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Virtual Showlight 2021 – Registration is Open

20/04/2021

Immerse Yourself in the Future

19/04/2021

Barcelona looks forward to welcoming ISE Live and Online

16/04/2021

2021 ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge Awards

15/04/2021

Should your static lights be doing more? Modern technology meets classic design on 15th April Elation Coffee Break

13/04/2021

More details revealed for ISE 2021 Live and Online

07/04/2021

House lights underachieving? Can a house light be more than just a house light?

29/03/2021

Virtual Showlight 2021 – First Sponsors Announced

23/03/2021

Stage|Set|Scenery is to be terminated

22/03/2021

Rider Registration for the Long Reach Long Riders 18th annual charity motorcycle ride - A River Runs Through It - is now open

19/03/2021

ETC launches new fixtures at online event

18/03/2021

Focusrite Group to Launch New Commercial Audio Brand – Optimal Audio

17/03/2021

Still don’t think LED Blinders work? Elation to prove otherwise on March 18th Coffee Break

17/03/2021

Still washing the old-fashioned way? March 4th Elation Coffee Break explores new generation of wash lights

03/03/2021

Robe France Launches Robe Awards 2021 Event

02/03/2021

PLASA and ABTT join forces for 2021 event

18/02/2021

Just washing or need a little extra? Paladin Range to feature on February 18th Elation Coffee Break

17/02/2021

And the Academy Award goes to … UK audio tech company Synchro Arts

15/02/2021

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award

15/02/2021

Showlight Announces Virtual Event – Save the Date!

09/02/2021

February 4th Elation Coffee Break: Evolution of the Ellipsoidal

29/01/2021

Solid State Logic ORIGIN Captures TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

27/01/2021

DiGiCo reveals New Year New Hope competition

26/01/2021

Martin Audio Announces Special ‘Virtual’ Launch Event

19/01/2021

Explore colour mixing on 21st January Elation Innovation Hour

15/01/2021

Virtual Showlight 2021 – Registration is Open

Virtual Showlight 2021 – Registration is Open

Virtual Showlight 21 is delighted to announce that registration for its unique online event is now open. Tickets can be obtained from Hubilo at www.vsl21.hubilo.com

Tickets are free of charge, but delegates are encouraged to make voluntary donations via a Just Giving page when registering as all proceeds will go to support industry charities, Backup and Behind the Scenes.

The event will be hosted on behalf of Showlight by MaxLive Events and takes place on 25 May 2021 between 15:00 BST and 23:00 BST.

There is an exciting programme of speakers lined up for entertainment and education! These will be interspersed by a number of ‘Video Shorts’, short stand-alone papers, some of which will be forerunners to the full Showlight event that we hope will resume next year.

A discussion panel of international speakers will focus on the issue of diversity in the lighting industry. And in between sessions there will be a number of breakout rooms, hosted by our sponsors, which delegates can enter to view and discuss sponsors’ products and services. Showlight will also have a networking lounge for general mixing and mingling.

So come and join Showlight for a day of networking and lighting indulgence in celebration of the spirit of Showlight. Sadly, the only thing not on offer is the famous Showlight refreshment which, on this occasion, delgates will need to provide for themselves!

Showlight would like to thank its generous sponsors whose donations have enabled Showlight to cover the cost of this virtual event, allowing the maximum of delegate donations to go direct to the charities. Robert Juliat is the headline sponsor, and is joined by Ayrton, ACT Lighting, Inc., Altman, ARRI, Claypaky, Copper Candle, ETC, Robe and Vectorworks. Virtual Showlight is also supported by media partner, LSi, and by LSA.

The final details of VSL21 presentation papers and the discussion panel are close to completion and will be released shortly. There are some great speakers lined up… Sign up to the Showlight mailing list at www.showlight.org  to be the first to hear more.

20th April 2021

Immerse Yourself in the Future

Immerse Yourself in the Future

Yamaha Professional Audio invites you to join them on Facebook Live for a special New Technology Showcase event. This will include a major update on our immersive audio solutions and more.

2020 was one of the most difficult years for the pro audio industry, but Yamaha is committed to investing in the recovery of the market. The New Technology Showcase will include several sessions, each showing the latest audio technologies that Yamaha is working on.

You can attend the New Technology Showcase at https://fb.me/e/1d465kLFU

Join Yamaha on 22nd April and immerse yourself in the future!

 

 

19th April 2021

Barcelona looks forward to welcoming ISE Live and Online

Spain – Integrated Systems Events’ Managing Director, Mike Blackman, has returned to Barcelona this week (13-16 April) as the city prepares to welcome ISE Live and Online.

Mike Blackman was taking part in the Barcelona reACT Conference, a four-day working event to relaunch the city’s economy after a year of pandemic. Speaking at the conference and looking forward to June, Blackman said: “We recognise that the world needs events to get back to business and we are thankful for the support we have had from the national, regional and City authorities, the team at the Fira and of course to the pro AV industry for its enthusiasm in the face of what has been an incredibly difficult period. Whilst 2021 will offer a different experience we are confident of delivering a great event which will pave the way for ISE 2022 in Barcelona.”

Embracing the hybrid approach to events, ISE Live and Online will bring the industry together in a safe and richly rewarding way. Mike Blackman explained: “Whether joining online or in-person in Barcelona, attendees can access inspiring content from innovation leaders, networking opportunities and the latest technologies. This main ISE event, 1-2 June in Barcelona and online, acknowledges that we are at a stage where we can start to plan again for the future and these two days will assist the industry to build a new roadmap for a new era.”

ISE Live: ISE at Barcelona: 1-2 June, Fira de Barcelona Gran Via

In-person attendees can visit booths from exhibitors including Alfalite, Ampio, AVI-SPL, Barco, Biamp, Control4, d&b audiotechnik, Equipson, LANG, NEC, Panasonic, Sharp, Shure, WolfVision plus many more. Highlights from the exhibition will be broadcast from the Main Stage during the two days. There will also be a Pavilion by ICEX to highlight Spanish brands and business opportunities as well as a host of other features including the following:

  • AV Experience Zone: a special feature area at the Gran Via, produced in association with AVIXA, that will see presentations from 15 leading Spanish integrators across the two days. Content will be in Spanish and will cover the retail, hospitality, corporate, education and digital signage sectors, exploring new business possibilities and looking forward to the recovery.

  • Catalan Innovation Zone: ACCIÓ is an agency of the Government of Catalunya for Business Competitiveness. ACCIÓ’s different programmes promote internationalisation and innovation and the agency will host a dedicated show floor zone showcasing these leading companies and technologies. ACCIÓ has also partnered with ISE and TNW to produce three Startup Nation sessions on the Main Stage, highlighting upcoming Catalan entrepreneurial talent.

