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Winners revealed for the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018
UK – The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration with LSi magazine, took place at the end of a buzzing Monday at this year’s PLASA Show. The Awards recognise and reward pioneering product designs and the people behind them, and are highly regarded as they are independently judged by a team of industry experts.
This year saw 47 entries vying for the respected awards, with the judges selecting eight winners and one Gold Award winner.
The winners, along with the judges comments, are:
TMB for ProPlex IQ Tester “The ProPlex is a data tool-kit that every technician should have, supported by a clear roadmap for future development and a really good price.”
Bose for EdgeMax “The EdgeMax is a product which edges out the competition to flood the room with sound. The HF waveguide was particularly innovative, and the product will have a significant impact on the design of audio systems in buildings.”
ETC for Relevé Spot “The Relevé is a moving LED light with some professional features at an attractive price. It was commended for its fast calibration and resetting as well as the modular nature of the electronics making it easy for non-technical people to maintain the fixture.”
Robert Juliat for SPOTME “The approach Robert Juliat have taken to followspot tracking using an open protocol to provide position data to not just lighting but also audio or video systems. Being a bolt-on unit rather than a replacement device was also notable.”
Artistic Licence for matisse dmx “The matisse was noted for being a well-thought out product that fills a gap in the market at an affordable price.”
Avolites for Synergy “Synergy does what it says on the tin. The integration between video server and lighting console has opened up the creative opportunities for visual effects on stage as well as providing time-saving opportunities in production workflow.”
Production Resource Group (PRG) for Spaceframe “A lot of thought had gone into the process of LED screen rigging and customary practices will be revolutionised with this novel frame. The weight saving features enable considerable money to be saved on touring and the nature of the design enables quicker, safer rigging with increased wind-load tolerance.”
Holoplot for Orion “Holoplot steers the way for a wide range of creative and practical audio installations across the industry from PAVA to AV installations. The Judges were impressed by the clarity and precision of the system.”
Gold Award – Astera for Titan Tube “The Titan Tube is a simple, cost-effective, bright and versatile linear light tube with a ten-hour battery lifetime per charge. The judges were very impressed with the feature-rich units that will find an application in all sectors of the industry, including film, TV, events and theatre. The thought that has gone into the design of the package, battery replacement and included supplied accessories meant that the Judges felt it should be awarded a Gold Award.”
With the standard of entries so high, the judges also commended L-Acoustics’ L-ISA and d&b audiotechnik’s Soundscape for enabling immersive audio to be brought to productions in a manner that is easy to deploy in today’s time-sensitive production schedules. Also commended were Epson’s EB-L1755U projector and ELPLX02 ultra-short-throw lens for its notable flexibility, and NAPIT for the EICR Codebreakers.
LSi magazine would like to thank the team of judges who gave their time and expertise to assess this year’s product nominations. The team this year, chaired by electrical systems consultant James Eade, were: production director Ben van Grutten, lighting specialist Keith Duncan, Vic Pyne, head of lighting at Glyndebourne Productions, Robin Barton, director of Lamp and Pencil, Stuart Graham, head of technical operations for Ambassador Theatre Group, consultant Richard Northwood, Gerry Francke key account manager for Creative Technology, sound designer Gareth Owen, Matt Drury head of lighting for the National Theatre, television lighting director Bernie Davis, lighting designer Mark Jonathan, rigging and height consultant Chris Higgs and Nic Forsdike, managing director of Gofer Limited.
The Awards presentation culminated with the announcement of the prestigious Gottelier Award, which was won by Alan Jacobi of Unusual Rigging for his work to make rigging an established profession via his contributions to the NRC accreditation scheme.
21st September 2018
matisse dmx wins PLASA Award for Innovation 2018
UK - Artistic Licence has just enjoyed one of its busiest ever PLASA London shows. The matisse dmx range of programmable DMX controllers proved a hit with judges and visitors alike, with its winning combination of features, aesthetics and price point.
- Wall mount DMX controller
6 illuminated faders or 4 rotary dials
512 channel output
Grand master control
Multiple functions including preset, scene mixer, hue fader & merge mode
Supports data merging (LTP/HTP per channel) and data fixing
Simple DIP switch configuration
Easy push-button programming – no external software required
Link multiple panels to one DMX cable
Custom panel finish and silk screen available on special order for the f6
Various stock material finishes, including chrome and brushed steel for the d4
External 9-24 VDC PSU required
21st September 2018
Robe Rocks PLASA with SuperSpikie
UK – Robe brought an animated, vibrant, high-impact theatre meets rock & roll live show to the centre of its stand design at the 2018 PLASA entertainment technology expo in London’s Olympia.
Putting ‘performance’ at the heart of the presentation, Robe launched its brand new SuperSpikie moving light.
The spectacular show, which also illustrated other new and current Robe products including the new RoboSpot remote follow spotting system running with MDC (multi device control) and the new iParFect, the first in a series of upcoming IP rated luminaires.
Inspired by the Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones films and e-games adventure genre, the show concept “The Lost World Trilogy”, was originated by Robe’s own creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb.
It is the first of three jaw-dropping movie set quality booth designs that will be rolled out by Robe at selected trade expos worldwide over the coming months.
Seven dancers starred in an all-action eight-minute extravaganza choreographed by Chris Manoe, taking them on a risky and dangerous mission negotiating jungles, caves and volcanoes in search of a stash of hidden treasures, which turn out to be SuperSpikies!
Complete with a specially compiled sound track, a custom in-house designed water curtain effect, oodles of moody fog and haze courtesy several MDG machines and utilising around 200 skilfully positioned Robe moving lights, Nathan explained: “The goal was to create an immersive highly visual environment where people would want to stay, meet, chat and discuss business.”
As well as creating a superlative piece of theatre to follow the acclaimed Robe “Cirque” show at this year’s Prolight+Sound Frankfurt and last year’s popular “Mirror Man” at PLASA, Robe strives to take interactive exhibition stand design to a new level.
“We are here to sell lighting products,” stated Nathan, “so we need to engage people on all levels and get them to look at how the products can enhance their work and projects in an entertaining and fun context.”
Apart from pulling people to the booth, there was a massive buzz around the expo which ensured that Robe was a talking point, right there on the show floor and across social media and other communication channels.
Robe’s CEO Josef Valchar commented: “It looked amazing, the best, most interesting and detailed booth design we have produced to date, which really showcased the products in a scenario for which they were designed.”
With all those people flocking to the booth, business was brisk for the Czech manufacturer.
The SuperSpikie attracted plenty of attention with 18 incorporated into the show. The product is a larger, more powerful and seriously supercharged version of the phenomenally popular Spikie moving light with all the same features, and a much brighter, fatter beam plus rotating gobos for producing additional stunning aerial effects.
Visitors loved the cute little hedgehog ‘logo-bug’ stick-ons which were an extension of the ‘big-and-small hedgehog’ SuperSpikie teaser media campaign.
Robe’s modular RoboSpot remote followspotting system has been a great success over the last year, and this is now available with Multi Device Control (MDC) for use with up to 12 units of Robe’s newest fixtures, including the BMFL range, MegaPointes, DL7 and DL4 series luminaires and Pointes.
BMFL FollowSpot LT is another new product launched at the show, a brighter long throw version of the standard BMFL FollowSpot, with all the standard features and a different optical system and a tighter beam spread that is optimised for extra brightness over long distances.
Naturally the best-selling MegaPointe (its first public physical reveal was at PLASA 2017) was prominent in the show, together with Spiiders, Tarrantulas, Spikies, iParFects – in the rain curtains – CycBar 15s, ColorStrobes and Divine UVs.
The eyes of ‘Freddie the Rock’ came alive with a pair of Tarrantulas.
The set and matching drapes were made in the Czech Republic and road freighted to site where the Robe team, including exhibition co-ordinator Tomas Kohout and production manager Josh Williams spent two hectic days on site, while Nathan and Andy programmed furiously, and the dancers rehearsed.
A strong team from Robe International were on the booth, speaking multiple languages and ensuring guests enjoyed that renowned Czech hospitality, and an off-site party on the Sunday night in an exclusive central London rooftop location again provided a great after show vibe and a valuable place to chill, network and be spotted.
Says Josef: “We had a fantastic PLASA all round; the atmosphere was amazing, we caught up with lots of good people – many lighting designers were there this year – plus a great mix of rental companies, event producers and venue managers, lots of programmers and technicians and also plenty of young visitors who will be our future industry professionals! We made some excellent new contacts. Above all we thoroughly enjoyed the diversity and energy of London.”
photos: Louise Stickland
20th September 2018
Knight of Illumination Awards 2018 Winners announced at London's Eventim Apollo
UK – The leading lights of the entertainment production industry descended on London's famous Eventim Apollo on Sunday night, where the winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards were announced.
A record number of people attended the glittering ceremony this year, which brings together entertainment technology professionals from around the world. The Knight of Illumination Awards celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers working in the fields of Theatre, Television and Concert Touring & Events.
