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DPA Microphones’ New Compact Subminiature Series Delivers High-Quality Audio for Houses of Worship at WFX
Neumann Honoured with 90th Anniversary ‘Service to Industry’ Award During AES 145th Pro Audio Convention
CAST shows wysiwyg R41, launches new BlackTrax, new broadcast capability and global training programme at LDI 2018
Distributor awards presentation in 2018
Germany – Prolyte Group, one of the world leading manufacturers of truss, staging and hoists, presented 2018 Distributor Awards at International Training Center (ITC), Germany during their Partner Immersion Event (PIE).
PIE is the biannual event for distributors from all over the world to embrace the supportive atmosphere from each other and together with the Prolyte people. Prolyte Group shares the knowledge with the latest industry trends and changes, while distributors transfer the dynamic information to Prolyte Group that allows them to provide close-to-market products and services.
“Investing in our partners for a long-standing relationship is a priority.” says Lambert Bouwmeester, Prolyte’s chief executive officer.
At the end of the PIE, Prolyte Group presented the Distributor Awards which recognise Prolyte Group’s outstanding distribution partners based on sales performance, project realisation, training organisation, business development and brand enhancement.
Prolyte Group is a company whose business is widespread all over the world and becomes more and more prosperous nowadays. This success could not be realised without the effort from their distributors who are dedicated in growing Prolyte’s business and their customer base.
To thank our partners for the trust, support and contribution to the Prolyte brand, Prolyte Group presented the following awards to their distributors:
Platinum Award ProlyteStructures AED Distribution
Platinum Award StageDex AED Distribution
Platinum Award StageDex Bellalite
Platinum Award ProlyteStructures Cast C.Adolph & RST Distribution
Platinum Award ProLyft DWR Distribution
Platinum Award ProLyft Huss Licht & Ton
Platinum Award StageDex Stage Electrics
Project of the Year Award DP Music
Project of the Year Award EES – Entertainment Equipment Supplies
Consistent Development Award Electro Waves
Best Newcomer Award Huss Licht & Ton
Regional Development Award Stage Electrics
Prolyte Campus Award Controllux
Prolyte Campus Award Prolight
Strategic Growth Award AC Lighting
Brand Ambassador Award – Special Contribution Bart de Smet
Brand Ambassador Award – Special Contribution Jan Siemons
Brand Ambassador Award – Special Contribution Robert Winters
15th November 2018
Clair Brothers 10SPOT Hybrid Loudspeaker Lands NAMM TEC Award Nomination
USA – In recognition of Clair Brother’s latest groundbreaking innovation – the 10SPOT hybrid loudspeaker and winner of the InfoComm 2018 Best of Show Award – the 34th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards at NAMM 2019 have nominated this amazing product for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the “Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker” category.
The 10SPOT will face heavyweight competition in this loudspeaker category, but it will be quite difficult for the pro audio and music industry professionals casting votes to ignore the utter brilliance of the problem-solving technology and design of this powerful sounding cabinet. Its hybrid nature is what defines the 10SPOT design as a loudspeaker that combines Clair Brothers Curved Array Technology with its One Series coaxial horn technology. The idea behind this combination is to create a unique form factor loudspeaker that requires minimal space yet covers a room’s listening area much more effectively than conventional point source speakers. The 10SPOT’s innovative horn technology is a feature that deserves special attention – a coaxial horn arrangement that provides constant curvature in the vertical plane with progressively increasing divergence in the horizontal plane. The result is a unique directivity pattern of 90° at the top and 135° at the bottom, across a 45° vertical coverage angle. The 10-inch woofer and the compression driver each load into the masterful combination of two overlaid horns. The highlight of this superior technology is its unique ability to eradicate the irritation of horn shadowing. Based on the 10SPOT’s form factor and dispersion characteristics, it is well suited for installation near ceiling to wall intersections in applications, such as hotel/club bar areas, performing arts centres, houses of worship, arenas and auditoriums, nightclubs, and cruise ship venues. The 10SPOT has also proven to be the perfect solution when under balcony and delay fill contribute to a loss of sound clarity and coverage. And when it comes to A/V systems support, it doesn’t get any better than the 10SPOT. Ultimately, this live performance cabinet shines like a new star and deserves your serious voting consideration.
Pro audio or music professionals who make their primary living in the industry, are invited to vote. Eligibility is verified by a brief online registration process where voters provide their name, company, title and email address. The general public or enthusiasts are not eligible. Only one ballot per email will be counted.
TEC Award voting begins on 14 November, 2018 and goes through 31 December. Please vote by visiting: https://www.tecawards.org/TEC34/voting
15th November 2018
GLP Break New Ground at LDI 2018
USA – GLP’s status as a major league player in the production industry was firmly cemented at this year’s LDI Show in Las Vegas (19-21 October) where they were awarded the Best Large Booth gong by show organisers, Live Design International, who cited the company’s “excellent demos and presentation of a wide range of products”.
This accolade lined up alongside PLSN Magazine’s Gold Star Award for Best Stage Effect, adjudicated for the Force 120, having picked up a similar PLSN award last year for the JDC1 hybrid strobe. Completing the trio of top nominations was Live Design’s Lighting Product of the Year Award for the JDC1, which was presented during a show in which the GLP booth was packed from beginning to end. It was a fitting way to celebrate the show’s 30th birthday.
These products, and many other groundbreaking FX, were both on static display and incorporated into a mesmerising light show, while the awards provided the cherry on a glittering booth, designed and programmed once again by Matt Shimamoto (Volt Lites) in conjunction with GLP Inc. president, Mark Ravenhill.
“We were hugely busy throughout the show and saw a great number of people from across the country and abroad,” confirmed the latter. “We designed a brand new “Licht!’ bar which became the central attraction of the booth and was surrounded by eight new product launches, all making their debut, which received a fantastic reaction.”
The product array included such showstoppers as impression E350 and S350, KNV Cube and KNV Arc, impression FR1, X4 atom Rackmount PSU and products from distributed brands, Cosmic Truss and Scenex Lighting.
Another change for GLP this year was the adoption of a rolling presentation, whereby customers were presented with one of GLP’s new products at regular intervals without interrupting the collective ambience and hospitality of the booth. “This worked extremely well,” added Ravenhill.
Away from the booth, GLP were present at the inaugural KOI (Knights of Illumination) Awards, staged in conjunction with the show. They sponsored the GLP Award for Arena, presenting it to LD Andi Watson, a regular user of GLP fixtures, for Radiohead's W.A.S.T.E Tour 2018.
It was about the only time Mark Ravenhill managed to leave the booth during the three days. His North American GLP Inc team were in non-stop action, well supported by senior members of the parent company in Karlsbad, including MD Udo Kuenzler and key account manager Olli Schwendke.
“It was a massive team effort by everyone responsible for getting the lighting in, up, down and back again,” Mark Ravenhill stated in conclusion. Plus, of course, ensuring the customers had full exposure to, and understanding of the ground-breaking attributes of their award-winning suite of products.
14th November 2018
Martin by Harman Showcase Event at LIPA Liverpool
UK – Meet Martin by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd at LIPA on the 20th November for a showcase of the latest Martin products including the award-winning MAC Encore Performance, MAC Encore Wash and new JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
Demonstrations will begin at 11am, 2pm and 4pm in LIPA's Art School Studio Theatre.
