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Atlona Launches New Programme for Education Market

Atlona Launches New Programme for Education Market

USA – Atlona is strengthening its support and partnership initiatives in the education market through its new Atlona Education Programme (AEP), which will simplify how K-12 and higher education institutions acquire, implement, manage and maintain AV technology solutions on campus.

To build Atlona’s partnerships in the education market and nurture the program, Atlona has promoted its former south-east regional sales manager, Joel Carroll (pictured), to the newly created position of business development manager, education markets.

The AEP was created to partner with education technology managers, instructors and administrators, and give them the inside edge they have seek on Atlona technology and services. AEP partners will take advantage of many exclusive benefits, including dedicated training, design, and support. Through this, Altona will be the go-to resource to help them navigate the ever-evolving AV solutions that benefit campus-wide classroom instruction, collaboration, and support.

“We are dedicated to providing solutions and support to the education market, and know that K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are increasingly looking to adopt new technologies and concepts to create collaborative teaching environments,” said Carroll. “Atlona’s recent innovations for the education market were born from listening to our customers and their needs. This includes the introduction of our HDVS product line, and more recently our Velocity cloud-based control system and UHD-SW-510W BYOD solution,” said Carroll. “The Atlona Education Programme was built to establish strong relationships with educational institutions and provide them industry leading support.”

Carroll will focus on bringing new education customers into the programme, and work closely with them to navigate the trends and opportunities taking shape in K-12 and higher education learning environments. In addition to proactively bringing customers into the AEP, Carroll will directly communicate with customers who sign up for the programme at

Other AEP member benefits include a dedicated AEP hotline, preferred pricing, and an opportunity to earn “EduPoints” redeemable for evaluation products and personalised training at Atlona’s headquarters.

“We are excited to launch the AEP programme at a time when disruptive technologies are changing the way that students, instructors and administrators communicate across learning environments,” said Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO and co-founder. “Atlona’s continuing AV innovations, and strong dedication to training and customer service, will provide our growing customer base in education with the tools and knowledge they need to enhance instruction and collaboration.”

7th April 2017

Two ESTA Standards in Public Review

Two ESTA draft standards have been posted for public review at Descriptions and deadlines for comments are as follows:

BSR E1.14 – 2001 (R201x), Entertainment Technology – Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals, applies to the instruction manuals for fog-making equipment manufactured for use in the entertainment industry. In order to use fog safely and effectively, the user must have some general knowledge of the technology, have a clear understanding of how to operate the fog making system, and be aware of the potential hazards related to the use of fog, and particularly the system that he is using. This standard is designed to establish guidelines for manufacturers to provide to the user the necessary information required for the safe and responsible use of fog equipment. Last reaffirmed in 2013, the 2001 version is again being considered for reaffirmation by the Fog & Smoke Working Group. The public review ends at the end of the day on 15 May 2017.

BSR E1.31 – 201x, Entertainment Technology – Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN, provides a very simple protocol that offers functionality comparable to proprietary DMX512 over Ethernet protocols while being compatible with the E1.17 suite of protocols. The standard is being revised, limited to the addition of IPv6 compatibility and the correction of errors. Input on additional features is not being sought at this time. A future revision of the standard is planned to incorporate any changes outside of this scope. That future revision will be developed following the IPv6 update. To aid reviewers in discerning which sections of the draft standard include changes, a copy of the draft showing tracked changes is included in the public review package. The public review ends at the end of the day on 8 May 2017.

The review documentation including the draft standards, review forms, review explanations, and review instructions is available to download from Email review forms to before the date listed on the public review documents page.

29th March 2017

Applications now available for 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

Applications now available for 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

USA – For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI trade show with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at, and due by 9th June 2017.

ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes a round trip airfare to the LDI trade show, which will be 17th - 19th November this year, along with hotel accommodation, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at equivalent university levels at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theatre technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.

One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well-established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connections that could lead to a career.

Jason Read, a 2007 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient describes his experience with the programme: “The success in my career is directly attributable to the LDI Sponsorship, which introduced me to inspiring leaders in the industry and to the world of architectural lighting. It also led to meeting designers at Walt Disney Imagineering, which ultimately led to my career here. The ETC LDI Sponsorship programme is far more than a trip to LDI. It can be a life-shaping experience!”

