its inception in 2008. Now going from strength to strength, its commitment to using DiGiCo mixing consoles has never waned.

Clay Paky Sharpy is ‘diamond choice’ for detailed lighting looks on Drake world tour

17/06/2014 - Production News

The Clay Paky Sharpy was lighting designer Guy Pavelo’s first choice for his hi-tech rig on hip-hop star Drake’s latest world tour.

QSC WideLine-10 System Constantly Out On Hire In Chennai

17/06/2014 - Production News

India – AV Express, an audio-visual equipment hire company based in Chennai in India, recently added a QSC WideLine-10 system to their sound reinforcement inventory comprised of 16 three-way WL2102-w modules with six GP218-sw subwoofers.

Sennheiser Microphone Technology Set to Feature in Brazil

17/06/2014 - Production News

When national football teams from all over the world line up to compete for victory in Brazil, several hundred million TV viewers will be watching live and many will be more than happy to stay up all night in order to follow the action. During the tournament, the production company Host Broadcast Services (HBS) will be using wireless and wired microphones from Sennheiser, including the new Esfera surround microphone system, to capture the stadium atmosphere as realistically as possible and to provide the matches with thrilling commentaries and pitchside reports.

Robert Juliat Victor Followspots Light Up Broadway Hit, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

17/06/2014 - Production News

USA – The unconventional rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is lighting up Broadway, and its lighting designer, Kevin Adams, is using Robert Juliat Victor followspots to light up the stage at the Belasco Theatre.

New Range of Stagemaker Radio Frequency Load Cells

17/06/2014 - Equipment News

Stagemaker load cells are extremely reliable. Cable-free, they offer several working frequencies to ensure the greatest possible transmission dependability. Individual load cells transmit measurements in such a way as the failure of any one device cannot interfere with the weighing unit as a whole. Furthermore, they are fitted with long life batteries (5,000 to 10,000 hour) offering more than a year's uninterrupted service even though, for safety reasons, there is no standby mode. The load cells' information receiver is fitted with an inverter ensuring continuity of service even in the event of a power cut.

Doughty Engineering Receives Engineering Product of the Year Accolade at ABTT

17/06/2014 - Event News

Doughty Engineering has been awarded the ABTT 2014 Theatre Award for Engineering Product of the Year, following the introduction of its new range of drop arms, T-bars and H-frames at this year’s show.

Dutch production Company Tenfeet Upgrade to Latest Hippotizer Specifications

17/06/2014 - Production News

After seven years of using Hippotizer on some of Europe’s most high-profile productions, Netherland’s Tenfeet have decided to upgrade their first generation Hippotizer.

All Change in Export as Doughty Engineering Imports New Recruit

17/06/2014 - People News

Doughty Engineering has appointed Mathew Brake as the newest member of its export team, where his experience and customer service skills will provide customers with greater continuity, complementing the two existing part time members of staff.

Clay Paky Goes Bollywood at the IIFA Awards

17/06/2014 - Production News

USA – An awards show like none other took Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium by storm when the annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards came to the US for the first time. The IIFA Awards honour artistic and technical excellence in Bollywood, India’s famed Hindi-language film industry that sells more than three billion tickets every year. The show, which aired on Star World Network, used a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures.

Black Light Helps Make Madama Butterfly Take Wing

17/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Black Light has helped bring Scottish Opera’s latest extravaganza to the stage, by providing the company with 16 Robe MMX lights for its touring production of Madama Butterfly.

Outline Debuts Cutting Edge Filter Technology and Range of New Products at InfoComm 2014

17/06/2014 - Event News

USA - In a major advancement of its proprietary iMODE Processing Platform - the Italian manufacturer will introduce the iP24, a multi-purpose 2-input/4-output DSP loudspeaker controller in a single rack space design. For the first time, it provides all the features associated with the iMode platform now able to control external amplifiers and passive sound reinforcement systems (outlineimode.com).

The Clay Paky Sharpy is ‘landmark’ fixture for Dutch dance event ‘Qapital’

17/06/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - The creative team behind popular Dutch dance event organisers ‘Q-dance’ turned to the un-rivalled power of the Clay Paky Sharpy when building their latest immersive club night ‘Qapital’ at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.

Kilowatt AV uses Avolites Ai Media server to power South Africa's first choreographed 3D video-mapping experience

17/06/2014 - Production News

South Africa - South African equipment rental and technical support house Kilowatt AV recently invested in the Avolites Ai Media Server EX series to power the country's first-ever choreographed 3D video-mapping experience.

Dirty Rigger Reveal Their Field Testing Programme

17/06/2014 - Equipment News

UK - It's never been a secret that Dirty Rigger gloves often go above and beyond their call of duty. Their ability to continually develop, test and construct gloves and rigger wear of such world dominating endurance is widely known and recently they've given a little sneak peak as to how they've done it.

Robe Has the X-Factor in the Czech & Slovak Republics

17/06/2014 - Production News

Czech Republic - Robe moving lights once again proved they had ‘that special something’ for the X-Factor – this time the final of the Czech and Slovak edition of the popular talent competition reality TV show, which was staged at the Incheba Expo Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

LSC to Attend InfoComm 2014

17/06/2014 - Event News

Australia - LSC will attend this year's InfoComm 2014 show on the Technologies for Worship Pavilion, stand C8486.

The Industry Votes BlackTrax at Eurovision 2013 the winner!

16/06/2014 - Event News

USA – On Saturday 31st May at Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York City, Bruce Freeman (pictured), chairman of Cast BlackTrax, proudly accepted a 2014 Excellence in Live Design Award in the Live for Broadcast category for the use of BlackTrax at Eurovision 2013. The Award, voted on by industry professionals and administered by Live Design, recognises Excellence in design for projects completed between January and December 2013.

W-DMX Delivers The Passion

16/06/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands – Wireless Solution Sweden AB’s award-winning W-DMX was once again centre stage at one of the world’s most popular holidays. Easter is undoubtedly a huge event in many parts of the world but The Netherlands did it justly with the 2014 production of The Passion.

ArKaos PRO exhibits with A.C. Lighting, Inc at InfoComm14

16/06/2014 - Event News

USA – ArKaos PRO, Belgian software and media server manufacturer, will be exhibiting at InfoComm, Las Vegas (18-20 June 2014) with its exclusive North American distributor, A.C. Lighting, Inc. on Booth C5054.

(Mostly) Quiet Please!

16/06/2014 - Project News

UK - POLARaudio supplies ZonarSound Speakers to Isolate Media Wall Audio at Nottingham Trent University Library.

L-Acoustics Introduces K2 and Panflex Technology at InfoComm

16/06/2014 - Event News

Las Vegas - Following in the footsteps of the highly successful K1 system for large stadium tours and outdoor festivals, L-Acoustics has announced the official North American debut of its new K2 line source array loudspeaker system at InfoComm 2014 featuring Panflex technology.