This will also be an opportunity to discover details of the recenty announced MAC Allure Profile LED moving head and ELP LED Ellipsoid Series.
For full details and to register your attendance please visit the event sign-up here
9th November 2018
DPA Microphones’ New Compact Subminiature Series Delivers High-Quality Audio for Houses of Worship at WFX
USA – Audio technology plays an important role in delivering the best sound possible and ensuring that meaningful messages are heard by parishioners during worship services. At WFX (CCI Solutions Booth 102), the newest addition to DPA’s d:screet and d:fine ranges will be on display, featuring its smallest high-end pro audio microphone capsule ever in the d:screet CORE 6060, 6061 subminiature microphones and the d:fine CORE 6066 subminiature headset microphone. Measuring just three millimetres (0.12 inches) in diameter, the new 6000 series is 60 percent smaller than DPA’s existing 4000 series.
“In the house of worship, broadcast and theatre markets, everyone wants the tiniest microphone possible so that they are less visible when worn as a headset or lavalier,” says Christopher Spahr, VP of sales and marketing, DPA Microphones, Inc. “With the creation of the subminiature series, we were able to pair a compact and inconspicuous design with exceptional sound quality to clearly spread the message of worship leaders and speakers to congregations worldwide.”
All three new microphones incorporate the company’s CORE by DPA microphone amplification technology, which reduces distortion and increases dynamic range. The microphones with CORE by DPA have also achieved an IP58 waterproof rating, which provides water and moisture resistance. In terms of technical specifications, all three 6000 series capsules are omnidirectional and have a frequency range of 20Hz - 20kHz. The d:screet 6060 lavalier has a noise floor of only 24dB(A), while the d:screet 6061 lavalier and d:fine 6066 headset have noise floors of only 26dB(A). This is like the company’s existing 4000 series miniature mics. All three capsules are available in black and beige, and more colours will be added to the range later.
The d:fine 6066 headset has also been redesigned to be a lightweight, one size fits all headset that attaches over the ears for maximum comfort and has a three point, spring mechanism to help it grip below the ears and to the side of the head for added security. With a fully adjustable boom, this new headset is very easy to fit and has a redesigned cable attachment that allows the cable to run down the wearer’s back, so it can’t be seen.
DPA has also created a new rotatable microphone clip that features a 360° rotatable design, making it extremely fast to change from left to right buttoned shirts and has eight positions so it can also be used on other types of shirts.
9th November 2018
Neumann Honoured with 90th Anniversary ‘Service to Industry’ Award During AES 145th Pro Audio Convention
USA – During the AES 145th Pro Audio Convention recently held in New York City, Neumann Berlin was presented with a 90th Anniversary ‘Service to Industry’ award by the AES, which celebrated its own 70th anniversary in parallel. The award was presented to Neumann president Wolfgang Fraissinet during a special ceremony on Thursday, 16th October in celebration of the company’s standard-setting legacy of engineering prowess in the development of microphones for studio and live performance, and for Neumann’s advancement of microphone technology.
The award ceremony took place on the first day of the exhibition at the PSE Recording Stage inside the Jacob Javitz Center complex, where Graham Kirk, AES international sales director and Al Schmitt, multi-Grammy Award winning engineer/mixer presented on behalf of the AES.
“It is a great honour to be recognized by such a stalwart organisation such as the AES, and by Al Schmitt, who is a celebrity in his own right and also a great friend,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet. “I am proud of Neumann’s accomplishments over the last 90 years, and humbly accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues, past and present. We are committed to excellence in everything we do and already looking forward to our 100th in ten years!”
During the exhibition, Neumann displayed many of innovations, both past and present. For instance, its limited-edition U 87 Rhodium Set and a re-issue of its famous U 67 microphone were at the stand, while more recent products on display included the Neumann Control app for iPad, which opens up the full potential of the KH 80 DSP studio monitor. Neumann Control, which utilises standard IP networking, allows users to define loudspeaker systems from mono to 3D audio set-ups, align them for a well-balanced in-room sound, and then operate them centrally.
In picture: AES international sales director Graham Kirk (left) and multi-Grammy Award winning engineer/mixer Al Schmitt (right) present the award to Neumann president Wolfgang Fraissinet (centre).
8th November 2018
Next stop for Elation wave of innovation – WFX 2018
USA – Elation partners with houses of worship to create original solutions to real-world issues that ministries tackle on a daily basis. Elation invites lighting professionals to Booth 707 at the WFX show in Orlando to talk to a qualified Elation lighting professional about bringing their ministry to the next level.
Join the Elation team November 13-15 at the Orange County Convention Center for an up-close look at the Artiste Monet, a fully loaded, 45,000 lumen LED Profile fixture with outstanding projection quality, comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via an innovative SpectraColor engine. The Monet produces colours that were previously impossible to achieve from theatrical pastels to the purest reds, blues or greens ever produced by a colour mixing system.
Other fixtures in the award-winning Artiste Series will also feature including the Artiste Van Gogh, a powerful CMY colour-mixing LED wash luminaire with framing and wide zoom, the Artiste Picasso, one of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED fixtures on the market today and the Artiste DaVinci, a full-featured, theatrical-grade LED spot with an exceptional combination of power, colour and projection possibilities.
For a truly extraordinary effect, Elation will be showing the RAYZOR 760, a compact yet powerful LED wash luminaire and the first fixture to feature Elation’s unique TwinkLED LED pixel effect system, individual white LEDs inside the lens that create an additional layer of effect. The RAYZOR 760 provides well-defined mid-air beams as well as an exceptionally wide and even wash coverage. The RAYZOR 760 is also available in a weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus RAYZOR 760.
Fresh off a PLSN award for Best Hybrid Fixture, the compact, CMY colour-mixing Smarty Hybrid with 14,000 lumen output and ultra-efficient 6,000-hour lamp will be on display. Elation has introduced an 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 efficient Platinum FLEX 200 lamp!
When high-quality warm white light is required, Elation offers the KL Fresnel series, a line of warm-white LED Fresnel lights that provides all the warmth of tungsten halogen with all the benefits of LED. Elation will also be showing 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.
Obsidian Control Systems is pleased to be showing ONYX, a powerful yet easy-to-learn lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. Showcasing at WFX will be the NX Wing, the complementary USB control surface to the ONYX platform. Based on the NX 2 console, the NX Wing utilizes the same rugged design and components with an identical footprint and layout. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to the Elation booth for a first look and hands-on demo. Also on hand at Booth 707 will be ArKaos software and media servers, Capture lighting design software, and the latest Antari brand hazers and fog machines.
5th November 2018
From the Prague Quadrennial to Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin
Germany – Next year, the Prague Quadrennial (Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space) and Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin will collaborate for the first time. After seeing the Prague Quadrennial visitors will be able to attend the international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology in Berlin. Wesko Rohde, chairman of DTHG stated: “The collaboration between these two established events stands for a commitment to Europe, the art of the theatre ensemble and for a wide range of creativity on and behind the stage.”
