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PLASA Innovation Award winners are announced

19/09/2019

Quantum Synergy with DiGiCo and Autograph

19/09/2019

Robe Returns to The Future at PLASA 2019

18/09/2019

Highlite's PLASA Innovation Award Nomination

18/09/2019

Elation Artiste Monet wins 2019 PLASA Award for Innovation

18/09/2019

Spotrack to Introduce TracMe at PLASA

17/09/2019

Winners announced at 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards

17/09/2019

Neutrik launches new product at IBC 2019

16/09/2019

Blackout to undertake pioneering mental health research at PLASA 2019

16/09/2019

EM Acoustics unveils new-look EMS Series at PLASA 2019

13/09/2019

SFL shows exciting new products at PLASA 2019

13/09/2019

PLASA Show goes Grand for 2020

13/09/2019

Award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth makes its PLASA debut

13/09/2019

Unusual Rigging leads the Circular Economy debate at PLASA 2019

13/09/2019

Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC

13/09/2019

Triple E at PLASA London 2019

13/09/2019

ChamSys Grand Opening Draws Crowd

12/09/2019

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Latest Broadcast Lighting Solutions at IBC 2019

12/09/2019

Creative Lighting Solutions from Elation at WFX 2019

11/09/2019

Obsidian Control Systems to show powerful NX 4 with DYLOS pixel composer at 2019 PLASA

10/09/2019

Join Elation and Entedi at PLASA 2019

10/09/2019

Area Four Industries at PLASA

09/09/2019

Astera at PLASA 2019

09/09/2019

Showlight 2021 Launches New Website

09/09/2019

Robe at PLASA London 2019

06/09/2019

PLASA Innovation Award winners are announced

PLASA Innovation Award winners are announced

UK – The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration with LSi magazine, took place at the end of a vibrant Monday at the PLASA Show 2019. The Awards recognise and reward pioneering product designs and the people behind them and are widely respected as they are independently judged by a team of industry experts with a variety of specialist backgrounds.

This year saw 36 entries for the Awards, with the judges selecting seven winners and one Gold Award winner.

The winners, along with the judges comments, are:

Nexo for the P12 Point-source loudspeaker

“This is the ‘loudspeaker version of a source 4’ having interchangeable horns with tool-less interchangeability.”

Robe for Esprite

“This advances technical practice by increasing the potential lifespan of LED fixtures, hopefully setting the model for other manufacturers to follow.”

Theatrixx for its eight-bay Reversible Rackmount Converter

“A simple solution to the wired mess that media conversion can entail which is robust and effective.”
SSE for The Azimuth

“This will really help audio companies bring accurate panning to the angle of the dangle in immersive audio applications; it’s simple, effective and well-engineered.”

ETC for Augment3d

“This will change the way lighting design and operation works by increasing speed in the lighting workflow and making the process of design to conception easier to manage.”

Shure for TwinPlex Subminature Lavalier and Headset Microphones

“Two heads are better than one when you’re getting sweaty! This product has a selection of innovative features that will make it popular in many theatres.”

Elation Professional for Artiste Monet

“Applying wireless charging technology from phone chargers to enable continuous shutter movement will prove to be a useful tool for lighting designers, though it is a shame it doesn’t charge your phone as well!”

GOLD AWARD

Artistic Licence for sunDial quad

“This solves innumerable dimming problems in one box with multiple programmable dimming curves being the icing on the cake; it is as versatile as an egg and we can say goodbye to load lamps.”

Special commendations

The judges also commended three products: City Theatrical’s Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz for advancing the dark art of WiFi in lighting control, TMB’s ProPlex GBS Network Selector for being a neat tool to solve networking problems on large festival shows and Vectorworks (GDTF Group) for the GDTF v.10 which advances interoperability design, visualisation and consoles.

LSi magazine would like to thank the team of judges who gave their time and expertise to assess this year’s product nominations. The team this year, chaired by electrical systems consultant James Eade, were: Martin Locket production industry commercial consultant and investor, Vic Pyne head of lighting and AV at Glyndebourne productions Ltd, Stuart Graham head of technical operations for Ambassador Theatre Group, Katrin Padel lighting designer, Natalie Smith freelance production electrician, Nick Jones lighting designer for theme parks and attractions, Ian Peniston head of projects for Power Logistics, Jack Champion head of production and technical for Battersea Arts Centre, Ed Manwaring lighting designer, Nicole Smith head of lighting for London Theatre Company, Grant Barden technical operations manager for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Richard Northwood, audio consultant.
During the ceremony it was announced that LSi would be donating £2,000 from the entry fees for this year's Innovation Awards to industry charity Backup.

The Awards presentation culminated with the announcement of the prestigious Gottelier Award. This was won by Dr Christian Heil of L-Acoustic who founded the company in 1984, introduced the V-DOSC line array in the mid-1990s and today’s L-ISA which delivers immersive audio to live performance venues.

19th September 2019

Quantum Synergy with DiGiCo and Autograph

Quantum Synergy with DiGiCo and Autograph

UK – July saw well over 100 delegates assembled at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, (one of three theatres within the central London campus of RADA, The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art), for a review of DiGiCo’s new Quantum Engine and designed-for-theatre T software.

Hosted by DiGiCo and Autograph Sound, the day opened with Autographs co-founder Andrew Bruce telling his story from the early 70s to the present day. This section effectively charted the development of modern theatre sound, using anecdotes and images of legendary West End shows including; Starlight Express, Cats, Miss Saigon and many others.

Ably assisted by Autograph sound designers Avgoustos Psillas and Gareth Tucker, plus Tom Williams and Dan Page from DiGiCo, Andrew then spent the remainder of the day walking delegates through the unique functionality of the T software that has made DiGiCo the international standard for theatre sound, including an in-depth view of the huge increase in functionality provided by the new Quantum engines.

One of the delegates was Jeremy George, head of sound at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, who commented: “I really enjoyed learning about the origins and deeper functions of software that I use daily, not to mention very useful in terms of tips and ideas to try next time I’m programming a show,” which, as it happened, was a few hours after the Quantum Synergy day had finished.

“T Software makes my life easier on a daily-basis. It’s definitely the best way to program and operate theatre sound. I know it lets me achieve things that would be considerably harder on other manufacturers’ consoles. The flexibility, speed and ease of use that T software allows us all to achieve is invaluable. DiGiCo are so responsive to what we, as theatre engineers, need the desk to achieve. This makes the software, and the company that makes it, unique.

“The new Quantum Engine was also very impressive, especially the nodal processing and the almost infinite possibilities that it will bring to the desk.

“Hearing Andrew talk about the thought-processes and reasons behind the basis and DNA of T software was fantastic and a unique opportunity. Thanks to Autograph and DiGiCo for sharing their knowledge.”

19th September 2019

DiGiCo

Robe Returns to The Future at PLASA 2019

Robe Returns to The Future at PLASA 2019
Robe Returns to The Future at PLASA 2019

UK – Inspired by the launch of its new PLASA Innovation Award-winning ESPRITE moving light (with fully replaceable LED engine and a host of other ground-breaking features) and the iconic Back to The Future movie franchise, Robe presented the first in a new trilogy of expo live performance concepts at the PLASA 2019 expo in London.

The show #ReturnToTheFuture was created to highlight Robe’s newest technologies in the context for which they were designed.

With an original DeLorean MMC12 as the set centrepiece, six dancers, and around 200 Robe lights including ESPRITES, Tetras, T1s, SilverScans, MegaPointes, Spiiders, Tarrantulas and LEDBeam 150s rigged in the roof and all around the sides of the booth, plus stunning special effects and a pool of water containing Robe IP rated iPointes, the eight-minute 428-cue (that’s one every 1.12 seconds) show was performed to a special soundtrack and kept all the visual surprises flowing.

