News Archive for September 2016

dLive Leads at Norwegian PA Company

30/09/2016 - Production News

Norwegian pro audio dealer and rental supplier, Kultur Support, has chosen Allen & Heath’s dLive as its leading rental system.

Movecat Wireless Remote Control

30/09/2016 - Equipment News

In its R-series motion remote controllers, Movecat is offering wireless remote controls employing the 2.4GHz band to complement the MPC series for the control of 4, 8, 12, 24 or 32 Movecat D8/D8 Plus chain hoists.

CUK Audio takes on exclusive UK distribution of AUDAC, Caymon and ProCAB

30/09/2016 - Business News

UK – Leading UK distributor CUK Audio has announced an exclusive partnership with PVS nv of Belgium for the distribution of their its brands: AUDAC, Caymon and Procab throughout the UK, effective 1st October. AUDAC offers an extensive range of audio products designed for the fixed installation market, from digital matrix systems to loudspeakers of every type, shape and size, to amplifiers, preamps, microphones, wall plates and much more. Caymon and Procab provide racks, flight casing and cables. CUK Audio MD Stuart Thomson is genuinely thrilled to representing what he sees as a range of truly innovative brands at highly attractive price points.

Fineline Lights Shambala Festival

30/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Fineline Lighting headed for some beautiful countryside and chilled vibes renewing its long term acquaintance with and commitment to the eco-conscious Shambala festival, a three-day family-friendly event staged at a secret location in Northamptonshire, featuring a diverse and eclectic mix of music, art, cuisine and culture.

Ambersphere Solutions celebrates success at Olympia

30/09/2016 - Event News

UK – PLASA 2016 has been chalked up as a resounding success by Ambersphere Solutions. The combination of the demo areas that show cased new products from Clay Paky and Ayrton Lighting and the enthusiastic hospitality of the whole Ambersphere team proved a real winner, attracting a constant stream of visitors: customers both old and new.

Britannia Row Productions goes to Creamfields

30/09/2016 - Production News

UK – It’s August Bank Holiday in leafy Cheshire: that must mean it is time for Creamfields, arguably the premier UK dance music festival of the season. The production team at LarMac Live have continued to invest in the infrastructure and entertainment technology to ensure the festival continues to attract the many thousands of electronic dance music aficionados who flock there annually. Ian Greenway is the production manager: “We have sold out for the last seven years and attract an audience of over 70,000 but being content with the status quo is not an intelligent option in this game. As we approach our 20th anniversary in 2017 we’ve continued to raise our game across all aspects of the festival. Perhaps the most significant this year has been the new Steel Yard stage. But of course, in some departments change is neither necessary or advisable so, once again, we engaged Britannia Row Productions to supply the audio systems for the two main stages, including the new Steel Yard.”

Robe for Innibos 2016

30/09/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Innibos, an action-packed high profile arts and music festival staged in and around Mbombela (Nelspruit) in South Africa during the winter, presents Afrikaans music, theatre, literature and visual arts and again featured Robe moving lights on the Main and the Rock performance stages in 2016.

Wireless Solution gets new dealer in Portugal

30/09/2016 - Business News

Portugal – Swedish manufacturer of the most reliable wireless DMX technology has appointed Lightset as its new dealer in Portugal.

Robert Juliat dances in the Dalis Footlights at PLASA 2016

30/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Robert Juliat reports a very successful experience at PLASA 2016 in London’s Olympia where it shared a stand with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.

DPA Microphones Bring an Extra Dimension to Aurora’s Haunting Voice

30/09/2016 - Production News

Europe – Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora Aksnes is currently touring Europe with a full complement of DPA microphones that are being used to amplify her vocals, backing vocals and all of the instruments in her band.

KLANG partners with msonic oy to bring 3D In-Ear Monitoring to Finland

30/09/2016 - Business News

Finland – KLANG:technologies’ well-known 3D in-ear monitoring systems, KLANG:fabrik and KLANG:vier, have aroused a lot of interest in Finland lately and are now available from msonic oy. The German manufacturer has appointed msonic oy as its official distributor for Finland.

SWG Events invests in DiGiCo S21s

30/09/2016 - Production News

UK – SWG Events has recently invested in two DiGiCo S21 digital mixing consoles and they have been busy from the moment the company took delivery of them.

J&C Joel support dementia project at PLASA 2016

30/09/2016 - Event News

UK – J&C Joel supported 'Lens through a Stereogram' – an interactive art installation which was part of the Exploratorium at PLASA Show 2016.

Chauvet Professional Arena Captures Attention at BPM | PRO Show

30/09/2016 - Event News

UK – The Chauvet Professional Arena has always been a crowd pleaser at the BPM | PRO Show, but this year it broke all records for popularity. Aside from taking place at a new, larger and more impressive facility – the 16,000-capacity NEC Genting Arena – the event featured a stunningly bright and fast-moving light show programmed by the Above & Beyond LD Dave Kyle. The light show did justice to the new arena location with a stadium-ready production that featured a collection of new Chauvet Professional fixtures like the Maverick MK2 Wash and MK2 Spot, Strike 1 and Rogue R1 FX-B.

The ALD Congratulates its Knights of Illumination Award-winning members

30/09/2016 - Production News

UK – As the spotlight of the Knight of Illumination awards moves from centre stage for another year, the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) can proudly acknowledge the success of its members in the winning line-ups across all the disciplines of live performance lighting.

Multi-functional Platinum FLX for Cro “MTV Unplugged Open Air” Tour

30/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – One of Germany’s most influential artists of recent years is pop rapper Cro, who is just wrapping up an “MTV Unplugged Open Air” tour that played dates across the country this summer. Lighting design was by one of Germany’s pre-eminent designers, Gunther Hecker from CUE Design, who incorporated Elation Professional Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads supplied by German production company satis&fy.

LPL Invests in BMFLs

29/09/2016 - Production News

Brazil – Leading Brazilian lighting rental company LPL, based in Sao Paulo, has invested in 90 Robe BMFL WashBeams to service their immediate and ongoing work.

Alcons Delivers Audio Excellence at Versatile Verso

29/09/2016 - Project News

USA – From its origins as a single wine store, San Francisco’s PlumpJack Group has grown into a multi-faceted hospitality and lifestyle business. In late 2015 it opened Verso, a premier event space and night club where exceptional sound quality had to be guaranteed for all events. PlumpJack wanted something better than what major US nightclubs were delivering, which made Alcons the perfect choice.

Lollapalooza’s Silver Year Shines with Bandit Lites

29/09/2016 - Production News

USA – To celebrate Lollapalooza’s 25th Anniversary, the incredible festival gave its estimated 400,000 attendees a very special gift: a fourth day to see some of their favourite acts live, including J. Cole, Lana Del Ray, Radiohead, Future, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem Ellie Goulding and Haim. Bandit Lites once again worked with C3 Presents to provide the festival lighting package for both the Samsung and Bud Light Stages, along with site lighting.

Powersoft Helps Boost Bardentreffen’s Island Theme

29/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – Powersoft’s flagship amplifiers were out in force recently at the annual Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg – one of a number of successful deployments around the world during the busy festival season.

Hawthorn steps into virtual reality at Battersea Evolution

29/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Hawthorn invited guests to step into virtual Battersea Evolution at the Smart Group’s exciting relaunch of London’s most unique and versatile event space.

Rogues Rock Fenway Park For Jason Aldean-Kid Rock Concert

29/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Labor Day may mark the official end to summer in the US, but for the big crowd gathered at Fenway Park the following weekend, the season was still in full swing. The hometown Red Sox were battling for a pennant, but they were 431 miles away in Toronto playing the Blue Jays. The sweet summertime mood that enveloped fans at the historic ballpark on September 9 and 10 came not from baseball, but from a memorable concert by red hot country music superstar Jason Aldean and special guest Kid Rock.

Utah State’s Aggies Score “A Perfect Play” With L-Acoustics K2

29/09/2016 - Project News

USA – Utah State University football fans will get both an eyeful and an earful this season. In addition to a massive new 67ft by 38ft video scoreboard at the north end of Merlin Olsen Field, USU’s Maverik Stadium now also has an equally impressive new sound system built around L-Acoustics’ K2 enclosures.

Durham Marenghi masterminds lighting for the Rio Olympics ceremonies

29/09/2016 - Production News

Brazil - Just home from Rio where he designed the lighting for the 2016 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, Durham Marenghi shared with SGM his reflections about the project, for which he brought a massive lineup of SGM lighting fixtures including P-2, P-5, Q-7 and G-1 Beams, supplied by Italian rental company Agorá.

Pearce Hire looks to the Future

29/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Pearce Hire acknowledges the importance of engaging with those who will shape the future of the industry in years to come, so confirms its participation at the very first ‘Production Futures’ taking place on Thursday 6th October at Production Park in Wakefield.

A Tuscan night with Sting and GTO

29/09/2016 - Production News

Italy – This summer, on the Florence date of Sting’s marathon “Back to Bass” tour (the tour originally started in 2011, coinciding with the release of two compilation albums commemorating the 25th anniversary of his solo career), the artist and his stellar band performed at the city’s Cascine Park for an ecstatic sold-out audience, which was able to enjoy every nuance of Sting’s hits, thanks to an Outline GTO audio rig supplied by Emporio On Stage and helmed by the artist’s veteran FoH engineer Howard Page.

Penn Elcom Launches Game-Changing Automatic Castors

29/09/2016 - Equipment News

Penn Elcom Online launches a truly revolutionary new product – Automatic Castors – a neat and ingenious product for which the flightcase making sector has been waiting for years!

Martin by Harman Lighting Wins Spot in Historic Presidential Debate

28/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Harman Professional Solutions, the world’s largest audio, video, lighting and control manufacturer, has announced that Martin lighting products were featured at the first 2016 US Presidential Debate. The debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump took take place in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University and featured Martin MAC Viper lighting solutions.

Joe Chiccarelli Scores with ATC SCM45A Pro Monitors

28/09/2016 - Production News

USA – With Ten Grammy wins including Best Engineered Album for The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely and scores of platinum and gold albums, Joe Chiccarelli has made good on the famous opportunity Frank Zappa gave him during the recording of “Sheik Yerbouti” – among Zappa’s best-selling albums ever. When the head engineer couldn’t make the session, Zappa promoted then-assistant engineer Chiccarelli to take the lead. Since then, Chiccarelli has had the opportunity to work with the biggest and best artists in the music industry, including U2, Beck, Elton John, Rufus Wainwright, Tori Amos, The Strokes, Jason Mraz, The White Stripes, and on and on and on. Inspired by their transparent midrange, extended low- and high-end, and impressive SPLs, Chiccarelli recently switched from the monitors he had been using for two decades to ATC SCM45A Pro nearfields.

White Light Supplies Chichester Festival Theatre with ETC Source Four LED Series 2 Lustrs

28/09/2016 - Project News

UK – Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres. It has an international reputation for producing work of the highest quality, from large-scale musicals to distinguished dramas. With a bold thrust stage design, the theatre itself is one of the UK’s most striking playhouses. The venue recently decided to update its lighting rig, not only to install the very latest technology but to also remain as environmentally friendly as possible. They approached White Light who supplied them with a range of the ETC Source Four LED Series 2 Lustrs for its Minerva Studio space.

PixelFLEX bends all the rules of video design with TrueFLEX

28/09/2016 - Equipment News

USA – The award-winning LED video display manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced the launch of the TrueFLEX LED video tile. Ideal for fixed installations which require a non-traditional LED solution, TrueFLEX offers more flexibility than ever before through its ability to curve in any direction and attach to virtually any surface while still providing a high-resolution LED video playback system. Available in 2.5mm, 3.0mm, 4.0mm, 6mm and 10mm indoor pitch options, the TrueFLEX LED video system now gives designers the opportunity to achieve unlimited creativity where traditional LED displays were not possible.

Community Meets the Acoustic Challenge of IKEA in Canada

28/09/2016 - Project News

Canada – The landmark stores of leading home furnishings retailer IKEA are located in more than 50 countries worldwide. In Canada, IKEA has 12 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. The company has just completed a new distribution centre warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario to fulfil customer orders from its four Toronto area stores as well as e-commerce purchases. The new facility will also support the growth plans for IKEA Canada in new and existing markets.

Turbosound Day by Australis Hits All the Right Notes

28/09/2016 - Event News

Australia – Music’s exclusive Australian distributor, Australis is celebrating huge commercial success following a recent Turbosound demonstration day held at Richmond’s Bakehouse Studios. The first of its kind hosted by Australis featured Turbosound’s portable, self-powered loudspeaker products for the professional market with special focus on Music’s digital audio networking, Ultranet, which allows for high quality connectivity to mixing consoles and other compatible digital devices.