ISE Digital – The Future of AV: Live 1-2 June / On Demand for 2021

ISE Digital is a two-day festival of content, powered by CISCO technology, and designed to deliver an intuitive agenda that will help to build a roadmap to success. With a comprehensive programme of live and on-demand content, ISE Digital will come from ISE’s own virtual studio with live sessions from the Main Stage in Barcelona on 1-2 June. Available on demand in the weeks that follow, the programme is a collaboration of informative content from ISE, AVIXA, CEDIA, TNW (The Next Web) and key show partners.

Live from the Main Stage, Barcelona: during the two-day festival, the Main Stage at the Fira will be at the heart of the in-person content programme, with sessions also livestreamed to the online audience. Building on the RISE Spotlight programme which ISE has been running since November 2020, ISE Digital will also feature On the Sofa Keynotes, Reporter Roundtables and of course Startup Nation, sponsored by ACCIÓ, highlighting start-ups that are shaking up the markets.

Both AVIXA and CEDIA will be featured on the Main Stage with a range of sessions covering the latest market intelligence, global trends and taking a look at the smart technologies driving the residential and commercial marketplaces.

The full programme will be revealed on the ISE website over the coming weeks, but some highlights will include:

  • On the Sofa Keynote with TNW: Shaking out the trends in next tech  

Key insights showcasing the tech trends all businesses need to have on their radar and why.  This session explores which technology has accelerated and what’s been put on the backburner as a result of the pandemic.

  • Rising to the challenge: Finding opportunity through crisis  

An influential AV thought-leader takes us on a journey of how they innovated and led their team to achieve growth through the different phases of the pandemic. This story is set to inspire and help you reflect on your own leadership style.

  • On the Sofa Keynote Interview: Sustainability Accelerated  

Sustainability is at the top of the global agenda and modern society is increasingly concerned with sustainability initiatives and the protection of our shared environment, so ignoring it can only result in being left behind. We ask a thought leader what corporates ought to be looking at, why and what the perfect destination is in terms of a sustainable business.

  • Roundtable: What’s your purpose?

How to position your brand and service in a post pandemic world. How important is brand purpose? Is it time to evaluate the values of your business?

Registration is free, quick and simple – don’t miss out – reserve a ticket now:

https://www.iseurope.org/register.php?actioncode=LIVEAPR2

 

16th April 2021

2021 ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge Awards

2021 ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge Awards
2021 ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge Awards

USA – A team from the University of Virginia was awarded the top prize in the 2021 ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge competition on 9th April, 2021. The ASTC Edgar L. Lustig Award of $2,000 was presented to the University of Virginia team during a live YouTube video broadcast for their proposed renovation of the McIntire Amphitheater on the UVA campus. The theoretical project transformed a limited use outdoor amphitheatre into a venue that can support a large variety of performing arts events along with additional functional support spaces.

Teams of students from Florida State University, Colorado State University and the University of Virginia participated in the Venue Renovation Challenge competition. The Florida State University team received the USITT Director’s Award of $1,000 for a project that is unique to FSU, the renovation and upgrade of the FSU “Flying High” Circus audience entry and backstage support facilities. Colorado State presented a project to renovate and modernize the University Center for the Arts theatre that emphasized broadening the educational and training opportunities available to students while addressing improvements to the practical technical issues of producing in the theatre.

The live presentation is the culmination of months of work by the student teams. The process consists of three major phases: first, each team develops and defines a renovation project on their campus and creates a concept statement for the competition. Next, the teams design a written “paper” project with documentation including plans, models and other materials to illustrate the proposed renovation. Finally, there is an oral presentation of each team’s project. This year, the presentations were shown live in a YouTube session. This was followed by questions from the judges for each team. For each phase, a panel of six ASTC members act as judges to evaluate the materials and offer advice to the teams.

The judges noted the competition was extremely close between all three projects, with the diversity of the project types making the selection of a winner particularly difficult. The judges awarded the prizes after the final project presentations.

The teams were entirely made up of students, each with a faculty sponsor and an ASTC professional as a mentor.

The University of Virginia Team: Oliver Church, Catherine Henebery, Jackson Key, Caitlin Kreinheder, Tim Victorio. Faculty sponsor: Steven Warner. ASTC mentor: Kimberly Corbett Oates

The Colorado State University Team: Morgan Lessman, Lili Federico, Lauren Boesch, Lorna Stephens, Lukas White. Faculty sponsor: Matt Grevan. ASTC mentor: Millie Dixon

The Florida State University Team: Elliot Mahoney, Mike Delaney, Emily Chancellor, Wesley Seiderman, Raistlin Yovan, Hannah Smith, Nathaniel Feit. Faculty sponsor: Jim Lile. ASTC mentor: Christopher Sprague.

Each school’s team had a distinctive take on the video presentations. The University of Virginia team made extensive use of ground plans and model fly-throughs to show the dynamic changes they envisioned to the classic style semi-circular amphitheatre, including re-raking the audience area near the front of the stage and adding overhead structures over the stage and in the house to provide protection from the weather and for technical equipment. The Florida State University team was able to show photos of existing problematic conditions for the “Flying High” Circus tent and after discussions with the users proposed improvements through renderings and plans including details of technical equipment with the goal of increasing efficiency and safety. The Colorado State University team’s video provided an extensive guided tour of the facility and support spaces while pointing out the areas to be renovated and the practical problems of the current spaces.

The event was hosted by Van Phillips of ASTC and David Grindle of USITT. The goal of the ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge is for students to gain experience with performance venue design and renovation as well as alternate career opportunities though an interactive process with a professional theatre consultant. The ASTC-USITT Venue Renovation Challenge will next occur in 2023, with application materials available in mid-2022. Full details of the event can be found: https://theatreconsultants.org/the-winners-of-the-astc-usitt-challenge-2021-are/

 

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15th April 2021

Should your static lights be doing more? Modern technology meets classic design on 15th April Elation Coffee Break

Should your static lights be doing more? Modern technology meets classic design on 15th April Elation Coffee Break

Elation continues its informative and entertaining Coffee Break presentation series on 15th April with a thorough look at the two latest luminaires in the company’s popular KL “Key Light” Series, the KL Fresnel 8 FC and the KL Par FC.

Elation Professional has made great strides of late in the development of theatrical and broadcast-grade luminaires and the KL Fresnel 8 FC and KL Par FC are great examples. Both of these high-quality wash luminaires offer full-spectrum LED engines for a wide array of soft field saturates and pastels, including tunable white light. Ideal for broadcast environments, film, theatre or any production requiring outstanding colour quality, they offer colour rendering of the highest quality and meet the strict standards of performance venues that are light critical and noise sensitive.

Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif live on Thursday, 15th April at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy and no registration is required.

The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

www.elationlighting.com

13th April 2021

Elation

More details revealed for ISE 2021 Live and Online

Europe – Integrated Systems Events releases more details about its #ISELive&Online programme, which will run throughout June.

Highlighting the future of AV and innovative solutions, ISE Digital and ISE Live elements will integrate to bring the industry together in a safe and richly rewarding way. Whether joining online or in-person at a regional event, attendees can expect inspiring content from innovation leaders, meaningful networking opportunities and the latest technologies from LANG, Panasonic, AVI-SPL, Control4, Barco, Biamp, NEC, Sharp, Shure plus many more.

ISE Digital is a two-day festival of content powered by CISCO technology. The platform will provide an intuitive, digital TV style menu of content that will engage, entertain, and inform. With a comprehensive programme of live and on-demand content, ISE Digital will be launched to run concurrently with the Barcelona event on 1 and 2 June and will be available on demand in the weeks that follow, reactivated with live updates from the Munich, Amsterdam and London events. Registration for any of the four regional events provides access to this content from launch; online-only registration is also available.

Exploring ‘The Future of AV’, ISE Digital will highlight business growth and opportunities, while showcasing solutions, in the context of the industry emerging from the confines of the pandemic. ISE Digital will feature daily thought-leadership and market intelligence curated by TNW, AVIXA, CEDIA and ISE partners, with insights on how the latest technologies can future-proof business in 2022 and beyond.

Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director explained: “We are proud to be partnering with CISCO on ISE Digital. Working with the industry in this way, we will be providing significant opportunities for teams and individuals to meet their customers, for people to experience product innovations, and of course, for networking.”

Live content from the Main Stage, and focused Tech Tracks with insight from key technology sectors, aim to inspire and spark lively conversations with an opportunity for attendees to interact, share ideas and ask questions. Topic areas covered include Digital Signage, Live Events and Audio, Workspace Evolution, Digital Learning, Smart Building and XR in Today’s Reality.

Mike Blackman added: “Whether it’s a global case study, expert presentation, roundtable, CEO interview or product demo, visitors to ISE Digital will learn about the latest innovations in a new and fascinating manner. We are excited to share this with the AV industry.”

Digital attendees can access interviews, panel discussions, brand stories, product news, demos and more, either live or on demand. ISE Digital will offer exclusive presentations from some of the world’s leading technology and service suppliers, and the capability to link up with them directly through the platform. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with speakers, sponsors, and other participants, join a roundtable and more.

The four live ISE events get under way at the Fira de Barcelona on 1 and 2 June. Visitors can expect a rich programme of content, quality business networking and leading brand exhibitors.

Outlining the programme, Blackman explained: “The ISE live events will allow our industry to reconnect with the AV community in four of Europe’s leading AV hubs. Each local event will provide two full days of networking in a safe, relaxed environment, perfect for catching up with contacts and colleagues. Each event will provide the opportunity to build a new set of ‘high worth’ connections including leading installers, integrators, and end users.”

The live events schedule is as follows:

  • ISE at Barcelona 1 and 2 June, Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía

  • ISE at Munich 7 and 8 June, MAC Forum, Munich 

  • ISE at Amsterdam 15 and 16 June, RAI Amsterdam

  • ISE at London 23 and 24 June, Evolution, London

Each event will bring together some of the world’s leading technology and solutions providers, all keen to demonstrate their latest innovations.

“I believe this approach reflects what we’ve heard, a strong desire for prudent and safe face-to-face gatherings that can reinforce business connections and initiate growth. We are honoured to be in a position to offer these to our community,” added David Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA.

“The success of ISE has been built on broad industry support and that is the reason why we have taken these decisions. We look forward to a debut show where our community can all be together again,” commented Giles Sutton, joint CEO of CEDIA.

Registration is quick and simple: https://www.iseurope.org/register.php?actioncode=LIVEAPR1

7th April 2021

House lights underachieving? Can a house light be more than just a house light?

House lights underachieving? Can a house light be more than just a house light?

Typically utilised before and after performances and during intervals as practical audience lights, house lighting has traditionally played only a minor role in creating the atmosphere of a space. With the advent of dynamic LED house lighting however, that has all changed. Today’s house lights have taken on a more flexible and increasingly important role as an integral part of a broader and more immersive lighting design impression.

Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif for Elation’s 1st April Coffee Break as they delve into the adaptable aspects of Elation’s colour-changing Fuze Pendant. This high-quality LED downlight produces high CRI variable tones to flood a space in hues of colour or functionally wash a venue in shades of white light. Add in a multitude of control, connectivity, mounting and lens options and it is the ultimate lighting tool for modern house and area lighting applications.

The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Pendant will air live on Thursday, 1st April at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy and no registration is required.

The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

www.elationlighting.com

 

29th March 2021

Elation

Virtual Showlight 2021 – First Sponsors Announced

Virtual Showlight 2021 – First Sponsors Announced

Virtual Showlight has announced the first sponsors for its online, one-day event (25 May 2021) which takes place in celebration of the full Showlight event that was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

The popularity of this unique lighting quadrennial is confirmed by the number of sponsors which have already given their support for Virtual Showlight. The headline sponsor is Robert Juliat, which is joined by ACT Lighting, Inc., Altman, ARRI, Ayrton, Claypaky, Copper Candle, ETC, Robe and Vectorworks. Virtual Showlight is also supported by media partner, LSi, and by LSA.

Sponsorship of Virtual Showlight offers a unique opportunity for sponsors to connect with clients and industry colleagues whom they have not seen for many months. As a sponsor you will qualify for a slot in which to host your own ‘breakout’ room during the day. If you would like to become a Showlight sponsor, contact sponsorship@showlight.org

All proceeds from Virtual Showlight will go to support industry charities, including Backup and Behind the Scenes.

Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity is the UK’s registered charity that provides financial support to industry technical professionals, crew/production personnel and people working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment industry including those from live events, theatre, TV and film.

Backup’s primary and long running remit is to give support to those who are seriously ill or injured, or to their surviving family members, via a tailored support grant.

In light of the devastating impact of COVID-19, Backup has recently created a separate initial hardship fund, which will provide limited financial assistance to those most in need – please visit the Backup website for the latest details on status and criteria of the hardship fund, as it will be open to applications in phases.

It is only thanks to the support and generous donations from companies and individuals, that Backup is able to help the technical entertainment industry care for its own.

