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Four ESTA Standards in Public Review

Four documents are available for public review on ESTA's TSP website. One is an existing standard that is being considered for reaffirmation, while three are new standards. All are available for review at, and the review is free. In alphanumeric order, they are:

BSR E1.4-2, Statically Suspended Rigging Systems

This draft standard addresses statically suspended rigging systems (dead-hung battens and grids) permanently installed in performances spaces, places of assembly, and other areas used for entertainment purposes where not otherwise covered by other E1 standards. This standard intends to establish minimum performance criteria, recommendations and guidelines that can be used for installation, use, maintenance and inspection purposes. Comments are due no later than 25th December, 2017.

BSR E1.4-3, Entertainment Technology – Manually Operated Hoist Rigging Systems

This draft standard applies to permanently installed, human-powered manually operated hoists used as part of rigging systems for raising, lowering, and suspension of scenery, properties, lighting, and similar loads. This standard establishes requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, and maintenance of manual hoist systems for lifting and suspension of loads for performance, presentation, and theatrical production. Comments are due no later than 15th January, 2018.

BSR E1.35, Lens Quality Measurements for Pattern Projecting Luminaires Intended for Entertainment Use

This is a public review of an existing standard, ANSI E1.35 – 2013. The standard5 describes a method for measuring stage and studio luminaire lens quality with particular emphasis on contrast and perceived sharpness. It also offers a way for presenting these results on a data sheet in a format that is readily understood by a typical end-user. Comments are due no later than 15th January, 2018.

BSR E1.51, The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use at 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance and Event Industries in Canada

E1.51 is intended to offer guidance, in the context of applicable standards and regulations in Canada, on how to select, install, use, and maintain single-conductor portable feeder cables used to supply power for television, film, live performance, and special events in Canada. Comments are due no later than 15th January, 2018.


5th December 2017

Yamaha Nuage Systems Train Tomorrow’s Engineers at SAE

Yamaha Nuage Systems Train Tomorrow’s Engineers at SAE
Yamaha Nuage Systems Train Tomorrow’s Engineers at SAE

Europe – Yamaha has a strong focus on helping to train audio professionals of the future, whether via the company’s YCATS training programme or working with other companies and education providers. A new initiative with global education provider SAE Creative Media Institute has seen the company’s state-of-the-art Nuage systems installed at SAE campuses in London, Milan, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Hannover, with more to follow.

Established in 1976, SAE is one of the world’s largest providers of audio education programmes. With more than 50 campuses in five regions, including six in Australia, the Institute offers government-accredited certificates, diplomas and bachelor programs across disciplines such as animation, film, design, games, business music and web/mobile. Students work in small classes, learning in world-class facilities from teachers with extensive professional experience and benefit from the Institute’s strong connections with industry.

Nuage is Yamaha´s advanced post-production controller system for Steinberg Nuendo, the professional DAW used for cinema and TV post production, as well as game sound and music. Nuage can also be used to control ProTools, making it a very flexible system for enhancing engineer workflows in a number of different areas of the industry. Based on Dante audio networking, the system literally opens a whole new world of opportunities.

“Being a manufacturer in the professional audio industry makes you constantly aware that the market needs highly skilled people, who know their trade and are familiar with current technologies,” says Christoph Härtwig, product manager for music and post production at Yamaha Music Europe. “What we are providing is more than a typical industry-educator partnership. Yamaha and Steinberg are actively supporting SAE by providing insights on use cases and developments in pro audio, which are not necessarily only related to our own products.

“Working closely with SAE, providing our experience and knowledge, is an opportunity we welcome. At the same time it is a learning experience for us, because working with teachers and learners is always inspiring.”

5th December 2017

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

ESTA and PLASA announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download at or

In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines.

The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design training content or help establish certification criteria.

Key areas covered in ICOPER include pre-installation, planning and engineering, drawing conventions, equipment selection, on-site rigging work, lifting operations, show rigging operations, de-rigging work, and post-production. Also included are a glossary, an appendix covering determinate and indeterminate rigging systems, and a regional comparison of terms regarding Standards.

The principal authors of the Code, who met regularly via WebEx over a period of 20 months, are Nick Barnfield (New Zealand), Tiny Good (Australia), Chris Higgs (United Kingdom), Ed Kish (United States), Bill Sapsis (United States), and Roy Schilderman (The Netherlands). ESTA’s Lori Rubinstein provided administrative support for the project.

The authors believe that recognition and acceptance of this universal code will help promote regulatory harmony and reduce potential conflicts between regions around the world. They hope the resulting improvements in communications and relations with regional and local regulators will be particularly beneficial to those professionals involved in international production.

Acknowledging that regulations and standards differ around the world, ICOPER is not prescriptive, rather it provides a series of guidelines that, if followed, will produce uniformly predictable results and enhance safe practice. Adopting and supporting ICOPER therefore benefits everyone involved in event production.