This, the eleventh Knight of Illumination Awards, saw more nominations than ever before, with the winners in each category chosen by a wholly independent panel of judges, all experts in their respective sectors.
The winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards are as follows:
The PRG Award for Projection Design: CHOU Tung-Yen & Very Mainstream Studio for Formosa, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Sadler's Wells
The ETC Award for Dance: David Plater for The Suit, Ballet Black
The ADB Award for Plays: Jack Knowles for Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre
The Robert Juliat Award for Opera: Fabiana Piccioli for Eugene Onegin, Scottish Opera
The Hawthorn Award for Musicals: Paule Constable for Follies, National Theatre
The Light Initiative Award for Events: Andy Stagles for The MOBO Awards 2017
The Altman Lighting Award for Small Production: Andy Stagles for Songs of Praise
The Green Hippo Award for Video Design and Graphic Display: Kate Dawkins for WW1 Remembered: Passchendaele
The SLX Award for Light Entertainment: Dave Davey for The Voice Final
The Philips Strand Lighting Award for Drama: Martin Kempton for Upstart Crow, series 2
The Ayrton Award for Contribution to Television Lighting: Steve Wells
Concert Touring & Events
The MA Lighting Award for Club: Tom Campbell for Nick Mulvey
The disguise Award for Video Content: Tom Colbourne, William Baker and Rupa Rathod with Blink for The Killers
The Avolites Award for Stage: Rob Sinclair for David Byrne
The HSL Award for Events: Gerry Mott for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017
The GLP German Light Products Award for Arena: Cate Carter & Mike Smith for Elbow
Enrico Caironi Lifetime Recognition Award
Each year, the Enrico Caironi Lifetime Recognition Award, named in fond memory of the co-founder of The Knight of Illumination Awards, is presented to an individual to honour their outstanding accomplishments.
This year's recipient was Keith Benson, in recognition of his exemplary 44 years with Glyndebourne opera and his work as production electrician on a range of big-name shows including the original Cats, Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard and Crazy for You. He has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, toured with Dame Shirley Bassey and supported many world respected lighting designers with creativity and generosity. Many of those who have worked alongside Keith cite his support as a major contributor to their career.
All the night's winners were presented with the coveted trophy of the Knight of Illumination Awards, the ornate broadsword. In addition, each was given a more portable sword in the form of a pin badge to signal the designers' achievements and their right to be recognised as masters of their craft.
The Headline Sponsors of KOI 2018 were Claypaky and Osram. In his welcome speech, Pio Nahum, CEO of Claypaky, said, "Congratulations to all of tonight's shortlisted and winning designers. KOI began because we wanted to celebrate lighting designers and their mastery of the art of light, regardless of the tools they use. We should never mistake: when lighting moves our emotions, it is because of their skill, not because of technology."
The evening was skilfully compered by renowned lighting designer and KOI co-founder, Durham Marenghi and included mind-bending entertainment from mentalist magician Chris Cox.
The occasion also launched The Knight of Illumination Awards USA, which makes its debut in Las Vegas on 20 October, to coincide with the LDI trade show.
17th September 2018
Martin Audio systems help Budee in prestigious CUC Masterclass sponsorship
China – Budee’s recent sponsorship of the 15th annual Communication University of China Sound School (CUC) Recording Masterclass was a major success. The event has grown to become one of the biggest in China for those in the recording industry and Martin Audio’s Chinese distributor, who were sponsoring it for the first time, ensured the British manufacturer had a good presence at the event, fielding stacked pairs of DD12 and PRX subwoofers on either side of the stage in the CUC auditorium on the opening day. Proceedings then relocated to the live house/performance space on the university campus in Beijing.
CUC has a reputation as one of the top institutions in the field of information communication and has a pivotal position in the Chinese recording art education sector. Its masterclass event started in 2001 as an informal gathering of foreign experts with Chinese professors and leaders in the recording industry, eager to build knowledge through lectures and workshops. Annually it has become the most influential and important event of its kind in the Chinese recording industry.
In fielding industry-leading pro audio recording and playback tools, Budee favoured the Martin Audio Differential Dispersion technology. “We chose DD12 for the auditorium because we found it needed a little more fill to cover the entire venue and it served as a very easy, very quick solution that we could implement right away and then remove after the first day,” stated Budee’s Manager, Business Communications & Development Dept, Brandon Chemers.
“For the second and third day, the space was a little more open and because it would be in place for a longer period, we were able to utilise MLA Mini in the hall.”
In sponsoring the event with Music Fans, a rapidly growing unique news media and product information platform, Budee took full advantage of this unique opportunity, and the success of the enterprise can be measured by the fact that nearly 1,100 people attended over the three days, with a further 700,000 watching through live broadcast.
“This was the first time Budee sponsored the CUC Masterclass and it was a rousing success,” concluded Brandon Chemers. “Each day the hall was packed and the response from the internet live cast was also the highest it has ever been. We were very happy to have a diverse group of presenters who brought very interesting content and to whom the audience really responded.”
17th September 2018
Robe at Prolight+Sound Middle East 2018
UAE – Robe is exhibiting at Prolight+Sound Middle East - Hall 4.0 Stand C12 - for the second year, and will be sharing the stand with four dynamic partner companies, ArKaos, MDG and MagicFX.
Several new Robe products will be highlighted at the show, including the MegaPointe, LEDBeam 150 and Tarrantula moving lights, plus the RoboSpot remote followspotting system in an environment where customers can have a closer look and get all their technical and creative queries fully answered.
Robe’s flagship BMFL range of high-powered moving lights will also be on the stand together with other popular fixtures like the Spiider LED wash beam
As the only exhibition in the Middle East that is targeting the key markets of rental, staging and multi-purpose venue entertainment lighting installations, Robe feels it’s important to have a presence. The company sees the expo as a valuable gateway for consolidating existing relationships and making new ones.
With super-bright and sharp parallel beams, excellent gobo projection, precise movement, smooth CMY colour mixing and dimming plus a multitude of beam splitting, wash and shaping effects, the MegaPointe has already been a universal success for Robe since its launch in September. It’s currently one of the most sought-after moving lights in the industry
Robe’s R&D team worked closely with Osram to provide a 470W lamp that aligns perfectly with the MegaPointe’s cutting edge optical system. The design provides a brilliant, crystal clear, razor-edged beam, adjustable via the zoom from a tight, punchy 1.8 degree beam to a wide 42-degree wash.
Static and rotating glass gobos can be used to produce precision in-air effects or outstanding projected images with a high-contrast flat field. The dynamic effects engine offers 12 varying beam and ‘flower’ effects, and the beam can also be shaped using innovative shutter emulation, unleashing a whole new blend of content and creativity.
Tarrantula is powered by 36 x 30W and one 60W high powered LED chips, providing a jaw-dropping 20,000 lumens of output!
A versatile optical system offers adjustable beam angle from a tight 4° spot to a super-wide 50° wash, all with the highest quality of light.
The LEDWash 800 inspired Beam Shaper accessory creates a traditional oval beam that can be indexed for precision coverage of the stage or performance area.
Central to the Tarrantula’s many features is Robe’s exclusive flower effect adding yet another eye-catching visual dimension. Driven by the 60W RGBW multi-chip, this creates sharp, speed-controlled spikes of light that can be rotated in either direction.
Robe’s revolutionary RoboSpot is a followspot system that allows the simultaneous remote control up to 12 fixtures, without the safety concerns and / or impracticality of having people working at height above the stage or at the very top of venues like theatres and stadiums, or in elevated positions on film and TV sets.
Stunning visual displays are now possible utilising as many as 12 perfectly synchronised fixtures to follow a performer across a stage.
Utilising the RoboSpot system, operators can now safely and conveniently control multiple fixtures like Robe‘s BMFL range, their DL4S and DL7S Profiles, MegaPointes and Pointes from any location within the venue, also reducing set-up times and operational costs.
The RoboSpot BaseStation has a large 15.6-inch HD touch screen display, so the operator observes the performance space from a 'first person' perspective, like most video games.
A live video picture of the artist relays visual and positional information from MotionCamera/s that are either integral to the fixture itself or positioned adjacent to each individual fixture on the rig that is being used for remote followspotting.
The operator has full control of the remote spotted fixture/s using the BaseStation handles and two programmable faders which can tweak parameters like dimmer or iris for additional effects.
The operator’s commands are instantly transferred to the luminaires via DMX signal with no lag so they can perfectly motion track the artist across the stage or performance area.
Extra control over the remote followspot can be achieved via the Base Station touch screen display and four programmable jog wheels which have ten additional button settings for a truly customisable experience.
The remote lighting desk can still control all the internal features of the followspot units such as light intensity and colours.
The standard LEDBeam 150 features a spectacular 3.8° to 60° zoom range. This incredible little moving light has fast sweeping beams and high-quality wash functionality in a robust, compact housing.
