News Archive for January 2019

L-Acoustics NAMM 2019 Preview

17/01/2019 - Event News

USA – As NAMM demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the professional audio community, L-Acoustics returns to the trade show for the second consecutive year with an enhanced booth and demo space.

Adamson Appoints Marc Bertrand as CEO

17/01/2019 - People News

Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of professional audio industry veteran Marc Bertrand as its chief executive officer (CEO). Bertrand will lead Adamson’s global operations from its headquarters in Port Perry, Ontario, as company founder Brock Adamson assumes the role of chairman.

Lighting NOJO for New Year

17/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Amidst the thousands of celebrations happening world-wide for the 2018-2019 roll over, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) played a very special Great Gatsby themed party in the super-plush lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dallas, which required diligent lighting to produce the correct ambience.

Milton de la Cruz Reflects Colour and Passion of Ensálsate with Chauvet Professional

17/01/2019 - Production News

Colombia – Among the most important things to keep in mind when running a light show, believes Milton de la Cruz, is “to know your key moments.” The Jamundí, Colombia-based LD had more than a few dramatic high points to light in December when working the annual main show of Ensálsate, a Salsa Caleña cabaret with over 80 artists on stage, a live orchestra, 500 stunningly colourful costume changes, and a non-stop flow of breathtaking dance moves.

ETCP Portable Power Distribution Certification Exams Translated to French

17/01/2019 - Standards News

The Entertainment Technician Certification Programme (ETCP) ETCP has announced the exams for Portable Power Distribution Technician Examination will be available in French as of spring 2019.

Cadac spotlights continuing evolution of MegaCOMMS no compromise ‘audio first’ network

17/01/2019 - Equipment News

The growth of multi-purpose venues often means mixed-use environments are served by audio network systems that do not support the highest possible production values for music and event performance applications. Cadac’s MegaCOMMS enables music and event performances, of any scale, to be cost effectively staged – and venues permanently equipped – to studio quality levels of sonic performance providing unparalleled, minimal total through-system propagation delay, time-aligned, phase-coherent high-resolution audio, with up to 3072 channels over distances of up to two kilometres.

PixelFLEX introduces EF Series economical and efficient LED video display

17/01/2019 - Equipment News

Created to meet the high demands of budget-friendly, indoor video installations, the award-winning LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced the new EF Series. With its economical and efficient design, the EF Series meets all the PixelFLEX standards for quality performance and reliability, while offering an innovative simplicity to installation and serviceability.

Lighting designer Michael Scricca selects Ayrton Ghibli to light up The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

17/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Michael Scricca has employed a dozen Ayrton Ghibli fixtures for CBS on the network’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Ghibli is Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire with a factory-equipped framing system.

Limelite Lighting Colours the Ice

17/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Long before the Christmas period up until January 2019 the well known Royal Tunbridge Wells Ice rink in Kent is open for the public. During this time there are all kinds of activities like figure skating presentations, live music, choirs concerts.

Illumination specialist LED Creative supports Projection Artworks on a festive installation project at Luton Airport

17/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Housed in the easyJet hangar and featuring a sequence of scintillating visual projections mapped across an easyJet Airbus A320, the magical performance was choreographed to sync with a contemporary reworking of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Showcontroller – New Laser Show and Multimedia Software released

17/01/2019 - Equipment News

Laserworld released Showcontroller – a new laser show control software that was specially designed for professional use. The software is designed as a suite with several parts to the program that cater for different kinds of laser show applications. Showcontroller was designed as intuitive, easy-to-use ILDA software for beginners up to high professional users.

KLANG adds Extra Dimension to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds

17/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Composer Jeff Wayne’s War of The Worlds, a symphonic, progressive rock retelling of the H.G. Wells Classic, was released in 1978 and has since sold millions of copies around the world. The first album to be recorded on 48 tracks, it featured a number of high profile musicians including Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott, Julie Covington and David Essex, as well as the voice of legendary Welsh actor Richard Burton. Over many years, touring productions of War of the Worlds have received critical acclaim, huge public support and featured notable stars such as Russel Watson, Jason Donovan, Ricky Wilson and Joss Stone, playing principal roles. In 2018 Jeff Wayne took to the podium to conduct the latest version during a tour of UK arenas. Eight singers were accompanied by a nine-piece band and 36-strong orchestra to deliver the spectacular show to sold out audiences across the country.

Avolites Tiger Touch II Lights Up Dublin’s New Year Festival

17/01/2019 - Production News

Ireland – Thousands of people witnessed Dublin’s New Year Festival with a light show that illuminated the landmark Custom House and River Liffey. Lighting designer Matthew Kilmurry, of Kilmurry Design, controlled the spectacular effects using two Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles.

Martin Audio Announces Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL): Scaleable Resolution Goes Further

17/01/2019 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has shrugged off any notion of January blues with the announcement of its latest optimised line array, adding to the popular Wavefront Precision Series with the Longbow (WPL) edition.

Allen & Heath Bolsters Installation Team with International Appointments

17/01/2019 - People News

Europe & USA – Allen & Heath has made two key international appointments as part of a wider expansion of its fast-growing installation team.

Yamaha Adds to its National Theatre Presence

17/01/2019 - Project News

UK – As one of the UK’s premiere performance venues, the National Theatre (NT) presents a wide-ranging programme. In 2018 a new permanent structure for corporate and other events was added to the roof space known as The Deck. A flexible audio system based on the Yamaha MRX7-D matrix processor has been installed, thanks partly to the unit’s success in providing show relay throughout the NT’s three theatres and other spaces.

