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ITEAC 2018 Further Keynote Speakers Revealed
UK – Following on from the announcement of the first keynote speaker, Dutch architect Francine Houben, creative director of mecanoo architecten, the ITEAC 2018 editorial board has revealed two further keynote speakers, to join her in the line-up of this year’s International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018, 3-5 June, London.
With ever more news of major developments in the Middle East, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, with responsibility for the operation and development of Dubai International (DXB) as well as Dubai World Central (DWC), will provide a unique insight to the challenges that urbanisation brings to large infrastructure projects, and how important cultural development is as part of the process.
His high-profile career in transportation has been combined with a life-long passion for music. At an early age he learned to play the organ and although he aspired to train as a cathedral organist, having studied both music and computer science, he has followed a career in the management of global transport hubs. Nevertheless, he has pursued his musical enthusiasm making many public appearances as a recitalist, continuo player and soloist in concerti accompanied by major orchestras. Paul is currently a vice president of the Royal College of Organists.
Senior partner at Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, Ascan Mergenthaler, will enliven the stimulation and provocation session, which will spearhead the final day of the conference.
A stalwart of this leading firm for more than 20 years, he is in charge of various projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He led the extraordinary team that realised the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg – a building complex that accommodates not only a philharmonic hall but also a chamber music hall, as well as restaurants, bars, a panorama terrace with views of Hamburg and the harbour, apartments, a hotel and parking facilities.
His keynote address will be followed by his participation in the Concert Hall Design & Acoustics session, where the current trends relating to acoustics and audio-technologies will be explored, referencing recent projects in China, Hamburg, Paris and Berlin.
The three-day event will be opened by Louise Jeffreys, director of arts at one of the world’s largest arts centre, the Barbican, London, and those looking to secure a ticket to attend the fifth edition of this essential quadrennial gathering, are advised to book quickly.
Presented by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) at the state-of-the-art Savoy Place, the Global Engineering Hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), latest information regarding sessions and speakers will be posted on the ITEAC website as announced.
In picture: Paul Griffiths; Ascan Mergenthaler photo: Adriano A. Biondo / Biondo Pictures; Louise Jeffreys photo: Felix Clay
23rd March 2018
Funktion-One at Prolight + Sound 2018
Germany – Loudspeaker manufacturer, Funktion-One, will introduce the new F124 bass enclosure to the European market. First introduced at The NAMM Show 2018 in January, this unique addition combines Funktion-One’s horn-loading technology with a 24-inch driver.
By re-visiting a 24-inch frame and tooling they had developed during a previous R&D phase, the basis of the new enclosure quickly fell into place. To create the completed package, Funktion-One invested significant time into ensuring the other elements were exactly right. Key among these was the magnet and coil. Andrews and the Funktion-One design team worked closely with Precision Devices to find the best performing solution, eventually developing a double 6-inch voice coil motor with an unprecedented Bl factor of 50 to give the necessary motive power. To Funktion-One's knowledge, this is now the most powerful electromagnetic structure in a loudspeaker.
The results are astonishing. Two voice coils and intense magnetic flux control a 24-inch cone with impressive accuracy, ensuring excellent transient response and extended depth to below 30Hz. This combination of mid-bass speed and impact with low-bass extension from a single enclosure makes the F124 the perfect bass partner for the company’s Evolution systems and other Funktion-One mid-high speakers.
As Andrews notes, the universally enthusiastic feedback the F124 has received during testing provides confirmation that the team’s time has been well spent. “It’s probably the best all round bass device on the planet,” he says. “Everyone who has experienced it has been blown away. It was quite a long development process – around two years – but that attention to detail has returned a fantastic result.”
He continues: “The fact that it’s horn-loaded means that its output is solid and precise. At this sort of size, most other manufacturers use bass reflex technology, which gets a completely different result. I believe we’re the only company doing anything that is genuinely different that works, and with the addition of the F124, I feel that we’ve got a complete range of the highest performing bass speakers on the market.”
The F124 is available worldwide via the Funktion-One distributor and dealer network.
The Funktion-One stand will be approximately two metres longer than last year, meaning more space for products from the company’s loudspeaker ranges. The stand will showcase a flown Vero array, F132 and BR132A 32-inch bass enclosures, ground stacked arrangement of F124 bass enclosures with Evo 6E speakers, a PSM318 DJ monitor, and an SB210A/F81 self-powered compact system.
Funktion-One will once again take its place at the Live Sound Arena/Open Air Agora. The demos will feature an Evo configuration with a central position of six newly launched F124 bass enclosures.
21st March 2018
MA Lighting at Prolight + Sound 2018: grandMA3 will be shown live for the first time
Germany – The grandMA3 lighting console series, that was announced earlier this year, will be shown to the public for the first time at Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt 10th - 14th April.
Founded on the legacy of the previous grandMA consoles, the grandMA3 represents a radical re-think of what’s possible from a lighting control platform. The elegant new system-architecture incorporates new fixture, feature and effects-handling at its very heart.
The system features ground-breaking concepts from top industry visionaries, presented within a refined user interface, and is designed to make practical tasks more intuitive. The physical design detail of the grandMA3 range is extraordinary and focused on delivering the best possible user experience, now and into the future.
Interest is expected to be high, therefore in addition to 13 fully staffed grandMA3 demo stations, MA’s booth, C61 in hall 3.0, will feature a dedicated grandMA3 demonstration auditorium. Up to 70 seated visitors can enjoy a live presentation of the new grandMA3 console series from MA’s product specialists, offering an in depth insight into this new powerful range.
The presentation will be held in German and English, a time schedule will be displayed at the auditorium.
Additionally, on booth D59 the whole dot2 range will be available with fully staffed demos stations. Visitors can expand their dot2 knowledge about the intuitive dot2 features and functions.
21st March 2018
ETC to unveil new products at Prolight + Sound 2018
Germany – At the upcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, ETC is set to present a cross-section of its extensive collection of lighting and rigging products across three stands in Hall 3.0 – E51, F51 and E47. The event will mark the European debut of a number of products from the company’s portfolio of lighting control consoles, LED luminaires and architectural control solutions. Trainers and product experts will be on hand to offer demos and advice on all the products on display.
Visitors can get a first look at the soon-to-be-launched Element 2 console – a revamp of the original Element desk – which offers the award-winning Eos software with an interface and price point that is accessible to a broad range of users and venues. Also making its regional premiere will be the ETCpad, a tablet accessory providing dedicated, touchscreen-based wireless or wired remote control for all Eos family consoles and controllers.
Several new additions to the successful ColorSource family will be previewed at the show. ColorSource Pearl fixtures feature cold and warm white LEDs for a seamless colour temperature range, from 2,700K to 6,500K. Available in PAR, Spot and Linear (1, 2, 4) configurations, they boast the same user-friendly interface as their established ColorSource siblings.
ETC is also introducing a new fixture for architectural spaces: the Irideon WLZ wash light. Engineered to be a companion to the popular Irideon FPZ framing projector, the WLZ has a zoom range of 10-68 degrees and is available in portable, canopy and three-circuit track mount versions, all with remote DMX and local control.
