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Unveiling new SGM family members at the Prolight+Sound 2017
Germany - Wrapping up a successful Prolight+Sound 2017 in Frankfurt, where new LED products were unveiled, SGM takes this opportunity to thank all the visitors that stopped by.
SGM highly enjoyed the excitement about its new family members as it presented the compact yet powerful G-4 moving head range, the perfect broadcast S-4 Fresnel luminaire and the extremely powerful all-in-one P-10 luminaire.
Staying true to its LED philosophy, all the new products complement SGM's existing range while meeting a high demand in the market. The company looks forward to seeing all the amazing lighting designs that will use these products.
Also new partnerships were announced, old ties re-established and potentials discussed at this year’s Prolight+Sound, further expanding and strengthening SGM's global network.
A huge thank you goes out from all at SGM.
24th April 2017
New Products from Robert Juliat at Prolight+Sound 2017
Germany – Robert Juliat was present in classic style in the Lightpower Village at Prolight+Sound 2017 as it presented a line-up of its tungsten and discharge followspots: Lancelot, Merlin, Cyrano, Victor and Roxie, which formed a beautiful backdrop to herald the arrival of Robert Juliat’s two new LED followspots, the powerful 600W Oz and Alice.
Long- and short-throw models respectively, Oz and Alice feature an exclusive 600W cool white LED source and are the first professional LED followspots able to deliver a high output comparable with that of 1200W discharge followspots.
The dynamic pair share the same high-quality functions and characteristics offered by the Robert Juliat classic Compact range. Their compact dimensions and silent operation are coupled with the benefits of no heat, smooth electronic dimming – locally or remotely via DMX – and no lamp-change for less maintenance. A digital display, RJ45 connector and USB port are just some of the convenient features that come as standard.
“There is nothing else comparable on the market in terms of output and performance from a powerful LED source,” says Robert Juliat managing director, François Juliat. “Oz and Alice are proof that Robert Juliat continues to lead the way in followspot design.” Reactions from the visitors to the show confirmed this, as they agreed that Oz and Alice were the LED followspots they had been waiting for. The significantly increased output of Oz and Alice take RJ’s LED followspot technology a step further, extending its application into larger venues and full size theatres, where Oz is the perfect front of house spot for LED applications and Alice’s compact dimensions and powerful throw make it the ideal truss spot.
In one of the most exciting revelations on the stand, Robert Juliat unveiled SpotMe, an advanced 3D tracking system for their compact and grand ranges of followspots, which is designed to shine the light on performers in a smart, progressive way. Very easy to understand, simple to install and use, and extremely cost-effective, SpotMe opens up new creative dimensions for designers.
SpotMe’s 3D real-time tracking system turns Robert Juliat followspots into an interactive solution that gives the position of performers on stage without the need for emitters and/or cameras.
Fast and easy to set up, the SpotMe system consists of sensors mounted in the tripod and followspot, and a server which communicates all position and beam size parameters to the lighting console.
The x, y, z positions are transmitted to the console by PosiStageNet (PSN) protocol (available with grandMA2 console). The iris size is also sent by sACN protocol providing information on the target.
All parameters are used by the console to control any automated or static lights, such as footlights, passing through DMX, MA-Net, sACN, and Art-Net data. Any moving lights can therefore also turn into a followspot at any time during a show.
“SpotMe has been designed to be accessible to everyone and all budgets. There is no need for specialist knowledge to set it up or operate it – it is easy to install and ready to go in a fraction of the time of other tracking systems. And its master and slave technology opens up a whole new range of control options for the designer,” says Robert Juliat sales director, Claus Spreyer.
Robert Juliat’s Dalis family of fixtures was also on full display as the central feature of the stand, providing perfectly smooth ambient lighting with good skin tones. Robert and Julia, the two stalwart catwalk models, were the perfect foils to show off the full range of Dalis technology as they paraded along a catwalk lined by Dalis 862 Footlights beneath a 12m wide cyclorama lit by award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclorama fixtures.
Two new additions to the Dalis family, Dalis 861 Washlight and Dalis 862S Mini-Footlight also made their appearance at the show, pushing the boundaries of what can be done with this award-winning technology with yet more applications. Both were received as clever and useful adaptations of the originals.
Dalis 861 Washlight takes the same technology as the original Dalis Cyclight and reconfigures it into a rectangular format. Its extremely wide beam and perfectly even coverage makes it an ideal solution for side lighting, low-level light for dance applications on stage, and as a short-form cyclorama luminaire when space is at a premium. Dalis 861 is the perfect wash complement to the Dalis range.
Dalis 862S is a new variant of Dalis 862 Footlight. At 50cm in length, Dalis 862S is a shortened version of the original 1m model with all the qualities and functionality of the full size version. Dalis 862S has been created at the request of lighting designers who need precise footlight coverage on curved and non-standard shaped stages where its smaller form factor can be a big advantage in delineating stage edges to perfection.
Robert Juliat’s ZEP Fresnel 360LF series and ZEP profile 660SX series were also represented as Robert Juliat presented an extension to the ranges in the form of brand new, variable white versions. The new source exhibits the same bright output as its siblings with a perfect evenness of beam and no hotspots. Ready to ship with immediate effect, the variable white models complement the warm white and cool white versions that have had such success since their launch.
24th April 2017
Claypaky at Prolight+Sound 2017
Germany – Claypaky's booth at Prolight+Sound was the trade fair's true centre of attraction. "CLAYPAKY'S IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE" theatre was a large room with 270 degree cine projection, which hosted a multimedia show that mixed light, sound, video, stage design and atmospheric effects. It was of course all designed to present the new products Claypaky had brought to this important international event in an artistic, and not just technical way.
Pio Nahum, Claypaky CEO, said: “The new lights we presented this year do not stand out for their special and spectacular effects, but for their sophisticated parameters, such as the quality of their light, their ability to render pure colours, their total control of colour temperature, and the accuracy of their functions. For this reason, we prepared a presentation in a completely closed room, with a show that combines creativity and technology. It was a very challenging project, but its success in Frankfurt made it worth while. The number of visitors who chose to live this immersive experience was amazing. People were queuing up outside our booth and we were forced to double the number of shows! Now everyone knows about the new Axcor and our new HCR technology.”
During the first evening of the trade fair, Claypaky hosted an open party with appetizers, free drinks and music at its booth. It was a pleasant convivial break, where there were many Claypaky distributors, partners and friends.
This trade fair once again demonstrated the synergy between Claypaky and Osram, as Nahum pointed out: “Our parent company is paying increasing attention to the field of entertainment. It supports our projects with persistence and enthusiasm and offers us its best technologies.”
On Tuesday, the first day of the fair, a joint Osram-Claypaky-ADB press conference was held in the afternoon in front of over forty journalists and the industry press. The three company CEOs, Hans-Joachim Schwabe, Pio Nahum and Simone Capeleto respectively, spoke about and illustrated their corporate policies and new products.
The Axcor Profile 900 is the first Claypaky spotlight to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. Claypaky has chosen to use a white LED engine with high luminous efficiency, total power of 900 Watts and luminous flux of 24,000 lumen output, and couple it with a system of dichroic filters to create the colours.
The K-EYE HCR is a LED wash light which provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or coloured light. The heart of the K-EYE HCR wash light is a LED light source consisting of a module with six chips, each for a different colour. This exclusive Claypaky device provides a very wide colour range with excellent colour spectrum coverage.
The Scenius Unico is a multifunctional luminaire: a magnificent spot and profile light for projecting effects and framed beam shapes, an excellent wash light, and a beam moving light, featuring a powerful, narrow, super concentrated beam.
