News Archive for March 2019

Penn Elcom Provides Perfect Fit with New WeatherSeal Flightcase Latches

21/03/2019 - Equipment News

Penn Elcom launches a new range of its famous MOL automatic positioning latches, and lid-stay hinges utilising the innovative WeatherSeal technology.

ISE Issues Clarification on AV Integrated Systems India Expo

21/03/2019 - Business News

The Netherlands – Last month, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019 – organised by Integrated Systems Events – drew over 81,000 registered attendees and 1,300 exhibitors to 15 halls at the RAI Amsterdam. This consolidated ISE’s position as the world’s largest trade show for professional AV and systems integration.

WorldStage makes major investment in Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processors

21/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Established almost four decades ago, event technology specialist WorldStage has built a reputation that is second to none. The company makes a practice of investing in equipment that matches its goal of supplying top of the line technology to its clients. With that in mind, WorldStage has made a major commitment to Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processors.

Meyer Sound Brings Sonic Lounge and More to PL+S in Frankfurt

21/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – Meyer Sound’s ever-popular Sonic Lounge will be reassembled on site at the Frankfurt Messe for the 2019 Prolight + Sound (PL+S) show from 2 to 5 April. The Sonic Lounge provides a comfortable, convivial environment conveniently located at the show where audio professionals can relax and enjoy refreshments while communicating directly with Meyer Sound sales, support and R&D teams. The Sonic Lounge also will feature daily demonstrations of the new Spacemap LIVE spatial mixing platform and an extensive display of Meyer Sound products, including the groundbreaking new ULTRA-X40.

Specialz Adds More Glamour to Strictly

21/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Each year the Strictly Come Dancing Live show gets that bit more glitzy and that bit more glamorous. Now in its 12th year, the live production of the iconic TV show has gone from strength to strength, extending that warm glowing feel-good feeling from the small screen to arenas around the country for its enthusiastic and loyal audience. Each year the show specification is revisited and refreshed with each set piece and prop given a re-evaluation. This year, one of the recipients of a revamp were the chandeliers, a must-have ingredient of a Strictly set.

Allen & Heath Integrates with Crestron, AMX and Extron Control Platforms

21/03/2019 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released drivers for its Qu, SQ and dLive ranges to facilitate control from Crestron, AMX by Harman and Extron platforms.

Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Helps Make Denmark’s Largest Musical Possible

21/03/2019 - Production News

Denmark – In early 2019, Denmark’s Odense Theatre (in collaboration with The Funen Opera and Odense Symphony Orchestra) staged the country’s largest ever musical production. Featuring a 70-piece orchestra and a star-studded Danish cast, the investment by production company AV CENTER in a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing system was one of the key factors that made the show possible.

GLP’s Custom Lighting Solution for Detroit Art Extravaganza

21/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Renowned production lighting designer Andi Watson recently undertook one of his most challenging projects ever, this time in the art world, thanks to a collaboration with LA-based mixed-media artist Doug Aitken.

25 Years Made in Germany – Worldwide Approved

21/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – Since the market launch of ChainMaster products in 1994, the Saxon-based medium-sized company has developed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of lifting technology in the event industry and offers a comprehensive product range for all requirements from set-up operations to complex scenic movements to complete automation of performances. National and international projects are managed individually from planning through to implementation and user training, and the worldwide network of ChainMaster consulting offices, trading partners and trained service companies ensures optimal after-sales service.

Frank Turner’s Be More Kind on Tour with Adlib

21/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Adlib supplied a CODA sound system, video equipment including projectors, cameras, Catalyst media server, and crew to the recent UK leg of hugely talented UK punk folk singer / songwriter Frank Turner’s ongoing world tour. Adlib worked closely with production designer Ali Pike, FOH engineer Luke Buckbee (pictured) and Johnny Stephenson on monitors.

Sennheiser Sound Academy

21/03/2019 - Standards News

UK – Sennheiser Sound Academy training courses are now online for 2019. Designed for RF technicians, AV integrators, sound engineers, designers or consultants, a wide variety of courses are now available including Audio for Meeting Rooms and Wireless Audio for AV Integrators, held at Sennheiser UK in Marlow and Wireless Mics Monitoring Essentials, held at Stage Electrics in Bristol.

PR Lighting Phantom 440 hybrids and LED wash star at Miami Street Festival

20/03/2019 - Production News

USA – When the annual Calle Ocho Street Festival took place recently in Miami’s Little Venice it was headlined by Colombian singer, songwriter and producer, Fonseca.

Compact NX2 from Obsidian Control Systems Now Shipping

20/03/2019 - Equipment News

Obsidian Control Systems is now shipping both the NX2 and NX Wing, the first lighting control products available under the ONYX lighting control platform. Both consoles ship with new ONYX software.

Duke Ellington School for the Arts Elevates Performances with Meyer Sound Constellation

20/03/2019 - Project News

USA – Following a major renovation that involved gutting the main building and constructing an entirely new auditorium inside the old structure, Washington D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts reopened with a stunning performance space that offers the flexibility of Meyer Sound’s Constellation acoustic system. Dubbed 'The Egg' because of its novel curved shape, the new venue hosts the school’s own acclaimed music, dance and theatre ensembles as well as performances by renowned guests including the National Symphony and US Navy Band. Whenever direct amplification is required, the new auditorium also provides a house reinforcement system based on Meyer Sound line array loudspeakers.

Pearce Hire scoops Best Power Supplier Awards at Event Production Awards 2019

20/03/2019 - Event News

UK – Pearce Hire is thrilled to have been selected as the worthy recipient of this year’s Best Power Supplier Award at the recent Event Production Awards.

Chauvet Professional Mavericks From Fumasoli Add Magic to Cavalli Di Battaglia in Rome

20/03/2019 - Production News

Italy – As the site of the prestigious Festa del Cinema di Roma (Rome Film Festival) every October, the elegant Auditorium Parco della Musica has played host to many of the brightest movie stars from throughout the world. Last year, Martin Scorsese, Nicole Kidman, Sigourney Weaver and Julia Roberts were among the celebrities participating in the festival’s events. Given its association with the film industry, this Renzo Piano-designed complex just north of Rome’s ancient city, made an ideal setting for a recent retrospective by one of Italy’s most beloved actors, Gigi Proietti.

Getting Behind the Scenes at 40-45 The Movie

20/03/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Fisheye, Painting with Light, PRG Belgium and WIcreations, four of the technical partners involved in the ground-breaking 40-45 Spektakel Musical production being staged at the Pop-Up Theatre in Puurs, Belgium, by Studio 100 are featured in a compelling and candid Behind the Scenes (BTS) movie which has just been released on YouTube.

L-ISA rises to the opera challenge

20/03/2019 - Production News

Italy – Dionysos Rising is a new opera by Roberto David Rusconi, and part of the vibrant OPER.A 20.21 programme from the Haydn Foundation of Bolzano and Trento, Italy. The production brings modern context to the myth of Dionysos, the ancient Greek God of wine, fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre, and is set in a rehabilitation centre for patients suffering from mental health issues.

Calibre Sets Focus at Prolight + Sound

20/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – At Prolight + Sound (2-5 April, Messe Frankfurt, Hall 4, Stand B35) Calibre will be presenting two compelling new products for the first time in a global launch.

The Lang Academy at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt

19/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – The Lang Academy will be exhibiting for the sixth time at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main, presenting the current seminar program at the Lindlar, London and Zurich training locations. The training courses at both locations Lang Barandy and Lanf UK will enter their second round in summer 2019.

Robe Pointes Help Mirror BMW 7 Launch in Shanghai

19/03/2019 - Production News

China – Lighting and visual artist Christopher Bauder from Berlin based WHITEvoid was asked to reimagine his ground-breaking ‘Mirror Mirror’ kinetic lighting installation for the 2019 world premiere of the new BMW 7 series which took place in Shanghai, China.

