News Archive for February 2015

Robe Hosts University of South Wales Students

27/02/2015 - Business News

Robe welcomed 13 students and two lecturers – Phil Hughes and Clive Davies – from the University of South Wales, Glamorgan, to its HQ and factory in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic, all from the BSc Honours Lighting Design & Technology and Live Event Technology courses.

Audica Professional Appoints Audiologic for UK Distribution

27/02/2015 - Business News

Armour Pro has announced that Audica is to review its UK sales, appointing Audiologic as a distributor for sales to installers and integrators of its commercial audio systems.

Syncrolite Kicks off Grammy Awards with a Bang

27/02/2015 - Production News

USA – It is only natural that when the world’s biggest musical talents gather to honour their craft and creativity the world’s brightest lights would be invited to the party. Syncrolite was proud to be part of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and to be working with one of the lighting industry’s brightest stars, Full Flood, Inc.

Blackout has the Right Moves

27/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Blackout supported the organisers of Move It celebrating its tenth anniversary with a fantastic show and event at Olympia Grand. More than 24,000 dancers of all ages participated in an array of classes and spectacular performances over the three days.

American Jam Band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Takes Flight With Chauvet Professional Rogues

27/02/2015 - Production News

USA – Back in the 1950s, noted psychologist BF Skinner grabbed headlines by using controversial behavioral modification techniques to teach pigeons to play ping pong. Today Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is making waves again, not with psychology, but with psychedelic riffs along with some funky rock and extended jams that are attracting an ever-expanding flock, as their fans like to call themselves, to this up-and-coming band.

Harman Martin Professional’s Compact and Efficient M2GO Console is a Tremendously Versatile Tour Companion

27/02/2015 - Production News

Russia – In November 2014, Alexey Zhivanov, lighting designer for Russian stage rental and install firm Grand Show, was tasked with supporting two distinct events: a rock concert at a nightclub and a ballet staged in a traditional opera house. To accommodate the needs of each production, he brought along the versatile Harman Martin Professional M2GO lighting controller.

Hoist UK supply bespoke automatic oscillating crane

27/02/2015 - Equipment News

Hoist UK is a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and have recently supplied a bespoke monorail hoisting system with an automated vertical oscillation element for a large aerospace manufacturer based in the United Kingdom.

Another successful show for Harlequin Floors at MOVE IT

27/02/2015 - Production News

UK – It was another successful show for Harlequin Floors as MOVE IT, Britain’s biggest dance show returned to London’s Olympia in its tenth anniversary year. Event joint sponsors, Harlequin once again provided dance floors for the main stage, Harlequin Masterclass Studio and the Ballroom. This year the ever popular Move It Freestyle stage was equipped with one of Harlequin’s newest floors – Harlequin FreeStyle, which is particularly suited to street and hip-hop dance.


Prism Sound Helps David Hadzis win French Jazz Award

27/02/2015 - Event News

Long-standing Prism Sound user David Hadzis (pictured), owner of Geneva-based studio Arthanor Productions and project manager at the United Music Foundation, has just received the Best Reissue Award 2014 from the French Académie du Jazz for his project Sidney Bechet in Switzerland.

Electro-Quartet ‘Node’ Selects Flare Audio for First Live Concert in 15 Years

27/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Flare Audio’s PA system has been selected due to its ‘clarity of sound’ for powerhouse electro quartet Node’s first concert in fifteen years. Node Live will take place in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music in London on February 27th 2015.

LWE Signs Flare as Sole Audio Supplier for LEAF 2015

27/02/2015 - Event News

UK – Flare Audio has been selected as the only audio supplier for this year’s LEAF (London Electronic Arts Festival) at Tobacco Dock this March.

Queen of Green Design Donyale Werle to Present at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati

27/02/2015 - Event News

USA – Tony-winning scene designer Donyale Werle will present a session on sustainable set design and award the first Broadway Green Alliance College Captains Prize at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati March 20.

DiGiCo is in the saddle with Bombay Bicycle Club

27/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Bombay Bicycle Club will forever be known as the last live band to play at London’s iconic Earl’s Court venue. But preceding that already-famous December show was a tour that had started nearly a year before, on which DiGiCo SD9 and SD10 consoles played a starring role.

Wadia Digital appoints Absolute Sounds as official UK distributor

27/02/2015 - Business News

Absolute Sounds, the UK’s premier importer of premium-quality audio equipment,has announced its appointment as the sole UK distributor of Wadia products.

CT Delivers AV services Xerocon

27/02/2015 - Production News

Xerocon London 2015 marked one of the UK’s largest gatherings of its kind with over 800 people attending. The two day conference held by leading accountancy software company Xero boasted over 40 exhibitors, nine guest speakers and the launch of Xero’s latest product updates.

Radiant Church Beaming Over New L-Acoustics System

27/02/2015 - Project News

USA – From its start in 1996 as a small independent plant by Grandville, Michigan’s Resurrection Life Church, Radiant Church in the Richland suburb of Kalamazoo has steadily grown its membership to 3,500 members. Recently expanding its service count to four each weekend – two on Saturday and two on Sunday – the church also freshly upgraded the audio facilities of its 1,050-seat sanctuary with a new ARCS “WiFo” (Wide and Focus) loudspeaker system from L-Acoustics.

Adlib gets Riotous in Tour with Kaiser Chiefs

27/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Adlib has been providing a riotous sound for favourite UK rockers, Kaiser Chiefs, renewing a long term working relationship with the band and reuniting many crew who have worked together over several years, on a tour that’s been every bit as full-on and enjoyable as previous ones.

Sergio Mendes and will.i.am have a (Governors) Ball with DPA

27/02/2015 - Production News

USA – After Oscar awards were collected and the lights dimmed on stage at the Dolby Theatre, the stars hit the streets of Los Angeles to find their favourite after parties. Among these, the legendary Governors Ball held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Kicking off the event’s entertainment this year was Grammy Winner Sergio Mendes, who performed songs with special guest will.i.am from their co-produced, Latin Grammy-winning album Timeless, using several DPA Microphones d:facto vocal microphones.

Le Maitre Sponsor Fireman Scott Butler on Epic World Guinness Record Book Challenge for Charity

27/02/2015 - Event News

UK – Le Maitre Ltd is sponsoring amazing fireman Scott Butler on his intrepid Journey to Elbrus challenge in what will hopefully gain him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records! In June this year Scott will be cycling 1800 miles across Europe then rowing solo 750 miles across the Black Sea – a first! If that wasn’t enough of a challenge he will then climb Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest peak in Europe. Scott will be raising money for three fantastic charities – Firefighters Charity, The MS Society and Facing Africa.

Who Dares Wins

27/02/2015 - Production News

UK – When the National Lottery began way back in 1994, the nation became all the more optimistic that one day they might have a taste of glamour and luxury, as each Saturday, those with a lucky ticket could win over a million pounds!

Oscars 2015

27/02/2015 - Production News

USA - It's awards season and this year it’s all about the Brits! Not the music awards that are held in London but meaning so many amazing British actors and actresses that are in the running for prestigious awards like Best Male at the Oscars.

“Sound Fundamentals for Theatre” Training Week set for 14th successful year

27/02/2015 - Standards News

UK - Orbital Sound has announced the dates for its annual Easter “Sound Fundamentals for Theatre” training course, running this year from 7-10 April at its purpose-built Brixton training facility. Over 500 students have already passed through what has become the industry’s de facto theatre sound training programme, helping to prepare technical theatre and theatre sound students for careers in live entertainment.

Magic Blades cut it with DPL

27/02/2015 - Production News

UK - Ayrton is the latest manufacturer to join the family at Ambersphere Solutions who have exclusive distribution and customer service for the Ayrton range of products in the UK. Amongst the new ‘R’ (Radical) range is the Magicblade-R, a moving-head luminaire comprising seven 15W LED sources, flicker-free management that makes it ideal for TV and video applications together with continuous pan and tilt rotation. However, the basic technical specification does little to demonstrate the dynamic and exciting effect capabilities of this innovative piece of kit.

Elation Lighting Good as Gold at Exclusive Atlanta Nightclub

27/02/2015 - Project News

USA – When exclusive Gold Room nightclub in Atlanta was looking to rejuvenate their entertainment lighting system they turned to Elation dealer Atlanta Sound & Lighting to realise the new look. Completed in summer 2014, the renovation features an all-new, all-LED lighting system from Elation Professional and ADJ lighting that has given Gold Room an exciting, new luster.

XL Video Supplies Video for X Factor Guest Appearances

26/02/2015 - Production News

UK – For the most recent run of Thames TV/SycoTV’s popular talent search, The X Factor, XL Video supplied custom video set-ups for several of the guest artist appearances.

Playhouse Square revitalises theatre district with Barco outdoor advertising kiosks and LED displays

26/02/2015 - Project News

USA – Barco, in collaboration with experiential design firm The Barncyz Group, is bringing the majesty of live Broadway shows and entertainment to the sidewalks of Cleveland’s renovated theater district with its innovative, interactive LCD advertising kiosks and outdoor LED displays.

"The Miracle of Bern" picks its winning Clay Paky team

26/02/2015 - Production News

Germany – In the film "The Miracle of Bern", director Sönke Wortmann tells the story of the unexpected German victory in the 1954 World Cup in Bern and, at the same time, focuses on the difficulties of a prisoner of war who returns home and fails to re-adjust to his old life. However, in conjunction with the German team's success, the ex-POW draws closer again to his son and his family. Stage Entertainment took this story and made it into a musical, which was staged in Hamburg for the first time at the end of 2014 with the same title.

Harman’s Martin Professional Lighting Enhances Atmosphere on The Rocky Horror Show’s German Tour

26/02/2015 - Production News

Germany – The long-running cult musical The Rocky Horror Show is back on stage for a six-month tour of Germany and features an array of Harman Martin Professional lighting fixtures to underscore the production’s more distinctive elements.

Two PLASA Standards Published: A Revision and a Reaffirmation

26/02/2015 - Standards News

ANSI E1.19 – 2015, Recommended Practice for the Use of Class A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Intended for Personnel Protection in the Entertainment Industry, ANSI  E1.23 - 2010 (R2015), Entertainment Technology – Design and Execution of Theatrical Fog Effects, were approved by the ANSI Board of Standards Review on February 10th and 13th respectively. They are now published and are available for free at http://tsp.plasa.org/freestandards. The free download is made possible by the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They also may be purchased from ANSI's eStandards Store (http://webstore.ansi.org/) for $15.00 each.

Philips Strand Lighting upcycling competition announces finalists

26/02/2015 - Event News

Worldwide The Philips Strand Lighting centenary competition to upcycle a vintage Strand Patt 23 or 123 lamp has announced its three finalists. The competition saw much success with numerous international entrants and 175 people following the Pinterest inspiration board. 

Marquee AV and Marquee Home Move to Shepperton

26/02/2015 - Business News

UK – From Monday 2nd March 2015, the Marquee Group, comprising leading UK installers Marquee AV and Marquee Home, will be relocating to Unit 5 Shepperton Business Park, Govett Avenue, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 8BA. The company’s telephone number remains the same, 01784 430404.

DMX Software fixture profiles / presets for Laserworld lasers published

26/02/2015 - Equipment News

Fixture profiles and presets for conventional lighting fixtures like moving heads or parcans are included in most DMX software programs’ libraries. But when it comes to fixture presets for lasers most software programs just come with a generic library that basically allow the on-off feature and some sound to light and automatic mode.

Void is Worshipped at The Church

26/02/2015 - Project News

USA – Void Acoustics’ US distributor, Audio Integration Services, has completed a substantial overhaul of the sound system at The Church, Denver, transforming the venue into an outstanding showcase for the UK-based professional loudspeaker brand.

SF Marketing New Elation Professional Distributor in Canada

25/02/2015 - Business News

Elation Professional has announced that SF Marketing, Inc. (SFM, www.sfm.ca) has been appointed the exclusive Canadian distributor for Elation Professional products in Canada. SFM has been providing professional-quality products and services to the audio visual and live entertainment industries in Canada since 1978.

