News Archive for October 2017

Specialist illumination company, LED Creative has supported the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards

31/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Hosted by Idris Elba and filmed live in front of a star-studded audience at the London Palladium, the event honours top performers from the world of football in a celebration that salutes the sporting contributions of players, coaches and fans.

Green Hippo Jams With Jaar

31/10/2017 - Production News

Europe – Nicolas Jaar, the New York-based Chilean composer, brought in Colourblind to design the lighting and video on his European tour.

The tour made its way through a host of iconic venues and famous festivals, including Glasgow’s Barrowlands and Barcelona’s Sonar, claiming sold-out status and rave reviews. Colourblind, headed by Lynden Gare, designed a show to complement the Chilean’s explorative music creations, and centre to the operation was a Hippotizer media server. The Karst unit used both SDI outputs, as well as splitting the DP to feed the LED strips. Running Hippotizer, it also fed IMAG screens at a number of the festival appearances.

Philips Lighting's VLZ range sets a new standard for performance consistency

31/10/2017 - Equipment News

Philips Lighting has announced the availability of the new Philips VLZ range of moving head luminaires for professional show lighting applications. Using the latest Philips LED light engine and providing advanced colour and beam control, the three VLZ models together set a new benchmark for performance consistency in stage and television lighting.

Extra strength in a triangular format

31/10/2017 - Equipment News

In 1995, LITEC developed the first end-plate connection system for truss using a die cast aluminium plate. This design feature currently remains the most distinguishing element of the LITEC range of truss for light and medium duty applications.

Robe for new Little Caesars Arena Installation

31/10/2017 - Production News

USA – The brand new Little Caesar’s Arena in midtown Detroit is a 15 – 22,000 capacity multi-purpose venue and home to the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. The venue will also be used for a wide range of concerts and events serving as the cornerstone of a new sports and entertainment district in ‘Motor City’.

Inter-M Provides BGM and PA for IKEA Goyang with Community Loudspeakers

31/10/2017 - Project News

Korea – The home furnishing company IKEA has opened its second store in Korea, in the city of Goyang. The world's largest furniture retailer has invested over KRW 300 billion in the construction of the new 164,000 square meter building, which has three basement and four ground floors. As part of its plans for a total of six stores in Korea by 2020, the location of the Goyang store was chosen to give the people of Seoul and the northern metropolitan area more convenient access to IKEA.

BackStage Pass: Reflections on Life in the Theatre

31/10/2017 - Business News

BackStage Pass, an original video series for the live event entertainment industry, has announced the release of the third video in an ongoing series of interviews with leaders who have helped shape the history and future of the entertainment industry.

Steve Bewley creates the perfect Stormzy with Ayrton

31/10/2017 - Production News

UK & Ireland – “This is the moment that I have been waiting for my whole life. I am now ready to certify my position as a credible artist and someone who is here for the long run.” The grime artist Stormzy was in no doubt about the importance of the Gang Signs and Prayers Tour, in promotion of his debut album, that visited Academy venues across the UK and Ireland through the spring, before culminating in two shows at the legendary London O2 Brixton Academy.

Lighthouse installs d&b for full spectrum arts by the sea

31/10/2017 - Project News

UK – Lighthouse is the cultural hub for both the seaside resort of Poole and its surrounds. Opened in 1978, it was originally conceived as the new home for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and as a multi-space venue for Dorset and the further reaches of the South West UK. Inside the complex is a central concert hall, a mid size theatre, a small scale studio theatre as well as a cinema, art galleries and function room facilities. As the name suggests, Lighthouse provides a beacon for all performance arts.

Lost Lake Festival Launches with Bandit Lites

31/10/2017 - Production News

USA – More than 45,000 people turned out to the inaugural Lost Lake Festival at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, AZ for a three-day extravaganza of music, art, food and games. Superfly, the masterminds behind the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Outsidelands, Forecastle and others, entrusted long-time collaborator Bandit Lites to provide the lighting for the two mainstages, where performances included The Killers, Chance the Rapper, The Pixies, Huey Lewis & The News, The Roots, Dreamcar, Run the Jewels, Odesza and Major Lazer.

Optoma launches laser version of its award-winning 4K UHD65 home cinema projector

31/10/2017 - Equipment News

Optoma, number one 4K UHD brand in EMEA, has announced the launch of its new flagship 4K UHD laser projector, the UHZ65. The new UHZ65 harnesses ground-breaking laser technology along with the same high-end specifications as the award-winning UHD65, which was recently awarded 5 stars and ‘Best projector £2000-£4000’ at the What Hi-Fi Awards 2017.

GLP Promises Tour de Force at LDI 2017

31/10/2017 - Event News

USA – GLP will set up a ‘village’ environment at this year’s LDI 2017 expo in Las Vegas (17th -19th November).

Durability and Great Sound Make DPA Microphones The Stars of Vienna’s Burgtheater

31/10/2017 - Production News

Austria – Every year, between 1st September and 30th June, Vienna’s Burgtheater premieres around 20 new productions and puts on over 900 shows at the theatre and other locations belonging to the venue. The one constant in this hectic schedule are DPA d:screet 4061 omnidirectional miniature microphones, which are used in many productions to amplify and record actors and singers.

Chauvet DJ To Showcase New Eve Series Fixtures, Along with Atmospherics and Washes at LDI

31/10/2017 - Event News

USA – A collection of powerful new par washes and atmospheric effects designed to offer cost-effective design solutions for the event lighting market are among the innovative offerings that will highlight the Chauvet DJ booth (1415) at LDI 2017.

HHB Appointed UK and Ireland Distributor for Non Lethal Applications

31/10/2017 - Business News

UK & Ireland – HHB Communications has been appointed UK and Ireland distributor of Southern-Germany based software developers (NLA).

World’s First Installation of Wavefront Precision at First Pentecostal Church

31/10/2017 - Project News

USA – The recent audio upgrade by Clark at the First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas featured the world’s first installation of both Martin Audio’s new Wavefront Precision Compact (WPC) and Mini optimised arrays with iKON amps along with CSX218 subs and the new LE100 monitors.

Green Hippo Ensures that Lady Antebellum Looks Good

31/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Lady Antebellum, with support from Kelsea Ballerini, is a formidable world tour offering. And SRae Productions with the help of Clear All Visuals was the team tasked with ensuring that the video and lighting lived up to the performers’ expectations. Matt Geasy of Clear All Visuals specified two separate set-ups, each with a pair of Hippotizer Boreal media servers. Both set-ups were used to feed the LED screens and each one was triggered depending on the performer, switching between two or three outputs.

Philips Lighting's VLZ Profiles are picture perfect for South Africa's Idols

30/10/2017 - Production News

South Africa - Philips Lighting has announced that its latest lighting fixtures are playing a key role in enhancing the quality of the television pictures for the current series of South Africa's televised talent contest, Idols.

Osram to bathe St. Peter's Basilica in LED light

30/10/2017 - Project News

The Vatican – Osram and the technical services department of the office of the Vatican City State Governor are combining to undertake the new lighting programme for St Peter's Basilica.

S+H Supplies LED Screens to TV Choice Awards

30/10/2017 - Production News

UK – S+H Technical working for Stoneapple Productions enjoyed the red carpet, glamour and glitz of the 2017 TV Choice Awards, supplying its 12mm LED surface for the event which was staged in The Ballroom at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane in central London. Over 400 TV and entertainment celebrities gathered to enjoy a gala dinner evening with the presentation of TV-related 18 Awards categories, from Best New Drama to Best Soap Actor and Actress, as voted by readers of TV Choice Magazine.

ICONYX Delivers Musicality, Intelligibility at St. Michael the Archangel Church

30/10/2017 - Project News

USA – St. Michael the Archangel Church is about 20 years old, and its distributed ceiling-speaker system was barely adequate at best when new. Speech intelligibility was an issue, and coverage was uneven across the space. Back then, masses were entirely traditional. Today, the church offers both traditional masses with choir, organ, piano, and orchestral instruments and contemporary-style masses with guitars, bass, piano, drums, and so on. To design and install a sound system that could handle their needs, church leaders turned to AV systems integrator AVCON, which, like the church, is based in Cary, North Carolina. AVCON's solution: Renkus-Heinz' ICONYX digitally steerable line arrays.

ATM Poland Chooses Robe

30/10/2017 - Project News

Poland – ATM is a leading television production company in Poland with a substantial complex and seven studios in the lively Praga district of Warsaw, plus a head office in Wroclaw offering another two expansive studios spaces, all of which are constantly busy. The ATM Group was founded 20 years ago and is now a public company with around 500 employees, a fleet of OB vans, substantial equipment inventories and is servicing a variety of productions from conception to completion across Poland and further afield.

L-Acoustics tames challenges of Taipei Arena for Golden Melody Awards

30/10/2017 - Production News

Taiwan – Organised by the Ministry of Culture for Taiwan, the Golden Melody Awards (GMAs) is the Chinese speaking territories’ biggest and most prestigious music awards, with nominations open to artists from countries including China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong and has set the region’s standard for stage design, audio, lighting and visuals. For the Award’s 28th edition, Winly Engineering & Trading was tasked with designing and supplying an L-Acoustics system that would provide superb coverage for the challenging environment of this year’s host venue, the Taipei Arena.

DiGiCo sextet at Pavarotti tribute show

30/10/2017 - Production News

Italy – On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of Luciano Pavarotti, Friends & Partners Group and the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation produced “Un Emozione senza fine” (An endless emotion), a show paying tribute to the world-famous tenor with a stellar cast including Placido Domingo, José Carreras and top Italian pop stars, staged in the unique setting of Verona Arena and aired live in prime time nationwide on TV and radio.

TMB Celebrates 400+ Years of Pro Cable Assembly Experience

30/10/2017 - Business News

USA – In a modest ceremony this week at TMB Los Angeles, the ten-year anniversaries of three of the company’s cable assembly technicians were celebrated. All three are part of a distinct company-wide group of professional, highly-skilled cabling technicians, of whom TMB is justifiably very proud. Also a matter of great pride at TMB is its Pro Cables division’s worldwide cabling staff of over 50, with an average tenure of close to eight years, representing over 400 years of combined experience!

HK Audio makes Lucas Nano more affordable than ever

30/10/2017 - Equipment News

HK Audio has significantly reduced the suggested retail prices of its industry-leading Lucas Nano 608i and Lucas Nano 602 portable active stereo PA systems.

Multi-Surface dLive System Delivers Commanding Performance of ‘Prince Igor’ in Russia

30/10/2017 - Production News

Russia – An Allen & Heath dLive S Class system was selected for a recent open air performance of Alexander Borodin’s renowned opera ‘Prince Igor’ in the city of Astrakhan, southern Russia.

Venuetech New Elation Professional Distributor for the Middle East

27/10/2017 - Business News

Elation Professional has announced that Venutech Audiovisual & Lighting Systems has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in the Middle East.

De Effenaar Upgrades with Robe DL Series Fixtures

27/10/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – In the fiercely competitive world of moving lights, Robe offers a range of quality solutions for a diversity of applications.

The DL series of refined and elegant LED luminaires was developed with theatre and television applications in mind, however these powerful fixtures have become popular across a number of different installation genres.

Tash Sultana Takes Bandit Lites on the Road

27/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites is proud to be lighting Tash Sultana, the Melbourne singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is bringing her exceptional vocals and beatboxing skills to audiences around the world.

dot2 hits the spot for Pyrojunkies and the Kaiser Chiefs

27/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Since Pyrojunkies first dipped their toes into the world of MA control they have been busy servicing the needs of productions such as Bros, Jason Derulo, the Diversity Genesis Tour, the Ghost European Tour, the Kaiser Chiefs, Stormzy at Brixton Academy and the Capital FM Summertime Ball.

Chauvet Professional Showcases Expanded Ovation Series at LDI

27/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Chauvet Professional’s Ovation series is taking the colour mixing magic of its RGBA-Lime LED system to new places. At the upcoming LDI show, the company will be debuting the industry’s first full-colour RGBAL Fresnel and houselight fixtures. Joining them at the Ovation booth (1415) will be other groundbreaking products, including a variable white Fresnel and ellipsoidal.

Old Town Temecula Community Theater Installs elektraLite SLA Retinas

27/10/2017 - Project News

USA – Old Town Temecula Community Theater sits in the heart of the historic district of Temecula in Southwestern California. Surrounded by antique shops and quaint cafés, the theatre is housed inside the old Mercantile Building on Main Street, dating from the 1890s. But the theatre is just 12 years old, and its production is led by a concert touring veteran who steers the venue toward new technology. Its newest purchase of 12 elektraLite SLA Retina LED fixtures is testament to that.

BROS – the O2 London

27/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Making a return to the live stage after a 25 year haitus, Matt and Luke Goss, BROS, headlined a brace of shows at London’s O2 Arena, giving a fresh airing to their back catalogue of shimmering 80s' pop hits.

TV Academy Honours ARRI ALEXA Camera System with Engineering Emmy

27/10/2017 - Event News

USA – At the 69th Engineering Emmy Awards Ceremony in Hollywood, the Television Academy recognised ARRI with the most prestigious television accolade for outstanding achievement in engineering development for its ALEXA digital motion picture camera system. On 25th October, 2017, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, actress Kirsten Vangsness, who presented the award, said: “The ALEXA camera system represents a transformative technology in television due to its excellent digital imaging capabilities coupled with a completely integrated post-production workflow. In addition, a cohesive pipeline, the onboard recording of both raw and a compressed video image, and an easy-to-use interface contributed to the television industry’s widespread adoption of the ARRI ALEXA.”

Movecat Network-Master-Box (e)

27/10/2017 - Equipment News

The I-Motion network master box meets all the latest requirements for SIL 3 applications with Stop Category 1 in combination with DGUV V17 (BGV C1) vario drives.

