Event News Headlines
Odin Line Array in Queens Theatre Hornchurch
UK – As part of the recent Odin Line Array Tour in the UK through June and July, owner Harry Carnaby of Allstarz Productions used the system in the Queens Theatre Hornchurch on the production of 'Elements'.
Harry said: “We used four Odin T-8A top boxes a side flown and two Odin S-18A subs a side on the stage. The sound was something different; we’ve used many different brands and the sound that Odin produces is crisp, clear and sounds amazing from such a small/light range of cabinets. We liked them so much we have placed an order for a number of the Odin speakers and will be using them on an upcoming UK tour we are organising.”
If you wish to hear the system please contact David Faulkes of Highlite UK.
11th July 2018
MOVECAT again awarded innovation prize and TOP 100 accolade
Germany – This year, MOVECAT has once again won recognition as an innovation leader among Germany's medium-sized businesses. As part of the "TOP 100" initiative, the company from Nufringen won inclusion in the list of Germany's TOP 100 innovators for the second year in succession. This outcome was the result of an analysis by the TOP 100's scientific director, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. The event's patron, Ranga Yogeshwar, together with Franke and Compamedia, made the presentation on 29th June 2018 at the awards ceremony held in the context of the fifth Summit of German Medium-sized Businesses in Ludwigsburg.
The award underlines MOVECAT's expertise as a leading innovator in the field of kinetic solutions for stages, studios and shows.
"Almost every challenge our customers bring us calls for innovation," says MOVECAT CEO Andrew Abele. "Since every event is different, a standard solution is seldom sufficient."
Compamedia has been bestowing the TOP 100 accolade since 1993 on companies demonstrating exceptional ability to innovate and superior innovative success. The scientific direction is in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is both the founder and the chairman of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna. The scientific journalist Ranga Yogeshwar is the TOP 100's patron. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research and the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW).
11th July 2018
Clair Brothers 10SPOT Hybrid Loudspeaker Wins 2018 Infocomm Best of Show
USA – For the third year in a row yet another Clair Brothers innovation – the 10SPOT Hybrid Loudspeaker – brings home InfoComm Best of Show Awards to the proud team in Manheim, Pennsylvania [notably adding to honours in 2017 for the C12-TrueFit Line Array and in 2016 for the 1AM Stage Monitor]. The 10SPOT faced stiff competition, but ultimately the judges could not ignore the shear brilliance of the problem-solving technology and design of this bold, smooth sounding and sleek looking cabinet.
Inherent in the 10SPOT loudspeaker design is its hybrid nature, a speaker that combines Clair Brothers Curved Array Technology with its One Series coaxial horn technology. This combination creates a unique form factor loudspeaker that takes up little space in a room while covering the listening area in a much more effective manner than conventional point sources. The 10SPOT’s horn proved to be the feature that quickly drew the attention of the contest judges. It’s a coaxial horn arrangement that provides constant curvature in the vertical plane with progressively increasing divergence in the horizontal plane. So, the result is a unique directivity pattern of 90° at the top and 135° at the bottom, across a 45° vertical coverage angle. The ten-inch woofer and the compression driver each load into the masterful combination of two overlaid horns. This solution optimises the coherent summation of the midrange from the woofer with the lower portion of the high-frequency driver without the horn shadowing, similarly to the Clair Brothers 1AM and 1.5AM stage monitor designs.
In the end, the Clair Brothers 10SPOT won the ultimate InfoComm Best of Show prize because of its performance features and design as a lightweight and compact loudspeaker with power to spare. It is truly special and a “must hear” to appreciate the incredibly full, yet natural tone and crystal clear imaging emanating from such a compact enclosure (the 10SPOT’s front height and its width measure less than 16.5 inches).
The Future Pro Audio Group “InfoComm Best of Show” Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.
11th July 2018
LRLR announces the successful completion of their 15th annual charity motorcycle ride
USA – The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have announced the successful completion of their 15th annual charity motorcycle ride. The ride, which benefits the Behind the Scenes Charity and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS began in Manchester, New Hampshire on 24th June and finished back in Manchester on 30th June. The group, which comprised of 25 motorcycles and three chase cars, raised over $54,500.00, bringing the total raised by the LRLR since its inception in 2004, to more than $650,000.00.
The ride this year included runs to the top of Mt. Washington and Mt. Greylock as well as stops at the Shelburne Fall Bridge of Flowers, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and, of course, several covered bridges. The route, which covered over 1,400 miles, took the riders through the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
Some of the phenomena the riders encountered were:
6 Mountain Gaps, Passes and Notches
384 Road signs that warned “BUMP”
192 Signs that cautioned “Hidden Drive Right”, but only seven that said “Hidden Drive Left”
22 Road construction flag people with “Slow/Stop” signs. (Each worker was given a kazoo for their efforts.)
612 shops that offered locally harvested Maple Syrup
The Long Reach Long Riders would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's ride a success. Donations are still being accepted. Please visit http://lrlr.org/ for more information.
The 16th annual Long Reach Long Rider charity motorcycle ride will take place in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado. Ride Marshal Jon Kirchhofer has tentatively set the dates for 7th July to 13th July. Please check the website in the coming months for updates on the route, registration and donation information.
11th July 2018
ESTA Plugfest sACN Round-Table
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organisers announced that a live, informal round-table discussion will be made available to the public via a free WebEx video conference. A discussion of “sACN Universe Synchronisation” will be broadcast live on Sunday 22nd July from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, CDT.
The universe synchronisation feature was recently added to ESTA’s ANSI E1.31, Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN standard. Universe sync allows the output of multiple universes of DMX512 data coming from a sACN controller to be synchronised together. This eliminates issues such as image tearing and out of sync strobes within arrays of LED fixtures across multiple universes.
This lively, educational discussion will illustrate the challenges solved by universe sync as well as explain how it works from both a user perspective and within the protocol itself. The recommended “best practices” approach in implementation for developers will also be discussed.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain answers from the CPWG subject matter members that authored this standard. This is an extraordinary opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the CPWG, one of the Technical Standards Programme’s largest working groups.
