News Archive for October 2016

DiGiCo clarity and transparency essential for Maluma Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy World Tour

31/10/2016 - Production News

Colombian singer songwriter Juan Luis Londoño Arias, aka Maluma, has been wowing audiences throughout his 2016 Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy (PBDB) World Tour with his sweet tenor voice and streetwise yet romantic delivery, for which audio clarity and transparency are essential. To help front of house engineer Lucas Pinzón achieve this, he has chosen to use DiGiCo consoles, which have become an indispensable element of the sound system.

Explore The Silk Road

31/10/2016 - Production News

UK – London’s annual Magical Lantern Festival is back, with an all-new show transforming historic Chiswick House Gardens into a fairytale world of light sculptures, Chinese arts, Virtual Reality, games and food with a funfair and 600 square metres ice rink, from 19th January - 26th February.

Red Dwarf deploys ETC Cobalt for latest series

31/10/2016 - Production News

UK – The Emmy-award winning TV show Red Dwarf made a welcome return to UK screens last month for its 11th series. Delighting its dedicated fan base, the latest run of the sci-fi comedy includes the addition of numerous guest sets, and features a striking collection of lighting effects, thanks to some impressive programming by Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn on an ETC Cobalt control desk.

DPA Microphones Provides Rock-Solid Sound on Tour with Ana Gabriel

31/10/2016 - Production News

Mexico – When Isaias G. Asbun, front of house engineer and director at Pyramid Sound was in charge of the sound for Grammy-Award nominated Mexican singer Ana Gabriel’s tour entitled “Por Ti,” he packed up his brand new DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 rock touring kit to capture the band’s explosive sound.

CPL Crownes Hotel with Funky Lighting

31/10/2016 - Project News

UK – CPL (Central Presentations Limited) was tasked with designing, specifying, and producing a spectacular architectural lighting scheme for the exterior of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire, primarily utilising battery powered LED luminaires.

Sennheiser Sound Academy announces training programme at The Warehouse in Glasgow

31/10/2016 - Standards News

UK – Sennheiser has announced that its Sound Academy training programme is heading to The Warehouse in Glasgow on 8th November 2016 for its latest Wireless Mics and Monitoring Essentials courses.

BMFLs for New Zealand Fashion Week

31/10/2016 - Production News

New Zealand Simon Garret from Auckland-based Oceania Productions designed lighting and visuals for the main show space for New Zealand Fashion Week 2016, which was staged at The ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, a funky venue at the heart of Wynard Quarter, New Zealand’s largest urban regeneration project right on the Auckland waterfront.

Highlite's Annual Dealer Days

31/10/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Highlite International has recently held its annual Dealer Days at its HQ in the Netherlands. The event was attended by dealers and rental companies from all over the world.

Proteus Best Debuting Product at Successful LDI for Elation Professional

28/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Elation Professional enjoyed what might possibly be its most successful LDI show to date with an extremely busy booth and just as busy demo room while the company’s new series of IP-rated moving lights, Proteus, won an LDI Best Debuting Product Award.

Justin Preston Helps MOON Shine at Roland Sessions with Chauvet Professional Nexus Panels

28/10/2016 - Production News

USA – The impact that Roland Corporation has had on our listening habits extends beyond its acclaimed digital music products. The company has also furthered the careers of some of the most influential new bands with its popular Roland Sessions. The video recorded live sessions have helped drive emerging stars like Twenty One Pilots and The Neighbourhood to new heights.

Entering the House of Horror

28/10/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Belgium-based show design practice Painting with Light has created innovative and highly effective lighting and video content for the current tour by Hans Klok, the world’s Fastest Illusionist, who is presenting his grisly ‘House of Horror’ show.

Shades of Summer from Urdang Academy

28/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Every summer the Urdang Academy decamps from its headquarters at the Old Finsbury Town Hall near Sadlers Wells to perform their summer show. For the last couple of years, the students have performed at the Hackney Empire, a long time supporter of theatrical creativity and innovation. As a showcase for the students, the event is a mixture of dance and musical theatre pieces performed by their first and second year students with the choreography, direction and design from industry professionals.

Elation Lighting Used Across 2016 Nocturnal Wonderland Festival

28/10/2016 - Production News

USA – The 21st anniversary of the massive EDM gathering known as Nocturnal Wonderland took place over Labor Day weekend (2nd - 4th September) at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Produced by Insomniac Events, headed by CEO Pasquale Rotella, thousands gathered to celebrate three days of electronic music while dancing the three-day weekend away amidst magical environments created by production design specialists SJ Lighting.

Showfile Ltd announces a new contributor from the world of fine art

27/10/2016 - People News

UK Showfile Limited, the distributor of digital scenery, video and still images for theatre projection and television chromakey green screen, has announced the addition of artist and designer Nancy Wood as a major new content contributor.

Jeff Hinton Helps Nicholas Gunn Colourise Sound with Chauvet DJ Intimidators

27/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Are there colours of sound? Can sound be expressed in the movement of light? Renowned instrumentalist and double platinum recording artist Nicholas Gunn thinks so, and he enlisted lighting designer Jeff Hinton of 815 Productions to help him demonstrate these principles with a ground-breaking video that they shot in an historic Chicago home in late September.

Big Blue Madness Shines with Bandit Lites

27/10/2016 - Production News

USA –The University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness is a special kind of event, where a packed crowd at Rupp Arena gear up for another season of UK Basketball. With a massive lighting package from Bandit Lites, the televised festivities on 14th October included a homage to former players, a flying Wildcat mascot, UK women’s coach Matthew Mitchell’s annual dance routine and the incredibly dynamic introduction of the 2016-2017 season’s players.

Tees-ing The Future: Yamaha Aids the Next Generation of Sound Engineers

27/10/2016 - Project News

UK – Yamaha mixing consoles are a familiar sight in venues and on technical riders throughout the world, but they also play a vital role in teaching successive generations of mixing engineers their craft. One of many UK courses taught on Yamaha consoles is the BSc (Hons) degree in Music Technology at Teesside University.

Turbosound and Midas See a Humbled Joe Lovano Return to His Roots

27/10/2016 - Production News

Italy – The Grammy award-winning Joe Lovano has found his musical comfort zone by continually pushing the boundaries of the jazz genre. His artistic expression is fuelled by new collaborations, and new experiences. One such recent experience for the highly acclaimed saxophonist was the emotive return to his Italian roots in Sicily.

Shawn Mendes Builds His Sound With Adamson

27/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Up and coming Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes recently toured the United States and Canada with an Adamson E-Series sound reinforcement system provided by Cleveland, Ohio-based Eighth Day Sound.

BMFLs Rock Copenhell 2016

27/10/2016 - Production News

Denmark – Leading Danish rental company Comtech suppled 68 Robe BMFL Spots to the main Helveti stage at the 2016 Copenhell Festival in Copenhagen,

Double Exposure Pays Off for Chauvet Professional at LDI

26/10/2016 - Event News

USA – LDI 2016 was twice as nice for Chauvet Professional, as the company’s new free-standing theatrical lighting demonstration booth drew large and appreciative crowds throughout the three-day show. Located across the aisle from the Chauvet Professional main booth, the new demo area highlighted the company’s groundbreaking Ovation LED ellipsoidals, Fresnels, battens and cyc lights, as well as its COLORado wash fixtures.

Renowned South African PA Company Buys dLive

26/10/2016 - Production News

Renowned South African PA company, Audio Logic, has added an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system to its hire stock. Purchased from Audiosure, the new system comprises a DM64 MixRack and S5000 surface.

Klark Teknik 1176-KT Now Shipping

26/10/2016 - Equipment News

Klark Teknik has announced the shipping of its 1176-KT FET-style compressor marking homage to the classic 1176LN model. With an entirely modernised and discrete signal path utilising custom-engineered MIDAS input and output transformers, the 1176-KT delivers pristine sonic performance.

Adlib New Glasgow Warehouse Launch is a Big Success

26/10/2016 - Event News

UK – Over 150 guests attended the launch of Adlib’s new warehouse and office facility in Glasgow which took place last week.

Lights, Camera, Temporary Cinema Action!

25/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Blackout was entrusted by People, to install a cinema screen support within the temporary pop-up Embankment Gardens Cinema, constructed in celebration of the 60th anniversary of BFI’s London Film Festival, 5th - 16th October.

Lights, Camera, Arena Group in Action!

25/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Arena Group designed and installed London’s largest temporary cinema venue in Victoria Embankment Gardens, forming part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of BFI’s London Film Festival, 5th - 16th October.

White Light Supplies Donmar Warehouse's Shakespeare Trilogy with Revolutionary Spotrack

25/10/2016 - Production News

UK – The Shakepeare Trilogy is an all-female production of three of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays: The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar. While this 13-week repertory season is the latest production from the renowned Donmar Warehouse, the plays are actually being performed in a custom-built theatre located near Kings Cross Station. As the leading lighting supplier to UK theatre, White Light was approached to provide the lighting equipment for this exciting production, which includes the revolutionary Spotrack system.

Durham Marenghi picks Robert Juliat Lancelot and Cyrano for Rio 2016 Olympics

25/10/2016 - Production News

Brazil – Lighting designer Durham Marenghi chose Robert Juliat followspots for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, employing ten Robert Juliat Lancelot 4000W HMI followspots and four Robert Juliat Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots for the spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. 

Marc Anthony's MAGNUS Media Turns to Meyer Sound in New Entertainment Venture

25/10/2016 - Production News

USA – When Latin music megastar Marc Anthony set out to create the MAGNUS Media entertainment agency, his team turned to Meyer Sound to bring the same level of sound solutions from his live touring success to the venture’s new Miami headquarters. The new space includes a showcase lounge and studio where MAGNUS Media will work with emerging artists.

Bandit Lites Named Lighting Company of the Year

25/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Bandit Lites is celebrating another remarkable year as it was once again named Lighting Company of the Year at the 16th Annual Parnelli Awards. Hosted by Grammy-nominated composer/guitarist Andrew Below, the yearly gala took place 22nd October at the Rio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas during LDI.

Austin Jansen Goes Rogue on Taryn Cross Tour

25/10/2016 - Production News

USA – For up-and-coming singer Taryn Cross, “Break Some Rules” is more than the title of her latest recording, it also describes her adventurous approach to music. Cross, who has opened for country stars like Eric Church, Joe Nichols and Randy Travis, has been more than ready to bend and break musical boundaries by blending her Nashville sound with rock and indie influences, all while infusing it with a sultry undertone that is all her own.

Turbosound Announces Ryan Whyte Maloney as iNSPIRE Endorser

25/10/2016 - Production News

USA – The newest member of the Turbosound artist family is Ryan Whyte Maloney, an incredible singer/songwriter from Las Vegas, NV. Maloney, who was a finalist on NBC's The Voice, performs a packed tour schedule in Las Vegas as both a solo artist and with a trio. He also produces music for artists in his own studio, TruNorth.

Qatar's Coptic Church Reaches All the Way Back with Renkus-Heinz ICONYX

24/10/2016 - Project News

QatarAs the only church of its kind in Qatar, St. Peter & St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church is a unique landmark in the capital city of Doha. It also represented a unique acoustic challenge for Maged Amin, head of design – Audiovisual, for leading regional systems integrator Techno Q. With high ceilings, an interior constructed largely of marble, a mezzanine level, and a 50 foot (15m) dome near the building's entrance, St. Peter & St. Paul was beyond the reach of ordinary loudspeaker technology.

