News Archive for May 2017

Colourblind’s Hippotizers Serve Video at The Logies

31/05/2017 - Production News

Australia – The Australian TV industry’s biggest night, the 59th annual Logie Awards, were held at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium on Sunday 23rd April 2017, broadcast live on the Nine Network. Always a great opportunity for the broadcaster to show off its technical capabilities, fantastic visuals were spread across three huge screens onstage, a wrap-around screen surrounding the audience, and pixel mapped to on-stage fixtures and LED chandeliers. Helming the mission-critical media server and console operation was Lynden Gare, director of Melbourne-based lighting and production company Colourblind, who relied on Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Servers to ensure that the show went exactly to plan.

Adamson Keeps Gand Concert Sound at Forefront of Innovation

31/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Bolstering its reputation as an industry innovator, Gand Concert Sound (GCS) of Elk Grove Village, IL recently took delivery of a large inventory of E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers from Adamson Systems Engineering.

Alcons Brings Immersive 3D Live Sound to InfoComm 2017

31/05/2017 - Event News

USA – Following highly successful European trade shows in the spring, Alcons Audio returns to US show InfoComm in June, showing its range of pro-ribbon loudspeakers and with a demonstration of true object based immersive audio in partnership with Astro Spatial Audio.

A Day to Celebrate

31/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Sunday 14th May saw the final match at White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur, before the ground is demolished to make way for a new stadium in 2018. A victory for Spurs on the day and the atmosphere could not have been more emotional. “The closing ceremony proved a triumph,” said Andrew Zweck of Sensible Events who helped produce the ceremony with Spurs. “Broadcast live to over 13 million fans around the world, Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler said after the ceremony: “This is a club that is doing everything right”.

Altman Lighting introduces Jaime Friedstadt as International Sales Director

31/05/2017 - People News

USA – In a move to expand their International sales division, Altman Lighting has announced the appointment of Jaime Friedstadt as their new international sales director. With a wealth of knowledge in both the architectural and entertainment lighting industries, Friedstadt will now manage the Altman Lighting sales channels in the Caribbean, Latin American, European, Middle Eastern and African markets.

DPA Microphones Deliver Top Quality Sound for FOH Engineer Jose Amable Frómeta

31/05/2017 - Production News

Dominican Republic – Over the past 30 years, FoH Engineer Jose Amable Frómeta has worked with some of Latin America’s most popular recording artists. With a résumé that includes Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony, Juanes and Ricky Martin, Frómeta recently added DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 instrument microphones to his arsenal of equipment.

SuperNova 4 Now available for Download

31/05/2017 - Equipment News

LumenRadio has made SuperNova 4 available for download. SuperNova 4, a complete system management tool for lighting rigs, was showcased at ProLight + Sound in April and brings an all new flat UI design and improved performance.

Autograph Provides Configurable Acoustic Solution

31/05/2017 - Project News

UK – The New Adelphi Building at The University of Salford opened in late 2016 and provides a stunning new home for the University’s Arts And Media programmes.

DiGiCo SD9 gives added versatility to University of Salford’s Adelphi Building

31/05/2017 - Project News

UK – At the end of 2016, Autograph Sales & Installations completed an extensive installation at the New Adelphi Building at The University of Salford, providing an audio system that accommodates the needs of a multi-purpose, flexible venue. A DiGiCo SD9 digital mixing console adds extra versatility to the 350-seat main theatre.

PRG XL Video Supplies Lighting and Video for The Vamps

31/05/2017 - Production News

Europe – British pop-rock band, The Vamps recently completed a sold-out arena tour of the UK as part of the first leg of their world tour, before joining up with Little Mix as they head in to Europe at the end of May. Lighting, video and rigging technology and services were supplied by PRG XL Video, with lighting design by Peter Barnes and video content direction by Stuart Merser, using the latest must-have live image manipulation tool – VideoDust.

White Light On Song for Ivor Novello Awards

30/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Created in 1956, the Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in song writing and composing. They are named after the legendary composer Ivor Novello and represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition in the music industry. Sponsored by PRS, previous winners include John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Adele, Phil Collins and Eric Clapton. Having supplied the lighting equipment for the past several years, WL was called upon once again for this year’s ceremony.

New Paragon Studio Complex Opens with Additional Audient Consoles

30/05/2017 - Project News

UK – “Our current count is nine Audient desks,” says Richard Liggins, technical production manager at the University of West London (UWL). “Seven ASP8024s and two ASP4816s, plus a number of ASP510 5.1 monitor controllers and an ASP800,” which puts it in the running for the facility with the most Audient desks in the world. Most recently, London College of Music (LCM) – part of the UWL – opened Paragon Annex Studio complex, an investment of more than £1 million in the development of seven new recording studios, which includes two each of these Audient consoles.

Kinesys Helps Shape Ed Sheeran Tour

30/05/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – The phenomenal talent and success of UK singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran continues with more great songs and hits and the start of a new world tour, for which a substantial Kinesys automation system was specified to assist with the daily stage set build and to facilitate the movement of lighting pods during the show.

Armin Rocks Amsterdam ArenA with Over 900 Robe Fixtures

30/05/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Armin van Buuren played two tumultuous gigs at Amsterdam ArenA as ‘The Best of Armin Only’ celebrated the conclusion of the ‘Armin Only’ performance concept. Armin’s largest solo show to date in his home country of the Netherlands additionally marked 20 years of an incredible career as a DJ/creative music producer, and it was the first time a DJ has staged a solo show at the venue, also home to Ajax Football Club.

Colour Sound Gets Snarky Puppy Vibe

30/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Award winning lighting designer Francis Clegg applied his imagination and magic to the latest Snarky Puppy UK tour, where his penchant for creating interesting and different visual environments is perfectly suited to the band’s improvisational instrumental jazz-pop sounds.

Bandit Supplies SGM G-4 Wash on NFL Draft Experience

30/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites recently wrapped another successful venture with C3 Presents on lighting components of the NFL Draft, using strategically placed SGM G-4 Washes at the Entrance Portal where thousands of fans streamed through to celebrate the annual football draft selection.

Alcons Launches LR28/110 Wide Dispersion Larger Format Line Array

30/05/2017 - Equipment News

Previewed to a very positive response at ProLight+Sound in April, Alcons has launched the LR28/110 Wide Dispersion Larger Format Line Array – a three-way, line-source sound system for use as vertical array with extended horizontal coverage in up to the largest applications.

DPA Microphones Introduces Brand New d:vice Digital Audio Interface at InfoComm 2017

30/05/2017 - Event News

USA – DPA Microphones will debut its brand new d:vice MMA-A digital audio interface and DSM6000 microphone base at InfoComm 2017 (Booth 6169). The MMA-A features flexibility and a small form factor that allows the user to pull out the d:vice for any unexpected situation that might arise during their day. The intelligible sound and ease of installation provided by the new microphone base, in combination with the d:screet SC4098 podium microphone, caters to the different industry needs and wants of architects, AV consultants, system integrators and installing electricians.

Ozuna trusted in dot2: World tour started

30/05/2017 - Production News

Latin American artist Ozuna recently started his world tour titled “Odisea” referring to his latest album. Lighting designer Alex Soto’s first choice for lighting control where two dot2 XL-F to control a set consisting of more than 100 fixtures.

Robe makes some Circa Waves

30/05/2017 - Production News

Europe – UK indie rockers Circa Waves are certainly making some waves right now, and the release of their second album “Different Creatures” brings some more serious, hard-hitting and thought-provoking messages along with solid catchy rhythms.

Ayrton Welcomes Vari Internacional S.A. as New Distributor for Mexico

30/05/2017 - Business News

Mexico – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Vari Internacional, S.A. as its new exclusive distributor for Mexico.

Avolites Hires Two New US Support Engineers

30/05/2017 - People News

USA – Avolites and its US distributor, Group One Ltd., has announced the appointments of two support engineers, Kade Behm and Ruben Laine. Both new hires report directly to Avolites US national sales manager Brad White, while the announcement comes from Group One president Jack Kelly.

Outdoor Theatre at Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos Outfitted with Elation Lighting

30/05/2017 - Production News

Turks and Caicos Islands – Beaches Resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands offers endless activities for people of all ages, not to mention convenient access to some of the Caribbean's best beaches. Lighting designer Lisa Weinshrott Kimmel, of Sharp Edge Lighting Design was recently brought on board to design lighting for a theatre project at the vacation resort and found an Elation rig at her disposal.

JHS Pro-Audio Team to handle all HK Audio sales

30/05/2017 - Business News

UK - JHS has announced that HK Audio sales will now be handled exclusively by its Pro-Audio ASMs.

Russian Rental Company Invests in Dlive C Class

26/05/2017 - Production News

Russia - An Allen & Heath dLive C Class digital mixing system was recently purchased by Russian PA company, Stage Art Sound, to add to its hire stock, which already includes the Qu-24, Qu-16 and Qu-Pac from Allen & Heath’s compact digital mixing range.

Lighting Protected Paradise at the Venice Biennale

26/05/2017 - Project News

Italy – ‘Protected Paradise’ is a striking, 12-metre high mixed media installation created by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen, located in the garden of the Palazzio Francetti for the 2017 Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) contemporary visual art exhibition.

FloppyFlex Featured in Submariner Tribute

26/05/2017 - Project News

Australia – A newly completed memorial to World War II submariners is the centrepiece of the 300-metre Submariners' Walk Heritage Trail on the Brisbane River boardwalk in Tenerrife, Queensland. The walk features a series of plaques and submarine-shaped seats commemorating the sailors and their service. The memorial itself comprises a landmark sign illuminated by Firefly’s Digital FloppyFlex RGBW LED neon.

Toronto’s Revival Bar revitalises its sound with Electro-Voice X-Line Advance

26/05/2017 - Project News

Canada – Located within an old church building in Little Italy, Revival Bar has become a live performance hangout for the Toronto music community and fans since opening in 2000. While its designation as a Toronto historic building requires preservation of the building’s frontage, there is nothing to prevent modernisation inside. That is why general manager Mathew Saturnino recently decided to upgrade the 400-capacity venue’s sound system with the Electro-Voice X1 system from the X-Line Advance line-array loudspeaker family.

Festival Sound increases DiGiCo investment

26/05/2017 - Production News

South Africa – Festival Sound, one of the largest DiGiCo console owners in the South African rental market, has increased its investment in the manufacturer’s products by adding an SD11 and a further SD9 to its inventory.

Seeing Deeper Event At National Cathedral Gets Colour Boost From Chauvet

26/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Beach blankets and yoga mats aren’t normally found inside the long, high-ceilinged central nave of the National Cathedral. Recently, however, the iconic church’s usual seats and pews were removed so people could lie down on these coverings to gaze at an astonishing light show that transformed the building’s cavernous interior into a vast and infinitely fascinating panorama of colour with help from a collection of Well Fit LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Malmö Opera House Purchases Chroma-Q Color Force II for New Production of the “Disobedience of Death”

26/05/2017 - Project News

Sweden – The lighting crew of the prestigious Malmö Opera venue was so impressed by the improved range of colours, brightness, and the even light of the new Chroma-Q Color Force IIM, that they purchased fixtures for a new production on their Verkstan Stage, home of the Opera house’s experimental division, Operaverkstan.

ETC at ABTT 2017

26/05/2017 - Event News

UK – Visitors to the 2017 ABTT Theatre Show, taking place in London on 6th and 7th June, will have the opportunity to see the latest lighting and rigging technology innovations from ETC. Enjoy the company's hospitality while speaking to representatives about the many ETC products on display on stands B40 and C40 in Alexandra Palace’s West Hall.

Content is King for Hawthorn at D&AD Awards 2017

26/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Billed as the creative industries party of the year, the 55th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place at Troxy, London on 27th April 2017, with creative technical event production expert Hawthorn providing full technical production.

