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Mixed white or not mixed white, that is the question (even Shakespeare knew it’s not an easy decision)
GLP welcomes PLASA audience with a blinding display
UK – GLP proved at this year’s PLASA Show that it is sometimes unnecessary to take more than a minimal booth to create maximum impact.
Its formula for the UK’s premier trade fair, as it reawakens, was simple: take a stand immediately inside the main entrance and blitz the crowd with a battery of JDC Lines, its incredibly bright hybrid strobes, as they set foot inside the hall.
These lined up alongside the FR10, the new battery operated Creative Light 1, and FUSION PAR FP7, this was the first time these ranges had been seen in public. And all anyone wishing to see these in full action had to do was grab a cup of superior, barista-served coffee from the vast range available, and settle back and watch a video created by David Stewart and Greg Westwood and designed by Morgan Evans.
“That video proved well worthwhile,” states GLP UK boss, Simon Barrett. “In fact, the show generally exceeded expectations, with a lot more people than I anticipated. Everyone was excited to be back and it seems like this is the green light [for the industry] to go.”
With Barrett and colleague David Stewart hosting, he says it had been the correct decision to make their presence largely “people focused rather than product focused”, and they were able to have productive chats with many customers and LDs about the future, as the industry slowly wakes up.
They also had plenty of new sales to report, with FR10s going to Christie Lites and dry hire company Nexus, as well as being specified by LD Neil Austin for the West End production of Frozen.
Also heavily invested in the new IP65-certified FUSION PAR FP7 is TSL, with owner Sam Tamplin investing in 200 of the fixtures for an outdoor spectacular.
Another major sale confirmed at the show was a “significant investment” in JDC Line 1000 from Haydn Cruickshank at Colour Sound Experiment. Some 360 metres of the one metre-width JDC Line variant have been specified by an LD for a show in December.
States David Stewart: “The differentiator is the unique high-powered continuous white LED strobe with pixel mapping, a bright RGB continuous line. It is something never seen before and innovative, but in addition to the LD, it has to work for the rental company with high-quality construction and reliability.”
Finally, the Creative Light 1 also received plenty of attention at PLASA. “It is our first battery wireless fixture in the GLP range, and battery wireless is now becoming a fad, with its attention-grabbing LED twinkle,” believes Stewart.
By borrowing a ‘you had me at hello’ movie moment, GLP had the audience immediately they had walked through the door, “simply by ‘blinding’ them at the front entrance,” conclude the two GLP men.
22nd September 2021
Maverick Silens 2 Profile Wins PLASA 2021 Award for Innovation
UK – The Maverick Silens 2 Profile doesn’t attract attention to itself because of its sound; the 100% convection cooled LED PCB fixture operates in virtual silence. However, the versatile 560W luminaire did make waves recently when it was honoured with a 2021 PLASA Award For Innovation.
The only moving fixture (and one of two lighting products) to earn this recognition at the PLASA show, the Maverick Silens 2 Profile was singled out for its “near silent operation,” being described by the independent panel of judges as “the sound engineer’s favourite light.”
Without making a sound, the Maverick Silens 2 Profile wowed judges with its impressive visual performance, thanks to features like CMY+CTO colour mixing with CRI, R9, CQS, and TLCI all between 91 and 97 (depending on the colour temperature mixed). Other features that speak volumes about this silent powerhouse of a fixture include a four-blade framing shutter system with rotation, a colour wheel, animation wheel, a 10:1 zoom, prism, two frosts, static and rotating gobo wheels and 16-bit dimming with selectable red shift.
“Our entire team is very proud of this honour,” said Michael Brooksbank, managing director of Chauvet Europe. “Silence has always been a goal for everyone involved in lighting theatre, broadcasts, recitals and other applications where absolute quietness is essential. However, no one could be expected to give up performance for the sake of silence. Now, with the Maverick Silens 2 Profile, they don’t have to; they can enjoy the best of both worlds.”
21st September 2021
Ayrton goes into the Wilderness with Camp LiteNordic
Norway – Nobody can deny that the last 18 months have been difficult and challenging, especially for this people-orientated industry. Limitations on work, movement and contacts have been hard on everyone. But as restrictions started to ease and the industry begins to open up, LiteNordic, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Norway, Sweden and Denmark, came up with an ingenious way to reconnect with their customers and lighting designers in a safe, fun way after a near two-year hiatus.
They hired a camper van, threw in a bunch of IP65 rated lighting fixtures, including Ayrton’s Perseo Profile and Perseo Beam, and took them out on a camping road trip. They set up camp in forests outside Norway’s three main cities: Stavanger, Oslo and Bergen where they invited lighting designers, rental companies, sales companies and other of their colleagues and clients to join them for a barbecue and, if they wished, a night under the stars, sleeping in hammocks beneath tarpaulins.
Organised by Lite Nordic’s Aleksander Kjær-Wilhelmsen and Petter Nilssen, Camp LiteNordic: Into the Wilderness was, as Kjær-Wilhelmsen is keen to point out: “More about people than product. It gave us the opportunity to take people out of their comfort zone and routine a little, and relax for a nice evening that focused on fun rather than fixtures. It gave us all a chance to meet and catch up after a long period of isolation when we have all suffered hardships. However, after a few beers and sausages, curiosity overcame our guests and when they asked about the IP65 rated fixtures we were very happy to show them through the features before returning to our camp fire. No matter how much you escape to the woods, people are always interested in looking at the lights!”
“It was the perfect scenario in which to see the IP65 fixtures in their best environment,” adds Nilssen. “They were designed for outside use and it is impossible to show the variety of effects in a studio or theatre. But the depth and texture of the forest lent a totally different range of looks to the gobo projections and animations on the trees and in mid-air which you just wouldn’t see indoors. We were very excited to see how many of our guests took the time to come along, despite schedules becoming busier as Norway starts to open up.”
The hammocks and tarpaulins were branded with LiteNordic and Ayrton logos and the hammocks emblazoned with the slogan “Master of the Elements” (the declaration from Domino, Ayrton’s long-throw IP65 spot fixture) and the words ‘keeps you dry’ – a fact which proved correct at Bergen where it rained heavily! All those who camped out were allowed to take the hammocks and tarpaulins home with them. “Everyone loved the hammocks and tarps and can’t wait to put them to use again,” says Kjær-Wilhelmsen. “With Norway’s music and festival scene slowly reopening, they are proving just the thing for technicians and crew to take with them.”
“We would like to thank LiteNordic for all their hard work in putting this wonderful event together, what a fun and inventive way to have fun with lights and friends!” says Ayrton’s Linnea Ljungmark. “Going into nature brings people closer together and Camp LiteNordic gave us a great opportunity to spent time with our customers and get to know them better. It was also a good chance to experience the Norwegian culture of outdoor life, and very relaxing to be surrounded by the natural world.
“Having said that, the weather conditions were extremely damp with thick fog by morning, so it was a great opportunity to trial and test the fixtures in damp conditions. The Perseo fixtures stayed out in that moist air for 24 hours with no problems at all, proving they are superb all-weather fixtures.”
photos: LiteNordic and Ayrton
21st September 2021
EM Acoustics triumphs at PLASA 2021
UK – PLASA 2021 was hailed as a triumph by all who attended: visitors and exhibitors alike, not least by British loudspeaker company, EM Acoustics, which walked away with a coveted PLASA Innovation Award for its new Reference Series R10 loudspeaker.
