News Archive for September 2017

Lighting Designer Gurdip Mahal takes Aurora Lighting into The Crystal Maze

29/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Aurora Lighting is working alongside lighting designer Gurdip Mahal and gaffer James Tinsley on Channel 4’s hit re-boot of TV cult classicThe Crystal Maze.

IMS at Outside Lands Festival

29/09/2017 - Production News

USA – It’s summer in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Two-hundred-thousand people are enjoying three days of live rock & roll, and more. No, it’s not the Summer of Love, 1967, it’s the tenth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, where the crowds are cleaner, and flower power is now a sustainable, green business. And flying high over the stage is a festoon lighting system featuring IMS DMX controlled RGBWW lamps.

Robe Supports The Stage Debut Awards

29/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Robe was delighted to be lining up on the red carpet to welcome guests at the inaugural The Stage Debut Awards in central London, organised by The Stage, legendary weekly newspaper dedicated to reporting on all elements of the rich and diverse world of entertainment and the performing arts since 1880.

DiGiCo helps Norwest deliver the best sound for the Southeast Asian Games

29/09/2017 - Production News

Malaysia – This year saw the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games 29th edition and the ninth edition of the ASEAN Para Games, held at the newly refurbished KL Sports City in Kuala Lumpur from 19th to 30th August. Australia-based Norwest Productions provided the audio for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, with DiGiCo SD5s positioned at the front of house, SD9s deployed for audio patch control and SD8s at the Closing Ceremony’s monitor position.

Ben Mansfield’s Oh Wonder Light Show Flows with ChamSys

29/09/2017 - Production News

UK – There’s a good reason why words like “dreamy” and “ethereal” pop up often when critics write about Oh Wonder. The tightly woven male-female voices and lofty synths of this alt-pop duo seem to wrap themselves gently around listeners, sweeping them up in a transcendent musical swirl. On their current tour in support of their album Ultralife, the group’s free-flowing sound is supported by an appropriately imaginative and far-reaching Ben Mansfield light show run on a ChamSys Magic Q MQ500 Stadium supplied by LeSmurf Lighting.

MDG Brings a Touch of the Outdoors to Prolight+Sound, Middle East

29/09/2017 - Event News

UAE - MDG will bring new products and a selection of its award-winning and world-renowned haze and fog generators to Prolight+Sound, Middle East.

Avolites congratulates winners of the 2017 Knight of Illumination Awards

29/09/2017 - Event News

UK – 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of prestigious lighting and video design awards event, the Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards. This year, British lighting console and media server manufacturer Avolites sponsored the much-coveted Concert Touring and Event Award for Stage.

HD Pro Audio Supports MIDAS Move to Ten-Year Warranty

29/09/2017 - Business News

HD Pro Audio has advised that MIDAS is now offering a ten-year warranty on all its products, including M32.

Zero 88 Does the Trick for Cirque Enchantment

29/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Richard Lambert chose a Zero 88 Orb XF desk from Eaton’s popular lighting control brand to control lighting for Cirque Enchantment’s 2017 UK tour.

Free seminar on the future of wireless audio technology

29/09/2017 - Event News

UK - AC-ET will be hosting Shure Wireless Mastered: Live Events in its High Wycombe and Leeds offices this October.

HDwireless Video Networking at Lake Constance Festival 2017

29/09/2017 - Production News

Germany – The Imperia statue is the landmark at the entrance to the Lake Constance harbour. To reach this prominent site, visitors walk along the pier, which stretches for roughly 100 metres out into the lake. It was precisely here that HDwireless set up their tents in preparation for the Lake Constance Festival on 12th August.

X4 Bar 20s Hover Above O2’s Legendary BBK Takeaway

28/09/2017 - Production News

UK – An abundance of GLP’s award-winning X4 Bar 20s left the VER hire fleet for a very important event at the O2 Arena recently.

New Design, Specification and Installation for Heythrop Park Venue

28/09/2017 - Project News

UK – CPL (Central Presentations Ltd) has completed a full technical upgrade to the conference theatre at Heythrop Park Resort where the west Midlands based company is also the house on site technical support provider.

John Berrett Engages Crowd for Luke Combs with Chauvet Professional

28/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Rising young country star Luke Combs released his album “This One’s For You” in June. Within three months, it had skyrocketed to No. 1 on the country charts, and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. In early September, the Asheville, North Carolina, native shared his good fortune in true country music fashion by working to benefit a good cause.

Cadac networks IBC Big Screen – Auditorium

28/09/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – Cadac supplied its MegaCOMMS network audio system complete with CDC seven and CDC eight mixing consoles to provide distribution and control of the event audio at this year’s ‘IBC Big Screen – Auditorium’.

Backstage Academy Graduate Students Receive Suitably Show-Stopping Send-off

28/09/2017 - Production News

UK - Eighty students from the UK’s premier live events education facility, Backstage Academy, received their degrees on Friday 22nd September, in what must be the most rock & roll graduation ceremony in the country.

Hawthorn Helps Knight of Illumination Awards Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

28/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Celebrating the very best talent in the world of lighting and video design, the 10th Knight of Illumination Awards took place at the iconic Eventim Apollo, London on 17th September 2017. As one of the ceremony’s spotlight sponsors, creative technical event expert Hawthorn provided full technical production for the glamorous occasion. Over the last ten years, the evening has firmly established itself as a highlight in the lighting and video design calendar, providing a platform to recognise the hard work and boundless creativity demonstrated in the industry. With over 500 lighting and video professionals attending the award ceremony, the pressure was on for Hawthorn to deliver a spectacular production. Hawthorn’s lighting designer Chris Green took up the challenge of delivering an impressive design to a room filled with the most esteemed LDs in the industry.

MLA Takes to The Streets at MusikFestiWels

28/09/2017 - Production News

Austria – The newly created MusikFestiWels took place over two days in mid-July in the Austrian city of Wels. Organised by the local Municipality, some 20 acts performed on three open-air stages, set in the streets and squares.

d&b audiotechnik to present the d&b Soundscape at AES New York 2017

28/09/2017 - Event News

USA – Following crowded demo sessions at InfoComm Orlando the d&b team is heading to New York City for the 143rd Audio Engineering Society’s international convention. Between 18th and 20th October, demo room 3D04 in the Javits Center will welcome visitors to the first ever d&b demonstration program held at AES.

White Light Joins The Band as it Begins UK Tour

27/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Written by Tim Firth and featuring music by Take That, The Band tells the story of five 16-year-old friends in 1992, who idolise their favourite band, and follows them as adults as they try to meet their pop heroes. The production will star the winners of the smash-hit BBC series Let It Shine who will play the singers of the band. The show opened recently at the Manchester Opera House to rave reviews and will now tour the UK. White Light has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

Avolites Arena provides full control for Tom Misch

27/09/2017 - Production News

UK – An Avolites Arena lighting console was used to program and operate the striking lighting design for producer and singer-songwriter Tom Misch at his outdoor headline show at the Summer Series music festival held at Somerset House, London.

Penn Elcom Expands Chinese Operation

27/09/2017 - Business News

China – Multinational flightcase hardware and 19 inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom announces the launch of a new 2,000 square metre distribution centre close to Beijing, which will run in conjunction with its busy manufacturing operation in Guangdong.

Kinesys Announces new Singapore Distributor

27/09/2017 - Business News

Singapore – Automation and motion control specialists and manufacturer, Kinesys announces a new distributor in Singapore, Total Solution.

Mavericks Reflect Passion of “You’re The Fire” at Jhankaar 2017

27/09/2017 - Production News

South Africa – Dance has been an integral part of Indian culture since ancient times. Over 3,500 years ago, the Vedas’ carefully choreographed rituals were used to convey spiritual themes. This tradition lives on in beautiful fashion in South Africa today, where the Jhankaar School of Dance in Lenasia keeps dance (often with a more modern twist) in the forefront of the cultural life of the nation’s large Indian community.

DiGiCo Boxes Clever for Robbie Williams Heavy Entertainment Show

27/09/2017 - Production News

Europe – The beginning of June saw Robbie Williams kick off his Heavy Entertainment Show tour on home turf at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. The tour has continued throughout the summer, taking in stadiums, fields and arenas across the UK and Europe. The tour’s audio requirements are provided by Robbie’s long-term supplier Britannia Row Productions (Brit Row) and has DiGiCo’s flagship SD7 consoles at both the Front of House and monitor positions.

Andi Watson Radios in on GLP’s Big Guns

27/09/2017 - Production News

USA & Europe – Radiohead’s long-serving lighting designer, Andi Watson has been using 48 of GLP’s powerful X4 L LED spots as well as 14 of the award-winning X4 Bar 20 battens (as well as several shorter X4 Bar 10) on the band’s latest A Moon Shaped Pool tour (in support of their latest album). These were supplied by Upstaging in the States, while Neg Earth picked up the European leg of the tour.

Chorus Line: A Flexible Range of Multi-talented Performers by Elation

27/09/2017 - Equipment News

With Elation Professional’s new Chorus Line of flexible LED batten luminaires, strip lights have graduated from static, single-purpose wash lights to more manoeuvrable, adaptable lighting effects that can fulfil a number of purposes in a single show. This new range of multi-purpose LED batten wash luminaires features a wide motorised zoom, dynamic 220° tilt axis movement and the power to compete with LED video.

Illuminate Production Services Goes All Elation for Assemblies of God National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival

27/09/2017 - Production News

USA – In August, one of America’s largest Christian groups, the Assemblies of God, summoned youth from across the United States to its National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival in Anaheim, California. Held 7th - 11th August at the Anaheim Convention Center, an important centrepiece of the event was a large stage set up used for presentations, services and evening concert celebrations, much of which was live streamed.

CUK Audio driving for charity

26/09/2017 - Event News

Europe - CUK Audio’s retail sales channel manager, Steve Barton, has just completed – and won – a gruelling 2,500-mile rally across Europe to raise money for the motor industry charity, BEN. A total of 28 teams took part in the event organised by Bilstein Group UK which took them through ten countries in seven days via some of Europe’s most beautiful – and challenging – driving routes.

Dan+Shay Obsessed with Robe

26/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Country music duo Dan + Shay (vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) are engaged in an extensive touring cycle following the success of their second studio album, “Obsessed,” released in June 2016.

Lighting is designed, programmed and operated for them by Jeff Mathews of Borealis Stage Lighting in Nashville, Tennessee, and includes Robe Spiider, Spikie and Pointe moving lights. Jeff has been working with the artists for about 18 months and with shows in venues of all types, shapes and sizes, the core touring lighting rig is designed as a dynamic and flexible specials package which can be brought in ‘under’ the various house rigs.

It was one of various creative options that Jeff pitched to Dan + Shay and chosen as the best concept to work for the combination of headline gigs and festival support slots that they will be playing until the end of 2017 and into 2018. They are a band certainly not shy of touring and getting ‘out there’ for their fans!

The entire lighting rig is deployed via four custom set carts designed by Jeff and fabricated by Accurate Staging in Nashville. They added some cool features like gas pistons for lift-assists and a neat gearbox drive system that determines whether the cart is going up or down and keeps carts from rising up inside the trailer.

The set carts are rigged with LED panels in a diamond orientation, with bars of LED video across them also in a diamond shape. Each has three diamond frames, complete with video diamonds and video bars, which hang between the carts once on stage.

Across the top of the carts is a row of eight Robe Pointes, used for the upstage spot / beam specials which produce a wide range of looks and effects throughout the show.

Nine Spiiders alternate at the top and bottom of the rig as the main wash fixtures. “They are also fast and intense, with great color saturation and many “cool gags” that can be pulled out when necessary,” commented Jeff.

Four Spikies are located across the mid-stage risers with another four across the edge of the stage, so when Jeff wants a look with multiple broken-up beams he uses these very effectively in combination with the central LED / flower effect of the Spiider. He finds the inbuilt patterns on the Spiiders are ideal for disrupting the beams and keeping the looks different and fresh.

As the main spot / beam fixture, he uses the power of the Pointe juxtaposed against any larger profiles lights that they might encounter on the house rigs.

While zoomed out, the Spiider functions superbly as the principal wash light, the flexibility of the zoom itself also makes them into a good beam option.

The Spikies provide additional general aerial eye-candy, while the beam, prism and flower effects are used to enhance aerial breakup looks.