Fremont Abbey Reaches its Community with Mackie

28/09/2016 - Project News

USA – Housed in the former St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Seattle's non-profit Fremont Abbey Arts Center offers arts and cultural experiences to people of all ages and incomes, focusing on local music, contemporary dance, visual art, spoken word, and storytelling. It's a hub for artists, students, and community members, with classes, concerts, workshops, and other events. In 2015, 1,642 adult artists and 103 youth artists participated, and annual attendance is more than 39,800.

sE Electronics Launches Dynamic Duo with V Series, Expands X1 Series with X1 A

28/09/2016 - Equipment News

USA – For this year’s AES Show in Los Angeles, sE Electronics has announced the X1 A, a new entry point to their acclaimed X1 Series designed to be the best-in-class offering on the market for home recordists and bringing the heritage of the X1 Series to an expanded user base worldwide. On the live sound front, sE has also announced a pair of dynamic microphones, a first for the company, known primarily for its industry standard Reflexion filters and hand-crafted condensers. According to sE, the new V7 supercardioid dynamic and V3 cardioid dynamic offer “exceptionally low handling noise, a more natural sound, and higher gain before feedback than other mics in their class”.

The Long and Winding Road - 11th Hour at Kew The Music

28/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Kew the Music is a programme of music events that takes place over six nights at the historic Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, south-west London. This year's event witnessed headliners The Corrs, Simply Red, Will Young, Jools Holland, Bjorn Again and Gypsy Kings, play to sold out audiences of 7,500 each night. The stunning grounds of Kew are a far cry from the churned up fields of many a UK festival but whilst for those in attendance the bucolic setting offers Pimms-fuelled partying of the most civilised sort, the narrow pathways and tree-lined lanes present an altogether different face to the team charged with installing the infrastructure for the gigs.

CUK Audio recruits Rob Duerden to manage installed sound sales channel

28/09/2016 - People News

UK – Leading distributor CUK Audio continues to develop and strengthen its sales force with the recruitment of Rob Duerden who is to manage the newly created installed sound sales channel. The move, which comes in the wake of the recent appointment of Steve Barton to manage the MI/retail sales channel, is part of a larger corporate restructure which sees the establishment of four, distinct business sectors (MI, installed sound, live and AV/conferencing), each headed up by an experienced professional.

Kinesys Just Rocks It with Mayday

27/09/2016 - Production News

Asia – Taiwanese rock superstars Mayday are on the road in Asia with a large production including 56 axes of Kinesys automation provided by rental and technical production specialist B’IN Live, which is headquartered in Taiwan with bases in China and Hong Kong.


27/09/2016 - Production News

USA - Mitchell Schellenger from Station Six, LLC was delighted to get the call asking if he’d create a production design for US-based electronic rockers AWOLNATION on their recent tour since it was one of the bands for which he’s always had a few ideas in his head.

All Metric Halo Hardware and Software is MacOS 10.12 Sierra Compatible From Day One

27/09/2016 - Equipment News

USA – Although pro audio manufacturers like to throw around the words “future-proof,” no one can compare with Metric Halo’s proven track record. Indeed, users of its 2882 hardware interface, introduced in 2000, are still using their original boxes with modern Macs via a well-coordinated plan of free software upgrades that keep them current. That philosophy and dedication extends to Metric Halo’s hardware drivers, MIO Console software, plug-in software, and SpectraFoo software, all of which are completely compatible with Mac’s newest operating system, 10.12 Sierra. No need to worry about incompatibility issues with Metric Halo, everything will simply work after the OS upgrade just as it did before the OS upgrade.

The ALD opens its Sponsored Student Scheme to all full time students

27/09/2016 - Business News

UK – The Association of Lighting Designers’ (ALD) has announced its Sponsored Student Scheme is open for 2017 applications. For the first time, the scheme this year is available to all students studying full time in the UK, regardless of course subject. The requirement is that applicants have an interest in the process of live performance lighting and/or video and projection.

Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Mixes Radio France Festival

27/09/2016 - Production News

France – Yamaha’s flagship RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing console has been an increasingly-common sight at festivals during the 2016 summer season, as it is adopted by audio rental companies around the world. In France, the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier featured a PM10 mixing two weeks of wide-ranging jazz performances.

HSL Supplies Chatsworth House Event

27/09/2016 - Production News

UK – HSL supplied lighting equipment, rigging and crew for a two-day summer concert spectacular staged in the gardens of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, for technical co-ordinators CSG Events who were working for Producer Andrew Wyke of TBI Media and BBC 6 Music which presented one of its most popular shows – Craig Charles and his ‘Funk & Soul Live’ experience – on the Friday.

Bandit Lites World HQ Adds to Staff

27/09/2016 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites has once again increased its workforce with the addition of Alex Becker and Jamie Sullivan. The two join the team as lighting technicians to meet the influx of events and productions in 2016.

Electrosonic Provides AV Support to 3D Live for "Mass Effect: New Earth, A 4D Holographic Journey" at California's Great America

27/09/2016 - Project News

USA – Fans are lining up to visit and revisit “Mass Effect: New Earth, A 4D Holographic Journey” at California’s Great America theme park in Santa Clara. Based on EA’s “Mass Effect” sci-fi video game franchise developed by BioWare, the 4.5-minute ride combines 3D LED technology with 3D audio, motion seats, environmental effects and an on-stage performer to create a dynamic experience that’s been hailed as new benchmark in immersive attractions.

Creative Backstage Dresses Up Zozobra with Maverick and Rogue Fixtures

27/09/2016 - Production News

USA – He’s big (over 50’ tall), rather grotesque looking with a devilishly menacing expression and completely lacking in substance. Yet he’s the source of civic pride and the object of affection for the people of New Mexico’s capital. His name is Zozobra (“Old Man Gloom”), and every year he serves as the centrepiece of Fiestas de Santa Fe, the oldest continuous civic celebration in North America, dating back to 1712.

Old Fort Church Builds with Community

27/09/2016 - Project News

USA – Describing itself as “a real-life community on the move,” Old Fort Church completed its new building in time for Easter services in 2016. The church’s 300-seat worship centre features modern video and lighting systems and a high-performance audio system with Community I SERIES loudspeakers.

Hawthorn Lights Up Ninth Knight Of Illumination Awards

27/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Celebrating the very best talent in the world of lighting and video design, the 9th Knight of Illumination Awards took place at the iconic Eventim Apollo, London on 18th September 2016. As one of the ceremony’s spotlight sponsors, Hawthorn provided technical production, including lighting, sound, video, rigging and set, to impress an audience of renowned lighting designers from around the globe.

Brazilian PA Company Invests in dLlive

27/09/2016 - Production News

Based in Sao Paulo, Brazilian PA company, WR Sonorização, recently invested in an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system for its hire stock.

DPA Microphones Make Composer Philip Glass Smile With Delight

27/09/2016 - Production News

Denmark - 1990s rave culture, the noise in our heads and the things we can learn from silence are among the influences that recently inspired front of house sound engineer Dan Bora to re-think his approach to miking a performance by the internationally acclaimed Philip Glass Ensemble (PGE).

PRG XL Video Invests in Additional Lighting Inventory with Focus on Theatre Productions

27/09/2016 - Production News

UK – PRG XL Video’s UK operation has made a sizeable investment in lighting fixtures and supporting inventory. The investment is in a range of lighting products which will be used across PRG XL’s key market sectors, and will particularly support specific requirements from the West End theatre business.

TechLED lights Grosvenor Casino’s jewel in the crown, The Victoria

27/09/2016 - Project News

UK – Long-standing design partners for Grosvenor Casinos, Roberts Limbrick Architectural Practice, recently turned to trusted installation company TechLED Ltd to deliver the external lighting upgrade project for Grosvenor Casino The Victoria, London – the jewel in the crown of Grosvenor’s Casino estate. To meet the requirements of a prestige 24/7 leisure venue, IP68-rated Flex Pro Exterior from Acclaim Lighting was specified for its endurance and reliability.

Premium Asian wedding production company invests exclusively in Avolites

26/09/2016 - Production News

UK Liquid Entertainment, a unique, London-based company specialising in the production of lavish Asian weddings, relies exclusively on equipment from British manufacturer Avolites to ensure each and every one of the company's high-budget matrimonial extravaganzas is technically flawless.

DiGiCo SD5 and SD10 Consoles Keep The Australian Pink Floyd Show a High Flier

26/09/2016 - Production News

Australia – With over four million tickets sold to concerts that have taken place in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show has amazed millions of concertgoers with an uncanny replication of the classic UK band’s legendary live show. Employing a lavish collection of visual aids (including lasers, inflatables and 3D stereoscopic projection), the group’s live shows recreate the look, feel and sound of Pink Floyd's later world tours.

Painting with Light at EAS

26/09/2016 - Event News

Spain – Belgium-based show, performance and visual design specialist Painting with Light exhibited for the first time at EAS, the Euro Attractions Show expo staged at the Fira Gran Via Convention Centre in Barcelona.

Fermaten Trends with Robe

26/09/2016 - Project News

Denmark – Fermaten is a busy community-based live music and performance venue in Herning, cwhich has a lively entertainment programme encompassing around 140 shows a year and a capacity of 700, expanded from 500 eight years ago following extensive refurbishment.

SLX doubles the order of Ayrton NandoBeams

26/09/2016 - Production News

UK – SLX may be a relatively recently formed company but they come with the experience and worthy credentials of emerging from the hire and live events department of Stage Electrics. Dan Quayle and Russell Payne know their market and their clients so it came as little surprise to Ambersphere Solutions’ Matt Cowles of technical sales when he got a call about the Ayrton NandoBeam-S3 from Quayle.

DiGiCo SD7s herald blue sky performance on ELO tour

26/09/2016 - Production News

UK – This spring saw Jeff Lynne’s ELO return to the stage, performing a series of flawless shows in arenas around the UK, including four nights at London’s The O2. Fittingly – for the band has drawn musician’s from Gary Barlow’s band to complement Lynne and long-time ELO pianist Richard Tandy – Gary Bradshaw and Steve Lutely, who have both worked extensively with Barlow and Take That, sit at the front of house and monitor positions respectively. Each of them is working with their console of choice, a DiGiCo SD7.

Shaping the Future of Audio: Sennheiser and Neumann Put Focus on Recording Microphones and Immersive Audio at the 141st AES Convention

26/09/2016 - Event News

USA – At the 141st AES Convention exhibition, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 29th September to 1st October, Sennheiser and Neumann (411, Room 503) will highlight a wide range of new and legacy microphones for various recording applications. Recently introduced models will include the Collectors Edition U 47 fet and versatile TLM 107 from Neumann, as well as the new MK 4 digital and the upcoming AMBEO VR Mic from Sennheiser. The topic of VR and AR also takes center stage at the AES’s AVAR Conference, which Sennheiser will be involved with.

Qu Installed for Kenyan Community

26/09/2016 - Project News

Kenya – Leading professional AV provider in East Africa, Sound Creations, recently installed a new audio system at Oshwal Community Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, selecting an Allen & Heath Qu-32 digital mixing system from distributor, PAXT.

Avolites powers lighting and video at UK's biggest ever gaming event

26/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Gaming event lighting guru Steve Thurkettle selected Titan – the fast, powerful and intuitive lighting and media control interface from British manufacturer Avolites – to drive his complex audio-visual design for the 58th Insomnia Gaming Festival (Insomnia58), the UK's biggest ever celebration of gaming culture. The event took place at the NEC in Birmingham over the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August.

Slightly Stoopid Wisely Tours With L-Acoustics K2

26/09/2016 - Production News

USA – San Diego-based rock/roots/reggae outfit Slightly Stoopid recently wrapped up its ninth coast-to-coast summertime tour of North American amphitheatres and pavilions. Billed as the Return of the Red Eye Summer Tour with support from SOJA and Fortunate Youth, as well as other acts on select dates, the trek ran from mid-June through the end of August carrying a full L-Acoustics K2 system supplied by Miami-based Beach Sound.

WI's Celebrates Festival Summer

23/09/2016 - Production News

Europe – Belgian engineering, animation and rigging specialists WIcreations has enjoyed an incredibly busy summer supplying a selection of their standard rental products like WI Towers and WI Touring Track to a diverse variety of music festivals and live events.

Arcadia Spectacular Chooses Robe and BMFLs

23/09/2016 - Production News

Not everyone gets to have their lights gracing a 55ft. tall, 60ft. wide, 50 tonne spider made from re-imagined industrial waste, and Robe is hugely proud that Arcadia Spectacular chose to invest in its moving lights to ensure this masterpiece of imagination, engineering, resourcefulness and fully immersive performance will have its own light show and the highest production values.

The Media Dot

23/09/2016 - Project News

Media walls have become a speciality for illumination Physics, which was an early mover in the development of direct view LED Dots and its 2004 project for the Canon building in Hong Kong remains an early landmark for the use of low resolution video displays. To date, it remains a steadfast example of illumination Physics’ lighting product ingenuity and reliability because in over ten years not a single IP Dot has been replaced.

