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Brompton Technology partners with ROE Visual to give sneak peak of HDR at ProLight+Sound 2019

25/03/2019

Backstage Academy shortlisted for prestigious Educate North Award

25/03/2019

Artistic Licence is exhibiting at Prolight + Sound 2019 Hall 12.1, Stand A30

25/03/2019

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2019 Preview

25/03/2019

Ayrton launches new products at Prolight + Sound 2019 Hall 12.1 Stand E90 and E91

25/03/2019

Chroma-Q Continues its Celebration of 15 Years in LED at Prolight + Sound

25/03/2019

Sound:Check Xpo 2019, 17 Years as the Music and Show Industry’s Most Important Event in Mexico

22/03/2019

Alcons Audio at Prolight + Sound 2019: it’s All About Live

22/03/2019

GLP celebrates 25 years with largest PL+S booth and more product innovations

22/03/2019

LDI, TSDCA, and USITT Invite Applications for the Pat MacKay Scholarships for Diversity in Design, Funded by LDI

22/03/2019

Doughty gives new Fifty Clamp its Prolight + Sound debut

22/03/2019

Chauvet Professional to Showcase Brightest Ever Maverick Profile and Spot Fixtures at Prolight + Sound

22/03/2019

Meyer Sound Brings Sonic Lounge and More to PL+S in Frankfurt

21/03/2019

NST Audio is launching its new VMX88 8-in 8-out matrix signal processor at Prolight+Sound

21/03/2019

25 Years Made in Germany – Worldwide Approved

21/03/2019

Pearce Hire scoops Best Power Supplier Awards at Event Production Awards 2019

20/03/2019

Calibre Sets Focus at Prolight + Sound

20/03/2019

The Lang Academy at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt

19/03/2019

Highlite International at Prolight & Sound 2019 in Frankfurt

19/03/2019

ETC and High End Systems – Better Together at Prolight + Sound 2019

19/03/2019

ISCEx 2019 proves to be a great success

19/03/2019

MA Lighting at Prolight + Sound 2019 in hall 12.0 (groundfloor): New features and hardware

18/03/2019

d&b audiotechnik talks lineage and lifetime value at Prolight + Sound 2019

14/03/2019

Alcons Expands its Commitment to the Theatre Market at USITT 2019

14/03/2019

Show Us #WhatMatters – Zero 88’s Great Photo Opportunities

14/03/2019

Brompton Technology partners with ROE Visual to give sneak peak of HDR at ProLight+Sound 2019

Brompton Technology partners with ROE Visual to give sneak peak of HDR at ProLight+Sound 2019

GermanyMarch 25 2019. Ahead of its official launch this summer, Brompton Technology is giving existing and potential customers another chance to get a sneak peak of its exciting new HDR solution by combining the power of its Tessera SX40 LED processor with ROE’s superb Black Onyx LED screens on the ROE Visual Stand 4.0 C60 at ProLight+Sound 2019.

The SX40 is Brompton Technology’s highest-ever capacity processor and offers support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output, a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen, plus all of Tessera’s industry-leading processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction, On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA), and more.

Used in combination with the Tessera XD distribution unit, which is a sophisticated single box solution designed to manage the complications of mass cabling that can arise with large LED display systems, the SX40 provides a cost-effective yet powerful system that will support the biggest, brightest and boldest LED projects.

Our initial preview of HDR at ISE 2019 created a real buzz,” says Brompton’s business development manager, Rob Fowler. “So we’re delighted to be able to offer our customers another sneak-peak ahead of the official launch this year by partnering with ROE Visual at ProLight+Sound.”

Brompton will be revealing more information about HDR at InfoComm this coming June.

25th March 2019

Backstage Academy shortlisted for prestigious Educate North Award

Backstage Academy shortlisted for prestigious Educate North Award

UK – Backstage Academy has been shortlisted for a prestigious Educate North Award in recognition of its industry partnerships.

Based at Production Park in Wakefield, the leading live event production educational facility is a finalist in the Business/Industry Collaboration HE/FE Sector, one of 19 categories. Now in its fifth year, the Educate North Awards is a prestigious awards event which celebrates, recognises and shares best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North.

In their awards submission, Backstage Academy highlighted the substantial impact their industry partnerships have on the development of their students. The institution’s partnerships take a variety of forms including product support from manufacturers of live events technology, master classes and specialist training from industry professionals and work placement opportunities.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our industry partnerships. Our entire ethos centres around employability, and therefore specialist industry collaboration is vital,” commented Backstage Academy industry partnerships director, Miles Marsden: “It is gratifying to be recognised for our partnerships with industry. They are central to everything we do here at Backstage.”

The Educate North Awards’ search for the region’s best university, further and higher education sectors culminates in a gala award night at the Hilton Hotel on Manchester’s Deansgate on 25 April.

25th March 2019

Artistic Licence is exhibiting at Prolight + Sound 2019 Hall 12.1, Stand A30

Germany - Artistic Licence will be launching sunDial quad, a new DMX/RDM or Xicato GalaXi controlled mains dimmer. Using trailing edge technology, the product provides smooth fades with dimmable replacement LED, CFL or incandescent sources, with exceptional performance even at very low intensities.

Also on show is the award-winning DMX controller, matisse, along with our latest splitters, gateways and media server, dVnet.

Artistic Licence CEO and product designer, Wayne Howell, will be present throughout the show to answer questions.

sunDial quad is unlike any trailing edge mains dimmer currently found on the market. This product offers a professional solution, with four user-selectable dimming curves providing optimum results for a broad range of fixtures. sunDial quad has been designed to be extremely resilient, with intelligent features that reduce ongoing maintenance needs.

The standard product, sunDial quad dmx 1k, is controlled via DMX512/RDM. Also on offer is a product variant, sunDial quad xgc 1k, which incorporates Xicato GalaXi technology. This allows wireless control, which is particularly suitable for heritage buildings and retrofit applications where the installation of new data cabling would be problematic. The xgc product merges radio and DMX data on an HTP basis.

Both product variants share the same rich feature set:

  • Trailing edge mains dimmer

  • DMX512/RDM controlled

  • Xicato GalaXi wireless control (sunDial quad xgc 1k model only)

  • Compatible with dimmable LED replacement bulbs, CFL and incandescent sources

  • Four outputs, 250W per circuit

  • Bridge mode provides 500W per pair of outputs

  • Choice of four dimming curves

  • LED indication for DMX/RDM/playback, power, identify, outputs and fault conditions

  • Convection cooled with active derating

  • RDM sensors for temperature, frequency and power

  • Automatic heat and current management

  • CAT III rated for installation directly into distribution boards

  • Preset, data loss and test modes

  • DIN Rail or surface mount

matisse dmx wall controller

Winner of a 2018 PLASA Award for Innovation, the matisse dmx dimmer will be actively demonstrated at the show. matisse is a programmable, multi-function DMX controller presented in a wall-mount format. All the electronics are mounted on the rear of the panel, so there is no need for external control boxes.

  • DMX512 output

  • 6 illuminated faders (f6) or four rotary dials (d4)

  • 512 channel output

  • Grand master control

  • Multiple functions including preset, scene mixer, hue fader and merge mode

  • Supports data merging (LTP/HTP per channel) and data fixing

  • Simple DIP switch configuration

  • Easy push-button programming – no external software required

  • Link multiple panels to one DMX cable

  • Custom panel finish and silk screen available on special order for the f6

  • Various stock material finishes, including chrome and brushed steel, for the d4 

  • External 9-24 VDC PSU required


The latest Art-Net gateway, netLynx quad, converts up to 4 Universes of DMX/RDM data and supports premium features such as failsafe mode and electrically protected self-healing outputs. The product is housed in a strong but lightweight black ABS plastic case, with flanges for easy wall or surface mounting.