Spiiders were picked because Jeff “really likes the direction Robe has taken in recent years”. So when he heard that lighting vendor 4Wall had them available, he jumped at the opportunity.

He loves the large face of the Spiider, the colour saturation, zoom range, pattern and flower modes. And, as the lighting and video package incorporated KlingNet for pixel mapping, the Spiider was a must-have!

The two types of LED video fixture on the rig – tiles and bars – are also all pixel-mapped via KlingNet using Arkaos MediaMaster which, he observes, does an “incredible job” of puling everything together.

He appreciates the saturated colours that the Spiider can create, thinks the pure white is “beautiful” and that the incandescent emulation is “convincing”, and very useful as many song looks are composed from an amalgam of different colour temperature whites. He also finds the CTO functions realistic and useful. Spikies were used on Dan + Shay’s previous tour in the same format, where they added depth and dimensionality to the set. Rather than just having a flat wall of light, they brought a layering of beams and washes, to the mid-stage and downstage. Since they are low profile with a tiny footprint as well as being “surprisingly bright”, they hold up well against the ambient lighting coming off the video panels and support the Pointes fluidly when in beam mode. The low power consumption is another bonus.

Jeff has been using Pointes “religiously” since they were launched in 2013, and they have been featured on almost every design he’s created since then. He loves the small size, speed, brightness, the great colours and interesting gobo package. “It’s a great beam, a great profile and, with the frost, also a wash!” he declared.

His biggest challenge in lighting Dan + Shay is the range of musical sounds and styles a typical set contains, from feel-good country crowd-pleasers to smash pop hits, to good old hard-driving rock & roll, so any lighting rig had to be adaptable and offer plenty of scope.

The other challenges were the amount of trailer space available and – as is often the case – time.

Playing around 50% headliners and 50% festival supports, it was vital that the lighting package could be rigged quickly and cleared off the deck within 10-15 minutes of the set finishing, leaving enough time for the next act to get their backline set up and any extras on.

Luckily, with the way this rig was designed from the outset, none of this has been a problem. The quickest de-rig and offstage time to date has been just eight minutes Jeff revealed proudly!

On the most recent leg of the tour they travelled in two buses each towing a trailer, so designing a set cart to be deployed quickly and look large – 36ft. wide and 20 deep – on stage was most definitely a brain-teaser!

With the assistance of Accurate Staging, Borealis Stage Lighting found the ultimate solution that looked fantastic and packed down into a 16ft trailer.

4Wall Nashville are the main tour lighting vendor, with Borealis Stage Lighting providing all the video elements – LED video tiles and bars, ArKaos media server, processing, etc, plus the ChamSys MQ80 console Jeff is using to run all the lights and trigger the playback video cues.

Jeff thinks Robe is “doing some very cool things right now,” bringing some interesting technology to the table, and he’s really excited to see what’s coming next.

photos: Rob Norris

PixelFLEX takes the stage at the Scottish Rite Valley of Boston

26/09/2017 - Production News

USA – As one of the several Scottish Rite Valleys located in the state of Massachusetts, the Valley of Boston is steeped in the rich traditions of the Scottish Rite and Freemasonry dating back to the 17th Century. Dedicated to promoting personal character, leadership, and family values, the four bodies of the Valley of Boston come together twice a year in the spring and fall to welcome new members to the fraternal organisation. In a ceremony that includes a high level of theatrical production, the Valley of Boston wanted to heighten the experience behind the ceremony so they installed a new FLEXLite LED video system from PixelFLEX.

A new generation d&b system takes VEGA into the future

26/09/2017 - Project News

Denmark – One of the most renowned live music venues in Denmark, and a popular stop-off for countless international touring acts, VEGA in Copenhagen incorporates three distinct performance spaces: Store VEGA, with a capacity of 1,550, Lille VEGA, with space for 500 and Ideal Bar Live, with a capacity of 250. As well as concerts, VEGA regularly provides a home for lectures, meetings, press conferences and other events.

HK Audio a hit for SORM

26/09/2017 - Production News

UK – The School of Rock & Media Ltd (SORM) is a social enterprise based in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, that works with young people and people with learning and physical disabilities.

Squeek Lights Warms Up Real Friends Tour With Chauvet Professional

26/09/2017 - Production News

USA – At a time when some bands are using exotic, abstract and hard to decipher scenic elements on stage, pop punk phenomenals Real Friends are taking an entirely different approach. Touring the USA, Mexico and Australia in support of their second studio album The Home Inside My Head, the Chicago based quintet is performing in front of a downright homey set, complete with a family room couch, Afghan blankets and lamps that look like they popped out of mid-century America.

NEXT-proaudio introduces the new PXH95

26/09/2017 - Equipment News

The new NEXT PXH95 is the mid-high speaker that belongs to the PX system, a system that can offer high SPL, reliability, an aesthetic design and high sound fidelity throughout the venue. This system reveals to be an ideal solution for portable applications as well as small concerts. Side fill or DJ monitoring are also one of the many applications that PX System covers.

Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts chooses new Claypaky K-EYE K20 HCRs

26/09/2017 - Project News

China – The National Centre for the Performing Arts, one of China's most prestigious and architecturally striking performance complexes, has invested in a large number of Claypaky's latest award-winning LED HCR wash light, the Claypaky K-EYE K20, along with the another of the brand’s award-winning fixtures, the Claypaky Scenius Profile, as part of a major upgrade to the lighting rigs in its theatre and opera halls.

Adamson Joins forces The Warehouse Sound Services to Showcase S-Series & IS-Series at UK Demo Event.

26/09/2017 - Event News

UK – The Warehouse Sound Services is to host a presentation and demonstration day of Adamson Systems loudspeakers. The event will be held a The Backstage Centre in Essex on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 1pm.

Philips Lighting moves Opera Sanxay to new heights of dynamic presentation

26/09/2017 - Project News

France – Philips Lighting has announced that it has worked closely with Opera Sanxay to introduce the first-ever moving light rig for the celebrated Soirées Lyrique de Sanxay opera festival, staged from 10th - 14th August. The use of the latest stage lighting and control technology successfully enabled a new level of dynamic design possibilities for this highly respected outdoor spectacle.

Prolyte Group supplies LiteDeck to Fruition Events LLC

26/09/2017 - Production News

Middle East – With the delivery of a large batch of over 500 LiteDeck staging platforms, Prolyte Group and Fruition Events LLC embark on a fruitful co-operation in the Middle East region.

Prolyte Group will deliver the LiteDeck staging elements in two batches, the first to be completed in September, just in time for the start of the season in the Middle East region. The second to complete later in October.

Fruition Events aims to become a recognised event delivery partner in the Middle East region.

They choose to achieve this through continuous investment into a world-class team of industry professionals and sustainable product lines that can meet creative challenges. They focus on offering a professional and full-service infrastructure for the events sector. Fruition Events has extensive regional experience and can boast varied strategic partnerships, guaranteeing expertise and knowledge.

“Investigating the opportunity of local production with the Prolyte Group fulfilled our commitment to not only invest into a sustainable product line, but also to enhance availability in the UAE market. Prolyte Group manufactures leading products, which are widely recognised and used across the globe. LiteDeck offers a clean aesthetic look in comparison to existing steel products, whilst retaining simple functionality and creative design principles. Coupled with the extensive backup of the Prolyte network, we will have the added capability of developing special components locally, to meet the demands of the most creative deliveries. Fruition Events further commits to invest into Prolyte Group products to strengthen both brands in the MENA region. This set-up will further ensure availability of the products for use by other Prolyte users,” comments Warren Barlow, managing director of Fruition Events.

Lars Toonen, Prolyte Group Sales Representative, adds: “This new co-operation offers an excellent networking opportunity for this region. By creating a large rental stock, backed by short lead times and direct availability, we now have a platform to service events as well as dry rental solutions and sales opportunities.”

LiteDeck is most popular for demanding touring productions or events, it has been tried and tested extensively. While the welded side profiles give the stage platform a modern and rock & roll style look, they also provide ultimate strength. Combined with the hard birch plywood top the deck offers ultimate durability; the top plate can easily be removed for maintenance or repair and can be used on both sides.

The LiteDeck system is available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, allowing hundreds of stage configurations to be created from a relatively narrow stock of standard components.

Bringing their intention to invest in sustainable product lines only, Prolyte Group and Fruition Events worked on a special route-to-market.

The LiteDeck frames are manufactured under licence by Talex, a UAE-based company. Talex is a Middle East based extrusion plant, specialised in precision engineered aluminium products. Assembling the products locally will reduce the ecological footprint caused by shipping finalised products.

“Seeing a growing demand in the region, we have been anticipating to cope with this. By outsourcing the manufacturing process to finished product to a local company we not only reduce shipping volume and lead times, but we also keep the benefits of locally producing in the region,” states Ralph Stockley, Prolyte Group CCO.

To safeguard the renowned high-quality fitting of the LiteDecks, special welding jigs were developed at the Prolyte Group HQ in the Netherlands and shipped to Abu Dhabi. Johann Stuut, R&D engineer for Prolyte Group, and responsible for the development of the welding jigs, states: “Every phase of the production process is thought over and captured by the design of the jig, you just have to follow the process. This will guarantee the original Prolyte shape and quality fitting in the production of the unique LiteDeck frames.”

Atlona Appoints Alex Moss to Newly Created Senior Sales Manager Position

25/09/2017 - People News

UK – AV collaboration and control leader Atlona has strengthened its UK and Ireland sales team with the appointment of industry veteran Alex Moss as senior sales manager. Reporting to Atlona general manager Ronni Guggenheim, Alex will leverage his broad industry expertise to support sales initiatives across end users, partners and systems integrators as he works to expand the company’s regional presence.

Alex’s trajectory has followed parallel sales and technology paths through much of his nearly ten years in commercial AV industry. Since late 2013 until joining Atlona on 1st October, Alex held technical sales consultant and sales manager positions at various times with Cabletime, a leading manufacturer of IPTV, digital signage and media distribution products. In the latter position, he nurtured business development and direct customer relationships with the company’s entire UK/Ireland end user base, working to consolidate projects through the company’s distribution channels – a key focus of Alex’s new Atlona role.

Prior to his four years at Cabletime, Alex worked across several sales and technology specialist roles at True Colours Distribution Ltd., which serves the technical AV solutions division of Midwich, a UK-based distributor and Atlona partner. Collectively, his wealth of technical experience provides Atlona with an invaluable resource that has a strong awareness of how industry trends align with customer needs.

“With the addition of AVoIP, control and wireless collaboration, Atlona’s product offering has evolved toward a full solutions-oriented approach,” said Guggenheim. “The sales process has therefore grown more demanding as we cover a broader scope in commercial AV installations. Alex brings the relevant background and experience of complex systems sales, and working with end users and systems integrator – both qualities that Atlona needs to continue its growth momentum throughout the UK and Ireland. His arrival also underlines our commitment to the channel and support of systems integrators in the successful implementation of Atlona solutions, and expansion of Atlona’s market presence.”

Alex notes that his experience across all AV verticals, including corporate, education, government and stadiums, gives him a natural understanding of where and how Atlona’s growing portfolio of solutions ideally fit each unique project.

“With the OmniStream AV over IP family and the Velocity networked control platform coming to market, Atlona continues to move into emerging business areas with innovations that the commercial industry craves, but for which customers have had limited choices of partners who offer a whole solution,” said Moss. “As Atlona provides healthy disruption to the norm and keeps the market competitive, there is an enormous potential to change mindsets and develop new business opportunities across the always rapidly changing AV industry.”

Renkus-Heinz is Going to WFX 2017

25/09/2017 - Event News

USA – The annual Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) is one of the fastest growing events, drawing worship professionals from all across the US and internationally. With a major focus on technology education and training, the show is a must-see for in AV and IT technical professionals, and Renkus-Heinz will be there.

Fabulous at 40 – PLASA Show celebrates successful return to West London

25/09/2017 - Event News

UK – The 40th anniversary of the PLASA Show saw its refocused direction paying dividends, with an increase in visitor numbers, a sold-out show floor and a 25% increase in the number of audio companies exhibiting. Exhibitors reported continually busy stands and a high quality of visitor across all three days, with a particular increase in the number of international attendees, whilst visitors were pleased with the number of brand new products on show and the content rich seminar programme.