WORK PRO to launch a new website exclusively for professional audio and installation products

16/06/2014 - Business News

www.workproaudio.com is the new website developed and launched by WORK PRO which contains all the last news and featured products that have been designed by the brand for the professional audio and installation sector. The aim is to offer a comprehensive communication to its potential and current customers with a site with all kind of information about WORK PRO audio products.

Robe for The Voice van Vlaanderan

16/06/2014 - Production News

Belgium - Show designer Ignace D’Haese from leading Belgian creative show and design practice Arf & Yes 'imagineered' a fabulous production design incorporating lighting, video and scenography for the 2014 live finals of the Voice van Vlaanderen (The Voice of Flanders), staged in the Kuipke (Velodrome) in Gent.

Feature-Rich, Value-Packed Rogue Series Moving Heads

13/06/2014 - Event News

USA – Expect the “Rogue” revolution to be in full force at Chauvet Professional’s booth (# C5856) at InfoComm 2014. No this isn’t a band of ruffians that visitors will see, but a rebellion against all previous notions about quality and pricing in lighting – in the form of the company’s new value-packed, breakthrough Rogue Series moving heads.

Michael Doucot Appointed Product Marketing Manager, Electro-Voice Portable Sound – North America.

13/06/2014 - People News

Bosch Security Systems, Inc., Communications Systems division has announced the appointment of Michael Doucot to the position of product marketing manager, Electro-Voice Portable Sound – North America. 

Shapeshifter Augments Major Tours

13/06/2014 - Equipment News

High End Systems' revolutionary new Shapeshifter automated luminaire was introduced at the recent Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Germany, and the company shipped the first C1 and W1 units to customers throughout May. Shapeshifter is now being employed on major US tours, and is becoming an integral tool for lighting production companies throughout the world. HES sales manager Craig Burross commented: "After one month of shipping our Shapeshifter C1 and W1 fixtures, the buzz has been incredible! Watching cutting-edge lighting designers utilise the product is truly inspiring, and more LDs are embracing these products each and every week. With our C2 and W2 units shipping soon, I believe everyone in the design community will want to specify and utilise these innovative new lighting tools."

DPA Microphones d:fine 66 and 88 Miniature Headset Mics Make InfoComm Debut

13/06/2014 - Event News

USA – DPA Microphones’ new d:fine 66 and d:fine 88 miniature headset microphones will be on display at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C11936). Ideal for productions involving presenters and performers needing to move freely about a stage without obstructions from a handheld mic or mic stand, the d:fine 66 and d:fine 88 have joined the company’s d:fine headset microphone family, which now addresses a variety of sound handling and size options, depending on the intended application.

Avolites Media Delivers the Power to Drive Challenging Coldplay Show

13/06/2014 - Production News

USA Coldplay recently held an intimate secret show to mark the release of their album 'Ghost Stories,' to the delight of the 800 lucky fans in attendance at Sony Studios Los Angeles. The spectacular event, recorded for a TV special and album bonus DVD, saw the band play a very special set, including a recital of the new album in its entirety for the first time.

TSL Appoints Tim Roffey as Head of Rigging

13/06/2014 - People News

UK - TSL Ltd has announced that Tim Roffey has joined its team as head of rigging. Tim has a long career in the rigging and events industries, having previously worked for Unusual Rigging, his own business Special Project Solutions and most recently as a director of Media Power House.

Sound Moves UK Facility Launch

13/06/2014 - Business News

Sound Moves UK recently unveiled its refurbished logistics facility in Ashford near London’s Heathrow airport. Specialists in providing bespoke logistics to the creative industries for nearly 20 years, Sound Moves recently acquired its long-term home, Abbeygate House, marking an important step in the company’s continuing development. During the official launch event special guests were invited to tour the refurbished building including the crew break room, the state-of-the-art boardroom with video-training facilities and the 1950s theatre themed reception area.

Philips Selecon Provides 'Amazing' LED Upgrade for Prime Time TV Studio Red Pepper

13/06/2014 - Project News

South Africa Award-winning set designer Michael Gill recently worked alongside lighting designers Joshua Cutts and Francois van der Merwe on South African TV studio Red Pepper's ambitious upgrade project, specifying the remarkable LED technology of Philips Selecon Studio Panels, SPX Zoomspot and PLcyc1 luminaires for three new prime time game shows.

The Technical Theatre Awards Announces Nominees as Voting Opens

13/06/2014 - Event News

UK The Technical Theatre Awards, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of people working behind the scenes, has announced the nominees for this year's event as voting officially opens.

QSC Helps Casino Refurbishment Project Achieve Handsome Savings

13/06/2014 - Project News

Australia – When the Crown Spas complex in Melbourne, Australia decided to upgrade their audio systems, Digital Living, a Melbourne based AV integrator, was contracted to do the work. In the process, Digital Living helped Crown Spas save an estimated 15 to 20 percent on the project by installing a QSC Q-Sys Core 500i processor at the heart of the system. In addition to the cost-effective and powerful integrated Core 500i processor, the Crown Spas complex audio upgrade also utilises 22 QSC TSC-3 touchscreens and 15 QSC CX254 four-channel amplifiers. The Crown complex, located on the south bank of the Yarra river, is renowned for incorporating one of the largest casinos in the world, as well as three hotels, luxury shopping facilities, several nightclubs, a cinema, various restaurants and two spas, including the five-star Crown Spas.

DiGiCo Gets the Latin Vibe with Calle 13

13/06/2014 - Production News

Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 is one of Latin America’s most successful bands, having won 19 Latin Grammy Awards and two US Grammy Awards. Frequently controversial and with an eclectic musical style, Calle 13 has a devoted following and its current tour, which travels to South, Central and North America, as well as Europe and Asia, is filling stadiums, arenas and theatres everywhere it goes. Two DiGiCo SD8-24s are along for the ride.

Stage|Set|Scenery with a Focus on Scenographers

13/06/2014 - Event News

Germany – In cooperation with Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft and Messe Berlin, Bund der Szenografen e.V. will be presenting a project it has been working on for the Prague Quadrennial 2015 at Stage|Set|Scenery, which takes place from 9 to 11 June 2015 in Berlin.

Nuage is Master of the SoundShack

13/06/2014 - Project News

Germany - Based in Hamburg, The Shack is one of Germany’s leading independent film and post-production studios, with clients ranging from car manufacturers to advertising agencies and business consultants. When audio department The SoundShack recently upgraded its technical facilities, Yamaha Nuage was the choice.

Game Changers Awards

13/06/2014 - Production News

For ten years Sky has been sponsoring young people in schools by providing mentors from the top people in sport. Sky Sports Living for Sport is one of Sky’s Bigger Picture initiatives. One of the new shows that has stemmed from this is Game Changers, a brand new sports show for children packed with a range of ideas and activities to help young people get involved in anything from Athletics to Zumba.