The Prague Quadrennial is recognised as the world’s leading platform for scenography. Every four years since launching in 1967 it devotes itself to scenography as a field in which various disciplines such as the performative and visual arts, and architecture for instance, interact. The Quadrennial’s main focus is the section on countries and regions. The colourful exhibition gives artists from more than 60 countries an opportunity to present new forms of scenography. The slogan of the fourteenth edition of the Prague Quadrennial, which will take place from 6 to 16 June 2019, is 'Imagination, Transformation and Memory'.
At Stage|Set|Scenery the focus is on the technical implementation of creative ideas. The international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology will take place from 18 to 20 June on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and represents every sector required for a successful production, ranging from stage equipment and technology to lighting and sound equipment, as well as furnishings, make-up and costumes.
Next year at Stage|Set|Scenery the focus will again be on an exchange of views among practitioners. Visitors can expect a wide-ranging programme of events and a host of interactive formats, including round tables, panel discussions and workshops.
Once again, the LightLab curated by Manfred Olma will devote itself to topics concerning lighting, projection and networks. At the Soundlab trade visitors will be welcome to come and experience the sound of state-of-the-art audio systems. Next year, taking as its slogan 'Up in the air', the Safety in Action stage will focus on stage rigging equipment, drone cameras and working under suspended loads.
30th October 2018
ADB exhibits new LED technologies at LDI and wins prestigious Award for Best Debuting Product
USA – ADB presented its range of Lexpert (Profile, Fresnel and Emphasy) white light theatre lights at LDI 2018, along with its Klematis and Oksalis units, based on the latest HCR technology, which ensures a CRI and light and colour quality never achieved before by lights with LED sources.
The Art Centric Lighting line, created by ADB to illuminate works of art, won the coveted LDI Award in the Lighting category.
ADB won the prestigious LDI Award for the Best Debuting Product in the Lighting fixture category, with its new Art Centric Lighting line for museum lighting.
The judges wrote: “Art Centric Lighting has created a tunable white light fixture for lighting works of fine art with sensitivity and class. The spot or wash with a CRI of 97 is controllable via Bluetooth, changing the way you’ll look at works of art.”
Simone Capeleto, ADB's CEO, was thrilled: "The basic principle of Art Centric Lighting is to respect the works of art, which become leading players like actors on a stage. It is no coincidence that the small Art Centric Lighting units are true miniaturised theatre lights: they are made by ADB, a well established company in the theatre world. They are not just 'luminaires' with an elegant, non-invasive design, they are fixtures with professional optical units that generate a high quality light, which can be modulated."
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 Pprofile 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.
The Klematis were of course also among the stars of the show. Deliveries have started, and ADB has seen them 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 were presented to LDI: the more compact 500mm version (Klematis AS500) and the new symmetrical optical units available as accessories.
29th October 2018
Claypaky exhibits the future of show lighting at LDI
USA – Claypaky presented many interesting new products this year at LDI, a show which has become an unmissable event for lighting professionals over the years. No less than five Claypaky lights made their début on the American market, two of which were exhibited for the first time ever in the world.
Moreover the Knight of Illumination Awards, conceived and sponsored by Claypaky, was held for the first time ever on American soil.
The Axcor line won the Gold Star Product Award at LDI for "Best New Line of LED-Sourced products". This prize is awarded by a jury appointed by Professional Lighting & Staging News (PLSN), one of the most renowned and appreciated magazines for the entertainment trade.
Claypaky Axcors are LED moving heads which bring together all the most advanced technologies in each field: precision micro-mechanics and optics, powerful reliable electronics and software, advanced lighting technology, and a pleasant ergonomic design. The family now consists of eleven models able to provide different output powers and cover all areas of application: they range from the 110 Watts of the Axcor Beam 300 to the 880 Watts of the Axcor Profile 900, and include the brand new Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400, which are technologically advanced spotlights with shutters.
This versatility meets the needs both of large production companies and small service firms, by ensuring consistency and constant manufacturing quality throughout the various power ranges. In addition to versatility on the power front, the functions available are also versatile, since all the lights in the main classes come in two versions: a model that favours light output, suitable for touring and events, and a model that favours colour
One of the lights that made its world début at LDI was the Axcor Spot 400. This compact, bright, moving LED spotlight, complete with all the devices needed for exceptional visual effect projections, enters the medium power market. The sheer number of possible effects and combinations is unmatched in its category: two rotating dichroic glass gobo wheels, with a total of 14 rotating gobos, an animation disc, a rotating prism, a power-driven iris, a 16-bit dimmer, and an incredible 5.5° to 55° zoom. Moreover it has some advanced tools for colour management, based on a CMY system with linear CTO and six-colour wheel.
The Sharpy Plus is the first 100% hybrid unit capable of being both a perfect beam moving light and a perfect spotlight. It fits a new discharge lamp with very high light output, the Osram Sirius 330W X8, and weighs only 21.6kg (about 47.6lb). All of its functions are extremely rapid. A 3° to 36° (1:9) zoom covers the entire range linearly, both in spot and beam mode. This feature makes the Sharpy Plus unique on the market. In beam mode, the Sharpy Plus is capable of an extraordinary light output of over 300,000 lux at a distance of 10m (about 10.9 yards).
ADB Stagelight, Claypaky's theatre brand, won – outright – the prestigious LDI Award for the Best Debuting Product in the Lighting fixture category, with its new Art Centric Lighting line for museum lighting.
The judges wrote: “Art Centric Lighting has created a tunable white light fixture for lighting works of fine art with sensitivity and class. The spot or wash with a CRI of 97 is controllable via Bluetooth, changing the way you’ll look at works of art.”
Simone Capeleto, ADB's CEO, was thrilled: "The basic principle of Art Centric Lighting is to respect the works of art, which become leading players like actors on a stage. It is no coincidence that the small Art Centric Lighting units are true miniaturised theatre lights: they are made by ADB, a well established company in the theatre world. They are not just luminaires with an elegant, non-invasive design, they are fixtures with professional optical units that generate a high quality light, which can be modulated."
During LDI, the curtain went up on the Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA). The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony with a gala dinner.
Three-hundred professionals from the world of entertainment saw 18 lighting designers and video designers be awarded the title of "Knight of Light" for their creative talent in three categories: Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events. The winners in each category were selected by a completely independent jury, where each member was an expert in their own field.
These awards were created by Claypaky eleven years ago as an event to celebrate British lighting designers. Since then, the Knight of Illumination Awards has grown to become the most important show lighting event in the UK, and has attracted the attention of American designers as well.
In conjunction with Informa/LiveDesign, the renowned American communications company that organises LDI, Claypaky brought the Knight of Illumination awards to the United States for the first time, where it was an immediate huge success. American lighting designers really appreciated the arrival of an event totally dedicated to them in the US too.
John Featherstone, founding partner of Lightswitch and Chairman of the Panel of Judges for “Concert Touring & Events” said: “I think last night will be considered the most significant night for event and entertainment lighting design in the US since the first LDI, 30 years ago. Bold words, but I suggest not an overstatement at all."
29th October 2018
City Theatrical’s Multiverse Wireless DMX Recognised with Best Debuting Product Award at LDI 2018
USA – City Theatrical’s new Multiverse wireless DMX system, recently launched at Live Design International (LDI) on 19th October 19, 2018, was recognised by Live Design/LDI as the 2018 Best Debuting Product in the Lighting Accessories and Integration category.