6th November 2017

Eaton Strengthens Ties with University of South Wales’ Lighting Design Course

Eaton Strengthens Ties with University of South Wales’ Lighting Design Course

UK – Live entertainment lighting control specialist Eaton has enabled the University of South Wales (USW) to enjoy the power and flexibility of a Zero 88 FLX console which has been added to their line-up of lighting control options.

This increases their stock of Zero 88 products, which already includes distributed dimming (both Alphapack and Betapack) and manual control of their new 1:8 scale mini rig from a Jester 12/24.

Eaton is also supporting modules on USW’s BSc “Lighting Design and Technology” and “Live Event Technology” courses.

First year students visit the Welsh factory in Cwmbran as part of their “Introduction to Lighting” module, while second years sit the “Control Technology” module that has been developed by the Zero 88 team. For the first time, final year students can work with Eaton employees during their “Group Projects” module, where they must design and produce a piece of hardware or software, supported by a marketing strategy.

Stuart Green, course leader for BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology, said: “We are pleased to be working with Eaton, a locally based company with global reach in the lighting and live event industry. The partnership enables our students to gain a variety of experiences, from work placements to having access to industry standard equipment and the latest expertise, all of this helps to prepare them for an industry career on graduation."

Eaton has also welcomed USW “year in industry” placement student, Edward Smith, to the Zero 88 team. Edward explained: “Placements make perfect sense; as well as providing skills and training opportunities, it gives a good and realistic idea of the job options on graduation.”

During this ‘sandwich’ placement, Edward has fulfilled a product support role. “I run console demonstrations, training sessions, and answer queries from customers. I also beta test console software and report any issues that may be present, along with suggesting new features.”

Zero 88 product manager, Jon Hole, said: “We’ve had close connections with the University of South Wales, and affiliated RWCMD, for over a decade. In the Zero 88 office alone, 13 of us have backgrounds at USW covering a diversity of courses including lighting design, stage management, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, human resource management and, accounting and finance. We’re determined to continue strengthening this highly productive relationship even further.”


Eaton Strengthens Ties with University of South Wales’ Lighting Design CourseEaton Strengthens Ties with University of South Wales’ Lighting Design Course

19th October 2017

Martin Audio Starts New Webinar Training Programme

Martin Audio Starts New Webinar Training Programme
Martin Audio Starts New Webinar Training Programme
Martin Audio has announced a series of webinars that will kick-start a new monthly education programme for its bestselling product ranges and software platforms.

A major development in Martin Audio’s training initiative, these live sessions will initially be conducted by members of its product support group and in time start to introduce guest speakers featuring end users who will share their experiences, insights and expertise.

These sessions will be offered to audio professionals wishing to leverage Martin Audio’s technologies and optimise their advanced tools for problem solving in field applications. These webinars can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and all sessions are available free-of-charge.

Martin Audio’s director of marketing, James King, commented: “Our brand has started to become pervasive around the world and it follows that we need to accelerate our education offering to reach these new end users and to maximise learning for system integrators and rental companies of our products and software platforms.

“The sessions start with our new Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays – sales of which have outstripped all our expectations – and are followed up with sessions on Display software, CDD and O-Line as well as topics like noise pollution management.”
Martin Audio Starts New Webinar Training ProgrammeMartin Audio Starts New Webinar Training Programme

26th September 2017

Another Successful Prolyte Campus Held at Stage Electrics

Another Successful Prolyte Campus Held at Stage Electrics

UK – On the 12th of September, Stage Electrics held a technical trussing seminar in cooperation with the Prolyte Group. This seminar was a fantastic success, with a large turnout of attendees. Stage Electrics staff and customers joined together to improve their knowledge of truss and how to use it effectively.

Jeff Saunders, a customer and industry professional, commented: “I found it very educational and useful, even after many years of handling truss and rigging, and would thoroughly recommend it to others in the industry.”

This day-long session was led by Matthias Moeller, a senior technical advisor of the Prolyte Group, who covered topics such as types of loading and their effect on truss, strategies for the clever use of truss and explained how to make effective investments when it came to truss.

Prolyte Campus is a Prolyte Group initiative to support its customers with the best and most up-to-date knowledge available. Adam Blaxill, marketing director at Stage Electrics, commented: “This is the second Prolyte campus we have run this year, both have been extremely popular, we have had some seasoned technicians take part who have all felt they had all added to their rigging and trussing knowledge by participating.”

18th September 2017

Stage Electrics

Electrical Safety for Sound Engineers

UK - In this industry one of the greatest risks to health is the electricity. A mistake can be critical. Risks need to be understood and minimised.

Learn from an experienced practitioner who will take delegates through the principles of electrical safety and provide practical applications for the industry.

