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ABTT search for Technician of the Year 2019 ‘Star’
UK – The ABTT’s annual search to find its Technician of the Year is gathering pace and if you know of an outstanding individual working in our industry today who deserves recognition for their contribution to the art of technical theatre, then now is the time to act. Deadline: Friday, 31 May 2019.
The Award is one of the most important accolades the Association bestows, as it recognises the achievement of an individual who is still in the heart of their career but who has consistently delivered technical excellence.
Open to ABTT members and non-members alike, recipients have usually pursued full employment in a backstage or production management role for at least ten years and have predominantly worked on the presentation of live performance in places of entertainment or on theatrical experiences in non-conventional spaces.
Their qualities will include not only a mastery of their chosen discipline or craft but also recognition as an expert practitioner by their peers, having achieved and promoted best practice throughout their career: in doing so they will have made a significant contribution to technical excellence in the delivery of world class performance.
Previous winners include Charlotte Lockyer (2017), a senior automation engineer at TAIT, who now also serves as a Trustee on the ABTT’s Council and the 2018 winner Malcolm Glanville (pictured), Rambert’s legendary technical director.
Malcolm’s appointment as Technician of the Year for 2018 was acknowledged last December, when he received his hook-clamp trophy and certificate at the Royal Academy of Music during the Association’s AGM. At the event a citation from Christopher Bruce, CBE, choreographer, performer and former artistic director of Rambert Dance Company was read which included the lines. “Your service to the Rambert company has been remarkable and always produced the highest of standards, sometimes under the most difficult of circumstances. Your accumulated knowledge and expertise are now extraordinary and recognised throughout your profession and we honour you.”
Nominations for 2019 can be submitted direct to the ABTT Office (email@example.com) or through a simple online form, with the winner due to be announced after the close of the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show, Wednesday 5 June – Thursday 6 June 2019, at Alexandra Palace London (subject to the recipient’s availability).
24th May 2019
ABTT Annual Product Awards: Submissions OpenUK – Time’s running out to nominate products for the Association of British Theatre Technicians’ (ABTT) coveted awards bestowed by peers and industry experts each year in June, at the ABTT Theatre Show.
The hotly contested Product Awards for Engineering, Sound, & Lighting, along with the award for Widget of the Year, are open to any company or individual whose products are substantially new to the market during the last twelve months and are available now for purchase, immediate delivery and use.
To be considered, all entries must be available for adjudication during the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at London’s Alexandra Palace, either on their exhibition stand (if being exhibited) or hosted by one of the pre-registered exhibitors.
A fifth award for ABTT Theatre Show Stand of the Year is open to 2019 Theatre Show Exhibitors only.
Pre-submitted entries, via the submission form will be treated equally to those brought to the judges’ attention on the day, but early applications are encouraged, for advance distribution and perusal by the anonymous jury.
Last year’s winners included EM Acoustic’s EMS-41 (Sound Product), Martin’s Mac Encore Wash (Lighting Product), MDG’s Round Floor Pocket (Engineering Product) and Flint’s ‘6 in 1’ & ‘3 in 1’ Staplers (Widget).
The ABTT Theatre Show, first staged in 1978, offers an exhibition, forums, workshops and product demonstrations with numerous opportunities for discussion, discovery and development. The Theatre Show revenues play a fundamental role in funding the ABTT’s charitable works. The ABTT is the independent membership organisation upholding standards in technical excellence, safety and compliance for theatre and live performance. It seeks to continuously advance technical expertise and work with its membership to develop and promote best practice in all relevant crafts and disciplines.
The ABTT Theatre Show works for those who are building or equipping a venue, it works for those who put on shows, it works for suppliers promoting their products and it works for students looking for a career in the industry.Free visitor registration is available on the ABTT Theatre Show website: www.abtttheatreshow.co.uk
24th May 2019
Unusual Rigging demonstrates 'ground-breaking' K2 software at ABTT
UK – Unusual Rigging is looking forward to an exciting couple of days at this year's ABTT where the company will be demonstrating K2 software – a ground breaking product that combines the best aspects of existing programming methodologies with some stunning new concepts.
Speaking ahead of the show, director and head of sustainability at Unusual, Tom Harper explained: "K2 is Kinesys' motion control console. It employs an intuitive approach to automation programming. We at Unusual are extremely excited by the potential that this system enables, having recently used it for a concert for Swedish House Mafia allowing us to expand the scope of rigging and engineering solutions for all our clients' creative ideas."
Visitors to stand P1 will have the chance to talk through their project needs with the Unusual team, as well as viewing a stunning visual show-reel of the company's 'best bits' of the last year. Tom continued: "Our annual show-reel has become something of an attraction at ABTT in recent years. It showcases some of our most challenging and diverse projects, highlighting the amazing work that our teams do across a spectrum of sectors: theatre, museums, outdoor events; challenging, beautiful and often jaw-dropping."
A new 'Engineered Solutions' brochure will also be available on the stand which offers potential customers a general overview of the plethora of solutions Unusual can offer a project. "ABTT is the main event on our trade show calendar, for us it's the place to see and be seen, giving us the opportunity to talk to our customers and find out how we can work with them to make their visions a reality. It's exciting and it means we are constantly thinking of ways to go that extra mile to make sure we're ticking all the right boxes."
Tom will also be facilitating a discussion on the 6th June in the Roman Bar with fellow SiPA advocates exploring the extent to which the industry is transitioning to a circular economy. "This is a vital aspect of everything we do at Unusual and we firmly believe in the importance of getting other organisations within this sector on board with meeting SiPA's goals."
24th May 2019
Stage|Set|Scenery: It’s all about the sound
Germany – At Stage|Set|Scenery, which will be taking place from 18 to 20 June in Berlin, trade visitors can find out about the latest developments in audio technology, ranging from acoustic design to wireless digital sound systems. At the international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology, national and international exhibitors will be presenting their latest innovations in audio systems, acoustics, acoustic equipment, PA systems and electro-acoustics. The audio segment is fully booked, with newcomers making up 35 per cent of the exhibitors. Leading industry players such as Meyer Sound, Yamaha, Gerriets and d&b audiotechnik will be among those present. DPA Microphones, Kling & Freitag and Yamaha are presenting their innovations for the first time at the show.
Stage|Set|Scenery’s expanding audio segment features a partnership with the German Sound Engineers’ Association (vdt), which will be inviting members and interested visitors to meet and exchange views on its stand in Hall 22.
In contrast to other areas of theatre technology it is impossible to portray sound visually or in words. It has to be heard and experienced. At the SoundLab, away from the bustle of the show, trade visitors can find out about the latest audio technology trends in an ideal acoustic environment. At Stage|Set|Scenery the SoundLab in Hall 22 offers the perfect sound experience, be it classical music, a cappella singing or a musical. This is where companies such as Gerriets, KS Beschallungstechnik, Müller-BBM, DPA Microphones, Kling & Freitag and Shure will be giving live demonstrations.
For audio enthusiasts, Round Tables on the topic of 'Sound' will round off the programme of events. Gerriets will be presenting the latest advances in rail-mounted, projector and acoustic systems (RoundTable 21, Tuesday 18 June, 5-5:45pm). Bo Brinck and Florian Kresse of DPA Microphones will be examining where to place microphones at performances in order to ensure optimum speech audio quality (RoundTable 22, Thursday, 20 June, 3-3:45pm). At RoundTable 23, Matthias Fehr and Stella Morabito of APWPT and Hubert Eckart of DTHG will be talking about radio frequencies for wireless production tools (Thursday, 20 June, 3-4:45pm).
On 21 June, the day after the show, trade visitors and exhibitors can take part in excursions which will be taking a look behind the scenes. These will include a ninety-minute tour of Funkhaus Berlin – which to this day boasts a quality music production system – where they can explore the recording rooms. At Stage Tec, visitors can tour the production department and get a glimpse of the complex process of manufacturing mixing consoles that are made in Germany. Information about the excursions and on how to register can be found here.