The ETC rigging area will feature QuickTouch and QuickTouch+ controllers and a Prodigy P2 hoist with a new cable management solution. There will also be a dedicated section displaying ETC’s versatile and scaleable architectural lighting control solutions designed to suit installations of all sizes and budgets. Highlights will include sophisticated facility-lighting control and building systems integration from Unison Paradigm, flexible and intelligent control solutions from Unison Echo and Unison Mosaic for merging show control, LEDs, moving lights, media effects, and more into a single work of art.
Additionally, Michael Lichter, an ETC senior technical product manager, will deliver a 75-minute presentation, organised by the VPLT, entitled “Lighting: Communication protocols for stage lighting systems, an introduction.” He will present an English version on Tuesday 10th April, and a German version on Wednesday 11th April; both starting at 2.45pm in Hall 4, Level C.
One of ETC’s world-renowned Student Sessions will take place on Thursday 12th April at 5pm in Hall 3. This will be a great opportunity for students and apprentices to chat with ETC managers, product specialists and technicians, and have their lighting-related questions answered. This year, ETC founder, Fred Foster is planning to join the panel. Interested students should pick up a free entry pass in advance from ETC’s reception desk on stand E51.
Meanwhile, in Hall 4.0, on stand D59, ETC company High End Systems will be showcasing several consoles from the Hog 4 family, and an array of its acclaimed LED automated lighting fixtures. Also, High End will be hosting a visual spectacular not to be missed: the Hog Factor final. From 5pm on Wednesday 11th April, four teams of aspiring lighting professionals will compete to win this year’s title.
21st March 2018
Green Hippo set to Notch up an industrious Prolight + Sound show
Germany – Frankfurt, between the 10th and 13th of April, is the only place to be for professionals from the live entertainment and installation sector. This is when the German city hosts Prolight + Sound 2018. Held at Messe Frankfurt – the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds – the show attracts visitors from 144 countries and exhibitors from 55 nations. Green Hippo will again exhibit at the event, partnering with Notch, maker of the game-changing real-time visual tool.
The Green Hippo stand will be fully equipped with the latest Hippotizer+ media servers, enabling guests to experience the world leading solutions for real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
A key feature of the Green Hippo stand is the opportunity for visitors to gain hands-on experience of Hippotizer’s seamless integration with Notch. Designed from the creative process up, and supercharged by powerful real-time rendering and visualisation, Notch helps creators rediscover the joy of problem solving, experimenting and improvising on the fly.
Further demonstrating Hippotizer’s ways with Notch, Green Hippo has commissioned a short dance piece with the London based Tavaziva dance company showcasing the real-time creative possibilities of Hippotizer, Noitom motion capture and Notch working together. The interactive demo dance will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00.
Visitors will also get the chance to learn more about some key new features that will be added on the new software V4.4, which will be released soon.
In addition to its open demonstrations, the Green Hippo team will run six closed-door sessions. Taking place on Wednesday 11th April, and Thursday 12th April, each of these events will fit approximately 15 delegates, offering a deeper dive on the below noted topics. Presentations will run for around 15 minutes, with a 5-10 minute Q&A session to close.
C4D + Shape -> integration / workflow
This workshop explores integrating SHAPE and Maxon’s industry leading content creation software: Cinema 4D. Learn more about content creation and UV mapping workflows and explore real-world examples of innovative 3D projects.
Automation / Blacktrax
This session covers the integration of Posi-Stage Net (PSN) and Black Trax with Hippotizer and SHAPE. It will also explain how to set up automation, best practice and real-world examples of how Automation is used in Hippotizer.
Houston Case Study / Auto alignment
The Houston Energy City museum projection mapping project – featuring automatic alignment and automated blending with over 30 projectors across a model city scape of Houston – is one of most complicated yet attempted. This talk discusses the project and challenges faced.
Interactive Dance with Notch
This talk will reflect on the creative and technical process leading to the dance presentation on the Green Hippo stand (see above).
Macro Manager – Scripting in Hippotizer
Thanks to the Macro Manager component, Hippotizer features a powerful scripting system that few users know about. This talk will discuss the basics of Macro Manager and go through case studies to better explain one of Hippotizer’s least known features.
Shape Case study tool
Green Hippo demonstrates the SHAPE case study tool and examines how it is used in 3D projection mapping projects. This tool allows users to plan projector placement, content overlap and brightness, saving precious time on site.
Green Hippo is also presenting the latest big thing from Island Records – beer! On Tuesday 10th April visit the Green Hippo stand at 4pm - Hall 4.0., stand C31- and enjoy a chilled can of Island IPA, the award-winning session craft beer, which celebrates the artists and legacy of the legendary record label.
20th March 2018
Chauvet Professional Draws Large Crowd To USITT Exclusive Tour
USA – More than 150 lighting designers, students, educators and other USITT visitors boarded special buses at the Broward County Convention Center for an exclusive visit to Chauvet Professional’s global headquarters.
While at the spacious facility, they got to meet with the company’s product development team for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the latest fixtures in the award-winning Ovation line of ellipsoidals, Fresnels, battens and followspots, as well as the widely-honoured Maverick and Rogue series of moving fixtures.
Guests had the opportunity to take part in interactive demos of popular lighting fixtures. There were also demos of the latest ChamSys consoles. At the conclusion of their visit, guests participated in a question-and-answer session with company CEO Albert Chauvet, who was “energised and encouraged” by the idea exchange.
“For me, it was rewarding to talk to our guests, particularly the students,” said Chauvet. “The energy, enthusiasm and passion for lighting that these young people showed made me feel very good about the future of our industry.”
20th March 2018
Solid State Logic Releases V2 Software with Immersive Audio for System T at NAB 2018.
USA – World Leading audio manufacturer Solid State Logic has announced the release of v2.0 software for its System T broadcast audio production platform. System T includes a range of consoles, remote hardware and software interfaces, processor engines, and I/O, all designed from the ground up to be part of a next generation IP network-based broadcast production environment. With a collection of high profile installations around the world already operational, System T is proving the benefits of IP-based production workflow today. At NAB 2018 SSL will showcase a new System T v2.0 software release that introduces major additions, including immersive audio, 'appified' software, and DAW control. NAB will also see the global premiere of the 32-channel version of the S300 compact broadcast console.
SSL’s immersive audio implementation for System T places support of immersive audio for ATSC 3.0, Dolby Atmos, and MPEG-H at the heart of the console architecture. With the emergence of 3D Immersive Audio in broadcast as well as in film, SSL’s new three-axis co-ordinate panning for System T incorporates two or four channel overhead speakers into the available channel and bus formats. As well as positioning mono and stereo sources in a 3D sound field, System T can accept multichannel 3D sources and fine tune their spatial components as they are added to the final production mix. This is essential in multilingual sports productions where effects and ambience multichannel 3D ‘beds’ will be used extensively as the basis of the individual program mixes.