Lucas Theatre Premiers Alcons Hybrid Pro-Ribbon Power

13/06/2014 - Project News

USA - The story of how a group of residents from Savannah, Georgia, joined together to save the city’s historic Lucas Theatre from demolition has entered American theatrical folklore. Not content with just saving it, however, the building continues to be updated for 21st century audiences. The most recent improvement has been an Alcons Audio system, which has delivered superb sound without impacting on the venue’s aesthetics.

Scrub Supplies Soundminer Pro and Pro Tools HDX for Molinare Dubbing Theatre Upgrades

13/06/2014 - Project News

UK - Scrub, a division of HHB Communications Ltd specialising in serving the post-production industry, has supplied Molinare Post Production with major upgrades to its audio dubbing theatres that include a Soundminer v4.5 Pro installation and Pro Tools HDX upgrades.

GLD at the Heart of Major World Cup Stadium Venue

13/06/2014 - Project News

Brazil - Originally built for the World Cup in 1950, Brazil’s iconic Maracana stadium will host many of the major matches in the FIFA World Cup 2014, including the final on 13th July, with audio managed by the stadium’s GLD digital mixer from Allen & Heath.

Cristiano Giavedoni and Amedeo Guizzi Launch Blumano Ltd

13/06/2014 - Business News

Blumano Ltd is an engineering-based company headquartered in the UK and working internationally which has been launched to provide a whole range of specialist services, expertise and consultancy which is related to lifting and load-bearing equipment for stages and other areas of entertainment industry production.

Chroma-Q Inspire LED House Lights Transform Museum into Colourful Educational Initiative

13/06/2014 - Project News

The NetherlandsThousands of schoolchildren are expected to visit a new ‘ICER’ innovation centre in the Dutch town of Ulft, which features a state-of-the-art educational hub transformed into different moods through vibrant colour-changes provided by Chroma-Q Inspire premium performance LED houselights.

Bandit Gives Back to Bloodwater Charity

12/06/2014 - Production News

USA – To some it may have just been another late spring Thursday night, but to those in attendance at Blood:Water’s private event, it was an evening to raise funds and awareness for something so many people take for granted: clean water.

DPA Microphones Goes on a Musical Journey With The Walk to Fisterra

12/06/2014 - Production News

France and Spain – New York-based Cellist Dane Johansen is embarking on The Walk to Fisterra, a 600-mile musical/walking journey along the Camino de Santiago, a popular pilgrimage route through France and Spain. Over the course of his six-week journey, which began May 14, Johansen will stop at several of the 36 historic churches along the Ancient Roman footpath, where he will perform Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, while a team of filmmakers and music producers capture content for a stunning documentary about the pilgrimage. To ensure the highest quality audio, sound engineer, Kyle Pyke, and Grammy Award-winner, Jesse Lewis, who is the music producer and co-sound engineer on the project, are using several pieces from DPA Microphones’ product line.

GoboPlus.com Launches at ABTT

12/06/2014 - Business News

UK - A new company has been launched at ABTT: GoboPlus.com that answers every gobo need from one easy-to-use, online source. Stock gobo ranges from Rosco, DHA and GAM can all be purchased from GoboPlus.com alongside a burgeoning range of GoboPlus.com original designs.

Utopium Invests in New Technology

12/06/2014 - Production News

Utopium has invested in a range of new event lighting technologies with sustainable, creative benefits to clients.

Sennheiser UK Announces More Sound Academy Dates

12/06/2014 - Standards News

Sennheiser UK has announced further dates for its UK Sound Academy courses, which have proved extremely popular with professional sound engineers, students and others working within the audio industry.

MediaMaster 4: So Many new Features

12/06/2014 - Equipment News

ArKaos Prohas announced the release of the 4th generation of its MediaMaster software.

Listening to feedback from users has resulted in a new and ever-more powerful version of the software. MediaMaster 4 has a wealth of new features but is still as fast and easy to use as everyone is used to.

Old School Gives Way to New School at Zion Lutheran

12/06/2014 - Project News

USA - The Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka, Minnesota, has installed an Allen & Heath GLD digital system following an expansion of the sanctuary and an upgrade to the audio system.

A.C. Special Projects Provide an Energy Saving LED Lighting Solution for Iconic Liverpool Location

12/06/2014 - Project News

UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. have provided a unique, energy efficient architectural lighting solution – complete with wireless DMX control – for one of ScottishPower Energy Networks’ (SPEN) primary substations, located on the world-famous Mathew Street in Liverpool.

British Manufacturer Audient Appoints Digime as the New Distributor for its Compact Product Range

12/06/2014 - Business News

China – Fresh and fully energised after the recent PALM Expo 2014 in Beijing, Digime’s COO Lenlo Zhu and his team are encouraged by the visitor response to the Audient range. Lenlo says of the iD22, “It’s simply fantastic! It has that traditional, classic Audient console sound, with a British design style. A monitor, mixer and mic preamp all combined in one unit – it’s a best buy!”

Ron StageMaster Load Cells Provide Safety Peace of Mind for Repositioning of Refurbished Isaac Theatre Royal Dome Ceiling

12/06/2014 - Project News

New Zealand - The end of March 2014 marked a milestone for the iconic Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand, as 'the grand old lady’s' iconic dome ceiling lifted back into its rightful place after an extensive refurbishment as a result of the February, 2011 earthquake. Rigging and stage equipment company ShowQuip of Christchurch was there with their Ron StageMaster wireless load cells from Eilon Engineering.

Battersea Gets Powered by Elton John and Robe

12/06/2014 - Production News

UK – Battersea Power Station Development Company on behalf of its shareholders, SP Setia, Sime Darby and Employees Provident Fund hosted a concert by Sir Elton John to thank everyone who is helping to make the development of the iconic power station a reality.

ETC Highlights Cobalt, Nomad and LEDs at ABTT 2014

11/06/2014 - Event News

In what looked to be one of the busiest ABTT shows ever, ETC staff were on hand to show visitors their most advanced lighting systems to date, as well as updates to the Source Four LED range.

Entec Tours With Ian Anderson

11/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Entec is supplying lighting and sound for singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson’s current UK concert tour. Anderson, best known as lead singer, flautist and acoustic guitarist for rock band Jethro Tull is enjoying performing material from his latest and most successful solo album to date, “Homo Erraticus”.

Nexus Selected by Peter Greenbaum For Today Show’s Toyota Concert Series

11/06/2014 - Production News

New York – Performers often win new fans when they appear on NBC’s Today Show. Sometimes high-output LED panels do too. Such was the case recently when the Nexus 4 x 4 panel from Chauvet Professional was used for superstar Mariah Carey’s performance on the Today Show.

Coda Audio Sets Sail for InfoComm

11/06/2014 - Event News

German loudspeaker manufacturer, Coda Audio has been making waves in the European and Asian markets with its innovative and sonically stunning range of loudspeaker systems. Coda is a name as yet relatively unknown in America, but this June sees the company set sail for the United States to make its first appearance at InfoComm 2014.