HHB supplies equipment for new studios at Abbey Road

26/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Building on an extraordinary legacy of film score recording, legendary London studio complex Abbey Road Studios has built a complete, Dolby Atmos Premier Studio-certified sound post-production facility with equipment supplied by HHB Communications. Part of the biggest transformation since the studios opened in 1931, the new Mix Stage features a hybrid Neve DFC 3D and Avid S6 console, eight Pro Tools systems, 4K projection and 44 speakers, enabling clients to mix all elements including music, dubbing and special effects in a variety of formats including Atmos and IMAX.

Bel Digital releases new firmware for Dante Confidence Monitor

26/05/2017 - Equipment News

Bel Digital has released a firmware update (v1.31) for its BM-A1-64DANTE, which now includes the facility to automatically display channel names via Dante Controller.

Scandec Takes on Optocore Distribution for Norway

26/05/2017 - Business News

Norwegian pro audio specialist, Scandec Systemer, has been appointed by Optocore, world leader in fibre optic systems, as the manufacturer’s new exclusive territorial distributor.

Urdile Establishes PR’s XR440 BWS Hybrid on Major Shows in Chile

26/05/2017 - Production News

Chile Urdile Audio & Iluminación, PR Lighting’s Chilean distributors, are just one global partner that has been achieving extraordinary success with the Chinese manufacturer’s XR440 BWS, and its smaller sibling the XR330 BWS (denoting that these hybrid, high output moving heads combine Beam, Wash and Spot effect).

Martin Audio’s Sacred Sound

26/05/2017 - Project News

India – Mumbai-based system integrators Zoodio, have carried out a new sound system upgrade at a Roman Catholic church in the Mumbai township of Vashi.

Learn more about the Soundcraft Ui24R with interactive software demo and video tutorial series

26/05/2017 - Standards News

To coincide with the release of the new Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixer and USB multi-track recorder, Soundcraft by Harman has released an interactive online demonstration of the mixer's control software and a video tutorial series to accompany it.

German Fans Enjoys a Lucky 13 Shows with Alan Parsons and Yamaha RIVAGE PM10

26/05/2017 - Production News

Germany – Four years after their last live appearance, German tour promoter Karsten Jahnke has brought legendary musician, producer and engineer Alan Parsons and his band back to Germany, playing 13 nearly sold out dates throughout the country in May. A Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console has taken care of the intricate front of house mixes for these much-anticipated performances.

Gatwick installs 2000 indoor navigation beacons enabling augmented reality wayfinding – a world first for an airport

26/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Around 2,000 beacons have been installed across Gatwick Airport’s two terminals providing an indoor navigation system that is much more reliable than GPS and that enables augmented reality wayfinding for passengers – a world first for an airport.

Christie LED Welcomes Visitors at London’s Iconic Barbican Centre

25/05/2017 - Project News

UK Christie Direct View LED has been installed above the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance, welcoming thousands of visitors to the centre each day and providing a clear and bright identity to the Barbican’s main entrance that can be seen from afar. The ‘Day One’ content is a welcome message set against a skyline of London. The skyline is – appropriately – as seen from the top of Cromwell Tower in the Barbican Estate and the Barbican in-house marketing team will be creating future bespoke content themselves.

Dual leadership at AV Stumpfl

25/05/2017 - Business News

Austria – Fabian Stumpfl joins his brother Tobias Stumpfl in his new position as CEO at the Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl.

Setsquare structures record-breaking Pink Floyd exhibition

25/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Production company LarMac Live called in Setsquare Staging to reproduce hero pieces and build infrastructure for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the biggest ever at the V&A.

Meyer Sound LF Systems Utilised in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Virtual Reality Installation

25/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's first venture into virtual reality (VR), entitled "CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)", immerses a participant in the experience of refugees and immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border.

Animals as Leaders Travels Light with Squeek Lights and Chauvet Professional

25/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Every lighting designer knows how important it is to keep tour managers happy. So, when the TM for Animals as Leaders said he wanted to minimise the number of fixtures on the floor package for the band’s 22-city summer tour while still delivering the multi-dimensional looks that the group’s intricate mix of progressive music demands, lighting designer Victor Zeiser took his words to heart.

ETC launches Dual Tech Sensors and Contact Interfaces for Unison Echo line

25/05/2017 - Equipment News

USA – ETC has released two new additions to its Unison Echo line of architectural lighting control. The new Dual Tech Sensors ensure spaces can adhere to stringent energy codes, while also ensuring occupant comfort. Secondly, two contact interface devices provide simple and seamless integration with other systems.

Emmylou Harris Celebrates at the Ryman with Bandit Lites

25/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers took the stage at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in celebration of the anniversary of their original live recording of the Grammy-winning 1992 LP, At the Ryman, which took place in an effort to restore the crumbling “Mother Church.” With the Ryman now fully restored, Harris and the Ramblers (Sam Bush, Jon Randall, Al Perkins, Larry Atamanuik and Byron House) returned to the hallowed stage where they performed the album once again in its entirety, this time with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

Penn & Teller Theater Upgrades with Solaspot Pro 1500S

25/05/2017 - Project News

USA – Penn & Teller’s outrageous blend of magic and comedy has remained one of the hottest tickets in Las Vegas for over 20 years, and when the production team decided to upgrade the show’s set and scenery, it was also time to invest in new stage lighting technology. Lighting designer Jeff Croiter specified eight High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 1500s, purchased through 4Wall, for the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio Hotel.

SSL System T Takes On Core News Responsibilities At DR

25/05/2017 - Project News

Denmark – Denmark’s publicly funded broadcaster DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) operates four FM and eight DAB radio stations, and six television channels, as well and online and streaming media services. The broadcaster has installed SSL System T networked audio production systems into its main news studios, together with an SSL Network I/O-based redundant Dante infrastructure, demonstrating the Broadcaster’s commitment to a networked AoIP future.

Network master box from Movecat assures SIL3 compliance

25/05/2017 - Equipment News

The new I-Motion network master box from Movecat meets all the requirements of SIL3 applications with Stop Category 1 in combination with vario drives. The NMB-14 I-Motion network master box generates in addition for subsequent NDB-6 network distributor boxes with star network wiring the Stop Category 1/E-Stop function level. For this purpose, the device is equipped with 14 I-Motion network outputs for V-Motion or NDB-6. Both an internal and an external E-Stop are supported.

AC-ET’s Professional Audio Division to host Allen & Heath dLive certified training courses in Leeds and High Wycombe in June

25/05/2017 - Standards News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), authorised resellers of Allen & Heath’s top end dLive range of touring consoles, will be hosting certified training at their dedicated training facilities in High Wycombe and Leeds on June 20th and June 22nd respectively.

Hawthorn Create Digital Landscape at Adobe Summit EMEA 2017

25/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Attracting over 5,500 attendees, Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2017 returned once again to ICC ExCeL London. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn was once again chosen by Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.

Historic Swiss Theatre Installs dLive

25/05/2017 - Project News

Switzerland – A compact Allen & Heath dLive S Class system has been installed in Teatro Sociale in Bellinzona, following an upgrade to its audio equipment. Supplied by Battaglia Light Services, the system consists of a S3000 surface equipped with a Dante network card, and a DM32 MixRack.

Moving Pictures – Outline’s ‘Newton’ Processor Gets The Hollywood Treatment

25/05/2017 - Business News

Outline has announced the release of its first product launch video, produced in-house at Flero, which discusses the underlying concepts, development and final design realisation of their extraordinary new flagship system processor, ‘Newton’.

Atlona Expands New York Area Sales Presence with Metro Tech Reps

25/05/2017 - Business News

USA – Atlona has bolstered its sales network in one of the United States’ largest commercial AV markets. Effectively immediately, Metro Tech Reps will serve as a manufacturer’s representative for the Metropolitan New York area.

A chance to test innovative lighting live – the Stage|Set|Scenery LightLab

25/05/2017 - Event News

Germany – Be it generic lighting, networked systems, or the optimum illumination of reflective surfaces, at the LightLab at Stage|Set|Scenery, which will take place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin, trade visitors can discuss practical issues and get tips for their daily work. The 200 square-metre LightLab in Hall 20 takes as its slogan the ‘Key to Light’ and is curated by Manfred “Ollie“ Olma of mo2 design, an internationally renowned lighting designer. Construction of the LightLab was assisted by Firma Nüssli Deutschland, with additional support from ARRI, cast, Gerriets, ETC, GLP (German Light Products), Martin by Harman, Lightpower, Preworks, Spotlight and Robe Lighting s.r.o.

White Light Oversees Lighting Installation for Pink Floyd Exhibition at V&A Museum

24/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Now open at the V & A Museum, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. The exhibition offers an immersive and multi-sensory journey through the career of Pink Floyd, chronicling their music, design and staging, from the 1960s through to the present day. Following the company’s work on last year’s EXHIBITIONISM, the Rolling Stone’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, White Light was called upon to oversee the lighting installation and supply the lighting equipment on this occasion.

Danley UK Gets the Assist for New Danley Audio System at Famous UK Footballer’s Upscale Restaurant and Bar

24/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Widely considered to be among one the best footballers in England’s history, Rio Ferdinand played for Manchester United for 12 years before a brief stint at Queens Park Rangers before retirement in 2015. He co-owns Rosso Restaurant and Bar in the city that loves him best, Manchester, and has ensured that Rosso’s patrons are treated to a sophisticated, yet effortless, hip experience. When a break in the action permitted a sound system swap, Danley Sound Labs’ new UK distributor – aptly named Danley UK – stepped in to assist Manchester-based live sound and installation company Neuron Pro Audio. The Neuron staff designed and installed a Danley system using their patented Synergy Horn loudspeakers and a Tapped Horn subwoofer, which now brings the sonic experience at Rosso in line with its upscale menu, décor, and service.

CT Provides 118 Projectors for Stunning Opening Ceremony in Baku

24/05/2017 - Production News

Azerbaijan – The Opening Ceremony of the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, produced by Catherine Ugwu’s “Betty Productions”, featured spectacular visuals throughout the show and what was arguably the world’s brightest outdoor scenic projection imagery.

L-Acoustics Arcs WiFo Finds Favor With DC/Baltimore-Area Churches

24/05/2017 - Project News

USA – Serving the greater Washington DC area since 1971, RCI Systems is a full-service event production house and systems integrator that has built its success on two “greats” – great people and great gear. In the house of worship community, that has often taken the form of partnering with Jonathan Lesane and SYXA Services, most recently on a pair of installs featuring L-Acoustics Arcs WiFo (Wide and Focus) systems at Spirit of Faith Christian Center and Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries.

BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square

24/05/2017 - Production News

UK – The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) gave a free, open-air concert to a crowd of thousands in London’s Trafalgar Square yesterday, in an annual concert series presented in partnership with BMW. The LSO, with piano soloist Behzod Abduraimov, performed music by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov and showcased its work with young musicians from East London, who performed on stage as part of the Orchestra. The audience was guided through the performance by presenter Lucy Griffiths with the assistance of films specially created by the LSO.

Women’s Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards Debuts at Troxy

24/05/2017 - Production News

UK – The 2017 #BeAGameChanger Awards, sponsored by Microsoft, moved east for the first time to iconic London venue Troxy.

Stan Van Samang Gets Intimate Looks With Chauvet Professional

24/05/2017 - Production News

Belgium – One time professional actor Stan Van Samang made his musical breakthrough back in 2006 winning the music talent TV show, Steracteur Sterartiest (VRT). While the Belgian artist has recorded a string of successful albums since, it’s arguably his live performances – with intimate audience interaction – which have garnered him notoriety. Tasked with bringing the most out of these live performances on Stan’s recent tour of Belgium, LD Bart Rogge specified 16 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK 2 spot and 24 R2 Rogue wash fixtures to stunning effect.