Robe Enjoyed Busy Award Winning LDI

24/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Robe enjoyed an action-packed LDI expo in Las Vegas, this year all the more memorable for collecting a coveted 2016 Parnelli award in the ‘Indispensable Lighting Technology’ category for the hugely successful BMFL WashBeam luminaire.

Light and Video Designers are invited to compete in Tupac Martir's Lux Festival

24/10/2016 - Event News

Colombia – Creative visionary Tupac Martir and USITT are joining together to support up to four emerging and professional artists to create a video art piece on a canvas of a historical building in Cartagena, Colombia.

Airstar Shines at LDI with New Innovative Lighting Products

24/10/2016 - Equipment News

USA – Airstar, a leading French manufacturer and provider of inflatable structures and lighting balloons for the event industry, has announced the enhancement of its successful Crystal range with the launch of two brand new innovative products – Sunshade and Crystal White 50k lum – at the 2016 LDI Show.

Elation Professional Unleashes Creativity with New Proteus Series of IP-rated Moving Lights

24/10/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional presents a next-tier product line of IP-rated moving lights built specifically to empower designer creativity, Proteus.

ADJ Group Expands with Opening of New Facility near Mexico City

24/10/2016 - Business News

Mexico – In order to adapt to a growing and changing Mexican market for entertainment technology, the ADJ Group has announced the opening of a new distribution center facility near Mexico City that will serve all ADJ Group brands: ADJ, Elation Professional, Acclaim Lighting, Global Truss America/Duratruss and American Audio.

Christie Boxer adds new dimension for the Radio City Rockettes live theatrical productions at the iconic Radio City Music Hall

24/10/2016 - Project News

USA – Christie has partnered with Radio City Music Hall to provide its state-of-the-art Boxer 4K30 projectors to enhance and add a new dimension to the world-famous Radio City Rockettes productions. This includes the upcoming Christmas Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes and the 2016 engagement of New York Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes.

L-Acoustics spreads the word at El Tabernacle

24/10/2016 - Project News

 South Africa – Founded by Apostle Edgar Hill Roscoe, who’s ministry stretches over nearly 50 years, the El Tabernacle church in Walkerville has long suffered from acoustic issues which made it difficult for the worship leaders to be heard above the enthusiastic congregation. Situated in Gauteng, the smallest and most densely populated province in South Africa, El Tabernacle is around half an hour from the centre of Johannesburg. Faced with considerable acoustic challenges, church elder Gustav Adams approached Richard Smith of local technical production specialists Sound Harmonics for advice on solving them.

Dance Proms sponsor Harlequin Floors has tickets to be won for this year’s spectacular gala event

24/10/2016 - Event News

UK - Two pairs of tickets are up for grabs for Dance Proms, the annual gala event, taking place on 30th October at the stunning Royal Albert Hall. Sponsors Harlequin Floors is also the official dance floor supplier for the fourth year running.

ENVY Advertising turns to Scrub for new facility

24/10/2016 - Project News

UK – Specialising in short-form content, ENVY Advertising has recently unveiled a state-of-the-art facility on Mortimer Street in Fitzrovia, London. Scrub, a division of HHB Communications, supplied the audio kit in the new facility, which concentrates mainly on commercials, trailers, promos, channel branding and web content.

St. Peter's Square radiates in new LED light

21/10/2016 - Project News

The Vatican – Osram lends St. Peter's Square in Rome a new sense of radiance. Following refurbishment, modern and energy-efficient outdoor LED luminaires provide a unique lighting experience and also save energy of approximately 70 percent. The project concept by Direzione dei Servizi Tecnici del Governatorato dello Stato della Città del Vaticano was realised with support from Osram, the reference partner for global lighting expertise. Co-operation with Servizi Tecnici del Governatorato was also fundamental for the success of the important Sistine Chapel project, carried out in 2014. The new lighting system for the Sistine Chapel featured higher lumen output and artwork-conserving LED lighting to protect and enhance Michelan-gelo's renowned frescoes. It also served as a benchmark with regard to artistic, historical and preservative aspects.

Allen & Heath and its Partners Celebrate Touring Success with dLive

21/10/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Allen & Heath is celebrating global success with its flagship dLive digital mixing system, which has been specified by many engineers on international riders over its first season, culminating in over 150 touring PA rental companies investing in the product worldwide.

Lighting and video designers are invited to become part of Tupac Martir's next big project - Lux Festival 2017, Colombia

21/10/2016 - Event News

UK/USA/Colombia Light magician and creative director, Tupac Martir, has announced his latest creative project – Lux Festival; a light and video showcase where the dynamic canvas for the adventurous event is the colonial architecture and cobbled streets and squares of the historic coastal town of Cartagena, Colombia.

Saville wins European award at NEC Display Trends Forum

21/10/2016 - Event News

Italy – AV integrator Saville Audio Visual was the only UK partner to be recognised by NEC Display Solutions Europe at its 2016/17 Display Trends Forum in Rome. The Partner Awards ceremony honoured the achievements of six outstanding NEC channel partners over the past year.

Alcons LR18 thrills at Rock im Bergbad festival

21/10/2016 - Production News

Germany – In September 2016, the Open Air festival "Rock im Bergbad" celebrated a successful premiere in Bückeburg in Lower Saxony. In the unique backdrop of the local mountain swimming pool, four high-profile acts performed in front of the landscape panorama of Harrl and the Weser mountains. Auditiv GmbH, based in Kassel, set up an Alcons LR18 pro-ribbon line array as technical service provider for the event.

Next NXT-1 Panels Create Focal Point For Abel Pintos’ Buenos Aires Concert

21/10/2016 - Production News

Argentina – Deligio-Producciones Técnicas created spectacular looks for Argentinian superstar Abel Pintos, thanks in part to the adroit use of Next NXT-1 moving LED panels from Chauvet Professional. Lighting designer Pablo Deligio, who co-owns the production company with his father Nestor Deligio, arranged 20 of the NXT-1 panels in four rows on a centre stage truss grid for Pintos’ concert at Luna Park in the San Nicolás neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

Powersoft to Provide Users with Free Training from Experts Dave Rat and Steven Kemland via Webinars

21/10/2016 - Event News

Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, is furthering its commitment to providing cutting-edge training for users of its industry-leading amplification technology with a series of free webinars. New webinars, which are being presented in conjunction with ProAudio-Central.com, provide audio professionals with opportunities to learn best practices from experts in the field and get the most out of their Powersoft gear.

Christie Pandoras Box 6.0 and Widget Designer 6.0 mark their official launch at Live Design International show

21/10/2016 - Event News

USA – The new Christie Pandoras Box 6.0 media server is officially launching at the 2016 Live Design International (LDI) show October 21-23 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. More versatile than ever, the Pandoras Box system combines the newest rendering technology with intuitive media and show control. Pandoras Box is used around the world for live experiences including multi-media events and projection mapping. The system can be set up as a stand-alone playback device, network playback client or in console mode for direct DMX Control.

Painting with Light Reaches for the Sky

21/10/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Luc Peumans from leading European lighting and visual design practice Painting with Light was asked to create a lighting scheme for the recent new musical “Sky” which ran at the Theater Amsterdam featuring spectacular 3D video scenery.

Movecat widens circle of partners

21/10/2016 - People News

Movecat, manufacturer worldwide in the field of modular, scaleable stage equipment capable of offering practice-tested, certified and genuinely available integrated systems compliant with BGV C1 and SIL3, has consolidated its corporate base through the addition of a new member to the group of partners. With immediate effect, Oliver Nachbauer (pictured) has been integrated into the management team in the roles of commercial director/CFO and additional partner.

More Jewels for Robe

21/10/2016 - Project News

USA – Quality, innovation and serious 'wow factors' are all core philosophies defining Jewel, the Hakkasan Group’s newest night destination venue in Las Vegas, right in the heart of the Aria Resort & Casino, a stunning looking space embracing some serious production values and fully focused on the guest experience.

The 1975 soar to arenas with 84 GLP X4 Bar 20s

21/10/2016 - Production News

USA - A key member of Los Angeles’ leading lighting design collective, Seven Design Works, Tobias Rylander has been making extensive use of GLP’s award-winning X4 Bar 20 LED battens to illuminate various touring lighting sets, generating giant colour fields and sweeps from the innovative fixtures.

Music Appoints Jamie O’Callaghan to Lead Tannoy’s Global Sales

21/10/2016 - People News

Tannoy, one of the world’s most prestigious loudspeaker brands and part of Music's world-class brand portfolio, has announced the appointment of Jamie O’Callaghan as head of global sales for its Lifestyle division. O’Callaghan’s vast experience in worldwide distribution and his tremendous passion for the audio industry, makes him a perfect fit to head Tannoy’s ambitious customer experience and distribution vision.

White Light Supplies Ipswich Theatres with Brand-New Motor Rigging System

21/10/2016 - Project News

UK – Built in the 1880s, the Corn Exchange is one of Ipswich’s premiere entertainment complexes. Featuring stunning Victorian architecture, the venue regularly houses theatre productions and a variety of entertainment shows. A short walk from the Corn Exchange is the Regent Theatre, which is East Anglia’s largest theatre and has an auditorium that holds 1,500 people. To facilitate the various productions in each building, both venues decided to invest in a new motor rigging system. As the technical solution specialist, White Light was called upon to oversee the entire installation.

Doughty's Articulated Carriage makes its official debut at LDI

21/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Doughty Engineering's new Articulated Carriage will make its official debut at this year's LDI show. Visitors to stand 1946 will see the new product which Doughty has added to its Studio Rail 60 range and which has been designed with film, TV and theatre in mind.

The past meets the future: 700 year-old castle illuminated by SGM

21/10/2016 - Project News

Denmark – Koldinghus is a Danish castle built in the 13th century, located in the Danish town of Kolding. For decades the castle has been illuminated by conventional discharge lamps, which is a costly affair in regards to both power and maintenance. Therefore, Business Kolding and the Municipality of Kolding decided to implement a new and more up-to-date lighting solution.

Jimmy Buffett Tours with Bandit Lites

20/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Jimmy Buffett is about to wrap his I Don’t Know Tour, an ironic name considering how iconic the singer and performances have become. Having toured every year since 1976, the self-proclaimed beach bum knows how to entertain his legion of fans, many of whom make the trek to see his shows many times over. Bandit Lites is proud to be the long-time lighting vendor for Buffett, and help transform every stage into a paradise for both the audience and the performer.

PRG XL Video Return To Henley Festival To Supply Lighting and Video

20/10/2016 - Production News

UK – PRG XL Video is well seasoned at supplying lighting, video and rigging services to festivals. The company has worked on outdoor cultural gatherings of all sizes and styles for years, yet few as boutique and enchanting as the Henley Festival, a five-day cultural experience celebrating the best of international and UK music, art, comedy and food in a quintessentially British location.