  • DMX routing by Ethernet

  • Four DMX512 ports, protected from mains electrocution

  • 10/100BaseT Ethernet Port

  • DHCP or static IP or LLRP negotiation

  • Failsafe mode – playback scene on loss of network

  • Factory reset / squawk button

  • Compatible with DMX512-A

  • RDM V1.0 (E1.20 – 2010 ESTA Standard)

  • DC power (XLR4 connector) or PoE (IEEE 802.3af-2003)

  • Power indicator

  • Network and DMX activity indicators

  • Art-Net/sACN Compatible

  • Surface/wall mounting

 

The best-selling Rail-Split range of DMX512 splitters has become even better with the launch of Rail-Split RJ45. Developed in response to customer demand, this 4-way DMX512 splitter features RJ45 connectors on the input and all outputs, making it a breeze to install in modern installations using Cat5 patch cables. The product also eliminates the need for separate DC power supplies, as it is mains powered and supports any international voltage. With support for RDM and incorporating our premium ‘data fix’ feature, Rail-Split RJ45 provides the solution that installers have been waiting for.

  • Optically isolated DMX512 input

  • RJ45 input connector

  • Four buffered outputs, all with RJ45 connectors

  • Mains electrocution protection on the outputs

  • Bidirectional data ports

  • Jabber Detection

  • Fix Mode

  • Front panel power and data indication

  • DMX512, DMX512 (1990), DMX512-A

  • RDM Standard V1.0 (E1.20 - 2010 ESTA Standard)

  • Mains powered (international)

  • Surface mount or DIN rail mounted

 

dVnet is a digital video-to-network converter housed in a 19-inch rack case. It is aimed at retail and architectural applications where a media facade or pixel display is to be controlled by video without the complexity of a media server.

  • dVnet: 20,000 pixels, 50Hz HDMI input up to 1920x1080i interlaced

  • dVnet pro: 20,000 pixels, 50/60Hz HDMI input up to 1920x1080p progressive

  • dVnet extreme: 85,000 pixels, 50/60Hz HDMI input up to 1920x1080p progressive

Find out more on stand A30, Hall 12.1

25th March 2019

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2019 Preview

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2019 Preview
Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2019 Preview

Germany – Robert Juliat celebrates its centenary in 2019 marking 100 years since it first began creating the highest quality lighting products with superb optical and ergonomic qualities.

The company will take its place at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt in the Lightpower Village in the new, purpose-built Hall 12.0 on Booth C62, where it will present its range of recently released LED profile fixtures, the Charles 960SX series. This range of powerful 600W LED profiles is available in three variable zoom ranges (29°/50°, 15°/40° and 8°/16°) for short to long throw applications. Charles exhibits a high optical efficiency, a 6000K colour temperature and a CRI in excess of 90. Charles delivers the maximum high output, a flat, even beam and excellent image projection at all beam angles. Smooth electronic dimming and an in-built power supply gives silent operation that is perfect for front of house positions.

Further LED offerings, in followspot form, will be in the shape of the 600W Alice and Oz short and long throw followspots, both of which possess all the RJ quality and functionality and pack a punch equal to that of conventional 1200W discharge models.

Robert Juliat’s award-winning Dalis range will be represented by Dalis Access 863 and Dalis 864 Footlight.

Dalis Access 863 is a 150W LED cyclight fixture designed to give small-sized venues or those with smaller budgets the first access to Dalis technology. Sharing all the technology of the original Dalis 860 Cyclorama fixture, Dalis Access 863 has four colours and 24 of the patented Dalis asymmetrical micro-reflectors, but retains all the functionality and quality of the original. Equipped with an advanced fanless cooling system, Dalis Access is equally perfect for cyclorama or footlight applications.

Dalis 864 Footlight is a new, 150W colour version of the original Dalis 862 tuneable white footlight. Exhibiting 48 micro-reflectors and the new four-colour mixing system, Dalis 864 footlight has been designed for the creation of colourful upstage or downstage footlight applications.

Robert Juliat’s award-winning SpotMe, its bespoke new solution for followspot technology and intelligent lighting, will also be demonstrated on the booth.

The SpotMe system consists of sensors mounted on tripod and followspot, and a server. Taking its lead simply and efficiently from the movements of a Robert Juliat followspot, the SpotMe system is able to produce tracking information in real-time, with no emitters or cameras on stage or performers.

SpotMe generates high-quality positional data to communicate with any console or devices using PosiStageNet protocol. The console can then coordinate the identical movements of other fixtures in the rig, even conventional fixtures with no feed back capability.

SpotMe creates a three-dimensional universe, tailor-made for each show, based on the configuration of three coordinate axes (x, y, z). This geometric setting determines an environment in which the followspot and its operator will work in conjunction with the console and the lighting kit, communicating through a common language and using an open protocol.

SpotMe is the perfect device to be added to existing followspots. It is a genuine solution that combines high-technology and human control over the lighting design and operation at the same time.

25th March 2019

Ayrton launches new products at Prolight + Sound 2019 Hall 12.1 Stand E90 and E91

Ayrton launches new products at Prolight + Sound 2019 Hall 12.1 Stand E90 and E91
Ayrton launches new products at Prolight + Sound 2019 Hall 12.1 Stand E90 and E91

Germany – Ayrton announces that its new ultra-compact Levante and Diablo 300W LED wash and profile luminaires are ready to ship and will be celebrated in full force at Prolight+Sound 2019.

Levante is a dramatically miniaturised version of the Bora wash light, endowed with outstanding performance capabilities in an ultra-compact form that matches the dimensions of Mistral.

With Levante, Ayrton has created a wash luminaire that can actually sculpture light and added a high-transmission diffusion filter to the zoom lens group to erase the edge of the beam without changing its angle. A variable linear frost system allows the user to adjust the desired diffusion level with precision.

Weighing just over 20kg and with a light output greater than 20,000 lumens, Levante’s optical system is specially developed for optimum wash applications. Its many features include a barndoor module allowing shutters to be positioned across 100% of the surface area, a CMY colour mixing system, a variable CTO and a wheel with seven complementary colours, for an infinite palette of vivid pastels and saturated colours. In addition, a 15-blade iris diaphragm and a wheel with seven indexable rotating gobos are supplied as standard.

Levante is a marvel of technology that will attract the most demanding lighting designers.

Weighing just over 20kg, Ayrton’s innovative, ultra-compact Diablo is the smallest, lightest and most efficient LED luminaire of its type, with a record output of 19,000 lumens from its 300W source. Versatile and feature-rich, Diablo matches the ultra-compact Mistral dimensions, and joins Khamsin and Ghibli in Ayrton’s stunning new profile luminaire range.

Diablo’s miniaturised framing system uses eight additional motors to accurately position its four blades across 100% surface area. The 119mm frontal lens produces an extremely uniform flat beam that renders perfect images at any beam angle.

Diablo shares Mistral’s optical system to produce a 6.7° to 53° zoom, and includes CMY colour mixing, a progressive CTO and a wheel with seven complementary colours for an infinite palette of bright pastels and saturated colours. The effects section includes a wheel with seven interchangeable HD glass gobos, a continuous dynamic effects wheel, 15-blade iris diaphragm, heavy frost filter and five-facet circular rotating prism.

Both Diablo and Levante are available in two versions: Diablo-S and Levante-S are specially designed for stage applications with a ultra high output monochromatic 6500K LED light source; Diablo-TC and Levante-TC are geared for applications that require perfect colour rendition, using a monochromatic 5700K light source with a native CRI greater than 90 and high TM30 readings.