Yamaha Nuage Helps MWA Sound Maximise its Efficiency

24/05/2017 - Project News

Germany – With Steinberg Nuendo software being a fundamental part of many post-production facilities, accessing its array of tools in a fast, natural way helps them to satisfy the ever-shortening timescales that clients demand. Germany’s MWA Sound has chosen Yamaha’s Nuage system to harness Nuendo as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Chroma-Q Showcases Award-Winning Theatrical Lighting at ABTT Theatre Show 2017

24/05/2017 - Event News

UK – Join Chroma-Q at the ABTT Theatre Show 2017, to see a selection of its latest and award-winning theatrical lighting products at Alexandra Palace, London, 6th and 7th June, stand A40.

Jack Wilders Joins Electrosonic Ltd as Business Development Consultant for Digital Communications

24/05/2017 - People News

UK - Electrosonic, an international audio-visual systems integration and service solutions company, has announced the appointment of Jack Wilders as business development consultant for Digital Communications.

Allen & Heath Enhances dLive Scene System

23/05/2017 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released V1.50 firmware for its flagship dLive S Class and dLive C Class ranges. This latest update includes multiple improvements and additions to the scene system to meet the needs of theatre, festival and other complex show applications.

Zero 88 Exhibits at 2017 ABTT Theatre Show

23/05/2017 - Event News

UK - Lighting control specialist and manufacturer, Eaton Lighting Systems, will be exhibiting its Zero 88 product range at the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) Theatre Show in London on 6th and 7th June.

Meyer Sound LEO Family Unleashes Explosive Force on Metallica Stadium Tour

23/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Metallica's summer-long WorldWired Tour is currently rolling in high gear through the largest stadiums and festival sites in North America, galvanising the iconic band's multi-generational fan base by delivering a searing, eye-popping and, literally, gut-slamming experience of adrenaline-fuelled guitar rock. For sonic saturation of venues often holding 50,000-plus, the tour carries a massive Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement system from VER Tour Sound that incorporates for the first time anywhere, the visceral impact of the new VLFC very low frequency control element.

Chauvet Professional and DJ Pump Up Intensity at London’s Cargo

23/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Underneath the Victorian railway arches of the overground line in London’s trendy Shoreditch district lies Cargo, one of the capital’s edgiest late-night bar and club venues. While the venue’s genuine Banksy graffiti art-filled courtyard is a magnet for art aficionados and tourists alike, the club itself has been busy building up a formidable reputation of its own thanks to an eclectic music programme. To install an appropriately multifaceted lighting rig, Cargo recently approached London-based installation specialists, Halo lighting, which specified a number of Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ fixtures.

Yamaha Consoles Deliver SLXcellence At The National Student Drama Festival

23/05/2017 - Production News

April saw the 61st National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) take place at the University of Hull, forming part of the city’s UK City Of Culture celebrations. Rental company SLX provided a range of Yamaha digital mixing consoles and, as a little light relief for participants, Yamaha Commercial Audio UK co-sponsored Yamaha/SLX/NSDF-branded jackets, awarded to the most inventive photos posted by aspiring sound engineers on social media.

Elation Lighting Success on 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev

23/05/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – The Eurovision Song Contest is a unique experience in the world of entertainment made all the more special by use of some of the largest lighting and video systems to be found on any show. Elation Professional was part of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev with over 800 lighting products used as audience and stage lighting by lighting designer Jerry Appelt and Eurovision Song Contest head of production Ola Melzig.

New software for ETC’s ColorSource Relay implements wireless RDM

23/05/2017 - Equipment News

The ColorSource Relay system kick-started a new era of power control, bringing budget-friendly system infrastructure with data distribution to theatres, houses of worship, schools and community centres. Now the ColorSource Relay is upgrading its simple configuration and wireless performance with the addition of wireless RDM.

We need to start a revolution – PSA and PLASA collaborate on mental health in the live entertainment industry

23/05/2017 - Business News

UK – Mental Health has become a topical subject and has been launched into the limelight with the Royals’ ‘Heads Together’ campaign, promoting conversation to shatter the stigma surrounding the subject. PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 coincided with Mental Health Awareness Week and prompted a collaboration between the Production Services Association (PSA) and the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) supported by Back-up Charity.

Green Hippo captures the Snow Fairy

23/05/2017 - Production News

Finland – Finish singing sensation Saara Aalto, also known as the Snow Fairy, played a sold-out homecoming gig at Helsinki’s Hartwall arena and Green Hippo technology ensured a great view for all. Saara, who shot to fame in the UK through her runner’s up spot in 2016’s X Factor, is a firm favourite in Finland having appeared in Finland’s Got Talent 2007 and The Voice of Finland in 2012.

Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixing and multi-track recording system now shipping

23/05/2017 - Equipment News

Soundcraft by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd has announced immediate availability of the the new Soundcraft Ui24R. The Ui24R is a complete digital mixing and multitrack recording system that delivers flexible I/O, pristine sound quality, intuitive wireless control, and roadworthy reliability, all in a streamlined design.

Historic Dutch Castle Goes for a Yamaha CIS Solution

23/05/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – One of the most historic buildings in Goes, Netherlands, Slot Oostende is a former castle located in the old centre of the city. It opened to the public in April this year as a multi-purpose venue, with a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS)-based audio system meaning its spaces can be used for many different purposes.

MIPRO helps spread the word at Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Dundalk

23/05/2017 - Project News

Ireland – The Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in the Archdiocese of Armagh, Ireland, was founded in 2012 by Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, to form priests who are both diocesan and missionary for what is known as the New Evangelisation. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, recently presided at the official opening of the Seminary’s new premises, the former De la Salle brothers’ residence in De La Salle Terrace, Dundalk. The buildings have been completely refurbished to provide housing, worship and study areas for the sixteen young priests from eight different countries currently in training.

Combining professionalism and passion

23/05/2017 - Event News

GermanyHow can equipment, lighting and video technology be integrated into a dynamic overall system? What is the latest trend in multi-functional entertainment complexes and temporary theatre venues? What national and international standards need to be observed for event technology, images and films? At Stage|Set|Scenery there will be a special focus on stage equipment and stage technology. The international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology will be taking place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin and is co-organised by Messe Berlin and Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG). Dr. Gabriele Högg, member of the board of DTHG says: “At Stage|Set|Scenery a broad range of stage and event technology companies from all over the world will be on display. Planners, architects and customers will have an opportunity to meet with companies who are involved in major international projects, including the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, as well as recent projects such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin and the Kulturpalast in Dresden.” Exhibitors from a total of 21 countries are expected to attend Stage|Set|Scenery. Those representing stage technology include Alfa System, Bosch Rexroth, Gala Systems, Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products, SBS Bühnentechnik, TAIT Stage Technologies, Show Theatre Equipment Trekwerk and Waagner-Biro Austria Stage Systems.

Arena Group Supports HPower Group at Royal Windsor Horse Show

23/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Royal Windsor Horse Show organiser HPower Group called upon multiple Arena UK and Europe divisions to deliver 5,000m² of temporary structures complete with full interior fit-out, 3,689 seats throughout three Castle Arena tiered grandstands and event catering equipment in May 2017.

Protec wins three times at the Middle East Event Awards 2017

23/05/2017 - Event News

UAE – Approaching the end of a very busy season in the Middle East, there was one more important event that the events industry in the region would be looking forward to – The Middle East Event Awards for 2016/2017. There was a sense of excitement that could be felt across the industry in the lead up to the awards ceremony this time, as everyone was aware that it would have to take something really special to break through the competition in every award category. Bold creativity had worked its way into a myriad of great events throughout the year across the Middle East and for Protec, a company that prides itself in its creative and innovative use of technology; there was one more bit of exciting technology that the company was going to offer, a day before the ceremony was to take place.

Bon Jovi’s “This House is Not for Sale” Tour utilises grandMA2: Dynamic show with a nod to old-fashioned Rock

22/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Bon Jovi rocked the house with the band’s “This House is Not for Sale Tour”. The tour’s complex staging featured a grandMA2 full-size console provided by PRG and was in support of Bon Jovi’s eponymous 13th studio album released last fall.

Beware of the Shark!

22/05/2017 - Production News

Curry and a beer as a social concept has much to recommend itself. Easy, fast, tasty and satisfying, what could you possibly add that would make it better? Well, how about a couple of life-size shark holograms? Liz Berry of Hologramica is gaining quite a reputation for juxtaposing reality with illusion. For Avolites’ founder director, Steve Warren the opportunity was irresistible.

A Little Night Music for Robe at RADA

22/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Award winning lighting designer Paul Pyant returned to London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) to light a production of the Steven Sondheim classic, A Little Night Music directed by Edward Kemp and staged at RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in central London.

Sully Meets the Challenges for RHCP with Rat Sound and L-Acoustics

22/05/2017 - Production News

USA – For more than 25 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been closely linked with Dave Rat who has manned the live concert mix for the Grammy Award-winning quartet since 1991. During that period, Rat has successfully grown his own tour sound company (Rat Sound) and been awarded two patents for innovative live sound products. As of February, however, the celebrated engineer has now passed the reins of mixing the band to Sean “Sully” Sullivan, another industry veteran having most recently manned front of house for Rihanna, Atoms For Peace and Beck.

d&b audiotechnik to host popular Electroacoustics seminar at ABTT 2017, London

22/05/2017 - Event News

UK – On Wednesday 7th June, d&b audiotechnik will be presenting its time-honoured Electroacoustics seminar at the ABTT Theatre Show, at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. The free-to-attend education event is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about how loudspeakers interact with their environment and how that affects what the listener hears. Plus, anyone who registers will automatically receive free admission to the exhibition floor, a unique environment in which to meet industry professionals and see what’s new in theatre technology.

SE Systems Continue to Build GLP Inventory

22/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Based in Greensboro, NC, GLP partner SE Systems has recently increased its inventory of the German manufacturer’s advanced LED solutions, by adding quantities of the award-winning X4 Bar versatile battens, and investing for the first time in the GT-1 Spot/Beam hybrid.

Elation Paladin Market’s Most Versatile Blinder/Strobe/Wash Light

22/05/2017 - Equipment News

Elation Professional is offerering the new IP65-rated Paladin, a highly versatile hybrid LED luminaire that functions as a brilliantly bright blinder, powerful strobe and high output wash light. Adding to its flexibility, this multi-functional light also houses a motorised zoom for full beam control and its IP65 rating means it can be used on all types of events without the need for weather protection.

Green Hippo Hosts a Hippotizer Tea Party

22/05/2017 - Event News

Germany – ProLight + Sound is a key show for Green Hippo, and at this year’s Frankfurt event, the company delivered a stunning display with Hippotizer V4 media servers. Using the latest software version of Hippotizer SHAPE, Green Hippo mapped and blended three projectors on to a highly complex tea pot model. Using Notch’s compositing and visual effects capabilities and combining correspondence-based projector alignment, the model showed how Hippotizer can overcome, the many challenges faced when projection mapping in the field.

GDS ArcSystem Brightens Brighton Dome

19/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Brighton Dome is an ornate multi-arts venue that was built in 1803. Constructed as the Prince Regent's Stables and Riding House, it became a cavalry stables before finding a new purpose as a concert venue and assembly hall as long ago as 1867. In the 1930s the building underwent an art-deco refit overseen by the architect Robert Atkinson. It is this incarnation that remains and features an 1800 capacity concert hall that stages a varied programme of top class international entertainment, including contemporary and classical music, theatre, dance, visual arts and comedy. In recent years the Dome's technical team had earmarked a new house lighting scheme as a priority. Its existing dimmers were obsolete and channels were failing, energy consumption was high and maintenance very difficult. Integrator Stage Electrics was awarded the works to supply, install and commission an entire new house lighting and following a site visit, made an immediate suggestion that a GDS solution would be best.