23rd May 2019
Peavey Commercial Audio announces demo room schedule for Crest Audio at InfoComm 2019
USA – Visitors to InfoComm 2019 will be able to both see and hear the new Versarray Mk III and Versarray PRO compact line array systems from Crest Audio, plus a host of other Crest and PCA product in audio demo room W224A. Hour-long demos will be running every day at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. In between those times, customers are welcome to see the products up close and meet the team for a better idea of how a Crest/Peavey solution might suit their needs.
The headline act in the Crest demo room is the newly launched Versarray Mk III which was first seen at NAMM in January. The system comprises the Versarray 112 Mk III passive ribbon tweeter line array element featuring a 12” Black Widow Neo series woofer combined with a neodymium-based Peavey ribbon tweeter, and its companion subwoofer, the dual 18” Versarray 218 Mk III. Designed to provide modular coverage of small to medium-sized venues, Versarray Mk III, which will be powered by Crest Audio amplifiers, combines versatility with high performance in a robust, easy-to-rig package.
Starring alongside Versarray Mk III is sister system, Versarray PRO, which offers all of the performance benefits of Versarray Mk III in a Dante-enabled, self-powered package. Both systems benefit from Peavey’s ingenious FlyQWIK fully articulated rigging system which provides for a classic, straight line array configuration, or a number of different angles for easy system aiming.
Also gracing the stage will be the new, installation-friendly, marine-grade Elements CS Series from Peavey. These fully weatherproof IP56-rated loudspeakers are specially designed to withstand the ravages of salt water, making them an ideal choice for cruise ships, swimming pools or coastal outdoor applications such as theme parks and resorts, fun fairs, restaurants and more.
Still in the loudspeaker realm, Peavey will also be demonstrating the RBN powered system for club PA and other commercial applications. RBN features Peavey’s world-class ribbon HF driver that made its name in studio environments for unrivalled audio quality in a rock-solid, ultra-reliable package.
All four systems will be run from Crest’s innovative Tactus modular digital mixing system featuring the WAVES eMotion LV1 mixer application for unprecedented control. Powerful, flexible and scalable, Tactus is capable of delivering studio-grade sound quality for any size event across a wide range of applications including touring, corporate events, houses of worship, performing arts venues and live music.
Finally, visitors will also be able to witness Peavey’s MediaMatrix NION DSP core in action as it be handling all switching and routing, managing the transitions between input sources (systems and content). It will also handle video switching to align video and graphic content to the system currently being auditioned. Control is via NWare’s Kiosk software running on a Windows PC.
22nd May 2019
Meyer Sound Debuts Ultra-X40 and Previews Spacemap LIVE at InfoComm
USA – For InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Meyer Sound has expanded its booth and demo room footprints to showcase multiple new products, most notably the Ultra-X40 point source loudspeaker, and to immerse visitors in a captivating preview of Spacemap Live, a prototype spatial sound mixing tool.
The focal point at the floor booth (5761) will be an expansive display dedicated to the Ultra-X40, a groundbreaking new product making its USA trade show debut at InfoComm. A comprehensive, hands-on display area will present the versatile new self-powered loudspeaker in a wide variety of portable and installed configurations, from flown clusters to pole mounts, to emphasise the extraordinary array of rigging options.
Based on technologies developed for the newest generation of Leo Family line arrays, Ultra-X40 features a distinctive driver configuration, a rotatable horn, and a new amplifier and processing module.
“Ultra-X40 is our most important point source loudspeaker introduction since the UPA nearly 40 years ago,” comments senior vice president of marketing John McMahon. “It provides the clarity and controlled even coverage of our Leo Family arrays in a compact, versatile loudspeaker with an unprecedented power to size ratio. The response to Ultra-X40 at ISE and Prolight+Sound was phenomenal, and we expect that to continue in Orlando.”
Another highlight of the earlier European shows also coming to Orlando is a preview of Spacemap Live, an innovative software/firmware-based approach to spatial sound mixing that leverages the prodigious processing power of Meyer Sound’s existing Galaxy network platform. The Spacemap Live demo sessions featuring multiple Ultra-X40 loudspeakers will envelop visitors in a 3D panning matrix that accommodates everything from pinpoint imaging of live performers anywhere in the room, to real-time spacialisation of sound via a touch-screen tablet interface.
“For existing Galaxy owners, the simple addition of the new software/firmware package and two or three iPads will give them extraordinarily powerful spatial sound capabilities at a very affordable price,” notes McMahon.
The Spacemap Live demos will be conducted on even hours from 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Friday in rooms W240 A-D. A special session on Tuesday at noon will be open to the public. In between demos, the room transforms into the Sonic Lounge, a quiet and hospitable refuge for relaxed conversation and personalised product demonstrations.
Two other products are making their American show debut at InfoComm 2019. The MPS-482HP is a two-channel, half rack-space power supply that expands the flexibility of Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC remotely self-powered systems.
The proven UPQ Series has been expanded and updated with the new UPQ-D3, offering an 80° x 80° coverage option along with a new class D amplifier. The new two-channel class D amplifier is designed for high efficiency with reduced current draw, yet produces a total peak output power of 1800 Watts. A new generation of phase-corrected signal processing results in flatter frequency and phase response for superior transient reproduction and precise imaging. The current UPQ coverage configurations also have been updated with the new amplifier and designated as UPQ-D1 and UPQ-D2.
The booth displays also include Leo Family ground-stack configurations of Leopard and Lina line array loudspeakers with their respective 900-LFC and 750-LFC low frequency control elements. Also featured will be the UP-4slim, which debuted last year, and the wall display renderings of installed IntelligentDC loudspeakers. The Tech Bar will be open for engagement with Meyer Sound’s integrated suite of control and measurement software programs, including the new M-Noise test signal and procedure for the measurement of a loudspeaker system’s linear peak SPL. It will also feature a preview of Mapp-3D as well as the latest version of Compass.
Meyer Sound staff will be also be engaged in the InfoComm education programmes. Senior technical support and education specialist Merlijn van Veen will present “M-Noise: A Test Signal and Method for Measuring Loudspeaker Performance for Music” on Wednesday, 12 June, from 1pm to 2:30pm. Wednesday at 5pm van Veen will host an M-Noise demo open to the public in the Meyer Sound demo room. Digital systems product manager Rob Mele, in conjunction with the AVNU Alliance, will participate in “Distributing Time-Sensitive Audio and Video Using Milan over AVB” on Friday, 14 June from 10am to 11:30am.
“What we did earlier in Amsterdam and Frankfurt has built up a buzz that we expect will carry over to Orlando,” says John McMahon. “We’re more focused on our trade shows this year. We’re doing new things to ensure that visiting Meyer Sound is not only an engaging experience in the moment but also a connection that pays dividends throughout the year.”
22nd May 2019
DiGiCo Set to Showcase New Products and Upgrades at InfoComm 2019
USA – Drawing more than 40,000 attendees each year, InfoComm ranks as North America’s largest dedicated pro-AV exhibition and frequently serves as one of DiGiCo’s primary global launch sites for new products. This year promises to be no exception, as DiGiCo will be showcasing a variety of exciting new offerings as well as upgrades to its current line-up on stand 6081 from 12 to 14 June.
Fans of Audinate’s popular Dante protocol will be pleased to learn that DiGiCo will be showing the new DMI-Dante 64@96 card in Orlando for its 4REA4, S-Series and select SD-Range consoles (SD12 and SD7 Quantum). Providing 64 input and 64 output channels at both 48kHz and 96kHz, the new DMI (DiGiCo Multichannel Interface) card is equipped with primary and secondary (backup) gigabit Ethernet ports for connection and uniquely offers a sample rate conversion feature. Natively allowing DiGiCo products to communicate with other devices on a Dante network, the DMI-Dante 64@96 effectively doubles the previous DMI Dante card’s I/O channel count at the higher 96kHz resolution.
