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New Video Release on A4i.t v – Understanding the Beaufort scale

23/05/2019

Six ‘Theatres at Risk’ get a helping hand from Theatres Trust

23/05/2019

d&b audiotechnik appoints Amptec as new BeNeLux distributor

17/05/2019

Lightpower takes over exclusive Ayrton distribution for Germany

16/05/2019

Claypaky announces a restructure to its sales organisation in Germany and Austria till the end of 2019

16/05/2019

A4i.tv video on spigot connectors released

16/05/2019

ArKaos Adds Entedi to UK and Ireland Distribution

13/05/2019

Backstage Academy Wins Prestigious Educate North Award

10/05/2019

Peavey Commercial Audio appoints Mediamotion AG as exclusive distribution partner for Germany and Austria

10/05/2019

Green-GO extends network with new distribution partners

09/05/2019

LTM Opens New Hoist Training Room

09/05/2019

Claypaky goes for direct sales in the United Kingdom

08/05/2019

Ambersphere streamlines product portfolio

08/05/2019

Music & Lights appoints LightNeq S.R.O as distributor in Czech Republic

03/05/2019

AC-ET and AC-ET Ireland Appointed Distributors for PureLink's IPAV Pro Series of Ruggedised 4K Transmission Solutions

01/05/2019

Theatres Trust awards £29,000 to theatres across the UK so they can serve their communities better

01/05/2019

Shure Helps Music Venue Survive After Devastating Incident

30/04/2019

Attero Tech Appoints Audiologic

29/04/2019

Eramita to Distribute Renkus-Heinz in Greece

29/04/2019

Clair Brothers Adds Central California’s Freestyle Event Services to its Growing Team of Top Production Partners

29/04/2019

TMB Appoints Audio Acustica as Distribution Partner for Mexico

26/04/2019

Yamaha Commercial Audio Appoints Stage Electrics as Premium Partner

25/04/2019

BackStage Pass – Fred Foster

24/04/2019

SIXTY82 appoints Audiosales s.r.l. as Italian distributor

24/04/2019

Harlequin Floors reports record global growth as demand soars for high-quality performance floors and stages

24/04/2019

New Video Release on A4i.t v – Understanding the Beaufort scale

New Video Release on A4i.t v – Understanding the Beaufort scale

In the newest entertaining and educationa video release on A4i.tv, Area Four Industries technical director Dipl-Ing. Norbert Tripp discusses the history of the Beaufort scale and how it works. He dives into the differences between wind speed, wind force and wind pressure, and how this scale is used to measure them.

By the end of the video, viewers will have a far better understanding of the Beaufort scale and why it’s important for helping ensure the safety of truss structures.

View the video here

 

 

23rd May 2019

Six ‘Theatres at Risk’ get a helping hand from Theatres Trust

UK – A total of £90,000 worth of support awarded as part of the new Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme.

Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatre, has announced the six theatres that will receive support through the first round of its Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme:

  • Burnley Empire

  • Morecambe Winter Gardens

  • Peterborough New Theatre

  • Salford Victoria

  • Spilsby Theatre

  • Swindon Mechanics’ Institute

The programme is designed to support theatres on the Trust’s Theatres at Risk Register to commission expert advice and acquire the skills and knowledge to push forward capital projects to help save their theatres.

This round of funding will support projects ranging from a ceiling void inspection to governance training to viability studies. The theatres are all on the Theatres at Risk Register 2019 but are at various stages in their journey to restoration and revival.

Musician, actor and Theatres Trust trustee Gary Kemp says: “We know how difficult it can be for theatres to raise funding for the early stage concept and viability works and for organisational support. These first stages of a project provide the vital foundations for both project and organisation, and we hope that with this support, these theatres will be able to make real progress.”

Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme is supported by Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust, Swire Charitable Trust and individual donors.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England says: “It’s great news that two of the historic theatres on the Heritage at Risk Register – Grade II* listed Morecambe Winter Gardens in Lancashire and Grade II* listed Mechanics Institute in Swindon – are being given a vital helping hand by being awarded a grant from this important new scheme. We are delighted to support this programme and to be able to provide our technical advice and expertise to help save important theatres.”

Georgina Nayler of the Pilgrim Trust says: “The Pilgrim Trust recognises the importance of supporting theatres at risk to save their buildings and give them a viable and sustainable future. This is not just because so many of the buildings are of outstanding significance, but also because a restored, vibrant and well visited theatre building can assist with the regeneration of the centres of our towns and cities. We are delighted to be funding this programme.”

Martha Allfrey Trustee of the Swire Charitable Trust says: “The Swire Charitable Trust is delighted to be supporting the Theatres Trust’s Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme. We applaud its goal of removing vulnerable theatres from the Theatres at Risk Register, thus securing the future of these vital cultural, community and heritage assets. Theatres Trust’s unique and intense work with these theatres can lend support in so many ways, offering exciting opportunities to the community and campaign groups involved – we will follow the progress of each project with great interest.”

23rd May 2019

d&b audiotechnik appoints Amptec as new BeNeLux distributor

d&b audiotechnik appoints Amptec as new BeNeLux distributor

Europe – d&b audiotechnik has announced the brand’s existing distributor for Belgium, Amptec, will now distribute the full range of d&b products across the Netherlands and Luxembourg, effective immediately.