Travel and Tattoos: Stockholm’s Generator Enjoys Superior Sound with Yamaha

27/10/2017 - Project News

Sweden – With hostels in 12 major cities across Europe, the Generator chain has rapidly established itself as the go-to place for young travellers, combining affordable luxury rooms with social events. Visitors to the Stockholm hostel enjoy an even better experience, thanks to a Yamaha audio system installed throughout its public areas.

ETC creates Touchscreen Station for Mosaic

27/10/2017 - Equipment News

USA – A new tile has been added to ETC’s Unison Mosaic family, the new Touchscreen interface. The 4.3-inch (10.9cm) screen can be added to any Mosaic system running Mosaic software 2.4 or later, giving users a new option for monitoring and control over their installation with virtual faders, buttons, colour pickers and more.

North Norway’s Lydteamet Invests In Alcons LR18

27/10/2017 - Production News

Norway – Established in 1991, Lydteamet is a Norwegian event production company based in the town of Bodø. The company serves a large area of North Norway and so its audio systems need to be versatile, easy to transport and rig. The Alcons LR18 compact mid-size line-array has ticked all the boxes.

L-Acoustics delivers outstanding results at The ‘Belfast Empire’ Music Hall

26/10/2017 - Project News

UK – Situated in the trendy Botanic Avenue area of Belfast in a converted Victorian church, The Empire Music Hall is an original and adaptable space, hosting a wide variety of events from intimate cabaret to concerts and comedy – the ‘Empire Laughs’ Black Comedy Club is a Belfast institution – and is one of the city’s best loved venues.

What a Feeling as White Light Supplies Flashdance

26/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Based on the now iconic Paramount Pictures Film, Flashdance – The Musical tells the story of 18 year-old Alex who dreams of attending the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. Yet when a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses this to drive her dream. The show is currently on a tour across the UK and White Light has provided the lighting equipment.

Adamson Reinforces Milestone Stadium Show for Czech Superstars Kryštof

26/10/2017 - Production News

Czech Republic – Kryštof, one of the Czech Republic’s biggest bands, packed Prague’s Evžena Rošického Stadium – better known simply as Strahov – for a pair of back-to-back shows with an expansive Adamson Systems Engineering reinforcement system provided by long-time partner ZL Production.

AV Stumpfl to present revolutionary projection screen accessory and media servers at LDI 2017

26/10/2017 - Event News

USA – The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present a revolutionary projection screen accessory prototype, a broad line-up of innovative projection screens and high-performance media server products at this year’s LDI exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Magna Grecia – Multimedia and Theatre in Senise, Italy

26/10/2017 - Production News

“Magna Grecia – The Myth of Origins” just finished its 2017 season with 25 shows, the last on 9th September. There has been a most spectacular positive spectator responce.

DiGiCo Helps Prove America’s Got Talent

26/10/2017 - Production News

USA – For a decade now, America’s Got Talent has been proving the popular show’s title assertion year after year: America can sing, it can dance, and it can do cool stuff. The NBC programme, which has averaged 11 million viewers each season and been nominated for People’s Choice, Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards every year since 2011, including winning the 2017 Kids’ Choice Award for Favourite Reality Show, puts a lot of emphasis on great sound.

Marc Wasserman Creates TV Look For Nick Cannon Tour with Chauvet Professional

26/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Marc Wasserman has been having a rollicking good time lighting red-hot comedian Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out tour. Aside from enjoying the quick-witted humor of Cannon himself, the New York-based designer is also getting an up-close look at the talented stars from the tour’s namesake hit MTV programme. “The show is fantastic,” said Wasserman, the owner of 3 With 1 Grab Productions. “We have comedians like Rip Michaels, Emmanuel Hudson, DC Young Fly, Conceited, Matt Rife, Justina Valentine, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean. Plus, I get to work with some of the best hip-hop artists around.”

GLP JDC1 Creates Special Look for BMW

26/10/2017 - Production News

Germany – Every two years the automotive industry and an army of auto fans head for Frankfurt. At the IAA Show, everything of importance in terms of automobile and road traffic converges and the slogan is: Take Notice!

Capital Brings Gervais’ Two Nordic Shows to Life with MLA

26/10/2017 - Production News

Denmark & Norway – Ricky Gervais recently performed a sell out show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, just ten days after another successful gig at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, as part of the Humanity world tour.

Megasonus announced as new partner for J&C Joel in Lithuania

26/10/2017 - Business News

Lithuania – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced the appointment of Megasonus as its new bronze dealer in Lithuania.

Allen & Heath Launches New 96kHz SQ Mixer Series

26/10/2017 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has unveiled its new 96kHz SQ series of digital mixers for live sound, AV and installation.

SGM P-2s and P-5s Light Up Cranes of Montreal

25/10/2017 - Production News

Canada – SGM’s P-2 and P-5 wash light fixtures teamed up with Creativ Nation. Formerly known as Le Diplomate, Creativ Nation has made many business upgrades and changes over the past few months. Additional to its rebranding, its stock in fixtures has also grown to make room for the revolutionary SGM IP65-rated P-5 LED wash light, which is now available for rental in the Montreal region.

Relevant Audio Visual Turns Bland to Grand with Elation Lighting at Global Leadership Summit

25/10/2017 - Production News

USA With a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, the Global Leadership Summit is a live HD broadcast that is simulcast to more than 600 satellite locations around the globe. On 10th and 11th August, Relevant Audio Visualprovided production for a Global Leadership Summit satellite site in Wichita, Kansas, the third largest satellite site in the country, and turned to inspirational lighting from Elation Professional to liven up the environment.

HK Audio introduces the ultimate PA for mobile DJs: Lucas 2K

25/10/2017 - Equipment News

HK Audio has unveiled Lucas 2K, a new compact PA optimised for mobile DJs.

Clair Brothers Delivers LCBC Church Signature Sound at New Satellite Location

25/10/2017 - Project News

USA – On a crisp autumn morning in Bloomsburg, it’s a day of worship at Columbia-Montour LCBC church as friends and new arrivals gather for what they wish to be, a life changing experience. But this is no ordinary church. LCBC Columbia-Montour is a satellite campus, one of many in Pennsylvania that are part of a growing congregation born from the original LCBC in Manheim, Pennsylvania. People enter the impressive and welcoming lobby of the church, gathering with anticipation and shared knowledge that something exciting is about to happen. Seats are taken in the sanctuary, lights are lowered, and music begins. A live band is on stage, teasing forth deep bass notes with a kick drum beat designed to move a crowd. Electric guitar and keyboard interplay build around the beat, creating a sound that is the pillar of the LCBC brand and the reason why so many come to LCBC. Lyrics project on a giant screen and the congregation sings along, a preamble to a sermon from their pastor, a sermon projected on screen as a live simulcast from the main church in Manheim. As one attendee puts it: “The main reason I bring my family here is because of the music. It’s great, better than anything I’ve experienced at other churches in the area.” Clair Brothers was instrumental in the development of this consistent pillar of sound that today provides the backdrop of the LCBC brand in all of its nine, soon to be 11, locations.

Danny Gokey Dove Awards Performance Shines with Bandit Lites and Chris Lisle

25/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites was proud to provide the lighting for Danny Gokey’s performance at the 48th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. The GMA Dove Award Winner took the stage on 18th October with a lighting design by Chris Lisle, with the televised show airing 22nd October on Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Bryce Cherpelis Gets Intensity Up for Burning Man with ChamSys

25/10/2017 - Production News

USA An impressive yacht with wheels that help it sail through the sand sits glimmering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Not far away, half-buried on the quiet playa, is a massive 747 jet made of foam, lights twinkling in its fuselage. Sights like these make the annual Burning Man Festival the closest thing on earth to living out the fantasy of Lewis Carroll’s classic “Through The Looking Glass.”

Quested appoints new UK distributor

25/10/2017 - Business News

UK - Quested has built a reputation for manufacturing some of the best studio monitor speakers in the world. Now, with a new injection of enthusiasm, a new infrastructure and vision for the future in place, it wants to ensure it has a distribution network to match and announces the appointment of Sound Network as its new UK distributor.

Barco launches industry redefining LCD video wall platform

25/10/2017 - Equipment News

Global technology company Barco has announced the launch of a new LCD video wall platform that surpasses all other offerings currently available on the market.

White Light Reflects on Guggenheim Bilbao 20th Anniversary

25/10/2017 - Production News

Spain – Last week, the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was transformed into an impressive public artistic intervention. Created by Tony Award-winning artists 59 Productions, the Museum saw its distinctive titanium curves and soaring glass atrium used as a vast canvas which was project-mapped for an audience of more than 300,000 spectators over four nights. With a reputation for providing bespoke technical solutions within unique locations, White Light was called upon to supply the lighting, rigging and power distribution, along with the project management and crew.

CP Communications Makes Massive Buy-in of DiGiCo S21 Console

25/10/2017 - Production News

USA – New York-based CP Communications, a leading supplier of cutting-edge technology rentals to the broadcast industry, has purchased 17 DiGiCo S21 compact digital consoles. The acquisition of these consoles was mainly to support CP Communications’ ongoing work with Fox Sports’ and CBS Sports’ broadcasts of NFL and college football games, where they will primarily be used as effects submixers, with additional sports-broadcast applications expected in the future.

GLP X4 Helps Cosmo Emulate Classic Old School Rock & Roll

25/10/2017 - Production News

Vastly experienced LD, Cosmo Wilson, has been lighting Aerosmith’s shows since 2012, working within a genre with which he is entirely familiar.

L-Acoustics makes light work of Robbie Williams Heavy Entertainment Show

25/10/2017 - Production News

Europe – Following the success of his album Heavy Entertainment Show, Robbie Williams set out on tour in June. Starting in Manchester, the tour has visited stadiums, fields and arenas in the UK and Europe. The tour’s audio is being handled by Robbie’s long-term audio supplier Britannia Row Productions (Brit Row), with a combination of L-Acoustics K1 and K2 chosen as the loudspeaker system.

Robert Juliat Followspots are Favourites at Spanish Festival

25/10/2017 - Production News

Spain – Robert Juliat added some French flavour to the celebrated Spanish music festival at Cap Roig, Girona this summer. Produced by Clipper’s Live, Cap Roig Festival is one of the most recognised summer music festivals and takes place in a spectacular natural setting overlooking the Mediterranean.

dBS Solutions continues to invest in dBTechnologies with VIO line array system

24/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Cheshire-based event production company, dBS Solutions, has just invested in a significant dBTechnologies self-powered VIO line array system from CUK Audio to keep pace with its expanding order book, and especially the increase in demand to service large events. dBS opted for VIO after two convincing demos from CUK Audio: the first at Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue, the Bridgewater Hall, and the second in an outdoor environment at the Morecambe Carnival where the VIO system was put through its paces on the Bay radio live stage.

American Idiot in Copenhagen

24/10/2017 - Production News

Denmark – Lighting designer Sune Verdier of and scenographer Benjamin La Cour collaborated to produce a thrilling, raw and hugely dynamic lighting aesthetic for a new production of Green Day's uncompromising American Idiot rock musical staged at Den Grå Hal (The Grey Hall) in the vibrant Christiania area of Copenhagen.

Visual Productions TimeCore for Rammstein

24/10/2017 - Production News

Europe – In the summer, German industrial metal band, Rammstein, once again embraced a number of European festival stages with their impressive live show. The two lighting directors of the tour, Bertil Mark and Faren Matern, used a total of four TimeCore units from the Dutch manufacturer Visual Productions.

Victoria Warehouse Changes Moods with 165 Chauvet Professional COLORdash Fixtures

24/10/2017 - Project News

UK After falling into disrepair in the late 20th century, one of Manchester’s most famous industrial revolution-era relics, the Victoria Warehouse, recently underwent a major restoration to begin a new life as a unique and multi-purpose cultural hub. In addition to a concert hall, the complex is home to “The Bays,” an area specifically created for the purpose of hosting corporate events, such as conferences, award dinners, networking events, cocktail receptions and special events.

Mark Butts defines OneRepublic’s global identity with Ayrton MagicPanel-602

24/10/2017 - Production News

USA – American rock pop band, OneRepublic, headlined this summer’s 34-date Honda Civic Tour of North America, with support from Fitz and the Tantrums, and James Arthur.

Atlona Hits the Road with its 2017 Residential AV Roadshow

24/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Atlona announces that “Atlona On Tour,” its 2017 Residential AV Roadshow, will take place from 1st November through 5th December, 2017. Atlona will visit eight cities nationwide to present and demonstrate its innovative, industry-leading products to residential AV integrators.

Hawthorn Invests in New Martin Mac Encore Performance

24/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Full technical service provider Hawthorn has added the brand-new Martin MAC Encore Performance to its inventory.

White Light Puts on Horror Show with Toxic Avenger

24/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Based on the 1984 cult classic, The Toxic Avenger tells the story of the citizens of Tromaville who are crying out for a hero. Enter Melvin Ferd the Third who is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero! Following sold-out runs at Southwark Playhouse and Edinburgh Festival, the show is making its West End debut at the Arts Theatre. White Light has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

Mirror Head reflects new projection possibilities

24/10/2017 - Equipment News

Panasonic has expanded its accessories range with the launch of a digitally operated mirror head solution, capable of creating dynamic, eye catching moving projections.

DiGiCo makes mixing simple on The Voice, Nigeria

23/10/2017 - Production News

Nigeria – Investing in dedicated and committed people and the best equipment available has been a successful formula for Multi-Media Event Trading, which has 25 years’ experience in the South African market as a technical production supplier. In March this year, renown sound engineer Adriaan van der Walt joined the company, increasing the high standard of audio knowledge it already had. More recently, it purchased two DiGiCo SD10 consoles from DWR Distribution, accompanied by two SD Racks on HMA Optics, Wave Servers, Orange Box and option cards, all of which went straight onto The Voice, Nigeria.