Kansas Heads to the ‘Point of Know Return’ with Bandit Lites

19/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites is thrilled to once again light the legendary American rock band KANSAS as they expand the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour with a spring leg. Named after the iconic, sextuple-platinum album, the 2.5-hour show features Point of Know Return performed in its entirety along with deep cuts and classics from their expansive discography.

Ayrton MagicBlade-R key to Haywyre’s Discovery + Form Tour

19/03/2019 - Production News

USA - American musician, music producer, composer and DJ, Martin Vogt – known by his stage name of Haywyre – hit the road this February with his Discovery + Form tour to mark the release of his latest series of EPs, Panorama, in November 2018.

Factory Raid in China Results in Seizure of Counterfeit Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, And Harman Audio Products

19/03/2019 - Business News

China – Shure Incorporated has announced that a police raid on a factory in China manufacturing counterfeit products, Enping Soundpu Electronics Equipment (also doing business as Voxpu Electronics Equipment), was conducted in October 2018.

d&b audiotechnik appoints Christian Orcin to drive strategic growth at d&b Spain

19/03/2019 - People News

Spain – Christian Orcin joins d&b as the new managing director of d&b audiotechnik Spain, effective 6th March 2019. Headquartered in Barcelona, d&b Spain is one of nine d&b subsidiaries around the globe. Orcin’s responsibilities include sales and marketing, and overseeing service and support for regional customers and sales partners.

Highlite International at Prolight & Sound 2019 in Frankfurt

19/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – Highlite International BV will be present during Prolight & Sound 2019 in hall 12.1 at stand C90 and C91. Here Highlite will showcase the latest entertainment solutions and innovations from Showtec, DAP Audio, DMT Dutch Media Tools and Infinity Intelligent Light.

All Pro Integrated Systems and Chauvet Professional Update East Lake United Methodist

19/03/2019 - Project News

USA – Energy efficiency was top of mind for East Lake United Methodist when the church contacted All Pro Integrated Systems about adding LED lighting to its sanctuary. So too was the ability of stage lighting to contribute to a dynamic worship environment. All Pro delivered both when it installed 12 Chauvet Professional Ovation E-260WW fixtures as part of a lighting/video upgrade. But the warm white ellipsoidals also offered a third benefit that the church hadn’t thought of: flexibility.

ETC and High End Systems – Better Together at Prolight + Sound 2019

19/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – At Prolight + Sound 2019, ETC and High End Systems will be joining together to showcase the latest line-up of product innovations across four stands in Hall 12.1: Stands B40, B41, B46, B47. This includes the debut of a not-to-be-missed new product which will be revealed at the show.

EM Acoustics helps breathe new life into Linbury Theatre

19/03/2019 - Project News

UK – The Linbury Theatre has recently reopened following an ambitious three-year renovation project which saw the original studio theatre completely gutted and refurbished. A key part of the renovation was the installation of a brand new sound system from EM Acoustics, supplied and installed by Stage Electrics.

SES Redesigns Zac Brown Band Touring Rig withVersatile Claypaky Scenius Unicos

19/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Special Event Services (SES), headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has sent a large complement of Claypaky Scenius Unico, Claypaky Mythos 2 and Claypaky Sharpy fixtures on tour with American country group Zac Brown Band. ACT Lighting Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor of Claypaky.

Portman Lights Gets Investment Boost from The French Team

19/03/2019 - Business News

Poland – Portman Lights, the young, dynamic Polish manufacturer of unique, decorative stage lighting fixtures, has received new investment from The French Team (Xavier Drouet, Jérôme Bréhard and Alain-René Lantelme) the original founders of the successful brands of Axente, Ayrton, Sixty82, and others, in a move that will allow the company to expand its R&D potential, service its clients more efficiently and develop new products more swiftly in response to market demand.

RIVAGE PM7 Raises the Bar For Norway’s Live Production Market

19/03/2019 - Production News

Norway – With a climate ranging from polar to temperate oceanic and humid continental, live production equipment has to endure challenging conditions in Norway, especially in the touring market. Production house Amas Produksjon Lyd & Lys needs mixing consoles that it can totally rely on and is proud to be the first Norwegian rental house to offer the RIVAGE PM7 system.

L-Acoustics Tops the Rider Lists for DCR Nashville’s Clients

19/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Founded in 2004, Digital Console Rental Inc. was rebranded in 2017 as DCR Nashville to reflect the company’s evolution from a source for high-end digital audio consoles to the AVL solutions provider it is today. DCR Nashville now supports more than two-dozen touring artists and continues to grow its inventory with the industry’s most rider-friendly products, including the company’s significant recent investment in L-Acoustics K2, Kara, and Kiva II loudspeaker systems.

Brompton Technology’s new China office open for business

19/03/2019 - Business News

China – Brompton Technology, manufacturer of high-end LED video processors, has announced the official opening of its new China office, based in High Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan, in the modern metropolis of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, on 15th March.

Broaman/Optocore Fibre Stageboxes Help Streamline ATM System’s New UHD OB Van

19/03/2019 - Project News

Poland – A member of Poland’s large ATM Group, ATM System is one of the country’s leading TV production companies, with a large fleet of OB vans and broadcast equipment.

ISCEx 2019 proves to be a great success

19/03/2019 - Event News

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers wound up another successful ISCEx event with increased attendances at its annual exhibition and seminar day. ISCEx is a one-day exhibition and seminar programme held annually by the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.

ISCE appoints Helen Goddard FInstSCE as new President

19/03/2019 - People News

UK – At last week’s AGM of the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) Helen Goddard FInstSCE, managing director for AMS Acoustics, was appointed as the new president, for a term of three years, taking over from Phil Price FInstSCE, while Gareth Collyer AMInstSCE was appointed vice president.

Optocore Madi Converters Penetrate the World of Amélie

19/03/2019 - Production News

Germany – Staged at Munich’s Werk 7 theatre, Die Fabelhafte Welt der Amélie (The Fabulous World of Amélie) is a complete re-realisation of the musical version of the popular movie, Amélie, incorporating the original score and book by Daniel Messé, along with music from the composer of the film, Jann Tiersen.

International Theatre Consultancy Theatreplan Expands its Team with Three New Specialists

19/03/2019 - People News

UK – Leading international theatre consultancy, Theatreplan, has strengthened its growing team with its three most recent appointments. Architect and theatre planner, Anniek Wasser, broadcast and AV consultant, Joel Hauxwell, and architect and BIM expert Carlos González Martín, all joined the team within the last few months.

Minsk's Prime Hall Turns on its PR Lighting Rig for J:Mors

19/03/2019 - Production News

Belarus – Since the mid-2000's J:Mors has been one of the most enduring Belarusian rock bands, with a long list of hits, tours and awards behind them. They play melodic rock songs with romantic lyrics in Russian and Belarusian, written mainly by the band's leader Vladimir Pugach.

Prosound ensures BlacklineX makes its mark in Tirana

19/03/2019 - Project News

Albania – With their systems featured in many countries around the globe Martin Audio is now making inroads in the Albanian capital of Tirana, thanks to its distributor Prosound and the BlacklineX series loudspeakers.

DiGiCo wins across the board at The BRITs

19/03/2019 - Production News

UK – DiGiCo consoles were specified throughout the entire 2019 BRIT Awards. Staged at the O2 Arena, the production acknowledges the best in musical talent and this year counted The Carters, Drake and Ed Sheeran among its winners.

NRG crew take on the TPI Awards 2019

18/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Demonstrating the creativity and enthusiasm of the next generation, for the third year running, a number of NRG (Next Robe Generation) crew members made a significant contribution to the production of the highest profile evening event of the industry calendar: the TPI Awards 2019.