Audience Systems completes stunning seating refit at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

20/10/2016 - Project News

UK – Audience Systems’ brand new Icon theatre seat has recently enjoyed its début at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. As part of an ambitious and glitzy refurbishment of the theatre, Audience Systems re-seated the entire auditorium with 1,200 of these versatile chairs.

Philips Lighting to launch an array of new entertainment products at LDI 2016

20/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Philips Lighting has announced it will launch a raft of trailblazing entertainment lighting on booth #1115 at the LDI Las Vegas exhibition, one of the USA's most prominent entertainment technology trade shows, taking place 21st - 23rd October at Las Vegas Convention Center.

A staggering d&b system supports World Youth Day 2016

20/10/2016 - Production News

Poland – Over 600 d&b loudspeakers, nearly 150 D80 amplifiers, and 29 delay towers for one stage, this was an event on an almost unprecedented scale. Blonia Park, near Poland’s ancient city of Kraków, was the venue for the 13th World Youth Day. Since the inaugural gathering in Rome in 1986, the Catholic Church has invited young people of all faiths and persuasions to congregate at events held globally, from Toronto to Sydney to Denver to Manila in the Philippines. World Youth Day 2016 presented an opportunity for Pope Francis to engage with hundreds of thousands of young people who were also treated to a music festival on a massive scale: bands of all different backgrounds and genres, and a large number of soloists. All of which represented a herculean task for GMB pro sound, the audio company responsible for providing sound reinforcement across the 48 hectare site.

Ryman Auditorium’s COLORado House Fixtures Add Colour to Americana Music Festival Awards

20/10/2016 - Production News

USA Images of the Ryman Auditorium stage, with its 18” blonde oak lip, distinctive frame and teak deck, are burnished into the minds and hearts of country music bands and fans. The giants of country have worked their magic on this sacred 60.5' x 36.5' space, as have artists from other genres like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

DPA Microphones Help Daniel Blinkhorn Capture Multi-Channel Eco-Acoustic Recordings

20/10/2016 - Production News

Central America – DPA’s d:mension 5100 mobile surround microphone was recently put through its paces by Australian artist, composer and lecturer Daniel Blinkhorn when he visited Mexico and Cuba to capture environmental sounds for his latest eco-acoustic composition.

Desert Trip Festival Shines On with Roger Waters and Syncrolite

20/10/2016 - Production News

USA – A historic gathering of rock’s biggest legends known as the Desert Trip festival took place during the first two weekends of October. Showcasing six of the biggest acts in rock history, Desert Trip pushed each of these headliner acts to stand out. One act that is especially recognised for his outstanding visual design is Roger Waters, and his Desert Trip effort was no exception.

Surf’s Up! Elation Professional Website Receives Full Makeover

20/10/2016 - Business News

Surfing the lighting industry web just got a lot better with the launch of Elation Professional’s newly designed www.elationlighting.com website, a thorough makeover that features a more intuitive and modern look. The redesigned website makes it easier for visitors to find the information they need in a more visually appealing interface and marks another important step as Elation continues to grow and increase its market presence.

AC-ET to Host November Nexo and Yamaha UK Open Days

20/10/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Audio, a sales division of A.C Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), will be hosting two dedicated Nexo and Yamaha UK Open Days in November, covering industry standard technologies as well as showcasing the latest product innovations from these leading professional audio brands.

Technology for a good cause

20/10/2016 - Production News

Germany – At the benefit musical gala in Heidenheim in June, top musical stars performed at no charge. The total proceeds were donated to the support initiative for children with tumors or leukemia in Ulm. Steinigke Showtechnic provided the event with stage technology free of charge.

Symphotech at Lockdown Festival

20/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Symphotech combined its expertise and experience from many events to manage health and safety for the inaugural Lockdown Festival, as it headed to Powderham Castle, 9th - 11th September.

Making its London Debut: Spotrack at Donmar King’s Cross

20/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Spotrack, the innovative system that turns moving lights into followspots under the control of a human operator, is now appearing nightly as a key element of the lighting design for the acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy, produced by the renowned Donmar Warehouse at a new temporary theatre in London’s King’s Cross.

Avolites Ai Infinity RX Server controls enhanced video scenery for DreamWorks' Madagascar Live!

20/10/2016 - Production News

Asia Dutch lighting designer Jan Kortbeek has selected a powerful Ai Infinity RX server from pioneering British manufacturer Avolites to control complex new media content for an updated version of the live musical theatre show of DreamWorks Animation's cartoon blockbuster Madagascar.

SGM launches the much-anticipated G-4 Wash

20/10/2016 - Equipment News

SGM has released a new addition to its G-range of moving heads. The G-4 Wash is a lightweight and compact high-power Fresnel wash light with superb colour mixing and very low power consumption.

TiMax Midsummer Nights in the Wolkenturm Pillar of Clouds

20/10/2016 - Project News

Austria – With a requirement for subtle audio reinforcement to complement the spectacular venue’s natural acoustic, Wolkenturm’s head of sound Andreas Dröscher turned to TiMax for the panoramic realism created by its source-oriented reinforcement (SOR) spatial amplification techniques.

Outline adds Serbia-based Svetlost Teatar to its international distributors

20/10/2016 - Project News

Serbia – Headquartered in Belgrade and with branch offices in Russia and Macedonia, Svetlost Teatar Company was recently appointed Outline distributor for Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia.

White Light Returns to London Fashion Week with Simone Rocha Showcase at Southwark Cathedral

20/10/2016 - Production News

UK – London Fashion Week returned last month as the world’s most renowned designers exhibited their latest work in a range of venues across the capital. Following its work on previous London Fashion Weeks, White Light was called upon once again to offer the complete production support on a range of shows. This included the Simone Rocha Showcase at Southwark Cathedral.

FIX8Group flies high at Turkmenistan brand new airport launch

19/10/2016 - Project News

TurkmenistanVisual production expert FIX8Group successfully managed and delivered a complex projection and content management project for an event staged by Turkish construction group Polimeks for the Government of Turkmenistan to launch the country's brand new, state-of-the-art international airport.

Avolites Quartz Shines on Joe Walsh's Solo 'Walsh Toor'

19/10/2016 - Production News

USA – On a tour where the only constant is uncertainty about each day’s lighting rig, perks like ease of use, flexibility and quick programming make up the hat trick of must-haves. Lighting designers Danny Sinclair and Alex Furlan depend on Avolites consoles and media servers to provide all three, a fact perfectly exemplified on their recent tour with classic rocker Joe Walsh, which carried a compact Avolites Quartz lighting control console paired with a Titan Mobile Wing, plus Avolites’ Ai media servers to run the tour’s video imaging.

Colour Sound for Kano at Brixton Show

19/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment worked closely with innovative lighting designer Francis Clegg of MIRRAD to supply a full production lighting rig for rapper Kano’s recent show-stopping gig at London’s Brixton Academy.

Woodlite Boosts Robe Stock

19/10/2016 - Production News

Sweden – Woodlite is a large, well-stocked and super-efficient dry hire specialist with an HQ just outside the attractive university town of Karlstad, the capital of Värmland county, and a facility in Stockholm.

Version 2 the new name in Television Lighting Rental

19/10/2016 - Business News

UK – A new company, Version 2, has entered the television market headed up by former Aurora Lighting hire managing director Nick Edwards. The exciting new brand will provide specialist equipment and support to the UK broadcast and event industry. The company boasts a new-state-of-the-art inventory covering the full spectrum of moving lights and LED technology through to tungsten and grip.

Harlequin Floors' Mark Rasmussen all set for debut presentation at IADMS Conference in Hong Kong

19/10/2016 - Event News

China – Representing Harlequin Floors at the 26th IADMS Conference is group marketing director, Mark Rasmussen. Mark will be presenting a paper at the upcoming event, which takes place in Wanchai, Hong Kong from 20th - 23rd October.

Jon Morgan appointed as new Director of Theatres Trust

19/10/2016 - People News

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has announced the appointment of new director Jon Morgan who will take up the position in January 2017. Theatres Trust which has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this year will see the new director lead and champion the work of the organisation with principal activities focussing on campaigning, expert advice, planning, grants, funding and discovery. Jon Morgan who is currently director of the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) will replace interim director Rebecca Morland who took over from previous director Mhora Samuel earlier this year.

Angel Perez Engages Jingle Ball Announcement Crowd with Chauvet DJ

19/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Radio City Rockettes, the Jingle Ball Tour concert at Madison Square Garden has become one of the Big Apple’s iconic holiday events. Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris and Maroon 5 have performed at the annual show, so too have Selena Gomez, The Weeknd and One Republic. This year’s concert will be just as diverse and star studded with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Charlie Puth, Lukas Graham, Daya, and Niall Horan scheduled to appear.

AC-ET to Host November HippoSchool V4 UK Training Days in Conjunction with Green Hippo

19/10/2016 - Standards News

UK – A.C. Video, a sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) – the exclusive UK distributor for the Hippotizer media servers range – will be hosting HippoSchool V4 training days, in conjunction with Green Hippo, at AC-ET’s Northern sales office in Leeds.

SGM launches a new and powerful battery-driven wash light

19/10/2016 - Equipment News

SGM has released its new compact wash light which has already been pre-ordered in large quantities. The P-1 is an IP65-rated battery-driven RGBW LED wash/blind/strobe light with a small footprint and high output, designed for multiple applications, including applications where wireless operation is essential.

Terry Tew purchases Origin Audio

19/10/2016 - Business News

UK - Terry Tew Sound and Light, specialists in audio visual hire and sales for events, conferences and broadcast, has recently purchased microphone hire company, Origin Audio.

Arena Group Saddles Up with The Jockey Club

19/10/2016 - Project News

UK – Arena Group has secured a new three-year contract with The Jockey Club, to supply temporary event infrastructure to a number of the UK’s most esteemed racecourses.

Yamaha Has all Bases Covered

19/10/2016 - Production News

UK – The day-to-day lifeblood of the professional audio business is the thousands of smaller events and projects which receive much less publicity than major festivals, arena tours and high profile installations. These are serviced by an army of regional production companies like Base:Live, many of whom rely on Yamaha equipment to keep the wheels turning.

Panasonic launches company’s brightest large venue laser projector

19/10/2016 - Equipment News

Available from October 2016 in both WUXGA and SXGA+, the PT-RZ31K series will be the brightest in the Panasonic range with an exceptionally compact and lightweight body harnessing powerful SOLID SHINE laser technology.

Yamaha Loudspeakers are on the Beat with DJ-Taz

19/10/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – The most important qualities for any touring DJ’s loudspeaker system are quality, versatility and roadworthiness. All three are an integral part of Yamaha’s ranges of professional loudspeakers, as Dutch deck master DJ-Taz has discovered.

Optoma launches Projection Mapper with competition to transform any space

19/10/2016 - Event News

Homeowners and businesses, DJs and party planners can transform any space with Optoma’s ingenious new app: Projection Mapper.

Cult band Tito & Tarantula rocks Alte Mälzerei with Gravity

19/10/2016 - Production News

Germany – Filmed in 1996, “From Dusk Till Dawn” turned out to be a springboard to an international career for nearly all participants: the leading actors George Clooney and Salma Hayek, screenwriter Quentin Tarantino and also for the band Tito & Tarantula, which provided the film’s soundtrack.