Registration for this round-table may be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited. Instructions for logging into WebEx will be emailed to all pre-registered attendees a few days before the live broadcast. Qualified attendees may also receive 0.5 ETCP renewal credit for each session hour.
This round-table is being held in conjunction with the ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, which is scheduled to take place from July 20 to July 23 at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 16th version of this event.
The scheduled Plugfest hours are 9:00am-11:00pm Friday through to Monday. Members of the E1.11 (DMX512), E1.20 (RDM), E1.31 (sACN), and E1.33 (RDMnet) task groups who authored the standards will available to answer questions and help explain our protocols.
10th July 2018
Bonnaroo Festival Grounds Get Magical With 1000 CHAUVET Professional Fixtures
USA - With headliners like Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Sheryl Crow, Paramore and Kaskade, the 17th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival offered plenty of great music to enjoy. But North America’s largest outdoor festival, which in the past has beguiled fans with sights like “Infinity Mirrors” and it's famous arched entrance, has always been about sights as well as sounds. This year’s edition, which ran from June 7-10, pumped up the visual excitement even more than usual with a massive off-stage lighting display that wrapped around the stages and surrounded the audience in a sea of changing colours.
Looking like a magical tale come to life, the outdoor display, which was designed by David Weiner of David Weiner Design, swept up visitors with its rainbow of coloured trees, making it easy for them to set their imaginations free. Creating this captivating colour-scape were 1000 CHAUVET Professional COLORado fixtures, supplied and installed by The Design Oasis.
“Having the opportunity to bring the site to life with lighting is something that we have been interested in for a long time. The property is chock full of beautiful, giant trees just begging to be lit. When the producers came to us last fall and said ‘let’s do it,’ we jumped,” said Weiner. “There was no doubt in my mind that the result would be nothing less than transformative to the environment and elevate the fan experience.”
Weiner’s enthusiasm was echoed by Abbas Ritscher of The Design Oasis, who said, “When David told me about his vision of transforming the festival grounds into a wonderful colour canvas, I knew it was something I’d want to be involved with, so I jumped at the chance. It was amazing to see how the grounds took on a different life when the trees and the general surroundings became so colourful and full of life. I loved watching the audience react as they walked around in it. I think it made people lose themselves all the more in the festival.”
Ritscher installed 200 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom LED wash lights and 800 COLORado 1-Tri IP and 1-Tri Tour fixtures throughout the festival grounds. “The COLORado 2-Quad Zooms were our workhorse,” he said. “We placed eight of them per truss, with each truss spaced 100’ apart to light the 2,400’ tree line that wraps around the venue. The effect that we got from this was nothing short of awesome. Wrapping the festival with this ring of light really made you feel like you were inside a special place.”
To add to the immersive experience, every tree inside the grounds was uplit with five COLORado 1-Tri IP fixtures. These fixtures were positioned 8’ off the ground, depending on the location of the tree. “Given the output from these fixtures, we had no trouble uplighting the entire tree,” said Ritscher. “A big factor in selecting the COLORados for this project was their bright output – that plus their low power draw.”
While most of the design was focused in “Centeroo,” which is the ‘downtown’ area of the festival, the team also tackled multiple satellite areas in and around the campgrounds. Some of these areas include the famous entry Arch; the Groove, which Ritscher describes as “a chill out wooded forest;” and in the “Roll Like A Rock Star” for the highest end VIPs. In addition to the environmental lighting, Weiner and Ritscher teamed to light large scenic elements, the most notable of which was a large disco ball perched on the top of a repurposed 100’ tall fire tower at the main entrance to Centeroo and cast beams of light throughout the site.
This impressive far-ranging lighting display was controlled from one central point via a permanent power and data system that the festival recently installed at its Great Stage Park home.
“With the Centeroo area being over 100 acres and the whole site over 650 acres, this was no easy task. Russ LaPointe Electric permanently installed the bases for each truss, with power and data at each one, and also installed power and data to each tree being uplit,” said Ritscher. “All of the power and data went back to transformers that are already installed onsite. Fiber was run and networked to each one of the transformers by Yellow Dog Interactive Media. This allowed us to create an MA2 Network and control the whole venue from one location throughout the festival. The integration of permanent data and lighting was a huge team effort that came together, thanks to the Design by David Weiner, the power installation by Russ LaPointe, and the networking created by Yellow Dog.”
With the permanent power and data system now in place at the Great Stage Park, fans can look forward to seeing more spectacular lighting displays in the future at a festival that continues to push the envelope musically and visually.
6th July 2018
GLP on Tour with Jovanotti
Germany – For the recent Jovanotti tour, Lorenzo Live 2018, which has been playing sport arenas in the main Italian cities, prominent British lighting designer, Paul Normandale, requisitioned 44 GLP impression X4 Bar 20 from rental company Agorà, to light both A and B stages during the show.
These formed the anchors of what he describes as “an immersive design of the whole room, with moving stages, screens and set.”
The designer set 14 X4 Bars in a line on the back of the main stage, behind the musicians, another 14 on the front of the main stage, eight on Stage B (two per side) and the remainder in strategic positions on the main stage.
During the show the X4 Bars had a key role to play, especially when Lorenzo played on Stage B, which elevates 5 meters from the ground, in a DJ set.
Commenting on his choice of fixture, Paul Normandale commended the X4 Bar 20s as being “clear low profile units on a stage populated by a lot of players. They provided two clean lines behind the band and behind the artist.”
Daniele Francescone, Agorà crew coordinator, added: "The X4 Bar is a very versatile product, made with high quality components and attention to detail. I have noted the durability of the components and the coverage provided by the light. The colours are wonderful. The LEDs and the lens have been chosen with great attention. I give this 9 out of 10!"
Tour lighting programmer and show director, Hunter Frith, was equally enthusiastic about the X4 Bars. “They are fantastic,” he exclaimed. “They are a very flexible and versatile product. The zoom is incredible, with a very wide range, so that it can be used from very narrow to very wide, while the colours are intense and brilliant.
