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Knight of Illumination Awards USA now open for nominations

24/05/2018

DPA Microphones and Lectrosonics to Present Wired & Wireless Microphone Master Class at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas

23/05/2018

Atlona to Highlight Next-Generation, Energy-Efficient Power Amplifiers at InfoComm 2018

22/05/2018

Martin Audio to Showcase Immersive 3D Sound Experience at InfoComm with Astro Spatial Audio

22/05/2018

It’s Pimm’s o’clock at Kart-Fest as Chauvet becomes key partner

22/05/2018

Green Hippo: Dancing with success at Prolight+Sound 2018

21/05/2018

Powersoft’s Claudio Lastrucci to Share “Power of Sound” Expertise at AES Milan

18/05/2018

Meyer Sound Is Interactive, Immersive and Inviting at InfoComm 2018

17/05/2018

GoboPlus.com supports #SaveStageLighting

17/05/2018

Odin Tours Britain

16/05/2018

Atlona Transitions the Meeting Space Architecture for a Post AV/IT Convergence World at InfoComm

16/05/2018

Barix Expands Multi-Site Music Streaming Solution Family at InfoComm

16/05/2018

Sennheiser returns to The Great Escape

15/05/2018

Apply now for 2018 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

15/05/2018

TiMax Immersion Zone Lands at infoComm2018

15/05/2018

34th Reproduced Sound Conference and Exhibition 2018 – Call for Papers

11/05/2018

ITEAC 2018: Second Programme Announcement

10/05/2018

Latest Plugfest a “Huge Success”

10/05/2018

ENCO Unveils Open Captioning Advances for Live and Pre-Recorded Media at InfoComm

10/05/2018

Yes Production to Stage RCF Open Days at Guildford’s G Live

09/05/2018

London's National Theatre Lights Up to Prevent European Theatres 'Going Dark'

04/05/2018

PLASA Focus Leeds elated after tenth anniversary celebrations

04/05/2018

d&b audiotechnik focuses on integration and Soundscape at PLASA Focus Leeds

04/05/2018

PLASA Focus Leeds marks UK launch for J&C Joel’s new products

04/05/2018

EM Acoustics expands EMS Series with EMS-41 launch at PLASA Focus Leeds

03/05/2018

Knight of Illumination Awards USA now open for nominations

USA – Following the enthusiastic reception to its launch in April, the Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) is now open for nominations. The KOI Awards, which celebrates the achievements of lighting and video designers working in a range of entertainment genres, has been running in the UK for ten years. This year will mark its first appearance in North America, coinciding with the continent's leading entertainment technology exhibition, the LDI show, in Las Vegas.

Nominations for KOI USA are rolling in across all three categories: Theatre, Concert Touring & Events and Live for Broadcast and bookings are being taken for tables and sponsorship opportunities at this prestigious inaugural presentation ceremony, which takes place at The Foundry, SLS Hotel, Las Vegas on Saturday, 20th October, 2018.

At the same time, the UK-based KOI Awards is seeing a record number of nominations ahead of the 30th June, 2018 deadline, as the event prepares for its 11th annual ceremony at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, on Sunday, 16th September, 2018.

To meet this heightened interest in both Awards processes, two brand new websites have been launched. Easy to navigate and with an emphasis on visuals of award-winning design work, the new websites also feature past winners and shortlisted nominees, photo galleries and videos from previous ceremonies, and clear instructions on how to nominate designers for their work this year.

For KOI UK nominations, please visit: www.knight-of-illumination.com

For KOI USA nominations, please visit: www.knightofilluminationawards.com

KOI USA Award categories have now been confirmed, with five awards in each of the three categories. In the Theatre category they are: Dance, Opera, Plays, Musicals and Projection Design. In Live for Broadcast, the awards are for Scripted Series, Unscripted Series, Awards Shows, Set & Video Design, Entertainment & Events. Finally, in the Concert Touring & Events category, the awards are for Events, Video Content, Club, Stage, Arena.

KOI organisers, Live Design and The Fifth Estate are keen to encourage designers working at every level to nominate their work. As Fabiana Piccioli said, after winning the ETC Award for Dance for her work on 'Echoes' at KOI 2017: "It confirms what was said at the very beginning, that KOI has a good eye for big scale and small scale. It values all kinds of work."

David Johnson, managing director of Live Design, says: "It's vitally important to us that the three judging panels maintain complete independence, as they do in the UK, which is why we're lucky to have three highly respected designers on board to chair each panel. Clifton Taylor (consultant and LD) chairs Theatre, John Featherstone lighting designer and principal of design company Lightswitch chairs Concert Touring & Events and entertainment lighting designer Jeff Ravitz chairs Live for Broadcast."

"I'm thrilled and honoured to be the chair of the Live for Broadcast judging panel for the esteemed Knight of Illumination Awards as it crosses the Atlantic to inaugurate a USA version at last," says Ravitz. "As a lover of light in all its forms, I will relish the opportunity to discover the best in cueing, colour, composition, angle and excitement."

To be eligible for nomination for KOI USA, productions must have been performed or broadcast in the USA between 1st August, 2017 and 31st July, 2018.

The first KOI-USA ceremony will take place on Saturday, 20th October 2018 in The Foundry at the SLS Hotel, Las Vegas. The pre-dinner drinks reception and post-ceremony party will take place in adjacent spaces within SLS Hotel complex.

Since its inception in 2007, The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has celebrated international lighting and video content design for entertainment.

KOI-USA recognises work broadcast or performed in the the US across the fields of Concert Touring & Events, Theatre and Live for Broadcast. Judging is carried out by three independent panels of industry experts.

The KOI awards were conceived by renowned LD Durham Marenghi, Jennie Marenghi and Italian lighting manufacturer Claypaky who, along with ACT Lighting, are headline sponsor of the KOI-USA awards.

The awards and ceremony are managed by America's leading entertainment technology trade show, LDI, in partnership with specialist content creation company, The Fifth Estate.

24th May 2018

KOI

DPA Microphones and Lectrosonics to Present Wired & Wireless Microphone Master Class at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas

DPA Microphones and Lectrosonics to Present Wired & Wireless Microphone Master Class at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas

USA – On Tuesday 5th June, 2018 at Club Vinyl at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, DPA Microphones and Lectrosonics will co-host a day of wired and wireless microphone masterclasses. The masterclass is free to audio professionals for the benefit of learning and networking with their peers.

These two manufacturers specialise in providing high-quality solutions for professional sound engineers to help them achieve the best results possible for a variety of applications including live sound, film, broadcast and theatre.

Hosted by Eric Stahlhammer of DPA Microphones and Kelly Fair of Lectrosonics, the masterclass on wired and wireless microphones will be held from 9:30am to 4:30pm, with presentations from each of these manufacturers. From 9:45am to 12 noon, Kelly Fair from Lectrosonics will present his masterclass on FCC re-pack, frequency co-ordination, antenna systems & antenna usage and a brief product overview. Then, lunch will be provided. From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Eric Stahlhammer from DPA will present a masterclass on microphone technology for high performance venues.

We are looking forward to taking a deep dive into how a great microphone can help change the game in performance venues,” says Eric Stahlhammer, regional sales manager at DPA Microphones. “We often forget to consider that the conversion of acoustic to electrical energy is the most critical part of the sound chain. We can only manipulate what we have captured. Starting with great technique and the best microphone for the job is something we are excited to demonstrate and discuss in Las Vegas.”