InfoComm 2019 also sees DiGiCo reveal Mustard, a new set of algorithms and options for SD7 Quantum channel strip processing that offer enhanced flexibility and choice when extra control and creative adjustment is needed within a mix. Making full use of the Quantum engine's new seventh-generation FPGA infrastructure, the Mustard channel can be used in conjunction with the standard SD processing to add pre-amps, filters, EQ, gate and a selection of compressor types to any existing channel strip.
The Mustard Tube options include a fully controllable pre-amp modeller, which gives users access to every aspect of their front-end drive, while the Mustard Dynamics include vintage VCA and optical compressor types that emulate some of the best-known devices available. All of this will enable users to add classic character and new textures to drums, bass, vocals and guitars.
DiGiCo will furthermore be revealing the Spice Rack, which delivers additional new processors that can be freely inserted on any channel type in any position. Controlled from the master screen and its work surface controls, the first addition to the Spice Rack will be a six-band compressor, which includes two floating bands and allows complete, detailed control of envelope shaping for definable frequency bands.
New software upgrades for the SD12 and SD10, which take both consoles to new levels, will each be seen at InfoComm as well. With the SD12 96 upgrade, users can beef up their SD12 desks, expanding them from 72 to 96 channels and from 36 to 48 aux/sub groups. Aside from the SD12 96 chargeable upgrade, the new SD10+ upgrade comes free of charge. Only available for Core 2 consoles, SD10+ expands the already powerful SD10 from 132 to 144 input channels. The two upgrade packages continue DiGiCo’s commitment to providing additional value on clients’ original console investments, and both are now currently available from the DiGiCo online shop.
“DiGiCo continually invests a huge amount of its R&D resources to ensure that customers get the absolute maximum ROI on their purchases,” says DiGiCo general manager Austin Freshwater. “This year’s InfoComm show will really underscore that commitment. From new SD-Range software and DMI card updates that massively increase channel counts to the SD7 Quantum’s new processing algorithms that bring even better flexibility and performance, DiGiCo is proving once again that it is dedicated to not only designing and manufacturing the industry’s best products, but also ensuring that they remain the best products for years to come.”
For personal demos of these and other late-breaking new product launches, visit DiGiCo in person at InfoComm 2019 on stand 6081 from 12 to 14 June.
22nd May 2019
PR Lighting Goes for Total Integration Package at Get Show
China – PR Lighting took a fresh approach to its vast, 558 sq.m. booth design at this year’s four-day GET Show at the Poly World Trade Centre in Guangzhou.
The company’s CEO Dave Liang reverted to an idea originally floated at the 2017 edition where they presented a united booth with other suppliers, in order to show customers a completely integrated, ‘finished’ solution. This year they collaborated with experienced Chinese LED display company, DGX, as well as laser company, Magical Laser and acoustics specialists, Lianhui Acoustooptical.
“These are all necessary facilities in most projects, particularly events, tours, club installs, and customers like to be able to see how a full project solution will look,” said international director of sales, Ernie Armas.
On the other side of the booth, in anticipation of a strong international presence, there were three function areas: a product showcase for each company at the front of booth, a bar in the centre of the booth and a ‘dynamic’ stage for lighting the show at the rear of the booth.
Into this backdrop, PR launched the ‘580 Series’, which debuted at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound earlier this year. This included two waterproof units (AQUA 580 BWS and AQUA 580 Beam), as well as two indoor units, XR 580 BWS and XR 580 BEAM. “The all-new IP66 moving heads are already being extremely well received by our customers,” Armas confirmed.
However, unfortunately a bad choice of dates was responsible for declining exhibition traffic this year, according to PR Lighting. “Not only did it not overlay with Prolight+Sound Guangzhou, but it followed on straight behind Frankfurt PL+S,” they say. “However, despite that there were still more than 800 exhibitors.”
21st May 2019
ESTA Plugfest Announces Free RDMnet Webinar
USA - The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organisers have announced that an “Introduction to RDMnet” will be broadcast live on Sunday 21 July from 7:00pm to 8:30pm CDT. This event is being offered free of charge to both ESTA and non-ESTA members.
Officially known as E1.33, Entertainment Technology – (RDMnet) Message Transport and Management for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) compatible and similar devices over IP Networks, the RDMnet standard was recently approved by ESTA’s Control Protocols Working Group (CPWG) as a consensus standard and is now on track to obtain approval by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) later this summer. RDMnet is a generational step forward, extending the functionality of RDM to Ethernet networks. As draft standard testing began in the summer of 2018, we would expect to see products with RDMnet features to begin to appear at trade shows later this year.
This lively, educational discussion will illustrate the challenges solved by RDMnet as well as explain how it works from both a user perspective and within the protocol itself. The recommended best practices approach in implementation for developers will also be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the CPWG subject matter members that authored this standard. This is an extraordinary opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the CPWG, one of the Technical Standards Program’s largest working groups.
Registration for this round-table may be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions for logging in will be emailed to all pre-registered attendees a few days before the live broadcast. Qualified attendees may also receive 0.5 ETCP renewal credit for each session hour.
This webinar is being held in conjunction with the ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest. ESTA’s Plugfest is a unique opportunity to connect lighting products with those of other manufacturers to test and resolve network compatibility challenges. Attendees bring controllers, intelligent lights, control protocol analysers, and other network-connected components. People attend from around the world to pursue improvement of their customers’ product experiences. The ESTA Plugfest has become a required step in many global manufacturers’ product development roadmaps. The scheduled hours are 9:00am - 11:00pm Friday through Sunday at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 17th instance of this event.
An event information link, as well as a link for hotel reservations can be accessed at the URLs below. For additional information, please contact the event organisers at Plugfest@esta.org
Event Information: http://estalink.us/plugfest
21st May 2019
A unique platform for connection and trade: PLASA Focus Leeds in review
UK – PLASA Focus Leeds returned to the Royal Armouries from 14-15 May for its 11th edition. With an 8% increase in visitors, the show once again proved to be a key social and business event in the entertainment technology calendar, welcoming professionals from across the industry over two days.
With a popular capped stand format, the show provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as Davie Bell from Stage Electrics explains: “That’s where PLASA Focus Leeds is particularly relevant – with smaller stands you can get close to all sorts of people. As a result, we have been fantastically busy.”
Peter Condron, UK sales manager for Martin Audio confirms this sentiment: “It’s been a great show, due to the family feel which the show is known for. It’s just the right size and the fact it’s spread over two halls also makes it feel more spacious and relaxed. It has been really busy with both valued clients and potential customers coming by our stand. The show has been very positive.”
The show floor spanned two halls, offering products and solutions from a mix of audio, AV, lighting, staging and rigging brands, with several new faces who were keen to capitalise on their debut.
“As we are new to PLASA Focus Leeds we tried to do things a little differently” says 2B Heard’s director, Sam Nankivell. “We achieved this by installing an immersive audio system at our stand which included twenty speakers for a full 3D soundscape. This surprised many visitors and we had a number of new enquiries.”
Following their debut appearance last year, HH Electronics enjoyed meeting visitors spanning generations as Adam Groves explains: “This is our second year at PLASA Focus Leeds and we’ve had some great visitors to the stand, including many who remember HH from many years ago as well as plenty of aspiring DJs.”
Regular exhibitors GLP relocated this year to maximise their latest eye-catching lighting products. Simon Barrett comments: “Leeds is my favourite UK show, yet this is the first time we have exhibited with a stand facing the main entrance – it’s been brilliant! We have loads of products that we’re showing people, so it really feels like the right time for us to be here.”
The show floor also featured many products appearing in the UK for the very first time.
The show’s gold sponsor, Elation, showcased its latest versatile lighting fixtures: the Artiste Monet, Artiste Picasso, Proteus Maximus and Proteus RAYZOR 760. The show was also the first UK trade show since Elation appointed Entedi Ltd as their UK distributor.