Claypaky Scenius Unico takes centre stage at Eurovision 2017

19/05/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – Internationally renowned lighting designer and director of photography Jerry Appelt specified the new Claypaky Scenius Unico as the main stage workhorse fixture for his richly composed lighting design for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, hosted at the International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Norwegian Engineers Fly with dLive

19/05/2017 - Production News

Norway – Eight Allen & Heath dLive C Class systems, based on the ultra-compact C1500 Surface and CDM32 MixRack, have been purchased in Norway, mainly by sound engineers looking for a fly-in mixing system.

Robe Funks it Up with Bruno Mars

19/05/2017 - Production News

Europe - Seven-hundred-and-ninety-five Robe Spikies are on the road with the incredible Bruno Mars 24K Magic world tour, setting a record for the largest number of a single type of Robe fixture on one touring show, to date.

Teri Productions Grows with ProPower RPD Power Distros

19/05/2017 - Production News

USA – More than 1,500 ProPower RPD power distro racks are in service across North America and Teri Productions of Knoxville, Tennessee owns a fair share of them. Recently, the venerable, full-service rental and staging company has been building their inventory to accommodate new business with a variety of tours and events, ranging from Lil Wayne to motivational guru Tony Robbins.

Adlib Round the World with Russell Howard

19/05/2017 - Production News

UK – One man, one mic and one big mission-critical challenge to get it perfect every night and that’s what Adlib delivered daily for the latest Russell Howard in-the-round arena tour.

Capital Sound Invests in SSL Live - a Full Range Offering

19/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Capital Sound, one of the largest UK-based live sound hire companies, is adding Solid State Logic L200 and L500 live consoles to its inventory, bringing SSL quality and flexibility to a growing client-base over a wide budget range. The consoles are being been supplied by UK professional audio specialist HD Pro Audio.

IPS Guard the Galaxy with the Mythos 2

19/05/2017 - Production News

UK – April saw the premiere of the next instalment of The Guardians of the Galaxy, held at the Eventim Apollo at Hammersmith. The global success of the first film from the Marvel franchise guaranteed the sequel and film premieres of this magnitude require more than just a red carpet to announce their arrival.

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at ABTT 2017 Show

19/05/2017 - Event News

UK – The Tourflex Cabling brand will be showcasing its bespoke cable assembly service for the entertainment industry at the ABTT Show 2017 Alexandra Palace, London, UK, stand A40, 6th - 7th June.

Out of this World Show for K3

19/05/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Popular Belgian girlband K3 are on the road again for an extensive live schedule through 2017 reaching out to their young and enthusiastic fan base with a completely new lighting and video design originated by Luc Peumans of Genk-based creative practice, Painting with Light.

Creating Wonderland – a notable achievement

19/05/2017 - Production News

UK – A visit to Wonderland, that is the promise of Take That’s latest tour, a phantasmagorical ride through a vividly imagined and ever changing landscape. For an in-the-round (ITR) performance this is as complex as it gets. “Data wise it is massively integrated,” said lighting designer Tim Routledge with stark precision. “The stage is based on the familiar logo of two Ts one inverted atop the other within a circle defined by LED floor panels. Above, a 20-metre diameter truss contains an all-enveloping ring of 16 roller-drops where we present some truly dazzling video projection.”

Floorbox solution a perfect conversion for Saracens

19/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Floorbox, the new online temporary flooring hub, specified and supplied 650sq m of Rola-Trac’s iTrac pitch protection to Allianz Park stadium ahead of Jewish community event Yom HaShoah.

Bandit Lites Brightens Chris Tomlin’s Worship Night in America

19/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Chris Tomlin, the GRAMMY Award-winning Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter with more than 100 million albums sold, recently wrapped his stellar national tour, Worship Night in America. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the multi-artist event that featured performances by Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC and Big Daddy Weave and included songs from Tomlin’s 11th studio album, Never Lose Sight.

Dave Taylor Runs Empire of the Sun Coachella Show With ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium

19/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Empire of the Sun catapulted to international stardom in 2008 with their multi-platinum hit “Walking on a Dream.” It was a very fitting title, for the song and the band. Blending an ethereal sound with stage visuals that resemble something out of a fantasy game, the Australian duo make it easy for audiences to take a temporary leave from reality and enter an uplifting world of imagination.

KLANG:fabrik Gets Inside the Heads of Linkin Park

19/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Working for a band whose members are tech-fans that are willing to jump into new gear if they dig what it does is great, if the band likes it, it’s in. Proving that is a job that often falls to the engineers, and it’s how award-winning monitor engineer Kevin 'Tater' McCarthy (pictured bottom left) got the new KLANG:fabrik 3D monitoring system on the rider for a tour with Linkin Park that will run through 2017.

US Launch of Martin Audio’s New Product Line Up at InfoComm, Orlando

19/05/2017 - Event News

USA – Martin Audio has announced its US launch, and demonstration of the new optimised line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando.

Bauder Audio Adds 92 Kiva II and Standardizes on L-Acoustics for Success

19/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Ask any rental company owner. There’s little worse than losing a gig based solely on the logo on the loudspeaker inventory. It was a situation that the team at Bauder Audio Systems found themselves in a time or three, and enough to drive them to consolidate their entire inventory around a brand that is never questioned - L-Acoustics.

Alcons is a New Hollywood Star

18/05/2017 - Project News

USA – Levels Audio prides itself on being the best and most luxurious post-production / mixing studio in the heart of Hollywood. Founded and run by multiple-Emmy award winning engineer Brian Riordan, recently the 14,000ft2, state-of-the-art facility added Mix 9, a bespoke Dolby Atmos mix stage, where an Alcons CRMS mkII Cinema Reference Monitor System is making a big impression on the Hollywood elite.

Spotlight on Milos LED Screen Support Structures second video released

18/05/2017 - Business News

Milos has released its second video for it's three-month spotlight on Milos LED Screen Support Structures (1st April – 30th June). This video gives an overview of the complete range of Milos LED Screen Support Structures with their main technical specifications. Click on the link below to discover how Milos LED screen support structures are suited for any screen support needs.

Robots Exhibition

18/05/2017 - Production News

UK – David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) recently completed the lighting design for the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum, London.

Resolution X - Lifting with the professionals

18/05/2017 - Production News

Australia – Resolution X, is one of the first companies in Australia that started working with ProLyft Aetos hoists range. They are fully convinced of the technical qualities of the product, however, the outstanding service programme made their choice an easy one.

Prolyte Group Introduces New Box Corner for 30-Series Truss

18/05/2017 - Equipment News

Officially presented on the Prolight + Sound Exhibition as recently held in Frankfurt, Prolyte has introduced a new, innovative box corner for its 30-series truss. This box corner can be used in combination with regular truss as well as the successful Verto truss.

Stage|Set|Scenery features a wide-ranging programme of excursions

18/05/2017 - Event News

Germany – Be it the Elbphilharmonie or the Barenboim Said Academy, the day after the international trade show and conference (20th to 22nd June in Berlin) ends, Stage|Set|Scenery will be giving trade visitors an opportunity to find out first-hand about exciting cultural projects. It will offer them an exclusive look behind the scenes of technically challenging projects to do with the theatre, concert houses, temporary buildings, radio/TV broadcasting, as well as museum and event technology in which numerous companies exhibiting at Stage|Set|Scenery have been involved.

White Light Makes the Grade for Immersive University of Cambridge Event

18/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Last week, Banqueting House played host to the University of Cambridge who held a celebration event to engage key stakeholders with its latest campaign. The 250 guests, who were a mixture of alumni, stakeholders and senior representatives from the University, enjoyed a drinks reception, dinner, speeches from academic and student speakers, including Stephen Fry, along with an immersive video experience. As one of the cross-palace approved suppliers to Historic Royal Palaces, White Light was called upon to provide the complete technical solutions on this important occasion.

dLive at the Bolshoi

18/05/2017 - Production News

Russia – Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class mixing system was recently used at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for a performance by the Astrakhan Opera and Ballet company.

Hitachi Kokusai Bringing Award-Winning Camera Innovation to InfoComm 2017

18/05/2017 - Event News

USA – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) is coming to InfoComm 2017 with a selection of new and established camera solutions designed for high-quality video acquisition across a wide range of audio-visual environments. Hitachi Kokusai will co-exhibit with the Digital Media Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. in booth 3429 at the event, which will take place June 14-16 in Orlando, Florida.

Eurovision Head of Production, Ola Melzig, to host 2017 Knight of Illumination Awards ceremony

17/05/2017 - Event News

"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry. Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's just a flat out great party! The only thing that could make it better is if I could win a sword!" – Ola Melzig.

Elation Pixel Bar Fit for Fight at 2017 FIBO Fitness Show

17/05/2017 - Event News

Germany – Fitness-AV installation experts, State of the Art GmbH of Cologne, showcased a large Elation Pixel Bar 40 installation as a key element of their booth design at FIBO 2017 as a real world example of the immersive experience the company can create for fitness club customers.

The first full-fledged lighting controller in a foot bar

17/05/2017 - Equipment News

Program a light show and control it by foot later – that’s now possible with the foot controller, Bigfoot, by Eurolite. Bigfoot is a full-fledged lighting controller, packed in a foot bar.

ETC launches Unison Paradigm Inspire control stations and Dual Tech sensors

17/05/2017 - Equipment News

USA – ETC has expanded its Unison Paradigm line of architectural lighting controls, increasing lighting station options with the line of Inspire control stations and making it easier to comply with stringent energy requirements with the new Dual Tech sensors.

Robe for Icelandic National Theatre

17/05/2017 - Project News

Iceland – Robe moving lights are making a big impact at the Icelandic National Theatre (Þjóðleikhúsið) in Reykjavík since they became an integral element of the available house lighting rig, a process that started in 2014 and has recently been continued with the addition of DL7S Profiles, LEDBeam 1000s and Actor6s.

Triple E gets Butlins’ Centre Stage back on track

17/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Triple E Ltd beat the odds and the clock to provide Illuminate Design with a custom-built, motorised track for the Centre Stage venue at Butlins, Skegness.

Sound4Hire adds Linea Research

17/05/2017 - Production News

UK Northamptonshire based PA Rental company Sound4Hire has recently added Linea Research 44M20 networked DSP amplifiers into hire stock.

Community Loudspeakers Make it Clear for the Brian Lara Cricket Academy

17/05/2017 - Project News

Trinidad and Tobago – Inspired by the record-breaking batsman Brian Charles Lara, many young cricketers in Trinidad and Tobago dream of playing their national sport at international level. This dream has been brought a step closer to reality for many by the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (UDeCOTT) with the completion of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, a state-of-the-art competition venue and training facility for the development of world-class cricketers.

PRG Launches New Technology Solutions as Concert Firsts on U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

17/05/2017 - Production News

USA – May 16, 2017 – Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, has announced that a new product innovation along with the application of an industry-first technology solution – SPACEFRAME and a 4K Broadcast Camera System – have been integrated into the design, production and operations for the U2 Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Both solutions demonstrate PRG’s dedication to innovating products that anticipate the needs of tour managers, designers and artists seeking to push boundaries and deliver a more immersive concert experience on site or virtually.

Keith Truax Balances Emotional Forces In Jekyll & Hyde The Musical With Chauvet Professional

17/05/2017 - Production News

USA – As a boy in Broadalbin, New York, Keith Truax loved listening to the CD of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical. While being swept up by Frank Wildhorn's bold, unabashedly passionate score, he often found himself dreaming of one day being involved in a production of this theatrical take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of good and evil.

DPA Microphones Make Life Easier For Sound Engineer Dirk Schulz

17/05/2017 - Production News

Europe – Live sound engineer, sound designer and producer Dirk Schulz is encouraging all the singers he works with to switch to DPA d:facto vocal microphones because he is so impressed by their rich, natural sound.

Renewed Vision Bringing Highly-Acclaimed Live Production Innovations to InfoComm 2017

16/05/2017 - Event News

USA – Fresh off its award-winning appearance at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Renewed Vision is heading to InfoComm 2017 with its complete array of solutions for creating and delivering compelling, visually-rich audience experiences. The company will exhibit in booth 2574 at the show, taking place 14th - 16th June in Orlando, Florida.