The Multiverse system can to broadcast up to ten universes of DMX data from a single transmitter while producing less radio energy than present-day single universe systems. Every product in the Multiverse system is built around a tiny radio called the Multiverse Module. These products include Multiverse SHoW Baby, City Theatrical’s fourth generation of the original plug and play wireless DMX transceiver system, Multiverse Node, the primary receiver in a multiple universe system and a single universe transceiver, Multiverse Transmitter, a transmitter that provides multiple universe control, and Multiverse Gateway, a transceiver that delivers multiple universe DMX with data distribution.
Other products presented by City Theatrical at LDI 2018 include DMXcat multi-function test tool, QolorFLEX NuNeon linear lighting, plug and play QolorPIX pixel control, as well as ultimate colour blending and control with QolorFLEX five-in-one LED tape, flicker-free dimming control with QolorFLEX dimmers, lighting project paperwork organisation with Lightwright 6 software, stunning event lighting effects with QolorPoint eireless LED uplighters, and stray beam and spill control with beam control accessories like concentric rings.
DMXcat makes it easy for anyone to control, analyse, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light, including QolorFLEX products. Consisting of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications, 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.
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. QolorFLEX NuNeon is available in RGB in 5m reels, and seven distinctive colours in 10m reels.
QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED tape is designed for the most demanding professional applications with 48 individually controlled LEDs per metre. 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 create thousands of professional dynamic lighting effects – chases, fades, scrolls, bursts, and more – in minutes.
City Theatrical’s new Multiverse® wireless DMX was recognized by Live Design/LDI as the 2018 Best Debuting Product in the Lighting Accessories and Integration category.
26th October 2018
KV2 Audio Demonstrates VHD5.0 at Myer Music Bowl
Australia – The KV2 Asia Pacific team recently gathered in Melbourne to demonstrate the new VHD5.0 Constant Power Point Source Array and the VHD2.0 Large Format Point Source System at the city’s best-known outdoor venue, the Sydney Myer Music Bowl.
Loading in at 7am, both systems were flown and ready for operation by 10am. Angus Davidson, technical director for Asia Pacific and North America was in charge of the set-up. “It never ceases to amaze not just how quickly these systems go up but how little tweaking is required once they are in the air,” remarked Davidson. “Basically, once you get the height right it is simply a matter of adjusting the tilt angle, which on VHD5.0 can be done via remote control as the fly bar incorporates integrated tilt adjustment.”
A noise curfew was in place until midday, but everything was ready to roll as many of Australia’s leading sound engineers started to arrive to experience this new format in large-scale sound reinforcement. With the VHD5.0 Constant Power Point Source Array, KV2 has focused on creating a modular system that has minimal destructive interference while utilising multiple components in a small number of cabinets. VHD 8.10 Low Mid expansion boxes are arrayed around the VHD5.0 Mid High enclosure providing the headroom needed to deliver the low mids and keep the sound balanced.
In essence the system is pieced together to represent one very large point source, each part of the system being proportional in size to the frequency wavelengths it reproduces. The radiated power of each bandwidth therefore remains consistent and balanced in relation to the overall frequency response. This ensures the same sound is delivered to every seat in the house.
The general feedback from visitors was extremely positive as was their amazement as to how well the sound held together despite a strong breeze blowing across the venue. “A number of engineers have commented on the system’s consistency in both frequency response and SPL in all parts of the venue but what has really impressed people is the intelligibility and coherent reproduction of the sound at the back of the venue well over 100 metres from the speakers. The fact is, that unlike line array, there is virtually no destructive interference occurring in the listening field, hence there are no losses, just a gradual drop in level as you reach the rear of the venue.”
A number of audio engineers expressed their interest in using the system.
Tim Millikan, who has worked with many of Australia’s leading artists including INXS, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, RocKwiz, and many more, summed up the system’s performance in a few words: "Incredible intelligibility, from a whisper to a roar.”
25th October 2018
Elation Continues Trend of Innovation at LDI 2018
USA – The 30th rendition of the LDI show proved a testament to the growing interest in the Elation product range as the company continued its trend of innovative product launches. The Artiste Series continued to make a name for itself with launch of the Artiste Monet, a new 45,000 lumen LED profile light with innovative SpectraColor system that collected an LDI Award honourable mention accolade. The compact, CMY colour-mixing Smarty Hybrid with ultra-efficient 6,000-hour lamp was also recognised as unique innovation by industry peers, receiving a PLSN award for Best Hybrid Fixture.
Interest in two other Artiste Series luminaires, the Artiste Van Gogh, a powerful framing wash LED luminaire, and Artiste Picasso, one of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures on the market today, was also high. A host of other innovative products received significant attention at a busy Elation booth, including the Proteus Profile, a new 45,000 lumen IP65-rated LED Profile fixture that houses the same 950W LED engine as the Artiste Monet. Furthermore, as with the PLASA show one month earlier, the RAYZOR 760 and IP65-rated Proteus RAYZOR 760 LED wash effects also generated a lot of attention with its unique TwinkLED LED twinkle effect system.
The Elation team kept busy showing these latest innovations but perhaps the most popular personality on the Elation booth was Sales Director Eric Loader, who attended the show in the form of a manoeuvrable E-Bot complete with attached iPad that allowed him to interact with customers and colleagues.
24th October 2018
Knight of Illumination Awards USA winners announced in Las Vegas
USA – The leading lights of the entertainment production industry attended the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) on Saturday night in Las Vegas, where the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner.
Three-hundred professionals celebrated as 18 lighting and video designers were 'knighted' for their creative talent in three categories: Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events. In each category, the winners were chosen by a wholly independent panel of judges, every one an expert in their respective sector.
The winners are as follows:
The DTS Award for Projection Design: Finn Ross & Adam Young for Mean Girls
The ETC Award for Dance: Al Crawford for Victoria
The Altman Award for Plays: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer for The Iceman Cometh
The Elation Professional Award for Opera: Joe Levasseur for Cellular Songs
The ROBE Lighting Award for Musicals: Tyler Micoleau for The Band's Visit
Live for Broadcast
The Philips Vari-Lite Award for Awards Shows: Robert Dickinson & Travis Hagenbuch for 90th Academy Awards
The Green Hippo Award for Set & Video Design: Michael Figge for The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
The SGM Award for Unscripted Series: Noah Mitz for America's Got Talent
The ARRI Award for Scripted Series: P.J. Dillon for The Alienist, Season 1, Netflix
The Ayrton Award for Entertainment & Events: Al Gurdon for Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
Concert Touring & Events
The MA Lighting Award for Club: Sarah Landau for Fever Ray Tour 2018
The disguise Award for Video Content: Bob Bonniol for GM World Installation
The Avolites Award for Stage: Tom Sutherland for Pitbull's Time Of Our Lives Las Vegas Residency
The Robert Juliat Award for Events: Cory FitzGerald for Beyoncé at Coachella
The GLP Award for Arena: Andi Watson for Radiohead's W.A.S.T.E Tour 2018
In addition to the design awards, the Paky Lifetime Recognition Award was also presented. Debuting at KOI-USA, this award is named in fond memory of Pasquale 'Paky' Quadri, president and founder of Claypaky. It recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a huge contribution to the world of lighting and visual design.