Marc Librecht, sales and marketing manager for Elation Europe comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds is always such an enjoyable show and this year was especially exciting with Entedi on hand to represent Elation. We were delighted to again add our support as a Gold Sponsor. Feedback confirmed that we’ve hit the mark with both our Proteus and Artiste lines and we look forward to the next occasion to connect with our UK customers.”
Sound Technology debuted the Martin by Harman Atomic Dot and MAC Allure fixtures and P3 software, as well as TDE-lighttech products as the newly appointed UK distributor. Darren Jackson, head of sales for Sound Technology comments: “The show has been amazing for us, with a continual flow of some very interesting customers. The reception from everyone has been absolutely amazing. Overall it’s been a really good show for us.”
Avolites debuted Synergy, their brand-new lighting and video integration, weeks before its actual release. “The reaction to Synergy has been really exciting for us” says Stephen Baird-Smith, sales manager for Avolites. “Furthermore, we’ve met a lot of familiar faces at what we consider the most sociable show of the year, as well as many of the future’s lighting designers and programmers.”
Audio debuts included Funktion One’s Vero VX sound system, KV2 Audio’s compact ESD Cube loudspeaker, EM Acoustics’ Halo-B line array, Martin Audio’s VIA amplifier range, Shure’s TwinPlex subminature microphone, and the ArenaMatch line array from Bose.
Funktion One’s David Bruml says: “It’s great to be in sunny Leeds showing off our Vero VX for the very first time in the UK. We’ve had a string of really good meetings from all walks of the audio community and we have really enjoy being with the rest of the industry in such a relaxed setting.”
Leading the way for staging solutions were Area Four Industries who brought along its new EXE Technologies automation products, Triple E who demonstrated their latest stage tracking solutions, and Doughty who showcased their new Fifty Clamp and Scaff Boom Arm.
A considerable number of visitors took advantage of the expert-led programme which presented a selection of this year’s biggest creative projects, technical updates and practical training.
It was a full house for ‘More than a Venue’ which unpacked the challenging audio installation for the Royal Albert Hall, a venue known for its acoustic imperfections. It was a challenge taken on by d&b audiotechnik who revealed how they created the world’s largest single-room speaker system. Another highlight was Stormzy’s audio engineer Raphael Williams who explained his unique challenges and preparations for the grime star’s debut headline Glastonbury performance this summer.
The show hosted various sessions on the latest regulations and legislation. James Eade presented a well-attended series on electrical safety, busting widespread myths and promoting best practice. Elsewhere, a comprehensive Ecodesign update was delivered by Adam Bennette, Rob Halliday and Steve Giudici, who have been working closely with industry bodies and the EU Commission to achieve the best outcome for those who work with stage and studio lighting.
PLASA launched their new training programme at the show, unveiling National Event Lifting Training (NELT) aimed at production professionals. Furthermore, PLASA chaired a panel of industry leaders to explore the most effective approaches to supporting mental health throughout the industry.
PLASA’s head of events Sophie Atkinson says: “We are thrilled that PLASA Focus Leeds continues to grow in popularity and diversity, facilitating connection across the entire industry.
“We are proud of our friendly Focus events and are very much looking forward to rolling out a revived PLASA Focus Glasgow from 3-4 March 2020, as well as returning to Olympia London from 15-17 September with our flagship PLASA Show.”
21st May 2019
LRLR Registration Deadline Approaching
USA – The deadline for registering to ride with the 2019 Long Reach Long Riders is 1 June. Applications received after 1 June may not be accepted, depending on the number of available hotel rooms along the route.
The ride, aptly named the Altimeter Tour, begins on 6 July in Denver, Colorado and returns to Denver on 13 July. The route winds through the scenic Rocky Mountains and will have an average daily peak elevation of about 12,000’. The two highest points will be Pikes Peak at 14,115’ and Mt. Evans at 14,065’.
Ride Marshal Jon Kirchofer noted: “In addition to the Rocky Mountains, we’ll also visit Silverton, an historic silver mining town and Aspen, a town with a more modern personality.”
The Long Reach Long Riders annual charity motorcycle ride benefits Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. What began in 2004 as a single event has become an annual ride that has raised over $650,000.00 for the two charities. Please visit http://lrlr.org for more information on the 16th annual ride, to join the ride or make a donation.
21st May 2019
GoboPlus.com launches FollowSpotSales.com at PLASA Focus Leeds 2019
UK – GoboPlus.com, the one-stop, online shop for gobos and projection products, exhibited at PLASA Focus Leeds 2019 where the team showed off its new, extremely high resolution glass gobos. “The new glass gobos render images in much finer detail than has been previously possible,” explains CEO Paul de Ville. “The exquisitely fine resolution allows much greater detail to be produced on smaller gobos, and has been created in response to the huge improvements in optical quality of most modern lanterns. The resultant HR gobos give the lighting designer more scope, not only allowing for more detailed images, but also enabling more accurate adaptation of standard gobo designs to fit on the new generation of smaller gobos used by many moving light fixtures.”
In a further exciting development for the company, GoboPlus.com chose PLASA Focus Leeds to introduce an additional brand into the GoboPlus.com portfolio, FollowSpotSales.com. FollowSpotSales.com will join CutColourPlus, the filter cutting and supply service, and Inluster lighting consultancy under the GoboPlus.com umbrella.
FollowSpotSales.com is, with immediate effect, a UK distributor for one of the last remaining independent lantern and follow spot manufacturers, LDR of Italy, which produces a complete range of profiles, Fresnels, softlights and followspots, each of which are available with LED, discharge and traditional tungsten light sources, for entertainment technology as well as display and architecture.
To head this new division, GoboPlus.com has employed well-known and respected industry figure, Mandy Bullock, who brings to FollowSpotSales.com, nearly 50 years of industry experience and an extensive background in sales and rental roles. Her sales history includes roles at Theatre Projects, Lighting Technology, Lightfactor and Zero88, as well as a current training role, in conjunction with Andy Friedli of Leisuretec, on the Lighting Basics course.
“I am really excited to be joining this incredible team,” says Bullock. “By joining GoboPlus.com and heading up FollowSpotSales.com I am going back to my roots. I have a real passion for our industry and the creative and focused people we work with and have missed selling lanterns and consumables. My new role at FollowSpotSales.com will fulfil this as I promote the full range of LDR products – the LED models as well as the traditional tungsten sources – alongside the projectors, lanterns and consumables from the GoboPlus.com and CutColourPlus brands.”
“We are very excited to welcome Mandy on board and have the opportunity to raise the profile of the LDR brand in the UK,” says de Ville. “Mandy comes with a wealth of experience and connections across all markets and is in the perfect position to represent this brand and the whole of GoboPlus.com on the UK market.
“The cumulative years of experience and expertise in customer service and product knowledge, that we have in the GoboPlus.com group, means that she fits our culture perfectly. This, combined with the dedication of our young sales and administrative team, all of whom are driven by a passion for their work, attention to detail and care for their clients’ projects puts us in a unique position.”
In picture: Paul de Ville, Mandy Bullock and Vicky Fairall of GoboPlus.com at PLASA Focus Leeds 2019.
21st May 2019
A.C. Entertainment Technologies Exhibits Multiple Exclusive Theatrical Solutions at ABTT 2019
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) will demonstrate its extensive and exclusive portfolio of leading theatrical technologies including new lighting, rigging, audio and video products at the ABTT Theatre Show 2019, London, 5th - 6th June.
Sales teams from company’s specialist product divisions will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the latest technologies from leading marques including Chroma-Q, Vista by Chroma-Q, PROLIGHTS, Luminex, Spotlight, LSC, StageSmarts, Dynamic Audio Device (D.A.D), Midas, Sixty82, BroadWeigh and Green Hippo.
AC-ET’s in-house Tourflex Cabling bespoke cable assembly service will showcase its range of high quality cable and connector options, for a faultless performance on a huge range of applications.