We all know how challenging the RF environment has become for wireless mics and in ear monitoring systems," says Kelly Fair, Western regional sales manager and “One of the Fanatics” at Lectrosonics. “That’s why it’s important for us to discuss the application of sound fundamentals of RF management and antenna, and RF distribution techniques. We are especially excited to do this in a masterclass setting in Las Vegas – one of the most difficult RF environments I have come across.”

Club Vinyl is located inside The Hard Rock Hotel at 4455 Paradise Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89169. To sign up for this free event, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dpa-microphones-and-lectrosonics-to-present-wired-wireless-microphone-master-class-at-hard-rock-tickets-46084315428.

23rd May 2018

Atlona to Highlight Next-Generation, Energy-Efficient Power Amplifiers at InfoComm 2018

Atlona to Highlight Next-Generation, Energy-Efficient Power Amplifiers at InfoComm 2018

USA – Atlona will showcase its new Gain series of compact, energy-efficient amplifiers in booth C3576 at InfoComm 2018 (6-8 June, Las Vegas Convention Center), where the company will continue celebrating its 15 years of delivering practical AV innovations. Integrating seamlessly into complete AV system designs and available immediately, the Gain 120 (AT-GAIN-120) and Gain 60 (AT-GAIN-60) offer outstanding versatility and an exceptional price/performance ratio for a variety of commercial and residential sound reinforcement applications.

Each model supports both low- and high-impedance operation via an easily-accessible mode selector switch, simplifying ordering and inventory management for systems integrators and designers. The Gain 120 can deliver two channels of 60 Watts each at 4 or 8 Ohms, or a single 120 Watt mono channel at 70 or 100 Volts. The Gain 60 can provide two 30 Watt channels at 4 or 8 ohms, or one 60 Watt channel at 24, 70 or 100 Volts. The inclusion of 24-volt support enables the Gain 60 to meet code requirements in particular municipal jurisdictions that have voltage limitations for high-impedance systems.

Both Gain models feature an efficient Class-D amplifier design for low power consumption and are Energy Star qualified. Convection cooled without the need for fans, the units are ideal for quiet environments and can be installed easily into confined spaces without requiring additional cooling or venting. The ultra-compact Gain 60 is also UL 2043 plenum-rated, allowing convenient yet concealed installation above drop ceilings in commercial locations.

The Gain 120 and Gain 60 can be easily integrated with other Atlona AV solutions including the BYOD-empowering AT-UHD-SW-510W wired/wireless switcher and the new AT-HDR-H2H-88MA 8x8 matrix switcher. The Gain 120 features balanced analogue audio inputs, while the Gain 60 allows selection between its balanced or unbalanced inputs via front-panel buttons. As well as amplified speaker output, a line-level audio output on the Gain 120 allows incoming audio to be fed to an additional amplifier or audio system.

The optional AT-GAIN-NET networked audio interface card for the Gain 120 provides compatibility with AES67 or Dante audio-over-IP sources, enabling the amplifier to receive dual-channel IP audio from Atlona OmniStream AV encoders or third-party audio devices.

Both Gain models feature a rich array of features to enhance integration, operation and control. Ethernet connectivity enables remote TCP/IP control of volume level and other audio adjustments, plus IP-based management through Atlona’s Velocity AV control platform.

Front-panel LEDs display power status, real-time volume level and more. Automatic standby with configurable inactivity duration minimizes power consumption, while a remote trigger port on the Gain 120 allows an occupancy sensor or control system to remotely power down the amplifier or wake it from standby. Meanwhile, the newly-introduced AT-RACK-1RU heavy-duty rack shelf enables mounting of the Gain 120 in an equipment rack and is also ideal for side-by-side rack placement of Gain 60 units and many other Atlona products.

“The Gain 120 and Gain 60 provide installers and designers with exceptional flexibility and feature-rich options for amplification in any type of program or distributed audio system,” said Steve Kolta, product manager, Atlona. “With support for both traditional analogue audio signals and next-generation networked audio over IP, the Gain series delivers an affordable, high-quality amplification solution for customers’ current and future sound reinforcement needs.”

All members of the Gain series and the AT-RACK-1RU are now shipping. The Gain 120, Gain 60 and AT-GAIN-NET are all backed by Atlona’s award-winning ten-year limited product warranty and customer support services.

22nd May 2018

Martin Audio to Showcase Immersive 3D Sound Experience at InfoComm with Astro Spatial Audio

Martin Audio to Showcase Immersive 3D Sound Experience at InfoComm with Astro Spatial Audio

USA – At this year’s InfoComm Martin Audio will be introducing Sound Adventures, a 3D immersive sound experience in cooperation with its partner Astro Spatial Audio.

Immersive audio is becoming an important new trend across multiple applications, bringing with it an exciting and differentiated experience for the audience.

“As a result,” says Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter, “there are many solutions now appearing in the market; but we believe that Sound Adventures, which combines our sound quality and dispersion control alongside the absolute 3D sound immersion of Astro Spatial Audio, is unrivalled.

“Martin Audio loudspeakers with Astro Spatial Audio processing is utilising nearly 30 patents to unite the audience in a fully 3D immersive sound field. Moreover, it does so without audible artefacts and provides a solution that is more realistic for the audience. Our coverage patterns, in combination with Astro Spatial Audio’s algorithms, also enable fewer speakers than competitors to be deployed in order to still achieve an absorbing experience, thereby making the solution available to a wider market. At the other end of the scale, up to 128 speakers can be deployed for the deepest and richest of experiences.

“This state-of-the-art advancement in 3D audio, coupled with our acoustic technology, therefore makes it an ideal solution for performing arts facilities such as theatres, opera houses, concert venues, theme parks, and worship spaces. With the depth of our Dante compatible portfolio it’s also easily deployable.”

The planned demonstration will showcase core experiences including movable sound effects and mixes in real time and in full 3D, electronically shaping the venue with different acoustic properties and extending the stereo image for the audience.

Astro Spatial Audio managing director, Bjorn Van Munster, adds: “We are delighted to work with a brand as respected as Martin Audio, bringing our true object-based 3D audio solution to the Sound Adventures experience. Just as Martin Audio focuses on uniting the audience with innovative technology, so Astro Spatial Audio frees the sound designer and engineer with a versatile, powerful set of tools to unleash the creativity in their mix. I can’t wait to experience what we can achieve together at InfoComm and beyond.”

Sound Adventures will be part of the Martin Audio demonstrations taking place on the even hours at InfoComm in room N112.

22nd May 2018

It’s Pimm’s o’clock at Kart-Fest as Chauvet becomes key partner

It’s Pimm’s o’clock at Kart-Fest as Chauvet becomes key partner

UK – Backup’sKart-Fest 2018 is back on the 5th of July at Daytona Sandown Park in Surrey, with Chauvet helping drive the event forward and ‘Wimbledon’ named as this year’s theme.

“We all know people in it who have suffered or are suffering right now in our crazy industry family,” says Matt Hallard, Chauvet’s UK sales manager. “Having an opportunity to support friends and colleagues by sponsoring one of backup’samazing events is simply the least we can do. Here’s to many more opportunities to shout loud about the great work the trustees and team are doing at backup and here’s to all that support them!”

