News Archive for September 2021

GLP welcomes PLASA audience with a blinding display

22/09/2021 - Event News

UK – GLP proved at this year’s PLASA Show that it is sometimes unnecessary to take more than a minimal booth to create maximum impact.

Long-standing relationship between Christie and University of Waterloo delivers big results

22/09/2021 - Business News

Canada – Christie and the University of Waterloo’s Vision and Image Processing Lab are celebrating a new milestone: the development and productisation of the patented algorithm that drives the resolution enhancement of the new Christie M 4K25 RGB pure laser projector. This is the latest success between the renowned institution and Christie, which together recently wrapped up a third, two-year research project.

Allen & Heath SQ Consoles Deliver Double Duty – Livestream and Recording Mixes

22/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Co-founded by famed bassist Matt Garrison and co-founder Fortuna Sung, ShapeShifter Lab is a 4,200 square foot performance space in Brooklyn designed to serve as a hub for like-minded genre-bending musicians and artists. Developed as a unique outlet for the presentation of art and music events, ShapeShifter Lab has recently expanded its activities to new spaces and projects with the Allen & Heath SQ-5 and SQ-6 at the centre of the production.

POLAR Promotes Will Turney to Head of Integrated Solutions

22/09/2021 - People News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the AV Integration, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the promotion of current national sales manager for integrated solutions, Will Turney, to the post of head of integrated solutions. Will joined the POLAR team in 2017 as a business development manager after five years with Harman-owned AMX. A marketing and management graduate of Newcastle University, Will's career at POLAR been impressive, and his promotion to leading the Integrated Services Division is a reflection of his dynamism and detailed understanding of the AV industry.

The Astera After Sales Technical Support Team Expands

21/09/2021 - People News

Germany – Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera has announced the appointment of Thor-Andre who joins the after-sales technical support team based at the company’s HQ in Munich, Germany.

Robe LEDBeam 350s Play the TV Game

21/09/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – Lighting designer Bas van der Poel from design practice Light Image used Robe’s brand new LEDBeam 350 moving light fixtures for the recording of a new series of German game show “99 – Eine:r schlägt sie alle!” (99 – One Beats Them All!), which was recorded in the Netherlands at Amsterdam's fabulous circular Westergas venue, part of a former gasworks now sustainably reimagined as a popular event and cultural space.

Maverick Silens 2 Profile Wins PLASA 2021 Award for Innovation

21/09/2021 - Event News

UK – The Maverick Silens 2 Profile doesn’t attract attention to itself because of its sound; the 100% convection cooled LED PCB fixture operates in virtual silence. However, the versatile 560W luminaire did make waves recently when it was honoured with a 2021 PLASA Award For Innovation.

TiMax Tosca spatialisation entrances Puccini purists

21/09/2021 - Production News

Italy – Staged in the elegant courtyard of the Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza, the flagship performance of this year’s Notte d’Opera a Palazzo was a stirring representation of Puccini’s Tosca. The natural acoustics of the 16th century architecture were lifted powerfully yet naturally by the immersive prowess of TiMax spatial audio processing. Complementing TiMax’s sympathetic spatial amplification and to ensure complete audience immersion, impressive virtual scenography was video-mapped onto the imposing façade of the building.

Ayrton goes into the Wilderness with Camp LiteNordic

21/09/2021 - Event News

Norway – Nobody can deny that the last 18 months have been difficult and challenging, especially for this people-orientated industry. Limitations on work, movement and contacts have been hard on everyone. But as restrictions started to ease and the industry begins to open up, LiteNordic, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Norway, Sweden and Denmark, came up with an ingenious way to reconnect with their customers and lighting designers in a safe, fun way after a near two-year hiatus.

Pro Audio Systems Appoints Chris Beardwell

21/09/2021 - People News

UK – Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems has announced the recruitment of Chris Beardwell to the post of video and lighting sales. For more than 30 years, Pro Audio Systems has supplied professional audio for sales, hire and installation, offering bespoke system design and comprehensive technical support to a wide variety of clients. In a response to consistent customer demand, the company recently began to expand its operations in the direction of the video and lighting sectors; Chris joins to oversee this development.

White Light sets the scene for Shakespearean classic under the stars at Kew Gardens

21/09/2021 - Production News

UK – As part of this summer’s Theatre on Kew programme, The Australian Shakespeare Company staged an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream within the uniquely botanical surroundings of Kew Gardens. As an approved supplier at the venue, with an industry-leading reputation for supplying theatre shows, White Light (WL) was chosen to provide all lighting and audio equipment for the project.

Meet The High Output X-Effects LED Projector

20/09/2021 - Equipment News

Rosco has announced an addition to the X-Effects LED family of projectors. Known for creating dynamic lighting effects, the X-Effects LED Projector has been a pivotal tool in a wide range of applications including art installations, film and television productions, and amusement park venues, just to name a few.

MLA Folds Back the Years at Rewind Festival

20/09/2021 - Production News

UK – Although this year Rewind Scotland had to be cancelled, the events at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield (Rewind North) and Temple Island Meadows, outside Henley (Rewind South) went ahead within a month of each other. The event is now back under the management of David Heartfield, whose leisure group Impresario Festivals had previously sold the brand to radio group Global back in 2017.