Robe BMFLs On Call at CCI Awards

25/02/2015 - Production News

South Africa – Gearhouse South Africa (GHSA)’s Ryan Dunbar became the latest South African lighting designer to be impressed with Robe’s new BMFL fixtures after using the Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire at the 2015 CCI Call Centre Awards staged at Durban International Convention Centre (DICC).

Sean Hoey Returns To High End Systems as Eastern US Sales Manager

25/02/2015 - People News

Entertainment lighting manufacturer High End Systems has announced that industry sales veteran Sean Hoey has returned to the Austin-based company as Eastern US sales manager. After working at High End Systems throughout the 1990s-2000s, Hoey enjoyed a successful tenure as a territory sales manager at Christie Digital Systems.

Chauvet Professional Helps World's Largest Provider Of Data Storage Create "Extraordinary Studio"

25/02/2015 - Project News

USA Lighting designer Jonathan Lipsy of Integrated Solutions Group is accustomed to dealing with challenges on projects, but even he acknowledges that the video production studio he recently completed for EMC Corporation was “out of the ordinary.”  EMC, the world’s largest provider of data storage with 60,000 employees, asked Lipsy to create a free-standing production studio on its campus.

PLASA Focus Orlando hailed a resounding success attracting record attendees

25/02/2015 - Event News

USA – The second edition of PLASA Focus Orlando, the regional event for the live entertainment technology industry, has been branded a resounding success by both visitors and exhibitors alike. Attracting record numbers of attendees, the popular event offered unique networking opportunities and hosted many over-sold education sessions presented by top industry speakers including Richard Pilbrow - lighting designer, theatre design consultant and author and Jim Hutchison, customer engagement and education manager for Chauvet Professional.

Source hosts RØDE world debuts and new Genelec loudspeakers at BVE 2015

25/02/2015 - Event News

Source Distribution, the UK’s fastest growing distributor of broadcast audio products, is hosting the world launch of several RØDE products and new Genelec loudspeakers at BVE 2015 on Stand J49.

HHB hosts NUGEN Loudness Technology and Upmix Technology preview at BVE 2015

25/02/2015 - Event News

HHB Communications Ltd. is exhibiting the latest post production and broadcast audio tools from coexhibitor NUGEN Audio at BVE 2015 on Stand J43.

HHB and RTW announce UK distribution deal at BVE 2015

25/02/2015 - Business News

HHB Communications Ltd. has been named RTW’s distributor for the UK and Ireland with immediate effect at BVE 2015 on Stand J43.

HHB unveils Yellowtec PUC2 Mic LEA and iXm Connect at BVE 2015

25/02/2015 - Event News

HHB Communications Ltd. is hosting the world debut of two new important broadcast audio products from Yellowtec at BVE 2015 on Stand J43.

First BMFLs in South Africa

25/02/2015 - Production News

MJ Event Gear is the first South African rental and technical production specialist to invest in Robe’s BMFL Spots with 24 fixtures delivered by local distributor DWR.

Clay Paky delivers ‘rocking’ lighting for Bring Me The Horizon at Wembley

25/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Clay Paky fixtures have delivered an epic rock show for metalcore five-piece Bring Me The Horizon’s sold out date at the SSE Arena Wembley, with lighting designer Ben Inskip choosing them for their unparalleled power and aerial effects.

Superb Symetrix DSP is the Match for ‘Phenomenal’ Thai Live Production

25/02/2015 - Production News

Thailand The story of the Mahajanaka and its central message that perseverance is integral to achieving Buddhahood is one of the most sacred texts in the Buddhist religion. It has been told in many different ways over the centuries, but for a spectacular recent live production in Thailand, the country’s long-serving monarch, H. M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, called for an interpretation that would be easily intelligible to contemporary audiences.

Henning Schletter Praises GLP’s ‘Unique’ X4 Bar 20 at Jaguar XE Berlin Launch

25/02/2015 - Production News

Germany Experienced German lighting designer Henning Schletter (of Imaginary Lights) has become one of the first creatives in the world to adopt GLP’s new impression X4 Bar 20 LED batten lights – deploying them at a major product launch for Jaguar, in front of a star-studded audience that included British actor, and Hollywood star, Idris Elba.

CPL Brings Minimalist Style to Party Event

25/02/2015 - Production News

UK – CPL brought more festive sparkle to an independent Bristol-based energy supplier, when they delivered full technical production comprising video, sound, lighting and rigging for their Christmas conference and party, again working for producers Bright.

PMC Speakers Appoints Chris Allen to its Sales Team

25/02/2015 - People News

UK British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has boosted its sales team with the appointment of Chris Allen, who joins the company as export sales manager for PMC's award-winning Pro Audio product range.

Ayrton IntelliPix-R makes Japan’s Best Hits Kayousai 2014

25/02/2015 - Production News

Ayrton’s IntelliPix-R LED panels played a prominent role in the spectacular lighting design at the annual Japanese music show, Best Hits Kayousai 2014. The show, which recognises some of Japan’s most popular artists of the year, took place in November at the Festival Hall, Osaka and was broadcast live on the NNN network. Over 18 acts, including Exile Tribe and May J, performed during the two-hour show.

Audio Clarity and Reliability for Lublin’s New Stadium

24/02/2015 - Project News

Poland – Located in the provincial capital city of Lublin in eastern Poland, Arena Lublin is a new 15,500 seat capacity football stadium. Built on the land of a former sugar factory, the stadium’s surrounding area has been fully landscaped and is bordered by trees, with lawns to the adjacent river. Home ground to the football club Motor Lublin, the city is proud of its new landmark venue.

Clay Paky helps make corporate NYE event a night to remember

24/02/2015 - Production News

Russia – Leading Russian consumer electronics retailer M.Video has had its “best New Year’s Eve event in history”, thanks to technical producers MAX’N’MAX and lighting designer Roman Stolyarov choosing the super powerful Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20, Sharpy Wash 330 and Alpha Spot HPE 1500 for the event’s live stage shows.

VME’s MLA Compact and Mini Steal the Show at TPi Awards 2015

24/02/2015 - Production News

UK – When Mondiale Publishing announced that it was migrating its annual TPi Awards from the Hammersmith Novotel to Battersea Evolution in 2015, turnkey event technology specialists VME were delighted.

Martin Audio MLA Tames Taronga

24/02/2015 - Production News

Australia – For the past three years, Entertainment Installations has been supporting the long-standing ‘Twilight at Taronga’ summer concerts in Sydney with production services.

The Importance of the Sound Demo

24/02/2015 - Event News

Martin Audio has been a long-time exhibitor at the ISE Show, but this year they took their presence a stage further with a first time live demonstration room for its products. It proved a strong initiative with over 350 people attending across eight sessions, with nearly 90% of people stating they were more likely to recommend, use or buy Martin Audio as result of the demo.

SGM brings Cambridge e-Luminate Festival to life Famous monuments washed with G-Spots and P-5s

24/02/2015 - Production News

UK – SGM were again one of the major sponsors at the third e-Luminate Cambridge Festival which occupied two iconic sites: St John's College Tower and King's College Chapel, and bringing them to life with their powerful IP65-rated LED fixtures.

Lighting up the Brits Nominees with LD Oli Richards

24/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Ahead of this years Brit Awards, Aurora are delighted to have been live on stage with lighting director Oli Richards for the Nominees Announcement Show.

SGM LED screens provide perfect definition for Foo Fighters

24/02/2015 - Production News

Colombia – American rock legends, Foo Fighters, recently visited Colombia on the South American leg of their Sonic Highways World Tour. At the Estadio Nemesio Camacho, commonly known as ‘El Campín’, in Bogotá, they were greeted by a crowd of 40,000 fans for what was to be an amazing concert.

Hawthorn Lights Up The Point Theatre, Eastleigh

24/02/2015 - Project News

UK – Hawthorn’s installation team led by Alan Jackson recently completed the supply and installation of new houselights and a new lighting system for The Point, Eastleigh, Southampton. The Point is a theatre and dance studios for contemporary theatre performance and dance in the South of England, owned and operated by Eastleigh Borough Council.

Artistic Licence pushes the right buttons with Rail-Contact

24/02/2015 - Equipment News

UK – Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, has developed an ingenious solution to the problem of triggering a DMX controller from a mechanical device, such as a switch or pressure mat. The solution, a DIN-rail format product known as Rail-Contact, provides a versatile control interface for architectural or entertainment applications that require interactive lighting systems. 

Avalon Unveils World's Largest Subwoofer Club Installation With Powersoft Technology

24/02/2015 - Project News

USA Some may say bigger is better when it comes to speakers, but in this case Avalon Hollywood’s owner and audio expert John Lyons says: “Its a matter of being louder, cleaner and clearer.”

ETC and EDM: when acronyms collide

24/02/2015 - Production News

USA – If your DoB (date of birth) is before 1990, you may not know that EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music – the offspring of a musical orgy attended by disco, techno, house and reggae sometime in the late Eighties. In an act of revenge for those who declared disco to be dead, EDM has emerged as the fastest growing sector of the live entertainment industry. EDM will be around long after the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac wrap up their very last (they promise) reunion tours.

White Light at BVE: Lighting, Projection and Media Control

24/02/2015 - Event News

London based production supplier White Light showcased new products on Stand at the Broadcast Video Expo at ExCel London on February 24-26. The company displaedy lighting, projection and control products from leading manufacturers including Altman Lighting, ArKaos PRO, Capture, Christie, CORE Lighting and Wireless Solution.

ARRI Enlarges its LED L-Series with New L10 Fresnel

23/02/2015 - Equipment News

Germany ARRI has announced the L10, the newest edition to its L-Series family of LED Fresnels, which also includes the portable L5 and mid-range L7. The introduction of the L10 fulfills ARRI’s mission to provide a full line of high-performance LED Fresnels to the film, broadcast, theater and live entertainment markets.

XL Video Gets In Line for Alt-J at the O2

23/02/2015 - Production News

UK – In support of their forthcoming second album, ‘This Is All Yours’, alt-J recently played a headline show at London’s 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. For this show – the band’s largest to date – XL Video supplied a bespoke LED screen and camera IMAG package.

Airstar Night Light proves the perfect Après Ski for Val d'Isère

23/02/2015 - Production News

Airstar, a world leader in lighting balloon technology for the event and staging industry, has been at the centre of the Val d’Isère Airstar Night Light since 2012. Every Thursday evening, between December and March, the manufacturer showcases various lighting technologies, and all its savoir-faire, to illuminate the French ski resort.

Robe BMFL 1700W Lamp Life Confirmed

23/02/2015 - Equipment News

Robe Lighting’s R & D department has finished an extensive and comprehensive piece of research and testing in conjunction with lamp manufacturers Osram, relating to the longevity of the Lok-it! HTI 1700/PS light source used in Robe’s new signature BMFL fixture, when run consistently in its brightest 1700W mode.

Additional Danley Speakers Handle Seating Expansion at Life Pentecostal Church

23/02/2015 - Project News

USA – Life Church of Rock Run is a Pentecostal church in Joliet, Illinois with an unabashed flair for engaging, contemporary services. Fitted out with drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and plenty of spirit, Life Church rocks its message every Sunday. Knowledgeable in technical matters, the church had acquired a high-performance Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system but for budgetary reasons had omitted low-end from the system. Understandably, the church was keen to shore up that omission, and it timed subwoofer installation to correspond with the addition of new seating that would require additional system coverage. The church hired Chicago-based Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) to design and install the additional coverage and to overhaul the existing system. To Life Church’s existing Danley SH-60 and SH-DFA, AST added two Danley SH-mini loudspeakers for fill, four Danley SM-100M loudspeakers for on-stage monitors, and two thundering Danley TH-115 subwoofers.