Established almost 30 years ago, Amptec is a highly respected pro audio distributor and solutions provider in the BeNeLux region, with a reputation for quality and service.

“d&b has already enjoyed many fruitful years working in close collaboration with Amptec in the Belgian market and we see great potential for our partnership in the future,” says Phill Coe, territory manager EMEA at d&b audiotechnik. “Working with Amptec for the whole BeNeLux region ensures that our customers will benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience supporting both touring and installation projects across multiple markets.”

Amptec’s growth in recent years has coincided with the appointment of experienced industry professionals; distribution of d&b in the Netherlands will be led by Amptec sales director, Bart Hilberink.

“Initial activity in the market, including investment in the SL-Series by Dutch rental company HVR Show Equipment, confirms the significant potential we expect d&b to have in the Netherlands,” states Hilberink. “We’re thrilled to be announcing this expansion at a time of great strategic importance as d&b brings industry leading technology to the market in the form of the SL-Series and d&b Soundscape.”

“On a daily basis over 50 Amptec colleagues will be delivering high quality professional audio solutions,” says Bart Willems, CEO of Amptec BVBA, “setting the benchmark for quality and service, whilst adapting to new trends and technological evolution. We’re excited to be advancing our relationship with d&b, and look forward to delivering democracy for listeners from Amsterdam to Zwolle and beyond.”

17th May 2019

Lightpower takes over exclusive Ayrton distribution for Germany

Lightpower takes over exclusive Ayrton distribution for Germany

Germany – Ayrton and Lightpower have announced that, from the 1st July 2019, Lightpower will take over the exclusive distribution of Ayrton in Germany. Throughout the past years Ayrton has increasingly established itself on the market as a major force with its product solutions and can currently be found in numerous renowned projects worldwide.

"We are looking forward to working with Ayrton,” states Herbert Marx, sales director of Lightpower. “Ayrton is an extremely dynamic brand with innovative, market-leading products of the highest quality. Ayrton's high-quality standards and product and portfolio strategy are a perfect match for Lightpower."

“It is a big step for Ayrton to join forces with Lightpower,” comments Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director. “A short four years after introducing Ayrton to the German market, it is now time for the next distribution level. To have a broader sales approach, to develop new markets and to also offer convincing service on the after sales side.”

With Lightpower, Ayrton has the strongest German partner by its side, excelling through market proximity, comprehensive service and support and over 40 years of experience.

In picture: Philipp Wezorke (Lightpower), Herbert Marx (Lightpower), Michael Althaus (Ayrton) and Manfred Lütkemeyer (Lightpower).

16th May 2019

Claypaky announces a restructure to its sales organisation in Germany and Austria till the end of 2019

Europe – Claypaky has announced that it is going to restructure its sales organisation in Germany and Austria at the end of 2019.

This realignment will ensure that all customers will continue to have the best possible access to Claypaky’s premium products and benefit from a professional technical support. Lightpower will be the distributor in Germany and Austria until 30 September 30.

However, after so many years of partnership the two companies agreed to manage the transition in a smooth and professional way so that all Claypaky customers enjoy the full range of services they have been used to.

“We will personally inform our customers in Germany and Austria about the details of our new structure in a timely manner and ensure a smooth transition”, assures Pio Nahum, CEO of Claypaky.

Finally, Claypaky would like to thank its long-standing partner Lightpower for the successful and professional co-operation.

www.claypaky.com

16th May 2019

Claypaky

A4i.tv video on spigot connectors released

A4i.tv video on spigot connectors released

A4i.tv has just released the first video of a four part series on truss connection systems.

In this first video, Area Four Industries technical director, Norbert Tripp, addresses the conventional spigot connection system. He provides the main points on how it works, its advantages and the stresses involved.

Three more videos on truss connection systems are to follow soon.

Click here to view the video.

16th May 2019

ArKaos Adds Entedi to UK and Ireland Distribution

ArKaos Adds Entedi to UK and Ireland Distribution

UK – Digital media specialist and leading provider of real-time visual processing technologies for the entertainment industry, ArKaos, has announced that with immediate effect its dynamic product range will be distributed by and available throughout the UK and Ireland via sales specialist Entedi.

Entedi is a technology equipment solutions provider, supplying clients in the stage, concert, theatre, corporate event, production, rental, venues and installations sectors, among many others.

This announcement coincides with the two-day PLASA Focus expo in Leeds next (14th & 15th May) where key ArKaos products, including the new 4K Studio range of media servers and its famous MediaMaster Pro software, will be presented by Entedi on stand Number N-D31.

Says ArKaos MD Agnes Wojewoda: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Entedi with its dedication to premium products and service. It will broaden the availability and support for ArKaos products generally throughout the UK and Ireland and open new doors through the expertise, enthusiasm and extensive industry contacts of Entedi’s MD Cally Bacchus and his fantastic team!”

Cally himself commented: “We are very pleased to be representing ArKaos as an innovator at the cutting edge of the constantly evolving world of digital communications. As a brand with such a strong reputation and identity, we are looking forward to a positive and long-term working relationship with a great future ahead.”

ArKaos’ new 4K Studio Servers provide a highly effective solution with extremely high-quality rendering performance that is easy and intuitive to run from a lighting console. Eight of these recently featured on the German edition of Dancing on Ice.