If you want to support or find out more information on Backup visit www.backuptech.uk

Behind the Scenes provides entertainment technology professionals in the US and Canada, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. The BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative provides tools and resources to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety. These include the Be Scene-Be Heard peer-to-peer chat app, entertainment industry therapist finder, anonymous online behavioural self-assessments, easy to navigate resource links, information to help fight bullying, sample language on mental health and respectful workplaces for toolbox talks, and information on suicide prevention.

For more information about Behind the Scenes visit www.behindthescenescharity.org

Registration for Virtual Showlight will be free of charge, with attendees encouraged to make donations to the charities at the time of booking. Watch the press or sign up to the Showlight mailing list (www.showlight.org) to hear as soon as registration opens.

Website: www.showlight.org  

Facebook: @showlightevent

Twitter: @Showlight2021

23rd March 2021

Stage|Set|Scenery is to be terminated

Stage|Set|Scenery is to be terminated

Germany – The final curtain came down: Stage|Set|Scenery will not take place as planned from 15 to 17 June 2021. After an intensive review of the future viability of the trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology, Messe Berlin has decided to discontinue the event. The last Stage|Set|Scenery took place from 18 to 20 June 2019 and will not continue as such in the future.

"With Stage|Set|Scenery, we have been trying since 2015 to establish an international industry meeting place and cross-trade exchange at Berlin for those who otherwise work behind the scenes to ensure perfect staging," said Dr. Martin Buck, head of travel and logistics at Messe Berlin. "Despite positive developments, the event unfortunately fell short of expectations."

"We deeply regret this decision. However, in these economically challenging times, we unfortunately had to make this decision, since Stage|Set|Scenery is unlikely to achieve necessary results this year or in the years to come," continued Dr. Martin Buck. "On behalf of the Stage|Set|Scenery team, I would like to thank our partners, exhibitors and visitors for their dedicated support and co-operation as well as the productive exchange over the past years."

22nd March 2021

Rider Registration for the Long Reach Long Riders 18th annual charity motorcycle ride - A River Runs Through It - is now open

Rider Registration for the Long Reach Long Riders 18th annual charity motorcycle ride - A River Runs Through It - is now open
Rider Registration for the Long Reach Long Riders 18th annual charity motorcycle ride - A River Runs Through It - is now open

USA – The 2021 ride begins in St Paul, Minnesota on 19th June and ends back in St Paul on 27th June. The ride will feature visits to Lake Superior and Lake Itasca State Park, which is the headwaters of the Mississippi River. There will also be stops at National Bald Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN and in Bemidji, MN, home of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox. We will be riding the Great River Road and portions of Highway 61 (for Dylan fans).

The 2021 ride travels through four states around the upper Midwest, with route highlights in and around the area known as “the Driftless,” a unique geological feature not affected by glaciers during the last ice age. The route also features many sweeping roads around hills and bluffs in Wisconsin and Iowa, the wooded forests of Minnesota, and follows along the deep incision of the Mississippi River.

Ride Co-Marshall Peggy Sannerud noted: “This is the perfect ride for those who might have held back in previous years. The route has great roads and scenery, but it’s not as technically challenging as some of our previous rides.” Fellow Ride Co-Marshall Paul Sannerud noted: “It’s mud season in the upper Midwest right now, but Spring is just around the corner and with it comes fantastic riding weather.”

The Long Reach Long Riders have been raising money for Broadway

Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Behind the Scenes Charity since 2004.

For more information on joining the ride or making a donation, please visit www.lrlr.org

 

 

19th March 2021

ETC launches new fixtures at online event

ETC launches new fixtures at online event

ETC is hosting an online event on 30 and 31 March to launch two new theatrical fixtures. This event is open to the public and starts at 16:00 CEST/15:00 BST (09:00 CDT) with a keynote message from David Lincecum, VP of marketing. Immediately following the keynote, attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from Tony-nominated Broadway lighting designer, Justin Townsend, on the impacts of LED on lighting design. Additional sessions over the next 24 hours include product demos and Q&A with the development team, and a series of classes that focus on incorporating technology into your theatrical workflow to increase efficiency and productivity.

Much of the content will be presented in multiple languages (English, French and German) and multiple time zones around the world making this truly an international launch event.

Visit www.etcconnect.com/ETCLaunch for session details and registration information.

  • Keynote Event by Justin Townsend

Broadway lighting designer Justin Townsend brings a unique perspective to the world of LED technology and how it has impacted professional lighting design over the years. Join us as he gives his thoughts on ETC’s new theatrical fixtures and how they’ll impact his future designs.

Townsend is an international lighting designer whose Broadway credits include Moulin Rouge, Jagged Little Pill, American Psycho, The Humans, and countless other shows both on and off Broadway.

  • Incorporating Multiverse into an ETC system

Learn the basics of City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless technology and how to plan, set up, and troubleshoot devices in an ETC system. It is highly recommended to watch City Theatrical’s Introduction to Multiverse Webinar in advance of this class.

  • Ready, Set, Light! Introducing ETC’s Set Light App

Learn how ETC’s new Set Light app will help you get your rig up and running quickly, even before you have power!

  • Understanding the power of Eos Colour Controls

Discover the awesome colour control capabilities of the Eos family of consoles: controls that set them apart from any other console on the market! We'll talk about the different colour spaces, how to get the most out of your colour picker, how to fine tune your colour selection using the tint controls and how best to manage your colour fades. We know that working with multi-emitter fixtures can be complicated, so this session focuses on helping you incorporate LED lighting seamlessly into your workflow.

  • Online product demos

Register for a one-on-one virtual product demo at a time that works for you.

www.etcconnect.com

18th March 2021

ETC

Focusrite Group to Launch New Commercial Audio Brand – Optimal Audio

Focusrite Group to Launch New Commercial Audio Brand – Optimal Audio

A new commercial audio brand will be introduced to the market on 20th April, when Focusrite plc launches Optimal Audio at a special virtual event. Optimal Audio will become the Focusrite Group’s seventh brand, adding to Focusrite and Focusrite Pro, Adam Audio, Martin Audio, Novation and Ampify. Whilst full details will be revealed at the event, Focusrite Group CEO Tim Carroll was happy to talk about Optimal Audio’s prospects: “It’s a rare privilege to create a brand from scratch. The commercial audio sector has grown consistently over the years, and even during the pandemic has been more robust than many. We expect that momentum to accelerate in the coming months, so we feel that the timing is perfect for the introduction of Optimal Audio.

“Taking a considered view of the commercial audio sector led us to conclude that it represents a maze of often overly complicated products that can be difficult to understand, install and operate. Optimal Audio will set out to do things differently, with a streamlined offering that is straightforward to install and simple to use.”