Projection Studio at 2015 e-Luminate Festival

23/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Large format projection artist Ross Ashton was commissioned to create a new projection artwork for the 2015 e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge, which lit the front fascias of two of the city’s magnificent historical buildings – Old School and Senate House – which are part of the University of Cambridge.

Chauvet Professional Sponsors TPi Awards 2015

23/02/2015 - Event News

UK – Since 2002, the TPi Awards has been at the forefront of celebrating the achievements of designers, engineers, companies and individuals who have made an impact in the live production industry. Chauvet Professional has been a sponsor of the awards for the past three years, supporting again this year the “Live Production of the Year” category, which was won by The KT Fellowship presents Before The Dawn. For the second year running, Chauvet Professional also sponsored a photo booth with a quirky twist.

2015 TPi Awards – A Production Evolution

23/02/2015 - Event News

UK - The 14th incarnation of the TPi Awards, held on 16th February 2015 at London’s Battersea Evolution, has been received as the most successful TPi Awards to date.

Stage Electrics invests in L-Acoustics ARCS Wide and Focus

23/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Stage Electrics has updated its inventory of audio equipment with the recent addition of an L-Acoustics ARCS Wide and Focus system. The investment follows the appointment of Rob Collett to audio hire manager and his remit to ensure the standard of equipment within the hire department is in line with needs and the expectations of its customers.

Computers in Entertainment – a Talk by Rob Halliday

23/02/2015 - Event News

UK - Entertainment lighting for theatre, television, concerts and spectaculars has long adopted and then pushed the boundaries of other technologies for its own purposes.

GDS European Account Manager

23/02/2015 - People News

UK - GDS has announced that Fernando Freitas has been appointed as its new European Account Manager.

Light Emissions wins Award for General Electric Innovation Corridor in Saudi Arabia

20/02/2015 - Event News

Light Emissions won the prestigious award in the Light & Surface Interior category of the Surface Design Awards 2015, held at the Business Design Centre, London.

Clay Paky adds ‘extra dimension’ on Ed Sheeran

20/02/2015 - Production News

Worldwide – Acoustic pop superstar Ed Sheeran is currently on a major worldwide tour, with lighting and production designer Mark Cunniffe using super powerful Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpys to hold their own against his video-heavy theme.

Void Launches New Website

20/02/2015 - Business News

Professional loudspeaker manufacturer Void Acoustics has this week launched a brand new website. With a modern, responsive design, the new website is optimised for desktop PCs, tablets and mobile devices and across Mac OS and Android platforms. It is designed to offer a more engaging visitor experience, offering in-depth product information logically grouped together, a news section with current news releases, upcoming events and embedded social media feeds from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Robe Helps Rock 2015 TPi Awards

20/02/2015 - Event News

Robe was again a major sponsor of the TPi awards, supplying their latest moving light technology including 38 BMFL Spots, 46 Pointes, 32 LEDBeam 100s, 21 CycFX 8s and 70 PARfect 100s plus an MDG theONE hazer, all of which looked truly fabulous in a design by Jack Sayer from Hawthorn, lighting rental partner for the 2015 event.

Adamson Loudspeakers Ensure Power and Precision for Paradiso

20/02/2015 - Project News

The Netherlands – Paradiso, arguably Netherland's most famous live venue, recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system with an Adamson Energia PA.

Mozarts, Flares Rock USHER

20/02/2015 - Production News

USA – One-hundred-and-eight of Solaris LED’s unique new Mozart lighting fixtures are featured in the spectacular show designed by Eric Wade of FOHShow LLC for the 2014-15 USHER UR Experience World Tour. Commenting on the diminutive RGB fixtures’ versatility and impressive intensity for their size, Wade says: “Mozarts absolutely rock. We’re using them for internal set lighting, behind panels on ladders and straight forward open as an effect type instrument. They’re extremely versatile, giving many different types of looks, and they’re extremely cost effective. I can have several hundred of these on a tour for the price of a handful of movers, so I really don't sacrifice much to get a large amount of them into my show. It's the only light I spec by the hundreds. It’s the perfect light!”

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Launches with Bandit

20/02/2015 - Production News

USA – While there were talks of a winter storm brewing for Nashville, the city was all about bikinis and great music as Sports Illustrated chose Music City to launch the 2015 Swimsuit Edition. The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the event where lighting designer John Lucksinger and production manager Chris Lisle worked with Bandit Lites to provide lighting for the A-List event dubbed as “Swimville.”

CORE FLOOD30s Show Their Horsepower

20/02/2015 - Project News

UK - Battery powered wireless LED manufacturer CORE Lighting has recently seen the power and versatility of its FLOOD30 products applied in a slightly different arena – the highly popular world of equine sport and leisure.

Vari-Lite VL440 Spots are ‘Lightning in a Bottle’ for Spamalot

20/02/2015 - Production News

USA – Known for its professional productions throughout Northwest Missouri, the Robidoux Resident Theatre recently produced the musical comedy Spamalot. Brought on by the director of the show, Jeff Stover, assistant professor/technical director at Missouri Western State University, was asked to create a lighting design that could match and enhance the whimsical satire of the show itself. To accomplish this, he wanted to be able to take the design to an extraordinary level, so he brought on the additional support of VL440 Spot Luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Flare Audio Sound Solutions Continue to Impress on ‘Westlife’ Frontman’s Second Solo Tour

20/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Award-winning audio technology company Flare Audio has again impressed on former Westlife frontman Shane Filan’s second solo tour. The first tour represented a milestone for the West Sussex-based audio manufacturer as it was the first UK-wide outing by a major artist to use Flare’s touring speaker system, the X5A line array. The impressive ‘audio punch and clarity’ combined with the lightweight and compactness of the products led to the production team, Production North, immediately re-selecting Flare for the second tour.

Formation of the PRG Music Group Announced by Production Resource Group

20/02/2015 - Business News

USA Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) has announced that it is combining several business units to create the PRG Music Group. This new division will be under the leadership of Mickey Curbishley, CEO PRG Music, and will focus on providing integrated video and lighting solutions for tours, festivals, and concert events around the world.

Hawthorn and Pulsar e-Luminate Cambridge

20/02/2015 - Production News

UK - Last year’s e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge from 11th to 15th May attracted crowds of thousands, increasing attendance on the previous year’s event. The festival, designed as an educational experience to demonstrate how low-carbon lighting and art can create dynamic moods and emotive reactions. One of the main features of the festival included collaboration between local artist Suzie Olczak, technical production supplier Hawthorn and local lighting manufacturer Pulsar. The project aimed to 'e-Luminate' some of the most iconic buildings in Cambridge. This was achieved through the installation of inspiring transformational lighting designs at three iconic buildings – the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kings College, and Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges.

Sennheiser Brings Immaculate Audio Quality to 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards as Beyoncé Soars with the Digital 9000 Wireless System

20/02/2015 - Production News

USA – At the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center earlier this week, audio manufacturer Sennheiser once again delivered ultra-reliable and extraordinarily detailed wireless audio to a host of world-class recording artists including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Beyoncé, Madonna, Tony Bennett, Annie Lennox, Miranda Lambert and many others. Sennheiser user Sam Smith scooped up four GRAMMY Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album; Ed Sheeran performed a guitar-centric, stripped down version of his blockbuster ‘Thinking Out Loud’, singing through a Sennheiser SKM 2000/MD 9235 combination, and Beyoncé delivered the performance of a lifetime through the Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system.

Triple E's Chaintrack installed in Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra's new Concert Hall

20/02/2015 - Project News

Poland Entertainment engineering expert Triple E has designed and supplied 12 of its industry-leading Chaintrack systems for the newly opened world-class concert hall in Katowice, Poland – a new venue for the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR).

Northern Stage Services acquires the business of Lancelyn Lighting and Lancelyn Theatre Supplies

20/02/2015 - Business News

UK – Leading specialist lighting, sound and stage solutions provider Northern Stage Services Ltd has completed the acquisition of the business of Lancelyn Lighting and Lancelyn Theatre Supplies.

Two Tribes Series Two Uses XL Video Projection

19/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Series 2 of the Endemol UK/Remarkable TV show Two Tribes, hosted by Richard Osman, is using projection from XL Video.

HSL Shares the Power of Love with Sam Bailey

19/02/2015 - Production News

UK – HSL supplied lighting equipment and crew to the current UK tour by X-Factor winner Sam Bailey, who followed up her 2013 win and subsequent Christmas number one with her chart topping “Power of Love” debut album in spring last year.

Ashly Audio Appoints Sound Directions Ltd as its Exclusive Distributor in The United Kingdom

19/02/2015 - Business News

Ashly Audio, manufacturer of high-value, high-performance amplifiers, signal processors, and user-interfaces for the installed sound market, has announced the appointment of Sound Directions, Ltd. as its exclusive distributor in the United Kingdom. Closing in on two decades at the forefront of the education, hospitality, house of worship, theater, government building, and museum sectors for installed sound, Sound Directions caters to consultants and A/V integrators with peerless systems knowledge and a free system designing and programming service. The Chessington, Surrey-based company will distribute Ashly’s entire line of products, including Ashly’s networked multi-channel amplifiers, Protea DSP-equipped amplifiers, and customisable user interfaces, such as Ashly’s client-dazzling iPad app.

ProPlus Rope Access Harness

19/02/2015 - Equipment News

Sapsis Rigging Inc. has announced the addition of the Rope Access harness to its family of harnesses in the ProPlus Fall Protection line. Designed by Bill Sapsis specifically for entertainment technicians, the ProPlus Rope Access harness enables a worker to safely access difficult locations as well as provide fall arrest protection.

AC-ET Supplies First UK Green Hippo AViary magpi Video Playback Solution to Alton Towers Resort

19/02/2015 - Project News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.'s video division has supplied the first Green Hippo AViary magpi video playback solution in the UK to Alton Towers Resort, to drive the visual and interactive displays in their popular ‘CBeebies Land’ – one of the theme park's newest attractions.

Aurora on set with Lighting Director Gurdip Mahal for ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes

19/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Aurora Lighting Hire has supplied a huge selection of equipment to LD Gurdip Mahal for ITV’s prime time ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ hosted by Harry Hill.

Chromasound takes DiGiCo consoles to Hungarian MPRT

19/02/2015 - Event News

The end of January saw Chromasound, DiGiCo’s Hungarian distributor, invited to demonstrate the advantages of DiGiCo consoles at the MPRT – the Hungarian Professional Technical Event Company.

Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures Make US TV Debut on CMT’s Live “Ultimate Kickoff Party” Launching College Football Playoffs

19/02/2015 - Production News

USA – CMT’s live “Ultimate Kickoff Party” launched the first College Football Play-offs with a glittering show, which also marked the US TV debut of Clay Paky’s new Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light.

Artistic Licence and TMB bring nanoScope to the USA

19/02/2015 - Business News

USA – Artistic Licence has announced TMB as its exclusive distributor in the USA for nanoScope, the pocket-sized tester for DMX512 and RDM. 

Chauvet Professional Parades at Endymion for Mardi Gras

19/02/2015 - Production News

USA The Krewe of Endymion Parade, started at City Park and Orleans Avenues in New Orleans, and from there took visitors on a journey that figuratively – at least – reached far beyond the confines of the Crescent City. Built around the theme “Fantastic Voyages,” the largest and most legendary of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parades, featured floats depicting 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Gulliver’s Travels and other tales of transcendent journeys. Accenting it all, along with 2,650 masked revellers tossing beads to the crowds are video Panels from Chauvet Professional and Geyser RGB Foggers from its sister company Chauvet DJ.

Tannoy launches the THL-1 Tunnel Loudspeaker

19/02/2015 - Equipment News

UK – One of the oldest loudspeaker companies in the world, Tannoy is a brand that is synonymous with sound, their pre-war horn technology being such a part of everyday life that the phrase ‘over the Tannoy’ entered the Oxford English Dictionary to describe a public address system. After being at the forefront loudspeaker technology ever since, the company has produced a brand new product that takes that horn heritage into a whole new area of application.