Audient USB Audio Interfaces on Site at Camp Academy

23/10/2017 - Project News

Italy – Brand new Italian music education facility, CAMP Academy took delivery of a selection of Audient’s USB audio interfaces this year, where they have quickly become an intrinsic part of the teaching process. “We have connected the iD4s to our twelve iMac stations to provide all of our students a perfect sonic experience, and the two iD22s are now part of our recording and production studio,” explains Luca de Gregorio, music production and sound technologies director.

Claypaky lights anniversary events for international brands Oriflame and Analpa

23/10/2017 - Production News

Russia – Moscow-based production company MAX \ MAX chose the cutting-edge technology of award-winning beam shaper the Claypaky Scenius Profile to feature in two distinct lighting designs for two large-scale anniversary events. Both events, the 50th anniversary of international cosmetic company Oriflame and the 25th anniversary of international footwear company Analpa, were produced by the company earlier this year. 

Avolites provides 360° control for Arcade Fire

23/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory and lighting designer Christopher Bushell are the creatives behind Indie music heavyweights Arcade Fire's 'most ambitious production to date' – the Infinite Content tour.

New Carroll County PAC's IC Live System a Big Success

23/10/2017 - Project News

USA – Billed as "the largest and most acoustically calibrated venue in West Georgia," Carroll County Schools' new Performing Arts Center features an 1,100-seat auditorium, two meeting spaces, an exhibition space, and a large lobby. Designed primarily as a music hall, the auditorium is acoustically quite live, and its acoustics and architecture presented challenges for AV design consultants Southern A&E and installers Distex Audio Video. One solution provided everything the design and install teams wanted: Renkus-Heinz IC Live Gen5 digitally steered arrays.

Robe Gets a Hot Date

23/10/2017 - Production News

South Africa - The latest series of ‘Take Me Out Mzanzi’ which was aired on M-Net’s Mzanzi Magic network in South Africa market, was recorded over six weeks at Sasani Studios in Johannesburg, featuring a lighting scheme designed by Rob Grobler, with equipment supplied by rental specialist Gearhouse South Africa.

DPA Microphones and FoH Engineer Craig Thomesen Come Together for Beatles Tribute Show – Classical Mystery Tour

23/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – For almost six decades, FoH Engineer Craig Thomesen has worked with some of the biggest names in the history of music. With a résumé that includes Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, Bette Midler, Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret, Johnny Cash, The Doobie Brothers, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Barry Manilow and Paul Anka, Thomesen is a legend in his own right.

Ken Bereen joins TSL Lighting

23/10/2017 - People News

UK - Ken Bereen has joined TSL as a project manager. Ken is a well-known face in the lighting industry, with his career spanning back to 1977. He ran his own business, Pyramid Light & Sound, during the 1980s and 1990s and then worked at the Millennium Dome.

Rock in Rio entered the stage again: Complex network set-up controlled with MA Network Switch

23/10/2017 - Production News

Brazil – Starting in 1985 Rock in Rio is a recurring music festival that originated in Rio de Janeiro and later branched into other locations such as Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas. Brazilian entrepreneur and advertiser Roberto Medina was responsible for the inception and organisation of the festival. Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festivals in the world.

Star Dimensions Lights Historic Road to Ultra Show in Mumbai with Elation Lighting

20/10/2017 - Production News

India – The Ultra Music Festival cemented its place as the world's premier electronic music festival years ago. Held in Miami each March during Miami Music Week, Ultra is one of the biggest dance music festivals on the planet and consistently features Elation Professional lighting on its stages. The iconic music festival hits the road as well, under the moniker Road to Ultra, and in September played two highly anticipated shows in India, one of which included Elation Professional lighting gear supplied by Elation partner Star Dimensions India Pvt Ltd.

Allen & Heath Releases Major New Install Firmware Upgrade for dLive

20/10/2017 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released firmware V1.6, code name Fistral, for its flagship dLive mixing system. The company's biggest release yet, V1.6 adds powerful Automatic Mic Mixer (AMM) features, multi-surface capability, support for a range of new installation hardware, and new DEEP processing models.

Robe is a Prime Suspekt

20/10/2017 - Production News

Denmark – Danish hip hop band Suspekt are known for their disturbingly intense lyrics and raw style. They once lurked uncompromising and almost exclusively on the dark side of Danish contemporary music, however more recently, still gripping to the fringes of alt.culture, have gained a massive following and the fans just can’t get enough of their live performances.

PLASA appoints Commercial Director

20/10/2017 - People News

UK – PLASA has announced the promotion of Christopher Toulmin to the role of commercial director. In this newly created position, Chris will oversee all sales and marketing activities in the organisation, driving the success of its commercial divisions which includes its event portfolio (PLASA Show, PLASA Focus Leeds and PLASA Focus Glasgow) and leading publication Light & Sound international (LSi).

Studio Gear Invests In Solaframe 750S

20/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Lighting production company Studio Gear has announced its first purchase of High End Systems SolaFrame 750 fixtures. The newest (and most compact) Sola Series luminaire was launched at the 2017 PLASA trade show in London, and will be unveiled in the USA at the upcoming LDI show in November.

Chroma-Q Inspire XT Awarded New Product Award at WFX 2017

20/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Chroma-Q, a world-renowned brand of premium performance LED lighting solutions, manufactured in North America, has announced that the newly released Chroma-Q Inspire XT won the 'New LED Fixture $1,251 and above' award at WFX trade show in Dallas, last week (11th October, 2017).

Alcons Extends Coverage of the QR24 Line-Source Column

20/10/2017 - Equipment News

The QR24/110 is a modular two-way column loudspeaker to be used as scaleable vertical array system, for both permanent and (limited) portable applications. It combines a 1:1 linear and dynamic sound reproduction with superb intelligibility and throw, in even the acoustically most challenging environments.

Muztorg.PRO Creates Multi-Faceted Looks at Loft with Chauvet Professional

20/10/2017 - Project News

Tajikistan – In the downtown area of Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, a new venue is redefining standards of clubbing and evening entertainment. Loft is a 'club', if you can describe it as such, that combines a bar, restaurant, cafe and dance floor over two storeys. Russian installation specialist Muztorg.PRO has provided Loft with a light system that’s as versatile and exciting as its entertainment options with a package that features 16 Rogue R2 Spot, 16 Rogue R2 Wash and 8 ÉPIX Bar Tour fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Largest roof ever engineered by Milos

20/10/2017 - Production News

Romania – The Timeshift festival in Bucharest was the debut of the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The massive MR5 heavy-duty roof measured 31 x 18 metres and covered the main stage of the first edition of Timeshift Bucharest Music Festival, an event where technology and music come together to create something ground-breaking!

Neumann&Müller busy with TiMax in summer outdoor shows

20/10/2017 - Production News

Germany - Neumann&Müller Veranstaltungstechnik (N&M) has been busy with some huge outdoor musical productions, supported by its TiMax SoundHub spatial reinforcement processors and TiMax Tracker stage-tracking automation. N&M, one of Germany’s largest supplier of event technology, perennially services two of the grandest outdoor performances in the country: Erfurt DomStufen-Festspiele, where this year the opera Der Troubadour played through August and Schlossfestspiele Schwerin which hosted West Side Story for a mid-summer run.

Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer

20/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Broadway’s latest revival of the ever-popular Jerry Herman comedy musical, Hello, Dolly! put Bette Midler centre stage as Dolly, the enterprising widow finding her way in an 1890s' New York City. Directed by Jerry Zaks, with an expansively spatialised sound design by Scott Lehrer, enabled via TiMax SoundHub, the role saw Midler claim her first acting Tony award: Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

DiGiCo SD10 Desks Keep it Light and Tight on Tour With Halsey

20/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Singer Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour (Installment One), the live iteration of her ambitious, eponymously named, dystopian themed LP, recently kicked off in Boston on 29th September. It’s a complex production, one that compels the front of house mix position to take cover under a tarp for two songs. But not to worry: a pair of DiGiCo SD10 consoles, supplied by tour sound reinforcement provider Eighth Day Sound, are more than up to the task of delivering great sound with exceptional control while staying totally dry.

The Queen's Theatre Goes Digital with Autograph and DiGiCo

20/10/2017 - Project News

UK – First opening in 1953 then moving to its present home in 1975, The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is a 500-seat producing theatre within the London Borough of Havering. In common with many such venues, it hosts a very diverse range of entertainment which places expensive demands on its technical infrastructure.

phase7 Stages Main Show of Hans Christian Andersen Festival with Elation Proteus Hybrid

19/10/2017 - Production News

Denmark – For the past five years, the Danish city of Odense has honoured its most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen, with a festival to call his own. With a long list of fairy tales that continue to find their place in the hearts of readers of all ages, it isn’t surprising that the H.C. Andersen Festival enjoys a growing popularity.

Avolites proud to be part of Brighton Pride

19/10/2017 - Production News

UK – An Avolites Tiger Touch II console was used to program and control the high-octane lighting design for the renowned Wild Fruit 'Summer of Love' dance tent at the famous annual LGBTQ equality and diversity festival, Brighton Pride.

Spectrum Invests in Adamson and Deploys E-Series at King Fahd Stadium

19/10/2017 - Project News

Saudia Arabia – Addressing the rapidly growing demand for premium loudspeaker systems in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Dubai’s Spectrum Entertainment Services has joined the Adamson Network with the purchase of a substantial E-Series system. The new package has already been put to work at several large-scale events, including the 2017 Saudi National Day celebrations at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

Axiom Consolidates Export Sales

19/10/2017 - People News

Proel has announced the appointment of Elio Caia to the position of international sales manager for the company's Axiom professional loudspeaker brand. Effective from the beginning of October, Caia will be responsible for growing and co-ordinating all of Axiom's export markets in the EMEA, APAC, and North American regions.

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

19/10/2017 - Standards News

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

Music City Food and Wine Festival Grows with Bandit Lites íí

19/10/2017 - Production News

USA – The Music City Food and Wine Festival returned to Bicentennial Park for another weekend that celebrated the culinary crafting of world renowned chefs, mixologists, sommeliers and self-proclaimed foodies. Bandit Lites joined forces with C3 Presents and Jeff Wendt to create a lighting package that would add to the ambiance, energise the space and bring colour and light to more than twenty tents, a DJ booth, and the Grand Pavilion Taste tent.

Atlona Demonstrates Integration with Spyder at NAB New York

19/10/2017 - Event News

USA – At NAB New York, Atlona is demonstrating a unique video wall control application at the booth of Metro Tech Reps, Atlona’s manufacturer’s representative for the Metropolitan New York area. The integrated system controls LED video wall content from a Christie Spyder X80 through Atlona’s Velocity networked control solution, opening new possibilities for wired and wireless control of digital signage and other AV content.

Danley Loudspeakers, Subs and Amps/DSP Installed at Maryland’s Lighthouse Church

19/10/2017 - Project News

USA – Founded at the turn of this century, Lighthouse Church in Maryland has been growing apace since the day it opened the doors at its original, 24,000 square-foot building. To accommodate the demand, the church opened satellite campuses and continually expanded the number of weekend services offered, but it was never enough. Thus, Lighthouse Church recently moved its flagship services to a new 74,000 square-foot building in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Solsound, a Maryland-based A/V integration and production firm that had worked with Lighthouse Church in the past, designed and installed a distributed Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that includes Danley SH (Synergy Horn) loudspeakers, SM speakers, GO2 compact loudspeakers, TH (Tapped Horn) subwoofers, and DNA multichannel amplifiers with onboard DSP and Danley model processing templates.

Meyer Sound Leopard Chosen for Focus and Clarity at Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas

19/10/2017 - Project News

USA – When health and safety regulations compelled Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas to remove old asbestos insulation and install new sprinkler systems, the church leadership decided to seize the opportunity and transform the costly directive into a blessing for the future. The congregation rallied to fund a total renovation of the 2000-seat worship auditorium that included a new Meyer Sound system based around Leopard linear line array loudspeakers. The world-class audio package was complemented by new video and stage lighting systems, all designed and supplied by Summit Integrated Systems of Lafayette, Colorado.

Chris Reade Lights Vidya Vox’s Musical Bridge with Chauvet Professional

19/10/2017 - Production News

South Africa – Like social media itself, the music of international YouTube sensation Vidya Vox has a way of overcoming the barriers of time, place and culture. Melding widely divergent musical influences into a beautiful swirl of cross-cultural sound, the former pre-med student, who was born in India and raised in Virginia, has been captivating fans around the world ever since she uploaded her first song (a mashup of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” with traditional Hindi and Tamil music) in April 2015.

Range of Verlinde Stagemaker scenographic equipment selected for Théâtre la Licorne

19/10/2017 - Project News

France - Théâtre la Licorne is a professional theatre troupe created in1986 and specialised in puppetry and object theatre. The company moved in 2013 to a former automotive dealership building in Dunkirk. This completely renovated space, a European creation facility for contemporary puppetry and object theatre, was inaugurated in November 2015 for the purposes of creation, training and holding exhibitions but also as an artists' residence. It is therefore a multi-purpose facility necessitating great flexibility for the staging of productions and the assembly of decors. Safety is a priority, both for the technicians and for the public admitted to the theatre.

For the installation of stage sets, Théâtre la Licorne called upon Alive Technology (formerly CSE Technology), a specialist in scenic and audiovisual structures and equipment. The expertise of their technicians and design department enables the integrator to propose ideal stage equipment for lighting, acoustics, cable systems and scenic structures while ensuring their maintenance. Scenic structures are fundamental to the installation of stage sets and SCE Technology with a focus on this aspect has been working closely for many years with emblematic manufacturers in this field including Verlinde for the last eight.