It drew massive crowds to the Robe booth which was packed throughout the three days of the popular entertainment industry trade expo.

“We loved being back in London and were very proud to present the show in a city that’s renowned for world-class entertainment, and to touch base with so many industry friends and contacts,” stated Robe CEO Josef Valchar, adding that they generally received a great response to the new products.

Winning a PLASA innovation award for the ESPRITE was the “icing on the cake” of a fantastic show, he continued. The judges’ comments on this outstanding new product were that it “advances technical practice by increasing the potential lifespan of LED fixtures, hopefully setting the model for other manufacturers to follow.”

In addition to the ESPRITE, this also included Tetra, a new moving LED batten incorporating the same high-quality optics and LED light sources used in the Spiider and Tarrantula LED wash-beams.

In the ESPRITE, Robe has focussed on the future. It is the first fully replaceable LED engine luminaire of its kind, and a high-powered, eco-friendly, cost-effective replacement for workhorse discharge fixtures which are the backbone of the lighting rental industry worldwide.

The “Return to The Future” show was produced by Robe’s creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb and choreographed by Jaye Marshall. The live show elements were production managed by Josh Williams, with the overall spectacular expo stand build coordinated by Tomas Kohout.

The ever-relevant concept of time travel was a huge hit with everyone at the show and car geeks salivated with the appearance of the fully working vehicle, one of only two in the UK. It was produced in the early 1980s featuring Giorgetto Giugiaro classic DMC design, complete with signature gull-wing doors, brushed stainless steel outer body panels, fibreglass body structure and steel backbone chassis, all revolutionary in the day!

“We wanted to hit a chord with the importance of the replaceable / transferable engine of the ESPRITE and to produce a show that was vibrant and fun as well as instantly and universally recognisable,” explained Nathan on how the thought process started and developed.

In 'Marvelesque' style, the heroes of the story were the Robe fixtures, which offered plenty of opportunity for imaginative and subtle brand reinforcement.

A two-level double-deck architecture was built into the overall stand plan to facilitate the show design requirement for three top tier windows in the ‘automotive laboratory’, where the backup dancers first appear behind gauze panels while the Marty McFly and Doc Brown characters are below puzzling over how to transfer the car engine to something modern, powerful and carbon-conscious.

The full cast then comes forward to the B-stage surrounded by the water trough for the finale, illustrating the depth and 3D dynamics of the space optimum viewing angles and strategic placement of fixtures to coincide with the story. The planning was such that wherever people were sitting or standing there was a clear view of everything as their eyes flipped between different areas of action.

Employing some classic theatrical techniques to illustrate the fine detail and capabilities of all the fixtures involved in the show, the narrative zipped along to the pumping soundtrack compiled as a megamix of musical genres relevant to the storyboard that would also resonate across Robe’s diverse customer and end-user base.

The show cast characters were all extremely strong, and the elaborate costumes were designed by Andy.

Nathan and Jordan enjoyed the challenge of imagining and built the laboratory’s reactor prop including retro 1980s button and meter panel displays and the bubble tubes that emulated plutonium rods.

An ArKaos media server was used to map all the pixel fixtures (the Tetras, Spiiders, Tarrantulas and LEDBeam 150s) and the show was programmed and run on an Avolites console. BPM SFX supplied flames and CO2 jets, with an eye-catching low fog curtain and The One hazers from MDG all helping to ramp up the vibes.

Robe’s “Return to The Future” series had an extra relevance to kicking off at PLASA in London as Back to The Future the musical has a West End Run planned next year to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

Related to #ReturnToTheFuture and the ESPRITE launch is an online game: “Robe ESPRITE Racer” (check it out at www.robe-esprite.com) where the time has come to take the wheel and an adrenaline-driven trip through time to unravel the history of Robe.

Back to the Robe show story, which ends with the heroes being saved from nuclear meltdown just in time to transfer the engine to the car, escape and time-travel to the next warp: which will be at LDI in Las Vegas in November, when Robe presents Part 2 of this exciting, dramatic seat-edge adventure!

photos: Louise Stickland

www.robe.cz

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18th September 2019

Robe Lighting

Highlite's PLASA Innovation Award Nomination

Highlite\'s PLASA Innovation Award Nomination

UK – Highlite International had a fabulous PLASA Show this year with highly motivated visitors who showed an eager interest in the overall presentations. Highlites's stands (G30 and G31) were very busy and drew a lot of attention. Most excitingly about this event is the PLASA Innovation Award nomination. Highlite received the nomination for the Infinity Furion B401 Moving Beam with its multicolour colour-bump feature. With this nomination the Furion B401 was one of a select group of 34 innovative and market-changing products. Highlite congratulates all recipients of this year's Innovation awards and is already looking forward to next year's PLASA Show.

18th September 2019

Highlite

Elation Artiste Monet wins 2019 PLASA Award for Innovation

Elation Artiste Monet wins 2019 PLASA Award for Innovation

UK – Elation Professional continues to bring innovative products to market and the PLASA trade show has again taken notice by awarding the company’s Artiste Monet LED Profile luminaire a PLASA Award for Innovation at the 2019 exhibition. Recognised as exceptional innovation at a ceremony held on 16th September at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in West London, the judges singled out the Monet’s wireless continuous-rotation framing and SpectraColor colour mixing systems.

“We are both honoured and proud to have won our fifth PLASA Award for Innovation yesterday for the fabulous Artiste Monet,” enthused Elation sales and marketing director Eric Loader. “The Artiste series is breaking new ground with innovation that opens up for greater creative possibilities. Lighting professionals on both the production and installation side are discovering how exceptional the series is and the Monet is a great example. We are thrilled to again be recognised as an R&D leader and innovator in entertainment lighting.”

The 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet is a full-featured LED Profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via an innovative SpectraColor colour mixing system. SpectraColor uses traditional CMY colours but adds variable RGB flags for rich and vibrant primary colours. In combination with variable CTO, the Monet produces colours that were previously impossible to achieve. Also unique to the Artiste Monet is a full blackout, four-blade framing system. Not only does the adjustable system allow for refinement of the beam shape and projection at any angle, newly designed unlimited indexing and continuous rotation control allow shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming, allowing for creative transitions, projections and aerial effects not previously possible.

The PLASA Awards for Innovation are an industry benchmark for innovative new product releases and have long been respected for their independent judging panel of industry experts. The 2019 PLASA Award for innovation marks the sixth industry accolade for the Artiste series.

In picture: Elation Product Manager Matthias Hinrichs accepts the 2019 PLASA Award for Innovation for the Artiste Monet.

www.elationlighting.eu

18th September 2019

Elation

Spotrack to Introduce TracMe at PLASA

Spotrack to Introduce TracMe at PLASA

UK – Spotrack, manufacturers of the world’s leading remotely operated followspot system, will be exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show at London’s Olympia, 15-17 September. Spotrack enables an operator to remotely control from any location, up to 50 moving lights as followspots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors for live production from anywhere in the venue. The Spotrack team will be on hand to explain and discuss all aspects of the hardware and software that comprise a system which is revolutionising the lighting industry’s approach to spotlight control. Spotrack systems are to be found in action all around the globe at high profile events, as more and more lighting designers and production managers acquaint themselves with the clear advantages the system delivers.

As Spotrack has become a growing presence in complex productions on the big stage, so unsurprisingly, the company faced demand from smaller operators for a version of the system that could be scaled to meet the needs of the wider market. Whilst not every production demands the capacity to control up to fifty moving lights, as would be the case with Spotrack on a rock and roll arena tour, the essential principles of the system remain very attractive to any lighting operation. With this in mind Spotrack have developed TracMe, the smaller, extremely competitively-priced sibling of Spotrack, which can control up to four moving lights from any vendor in a single universe, opening access to the technology to a greater range of application.