“PLASA was a great success for us – as it always is – but this year was particularly special under the circumstances,” says operations director, Mike Wheeler. “Even though the show was understandably smaller than the last time it was held in 2019, it’s the first time that any of us have witnessed an industry gathering of this size since the first lockdown, and it was clear that everyone was delighted to be there. The place was buzzing and it was a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with people we’d not seen in a long time. It was also the very first opportunity we’ve had to showcase our complete Reference Series range with all three models and we’re even more delighted that the R10 was honoured with a PLASA Innovation Award!”
Reference Series represents the ultimate no-compromise solution for point source applications requiring ultra-high quality sound reinforcement in a versatile, low profile package. Available now in 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch versions, Reference Series loudspeakers are distinguished by their unique interchangeable waveguide options supplied as standard and an entirely new approach to crossover design that marries the components together. In bestowing a PLASA Innovation Award on the R10, the judges commended its controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion, adding that the inclusion of the different high-medium frequency flares increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type.
“Winning this award was the cherry on the PLASA cake,” continues Wheeler. “It was truly gratifying to see R10 recompensed by such a qualified and diverse panel of our industry peers. We’d already had an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the industry, and even more so with the addition of the R8 and R12, but formal industry recognition always has a positive impact. We’re already looking forward to the next PLASA event in Leeds next May.”
17th September 2021
Robe Show Goes on Big Time at PLASA 2021
UK – Moving and LED lighting manufacturer, Robe, enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of industry professionals reconnecting in person at the 2021 PLASA trade expo in London Olympia last week, which was the UK’s first such entertainment technology post-pandemic event. This year PLASA was staged in conjunction with the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians).
Robe took the opportunity to showcase a raft of innovative recently launched products, also returning to the show as the headline sponsor as in previous years. This underlined the brand’s confidence in the UK market moving forward and ramping up generally, and in PLASA as a strategic point of convergence for key players.
The striking and stylish Robe booth had a high visual impact and reflected the mood of the moment. A large meeting area out front and a substantial demo area ‘back-of-house’ proved a streamlined hub for meeting, networking, and in-depth product-related discussions and demonstrations.
A timecoded light show utilising the newest products was based on a mix tape of epic West End production numbers. There was a heavy emphasis on the previewed T11 Profile fixture and the recently launched T2 Profile and Fresnel luminaires, all optimised and finessed for the demands of theatre and performance applications including silent operation and outstanding colour mixing.
The T11 made an instant impression and generated intrigue and excitement, being a preview product, its look and features resonating with people watching the light show. T11 will be a valuable addition to Robe’s growing theatrical LED ranges.
Other products attracting intense interest included the new CUETE moving light, a fantastic, highly affordable entry-level moving light, perfect for clubs, bars, and event companies representing outstanding value for money and ROI.
The ProMotion, moving head effects and video projector, was another new product receiving attention, complete with digital gobos, graphic effects, etc., perfect for retail and any live event scenario needing custom or special visuals.
Products like FORTE and ESPRITE highlighted Robe’s unique and patented Transferable Enginetm (TE) LED technology, a hugely flexible concept offering the option of having different and interchangeable LED engines: high powered, high CRI, ‘tungsten’, etc., in the same fixture hardware, which can be quickly changed – 'transferred' – in about six minutes.
TE brings yet more positive value to all areas of professional and entertainment lighting, from rental companies to installers.
Both areas of the Robe booth plus the section occupied by architectural brand Anolis were constantly busy throughout all three days with quality visitors. A diverse cross section rocked up to the booth to see the products and say hello in person after months of lockdowns, from lighting designers and directors to rental companies, freelancers, and other interested parties, representing multiple sectors, from cruise ships to theatres, venues, and touring.
Theresa Gibson, head of marketing at Robe UK commented: “Robe’s commitment to the show as headline sponsor was equalled by PLASA’s delivery of a great event that helped in uniting the industry under one roof in challenging circumstances.
“People and relationships are the lifeblood of our industry and what makes it so very special. PLASA and the ABTT gave us the opportunity to showcase our new fixtures and engage in meaningful conversations in a return to some form of normality and demonstrated that the industry is back with a vengeance! It was just the tonic everyone needed!”
photos: Louise Stickland
16th September 2021
Martin Audio Showcases New Product Portfolio and Celebrates 50 Years
UK – Martin Audio returned to its celebrated Open Days for the first time in two years, following the easing of Covid restrictions, which also included both a legacy product walk-through and a lavish party in nearby Marlow to honour the company’s 50th anniversary.
The sessions adhered closely to all Covid guidelines, including tests on entrance and at the end, MD Dom Harter gave a heartfelt appreciation to the audience. “It’s the first time many have been back in a room of loudspeakers for 18 months,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for everyone’s time and attendance, our industry will never be tested like this again.”
Ninety minutes earlier he had opened proceedings with a background about company founder Dave Martin, emphasising that: “His vision and many of his principles continue to be followed today.” Guests had already been able to enjoy a museum-like walk-through of legacy product including many of Dave’s earlier models like the legendary stack and F2 system. However, today’s portfolio contains a depth of product to cater for all applications, especially with the arrival of the TORUS constant curvature system and the new DISPLAY 3 software, which took pride of place in the demonstrations.
Dom Harter explained the thinking behind TORUS, and how it plugged a gap in the portfolio for a 15-30m throw speaker. “The system took three years to develop, requiring a lot of mathematical modelling along the way, and we wanted to push the acoustic boundaries and deliver the best constant curvature array. We looked at typical issues and how we could overcome them, such as comb filtering and lack of sensitivity in the mid-band.”
TORUS was not the only product to receive its formal demo debut, as both ADORN pendant and ceiling speakers were also finally on show with the audience being wowed by the clarity and musical presence of these commercial loudspeakers. Other demonstrations included the BlacklineX series and CDD, described by Robin Dibble as “the single most successful loudspeaker that we have ever produced.” Of this Coaxial Differential Dispersion platform, he exclaimed, “It’s the CDD drive unit that’s the real key, combining the point source benefits of coaxial designs with the consistent coverage of Differential Dispersion technology. It delivers the same tonal response wherever you are standing,” he promised, “and our waveguides have overcome many of the historical drawbacks associated with coaxial.” Martin Audio have developed FIR settings to optimise the system with iKON amplifiers, while the vast range includes both marine and weatherised versions.
The demonstrations closed out on a high with a look at the flagship Wavefront Precision optimised arrays. Harter noted that Martin Audio is now 11 years into the programme (since the launch of the original MLA) to control where the sound goes and deliver summation of sound at the audience plane. Put simply, Harter explained, “it’s how sound arrives at the listener that’s important.” Scalable resolution was explained alongside its many benefits before a showcase of WPM, WPS and WPC ratcheted up the SPL for a rousing finale.
Almost 100 guests also joined Martin Audio’s 50th birthday party which included staff past and present, customers and a special guest. Gisele Clark, close friend to Dave Martin, had made the trip from France to share some special memories and the evening was a fitting celebration to the past but also provided optimism and excitement for the future.
Open Day and Party video: https://youtu.be/j05mJRDiYg0
16th September 2021
High spirits as PLASA Show reunites the live sector
UK – PLASA Show returned to Olympia London from 5-7 September, receiving high acclaim and marking a return to normality following the 18 month closure of the live sector. As the first entertainment technology trade show in two years, there was a level of risk involved. However, PLASA Show 2021, along with the ABTT Theatre Show which co-located for one year, succeeded in reuniting the industry for three high spirited and productive days in Olympia’s Grand Hall.