Bandit Lites Adds GLP X4 Atom to Inventory

23/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites, the world’s leader in concert and event lighting, recently added even more gear to its ever-growing inventory, with the newest addition being the GLP X4 Atom.

Transaudio Group to Distribute Latch Lake Microphone Stands

23/09/2016 - Business News

USA – TransAudio Group, US distributor of the world’s best professional audio recording tools, has announced the addition of Latch Lake Music Products to the curated collection of manufacturers that it distributes. Although most engineers’ daydreams drift to the sexier tools of their trade, such as Drawmer and Tube-Tech processors or ATC reference monitors, TransAudio Group also focuses on the not so glamorous tools that can nevertheless dramatically reduce the stress of the studio recording experience. At some point in every engineer’s career (or, more likely, at some point in every engineer’s day), they’re forced to wrestle with a stripped or improperly balanced microphone stand. In response to that persistent frustration, Latch Lake Music Products builds the world’s best microphone stands: they adjust with grace, tighten with confidence, and balance with assurance.

Colouring Creamfields 2016

23/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting, rigging and Kinesys automation to two high profile arenas at the 2016 Creamfields dance music extravaganza staged in Daresbury, Cheshire.

GLS Calls on Chauvet to Add Sizzle to East London’s New Wringer + Mangle

23/09/2016 - Project News

UK – Even by the standards of chic east London, the new Wringer + Mangle club stands out for its pulsating atmosphere and high-energy entertainment. Making a critical contribution to both is a dynamic lighting kit fitted by GLS that features Chauvet Professional Strike 4 multi-formatted fixtures and Intimidator Spot 350 movers from Chauvet DJ.

Elation Lighting Impact at California’s 2016 Hard Summer Music Festival

22/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Production company and Elation dealer Stage-Tech delivered a large Elation lighting package for one of Southern California’s most popular rave events, the Hard Summer Music Festival. Both the Hard Stage, the festival’s main stage, and the Pink Stage featured Elation lighting gear with the Platinum FLX hybrid moving head continuing its busy summer.

White Light Walks the Line for Million Dollar Quartet Tour

22/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas, Canada and on Broadway, the smash-hit Million Dollar Quartet is returning to the UK for a brand-new touring production. This energetic musical tells the story of the afternoon in which Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins recorded some of the most iconic rock & roll songs of all time. As the leading lighting supplier to West End and UK touring theatre, White Light has been approached to provide the lighting equipment .

Robe Expands Spiiders Web at PLASA 2016

22/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Robe's high impact London themed stand – complete with genuine vintage London bus – was right at the core of the 2016 PLASA exhibition in London where it caught the eyes of visitors and provided a lively and invigorating environment to showcase the latest technology from the Czech lighting manufacturer.

Clay Paky and its successful venture at PLASA 2016

22/09/2016 - Event News

UK - “The Clay Paky lights at Plasa 2016 were captivating and successful,” said Pio Nahum, Clay Paky CEO, when he got back from the London show, which has finally returned to Earls Court and its historical venue, Olympia. The industry met the stylish revival of the show very warmly with the participation of numerous visitors and skilled professionals from all over the world.

Marc van der Wel announces departure from Ampco Flashlight Group and XLNT CyberMotion

22/09/2016 - People News

The Netherlands Long-standing director of business development for Ampco Flashlight Group and director of sales and marketing for XLNT CyberMotion, Marc van der Wel, is stepping down from both positions in order to pursue a new career challenge.

Black Box Music Invests in GLP

22/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – As a long-term customer of GLP, last year Black Box Music exchanged all its old impression 90 and 120RZ fixtures for the current impression X4 series. Earlier this year the company purchased its first 40 X4 Bar 20 battens for the successful Sarah Connor Muttersprache tour since when the Berlin-based company has invested in a further 165 GLP impression X4 Bar 20 and 84 GT-1.

Hank Williams Jr. Gets Rowdy with Bandit Lites

22/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. is wrapping up his co-headlining tour with Chris Stapleton with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

Turbosound Expands Flagship Flashline monitors Range

22/09/2016 - Equipment News

Turbosound has delivered a shockwave to the professional market with the introduction of two further models to its Flashline monitors range. Designed primarily as stage monitors, the Flashline monitors also accommodate a wide range of portable speech and music sound reinforcement applications. The two new models, the TFX122M-AN and TFX152M-AN guarantee Turbosound quality musical reproduction at an affordable entry level price point, making Turbosound Flashline monitors an essential addition to portable and touring packages. The two new models join the existing four in the range; the TFM122M and TFM152M switchable passive/bi-amp loudspeakers, and the TFM122M-AN and TFM152M-AN powered loudspeakers.

LOUD Appoints Matt Frazier as APAC Director of Sales for Mackie and Ampeg

22/09/2016 - People News

USALOUD Technologies Inc. (LOUD) has announced the appointment of Matt Frazier to the position of Director of Sales, APAC Region for the Mackie and Ampeg brands. Frazier joins LOUD after more than 20 years in the professional audio industry.

TechLED expands into Production Park

22/09/2016 - Business News

UK – Tech LED Ltd, UK-based supply and design company for LED lighting equipment and UK distributor for Acclaim Lighting, has moved to Production Park, the complete pre-production and live events centre for the UK, and home to Backstage Academy’s primary campus.

GLD Installed In Sweden's Royal Chapel

21/09/2016 - Project News

Sweden – An Allen & Heath’s GLD-80 digital mixing system has been installed in the chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm replacing the incumbent analogue mixer.

MLA Overcomes Four Seasons at Proms in the Park

21/09/2016 - Production News

UK – The BBC’s double-header weekend of Proms In The Park and BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park (Festival In a Day) could have been renamed Four Seasons in a Day, given the extreme climatic changes (and fitting name of the Proms headline act).

L-Acoustics KS28 delivers a fitting final show for Kyosuke Himuro

21/09/2016 - Production News

Japan – The final live show by Kyosuke Himuro, one of Japan’s most successful pop singers, was an emotional experience for 50,000 Japanese pop fans, being the very last time that they would see the singer/songwriter on stage. Thanks to L-Acoustics KS28 subwoofers, the sold-out Tokyo Dome show was a fitting end to a distinguished live career.

David March Appointed as Head of Lighting

21/09/2016 - People News

UK – VER has announced the expansion of its lighting division with the opening of a full-support lighting department in its London branch. The expansion includes the appointment of David March as head of lighting for VER UK and sister company Aurora, along with the engagement of Craig Hancock, Tim Massey, Ben Taylor and Joe Marter as senior lighting project managers.

A Revolution in South African lighting

21/09/2016 - Production News

South Africa Gearhouse Splitbeam is a long-term professional theatre equipment rental company which, according to its managing director Alistair Kilbee, prides itself on being one of only a handful of true theatre lighting specialists able to supply the requirements of international touring productions from West End, Broadway or anywhere else in the world.

Adlib Puts its Hands in the Air for Creamfields 2016

21/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Liverpool-based technical production specialist Adlib supplied lighting, sound and rigging to two main arenas – CF03, hosted by Armada, Cream and Smash The House, CF 05 AKA ‘The Curve’ due to the spherical shape of the tent and the production space, plus CF10, the VIP Hospitality area at the 2016 Creamfields Festival.

Rogue R1 FX-B Gives moe. More Looks

21/09/2016 - Production News

USA – People who go to a moe. concert thinking they know what to expect, have probably never been to a moe. concert before. The quintet from upstate New York epitomises the freewheeling improvisational unpredictability of jam band music, as it reels off ten-minute riffs with casual ease and seamlessly moves from song to song with nary a break in between. No two moe. performances are ever alike, which is why so many dedicated fans (aka “moe.rons”) have been to 30, 40, 50 or more of the group’s concerts.

Winners of the PLASA Innovation Awards 2016 announced

21/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Sponsored by Velta, the 2016 PLASA Awards for Innovation took place in the Apex Room at the end of an extremely busy Monday at this year’s PLASA Show. Hosted by PLASA’s new managing director Peter Heath and presented by PLASA chairman Ed Pagett, the awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding new product ideas.

Grade A Audio: Alcons And Astro Attend AES

21/09/2016 - Event News

USA – At the end of September, Alcons Audio USA will be exhibiting at the industry-leading AES Convention in Los Angeles for the first time. In a joint presence with immersive audio specialists Astro Spatial Audio, Alcons will be demonstrating how its systems take listeners to the next level of three-dimensional sound technology.

DPA Microphones Showcases New Wireless Capabilities and Upgraded Booth Design at AES 2016

21/09/2016 - Event News

USA – DPA Microphones will unveil its new GSM4000 gooseneck shock mount accessory and MMP-G modular active cable for MicroDot for the first time at AES 2016 (Booth 621). Both accessories are brand new components for the d:dicate microphone series and give users the capability of creating a completely wireless microphone setup while maintaining the audio quality that DPA is known for. A Steinway grand piano will be on display as well, to demonstrate microphones from the d:vote, d:dicate and d:screet lines. DPA will also be unveiling its new streamlined booth design, that will provide a cohesive look for the brand worldwide.

A Hive of TiMax activity at Kew Gardens

21/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Meadow-fresh from its debut at the UK Milan Expo 2015 pavilion, an impressive and immersive art installation dubbed ‘The Hive’ opened this summer at London’s Kew Gardens controlled, of course, by bees and also a TiMax SoundHub playback server and audio show controller. The 17-metre-high abstract aluminium lattice structure has been wowing visitors with its unique multisensory experience as it responds, with the help of TiMax, to the activity of real bees in a beehive located behind the scenes at Kew.

Tønder Festival celebrates large success with Gravity

21/09/2016 - Production News

Denmark – The who’s who of the folk and Americana scene, a fantastic atmosphere, over 11,000 visitors and perfect festival weather: The Danish Tønder Festival – Europe’s largest folk music festival – celebrated an overwhelming success 25th - 28th August, 2016. Gravity stands were an essential part of the festival.

Winners of Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 revealed at sparkling London ceremony

20/09/2016 - Event News

UK Lighting and video content design ceremony Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) announced the winners of the 9th edition during a prestigious ceremony at London's iconic Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Sunday 18th September.

Outsize Outline - A record-breaking PA gets the Word across at the 2016 WYD

20/09/2016 - Production News

Poland – The 2016 World Youth Day drew approximately 2.5 million pilgrims from all over the world to the Campus Misericordiae in Krakow and the daunting task of ensuring that not only the music of performers at the event, but in particular the words and prayers of the Pontiff reached the huge congregation intelligibly was faced by Poznan-based Gigant Sound-Letus with Outline sound reinforcement.

Image Production Services Calls on Chauvet Professional for Vessel Reveal Event

20/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Talk about an enthusiastic reception. “This Monument Could Be Manhattan’s Answer to the Eiffel Tower,” screamed a headline in the online edition of Fortune Magazine on 14th September, when the design of a towering abstract structure called “Vessel” was revealed at a ceremony in New York’s Hudson Yards. Providing the gathered crowd with a better view of the proceedings and adding visual impact to special exhibitions at the reveal event were two large LED video walls created by Image Production Services, using Chauvet Professional PVP and MVP tiles.

Bandit Lites Nominated for Lighting Company of the Year

20/09/2016 - Event News

USA – Bandit Liteshas been nominated for Lighting Company of the Year for its exemplary work in 2016 for PLSN and FOH Magazines’ annual Parnelli Awards.

Audio – it’s back in the game

20/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Audio is higher on the agenda at this year’s PLASA Show. There is an increase in representation from manufacturers whether exhibiting in their own right, or in partnership with their dealers and distributors; within the seminar programme with sessions such as Pin the Mic on the Actor, AV Installation Strategy for Venue Owners and Beyond Surround – immersive sound techniques and educational events like Audinate’s Dante training programme and Merlijn Van Veen’s low frequency control primer, proving particularly popular.

AKG C7 reference condenser vocal microphone now available

20/09/2016 - Equipment News

AKG by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced the immediate availability of the new AKG C7 reference condenser vocal microphone. Featuring specially engineered circuitry and custom-designed components, the C7 provides clear, powerful sound, while preventing feedback, handling noise and pop noise. The rugged enclosure is engineered to withstand the most demanding live performance environments.

Australian PA Company Invests in Two dLive Systems

20/09/2016 - Production News

Australian PA company, Biggsounds Productions, has invested in two dLive digital mixing systems from Allen & Heath to add to its hire stock for live touring and festival work.

Rycote appoints Gerry Forde as Chief Commercial Officer

19/09/2016 - People News

UK – Rycote, the award winning UK manufacturer of advanced microphone windshields and suspension systems, has announced the appointment of Gerry Forde as its chief commercial officer.