Mason Felps Gives Rock the South Bold Looks with Chauvet Professional

20/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Homecomings are made all the more moving by music, especially when you’re the one lighting the songs, and even more so when you’re returning to do what you love after a long, hard lockdown. Even rain can’t dampen such a moment. Just ask Mason Felps.

Martin Dudley and ChamSys Captivate at Heaven 17 Roundhouse Show

17/09/2021 - Production News

UK – Art may aspire to the sublime, but it must first work its way through reality. Martin Dudley was reminded of this truism in early September when he and collaborator Malcolm Garrett created the light show for Heaven 17’s shows at the City Hall in the band’s home town of Sheffield and the iconic Roundhouse in London.

Mathieu Cabanes discovers the capabilities of Robert Juliat’s LED Arthur followspot at the Domaine d'O

17/09/2021 - Production News

France – Lighting designer Mathieu Cabanes discovered the new possibilities offered by Robert Juliat's latest 800W LED followspot, Arthur, on Les Folies Broadway, a large symphonic show performed this summer at the Domaine D'O in Montpellier.

Dynacord and Danley announce strategic alignment

17/09/2021 - Business News

Professional audio industry leaders Dynacord and Danley are teaming up to bring complementary product combinations to the global marketplace.

Christie reinvents an industry workhorse with the unveiling of the new M 4K25 RGB pure laser projector

17/09/2021 - Equipment News

Christie has announced the M 4K25 RGB pure laser projector, the smallest, lightest, and quietest all-in-one RGB pure laser projector on the market. The new M 4K25 RGB continues the original M Series legacy of reliability, ruggedness, and innovation.

Swedish Sound Engineers Go on Orchestral Manoeuvres with dLive and Prime Preamps

17/09/2021 - Production News

Sweden – Swedish composer, arranger and conductor Hans Ek has carved out a unique niche in Scandinavian music, operating at the intersection where classical meets jazz, pop, electronica and folk music.

EM Acoustics triumphs at PLASA 2021

17/09/2021 - Event News

UK – PLASA 2021 was hailed as a triumph by all who attended: visitors and exhibitors alike, not least by British loudspeaker company, EM Acoustics, which walked away with a coveted PLASA Innovation Award for its new Reference Series R10 loudspeaker.

PMC Launches a New Loudspeaker Range That Sets the Gold Standard for Studio Monitoring

17/09/2021 - Equipment News

UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is set to turn the world of studio monitoring on its head with the launch of a new and exciting line of compact, state-of-the-art near-and midfield monitors that will redefine the listening experience for every audio professional, whether they are working in stereo or large scale immersive formats.

Proteus Maximus finding a role in film production

17/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Indoor and outdoor film and television production is discovering the many benefits that a powerful, fully automated IP65 LED luminaire can provide on a set. Just ask lighting designer/programmer Jeff Pardee, who has been using the Proteus Maximus from Elation Professional on several recent projects.

POLAR Appoints Richard Ward and Stuart Russell

16/09/2021 - People News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the AV Integration, MI and professional audio markets, has appointed Richard Ward and Stuart Russell as business development managers.

Sennheiser has its finger on the pulse of the music industry

16/09/2021 - Business News

 As part of Sennheiser’s continuing commitment to the music industry, the audio manufacturer has launched a YouTube channel, ‘The Pulse’, designed to give its viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the work of some of the world’s most ingenious creators and innovators. Creating a community of like-minded enthusiasts, The Pulse addresses anyone who is passionate about music and sound, and loves knowledge sharing, too.

BH Sound & Lighting and Chauvet Professional Support Eclectic Acts at Outcider Festival

16/09/2021 - Production News

UK – With all due respect to ale, if there is one drink that represents England almost as much as tea, it’s cider (hard cider to Americans). Britain leads the world in the production and consumption of cider. Almost six out of ten apples grown in the country every year are used to produce the tasty brew.

Robe Show Goes on Big Time at PLASA 2021

16/09/2021 - Event News

UK – Moving and LED lighting manufacturer, Robe, enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of industry professionals reconnecting in person at the 2021 PLASA trade expo in London Olympia last week, which was the UK’s first such entertainment technology post-pandemic event. This year PLASA was staged in conjunction with the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians).

Rock the South Parties with Bandit Lites

16/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Rock the South lived up to its name as the “biggest party in the South,” even with weather delays. Bandit Lites provided the lighting system for the two-day festival, which was produced by 46 Entertainment and designed by Mason Felps.

ETC Fixtures Installed In ICON Music Center

16/09/2021 - Project News

USA – Partech Lighting recently completed an installation package of 12 High End Systems SolaSpot 3000 luminaires in the Andrew Brady ICON Music Center, a new music venue on Cincinnati's riverfront. The state-of-the-art venue features one main floor and two balcony levels overlooking the inside stage.

Optoma Debuts Advanced Remote Management Solution for Audio Visual Displays

16/09/2021 - Equipment News

Optoma has announced its new Optoma Management Suite (OMS), an intuitive display management solution to streamline operations by monitoring, diagnosing and controlling audio visual displays via a local area network and wireless connectivity from a single platform and location. Complementing Optoma’s award-winning display products, OMS is the first management solution that is compatible with other displays that are connected via PJLink, enabling easy integration into existing display fleets while offering differing levels of access and control for users, ensuring devices are securely managed.