“We are delighted to welcome Chauvet as our key partner for Kart-Fest 2018,” says backup trustee Lee Dennison. “Chauvet joins an amazing list of companies who have already committed to backup and supporting the work we do. We also welcome Creative Technology on board as one of our fantastic production partners. They join Autograph Sound, Unusual Rigging, Impact Production Services and Media Lease as sponsors for Kart-Fest. Thank you to all of them for supporting backup.”

As July the 5th sits smack bang in the middle of Wimbledon fortnight, it seemed the perfect theme to embrace. Three hundred members of the live events industry will come together with big hair, sweat bands and 70s tennis whites to the fore – yes 'we are serious'! – and there will be prizes for the best dressed ‘players’.

But it’s not just about the three hours of intense racing, the ever-entertaining Pit Stop Challenge and the Media Lease Fastest Lap; there's a great day planned for all, with plenty to do away from the track, including live action from Wimbledon screened throughout the day for those who can tear themselves away from the action on the track, a BBQ, live music and the chance to catch up with clients, manufactures, customers, suppliers, friends and rivals, and Chauvet’s Pimms o’clock adding to the fun.
Teams already signed up include AED, Ambershpere, Autograph, Chauvet, DiGiCo, Showforce, Shure, Wonder works, White Light, Yamaha, The Stage Newspaper, Really Useful Theatres, Production Park, Creative Technology and many more.

Team entry from the website gets six drivers fully watered and fed, plus all their racing. There are also non-racer wristbands with all food and drinks included.

There are still a few places left, so ito join in with the merriment and help backup help more of the family, visit www.backuptech.uk/event/kartfest-2018/ to enter a team.

22nd May 2018

Green Hippo: Dancing with success at Prolight+Sound 2018

Green Hippo: Dancing with success at Prolight+Sound 2018

Germany – The exhibition space at trade shows provides a welcome opportunity for a company to meet its customers but, even taking into account today’s modern spaces, the environment is rarely the perfect setting in which to demonstrate its wares. Particularly if a company excels in real-time video solutions that are more at home in arenas and stadiums. This was the challenge faced by the Green Hippo team and its show partner Notch, the game-changing real-time visual creation tool that keeps up with your ideas. A specially commissioned contemporary dance piece, performed within the confines of the stand and its 4m sq. metres dance floor was the team’s ingenious response.

In advance of the show, the Green Hippo team worked with Tavaziva Dance, led by its artistic director, Bawren Tavaziva. The aim here was to deliver a succinct – no more than two minutes – yet impactful dance piece; one which instantly demonstrated the real-time rendering and visualisation possibilities when you work with Green Hippo technology. Harnessing the impressive powers of Notch and Noitom motion capture technologies, the Hippotizer media server enabled the creative team to create a flowing example of Hippotizer’s excellence with real-time media playback and 3D projection mapping.

Green Hippo debuted the performance at Prolight+Sound 2018; to those who may not know, this is a celebrated trade show, but it still comes with the typical exhibition space challenges of limited space and an overly brightly lit environment. Wearing a Noitom Perception Neuron prosumer wireless system, Bawren Tavaziva performed the two-minute piece, with the Hippotizer media server receiving his moves in real-time. This is one of the beauties of Green Hippo tech – humans are, well, human and no performance is 100% identical, but Hippotizer, integrated with Notch, works in real-time, adjusting to the performer’s timing, ensuring that the accompanying animation stays in sync.

This real-time ability was also key to the success before even Bawren stepped deftly on stage. With Green Hippo technology occupying the role of a ‘technological creative director’, its real-time features enabled the artistic team to adapt the performance, there and then, on the fly. The potential time saved here is of huge importance – not only artists can work ‘in the moment’, but demands on rehearsal time, and therefore project costs, can be greatly reduced.

“Working with some relatively straightforward technologies, and of course a highly talented dancer, we created a performance which was undoubtedly greater than the sum of its parts,”said Ryan Brown, product manager at Green Hippo, and a key member of the performance’s creative team. “And this is precisely what Green Hippo and Hippotizer does so very well. Our products bring together specialists from many disciplines, welcoming them in its technologically agnostic approach, enabling them to play nice with each other, and ultimately delivering cutting-edge, impactful end results. And Hippotizer is not only in real-time, but once you’ve spent a little quality time with our training team, it’s also really easy.”

The outcome of Bawren, Ryan, and the entire creative team’s efforts was a unique performance; one that captured imaginations as well as crowds. When it comes down to it, trade shows are about starting conversations, and the Green Hippo two-minute dance piece was certainly a starter.

www.green-hippo.com

21st May 2018

Powersoft’s Claudio Lastrucci to Share “Power of Sound” Expertise at AES Milan

Powersoft’s Claudio Lastrucci to Share “Power of Sound” Expertise at AES Milan

Italy – Claudio Lastrucci (pictured), co-founder of Powersoft is set to present a case study entitled ‘Mains to Acoustic Efficiency’ at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention, Europe’s premier professional audio technology and networking event (Milan, Italy, 23rd – 26th May 2018). The AES event, which alternates between a US and European location each year and is in its 144th edition, will take place this year at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.

With its ‘Power of Sound’ theme inspired by Italy’s rich heritage of innovation, Lastrucci will be sharing key insights to all attendees during a one hour long session which is set to be a highlight of this year’s AES convention. The Powersoft co-founder will be exploring powering subwoofer cabinets at high levels, taking to Arena 1 on Friday 25th May at 12.30pm as part of the Audio Applications Forum Sessions (AAF02).

During this session, Lastrucci will present a case study demonstrating how the power requirements to feed a subwoofer are defined. Standardised and programme audio signals will be applied and results directly measured on real devices. Measurements on true power input, true power output, and overall efficiency in the amplification chain will be addressed including different amplification topologies. This will reveal surprisingly high overall mains input to acoustic output chain efficiency in the specific, usable, passband of the speaker.

Claudio Lastrucci co-founded Powersoft S.p.A in 1995 in Florence (Italy), and acts as research and development director for the professional amplifier manufacturer. In this role, he works across power electronic, audio amplification signal processing, applied mechanics, acoustic and transducer design. With an Italian Laurea in Electronic Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at Florence University, he is widely recognised as a thought-leader and innovator in the professional audio world.

Comments Lastrucci ahead of his presentation: “As an Italian audio manufacturer it is wonderful to welcome to the AES Convention to Milan for its European outing this year. Our home country is known globally for its technology and manufacturing prowess, rooted in a culture of invention and innovation which is evident way back in history.

“The AES convention is a key date for us every year, I look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with our peers at the event, as well as meet with industry colleagues old and new to share ideas and insights on the latest pro-audio industry developments,” adds Lastrucci.

18th May 2018

Meyer Sound Is Interactive, Immersive and Inviting at InfoComm 2018

Meyer Sound Is Interactive, Immersive and Inviting at InfoComm 2018

USA – Meyer Sound will offer a varied menu of attractions at InfoComm in Las Vegas, including stepped-up display technology at the booth, daily raffles for tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows, and a ‘Sonic Lounge’ for relaxation and conversation. The Meyer Sound exhibit floor booth is C1356 while the Sonic Lounge holds forth in room N110.

New to the booth this year will be ‘The Labs’, a revealing interactive exploration of all that makes Meyer Sound unique among audio companies. Large touch-screen displays use animations, videos and exploded diagrams to explore the world of Meyer Sound manufacturing and reveal in striking detail the advanced technology inside the company’s loudspeakers, with a particularly intriguing look at the inner workings of LINA, the newest and smallest member of the Leo Family of line array loudspeakers.