“For this show they asked for a very clean and free stage—and the X4 Bars have been perfect for the purpose!"
But the final word comes from Paul Normandale, who has long been a devotee of the X4 Bar 20. His own company, Lite Alternative now owns more than 60 and he also currently has them out on tour with Arctic Monkeys, Shakira and Die Toten Hosen.
“I really like their low profile appearance and the zoom,” he said in conclusion. “I now consider them on all projects.”
6th July 2018
KOI-USA 2018 Announces Judging Panel for Concert Touring & Events Category
USA – The inaugural American Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI-USA), which brings this renowned celebration of the achievements of show lighting and video designers to the United States for the first time, has announced the full judging panel for the five awards in the Concert Touring & Events category.
Concert Touring & Events judging panel:
John Featherstone, principal lighting designer and founder of Lightswitch and chair of the judging panel, has worked with The Pretenders, Van Halen, Duran Duran and Bryan Adams, to name but a few
Barry Lather, creative director, began his career starring as a dancer in Michael Jackson's film Captain EO, and has since gone on to direct world tours for Usher, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Carrie Underwood
Angie Warner, touring manager for Guns'n'Roses, has more than 18 years' experience in the industry and has previously worked with NSYNC and Imagine Dragons
Yelena Filipchuk, artist and co-founder of installation art collective HYBYCOZO, creator of large-scale, laser-cut geometric sculptures
Marian Sandberg, Live Design content director, has been writing in the entertainment technology industry for more than 20 years
John Huddleston, director of leading event production supplier, Upstaging Inc
"We work in an industry full of talented, passionate and incredibly creative people," says John Featherstone. "I could not be happier that the prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards has come to North America so that we can recognise this on both sides of the Atlantic. I am so looking forward to judging the nominations in the company of such a diverse and talented panel of judges. It's going to be quite the task, but if anyone is up to it, this group is!"
Looking forward to commencing her duties as a Concert Touring & Events judge, Marian Sandberg outlines what she will be looking for: "Lighting and video, whether subtle and understated or over-the-top and explosive, infuses energy into the live experience that every audience member or guest can feel, whether or not they can explain it. That's what makes a great design."
Nominations for the first Knight of Illumination Awards USA are open until the 31 July. Nominations can be made in all three awards categories – Concert Touring & Events, Theatre, and Live for Broadcast – via the Knight of Illumination USA website. www.knightofilluminationawards.com
Once nominations have closed the panel will meet to select the three final shortlisted designs and one winner for each award.
The winners will be unveiled at the 2018 ceremony and gala dinner at The Foundry, SLS Hotel, Las Vegas on 20th October, coinciding with the 30th anniversary celebration of LDI.
29th June 2018
ROE Academy Opens its Doors in Europe
The Netherlands – After a series of successful training events held at ROE Visual USA, ROE Visual brings the ROE Academy to Europe. The ROE Academy is initiated to support customers and users with the best and most authoritative and up-to-date knowledge on LED solutions and applications available.
The ROE Academy offers a thorough training on best practices related to building a LED screen solution. Transferring knowledge to users and customers on how to use its products in the best and most effective way, is part of the total support package ROE Visual offers. The ROE Academy facilitates access to the broad knowledge base that is available within ROE Visual and creates a dialogue with its users and LED technicians on a global level.
The ROE Academy offers a variety of topics, all dedicated to boost your knowledge and create a better understanding on LED solutions and applications. The ROE Academy provides technical training on LED technology that is supported by hands-on sessions working with ROE products. Participants in the ROE Academy will be encouraged to share their experiences, skills and daily practices, to the benefit of all course participants.
Tailored to its dedicated markets, the ROE Academy in Europe is developed by Luc Neyt and Victor Kortekaas, both experienced LED engineers with profound knowledge of the working field.
“ROE Visual always has been keen to make training part of the total package we offer,” states Neyt, international service director for ROE Visual. “The fact that we train the companies that work with our gear is not new to us, however, by aligning our training events and bringing these under one umbrella, the ROE Academy, we can offer a much better package to our users and owners,” Neyt continues. “I’m really glad we can rely on the unique source of knowledge and experience that our own people, like Victor Kortekaas, bring to this event, it makes the event really worthwhile to attend.”
The ROE Academy offers training events at the premises of ROE Visual Europe in the Netherlands and ROE Visual USA, as well as in-house training options, where content can be tailored to your specific needs on request.
The first ROE Academy in Europe will kick-off on 17th July, for this event there are only a few places left. More events are planned for 10th September and later this year.
29th June 2018
PLASA Show proves its staying power as it returns to London
UK – Still buzzing from last year’s 40th anniversary, PLASA Show returns to London Olympia on 16-18 September, providing a stage for the world of entertainment technology. The show continues to explore the cutting edge of innovation and creativity and brings the biggest brands to thousands of avid visitors.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Peavey and Adamson, and lighting pioneers DTS, ETC and Philips are among the 200+ brands exhibiting at the show. And, with last year’s show floor selling out, extra stands have been released for smaller companies representing all sectors of the industry, from DJ and club, to worship and education.
The show provides invaluable opportunities for those with an interest in working with lighting consoles and loudspeaker systems by providing dedicated training sessions and demos. There will also be more hands-on experiences than ever before where visitors can sharpen their skills on the latest products guided by expert brand representatives.
New features include a show-floor seminar theatre that will serve as an epicentre for production specialists and riggers looking to elevate their knowledge. This is in addition to the lighting, pro audio and AV, and fast track theatres on the gallery, delivering continuous next-level content throughout the show.
The gallery will be thriving with unique areas including an enhanced bar area, a PLASA Members Zone, and a photography display of the Lightpower Collection which shines a light on live rock & roll performance.
PLASA’s internationally recognised Awards will be presented to the most forward-thinking inventions during a special event on the Monday evening of the show, with all entries available to view throughout the show at the Innovation Gallery. Last year’s winners included Claypaky, City Theatrical, Eaton – Zero 88, Shure, Elation, Drop and Stage Smarts.