Spotrack CEO Liam Feeney looks forward to introducing TracMe: “We’re excited to be bringing TracMe to PLASA. We’ve witnessed an amazing response from the industry to the impact of Spotrack across a variety of big international productions and it soon became apparent that there was an obvious demand for an entry-level equivalent which could meet the needs of smaller applications. We look forward to showing visitors to PLASA how Spotrack and TracMe can enhance their work and make life easier and safer.”

Spotrack will be exhibiting on Stand N21 at PLASA and look forward to discussing the next generation of spotlight technology with lighting professionals and enthusiasts from around the world.

17th September 2019

Winners announced at 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards

Winners announced at 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards

UK – More than 500 entertainment industry professionals celebrated the best in lighting and video design on Sunday night as The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards announced this year's winners at a glittering ceremony at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

The annual industry awards honour the achievements of lighting and video designers working across the sectors of Theatre, Television, and Concert Touring & Events, and are chosen by a panel of independent judges.

The 2019 KOI Award winners are:

Theatre

  • The PRG Award for Projection Design: Jack Phelan for The Second Violinist, Landmark Productions and Irish National Opera

  • The ADB Award for Plays: Jessica Hung Han Yun for Equus, English Touring Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford

  • The Robert Juliat Award for Opera: Mark Jonathan for Vanessa, Glyndebourne

  • The ETC Award for Dance: Clifton Taylor for Four Quartets, Barbican

  • The Hawthorn Award for Musicals: Neil Austin for Company, Gielgud Theatre

Television

  • The DTS Award for Events: Tim Routledge for Stormzy at Glastonbury

  • The Altman Lighting Award for Small Production: Martin Kempton for Inside No. 9 – Dead Line

  • The Green Hippo Award for Video Design & Graphic Display: 59 Productions for Five Telegrams, BBC Proms 2019, Royal Albert Hall & Edinburgh Festival

  • The JLLighting Award for Light Entertainment: Nigel Catmur for Young Dancer of the Year

  • The Ayrton Award for Drama: Anna Valdez-Hanks for Clique series 2

Concert Touring & Events

  • The MA Lighting Award for Club: Sherry Coenen for Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

  • The disguise Award for Video Content: Adam Young (FRAY Studio) for Years & Years

  • The Vari-Lite Award for Stage: Tim Routledge for DAVE

  • The Minuit Une Award for Events: Ben Cracknell for Olivier Awards 2019

  • The GLP Award for Arena: Ben Dalgleish for Post Malone

In addition to the 15 design awards, the Enrico Caironi Lifetime Recognition Award was presented to Linford Hudson. It is presented to an individual who has dedicated time and effort for the benefit of those around them, as well as the wider industry.

For more than 50 years, Hudson worked as a followspot operator at the Palladium after initially starting in a pageboy role when he was 15 years old. As well as his lengthy stint at the Palladium Hudson also worked on the London 2012 Olympics and was one of few technicians ever awarded an Olivier for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.

The Elation Award for Contribution to Television Lighting was established by the STLD to recognise those who are not necessarily lighting designers themselves, but whose work is regarded as having made a major contribution to television lighting. Richard Gorrod, head of event services at PRG lighting, was this year's recipient for his exceptional skill in lighting, rigging, drawing and impeccable attention to detail.

Colleagues described Gorrod as "one of the hardest working technicians in the industry and a huge asset for any lighting designer, director or programmer." Gorrod's TV credits include the MTV Awards, the Brit Awards, Eurovision, and the Super Bowl Halftime Show. "Many of us owe a lot of thanks to Richie for his dedication, skill, and support on our shows," says Ross Williams from the STLD. Durham Marenghi added: "many LDs attribute the success of their events to the skills of the technicians who realise them and Rich commands huge respect by being the master of this role."

The evening was compered by actor Andrew Sykes, known for his roles in Shameless, The Syndicate, and Speechless. The evening's entertainment was provided by big band, King Groovy and the Horn Stars, fronted by Julie Maguire.

17th September 2019

KOI

Neutrik launches new product at IBC 2019

Neutrik launches new product at IBC 2019
Neutrik launches new product at IBC 2019

The Netherlands – At IBC, among the wide range of advanced connectivity products from Neutrik, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, are two of its very latest developments: the NA2-IO-DPRO, professionally specified intelligent Dante I/O interface – being shown publicly for the first time – and its opticalCON DRAGONFLY fibre optic camera connector.

The new 2-in, 2-out NA2-IO-DPRO Dante interface features two switchable Mic, Line, AES/EBU inputs and two switchable analogue line, AES/EBU outputs, and two Dante ports providing for redundancy or device daisy chaining. With its small form factor, metal construction, and removable protective rubber casing, the NA2-IO-DPRO offers a rugged, reliable solution optimally suited to a wide range of applications.

The NA2-IO-DPRO front panel provides two latching XLR inputs and two XLR outputs. AES/EBU operation is seamlessly and independently auto detected for inputs and outputs. Using Neutrik’s free DPRO controller software for Mac or PC, +48 V phantom power can be applied, microphone preamplifier gain, pad, and high-pass filtering can be set per channel, and input channels can be linked for matched operation. Output channels can be muted or unmuted within the software.

The rear panel provides primary and secondary Dante ports on Neutrik etherCON connectors. The secondary input can be configured for redundant or Switched mode (for daisy chaining). When operating in Switched mode, in conjunction with a 60 W PoE injector, up to eight devices can be daisy chained. Up to four devices can be daisy chained with a 30 W PoE injector.

NA2-IO-DPRO is AES67 compliant. Power must be supplied externally via either a PoE switch or a PoE injector per IEEE 802.3af/at, class 2 or no classification at 6W. With optional mounting brackets or a rack panel, the NA2-IO-DPRO can be mounted below tables, in floor boxes, in racks, or on the stage truss.

Neutrik is also announcing the introduction of the opticalCON DRAGONFLY fibre optic camera connector series, the latest addition to the company’s legendary opticalCON family of products. The DRAGONFLY series offers advanced lens technology for the Broadcast and AV markets, ensuring robust, reliable connectivity that is easier to maintain than common hybrid camera signal transmission systems of similar performance.

Based on the company’s patented XB2 Technology, a development that revolutionises expanded beam technology, DRAGONFLY offers near to physical contact connectivity levels of efficiency. With a signal surface 322 times larger than physical contact surfaces, its innovative fusion splice, high-performance fibre lens transmits UHD 4K and 8K signals with low loss. Additionally, the oversize signal surface provides for low sensitivity to dust and dirt. Requiring no specialist tools, cleaning is quick and efficient, using compressed air and water.

With its reliable push/pull locking mechanism, IP68 rated dust and waterproof rating in mated condition, and proven anti-kink boot design, DRAGONFLY offers a long life of 10,000 mating cycles. DRAGONFLY connectivity particularly offers robust protection against vibration, with far lower potential for damage. It is also field serviceable with a fusion splicing kit, making DRAGONFLY an outstanding choice for field broadcast applications.

With high performance, low loss attributes and consistent quality including 100% reliability, even when subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, DRAGONFLY is both innovative and future-proof. Its hybrid connection transmits both power and data over a single connection, with low maintenance intervals. Simple and efficient, switching to DRAGONFLY is easy, as it fits into standardised broadcast cut-outs.

16th September 2019

Blackout to undertake pioneering mental health research at PLASA 2019

Blackout to undertake pioneering mental health research at PLASA 2019

UK - The team behind the six-minute immersive mental health installation Blackout has revealed that they will be running a pioneering industry evaluation alongside their exhibition experience at this year’s PLASA Show at London Olympia from Sunday 15 to Tuesday 17 September 2019.