For more information on the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship and to apply, visit 

17th March 2017


USITT and ESTA Launch INNOVA for Online Learning

USITT and ESTA announce INNOVA, a platform to provide online learning to professionals in entertainment technology and design. INNOVA, launching in April, will offer on-demand training in a wide variety of disciplines and levels and will include renewal credit courses for the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) and American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Both non-profits have been seeking to offer constituents educational opportunities that allow them to learn at their convenience. A survey of ETCP certificants received an overwhelming response with a clear preference stated for training that could be accessed from anywhere at any time. The thousands of current ETCP certificants have found gaining the required continuing education credits difficult and expensive, involving significant travel costs and lost wages.

By joining forces on INNOVA, USITT and ESTA hope to create a central online learning hub for the industry and they invite other organizations to utilie the platform to provide educational opportunities for their constituents.

INNOVA will feature a mix of offerings including sessions created by some of the industry’s best known educators, recorded panel presentations from industry conferences, and a series of short public service features. All INNOVA content will be reviewed by groups of subject matter experts (SMEs) for technical quality, content accuracy and, in the case of ETCP and AIA credits, relevance to the certifications. If you are interested in providing content to INNOVA, please contact

The public service features will include informational presentations on each of the American National Standards developed under ESTA’s Technical Standards Program. Of interest to students will be tips on writing resumes and cover letters.

INNOVA is a win-win for the entire industry. Convenient continuing education will be available to all, trainers will receive a royalty for every download, and the income received by USITT and ESTA will be reinvested back into the programs so important to the industry. Visit or contact

USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a national non-profit association for the live entertainment production industry. It provides hands-on learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities for emerging and working professionals in the backstage arts. Its Annual Conference and Stage Expo is the only complete production event in North America, featuring over 250 training sessions and 280 exhibitors of the latest tools and resources for creating live entertainment.

ESTA, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, is a non-profit trade association based in North America with members around the world. ESTA's members are responsible for creating some of the most important programs in our industry including the Technical Standards Program, Entertainment Technician Certification Program and Rental Guard.

9th March 2017

Nationwide ‘AV Integration Principles’ Training Course Launched

Nationwide ‘AV Integration Principles’ Training Course Launched

UK - CIE AV Solutions joined forces with AV distribution experts CYP to offer AV integrators and home automation professionals a unique training opportunity. The companies will be hosting a brand new, free one-day course: 'Advanced AV Integration Principles' at locations around the country. The new course will provide attendees with an detailed understanding of the latest audio visual signal transmission technologies, relevant protocols and standards, all while demystifying the latest AV acronyms. The Academy will also get hands-on to provide advanced AV system troubleshooting skills and advice.

To be held in major cities over the coming months, with the first session taking place in Shepperton on 23rd March and the second at CIE in Nottingham on 27th April 2017 with dates to follow throughout the year. Each session features well-structured presentations, interactive demonstrations, Q&As and a chance to get hands-on with the kit. Each attendee will come away knowing everything important there is to know about HDMI, UHD, HDBaseT, AV-over-IP distribution and signal control.

“We’re delighted to be partnering once again with CYP on a really valuable training initiative,” says Chris Edwards, marketing director of CIE. “With so many training initiatives around it can be difficult for the burgeoning AV and CI professional to pick the right courses to attend. Our combined experience with CYP means our courses are packed full of relevant content – and they’re free to attend – so offer a win-win all round. Last year’s events filled pretty quickly so I’d advise anyone considering attending to get their registration in as soon as possible.”

Delegates will also be treated to free lunch, refreshments throughout the day and exclusive discounts and special offers on the latest CYP AV distribution products. For more info and to register to attend click here: 

6th March 2017

Spotlight on Milos Roofs – third video released

Milos has released the third video as part of its three-month spotlight on Milos Roofs (1st January – 31st March).

In this third video of a four video series, Area Four Industries R&D director Marc Hendriks talks about ballast and how it relates to temporary demountable structures. Marc provides information about why ballast is needed, how to minimise it and some practical examples on how to connect it properly to your structure. By the end of the video, viewers will have a better idea of how to use ballast more effectively and increase the safety of temporary structures.