Supported formats include 5.1.2 and 5.1.4, 7.1.2 and 7.1.4 (with side channels as well as rear channels). A novel 4.0.4 format designed primarily for beds and stems ensures that the centre channel remains exclusively available for dialogue and commentary. The 4.0.4 format is also ideal for the output of the new generation of VR mics that capture a four-channel ambisonics scene representation. This can then be rendered in a multichannel format for incorporation into an ‘object/bed’ based immersive mix.
Intelligent downmixing means that conventional 5.1, stereo, and mono mixes can be created simply by routing a 3D channel or stem to a suitably formatted master bus. Downmix coefficient control of the overhead (top) to floor (bottom) mix and the side channels to front and rear, permits user adjustment of the system derived defaults. An elegant unified approach to divergence processing eliminates the complexity often found in the panning solutions offered on workstations and other digital consoles, which require multiple parameters to determine the balance between the discrete and phantom components of the centre and side channel signals.
Partnering the new 3D channel and bus formats is a 12-channel monitoring section. This includes 49 12-channel monitor inputs, configured as a primary monitor input and two 24-channel preselectors, together with a 12-channel AFL monitor bus, and a pair of 12-channel insert points for external processing and rendering engine returns, offering all the monitoring tools required in a 3D production environment. An additional secondary main monitor output allows use of both conventional monitor speakers as well as a secondary sound bar or other domestic style monitor setup for real-world quality checking. A further two stereo Alt outputs can be used for nearfield monitors or for simultaneous secondary program monitoring in multi-language productions. Independent channel level and delay adjustment is available for both main monitor outputs.
Completing the immersive feature set in System T is an extensive collection of processing tools. In addition to all the standard path processing (EQ, filters, dynamics 1, dynamics 2, delay) including up to 7.1.4 capability, the System T FX rack includes immersive format versions of the bus compressor, multi-band compressor, enhancer, dynamic EQ, G flex EQ, all pass filter, de-noiser and summing module.
System T v2.0 also introduces 'appified' software. Software interface components launch as separate applications, all of which are available anywhere across multi-screen control surfaces and PC control stations. This new approach offers extraordinary versatility and facilitates a wide range of screen interface set ups, across multiple screens, to suit various workflows for different types of production.
SSL has also applied its extensive experience of DAW control to the creation of the most comprehensive DAW control available in a broadcast console. The system makes full use of System T touchscreen and hardware controls and includes a dedicated screen interface for control over the DAW mixer environment and transport controls.
SSL will demonstrate v2.0 at the show with S500, S300 and Tempest control rack (TCR) systems and the complete network I/O range. The acclaimed SSL Live console range will also be available for demonstration.
20th March 2018
Support backup, come to Comfest on Sunday 25th March
UK - It's well known how tough it can be as a freelance in the entertainment technology industry. The hours are long, you’re away from your family and you only earn money when you’re working. What happens if you can’t work because you’re ill, you have an accident, or someone in your family needs your help and support? You probably do not have a stash of cash put away to see you through. What then? That’s where Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity can help and that’s why it is putting on Comfest – an evening of outstanding comedy with the legend that is Al Murray The Pub Landlord and a great supporting line-up at The Dorfman Theatre on the 25th March 2018.
Backup provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film. It offers support and help to get technicians back on their feet.
Grants are tailored to an individual’s needs and can include essential living costs, medical related expenses, advice, re-training and travel.
Backup works with potential recipients to fully understand the support needed and ensure that help is targeted effectively and will stay in contact with recipients and provide ongoing support.
Backup grants have brought help and hope to industry members and their families during some of their darkest hours.
Most recipients want to remain anonymous, but here is what some of them say about backup:
“Thank you – without the assistance of Backup I would likely be homeless. Because of mental health problems I have struggled to find and keep work – this is not a forgiving industry when it comes to long term health problems. My financial situation is dire, but Backup has given me some breathing room to try and concentrate on some sort of recovery.”
“I’d like to write about how the money from the Charity helped me, as I am a carer for my father and I work in a costume department. My father had to go into hospital but unfortunately at this time I also had a breakdown. Backup – our Technical Entertainment Charity has helped me get back on my feet with the money and the full support they have given me has been brilliant. Thank you.”
“I cannot thank everybody at Backup enough. I do not know where I would be, without all of help and support that Backup has given me. It enabled me to recover, without worrying about money”
“I really don’t know what to say. This is incredible. Thank you so much. This will definitely lift the burden for a few months. As I go in for a stem cell transplant on the 15th March for 3-4 weeks this help couldn’t be more timely.”
Help backup to continue to help your friends and colleagues by coming to Comfest. Tickets are available from https://www.backuptech.uk/event/comfest-2018/
20th March 2018
High End Systems and Hog Factor at Prolight + Sound 2018
Germany – High End Systems is gearing up to exhibit its latest products on a dedicated stand at the upcoming Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt. From 10th - 13th April, visitors can discover and explore a selection of products from the leading console and automated lighting manufacturer in Hall 4.0 – D59.
The show will offer an opportunity for hands-on demonstrations of a selection of High End’s Hog 4 family of lighting control consoles, designed for markets of all shapes and sizes, including Hog 4, Full Boar 4 and Road Hog 4. Visitors can also expect a surprise or two, and there will be a chance to see the new Hog 4 v.3.8.0 software, featuring a new desktop colour scheme called 'stealth,' and added external monitor/touchscreen capability for HedgeHog 4 console models.
A recent introduction to the Sola Series family of automated luminaires, SolaFrame 750 boasts a compact footprint but a huge feature set. A perfect fit for smaller to medium-sized venues, this fixture cuts through the competition with its 11,300 field lumens, 6-50 degree zoom, rotating gobo wheel plus fully continuous animation, and much more. SolaFrame 750 offers the widest array of effects currently available in a fixture of its size.
SolaFrame Theatre is the industry’s first automated LED luminaire to deliver completely silent operation. Engineered with no fans, it features a special high-CRI LED engine, delivers 15,000 field lumens, and features High End’s acclaimed full-frame shuttering system. SolaFrame Theatre is a natural fit for designers who work in television, film, theatre and other situations where fixture noise is simply not acceptable.
Added to the mix, also from the Sola Series of LED automated lighting fixtures, will be SolaWash 2000 and SolaSpot 1000. The flagship SolaWash 2000 luminaire uses a 600W Ultra-Brite LED source, multiple colour and effects systems, and an incredibly versatile zoom range, resulting in revolutionary new lighting looks. A 440W Ultra-Brite LED engine and specially designed optics allow the SolaSpot 1000 to shine boldly through the crowd, while the cutting edge rotating animation wheel, fixed gobo and colour wheels, CMY/CTO system, iris, frost, prism, and zoom create a cornucopia of lighting effects.
Attendees are invited to join the crowds at the High End stand on Wednesday 11th April at 5pm for the latest instalment of Hog Factor. The contest, recognised as the world’s premier academic lighting programming competition, will see four teams pitted against each other to win great prizes and the coveted Hog Factor Prolight Champion accolade. “We can’t wait to see what these lighting professionals of tomorrow have in store for us,” says Sarah Clausen, product manager for Hog consoles. “No doubt it’ll be a spectacle to behold!”