Says Robe Middle East’s general manager Elie Battah: “We are expecting PL+S ME 2018 to provide an overview of the latest technologies and ideas for the entertainment technology industry generally, by which I mean across the whole region.
“It will also bring many new people to Dubai, which is still growing and being developed as an international business and cultural hub as well as a desirable, high quality tourist destination. There are so many opportunities for future investment and for anyone involved in producing events and festivals.”
Digital control specialists ArKaos will present their dynamic and flexible range of lighting, video and media control solutions, including Media Master 5.3, GrandVJ and An-KI – running on a range of their professional media servers.
The ArKaos range of products address the need for simple control of complex technologies and creative installations in all areas of entertainment, right through to architainment and a variety of built environments.
MediaMaster 5.3 is a real-time video control software platform that is as well-known as it is popular! It combines maximum functionality with the easy, user-friendly operation synonymous with the brand for controlling a wide range of video products and pixel fixtures.
GrandVJ is designed for fast and comprehensive control of video sources by VJs, DJs, video operators and visuals crews working in all live scenarios, from concerts to festivals to clubs.
An-Ki is an all-new cloud-based format of communication from ArKaos. Working over the internet, An-Ki enables digital content appearing as projections or on any LED mappable surfaces or devices to be updated, synchronised or tweaked in just a couple of clicks – from anywhere in the world! An-Ki is a true multi-purpose tool and ideal for a diversity of environments, including hotels, meeting rooms, retail parks, shopping malls, building facades and other public spaces.
This year MagicFX displays their brand-new CO2 JET and POWER SHOT. These are the two next generations of their famous first editions.
The CO2 JET II is a small device that blows white clouds of CO2 onto festival stages. This new generation offers a new output angle install plug, angle indicator, a test LED, a quick connector and a no-frost output pipe. It is also smaller than the first edition and rainproof.
The POWER SHOT II is a compact unit to fire Electric Confetti and Streamer Cannons. It offers a brand-new cannon plug system, a new output angle install plug, an angle indicator, a test LED and it is also rainproof.
MDG returns to Prolight+Sound Middle East for the second year running, bringing a selection of its award-winning and world-renowned haze and fog generators. MDG will be sharing the stand with Robe ME Trading LLC in Hall 4.0 Stand C12.
Established in 1980, MDG’s rock-solid generators continue to cement the company’s long-standing reputation for the finest and most reliable atmosphere generators on the market.
MDG will show its ATMe haze generator alongside the Me2 dual output fog generator, both of which are now also available as weatherproof WPE versions for outdoor use. The ICE FOG Compack HP low fog generator will also be present, along with a range of accessories including the indispensable variable speed digital fan, theFAN, the unique D-Verter 239 DMX/RDM controlled pneumatic input/output fog switcher, and the award-winning RFP 239 Round Floor Pocket complete with RFP-CB Control Box, which received the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year 2018 Award earlier this year.
17th September 2018
A Bumper Preview to PLASA Show 2018
UK – PLASA Show 2018 opened its doors at London Olympia, unleashing hundreds of leading brands and expert speakers upon thousands of entertainment technology professionals.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, d&b audiotechnik and Sennheiser, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips can be found on the buzzing show floor. Alongside them are a plethora of companies representing each sector across the industry, including rigging, staging, AV, broadcast, installation, special effects, education, cruise ships and DJ.
The seminar programme is fully loaded to deliver in-depth sessions across a wide range of topics, from creative projects to technical updates. Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with professional equipment, guided by official brand representatives.
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, their new LED lighting fixture which uses its latest seven-colour multi-chip LED technology. MA Lighting are showcasing their grandMA3, the ultimate lighting control hardware. Robe is launching a top secret product as well as showing its RoboSpot Multi Device Control and Tarrantula. Robert Juliat is revealing the new additions to its Dalis range and new profile range, the Charles 960SX series. Prolight Concepts are bringing the all-weather Endura and Evora series from elumen8. And Philips Entertainment Group will be lighting up its stand with its LED VL800 Beamline.
L-Acoustics will be wowing audiences with their innovative L-ISA. d&b audiotechnik will be showcasing the highly regarded Soundscape technology and the new SL-Series. Peavey Commercial Audio is bringing along the Crest Audio Versarray PRO VR112, the latest generation line array. RCF Spa will be demonstrating the latest members of the TT family and the HDL28-A, a compact active touring system. And Sennheiser will be demonstrating its Speechline Wireless Digital System.
Green Hippo is releasing their Hippotizer 4.4 software, demonstrating its creative potential and host of new features. Laserworld will be showcasing the revised DS-1000RGB Diode series. Epson is bringing along its powerful EB-1755U laser projector. Artistic Licence is launching its daliGate Quad and Rail-Split RJ45 for lighting controls. Broadweigh is unveiling the Advanced Handheld device.
Respected lighting designer Rob Halliday will present Giudizio Universale – Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing this stunning €9m immersive stage. Another magical seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest which welcomes the Royal Shakespeare Company to discuss the highly innovative digital technologies used in its recent production.
Discover one of the largest and most complicated video facades in the world, created by the team at Brilliant Stages and Production Park. The Nur Alem Pavilion was the centre piece of Expo 2017 and this seminar will reveal how the project was executed.
In Drama Beyond the Stage, 59 Productions will explain how its combination of new technology and good, old fashioned storytelling techniques help to scale up highly dramatic and narrative experiences, bringing its work out of theatres and venues and out into public spaces.
Back by popular demand is a panel of festival veterans. This seasoned crew of lighting designers and front of house engineers will lift the lid on the realities of an artist changeover during festival season and how unique and surprising challenges are overcome.
Audio expert Britannia Row Productions is hosting a series of seminars. As well as outlining its training courses and running a demonstration of speaker system prediction software, the company will discuss the future of immersive audio. Additionally, legendary sound engineer Simon Hodge will build a mix from scratch using a multitrack recording.
The SoundGirls make their debut at PLASA Show with a future-focused panel looking to bring the audience closer with live mixing apps, immersive sound systems and a whole new generation of technology. Keeping an eye towards the future, sound engineer Robb Allan and Al McKinna from Avid will explore the development and future of mixing as well as next-generation technology and workflow processes.
Holoplot will explore wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments, going beyond theory to produce real world products and scalable solutions. In More Art, Less Noise, Oran Burns from d&b audiotechnik will look at recent advancements in sound system design which has improved off-site noise for outdoor events and festivals.
Audinate return with its popular Dante training, providing a taste and answering frequently asked questions which arise when designing and deploying a larger Dante network. More AV offerings come from Genio Kronauer of L-Acoustics, and Henning Kaltheuler of d&b audiotechnik as they present an introduction of Milan, the new application layer protocol for future-proof AV networks.
PLASA continues its series of seminars on mental health issues within the industry with a panel including Dawn Collins who has offered training to the BBC. Additionally, PLASA and AV Magazine will present a seminar revealing initial insights from industry wide research.
Eco Design regulation updates will be provided by Adam Bennette and Christian Allabauer who were present during the negotiations with the EU Commission this Summer. This session is specifically aimed at lighting manufacturers, distributors and venues from across Europe.
The ABTT return with updates on Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment. This session will provide a guide to recent amendments and offer the opportunity to discuss your questions on safety and compliance.
Brandon Eckstorm will showcase Vectorworks Spotlight, detailing how this industry leading software can make your job easier. Its functions include 3D rendering, BraceworksTM rigging analysis, Vision to pre-visualise lighting and much more.
James Eade will host two seminars covering electrical standards and generator earthing: those involved in manufacturing, distributing, hiring or building will need to know the coming changes in UK electrical standards; and those working with temporary power systems will appreciate the latest guidance in generator arrangements.
Head of production, David Ripley, of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is providing a CAD Tutorial session, showing the latest AutoCAD software, and ABTT CEO Robin Townley is hosting a CAD forum for those interested in apprenticeships in theatre and live events.
ChamSys is on hand with practical training sessions, suitable for both beginners and more experienced users. Attendees will learn how to patch a show and create cues and FX using QuickQ and MagicQ consoles and software. Additionally, Zero 88 will also run introductory sessions familiarising attendees with FLX consoles. Audio and AV professionals are catered for by multiple sessions on Sennheiser’s Speechline Digital Wireless System.
Aspiring riggers can take advantage of the all-new Rigging Area where they can get to grips with terminations, knots, assembly and lifting in a designated area equipped with professional equipment under the trained eye of experienced riggers.
New for this year is a dedicated rigging, production and structures theatre which will offer free-to-attend content throughout the show.
Ilan Bahar from Eilon Engineering will outline the importance of load monitoring, and Dave Weatherhead, CEO of Kinesys Projects Limited will offer solid advice regarding automation in productions.
Scotty Stewart is presenting three seminars: Simple Rigging Calculations, Aerial Forces, and Improving our Approach to Mental Health: a personal view, revealing his journey with depression.
The National Rigging Advisory Group will answer questions from budding riggers and offer guidance on supervision in production. Sapsis Rigging president Bill Sapsis and Chris Higgs from Total Solutions will present the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER), from its inception to its daily applications.