Bringing academic analysis to the exhibition, research director in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey, Dr Paul Hanna, has devised a questionnaire to undertake the first evaluation on mental health awareness specifically within the UK technical backstage entertainment industry. Dr Hanna has worked closely with the Blackout creative team since the project launched at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) in May.

Mig Burgess, GSA tutor and creator of Blackout, said: “This is an extremely important first step to address mental health awareness in the UK technical backstage entertainment industry and we are delighted that Paul’s expertise will provide valuable insight into mental health issues in the sector. By evaluating visitors’ experiences of Blackout at the PLASA Show we will be able to quantify our industry’s overall awareness of mental health, and to gain an insight into how many people suffer with mental health related issues.

“I am thrilled that Blackout has brought about this exciting research into mental health within our backstage industry and I am excited to collaborate with key trade associations to work together to evoke positive change.”

The evaluation has been funded by leading industry associations PLASA, ALD, ASD ABTT, PSA, all of whom recognise the importance of supporting this research and its impact on membership organisations. The Blackout team see this as a further commitment as an industry to move forward and tackle this rising issue of mental health.

Sean McNamara, head of GSA, said: “As part of GSA’s commitment to driving forward innovation in matters relating to mental health and well-being, we fully support Mig and her colleagues with this ground-breaking project.”

The Technical Backstage Entertainment Industry Mental Health Evaluation can be found online by scanning the QR code below. Everyone from the technical entertainment backstage sector is encouraged to participate, whether or not they plan to attend Blackout at PLASA.

16th September 2019

EM Acoustics unveils new-look EMS Series at PLASA 2019

EM Acoustics unveils new-look EMS Series at PLASA 2019

UK – The EMS Series from EM Acoustics is the company’s best-selling loudspeaker range, featuring the company's signature passive crossovers and exceptional enclosure design. Hugely versatile, EMS Series point source loudspeakers are deployed in a vast array of theatres and entertainment venues both in the UK and worldwide, and the series plays a highly significant role in the rental market. In a further development to the range, EM Acoustics has enhanced the look and feel with a number of aesthetic changes, and augmented the series with the addition of a 10-inch model, the EMS-101X.

The EMX-101X, unveiled at PLASA 2019, incorporates a brand new low frequency driver, designed in large part by EM Acoustics’ director of R&D, Ed Kinsella. “Ed didn’t want to build anything around any of the 10-inch drivers previously available. He simply felt that existing units would not deliver the outstanding results that we were pursuing. So, true to form, he designed one himself. As a result we’ve got exactly what we and our customers were seeking; a great-sounding 10-inch full range passive box that sits perfectly between our 8-inch and 12-inch offering, both in physical size and output.”

Two other new products at the larger end of the range are the EMS-156 and the EMS-159, formerly the MSE-156 and MSE-159, both of which have benefited from the same physical updates as the rest of the range.

One of the most significant improvements has been the introduction of a newly developed three-step polyurethane paint finish which is exceptionally tough, inherently weather-resistant, and offers a sleeker, more modern look. For prolonged outdoor use, outdoor versions can also be supplied with stainless steel grilles and weather-resistant connectors. Other enhancements include a stylish new grille design and painless access to the rigging points.

“The EMS Series owes its popularity to two main factors,” says Wheeler. “Firstly, exceptional sound quality, which stems from our signature passive crossovers and Ed’s truly unique design; and secondly the sheer versatility of the range. The new additions have increased that flexibility; the range comprises two-way passive loudspeakers from 4” to 15” and we now have a loudspeaker, or combination of loudspeakers, for just about every possible scenario within the EMS Series. That includes everything from foreground, background and nearfill applications to under-balcony, delay and effects, to zoned, distributed systems and main PA applications. The list is endless. I’m proud to be unveiling the new look at PLASA along with the latest additions that will continue to ensure its industry-favourite status for many years to come.”

13th September 2019

SFL shows exciting new products at PLASA 2019

SFL shows exciting new products at PLASA 2019

UK – This September sees leading sales, event and production company SFL offer PLASA visitors an exclusive opportunity to get hands-on with the brand-new Midas Heritage D digital mixing console, as well as Sennheiser’s acclaimed Digital 6000 series radio mics and Audinate’s ground-breaking Dante Domain Manager platform. SFL will also be celebrating its exclusive partnership with d&b audiotechnik.

“We’re delighted to be able to give an exclusive preview of the new Midas Heritage D,” says SFL’s sales and installations manager, Tim Horton. “This desk has been anticipated for such a long time it’s going to create a real stir.”

On its dedicated d&b stand, SFL will introduce the new d&b audiotechnik A-Series, a brand-new sound reinforcement concept the 'augmented array'. Ideal for both live and installation applications, the unique flexibility of its variable splay angles will be demonstrated, with a horizontal configuration of the ALi60 sat atop a dedicated installation Vi-SUB subwoofer. The advance waveguide design will also be revealed using another one of d&b's distinct display cabinets. The installation option of d&b's ultra-compact new addition to the E-Series, the Bi8-SUB will complete this year's highlights.

See the new Midas Heritage D, Dante Domain Manager and Sennheiser D6000 on stand U70. d&b’s A Series will be on stand V60.

13th September 2019

PLASA Show goes Grand for 2020

PLASA Show goes Grand for 2020

UK – With just days to go before the PLASA Show 2019 opens its doors, exciting new plans have been announced for the 2020 edition of the event. The re-development of Olympia announced earlier this year alongside the surge in demand from both exhibitors and visitors alike has enabled the PLASA Show to move into Olympia’s Grand Hall from next year. The move will also see a slight alteration of dates, back to the original scheduling of 6-8 September 2020.

“With the exciting redevelopment happening at Olympia over the next few years the opportunity has arisen for us to move the PLASA Show to the Grand Hall from 2020 onwards,” confirmed Sophie Atkinson, head of events at PLASA. “This is a great opportunity for the show as it allows us to ensure all exhibitors are on a single floor and gives a greater number of stands more rigging height above them.”

The move from Olympia’s National Hall to a larger space at the exhibition centre highlights the strength of the PLASA Show since it moved back to West London in 2016. The event has grown year-on-year both in terms of exhibitor and visitor numbers since the move to Olympia, and this latest decision has been taken to ensure the ability for future expansion of the show.

“Moving to the Grand Hall gives huge potential for the show to continue its growth, allowing the chance for exhibitors to take larger spaces as well as being able to welcome more new exhibitors,” noted PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “The reinvigoration we have seen for the show since we returned to our spiritual home of West London combined with the huge popularity of our PLASA Focus events has provided us with this opportunity. With this new location within one of the most prestigious events centres in London we can ensure a sustainable future in our long-term home.”

A further benefit of the move has seen dates for the 2020 edition of the PLASA Show return to their traditional scheduling of 6-8 September. This should be an advantage to visitors and exhibitors who work in the broadcast sector as there will no longer be a direct clash with IBC in Amsterdam.

“Moving the dates of the event back to our original schedule will be a huge positive for visitors and exhibitors,” stated Heath. “As a global event that brings an international crowd to London, we do our best to ensure that our reach is as wide as possible. Avoiding the direct clash with an equally important international event will help us to ensure that we attract the broadest possible section of visitors and exhibitors.”

Before the move, the PLASA Show will have one final outing in Olympia’s National Hall. Running over September 15-17 2019, this year’s show will see hundreds of exhibitors demonstrating the latest offerings that the live and event technology industry has to offer to thousands of visitors.