For more than 25 years, Meyer Sound has worked with the world’s leading sound designers to pioneer immersive technology in resident and touring productions of Cirque du Soleil. Many of these ground-breaking developments are demonstrated nightly in Las Vegas, and attendees who wish to experience this wizardry first hand can stop by the booth for a chance to win two tickets for same-evening performances of The Beatles’ LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, or ‘O’. Drawings will be held at 4:00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Off the show floor, the Sonic Lounge (N110) invites audio professionals to meet in a relaxing and convivial atmosphere. Low-level music will be playing from overhead Ashby ceiling loudspeakers while Meyer Sound sales and technical personnel will circulate to answer any questions.

Ashby loudspeakers will be on display at the booth as well, along with other members of the growing IntelligentDC line. Also featured will be the LINA line array, shown in different rigging configurations with the 750-LFC low frequency control element. And the ever-popular Tech Bar will provide direct engagement with the technologies inside the beam-forming CAL column array loudspeaker and the AVB-enabled Galileo Galaxy network platform.

Intriguing and informative Facebook Live interviews will be held in the booth throughout the show, with guests including key Meyer Sound personnel, knowledgeable consultants and integrators, and high-profile end users. A complete schedule will be posted at the booth and on Meyer Sound’s Facebook page.

17th May 2018

GoboPlus.com supports #SaveStageLighting

GoboPlus.com supports #SaveStageLighting
GoboPlus.com supports #SaveStageLighting

UK - GoboPlus.com was proud to see the level of support for the #SaveStageLighting Campaign at last week’s PLASA Focus Leeds show, which goes to emphasise the critical nature of the situation and the determination from our industry for its voices to be heard.

#SaveStageLighting was formed to highlight and protest against the legislation proposed by the EU Eco-design Working Plan 2016-2019 that would bring devastating change to the rules that govern the light sources used in theatrical productions.

As part of this, the Association of Lighting Designers’ Robbie Butler spearheaded the Light Up to #SaveStageLighting Campaign which encouraged theatres and other performance venues all over Europe to project a ‘#SaveStageLighting’ gobo on the outside of their buildings as a way of, literally, bringing the plight of theatre lighting to public attention. The aim was to encourage people to sign the #SaveStageLighting petition and to respond to the public consultation which closed on the 7th of May 2018.

GoboPlus.com supported the campaign by gifting 150 metal gobos, free of charge, in any size required, to ALD members to project on Light Up day which took place on 28th April 2018.

The #SaveStageLighting gobos were given to any venue which wanted to take part, and theatres, schools, opera houses and even television studios all over the UK and mainland Europe took up the challenge. The National Theatre, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Brechin High School, West Yorkshire Playhouse were just some of the names in the UK, with Teatro Colisseum, Madrid and Teatre Lliure, Barcelona amid the 60+ requests received from mainland Europe, illustrating the far reaching implications and concerns raised by the proposed new legislation.

“We were delighted to have more requests for #SaveStageLighting gobos on the stand at PLASA Focus,” says GoboPlus.com’s Vicky Fairall. “It just proves the enormity of the situation and how passionately people are determined to fight back.”

Managing director of Goboplus.com, Paul de Ville, adds: “Over the years the UK has been at the forefront of innovation within the entertainment technology sector and especially in stage lighting and our knowledge and creative excellence is respected around the world. Entertainment lighting is a vibrant market sector with all new technologies in light sources embraced and used over many years. I am in no doubt that the transition to an energy-efficient future is a worthy goal, but this journey should be measured and not adversely affect the creative options available to large parts of our community.

“I truly believe this ill-informed legislation will hurt the grass roots of our sector and especially disadvantage those without the financial ability to replace perfectly serviceable equipment like schools, small venues and rental companies. For their part government needs to take advice and soundings from experts and organisations before implementing a policy that hurts more than it helps our special community.

“I am happy for Goboplus.com to be part of this awareness effort and will help in any way we can now and in the future.”

Goboplus.com continues to support the cause and #SSL gobos are still available with 15% ALD discount for members.

17th May 2018

Odin Tours Britain

Odin Tours Britain
Odin Tours Britain

Have you been looking for an opportunity to use a line array system the way it is meant to be used? Would you like to put the volume up and wow the crowd with the Odin-sound? Well, here’s your chance.

During the months of June and July Highlite will be visiting the UK with an Odin line array system including 12 Odin T-8A satellites and eight S-18A subwoofers! And the best part is, you can test it, try it out and experience the possibilities, hear the crisp sound and feel that clear bass during your own event or festival.

Simply contact the Highlite UK office to put everything into action. And the best part is that the demo at your event is free! But please note, you have to move fast to get your opportunity and fix your Odin demo-date now!

Contact David Faulks (david.faulkes@highlite.nl) on 07792 536010 or Dave Hartley (dave.hartley@highlite.nl) on 077911 65668.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th May 2018

Highlite

Atlona Transitions the Meeting Space Architecture for a Post AV/IT Convergence World at InfoComm

Atlona Transitions the Meeting Space Architecture for a Post AV/IT Convergence World at InfoComm

USA – Atlona comes to InfoComm (6-8 June, Las Vegas Convention Center) with a new strategy aimed at accelerating transitions from legacy circuit-based systems to fully networked, IP-enabled environments. To be presented at booth C3576, the Atlona All-IP Meeting Space concept simplifies meeting room designs by bringing the power of large, enterprise-sized, IP-based systems to individual meeting spaces, without the need for complex switching systems. The concept is adaptable to everything from basic meeting rooms, to advanced spaces such as divisible and overflow rooms.

The All-IP Meeting Space breaks new ground as a concept because it helps organisations eliminate the legacy technology that has long translated to complex systems designs, lengthy installation periods, and high equipment and labour costs. The central message of the All-IP Meeting Space is that the network switch becomes the switcher, creating an enormous amount of freedom to deliver right-sized switching systems without the limitations of a fixed I/O matrix.

Once deployed, Atlona’s All-IP Meeting Space solves the unique challenges of sharing content and AV resources, including digital signal processing and control, across multiple rooms. The system management element also grows easier, as every component on the network can be natively managed from any location. This benefit also removes the learning curve for IT administrators, as AV becomes just another element managed on the shared network.

The complete multi-faceted architecture, which brings together IP-enabled Atlona 4K/UHD encoders and decoders, control, and peripherals, will be the central exhibit at the Atlona booth. The demonstration will show the following Atlona products working together, as well as interoperability with pertinent third-party components (such as DSPs) and Atlona PTZ cameras:

  • OmniStream AV over IP platform (encoders, decoders, audio interfaces)

  • OmniStream USB over IP device adapters (AT-OMNI-311, AT-OMNI-324)

  • Velocity control over IP solution

Atlona dealers and distributors also benefit from a simple strategy that requires only stocking OmniStream encoders, decoders and network switches for initial streamlined All-IP Meeting Space deployments. This simple system design approach removes the hassle of managing fixed I/O switches, card cages, I/O boards and PSUs.

Atlona’s All-IP Meeting Space designs overcome the limitations of legacy wired AV systems in favour of the optimal flexibility, simplified integration and infinite scalability available through a facility’s existing data networking infrastructure. Customers also achieve significant cost savings through the use of an existing Gigabit Ethernet backbone, and operational knowledge from IT professionals.