Green Hippo’s Hippotizer-Chipmunk Server Named a Live Design Projection Product Of The Year

11/06/2014 - Event News

Chipmunk is the latest addition to Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media server range. Driven by the same software engine that powers the entire range, Chipmunk delivers two layers of 1080p HD with ease, plus full-on layer geometry, effects and color control, and keystone correction. Timeline functionality is as per Chipmunk’s siblings along with RegionMapper, Preset Manager, ScreenWarp, and additional components.

Starlight Theatre’s Sound Shines with L-Acoustics

11/06/2014 - Project News

USA - Seating nearly 8,000 patrons, Starlight Theatre has been a staple of Kansas City’s performing arts community since it first opened in 1950. Hosting a full calendar of Broadway plays and musicals each summer season – not to mention numerous concerts, corporate events, weddings and fundraisers – many classic productions have trod the boards of the large open-air venue over the years, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, Hair, Camelot, Sweet Charity and West Side Story.

Robben Ford Sounds Spectacular in Asia Thanks To DPA

11/06/2014 - Production News

Hong Kong - American blues, jazz and rock guitarist Robben Ford delivered an outstanding live performance when he and his band played Shatin Town Hall Auditorium in Hong Kong recently.

Clay Paky B-EYEs Elevate Easter Worship Experience for North Carolina’s Elevation Church

11/06/2014 - Production News

USA – Elevation Church, based in Matthews, North Carolina, added Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights to the extensive roster of AV equipment it used for a series of Easter worship experiences this year.  

‘Kicking’ off the Summer

11/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Since Soccer AM first started in 1995 it has developed a cult following, with generations of young men spending their Saturday morning in front of the TV to tune into features such as ‘Can He Kick It’, ‘Big Tackle’, ‘Fan of the Week’ and ‘Third Eye’, not to mention the Soccerettes!

LMC Audio Systems brings Cadac digital to ABTT

11/06/2014 - Business News

UK - Cadac has announced the appointment of LMC Audio Systems as an official UK dealer with immediate effect. The leading live audio sales company will be showing Cadac’s new CDC eight-16 digital production console at the ABTT Theatre show.

Join Green Hippo's Sean Westgate for an exclusive 4K+ Training Session at InfoComm 2014

11/06/2014 - Event News

Technical director and AViary product manager Sean Westgate will be holding a special seminar at InfoComm 2014, discussing the capabilities of 4K+ in the real world, new mapping solutions and the challenges of displaying video in environments such as corporate AV, Retail and Installation.

Hawthorn Delivers Another Successful Moonwalk in Scotland

11/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Hawthorn’s delivered another successful Moon Walk in Edinburgh over the weekend. The company was responsible for the full technical production of the Inverleith Park Moon Walk Village in Edinburgh. The village is the start and finish focal point of the event, where walkers made use of the facilities in their bid to raise money for breast cancer charity ‘Walk The Walk’, one of Scotland’s largest charity events. This year’s event saw over 4000 walkers dressed in costume with many opting for the well-known ‘Walk The Walk’ pink outfits that were adapted to reflect the 2014 Super Hero theme.

ArKaos PRO Partners with PSAV for Solutions to the International Hotel and Conference Industry

11/06/2014 - Business News

ArKaos PRO has partnered with PSAV to roll out progressive projection and mapping solutions across its global network in the hotel, resort and conference centre industry. ArKaos PRO media servers and software deliver the most versatile, easy-to-use video media server and mapping capabilities to clients who want to add impact to their events and presentations.

Philips Strand Lighting 250ML 'Super Efficient' Control Console Saves the Day for Stark Films

11/06/2014 - Project News

South Africa – For 26 years, Stark Films has been one of South Africa's leading independent television production companies and skilled resident lighting designer Chris Gardner has recently turned to the efficiency and reliability of the Philips Strand Lighting 250ML Control Console for the studio's much-needed upgrade.

Kehoe Designs Lights Up Glamorous Chicago Corporate Parties with Clay Paky B-EYE and Sharpy Fixtures

11/06/2014 - Production News

USA – Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights and Clay Paky Sharpys featured prominently in two glamourous corporate parties staged by Chicago event design company, Kehoe Designs. The new-to-market B-EYEs have joined Sharpys as go-to fixtures for Kehoe Designs, which values them for their versatility and performance.

Barry Manilow Arena Tour Shines Bright with White Light

11/06/2014 - Production News

UK – Entertainment lighting specialist White Light has supplied lighting solutions and support for Barry Manilow’s 2014 UK Arena Tour. The American pop superstar, known for the hit songs “Mandy” and “Copacabana”, visited arena and stadium venues throughout the UK including Manchester’s Phones 4U Arena and London’s O2 and Wembley Arenas.

Clay Paky Sharpys Treat TV’s Nashville Stars Like Country Music Greats

11/06/2014 - Production News

USA – ABC-TV’s musical drama, Nashville, features a number of performances in every episode. The final episodes performance got the full star treatment with Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures.

Robe Sparkles at Cadena Dial Awards

10/06/2014 - Production News

Spain – The 2014 Cadena Dial Awards was staged by leading Spanish Radio Station Cadena Dial and produced by Planet Events at the Auditorio Miguel Delibes in Valladolid to celebrate the most successful Spanish language performing artists and bands from the year.

Showline SL NITRO 510C Strobe Luminaires Blast Colour for Tinie Tempah Tour

10/06/2014 - Production News

UK – Emmy Award nominee and go-to lighting designer for the music industry, Patrick Dierson, specified new Showline SL NITRO 510C strobe luminaires as part of his dramatic concept lighting for Brit rapper Tinie Tempah's UK 'Demonstration' Tour.

Eurovision’s LD is ‘Blown Away’ by the Power of Clay Paky

10/06/2014 - Production News

Denmark – TV lighting designer Kasper Lange was ‘blown away’ by the power of the Clay Paky fixtures used in his highly efficacious lighting design for TV event of the year, Eurovision.

Free Licence Upgrade – Maximise Your Chipmunk

10/06/2014 - Equipment News

For the month of June Green Hippo is offering a limited time free Connect and Control software upgrade to everyone buying a new Hippotizer Chipmunk. The offer will run throughout June and finishes on Friday 4th July 2014.

NEXT-proaudio announces the new distributor for Italy

10/06/2014 - Business News

The Portuguese audio manufacturer brand NEXT-proaudio has announced the appointment of the new distributor for Italy. The distribution company name is Phoebus S.P.A., and from now on they will handle the exclusive distribution of NEXT-proaudio products for that market.

Duncan is Wild About DiGiCo

10/06/2014 - Production News

Monitor engineer Duncan Wild has steadily been building up an inventory of equipment that he knows will give him reliability, flexibility and, of course, great audio quality. One of his first purchases was a DiGiCo digital mixing console, a decision he has never regretted.