World Premiere of Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

19/10/2017 - Production News

A total of six full-colour 25W PHAENON X AT laser, five full-colour 12W PHAENON X Mini laser and lots of mirrors with different shapes and customised mounts formed an imposing laser grid, effectively showcasing the new features of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.

New Line-up in the Boardroom for Saville

19/10/2017 - People News

UK – Saville Audio Visual has announced a new board line up following a successful management buyout earlier in the year. The move sees additional directors Ann Pickard, Colin Etchells and Graham Carling joining joint managing directors Andy Dyson and Colin Nixey.

Allen & Heath Monitoring Systems Win West End Approval

19/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Olivier and Tony Award-winning sound designer Gareth Owen (pictured) has recently specified an array of Allen & Heath products across three of London’s biggest theatre productions. Employed to solve the issues of personal monitoring for musicians in the West End shows, the ME-1 Personal Mixer is at the heart of the systems, which Owen has used for Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Bat Out of Hell (London Coliseum) and 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).

The Leys School Upgrades its Theatrical Facilities with Spotlight LED Fresnels

19/10/2017 - Project News

UK – Prestigious Cambridge-based co-educational boarding and day school, The Leys, has recently upgraded the drama technical facilities of its purpose-built theatre and performing arts centre with the latest energy-efficient Spotlight Green Line white LED Fresnels.

Safety and Comfort for Both Sides of the Barrier

19/10/2017 - Equipment News

The wide range of high quality aluminium (EN AW-6082 T6) crowd barriers from LITEC provides safety and comfort for both sides of the dividing line. They allow firmly secure boundaries and restrict access for all types of public events, while providing complete safety and comfort for visitors and staff alike.

Crossway Christian Centre Brings People Together with Yamaha

19/10/2017 - Project News

UK – Serving the ever-changing community in London’s Elephant & Castle for over 150 years, Crossway United Reformed Church has always needed to provide a flexible and accommodating place of worship. In 2017 it has moved to a brand new building and, with more than ten different congregations and organisations calling it home, a very adaptable audio system was needed. Yamaha provided the answer.

SONOSAX Joins Sennheiser’s “AMBEO for VR” Partnership Programme

19/10/2017 - Business News

USA – At the 143rd AES Convention, Sennheiser announced that Switzerland-based mixer and recorder manufacturer SONOSAX will join the audio specialist’s “AMBEO for VR” partnership programme. Officially launched at IBC last month, the programme has been created to ensure seamless production workflows and interoperability for VR and AR productions. It encompasses collaborations with acclaimed manufacturers of field recorders, VR live cameras and live streaming software, mixing plug-ins and VR platforms.

Acclaimed Neumann Monitor in a New White version

19/10/2017 - Equipment News

USA – At the 143rd AES Convention, studio specialist Neumann showcases a new white version of its compact KH 80 DSP monitor loudspeaker. “This white version has been designed for stylish project or home studios that prefer white monitors, for installations where the loudspeakers should not detract from the look of the room, and for home audiophiles,” said Wolfgang Fraissinet, president of Neumann.Berlin.

Since its launch earlier this year, the KH 80 DSP two-way active monitor has met with huge acclaim from users worldwide as it provides highly accurate, professional monitoring with a small footprint. Representing the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies, the KH 80 DSP features the same distortion-minimising features as the bigger Neumann models and the same innovative Mathematically Modelled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide, which ensures wide horizontal and narrow vertical dispersion, thus making the monitor more forgiving of diverse acoustical environments and ensuring a smoother off-axis response, less reflections, and freedom of movement.

The KH 80 DSP’s cabinet is made from a special polycarbonate composite that eliminates standing waves and ensures an ultra-fast transient response for the bass. It also reduces intermodulation distortion, particularly in the midrange. The front panel is made from one piece, which minimises diffraction and ensures a smoother frequency response overall. Two large ports reduce the bass compression and are helpful when the monitor needs to be mounted in tight spaces.

Robust metal grilles protect the drivers from damage. The powerful alloy fabric tweeter dome guarantees low-distortion reproduction of high frequencies, while the bass driver cone is designed such as to provide extremely low distortion even at high sound levels.
Powerful amplifiers with a large headroom improve the transient response of the KH 80 DSP considerably and keep the heat dissipation low. To protect the power amplifiers and voice coils, both woofer and tweeter are fitted with independent thermo limiters, allowing the user to extract the maximum performance from the system. The woofer is additionally provided with a peak and excursion limiter. When a limiter engages, the dimmable Neumann logo at the front will turn red.

A universal switched-mode power supply (100 to 240 volts) ensures that the KH 80 DSP works in any country and is immune to fluctuations in the mains supply. The internal signal chain of the KH 80 DSP is completely symmetrical, which minimises any noise caused by external electromagnetic interference. Also, the electrical design is double-insulated so that ground loops are impossible. When the monitor is not in use, an auto standby mode saves energy.

At its back panel, the KH 80 DSP features a wide-range input gain control and an output level control. For mobile use, a four-position acoustical control helps to quickly adapt the monitor to the application at hand.

The KH 80 DSP is Neumann’s first monitor loudspeaker with a DSP engine, this not only contributes to the small size of the monitor but also opens up further possibilities with the Neumann. Control software, which will become available early in 2018. Via this software, it will be possible to precisely align the monitor to any acoustical environment, either in a fully automated or a guided way, or manually if desired.

Before it leaves the factory, every KH 80 DSP is individually aligned to the stipulated linear frequency response curve, meaning that any one unit is pair-matched to any other KH 80 DSP.

The KH 80 DSP is ideal for use as a near-field monitor, as a front loudspeaker in small multi-channel systems, or as a rear loudspeaker in compact multi-channel systems. It can be used in project and music studios, broadcast centres, OB vans, and post production studios for tracking, mixing, and mastering, and is also well suited for use in domestic environments. Extensive mounting hardware is available too.

David Guetta shines with Claypaky at new Romanian dance festival

18/10/2017 - Production News

Romania – Internationally acclaimed DJ David Guetta used the Claypaky Scenius Spot as the exclusive lighting fixture in his bespoke diamond-shaped festival rig at the launch of Romania’s inaugural TimeShift festival. The large-scale dance festival was held at Bucharest’s Romexpo arena. 

Ghost Rockers in the House Tonight

18/10/2017 - Production News

Belgium – The band at the heart of popular Belgian TV series Ghost Rockers, which is produced by Studio 100 and syndicated throughout Europe, hits the road for a series of gigs around Belgium this autumn, complete with a fresh rock lighting design by Belgian design studio Painting with Light’s Paco Mispelters.

Chauvet Professional Wins Fifth WFX New Product Award

18/10/2017 - Event News

USA – The Chauvet Professional Ovation B-565FC carried on a proud tradition at WFX 2017, when it won Worship Tech Director magazine’s New Product Award for Lighting. The ground-breaking batten luminaire, which was introduced earlier this year, joins four Ovation ellipsoidal LED fixtures that have received the prestigious honour.

Saville raises standards with early ISO accreditations

18/10/2017 - Business News

UK – Creating a sustainable, safe and secure way of working are key requirements for all businesses in today’s modern world. Organisations and businesses need to address international pressures to comply with environmental legislation, raised obligations for health and safety and the need for an audited methodology.

Modern Americana Delivered By Cutting-Edge Audio Technology: SES, Outline and the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks

18/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Multiple Grammy Award nominees the Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop, folk, rock & roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a sound that is uniquely their own – undeniably contemporary Americana, their diverse influences and eclectic instrumentation combine to produce music that defies easy categorisation.

Maintenance-free band hoist from Movecat for professional use

18/10/2017 - Equipment News

Movecat's first band hoist, the VMB-S 250-0.8-24, is designed for problem-free professional use. It allows precise positioning with very smooth movements.

SGM lights up Wall of Dreams

17/10/2017 - Production News

UK – As part of the Southbank Centre’s year-long Nordic Matters programme in London and coinciding with their London Literature Festival, award-winning poet and artist Morten Søndergaard is showcasing his latest art installation Wall of Dreams on the building facade of Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for three weeks from 14th October 2017.

High Score for Hawthorn at EGX 2017

17/10/2017 - Production News

UK – The UK’s largest games event, EGX returned to NEC Birmingham this September, attracting a record-breaking crowd of nearly 80,000 people over four days. Featuring the biggest and best names in console and PC gaming, EGX gave fans the opportunity to get hands on with the hottest pre-releases across all formats including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Creative technical event production expert Hawthorn worked with ESL, the world's largest e-sports company, to construct the set for their greatest ever area at the exhibition in the UK.

European Lighting Pros Gather for Elation Europe PRO Theme Day 2017

17/10/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – Periodically, Elation Europe gathers lighting professionals at its European headquarters in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, for PRO Theme Day, a day of insightful seminars, shoot-outs and discussion about some of the industry’s most relevant topics and technology developments. On Tuesday, 10th October, Elation held one of its more popular PRO Theme Days, a programme filled with invaluable discussions and presentations, including a talk by one of the industry’s top designers, Ola Melzig.

LOUD Audio Names John Li as General Manager China and VP Global Operations

17/10/2017 - People News

China – LOUD Audio, LLC. (LOUD) has announced the appointment of John Li to the position of general manager China and VP global operations, based in Shenzhen, Southern China.

HSL Lighting Horse of the Year Show

17/10/2017 - Production News

UK – HSL supplied lighting, trussing and rigging equipment to the two main arenas at the 2017 Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) for event producer and artistic director Nadia Raibin and her company, The Production Team.

MegaPointes for Celine Dion Vegas Show

17/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Canadian superstar Celine Dion’s lighting designer Yves Aucoin has added Robe’s brand new MegaPointe multi-purpose moving light fixtures to the rig for her popular “Celine” show at the Colosseum, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.

Stone Sour Tours With Bandit Lites

17/10/2017 - Production News

USA – American heavy metal band, Stone Sour is touring the nation with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The Grammy nominated group recently released its sixth studio album, Hydrograd, which debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s 200 chart, and appeared at No. 1 in three categories.

Creative BackStage Revs Up Event for Naughty By Nature

17/10/2017 - Production News

USA – When an event is billed as an “Old School House Party,” organisers can’t do much better than to book Naughty By Nature as the headliner. The New Jersey threesome of Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee defined hip hop in the 1990s, with some of the earliest crossover hits like O.P.P. and Hip Hop Hooray. Setting an appropriately frenetic tone for The It Factor Ltd event in Arizona, the Grammy-winning trio got the crowd on its feet with their rapid-fire rap. Supporting them every pulsating step of the way was a John Garberson designed light show that featured 12 Rogue R2 Washes from Chauvet Professional.

USITT Announces 2017 Innovation Research Grants Winners

17/10/2017 - Business News

USITT has announced the winners of the USITT Innovation Grants for 2017: Ian Garrett and Jonathan Allender-Zivic.

Digital Insanity works with Green Hippo to create vast LED façade at Wild Life Festival 2017

17/10/2017 - Production News

UK – More than 45,000 music fans attended this year’s Wild Life Festival and Digital Insanity used Hippotizer media servers to help direct stunning visuals throughout the two-day run. The resulting ‘all-LED wall’ seamlessly integrated with performances from acts including Fatboy Slim, Hannah Wants, David Rodigan, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles and Gorgon City.

Three month spotlight on MILOS Roofs

17/10/2017 - Business News

From now until 31 December, MILOS is focusing on its range of roofs and how their features, coverage and loading capabilities provide everything required.

BlackTrax unveils version 2.2

17/10/2017 - Equipment News

BlackTrax brings a sharp new version of its award-winning BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system now offering centralised control of third-party systems and multiple GUI and system enhancements.

Mark Cunniffe works magic with Robert Juliat Lancelot and Merlin for Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams

17/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – English singer-songwriter and global superstar, Ed Sheeran’s current world tour in support of his third studio album ‘÷’, is a huge 187-date tour which started in Turin, Italy in March 2017, and will play stadiums across Europe, North and Latin America, Asia, and Australasia before returning for a second European leg throughout summer 2018.

d&b xC-Series changes the course of historic Swedish church

17/10/2017 - Project News

Sweden – Stockholm’s historic Maria Magdalena kyrka is one of the oldest and largest churches in the city, with a unique layout featuring a particularly long nave. A complete renovation project of the church was started in 2013, with refurbishments both inside and out.

Transom Capital Acquires Brands, including Mackie, Ampeg, EAW and Martin Audio from LOUD Technologies, Inc.

17/10/2017 - Business News

USA – Transom Capital Group today announced it has acquired all brands from LOUD Technologies, Inc., including the iconic Mackie, Ampeg, EAW, and Martin Audio brands. The new company will be called LOUD Audio, LLC ("LOUD") and be led by the executives of LOUD Technologies, ensuring continuity with product development, distribution and the supply chain but with new capital to enable growth across all brands.

L-Acoustics joins the Puy du Fou Partner’s Club

16/10/2017 - Business News

France – L-Acoustics and Puy du Fou announce they have signed a privileged partnership agreement. By joining the Puy du Fou Club of Partners, the French manufacturer, world leader in sound reinforcement systems, and the famous theme park, which has used L-Acoustics sound systems for more than a decade, strengthen their collaboration.

J&C Joel partners with Luxillag in Belgium

16/10/2017 - Business News

Belgium – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has appointed of Luxillag as its new bronze dealer in Belgium.

SSL Show New ‘System T - S300’ Compact Audio Console at AES/NAB

16/10/2017 - Event News

USA – AES NY Booth #522, NAB NY Booth N442. Solid State Logic has announced System T - S300, a new compact broadcast console that offers an outstanding combination of performance and value for a wide range of broadcast installations and OB vehicles. The new S300 is a fixed layout compact control surface that can be combined with the complete portfolio of SSL’s ground-breaking System T network objects: consoles, remote tiles, touchscreen interfaces, Tempest processing engines, remote PC software and Network I/O. It can be specified as part of a larger System T installation or in stand-alone configurations for smaller broadcast facilities or OB vehicles. S300 presents the extraordinary power and versatility of System T in a streamlined console layout that remains intuitive for operators with a wide range of skill levels.