The new ADB corporate image was officially presented at Prolight+Sound, along with other marketing projects aimed at reviving the historic French brand internationally. Of course the most significant news was the début of an extraordinary new ADB light. The KLEMANTIS is a new asymmetric linear cyclight based on the most advanced LED technology, featuring the innovative and exclusive six-colour LED module HCR technology and its unique control algorithm.
The NEW IMAGO is a compact lightweight high-tech USB backlit control surface, which becomes a fully fledged console when connected via USB to a PC running HATHOR lighting software. The IMAGO WING completes the IMAGO family by offering additional control options when used with the IMAGO.
Claypaky also held its distributor meeting at the Frankfurt trade fair. Claypaky CEO Pio Nahum and head of sales Alberico D’Amato presented the plans and new instruments for the current year to more than 100 distributors and agents. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the “Claypaky Ambassador of the Light” awards. The winners were:
Distributor of the Year TONGSUH TECHNOLOGY – South Korea
Most Progressive Distributor PRO-TECHNICA - Bulgaria
Best Performance ACT Lighting - USA
Most Loyal Distributor PELYHE & TARSA - Hungary
Amazing Determination SGS SISTEMAS - Latvia
Best Open Day VALOOK - Chile
24th April 2017
“Sound that floats across the room…” Live demonstrations at the Stage|Set|Scenery SoundLab
Germany – Be it for listening to classical music, a cappella singing or a musical, the SoundLab at Stage|Set|Scenery is the perfect venue to experience every type of music. This is where exhibitors such as audio specialists Sennheiser will be presenting its new products. The singer Helena Goldt, for example, will be showing the sound quality of Sennheiser’s new wireless Digital 6000 series. Her many-faceted voice will be recorded by various microphone capsules, headsets and clipped microphones, and via hand-held and pocket-sized transmitters will be relayed to the Digital 6000 system and the PA in the SoundLab. “Inside the SoundLab we can demonstrate the entire bandwidth of our new wireless system,” says Wolfgang Guse, sales director of system solutions at Sennheiser. Bearing in mind increasingly crowded radio bands due to rapid growth in digital data traffic this technology has a decisive advantage, says Wolfgang Guse: “The efficient Digital 6000 System is intermodulation-free, so that more frequencies are able to occupy a single TV channel than conventional wireless systems.”
The chance to experience what electro-acoustics can offer: that is what the Stage|Set|Scenery SoundLab is all about, according to Dieter Klein of KS Beschallungstechnik. “In contrast to other areas of theatre technology sound cannot be portrayed visually or in words.” That is why the slogan is ‘Experience the Sound’. Acoustics are an increasingly important aspect, says Jonas Schira of Gerriets. “Besides variable room acoustics, that is adjusting a room’s acoustics to suit a purpose, spatial sound, so-called 3D sound, is now a big topic.” We have all experienced surround sound in movie theatres. Theatres, concert houses and exhibitions are now working with sound that comes from every direction. This was pioneered by the Zürich Opera House. “3D sound opens up entirely new possibilities for artistic expression. Sound can be made to float across a room,” says Jonas Schira.
However, the general rule is that: “A PA system must fit the performance and not vice-versa,” says Marco Kraft of Salzbrenner. “We are designing versatile mixing consoles for a flexible, rapid set-up, that let you focus on your work,” he says.
The SoundLab will be equipped with 28 loudspeaker channels to ensure a perfect audio experience. The SoundLab was designed in cooperation with Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG), Gerriets, KS Beschallungstechnik, Müller-BBM, SALZBRENNER media and Sennheiser. In addition to double-layered, sound-absorbent walls, air-conditioning, seating for 63 people and a fixed ceiling, for the first time the SoundLab will be hosted by a presenter. “Inside the 110 square-metre SoundLab there are few visual distractions, so that audiences can concentrate fully on what they hear,” says Hubert Eckart of DTHG.
The SoundLab is in Hall 22, where from 20th to 22nd June 2017 the focus will be entirely on acoustics, audio and sound systems. Next to the SoundLab other audio firms will also be represented, among them Audio-Technica, Neutrik, Shure and Stagetec. Many are newcomers to the show, including beyerdynamic, eartec, DSpecialists, Lawo, Mipro, Riedel and Sony Europe. Also in Hall 22, under the heading of ’Sound’, visitors can look forward to product demonstrations at the round table on all three days of the show and, among other events, a meeting of German stage managers on Wednesday 21st June from 11.30am to 2.15pm.
On 23rd June, one day after the show ends, there will be a programme of excursions. These will include a visit to the recently opened Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin featuring the Pierre Boulez Room designed by Frank Gehry, as well as to the rbb Haus des Rundfunks and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
24th April 2017
Axiom Column Array Impresses at Frankfurt Demo
Germany – Proel's newest Axiom loudspeaker system turned more than a few heads at the Live Sound Arena demo at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt. The AX12C column array, which consists of twelve 3.5-inch cone transducers in a slim, structurally rigid extruded aluminium housing, was side by side with some of the industry's more notable medium and large scale sound systems at the Live Sound Arena at the Frankfurt Messe.
"The intention was not to go head-to-head with the big guns who we obviously respect, but rather to demonstrate in a departure from conventional thinking that our new column array, which is essentially one-way down to 180Hz where it crosses over to a 21-inch sub, is capable of exceptional clarity of speech, good articulation, and even rock and roll performance at reasonable levels (max SPL is 130dB)," says Italian sales manager Damiano Formiconi.
The very unobtrusive PA – the column is less than 11cm wide and just over a metre tall – consisted of four AX12C columns and two SW2100A powered subwoofers per side. The columns were powered from the subs, which have Class D amplifiers in them with 2000 Watts dedicated to the internal 21-inch speaker and 2000 watts available for up to four connected columns via the NL4 output. Transmission line back-loading of the drive units helps to provide natural cardioid response from the column with a reduction of bass frequencies behind the array, while Front Diffraction Waveguides maintain wide horizontal dispersion up to high frequencies.
"A lot of people were genuinely surprised at the AX12C's output and projection even at 30 metres in amongst the other heavyweight participants, and several in the audience were seen to walk up close to the stage to verify which PA was actually playing, believing it to be a larger system," says Formiconi.
Although the demo set-up has attracted some criticism on social media for the inevitable reflective buildings and rattling structures contributing to an 'imperfect' comparison, all but the purists will accept that the situation replicates many of the typical and practical town centre locations that present themselves to rental companies, and as such the AX12C proved itself to be a serious, and very cost effective, player in the corporate market.
"We hope that as a result of the demo, those customers who provide corporate rental services will realise that the Axiom AX12C is a good solution for awards events and product launches because they will only need to take one type of PA system, and a small one at that, to handle playback and even live music at the end of the evening as well as all the speech requirements during the day," concludes Formiconi.
20th April 2017
GLP Creates Perfect Showcase for JDC1 Strobe Hybrid, GT-1 and Other Innovations
Germany – GLP’s faith in extending its floor space to record levels at this year’s Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt could not have been better rewarded.
The enlarged stand was permanently packed with visitors throughout the four days. Their mission was either to catch the inspired light show, designed by Matt Shimamoto from Volt Lites in Los Angeles – the man also responsible for lighting up GLP’s presentations at the LDI Show in the States – or simply to enjoy the company’s trademark German beer and general hospitality.