To see Levante and Diablo in action alongside the fast expanding range of Ayrton LED fixtures, visitors can witness the fabulous and much anticipated Ayrton light show which will also include Ayrton’s Ghibli, Bora, Khamsin, Mistral, Merak and NandoBeam fixtures, along with Ayrton’s favourite effects luminaires and a few exciting new creations, all of which have ensured Ayrton remains one of the favourite brands for creative lighting designers.

25th March 2019

Chroma-Q Continues its Celebration of 15 Years in LED at Prolight + Sound

Chroma-Q Continues its Celebration of 15 Years in LED at Prolight + Sound

Germany – Chroma-Q will continue to celebrate its 15th year as a producer of premium performance LED lighting products by showing its latest range of LED Solutions at Prolight + Sound, Messe Frankfurt, 2nd – 5th April 2019.

Chroma-Q has been a pioneer in the development of LED lighting for entertainment applications since launching the game-changing Color Block DB4 in 2004. The brand's latest generation of lighting solutions utilise Chroma-Q's proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies – drawing upon 15 years of LED expertise – to deliver a superior quality of light output and colour consistency.

The Brute Force powerful new, LED alternative to traditional light sources such as a quarter ‘Wendy Light’, will be making a big impact this year. Capable of delivering up to 140,000 lumens and drawing just 15 amps at 240V, the larger Brute Force 6 is a highly versatile, controllable fixture that could change users' approach to lighting.

After its unveiling at the show last year, the Studio Force II has been adopted in a number of studios. This high intensity, tuneable white LED wash batten delivers variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control, and can produce deep saturated colours when needed.

Widely adopted by major film and television companies, the award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling.

The award-winning Chroma-Q Color Force II will also be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for grazing a variety of interior surfaces.

Providing inspiration for the architectural and installation market is the multi award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire range of colour changing LED house lights. These versatile fixtures have been fitted in a multitude of venues to create an immersive experience.

Also showing at Prolight + Sound for the first time, the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q next generation lighting and media control system provides simple, visually-based programming and control which is scalable from small venue up to large concert tour applications.

www.chroma-q.com

25th March 2019

Chroma-Q

Sound:Check Xpo 2019, 17 Years as the Music and Show Industry’s Most Important Event in Mexico

Sound:Check Xpo 2019, 17 Years as the Music and Show Industry’s Most Important Event in Mexico

Mexico – Everything is ready for receiving the music and show industry’s professionals on 28, 29 and 30 April at the Mexico City’s World Trade Center.

Visit www.soundcheckexpo.com.mx to take full advantage of the time during the visit, and download the mobile app.

The exhibition floor is where visitors can start the tour, completing more than 13,000 square metres to walk the full floor.

Demo rooms will be the place for specific and specialty equipment demonstrations and presentations with internationally trending technology.

By contrast, the Harman Auditorium will also be the stage for product presentations that can be heard and seen in full operation, accompanied by technical talks with outstanding industry professionals and activists.

The Auditorium will host three important music figures from Mexico and around the world who will give the already traditional master classes of sound:check Xpo.

This year will see Simon Phillips (pictured) - drummer of Toto, Protocol, Mike Oldfield, The Who, Hiromi Trio Project, among many others, Mimi Fox (composer and guitarist with Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis and Diana Krall) and Camilo Lara (Instituto Mexicano del Sonido/Mexican Institute of Sound).

One of the most important alliances of sound:check Xpo over the years has been the collaboration with the Audio Engineering Society Mexico (AES) in the making of the AES Annual Conference.

On this occasion, this will feature the participation of audio professionals like Sergio Molho (Waters-Storyk Design Group), Jonathan Wyner (mastering engineer, education director and Izotope chief studio engineer), Lenise Bent (engineer and producer of CDs like “Aja” by Steely Dan “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp and “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac), Bruce C. Olson (Olson Sound Design founder), John La Grou (Millenia Media founder), Merlijn van Even (Meyer Sound senior technical support and education specialist), Mark Frink (audio engineer of Suzanne Vega, Boston Pops Orchestra, Tony Bennet and KD Lang, among many others), Sergio Díaz (sound designer of the movie “Roma”) and the AES global president, Nadja Wallaszkovits.

Moreover, as a new opportunity to share experiences, the “Tendencias” (Trends) section will host interesting talks about the projects of different professionals.

The month countdown has almost arrived. Join more than 22,000 guests that have visited sound:check Xpo in previous years. The show takes place on 28, 29 and 30 April at Mexico City’s World Trade Center for the music and show industry’s biggest party in Mexico!

Sound:Check Xpo 2019, 17 Years as the Music and Show Industry’s Most Important Event in MexicoSound:Check Xpo 2019, 17 Years as the Music and Show Industry’s Most Important Event in Mexico

22nd March 2019

Alcons Audio at Prolight + Sound 2019: it’s All About Live

Alcons Audio at Prolight + Sound 2019: it’s All About Live

Germany – Alcons Audio comes to Prolight + Sound 2019 with a number of new pro-ribbon loudspeaker developments, bringing enhanced benefits to small, medium and large scale live productions.

Exhibiting at Hall 8.0, Stand G71, Alcons is highlighting its steadily increasing expansion into the live touring and festival markets with significant additions to its L-series of true line source, vertical array loudspeaker systems, highlighting Alcons’ commitment to bringing the many benefits of pro-ribbon audio quality and directivity to medium/large venues and outdoor festivals.

Positioned between the LR18 compact mid-size and LR28 larger-format systems, the new LR24 mid-size pro-ribbon line-array features a new, specially-designed pro-ribbon transducer. The LR28B low-frequency module sets a new benchmark for arrayable sub-extension, with a new 18" ultra-low distortion woofer design. More detailed specifications will be revealed at the show.

Also highlighted will be the LR18/120, wide-dispersion compact mid-size line-array module. This 120º dispersion LR18 module has already toured with kd lang, Lisa Nilsson and others – to considerable acclaim – in Alcons pro-ribbon systems that also included the LR18/90 and LR18B bass extension.

Alcons will also be showing the QR20 modular line-source array column, which received a lot of attention from the professional rental and installation markets at its ISE preview in February. Designed for smaller applications, where SPL and throw requirements are lower but the same unique directivity of the larger Q system solutions is needed, the much-anticipated QR20 offers a coherent horizontal pattern control with seamless coverage, noticeably widening the stereo ‘sweet spot’ for the audience positioned off-axis.

"With our profile rising in the rental and touring market, Prolight + Sound remains a very important show for Alcons Audio and one of the highlights of the year,” says company co-founder Tom Back. “We are bringing a number of new developments, aimed at very high-quality sound reinforcement. They widen the power-output options and add flexibility to the existing solutions, further extending the sound designer's toolbox within the L-series of pro-ribbon line-arrays.

“We very much look forward to being present in Frankfurt and sharing these new developments with our partners and potential new Alcons customers.”

22nd March 2019

GLP celebrates 25 years with largest PL+S booth and more product innovations

GLP celebrates 25 years with largest PL+S booth and more product innovations

Germany – 2019 is a landmark year for GLP, as 25 years ago the company was founded by Udo Künzler in a 200 square metre workshop in Karlsbad, in southern Germany.

Since then, the operation has developed into a leading stage / event technology company, and pioneers of LED technology in the sector. Today, the award-winning GLP impression products routinely set new standards, as recognised by leading lighting designers around the world.

And so where better to celebrate this momentous feat than at their own national show, Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt?

Occupying their biggest booth ever (Hall #12.1, D36), a vast 380 sq.m space, there will be plenty to entice lighting professionals from the signature light shows (this year choreographed by American designer, Nate Files) to the signature GLP beer, enabling LDs to chat informally at the bar with company representatives.

Of course, there will be a suite of innovations which visitors have come to expect (who can forget the sensational KNV launch last year)?