Meanwhile, welcoming visitors in Hall 3.0 – E51, E47 & F51 – is High End Systems’ parent company, ETC. There will be a wealth of products on display, including consoles, luminaires, power control, architectural control solutions and ETC rigging equipment. ETC is also planning to unveil a few new products from several of its well-known collections.
19th March 2018
Alcons Audio Plans High Profile Presence at Prolight+Sound 2018
Germany – At Prolight+Sound 2018, Alcons Audio will have it’s highest profile presence yet. With major demonstrations, new products, commitment to immersive sound and a significant anniversary, Alcons aims to be the word on every sound professional’s lips.
A major highlight of Prolight+Sound is the Production Resource Group’s (PRG) demonstrations in the Festhalle. This year an Alcons LR28 large format line array will deliver the soundtrack to the spectacular hourly presentations. Complemented by further Alcons products, including the BC543 high-output cardioid subwoofer, the system will show that great sound can be every bit as impressive as great visuals.
The system will also be an important part of Prolight+Sound’s annual opening event, the PRG Live Entertainment Awards, on 9th April. An Alcons RR12 point-source array system, with BQ211 21" subs, will also be used at the Awards after party.
Highlighting Alcons commitment to immersive sound for cinema, studio, live audio and installations, the company’s Stand B36, Hall 3.1 will be connected to live immersive sound specialists Astro Spatial Audio (ASA). Alcons and ASA have collaborated on many demonstrations voted ‘best of show’ and an Alcons system will again be showcasing ASA demos that literally have to be heard to be believed.
And this is just the start, because Alcons will be showcasing no less than five new products. These will include the VR5 ultra-compact versatile monitor, previewed at the Amsterdam ISE show in February. The VR5 is the first professional audio monitor that features the Alcons patent-pending waveguide technology, which allows any dispersion to be achieved in the vertical / coupling plane. The VR5 features a 90º x 60º dispersion pattern, all the way up to 20kHz.
More new developments to be announced will include extensions of the L-series true line-arrays and the company’s next-level VHIR processing.
If all of that wasn’t enough, the company will be continuing the celebrations of its 15th anniversary, including hosting a special dealer event on the evening of Thursday 12th April.
“2018 is a major year for Alcons Audio, with Prolight+Sound a key platform for us to highlight that to the European live sound industry,” says company co-founder Tom Back. “With a rapidly expanding user base and product portfolio, we are really looking forward to demonstrating how far we have come in 15 years.”
Prolight+Sound 2018 takes place at Frankfurt Messe from 10th - 13th April.
16th March 2018
Yamaha and Nexo Showcase The Best in Live Audio at ProLight+Sound 2018
Germany – Following the highly successful launch of Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system and other new products in February, there is much for visitors to look forward to on the company’s stand at ProLight+Sound, which takes place at Frankfurt Messe from 10th - 13th April.
Exhibiting on Stand E50, Hall 3.1, Yamaha is again exhibiting alongside high end touring loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo, together forming a truly full-scope industry supplier.
The launch of RIVAGE PM7 was one of the audio highlights of the ISE show in Amsterdam and the new system will again be the focus of a lot of interest at ProLight+Sound. Yamaha’s entire range of industry-leading digital mixing consoles will also be on display, alongside other new products, including the updated R series Dante I/O racks, Version 2 firmware for RIVAGE PM10 (which brings the latest facilities to the entire RIVAGE PM family) and the updated DXSmkII subwoofers.
Yamaha’s flexible control options will be highlighted with StageMix, ProVisionaire Touch V2.0 and ProVisionaire Touch KIOSK V2.0 (iPad), plus ProVisionaire Control (Windows) and ProVisionaire KIOSK (Windows tablet) apps. Further new product developments may also be on show.
“ISE was an extremely successful show for us, with RIVAGE PM7 and our other new products generating a lot of interest,” says Nils-Peter Keller, Senior Director Pro Audio & AV Group at Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. “We are really looking forward to showing the new console and I/O racks to more live sound engineers and rental companies at ProLight+Sound.”
Yamaha will also have an extensive presence at MusikMesse, which takes place at Frankfurt Messe from 11th - 14th April. Exhibiting in the Portalhaus, mixing consoles, loudspeakers, monitors, portable PA systems – including the new STAGEPAS BT series – and Line 6 wireless microphone solutions will be on show, alongside many other products from Yamaha, Line 6 and Steinberg.
16th March 2018
Milos Xtruss adds some flair to the Korea Energy Show
Korea - Milos recently designed and delivered Xtruss components for the Posco Energy booth at the Korea Energy Show.
Xtruss is a series of truss accessories that allow quick and easy attachment of various elements to truss structures. In this case, Xtruss allowed for the high quality and modern attachment of fabric graphics on the truss structure at the Posco Energy booth, which helped it stand out from other companies at this important Korean energy exhibition.
The long-time Milos client in charge of this project was International Service Business (ISB). ISB is a well-established Korean company that distributes Milos products in Korea and Japan, as well as specialising in advertising and marketing events in the region.
“The reason for using the Milos Xtruss components was to be more eco-friendly, save time and eliminate the use of wood, which is normally used for securing textile elements on truss structures,” said Sang Young Ahn, CEO of ISB. “In fact, thanks to the use of Xtruss, no trash was generated from the booth and the fabric graphics were recycled,” Anh continued.
The Milos design team worked closely with ISB to ensure the Xtruss components would fit safely and securely on Posco’s truss structure and provide seamless integration of the fabric graphics.
“The end result was really spectacular and Posco Energy was very impressed. In the end, the exhibition was a big success for our client and we plan on offering Xtruss to more exhibition design companies this year.”, concluded Mr. Anh.
15th March 2018
Immersive audio, festival lighting, and technical standards to appear at PLASA Focus Leeds
UK – PLASA Focus Leeds, the essential event for entertainment technology returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds on 1st and 2nd May 2018. Free registration is open for the show which has already sold out with over 130 international brands eager to introduce their latest products to a UK audience.
In addition to the wide array of exhibitors from lighting, audio, AV, staging and rigging sectors, attendees will have unlimited access to a programme packed with heavyweight content, from hands-on technical workshops to inspiring key-note talks.
Right at the cutting edge of audio, journalist Phil Ward will explore the advanced challenges of spatial and immersive audio. Joining him are a panel of manufacturers and sound designers including Tom Slater from Call & Response and Scott Willsallen, an award-winning expert in sound design for major international events. They will explore how this emerging sector impacts system design and workflow for engineers and production professionals working in concert touring and live sound.
Lighting enthusiasts can look forward to Changeover Madness at a Festival, a lively panel of lighting designers and operators, chaired by Ambersphere’s Philip Norfolk. They will answer burning questions such as How do bands turn up at festivals and put on their show with a completely different rig from what they normally have on tour? How do LDs and operators cope with the myriad of different rigs over a festival period? What happens when the artist decides to do a completely different set from normal? These questions and many more will lift the lid on the realities of operating lighting at festivals.
Back by popular demand is a seminar on technical standards for places of entertainment presented by Robin Townley from the Association of British Theatre Technicians. A number of these standards, which are recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have been amended since PLASA Focus Leeds 2017. This vital session will guide attendees through the changes, review the importance of rehearsing control of risks in the production environment, and answer questions regarding safety and compliance.