As part of the Focusrite Group, the largest pro audio manufacturer in Europe, with a £130m+ turnover, Optimal Audio will benefit from years of engineering experience, global reach and support, as Carroll explains: “Alongside its own dedicated staff, a number of colleagues from across the group – most notably within Martin Audio – are helping to bring Optimal Audio to fruition. In the long term, our ambition is that the brand will have its own distinct team.”

Registration for the virtual event is now open at https://optimal-audio.co.uk

17th March 2021

Still don’t think LED Blinders work? Elation to prove otherwise on March 18th Coffee Break

Still don’t think LED Blinders work? Elation to prove otherwise on March 18th Coffee Break

Today’s creative designer is asking more from every lighting fixture in the rig and the essential audience/stage blinder is no exception. This week's Elation Coffee Break is all about blinders with an in-depth look at the Cuepix Blinder WW2/WW4 and DTW Blinder 350IP/700IP series.

Once a one-trick pony of invariable white light, the blinder has evolved into a more flexible, dynamic luminaire thanks to high-powered, long-life LED light sources, colour temperature adjustment (DTW), individual pixel control and advanced software. Capable of emulating the look of conventional tungsten/halogen fixtures while expanding their scope of usability, today’s modern LED blinder leaves the conventional blinders of old behind.

Join Elation’s Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif for the Elation Coffee Break on blinders live on Thursday, March 18th at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy and no registration is required.

The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/ 

www.elationlighting.com

 

17th March 2021

Elation

Still washing the old-fashioned way? March 4th Elation Coffee Break explores new generation of wash lights

Still washing the old-fashioned way? March 4th Elation Coffee Break explores new generation of wash lights

The all-important wash light has evolved into a dynamic, multi-featured LED wash fixture that is vastly superior to wash luminaires found even just a few years ago. Join Elation’s Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on this week’s Elation Coffee Break as they take a closer look at three premium LED automated wash fixtures that have given lighting designers all new creative wash possibilities: the Artiste Rembrandt, Artiste Van Gogh and Fuze Wash FR.

Designers have asked for more features and versatility and Elation has delivered. Brighter, carefully tuned LED engines with CMY and SpectraColor (CMYRGB) colour mixing systems offer a wider colour-mixing gamut and outstanding output with advanced beam control. Colour temperature control and high CRI’s make for more accurate colour reproduction and a more optimized wash field. Innovations like a wash texture concept, magenta/green adjustment plus CMY emulation allow for even more flexibility.

The Elation Coffee Break on modern wash lights will air live on Thursday, March 4th at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy and no registration is required.

The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

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3rd March 2021

Elation

Robe France Launches Robe Awards 2021 Event

Robe France Launches Robe Awards 2021 Event
Robe France Launches Robe Awards 2021 Event

France – Robe Lighting France delivered its first Robe Awards event, a new design, programming and operating competition which saw ten finalists whittled down from over 160 initial entrants to battle it out in person at Les Studios de la Montjoie in the La Plaine St Denis area near Paris where they utilised a full Robe lighting rig.

It all started just ahead of the pandemic and lockdowns, when a succession of conversations took place. The first ones were in fact over a year ago and between Sebastien Dendele, president of rental company MursDeLeds (MDL), and well-known TV lighting operator Yannick Duc who have been friends and colleagues for over a decade, both sharing a huge passion for lighting.

It was after MursDeLeds had installed Robe fixtures in a Paris club lighting rig that the two men hit on the idea of organising a lighting competition and started talking with Robe France account handler Jean Philippe Fouilleul. He started to involve his colleagues Bruno Garros, Elie Battah and Vincent Bouquet, who floated the idea of engaging lighting designers and operators, young and aspiring as well as those with already established careers.

And so, the Robe Awards 2021 (France) was born.

The competition kicked off in December and was open to anyone in France familiar with professional lighting consoles and visualisation software and able to programme and operate a light show. The initial three stages were virtual and entered via a dedicated Facebook page.

Entrants had to create a 90 second timecoded lightshow utilising grandMA 3D, Capture or Depence2 and 133 Robe virtual moving lights, all working to the same predesignated music track.

Those gaining the most likes went through to the next round and the process was repeated until three rounds later, the ten finalists emerged. They ranged from practising lighting professionals to breakthrough designers, programmers, and operators.

The Finale was staged in real life at Les Studios de la Montjoie in a fully Covid-safe and socially distanced event environment which was livestreamed via Robe France’s YouTube channel.

The Finale featured a much larger real lighting system comprising of nearly 300 Robe fixtures including the just-launched high-powered FORTE (with self-referencing, data capturing TE 1000W White LED Transferable Engine), and a physical lighting console that had to be programmed and operated live and in real time to a royalty free music track of the competitor’s choice.

Andreas Monschauer production designed the studio lighting rig used by the finalists for their light shows, which included a spectacular central feature utilising a combination of one PixelPATT, 12 PATT 2013s, 36 OnePATTs and 23 PicklePATTs.

Andreas is quick to share credit for this 'wow factor' with the team from MDL, adding that the idea behind it was “to add a strong and unique Robe identity to the overall design” and doing it with this family of very Robe specific fixtures proved the way-to-go.

The PATT centrepiece was flanked by two flown grids of bespoke moving LED panels framed with RGBW pixel dots designed by MDL. These were also available for the finalists to use.

Six groups of two Robe Tetra2 bars were rigged vertically in front of the main LED screen at the back of the space, with five more Tetra2 moving LED battens in a line upstage along the floor. All the other fixtures were distributed between a series of curved floor-mounted trusses, the studio’s roof grid and the deck.

The ten brand-new Robe FORTEs were joined by ten ESPRITES and eight SPOTEs, also among Robe’s newest moving luminaires, as well as popular industry-standard Robe products like Spiider and Tarrantula LED wash beams, MegaPointes, LEDBeam 150s and miniPointes.

In addition to the competition rig, a load more Robe fixtures were deployed for general studio lighting like illuminating the judge’s platforms and other areas, with nine T1 Profiles for key lighting, plus more Spiiders, miniPointes and PicklePATTs, ParFect 150s and two RoboSpot remote controlled followspot systems.

Each finalist had three days to pre-vis their show at home before arriving at the studio with their show-file, and a further three hours on site to upload this and fine-tune, with a choice of grandMA or ChamSys consoles.

The Finale light shows were judged by four leading industry professionals, all present in the studio, although the identity of the show creator remained anonymous throughout the performance and judging!

Two sets of marks were awarded, for the technical and creative elements of each show by each judge.

The eminent judges were Philippe Cerceau from Paris-based creative design company Clair Obscur, known for his fresh and innovative approach to lighting, a craft finessed over 20 years’ experience working at the cutting edge of fashion and style events and luxury brand activations.