Chris Toulmin, PLASA’s commercial director says: “We are proud to be building on four decades of experience, gathering the industry together and offering an array of opportunity and insight. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors in September and are confident that PLASA Show is still the leading event for the live entertainment industry.”
Registration for the show is open now which takes place on 16-18 September at London Olympia. For more information please visit www.plasashow.com.
22nd June 2018
InfoComm 2018 Highlights Increasing Awareness for Alcons Audio
USA – As the profile of Alcons Audio’s pro-ribbon loudspeakers continues to grow, the awareness and level of respect within the industry is being highlighted by both business levels and interest at major trade shows. In early June, the company’s presence at InfoComm in Las Vegas was the most successful yet.
Alcons took a seven-strong team to the show, including Tom Back, Pauline Ortiz y Pino, David Rahn, Walter Fortmüller, Greg Carter, Brad Katz and legendary sound engineer Buford Jones.
A key part of Alcons presence were two demo rooms, with the Alcons team kept very busy escorting interested listeners to them from the company’s booth on the show floor. “There was a noticeable increase throughout the show in people specifically asking for Alcons and wanting to hear our pro-ribbon systems,” says David, the company’s US sales manager.
One of the demo rooms featured a 5.1/7.1 immersive audio system, with VR8 compact versatile monitors, CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor Systems, CB181slFV high output shallow subwoofer, CRS8 medium-format reference surround speakers and Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers. In the other room, Alcons partnered with Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) to showcase high quality, object-based immersive audio. This featured ASA’s SARA II Premium Rendering Engine with Alcons CRMS/CRMSC SR Cinema Reference Monitor systems and the new VR5 ultra-compact versatile monitor.
Attracting a lot of interest on the Alcons booth were a range of the company’s pro-ribbon products, including – amongst others – the new VR5 and the LR18B compact high output flyable subwoofer system, a companion to the LR18 compact mid-sized line array.
“Key market feedback is a fundamental driver of our new products,” says David. “We listen to what sound engineers are asking for, but make it better than what they wanted, thanks to our pro-ribbon technology.” This positive attitude was also reflected in the number of meetings at the show with high level dealers, as well as Alcons signing up a number of new US rep firms.
On the touring front, the increased presence of the Alcons LR28 large format line array in the market has particularly interested Buford Jones, a well-known engineer who has mixed front of house sound for many of the highest profile artists, including David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Prince and more.
Buford has witnessed the development of Alcons products since the company began and is pleased to have joined the Alcons team as tour market liaison.
"I'm at the later part of my career and don't tour as much as I used to but, if I did, Alcons systems would be the first thing on my rider,” he says. “The difference that the pro-ribbon driver makes in the high frequencies – which is the most important for intelligibility – is something that people need to hear.
“InfoComm was very well attended this year and I witnessed a lot of people who have not only heard great things about Alcons Audio, but wanted to see and hear it first hand. To anyone who has not yet heard Alcons systems, I recommend you do so at the first opportunity. Experience truly high definition audio with the pro-ribbon technology that provides the cleanest high frequencies I’ve ever heard.”
After such a successful 2018 show, Alcons is planning a bigger presence at next year’s InfoComm. Already enjoying a close working partnership with AVIXA, the show’s owners, with Alcons pro-ribbon technology being ever-more widely adopted, 2019 is already shaping up to be a landmark show.
22nd June 2018
Judging Panels Announced for KOI 2018
UK – The Knight of Illumination Awards, which in 2018 marks its 11th year of celebrating the achievements of show lighting and video designers in Television, Theatre, and Concert Touring & Events, welcomes eight new additions to its judging panels this year.
The judging panels for each of the three disciplines consists of a range of critics and specialists with expert knowledge in their field who, once nominations have closed, will meet to select the three final shortlisted designs and one winner for each award.
David Benedict's theatre panel welcomes three new judges: Zoë Anderson, critic for Dancing Times and author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover's Companion; Michael Billington, chief theatre critic of The Guardian and author of State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 and The Life and Work of Harold Pinter; and opera critic George Hall who has written for The Guardian, The Stage and Opera magazine.
David Benedict comments: "I am delighted that Zoë, Michael, and George have joined the panel for this year's KOI Awards. Their extensive experience writing about each art-form across all areas of print journalism and beyond will prove invaluable in our fierce, often long-argued deliberations."
New to the Concert Touring & Events (CT&E) panel this year is Jo Beirne, video specialist from Colour Sound Experiment; Christopher Knowlton, lighting designer and director of design specialist 18 Degrees; and David Smyth, chief rock & pop critic for the Evening Standard and previous Mercury Prize panellist.
"It's wonderful to see the esteemed judging panel expand this year," says CT&E Chair Jess Allan. "Christopher brings an interesting perspective as a lighting designer working in the architectural world. Jo has a wealth of experience in the world of video, as well as many years attending gigs and working with designers, so has great insight on the workings of a show and the challenges designers face. David is our real-world perspective, with decades of experience as a rock and pop critic. It's important to have a juxtaposition of someone who is not working in the technical side of industry, and David's observations of our designer's submissions will be welcome addition to our judge's deliberations."
New this year to the KOI Television judging panel is Rachel Cooke, Television Critic at The New Statesman. Rachel also writes for The Guardian and The Observer and was named 'Interviewer of The Year' at the 2006 British Press Awards.
"It's my pleasure to welcome Rachel to the television judging panel," says Stuart Gain. "We're delighted to have an extra pair of eyes to help us sort through the stunning nominations we receive. With the inclusion of the new judges, it's hoped that we'll be able to further spread the KOI name and we can continue to grow the recognition our designers deserve."
"It is fundamental to the KOI awards that the work submitted, or in the case of Theatre reviewed, is judged by as wide a range of professional peers, critics and journalists as possible and this year's panels reflect this aspiration perfectly," say KOI co-founders Durham and Jennie Marenghi. "Good luck to all who are shortlisted!"