Historic St. John's University Theater Refreshed with IC Live

16/10/2017 - Project News

USA – Back in 1985, Saint John's University completed a $2.5 million renovation of its 500-seat Stephen B. Humphrey Theater. Since that renovation, the theatre's sound system remained essentially unchanged until this year. "They put in a couple speakers here and a couple of speakers there," notes production manager Adam Dahl of the University's Fine Arts Programming Department. "There's a set of gigantic speakers hidden in the ceiling that I think will stay there forever, though we've disconnected them." The ageing system could not properly support the theatre's programming, which includes touring productions, concerts, theatre, dance, music recitals, lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and more.

Autograph Sound Upgrades to Full MLA Rig for 2017 Open Air Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

16/10/2017 - Production News

UK - When Autograph Sound designer Nick Lidster was planning the 2016 summer season production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Theatre, he opted for a Martin Audio MLA Compact PA rig.

PR Lighting Adds 350 Beam to New Aqua Waterproof Range

16/10/2017 - Equipment News

PR Lighting has announced a new addition to its successful IP65-rated AQUA range, which has enjoyed a spectacular launch at key trade shows around the globe this year.

CS Audio Supports Björk’s Headline Festival Shows with KLANG:technologies

16/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Paul Hatt’s sound hire and production company CS Audio has been supporting the Icelandic singer Björk, using KLANG:technologies’ innovative 3D personal monitor mixing system for the string section at the headline festival shows in Mexico City, Los Angeles and Fuji Rock in Japan.

Adlib Dreams Big with La La Land Tour

16/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Liverpool-based rental and production company Adlib’s audio department specified and supplied an L-Acoustics Kara sound system for the recent tour of Damien Chazelle’s multiple Academy Award winning box office blockbusting movie La La Land, accompanied by a 51-piece orchestra who played the foot-tapping musical score live.

Robe Finds another Voice

16/10/2017 - Production News

South Africa – Robe was the moving light of choice for the second season of The Voice South Africa.

LD Victor Fable Chooses Elation LED for “Survivor: Game Changers” Finale

16/10/2017 - Production News

USA – For the season finale of “Survivor: Game Changers” earlier this past summer lighting designer Victor Fable decided the time was right to add more LED fixtures to the lighting rig of the popular competitive reality television series and turned to new generation LED fixtures from Elation Professional for the task.

Yamaha Helps St George’s Tame The Dragon Of Poor Sound

16/10/2017 - Project News

UK – A number of the UK’s most well-known cathedrals now feature Yamaha audio systems, where the flexibility of the company’s products is making them a popular choice for the acoustically-challenging environments. The latest is St George’s Cathedral in London, seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark.

Sennheiser and Neumann showcase recording microphones alongside 3D audio capture tools and best-in-class monitoring solutions

16/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Sennheiser and Neumann (Booth 724/Demo Room 1E04) will be showcasing their comprehensive suite of high-quality microphones and monitors for both professional and home studios at the 143rd AES Convention at the Javitz Center in New York City. Highlights on display from Neumann include the U 87 Rhodium Edition microphone and the KH 80 DSP monitor loudspeaker in a new white version. For Sennheiser, the focus will be on its ground-breaking AMBEO 3D audio recording technologies, presenting the AMBEO VR microphone for producing 3D VR/AR audio and the renowned MKH 800 TWIN recording microphone for loudspeaker-reproduced 3D audio. The audio specialist will also host and participate in a series of demonstrations and panels on immersive audio.
The U 87 Rhodium Edition was created to honour the 50th anniversary of the classic microphone’s release. Limited to only 500 units worldwide, this premium microphone is plated with rhodium, a material rarer than gold and more reflective than any other metal. Each of the meticulously crafted microphones is individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Wolfgang Fraissinet, president, Neumann.Berlin.

Bergen Avinor now benefits from power of AV Stumpfl Wings Player and Avio Master

16/10/2017 - Project News

Norway In August 2017, Avinor opened the new terminal at Bergen Airport in Flesland, Norway. Construction has been ongoing since 2014. Designed to be modern, spacious and logical and feature a wider range of restaurants and shops, the new terminal adds 63,000 square metres of space to the existing 22,000 square metres. It also benefits from state-of-the-art video provided by audiovisual systems integrator Stagelab with Bright Norway, and powered by AV Stumpfl’s Wings Player Pro and Avio Master show control system.

The heat is on in Saigon as Unusual Rigging helps take the hit West End show on the road

13/10/2017 - Production News

UK and Ireland – Unusual Rigging is no novice when it comes to the technical ins-and-outs of Miss Saigon. The company worked on the original show when it opened in the West End nearly three decades ago and again in 2014 when the show re-opened to rave reviews at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Cameron Mackintosh's production of Boubil and Schonberg's Miss Saigon began touring this summer, and once again Unusual Rigging have been brought on board to ensure the success of the musical as it tours the UK and Ireland.

Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound 2018 strengthen ties and put greater focus on professional encounters

13/10/2017 - Event News

Germany – Musikmesse (11 to 14 April 2018) and Prolight + Sound (10th to 13th April 2018) bring together companies with retailers, professionals from the musical-instrument, event and media-technologies sectors, as well as musicians from all over the world. In 2017, the two events attracted a total of around 100,000 visitors from 144 countries to Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. For companies of all sizes there is a wide spectrum of options to showcase products, ranging from all-inclusive booth packages at an entry-level price and open air live-demonstrations to the integration of brands and endorsers in the event programme of the two shows.

The ALD’s 2018 Sponsored Student Scheme ‘Open for Applications’

13/10/2017 - Business News

UK – The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) has announced its 2018 Sponsored Student Scheme is open for applications. The scheme offers students, who have not previously been members of the ALD, the opportunity to enjoy free ALD membership until the end of March 2019.

Robe Helps Create Perfect Illusion for Lady Gaga Tour

13/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – When one of the world’s most innovative, provocative and interesting contemporary artists, Queen of art-pop Lady Gaga, and one of the most consistently edgy and inventive visual designers, LeRoy Bennett, team up, one knows the result will be an impressive montage of creative stagecraft and technical magic.

Felix Lighting Stays on Leading Edge with ProPlex

13/10/2017 - Production News

USA – This year, Felix Lighting has added significantly to their rental inventory of ProPlex devices and cables. In addition to their ProPlex IQ Two 1616 and 416 Nodes, Opto-Splitters, hundreds of Ethernet cables and ten runs of ProPlex Fibre cable, nine EZ-LANs form the heart of the California company’s state-of-the-art portable networking systems. “ProPlex makes complex show networking easier and more reliable, and our lives easier,” says Ryan Herrera, VP of business development at Felix Lighting.

Sanecore Appointed for China Distribution

13/10/2017 - Business News

China – Proel has announced that it has partnered with Sanecore Limited for distribution of its Axiom professional loudspeaker brand in the People's Republic of China. Founded in Hong Kong in 1987, Sanecore was one of the first members of the IAG Group of companies which is the region's largest producer of consumer and professional audio products.

PRG UK Strengthens TV and Film Team

13/10/2017 - People News

UK – PRG has appointed Caroline Hill (pictured) and Mark Davies to its UK TV and film account management team.

Dia De Los ALT Gets Visual Flow with Chauvet Professional

13/10/2017 - Production News

USA – On 17th September, 2014 radio station KDKB 93.3 shook up the Phoenix media market by abruptly dropping its tried and true 43-year old rock format to become the city’s only alternative music broadcaster. It hasn’t looked back since! Breaking new ground for indie and alternative music in the Valley of the Sun, the station has climbed to the upper echelons of the area’s radio market. On Friday 22nd September, a little over three years after the roll out of its new format, the station celebrated alternative music with a star-studded Dia De Los ALT show at the Mesa Amphitheatre.

A Specialz word from Cate Carter

13/10/2017 - Production News

UK - “The ethos at the heart of Specialz is the company’s completely open nature to a designer’s ideas and concepts. Backed up by a breadth of experience, skill and, what could be best described as industry savvy, Dave and his team offer a unique service to us as a client.” Cate Carter needs little introduction as one of busiest and most successful LDs over the last decade; her portfolio is long and illustrious with the likes of Editors and Ellie Goulding currently out on tour. Carter’s company, Bryte Design is a design production house run in conjunction with her business partner, lighting designer Mike Smith and visual producer Pablo Beckett. Even before the company’s inception, Carter had been employing the talents of Specialz to realise her design concepts.

Alcons Enables Jurlights To Realise Its Vision

13/10/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Although Alcons Audio’s pro-ribbon systems have steadily established themselves as the de-facto highest quality solutions available for cinema, home theatre and medium-sized live events, there have been doubts in the pro audio industry that the technology would be suitable for larger events and festivals. 2017 has seen those ‘experts’ proved wrong, as the company’s latest LR28 and LR18 systems have won many fans, including major event production company Jurlights.

iHeartRadio Theater New York City Hearts Its New L-Acoustics Sound System

13/10/2017 - Project News

USA – The iHeartRadio Theater New York City is the ultimate ticket one can’t get. The Manhattan venue, the East Coast counterpart to the company’s flagship Los Angeles venue, regularly hosts a steady stream of A-list music artists, from Mary J Blige and Ed Sheeran to Muse and Blink-182. When it was deemed that the theatre's sound system was not up to par with the best touring systems used by top-notch artists, the decision was made to install a new L-Acoustics house loudspeaker system in the intimate, 200-seat space.

Adamson Welcomes SONOS LIBRA as New Distributor for Thailand

12/10/2017 - Business News

Thailand – Adamson Systems Engineering has strengthened its foothold in South East Asia with the addition of SONOS LIBRA as its new Thai distributor.

Triple E sponsors Theatres Trust Conference

12/10/2017 - Event News

UK – Entertainment industry engineers Triple E is sponsoring the Theatres Trust Conference for the first time, inspired by providing the sector with temporary venues.

Zach Blane Evokes Emotion for Gypsy with Chauvet Professional

12/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Theatre goers tend to arrive early at The Cape Playhouse, if for no other reason than to absorb the sense of history that permeates this timeless clapboard structure nestled on 26 acres off Cape Cod Bay. America’s oldest continuously running summer theatre, the building has been hosting plays since 1927. Henry Fonda landed his first professional role here, so too did Bette Davis, after working as an usher. Humphrey Bogart, Betty White and Gregory Peck also performed on its stage as unknowns.

Bandit Lites Joins The Journey with University Of Tennessee

12/10/2017 - Production News

USA – More than 82,000 individuals and corporate donors gave to the University of Tennessee’s 1.1 billion dollar Join the Journey campaign, which focuses on making the overall cost of earning a degree more affordable, with funds going towards undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty support, athletics and other university initiatives. Bandit Lites was honoured to donate the lighting for the sophisticated soiree, which culminated with a private event at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Artistic Licence partners with The Lir Academy

12/10/2017 - Business News

Ireland – Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, has been appointed official technical partner of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. The Lir Academy was established in 2011 to provide students with the highest standards of training for careers in the theatre, TV and film industries.

Milos multicubes go heavy-duty

12/10/2017 - Equipment News

The new heavy-duty Multicube from MILOS has no strength limitations when used in horizontal grids. It’s just as strong as the truss. Additional bracing and reinforced corner connections make the Multicube HD more than twice as strong as its light duty multicube.

Stage Production Co. Dresses Solihull Summer Fest in Elation Lighting

12/10/2017 - Production News

UK – One of the UK’s newest late summer music festivals, the Solihull Summer Fest, took place at the end of August at Tudor Grange Park outside of Birmingham. The family-friendly charity music event, held during the bank holiday weekend and only in its second year, expanded to two stages in 2017, both of which were lit by full service production company Stage Production Co. using Elation Professional lighting.

Harlequin Floors announce expansion in Europe

12/10/2017 - Business News

Europe – Harlequin has announced a considerable expansion in sales and technical support in Berlin and Brussels.

Sennheiser Receives Five NAMM TEC Award Nominations

12/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Audio specialist Sennheiser has received five nominations for Outstanding Technical Achievement for the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. The company’s innovative AMBEO VR Mic, Digital 6000 and XS Wireless microphone systems, HD 200 PRO headphones, and ‘Pro Talk’ educational video series were nominated for the prestigious awards in four categories.


12/10/2017 - Equipment News

I-MOTION BASIC-C II Road Pack contains an inner case to accommodate the Basic-C II controller and is equipped with an integrated 22" high resolution display/PCAP touch panel combination.

White Light Brings Young Frankenstein to Life

12/10/2017 - Production News

UK - Written by legendary comedian Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein is the musical comedy based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit film of the same name. Following a run on Broadway in 2007, this hilarious show has now made its way to London and opened last night at the Garrick Theatre. As one of the leading lighting suppliers to the West End, White Light was called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

Meyer Sound Raises the Bar at Stade de France with Record-setting Leo Family System for Les Insus

11/10/2017 - Production News

France – It was a summer's-end extravaganza like no other when Les Insus, France's favourite home-grown rock band, filled the vast Stade de France stadium in suburban Paris for back-to-back, sold-out shows. To carry the full impact of the hard-rocking foursome (which was formed by founding members of the legendary group Téléphone) to assembled throngs of 60,000-plus, principal audio provider Dushow deployed the largest system ever configured using Meyer Sound's Leo Family line arrays exclusively. Comprising a total of 312 loudspeakers, the meticulously tuned system delivered a level of power and musical transparency that, according to many professionals, raised the bar for sound quality in the acoustically difficult venue.