He was joined by Frédéric Fayard, founder and artistic director of Paris-based creative design practice Concept K who, normally, travels worldwide working on the coolest and most imaginative projects including live shows and installations.

The third judge was Dimitri Vassiliu, one of France’s best-known music, concert touring and show lighting and visual designers and scenographers, famous for his highly original production and concept ideas and perspectives.

“It was truly amazing to get judges of this calibre involved in the project,” commented Robe France CEO Bruno Garros.

The fourth judge was Robe s.r.o.’s global business development manager Bram De Clerck, who stated: “It was fantastic to see these efforts made by Bruno, Elie, Vincent, Jean Philippe and the team from Robe France and their partner companies, all of whom gave their time and resources into making this event happen during one of the toughest lockdowns.

“The quality of the contestants was excellent as was the Finale event! The whole competition has proved a great talking point, generated lots of positivity, engagement and conversions and it’s also been a lot of fun presenting these new challenges to the contestants!”

After some extremely tough judging, Jean-Pierre Cary, a lighting designer and assistant operator, was declared the winner.

The runners up were theatre LD Alexandre Marcadé and lighting technician Matthieu Laurent, while fourth place was decided by public vote via Facebook, going to LD Eve Harpe.

Bruno Garros enthused: “Apart from connecting with so many people across the French lighting community through these Robe Awards, it was a huge honour to work with everyone involved, from the judges to our collaborating technical partners! We all enjoyed the passion, ingenuity, and attention to detail that our entrants put into their shows, and above everything, the finale event was a fantastic chance to show how we can safely stage Covid-safe events.”

He added that it is intended to run the Robe Awards again, probably at the same time of year, because even in normal times with no pandemic and the industry buzzing and everyone working, December through early February is a traditional down time.

Those all-important technical partners included MDL who provided lighting, video, 3D tracking, teams setup, catering, and more; Plani-Presse who supplied cameras, sound, mics, and editing services and JBL Sonorisation who delivered the 12 Robe SilverScans that were also included in the Finale lighting rig together with some of the power and electrical distribution.

The event’s technical director was Florian Thuillier, the lighting technical director was Vincent Bourveau, director of photography for the livestream was Dimitri Gogos and the cameras were directed by Marc Regnaudin.

Yannick Duc was the operator for both lighting and media server during the finale. Media server and XR tracking was looked after by Sebastien Barry with streaming support from Quentin Fayette.

The studio video and lighting equipment, logistics and supply for the Finale was overseen by Sebastien Dendele.

The Awards project manager was Kevin Dalibert, with stage managing in the capable hands of Régis Douvry. A console support group was co-ordinated by Quentin Douriez and Kevin Bellay and the teaser and Robe Awards media creation was looked after by Séléné Grandchamp.

Jean-Philippe Fouilleul, Maxime Jeanjean and Vincent Bouquet from Robe France were on hand with global support throughout the competition including during all the rounds and the Finale.

The Covid protocol and testing manager at Les Studios de la Montjoie for the Finale was Annie Rhino.

Bruno emphasises the central role played by Sébastien Dendele in the whole event and the finale. “Without his passion, enthusiasm and perseverance we would never have been able to stage a project of these dimensions, especially during these extraordinary times,” he concluded.

Please check this link for an English sub-titled version of the Finale broadcast event https://youtu.be/iyIEeT8xgCQ

photos: Courtesy Robe France

www.robe.cz

Robe France Launches Robe Awards 2021 EventRobe France Launches Robe Awards 2021 Event

2nd March 2021

Robe Lighting

PLASA and ABTT join forces for 2021 event

PLASA and ABTT join forces for 2021 event

UK - PLASA, the association for the live entertainment technology industry, and the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) have announced a collaboration that will bring the 2021 editions of both the PLASA Show and the ABTT Theatre Show under one roof from 5-7 September at Olympia London.

For 2021 only, this partnership between the two established associations aims to reduce pressure on the exhibition calendar as the industry’s eco-system recovers from the impacts of the pandemic and will bring the broad sector together for one landmark event.

As previously planned for 2020, PLASA Show 2021 – for this year with the ABTT Theatre Show – will debut at Olympia’s largest hall, the Grand. The ABTT Theatre Show will run in its own defined space, retaining its own unique identity, and celebrating the ABTT’s 60th anniversary. The more spacious hall will also make room for more inspiring stands, more show features, and perhaps most importantly, extra aisle width for visitors to move around freely.

It is with regret that PLASA Focus Leeds, due to take place from 11-12 May at the Royal Armouries Leeds, has been postponed for a second year. Following careful consideration of the uncertainty around the UK’s lockdown restrictions and the complex challenges facing the industry, PLASA made the decision to only present the PLASA Show this year and are very excited to be able to work with the ABTT in order to collaborate with the ABTT Theatre Show. By consolidating the trade show calendar to a single date line both PLASA and the ABTT are confident they will deliver the most beneficial and supportive event for the sector.

Furthermore, to maintain industry energy and connection, PLASA has announced, following its debut in October 2020, a second PLASA Online from 10-14 May and that the ABTT, which has been supporting the industry with online seminars over the past twelve months, will also be collaborating in this and hosting some sessions.

Peter Heath, managing director of PLASA comments: “With everything our industry has faced in the past 12 months, we have thought long and hard about how best to serve our exhibitors and visitors in 2021. We couldn’t be more pleased with our partnership with the long-serving and respected ABTT, who will bring their usual high standard of technical knowledge to PLASA Show this year, as well as our second PLASA Online this May. We are of course saddened that Leeds must wait another year, but we believe that our strategy for 2021 is absolutely the right thing to do while our industry recovers.”

Robin Townley, CEO for the ABTT comments: “We are very much looking forward to joining forces with the PLASA Show this year to create a meeting place for the whole industry to get-together. The ABTT will have its own distinct area and will be creating the same friendly atmosphere that our visitors love about the ABTT Theatre Show. We look forward to seeing exhibitors and visitors, old and new, and to celebrating our huge 60th milestone.”

With several months for the industry to re-open and regain its strength, the PLASA Show and ABTT Theatre Show partnership is anticipated to be the ‘come-back’ event for the live entertainment technical and production sector. To be the first to know when registration opens, register interest at www.plasashow.com.

PLASA Online 2021 in collaboration with the ABTT will run from 10-14 May with an abundance of free specialist content. More information on how to register and watch the programme is coming soon.