Nominations for the 11th annual Knight of Illumination Awards are now open until 30th June and can be made through KOI's brand-new website: http://knight-of-illumination.com
The winners will be unveiled at the 2018 ceremony and gala dinner at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on 16th September 2018.
19th June 2018
Stage|Set|Scenery offers start-ups a platform
Germany – They are young, creative and innovative. However, they often have no platform to present their ideas. That is where Stage|Set|Scenery with its special start-up programme comes in. At the international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology, which will take place from 18 to 20 June 2019 in Berlin, event industry start-ups can present their products to expert international audiences, establish important business contacts and secure new markets. They will benefit from attractive rates. At Stage|Set|Scenery 2019 companies which have been on the market for up to three years will pay a net flat rate of 1,250 euros. Services covered by this fee include a stand occupying 7.5 square metres, construction of the stand, furniture, carpeting, electricity, exhibitor IDs, AUMA fees and a media package. (To register please visit www.stage-set-scenery.de/en/Exhibitors/ApplyNow/.
Stage|Set|Scenery takes place every two years on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Last year some promising start-ups were already in attendance. FRAMED immersive projects GmbH & Co. KG, for example, which gave a live presentation of the usomo sound installation at the SoundLab. The system creates a 3D listening experience and turns rooms into a walk-in, interactive sound landscape. “The audience members immersed themselves in the usomo sound landscape which they could individually explore by moving freely around the SoundLab,” said managing director Steffen Armbruster. “Stage|Set|Scenery was an excellent platform that let us showcase usomo at a professional, established fair, where we were able to establish new contacts from Germany and abroad. We met with an interested and enthusiastic audience, and after the presentation there was a fascinating exchange of views.”
Other exhibitors included the start-up Riverside Solutions which displayed its Misto APS software, a web-based scheduling and administration system for theatres which was designed in close collaboration with several Finnish theatres. Practical experts co-designed the software, whose special feature is its knowledge of theatre requirements and processes. Jarrko Loima from Misto APS says: “Our biggest advantage at the show was being able to meet end users from around Europe. Even though our software was 'made in the theatre' there are differences in the production of individual plays. Being able to talk to the right people at Stage|Set|Scenery greatly helped us to test new ideas. We were really inspired and came away with some good ideas on how to further develop our planning tool.”
18th June 2018
Ayrton brings new innovations to Australia with Show Technology Open Houses
Australia – What do the world’s successful inventors have in common? Innovation and ingenuity in bucket-loads! “Each new technological innovation begins in the same way,” says Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director. “Suddenly the world sees a new kid on the market, pushing the boundaries whilst other manufacturers were busy with the legacy of old technology. For us, it’s the same with Ayrton.”
Althaus was speaking on a visit to Australia this month to conduct a series of Ayrton Open Houses with its exclusive Australian distributor, Show Technology, at its offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
When it comes to LED technology, Ayrton leads the way with innovative products, and demonstrated its full commitment to supporting Show Technology to introduce its most cutting edge LED-based automated luminaries to the Australasian market.
“The visit underlined the strong partnership between Show Technology and Ayrton, and our joint commitment to our customers,” Althaus commented. “The events went very well, with nearly 200 customers in attendance, and the response was overwhelming. Show Technology have done an amazing job already in introducing Ayrton to the market, but showcasing and comparing our range of products in this manner was mind and eye-opening for our customers.”
The following new Ayrton products were showcased:
GHIBLI is Ayrton’s first 23,000lm LED spot luminaire that is factory-equipped with a framing system designed to offer lighting designers unlimited creative possibilities without any compromise.
MERAK is a powerhouse of technology that features a big textured Fresnel lens, a proprietary 10:1 optical zoom system, combined with a 250W low-etendue RGBW multi-chip LED module.
MISTRAL TC is a new versatile, fully equipped 14,000lm spot luminaire in the same ultra-compact and lightweight format as MERAK.
MINIPANEL FX is a new multi-function and multi-use luminaire that combines the same main features and essential components as the MAGICBLADE FX and MAGICPANEL FX, also in an ultra-compact format.
MINIBURST is Ayrton’s latest addition in the creative solutions range: a graphic strobe luminaire with fast and powerful, continuous, unlimited rotation on pan and tilt, that combines the main features of the MAGICBURST in an ultra-compact format.
Customers in Australia’s three major cities were also treated to a preview of what is around the corner with a demonstration of BORA TC, Ayrton’s radical new 32,000lm wash luminaire with a generous 10:1 zoom-range, framing, and feature-packed to enhance creativity.
“I’ve always been a fan of the Ayrton products, however they’ve never been known for their workhorse fixtures,” remarked Paul Collison of Eleven Design who attended the Sydney event. “I was particularly surprised by their attention to detail with their new lines of workhorse fixtures. The quality of light and feature sets in fixtures like the Ghibli are amazing. I’m excited to get them out in the wild and have a play.”
“Having already taken delivery of a batch of Ghibli profiles, I’m very happy with the quality and feature sets of these units,” commented Tom Willis of Willis Lighting. “They’re especially great for theatre work, where you need a combination of low noise and high quality CRI. I can’t wait to use some Mistral and Merak units on a show in the near future.”
“I believe that Ayrton has the technology behind them to really make an impact on the market,” said Mike McDonald of Twenty Twenty Creative who attended the Melbourne event. “The new optics on the Mistral, Ghibli and Bora show they have created some good workhorse fixtures; I’m excited to see what comes of it.”
“The entire Show Technology team is great, fully committed and passionate to grow the Ayrton brand,” concluded Michael. “It’s the perfect partnership. Great products are built on trust and with Ayrton, Show Technology has found the innovative LED brand they were looking for.”
photos: Show Technology
18th June 2018
Lucky Number 7 - Allen & Heath Hits the Jackpot in Vegas
USA – Allen & Heath hit the jackpot at the 2018 InfoComm Show. Its newly introduced SQ-7 digital mixer won a “Best of Show” award from NewBay Media’s Pro Audio Group who noted its technical performance, value, versatility and reliability. Its special training session was a big hit with attendees. And, the Allen & Heath booth was busy from the show opening until the final closing hours.