Running throughout the entire show, ChamSys will run training sessions on MagicQ, and KV2 Audio will demonstrate its loudspeakers which have been making impressions on the West End and Broadway.
Additional highlights include the Association of Lighting Designers’ panel on collaboration and the Riggers Forum. Much more content will be announced in the weeks ahead.
PLASA Focus Leeds is free to attend on 1st and 2nd May at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Find out more and register at: leeds.plasafocus.com
15th March 2018
LAcoustics shaping the future of the audio industry at ProLight+Sound 2018
Germany – L-Acoustics continues to build the technology that shape the future of our industry. This year’s ProLight+Sound will see the French manufacturer demonstrate its revolutionary LISA Immersive Sound Art technology, which recently embarked on the Lorde Melodrama tour across North America, as well as present new hardware and software tools – including the P1 networked digital audio processor, which begins shipping in June – that will make it easy for LAcoustics partners to quickly realise optimised performance for their LAcoustics systems.
Established in London in 2014 by L-Acoustics founder Dr. Christian Heil, L-ISA is L-Acoustics’ immersive sound brand. L-ISA draws on extensive audio and psychoacoustic research to develop sound design and processing tools for live shows, creative events and private residences. L-ISA is the only comprehensive solution that integrates innovative sound design, loudspeaker systems, proprietary processing hardware and software-based audio tools.
L-Acoustics will showcase the new L-ISA Island on Stand C11 in Hall 3.1. This complete integrated personal auditorium plays the high-definition Blu 23.1 format as well as any other media, all housed in a stunning piece of furniture designed to entertain high level music lovers.
Demonstrations and presentations of both L-ISA Immersive Sound Art technology and the P1 networked digital audio processor will be held in the Kontrast Room, Hall 3.
14th March 2018
A fresh approach for PLASA’s 2018 AGM
UK – PLASA, the professional lighting and sound association, will host its Members’ Day and AGM on Thursday 31st May 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians, a beautiful and central venue in Regent's Park, London.
This year there will be a new approach to the day, which puts members at the heart of it. The day will provide a unique opportunity to network with fellow members, strike up new relationships and share the latest industry insights.
Attendees can look forward to a generous lunch and flowing drinks with an enlivening key-note speaker. The PLASA AGM will also take part during the day, keeping members up to date with the association with time to give feedback and ask questions.
The event is also an opportunity for members to meet representatives of the newly elected PLASA board, including new chairman Adam Blaxill.
There is plenty to celebrate at the event following a successful year for PLASA. The appointments of Chris Toulmin as commercial director and Nicky Greet as director of the membership, skills and technical department has strengthened both PLASA’s membership and commercial divisions.
The team has been busy implementing new benefits which reflect the changing needs of the membership. These include new membership support services, and a programme of professional development and networking events to support members and non-members working within the industry.
The PLASA Members’ Day and AGM is set to be an unmissable event. Be the first to snap up one of only 65 specially reduced ticket by visiting: plasa.me/agm2018
14th March 2018
Altman Lighting heads to Fort Lauderdale for USITT in Booth 525
USA – On 15th March, when USITT opens the Stage Expo show doors inside the Broward County Convention Center, Altman Lighting will be on-hand to showcase its theatrical and architectural lighting innovations. Located in Booth 525, Altman will feature a highlight of the Chalice 70W LED downlight, the Gallery series of architectural solutions, the popular family of Spectra Cyc LED luminaires, the convection cooled PHX 150W LED profile and the mains dimmable Pegasus LED Fresnel, plus, a unique opportunity for prizes with the Altman LEGO Challenge.
“The USITT Conference and Stage Expo has always been one of our favourite opportunities to enjoy being a part of the theatrical lighting industry,” said Nick Champion, Altman Lighting vice president of North American Sales. “By bringing together educators, students, professionals and manufacturers who are all dedicated to supporting the craft of live theatre, we are able to not only showcase our technology solutions, but also have a little fun as well with something like the Altman LEGO Challenge.”
Introduced for the first time at USITT, the Altman LEGO Challenge was created to give visitors at the show the opportunity to walk away with a prize that’s sure to improve their selfie and video game. By being the closest to guess the number of pieces, without going over, used to build the Altman LEGO display created by Champion, two lucky winners will be awarded a Smooth Q 3-Axis Motion Stabilizer for their smart phone. Full details on the Altman LEGO Challenge can be found at altmanlighting.com/legochallenge.
On display in Booth 525, the Chalice LED Series is the most diverse range of downlights available with mounting options that include pendant, recessed, aircraft cable, wall and yoke mount, and dimming choices ranging from mains dimming to DMX. Also available with a wide variety of LED colour or white light options, plus numerous lens or reflector choices, the Chalice LED Series is the most versatile and easy to integrate downlight solution available today.
Ideal for use in black-box theatre spaces and educational fine arts facilities, the Gallery LED Series offers a 92+ CRI and control options that include mains dimming, DMX, 0-10VDC, local and DALI. With variety of colour temperatures, this scalable family produces 4000 lumens of white light output and can be used to build your solutions through profile, beam wash, wall wash and flood options, along with optional gel frames for colour.
The popular Spectra Cyc cyclorama/wall wash luminaire family utilises a diverse line of LED choices including RGBA, RGBW, 3000K, 5600K, and tunable white versions, to blend beautiful, rich colours via a patented LED blending lens. The on-board power supply allows for direct power and data input which can be daisy-chained through ten units. Available in Cyc 50, 100, 200, and 400 models, individual units can be linked side-by-side for greater saturation and are complete with library of pre-programmed single colours and various colour mixes.
As one of the only convection cooled LED profile fixtures available today, the PHX 150W LED profile is ideal for theatres, production studios and performing arts venues desiring superior, energy-efficient lighting in an acoustically sensitive environment. With a standard fixed beam lenses or zooms which range from 15-35 or 30-55 degrees, a 360-degree rotating barrel, and a die-cast aluminium frame, the PHX 150W LED profile is also available in a diverse line of LED choices including RGBA, RGBW, 3000K, 5600K, and tunable white versions.
Available as a 6-inch or 8-inch white output solution, the Pegasus LED Fresnel is both a mains dimmable and DMX controlled luminaire that replicates the soft light output that is expected from a theatrical or studio Fresnel. At under 150W, Pegasus meets the output of its 750 Watt incandescent counterparts and is also available in four different colour temperatures with a 10-70° spot-to-flood beam spread.
To see all the Altman Lighting theatrical and architectural solutions at the USITT Stage Expo, visit Booth 525 inside the Broward County Convention Center, 15th – 17th March, 2018.
13th March 2018
Anolis at Light+Building 2018
Germany – Premium architectural and installation LED lighting manufacturer Anolis will showcase a mix of new innovations and popular product ranges in Hall 4 on Level 4.1, Stand 4.1 F61 at Light+Building 2018, Frankfurt Messe, March 18th – 23rd.