With a background in physics, Jason Brameld MInstSCE, has held director responsibility for health and safety positions in contracting companies and has a pragmatic approach to problem solving and compliance. Jason is involved with the development of performance standards in the AV industry, having chaired the InfoComm Standards Steering Committee and has also been actively involved in developing and writing standards. Jason's career includes broadcast at the BBC, audio visual contracting, consultancy and he has served as a judge for the AV industry awards.

The course teaches:

  • Circuit theory, mains voltage electricity and DC systems
  • Power and current calculations
  • The effect of electricity on the human body
  • The base principles of electrical safety
  • Electrical distribution – single and three-phase supplies
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Circuit protection
  • Personnel protection
  • Isolation procedures
  • Equipment testing
  • Common hazards/mistakes

More Information:

  • The course is presented by Jason Brameld, BSC (Hons) ARCS, MinstSCE. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
  • The course is being held at SSE Audio Group, 3 Cumberland Avenue, Park Royal, London NW10 7RX. For motorists, there is plenty of parking on site.
  • Candidates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
  • All ISCE courses are CPD approved. 

Click here for details of other ISCE training courses

5th September 2017

Real Music Delivers Benchmark Adamson Applied Certification Training in China

Real Music Delivers Benchmark Adamson Applied Certification Training in China
Real Music Delivers Benchmark Adamson Applied Certification Training in China

Asia – Adamson Systems Engineering’s exclusive Chinese distributor, Real Music, hosted its first session of the globally standardised Adamson Applied Certification training and set the bar high with an all-encompassing delivery.

Real Music hosted a joint training session with Adamson and Rational Acoustics, developers of Smaart audio analysis software, for clients and partners from China, Taiwan, Macao, and Hong Kong. Though the in-person training was intentionally limited to 30 core attendees, due to overwhelming demand, Real Music set up a multi-camera live stream of the two-day event that attracted over 1,000 viewers.

“We’ve worked hard to continue growing the Adamson brand and gain traction in the Chinese market with their first-class audio products,” comments Real Music Owner Zhen “Richie” Wang. “Being able to now offer Applied Certification training helps our customers achieve the best possible results with these high-performance systems, and ensures they have complete engagement with both us and Adamson.”

David Dohrmann, Adamson’s technical director for the Asia-Pacific region, conducted the Applied Certification training program, covering Adamson’s proprietary Blueprint AV simulation suite, Lake Controller software, basic rigging and system configuration techniques, and more in a comprehensive, step-by-step format that reflects the real-world deployment of an Adamson loudspeaker system.

“Adamson has a long-standing reputation in the pro audio community not only in China, but around the world for delivering products with superior performance,” says Li Ran, CEO of Adamson Rental Partner BGVCD Co. Ltd. “After experiencing Real Music’s Applied Certification training, it’s clear that both Adamson and Real Music are also committed to investing in their customers and users to ensure optimal performance in the field and shared success.”

During breaks in the programming, attendees had the chance to listen to various Adamson systems in the outdoor demo space attached to the venue. The evenings included site visits to Adamson fixed installations in and around Beijing as well as the opportunity for informal discussions over dinner, including a Chinese-style barbecue.

“We were very excited to see that the training was so well attended and received by all participants,” concludes Richie Wang. “It was also an effective networking event for all, including some industry VIPs, and solidified Adamson and Real Music’s position in the market as go-to providers of high-performance audio solutions with complete and unwavering customer support.”

31st August 2017

SSE Audio Group to host first ISCE Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment Event

UK – ISCE has announced its very first Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment event, to be held on Wednesday 6th September 2017, at SSE Audio Group’s office in London.

Following the recent announcement of ISCE’s accreditation to assess and issue ECS cards to its members, a Health and Safety Assessment is a critical component of the ECS card application process. All ECS Card applicants must hold an up-to-date health and safety qualification in order to be awarded with an ECS card.

This inaugural Health and Safety Assessment event will take place at

SSE Audio Group 3 Cumberland Avenue, London NW10 7RX.

To find out more and register for the London September event or express an interest in future Health and Safety Assessment events please follow the registration link

21st August 2017

ANSI approves E1.50-1 standard for supporting video displays

On August 14 ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved ANSI E1.50-1 – 2017, Requirements for the Structural Support of Temporary LED, Video & Display Systems. It was published by ESTA on the same day.

ANSI E1.50-1 covers the support of temporary installations of large format modular display systems, LED, video and other self-illuminating display structures not otherwise addressed by existing standards. The scope of this standard includes planning and site preparedness, assembly and erection, suspension and safety of components, special access requirements, use, and dismantling of these systems.

ANSI E1.50-1 is now available on the ESTA website at for download at no cost, thanks to the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. The standard also will be available from ANSI at and from IHS

15th August 2017