On this, the 30th anniversary of the LDI exhibition, the KOI committee unanimously decided to name Patricia MacKay as the recipient of the Paky Lifetime Recognition Award for 2018. As founder of the LDI exhibition and editor and publisher of Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines, the forerunners of Live Design, MacKay was responsible for building the North American entertainment production industry's leading showcase vehicles. As the founder of ETECH, the industry's first online news platform, MacKay was also a pioneer of the digital revolution, and has continued her involvement with the industry as a Fellow of the USITT.
As in the UK, each Knight of Illumination Award winner is presented with a personalised, engraved broadsword and a miniature sword silver lapel pin. The evening was compèred by LDI and Live Design managing director, David Johnson.
KOI-USA was held one month after the 11th annual UK ceremony, held in London, which saw more nominations than ever before and a record attendance of more than 520 guests. See the UK winners here
23rd October 2018
Robe Ramps Up the Action for LDI 2018
USA – Robe presented part two of its “Lost Worlds” exhibition live show trilogy concept at LDI (Live Design International) in Las Vegas, with another jaw-dropping booth design and an edgy, high-energy eight-minute live dance extravaganza designed to illustrate its latest technologies in the context for which they have been developed. This included the recently launched T1 Profile LED moving light.
Over 200 new and current moving lights and LED fixtures including the SuperSpikie and the MegaPointe, Spiider and Tarrantula LED wash beams, BMFLs and the RoboSpot remote followspotting system running with MDC (multi device control), were central to the show. Robe’s new iParFect – the first in a series of upcoming IP rated luminaires – was utilised in two rain curtains that were integral to the fully immersive and highly detailed show environment.
The show narrative followed the intrepid Explorer character, having journeyed from London fighting her way through the jungle, encountering hostile Ninjas and other obstacles, arriving at a clearing in the dense forest and discovering a lost temple. The storyboard was originated by Robe’s own creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb.
Robe has raised the bar in entertainment technology expo stand design and presentation over the last two years, showcasing its products in ‘real life’ scenarios, as well as providing a fun and entertaining story in which all can engage.
Massive anticipation preceded LDI as people wondered what Robe would produce, and once again the show drew hundreds of people to the booth to enjoy the hourly show, complete with elaborate set, props and scenic elements.
Five dancers thrilled audiences with their incredible athleticism, break-dancing and B-Boy skills in the all-action performance, also produced by Nathan, Andy and choreographed by Jaye Marshall.
“The bottom line is always that we are showing off the lights and effects in the best possible way, as well as building our overall brand identity and commitment to the world of live entertainment,” stated Nathan.
They needed this LDI show to be physically starker that the one at PLASA, where the trilogy was launched, and on top of that, the drama needed to reflect the different culture, dynamics and demographics of the audience.
Being in Las Vegas, famous for razzamatazz alongside prolific and epic spectacular shows, the pressure was also on to produce something slick and appropriate.
The soundtrack came first. Nathan and Andy are both very familiar with the products being used and features needing to be highlighted, so they then programmed the light show to the soundtrack using a visualiser.
Once on site at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, the booth, set and lighting installation build was overseen by Nathan and stand production manager Josh Williams, Robe’s international exhibition manager Tomas Kohout and the “fantastic” technical and service team from Robe North America “without which we could never have achieved this ambitious project in such short time frame” confirmed Nathan.
Simultaneously, Andy and Jaye rehearsed with the dancers, and collectively they developed their moves to suit the soundtrack and their specific dance and movement talents.
The new T1 Profile was the main feature light, so this was used for all the keylighting illustrating how its MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) LED light source combines brightness with smooth CMY colour control and dimming to meet the challenges and demands of three very diverse disciplines: theatre, television and touring, all in one comprehensive fixture.
SuperSpikies were rigged in prime positions either side of the temple for powerful back lighting, and there was a grid of Tarrantulas above centre stage, with MegaPointes dotted all over the rig including around the two water curtains, used for general lighting, texturing and effects.
BMFLs were contributed to the more complex stand dressing and breakup looks and three RoboSpot systems controlling three BMFL Follow Spots reinforced the keylighting.
Vertical lines of LEDBeam150s were embedded in the set for ‘blinder’ moments and other aerial effects, with Spiider LED wash beams and CycBars providing some of the interior scenic illumination.
CycBar UVs working in conjunction with Divine 60 UVs highlighted the detail and intricacies of the external printed drapes around the main booth, and the separate but conjoined Anolis area which was dedicated to previewing new products from Robel’s architectural LED brand.
The Anolis external drapes were lit with a combination of Divine 160s, Spiiders and more BMFLs, showing their capabilities in an architectural context.
At the back of the booth were two dark demo areas which were constantly busy throughout the three-day expo, and off to the side to the front were two rooms dedicated to private meetings.
The stunning booth design and the show drew people to the stand from the moment the show opened on the Friday, and they kept coming for the next two days.
Robe CEO Josef Valchar commented: “This was without doubt our highest-impact LDI booth yet and I would also honestly say the busiest and best LDI expo for us in terms of visitors, both quantity and quality! LDI has a great reputation for attracting ‘serious’ people, and this year we were delighted to see so many top-level designers and creatives as well as a lot of industry professionals who are starting or early-on in their careers and hungry for innovation. It was really most impressive.”
Robe North America COE Bob Schacherl stated: “Planning for a booth like this starts a long time in advance and involves a lot of time, effort and collaboration between Robe North America and the international team, and the results just keep getting more spectacular. We’ve met a lot of new contacts this year from a diversity of sectors which I think reflects the success of our long-term brand strategies, commitment to inventive products and the general postitivity associated with Robe in the North American market.”
In addition to enjoying a fantastic and truly memorable show, Robe collected two Awards from leading entertainment technology publications. As the show opened, PLSN presented one of their Gold Star Awards for the RoboSpot as “Best Automated Follow Spot System”. PLSN’s editor Nook Schoenfeld and a round table of writers, lighting designers, video directors and stage technicians all keep an eye on new and emerging technologies over the last 12 months and chose what they believe are the ‘hot’ products.
A couple of months earlier Live Design announced its 2017-18 Lighting Products of the Year, chosen by a panel of leading lighting and visual designers and programmers, for which Robe’s MegaPointe won the Luminaire (discharge source) category. The actual award was collected during the expo.
Josef concluded: “These awards underline the hard work of all our amazing Robe team who are working in all aspects of the company worldwide, from R&D to sales, admin to all those in the manufacturing operation in CZ. Everyone is a part of this journey!”
23rd October 2018
Philips Strand offers ideal LED alternative with new SPX LED WW profile
USA - Signify has announced the launch of the new Philips Strand SPX LED WW, a high-output, warm white LED profile spotlight fixture which offers a powerful, energy efficient alternative to existing models. The SPX LED WW was officially unveiled at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The SPX LED WW is targeted primarily at applications such as education, houses of worship and themed environments. It has been designed to meet the requirements of consultants and specifiers looking for quality, efficient and reliable fixtures to serve as straightforward replacements for conventional profile fixtures. Dimmable either via DMX or via a conventional forward phase dimmer, it provides a smooth, stepless fade right down to zero - the perfect dimming credentials for performance lighting.