Click here to watch the third Milos Roofs video

28th February 2017

Britannia Row Productions Training Announce Courses for 2017

Britannia Row Productions Training Announce Courses for 2017

UK – Britannia Row Productions Training is running its core 12 week Live Sound Technology Course (LSTC) from early April. The 2017 course will be primarily be delivered from South Thames College in Wandsworth with some sessions being held at Britannia Row’s main headquarters in Twickenham and some on site at Britannia Row shows. The tutors delivering the course will, as usual, be Britannia Row staff and freelance engineers and technicians.

Britannia Row Productions Training’s M.D., Mike Lowe said: “We have missed running the popular LSTC. Last year we ran six 16-week part time courses, held on Saturdays and Sundays at Twickenham as well as bespoke courses tailored to the specific needs of companies in the industry who send their employees to us for training but just did not have the physical space to run the LSTC. Unfortunately, we were unable to run the 12 week full-time Live Sound Technology Course in 2016 due to lack of appropriate accommodation. We have come to an arrangement with South Thames College, our partners for our three-year BSc Hons Degree Course in Live Sound Production, to predominately use their Wandsworth Campus to run LSTC this spring. The facilities at Wandsworth Campus include a dedicated training room for the course, lecture theatres, a theatre, a sports hall and several recording studios and rehearsal spaces. The college runs several courses for musicians and vocalists so there is no shortage of live music for our LSTC students to work with. We could not have a better range of facilities.

“We are extremely proud that over 80 students from our 2013/14/15 LSTC courses are now earning their living as live sound professionals around the world with sound companies, venues and as freelancers. Most of them are already working at a high level in live sound. Joe Standon, for example, who was on a 2014 Live Sound Technology Course is already the front of house sound engineer for both Limp Bizkit and Rag n Bone Man and touring the world.

“The range of courses we are offering this year gives the greatest choice of learning options to those wanting start a career in live sound, for those already working who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills or for those working in symbiotic areas such as audio equipment manufacturing or various areas of live production who would benefit from a greater understanding of all aspects of live sound.”

Britannia Row Productions Training 2017 course dates are as follows:

21st January – 13th May Live Sound Fundamentals – part time course in Twickenham held every Saturday for 16 weeks with a one-week break for Easter. The course has started but bookings are still being taken for individual one-day sessions.

22st January – 14th May Live Sound Intermediate – part time course in Twickenham held every Sunday for 16 weeks with a one-week break for Easter. The course has started but bookings are still being taken for individual one-day sessions.

Live Sound Fundamentals and Live Sound Intermediate Courses will also be run in the Autumn of 2017. Dates to be announced.

3rd April – 30rd June Live Sound Technology Course – 12 week full time course in Wandsworth with a I week break for Easter, booking now.

2nd October 2017 – 2020 BSc Hons Degree Course in Live Sound Production – three-year course in Wandsworth, booking now.

For more details on the courses and for how to apply, go to training.

In picture: MD Mike Lowe and students on site at OnBlackheath event 2016.

photo: Britannia Row Productions Training/South Thames College

27th February 2017

Audinate Expands Online Training Programme

Audinate Expands Online Training Programme

USA – Audinate, the creator of the industry-leading Dante audio networking technology, has announced the immediate availability of Level 2 Dante Certification online. This follows the success of the Level 1 online Dante Certification that was launched last year, with more than 5,000 people now certified.

The Dante Certification programme was created in response to overwhelming interest in Dante networking and audio networking best practices. Level 1 certification covered basic principles of audio networking and Dante. Following the release of Level 1, requests for further education led to the development of the Level 2 Certification.

Level 2 Certification was previously offered only at live events. This half-day training course was followed by a knowledge test and a hands-on skills test. Audinate has made the entire Level 2 course available online for those who are unable to attend live events, but inspired to extend their Dante education. The Level 2 course also includes an interactive simulator for the hands-on skills test.

The Level 2 Certification course is an intermediate to advanced level course that prepares AV personnel to design larger Dante network systems, and provides training on audio networking concepts such as clocking, unicast and multicast, latency, and redundancy. This course contains ten instructional videos, a knowledge test and the simulated skills test. The Level 2 certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete all modules, and pass both tests.

“We have been thrilled with the level of interest in the Dante Certification program since it was first introduced last year,” noted Joshua Rush, vice president of marketing and product at Audinate. “We are excited to announce that the Level 2 certification course is now available online so that consultants, integrators and customers can now get certified whenever they want, and wherever they are located.”