Although the number of attendees was reduced, they remained top quality and similar to previous years: one-fifth were company owners or directors and half were specifiers or final decision makers. Theatre and touring were most prominent with one third of those attending working in production or venues.
Anticipation was high as the doors opened, with a steady stream of visitors keen to check out the next generation of products and catch up with colleagues. Lee House, marketing manager for Ambersphere, comments: “When the doors opened on Sunday it was great to see so many people coming through them. This show certainly exceeded all expectations we had. Yes, the show floor was smaller this year, but the atmosphere was bigger than ever.”
Nick Boggon, marketing manager for Sound Technology, adds: “We probably weren’t alone going into the show not knowing what to expect, but those concerns didn’t last long. Understandably stands were smaller than previous years but it still felt like the PLASA Show. There was networking of course, but also a genuine desire to see new products and technology trends.”
The ABTT Theatre Show Hub – which featured theatre-specialised brands and associations – centred around the AAPTLE Lounge where meetings looked at emerging industry issues. Robin Townley, CEO of the ABTT, comments: “Locating traditional ABTT exhibitors within the Theatre Show Hub offered a great sense of community and it was tremendous to see so many members of the Alliance of Associations & Professionals in Theatre and Live Events making use of the AAPTLE Lounge. The three days proved to be fantastically successful in providing an opportunity for suppliers, service providers and practitioners to get back face to face and resume the essential art of conversation.”
The people of the industry were just as high priority as the products this year, with areas of the show dedicated to offering guidance. The #WeMakeEvents Hub featured several charities and initiatives including Backup, Acting for Others, #MakeitBlue, Music Support, Stagehand, The Back Lounge, Theatrical Guild, Tour Production Group and We Need Crew.
Promoting well-being further, Backup launched its Mental Health First Aid course at the show, and Mig Burgess, creator of the Blackout Installation of 2019, returned to present findings of a survey looking at mental health in the industry.
The show’s headline sponsor Robe dazzled attendees with its recently launched T2 alongside previews of the T11 and the TE: Transferable Engine. Theresa Gibson, head of marketing for Robe, comments: “The commitment Robe showed to PLASA as headline sponsor of this year’s show was well and truly equalled in delivering a great event and uniting the industry again. All our staff spoke with high quality visitors and relished the opportunity to establish connection again face to face.”
Avolites celebrated its 45th anniversary at the show with company’s new flagship Diamond 9 console taking centre stage. Astera debuted three on the Ambersphere Solutions stand, picking up a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation for PixelBrick. Elsewhere, Artistic Licence launched candlePower octo at the show, displayed alongside the new Commissioner multi. Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence says: “We were absolutely delighted to have exhibited at such a successful show. There was a real sense of 'we’re in this together' and everyone was excited to be back. This was probably the busiest trade show we’ve done in five years.”
Meanwhile, DiGiCo revealed SD12T software, KLANG presented the KLANG:konductor, Yamaha’s Rivage PM5 and PM3 made their trade show debuts, NEXO released the new epS Series, Shure focused on its Axient Digital ADX5D, and Sennheiser displayed its new Evolution Wireless Digital. Kevin Gwyther-Brown, business development manager for Sennheiser, says: “The quality of visitors was very high. From the moment the doors opened on Sunday, the positive atmosphere did not stop until the show finished on Tuesday. As a manufacturer that has recently launched a new product, we could not have wished for a better platform to show it off.”
Across the show floor, several specialist brands were offered accessories and staging solutions. Area Four Industries UK celebrated its 20th anniversary at the show while debuting EXE Technology products. Glen Brown, UK sales and marketing director for Area Four, says: “PLASA 2021 was a great surprise with an extremely positive vibe and proved how resilient our industry is.”
Additional new products included the Evolve Chair from Audience Systems, Bioglitter from Flints Theatrical Chandlers, the Liberty Switch System from Harlequin, and three new seats from Race Furniture. Plus, Rigging Team made its PLASA Show debut.
New AV technology could also be seen at every turn, including the EB-PU1000 series from Epson, Ruby LED panels from ROE Visual, Teleprompter.Video from Apt-GB and the award-winning CarbonBlack from LANG. Anika Lauth, deputy managing director for LANG UK, comments: “This was our first time exhibiting at PLASA and it certainly won’t be the last. We had great conversations and you could feel the excitement of the industry coming back to life. We were thrilled to be awarded for CarbonBlack. Here’s to next year and a revived industry, new faces and new innovations to come.”
Apt-GB also made its PLASA Show debut. Company founder Graham Gosden, adds: “PLASA was a great success and the Apt-GB >Teleprompter.Video range went down a treat. We were also delighted to get a commendation for the SMVA.”
PLASA Show’s popular programme of free-to-attend seminars were well attended, including sessions by the programme sponsor Vectorworks. There was also a busy panel on EcoDesign featuring lighting designer Rob Halliday, PLASA managing director Peter Heath and ETC technical director Adam Bennette. Plus Declan Randall, lighting designer and programmer and console trainer for ETC, looked at the new X8 LED array, eight-colour mixing and Eos colour controls. Darren Beckley, ETC Ltd sales manager, comments: “The show provided a great opportunity for our industry to move forward after such a difficult period. It was energising to see people reconnect and gather information on all the exciting projects that are happening again.”
High on the agenda was sustainability and safety: A panel led by TAIT’s Carol Scott heard from representatives from the Theatre Green Book, Unusual Rigging, LIVE, isla and SiPA on how the sector can improve its green credentials. Additionally, Chartered Engineer and LSi columnist James Eade unpacked IET Wiring Regulations, and health and safety inspector David Kivlin, chartered safety practitioner Tom Goode and SOLT head of risk and technical Phil Brown discussed returning to work.
The PLASA & #WeMakeEvents Stage hosted well-attended round-table sessions, addressing Brexit and touring with Peter Heath of PLASA, Andy Corrigan of Viva La Visa, Craig Stanley of LIVE and #WeMakeEvents political team leader Duncan Bell, followed by the #WeMakeEvents steering committee presenting a look back at the campaign’s achievements. Koy Neminathan, sales director for Avolites and member of the #WeMakeEvents steering committee, says: “#WeMakeEvents is a testament to our industry’s people and their passion to keep our dynamic industry alive. We were delighted to see so many people attend the session and we welcome you to get in touch and get involved as the campaign evolves.”
Visitors flocked to try the new ChamSys MagicQ Stadium consoles and see the new Maverick Silens 2 and Ovation Rêve E-3 by Chauvet Professional. Arnaud Thealer, marketing co-ordinator for Chauvet Professional comments: “Our team was so happy to meet everybody at the booth again. Feeling the buzz of the industry was magical. Thanks to the training space we had room to do proper product demos, and taking home a PLASA Innovation Award was the icing on the cake!”
Running parallel, the d&b Soundscape Theatre showcased brands including Autograph, DiGiCo, Sennheiser, Shure and White Light. Emma Amadou, events and marketing administrator for d&b audiotechnik, says: “The d&b Soundscape theatre was the just right space for hosting such interesting sessions. Huge thanks to everyone involved, and so great to have good footfall!”
Tim Horton, sales and installations manager for SFL, adds: “There was a great buzz about the show regardless of the reduced numbers. We were particularly proud to host the d&b Soundscape Theatre and create an environment to help people communicate their message. We’re really pleased we were able to be a part of the show and do our part to support the event!