Outline’s Superfly Arrives in Eastern Europe

18/03/2019 - Production News

Poland – Poznań-based Gigant Sound Letus have made a further major investment in Outline loudspeakers, adding 36 of the company’s groundbreaking new Superfly design plus 16 DBS 18-2 sub-bass enclosures to their rental inventory. In combination with their existing stocks they now boast the largest inventory of Outline GTO-series products in Europe.

New Elation lighting system for prestigious folk music venue The Ark

18/03/2019 - Project News

USA – When nationally renowned folk music venue The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently upgraded its audio system to create a state-of-the-art listening space, the company also decided to provide the best possible lighting for artists by replacing some older incandescent fixtures with an Elation Professional LED lighting package of Fuze PAR Z60 IP luminaires and SixBar 1000 IP battens.

Renkus-Heinz a Clear Solution for URI's Higgins Welcome Center

18/03/2019 - Project News

USA – Like many great universities, the University of Rhode Island began as an agricultural school. Now a major research university with a beautiful campus near the Atlantic Ocean, the university celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2017. In September 2018, URI opened its new 11,000 square foot Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center, a stylish interactive facility that will serve 50,000 annual visitors, including prospective students and their families, visiting scholars, guest lecturers, and community and business leaders.

Blue Audio Ensures Bright Future for Resonate Music Conference with Chauvet Professional Maverick

18/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Simple Minds, Franz Ferdinand and Primal Scream are just some of the internationally acclaimed acts to have come from Glasgow’s thriving independent music scene. To celebrate and safeguard the rich musical pedigree of Glasgow (Scotland’s de facto music capital), the Resonate Music conference was launched in 2017 by local artist management consultancy 23rd Precinct Music.

Upgrading to Clair Brothers a Big Win for Netherland’s Victorie Music Club

18/03/2019 - Project News

The Netherlands – Podium Victorie, located in the Alkmaar region of the Netherlands, has been a well-known venue for many years hosting a wide range of classic and contemporary bands from all over the world. Though very successful at its original location, Victorie recently moved, its operators opting for an exciting relocation into the city of Alkmaar. With an upgrade in venue, owners of the club decided this was a logical opportunity to upgrade their entire sound system. After reviewing numerous competitive demos, it was the Clair Brothers system demonstrated by The Audio Specialists that rose to the top and they were awarded with the installation of a collection of its stellar products.

Erik Morra Adds Rogue Touch to Newsies

18/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Founded in 1789, Georgetown Prep is one of the oldest preparatory schools in the US. The halls of its leafy campus outside Washington DC resonate with tradition, as Erik Morra discovered when he signed on to light a show at the school’s student theatre in February. However, one of the main 'history lessons' that he learned from this experience came not from the school’s storied past, but from the musical he lit: Newsies, which chronicles the heroics of New York’s “newspaper boys” during their late 19th century strike against two of the most powerful publishers of their era.

Fly your sound high and safely

18/03/2019 - Equipment News

Litec Introduces the new Litec Flyintower 10-1,600, which provides safety, stability and rigidity for flying up to 1,600kg of audio equipment at heights up to 10m. Designed to bridge the gap in the Litec Flyintower range, which includes solutions with load capacities from 300 to 2000kg, the Flyintower 10-1,600 features a 15° inclined mast.

Liberty University Chooses Ayrton Mistral and Ghibli Spot Luminaires for Lighting Flexibility on Campus

18/03/2019 - Project News

USA – Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia has invested in a complement of Ayrton Mistral and Ghibli LED spot luminaires for a variety of uses on its campus.

MA Lighting at Prolight + Sound 2019 in hall 12.0 (groundfloor): New features and hardware

18/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – MA Lighting will highlight the latest features and functionality of its grandMA3 and dot2 lighting control solutions on booth C69 in hall 12.0 (on the ground floor) at Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

Long-awaited Relevé Spot is now shipping

18/03/2019 - Equipment News

ETC’s first automated fixture in over a decade hit the trade shows late 2018. After winning an award at PLASA in London in September, and getting rave reviews at LDI in October, the Relevé Spot is now shipping.

Robe gets traditional for Noč Modrijanov 2018

15/03/2019 - Production News

Slovenia – Nearly 300 Robe moving lights were utilised by lighting designer Žiga Krajnc for the 2018 Noč Modrijanov event, a major televised Slovenian folk festival staged biennially, and this time around at the Dvorana Zlatorog Arena in Celje, directed by Marjan Kučej.

Emily King and Flare Rayzrs – Making Clubs Large

15/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Supporting her new album release, Scenery, Emily King toured a string of clubs this winter. An intimate club environment is the perfect setting for the New York artist’s soulful blend of ‘80s pop, contemporary R&B and a hint of light jazz.

Shadowboxing with Good Charlotte

15/03/2019 - Production News

Europe – London-based lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting equipment, rigging and crew to the latest UK and European leg of Good Charlotte’s acclaimed Generation Rx tour, working with lighting designer Paul McAdams who is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and started designing for the band last year.

Sound Designer Ken Travis Continues to Dazzle Broadway Audiences with Big, Cinematic Sound DPA Microphones

15/03/2019 - Production News

USA – For the past 15 years, Ken Travis has been impressing theatre audiences with his innovative sound designs for some of Broadway’s biggest productions and national tours. With a distinguished Broadway resume that includes Newsies, Jekyll & Hyde, Scandalous, A Christmas Story, Memphis, Barefoot in the Park and Steel Magnolias, Travis continues to rely on a selection of microphones from DPA Microphones to create a big, cinematic sound with the flexibility to capture all of the grandeur of the great white way.

Free Certified dLive Console Training in April Hosted by A.C. Entertainment Technologies

15/03/2019 - Standards News

UK – dLive specialist reseller, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) is providing free certified training in April on Allen & Heath's premier digital mixing consoles range.

PixelFLEX redefines LED video durability with FLEXUltra PixelShield

15/03/2019 - Equipment News

Created to overcome the challenges associated with the protection and performance longevity of ultra fine pixel pitch LED displays, the award-winning LED video manufacturer PixelFLEX has introduced the new FLEXUltra with PixelShield. A true COB technology, PixelShield offers an industry-leading impact and scratch resistant coating for FLEXUltra display and provides a dramatic increase in the protection of your high-definition LED video experience.

Epic Studios Go Big with Allen & Heath in Quarter-Million Pound Audio Investment

15/03/2019 - Project News

UK – Top-tier TV production company and music venue, Epic Studios – whose clientele has included shows such as ‘Top Gear’ and ‘WWE Wrestling’ – has embarked on a major audio upgrade of its Norwich premises with Allen & Heath dLive and SQ mixing systems.

White Light Illuminates the Science Museum with Yamaha

15/03/2019 - Project News

UK – Illuminate is a progressive new venue at London’s Science Museum, designed to both anticipate and surpass the needs of the ever-evolving events industry. Technical solutions specialist White Light (WL) has been appointed as the venue’s production partner and chose a Yamaha QL1 digital mixing console for the space’s flexible audio system.

Chauvet Professional Scores a Knockout for Creative BackStage in Dino Fight

15/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Dinosaurs became extinct around 65 million years ago, unless of course you count Jurassic Park. But on Sunday 17 February, the fierce reptiles demonstrated that they still have a lot of punching power when they showed off their pugilistic skills at “Jurassic Fight Night.” Held at the Gila River Arena outside Phoenix, the event drew an enthusiastic crowd of about 4,000 to see eerily realistic-looking dinosaurs with names like “Spinecrusher Spinosaurus” and “Rowdy Roddy Raptor” do battle in a full production setting evocative of a televised wresting or boxing match.

Stage Electrics Appoint National Sales Manager

15/03/2019 - People News

UK – Paul Roughton has been appointed as national sales manager for Stage Electrics. Previously, regional sales manager for London and the south east, Paul has been with Stage Electrics for 13 years.