AV Stumpfl announces Theatrixx as its new Canadian distributor

16/05/2017 - Business News

Canada – AV Stumpfl recently announced the Canadian company Theatrixx as its exclusive media server and show control distributor for Canada.

Audient Heritage: Teaching Tomorrow's Engineers at SAE Zurich

16/05/2017 - Project News

Switzerland – “Our students really like the new desk and are even more keen to get into the studio since its arrival,” says Thomas Frei (pictured), director of the Swiss SAE Institute in Zurich, where one of the first ASP8024 Heritage Edition consoles to come off the production line was installed. If its mere presence motivates the students, the Audient console is bound to impress the staff. “Our teachers love the desk and the many possibilities that the EQ section offers,” he confirms, having heard the line: ‘Finally, a well thought through in-line concept,’ from a number of them over the past months.

Penn Elcom Launches New Streaming Device Bracket Range

16/05/2017 - Equipment News

Penn Elcom has launched a new range of wall mounting brackets designed to house popular audio and video streaming devices in stylish, understated and practical enclosures.

Elite Multimedia invests in new DiGiCo and L-Acoustics audio gear

16/05/2017 - Production News

USA – As a full-service touring and live event production provider, Nashville-based Elite Multimedia is excited to announce the acquisition of new DiGiCo and L-Acoustics audio gear for touring and live event production designs. Spurred by the demand for a powerful and compact audio package, the new audio inventory includes a DiGiCo SD9 digital audio mixer, along with an L-Acoustics system of 16 Kiva II cabinet speakers, eight SB18 subwoofers and LA4X amplified controllers.

CODA Audio USA Launches at InfoComm 2017

16/05/2017 - Event News

USA – Audio is the lifeblood of live events, the central nervous system that connects creativity with an audience. The pro audio industry, at its best, is one that is constantly seeking to improve. Many people who choose audio as their profession do so because of their desire to create, evolve and improve the audio experience that they help to provide. These professionals are always searching for a better way but have all too often been rewarded with flashes in the pan, comets and fireworks, bright lights and noise – here today, gone tomorrow. Is it any wonder that cynicism permeates our industry as every year we hear about “the new solution” that somehow defies the laws of physics and common sense? In the end, the industry reverts to its standard choices and in doing so a bit of the curiosity and magic that got so many involved in the first place is diminished.

Bandit Lights Viral Star Jacob Sartorius ‘The Last Text Tour’

16/05/2017 - Production News

USA – It’s a scene Bandit Lites has grown accustomed to seeing over its near 50 years in the touring industry: screaming fans overwhelmed with excitement at seeing their idol live, and singer-songwriter Jacob Sartorius’s fans are certainly enthusiastic, as his live shows this April showed. Hailed as the “new Justin Bieber,” the 14-year-old embarked with a lighting package provided by Bandit for his headlining The Last Text Tour.

Face to Distribute SSL Live and Broadcast Products

16/05/2017 - Business News

Belgium – FACE – the Foundation for Audiovisual Commerce & Engineering – has taken on distribution of Solid State Logic Broadcast consoles for Benelux (The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg), and Live consoles in Belgium and Luxemburg. These will include Live L200, L300, and L500 digital consoles, the System T networked broadcast production environment, and the SSL range of Network I/O products.

Chroma-Q Inspire House Lights at Petersfield Festival Hall Provide Truly Immersive Experience thanks to A.C. Special Projects

16/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Petersfield Festival Hall, the versatile multi-purpose venue in Hampshire, can now create a truly immersive colour experience as well as great white light for its audiences, events, and galas thanks to its new Chroma-Q Inspire lighting system installed by A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP).

Lollapalooza Argentina 2017 Welcomes Fans with Chauvet Professional

16/05/2017 - Production News

Argentina – For the more than 90,000 fans who attended Lollapalooza Argentina 2017, the two-day festival served up a musical smorgasbord that satisfied their every taste. In addition to traditional Argentinian sounds like the highly danceable folk music of El Plan de la Mariposa, this South American version of Chicago’s famous Lollapalooza festival featured a rich mix of international superstars from EDM and alt rock, to metal and iconic pop rock on its four stages.

Mitchell Reeve Lights Pete ‘n’ Keely with Support from PRG XL Video

16/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Based on the book by James Hindman and with original music by Patrick Brady, Pete ‘n’ Keely is the story of a famous musical couple, now estranged, who are persuaded into doing a TV reunion.

Turkey’s National TV Racing Channel Selects Allen & Heath Solution

15/05/2017 - Project News

Turkey – Turkey’s national horse racing TV channel has invested in a new audio system as part of a digital upgrade based around Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class and GLD mixing systems.

EM Acoustics triumphs in Seattle with “Here Lies Love” from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim

15/05/2017 - Production News

USA - “Here Lies Love” is an immersive theatrical and musical experience like no other. Produced by the Seattle Repertory Theatre with concept and lyrics by Talking Heads founder David Byrne who also wrote the music with British DJ Fatboy Slim, the show charts the life and times of former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, retracing her meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution.

Prljavo Kazalište Celebrate 40 Years at the Top

15/05/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Croatian rock legends Prljavo Kazalište celebrate 40 years of hits and stardom with a world tour which kicked off with a show at the Spaladium Arena in Split, with lighting designed by Sven Kučinić of LumiLas LLC, who has worked for the band for the last six years and is also a big Robe advocate.

Danley Fills Knoxville’s Historic Market Square with Reference-Monitor Quality Sound

15/05/2017 - Production News

USA – The history of Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee stretches back to 1854, when it was first used by local farmers to sell their produce and wares, a use that continues today. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, its use was (and is) much more than a farm stand, however. Booker T. Washington, William Jennings Bryan, and Ronald Reagan all made speeches at Market Square. And musicians from Duke Ellington to Steve Winwood, have long used its pedway and dedicated stage for performances. In recent years, however, lackluster sound quality from the stage put a damper on enthusiasm for concerts. Local A/V integration firm Stellar Vision and Sound fixed that problem with the design and installation of a stereo pair of Danley Sound Labs SH-96HO point-source loudspeakers, which now fill Market Square with colossal, reference-monitor quality sound.

Light Source is First to Receive Verto Truss in Ireland

15/05/2017 - Production News

Ireland – Prolyte Group distributor A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has recently shipped Verto truss to Light Source, the first company in Ireland to receive this revolutionary product.

Yamaha is an Essential Part of Hamburg’s Stadtpark Summer

15/05/2017 - Production News

Germany – Since 1975, audiences have flocked to the Freilichtbühne open air stage in Hamburg's Stadtpark each summer to enjoy an eclectic selection of music, including pop, rock, hip-hop, soul, singer/songwriters, children’s entertainers and much more. Production company Cobra Sound Light relies on Yamaha digital mixers to ensure each night’s programme is enjoyed without a hitch.

Dutch cultural centre sees major lighting upgrade with Claypaky fixtures

12/05/2017 - Production News

 The Netherlands – Dutch cultural centre, De Oosterpoort in Groningen, has purchased a range of Claypaky moving head fixtures as part of a major technical upgrade to the centre's lighting and audio departments.

Adamson E-Series Helps Share the Message at WE Day

12/05/2017 - Production News

North America & UK – WE Day gives impassioned and empowered young people across Canada, the US, and the UK the opportunity to hear from global luminaries like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai in between performances by major stars like Demi Lovato and Alicia Keys.

dLive on Tour with Golec Orchestra

12/05/2017 - Production News

Poland – One of Poland’s most famous bands, Golec Orchestra, recently staged six concerts in the biggest halls across the country, travelling with two dLive S Class mixing systems from Allen & Heath.

No Strings Attached for Robe

12/05/2017 - Project News

Estonia – Robe’s DL4S Profiles and DL4F Fresnels, 52 in total, have been specified and installed at the new Nuku (Puppet) Theatre in Tallinn. This world famous theatre has just opened a completely new space which was formally an outside courtyard, at its theatre complex in the heart of the picturesque and vibrant Estonian capital.

Nuri*Lites tm “Hurricane” Fixtures Survive Hurricane in Abu Dhabi

12/05/2017 - Production News

UAE – Abu Dhabi’s annual Mother of the Nation (MOTN) festival is the UAE’s largest cultural celebration. For ten days last month, over a kilometer of Abu Dhabi’s beautiful Corniche beach was the setting for workshops, exhibitions, dining, and entertainment. A fully integrated A/V and lighting package was provided by Production Technology (Protec) of Dubai, whose careful planning and work was challenged before opening day by Mother Nature. Hurricane-force, 75mph winds, with an accompanying torrential downpour, could have easily delayed the event, had it not been for Protec’s experienced crew and some quality, IP-rated gear, including 100 of the new, tough and resilient Nuri*Lites Hurricane LED fixtures.

Ayrton Dreaming on Zeds Dead

12/05/2017 - Production News

UK - “During the early days of design discussions with the band and their management it became pretty obvious that the show design should be focused around the stunning video content created by Strangeloop Studios out in Chicago. So, as lighting designer, it was clear that I needed to choose fixtures that could hold their own with such dynamic company.” So declares Tom Campbell, LD for Zeds Dead, one of the biggest names on the EDM scene.

NEXT-proaudio has a new Standard for Quality Control

12/05/2017 - Business News

Portugal – A new quality control programme was implemented on the NEXT-proaudio's factory last month.

L-Acoustics delivers perfect coverage for Sing China Final

12/05/2017 - Production News

China – Held at the Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Birds Nest, the final of Sing China’s inaugural season attracted a live audience of over 60,000. Simultaneously broadcast by Zhejiang Television, the production required professional sound that would ignite the massive audience so their energy would translate into a dynamic show. Rightway Audio Consultants Ltd designed an audio system that was up to the Herculean task, utilising a total of 218 L-Acoustics loudspeakers.

Powering Purpose Tour Mavericks Light Justin Bieber In Peru

12/05/2017 - Production News

Peru – It’s been four years since Justin Bieber performed in the Peruvian capital, and fans of the Canadian superstar have built up quite a case of 'Bieber Fever' during that time. Some 30,000 of them jammed into Lima’s National Stadium when the singer’s worldwide Purpose tour stopped in Peru this spring. Bodies swaying and cell phones held high to capture the moment on video, they greeted him with unbridled enthusiasm from the moment he appeared in a large glass cube performing “Mark My Words,” until he exited the stage 21 songs later with “Sorry.”

Barco expands creative possibilities of its LED digital media canvas with 7mm pixel pitch version

12/05/2017 - Equipment News

Belgium – Barco has added a 7mm pixel pitch model to its range of 'digital media canvases' unique LED screens that radically differ from traditional LED displays. The R-series provides more creative freedom, and greatly reduces setup time and cost thanks to their thin, lightweight and bendable design. Designed for retail, advertising, venues, and visitor attractions applications, the R-series frees customers from the limitations of traditional LED displays when digitising their visual communication.

Transparent Displays are now huge!

12/05/2017 - Equipment News

CDS, Europe’s largest specialist supplier of Transparent Displays has just announced it has launched the World’s largest Transparent Display at an amazing 98” diagonal.

Lichtwerk reinvests in Alcons

11/05/2017 - Production News

Germany – As the first company in the German market, Lichtwerk Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH from Berlin invested in the new LR18 pro-ribbon line array system from the Dutch premium manufacturer Alcons Audio in early January 2017.

Robe Gets the LED vibe at GSA

11/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Robe co-hosted a ground breaking LED Theatrical event staged by staff and students on the theatre production course at Guildford School of Acting (GSA), part of the University of Surrey.

White Light Goes Underground with Alice’s Adventures Once Again

11/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Currently running at The Vaults beneath London’s Waterloo Station, Alice’s Adventures Underground is an immersive theatrical retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland story. Presented by renowned theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, the play originally ran last year at the same venue and was nominated for an Olivier Award. White Light originally supplied the lighting equipment and have done so once again on this occasion.