But for real lighting professionals, the quest was twofold: to see the upgraded GT-1 hybrid, the combined beam, spot and wash, incorporating the new 440W Osram discharge lamp, and to get the first glimpse of the new JDC1 strobe.
In fact both the GT-1 and JDC1 were presented in two places: in addition to the GLP stand itself they were also in action on the PRG LEA Stage in the adjacent Festhalle.
And while lighting designers will have already had a foretaste of the former, the JDC1 strobe was receiving its first public outing. “We received the best possible reaction to this global premiere,” effused GLP founder, Udo Kuenzler. “This new hybrid strobe really took Frankfurt – and the world – by storm. It was incredible, as word spread through social media we were receiving enquiries from all around the world, actually as the launch was happening.”
So why all the commotion? Simply because the innovation that has gone into this high-powered LED strobe redefines the paradigm.
The JDC1 delivers gleaming bright light when compared to conventional strobes. Designed in three sections, the JDC1 contains format-filling LED panels both above and below the tube itself, utilising no fewer than 1,440 ultra-bright RGB LEDs, which interplay to produce stunning effects. All three light sources can be controlled either as independent sections or as one complete unit, making the creative possibilities practically limitless. At the same time, continuous operation as a blinder or wash light is easily possible both with the LED tube as well as with the panels — without any reduction of output or risk of thermal cutouts.
And to provide even greater functionality, the RGB face can be divided into 12 separate ‘pixel’ sections as can the bright white tube, enabling the entire array to be fully pixel-mapped through any standard controller. Finally, many people commented on the 190° Tilt function of the strobe. In fact more than once you could hear surprised gasps when the product demo came to that point in the presentation where it started moving. Visitors simply stared in disbelief.
But it was not only the strobe that demonstrated the innovative power of GLP. Other details illustrated the creativity of GLP’s solutions. For example, a number of cleverly thought-out accessories were presented for the X4 atom in Frankfurt, such as the Flex Connector.
The icing on the cake was seeing the products integrated into Matt Shimamoto’s light show. “We received the most fantastic reaction,” noted GLP Inc president, Mark Ravenhill. “It was huge and demonstrated our new products in stunning fashion, something that everyone who saw it, agreed with.”
19th April 2017
Crowds roll up to J&C Joel’s circus tent stand at Prolight + Sound
Germany – J&C Joel demonstrated they were the ringleader of fabrics when they showcased their big top circus tent stand at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt.
The trade show stand was inspired by the Madagascar-themed circus tent the company created at Motiongate Dubai, a theme park within Dubai Parks and Resorts.
As visitors rolled up to the stand they were transported to a circus complete with a red and blue Deko Molton big top, sand effect digitally printed Joelmat flooring, an 8m by 4m seamless canvas digitally printed with a big top tent and popcorn for everyone to enjoy.
People were also able to view an impressive black and silver Reefer String drape, a seamless projection screen with video content about the company’s recent work and a variety of tracks.
The company also continued its successful partnership with Backstage Academy which saw their students design the lighting and projection arrangement for the stand to create the perfect atmosphere.
During the event the company announced its new sales team structure which sees sales manager Oliver Marns move into a new role heading up creative sales. This marks a strategic approach to further the develop the company’s creative manufacturing and bespoke solutions for the events industry. Whilst continuing to produce the traditional flame retardant drapery and stage engineering solutions they have become renowned for.
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s Europe and Russia business development manager, said: “Prolight + Sound again verified that it is a great platform for international businesses. Across the four days, our team conducted more than meetings and were approached by dozens of key accounts, potential channels and new clients. The show was a great success and we are looking forward to developing long term business relationships with our potential visitors.”
19th April 2017
Green Hippo Hippotizer Shines at Leading Norwegian Technology Show
Norway – Bary AS, the Norwegian-based Green Hippo distributor, demonstrates Hippotizer to the Norwegian market at LLB 2017. The annual show, which was held in Oslo’s Telenor Arena, is a key opportunity for the trade to showcase its technology to Norwegian users, including representatives from NRK (Norway’s licence fee-funded public broadcaster and ‘BBC equivalent’), commercial TV, local radio, concert halls, community centres, and schools.
With visitor numbers above 3,000, and activities including daily seminars, and workshops, this expo is a must-attend for the Norwegian tech trade. Bary AS, the leading distributor of Green Hippo to the Norwegian market, showed Hippotizer along with Hippotizer PLAY – the free to download, demo version of Hippotizer V4 software – enabling LLB attendees to learn more about Green Hippo’s range of award-winning media servers.
Eirik Kvia, leader of sales at Bary AS, comments: “The LLB exhibition was a great show for us. People in Norway are now really discovering the potential of the Hippotizer, both as an easily configurable media server, and as a dead serious show programmer. With the introduction of Hippotizer PLAY, I think we can reach every part of Norway.”
18th April 2017
Powersoft Finds OEM Upsurge at Prolight + Sound
Germany – Powersoft had many reasons to reflect on a comprehensively successful outing at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound earlier this month.
On the booth they provided a first showcase for their new MiniMod 4 and LiteMod 4HC the latest in their market-leading range of power modules, which have become the engines for so many active OEM loudspeaker systems over the years.
These new releases attracted interest from both new and existing OEM partners, who expressed a strong desire to adopt the new modules in their upcoming developments.
With the impending release of the latest version of Armonía Pro Audio Suite, the daily training sessions proved extremely popular. These focused on the latest implementations, and in particular the new Powersoft Interactive Tuning, and the many attendees were all impressed with the Smaart plugin within the Armonìa software.
Meanwhile, Powersoft’s M-Force technology continues to create increased awareness, as a result of which the company has launched a dedicated website http://mforce.powersoft.it. This features the logos of brands who have designed loudspeaker enclosures around M-Force solutions that are ready for shipment. Other brands will be added to the website when their products are ready.
Away from the shop floor the inaugural Mondo*dr Awards saw Parc Olympique Lyonnais, constructed as a host venue for Euro 2016 at a cost of £340m, pick up the award for Best Sporting Venue. Not only is it one of the most energy-efficient billed as France’s first “connected” 2.0 stadium, it is arguably the most advanced facility in Europe. And the entire stadium PA system is driven by Powersoft Ottocanali 8-channel amplifiers.
And on the subject of awards, rAVe Publications – the AV news organisation that reports on the home AV, pro AV, rental and staging, education and digital signage industries – has awarded the new Quattrocanali best amplifier product at the recent ISE Show in Amsterdam.
18th April 2017
Philips Lighting rocked Frankfurt at Europe’s biggest entertainment technology expo
Germany – Philips Lighting has announced the company saw its most successful Prolight + Sound 2017 expo to date, where it launched new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcased recent releases.
The new trailblazing products were incorporated into the lighting design for the stand, which transformed into a stage for a performance from Dutch rock band TOM on Tuesday 4th April etween 6pm and 10pm. The group saw a line-up of the original members of popular Dutch group The Marshalls, formed in 1995 (TOM stands for The Original Marshalls), who are well known on the European festival scene, in particular the infamous Zwartecross motorcross festival.
New products that launched on the Philips Entertainment Lighting stand:
- Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Spot. The first in a new range of spot, profile and wash luminaires from the iconic product line, the Philips VLZ Spot utilises the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm (7”) front lens. The familiar CMY-CTO colour system creates stunning, seamless mixed colours. Colour shake and colour wheel spin control have also been added to the mix, offering lighting designers a plethora of vibrant effects. Hard to soft edge focusing can be controlled through the 16-bit focus control channel as well as the three-way frost control. The combination of the colour and beam control makes the Philips VLZ Spot the go-to professional moving spot luminaire. Also available for demo on stand were the Philips VLZ Profile and Philips VLZ Wash.
- Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx. The larger version of the incredibly popular Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx, the new Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx offers designers exceptional output from its 37 RGBW LEDs whilst being fast, quiet and extremely versatile. The effective precision optical design allows the Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx to function as both a beam and wash luminaire. Not only that, it achieves a myriad of beautiful, intricate multi-beam effects through the individual pixel mapping of its LEDs and rotating front lens, offering designers infinite possibilities from a single fixture.
- Philips Showline SL BAR 720ZT. The new, high performance linear wash and effect luminaire offers designers smooth and seamless washes of colour from studio to stage. Truly versatile, it also delivers distinctive, dynamic beam effects from its DMX motorized zoom and tilt and powerful output.
- Philips Showline SL SUNLED 10. Ideal for studio environments, the fixture’s ten cells of fixed white LEDs deliver a blended wash of warm white light emulating the conventional halogen studio strip light whilst offering reduced power consumption, low heat output and minimum maintenance. A tungsten mimic option shifts the colour temperature as the luminaire dims, providing the distinctive warm tungsten look at lower light levels.
Also showcased on stand were the new Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam and Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300 fixtures. Since its release in January, the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam has illuminated such high profile events as Lady Gaga’s critically-acclaimed Super Bowl HalfTime Show performance and her collaboration with Metallica at The GRAMMY Awards. The Philips Showline SL LEDSPOT 300 has proved ideal for studio as well as stage lighting, providing dynamic effects on the current series of Channel 4’s The Last Leg.
The latest additions to the Philips Strand Lighting range of television broadcast lighting, the Philips Strand Lighting 200F and 400F Fresnels and Philips Strand Lighting 150S and 300S Softlights were on display in a specially built mock studio on the stand’s second level. The Softlights have already proved popular, being used on the Great South African Bake Off 2016 and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Australia 2017.
Alongside the ‘television studio’ there was a ‘control tower’ area, displaying Philips Lighting’s connected control systems and the latest version of its Vision.net lighting management platform. Offering unparalleled flexibility, Vision.net 4.5 is scalable from a single room to a large multi-building campus and is designed to integrate with all Philips Entertainment Lighting dimming systems, automated luminaires and LED fixtures across the product ranges.
Colin Kavanagh, general manager of Philips Entertainment Lighting said: “With our product innovation we aim to inspire our end users and customers to create great experiences for audiences around the globe, whether they are watching live or at home. In today’s world almost every event is broadcast, whether it be televised, live streamed or recorded and shared via smartphone. As a result there’s an increasing need for entertainment technology which creates impact both live and through a lens – a demand we have responded to with our latest, broadcast-ready lighting products.”
Amber Etra, marketing communications specialist for Philips Entertainment Lighting said: “Prolight + Sound for Philips Entertainment Lighting this year was simply fantastic. The team successfully debuted nine new products to the marketplace and, coupled with our cocktail hours and stand party with in house band, the atmosphere was electric. We’re incredibly proud of the innovation Philips Entertainment Lighting is showcasing and the projects we are working on.”
18th April 2017
ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2017
USA – Entrants to the fifth annual ASTC USITT Renovation Challenge presented their projects on 10th March at the 57th USITT Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri. The challenge is designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students in real world theatre renovation problem solving. Students work under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a mentor from the American Society of Theater Consultants. Each team selected an existing venue, developed a scope of work for improvements and presented their ideas to a live audience and Jury of ASTC members at a USITT Conference Session.
The $1,000 Edgar L. Lustig Honor Award was given to Johanna Miller, Erin Collopy and Zachary Briscoe undergraduate architecture students from Florida State University for their project in which they proposed to renovate the Drama Department’s Lab Theatre for back stage and front of house functional improvements. Their theatre consultant mentor was Todd Hensley, ASTC and their faculty advisor was Jim Lile.
A Merit Award was given to Erik Carter of University of Oregon for his comprehensive renovation proposal for Oregon Historical Society. Erik’s theatre consultant mentor was Paul Luntsford, ASTC and their faculty advisor was Hajo Neis, PhD.
A Merit Award was also given to Jessica Gilliard, John Munoz, Christina J Martin, Victoria Vitola, Sarah Schwartz and Kurt Thormodsen for their thoughtful renovation plans for the San Diego State University Experimental Theatre. Their theatre consultant mentor was Jim Tetlow, ASTC and their faculty advisor was Anne McMills.
Mike McMackin, FASTC, served as the chairman of the Renovation Challenge. The jurors were Andrew Gibbs, ASTC, Van Phillips, ASTC, Peter Scheu, ASTC and Robert Smulling, ASTC.
Juror Andrew Gibbs acknowledged: “Three carefully conceived and well-executed presentations were presented to the jury. We had our challenge to select the Honor Award winner. The jury reviewed all three projects thoroughly and in the process we enjoyed looking at three thoughtful renovations. Best wishes to all three teams. I look forward to the next challenge opportunity and hope to once again be a part of it."
Students and educators who would like to benefit from the next challenge should consider incorporating this opportunity in their academic schedules. Future ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenges will be held on odd years, the next taking place in 2019 with presentations in Louisville, Kentucky. The Challenge will alternate years with the USITT Architecture Commission’s Ideal Theatre Competition.
Samples of this year’s work, past Challenge submittals and general information are available on the ASTC website at theatreconsultants.org. We look forward to more participation and exciting work at the 2019 USITT Conference and Expo.
13th April 2017
ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium Honored With PIPA Award at Prolight + Sound
Germany – The ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium received the Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for “Best Product of the Year” in the lighting control category. Based on voting by over 100 journalists from specialised publications, the award was presented on 6th April at the Prolight + Sound show.
“This award is a tribute to the ChamSys design ethos,” said ChamSys managing director Chris Kennedy. “ChamSys has been built on giving the end-user as much freedom and flexibility as possible, because we respect the creativity that’s inherent in the design process.”
Featuring a built-in MagicVis 3D visualiser with high quality renderings, dual multi-touch displays in full HD with adjustable viewing angles, an intensity wheel, 100mm split crossfaders for theatre control, 42 fader and executor playbacks for live busking, the 200- universe MagicQ MQ500 Stadium provides programmers with the highest level of show control while remaining intuitive and user-friendly.
“We’re very honored that some of the best journalists in our industry have seen fit to vote for the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium,” said Kennedy. “As a group, these journalists are very well-informed. Not only do they devote a great deal of time to covering this industry, but in many cases, they’re also programmers and designers themselves – so they’re familiar with the issues and opportunities that surround lighting control.”
13th April 2017
USITT 2017 Brings Technical Theatre to St. Louis at America’s Center
USA – USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo took St. Louis by storm over the span of 8th - 11th March bringing 5,500 attendees and 307 exhibitors to the city, making this our biggest yet.
This is second time St. Louis has hosted the annual conference, bringing in an economic impact of $5.88 million, with attendees filling ten hotels in downtown St. Louis and patronising local arts venues and dining establishments throughout their stay.
Some highlights follow:
Animated Broadway veteran and voice actor Ken Page, best known for his voicework in the cult classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas, gave a rousing keynote address to kick off the start of the annual Conference & Stage Expo. His personal anecdotes, stories of his time as a director, and a short sampling of his operatic voice filled the America’s Center Ballroom.
The entrance of Stage Expo took on a new look this year with a 136ft seamless video wall covering the entirety of the entrance. This spectacle invited thousands of people to gather and swarm the Expo as soon as the doors opened to a huge display of theatre technology comprised of over 300 exhibitors.