Hawthorn Helps to Put Premium Programmes in the Spotlight for BBC Studios Showcase 2019

15/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Hundreds of television buyers from across the globe headed to ACC Liverpool for BBC Studios Showcase 2019, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor. Taking place on 17-20 February, the event brought together producers, talent and BBC executives as well as Britain’s most successful creatives. For the 13th year running, creative technical event production company, Hawthorn, supported BBC Studios to showcase its premium programmes, delivering two hotly-anticipated evening events.

Alcons Audio Helps To PAC In Canadian Movie Audiences

15/03/2019 - Project News

Canada – Opened in 2015, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is a 95,000ft2, state-of-the-art cultural and education facility, located in the Canadian city of St Catharines. It includes the Film House Screen & Stage, a 199-seat digital movie screening room which features an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor System.

A Flicker-Free Solution For Lighting Slow Motion Video

15/03/2019 - Production News

Cinematographer Chris Vanderschaaf specialises in high speed video and has been seeking an LED light source that could keep up with the demands of shooting his 1000fps slow motion projects.

The BRIT School gets students industry ready with DiGiCo SD12 consoles

15/03/2019 - Project News

UK - For over a quarter of a century, The BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology has been giving its pupils an incredible grounding in the performing arts and the technology surrounding them. To this end, one of its latest investments is the DiGiCo SD12 consoles chosen, says Andrew Smith (technical manager at the school), because they offer a platform that not only makes sense for the range and requirements of the school’s performances, but also because they offer the most relevant experience for students that will soon be looking for a job in the industry.

Sennheiser Performs Through Fire and Rain

15/03/2019 - Production News

UK – The 2019 BRIT Awards were once again supported by Sennheiser, with its mics and IEMs delivering on the UK’s biggest live music awards show.

ENLUMEN and Artiste Picasso Shine at New York Fashion Week – The Shows

15/03/2019 - Production News

USA – In early February, lighting design firm ENLUMEN utilised 62 Elation Professional Artiste Picasso LED profile luminaires for New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Super Studio, owned, operated and produced by IMG in downtown Manhattan. The design team of Pamela Kupper and Shawn Kaufman employed an all Elation rig of LED luminaires supplied by 4Wall to light a total of 16 runway shows and two presentations.

d&b audiotechnik talks lineage and lifetime value at Prolight + Sound 2019

14/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – d&b audiotechnik heads full steam to this year’s Prolight +Sound in Frankfurt featuring both their SL Series - GSL and KSL Systems – and the d&b Soundscape, two industry defining innovations that empower engineers with the tools to create the sound environments they need. To join in the fun, d&b is also bringing with them new products and enabling technologies, proving it’s not just the big things that matter.

Alcons Expands its Commitment to the Theatre Market at USITT 2019

14/03/2019 - Event News

USA – The 2019 USITT Conference & Stage Expo sees Alcons Audio demonstrating its expanded commitment to the theatre and live entertainment market by having a bigger presence at the event than ever before.

Mackie Celebrates 30 Years In The Making

14/03/2019 - Business News

USA – In 1989, the first Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite was placed in orbit, cold fusion was achieved at the University of Utah, the Berlin Wall came down and a powerful earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area during a World Series game. Equally earthshaking for the music industry, Mackie released its first product, the LM-1602 line mixer, soon followed by the Mackie CR-1604-and the audio industry was forever changed. For the first time, professional-quality 16-channel audio mixing was affordable for every musician. In that fateful year, the Seattle-area company was just beginning an amazing run that continues 30 years later. Today, Mackie offers a full line of affordable, high-quality audio equipment ranging from mixers to sound-reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors, recording interfaces, and more.

Show Us #WhatMatters – Zero 88’s Great Photo Opportunities

14/03/2019 - Event News

Throughout 2019, UK lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 is running a fabulous photo competition, #WhatMatters, which is open to anyone working on a production, project, event or installation which involves Zero 88 products.

Really Creative Media projection on tour with Bastille

14/03/2019 - Production News

Europe – Really Creative Media supplied projection equipment and tour support to Bastille’s ‘Still Avoiding Tomorrow’ 2019 European tour, 27th January to 10th March

ROE Visual Supports Creative Design at PL+S 2019

14/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – ROE Visual will present new and existing products in an inspirational setting at the Prolight + Sound Exhibition, aiming to showcase its products creative capabilities. The stand will offer some awesome eye-candy for the AV specialists and designers to spike their inspiration.

Steve Lieberman Uses Over 330 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Fixtures to Define Stage at EDC Mexico

14/03/2019 - Production News

Mexico – “Who did you see?” Pose that question to a random sampling of the 230,000 who attended Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico Saturday and Sunday 23-24, February and you likely won’t get the same answer. That’s not surprising, given that the two-day event featured over 120 artists from every corner of the earth, treating fans to everything from the thumping bass sounds of Skrillex and RL Grime, to the dirtybird beats of Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Dateless and much more.

New d&b audiotechnik Greater China venture takes off

14/03/2019 - Business News

China – Alongside Chinese New Year, the legal formalities associated with the establishment of the new d&b audiotechnik subsidiary in Greater China were completed. On 31 January 2019, 44 co-workers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai officially joined the newly established d&b audiotechnik Greater China Group. The three-member advisory board has also been completed. Daniel Chan, managing director (CEO) of d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. says: "As the setup has been completed officially, we are all pleased to be able to support the d&b Greater China partners and customers even better in their quest for best professional audio solutions."

Allen & Heath Appoints Jamie Ward as Sales Director APAC

14/03/2019 - People News

Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of Jamie Ward as sales director APAC.

Opéra Garnier upgrades to ETC Eos

13/03/2019 - Project News

France – In 2017, one of the most prestigious venues in France, the Opéra Garnier in Paris, updated its lighting consoles to a selection of ETC Eos desks. The Eos consoles were unanimously chosen by Jacques Giovanangeli, the head of the lighting department, and his team of 42 lighting professionals.

Martin Audio WPL for Schmallenberg’s City Hall

13/03/2019 - Project News

Germany – Since the laying of the foundation stone in 1953, Stadthalle Schmallenberg in Germany has been able to accommodate various events, such as concerts, readings, shooting festivals (popular in that party of the country) and more, with up to 1,500 participants per event.

HD Pro Audio Holds Technology Workshop for KLANG, Waves, Green Go and 10EaZy

13/03/2019 - Event News

UK – HD Pro Audio has announced its next Technology Workshop, taking place in the Oak Room of the h Club in London’s Covent Garden on Monday, 25th March.

Meyer Sound Continues Expansion with New Hires and Promotions

13/03/2019 - People News

USA – Reflecting a rising global demand for the company’s products and services, Meyer Sound has announced four new hires and a key promotion.

Point Source Audio Launches Wider Pro, LLC for Broadcast Industry

13/03/2019 - Business News

USA – Yvonne Ho and James Lamb, long-time partners in Point Source Audio, have announced the formation of Wider Pro, LLC, a new company to support their distributed lines that serve the broadcast industry. Based in Petaluma, California, Wider Pro, LLC will be the company to represent North American distribution of Digigram, AuviTran and other brands to be announced.

The new frontier in LED wash lights

13/03/2019 - Equipment News

The B-EYE has revolutionised the thinking of LED show lighting. Its innovative optical unit enhances the uniformity and efficiency of the light output. The rotating front lens and the possibility to control each single LED individually have made spectacular kaleidoscopic projections and charming eye candy effects possible. A sophisticated effect engine has made it easier to routinely use macro effects, which would otherwise be difficult to program. Now Claypaky markets the HY B-EYE with the same successful features, which have been enhanced and further enriched: the HY B-EYE is more powerful, more efficient, more interactive with the media server (Kling-Net protocol included), more versatile and even quieter than ever.