New From Rupert Neve Designs: The 535 500-Series Diode Bridge Compressor

11/10/2017 - Equipment News

Rupert Neve Designs has announced the 535 500-Series Diode Bridge Compressor. Based on the dynamics circuit of the company's acclaimed Shelford Channel, the punchy and versatile 535 captures the soul of Rupert Neve’s original 2254 compressor while providing modern updates including advanced timing control, significantly lower noise, fully stepped controls throughout, and internal parallel processing capabilities. The 535 is also outfitted with custom transformers and class-A output amplifiers, all tailor-made for the 500-Series format.

GLP Provides Infinite Content for Arcade Fire Tour

11/10/2017 - Production News

North America – After spending the early part of the summer on the European circuit, Canadian band Arcade Fire have embarked on the first leg of their lengthy North American ‘Infinite Content’ tour to coincide with the release of their new album, Everything Now. This kicked off last month in the band’s home town of Montreal.

SSL L300 Takes Ricardo Arjona to the Circus

11/10/2017 - Production News

North and South America – Ricardo Arjona is one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time, with 15 studio albums and two live albums released since 1985, over 40 million album sales, and many music awards to his name. His latest stadium and arena tour runs until half way through 2018 and takes in many of the biggest and most prestigious venues in North and South America, including an early stop at Madison Square Garden. Accompanying Arjona on this adventure is front of house engineer Dani Munoz and a new SSL Live L300 console.

Yamaha MTX3 Solves Lifespring’s Division Dilemma

11/10/2017 - Project News

UK – Houses of worship can be tricky spaces to install sound reinforcement systems, especially in historic structures. But in Reading, a different challenge presented itself when Lifespring Church wanted to add an extra space to its home in a converted cinema, but one which could also be combined with the main space on demand. A Yamaha MTX3 matrix processor has provided an elegant solution.

Allen & Heath Extends ME Personal Mixing System with ME-500 Mixer

11/10/2017 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has added the 16 channel ME-500 personal mixer to its ME personal mixing system. ME-500 is designed as an accessible personal monitoring solution for houses of worship, rental companies and orchestras, allowing musicians to quickly and independently build and control their own monitor mixes from 16 stereo or mono sources. The new mixer inherits the same compact format as its sibling, the 40 channel ME-1, but with simplified setup and controls. The ME system is plug & play compatible with Allen & Heath’s digital mixer range and can be used with third party digital consoles via the ME-U hub.

Dataton Watchout drives world’s highest resolution video wall at The Dubai Mall

11/10/2017 - Project News

UAE - The latest attraction at The Dubai Mall can't be missed! The new curved video wall above the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo measures a stunning 700 square meters with 1.7 billion pixels on 820 OLED displays. Behind the scenes, there is Dataton's award-winning WATCHOUT multi-display production and playback system, WATCHNET manager software and WATCHPAX 4 servers delivering breath-taking, high-resolution content for the mall's estimated 80 million visitors.

Chauvet DJ Engages Crowd at Big What Festival

11/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Parades aren’t the first thing that come to mind when thinking of outdoor music festivals, but this didn’t stop members of the alt rock group Big Something from taking alto saxophones and trombones in hand and marching through picturesque Shakori Hills Park to kick off their namesake Big What Festival. Joined by a meandering line of other musicians, the band mingled with the crowd as they worked their way through a breezy series of tunes, setting the tone for three days of eclectic and engaging music, with an impressive collection of updated psychedelic art in the background.

PRG XL Video Goes Bollywood with Da-Bangg The Tour

11/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Bringing together an array of Bollywood’s biggest stars including megastar Salman Khan, Da-Bangg The Tour visited the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham and The O2 arena, London, hosted by Lyca and brought to the UK by Farhath Hussain and Think Events.

Mojo Barriers US appoints New Vice President

11/10/2017 - People News

USA – Mojo Barriers US office has announced the appointment of Dan Gormley as vice president, joining fellow US vice president Jordi van Berkum.

Roger Waters hits North America with DiGiCo

11/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Roger Waters' Us + Them tour is proving to be one of the must-see touring shows of 2017. Armed with a ten-piece band, the former Pink Floyd frontman has been treating sell-out audiences to epic tracks from the band's back catalogue, performing hits from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, and Wish You Were Here, to name just a few. At side of stage sits monitor engineer Matt Napier, working from his trusted DiGiCo SD7 console.

Atlona Ships Ground-breaking Velocity Platform for IP-Based AV Control

11/10/2017 - Equipment News

Atlona has announced that Velocity, its network-based AV control innovation introduced earlier this year, is now shipping and available through Atlona partners and dealers worldwide.

Nashville’s Plaza Mariachi Comes to Life with Elation Dynamic Lighting

10/10/2017 - Project News

USA – As Nashville has grown more diverse so has the choice in ethnic restaurants and entertainment establishments. Plaza Mariachi, a unique Latin culture destination that caters to the city's rapidly growing Hispanic community, is an excellent example of the trend.

HD Pro Audio Holds Showcase Event for SSL Live, L'Acoustics, KLANG:technologies and Green Go

10/10/2017 - Event News

UK - HD Pro Audio has announced that it is holding a unique one day technology showcase event, featuring a selection of its premium brands and cutting-edge products.

American Idiot in Buenos Aires

10/10/2017 - Production News

Argentinia – A top Argentinian creative team including director, set and lighting designer Ariel del Mastro, award-winning lighting director Ariel 'el gato' Ponce and video designer Maxi Vecco have created a stunning production design for Green Day’s rock opera “American Idiot”, currently playing at the Broadway Theatre in Buenos Aires.

Another Big Ten for Danley: Indiana University’s 53,000 Memorial Stadium

10/10/2017 - Project News

USA – The Big-10 Indiana University Hoosier football team plays its home games at Memorial Stadium on the university campus in Bloomington. The stadium holds nearly 53,000 fans and is currently under major renovation. The university is building out the south end zone, which used to support Memorial Stadium’s main scoreboard and sound system. The south end zone renovation will be completed in time for the 2018 season. In the interim, designer Anthony James Partners and installer All Pro Integrated Systems, joined forces to provide Memorial Stadium with a temporary Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system. This temporary system uses many of the same components that will move to the south end zone for the permanent system once construction is complete.

Rogues Help Megan Alksninis Balance Elegance and Rock at IYRS Gala

10/10/2017 - Production News

USA – It was one of the hardest tickets to come by in New England this summer. Even with table prices reaching as high as $10,000, yachting enthusiasts entered their names on waiting lists to attend the 20th annual IYRS Gala, a glamorous fundraiser benefiting the International Yacht Restoration School. Held on the school’s 2.5-acre grounds, the event offered breathtaking views of Newport Harbor, elegant dining, an upscale auction, and entertainment by multi-Grammy winners Kool and the Gang.

Martin Audio Goes Legally Blonde

10/10/2017 - Production News

UK – When dBS Solutions MD, Chris Bogg, purchased a Martin Audio theatre system to tour the long-running West End success Avenue Q back in 2014, it started a relationship that continues to this day.

Illumination specialists LED Creative introduces new team members

10/10/2017 - People News

UK Having both gained professional experience working with some of the entertainment industry’s most respected brands, both Charlie Jeff and Jonny Daily bring a hugely valuable depth of knowledge to their new roles and are already actively participating in the development of the company.

Highlite Experience Day 2017 Success

10/10/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – Highlite held its first Experience Day on 2nd October at its Kerkrade HQ in The Netherlands with a new concept focused on learning, inspiring, and connecting people. They welcomed customers from around the world, and were delighted that so many of them embraced this new approach to the full.

Stage Electrics Announced as a Main Dealer for Chamsys

10/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Stage Electrics has announced its appointment as a main dealer for ChamSys lighting products; from September the 1st Stage Electrics is selling and supporting ChamSys products nationwide.

RAVENNA gears up for AES in New York

10/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Following RAVENNA’s hugely successful IBC show in September which saw the demonstration of RAVENNA’s full compatibility with ST2110, significant participation in the increasingly popular IP Showcase, the launch of more RAVENNA-enabled products than ever before and an unprecedented number of RAVENNA winners in the IABM Design & Technology Awards as well as the NewBay Best in Show Awards, RAVENNA is now gearing up for more of the same at AES in New York.

Lighting the Queen + Adam Lambert tour: not black magic, but BlackTrax

10/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – When Queen and Adam Lambert were planning their 2017-2018 tour taking in the USA, Europe and Oceania, set designers Stufish wanted to showcase the band in a new and immersive way, and Rob Sinclair was asked to design the lighting.

Peace of mind at Adele's in-the-round stadium tour

10/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – The Adele Live 2017 tour began in Australia in March and ended in the UK in a spectacular finale at Wembley Stadium. The press hailed this as a tour unlike any other currently on the road – perhaps unlike anything seen since the 80s or 90s. The concept was to put on a show in-the-round in an attempt to satisfy as many of her fans as possible, and Adele did not disappoint.

Theatreplan reinforces team with new intern

10/10/2017 - People News

UK - Leading theatre consultancy firm, Theatreplan, has welcomed on board Chris Needle who joins the company as an intern after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre Arts from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Needle opted for the theatre technology pathway within the course which covered lighting, sound, automation and production management.

Avolites is 'champion' for Fatboy Slim

09/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Fatboy Slim's long-term lighting designer, Stephen Abbiss, has chosen to use the superior live control capabilities of Avolites' Tiger Touch II console for the DJ's summer season of festival shows and one-off headline slots across Europe and Australia.

Aberdeen Production Company, Granite City Events Invests in Allen & Heath's dLive Console via A.C. Entertainment Technologies

09/10/2017 - Production News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has supplied Allen & Heath's flagship dLive S7000 digital mixing console to Aberdeen-based production company, Granite City Events, for use on live music events, festivals and theatre productions.

DiGiCo Showcases SD12 at October’s WFX Expo and AES Convention

09/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Representing the culmination of 15 years of pioneering digital console design, DiGiCo’s new SD12 console will be the centerpiece of the company’s presence at two North American trade shows this month: WFX and AES.

SGM Luminaires Stocked Heavily at Deep South Productions

09/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Over the past two years, SGM Lighting Inc. and Deep South Productions have worked together building a strong business relationship and Deep South Productions has invested heavily in a variety of SGM LED fixtures keeping its inventory at the cutting edge. Located in Louisiana, Deep South Productions is gearing up the southern states with a large SGM stock ranging over wash lights, strobes and moving heads.

Wicked Lights for Evil Island

09/10/2017 - Production News

Estonia – Every year, the charismatic island of Saaremaa in Estonia stages ‘Opera Days’, a major international opera festival organised by the Eesti Kontsert Hall in Tallinn, which this year featured the world premiere of an exciting new production, “Nurjatu Saar’ (The Evil Island’) by famous Estonian rock musician, pianist and composer, Rein Rannap.

Bandit Lites Illuminates Chris Young

09/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Chris Young is rounding out the year with a new album and a tour run that covers the country as part of Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know Tour. Bandit Lites is providing the lighting package for the American Country Award winning artist, whose sixth studio album is set to drop this month and features his most recent single, Losing Sleep.

Ayrton Launched Ghibli, its first LED spot, at PLASA London 2017

09/10/2017 - Event News

UK – Ayrton exhibited at the 40th PLASA London 2017 with its exclusive UK distributors, Ambersphere Solutions, where it successfully launched three new products to the great delight of visitors to PLASA, which welcomed an increased footfall and more international visitors than ever.

Artistic Licence invites users' input on DMX splitter design

09/10/2017 - Business News

Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, has drawn up a survey to investigate what the marketplace thinks about DMX splitters. The answers will influence the design of the company's next product offering.

Registration for USITT 2018 is Now Open

09/10/2017 - Event News

USA - Early-Early Bird online registration for USITT 2018 in Fort Lauderdale is officially open. Register now at

Elation and sld mediatec Create Pre-Game Excitement for Professional German Ice Hockey Team

09/10/2017 - Production News

Germany – Player entrances and introductions are a time-honoured tradition of any sport and serve as an important way to pump up both player and fan prior to a game. This season, when professional German ice hockey club, the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, take to the ice, lighting effects from Elation Professional Platinum 1200 Wash, Platinum FLX and Platinum Beam 5R Extreme add an extra level of excitement to the pre-game hype.

Projected Motifs Bring Ancient Islamic Empires to Life

06/10/2017 - Project News

Qatar – The Museum of Islamic Art houses one of the world’s greatest collections of Islamic artefacts. Located in the Qatari capital of Doha, MIA displays Islamic Art from the past 1,400 years and from three continents. The museum has been equally acclaimed for its construction design, which draws influence from ancient Islamic architecture and has become an iconic building on the Doha waterfront. For their latest exhibition, “Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India,” the museum used Rosco Image Spot LED Projectors projecting custom gobos to enrich their visitors’ experience of the exhibit.

Kinesys Expands with Three New Appointments

06/10/2017 - People News

UK – Automation and motion control specialist and manufacturer Kinesys announces three new appointments boosting the team based at the company’s HQ in Hampton, Middlesex.

Robe Deutschland HQ Inaugurated

06/10/2017 - Business News

Germany – Robe Deutschland officially celebrated the opening of its new HQ in Ismaning near Munich last week in an event which also showcased Robe’s brand new, just launched MegaPointe moving light to assembled guests and media.

AV Stumpfl Wings goes on the road with Peugeot

06/10/2017 - Production News

France – Automotive brand Peugeot is a huge user of audiovisual technology. Not only for its appearances at high-profile motor shows, but most particularly for the never-ending process of keeping its dealer network trained and updated about the new and upcoming vehicles that it releases every six months. In France, Peugeot has been doing this for years, sending out three teams who move from town to town throughout the country conducting their sales and service training road shows.