Renkus-Heinz ICONYX Shipping with Dante

18/10/2016 - Equipment News

USARenkus-Heinz, a world leader in steerable sound, has announced the immediate availability of new Dante-enabled versions of ICONYX Gen5 and IC Live for fixed installation. Iconyx IC Series and IC Live ICL-F Series models are now available in -RD versions, offering Dual Redundant Dante connectivity with audio transport and configurable sample rates up to 96kHz.

BG Event Takes on Martin Audio Distribution in Hungary

18/10/2016 - Production News

Hungary BG Event Ltd has formally taken on the Hungarian distribution for Martin Audio’s award-winning loudspeaker portfolio.

Airstar Wipes Out Darkness for the Surf de Nuit in Anglet

18/10/2016 - Production News

France – The Surf de Nuit is a unique concept gathering thousands of spectators each year in August on the Sables d’Or beach in Anglet, France.

S+H Helps 10cc Celebrates 40 Years of 'Sheet Music'

18/10/2016 - Production News

UK – LED screen, drapes and special FX specialist S+H Technical Services is supplying its Glux 12mm LED screen to the current UK and European tour by maverick rock band 10cc, which is celebrating 40 years since their seminal “Sheet Music” album. Released in 1974 this was their second album which received worldwide critical acclaim and remained in the UK charts for an incredible six months. It’s generally considered to be one of the most influential studio albums of the 20th century.

ALC NetworX releases RAVENNA-2-SAP Converter tool

18/10/2016 - Equipment News

As the AES67 interoperability standard continues to gain traction, so the need for tools to facilitate interoperability increases. ALC NetworX, developers of the high performance RAVENNA audio networking technology, has announced the release of RAV2SAP, an extremely useful RAVENNA-to-SAP freeware conversion tool designed to help connect RAVENNA devices to other AES67 devices.

Armin Embraces Only Robe in Jerusalem

18/10/2016 - Production News

Israel – Three-hundred Robe moving lights helped the one, the only, and the totally awesome Armin van Buuren rock Jerusalem with his amazing "Armin Only Embrace" show, a four-hour trance extravaganza that delighted 10,000 fans packing the Pais Arena to catch the banging vibes and spectacular visuals.

Brian Wilson’s ‘Pet Sounds’ Celebrates 50 Years with Bandit Lites

18/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Fifty years ago, the legendary masterpiece Pet Sounds hit the airwaves, and in addition to re-releasing the album, Brian Wilson has embarked on a celebratory tour that features a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

Powersoft Sponsors New PAcalculate App

18/10/2016 - Equipment News

Powersoft has announced that it is sponsoring the multi-platform PAcalculate app, which runs on mobile devices such as Android, iOS, Windows-Phone and Blackberry, including smartphones and tablets.

Emergency Production Adds Stylish Touch to TEDx New York Talks With Chauvet Professional

18/10/2016 - Production News

USA – A priest, a rapper, an LGBT artist, an Ivy League business school chairperson, a violinist and 13 other achievers from wildly different fields walk into an elegant theatre – The beginning of a joke? Not at all – it’s the list of presenters at the TEDx New York Keynote Series “Down The Rabbit Hole,” which took place recently at Manhattan’s elegantly appointed SVA Theatre.

Avolites gears up for a milestone software release with launch of Ai version 10

18/10/2016 - Equipment News

UK Avolites is gearing up to launch the latest update to its Ai software – Ai version 10 – which will see an overhauled user interface for a more intuitive experience and new features developed for the real world demands of Coldplay's video-heavy A Head Full of Dreams 2016 tour, and Las Vegas nightclub JEWEL – the latest addition to the Hakkasan Group of premium nightlife experiences.

Digital Projection Reinforces Operations in the Middle East with New Business Development Manager

18/10/2016 - People News

UAE – Digital Projection EMEA has announced the appointment of Shreeram Manjunath as business development manager for the Middle East region, reinforcing the Digital Projection sales team. This employment reflects the UK manufacturer’s growth in this strategic region and its commitment to the market.

Panasonic wins Pure AV laser shoot-out

18/10/2016 - Event News

UK - 6,000 lumens laser projectors from Canon, Christie, Digital Projection, Epson, Panasonic and Sony were assessed by industry professionals from sectors including education, health and enterprise at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester.

Aurora extend stock of Chroma-Q Space Force fixtures to offer clients greater flexibility in low energy alternatives

18/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Having taken delivery of an initial consignment of the Chroma-Q Space Force earlier in the year, client demand for these versatile, powerful LED soft lights has warranted further investment by Aurora Lighting in an additional batch of fixtures making the company home to of one of the UK's largest hire stocks.

Music and Digitcontrol Partner up for Thailand Distribution

18/10/2016 - Business News

Music has announced the appointment of Digitcontrol as the exclusive Thailand distributor for its world-renowned Lab Gruppen, Lake, Tannoy, Midas and Klark Teknik brands.

Pearce Hire back from the future to the present

18/10/2016 - Event News

UK – Pearce Hire has confirmed that it will be participating at The Showman’s Show, taking place at Newbury Showground on 19th and 20th October.

GLP Appoints New Distributor in Thailand

18/10/2016 - Business News

Bangkok-based Complete AVL Solutions, premium provider of audio, video and lighting technology, has taken on exclusive distribution of GLP products in Thailand.

Loud Appoints Thom Stalcup to VP of Operations

18/10/2016 - People News

USALoud Technologies Inc. (Loud) has announced the appointment of Thom Stalcup to the position of vice president of operations.

White Light Provides New Lighting Installation to Hospital Club

18/10/2016 - Project News

UK – The Hospital Club is a unique private members club located in the heart of Covent Garden. Open specifically for members of the creative industry, the seven storey building features an award-winning television and music studio, a restaurant, bar and performance area. It also has a gallery space in which White Light recently installed a brand-new LED lighting system.

Hawthorn Provides Technical Production for Herbalife Party in Prague

18/10/2016 - Production News

Czech Republic – Well-known for its large stadium-sized events, global nutrition and weight management company Herbalife returned to Prague this September for their EMEA Herbalife Extravaganza 2016. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn, was once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to provide full technical production for the spectacular Qualification Party, an exclusive event celebrating the company’s highest achievers. Held at the Forum Karlin, 2,400 lucky attendees were treated to a dramatic ‘Fire and Ice’ themed celebration.

Large PR Lighting Inventory Arrives in Burkina Faso

17/10/2016 - Production News

Burkina Faso PR Lighting fixtures reach some parts of the globe that other brands do not. One of the more obscure locations is Burkina Faso, the tiny landlocked country in West Africa.

Maroon 5 and L-Acoustics Share 'One More Night' Night After Night

17/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Ask FoH engineer Jim Ebdon about the configuration of the L-Acoustics line array sound system he’s been piloting for three-time Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 for nearly the last two years on a world tour and he’ll likely reply starting with the phrase: “Well, currently, at the moment…” That’s because in that time – during what’s been billed alternately as the Maroon V Tour or the M5OnTheRoad, which has so far passed through North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America – Ebdon has been tweaking the arrangement of the K1/K2 system’s components, finding little tricks that are making an already great-sounding system perform even better.

Legendary SoCal Venue Gets Legendary Sound with Renkus-Heinz

17/10/2016 - Project News

USA Since opening its doors in 1980, The Coach House has established itself as a landmark of the Southern California music scene.

DPA Microphones – Win €2,500 ($2,800) for sharing your DPA experience

17/10/2016 - Event News

As part of an exciting contest beginning today, DPA Microphones is asking the audio community to tell how they use DPA mics today or how they would have used them if they had DPA mics. They just have to go on the company website to share their story. If users submit their stories, they will be entered for a chance to win fantastic prizes. The grand prize is €2,500 ($2,800) in DPA microphones and accessories of the winner’s choice and the more people who participate, the more prizes will be added.

New Rental and Production company chooses Robe Pointes and Spikies

17/10/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Event Lighting is a brand new rental and production company in Centurion near Pretoria, offering lighting equipment and design services for all production scenarios, plus a fund of knowledge and experience from its founders, Peter Rieck of Rieck’s Lighting and Henry Jenkins of Eventech.

PRG Trusts DPA Microphones to Accurately Capture Sound and Integrity of Live Instruments

17/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Production Resource Group (PRG) is the global partner of choice for the world’s leading entertainment and event producers, designers and creative talents. When Tom Sorce, senior project manager and audio designer at PRG, is looking for a microphone that can capture the intricacies of an instrument with clarity, he turns to DPA Microphones for support.  

Solaris Flares Light Up The Stage at 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival

17/10/2016 - Production News

USA When the houselights dimmed at the iHeartRadio Festival 2016, the lighting system, designed by Tom Kenny, included one of the largest rigs of Solaris Flares ever: 222 of the popular 1kW LED fixtures, with an amazing maximum potential output of over 7 million lumens.

TMB Set to Debut New and Innovative Technology at LDI 2016

17/10/2016 - Event News

USA – At LDI this year, TMB will once again feature exciting new technology in a laid-back setting. The welcome mat is out! Take a stroll from one exciting product to another or just sit down and relax in the midst of terrific new gear: from fixtures, control, and networking to cabling, power distro, and rigging accessories to the latest A/V and media presentation products.

Three More ESTA Standards Approved, Published

17/10/2016 - Standards News

On Tuesday, October 11, the Secretary of ANSI's Board of Standards Review issued notices that three more ESTA standards had been approved as American National Standards. They are now published and available on the ESTA website. In alphanumeric order, the new standards are:

Rani Singam, Singapore’s First Lady of Jazz, Chooses DPA Microphones

17/10/2016 - Production News

Singapore – Internationally acclaimed Jazz singer Rani Singam has invested in her own DPA d:facto vocal microphone after recognising its superior sound quality when compared to other microphone brands she had tried.

Altman Lighting set to showcase its award-winning lighting solutions at LDI 2016

17/10/2016 - Event News

USA – When the 2016 LDI Conference and Trade Show opens its doors on October 21, 2016, Altman Lighting will be showcasing its award-winning line of lighting innovations inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. As one of the leading manufacturers of theatrical, architectural, and video lighting solutions today, Altman Lighting will feature the PHX LED ellipsoidal family, the Gallery series, Pegasus, and the Chalice LED series of luminaires in Booth 1359.

Prolyte to present Verto truss at the LDI show

17/10/2016 - Event News

USA - Prolyte Group will exhibit at the LDI show from 21-23 October in Las Vegas, premièring the new VERTO truss on the North American continent. Visitors are invited to visit the Prolyte stand and experience the Verto truss or meet the team.

Bergen University Selects Allen & Heath for New Performance Hall

17/10/2016 - Project News

Norway – Bergen University recently opened a new performance hall, selecting Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system and ME personal monitoring system to manage all of the audio requirements.

Sennheiser expands SpeechLine Digital Wireless range

17/10/2016 - Equipment News

 Sennheiser is expanding its groundbreaking SpeechLine Digital Wireless system with new products that further enhance its flexibility, including two fully wireless Tablestand units, a Qi-based wireless charging solution and a new network enabled charging unit.

Francis Reid Commemoration

14/10/2016 - Event News

A heartfelt invitation is extended to all those in the technical, design and broader theatre world to a special Commemoration of the Life and Times of Francis Reid, on Wednesday, 26th October 2016, at Milton Court Theatre, Milton Street, London EC2Y 9BH, at 2:30pm.