The SPX LED WW uses the latest energy efficient warm white LED light engine to produce an output equivalent to that of a 575W fixture. Its beam is crisp and precise, directing light only where it is intended. Thanks to the SPX filter frame system there is zero light leakage, so no additional masking is required. With reduced fan noise, the SPX LED WW is also quieter in operation than comparable LED fixtures.
The SPX LED WW uses the same proven, high-precision, high-performance gate and lens sets as the renowned Philips Selecon SPX Profile fixtures, with secure locking shutters, while other lens sets can be used via an adaptor plate. It also employs a Philips Selecon ‘box’-style gel colour holder. DMX connection is via familiar, robust XLR connectors.
Bill Richards, product manager EMEA for Signify Entertainment Lighting, says: “The SPX LED WW will appeal where quality LED alternatives to traditional light sources are needed. The conventional profile fixtures still in use around the world will ultimately need to be replaced with low energy product, and we believe this is the best mains-dimmable LED fixture available. It is the ideal candidate for direct, one-for-one replacement of existing profile fixtures.”
19th October 2018
Philips Vari-Lite’s VL10 BeamWash sets new standards in aerial dynamics
USA – Signify has announced the global launch of the new Philips Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash luminaire. Following successful tests on prime-time television and live concerts in recent weeks, the VL10 BeamWash was officially unveiled at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first lighting fixture to be designed around the new high-performance Philips 25R Platinum 550W lamp, the VL10 BeamWash packs a new level of power, dynamics and personality into a compact, fast-moving body.
The VL10 BeamWash produces 28,000 lumens of output from the concentrated power of the new lamp, making it the brightest and most versatile fixture in its class. Its 2.2-48˚ zoom range delivers a broad choice of looks, from crisp, tight beams to wide, smooth washes and mid-air blasts, enhanced by an unrivalled suite of creative beam effects.
Among the effects choices available are dual overlaying prisms, an eight-slot rotating gobo wheel and an aperture wheel featuring 12 designs, including beam reduction to a laser-like 0.7˚ and a range of bold break-ups and aerial dynamics. Designers can access a further layer of design versatility with the exclusive new VL*FX glass animation wheel system, while mega-stepping, twist and shake control also add to the creative mix.
Effects can be softened with the internal frost, and strong, even washes can be created using the dedicated wash mode. As usual, designers can choose from the full Philips Vari-Lite colour palette: the enhanced CYM colour system and fixed colour wheel offer everything from the subtlest hues to the deepest reds and blues.
The fixture’s large 180mm front lens gives a stage presence usually associated with far larger fixtures, combining personality with performance in this compact, fast-moving body. Weighing just 33kg, the VL10 BeamWash is brighter, lighter and more versatile than any comparable fixture on the market.
19th October 2018
A.C. Entertainment Technologies is Hiring
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) is holding a recruitment event on 1st November at the company’s High Wycombe Headquarters, seeking experienced lighting professionals with a background in theatre, touring, corporate or rental to join the team on both a freelance and a permanent basis.
There are opportunities for lighting freelancers to work on an extensive, and diverse, calendar of trade shows and events around Europe, as well as a number of opportunities for lighting professionals to join the team on a permanent basis.
AC-ET offers the chance to enjoy a more stable lifestyle, while using industry skills and knowledge to support and train other lighting professionals on its vast range of products.
AC-ET is a leading global supplier of professional lighting, audio, video and rigging products and services to the entertainment industry.
The informal event will include an introduction to AC-ET, a tour of the facilities, and a talk about current vacancies. As well as meeting the team, there will be an opportunity to discuss the roles one-on-one with experienced AC-ET staff.
To sign up for this exciting opportunity, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV, or call 01494 446000.
18th October 2018
Elation Adds World Premiere Product Launches to LDI 2018 Line-up
USA – Elation Professional has added three new world premiere products to an already impressive list of innovative product launches at LDI 2018. Showing 19-21 October at LDI Booth 931 for the first time anywhere will be the Artiste Monet, Proteus Profile and Smarty MaX, new professional market luminaires that continue Elation’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market.
The Artiste Monet is an extremely bright, full-featured, 45,000 lumen LED Profile fixture offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via its innovative SpectraColor engine. The new SpectraColor array uses traditional CMY colours but adds variable RGB flags for rich and vibrant primary colours. In combination with variable CTO colour correction, the Monet produces colours that were previously impossible to achieve from theatrical pastels to the purest reds, blues or greens ever produced by a colour mixing system.
The Monet houses a full blackout, four-blade framing system with unlimited indexing and continuous rotation control that allows shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming for transitions, projections and aerial effects not previously possible. Monet’s comprehensive FX package includes seven rotating and seven fixed glass gobos, full animation wheel, dual prisms, dual frost and a high-speed iris. With a fast six to 50 degrees zoom and an impressive 160mm front lens, the Monet has the power to cut through at even great distances in arena touring environments or large TV or theatre stages. Providing up to 45,000 lumens from an efficient 950W white LED engine, the Artiste Monet is ideal for any application requiring superior output, stunning effects and unmatched colours in a quiet and refined luminaire.
The Proteus Profile is an extremely bright IP65-rated LED Profile fixture offering outstanding projection quality in any environment. Providing up to 45,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Proteus Profile is the ideal fixture for any outdoor application requiring superior output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunningly precise gobos and colours. Proteus Profile provides the designer a comprehensive FX package with six rotating and seven fixed glass gobos, full animation wheel, dual prisms, dual frost and a high-speed iris. Its indexable framing system provides full blackout shutter cuts for precise beam shape control. With a fast zoom range from six to 50 degrees and an impressive 160mm front lens, the Proteus Profile has the power to cut through at even great distances in any outdoor concert or special event, and with its fully dust and waterproof design it is an ideal fixture for theme parks and cruise ships as well.
Also showing at Elation Booth 931 will be a preview of the Smarty MaX, an extreme-output, beam/spot/wash hybrid moving head featuring the new Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 400 lamp. Rated at 480W with up to 4000 hours of smart lamp life, the Smarty X is the ultimate designer tool. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and animation round out the design package.
17th October 2018
Rupert Neve Designs Debuts 5211 Two Channel Mic Pre at AES New York 2018
USA – Rupert Neve Designs has announced the 5211 two-channel microphone preamplifier, is on display at this week’s 2018 AES Show in New York City. Each channel has 72dB of gain, sweepable high-pass filters, variable silk output saturation, and the same dual-tap output transformers found in the company’s acclaimed Shelford Channel. These custom output transformers provide both high-headroom and -6dB low-headroom outputs, allowing the user to fully drive the output stage without clipping converters and increasing the unit’s possible tonal variations.
Rupert Neve Designs’ first product was the 5012 Duo mic preamp, released in 2005; the new 5211 represents an evolution of the 5012’s features, circuit design and form factor. Aside from the 19” width, Shelford style faceplate colour, new dual-tap output transformers, higher voltage +/-21V rails and internal auto-switching power supply, the addition of the company’s much-loved variable silk circuit “saturates the class-A output stage to dial the harmonic content up to and beyond that of Rupert’s classic designs, while still providing the option of a pristine, open and modern sound when disengaged”.
From Rupert Neve Designs: “Simple and elegant, the 5211 is the natural evolution of what is arguably the most famous gear in audio recording history: Rupert Neve’s microphone preamps. The 5211 delivers a versatile, flattering, and uncompromising front end for any signal path.”