Elation Introduces RAYZOR 760 with SparkLED Technology

16/01/2019 - Equipment News

When Elation Professional showed the new RAYZOR 760 LED luminaire with patent-pending SparkLED technology at trade shows in Europe and North America last autumn, the response from LDs on both sides of the Atlantic was overwhelmingly positive. Elation has now announced that the compact wash light – the first to feature Elation’s innovative SparkLED LED pixel effect system – is available from February in the US and Mexico and from March in Europe.

‘Shure Distribution UK’ becomes ‘Shure UK’ as the Company Focuses on Growth

16/01/2019 - Business News

UK – Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, has announced a change in its official business name “Shure Distribution UK” becoming “Shure UK.”

Alicante Shopping Mall Lit by PR Lighting Arc LED 1054 Twin-Head

16/01/2019 - Project News

Spain – The ultra-modern Centro Comercial Gran Via in Alicante is one of the foremost shopping malls in the city. Set on two floors it celebrated its busy Christmas season by installing a number of spectacular architectural colour-change effects from PR Lighting. These were supplied and installed by Sound Light Spain (SLS), the Chinese manufacturer’s long-term territory distributor.

Hear The Pro-Ribbon Difference at the NAMM Show

16/01/2019 - Event News

USA – In 2019, for the first time, the NAMM Show will present a showcase of line array and loudspeaker technologies, hosted in the real-world environment of California’s Anaheim Convention Center Arena. Each day of the show, audio professionals will be able to hear the difference that Alcons Audio’s pro-ribbon technology delivers.

Penn Elcom Upgrades and Expands Latch Line Creating New jobs

16/01/2019 - Business News

UK – Penn Elcom, leading global manufacturer of 19-inch racking and flight case hardware, has expanded the Latch producing line its Washington, Tyne & Wear base, adding three new jobs, and ten new machines as part of a £50,000 investment to update and expand its production of latching mechanisms.

S+H Twinkles on TV for Christmas

16/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Ilfracombe-based S+H Technical, specialist for LED visual effects, drapes and starcloths, supplied 550 square metres of its LED starcloth product to help realise designer Joshua Grace’s set for ITV’s Best Christmas Ever.

Willie Nelson Tribute Shines with Bandit Lites and Mark Carver

16/01/2019 - Production News

USA – There are legendary performances and there are legendary performers, and every so often, those two things cross for a night of epic music. Bandit Lites had the honour of providing the lighting package for Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw.

A Rupert Neve Designs 5088 for Nashville’s Historic RCA Studio B

16/01/2019 - Project News

USA – Historic RCA Studio B first opened in 1957 on what would become Nashville’s world-famous Music Row. Today, Studio B is operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in partnership with the Mike Curb Family Foundation, with a mission to preserve it as a legacy landmark in the rich history of popular music in Nashville and the United States. The studio is now home to a new 24-input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console loaded with Shelford 5052 mic preamp / inductor EQ modules.

IPS Supports Back to Back Film Premieres with Chauvet Professional PVP Panels

16/01/2019 - Production News

UK – At the recent double premiere of the 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure films Mortal Engines and Aquaman in London’s Leicester Square, the red carpet was suitably soaked in a fittingly post-apocalyptic two-day torrential rainstorm.

Serapid Group announces the official opening of its Asian subsidiary: Serapid Singapore PTE LTD

16/01/2019 - Business News

Singapore – Serapid Group, a leading supplier of lifts, quick die change and horizontal transfer systems, has announced that, as part of its international growth strategy, Serapid has opened a new company in Singapore, with Robert Degenkolb, formerly of J.R. Clancy, joining the organisation as managing director.

Anne-Marie relies on DiGiCo all around the globe

16/01/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Over the last three years, Anne-Marie's musical evolution has been nothing short of seismic: she has gone from playing to 300 people in a club, to 360,000 people over four days at Wembley Stadium alongside Ed Sheeran. Not bad. In that time, she's also guested on mega hit single, Rockabye, with GRAMMY-winning pop trio, Clean Bandit and her debut studio record, Speak Your Mind, peaked at number three in the UK Albums Chart in 2018. Now, she is touring the album, and both FOH and monitor engineers are working on DiGiCo SD12s, with the consoles supplied by Audiotech UK, which splits audio rental duties with Production North.

Marr’s Journey to EartH

16/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Johnny Marr, one of the UK's most prolific songwriters, producers, and collaborators has been on the road again, this time with his fourth solo studio album, Call the Comet. The former founding lead guitarist of The Smiths has forged a shining solo career since his debut album in 2013, bringing his latest UK journey to a stellar conclusion with a sold-out date at EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), London, which boasts the first permanent installation of L-Acoustics' L-ISA immersive hyperreal sound technology in a European live music venue.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Leading Film and TV Solutions at BSC Expo 2019

16/01/2019 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) will demonstrate exclusive highlights from its one-stop inventory of complete lighting, control, grip, infrastructure and consumables solutions for the world of film, TV and broadcast at BSC Expo 2019, Battersea Evolution, London, 1st - 2nd February.

dLive “Core of Show” for Gary Numan’s Orchestral Tour

16/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Late 2018 saw the return of electronic pioneer Gary Numan on his epic orchestral tour, featuring six exclusive UK shows, including one at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by the 16-piece Skaparis Orchestra and an Allen & Heath dLive system handling monitor world.

Stage|Set|Scenery partners with event organisers’ association

16/01/2019 - Event News

Germany – Be it at a traditional congress or an interactive bar camp, event organisers are trendsetters are often confronted with the challenge of finding new ways to realise an event. In that sense event technology is very important, not simply in order to shine the spotlight on speakers at a congress and transmit a clear message acoustically. The object is to transform an event into a genuine experience. New technology such as virtual and augmented reality is playing an increasingly important role. Furthermore, the meeting and event industry benefits from a dialogue between theatres, museums and other cultural institutions. Stage|Set|Scenery, which will be taking place from 18 to 20 June on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and for the first time will be partnering with the Association of Event Organisers (VDVO), is the right platform for this dialogue.