The PLASA Awards for Innvoation, in association with LSi, ran alongside the show once more, showcasing the very latest product developments and technical advancements on the Innovation Gallery throughout the event. James Eade, chair of the judging team, says: “If the Awards are anything to go by, our industry has been forging ahead. 15 years ago we awarded an incandescent lightbulb and fluorescent tube. This year we awarded live motion capture streaming and a carbon nanotube projection screen. It really feels like this industry is turning a corner.”
Copper Candle were presented with a combined award for three pioneering products, with owner James Simpson saying: “Winning an award was simply incredible, it meant so much to us as a small business trying to make an impact in our industry. It has huge implications for our future and potential growth and means so much to have the ratification of our vision by our industry peers.”
Two of the show’s new exhibitors won an award, including Glensound, whose managing director Marc Wilson says: “We are delighted at the response that we have had from the show at such a difficult time. It's a new industry for us and we have found many potential customers that are interested to learn more about our Dante intercom, breakout boxes and award winning Divine.”
Mike Wheeler, operatations director for EM Acoustics, comments: “We enjoyed an extremely busy show, with overwhelming interest in the extensions to the Reference Series, and scooping an award for the R10 was a real cherry on top. It's great to feel things return to normal for everyone.”
PLASA Show 2021 heralded the return of the vibrant live sector. Exhibitors and visitors alike were eager to get back to business and grow their network, but this year with a renewed approach. Farah Minhas, exhibitions and events manager for Audio-Technica, comments: “There was a real sense of excitement and positivity at PLASA Show this year. We realise there are still a lot of challenges ahead, but our attitude reflects that of an industry approaching the future with a fresh perspective.”
Andrew Mckinlay, marketing director for Avolites, adds: “Whilst we embraced and rejoiced at the chance to be at a show, we collectively felt the need to reimagine what a trade show is. Let’s take this opportunity to look forward and build the trade show of the future. One where PLASA becomes known again as the leading showcase of our industry across the region and world.”
Peter Heath, managing director for PLASA, concludes: “I would like to give my sincere thanks to everyone who exhibited and visited the show, helping make PLASA Show 2021 one to remember. I hope to see many of you at PLASA Focus Leeds in May where our industry will once again demonstrate its resilience and innovation.”
PLASA Show returns to Olympia London from 4-6 September 2022.
PLASA Focus Leeds returns to the Royal Armouries from 10-11 May 2022
14th September 2021
Astera PixelBrick Wins PLASA Innovation Award
UK – Astera’s ingenious PixelBrick won a 2021 PLASA Award for Innovation (one of two lighting products out of the six 2021 winners selected from 29 entries) as the PLASA entertainment technology trade show returned to Olympia after a pandemic forced absence in 2020.
The judges commented: “This is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in an assortment of lighting applications.
PixelBrick has been carefully crafted by Astera’s talented R&D team and is perfect for concerts, events, filming, or broadcast scenarios. It can also be utilised as a compact, light (1.1kg) and exceptionally handy up-lighter or hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or facades. For exterior use, its IP65 rating is resistant to rain and other elements. PixelBricks can be joined together to make all sorts of interesting shapes and combinations.
Astera exhibited on the booth of its UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. The PLASA event – one of the first industry expos to be staged post-pandemic – proved a busy and upbeat environment for people from across the industry to re-start, re-connect and finally meet again face-to-face as things start moving forward after an extremely tough period.
Astera’s sales and marketing director Sebastian Bückle revealed that many customers specifically asked to see the PixelBrick having already seen it online. “I think the industry understands that this is a game-changer and not just another LED spotlight,” he stated, adding that they were delighted to win the Innovation Award.
“This really means a lot to us, especially to our engineering team who’ve worked tirelessly on developing this great product.”
Also pumped about the result, Lee House from Ambersphere said: “It’s great that Astera has won another PLASA Innovation award. We stand behind these truly innovating companies and their products, and recognition from the industry is proof we are working with the best!”
Lee underlined that it’s flexibility that their customers generally look for in relation to Astera, including the complete range of neat accessories that are available for the PixelBrick which can further enhance creativity.
Talking generally about PLASA, Sebastian commented that: “It was great to be back.”
Three people from the company’s Munich, Germany HQ attended and engaged in multiple high-quality conversations with lighting designers, technicians and other industry professionals. “The talks at PLASA were totally different from all the video calls and presentations, and from this comparison we see that trade shows clearly have a future,” said Sebastian, also observing that while PLASA was slightly smaller in physical size than before: “We had a constant flow of excellent customers to our booth.”
Lee adds that with new Astera products being shown for the first time at an expo, it was a great chance for people to see products “in the flesh rather than on a Zoom demo” and to meet the team behind them. “With a year’s gap in the show, it was clear that people were very eager to get back to work and reconnect with everyone.”
The PLASA Awards for Innovation are run in association with Lighting & Sound International (LSi) magazine and judged by a panel of industry professionals. They celebrate pioneering technologies and ideas utilising new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency, creativity and performance.
In picture: Astera’s Jesper Sorensen, Sebastian Bückle and Simon Canins.
14th September 2021
Sennheiser brings Evolution Wireless Digital to KitPlus Show in London
UK – Following the successful KitPlus Show at MediaCityUK in Salford, Sennheiser is heading to the KitPlus London event at the iconic Twickenham Stadium on 14th September to showcase its Evolution Wireless Digital, Digital 6000 System with ultra-light, SK6212 digital mini-bodypack, and its full range of MKE microphones for mobile content creation applications. Additionally, the audio manufacturer will present studio monitors and the latest solutions from Neumann, such as the V 402 state-of-the-art microphone preamp and NDH 20 headphones.
“We had fantastic feedback from the July event and are delighted to bring our latest range of Sennheiser and Neumann pro audio and broadcast solutions to the KitPlus event in London,” says Lee Shuttlewood, business development manager for professional audio at Sennheiser. “We’ll have the latest Evolution Wireless Digital with its easy, app-based workflow and the highest input dynamic range of any wireless system currently on the market, the top-quality Digital 6000 Series and our entire family of MKE microphones for vloggers and content creators on the move, as well as the latest offerings from Neumann. We are really excited for show attendees to get first-hand experience on these solutions, all within the amazing ambience of such an iconic stadium!”
RF expert Sennheiser brings simplicity to wireless with Evolution Wireless Digital. Based on the equidistant grid technology from the company's top-tier 6000 and 9000 wireless systems, the EW-D provides up to 90 channels of wireless audio with ultra-low latency and professional-quality digital sound that anybody, even first-time wireless users, can set up quickly and easily. The series introduces an easy, app-based workflow while retaining all the professionalism, multi-channel capability and reliability that users have come to expect of UHF and 1G8 microphones.
A loyal companion on some of the top West End theatre productions such as Hamilton, Wicked, School of Rock, and the new production of Les Misérables, Digital 6000 with its SK 6212 digital bodypack transmitter provide the large, intermodulation-free multi-channel set-ups demanded by major theatrical productions. With such a bullet-proof solution, Sennheiser continues to evolve and reimagine wireless technology for the 21st century, with Digital 6000 combining higher channel density with maximum signal reliability by employing the latest in digital wireless technology.
The EK 6042 is a true diversity two channel receiver which is designed to fit into all standard receiver slots on cameras. Its highly compatible to a wide range of Sennheiser wireless microphones, be it analogue or digital, and can connect to virtually every Sennheiser wireless system. With the built-in web server, setup is easily managed using any browser including imports and exports of the entire configuration.