17th October 2018
New Claypaky Products at LDI 2018
USA – Sharpy Plus is the first true 100% hybrid unit, able to be a perfect beam light and a perfect spotlight. It fits a totally new, top-ranking-performance Osram Sirius 330W X8 lamp and weighs only 21.6kg (47.6lb). All its functions are extremely quick. A Linear 3° to 36° (1:9) zoom covers the entire range linearly, both in spot mode and in beam mode. This feature makes the Sharpy Plus unique on the market. In beam mode, it is capable of extraordinary power output (over 300,000 lux at 10m distance).
The Axcor Spot 400 and Axcor Profile 400 provides the medium-power applications with compact, bright, LED moving spotlights, complete with every device you need for exceptional projected visual effects. There is nothing like them in their category for variety of effects and possible combinations.
The 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. 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'.
The Hepikos is an innovative Hybrid wash/beam light that combines low power consumption with colour quality, without compromise, in its highly compact body.
17th October 2018
Ayrton continues to push the envelope as it brings new products to LDI 2018
USA – Ayrton returns to LDI 2018 bringing yet more innovation with fabulous new products that include the newly launched Bora S and Khamsin S fixtures, alongside previews of its new Diablo S, Diablo TC, Merak S and Merak TC automated fixtures. The new products can be seen on Booth 1139 where Ayrton will be showcasing them in its now much-anticipated light show, alongside its exclusive US distributor, A.C.T. Lighting, Inc. The Ayrton portfolio will be also on display on Booth 2105, represented by Theatrixx Technologies, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in Canada.
Launched just last month at PLASA London 2018, Bora S is Ayrton’s exciting new high output, low power LED washlight, complete with gobo projection and framing capabilities for stunning aerial effects. Bora S’s extreme optical efficiency delivers a remarkable output of 38,000lm from an 8000K white LED engine using just 750W to surpass any other LED fixture in its class and 1500W/1700W discharge fixtures at a fraction of the power consumption.
Bora-S is the perfect wash light for large scale venues, outdoor and indoor arenas, being fully featured with a 178mm PC front lens for optimal performance, a 8:1 zoom delivering a beam range of 8° to 64°, full field framing, an iris, a rotating gobo wheel, two colour wheels and a full CMY + CTO colour system with a CRI greater than 70, with incredibly smooth transitions at all focal lengths.
Also launched at PLASA London 2018, Ayrton will be showing its brand new Khamsin S automated LED profile spotlight. The brightest LED profile spotlight on the market, outputting a massive 39,000lm, Khamsin S has it all: unparalleled optical efficiency using the same modest 750W white LED engine as Bora S and a wealth of quality features that include two rotating gobo wheels, an animation wheel, full field framing, two prisms, an iris, two frosts, one fixed colour wheel and a full CMY + linear CTO colour system, plus a 9:1 zoom with a 6.5° to 56° beam range. These combine with Khamsin S’s brilliance to give lighting designers a full tool box with which to realise their design dreams, and full rein on their design specifications with no compromise.
Beautifully designed for all large venues and touring applications and offering a complete range of solutions for lighting designers, Ayrton Bora S and Khamsin S also offer an enormous return on investment for many reasons, all of which make them particularly attractive to rental houses: their huge optical efficiency, compared to discharge fixtures and other LED fixtures, results in a massive output of up to 39,000 lumens, from an LED source that uses only 750W of power.
Diablo TC and Diablo S, Ayrton’s new automated profile spots will also be previewed for the first time at LDI 2018. Due for release early 2019, Diablo TC offers a 14,000 lumen output calibrated at 7000K with a CRI greater than 90; the high output version, Diablo S, offers a 17,000 lumen output, 8000K white light source and a native CRI greater than 70.
Both models have 8:1 zoom optics giving 6.7° to 53° beam range; sophisticated CMY colour mixing, variable CTO, a fixed colour wheel with seven complementary colours, an indexable rotating gobo wheel with seven glass gobos, a graphic animation wheel, iris, frost, and full framing system. All this from a power consumption of just 300W.
Finally, Ayrton’s new Merak TC and Merak S wash luminaires will also be previewed on the booth. Super small in size, Merak TC outputs 13,000 lumens from a 300W, 7000K white source and has a greater than 90 CRI. Merak S is the high output version of Merak TC and delivers a fantastic 16,000 lumen output from its 300W, 8000K source which aligns it with a 800W/1000W discharge fixtures.
Ayrton will also be supporting the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA which take place on 20th October 2018 at the Foundry in the SLS Hotel, Las Vegas and celebrates the work of lighting and video designers. Ayrton has long supported the KOI Awards in London and will be sponsoring the Entertainment & Events Award on this glittering occasion at the first American KOI Awards evening.
17th October 2018
CAST shows wysiwyg R41, launches new BlackTrax, new broadcast capability and global training programme at LDI 2018
USA – At this year’s LDI show (Las Vegas Convention Center, 19-21 October), CAST Group (Booth 2255) will showcase the very well-received release (R41) of its wysiwyg lighting design and previsualisation software in the USA for the first time, as well as providing a spectacular demonstration of what can be achieved with its BlackTrax real time tracking technology. The company will also launch a new global training programme.
On the booth, the brand new BlackTrax V2.3.3 will be at the heart of a captivating presentation designed by Dream Laser, combining tracking with lighting, media interactivity, moving projection mapping, 3D positional audio and camera tracking for broadcast.
Lighting for the demonstration, which will include the opportunity to get hands-on and will feature live performances and interactive games will be powered by Luminex, media support will come from disguise and Notch, L-Acoustic will provide 3D positional audio and projectors and PTZ cameras will be from Panasonic.
New native software for broadcast, powered by BlackTrax, and currently under development, will also be demonstrated at LDI.
“This is the first time that we’ve shown the software – which we’ve code-named Herald – publicly,” said Andrew Gordon, director of business development at CAST Group. “However, we’ve been testing it with focus groups in the broadcast and production market and we’ve had an overwhelming response.
“Our goal with Phase 1 of the system that will be on show at LDI, is to aid in the automation of broadcast with the function of not only camera control, but also to become an aggregate control suite for all cameras on a production as well,” Gordon continued.
“Herald’s node-based editor is a user’s dream,” he added. “For the first time in broadcast software dedicated to cameras, the quick drag and drop editor allows users to link between modules and quickly set up scenes and subjects with the appropriate cameras, locations and automation pre-sets including things like offsets, zoom, and even the classic zone interactions that have made BlackTrax so popular with the entertainment industry.”
The features of BlackTrax Herald Phase 1 will include:
- Interfacing with BlackTrax to allow for automated cameras and PTZs to follow, focus and zoom based on a subject’s position
PTZ positional presets provide users with the ability to position and save non-tracked cameras with an infinite amount of camera presets that will point and zoom the PTZs in the desired position
Trackables up to 85 subjects
Studio Builder is a new 3D engine to help visualize the broadcast studio or production in real time
Meanwhile, Andrew Gordon will also participate in a panel: “Shattering the Fourth Wall Through Tracking in Three Dimensions” moderated by Cirque du Soleil (18th October: 1:30pm - 3:00pm). Discussion will focus on past projects, current realities, and future possibilities for bringing lighting and video design alive.