With a closing night celebration planned for 1,100 attendees at City Museum, the walls were pushed to their limits when a record 1,500 came to celebrate and partake in the whimsical world of underground caves, ten-storey slides, and even a fully functioning human hamster wheel.
A Friday morning panel entitled Distinguished Award Winners in Conversation gathered together Rocky Paulson, Fred Foster, Liz Covey, Rick Thomas, Santo Loquasto, Joseph Drummond, John Conklin, and Wally Russell Mentor Award winner Ellen Schlaefer for a lively exchange about their lives and career experiences.
USITT’s Gateway Programme brought 12 students from under-represented populations in entertainment production to the conference. These students were paired with mentors to enhance their experience and boost their careers.
A Gateway Round table was held where mentors and mentees came together to discuss their conference experience and feelings towards the Gateway Programme. USITT also offered several sessions on diversity and accessibility in the arts, as well as sessions tailored to production technology for worship services, and “green” production, among other trending issues.
USITT’s executive director David Grindle announced the upcoming launch of INNOVA: Online Learning for Professionals in Entertainment Design & Technology.
INNOVA is a dual partnership between USITT and ESTA. INNOVA is a platform that will give access to on-demand classes created by experts, vetted by experts, and delivered via a platform that meets standards for continuing education credits for certification renewals. With INNOVA, users will be able to purchase courses, view them on schedule, and receive certificates of credit for certification renewal, or to submit to their employer for proof of continuing education. INNOVA is slated to launch at the end of April.
USITT thanks all the event sponsors and partners who were a part of USITT 2017.
13th April 2017
Alcons Celebrates Its 15th Prolight+Sound In Global Style
Germany – In early April, Alcons Audio marked its 15th year of exhibiting at Prolight+Sound by showing new products, welcoming visitors from across the globe and hosting the traditional annual Alcons dinner.
The new products being showed were the LR28/110 – a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 Larger Format Line Array, the QR24 Wide – an extension of the QR24 modular high-output line-source column and the latest software for the company’s amplified loudspeaker controllers, ALControl release 1.4.
Alcons welcomed visitors from across the globe, including China, India, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Poland, South Korea, Turkey, France, Switzerland and Austria (to name a few) to the company’s stand, all keen to share and discuss a common bond – the love of excellent sound.
On the second day of the show, Alcons hosted its annual dinner, where guests enjoyed sharing project stories, experiences and music, accompanied by excellent food and drink. The dinner included demonstrations of the company’s point-source, point-source array, line-source column and line-array systems, with the participants invited to test them with their own choice of audio.
“We are happy to set up various systems and allow our guests to choose their own material. That is what happens in the real world of sound reinforcement and this way we can show that our pro-ribbon technology makes every selection sounds its best,” says Alcons co-founder Tom Back.
He continues: “Overall Prolight+Sound was a very successful show for us. We were very pleased with the number of potential new Alcons customers and users who visited the stand and it is the key international meeting point for our fast growing family of Pro-Ribbon Partners. I always enjoy them exchanging their experiences of our mutual mission to spread the word about the advantages of pro-ribbon systems. It’s very special to have guests from right around the world meet, with Alcons as their common bond.
“Although spoken communication can be difficult between different nationalities, the music and audio quality become a common language as soon as Alcons systems are switched on.”
13th April 2017
PR Lighting’s Big Six Includes New Aqua Splashproof Series
PR Lighting enjoyed high visibility at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show, largely due to an inspired product showcase centred around its new AQUA waterproof moving heads. This was promoted heavily at the show via banners and large posters in heavily populated areas of the concourses and walkways.
The AQUA 440 Beam, the waterproof version of the XR440 Beam, takes advantage of the popular new high output Osram 440W discharge lamp to deliver a punchy and parallel 3.1° beam. Lining up alongside was the AQUA LED 600 Spot, which in addition to offering protection against rain and humidity, maintains a perfect working temperature even in hot or cold conditions, making it ideal for permanent installation.
The ability of PR Lighting’s new IP44-rated enclosures to protect against splash water was demonstrated at their Frankfurt booth, where they continued to function in the midst of a fountain/water feature.
“This was an extremely popular item and we picked up orders for AQUA at the Show,” confirmed international sales director, Ernie Armas (pictured).
But AQUA was not alone among the new product releases. The Chinese manufacturer also previewed some other new items in Europe for the first time. These included Phantom (440 BWS II), XLED 6007, Blinder 360 and Butterfly.
Phantom is a combined Beam, Wash and Spot housing a SIRIUS HRI 440W lamp with colour wheel (12 dichroic colour filters plus open), CMY linear colour mixing system, CTO, fixed and rotatable gobo wheels, prism and effect wheels, frost filter, zoom, strobe and 540° pan and 270° tilt in respect of the head movement.
The XLED 6007 is built around seven of the Osram 60W RGBW four-in-one LEDs, and is again fully featured.
Blinder 360, as the name suggests, is a full rotation (360°) white light blinder, with 360 x 1W Osram LEDs as its source.
Finally, the Butterfly is a versatile effect light, with six high-power Osram RGBW LEDs housed in six independently movable heads. Each of the five spot heads on the edge of the central disk can rotate individually between 0°-180° while the sixth main disc rotates continuously. It also has a narrow 3.5° beam to produce a powerful mid-air effect, features electronic dimming and strobe, and is DMX512 wireless controllable.
PR Lighting was exhibiting alongside its German distributor, Focon Showtechnic. Stated Focon Showtechnic product manager, Martin Hentschel: “PR Lighting’s Aqua Series marks a leap forward in technology allowing you to take your imagination to practically anywhere with an IP rating. Both the Aqua 440 Beam and Aqua 600 Spot feature a robust design that will keep the elements like water and dust at bay.”
13th April 2017
White Light Continues to Invest in GLP Products
UK – Since it was founded in 1971, White Light has established itself as a leading supplier of lighting equipment to the entertainment industry. Whether it’s theatre, broadcast, concert touring or installations, the company offers its services on a variety of projects, from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to ITV Sport’s coverage of EURO 2016 to Jessie J’s UK tour. To ensure that each client receives the very latest equipment, the company constantly invests in revolutionary products from leading manufacturers; with one of these being GLP (German Lighting Products).
GLP was established in 1994 as a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge lighting technology. Being at the forefront of LED technology within the entertainment lighting sector, the company is committed to providing designers with technology that allows them to expand their artistic expectations. The company’s award-winning X4 series has become a standard around the world, recognised for its versatile and packed feature set.
WL’s managing director Bryan Raven comments: “Whenever GLP have announced a new product, it has always been one that has filled a gap in the market and offered clients something that previously wasn’t available. When the GLP X4 Bars were launched at PLASA a couple of years ago, we immediately invested in these as we recognised they would allow designers to create looks and feels that previously couldn’t be achieved.”
With the X4 Bars in particular, WL stocks more than 200 in its inventory, along with a whole host of other GLP fixtures. Bryan adds: “Our ethos is simple: if it’s a great product and we know that it’s going to be used regularly and benefit our clients then we’ll invest in it. With the X4 Bar 20s, these are currently in use on the recently opened and critically-acclaimed 42nd Street, along with An Inspector Calls, La Cage Aux Folles and even the first ever lighting rig at Shakespeare’s Globe.”