Electrosonic Opens Office in San Francisco Bay Area

19/02/2015 - Business News

USA – Electrosonic has announced the opening of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area, which will support Electrosonic clients in the region and serve as a resource for new business development.

Dick Tee wins Production Manager of the Year

19/02/2015 - Event News

UK – Dick Tee has won Production Manager of the Year at the TPi Awards, held at London’s Battersea Evolution on 16th February.

Clay Paky SuperSharpy dazzles at Paris New Year’s Eve celebrations

19/02/2015 - Production News

France – New Year’s Eve 2014 saw the city of Paris put on a spectacle at the midnight countdown for the first time. Lighting designer Jeff Freeman employed Clay Paky SuperSharpys to illuminate the iconic Arc de Triomphe for the festivities, as hundreds of thousands of revellers congregated in front of it or watched at home on television.

Danny Rose brings ‘Play Me!’ to Guangzhou International Light Festival

19/02/2015 - Production News

China – In what was the largest ever visual and lighting spectacular witnessed by an audience of eight million at the fourth annual Guangzhou International Light Festival, French multimedia artists Danny Rose provided their Play Me! interactive and immersive 3D architectural projection mapping experience.

W-DMX Featured in Lights in Alingsås

18/02/2015 - Production News

Sweden – W-DMX by Wireless Solution once again played an important role in the recent Lights in Alingsås event in Sweden. The event is Northern Europe’s largest lighting workshop in public spaces, attracting more than 85,000 visitors every year.

USITT 2015 Offers 275 Sessions Including Fun, Frantic, ‘Top Artist’ Challenges

18/02/2015 - Event News

USA - Entertainment artists who like designing on the fly – or watching a Chopped-style real-life challenge – will get their chance at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati. Among the 275 sessions, events, and activities at the Duke Energy Convention Center March 18-21 are several 'game show' competitions asking designers to create on deadline.

Rapenburg Plaza provides Philips Selecon colour changing solution for National Military Museum

18/02/2015 - Project News

The Netherlands – King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands has opened a prestigious new cultural and historical institution at The Netherlands' former Soesterberg air base. The National Military Museum (NMM) is the largest of its kind in Europe and displays the significance of The Netherlands' armed forces in the past, present and future, with an array of Philips Selecon luminaires lighting the majority of the exhibits.

CSD Calls on Chauvet Professional to Create Complete Lighting For Baptist Temple

18/02/2015 - Project News

USA – The Baptist Temple of McAllen opens its doors and hearts to all. This much is evident in the welcoming section of its website, which declares: “We are teachers, lawyers, bookbinders, skateboarders, painters, musicians, and bikers…” It’s also plain to see on the church’s large stage, which bustles with energy during services, thanks in part to its dynamic band and singers, as well as the vivid light from a plethora of Chauvet Professional fixtures, including six Rogue R1 Spot moving heads.

“Les Voutes in France installed with NEXT-proaudio system

18/02/2015 - Project News

France - Sono 64 Événements, the NEXT-proaudio´s distributor in France, recently designed the sound system for Discotheque Les Vôutes, located in France.

New Advanced Audio for FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships

18/02/2015 - Project News

Norway – Hajfell, Norway is hosting the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships this winter and, with the original sound system installed 20 years ago for the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, the Hafjell Nationalanlegg decided a new system was required. The investment is part of a major overall upgrade of the national slalom slope, financed by the Norwegian government.

GLP X4 impressions Strut Their Stuff with Lenny Kravitz

18/02/2015 - Production News

Germany The well-proven design team of Steven Cohen and his associate Bryan Barancik, have again pooled their creative energies to conceive a unique and ever changing scenography for the Lenny Kravitz Strut tour.

Illuminate Design Lights Cambridge Church

18/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Illuminate Design were delighted to work with the E-luminate festival and Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge to provide lighting for the church as part of the week long festival.

Jands Vista L5 Provides Simple Control for Bring Me the Horizon at Wembley

18/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer, Ben Inskip selected Jands’ flagship Vista L5 console to control his technically ambitious design for British metalcore band, Bring Me the Horizon, who recently played London’s iconic SSE Arena, Wembley.

Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures Make U.S. Debut at “The Morton Arboretum” Event

18/02/2015 - Production News

USA – Once again suburban Chicago is aglow with the holiday spirit as “Illumination: The Lights at The Morton Arboretum” opened for its annual run, November 21 to January 3. Visitors to The Arboretum followed a magical one-mile paved path lined by trees that shone with LEDs and responded to touch and sound. Clay Paky Sharpys and new Clay Paky Mythos fixtures – the first in the US – housed in igloo domes provided innovative lighting effects for the one-of-a-kind holiday display.

Panasonic projector Innovations Light Up ISE 2015

18/02/2015 - Event News

4K laser projection and a successor to Europe’s leading high brightness projector are among some of the innovations exhibited by Panasonic at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam.

Elation Sniper Key Accent Lighting on Usher “The UR Experience” Tour

18/02/2015 - Production News

Usher kicked off his current “The UR Experience” tour in November with Elation Professional’s award-winning Sniper multi-effect light used extensively throughout the show as a key accent element including laser simulation. The Sniper, Elation’s new beam, scanner and laser simulator in one – and a PLASA Innovation Award winner – has been used on a growing number of shows and special events since its launch last October, both in the US and abroad.

DPA Launches d:fine In-Ear Broadcast Headset Microphone

18/02/2015 - Equipment News

Denmark – Already the benchmark for theatre applications, DPA is now setting a new standard for the broadcast industry with the launch of the d:fine in-ear broadcast headset microphone.

DPA Delivers Pristine Audio During The Filming Of Taken 3

17/02/2015 - Production News

Capturing high quality audio for a blockbuster film is always crucial as dialogue between the actors must be heard if the story is to be understood. But when the sound crew also has to contend with action-packed scenes featuring car chases and shoot outs, recording comprehensible audio becomes an even more complex challenge.

Ayrton Celebrates New Year’s Eve with Fumiya Fujii at Nippon Budokan

17/02/2015 - Production News

Japan – The world-famous Nippon Budokan arena in central Tokyo played host to the Fumiya Fujii 30th Best Special Countdown Live on New Year’s Eve 2014. The show was the spectacular culmination of a two-year tour by popular Japanese music artist Fumiya Fujii, in celebration of his ‘double anniversary’ which marked 30 years since the recording of his debut album and his 20th year as a solo artist.

White Light Brings Lighting, Audio and Media Control to Event Production Show

17/02/2015 - Event News

UK – Entertainment and event production supplier White Light is headed to the Event Production Show February 18-19 at Kensington Olympia in London to showcase the latest lighting, audio and media control equipment for the events industry. The company will feature products from ArKaos Pro, CORE Lighting, JB Lighting, Sennheiser and Wireless Solution on stand EG37.

d&b installation solutions take centre stage in Amsterdam

17/02/2015 - Event News

The Netherlands – Identifying the right sound reinforcement system to permanently install in a club, church or multipurpose space, requires a solution that will produce the highest quality audio reproduction today, tomorrow and for the years to come. A loudspeaker system from d&b audiotechnik will do just that and more, as ISE visitors discovered at the d&b stand and demo room.

Yamaha Announces Free Spanish Lessons

17/02/2015 - Standards News

Yamaha Music Europe Ibérica is running a series of free day-long training sessions under the Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminar (YCATS) banner, aimed at giving audio professionals an excellent understanding and working knowledge of the CL and QL series digital consoles.

Clay Paky drives dynamic looks on Sky Sports F1 show

17/02/2015 - Production News

UK – To mark the end of 2014’s F1 season Sky Sports created a unique film called ‘The Ballad of the Duelling Drivers’ that told the story of the intense battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. To enhance this special project, lighting director Richard Bowles chose also Clay Paky Mythos and Alpha Beam 700 fixtures to deliver stunning effects and sharp beams of light throughout.

Enlightened Lighting invests in Showline

17/02/2015 - Business News

UK – Leading Bristol-based rental company Enlightened Lighting has boosted its offering with an exciting investment in the latest addition to the Showline eSeries family, the SL eSTRIP 10 luminaire.

Access All Areas Adds MLA Compact to Extend Middle East Profile

17/02/2015 - Business News

Martin Audio has announced that a further production company has this month signed up to its growing worldwide network of MLA users.

Manchester’s Royal Exchange reinvests in TiMax SoundHub

17/02/2015 - Project News

Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre has reinvested in TiMax technology via its recent purchase of a TiMax 2 SoundHub via Autograph Sales. TiMax will provide the audio system management and spatialisation resource for the theatre and the many varied productions which grace its boards each year.

SGM lights up Finnish Ski Championships

17/02/2015 - Production News

For this year’s three-day Finnish Cross-Country Ski Championship in Jämi, the organisers were looking for a special starting gate for the sprint day, to provide a riveting visual appearance for the TV transmission.

International Year of Light off to a bright start with SGM

17/02/2015 - Production News

The World Heritage Centre, UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, was bathed in light from SGM for the two nights of the opening ceremony of the International Year of Light.

AC-ET Showcases Leading Technology Solutions at BVE London 2015

17/02/2015 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be featuring new lighting solutions from Chroma-Q, Mole-Richardson and Fiilex, grip equipment from Manfrotto, and video innovations from Green Hippo and Prolights at the Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) 2015 show, held at Excel, London on the 24th - 26th February (hall / stand E20).

Ovation LED Fixtures Deliver “Focus For Flexibility” At Massachusetts TV Station

17/02/2015 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1637 by members of the Plymouth Colony, Taunton is one of the oldest towns in the US, but it’s always had a young outlook. More than 200 years after its founding, it became a pioneering center of railroad locomotive production. This forward-looking streak is alive and well in 2015, as evidenced by the new multi-functional production studio at Taunton Community Access and Media (TCAM) that utilises Ovation LED ellipsoidal and Fresnel fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Osram significantly increases the efficiency of blue LED chips

17/02/2015 - Equipment News

Osram Opto Semiconductors has achieved one of the best values in the world in terms of forward voltage for blue high-current chips. This has led to an increase in efficiency of up to eight percent.

Optocore Provides Fohhn with Digital Connectivity and Added Flexibility for Flagship Focus Line Array

17/02/2015 - Business News

Germany - Digital fibre solutions specialist, Optocore GmbH, has entered into an agreement with fellow German manufacturer Fohhn Audio AG, to provide multi-channel digital connectivity to their pioneering Linea Focus electronically steerable loudspeakers.

Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Glitters with Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures

16/02/2015 - Production News

USA – Clay Paky fixtures dominated the lighting rig for Katy Perry’s glittering halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Lighting designer Bob Barnhart of LA-based Full Flood chose a large array of Clay Paky Sharpy, Mythos and A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures for the 12-minute show.

PR Lighting Announces new XR 1000 Framing

16/02/2015 - Equipment News

PR Lighting’s new XR 1000 Framing, which begins shipping next month, promises a brighter output than a conventional 1200W discharge lamp from a 1000W metal halide lamp source — thanks to its superior optics.

XL Gets Reckless with Bryan Adams

16/02/2015 - Production News

UK – XL Video renewed its long-term touring relationship with multi-award winning Canadian singer/songwriter, musician, activist and philanthropist, Bryan Adams, who celebrates the remarkable 30th anniversary of his seminal “Reckless” album, one of a string of ground-breaking projects that has made him the bestselling Canadian rock artist of all time.

OCA Alliance member companies promote advantages of Open Control Architecture at ISE

16/02/2015 - Event News

USA After proving the OCA control architecture in the field on global tours and major music festivals, the OCA Alliance is promoting the OCA message to the wider market. At and around ISE 2015, several of the large number of OCA member companies exhibiting at the show participated in various activities to promote OCA. These included a presentation to members of the press, to carry the OCA vision of a common remote control standard to the AV industry, as well as presentations to AV consultants and system integrators. Meetings with numerous manufacturers also helped move forward the process of making the OCA vision reality.