“The quality of the people was bang on,” says Mick Hannaford from the Show’s Platinum sponsor, Robe. “The amazing thing from our point of view was the amount of lighting designers attending, especially on the Sunday, and not just from the UK, but mainland Europe, too. It was a really impressive. Undoubtedly, the move back to West London is making that happen. Every time I looked, there were lots of conversations going on around the show floor. I think every exhibitor should be happy. It was magic!”

Emphasising the increased appeal for the audio sector was the number of new products launched at the show, which included Harman’s Vi1000 digital mixing console on the stand of its UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd, Adamson’s IS-Series installation loudspeakers and KV2 Audio’s VHD 2.18J subwoofer. On the SSE Audio Group stand there was a line-up of new products on display including the recently launched DiGiCo SD12 digital mixing console and Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series microphones, Speechline Digital Wireless conference system and XS Wireless 1 and 2 vocal microphone sets.

“We’ve been exhibiting at PLASA for around ten years and have built our stand as an audio village. We feature a selection of the manufacturers we work closely with and they all bring their latest technology to the show,” says SSE Audio’s managing director John Penn. “By sharing a big space and resources, we can display a good cross section of products. We show both competing and complementary technologies, allowing our customers to see the differences between them and no one feels they’re getting the hard sell. It works very well.”

In the Audio Demo room, visitors could listen to 15 minute demonstrations of a variety of leading loudspeaker systems including Bose Professional’s new compact yet versatile ShowMatch DeltaQ line-array system, as well as systems from Aura Audio, KV2 Audio, Shermann Audio and TiMAX.

New offerings in lighting included Robe’s MegaPointe multi-purpose moving light, City Theatrical’s new DMXcat controller, three new lighting essentials from CLF – the Yara, Ares XS and LEDwash XL – and the Maverik MK2 Profile from Chauvet Professional. High End Systems launched its new SolaFrame 750 automated luminaire, Artistic Licence its DMX-Protect, and Elation Professional the Artiste Dali, a full-featured moving head with state-of-the-art LED / Laser Phosphor light engine and the Dartz 360, a full colour-mixing LED beam/spot fixture with gobos and effects.

“The show was genuinely good and there was a buzz there,” concurs Chauvet’s UK general manager, Cliff Dounting. “From a UK perspective, it has been very positive. We certainly had a crowded stand and we hope the success of the launch of the new products brings the results we want. May PLASA continue for many more years.”

ETC had its trade show debut of the recently launched Ion Xe lighting desks and the soon-to-be released ColorSource Cyc fixture, GDS launched three new products – the Décor Range or architectural lighting, the D48 4-way driver, the ArcLamp Flicker – and announced the creation of GDS Korea. Eaton expanded its award-winning Zero 88 FLX range with two powerful, all-new lighting control consoles, with the FLX S24 and FLX S48 on show. UK distributor Ambersphere had the world debut of the Ghibli from Ayrton, and Claypaky showed the Axcor Profile 900 and the K-EYE HCR, plus the Oz and the Alice from Robert Juliat. Other notable product launches included Ten 47’s Powerline QC connector, whilst rigging, suspension and lifting equipment manufacturer Doughty Engineering unveiled a new version of its popular Space Saver.

“Our Flicker Lamp candle and Décor Range were really well received,” says Matthew Lloyd, GDS managing director. “And we were delighted that 80% of our European distribution network came to the show, and we had visitors from Korea, Hong Kong and the US. The stand was really busy and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the show.”

“The show was incredibly busy, I didn’t have a moment of quiet time,” adds Darren Beckley, sales manager, ETC Ltd. “I’ve seen more international visitors here this year, which is great. I love it!”

PLASA’s seminars are always an important element of the show. This year’s most popular sessions included sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin talking about their incredible work to build a shifting world of sound on The Encounter, Video As Light hosted by award-winning video and projection designer Nina Dunn, Bringing the Rock 'n' Roll experience to live events with renowned director and production designer Nicoline Refsing, the three original founders of Flying Pig Systems – Nick Archdale, Nils Thorjussen and Tom Thorne – discussing the creation of the Wholehog back in 1991-2 in Can Pigs Still Fly? and 360 Degrees of Sound where an expert-led panel, hosted by industry journalist Phil Ward, discussed new formats that are blazing a trail for 3D audio. A one-day Dante training workshop also proved to be a highlight on the programme, with a 30% increase in attendance on last year.

In the new Fast Track Theatre, sessions on sales and marketing for the industry proved to be a popular addition and included The Future of Marketing: Digital, Wearable and Artificial Intelligence with Shea Bennett, The Best Sales Session in the World Ever! Volume 2 hosted by Corin Birchall and Clarify your Communications from Lauren Rogers.

“This year’s Show was a fantastic celebration of 40 years of PLASA and a real validation of our decision to return to West London,” says PLASA’s Christopher Toulmin, director of events. “The show floor was extremely busy across all three days, there was a tangible atmosphere of urgency and engagement and we’re delighted with the feedback from both our exhibitors and visitors to the show. Work has already begun on PLASA Show 2018 and we look forward to it with great anticipation.”

Bring Me The Horizon go on UK arena tour with d&b J-Series

25/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Sheffield-based Bring Me the Horizon (BMTH), comprising vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish, embarked on their first arena tour of the UK in the latter part of 2016. The tour came in the wake of a year of successes for the band, during which they released a fifth LP ‘That’s The Spirit’ and played just before Metallica on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Kicking off at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, the tour represented the band’s largest gig to date. It saw other live shows played in Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, London’s O2, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, and Manchester Arena, before wrapping up at Glasgow SSE Hydro.

d&b has long been a fixture at BMTH gigs, with the technology a favourite of front of house engineer Oliver Hutchinson, particularly the subs and the overall high quality of sound delivered.

“I am a huge fan of d&b and would happily never use another system ever again,” said Hutchinson. “It’s the only PA that can deliver what I want from all frequency bands; the crystal clear clarity of the highs, the low punch of the mids, and the note perfect reproduction of the sub programme material. No other sub manages to reproduce all the notes of our sub bass tracks with such an even response combined with such trouser flapping power. With other systems, I find myself riding the notes to accommodate the lumpy and uneven sub response. Some of them just produce a flappy rumble resembling nothing like the audio I feed into them.”

BMTH, whose style ranges from deathcore through to metalcore, to rock, are known for their sound, which is central to every gig. With this arena tour the band stepped things up both in terms of aesthetics and visuals. As Jack Murphy, system technician at Wigwam/SSE (which supplied all the gear for the gigs) explains, he and Oliver Hutchinson wanted to make sure that sound didn’t get left behind, - retaining the impact that was achieved in smaller venues – or overshadowed by the video running on multi-tiered video screens off to the sides, as well as a larger screen wrapped across the back of the stage.

It was also critical that Hutchinson was able to get the sound he was after, while avoiding huge hangs of PAs that would interfere with the visuals. Murphy was brought onboard early in the process by production manager Rob Highcroft with the brief of making sure the PA was not in the sightlines of the 36m wide, 11m high video screen.

Murphy said: “To achieve the brief I spoke to d&b’s application support team. They suggested looking at placing the L/R flown subs equidistant from both main and side hangs. This made it easy to time align both the sides and the mains back to the flown subs creating one big source. This created a tight low end even around the sides and meant that everyone got the trouser wobbling sub BMTH like to give.”

The setup worked better than expected. According to Murphy, there were positive comments from management, friends, and family saying that they could really feel the sound up the bleachers and in the boxes. “Hutch and I were very happy that every fan got the same experience,” he adds.

The FoH setup also included eight J-INFRA subwoofers and fourteen J-SUBs hidden in an array under the stage to achieve a low end impact, which is the band’s preferred option.

Murphy goes on to explain that the band also like being above the sub array, which really brings the feeling to them. On top of this monitoring engineer, Jared Daly had sidefills of J8 and two additional J-SUBs per side and two J-SUBs under the band’s risers.

With its detailed audio performance, smooth and even frequency response, dynamic bandwidth and high power and headroom capability, the d&b J-Series is an ideal large scale sound reinforcement solution. The J-SUB offers the option of cardioid or hypercardioid performance and are acoustically matched and constructed so they are compatible in both flown or ground stacked arrays. The J-INFRA cardioid subwoofer extends the frequency response even lower.

The capability of the J-Series means there is little need for additional processing, as Murphy explains: “I don’t use any processors at all, no Lakes or Galileos,I don’t think it’s necessary. Once you’ve got your tonal balance tools set up, your HFCs and your coupling filters and perhaps a bit of EQ, you don’t need much else. There’s so much EQ available on the D80s that there’s not any need for anything else to be in the line. With a good network that runs super quick, there’s never any issue even though there’s no ArrayProcessing in this particular set-up.”

For the O2 gig, Murphy refined the system designs for the height – with no problems encountered with a lowest edge of 11m, paying particular attention to getting the design as good as possible to achieve great, consistent and even results. The adjustments worked a treat, with The Independent review stating that the sound was big for the enormous O2 room.

As Murphy explains, they had to side anchor to cover the seats in the upper tiers. The rig was designed to work with the stage design, so in that sense the setup didn’t really change too much, it was just a case of making adjustments to ensure that the impact could be felt across the whole audience, regardless of location.

Le Mark's Leanne Baker Shortlisted for Award

25/09/2017 - People News

UK – Le Mark’s UK sales manager, Leanne Baker (photo centre) has been shortlisted for a prestigious local Business Award in the Employee of the Year category.

Both Leanne and Hannah (UK business development), have very much become the face of Le Mark, attending almost every UK trade show and their likeable personalities have been a part of digital marketing for many years.

Since first starting in 2005, Leanne has worked her way up through the company earning a number of promotions and qualifications along the way. She was most recently promoted to UK sales manager in 2017, where she oversees and supports the development of the entire UK sales team.

“Leanne has been one of our best sales people since day one. She goes above and beyond for our customers and they know that!

“Leanne develops a level of genuine trust and confidence in her customer relationships and reflects those values onto her team; that’s what makes her so special. She would be a very worthy winner,” commented Le Mark’s managing director Linda Gibbons.

ETC launches new online merchandise store

25/09/2017 - Business News

Following the overwhelming success of the company’s US-based online shop, ETC has opened a brand new online merchandise store to serve its followers outside of North America ( Launched in response to popular demand, this European venture enables fans to purchase branded ETC items wherever they are in the world.

The new online shop is packed with high quality merchandise, branded with the distinctive ETC logo, including T-shirts, jackets, bags, polo shirts, hoodies and travel mugs. Those in the know will be thrilled to hear they can also get their hands on the much-coveted Source Four USB flash drives.

ZerOS RigSync Wins PLASA Innovation Award

22/09/2017 - Event News

UK Eaton’s popular Zero 88 lighting control brand continues its winning ways by collecting a coveted PLASA (Professional Lighting & Sound Association) 2017 ‘Award for Innovation’ for the cool and inventive ‘RigSync’ feature, a feature available with the latest version of its powerful and flexible ZerOS console software.

RigSync demystifies the work of DMX addressing for console users, allowing them more time to focus on being imaginative, while the technical elements sort themselves out via the console communicating with the lighting rig.

The judges commented: RigSync opens up lighting creativity opportunities for non-technical people in an entry-level environment.”

The PLASA Awards for Innovation aim to recognise and reward new product ideas, and are independently judged by a task-force of industry specialists.

Perfect for multiple scenarios, RigSync automatically ensures the console and the rig are – and remain – continuously synchronised, effectively invisibly solving potential ‘disputes’ like duplicate DMX addresses or change in fixture modes.

We live in a world where smartphones assist in accomplishing numerous complex tasks very straightforwardly on a daily basis,” explained Eaton’s product manager for entertainment, Jon Hole.

We adopted this same philosophy and approach to developing RigSync, which doesn’t just read the lighting rig or patch the console, it manages the set-up with no interaction required at all from the user making the process simple, enjoyable and stress free!”

For a large percentage of small to medium-sized shows and events and venues, technicians and operators do not need to be involved or concerned about specifics like DMX addresses, as long as their fixtures are functioning correctly. As any active practitioner in the performance and entertainment industry knows, the whole process of assigning DMX channels can come late on in the show’s technical periods when everyone, including console programmers and LDs, are under pressure. RigSync deals very eloquently with this scenario.