POLAR appoints Adrian Hamilton

16/01/2019 - People News

Ireland – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has appointed Adrian Hamilton to the post of business development manager for Ireland. Having studied electronic engineering, Adrian moved into IT before combining his fields of expertise to forge an impressive 25 year career in AVIT. He possesses a wealth of international experience across the sector, having developed his career in South Africa before moving via Dubai to Singapore, where he spent seven years as technical manager for AMX by HARMAN. Based near Dublin, Adrian offers POLAR a formidable set of technical skills, combined with experience of leadership in senior management positions.

Community IV6 Loaded Christmas Tree Sounds Great for 25 Nights of Northern Lights Festival

15/01/2019 - Production News

USA – BayPort Credit Union’s 25 Nights of Northern Lights is an annual holiday event held from the 1st to the 25th of December in the city centre at Oyster Point in Newport News, Virginia. Situated by the lakeside with its 400-foot fountain, a 50-foot tall pixel-mapped Christmas tree forms the focal point of the festival which includes seasonal events, vendors and street performers as well as a light show that is tied to the tree and includes elements surrounding the fountain.

BLUMANO Launches Netherlands Operation

15/01/2019 - Business News

The Netherlands – BLUMANO, engineering consultancy for design and safety in the entertainment industry is expanding its operation with the announcement of BLUMANO Netherlands. This prime west European base will work in close collaboration with the existing offices of BLUMANO in the UK and in Italy.

Robe Helps Paint the Town Orange

15/01/2019 - Production News

Columbia – Arbol Naranja (Orange Tree) is an event organiser and creative agency that more recently also became an equipment rental company called Circuito Naranja, initially to service its own shows and clients, then expanding into a proactive new division of the business.

Audiolux stocks up with 100 Claypaky Axcor Profile 600s

15/01/2019 - Production News

Italy – Audiolux is one of the first Italian rental companies to stock up with a large number of Axcor Profile 600s. Claypaky has recently launched this LED spot profiler on the market and it has been an immediate great success among industry professionals and workers.

The Royal Opera House opens the Linbury Theatre, the West End’s newest and most intimate venue

15/01/2019 - Production News

UK - On Thursday, 17 January, the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre, the West End’s newest and most intimate venue, opens with its first live performance. Extensively redesigned and refurbished as part of the ROH’s Open Up project, London’s latest state-of-the-art theatre will open with TRIOConcertDance, a mixed programme of contemporary choreography. Performed by Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo and Bruce Levingston, TRIOConcertDance features a series of UK premieres, and showcases the Linbury Theatre as The Royal Ballet’s new innovative and international stage for dance.

Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Fixtures Add Sparkle to Berlin’s NYE Celebration

15/01/2019 - Production News

Germany – The Brandenburg Gate has seen New Year’s Eve come and go over 225 times, but the historic structure has never shined quite like it did this 31 December 31. An estimated one million NYE revellers gathered along a two-kilometre route that culminated at the landmark for New Year's Eve in Berlin GmbH. There, in the shadow of the famous gate, international stars like DJ Bobo, Alice Merton, Bonnie Tyler and the Village People appeared on the Genesis Stage. Providing visual support for their performances was a dazzling light show that featured Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures deployed by TCL Event AG.

It’s a Happy New Theatre Year for White Light

15/01/2019 - Production News

UK – White Light is welcoming in 2019 by supplying a range of theatre shows in London’s West End as well as touring productions across the country.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Selected to Distribute Work Pro Audio

15/01/2019 - Business News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been selected to provide distribution for the Valencia-based Work Pro Audio brand's range of high quality solutions for the installations market.

A-Team Plus invests in X4 Bars for Clockenflap Festival

15/01/2019 - Production News

Hong Kong – Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival, which takes place annually on Hong Kong’s central harbour-front event space, once again proved a major success. This year’s headliners included names such as David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Jarvis Cocker, Interpol, The Vaccines, Khalid and Wolf Alice, which delighted the crowds of more than 60,000.

Martin lighting, Admiral staging, and TiMax to exhibit at Stage Electrics’ Showcase

14/01/2019 - Event News

UK – Stage Electrics has announced that Martin lighting, Admiral staging, and TiMax will also be exhibiting at the broadcast and theatre equipment Showcase on the 30th of January 2019.

Yamaha and Nexo Bring State-of-the-Art Sound to Arena Pays d’Aix

14/01/2019 - Project News

France – Arena Pays d'Aix is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue which can house audiences of up to 8500. Designed to host a wide range of events, a Yamaha and Nexo audio system delivers high quality, flexible audio throughout the arena complex.

Elation Innovation Coming to 2019 NAMM Show

14/01/2019 - Event News

USA – Visitors to the NAMM Show 24-27 January at the Anaheim Convention Center will be able to see some of Elation’s latest lighting innovations at Booth #11542 in Hall A. The NAMM Show is North America's largest trade show for music industry products and the perfect opportunity to talk to a qualified Elation professional about bringing your lighting system to the next level.

Renkus-Heinz ICONYX Brings Clarity at Houston's First Presbyterian

14/01/2019 - Project News

USA – First Presbyterian Church was born when now-mighty Houston was a dusty, two-year-old town in the Texas Republic, so it is fair to say the city and the church grew up together. Today's First Presbyterian resides on a sizeable campus of a dozen buildings in Houston's Museum District. Unfortunately, the acoustics of the church's main sanctuary turned the spoken word into an unintelligible mess, so First Presbyterian turned to acoustician Wade Worley of Worley Acoustics, who turned to Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steerable arrays.