The biennial trade fair is a major international focus for anyone involved in creative lighting, design, building services and the built environment, a place where smart technology and digital futures meet imagination and ideas. As in previous years, Anolis sees it as a key meeting point for architects, designers and other professionals involved in a rich mix of ground-breaking projects across multiple sectors.
It is a perfect place to showcase new and inventive technology and Anolis will be highlighting its Ambiane downlight luminaires which are the first in a new range of specialist high performance fixtures bringing dynamics and colour to any ambient lighting scenario.
There will also be a focus on the new ArcLine Outdoor DVP (Direct View Pixel), part of a new range of mappable media solutions planned by Anolis, and two important new products will be previewed, the ArcPar 150 Outdoor and the Divine 72.
Anolis’s popular ArcSource range will also be on the booth together with their ArcSource 24 MC Submersible, ArcPad 48 Integral, ArcSource 96 Integral LED wash and the original and popular ArcSource in-ground fixtures, which will be part of be an upcoming new range of in-ground luminaires.
There will be a full international team present on the booth, communicating in multiple languages. The expo is perceived as a great opportunity to make new contacts and enable people to discover Anolis for the first time as well as meeting existing clients and end-users to show them the latest innovations in a diverse and lively networking environment.
The Anolis Ambiane downlight is designed for a wide range of applications needing ambient lighting which can also be colour changing. It is currently available in RGBW and tuneable white CCT versions with 67 or 80 degree beams.
High quality single-chip LEDs and reflectors optimise the light output, and refined colour mixing produces beautiful smooth colour transitions allowing Ambiane to produce dramatic and versatile looks and moods for any environment.
Ambiane can be DMX or DALI controlled. A secondary power input is available for backup in case of an issue with the primary power source.
IP 20 or IP 54 versions are available, as well as a selection of clear or frosted glass for the IP 54 version.
Ideal for theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, ballrooms, sports facilities, public spaces including foyers, atriums, corridors, stairwells, lounges, restaurants & bars, retail, offices and meeting rooms, galleries and museums.
A great choice for highlighting or outlining buildings and other objects with video and media style effects, ArcLine Outdoor direct view pixel is one of a range of inventive and flexible media solutions from Anolis.
It is available in a variety of lengths that are quick and easy to daisy-chain, linking power and data.
The RGB Multi-chip light source is impressively bright, and Anolis’ renowned smooth colour mixing produces a rich array of colours and streamlined transitions.
Powerful and compact, the Divine 72 cuts through the night sky with precision and clarity. New architectural compositions can be achieved by layering façade details and highlighting other landscape features with the luminaire’s narrow 6° beam.
It has the power to paint any structure with light, either in stark distinction, or with subtle separation hues as very fine degrees of colour variation are possible with the incorporation of Anolis’ signature colour mixing system.
Robust and made to withstand exacting and harsh exterior environments, the Divine 72 is rated IK10 in addition to being ‘suitable for wet locations’ with an IP67.
The ArcPar 150 outdoor fixture has been designed with an all-in-one approach that combines creative balance with quality illumination for outdoor environments.
It removes the need for different lens options, making product ordering simpler and more straightforward and makes installation smoother and more efficient as last minute tweaks and modifications can be completed on site.
The versatility of this unique product shines through with the introduction of its optical system.
A high level of design flexibility is possible utilizing the ArcPar 150 outdoor which has a zoom ratio of 1:12, and an approximate range of 4°- 62° making it ideal for either flood or spot lighting.
A much-anticipated addition to the Anolis outdoor range, the ArcPar 150 Outdoor is ‘suitable for wet locations’ with an IP 65 rating.
As always, Anolis’ signature premium quality colour mixing gives access to a wide and vibrant range of beautiful shades which are easily selectable through a virtual colour wheel with over 60 preset colour options.
12th March 2018
Prolyte Group at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt
Germany – Showing its unrivalled capacity in the design and build of complex truss structures Prolyte Group will not only bring a range of heavy duty truss systems to the Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, but also a range of trusses specially designed for LED walls. Next to these, Prolyte will show more innovative new products. The Prolyte team is looking forward to connecting with its existing and new customers.
The massive Mammoth M145RV truss can now be combined with a complete ground support system, consisting of a special designed base section, top section, D75T tower and sleeve block to accommodate heavy loading and large spans. A complete grid with Mammoth truss was recently delivered to Neuro Tech, Shanghai.
Prolyte will introduce a range of products to facilitate the safe erection or suspension of LED walls. The LSU series offers a universal LED stack system suitable to build LED walls of different manufacturers. All systems offer sound constructive solutions and user safety.
The LSU series also comprises three solutions to suspend you LED system; H40V-MB, S52SV-MB and the H40R truss all compatible with the regular truss series.
The BGR70 truss is in essence a low volume truss with extreme load bearing capacity. The truss can handle large spans as well as extreme loads. Prolyte has designed a special adapter to combine this truss with a B100 Sleeveblock and CT tower, facilitating the combination of BGR70 truss in ground support systems.
After introducing the BOX-30V-HD in 2017, Prolyte now extends this range with the BOX-40V-HD. This box corner is a fully plated and bolted element and therefore is much stronger than the regular box corner. This allows users to build any 2D or 3D structures without involuntary losing strength due to the corner types used.
The StageDex support frames range will be extended with the Easy Frame D system. A quick and easy solution to build your stage support or raised floor.
The Easy Frame D can be build on various, adjustable heights, ranging from 110 to 150cm height and is calculated to hold 500kg/m2 loading.
ProLyft will show a complete set up of hoists and controls, showing the endless possibilities ProLyft can create for the basic to advanced user requirements.
Prolyte will host a stand party on Thursday 12th April. Please feel invited to join this event from 18:00 hours onwards. Prolyte hopes visitors will tune in for this party with live music.
Prolyte has designated a special meeting area on its stand for customers. Please contact a dedicated account manager to meet one of the Prolyte team, so that this can be scheduled.
The Prolyte stand is in Hall 3.0, E14.
12th March 2018
Sennheiser to announce Augmented Audio Developers Programme at SXSW
USA – At South by Southwest (SXSW), held from 9th to 18th March in Austin, Texas, Sennheiser will announce the Ambeo Augmented Audio Developers Programme. Successful applicants will get early and free access to cutting-edge hardware and software production tools to create augmented reality audio apps.
“Augmented audio creates fantastically rich audio experiences, enhancing the sonic landscape with additional content for gaming, entertainment, productivity and beyond,” said Sofia Brazzola, Sennheiser, who manages the developers programme. “The programme is aimed at sound designers and game developers who are eager to create augmented audio apps and creatively explore audio interactivity.”
Applications for the programme will be accepted from 9th to 31st March, 2018. Developers interested in learning more and registering should visit www.sennheiser.com/ambeo-augmentedaudio, which will be live from 9th March. The Ambeo team will consider all applications and select a total of twenty participants to join the programme. The top three applicants will also win an additional grant to support their app development cost.