NATEAC event raises money for Behind the Scenes

19/09/2016 - Event News

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) dinner, held at Sardi’s, the iconic New York City restaurant, raised over $11,000.00 for the Behind the Scenes charity. The dinner, a very popular tradition at NATEAC, attracted 150 attendees and guests. "Needless to say, we’re thrilled," noted Rick Rudolph, chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation. "The generosity of the NATEAC attendees is astonishing and very gratifying.”

The Long Reach Long Riders announce early fund-raising for 2017 ride

19/09/2016 - Event News

USA – By popular demand, the Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have opened the fund-raising season for the 2017 charity ride. The 14th annual ride, The Avocado Adventure: A Guided Guacamole Tour, starts on June 16th in Southern California. Drew Wending, ride marshal noted: "We’ve had many requests to begin fund-raising now, rather than wait till Spring, and so we have.”

HD Pro Audio Holds Avid S6L Training Session 27th September

19/09/2016 - Standards News

UK – Avid main dealer, HD Pro Audio, has announced its next training session on the Avid VENUE | S6L console, introducing the new 5.3 software.

ProLights As Used on the Coldplay Tour and More

19/09/2016 - Event News

UK - The ProLights ArenaCOB4 IP65 LED blinder family were a key element of Paul Normandale's stunning design for Coldplay's recent “Head Full of Dreams” tour. These fixtures, along with many others, are featured on the ProLights stand at PLASA (Stand D30), presented by exclusive UK dealer A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).

A.C. Entertainment Technologies' Dedicated Exhibition Zone at PLASA 2016 Showcases Leading Brands

19/09/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), a leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, will showcase a selection of the very latest technology solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands, in their large exhibition zone (main stand E30) at PLASA 2016 – Olympia, London, UK, 18th – 20th September.

World-Class Loud Speaker Brand Adamson Exhibit in the UK for the First Time at PLASA

19/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Adamson Systems Engineering is exhibiting at PLASA 2016, taking place at London Olympia from 18-20 September partnering with The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd. The booth will feature, S10, S119, e-Racks, Point and Point Concentric speaker systems. This is the first time the world-class loudspeaker brand has exhibited in the UK. The company will be located on stand T10.

Yamaha's Westminster Presence Grows With State-of-the-Art Central Hall Installation

19/09/2016 - Project News

UK – In recent years, audio installations at Central Hall Westminster, Westminster Abbey and the QEII Conference Centre have seen Yamaha become a key presence in one of London’s most important and influential areas. That role has seen a further significant boost in 2016, with a second – much larger and more complex – project at Central Hall.

PLASA Show 2016 Embraces the Past, Present and Future at Olympia

19/09/2016 - Event News

UK – After three years away, PLASA Show is now back in its spiritual home of West London, and taking place once again in its traditional month of September. And these are just the first of many developments made in response to popular demand, with brand new innovations and an array of high profile speakers ensuring that PLASA Show 2016 is truly not to be missed. Being held at Olympia London from Sunday 18th to Tuesday 20th September, sponsored by Robe, Chauvet, Highlite and Hawthorn, the newly re-focused format of PLASA Show 2016 includes interactive sessions, live demos, technical workshops and console training, while also being true to its roots of highlighting both innovation and people.

Versatile, Road-worthy Elation ACL 360 Bars for Rascal Flatts “Rhythms & Roots” Tour

19/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Elation Professional’s ACL 360 Bar colour-changing LED battens are being used by lighting designer Andy Knighton to add a flare of lighting dynamism to the Rascal Flatts “Rhythms & Roots” tour, a post-Vegas residency outing that has the country music trio on the road in the US until mid-October.

HSL Breezes the UK on George Benson tour

16/09/2016 - Production News

Leading UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL supplied lighting equipment and crew to the recent UK tour by iconic soul and jazz singer/songwriter and guitarist George Benson.

Robe Pointes to BMFLs for Laura Pausini World Tour

16/09/2016 - Production News

Multi-award winning Italian singer/songwriter and music producer Laura Pausini started her 2016 world touring campaign in support of her new ‘Simili’ studio album with a brand new lighting design created by Alain Corthout and Ignace D’Haese from Belgian based creative visual design practice, Arf & Yes.

Bandit Lites Nashville Office Grows

16/09/2016 - People News

USA – With business growing and the touring inventory constantly expanding, Bandit Lites has added to its Nashville office with the hiring of Ethan Mills, Sombath Inthavong, and Sylvain Thonethongthip.

Turbosound Flex Array Draws Crowds at Rock Werchter 40th Birthday Blitz

16/09/2016 - Production News

Belgium – For the third year in a row, Turbosound’s Flex Array has been the weapon of choice for Rock Werchter’s Jupiler ‘House of The Bull’ Stage. Held annually, 150,000 festival goers from all corners of the world descend in the quiet village of Werchter, Belgium for four whole days to see and hear some of music’s greatest acts. Celebrating its 40th year this year, Rock Werchter hosted a party like no other with rock, pop and dance acts spread across three stages: the Main Stage, the Barn Stage and Klub C, with the unofficial 4th stage and Turbosound’s favourite, the Jupiler ‘House of The Bull’ Stage.

LD Eric Price Achieves Balance for Bayside with Rogues

16/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Success has not spoiled Bayside. After 16 years, seven critically acclaimed albums and a succession of sold-out world tours, this New York-based group remains as raw, hungry and true to its musical roots as ever. The familiar catchy chorus breaks and rambunctious guitar riffs that have run through the band’s performances from the beginning are still there, but their sound has continued to mature and change, stirring up new emotions with unexpected drum fills, cutting solos and other nuances.

Clay Paky at PLASA 2016 (stand N42-K42)

16/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Clay Paky is thrilled to be celebrating its 40-year milestone at Plasa 2016 and welcomes visitors to the Clay Paky Universe, inside the Ambersphere Solutions area, inviting visitors to get up close and personal with its broad portfolio of trailblazing creative tools.

Tuacahn Center for the Arts Comes Back to L-Acoustics for Another Decade of Great Sound

16/09/2016 - Project News

USA – One could say that Tuacahn Center for the Arts, the 42,000-square-foot arts centre located in the mouth of Utah’s Padre Canyon, is steady as a rock. Not surprising since it’s located adjacent to the Snow Canyon State Park and features a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the state’s Red Mountains.

Optocore Networks Boost Rio Ceremonies for Norwest

16/09/2016 - Production News

Brazil – Just as they had at London 2012 – and many other spectacular Games ceremonies before – Norwest Productions took their extensive Optocore fibre network system to Rio for this year’s Summer Olympics.

Harlequin Floors expands marketing team

16/09/2016 - People News

UK – Harlequin Floors has announced two important new appointments to further strengthen the company’s marketing team. Melissa Chapman and Susy Chandler join the Tunbridge Wells-based company that has gained world-wide recognition and established market leadership for its innovative developments in setting new standards in quality for floors for dance and the performing arts.

PRG XL Video Supplies Technology for Largest Ever Creamfields

16/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Over the August 2016 Bank Holiday weekend over 70,000 music fans descended upon Daresbury, Cheshire for one of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals, Creamfields.

Multi-dimensional Elation Platinum FLX Shines on 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games Celebration of Athletes

15/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Full service production company GVPmedia, Inc. utilised the multi-functionality of Elation Professional’s Platinum FLX moving head on the AAU Junior Olympic Games Celebration of Athletes, using the award-winning hybrid moving head for beam and spot lighting, as well as floods of light. The opening ceremony style event was held at the M.O. Campbell Center in Houston on 31st July and GVP produced the entire show from start to finish including designing the entire set, developing the run of show, and creating custom videos and content.

The Piano Man

15/09/2016 - Production News

UK – It’s mid-afternoon on Saturday 10th September and Stageco’s crew are present in a damp and virtually empty Wembley Stadium as Billy Joel sound checks with his band. A living jukebox, Joel plods through classic after classic, none of which are his own. “Ground control to Major Tom,” announces the singer with a Bowie impression so on the money that even the most cynical head is turned.

Finland’s New Imatra Stadium Equipped with Powersoft and RCF Audico carries out AV integration at multifunctional winter sports facility

15/09/2016 - Project News

Finland’s new Imatra Stadium, located in the Ukonniemi recreation area of the city, is described “as an international standard baseball, ski, roller ski and biathlon stadium” with a web of cross-country snow ski trails connected to the facility.

New Project: The Event Safety Guide, second edition

15/09/2016 - Standards News

The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) have agreed on a joint copyright that will allow a second edition of The Event Safety Guide to be developed as an American National Standard (ANS). To take on the project, a new working group is being created within ESTA's Technical Standards Program (TSP) called the Event Safety Working Group (ESWG). Leading the new group will be co-chairs Dr. Donald Cooper, executive director of the ESA and Richard Nix, special project manager for ZFX, Inc. Dr. Cooper brings a wealth of experience to the project as the Editor of the first edition of the Guide and former Ohio State Fire Marshal. Mr. Nix brings the experience of a long career in the entertainment technology field, is co-chair of the TSP's Stage Lifts Working Group, and has been heavily involved in writing standards with the TSP since 1996.

Robe Launches Spiider Worldwide on the Web

15/09/2016 - Equipment News

The global launch of Robe’s highly anticipated new product and “next big thing” – the Spiider – takes place at at noon (CET – Central European Timezone) today following an innovative and fun teaser video and a huge amount of chatter that helped ramp up excitement within lighting and visuals communities.

Events United Texturises Stage at Steubenville Youth Conference with Chauvet Professional

15/09/2016 - Production News

USA – In 1975, Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio held a gathering for young worshippers. The organisers of that event could scarcely have imagined that there would one day be 40 Steubenville Youth Conferences in 11 states. Nor could they have envisioned the kind of dynamic and richly textured stage presentation that engaged thousands of young people at Steubenville East, which was held recently at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Tsongas Center.

Toby Keith Takes Bandit Lites on Interstates and Tailgates

15/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Toby Keith knows what his fans want: more Toby Keith, and the multi-platinum country singer with more than twenty #1 hits is happy to oblige them as he continues his Interstates & Tailgates Tour with a new design and lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

MIDAS: A Vintage Love Affair

15/09/2016 - Project News

UK - On a summer’s night in 1972 no one expected that the world of music would change forever. It was a revolution, and one that opened eyes of Britain’s teenagers, leading them to re-think what they once knew about rock & roll.

Autograph Sound Debut MLA Compact on Regent’s Park Open Air Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

15/09/2016 - Production News

UK – With one of the largest single-level auditoriums in London, and the oldest permanent outdoor theatre in the UK, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (OAT) has played host to Martin Audio’s W8LM Mini Line Array over the last five years.

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 launches brand new event app

15/09/2016 - Equipment News

UKPrestigious lighting and video content design awards ceremony the Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has launched a brand new interactive event app for the 2016 edition.

New intercom devices from RTS presented at IBC 2016

15/09/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands Many broadcasters have studios in multiple geographical locations, with a large number of both analogue and digital keypanels in use. With its two new multiplexer models, RTS now offers these users a powerful solution to integrate their analogue keypanels into high-performance optical fibre networks. The FMI-4 and FMI-8 are fully compatible with RTS intercom matrices. User keypanels and interfaces from RTS can connect up to four or up to eight analogue devices to a matrix over fibre network.

Colour Sound Lights V and T Dance Stages

15/09/2016 - Production News

UK - Colour Sound Experiment provided lighting and LED screens to the dance tents at two major UK festivals for the first time this summer: T in the Park at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, Scotland and the double sited V Festival, for which they serviced both Weston Park in Staffordshire and the Hylands Park site in Chelmsford, Essex.

dLive Investment for Poland’s FS Audio

15/09/2016 - Production News

Poland – Krakow-based Polish PA company, FS Audio, invested in an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system to manage its busy summer events schedule. Comprising a S5000 control surface with DM64 MixRack, the new system was first employed to manage monitors at Krakow’s renowned Wianki festival.

Summer fairy tale with Gravity

14/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – From August 10-13, the ‘A Summer’s Tale’ festival took place in Luhmühlen, Germany. Nestled in the gorgeous landscape, the art and music event presented a top-class programme. The festival’s highlights included shows by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Garbage, Amy McDonald, Neil Finn and Sigur Rós. Gravity stands were part of the line-up.

Prime Circle invests in dot2: South Africa’s famous rock band fell in love with MA’s console

14/09/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Highly successful South African rock band Prime Circle has invested in a dot2 core plus dot2 F-wing which will allow their lighting designer Vincent van Niekerk to be fully in control wherever they are playing, including international shows and tours, as the console is so ultimately portable as well as being extremely powerful.