Supporting the launch of its new training program, CAST will host a series of tutorial sessions on its stand throughout LDI, providing an opportunity for designers to get up-to-speed with the latest technologies and their applications. Wysiwyg sessions will be presented by Stuart Green, director of education and training for CAST group of companies and senior lecturer in lighting and live event technology at the University of South Wales. Green is a hands-on, practising lighting designer, production electrician, and programmer with his work spanning throughout the entertainment industry.
“Training and support are firmly integrated into our partner programme to meet the needs of our customers,” said Green. “Both can play a key role in enabling designers to fully exploit the incredible potential of wysiwyg and BlackTrax, and to help them deliver memorable live events.”
On 19th October from 10:30am – 11:30am, Stuart Green will present a session entitled “wysiwyg lighting visualisation as a tool for continuing professional development”.
Demonstrating industry-wide acceptance of BlackTrax real time motion tracking and automation, technology partners at LDI 2018 include: Dataton (Booth 831), disguise (Booth 316), Green Hippo (Booth 353) and Panasonic (Booth 1233).
16th October 2018
Lucid Technologies gifts #HSL30 with advanced visuals and VFX demonstrations
UK – At the recent 30th anniversary celebrations for HSL at the company’s Blackburn HQ, Lucid Technologies delivered the gifts of innovation and visual impact – the perfect present for HSL MD, Simon Stuart and his hard-working team who, across the span of 30 years in the lighting industry, have provided the very same gift to others.
Lucid’s contribution sparked two main areas of the event. Delineating the event’s expo space with picture-frame gallery videowalls to highlight the companies supporting the event, the team also created an immersive and interactive demonstration of the latest in video technology, for attendees on the tour of HSL’s impressive 165,000 square feet premises.
On opposing walls of the expo space, the vibrant backdrop was created on two 60m LED video walls. Content was supplied to the 60m x 2m LED displays from a Disguise GX2 media server running animated backdrops, which enabled promotional video supplied by the exhibiting companies to be placed within the ornate 3.9mm static picture frames.
In the immersive feature area, Lucid amazed attendees with a wider range of its capabilities, integrating automated movement into Notch-created 3D virtual scenarios, demonstrating their proficiency with Blacktrax, the six-dimensional infra-red motion tracking system.
The full 3D video scenes were delivered from the Notch-hosting Disguise GX2 media server via five 12K projectors, two focused on the main wall, one on each side wall, with the fifth providing overall fill on the main wall for greater coverage.
Also rigged were six Blacktrax cameras set up via a Cat-6 cable and calibrated to calculate the positional co-ordinates of the room and the trackable items within it. Blacktrax transferred this positional data into the Disguise server distributing it to Notch. At the same time Blacktrax combined information from an Avolites Sapphire Touch lighting desk controlling four Robe Pointe spotlights. All processing for Blacktrax was handled by Lucid’s custom rack with networking systems by Luminex.
Lucid presented a number of scenarios demonstrating Blacktrax integration with both lighting and digital media platforms, and also how Blacktrax’s tracking accuracy can be combined in 3D video-based scenarios.
As Blacktrax calculates very accurately where the trackable person or object is located but does not take full control of the moving head light – leaving manual lighting functions such as colour, speed and focus to be fully controlled by the lighting desk – Lucid indicated how a lighting designer could integrate significant mood changes created by lighting into a video backdrop without cross-fading to a completely separate video file. By adding the lights to a projected room scene in Notch, whilst exposing the colour function of the lights to the lighting desk, the colour of the lighting changed whilst the rest of the projected scene unaffected.
Showing off the more advanced capabilities the Lucid system, the team demonstrated how a force attractor from Notch, fitted to a Blacktrax trackable person, could pull the particles of a fully 3D projected grid. The effect is one that could be used in the theatre, for example, to make piles of leaves on an Autumn day feel the effect of a performer passing by.
Finally, three Blacktrax stringers attached to a hard hat calculated the positional centre point based on X, Y, and Z-Axes to shine a virtual light to the hat’s position in the 3D cave scene. As the hat moved through three axes, so did the beam of the virtual light.
Lucid Technologies MD, Klean Dalton, commented, “As a young company, we’ve benefited from Simon’s encouragement and HSL’s support so, to add our gifts and skills in support of the celebrations for Simon’s fantastic achievement and #HSL30, is an honour.”
16th October 2018
Join TMB at LDI 2018 – New Products, New Technology, Classic TMB!
USA – At LDI 2018, TMB will again show a wide selection of exciting new technology in a comfortable, social atmosphere. Come and relax with TMB at the back-centre of the hall! From lighting fixtures, networking and control to cabling, power distro and rigging accessories, there’s plenty to check out at TMB.
The new ProPlex IQ Tester LV, Ethernet/DMX tester/analyser, recognised with a PLASA 2018 Innovation Award, is a must-see. The first Ethernet Tester designed for entertainment production, this true all-in-one device easily performs many functions essential and useful for setting up and trouble-shooting today’s show networking. A short list includes: Wireshark for analysis of any Ethernet protocol, plus network troubleshooting, PoE tester, SMPTE Timecode, LTC receiver/analyser and LTC transmitter, full DMX analysis, control, and testing, RDM controller and bidirectional Ethernet-DMX gateway. Also, update Solaris/ProPlex firmware without a PC. Extremely compact and rugged, the ProPlex IQ Tester goes anywhere.
TMB is also introducing ProPlex CAT6a Extended cable, the first Ethernet patch cable with full-verified CAT6a performance up to 100 metres. This unique, one-of-a-kind, stranded, flexible patch cable is ideal for all Gigabit and 10-Gigabit applications and features renowned ProPlex durability, reliability and handling characteristics. Drawing upon experience from over five million metres of ProPlex data cable production in over 30 years, ProPlex CAT6a Extended combines outstanding data transmission, noise rejection, and very low skew with the ability to withstand the most extreme conditions and handling, indoors and outdoors. ProPlex CAT6a Extended is available as raw cable or fully-assembled cables from 85 to 100 metres.
Entirely new to the TMB range of brands is FloppyTape, a complete selection of high-quality, professional-grade LED tapes. Not your father’s LED tape, these bright, colour-correct, and consistent LED tapes feature very high CRI and brilliant colours. Available in Premium and Standard versions, a comprehensive range of standard and custom profiles, plus diffusion accessories are also available, as well as fully submersible IP68 models, all backed by TMB service and support.
The Solaris Flare IP range – the brightest outdoor LED fixtures – has two new additions: The Flare IP HD dynamic white and HD RGBA fixtures. Both fixtures expand the designer/specifier’s palette of creative options. All the popular and proven Flare models will be on display, all of which share world-famous Flare brightness, dimming, colours, smoothness, control, and performance.
In addition to the above, other new gear on display at the TMB LDI 2018 booth includes: The new Solaris Mozart One – a decorative pixel-mapping fixture and Fresnel, The new Mozart LR Linear pixel-mapping fixture, New ProPlex DIN Rail units, including FloppyDrive and FloppyDrive Digital dimming and control, GBS five-port Ethernet switch and six-Track DMX record/playback, Firefly Festoon 120V warm white 'filament' lamps, FloppyFlex IP68 silicone LED neon and ProPlex IQ Two expanded range of bidirectional Ethernet-DMX nodes, to be introduced early 2019, will also be on display.