A.C. Special Projects Return to Somerset House

16/09/2021 - Project News

UK – More than a decade after it first installed the artistic lighting at the stunning 18th century Somerset House, A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) returns to the site to perform an upgrade to the vestibule lighting.

Shure SLXD Digital Wireless System Delivers Robust Performance for Lucky Voice

16/09/2021 - Project News

UK – Shure has announced that, in collaboration with Pro Audio Systems and PSA4AV, they have upgraded the microphone system at Lucky Voice’s Holborn venue, with the new-to-market SLXD digital wireless system.

Vibrant Fusion Stick FS20s bring Italy’s Casa Italia to life in Tokyo

16/09/2021 - Production News

Japan – The hospitality headquarters for Italy's Olympic team and its partners was based at The Kihinkan – Takanawa Manor House during Tokyo 2020. This wonderful art nouveau building in the Minato district was selected by The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) after inspecting 60 different locations.

Martin Audio Showcases New Product Portfolio and Celebrates 50 Years

16/09/2021 - Event News

UK – Martin Audio returned to its celebrated Open Days for the first time in two years, following the easing of Covid restrictions, which also included both a legacy product walk-through and a lavish party in nearby Marlow to honour the company’s 50th anniversary.

PM – LP244XY Series with LSC2440YS 24-Way Speaker Multicore

16/09/2021 - Equipment News

The LSC2440YS is probably the highest-quality and most rugged 24-way speaker multicore ever produced by KLOTZ AIS. Designed for resilience in the tough world of live performance, the multicore has 24 stranded bare copper wires (class 6, VDE 0295), colour-coded and numbered, and 4.0 mm2 conductor cross-section, all enclosed in an exceptionally durable PVC jacket offering extreme cold resistance. With an additional braided textile layer for stability, the PVC jacket retains its stability and tensile strength under the most extreme conditions of up to -40°C.

Scott Cooper and ASG Audio Visual Create Ironhide Ranger Video with Chauvet Professional

15/09/2021 - Production News

UK – The venerable and rugged Ford Ranger has been used in virtually every conceivable application since it first appeared in 1983, especially when modified into the more muscular “Ironhide” variety. Now it can add another item to its list of incarnations: DJ Stand.

FOH Engineer David Loy Relies on RME During Packed Summer of Country Festivals

15/09/2021 - Production News

USA – After a nearly year-and-a-half break from touring and live performances, David Loy, FOH engineer for country superstar Kane Brown, was ready to hit the road this summer with a packed schedule of country festivals, concerts and state fairs. And with a rigorous schedule based almost solely around outdoor shows, Loy knew he needed an interface and converter that could not only withstand the rigours of touring life but also unpredictable weather conditions. After using a Ferrofish A32 converter on the road for nearly two years and, according to Loy, “beating the life out of it with no issues,” he turned to RME’s MADIface XT interface and the M-32 DA analogue converter to start out the summer touring season this past May.

disguise and ROE Visual Strengthen Strategic Partnership

15/09/2021 - Business News

China – disguise and ROE Visual have announced strengthening their existing strategic partnership. Both companies are jointly recognised as technology suppliers for high-profile extended reality productions. They have left their mark with first-class high-performance products that power spectacular visual experiences across some of the world's biggest broadcast, film, fixed installations, corporate and entertainment events. By turning their current co-operation into a multi-faceted alliance, based on mutual trust and a long-term working relationship, disguise and ROE Visual intend will leverage each other's technical knowledge to benefit their partners and users worldwide.

Ash Soan Uses Neve 88RLB Preamps to Capture the Sound of an Iconic Neve Desk

15/09/2021 - Production News

UK – Neve’s classic 88RS console weighs around two tons and certainly doesn’t fit into most project studios, including the one owned by internationally acclaimed drummer Ash Soan. But when Ash wanted to capture the sound of this iconic desk on his recordings, he found a simple solution in the shape of two Neve 88RLB mono mic preamps.

Justin Kitchenman turns to Elation favourites for Luke Bryan “Proud To Be Right Here” tour

14/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Justin Kitchenman of Align Design Group is using some favourite Elation lights on five-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan’s “Proud To Be Right Here Tour” scheduled through October 16 with 35+ shows. The country music superstar is touring in support of his BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album, which includes his recent smash single “Waves.” The song is enjoying its second week at the top of the country charts and brings Luke’s career #1 tally to 27. “Waves” is also the fifth consecutive #1 single off the project. In addition to the tour, fans can also see Luke’s original five-part 'docuseries' Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service out now.

High spirits as PLASA Show reunites the live sector

14/09/2021 - Event News

UK – PLASA Show returned to Olympia London from 5-7 September, receiving high acclaim and marking a return to normality following the 18 month closure of the live sector. As the first entertainment technology trade show in two years, there was a level of risk involved. However, PLASA Show 2021, along with the ABTT Theatre Show which co-located for one year, succeeded in reuniting the industry for three high spirited and productive days in Olympia’s Grand Hall.

Xilica and Sennheiser Enter Strategic Alliance for Frictionless Collaboration Experiences

14/09/2021 - Business News

Canada – Xilica, a provider of collaboration products that help unlock the power of human connection, has partnered with global audio specialist Sennheiser to develop a tightly integrated room solution that minimises installation time, improves audio quality, and enhances collaboration for end users. The partnership will leverage premium audio products from both companies, offering integrators a seamless way to deploy adaptable, IT-friendly audio conferencing systems.