Mackie Celebrates 30 Years Running

14/01/2019 - Event News

USA – Mackie has announced 30 years since it made its mark on the pro audio industry and is celebrating all the incredible customers that have made it possible. Mackie's history is full of breakthrough products which have gone on to create and define a number of new categories like the LM-1602 that was originally shown at The NAMM Show in 1989, and other classics like the CR-1604, HR824, SRM450 and MCU. Over the past three decades, pushing the industry forward with innovative designs, Mackie has delivered professional sound quality and "Built-Like-a-Tank" reliability at a price working musicians and engineers could afford since 1989.

Adlib Rides Shotgun with George Ezra

14/01/2019 - Production News

Europe – Making sure the sonic pace and quality every bit reflected the success and buzz that is surrounding UK singer/songwriter George Ezra, Adlib supplied L-Acoustics ‘racks-and-stacks’ for the most recent UK and European tour by the talented chart-topping young artist.

Robe Gets the Cream at Spilt Milk Festival

14/01/2019 - Production News

Australia – Music, food, art, friends and Robe moving lights set the tone for the 2018 Spilt Milk Festival staged in Commonwealth Park in Canberra, the third year for this ever-growing event on the Australian festival calendar, established in 2016 by Kicks Entertainment.

On Event Production Co. Creates Sizzling Looks for Rio Carnival Christmas Party with Chauvet Professional

14/01/2019 - Production News

UK – (For Immediate Release) – Beautiful beaches, tasty Caipirinhas and soulful music: probably enough reasons to justify why over two-million people travel to the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil each year. Naturally, when the team at Vivid Experience decided upon this exotic South American festival atmosphere as the theme for the Athena Christmas party in the cold East Midlands region of the UK, they knew that recreating this warm-weather carnival atmosphere was not going to be a simple task.

Twenty-one metre long 4K resolution animated display dropping jaws in new museum

14/01/2019 - Project News

Russia – A new museum in Sviyazhsk, Russia, wanted to generate a jaw-dropping effect on visitors as they enter the hall by creating a 21 metre long animated panorama.

ETC lights leading news channel Al Arabiya, 24/7

14/01/2019 - Project News

Dubai – For over ten years, an ETC Eos Classic has been used to light the broadcast studio of leading TV news channel Al Arabiya, 24 hours a day, seven days a week live on air without any technical faults.

Bart Kresa’s Sviatavoid projection sculpture to debut at ISE 2019

11/01/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – Panasonic Business and Integrated Systems Europe are joining forces to bring Bart Kresa’s (pictured) newest projection mapping show piece to ISE 2019.

Highlite International at the 2019 edition of ISE

11/01/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – Highlite International BV will be present during Integrated Systems Europe, ISE 2019 from 5 to 8 February at the RAI in Amsterdam, hall 7, stand Y190. At the Highlite stand various installation solutions from DAP Audio, visuals from DMT Premiere LED screens, effect lighting from Showtec and Infinity with the Furion and Signature series will be showcased.

Lindenwood University’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Chooses L-Acoustics

11/01/2019 - Project News

USA – Named for local businessman and philanthropist Jerry Scheidegger, the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on the campus of St. Charles, Missouri’s Lindenwood University is a $32 million, state-of-the-art educational and performing arts complex. The 138,000-square-foot facility’s main theatre, the 1,200-seat Lindenwood Theater, can be a challenging acoustical space, with its high interior and ceiling weight load restrictions. The school’s ambitious theatre programme also adds its own specialised requirements. Thankfully, an L-Acoustics Kara sound system recently installed there by St. Louis-based Logic Systems addresses both the acoustic and artistic requirements with ease.

Putting Beauty into The Beast

11/01/2019 - Production News

UK – It’s panto time again in the UK with the slapstick, craziness and innuendos flying as fast as a foam pie in the face!

Solaris Flares and Mozarts Featured on The Voice and World of Dance

11/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Over the past year, Emmy Award winning designer Oscar Dominguez added significantly to the selection of Solaris fixtures used on his many projects, including NBC’s The Voice, and World of Dance. Recently, up to 124 Solaris Flare Rayzrs were added to the main stage of The Voice, for featured artists’ guest spots, as well as for contestants’ live, final rounds performances. Oscar also used up to almost 1,000 Solaris Mozart fixtures in unique, innovative ways on various sets.

HHB Communications Canada Appointed as Exclusive Canadian Distributor for sE Electronics

11/01/2019 - Business News

Canada – HHB Communications Canada has announced its appointment as the exclusive Canadian distributor of sE Electronics, an innovative manufacturer of microphones and accessories.

Thomas Boets Creates Setting for Red Bull Elektropedia Awards with Chauvet Professional

11/01/2019 - Production News

Belgium – The massive art deco building bordering the Ixelles Ponds at the edge of the iconic Place Flagey Square has been at the heart of Belgium’s rich musical and cultural history since it opened in the 1930s. It was within this structure’s ochre yellow sandstone walls that the country’s national broadcast service, BRT, was born.

Prolyte intensifies international expansion

11/01/2019 - Business News

Worldwide – Following the opening of the ultra-modern production site in Romania in 2016 and the North American office in the USA in 2018, Prolyte Group has announced its next steps to grow on all frontiers.

dLive Handles 50-Year Jubilee Concert for Russian Pop Sensation

11/01/2019 - Production News

Russia – Allen & Heath’s dLive series recently supported one of Russia’s biggest pop star’s, Leonid Agutin, during his recent 50-year jubilee show held at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. The show also featured performances from many famous Russian artists, as well as special guests such as the Jazz-trumpet player, Arturo Sandoval and guitarist, Al Di Meola.

L-Acoustics K1/K2 system has it covered at the Bird’s Nest

11/01/2019 - Production News

China – Zhang Jie (张杰), also known as Jason Zhang, is a musical phenomenon in China. He started out on the My Show TV talent contest in 2004 and has since released 12 studio albums. His latest Future Live tour has filled stadiums across the nation, including a show at the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest) for 80,000 fans, which sold out in just over two and a half minutes and set new records for a live streamed event via Tencent with over 100 million viewers.