Robe at LDI 2016

14/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Robe is ready to rock the LDI 2016 expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 21-23 on Booth 1715 where the featured product will be the new Spiider LED wash beam luminaire – the next big thing – from Robe, which has just been launched worldwide.

Bandit and Mark Carver Join Forces for Together 2016

14/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Thousands gathered at the National Mall to take a breath from divisiveness, hate and despair at Together 2016, an event whose mission was to “come together around Jesus in unified prayer, worship, and a call for catalytic change.” Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the 16th July non-denominational event, where Hillsong United, Lecrae, Crowder, Michael W. Smith and Kari Jobe performed.

DTS Lighting Now a Permanent Fixture at Group One Ltd.

14/10/2016 - Business News

USA – Group One Ltd., the US distributor for Avolites and elektraLite lighting products as well as DiGiCo, Calrec and other pro audio lines, announces that it has now officially inked a US distribution agreement with Designed To Shine (DTS) Lighting. The announcement comes from Jack Kelly, Group One president, and Paolo Albani, DTS sales and marketing director.

Lleyendecker Invests in GLP

14/10/2016 - Production News

Germany – Lleyendecker, the event technology service provider, has expanded its inventory by investing in 120 X4 Bars from GLP. These are now available for hire from their 4,000 sq.m warehouse.

Chauvet Professional EPIX Series Part of Mutemath Vitals Tour

14/10/2016 - Production News

USA – First-time fans at a Mutemath concert sometimes find it hard to believe that a group of four musicians can create such a big, diverse and complex chain of live sounds. The group makes good use of samples and backing tracks, but beyond that, these New Orleans-based musicians have become masters at melding a diverse range of musical influences into a sound that becomes larger than life.

LynTec Sets the Power Control Bar High at LDI 2016

14/10/2016 - Event News

USA – LynTec, a leading manufacturer of innovative electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting systems, will display its expansive electrical options and new enhancements to its market-leading RPC platform at LDI 2016. Held October 17-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the event will give attendees the opportunity to see how the platform's new dimming control and panels can be incorporated into power and lighting control designs for AVL installs.

Martin Professional and ChamSys add support for the CRMX Nova USB dongle

14/10/2016 - Equipment News

LumenRadio, leading manufacturer of reliable wireless technologies for the entertainment industries, has announced that Martin Professional and ChamSys Ltd. have chosen to add support in their respective control software for the CRMX Nova USB TX dongle to give their users easy access to reliable wireless DMX control directly from the console.

Green-GO and Channel-16 Drone with Muse

14/10/2016 - Production News

Europe – Channel-16, specialist provider of licence-free communication systems, have recently utilised an array of Green-GO digital intercom products for Muse’s Drones tour. The tour, which has toured stadiums of the UK and Europe, pushes the limits of what a live production can be. Unlike many bands shying away from the production of concept albums, Muse’s latest release fully embraces the idea, something that is clearly reflected by their Drones tour.

PR Lighting Puts Hardwell Centre Stage in New Delhi

14/10/2016 - Production News

India – New Delhi-based Modern Stage Service (MSS) recently supplied all technical production, including sound, trussing, LED wall and PR Lighting fixtures for a major concert by one of the world’s leading DJ/producers, Hardwell. This took place at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium sports arena in New Delhi.

Airstar Lighting Solutions Reach New Heights at Rio Olympics and Paralympics

14/10/2016 - Production News

Brazil – Airstar, the inventor and world leading manufacturer of balloon lighting solutions, was once again involved in what is arguably the most important sports event of the year: the 2016 Rio Olympics.

EV X-Line Advance X2 Line Array lands at Moonlite

13/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Moonlite Productions, based in Aylesbury, has just taken delivery of the latest and hottest Line Array to roll off the legendary Electro-Voice production line, the X-Line Advance X2.

Bose selects Apex Intelli-X2 for European training venue in Belgium

13/10/2016 - Project News

Belgium – Bose’s European distribution centre is located in Tongeren near Belgium’s eastern border. The city of Tongeren and Bose have enjoyed a close relationship for many years; indeed Bose has equipped the 600-capacity theatre located in the city’s De Velinx cultural centre with a Bose RoomMatch system and an Apex IX2 48 system management device. The theatre now serves as Bose’s training venue.

EM Acoustics BounceNZ into NZ theatre market

13/10/2016 - Project News

New Zealand – EM Acoustics’ distributor for New Zealand, Showtechnix, has recently made its first HALO-C sales in New Zealand, selling two systems in less than three months; the first to the Forum North cultural and entertainment centre in Whangerei for their Capitaine Bougainville theatre and the second to sound production and hire specialists, BounceNZ, which was brought in by Showtechnix as advisor to the Forum North project. BounceNZ owner and prominent live sound engineer, Glen Ruske, was so impressed by HALO-C that he decided to buy a full system for his own company!

Penn Elcom Expands Cable and Rack Manufacturing in Hastings

13/10/2016 - Business News

UK – Penn Elcom has expanded the capacity of its specialist cable and 19 inch rack manufacturing facility in Hastings, East Sussex, with a substantial investment in new cable cutting and stripping machinery from market leaders Schleuniger. This will bring the cable technology and production up to the highest levels.

Bandit Tours with Frankie Ballard

13/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Country crooner Frankie Ballard is out on tour bringing his classic country sound to fans across the nation. The ‘Sunshine and Whiskey’ singer is known for his vintage style on tour, something Bandit Lites lighting director Patrick Sieg focused on continuing.

Visit High End Systems At LDI 2016

13/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Console and automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems will once again be exhibiting their products at the 2016 LDI trade show in Las Vegas, held 21st - 23rd October, and cordially invite attendees to visit them on Booth #2215. Key personnel from the company’s executive, sales and engineering departments will be on hand at the show to meet with customers, LDs and programmers. In addition to displaying their Hog 4 range of lighting consoles, the company is introducing several new products in their SolaRange and FX lines of LED based automated luminaires. With their iconic tagline ’WE ARE LED’, High End is revolutionising the industry with these latest products.

Avolites takes Latin America by storm

13/10/2016 - Business News

South and Central America Avolites is expanding into South and Central America, further to a significant sales and training tour in the region.

Turkısh PA Company Invests in Three dLıve Systems For ‘The Voıce’ TV Show

13/10/2016 - Production News

Turkey – Renowned Turkish PA company, Playback Music, has invested in three dLive digital mixing systems from Allen & Heath. Comprising the flagship dLive S7000 Surfaces with DM64 MixRacks fitted with Dante networking cards, the systems have already been put to work at Ata TV studios for the popular O Ses Turkiye programme, a local version of the reality singing competition, The Voice.

American Rockers Slipknot Out Again with Elation Lighting and Video

13/10/2016 - Production News

USA – American heavy metal rockers Slipknot are out on the road (again) and are again thrilling audiences using Elation Professional hybrid Platinum SBX moving heads with visuals projected across a large LED wall made up of Elation EPT Series video display panels. In a sensory-overload show, a massive projection screen made up of EPT6IP LED panels flashes a mix of chilling imagery while Platinum SBX hybrid moving heads keep the mid-air visual look electric.

Japan’s Rewire Inc. Join Adamson Network

13/10/2016 - Business News

Japan – Newly formed Japanese audio distribution company, Rewire Inc., has added Adamson S-Series loudspeakers to its inventory, bolstering its sound reinforcement support in the region.

Compact Rayzor 360Z from Elation a High-Speed LED Beam/Wash Luminaire with Zoom

13/10/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has announced launch of a new beam/wash moving head in its Rayzor Series of compact and high-speed LED luminaires, the Rayzor 360Z. The Rayzor 360Z houses 3 x 60W RGBW LEDs for a powerful thrust of light and includes a 5° to 50° motorised zoom for the versatility of narrow to wide beam angle spreads. Lighting professionals will be able to get an up-close look at the speedy Rayzor 360Z at Elation Booth 2515 at the upcoming LDI show in Las Vegas.

Mojo Barriers' Busy European Touring Summer

12/10/2016 - Production News

Europe – With over 1,000m of Mojo’s touring barrier supplied across 201 tour dates, this summer saw Mojo Barriers’ European business consolidate its position as a global partner to artists touring UK and Europe in September 2016.

MA Lighting appoint Total Solution as new distributor for Malaysia and Singapore: Two strong partners join forces

12/10/2016 - Business News

From 1st October MA Lighting has appointed Total Solution as an exclusive distributor for Malaysia and Singapore. The Singapore-based company is one of the leading distributors for premium professional light, video and rigging products in Asia. Total Solution also started a regional service centre in 2005 to enhance its after sales customer support.

Audinate Expands Offices in Sydney and Portland

12/10/2016 - Business News

USA – To support the rapid adoption of Dante audio networking technology, Audinate has expanded its Australian global headquarters in Sydney, Australia and and more recently its North America headquarters in Portland, OR. The company recently completed an expansion of its global headquarters and Innovation Center in Sydney, Australia, doubling the size of the office. The new North America facility is located in the historic Albers Mill Building in Portland, Oregon and triples the size of the previous office. The new facility also features Audinate’s new North America training centre.

High Impact Intros from Chauvet Professional at LDI

12/10/2016 - Event News

USA – What happens in Vegas will not be staying in Vegas, at least not as far as the Chauvet Professional and Ovation LDI booths (1315 and 1515 respectively) are concerned. The company is introducing an impressive collection of new fixtures with unique performance features that will likely have them quickly adapted at theatres, concert tours and other applications around the world.

Fluge increases rental stock with two more SD10s

12/10/2016 - Production News

Spain – Fluge Audiovisual is one of Spain’s most prolific AV rental companies. It also has one of Spain’s biggest stocks of DiGiCo consoles, most recently purchasing a further two SD10s.

Yamaha – The IntelliGent Choice For Retail Sound

12/10/2016 - Project News

Italy – IntelliGent Store is a new Italian retail chain which has recently opened five clothing stores across Italy. A brand of multinational clothes retailer Piazza Italia, IntelliGent shops feature Yamaha audio systems, which are delivering better and more flexible sound that those in the parent company’s higher specification outlets!

New Tourflex Cabling Brand Launched by AC-ET

12/10/2016 - Equipment News

UK – “Some of our customers don’t even know about the service we offer; but last year we made over 100,000 bespoke assemblies, using half a million metres of cable, for the professional entertainment industry,” said Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director for distributor A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET). “This included power, signal and multicore for lighting, video and audio. If we get an emergency call we often turn orders around in 24 hours, so the show can go on.”

Panasonic develops ten-year maintenance-free projector

12/10/2016 - Equipment News

Panasonic has launched a new short throw laser projector for control room applications, offering up to ten years extended service life.

White Light Provides Creative Solutions for London Evening Standard Progress 1000 Awards

12/10/2016 - Production News

UK – The Progress 1000 Awards, in partnership with Citi, is an annual event hosted by the London Evening Standard. It recognises the most influence people in the capital who work across a range of fields, from theatre to film to medicine to architecture. This year’s event took place on Wednesday 7th September at the world-renowned Science Museum and White Light was approached to provide the complete technical solutions.