Kunstmin Dordrecht Invests in Robe T1s

14/09/2021 - Project News

The Netherlands – Schouwburg Kunstmin is a theatre and performing arts venue in the Dordrecht, which has invested in Robe’s T1 Profile LED moving lights, a stylish and refined energy-efficient luminaire designed with the demands and precision of theatre lighting at its core.

Astera PixelBrick Wins PLASA Innovation Award

14/09/2021 - Event News

UK – Astera’s ingenious PixelBrick won a 2021 PLASA Award for Innovation (one of two lighting products out of the six 2021 winners selected from 29 entries) as the PLASA entertainment technology trade show returned to Olympia after a pandemic forced absence in 2020.

Chichester Festival Theatre triumphs with South Pacific and EM Acoustics

14/09/2021 - Production News

UK - After many months of forced closure due to COVID restrictions, the Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) has burst back onto the scene with Daniel Evans’s glorious revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, South Pacific. “Chichester is back with a bang!” says one critic, echoing the sentiments of most, whilst the Guardian dubbed it “A roof-raising triumph.” CFT is indeed back, and with a state-of-the-art EM Acoustics sound system to boot.

Bandit Lites Illuminates Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill 25th Anniversary Tour

14/09/2021 - Production News

USA – When Alanis Morissette released her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill, it not only resonated with an entire generation, its impact and legacy continued to swell for 25 years, inspiring other artists and launching a Tony-award winning musical. And while the Covid-19 pandemic might have paused Morissette’s celebratory tour initially, the icon has returned to the road with a lighting system designed by Nate Cromwell and supplied by Bandit Lites to give audiences all they really want.

Mike Jarvis 1956 – 2021

14/09/2021 - People News

UK – The family of Mike Jarvis are sad to report that Mike passed away on 9th August 2021 at the age of 65. Mike grew up in south Birmingham in a loving home, with his parents Douglas and Peggy and his brother Paul, and it was from his parents that Mike gained his strong morals and sense of fairness.

Tom Kenny and 4Wall Call on 600+ Chauvet Professional Fixtures at Giant Central Park Show

14/09/2021 - Production News

USA – It may well go down as one of the most moving live music moments never seen. At the conclusion of the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert, after a bountiful feast of big looks, New York’s own Paul Simon was to take the stage to sing “The Boxer,” lit only by a soft tungsten glow.

Fabian de Brücker joins Ayrton as regional sales manager

14/09/2021 - People News

France – Ayrton has welcomed Fabian de Brücker to its dynamic sales team. De Brücker joins Ayrton as regional sales manager for all French-speaking countries and regions with effect from 1 September 2021. Brücker’s new role includes responsibility for maintaining a high level of designer relations, as well as promoting and supporting the Ayrton brand across these regions.

Yamaha RIVAGE PM5 Working Nine to Five on UK Theatre Tour

14/09/2021 - Production News

UK - As the theatre industry gets back to more regular working patterns, sound designer Ben Harrison has a Yamaha RIVAGE PM5 digital mixing system working nine to five on a new touring production of the ever-popular Dolly Parton musical.

Martin Audio Helps Protect Breeding Falcons at New Battersea Power Station Regeneration

14/09/2021 - Project News

UK – The high-profile owners of new £20 million penthouse suites at Battersea Power Station, including Sting and Bear Grylls, have been playing second fiddle to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons.

Audient Console Praised for its “Reliability and Solid Sound”

14/09/2021 - Project News

USA – The final touches are being put on the new studio facilities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha this summer. Featuring a 24-channel ASP8024-HE with Dual Layer Control (DLC) in its classroom-sized control room, Recording Studio 381 is a fully stocked, 96-track (64 analogue, 32 Dante), surround-capable recording facility.

Having a whale of a time on the Adriatic – Outline sets the scene in a new trendsetting Riccione venue

13/09/2021 - Project News

Italy – A visit to Riccione is fun all year round, but the “Green Pearl of the Adriatic” – so-called thanks to its tree-lined streets, parks and gardens – is at its best from spring through to summer. From Easter to September it becomes the ideal destination for those who want to spend a weekend or a holiday enjoying everything the resort has to offer.

Tom Kenny lights litany of stars with Elation at “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert”

13/09/2021 - Production News

USA – New Yorkers gathered in Central Park on 21st August to celebrate the city's comeback from Covid-19 with one of the most diverse and star-studded line-ups ever assembled on one stage entertaining beneath a complement of Elation IP-rated luminaires.

TED Returns to the Stage with Support from Sennheiser

10/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Audio manufacturer Sennheiser has partnered with TED, the global organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, to ensure that the audio technology behind TED Talks is as cutting edge as the content that the brand is known to deliver. Sennheiser has built a one-of-a-kind headset microphone for TED speakers that reliably delivers top notch sound, while matching the sleek and minimalist aesthetic of the brand. The new headsets debuted alongside the Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless Microphone System at TEDMonterey 2021 in August, the first in-person TED conference since 2019 featuring such speakers as Adam Grant and Lizzo.