Along with the SQ-7 debut, Allen & Heath introduced interactive video displays for its ME personal monitoring system, a focused installed-sound #WallOfInstall, and ‘real world’ application touch panels and controllers from Allen & Heath and 3rd-parties such as AMX, Attero Tech, Extron and RDK. The company also highlighted its dLive digital mixing system version V1.7 firmware with Shure integration.
In the Allen & Heath training session, “Designing Efficient, Cost-Effective Distributed Audio and Integrated Hardware Control”, installation product manager Martijn Verkerk presented a wide range of topics from audio networking basics to more advanced system design strategies. Verkerk commented: “Having the opportunity to share and discuss various approaches to distributed audio and interactive AV was wonderful. As often happens, we learned as much from attendees as they learned from us when it comes to unique ways of designing and configuring highly flexible Allen & Heath installed solutions.”
Jeff Hawley, marketing manager, Allen & Heath USA, said: “The Allen & Heath booth was hopping through the entire show, with queues forming around the SQ-7 and our other interactive displays. For SQ, fans spoke and we listened by bringing out this new mixer with more faders, more I/O, more custom control and a more impressive footprint. The ‘Best of Show’ designation is a true honour and we’re excited to see SQ continue to set the new standard in the compact digital console market.”
18th June 2018
Theatres Trust announce Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive Early Bird bookings open
UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, announces booking is now open for its 2018 Conference, ‘Adapt & Thrive - new money and new models for theatre buildings’ to be held on Tuesday 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.
For centuries theatres have adapted to the challenges of changing political and economic circumstances. The last ten years of austerity and funding cuts have proved just such a challenge. In spite of this, very few theatres are shutting their doors. Theatres are developing new business models and working creatively to generate revenue and to fund the essential capital investment needed to renew our theatre infrastructure. The future of the theatre sector relies on this continued investment; no theatre building can stand still and new theatres are appearing in response to artistic and community demand.
Theatres Trust Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive – new money and new models for theatre buildings will look at the following:
Where and how are theatres being built or renewed, and what are the factors supporting and limiting this renewal?
How do we ensure that our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times?
What new business models are emerging and how do these impact on theatre design?
Jon Morgan, Director of Theatres Trust said: “If there is one thing the theatre industry is good at it is improvising – making the best of our resources and ensuring that at all costs the show must go on!
We now need to pose important questions: How are the UK’s theatres changing their buildings and their business models so they can thrive in the 21st century? What are the future capital needs for Britain's theatres? Where are the gaps in provision and where will the finance be sourced
Conference 18 will look at the measures that can be taken to ensure Britain continues to invest in its theatre building infrastructure so that present and future generations can access the excitement of live performance wherever they live in the country.”
The annual conference will feature broad ranging debates, high profile speakers, compelling panel discussions with audience participation and inspiring case studies from architects, theatre operators and consultants, developers, local authorities and LEPs.
Confirmed contributors include Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, and producer and theatre owner Cameron Mackintosh who will be discussing his work renovating and renewing some of London’s finest theatres.
15th June 2018
Martin MAC Encore Wash wins ABTT ‘Lighting Product of the Year’ Award
UK – The Martin by Harman MAC Encore Wash has been awarded the prestigious 'Lighting Product of the Year 2018' at the recent ABTT Theatre Show in London. It was described by the Association of British Theatre Technicians adjudicating committee as 'a suitable and long overdue alternative to a discontinued tungsten moving head favourite.'
MAC Encore is a new family of full-featured, low weight, LED moving heads that deliver levels of light quality and consistent performance never seen before in LED-based stage lighting units. Featuring record breaking whisper-quiet performance, both the MAC Encore Performance and MAC Encore Wash are available in two dedicated colour temperature variants (WRM and CLD) for a wide variety of applications where critical lighting is required.
MAC Encore Wash WRM is an LED-based, replacement for the much-loved, discontinued MAC TW1, offering unparalleled 3000K warm tungsten emulation that truly challenges the output quality of a real incandescent light source, and doubles as a modern replacement for generic fixtures like tungsten based Fresnel fixtures.
MAC Encore Wash CLD is an LED-based alternative to the MAC Viper Wash DX. The feature-packed soft edge moving head offers unparalleled 6000K crisp, neutral daylight, and doubles as a modern replacement for generic fixtures like HMI-based Fresnel fixtures.
On hand to pick up the award were Ian Cullen, Rob Beamer and Lauren Drinkwater from Sound Technology Ltd., the UK distributors for Martin by Harman.
15th June 2018
Elation Europe to hold PRO Service Days 10th and 11th July
The Netherlands – Elation will be holding another round of its popular PRO Service Days on 10th and 11th July at its European Headquarter office in Kerkrade. This is an excellent chance to gain hands-on knowledge of Elation products and lighting professionals are encouraged to register while there is still space.
Elation invites technicians and all interested service professionals. July’s PRO Service Days will focus on providing in-depth technical knowledge of Elation’s most popular products with a detailed look at technological construction while covering important service guidelines.
Click here to register: https://goo.gl/j5UnCk. Deadline for registration is 6th July.
Elation is committed to educating lighting professionals in optimal methods of using, servicing and maintaining Elation products. A 30 euro hospitality fee covers food and drinks and registration is required. There is only room for 15 participants each day so register today to ensure a spot.
Elation’s European headquarters is centrally located on the German / Belgian border and can be easily reached by road from the UK, Belgium, Germany and France.
14th June 2018
EM Acoustics takes home coveted ABTT Sound Product of the Year 2018 award for EMS-41
UK – EM Acoustics has been awarded one of the five highly sought-after awards from the Association of British Theatre Technicians at the recent ABTT show at Alexandra Palace in London. EM’s most recent addition to its successful EMS Series loudspeakers, the newly launched EMS-41 ultra-compact passive two-way loudspeaker, was designated Sound Product of the Year 2018 by a panel of judges made up of experienced working practitioners and industry peers.