APS Ltd. Invests in Elation Proteus, Smarty Hybrid

10/01/2019 - Production News

UK – APS Ltd. (Alexander Production Services) of the UK has strengthened its in-house stock of entertainment technology through delivery of Elation’s all-weather Proteus Hybrid moving head and multi-functional Smarty Hybrid moving head.

DPA Microphones Appoints a New Distributor in the Philippines

10/01/2019 - Business News

The Philippines – DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Music & Audio Solutions & Services as its new distributor in the Philippines, with immediate effect and across all markets including live sound, House of Worship, broadcast, pro audio, film and theatre.

Another Bumper Panto Season for HSL

10/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Lighting and visuals rental specialist HSL supplied lighting equipment to 32 high profile Qdos pantomime productions all over the UK for their 2018-19 season, together with a full rigging (truss and motors package) plus Kinesys automation for “Cinderella” at Glasgow’s SEC.

High End Systems opens entries for Hog Factor 2019 – Prolight + Sound

10/01/2019 - Event News

Germany – High End Systems has announced that entries are now open for Hog Factor 2019, taking place at Prolight + Sound on the 3rd April in Frankfurt. Open to all aspiring lighting practitioners, university students and apprentices, the competition is back on a bigger scale than ever before, welcoming entrants from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions.

Blackberry Farm Celebrates 2019 with Bandit Lites

10/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites helped usher in 2019 at the world-famous Blackberry Farm luxury resort by providing a custom lighting package for its glamorous New Year’s Eve soiree. Festivities at Bramble Hall included a live band and curated menus from their award-winning chefs.

Pulse Lighting Taps Ayrton Ghibli and Mistral Fixtures for Jason Isbell’s Ryman Residency

10/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Americana rocker Jason Isbell recently completed a sold-out, six-night residency at the Ryman Auditorium, the iconic live performance venue in Nashville. Pulse Lighting’s Ayrton Ghibli and Mistral fixtures helped light up Isbell’s shows, which have become an annual event for his fans.

Mike Grabowski Enhances Backdrop for Times Square NYE Broadcast With COLORado Solo Batten

10/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Millions of viewers welcomed 2019 by watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. They saw stars like Christina Aguilera, Bastille and New Kids On The Block welcome in the New Year on the Midnight Countdown Stage, a surprisingly small open structure perched over the one million celebrants who crowded every inch of Times Square. They also watched in anticipation, as they do every year, as the giant ball dropped from atop One Times Square at midnight.

Claypaky's architectural lights illuminate the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square

10/01/2019 - Production News

Rome – Just for the 2018 Christmas holidays, the Vatican City has set up a unique, highly original nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, with a distinctive fundamental feature: it is made of sand!

Martin Audio Announces Case Kuehn as President of Martin Audio North America

10/01/2019 - People News

USA – Martin Audio has announced that with immediate effect, Case Kuehn (pictured) has joined the company as president of Martin Audio North America LLC.

Green Hippo takes control and goes ‘beyond content’ at ISE 2019

10/01/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – Green Hippo, the manufacturer of multi award-winning Hippotizer media servers, is set for an all-embracing ISE 2019. The company, renowned for its hugely popular range of Hippotizer media servers, will operate its own stand (Hall 5, stand W100) where visitors will receive a comprehensive introduction and demonstration of the latest software and hardware development. Attendees can also understand more about Green Hippo’s 3D mapping workflow, demonstrated at numerous global events and projects such as Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and ‘Energy City’ at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Alcons Gains a New Legion of Fans at Hollywood’s Post 43

10/01/2019 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1919 by First World War veterans working in the motion picture industry, the American Legion’s Post 43 became a Hollywood icon, with members including Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan and more. A major project to update the post’s auditorium has put it back at the centre of the Los Angeles community, with Alcons Audio playing the starring role.

RCF Undertakes Major Install Monitor Series Upgrade

10/01/2019 - Equipment News

RCF has announced a major revamp of its popular MR Monitor Series, upgrading the components to deliver an improved sound, while at the same time restyling the enclosures.

RCF Extends HDL System Approach with New RDNet On-Board

10/01/2019 - Equipment News

RCF’s best selling HDL range of composite line array enclosures has received a further boost with the announcement of two new models, all with optimised control, since all have the latest version of RDNet, RCF’s proprietary monitoring and management platform, on-board.

Artiste Picasso Heads Elation Package for 2018 Inc. 5000 Awards Gala

10/01/2019 - Production News

USA - For the second year running, Florida-based live event production company, J. Thor Productions, was called on to light the black-tie awards ceremony at the Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala. Used to paint and texture a set dominated by geometric shapes was Elation’s new Artiste Picasso LED moving head as part of a larger Elation lighting package.

Beckhoff to showcase latest technologies at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE)

10/01/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – Throughout this year’s ISE exhibition, automation technology specialist Beckhoff will be demonstrating how stage and show technology, AV and multimedia communications, and building technology applications can be integrated into a single control platform.

GDS Takes Saxon Church out of Dark Age

09/01/2019 - Project News

UK – St Mary’s Church in Standon, Hertfordshire is a Grade 1 listed building whose original structure dates back to Saxon times. Bequeathed to the Knights of St John in the 12th century, this beautiful processional church has experienced many architectural embellishments over the years, all of which have served to add to its character as a significant link to a rich historical past. In continuous use for hundreds of years, St Mary’s remains a hub of the local community, where alongside vibrant congregational worship, it is used for concerts, recitals and events, attracting local audiences as well as visitors from further afield. The church is supported by an independent charity which works to preserve and restore the ancient building, as well as by a host of local volunteers who keep its extensive churchyard in good order.