Celtic FC Upgrades Stadium Sound with Fully Networked Solution From Bosch and Electro-Voice

06/10/2017 - Project News

UK – With a strong stadium-wide IT network and existing public address infrastructure already in place, PEL advised the selection of Bosch Praesideo digital public address and emergency sound system with Electro-Voice pro audio loudspeakers to improve coverage, clarity and fidelity within the main bowl area of the stadium. Because both systems can be interfaced to the Dante networking standard, both the Bosch Praesideo system and all Electro-Voice loudspeakers are monitored and controlled remotely via Electro-Voice N8000 NetMax digital matrix controllers.

Kid Rock Strikes Up Excitement In Detroit With Chauvet Professional

06/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Covering 650,000 square feet and rising eight stories above the ground, the new Little Caesars Arena stands as a symbol of the comeback taking place in America’s “Motor City.” On 12th September, Detroit’s hometown hero Kid Rock christened the multi-use complex by performing its inaugural concert as part of a six night home stand that sold out in one day. Just before he took the stage, the big arena’s house lights went dark and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ (the city’s unofficial anthem) blared over the sound system. When the song’s famous line “Born and raised in South Detroit” came on, the entire hall erupted with cheers and, as if on cue, the darkness was simultaneously blown away by intense bright light.

ChainMaster expands the CM-820 controller series with a 12-channel controller

06/10/2017 - Equipment News

Due to high demand, ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH is extending the proven CM-820 control series with a 12-channel controller for direct-controlled chain hoists compliant with BGV-D8 / DGUV V54 and D8plus.

Absen Wows at ActiVate – Ireland’s Biggest AV Communications Showcase

06/10/2017 - Event News

Ireland – Absen Europe recently took centre stage at ActiVate, an exclusive two-day showcase in Ireland hosted by its VAP partner Eurotek Ireland and sister company Avtek Solutions, wowing the 200 invited guests with innovative digital display solutions. Eurotek and Avtek combined their knowledge, expertise and experience in the AV sector to develop the event, which is the biggest AV communications showcase of the year and the first of its kind in the Irish market, demonstrating how all three companies are leading their respective fields.

TiMax and 1602 Group at AES New York 2017

06/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Out Board will exhibit its evolutionary TiMax spatial audio and show control products at this year’s New York AES2017 show, at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York – 18th to 21st October 2017, on the booth of US distributor 1602 Group (Booth 451, 1602Group TiMax) .

Unusual Rigging reflects on 'highly successful' PLASA Rigging Conference

06/10/2017 - Event News

UK – Delegates who attended the 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference at Olympia in London last week have hailed the new format a success, according to the event's Platinum sponsor, Unusual Rigging.

dLive Leads Performance to a Standing Ovation for ‘LA Piazza Incantata’ in Florence

06/10/2017 - Production News

ItalyAn Allen & Heath dLive S Class mixing system was selected for a recent large scale classical music production at Mandela Forum, Florence, which saw over 460 musicians and choristers perform a selection of works to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Florence Foundation.

POLAR Integrated Solutions Stretch Armstrong Building's AV Capabilities

06/10/2017 - Project News

UK – Newcastle University can trace its earliest origins to 1834 and the establishment of a School of Medicine and Surgery. In 1871, Armstrong College was founded for the teaching of physical sciences and the two merged to form one division of the federal University of Durham. After a series of further college mergers across the twentieth century, the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, now trading as Newcastle University was formed in 1963. As has been the case across the generations, a combination of being globally ambitious and regionally rooted is still at the core of Newcastle University's values.

Adamson & Benum Establish Strategic Distribution Structure for Sweden

05/10/2017 - Business News

Sweden – Adamson Systems Engineering and Benum Sweden have announced a strategic new distribution agreement for the Swedish market, which finds the two companies working in tandem with previous distributor Stonehouse Show Technologies AB to build the premium loudspeaker brand’s sales and profile in Scandinavia’s largest economy.

SGM’s G-Spots Endure Florida Climates at Orlando World Center Marriott

05/10/2017 - Project News

USA SGM’s G-Spot LED moving head fixtures can be found poolside at the prestigious Orlando World Center Marriott hotel in Orlando, Florida. Enduring the Florida climate year-round was a main concern when choosing a product for this installation. The fixtures need to stand up to high temperatures, heavy rainfalls, wind, and humidity. In the summer, the temperatures regularly rise over 90 degrees Fahrenheit with thick humid air. SGM’s patented dehumidifier works consistently to keep all unwanted moisture out of the fixtures, making SGM truly one of a kind.

Blumano Launches Stage DB

05/10/2017 - Equipment News

UK-based international entertainment industry engineering design and safety specialist and consultant, Blumano Ltd, launches Stage DB, a unique new multi-lingual software tool for co-ordinating and collating all the necessary machinery and equipment documentation to meet production health and safety requirements.

BMFLs for Basel Tattoo

05/10/2017 - Production News

Switzerland – Seventy Robe BMFL moving lights, 48 BMFL Blades and 22 BMFL WashBeams, were used on the 2017 Basel Tattoo, one of the most important military tattoos in Europe, which is staged for a week in a temporary structure erected in front of the Kaserne former military barracks in the centre of the city in north west Switzerland.

Chauvet Professional Strike 1 Ups Intensity at Crave Festival

05/10/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Carving out a name for itself in northern Europe’s bustling festival scene, the Crave Festival has been making waves in electronic and techno music circles with its searing musical performances and edgy industrial vibe. The 2017 edition of this red hot festival more than lived up to expectations, thanks in part to a stunning custom stage setting designed by RF Shows.

Bandit Lites Celebrates John Cameron Carter Journey from Intern to Bandit

05/10/2017 - People News

USA – The appeal of the entertainment industry draws many, but breaking in, standing out and making a career can be an uphill climb. Fortunately, John Cameron Carter had both the gumption and talent to take advantage of Bandit’s intern program where upon completion, he joined the team as a full time Bandit Lites employee.

PixelFLEX LED deepens the impact at Cathedral of Faith

05/10/2017 - Project News

USA – In San Jose, California, the Cathedral of Faith has been providing powerful and encouraging worship services for its congregation since its inception in 1965. Believing in the power of multimedia arts to help convey their message, the technical team behind those services is asked to create the ideal worship environment each week. Knowing that they needed to renovate their production design with LED video to maintain a high level of creativity and performance, the church recently worked with Nashville-based PixelFLEX and installed a new FLEXTour 3.9mm LED video system.

USITT/USA Prague Quadrennial 2019 Exhibit Design Competition – Call for Entries

05/10/2017 - Event News

USITT is seeking conceptual design submissions from individual designers and teams for the USITT/USA National Exhibit and Emerging Artist Exhibit for Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2019. USITT is accepting design submissions for both the National Exhibit and the Emerging Artist Exhibit throughout October 2017.

PRG XL Video Supplies Lighting, Rigging, and Video Technology for Creamfields 2017

05/10/2017 - Production News

UK – With ten performance spaces, including two main stages, four tent arenas, the highly acclaimed Steel Yard, and the new-for-2017 Warehouse venue, Creamfields has once again cemented its place amongst Europe’s biggest music festivals. With audiences travelling from across the globe, and world-famous dance music superstars, the festival continues to go from strength to strength.

Movecat Customising Service

05/10/2017 - Business News

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Green Hippo Press Release - Green Hippo Reflects on an Awarding PLASA 2017

05/10/2017 - Event News

UK - PLASA marked its 40th anniversary with a fantastic show at London Olympia, and Green Hippo took its place at the leading industry event. The event continues to build on its 2016 return to West London, and this year saw ground-breaking technology on show and product launches delivered.

PLASA offers technical workshops and training sessions, as well as networking opportunities, and Green Hippo sent its sales and marketing team to present the media server product line.On A.C.’s Entertainment Technologies stand, the exclusive UK distributor of Green Hippo, there was a space dedicated to Hippotizer demos, featuring a combination of LED and live capture of the crowd, showcasing Hippotizer Montane+, Green Hippo’s latest addition to its line of Hippotizer media servers. The new unit joins an awesome line-up of hugely powerful media servers, and this new Hippotizer package includes the likes of Notch, the real-time graphics workhorse. The arrival of Hippotizer Montane+ adds an invaluable new creative weapon to Green Hippo’s award-winning product armoury.

ETC announces 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship Recipients

05/10/2017 - Event News

USA – Every year since 2000, ETC has provided a unique opportunity for lighting design and stage technology students, sponsoring them to attend the LDI trade show. This year, ETC has selected seven recipients of its LDI Student Sponsorship, giving them an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas and a full LDI conference pass. The students will get to see the latest entertainment technology, have access to LDI seminars and training, and the opportunity to network with industry professionals at special events. Each Sponsorship recipient will be matched with an industry luminary who will serve as a mentor as the students transition from academics into the working world.

Green Hippo Launches Montane+, its Latest Hippotizer Media Server

05/10/2017 - Equipment News

Green Hippo has launched Hippotizer Montane+, its newest Hippotizer media server. As the latest addition, Hippotizer Montane+ is a formidable force in the live production world. Featuring Notch, the real-time graphics workhorse, a favourite among content creators, Montane+ seamlessly enables users to create, simulate, render, composite, edit, and play. Always in real-time. It’s a smooth experience, too, with Hippotizer V4’s pin system letting you control content from the lighting desk, or other controller. Simply export and playback directly within Hippotizer – it's easy!

Allen & Heath’s Qu Chosen for Korean Church Upgrade

05/10/2017 - Project News

Korea – Sungeun Church, located in Uijeongbu, a satellite city in Seoul, has selected a Qu-32 compact digital mixer, two AB168 remote IO racks, and a ME personal monitoring system from Allen & Heath, as part of a new digitally-based AV system upgrade to its main chapel. The new system needed to manage live sound reinforcement for services and events, multi-track recording for web streaming content, and personal monitoring for the musicians.

Capital Sound’s MLA Scores Another Proms in the Park Triumph

05/10/2017 - Production News

UK – While the overarching memory of BBC Radio 2’s big weekend in Hyde Park was of James Blunt crowd surfing in a dinghy at the end of his set, for Capital Sound it was just another monumental production, successfully deploying their Martin Audio MLA PA to bring the summer season to a close.

Platinum FLX Provides Options on Germany's Largest EDM Festival

05/10/2017 - Production News

Germany – After only three years, the Parookaville music festival in Weeze has grown to become the country’s largest EDM festival and with a motto of ‘madness, love and pure happiness,’ who wouldn’t want to attend? From 21st - 23rd July, Parookaville turned the Weeze Airport into party central with the 2017 version attracting 80,000 music lovers. Some 150 DJs, including some of EDM’s top names like Tiësto, David Guetta and DJ Snake, played across ten stages.

High Tech Meets Warmth at Grace Church With CSD Group and Chauvet Professional

04/10/2017 - Project News

USA – Silvia Hatchell, the fourth winningest coach in women’s college basketball history and David Cutcliffe head football coach at Duke University have more than athletic success in common. Along with other sports figures like Coach Larry Fedora from the University of North Carolina, the two have participated in “Playbook How To Win In Life,” an inspirational series of videos from Grace Church. The professional quality productions are just one of the innovative steps that this North Carolina house of worship has taken to engage modern worshippers.

Ashly Audio Digimix24 Digital Mixer Jazzes Up The Django

04/10/2017 - Project News

USA – The Django jazz club fires up every night in the depths below The Roxy Hotel in the Tribeca neighbourhood of Manhattan in New York City. An homage to the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, The Django jazz club is like stepping into an underground time machine. Distressed paint offsets ornate moulding and classy tables and chairs, making The Django feel like an out-of-the-way gem in mid-century Paris. To complement its visual aesthetic, The Roxy invested in a state-of-the-art Meyer sound reinforcement system, to which A/V integration firm Essential Communications recently added an Ashly Audio digiMIX24 digital mixing console.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Distributes PLASA Innovation Award-Winning StageSmarts smartPDU

04/10/2017 - Business News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) was recently appointed as the UK-exclusive distributor for Swedish-based StageSmarts AB's smartPDU intelligent power distribution system, which received a PLASA Award for Innovation at this year's show in Olympia, London.

International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018

04/10/2017 - Event News

UK – The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) announces that TAIT Stage Technologies is the major Sponsor of the 2018 conference, taking place in London, next year, 3rd - 5th June.

Antelope Audio announces Discrete 8

04/10/2017 - Equipment News

Antelope Audio’s Discrete 8 Thunderbolt and USB Interface with eight discrete mic preamps comes complete with eight console-grade, six-transistor, fully-discrete design preamps, 121dB dynamic range conversion and rock-solid clocking. It includes all Antelope Audio’s premier real-time FPGA FX, including authentic models of iconic gear from BAE, Gyraf Audio, Lang and many more besides. Being based on Antelope Audio’s AFX platform – a rapidly expanding hardware modelling engine – enables Discrete 8 to add Accusonic microphone and preamp models (maintaining the advantages of digital control and repeatability of gain levels), guitar amps, transformer and tube effects alongside a huge selection of classic vintage gear to its recording roster. Thanks to Antelope Audio’s all-new ConnectAFX plug-in, all are accessible via any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with workflow that just … well, works!

When working, Discrete 8 users can create custom presets to easily and speedily set up various tracking scenarios. The front panel features a large monitor volume knob and dedicated HP knobs for each output. On top of that, the talkback microphone is also built into the front panel right above the TBK (talkback) button. Better still, talkback can be engaged via the assignable footswitch on the rear, in the EasyPanel software, or via the iOS/Android app. Meanwhile, metering is viewable on the front panel display, inside the EasyPanel, and also via the remote app.

As a 26-input/32-output audio interface with eight analogue inputs (A1 through to A8), eight analogue outputs (on a standard 25-pin D-SUB connector), a pair of monitor outputs, two reamp outputs, and a pair of headphone outputs, with additional digital connectivity courtesy of S/PDIF in and out alongside dual ADAT I/O, Discrete 8 was developed after extensive research of legendary microphone preamp circuitry. Console-grade, fully-discrete preamps were hand-designed to offer world-class sound, and Antelope Audio’s powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engine can transform those already expensive-sounding Accusonic preamps into several classic units via tube-, transformer-, and FET-based circuitry… and all in real time!