Alongside offering revolutionary technology, GLP has an expert team who helps create its products and relay back the needs of those working within the entertainment industry. Last week, they announced the appointment of Simon Barrett whose role at the company will be to work closely with premier lighting designers and specifiers. Simon comments: “I’m delighted to be joining GLP at what is a really exciting time for the company. My priority will be to get our state-of-the-art products in front of key people who will get the most out of it.”
Simon’s role will also see him work closely with GLP’s users including WL. However this isn’t the first time that Simon has worked with the company. He adds: “I actually worked for WL many years ago back in 2004! Despite the company’s huge growth over the past decade, they have still retained their friendly, family-feel approach and I’m very excited to be working with them again in some capacity.”
Simon was at Prolight + Sound last week in Frankfurt where he met and spoke with clients for the first time as a member of the GLP team.
Bryan adds: “We’re delighted that Simon has joined the GLP team and look forward to working closely with him over the next few months as we further invest in GLP products; offering our clients the very latest technology.”
photos: GLP and Pamela Raith
12th April 2017
Prolight + Sound 2017 one to remember for Elation Professional
Germany – Trade show success can be measured any number of ways, but by any standard Prolight + Sound 2017 was historic for Elation Professional. Bolstered by a new distribution relationship in Germany with LMP Lichttechnik Vertriebs, as well as the announcement just prior to the show that over 800 Elation lighting fixtures will feature on the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, this year’s Prolight + Sound was truly one to remember for Elation.
The new Proteus line of IP-rated arc-source moving heads headlined an outstanding line-up of innovations that attracted crowds to the Elation stand across the four-day show. The Elation stand, lit by LDs André Beekmans and Marco Driessen of creative design practice The Art of Light, was hopping from start to finish. The buzz was unmistakable with an exhilarating light show drawing crowds hourly and a Thursday stand party proving the perfect occasion for new and familiar faces to unwind after a busy day.
Several products fuelled the buzz including the world premiere of Elation’s new full-colour Paladin strobe/wash/blinder effect light, which lighting designer Jerry Appelt and Eurovision Song Contest head of production Ola Melzig will be using on the Eurovision shows. Visitors to Prolight + Sound had their chance to see the IP65 Proteus Beam and Proteus Hybrid, both now available to the market, as well as the theatrical-grade Artiste DaVinci LED moving head spot and Platinum 1200 Wash, Elation’s brightest LED wash to date. Elation’s full-colour Fuze LED wash moving heads and IP65-rated PAR luminaires with their classic Fresnel-look also continued to draw attention.
Visitors to this year’s Prolight + Sound had the opportunity to see for themselves the real-world possibilities with Elation lighting at the Musikmesse Center Stage, where a full complement of Elation products, supplied by satis&fy, were used for band performances.
The feet were tired and voices scratchy after four busy days but Elation spirits were soaring after a great show. The Elation team would like to thank all those who stopped by the stand. Thanks to their support it was a very successful show and the feedback on the new products was excellent.
12th April 2017
Martin Audio Reaps Rich Dividends at Prolight+Sound
Germany – With ten new products, including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers, being showcased at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound for the first time, Martin Audio’s optimism was fully understandable.
But even they could not have anticipated the overwhelming market response to the new product suite, in particular the Wavefront Precision, a new generation of multi-purpose line arrays. Designed as complete systems, with the new external iKON multi-channel amplifiers, the sound is optimised using Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software.
Said director of marketing, James King: “Despite the lower turn-out at the show overall, traffic was constantly being driven to our booth and the footfall was one of the highest we have ever experienced at a trade show. This coincided with record levels of online PR coverage, social engagement and website traffic.”
The highlight of the website campaign had been the much talked-about countdown clock, with the ten new products represented by a series of icons and the countdown itself displayed underneath.
Away from the stand, over 400 channel partners and prospective customers found their way to the Brillianz Room where Martin Audio product support engineer, Robin Dibble, hosted targeted product demos on each day covering selected items from the portfolio, including BlacklineX, CDD LIVE! and some of the new releases.
In addition to Wavefront Precision and iKON amplifiers, these included the new XE and upgraded LE Series stage monitors.
12th April 2017
PRG Alliance Builds on Success at the Third Annual Summit at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2017
Germany – Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) organised its annual summit for the members of its global partner network programme – PRG Alliance – during the Prolight + Sound 2017 trade fair at Messe Frankfurt.
Currently in its third year, the PRG Alliance has 15 members in 28 countries delivering high quality technical production services worldwide.
The theme for this meeting was “Building on Success”, and celebrated numerous collaboration projects among the members, including some from Italy, Poland, and Portugal. During the summit they shared success case studies and discussed future initiatives to promote greater business and information exchange.
“The PRG Alliance is praised by our clients and the market in general. What started with a recognition of PRG partners three years ago, today is a substantial network of remarkable companies and the largest resource pool of knowledge, qualified professionals and inventory in the world,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, director of PRG Alliance and PRG’s CEO Central Europe.
“We invited the lighting and video designers from The Voice Portugal, Marco Silva and Ricardo Maia, who shared their experience of using PRG’s proprietary products, Bad Boy moving lights and MBox media server, for the TV show,” continues Van Hemelryck.
The summit provided the ideal occasion to welcome the newest addition to the group, Gil Teichman, the largest audiovisual provider in Israel. The company has been active for over two decades, leading the field of concept creation, designing and executing audiovisual systems, power and electrical work for the industry of entertainment and live events.
During the event, a variety of activities for PRG Alliance were presented and these included training in project management, PRG’s global sales officer Jens Zimmerman hosted a session on global account initiatives, opportunities for participation in international exhibitions were discussion and the latest PRG proprietary equipment purchase options were delivered. The event ended with a demo of the new PRG exclusive Icon EDGE lighting fixture, and a lively networking dinner which gave the members further opportunity for networking and to discuss collaboration.
The current PRG Alliance members are:
Brazil: Alliance BR
Greece: Sound and Visual
Hungary and Romania: Visual Europe Group
India: DynaMix Media
Israel: Gil Teichman
Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group
Morocco: Touareg Prod’
Portugal: FX RoadLights
Qatar: Esme Entertainment Services
Singapore and Malaysia: The Show Company
South Korea: Ally&Co and Total Korea
Worldwide: DB Schenker and Production Resource Group
12th April 2017
Software release 3.3 and 1.3 gained much attention: Prolight + Sound was a huge success for MA Lighting
Germany – MA’s latest software releases, grandMA2 3.3 and dot2 1.3 (both will be released to the public shortly after Prolight), received the most attention and praise at the recent Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. It was the same for the MA Network Switch that was equally well received and highlighted the importance of network control.
dot2 version 1.3. will allow users to work even faster and more intuitively than before. Web remote access, more master speed fader, increased effects functionality, high priority playbacks and many more enhancements are now incorporated.
New software, version 3.3 for MA Lighting’s renowned grandMA2 lighting control solution, features numerous updates. A major step in keeping the fixture libraries updated is the new online MA Fixture Share which is unlocked with this latest software version. Another huge development is the fully re-worked partial show read functionality, as well as the new modes of DMX output function for the xPort nodes, plus offset for pan and tilt.
Furthermore, the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) now has a completely reworked Warper functionality including pixel-exact U/V mapping and a snapshot / masking tools.
The MA Network Switch offers a simple solution for all types of networks. It uses all the entertainment industry protocols and makes the network management easier for users without specialist networking experience. The MA Network Switch is perfect for complex networks as well as for permanent installations and temporary projects.