Meyer Sound Highlights UP-4slim System and Immersive Demo at NAMM Show

09/01/2019 - Event News

USA – The Meyer Sound booth (17800) at the 2019 NAMM Show will feature a display of the new UP-4slim system while also offering the content creation community an opportunity to experience a 7.1.4 immersive demo using Amie precision studio monitors in a small studio environment.

Demand builds Bridges

09/01/2019 - Production News

North America & Europe – For Josh Groban, two months hard touring through North America in the autumn was followed by a whirlwind sprint through some scattered corners of Europe. With Christmas day already in sight, Groban played arenas in London and Manchester in the UK, Dublin in Ireland, and Krakow, Poland, all in the space of seven days. Possessing the pipes of an opera singer, Groban’s voice takes centre stage, the main reason why production manager Zito focused his attention on sound. “I have to admit, going into this project the biggest concern I had was audio. The audio needs are very demanding.”

Eric Cathcart Gets Retro for Greta Van Fleet Tour with Chauvet Professional

09/01/2019 - Production News

USA – When Eric Cathcart got the call to create a lighting design for Greta Van Fleet, he didn’t view it as an open-ended gig. “My friends from Premier Global Productions brought me to the table to design and program a show. At the time, the idea was to turn it over to a director for the tour,” said Cathcart, owner of Bigtime Lighting Design.

Bandit Lights Largest Nashville New Years Eve Bash Ever

09/01/2019 - Production News

USA – “Music City Midnight” returned to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park with a massive lighting package once again provided by Bandit Lites. Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp reported the largest turn out in the event’s ten-year history, with approximately 175,000 to 200,000 in attendance to ring in 2019 with live music from Keith Urban, Peter Frampton, Brett Young, and Judah and the Lion and a dazzling music note ball drop.

Newest (and Smallest) Microphone Series by DPA Microphones Presented at NAMM 2019

09/01/2019 - Event News

USA – Making its NAMM debut (North Hall, Level 2, Booth 18507), DPA Microphones will be showcasing its smallest high-end pro audio microphone capsule, the d:screet CORE 6060, 6061 subminiature microphones and the d:fine CORE 6066 subminiature headset microphone. In addition, DPA’s d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone and d:facto 4018VL linear vocal microphone will be used during live in-booth performances throughout the show. DPA will also be participating in a variety of educational sessions as well as supplying mics for several NAMM events.

ROE Visual to Bring Next-Level Integration and a 6k Viewing Experience to ISE

09/01/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – Presenting its visitors with an unmatched viewing experience in 6K, ROE Visual is gearing up for ISE 2019 with a new selection of outstanding products and integration options aimed at the rental and system integration markets they serve. ROE Visual is located in Hall 12, stand F50.

Christie introduces omnidirectional APS Series of 3LCD laser projectors with five-year warranty and 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio

09/01/2019 - Equipment News

The new Christie APS Series of 3LCD laser projectors have been launched and are shipping now. They deliver up to 6,500 ISO lumens, which is among the brightest in the industry for this class of projector. The Christie LWU650-APS and Christie LWU530-APS have a five-year or 10,000 Hour warranty (whichever occurs first) and 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio, creating an unmatched combination of contrast ratio, brightness, warranty, durability and affordability.

PLASA announces changes to its Board

09/01/2019 - People News

UK – PLASA has announced the latest changes to its board, which sees Koy Neminathan join as the manufacturer’s representative and Matt Lloyd appointed as vice-chair. These changes were voted for by PLASA manufacturer members and board members respectively, and the terms began at the beginning of 2019.

New Year, New Gear – Protec reflects on 2018 and gives an insight into what to expect in 2019

09/01/2019 - Production News

Worldwide - Protec started 2018 with a big announcement and an even bigger vision for the year ahead. The Protec group expanded to include Protec European Events based in the UK and has extended its global reach to include events this past year as far flung as Rwanda. Also, opening an office and warehouse in Saudi Arabia to offer its clients a service on their doorstep meant a significant growth in resources to avail of the burgeoning events industry there.

Wuhan JinMu Carnival welcomes 2019 with NEXT-proaudio

09/01/2019 - Production News

China – Wuhan JinMu Carnival in Wuhan City, China welcomes 2019 with NEXT-proaudio at Wuhan Expo Park, with a fantastic line-up including some of the top Chinese Hip-hop artists. The festival was headlined by the top Chinese artists such as Tizzy T, AY, Dom. T, Ryan. B, Kungfu Pen, DamnShine, etc.

Lighting the Stars Lands in Vietnam

09/01/2019 - Production News

Vietnam – The ‘Lighting the Stars’ series of conferences featuring internationally renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe landed in Ho Chi Minh City in November with the aim of celebrating lighting and discussing its future.

Arun Kumar to spearhead Genelec growth in Asia and Middle East

09/01/2019 - People News

Asia and Middle East – Genelec is set to greatly expand its presence within the flourishing AV and home audio markets of Asia and the Middle East, following the high-profile appointment of Arun Kumar to the post of regional business manager.

Martin Garrix launches ANIMA

08/01/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix launched his new “ANIMA” live performance concept with two high-energy, high-profile nights at Amsterdam’s RAI with the five-day 2018 Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) festival and conference as the backdrop, an event drawing dance music, media and technology professionals and enthusiasts from worldwide to this vibrant city right at the hub of dance music culture.

PixelFLEX takes the court at the Carolina Basketball Museum

08/01/2019 - Project News

USA – Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina, the Carolina Basketball Museum originally opened in 2008 and chronicles the history of the UNC basketball programme. Highlighting Carolina’s numerous NCAA and ACC Championships, along with the players, coaches and staff members that made it all possible, the interactive museum recently underwent a renovation on the heels of its 7th National Championship. Working with the experiential brand specialists at Advent, the museum wanted to update its main video display as part of the branding refresh, and they did so using a 2.8mm FLEXTour LED video solution from PixelFLEX.