From a flexibility perspective, Atlona’s strategy allows customers to specify the exact number of inputs and outputs required for a particular space, and duplicate – or even modify – that system design across other rooms. Simple interconnection of local area networks with adjacent rooms and buildings also removes the traditional signal routing and distance limitations of AV matrix switchers. Furthermore, inherent redundancy within the All-IP Meeting Space maximises system protection, and can be specified for mission-critical systems.

The scalability aspect is also a significant benefit. Field-upgradeable OmniStream and Velocity hardware ensures that All-IP Meeting Spaces will always meet the evolving needs of the business environment, while the openness of IP-based systems simplify standardisation across a building, campus or organization – whether local, national or global. New PoE-powered endpoints and configurations are possible without tear-downs and overhauls, with no network rebuilds required for initial AV over IP integrations.

“With IP as the AV signal infrastructure, there is no longer a need to create a customised system design for each meeting space,” said David Shamir, director of product management, Atlona. “Our All-IP Meeting Space architecture maximises ROI through a flexible systems approach that can be adapted for different room sizes or application requirements. Our scalability for low-cost, high-value system upgrades is based on an AV over IP infrastructure that is easier to expand and upgrade than ‘rust-belt’ circuit-based designs. All of this passes on significant cost savings to the end user and ensures they protect their investments, while streamlining the system design and integration phases.”

16th May 2018

Barix Expands Multi-Site Music Streaming Solution Family at InfoComm

Barix Expands Multi-Site Music Streaming Solution Family at InfoComm

 

USA – IP audio and control pioneer Barix comes to InfoComm (6-8 June, Las Vegas Convention Center) with an expanded suite of low-cost, multi-site audio contribution and streaming solutions. Barix will demonstrate the two new and now-shipping solutions, Instreamer ICE and Retail Player, at Booth C3465. Most importantly, Barix’s evolving, unified strategy across its music streaming solutions provides customers with new options to serve larger audiences at a lower price point than before.

InfoComm marks the global debut of Instreamer ICE, which combines the bandwidth efficiency of AAC+ encoding with streamlined integration, thanks to a built-in Icecast server that supports up to 50 simultaneous listeners. Ideal for temporary live internet radio services from worship, corporate and other speciality broadcasters, the enhanced compression of AAC+ encoding allows end users to deliver the same audio quality as mp3 at half the bandwidth, or double the audio quality using the same bandwidth.

Instreamer ICE is believed to be the first product of its kind to combine an Icecast server with the encoding platform. This removes the need to download and configure an Icecast server on a separate machine, a time-consuming and often complex process, that enables listeners to receive live streams on their connected devices. Instreamer ICE’s all-in-one integrated solution instead enables setup times of less than five minutes, allowing users to quickly be up and running with internet radio streams.

The value proposition of Instreamer ICE is extended when coupled with Barix’s Retail Player solution. Receiving its North American debut, Retail Player combines robust hardware receivers with an intuitive, web-based management portal for large-scale retail, hospitality and corporate music applications. Instreamer ICE customers can quickly scale beyond 50 streams with Retail Player, while retaining a cost-effective price point for broader distribution networks.

The combined solution is ideal for private internet radio networks, as well as for businesses that previously turned to less reliable, consumer-grade players due to budget restrictions. The Instreamer ICE solution ensures that listeners can consume live streams on their mobiles, laptops and connected devices, while Retail Player provides a robust, network-configurable device with automatic playout for business applications.

“The Instreamer ICE is essentially a compact internet radio-in-a-box solution that feeds the signal direct to a local network or an ISP. On the reception side, customers can use standard networked devices such as mobile phones or computers or, as a professional alternative, the highly efficient and robust Retail Player receivers,” said Reto Brader, vice president of sales and marketing, Barix. “These new Barix endoding and decoding solutions allow users to take advantage of AAC+ encoding and native Icecast integration while expanding their networks through a dependable, easy-to-manage and easily-scalable receiver solution, RetailPlayer, that is remarkably affordable.”

Powered by the company’s new IPAM400 IP audio module, Retail Player receivers support high-quality decoding of live audio streams, and advanced buffer management in an ultra-compact form factor. The Barix Retail Player Portal adds value through centralised configuration, management, status monitoring and stream switching across multiple locations. The Retail Player portal also simplifies maintenance and upgrades of multiple receivers, including the ability to remotely update the units’ firmware as new features and enhancements are released to meet customers’ future needs.

16th May 2018

Sennheiser returns to The Great Escape

Sennheiser returns to The Great Escape

UK – Sennheiser is making a welcome return to Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival from 17th to 19th May, where it will be celebrating 20 years of its evolution wired microphones.

To mark the occasion, Sennheiser is taking its 20 years of evolution Tour Bus to the festival where it will be inviting artists to talk to Sennheiser representatives and discuss their equipment and audio requirements. Festival-goers can also experience the sound of Sennheiser microphones, which are also being used throughout the festival, and enter competitions to win Sennheiser headphones.

Sennheiser’s SpeechLine digital wireless range will also feature in the festival’s conference meeting rooms.

The tour bus will be located on New Road and will also host the first Sennheiser Sessions outside the bus on the Thursday and Friday at 5.30pm.

There are a limited number passes to attend The Great Escape Festival. It’s first come first served, so please email sarahj@gasolinemedia.com to apply.

15th May 2018

Apply now for 2018 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

Apply now for 2018 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

USA – For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI trade show with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are available at www.etcconnect.com/LDISponsorship, and due by 8th June 2018.

ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes round trip air fare to the LDI trade show, which will be 19th to 21st October this year, along with hotel accommodation, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at the university level at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theatre technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.

One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connections that could lead to a career.

Nick Diaz, a 2013 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient says: “ETC is never shy about promoting young designers, and the events they arranged proved to be very valuable for me to gain exposure in the lighting world. It is apparent that ETC takes great pride in giving next generation of lighting professionals a healthy start. So, whether you’re a designer, programmer, or technician, I would recommend applying for this great opportunity.”

www.etcconnect.com/LDISponsorship

15th May 2018

ETC

TiMax Immersion Zone Lands at infoComm2018

TiMax Immersion Zone Lands at infoComm2018

USA – The TiMax Immersion Zone spatial reinforcement and immersive audio experience lands at Infocomm 2018 in Las Vegas, in conjunction with Renkus-Heinz in Demo Room N101. A selection of static and dynamic spatial 3D audio segments rendered by TiMax onto a multi-channel immersive audio system will feature as part of the Renkus-Heinz hourly loudspeaker demonstrations. Presenters will also be localised by TiMax object-based spatial reinforcement.

In use will be the TiMax SoundHub 500Series software featuring StageSpace, the latest release for the globally renowned and evolutionary TiMax SoundHub suite of immersive audio processors.

TiMax StageSpace groundbreaking AutoCalc tools provide automatic rendering of adaptive spatial audio objects for the product’s varied applications in professional audio performance, presentation and experience sectors.

AutoCalc adapts to a wide range of room and loudspeaker topologies, and automatically compensates for relative audience distance and position. The resulting TiMax spatial audio Image Definition objects are fully user-editable for essential fine-tuning and creative control, delivering unparalleled precision and flexibility.

Duncan Crundwell from TiMax US Distributor 1602Group and Dave Haydon from TiMax UK will be on hand in Room N101 for TiMax software demos and discussion.