ETC lighting system brings Shanghai Symphony Hall in perfect harmony

16/02/2015 - Project News

China – The 135 year old Shanghai Symphony Orchestra now has a new home in the Shanghai Symphony Hall, which celebrated its long awaited grand opening in September. The Hall has a full complement of ETC equipment, including a Sensor3 Power Control system with ThruPower modules, Source Four PAR fixtures, and an Eos family lighting control system.

Syncrolite Scores at Super Bowl XLIX

16/02/2015 - Production News

USA – When designers are faced with the biggest lighting challenges they turn to the industry’s brightest lights. This is just what Dall Brown Lighting with the support of Chroma Designs did when given the task to light the exterior of the University of Phoenix Stadium for this year’s Super Bowl. Dall Brown and Troy Eckerman teamed up to tackle the job of bathing the aluminium skin of the stadium in colour for the NFL’s annual week-long celebration and season finale.

Three Yamaha CL5s Deliver Silver Service For Rhapsody In Rock

16/02/2015 - Production News

Scandinavia – Rhapsody in Rock is an annual series of live shows which combines classical and rock music, performed by a symphony orchestra alongside its founder – Swedish pianist Robert Wells – a contemporary band and vocalists. In March the production heads out on the second leg of its 25th anniversary tour, where three Yamaha CL5 digital mixing consoles will again provide their own Rock solid performance.

Optoma further extends its commitment across the Middle East and Africa

16/02/2015 - People News

Nitin Ranjan and Donald Fernandes (pictured) have joined the team at Optoma Middle East and Africa (MEA), further extending the world leading manufacturer’s commitment to the regions.

New wireless DMX sets

16/02/2015 - Equipment News

The new range of wireless DMX devices from Miltec has already proved to be a huge hit. These simple yet effective adapters are available in 3 or 5 pin versions and are compatible with all light fittings.

New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures Join Slipknot Tour

16/02/2015 - Production News

USA – Masked rockers Slipknot are making headlines with a fifth album release, the addition of new band members, their Knotfest concert series and the launch of the “Prepare for Hell” tour – and Clay Paky Stormys are along for the wild ride.

Clay Paky Stormys add ‘whole new dimension’ to Metronomy

13/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Genre-defying outfit Metronomy have played a special one-off gig at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace, engaging audiences with a disco atmosphere created by lighting designer Ed Warren. Built around the fantastic effects of the exciting new Clay Paky Stormy CC, Warren’s concept was strobe-heavy and glitteringly vibrant.

MA scores a touchdown: Super Bowl XLIX half time show glitters with grandMA2 console

13/02/2015 - Production News

USA – Katy Perry’s glittering half time show at Super Bowl XLIX in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona was an eye catcher. Lighting designer Bob Barnhart of LA-based Full Flood chose a large array of amongst others Clay Paky Sharpy, Mythos and A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures for the 12-minute show. Jason Rudolph, the lighting director in charge of the video system, used a grandMA2 light console to control the projection and inflatable, illuminated orbs.

Robe Sponsors Czech Fed Cup Tennis Team

13/02/2015 - Business News

Robe has announced that it is a sponsor of team Czech Republic in the 2015 Fed Cup tennis – the premier international women's tennis team championship.

High End Systems Announces Hog Factor Competition!

13/02/2015 - Event News

USA – Leading automated lighting and control manufacturer High End Systems has introduced Hog Factor, a new National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition for students at recognised colleges and universities throughout the United States. Since its launch two years ago, High End Systems' Hog 4 lighting console range has become the most widely specified lighting control system for production professionals; Hog Factor is designed to give new generations of designer’s greater access to this industry standard platform.

d&b audiotechnik present the Y-Series in London

13/02/2015 - Event News

UK d&b audiotechnik GB has announced that the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) will be hosting two Y-Series product presentations at the Embassy Theatre in Swiss Cottage, London on Wednesday, 25th March. This is an opportunity to listen to the system up close and personal and learn more about this exciting new Series of loudspeakers.

60 New Stage Expo Vendors Coming to USITT 2015

13/02/2015 - Event News

USA – USITT Stage Expo manager Ron Procopio says he is excited to welcome so many companies new or returning after years away to the 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo. The event will fill some 45,000 square feet of Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center March 19-21.

RES realises visual event to celebrate Sochi Olympics one year on

13/02/2015 - Production News

Russia London-based creative technology expert Realtime Environment Systems Ltd (RES) has provided the know-how for a spectacular visual event to mark one year since the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Fanta 4 on Tour with LED Video Installation from XL Video

13/02/2015 - Production News

The creative video solutions specialists at XL Video played a crucial role in the stage design for the Die Fantastischen Vier “Record” tour under the direction of production designer Gunther Hecker. A four-metre square, six-faceted LED video cube, each side of which is recordable, hangs directly over the band during the concert. The construction, designed exclusively for this tour, can be moved horizontally and vertically, as well as turned and tilted in all directions. Throughout the entire concert, graphics specially designed for the LED cube in combination with lighting effects are displayed and intensified by the mirrored surfaces on the stage’s rear wall.

Magpi solo wins 'Best of Show' Award at ISE 2015

13/02/2015 - Event News

Green Hippo has announced that its new magpi solo from the AViary Video Tools range was awarded ‘Best of Show’ in the Installation Category at this year’s Integrated Systems Europe.

Ayrton LEDs add highlights to Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX

13/02/2015 - Production News

USA – The annual excitement of the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX half time show raged around the University of Phoenix stadium, Arizona on 1 February, broadcast to the world by NBC. International superstar Katy Perry headlined the much-anticipated Halftime Show supported by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.

TSL Welcome Andrew Cheshire

13/02/2015 - People News

TSL Lighting has welcomed Andrew Cheshire to its team as head of projects. Andrew has over 19 years of experience in the rental and installation markets. He was most recently technical manager at West End Studios and has also previously worked at Hawthorns. Andrew heads up the project management team at TSL and brings a wide range of expertise and experience to the role and the company.

Chauvet Professional At NBC Super Bowl Party

13/02/2015 - Production News

USA There were plenty of good reasons for the people at NBC to feel good about Super Bowl XLIX: the ratings were astronomical, advertising sales were record breaking and the company’s on-site party directly across the street from the University of Phoenix Stadium was nothing short of spectacular, thanks to some inspired event planning by Angel City Designs and a stylish lighting rig by James Schipper of Kinetic Lighting.

Drop-in Week at Ambersphere Solutions

12/02/2015 - Event News

UK – If in the London area next week, drop-in to Ambersphere Solutions. The company's newly refurbished showroom features all the latest products from Ayrton, Clay Paky, MA Lighting and Robert Juliat. The showroom is open from 16-20th February with snacks and refreshments available throughout.

WIcreations Designs Special Automation for Calogero Tour

12/02/2015 - Production News

Belgium-based engineering and automation specialists WIcreations is supplying several custom moving elements for the current European tour by French rock singer and multi-instrumentalist Calogero.

Danley’s Massive New Caleb Horn Debuts at the University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium

12/02/2015 - Project News

USA – The University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays all of its home games in the 70,500-seat Kinnick Stadium, which is located on the west side of campus. It is adjacent to residences on one side and to campus buildings on the other side, one of which is the University Hospital. Although it's fair to say that almost all Iowans stand behind the Hawkeyes (there is no pro team in the state) it's also true that Iowans who are recovering in the hospital deserve peace and quiet, even on game day. When school officials became disenchanted with the lo-fi sound and poor coverage of Kinnick Stadium's old sound reinforcement system, they worried that elevating it to modern standards would only increase game day complaints from the hospital. Those worries have been allayed. Kinnick Stadium's new high-powered Danley Sound Labs system – the first in the world to use the massive Caleb Horn – delivers reference-monitor-quality audio while keeping sound energy in the bowl. The new audio system provides Danley's famous pattern control, rich low-end, airy high-end, unrivalled speech intelligibility, and prevents appreciable spillover into the adjacent neighborhood and hospital.

Leading South East Asia Rental Houses Commit to Harman’s Martin Professional with Addition of MAC Viper Fixtures

12/02/2015 - Business News

Singapore — Harman’s Martin Professional has announced that Martin’s MAC Viper family is now widely available throughout South East Asia via several of the region’s largest rental houses. Singapore-based companies CSP Production, Trio AV and Highlight Systems as well as Malaysia-based Orange Events have added more than 170 MAC Viper fixtures to their portfolios, putting the latest in intelligent lighting at the fingertips of lighting designers throughout the region.

Clay Paky helps send audiences wild on Kasabian

12/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Nick Gray of Renegade Design has created an exhilarating and slick show for Brit rockers Kasbian’s major UK arena tour. Bringing power, reliability and vibrant colour to the design Gray uses an array of Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures, which he says these days never fail to feature in his rig.

Clay Paky opens the Schuman Bridge in Lyon

12/02/2015 - Production News

France – Lyon's municipal council chose to set the opening of the magnificent Schuman bridge on the river Saône to music and lights, and asked the event agency Tetro to deal with the artistic direction.

Par4Keet wins InAVation Awards 2015

12/02/2015 - Event News

The Netherlands – Green Hippo has announced that Par4Keet, the flagship of the AViary Video Tools product range, was awarded ‘Best Display Product’ 2015 at the InAVation Awards.

Harman’s Martin Professional Announces Availability of RUSH Gobo Projector 1

12/02/2015 - Event News

The Netherlands — Harman’s Martin Professional has announced the availability of the RUSH Gobo Projector 1, part of Martin’s comprehensive offering of new lighting fixtures on display at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015 February 10-12. The new member of the install-oriented RUSH family will be shipping at the end of February and on display at ISE at Harman’s stand #1-F6.

NBC’s Parks and Recreations Bids Farewell to TV with DPA Microphones

12/02/2015 - Production News

USA – When production sound mixer George Flores, CAS, was asked to lead audio production on the final season of the hit NBC comedy, Parks and Recreation, he turned to DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4071 and 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones to capture all of the hysterical dialogue. With an interview-based production style similar to reality television, these mics provided the ideal solution for recording individual dialogue while events played out behind the actors.

Fineline Walks The Chains to Celebrate the Engineering Genius of Brunel

12/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Bristol based lighting, visuals and rigging specialist Fineline supplied lighting and rigging equipment and expertise in a series of creative solutions for the world premiere of ‘Walking The Chains’, an ambitious circus/theatre production staged in the historic Passenger Shed at Bristol Temple Meads Station.

Movecat I-Motion Basic-C Show Contoller

12/02/2015 - Equipment News

The 'little' brother of the SIL3-certified EXPERT-T II controller, is equipped with a dynamic control lever, a 12-inch, four-colour touchscreen in combination with a direct input keyboard and the intuitive I-Motion operating concept.

Making Creative Places Sustainable

12/02/2015 - Event News

1.30 - 4pm, 25th March 2015 Manchester

Harman’s Martin Professional Introduces RUSH PAR 2 CT Zoom Lighting Fixture With Pre-mixed White Light

11/02/2015 - Event News

The Netherlands — At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015, Harman’s Martin Professional introduced the RUSH PAR 2 CT Zoom lighting fixture, the latest addition to the RUSH by Martin line for the installation and entertainment markets. The RUSH PAR 2 CT Zoom is a bright single-lens LED PAR can that offers fully pre-mixed white color temperatures for a range of applications.

HK Audio offers new system solutions in collaboration with Lab.gruppen

11/02/2015 - Event News

HK Audio is presenting a series of new system solutions for installation applications in collaboration with Lab.gruppen at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event in Amsterdam this week.

RTS launches first OMNEO-based keypanels at ISE: High-quality sound meets ultimate flexibility

11/02/2015 - Equipment News

Coinciding with its 40th anniversary, RTS has introduced the first keypanel series with OMNEO on board at ISE 2015. The KP-Series keypanels set a new milestone within the RTS product range, combining HD colour displays, improved single key operation and full compatibility with all existing RTS matrices in a modern design. KP-Series keypanels are suitable for a wide range of intercom product customers such as broadcast production studios, theater and sport venues, houses of worship, and outside broadcast (OB) vans.