Unusual Rigging Helps King’s Theatre Glasgow Defy Gravity

10/06/2014 - Production News

UK - When Wicked opened at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow in May, little did the management realise it would be the highest grossing show in the history of the venue. Over 53,000 tickets were snapped up for the show’s sell-out Scottish première.

Temple Of Tune Flies High With Nuage

10/06/2014 - Project News

Belgium – Established in 1990 in the Belgian municipality of Kuurne, Temple of Tune specialises in television, film, corporate promos and radio commercials. With owner Fredo Gevaert always striving to improve the facility’s service, his investment in a Yamaha Nuage system has reaped immediate dividends.

Celebrating 25 years of Theatrical Drapery

10/06/2014 - Event News

Prompt Side is exhibiting on Stand 40 at the ABTT Theatre Show, and this year are showcasing a service ideal for designers wanting a traditional painted scenic cloth, but with the added benefits of digital printing – light weight and crease resistant textiles, perfect for touring – and no flaky paint! Supply original painted artwork, any size, and Prompt Side will produce a traditional, but beautifully modern backdrop, brushstrokes and all!

ETC Eos Ti Starts a Trend in the West End

10/06/2014 - Production News

UK - A new workhorse is gaining popularity behind the scenes on the West End. ETC’s Eos Titanium (Ti) lighting control system has been taking over the programming duties on a growing number of London’s top shows, with more lighting professionals choosing the power and flexibility that the desk offers. Two of those professionals – Vicky Brennan and Andi Davis – share their experience with Ti and why they trust it on even the biggest shows.

Kinesys Sales Get Asia Boost

10/06/2014 - Project News

London-based automation manufacturer and specialist Kinesys has finalised two major sales and technical partnerships in Asia – in Taiwan and South Korea – expanding their business substantially in the region.

Audient Announces New South Korean Distributor

10/06/2014 - People News

South Korea – Kinoton Korea, Inc. is named as Audient’s distributor of its full range of products in South Korea, including the USB interface, iD22 and the eight-channel mic pre and ADC, ASP880.

Robe Pointes Take Intergalactic Trip for A Marte Cabaret

10/06/2014 - Production News

Spain - A Marte Cabaret (A Mars Cabaret) is a full-on intergalactic party, action packed with humour, eroticism and fun in a secret place that’s full of mad characters and idiosyncrasies where humans can explore fantasies and crazy ideas without inhibitions.

DPA Microphones Help Solve a Challenging Acoustic Problem

09/06/2014 - Production News

UK – As a company that prides itself on delivering great quality sound, Portsmouth-based MLS Audio has no hesitation in specifying the best equipment on the market to achieve its desired results. It is therefore no surprise that, when faced with a tricky sound reinforcement project, the company turned to DPA Microphones for help.

Community Provides Audio for Three World Cup Stadia

09/06/2014 - Project News

Brazil – In 2014 Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup for the second time, now with technology playing a major part in ensuring the enjoyment and safety of visitors.

Sennheiser UK launches Trade In Trade Up

09/06/2014 - Business News

The 1st June sees Sennheiser UK launch Trade In Trade Up, the latest in its on-going initiative to ensure that all wireless microphone users are operating on legal UK frequencies.

A.C. Special Projects Showcases Performance Installations at ABTT 2014

09/06/2014 - Event News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. will be on hand at the ABTT Show 2014 alongside sister sales company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. (both stand 38), to discuss how they can provide bespoke integrated solutions of lighting, audio and AV equipment to the performance and educational sectors, including the very latest technologies showcased on the stand.

Chroma-Q Showcases Leading Performance Lighting Solutions at ABTT 2014

09/06/2014 - Event News

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 theatre, opera, film, TV, venues, touring, events, retail, houses of worship and others.

Tinie Tempts Arena Crowds with LS-Live

09/06/2014 - Production News

UKTinie Tempah’s 11-date UK and Ireland arena tour this spring was backed by staging rental outfit LS-Live.

Renegade Tours with Atomic Bomb

09/06/2014 - Production News

Nick Gray of London-based live performance design practice Renegade created an inventive lighting and visuals scheme for the highly acclaimed Atomic Bomb tour, by a new international super-group led by David Byrne, to honour the work of obscure Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor.

Allen & Heath Digital Consoles Manage Brazilian Carnival

09/06/2014 - Production News

Allen & Heath’s iLive-112 digital systems were used at Brazil’s famous carnival celebrations to manage the live performances of renowned international artists including Claudia Leite, Jota Quest, Pericles, and Michel Telo. Mixes were also routed to four GLD-80s, which handled the worldwide broadcast feeds.

Theatre Sound plays a key role for Sennheiser at ABTT 2014

09/06/2014 - Event News

At ABTT 2014 Sennheiser UK will focus on the parts that the company’s products can play in delivering perfect audio in all manner of theatre productions and installations.

All Elation LED Rig No Joke on Comedian Gabriel Iglesias “Unity Through Laughter” Tour

09/06/2014 - Production News

USA - Professional comedians often use an ellipsoidal, a few house lights and not much else for their performances. Not so with Gabriel Iglesias whose current “Unity Through Laughter” tour has him travelling across the US with an Elation lighting rig of spots, washes, strips, strobes, PARs and more, including the new Elation Satura Spot LED Pro moving head.

Blackout all the Rage at Graduate Fashion Week

09/06/2014 - Production News

UK – Blackout was commissioned to transform East London’s Old Truman Brewery to make it catwalk ready for Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) 2014, 31st May – 3rd June.

Cadac US launches at InfoComm: new North American division shows Router, MADI and Dante Bridge MegaCOMMS components, introducing superior audio networking

09/06/2014 - Event News

USA – Cadac is exhibiting at InfoComm for the first time as Cadac Audio Ltd US & Canada, its new North American sales and distribution arm, under the direction of General Manager Paul Morini.

Show Hire Provides PA Solutions for This Summer’s International Horse Trials

09/06/2014 - Production News

Specialist sports and live events company, Show Hire, is one of Europe's leading public address and communications hire companies and this summer has made a significant investment in new outdoor public address equipment from UK AV Distributor CIE-Group, trialling and testing the new system for the first time at this year's International Horse Trials at Badminton, Chatsworth and Burley.

Clay Paky Sharpys are ‘Made For’ Scooter Tour

09/06/2014 - Production News

Europe – Copious Clay Paky beam fixtures have been employed by daring lighting designer Jerry Appelt in his ‘reach out and grab you’ lighting design for Scooter’s European tour '20 years of Hardcore'.

Entertaining Sustainability brings MeasureMyEnergy to ABTT 2014

09/06/2014 - Event News

UK – Live entertainment sustainability consultancy: entertaining sustainability will bring its MeasureMyEnergy monitoring system to London for the first time at the ABTT Theatre Show 2014.

Robe Celebrates Ten Years of Bellowhead

06/06/2014 - Production News

Contemporary UK folk band Bellowhead celebrated their tenth anniversary with two high profile shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, for which lighting designer Emma Thompson created an eye-catching scheme which included Robe CycFX 8s, Pointes, LEDWash 600s and LEDBeam 100 moving lights, all from Robe’s ROBIN range.