Tourflex Cabling has recently invested in brand new state of the art machinery to provide customers with a service that offers even more customisation options for their cabling and connectors, including overmoulding, engraving and different colours.
Stop by the AC-ET stand (D1) for a demo, and to discuss the many other brands available through the company’s specialist lighting, rigging, audio, video, and film & TV sales divisions.
21st May 2019
Additional industry experts join KOI judging panels
UK – The highly esteemed Knight of Illumination UK (KOI) Awards, which celebrates the creative and technical talents of video and lighting designers, welcomes a number of new judges to each of the panels across the three disciplines of Theatre, Television, and Concert Touring & Events for the 2019 Awards.
The Awards boast three stellar panels comprised of arts critics and industry experts, with specialist knowledge of their sector, to ensure well-rounded coverage and expert insight during the judging process.
In the Theatre category, each judge serves a two-year term on the panel, which is chaired by critic and broadcaster, David Benedict.
"Given the breadth and depth – and length – of the annual judging session for the Theatre KOI Awards it is essential that our judges, all critics viewing work live in performance, are as passionate as they are articulate about their specific art form," says Benedict.
"It's a particular pleasure to welcome back Louise Levene, now dance critic for the Financial Times, to re-join the panel. Louise was a founding judge in 2007 and has since been a tireless advocate for the role of lighting in dance. By contrast, it's great to be harnessing the fresh perspectives of Tim Bano, joint lead critic for The Stage, to judge musicals and plays, and Neil Fisher, classical music editor of The Times, for the opera award. I look forward to all three joining the returning judges Zoë Anderson, Michael Billington and George Hall for a typically fiercely fought round of discussions."
Levene says: "Even the most bread-and-butter lighting will focus the attention and dramatise the space, but virtuoso lighting is a joy in itself and raises quite ordinary movement to the level of the choreography: directing the eye; changing the mood; spinning straw into gold."
Concert Touring & Events chair Jess Allan has enlisted music business veteran, Ronnie Gurr to help the panel whittle down the submissions to a final shortlist. In his 40 years in the business, Gurr has written for NME and Record Mirror, as well as press for Virgin Records and Sony Music. He now runs Hanging Around Books, an independent publisher specialising in music-related photo books.
"I'm delighted to have been invited into the distinguished company of the KOI Awards' CT&E judging panel," says Gurr. "It will be a pleasure to join esteemed colleagues in witnessing and honouring the fine work that lighting and video designers create in enhancing and enriching the live experience."
New judges to the Television judging panel, chaired by television lighting designer Stuart include television editor for The Times James Jackson, television critic for The Guardian Lucy Mangan, television critic for FT Weekend Suzi Feay and art director and production designer Fleur Whitlock.
"If today's prestige dramas use lighting to reflect mood and give a classy sensibility, so too must factual and reality shows in their own ways," explains Jackson. "And as we hit 'peak-TV', viewers are not just watching on plasma screens at home, but on tablets and phones while on the go. Suffice to say, good lighting is more important than ever."
Submissions for the Television and Concert Touring & Events category can be made through the Knight of Illumination website, while theatre productions are exclusively nominated and shortlisted by the KOI Theatre judges.
The KOI judges watch numerous productions throughout the year and, once submissions have closed on the 30th June, meet to select the final three shortlisted designers and one winner for each award.
The winners of the 12th annual KOI Awards will be revealed at the 2019 ceremony and gala dinner at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on 15 September.
Submissions can still be made through the KOI website until the 30th June 2019: https://knight-of-illumination.com
In picture: New KOI judges clockwise from top left: Neil Fisher, Louise Levene, Tim Bano, Fleur Whitlock, James Jackson, Lucy Mangan, Suzi Feay and Ronnie Gurr.
photo: The Fifth Estate
21st May 2019
Renkus-Heinz Will be as Hot as the Florida Sun at InfoComm 2019
USA – Marking its 40th anniversary, Renkus-Heinz will debut several of this year's hottest new products at the InfoComm show as temperatures reach into the 90s in sunny Orlando. Led by new company president Matthew Czyzewski and chief technology officer Ralph Heinz, the legendary loudspeaker manufacturer will exhibit at Booth 6643, with product demonstrations in Demo Room W221BC.
Among the featured products will be the all new IC-Live X series high-powered steerable arrays. With greater power density, higher output, simple integrated hardware, and a unique coaxial driver arrangement, the IC-Live X brings a new level of flexibility for integrators, contractors, and production/rental houses.
Be sure to check out the new P series premium compact point-source loudspeakers and S-series subwoofers. Featuring the latest-generation Complex Conic horn geometry, coupled with patented CoEntrant Mid/High driver technology, P series loudspeakers deliver uncompromising detail and extreme sound pressure levels. Advanced amplification, processing, and protection provide the ultimate in performance, consistency, and reliability to address the acoustical and logistical challenges of live sound reinforcement from mains and fills to stage and control room monitoring.
Renkus-Heinz will also show the new DC12/2 ultra-compact, steerable directivity controlled array, which brings the clarity, intelligibility, and control of the famed ICONYX digitally steered line arrays to smaller but equally challenging spaces. The first product in the new DC series, the DC12/2 is a self-powered column speaker with 12 2-inch full range drivers, 12 amplifier/DSP channels, and predefined presets that enable users to use a smartphone to choose between directivity options. Applications include main speakers in small venues, fill speakers for transepts or balcony fill, choir monitoring, and overflow-room fill speakers.
Proving yet again that good things come in small packages, the IC12/3 is a full-blown ICONYX loudspeaker in a smaller, high-value form factor. It incorporates all the features that have made ICONYX an industry-leading steerable solution, employing 12 3-inch full range drivers with broad horizontal coverage and 12 amplifier/DSP channels to deliver high granularity for maximum steerability.
If arriving early, join Renkus-Heinz on Monday, 10 June at the Ice Bar for a special invitation only event featuring food, libations, music, and fun. And start InfoComm Thursday right at the 28th annual Renkus-Heinz Consultants Breakfast, which will be held on 13 June from 7am to 9am. The breakfast will feature guest presenters Jeff Miller of Idibri discussing "People Who Live in Glass Houses: the 40-year Audio Saga of the Crystal Cathedral" and Mike Sims of Attero Tech on "Dante: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting." To register to attend the breakfast, please contact email@example.com.
20th May 2019
Technology, furnishings and consultation – Stage|Set|Scenery features its own Event Services section
Germany – Whether the subject is cultural buildings as event venues, sustainability at events or online sales for the MICE industry, Stage|Set|Scenery, the international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology is devoting an independent section to event services in Hall 22, where the Event Manufactory will be featuring impulse lectures on a wide range of topics. Among those taking part will be Bernd Fritzges, chairman of the board of the Association of Event Organisers (VDVO): “Making use of cultural buildings to host events is a key topic at Stage|Set|Scenery,” Fritzges said. “This is an area where cultural events and the MICE industry can benefit from each other. Stage|Set|Scenery provides the ideal platform for an interdisciplinary exchange of views.”
The VDVO, the industry’s largest association, is represented in Hall 22 with its own stand, where it will have information on trends and innovations in the event industry. Numerous exhibitors will also be presenting their products and services, including marquee rentals, prefabricated halls and temporary structures, planning and consultation, catering, software, personnel services, trade fair construction and furniture rentals.
"We are from Berlin and rent furniture out to customers across Europe, which is why Stage|Set|Scenery is the main event for us on our doorstep,” said Georg Winkel, chief executive officer of SWOOFLE GmbH. “We are looking forward to meeting our customers here this year as well as to actively helping to shape the programme of events.” The Event Manufactory is the focal point of the Event Services section, where SWOOFLE will be providing an interactive, and diverse experience. The highlight will be four individual sections offering different activities, including fascinating lectures and the chance to take part in a tricky escape game.