Clay Paky International Distributors Gather in Bergamo

11/02/2015 - Event News

Italy – There was an enormous turnout at the convention organised by Clay Paky for their international distributors. No less than 130 representatives from 53 countries around the world met in Bergamo on 3rd and 4th February 2015 for an update on the future strategies of the leading company in the field of stage lighting, which has recently become part of the Osram group.

Harman’s Martin Professional Now Shipping New Flagship P3-300 System Controller LED Video Processor

11/02/2015 - Equipment News

The Netherlands – Harman’s Martin Professional has announced the P3-300 System Controller LED video processor is now shipping. As the new flagship model of Martin’s P3 System Controller family, the P3-300 combines the award-winning P3 workflow with a new high-performance video-processing engine that can drive an unprecedented 2,000,000 pixels.

L-Acoustics ARCS Wide and Focus Take to The Road with Holiday On Ice Tour

11/02/2015 - Production News

Europe – Global production company Stage Entertainment’s Holiday On Ice has an illustrious 70-year history and is, to date, the most visited ice show in the world. This ever-evolving visual spectacular took to the road in November for a three-month tour of Europe. Focus Advanced Event Technology, part of the Netherlands’ Rent-All Group, is providing a full technical package for the tour, including a substantial L-Acoustics ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus loudspeaker system.

Colour Sound Administers First Aid

11/02/2015 - Production News

UK – A stylish and harmonious combination of intelligence and impact was the lighting vibe for the latest UK tour by rising stars Swedish folk rock duo First Aid Kit, of which the final section featured their largest toured production to date. Matt Waterfield is their LD and the lighting equipment was supplied by west London based Colour Sound Experiment.

Stage Electrics and Northern Light strengthen Executive Board

11/02/2015 - People News

UK – Greg Wood (pictured) has been appointed to the group executive board in the position of chief operating officer, further strengthening the senior management team.

Bel Digital Group rings in new products and a new UK distributor at BVE2015

11/02/2015 - Event News

UK – Two new products and the debut of a new UK distributor are the highlights of Bel Digital Group’s presence at this year's BVE broadcast and production show, which takes place at London’s Excel from 24th to 26th February.

Metronomy Tour Finale for Robe Love Letters

11/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Metronomy completed a year of touring their ‘Love Letters’ album with a show stopping gig at London’s Alexandra Palace venue with lighting and set designed by Ed Warren, one of an innovative ‘new wave’ of lighting and visual designers making an impact in the world of live stage presentation.

“Extra hot!” LED effects with laser

10/02/2015 - Event News

Germany – A lot of hybrid effect devices are cavorting on the market. So far, these have been combinations of acceptable single effects, which made a satisfactory mixture. Now, these effects impress like never before, as their fine tuning is better than ever – and especially the integrated lasers are really convincing.

F Marks The Spot As Yamaha Launches New Low Profile Ceiling Loudspeakers At ISE 2015

10/02/2015 - Event News

The latest addition to Yamaha’s expanding Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range of products, the new VXC-F loudspeakers are being launched on the company’s stand 2-A40 at Amsterdam RAI.

Ross Ashton Maps Tesla Car for Panasonic at ISE

10/02/2015 - Event News

The Netherlands – The Projection Studio, led by Ross Ashton are special guests of Panasonic on Booth B1 P20 in Hall 1 at the Integrated Systems Europe expo at Amsterdam’s RAI for the next three days, creating a 3D projection mapping onto a Tesla car.

Bandit Helps Create ‘SPECTACLE’ For Winter Jam

10/02/2015 - Production News

USA – The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular is back on the road for their 2015 leg of jaw-dropping performances and worship. Pollstar reported Winter Jam as number 1 in 2014’s First Quarter Year To Date Worldwide Ticket Sales chart, and this year looks to be even bigger with performances by Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, Family Force, Newsong, For King & Country, Blanca, About a Mile, Veridia and speaker Tony Nolan. Bandit Lites is proud to once again work with production manager Jerry Holcomb to provide the lighting for this incredibly ministry.

USITT 2015 Young Designers & Technicians Awards

10/02/2015 - Event News

USA – Eleven promising young theatre artists will receive 2015 USITT Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts – the YD&T awards – at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati March 18-21.

PMC and Auro Technologies Help Launch the 2015 GRAMMY Celebrations

10/02/2015 - Event News

USA British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC played a key part in ensuring that the US Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing got the 2015 GRAMMY Week celebrations off to a flying start.

Avolites Ai staff reshuffle as V8 launches

10/02/2015 - People News

UK Avolites has appointed London-based Annalisa Terranova as its new Ai support engineer and trainer and Pratheepan Vigneswaran moves to Ai sales as Ai launches its revolutionary V8 software.

publitec expands its rental range with 40 Christie Boxer 4K30 units

10/02/2015 - Business News

Germany Christie partner publitec is setting itself apart from the competition, adding 40 new Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors to its rental range. This German audiovisual distributor and events technology company from Herdecke has set a new rental benchmark.

Adamson Provides Power, Processing And Networking With New E-Rack

10/02/2015 - Event News

Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering has released a new unified rack solution that interfaces with and powers the full range of Adamson loudspeaker products. The E-Rack will be on display at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam, Stand 7-K187.

Blynk Digital Media and AC-ET Supply Ground-Breaking LedGo Curved Store Fascia for the World Duty Free Store in Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2

10/02/2015 - Project News

UK – As part of the design and development of their World Duty Free store in Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal – leading travel retailer World Duty Free Group (WDFG) commissioned a remarkable LedGo FLEX curved LED solution to provide a unique and highly adaptable fascia for their tax and duty free store, creating one of the UK’s largest fixed-installation LED walls.

Le Mark Opens its State-of-the-Art Expansion

10/02/2015 - Business News

UK – Jonathan Djanogly MP made a special trip to officially open Le Mark's new super-efficient office and warehousing expansion in Cambridgeshire.

ETC helps prepare next generation of lighting professionals at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas

10/02/2015 - Standards News

USA - Known by many as the best kept secret in the entertainment world, the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas provides professional level training by some of the most well-respected minds in the industry, on the most powerful equipment, such as ETC lighting desks. “The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas is a total immersion experience,” explains faculty member and lighting designer Brian Gale. “It’s where you get the muscle memory that is required to work efficiently in stagecraft disciplines.”

Kinetic Lighting Uses 64 Nexus 4x4 LED Panels to Set Stage at NBC Comcast Conference

10/02/2015 - Production News

USA – James Schipper of Kinetic Lighting wanted something special to draw attention to the stage at the after-meeting party area during “What’s Next,” a high profile, high-tech NBC Comcast conference on the future of television. “This was a crowd of visionary people involved in looking at new ideas that will one day shape the world of media, so they weren’t going to be very moved by a bread-and-butter display,” said the LD. “We knew that if we wanted to dazzle them, we would have to go with something bold.”

Optocore Provides Fohhn with Digital Connectivity and Added Flexibility for Flagship Focus Line Array

10/02/2015 - Business News

Germany – Digital fibre solutions specialist, Optocore GmbH, has entered into an agreement with fellow German manufacturers Fohhn Audio AG, to provide multi-channel digital connectivity to their pioneering Linea Focus electronically steerable loudspeakers.

Outline to Debut Revolutionary New Solution for Stadium Installations at ISE 2015

10/02/2015 - Event News

Outline has chosen ISE 2015 as the global launch event for its groundbreaking new large-scale permanent installation product.

Barco introduces full range of media servers that offer full show automation

10/02/2015 - Equipment News

Belgium – Barco is making event automation and preview truly simple with the launch of its new HD media servers. These end-to-end visualisation solutions – available in four models – cover the entire workflow of video professionals, from design to operation. Thanks to the powerful ‘Projection Study’ tool, the Barco media servers are ideally suited for rental and staging applications and 3D projection mappings, while they can also be used for fixed installation in entertainment venues and visitor attractions. The media servers will be shipping as of March 2015.

Audiologic Turns to the 'Max'

10/02/2015 - People News

UK – Audiologic has further strengthened its team with the appointment of technical support specialist Yavor 'Max' Yanakiev. Max joins Audiologic from the Shoreditch Bars Group where he was tasked with designing, installing and commissioning audio and AV systems for the group's various premises, as well as supervising, training and offering technical support to in-house and freelance engineers. Expert in the set-up, configuration and operation of analogue, digital, networked audio, video and multimedia equipment, Max's highly developed talents will fit hand-in-glove with the Audiologic brief.

Golden Gramophone Goes LED with SGM

09/02/2015 - Production News

Russia – Established by Russian Radio in 1996, the Golden Gramophone Award is the most prestigious music award show in the country. Recently celebrating its 15th annual event at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, rental company (and technical partner) Euroshow played the leading role, developing a design conceived by the company’s Alena Morozova.

SGM LED Ball Ambience For Rock Band, Alisa

09/02/2015 - Production News

Russian hard rock band Alisa recently released their 21st studio album Circus. This was launched in grandiose style with a performance at the Palace of Sport in St. Petersburg, effectively simulating a circus tent experience on stage.

XL Video in Bruce’s Hall of Fame

09/02/2015 - Production News

UK – XL Video supplied LED and video screens for an hour-long special – Bruce’s Hall of Fame – produced by Hat Trick Productions. The show was recorded on 1st November at the London Palladium and aired on BBC1 on 27th December 2014.

ANSI Approves E1.39, Fall Arrest on Portable Structures

09/02/2015 - Standards News

ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved E1.39 on January 28. It was published the same day. ANSI E1.39 – 2015, Entertainment Technology – Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, is now available for free download at http://tsp.plasa.org/freestandards. The free download is made possible by the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance.

W-DMX Jams with the Teddybears

09/02/2015 - Production News

Sweden – W-DMX by Wireless Solution was the go-to product of choice during the Teddybears recent festival tour. The Teddybears are a Swedish band formed in 1991, known for mixing pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica, reggae, punk and many other genres. Over the years their music has been featured in dozens of movies, TV shows, video games and most recently featured in Universal Orlando commercials.

DPA Microphones Leads Ellen’s Design Challenge

09/02/2015 - Production News

USA Furniture building isn’t the only demanding aspect of Ellen’s Design Challenge, a four-week-long HGTV reality show produced by Ellen DeGeneres, which began airing in the USA on January 26. In addition to the six competitors who are trying to make it to the end – using saws, drills and welders, among other noisy tools, to complete the weekly tasks – the audio team faced the daunting task of providing clear, crisp audio that is not interrupted by the hum of the machines. The solution was found with DPA d:screet 4061 omnidirectional miniature microphones.

The Pursuit of Perfect Sound – Sennheiser celebrates its anniversary with 70 years of innovation

09/02/2015 - Business News

Germany – For decades, the name Sennheiser has been synonymous with high-quality products, 'true' sound and numerous innovations that have set new standards in audio technology. This year, the audio specialist is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It remains a family-owned and -operated enterprise, now headed by a third generation of the Sennheiser family: Today’s CEOs, Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, are the grandchildren of the company’s founder, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser.

Massive Roof structure for PROmontaje

09/02/2015 - Production News

Venezuela – Operating in the Latin American market, the Venezuelan based PROmontaje needed a solution to host large outdoor events and concerts. PROmontaje owns a large event site, just outside Caracas, which they plan to use for a range of outdoor concerts and sports events. PROmontaje is the main provider of technical resources for events in Venezuela, and dedicated to supplying the best possible technical resources for the production of sporting events, shows and corporate events.