Incompatibilities in DMX addressing are automatically fixed and settings like modes and alignments are kept in sync between the console and the rig.

It is the first implementation of DMX, RDM and ArtRDM in a lighting console that allows the installer or operator – if desired – to be oblivious to the ongoing technical process.

New fixtures are added automatically to the system, with ZerOS assigning the settings and adjusting other fixtures to ensure the rig stays working, with fixtures not supporting RDM avoided rather than ignored.

RigSync will only change settings when it is necessary to make the rig work. Once the show is over, the rig can be reverted back to its original settings, so venues receiving tours are as they were with their house systems.

RigSync can also be disabled for each console output to avoid issues on lower spec kit where DMX or RDM specifications are not accurately implemented.

Utilising RigSync removes all these time-consuming and potentially unnecessary steps as well as making the art of lighting control more accessible and enjoyable for new or occasional users.

This is the second PLASA Innovation Award that Cwmbran, Wales based Zero 88 has won in two years, adding to 2015’s recognition of the new FLX lighting console.

We are absolutely delighted to have won another Innovation Award so soon,” stated Zero 88 general manager David Catterall. “We believe in making lighting control affordable, straightforward and fun, and this is a great example of ingenuity from which many people will benefit.”

The Award was presented at the end of the second day of the 2017 PLASA trade show at Olympia in London.

At this year’s expo, Zero 88 launched two powerful, all-new FLX lighting control consoles designed for applications where space, time, ease of use and flexibility are key factors – the FLX S24 and FLX S48.

Winning the innovation Award was a fantastic bonus to a busy and successful show for the Zero 88 team.

In picture: Zero 88 Team at PLASA 2017 – David Catterall (general manager), Tyler Hopkins (international sales), Jon Hole (product manager, entertainment), Edward Smith (product support) and Mandy Bullock-Williams (sales executive, lighting systems).

Metallica Rocks Europe with Flares and ProPlex

22/09/2017 - Production News

Europe – The more things change, the more they remain the same. Before there was even a European Union, Metallica was bringing aggressive thrash metal into the mainstream. This month the legendary California band begins an extended European tour, shredding the continent through May 2018. While the music is Metallica’s unique brand of traditional metal (and may it never change), lighting technology and control has come a long way since Metallica’s first gigs. The tour uses 50 Solaris Flare LED fixtures, and DMX distribution based around four ProPlex IQ Two 1616 Ethernet-DMX nodes, all supplied by Premier Global Production (PGP) of Nashville, Tennessee.

New Maverick MK Pyxis Creates Unlimited Array of Looks

22/09/2017 - Equipment News

The Maverick MK Pyxis derives its name from a constellation of stars in the galactic halo of the Milky Way. True to its celestial moniker, the newest member of Chauvet Professional’s Maverick family can produce an endless array of out of this world looks, thanks to a unique design that includes an outer ring of RGBW LEDs, a powerful zooming centre pixel, 360° continuous pan and tilt movement and a host of other performance features.

PixelFLEX LED sets the tone for the 2017 MLB All-Star FanFest

22/09/2017 - Production News

USA – As part of the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities, the FanFest is an indoor baseball theme park experience dedicated specifically to the fans of the game. With opportunities to take photos with MLB Legends, get free autographs, plus pitch, hit and run on an indoor baseball diamond, the FanFest is an event like none other. Continuing the implementation of technology enhancements designed to heighten the fan experience, the producers once again worked with BaAM Productions and MSI Productions at the 2017 event, and together they created an LED video tunnel entrance using 3.9mm FLEXLite Plus from PixelFLEX.

Creative Technology choose Panasonic projection for Passchendaele remembrance ceremony

22/09/2017 - Production News

Belgium – As part of the two-day event, hosted by the BBC and The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the imposing façade of the historic Cloth Hall, was illuminated with projection and light displays as a backdrop to a special live performance.

Artiste Dali, Proteus Hybrid Innovation Award Winners at Exceptional PLASA Show for Elation

22/09/2017 - Event News

It’s hard to imagine how the 40th incarnation of the PLASA show could have gone any better for Elation Professional. Capping an exceptional show, the company’s new full-featured Artiste Dali LED moving head and IP-rated Proteus Hybrid discharge-lamp moving head were both recognised as exceptional innovation with a PLASA Award for Innovation.

Soundcraft by Harman debuts the Vi1000 digital mixing console

22/09/2017 - Equipment News

Soundcraft by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have introduced the Vi1000 digital mixing console. Representing the culmination of the ground-breaking achievements and rich feature sets offered by Soundcraft’s acclaimed Vi Series, the new Vi1000 is the most compact member of the Vi-000 family at just 86cm x 81cm (34” x 32”) in size, yet it retains all the mixing and processing power of its two larger siblings, the Vi2000 and 3000.

International Theatre Engineering & Architecture Conference 2018

22/09/2017 - Event News

UK – It is now confirmed that the next edition of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference will be presented at Savoy Place, the Global Engineering Hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), on 3-5 June 2018.

Situated in the heart of London, on the north bank of the River Thames overlooking the National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall and close to the historic Savoy Theatre, the Savoy Place venue, with its impressive views, offers a most appropriate location for the once every four years ITEAC.

Since 1909 the IET has called Savoy Place home, although the membership based organisation began life in 1871 as the Society of Telegraph Engineers, formed to address the concerns of that emerging profession and the developing electrical science industry. Shortly afterwards in 1887 it became the Institution of Electrical Engineers, name-changing once again in 2006 to its current guise.

With a mission to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technological innovation to meet the needs of society, the IET recently undertook a two-year £30 million refurbishment of Savoy Place, to make the building more flexible, adaptable to changing technology, to improve its sustainability and promote accessibility.

Electro-Voice EVID-S commercial loudspeakers for indoor and outdoor use with time-saving wall-mount system

21/09/2017 - Equipment News

The EVID-S series is the latest member of the EVID (EV Innovative Design) family of commercial loudspeakers for installed applications. Every aspect of the EVID-S series has been designed from the ground up to ensure efficient installation for the contractor and excellent results for the end-user. The series includes 4-inch, 5.25-inch and 8-inch two-way models with matching dual-10-inch and single 12-inch subwoofers, making it easy to select a suitable model a specific space – a new go-to solution for distributed sound systems.

Art-Net inventor wins Gottelier award

21/09/2017 - People News

UK – Wayne Howell, founder of Artistic Licence and the inventor of the Art-Net Ethernet lighting protocol, has been honoured with the 2017 Gottelier award at the PLASA London show.

Fit For Purpose – Capital Sound and Outline Rock With Justin Bieber

21/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Canadian pop megastar Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ world tour made just two stops in the UK during 2017, one of which was a sold-out show at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in June which drew ‘Beliebers’ from throughout the UK and Europe.

Martin Audio Upgrades Display Software and Opens Accessibility

21/09/2017 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has announced a significant upgrade to its optimisation, control and monitoring software platforms. Display 2.3 integrates the recently announced Wavefront Precision series featuring scaleable optimisation, while Vu-Net 2.1 integrates control and monitoring for the new iKON amplifiers, Wavefront Precision Series and XE stage monitors.

Exciting times at Protec with continued growth amidst a busy season

21/09/2017 - Production News

UAE – The company that already owns one of the world’s largest event rental stocks that include the latest equipment in lighting, video, audio, rigging and trussing, scenic and staging, automation and SFX, conference equipment, robotics and motion tracking, has once more invested heavily in new technology and equipment over a busy season in 2017.

Undefeated! The PAL Label Challenge at PLASA 2017

21/09/2017 - Event News

UK – On its first ever public outing at PLASA 2017, Le Mark’s new PAL Label Challenge was attempted by some of the shows strongest visitors and exhibitors, but remained completely undefeated.

Tromsø's KulturHuset Chooses Alcons LR18

20/09/2017 - Project News

Norway – Acoustic problems are not limited to historic venues, many newer concert halls still experience issues with reverb or frequencies that can be difficult to eliminate. But an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system has made a major difference to the main live venue in Tromsø, Norway.

Robe Enjoys Mega PLASA

20/09/2017 - Event News

UK – PLASA 2017 proved a lively and energetic hub for meeting the UK’s lighting and visual designer community and other creatives commented Robe UK’s MD Mick Hannaford, words echoed by the moving light manufacturer’s CEO Josef Valchar, stating: “We have enjoyed seeing many individuals, companies and organisations from all over the UK as well as several from Europe – the quality of the visitors and the networking opportunities were really excellent this year!”

SJP Productions Creates Forest of Light at LOCKN’ Festival With ChamSys

20/09/2017 - Production News

USA – “Magic is what we do, Music is how we do it,” Jerry Garcia once told an interviewer. Had the Grateful Dead frontman been around to see the fantastical transformation of his namesake forest at the recent LOCKN’ Festival, he undoubtedly would have agreed that there can be quite a bit of magic involved in lighting too.

Hawthorn Light Up Festival Double Bill at Norfolk Showground

20/09/2017 - Production News

UK Sundown Festival returned to Norfolk Showground for the seventh year this September and Hawthorn once again supplied lighting for the main stage. Attracting a 40,000 strong crowd, the three-day festival was the biggest ever, featured some of the best names in music, including Craig David, Pendulum, Rag’n’Bone Man and You Me At Six.

Green Hippo Enters into the Spirit of Depeche Mode Global Tour

20/09/2017 - Production News

UK - Depeche Mode, formed in 1980, continues to astound with its epic live performances. The Global Spirit Tour sees the band crossing the globe in support of Spirit, its 14th studio album. During the European leg alone, the boys will play to 1.5 million fans in 32 cities in 21 countries. And at each venue a pair of Hippotizer Boreal media servers will provide the technology required to manage the show’s video playback.

Think Open Day – #ThinkITR

20/09/2017 - Event News

UK Often referred to as the AV industry’s best kept secret, ITR Hire began its transition ‘from reticent to revealed’ at its inaugural #ThinkITR open day, held at the Telford International Centre on Wednesday 24th August 2017.

JD Sound & Video Provides Community Quality Sound for Two New Jersey High Schools

20/09/2017 - Project News

USA – It is often said that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising as it carries an inherent recommendation. It certainly worked for JD Sound & Video, bringing it not one, but two contracts for the design and installation of gymnasium sound systems in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Philips Lighting enhances performance for Arcola's Grimeborn season while reducing power use by 36%

20/09/2017 - Project News

UK – Philips Lighting has announced that its support of London's Arcola Theatre in staging the popular Grimeborn opera festival helped the venue with its ambition to become carbon neutral. At the same time, the lighting rig also provided lighting designers with a dynamic, beautiful and consistent quality of light.

Chroma-Q Appoints Paul Pelletier as Global Brand Manager

19/09/2017 - People News

Canada – Chroma-Q, the world-renowned brand of premium performance LED lighting solutions, manufactured in North America, has appointed Paul Pelletier as global brand manager for Chroma-Q.

dLive Manages Charity Concert for Italian Opera Star

19/09/2017 - Production News

Italy – An Allen & Heath dLive C Class mixing system was selected for a charity concert by famous tenor, Andrea Bocelli, held at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico for his foundation, Voices of Haiti.

Does More, Weighs Less

19/09/2017 - Equipment News

The ELX200 series is the latest member of the Electro-Voice portable loudspeaker family and the next generation of the popular ELX line. Designed to deliver superior Electro-Voice sound quality and best-in-class features in a super-portable format, the line-up includes 10-inch, 12-inch and 15-inch two-way models as well as 12-inch and 18-inch subwoofers. Powered and passive versions are available.

Fullerton College Graduate: Youngest Audient Owner

19/09/2017 - Project News

USA“It really is the little brother of the ASP8024 I have grown to know and love,” says Fullerton College Recording and Music Production graduate, Timothy Jones, describing the brand new ASP4816 he’s had delivered to his home studio in Orange County a few short weeks ago. Possibly the youngest Audient console owner in the world, he leaves Fullerton College this year with top grades, and the world at his feet.