Ian Hall from Total Solutions Group will address design issues surrounding temporary demountable structures, and a panel of international professionals will combine their efforts to seek potential solutions to the problems of working from trusses.
Throughout the entire show visitors can immerse themselves in live audio demos from renowned manufacturers. Shermann, OHM, RCF and Aura Audio will be demonstrating their latest loudspeakers, monitors, subs, line arrays and amplifiers in the Apex Room, whilst KV2 Audio are taking over the Club Room with their leading products.
The Fast Track Theatre is bursting with bite-sized sessions where visitors can cut their business teeth and up their marketing game: Shéa Bennett from Identity will reveal how to add magic to your next live event, Darryn de la Soul from Soulsound will show you how to set up a small business and John Schwab from Curtain Call will emphasise the importance of networking. Furthermore, Tony Lennon and Liz Hardwick from BECTU will provide website optimisation tips, time management hacks and tax advice.
The jewels in PLASA Show’s crown are the internationally recognised PLASA Awards for Innovation which celebrate the most forward-thinking product designs. The awards will be presented on the Monday evening of the show with all entries available to view throughout the show at the Innovation Gallery.
Managing director Peter Heath says: “PLASA Show has come a long way, and last year’s 40th anniversary confirmed that we are on the right track, carving a path for the live entertainment technology industry. PLASA Show has its gaze firmly fixed on the future and is excited to share many innovative technologies at the show.
“We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors over the three days and are confident that they will be equally dazzled and inspired.”
PLASA Show is happening 16-18 September at London Olympia.
17th September 2018
Yamaha Shows New Products and Updates at IBC2018
The Netherlands – Yamaha has a digital mixing solution suitable for every type of broadcast need, from the biggest event to the most compact studio or outside broadcast facility. All will be on show at IBC2018, including new products and updated firmware. Yamaha systems will also be mixing keynote speeches and other presentations throughout the show.
Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems have rapidly become the new byword for excellence in the large format console market. The facilities, audio quality, flexibility, high channel counts and ease of use are all proving a hit with engineers across the world. IBC sees the launch of updated firmware and two new interface cards for RIVAGE systems, which add features especially relevant to the broadcast market.
The HY128-MD is a 128-in/128-out interface which can be used to convert the output of a RIVAGE PM10 system to MADI, for transmission to a broadcast OB truck or to connect to a MADI-based mixing console, as well as providing asynchronous sample rate conversion for devices using different word clocks to be connected without noise and dropouts. The HY144-D-SRC supports up to 144 inputs/144 outputs via Dante with onboard sample rate conversion, adding convenience to systems where devices running at different sample rates need to be interconnected. Meanwhile, the latest Version 2.20 firmware supports both the new cards and adds several new features for PM7 and PM10 systems.
New Version 5.1 firmware update for Yamaha’s CL and QL series digital mixers directly supports the Sony DWR-R03D DWX digital wireless receiver – used extensively in both broadcast and live production environments – significantly enhancing the value of existing and future CL/QL-based audio systems to broadcasters. In addition, the latest firmware for all Yamaha digital mixers means that they now feature multiple channels of Dan Dugan automixing, making them the ideal solution for all kinds of multi-microphone broadcast applications.
Another Yamaha broadcast-friendly update on demonstration is Version 1.1 firmware for the MMP1 studio monitor management system, which adds a range of refinements and support for the CB Electronics TMC-1 monitor controller.
Alongside these new developments, Yamaha’s stand at IBC will feature the industry-leading, fully integrated Nuage production system, R-series D2 Dante I/O units, RMio64-D Dante-MADI I/O unit, RSio64-D Dante-Mini YGDAI interface and SWP1 series network switches.
Meanwhile, all of the Keynote speeches taking place in the Forum at IBC 2018 will be mixed on a Yamaha CL series console and those in Rooms E102 and G102 will be mixed on a QL series console, all three spaces also using with R-series D2 I/O racks.
The new DZR series loudspeakers will also feature in Room E102, where a 5.1 surround system will comprise four DZR10 and three DZR12 full-range loudspeakers, plus two DXS15MkII subwoofers. A separate voice system of two DZR12s will also be used, while four DZR10 will be used as stage monitors in the Auditorium.
Yamaha is exhibiting on Stand C71, Hall 8 at IBC2018, which takes place at the Amsterdam RAI from 14th - 18th September.
14th September 2018
Obsidian Control Systems to Debut New Consoles at PLASA 2018
UK – Obsidian Control Systems has announced that it will be showcasing at the PLASA show in London the first two lighting control products under the ONYX lighting control platform, the extremely powerful NX 2 and the portable NX Wing. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Elation Professional Stand H40 16-18 September at Olympia in West London for a first look and hands-on demo.
The powerful NX 2 is the ultimate compact yet fully-integrated lighting controller. As a member of the innovative ONYX platform from Obsidian Control Systems, the NX 2 is feature rich and never restricted in its capabilities. NX 2 offers a slate of professional features like a high brightness, full-HD multi-touchscreen, eight assignable parameter encoders, an assistive mini touchscreen, full keypad and command section, a dedicated grand master, and ten full playbacks with four freely assignable buttons. Utilizing the latest in industrial components, the NX 2 contains a powerful Intel Hexa-Core processor, high-speed NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks result in unprecedented power in this small form factor. The NX 2 has all the connectivity and power the ever-increasing size of shows demands.
NX Wing is the complementary USB control surface to Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX platform. Based on the NX 2 console, the NX Wing utilises the same rugged design and components with an identical footprint and layout. Through its USB connection, the NX Wing provides a responsive professional hardware surface to operate ONYX on any PC system without compromises. Any user of ONYX will feel instantly familiar with the NX Wing and no set-up or additional installation is required. Simply plug it into a user-provided PC with ONYX and get started instantly. NX Wing provides extensive connectivity with 4 DMX Ports, MIDI and timecode ports while unlocking 128 Universes of control when connected to ONYX on a PC.
ONYX is a powerful yet easy-to-learn lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. It is a rebranding of the well-established M-Series control platform and is designed for use with all new ONXY and existing M-Series hardware (M-DMX, M-Touch, M-Play, M2PC, M2GO, M2GO HD, M1, M1 HD and M6). Designed and maintained by real-user professionals with over 25 years of experience in lighting control systems, ONYX provides a stable and efficient programming platform that is fast to program and fun to operate. ONYX scales from the smallest shows to the largest touring productions with easy-to-use tools and optimized graphical work environments that can adapt to any task and complexity. Obsidian Control Systems products are exclusively distributed by Elation Professional worldwide and are available in various sizes to accommodate any scale and budget.
14th September 2018
Elation Adds World Premiere Product Launches for PLASA 2018, introduces TwinkLED
UK – Elation Professional is introducing TwinkLED, a new and innovative LED lens design offering creative layers of powerful light beams and elegant lens illumination. TwinkLED offers a prominent, patent-pending LED pixel effect using dedicated high-brightness pixels inside large front lenses to provide additional layers of creativity for the lighting designer.
Showing 16-18 September at PLASA Stand H40 for the first time anywhere is an all new visual effect, the RAYZOR 760, a compact yet extremely powerful LED wash effects luminaire and the first fixture to feature Elation’s brand new, unique TwinkLED system. With a wide zoom range from eight to 77 degrees, the RAYZOR 760 provides intense and well-defined mid-air beams with over 8000 lumens, as well as an exceptionally wide and even wash coverage. Driven by seven, independently controlled, 60W RGBW LEDs, the RAYZOR 760 provides a powerful beam that stands out on any stage. The oversized front lenses create a large surface that is enhanced by the patent-pending TwinkLED technology. TwinkLEDs consist of 28 individual white LEDs strategically placed inside the lens itself to create a unique additional layer of effect, allowing designers access to a fresh and innovative way of creating interest on stage. Fast, continuous, speed-adjustable pan and tilt rotation adds another layer of dynamic effects from this versatile fixture.
The RAYZOR 760 is also available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus RAYZOR 760, for use in any environment and under adverse conditions. The Proteus RAYZOR 760’s multi-environmental IP65 design makes it the world's first IP65-rated luminaire with continuous pan and tilt rotation, giving designers the freedom to utilise this latest effect at any event, indoors or out. It offers the identical feature set and powerful output as the RAYZOR 760, allowing you to choose the right fixture for the application without compromise.
Elation will be showcasing the CMY colour-mixing Smarty Hybrid at PLASA and is introducing its IP65-rated version, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid. This is the world’s first compact CMY hybrid fixture with true IP65 rating. Encompassing the same full feature set and using the same highly-efficient Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 200 lamp with exceptional 6000-hour lamp life, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid’s IP65 dust and water protection means this compact and versatile effect can be used indoors or out. Features include fast movement, motorized zoom, full CMY colour mixing, 13 dichroic colours, two gobo wheels, prism overlay and frost filter.