Of Mice, Men and Mixers

09/02/2015 - Production News

Europe – Californian band, Of Mice & Men, recently supported Linkin Park on the European leg of the Hunting Party arena tour, with Allen & Heath GLD-80 mixers performing both FoH and monitor duties. This was the first experience of using GLD for both FoH engineer, Dave Nutbrown, and monitor engineer Ian ‘Squid’ Walsh, who needed a system that could handle large arena shows whilst keeping to a compact footprint. A GLD-80 connected over Cat5 to AR2412 and AR84 AudioRacks provided 32 XLR inputs for stage sources and delivered five in-ear mixes, side fills and a pair of centre wedges. Both GLD-80s were fitted with Dante cards and mic preamp signals were split digitally via Dante over cat5 to FoH. The analogue gain was set at the start of the tour, with the engineers using the consoles’ digital trim (+/- 24dB) to independently make adjustments during the shows.

Audio Supports Career-Oriented Education at CREC Public Safety Academy

09/02/2015 - Project News

USA – CREC Public Safety Academy opened their modern new facility in September 2014 with audio systems that support the school’s career-oriented education for grades 6 through 12 in law enforcement, fire sciences, emergency medicine and other safety and security fields.  

Sennheiser supports Lily Allen Sheezus tour

09/02/2015 - Production News

Having appeared at some of the UK’s favourite festivals during the summer, Lily Allen took to the road at the end of November for a two month UK tour, which culminated at the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations on the 31st of December. Sennheiser microphones and in-ear monitors, provided by Skan Audio, sound company for the tour, are with her every step of the way.

RH Consulting research shows massive increase in networked audio products and releases app to help specifiers

09/02/2015 - Equipment News

UK – London-based audio consulting firm, RH Consulting, has completed its second annual count of networked audio products and released the full data as an iOS app called Networked Audio Data.

Cinderella Takes to the Road – with FocusTrack

09/02/2015 - Production News

USA – Following its hugely successful run on Broadway, Rodgers+Hammerstein’s Cinderella has also taken to the road, launching a new production that is now touring the USA.

XL Video at the O2 with Basement Jaxx

06/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Continuing their long-term working relationship, XL Video supplied video solutions including LED screens and camera system for the final show of Basement Jaxx’s recent UK tour supporting their latest album, ‘Junto’.

Theatreplan joins Glasgow Citizens Theatre redevelopment design team

06/02/2015 - Project News

UK – World-class theatre consultancy, Theatreplan has been appointed as the theatre consultant on the major redevelopment project at Glasgow’s historic Citizens Theatre. Built in 1878, the Grade II listed theatre has seen a number of small-scale refurbishments and extensions, but the current scheme is the most comprehensive in its history.

Meyer Sound Partners with Crestron to Simplify AV System Integration

06/02/2015 - Business News

To strengthen its support for system integrators, Meyer Sound has joined the Crestron Integrated Partner Programme. The result is a suite of Crestron modules in development to allow customers to seamlessly implement Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker systems in environments controlled by Crestron products.

Yamaha QL5 Highlights French Culture At BnF

06/02/2015 - Project News

Founded in 1368, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France, or BnF) is one of the country’s highest profile institutions, holding copies of virtually everything published in France. Nowadays one of largest and most modern libraries in the world, a Yamaha QL5 digital mixing console has been entrusted with supporting the BnF’s programme of cultural events.

Harman’s Martin Professional Lighting Fixtures Are Crucial Design Elements, Enhance Creative Process for Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” Tour

06/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue recently completed the first leg of her Kiss Me Once tour, which included stops throughout Europe. The second leg of the tour begins in March 2015 with five shows in Kylie’s native Australia. Following the successful tour of Europe, lighting designer Rob Sinclair and lighting director Louisa Smurthwaite provided insight into the creative processes behind the tour’s extensive lighting design, which prominently featured fixtures from Harman’s Martin Professional.

TC Group brings integrated solutions to ISE 2015

06/02/2015 - Event News

TC Group’s install, tour and residential brands – Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake – will once again be bringing their extensive range of install and performance audio products to ISE 2015 in February, with Tannoy leading the charge with a host of brand new product offerings.

Arcus club refits with d&b audiotechnik

06/02/2015 - Project News

Croatia – The Arcus Cafè and Night Bar have a long and enviable reputation as one of Čakovec’s premier hot spots for entertainment. Situated in northern Croatia, the town and its surrounding area serve a population of nearly 45,000. The club itself has been open since 1998 and has recently undergone a thorough refit. The owner, Ivan Steficar, knew he wanted the best quality sound system available to maintain and grow the level of customer satisfaction; so he turned to Davor Files from ELTEL, the sales partner for d&b audiotechnik’s Croatian distributor, Sunflower.

Philips announced as main sponsor for The Society of Light and Lighting Fresnel Lecture

06/02/2015 - Event News

UK Philips Entertainment has been announced as the main sponsor of The Fresnel Lecture; a very special free event organised by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) that will take place on Tuesday 10th March at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. 

ASP880s Busy At New Crown Works Studio

06/02/2015 - Project News

UK For new business Crown Works Studio (CWS), the purchase of two ASP880 eight-channel mic pres turned out to be two of the most useful – and economically sensible – additions to their studio. “The pair of ASP880s are currently in place of the typical large format console and high end converters found in most studios,” says owner and assistant engineer, Ross Wareing, confessing that it was “…something we were very wary of to begin until we heard the ASP880s in action.”

HHB named Avid EMEA Audio Top Channel Partner for second consecutive year

06/02/2015 - Business News

HHB Communications Ltd. has been named Avid’s EMEA Audio Top Channel Partner for 2014. This is the second consecutive year that HHB and Soho audio post subsidiary Scrub have been noted by Avid for excellence in Pro Tools sales and support in Europe the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Unusual Rigging appoints Lizzie Richmond as new operations manager

06/02/2015 - People News

UK – Lizzie Richmond (pictured) has joined the Unusual Rigging team as its new operations manager, bringing with her a wealth of industry experience. Lizzie takes over the role from Denis Bramhall, who becomes the company’s general manager, overseeing Unusual’s expansion with the opening of a new 1200 sq. m. facility scheduled for early 2015.

A Lucid Decision to Buy Robe

06/02/2015 - Production News

Johannesburg-based rental and production company Lucidity has just invested in its first Robe moving lights with the purchase of six Pointes and six LEDWash 300s from Robe’s ROBIN series. These were delivered by Robe’s South African distributor DWR.

High Power Intellivox HP-DS370

06/02/2015 - Equipment News

The Intellivox HP-DS370 is an exciting new addition to the Intellivox family, offering the perfect mix of power and directivity control. And it's IP55 making it suitable for outdoor use.

Spectacular Super Bowl US Debut for GLP X4 BAR 20

06/02/2015 - Production News

USAGLP could hardly have picked a more auspicious event than the legendary half-time Show at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona for its new X4 Bar 20 LED batten to make a spectacular North American debut.

"Unbelievable" Ai V8 Autoblend proves invaluable for Phish and DMDS7UDIOS

06/02/2015 - Production News

USA American rock favourite Phish recently played a string of dates at Miami's American Airlines Arena to ring in the New Year. The prolific band wanted to really make a statement for the shows that tied in with their iconic imagery.

WIcreations Stays Cool with Ice Age Live Tour

05/02/2015 - Production News

Engineering and automation specialists Wicreations is supplying flying and rigging solutions to the ‘Ice Age Live – A Mammoth Adventure’ tour produced by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions, which continues to enthral audiences worldwide now on its latest third leg of an extensive touring schedule that started in 2012 and is currently scheduled until 2017.

Harman Martin Professional VC-Grid and VC-Strip LED Video Family Now Shipping in Additional Pixel Pitches

05/02/2015 - Equipment News

Harman Martin Professional has announced the VC-Grid and VC-Strip LED Video family is now shipping in 15, 30, and 60mm pixel pitches. Ideal for architectural installations, stage design, and television set elements, Martin’s VC family ensures design freedom for lighting designers and integrators on any creative LED Video project.

Stage Electrics boosts Audio Hire department with new Audio Hire Manager

05/02/2015 - People News

UK – Stage Electrics has been delivering audio and lighting solutions for over three decades. But the company continually aims to improve and expand its service; to this end it has appointed Rob Collett (pictured) to the position of audio hire manager. Rob’s all round knowledge of audio and his attention to detail adds a further dimension to the hire division’s offering.

Optocore Creates Elaborate Network at ISE

05/02/2015 - Event News

Optocore has created an elaborate fibre network for ISE 2015 at the booth of their Dutch distributors, TM Audio (7-K175). This will not only see their other distributed front-line brands connected at the stand but in the case of DiGiCo consoles connected across multiple booths via a DiGiCo-Optocore/BroaMan network, demonstrating the system’s suitability for transporting a number of different signal protocols to multiple locations.

W-DMX is a Winner at Canada’s Grey Cup

05/02/2015 - Production News

The award-winning W-DMX technology by Wireless Solution Sweden AB was once again used on Canada’s prestigious Grey Cup Halftime Show, held at the BC Place in Vancouver. The game decides the champion of the Canadian Football League. The halftime show was designed by Vancouver-based Electric Aura and featuring rock band Imagine Dragons.

DiGiCo SD8 pulls strings in New Delhi

05/02/2015 - Production News

India – Two days in mid-November saw a unique festival dedicated to stringed instruments take place in New Delhi, India. Featuring acclaimed string musicians from around the world, a DiGiCo SD8 was on hand to tame the dynamics of a wide array of instruments.

Game Set and Match for Bel Digital at Australian Open

05/02/2015 - Production News

Gearhouse Broadcast provided a complete broadcast system for the 2015 Australian Open, with its newly purchased Bel Digital MADI Monitor playing an integral part in the smooth running of a vast MADI network.

Harman Martin Professional’s MAC Quantum Profiles Add a Touch of Art Deco to Alfie Boe Shows

05/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Tenor Alfie Boe’s career has only gained strong momentum ever since he was famously discovered polishing cars at Blackpool’s TVR Factory at age 17. He recently undertook a major UK tour, where Harman Martin Professional’s newest MAC Quantum Profile fixtures proved that they are perfectly at home in live arena-sized productions.

Provision AVL becomes ProLyft Service Point in the UAE

05/02/2015 - Business News

Dubai-based Prolyte distributor, Provision AVL, has recently completed its ProLyft Service Point training.

Elation Platinum FLX a Flexible Hybrid Luminaire with Power

05/02/2015 - Equipment News

The new Platinum FLX from Elation Professional enters into a new class of multi-functional lighting fixtures offering a three-in-one hybrid luminaire with exceptional power that has flexible use as a spot, beam, or wash light. Designed for a wide variety of professional stage and special event applications, its 470W Philips MSD Platinum 20R lamp can emit up to 23,000 lumens, an output comparable to 1200W fixtures and powerful enough to cut through bright LED displays and sizable rigs full of lights. It performs exceptionally well in a variety of lighting applications thanks to its full-feature design including CMY and variable CTO colour mixing.

Design Oasis Sets Sail With Chauvet Professional LED Video Panel On Jam Cruise and Holy Ship!

05/02/2015 - Production News

Caribbean – Every music festival offers fans a chance to get away from it all, but few do this quite so dramatically – or literally – as Jam Cruise and Holy Ship! Produced by Cloud 9 Adventures, these floating festivals serve up hours of live music on the decks of cruise ships plying their way through the warm Caribbean waters to exotic ports of call like Half Moon Bay, Bahamas and Roatán, Honduras. The Design Oasis (Davie, FL) created an engaging environment at both nautical music fests with a light show designed by Cris Kuroda that’s anchored by 72 MVP 12 LED Video Panels from Chauvet Professional.

LMC Audio announces Wireless Mastered training with Shure Academy

05/02/2015 - Standards News

Professional audio sales company LMC Audio has announced its first Wireless Mastered Seminar, held in conjunction with the Shure Academy European Audio Network and taking place at the Shure Academy Centre in Waltham Abbey, Essex on 3rd March.