ArKaos’ ground-breaking MediaMaster Pro software is designed to be right at the heart of a diversity of practical entertainment and architainment video and media solutions. The latest version of this powerful and flexible control architecture will be demonstrated at PLASA Focus Leeds.

ArKaos is also well known for Kling-Net, its revolutionary plug-and-play control protocol for the quick and easy operation of current and future LED fixtures and pixel based light sources. This enables the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices (e.g. LED wash or beam fixtures, LED panels, etc.) over Ethernet. Using Kling-Net, a heterogenic network of display devices from different manufacturers can be created and all controlled from one computer or user interface.

ArKaos’ Benjamin Bauwens will be at PLASA Focus with the Entedi team to demonstrate these products and answer any questions.

13th May 2019

Backstage Academy Wins Prestigious Educate North Award

Backstage Academy Wins Prestigious Educate North Award

UK – Backstage Academy, the leading live event production educational facility, has picked up a prestigious Educate North Award.

Judged by an independent panel, the awards celebrate best practice and excellence in the education sector in the north of England, and after previously being shortlisted, Backstage Academy’s successful nomination came in the Business/Industry Collaboration – HE/FE Sector.

The judges commented that this was a fantastic project with clear benefits. They also felt this institution had an innovative commercial view addressing the skills shortage and improving employability, providing great results in a thriving sector.

Backstage Academy vice principal, Rachel Nicholson, led the team at the official ceremony, which took place on 25 April at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. This was attended by over 300 education professionals from Further and Higher Education institutions from across the North, together with a range of suppliers.

She said: “We are so proud to have won this prestigious award in such a strongly contested category. Our industry collaborations are integral to everything we do at Backstage Academy, so to be recognised for our unique approach to specialist education and training is a huge achievement for our students, staff and industry partners.”

The initiative is staged by Carm Productions, in partnership with Prolific North and Don’t Panic.

10th May 2019

Peavey Commercial Audio appoints Mediamotion AG as exclusive distribution partner for Germany and Austria

Peavey Commercial Audio appoints Mediamotion AG as exclusive distribution partner for Germany and Austria

Europe – Peavey Commercial Audio has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Mediamotion AG to service the German and Austrian markets. Established in 1995, Mediamotion specialises in the supply of sound reinforcement, lighting, video, and conference system technologies.

Based in Cologne, Mediamotion offers a wide range of services from rental to sales to project planning, system design and installation. A skilled team of technical specialists is on hand to assist customers in the design, planning and execution of their projects. The company also distributes several well-known pro audio/AV brands, including Peavey Commercial Audio.

Christoph Sesseck, PCA’s European sales manager, sees the partnership with Mediamotion as an important step in expanding sales throughout Germany and Austria. “Mediamotion is already involved in every market that is important to us,” he says. “That includes everything from performance venues to event technology, conferencing, public address and more. By partnering with Mediamotion, we are confident that we can reach new customers and make our Peavey Commercial Audio, MediaMatrix and Crest Audio products more accessible.”

CEO of Mediamotion AG, Martin Broscheid, is equally pleased with the partnership which he sees as an important addition to Mediamotion’s sales portfolio. “We’re very pleased to represent Peavey,” he declares. “There is hardly an audio task that cannot be solved using Peavey products, which therefore offers us even greater choice when it comes to proposing solutions to our customers. Indeed, our first few months of cooperation have proved that we are able to work together very efficiently to develop joint solutions that work for everybody.”

10th May 2019

Green-GO extends network with new distribution partners

Green-GO extends network with new distribution partners
Green-GO extends network with new distribution partners

Australia & South Africa – ELC Lighting, manufacturer of the innovative, multi-award winning Green-GO digital intercom system for event production and broadcast applications, has announced the appointment of two new distribution partners for the popular Green-GO range. Event Communications Australia takes responsibility for the brand in the Australian market, while Electrosonic SA is appointed as distributor for South Africa.

Sydney-based Event Communications Australia, founded by Peter Cochrane and Frank Madzin, is a

respected, specialist provider of professional comms systems for the event production market. To meet the demand for Green-GO across Australia’s vast geographical area, the company has formed close working relationships with partners around the country. In addition, they recently recruited Robbi Nassi, a well-known figure in South Africa’s production industry, as a Green-GO specialist.

Nassi comments: “We see great potential for Green-GO Digital in this market. It has been extremely well received, as if the market has been waiting for such a product for a long time. We’ve seen success from live events through to broadcast, and we’re sure it will continue its growth into sporting events and other exciting potential areas of use.

“The Green-GO system is easy to grasp, yet offers powerful control and the ability to interface with existing Party-line systems, two-way radio, four-wire devices, remote bridging and all completely scalable. This is the winning solution behind the Green-GO product range. It’s the only IP-based event communications system on the market, it’s well priced and offers a simple solution for basic to complex communication.”

Nassi joined Event Communications from his previous role at Johannesburg-based Electrosonic SA, South Africa’s leading distributor of Pro Audio Visual and Live Event products, and made sure to recommend Green-GO his former colleagues. Taking a closer look, they found the technology to be an ideal fit for their distribution portfolio.

Electrosonic SA director Bruce Schwartz explains: “IP-based products are the standard in any professional application today, and we have been on this curve for quite some time. We picked up the agency for a leading network and signal distribution product about three years ago and have seen this grow from strength to strength in South Africa. Adding Green-GO to our mix further cements our commitment to providing quality, complementary, solutions-based products, along with the stock and support required by the industry.”