Genting Arena's £800k investment is the first of its kind for UK Arenas

12/10/2016 - Project News

UK – A state-of-the-art LED work light and colour changing audience system with full DMX control has been installed at the Genting Arena-the first system of its kind to be installed in a UK arena.

KLANG:fabrik Wins Gold in 2016 PLASA Awards for Innovation

11/10/2016 - Event News

UK – The 2016 PLASA Awards for Innovation were held in September at this year’s busy PLASA Show. Hosted by PLASA's managing director Peter Heath and presented by PLASA chairman Ed Pagett, the aim of the awards is to recognise and reward outstanding new product ideas. The awards are greatly respected, being judged independently and impartially by an invited team of industry experts.

Qatar College Relies on Symetrix

11/10/2016 - Project News

Qatar – The College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) is one of the most prestigious schools in the Qatari capital of Doha. Related to the famous Canadian public school of the same name, the College has celebrated the graduation of more than 4,000 alumni since 2002. Among its most impressive facilities is a world-class auditorium, recently refurbished with a full technical upgrade.

WI Moves the Monolith for Beyonce

11/10/2016 - Production News

Beyoncé’s “Formation” world tour is one of the highest profile and most talked about of the year so far, with everyone wowed by the massive ‘Monolith’, a four-sided LED video sculpture that moves and rotates and is right at the heart of a spectacularly elegant production fusing expressionist art and innovative stage technology.

BMFLs Help Relaunch Colosseum

11/10/2016 - Production News

Italy – The Colosseum in Rome, a world famous heritage site and one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions, was originally constructed in 70-80 AD and is the largest amphitheatre ever built. This summer it was reopened after three years of extensive refurbishments, the first in its history.

Lantern Festival takes Midas to Leeds, Birmingham and London

11/10/2016 - Event News

UK – Midas will power Weli Creative’s Magical Lantern Festival in three cities this winter after the launch event, a riot of colour and creativity at Chiswick House, London in February/March, attracted more than 110,000 people.

Bandit and Pulse Lighting Bring the Beams for Rebelution

11/10/2016 - Production News

USA – When Reggae rock band Rebelution released their fifth studio album, Falling Into Place, they took with them on tour a lighting package provided by production design firm Pulse Lighting and Bandit Lites.

Explore The Silk Road

11/10/2016 - Event News

UK – London’s annual Magical Lantern Festival is back, with an all-new show transforming historic Chiswick House Gardens into a fairytale world of light sculptures, Chinese arts, Virtual Reality, games and food with a funfair and 600 square metres ice rink, from 19th January - 26th February.

Sponsors Harlequin Floors present triple winner Bangarra Dance Theatre with award for Outstanding Performance

11/10/2016 - Event News

Australia – It was a wonderfully successful and emotional evening for Bangarra Dance Theatre at this year’s Australian Dance Awards, picking up three awards including the award for Outstanding Performance by a Company, presented by Harlequin’s very own Mark Rasmussen, Group marketing manager.

Mexican Church Installs Allen & Heath

11/10/2016 - Project News

Mexico – Congregación Conquistando Fronteras Church in Mexico City recently installed Allen & Heath’s GLD-112 digital mixer with ME-1 personal monitors as its new upgraded FoH and monitor system.

HDMI Video Integration from Just Add Power and HDanywhere Added to AC-ET’s Video Portfolio

11/10/2016 - Equipment News

UK – Simple, seamless integration and networking of video devices is an increasingly frequent requirement in the entertainment and corporate hospitality industries as well as at home. Two exciting brands that do this have just been added to the exclusive portfolio of A.C. Video, part of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., which is one of the largest distributors of professional lighting, audio, rigging, video, film and TV equipment. A.C. Video showed them to the entertainment industry for the first time at PLASA.

Elation Professional Gears Up for Huge LDI 2016

11/10/2016 - Event News

USA – New products, surprise launches, New Technology breakfast presentation, LDI Show and Live Outside sponsorships – Elation not to be missed at this year’s LDI

The ultimate training partner – wireless freedom with Optoma’s new lightweight in-ears

11/10/2016 - Equipment News

Optoma has just unveiled the latest addition to its line-up of premium in-ear headphones with the BE Sport3.

Loud and MPI Electronic SRL Announce Mackie Brand Distribution Agreement

11/10/2016 - Business News

ItalyLoud Technologies Inc. (Loud) and MPI Electronic SRL (MPI) have announced a distribution agreement whereby MPI will handle distribution for the Mackie brand in Italy.

Renkus Heinz Selected for Baden-Wuerttemberg's State Parliament

10/10/2016 - Project News

GermanyIn mid-May of 2016, the headquarters of the State Parliament of Baden-Wuerttemberg completed an intensive three-year, €52.1m ($58.6m) renovation project. The renovation includes sustainability improvements, energy saving technologies, and new media systems and AV networking designed and installed byAveo Konferenzsysteme GmbH. MediasPro Medientechnik GmbH worked together with Aveo to provide and commission the new audio system, featuring Renkus-Heinz digitally steered arrays.

On Tour with Kenny Chesney, Mackie DL32R Rules Backstage

10/10/2016 - Production News

USACountry music superstar Kenny Chesney released his first album, In My Wildest Dreams, in 1994, and has hit the road pretty much every year since then. His core band, as well as much of the crew, has been with him almost as long, and not surprisingly, are like family, drawn by a love for the music. "Most people on the crew, whether they're a truck driver, bus driver, rigger, most of us are musicians," offers Jeff Kersey, Chesney's guitar technician for over six years. "We're all here because we love to play music, and this is a great family to play music with."

Robe is Groot for the Classics

10/10/2016 - Production News

South Africa – ‘Classics is Groot’ is a new musical performance extravaganza staged at the 6500 capacity Moreleta Auditorium in Pretoria, produced by the same creative team from Coleske Artists who deliver the massively successful ‘Afrikaans is Groot’ phenomena each year. Classics is more focused on crossing over to the English speaking market and the first completely sold-out event saw “an explosion of song and dance” unfold in classics from several eras and genres of music performances by some of SA’s finest artists.

Registration Now Open for USITT 2017

10/10/2016 - Event News

USA – Online registration for USITT 2017 March 8-11 in St. Louis is now open! With more than 5,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors expected at the Conference & Stage Expo, early registration and hotel housing reservations are encouraged.

Bandit Brings the Lights to the ‘Biggest Tour Ben Rector has Done so Far’

10/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Singer-songwriter sensation Ben Rector is out on the aptly named, “The Biggest Tour I’ve Done So Far” with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. His sixth studio album and eponymous hit single Brand New has been dominating the airwaves and climbing the charts, and his enthusiastic fans are turning out to celebrate.

dLive Manages Festivals in China's Yinchuan City

10/10/2016 - Production News

China – Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems were recently employed at several important festivals held in China’s Yinchuan City, following the purchase of S7000 and S5000 Surfaces and DM64 and DM48 MixRacks by Beijing PA company, Knocklive.

Audiotonix announces partnership with Group One Ltd for Calrec Distribution in US

10/10/2016 - Business News

USA – Calrec is pleased to announce the appointment of Group One as its distribution partner for the US, effective from 3rd October 2016.

5 Star Opens new Manufacturing Facility in China

07/10/2016 - Business News

China – Leading flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases opens a new factory in Fenggang Town, Dongguan City, Guandong Province, China.

Liviau S enjoys VIP status at Pukkelpop 2016

07/10/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Founded in 1985 by youth organisation, the Young Humanists of Leopoldsburg, Pukkelpop started life as a small, local music event before evolving into the huge three-day outdoor festival that it is today. This year, the festival organisers asked Total-e event support specialists to supply audio, lighting and room control for their extensive VIP/Press area. Total-e immediately suggested a Liviau S from Apex.

PARFect Solution to Light Sistine Chapel Replica

07/10/2016 - Production News

 Mexico – A recent life-size replica of the Sistine Chapel was built in the heart of Mexico City adjacent to the "Monumento a la Revolución" (Monument to the Revolution). Housed in a temporary structure, this unique project was the brainchild of creative director Gabriel Berumen and his brother Antonio of event production company B-Productions, in collaboration with technical solutions provider Vatel Producciones headed by Miriam Villalobos.

Danley-Engineered SR Hits the Peak at Family of Christ Lutheran Church

07/10/2016 - Project News

USA – Nestled below the inspiring summit of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountain front range in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Family of Christ Lutheran Church has grown tremendously in the two decades since its founding. Indeed, the church recently raised money to build a new 700-seat sanctuary to accommodate its expanding family and to better support its popular contemporary-style services. FCLC hired local A/V integration firm Sight and Sound Technologies Inc. to design and install the new sound, video, and lighting systems. Repeating a strategy that had succeeded in the past, Sight and Sound Technologies COO Kris Johnson partnered with Danley Sound Labs, whose expert engineers helped design an impactful Danley loudspeaker and subwoofer system with transparent fidelity and even coverage.

Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Florida takes ‘The Magic of Flight’ to new heights with Christie and D3D Cinema

07/10/2016 - Project News

USA – The riveting colours and shimmering brightness of the Christie 3P laser system is enthralling audiences at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. The museum’s 325-seat Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theatre, home to ‘The Magic of Flight’ – a film tracing the history of aviation – recently upgraded to a Christie CP42LH projector head that is not only saving the Foundation over $200,000 annually, it has increased attendance by 20%. Installed by D3D Cinema, the projection upgrade was part of the museum’s renovation that includes a stage and presentation area at the front of the theatre.

Suzanne Wynne is new Head of Sales for Gerriets GB Ltd

07/10/2016 - People News

UK – Gerriets GB Ltd has welcomed Suzanne Wynne to its London office as its new head of sales.

Freddy Thompson Ups The Ante For Killswitch Engage With Rogue R1 FX-B

07/10/2016 - Production News

USA – With over four million records sold in the US, a Grammy nomination, and songs on soundtracks for hits like Game of Thrones to their credit, heavy metal masters Killswitch Engage have done it all. Still, 17 years after their founding, the band from Westfield, Massachusetts remains as raw, restless and hungry as ever. Not only does this celebrated group maintain a relentless touring schedule, they seem bent on pushing the musical envelope out a little further with each passing show.

ALD award Second International Lighting Fellowship to Mannie Manim

07/10/2016 - Event News

UK The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) will present their second International Fellowship to South African Lighting Designer Mannie Manim on Friday, 14th October, 2016, from 10.30am.

Introducing the Doughty Articulated Carriage

07/10/2016 - Equipment News

Doughty Engineering has added a new item to its Studio Rail 60 range in the form of an Articulated Carriage that will allow for curved Studio Rail to be used for applications other than, but not excluding, curtain tracks. The new piece of kit which is unique to Doughty was given a surprise debut on the company's stand at this year's PLASA show. Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explained: "The Articulated Carriage is a piece I'd been working on for a little while and thought it would be worth taking along to PLASA to try it out and see just how well it would work. If it didn't perform as expected, I was ready to go back to the drawing board to fine tune the design. But we built the stand and it worked perfectly – and went on to become the talking point of our stand at this year's show."