Hangout Fest Grows with Bandit Lites

06/06/2014 - Production News

USA – It was a weekend of sunshine, white sandy beaches, and tunes from some of the country’s hottest acts as 40,000 people from more than 50 countries gathered for the Hangout Music Festival May 16 -18. Bandit Lites worked with Hadden Hippsley and the phenomenal staff at Lambda Productions to provide the lighting for the three major stages at the event, which celebrated its highest attended weekend yet. Following the success of the last few years, Hangout Music Festival director Sean O'Connell was ready to take the even to the next level, by adding 10,000 tickets from 2013’s 30k, an entire new stage and a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.

ITEAC 2014 Acknowledges Support for ITEAC and Theatre Show

06/06/2014 - Event News

On the eve of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2014 (ITEAC 2014), taking place this Sunday until Tuesday (8-10 June), the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) looks forward to welcoming leading experts in the backstage arts, to London for ‘one glorious week in technical theatre’.

AC-ET Showcases Leading Technologies at ABTT 2014

06/06/2014 - 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 38 at ABTT 2014, in London.

Nemesis Show Control Hardware Solutions Range Debuts at ABTT 2014

06/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Orbital Sound is unveiling its new distribution line of Nemesis audio playback and control solutions on Stand No: 74 at the ABTT Theatre Show 2014 (Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, 11-12 June).

The Technical Theatre Awards Opens Voting at ABTT Theatre Show

06/06/2014 - Event News

UK - The Technical Theatre Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of people working behind the scenes, has announced that voting for the 2014 awards will open during the ABTT Theatre Show with a special launch on the Philips Entertainment stand.

Sound Solutions Demonstrates Adamson Energia System During Technical Seminar In Korea

06/06/2014 - Event News

South Korea - Sound Solutions, located in Seoul, Korea, recently offered a technical seminar to more than 400 audio professionals in Korea. The day-long event included a demonstration of Adamson Systems’ Energía product line.

Hall Stage launch "DL-Lite" pulley range at ABTT 2014

06/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Hall Stage has announced the launch of the "DL-Lite" range of rigging pulleys to complement the existing extensive catalogue of stage equipment, built up since the company formation 116 years ago in 1898.

Prompt Side at the ABTT Theatre Show

06/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Prompt Side is exhibiting on Stand 40 at the ABTT Theatre Show this year and is showcasing a service ideal for designers wanting a traditional painted scenic cloth, but with the added benefits of digital printing – light weight and crease resistant textiles, perfect for touring and no flaky paint! Supply them with your original painted artwork, any size, and they will produce a traditional, but beautifully modern backdrop, brushstrokes and all!

Versatile: grandMA2 at Viña del Mar International Song Festival

06/06/2014 - Production News

Chile - The Viña del Mar International Song Festival (Spanish: Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar) is a music festival held annually since 1960 in Viña del Mar, Chile, and considered one of the most important musical events in the Americas. Staged at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheatre, the festival features a song competition with two categories (pop music and folk songs), interspersed with performances by international music stars from around the world, encompassing a diverse mix of genres like rock, multi-lingual pop, merengue, salsa, reggaetón, bachata and many others.

Unusual Rigging’s new sales brochure at ABTT

06/06/2014 - Event News

UK - With new personal protection equipment (PPE) and chain bags added to its range, Unusual Rigging has launched its first ever sales brochure, which will be available at ABTT this year.

Doughty Engineering debuts new product range at ABTT

06/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Doughty Engineering will be unveiling its latest offering of Drop Arms and H Frames at this year’s ABTT show. The new, modular products, which complement each other, will allow designers to quickly create robust and professional lighting or scenic structures of varying drops and shapes.

HD Pro Audio Exhibit at ABTT 2014 with the SSL Live, L'Acoustics, Timax and BroaMan

06/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Distributor HD Pro Audio will be exhibiting on June 11-12 at ABTT 2014. The company will be showing a wide range of professional audio products, with the SSL Live, L'Acoustics, Timax and BroaMan taking centre stage.

XL Video UK Invests in New Fleet of Media Servers

05/06/2014 - Production News

XL Video’s UK operation has announced a major upgrade to its fleet of media servers. The new servers, and accompanying custom-designed housings, are built around the newest Apple MacPro computers.

Avolites, Robe and Tomcat Stage Joint Open House at Soundcheck Nashville

05/06/2014 - Event News

USA - Running in tandem with the huge CMA Music Festival from June 5 through 8, lighting console manufacturer Avolites announces that it is partnering with lighting fixture manufacturer Robe to host a four-day open house at Soundcheck Nashville, the largest rehearsal studio complex in the world under one roof.

Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4 Shines Boldy in ‘La Voz México’

05/06/2014 - Production News

Mexico – "La Voz Mexico" ("The Voice"), one of the highest-rated musical TV shows produced by Televisa recently completed its third season lit by 28 Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4 luminaires, which played a prominent role in the show’s lighting design. The colorful stage was the perfect place to enjoy remarkable and exciting interpretations of all the performers, also with different musical styles, such as ballads, pop-rock, folk, and more.

Meyer Sound Names Luke Jenks Director of Product Management

05/06/2014 - People News

USA - Meyer Sound has promoted Luke Jenks (pictured) to the newly created position of director of product management. Most recently serving as the company’s loudspeaker product manager, Jenks now represents the full range of company solutions, from loudspeakers to show control, system optimization, and passive and active acoustic systems.

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 supported by Prolyte trussing

05/06/2014 - Production News

Denmark - The 2014 ESC was organised in Copenhagen, Denmark and the organisers chose an old shipyard at Refshaleøen as the hosting venue. Apart from its vast floor space and a roof, the venue did not offer much in the way of infrastructure to host a massive event like the Eurovision Song Contest.

DPA Microphones Becomes Platinum Partner for Technologies for Worship Pavilion at InfoComm 2014

05/06/2014 - Event News

USA - DPA Microphones, the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications, has announced that it has signed on as a Platinum Partner for the Technologies for Worship Pavilion (Booth C4846) at InfoComm 2014. As part of this sponsorship, the company’s d:fine Headset, d:vote 4099 Instrument and d:facto Vocal mics will be used for all presentations and performances taking place at the Pavilion. DPA representatives will also be hosting two workshops at the Pavilion focused on proper mic’ing principals several times throughout the show.

DPA Microphones and Break of Reality Partner to Support Music Education Programmes

05/06/2014 - Production News

USA - DPA Microphones recently joined cello-rock group Break of Reality as advocates for the importance of music education in schools.