In fact the KNV series of modules is this year extended from the original KNV Cube and KNV Arc with the addition of the KNV Line and KNV Dot, offering even more creative opportunities for production designers.

The KNV Line consists of five single pixels in a row, in which form factor is maintained 1:1 and thus they correspond to five KNV lines in form and pixel distance of a KNV cube. The KNV Dot consists of a single power pixel (1 x white + 16 x RGB) in the form factor 2:1.

Launched alongside is the impression S350 Wash, a logical partner for the S350 unveiled last year. The same high-efficiency LED white light source, with 350 watts of power, ensures excellent colour rendering. Of course, in addition to the innovative virtual CTC other attributes of its sister include a framing module on board.

Finally, the new GLP Highlander is based, as the name implies, on traditional technology: a 1,400W discharge lamp. The wash light impresses not only with its 230mm diameter front lens and signature baseless design, but also in its optical characteristics. It offers a very large zoom range with a punchy 5° beam angle and up to 63° smooth field angle with focus link. A framing system (± 30° blade tilt, fully lockable, ± 45° rotatable) and a fast iris make the Highlander an extremely versatile tool. And, typical for GLP, it weighs just 29.5kg, making it the lightest wash light in its class.

Most recently, GLP has expanded its portfolio by adding additional spice to a complete range of products. With effect from Prolight + Sound this will be known as the independent Fusion series.

In addition to the GLP booth, visitors to Frankfurt will have an opportunity to sample the products in a real world situation at the LEA Stage in the Festhalle, adjacent to the Messe. Featured in the rig will be the impression S350 Wash, KNV Dot and KNV Line and the Highlander Wash where they will be used together with GLP impression S350.

www.glp.de

GLP celebrates 25 years with largest PL+S booth and more product innovationsGLP celebrates 25 years with largest PL+S booth and more product innovations

22nd March 2019

GLP

LDI, TSDCA, and USITT Invite Applications for the Pat MacKay Scholarships for Diversity in Design, Funded by LDI

LDI, TSDCA, and USITT Invite Applications for the Pat MacKay Scholarships for Diversity in Design, Funded by LDI

USA – To encourage diversity in the live event design community, LDI (ldishow.com), in partnership with TSDCA (tsdca.org) and USITT (www.usitt.org), announces three $5,000 Pat MacKay Scholarships for undergraduate students. This scholarship is to support the under represented and unique voices in the field of entertainment. These scholarships are funded by LDI/Live Design International.

The “Diversity In Design” scholarships are named for Pat MacKay, formerly publisher of Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines and founder of the LDI Trade Show and Conference. She is a USITT Fellow and has served as a mentor for multiple generations of industry professionals.

TSDCA will administer the sound design scholarships, while USITT will administer those for lighting and digital media design. Both organisations have non-profit 501C3 status.

Students enrolled in lighting, digital media, and sound design programs on an undergraduate level, as well as high school seniors who have been accepted to an undergraduate college or university design program, are eligible to apply online at https://usitt.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/1131

Students applying for the scholarships will be requested to provide:

• Copies of their work, such as a digital design portfolio, or audio samples;

• References/recommendations from teachers/collaborators;

• A short essay on why they would like to win this scholarship and their career goals;

• List those under represented communities they identify with;

Each student that is selected for one of the Pat MacKay Scholarships will receive up to $5000, spread out over a maximum of eight semesters, or $1250 per year, paid by semester directly to the school. In order for the students to get the next year’s payment, they must show progress toward their degree, show at least a 2.5 GPA, and provide a letter of support from their mentor with an update on how they are progressing as designers.

The application process will open on 15 April and the deadline is 15 May. The 2019 scholarships will be announced in late May.

For additional information:https://usitt.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/1131

22nd March 2019

Doughty gives new Fifty Clamp its Prolight + Sound debut

Doughty gives new Fifty Clamp its Prolight + Sound debut
Doughty gives new Fifty Clamp its Prolight + Sound debut

Germany – The new Doughty Fifty Clamp will make its Prolight + Sound debut this year. The bigger brother of Doughty's best selling Twenty Clamp, the Fifty Clamp will be on display in Hall 12.0, stand D84. Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty commented: "We are really excited to hear what people visiting the show have to say about this new clamp. Early indication is that it's a bit of a game changer. Some of our customers have already told us that the extra 30kg is going to make a big difference."

The Fifty Clamp has TUV approval, a SWL of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm – 51mm. It is made from pressure die cast aluminium which prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit. "It's already available to order," explained Mark so we are looking forward to gathering additional feedback as uptake increases.

Doughty will also show its new Scaff Boom Arm and Heavy Duty Boom Arm at the show. The Scaff Boom Arm has been designed in response to customer demand and is very much a 'get out of jail' item, set to become an essential part of any took-kit. Mark continued "It will allow the user to make their own boom arms out of materials that they have to hand, in the event that they find themselves on site and suddenly needing a boom arm of a certain length."

The Scaff Boom Arm will take 48mm aluminium barrel or scaff tube which can be cut to size depending on the requirements of the particular project. While Doughty is unable to quote a safe working load for the product, each piece of kit will come with a chart, which is also available in Doughty's Little Blue Book catalogue and on the company's website. Mark continued: "Because we cannot predict how the user will fashion their boom arm, we have tested several different tubes of different sizes and suggested a SWL. Of course if our customers have any questions, they can get in touch any time. We encourage people who will be on the floor at Prolight to come and see this new item for themselves on our stand and decide for themselves if this is a piece of kit that will make their working lives easier."

The Heavy Duty Boom arm is capable of taking the weight of a moving light and offers an attractive solution without the need for a brace. Prior to the launch of the Heavy Duty Boom Arm, the Braced Boom Arm was the only option for anyone wanting to hang a moving light. This is still an option and works well for anyone needing a safe working load of up to 100kg. The Heavy Duty Boom Arm has a safe working load of 50kg which is more than sufficient in the majority of situations and is more aesthetically pleasing.

As well as the new products on the stand, Doughty will also be showing it's Space Saver Omega which is in stock and ready for shipping, as well as a wide range of its other kit. Julian Chiverton, sales director said: "We always look forward to putting ourselves in front of a truly international audience at Prolight + Sound. The show is so valuable to us as it gives us a chance to really understand what our customers across the globe want from our products. We know that quality and great customer service are high on the agenda but we also like to hear about the items on people's wish lists. So many of our products are designed as a result of a customer request, so we encourage everyone visiting the show to come and tell us how we can help them tick more boxes."

www.doughty-engineering.co.uk

22nd March 2019

Doughty Engineering

Chauvet Professional to Showcase Brightest Ever Maverick Profile and Spot Fixtures at Prolight + Sound

Chauvet Professional to Showcase Brightest Ever Maverick Profile and Spot Fixtures at Prolight + Sound

Germany – In 2016 Chauvet Professional made major waves at Prolight + Sound when it introduced its breakthrough line of Maverick fixtures. This year, the company will be celebrating the anniversary of its wildly popular moving lights at the Frankfurt show with the first public preview of the brightest, most feature-rich fixtures ever in the Maverick line.

Marketed around the theme “Take your breath away,” the Maverick MK3 Spot and Maverick MK3 Profile will do just that with an eye-popping output from one of the most powerful single-source LED engines in any moving head fixture currently on the market.

“These are the brightest lights ever in the Maverick line,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We listened very carefully to the designer feedback we received at an invitation-only private showing of fixture prototypes last year to refine and develop the features that fit the real-world needs of touring LDs.”

Delivering all the brightness needed for any arena or stadium application, the two 820W LED fixtures are nevertheless surprisingly user-friendly in terms of their weight and dimensions. The two fixtures are also rich in a wide range of performance features, including full-loaded static, rotation and animation effects. Both fixtures also have a 6° to 54° zoom angle, the widest Chauvet Professional has ever offered.