Jack Thomas Helps Damien Escobar Bridge Centuries with Chauvet Professional

08/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Damien Escobar concerts invariably draw a diverse audience that includes classical music aficionados and hip-hop fans. That’s not surprising. Spanning centuries and cultures, the Julliard-educated Emmy-Award winner pushes his violin in ways that Bach and Vivaldi probably never imagined, as he weaves between old and new musical genres to create a richly textured sound that is at turns challenging and gentle.

AV Marketing Finland Takes on Martin Audio Distribution

08/01/2019 - Business News

Finland – When AV Marketing Finland hired Jyrki Mäkinen late last year it was with a view to boosting its already enviable portfolio of distributed AV, public address and conference systems, via further excursions into pro audio.

TiMax sets new standards in immersive audio at ISE2019

08/01/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – UK immersive audio and show control specialist OutBoard will demo the TiMax 500-series software, setting new standards for immersive spatial audio rendering and show programming workflows in live, presentation and experience applications, also featuring selectable skins optimised for outdoors and show conditions.

Soundbox Delivers Agile Elation Package for Billy Talent Canadian Tour

08/01/2019 - Production News

Canada – When Canadian rock band Billy Talent found themselves with a tight schedule of European and Canadian dates that made it impractical and prohibitively expensive to ship their integrated set back and forth across the pond, LD Colin Moore recreated the signature effects for the Canadian shows using Elation Cuepix Batten and ACL 360 Bar fixtures provided by Ontario’s Soundbox Productions.

DiGiCo theatre software essential for historic Japanese theatre

08/01/2019 - Project News

Japan – Japan’s Imperial Theatre, located in central Tokyo along with a host of important facilities such as the Imperial Palace and the Congress, is the country’s most historic theatre. Built in 1911 in a Renaissance architectural style, it gained popularity as the first European style theatre in Japan. During the summer, as part of a refurbishment project, the theatre’s audio system was upgraded and now includes DiGiCo SD7T and SD10T consoles.

MyT Folding Steroid Roof System dominates in Naples

07/01/2019 - Business News

LITEC has just released a new video on A4i.tv dedicated to its MyT Folding Steroid Roof System, which was chosen for an extremely large and successful tribute concert in Naples, Italy that celebrated the life and songs of Italian singer Pino Daniele.

Turning the Paulskirche Blue for Human Rights Day

07/01/2019 - Production News

Germany – Two-hundred-and fifty Astera battery powered, wirelessly controlled LED lighting fixtures made a spectacular impact in Frankfurt, lighting the iconic Paulskirche building for the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day on 10th December 2018.

Glenn Ottenbacher Reflects Spirit of Hmong Band with Chauvet Professional Rogue Fixtures

07/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Glenn Ottenbacher couldn’t understand many of the words Sudden Rush was singing when the rock band performed before a sold-out crowd at the Muse Event Center. But the lighting designer and owner of AGS Event Productions felt the passion of the Hmong quintet’s music, which was honed by centuries of diaspora, struggle, and an unrelenting drive to overcome adversity.

BackStage Pass: Reflections on Life in the Theatre

07/01/2019 - Business News

BackStage Pass has announced the release of the latest in the ongoing series of video interviews with people who have helped create the history and shape the future of the live entertainment industry. This interview highlights George and Josh Jacobstein, the Owner and COO, respectively, of Rose Brand, the largest supplier of theatrical fabric and stage curtains in North America.

Stage Electrics Appointed in the Development of Leeds Beckett’s Creative Arts Building

04/01/2019 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has been appointed to supply film & TV studio lighting hoists, production lighting, sound, video and comms infrastructure and motorised grid systems at Leeds Beckett’s new state of the art building that will become home to its School of Film and Music & Performing Arts department. The scope of the contract covers five film & TV studios, three performing arts studios, music studios and mixing and screening rooms, a 180-seat theatre, an 80-seat studio theatre and a 230-seat cinema for film screenings.

Simon Horn Creates Unique Looks at Cream Weekender with MagicQ MQ500 Stadium

04/01/2019 - Production News

UK – Simon Horn kicked off the 2018 holiday season with a sleep-deprived weekend. As the sole designer, programmer and operator at Cream Weekender’s main Skyline Pavilion Stage, he spent most of his time between 7th and 9th December running the light show for a large and diverse mix of DJ stars on his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console with a Stadium Wing.

NEXT-proaudio introduces N-RAK

04/01/2019 - Equipment News

NEXT-proaudio has developed a unified rack solution, N-RAK, designed for optimum performance flexibility and setup simplicity. The new rack was configured to interface seamlessly allowing multiple configurations for the entire NEXT-proaudio’s product range. Consisting in a family of four different models, N-RAK 20, N-RAK40, N-RAK60, N-RAK80, all the N-Raks are equipped with Powersoft X8 and/or X4 amplifiers, featuring Dante audio networking functionality (optional).

L-Acoustics Reinforces Product Management and Application Touring Teams

04/01/2019 - People News

USA – Providing robust, location-based application support to certified providers and end users has always been central to L-Acoustics ambition to serve international touring markets. Since 2010, in his role as head of US touring support, Scott Sugden has contributed substantially to the success of L-Acoustics touring markets in North America. Sugden’s expertise and the deep relationships that he has forged throughout the industry over the years will constitute an asset as he assumes the position of product manager, reporting to Jeff Rocha, director, product management.

L-Acoustics K2 is a Perfect Fit for First Festningen Festival

04/01/2019 - Production News

Norway – Even before Norway's inaugural Festningen festival began, event organisers Momentium, Trondheim Live and Sky Agency promised a 'magical experience' for all. Public reaction bore that out, and the event has now claimed the top spot as Central Norway's largest and most successful EDM, pop, hip hop, and urban music event, with Festningen 2019 already confirmed for next summer.