Quality video is easy to come by these days, but that isn’t always the case when it comes to quality audio. Even the phone in your pocket has the ability to shoot video in crisp 4K resolution, so why shouldn’t it sound as good as it looks?
At the KitPlus Show in London, Sennheiser will have its latest line up of on-camera mics, with the MKE 200, MKE 400, MKE 440, and MKE 600 versatile microphones ensuring clean and crisp audio, offering a professional touch to video and audio clips.
One of the main reasons why the Neumann portfolio is experiencing an enormous increase in demand is that Neumann studio monitors have the highest acoustic consistency on the market, with different models delivering identical mixing results in varying listening environments. Show visitors will be able to experience a wide selection of Neumann KH monitors, as well as see other solutions developed by the leading German studio specialist such as the V 402 microphone preamp and NDH 20 headphones.
Sennheiser’s Lee Shuttlewood and Tim Constable will welcome show attendees on their booth, with product demonstrations taking place throughout the day.
10th September 2021
EM Acoustics proudly accept a PLASA Award for Innovation for the ground-breaking R10
UK – The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced on Monday at the PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team was comprised of nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds.
They said of the R10: "The judges commend the controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion of this product, adding that the inclusion of the different mid-high frequency waveguides increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type."
Mike Wheeler said: "We are delighted that our brand new flagship Reference Series R10 system has been recognised at PLASA 2021. It has been great to showcase the product in front of the industry after so long."
10th September 2021
Absen Embarks on European Tour
Europe – International LED manufacturer, Absen, is due to embark on a tour of events around Europe to present its MicroLED and Jade Dragon (JD) series LED panels to attendees of three major industry events in the region.
The tour begins in France on 9th September at ‘Tech in Lyon’, before heading to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK, for ‘Peerless-AV – A New AV Experience’ on 16th and 17th September. The final stop of the tour will be ‘MEDIALOG’, which is set to take place on 6th & 7th October in Mainz, Germany.
Absen’s MicroLED will be front and centre at all three of these events, with specialists on hand to demonstrate how its fusion of 5G and 8K UHD intelligent micro-displays stand it in good stead to become the next great display technology.
MicroLED was developed using proprietary HCCI technology and packaged with inverted COB technology to achieve an ultra-black surface coating effect and high ambient light contrast through an enhancement of the light efficiency and heat dissipation of the display.
Several features, including a superior image quality that captures even the finest of details, low power consumption, intelligent display, and a lightweight, thin screen, add to the product’s appeal.
The JD series, which was released at Absen’s spring online product launch in March, is a light, thin, transparent LED display with high penetration rate, which suitable for shop windows and the glass curtain wall environment.
The series has three kinds of products, of which JD3.9 has two exterior designs of full frame and frameless. The standard specification of the JD series is 1000mm x 500mm, but JD3.9 also provides 500mm x 500mm, and JD10 and JD16 also support customer customisation, to achieve more screen size flexibility.
A third product line, the pliable TSC Series Flexible Display, will also be on show during the tour, but, unfortunately for Absen’s continental colleagues, only at the Peerless-AV event in London.
Emma Liu, MD of Europe for Absen said: “It’s great to be back on the road, sharing these fantastic products with our European colleagues. The team are very much looking forward to travelling again and making up for lost time with new and existing customers alike.”
If you would like to arrange a meeting or hands-on demonstration with Absen representatives at any of the aforementioned events, please contact Jess Golding on firstname.lastname@example.org.
9th September 2021
PLASA Innovation Award winners announced!
UK – The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. The Awards, run association with LSi Magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating pioneering technology, through new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency or performance.
Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team comprised nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds. Their comments, along with the winning products, are listed below:
The Judges said: “This is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in lighting applications.
Chauvet Professional: Maverick Silens 2
The engineering within this near-silent moving light impressed the broad nature of the judging panel. They simply said this product is the sound designer’s favourite light!
Copper Candle: Bonestream, Copper Stream and Cue29
The Judges have chosen to award a suite of products from this boundary-pushing software developer. They felt the group of products shared the same innovative approach to merging gaming technologies into a framework engineered for the live events industry. The judges believe these products are at the forefront of the move towards virtual production in events.
EM Acoustics: R10
The Judges commend the controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion of this product, adding that the inclusion of the different high-medium frequency flares increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type.
While other manufacturers have made PoE speakers, the Judges felt that the feature set and price of this product set it apart from the competition.
LANG: CarbonBlack Technology
The Judges felt that this innovative technology facilitates a high contrast and high-quality projection and will have a wide range of uses. The Judges noted that "LANG have made the best-looking projection of the show!"
The judges also commended the following products:
The Judges first impression of this product was: “Why has no one done this before?” The SMVA is light, affordable and will doubtless have a range of applications, especially in the corporate market.
Blumano: StageDB – [ORA] Online Risk Assessment
The Judges felt that this software application will have a real, tangible benefit for those doing machinery risk assessments and has the potential to develop into related areas. They felt that anything that streamlines that process whilst maintaining safety standards is to be commended.
Congratulations to all of the winners! Read more about the winners and nominees at www.plasashow.com/innovation-gallery
7th September 2021
Mixed white or not mixed white, that is the question (even Shakespeare knew it’s not an easy decision)
The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colours? In the end, it all depends on your needs.
Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the 9th September Elation Coffee Break as they scrutinise the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, versatile LED moving heads with RGBMA colour mixing systems that can mix any shade of white a designer desires, or just as easily mix deep saturates or soft-field pastels.
The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile’s carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI (92) ensure accurate colour mixing and colour rendering while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens. Shades can be fine-tuned to match the environment in a variety of ways: virtual colour wheel, virtual colour temperature, magenta/green adjustment or CMY emulation. Complete FX packages, including dual gobo wheels, make them ideal high performance luminaires for use on any stage or studio.
The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile luminaires will air live on Thursday, 9th September at 11am CEST at http://www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
It’s easy and no registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
7th September 2021
The ALPD is backing the full lighting team and celebrating innovation at PLASA London 2021
UK – The ALPD is exhibiting at this year’s PLASA London (5-7 September – Olympia, London) with its new name and identity that proclaim its representation and inclusivity of the full lighting team. The ALPD is located in the ABTT Show Hub on stand ABTT17.
With so many new reasons to join the association, stop by stand ABTT17 for a chat.
Whilst you’re there, take a minute to discover the diverse range of innovations created and realised by the association's incredible membership, using the period of downtime in the most productive manner possible. It’s a celebratory initiative that was started via social media and has been recreated on stand for the duration of the show.
The stand will be hosted by ALPD team representatives all on hand to talk to current members and those wishing to join. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you have about returning to work, or about new contract commitments, or just for a quick catch up and a chat.
ALPD members can also make use of the Aaptle Lounge, also located in the ABTT Hub. Aaptle was formed over lockdown and brings together many of the different associations and groups, including the ALPD, that work in the industry. The lounge, kindly offered by ABTT, has been created as a hub for people to gather and meet. It’s the perfect place to talk about the deeper issues that are on your mind and the subjects close to your heart, and if there are any areas you feel deserve a greater focus from the ALPD, let them know.
After so long apart, the team at the ALPD is looking forward to seeing all its members and all members of the lighting team on stand ABTT17.
6th September 2021
Yamaha and NEXO Showcase Latest Products at PLASA Show 2021
UK – Yamaha and NEXO are showing their latest professional audio products at the PLASA Show, taking place at London’s Olympia from 5th - 7th September 2021.