For more information and to register for the show, visit: www.plasashow.com

13th September 2019

Award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth makes its PLASA debut

Award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth makes its PLASA debut
Award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth makes its PLASA debut

UK – The award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth system is set to be a major talking point on the A.C Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) stand where it will make its PLASA debut this year. The kit, which launched in June has already been put through its paces at some major events, including the New York Auto Show and at Glastonbury and is in the running for the 2019 PLASA Innovation Award.

Visitors to stand E30 will be able to see a demo of the Bluetooth cells and speak with a member of the Broadweigh team who will be able to advise on the suitability of the kit for their project. Elliot Van Laere, sales executive for Broadweigh said: "We are really excited to be showcasing this product at PLASA. Since its official launch earlier this summer, it's really been making waves. People are excited about its capabilities and it's proving to be a real game changer for riggers who want to monitor the loads on small scale applications and have the data sent straight to their mobile phone or tablet."

Johnny Marshall, from AC-ET’s rigging sales division said: "Our partnership with BroadWeigh has always been extremely important to us as a company and we are certain Broadweigh Bluetooth is going to draw the crowds to our stand. Its innovative design and ease of use make it highly appealing to riggers who can simply download the free app to either their iOS or Android device. The 3.25 tonne load shackle with integrated Bluetooth LE 4.0, provides high-precision, multi channel wireless load monitoring and sends the data straight to the phone or tablet. What could be simpler?"

Broadweigh's standard load cells will also be on display on stand E30 as well as the Wind Speed Sensor and TwistLink. Johnny continued: "Years ago, load monitoring was simply an added extra, something that was 'nice to have' so to speak. These days, it's a critical piece of kit with an increasing number of venues now requesting that load monitoring is undertaken for all events. This is hugely encouraging of course that the entertainment industry is taking the weighing and monitoring of shows and events so seriously and we are proud to recommend Broadweigh to all our customers."

Broadweigh will also officially launch its in-house calibration service at PLASA. This is an exciting new offering, open to all genuine Broadweigh shackles no matter their age or hours of use. Elliot added: "We recommend that users should check their shackles' output with a known load at least once a year and as a bare minimum return to the factory for a calibration check every two years. It’s important to bear in mind that damage to the shackle or its calibration can happen at any time. If you need to move the zero offset significantly then further investigation is required. With our new calibration service, our customers can return their shackles to us at our factory in Exeter where our skilled technicians will thoroughly examine all the mechanical parts of the shackle, ensuring they comply with LOLER before recalibration, followed by visual inspections and checks on the electronics using our proprietary diagnostic tool."

Customers will also receive an inspection report highlighting recommendations for future maintenance, as well as an electronic calibration certificate which is also stored at the factory. All work is carried out using Broadweigh's calibration rig which is calibrated to National Physical Laboratory (NPL) standards, with each shackle calibrated and linearised over ten weight points covering its operating range.

Elliot concluded: "Customers who take advantage of this new service receive a one year warranty on load shackles, effectively giving them a lifetime warranty on Broadweigh shackles if regular calibrations are carried out. We also offer our users a refurbishment service, allowing them to update their shackles to the latest firmware, subject to a fee. We think uptake will be significant so recommend that anyone wanting to take advantage should book early to avoid disappointment."

 

13th September 2019

Unusual Rigging leads the Circular Economy debate at PLASA 2019

Unusual Rigging leads the Circular Economy debate at PLASA 2019

UK - Unusual Rigging's Tom Harper will lead a session hosted by SiPA at PLASA 2019 which aims to explore how 'Circular' the live production industry really is.

The session which takes place on 15th September at 14.00 will look at how the industry needs to decouple 'show business' from the highly wasteful, energy intensive and inefficient consumption of finite resources.

Tom, a director at Unusual Rigging as well as the company's Circular Economy lead, recently completed his MBA in Circular Economy Innovation and is passionate to drive forward system shifts to ensure an effective transition towards an economic model that is regenerative by design.

"This isn't just about what we at Unusual Rigging can do, although we are very much trying to lead by example. It's about working with the entire industry in order to radically reduce consumption levels. We are locked in a system in which everything favours the linear model of production and consumption where we 'take, make and waste'. But there are things that the live production industry can be doing to drive forward the transition to a Circular Economy, we'll use this session to identify those things and figure out how we can accelerate this transition."

Unusual's Emily Egleton will join the panel alongside Carol Scott from Tait, John Winters from the National Theatre and Dr Greg Lavery from Rype Office. Emily will be touching on the innovations preserving the 'Technosphere'.

Emily commented: "It's looking at designing for disassembly, designing for durability and establishing robust reverse networks in the value chain that can be fully recovered, refurbished and reused, thereby closing the loop. This has been at the forefront of our work at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane which is currently undergoing massive refurbishment works."

Tom added: "Since pushing forward with this model of business at Unusual, we now have a team member on site whose job it is to sift through the material we reclaim from site and to identify all the items that can be reused."

He concluded: "We are really looking forward to a lively and informative discussion and debate with the delegates who attend our session at PLASA. We're confident it will encourage questions and start the ball rolling for many other companies within the industry to get on board, while promising to be both lively and inspiring."

www.unusual.co.uk

13th September 2019

Unusual

Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC

Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC
Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC

Worldwide – Doughty Engineering is preparing for a busy few months of trade shows, starting with IBC in Amsterdam (13-17 September) and PLASA in London (15-17 September). This will be followed by PLSME in Dubai (15-17 October) and LDI in Las Vegas (22-24 November).

The popular Lightweight Lighting Stand which made its debut back in 2017 and has proven to be a hugely successful piece of kit for the broadcast market, will be one of the main features on the IBC stand. Mark Chorley, design engineer explained: “While it may not look like a particularly complex item, the feedback from the industry has been fantastic. It takes all the principles of our popular Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, smarter model. The stand comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted and both ends to allow cables to run discreetly inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated into the top of the stand which can take an industry standard 28mm spigot and, when used in conjunction with a speaker adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers. It really is ideal for use across the broadcast and live events industry.”

The company will also exhibit a range of its popular clamps, pantographs and Studio Rail – all best sellers within the sector. “Over the years, we’ve really got to know what our broadcast customers want. We’ve refined designs and created new prototypes based on the conversations and feedback we get from customers visiting our stand. IBC is a really important show to us, even more so since learning that the London-based BVE show won't go ahead in 2020. Networking and connecting on the trade show floor with people who can really help us hone our product offering so that we are making products that people want is vital. We are looking forward to a very productive few days in The Netherlands,” said Mark.

Meanwhile at PLASA, the new Fifty Clamp, Scaff Boom Arm and Heavy Duty Boom Arm are set to be the main talking points on stand B50. Dan Phillips, special projects manager, will be manning the stand with Laurence Dyer and other members of the Doughty team. “We’ve been exhibiting at PLASA for years and every year brings something new. For us, it is the ideal platform to launch new products to a wide audience but it’s also where we do a lot of research which is fed back to our R&D department. The products we bring to shows like PLASA as prototypes are often the result of many conversations and suggestions that we’ve had with our customers on the stand," he said.

The Fifty Clamp was launched at LDI in 2018. Since its debut, the clamp which has a safe working load of 50kg and is the big brother of the best-selling Twenty Clamp, has quickly become just as popular. “We spent a lot of time developing and refining the Fifty Clamp,” explained Dan. “Based on the success of the Twenty Clamp which launched several years ago, we knew there was a market for a clamp that could take a safe working load of 50kg."

He continued: " The Fifty Clamp has TUV approval, a SWL of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm to 51mm. It is made from pressure die cast aluminium which prevents damage to thin wall truss. The stepped base is designed to captivate with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit."