Arena Group turns round Wembley for Froch Groves Fight

05/06/2014 - Production News

Arena Seating played a vital role within the event team to transform Wembley Stadium from football to boxing ahead of the Froch Groves fight. The fight saw Froch retain his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles with a knockout punch in the eighth round of the highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday May 31.

coolux to present new Pandoras Box Version 5.7 software at infoCOMM

05/06/2014 - Event News

USA - coolux will present their new Pandoras Box Software Version 5.7 at this year’s infoCOMM exhibition in Las Vegas, in addition to showing a variety of new hardware products, including the Pandoras Box Compact Player.

Projection Studio helps put Vodafone Firsts on the Map

05/06/2014 - Production News

UK - London based projection specialist The Projection Studio worked as a consultant for live communications agency Wasserman to activate a pan-European large format video projection campaign for the Vodafone Firsts initiative.

AC-ET Supplies High End Systems Hog 4 to Royal Opera House

05/06/2014 - Project News

UK – The historic Royal Opera House (ROH) in London’s Covent Garden has worked closely with the Lighting division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd - an official UK sub-distributor for the High End Systems product range - to seamlessly upgrade their Wholehog III house video control desk to the flagship new Hog 4 console.

Clay Paky Sharpy Wash Fixtures with the Cheerleaders

05/06/2014 - Production News

USA – Dallas-based Gemini Light Sound & Video has invested in 30 Clay Paky Sharpy Washes and plans to add more of the popular fixtures to its rental inventory. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

Something for all senses with d&b at The ABTT Theatre Show 2014

05/06/2014 - Event News

UK - It's June it must be time to take a stroll down the East End's Brick Lane to The Old Truman Brewery where ABTT are holding their annual Theatre Show on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June. Nestled in the heart of the Main Hall at Stand 61 is where visitors will find this year's offerings from d&b; a formidable line-up designed to whet everyone's appetite when hunting for that extra tasty titbit for the pro audio platter.

Clay Paky fixtures illuminate the Celebration of Saint John Paul II

05/06/2014 - Production News

Poland - Lighting Designer Sebastian Pachciarek used a variety of Clay Paky fixtures in his rich lighting design for the celebration concert of the late pope Saint John Paul II at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland.

Harlequin to Demonstrate Stage Construction Techniques at ABTT Theatre Show

05/06/2014 - Event News

UK - Harlequin Floors stand at this month’s ABTT Theatre Show 2014 will feature demonstrations of various construction methods for stage floors and dance studio floors. Harlequin will also feature a comprehensive range of floors for theatre, dance and events on stand 58 at the show which takes place June 11-12 at The Old Truman Brewery in London.

McDonald Selects iLive for Broken Bells tour

05/06/2014 - Production News

UK - FOH engineer, Dave McDonald, selected his favoured Allen & Heath modular iLive system for the US and European tour of Broken Bells, an American indie rock band composed of artist-producer Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band, The Shins.

Elation Launches New Rayzor Q12 LED Wash with Zoom

05/06/2014 - Equipment News

Elation Professional announces launch of a new versatile moving head in its Rayzor Series of compact and high-speed LED wash luminaires, the Rayzor Q12 Zoom. From colorful wash/beam looks to stunning eye-candy effects, this functional fixture is capable of creating a wide variety of looks for stage and special event applications. It is also an excellent wash and effect light for permanent installations like clubs and other entertainment venues.

Robe Gets into the Groove with Vitality Tour

04/06/2014 - Production News

USA - GrooveBoston stages some of the most legendary dance parties in the US, and each year produces a college campus tour taking their unique, fun-loving atmosphere on the road for the full enjoyment of their enthusiastic audience. A massive part of creating that "electro-awesome" experience is ensuring that production values are high and that the design and technical elements of the show are equally as spectacular and memorable as the music.

International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2014

04/06/2014 - Event News

Registration closes this Thursday – midnight UK British Summer Time - for the ITEAC Conference.

Vivien becomes a key player for football stadium venue

04/06/2014 - Project News

Canada - Like so many sports teams, the Arizona Cardinals do much more than simply play their game. The team’s business depends on earning revenue from outside sources, and usage of the event spaces at the University of Phoenix Stadium has been boosted by use of CAST Software’s Vivien Event Designer, which has helped sales and planning processes alike resulting in an impressive 150 events per year on average.

Showtech goes Prolight + Sound: Associations Announce Participation

04/06/2014 - Event News

Germany - The whole world of event and stage technology at the same time and place: the merger of Prolight + Sound and Showtech paves the way for the sector’s most important association of international events, which will be held together for the first time at Messe Frankfurt from 15 to 18 April 2015. Now, the organisers expect numerous additional exhibitors and trade visitors from the stage technology and the equipment and film business, who used to be represented at Showtech in Berlin. Two important organisations – the Society of Theatre Costume Specialists (Gesellschaft der Theaterkostümschaffenden e.V.) and the Federation of Film Makers’ Associations (Bundesvereinigung der Filmschaffenden-Verbände e.V.) – have already announced that they will be taking part in Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.

Fairhaven Church’s New ‘Future Proof’ Elation LED Video Screen

04/06/2014 - Project News

USA - The 1,500-seat Worship Center at the Centerville Campus of Fairhaven Church in Ohio has been in the process of renovation for the past few years. Installed just in time for this year’s Easter services by Scenic Solutions was a 135-panel Elation Professional EPV6 LED video screen with high resolution 6mm pixel pitch.

Yamaha Nuage Captures Die Seer’s Ideas

04/06/2014 - Production News

Austria - First formed in 1996, Die Seer’s catchy fusion of folk, schlager, pop and rock music ensured that they rapidly became one of Austria’s most popular musical acts. It’s a position the band still enjoys and, with a new Yamaha Nuage system recently installed in their remote studio complex, the process of recording albums has become much more responsive.

Yamaha Nuage Excellence Is Set In Stone

04/06/2014 - Production News

Slovak Republik - Founded in 2010, Stone Post Production is based in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Offering full video and audio services, with a main focus on television and advertising projects, a new Yamaha Nuage installation has radically enhanced one of the facility’s sound studios.

How Fast can you Rig a Triple E Motorised Unitrack System?

04/06/2014 - Event News

UK - As part of Triple E's 30th year celebrations Triple E are holding a competition to see who can rig a motorised Unitrack system the fastest.

ELC Lighting and Green-GO set to showcase new products and famous ‘blue boxes’ at ABTT 2014

04/06/2014 - Event News

UK - ELC Lighting will be debuting its new Buddy node in the UK at this year’s ABTT, along with its full range of existing products.

Stagesafe Launch New Website

03/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Stagesafe from Chris Hannam offers a full range of health and safety services for event organisers, production and tour managers, promoters, self-employed (freelancers), service companies and businesses within the live music, event, and entertainment industries. They can provide a tailor-made service to suit your needs which is very cost effective.

Fineline Feels the Love in Bristol

03/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Downtown Bristol was buzzing with great music and vibes at the weekend for the third ‘Love Saves the Day’ Festival, a multi-stage event in Castle Park right in the heart of the city. Headliners included Annie Mac, SBTRKT, Jamie xx, Eats Everything and many more.