Immersive audio for an immersive festival: L-ISA tastes the Wonderfruit

13/03/2019 - Production News

Thailand – Two years ago, Hugo Heathcote, one of three directors of Polygon Live, and his Polygon co-visionaries Archie Keswick and Nico Elliot entered into discussions about a new immersive audio concept to be delivered for a festival environment. Searching for the right technical partners to bring their 360° audio vision to fruition, the Polygon trio discovered that L-ISA had everything they required.

Universal Pixels supplies Snow Patrol’s triumphant comeback tour

13/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Snow Patrol returned to packed arena shows between December and February, as fans flocked to hear material from their first album in seven years. The band pulled no punches with a unique stage design, including a video package from award-winning video rental company, Universal Pixels.

Small is Beautiful with DPA Microphones at Prolight + Sound 2019

13/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – DPA Microphones will use the Prolight + Sound 2019 platform to show artists and performers its new and unobtrusive d:fine CORE 6066 sub-miniature headset microphone, the ultimate in wearable tech and the perfect solution for anyone who wants freedom of movement on stage.

Illumin8 Lights stock up with Trime’s LED lights

13/03/2019 - Production News

UK - The site lighting specialist, Illumin8 Lights, is gearing up for a busy summer season, with the purchase of another fleet of X-ECO LED lighting towers supplied by the Cambridgeshire company, Trime UK Limite.

LeRoy Bennett uses Elation DARTZ on Lady Gaga Enigma Vegas Residency

12/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Lady Gaga launched her Las Vegas residency Enigma show at MGM’s Park Theater on 28th December with Elation Professional DARTZ 360 beam/spot effects playing an integral role in LeRoy Bennett’s lighting design. Lighting supply is by Solotech.

Cultural Clubbing in Kunming

12/03/2019 - Project News

China – Creative director Daan Oomen and his team from Netherlands-based visual specialists Live Legends have delivered another outstanding club project in China – OT Kun in Kunming – following up their stunning work at One Third in Beijing.

Bandit Adds Large Ayrton Purchase to Inventory

12/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites has made another substantial investment in new gear with a large purchase of Ayrton fixtures, including Ghibli and Mistrals. Both fixtures will initially be utilised on the road for platinum selling recording artist Chris Young’s Raised on Country Tour with a lighting design by Chris Lisle and Mike Stanley, as well as on lighting designer Steve Hoover’s rig for legendary musician Jimmy Buffett’s Son of a Son of Sailor Tour.

Ayrton Ghibli lights up Spanish film industry’s Goya Awards

12/03/2019 - Production News

Spain – A glittering array of national and international movie stars gathered at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Sevilla on 2 February 2019 to celebrate the 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, the most important celebration in the calendar of the Spanish film industry. Presented by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AACCE), the Goya Awards were established in 1987 to honour the best in Spanish film making. The ceremony, which is always a glamorous occasion with high production values, was televised nationally by Spanish public television broadcaster, TVE, and internationally by the TVE Internacional channel.

Green Hippo Week at Backstage Academy a success for Visual Design students First of many manufacturer weeks planned for 2019

12/03/2019 - Standards News

UK – Green Hippo has been visiting Backstage Academy and providing Hippotizer training for a number of years now, during which time it’s seen the education facility grow from strength to strength. 

Matt Jones and ChamSys Give Evanoff New Look

12/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Popular Colorado dream rockers Evanoff have their moments of dark bass-driven jams, but for the most part their ethereal psychedelic-tinged music doesn’t travel on the same sound waves as the thumbing traps that EDM star G. Jones swims in. Still, the two share an affinity for dramatic moments in music and lighting. This was evident when the Boulder-based trio went to a G. Jones show recently.

SES Redesigns Zac Brown Band Touring Rig withVersatile Claypaky Scenius Unicos

12/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Special Event Services (SES), headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has sent a large complement of Claypaky Scenius Unico, Claypaky Mythos 2 and Claypaky Sharpy fixtures on tour with American country group Zac Brown Band. ACT Lighting Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor of Claypaky.

White Light Makes the Sunrise at Coventry Cathedral

12/03/2019 - Production News

UK – White Light was recently asked to supply the lighting and rigging solutions for Sunrise: an immersive lighting project set within the Coventry Cathedral ruins to commemorate events from the Second World War.

Matt Lloyd Leaves GDS

12/03/2019 - People News

UK – Well-known industry figure, Matt Lloyd, is to leave his role at Bristol-based technology company GDS after 14 years service. Following a restructuring of the company, the popular co-founder and former managing director had been working in a consultancy role but a change in direction, following the sale of key brands including ArcSystem to ETC, led GDS to terminate the arrangement.

Vista 3 by Chroma-Q Software Release 2 is Now Live

12/03/2019 - Equipment News

Following its successful launch last September, Vista by Chroma-Q has announced ‘Release 2’ (R2) of its crowd-pleasing Vista 3 lighting and media control software.

Safety in Action stage: ‘Up in the Air’ – Stage|Set|Scenery features a wide range of safety exhibits

12/03/2019 - Event News

GermanyWorking under suspended loads, stage rigging equipment and trapeze acts: at Stage|Set|Scenery the slogan of this year’s Safety in Action stage is ‘Up in the air’. From 20 to 22 June the focus at the show will be on safety during productions. “Regardless of how spectacular an aerial stage performance is, one thing must always be guaranteed: the safety of all those involved. This is where meticulous planning is particularly important – particularly in view of tight schedules and budget, and event timetable changes at short notice,” said Christian A. Buschhoff of xEMP in Berlin, who is an adviser for the Stage|Set|Scenery programme of safety events put together by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG). “Safety officers must always be up-to-date on the latest occupational health and safety measures.“ With the Safety in Action stage in Hall 22, Stage|Set|Scenery offers visitors a platform where they can exchange views and look at potentially dangerous scenarios and solutions. This is also the first time that stage equipment will be involved.

"The World of Hans Zimmer" touring Europe with Movecat equipment

12/03/2019 - Production News

Germany – The production "The World of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration" has been touring Germany since April 2018. The show presents the masterful sounds of the world renowned composer of film scores, for the first time arranged for orchestra and combined with the lavish projection of film sequences, to create an impressive live experience. The tour has already been extended once, in the autumn of 2018, due to the immense demand for tickets. Now further tour dates have been added in the spring of 2019, not only in Germany but elsewhere in Europe as well.

Outline shines at the Bright Festival in Florence

12/03/2019 - Production News

Italy – On 21st 22nd and 23rd February, Stazione Leopolda and The Student Hotel in Florence hosted the first edition of the Bright Festival, an event dedicated to digital art, lighting design and electronic music, organised in collaboration with Florence Chamber of Commerce and Municipality and addressing professionals, students and fans of the three sectors.

Fatboy Slim Takes a Round Trip with MLA and Capital Sound

12/03/2019 - Production News

UK – The main reason why most world-class DJs have avoided playing arenas in the past is because of the difficulty in projecting a typical club atmosphere to the back of a long rectangular space.

Four New Products in PR Lighting’s Frankfurt Presentation

11/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – PR Lighting will present its usual high calibre portfolio, including four new products, at Prolight+Sound in a dedicated open demo theatre (booth #12.0, E75) adjacent to their German distributors, Focon Showtechnic.

Renkus-Heinz Helps Living Museum Tell Atturaif's Ancient History

11/03/2019 - Project News

Saudi Arabia – The ancient mud citadel of Atturaif perched on a high hill overlooking the Wadi Hanifah valley for about 300 years before becoming the capital of the first Saudi dynasty in the 18th century. The capital moved to nearby Riyadh when the Ottomans invaded, and over the years, Atturaif's distinctively Arabian architecture fell into the ruins of the city of Ad Diriyah. In 2010, an ambitious effort was mounted to restore Atturaif, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and turn it into a major tourist attraction showcasing the region's history and culture. The result is the Atturaif Living Museum.