15th May 2018

34th Reproduced Sound Conference and Exhibition 2018 – Call for Papers

UK – Reproduced Sound 2018 – Putting Sound in its Place, is organised by the Electroacoustics Group of the Institute of Acoustics in collaboration with ABTT, AES, APRS & ISCE and takes place 27th - 29th November 2018, The Bristol Hotel, Princes Street, Bristol

The 34th Reproduced Sound Conference will focus on all aspects of electroacoustics.

Authors are encouraged to include practical elements in their presentations and could be allocated extra time if required.

Call for Papers on all electroacoustic topics including the following:

  • Live Sound
  • Acoustics in Rooms
  • Audio System Design
  • Loudspeakers and Microphones
  • Intelligibility
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Cinema Sound
  • Case Studies

Offers of papers on any electroacoustics topic will be considered for the programme.

Please contact: Keith Holland – email krh@isvr.soton.ac.uk or Adam Hill – email a.hill@derby.ac.uk

 

11th May 2018

ITEAC 2018: Second Programme Announcement

UK – The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference is now only less four weeks away and the daily timetable is revealed, showing where more than 30 sessions have been placed in the three-day schedule.

Since the first programme announcement and with Mark Rylance and Graham Vick as confirmed keynote speakers and the news of the Bridge Theatre session and visit, the editorial board has been working hard to confirm the speaker line-up.

Hot industry topic of the moment, lamps for stage lighting and the threat posed by new EU regulations, will be discussed in Bursting the Bubble: LED, Regulation and the Future of Lighting, when the question of how specifiers deal with a rapidly changing world in which environmental and regulatory factors are becoming ever more significant, will be investigated.

On the flip side, Raising the Standard will review the hard work of many individuals within the entertainment industry who have created and implement a raft of engineering standards over the last twenty years in both Europe and the USA.

Stage engineering systems can be complex and expensive, often ending up idle or underutilised. Heavy Lifting: Stage Engineering, is it worth it?, will ponder on this idea by examining the technologies behind three very different stage engineering systems and how the venues get the most out of them.

In The Move to Automation Product and the Connected Theatre, the views of the panel will be heard on custom theatre automation systems verses the move to standardise systems, which may see the engineering equivalent of open lighting and sound protocols, whilst Is it Real? The Use of Digital Technologies to Enhance Performance looks at the complex tools being used to create ground-breaking visual enhancements to the audience experience.

How ‘circular’ can the theatre industry be? will explore industrial strategy to transition towards a circular and sustainable economy; how ‘circular’ the entertainment sector currently is and what system shifts are required to gradually decouple business activity from the consumption of finite resources in our particular industry.

A selection of very diverse projects will be considered in New Theatres Showcase, balancing agreeably with The Role of Theatre Architecture in Creating Meaning, which will evaluate how theatre architecture can affect the language and meaning of performance.

In conclusion delegates willl hear from artistic directors about what they have learned from the buildings they run and how it impacts on the work they do in The Artistic Directors’ Perspective. Following on dancers and choreographers in Bodies in Space will review rehearsal spaces they have loved working in, spaces that have inspired them and the practical features of a rehearsal room that support their well-being.

Since publication of the initial programme information, some session titles have been renamed and session overviews changed. Latest speaker information is listed on the ITEAC 2018 website.

Session access tickets are now available for booking.

These tickets allow delegates access to the conference sessions only, on one, two or three days, as purchased, plus refreshments at mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks only.

Full information on these tickets can be found on the ITEAC website.

A limited number of Full Delegate Three, Two & One-Day tickets will be returned to sale, at the earliest. Full Delegate tickets include access to social and refreshment areas and all other delegates.

www.iteac.co.uk

10th May 2018

Latest Plugfest a “Huge Success”

UK – The PLASA Lighting Protocols Plugfest 2018, held recently at London Gatwick, was hailed a “huge success”, with attendance numbers up on previous Plugfest events and more protocols added to the programme.

Plugfest is a unique opportunity for manufacturers of lighting products to test the interoperability of their products with other equipment. It’s the only event of its kind in Europe, where product engineers and software developers can test and debug, improve connectivity and ensure the reliability of lighting products

Manufacturers from across Europe were in attendance, including ARRI, Artistic Licence, ChamSys, Company NA, Eaton, eldoLED, ETC, Howard Eaton Lighting, JESE, Lamp & Pencil, LSS GmbH, LumenRadio AB, Robert Juliat, Rod Boyce, Swisson, TMB, Wireless Solutions and Volksoper Wien GmbH.

Protocols discussed at the event included Art-Net, DALI, DMX512, RDM, and sACN, with help and advice on offer from the organisers and protocol experts Hamish Dumbreck (J.E.S.E), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence). Running alongside was a conference programme, with technical round-table sessions discussing the forthcoming RDMnet and File/Firmware transfer protocols and the recent DALI 2 and device type extensions.

Wayne Howell comments: “We saw a lot of new faces and enthusiasm that the event had been widened to include all lighting protocols, not just RDM. One new participant told me that he regretted not having previously participated and that he would certainly be back next year.”

Peter Willis adds: “Plugfest events are an extremely cost-efficient way of bringing technical staff up to speed with the communications protocols that link our devices together in the real world.”

“The essence of a successful Plugfest is to identify issues and get them fixed rapidly through direct liaison with the other attendees,” says Hamish Dumbreck.

This year’s event was supported by PLASA. Nicky Greet, PLASA’s director of membership, skills and technical, comments: “It was great to see the variety of companies in attendance, with nearly 60% coming from overseas. PLASA is pleased to support this important event, and specialised part of the industry.” Organisers encourage anyone interested in taking part in the next Plugfest to contact info@plasa.org

10th May 2018

ENCO Unveils Open Captioning Advances for Live and Pre-Recorded Media at InfoComm

ENCO Unveils Open Captioning Advances for Live and Pre-Recorded Media at InfoComm

USA – The convergence of AV and IP brings a wealth of new opportunities to organisations as to how they produce and manage media, whether live or repurposed. ENCO’s latest advances to its patented captioning solutions, to be unveiled at InfoComm (6-8 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C4167), come to market at a time when organisations seek to incorporate live captions into their AV operations with greater frequency and efficiency and easily find and repurpose existing content for online audiences.

At InfoComm, ENCO will unveil the now-shipping enCaption4 to the AV industry. With its powerful, real-time, automated speech-to-text engine, enCaption4 offers a robust open captioning solution for live presentations, seminars, lectures and sermons. enCaption4’s flexible architecture offers customers on-premise or cloud-based options to generate live open captions over top of video. This flexibility ensures that enCaption4 is applicable in both legacy and IP-enabled AV workflows, whether processing speech through a microphone for a single location or distributing captions enterprise-wise from a cloud server over the IP network.

ENCO’s recent announcement of NDI compatibility also makes enCaption4 well-suited to IP-based NDI video production and streaming environments. Commercial AV facilities with an NDI infrastructure can automatically generate captions with enCaption4 through its NDI input stream, and output an NDI signal with captions keyed directly on top of the video stream. This capability simplifies the captioning workflow by eliminating the need for specialised encoding hardware.