Chroma-Q Inspire Mini Delivers Versatile Performance for Liverpool Philharmonic's Music Room

04/01/2019 - Project News

UK – Liverpool Philharmonic has invested in Chroma-Q Inspire Mini LED fixtures for its Music Room to provide high quality, flexible house lighting.

DPA Microphones Appoints Thomas Frederiksen as Vice President of Sales for the APAC Region

04/01/2019 - People News

Hong Kong – DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Thomas Frederiksen as its new vice president of sales for the APAC region.

HSL Gets Hysterical for Def Leppard

03/01/2019 - Production News

UK & Ireland – Rock legends Def Leppard continued their 2018-19 “Hysteria” tour in UK and Irish arenas just before Christmas, celebrating 31 years since the release of their seminal Hysteria album, which was played in its entirety in track order, reaching out to their many fans, both original and new.

Ollie Wilkinson Creates Stunning Backdrop For NHS Awards with Chauvet Professional

03/01/2019 - Production News

UK – The National Health Service has been providing the UK with world-class universal healthcare since its introduction in 1948. Key to the longevity of this national institution is, without a doubt, the dedication of the loyal staff who maintain the hospitals, clinics, specialists and drop-in centres throughout the nation.

NEXT-proaudio introduces the new LA122.v2

03/01/2019 - Equipment News

The new LA122.v2 joins the LA family and is the redesigned version of the popular LA122, integrating exactly the same internal components into a smaller and lighter box.

Concept Audio to Distribute Powersoft in Malaysia

02/01/2019 - Business News

Malaysia – Powersoft has appointed Concept Audio as a distributor in Malaysia, further underlining the company’s commitment to discovering the untapped potential of new markets in the APAC territories.

Entedi Ltd – New Elation Distributor in UK

02/01/2019 - Business News

UK – Elation Professional has announced that technology equipment solutions provider

John Farr Lighting Design Takes Flight at National air And Space Museum with Chauvet Professional

02/01/2019 - Project News

USA – Even the most jaded visitors can’t help but feel a child-like sense of awe and amazement when walking through the Boeing Milestone of Flight Hall at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Look one way, and they’ll see the Apollo 11 command module that landed the first astronauts on the moon. Beyond that there is the Spirit of St. Louis, the tiny propeller-driven plane that took Charles Lindbergh on his historic flight across the Atlantic. A little further on is the Wright Brothers’ original flying machine.

Tirso Lighting Goes All Elation LED for Upper Manhattan’s Bar 151

02/01/2019 - Project News

USA – Tirso Lighting has installed an all-LED Elation lighting package for another Wahi Group club opening in northern Manhattan, this time Bar 151, an upscale lounge and performance space in the neighbourhood of Inwood, a quieter and more affordable enclave of New York City that has become increasingly popular of late.

Zach Scott Powers Hi-Rez Competition at Atlanta DreamHack With MagicQ MQ500 Stadium

02/01/2019 - Production News

USA – Early in his career, Zach Scott found part-time work supplying small-scale audio and lighting packages to a local video gaming venue in Chicago. One of its managers, Brad Weir, later branched out to organise gaming tournaments across the mid-west.

Claypaky’s Multifunctional Mythos 2 delivers for Nothing But Thieves

02/01/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Claypaky Mythos 2 fixtures have accompanied British alternative rock band Nothing But Thieves (NBT) on their extensive tour around Europe and the United States. The band’s long-term lighting designer Steve Bewley specified the Mythos 2 for the fixture’s versatility to help him to deliver a dramatic and dynamic set.

DiGiCo Sparkles at America’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

02/01/2019 - Production News

USA – On Christmas Eve, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse and pushed a single button to light a 48-foot Balsam fir, the first National Christmas Tree, as enthusiastic spectators looked on.

Glenn Ottenbacher Gives Dual Tribute Shows Distinct Moods with Rouge FX-B Fixtures

02/01/2019 - Production News

USA – How do you give each band on a co-headlined show a unique look when both your budget and the number of fixtures in your rig are limited? Glenn Ottenbacher faced this challenge recently when he lit a sold-out appearance by two well-known tribute bands at Wisconsin’s Stefanie H. Weill Center. He came up with a solution, thanks in part to the Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 FX-B.

L-Acoustics K1 and K2 Rise Up on the Revolution 3 Tour

02/01/2019 - Production News

USA – In what was arguably the highlight of this year’s run of ’80s/’90s tours, alternative rockers Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, and The Cult joined forces and stormed North America for their six-week, 20-date Revolution 3 Tour. Escondido, California-based Sound Image served as the touring sound reinforcement provider for the triple-headliner trek of amphitheatres and arenas, and supplied a full L-Acoustics K1/K2 loudspeaker package at the specific request of the three bands’ FOH engineers.

South Africa’s Harmony Entertainment chose DiGiCo S31

02/01/2019 - Production News

South Africa – The story of Harmony Entertainment is a beautiful one: a South African black man growing up in a rural area who became a pianist, a registered business accountant, the founder of a rental company and, most recently, the owner of a DiGiCo S31. It’s the story of Tsholanang Montsho who some years ago looked out of his window to see rental company Gearhouse South Africa preparing for events at the Union Buildings, and their sound test enticing him to leave his apartment to go watch the crew set up.

City Theatrical Products in Holiday 2018 Projects

02/01/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – City Theatrical’s SHoW DMX SHoW Baby 6 and QolorFLEX NuNeon products are currently being used for holiday performances and installations around the world, including The Polar Express train ride in Chicago, Illinois, and St Michael’s Parish Church of Edinburgh, Scotland.