Altman Lighting brings house lights to the worship experience at Cascade Hills Church

11/05/2017 - Project News

 USA – Located in Columbus, Georgia, Cascade Hills Church is a congregation filled with parishioners from all walks of life who wish to come together for a spirit-filled worship experience. Like many other churches worldwide, the technical elements behind that worship experience, including the architectural house lights, are becoming an important component to the overall sanctuary design. With an aging house lighting system of their own, Cascade Hills Church recently worked with the integration division of their longtime partner Morris, and renovated their house lighting design with Chalice LED Pendant and Recessed LED downlights from Altman Lighting.

Bandit Brings the Light for Nashville Grammy Block Party

11/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Nashville’s 19th Annual Grammy Block Party returned to Cumberland Park for a party for Recording Academy’s yearly member’s event. Chris Lisle Lighting Design utilised a lighting package from Bandit Lites where musical performances included Grammy-award winning super group, Lady Antebellum, Anderson East, Moon Taxi, CeCe Winans and Muddy Magnolias.

New portable projector range gets connected

11/05/2017 - Equipment News

The new PT-VZ580 range is aimed at the corporate meeting room and classroom environment, with enabled models offering a number of intelligent wireless connectivity options.

Elation Lighting for UniSon at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

11/05/2017 - Production News

USA – The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has celebrated William Shakespeare’s legacy since 1935 with another busy summer season of plays underway. OSF also stages plays by other playwrights and is presenting UniSon at the Angus Bowmer Theatre through October, a new musical inspired by the poetry of August Wilson. Lighting designer Alex Jainchill is using dynamic lighting from Elation Professional on the play, including ZCL 360 Bar wash/effect lights and Platinum Wash 16R Pro moving heads, as well as colour-changing Elation Flex LED Tape.

Claypaky products create award-winning light installation at LiO Awards 2017

11/05/2017 - Production News

Germany – The new Claypaky SharBar and other Claypaky products were used by a trio of young artists at the annual artistic lighting awards "LiO (Light is OSRAM) Awards 2017" in their winning installation 'The 5th Dimension', hosted at Munich's historic event space, the Praterinsel, by German lighting manufacturer OSRAM.

Yamaha Shows Full Range of Solutions At First Afial Iberico Portugal Show

11/05/2017 - Event News

Portugal – Staged in collaboration with InfoComm International, Afial Ibérico is being held in the Tejo Room of Lisbon’s Meo Arena and brings together many of the highest profile brands in the sound, lighting and AV technology industries.

Britannia Row Productions Goes Global

10/05/2017 - Business News

UK – Following a successful strategic alliance which has been in place since the beginning of the year, Britannia Row Productions has announced its acquisition by Clair Global, Inc.

Chris Tomlin’s Worship Night in America Tour

10/05/2017 - Production News

USA – GRAMMY Award-winning Contemporary Christian music artist Chris Tomlin, whose recently released 11th studio album, Never Lose Sight, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart, is currently leading a powerful multi-artist national tour known as Worship Night In America this spring.

Chauvet Professional Holds Fourth Annual Student Lighting Showcase

10/05/2017 - Standards News

USA – The historic Ricardo Montalban Theatre glowed with the latest in lighting technology and new design ideas on 1st April when it hosted the fourth annual Chauvet Professional Student Lighting Showcase. An interactive educational event, the showcase has students from college theatre programmes collaborate on lighting projects, then have their work evaluated by noted lighting designers.

“96 - DIE AKADEMIE” equipped with Kling & Freitag

10/05/2017 - Project News

Germany – At the end of 2016, the completely redesigned youth training centre was officially opened under the name “96 - DIE AKADEMIE”. 96 president Martin Kind and Hanover’s mayor Stefan Schostok gave the go-ahead for this together. With this large-scale project, Hanover 96 is investing a total net amount of 18 million euros in the black-white-green future. The second part should now be implemented by July 2017. In addition to more seating, the former main stand of the stadium, in which the administration rooms of the youth training centre were previously located, will be completely gutted and renovated.

PixelFLEX is the ideal LED video solution for Piranha Productions

10/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Located in Weatherford, Texas, Piranha Productions is a full-service production company specialising in all the design elements needed to create a powerful, live event production designs. With LED video becoming a consistent component to many of their most successful designs, the decision was made to make an investment in the technology for their rental inventory. Needing a high-resolution and durable solution from a trusted provider, they called upon Nashville-based PixelFLEX and made an investment in FLEXLite Plus 8.9mm LED video.

Movecat presents the third generation of its EXPERT-T I-Motion controller

10/05/2017 - Equipment News

At this year's Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt, Movecat presented an extensive array of new products. These included the I-Motion controller EXPERT-T III, the third generation of its network controller for the systematic control of kinetic drives in accordance with D8, D8 Plus and C1, which has proved successful worldwide and is especially recommended for complex kinetic projects. With the EXPERT-T III I-Motion controller, it is possible to integrate, monitor and control up to 240 fixed- or variable-speed drives in a single network.

POLAR appoints Will Turney as Business Development Manager

10/05/2017 - People News

UK - POLAR has announced the appointment of Will Turney to the post of business development manager. With seven years experience in the AV industry, Will joins the company from Harman-owned AMX, a manufacturer of control and switching equipment, where he was a channel account manager concentrating on the higher education sector. A marketing and management graduate of Newcastle University, Will's role at POLAR will be to bring his dynamism and expertise to grow sales and revenues in the Integrated Solutions division.

PRG is the official service provider for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev

09/05/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – Production Resource Group (PRG) will be the official service provider for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2017. This year’s edition of the ESC will take place in the Ukrainian Capital of Kiev from 9th -13th of May. The International Exhibition Centre with its 11,000 seats will be the venue of the event. In co-operation with LITECOM, PRG will be providing video, lighting and rigging technology for the show.

White Light Announced as Official d3 Technologies Partner

09/05/2017 - Production News

UK – As the complete technical solution specialist, White Light works in a range of markets, including theatre, corporate events, broadcast, retail and leisure. Whether it’s supplying equipment for a brand-new space or upgrading an existing system, WL is constantly drawing on the very latest technology to offers its clients the exact solutions they require. This includes d3 Technologies’ state-of-the-art equipment which WL has utilised on a whole range of projects. The company has now been appointed as a d3 Certified Solutions Provider, meaning it now has its own fleet of d3 hardware which is available to customers.

Accounting for all the Production Details

09/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Accounting specialists, Tax Assist asked CPL to provide full technical design and production: sound, lighting, video, staging and rigging, plus crew for their 2017 annual conference staged in the Caernarfon Suite at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales.

The New Legend Palace Hotel in Macau Uses 504 Channels of Ashly Amplification

09/05/2017 - Project News

China – The Legend Palace Hotel is a new five-star hotel in China’s autonomous Macau, among the world’s wealthiest and most densely populated cities. The Legend Palace features over 200 rooms, six diverse restaurants, a conference centre, health and spa facilities, myriad recreational activities (including, of course, gambling!) and breathtaking views of Macau’s famous Pearl River. The sound system that supports the Legend Palace is worthy of so much luxury and relies, heart and soul, on 76 Ashly amplifiers with 504 separate channels powering 700 ceiling loudspeakers.

Meyer Sound Appoints New Distributor for Korea

09/05/2017 - Business News

South Korea – Meyer Sound has appointed Ingang Audio Co., Ltd. of Seoul as its new principal distributor for most verticals in the fast-growing South Korean market. Ingang Audio will assume primary responsibility for building a stronger network of Meyer Sound dealers and system integrators in Korea, and for connecting customers to Meyer Sound through a more direct and transparent relationship.

Bandit Adds Elation Colour Chorus Battens to Touring Inventory

09/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites continues to invest in new gear, this time adding Elation Colour Chorus 48 and 72 battens to its already extensive touring inventory.

Borås Stadsteater Invests in KLANG:technologies 3D IEM Mixing System 

09/05/2017 - Project News

Sweden – Located in the city of Borås, 60km East of Göteborg, the Borås Stadsteater is a municipality-owned theatre. Founded in 1964, it moved to its current building in 1975. A typical 1970s-style provincial venue, the theatre features a 500-capacity main auditorium with raked seating and a balcony. The main focus is conventional theatre, for the most part reinforced by lavalier microphones, but the theatre also hosts musical productions and occasional concerts. The programme of events includes both in-house productions and visiting acts.

ESTA Publishes Rigging System Inspection Standard

09/05/2017 - Standards News

Rigging system inspections are recommended as a component of theatrical workplace safety programmes, but there are currently no industry-accepted guidelines for inspection frequency, who conducts the inspection, how the inspection is conducted, and what should be included in reports. The lack of industry-accepted guidelines exists both for owner-conducted and third-party inspections.

Scrub supplies ProTools | S6 console and Genelec monitoring for new audio suite at ITN Productions

09/05/2017 - Project News

UK – ITN Productions is the creative and commercial arm of the well-known news organisation, producing bespoke content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels. With a huge and growing output spanning TV programme making, commercials, sport, corporate and branded content, in-house post-production facilities at ITN Productions have grown to 60 edit suites in just five years, most recently with the addition of a new audio suite with equipment supplied by Scrub.

grandMA2 Software Release Version 3.3: More powerful features

09/05/2017 - Equipment News

MA Lighting has announced another significant software release for its flagship grandMA2 lighting control platform. With version 3.3, not only are there many new features but also the help and fixture library systems have been fully re-imagined.

Green Hippo Teams with Freevox to Present a Seminar with a View

09/05/2017 - Event News

Portugal – Freevox, a leading distributor and manufacturer of professional lighting products, held its 2017 customer conference in Portugal, and Green Hippo was delighted to attend, helping the French firm present Green Hippo’s line of video products.

TiMax enters the VR space

09/05/2017 - Equipment News

The new TiMax SoundHubVR variant marks further diversification by UK developers Out Board, taking their evolutionary spatial audio platform into the expanding VR marketplace. As well as significant growth of its market lead in premium theatre, music and corporate event applications, TiMax has also seen increased sales into museum and exhibit applications worldwide, from expo sites, galleries, and visitor attractions to theme parks, domes, planetaria and experiences.

ALD adds Combined Liability Insurance to Member Benefits

09/05/2017 - Business News

The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) has announced the launch of a combined liability insurance cover scheme for its professional and affiliate members. The insurance cover will eventually become a permanent benefit entitlement to be included within the annual ALD membership fee but, in this first year of launch is available to members as an opt-in service, for a small surcharge in addition to membership.

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at PLASA Focus Leeds

09/05/2017 - Event News

UK – The Tourflex Cabling brand will be showcasing its bespoke cable assembly service for the international entertainment and broadcast industries at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 – Royal Armouries, Leeds, stand N-E02 – 9th and 10th May.

New Maverick MK3 Wash From Chauvet Professional

09/05/2017 - Equipment News

USA – Chauvet Professional is taking its popular Maverick series to new heights with the introduction of the Maverick MK3 Wash, a powerful and intensely bright RGBW LED moving wash. Powered by 27 x 40W OSRAM OSTAR LEDs, the new pixel mappable fixture has the output and performance features needed for even the largest arena applications.

It’s About Time for White Light at OMEGA Event

09/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Taking place at London’s Tate Modern, OMEGA recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of its iconic Speedmaster watch with a star-filled event. The Tate’s Turbine Hall was transformed to give guests a truly sensory experience, with a centrepiece of 60 important Speedmaster models ranging from 1957 to 2017. The event was designed and produced by Bureau Betak and Picnic Productions and they approached White Light to provide the lighting services. 

Hippotizer starring at Germany’s BAMBI Awards

09/05/2017 - Event News

Germany – The 68th BAMBI awards took place in Berlin in November 2016, and Green Hippo technology helped Germany’s foremost media ceremony run smoothly.