SGM LT-200 creates dimension for Ø4Ø8 Creative’s unique new concept

18/09/2017 - Production News

When co-creators of Ø4Ø8 Creative set out to design for Gedinne Plein Air 2017, they wanted to create something which would stun both the client and the audience. And so, they did! In addition, they created a concept called ØKUBE which is scaleable and adjustable, and highly probable to be recognised in future lighting applications.

Twenty-four designers knighted at tenth annual Knight of Illumination Awards

18/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Sunday 17th September marked the tenth anniversary of the prestigious Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards, held at the Eventim Apollo in London. During the dazzling evening event, 24 respected designers were 'knighted' and bestowed with the iconic KOI sword.

Get connected with the DiGiCo S-Series

18/09/2017 - Equipment News

The S-Series has already benefited from an increase from 40 to 48 flexi channels as part of a recent update, and the new DMI-MIC Pre-Amp Card adds an extra eight mic inputs, connected via a 25-way D-sub, using the same great pre-amps already found in the console. This allows for up to 40 mic inputs directly on the console surface.

Tourflex Cabling Launches New Website

18/09/2017 - Business News

Tourflex Cabling, the cable manufacturing division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), has just launched its new dedicated website:

HHB Delivers Studer OnAir 1500 to The Economist

18/09/2017 - Project News

UK – Following the appointment of HHB Communications Ltd. as distributor for Studer in the UK and Ireland, HHB has announced and showcased the new build and installation for The Economist featuring the OnAir1500 radio production console.

SoundField appoints HHB as UK distributor

18/09/2017 - Business News

UK - HHB Communications has announced its appointment as exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for premium microphone, audio capture systems and software manufacturer SoundField.

Voiceover Soho and HHB create unique Studio space in the heart of London

18/09/2017 - Project News

UK – With a ten-year history, two sites and five studios spanning Soho and Fitzrovia, Voiceover Soho has gained a reputation as one of the most professional, creative and friendly voice recording and audio post-production facilities in London. Studio owner Peter Morris realises the importance of state-of-the-art equipment and a unique and appealing space as essential components for a successful facility. This approach was the main driver for the concept and execution of their new space in Fitzrovia. Peter wanted to create an all-encompassing production facility covering all areas of audio post, music production, Voiceover and ADR. The resulting Dolby Atmos equipped installation features an Avid S6 M10 work surface, Pro Tools 12, DAD AX32 I/O, Genelec 7.1.4 monitoring system and Dolby Atmos HT-RMU rendering unit.

Dropkick Murphys and Rancid Turn Up Intensity with Chauvet Professional

18/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Millions of fans got their first taste of Dropkick Murphys’ potent Celtic punk musical brew watching Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film “The Departed To Boston.” The Quincy, Massachusetts-based band’s platinum hit “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” ran through that dark and edgy gangster drama like a red-hot wire. Although the movie may be ten years in the rearview mirror, Dropkick Murphys fires are burning as brightly as ever. This intensity is on full display in the group’s current tour, co-headlined with the iconic and equally potent punkers Rancid, in support of its ninth studio album.

Atlona Participating in Almo Professional A/V’s Autumn E4 AV Tour

18/09/2017 - Event News

USA – AV collaboration and control leader Atlona, is joining Almo Professional A/V to give resellers, integrators and consultants the opportunity to discover their own 'Lightbulb Moment' during the award-winning E4 AV Tour, coming to New York on 19th September and Irvine, California on 3rd October.

Another Successful Prolyte Campus Held at Stage Electrics

18/09/2017 - Standards News

UK – On the 12th of September, Stage Electrics held a technical trussing seminar in cooperation with the Prolyte Group. This seminar was a fantastic success, with a large turnout of attendees. Stage Electrics staff and customers joined together to improve their knowledge of truss and how to use it effectively.

LumenRadio – Selected technology partner for ARRI’s new wireless platform

18/09/2017 - Business News

Film and broadcasting market leader ARRI has selected LumenRadio as its technology partner for its wireless offer going forward. The first products to be released are the SkyLink and the SkyPanel S360-C, both debuting at IBC 2017.

Rosco Laboratories Acquires LED Lighting Specialist DMG Lumière

15/09/2017 - Business News

USA – has announced the acquisition of innovative LED specialist DMG Lumière. The acquisition represents a ‘win-win’ situation for customers of both companies, as well as the businesses themselves, through increased customer-driven innovation, expanded global product support capabilities and greater in-house expertise. Rosco will incorporate DMG Lumière’s technology and talent to further develop its LED lighting product range, while DMG Lumière will benefit from Rosco’s established international sales and marketing, distribution and customer service. It means that customers will now be able to easily access both companies’ products worldwide.

Robe Colours Ostrava

15/09/2017 - Production News

Czech Republic – Robe moving lights made a major contribution at the 2017 Colours Of Ostrava (COO) festival with nearly 100 fixtures utilised to light the ArcelorMittal Stage in a stylish and flexible production design created by Kamil Kruzik. The lights were supplied by oneAVteam, the largest audio visual rental group in Central Europe. Three companies co-operated on this project: AV MEDIA, RentalPRO and YVENTECH.

Nominations are Open for USITT Young Designers, Managers and Technicians Awards

15/09/2017 - Event News

USA – Students and Early-Career technical theatre artists can gain recognition, cash, and a trip to USITT 2018 in Fort Lauderdale if chosen for one of 14 Young Designers, Managers and Technicians Awards from USITT.

Yamaha Launches MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System At IBC2017

15/09/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – Although many elements of audio production are nowadays an integral part of high-performance DAWs, even the most practical in-the-box systems still need peripherals for full studio functionality. Yamaha’s new MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System is a system management solution for DAW-based production environments in one versatile, great-sounding and cost-effective unit.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Appointed UK Exclusive Distributor for LSC Lighting Systems

15/09/2017 - Business News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been appointed as the UK exclusive distributor for the LSC Lighting Systems range of control, dimming and distribution products, a selection of which will be showcased on the company's stand (E30b) at PLASA 2017, Olympia, London, 17th – 19th September.

Claypaky Fixtures Help Queen + Adam Lambert Light Up the Stage on World Tour

15/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Queen can be counted on to light up the stage with its legacy of dynamic music created by rock royalty. The North American leg of the band’s current world tour got some additional wattage from a large complement of Claypaky Scenius Unico, Mythos and Sharpy Wash fixtures. Upstaging, Inc. supplied the lights for the tour.

Ayrton Appoints Zane Cretten as Regional Sales Manager for Africa and the Middle East

15/09/2017 - People News

South Africa – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Zane Cretten as the latest member of its expanding sales team. Based in South Africa, Cretten will take on the position of regional sales manager, with responsibility for sales across Africa and the Middle East, from 15th September 2017.

ProPlex Takes UK and Europe by Storm

15/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Storm Ltd. of the UK has optimised its large inventory of ProPlex data distribution units, installing them in rugged, touring racks, the perfect solution for their work on productions throughout the UK and Europe. To paraphrase a great British statesman, never in the history of show networking has so much data been distributed by so few devices.

XYZ Technologie and Chauvet Professional Enhance Classic Beauty of Sainte Famille Church

15/09/2017 - Project News

Canada – Walk into Ste-Famille Church and you are not only entering a house of worship, but taking a transformative journey through time. Founded by the first bishop of Nouvelle France over three centuries ago, the church is one of the oldest in North America, its tradition reflected in its distinctive architecture and the richly coloured original frescoes that adorn its walls and ceiling, as well as the dome over its semicircular apse.

InfoComm International is Now the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association

15/09/2017 - Business News

USA – InfoComm International, the trade association representing the $178 billion commercial audiovisual industry worldwide, has changed its name to the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA). The change reflects AVIXA's broadening mission to be an industry hub, while also acting as a catalyst for market growth beyond what has been considered traditionally as professional AV.

Protec continues to impress as it turns 18

15/09/2017 - Business News

UAE – After 18 years of producing some of the region’s most memorable shows, Protec, a Dubai-headquartered event technical and staging solutions company, continues to deliver extraordinary experiences through its creative technical skills. From its first production in 1999 to launch the Faisaliah Tower in Riyadh in spectacular fashion, it has since, grown into the Middle East’s largest and most reliable company, consistently producing live events that are truly spectacular, leading edge and globally acclaimed.

Klassik Picknickt with Alcons LR18

15/09/2017 - Production News

Germany – With the jubilee edition of "Klassik Picknickt" (“Classic Picknicks”), the Saxonian Staatskapelle (“State Capelle “) Dresden and the Gläserne Manufaktur (“Glass Factory”) celebrated their ten-year partnership on June 17, 2017. Plácido Domingo presented over ten thousand listeners on the Cockerwiese pieces of Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Bizet. The company B-EST from Dresden, as a technical service provider, used the large-format LR18 pro-ribbon line-array system from Dutch premium manufacturer Alcons Audio.

Doughty looks forward to a busy week of trade shows

15/09/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands & UK – Doughty Engineering is set to unveil a new version of its popular Space Saver this month. The Space Saver Omega will make its debut on the company's stand at IBC in Amsterdam on the 15th of September and on the 17th September at PLASA London.

A.C Entertainment Technologies demos BroadWeigh's wireless load cell kit at PLASA London

15/09/2017 - Event News

UK – An attention grabbing 3.5 metre truss gantry will be one of the main attractions on A.C. Entertainment Technologies' (AC-ET) stand at this year's PLASA London as it prepares to offer live demonstrations of BroadWeigh's wireless load cell technology.

Moods jazz club streams concerts in Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Audio

15/09/2017 - Production News

Switzerland – The legendary Moods jazz club in Zurich has created a new streaming platform for its concerts – Offering both live streaming and video on demand, Moods’ new "Digital Concert Club" has already gained popularity and is now taking the concert experience to the next level: Until the end of the year, around 20 concerts will be provided in AMBEO 3D audio. Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEOs of Sennheiser, and Claudio Cappellari, co-director of Moods promise that listeners can expect an immersive listening experience beyond compare. 

Leroy Bennett Takes 500 GLP Fixtures on Tour With Lady Gaga

15/09/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – The Joanne World Tour is the fifth headlining tour by Lady Gaga, in support of her fifth studio album, Joanne. When the curtain was raised for the opening show in Vancouver last month, the audience was awed by a spectacular set and visual concept masterminded by production and lighting designer, Seven Design Works’ LeRoy Bennett.

Installation as easy as 1-2-3:

15/09/2017 - Equipment News

The EVID-S series is the latest member of the EVID (EV Innovative Design) family of commercial loudspeakers for installed applications. Every aspect of the EVID-S series has been designed from the ground up to ensure efficient installation for the contractor and excellent results for the end-user. The series includes 4-inch, 5.25-inch and 8-inch two-way models with matching dual-10-inch and single 12-inch subwoofers, making it easy to select a suitable model a specific space, a new go-to solution for distributed sound systems.

Platinum Creates Immersive Cycling Centre Environment with Iluminarc

14/09/2017 - Project News

USA – Everyday, millions of people around the world get on cycles, pedal diligently, and go nowhere. They aren’t complaining though. Indoor cycling (or spinning), where participants in group sessions pedal stationary bikes with flywheels under the watchful eye of a trainer, has taken off like a rocket, passing running and swimming as a fitness activity in the US, according to a recent Nielsen Survey. A key reason why cycling centres are powering their way into the hearts of so many people is because they offer immersive multi-sensory experiences that make it fun to stay fit.

Cleveland Metroparks Celebrates Centennial with W-DMX

14/09/2017 - Production News

USA – This summer, the centennial celebration of Cleveland Metroparks featured fireworks, events, and activities honouring the past and celebrating the future of Cleveland’s green urban landscapes. On a July evening, city dignitaries hosted a gala event which included dazzling outdoor lighting, supplied by ILC, and controlled by W-DMX wireless devices.

Easton Corbin Takes Bandit Lites on the Road

14/09/2017 - Production News

USA – American country singer Easton Corbin has spent the majority of 2017 performing his hits such as “Girl Like You” and “A Little More Country Than That” to audiences across the country. The Academy of Country Music Award winner is currently on tour with a lighting package from Bandit Lites that compliments his lively sound.

New Baptist church in Ukraine selects Dynacord and Electro-Voice to help spread the word

14/09/2017 - Project News

Ukraine – Located in the Khmelnitsky region of Ukraine, the city of Shepetivka benefits from a new house of worship, Church of the Evangelical Baptists. With a goal of spreading the church’s message together with a strong, traditional music ministry, Pastor Reverend Viktor Pasechnyk, wanted to ensure high-quality sound throughout the facility, including the sanctuary, offices, event rooms, hallways and even the outdoors.