CPL Supplies Video production for Camper Calling Festival

10/09/2021 - Production News

UK – The CPL crew, led by Lee Gruszeckyj, were delighted to be back working on a festival site again providing video design and production for Camper Calling 2021 which took place over four days at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire during the UK’s August Bank Holiday weekend.

Robe Gets Monumental in France

10/09/2021 - Production News

France – The Monumental Tour is a brilliant and innovative visual and musical concept initiated by DJ and music producer Michael Canitrot and visual activists AV-Extended, in conjunction with French co-operative bank Credit Mutuel, which encompasses unique streamed electronic music performances and collaborations with epic, iconic and outstanding monumental sites all around France.

Monitor Mixer James Gueness Hits the Road with Rüfüs Du Sol and SSL Live L550 Console

10/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Grammy-nominated Australian electronic dance music trio Rüfüs Du Sol recently returned to the road following a 12-month hiatus with two sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado in preparation for a string of US festival and tour dates later this year. James Gueness, the band’s long-time monitor engineer, took the opportunity to reconfigure his set-up, replacing an extensive collection of outboard equipment with three Solid State Logic Fusion stereo analogue outboard processors driven from an SSL Live L550 digital audio mixing console.

David Launay Joins Chauvet Professional

10/09/2021 - People News

France – Continuing to build on the knowledge and industry insights that have guided its impressive growth, Chauvet Professional has added David Launay to its team as a product specialist.

Finland Premieres ICVFX Studio with ROE Visual

10/09/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – Fireframe has finalised the build of a brand new ICVFX Studio in Helsinki, premiering the virtual production technology for Finland. ROE Visual LED products are at the heart of this high-tech facility. The studio has been hosting demo days for local talent. Still, it will kick off a wider campaign in September by hosting private events for the international film industry players to experience the studio's capabilities.

Turandot premiere at quarry opera inspires with PIXERA

10/09/2021 - Production News

Austria – Giacomo Puccini‘s last opera, Turandot, has charmed lovers of classical music for almost 100 years, with its unforgettable arias and dramatic, fairy tale-like story.

Sennheiser brings Evolution Wireless Digital to KitPlus Show in London

10/09/2021 - Event News

UK – Following the successful KitPlus Show at MediaCityUK in Salford, Sennheiser is heading to the KitPlus London event at the iconic Twickenham Stadium on 14th September to showcase its Evolution Wireless Digital, Digital 6000 System with ultra-light, SK6212 digital mini-bodypack, and its full range of MKE microphones for mobile content creation applications. Additionally, the audio manufacturer will present studio monitors and the latest solutions from Neumann, such as the V 402 state-of-the-art microphone preamp and NDH 20 headphones.

EM Acoustics proudly accept a PLASA Award for Innovation for the ground-breaking R10

10/09/2021 - Event News

UK – The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced on Monday at the PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team was comprised of nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds.

Christie GS Series laser projector and Pandoras Box Version 8 light up Ishmael with dazzling visuals

10/09/2021 - Production News

Australia – Christie has announced its continued collaboration with Dead Puppet Society, an Australia-based production house and design company with international reach, by providing projection and content management support for its latest visual-theatre performance, Ishmael.

Showtools International and Chauvet Professional Add New Dimension to Melbourne Recital Centre

09/09/2021 - Project News

Australia – Walking down Sturt Street, it is all but impossible not to be intrigued by the three-storey building at the corner of Southbank Boulevard. One look at the Melbourne Recital Hall, with its steel and glass lattice façade resembling a honeycomb, and playfully designed white frame defying rigid conventions, instantly tickles the imagination.

Italy's Mediaset Acquires Several Solid State Logic System T Platforms for its Broadcast Operations

09/09/2021 - Project News

Italy – Mediaset, Italy's pre-eminent privately-owned communications and commercial broadcasting group, began a transition to an all-IP infrastructure several years ago, refurbishing its facilities and replacing the legacy audio mixing consoles at its three broadcast centres. As part of that process, Mediaset has taken delivery of eight Solid State Logic System T networked broadcast production platforms comprising S500 control surfaces in a variety of frame sizes from 32 to 64 faders, all powered by SSL Tempest T80 engines, and has started installing them in its studios and OB trucks.

Century-old Alabama Church Welcomes Renkus-Heinz ICLive X Series to Support Thriving Music Programme

09/09/2021 - Project News

USA – First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Prattville, Alabama, spent the past year renovating its sanctuary as more than a century has passed since the initial build and nearly a decade has gone by since its last major update. FUMC cleaned, refurbished, and restored systems to better meet the needs of its 1,000, and growing, assembly and provide for a wider range of service presentations and performances. Key to the upgrade is a Renkus-Heinz backed audio system offering impressive clarity in live performances as well as crisp intelligibility of the spoken word.

Absen Embarks on European Tour

09/09/2021 - Event News

Europe – International LED manufacturer, Absen, is due to embark on a tour of events around Europe to present its MicroLED and Jade Dragon (JD) series LED panels to attendees of three major industry events in the region.