Audient Heritage Edition Makes its Debut in Argentina

11/03/2019 - Project News

Argentina – Guitar and bass player, José Luis Fernández recently took delivery of an Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition console – the first to arrive in Argentina – and it’s settling into his old-school studio well.

Eaton Announces Intent to Spin Off its Lighting Business

11/03/2019 - Business News

Worldwide - On the 1st March 2019, Eaton announced its intent to pursue a spin-off of its lighting business, creating an independent, publicly traded company; a transaction expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Chauvet Professional Introduces Ovation Par Fixtures

11/03/2019 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional’s Ovation line of LED ellipsoidal, Fresnel and batten fixtures have earned widespread praise since their introduction a few years ago, impressing lighting designers from London’s West End, to regional theatres in Australia and across the US. Now the company has expanded the groundbreaking stage lighting series by introducing a collection of Ovation par fixtures.

Large Elation Lighting Package for Mexico’s “Abrazos”

08/03/2019 - Production News

Mexico – Renowned performance company Finzi Pasca recently used a large number of Elation Professional luminaires on the interactive show “Abrazos” at the 2019 State Fair of León in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. More than 100 Elation fixtures took part in the show, giving life to a series of acrobatic, music and contortion acts, making “Abrazos” an unforgettable show for grown-ups and kids alike.

L-Acoustics Prolight + Sound 2019 Preview

08/03/2019 - Event News

Germany – Prolight + Sound, Hall 8.0 / booth H85 / Demo room Symmetrie 2+3, Galleria, L-Acoustics returns to Prolight + Sound in 2019 with an exhibition space in a new area and a host of product-related announcements, demonstrations, and contributions to events throughout the global entertainment technology show.

Robe for House of Dancing Water Show Spectacular

08/03/2019 - Project News

China – The world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show, The House of Dancing Water, directed by the legendary Franco Dragone and staged in the purpose-built House of Dancing Water Theatre in Macau has just added 63 new Robe moving lights to the theatre’s rig.

Ayrton appoints PRG K.K as new exclusive distributor for Japan

08/03/2019 - Business News

Japan – Ayrton has announced the appointment of PRG K.K. as its new, exclusive distributor for Japan with effect from 1 March 2019.

Stage Electrics Appointed UK Distributor for Admiral Staging Products

08/03/2019 - Business News

UK – Stage Electrics has been appointed as the UK distributor for Admiral Staging Products. Admiral’s extensive product range includes, stage and rigging accessories, truss transportation devices, clamps and couplers along with cables and connectors. Based in the Netherlands, Admiral has been offering staging essentials to customers globally since 1986.

Transcendental Rogue Looks By Manny Newman Create Mothership Panorama for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

08/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Space aliens are landing in Pittsburgh! More than a few fans at Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s sold-out Stage AE show in January had this feeling. And why not? The band’s lighting designer, Manny Newman, created an intense panoramic mothership landing look that appeared like something out of a Spielberg film, only more intense, more immediate, more immersive and (depending on how much fans imbibed) a lot more scary!

Sound Designer/Engineer Chris Sannino Captivates Live Theatre Audiences with Flawless Sound Amplification

08/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Sound designer/engineer Chris Sannino recently relied on DPA Microphones when he was looking for a discreet wireless source that would produce outstanding and pure sound amplification for a production of Romeo and Juliet at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre. Already having an established history with DPA Microphones, Sannino chose DPA’s d:facto 4018VL linear vocal microphone, d:screet 4061 miniature omnidirectional microphone and d:vote 4099 instrument microphone.

DiGiCo SD12 Backs Cash Campbell Tour with Sterling Feature Set

08/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Described by CMT as a “true representation of current country for the next generation,” newcomer Cash Campbell burst onto the music scene in 2017 with his debut song, “Cannonball,” and has already racked up 20 million streams and views worldwide with his fresh, dynamic tracks. He has built a fan base on the road with headlining shows and sharing the bill with A-list acts on multiple tours, including his current trek on which he’s carrying a DiGiCo SD12 console to run both FOH and monitors.

Fraunhofer IDMT Chooses Powersoft

08/03/2019 - Production News

Germany – Fraunhofer IDMT, which focuses on applied research in the field of audiovisual media, is widely known for developing ground-breaking technologies for the digital media industry. At its headquarters in Ilmenau and its branch lab in Oldenburg, the institute employs over 100 people to work on its diverse research portfolio.

Movecat trains international team from PRG

08/03/2019 - Business News

Germany – The partnership between Movecat and the Production Resource Group (PRG), which began at the end of last year, has further intensified. Following the integration of a large amount of kinetic equipment from Movecat into the PRG portfolio, the next step took the form of comprehensive training in the devices concerned. To this end, a large team from the three PRG locations in England, Belgium and Germany travelled recently to Movecat's headquarters in Nufringen, which is near Stuttgart. Over the course of three days, the participants received comprehensive training in the operation of Movecat products as well as learning tips and tricks known only to advanced users.

A Flare for Astera!

08/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Flare is a busy and successful UK-based event lighting, visuals and technical specialist which was established by designers Ben Cash and David Amos in 2008 to facilitate their penchant and imagination for designing bespoke lighting and staging environments and realising a wide range of live events.

Rope Assemblies works with Doughty Engineering on Royal Albert Hall project

08/03/2019 - Project News

UK – Rope Assemblies has supplied a range of Doughty kit to the Royal Albert Hall to help improve safety in the performance space. As a duty of care to performers on stage and to ensure that any falls from height are prevented, Doughty designed and fabricated some bespoke handrail braces to make the space as safe as possible.

Foo Fighters spectacular for Super Saturday Night

08/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Designing an audio system for a live arena show or the installation of a multi-zone distributed PA are commonplace activities these days; combining the two in a single venue for a one-off concert is a consideration of an entirely different dimension. But when the Foo Fighters were asked to headline a one-off event for Super Bowl Saturday, Lez Dwight (Director) of Britannia Row Productions handed precisely those project design responsibilities to their Foo Fighters’ touring systems engineer Adam Smith.

Clair Solutions Designs and Installs New AVL and Acoustics at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

08/03/2019 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1976 by renowned pastor and author Dr. Tony Evans with just ten members in his living room, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas has grown into a mission-driven mega-church of nearly 10,000 members. Its sanctuary seats approximately 3,284 people in a semi-circle with generous balconies and great sightlines. However, OCBF’s existing audio, video, lighting, and acoustics were outdated and failing. The church called on AVL integration firm Clair Solutions, which met with church officials to determine the best path forward to meet their current and future needs. After designing a well-integrated, state-of-the-art system, the installation team at Clair Solutions turned plans into reality between Christmas and Easter. The crew worked through the week and then turned the sanctuary back over to the church on Friday so they could hold their regular weekend services without interruption.

Biamp for Berkeley

08/03/2019 - Project News

UK – Founded in 1990, The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy with bases in London and New York. Working with clients that include FTSE100 multinationals, household names and public sector organisations across a range of industries, The Berkeley Partnership assists with the strategic development and transformation of businesses, helping them to achieve their most ambitious goals. Last year, amid a period of sustained growth, the Partnership moved its UK office to new premises in Farringdon Street, London. Whilst maintaining the welcoming, inclusive and creative environment with which its clients were familiar, the new location provided more space and improved facilities. Communication is key to every aspect of the company’s business and Berkeley, in its new setting, wished to ensure that the best possible technology was deployed at Farringdon Street to support its operations.

SSL in Control at The Royal Opera House

08/03/2019 - Project News

UK – The Royal Opera House (ROH), set in the heart of Covent Garden, is one of the most revered Opera Houses in the world. It is home to two of the world's finest artistic companies: The Royal Opera, and The Royal Ballet, both of which have been striving to break new ground in the world of lyric theatre since their inception. Its history speaks for itself, but the ROH team today is also very forward-thinking, and technology-driven.