Servamus GmbH from Berlin is another local company taking part. This agency, which offers a comprehensive range of services, provides fair construction, technical management and event services. ”Stage|Set|Scenery is a must for us. For us as a company from Berlin, this is a home fixture so to speak. Exploring the latest industry trends, cultivating relations and fascinating meetings are all part of being here. We look forward to meeting a lot of familiar faces, new people and finding out about innovative ideas. We are proud to be a partner of this event and to help shape the industry’s future.”
“Whether for medical conferences, vernissages or film premieres, Berlin is much in demand for events. It was only logical therefore for us to expand our Event Services section,” said Patricia Pohle, the project manager of Stage|Set|Scenery. We look forward to welcoming many new exhibitors here.”
At Stage|Set|Scenery a wide-ranging programme awaits visitors from the event industry including lighting and sound technology (LightLab and SoundLab), safety during productions (Safety in Action stage), and employing VR technology at exhibitions (Immersive Showroom). Day three will feature a round table under the heading ‘The show is dead, long live the show!’.
17th May 2019
Peavey Elements marine-grade CS Series loudspeakers make US debut at InfoComm 2019
USA – InfoComm 2019 sees the US debut of yet another enhancement to Peavey’s industry-leading ElementsTM C Series weatherproof loudspeakers. Following last year’s announcement of the upgrade from IP45 to IP56 rating, InfoComm 2019 sees the unveiling of marine-grade versions that are specially designed to withstand the ravages of salt water, making them an ideal choice for cruise ships, swimming pools or coastal outdoor applications such as theme parks and resorts, fun fairs, restaurants and more. The marine-grade versions, denoted by a CS suffix, will be available alongside the standard IP56-rated Elements range.
The American-made Elements CS Series of composite enclosures are constructed from an advanced composite fibreboard material that is dimensionally stable in wet conditions and resists contamination yet has the resonant properties of wood. This light and durable material ensures unmatched sonic performance while providing reliable service year after year.
In order to qualify for marine-grade ranking, all metal components have been upgraded to 316 stainless steel for even higher resistance to pitting and corrosion. This includes the front grille which is now stainless steel rather than aluminium, and the permeable hydrophobic membrane between the speaker and the grille has also been upgraded. The number of mounting points has been reduced in order to reduce the risk of corrosion and water/salt ingress but a purpose-built U-bracket with a positive locking mechanism is included to allow for fast and easy installation with maximum angle adjustment. The CS versions also feature an integrated multi-tap transformer with 70V, 100V and 8 Ohm taps along with removable plugs for all ports. All models are available in black or UV-protected marine-grade white. Like the Elements C Series, the CS versions are verified to IP56 level, although in reality the real IP rating is likely to be even higher.
According to Peavey Commercial Audio’s North American sales manager, Scott Schumer, the Elements CS versions are a welcome addition to the range. “We developed the CS versions in direct response to requests from a number of customers,” recalls Schumer. “One client in particular specifically required marine-grade speakers for a cruise ship installation and wanted to use Elements, so it made sense to build them. It’s clearly a very logical extension to a successful range, so we were only too happy to oblige!”
The Elements CS Series is available in three two-way, full range configurations and as a flyable subwoofer. The Elements 115Cs and Elements 112Cs feature 15” and 12” weatherproof Black Widow woofers and an RX 22 2” titanium diaphragm compression driver tweeter coupled to a Quadratic-Throat Waveguide rotatable horn. The Elements 115CS and Elements 112CS can be ordered with either a 60° X 40° or a 105° X 60° horn. The Elements 108CS combines a 75° X 75° horn with an 8” weatherproof woofer in a compact and durable enclosure. The Elements 212CS subwoofer is a flyable subwoofer enclosure featuring a pair of 12” weatherproof woofer
Visit the Peavey Commercial Audio booth #6775 or the demo room in room W224A at InfoComm 2019 for more information or contact a local authorised retailer.
16th May 2019
Best Audio & Lighting to hold Elation Demo Days 21-23 May
> France – Elation Professional’s French distributor, Best Audio & Lighting, invites lighting professionals to its studio near Paris, 21-23 May, for a chance to demo and get hands on with Elation lights, including the newest luminaires in Elation’s comprehensive product line.
Explore along with qualified personnel Elation lighting products covering TV, theatre and live event applications, including a dedicated area with IP-rated products. Check out Elation’s award-winning product line and get up close with some of the newest offerings such as the Proteus Maximus, Artiste Monet, Rayzor 760, Proteus Smarty Hybrid and Fuze Profile. Lighting control products from Obsidian Control System such as the NX 2, M-Touch and M-Play will also be available for hands-on examination.
Whether new to the Elation catalogue or just want to check out the newest innovation, Best Audio & Lighting’s demo days is any excellent chance to get personal service in a pleasant studio setting. Registration is requested at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, May 21, 14:00-18:00
Wednesday, May 22, 10:00-18:00
Thursday, May 23, 10:00-16:00
Best Audio & Lighting
ZAC du Moulin
18, rue du Meunier
Roissy en France
95734 Roissy CDG Cedex
15th May 2019
TMB at Lightfair 2019
USA – At Lightfair 2019, TMB will show a wide and varied selection of products derived in large part from the company’s extensive experience supplying innovative products to the entertainment and production staging markets. From specification-grade decorative and speciality lighting, to temporary power hookups, to networking and control, to high quality data cables, to the world’s brightest exterior lighting fixtures, there’s plenty to see at TMB’s booth 4016!
New to the Firefly Festoon range of professional-grade LED festoon lamps are 'Classic' S14, glass, 120V versions. Featuring Firefly Festoon’s rich, bold colours, clean whites and proven long-term reliability, the new S14 range is the ideal drop-in marquee replacement. The classic Firefly G45 versions, available in 24V and 120V, are outdoor rated, shatter-proof, and safe. Firefly Festoon lamps are well known for their bright consistent colours and whites, plus a selection of golden warm white 'filament' versions. In addition to the beautiful look of these lamps, their long-term reliability guarantees very significant savings in replacement costs for both festoon and marquee applications.
The new Mozart UV is the latest in the range of Solaris Mozart Perfect Pixels. The very compact and lightweight Mozart UV is IP65-rated and delivers up to 40 Watts of LED UV power, outputting 100% pure UV light with zero visible light. In addition to the compact size, a remote PSU and easy to connect wiring scheme make these the UV fixtures that will go almost anywhere!
The popular FloppyFlex range of world-class, professional-grade, flexible 'LED Neon' continues to grow. Super-bright, reliable, easy-to-use, long-lasting, durable and low-voltage safe, FloppyFlex can be used indoors, outdoors, and even underwater. FloppyFlex is available in four sizes with various bend options, in an extensive pallet of single colours and whites, plus DMX controlled RGB, RGBW, and multi-pixel digital RGB and RGBW versions. A wide range of accessories accommodate almost any installation. FloppyFlex Premium Silicone is a new addition to the range, featuring even greater flexibility and long-term reliability. FloppyFlex is the answer, for a wide range of decoration and illumination challenges.
Rounding up the comprehensive ProPlex range of control and drive devices for permanent installations are three new ProPlex DIN Rail devices: the 0-10V DMX converter, bi-directional analogue/DMX control interface with RDM, the GBS five-port Ethernet switch with PoE and the six-Track DMX record/playback and backup device. These new products complement the wide range of DIN Rail drives and devices, which includes the IQ bi-directional node, opto-splitter 1x4 with and without RDM, a wide range of FloppyDrives for LED neon and tape control and the ProPlex IMS Universe Drive for IMS lamps.
Also new to the TMB Architectural product range are ProPower Company switches, a complete range of high-quality temporary power connection units. Boasting the highest quality components and construction, the ProPower Company switch is built to match proven ProPower performance.
Architectural products familiar to Lightfair visitors will of course also be on display.