Also on hand will be the Artiste Van Gogh, a powerful framing wash LED luminaire with outstanding light quality and the ideal partner to the profile luminaires in Elation’s growing Artiste range. Providing up to 16,000 total lumens from an efficient 380W high CRI LED engine, the Artiste Van Gogh excels at colour rendering for precise colour reproduction. CMY and CTO colour mixing and a seven-position colour wheel provide flexible colour options and an internal four-blade barndoor system allows for beam shaping and light control at any angle. With a wide zoom range and choice of PC or optional Fresnel lens, the Van Gogh is capable of concentrated beams to wide washes for use in a variety of applications that require high output and precise beam control.
14th September 2018
New ADB Products at PLASA 2018
UK – The Lexpert family is a range of LED units featuring advanced digital technology and extremely high quality light. The Lexpert fixtures are designed for those who appreciate the advantages of LEDs, but still prefer white light sources: a step towards the future, but with respect for the ways of those who have to use them.
The Lexpert Profile Spot and Fresnel lights feature white-LED solutions for replacing 1kW halogen lamps. The series includes the compact and versatile Lexpert Emphasy.
Lexpert units are guaranteed by Osram and ADB's long experience in the lighting industry. They provide excellent value for money.
The OKSALIS is a static LED washlight which gives you total control over the quality of all forms of white and coloured light. The Oksalis washlight is based on HCR (High Colour Rendering) technology, a LED light module consisting of six chips, each one devoted to a different colour: amber, cyan and lime have been added to the three classic basic red, green and blue colours. The Oksalis and Klemantis share the same light technology. Together they form a product line able to provide a very wide colour range with an extraordinary colour spectrum coverage, and different shapes and light distributions.
Hathor 2.0: ADB has released version 2.0 of its renowned lighting software, featuring the following main new features:
- Over 10,000 templates with bi-weekly updates independent from software updates
- Fixed faders in submasters, not included in page management, like playbacks with in and out
- Grand master, independents, and fields
- Innovative HSI colours handled by a colour picker
- The exclusive park function, by device or by parameter
Mobile solution available: Wily is the Smart lighting application for the Hathor product range. Much more than a remote control, the App* enhances iPad and iPhone into freely configurable smart consoles.
The Klemantis will of course also be among the stars of the show. Deliveries have started, and they will soon be seen at work on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest, the most important Television music show in the world! The extensions to the Klemantis family will be presented at ProLight+Sound: the more compact 500mm version (Klemantis AS500) and the new symmetrical optical units available as accessories.
Klemantis is an asymmetric cyclight based on a six-colour LED module, which uses cutting-edge HCR (High Colour Rendering) LED technology to deliver a wide selection of colours from bold hues to pastel shades. Thanks to an innovative algorithm, the unit is capable of achieving a stable CRI of over 97 (up to 99), as well as an impressive tunable white light ranging from 2500K to 8000K. Its light output is enhanced by an innovative optical system, which enables the Klemantis to generate a uniform light with excellent diffusion and perfectly blended colours.
14th September 2018
New Claypaky Products at PLASA
UK - The brand new, technologically advanced Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400 join the Axcor Profile 900, and extend the Claypaky LED light family. There is now a unit with beam shaper for each power band, each application, and every pocket. Both new models are based on the same technology, a white LED light source. They both fit the well known Claypaky framing device, which works on four focal planes and is covered by an international patent. Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400 are offered in two models: one that enhances the high light output or alternatively a model featuring very high colour rendering (CRI = 90).
Featuring a 500W white LED engine, Axcor Profile 600 is the new benchmark on the medium-high market, standing out for its versatility, its high level performance and the superior quality of its light.
Axcor Profile 600 fits a 5.3°-47.2° wide zoom (1:9 ratio), a very complete colour system, an outstanding effect section with animation wheel, patented framing system and mechanical iris and a 16-bit electronic dimmer.
The luminous efficiency is among the highest for this power category, and can be further increased by about 25% if necessary thanks to the exclusive 'boost mode'.
Axcor Profile 400 is the most professional moving head LED light in the medium category, packed with all the most advanced lighting, mechanical and electronic features: 300W white LED module, 6°-42° linear zoom, CMY+linear CTO + six-colour wheel, an outstanding effect section with animation wheel, patented framing system, mechanical iris and a 16-bit electronic dimmer.
Featuring an extraordinarily compact body (65 cm/25½ inches high), It is extremely quiet, and has three operating modes, which can be chosen according to needs: silent, standard and auto.
The Axcor 300 family of compact moving LED fixtures brings Claypaky’s no-compromise quality and performance to the low power category, that is the broadest in the market. The quality of their effects, their construction, and their high light output derive from the high-end products Claypaky specialises in. The AXCOR SPOT 300 has 17 gobos on two wheels, including seven high quality dichroic rotating gobos. The AXCOR WASH 300 has a 140mm front PC lens and linear 5.5°-42° zoom. The AXCOR BEAM 300 is able to emit a super-concentrated solid beam with a beam angle as small as 2° and a surprising light output.
The Hepikos is an innovative Hybrid wash/beam light that combines low power consumption with colour quality, without compromise, in its highly compact body. The light is built around a bright 440W Osram discharge lamp, and features a 5-40° zoom, CMY colour mixing, two colour wheels. Thanks to its 185 mm diameter plano-convex front lens and its narrow 5° beam angle, it can produce a sharp, full-bodied beam, which may be used for striking aerial effects with saturated colours.
14th September 2018
J&C Joel return to PLASA
UK - J&C Joel has announced its return to the PLASA Show as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.
The company, which is one of the leading manufacturers and installers of flame-retardant fabrics, flooring and stage engineering solutions, will be exhibiting on stand A45 at the show, which takes place at London Olympia from 16th to 18th September.
During PLASA, the company will relaunch its new and improved Serge Tape in response to high demand from customers. It will also be showcasing other new products including Euro Wool Serge, Empress, Super Wide Width IFR Canvas and the West End Velvets.
JCJ Serge Tape is designed to provide a quick, easy repair of tears in black Wool Serge drapes will be available in 25m rolls which are 50mm wide and is sure to be a staple product in the events and entertainment industry. A roll will be on hand for people to look at as well as some in application on a piece of Wool Serge.
During the event the company will also launch an exciting new scheme with their charity of the year, the Theatres Trust. It will take place on J&C Joel’s stand from 1pm on Monday, 17th September and will form part of J&C Joel’s 40th anniversary festivities.
Members of staff from J&C Joel’s sales, projects and marketing teams will be on hand to provide advice and support to customers both old and new and the Joel’s bar will also be open throughout the three days allowing people to enjoy the company’s newly produced Curtain Call beer and Green Room cider.
James Wheelwright, J&C Joel’s CEO, said: “We’re really pleased to be back at PLASA after a break from the show. It is a great platform for us to showcase our products and services as well as launch our new and improved JCJ Serge Tape.
“Make sure you come along to the stand to meet our team, check out our products, find out about our new initiative with the Theatres Trust and try our beer which has been brewed especially for our 40th anniversary.”
14th September 2018
PROLIGHTS Unveil Indoor and IP65 Lightingand Video Solutions at PLASA 2018
UK – The PROLIGHTS family of outstanding performance, exceptional value fixtures will be well represented on the A.C. Entertainment Technologies stand at PLASA 2018, London, 16th - 18th September, and includes the launch of new indoor and IP65 lighting and video solutions.
Highlights include the PLASA Awards for Innovation nominated Panorama IP WBX – an IP65 LED Moving Wash Light ideal for temporary outdoor events, the RA3000 – a 1000W fully featured moving LED Profile, and the Eclipse family of theatrical LED Luminaires.
The Panorama IP WBX leads the extensive PROLIGHTS IP65 family, which includes pars, blinders, battens, strobes and moving lights all designed for temporary outdoor use for events and festivals.
Increasing the creative options for outdoor shows, the PROLIGHTS OmegaPIX 3.9 is an IP65 modular LED screen with a 3.9mm pitch which delivers stunning image quality in even bright daylight conditions.
The PROLIGHTS RA3000 is a fully featured moving profile providing huge output, stunning colour options, full framing shutters, and a 19 element optical system that allows multiple beam elements to be focussed together right through the massive zoom range.
The Eclipse family of theatrical LED luminaires includes fixed white and colour changing LED Fresnels and Profiles designed to provide the performance, flexibility and accuracy that theatrical productions demand.
13th September 2018
Spotlight Launches Hyperion LED Models at PLASA 2018
UK – After previewing its new Hyperion LED series earlier this year, Spotlight will showcase the six-colour Fresnel, six-colour profile and warm white Fresnel models with new software at PLASA 2018, London, 16th - 18th September. In addition, they will debut the new tuneable white profile.
Developed to celebrate 50 years of the brand's innovation, the Hyperion series has been expressly designed to meet the most discerning requirements of professional users, both for the quantity and the quality of the light output.
