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Practical dialogue on the theatre, film and event technology – Successful conclusion to Stage|Set|Scenery
Long Reach Long Riders finish the 2019 charity ride
USA – With a healthy mix of Colorado’s mountain peaks and mountain goats, spectacular curves, amazing views and the close-knit camaraderie of the participants, the Long Reach Long Riders have completed their 16th Annual Charity Ride, dubbed “The Altimeter Tour”. Ride Marshal Jon Kirchhofer executed a nearly flawless logistical plan, choosing routes, restaurants and rest stops that kept the 26 riders and chase car drivers entertained and looking forward to each additional day.
Since 2004, the LRLR have ridden all over the US and parts of Canada to help raise awareness and funds for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Donations are still being accepted for this year’s ride until 31st August, and the total raised this year is already over $50,000.00. Noted Mark Heiser, one of the core members of LRLR and Treasurer of Behind the Scenes: “The need now is greater than ever. As more people learn of our mission, more grant applications come in. Every little bit helps!”
To learn more about the ride or to donate, please visit www.LRLR.org. Look for an announcement soon about LRLR2020!
photo: Bill Ellis
19th July 2019
Kartfest 2019 Backup’s most successful event to date
UK – Five years on from the original 14 teams and £7,000 raised, Kartfest 2019 sold out in less than two weeks with 34 teams taking part and, at the end of the day, an amazing £28,300 raised for the charity to help support members of the live events industry.
With a diverse mixture of manufactures, rental companies, agencies and end clients arriving at Daytona at Surrey’s Sandown Park each year, Kartfest has become recognised as the must attend, annual event for the industry. This year, the headline sponsor was once again Chauvet, with the kind support of Autograph, Creative Technology, The Technical Department, IPS, JPP bars and Heli-Teli as production partners.
“We have really established this day as a date for all of the industry to come together and meet up, race and raise an amazing amount of money for Backup and subsequently the industry,” says Kartfest organiser and Backup trustee Lee Dennison. “And the support from our sponsor and production partners was, as always, incredible.”
“It’s was not only a brilliant day of reflection and fundraising for our industry family, but also one of the best industry social events of the year,” confirms Scott Arnold, group managing director of Autograph Sound Recording.
Falling as it did this year on 4th July, the theme dictated itself and a celebration of our cousins on the other side of the Atlantic elicited some interesting costumes, with plenty of more traditional attire mixed in, as well as some rather more tongue in cheek choices, and the spirit of the day was embraced by one and all.
A full day of racing, pit stop challenges, BBQ, beers, comedy from Danny Posthill – one of the fantastic comedians who appeared at last year’s Comfest and who is set to appear at this year’s show in November – bucking broncos, music and awards meant there was something for both racers and non-racers. Over 300 people joined in the fun on the day and enthusiasm was at an all-time high.
With the recent passing of industry legend and great friend of the charity Bryan Leitch fresh in everyone’s minds, it fell to the Mongol Rally entrants, the Nomadic Numpties duo of Antony ‘Turbo’ Hall and Henri Copper in their rally car, Poppy, to lead off the 34 karts on their warm up lap in tribute to Bryan, who were supported by applause from everyone. Once they left the track, three hours of fast and furious racing ensued.
“It was the second time we attended Kartfest, but the first time Avolites entered its own official team,” says Avolites sales director, Koy Neminathan. “We decided to remember Bryan by producing ‘Team Bryan’ t-shirts, which our entire team wore. The day was fun-filled and the networking with the other guests was great. We will definitely be there next year.”
Once the laps were counted and trump cards were played, Production Park were hailed 2019 Kartfest champions, with Yamaha in second place and SFL in third position. Winner of the fastest lap was DiGiCo’s Tim Shaxson, with Autograph’s Duncan Bell awarded the dubious honour of slowest lap, whilst Britannia Row Productions stole the fastest ever Pit Stop Challenge.
“This year’s Kartfest was another amazing day, made even more so for us at SFL as we won third place!” says SFL’s managing director, Tom Jeffrey. “It’s always gratifying to see how well the event is supported; it’s incredibly important that we help the people in our industry who need it. Backup does just that.”
“With a hugely generous set of donated raffle prizes and silent auction prizes, the final total of £28,300 will go a long way in supporting our family when they need that precious financial support,” adds fellow trustee Paul Robson. “There is no other industry like ours in getting behind people and being there when they need.”
17th July 2019
Green Hippo and DWR to showcase new products and presentations at Mediatech Africa
South Africa – Green Hippo, specialist in the design and manufacture of hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video for the AV industries, will join its African distributor, Johannesburg-based DWR Distribution, at Mediatech Africa this month (17-19 July). The biennial exhibition is Africa’s leading showcase for the latest in entertainment, broadcast and installation technology.
A destination event for all future-looking professionals from the continent’s live entertainment, installation and broadcast sectors, Mediatech will be held at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg. Attracting over 7,500 visitors and showcasing 800 global and local brands, the show will include a focus on immersive experiences and the influence of Ai, VR and AR.
Green Hippo and DWR will be highlighting how technology is changing the face of creative design and human experiences, and showcasing the boundary pushing Hippotizer media server range of solutions for real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
Visitors are invited to stand C20 to get hands-on with the creative possibilities of the latest Hippotizer software, V4.5. The team will be demonstrating the most recent software features developed in response to end-user feedback, including Object to Output, a new output mapping workflow.
Created as an invaluable live events tool, Object to Output ensures users can directly map content to outputs inside Hippotizer’s 3D workspace, ingeniously simplifying the management of large numbers of displays. It also allows users to seamlessly integrate multiple moving set elements, map a single video across numerous displays or dynamically adjust the perspective of the content.
Another feature designed to augment the creative user’s artistic expression is Hippotizer’s BeatBridge feature, which allows Hippotizer parameters to respond, in real time, to an audio input, via MIDI or DMX, be it the beat of the music or the intensity of a crowd.
In addition, on 17 July at Zone 3, stand C30, Green Hippo’s product specialist Suzy Stenning will present a fascinating and informative introduction to ‘Media Servers for Live Production’. Visitors will be able to learn about real-time output configuration and playback, basic set-up, hardware benefits and options plus popular software features.
Later on the same day, and at the same location from 14:30 – 15:30, Suzy will present ‘Projection Mapping and 3D Workflow’. This will cover the different types of Projection Mapping, 2D and 3D workflow and how Hippotizer and SHAPE can be used to streamline processes, followed by a deep dive into a case study on the Houston Energy City 3D Mapping project.
Throughout the show, the Green Hippo and DWR teams will be on stand C20 to answer any questions visitors may have, whether they are seasoned users or new to the creative and business potential of media servers.
In picture: The team from Green Hippo's South African distributor, DWR Distribution, will be joined at Mediatech 2019 by Green Hippo's Suzy Stenning.
photos: DWR Distribution
16th July 2019
The Art of Making the Useful Beautiful Brings Honour to DPA Microphones
Germany – The world’s best designers gathered at the Aalto-Theatre in Essen, Germany on the night of Monday 8th July, for the official presentation of the 2019 Red Dot Awards. Among them were DPA Microphones’ project lead Rune Møller and R&D Manager Ole Moesmann, who received this prestigious award on behalf of the company for its ground-breaking 6066 subminiature headset microphone, which is a winner in the Product Design category.
Designed to be elegant, visually appealing and discreet, the 6066 subminiature headset microphone ensures usability across a wide range of uses. Although the advanced mechanical design is a work of art in itself, the basic premise of the headset is to be nearly invisible while giving crystal clear sound. Whether a user is performing in a play or reporting the news, they can be sure that the audience is focusing on the message they are giving, not the tools of the trade.