11th April 2017
Point Source Audio to Showcase Expanded Line of Patented Headsets at 2017 NAB Show
USA – Point Source Audio (PSA) has announced expansion of its line of patented in-ear headsets to include a new slimmer, lighter condenser microphone model that will be unveiled at the 2017 NAB Show (booth #C1110). Designed for clarity and all-day wearing comfort, the CM-i line is the world’s only series of modular in-ear headsets offering a revolutionary combination of in-ear performance, lightweight comfort and earphone modularity. The robust feature set makes these headsets ideal for broadcast teams from directors to camera operators who rely vitally on the ability to hear clearly and react quickly in order to capture live action shots.
“Our in-ear headset design is one-of-a-kind. Customers tell us again and again that they will never go back to their old style headsets after using a Point Source headset. The new CM-i5 is equally brilliant but in a condenser version that will also work with various brands of intercom packs that provide phantom power such as Clear-Com, RTS and Telex,” said Yvonne Ho, Point Source Audio’s vice president of marketing. “For anyone who must work in loud environments, or have health concerns about sharing headsets or bulky headsets that weigh too much, this solution will give them relief from all these problems.”
The popularity of the in-ear headsets is surging among production teams working in all types of industries from sports to space, with the Carolina Panthers’ Panther Vision, SpaceX and NASA being added to the company’s growing list of customers. At just under 2oz, the weight of the CM-i5 is barely detectable even after wearing for a full day. The earphones include an upgraded design and they provide up to -24dB of noise reduction and are interchangeable depending on the user’s personal preference just like the CM-i3. The latest headset features the company’s flagship “unbreakable boom” flexible to 360 degrees thus allowing for optimal microphone to mouth placement.
“The headset's low profile binaural earphone feature is a simple yet inventive method to block out noise and boost audio clarity, solving many age-old dilemmas for headset wearers,” explained Ho. Hand-held camera operators in particular love the earphones as it is impossible for them to wear dual ear muffs with the camera mounted over one shoulder. A single earmuff is inadequate both in protecting from loud background noise and providing the necessary volume for audible cues. As a result, users turn up the volume in the one earmuff to dangerous levels that can cause hearing damage over time, as well as other concerns such as ear ringing.
While dual ear muffs can help block out noise, uncomfortable weight is another health concern often expressed by dual ear muff users. Wearing bulky headsets, especially after several hours, can cause head and neck strain well beyond the wearing period. At just 1.8 ounces, Point Source Audio's patented headsets are the first to solve this challenge by reducing the weight by as much as 90% compared to traditional headsets. As a practical matter, headset users that need to wear head gear such as helmets or caps can now do so without sacrificing performance or safety.
“The dual in-earphones offer a great balance of noise isolation when needed, and the ability to hear ambient sounds with incredible ease simply by switching from left, right, or left and right listening modes with one finger, and without having to remove the entire headset,” said Ho. “We are proud to know that our products are not just improving people’s work, but also people’s lives by giving them an alternative to better care for their hearing, and prevent unhealthy habits related to use of inadequate headsets.”
Point Source Audio's new CM-i5 In-Ear Headset, along with all its headset models will be demonstrated to attendees of 2017 NAB Show (booth #C1110) in Las Vegas and are expected to be available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide beginning June 2017.
11th April 2017
Meyer Sound Founders Celebrate Dual Anniversaries at sound:check Xpo in Mexico City
Mexico – Meyer Sound co-founders John and Helen Meyer will celebrate two anniversaries: the 50th of their first meeting and the 20th of Meyer Sound Mexico, when they attend sound:check Xpo in Mexico City. In addition to the dual commemorations, Meyer Sound's presence at the show will include the Western Hemisphere introduction to the Lina™ very compact linear line array system as well as a keynote presentation by John Meyer at the co-located AES Mexico Annual Conference.
"John and I are thrilled to come to Mexico and build on the many close friendships we've established over the years," comments executive vice president Helen Meyer. "Mexico not only has been an important customer over the years, but also has provided key leaders for our worldwide sales, product development and education teams."
The Meyers' visit to Mexico City continues a "Sonic Love Story" theme, introduced in Amsterdam during the ISE show, that commemorates the couple's first meeting in 1967, the San Francisco Bay Area's iconic "Summer of Love." The Meyers will be meeting informally with customers on Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25 in the Huichol demo room.
This year also marks two decades since Scott Gledhill, now Meyer Sound's director of international sales, established Meyer Sound Mexico to provide a direct connection between the parent company and the rapidly growing Mexican market. The new subsidiary gained a reputation for offering the highest level of service, technical support and customer education of any pro audio supplier in Mexico. Demonstrating its continuing commitment, Meyer Sound has been a prominent exhibitor at every sound:check Xpo since it was launched 15 years ago.
"Meyer Sound remains committed to continuing our long-standing close relationships with all our customers in Mexico and Latin America," remarks vice president of sales and customer engagement Antonio Zacarias. "We all share a common commitment to technical excellence and educating young people for high-paying jobs here in Mexico."
Making its debut in the Americas will be Meyer Sound's new Lina very compact linear line array system, the smallest and lightest member of the expanding Leo Family. Lina brings the inherent linearity and exemplary power-to-weight ratio of the Leo Family to a wide range of applications where discreet appearance, flexible rigging options and minimal hang weight are critical. The complementary 750-LFC low-frequency control unit extends response to 36Hz while providing options for pole-mount, flown and ground stacked combined systems.
Also featured will be the Galileo Galaxy network platform, the first loudspeaker processor of its kind to receive AVnu Alliance certification for interoperability using the AVB/TSN networking protocols. Building on the proven Galileo platform, Galaxy provides upgraded audio performance using the newest FPGA technology along with powerful new features like a delay matrix, word clock input, and easy integration with Crestron controllers.
Additionally, Meyer Sound's distributor for Mexico, Showco, will display an extensive range of products in Olmeca II, including a complete Leopard compact linear line array system with 900-LFC low-frequency control units, Leo line array loudspeakers and Lyon linear line array loudspeakers, MJF-208 and 210 stage monitors, and a Galaxy networking platform.
For the Soundgirls in Mexico (Sala de Prensa), Meyer Sound is providing a complete cinema sound system with Acheron designer screen channel loudspeakers, HMS-10 and HMS-12 surround loudspeakers, and X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers and X-400C cinema subwoofers.
John Meyer will address the co-located Audio Engineering Society (AES) Mexico Annual Conference on Monday, 24th April, at 6pm. In his keynote presentation, entitled "Fact or Science Fiction?" Meyer will discuss the science behind linear audio response, steering line arrays, and time distortion in the digital and analogue domains.
11th April 2017
New Optocore SFX7 Network Interface Controller offers complete industry-wide network solution
Germany - Optocore has announced the release of a revolutionary, total network solution suitable for all manufacturers and professional integration clients.
The module, designed to be built into third party product boards, will offer maximum flexibility, interoperability and integration for any product, all on fibre and fully IP-based. It was formally launched at a packed media event during last week’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt.
Having been developing sophisticated fibre networks for more than 20 years, Optocore conceived the interface to be fully functional within a single form factor. Optocore SFX7 Network Interface Controller offers direct fibre connectivity, which features not only thousand channels of audio but also data for advanced control purposes. As a full IP system it will offer the built-in Ethernet switch to create one large IP network with all other nodes, without the need for any external equipment. Designed for simple plug and play operation, it will also provide the lowest latency on the market.
Stated Optocore application engineer manager, Maciek Janiszewski: “The Optocore SFX7 Network Interface Controller is bullet-proof, and provides fully-intelligent FPGA-based node and gateway to the Optocore ring and star network. It will provide access to thousands of products already in the marketplace, owned by rental companies, theatres, arenas and transportation hubs, with much more to come.