The Hyperion six-colour LED technology adds amber, cyan and lime alongside RGB, for a wider choice of even colour-mixing, a colour temperature range from 2,700K to 8,000K, and colour rendering up to 97. As a result, it gives designers increased creative possibilities to achieve their artistic vision. The Hyperion range of Fresnels and zoom profiles also includes tuneable white and fixed white versions.
Designed for large installations such as professional theatres, film and TV studios, the highly efficient 300W luminaires have an output comparable with 2,000W Halogen fixtures, feature a new rounder, sleeker and more compact design, yet retain Spotlight's reliably efficient internal heat reduction system and have DMX controlled fan speed modes to suit different environments and productions.
Highlights from Spotlight's extensive, award-winning Green Line range of lighting fixtures will also be represented.
13th September 2018
GLP Takes a More Subtle Approach at PLASA 2018
UK – In a break from its concert touring roots, GLP will present all its heavy hitters, but in a more subtle, multi-textural context at PLASA 2018 (London Olympia, 16-18 September, stand F60).
Keeping up its tradition of having well known lighting designers take over its stand, this year GLP has invited theatre lighting specialist Lucy Carter, who last year individually pixel-mapped 160 of GLP’s X4 Bars in the ENO production of The Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Festival Hall.
Her PLASA Show design will enable GLP to showcase several alternative versions of these award-winning and hugely popular X4 Bar 20s, the standard RGBW (in both warm and cold white) and the new RGBY in order to invite comparison.
They will be mounted on the overhead rig, along with the X4 atom, X4 S and JDC1 hybrid strobe.
Explaining the decision, GLP UK’s Simon Barrett said: “Rather than the rock show style light show for which we are well known, we are aiming to show these fixtures in different environments created by Lucy, via a light show every 15 minutes.”
Elsewhere on the stand, the display will include production versions of the KNV, which caused such a sensation at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound and the new impression E350, a companion to the S350.
As usual the company will look to create a high-octane atmosphere from 'curtain up' at 10am on 16th September, and maintain it right through the three days (with the aid of German beer brewed in GLP’s home town of Karlsbad).
A brief summary of the products is as follows:
impression E350 is a new, supercharged LED moving head, GLP has moved its development programme into the next generation. The advanced LED engine offers unprecedented output in its class, making the fixture perfect for any type of showcase event or installation where dynamic, articulated lighting is a key component. At the same time this whisper-quiet, flicker-free luminaire also meets the stringent criteria required by the broadcast / TV world.
impression S350 is characterised by its perfect white light LED-engine with full spectrum to create saturated and pastel colours (with optimised CRI of 96). The other outstanding feature is the four-blade framing, with each blade of the framing system adjustable for pointed triangles and complete blackouts. The whole framing unit can be rotated by ±45 degrees. Smooth dimming and even field distribution are other stand-out features.
The IP54-rated KNV LED system can be used either individually or as a composite. Designers can take advantage of two basic forms: the cube-shaped KNV Cube and the KNV Arc, a device in the form of an eighth circle. Billed as the first frameless LED module in the market to combine Strobe, Blinder and Pixel-Block, it looks set to become a game-changer, as it allows production designers to effortlessly build unique structures and create a huge variety of shapes.
GLP’s new Force 120 fan effect measures 140x38x140cm, with the large diameter internal variable speed fan capable of running at speeds as low as 30rpm, right up to 750rpm (switchable between the two at lightning speed). Designed to create stunning scenic effects, internally it features bands of RGB LED tape which light the actual fan blades and can be controlled with differing levels of intensity, allowing multi-colour projection onto the blades.
The FR1 is one of the most compact automated lighting packages available today. Using a single, high-powered 60 Watt RGBW LED at its core, the FR1 features colour mixing across a vast spectrum, while projecting a crisp, punchy white light, with a full range of colour temperature control. The FR1 provides a clean, homogenised output at all angles, making it suitable for a large range of applications, while a fast 3.5 to 34 degree zoom range gives full beam control.
The hybrid JDC1 contains a traditional single tube element surrounded by a full face of RGB LED power, utilising 1.320 high quality LED’s (for use independently or combined). In addition to conventional strobing, both the tube and full-face sections can be run continuously for high output blinder and wash light effects. The RGB face can then be divided into 12 separate ‘plate’ sections, and the white tube divided into 12 sections, allowing the whole array to be fully pixel mapped through any standard controller.
impression X4 Bar 20 is a high performance batten incorporating 20 x 15 Watt RGBW or RGBY LEDs packed tightly to give a full line of light. High quality optics ensure a smooth output across a broad pallet of pastel and saturated colours, complemented by exceptional dimming which ensures that there is no colour shift. It also boasts full pixel mapping capabilities, a 7:1 zoom ranging from 7° to 50°, a motorised tilt for fast refocusing or to add more dynamics to the output beam.
The X4 S packs a heavy punch in a compact and lightweight body via seven 15W high powered RGBW or RGBY LED’s. The 7:1 zoom offers flexibility from tight beam to smooth edged wash light. Full control over the quad colour LEDs is via DMX while the X4 S features precise full range dimming and the ability to control the intensity of each LED individually, allowing the designer to programme unique looks and animations on the fly. It can be used free standing or hung from a rig.
X4 atom with its small body, designed to fit subtly into the tightest spaces, the IP65-rated X4 atom is ideal for TV/film, corporate events, set lighting and touring stages, both indoors and out. Fitted with a high output quad colour LED source it delivers bright, full spectrum output from its compact size, while boasting a 9:1 zoom ratio that goes from a wide 34° wash down to a tight 3.5° beam while maintaining a clean output and even distribution of colour and intensity.
12th September 2018
Smarty Hybrid, Obsidian, Artiste Picasso to Highlight 2018 PLASA for Elation
UK - lation Professional will be showing visitors to PLASA 2018 a range of innovative lighting tools with real impact that continues Elation’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market. Lighting professionals will have the opportunity to see the company’s newest innovations 16-18 September at PLASA Stand H40 at Olympia in West London.
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, a full-featured spot, beam and wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. At the heart of the fixture is a new Platinum lamp using 'FLEX' technology which offers a 'smartly' designed discharge lamp/ballast package (6,000 hour lamp life) for high output (14,000 lumens) performance at an efficient and affordable price point. The lamp is dimmable and power to the lamp is reduced when not in use. Features include motorised zoom, full CMY colour mixing, linear CTO, 13 dichroic colours, two gobo wheels, prism overlay and more. Elation has introduced a new ultimate warranty programme on Smarty Hybrid that covers the first two years of operation or 6,000 hours of use, whichever comes first, and includes the highly-efficient Philips Platinum FLEX 200 lamp
Elation is embarking on a new chapter in its evolution with launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. Obsidian products run on ONYX, an innovative yet uncomplicated lighting control platform that is backwards compatible with all M-Series lighting control products. Obsidian offers a wide range of lighting controllers, including excellent entry level options, which are exclusively distributed by Elation Professional worldwide.
Elation continues to expand its award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads. At PLASA, look for the Artiste Picasso, an inspirational theatrical-grade luminaire that connects art to engineering. One of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures on the market today, it is a high-output (22,000 lumens), feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more) yet compact profile light featuring a new high-power 600W cool white LED engine.
Also on show will be the Cuepix 16 IP, a powerful, 4x4 LED LED blinder and effect panel with all-weather IP65 protection. Designers can add high-impact colour or white light, eye candy or pixel-mapped effects, to productions of all types without the worry of weather and cost and inconvenience of protective coverings.
Elation now offers two new series of LED colour changers that use the latest seven-colour multi-chip LED technology, SEVEN Batten linear lighting effects and outdoor-rated SEVEN PAR IP colour changers. Both luminaires give lighting designers access to an even wider spectrum of colour options to paint stages, sets, scrims and scenery in high-impact coloured or high-quality white light.
The Elation team looks forward to a great PLASA and welcomes lighting professionals to Stand H40 for a closer look at these exciting innovations. Register for the PLASA show at https://registration.n200.com/survey/3a3d6ppzfb5nf
12th September 2018
Last Call for Martin Audio’s Open Days
UK – Martin Audio will once again throw open its UK Headquarters for a series of demonstrations and presentations on its latest audio offerings, including many new products to be showcased for the very first time.
Taking place between 18-20th September, and timed to coincide with those travelling back from PLASA, London, this is an ideal opportunity for rental companies, sound engineers, system integrators and installation specialists to get in-depth understanding and lots of listening time in relaxed surroundings. Factory tours and refreshments are also part of the experience making for a memorable morning or afternoon.
The demonstrations will include Sound Adventures – a 3D immersive audio experience – with its partner, Astro Spatial Audio, optimised line arrays including O-Line and Wavefront Precision, its new high power performance TH Series and the newly announced ADORN on-wall commercial loudspeaker series.
James King, marketing director, commented: “This is our third set of very popular Open Days, and is our most ambitious project yet with a fully immersive 3D audio demonstration including stage tracking, new products galore as well as firm favourites such our optimised line arrays, Wavefront Precision.
“We’re close to selling out, but we have a few spaces left.”