Sound & Light UK Ensures Varied Visuals for Piece Hall Spiegeltent with Chauvet Professional

07/03/2019 - Project News

UK – With its magnificent period sandstone construction and impressive 8,000 square metre courtyard, The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is one of the UK's best-preserved examples of Industrial Revolution era architecture. Although the courtyard initially served as a marketplace for traders selling woollen cloth from the town’s many textile mills, a recent comprehensive renovation of the premises has given the courtyard a renewed purpose: that of an exchange for the arts, culture and music.

YoungCapital Recruitment Agency Employs Yamaha

07/03/2019 - Project News

The Netherlands – Established in 2000, YoungCapital has grown to be the largest recruitment agency for young people in the Netherlands, with 1300 employees at 35 locations, including two in Germany. The company’s headquarters has recently been completely updated, including the installation of a Yamaha networked audio system.

Meyer Sound Leopard Scores a TKO with “Dream System” for Intense UFC Events

07/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Since late last year, live sound for the globally popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts events has punched through the roar of arena crowds with more impact and clarity thanks to a new, custom-configured Meyer Sound reinforcement system based on Leopard line array loudspeakers. Dedicated exclusively to audio support for all UFC events in North America, this “dream system” comprising 120 total loudspeakers was devised specifically for the demands of UFC bouts.

Vari-Lite VL2600 Wash delivers perfect performance for Circus 1903

07/03/2019 - Production News

UK – When Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus visited London’s Royal Festival Hall over the Christmas period, its world-class performers and life-size puppet elephants were beautifully lit by lighting designer Paul Smith, using 26 brand new VL2600 Wash fixtures from Vari-Lite.

WORK PRO’s LightShark Lighting Console Goes on Tour with Adele

07/03/2019 - Production News

UK – WORK PRO’s versatile LightShark DMX-based hardware lighting console is making life on the road much easier for PA and lighting company Black Cat Audio, which is currently deploying the console on the international theatre show Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook.

MLA Compact Installed at Norwich’s Epic Studios

06/03/2019 - Project News

UK – Epic Studios, a leading TV and entertainment centre in Norwich, has become one of the elite venues to boast a permanent installation of Martin Audio’s ground-breaking MLA PA system following a £250,000 investment in the state-of-the-art technology.

Painting with Panasonic Light at ISE

06/03/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – Creative design practice Painting with Light were behind the delivery of another spectacular and innovative live performance show on the Panasonic booth at the 2019 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) expo in Amsterdam.

Bandit Lites Helps Bring the Lighting to the Polar Express

06/03/2019 - Project News

USA – In 2018, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and its winter attraction, the Polar Express hoped to increase their production value and add additional safety lighting to the Bryson City train depot. With the help of local lighting designer Chris Speer at SpeerC Consulting, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad sought out Bandit Lites to provide fixtures, show control and integration for their project.

Graceland Soundstage Keeps the Music Alive with Adamson

06/03/2019 - Project News

USA – As the long-time home of Elvis Presley, Graceland is the most famous rock & roll residence in the world, welcoming well over a half-million visitors to Memphis, TN every year. While there’s certainly no shortage of on site attractions for fans of the King of Rock & Roll, the Graceland soundstage is definitely one of the most impressive, and with a new audio system from Adamson Systems Engineering, it’s primed to keep the music alive and loud.

Talent on Display with Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux and Chauvet Professional at Les Petits Chanteurs De Laval Show

06/03/2019 - Production News

Canada – Students who study lighting technology invariably dream of the day when they will be able to try out their own ideas in real world applications. For Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux, this dream came true on Saturday 9th February, when he lit a performance by the world-renowned children’s choir Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval that was produced by RobinSon Productions. Helping him realise his ambition in colourfully brilliant fashion was a collection of February Professional Rogue fixtures that were part of the Maison des Arts de Laval in-house rig.

Kaiser Chiefs Never Miss a Beat During UK Tour

06/03/2019 - Production News

UK – British Indie veterans, Kaiser Chiefs, have recently completed their mammoth UK tour, accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive system handling both FOH and monitor duties. The tour follows on from the band’s recent announcement of their brand-new album and took a nostalgic look back at past releases and hits; gracing the stages of old theatres, concert halls, seaside towns and of course, O2 Academy venues.

Avolites Brings New Tech to an Old Soul at the Big Easy’s Fillmore

06/03/2019 - Project News

USA – Even after this year’s Mardi Gras festivities have come and gone, Harrah’s Casino in the famous French Quarter will still be drawing in the droves to its latest dazzling spectacle: Fillmore New Orleans, Live Nation’s Crescent City take on the iconic San Francisco music hall. The newest Fillmore, whose old-fashioned theatre marquee is prominently located at the foot of Canal Street, is a spacious, state-of-the-art, 2,200-capacity entertainment venue that opened its doors in mid-February with back-to-back shows by Coheed and Cambria and Duran Duran, and has quickly set a new standard for live music clubs in the south-eastern US.

ETC returns to CABSAT, Dubai

06/03/2019 - Event News

UAE – ETC is heading to CABSAT, in collaboration with regional partner Oasis Enterprises, from the 12-14 of March at Dubai World Trade Centre.

APT-GB Launches its First Four-Channel Amp QDSP-10K

06/03/2019 - Equipment News

The QDSP-10K 4 x 2500w Class TD Amplifier is 2Ω stable and features on-board DSP and impressive power to weight ratio.

Theatrecraft to Return to The Royal Opera House on 11 November 2019

06/03/2019 - Event News

UK – As National Apprenticeships Week begins, it has been announced that TheatreCraft will take place at the Royal Opera House on 11 November 2019. This marks the free theatre careers event’s return to the Royal Opera House following the completion of its extensive ‘Open Up’ renovation project to enhance public spaces and the opening of the new Linbury Theatre.

Grant Smith Joins Robe UK

06/03/2019 - People News

UK – Grant Smith joins the Robe UK team as sales manager for the north east of England, a territory covering from Manchester to the east coast and from the Scottish borders down to the midlands, a large and diverse area in which he can work his magic.

Christie Lites UK Supplies Full Lighting Solution for Cisco Live

06/03/2019 - Production News

Spain – The mammoth Cisco Live EMEA tech conference landed in Barcelona in January for an action-packed week of digital-future discussion, education and debate. Every year, 16,000 people attend, with some dubbing it ‘space camp for adults’. Highlights of the event included keynote speeches from the world’s leading IT pioneers.

Ayrton Mistral-S and Bora-S ideal for The Rubens in Australia

05/03/2019 - Production News

Australia – In celebration of their third studio album, Lo La Ru, five-piece Australian band, The Rubens, from Menangle, New South Wales, performed for audiences across the country last November and December. The tour saw the alt-rock favourites delight fans in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and Melbourne as well as eight regional cities across Australia.

Sparq continues to invest in KV2 Audio

05/03/2019 - Production News

UK - Sparq, the recently rebranded technical event production arm of the Saville Group, has underlined its long-standing relationship with KV2 Audio with a latest investment in 30 new units from the ESD and EX ranges. As an early adopter, the company has made regular additions to its KV2 rental stock since purchasing one of the very first, now legendary, ES systems 17 years ago.

Chauvet Professional Helps Chris Lisle Lighting Design add Laughs and Colour to Kaaboo Cayman Festival

05/03/2019 - Production News

Grand Cayman – A beautiful crescent-shaped stretch of glimmering white coral sand bordering shimmering blue Caribbean water, Seven Mile Beach gives visitors plenty of reason to smile. On 15 and 16 February, the famous landmark on the western edge of Grand Cayman Island also provided side-splitting laughs as the site of the Humor Me Comedy Tent at the Kaaboo Cayman Festival. Supporting the punch lines of stars like Saturday Night Live’s David Spade and Chris Rock Show alum Wanda Sykes was a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures, deployed by Chris Lisle Lighting Design.