Schwartz adds: “Green-GO is a comprehensive range, suitable for many applications and vertical markets. We see the primary application in the live events space and the theatre market, two areas where we are very strong. However, the Green-GO distribution has already opened up other markets for us, which is fantastic.”

Green-GO’s Silvio Cibien says: “We welcome Event Communications Australia and Electrosonic South Africa to our growing family. Both companies are experts in their markets, have a passion for production and put their customers first, all of which makes them ideal partners for Green-GO. We are excited to hear more about the possibilities for customers in these territories.”

With these latest appointments, Green-GO’s global sales network now extends to 42 countries worldwide, with further appointments expected soon.

9th May 2019

LTM Opens New Hoist Training Room

LTM Opens New Hoist Training Room

UK – In 2018, LTM extended its existing offices, creating a bright open plan first floor office. In doing so this has allowed the compamy to convert the existing downstairs offices into a dedicated training room. In addition to the new offices, an open space kitchen and dining room for employees to relax and enjoy their break times has been created.

Electric Hoist Training is something LTM has always been widely renowned for, but due to lack of space over the past few years LTM has only been able to offer one to one training in house.

It has always been our goal to be able to offer in house training for a large group again, and the acquisition by GIS AG in June 2018 allowed for funds to be earmarked for the office and training room development.

The new large training room, which is 70m2, has had a total revamp and now has space for 16 people to receive in house hoist training. Equipment has also been updated with a new overhead ceiling mounted projector with remote control and a ceiling mounted 90” projector screen.

The room features numerous single phase 220V plug in points throughout the room, as well as a 400V 3 Phase power supply which allows the training managers to demonstrate our Hoists in operation, making the training interactive and hands-on for the trainees.

LTM launched the training room with its first large LoadGuard Motor School at the Bromborough offices on 23rd and 24th April 2019. The course was fully booked well in advance. LTM has various courses scheduled throughout 2019 including both Entertainment LoadGuard Hoist training and GIS Industrial Hoist training courses.

Both courses are based around a hands-on, no-nonsense, practical manner providing a comprehensive overview of the hoist. It will familiarise users and specifiers with operational theory, design philosophy, safety aspects, internal workings and trouble-shooting methods of the hoist. The course is designed around maintenance rather than operation of hoists. It offers the chance to get dirty and completely strip a hoist down to its component parts and then re-build and operate it.

The development of the office and training room, in addition to investments made into the workshop and warehouse are an integral part of the LTM’s ongoing commitment to its customers to provide improved training, customer service and technical solutions.

www.liftturnmove.co.uk

9th May 2019

LTM

Claypaky goes for direct sales in the United Kingdom

UKClaypaky has announced that, with immediate effect, it will directly handle the distribution of its products in the UK market.

Pio Nahum, CEO of Claypaky, says: "The stage lighting market is changing rapidly and we decided that, in an influential market such as the UK, a direct relationship with customers and lighting designers that make use of our products has become indispensable."

"In the increasingly competitive scenario in which we operate, our totally renewed range of products, deserves an un-compromised dedication that only the direct presence can guarantee," Alberico D'Amato, international sales director, states.

The direct contacts with customers will be managed by Emilio Cornelli, a face already known to many, who returns as UK regional manager. "Our mission is to ensure that all customers have access to our cutting-edge products”, Cornellisays "and that they enjoy the best return on their investment through competitive purchase options and the highest functionality of their equipment."

On the occasion of this announcement, Claypaky wishes to thank the UK distribution company Ambersphere for the work done in the past years; the collaboration between the two companies will continue for the after-sales technical support for all the equipment that Ambersphere has supplied.

www.claypaky.com                      

8th May 2019

Claypaky

Ambersphere streamlines product portfolio

UK – Distribution company Ambersphere Solutions has announced a streamlining of its product portfolio: “We have decided to dedicate our moving light offering to Ayrton Digital Lighting,” says Ambersphere’s Glyn O’Donoghue. “It has been a real privilege to witness the innovation coming from the Ayrton development team and to experience the exceptional product-reliability first hand. We are very excited about the future working exclusively with Ayrton moving lights.”

O’Donoghue continues: “To allow us to focus solely on Ayrton, we have decided to cease our distribution relationship with Claypaky. However, we remain dedicated to providing ongoing service and support for all of the equipment we have sold.”

I would like to thank the Claypaky team for working exclusively with Ambersphere for the past eight years in the UK and wish them all the best for the future.”

www.ambersphere.co.uk

8th May 2019

Music & Lights appoints LightNeq S.R.O as distributor in Czech Republic

Music & Lights appoints LightNeq S.R.O as distributor in Czech Republic

Czech Republic – Prague based LightNeq S.R.O has become the latest addition to the Music & Lights distribution network in becoming exclusive distributors of Prolights, Tribe, ArchWork, DAD, ProAudio, Protruss and GDE.

LightNeq S.R.O have a strong relationship with the largest production and rental houses throughout the Czech Republic but also with the smaller rental houses, priding itself on being able to find a solution that fits all budgets. The reputation of LightNeq S.R.O has grown over the years with clients such as the Spandau Ballet and the O2 arena in Prague.