Chauvet Professional to Sponsor Eight Seminars and Panels At WFX

14/09/2016 - Event News

USA – Chauvet Professional is sponsoring a series of eight lighting seminars and panel discussions at the WFX Show on Wednesday 21st September and Thursday 22nd September. Taking place at Demo Room SWC102 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the sessions will feature tech leaders from some of the most prominent churches in the US, including Justin Firesheets from Church of the Highlands, Daniel Connell consultant to Church on the Move, Mike Frost from The Crossing, and David Luechsener of Gateway Church Dallas.

Meyer Sound Leo Family Lends Intimacy to Celine Dion’s Transatlantic “Francophone” Tour

14/09/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – For more than a quarter century, Celine Dion has captivated millions worldwide with music that reaches straight for the heart. On her recent arena-scale tour of French-speaking lands on both sides of the Atlantic, Dion relied on a Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement system to provide an intimate connection with audiences despite the vast scale of tour’s four arenas. Once again the system was provided by Dion’s long-time audio reinforcement supplier, Solotech of Montreal. At every one of the sold-out shows, her loyal fans were enthralled by the direct connection they felt with Dion and her music. Tour FoH engineer Denis Savage and system designer/engineer Francois “Frankie” Desjardin made certain the Leo Family system made every single person feel like Dion was talking directly to him or her.

Midas and Kenny Chesney Keep Spreading the Love

14/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Earlier in the summer, Midas reported that country superstar Kenny Chesney was heading out on the road with not one, but two Midas PRO X digital mixing consoles as part of his 2016 Spread the Love Tour, which included 14 major stadiums. The production company for the much anticipated tour, Morris, invited Midas along to meet the crew responsible for Chesney's monitor sound. 

Metric Halo Gear Takes a Cruz (Martinez)

14/09/2016 - Production News

USA – It was 1983 when Cruz Martínez – then just 12 years old – first took up the keyboard to play in a family band in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. His natural talent and musical intuition inspired La Sombra de Chicago to ask him to produce their album Porque te Quiero four years later, when Martínez was just 16 years old! That album was nominated for an American Grammy Award, solidifying Martínez’ standing in the industry and inspiring his move to Corpus Christi, Texas, where the label Freddie Records had a state-side studio. Soon after, Martínez started playing keyboards for the same Tejano band he was producing for La Sombra. From there, he founded and produced Los Kumbia Kings – arguably The Beatles of cumbia music, complete with a dramatic breakup – and more recently its descendent, Los Super Reyes. Across the decades, Martínez has amassed numerous platinum albums and Grammy nominations, along with five Grammy wins. He currently works out of personal studios in Corpus Christi and Monterrey, Mexico, while making plenty of time to produce, arrange, engineer and song write records for his wife – famous Latin singer Alicia Villarreal – and their children.

V Festival First For Serious Stages

14/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Serious Stages continued to expand its client roster by supplying the main stage and ancillary structures to V Festival for the first time, 20th - 21st August 2016.

Roxie lights up the show for Onyx

14/09/2016 - Production News

Weighing in at only 20.5kg, the Roxie LED 300W followspot from Robert Juliat is an ultra-compact little weapon that packs a punch far above its weight. Available from the exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, the Roxie has been specifically designed with efficiency in mind. As Robert Juliat’s first LED followspot it is the ideal energy-efficient solution with an output comparable to a 575W discharge spot. Its compact design makes it the perfect choice for venues where effective followspot location presents a challenge.

Eilon Engineering Celebrates 40 Years of Keeping People Safe

14/09/2016 - Business News

Leading load monitoring company Eilon Engineering has been in the business of keeping people safe for 40 years and is celebrating the anniversary with a generous programme of luxury incentives for its customers and distributors.

White Light Offers its Services to ATG Venues

14/09/2016 - Business News

UK – As the leading supplier of technical solutions to the entertainment industry for more than 40 years, White Light is often called upon to service various venues across the country. Whether it’s annual maintenance, electrical testing or the repairing of lights and desks, WL has a team of experienced experts to fulfil any servicing requirements. One of its long-term contracts is with Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), who now owns 45 theatres worldwide, including 11 in London’s West End.

DMX Productions Goes Elation for Punjabi Artist Diljit Dosanjh’s UK Tour

14/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Birmingham-based production company DMX Productions is increasingly turning to Elation Professional products to add a dynamic flare to a variety of shows and events. One example is an early summer UK tour by Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh that saw the Indian artist play a handful of dates in England including a show at London’s Wembley Arena.

Lost DayClub at Tiki Island Updates with Community

14/09/2016 - Project News

USA – The Lost DayClub at Tiki Island is a large, outdoor dance club with a pool-party ambience. The club hosts private parties as well as nightly entertainment and features a swimming pool, a Tiki bar and a central area used for special events and dancing. A major club renovation in 2016 included a new distributed audio system featuring Community R SERIES and I SERIES loudspeakers.

Thomas Gerdon Brings Nature One into the Light

14/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – This year Germany's biggest electronic music festival was inspired to attract massive crowds, with more than 65,000 visitors attending Nature One.

Yamaha Dante Products to Support AES67 Audio Network Interoperability

13/09/2016 - Equipment News

Yamaha has announced that it will successively update Dante products to support the AES audio-over-IP interoperability standard, allowing Yamaha products equipped with Dante networking capability to communicate with Ravenna and other audio networks via AES67.

Robe at PLASA 2016

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Robe is ready to rock the PLASA 2016 expo at Olympia next week, 18th – 20th September, which is back amidst the lively buzz of west London, a location surrounded by theatres, TV studios and rental companies.

Showlight 2017 - Showlight Announces First Speakers for Florence 2017

13/09/2016 - Event News

Italy – With the Papers Committee continuing to sift through a swathe of submissions, details of the first speakers for Showlight 2017 in Florence are coming to light. The programme promises to be as fascinating as ever with the following international lighting specialists the first to sign up:

Robert Juliat at PLASA 2016Stand K32 with Ambersphere Solutions

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Robert Juliat will be sharing stand space with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, as PLASA 2016 relocates to London’s Olympia (Stand K32).

Red Bull’s Elektropedia Room Gets Club Feel With Rogue R1 FX-B

13/09/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Lokerse Feesten is a ten-day city festival that takes place during August in Lokeren, East Flanders, Belgium. What began as a small festival in 1975 has grown into one of the largest festivals in Europe, with hundreds of thousands of visitors descending upon the small town each year to see an eclectic range of artists, ranging from Snoop Dogg to Simple Minds. This year, the famed festival’s Red Bull Elektropedia Room delivered a high-energy club-like feel with a Ignace D’haese, Jonas Weyn and Tijs Coene (Arf & Yes) designed light show that featured 100 Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures supplied by Phlippo.

Bandit Brings the Lights for Forecastle Festival

13/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites continued its epic summer of festivals by providing the lighting for The Forecastle Music Festival, 15th - 17th July. With a record breaking 65,000 in attendance, Forecastle proved that it is one of the country’s must-see music events as four stages spread across 85 acres of Louisville’s Waterfront Park hosted more than 60 acts, including Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Local Natives, Group Love and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.

KLANG 3D IEM Joins The Exploratorium at PLASA

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK – KLANG:technologies, the pioneering designer and manufacturer of its unique 3D in-ear monitoring system, is participating in The Exploratorium at PLASA in partnership with its UK distributor, HD Pro Audio.

TAIT ignites a new concert experience with largest kinetic light sculpture for Red Hot Chili Peppers

13/09/2016 - Production News

Hungary – On the eve of the Red Hot Chili Peppers opening night of The Getaway Tour, over 24 million people viewed James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke video with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The clip captures the group’s infamous talent, energetic vibe and passion for all things musical. With their new album came changes, including a new music producer, a new sound, a new way of song writing and a new touring scheme. These changes permitted for greater creative chemistry for the band while also allowing them to remain true to themselves and their identity. Authentic, grit, cutting-edge, fearless, surprise and organic – all words that describe the Peppers throughout their careers. They are an unassuming band, taking chances with their music, delivering high energy performances, with gritty-melodic songs and fearless ambitions to incorporate technology into their shows.

Thomas Gerdon’s TV Debut for X4 Atom on Mein Bestes Jahr

13/09/2016 - Production News

Germany - GLP’s mighty X4 Atom, the latest addition to its hugely popular X4 range, enjoyed its German television premier in the best possible way when Thomas Gerdon selected 116 of the compact fixtures, containing the same high output quad color LED source common to the entire X4 range, for a new prime time series.

MDG at PLASA 2016 Stand F60

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK – MDG UK will be exhibiting at PLASA 2016 on Stand F60 where visitors can enjoy the opportunity to try out a selection of products from the MDG portfolio.

Strong introduces the new TV range at IFA 2016, Booth 201, Hall 6.2b

13/09/2016 - Event News

Strong, member of the Skyworth Group and leading manufacturer and distributor of TV reception equipment, introduces the new TV range at booth 5.B61. IBC is the leading event for professionals engaged in the management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. The exhibition takes place from 9th to 13th September at RAI Amsterdam.

Ayrton at PLASA 2016 Stand L30 with Ambersphere Solutions

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Ayrton will exhibit at PLASA 2016 in London’s Olympia where it will share a stand (L30) with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. Ayrton is also proud to sponsor the Knight of Illumination Awards for the third year in succession. The prestigious lighting awards evening will take place at the Eventim Apollo in West London.

Polsound Distributes for TiMax and Out Board in Poland

13/09/2016 - Business News

UK theatre, event and installed audio specialists Out Board has appointed Polsound as its new Polish distributor for the TiMax SoundHub audio showcontrol matrix and TiMax Tracker performer tracking systems.

Philips Lighting to preview brand new product at PLASA London 2016

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK Philips Lighting has announced its Entertainment business will preview a brand new product from its highly popular effects light range Philips Showline, plus showcase the latest innovation from its Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Selecon and Philips Strand Lighting brands, at the PLASA London expo 2016.

Orbital Spot the X-Factor with Powersoft

13/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Since making their first investment in Powersoft‘s groundbreaking X Series amplifier technology earlier this year Orbital Sound has seen them graduate from driving the sound during the pantomime season to full touring duty on the hit musical, Chicago, where they have partnered with the company’s new Flare Audio X2 Compact Vertical Point Source Array loudspeaker system.

New Zealand PA Company Buys dLive

13/09/2016 - Project News

Specialists in sound, lighting, AV and live streaming, New Zealand’s Lampros Sound, recently invested in a dLive digital mixing system to add to its hire stock. and CutColourPlus at PLASA 2016

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK –, the one-stop online shop dedicated to the supply of custom and standard metal gobos, glass gobos and all projection images, will exhibit at PLASA 2016 alongside its sister company, the specialist filter company, CutColourPlus.

AKG flagship closed-back K872 reference headphones shipping now in the UK

13/09/2016 - Equipment News

AKG by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced immediate availability of the new flagship closed-back K872 reference headphones. AKG designed the K872 for audio engineers and musicians who require the utmost accuracy and detail for critical recording, mixing, mastering and live sound engineering applications. Featuring custom components including a specially engineered 53mm transducer, ultra-light open-mesh headband, slow-retention foam ear pads and a convenient carrying case/stand, the K872 combines superior sound quality with exceptional comfort and portability.

New CDC software and networking products expand mix and MegaCOMMS performance

13/09/2016 - Event News

WFX 2016 will see Cadac’s best-selling digital audio console, the CDC six, running the very latest CDC console software, offering such features as custom fader layers and a user library for EQ, effects and dynamics settings. The Expo will also see the US debut of Cadac’s CDC MC AES3 stagebox and CDC MC optical bridge, components which further increase the flexibly of Cadac’s propriety MegaCOMMS audio network.

Triple E’s ModTruss Stands Strong at PLASA London

13/09/2016 - Event News

UK Triple E’s unique, strong and versatile ModTruss is the ‘universal building system’ being used to construct a stage and an exhibition stand at this year’s PLASA London.

REM guide Tour of Britain through Bristol Stage

13/09/2016 - Production News

UK The Tour of Britain is the UK’s leading road cycling event, with 21 teams comprising 121 world class riders, including six of Team GB’s Olympian cyclists, competing across ten gruelling stages. This year’s tour was won by Dimension Data rider, Steve Cummings, the second Briton to have won the event since its rebrand in 2004, after Sir Bradley Wiggins rode to victory in 2013.

New Christie FHD492-XV and FHD552-XV flat panels combine performance and 24/7 reliability in a premium value package

13/09/2016 - Equipment News

The new Christie FHD492-XV and FHD552-XV LCD flat panels are versatile and rated for 24/7 use in the control rooms of government facilities, public utilities, security and surveillance, telecommunications, and transportation. The first of a new series, both panels provide the renowned quality Christie is famous for in a value-priced LCD display.

DPA Microphones Gets the Royal Treatment at the B.B. King Homecoming Festival

12/09/2016 - Production News

USA – When Bill Alford, owner of Showtec Productions, first took over the company in 2011, he wanted to compete with the bigger production companies, so he began to update his equipment. As part of this upgrade, he knew that DPA Microphones would provide the perfect audio support. Alford successfully won the bid for the 35-year-old B.B. King Homecoming Festival, where he was tasked with supplying the gear for the stage sound.