Neumann Monitors for Immersive Audio at Metropolis Studios, London

09/09/2021 - Project News

UK – From the moment it opened 35 years ago, Metropolis has been a unique studio. Its home is The Power House in Chiswick, West London, a show-piece of Victorian architecture built to house the London Tram System. The building was, in fact, never used for that purpose and sat derelict for 80 years, before being lovingly restored to keep its industrial heritage to the fore but allowing its five floors to hold Metropolis’s four state-of-the-art recording studios, five iconic mastering rooms, over a dozen writing, production and mixing rooms and a full-service bar. It has now added a fifth studio to this impressive list, which features a fully certified Dolby Atmos system, based entirely around Neumann monitors.

First ST2110 Studio Project in Russia: TV Center Moscow in Control with Lawo VSM, V__matrix and SMART

09/09/2021 - Project News

Russia – TV Center (TVC) in Moscow, the state-run TV station with the fourth largest coverage area in Russia, has embraced IP with Lawo video, networking and control systems.

Rising country star Hardy out with Zac Coren-designed Elation rig

09/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Singer/songwriter Hardy is a rising star on the country music circuit and with that newfound fame comes an opportunity to up his on-stage game in order to appeal to an even wider audience. Out in support of his highly praised debut album ‘A Rock,’ which came out last fall and includes the No. 1 hit single "One Beer," Hardy is touring with an upgraded lighting rig of Elation DARTZ 360, Artiste Picasso and other lighting fixtures. Lighting design is by Zac Coren.

Kingside Studio Updates its Workflow with a Neve 8424 Console

09/09/2021 - Project News

Sweden – Kingside Studio has become the latest recording facility in Sweden to install a Neve 8424 console and benefit from the unparalleled connectivity that this flexible console delivers.

Chameleon Rental Sets Stage at Kaleidoskop Kulture Opening with Chauvet Professional

08/09/2021 - Production News

Serbia – On its website, Kaleidoskop Kulture describes its mission as one of promoting “a unique image of diversity.” A look at this ambitious project’s itinerary is enough to convince anyone that this is no idle claim. Just about every form of human creativity is displayed, studied, and discussed at the event, which began on 2 September in the city centre of this historic Serbian town on the banks of the Danube.

Cody James Creates Live Vibe for Killswitch Engage Livestream with Chauvet Professional

08/09/2021 - Production News

USA – Stuffed animals aren’t something usually associated with a band like hardcore metal giants Killswitch Engage. Still, the fluffy playthings helped create a sense of intimacy this summer when the Grammy-nominated quintet recorded a video of their latest album “Atonement.”

Set the scene this holiday season with Polar Crisp series atmospheric snow effects

08/09/2021 - Equipment News

Magmatic atmospheric effects is offering two dependable snow machines in its Polar series of high-volume snow effects that make it easy to create wintry scenes of natural-looking snow. Perfect for any seasonal production, in stock and ready for delivery are the compact and lightweight Crisp and the road case-protected Crisp Max with 20-litre fluid tank.

PLASA Innovation Award winners announced!

07/09/2021 - Event News

UK – The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. The Awards, run association with LSi Magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating pioneering technology, through new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency or performance.

Ayrton sponsors the Women in Lighting project

07/09/2021 - Business News

Ayrton is a new sponsor for Women in Lighting, the international support and networking project for women in both architectural and entertainment lighting. Ayrton’s primary aim is to raise awareness of, and expand, this global network across the entertainment lighting industry.

“My go-to choice”: Pixelbug counts on its new grandMA3 onPC command wing

07/09/2021 - Production News

India – When it comes to lighting production, young aspiring lighting designers Sachin Dunakhe and Amey Pendharkar are always keen to experiment. Settling for mundane work is not in their professional DNA, and that’s why they have invested recently in the unique grandMA3 onPC command wing. With this they have inscribed a new success story for their lighting company, Pixelbug, which is based in Pune, India.

Martin Audio MLA Helps Crystal Palace Bowl Recapture Past Glories

07/09/2021 - Production News

UK – With the new month-long South Facing Festival, music has returned to the Crystal Palace Bowl, scene of legendary rock shows in the 1970s. The site’s revival has been led by The Crystal Palace Trust after securing substantial funding.

Second House of Hits Studio Opens in Miami with Audient

07/09/2021 - Project News

USA – “In the last year we probably had around 100 platinum records recorded through these consoles,” says House of Hits owner, Vinny DeLeon. The consoles he refers to are the two Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition desks he now owns. The first is in the original studio, the second at the heart of ‘House of Hits phase two’ which opened in July, yet was still on the drawing board just a few short months ago.

Mixed white or not mixed white, that is the question (even Shakespeare knew it’s not an easy decision)

07/09/2021 - Event News

The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colours? In the end, it all depends on your needs.

Norwest sets vast Optocore network for Tokyo 2020 Opening/Closing ceremonies

06/09/2021 - Production News

Japan – The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies almost certainly represented the largest deployment of Optocore audio network devices ever seen.

Martin MAC Encore Performance CLDs extend Dorfman Theatre’s move towards total LED

06/09/2021 - Project News

UK - After making substantial investments in Martin by Harman MAC Encore Performance LED fixtures in separate tranches over the past three years in part of a major overhaul of its three theatres, the National Theatre recently completed the upgrade to the Dorfman Theatre, as the space heads towards becoming 100% LED. Their investment in MAC Encore Performance CLD fixtures for the first time moves it into an entirely sustainable LED environment, including focusable house lights.