For registration: https://martin-audio.com/events/uk-open-day-september-2018#OpenDayForm
11th September 2018
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Showcases Innovations from Over 15 Exclusive Brands at PLASA 2018
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) will exclusively showcase over 15 brands from its portfolio of over 200 marques at PLASA 2018, London, including four products nominated for this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation and several previous Innovation award-winners.
2018 PLASA Awards nominees include PROLIGHTS' new Panorama IP WBX IP65 LED moving wash light ideal for temporary outdoor events, Columbus McKinnon's new Lodestar VS chain hoist featuring Magnetek IMPULSE G+ Mini drive and other industry-leading safety procedures, Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist Connector for distribution of power and control to motorised hoists which eliminates potential cross-connection with other entertainment applications and BroadWeigh's new BW-HA advanced wireless handheld display for its innovative wireless load monitoring system.
Staff from AC-ET's dedicated product sales divisions will also exclusively demonstrate cutting-edge technologies from other leading lighting, rigging, video and audio brands.
Lighting highlights include Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light, which utilises homogenised LED optics and other leading technologies from the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash and effects lighting range and new Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light, which has been rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications, PROLIGHTS' new RA3000 1000W fully featured moving LED profile, Quasar Science's Q-Rainbow RGB and tuneable white, internally ballasted linear LED fixture; and Spotlight's new Hyperion six-colour (RGB plus amber, cyan and lime) LED Fresnel range delivering improved creativity and colour rendering.
In addition to new lighting fixtures, control and power distribution highlights include Vista by Chroma-Q's all-new Vista 3 lighting and media control software and new EX and MV control surfaces, Follow-Me's remote followspot control system, adding a new level of creative freedom, RatPac's AKS router and DMX node for wirelessly controlling an entire DMX universe from a smartphone, StageSmart's 2017 PLASA Innovation Award Winning smartPDU next generation power distribution and load monitoring system and LSC's new UNITY large-scale power switching/dimming installation racks that can control virtually any load.
Video highlights include Green Hippo's new Hippotizer media server Version 4.4 software featuring crossfade on layer and the unmatched performance of Hippotizer Montane+; PROLIGHTS' OmegaPIX IP65 modular LED screen with a 3.9mm pitch, which delivers stunning image quality in even bright daylight conditions; and Just Add Power's award-winning HDMI over IP scalable, Ethernet based video distribution system.
Audio highlights include Dynamic Audio Device's (D.A.D.) Touring Power series of high fidelity active and passive professional loudspeakers delivering exceptional performance and value, Midas Digital's M32 digital mixer with stellar sonic performance and intuitive workflow at an entry level price, Shure's 2017 PLASA Innovation Award Winning Axient Digital system delivering next generation, flawless wireless audio performance, Allen & Heath's dLive digital consoles range featuring a very intuitive user interface and world class audio quality and Sennheiser's new evolution wireless G4 series providing even simpler, more flexible and reliable wireless technology.
Alongside the three 2018 PLASA Awards nominees, rigging highlights also include Sixty82's complete range of trussing and staging systems, which feature next generation innovations including RFID serial no. tagging and product personality labelling, and mobile app featuring augmented reality structure visualisations.
As an example of the increasing convergence of entertainment technologies, the stand will also showcase Luminex's GigaCore Ethernet Switch range, which was developed for building a complex lighting, audio and video fibre network quickly and very easily, and with a dual redundant backup allowing seamless transfer in the event of a cable failure.
As well as the company providing product specification, supply, repair and servicing, and an 'out of hours' rush delivery service, AC-ET's in-house Tourflex Cabling service provides high quality bespoke mains power, data and specialist cable manufacturing and assembly. As a result, customers can enjoy the benefits of purchasing all their equipment, cabling and consumables from just one supplier.
Visit the AC-ET stand (E30) at PLASA for your demonstration of some of the industry's leading technologies.
11th September 2018
Eaton Zero 88 at PLASA 2018
UK - Eaton’s leading lighting control brand Zero 88 celebrates a year since the launch of it's hugely successful FLX S range … of small, powerful and highly intuitive lighting consoles, ideal for small to medium shows utilizing a mix of moving lights and LED fixtures as well as conventional luminaires.
Capitalizing on the buzz and excitement of PLASA as an industry hub and meeting place at the start of the autumn touring and event season, PLASA visitors can meet the Zero 88 team on Stand N21 and help celebrate the phenomenal first year of FLX S where sales far exceeded initial expectations in some considerable style!
FLX S24 runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering huge flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price. FLX S48 has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes/show overview. The number of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are ultimately portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, plus support for a range of networking accessories.
Enthusiasm for the FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles has been fantastic worldwide, across all Zero 88’s usual markets, and in other new regions including Japan, Australia and the US! There has been impressive uptake over multiple sectors, including TV and corporate events, fringe and experimental theatre.
Several large UK rental companies have invested in FLX S to service a diversity of work – notably Adlib, SLX and Hawthorn - and the number of active ZerOS* (the software architecture running on all Zero 88 consoles) users has doubled in a year!
PLASA is a chance for visitors to talk to the team about becoming part of the active “ZerOS” show lighting software family; joining the thousands of existing users and venues around the globe using their Zero 88 lighting desks to design multiple productions in an affordable, easy and fun way.
The team will be providing hands-on demos of the complete FLX range - The FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles, the original FLX and the ZerOS Wing - and showcasing additions to the ever-expanding ZerOS software platform - including multiple advances in networking, improvements to Effects and increases in Universe Count.
The well-known “RigSync” demo can also be experienced - to understand why it won a PLASA Innovation Award! This incredibly useful feature automatically keeps the console synchronized with the lighting rig throughout all programming changes … and it even fixes mistakes!
Throughout the final day of PLASA - Tuesday 18th September – Eaton Zero 88 hosts free “drop-in” training sessions in the designated training areas upstairs, which are designed to familiarize interested parties with the basic operation of FLX consoles and philosophy of ZerOs software.
These are friendly, informal and informative … and will each run for 75 minutes. No booking is required, and interested parties can either rock up to the stand for further info or go directly to the Zero 88 training room.
A range of other cool and innovative Zero 88 products will also be on display, including Chilli Pro Bypass dimmers, a selection of networking and backup devices and power relays.
10th September 2018
CHAUVET Professional Looking Forward to PLASA
UK - CHAUVET Professional’s Maverick, STRIKE, Ovation and COLORado fixtures have been making their mark on the theatrical and touring scene this summer, being specified for shows on Broadway and concerts by bands like Counting Crows and Nine Inch Nails. Now as fall approaches, the company will be showcasing some of the hottest new products from these series at PLASA.
Among the highlights at the CHAUVET Professional stand (J30) at London Olympia National Hall is the Maverick Storm 1 Wash. The newest addition to the award-winning Maverick line of moving fixtures, the high-output (over 6000 lumens) Storm 1 Wash has an IP65 rating, making it well suited for outdoor festival use.
Another fixture ideal for outdoor use is the STRIKE P38, a compact IP65-rated blinder that delivers a punchy output from its 90W warm white LED source. An emulated “amber shift” warms the colour temperature of the light as it dims to mimic incandescent lights. The unit’s IP-rated fan keeps it cool enough for use as a wash.
The company will also be showcasing the COLORado Solo Batten, a powerful one-of-a-kind batten that projects a single homogenized wash with smooth colour mixing, giving it the appearance of a bright single bar of light without round “eyes” or pixels.
On the theatrical and broadcast lighting front, CHAUVET Professional will be highlighting the Ovation F-915VW, a high-power variable white Fresnel-style fixture that utilizes the company’s unique 6-colour LED system. This fixture projects a bright, beautifully soft field of light in nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS, making it ideal for theatres and TV studios.
“We are coming off a very upbeat summer that has seen our fixtures specified by quite a few prominent designers for major applications,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Our PLASA stand, with its array of innovative new products, is a great way to put an exclamation point on this exciting season.”
10th September 2018
City Theatrical at PLASA 2018
UK - City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology on Stand H50 at PLASA 2018 in London’s National Hall, Olympia from the 16th to 18th of September. Live demonstrations include incredibly bright and flexible QolorFLEX NuNeon linear lighting, plug and play QolorPIX pixel control, ultimate colour blending and control with QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape and Dimmers, troubleshooting with DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, and a preliminary look at revolutionary Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM products before they hit the market. While there, meet and greet Andy Voller, the creator and developer of Moving Light Assistant and learn more about other lighting software available from City Theatrical.
QolorFLEX NuNeon is an incredibly flexible and bright sealed LED linear lighting product that can be used to replace traditional neon lighting. Up to 80% more flexible than similar products, QolorFLEX NuNeon was carefully developed to provide lighting and scenic designers with the ability to add bold and bright accents throughout entertainment and architectural projects. It operates on 24VDC, can be cut to length in 50mm (2”) increments, and includes 200mm (8”) flat cables on both ends for easy connections. QolorFLEX NuNeon is available in RGB in 5m reels, and seven distinctive colours in 10m reels.