The Maverick MK3 Spot and Maverick MK3 Profile will be on display at the Chauvet Professional PL+S stand (Hall 12.1 E11).

Following Prolight + Sound, Chauvet Professional will be hosting exclusive Maverick MK3 Spot preview events around the world. Click for details http://chauvetmaverick.com/mk3/

22nd March 2019

Meyer Sound Brings Sonic Lounge and More to PL+S in Frankfurt

Meyer Sound Brings Sonic Lounge and More to PL+S in Frankfurt

Germany – Meyer Sound’s ever-popular Sonic Lounge will be reassembled on site at the Frankfurt Messe for the 2019 Prolight + Sound (PL+S) show from 2 to 5 April. The Sonic Lounge provides a comfortable, convivial environment conveniently located at the show where audio professionals can relax and enjoy refreshments while communicating directly with Meyer Sound sales, support and R&D teams. The Sonic Lounge also will feature daily demonstrations of the new Spacemap LIVE spatial mixing platform and an extensive display of Meyer Sound products, including the groundbreaking new ULTRA-X40.

The Sonic Lounge will be located at Portalhaus level Via, Room Frequenz 1.

"Prolight + Sound is an important show, and it’s held in one of the most important markets in Europe. It keeps us fully engaged in this part of the world where we have a dedicated office and a significant customer base," says senior vice president of marketing, John McMahon. "And this year we are expecting tremendous excitement around our new flagship point source loudspeaker, the ULTRA-X40, one of the most important new product developments in company history."

ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers along with LINA compact line array loudspeakers will be incorporated into a multi-point immersive system created to totally envelop the Sonic Lounge using a preview of Spacemap LIVE, a new spatial sound platform that leverages the power of the GALAXY network platform along with new custom control software for real-time manipulation of 3D sound panning.
Spacemap LIVE preview demos will be held daily on the odd hours, with the engaging sessions hosted by director, digital experience Tim Boot and director, spatial sound Steve Ellison.

The extraordinary power and clarity of Meyer Sound’s large touring and installation systems can be heard in the Messe’s Festhalle arena, where PRG will stage a sound, light and video spectacular with audio anchored by a Meyer Sound LEO Family system with LYON line array loudspeakers, 1100-LFC low frequency control elements and the literally breath-taking visceral impact of the new VLFC very low frequency control element.

Immediately prior to the show, on 1 April 1, Meyer Sound will host a demonstration of its Constellation acoustic system at the kING Culture and Congress Hall about 25 miles from Frankfurt at Ingelheim-am-Rhein. Utilising the D-Mitri digital audio platform and based around the patented VRAS algorithm, Constellation active acoustic systems are acknowledged as the global standard for stunningly natural room reverberation. The demo session is by reservation only; please contact event@meyersound.de for more information.

Two key members of Meyer Sound’s global support team will participate in the PL+S education program. Senior technical support and education specialist Merlijn van Veen will present "Mind the Gap: Improved Cancellation for Cardioid Subwoofer Arrays" at 1pm on 3 April, director of system optimisation Bob McCarthy will present "M-Noise: A New Test Signal" on 4 April at 3pm. Both presentations will be in the Entente Room.

21st March 2019

NST Audio is launching its new VMX88 8-in 8-out matrix signal processor at Prolight+Sound

NST Audio is launching its new VMX88 8-in 8-out matrix signal processor at Prolight+Sound
NST Audio is launching its new VMX88 8-in 8-out matrix signal processor at Prolight+Sound

 

UK – Based on the company’s latest generation DSP designs, the VMX88 brings no-compromise audio performance and system control to Dante-networked audio installations.

“Our D-Net control software for PC, Mac and iPad gives you complete control over Ethernet and Wi-Fi. The VMX88 is also fully compatible with our VR1 PoE (Power over Ethernet) remote control panel for simple, flexible user control, while control via third party systems such as Crestron is available via our simple ethernet control protocol,” described Dan Cartman, managing director NST Audio.

Benefiting from NST’s extensive experience of live sound reinforcement on concert tours and at the UK’s largest festivals, the VMX88 incorporates advanced live sound filters and dynamics algorithms that result in the most transparent audio quality possible. The VMX88’s intuitive front panel interface gives clear visual indication of all inputs and outputs, as well as status of Dante and communications network activity, for simplicity of operation.

The full matrix mixer allows mixing of not only the eight analogue inputs each one equipped with a compressor, high pass filter, eight bands of parametric EQ and delay, but also routing of eight channels of Dante-networked inputs to any output channel. All of the eight analogue outputs feature 16 bands of parametric EQ, high and low pass filters, and up to 1.3 seconds of delay, as well as NST’s proprietary high performance two-stage PXL limiters for the best loudspeaker protection.

Industry standard Phoenix-type connectors are used throughout on the VMX88’s rear panel. In addition, the four GPI connections allow configurable actions such as fire alarm mutes and preset recalls. Up to 30 presets can be stored with recall options allowing selective recall combinations of input, matrix and output sections.

21st March 2019

25 Years Made in Germany – Worldwide Approved

25 Years Made in Germany – Worldwide Approved

Germany – Since the market launch of ChainMaster products in 1994, the Saxon-based medium-sized company has developed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of lifting technology in the event industry and offers a comprehensive product range for all requirements from set-up operations to complex scenic movements to complete automation of performances. National and international projects are managed individually from planning through to implementation and user training, and the worldwide network of ChainMaster consulting offices, trading partners and trained service companies ensures optimal after-sales service.

ChainMaster works closely with the leading stage construction companies on the market, developing and implementing customer-specific solutions that are used in classic and modern theatres, opera houses, TV studios, multi-purpose halls or on tour. A wide variety of drives such as chain hoists, winches, trolleys, lifting platforms or rotating platforms can be integrated into the ChainMaster XYZ control system, enabling professional users to benefit from safe all-in-one solutions with optimum performance in accordance with EN 61508 SIL3 and BGV-C1.

The company's references therefore include venues such as the new Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Louvre in Lens, the Stockholm Opera, the Almaty Ice Arena, the Nokia Theater Los Angeles, the Kremlin State Palace, the 2014 Olympic Games in Sotchi, the Effenar Concert Hall and the Ballerup Superarena in Denmark.

Among other things, the first prototype models of the new SK series will be presented at this year's Prolight + Sound. The new chain hoists are dimensioned according to SQ P2, which was released in October, and can now safely hold loads of up to 750kg over people according to D8plus with a static chain safety factor of 8:1. In addition, the IP level of protection has been increased to better protect the drives against moisture. Further models are still in the design phase and are expected to be presented to users in 2020.

Furthermore, a new control panel for the XYZ-SIL3 control system will be presented. The standard equipment includes a 19" touch screen and two analogue joysticks. The console can be extended using two HDMI/DVI monitor outputs. Up to four joysticks and additional cue buttons for live operation can also be optionally integrated.

In picture: Chain hoist installation Kremlin State Palace 2018.

photo: ChainMaster

21st March 2019

Pearce Hire scoops Best Power Supplier Awards at Event Production Awards 2019

Pearce Hire scoops Best Power Supplier Awards at Event Production Awards 2019

UK – Pearce Hire is thrilled to have been selected as the worthy recipient of this year’s Best Power Supplier Award at the recent Event Production Awards.

Held at Novotel London West, Pearce Hire was shortlisted for the Best Power Supplier Award, as it has been at two other award ceremonies this season. But, as they say, third time lucky!