The ALPD is backing the full lighting team and celebrating innovation at PLASA London 2021

06/09/2021 - Event News

UK – The ALPD is exhibiting at this year’s PLASA London (5-7 September – Olympia, London) with its new name and identity that proclaim its representation and inclusivity of the full lighting team. The ALPD is located in the ABTT Show Hub on stand ABTT17.

Yamaha and NEXO Showcase Latest Products at PLASA Show 2021

06/09/2021 - Event News

UK – Yamaha and NEXO are showing their latest professional audio products at the PLASA Show, taking place at London’s Olympia from 5th - 7th September 2021.

A Great Journey for grandMA3: “It was fantastic to see grandMA3 help unlock so many creative possibilities”

06/09/2021 - Production News

China – A grandMA3 control system was chosen to run a spectacular show with over 4,000 lighting fixtures, 3,000 of which were moving lights, and approximately 90,000 parameters at the National Stadium in Beijing, in a massive, live televised event with a cast of thousands that was one part of events commemorating 100 years of the Chinese Communist Party.

Stuttgart. Ein Traum is Mad for iSpiiders

03/09/2021 - Production News

Germany – Robe’s waterproof iSpiiders wash beam LED moving lights provided a perfect solution for the recent production of “Stuttgart. Ein Traum” (Stuttgart. A Dream) a lively, funny and innovative new work that is a collage of street, puppet, physical and ensemble theatre performance referencing the city’s history and culture, created in a collaboration between Stuttgart Staatsgalerie, the Schauspielbühnen Theatre.

Solid State Logic Live L100 Console Plays Central Role for Streaming Worship Services at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge

03/09/2021 - Project News

USA – Calvary Chapel Old Bridge non-denominational Christian church, located in central New Jersey, has upgraded its broadcast facilities with a Solid State Logic Live L100 console, which joins an SSL Live L200 console at front of house that was installed during a PA system overhaul in 2017. Wired! Ministry, the church’s audio-visual technology department, chose the L100 based on the performance and compatibility of the two Live consoles, ensuring that congregants worshipping at home during the pandemic experience the best possible audio quality during livestreamed services.

Robert Juliat SpotMe for National Theatre’s Under Milk Wood

03/09/2021 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer, Tim Lutkin employed two Robert Juliat SpotMe systems in their first double use at the National Theatre on this summer’s hugely successful production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.

Chauvet Acquires Kino Flo

03/09/2021 - Business News

USA – In a move that will significantly expand its capabilities to serve the global film, studio and broadcast markets, Chauvet has announced that it has acquired Kino Flo, a leader in LED lighting systems and colour science technologies. Kino Flo is a multi-award-winning manufacturer of lighting systems engineered for cinema and television production.

Chroma-Q Provides Great Results for Limelite Lighting

03/09/2021 - Production News

UK – Renowned lighting rental and production management company, Limelite Lighting has further invested in Chroma-Q’s innovative lighting solutions.

Mobeon equips next-gen studio with fos/4

03/09/2021 - Project News

USA – The hosts of the popular YouTube channel, Game Theory, wanted to produce a record-setting and award-winning live-stream event to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To make sure it was a success YouTube Originals, Game Theory and St. Jude Children’s hospital partnered with Mobeon Studios in Burbank to bring it to life. Mobeon, in turn, partnered with Justin Preston of Preston Productions. Preston decided this was the perfect opportunity to use ETC’s fos/4 Panel fixtures. The event was a smash success, raising $3.1 million for St. Jude’s. The lights were also a success, impressing Mobeon Studios so much they bought an entire new rig of fos/4 fixtures.

Neumann Monitors for Immersive Audio at Axis Audio Nashville

03/09/2021 - Project News

USA – A mastering engineer who has worked on Grammy nominated projects, Mike Monseur, and mix engineer Webster Tileston have become more familiar with the immersive audio format over the course of the last year, the pair has come to appreciate its potential and have subsequently launched their own music mixing and mastering facility, Axis Audio. The new world-class mixing and mastering facility is outfitted with no less than 14 Neumann KH Series speakers in an immersive 7.1.4 monitor layout.

ChamSys Showcases Expanded Control Options and Training at PLASA

02/09/2021 - Event News

UK – One lucky visitor who attends a training session at the ChamSys PLASA stand (E23) will win a nifty prize: a new special edition Red MagicQ PC Wing. But even those who don’t win will take away something invaluable: insights into a series of products that will elevate their level of control over shows to new heights, as the company showcases its expanded line of MagicQ Stadium consoles.

Allen & Heath Appoint New Japanese Distributor

02/09/2021 - Business News

Japan – Allen & Heath has named Tokyo-based Hibino Intersound as distributor for Live, MI and Install products in Japan.

Stuart Leader Joins Audiologic as Senior Sales Manager

01/09/2021 - People News

UK – Audiologic has announced that after almost ten years at POLAR, well known industry figure, Stuart Leader joins the team as senior sales manager.

Obsidian Control Systems releases ONYX Version 4.6; announces new ONYX Keys and partnership with AtlaBase

01/09/2021 - Equipment News

The next evolution of the popular ONYX lighting control platform introduces a vast variety of new features and improvements in the new software Version 4.6 for Obsidian Control Systems’ NX consoles and PC systems.