Martin Audio Gets into Carnival Mood with LSH Events

12/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Martin Audio was in carnival mood, masquerading among the 70-plus exotic floats and sound stages through three miles of Notting Hill’s streets, during the traditional August Bank Holiday event.

Light Bytes book launch at PLASA 2016

12/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Wayne Howell, CEO of Artistic Licence and inventor of Art-Net, is launching his book "Light Bytes – Inside Art-Net and sACN at the Art-Net 4 Zone (Stand R71) at this year's PLASA London show.

Costa Rica National Theatre Chooses Robe

12/09/2016 - Project News

The stunning Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, the country’s historically and culturally significant national theatre located right in the heart of capital San Jose, has made its first purchase of Robe moving lights, choosing the LED DLS Profile.

LSC at PLASA, London 2016

12/09/2016 - Event News

UK – For the 26th time, LSC Lighting Systems, the Australian lighting control system manufacturer, will exhibit at this year's PLASA show. Being held at Olympia, LSC will be found on booth H35.

Cambridge Live Takes Over the running of e-Luminate Festival to Ensure an Even Brighter Future for Cambridge

12/09/2016 - Production News

UK - The e-Luminate Cambridge Festival enters the Cambridge Live portfolio and will be run by this organisation in its future editions.

Harlequin makes donation to Theatres Trust

12/09/2016 - Business News

UK - On 24 August, Harlequin Floor’s group marketing manager, Mark Rasmussen met with Rebecca Morland, interim director of the Theatres Trust to make a donation toward the upkeep of its resource centre, which houses a library, special collections and an archive as well as dedicated spaces for theatre professionals and scholars to access these.

City Theatrical at PLASA 2016

12/09/2016 - Event News

UK – City Theatrical will be demonstrating its new technology at PLASA on stand H50 in Olympia London, 18th - 20th September, including new B-Series dimmers for LED tape, RGBI QolorFLEX LED Tape, new products from Pathway Connectivity, and the newly released Lightwright 6. Andrew Voller will be also be on the stand demonstrating Moving Light Assistant Software.

New Appointment at LSI

12/09/2016 - People News

UK – LSI Projects has announced the appointment of Richard Bunting to the position of UK business development manager. With over 25 years lighting industry experience, Richard returns to LSI after taking a career break of a couple of years. Previously he had held the role of operations manager for nine years, looking after the procurement and logistics for the numerous projects that the company installed including Al-Jazeera, BBC’s The One Show, Ghana Broadcasting, Saudi TV, and The Prime Minister’s Office in Brunei.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) at the IBC 2016 show

12/09/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s dedicated film & TV lighting sales division will be at the IBC 2016 show – RAI, Amsterdam, 9th-13th September – to showcase leading broadcast lighting solutions from Chroma-Q, Fiilex, Visionsmith and Quasar Science which combine the energy-saving benefits of modern LED technology with the lighting characteristics of conventional fixtures.

d&b audiotechnik all over Olympia at PLASA London 2016

12/09/2016 - Event News

UK – No matter what the plan for PLASA 2016 d&b audiotechnik will be a brand that’s hard to miss. From 18th - 20th September, visitors to London’s Olympia will have access to the latest d&b products and lots of opportunity to engage with the d&b GB team.

ZEEDO takes over Kling & Freitag sales in Romania

12/09/2016 - Business News

In Romania, the company ZEEDO has taken over exclusive distribution of Kling & Freitag’s entire product range. Established in 2007, ZEEDO made it its mission to be a reliable and, above all, understanding partner for its customers. The company focuses on the installation and rental market, as well as reselling. “During my on-site visit, I got to know the ZEEDO team and their professional way of working. We are certain that ZEEDO is a good match for us and that Kling & Freitag will be well represented in the Romanian market.” stated Joe Keul, sales manager at Kling & Freitag.

Elation Cuepix Panels for Inaugural Mad Cool Festival, Madrid

12/09/2016 - Production News

Spain – Mad Cool Festival is a brand new rock and pop music festival in Spain that debuted 16th - 18th June at the Caja Magica tennis grounds in Madrid. With a line-up that included Neil Young, The Who and The Prodigy, and a three-day attendance that topped 100,000, Mad Cool is off to an impressive start. Madrid-based PRG Spain was responsible for the audiovisual production for the festival’s three main stages and incorporated Elation Professional’s Cuepix Panel LED matrices into the design for Stage Three, a 10,000-capacity stage located inside the main tennis court arena.

IBC European Debut For Yamaha And Steinberg’s Implementation of Dolby Atmos

12/09/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – The latest update to Yamaha’s state-of-the-art Nuage hardware controller system has brought full support for Steinberg Nuendo 7.1, a fully fledged post-production system supporting different immersive sound formats. Using the Nuage console and Dante-based audio hardware, a connection to Dolby's rendering and mastering unit allows for easy and flexible content creation for object-based cinema sound, bringing Nuage up to speed with today’s fastest-growing immersive surround formats.

PLASA show for Prolyte Group

12/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Prolyte Group will be at the PLASA Show from 18th - 20th September in London. Members of the team can be found on the respective stands of the Prolyte distributors in the UK.

PR Live Invests in d3

09/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Live event and technical solutions specialist PR Live continues to expand its video division with an investment in d3 server technology.

Robe DL Series Adds Panache at Puy du Fou

09/09/2016 - Project News

France – Award-winning French theme park Puy du Fou located in the Vendée region of western France has invested in Robe’s DL series LED moving lights, with eight DL7Ss and 18 DL4Ss, which are being utilised to light their innovative new show “Le Dernier Panache”, an immersive fusion of theatre and cinema being staged in their new 19-million Euro Le Théâtre des Géants (Giants Theatre).

Bandit Lites Adds More Elation Gear to Inventory

09/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites has once again increased its touring inventory with even more gear, this time adding Elation’s ACL 360i. This compact fixture packs a great punch with brilliant LED illumination, continuous full 360° pan and tilt rotation, strobe and selectable dimming curve effects.

Cineo Lighting and LumenRadio announce partnership

09/09/2016 - Business News

LumenRadio has announced an OEM partnership with California-based Cineo Lighting, a leader in the production of lighting systems available for the motion picture, television and photography industries.

Silbermond tours light with Ayrton Radical fixtures

09/09/2016 - Production News

Europe – German rock band, Silbermond, has embarked on a live tour in support of its recently released, fifth studio album, Leichtes Gepäck. Lighting designer, Stephan Aue, has opted for two dominating lighting products from Ayrton, supplied by VisionStage of Germany, to play alongside them.

Seminar Programme at Art-Net 4 Zone announced

09/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Artistic Licence, inventor of Art-Net and expert in lighting control, is hosting a dedicated Art-Net stand at this year's PLASA London show. This exciting new initiative – entitled Art-Net 4 Zone (Stand R71) – is supported by PLASA and LSi and seeks to provide expert education and training on the use of Art-Net and related protocols.

One-Hundred Verlinde Stagemaker motors operated by AED studios

09/09/2016 - Project News

Belgium – For their ceiling grid equipment, AED’s audiovisual studios were recently equipped with 100 Verlinde Stagemaker SR10 motors to simplify assembly and dissembly operations for shows.

PixelFLEX is the final piece of the puzzle for Crescent Events

09/09/2016 - Production News

USA – With over 90 years of combined experience, Crescent Events is a premier event management company which produces live events nationwide from their offices in Charlotte, NC and Oxnard, CA. Dedicated to providing exceptional service, technical expertise and a high level of creativity, Crescent Events recently made a decision to bolster their rental inventory with an LED video system that would allow them to offer their clients a complete live event production package. Through this acquisition of the award-winning FLEXCurve 6mm LED video system, Nashville-based PixelFLEX is proud to announce Crescent Events as its newest production rental partner.

Chauvet Opens New Larger Showroom in Mexico

09/09/2016 - Business News

Mexico – Responding to the rapidly increasing demand for its lighting and trussing products in Mexico, Chauvet has opened a new office, warehouse, service centre and showroom in Lerma, just west of the nation’s capital. Located close to major highway and rail transit channels, the spacious new facility will house an extensive inventory of Chauvet Professional, Iluminarc and Chauvet DJ lighting fixtures, as well truss from the company’s Trusst division.

Martin Audio Welcomes Back Robin Dibble and Bradley Watson

09/09/2016 - People News

Martin Audio has announced the return of Robin Dibble as product support engineer and Bradley Watson to the role of EMEA sales manager.

VIVA All Musik

09/09/2016 - Production News

Sweden – All Musik based in Skara, is the first rental company in Sweden to take delivery of Robe’s VIVA LED spotlight, a fixture which is perfect for servicing their eclectic array of clients covering corporate shows, smaller music festivals and niche events.

BroadWeigh returns to PLASA – Wireless load cell monitoring system will demo on AC-ET stand

09/09/2016 - Event News

UK – The BroadWeigh wireless load cell monitoring system will take pride of place on the stand of its exclusive UK distributor, AC Entertainment Technologies (stand E30), at this year's PLASA show. Visitors to the stand will not only see the system, which made its debut at PLASA 2015, in action but can also find out more about how the system has been put to use by BroadWeigh's customers since the launch.

Clarity M Stereo and 5.1 Audio Meter for Mixing, Mastering and Post-Production

09/09/2016 - Equipment News

The Clarity M is a veritable audio toolbox that helps users make crucial mix and mastering decisions – every second of the day, every day of the year.

dLive Embarks on Anniversary Tour of Argentine Legends

09/09/2016 - Production News

Argentina – Legendary Argentine rock band, Viejas Locas, completed their 20th anniversary tour travelling with an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system to venues including the 5,000 capacity Salon Rock Sur in Buenos Aires.

Clamping down! - Doughty introduces three new clamps at PLASA

09/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Doughty Engineering will unveil three new clamps at this year's PLASA show as well as showcasing other items making their UK debut and a range of long-standing favourites.

Doughty helps Tara Theatre achieve the distressed look - Introducing the Doughty 'Heritage' finish

09/09/2016 - Project News

UK – The Tara Theatre, in Earlsfield, south west London, is a contemporary Asian-inspired theatre space. Opening to the public in autumn 2016, the venue, which includes the only permanent earth floor theatre in the country, will be home to world classics, new plays and plays for children, all produced by established and emerging artists. Architecturally, Tara Theatre is a fusion of East and West and features an intimate 100-seat auditorium, a studio for rehearsals and small events and an outdoor patio walled by railway sleepers.

DiGiCo busted

09/09/2016 - Equipment News

The power of social media, combined with the fast picture taking ability of today’s smart phones, has overtaken DiGiCo’s plans to launch its latest product, the S31, later this year.

Hawthorn Halves Installation Time for Unique Harrow School Venue

09/09/2016 - Project News

UK – Technical event production installation expert Hawthorn, has helped Harrow School – one of Britain’s leading independent schools and home to a range of historic event venues – develop an innovative staging solution for its famous Speech Room that has more than halved the installation time for its temporary staging.

LivePipe at PLASA London 2016

08/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Hoffend LivePipe hoists – “Engineering Product of the Year” at the 2016 ABTT Trade Show – are on the Hall Stage PLASA stand N40 at Olympia London from 18th - 20th September.

DAS FEST illuminated with GT-1 and impression X4 L

08/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – Taking place every year in Karlsruhe at the end of July since 1985, DAS FEST is one of the largest open-air events in Germany with more than 250,000 visitors.

Chauvet Professional X6IP Video Panels Create Big Impression For Red Lion Hotel Chain

08/09/2016 - Production News

USA – Although it has locations across the US, the Red Lion Hotel chain isn’t ranked among the giants of the hospitality industry. The Spokane-based chain is, however, second to none when it comes to customer service. This much is evident from the many accolades the chain has won, including multiple Number 1 ratings for customer satisfaction in the prestigious Metrix Hospitality Index.

Jands Introduces RF venue Wireless Products to Australia

08/09/2016 - Business News

Australia – Jands Pty Ltd and RF Venue, Inc. announced a new distribution agreement for all Australian territories. Jands will offer the company’s full line of unique RF products for wireless microphones, in-ear monitors, and production communications.

Midas Sound Embraced by Pop Sensation Rachel Platten

08/09/2016 - Production News

Rachel Platten exploded onto the mainstream last year after her 'Fight Song' ranked 6th in the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached the UK Top 10 Singles chart. Her label-debut album 'Wildfire' then achieved Gold status and to round things off, ‘Stand by You’, the second single from the album topped the Adult Pop Songs charts in February this year. When the ‘Wildfire’ tour rocked up in Los Angeles, Midas were privileged to receive an invite to the El Ray Theatre to meet the crew responsible for delivering Platten’s live sound. At front of house and monitor positions, Midas consoles were taking care of business!