Laurence added: "Our new Boom Arms have really taken off this year; the Heavy Duty version offers riggers an attractive solution that can take the weight of a moving light without the need for a brace. It has a safe working load of 50kg which should be more than sufficient for the majority of situations. For anyone wanting to hang a light weighing more than this, our Braced Boom Arm has a safe working load of up to 100kg. Meanwhile our Scaff Boom Arm is making its way into more and more riggers' toolkits. It's a fantastic 'get out of jail' item which will allow the rigger to make their own boom arm out of materials they have to hand, just cut it down to size. It will take 48mm aluminium barrel or scaff tube and while we can't quote a safe working load for this item, each piece of kit comes with a loading chart which is also available in our Little Blue Book and also on the Doughty website."

www.doughty-engineering.co.uk

13th September 2019

Doughty Engineering

Triple E at PLASA London 2019

Triple E at PLASA London 2019

UK – Exhibitor and PLASA member Triple E is making final preparations for its exhibition presence at this year’s PLASA London Show, taking place at London’s Olympia from Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th September.

The expertise of the UK based stage-engineering manufacturer will be demonstrated on stand B38 where Triple E will be showcasing the new 2Way Points System and the first product in the new Grip Equipment range. The new brochure will also be there hot off the press!

The stand will feature other key products including Triple E’s extensive range of track systems, and plug and play track mounted motors, all of which benefit from Triple E’s renowned superior performance and reliability.

Triple E’s stand will also demonstrate the flexible ModTruss system which has recently been seen in the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts’ summer show as well as forming the base of the iconic Greenpeace tree at Glastonbury Festival. ModTruss is a highly efficient, re-usable, re-configurable modular system which is perfect for bespoke design requirements and has the potential to include additional lighting, screens and branding.

They will also be happy to share details of recent Triple E projects including the VariBanner and VariRoller installations at Battersea Arts Centre and Sherborne Girls School which are custom designed and built for the unique needs of each space they are installed into.

The Triple E team will be on hand throughout the show to discuss these products, installations and any stage engineering requirements you may have such as schools, arenas, tours and all applications in between.

See Triple E at PLASA London 2019, stand B38.

www.triplee.ltd

13th September 2019

Triple E

ChamSys Grand Opening Draws Crowd

ChamSys Grand Opening Draws Crowd

UK – Good times mixed with valuable insights at the Grand Opening of the ChamSys UK head office on 2 September, as over 150 lighting programmers and designers from throughout Europe helped the company inaugurate its new office, training facility, and product development centre. In addition to mixing and mingling while enjoying food, drink and entertainment, visitors participated in informative classes, think tanks, and training sessions focused on the new MagicQ and QuickQ software from ChamSys.

Adding a light-hearted touch of drama to the proceedings was a short skit presented by company team members on the history of ChamSys. The skit recounted how company co-founder Chris Kennedy developed his first console at the age of ten. Telling the story of a young man with big dreams, the skit showed how Kennedy achieved something beyond even his wildest imagination years later when an award-winning ChamSys console was used by Art & Yes to control a record-breaking 64,000 parameters over 186 universes directly without processing nodes.

Also staring in the drama was the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium Console, which was featured in live demonstrations that highlighted its wide range of impressive features, including Focus Hold and Focus Line.

Following his 'acting performance', Kennedy treated guests to a preview of the new MagicQ MQ70, an extremely compact and aerodynamic console with big-time scaleability. Animated light shows controlled by the MagicQ MQ500 followed this introduction.

At the conclusion of the evening, Kennedy invited guests to return to the new ChamSys facility, reminding them that it would be holding multiple training sessions every month. Based on the enthusiastic response to the innovations on display at the grand opening, it’s safe to assume that they will be taking him up on this offer.

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12th September 2019

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Latest Broadcast Lighting Solutions at IBC 2019

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Latest Broadcast Lighting Solutions at IBC 2019

Europe – Technology distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) will exhibit an array of specialist TV, broadcast and film lighting solutions from leading brands including Chroma-Q, Vista by Chroma-Q, Quasar Science and RatPac on stand 12.D39 at IBC.

Chroma-Q will continue to celebrate its 15th year in LED lighting innovation. Drawing upon this expertise, its latest generation of award-winning solutions utilise proprietary homogenised optics, colour management and dimming technologies to deliver a superior quality of light output and colour consistency.

The new Chroma-Q Space Force onebytwo variable white LED soft light panel will make its IBC debut at this year’s show. Recipient of a Lighting Product of the Year Award at NAB, the cost-effective, bright, high quality unit is a modern replacement for traditional soft sources and is the ideal fit for creating a huge volume of light in standard room ceiling height studios and small spaces. The popular Space Force™ fixture, upon whose technologies the onebytwo is based, will also be on display.

Also showing is the Brute Force 6 powerful LED-based alternative to a traditional quarter Wendy with comparable output, capable of delivering up to 140,000 lumens and drawing just 15 amps at 230V. The lighter weight Brute Force 4 will be shown in action with Licht-Technik’s BigBee moving yoke. Much more than just the single colour of a traditional Wendy, the Brute Force range, which is powered by multiple Studio Force II high intensity LED battens, produces quality tuneable whites and saturated colour, has the potential to display low resolution graphics, and offers flexible remote pan and tilt movement when used with the BigBee (Brute Force 4 only). The stand will also feature the Color Force II colour-mixing LED batten range.

Also making its IBC debut is the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q next generation lighting and media control system, which provides simple, visually-based programming and control which is scalable from small studio up to large film set applications.

Utilised internationally on major film studio through to small videographer projects, Quasar Science’s Q-LED linear LED fixtures combine all the benefits of a self-ballasted LED source, yet with a compact, low profile form factor which gives users huge creative freedom. Producing a high quality output, models on display include the Q-Lion battery powered fixture, which offers a choice of 3,000K and 5,600K colour modes; and the RGB-X Rainbow, which features both RGB full colour changing and tuneable white modes.

Showing from RatPac, the brand’s AKS system uses LumenRadio's award-winning CRMX wireless technology and allows users to control lighting fixtures directly from their mobile phone, tablet, PC or DMX lighting console. In addition, for light sources which are not LumenRadio compatible, RatPac's Cintenna wireless receiver plugs directly into the back of the fixtures themselves and requires no extra rigging hardware.

Visit stand 12.D39 at IBC for a personal demonstration.

www.ac-et.com

12th September 2019

AC Entertainment Technologies

Creative Lighting Solutions from Elation at WFX 2019

Creative Lighting Solutions from Elation at WFX 2019
Creative Lighting Solutions from Elation at WFX 2019

USA – Dynamic lighting systems are being used by houses of worship across the country in new and exciting ways to support the message and help grow congregations. Elation partners with houses of worship large and small to develop creative lighting solutions that engage with worshippers and help pack the pews. Elation invites visitors to Booth 718 at the WFX show in Orlando to talk about bringing ministries to the next level.

Join the Elation team 17-19 September at the Orange County Convention Center where on display will be some of the latest lighting innovations for hands-on demonstrations. Elation is expanding the popular Fuze series of LED wash luminaires with new profile, spot and pendant versions. Showing will be the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, both housing full colour spectrum RGBMA colour mixing systems. Also available is the cold white Fuze Profile CW with dual colour wheels. All three automated LED moving heads offer the perfect fusion of performance, features and value.

Elation is also pleased to show for the first time the Fuze Pendant, a full colour spectrum house lighting solution with high CRI, smooth dimming and up to 11,000 lumens of power that is ideal for large area illumination and high ceiling applications while compact enough to easily fit in smaller spaces. Pendant, yoke or recessed ceiling hardware provide for flexibility in mounting; DMX, 0-10V and emergency battery connection support any connectivity requirements, while a variety of lens accessories allows for precise light distribution.