Chroma-Q Showcases Game-Changing Color Force II and Other Award-Winning Solutions at PLASA 2017

14/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Chroma-Q will demonstrate its game-changing Color Force II fixture range designed for shows and events requiring the highest level of technical and artistic performance – as well as other award-winning lighting solutions – at PLASA 2017, Olympia, London, UK, 17th – 19th September.

AC-ET Showcases Premium Performance Broadcast Lighting Technologies at IBC 2017

14/09/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) will be at the IBC 2017 show – RAI, Amsterdam, 15th - 19th September – to showcase leading broadcast lighting solutions from Chroma-Q, Quasar Science, Mole-Richardson, VisionSmith, RatPac, and its in-house Tourflex Cabling service.

SGM fixtures provide perfect illumination for World Ballet

14/09/2017 - Production News

Europe – This year, the World Ballet celebrated its ten-year anniversary, which was marked with a spectacular show that challenged and animated the audience with new and well-known elements from both classic and modern displays from the world of ballet, opera and classical music.

Big City, Big Dreams ballet with Green Hippo

14/09/2017 - Production News

South Africa – Set, lighting and AV designer, Wilhelm Disbergen, relied on a Hippotizer Boreal Media Server and a giant mirror to create something utterly extraordinary for the ballet production Big City, Big Dreams, staged at the Joburg Theatre, in Johannesburg.

Atlona Names Intronics as Distribution Partner for BeNeLux Region

14/09/2017 - Business News

BeNeLux – Atlona’s commitment to the BeNeLux market in Western Europe – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – just grew stronger with the appointment of Intronics as its regional distributor. Headquartered in Barnevald, the Netherlands with offices around Europe, Intronics specialises in the development and supply of connectivity for information and data supplies , retail and electronics, and works closely with systems integrators to provide complete solutions for commercial AV projects.

Adamson to Exhibit S-Series and IS-Series at PLASA Show Olympia

14/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Adamson Systems Engineering, in collaboration with its UK distributor, The Warehouse Sound Services, will be exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show at Olympia from 17th September until 19th September. On show in booth V11 will be the S-Series and new IS-Series of loudspeakers as well as key personnel from Adamson and The Warehouse will be present.

Find the suitable laser system based on the application

13/09/2017 - Equipment News

There is a large number of different show laser light systems on the market and the differences are huge. However, it is not easy to identify the suitable laser system based on the application it is required for.

S+H Adds Star Quality for National Eisteddfod of Wales

13/09/2017 - Production News

UK – S+H Technical Support provided substantial quantities of its LED starcloth product to production designer Sid Scott of Scott Callaghan Art Production for the 2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Detroit Lions Roar at Ford Field with Meyer Sound's LEO Family

13/09/2017 - Project News

USA – A 178-loudspeaker Meyer Sound Leo Family linear reinforcement system is the keystone audio component of a $100-million off-season renovation of Ford Field, the 65,000-seat enclosed stadium that hosts home games for the National Football League's Detroit Lions. The new audio system, which was designed and built in Berkeley, California, will provide exceptionally high speech intelligibility with uniform coverage throughout the seating bowl while also delivering the broadband power and dynamic range required to energise fans in the stands and players on the field. The Lions' renovation project marks the first permanent installation of a Leo Family system in any NFL stadium.

Chauvet DJ Intimidators Brighten Up Uncle Kracker’s Eclipse Concert

13/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Everyday life came to a halt in the US for a few moments on 21st August, as people stopped whatever they were doing and forgot about whatever cares were on their minds to marvel at the first solar eclipse to be visible across the entire lower 48 states in 99 years. Over half of the country’s population (about 165 million people) witnessed the event, according to news reports. Few of these eclipse gazers had as much fun for as long a time as the 10,000 or so who turned out for Bowman, South Carolina’s Solar Eclipse Festival.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies' Dedicated Exhibition Zone at PLASA 2017 Showcases Leading Brands

13/09/2017 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), a leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, will showcase a selection of the very latest technology solutions available from its vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands in its large exhibition zone (stand E30) at PLASA 2017, Olympia, London, 17th – 19th September.

BackStage Pass: Reflections on Life in the Theatre

13/09/2017 - Business News

Bill Sapsis has announced the launch of BackStage Pass, a series of interviews with leading professionals in the live event entertainment industry. BackStage Pass videos offer a look back into the careers of people who have spent a lifetime working on live performances and shaping the future of the entertainment industry.

Prolyte Group to support its growing customer base at Prolight + Sound ME

13/09/2017 - Event News

UAE – Prolyte Group will exhibit at the Prolight + Sound ME to support its extending customer base in the Middle East region. Prolyte will be showcasing the revolutionary Verto truss and debuting the BGR70 truss. Visitors are invited to visit stand #4-E32 for a personal demonstration or a catch-up.

MegaPointe Makes Mega Impact at Mysteryland

12/09/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Robe’s much-anticipated brand new MegaPointe was launched globally last week and the preceding week, 20 MegaPointes were in action on the Main Stage at Mysteryland 2017, one of the Netherlands’ best established and most popular dance music extravaganzas.

Eaton launches Zero 88 FLX S lighting consoles

12/09/2017 - Equipment News

Eaton expands its award-winning Zero 88 FLX range with two powerful, all-new lighting control consoles designed for applications where space, time, ease of use and flexibility are key factors.

MDG is theONE for Adele and Phil Collins

12/09/2017 - Production News

UK - When it comes to some of the biggest names in the business, performing at some of the largest stadiums and venues across the globe, MDG know a thing or two about providing the perfect haze and atmosphere – for both the lighting and the artists.

Adamson System provides Power and Synchronicity at the 2017 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens

12/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Leading pro-audio provider, The Warehouse Sound Services, helped this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) conclude with an explosive finale thanks to over 100 Adamson loudspeakers.

LiftEx aims even higher for 2017

12/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Visitor and delegate registration is now open for the most important event in the lifting industry calendar. LiftEx 2017, the UK’s only exhibition and conference dedicated to overhead lifting and work-at-height, takes place at Telford International Centre on 29th - 30th November , and will once again provide attendees with a unique insight into the latest developments across both these vital sectors.

Ayrton at PLASA 2017 Stand K32 with Ambersphere Solutions

12/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Ayrton continues its 15th anniversary celebrations with the launch of exciting new products at the 40th PLASA London show where it will exhibit on Stand K32 alongside its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.

Teronation Thrashes Out Lead Vocals with DPA Microphones

12/09/2017 - Production News

Switzerland – Although classical and acoustic musicians have long appreciated the clear, natural sound delivered by DPA microphones, it may surprise some people to learn that Thrash Metal artists are also getting in on the act.

Innovative New Kit at IBC - Plus Win Big at the Show!

12/09/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – LCA will be showing a number of new products for film and broadcast at the IBC Show, 15th - 19th September at the RAI in Amsterdam and would like invite visitors to booth 12.D39, to try out the new equipment and to meet with the LCA team and representatives from LiteGear, DoPchoice, Cineo and Hudson Spider.

Dante AV Networking World offers extra level of training at PLASA Show 2017

12/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Audinate is hosting the popular Dante AV Networking World at the PLASA Show on Tuesday, 19th September and will bring together manufacturers who have integrated Dante, Audinate's industry leading Audio Over IP solution.

Elation Adds Innovative World Premiere Product Launches to PLASA Line-up

12/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Elation Professional has added two world premiere product launches to its list of innovative product offerings at the upcoming PLASA show in London. Showing at Stand H40 for the first time anywhere, Elation will be debuting the Artiste Dali, a full-featured moving head with state-of-the-art LED / laser phosphor light engine and the second luminaire in Elation’s Artiste series. The second world premiere product is the new Dartz 360, a unique, full colour-mixing LED beam/spot fixture with gobos and effects that gives all new projection possibilities from a narrow-beam luminaire. Both luminaires have been nominated for a PLASA Award for Innovation.

Robert Juliat at PLASA London 2017

12/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at the 40th PLASA show at London’s Olympia on Stand K38 alongside its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.

Artistic Licence will be exhibiting at PLASA London

12/09/2017 - Event News

UK – This year, Artistic Licence's new set design promises an electrifying experience, as visitors can attempt to blow up its products using a Van de Graaff generator!

High End Systems To Launch SolaFrame 750 at PLASA 2017 Show

12/09/2017 - Event News

UK – High End Systems will launch its new SolaFrame 750 automated luminaire at the upcoming PLASA 2017 trade show in London. The company’s Sola Series range of products, which includes the Spot, Frame, Wash and HyBeam lines, is the most fully realised offering of Bright White LED automated fixtures available. The fixture will make its debut on HES master distributor AED’s stand C30 at London Olympia 17th - 19th September. The SolaFrame 750 will also appear on ETC’s stand J30.

Robe at PLASA 2017

11/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Robe will be back in London at Olympia for the 2017 PLASA exhibition, which sees the event and the organisation celebrating 40 years at the forefront of the vibrancy and innovation of the entertainment technology industry.

The New Birmingham Conservatoire Opens, Powered by SSL

11/09/2017 - Project News

UK – The new £57 million Birmingham Conservatoire building has officially opened its doors. This milestone development elevates the Conservatoire facilities to world-class status and includes a recording and live sound production infrastructure without compromise, and with SSL very much at its heart. The new equipment list includes four SSL Live consoles and five SSL Super Analogue consoles, connected with a facility-wide Dante network.

Video release: New MILOS products launched in 2017

11/09/2017 - Business News

MILOS has just released a new video about its exciting range of products that were introduced on the market this year. The video gives an overview of the features these new products offer and how they make MILOS truss even more practical and convenient.

Chauvet Professional Rejuvenates Berlin’s “Stars in Concert” Series

11/09/2017 - Production News

Germany – Since 1997, Berlin's "Stars in Concert" at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Centre has brought a wide range of musical theatre acts to over four million spectators, making it one of the most successful live shows in Germany’s history. To provide a permanent wash lighting solution to the long-running “Stars in Concert” series, which features shows such as the Beatles’ “All you need is Love” and “Elvis Das Musical,” the Estrel Festival Centre recently added 18 Rogue R2 Wash and ten COLORado 1 Quad Zoom fixtures from Chauvet Professional, supplied by Fischer.

ETC to premiere new products and software at PLASA

11/09/2017 - Event News

UK – The PLASA Show returns to Olympia London later this month and visitors to the ETC stand (J30) are in for a treat. PLASA Show 2017 will mark the global trade show debut of the recently launched Ion Xe lighting desks and the soon-to-be released ColorSource Cyc fixture. Also to be unveiled is the eagerly anticipated Cobalt software version 8.0. Additionally, Source Four turns 25 this year and ETC will be honouring the occasion on stand J30.

Royal Court Liverpool to save 70% on their production lighting energy use

11/09/2017 - Project News

UK – Recently Stage Electrics have supplied over 120 new lights to Liverpool’s Royal Court. The range of lights supplied included a selection of, ETC Lustr Mk2 Spots and Fresnels, ETC ColorSource PAR Deep Blue, ETC Smart Rack power controls, an Interspace Cue Light system, Chauvet Ovation battens as well as Smoke and Haze machines, Green Go comms and GDS Blues system.

Paul McCartney Goes One on One with US Leg of his World Tour Accompanied by Claypaky Fixtures

11/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Paul McCartney’s long-running One on One World Tour has added 21 dates in the US this summer and autumn. Claypaky fixtures help showcase the evolution of his music from the 1960s to today. The US leg of the ongoing tour kicked off in Miami in July and will conclude in Detroit in October.

Largest L-ISA System Yet Immerses Spectators in Natural Sound for Verdi’s Requiem

11/09/2017 - Production News

France – On 12th July at Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy, L-Acoustics deployed an L-ISA Live hyperrealistic sound system for the singular performance of Verdi’s Requiem by the Orchestre National de Lille (ONL) and the Choeur Régional Hauts-de-France. The 30,000-capacity stadium, normally home to Lille’s football club, was a spectacular yet fitting venue for a performance intended to bring classical music to the widest possible audience.