RML Staff Announcement

08/09/2016 - People News

UK – Richard Martin Lighting has announced that Steve Finch will be joining the team as operations supervisor. A familiar face in the industry, Steve joins the company from his position as project manager at Siyan, a well established stage lighting hire company and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Two Yamaha RIVAGE PM10s Mix Prestigious Berlin Festival

08/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Berlin’s prestigious Classic Open Air Festival, which features five consecutive nights of live, open-air music in the heart of the city. Helping to mark the occasion were two Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 consoles, which mixed Front of House and monitors.

Bandit Lites Expands I.T. Department

08/09/2016 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites is continuing to increase its ranks with the hiring of Steve Feathers and promotion of Jeff Vogt at its corporate offices.

Hoist UK Design, Manufacture and Install Bespoke Crane System

08/09/2016 - Project News

UK – Hoist UK is a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and has recently designed, supplied, installed and commissioned a bespoke overhead crane system at a large manufacturing plant in the North West.

Dante Connects Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

08/09/2016 - Project News

USA – Communications Design Associates, a Massachusetts-based consulting, design and integration firm, recently completed a major upgrade to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, Massachusetts. The BCEC is the largest exhibition centre in New England, with over a half million square feet of exhibition space. The Communications Design Associates team quickly built out the 6,144-channel Audinate Dante network for the BCEC, to route voice and background music across 45 locations – significantly cutting cable and labour costs over the course of the project.

Martin Audio introduces BlacklineX: Signature sound for Portable and Installation

08/09/2016 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has announced BlacklineX, a classic suite of passive loudspeakers representing a reinvention for the modern era of its Blackline series.

Midas M32 Firmware is Major Leap Forward

08/09/2016 - Equipment News

Midas, one of the world’s leading console manufacturers, has released its much-anticipated firmware and application software update, V 3.0, for its award-winning M Series. Major performance enhancements now await users of the esteemed M32, M32R and M32C digital platforms. With strong focus on networked system control, Midas has gone the extra mile for the milestone update by including new versions of all of its remote control apps, M32-Edit and M32-Mix for all platforms with this consolidated 3.0 release.

HHB Group and Genelec unveil world’s first Genelec Experience Centre

08/09/2016 - Business News

UK – Pro-audio equipment supplier HHB Group and Genelec, the manufacturer of active monitoring loudspeakers, have launched the world’s first Genelec Experience Centre, enabling visitors to audition a dazzling array of Genelec active monitors for music, post, broadcast and install applications.

New Pr6000 Spot and Wash/FS Blast Off at PALM Expo China

07/09/2016 - Event News

China – PR Lighting found the long-standing PALM Expo China trade fair in Beijing to be the perfect showcase for its new high-powered PR6000 Spot and Wash/FS combination.

DPA Microphones Showcase Popular Microphone Solutions at the AES 2016 Show

07/09/2016 - Event News

USA – DPA Microphones will be featuring its latest solutions for live sound, recording, broadcast, conferences and AV installation at the 141st AES Convention (Booth 621) in Los Angeles. The company will have its range of d:screet miniature, d:dicate recording, d:vote instrument and d:facto hand-held microphones on display.

Deadline for ETCP Testing Opportunities at LDI 2016 Approaching

07/09/2016 - Event News

USA – All four ETCP examinations, including the new Portable Power Distribution Technician Certification (PPDT), will be offered at LDI in Las Vegas, NV on the morning of Saturday, October 22, 2016. Interested applicants must submit their application and fee to the ETCP office no later than September 26, 2016.

Lauren Daigle and Kari Jobe LD Andy Rushing to Participate in Chauvet Professional WFX Seminar

07/09/2016 - Event News

USA – Christmas concerts are a highlight on the calendars of many churches. However, although they’re exciting, these events often involve elaborate stage productions and appearances by guest artists, both of which can create new sets of challenges for a church’s technical team.

Kids Team Up with Special Effects Company Artem SFX to Play the Ultimate Pranks On the Public

07/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Artem SFX, an award-winning physical special effects company, recently created a series of elaborate SFX props and explosions for a new CBBC series called Rank the Prank, which started on 3rd September 2016.

Midas Neutron Expansion Excels PRO X Capabilities

07/09/2016 - Equipment News

The rock-solid legacy of the award-winning Midas Pro Series continues as the company has announced the shipping of its much anticipated Neutron-NB Network Bridge expansion module. Compatible with the award-winning Neutron audio system engine for the PRO X digital console, the Network Bridge delivers a multi-channel interface between two third party digital audio networks and point-to-point interfaces.

An Insight into Disclosure's Caracal Tour with PRG XL Video

07/09/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Disclosure, the sibling electronic music duo from Surrey, continue to work hard as they take their Caracal tour around the world. The Disclosure show returned to the UK last month, when the band headlined the Reading and Leeds festivals, before heading off to South America.

Yamaha Equips New Baitul Ikram Mosque

07/09/2016 - Project News

UK – Many House of Worship (HoW) audio installations are in existing buildings, adding sound reinforcement for the first time or replacing a life expired system. But occasionally the opportunity arises to design an audio system as an integral part of a new-build. RG Jones Sound Engineering recently did this for a brand new mosque in Leicester, choosing a complete Yamaha solution.

Allen & Heath Launches New Performance DJ Mixer

07/09/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched the Xone:PX5, a new 4+1 channel DJ performance mixer, that combines classic Xone analogue audio quality with comprehensive digital connectivity and next generation performance-focused FX processing. Equipped with the legendary Xone VCF filter, three-band total kill EQ on all channels, and a new internal Xone:FX engine, the PX5 also features a high spec 20-channel USB sound card with Xone:Sync and MIDI integration, all packaged within an intuitive surface layout.

RG Jones and MLA Add Sunfall to London's Festival Map

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK – In a crowded festival season, trying to establish a new concept within a relatively untested site in central London can prove hazardous.

Sector 6 Fires Up Boomtown

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Sector 6 was an enormous brand new stage and performance area at the 2016 Boomtown Festival in the UK. A brainchild of Dan Borg, the crazy set design was created from several tonnes of reconditioned scrap metal and much ingenuity as a living, moving, breathing industrial sculpture inspired by iconic structural components from steel works, power stations, nuclear reactors, etc, all united in an post-apocalyptic masterpiece of madness!

DL7Ss for Tristan & Isolde at ENO

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK – DL7S LED Profile luminaires from Robe made their UK debut at the Coliseum in London’s Covent Garden, as part of the lighting rig for the highly acclaimed English National Opera (ENO) production of Wagner’s ‘Tristan & Isolde’ directed by Daniel Kramer.

Biffy in Ellipsis…

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK - In a world growing smaller by the day, Biffy Clyro chose contrarily to expand their horizons through a diminishing perspective. What does that mean? Well, to set designer Misty Buckley, it meant establishing a new benchmark to what is possible with transformative stage sets on festival stages, not least Biffy Clyro’s headlining appearances at Leeds and Reading this Bank Holiday weekend.

Clay Paky in the Guinness book of records for lighting the closing show of the world's longest football match

06/09/2016 - Production News

Chile – A new world record was set for the Guinness Book of records at the La Florida stadium in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday 22nd May. A total of 2,357 players took part in a 120-hour soccer match and broke the previous record held by England, where a non-stop 105-hour game was played.

Clay Paky illuminates the 2016 Vivid Sydney Festival

06/09/2016 - Production News

Australia – Every year for the past seven years, Sydney’s streets and skyline have come alight with the beautiful, inspiring, interactive festival that is Vivid Sydney. The lights and installations of Vivid Sydney illuminate some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, Maritime Museum and The Star casino.

Clay Paky lights the all-nighter at Nikki Beach Marbella

06/09/2016 - Project News

Spain – Sonobalance dealt with lighting the all-nighter that Nikki Beach Marbella threw to celebrate the arrival of the summer season. They used 12 Clay Paky Mythos units and an MA Lighting grandMA2 ultra-light desk.

White Light Provides the Lighting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Including Premium Products from GLP

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK – In what is being regarded as one of the biggest productions in West End history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child recently opened at the Palace Theatre to rave reviews. The play is the eighth story set in the Harry Potter universe and takes place 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

WIcreations Helps Massive Attack Screen Stand Out

06/09/2016 - Production News

Europe – Entertainment engineering specialist WIcreations was asked to create an innovative solution for the current Massive Attack tour.

Chevelle Takes Bandit Lites on Tour

06/09/2016 - Production News

USA – American rock band Chevelle, comprising of Dean Bernardini and brothers Pete and Sam Loeffler, have been making music and touring for more than two decades, but they aren’t kicking back and looking towards slowing down. Rather than rest on their laurels, the band released their eighth studio album The North Corridor this July and have been touring the country with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

Capital and MLA Raise the Temperature at SW4

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Lock N Load Events’ annual South West Four (SW4) Bank Holiday Weekend festival on Clapham Common this year reached new sound thresholds set by Lambeth Council, as Capital Sound again set to work with their award-winning Martin Audio MLA multi-cellular system.

Midas M Series Demand Ignites with Electrovision

06/09/2016 - Business News

UK – The ground-breaking M Series developed by leading console manufacturer Midas, is experiencing a flood in popularity amongst audio professionals in the United Kingdom. As a result,Midas has today revealed plans to rocket availability of the Series by appointing Electrovision as an additional UK dealer.

Eaton Zero 88 Offers 'A Million Steps' of Support on the Fringe

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK – The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival.

The Warehouse Provides Diverse Sound Solutions for Edinburgh International Festival

06/09/2016 - Production News

UK – The Warehouse Sound Services helped this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) achieve high end sound across the summer season after designing, installing and engineering the sound for over 30 different shows across the festival. The Warehouse Sound Services, once again ensured the festival’s various sound reinforcement requirements were comprehensively covered.

Northumberland National Park's tech-inspired partnership with Simon Armitage is poetry in motion

05/09/2016 - Project News

UK – A unique collaboration between the iconic English poet Simon Armitage CBE and the Northumberland National Park Authority has led to the launch of a digital treasure trail of spoken poems that can only be accessed on mobile devices at specific locations throughout the Park.

Community Partners with Tau Audio Solutions in The Netherlands

05/09/2016 - People News

The Netherlands Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Tau Audio Solutions as its distributor for The Netherlands. Started in 1997, Tau is a leading distributor with an established portfolio of quality audio brands, including Ashly, Clockaudio, Audix Microphones, Contacta and Baldwin Boxall Communications.

Riding the Waves with Mein Schiff 5

05/09/2016 - Project News

Europe – Robe moving lights, including 65 DL4 series luminaires in the form of 50 DL4F LED washes and 15 DL4S Profiles were again selected as flagship fixtures for the four major entertainment areas aboard Mein Schiff 5, the latest cutting-edge cruise ship to be launched by Germany-based operator TUI Cruises.

Let’s Go 8 Bit!

05/09/2016 - Production News

UK – Moving light rental specialists, Richard Martin Lighting is going virtual with lighting designer Roger Williams for Go 8 Bit, the UK’s next video game TV show from Dave.

Two Indian PA Companies Invest in dLive

05/09/2016 - Project News

India – Two Indian PA companies, Systematic Inc. in Bengaluru and Naamdhari Entertainment Systems in Telengara, have recently added Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems to their hire stocks.

Rivers Church connects the congregation with d&b ArrayProcessing

05/09/2016 - Project News

South Africa – Rivers Church in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg, has recently built itself a new home and in so doing doubled its capacity for services. The new church can accommodate 3,000 congregants; the sanctuary is fan-shaped with a single balcony and in many ways conforms to the current trend in contemporary church architecture. By engaging Stage Audio Works the church solved a classic dilemma at the same time, as head of sound for worship music, Andrew Illgner explained: “Our pastors André and Wilma Olivier, never wanted it to be two churches, those at the front feeling fully engaged, and those at the back, a little removed. So it’s in how we address our audience where the benefits of ArrayProcessing have proved such a discernible difference.”

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 reveals TV shortlist

05/09/2016 - Event News

UK – The third and final category shortlist for this year's prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards has been revealed.

Elation Stage and Broadcast Lighting for UK’s Bridge Street Community Church

05/09/2016 - Project News

UK – Bridge Street Community Church in Leeds, South Yorkshire, has opened up a new worship building and fitted-out the space with Elation Professional stage and broadcast lighting, designed, supplied and installed by Wigwam Acoustics. The new purpose-built Bridge Community Church is a multi-purpose building catering for conferences and live events, as well as weekly church services. The newly completed development provides the church with a comprehensive community centre that includes a 1,000-capacity auditorium, café and other facilities.