18th February 2021

Just washing or need a little extra? Paladin Range to feature on February 18th Elation Coffee Break

Just washing or need a little extra? Paladin Range to feature on February 18th Elation Coffee Break

Elation continues the Elation Coffee Break webinar series on Thursday, 18th February at 11am CEST with technical sales specialist Alistair Smyth and international sales manager Frederik Afif looking at the innovative qualities of the Paladin series of versatile wash/blinder/effect lights

Since its debut on the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the IP65-rated Paladin range has emerged as industry staple luminaires useful for a wide variety of applications from vibrant stage wash and dynamic uplight to flexible effect light, audience blinder/strobe and eye candy effect. Valued for its versatility, as well as its all-weather toughness, the range encompasses the Paladin, Paladin Panel, Paladin Brick and Paladin Cube.

The Elation Coffee Break on the Paladin series will air live on Thursday, 18th February at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy and no registration is required.

The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

www.elationlighting.com

17th February 2021

Elation

And the Academy Award goes to … UK audio tech company Synchro Arts

USA – UK film and music audio technology company Synchro Arts received a coveted Academy Award in Los Angeles on 13 February 2021.

Synchro Arts is the only UK company to receive a Scientific and Engineering Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Oscars.

This honour was made to the creators of its unique audio alignment technology that seamlessly and perfectly lip-syncs replaced dialogue tracks.

Synchro Arts technology, VocAlign and Revoice Pro software has been the mainstay of film and TV audio studios for more than 25 years, first used on Hollywood blockbusters in the mid-1990s. VocAlign Ultra is the latest version of the platform technology, released in January 2021.

The company was just one of five technology companies in the world to receive a Scientific and Engineering Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Synchro Arts was created by physicist and musician Jeff Bloom, who said: “It is an incredible and uplifting honour to receive a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the audio alignment technology in our Revoice Pro and the VocAlign product range.

“While it has been a challenging and fascinating 40-year journey for me, it has taken the genius of John Ellwood, our technical director, and Jonathan Newland, our head DSP software engineer, to continuously refine and extend this technology into increasingly more powerful and easier to use Synchro Arts products over the last 25 years.

“With the increasing high-quality video and sound technology in people’s hands and homes, there is a need for precise lip-syncing and clearer dialogue in video and film production, which is what this technology offers. What’s more we’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to introduce this technology into helping music editors and producers get increasingly tighter and clearer doubled vocal tracks with minimal effort.”

Andy Koyama, a recording mixer on Hollywood blockbuster John Wick 3 – Parabellum said: “I used Synchro Arts platforms to revoice characters that had not been heard since very early in the picture edit. We dug up the original production and tweaked the sync with Revoice Pro. It does this job better than any software on the market. It works a charm.”

Doug Roble, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee said: “In a year of upheaval, some things remain constant: around the world, extremely clever people are striving to push the technology of film to new heights, and the Academy is privileged to be able to recognise and celebrate their accomplishments. We congratulate all the inventors for their contributions to our art form.”

15th February 2021

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award

UK - To mark the centenary of Stephen Joseph’s birth and the 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, the ABTT Stephen Joseph Committee has announced an Award to commemorate the life and work of this maverick theatrical genius.

Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. He was one of the founders of the ABTT and also the Society of Theatre Consultants now the Institute of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence, and was an inspiring university teacher. His pioneering work has given rise to the use of myriad forms of theatre and open staging in current practice. At the heart of his philosophy was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience. Above all, he established theatre-in-the-round as a legitimate theatrical form in the UK.

This award honours Stephen’s wide-ranging legacy which continues to influence many aspects of theatre practice. The first ABTT Stephen Joseph Award will be presented in June 2021.

There are three categories from which one recipient of the Award will be chosen. For the sake of clarity, there will be just one award in 2021 presented to the most deserving nomination drawn from any one of the categories.

These categories are:

  1. A living individual whose work or body of work has created an exemplary and adventurous relationship between performance and audience.

  2. A twenty-first century company that is widely acknowledged for its skills and innovation in creating live theatrical experiences in unconventional spaces.

  3. A venue which excels, either by configuring an empty or found space or by having recently developed a theatre building, in providing an imaginative range of adaptable staging, including in-the-round or a purpose-designed theatre-in-the-round.

Nominations across these three categories might include, as examples: a theatre-in-the-round still in operation as a part of Stephen’s continued legacy, or a company or an individual whose new work reflects the essence of Stephen’s practice creating live theatrical events in shared performance spaces in which traditional barriers between actor and audience are removed or challenged.

For the first ABTT Stephen Joseph Award nominations will be accepted for work produced or environments created in the United Kingdom.

How to Nominate:

Please send your nominations to the ABTT office at office@abtt.org.uk

Please include:

  1. Your contact details,

  2. Details of the nominee and a short statement of no more than 250 words clearly explaining why the individual, company or performance environment is being put forward for the award,

  3. A short statement of no more than 250 words from a seconder: someone with personal knowledge or experience of the venue, the work or the practice of the person being nominated.

  4. Supporting evidence such as photos, video clips, designs, reviews, and testimonials.

Nominations must be received no later than 30th April 2021. For more information about this award or to put forward your nomination please contact: office@abtt.org.uk

15th February 2021

Showlight Announces Virtual Event – Save the Date!

Showlight Announces Virtual Event – Save the Date!

Following the postponement of Showlight 2021, Showlight has announced that a one-day 'Virtual Showlight' will be held in its place as a temporary interlude. The live online event will take place on Tuesday 25 May 2021 between the hours of 15:00 and 23:00 BST.

The date coincides with the final day of the original event and the time has been chosen to best accommodate USA and European delegates, the night owls further east, and (with apologies) the sleepless in Australia and New Zealand!

Virtual Showlight will host an online presentation of papers, each up to 30 minutes in length, from international keynote speakers, plus a live panel discussion. Q&A sessions will follow each paper with delegates able to message their questions via the chairperson.

The remainder of the time will stay true to the spirit of Showlight with scheduled breaks between sessions providing opportunities for delegates, speakers and sponsors to network in ‘breakout rooms’ where they can spend the time mixing and mingling with others, both socially and within interest groups, in a virtual way.

To coincide with this announcement, Showlight is issuing a fresh call for speakers to enrich the Virtual Showlight programme and make the most of the opportunities presented by the virtual format. Showlight envisages this will be especially appealing for those speakers whose commitments usually prevent them from speaking at a full Showlight event. Don’t worry, technical support will be available for those that might require it.

Showlight is always on the look out for new speakers, so if you prefer to submit ideas for the full event, Showlight is also happy to hear these, just specify on the submission if you are applying for Virtual Showlight or Full Showlight. All ideas to be submitted to papers@showlight.org

Sponsorship opportunities are available to facilitate this unique online event with the chance to host your own breakout room between papers sessions. Please email sponsorship@showlight.org for more details.