Stand E13 sees Yamaha and NEXO exhibiting together, where Yamaha’s latest RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 digital mixing systems will be making their trade show debuts. Building on the success of the industry-leading, large-format RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 systems, RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 bring all the benefits of the RIVAGE ecosystem within reach of a much wider range of venues, productions and rental companies.
Also on the stand will be Yamaha’s D series Active PA products and the STAGEPAS 1K high quality, all-in-one portable PA.
As well as the Yamaha UK sales team being present on the stand, PLASA Show visitors will be able to have realtime FaceTime video consultations with the company’s live and installed sound application specialists.
NEXO will be launching a new range of products at the show, with a press briefing scheduled for 11.30am on Monday 6th September. The company will also be showing a selection of its current loudspeaker products for both live and installed applications.
“It has been a long time since we have been able to meet existing and prospective new customers at a trade show and we are looking forward to that all-important face-to-face communication again,” says Alex Warren, Yamaha UK sales and marketing manager for pro audio, commercial audio and installation.
“As the industry moves forward, it is very encouraging to see how Yamaha is being trusted to be at the heart of so many projects and productions.”
6th September 2021
ChamSys Showcases Expanded Control Options and Training at PLASA
UK – One lucky visitor who attends a training session at the ChamSys PLASA stand (E23) will win a nifty prize: a new special edition Red MagicQ PC Wing. But even those who don’t win will take away something invaluable: insights into a series of products that will elevate their level of control over shows to new heights, as the company showcases its expanded line of MagicQ Stadium consoles.
Occupying a high-profile podium at the stand will be the powerful MagicQ MQ250M. Well deserving of this “centre stage” position, this high-capacity console can control up to 128 universes without any additional processing equipment.
The versatile MagicQ MQ250M offers a range of features, such as ten backlit playback encoders with executors. This combination of features and its compact design, makes the console an extraordinary on-the-go control solution.
Joining the MagicQ MQ250M in the training room will be the 64-universe capacity MagicQ Stadium Connect, a PC-based programming interface with the same programming keyset and dual crossfaders as the MQ250M and MQ500M will also be on display.
As for the chance to win the Red MagicQ PC Wing, visitors simply have to register and attend one of the ChamSys training courses running during PLASA 2021,
Conducted by James Harrison, Dan Coombs and Rebbecca Cadd of ChamSys, the courses include: MagicQ Basics, Intro to GDTF and MVR with MagicQ, Timeline Trackers and Multi Emitter Colour Picker and Getting Started With MagicVis Visualisation. Sessions will be held throughout the day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For times and to register, visit the ChamSys website, https://chamsyslighting.com/pages/plasatraining
So, while the chances of winning a new Red MagicQ PC Wing at PLASA is a matter of luck, enjoying a new level of control is a sure thing thanks to the expanded ChamSys MagicQ Stadium console line.
2nd September 2021
Have a drink on us! Sennheiser brings EW-D to PLASA Show in London
UK – Sennheiser is pleased to be back on the floor at the PLASA Show, the UK's flagship event for live entertainment technology, which takes place at Olympia London from 5-7 September 2021. Taking centre stage at this year's event will be Evolution Wireless Digital (EW-D), Sennheiser’s brand new UHF digital system with increased bandwidth, the highest input dynamic range and lowest latency of any digital wireless system currently available.
Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to see the Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 6000 Series, which continues to find favour with theatre productions and live music, as well as the complete line-up of wired vocal mics, including the recently launched cardioid MD 435 and supercardioid, high-rejection MD 445 models.
The Sennheiser team will be available to welcome show attendees onto their booth, with product demonstrations taking place throughout the day.
“Over the years, we have been a regular part of the PLASA Show, whether with dedicated show floor space or in collaboration with Sennheiser reseller partners,” says Kevin Gwyther-Brown, business development manager, professional audio at Sennheiser. “With last year’s event being cancelled due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to be back to enjoy the new format of PLASA in the Grand Hall at Olympia London. This year, we will have our own booth and also sponsor the bar at the SSE Audio/Solotech area, where we hope our existing and potential customers will have a drink on us and enjoy the show!”
Register now via the custom Sennheiser link which offers free entry after 31 August 31 cut-off date: https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/04g546d65aaqh?actioncode=NTWO000163CFT
1st September 2021
KV2 Audio primes demo room at PLASA 2021
UK – KV2, like so many, is eagerly looking forward to exhibiting at its first live trade show since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. PLASA 2021 at London’s Olympia will offer the opportunity to meet customers and colleagues in person as well as offering live demos in their exclusive demo room.
Situated in the London Room to the left of the main entrance, KV2’s demo room is open all day, every day. No pre-booking is required, interested parties may come and go as they please. This facility will offer industry professional and users the invaluable opportunity to experience a selection of KV2’s exceptional range of products at their leisure, and to hear for themselves why KV2 products are increasingly held in the highest regard by consultants, sound designers and integrators worldwide.
“We’ll be showcasing our VHD 2.0 high performance point source touring and installation system accompanied by our revolutionary VHD 4.21 subwoofer system which delivers truly exceptional power and control coupled with a class-leading ‘Green Efficiency’ low consumption power supply,” reveals KV2’s Jonathan Reece. “Together, these systems highlight why some of the world’s largest dance clubs and major theatre shows along with renowned live touring engineers are embracing KV2’s True Point Source approach to large format audio reinforcement.”
Also on demo will be the newly released CS Series that has been specially designed to deliver ultra-high vocal intelligibility and music reproduction in a compact form factor. A variety of flexible mounting options and easy connectivity make the CS range an ideal candidate for the corporate and rental markets.
Finally, show-goers will also be able to witness a range of KV2’s established favourites in action from the ESD, ESR and EX Series, and there will also be the opportunity to find out more about KV2’s new Control & Diagnostics Tool that offers control, monitoring and diagnostics in real time, vastly simplifying the management of complex systems.
KV2 can be found on the show floor on Stand B9 or in the London Room for live demos.
1st September 2021
What to expect at PLASA Show 2021
UK – PLASA Show, the capital event for live entertainment technology, will finally re-open its doors and reunite industry professionals at Olympia London this weekend following a two year hiatus. Taking place from Sunday 5th - Tuesday 7th September, leading brands from pro audio, AV, lighting and stage technologies will take up residence in Olympia’s Grand Hall, alongside the ABTT Theatre Show which is re-locating for one year only.
In light of the monumental shifts felt by the live events and entertainment sector over the past 18 months, the 2021 edition of the show will be people-centred, with inclusive networking spaces, support resources and learning opportunities. Plus, a dynamic array of brands will coalesce of the show floor, primed to promote their latest offerings and get back to business.
Exhibitor highlights include the show’s headline sponsor Robe who will showcase the Forte, T2 Profile, iSeries, LED Beam and award-winning Esprite in regular show-stopping presentations. Additional notable lighting brands include Chauvet Professional, ETC, GLP, Avolites, Artistic Licence and SGM. Some of the world’s most iconic audio brands will be in attendance too, such as L-Acoustics, Shure, Sennheiser and Yamaha among many. The stage is also set for bespoke staging from Race Furniture and Drapemakers, heavy duty gear from Area Four and NSP Cases, web-based services from trackingThis and Current RMS, and dazzling displays from Epson and Roe Visual – the full spectrum of live entertainment will be represented and catered for.