New Utopium Tech at BBC’s Big Blue Tent for Edinburgh Festival Fringe

11/09/2017 - Production News

UK – The festival saw performances from comedians such as Frankie Boyle, Sarah Pascoe and Phil Wang, and was illuminated by Bristol-based lighting company Utopium, who this year utilised a number of new additions to its equipment list.

Ebullition Celebrates 25th Anniversay with DiGiCo SD12

11/09/2017 - Project News

Switzerland – Situated in Bulle in the south west of Switzerland, the 300-capacity live music venue is housed in a 100-year-old cinema and hosts a variety of acts from rock, pop, funk and folk to ska, punk, reggae, Hip-Hop and hardcore metal, as well as theatre productions and cinema.

Robe Encouraged by Chance

11/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Cool, credible and creative, Chance the Rapper is enjoying plenty of popularity and critical comment in general, and on his past US tour in particular, which featured an eye-catching show designed by another rising star in the industry, Michael Apostolos.

New format PLASA Rigging Conference gains momentum

08/09/2017 - Event News

UK – This year, the PLASA Rigging Conference will move away from its traditional format of a series of presentations to a new structure that encourages conversation, allowing opinions to be voiced and the most current of topics to be discussed.

Team Ambersphere is ready for You at PLASA

08/09/2017 - Event News

UK – As the exclusive UK sales, service, support and training provider for four of the premier manufacturers of lighting for the industry, Ambersphere Solutions has announced an unmissable line-up of products at Stands K40, K40a and K32 from Ayrton, Claypaky, MA Lighting and Robert Juliat.

Dierks Bentley Rolls with First AVB-Networked Meyer Sound Touring Rig

08/09/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – On his What the Hell World Tour, country superstar Dierks Bentley is packing arenas and amphitheatres across North America, energising fans with rousing concerts while also setting a technical milestone. The Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement system powering Bentley's headline shows is the first on the road to be digitally interconnected by a Galileo GALAXY networked platform using the widely adopted AVB/TSN Ethernet-based networking protocol.

Steve Warren working with Avolites and Chroma-Q

08/09/2017 - People News

UK – After 34 years in the entertainment lighting industry and 33 years with Avolites, Steve Warren has changed his role within Avolites, moving away from day-to-day operational tasks and is now focusing on business development for the company.

Chauvet Professional Expands Maverick Series with MK2 Profile

08/09/2017 - Equipment News

The Chauvet Professional Maverick series has been making its presence felt on tours and festivals, as well as at clubs, with its moving spots, beams, washes and hybrids. Now the ground-breaking line will be turning up at an even wider variety of applications with the introduction of the Maverick MK2 Profile.

80 GLP X4 Bar 20s Dominate Diggiloo Stage Set

08/09/2017 - Production News

Sweden – For the 15th consecutive year, Swedish LD Palle Palmé has provided spectacular lighting for the Diggiloo outdoor summertime tour, with 80 X4 Bar 20s from GLP dominating the ever-changing stage set.

Prolyte Group to Showcase New Products at LDI 2017

08/09/2017 - Event News

USA - Prolyte Group will be showcasing the revolutionary Verto truss and debuting the updated Prolyte ARC roof system at LDI 2017, from 17th to 19th November in Las Vegas. Visitors are invited to stop at stand #1961 for a personal demonstration of these highly commended products.

Bryte Design delivers yet again another fantastic performance with Hippotizer Media Servers

08/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Hippotizer was again the media server of choice for the John Peel Stage at the Glastonbury festival. A Hippotizer Karst unit fed the setting’s main upstage LED wall, making it nine years in a row for Green Hippo technology operating under the iconic yellow and blue canopy.

Allen & Heath’s dLlive and ME Installed in Ecuadorian Church

08/09/2017 - Project News

Ecuador – Ecuador’s Centro Cristiano de Guayaquil (CCG) recently installed a dLive S Class mixing system and ME personal monitoring system as part of an upgrade to the church’s audio equipment.

ZL Production Puts Adamson on Every Stage at Czech Republic's Rock for People

07/09/2017 - Production News

Czech Republic – Tens of thousands of Czech music fans came together at the 2017 edition of the country’s largest open-air festival, Rock for People, to see the likes of Paramore, Evanescence, Foster the People, Mastodon, Die Antwoord, and dozens more. But while the music across the festival’s four stages was remarkably diverse, that’s not the case for their sound systems, as long-time production provider ZL Production had an Adamson system at every one.

Mark Carver and Bandit Light Black Music Honours

07/09/2017 - Production News

USA – It was a glamorous evening of icons, legends and laughter at The Black Music Honours, where attendees at the Andrew Jackson Hall celebrated African American artists who have made significant music contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Bandit Lites supplied the lighting package for the two-hour recorded special which featured Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett as co-hosts.

Star Vista comes forth for Queensferry Crossing

07/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Star Events supplied a roofed Vista Royal box, complete with a passenger lift, VIP seating, a 17m Orbit stage and more to Unique Events for the formal opening of the £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing on Monday.

New church journeys from adversity to ArrayProcessing

07/09/2017 - Project News

UK – The 2012 collapse of an integral steel frame structure during the building of City Gates Church in Ilford, Essex, made the regional news headlines. The dramatic incident, which fortunately resulted in no injuries despite 20 construction workers having left the site only minutes before the collapse, was inevitably a major setback in the development of the new church, requiring the 1,200 strong congregation to relocate to a nearby cinema for services.

OneBigStar Adds Sparkle to National Ice Centre with Chauvet Professional

07/09/2017 - Project News

UK Nottingham’s Olympic Ice Centre is one of the UK’s largest ice rinks. Home to the Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey team and the GB Short Track Speed Skating Squad, the arena plays an important role on both the local and national stage. In 2015, OneBigStar completed a lighting overhaul in the facility’s main arena using Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Spots and COLORdash Par-Hex 12 units. Recently, OneBigStar was brought back to lend more sparkle to the venue’s lighting rig by adding eight Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures also from Chauvet Professional.

Platinum Punch on Justin Bieber Dominican Republic and India Shows

07/09/2017 - Production News

When Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” world tour played the Hard Rock Hotel in the Dominican Republic earlier in the year, Dominican-based rental company and Elation dealer BM Eventos was there to supply Elation’s indomitable Platinum Beam 5R beam light’s for some classic beam looks.

BlackTrax in the Spotlight with The Weeknd on ‘Starboy’ World Tour

07/09/2017 - Production News

Canada – BlackTrax realtime motion tracking system kept the spotlight in focus for the Starboy: Legend of The Fall worldwide tour for Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer, The Weeknd. Solotech, Montreal supplied BlackTrax for the tour.

ETC’s Ion gets an upgrade: introducing Ion Xe consoles

07/09/2017 - Equipment News

For nearly a decade, ETC’s Ion consoles have brought powerful control to theatres, concert venues, studios and events around the world. Now, with the release of two Ion Xe consoles and two new fader wings, the small but mighty workhorse of the Eos family gets an upgrade.

PRG XL Video Supports 360˚ Projection for Shangri-La Gas Tower at Glastonbury 2017

07/09/2017 - Production News

UK – Glastonbury is well-known for being a festival with quirky elements and the bravado to push technological and creative boundaries and it’s one that PRG XL Video is delighted to continue its involvement with. Nick Diacre, technical director of ddld, partnered with PRG XL to bring an innovative 360˚ video installation to the Gas Tower area in Shangri-La.

MLA Partners Pool Resources for Sziget’s 25th Year

07/09/2017 - Production News

Hungary – Martin Audio PA systems were once again all over the massive seven-day Sziget Festival in Hungary, the final leg of a three-event tour of the country, which included Volt and Balaton Festivals.

Green Hippo Sponsors Major Category at Knight of Illumination Awards 2017

07/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Green Hippo is honoured to be a sponsor of the celebrated Knight of Illumination Awards. The winner of the Green Hippo Television Award for Video Graphic Display will be announced on 17th September 2017 at the 10th KOI Awards, the only awards exclusively dedicated to professional lighting and video designers.

David Faulkes joins Highlite International

06/09/2017 - People News

UK – David Faulkes is the new sales manager for Highlite in the south of the UK. David has been in the lighting and audio business for more than 25 years, and with extensive experience with Martin Professional, Miltec and more recently Chauvet, he brings a wealth of knowledge and customer contacts to Highlite.

White Light on Right Track for IAAF Congress and Dinner

06/09/2017 - Production News

UK – The IAAF World Championships London 2017 were the biggest sporting event in the world this year and the biggest event to be held at the London Stadium since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With this being the first time the Championships have ever been held in the UK, the event witnessed the retirement of legendary sprinter Usain Bolt and the major championship track farewell of British great Sir Mo Farah. The Championships achieved an official Guinness World Record for the number of tickets sold with over 705,000 recorded while over 150,000 spectators lined a landmark filled marathon course in the city. With the IAAF World Championships taking place in London, this meant that both the IAAF Congress and Gala Dinner were also held in the Capital. White Light was called upon to provide technical solutions on each event.

dot2 is a regal success for Bournemouth’s event scene and the CPS Group

06/09/2017 - Project News

UK – The CPS Group, based on the south coast, has long had a close relationship with leisure and event venue operator BH Live. Since 1994, CPS have secured a reputation for providing high end technical services and installations of performance lighting, pro-audio, and AV technology to the entertainment and leisure industries across the south and the UK. So, it came as no surprise that BH Live’s technical stage manager, Simon Bagnall contacted Simon White at CPS in the first instance when he was looking for a new console.

Laura Mcelmurray Joins Bandit Lites Team

06/09/2017 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites has announced the hiring of Laura McElmurray to its global headquarters. McElmurray will be taking on the role of accounts payable manager.

Over 400 ÉPIX Strip IPs Help Never Fear Shadows Create Memorable Stage Setting

06/09/2017 - Production News

Belgium – The largest summer beach festival in Belgium and one of the most popular in Northern Europe, “2 Meisjes op het Strand,” is known for more than just music. Also drawing thousands of fans and attracting a large national TV audience on Flemish network VTM are the breathtaking harbour vistas at the festival site. At this year’s event, Michiel Milbou and his team at Never Fear Shadows did justice to the festival’s music and its surroundings with a stunning stage and lighting design that featured 410 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures, supplied by Phlippo Productions.

Introducing the new Showtec Phantom series.

06/09/2017 - Equipment News

Showtec Phantom, already a household name in the entertainment lighting industry, is back with a new series of very reliable and versatile moving heads.

Powersoft on the evolving world of audio in sports venues

06/09/2017 - Project News

Germany – Marc Kocks, business development manager for fixed install at Powersoft, reveals what the growing presence of IT means for sports venue sound systems and how this green manufacturer balances power and energy efficiency in large-scale systems.

Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour Heads Out with Claypaky Mythos2

06/09/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Country trio Lady Antebellum is spanning the globe on their You Look Good World Tour of arenas and amphitheatres accompanied by Claypaky Mythos2 fixtures.

SGM LB-100s add dimension as flexible backdrop

06/09/2017 - Production News

Denmark – Working with the Danish award-winning band Carpark North since 2014, renowned lighting designer Johnny Thinggaard Lydiksen raised the bar at this year’s festival tour, creating a unique 16-metre-wide LED screen as fuse to mind blowing visuals. The 5,8m long LB-100 LED ball strings complemented the five 4.5x2m video screens, while creating a flexible stage screen perfect for different stage sizes on tour.

Dr. W.A. Günther Audio Systems AG takes over Kling & Freitag sales

05/09/2017 - Business News

Switzerland – Audio and video specialist from Erlenbach is taking over the exclusive distribution of Kling & Freitag in Switzerland. The success story of the sound systems made in Germany opens a new chapter and provides audio experiences. Listening required!

Robe launches new MegaPointe worldwide

05/09/2017 - Equipment News

Robe goes Mega with the global launch of its much anticipated new multi-functional moving light fixture, the MegaPointe!

MDG Celebrates 40 Years of PLASA London 2017 Stand D50

05/09/2017 - Event News

UK – At 37 years old, MDG knows all about longevity and the value of creating high quality products for its clients. With this in mind, MDG UK will be celebrating PLASA’s milestone 40th Anniversary with a selection of its award-winning and world-renowned haze and fog generators. These rock-solid machines continue to cement MDG’s long-standing reputation for the finest and most reliable atmosphere generators on the market.