Avolites gets ready for UK debut of Titan v10.1 at PLASA Focus, Leeds

09/05/2017 - Event News

UK – British lighting and video control systems manufacturer, Avolites, is gearing up for the UK debut of its latest lighting control software update, Titan v10.1, at the PLASA Focus expo in Leeds, following the software's hugely successful international showcase at Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt.

Audient: An Insight into TV Composer’s Creative Process

09/05/2017 - Production News

USA – US TV music composer, Josh Molen has been working on Investigation Discovery (I.D.) network’s Murder Chose Me and Murder Calls using his iD22 USB audio interface and ASP880 eight-channel mic preamp, which have helped refresh his composing technique. “I had to start thinking about how to set myself apart,” he says, having noticed that the same loops from popular virtual instruments and libraries were appearing in many shows and commercials.

Community Provides Ideal Coverage for Christ the Redeemer Church

09/05/2017 - Project News

USA – Built in the 1980s, Christ the Redeemer Parish Church is a thriving part of the community in Atco, New Jersey. From more humble beginnings, when Deacon Charles “Chick” McAleer was part of the team that helped wire the original Church, the initial sound system used just six pendant style loudspeakers distributed down the sides of the congregation seating. Localisation, intelligibility and overall sound quality were lacking for today’s worship services, which can be attended by over 800 people. Music now also plays a much greater part in many services.

DiGiCo SD7 gives its all for Blue Man Group

08/05/2017 - Production News

South Africa – The wildly entertaining Blue Man Group visited South Africa for the very first time in February and March this year and, whilst performing at The Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg, they celebrated the 200th performance of their World Tour. South African sound engineer, Christo Davis, has worked with Blue Man Group for the past year, mixing an average of four shows or more a week on a DiGiCo SD7, with his deputy sound engineer covering the rest.

dLlives Manage Anniversary Concert Series for Swedish Pop Legends

08/05/2017 - Production News

Sweden – To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Swedish band, Weeping Willows, recently staged three concerts in the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, with Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class mixing system managing FoH, monitors and recording.

Atlona Ships Colour-Matching Two-Input Wall Plate Switcher for HDBaseT AV Systems Large and Small

08/05/2017 - Equipment News

Expanding the integration and interface options for its HDVS-200 Series of full-featured HDBaseT AV solutions, Atlona is now shipping a new black version of the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK 2×1 wall plate switcher for HDMI and VGA inputs with HDBaseT output. Ideal as the central component of small, automated AV systems or as a remote input device for larger switcher applications, the AT-HDVS-200-TX-WP-BLK combines auto-switching with built-in automatic display control and the single-cable simplicity of Ethernet-enabled HDBaseT signal transmission. Multiple included face plate options allow the wall plate switcher to blend inconspicuously into many environments.

Audinate Introduces New Advanced Level Certification Programme at Dante AV Networking World at InfoComm

08/05/2017 - Event News

USA – To help AV professionals develop the key skills needed to better understand best practices for installing Dante audio networks, Audinate is introducing its new advanced Level 3 Dante Certification Training programme. The new training curriculum launched at the Dante AV Networking World event, will be held the day before the InfoComm 2017 exhibition on Tuesday 13th June, 2017 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando.

Philips Lighting makes Grammy-winning alt rockers Wilco's artistic stage set shine

08/05/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Philips Lighting has announced that its stage lighting is providing lighting effects central to the artistic stage design of the Chicago-based alternative rock legends Wilco on the band's world tour. In support of the tenth studio album, Schmilco, the tour is visiting the US, Europe and South America.

Renkus-Heinz for New York City Parks Commissioner

08/05/2017 - Project News

USA Holding stately court near the entry to the Central Park Zoo, the Arsenal is one of only two buildings on the park grounds that predate Central Park itself. Built between 1847 and 1851 as a storehouse for arms, the building's history has been rich and varied, including serving as a temporary home to the Museum of Natural History, and stints as a police precinct, art gallery, and weather bureau.

Robe Rocks at Coachella 2017

08/05/2017 - Production News

USA – The lively and varied 2017 US festival season continues with the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival staged at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, where Robe moving lights were chosen by leading LDs like Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting who specified Spiiders and Pointes for the Yuma stage, Gabriel Fraboni added 90 Spikies as specials for Dutch DJ Martin Garrix’s two storming sets in the Sahara Tent over the event’s two weekends.

City Theatrical at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017

08/05/2017 - Event News

UK – City Theatrical will be demonstrating innovative new technology at PLASA Focus Leeds on May 9th and 10th, 2017 (stand N-C04), including the award winning DMXcat multifunction test tool, SHoW DMX Multiverse wireless DMX, and the QolorPIX pixel controlled tape and pixel controller. City Theatrical will be also showcasing new Pathway Connectivity products such as Vignette and NSB.

AC-ET Showcases Exclusive and Leading Technologies at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 Show

08/05/2017 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. Is showcasing the latest product highlights from its extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 Show at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, stand N-E02, 9th and 10th May.

A DiGiCo S21 Gets the University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena Ready for The Long Game

08/05/2017 - Project News

USA - The University of Iowa knows how to maximise value. Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the 15,500-seat multipurpose indoor venue located in Iowa City that is home to the school’s legendary Hawkeyes basketball team — as well as the university's wrestling, women's basketball and volleyball teams — opened in 1983 and the sound system that was installed there then was the same one that fans listened to up until 2016.

Avolites appoints new distributors in Canada and South-East Asia

08/05/2017 - Business News

Worldwide British manufacturer Avolites has announced the appointment of Canada's AVL Media Group and Malaysia's Acoustic & Lighting System (A&L) as its new distribution partners for Canada and South-East Asia respectively.

Canford relocate Production to bespoke facility within Washington HQ

08/05/2017 - Business News

UK – Right from the very beginning it was clear that Canford wouldn’t become an “us as well” re-seller of pro-audio and broadcast equipment. Instead, Canford would design and manufacture its own distinctive products, and would create manufacturing employment opportunities here in the North East of England.

Saville Adds Panasonic to Rental Fleet

05/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Saville Conference and Live Event centres hold large stocks of the latest projector models for all applications. The company has invested in 16 PT-RZ970 projectors to add to its fleet following a competitive shoot-out with two leading projection brands.

Painting with Light Finding Unidamu

05/05/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Belgian visual design practice Painting with Light's Paco Mispelters has added imagination and style to the current Studio 100 tour of new youth musical “Unidamu”.

Robe Spiiders Discover the Suffocating Truth

05/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Robe's new Spiider LED wash beam is a versatile fixture that is making an impact in many environments and even a few Spiiders will go a long way, as lighting designer Gareth Weaver recently demonstrated when lighting a UK tour of intense dance piece "The Suffocating Truth", created by Lukas McFarlane of The Untitled Dance Company.

FloppyFlex Splashes WrestleMania 33

05/05/2017 - Production News

USA - WrestleMania 33 set a record last month as the most-watched WrestleMania ever. Dubbed an “ultimate thrill ride for the ages,” WWE’s signature event at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida featured 13 matches, including two world championships. A larger-than-life ring atop the massive truss centrepiece was designed and installed by All Access Staging & Productions. Resembling something out of Gulliver’s Travels, the giant ring was a befitting symbol for the wrestling giants competing in this epic showdown. Around the perimeter of the giant ring were oversized red, white, and blue ultra-bright ring 'ropes' illuminated by 2,000 feet of Firefly FloppyFlex LED neon.

Meyer Sound Announces 21st Century Audio for Repurposed 14th Century Leiden Church

05/05/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – A Meyer Sound system comprising 36 self-powered loudspeakers and integrated AVB audio networking has been installed in Pieterskerk, a 14th century Gothic cathedral in Leiden, now re-purposed as a community events centre. The scope and intent of the project as announced by Pieterskerk Leiden managing director Frieke Hurkmans and Eric Mattijsen of Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM), Meyer Sound's Dutch distributor and the system integrator chosen for the project.

CTS Accredited Powersoft Course at InfoComm 2017

05/05/2017 - Event News

USA – Powersoft has been named an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) provider, and at this year’s InfoComm show will provide attendees with an opportunity to earn certification renewal credits while learning how to easily design and specify fixed install systems using DSP integrated Class D power amplifiers.

Outstanding participants: International Stage Technology Conference

05/05/2017 - Event News

Germany – ‘It's all about the process: architects, theatre consultants, operators – who controls cultural projects?'. This is just one of the subjects at this year’s International Stage Technology Conference. It is being organised by the German Theatre Technical Society (DTHG) and will take place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds on 20th and 22nd June concurrently with the Stage|Set|Scenery trade fair. “We are delighted to be bringing the key players in this sector to Berlin. The attendance of many prominent speakers has been announced this year, including the architect Professor Meinhard von Gerkan and David Staples, principal consultant at Theatre Projects Consultants,” reports the chief executive of the DTHG, Hubert Eckart. Dr. Gabriele Högg, member of the board of the DTHG, adds: “The conference, which is taking place simultaneously in German and English, underlines the unique characteristic of Stage|Set|Scenery in the field of stage planning and technical equipment for cultural buildings.”

New Concert Touring & Events chair announced for the 10th Knight of Illumination Awards

05/05/2017 - People News

UK The Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new chair of the Concert Touring & Events category, Jess Allan (pictured).

Stage Electrics takes University of Huddersfield students to the industry standard in live sound

05/05/2017 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has supplied the University of Huddersfield with a raft of live sound equipment to allow students on its BA (Hons) Music Technology, BA (Hons) Music Technology and Popular Music and BMus (Hons) Creative Music Technology courses to get hands on experience with the latest digital products.

Alcons Improves the Quality of Praise in Greer

05/05/2017 - Project News

USA – Praise Cathedral in Greer, South Carolina, is a Pentecostal church with a blend of traditional and contemporary worship styles. The recent replacement of the cathedral’s audio system has seen a newly-installed Alcons LR7 micro line-array system earn high praise from the cathedral staff.

Doughty looks forward to another successful PLASA Focus

05/05/2017 - Event News

UK – A new Pole Operated Yoke is set to be the star attraction on the Doughty Engineering stand at this year's PLASA Focus show in Leeds. Visitors to stand N-C25 will also get the opportunity to see a wide range of items on display, including the hugely popular Space Saver which has taken social media by storm and the latest addition to the Atom Clamp family, the Atom G Clamp.

SGM fixtures endure tropical Hawaii all year round

05/05/2017 - Project News

USA – Fixtures from SGM’s new POI (Permanent Outdoor Installation) range was an obvious solution for a tropical installation at Old Lahaina Luau in Maui, Hawaii. The traditional Hawaiian experience includes a feast and authentic entertainment, attracting guests to nearly full capacity year-round. The Old Lahaina Luau show now features a rig dominated by SGM fixtures. Garou Blancan from XYZ Cultural Technology chose 16 i-2 POI wash lights and 6 G-Profile POI moving heads to create this island show.

White Light Returns to PLASA Focus Leeds

05/05/2017 - Event News

UK – Taking place on 9th and 10th May, PLASA Focus Leeds has established itself as the essential event for entertainment technology in the North of England. This year, the exhibition will once again take place at the Royal Armouries Museum where companies from across the globe will showcase the very latest technology. One of these is White Light, with the complete technical solution specialist exhibiting on stand N-C24 with a range of revolutionary technology.

Mother of the Nation Festival

04/05/2017 - Production News

UAE – Spread across ten days and more than a kilometre of Abu Dhabi’s corniche, the Mother of the Nation Festival (MOTN) celebrates, commemorates and honours the inspirational values of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

Danley Gets Amped Up!