Reality dictates, therefore, that both engineers and performers alike can instantly hear the authentic blends of ten different mic preamps, without any latency or annoying comb filtering. Fortunately, the microphone source can be recorded with or without Accusonic modelling, allowing engineers to choose between preamp models during mixing. Moreover, the entire signal path was designed for optimal sound with any microphone, yet really shines when working with Antelope Audio’s new Edge and Verge modelling microphones, which were both specially designed for Discrete 8’s preamps, featuring matching discrete electronics.
Edge and Verge are both ideally suited, then, to Antelope Audio’s real time mic preamp modelling. Creatively combined with the company’s already-acclaimed FPGA vintage hardware-based effects encompassing ever-expanding compressors and EQs, these new modelling microphones usher in a new era for modern recording.

Rightly named, Edge features dual edge-terminated capsules for a smooth/natural sound, reproducing the expressiveness and character of costly classic microphones, albeit without excessive expense. Antelope Audio CEO Igor Levin designed groundbreaking fully-discrete electronics especially for the job at hand while hand-selected capsules are encased in a carefully-crafted enclosure with contours carefully shaped for optimal sonic performance. As a direct result, Edge is an exquisite large-diaphragm condenser modelling microphone with excellent transient response and capable of multiple polar patterns.

Verge visibly differs as a small-diaphragm condenser (back electret-type) modelling microphone suited to both nuanced accuracy and high SPL (Sound Pressure Level) recording. Also exhibiting excellent performance in its own right, it can capably take on the character and personality of the world’s best small-diaphragm condensers and electrets.

Entering the wonderful world of Discrete 8’s FPGA Accusonic 3D modelling engine enables users to transform both Edge and Verge into vintage replicas, realising complete control over proximity effect, off-axis response, and even allowing them to change polar patterns during or after recording! Try choosing from a collection of classic, costly microphones, then track the results while monitoring live to bring out the best possible performance from musicians. Bought bundled together, Antelope Audio’s all-new Discrete 8 Thunderbolt and USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps plus accompanying Edge and Verge modelling microphones make for a winning team, bringing all-star performance and technology to a new audience. As an example, a Discrete 8 working with one Edge and six Verge modelling microphones can capably run two chains of FPGA effects inserts and all microphone emulations for one mic.

Musically speaking, the real time FPGA platform offers a complete professional studio experience: microphones, preamps, conversion, compressors, EQs, reverb and latency-free monitoring, all backed by Antelope Audio’s signature clocking combined into one unified system with instantly recallable presets. Put it this way, users can even load AFX Presets from VIP Masters with favourite combinations of FPGA effects regularly being pressed into play on award-winning mixes to transform their own productions! With Antelope Audio’s all-new Discrete 8 Thunderbolt and USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps plus accompanying Edge and Verge modelling microphones, an entire signal path of customisable sonic excellence awaits any adoptee.

And if that’s not enough to convince, Discrete 8 can even save and load presets and exchange settings with Antelope Audio’s full line-up of FPGA equipped professional audio interfaces. This makes it a 'no-brainer' for both new users and existing owners using a second rig for touring or travel by allowing them to leave their current studio setup untouched when on the road or engaging in session work outside their own facility.

PSAV Acquires Hawthorn

03/10/2017 - Business News

UK – PSAV, a leading global provider of event technology services, and Hawthorn Theatrical, Ltd. (“Hawthorn” or “Company”), one of the largest live technical event production companies in the United Kingdom, announce the acquisition of Hawthorn by PSAV. The joining of companies delivers on PSAV’s vision to connect and inspire people around the globe with impactful meeting and event experiences.

Robert Juliat Lancelot and Victor shine for Adele and Phil Collins

03/10/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Robert Juliat followspots continue to enjoy enviable careers, travelling the world on tour with some of the biggest musical artists. Recent press reports have spotted them with Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran and rock and roll bad boys, Guns ‘n’ Roses. Now we see Robert Juliat Lancelot and Victor followspots turn their attention to Adele and Phil Collins with lighting designers Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil, both of Woodroffe Bassett Design, specifying them for Adele’s Live tours in 2016 and 2017, and Phil Collins ongoing Not Dead Yet tour.

Adamson Delivers Sensational Sound at The Edinburgh Mela 2017

03/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Scotland’s foremost celebration of cultural diversity, The Edinburgh Mela, brought the curtain down on Edinburgh’s festival season last month. The sensational sound for this multi-cultural extravaganza was designed by Live Systems Ltd who used an Adamson S10 line array loudspeaker system. The company supplied all of the technical equipment for the Edinburgh Mela 2017.

BMFLs for Queensferry Crossing Opening Event

03/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Scotland bristled with pride as the magnificent Queensferry Crossing – the world’s longest triple towered cable stay bridge – was illuminated in all its 2.7 kilometre long and 207 metres high glory by 60 Robe BMFL Wash Beams, switched on by First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

New Star Events’ Orbit cements Concrete & Grass 2017

03/10/2017 - Production News

China – Star Events introduced a 22m Orbit and two V-towers to the Chinese market in September, providing the Main Stage and support structures at Concrete & Grass, a two-day music festival in Shanghai.

Flume Plays Red Rocks with Claypaky Fixtures

03/10/2017 - Production News

USA – When electronic music producer Flume returned to Red Rocks in July, a large complement of Claypaky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes helped the Grammy winner light up the iconic Colorado amphitheatre. Brown Note Productions provided the equipment.

d&b technology answers amusement park’s ‘house of culture’ challenge

03/10/2017 - Project News

Denmark – Located in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, Tivoli Friheden amusement park has long been one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions. Divided into multiple themed areas, the park features more than 40 individual attractions to captivate children and adults.

HedgeHog Consoles Return to High End Systems

03/10/2017 - Business News

Effective from 1st October, 2017, High End Systems will resume exclusive distribution for HOG4 HedgeHog console products. Customers can now purchase HedgeHog 4 products directly from authorised High End Systems dealers and distributors, and the company retains the single point of initial distribution for the entire console line.

Hawthorn Supports Showstopping ‘Crazy for You’ UK Tour

03/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Following rave reviews and sell out shows, the Watermill Theatre’s production of ‘Crazy for You’ has hit the road for a national tour. Working with producers Jamie Wilson, Gavin Kalin and the Watermill Theatre, full service technical production company Hawthorn is supplying lighting equipment for the highly-anticipated show.

POLAR takes on WORK...

03/10/2017 - Business News

UK – In line with its increased commitment and growth in both the pro-audio and installation markets, POLAR has announced that it has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Valencia-based WORK Pro Audio products. WORK Pro Audio offers a comprehensive range that encompasses loudspeakers, amplifiers, audio over IP, control solutions and DSP digital matrix products, meeting every requirement for fixed installation and touring applications across all budgets.

TSL Lighting welcomes Greg Westwood

03/10/2017 - People News

UK - Greg Westwood has joined the team at TSL as a project manager. Greg graduated from the University of South Wales in 2015 with a BSc in Lighting Design & Technology, since when he has been working in a sales role for leading equipment manufacturer, Robe.

Greg will be working closely with TSL’s MD Sam Tamplin, on project management and business development across a wide range of customers, projects and rentals.

Stage-Tech, Elation Flexibility at California’s 2017 Hard Summer Music Festival

02/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Leading California production company Stage-Tech again dipped into its extensive inventory of Elation Professional lighting gear to deliver an impactful lighting package for the Hard and Pink stages at this year’s Hard Summer Music Festival. With a venue change somewhat late in the scheduling – a move from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana to the more scenic environs of the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino – Stage-Tech had to be both flexible and resourceful, a challenge they met with the help of adaptable Elation lighting.

Avolites ART2000 dimmers are perfect solution for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

02/10/2017 - Production News

UK – A bespoke 'dimmer world' dolly system using three Avolites ART2000 dimmer racks is proving the perfect solution for the ongoing UK and international tour of the National Theatre's multi-award winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Seebühne Bregenz shines in the light of SGM

02/10/2017 - Production News

Austria – The amphitheatre in the Austrian town of Bregenz is known worldwide. The venue is located directly on the shore of Lake Constance and the stage itself floats on the water. But not just the place is remarkable. The stage designs are equally beautiful and impressive created for two-year productions, which on its own enlarges the borders for creativity. This year, luminaires from SGM Light played an important role in Markus Holdermann’s stage concept.

Renkus-Heinz Brings Clarity to First Baptist Church Natchez

02/10/2017 - Project News

USA – Organised in 1817, the First Baptist Church is as old as the State of Mississippi itself. In the two centuries since, the congregation has worshipped in several locations, dedicating its current facility in 1984. The sanctuary features a high, curved, plaster ceiling that measures 43 feet from the front of the stage up to the beginning of the ceiling curve-a beautiful but acoustically challenging design-and is enriched by 13 beautiful, one-inch-thick, stained glass windows. A full-sized balcony includes the front-of-house mixing position, and a broadcast suite lurks behind the choir loft, enabling recording of sermons, services, and special events that are later posted to the web.

MLA Compact Provides Punch for Shambala Festival’s Eclectic Mix

02/10/2017 - Production News

UK – Held at “a secret location in Market Harborough” on August Bank Holiday Weekend, the eclectic Shambala Festival featured 200 acts across a dozen or so stages of music programming, plus a roller disco, karaoke, contemporary circus performances and lots more.

Professional Drummer and Videographer Chooses ASP4816

02/10/2017 - Project News

Belgium – “Since I bought the Audient console, my ears and the desk have become the most important tools in my daily workflow,” says Ohrenschmaus Audio Video Engineering studio owner Max Scholl (pictured), who cites: “Analogue workflow, sound and history,” as some of the many reasons for purchasing the ASP4816 mixing console earlier this year.

Robe for Innibos Festival 2017

02/10/2017 - Production News

South Africa – Robe moving lights were the primary light sources on the Main Stage at Innibos 2017, a high profile arts and music festival staged in and around Mbombela (Nelspruit) in South Africa presenting Afrikaans music, theatre, literature and visual arts.

Chris Blue Returns Home with Bandit Lites

02/10/2017 - Production News

USA – Even after being crowned the winner of NBC’s Emmy-winning smash show The Voice, Chris Blue is the same humble, thankful person from Knoxville, Tennessee, and to show his appreciation to the city that raised him, Blue performed at the historic Tennessee Theatre, where tickets sold out in five minutes, and two additional shows had to be added, only to have all three shows sell out in minutes. Bandit Lites, whose world headquarters is based in Knoxville, was tapped to provide the lighting package for the special event. Bandit chair Michael Strickland was invited on board as part of the Chris Blue family by long-time friend Hallerin Hilton Hill, who serves as Chris’s manager. Producer and musical guru Travis Wyrick is also part of the Blue Machine, and together with Chris himself, the team worked for months to design, produce and deliver the grand event.

AC-ET Supplies ProLights Luma 1500 LED Spots for Blackpool Hot Ice Show's Stunning "Dreams"

02/10/2017 - Project News

UK – The world-famous ‘Hot Ice Show’ at the Pleasure Beach Arena is one of the highlights of Blackpool’s summer season. This year's production, ‘Dreams’ featured a star-studded cast of international ice skating champions from around the world. The spectacular fast-moving live performance has just come to the end of a successful run, with the majority of the lighting coming from ProLights fixtures.

dB Technologies free extended warranty and prize draw from CUK Audio

02/10/2017 - Business News

If investing in a dB Technologies system has ever been considered, then now might just be the perfect time to do it. CUK Audio, the long-standing UK and Eire distributor for dB Technologies, is launching an initiative to promote the extended five-year warranty that is offered for free on all dB Technologies products purchased from an authorised dealer. In short, CUK is running three prize draws that will take place at the end of October, November and December. The winner of each draw will be reimbursed in full for the cost of their dB Technologies purchase, however large or small.

Optoma celebrates 20th birthday and opens new HQ

02/10/2017 - Business News

UK – The official opening of Optoma Europe’s new headquarters near Hemel Hempstead, UK took place recently. The leading international projector and audio brand, turned 20 years old on 1st September and moved to a larger HQ the following week. The UK’s Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke MP, joined staff at Optoma to officially open the new building.

City Theatrical DMXcat Wins PLASA Award For Innovation

02/10/2017 - Event News

UK – City Theatrical’s DMXcat multi-function test tool recently received the 2017 PLASA Innovation Award at the PLASA Show in London. The judges said DMXcat was "A compact multifunction DMX analyser that will be a useful addition to many technicians' toolboxes".

In stores now – TC Electronic M100 Stereo Multi-Effects Processor for Stage and Studio Applications

02/10/2017 - Equipment News

The TC Electronic M100 can instantly turn anyone into a digital FX expert. An incredibly compact multi-effects processor, the M100 features 16 award-winning TC ELECTRONIC presets including studio-grade reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, rotary speaker, pitch shifter and a variety of stunning multi-effects.

AMBISONIC AB takes over Kling & Freitag sales in Sweden

02/10/2017 - Business News

Sweden – The well-known AV partner AMBISONIC AB provides comprehensive and professional consulting, sales and personnel contracting services for tour productions, broadcasts and post-production. The company also focuses on the sale of professional audio equipment.

Church House enters a new era of intelligibility with d&b audiotechnik

02/10/2017 - Project News

UK – The need to address historic intelligibility problems and improve the overall audio quality were the key factors behind a recent installation at Church House Westminster in Central London. The project focused on the site’s two-level Assembly Hall, a beautiful Grade II listed space that is primarily used for conferences and other meetings.