“What that basically means is that any product can be integrated with the most powerful audio network in the world and that includes the complete Optocore portfolio as well as other manufacturers’ products equipped with the module.”
The Optocore SFX7 Network Interface Controller boasts up to 512/512 channels per module, and features: two redundant Optocore links (hot-swappable SFP slots for multimode or singlemode LC), two SANE (Synchronous Audio Network with Ethernet) Cat5 extension of Optocore ports, two LAN ports and third-party board integration slot.
Other key advantages include the high channel matrix between products, redundant fibre connectivity and LAN (IP-based control of products from one point, without the need for an additional network). It also offers super-accurate Word Clock generation, with no more digital audio clicks, and distribution between products.
Finally, the Optocore SFX7 Network Interface Controller is also assured the support of an experienced R&D team during the implementation stage and further back-up from Optocore’s Application Engineering team in terms of sales, system design and training, both for the OEM company and its customers.
In picture: BroaMan’s Maciek Janiszewski presented the new card to a packed press reception at Prolight+Sound.
11th April 2017
Hitting a High at Prolight+Sound 2017
Germany – Czech lighting manufacturer Robe lighting s.r.o. enjoyed another incredible Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, taking the opportunity to launch their new German subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH, showcasing ten new inventive and interesting products and creating another great show space for visitors on Booth D80 in Hall 3 of the annual expo.
People packed into the stand right from the moment the show opened on Tuesday morning to the final hour on Friday afternoon. Business was brisk, the new company announcement caused an industry-wide stir, deals were completed and people also enjoyed the networking and communication opportunities, together with great vibes and traditional Czech hospitality.
CEO Josef Valchar commented: “I know I have said this for at least the last five years after Frankfurt but, once again, the show was incredible for us! It exceeded all our expectations and they were high to start with! All the right ingredients and dynamics including, most importantly, the people, combined to create a highly effective space for presenting our brand and the whole ‘Robe experience’.”
The new live stage and a specially conceived dance piece brought fresh depth and dimension to an incredibly elaborate theatrical styled environment created for the exhibition by Robe’s core creative and technical team, based on one of the world’s most famous theatres, La Scala Milan.
“As a busy, key European entertainment technology trade show, Prolight was a great high-impact choice for the launch of Robe Deutschland GmbH,” explained Robe s.r.o. sales director Harry von den Stemmen, during Robe’s press conference as he introduced the new team led by Dieter Gross.
With the announcement made public on the eve of the show, German customers, both existing, current and potential, flocked to the booth to meet and congratulate Dieter together with Martin Lönner, Stephanie Walloner, Olaf Nehrenheim and Martin Opitz who are at the heart of the new company. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and the many inquiries could be dealt with quickly, efficiently and directly by those who will be managing the business.
Robe Deutschland GmbH is based in Munich and will be exceedingly active in the forthcoming weeks and months. New appointments will also be announced shortly, so watch this space!
As has become a Robe trademark at major exhibitions, imagineering an invigorating space conducive to business and communication is at the core of the stand design concept.
This year for the first time, the show became fully ‘live’ with four dancers who performed hourly in a piece choreographed and directed by Chris Manoe, who also commissioned the special soundtrack to a team Robe brief initiated by Josef.
This combined the discipline and elegance of classical ballet with the dynamics, animation and excitement of urban street dance complete with a storyline, as the spirit of the ‘old theatre’ returned as a ballerina to the now derelict space, to protect it from new threats.
The spectacular accompanying light show illustrated some of Robe’s coolest new products first hand, including 38 Spikies, 18 LEDBeam 150s, 39 Spiiders, four ColorStrobes, six PARFect 150s, eight Pointes, ten VIVAs and one DL4S for toplight, all distributed over and around the stage.
The first part of the light show was all about skin tones and how Robe offers a whole range of products ideal for theatrical lighting.
A dramatic kabuki drop jolted the action from the warm glow of nostalgia and familiarity to colder, more sinister tones as a group of street kids broke into the theatre and started to vandalise.
The intruders covered the theatre with graffiti – a real graffiti artist was sourced for this – which was suddenly revealed around the walls of the stand by Robe’s latest super-powerful UV Strobes, effectively creating another reveal.
A third reveal onstage saw two screens tracked off left and right to expose a back wall of pixelPATTs and cue the final section of the five minute performance, showcasing these together with vibrant Spiider and Spikie effects, with Pointes bouncing off mirror reflectors dotted around the stage, laser-style, for the fight scenes.
The intricate stand artwork appearing on all the full set of beautifully printed drapes was created in 3ds Max.
The lighting fixtures around the stand included the Robe DL7 range of profiles, spots and Fresnel LED luminaires, together with DL4s, more Spiiders, PARFect 150s and LEDBeam 150s as well as Divine 60 UV floods. These were hung on drop bars as the ceiling needed to be completely flat to create the domed centrepiece above the ‘auditorium’ and bar area.
The dome featured two concentric rings of the new Anolis Ambiene intelligent downlighters which are available in tunable white or RGBW.
In front of the stage was a full tiered comfortable theatre seating area and at the back of the stand were two enclosed demo areas. The same architectural design and continuity was carried through to the Anolis section of the stand across the aisle.
Building on last year’s success, Robe again hosted a banging Wednesday night stand party, with the booth transformed into an amazing club, complete with Belgian DJ Laurent Wery in the house plus live saxophonist Michiel ‘Sakso’ Hofman who improvised and enhanced the dance grooves with a richly sensual musical addition to the mix.
photos: Louise Stickland
10th April 2017
Audinate Announces Dante in Broadcast Training Session at NAB
USA – Audinate, the creator of the industry-leading Dante audio-over-IP technology, has partnered with Clear-Com to offer a broadcast focused version of its popular Dante Certification Programme at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, 26th April.
The training event will offer multiple sessions of Dante Level 2 training, an intermediate course geared towards those that are familiar with Dante and are looking to create more advanced systems and best practices. This training will feature topics such as Dante redundancy, clocking, latency and multicast.
“With the shift to IP rapidly underway in the broadcast industry, there is a strong interest in education and training on audio-over-IP networks,” noted Joshua Rush, vice president of marketing at Audinate. “To help facilitate this, we are excited to offer our popular Dante Certification course, with a special emphasis on broadcast workflows, at NAB this year.”
In addition, Audinate will conduct a special topics session “Dante in Broadcast and Dante Domain Manager.” This session will cover the use of Dante in a wide variety of broadcast and remote production applications, including radio and television studios, live sporting events, and electronic news gathering. Several recent use cases will be discussed, along with an overview of some of the exciting new Dante products announced at the show.
Also included in this session is an overview of Audinate’s recently announced product Dante Domain Manager. Dante Domain Manager is server-based software that brings IT best practices to AV, making audio networking more secure, more scalable and more controllable. It brings user authentication, role-based security and audit capabilities to Dante networks, while allowing nearly unlimited expansion and organisation of Dante systems over any network topology.
During NAB, Clear-Com will introduce its new Dante interface card, E-Dante64-HX, for its Eclipse HX digital matrix intercom systems to provide up to 64 channels of low latency, high quality AoIP interconnection with Dante and AES67 enabled devices. The card will be shown in booth C6908.
The sessions will repeat during the day, with both the Level 2 certification course and the Dante in Broadcast course being offered in the morning and afternoon on 26th April. The training sessions will be held in Ballroom F at the Westgate Hotel.
To learn more and register for the training sessions at NAB 2017, visit www.audinate.com/nab2017