The judges’ comments noted that: “Following on from the success of the EMS-51, EM Acoustics have down-sized with the EMS-41. This speaker features a compact design with a 4” driver and coaxial compression driver, producing a similar output to the larger EMS-51 but at half the size and below half the weight. This compact unit is ideal for placing discretely in positions where visual impact needs to be minimal, and the multiple connection options to the rear of the unit means it will integrate efficiently with existing infrastructure.”
Seen for the very first time just weeks previously at PLASA Focus in Leeds, EM Acoustics’ Mike Wheeler is thrilled to be taking home such a prestigious award for the new baby of the family. “We were already bowled over by the reaction to the EMS-41 at PLASA Focus,” he said, “but this is just fantastic, especially as we were up against some pretty tough competition from very well-known brands, so it’s doubly gratifying. We developed the EMS-41 specifically in response to customer requests asking for an ultra-compact extension to the EMS Series to give them more options when space is tight or visual impact needs to be minimal. To have that decision – and the resulting product – rubber-stamped by such a prestigious jury makes us very proud.”
13th June 2018
Atlona Launches Two-Day Technical Workshop Series in India
India – Atlona is amplifying its global On-Tour Roadshow Series with focused two-day events that emphasise live, personalised hands-on demonstrations for dealers, consultants and end users. The first of these enhanced “Zero to 60Hz” events recently wrapped up in Jaipur, India, with 35 attendees enjoying detailed demos and intimate Q&As across dedicated time slots.
Co-sponsored with Telso Networks at their office in the G-3 Regal Residency in Jaipur, the idea was born out of partner requests for technical workshops that go deeper into product use and system architecture than larger Atlona Academy training and education events.
“As our partners and end customers move away from circuit-based systems and to the network, there is a greater desire and urgency to put their hands on this latest generation of products in advance of purchase of installation,” said Sanket Sawant, Atlona’s director of business development, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. “This event ensured every attendee could see, feel and test each product individually across a series of dedicated live stations, anchored through a working demonstration of our All-IP Meeting Space concept.”
13th June 2018
ESTA Plugfest Announces RDMnet Prototypes
USA – The organisers of the ESTA Plugfest have announced that RDMnet prototypes constructed to the most current version of draft standard E1.33, Transport of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) in an E1.31 environment will be available for Plugfest 2018 participants.
Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence and Sam Kearney of Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) are both providing RDMnet prototypes for attendee use and testing during the July Plugfest. Both Wayne and Sam noted that this is an excellent opportunity for early adopters to test manufacturer interoperability ahead of the publication of the final RDMnet standard.
The Artistic Licence prototype will provide a version of their new dataLynx II gateway which has per port selection of sACN, RDMnet, Art-Net and RDM over Art-Net.
The ETC RDMnet prototype will be in the form of:
RDMnet Controller: GUI application for Microsoft Windows
RDMnet Broker: Console/daemon application for Microsoft Windows
RDMnet Device: Console/daemon application for Microsoft Windows, supporting a limited set of RDM parameters
RDMnet Gateway: Console/daemon application for Microsoft Windows which will use ETC USB/DMX hardware (Gadget II) to communicate with RDM fixtures
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, is scheduled to take place from 20th July to 23rd July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 16th version of this event.
The scheduled hours are 9:00 - 23:00 Friday through Monday. Members of the E1.11 (DMX512), E1.20 (RDM), E1.31 (sACN), and E1.33 (RDMnet) task groups will be available to answer questions and help explain the protocols. This is a chance to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of members of the Control Protocols Working Group. The industry is invited to drop in and experience Plugfest 2018!
13th June 2018
See the MAC Encore family and new JEM Glaciator Dynamic at Martin by Harman showcase events
UK – Sound Technology Ltd, UK distributor of Martin by Harman, is holding two showcase days at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on the 8th and 9th August. The company will be focusing on the the now-shipping MAC Encore Wash CLD and WRM, the MAC Encore Performance CLD and WRM, and the new JEM Glaciator Dynamic low-fog system. MAC Viper, Quantum, Aura and RUSH Series will also be on display.
Sessions run from 10:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:30 on both days. The events are open to everyone: LDs, technical managers, hire and production companies, resellers and anyone with an interest in Martin lighting.
MAC Encore is a family of full-featured, record-breaking low weight, LED moving heads that deliver levels of light quality and consistent performance never seen before in LED-based stage lighting units. Designed to produce premium white light in two dedicated colour temperature variants for a wide variety of applications where critical lighting is required, MAC Encore is the whisper-silent benchmark, when quality of light, silent operation and tour-proven sturdiness are key to the performance.
The JEM Glaciator Dynamic represents the most significant upgrade to the industry-leading JEM Glaciator series in more than a decade. Thanks to a completely re-imagined design, Glaciator Dynamic is smaller, quieter, and capable of operating in more locations, representing the ultimate all-in-one solution for generating low-lying fog in any venue, without the need for external fans, industrial gas tanks or ice. It was built with ultra-quiet operation in mind, delivering lower ambient noise for intimate theatrical productions.
13th June 2018
d&b audiotechnik highlights big line arrays and choosing colourways
USA – InfoComm may be over for another year, but memories of the Las Vegas show are lingering a little longer than usual for some. Visitors to the d&b audiotechnik booth and demo room are returning home with customisable solutions in mind and an entirely new perspective on the world of sound. This was the combined effect of the loudspeakers, electronics, software and service now available from d&b, making every audio vision possible, no matter how technically, aesthetically, or creatively complex.
At the booth integrators looking to preserve the look and feel of their venue were introduced to d&b Custom solutions, a newly launched service dedicated to the careful tailoring of rigging, colour and weather protection. The service formalises a long held belief at d&b that a loudspeaker system can absorb sensitively into its surroundings, leaving listeners wholly unaware of its existence. Loudspeakers from the installation specific xC and xS-Series sat alongside the versatile Y-Series and award winning V-Series, highlighting the neutral elegance of all d&b systems.