All the creators selected will receive a free toolkit, comprising the hardware and software needed to develop augmented audio apps for iOS devices. On the hardware side, the kit includes the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset for recording immersive binaural audio, sealing in-ear tips, and a headtracker. Software includes the Ambeo 3D binaural audio software library, the application programming interface for the Ambeo Smart Headset, and a fully functional demo project using Apple ARKit as an example.
From 11th to 14th March, the Ambeo team will provide a live demo of a typical augmented audio application at the Sennheiser booth (#908): Wearing the Ambeo Smart Headset and using an iPad, visitors are invited to watch a 30-minute live performance by funk-fusion goddess Noa of Playing Savage, whose solo vocals will be enhanced in real time by a full virtual backing band via an augmented reality app. Demonstrations will take place at 11:30am, 2pm and 4pm.
Sennheiser also welcomes its partner Dear Reality to the booth. Dear Reality will demo its VR/AR production software, Spatial Connect, which enables a fully immersive workflow for VR/AR audio productions. This innovative tool eliminates the need for the audio engineer to switch back and forth between the production environment and the produced VR/AR content, the engineer can work in a fully immersive setting.
On Sunday, 11th March, from 4:45 to 5:30pm, a panel discussion on “Augmented Reality and Sound” will take place in the German House. The panel will be hosted by Sebastian Gsuck, CEO of MediaApes, with the speaker line-up including Hartwig von Sass (CeBiT), Tom Ammermann (New Audio Technology), Daniel Guthor (CEO, Aspekteins), and Uwe Cremering (co-director Ambeo Immersive Audio, Sennheiser).
Visit Sennheiser at SXSW, Trade Show Area, Booth #908 from 11th to 14th March.
9th March 2018
City Theatrical at USITT 2018
USA – City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology in Booth 231 at the USITT Conference & Stage Expo 2018 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 15th to 17th March.
At the event, City Theatrical president and founder, Gary Fails, will be presenting a live demonstration of Multiverse wireless DMX technology at the Innovation Stage on Friday, 16th March at 12 noon. The Multiverse family of wireless DMX/RDM products gives lighting users a new range of options for performing lighting tasks more easily than ever, while producing less disruptive radio energy. To learn more about City Theatrical’s Multiverse Session at USITT, visit: http://bit.ly/Multiverse_USITT.
City Theatrical’s vision of the new lighting world is one in which every DMX device contains a tiny, inexpensive Multiverse module, and where legacy lighting products have a Multiverse node near them, allowing entire productions containing hundreds of fixtures and dozens of universes to be operated wirelessly. The Multiverse module is an FCC approved circuit board mounted device that allows lighting manufacturers and end users alike to utilise all of the benefits of the Multiverse wireless lighting system.
Multiverse node is the first building block of the Multiverse system. Each Multiverse node is a transceiver. As a single universe transmitter, it functions in a similar plug and play manner to City Theatrical’s SHoW DMX SHoW Baby, but speaks the more advanced Multiverse language. As a receiver, it is the primary receiver in the Multiverse system, and can be part of a larger multi-universe set-up. Multiverse node contains both 2.4GHz and 900Mhz radios.
Multiverse transmitter opens a new world in wireless DMX/RDM. Its Ethernet input allows it to take in Streaming ACN (sACN) or Art-Net and to transmit any of nine user selectable universes of DMX/RDM (five in the 2.4GHz band and four in the 900MHz band) while using only a fraction of the radio energy of any present day single universe wireless DMX transmitter. It also has a built-in Bluetooth radio receiver that allows it to communicate with City Theatrical’s multi award-winning DMXcat app from the user’s smartphone. This gives the user smartphone control of any lighting fixture that is part of the Multiverse set-up, whether it is a lighting fixture with a built-in Multiverse module, a lighting fixture receiving its data from a Multiverse node, or any wired fixture downstream of those devices. The Multiverse transmitter is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for communication and control from tablet-based Wi-Fi lighting controllers, like Luminair.
Multiverse gateway is a transceiver, and allows the fullest use of the Multiverse system. It utilises four radios (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs, 900MHz and 2.4GHz for wireless DMX/RDM output), and sACN or Art-Net input. The user can choose which of the nine available universes they would like to broadcast wirelessly, and can choose another eight universes to output locally as wired DMX/RDM. Receivers on the Multiverse gateway system can either be individual Multiverse nodes for single wired DMX/RDM output, or additional Multiverse gateways. When used as receivers, the Multiverse Gateway can output any of the wireless DMX universes received on any of the eight wired DMX outputs, as well as passing along up to nine universes on the sACN output.
DMXcat is a multi-function test tool that makes it easy for anyone to control, analyse, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The multi award-winning DMXcat system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus several other useful functions to the user’s smartphone.
DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: how to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console. DMXcat is available for iPhone, Android and Amazon Fire in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Korean and Japanese. Watch the DMXcat YouTube video for more information.
QolorFLEX now encompasses a vast collection of professional-grade QolorFLEX LED tape and dimmers, QolorPIXTM pixel controlled LED tape and controller, QolorFLEX NuNeonTM linear lighting, and accessories, making it the single source for high quality, durable LED products that work together seamlessly. Created specifically for lighting professionals working in theatrical, film and video, and architectural applications, all QolorFLEX products are easy to work with, vibrant, and consistently colour matched, exceed industry standards for service life, and help maximise creative potential for a performance or installation. QolorFLEX products can be seen in hundreds of productions and environments internationally, including: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Anastasia on Broadway and the Institute of Contemporary Art Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts.
The QolorFLEX LED Tape line includes 40+ high quality tape options that help designers put light in places that were once thought impossible and create lighting fixtures and effects in a new and inexpensive way. Every LED tape pairs perfectly with QolorFLEX Dimmers for ultra-smooth, flicker-free dimming, whether being done from a tiny dimmer with a wireless DMX receiver build in for props and costumes, to higher intensity dimmers for larger scale productions, or DINrail mounted dimmers for permanent installations in enclosures. City Theatrical offers designers a QolorFLEX LED tape demo kit for easy side-by-side comparisons of various QolorFLEX LED tape products.
QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape is designed for the most demanding professional applications, with 48 individually controlled LED lights per meter. Each reel of tape includes a soldered-on four-pin XLR connector to create a plug and play connection to the QolorPIX tape controller. The QolorPIX tape controller offers eight ports, each accommodating five meters of tape. The controller also includes a user-friendly control interface that allows users to change mode, pixel length, dimmer, personality start address, strip type, fixture ID, and direction, and wireless DMX with Multiverse technology. QolorPIX pixel controlled LED tape and controller can create thousands of lighting effects in minutes, including chases, fades, scrolls, and bursts.
QolorFLEX NuNeon is a sealed LED linear product that is flexible and safe for indoor or outdoor use as the perfect replacement for traditional neon lighting. QolorFLEX NuNeon is rugged, outdoor-rated and dimmable. It can be cut to length and installed without any special tools, and is available in a variety of colours plus RGB. It offers the same visual impact as traditional blown glass neon without the problematic issues of installation and maintenance.
QolorPoint Wireless LED Uplighters deliver beautiful lighting effects for indoor or outdoor events quickly and easily, with no wires at all. Lighting users at USITT can learn how to get started at a low cost with City Theatrical’s LED Event Lighting Leasing Programme.