“There’s no question captioning workflows for live, pre-recorded and even long-form content have also been greatly simplified as more organizations transition AV operations to IP networks,” said Ken Frommert, president of ENCO. “enCaption4 is built to help these organisations take advantage of these new opportunities for hearing-impaired, multi-lingual and other audiences with minimal to no manual intervention, and at an exceptionally efficient price point.”

enCaption4’s cloud option also presents new opportunities for captioning live and existing content for online audiences. In a new partnership with StreamGuys, a content delivery network and streaming media provider that will co-exhibit at ENCO’s booth, the two companies will show how businesses can extend the value of open captioning outside the local facility. Pairing StreamGuys’ SGrecast live recording and repurposing platform with enCaption4, users can generate automatic transcriptions of new recordings, and caption pre-recorded, archived files for streaming to mobile and the web. Users also have the power to export the captioned files (SRT or VTT), and save transcripts of any selected media content for later use.

“Once ingested into the system, SGrecast’s highly granular search capabilities will provide operators with unlimited flexibility to find captions that align with newly created video and audio files,” said Eduardo Martinez, director of technology, StreamGuys. “Imagine the flexibility this provides in government for court reporting or community meetings, where users can very quickly archive, search, find and recast content tailored to very specific needs and audiences. This will also prove highly valuable for corporations and universities with large volumes of archived media that can be used for training, education and other purposes.”

The integration also enables the ability to label and search for specific speakers. For example, enCaption4 provides generic speaker labels in their transcriptions. SGrecast users can label speakers for improved recognition and tracking, and later search the system for all content that contains a specific speaker, including exact spoken sentences.

Frommert adds that feature sets in captioning solutions have expanded as speech-to-text conversion has grown faster and more reliable.

“enCaption4 integrates several breakthrough technologies that make it ideal for serving a broad variety of audiences,” said Frommert. “For one, our multi-speaker identification isolates and processes separate microphone feeds to reduce confusion from cross-talk in live meetings and seminars. enCaption4 also supports more than 20 languages, with extensive dictionaries that correlate with its groundbreaking accuracy.”

enCaption4’s high accuracy rate (more than 90%) is made possible through breakthroughs in machine learning technology, which have helped ENCO to develop a deep neural network approach to voice recognition. Frommert adds that the synchronization between speech and the on-screen appearance of captions has been reduced to about three seconds, a more than 50% reduction in latency from the previous generation of leading captioning solutions.

10th May 2018

Yes Production to Stage RCF Open Days at Guildford’s G Live

UK – Following the unqualified success of their Northern Open Day at Gateshead Sage in March, RCF will present a similar event over two days in the South of England.

Yes will be hosting this event at G Live in Guildford on 4th June and the morning of 5th June (exact times to be confirmed).

Both RCF UK sales manager Dean Davoile, and Yes Production director Tom Chennells are excited by the prospect.

Said Davoile: “We are delighted to be partnering with Tom, and capitalising both on the momentum created by our Northern event, which was a huge success, and recent exhibition showings at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound and PLASA Focus. This will be the first opportunity for those in the southern half of the country to hear our groundbreaking new HDL 6-A and HDL 30-A in a real world situation.” The systems will be run with complementary SUB 9006-AS subwoofers.

Based nearby in Camberley, Tom Chennells has a close relationship with G Live, and says the 1,000 (seated) capacity venue, with excellent acoustics, is perfect to demonstrate in particular the awesome power of the smaller HDL 6-A (2 x 6”) system.

“We will rig both this and the medium format HDL 30-A in the air. With the smaller system we will show how an eight-box hang can be flown, with all the flyware etc, for under 100 kilos and deliver an awesome punch, which I know will blow people away. With the HDL 30-A we will also demonstrate RDNet (RCF’s control and monitoring platform) with which these systems are fitted.”

RCF’s proprietary FiRPHASE filter technology, with which they are also equipped, will also be fully explained.

In addition to the flown line arrays there will be a varied selection of speakers on the ground, including TTL6, some floor monitors, EVOX and ART7 series.

“Many of these ‘speakers on sticks’ are ideal tools for rental companies operating in the AV sector,” believes Dean Davoile.

9th May 2018

London's National Theatre Lights Up to Prevent European Theatres 'Going Dark'

London\'s National Theatre Lights Up to Prevent European Theatres \'Going Dark\'

UK – Theatres across Europe are taking up the fight, initiated by the UK's Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) as the #SaveStageLighting campaign, against the EU's proposed Eco-design Working Plan 2016-2019 regulation. London's National theatre is joined by Cánovas Theatre in Malaga, Lliure Theatre in Barcelona, Civic Theatre in Dublin and Circo Price Theatre in Madrid, beaming the campaign’s official hashtag – #SaveStageLighting – on the exteriors of their buildings over the past week.

The National Theatre will hold an open forum meeting between 10am and 4pm on 4th May to ensure everyone involved and affected at every level can learn about and discuss the proposed 2020 EU Lighting Regulations and the impact they would have on entertainment lighting.

The 'drop-in' forum will provide the opportunity to learn more about the background to these regulations, find out more about the issues, hear what industry bodies ALD, PLASA, ABTT and PSA and others have been doing to have the rules changed, and see what can be done do to help.

Key people who have been deeply involved in the Save Stage Lighting campaign will be there to discuss the issues first-hand. It will also be a useful opportunity for the Campaign to collect information and comments before attending a meeting to discuss the issues with the EU in Brussels on 17th May.

This issue is real, and it is serious. Don’t leave it to others to try to solve. Come along and see how you can help.

The ALD advise RSVP is not essential but useful to make sure there are enough snacks in the bar: https://save-stage-lighting.eventbrite.co.uk

4th May 2018

PLASA Focus Leeds elated after tenth anniversary celebrations

PLASA Focus Leeds elated after tenth anniversary celebrations

UK – PLASA Focus Leeds celebrated its tenth anniversary in serious style, with a sold-out show floor, a programme of compelling content, and the unmistakeable buzz of business in the air. Exhibitors represented each and every corner of the industry, with household names sharing the stage with newcomers.

“We’ve had a great experience at PLASA Focus Leeds” says Rob Moore from Chauvet. “We’ve seen a varied selection of visitors from across the board; everyone from end-users, lighting designers and engineers, to specifiers and influencers. We’ve seen lots of new faces too.”

Inesh Patel from Sennheiser concurs: “PLASA Focus Leeds is brilliant – it has been non-stop, so much so that my voice is going from talking too much! The event is valuable as we get in front of the right people, meeting key end users and important dealers.”

First time exhibitor, Glyn Harries from Audio Visual Materials adds: “We just had to be here. We knew it would be good for us as we offer something unique. The quality and footfall was great. We networked with other suppliers and met lots of new and current customers.”

The show served as a UK launch pad for the very latest technologies from all sectors of the industry, straight out of the international shows.

Among the latest lighting products was the instant classic grandMA3 console, Ayrton’s Mistral-TC, Robert Juliat’s Oz LED followspot and 862S footlight, ETC’s Element 2 console, GLP’s KMV Pixel Brick, Highlite International’s Infinity Signature series, Chauvet’s Strike P38 LED fixture, and Vari-Lite’s debut VL2600 range.

An array of live audio solutions were on show including Sennheiser’s Wireless G4 System, the factory-fresh EMS-41 ultra-compact loudspeaker from EM Acoustics, the Wavefront Precision line array series from Martin Audio, the V Line MPLS from Logic Systems Pro, the award-winning LD Systems MAUI P900 column speaker from Adam Hall Group, the IQ EVO loudspeaker range from Inspired Audio, and the JMIX8 two-way array speaker from RCF.