“It is a huge accolade to have even been shortlisted for an Event Production Award, as we have also been a finalist for a TPI Award and a Festival Supplier Award this season. But to actually win the EPA for Best Power Supplier was really the icing on the cake,” smiles Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment our dedicated staff and crew put into our projects throughout the year, and a big thank you goes to every one of them. As well, of course, as our loyal customer base who have really put us in the position to win this award.”

The team has now returned to its HQ in Peterborough where they are busy prepping for what they anticipate will be their busiest Spring and Summer season to date.

Pearce Hire provide production services and dry hire to over 2,000 events a year. Through the winter months the company has made significant investments in their hire stock to ensure that the very best equipment is available to their customers for the festival season ahead.

The next few weeks will see Pearce Hire back out on sites around the UK, providing production services for the first outdoor events of the season, which this year includes Lovebox, Forest Live series, Classic Ibiza, Detonate Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Equifest.

Pearce Hire’s award winning team will also be available to meet existing and new customers at the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds trade show. See the team on stand RA-05 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May.

20th March 2019

Calibre Sets Focus at Prolight + Sound

Calibre Sets Focus at Prolight + Sound
Calibre Sets Focus at Prolight + Sound

Germany – At Prolight + Sound (2-5 April, Messe Frankfurt, Hall 4, Stand B35) Calibre will be presenting two compelling new products for the first time in a global launch.

“Over the coming months, the industry will see a number of changes from Calibre and we intend to offer our customers much more than we have ever done before. Visitors to Prolight + Sound will be the first to see some of these changes,” said Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre UK.

“We’re embarking on a global growth strategy that, in the first place, will see us become a provider of complete solutions, rather than just a manufacturer of the constituent elements of those solutions. We’ll be entering new geographic and vertical markets, and substantially expanding our worldwide partner network in order to enhance our service and support, wherever our customers may be. The next 12 months promises to be a very exciting time for Calibre,” added Tsai.

Evidence of some of these changes will be clear to see on the Prolight + Sound stand, not only with an array of the new solutions, but also with a representative example of the extensive product range available now and in the future.

The HQPro1000 scaler-switcher will be demonstrated to Prolight + Sound visitors the first time. The first product to be announced in Calibre’s new HQPro 4K scaler-switcher range of high-performance solutions, it features a modular architecture for optimum upgradability, truly seamless switching and support for multiple sources and layers. Scaling is provided by Calibre’s best-in-class low-latency proprietary HQUltra technology supporting 4K50/60 4:4:4 RGB formats.

Also on show for the first time will be the new AIO LED Display. Recognising the growing popularity of LED technology but the challenge of deploying LED-based screens, the AIO (All-In-One) is designed to be lighter and easier to install – typically, less than one hour – than competing solutions. The QUAD Series FHDQ130, targeted at demanding applications, features 4K resolution and is a 130-inch display with 1.5mm pixel pitch; the A118-18 118-inch model, which is designed for digital signage, features a 1.8mm pixel pitch.

“These two new products are representative of how Calibre is responding to the real needs of the ProAV marketplace,” concluded Tsai. “Their focus on delivering quality images, on high performance and on ease of use is what sets them apart from alternative solutions.”

20th March 2019

The Lang Academy at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt

The Lang Academy at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt
The Lang Academy at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt

Germany – The Lang Academy will be exhibiting for the sixth time at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main, presenting the current seminar program at the Lindlar, London and Zurich training locations. The training courses at both locations Lang Barandy and Lanf UK will enter their second round in summer 2019.

The seminars "Creative OLED Displays" and "NEC Seamless Display Technologies" are a novelty within the Lindlar training programme. Here the participants get to know technologies and applications of the brand new NEC UN462 and 552A displays.

In addition to this, AV Stumpfl PIXERA training courses in the form of Level 1 and Level 2 training will take place within the regular training programme of Lang Academy for the first time. The media server software PIXERA enables fast programming of shows, simple compositing as well as warping and projection mapping. In addition, there is the possibility of pre-visualising projects.

In order to meet the high demand in the market, Lang Academy offers additional special trainings for the two innovations AV Stumpfl PIXERA and the Analog Way LivePremier series in Lindlar this summer.

The PIXERA servers are not only in the focus of the current training programme, but also at this year's Lang Academy booth. Visitors will have the opportunity to test the new software at special training stations consisting of two projectors and several projection screens.

Additionally, Lang Academy will present at its booth 4.0 B50 devices of the brand new LivePremier series from Analog Way, which offers a comprehensive product line of modular and scalable 4K/8K multi-screen presentation systems and video wall processors for high-end staging and premium system integration. The LivePremier series consists of four pre-configured products (Aquilon RS1, RS2, RS3 and RS4) and can also be customized to different project and event requirements with two fully customisable models (C and C+).

Another highlight at the booth will be a prototype, the Solutions4AV FlipUP-E. This is a mobile Samsung Flip, which has received various upgrades and is powered by the integrated EnergyPACK 500-12. The frame of the display is available in various classy designs and the modified stand is now equipped with wheels. With this boundless mobility and undertaken design-UPgrades this FlipUP-E can be placed in the most noble of locations and adds elegance to every meeting room and office.

The Lang Academy summer training programme will be skilfully staged at the stand by the new Fujifilm Z5000 projector. The 5,000 ANSI Lumen ultra-short throw projector is equipped with a folded two-axial rotatable lens, which enables omnidirectional image projection. Without moving the main projector unit, images can be projected not only on a wall or screen, but also on the ceiling and floor. In addition, it is easy to switch between vertical and horizontal display. From April 2019 Lang AG will be the official dealer of the device in the DACH region as well as in Great Britain.

The Lang Academy, as well as their colleagues from rental and sales from Lindlar are looking forward to visitors at booth 4.0 B50.

19th March 2019

Highlite International at Prolight & Sound 2019 in Frankfurt

Highlite International at Prolight & Sound 2019 in Frankfurt
Highlite International at Prolight & Sound 2019 in Frankfurt

Germany – Highlite International BV will be present during Prolight & Sound 2019 in hall 12.1 at stand C90 and C91. Here Highlite will showcase the latest entertainment solutions and innovations from Showtec, DAP Audio, DMT Dutch Media Tools and Infinity Intelligent Light.

One of the European event highlights of the year is definitely the Prolight & Sound Event in Frankfurt. Starting 2 April until 5 April nearly the entire entertainment community comes together in one of the 12 halls during Prolight & Sound but also for the Musikmesse which is held simultaneously. Highlite International is already a long-term participant because the Prolight & Sound event offers the perfect opportunity to meet a lot of customers and suppliers alike to discuss the current entertainment market developments.

It is also the ideal platform to demonstrate the latest developments and additions to the Highlite product-range. For this year Highlite will introduce some very interesting developments.

Showtec is going to be present with various new products like a sturdy, powerful range of outdoor lighting solutions, an energy efficient blinder and a very special “Special FX”-unit which is nearly invisible.

The Infinity Furion family has expanded and will showcase their latest addition which packs a true novelty. It is something that needs to be seen to be believed. Besides the new addition you will also have the possibility of getting hands on experience with the Infinity Furion S601 full feature moving head. The pinnacle of the Furion Series with very fast blades to create the most amazing shapes and a 500W LED engine which creates a strong, collimated beam of 6,5°.

DMT presents its latest video mixer and scaler, the DMT D1. It makes video scaling and mixing more accessible and intuitive than ever before. The DMT D1 is equipped with the latest technologies and innovations which makes it truly an all-in-one video processor. The integrated touch screen makes accessing the different functions an easy task.

DAP Audio is going to showcase the latest new addition, the active speaker range, the Pure-Series. Very powerful units which truly pack a punch despite their compact size. Besides the Pure-series DAP will also present the Gig-143 mixer. A very user friendly 3HE digital mixer with a bright OLED screen and a lot of professional features, designed for all users.