To access the Level 2 Certification course, visit

22nd February 2017

SFL Group Announces 2017 Yamaha Console Training Dates

SFL Group Announces 2017 Yamaha Console Training Dates
SFL Group Announces 2017 Yamaha Console Training Dates

UK – Reading-based SFL Group has announced three new training sessions for Yamaha CL and QL series digital mixing consoles, aimed at sound engineers and potential console purchasers. Taking place on 29th March, 28th June and 11th October 2017, the sessions include comprehensive, hands-on tuition on designing, configuring and mixing with CL and QL-based audio systems.

“Yamaha has arguably contributed more to our appreciation and expectations of the workflow of a modern digital mixing console than any other manufacturer, with the Centralogic interface forming one of the most established and widely recognised benchmarks of the industry,” says SFL project manager Pat Smith.

“During these seminars we will simulate an event environment with live multi-track recordings. Once the basic console functionality has been explained, participants will be mixing live shows in the classroom.”

Alongside the consoles themselves, participants will be introduced to Yamaha’s R-series Dante I/O and network interfacing products, including how to design and configure large, multi-console networks, and a unique session on Dante networking. Use of Yamaha’s StageMix iPad control app and PC-based interfaces and editors is also covered.

The sessions take place at SFL’s premises at Unit 5, Headley Park 10, Headley Road East, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4SW, with each session costing £30 per participant. Demand for SFL training courses is always high, so advance booking is essential via

Please note: Students should be familiar with the basics of live sound mixing using either analogue or digital consoles. The focus of this fast paced training will be to familiarise engineers with the Yamaha CL and QL series user interface and to investigate product features, rather than teaching generic mixing techniques.

21st February 2017

Total Structures hosts Outdoor Structures and Rigging Workshop – 2017 edition

Total Structures hosts Outdoor Structures and Rigging Workshop – 2017 edition
Total Structures hosts Outdoor Structures and Rigging Workshop – 2017 edition

USA – Rain, cold temperatures, and hail weren’t what anyone had in mind when the 2017 edition of Total Structures’ Truss, Hoist, Rigging and Outdoor Structures workshop announced its January dates, but that is what everyone got. The school’s 26 attendees, representing 14 companies, didn’t let the weather get in the way of a great week of learning during the five day program.

Held at the company’s California headquarters from January 23rd through to the 27th, this year’s workshop would cover five days of instruction and discussion covering topics ranging from the fundamentals of truss design and inspection to advanced rigging maths calculations for rigging supervisors. In between, the course provided training on outdoor structure design, discussion of American National Standards developed for the entertainment industry, and hands on training with the full range of Pointman Electric Chain Hoists. As an ETCP recognised training course, attendees were able to obtain their maximum 30 educational credits towards their certificate renewals.

“In 2012 we held our first training programme focusing on outdoor structures and how truss and rigging design work within those systems. At the time we thought we would do the school a few times over the next couple of years, and then change direction to cover other areas due to covering the subject. We really didn’t expect that we would continue to see such a level of interest in this area year over year” said Adrian Forbes-Black, vice president of Total Structures. “Since that first session we have had at least six more schools, all of them sold out with people on waiting lists hoping to get a seat. That our industry has devoted this much time, effort and spending to making our work as safe as it can be tells us that we are on the right track to creating better events.”

While the week didn’t offer beach weather for relaxing, attendees did get a chance for some fun. Monday night was spent at the company’s headquarters, giving everyone a look at how truss is produced and a chance to try their hand at TIG welding aluminium. Dinner for the night was Georgia style barbecue courtesy of the company’s eastern US salesperson Elmer Veith. Wednesday evening saw classmates and instructors face off in one of the greatest of American sports – ten-pin bowling. Injuries were kept to a minimum, and all scores did make it into the double digits. The high score award went to Patrick Wallace of PSAV (his score was in the triple digits) while Seamus Brennan of PRG received the dubious honour of low score for the evening.

The 2017 edition of the Workshop was made possible thanks to sponsorship from Pointman Lifting Products, Clark Reder Engineering, ALPS, and Dirty Rigger. For more information about future training opportunities with Total Structures, please go to

20th February 2017

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