Also showing is the Smarty MAX, an extreme-output spot/beam/wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, its resourceful design package includes four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and dual track animation.

Obsidian Control Systems is pleased to be showing the new NX 4 lighting console with DYLOS pixel composition engine. Equipped with a range of professional features and using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 is designed to handle even the largest show with ease while DYLOS aims to provide new and innovative ways that far exceed the capabilities of regular pixel-mapping systems.

www.elationlighting.eu

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11th September 2019

Elation

Obsidian Control Systems to show powerful NX 4 with DYLOS pixel composer at 2019 PLASA

Obsidian Control Systems to show powerful NX 4 with DYLOS pixel composer at 2019 PLASA

UK – Obsidian Control Systems is joining with UK distribution partner Entedi 15-17 September at PLASA in London where the new NX 4 lighting console with DYLOS pixel composition engine will be available for demonstration. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Stand H40 for a look at this powerful console in the intuitive ONYX platform and experience the creative possibilities with DYLOS.

Equipped with a range of professional features and using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 is designed to handle even the largest show with ease. With a well-arranged combination of motorized and manual faders, along with an array of playback buttons, the NX 4 offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package.

Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks results in unprecedented power in this form factor.

DYLOS aims to provide new and innovative ways that far exceed the capabilities of regular pixel-mapping systems and is the first of many exciting steps for the ONYX platform to provide a comprehensive tool set of dynamic fixture animation, exciting content generators and powerful media playback. Based on a full 3D environment and powerful DirectX graphics processing, the DYLOS engine has been designed from the ground up for power and performance to manage thousands of fixtures and parameters with ease.

ONYX is a powerful yet easy-to-learn lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. It is a rebranding of the well-established M-Series control platform and is designed for use with all new ONYX and existing M-Series hardware. Obsidian Control Systems products are distributed exclusively by Elation Professional worldwide and are available in various sizes to accommodate any scale and budget.

10th September 2019

Elation

Join Elation and Entedi at PLASA 2019

Join Elation and Entedi at PLASA 2019
Join Elation and Entedi at PLASA 2019

UK – Elation has partnered with Entedi Ltd. in the UK and is teaming with the technology equipment solutions provider to present an exceptional line-up of innovative lighting tools 15-17 September at PLASA in London. The Elation and Entedi team looks forward to a great PLASA and welcomes lighting professionals to Stand H40 for a closer look at these exciting innovations and much more.

Elation continues to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market. Visitors to Stand H40 will have the opportunity to see the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, an all-purpose beam/profile/wash power luminaire with a top-of-the-line design package that shows as the brightest LED profile on the market. With a custom designed 950W LED engine and large 180mm front lens, Maximus has the power to cut through at even great distances and with IP65 protection can be exposed on outdoor shows.

Joining the Maximus is the brilliant 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet, a full-featured LED profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via an innovative SpectraColor colour mixing system. SpectraColor uses traditional CMY colours but adds variable RGB flags for rich and vibrant primary colours. In combination with variable CTO colour correction, the Monet produces colors that were previously impossible to achieve from theatrical pastels to the purest reds, blues or greens ever produced by a colour mixing system.

Also showing is the Smarty MAX, an extreme-output spot/beam/wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, its resourceful design package includes four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and dual track animation.

Elation is expanding its popular Fuze series of LED wash luminaires with new profile and spot versions. Showing will be the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, both housing full-colour spectrum RGBMA colour mixing systems. Also available is the cold white Fuze Profile CW with dual colour wheels. All three automated LED moving heads offer the perfect fusion of performance, features and value.

Three new fixtures in Elation’s Paladin series of versatile blinder/strobe/wash lights will also be on display – the Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel – all with IP65 protection. These compact and powerful outdoor flood lights are useful for a wide variety of applications and can flexibly be used from either a floor or truss position. Using 15W RGBW cells – 9, 24, and 50 respectively – they add vibrant and powerful colour to outdoor events while individual cell control and strobe make them versatile effect lights or audience blinders.

www.elationlighting.eu


10th September 2019

Elation

Area Four Industries at PLASA

Area Four Industries at PLASA

UK - It’s PLASA time again and Area Four Industries are looking forward to another great show from 15 – 17 September at the Olympia London. Join A4I on Stand G50, where thel latest products from MILOS, LITEC, JTE, EXE Technology and Xstage brands will be on display.

Glen, Adam, Peter, Dave and Tracie from the Area Four Industries Direct UK office will be ready and waiting to discuss projects and provide more information on the many solutions Area Four Industries’ brands can deliver. Just look up for the Area Four Industries logo and the logos of their eight brands.

www.areafourindustries.com

 

 

9th September 2019

Astera at PLASA 2019

Astera at PLASA 2019

UK – Innovative German LED manufacturer Astera – integrated into the Ambersphere booth – will show its complete range of way-cool battery-powered wirelessly-operated LED products at PLASA 2019 in London, including the entire Titan family.

This comprises the award-winning and hugely popular standard one-metre long Titan Tube, the very cute little 55cm Helios Titan Tube and the brand-new double-size two-metre Hyperion Titan Tube. It will be the first time the Hyperion Tube has been shown in the UK.

Additionally, Astera will show an enormous, and ever-growing, range of ingenious accessories for use with Titan and their various other LED lighting products.

In fact, approximately 30 accessories will be mounted on a special ‘feature’ wall, displayed so visitors can clearly and easily see everything available to make their Astera fixtures even more flexible and adaptable. Several of these accessories will also be being displayed in the UK for the first time.

Other highlights will include Softbags for the convenient portability of Helios and Titan tubes and DataLink, a device to add DMX or Art-Net Data to between one and four Helios, Titan or Hyperion Tubes.

Astera’s flagship TitanTube is designed to be an invaluable lighting tool for TV, film, video and broadcast cinema and photography as well as shows and live events.

Titan Tube is optimised for an ultra-high TLCI, a very high CRI and peak brightness, with beautiful colours as well as hue, saturation and intensity that can be set directly on the tube or utilising Astera’s proprietary Smartphone app.

The Titan Tube can also be run wired (from mains power) and controlled via DMX using special power and data combination cables, which further dramatically increase its flexibility as a tool for lighting and visual designers.

A new four-unit Soft Bag for Titan Tubes is a super-light option for increased portability on set or location.

After the enormous success of the Titan Tube, Astera has created the double-length two-metre-long Hyperion Tube with double the number of LEDs, double the batteries, double the brightness, double the pixels and the same high-quality light output when controlled via the Astera App, CRMX and on-tube control plus the wired DMX option.

Astera System offers smart control of Tubes. The infrared remote, wireless DMX and Astera app all work together to enable big set-ups, ensuring that the entire installation can be monitored and adjusted quickly and conveniently.

Hyperion Tube control enables complex programs to be created from colours, effects, and settings, and the Hyperion Tube will remember and repeat these effects without requiring a constant wireless link.

Users can swiftly create groups of lights, assign positions and select which Tube should receive commands.

Smart monitoring offers a complete overview of the status and all Titan Tube settings while they are being operated, including battery status, radio signal, DMX address and which lights are targeted.

Astera’s fabulous new Helios tube was launched earlier this year and has all the features and functionality of the popular Titan Tube in a smaller, lighter and more transportable package, a neat and powerful little tube which can be mounted in places where a Titan Tube might be too long or impractical to rig.

The super-convenient Helios has eight pixels and has half the brightness of the Titan Tube, but with the same high CRI, making it perfect for areas like pop up dressing rooms, make-up stations at fashion shows as well as for lighting rooms, sets and other spaces.

The colours, brightness, battery life and other elements are perfectly matched to those of the Titan Tube so combining the two fixtures gives seamless lighting coverage.

Eight tubes fit into Astera’s neat Helios Case which can be used for charging and transportation. It holds the same useful and practical sets of accessories as the Titan Tube case (16 eyebolts, 16 holders, eight floor stands and 16 bolts, all included with the case) together with eight Wing Plates.

There is also a compartment for ART7 or other accessories and the case comes with the same PowerBox charging as Titan Tube.

The Helios Handle can be screwed into the Helios Tube so the light can be held and aimed at people or objects when filming, and it also has a ‘babyplug’ attached for mounting to various objects.

To enhance the portability further, a handy new Soft Bag that takes four Helios Tubes is available.

9th September 2019

Showlight 2021 Launches New Website

Showlight 2021 Launches New Website

Showlight has announced the launch of its brand-new website to coincide with the PLASA Show 2019.

Showlight 2021, the unique quadrennial lighting colloquium organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, will take place from 22-25 May in the beautiful French town of Fontainebleau.

The new website (www.showlight.org) contains plenty of information to help plan attendance at the event, whether as a speaker, an exhibitor, a delegate or a student and more information will be added as the event draws closer.

Video clips of the last Showlight (which took place in 2017 in Florence, Italy) offer a tantalising taster of the kind of things to expect at Showlight 2021, this time with a little French flavour added to the favourite ingredients: an entertaining programme of conference papers and networking, mixed with plenty of socialising and opportunities to exchange ideas with fellow industry professionals.

Details on how to become a speaker, a sponsor, an exhibitor or a delegate or sponsored student are all available on the website (www.showlight.org). And participants can meet the committee and find out who to speak to for all enquiries. Many of the committee members will be at the PLASA Show so, if there are any questions, email Showlight to arrange a meet up there. Contact details are on the website!

Listings of Showlight 2021 speakers and exhibitors, and details of the visits programme for 2021 will be announced as each is confirmed, so keep your eye on the website and our social media sites to keep up-to-date with the news. Better still, sign up to Showlight's new mailing list via the website (www.showlight.org) to have all the latest news delivered directly so as not to miss a thing!

Showlight would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors and this year is no exception. The main sponsor for Showlight 2021 is the 100-year old French manufacturer of followspots and theatrical luminaires, Robert Juliat. Also signed up are Platinum sponsors, Ayrton, Gold sponsors Eyetidy and SFL Group, Silver sponsors White Light and ACT Lighting, Inc, and Bronze sponsors PRG. Showlight 2021 is also kindly supported once again by media partner, LSI. To become a Showlight sponsor, contact sponsorship@showlight.org

Being so close to Paris, Fontainebleau is easy to reach, with good connections to airports and Eurostar terminals. So put the date in the diary, and get planning the trip now. Demand is always high so book a place early. Booking details and hotel recommendations will be released closer to the event. Watch the website and social media sites or sign up to the mailing list now!

www.showlight.org  

9th September 2019

Robe at PLASA London 2019

Robe at PLASA London 2019

UK – Robe embraces the spirit and dynamics of multiculturalism and the unmistakable joie de vivre that marks London as an entertainment hub and PLASA 2019 as a key exhibition and meeting point for the worlds of theatre, performance, rental and staging, it is the first exhibition launch of its brand-new ground-breaking ESPRITE LED profile moving light. ESPRITE pioneers a new era in the use of white source LED engines and will create plenty of buzz on Stand D40!

Robe also takes advantage of PLASA as a magnet and networking channel for industry professionals who are established, new and aspirational, to launch the first in a new trilogy of live expo shows on the booth. Spectacular, dynamic, exciting – expect a few surprises and plenty of action! The expo sees Robe also showcase several other new and current product ranges in a creative and vibrant environment designed to illustrate the true potential of the technology.

ESPRITE is a very bright and precise moving light is the first to use Robe’s ground-breaking new generation 650W WTE (White Transferrable Engine) light source. It has been fully designed, developed, patented and manufactured by Robe in its factory in the Czech Republic to ensure the very best performance. This high-performance luminaire can potentially replace old and entire fleets of workhorse discharge fixtures. And it is the first in a new series of Robe luminaires that will feature fully replaceable / transferable white source LED engines. Offering a cost-effective and easily changeable LED engine, Robe has eliminated the white source problems of unpredictable life and performance inconsistency.

The LED module holds a host of useful data in addition to the date, serial number and usage, which can be accessed via a free mobile app. The crystal-clear, extremely bright and hugely economic WTE LED engine brings another wave of true lighting evolution. Thanks to this powerful LED light source and highly efficient optical system, the fixture is outputting 27,000 Lumens. With this amazing light output and a set of features, the ESPRITE is ready to stun and impress users working across all lighting disciplines.

Many other design innovations include a new cooling system that removes any airflow over the optics, resulting in reduced residue deposits and vastly extending the periods between cleaning. A 5.5 – 50° zoom range provides a high-quality flat-field beam, combined with fabulously smooth CMY colour mixing, extremely fast bumping colour wheels and a unique coloured prism for producing a new level of effects and animations. Versatility can be maximised with effects like the animation wheel, variable CTO, two colour wheels, rotating and static gobos, a six-facet rotating prism and a selection of 1°and 5° frosts. Together with a set of accurate framing shutters, and invaluable LED ‘adjuster tools’ like C-Pulse flicker-free management for optimisation with the latest HD and UHD cameras, the unit also has L3 (low light linearity) dimming for perfect results in the most demanding of performance conditions.

All these factors ensure that ESPRITE will enjoy great longevity and provide the excellent maximum short, long and extended ROI that’s synonymous with Robe products. Robe’ s reputation for quality, innovation and design has been built over 25 years and is the result of constantly asking questions and listening to feedback from end-users on all levels. This has enabled the brand to constantly and continually redefine the boundaries of technology.

TETRA (from Tetragnatha) is a new linear bar fixture that builds on Robe’s Spiider and Tarrantula LED technology. Utilising the same LEDs, with an ultra-tight 4.5° beam from each of the 18 pixels, these can be combined to produce a bright, highly defined "sheet" of light or Svoboda-style light curtain, and fixtures can be positioned end-to-end for longer seamless curtains of light or washing effects.

There are two exclusive Robe patented MCFE (Multi-Coloured Flower Effects) within the LED engine which set the pixel-driven Tetra apart from other LED battens by projecting super-cool in-air animations. The compact and practical design of the fixture allows end-to-end placement of units on the stage deck, floor or truss, maintaining equal spacing between pixels. The homogenised beams, together with the smooth 10:1 zoom, provide a wash opening out to 45° or an effective footlight, wall grazer or for eye-popping in-air effects with fast-paced sweeping movements. This is much more than a standard LED batten.

Utilising the latest Robe proprietary technology, including L3 (Low Light Linearity) for imperceptible fades to black, the 18-bit control ensures very smooth colour mixing, and there is C-Pulse for flicker-free LED adjustment and operation for film and television applications, including those using the very latest camera technologies. An embedded Ethernet switch and wide range of protocols (sACN, Art-Net or Kling-Net) allow a quick network installation and ease of control via media servers, DMX or the internal effects engine

In addition to these fabulous new products, other current and popular Robe technologies to feature on the stand will include the SilverScan, the T1 Family (T1 Profile, T1 Profile FS, T1 Fresnel and the T1 PC), the new IP rated iPointe, the RoboSpot remote followspotting system, which has been specified for numerous tours, theatre productions and TV shows, and Robe’s famous industry-standard Spiider and Tarrantula LED wash beams.

The ESPRITE and the SilverScan will also be on display in the PLASA Innovation Gallery, and Robe is looking forward to another successful, lively and up-beat show at London Olympia with lots of positive feedback.

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6th September 2019

Robe Lighting