Tuesday the 2nd of April until Friday the 5th of April 2019 the entire Highlite International presentation is at hall 12.1, stands C90 and C91

Highlite International at Prolight & Sound 2019 in FrankfurtHighlite International at Prolight & Sound 2019 in Frankfurt

19th March 2019

Highlite

ETC and High End Systems – Better Together at Prolight + Sound 2019

ETC and High End Systems – Better Together at Prolight + Sound 2019

Germany – At Prolight + Sound 2019, ETC and High End Systems will be joining together to showcase the latest line-up of product innovations across four stands in Hall 12.1: Stands B40, B41, B46, B47. This includes the debut of a not-to-be-missed new product which will be revealed at the show.

Visitors to the stands will see ETC’s first automated fixture in over a decade, the award-winning Relevé Spot. Specifically designed for theatre, this moving light boasts a calibrated four-colour additive mixing system and a unique Ani-gobo wheel which creates textures like never before.

High End Systems’ will showcase a selection of pioneering automated lighting technology, including the SolaFrame 3000, SolaFrame Theatre and the new SolaFrame 1000 and SolaSpot 3000. The recently launched SolaFrame 1000 offers a diverse feature set and is available in Ultra-Bright and High CRI versions. SolaSpot 3000 boasts more than 37,000 lumen output with a Bright White LED engine. The flagship fixture offers an unprecedented amount of effect combinations – three gobo wheels for a total of 21 patterns, two animation wheels, two prisms, aerial effects and more.

The greatly anticipated TurboRay by High End Systems will also be at the show. This new fixture in the company’s FX range offers a classic retro look with its radial diffusers, and can be used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a powerful hard edge beam that produces beautiful aerial effects and more.

There will be three product lines of control on display at this year’s Prolight + Sound: Hog, Eos and ColorSource. Visitors to the stand should look out for something new and exciting in the world of Eos during the show.

Visitors can talk to product experts about ETC’s Stage Technology solutions including Prodigy P2 hoist, QuickTouch Preset and QuickTouch+ controllers and accessories. The Prodigy P2 is a complete package hoist, suitable to fit any venue’s needs. It is fast and easy to install and with some configurations available off the shelf in Europe for an even quicker project. ColorSource Raceway provides the ideal combination of power and control for modern lighting systems in an economical package, and its lightweight aluminium construction makes it an ideal partner to Prodigy P2.

Students that are interested in lighting design or a career in lighting are welcome to attend ETC’s Student Session on the 4th April at 4pm (Hall 4, Level C, Room Entente). Lighting industry professionals and product specialists from High End Systems and ETC will be present to talk about the latest developments in lighting technology and design.

The Hog Factor 2019 final is on a bigger scale than ever before this year. Shortlisted teams will compete against one another with a performance of their lighting show on the High End Systems stands on 3rd April at 5pm. It will be a show not to be missed!

ETC and High End Systems will be in Hall 12.1, Stands B40, B41, B46, B47 from the 2nd to 5th April 2019.

www.etcconnect.com

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19th March 2019

ETC

ISCEx 2019 proves to be a great success

ISCEx 2019 proves to be a great success
ISCEx 2019 proves to be a great success

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers wound up another successful ISCEx event with increased attendances at its annual exhibition and seminar day. ISCEx is a one-day exhibition and seminar programme held annually by the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.

Open to members and non-members, the ISCEx exhibition and seminar programme is precluded by the Institute’s annual general meeting, which saw the appointment of Helen Goddard announced in her role as president of the Institute. |SCE also organised a health and safety assessment session for ECS card applicants and a networking dinner event.

The ISCEx 2019 seminar programme started with a lecture from Martin Bonsoir MInstSCE, internal applications manager for BiAmp Systems presenting the Hopkins-Baldwin Lecture, entitled ‘Remote Management in AV’, exploring AV equipment and building infrastructure.

Peter Mapp, HonFInstSCE, presented the Warren-Barnett Memorial Lecture on ‘Psychacoustics for Sound Engineers’ outlining the basis of every day acoustics and audio phenomena when designing and setting up sound systems.

The seminars were concluded by a lecture from David Needham from Axis Communications under the topic of ‘Embracing the move to network based audio’, presenting the advantages of IP audio and how to migrate from existing analogue audio installations.

ISCEx 2019 once again proved to be two days stacked with meetings, presentations, exhibits and networking opportunities, highlighted by the feedback and comments from attendees and exhibitors.

Christopher Nicolaides, principal at AMS Acoustics said: “I had a wonderful time at ISCEx, it was probably the most enjoyable industry event I’ve attended in my career so far, as it strikes an excellent balance between exhibitors and seminars and the day is structured masterfully to allow attendees the best of both. Looking ahead, I am looking forward to getting involved more with some of the new member initiatives the Institute is implementing.”

Robert Siatkowski from Ambient Systems, a first time exhibitor at ISCEx 2019 comments: “I was very impressed with the event over both days. The networking dinner was a good opportunity to meet new contacts and at the exhibition I was impressed at being able to meet with a number of visiting consultants. We shall definitely be booking again for next year.”

Adam Florio, UK sales director of Element One adds: “Although I’m an enthusiastic member of ISCE and have been for several years, it was the first time I'd been able to attend ISCEx. The networking dinner was highly rewarding; I had the chance to spend and enjoy time with some like-minded people, as well as make great new business contacts. The meal and entertainment was great and at the exhibition, there was a good mix of exhibitors and, due to the relaxed atmosphere (far more than most trade shows), I was afforded plenty of time to speak to them. I also sat in on some very informative presentations and in particular got a lot of valuable information from listening to Peter Mapp speak. All in all, I will definitely be attending next year and encouraging friends and colleagues to do the same.”

ISCEx has been running successfully for 17 years and this is our fourth year at Coombe Abbey Hotel. I believe this has been our best yet. Talking to many of the exhibitors and visitors, they were very positive and particularly liked the informal networking style of this exhibition’, comments Phil Price, director and chairman of ISCEx for the ISCE.

We had 36 exhibitors at ISCEx this year and in-between seminars, exhibitors were constantly engaged in discussions with attendees,” comments Ros Wigmore, event organiser for ISCE.

We strive to keep ISCEx as a very personal event, creating a very intimate and informal environment for business conversations and networking to take place. Feedback has been positive and we’re pleased to confirm the dates for ISCEx 2020, which will take place on 17th-18th March 2020,” summarises Wigmore.

19th March 2019

MA Lighting at Prolight + Sound 2019 in hall 12.0 (groundfloor): New features and hardware

MA Lighting at Prolight + Sound 2019 in hall 12.0 (groundfloor): New features and hardware

Germany – MA Lighting will highlight the latest features and functionality of its grandMA3 and dot2 lighting control solutions on booth C69 in hall 12.0 (on the ground floor) at Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

Visitors will experience the latest preview version of the grandMA3 software as it progresses towards the V1.0 launch later this year. All grandMA3 models will be available for hands-on demo in Mode2 and Mode3. Recent developments including new ways of colour control, visual ways of Phaser control, enhanced 3D visualisation or networking protocol implementations and much more are on display. MA’s product experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

Visitors will also find a detailed overview of MA’s networking solutions illustrating different user scenarios for events and fixed installations. At the same time MA will premier its brand new grandMA3 xPort Node DIN Rail versions. Get in touch with the MA team to find out more about the exciting possibilities of the grandMA3 system.

In parallel, the new open protocol GDTF (General Device Type Format) – jointly developed by Vectorworks, Robe lighting and MA Lighting to replicate the real-world physical components of the most complex fixtures – will be shown and explained by MA’s experts.

Also, the MVR (My Virtual Rig) file format will be on display. MVR is a file format used to share data for a scene between a lighting console, a visualiser, a CAD program or similar tools, and is based on GDTF.