City Theatrical will also demonstrate their industry-leading software at the USITT trade show. John McKernon will showcase his multi award-winning Lightwright 6 software for designers and electricians to help manage and document up to 45,000 universes of data to support their entertainment lighting.
Lighting users can also find out more about Moving Light Assistant, an application that was designed to document both the physical setup and programming information for moving light rigs commonly used in the entertainment industry.
City Theatrical’s 2018 Preview is available at: http://www.citytheatrical.com/customers/usitt-2018-preview
9th March 2018
Chauvet Draws Crowds to Asian Open Houses
Singapore – February ended on a high note for Chauvet in Asia. The company’s first open house in Singapore drew an enthusiastic crowd of close to 50 lighting professionals, who came for a first-hand look at the latest Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ and ChamSys products. This followed an open house with the company’s distributor ASIIS that drew over 100 lighting industry professionals to the large Neo Soho, Keluarga Allah Church in Jakarta, which recently had a full Chauvet product install.
Visitors to the Singapore event enjoyed hands-on demonstrations of the company’s highly acclaimed Chauvet Professional Maverick and Ovation series fixtures as well as the ChamSys line of consoles, including the PIPA Award-winning Magic MQ500 Stadium. Those who attended the Soho, Keluarga Allah open house got a first-hand look at how the 30,000-member church is using its extensive collection of Ovation, Rogue and COLORdash fixtures from Chauvet Professional as well as COLORband fixtures from Chauvet DJ.
At both sessions, visitors exchanged ideas and insights with Chauvet’s management team, including international sales director Stéphane Gressier, well-known industry veteran Hanslee Lim, who recently joined the company, and Aziz Adilkhodjaev of ChamSys.
“We were extremely pleased with the turnout and the level of enthusiasm at the two open house events,” said Gressier. “Our products were very well received, and all of us enjoyed the lively and informed conversations. All of us left the event more confident than ever in the future of Chauvet in Asia.”
9th March 2018
Visit Alcons at booth 2417 + Outdoor Stage
USA – The 58th annual USITT Conference and Stage Expo brings companies from throughout the theatre industry to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Alcons Audio USA returns to the USITT, showing and demonstrating sound systems from across its ground-breaking pro-ribbon product lines; be it point-source, point-source array, line-source and line-array system solutions.
All systems sharing excellent gain-before-feedback, true linear response at any SPL, with virtually unlimited dynamics and up to 90% less distortion.
9th March 2018
PR Lighting to Showcase Eight Major New Fixtures at PL+S
Germany – PR Lighting will showcase eight major new products in Hall 3, D27 at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound.
Aqua 480 BWS is an IP65-rated moving light, designed to provide three features in one: beam, wash and spot. It has adopted PR patented technology, and combines advanced 480W lamp with a superb optical system. This makes it ideal for outdoor entertainment, concert, stadium and any other activities or events.
Aqua 480 Beam is also IP65-rated, with a large aperture beam, ideal for outdoor entertainment, concert stadium and all kinds of activities. It can produce sharp beam effects, striking gobo projection and provide a number of effects.
Merlin integrates three features (spot, wash and beam) in a single unit. This fixture has adopted PR patented technology, and combines advanced 480W lamp technology with a superb optical system.
Omega, containing six RGBW four-in-one LEDs, is an impressive moving zoom bar effect luminaire producing a powerful zoomable blade of light. Each pixel can be controlled individually, and the light output can be easily turned into a dynamic ray of micro beams in the air.
XLED 6019 is an extremely bright LED colour wash moving head luminaire featuring 19 x 60W OSRAM (4 in 1 RGBW) LEDs. It includes variable colour temperature (2700K - 10000K), pixel and pixel ring control, advanced colour with macro.
Arc LED 1360 Strobe T/D is a powerful graphic strobe which can provide an impressive punch over a huge area. The fact that it is IP67-rated also makes it ideal for outdoor use. It is available in cool white (6500K) and warm white (3000K), display with four buttons.
Arc LED 60 is IP65-rated and features OSRAM 60W(RGBW 4 in 1) LEDs. The fixture is compact (3.75kg) with 4.7° beam angle, variable colour correction (3200K~7300K). It can be hung in any position powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, and is ideal for outdoor event/activities.
PR-6000 Wash is a newly launched, extremely powerful moving head, equipped with 2000W lamp. It has a complete CYM colour system and macros, including 14 colours, half effect and rainbow effect. It is aimed at all professional applications.
7th March 2018
Sunbaba wins Access All Areas’ Supplier Award of the Year at Event Production Awards 2018
UK – Event branding specialist Sunbaba was presented with the Access All Areas’ Supplier of the Year Award at the 2018 Event Production Awards. The ceremony was held at London’s Novotel West on Wednesday 28th February with more than 400 leading suppliers and event organisers in attendance.
Sunbaba is at the forefront of event branding in the UK and has an excellent reputation for assisting clients with communicating branding, key messages and vital information to audiences of all sizes. The criteria for the Access All Areas’ Supplier of the Year award included demonstrating how services were successfully utilised by event organisers and improved the organiser’s strategy, enhancing the delivery of the event.
As Tom Hall, editor of Access All Areas announced the winner award he said: “The winner is a company who has continued to innovate, demonstrated a dedication to customer service and excellence, as well as to the industry as a whole over a sustained period of time, alongside a tremendously diverse range of events worked with.”
Commenting on their win, co-founders and directors, Jan and Trevor Booth said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received the Access All Areas’ Supplier of the Year Award at this year’s Event Production Awards. Sunbaba has specialised in event branding for 20 years and been in business for 30 years, so to have all of our hard work and dedication acknowledged, in front of industry peers, at such a prestigious event, was absolutely wonderful.”
Other award winners on the evening included Roger Barratt from Star Events who received the Legend Award Hyde Park, Venue of the Year and Isle of Wight Festival for Music Event of the Year.
In picture: Sunbaba’s Jan and Trever Booth received the Access All Areas’ Supplier of the Year Award at the Event Production Awards 2018.
6th March 2018
More Exhibitors, More Registered Attendees and a Free Lunch – ISCEx 2018
UK – With just days to go until ISCEx 2018, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers reports a record number of visitor registrations and exhibitor bookings for its seminar and exhibition event, taking place on Wednesday 7th March 2018.
Held at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire, ISCEx 2018 invites ISCE members and non-members to a day of seminars and exhibitors, with lunch included completely free of charge.
Next week’s event sees 35 leading audio manufacturers and distributors on hand in the exhibition zone to discuss market opportunities, technology developments and your projects, alongside a programme of seminars throughout the day, open to all exhibition attendees.
This year’s seminars include:
10:00 am Busting the myths of Mass Evacuation – Dr Chris Cocking, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton.
11:30 am How do we react to Sound? – Hanieh Motamedian, Sound Directions & Sam Wise, Venue Strategies
2:30 pm Don’t Drop the Ball – Matthew Archer, Audio Technica Ltd
Visitor registrations are available at https://www.isce.org.uk/iscex/