A free programme will run across all three days, with six distinct show areas offering content designed to inform, inspire and entertain. The PLASA Show Theatre, sponsored by Vectorworks, is stocked with vital know-how, kicking off with the ABTT’s Technical Standards of Entertainment, followed by a panel on the EcoDesign lighting regulation and presentations on health and safety, rigging, sustainability and mental health, rounding off with James Eade’s popular subject of electrical safety. There will also be an informal panel for employers looking to implement apprenticeship schemes, as well as indepth technical sessions from Vectorworks and ETC, with a focus on ETC’s game-changing Eos V3.0 led by Dan Murfin from the National Theatre.
The d&b Soundscape Theatre, on the opposite end of the show floor, is guaranteed to stun visitors with regular demonstrations and seminars delving into the next generation of immersive audio. Furthermore, visitors can experience loudspeakers, monitors and amplifiers from leading audio manufacturers in controlled environments; not to be missed is the newly released CS Series from KV2 Audio and the NX 9 and Art 9 Series from RCF.
Practical training is always well-attended, and this year visitors can gain an understanding of the new Stadium consoles from ChamSys, learn how to use GDTF and MVR with MagicQ, and get a preview of the brand new DJ integration with Pioneer, Denon and Virtual DJ. Plus, Chauvet will be presenting the new Ovation Reve E3, the Maverick Silens 2 and Maverick Force, as well as exciting new developments in the Chauvet Professional range.
#WeMakeEvents, the campaign spearheaded by PLASA to champion the live events supply chain during the pandemic, will have a strong presence at the show. Visitors are invited to the #WeMakeEvents Hub to speak with charities and initiatives that support live sector professionals. Additionally, the PLASA and #WeMakeEvents Stage will run regular live performances in association with Headliner Magazine, as well as industry round-tables including a discussion on the impact of Brexit on UK:EU touring with leaders from PLASA, LIVE and Viva La Visa.
Cutting edge technology can be seen first hand at the Innovation Gallery, in association with LSi Magazine, where products nominated for the PLASA Awards for Innovation will proudly sit side-by-side for careful inspection. It is always an essential visit, particularly after the winners have been in announced in Awards Ceremony on the Monday evening of the show, which this year will take place on the PLASA & #WeMakeEvents Stage.
PLASA Show 2021 is being run in accordance with the All Secure Standard published by the Association of Event Organisers and there will be a few changes this year to keep visitors and exhibitors protected from COVID. Everyone must show proof of their COVID status to gain entry, through either a negative lateral flow test, positive PCR test or double vaccination, and everyone is encouraged to print and bring their own badge with them as there will be limited touch screens in the entrance lobby. Furthermore, the aisles will be wider, stands will be more spacious, there will be regular hand sanitisation stations, and Olympia has a new state of the art ventilation system. Finally, the Show Catalogue is going digital for the first time which can be conveniently viewed on a smartphone.
Peter Heath, managing director for PLASA, comments: “As we all know, this is certainly no normal year for the trade show calendar, and even though things may look and feel different, we can’t wait to welcome everyone to the show as it opens this Sunday. Besides the usual priorities of business, learning and networking, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of all of our visitors and exhibitors, and we hope that you will work with us to achieve this. We are overwhelmed by the continued support of many of our regular exhibitors, and although certain names couldn’t be with us this year, we remain confident that the 2021 edition of PLASA Show will serve on all dimensions; I personally wish you an enjoyable and productive time with us.”
Free registration for PLASA Show 2021 end at midnight on Tuesday 31st August. Register for an entry badge, sign up for seminar sessions, and find out more about this year’s show at www.plasashow.com
1st September 2021
Data Strategy showcases new SimplyPats integration with QC-check at PLASA London 2021
UK – At this year’s PLASA Show, on stand D4, Data Strategy will showcase QC-Check’s integration with SimplyPATS, a software program that specialises in providing the download of data from over 50 potable appliance testers. This integration was developed to allow QC-Check to import into its database the test results from other manufacturers’ Portable Appliance Testers. The icing on the cake is the facility to use the powerful QC-Check database to selectively filter equipment requiring a test into manageable chunks of data and download it to the client testers.
The new SimplyPats integration will be demonstrated on an operational, two-bay QC-check workstation. New and existing customers will see the simplicity of adding test results to one database of equipment for which a portable PAT tester is the only logistical solution.
The two-bay QC-Check workstation, custom engineered for Data Strategy by SES Entertainment, features the robust test hardware capabilities of Out Board’s PAT-4 PAT Testers, CAB-5 cable testing, as well as RCD (distro) processors.
Drop by stand D4 to see QC-Check’s integration with SimplyPATS in action. There has never been a better time to embark on the exceptional workflow and warehouse management environment offered by QC-Check. Data Strategy looks forward to welcoming all PLASA show visitors for a comprehensive tour of the QC-check and long overdue catch-up.
1st September 2021
Astera at PLASA 2021
UK – Leading wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera will highlight its three newest product innovations at the 2021 PLASA entertainment technology trade expo in London, UK, on the booth of its UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
Astera’s sales director Sebastian Bückle commented: “PLASA will be one of the first established industry trade shows to take place as events and expos gradually re-start post-pandemic, and we know there is a huge enthusiasm from everyone in the entertainment sector wanting to finally get together and meet face-to-face again after such a challenging and uncertain 18 months.”
PLASA 2021 has the additional resonance this year of co-locating at Olympia’s Grand Hall with the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show, which will bring an additional and different buzz and dynamic to the event.
This, plus Astera’s strong relationship with Ambersphere make it a great place to showcase these three excellent new products: PixelBrick, AX2 PixelBar and the AX9 PowerPAR, seen for the first time at a trade show.
PixelBrick is perfect for concerts, events, filming, or broadcast scenarios and can also be utilised as a compact, light (1.1kg) and exceptionally handy up-lighter like an AX3 LightDrop. It can be hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or facades. For exterior use, its IP65 rating is resistant to rain and other elements. PixelBricks can be joined together to make all sorts of funky shapes and combinations.
The ingenious, super-useful and fun PixelBrick has been entered for the 2021 PLASA Innovation Awards, the results of which will be announced during the event.
The AX2 PixelBar is a fabulous linear wash fixture with wireless control, on-board battery, individually addressable LEDs, ultra-high colour rendering, fabulous digital colour calibration and a 21-degree beam. As with all Astera products, it is fully wirelessly controlled, robustly engineered, stylish and comes complete with a full range of ingenious rigging tools. These provide solutions for multiple lighting applications and sectors, from concert touring to live events to TV productions and architectural and installations.
As the name implies, the AX9 PowerPAR is a high-intensity, rock-solid, all-purpose everyday LED lighting fixture with all the advantages of Astera, including battery operation, wireless control, and quality engineering. AX9 is the ‘big brother’ of Astera’s hugely successful industry-standard AX5 TriplePAR, while bigger, brighter, and also benefiting from Astera’s key innovations like the Titan LED engine, an optimised bracket with Airline Track, a Titan-style keypad for fast and easy local control and direct control via the versatile AsteraApp.
Also highlighted on Booth C11 will be Astera’s award-winning and hugely Titan family of LED tubes, the original Titan Tube plus the Helios and Hyperion Tubes.
31st August 2021
The Show Goes on for Robe at PLASA 2021
UK – In a post-pandemic world, Robe looks forward with a range of new products designed for maximum performance, versatility and operational life, providing unequalled value for money and consequent return on investment, all key aspects for the entertainment and production industry.
As always, the PLASA (Professional Lighting & Sound Association) expo at London Olympia between 5th and 7th of September is also an important chance to reconnect and re-energise in person with industry colleagues, friends, and new contacts.