The Exploratorium – an unusual and fascinating experiment at PLASA 2016

05/09/2016 - Event News

UK – There is something completely different about to happen at PLASA 2016. A new experiment,The Exploratorium, is a maze where the participants show off both their technical expertise and their imaginations.

Star structures Samsung Hypercube’s Festival First

02/09/2016 - Production News

Star Events thought outside the box to provide for Samsung’s unique Hypercube, housing the UK’s first immersive virtual reality (VR) music video, which is touring festival sites.

HSL Supplies Gladys Knight Tour

02/09/2016 - Production News

UK – ‘Empress of Soul’, legendary singer/songwriter Gladys Knight recently toured the UK and Blackburn-based HSL was delighted to be supplying lighting equipment and crew to the production which was co-ordinated on the road for HSL by Lester Cobrin and designed by UK and Nashville-based LD, Neil Scrivener.

BMFLs Light Up Jerusalem

02/09/2016 - Production News

Israel – Israeli lighting designer Martin Adin of Pyromania presented his stunning “Photographia – Painting with Light” installation at the 2016 ‘Light in Jerusalem’ festival of light, which involved projecting onto and lighting a large section of the city’s famous ‘Old City of Jerusalem’ close to Jaffa Gate, one of the main entrances to the old city.

FloppyFlex and SoLED on Tour with Queen

02/09/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – This year’s Queen + Adam Lambert Summer Festival tour began in Europe and will wrap up in Asia at the end of September. Queen’s long history of pushing the envelope both musically and aesthetically requires that their creative team bring their A Game. For the tour, lighting designer Rob Sinclair and scenic designer Ric Lipson of Stufish Entertainment Architecture utilised Firefly FloppyFlex LED Neon and Solaris SoLED strobes to accent their cutting-edge stage design.

DPA Microphones and EAG Productions Groove With Urban Artist Alkilados and World Music Artist Totó La Momposina

02/09/2016 - Production News

USA – When live studio audio mixer and owner of EAG Productions Eduardo A. García heads out on tour with urban artists Alkilados and Totó La Momposina, he always makes sure to bring along his trusted DPA microphones.

Yamaha Expands TF Series Digital Mixer Lineup with Rack-Mount Format for Installs and Portable Venues

02/09/2016 - Equipment News

USA – Yamaha has introduced TF-RACK, a powerful, compact rack-mount version of the company’s acclaimed TF Series digital mixing consoles.

PLASA 2016: ETC premieres ColorSource Linear and celebrates 40 years

02/09/2016 - Event News

UK – ETC’s 40th anniversary celebrations continue, and the next stop on the global tour is London for the annual PLASA Show, at Olympia, 18th - 20th September.

GLP at PLASA 2016

02/09/2016 - Event News

UK – After a highly successful year with their new product portfolio, notably on the London West End stage, GLP’s inventive solutions continue to evolve, as will be evidenced at this year’s PLASA Show (London Olympia, 18th - 20th September).

Jazz Open Hamburg and Grammy winner Omar Sosa jazz with Gravity

02/09/2016 - Production News

Germany – The new Gravity stands, an Adam Hall Group brand, were deployed at the Jazz Open Hamburg 2016. The stands delivered on their promise of stability and user-friendly handling during the shows of top acts like Grammy winner Omar Sosa among others.

MUSIC Set to Propel Rapid Growth in Italy

02/09/2016 - Business News

Italy - Music, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional audio products, is celebrating a major distribution deal which will see its award-winning brands dominate Italy’s professional audio market. Music has designated Italy's leading audio experts, Prase Engineering, as its distributor for iconic brands Midas, Klark Teknik, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Tannoy and Turbosound.

Wigwam and Firehouse invest in Optocore/BroaMan devices for Coldplay tour

02/09/2016 - Production News

UK & USA – Having completed the design of Coldplay’s all new, Wigwam-built control system, digital design specialist Alex Hadjigeorgiou, along with account manager Chris Hill, have taken the technical design lead for the fibre infrastructure on the band’s latest trans-Atlantic tour, A Headful of Dreams.

Doughty clamps down on IBC

02/09/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Doughty Engineering will unveil two new clamps at this year's IBC show as well as exhibiting the company's range of kit designed with the film and TV industry in mind.

Tom Wilkes Joins White Light as Business Development Manager

02/09/2016 - People News

UK - The yeaer 2016 has been an extremely busy and exciting for White Light. The company has reaffirmed its position as the leading lighting supplier to the West End, providing smash-hit shows such as Aladdin and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, along with supplying Shakepeare’s Globe’s first-ever theatrical lighting rig and overseeing the lighting installation of EXHIBITIONISM at Saatchi Gallery. The company has also strengthened its broadcasting work, supporting ITV Sport’s coverage of the Champions League, Europa League and the EURO 2016 tournament. Similarly, it continues to provide the technical solutions on a range of events including Dev Week, BT Sport Industry Awards and the NME Awards. To support its perpetual development, WL has appointed Tom Wilkes (pictured) as business development manager.

Artistic Licence to host Art-Net 4 Zone at PLASA 2016

02/09/2016 - Event News

UK – Artistic Licence, inventor of Art-Net and expert in lighting control, is hosting a dedicated Art-Net stand at this year's PLASA London show. This exciting new initiative – entitled Art-Net 4 Zone (Stand R71) – is supported by PLASA and LSi and seeks to provide expert education and training on the use of Art-Net and related protocols.

Sound Engineer Howard 'Head' Bullivant talks deploying Sennheiser Mics for PJ Harvey, James Blake, and Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan

02/09/2016 - Production News

Europe – Following the release of her UK number one album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist PJ Harvey has been out on the road, headlining some of the UK and Europe’s most prestigious music festivals to much critical acclaim. Her summer touring schedule, along with her nine-strong band of world-class musicians, has included appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, London’s Field Day, Primavera Sound, and Rock Werchter to name but a few. PJ Harvey’s vocal microphone of choice on these shows is a Sennheiser super-cardioid MD 431.

Hawthorn Sing Hallelujah with Sister Act

02/09/2016 - Production News

UK - Hawthorn is currently on the road with Jamie Wilson Productions for the highly acclaimed Curve Theatre Production of Sister Act as it starts a year-long national tour. Hawthorn has drawn from their extensive hire range to provide lighting equipment for the production, including their new-to-stock Martin Mac Viper Performance, Mac Aura XB and Chroma Q Colour Force 72 fixtures.

DiGiCo SD5s control main stage audio at World Youth Day in Poland

02/09/2016 - Production News

The Vatican – The first World Youth Day (WYD) was held in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican by His Holiness John Paul II in 1984 as a response to his invitation for an International Jubilee of youth on Palm Sunday. Three-hundred-thousand young people from around the world gathered that first year and it has become the tradition that every Palm Sunday WYD is celebrated in a different city around the world. This year, the event held in Brzegi near the Polish city of Karkow and DiGiCo consoles helped form the backbone of the massive audio system provided by Polish rental company Gigant Sound.

Powerful lighting solutions from Osram for the G20 Summit

02/09/2016 - Production News

China – Osram is putting the G20 Summit in China, which will take place on 4th and 5th September in Hangzhou, in the right light. High-quality lighting solutions from the Munich-based lighting specialist will be in use in the Congress Hall where representatives of the 20 most important industrial and emerging nations will be meeting. They will also be used to illuminate various outdoor areas. Osram has supplied the hosts with several hundred spotlights and spotlight lamps. High, mid and low-power LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors are integrated in luminaires from the Chinese manufacturer Roleds.

Yamaha Launches TF-RACK

01/09/2016 - Equipment News

Yamaha’s TF series of mixing consoles has brought the best digital mixing technology to the widest possible user base, its intuitive TouchFlow Operation coupled with Yamaha’s renowned audio quality, flexibility and reliability. Now, with the launch of TF-RACK, the TF series mixing is even more flexible and convenient.

Capital and MLA Triumph at 'Big Three' Hungarian Festivals

01/09/2016 - Production News

Hungary – A key component of Capital Sound’s busy summer festival schedule is the annual visits to Hungary, where they provide technical infrastructure for the Sziget Organisation at three major gatherings.

DirectOut announces partnership with Waves

01/09/2016 - Business News

Germany – Connectivity specialist DirectOut has announced that it has entered into a SoundGrid licensing partnership with Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of audio plug-ins and signal processors for the professional and consumer electronics audio markets. The collaboration has led to the development of a new device with a SoundGrid and MADI interface that will be unveiled at the forthcoming IBC in September.

Robe Announces Jens Poehlker as MD for Robe Asia Pacific

01/09/2016 - People News

Singapore – Jens Poehlker (pictured) joins the Robe Asia Pacific team based in Singapore as managing director, where his industry and commercial experience, personality, communication skills and large network of contacts will pave the way for the Robe’s next stage of development in the region.

Avolites' Sapphire Touch Lights an Optical Fire for Camp Bisco

01/09/2016 - Production News

USA – The curved overhang of the pavilion tent served as a visual canvas for the explosion of lighting effects, lasers, video and media server content that blasted forth and blew concert-goers’ minds at this year’s Camp Bisco. The visual canvas of swirling colours, cones of light and constantly moving content was due to the choice of fixtures as much as it was to the chosen lighting control system, Avolites’ Sapphire Touch.

New GLP Distributor in Spain

01/09/2016 - Business News

Spain – Spanish wholesaler Monacor Iberia, which supplies professionals in the field of security and event equipment, has taken on the exclusive distribution of GLP products in Spain, with immediate effect. GLP managing director, Udo Künzler, stated: "It was important to have a presence in the Spanish market, and to do so with a professional partner who understands the needs of the local market. After some discussion it was clear that Monacor was the ideal partner for this development."

Ollie Wilkinson Illuminates Lancaster University Student’s Union 2016 Graduation Ball with Chauvet

01/09/2016 - Production News

UK – The splendid and ornate surroundings of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom were recently home to the Lancaster University Student’s Union 2016 graduation ball, an evening marked by celebration and reflection. Lighting designer Oliver Wilkinson contributed to the festive mood, creating a memorable and colourful light show that was anchored by ten Rogue R1 Spot and 22 Q-Wash 560Z-LED moving fixtures from Chauvet Professional, as well as six MotionOrbs and 12 PiXPar 24 par fixtures from its sister company Chauvet DJ.

Bandit Lites Expands with New Office

01/09/2016 - Business News

USA – Bandit Lites recently opened up its newest office in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the office focusing primarily on fixed installation projects and bringing Bandit’s meticulous attention to detail to administering systems that meets its clients’ exact lighting needs.

Alcons expands the CRMS family of reference immersive sound systems

01/09/2016 - Equipment News

The CRMSC-SRHOR surround is a two-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of immersive cinema surround sound formats.

Meyer Sound’s Legendary Pro Systems Moving into Residential and Private Cinema Market

01/09/2016 - Event News

USA – Meyer Sound’s involvement in the cinema world began back in 1980 when John Meyer built the original 650 subwoofer for the multi-channel sound system touring with the 70mm theatrical release of Francis Ford Coppola’s "Apocalypse Now.” The legendary director later said: “If only every theatre had a system like this they would have the same remarkable experience I have on my stage.”

Marquee AV Expands its Production Lighting Operations

01/09/2016 - People News

UK – Shepperton-based Marquee AV is expanding its production and theatre lighting operations with the appointment of Paul Barker, who brings substantial technical experience of lighting systems and control to his new position as project manager.

dLives are Enrolled by Touring Dance Group

01/09/2016 - Production News

Hungary – Renowned Hungarian dance group, Experidance, recently purchased two Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems to manage audio requirements for their national touring shows.

Holland’s Wildlands Adventure Zoo Comes to Life with Elation Lighting

01/09/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – When the local zoo in Emmen, the Netherlands, closed at the end of 2015 it wasn’t long before animal lovers in the area had a renewed and even better animal theme park to visit. Inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom and SeaWorld Orlando, Wildlands Adventure Zoo opened its doors on 25th March, 2016 as the area’s new must-visit theme attraction.

DiGiCo SD7s aid audio perfection on Adele 25 tour

01/09/2016 - Production News

USA – This year, Adele made a welcome return to the stage with 25, her first arena tour, which received rave reviews during its European leg. Now travelling round the US, the tour’s much anticipated nature and Adele’s status as one of the world’s favourite artists, prescribed a production with values that aim for nothing less than perfection, right across the board. In audio world, that aim is aided by the use of DiGiCo SD7 mixing consoles, which are situated at both the Front of house and monitor positions.

GearSource Europe Relocates Office and Warehouse

01/09/2016 - Business News

UK – GearSource Europe has announced the relocation of its European office to the historic Horton Kirby Paper Mills in South Darenth, Kent.

SGM adds an extra splash of patriotism to the Democratic National Convention

01/09/2016 - Production News

USA – With the US elections intensifying, The Democratic National Convention took place in July, while SGM fixtures lit up landmarks and historical monuments in the host city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.