Meanwhile the company’s new SL-Series, already regarded as a quantum leap for large scale line arrays attracted much attention. Combining original techniques and approaches, these special loudspeakers realise the demand for the highest degree of dispersion control over the entire audio bandwidth, making the trade between size and wavelength a thing of the past. Made for super scale events the SL-Series comes in a carefully conceived package, to make unsurpassed performances easier to transport, rig and re-deploy.
Elsewhere guests to the d&b demo room found themselves looking ahead to a new frontier in sound. First introduced at last year’s show, enthusiasm for the d&b Soundscape has been growing globally following recent outings at NAMM, AES, and ISE. Now one year on and the 2018 InfoComm demo room was full again with a crowd eager to know more. The session provided a technical low-down on the DS100 Signal engine, the brain behind the beauty, and its two software modules En-Scene and En-Space.
“There is an energy surrounding the d&b Soundscape that’s creating a real buzz,” commented Larry Italia, president & CEO of d&b audiotechnik Americas. “And this is really what Soundscape is all about – seeing the potential and making a mental shift. And we’re all doing this together. More realistic source positioning is one thing, emulated acoustics is another, not to mention the creative scope for artistic work. People are excited by the possibilities and want to be part of the conversation and that’s how revolutions start.”
13th June 2018
MDG RFP Round Floor Pocket named ABTT Engineering Product of the Year 2018
UK – MDG has received the ABTT Award for Engineering Product of the Year 2018 for its RFP Round Floor Pocket at the recent ABTT Show at London’s Alexandra Palace.
MDG’s RFP Round Floor Pocket is a DMX/RDM operated pneumatic round floor pocket of rugged construction which can be embedded in the stage floor or set wall to conceal a fog output. It is intended to operate under pneumatic pressure as part of an existing fog system, delivering low fog or fog to precise locations.
The ABTT judges awarding the honour, who were made up of an experienced jury of working practitioners and industry peers, stated: “Solving the problem of how to get your low fog into those hard to reach places, the MDG DMX controlled Round Floor Pocket works as a reversed trap, lifting a lid to allow ducted low fog and haze onto the stage.
“Suitable for integration into large touring stages, or those shows with longer runs that can accommodate routes sub-stage for fog and haze ducting, the steel lid means that it is still suitable to stand on safely, and the DMX control easily integrates into haze and fog cues.”
RFP Round Floor Pocket is one of the latest in a range of accessories that complements the MDG range of fog, low fog and haze generators, and is designed to provide years of quality service.
RFP Round Floor Pocket is compatible with all MDG carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen (N2) and compressed air generators, but is especially effective with MDG’s ICE FOG SERIES of low fog generators. It has a 23cm (9”) fog input, and a fog output with a choice of either 360° or, with the aid of an optional rear shield plate, 240° distribution for universal or targeted delivery. RFP™ Round Floor Pocket can be mounted vertically or horizontally and its height adjusted between 7.62cm (3”) and 10cm (4”) above stage level to allow an unobstructed, variable flow of low fog or fog.
Constructed of a corrosion-resistant black-coated carbon steel collar and top plate and durable PVC inset tube, the new RFP Round Floor Pocket has been re-engineered with a shorter 21.6cm (8.5inch) form factor than its predecessor, to occupy 35% less space under stage and, at 7kg (15.5lb), also offers a weight reduction of 47%. This guarantees considerable space- and weight-saving advantages which can be of great benefit in large scale touring environments or permanent installations.
With a low power consumption of only 50W, this pneumatic fog output can be used anywhere due to its universal switching power supply (100-250 VAC, 50/60Hz).
RFP Round Floor Pocket is controlled using MDG’s RFP-CB control box, a DMX/RDM control box that can operate up to four RFP Round Floor Pockets in unison using just one channel of DMX, so potentially reducing the cost of control hardware by up to 75%.
RFP-CB shares the same robust electronics as MDG’s theFAN, possessing a simple and efficient multi-level user interface, accessible from the backlit LCD panel, which allows for a gradual switch between local mode and most common protocols: DMX-512-A USITT and RDM ANSI E1.20. Like RFP Round Floor Pocket, RFP-CB can be used anywhere due to its universal switching power supply and CE/CSA/UL certification.
The Award was accepted by MDG UK’s Matt Wiseman who said: “I’m delighted to accept the ABTT award on behalf of MDG. The RFP Round Floor Pocket has drawn much attention in a very short time due to it being a simple, effective and well-engineered product. The Award is confirmation of MDG’s design intent that RFP Round Floor Pocket should be a great tool for many markets.”
In picture: Matt Wiseman of MDG UK with the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year 2018-winning RFP Round Floor Pocket.
12th June 2018
Full house for d&b Soundscape sessions at ABTT Theatre Show 2018
UK – Despite the beautifully tempting sunshine outside, attendees at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show were eager to experience the d&b Soundscape sessions as visitors packed into the Londesborough Room at Alexandra Palace, London on 6th and 7th June.
Powered by the d&b DS100 signal engine, a revolutionary audio system processor based on a powerful Dante enabled signal matrix, the d&b Soundscape enables unparalleled creativity through its two software modules En-Scene and En-Space.
The Soundscape sessions proved to be extremely popular, with the d&b GB team demonstrating the new creative tool by deconstructing audio content from a number of typical live event scenarios. Using sound objects, the team recreated a range of scenarios in d&b Soundscape: a traditional theatre, a small gig and Verdi’s AIDA from the Sydney Opera House. d&b also showed how an experimental sound artist was able to manipulate spatial audio in a live environment using the artist’s own unique performance technology.
Stephen Hogg, managing director d&b GB comments: “ABTT 2018 was d&b Soundscape’s UK show debut, and it’s been a big success. Theatre sound technicians have long embraced sound localization and Soundscape enables this within the established d&b Workflow. ABTT is always a great show for d&b GB; reaching this key audience in such numbers presents a great opportunity for us to talk through our hardware, enabling technologies and value-added services with users and customers.”