Great Interest in D.A.D Touring Series Speakers at PLASA 2016

07/10/2016 - Event News

UK – There was great interest in D.A.D (Dynamic Audio Device) Touring Series speakers on the A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. stand at PLASA. “We were delighted by the feedback we received from professional users seeing the product for the first time” said Robert Kendall, specialist business development at AC-ET who represented the range at the show. “Visitors to the stand were really impressed by the combination of build quality, sound quality and exceptional price point, we received several serious enquiries from the show.

ACL 360 Bar Battens Colour ‘The Biggest Tour Ben Rector Has Done So Far’

07/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Ben Rector is out on his biggest tour to date which he has whimsically named “The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far” tour. The title alone alludes to the increasing popularity of the artist, whose brand of pop/rock ‘music with a purpose’ has resonated with fans. Lighting and production designer is Chris Lisle who is using Elation Professional ACL 360 Bar LED battens to colour the singer-songwriter’s show, which is playing dates in the US through October.

London's Burning - in the most Unusual way

07/10/2016 - Production News

UK – The 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London was commemorated in spectacular style last month as Artichoke's London's Burning festival transformed the capital with a week of extraordinary art events and brought Unusual Rigging on board to handle aspects of the technical production.

Entec Boosts Digico Stock For Marianas Trench

07/10/2016 - Production News

Europe – Acclaimed Canadian pop/rock quartet Marianas Trench kicked off their début European tour at the end of September with production support from Entec Sound & Light.

Ricky Martin Lives La Vida For Autism Rocks

07/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Three months after supporting Autism Rocks’ highly successful A Tribute To Prince concerts at London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Entec was back in the house to provide extensive sound and lighting packages for the charity organisation’s latest shows, starring Grammy Award-winning heartthrob Ricky Martin.

d&b audiotechnik helps audio top the agenda at PLASA London 2016

07/10/2016 - Event News

UK – It was all about sound at the 2016 PLASA show, held at London’s Olympia. There was a distinct air of enthusiasm among the audio community as they were presented with an increased choice of manufacturers, distributors, and seminar sessions, including the newly appointed d&b sales partner SFL, and long-term partner SSE/Wigwam. At their respective stands, the d&b dealers were joined by members of the d&b GB team, putting some friendly faces to the UK and Ireland supplier network.

L-Acoustics delivers the sound of tomorrow

07/10/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Held in the aptly-named Belgian town of Boom, Tomorrowland is one of the biggest electronic music festivals on the planet. The 2016 event attracted 60,000 people on each of three days in July, with almost 600 cabinets of L-Acoustics loudspeakers specified for no less than eight areas, including the huge Main Stage.

Home Entertainment Takes on a New Dimension with the Vivitek H5098 Home Cinema Projector

07/10/2016 - Equipment News

The Netherlands – A home cinema experience to remember is the dream delivered by Vivitek’s new H5098, a professional-grade projector for home cinema enthusiasts from a leading brand of visual display products. Comprising all that’s needed to create the big screen experience at home, the H5098 majors on both performance and flexibility – as well as Vivitek’s reputation for reliability and environmental-friendliness – to ensure a thrilling visual experience.

Online Dante Certification Programme Now Available

07/10/2016 - Standards News

 USA – Audinate, creators of the industry-leading audio networking technology Dante, announced that Level 1 of the popular Dante Certification programme is now available online. This online course allows customers the opportunity to become certified any time, any place, without the need to attend in-person events.

The Christmasaurus launches at the Natural History Museum

06/10/2016 - Production News

UK - Bestselling children's author and McFly band member Tom Fletcher launched his children’s fiction novel The Christmasaurus last night at the Natural History Museum (5th October). The Earth Hall was transformed into a Christmas extravaganza with seasonal lighting, canapés and a Giant Crumpet Christmasaurus made from 2,500 Warburtons crumpets.

tube UK Helps Ramsbottom Rock!

06/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Live audio specialist tube UK enjoyed the sun and the great vibes at the 2016 Ramsbottom Festival, for which the company designed and supplied d&b sound systems for the main and second stages.

Meyer Sound Welcomes New German Sales Director

06/10/2016 - People News

Germany – As part of an initiative to strengthen the company’s presence in a key European market, Meyer Sound announces that audio veteran Wolfgang Leute (pictured) joins as sales director, Germany.

Land Rover launch structure smashes world record

06/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Setsquare Staging worked with Star Events and Bright Bricks to build a fully functional scale model of Tower Bridge, clad in a record 5,805, 846 pieces of Lego, for the Land Rover Discovery 5 launch at Packington Hall, near the manufacturer’s Solihull plant.

US Navy Adopts ESTA's E1.6 for Entertainment Hoists

06/10/2016 - Standards News

USA – The June 2016 edition of NAVFAC P-307, a publication of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Crane Center Weight Handling Program Management, has a new section 13 entitled “Entertainment Hoists.” The section calls out hoists systems identified in their equipment history files as being “entertainment hoists” and conforming to the design and manufacturing requirements in ANSI E1.6 as being different from hoists and cranes used for material handling and construction, and therefore being subject to different rules for their use and maintenance. Those rules include being maintained and operated in accordance with the ANSI E1.6 standards and the OEM recommendations.

InfoComm India 2016 – Cloud exhibits with Acoustic Arts

06/10/2016 - Event News

India – Cloud Electronics exhibits at InfoComm India 2016 for the very first time with recently appointed distributor for the India region, Acoustic Arts.

Meet this year's recipients of ETC's LDI Student Sponsorship

06/10/2016 - Event News

USA - In its continuing support of arts education, ETC is once again giving six students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the fields of lighting design and stage technology an exclusive opportunity for professional development. As recipients of ETC’s annual LDI Student Sponsorship, the students will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to the LDI trade show, a full conference pass to experience the newest technology and benefit from LDI seminars and trainings, and the chance to network with professionals throughout the industry at special events. ETC will match the Student Sponsorship recipients with industry luminaries who serve as mentors – giving advice, inspiration and support to the students as they embark on their careers.

Zach Bunner Creates Club Feel on Louis C.K. Arena Tour with Chauvet Professional

06/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Zach Bunner admits that some of his LD brethren might think that designing an arena tour for a two-time Grammy winner “without a rig full of beams and profile fixtures” would limit the looks of a show. However, Bunner proved otherwise by creating an intimate and immersive club-like feeling at venues from The Forum in Los Angeles to Madison Square Garden with a rig that relied heavily on the Rogue R2 Wash and Strike 4 multi formatted fixture from Chauvet Professional.

Jeff Ravitz and Bandit Light Electric Forest Festival

06/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites has accomplished another successful weekend of lighting one of the nation’s best musical events: the Electric Forest Festival, the multi-genre musical occasion with headliners including The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Major Lazer, Adventure Club, Baauer and Beats Antique. The event has grown so popular, the festival has announced 2017’s Electric Forest will take place over two weekends.

ProLights Showcase LED Innovations at PLASA 2016

06/10/2016 - Event News

UK – ProLights received a great reception to its latest product line-up showcased on the A.C. Entertainment Technologies stand at PLASA 2016. Highlights included the ArenaCOB LED blinder, as used on Coldplay’s recent stadium tour, and the stunning new Stark1000 LED Wash Light.

Tannoy QFlex Tames Acoustics for Albuquerque Church

06/10/2016 - Project News

USA – The sanctuary at Central United Methodist Church, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a long, shotgun style room that seats up to 1,000 congregants at every service. The room features traditional architecture with an abundance of hard surfaces that create a reverberant space and wreaks havoc on vocal intelligibility.

Cinema of the future with Alcons and Atmos in CinemaxX Mannheim

06/10/2016 - Project News

Germany – With 700 seats, the Kino 10 of CinemaxX Mannheim is among the largest cinemas in Baden-Württemberg; with almost 280 square metres the screen is definitely the largest.

Top billing at Reading and Leeds for Fall Out Boy and Jands Vista

06/10/2016 - Production News

UK – A Jands Vista console was at the heart of Fall Out Boy’s headline performances at the recent Reading and Leeds Festival main stages. The Chicago band have spent the past decade working their way up the festivals’ bill, and their strikingly visual performances on the consecutive nights, created by production designer Robb Jibson, garnered rave reviews in the media.

Qu-Pac Installed in Poland’s New Olympic Training Centre

06/10/2016 - Project News

Poland – Allen & Heath’s Qu-Pac digital rack mixer has been installed in the new COS sports complex, constructed as a training centre for Poland’s Olympic athletes.

Christie presents exclusive Middle East preview of Pandoras Box 6.0 and Widget Designer at GITEX

06/10/2016 - Event News

UAE – At this year’s GITEX, Christie will be highlighting processing power, projector range and 4K content as well as inviting visitors to ‘ask the expert’ for how to optimise best value and functionality in control rooms.

Yamaha Launches HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5 Professional Monitor Headphones

05/10/2016 - Equipment News

Yamaha has announced the launch of the latest additions to the MT Series of professional studio monitor headphones, the HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5. Along with the HPH-MT7 (launched in 2015), the new models complete Yamaha’s new line-up of live audio and studio headphones, developed to provide engineers with the high levels of precision and fidelity required for professional monitoring.

L-Acoustics Sound Keeps CBC/Radio-Canada’s Historic Studio 42 State-of-the-Art

05/10/2016 - Project News

Canada – CBC’s Studio 42 at Maison Radio-Canada in Montréal is to Canadian television what a legendary room like Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center is to US broadcasting history. Coincidentally first opened 42 years ago, the flagship studio has been used for countless awards ceremonies, talk shows, concerts and other live-event programmes over its four-plus decades.

Tannoy Gains New Leadership with James Bradbury

05/10/2016 - People News

Music, parent company of world leading audio brand Tannoy, has announced the appointment of a new Vice President to lead its Lifestyle Division. The news comes as the Tannoy brand continues its transformative growth, creating innovative, high-end audio solutions. The company welcomes James Bradbury to execute an ambitious vision to strengthen Tannoy’s market leading position.

Ben Rector Tours With Brand New Stealth Core 2 DiGiCo SD9s

05/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Ben Rector’s career is a textbook case of what the new music industry landscape looks like: a sea of independent musicians touring and working hard to break through public consciousness when up against major label-backed artists. The Tulsa-born, Nashville-based Rector has put out seven albums on his own indie label, Aptly Named Recordings, selling over 450,000 albums and four million singles in nearly a decade – a large accomplishment for an indie artist.

PR Live Helps Put Party on the Map

05/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Event technical production solution specialist PR Live supplied stunning large format projection using a combination of its new d3 server and six Christie 20K high powered projectors, which was applied to the side of a large house as the finale for an exclusive private party in the UK.

Harlequin for 2017 Cheerleading World Championships

05/10/2016 - Production News

Team England ParaCheer has chosen a Harlequin FreeStyle floor for its training sessions as it shtarts its journey to the World Championships in Florida which take place with the glory of Rio’s spectacular Paralympics still fresh in hearts and minds, another fantastic feat in disability performance comes as the world governing body of Cheerleading, the International Cheer Union (ICU), formally agrees to accept ParaCheer and ParaCheer Freestyle Pom as official divisions for the 2017 Cheerleading World Championships.