The 6066 subminiature headset, which accommodates the 6000 Series capsule (the smallest microphone DPA has ever made at only 3mm) was a huge developmental task to respond to the feedback from customers in various industry sectors.
Møller, who was project lead of the development of the headset and responsible for its mechanical design, says: “From the outset, DPA’s goal was not to simply ‘improve’ the headset it already had but to make the absolute best professional headset possible to support the company’s new subminiature microphone capsule. Starting with a clean sheet of paper we set out to fully understand the actual challenges our users faced and how we might best meet their needs and requirements. Of course, we learned from existing products for evolutionary ideas, but we were also open to more revolutionary ideas.”
The challenge from a design point of view, Møller adds, was creating a solution that was optimised on all parameters. The frame had to be both comfortable and stable and it also had to be a great fit for everyone, straight out of the box, even though people’s heads and ears don’t come in standard shapes or sizes. Style and sophistication were also critical; DPA is renowned for its design aesthetics, so this product had to look as good as it felt and performed.
“Overcoming the challenge of implementing all the features we wanted in a small and elegant package required a lot of considerations and creativity,” Møller says. “It was a fantastic journey and I am personally very pleased with the result. At first glance the headset looks simple and elegant but when you look closer you start to see the detail and appreciate the functionality we have designed into it based on all the input we received from our customers.”
Møller adds that while it is always a pleasure to be recognized and honoured for one’s work, his biggest thrill is knowing he has made the customer’s job easier and enabled them to achieve better results.
“We have had fantastic feedback from artists and talent as well as sound engineers,” he says. “That is what really motivates me and makes me happy.”
DPA’s 6066 subminiature headset microphone was one of over 5,000 products tested by the judges this year and its ability to satisfy the strict criteria of the jury bears testimony to its award-winning design quality.
Since its launch in September 2018, the 6066 subminiature headset microphone has been hailed as the perfect headset because it is secure, lightweight, robust, unobtrusive, easy to fit, extremely comfortable to wear and with the transparent DPA sound. Its commercial success has led to significant sales around the world, and across many different market sectors including theatre, broadcast, corporate and live sound.
As a Red Dot laureate, DPA’s 6066 subminiature headset microphone now joins the “Design on Stage” exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, which presents all of the award-winning products. It is also on show in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, online and in the Red Dot Design App.
“Our ultimate goal is to create products that sound great, are consistent and durable, look sleek and elegant as well as making the job easier for everyone using them out in the field,” says Anne Berggrein, vice president of marketing at DPA. “We are working on the edge of what is physically possible and this product is DPA’s greatest achievement to date. We are extremely proud of the product and we are overwhelmed with the feedback we get from the customers. Winning this award is a massive endorsement and encourages us to go the extra mile for the new and exciting products we are working on now and in the future.”
12th July 2019
Successful debut for the Immersive Showroom at Stage|Set|Scenery
Germany – Whether the topic was costume-making using 3D printing, VR and AR applications in museums and exhibitions, holograms and 3D projections in the theatre and at events or the use of AI in museums, over the course of three days the Immersive Showroom devoted itself to every topic involving digitalisation in the cultural sphere. “The digital age opens up completely new possibilities for theatres, museums and events to convey their traditional content and message regardless of time and space,” said Patricia Pohle, the project manager of Stage|Set|Scenery. “We are delighted that our events were so well received by the expert audiences. It has given our idea of holding the Immersive Showroom separate from Stage|Set|Scenery a significant boost.”
With the Immersive Showroom, this year’s Stage|Set|Scenery for the first time featured a dedicated exhibition and display area which as part of a three-day interdisciplinary dialogue provided a comprehensive overview of the latest experience technologies.
On days one and two of the show the focus of the programme of papers was on the use of new technologies in the theatre. Examples were given of virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications at the Große Schauspielhaus and Komische Oper. Support was provided by Technische Universität Berlin, the Fraunhofer Institute and Cyberräuber, among others.
On day three of the show the focus was on the possibilities and challenges of innovative experience technologies in museums and exhibitions. International experts representing leading agencies and museums offered an insight into a wide range of innovative technologies and their applications. Over the course of 14 lectures they examined, among other topics, how VR and AR can successfully deliver content, what new technologies and formats museums can employ in order to make content and exhibits more accessible to visitors, including the disabled, and how AI can help museums target audiences even better with their presentations.
12th July 2019
Brompton Technology to present HDR at 2019 Macroblock Symposium
Hong Kong – The 2019 Macroblock Symposium, held in Shenzhen on the 24th of July, sees Brompton Technology again take a speaking part in this prestigious event. Elijah Ebo, general manager for Asia has been invited to present on Brompton Technology’s latest innovation, its high dynamic range (HDR) technology.
The annual event has been held for the last 14 years, attracts over 250 specially invited guests and looks at the latest trends in LED panel technology, with high-level speakers from across the industry invited to cover its hottest topics.
Whilst the theme for this year’s symposium is Embracing the 5G Era: The Challenges and Opportunities for LED Displays, Macroblock has also recognised the importance of HDR in all display technologies and the many advantages is holds for LED video displays, and will feature it prominently in the conference programme, covering such topics as ‘what is the HDR standard?’, ‘what makes the HDR source so unique?’ and ‘how to display HDR perfectly’. Ebo’s presentation will focus on how Brompton has developed its HDR technology and the advantages this brings to both LED screen manufacturers and owners.
“It is a great honour to be invited to present at this prestigious event,” says Ebo. “Brompton’s HDR technology challenges the need to employ ever-higher resolutions to achieve improvements in image quality and can be implemented on existing screens, which gives them an extended lifespan. This brings significant advantages for both panel manufacturers and end-users and being able to highlight this to many of the big players in the industry at the Macroblock conference is a fantastic opportunity.”
11th July 2019
PLASA Awards for Innovation open for entries
UK – The PLASA Awards for Innovation are now accepting entries for the 2019 awards. Products from all sectors of the entertainment technology industry are invited to enter by 16 August.
The awards are respected throughout the industry for recognising innovative new product design. They are judged independently by a panel of industry experts, who can award eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award.
All successful nominees will feature in the Innovation Gallery during PLASA Show from 15-17 September at Olympia London, culminating in a ceremony at the show on 16 September where the winner will be announced.
Product entries must demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice and safety, introduce new technology, materials or techniques, or offer new commercial advantages. Furthermore, an Award for Sustainability is reserved for products which achieve a significant reduction of power, utilise renewable energy or have a positive impact on the environment.
The awards not only celebrate the products of the future, they also celebrate the people who have led the way. The prestigious Gottelier Award, named after industry innovator Tony Gottelier, is presented to pioneering product developers, with Unusual Rigging’s Alan Jacobi scooping the award last year. This award is voted for by PLASA members and registered PLASA Show visitors.
For further information on how to enter or nominate someone please visit: www.plasashow.com/awards
5th July 2019
ETC draws crowds at Stage|Set|Scenery
Germany – ETC and High End Systems presented live demonstrations alongside their latest line-up of products to large crowds at Stage|Set|Scenery 2019. Visitors arrived in their thousands to Messe Berlin, with many gathering at ETC’s stands to watch the Prodigy P2 hoist installations and Augment3d demo.
During the three-day trade show, ETC held live demonstrations installing the innovative Prodigy P2 hoist. The speedy installation of the full upper stage machinery system including luminaires was completed by just two staff members in under half an hour every time. Large crowds gathered as the quickest time recorded during the show to install the P2 powerhead, hang the ColorSource Raceway, fit a double purchased swag-style cable management system and rig and connect some ColorSource luminaires was under 18 minutes. ETC’s Prodigy P2 is compact in size and has advanced features that make installations a swift and easy process, saving costs and time, and with variants available from European stock entire projects can be delivered at short notice.
Visitors to the lighting hall of the international trade fair and conference were able to see in-depth presentations of ETC’s first integrated 3D programming environment, Augment3d. The Eos v3.0 tool was shown on Eos Ti and Gio @5 consoles, demonstrating how users can design and control in a three dimensional space as well as interacting with their fixtures through augmented reality.
High End Systems distributor, Preworks GmbH showcased a range of the newest products at the trade show. A selection of automated fixtures from the SolaFrame series were on display including the SolaFrame 3000 which boasts more than 37,000 lumen output, the new SolaFrame 1000 available in both Ultra-Bright and High CRI, SolaFrame 750 and SolaFrame Theatre. High End Systems’ leading Hog 4-18 console was also on the stand; bringing advanced and powerful control technology for the largest live events.
The ETC lighting stand presented Relevé Spot, the company’s first automated fixture specifically designed for theatre with the high quality colour technology. Attendees explored the ArcSystem family of LED auditorium lighting products which are designed for easy installation and feature high-quality light output and smooth dimming.
5th July 2019
Chroma-Q Celebrates its 15th Year in LED Innovation
UK – Chroma-Q has celebrated its 15 years of LED Innovation in style with summer barbeques and open day events.
The events, held in the Northern and Southern offices of its UK dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) were a fantastic opportunity for Chroma-Q users, new and old – including lighting designers, specifiers, rental production companies and venues – to get hands on with the latest fixtures.
The full Chroma-Q range was on display, including its film and broadcast portfolio, featuring the Space Force and Space Force onebytwo soft lights, the Studio Force II studio light, and the Brute Force quarter wendy alternative.
In addition, the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc light and the Inspire range of colour changing LED house lights were also on show. The Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting and media control range of software and hardware solutions featured at the event as well.
The British summer weather held out and allowed guests to indulge themselves with a selection of speciality gin and tonics from the Just the Tonic bar and enjoy an assortment of delicious barbeque food, while sitting in the sun.
The events were supported by Luminex, who had on show the latest range of LumiNode converters, as well its ever popular GigaCore Switches, and AC-ET’s in-house cabling manufacturer, Tourflex Cabling was also a proud supporter, giving guests the opportunity to discover their new services, including laser engraving and overmoulding.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director for AC-ET commented: “These events have gone down really well with our customers. Not only was it a great chance to network and catch up with old and new friends, but we were able to show them the latest technologies and demonstrate how far Chroma-Q has developed with LED.”
Peter Marshall, sales director of PRG, attended the High Wycombe event said: “A big thanks for a fantastic open evening on Tuesday night, the barbeque was impressive, the food was delicious, and what a great gin bar! Just the tonic! It was also nice to see the latest kit and get hands on with the many new LED products from Chroma-Q. I really enjoyed networking with all of the other guests and seeing some old faces from the past.”
4th July 2019
ADB launches Hathor Gate, the new Hathor system for PC, during the Festival d’Avignon
France – Hathor GATE is the new Hathor system for PC, providing 512 control channels and 512 DMX addresses spread over several universes if needed.
Coming with a size of 65 x 65 x 40mm and 112g, the box will fit in any pocket. Connected to a PC via USB, it offers two DMX ports and all functionalities of Hathor, including backup mode. It is also compatible with MIDI keyboards, such as Behringer X-Touch, Korg Nano Control.
ADB will be present at the festival from 3rd to 5th July on the premises of the Music Conservatory, in down town Avignon, just a stone's throw from the OFF village.
Visitors are invited to come and look at the advantages of this software, its versatility, its way of working, familiar to most users of theatre consoles, and they will discover the joys of drag-and-drop, the feature-rich right-click and a comprehensive context-sensitive help.
The Wily! app on iPad/iPhone will be pre-activated in these licences, and ADB can also install it if on visitors' an iPads. It can be purchased with special conditions during these three days with a credit card. Bring a PC to perform the installation on site and leave with an ‘up and running’ system.
27th June 2019
Alcons Audio Joined By Mix Legends at Most Successful InfoComm Yet
USA – Alcons Audio enjoyed a very successful InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Florida, with new pro-ribbon products as well as interactive sessions with legendary live mixing engineers Buford Jones and Robert Scovill highlighting the company’s commitment to the live touring, theatre and entertainment venue industry.
Alcons is enjoying increasing success in the US touring market, with an expanding portfolio of pro-ribbon systems for medium and large-scale venues. The company’s booth, which was very busy throughout the show, featured a preview of the LR24 mid-size pro-ribbon line array, which fills the gap between the LR18 (compact mid-size) and LR28 (large format) systems, delivering Alcons signature high fidelity sound with up to 90% less distortion than conventional line array systems.
Another new product preview highlight was the QR20 modular line-source array column, designed for applications where reduced SPL and throw requirements are matched by the same unique directivity of the larger Q system.
The updated Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience was also a busy InfoComm highlight. As well as regular demos throughout each day with Astro Spatial Audio – showing what is possible with object-based immersive audio – a special session each day saw renowned mix engineer Buford Jones discussing the many benefits of Alcons pro-ribbon solutions for touring and live immersive mixing.
Renowned for his work with Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Faith Hill and many more, Buford was at InfoComm in his role as Alcons’ chief tour market liaison. He was joined by fellow world-renowned engineer Robert Scovill (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rush and others), who was at the show as AVID’s senior specialist for live sound products. The sessions featured discussions on how Alcons and AVID systems can work seamlessly together in immersive mixing environments.
Buford Jones remarked: “It was a pleasure joining Robert Scovill at the Alcons Audio demo room this year at InfoComm19. I thank those who attended the demos. It was fun answering questions and exchanging our views on the ever-expanding immersive audio subject for the live sound industry. Robert and I share a passion for this type of distribution in live sound and it's exciting to see Alcons Audio and Astro Spatial Audio fully support these endeavours as well. I had a great time!”
“It was great to spend some time with Buford, the Alcons folks and the attendees to our special immersive audio session,” Robert Scovill added. “It’s vitally important to demystify Immersive speaker deployment and object-based mixing for potential users. Immersive will impact every level of production design and operation, be it in installations or concert sound. I applaud everyone at Alcons Audio and Astro Spatial Audio for helping everyone get in front of this movement.”
“We were very privileged to have Buford working with us at InfoComm and for he and Robert to share their experience of the high-end touring market at the demos,” says Alcons’ North American sales manager David Rahn. “As we expected, the sessions were extremely popular and those lucky enough to attend learned much from Buford and Robert’s enormous skill and experience.”
“Every year at InfoComm the interest in Alcons pro-ribbon solutions increases further. Our range of systems are designed to deliver superior quality sound at all SPLs, no matter how big the venue, and we are very pleased that our profile is growing so substantially in the US live entertainment market,” concludes David.
27th June 2019
Practical dialogue on the theatre, film and event technology – Successful conclusion to Stage|Set|Scenery
Germany – At Stage|Set|Scenery, 6,000 international trade visitors gathered for an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge on practical topics ranging from lighting and audio technology, furnishings, costume-making, make-up, stage equipment to event services. The trade show for theatre, film and event technology took place from 18 to 20 June in Berlin and was co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin.
Three hundred and eleven exhibitors presented their innovations, which were met with keen interest by visitors to the show: stage and event technology, lighting technology and illumination design, architecture and event planning in particular were topics that attracted a lot of attention. A comprehensive programme of conference events on six stages accompanied the show. The Immersive Showroom was a new feature at the event where the focus was on Experience Technologies, including 3D printing for costumes, AR and VR in the classical theatre and the use of digital technologies in museums.
The main motivation for trade visitors was to obtain information and hold meetings on specialist subjects. Around 50 per cent were visiting for the first time. Nine out of ten had a positive impression of the products and services and said they would be back for the next event. Exhibiting companies were also satisfied with the show. Approximately four out of five of exhibitors polled were very satisfied with the quality of visitors on their stand; they were particularly interested in the visitor categories ‘technical staff at event venues’, ‘event venue management’ and ‘architects/building planners’.
24th June 2019
Ambersphere Solutions take the High Road
UK – To provide Scottish customers with a genuine hands-on experience with its products, Ambersphere Solutions is heading to Glasgow. The Open Day workshop is on Wednesday the 26th of June and is held in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.
All of the very latest entertainment control and lighting products from Astera, Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat and zactrack will be on hand. Visitors will be able to try out the consoles and fixtures in a real-world environment with assistance and guidance from Ian Green and the Ambersphere technical team. Products will include the grandMA3 range, the Ayrton LED moving light range, 100% wireless range from Astera, 3D tracking solutions from zactrack and the Dalis cyc and footlight range as well as the latest LED followspots from Robert Juliat.
Philip Norfolk, sales director of Ambersphere comments: “Here at Ambersphere it’s very important that we let the customer get hands-on with the products. Trade shows and demos in bright warehouses are not always ideal, so having an opportunity to present in the New Athenaeum Theatre is fantastic.”
The event runs from 10am till 6pm and is free to attend. Register at http://info.ambersphere.co.uk/scotland
21st June 2019
Martin Audio Debuts Real Time Tracking and WPS at InfoComm 2019
USA – At InfoComm 2019 in Orlando this month, Martin Audio held the worldwide premiere of both the latest Wavefront Precision optimised line array, WPS, as well the integration of BlackTrax real time tracking for its immersive audio experience, 3-D Sound Adventures. In addition, it also marked the US launch of the company’s latest powered point source range, BlacklineX Powered.
Up first in the demo room was the debut integration between Martin Audio’s immersive Sound Adventures and the renowned BlackTrax real-time tracking technology. Based on a ground-breaking new algorithm, which seamlessly converts Real-Time Tracking Protocol (RTTrP) signals to Open Sound Control (OSC) commands, the BlackTrax integration showcased how performers could be tracked seamlessly with both lighting and localised audio for a truer, more impactful AV experience.
This was followed by the US premiere of the latest powered point source series, BlacklineX Powered. Including the 12-inch XP12 and 15-inch XP15 full range enclosures plus the compact but powerful 18-inch XP118 subwoofer, BlacklineX Powered integrates acoustic, DSP and amplifier technologies to achieve the clarity, precision and richness of tone that audio professionals will recognise as uniquely Martin Audio.
In addition, BlacklineX Powered offers optional Bluetooth control, streaming and a built-in three-channel mixer, placing increased flexibility and features within easy reach of every user via iPad or iPhone, from live venues, DJs and corporate events to permanent installs, particularly houses of worship.
As a finale, the latest in the best-selling Wavefront Precision series was unveiled. WPS is a passive three-way system which integrates a high density of drive units in a very compact enclosure. It features 2 x 8” LF drivers, 4 x 4” midrange drivers and 4 x 1” exit HF compression drivers loaded by a moulded HF horn which occupies the full width of the enclosure, defining the 100° horizontal constant directivity coverage pattern of both the HF and midrange sections. Eight WPS a side graced the stage supported by four of the new SXC118 cardioid subwoofers.
Summing up, managing director of Martin Audio, Dom Harter said: “Once again, we triumphed in the demo room and dare I say, it was probably our most successful InfoComm on record. It was fantastic to premiere the fourth product in our optimised line array series with WPS and I think we surprised many people with the performance and value for money that our BlacklineX Powered series represents. Finally, our thanks to BlackTrax for their support in real-time tracking which enabled a richer, more impactful presentation and gave an insight into to what our immersive Sound Adventures solution can offer to a production team.”
21st June 2019
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for NATEAC, 19 – 20 July, 2020 in New York City.
USA – NATEAC (The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference) is the only event in North America dedicated solely to the design, construction and renovation of performance venues. Bill Sapsis, conference director noted: "Sponsorship of this quadrennial event offers a unique marketing opportunity that will not be available again until 2024."
TAIT has reserved one of the two Platinum sponsorships and Automatic Devices Company has taken the other. ESTA has secured one of the four available Gold levels. These organisations, along with the Silver, Bronze and Networking Event sponsors, understand the role NATEAC fills for the industry and offer their support to help ensure its success. "Industry sponsorship," Bill added, "is essential if we're to provide the calibre of sessions and presenters that have come to be expected at NATEAC".
In 2016, NATEAC welcomed to the Roosevelt Hotel over 300 industry design professionals, venue owners and end users from 12 countries on four continents. NATEAC offered an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences and received high praise not only for the calibre of the sessions but also the popular networking opportunities. The harbour cruise will open the conference on Saturday evening and the conference dinner, a Behind the Scenes Charity benefit, takes place at the iconic Sardi’s Restaurant on Sunday night. A cocktail party at Connolly’s Pub will close NATEAC on Monday evening.
20th June 2019
Curtain up on Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin
Germany - Starting today, over 300 exhibitors will be presenting their latest products and services to do with the theatre, film and event technology at Stage|Set|Scenery. The international trade show and conference is taking place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 18 to 20 June 2019 and is co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin.
Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin said: “With over 50 theatres, three opera houses, Europe's biggest museum complex and numerous exhibition venues, as well as some 1,000 companies representing the film industry, culture is a major economic factor in Berlin. By hosting Stage|Set|Scenery we are aiming to give the city's large cultural sector a platform for an interdisciplinary dialogue, opportunities for training and an inspirational event.”
Wesko Rohde, chairman of the board and managing director of Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) added: “Creativity drives this industry. Together with many of its innovative partners we have organised a wide-ranging programme of conference events this year, with a clear focus on a dialogue involving practical issues. Be it at the Round Tables or on the special display areas, the fact that visitors can engage with creatives and experts and directly exchange views on the latest topics about modern and innovative events sets Stage|Set|Scenery apart.”
The Round Tables and special display areas have been integrated directly into the halls to ensure their proximity to the exhibitors, many of whom have actively contributed to the programme and setting up the special display areas. The LightLab curated by Manfred 'Ollie' Olma of mo2 design was constructed with the support of Nüssli and xEMP – extra Entertainment Media Publishing. The focus here is on lighting, projection and networks. The Lifetime Talks are a new format, where Ollie Olma will be meeting well-known figures from the event and lighting technology scene, including Ralph-Jörg Wezorke of Lightpower, Hannes Gerriets of Gerriets and Josef Valcher of ROBE.
Experience Technologies represent a new topic at Stage|Set|Scenery. At the 'Immersive ShowRoom – Where Technology meets Experience' in Hall 20, the focus is on an interdisciplinary exchange of views about technology, new realities and interactive discovery worlds. On Tuesday and Wednesday the emphasis will be on the use of new technologies in the theatre. Examples will be provided of AR and VR being used at the Große Schauspielhaus and Komische Oper in Berlin. On Thursday the focus will be on the possibilities and challenges of innovative Experience Technology in museums and at other cultural venues. International experts will give 14 fascinating impulse lectures providing far-reaching insights into a wide range of different technologies that are already successfully helping to create a unique visitor experience. Companies represented will include museum4punkt0, NEEEU, Artificial Rome, Shoutr Labs, EXOZET, HAPTO, INVR, Evrbit, tactile studio, ART+COM and IMAGINARY.
The Event Manufactory is new too, where topics include sustainability at events, guest performance theatres in the role of event venues as well as online sales for the MICE industry – a segment which has been welcomed by Berlin’s diverse event industry.
Other highlights at Stage|Set|Scenery include the fully booked Audio segment, with its focus on the SoundLab in Hall 22, where companies such as Gerriets, KS Beschallungstechnik, Müller-BBM, DPA, Kling & Freitag and Shure will be giving live demonstrations. Away from the bustle of the show visitors will be able to experience the latest audio technology trends in an ideal acoustic environment.
Under the heading 'Up in the air', topics on the Safety in Action stage include working under suspended loads, drone camera systems, fire prevention at events, safety integration levels (SIL 3) and trapeze safety devices. This is also the first time that stage equipment from Bosch Rexroth, SBS Bühnentechnik, Waagner-Biro and Cast will be involved.
Whether the subject is temporary theatre venues, industry standards in decoration building or international collaboration among the trade associations and OISTAT centres. The Round Tables will feature a wide range of topics and examine the latest developments in detail.
Along with the programme of conference events, 300 companies will be presenting their latest products and services. The exhibition features all the skilled trades required for a successful production, ranging from stage equipment, audio and lighting systems and furnishings to museum and event technology.
18th June 2019
Claypaky’s Sharpy Plus Wins Product Innovation Award at India’s PALM Expo in Mumbai
India – Claypaky’s Sharpy Plus fixture won the PALM Sound & Light Award for Outstanding Lighting Product Innovation at PALM Expo India 2019, which recently concluded at the Bombay Exhibition Centre of Mumbai.
PALM Expo is India’s foremost exposition for pro audio, lighting, live sound, installed sound and AV integration for the entertainment, events and music production sectors. The expo’s Sound & Light Awards honour professional excellence and contributions to the events entertainment industry.
“Sharpy Plus is a game changer for Claypaky in the Indian market,” says Pankil Ahuja, Claypaky’s Sales Manager for India. “Sharpy Plus launched in India at the PALM expo and quickly won honors as outstanding lighting innovation. Many prospective customers requested demos units for evaluation for their inventories.”
Sharpy Plus is a true hybrid unit serving as a perfect beam light and a perfect spotlight suitable for every type of application. Its extraordinary luminous efficiency ensures substantial savings through lower power consumption. Sharpy Plus offers a wide range of effects and a high light output beating all other lights in the same category.
Ahuja notes that Sharpy Plus not only meets the demands of the price-sensitive Indian lighting industry, it’s also trending among a new generation of lighting professionals seeking high-quality luminaires for high-profile applications. “Sharpy Plus fills the needs of any rental company that wants to do quality shows with a cost-effective unit,” he says.
Claypaky fixtures played a leading role in Grammy and Academy Award-winning Indian musician AR Rahman’s live Flowers TV show, which played to two days of sell-out crowds in Kochi, India.
18th June 2019
Stage|Set|Scenery: The green future of the event industry – just a dream?
Germany – The Fridays for Future movement and the clear message given by the recent European elections point to one fact: the future must and will be greener. Themes such as sustainability, social responsibility, environmental protection and nature conservation have increasingly become the focus of public debate and in recent years have taken on importance in both the event and film industry. One example of the support being given to green events and productions is a project by the German Academy: in April it announced that in future, with its partners, it would be committing to alternative and sustainable event concepts. Its declared aim is for the German Film Awards to ‘go green’. A system devised specifically for events will ensure that future German Film Award ceremonies are sustainable and carbon-neutral. This is based on the SUSTAINEVENT management system which was developed by 2bdifferent for the event industry. On 19 June at 12:20pm at the Event Manufactory at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin, Jürgen May, managing director of 2bdifferent, will explain exactly what this entails and the steps that can be taken to achieve a green event.
”Unfortunately, the event industry in general is not the greatest energy saver,” said professor Tina Kitzing of Beuth Hochschule Berlin. Where sustainability and environmental awareness are concerned it still has great untapped potential. This year, for the first time, Stage|Set|Scenery, which will be taking place from 18 to 20 June 2019 in Berlin, will be giving visitors an opportunity to obtain information and exchange views among the various trades and sectors on topics such as carbon offsetting, renewable energy, sustainability and re-use.
Katja Wiese, managing director of Naturefund e.V. stated: “More and more people are becoming aware of how important climate protection is. Neither political decision-makers, environmentalists nor companies can find sensible solutions to this challenge on their own. This can only be achieved together. The opportunities are all there, we simply have to act. That is why I am very pleased that, together with students from Beuth Hochschule Berlin and Naturefund, StageISetIScenery wants to take an important step in the direction of green events."
This year, for the first time, StageISetIScenery is partnering with Naturefund e.V. The non-profit nature environmental organisation has set itself the task of buying land and forests in order to preserve the habitats of our diverse flora and fauna. “Maintaining woodlands and reforestation are among the most important measures in the fight against climate change,” said Katja Wiese of Naturefund e.V. Five years ago already Naturefund launched a climate certificate project for offsetting carbon footprints. The idea behind the Blue Planet Certificate is simple and transparent: a carbon footprint calculator works out the emissions produced by a passenger flight, car journey, an apartment or a year’s food production. Be it for private or business purposes, these emissions can then be easily and efficiently offset by a Naturefund climate protection project.
During the show, together with students from Beuth Hochschule Berlin, stage set sculptors will be creating a tree made from waste construction material on an area covering around 75 m² in the passageway between Halls 20 and 21. The aim of this project with its focus on sustainability and climate protection is to foster an awareness among exhibitors and visitors for a more responsible approach towards the environment. Visitors to the stand of Naturefund e.V. in Hall 22/Stand 140f can find out about future carbon-neutral participation in trade fairs.
This year’s programme of events also features green topics, including sustainability, carbon offsetting, certification and environmentally friendly alternatives. On 18 June at 2:20pm at the Event Manufactory, Heinz Michael Stober will talk about how sustainability can achieve a competitive edge in the market. Together with his wife Tanja Getto-Stober he runs a certified carbon-neutral rural estate, the Stober Kontor near Berlin, Germany’s most sustainable hotel, conference and event venue. On Wednesday, 19 June at 1pm at Round Table 21, taking the mobile battery-powered stage technology of HOAC as an example, Dr. Gabriele Högg will highlight the use of renewable energy with the help of innovative battery charging points. On Thursday, 20 June at 11:20am at the Event Manufactory, Juliane Radig of Forum Factory Berlin will describe the long road of the Berlin Convention Office in becoming a Sustainable Partner. On Thursday, 20 June at 12 noon at Round Table 21, Tina Kitzing (Beuth Hochschule Berlin) and Katja Wiese, Naturefund e.V., will talk about carbon offsetting in the event industry. On Thursday, 20 June at 1pm at Round Table 21, Roland Krüger of 1st Selection will address a topic that is not immediately associated with climate protection: active oxygen, a completely non-chemical cleaning product for dance floors that is new to show business.
17th June 2019
ABTT Technician of the Year 2019
UK – The ABTT is exceptionally pleased to have presented Martin Chisnall with the Technician of the Year Award for 2019, at a ceremony held at the end of the first day of the annual ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, north London.
In front of a hugely appreciative audience of theatre industry peers and colleagues, Martin received a signed certificate along with the coveted ABTT Hook-Clamp. Having been introduced and announced as this year’s winner by long-time collaborator and friend, lighting designer Nick Richings, Martin was presented with the personalised trophy engraved with his name and the title of the award by ABTT chairman Richard Bunn, theatre consultant at Arup.
With current West End productions including Bitter Wheat (Garrick Theatre), Night of the Iguana (Noel Coward Theatre) and the musical The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall), Martin caught the lighting bug early, illuminating every play and musical possible in his school’s theatre.
An avid reader of any stage lighting book he could lay his hands on, primarily those by Francis Reid, Fred Bentham and Richard Pilbrow, he applied and was subsequently accepted into the National Youth Theatre in the early 1980s, then based at the Shaw Theatre, London.
Seeing his potential, the NYT’s lighting course leader Jerry Hodgson, offered Martin his first paid work on the Shaw’s Christmas production of Mother Goose, lit my Mark Jonathon. It was here that Martin’s schoolboy’s dream of operating more than 18 dimmers came true, when he was put in charge of the MMS lighting board.
As assistant electrician at the Lyric Hammersmith, the depth of Martin’s knowledge was further increased, again working with Jerry at the busy producing house, alongside some of the leading lighting designers of the day, including Brian Harris, Andy Philips, Mick Hughes and Chris Ellis.
This led to promotion to chief electrician on his move to the Unicorn Theatre for Children, then located at the Arts Theatre in central London, and subsequently onto the legendary Theatre Royal Stratford East, under the artistic directorship of Philip Hedley.
Going freelance in 1992, Martin paired up with Nick Richings to work on Wendy Toye’s touring production of The Sound of Music, the first of many shows they worked on together.
Reflecting in his citation, Nick disclosed: “Martin has always had a dry sense of humour mixed with sharp technical knowledge. His brilliance for me is that he intrinsically understands what I want and how to deliver it and has frequently given me advice on how to achieve things without ever being afraid to let me know if things we not possible. However, at the same time he would secretly be working out how to give me the effect or lighting positions I wanted (usually involving roof voids), all to my great surprise when I discovered the LX team had been beavering away and had managed to do the impossible. He is also great as a sounding board when something gets too much, the best solution being to nip to the pub!”
He continued: “Since my first encounter with Martin, his talents have been spotted by many other lighting designers including Mark Henderson, Rick Fisher, Hugh Vanstone, Howard Harrison, Jon Clark, Peter Mumford, and most recently Neil Austin, with whom he collaborated for the award-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
Neil, unable to attend the ABTT Award ceremony due to technical rehearsals on his and Martin’s latest project together (Bitter Wheat), sent his commendations: “Martin is an extraordinary professional. He has been at the top of the production electrician industry for more years than he'd like me to mention and yet still has such an enthusiasm for his job.
“His attention to detail is as legendary as his sharp sense of humour and reticence to suffer fools. He nurtures new talent, spotting promising people and giving them freelance work to encourage their careers. He has worked on the largest of musicals and spectaculars and brings that level of knowledge, attention to detail and professionalism to the smallest of plays.
“Going into a production week with Martin by your side is to know that you have chosen the best. The level of preparation and detail he brings to a project is truly impressive; it will be Martin that reminds you of the things you’ve forgotten, that spots the errors in the plan, that nudges the production manager into action and that surprises you with the extras that you wanted but failed to specify. He protects you from the worst and allows you to get on and light the show whilst he sorts out the rest.
“Simply put: he is the best and deserves this recognition."
When not travelling the world on Mamma Mia duties – a show with which he has a twenty-year association – Martin is a keen ‘fair weather’ cyclist, with a penchant for white crumbly cheese.
The Technician of the Year Award is one of the most important accolades the association bestows, as it recognises the achievement of an individual at the heart of their career but who consistently delivers technical excellence.
Open to ABTT members and non-members alike, recipients have usually pursued full employment in a backstage or production management role for at least ten years and have predominantly worked on the presentation of live performance in places of entertainment or on theatrical experiences in non-conventional spaces.
Their qualities will include not only a mastery of their chosen discipline but also recognition as an expert practitioner by their peers, having achieved and promoted best practice throughout their career: in doing so they will have made a significant contribution to technical excellence in the delivery of world class performance.
Robin Townley, ABTT CEO, commented after the presentation: “The ABTT has adopted four underpinning core values: promoting inclusion and diversity, enabling talent, acknowledging achievement and representing all. The ABTT Theatre Show is one of the association’s flagship events and we are very pleased to be able to take the opportunity this evening to acknowledge Martin’s tremendous achievements as a production electrician of exceptional talent and ability.
We hope that by giving his peers the opportunity with this Award to mark and record their respect for his commitment and contribution we shall also provide a platform by which to encourage a new generation of future talent to pursue backstage careers in our industry.
We recognise that we must share in the sector’s efforts to attract that new talent from throughout all of our society and to ensure the careers they seek to pursue are sustainable and rewarding. To this end we are looking forward to hosting an associations’ Breakfast Forum at the Theatre Show tomorrow morning where representatives from a broad range of organisations supporting aspects of theatre and live performance will be able to hear presentations about: Get Into Theatre – the essential website to help young people find all the information and opportunities they need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK; Stage Sight – a forum working to create an off stage workforce that is more reflective of our society today, inclusive of ethnicity, class and disability; and UK NAWC - the UK National Arts Wellbeing Collective, dedicated to promoting well-being and mental health in the arts industries. By providing space and time for our sector to come together and consider best practice going forward we hope to positively contribute to the successful future of our industry.”
Martin joins an illustrious list of ABTT Technician of the Year winners, which includes Malcolm Glanville (2018), Charlotte Lockyer (2017), Steve Huttly (2016), Gavin Pell (2015), Peter Lambert (2014), Ben Sandford (2013), Andy Brown (2012), Alex Hitchcock (2011), David Draude (2010), John Tapster (2009), Simon Stone (2008), Othman ‘Hoffman’ McGregor-Read (2007), Antony Bridges (2006, awarded posthumously), Stuart Crane (2005), Fraser Hall (2004), Andy Voller (2003) & Nick Ware (2002)
In picture: Richard Bunn, ABTT chairman, with production electrician and ABTT Technician of the Year 2019 Martin Chisnall and lighting designer Nick Richings.
14th June 2019
Stage|Set|Scenery: In search of young talent and specialists
Germany – “This year we still have 200 vacancies for technical jobs at the theatre: stage technicians, lighting engineers, stage and lighting directors, carpenters, mechanics and members of other skilled trades from the workshops. Theatres are unable to find young talent in many areas,” said Hubert Eckart of Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) in a recent interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The lack of young talent and specialists as well as the ongoing debate regarding a modern curriculum are topics that concern all parts of the industry. Stage|Set|Scenery, which is taking place from 18 to 20 June in Berlin, will be placing the spotlight on young talent, specialists, education and training. In addition to events targeting the industry’s young professionals, the programme will also including numerous networking formats where cultural institutions and the employees of the future can come together.
Business colleges, universities and other professional training institutions will be represented in Hall 22. They include Akademie der Österreichischen Theatertechnischen Gesellschaft, Berufliche Schule Holz. Farbe. Textil, the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT/ICTS), DEAplus, DHBW Ravensburg, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Bayrische Theaterakademie August Everding, along with its make-up course – theatre and film representatives, Oberstufenzentrum für Gestaltung at Wilhelm-Ostwald-Schule, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen and Beuth Hochschule für Technik in Berlin, students of which will be creating an artwork on the topic of sustainability in the passageway between Halls 20 and 21 during the show.
EurAKA Baden-Baden will be exhibiting works by trainees of Louis-Lepoix-Schule on the display area in Hall 22/Stand 330. These will include a 3D stage design co-produced with stage set artists and sculptors, as well as masks made by trainee make-up artists. DTHG’s European Theatre Technicians Education (ETTE) project will be represented on Stand 158 with information on new basic qualifications for stage technicians. On the presentation area of A. Haussmann Theaterbedarf GmbH visitors will be able to try out their skills with a brush. This area is also where international associations and institutions will be providing information about career opportunities in Germany and abroad.
The Job Wall powered by VT-Stage.com in Hall 22/Stand 413 will be publicising the latest vacancies for young talent and specialists. The show’s website has already received 80 vacancies which will be finding their way onto the Job Wall. Exhibiting companies who are looking for employees can be identified by the mauve job logo sticker, so that specialists and young people can use their visit to meet them in person. Those interested can find out about exhibitors’ latest vacancies from the Stage|Set|Scenery Virtual Market Place ahead of the show, submit their applications and make an appointment with the companies in question.
Round tables on education and training, starting a career and personnel management,
education and training, management concepts and corporate culture will also be among the topics at the supporting programme of events. On Wednesday, 19 June, at the Round Table Network for Career Starters, Christoph Hoppermann of DTHG will talk about getting started in a career (Round Table 23, 11am). Also on Wednesday, Interessengemeinschaft Veranstaltungswirtschaft (IGVW) will be extending an invitation to the Round Table for educational institutions (Round Table 22, 1pm). Topics to be discussed will include quality standards and examination methods in education and training. On Thursday, 20 June, at 11:30am at Round Table 22, the focus will be on management concepts and corporate culture in the theatre industry. Under the heading ‘Personnel management in the 21st century: Self-organisation as an opportunity for teams in art and technology?’, participants can learn about the basics of agile work methods, clear up some myths regarding self-organisation, and discuss new and more flexible structures at the workplace.
Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago on 2 May 1519. An expert in painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, mechanics, engineering and natural philosophy, he had a significant influence on the Renaissance period and beyond. It was with this extraordinary artist in mind that assignments were given to the contestants of the Weltenbauer.Youngsters.Awards 2019. This year, DTHG and Messe Berlin is presenting the awards to talented young people for the third time. The organisers were able to secure A. Haussmann GmbH as the sponsor of this year’s awards. Trainees, students (ranging from schools to vocational and higher education) from any country specialising in the theatre, films and event technology were invited to submit their designs and works. A presentation honouring the winners of the Weltenbauer.Youngsters.Awards will take place at Stage|Set|Scenery on 18 June 2019 at 6:30pm on the Safety in Action stage in Hall 22.
Admission is free for school parties, groups of students and their teachers and lecturers. Prior registration in writing is required. To do so please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pupils and students visiting the show on their own can purchase reduced-rate day tickets costing EUR €10, which are obtainable at the ticket office upon presentation of a student ID.
14th June 2019
Broadweigh's new Bluetooth system wins coveted ABTT Award – Widget of the Year 2019
UK – Broadweigh Bluetooth is now an award winning product, despite launching just one week ago. The product which made its debut on the A.C. Entertainment stand at the ABTT Theatre Show in Alexandra Palace on the 5th of June, was awarded the Widget of the Year accolade at the annual awards ceremony.
The judging panel which comprised an experienced group of working practitioners and industry peers, commented: "As a quick way to provide monitoring of small rigs, the Broadweigh load cell shackle – in conjunction with a Bluetooth connected device running the Broadweigh app – is exceptionally useful for those touring shows that require up to 12 points of rigging. The App also sums selected load cells to enable a maximum load to be identified. Use of this product will greatly speed up prep days."
Kelly Voysey, sales and marketing manager at Mantracourt Electronics, Broadweigh's parent company added: "We are delighted to receive this year's widget award at the show. Our aim was to bring a useful and affordable tool to a theatre technician's tool box, which would provide a clear picture of what is happening on the rig.
She continued: "As a design and manufacturing company, our ethos is to bring intelligent, usable products to market. We believe the Broadweigh Bluetooth system fills a gap in the load monitoring solutions currently available. We look forward to bringing more Broadweigh innovations to our customers."
Johnny Marshall, senior rigging sales executive for A.C. Entertainment, Broadweigh's product partner in the UK, added: "The Broadweigh Bluetooth shackle had a fantastic launch day with plenty of interest on our stand. This was topped off by the product winning the ABTT Widget of the Year Award. Over the two days of the ABTT show, many conversations were had regarding integrating Broadweigh Bluetooth into front of house trusses, weighing set pieces into a scene dock, and comments that it would be a valuable addition to a technician's tool box. The simple set up and ease of use through the free iOS or Android app means you can quickly have access to loading information straight to the technician's pocket, without a laptop or extra products. All in all we felt this product with its unique features is what the theatre industry has been waiting for."
The sentiment was echoed by Michael Sorowka, managing director of Broadweigh's US product partner, Paradigm Rigging, one of a number of the brand's distributors who trialled the kit prior to its official launch. Testing Broadweigh Bluetooth on the Ford booth at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Michael put four Broadweigh Blue load cells on a lighting truss. "The Bluetooth line, in my mind, really shines in the applications where there are less than ten load cells in use and simple readings of the loading data are all that is needed. It's so quick and convenient for weight checks and easy monitoring for riggers. Having the ease to share a file with anybody else running the phone app, extends the load cell weight information available, right unto the palm of the rigger's hand."
Kelly concluded:"We had an excellent ABTT Theatre Show this year. Shows like ABTT provide a great forum for us to engage with our greatest asset – our customers. Winning the ABTT Widget of the Year Award is the icing on the cake."
13th June 2019
DPA Microphones Unveils 4097 Choir Mic at InfoComm 2019
USA – DPA Microphones is previewing a new addition to its microphone line-up, the 4097 CORE supercardioid choir microphone at InfoComm 2019 (Booth 6861). Ideal for house of worship and choir applications, the 4097 provides the same sonic qualities as the brand’s d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone but was designed specifically to capture dynamic choir sound, with both wireless or wired configurations.
The new 4097 choir mic also features DPA’s famous flat off-axis supercardioid pattern and, like all DPA microphones, has been designed to be one of the most natural-sounding solutions available. As a result, the microphone has a very high-gain-before-feedback, and due to the off-axis characteristic that DPA is renowned for, it makes the entire choir sound natural – not just on axis – but from all angles. This makes using multiple mics on the choir easy for the sound engineer as he can easily mix the various parts of the choir and blend it all together without having to fight the artefacts created from uneven mic pattern pick-up.
“We are excited to introduce our newest microphone solution to industry professionals at InfoComm this year,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “We put a great deal of time into designing a sleek choir microphone that is smaller than other mics of its kind, and has a light and elegant look at the same time. With the same sonic character as all other DPA mics, the 4097 choir microphone meets the high standards that users have come to expect from DPA.”
Configured with a MicroDot connector and a DPA adapter for wired or wireless, the 4097 allows the user to go wireless, which allows for great flexibility on stage when there are multiple uses of the same space. When it is time for the choir to take the stage, simply place the 4097s in the assigned spots and it is ready to go!
Featuring the CORE by DPA amplifier technology a clear sound is achieved as it lowers the distortion and expands the dynamic range. Furthermore, the 4097 includes three shock mounts to secure that rumble caused by movement on the stage, is damped effectively, and at a level that is not seen before in these kind of mics.
13th June 2019
ROE Visual Presents LED Screens for Fixed Installation
USA – ROE Visual presents a new series of LED screens at the Infocomm 2019 exhibition. These new LED products, named Amber and Jasper are designed to serve the market for fixed installation and AV integration.
Based on its in-depth experience with LED screens used in the live event industry ROE Visual presents a LED panel range based on the same philosophy; adaptable products that offer excellent visual quality and are easy to install, maintain and use. The ROE Visual products stand out by their reliable quality, multi-functional frame and energy saving characteristics.
Specific client requirements are the foundation of the design, like large viewing angles, light-weight frames and anti-moiré designs.
“It’s with confidence that ROE Visual embarks on entering the market for fixed installation and AV integration. Our experience and success in major touring events makes us a valuable asset to any performance venue, construction or refurbishment project. We are driven by a diverse client base that demands efficiency, first time right applications and innovative solutions. High-profile clients, like Google, Apple broadcasting studio’s and Opera houses are our touchstone,” comments Glory Gao, deputy sales director.
The new series, Amber and Jasper, continue the gemstone-named range of excellent LED products that are ROE Visual's heritage. They are designed to play into the clients’ exacting demands and adapt easily to the requirements of system integrators.
Installing a fine pitch video screen in exacting environments, like corporate boardrooms, broadcast studios or control rooms just got easier with the Amber LED panels.
Amber is a 600x337.5mm LED panel, which will be deliverable in fine pixel pitches: 0.9375mm,1.25mm,1.5625mm and 1.875mm. The Amber LED panels support HDR technology resulting in an excellent graphic quality with added grey scales and excellent colour depth. The Amber screen offers a flexible system with incomparable visual quality. Based on a native 4K 16:9 panel resolution this screen is ready for future requirements.
The Jasper LED panels are developed to play into the demands for permanent video installations. Uncomplicated installation, flexible design and low costs of ownership go hand-in hand with high-end performance and unequalled visual qualities.
Jasper is a 500x500mm indoor LED panel with pixel pitches available in: 2.6, 3.9 and 5.2mm. The slim-line panel design, ability for HDR mode and high-contrast black face LED create a LED panel that offers uncompromised picture performance and optimal installation benefits.
Both panels are showcased at InfoComm 2019 where a team of product specialists is ready to help visitors discover the application possibilities. ROE Visual is at booth #2061.
13th June 2019
InfoComm 2019: Introducing the d&b audiotechnik A-Series augmented array loudspeakers
USA – The all new A-Series from d&b audiotechnik introduces the augmented array: an advanced loudspeaker concept born from the d&b applied evolution system development philosophy. Combining variable splay angles, two approaches to acoustic optimisation, and advanced waveguide design, the A-Series addresses applications where coverage flexibility in both the horizontal and the vertical is paramount.
Realising all the adaptability of a point source cluster with the extensive control options of a d&b line array, the system comprises the AL60 and AL90 loudspeakers, with ALi60 and ALi90 offering cabinets designed specifically for permanent installation.
Using the appropriate frame, up to four AL60/AL90 and ALi60/ALi90 loudspeakers can be flown either in vertical or horizontal arrays. Variable splay angles between adjacent cabinets can be set in five degree increments from -10 to +10 allowing the finest of adjustments and ensuring sound is directed precisely where it is wanted.
Midrange Directivity Control (MDC) ensures frequencies between 200Hz and 2kHz are evenly distributed, regardless of the splay angle. With 60° horizontal dispersion and directivity control down to approximately 550Hz, the AL60/ALi60 can cover a distance of up to 30 metres. The AL90/ALi90, with its 90° horizontal pattern control down to 370Hz, is sonically and mechanically compatible, ensuring the same optimal acoustic result is achieved consistently anywhere, at any angle, whatever the configuration.
The AL60/AL90 loudspeakers share a passive two-way design featuring one 1.4” exit HF compression driver with a 3” diaphragm mounted to a wave shaping device, and two 10” neodymium LF drivers. The combination of sophisticated waveguide design and the symmetrical bipolar arrangement of the LF drivers allows a smooth overlap of the adjacent frequency bands in the crossover design. The wave segments of each cabinet couple without gaps and sum up coherently.
The A-Series is compatible with a range of d&b amplifiers and subwoofers so that the system in its entirety can be tailored to meet specific application needs. The companionable four channel 30D, D20 and D80 amplifiers provide extensive user-definable equalisation containing two 16-band equalisers with parametric, notch, shelving and asymmetric filters as well as delay capabilities of up to ten seconds. The V-GSUB and Vi-GSUB are recommended for low frequency extension using the A-Series, with many more options available for mobile and install, large or small.
Wolfgang Schulz, product manager d&b says: “The A-Series, augmented array provides our customers with a new set of scaleable solutions that work as a stand-alone system or in combination with the full range of d&b systems. The flexibility of the splay angles, the Midrange Directivity Control function and the ArrayProcessing capabilities enable the A-Series to address a huge range of applications with coverage consistency that is unparalleled.”
13th June 2019
New Elation lighting solutions to show at Stage|Set|Scenery
Germany – Elation Professional is joining with German distribution partner LMP at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin, Hall 20, Stand 325, where the latest luminaires in the award-winning Artiste series will be on display along with KL series LED Fresnel lights and the new NX 2 lighting console from Obsidian Control Systems.
Taking place 18 to 20 June at Messe Berlin, Stage|Set|Scenery is one of the top European trade shows for theatre, film and event technology and the ideal medium to show the latest Artiste series theatrical grade moving heads. On display will be the 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet, a full-featured LED Profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and an innovative SpectraColor engine that produces the most vibrant primary colours ever produced by a colour mixing system.
Also showing is the Artiste Picasso, one of the brightest (23,000 lumens) and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures available. Feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more), a 620W LED engine combines with advanced optics to produce a crisp yet uniform output while staying whisper quiet. The state-of-the-art Artiste Van Gogh will also show. This LED Wash luminaire with internal framing excels at colour reproduction for colour projections of the highest quality. Housing CMY and CTO colour mixing as well as a seven-position colour wheel, it offers a choice of PC or Fresnel lenses and is the ideal partner to the profile luminaires in the Artiste range.
Other dedicated theatre and installation luminaires on display will be the KL Fresnel line of warm- and cold-white keylights. KL Fresnel lights are also available as pole operable units for broadcast studio and theatre applications.
As a theatre-ready lighting console, LMP presents the new NX 2 from Obsidian Control Systems. The NX 2 is a compact yet powerful fully-integrated lighting control system. As part of Obsidian Control Systems' innovative ONYX platform, it offers a wealth of features including a bright, full-HD, multi-touch screen, eight assignable parameter encoders, a supportive mini-touch screen, a full keyboard and command panel, a dedicated master button and ten playbacks with four assignable buttons.
The LMP and Elation team look forward to a great show and invite lighting professionals to Hall 20, Stand 325 for a chat and a personal demo.