Managing director of LightNeq S.R.O, Pavel Lenoch explains: “Each of the Music & Lights brands have been gaining a great deal of interest globally, and we know from having previously worked with the team and visiting the HQ, the support is in place for us to grow our relationship substantially by adding their brands to our portfolio. Prolights especially is making its mark on the industry and we can’t wait for what is to come next!”

Fabio Sorabella, Music & Lights managing director adds: “Adding LightNeq S.R.O to our global distribution network will help to meet the ever-growing needs of the Czech Market. We really look forward to working closely with LightNeq S.R.O as our official distributor.”

Paolo Albani, Music & Lights international sales manager adds: “I look forward to work closely to LightNeq S.R.O in the Czech Republic. I know their reputation and I believe they are the right partner to succeed in that strategic country as well.”

3rd May 2019

AC-ET and AC-ET Ireland Appointed Distributors for PureLink's IPAV Pro Series of Ruggedised 4K Transmission Solutions

AC-ET and AC-ET Ireland Appointed Distributors for PureLink\'s IPAV Pro Series of Ruggedised 4K Transmission Solutions

UK & Ireland – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for PureLink's IPAV Pro series of 10Gb AV over IP transmission, switching and signal processing solutions, which are specifically designed for the touring and rental market. Sister company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland Ltd. will handle distribution in the Republic of Ireland.

With the Pro AV industry currently transitioning to AV distribution over IP, to create entirely new user experiences with 4K+ video content, there is a growing demand for technologies which meet tomorrow's as well as today's video performance needs. In addition, companies are seeking products which utilise a widely adopted VOIP protocol, such as SDVoE (Software Defined Video Over Ethernet).

The IPAV Pro series combines revolutionary 10Gb Ethernet over IP switching technology with a toughened chassis custom made for the rigours of rental and staging. Utilising the SDVoE protocol, it provides reliable distribution of uncompressed 4K video in real time, with zero frame latency and pixel perfect image quality in even the most demanding of conditions.

From simple point-to-point extension over standard Cat 6A cable (extender), to multi-zone video wall and matrix switching over Neutrik or Fiberfox fibre cables, the IPAV Pro series expertly handles the task with ease.

The PureLink IPAV Pro series joins an extensive portfolio of complementary AV technologies and brands available from AC-ET's specialist video sales division.

Stuart Burdett, video sales manager commented: "AV over IP is the future for our industry, so it's important to ensure that our rental and touring production customers invest in solutions which deliver professional-level, future-proofed video performance for many years to come. In addition, these products need to offer simple, reliable integration with other system technologies in a production environment. PureLink's IPAV Pro series really meets all these technical requirements, and completes the link between our multi-output 4K Green Hippo media servers and our Ultra HD projectors, large format display and LED video wall systems."

www.ac-et.com

1st May 2019

AC Entertainment Technologies

Theatres Trust awards £29,000 to theatres across the UK so they can serve their communities better

Theatres Trust awards £29,000 to theatres across the UK so they can serve their communities better
Theatres Trust awards £29,000 to theatres across the UK so they can serve their communities better

UK – Theatres Trust has awarded six more theatres up to £5,000 each in vital funding from its UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme for projects that introduce environmental improvements, enhance accessibility and address urgent repairs to the building, supporting their future success.

A key cultural asset in Caithness, the Lyth Arts Centre, will replace its old storage heaters and install an innovative Biomass boiler system, thanks to Theatres Trust funding. Improved and more energy efficient heating throughout the centre will allow it to host year round residencies, open up the foyer as a second space, and run a winter programme which is of benefit to visiting artists, local audiences and ensuring the theatre’s viability.

A new entrance with automatic swing doors will improve the theatre-going experience for disabled patrons and wheelchair users at the Lighthouse, Poole, the largest regional arts centre outside London. The project will ensure smoother access and a less congested route around the building.

Four other theatres will use Theatres Trust funding for urgent repairs to their building, protecting them from further deterioration, and adding to their long-term economic sustainability. The Grade II listed Shoreditch Town Hall will complete urgent external and internal repairs to the North East Tower of the largest theatre space. The Poly, Falmouth will be able to embark on repair work to the ceiling of the main gallery and the roof above its Grade II* listed Polytechnic Hall. Theatr Gwaun, at the centre of the community of North Pembrokeshire for over 100 years, will repair and repaint the exterior of the building, securing it and improving its profile. Chipping Norton Theatre, a former Salvation Army citadel, will complete comprehensive roofing repair work critical to protect future theatre use.

Jon Morgan, director at the Theatres Trust said: “I’m proud that our UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme can help these theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric, and provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their audiences. We are about to embark on our seventh year of awards thanks to the generosity of our funders and their continuing support.”

Sarah Miller, director at Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation said: “I am thrilled to see Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation funding targeted in the support of these regional theatres under the direction of Theatres Trust expertise. Theatres are so often the hubs of their communities and they should be cherished.”

Launched in April 2012, the UK Small Theatres Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK to address urgent building works and improvements, and receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust. The six awards bring the total number of theatres funded by the UK scheme to 70.