XL Video Goes to Copenhagen for AIR

05/02/2015 - Production News

Denmark – XL Video supplied projection, video, lighting and audio design, plus equipment and crew to the annual AIR 2014 conference, staged at the Hotel Scandic in Copenhagen over two days.

Studio 24

05/02/2015 - Production News

UK - In December, Richard Martin Lighting (RML) celebrated its 30th anniversary. Being in business for that long means being prepared to move with the times and continuously look at ways to develop and progress.

Stage One launches new website

05/02/2015 - Business News

UK – Stage One, the company currently constructing the UK Pavilion for the Milan 2015 Expo and who memorably realised Thomas Heatherwick’s spectacular cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics, has launched a brand new website.

Yamaha QL1 Helps Fernando Lameirinhas Illustrate The Lighter Side Of Black

05/02/2015 - Production News

The Netherlands – Fernando Lameirinhas is one of the most revered writers and performers of world music in the Netherlands, combining many different styles and influences into a unique palette of songs. Currently on tour with his latest project, Noir, a Yamaha QL1 is ensuring audiences enjoy every nuance, despite a very limited touring budget.

Avolites' heavyweight Sapphire Touch console and Wing control UFC

05/02/2015 - Production News

Sweden The UFC hit Stockholm's Tele2 Arena for the one of the promotion's most highly attended shows ever, with LD Jason Eible weighing in with Avolites' heavyweight Sapphire Touch console and Wing for the show.

Barco unveils 30K lumen single Xenon lamp projector for events and large venues

05/02/2015 - Equipment News

Belgium – Barco is expanding its projector portfolio for events and large venues with a three-chip DLP, 30,000 lumens model with WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution. The brand-new HDF-W30 FLEX shares its modular design, preview mode, and ImagePRO scaling with the other HDX, HDF, and HDQ family members, while offering Barco’s unique flexible brightness. The new projector will be commercially available as of April 2015.

Electrosonic Expands its UK Presence with New Regional Office in Aberdeen, Scotland

04/02/2015 - Business News

Electrosonic has announced the expansion of its facilities in Scotland by the opening of a second regional office in Aberdeen. The office in Cults, just outside Aberdeen City Centre, will be used to support its growing business in the city and the region.

BMFLs Make Impact in South Africa

04/02/2015 - Production News

The first Robe BMFLs have been in action on a variety of events in South Africa, utilised by some of the country’s leading lighting designers, the new multi-purpose fixtures have certainly been put through their paces on a wide variety of shows.

Experience the new website from Prolyte Group

04/02/2015 - Business News

Prolyte has announced the launch of its new website. Setting out to create a modern, full functional online platform to offer not only product information, but also inspiration and technical support, Prolyte aimed to reach out to its users by offering diverse yet relevant information for product as well as technical aspects.

Vaughan Sound earn place on HEPCW, SUPC framework

04/02/2015 - Business News

UK – Vaughan Sound has been awarded a place on a £100m university framework for the supply and installation of audio-visual equipment.

New projectors shine at Kingston University

04/02/2015 - Project News

UK – GV Multi-media has completed the rollout of Panasonic projectors at Kingston University, part of a £30 million investment towards improving the learning environment and IT facilities.

DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace Microphone Wins Prestigious TEC Award

04/02/2015 - Event News

USA DPA Microphones has announced that its d:screet omnidirectional miniature necklace microphone won a prestigious TEC Award in the Sound Reinforcement category at this year’s 30th Annual award ceremony in Anaheim, California.

Wave Round Creative Joins Adamson Network

04/02/2015 - Business News

China – Wave Round Creative Co., LTD, located in JiangSu, China, recently accepted delivery of a new Adamson Energia PA, making them the most recent Chinese sound company to join the Energia network.

Chauvet Professional Nexus Panels Provide Punch for Loserville the Musical

03/02/2015 - Production News

UK – For a recent run of Loserville the Musical at Cirencester’s Sundial Theatre, designer Joe Beardsmore turned to Enlightened Lighting to help create a scintillating backdrop incorporating fixtures from Chauvet Professional’s Nexus family of pixel-mapping displays.

Ashly Pema Processor/Amp Revives Tornado-Torn Church And School

03/02/2015 - Project News

USA – Together with the rest of the community, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Elementary School in Joplin, Missouri has faced the difficult but heartening task of rebuilding after one of the worst tornados on record destroyed its buildings in 2011. The church and school relocated south west of the city, where it has more room to comfortably accommodate a larger congregation and a larger student body. Although unwelcomed, the school capitalised on the opportunity to build new infrastructure, including a multi-purpose cafeteria with a flexible sound reinforcement system. A cost-effective, multi-channel Ashly Pema 4250.70 network Protea matrix processor combined with a four-channel amplifier delivers the flexibility that allows even non-technical staff to set the system up using Ashly neWR-5 remote controls.

AViary Video Tools launch the latest magpi solo at ISE2015

03/02/2015 - Event News

Showcasing the latest media players from their AViary Video Tools range, Green Hippo’s ISE exhibition will feature the all new magpi solo, besides the Par4Keet, 2Kan and magpi players.

Sennheiser UK shows comprehensive broadcast range at BVE 2015

03/02/2015 - Event News

UK – Sennheiser UK will be showing many key products from its comprehensive broadcast related ranges at BVE 2015, which takes place from 24-26 February at London’s ExCel.

Stage Electrics Appoints Colette Carter as Hire Sales Manager

03/02/2015 - People News

UK – With Colette Carter (pictured) having recently joined Stage Electrics as sales manager with responsibility for developing growth in hire, Colette has been swift to act by restructuring the customer facing hire team.

RCF to Present Latest EN54 Developments in Seminar at ISCEx 2015

03/02/2015 - Event News

UK – RCF’s engineering support group will host a special commercial technical seminar at this year’s ISCEx 2015 exhibition (March 3-4) focusing on the latest developments in their EN54 VA/PA solutions.

LOBO offers fascinating Live experiences for German chart breaker LICHTMOND

03/02/2015 - Production News

LOBO transforms the dream worlds of the successful LICHTMOND project into live experiences for rental projects and permanent attractions.

Christie H Series joins powerful 1DLP roster

03/02/2015 - Event News

Christie has introduced its most powerful 1DLP projector line which will have its first showing at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 10-12 at Christie’s stand H50 in Hall 1. The new Christie H Series projectors feature 12,000 lumens and are the lightest, brightest and smallest projectors available in the 10,000-plus lumen 1DLP category.

Chauvet Professional Q-Wash Stands Out For Butch Allen On Dancing With The Stars Tour

03/02/2015 - Production News

USA – When you have only one trailer for a high-profile tour, every fixture you load into it had better count. Butch Allen, the 2014 Parnelli Award Lighting Designer of the Year who has toured with a long list of superstars from Van Halen and Jennifer Lopez to Metallica and Usher, demonstrated this principle in stunning fashion recently when he created a maximum “bang for the inch” rig for the sold-out Dancing With The Stars Live! tour.  

Stunning projection as VER-Live supplies ITV’s Royal Variety Performance

03/02/2015 - Production News

UK – ITV’s Royal Variety Performance is an ever popular television staple bringing the latest cultural endeavours to the attention of millions. Staged at the London Palladium theatre, production designer, Peter Bingemann, created this year’s coherent visual styling, as he has in seven previous years, and expertly managed the requirements of the multifarious acts – from pop bands and singers through West End shows and musicals to stand-up comedians and other acts – into one strongly branded theatre show.

Christie delivers knockout with launch of Christie Boxer 4K30

03/02/2015 - Event News

A combination of the most lumens, the highest number of pixels, and 3DLP quality, combined with the smallest, lightest, yet most rugged design available, defines the new Christie Boxer 4K30 projector. This makes its worldwide debut at ISE Amsterdam (February 10-12) on the Christie booth (1-H50).

Small Music Venues Gain Sonic Quality with L-Acoustics ARCS WIFO Constant Curvature Line Source

03/02/2015 - Project News

France – L-Acoustics sound systems have a reputation for electrifying the biggest live entertainment crowds the world over. From the Sochi Olympics to the 400,000-strong crowd at Tomorrowland, audiences the world over have experienced the power and precision of an L-Acoustics sound system.

MLA Mini and DD6 do the honours for The German Media Prize

02/02/2015 - Production News

“Deutscher Medienpreis” – German Media Prize – is an award that has been given annually since 1992 by Media Control, a company for market statistics, to honour public figures. 

SGM Pixel Tubes Enter Brain Science Institute

02/02/2015 - Production News

UK – SGM’s award winning LED technology can be found in a diverse range of applications around the world – with its eye-catching 3D pixel tubes typically found zipping across dance floor ceilings.

SGM LT-200 3D Luminosity at Berges De Seine

02/02/2015 - Production News

France – On the beautiful banks of the River Seine, between the bridges Pont de la Concorde and Passerelle de Solférino, and close to Musée d’Orsay, lies a part of Paris that is always buzzing with pedestrians, day and night, and known as Berges de Seine. In this urban centre, Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) organised a special Christmas lighting installation, which ran from mid-December until the end of January.

ETC Cobalt 20 is the cream of the crop at Russia’s Milk Music Festival

02/02/2015 - Production News

Every year farmers, milk lovers and music fans flock to Ufa – the dairy capital of Russia – to celebrate the Milk Music Festival. Festival-goers can learn about the dairy industry, interact with farm animals, take a spin on amusement park rides, and – of course – enjoy locally sourced dairy products. One of the biggest draws to the festival is an open air stage featuring folk singing, dancing and musical groups. This year, the lighting for the performances was controlled by an ETC Cobalt 20 desk.

XL Video Supplies National Television Awards for Eleventh Consecutive Year

02/02/2015 - Production News

UK – XL Video has supplied LED screens, projection screens, media servers and screen management for the National Television Awards 2015.

Qatar Sheraton Doha Hotel starts a new life

02/02/2015 - Project News

Overlooking the West Bay of Qatar's capital city and the clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, the 5-star Sheraton Doha Hotel and Resort, also known as the Pyramid of the Gulf owing to its distinctive three-faced pyramidal outline, has recently been restored to its former glory. An iconic landmark in Doha for more than 30 years, the structure has been revamped by a complete renovation plan aimed at preserving the hotel’s original architecture and design, while upgrading its operational and technology systems to meet the needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. According to an accurate research and recovery plan, every single detail of the hotel looks now new but substantially unchanged, romantically retrieving the unforgettable atmosphere of the early ‘80s.

Utopium create backdrop for Green Capital launch

02/02/2015 - Production News

UK – Bristol buildings were bathed with creative architectural lighting by Utopium to provide a stunning backdrop for the city to launch its year as European Green Capital, 23rd – 25th January 2015.

Chauvet Professional & School Stage Light the Path to School Success

02/02/2015 - Project News

UK – School Stage – the performing arts installation company offering exclusive provision to schools, colleges and universities – recently completed a project using Chauvet Professional fixtures to add colour and ‘wow factor' to a multi-functional assembly hall in the newly built Lees Brook Community School in Chaddesden, Derby.

Meet the innovative Smart Paging Station 8 by WORK PRO at ISE 2015

02/02/2015 - Event News

During recent months, WORK PRO has been focused on developing new solutions for the integration sector. One of the most expected launches is the new Smart Paging Station 8 for BlueLine Digital System, the distributed audio system over IP designed and developed by WORK PRO. The official launch of SPS 8 will take place in Amsterdam, on the occasion of ISE 2015, one of the most important annual meetings with the sector. Visit the company at booth 7-M176 and find out this revolutionary distributed audio system.

Autograph continues to invest in EM Acoustics

02/02/2015 - Production News

Autograph Sound Recording, one of the UK’s most iconic names in theatre sound design and rental services, has recently invested in yet another very large batch of EMS-51 loudspeakers from EM Acoustics, bringing their total inventory up to an impressive 239 cabinets. This is in addition to the rest of their EM inventory which also includes i-8 & i-12 subwoofers as well as EMS-81 and EMS-121 full range loudspeakers.