DPA Microphones Heats Up the Stage With Latin American Superstar J. Balvin

05/10/2016 - Production News

USA – As a live and studio sound engineer, one of the challenges that John Buitrago faces daily is maintaining balance between the final studio production and the live elements of the band on tour, especially the drums. For Latin American Superstar J. Balvin, the drummer is an essential part of the rhythm. As Balvin’s FoH engineer, Buitrago knows the drums should not disturb the sound spectrum that allows the public to immediately identify the song. In order to find the space for a kick, snare and toms, Buitrago relies on DPA Microphones' d:vote 4099D instrument microphones for drums.

d&b audiotechnik introduces new loudspeaker solutions for permanent installation

05/10/2016 - Equipment News

The new 24S and 24S-D point source loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik are set to conquer permanent applications including night clubs, live performance venues, houses of worship, multi-purpose centres and sports venues. These latest additions to the established xS-Series re-set the performance level for installation specific point sources, and along with the arrayable xA-Series, all feature redesigned front grills making them more unobtrusive than ever before. “The 24S, 24S-D and 21S-SUB are designed to set and forget. They meet the exact day to day demands of permanent installation with minimum fuss and maximum reliability.” Explains Wolfgang Schulz, product manager of installation products at d&b.

GLP Announces Release of New 30W X4 atom

05/10/2016 - Equipment News

GLP has announced the release of the upgraded 30 Watt version of its popular X4 atom fixture. Adding a new high power light source into the unit has doubled its brightness, and introduced greater optical efficiencies within the unit. At the same time, an additional six-way PSU has been added to the product line-up.

System T Goes on the Road with Nova TV

05/10/2016 - Project News

Croatia – Nova TV, a commercial national television network in Croatia, and part of the CME Group (Central European Media Enterprises), has installed an SSL System T broadcast audio production environment into its new 27 tonne mobile production vehicle, HD OB VAN 3.

Rogue RH1 Hybrids Rock Garth Brooks’ Yankee Stadium Concert

05/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Mickey Mantle, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter: many of baseball’s greatest legends have experienced butterflies in their stomachs the first time they entered the colossus that is Yankee Stadium. Apparently so too do country music superstars. “I’m nervous as hell,” Garth Brooks, the best-selling solo album artist in the history of the US, said at a press conference before his two-night performance at the fabled ballpark.

Chroma-Q Color Force II Receives Special Commendation at PLASA 2016 Awards for Innovation

05/10/2016 - Event News

UK Chroma-Q launched its game-changing new Color Force II range of professional LED luminaires at PLASA 2016 to much interest from visitors. The product received a special commendation at the show’s Awards for Innovation with judges praising the fixtures’ notable evolution from the original Color Force range.

Jands Vista Powers Lighting Designs Nominated for 2016 Parnelli Awards

05/10/2016 - Event News

USA – High-profile lighting designers, Rob Sinclair and Chris Reade have been nominated in the prestigious 2016 Parnelli Awards ‘Lighting Designer of the Year’ category, for their leading edge Peter Gabriel and Dierks Bentley concert tour designs utilising show lighting and media control by Jands Vista.

J&C Joel’s ‘red carpet’ dazzles guests at the Technical Theatre Awards

05/10/2016 - Event News

UK – J&C Joel was a sponsor at this year’s Technical Theatre Awards (TTA) which was held on 19th September at The Printworks Health Club and Spa Roof Terrace, Kensington Olympia.

MIDAS PRO2 Delivers Winning Streak with Glen Hansard

05/10/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – As one of Ireland’s most successful musicians, Glen Hansard has built a solid 25-year reputation on his emotive songwriting and captivating live performances. This year, touring has been big on the agenda. After completing a European stint, Hansard and his band headed for North America in September and now they are on their way to Australia, relying on a MIDAS PRO2 digital mixing system for monitoring.

Opus – German Stage Award: entries now invited

05/10/2016 - Event News

Germany – The Opus – German Stage Award is given for outstanding artistic achievements in the use of professional event technology. It is awarded annually at Prolight + Sound, the international trade fair of technologies and services for entertainment, integrated systems and creation. With a change in the competition rules this year, it is now also possible for groups to submit projects: i.e. award winners can be individuals, project teams or companies. Entries can be submitted now at www.prolight–sound.com/awards. The award ceremony will take place on 6th April 2017 in the Saal Europa at Messe Frankfurt. The deadline for entries is 4th November 2016.

Entry-level RGB white light laser system Laserworld EL-230RGB released

04/10/2016 - Equipment News

Entry-level laser systems used to be equipped with single colour or RG laser sources. The Laserworld EL-230RGB is a new RGB white light laser system with sound-to-light, stand-alone and DMX operation mode. Entertainers, mobile DJs and small nightclubs demanded a low-priced, easy-to-operate but well visible laser system for basic applications. The EL-230RGB comes standard with many pre-programmed patterns, that can individually be triggered through DMX (or automatically run in stand-alone or music mode)

CPL Joins Camper Calling

04/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Lee Gruszeckyj and the Central Presentations Limited (CPL) crew joined the great vibes, music and fun at the first Camper Calling event, supplying LED screens and live video for a new three-day family orientated festival staged by Jazz Events (part of the Jazz Publishing group) in the amazing and picturesque environs of Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.

Dave Matthews Band Celebrates 25

04/10/2016 - Production News

North America – The Dave Matthews Band is playing its 25th anniversary tour in the US and Canada this summer. The lengthy annual DMB summer tours have actually acquired legendary status and are known for improvised renditions of their regular songs as much as for their stunning visual shows which have been designed by Fenton Williams since the early 1990s.

Ovation E-260WW IP is the First IP65 Rated ERS Style Fixture

04/10/2016 - Event News

USA – With an output greater than that of a 750 Watt HPL ellipsoidal, the Ovation E-260WW IP is bright enough to work effectively at outdoor events, theatrical performances and concerts. What’s more, the new LED fixture from Chauvet Professional will also keep working without issue if the weather at those outdoor projects turns bad, because it is fully IP65 rated.

O.A.R. Tours with Bandit Lites

04/10/2016 - Production News

USA – American rock band O.A.R. recently wrapped up their summer tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The tour coincided with the band’s 20th anniversary complete with a double compilation album entitled XX released August 5.

PixelFLEX goes on set with MediaLight Inc

04/10/2016 - Business News

USA – With over 22 years of experience in motion picture production, MediaLight Inc. is a New York City-based lighting and video design firm in the Motion Picture industry who has seen a number of revolutionising technology innovations. As LED video has continued to evolve its technology, designer Frank Blasko has been creating unique and exciting applications that range from dynamic LED video backgrounds to LED video lighting. Now needing a solution that can work within all the parameters of his lighting and video designs, Blasko and MediaLight Inc. have made an investment in FLEXLite NXG 3.9mm and 8.9mm LED video technology becoming the newest PixelFLEX production partner.

PRG GroundControl Followspot System Wins at AV Awards 2016

04/10/2016 - Event News

UK – On Friday 30th September 2016, the AV Awards took place at a glamorous event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards, which celebrate the best product, projects, and people in the AV industry, was attended by a team from PRG XL Video, led by executive VP and COO, EMEA, Gary Boyd.

From Stage to Studio, Top LDs Visualize Their Designs with Capture

04/10/2016 - Production News

USA - An increasing number of lighting designers have turned to Capture lighting design software to visualise their designs and help sway clients. One advocate is LD Jason Robinson, who uses Capture to create virtual designs for WWE professional wrestling and has designed lighting for Top Rank Boxing using Capture software.

Allen & Heath Offers More Presets for Industry Leading Microphones

04/10/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has announced the availability of further ProFactory Mic presets for Audio-Technica Microphones, following the successful collaboration with microphone manufacturers, Shure and Sennheiser, to provide channel library presets on its leading Qu Series compact digital mixers.

Nottingham Trent University Courtroom Judges Iconyx a Success

03/10/2016 - Project News

UK Dating back to the 1880s, Number 50 Shakespeare Street in Nottingham is a Grade II listed historical landmark in this fabled northern city. Former home to the Nottingham City Council Registry Office, the beautiful Gothic style building was purchased in 2012 by Nottingham Trent University. Since then the University has been implementing a major renovation and restoration of the building, which includes administrative offices, a board room, meeting rooms, and a multi-use "Courtroom" for public meetings, mock trials, and other events.

Adlib Open Event to inaugurate New Warehouse in Scotland

03/10/2016 - Event News

UK – Leading entertainment production specialist Adlib inaugurates its new Scottish warehouse in Glasgow with an afternoon and evening event on Thursday 13th October 2016.

Litecom Invests in Robe’s BMFLs and DL4s

03/10/2016 - Production News

Denmark – Litecom is a top Danish lighting, video and automation rental and production specialist headquartered just outside of Copenhagen in a modern industrial building that has been designed to both be functional and look cool, providing an invigorating working environment.

Star turn for Hull 2017

03/10/2016 - Production News

UK – Star Events, the leading UK provider of stages, support structures, rigging and design services for major events and festivals, is an appointed supplier to Hull UK City of Culture 2017, which has just unveiled the first season of its 365-day programme of events.

Robert Juliat Dalis cyclight and ETC Eos consoles form a colourful collaboration

03/10/2016 - Business News

Robert Juliat is the first manufacturer to collaborate directly with ETC to have its award-winning eight-colour Dalis cyclight fully calibrated with the Eos family of lighting desks. Operators and lighting designers will benefit from the ease and transparency of using Eos consoles to gain full, precise control of Dalis’ complete colour spectrum.

Showlight 2017 at PLASA London 2016

03/10/2016 - Event News

UK – Showlight exhibited for the first time in four years at the newly relocated PLASA London show, with great success.

GoboPlus.com and CutColourPlus at PLASA 2016

03/10/2016 - Event News

UK – GoboPlus.com turned out in force on its fully recyclable cardboard stand at PLASA 2016. The whole stand, with graphics designed by GoboPlus.com’s Vicky Fairall, was made entirely of cardboard, including the lectern, seats and tables. It succeeded in drawing large numbers of visitors with its unique and colourful appearance that guided customers through the process of custom gobo production.

Pharos launches its powerful new video lighting controller

03/10/2016 - Equipment News

UK – Pharos Architectural Controls Ltd, designer and manufacturer of advanced lighting control solutions, has launched a brand-new lighting controller, the Pharos VLC.

Ovation and Rogue Fixtures in Style at NY Fashion Week Event

03/10/2016 - Production News

USA – Pink is the most 'in' colour. Straw baskets are one of the hottest accessories. Pants are getting higher. New York Fashion Week can always be counted on to make some clear trend declarations. Happily, the one thing that always seems to be in style during this week-long (actually nine-day) celebration of haute couture creations is its commitment to helping good causes.

James Whiteside Lights Owen McCafferty’s Unfaithful at Found111 Supported by PRG XL Video

03/10/2016 - Production News

UK - Theatre has never been so publicly scrutinised as it is now. In addition to the affluence of established media churning out their highly appreciated, yet often calculable verdicts on new productions, an increasing amount of veracious and rough-hewn opinion is provided through the scores of bloggers, reviewers and social media commentators. A curious scan through internet searches for Found111’s latest production of Owen McCafferty’s Unfaithful yield little other than ringing endorsements and glowing reports for the latest project undertaken by daredevil producer, Emily Dobbs.