The next round of the scheme is now open. The deadline for applications is Monday 2 September at noon. Further details about the scheme can be found: theatrestrust.org.uk/grants.

photos: SDM Photography and Richard Budd

1st May 2019

Shure Helps Music Venue Survive After Devastating Incident

Shure Helps Music Venue Survive After Devastating Incident

UK – Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics has helped Halifax music venue, The Lantern, stay on the live music scene after a devastating incident last year.

The Lantern is an independent live music venue and bar in Halifax, West Yorkshire, which opened its doors in November 2017. It is a venue that prides itself on fun-loving, all-inclusive attitude and putting on killer shows that champion live music and those working hard to keep it alive. Music at The Lantern has no boundaries.

In April 2018, The Lantern suffered the unfortunate effects of a break-in which saw it lose contents, cash and caused insurmountable damage to the building.

Ben Adey, Booker and venue manager, comments: “Twenty of our microphones were stolen during the break-in. These are extremely valuable and of course, essential in being able to operate as a music venue. Shure was gracious enough to donate some microphones to help us out, and for that we're very grateful as our insurance company failed to pay out.

“The Lantern is a 150 capacity venue and whilst only in our infancy, we're proud to have already promoted some great shows. Long may it continue. Thank you, Shure.”

Supporting the grass roots live music scene is so important for Shure, Marc Henshall, senior marketing specialist, pro audio comments: “The UK has a rich musical history that is celebrated across the globe. For this tradition to continue, we must support our grass roots live music scene. Many live music venues have closed over the last ten to 15 years, leaving a disconnect between music-fans and the great talent we have in this country. Live music undoubtedly plays a huge part in fostering the next generation of artists, and for this to continue, we need venues like The Lantern to succeed. Local venues also contribute greatly to local economies and culture, and for a venue like this to close, purely due to mindless robbery, would result in the unnecessary loss of a critical community asset. We are pleased to support The Lantern in returning to what they do best, putting on great shows and championing live music.”

Shure donated a total of nine microphones including three B56, two B98D/C, one each of SM91, B52, B57 and B58a.

30th April 2019

Attero Tech Appoints Audiologic

Attero Tech Appoints Audiologic

UK – Leading provider of professional audio-visual equipment, Audiologic, has announced that it has been appointed as a UK distributor for USA-based AV connectivity specialists Attero Tech of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 2005 by a group of engineers, Attero Tech has grown into a leading global provider of innovative, cost-effective audio networking I/O endpoints and AV connectivity solutions, including networked AV wall plates, small form factor network AV interfaces, Bluetooth for Pro-AV, IP paging and audio monitoring products.

Adding Attero Tech to its portfolio complements Audiologic’s distribution of QSC Systems. Attero Tech’s AES 67 and Dante-enabled products are designed for compatibility with QSC Q-SYS Core DSP solutions and it has also developed control plugins for Q-SYS Designer DSP software.

Managing director at Audiologic Andy Lewis comments: “Attero Tech’s AES67 products have been specifically designed to be compatible with QSC solutions and thus constitute a valuable addition to the Audiologic range, enabling customers to obtain everything they require for complete DSP solutions from under one roof.”

29th April 2019

Eramita to Distribute Renkus-Heinz in Greece

Greece – Renkus-Heinz, maker of premium professional loudspeaker systems for live sound and install applications, has announced that as of 1 March, its products are being distributed in Greece by Eramita. Eramita has been the exclusive Renkus-Heinz distributor in Turkey for several years with great success. The firm decided last November to expand its operations into Greece.

"Audience satisfaction is at the core of everything Eramita does, from designing systems based on each venue's specific needs to rigorous testing and customer-focused after-market technical support. We're looking forward to working with them as they expand their successful approach to the growing Greek market." notes Michal Poplawski, European technical sales manager for Renkus-Heinz.

"Renkus-Heinz is a brand that we believe in and invest in because their solutions are perfect for us," explains Eramita regional director Alex Chalas Andreou. "We have had a fantastic relationship with Renkus-Heinz in Turkey, and it's a great pleasure to create that relationship in Greece, a country with great history and culture that offers a lot of opportunities. The digitally steerable loudspeakers, in particular, are standouts for our customers. Their audio quality is exceptional, and architects really love their thin and elegant design. Renkus-Heinz solution solves problems in difficult acoustical spaces and is extremely useful where Intelligibility, high SPL, and aesthetics are foremost priorities."

29th April 2019

Clair Brothers Adds Central California’s Freestyle Event Services to its Growing Team of Top Production Partners

Clair Brothers Adds Central California’s Freestyle Event Services to its Growing Team of Top Production Partners

USA – Freestyle Event Services (FES) is central California’s largest full-service event production and AV rental company. Their rapid upward trajectory continues with the recent decision to join the global network of companies that provide Clair Brothers industry-leading loudspeaker systems.

FES’s reputation has been built on a bedrock of production expertise and creative problem-solving. Treating every event as uniquely different enables the FES technicians and designers to think freely and deliver the versatile solutions clients have come to expect from them.

Meticulous research and hours listening to numerous leading sound system brands lead Freestyle to their investment in Clair Brothers. Jared Perry, partner at FES explains: “It became clear that Clair Brothers was the right choice after visiting the Clair Brothers facility in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t just hearing the extraordinary sound quality of their C8 and C12 systems but witnessing the various stages of manufacturing and discussing the engineering that goes into their designs and realising that if we had questions, we’d be talking directly to the people that design these speakers.” “When we witnessed the precision, detail, passion and tradition built into their award-winning product,” Joe Sorensen, operations manager at FES adds: “We were really glad Paul Hugo, principal at Marshank Group, invited us to visit and joined us on the tour.” Leading the tour was Josh Sadd, Clair Brothers chief design engineer, and Henry Hissrich, Clair Brothers business development and sales manager.