The famous Solaris Flare IP HD (high density) and HR (high reach) outdoor RGBW LED wash fixtures will be at the booth for hands-on demos. Flare IP is the world’s brightest range of outdoor, high-output LED fixtures. Used extensively worldwide, from Frankfurt to Chicago, Orlando to New York’s Times Square, Flare IP Fixtures provide the most impressive structure lighting seen anywhere. Based on LED technology proven in the award-winning Solaris Flare rock and roll fixtures, Flare IP High Reach and High Density are the 'highest' and the 'brightest' respectively, both featuring smooth, even fields of rich, vibrant colours and whites. Single- and dual-head versions are available with many beam-width options.
The FloppyTape LED tape range provides a complete selection of the finest, high-quality, professional-grade LED tapes. These bright, colour-correct, and consistent LED tapes feature very high CRI and brilliant colours. Available in Premium and Standard versions, with a comprehensive range of standard and custom profile and diffusion accessories, as well as fully submersible IP68 versions. All backed by TMB service and support.
The IMS range of long-life, individually controlled marquee/festoon lighting systems allow changes of mood with the push of a button! IMS (intelligent marquee systems) features three distinct, DMX controlled lamp types: RGBW colour-changing, dynamic white, and V12 'filament'. Theme parks, shopping malls, food courts, theatres, and shows of all kinds can all benefit from the artist’s treatment fitting to the occasion. RGBW: from soothing warm white to smoothly changing pastels, to kinetic shows of dazzling, bright colours. Dynamic white: precisely controlled colour temperature and dimming to suit the mood. 'Filament': a surprisingly effective LED simulation of a warm tungsten source, each lamp completely under control. Shatterproof, outdoor-rated, and safe for public areas, there is no limit to what a creative designer can do with IMS – LED technology with the real, retro light bulb look!
Rounding up the Firefly range of decorative lighting systems are Firefly Fairy Lights, unique, heavy-duty, long-life LED strings and icicles. Now ETL Listed, these golden warm and cool white LEDs can be installed indoors and outdoors and are available in various string lengths and spacings. Proven in installations worldwide, these are not conventional LED strings and icicles, they are rugged, reliable and last for many years.
Finally, ProAqua underwater cables are custom cables uniquely configured for specific submersible application. The world's top water shows rely on ProAqua submersible cables for long-term performance and reliability. Over time, even benign water treatment chemicals have been found to negatively react with submerged cabling. ProAqua cables are custom made for each project’s water chemistry and are backed by a tenyear warranty. All types of cables are offered: data, video, fibre, power and composite. ProAqua cables have been proven in high-profile installations around the world, including The Bellagio, Disney World of Color, SeaWorld, DisneySea Japan, Le Rêve, Universal Studios, The Wynn Lake of Dreams, House of Dancing Water Macau and more!
Stop by to see TMB and get hands-on with the above products, technology and more.
14th May 2019
Showlight 2021 Announced – Save the Dates!
France – Details of Showlight 2021, the unique lighting colloquium organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, have just been announced.
The next gathering for this quadrennial event will take place on 22-25 May 2021 in the beautiful French town of Fontainebleau. The main sponsor for the event will be the 100-year old French manufacturer of followspots and theatrical luminaires, Robert Juliat.
The Showlight committee searched long and hard for a setting worthy of Showlight’s reputation for fascinating locations, and settled on the historic town of Fontainebleau which lies 55.5km (34.5 miles) south east of Paris.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its medieval Château de Fontainebleau, a royal and imperial residence for more than 800 years, and surrounded by former royal hunting park, Fontainebleau Forest, Fontainebleau is a picturesque setting full of characterful bars and restaurants which will provide a popular and entertaining backdrop to the main activities of Showlight 2021.
The highly-anticipated conference will take place in the town’s Théâtre Municipal, directly opposite the Château de Fontainebleau, where delegates can enjoy the varied programme of conference papers delivered by professionals across many lighting disciplines. A small supporting exhibition will take place in the theatre’s foyer and courtyard between papers sessions offering superb opportunities to network and exchange ideas with other lighting professionals. And of course, the event will close with a resplendent gala dinner in a stunning – and yet to be disclosed – location.
Being so close to Paris, Fontainebleau is easy to reach, with good connections to airports and Eurostar terminals. So put the date in diaries now, and get planning presentation papers as Showlight will be putting out a call for speakers in the coming months. Demand is always high so book a place early. Booking details will be released closer to the event.
“We are very excited to be selected as the main sponsor for Showlight 2021,” says François Juliat, CEO of Robert Juliat. “Robert Juliat is celebrating its centenary in 2019 so the fact that we can welcome Showlight and its delegates to our country at this time is very special. Showlight is such a unique event, and Fontainebleau is a perfect location; it is an unmissable opportunity for everyone in the lighting fraternity who is interested in light.”
“We are delighted to start the build-up to Showlight 2021 with the announcement of another lovely venue and a great sponsor,” says Showlight chairman, John Allen. “It is always a much-anticipated event and I know people will be blocking out those dates in their diaries as soon as they see this announcement. Showlight’s emphasis is on sharing knowledge and enjoying the inspiration and variety our industry offers in a networking event without parallel, and our delegates and speakers enter into the spirit of it from beginning to end. Where else do you have the chance to become involved in so many ways, with opportunities open to everyone: delivering talks, networking, learning and meeting a wide variety of people from the most experienced professional to the newest students and innovative manufacturers? It’s an opportunity for all to take a few days out from our busy lives to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals in a beautiful setting.”
Don’t forget to sign up to the new Showlight mailing list via the website (www.showlight.org) to receive all the latest news as it happens, including booking release dates, and keep eyes on the press and the website for invitations to present papers and for student opportunities.
Those interested in exhibiting at Showlight 2021 and taking up one of the many other sponsorship opportunities can enquire at email@example.com
14th May 2019
GLP: The journey continues at PLASA Focus
UK – PLASA Focus (Royal Armouries Leeds, 14-15 May) will present a first opportunity for GLP UK to showcase the five new products unveiled at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt last month.
It will also demonstrate the degree to which the company has grown this past year. From the corporate end they have celebrated their 25th year by adding Fusion to their brand portfolio, while the UK operation, having moved to larger premises in Redhill, and recruited former Robe and TSL specialist, Greg Westwood as new technical manager. The full complement of UK staff will be present at the booth.
In order to give full exposure to the new products GLP have moved to a new location at the Royal Armouries, occupying the main foyer of the New Dock. “This will provide us with a great opportunity to build brand awareness and engage in the kind of networking for which PLASA Focus is well known,” said head of GLP UK, Simon Barrett.
As to the new products these consist of the following:
Highlander: Launched in Frankfurt with a distinctly Scottish theme, this is an impressive, traditional wash light based on a 1,400W discharge lamp, with a large zoom range, impressive field angle, full motion 4-blade framing system and fast iris.
KNV Dot / KNV Line: 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 is formed from a single power pixel (1 x white + 16 x RGB) in the form factor 2:1. Both were central to the Frankfurt light show, and wooed crowds permanently thronging the company’s booth.
S350 Wash: The new impression S350 Wash was likewise demonstrated on the active rig in Frankfurt and looks certain to draw the same reaction in Leeds. A logical partner for the original S350, with the same high-efficiency LED white light source, it guarantees excellent colour rendering. In addition to the innovative virtual CTC other attributes of its sister include a framing module.
FR10 Bar: The impression FR10 Bar already looks destined to make its way onto major productions during the coming year. With a large size output aperture this linear format fixture offers unrivalled output and creative control, whilst blending seamlessly in with the existing X4 Bar series.
Fusion: Representations of the Fusion Stick FS20/10, marking the beginning of a new era in Linear Lighting, and PAR FP7, equipped with seven powerful 30W RGBW LEDs, and with IP65 rating for use outdoors, will be present.