Claypaky hits the right notes for The X Factor Malta

05/03/2019 - Production News

Malta – International singing competition The X Factor made its debut in Malta and quickly broke a long-standing record to become the most viewed programme on Television Malta.

Optimised Martin Audio WPC for Renovated Sooroosh Hall

05/03/2019 - Project News

Tajikistan – The recent renovation of the 700-seat Sooroosh Hall in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe included a substantial upgrade to the technological infrastructure. This has resulted in the installation of Martin Audio’s next generation Wavefront Precision Compact line array.

Adlib in the Wildness with Snow Patrol

05/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Northern Irish rockers Snow Patrol were back on the road after a seven-year break, reaching out to fans with their new 2018 album “Wildness” and a sold-out UK arena tour, getting their enthusiasm and talent for delivering dynamic and exciting live shows right on point, reconnecting with long term fans and dazzling new ones with the energy and magic of their music.

Josh Molen Brings Back 80’s Synth Pop With Audient

05/03/2019 - Production News

USA – Josh Molen used his ASP880 eight-channel mic pre and iD22 USB audio interface to help record and mix C.H.A.D., his first album recorded under the moniker, Your Sister Is A Werewolf. Released at the end of February, his album had the added bonus of being mastered by Bernie Grundman, whose credits include Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Prince’s Purple Rain.

Trevor Ahlstrand Design for Kane Brown Tour includes Smarty Hybrid

05/03/2019 - Production News

USA – When lighting designer Trevor Ahlstrand was in search of a powerful yet compact lighting fixture to form the bulk of the floor package on Kane Brown’s current “Live Forever” tour, Elation Smarty Hybrid effects grabbed his attention before he ever laid eyes on the light itself.

Princess Alexandra, Patron, visits The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to open its new North Block building

04/03/2019 - Event News

UK – On Wednesday 27 February 2019, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama was visited by its Royal Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra. The visit marked the official opening of the School’s new North Block building and provided the Princess with an opportunity to meet staff and students and observe a variety of student work.

Sight & Sound Services and Chauvet Professional Cap Off New Zealand Summer Tour For UB40

04/03/2019 - Production News

New Zealand – Maybe it’s their easy rhythm. Or the way their mellow sound just seems to make stress dissipate like the morning mist. Whatever the reason, the multi-platinum British reggae band UB40 is going as strong now as they were when they started out in their native Birmingham in 1978. This was made very clear last year when their 19th studio album, A Real Labour of Love, reached No. 2 on the UK Charts. It was also very evident in the packed houses that greeted the band on their 40th Anniversary Summer Tour of the Southern Hemisphere in January and February.

Adamson Welcomes Hungary’s For Event as New E-Series Partner

04/03/2019 - Production News

Hungary – Having earned a reputation as one of Hungary’s top production technologies and event services companies, Budapest-based firm For Event Kft. has bolstered its audio inventory with a sizeable investment in E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers from Adamson Systems Engineering as it expands into neighbouring countries.

ETC Congratulates the 25th Annual Thea Awards Recipients

04/03/2019 - Event News

USA – Every year, users of ETC’s architectural and entertainment control systems earn industry awards for excellence. This year is no different. The Themed Entertainment Association recently announced their 2019 Thea award recipients, and ETC had a hand in a few of the Thea Award-winning projects.

Eurovision – Australia Decides votes for grandMA3: “grandMA3 hardware has breathed new life into the established grandMA2 platform”

01/03/2019 - Production News

Australia – On 14 October 2018 the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service SBS announced that for the first time, they would hold a national final to select the Australian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, to be staged in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Dance anthems remixed live with classic DiGiCo power

01/03/2019 - Production News

UK – The live shows, mixed on a DiGiCo SD7 supplied by RG Jones, deliver huge sounds as much-loved chart toppers receive a classical reworking. Amongst the hits are The Chemical Brothers’ Hey Boy Hey Girl; Insomniaby Faithless and Moloko’s Sing It Back. At the helm of the complex live mix is sound designer, Phil Wright.

Gearhouse raises its game

01/03/2019 - Production News

South Africa – Live events supplier Gearhouse has invested in additional K2 and KS28 L-Acoustics cabinets, 36 LA12x amplified controllers in LA-RAKII and eight P1 AVB audio processors, making it the largest L-Acoustics certified provider in South Africa and boosting its ability to service even the most ambitious national events. This investment also makes Gearhouse the first company on the continent to meet the new KX Standard for its large format systems. In December, this new capability was put into service at the massive Global Citizen Festival in the 90,000 capacity FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

AV Marketing Finland appointed first distributor for UNiKA Pro DANTE I/O

01/03/2019 - Business News

Finland - Mega Audio GmbH has named AV Marketing Finland Oy the first EU territory-distributor for the UniKA Pro range of DANTE I/O break-in, break-out boxes. AV Marketing is established as supplier of premium AV brands to the Finnish market and UniKA Pro now joins Merging Technologies, Martin Audio and LynxStudio in AV Marketing's growing Pro Audio portfolio. The UniKA Pro DANTE range comprises the NBB-04R, 96KHz four-channel receiver, NBB-04T 96KHz four-channel transmitter and the flagship 192KHz NBB-1616 16-channel I/O with an associated NBB-1616e 16-channel expander. Specifications include 24dBu max input or output level, uncompressed 24-bit PCM encoding and programmable mic pre-amplifiers with 132dB dynamic range.

Meyer Sound Constellation System Turns a Historic Barn in Norway into a World Class Concert Venue

01/03/2019 - Production News

Norway – Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and a group of acclaimed musicians will focus on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich for the fourth annual Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, presented 8-11 August, 2019. Organised by the Barionet Rosendal, the festival takes place by Norway’s Hardanger Fjord, a magnificent location surrounded by mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. The primary concert venue is the Riddersalen, a one-time barn now transformed into an optimum environment for musical enjoyment thanks to acoustical enhancement from a Meyer Sound Constellation system.

Bandit Lites Brings LED Upgrades to FedExForum

01/03/2019 - Production News

USA – FedExForum, known as one of the nation’s premier arenas in the NBA and North America, recently updated its arena lighting with a lighting package designed and installed by Bandit Lites. Home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team, the installation comes as part of the arena’s recent updates to maintain the best in show standards FedExForum is known for worldwide.

Hog Factor USA 2019 Competition Starts 1st March

01/03/2019 - Event News

USA - High End Systems has announced that the 2019 Hog Factor USA competition is now open for collegiate teams to register for Phase One. First held in 2015, High End Systems’ Hog Factor Collegiate Lighting Programming Competition has become the premier lighting programming contest in the United States and across the globe.

Chauvet Professional Brings Versatile Looks to Expedition Reynaert

01/03/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Woven in and out of English, German, French and Dutch language fables since the early medieval period, the anthropomorphic trickster Reynaert the Fox has succeeded in eluding capture for centuries.

Optoma adds compact and flexible projectors to its DuraCore laser range – ZU506 and ZH506

01/03/2019 - Equipment News

Optoma has expanded its range of DuraCore laser ProScene projectors with the launch of two high-specification compact projectors. the ZU506 and ZH506. These cost-effective, feature rich WUXGA and Full HD 1080p resolution projectors boast a brightness of 5,000 lumens and offer flexible installation with a generous zoom, vertical lens shift, four corner adjustment and portrait mode.

Robe Lights 2019 TPi Awards

01/03/2019 - Production News

UK – Robe was again a major part of delivering a stunning production design for the 2019 Total Production International (TPi) Awards, produced by TPi Magazine, part of Mondiale Media and staged at the Evolution venue in Battersea, central London.

White Light Goes Gently Down the Stream

01/03/2019 - Production News

UK – White Light recently provided the lighting equipment for Gently Down the Stream which has opened to rave reviews at London’s Park Theatre.