Alcons Audio USA brings "the Holy Grail" to InfoComm 2014

03/06/2014 - Event News

USA - This year’s InfoComm show in Las Vegas is one of the most important ones to date for Alcons Audio USA, with a great deal of attention focused on the announcement that it is bringing its pro-ribbon technology to the US touring and larger installation markets. The announcement sees the USA preview of the LR24 system, Alcons’ larger-format pro-ribbon line-array.

Green Hippo Fever Spreads across Southern Africa

03/06/2014 - Business News

South Africa - After Electrosonic SA hosted the hugely successful Hippo School in February 2014, the demand for Green Hippo Professional media servers has grown exponentially. Knowledge is power, and as the pool of Hippo knowledge grows so does the demand for servers.

Yamaha Makes Gruelling UK Tour Mission Possible

03/06/2014 - Production News

UK - London-based production company Subfrantic is currently in the midst of a gruelling 60 date UK tour with Joe McElderry. Playing a wide variety of venues, a Yamaha CL5 mixing system has helped to make the once impossible, possible.

City Theatrical at ABTT with an array of new products

03/06/2014 - Event News

UK - City Theatrical will be demonstrating their new technology at ABTT (Stand 14) on June 11 and 12, 2014, at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, including new QolorFlex LED Tape and D Series Low Voltage Dimmers, SHoW DMX wireless DMX products, data distribution products from Pathway Connectivity, and Moving Light Assistant software.

Hawthorns Delivers the Bling-Thing for the British Soap Awards 2014

03/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Hawthorns were commissioned by Bobby’s Props to deliver a glittering red carpet entrance, auditorium and press area for the British Soap Awards last Friday at the Hackney Empire theatre.

Soundcheck tests Futurelight’s Infinity Luminaires

03/06/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - The editors of Soundcheck magazine recently tested Futurelight’s EYE-7, a PLB-130 and a DMH-75 with Infinity technology. These devices move without mechanical limits, meaning they can rotate endlessly in horizontal and vertical direction.

AC-ET Launches Exclusive New Prolights Range of Value Lighting Solutions

03/06/2014 - Equipment News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has been appointed as the exclusive UK dealer for the Prolights brand. The range of lighting, video and effects products was recently officially unveiled at PLASA Focus, Leeds, receiving a great deal of interest and an overwhelmingly positive response from a wide range of visitors to the show.

White Light Offers Latest Technology at ABTT Theatre Show June 11-12

03/06/2014 - Event News

UK - White Light is returning to the annual ABTT Theatre Show for 2014, after many successful years at the show. The leading lighting supplier for West End and touring theatre will exhibit on stand 70, showcasing the latest in lighting, AV, and effects equipment from popular manufacturers including:

ETC systems take over Broadway

03/06/2014 - Production News

USA - The summer Broadway season is heating up and the Tony Awards are just around the corner. Both long-running shows and new productions are getting accolades for their incredibly ambitious and striking lighting designs that are created with the latest technology. In every show on Broadway, ETC equipment plays a big part in accomplishing the awe-inspiring lighting creations, especially ETC's trusted lighting control systems, which can be found in nearly every Broadway house.

New Osram Metal Halide Lamps with UV Stop System

03/06/2014 - Equipment News

Osram is now offering a new generation of metal halide lamps. The new Osram HMI UV stop (UVS) lamps reduce ultraviolet emissions, in this case UVB and UVC emissions, up to 99.9 percent without suffering any loss of light output or colour rendering which is close to that of natural daylight.

Challenge mastered: South American Games opened with grandMA2

03/06/2014 - Production News

Chile - The South American Games (a.k.a. ODESUR Games or Juegos Sudamericanos) is a regional multi-sport event featuring competitors from across South America and organised by the South American Sports Organization. Starting 1978 in La Paz, Bolivia the event is staged every four years, and the last edition was in Santiago, Chile. The Games have featured an equivalent to the Olympic Flame since their inception: the South American Flame, which is relayed from Tiahuanaco, Bolivia, to the host city.

Inspired Audio Delivers Compact Solution for Production Plus

03/06/2014 - Production News

UK - Hertfordshire-based production, entertainment and event-management company, Production Plus, recently put an Inspired Audio Axis AX12 loudspeaker system through its paces. The system, supplied by LMC Audio, was used on a high profile event with a contemporary artist who had minimal staging and space for technical equipment.

Hall Stage Track…? There’s an App for that…!

02/06/2014 - Business News

UK - To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the market-leading "Track Pricer" programme, Hall Stage has created an on-line APP version (launching at the ABTT Trade Show, 11-12 June) with a fresh new look which is optimised for iPad and iPhone. Available in iOS & Android format, the Track Pricer app offers an easy to follow and comprehensive method of creating detailed quotations for a vast array of track configurations in all Hall Stage systems. Once installed, a site survey can be turned in to a list of parts for order directly from your mobile phone or tablet.

Electrosonic Provides AV Design and Systems to Wallis Annenberg Center Beverly Hills

02/06/2014 - Project News

USA - The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (now known as The Wallis) has opened in Beverly Hills with audio-visual design and installation from Electrosonic for its public spaces and theaters. The Wallis, designed by SPF:architects, is the first performing arts center to be built in Beverly Hills.

Robe Helps Change Mobile World for a Global Telecommunications Player

02/06/2014 - Production News

Spain - A Chinese telecoms giant staged their ‘Mobile Changes The World’ event for over 1,000 special guests at the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, with a gala evening of entertainment at the St Jordi Arena.

TMB Introduces Firefly – Premium Marquee/Festoon Lighting at Lightfair

02/06/2014 - Equipment News

USA - At the Lightfair Show in Las Vegas TMB will introduce Firefly’s premium LED Marquee/Festoon lighting systems to the American market.

DiGiCo goes shopping in Taiwan

02/06/2014 - Project News

Taiwan - MoMo TV, one of the biggest TV shopping channels in Taiwan, has recently relocated to a new production building owned by parent company Taiwan Mobile. As part of the move, the channel has added three DiGiCo SD8 consoles to its broadcast facilities.

Santa Monica Pier's Breathtaking View Accentuated by Pulsar

02/06/2014 - Project News

USA - Dramatic lighting always adds to the ambiance of public spaces at dusk as lovers take a romantic stroll, especially around a $42.3 million setting like Santa Monica's Tongva Park.

ITEAC 2014 Pays Tribute to Conference Founder Richard Brett

02/06/2014 - Event News

UK  - As the entertainment industry’s leaders and experts gather in London next week, the Conference organisers are pleased to confirm that a celebration of the career of the late Richard Brett, founder of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference, has been scheduled to coincide with the event.

Tech Hub injects Light Emission fun in Paris

02/06/2014 - Project News

France - In the Bohemian Marais District, in the centre of bustling Paris, a new tech hub opened in the final months of 2013. The Silicon Sentier aims to provide a digital ecosystem to help aid and accelerate tech innovation in small and upcoming companies.