Electrical Safety for Sound Engineers

05/09/2017 - Standards News

UK - In this industry one of the greatest risks to health is the electricity. A mistake can be critical. Risks need to be understood and minimised.

Lighting and Video Insights into Bat Out of Hell – The Musical

05/09/2017 - Production News

UK – When Bat Out of Hell – The Musical co-producer Michael Cohl stood on a make-shift stage outside the London Coliseum at the press launch of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical in November, he declared his latest project, along with fellow producers David Sonenberg, Randy Lennox and Tony Smith, and production manager, Simon Marlow, to be the biggest rock musical to premiere in London since We Will Rock You. He wasn’t wrong, positive reviews are plenty, with The Times calling Bat Out of Hell: ‘a crazy, wild child of a rock ‘n’ roll musical’, The Guardian declared the: ‘roaring choruses and fairy-tale plot are built for the ENO’s stage’. The Stage said: ‘Bonkers it may be but, hell, it’s pretty brilliant too’, adding: ‘although set in the future, in many ways it feels old-fashioned, like a huge, 1980s arena gig, intensified by Patrick Woodroffe’s blazing lighting.’

Luminex GigaCore 10 ensures pro-networking for all applications is a piece of cake

05/09/2017 - Equipment News

UK – Since Luminex's soft launch of the super-flexible GigaCore 10 Gigabit switch at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt earlier this year, it has fast established itself as the manufacturer's most versatile plug-and-play Gigabit Ethernet Switch to date.

Alejandro Sanz at Vicente Calderón Stadium

04/09/2017 - Production News

Spain – Multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning Spanish singer/songwriter and musician Alejandro Sanz performed a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ show at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in Madrid to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his best-selling and landmark fifth studio album, Más, released in 1997.

Martin Audio and Dr. Martens Come Face to Face in The Boot Room

04/09/2017 - Project News

UK – Dr. Marten’s Boot Room is the aptly named live venue at the rear of the legendary industrial boot manufacturer’s prominent new store in ultra-cool Camden Market.

Avolites Ai RX8 media server powers visuals at Australia's Creative Generation 2017 event

04/09/2017 - Production News

Australia – IKONIX, the Australian audio visual production expert, has supplied an Avolites Ai RX8 media server and two Avolites Miami Dongles, to run 960 gigabytes of content for Queensland's largest youth performing arts event, Creative Generation (CGEN) – State Schools on Stage 2017.

Ryerson University's RE/Lab Explores the Senses with Renkus-Heinz

04/09/2017 - Project News

Canada A collaborative effort that combines the efforts of Ryerson University's Faculties of Communication Arts and Design, Community Services and Engineering, the Responsive Ecologies Lab (RE/Lab) explores a wide variety of issues involving sensory technologies and tangible interactions. Run by professors Jason Nolan (director) and Canada Research chair in digital media and innovation Ali Mazalek, its many areas of exploration include the development of novel tools and interfaces to ensure that technologies become a more meaningful and usefully integrated part of life. For example, it seeks solutions for people with sensory integration disorders, such as autism, and enables research in data visualisation and biomedicine.

Robert Juliat Lancelot And SpotMe Perform Swimmingly at FINA World Aquatic Championships

04/09/2017 - Production News

Hungary – Four Robert Juliat’s 4000W HTI Lancelot fixtures were the followspots of choice for Frédéric “Aldo” Fayard, the lighting designer behind the prestigious Opening Ceremony of the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships, which took place in Budapest and Balatonfüred in July this year. The FINA World Championships is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and the largest sporting showcase Hungary has ever hosted. With over 2,500 athletes from 180 countries and 200 events over a period of 17 days, this was a massive undertaking.

Comics Station Entertains with Chauvet Professional

04/09/2017 - Project News

Belgium – Spread across four stories and six zoned entertainment areas, the new 6,000 square metre Comics Station Antwerp indoor theme park is a colourful celebration of creativity. Located in the city’s central station complex, it offers children and adults alike the opportunity to interact with Belgium’s best loved comic heroes such as Suske en Wiske (Spike and Suzy), Jommeke and the Smurfs.

SSL Announces New ‘System T - S300’ Compact Audio Console at IBC 2017

04/09/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – IBC, Hall 8, Stand D83. Solid State Logic has announced System T - S300, a new compact broadcast console that offers an outstanding combination of performance and value for a wide range of broadcast installations and OB vehicles. The new S300 is a fixed layout compact control surface that can be combined with the complete portfolio of SSL’s ground-breaking System T network objects: consoles, remote tiles, touchscreen interfaces, Tempest processing engines, remote PC software and Network I/O. It can be specified as part of a larger System T installation or in stand-alone configurations for smaller broadcast facilities or OB vehicles. S300 presents the extraordinary power and versatility of System T in a streamlined console layout that remains intuitive for operators with a wide range of skill levels.

CUK hits the road with Arthur Holm

04/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Arthur Holm, specialist manufacturer of sleek, high-end conferencing solutions, has decided to take the mountain to Mohammed in the guise of a brand new, extra-long wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter that has been fully equipped as a mobile showroom. Having just completed the Spanish leg of its European tour, the van arrives on British shores on 4th September where Simon Druce of Arthur Holm’s UK distributor, CUK Audio, takes over for the UK and Ireland leg.

ETC Ltd promotes Darren Beckley to sales manager

04/09/2017 - People News

UK – ETC has announced the promotion of Darren Beckley to the role of sales manager for ETC Ltd. In this newly created position, Beckley will oversee all sales activity in the regions covered by ETC Ltd, including the UK and Ireland, northern and southern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He will be based out of ETC’s London office, and will spend time in all territories, providing support to ETC Ltd’s regional sales managers and their dealer and distributor networks.

Adamson S10 System Delivers Punch and a Party Atmosphere at Trainspotting 21st Anniversary Screening

04/09/2017 - Production News

UK – A cutting-edge Adamson S10 line array system supplied by pro audio specialists, The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd, ensured power, precision and a party atmosphere during a high profile charity screening of the seminal 1996 film Trainspotting.

DiGiCo spotlights SD12 PLASA Show 2017

04/09/2017 - Event News

UK – Since its launch in January this year, DiGiCo’s SD12 has enjoyed extraordinary success in the international touring market and as the house console on many of the summer’s top festivals. This year’s PLASA Show, which takes place from the 17th to 19th of September at Olympia London, will see the digital solutions manufacturer celebrate both this and its 15th year of manufacturing exceptional digital mixing consoles by showcasing this latest creation alongside both Autograph Sales & Installations on stand H10 and SSE Audio Group on stand J20A.

Elation Offers DiGidot C4 an Advanced LED and Pixel Tape Driver

01/09/2017 - Equipment News

Elation Professional is offering the DiGidot C4, a small and powerful LED controller and pixel tape driver that has use in all kinds of applications.

Kinesys USA Appoints New Office Manager

01/09/2017 - People News

USA – Kinesys USA expands its team with Tracey Anderson (pictured) joining as office manager. This reflects a successful couple of years in North America and Canada for the leading motion control and automation brand.

VIVA Hoevenaars

01/09/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Twenty-four of the latest Robe VIVA CMY moving lights, which were launched at Prolight+Sound in April, were delivered to Dutch rental company Hoevenaars based in Nuenen, together with 24 Spiider LED wash beams.

Ashly Nxp-1504 Dsp Amp Plus Free Ashly iPad App Rejuvenates D. Rowe’s Restaurant and Bar

01/09/2017 - Project News

USA – For a sizeable fraction of greater Columbia, Missouri’s, D. Rowe’s Restaurant and Bar is a regular go-to for great meals in a casual atmosphere. Owner David Rowe opened its doors over 15 years ago and is proud of the cultural institution he has established. As sometimes happens with ageing sound systems, the loudspeakers in D. Rowe’s started buzzing recently. Management called local A/V integration firm Pure Audio, whose technicians figured out that the system’s DSP was causing the problem. Pure Audio replaced the head end, which included a bulky amp, a DSP, and a few additional rack pieces, with just a single RU, four-channel Ashly nXp-1504 network amplifier with built-in Protea DSP. They replaced the old touchscreen control with a wireless remote using the Ashly Remote App for the Apple iPad.

Manchester Street Poem

01/09/2017 - Production News

UK – tube uk was involved in supplying audio for Manchester Street Poem, an innovative installation piece created by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith from well-known electronic duo Underworld, as part of the 2017 Manchester International Festival (MIF17).

Teatro del Bicentenario Gets Flexible with Chauvet Professional

01/09/2017 - Production News

Argentina – Since its debut in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, 18th December, 1892, The Nutcracker has warmed hearts on cold winter nights, even when that winter is in the Southern Hemisphere and comes between June and August. Such was the case recently in San Juan, a cosmopolitan provincial capital in western Argentina, where a lavish rendition of Tchaikovsky’s fanciful ballet was performed at the new Teatro del Bicentenario. Supporting the performance was an appropriately dazzling Ruben Conde lighting design that featured a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.

d&b audiotechnik reaffirms future technology focus and strengthens its management team

01/09/2017 - People News

Germany – d&b audiotechnik is expanding its research and development department and has appointed a new member to its management team. With effect from 1st August, Jan Biermann takes over from Frank Bothe as head of research and development. Bothe will now focus on the company’s medium to long term technology roadmap in his role as chief technology officer. As leader of the research and development team Biermann will be responsible for implementing product development projects, reporting to d&b managing director Markus Strohmeier.

The Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience Returns to CEDIA 2017

01/09/2017 - Event News

USA – CEDIA 2017 sees Dutch manufacturer Alcons Audio make a triumphant return to the show where it has been voted best audio demo room for the past two years in a row. Known world-wide for its proprietary, patented Pro-Ribbon technology, Alcons has quickly established itself in the residential home theatre market.

Knight of Illumination Awards to Exhibit at PLASA Show 2017

01/09/2017 - Event News

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards – the industry's largest event to celebrate the achievements in lighting and video design seen in the UK – has announced a special collaboration between KOI Awards, Hawthorn and the PLASA Show.

Six New SD12s Join The DiGiCo Range At Spectrum Sound

01/09/2017 - Production News

USA – Since 1979, Nashville-based Spectrum Sound has been providing concert production and rental services to some of the biggest names in country, Christian, rock and beyond. Certainly one of the reasons for its success over the years has been the company’s firm commitment to providing what Founder Ken Porter calls: “Best-in-class equipment”, a collection that has once again expanded thanks to Spectrum’s recent addition of six new DiGiCo SD12 mixing consoles and four additional SD-Racks.

Rope Assemblies joins the Unusual family

01/09/2017 - Business News

UK – Retford-based Rope Assemblies has been bought by the Unusual group of companies following the decision by its owners to take early retirement. Rope Assemblies has been supplying bespoke wire and fibre rope assemblies, plus a wide range of lifting equipment, to its customer base worldwide since 1986 and this will continue to be the case.

Brown Note Productions Finds The Right Sound With L-Acoustics

01/09/2017 - Production News

USA – As the primary AVL vendor for Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Thornton-based Brown Note Productions (BNP, Inc.) will have provided audio reinforcement there more than 70 times this year when the venue’s 2017 season closes in late October. The only other thing giving the breathtaking venue’s visual splendour a run for its money this year is the amphitheatre's stunningly powerful yet natural sound seeing that BNP joined L-Acoustics’ certified provider network for rental markets (CPr) back in April with the purchase of a K Series system.

Hawthorn Expand Project Management Team

01/09/2017 - People News

UK – Following a period of substantial growth, Hawthorn is expanding its team of project managers in London and the Midlands.

Green Hippo for an Out of the World Experience at Mediatech

01/09/2017 - Event News

South Africa – An extraordinary Sci-Fi Portal on the DWR Distribution stand caused more than a stir at the 2017 Mediatech Africa expo held at the Ticket Pro Dome in Johannesburg, where DWR also received a platinum award for their stand. The project was a giant leap and learning curve for DWR’s Dylan Jones who mapped content, supplied by Provisual Media, onto the portal using Hippotizer media servers. Hippotizer was also used in DWR’s newly renovated spaceship themed demo room, which formed part of the Mediatech attraction.