04/05/2017 - Equipment News

USA – It’s been twelve years since Danley Sound Labs first introduced Tom Danley’s innovative Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers to the world. In that time, the company has rolled out several other equally-innovative loudspeaker technologies, such as the SBH Series of column form factor loudspeakers and the Jericho Horn Series of massive stadium-grade loudspeakers. Now Danley offers the DNA Series of amplifiers with a library of on-board DSP presets for every Danley loudspeaker and subwoofer, rugged reliability, luscious 96kHz transparency, multiple modes of flexible loudspeaker protection, advanced power handling and protection, and easy networkable monitoring and remote control. And if all that weren’t enough, they pack a ton of power into four channels and two rack spaces: the DNA 5k4c, DNA 10k4 Pro, and DNA 20k4 Pro models rate 5000, 10,000, and 20,000 watts total output.

PT. Goshen Swara Indonesia Appointed Community Distributor in Indonesia

04/05/2017 - Business News

Indonesia – Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Jakarta-based PT. Goshen Swara Indonesia as its distributor for Indonesia.

Maverick Provides Next Generation Lighting at Gebouw-T

04/05/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – Since opening its doors to the public in 2011, the 700-capacity Gebouw-T concert venue in Bergen Op Zoom, has been a staple for up-and-coming acts on the Benelux touring circuit. Locally, Gebouw-T also has an important place within the region as a vocational educational centre, with students from the local Zoomvliet technical college responsible for the lighting productions of live gigs.

Avolites ensures perfect film lighting for Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman

04/05/2017 - Production News

Manchester Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, a newly formed group of the progressive rock band's core members, played a well-received show at Manchester Apollo, captured by Eagle Rock Entertainment for DVD. As the filming required precise lighting levels, Jonathan Pask of Illuminate Lighting Ltd designed a reliable multi-user control system of networked Avolites consoles to ensure each look was on point for camera.

Laser-sharp projection for Saville

04/05/2017 - Production News

UK - As part of an ongoing commitment to providing customers with the best in cutting edge presentation technology, Saville Audio Visual has just taken delivery of 16 Panasonic DLP laser projectors for the conference and live events division. The investment is a major step in enhancing the hire stock available through the company’s 12 nationwide branches.

dLive is Central to Orchestra Concert of German Singer Mine

04/05/2017 - Production News

Germany – Renowned German singer, Mine, recently staged a special orchestral concert produced with an Allen & Heath dLive S Class mixing system as the central hub for the monitor mix and signal routing.

EMLD is in Command with MA

04/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Eskimo Dance is an exhibition of the grime genre in its rawest form. From the early days of raves at small (and often illegal) venues, the sound has gained more mainstream popularity in recent years celebrated most recently by Eskimo Dance at Wembley’s SSE Arena.

Elation lights pop-up venue Club Nomadic for Super Bowl LI Festivities

04/05/2017 - Production News

USA – A club with no permanent home, Club Nomadic is a travelling venue constructed each year to support the build-up to the Super Bowl. This year, Nomadic Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of the NFL’s hospitality partner On Location Experiences, assembled the club in Houston, home to Super Bowl LI.

La Traviata staged at Joburg Theatre with grandMA2: “It is easy, fast and never crashes”

03/05/2017 - Production News

South Africa – Simon King is flying solo after working at the State Theatre in Pretoria for 28 years. He recently took a seat behind a grandMA2 full-size to light La Traviata, a stirring love story brought to The Joburg Theatre by the Joburg Ballet, and complemented with the music of Giuseppe Verdi.

Adamson and Rewire Welcome Sunphonix as First E-Series Partner in Japan

03/05/2017 - Production News

Japan – Kawasaki-based production company Sunphonix recently acquired an E-Series system from Adamson Systems Engineering, making them the first E-Series partner in the Japanese market.

Martin Drumm Joins Penn Elcom

03/05/2017 - People News

Germany – Designer and product specialist Martin Drumm joins the Penn Elcom team, bringing his vast experience, zest for innovation and imaginative flair to the company’s legendary flightcase and racks hardware division, where he will be designing and develop cool new products and bringing them to the market.

Estonia National Concert Hall Chooses Robe

03/05/2017 - Project News

Estonia – Robe DL7S Profile LED moving lights and PARFect 100 LED PARs have been specified and installed at the prestigious Estonian National Concert Hall (Eesti Kontsert), located in the heart of picturesque capital city Tallinn and home to the Estonian National Orchestra (ENO).

Triple E takes the stage at PLASA Focus

03/05/2017 - Event News

UK – Entertainment infrastructure specialist Triple E unveils the latest model of its pop-up theatre at PLASA Focus in Leeds next week.

ETCP Launches New Website

03/05/2017 - Business News

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) has announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website: Key features of the site include a cleaner and more modern design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation.

Lots of enthusiasm at ARRI over the LOLA

03/05/2017 - Event News

Germany At the award ceremony of the German Film Award on 28th April, 2017 in Berlin, the film technology company ARRI was honoured with a LOLA. The prestigious award for “outstanding visionary innovations and the creative partnership with film makers,” as the German Film Academy (Deutsche Filmakademie e.V.) states in its announcement, generates much enthusiasm at ARRI. Director Tom Tykwer handed over the award to ARRI’s executive board members Dr. Jörg Pohlman and Franz Kraus. They both accepted the LOLA on behalf of all current and former ARRI employees.

Chauvet Professional LED Fixtures Add Aesthetics and Efficiency To NRHS Theater

03/05/2017 - Project News

USA – Every summer the population of New Hampshire’s rural Grafton County on beautiful Newfound Lake swells with holiday-makers from Boston and New York. But in late April, before the visitors arrive, local residents enjoy a quintessential small town community building event when the Newfound Regional High School drama department hosts the Annual School Musical. A tradition that dates back to the 1980s, the spring play draws area residents from the five communities served by the school, as well as students, to try out for roles. This year, the local show was given a new, more aesthetically pleasing twist thanks to a recently installed all LED lighting system that features Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by DNR Laboratories of Watertown, CT.

Artistic Licence at PLASA Focus Leeds

03/05/2017 - Event News

UK – Artistic Licence will be exhibiting at PLASA Focus Leeds, 9th - 10th May, Stand N-B31. This year, the company is promoting two major areas of development: the 'Superhero Splitters', and the launch of the next generation ethernet gateway products, starting with artLynx quad.

Matt Kingslake joins the Theatreplan consultancy team

03/05/2017 - People News

UK – With an expanding portfolio of performing projects across its three offices in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, Theatreplan is pleased to welcome Matt Kingslake to its growing team of consultants.

Green Hippo confirms its attendance at Showlight 2017

03/05/2017 - Event News

Italy – Stunning Tuscany hosts Showlight 2017 and Green Hippo heads to Firenze in force. The renowned event – held for those involved in entertainment and architectural lighting design – takes place every four years, each time moving to a different location, and 2017 marks its first Italian visit. This show, the 10th since its 1981 launch, takes place on 20th - 23rd May in Florence, providing a beautiful backdrop for what promises to be a terrifically productive gathering.

White Light is Shown How to Succeed in Business at Wilton’s Music Hall

02/05/2017 - Production News

UK – Following its opening on Broadway in 1961, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is considered to be one of the most iconic musicals of all time. With music by the legendary Frank Loesser, the musical is a past recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama along with the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Book. It was recently revived at London’s iconic Wilton’s Music Hall and White Light supplied the equipment.

L-Acoustics K1 arrives in Chile

02/05/2017 - Production News

Chile – Based in Viña del Mar, near Santiago, Audio-pro has been supplying audio systems for corporate, social and artistic events since 1990. In the mid and late nineties, the company moved into live music events, positioning it as one of the most serious and prestigious companies for sound reinforcement in Chile’s concert touring market. Last year, having thoroughly researched the market, it decided to shift up another gear and service large-scale concerts. “For this we had to buy the best loudspeaker system in the world,” says the company’s owner Jorge Diez. “L-Acoustics K1 was the clear choice, for its rider friendliness, quality sound and longevity. We knew it would be a good investment.”

Technology change in high power green laser sources in the new RTI PIKO RGB 20 laser system

02/05/2017 - Equipment News

Ray Technologies presents its new RTI PIKO RGB 20 with a high precision diode module as substitution for the OPSL green laser source. This change in technology for the green colour spectrum became possible due to new diode arrays that have been developed by RTI’s R&D in Valley, next to Munich, Germany.

State-of-the-Art Courtrooms Rely on Symetrix

02/05/2017 - Project News

France Even in famously beautiful Paris, with its many architectural attractions, the Tribunal de Paris is an impressive addition. The stunning new complex covers more than 400,000 square metres (4.3 million square feet) of buildings on 106.25 acres of land, and brings together the core activities of the Parisian justice system, previously scattered across some 30 sites. Its centrepiece is a 40-storey tower, 160 metres (525 feet) high, designed by architects at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and featuring a cascade of terraces and a transparent glass base.

Community Loudspeakers Provide Multiple Solutions for New Zealand Temple

02/05/2017 - Project News

New Zealand – The Fo Guang Shan North Island temple and community centre has undergone a complete refit of its audio systems by integration specialists, AV Expression, with new systems based around Community Professional loudspeakers.

Indian PA Company Invests in dLive for TV Show

02/05/2017 - Production News

India – Mumbai-based PA company, Roshni Audiomatics, recently invested in an Allen & Heath dLive S Class mixing system, comprising an S7000 surface and DM64 Rack, in preparation for the live broadcast of popular singing show, Rising Star, on the Colors TV Channel.

Bandit Lites Inventory Grows with VL 6000 Beam

02/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites has once again expanded its inventory to meet the growing demands of 2017, this time adding the new VL 6000 Beam. Featuring a large 14 inch aperture, the sleek VL 6000 beam has fulfilled a vacancy in the lighting look repertoire, giving both designers and audiences alike something completely new. Its ability to fill the wide lens while still producing a large, intense beam will add a unique element of interest to any design, whether it is for television, outdoor festivals or arena tours.

Palace Theatre Gets Versatile for Red Hot Chili Pipers with Chauvet Professional

02/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Crossing genres in lighting is nothing unusual for Morgan Cerovski. The technical director at the 880-seat Palace Theatre, Cerovski is accustomed to having his rig light theatrical productions on weekends and then turn around with virtually no changes to serve up 'eye candy' for a visiting band on Monday. Such was the case on 10th March when the Palace stage welcomed the Red Hot Chili Pipers after just completing a Friday - Sunday run of the musical Hairspray.

Claypaky lights the search for Finland’s 2017 Eurovision Star

02/05/2017 - Production News

Finland – The Claypaky Sharpy and Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20 were used to create the stunning lighting looks that backed the ten talented hopefuls competing to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the country's national Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 'New Music Competition' held in the Espoo Metro Areena, Espoo.

Atlona Names SFM as Distribution Partner in Canada

02/05/2017 - Business News

Canada – Atlona’s leadership and innovation in the commercial and residential AV space is about to get a substantial visibility boost across Canada, as the company announces a new partnership with SFM. Based in Dorval, Quebec, SFM will act as an extension of Atlona’s sales and support network across Canada, joining a quickly growing roster of global partners specialising in Atlona AV solutions and products.

VARIAi Brings Reliability and Consistency to Antwerp's Queen Elisabeth Hall

02/05/2017 - Project News

Belgium Few classical concert halls are as grand or as well-equipped as the Queen Elisabeth Hall (QEH), and its accompanying congress centre in Antwerp, Belgium. Having recently reopened its doors after a multi-year development programme, the renowned home of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic has been equipped with state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting systems. Fundamental to the success of the ambitious project were the efforts of Belgium-based, full-service AV provider and integrator FACE, who selected a roll-call of market-leading brands. For the audio portion of the project, that meant turning to Renkus-Heinz for its beam steering expertise, with more than 70 loudspeakers now installed in the venue.

Robe Gets in a Panic

02/05/2017 - Production News

USA – Multi-award-winning American rock band Panic at The Disco continues its ‘Death of a Bachelor’ tour in the US with a striking production design created by Matt Larivée of Montreal-based creative practice Luz Studio, who worked closely with the band’s lighting designer, Alex Specht.