“To be honest,” continues Mark Perry, partner at Freestyle: “I was a little hesitant at first given Clair Brothers’ rich history and position in the marketplace. I didn’t think we could afford their products, but I stand corrected. When we ran the numbers this amazing system was priced well within our reach! In fact, not only did we not cut anything from our wish list, we actually added extra bumpers and racks to allow us to split the system up and it was still within budget. And since it’s the same hardware to fly or stack the tops and/or subs we have total flexibility.” Ultimately the decision was made to purchase twenty-four Clair Brothers C12 along with twelve iPS218 subwoofers. “On a technical level, this is the perfect system for our needs,” says Sorensen. “The C12s use of coaxial mid-high components symmetrically located between two 12-inch low-frequency speakers just makes so much sense to us. Everything from 300Hz and up is coming from the same point source and being guided by the same waveguide. It’s so good! In addition, the smaller C8 uses the same mid-high component so if we need to supplement our big rig with something smaller, we can still achieve the same sound character.

Once we decided on the C12, the iS218 sub was an obvious choice” said Sorensen, “but then Paul told us about the iPal version, the iPS218. It’s the same enclosure so it still flies or stacks with the C12 but with upgraded 18’s and a customised Powersoft amplifier module that uses a pressure sensor inside the cabinet to know the specific movement of the transducers. It tightens the response, extends the LF and increases the output by over 3dB!” Added Hugo: “The price difference is more than offset by the increased output. The improved sonic performance is like a free bonus.”

“Clair Brothers for us is like two companies in one,” describes Mark Perry. “They look at the market and design products that suit the needs of their customers like other manufacturers do. Clair’s history also includes the biggest tour sound company in the world, so they know internally what it takes to play at this level. When a regional production company like us decides to buy a top shelf PA it’s nice that we can partner with a company that doesn’t just have great design engineers, they have FOH engineers, monitor engineers, guys that pack trucks and guys that tech systems every night. Clair jams all that experience into their products.”

“Our acquisition of this Clair Brothers system helps pave the path to our future. I look forward to seeing what we might do next with them. Great company, great people, great products.” Comments Jared Perry: “Amazing things are on the horizon!”

29th April 2019

TMB Appoints Audio Acustica as Distribution Partner for Mexico

TMB Appoints Audio Acustica as Distribution Partner for Mexico

Mexico – 2019 is a year of celebration for Audio Acustica of Mexico. On this, their 40th anniversary, the preferred provider of professional A/V and lighting has announced they are now the TMB regional distribution partner for Mexico.

Offering signature TMB products such as Solaris fixtures, ProPlex devices and cables, IMS, FloppyFlex, ProPower and much more, Audio Acustica will now provide the Mexican market with enhanced local support, services, and stocking inventory. Regional customers will appreciate the advantages of faster turnaround and the close, hands-on attention of local experts, all with continued famous TMB customer service.

TMB sales manager, Stephanie Kilburg recalls: “Our relationship with Audio Acustica goes back 20 years. Renowned and respected for professionalism and service, Audio Acustica is now working closely with TMB, building our brands in Mexico and helping increase public awareness of the quality and reliability of our products.”

Stephanie adds: “The benefits of having a local distributor will become immediately apparent to Entertainment Production, Staging and Installation customers in Mexico.”

Audio Acustica Subdirector, José Roberto Ono, says: “We look forward to taking our relationship with TMB to the next level. Their product lineup complements our other lines very handsomely, and the quality is of course first-rate. We and TMB have a great working relationship, and our customers will appreciate increased access to TMB’s many new and exciting, innovative products.”

In picture: Javier Posada Morales (Audio Acustica) and Jaime Duarte (TMB).

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26th April 2019

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Yamaha Commercial Audio Appoints Stage Electrics as Premium Partner

Yamaha Commercial Audio Appoints Stage Electrics as Premium Partner

UK – Yamaha has appointed leading UK sound and lighting installer / reseller Stage Electrics as a premium partner, adding the flagship RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems to the company’s product portfolio.

Stage Electrics works with many of the UK’s leading theatres, as well as schools, houses of worship, civic buildings and many more. The company has been an authorised Yamaha dealer for over 30 years and sales director Anna Western is very pleased to be able to offer Yamaha’s premier mixing systems to Stage Electrics customers, alongside the CL and QL consoles.

“We are delighted to have been chosen as a Yamaha Premium Partner,” says Anna (pictured with Hans Metger). “Throughout our time as a Yamaha dealer, we’ve sold the full range of digital and analogue consoles, amplifiers and speakers. In the past few years our audio solutions business has seen significant growth, so stepping up to premium partner status was the natural next step for our relationship.”

Stage Electrics has invested in a RIVAGE PM10 system for customer demonstrations nationwide, with the company’s Neal Tomlinson specially appointed as product champion for the full Yamaha Commercial Audio range.