Showlight is grateful to those sponsors who have already signed up early in support of Virtual Showlight: Robert Juliat as headline sponsor, ACT Lighting, Inc., Altman, Ayrton, ETC and Robe. Virtual Showlight is also kindly supported by its media partners, LSi, and by LSA.

Tickets for Virtual Showlight will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Announcements will appear in the press and via the Showlight mailing list as soon as the ticket desk opens. In the current climate, Showlight has chosen not to charge for tickets but to leave it to the discretion of the delegates to add voluntary donations, with all proceeds going directly to selected industry charities, including Backup and Behind the Scenes.

Virtual Showlight has been planned as an enjoyable day to touch base with colleagues and celebrate the lighting industry that we love. However, Showlight also confirms that Virtual Showlight is a temporary solution only, and the full Showlight event will return as soon as possible.

“While a virtual event cannot match the magic of the original gathering planned for Fontainebleau, we are determined to maintain the spirit of this unique colloquium until that happy time when we can gather together safely in person,” says Showlight chairman, John Allen. “Virtual Showlight is a temporary, yet ingenious and enjoyable, solution to the restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic which also gives us the opportunity to raise money for our industry charities. Be assured Showlight will return as a live event in its full and wonderful form once it is safe and practical to do so. Until then, we look forward to seeing you online on 25 May 2021.”

Don’t forget to sign up to the Showlight Mailing List, Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date with developments and be the first to hear when speakers are announced and tickets become available.

www.showlight.org

9th February 2021

February 4th Elation Coffee Break: Evolution of the Ellipsoidal

February 4th Elation Coffee Break: Evolution of the Ellipsoidal

Join hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on a 4th February Elation Coffee Break as they examine three modern-day ellipsoidals from Elation Professional.

With the WW Profile HP and CW Profile HP the traditional tungsten Leko has been re-engineered from the ground up with efficient LED engines, while the Fuze Profile CW takes the evolution even further with more features and fully automated performance. These LED framing fixtures, all with high CRI and outstanding output, are ideal for applications where an ellipsoidal fixture of outstanding quality is required.

The Elation Coffee Break on modern-day ellipsoidals will air live on Thursday, 4th February at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/  It’s easy and no registration is required.

The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/  

www.elationlighting.com

 

29th January 2021

Elation

Solid State Logic ORIGIN Captures TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

Solid State Logic ORIGIN Captures TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

 

USA – Solid State Logic (SSL) was recognised for Outstanding Technical Achievement during the 36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards. This year, the TEC Awards were hosted last week as part of Believe in Music Week: NAMM’s new online digital event. ORIGIN, SSL’s new 32-channel in-line analogue mixing console, was awarded the top spot in the Large Format Console Technology category.

Phil Wagner, North American senior vice president of SSL commented: “ORIGIN delivers SSL’s sonic excellence and advanced workflow at a price point that is truly revolutionary. It combines everything you would expect from a classic SSL in-line analogue console, along with advanced routing options that make it perfect for a modern hybrid studio. We are pleased that this milestone innovation has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation.”

Presented by The NAMM Foundation, The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognising the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind today's sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media.

This year, SSL hosted several well-attended music production sessions at NAMM’s Believe in Music Week, covering products and platforms including SiX, SSL 2/2+, SSL Live and of course the new ORIGIN analogue console. Guests included mixing legend Chris Lord-Alge, live sound veteran Simon Thomas and many others.

27th January 2021

DiGiCo reveals New Year New Hope competition

DiGiCo reveals New Year New Hope competition

DiGiCo is offering New Hope for the start of 2021 with the launch of a competition that brings its friends around the world some much needed positivity.

The competition is open now, is free to enter and has three amazing gifts up for grabs: a DiGiGrid MGB Madi to SoundGrid Interface, the first of the newly launched KLANG Kontrollers – Serial Number 1 and an incredible DiGiCo Quantum Range Console!

“We wanted to look forwards and give a little hope for the new year, and we couldn’t think of better way to do it than by giving away three products that will be incredibly useful for the future,” says DiGiCo general manager, Austin Freshwater. “It gives all of us at DiGiCo, DiGiGrid and KLANG great pleasure to know that, when the world of live productions returns, we can provide the opportunity for the lucky winners to add an extra touch of magic to their mixes.”

To enter, visit DiGiCo’s Website (www.digico.biz). The competition closes at 23:59 (GMT) on the 8th February, with the announcement of the winners streamed on DiGiCo’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page on 12th February. Watch out for the login details, which will be released shortly.

www.digico.biz

26th January 2021

DiGiCo

Martin Audio Announces Special ‘Virtual’ Launch Event

Martin Audio Announces Special ‘Virtual’ Launch Event

Martin Audio has announced a Special Event to take place on 16th February, 2021, getting its 50th Anniversary year off to an energetic start. The virtual presentation will provide important updates, including the announcement of major new product and software releases.

The rationale for a virtual event is that with much of the global trade show calendar still in doubt, there are very few opportunities in the near future for in-person collaboration to highlight significant additions to the international pro audio industry’s arsenal.

Dom Harter, managing director at Martin Audio, believes the event will demonstrate the resilience of the company. “This last year has been a challenging one for the Industry as a whole, but at Martin Audio we have continued to invest heavily in R&D, with the positive outlook that companies continuing to create customer value will emerge from the pandemic with a brighter future. Celebrating our 50th anniversary year, we want to ensure we continue to drive forward the company’s legacy, and this event will mark some significant additions to our portfolio.”

The showcase, which will last around 30 minutes, will run across three time slots on Tuesday 16th February to ensure that a global audience can attend.

“We’re looking forward to talking to as many people as possible, albeit virtually, and discussing how the next generation of Martin Audio’s ground-breaking products can meet and exceed the needs of users, venues and events all over the world.”

 

19th January 2021

Explore colour mixing on 21st January Elation Innovation Hour

Explore colour mixing on 21st January Elation Innovation Hour

Elation Professional is set to resume its Innovation Hour livestream presentations on Thursday, 21st January with a discussion of the various types of colour mixing systems found in today’s modern automated luminaires, and the pros and cons inherent in each.

The ability to create millions of different hues from a single lighting fixture is perhaps the greatest benefit of an intelligent luminaire. Join Elation national sales manager John Dunn and global product manager Matthias Hinrichs live on Thursday, 21st January at 10am PST as they examine additive and subtractive colour mixing including the different types of RGB colour mixing systems, CMY colour mixing, DTW, and Elation’s proprietary SpectraColor system.

Join here.

The Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour are virtual presentations and discussions that address lighting and lighting markets, products and product development, and include discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting. To view past Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour episodes, click here.

www.elationlighting.com

15th January 2021

Elation