13th May 2019
Brompton Technology shows new software updates and HDR video at InfoComm 2019
USA – Leading manufacturer of high-end LED processors, Brompton Technology, will unveil its latest Tessera Processor Software 2.3 for its entire range of processors, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) video technology, on booth 2889 at InfoComm 2019.
Tessera Processor Software 2.3 will include a number of new features for the SX40 such as High Frame Rate and sub-fixture support, and Ultra Low Latency mode. In addition, processor-wide features including OSCA seam correction enhancements, scaling with custom resolutions enabled and genlock following the active input are also available.
The SX40 currently offers support for up to 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output. The V 2.3 High Frame Rate is set to increase this to up to 144Hz for panels that can support it. This will reduce input lag and deliver smoother motion, providing significant advantages for e-sports, broadcast and cinematography, where very high frame rates are required to achieve a perfectly fluid image. For situations that require industry leading latency, such as virtual broadcast studios and green-screen replacement, SX40 Ultra Low Latency mode halves Brompton’s end-to-end system latency (from input source to image on screen) from an already impressive two frames to just a single frame for video sources that can support it. Finally, improvements to OSCA seam correction effectively handle skewed seams between panels, with independently adjustable correction values for each end of every seam able to cancel out undesirable brightness gradients.
Brompton will also be showing its highly anticipated High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, which garnered wide acclaim at Europe’s ISE and ProLight + Sound shows earlier in the year.
HDR video offers a new approach to delivering better image quality, without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches to achieve it and brings a trio of image quality improvements that are particularly well placed for LED screens. For every pixel, HDR offers a larger brightness range, a wider colour gamut, and a higher bit depth, thus delivering greater detail within the shadows and highlights, increased contrast, and more headroom for exceptionally bright content that might otherwise be 'clipped'. All of this is perceived by the human brain as a sharper, more detailed image with greater 'depth' and more vivid, more lifelike images than SDR video, even when the pixel count remains the same.
“Our latest software update brings significant improvements to our world leading SX40 processor, which is proving highly popular in the US market,” says Brompton’s product manager Thomas Walker. “We are delighted to be able to show our US customers these new features, particularly as Ultra Low Latency and High Frame Rate will make a real difference to end users involved in e-sports, film and broadcast applications. In addition, we are anticipating our HDR technology will generate as much excitement in the US as it has in Europe.”
InfoComm takes place in Orlando, Florida from 12th to 14th June.
10th May 2019
Doughty launches Scaff Boom Arm at PLASA Focus 2019
UK – A new Scaff Boom Arm will be debuted by Doughty Engineering at this year's PLASA Focus. Visitors to stand N-C25 can see the new piece of kit, which joins the existing Boom Arm range and has been designed in response to customer demand. Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty explained: "The new Scaff Boom Arm is very much a 'get out of jail' item that we see as being an essential part of any took-kit. It will allow the user to make their own boom arm 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 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."
Doughty will also showcase its new Fifty Clamp on the stand. The bigger brother of Doughty's best selling Twenty Clamp, the Fifty Clamp has been designed to take an additional 30kg. It 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. Mark continued: "Initial reception to the Fifty Clamp is proving to be very positive. That extra 30kg makes a big difference, our customers have told us it's a bit of a game changer. The Fifty Clamp is available for order so we look forward to gathering additional feedback as uptake increases."
As well as the two new products, 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 PLASA Focus – it's as much a chance to show off our new products as it is to network with customers, some of whom we know and others who are new faces. It's the perfect show to spend time really getting to know what our customers want and whether we're giving them what they want."
10th May 2019
Experience virtual worlds – The Immersive Showroom at Stage|Set|Scenery
Germany – New worlds, innovative technologies and artificial intelligence for theatres, museums and events, the digital age is opening up completely new possibilities for conveying traditional content and messages regardless of time and space.
In Hall 20 at this year’s Stage|Set|Scenery the Immersive Showroom – 'Where Technology meets Experience' – is for the first time featuring its own exhibition and display area which as part of a three-day interdisciplinary dialogue will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest experience technologies.
On days one and two of the show the focus of the programme of papers will be on the use of new technologies in the theatre. Examples will be given of virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) being used at the Große Schauspielhaus and Komische Oper. Technische Universität Berlin, Fraunhofer Institut and CyberRäuber will provide support.
On day three the focus will be on the possibilities and challenges of innovative experience technology in museums and exhibitions. How can VR and AR successfully deliver content? What new technologies can museums employ to make content and exhibits more accessible to visitors? How can AI help museums to target audiences even better with their presentations? International experts will give fascinating impulse lectures offering insights into a wide range of different technologies that are already successfully helping to make a day at the museum a unique experience for visitors of all ages.
10th May 2019
Zero 88 at PLASA Focus Leeds
UK - Lighting control manufacturer and specialist Zero 88 is all set for some serious networking and interaction in the highly convivial environment of PLASA Focus at Leeds Royal Armories on 14th and 15th May.
The team, including Jon Hole, Tyler Holpin, David Catterall, Edward Smith, Nathanael Orr and Charlie Madsen will be on Stand N-B12 and is looking forward to welcoming current and future professionals from all sectors of entertainment technology.
After successful take up and listening to feedback from previous years, Zero 88 is again be providing free 75-minute training sessions through Tuesday 14th May on its award-winning FLX lighting console. Sessions start at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00. Places can be booked in advance to guarantee a space via firstname.lastname@example.org and guests can also feel free to drop in too.
“PLASA Focus Leeds has always been a valuable place and space for us to meet and greet,” comments Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole. “As well as many customers and friends we know, there are always new faces and future professionals who are already invested in the industry. The atmosphere is lively, friendly and vibrant and we look forward to being part of the buzz.”
It will be the first UK trade show for four exciting new and truly multi-functional products from Zero 88: Betapack 4 – one product with six dynamic variants, the ZerOS Server – one product with three different uses, new Data Distribution products – the first of a complete new range, and the latest ZerOS 7.9.5 software release for all ZerOS consoles.
Zero 88’s robust Betapack has served the entertainment and installation industry for 30 years with its legendary reliability, toughness, versatility and fantastic value for money.
Betapack 4 builds on this heritage and experience with a solution for distributing both dimming and 'hot power', so ideal for a mixed rig featuring both tungsten and LED fixtures, all in one single, affordable device.
Combining both dimming and hot power, Betapack 4 will continue to serve the most modern applications in lighting rental, installation and portable situations for many thousands of venues worldwide. Each 10A channel provides a dimmed and a hot power socket for simple and easy power distribution around any venue or space.
The new ZerOS Server is a slimline 1RU fully featured lighting control system perfect for use in performance installations and networks requiring show replay, tracking backup or architectural system integration.
One product can be used for three primary actions:
Show replay – it can be a stand-alone or remotely triggered controller for permanent installations such as building facades, landscapes or theme parks.
Full tracking backup and auto switch-over with the FLX console makes it a great option for any venue or event where full redundancy is required.
The ZerOS Server can also be bridged between performance lighting and architectural lighting, ideal for theatres, conference centres and other public buildings.
ZerOS 7.9.5 is flexible and powerful software which will also be shown with some new key features, including:
Flexible channel allocation – Allowing fixtures to be patched across 64 universes without wasting unused channels. The FLX console now supports up to 8192 DMX channels so this is extremely useful.
SETUP - The SETUP has been completely redesigned, bringing speed, simplicity and many more potent new features, specifically including numerous additional networking options and over 60 other enhancements and refinements.
Also, there is a new Data Distribution range from Zero 88 supporting both DMX / RDM and the latest Ethernet protocols, which is presented in a condensed, affordable ‘family’ with improved features, additional flexibility and – as you would expect – complete simplicity.
Zero 88’s range of FLX lighting consoles, the FLX S24 and FLX S48 and the original FLX and ZerOS Wing will be demonstrated on the action-packed stand, all running the latest ZerOS 7.9.5. console software, together with PLASA Innovation Award-winning ‘RigSync’, an inventive time-saving feature embedded in the latest ZerOS versions.