“Neal has a lot of experience as a product manager for audio systems, so he was the obvious choice to represent Yamaha on our behalf,” says Anna. “Yamaha has provided him with in-depth training on all of its systems, so he is now fully-equipped to provide the best advice and support to our customers on the company’s professional audio ranges.”

“We are very pleased that Stage Electrics has stepped up to premium partner status,” adds Yamaha Commercial Audio UK’s Hans Metger. “The RIVAGE PM10 system is ideal for the theatre market, with the compact CS-R10-S control surface minimising seat kill and its power, flexibility and audio quality complemented by features like Theatre Mode, DaNSe noise suppression and Dan Dugan automixing.

“We have enjoyed a very long, successful relationship with Stage Electrics and look forward to working together for many more years to improve the choice and quality of audio solutions for its customers.”

25th April 2019

BackStage Pass – Fred Foster

BackStage Pass – Fred Foster

BackStage Pass offers part 2 of the Fred Foster interview with Bill Sapsis. The interview took place on 19 February, 2018 at the ETC studios in Mazomanie, WI.

Parts 1 and 2 of the interview can be viewed here and are part of the growing library of video interviews available to the public at no charge.

24th April 2019

SIXTY82 appoints Audiosales s.r.l. as Italian distributor

SIXTY82 appoints Audiosales s.r.l. as Italian distributor

Italy – SIXTY82 has announced that it has recently appointed Audiosales s.r.l. as the new representative in Italy for its full trussing and staging product line. Audiosales will offer expert guidance on a wide range of possibilities, advising customers in Italy on the best SIXTY82 solution for their particular needs.

As of today, the Italian customers can rely upon the qualities of a dedicated and enthusiastic team, to meet their requirements. With a strong technical background, they have the knowledge and experience to ensure their recommended solution will suit the customer’s needs.

Date Jonkman, SIXTY82’s executive account manager said: “We are delighted to be working with Audiosales. They have a well-established position in the market, and a strong team of experienced people. So we are very pleased they joined the SIXTY82 family.”

Audiosales’ knowledge of the market will be invaluable in supporting SIXTY82 to provide the Italian customers on both academic and industrial levels with a service that is second to none.

“SIXTY82 is a team composed of professionals that have contributed in a significant way to the development of the staging and trussing market in the recent decades. Their pay-off 'The New Original' describes in the best way who the people behind SIXTY82 are. They are furthermore providing versatility, knowledge, and innovation, like the new SIXTY82 RFIDtag,” says Stefano Rocchi, owner of Audiosales.

Headquartered in Drachten, SIXTY82 has every component required to change the way that lightweight structural systems are used. With over 100 years of experience in the entertainment industry, the team of sixty82 is able to provide the growing demand for craftsmanship and technical know-how. They are committed to the continuation of innovative means of improving product and service, driven by a passion for their craft, to ensure their customers can continue to build incredible stuff.

24th April 2019

Harlequin Floors reports record global growth as demand soars for high-quality performance floors and stages

Worldwide – Harlequin Floors, the global leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, performing arts, entertainment and events, has reported record growth in 2018/19 as demand grows for high-quality performance floors and stages.

Established in the UK over 40 years ago, Harlequin’s experience and reputation is founded on the manufacture, supply and installation of a range of high quality portable and permanent sprung and vinyl floors chosen by the world’s leading venues, from the Royal Opera House to the Bolshoi Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet to Sydney Dance Company.

Figures from 2018/19 show there was double digit growth across the Harlequin Group which has offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Guy Dagger, CEO of the Harlequin Group, said: “Harlequin has experienced incredible global growth over the last year providing internationally renowned brands, venues and performing arts schools with quality performance floors and stages.

“We have seized the opportunity this growth brings to offer all our clients across the world the outstanding customer service that is synonymous with the Harlequin brand.

“The highlights have probably been the growth in demand we have seen from the top global providers in the production and events industries, building on our many years of experience as the ‘go-to’ brand in the dance, education and performing arts world.

“Last year we worked with an incredibly diverse range of customers around the world on an amazing range of projects, from Australian Ballet to the Cirque du Soleil, from Macbeth at the Norwegian Theatre to the Comic Relief Danceathon in London.

“The objective for the next 12 months is to build upon the success of the last. Improved efficiencies in manufacturing and supply, coupled with an extensive new product development programme, will enable us to deliver the highest quality products tailored to our varied customers’ needs.

“New distribution channels using a network of local partners will enable us to service the growing demand for our products in even more markets around the world.”

Highlights of 2018/19 include:

  • Harlequin has opened a new distribution centre in Las Vegas, Nevada to service the Mountain and Pacific regions of the US and northern Mexico. This has enabled much faster delivery and service times to our growing customer base on the west coast of the USA.

  • Harlequin has opened a stage building centre of excellence in Brno, Czech Republic. From there Harlequin will manufacture and supply a wide range of stages designed to meet the needs of contemporary performance spaces.

  • Harlequin has set up a manufacturing plant and warehouse facility in Liege, Belgium. The new plant will ensure an even faster service for our European clients, especially those in the events industry where a rapid turnaround on orders is a prerequisite.

  • Harlequin are expanding operations in Australia with the appointment of Fiona Blackett as director, Australian Harlequin, based in Sydney. Having worked in the UK and HK for J&C Joel, Fiona returns to her native Australia to take up her role in which she will be responsible for all operations across Australia and New Zealand.

24th April 2019