Learn more about working with QolorFLEX NuNeon in this new video: https://youtu.be/ti4ecRmyCMQ
QolorPIX plug and play pixel control products make it easy to create thousands of professional dynamic lighting effects - chases, fades, scrolls, bursts, and more - in minutes. Sold in 5m reels with 48 individually controlled LEDs per meter and compliant with CE, ETL, and RoHS, QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape is designed for the most demanding professional applications. Each reel includes a soldered-on four-pin XLR connector to create a plug and play connection to any one of the eight ports on the QolorPIX Tape Controller. The controller’s user-friendly interface allows users to change mode, pixel length, dimmer, personality start address, and direction, and uses Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology. See which effects can be created with QolorPIX at: https://youtu.be/FaXkXH3QCrA
The QolorFLEX LED Tape line includes 40+ high-quality tape options that help designers put light in places that were once thought impossible and create lighting fixtures and effects in a new and inexpensive way. For ultimate colour control, QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape offers designers a high output brightness and adjustable dual white to create a wide spectrum of finely tuned colours when used with a DMX colour control system. All QolorFLEX LED Tapes are ETL listed, sold in 5m reels, and include six-inch long soldered-on pigtails, enabling easy connections to QolorFLEX Dimmers for ultra-smooth, flicker-free dimming. Explore the QolorFLEX overview video at: https://youtu.be/inPg3uOmpVo
DMXcat makes it easy for anyone to control, analyze, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light, including QolorFLEX products. Having won the Plasa Award for Innovation at least year’s show, DMXcat consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications that bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus several other useful functions to the user’s smartphone. DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: How to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console. DMXcat is available for iPhone, Android, and Amazon Fire in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Korean, and Japanese. Discover all the features of DMXcat in this video: https://youtu.be/YRoD7LaU0oA
After 15 years of pioneering wireless DMX and RDM for entertainment and architectural lighting, City Theatrical presents new Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology as the optimal solution for world-class lighting designers and technicians, helping them set up and run shows more efficiently than ever before. Multiverse products include the Multiverse Node, Multiverse Transmitter, Multiverse Gateway, and Multiverse Module (for OEM partners), which combine to provide a new range of options for broadcasting more DMX/RDM data than ever before while using less disruptive radio energy, with greater flexibility and scalability for end users.
City Theatrical will also demonstrate their industry-leading software at PLASA 2018. Lightwright® 6 software demonstrations will be available to learn more about features like label design and printing, instrument profile database, DMX address mapping, and console link. Lighting users can also discover more about Moving Light Assistant™, software that was designed to document both the physical setup and programming information for moving light rigs commonly used in the entertainment industry, directly from its creator and developer, Andy Voller.
10th September 2018
PLASA Debut for BroadWeigh's new Advanced Handheld
UK – BroadWeigh's new Advanced Handheld will make its first appearance at PLASA this year. Visitors to the stand of BroadWeigh's product partner A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (E30) will be able to demo the product which has been entered into this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018 as well as finding out more about the other items in the BroadWeigh range.
Matt Millward, rigging sales manager at A.C Entertainment Technologies explained: "We have an exclusive corner of our booth dedicated to BroadWeigh products this year. We are including around 24 cells in the main grid of our overhead truss which will be shown as a live demonstration on our tablet PC along with the new Advanced Handheld. We'll also have the BroadWeigh wind speed sensor in action along with another Advanced Handheld. "
The Advanced Handheld brings an additional level of portability to the BroadWeigh system by expanding its stand-alone monitoring capabilities. The device allows users to perform advanced operations with load shackle readings without the need for a PC and base station. With a range of up to 800m, the Advanced Handheld is compatible with all existing BroadWeigh shackles and can be configured to either roaming inputs, pre-defined inputs or summing groups.
Kelly Voysey, sales and marketing manager for BroadWeigh commented: "We're really excited to get some feedback on our new Advanced Handheld. The demos on the A.C. Entertainment stand should give potential new users an idea of just how nifty a piece of kit this little device is. We have designed it as a solution for riggers who can quickly and effectively monitor data on the ground without having to return to the site office or carry a laptop around with them. This is the only entertainment specific wireless load monitoring handheld of its type on the market today and we're certain our customers won't be disappointed."
The Broadweigh wireless wind speed sensor (BW-WSS) allows users to monitor wind speed in conjunction with actual loads in one simple monitoring system. It measures wind speeds over the range of 5-125mph and can be configured to provide readings in a number of standard units including mph, fps, km/h and m/sec. It can transmit average wind speed over a pre-set period but users also have the option of a 1,3, 5 or 10 second gust value.
Matt continued: "As well as the new Advanced Handheld and the wind speed sensor, we will also have 3.25t and 4.75t shackles on display and we hope to also give a sneak preview of the Twist Link which is due out later this year. BroadWeigh's range of accessories – cases, inserts, relay modules, etc – will also be available for visitors to our stand to see."
Kelly concluded: "2018 has shaped up to be an incredibly exciting and busy year for BroadWeigh and the year ahead looks to be equally promising. Our Twistlink load shackle is due for launch by the end of the year and we're really looking forward to the release of Stratus – our cloud platform which will offer internet based access of shackle and anemometer data collection anywhere, anytime. We'll also be launching BroadWeigh Blue in 2019 – a Bluetooth shackle which transmits high quality load data to our BroadWeigh Blue app.”
7th September 2018
Robe at PLASA 2018
UK – Robe is proud to be a platinum sponsor for the 2018 PLASA (Professional Lighting & Sound Association) trade show in west London, now in its third year at the Olympia venue.
It is an important landmark for the expo, which has established itself as the go-to London based entertainment technology showcase, which is why Robe is choosing to make it the launchpad for a brand-new product, which is remaining absolutely top secret until 10:00am on Sunday 16th September on stand D40 when all will be revealed!
Also highlighted at the show is Robe’s very successful modular RoboSpot remote follow spotting system, which is now available with the latest Multi Device Control (MDC) software.
RoboSpot comprises several different elements which can be used in a variety of combinations to control up to 12 units of Robe’s newest fixtures including the BMFL range, MegaPointes, Pointes, DL7 and DL4 series luminaires.
The BMFL FollowSpot LT is another new fixture, shown at PLASA for the first time.
It is a brighter ‘Long throw’ version of the standard BMFL FollowSpot, with all the same as the standard BMFL FollowSpot, however it benefits from a different reflector and optics with a tighter beam spread optimised for extra brightness over long distances.
Visitors should be prepared to be stunned and amazed as Robe continues to make drama, live performance and a truly immersive entertainment ‘experience’ at the heart of their stand design and presence.
After PLASA 2017’s show-stopping ‘Mirror Man’ concept and the ambitious, highly visual and mega successful ‘Cirque Robe’ at Prolight in Frankfurt earlier this year, exhibition imagineering and detail is taken to another level with the first in a trilogy of impressive expo stand designs.
In addition to the new products, all the most popular and award-winning Robe moving lights will be featured at the show, including MegaPointe, Pointe, Tarrantula, Spiiders, the BMFL range, the theatre optimised DL series, LEDBeam 150s, ParFects, iParFects and many more.
Inspired by the spirit of multiculturalism and the positive energy of one of the greatest capital cities in the world, Robe looks to PLASA 2018 as a premium product showcase for the whole industry.
More than that, it is a valuable networking and communications opportunity. Just as the autumn touring season kicks in each year, PLASA is an idea place to be social and catch all the sociability, excitement, ideas as well as touch base with customers, friends and associates, reinforcing existing relationships and forging new ones.
As always, that famous Robe Czech Hospitality will be available on the stand and Robe looks forward to welcoming everyone.
6th September 2018
Data Strategy announces a new product – VeriCal – will preview at PLASA 2018
UK – Data Strategy has announced the first showing of a new product – VeriCal – on stand K10 at this year’s PLASA 2018 (Olympia, London – 16-18 September 2018). The new product, which is available for purchase or hire, verifies that the Out Board PAT-4 testers, an integral part of the QC-Check system, are within their operational specifications.
The QC-Check system provides fast and accurate safety inspections and the robustly packaged PAT-4 tester provides the perfect solution for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), cable (continuity and insulation resistance) inspection and testing of equipment protected by RCDs (distro).
VeriCal consists of a calibrated hardware module that is controlled by a QC-Check style application that guides the user through the verification process and generates a test certificate upon successful completion of the process. A certain amount of adjustment of the PAT-4 calibration settings can be made automatically through VeriCal by an administrator, however, if the unit is seriously at variance with the norm then the tester must be returned to the factory. The obvious advantage of VeriCal is that the verification process can be carried out on a regular basis in on site. The VeriCal hardware will undergo an annual calibration through a recognised National Laboratory.
VeriCal is the latest Data Strategy product to combine hardware with intelligent software. The new product ensures the appliance test units within the QC-Check Workstation produce verified and accurate results. Built with a purpose, fit for the process.