Have a drink on us! Sennheiser brings EW-D to PLASA Show in London

01/09/2021 - Event News

UK – Sennheiser is pleased to be back on the floor at the PLASA Show, the UK's flagship event for live entertainment technology, which takes place at Olympia London from 5-7 September 2021. Taking centre stage at this year's event will be Evolution Wireless Digital (EW-D), Sennheiser’s brand new UHF digital system with increased bandwidth, the highest input dynamic range and lowest latency of any digital wireless system currently available.

Michael T. Strickland Honored by Academy of Country Music

01/09/2021 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites founder and chair Michael T. Strickland was bestowed the ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award at Wednesday night’s Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honours. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group, or industry leader for a specific, unprecedented, or outstanding achievement in the field of country music during the preceding calendar year. Strickland was voted as the winner by members of the ACM in a rare unanimous vote.

Brian Alston Upgrades his Studio with a Neve 8424 Console

01/09/2021 - Project News

USA – Installing a Neve console in his project studio in Northern Arizona, USA, is a dream come true for producer and songwriter Brian Alston as he has been a huge fan of the Neve sound for many years but never thought he would be able to own a console of his own.

Anne-Marie performs to live audience with Britannia Row at British Grand Prix Concert

01/09/2021 - Production News

UK – World-renowned audio rental provider, Britannia Row Productions, marked its return to outdoor live music in the UK by providing a control package for Anne-Marie’s Saturday set at the 2021 Pirelli British Grand Prix, held at Silverstone in July.

Dynacord launches SONICUE Control app for iOS along with new SONICUE software release offering enhanced functionality

01/09/2021 - Equipment News

Dynacord has made new additions to the SONICUE sound system software ecosystem. The first sees the release of the SONICUE Control app for iOS devices and, in conjunction with this, the release of SONICUE V1.2.2 adds enhanced functionality to the solution.

Claypaky Mythos 2 Selected for New Carteret (NJ) Performing Arts & Events Center

01/09/2021 - Project News

USA – The Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center (CPAC) has opened in central New Jersey with 16 Claypaky Mythos 2 fixtures in the lighting rig of the 1,600-seat Grand Hall. Theatrical consultant Bill Marshall of Harvey Marshall Berling Associates tasked Devon Allen with designing the lighting system and specifying the fixtures for the main floor auditorium. Allen, a lighting and production designer for venues and studios, heads New York City-based Devon Allen Production Design, LLC.

RIVAGE PM7 is Opera Wrocławska’s New Star Performer

01/09/2021 - Project News

Poland – Streamed performances have become a routine way of taking the performing arts to audiences on a scale that nobody could have anticipated just 18 months ago. After difficulties with the technical sound production of Opera Wrocławska’s first streamed production, a Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system has changed everything for its audio department.

Creative Technology UK Appoint New Head of Client Relationships

01/09/2021 - People News

UK – Creative Technology’s UK operation has recently created a new senior-level position, head of client relationships.

Elation IP-rated rig no illusion at Brooklyn Mirage

01/09/2021 - Production News

USA – The Brooklyn Mirage is an aptly named open-air live music venue located in the heart of New York City’s most populous borough. The unique sanctuary in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn recently reopened after a 15-month hiatus and now greets crowds of eager live music fans with a state-of-the-art IP-rated lighting package from Elation Professional.

KV2 Audio primes demo room at PLASA 2021

01/09/2021 - Event News

UK – KV2, like so many, is eagerly looking forward to exhibiting at its first live trade show since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. PLASA 2021 at London’s Olympia will offer the opportunity to meet customers and colleagues in person as well as offering live demos in their exclusive demo room.

What to expect at PLASA Show 2021

01/09/2021 - Event News

UK – PLASA Show, the capital event for live entertainment technology, will finally re-open its doors and reunite industry professionals at Olympia London this weekend following a two year hiatus. Taking place from Sunday 5th - Tuesday 7th September, leading brands from pro audio, AV, lighting and stage technologies will take up residence in Olympia’s Grand Hall, alongside the ABTT Theatre Show which is re-locating for one year only.

Data Strategy showcases new SimplyPats integration with QC-check at PLASA London 2021

01/09/2021 - Event News

UK – At this year’s PLASA Show, on stand D4, Data Strategy will showcase QC-Check’s integration with SimplyPATS, a software program that specialises in providing the download of data from over 50 potable appliance testers. This integration was developed to allow QC-Check to import into its database the test results from other manufacturers’ Portable Appliance Testers. The icing on the cake is the facility to use the powerful QC-Check database to selectively filter equipment requiring a test into manageable chunks of data and download it to the client testers.

Z-VT’s WPM Wows Audiences and Sound Engineers Alike in Linz Castle Park

01/09/2021 - Production News

Austria – For the first time, Linz State Theater (Landestheater Linz) moved outside in order to beat COVID restrictions for its summer series of opera/operettas, dance, plays and galas. The Schlosspark at Linz Castle provided an impressive alternative setting for the month-long programme in the Austrian city.

BLUMANO Launches Blumano East Asia

01/09/2021 - Business News

East Asia – BLUMANO, entertainment-industry consultants in safety and machinery design, is expanding into the Asian market with the announcement of BLUMANO East Asia. The addition of this first-class base will work closely with BLUMANO's network of offices in Ireland, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands.