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PIXERA control Integrates ISAAC Ecosystem


Pearce Hire welcomes return of The Showman’s Show


Backup Pumpkin Challenge


AV Stumpfl to present projection screen systems and new PIXERA version 1.8 at InfoComm 2021


ROE Visual Concludes Successful Cine Gear Expo 2021


Shure Champions Women and Non-Binary Podcasters in the First International Women’s Podcast Awards


The 101-mile ‘A Light Walk’ of 101 miles is now complete


Anolis sets the mood with Ambiane at PLASA London


Pro7ect is Back with a One-Day Masterclass at Rockfield Studios


GLP welcomes PLASA audience with a blinding display


Maverick Silens 2 Profile Wins PLASA 2021 Award for Innovation


Ayrton goes into the Wilderness with Camp LiteNordic


EM Acoustics triumphs at PLASA 2021


Robe Show Goes on Big Time at PLASA 2021


Martin Audio Showcases New Product Portfolio and Celebrates 50 Years


High spirits as PLASA Show reunites the live sector


Astera PixelBrick Wins PLASA Innovation Award


Sennheiser brings Evolution Wireless Digital to KitPlus Show in London


EM Acoustics proudly accept a PLASA Award for Innovation for the ground-breaking R10


Absen Embarks on European Tour


PLASA Innovation Award winners announced!


Mixed white or not mixed white, that is the question (even Shakespeare knew it’s not an easy decision)


The ALPD is backing the full lighting team and celebrating innovation at PLASA London 2021


Yamaha and NEXO Showcase Latest Products at PLASA Show 2021


ChamSys Showcases Expanded Control Options and Training at PLASA


PIXERA control Integrates ISAAC Ecosystem

PIXERA control Integrates ISAAC Ecosystem

USA – AV Stumpfl and Smart Monkeys, Inc., announce their partnership to integrate ISAAC API into the award winning PIXERA media server system’s new “PIXERA control” show control solution ahead of this year’s InfoComm show.

Smart Monkeys’ ISAAC system simplifies complex shows requiring customisation, control, scheduling, media, logging, and user management.

ISAAC Workspace provides a unified programming and front-end client interface for pro-AV installations.

The new PIXERA control is a distributed integration and control framework that empowers users to seamlessly host new functionalities within PIXERA and to control all aspects of an extended project environment.

Anything users create and integrate can be distributed across their connected systems and shares itself.

PIXERA control set-ups can also be freely configured and allow users to create connections between multiple media technologies.

As a first successful step of the collaboration process between the two companies, ISAAC events can as of now be created and synched with the ISAAC calendar directly from within the PIXERA control interface.

It is also possible to pass variables to ISAAC and create a UI that can then be displayed right within ISAAC Workspace.

Smart Monkeys co-owner Stephan Villet explains the reasons for the new partnership: “There is no doubt that PIXERA is shaking up the media server market with its truly modern UI and incredibly powerful engine. PIXERA control is a continuation of that product development mindset, and we can’t wait to see all the amazing things that users will do with it. Our goal with ISAAC is to provide a robust, high performing and reliable integrated system that serves as a perfect hosting platform for specialized solutions such as PIXERA control. We are looking forward to extend our technical collaboration further and make easier for our mutual clients to leverage the combination of our two products.”

The direct integration of ISAAC with PIXERA control is aimed at giving users the best of both worlds, ISAAC’s unmatched high-level system health and maintenance capabilities coupled with fine-grained access to the PIXERA content editing and presentation platform.

"Smart Monkeys are internationally known for their great expertise in the field of show control solutions and their ceaseless quest for real innovation. We are extremely happy that the team behind the acclaimed ISAAC Workspace recognised the potential of PIXERA control early on. This collaboration lays the foundation for a wide range of solutions throughout the fixed install industry, from large-scale public shared media experiences to multi-attraction theme park control systems and beyond," comments PIXERA executive director Harry Gladow.

AV Stumpfl Gmbh will exhibit at this year’s InfoComm show in Orlando at booth number #1721

Smart Monkeys, Inc. will exhibit at the same show at booth number #1127

photos: AV Stumpfl GmbH

21st October 2021

Pearce Hire welcomes return of The Showman’s Show

UK – “It’s a very welcome sight to see the return of The Showman’s Show this year,” smiles Shaun Pearce, MD of long standing exhibitor Pearce Hire. “We couldn’t be happier to see the industry getting back on its feet and for us to all be doing what we love.”

Pearce Hire has an exceptional reputation as a technical production specialist: supplying award-winning temporary power, lighting, audio, staging, in-house electrical testing, technical project management and production services.

Since the re-emergence of the industry from mid-July onwards, Pearce Hire has seen a very busy summer experiencing quite a boom following the extremely difficult conditions of the previous 18 months. “We were back in the thick of things providing production services to some of our regular summer projects, some of whom were able to stick to their regular timeline, others who had booked dates later than usual to ensure they could go ahead,” explains Shaun. “It was a pleasure to see these loyal clients return, whilst alongside this we had also taken on a significant amount of new work to help make up some of our losses from earlier in the year. So you can imagine, the juggling act for our equipment and our team was quite a challenge throughout these wonderfully busy weeks!”

The impact of experienced, knowledgeable crew shortages across the industry, combined with the supply chain issues for items Pearce Hire frequently source externally led to some changes in usual working practices and methods, but never to the detriment of the excellent service levels Pearce Hire have built their reputation on.

Lisa Ward, director of Revival Productions who presents the series of Classic Ibiza concerts around six greenfield sites across six weeks couldn’t be more impressed with the production services Pearce Hire provide year-on-year – with this year being no exception.

“We have worked with Pearce Hire for the last 12 years on a variety of different events. More recently they have provided the production, power, sound and lighting for our Classic Ibiza events. Their service is impeccable from concept to delivery. They have become an integral part of our team – bringing fresh and inspiring ideas each year to help drive our concerts forward each summer. We are their biggest fans!”

Turning their attention to the Autumn, the next few months will bring different challenges for Pearce Hire. “Business is starting to get back on track and there is a definite sense of normality amongst our team and throughout our premises, but I wouldn’t say we are out of the woods yet,” comments a cautious Jake Vernum, project manager for Pearce Hire.

At the top of the list is re-building Pearce Hire’s full-time workforce alongside their freelancer pool. The management team are eager to continue with new equipment investment ready for the 2022 season, although the ongoing manufacturing supply chain issues mean this will take a little time to settle down. And Pearce Hire’s drive towards more sustainable and innovative working practices is another major project requiring significant planning and liaison with clients.

Meanwhile, Pearce Hire has a busy calendar serving winter projects including the Jools Holland Winter Tour, Detonate Halloween Festival, Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights, Bury St Edmunds Winter Lights, various sporting events and regular electrical testing projects. And all this whilst also servicing current stock alongside warehouse preparations and continuing development of the team and workflow systems.

Pearce Hire are certainly optimistic for 2022. “Providing the Covid recovery stays on track we anticipate an extremely busy year for us, and for the rest of the industry,” concludes Shaun. And so first stop is this week’s The Showman’s Show where the team will be on Stand 30 and are looking forward to catching up with regular clients as well as meeting potential new clients face-to-face as many look to re-build their supplier pools going forward into a welcome new year.

21st October 2021

Backup Pumpkin Challenge

Backup Pumpkin Challenge

Here is an excuse to unleash your creativity in aid of Backup!

Backup's Pumpkin Challenge is back for 2021, a competition to help raise awareness of the charity in a fun and creative way.

Backup wants you to get involved, be it as an individual, company or team.

All you need is a pumpkin, your design and any props or tech you want to incorporate to bring your design to life.
If you want to use the opportunity to fundraise too (though not a requirement) that would be fantastic.

We ask that you promote this competition on any of your social media portals, even if you're not entering it would be great if you could help to spread the word about this competition and thus promote Backup.

The Backup Pumpkin Challenge consists of four categories

  1. Best overall design (judged by panel)

  2. Best use of tech (judged by panel)

  3. Most money raised (via Backup Pumpkin Challenge Fundraising Page)

  4. Most overall likes (on Instagram)

For 2021, long-time Backup supporter Lightpower Collection has generously donated a prize of one of its photographic books to the winner of the 'Best overall design'.
As the competition is open to anyone and anywhere, we will only be sending prizes to UK-based prize winners due to costs of overseas shipping. All winners will be promoted on our social media pages, marketing material and industry press. Plus you get the prize of industry bragging rights!

Entry details / terms and conditions:

  • Minimum requirement is a pumpkin and your design

  • Entry is free, though donations are always welcome. Visit the Backup website if you wish to make a donation

  • To enter your design upload a maximum of three photos and/or video which is no more than 15 seconds, to Instagram

  • Upload your entries onto your Instagram* using the hashtag #BackupPumpkinChallenge along with your name or team name. Please make sure your Instagram privacy settings allow us to view your entry when you enter #BackupPumpkinChallenge. You can also email info@backuptech.uk when you post, that way we can double check we can see your entry under the above hashtag.

  • If you wish to enter the 'Most Money Raised' category, you need to sign up to our Backup Pumpkin Challenge Fundraising page

  • All entries must be posted on Instagram using #BackupPumpkinChallenge by 31st of October 2021

  • 'Most Money Raised' and 'Most Overall Likes' judging will take place at 9am on 5th November 2021

  • 'Best Overall Design' and 'Best Use of Tech' will be deliberated by judging panel after 31st October 2021

  • All winners to be announced on the 5th of November 2021

  • Judges have final ruling on all entries

  • Judging panel consists of a board member from Backup, ALPD and ASD

  • Winners will be contacted by Backup on announcement date

  • Winning designs will be promoted on Backup social media pages, marketing material and industry press

Any further questions regarding the above entry details and T&Cs please contact info@backuptech.uk
*If you don't have an Instagram account our creative partners in this challenge, industry marketing and social media company Collaborative Creations, can upload your design via their Instagram. Contact Luke at Collaborative creations: luke@creativebd.co.uk

14th October 2021

AV Stumpfl to present projection screen systems and new PIXERA version 1.8 at InfoComm 2021

AV Stumpfl to present projection screen systems and new PIXERA version 1.8 at InfoComm 2021
AV Stumpfl to present projection screen systems and new PIXERA version 1.8 at InfoComm 2021

USA – The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present itss award-winning projection screen systems screen systems and new PIXERA v1.8 media server software at this year's InfoComm (Orlando, Florida, 27-29th October).
In addition to informing booth visitors of its latest product developments in the area of ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen systems, AV Stumpfl will also present its AT64-SHIFT screen system legs.

With this ingenious product, it's possible to assemble a large mobile projection screen in a matter of minutes and to adjust its height in just a few seconds.

AT64-SHIFT projection screen legs are compatible with all mobile AV Stumpfl screen systems.

As an added visual treat, AV Stumpfl’s popular screen design product, Fullwhite will also be shown at InfoComm. Fullwhite is a favourite with international designers, due to its depthless and borderless appearance that makes projected images appear to float in mid-air.

Another highlight of the AV Stumpfl booth will be the brand new PIXERA media server system version 1.8, which will be shown to a wider audience for the first time at InfoComm.

One of the key additions to the popular media server system is the introduction of a new show control solution called PIXERA control.

This distributed integration and control framework empowers users to seamlessly host new functionalities within PIXERA and to control all aspects of an extended project environment. Anything a user creates and integrates can be distributed across the connected systems and shares itself.

Third-party systems, such as Beckhoff automation technologies, can communicate directly with the PIXERA API via dedicated modules.

The PIXERA control integration with Smart Monkey’s ISAAC Workspace, which provides a unified programming and front-end client interface for pro-AV installations, will be of particular interest to InfoComm visitors.

ISAAC events can be created and synched with the ISAAC calendar directly from within the PIXERA control interface. It is even possible to pass variables to ISAAC and create a UI that can then be displayed right within ISAAC Workspace.

As well as offering updated and enhanced timeline controls, PIXERA version 1.8 also opens the doors wide for realising virtual production setups that feature XR (extended reality), AR (augmented reality) and/or MR (mixed reality) components.

One key development in this context is 'resource as compositing'.

This new workflow feature empowers PIXERA users to employ and interact with 3D worlds originating with other software environments (e.g. Unreal, Unity, Notch) in a simple and extremely effective way.

Navigating inside the preview, editing perspectives inside the virtual world and a host of other functionalities are now all possible by using familiar PIXERA tools.

AV Stumpfl GmbH will exhibit at the InfoComm show in Orlando (27-29th October) at booth #1721, Orange County Convention Center, Florida, USA.

AV Stumpfl to present projection screen systems and new PIXERA version 1.8 at InfoComm 2021AV Stumpfl to present projection screen systems and new PIXERA version 1.8 at InfoComm 2021

14th October 2021

ROE Visual Concludes Successful Cine Gear Expo 2021

ROE Visual Concludes Successful Cine Gear Expo 2021
ROE Visual Concludes Successful Cine Gear Expo 2021

USA – Cine Gear Expo was the first exhibition for the ROE Visual US team in nearly two years, and what a joy to be back on the show floor! The Cine Gear Expo provided an excellent platform to reconnect with partners and clients in person.

ROE Visual showcased the LED equipment needed to create an XR stage at the two-day Cine Gear Expo, presenting the Black Pearl BP2V2 and Black Marble BM4 LED panels. The ROE Visual products attracted much interest from the audience, demonstrating an outstanding visual performance.

The film-centric design of the Black Pearl BP2V2 panel offers the trusted performance of the Black Pearl BP2 in an updated version, with high-speed components and true-to-content colour representation and an improved on-camera set-up. The BP2V2 LED panels feature in many LED volumes worldwide, like the Pixomondo Studios, Monolith Studio, and the Big Picture ICVFX Studio.

The Black Marble BM4 LED floor is also highly popular for use in XR stages, creating an enhanced immersive experience in combination with LED walls. They were used in performances such as Katy Perry's iconic performance at the 2020 American Idol finale, AED Studios, and AUX Studio.

Presenting the LED panels in a realistic setting, the ROE Visual team received great feedback, impressing the audience through the sheer limitless possibilities.

"It was a great pleasure to be able to engage with our friends and partners face to face again at the Cine Gear Expo 2021. We want to express our appreciation to all who have participated in the show," states Frank Montero, managing director for ROE Visual US. "We hope that LED solutions by ROE Visual can contribute to creating extraordinary projects."

Now exhibitions are possible again, keep a close watch on our event page to find out where ROE Visual will exhibit next.

ROE Visual Concludes Successful Cine Gear Expo 2021ROE Visual Concludes Successful Cine Gear Expo 2021

1st October 2021

Shure Champions Women and Non-Binary Podcasters in the First International Women’s Podcast Awards

Shure Champions Women and Non-Binary Podcasters in the First International Women’s Podcast Awards

UK – The first edition of the International Women’s Podcast awards was celebrated and live-streamed globally at the AllBright in London on 23rd September. The awards recognise the work of women and non-binary podcasters worldwide. Shure, as headline partners, sponsored the category “Changing the World One Moment at a Time,” awarding winner Laura Joyce Davis (pictured) with a special gold-plated SM7B microphone for her work on Shelter in Place podcast.

The International Women’s Podcast Awards (IWPA) is organised by The Skylark Collective, a network that aims to give visibility and support to women and non-binary podcasters around the world by showcasing their narratives and elevating their voices. The IWPA are the first-ever awards to recognise the work of women and non-binary people in podcasting, behind the mic and behind the scenes, celebrating those who share untold stories and producing incredible, intimate moments of podcasting brilliance, wherever they are in the world.

“We believe that growth and creativity in the industry come from increased diversity, and we are very proud to have been part of these awards. Shure has actively supported the podcast industry by not only providing podcasters with access to great gear but also creating educational content and partnering with a variety of different initiatives,” said Paul Crognale, senior manager, global marketing, at Shure. “Joining forces with The Skylark Collective for these awards has opened up a number of opportunities through which we will continue to champion and encourage inspirational voices around the world.”

This year’s awards included a short list of more than 80 podcasts from different locations across the globe, each with a chance of winning in one of eight categories: Moment of Touching Honesty, Moment of Raw Emotion, Moment of Entrepreneurial Inspiration, Moment of Cliffhanger Drama, Moment of Behind-The-Scenes Brilliance, Moment of Comedy Gold, Moment of Badass Business Advice, and Changing the World One Moment at a Time. The winners also received a Shure MV7 Podcast Kit as a prize.

“It means a lot to receive this award. Any artist who’s been at it for a while will tell you that you have to learn to love the process more than the outcome.” added Laura Joyce, winner of the gold-plated SM7B. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to create our episodes with the Shure SM7B microphone, while continuing with our work to train women and non-binary creatives about how to create podcasts that are the best production quality possible.”

Shure products, including the SLX Wireless System with Beta 58As and gooseneck microphones, were used to ensure great audio throughout the ceremony. It was hosted by acclaimed presenter, author, and journalist, Vick Hope from BBC Radio 1, with additional support from Acast, Blubrry, Captivate FM, and Redhead PR.

Shure is committed to supporting creators of all kinds with innovative tools and professional technology through important initiatives like IWPA.

1st October 2021

The 101-mile ‘A Light Walk’ of 101 miles is now complete

The 101-mile ‘A Light Walk’ of 101 miles is now complete

UK – The last footsteps of the 101-mile fundraising mission known as ‘A Light Walk’ were taken on Friday (September 24th, 2021) as the five-day odyssey from The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank drew to a halt. The team behind A Light Walk, which includes Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALPD Lumiere Working group members, Charlotte Burton and Tamykha Patterson, were quick to point out, however, that although the walk is complete, the fundraising continues.

The epic hike was undertaken to highlight the vital work of, as well as raise money for, two great causes, the ALPD Lumiere Scheme and industry charity, Back Up.

Whilst Bowden was the only wayfarer along the planned physical route, others walked an equal distance remotely. Remote walkers were either keeping the same time frame or walking through the month of September around existing work commitments. Bowden was also joined by friend, Lewis Dainton who, whilst helping to raise money for the two main charities was also raising money for Children’s World, a performance-based charity for children.

ALPD Executive committee member, Lucy Carter, undertook the route remotely. She explained: “With dog walking, walking weekends and walking to meetings instead of taking the tube, I’ll be hitting my 101-mile target by September 30th. While it’s not the same challenge as the Light Walk team, maybe my efforts have succeeded in getting me a little bit fitter.

“The two causes are so important. Having once relied upon Back Up myself following a work accident, I understand how sudden changes can affect one’s ability to work. And the ALPD Lumiere Scheme has helped and encouraged many emerging lighting designers and will now continue into the future including the other roles within the whole lighting team.”

ALPD chair Johanna Town, commented: “We can’t thank Sam and Lewis enough for their amazing achievement, and also Chauvet for their continuing support. The Lumiere has been such a success over the past years and this financial support allows us to give that opportunity to others in the future: both emerging designers and production staff.”

For those wishing to help from the comfort of an armchair, your support is appreciated and donations can still be given easily by scanning the QR code above.

28th September 2021

Anolis sets the mood with Ambiane at PLASA London

Anolis sets the mood with Ambiane at PLASA London

UK – Architectural LED lighting specialist Anolis showcased its Ambiane range of interior lighting products at the 2021 PLASA (Professional Lighting & Sound Association) expo at London’s Olympia Grand Hall, catching the buzz and excitement of the professional lighting community converging at the first in-person UK industry trade show since pandemic restrictions were lifted.

The Ambiane range has been designed and developed for illuminating indoor spaces and environments needing high-quality ambient and mood lighting.

The standout feature for the Ambiane family is its intelligent power balancing capability which allows maximum output in any mixed colour. The sole focus of the Ambiane range showcased on the stand and in the product presentation raised brand awareness, positioning Ambiane as a perfect lighting solution.

The Anolis team was especially interested in meeting theatre consultants, venue managers and specifiers working in different types of auditoriums.

After long periods of lockdown and no trade shows, PLASA London was the perfect platform to reconnect, attracting a targeted visitor base which gave the team the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with relevant buyers across the sector.

Well known for its exterior LED luminaires, Anolis used the occasion to highlight the indoor Ambiane range which is available in RGBW and CCT versions with multiple beam angles, perfect for FOH, backstage and any public space illumination.

PLASA 2021 was hosted in conjunction with ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) which boosted interest from this sector and others like television, where Ambiane is also a great solution for TV studios. The high-quality footfall included cruise ship specialists, AV integrators, installers, and lighting designers from multiple disciplines.

Simon Gooding, sales and business development manager at Anolis UK stated: “PLASA combined with ABTT was a great opportunity to incorporate Anolis into this year’s plans.

“Whilst the spotlight was on our Ambiane range, it was also excellent for generating conversations around other interior fixtures and Anolis products that are a perfect choice for theatres and venue spaces. The show was an interesting and worthwhile platform for the team to engage with existing customers and meet new ones.”

The Anolis section of the stand was clean and streamlined with a selection of Ambiane recessed downlights and a high output pendant on display, impressing with their output and quality of light to which Anolis is renowned.

A constant stream of visitors kept the team busy throughout, initiating new discussions about upcoming projects as the market shows all the signs of a strong recovery. The products provided a conversation opener and overall, the show was a positive and proactive exercise.

Theresa Gibson, head of marketing at Anolis UK concluded: “It was a great event with lots of positive energy uniting the industry, resulting in some great leads and fruitful follow-ups for the team. The PLASA / ABTT combination illustrated how people and relationships are vital to our business as we all enjoy returning to some sort of normalcy and in-person communications.”

24th September 2021

Pro7ect is Back with a One-Day Masterclass at Rockfield Studios

Pro7ect is Back with a One-Day Masterclass at Rockfield Studios

UK – After a long hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the Pro7ect collaborative songwriting experience has announced its return with an inspirational masterclass at the world famous Rockfield Studios in Wales.

This exciting event, which takes place on Saturday 13th November, 2021, will finally put an end to the misery of creating in a vacuum with no encouragement, no inspiration and no face to face human feedback. Aspiring and established songwriters who sign up will have the opportunity to re-focus their careers, meet other writers and up-skill in a professional studio environment.

Sponsored by UK audio conversion specialist Prism Sound, Pro7ect’s one-day masterclass will be led by internationally acclaimed producer Gethin Pearson and supported by the P7 team. Rockfield’s Quadrangle Studios, where artists such as Oasis, Bullet for My Valentine, Sepultura, Queen and Simple Minds have recorded, is exactly the right space to inspire imagination and has a plethora of high quality audio equipment on hand to capture the collaborative efforts of those taking part.

Announcing the re-boot of Pro7ect, P7’s creative director Lisa Fitzgibbon says: “What a year! I am ready to leave my Covid cave and get back to working with a creative community of like-minded people in a face-to-face, inspiring space. This P7 masterclass at Rockfield is the perfect antidote to writer’s slump, zoom fatigue, and the artistic isolation we’ve all experienced during lock-down. Gethin Pearson is a firecracker of energy and prowess and songwriters joining us should come prepared for an enlightened and empowering artistic reset.”

Gethin Pearson adds: “I’m really looking forward to creating and sharing ideas at the Pro7ect masterclass at Rockfield. Lisa and the P7 team are always looking to provide the ultimate creative environment to develop and nurture talent.”

The Pro7ect Masterclass runs from 10am to 5pm and places – which are limited due to Covid compliance – will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The cost per person for this one-day session is £375. The session will give participants the chance to try the Pro7ect experience before committing to a full residential retreat.

Lisa Fitzgibbon, who is not only the creative inspiration behind Pro7ect, but also a talented producer and singer/songwriter, adds: “Since we started Pro7ect in 2014, we have attracted many A-list producers who work with participants to capture the best possible recording of their songs,” she says. “We are aiming to re-start our three day residential retreats in 2022 and once again they will be held at Rockfield. Our headline producers for those dates are already lined up and include Stew Jackson, Greg Haver and, of course, Gethin.”

Pro7ect’s 2022 residential songwriting retreats are scheduled from 18th – 26th July 2022 and full details, including pricing, will be available from the Pro7ect website.

In picture: Gethin Pearson and LIsa Fitzgibbon.

24th September 2021

GLP welcomes PLASA audience with a blinding display

GLP welcomes PLASA audience with a blinding display
GLP welcomes PLASA audience with a blinding display

UK – GLP proved at this year’s PLASA Show that it is sometimes unnecessary to take more than a minimal booth to create maximum impact.

Its formula for the UK’s premier trade fair, as it reawakens, was simple: take a stand immediately inside the main entrance and blitz the crowd with a battery of JDC Lines, its incredibly bright hybrid strobes, as they set foot inside the hall.

These lined up alongside the FR10, the new battery operated Creative Light 1, and FUSION PAR FP7, this was the first time these ranges had been seen in public. And all anyone wishing to see these in full action had to do was grab a cup of superior, barista-served coffee from the vast range available, and settle back and watch a video created by David Stewart and Greg Westwood and designed by Morgan Evans.

“That video proved well worthwhile,” states GLP UK boss, Simon Barrett. “In fact, the show generally exceeded expectations, with a lot more people than I anticipated. Everyone was excited to be back and it seems like this is the green light [for the industry] to go.”

With Barrett and colleague David Stewart hosting, he says it had been the correct decision to make their presence largely “people focused rather than product focused”, and they were able to have productive chats with many customers and LDs about the future, as the industry slowly wakes up.

They also had plenty of new sales to report, with FR10s going to Christie Lites and dry hire company Nexus, as well as being specified by LD Neil Austin for the West End production of Frozen.

Also heavily invested in the new IP65-certified FUSION PAR FP7 is TSL, with owner Sam Tamplin investing in 200 of the fixtures for an outdoor spectacular.

Another major sale confirmed at the show was a “significant investment” in JDC Line 1000 from Haydn Cruickshank at Colour Sound Experiment. Some 360 metres of the one metre-width JDC Line variant have been specified by an LD for a show in December.

States David Stewart: “The differentiator is the unique high-powered continuous white LED strobe with pixel mapping, a bright RGB continuous line. It is something never seen before and innovative, but in addition to the LD, it has to work for the rental company with high-quality construction and reliability.”

Finally, the Creative Light 1 also received plenty of attention at PLASA. “It is our first battery wireless fixture in the GLP range, and battery wireless is now becoming a fad, with its attention-grabbing LED twinkle,” believes Stewart.

By borrowing a ‘you had me at hello’ movie moment, GLP had the audience immediately they had walked through the door, “simply by ‘blinding’ them at the front entrance,” conclude the two GLP men.

22nd September 2021


Maverick Silens 2 Profile Wins PLASA 2021 Award for Innovation

Maverick Silens 2 Profile Wins PLASA 2021 Award for Innovation

UK – The Maverick Silens 2 Profile doesn’t attract attention to itself because of its sound; the 100% convection cooled LED PCB fixture operates in virtual silence. However, the versatile 560W luminaire did make waves recently when it was honoured with a 2021 PLASA Award For Innovation.

The only moving fixture (and one of two lighting products) to earn this recognition at the PLASA show, the Maverick Silens 2 Profile was singled out for its “near silent operation,” being described by the independent panel of judges as “the sound engineer’s favourite light.”

Without making a sound, the Maverick Silens 2 Profile wowed judges with its impressive visual performance, thanks to features like CMY+CTO colour mixing with CRI, R9, CQS, and TLCI all between 91 and 97 (depending on the colour temperature mixed). Other features that speak volumes about this silent powerhouse of a fixture include a four-blade framing shutter system with rotation, a colour wheel, animation wheel, a 10:1 zoom, prism, two frosts, static and rotating gobo wheels and 16-bit dimming with selectable red shift.

“Our entire team is very proud of this honour,” said Michael Brooksbank, managing director of Chauvet Europe. “Silence has always been a goal for everyone involved in lighting theatre, broadcasts, recitals and other applications where absolute quietness is essential. However, no one could be expected to give up performance for the sake of silence. Now, with the Maverick Silens 2 Profile, they don’t have to; they can enjoy the best of both worlds.”

21st September 2021

Ayrton goes into the Wilderness with Camp LiteNordic

Ayrton goes into the Wilderness with Camp LiteNordic

Norway – Nobody can deny that the last 18 months have been difficult and challenging, especially for this people-orientated industry. Limitations on work, movement and contacts have been hard on everyone. But as restrictions started to ease and the industry begins to open up, LiteNordic, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Norway, Sweden and Denmark, came up with an ingenious way to reconnect with their customers and lighting designers in a safe, fun way after a near two-year hiatus.

They hired a camper van, threw in a bunch of IP65 rated lighting fixtures, including Ayrton’s Perseo Profile and Perseo Beam, and took them out on a camping road trip. They set up camp in forests outside Norway’s three main cities: Stavanger, Oslo and Bergen where they invited lighting designers, rental companies, sales companies and other of their colleagues and clients to join them for a barbecue and, if they wished, a night under the stars, sleeping in hammocks beneath tarpaulins.

Organised by Lite Nordic’s Aleksander Kjær-Wilhelmsen and Petter Nilssen, Camp LiteNordic: Into the Wilderness was, as Kjær-Wilhelmsen is keen to point out: “More about people than product. It gave us the opportunity to take people out of their comfort zone and routine a little, and relax for a nice evening that focused on fun rather than fixtures. It gave us all a chance to meet and catch up after a long period of isolation when we have all suffered hardships. However, after a few beers and sausages, curiosity overcame our guests and when they asked about the IP65 rated fixtures we were very happy to show them through the features before returning to our camp fire. No matter how much you escape to the woods, people are always interested in looking at the lights!”

“It was the perfect scenario in which to see the IP65 fixtures in their best environment,” adds Nilssen. “They were designed for outside use and it is impossible to show the variety of effects in a studio or theatre. But the depth and texture of the forest lent a totally different range of looks to the gobo projections and animations on the trees and in mid-air which you just wouldn’t see indoors. We were very excited to see how many of our guests took the time to come along, despite schedules becoming busier as Norway starts to open up.”

The hammocks and tarpaulins were branded with LiteNordic and Ayrton logos and the hammocks emblazoned with the slogan “Master of the Elements” (the declaration from Domino, Ayrton’s long-throw IP65 spot fixture) and the words ‘keeps you dry’ – a fact which proved correct at Bergen where it rained heavily! All those who camped out were allowed to take the hammocks and tarpaulins home with them. “Everyone loved the hammocks and tarps and can’t wait to put them to use again,” says Kjær-Wilhelmsen. “With Norway’s music and festival scene slowly reopening, they are proving just the thing for technicians and crew to take with them.”

“We would like to thank LiteNordic for all their hard work in putting this wonderful event together, what a fun and inventive way to have fun with lights and friends!” says Ayrton’s Linnea Ljungmark. “Going into nature brings people closer together and Camp LiteNordic gave us a great opportunity to spent time with our customers and get to know them better. It was also a good chance to experience the Norwegian culture of outdoor life, and very relaxing to be surrounded by the natural world.

“Having said that, the weather conditions were extremely damp with thick fog by morning, so it was a great opportunity to trial and test the fixtures in damp conditions. The Perseo fixtures stayed out in that moist air for 24 hours with no problems at all, proving they are superb all-weather fixtures.”

photos: LiteNordic and Ayrton

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21st September 2021

EM Acoustics triumphs at PLASA 2021

EM Acoustics triumphs at PLASA 2021

UK – PLASA 2021 was hailed as a triumph by all who attended: visitors and exhibitors alike, not least by British loudspeaker company, EM Acoustics, which walked away with a coveted PLASA Innovation Award for its new Reference Series R10 loudspeaker.

“PLASA was a great success for us – as it always is – but this year was particularly special under the circumstances,” says operations director, Mike Wheeler. “Even though the show was understandably smaller than the last time it was held in 2019, it’s the first time that any of us have witnessed an industry gathering of this size since the first lockdown, and it was clear that everyone was delighted to be there. The place was buzzing and it was a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with people we’d not seen in a long time. It was also the very first opportunity we’ve had to showcase our complete Reference Series range with all three models and we’re even more delighted that the R10 was honoured with a PLASA Innovation Award!”

Reference Series represents the ultimate no-compromise solution for point source applications requiring ultra-high quality sound reinforcement in a versatile, low profile package. Available now in 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch versions, Reference Series loudspeakers are distinguished by their unique interchangeable waveguide options supplied as standard and an entirely new approach to crossover design that marries the components together. In bestowing a PLASA Innovation Award on the R10, the judges commended its controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion, adding that the inclusion of the different high-medium frequency flares increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type.

“Winning this award was the cherry on the PLASA cake,” continues Wheeler. “It was truly gratifying to see R10 recompensed by such a qualified and diverse panel of our industry peers. We’d already had an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the industry, and even more so with the addition of the R8 and R12, but formal industry recognition always has a positive impact. We’re already looking forward to the next PLASA event in Leeds next May.”

17th September 2021

Robe Show Goes on Big Time at PLASA 2021

Robe Show Goes on Big Time at PLASA 2021
Robe Show Goes on Big Time at PLASA 2021

UK – Moving and LED lighting manufacturer, Robe, enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of industry professionals reconnecting in person at the 2021 PLASA trade expo in London Olympia last week, which was the UK’s first such entertainment technology post-pandemic event. This year PLASA was staged in conjunction with the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians).

Robe took the opportunity to showcase a raft of innovative recently launched products, also returning to the show as the headline sponsor as in previous years. This underlined the brand’s confidence in the UK market moving forward and ramping up generally, and in PLASA as a strategic point of convergence for key players.

The striking and stylish Robe booth had a high visual impact and reflected the mood of the moment. A large meeting area out front and a substantial demo area ‘back-of-house’ proved a streamlined hub for meeting, networking, and in-depth product-related discussions and demonstrations.

A timecoded light show utilising the newest products was based on a mix tape of epic West End production numbers. There was a heavy emphasis on the previewed T11 Profile fixture and the recently launched T2 Profile and Fresnel luminaires, all optimised and finessed for the demands of theatre and performance applications including silent operation and outstanding colour mixing.

The T11 made an instant impression and generated intrigue and excitement, being a preview product, its look and features resonating with people watching the light show. T11 will be a valuable addition to Robe’s growing theatrical LED ranges.

Other products attracting intense interest included the new CUETE moving light, a fantastic, highly affordable entry-level moving light, perfect for clubs, bars, and event companies representing outstanding value for money and ROI.

The ProMotion, moving head effects and video projector, was another new product receiving attention, complete with digital gobos, graphic effects, etc., perfect for retail and any live event scenario needing custom or special visuals.

Products like FORTE and ESPRITE highlighted Robe’s unique and patented Transferable Enginetm (TE) LED technology, a hugely flexible concept offering the option of having different and interchangeable LED engines: high powered, high CRI, ‘tungsten’, etc., in the same fixture hardware, which can be quickly changed – 'transferred' – in about six minutes.

TE brings yet more positive value to all areas of professional and entertainment lighting, from rental companies to installers.

Both areas of the Robe booth plus the section occupied by architectural brand Anolis were constantly busy throughout all three days with quality visitors. A diverse cross section rocked up to the booth to see the products and say hello in person after months of lockdowns, from lighting designers and directors to rental companies, freelancers, and other interested parties, representing multiple sectors, from cruise ships to theatres, venues, and touring.

Theresa Gibson, head of marketing at Robe UK commented: “Robe’s commitment to the show as headline sponsor was equalled by PLASA’s delivery of a great event that helped in uniting the industry under one roof in challenging circumstances.

“People and relationships are the lifeblood of our industry and what makes it so very special. PLASA and the ABTT gave us the opportunity to showcase our new fixtures and engage in meaningful conversations in a return to some form of normality and demonstrated that the industry is back with a vengeance! It was just the tonic everyone needed!”

photos: Louise Stickland


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16th September 2021

Robe Lighting

Martin Audio Showcases New Product Portfolio and Celebrates 50 Years

Martin Audio Showcases New Product Portfolio and Celebrates 50 Years
Martin Audio Showcases New Product Portfolio and Celebrates 50 Years

UK – Martin Audio returned to its celebrated Open Days for the first time in two years, following the easing of Covid restrictions, which also included both a legacy product walk-through and a lavish party in nearby Marlow to honour the company’s 50th anniversary.

The sessions adhered closely to all Covid guidelines, including tests on entrance and at the end, MD Dom Harter gave a heartfelt appreciation to the audience. “It’s the first time many have been back in a room of loudspeakers for 18 months,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for everyone’s time and attendance, our industry will never be tested like this again.”

Ninety minutes earlier he had opened proceedings with a background about company founder Dave Martin, emphasising that: “His vision and many of his principles continue to be followed today.” Guests had already been able to enjoy a museum-like walk-through of legacy product including many of Dave’s earlier models like the legendary stack and F2 system. However, today’s portfolio contains a depth of product to cater for all applications, especially with the arrival of the TORUS constant curvature system and the new DISPLAY 3 software, which took pride of place in the demonstrations.

Dom Harter explained the thinking behind TORUS, and how it plugged a gap in the portfolio for a 15-30m throw speaker. “The system took three years to develop, requiring a lot of mathematical modelling along the way, and we wanted to push the acoustic boundaries and deliver the best constant curvature array. We looked at typical issues and how we could overcome them, such as comb filtering and lack of sensitivity in the mid-band.”

TORUS was not the only product to receive its formal demo debut, as both ADORN pendant and ceiling speakers were also finally on show with the audience being wowed by the clarity and musical presence of these commercial loudspeakers. Other demonstrations included the BlacklineX series and CDD, described by Robin Dibble as “the single most successful loudspeaker that we have ever produced.” Of this Coaxial Differential Dispersion platform, he exclaimed, “It’s the CDD drive unit that’s the real key, combining the point source benefits of coaxial designs with the consistent coverage of Differential Dispersion technology. It delivers the same tonal response wherever you are standing,” he promised, “and our waveguides have overcome many of the historical drawbacks associated with coaxial.” Martin Audio have developed FIR settings to optimise the system with iKON amplifiers, while the vast range includes both marine and weatherised versions.

The demonstrations closed out on a high with a look at the flagship Wavefront Precision optimised arrays. Harter noted that Martin Audio is now 11 years into the programme (since the launch of the original MLA) to control where the sound goes and deliver summation of sound at the audience plane. Put simply, Harter explained, “it’s how sound arrives at the listener that’s important.” Scalable resolution was explained alongside its many benefits before a showcase of WPM, WPS and WPC ratcheted up the SPL for a rousing finale.

Almost 100 guests also joined Martin Audio’s 50th birthday party which included staff past and present, customers and a special guest. Gisele Clark, close friend to Dave Martin, had made the trip from France to share some special memories and the evening was a fitting celebration to the past but also provided optimism and excitement for the future.

Open Day and Party video: https://youtu.be/j05mJRDiYg0

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16th September 2021

High spirits as PLASA Show reunites the live sector

High spirits as PLASA Show reunites the live sector

UK – PLASA Show returned to Olympia London from 5-7 September, receiving high acclaim and marking a return to normality following the 18 month closure of the live sector. As the first entertainment technology trade show in two years, there was a level of risk involved. However, PLASA Show 2021, along with the ABTT Theatre Show which co-located for one year, succeeded in reuniting the industry for three high spirited and productive days in Olympia’s Grand Hall.

Although the number of attendees was reduced, they remained top quality and similar to previous years: one-fifth were company owners or directors and half were specifiers or final decision makers. Theatre and touring were most prominent with one third of those attending working in production or venues.

Anticipation was high as the doors opened, with a steady stream of visitors keen to check out the next generation of products and catch up with colleagues. Lee House, marketing manager for Ambersphere, comments: “When the doors opened on Sunday it was great to see so many people coming through them. This show certainly exceeded all expectations we had. Yes, the show floor was smaller this year, but the atmosphere was bigger than ever.”

Nick Boggon, marketing manager for Sound Technology, adds: “We probably weren’t alone going into the show not knowing what to expect, but those concerns didn’t last long. Understandably stands were smaller than previous years but it still felt like the PLASA Show. There was networking of course, but also a genuine desire to see new products and technology trends.”

The ABTT Theatre Show Hub – which featured theatre-specialised brands and associations – centred around the AAPTLE Lounge where meetings looked at emerging industry issues. Robin Townley, CEO of the ABTT, comments: “Locating traditional ABTT exhibitors within the Theatre Show Hub offered a great sense of community and it was tremendous to see so many members of the Alliance of Associations & Professionals in Theatre and Live Events making use of the AAPTLE Lounge. The three days proved to be fantastically successful in providing an opportunity for suppliers, service providers and practitioners to get back face to face and resume the essential art of conversation.”

The people of the industry were just as high priority as the products this year, with areas of the show dedicated to offering guidance. The #WeMakeEvents Hub featured several charities and initiatives including Backup, Acting for Others, #MakeitBlue, Music Support, Stagehand, The Back Lounge, Theatrical Guild, Tour Production Group and We Need Crew.

Promoting well-being further, Backup launched its Mental Health First Aid course at the show, and Mig Burgess, creator of the Blackout Installation of 2019, returned to present findings of a survey looking at mental health in the industry.

The show’s headline sponsor Robe dazzled attendees with its recently launched T2 alongside previews of the T11 and the TE: Transferable Engine. Theresa Gibson, head of marketing for Robe, comments: “The commitment Robe showed to PLASA as headline sponsor of this year’s show was well and truly equalled in delivering a great event and uniting the industry again. All our staff spoke with high quality visitors and relished the opportunity to establish connection again face to face.”

Avolites celebrated its 45th anniversary at the show with company’s new flagship Diamond 9 console taking centre stage. Astera debuted three on the Ambersphere Solutions stand, picking up a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation for PixelBrick. Elsewhere, Artistic Licence launched candlePower octo at the show, displayed alongside the new Commissioner multi. Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence says: “We were absolutely delighted to have exhibited at such a successful show. There was a real sense of 'we’re in this together' and everyone was excited to be back. This was probably the busiest trade show we’ve done in five years.”

Meanwhile, DiGiCo revealed SD12T software, KLANG presented the KLANG:konductor, Yamaha’s Rivage PM5 and PM3 made their trade show debuts, NEXO released the new epS Series, Shure focused on its Axient Digital ADX5D, and Sennheiser displayed its new Evolution Wireless Digital. Kevin Gwyther-Brown, business development manager for Sennheiser, says: “The quality of visitors was very high. From the moment the doors opened on Sunday, the positive atmosphere did not stop until the show finished on Tuesday. As a manufacturer that has recently launched a new product, we could not have wished for a better platform to show it off.”

Across the show floor, several specialist brands were offered accessories and staging solutions. Area Four Industries UK celebrated its 20th anniversary at the show while debuting EXE Technology products. Glen Brown, UK sales and marketing director for Area Four, says: “PLASA 2021 was a great surprise with an extremely positive vibe and proved how resilient our industry is.”

Additional new products included the Evolve Chair from Audience Systems, Bioglitter from Flints Theatrical Chandlers, the Liberty Switch System from Harlequin, and three new seats from Race Furniture. Plus, Rigging Team made its PLASA Show debut.

New AV technology could also be seen at every turn, including the EB-PU1000 series from Epson, Ruby LED panels from ROE Visual, Teleprompter.Video from Apt-GB and the award-winning CarbonBlack from LANG. Anika Lauth, deputy managing director for LANG UK, comments: “This was our first time exhibiting at PLASA and it certainly won’t be the last. We had great conversations and you could feel the excitement of the industry coming back to life. We were thrilled to be awarded for CarbonBlack. Here’s to next year and a revived industry, new faces and new innovations to come.”

Apt-GB also made its PLASA Show debut. Company founder Graham Gosden, adds: “PLASA was a great success and the Apt-GB >Teleprompter.Video range went down a treat. We were also delighted to get a commendation for the SMVA.”

PLASA Show’s popular programme of free-to-attend seminars were well attended, including sessions by the programme sponsor Vectorworks. There was also a busy panel on EcoDesign featuring lighting designer Rob Halliday, PLASA managing director Peter Heath and ETC technical director Adam Bennette. Plus Declan Randall, lighting designer and programmer and console trainer for ETC, looked at the new X8 LED array, eight-colour mixing and Eos colour controls. Darren Beckley, ETC Ltd sales manager, comments: “The show provided a great opportunity for our industry to move forward after such a difficult period. It was energising to see people reconnect and gather information on all the exciting projects that are happening again.”

High on the agenda was sustainability and safety: A panel led by TAIT’s Carol Scott heard from representatives from the Theatre Green Book, Unusual Rigging, LIVE, isla and SiPA on how the sector can improve its green credentials. Additionally, Chartered Engineer and LSi columnist James Eade unpacked IET Wiring Regulations, and health and safety inspector David Kivlin, chartered safety practitioner Tom Goode and SOLT head of risk and technical Phil Brown discussed returning to work.

The PLASA & #WeMakeEvents Stage hosted well-attended round-table sessions, addressing Brexit and touring with Peter Heath of PLASA, Andy Corrigan of Viva La Visa, Craig Stanley of LIVE and #WeMakeEvents political team leader Duncan Bell, followed by the #WeMakeEvents steering committee presenting a look back at the campaign’s achievements. Koy Neminathan, sales director for Avolites and member of the #WeMakeEvents steering committee, says: “#WeMakeEvents is a testament to our industry’s people and their passion to keep our dynamic industry alive. We were delighted to see so many people attend the session and we welcome you to get in touch and get involved as the campaign evolves.”

Visitors flocked to try the new ChamSys MagicQ Stadium consoles and see the new Maverick Silens 2 and Ovation Rêve E-3 by Chauvet Professional. Arnaud Thealer, marketing co-ordinator for Chauvet Professional comments: “Our team was so happy to meet everybody at the booth again. Feeling the buzz of the industry was magical. Thanks to the training space we had room to do proper product demos, and taking home a PLASA Innovation Award was the icing on the cake!”

Running parallel, the d&b Soundscape Theatre showcased brands including Autograph, DiGiCo, Sennheiser, Shure and White Light. Emma Amadou, events and marketing administrator for d&b audiotechnik, says: “The d&b Soundscape theatre was the just right space for hosting such interesting sessions. Huge thanks to everyone involved, and so great to have good footfall!”

Tim Horton, sales and installations manager for SFL, adds: “There was a great buzz about the show regardless of the reduced numbers. We were particularly proud to host the d&b Soundscape Theatre and create an environment to help people communicate their message. We’re really pleased we were able to be a part of the show and do our part to support the event!

The PLASA Awards for Innvoation, in association with LSi, ran alongside the show once more, showcasing the very latest product developments and technical advancements on the Innovation Gallery throughout the event. James Eade, chair of the judging team, says: “If the Awards are anything to go by, our industry has been forging ahead. 15 years ago we awarded an incandescent lightbulb and fluorescent tube. This year we awarded live motion capture streaming and a carbon nanotube projection screen. It really feels like this industry is turning a corner.”

Copper Candle were presented with a combined award for three pioneering products, with owner James Simpson saying: “Winning an award was simply incredible, it meant so much to us as a small business trying to make an impact in our industry. It has huge implications for our future and potential growth and means so much to have the ratification of our vision by our industry peers.”

Two of the show’s new exhibitors won an award, including Glensound, whose managing director Marc Wilson says: “We are delighted at the response that we have had from the show at such a difficult time. It's a new industry for us and we have found many potential customers that are interested to learn more about our Dante intercom, breakout boxes and award winning Divine.”

Mike Wheeler, operatations director for EM Acoustics, comments: “We enjoyed an extremely busy show, with overwhelming interest in the extensions to the Reference Series, and scooping an award for the R10 was a real cherry on top. It's great to feel things return to normal for everyone.”

PLASA Show 2021 heralded the return of the vibrant live sector. Exhibitors and visitors alike were eager to get back to business and grow their network, but this year with a renewed approach. Farah Minhas, exhibitions and events manager for Audio-Technica, comments: “There was a real sense of excitement and positivity at PLASA Show this year. We realise there are still a lot of challenges ahead, but our attitude reflects that of an industry approaching the future with a fresh perspective.”

Andrew Mckinlay, marketing director for Avolites, adds: “Whilst we embraced and rejoiced at the chance to be at a show, we collectively felt the need to reimagine what a trade show is. Let’s take this opportunity to look forward and build the trade show of the future. One where PLASA becomes known again as the leading showcase of our industry across the region and world.”

Peter Heath, managing director for PLASA, concludes: “I would like to give my sincere thanks to everyone who exhibited and visited the show, helping make PLASA Show 2021 one to remember. I hope to see many of you at PLASA Focus Leeds in May where our industry will once again demonstrate its resilience and innovation.”

PLASA Show returns to Olympia London from 4-6 September 2022.

PLASA Focus Leeds returns to the Royal Armouries from 10-11 May 2022


14th September 2021

Astera PixelBrick Wins PLASA Innovation Award

Astera PixelBrick Wins PLASA Innovation Award

UK – Astera’s ingenious PixelBrick won a 2021 PLASA Award for Innovation (one of two lighting products out of the six 2021 winners selected from 29 entries) as the PLASA entertainment technology trade show returned to Olympia after a pandemic forced absence in 2020.

The judges commented: “This is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in an assortment of lighting applications.

PixelBrick has been carefully crafted by Astera’s talented R&D team and is perfect for concerts, events, filming, or broadcast scenarios. It can also be utilised as a compact, light (1.1kg) and exceptionally handy up-lighter or hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or facades. For exterior use, its IP65 rating is resistant to rain and other elements. PixelBricks can be joined together to make all sorts of interesting shapes and combinations.

Astera exhibited on the booth of its UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. The PLASA event – one of the first industry expos to be staged post-pandemic – proved a busy and upbeat environment for people from across the industry to re-start, re-connect and finally meet again face-to-face as things start moving forward after an extremely tough period.

Astera’s sales and marketing director Sebastian Bückle revealed that many customers specifically asked to see the PixelBrick having already seen it online. “I think the industry understands that this is a game-changer and not just another LED spotlight,” he stated, adding that they were delighted to win the Innovation Award.

“This really means a lot to us, especially to our engineering team who’ve worked tirelessly on developing this great product.”

Also pumped about the result, Lee House from Ambersphere said: “It’s great that Astera has won another PLASA Innovation award. We stand behind these truly innovating companies and their products, and recognition from the industry is proof we are working with the best!”

Lee underlined that it’s flexibility that their customers generally look for in relation to Astera, including the complete range of neat accessories that are available for the PixelBrick which can further enhance creativity.

Talking generally about PLASA, Sebastian commented that: “It was great to be back.”

Three people from the company’s Munich, Germany HQ attended and engaged in multiple high-quality conversations with lighting designers, technicians and other industry professionals. “The talks at PLASA were totally different from all the video calls and presentations, and from this comparison we see that trade shows clearly have a future,” said Sebastian, also observing that while PLASA was slightly smaller in physical size than before: “We had a constant flow of excellent customers to our booth.”

Lee adds that with new Astera products being shown for the first time at an expo, it was a great chance for people to see products “in the flesh rather than on a Zoom demo” and to meet the team behind them. “With a year’s gap in the show, it was clear that people were very eager to get back to work and reconnect with everyone.”

The PLASA Awards for Innovation are run in association with Lighting & Sound International (LSi) magazine and judged by a panel of industry professionals. They celebrate pioneering technologies and ideas utilising new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency, creativity and performance.

In picture: Astera’s Jesper Sorensen, Sebastian Bückle and Simon Canins.

14th September 2021

Sennheiser brings Evolution Wireless Digital to KitPlus Show in London

Sennheiser brings Evolution Wireless Digital to KitPlus Show in London

UK – Following the successful KitPlus Show at MediaCityUK in Salford, Sennheiser is heading to the KitPlus London event at the iconic Twickenham Stadium on 14th September to showcase its Evolution Wireless Digital, Digital 6000 System with ultra-light, SK6212 digital mini-bodypack, and its full range of MKE microphones for mobile content creation applications. Additionally, the audio manufacturer will present studio monitors and the latest solutions from Neumann, such as the V 402 state-of-the-art microphone preamp and NDH 20 headphones.

“We had fantastic feedback from the July event and are delighted to bring our latest range of Sennheiser and Neumann pro audio and broadcast solutions to the KitPlus event in London,” says Lee Shuttlewood, business development manager for professional audio at Sennheiser. “We’ll have the latest Evolution Wireless Digital with its easy, app-based workflow and the highest input dynamic range of any wireless system currently on the market, the top-quality Digital 6000 Series and our entire family of MKE microphones for vloggers and content creators on the move, as well as the latest offerings from Neumann. We are really excited for show attendees to get first-hand experience on these solutions, all within the amazing ambience of such an iconic stadium!”

RF expert Sennheiser brings simplicity to wireless with Evolution Wireless Digital. Based on the equidistant grid technology from the company's top-tier 6000 and 9000 wireless systems, the EW-D provides up to 90 channels of wireless audio with ultra-low latency and professional-quality digital sound that anybody, even first-time wireless users, can set up quickly and easily. The series introduces an easy, app-based workflow while retaining all the professionalism, multi-channel capability and reliability that users have come to expect of UHF and 1G8 microphones.

A loyal companion on some of the top West End theatre productions such as Hamilton, Wicked, School of Rock, and the new production of Les Misérables, Digital 6000 with its SK 6212 digital bodypack transmitter provide the large, intermodulation-free multi-channel set-ups demanded by major theatrical productions. With such a bullet-proof solution, Sennheiser continues to evolve and reimagine wireless technology for the 21st century, with Digital 6000 combining higher channel density with maximum signal reliability by employing the latest in digital wireless technology.

The EK 6042 is a true diversity two channel receiver which is designed to fit into all standard receiver slots on cameras. Its highly compatible to a wide range of Sennheiser wireless microphones, be it analogue or digital, and can connect to virtually every Sennheiser wireless system. With the built-in web server, setup is easily managed using any browser including imports and exports of the entire configuration.

Quality video is easy to come by these days, but that isn’t always the case when it comes to quality audio. Even the phone in your pocket has the ability to shoot video in crisp 4K resolution, so why shouldn’t it sound as good as it looks?

At the KitPlus Show in London, Sennheiser will have its latest line up of on-camera mics, with the MKE 200, MKE 400, MKE 440, and MKE 600 versatile microphones ensuring clean and crisp audio, offering a professional touch to video and audio clips.

One of the main reasons why the Neumann portfolio is experiencing an enormous increase in demand is that Neumann studio monitors have the highest acoustic consistency on the market, with different models delivering identical mixing results in varying listening environments. Show visitors will be able to experience a wide selection of Neumann KH monitors, as well as see other solutions developed by the leading German studio specialist such as the V 402 microphone preamp and NDH 20 headphones.

Sennheiser’s Lee Shuttlewood and Tim Constable will welcome show attendees on their booth, with product demonstrations taking place throughout the day.

10th September 2021

EM Acoustics proudly accept a PLASA Award for Innovation for the ground-breaking R10

EM Acoustics proudly accept a PLASA Award for Innovation for the ground-breaking R10

UK – The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced on Monday at the PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team was comprised of nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds.

They said of the R10: "The judges commend the controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion of this product, adding that the inclusion of the different mid-high frequency waveguides increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type."
Mike Wheeler said: "We are delighted that our brand new flagship Reference Series R10 system has been recognised at PLASA 2021. It has been great to showcase the product in front of the industry after so long."

10th September 2021

Absen Embarks on European Tour

Absen Embarks on European Tour
Absen Embarks on European Tour

Europe – International LED manufacturer, Absen, is due to embark on a tour of events around Europe to present its MicroLED and Jade Dragon (JD) series LED panels to attendees of three major industry events in the region.

The tour begins in France on 9th September at ‘Tech in Lyon’, before heading to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK, for ‘Peerless-AV – A New AV Experience’ on 16th and 17th September. The final stop of the tour will be ‘MEDIALOG’, which is set to take place on 6th & 7th October in Mainz, Germany.

Absen’s MicroLED will be front and centre at all three of these events, with specialists on hand to demonstrate how its fusion of 5G and 8K UHD intelligent micro-displays stand it in good stead to become the next great display technology.

MicroLED was developed using proprietary HCCI technology and packaged with inverted COB technology to achieve an ultra-black surface coating effect and high ambient light contrast through an enhancement of the light efficiency and heat dissipation of the display.

Several features, including a superior image quality that captures even the finest of details, low power consumption, intelligent display, and a lightweight, thin screen, add to the product’s appeal.

The JD series, which was released at Absen’s spring online product launch in March, is a light, thin, transparent LED display with high penetration rate, which suitable for shop windows and the glass curtain wall environment.

The series has three kinds of products, of which JD3.9 has two exterior designs of full frame and frameless. The standard specification of the JD series is 1000mm x 500mm, but JD3.9 also provides 500mm x 500mm, and JD10 and JD16 also support customer customisation, to achieve more screen size flexibility.

A third product line, the pliable TSC Series Flexible Display, will also be on show during the tour, but, unfortunately for Absen’s continental colleagues, only at the Peerless-AV event in London.

Emma Liu, MD of Europe for Absen said: “It’s great to be back on the road, sharing these fantastic products with our European colleagues. The team are very much looking forward to travelling again and making up for lost time with new and existing customers alike.”

If you would like to arrange a meeting or hands-on demonstration with Absen representatives at any of the aforementioned events, please contact Jess Golding on marketingeurope@absen.com.

9th September 2021

PLASA Innovation Award winners announced!

PLASA Innovation Award winners announced!

UK – The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. The Awards, run association with LSi Magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating pioneering technology, through new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency or performance.

Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team comprised nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds. Their comments, along with the winning products, are listed below:

Astera: PixelBrick

The Judges said: “This is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in lighting applications.

Chauvet Professional: Maverick Silens 2

The engineering within this near-silent moving light impressed the broad nature of the judging panel. They simply said this product is the sound designer’s favourite light!

Copper Candle: Bonestream, Copper Stream and Cue29

The Judges have chosen to award a suite of products from this boundary-pushing software developer. They felt the group of products shared the same innovative approach to merging gaming technologies into a framework engineered for the live events industry. The judges believe these products are at the forefront of the move towards virtual production in events.

EM Acoustics: R10

The Judges commend the controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion of this product, adding that the inclusion of the different high-medium frequency flares increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type.

Glensound: Divine

While other manufacturers have made PoE speakers, the Judges felt that the feature set and price of this product set it apart from the competition.

LANG: CarbonBlack Technology

The Judges felt that this innovative technology facilitates a high contrast and high-quality projection and will have a wide range of uses. The Judges noted that "LANG have made the best-looking projection of the show!"

The judges also commended the following products:


The Judges first impression of this product was: “Why has no one done this before?” The SMVA is light, affordable and will doubtless have a range of applications, especially in the corporate market.

Blumano: StageDB – [ORA] Online Risk Assessment

The Judges felt that this software application will have a real, tangible benefit for those doing machinery risk assessments and has the potential to develop into related areas. They felt that anything that streamlines that process whilst maintaining safety standards is to be commended.

Congratulations to all of the winners! Read more about the winners and nominees at www.plasashow.com/innovation-gallery  

7th September 2021

Mixed white or not mixed white, that is the question (even Shakespeare knew it’s not an easy decision)

Mixed white or not mixed white, that is the question (even Shakespeare knew it’s not an easy decision)

The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colours? In the end, it all depends on your needs.

Join Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the 9th September Elation Coffee Break as they scrutinise the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, versatile LED moving heads with RGBMA colour mixing systems that can mix any shade of white a designer desires, or just as easily mix deep saturates or soft-field pastels.

The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile’s carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI (92) ensure accurate colour mixing and colour rendering while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens. Shades can be fine-tuned to match the environment in a variety of ways: virtual colour wheel, virtual colour temperature, magenta/green adjustment or CMY emulation. Complete FX packages, including dual gobo wheels, make them ideal high performance luminaires for use on any stage or studio.

The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile luminaires will air live on Thursday, 9th September at 11am CEST at http://www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.

It’s easy and no registration is required.

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



7th September 2021


The ALPD is backing the full lighting team and celebrating innovation at PLASA London 2021

The ALPD is backing the full lighting team and celebrating innovation at PLASA London 2021

UK – The ALPD is exhibiting at this year’s PLASA London (5-7 September – Olympia, London) with its new name and identity that proclaim its representation and inclusivity of the full lighting team. The ALPD is located in the ABTT Show Hub on stand ABTT17.

With so many new reasons to join the association, stop by stand ABTT17 for a chat.

Whilst you’re there, take a minute to discover the diverse range of innovations created and realised by the association's incredible membership, using the period of downtime in the most productive manner possible. It’s a celebratory initiative that was started via social media and has been recreated on stand for the duration of the show.

The stand will be hosted by ALPD team representatives all on hand to talk to current members and those wishing to join. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you have about returning to work, or about new contract commitments, or just for a quick catch up and a chat.

ALPD members can also make use of the Aaptle Lounge, also located in the ABTT Hub. Aaptle was formed over lockdown and brings together many of the different associations and groups, including the ALPD, that work in the industry. The lounge, kindly offered by ABTT, has been created as a hub for people to gather and meet. It’s the perfect place to talk about the deeper issues that are on your mind and the subjects close to your heart, and if there are any areas you feel deserve a greater focus from the ALPD, let them know.

After so long apart, the team at the ALPD is looking forward to seeing all its members and all members of the lighting team on stand ABTT17.

6th September 2021

Yamaha and NEXO Showcase Latest Products at PLASA Show 2021

Yamaha and NEXO Showcase Latest Products at PLASA Show 2021

UK – Yamaha and NEXO are showing their latest professional audio products at the PLASA Show, taking place at London’s Olympia from 5th - 7th September 2021.

Stand E13 sees Yamaha and NEXO exhibiting together, where Yamaha’s latest RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 digital mixing systems will be making their trade show debuts. Building on the success of the industry-leading, large-format RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 systems, RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 bring all the benefits of the RIVAGE ecosystem within reach of a much wider range of venues, productions and rental companies.

Also on the stand will be Yamaha’s D series Active PA products and the STAGEPAS 1K high quality, all-in-one portable PA.

As well as the Yamaha UK sales team being present on the stand, PLASA Show visitors will be able to have realtime FaceTime video consultations with the company’s live and installed sound application specialists.

NEXO will be launching a new range of products at the show, with a press briefing scheduled for 11.30am on Monday 6th September. The company will also be showing a selection of its current loudspeaker products for both live and installed applications.

“It has been a long time since we have been able to meet existing and prospective new customers at a trade show and we are looking forward to that all-important face-to-face communication again,” says Alex Warren, Yamaha UK sales and marketing manager for pro audio, commercial audio and installation.

“As the industry moves forward, it is very encouraging to see how Yamaha is being trusted to be at the heart of so many projects and productions.”

6th September 2021

ChamSys Showcases Expanded Control Options and Training at PLASA

ChamSys Showcases Expanded Control Options and Training at PLASA

UK – One lucky visitor who attends a training session at the ChamSys PLASA stand (E23) will win a nifty prize: a new special edition Red MagicQ PC Wing. But even those who don’t win will take away something invaluable: insights into a series of products that will elevate their level of control over shows to new heights, as the company showcases its expanded line of MagicQ Stadium consoles.

Occupying a high-profile podium at the stand will be the powerful MagicQ MQ250M. Well deserving of this “centre stage” position, this high-capacity console can control up to 128 universes without any additional processing equipment.

The versatile MagicQ MQ250M offers a range of features, such as ten backlit playback encoders with executors. This combination of features and its compact design, makes the console an extraordinary on-the-go control solution.

Joining the MagicQ MQ250M in the training room will be the 64-universe capacity MagicQ Stadium Connect, a PC-based programming interface with the same programming keyset and dual crossfaders as the MQ250M and MQ500M will also be on display.

As for the chance to win the Red MagicQ PC Wing, visitors simply have to register and attend one of the ChamSys training courses running during PLASA 2021,

Conducted by James Harrison, Dan Coombs and Rebbecca Cadd of ChamSys, the courses include: MagicQ Basics, Intro to GDTF and MVR with MagicQ, Timeline Trackers and Multi Emitter Colour Picker and Getting Started With MagicVis Visualisation. Sessions will be held throughout the day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For times and to register, visit the ChamSys website, https://chamsyslighting.com/pages/plasatraining

So, while the chances of winning a new Red MagicQ PC Wing at PLASA is a matter of luck, enjoying a new level of control is a sure thing thanks to the expanded ChamSys MagicQ Stadium console line.

2nd September 2021