Product wise, there is a big emphasis on Robe’s unique and patented Transferable Enginetm (TE) LED technology on Stand E19.
The booth features another stylish and eye-catching design with “The Show Goes On”, inspired by, among other things, rapper Lupe Fiasco’s insightful Billboard Top 10 hit of the same name.
This year’s PLASA show has the additional dynamic of teaming up with ABTT (The Association of British Theatre Technicians) who will be hosting their own theatre-dedicated Hub area of the show floor.
With the performing arts in mind, Robe will highlight its T range of refined and high-quality luminaires designed specifically for this demanding discipline, notably the new T2 launched a few months ago and the soon-to-be-revealed T11 which will be previewed.
The stand’s own eye-catching light show will feature 40 T11 luminaires in action, being seen for the first time in a ‘live’ show situation ahead of its official launch later in September.
The T2 Profile is a high-powered fixture utilising Robe’s multi-spectral LED engine to achieve next level brightness, colour detail and quality to throw its beautiful light over impressive distances.
Manufacturing the light-engines in-house in its factory in the Czech Republic, Robe offers the world’s first full range of LED Transferable Engine lighting fixtures: an intelligent, powerful and eco-friendly lighting solution for now and the future which enables different engines (high powered, high CRI, ‘tungsten’) to be used in the same fixtures.
This enables entire LED fixture rental inventories to be fully utilised in every situation where output needs to be specifically high power, high CRI or a specific colour temperature.
All the engines can be maintained in perfect working condition, all producing the same brightness, colour and quality of light throughout their lifespans.
Engine transfers are designed to be a straightforward maintenance department task, completed in less than five minutes
Several Robe TE products can be seen at PLASA including FORTE, currently Robe’s highest-powered LED moving light, launched earlier in 2021 as the first signs of the industry recovering appeared. FORTE is a metaphor for ‘excellence’, ‘speciality’ and ‘strength’ and the product offers premium quality light output in a feature and innovation packed fixture, perfect for the biggest and most ambitious shows now and the future.
Smaller venue installation markets have been revisited by leading concert lighting manufacturer Robe.
Two new compact moving lights, packed with technology developed and proven at the highest levels have been launched; the SPOTE and CUETE are both set to make a high impact at a surprisingly affordable price.
The new LEDBeam 350, recently purchased by the Royal Albert Hall among other venues, will be another highlight. This is a bigger, bolder, brighter fixture that builds on the hugely successful little LEDBeam 150.
And, in the post-pandemic era, as more events turn to all-weather and outdoor environments to feed the public’s demand for experiences and live events, Robe’s robust new i-Series, IP65 rated waterproof and weather-resistant fixtures, will also be on the stand: the iPointe, iSpiider, iBar and iParFect.
A portion of the booth will be assigned to showcase sister architectural LED brand, Anolis, and specifically the Anolis Ambiane range.
Ambiane is designed for ambient lighting requirements like wall washing and accent lighting. The Ambiane is a high-performance luminaire available in RGBW and CCT versions with a variety of beams angles.
The Robe UK sales team is joined on the stand joined by colleagues from Anolis.
All are anticipating that Olympia’s Grand Hall will become a lively, vibrant and animated space for the three days of PLASA, a forum for demonstrating the technology alongside networking, socialising and planning, plus a landmark collective and symbolic stepping-stone for the re-starting UK industry.
31st August 2021
MDG returns to PLASA 2021 Stand E19
UK - MDG is returning to the PLASA Show 2021 in London’s Olympia (5-7 September) as an exhibitor (Stand E19) and looking forward to seeing so many of its customers and colleagues face to face. MDG UK’s stand will be beside the Robe stand once again, with plenty of MDG products on show.
For the finest and most controllable haze on the market check out the industry-benchmark ATMe haze generator which will be shown alongside ATMe WPE, the IP55-rated weather-proof and dust-resistant version, designed specifically for the challenges of outdoor use.
See how MDG’s Me2 fog generator produces a pure white fog with fine particles in unbelievable volume, governed by the finest of control, and how theFAN, MDG’s ultra-compact, variable speed digital fan, can direct the output wherever it is needed.
MDG’s ICE FOG Q is capable of producing beautiful low fog effects and will be shown in its high pressure version (ICE FOG Q HP).
No show would be complete without theONE award-winning dual haze and fog generator (which has seen duty on tour with the likes of Pink, Celine Dion, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, Muse, and many more) and this year’s PLASA is no exception. theONE will be providing the atmospheric effects for the famous Robe show on the stand next door.
Come and see for yourself on stand E19.
MDG is represented in the UK by MDG UK.
31st August 2021
ETC to attend PLASA’s ‘come-back’ show
UK – ETC will be returning to the PLASA Show at the Olympia London this year for its joint ‘come-back’ industry event with the ABTT. The partnership between PLASA and ABTT brings two industry shows together, uniting the sector in a much awaited event which will take place on 5-7 September.
ETC will be attending the trade show to connect and network with old and new faces, present in-depth product seminars and showcase newly launched fixtures on stand B29.
Sales manager for ETC Ltd, Darren Beckley comments: “After a long and challenging period for our industry, we are really looking forward to returning to PLASA and catching up with our customers in-person. Throughout the past 18 months, ETC has continued to innovate and develop its product offering and we are excited to share some of those products with visitors to the show.”
Attendees will be able to join a series of seminars hosted by ETC product specialists during the three-day show. The available sessions will explore ‘Comparing Moving Lights’, ‘Multi-emitter LEDs’ and ‘Incorporating Augment3d into your workflow.’ Find out more about these sessions here.
ETC’s stand B29 will also feature some of the latest fixtures that the company has launched including Lonestar, Source Four LED Series 3, Desire Fresnel, ColorSource Spot jr and more. For anyone who can’t attend the show, ETC’s online demo studio has product experts available to give tailored one-to-one demonstrations on these and any other ETC products, suited to your needs. Slots can be booked via: etcconnect.com/schedule-a-demo/
To register to attend the PLASA Show visit this link.
27th August 2021
Avolites Celebrates 45th Anniversary at PLASA Show
UK – As a world leader in the innovation of visual control systems, this year Avolites heads to PLASA Show in London Olympia (Stand D17) celebrating 45 years at the forefront of the industry.
From humble beginnings underneath a Hammersmith railway arch in 1976, the company has been at the cutting edge of most of the major developments in the lighting sector in the decades since. From the first programmable consoles designed to control the then-new intelligent lighting arrays of the 1990s, to the rise of the media server, the virtualised console, and the blending of lights and video into a single visual canvas, the company's products have been instrumental in the success of some of the biggest events in history.
As the industry starts to recover post-Covid, the latest generation Avolites technology is being used on some of the largest tours, stages, festivals, corporate events and cutting edge installations around the world. At this year’s PLASA Show the company will be highlighting the power of its new flagship Diamond 9 console, which features vast screen real-estate, all-new controls, and unique media integration that intuitively combines the control of all visual aspects of a show.
Alongside the Diamond 9 console, Avolites will be showing the latest versions of its Q3 media server, that unlocks 4k playback through a single DisplayPort 1.2 connection; the ability of the Titan Net Processor’s networked DMX processing to act as the hub of expanded lighting installations; and how the optical Titan Net Switch can connect FOH to stage over large distances.
The 2021 edition of the PLASA Show takes place at Olympia, London from the 5th – 7th September. Come visit the Avolites stand D17 to catch up with the Avo team and see and feel the Diamond 9 console in real life.