Production technologies were certainly not left behind with Triple E’s ModTruss system, Le Maitre’s Wireless Salamander Quad Pro, Doughty Engineering’s lightweight lighting stand and tank traps, the ACS-1 Auto switch over unit from Orbital Sound, and the MicroCue3 cueing system from Interspace Industries.

The established show provided a reliable platform to develop new brands and products. Shaun Robertshaw from Vari-Lite says “PLASA Focus Leeds is very important for us for introducing new products after Prolight + Sound. It’s a massive social event for the calendar which attracts a wide range of visitors, from end user to business-to-business. We noticed a high level of new attendees too.”

John Kaukis from Adam Hall Group agrees: “PLASA Focus Leeds has really helped us develop our brand and raise our profile. We’ve had loads of leads from install companies, followed closely by retail and MI. Overall, it has been a great show.”

The seminar programme delivered on all fronts, aspirational anecdotes from seasoned experts to bang-up-to-date technical legislation. A panel of festival front-of-house veterans shared stories about muddy fields, mid-show power-cuts and many more nightmare scenarios, as well as advice for those brave enough to follow in their footsteps.

In another highly topical session, audio journalist Phil Ward explored the emerging world of spatial and immersive audio, and the benefits it can bring to system design for engineers and production professionals. A panel of experts joined him, including award-winning designer Scott Willsallen, and representatives from manufacturers and the forefront of the new technology including d&b audiotechnik, L-Acoustics L-ISA and Out Board.

It was standing room only for an important ‘Save Stage Lighting’ consultation, which delivered the facts straight from those most involved in the campaign to stop imminent EU proposals affecting all stage lighting.

PLASA’s commercial director Christopher Toulmin says: “After a decade of bringing the industry together, PLASA Focus Leeds once again confirmed its status as a key gathering place for all of those who have a stake in the industry. We are elated to hear only positive things from exhibitors and visitors which has propelled us to jump right into preparing for PLASA London’s 41st show in September.”

4th May 2018

d&b audiotechnik focuses on integration and Soundscape at PLASA Focus Leeds

d&b audiotechnik focuses on integration and Soundscape at PLASA Focus Leeds

UK – d&b audiotechnik showcased its latest innovations at this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds exhibition from 1st to 2nd May. With a focus on recent advances in integration and interoperability, the d&b team was on hand to discuss new audio technology solutions, third-party control integrations and the d&b Soundscape.

“PLASA Focus is always a great opportunity to see our customers in the north of the country, discuss our latest developments and how they relate to their own projects,” says Gianni Abruzzese, d&b GB general manager. “And with our latest third-party integrations and, of course, Soundscape, we have some really compelling new technology to talk about with them.”

On day one of the show Oran Burns, d&b education application support, presented a seminar called 'Are you listening?', which was well received. The session focused on the much-debated subject of the ideal frequency response for a live sound system, considering factors like hearing sensitivity, creative preferences, room acoustics and cultural trends.

As ever, d&b also took an active role in popular PLASA Focus education and training programme. Steve Jones, d&b education application support, joined the panel of experts discussing perhaps the hottest talking point in live sound – object-based spatial audio. Jones shared insights into the d&b Soundscape and its relevance to future live sound reinforcement environments. Titled ‘Spatial Brew’, the seminar session took place in the Bury Theatre on Tuesday 1st May, chaired by leading pro audio journalist, Phil Ward.

4th May 2018

PLASA Focus Leeds marks UK launch for J&C Joel’s new products

PLASA Focus Leeds marks UK launch for J&C Joel’s new products

UK – J&C Joel has debuted its new products for the very first time in the UK at PLASA Focus Leeds.

Visitors to the show which ran from 1st May to 2nd May at the Royal Armouries were able to view samples of J&C Joel’s seven new fabrics as well as chatting to the UK Sales team.

At the event, the leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics for the events and entertainment industries, showcased the West End Velvets – Palladium, Lyric and Coliseum – three hard-wearing, luxurious IFR Velvets of differing weights perfect for front of house and perimeter drapery.

James Wheelwright, J&C Joel’s CEO, said: “The West End Velvets generated a lot of interest at Prolight + Sound. So, we were keen to see what the feedback would be when we launched them in the UK at PLASA and it’s been really positive. They offer something unique to the market as aesthetically they look slightly different to other velvets, they are IFR which is becoming more important to our customers and they also meet US flame retardancy standards.”

Also available to view on the stand was Empress a superior new NDFR Velvet which meets BS5867, B1 and M1 flame retardancy standards and is also acoustically tested to Class B Absorber. Plus, Euro Wool Serge a new addition to J&C Joel’s world-famous Serge range which also meets B1, M1 and BS5967 flame retardancy standards.

Super Wide Width IFR Canvas was launched for the first time in the UK at PLASA Focus Leeds. It is the widest Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR) Canvas on the market allowing a 12.3 metre seamless cyclorama. Alongside Super Wide Width IFR Canvas, the team also had Harmony on display. A new 3D textured IFR Trevira CS fabric which can be digitally printed to match any environment.

At the show J&C Joel also launched its new 20-page Company Overview brochure which gives a brief synopsis of the family business, its 40-year history and is a great introduction to the Sowerby Bridge firm.

A 60-page Engineering Portfolio was on display which contains 17 project profiles detailing some of the businesses most prestigious Stage Engineering jobs from the past few years. The portfolio also features solution overview pages explaining the turnkey stage engineering solutions J&C Joel offer.

James concluded: “We had such a great response to our new products and brochures at Prolight so to follow it up at PLASA – our local northern show – and receive even more great feedback is fantastic for us.

“It’s really important for us to keep developing as a business and bring new innovative products to the market for our customers. Ensuring we’re delivering the very best products, supporting materials and giving great customer service is at the very heart of what we do.”

J&C Joel will be exhibiting at ABTT on 6th and 7th June. Visit their stand C23 to see their new products on show.

4th May 2018

J&C Joel

EM Acoustics expands EMS Series with EMS-41 launch at PLASA Focus Leeds

EM Acoustics expands EMS Series with EMS-41 launch at PLASA Focus Leeds

UK – EM Acoustics has selected PLASA Focus Leeds for the first ever showing of the latest addition to its ubiquitous EMS Series loudspeakers, the ultra-compact EMS-41.

The most bijou EMS Series loudspeaker yet, the EMS-41 is designed for a variety of nearfield monitoring and background music applications, particularly where a compact, discreet solution is required for intelligible audio distribution over wide areas. It’s also ideal for theatrical spot effects, fill, delay as well as background sound or indeed corporate and AV use. Thanks to its space-saving coaxial design, high SPL capability, extremely compact dimensions and sober appearance, EMS-41 blends easily into any environment.

“The EMS Series is quite simply our best-selling range ever,” said EM Acoustic operations director, Mike Wheeler (pictured). “Featuring our signature passive crossover design, it’s a hugely versatile range suitable for both mobile and fixed installation, as a stand-alone system or as a complement to larger systems … the list is endless. The development of the baby of the range came about mainly because it’s what our customers were asking for, they wanted an ultra-compact version to give them even more options and even more flexibility in front of their clients. And, as the customer is always right, we were only too happy to oblige!”

“We’re delighted with the reaction we’ve had from customers at PLASA Focus to the launch of the EMS-41,” continued Wheeler. “We see so many customers over the two days here, and in a really friendly, intimate environment that is definitely unique to this show. It’s a great forum to introduce new products to the UK market.”

3rd May 2018