18th March 2019

MA Lighting

d&b audiotechnik talks lineage and lifetime value at Prolight + Sound 2019

d&b audiotechnik talks lineage and lifetime value at Prolight + Sound 2019
d&b audiotechnik talks lineage and lifetime value at Prolight + Sound 2019

Germany – d&b audiotechnik heads full steam to this year’s Prolight +Sound in Frankfurt featuring both their SL Series - GSL and KSL Systems – and the d&b Soundscape, two industry defining innovations that empower engineers with the tools to create the sound environments they need. To join in the fun, d&b is also bringing with them new products and enabling technologies, proving it’s not just the big things that matter.

PL+S is a first for the small but mighty B8-SUB/ Bi8-SUB. At a mere 170mm tall the subwoofer’s low profile belies an exceptionally high performance to size ratio. It’s an ideal fit for tight spaces, be they fixed installation or mobile production environments, reproducing frequencies from 43Hz to 170Hz. It’s a little wonder.

Supporting system designers in mobile and fixed applications the d&b ArrayCalc Exchange SketchUp plugin enables users to generate an ArrayCalc compatible venue file (*.dbacv) and load it into ArrayCalc. Prolight + Sound also provides a chance to learn more about the Milan protocol and DS20 audio network bridge, the first d&b Milan enabled product.

The d&b Soundscape is rapidly transforming the creative potential of sound design. Soundscape demonstrations will occur daily in the Panorama hall at Messe Forum. Visitors are invited to sessions covering an all-encompassing presentation touching on the concept, system design, the creative experience and application examples. There will also be some distinguished names from the world of creative audio in special presentations and Q+A sessions.

Dedicated workstations at the d&b booth will offer practical insight and guided discussion on d&b’s ever expanding offering of system integration solutions, the d&b Workflow, and DS family of signal drive and processing, including the DS100 signal engine – the hardware behind the d&b Soundscape.

“At d&b we believe in the benefits of a systematic approach.” says David Claringbold, chief marketing officer at d&b, “Where each considered development builds upon the previous one. We call this Applied Evolution. We are proud of the forward compatibility with which we develop our technology and how this enables our customers to be confident that the performance and value of their system will continue to grow over a long and fruitful lifetime.”

14th March 2019

Alcons Expands its Commitment to the Theatre Market at USITT 2019

Alcons Expands its Commitment to the Theatre Market at USITT 2019

USA – The 2019 USITT Conference & Stage Expo sees Alcons Audio demonstrating its expanded commitment to the theatre and live entertainment market by having a bigger presence at the event than ever before.

USITT (the United States Institute for Theatre Technology) is focused on promoting learning amongst theatre and live event design and technology practitioners, so the annual Conference & Stage Expo is very focused on demonstrations and interactivity, ensuring that visitors see and hear the products in action.

Taking place from 20 – 23 March in Louisville, Kentucky, this year Alcons will provide visitors a number of opportunities to hear the benefits of its pro-ribbon audio systems. These will include the Live Sound Loudspeaker Demo and the main sound reinforcement systems on the Sound Design Stage and Lighting and Digital Media Stage on the Expo floor.

At the Live Sound Loudspeaker Demo (taking place on 20-21 March), visitors will be able to hear the advantages of Alcons pro-ribbon technology compared to systems by several other manufacturers. A system comprising LR7 micro line array modules, VR8 compact versatile monitors and BC332 cardioid subwoofers with Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers will participate in the round-robin demos, which take place three times each day (at 11.30pm, 2.30pm and 5pm). In addition, a full demonstration of the Alcons system will take place at 4.30pm on 20 March and again at 1.30pm on 21 March.

A variety of content will be presented on the Sound Design Stage and Lighting and Digital Media Stage through Alcons pro-ribbon systems. The Alcons VR12 mid-size versatile monitor system will handle the duties on the Sound Design Stage while a larger system of LR14/90 and LR14/120 ultra-compact line array modules, LR14B bass modules and SR9 ultra-compact infill monitors will reinforce the Lighting and Digital Media Stage.

Another interactive highlight of USITT is the annual Tech Olympics, which invites teams of student members and their coaches from around the US to compete in a timed series of events designed to test their skills at the various disciplines involved in theatre production. Alcons is donating prizes of $100, $75 and $50 Amazon shopping sprees for the first, second and third place winners in the Sound System Setup event.

Also exhibiting at Booth 630, the company will be showing the VR5 mini versatile monitor, BF181 mkII compact subwoofer, RR12 point source array module and QR24 modular line source array column, with company staff on hand to discuss the products on show and all the systems in use throughout the Conference & Stage Expo.

“The USITT Conference & Stage Expo is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate and discuss the increasing success that Alcons pro-ribbon systems are enjoying in the US theatre and live entertainment markets, it is a remarkable platform to inspire and engage with the next generation of theatre and Broadway sound designers,” says David Rahn, the company’s North American sales manager. “Our evolutionary audio solutions provide significant advantages on numerous fronts. Seasoned professionals, who are curious about the applications of pro-ribbon technology in theatre, to up-and-coming students, hear the difference that Alcons delivers.”

USITT 2019 takes place at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The Live Sound Loudspeaker Demo takes place on March 20-21 in the Marriott Ballroom, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown hotel adjacent to the convention centre.

 

14th March 2019

Show Us #WhatMatters – Zero 88’s Great Photo Opportunities

Show Us #WhatMatters – Zero 88’s Great Photo Opportunities

Throughout 2019, UK lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 is running a fabulous photo competition, #WhatMatters, which is open to anyone working on a production, project, event or installation which involves Zero 88 products.

There are ten categories in which participants can enter an image:

  • Architectural and commercial installations

  • Corporate events 

  • Broadcasting

  • Performing arts

  • Concert and touring 

  • Attractions

  • Educational

  • Worship

  • Rental 

  • Multipurpose venues

“At Zero we love highlighting the work of our clients and end-users and so the #WhatMatters competition evolved with the idea of enabling people to share some of the best elements and magic associated in creating experiences and delighting audiences.”

“We’re excited about this chance for people to capture those moments and in some cases also demonstrate their own photography skills!” explained Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole.

It gives Jon and the Zero 88 team a chance to look at and appreciate the numerous innovative shows, events and designs on which their dynamic lighting control products are being used, and it’s a fun and mutually beneficial way to communicate with the Zero 88 community.

“We are hoping that lots of people will get snapping,” says Jon.

Winners can receive a £50 Amazon voucher or a one-universe ZerOS upgrade which is currently worth £250. There's no deadline, but throughout March, as an introductory competition participants could win a doubled up voucher for £100.

Any photo of any Zero environment can be submitted, but is must be high quality, crisp, clear, vibrant and something with character that shows at a glance the ‘visual essence’ of the project.

There are no specific requirements related to the equipment used, from a pro SLR camera to a smartphone, just as long as the image has a minimum of 1800 x 1200 pixels and looks amazing!

And a tip from the judges is that cool images of beautiful lighting designs or unique venues are more likely to be selected than a selfie with a Zero 88 console!

Apart from that, there’s a couple of other strict requirements, which are that the photo must reflect and illustrate an environment where Zero 88 products are currently being (or have recently been) used, and the person entering the image must have the copyright, or permission from the person who holds the copyright to use the photo.

Some of the images may end up being used for Zero 88 marketing campaigns on its website or Insta account.

Submissions can be emailed directly to photos@zero88.com and for full information, terms & conditions and details on the process and the prizes, etc., please check https://zero88.com/photos/faq.shtml

In picture: From the production '#Hashtag Lightie', lighting designer Richard Lambert.

photo: Kwaku Kyei

14th March 2019