News Archive for May 2018

Unusual Rigging looks forward to another successful year at ABTT

31/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Unusual Rigging is looking forward to another successful year at this year's ABTT Theatre Show. Visitors to the company's stand D22 can expect to find out more about the huge range of products available for sale and for hire through Unusual as well as gaining a greater understanding of the services the company can offer and the array of interesting and unusual projects it's been involved with over the past year.

Doughty's Lightweight Lighting Stand Makes its Official Debut at ABTT

31/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will make its ABTT debut on Stand C30. This nifty piece of kit which previously appeared at Prolight & Sound in Frankfurt in prototype format is now in production and will be available to customers soon. The stand takes the all the principles of a tank trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model.

Clair Brothers C8 Loudspeakers and Santander Performing Arts Center: A Truefit for the Ages

31/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Constructed back in the 1870s as a market, the facility eventually became the Academy of Music in 1886. Then in 1917 the Rajah Shriners purchased it for the purpose of showcasing a range of entertainment including vaudeville, motion pictures and live performances. Sadly, a fire destroyed most of the facility a few years later and the auditorium had to be rebuilt. That was in 1921. Today, well known as the Santander Performing Arts Center, this vintage facility is home to the Reading Symphony Orchestra and hosts numerous events which have included acts such as Willie Nelson, Alice in Chains, Jerry Seinfeld, David Copperfield, Melissa Etheridge, and many more. Providing the sound system for a venue this rich with history, it’s important to make sure the equipment you install lives up to the well-earned expectation. This particular challenge required much more than a simple install of standard issue speakers.

Audient iD44 Now Shipping Worldwide

31/05/2018 - Equipment News

Audient has announced that the highly anticipated iD44, its most powerful audio interface yet, is now shipping worldwide and will be available at all Audient dealers in June.

CyberHoist on The Killers Wonderful, Wonderful Tour

31/05/2018 - Production News

USA – CyberHoist by CyberMotion is on tour again, this time with Vegas native band The Killers on their Wonderful, Wonderful tour. The band finished their European leg at the end of 2017 before starting their US leg at the beginning of the year.

Pinewood MBS Lighting partner Chroma-Q on revolutionary LED Wendy light alternative

31/05/2018 - Equipment News

MBSi, the Pinewood MBS Lighting innovations think-tank, has collaborated with Chroma-Q in the development of the Brute Force – a brand new LED alternative to a quarter Wendy light.

SSL Live Wins Praise from Lorde Tour

31/05/2018 - Production News

New Zealand – Singer, songwriter, and record producer Lorde has been out on her international Melodrama tour, which accompanies the new album of the same name. The show is also set to visit some of this Summer's biggest festivals, and front of house engineer Philip J Harvey has been along for the ride, with the special honour of engineering on the first international tour on the road with the new L-Acoustics L-ISA Live multichannel immersive technology. To complement this, Harvey needed a console that could do justice to the band and L-ISA, so he chose SSL Live.

Manufacturers unveil new AV network solution at InfoComm 2018

31/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Leading pro AV manufacturers L-Acoustics, d&b audiotechnik, Meyer Sound, Biamp, AudioScience and Avid, working under the umbrella of Avnu for the last 18 months, have created a new application protocol solution for AV networking and they are ready to unveil it at InfoComm.

John Berret Creates Total Immersion At George Clinton Show with Chauvet Professional

31/05/2018 - Production News

USA – James Oglethorpe died in 1785, before terms like “funk” and “psychedelic” entered our lexicon. But this April, the Georgia Colonial hero became part of an immersive colourful experience at a concert by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and funkadelic pioneer George Clinton, thanks to a sweeping lighting design by John Berret that featured Chauvet Professional Rogue and COLORado fixtures.

Hawthorn Make Brain Waves at Adobe Summit EMEA 2018

31/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2018 returned to ICC ExCeL London earlier this month. Creative technical event production company, Hawthorn was once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.

Crest Audio debuts C1 Series contracting amplifiers with integrated DSP and Dante connectivity at InfoComm 2018

31/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Crest Audio has unveiled the new C1 Series range of contracting and installation amplifiers featuring powerful and efficient Class D designs, on-board digital signal processing, Dante protocol networking and USB/Ethernet connectivity for monitoring and control. The new C1 Series amplifiers are contractor-friendly thanks to the addition of Euro connector inputs and barrier strip outputs as well as fault relays and CV (control voltage) inputs.

YES Event Relies on APG for Eclectic JNDA Line-Up

31/05/2018 - Production News

France – Every year, the future graduates of the French school of architecture of Tournai organise the JNDA (Journée et Nuit de l’Architecture), an event that gathers over 4,000 visitors. A disused industrial site is specially transformed to host conferences as well as artistic and cultural performances. At dusk, the venue becomes a concert hall with three stages, where renowned and emerging bands entertain the crowds until late.

DiGiCo is Killer for Queen + Adam Lambert

31/05/2018 - Production News

Worldwide – It takes someone special to fill the shoes of a showman like Freddie Mercury, and although there is no replacing such a talent, Adam Lambert is quite sensational as both a vocalist and frontman in his own right, enough so for Queen founder members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, to tour relentlessly with him as a trio for the last seven years. Queen + Adam Lambert will complete their current year-long, 78-show world tour in July, which has seen them play sell-out shows in North America, Oceania, and over Europe. The tour provider is Clair Global, and at the heart of all things audio, is a pair of trusted DiGiCo consoles.

Alcons Brings Subtly Superior Sound to the Missouri Theater

31/05/2018 - Project News

USA – One of the most architecturally striking buildings in the city of St Joseph, the Missouri Theater is the centre of a thriving arts scene. Thanks to some public-spirited citizens, the 1200-seat former movie palace has recently been upgraded with an Alcons Audio LR7 pro-ribbon system.

VER supports trailblazing musical sensation, Tokio Myers for a run of UK dates touring breathtaking debut album, Our Generation

31/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Taking in selected venues, the multi-talented artist, who stunned the judges to claim victory on Britain's Got Talent has been showcasing his genre straddling fusion of classical and contemporary musical experiences on stages across the UK.

More than 2,000 articles available directly from Movecat eShop

31/05/2018 - Business News

Movecat's new eShop is now online. This makes the ordering of chain and band hoists, winches, controllers and accessories easier and faster than ever before. In addition, the availability of many products has been significantly improved, so now over 2,000 individual parts and many standard chain hoists can be obtained directly from stock within two to three working days. For all products, customers are given a binding price and delivery time immediately. "We had long promised customers an online shop," says Movecat CEO Oliver Nachbauer. "At last, we are in a position to activate it. The planning of the details as well as the actual implementation, including the optimisation of the supply chains for a significantly increased availability of the products, cost more time and energy than envisaged, but it was worth it and we are more than satisfied with the result."

Ultra Music Festival Celebrates 20 Years with Elation Proteus

30/05/2018 - Project News

USA – The world's premier electronic music festival, Ultra Music Festival, turned 20 this year and the occasion was marked, in part, by big beam lighting effects from an array of Elation Professional IP65-rated Proteus Beam moving heads that lined the top of the festival’s iconic Main Stage.

Meyer Sound Immerses American Repertory Theater in the Intimacy and Intensity of Jagged Little Pill

30/05/2018 - Production News

USA – A daring stage production inspired by Alanis Morissette’s iconic album Jagged Little Pill, which premiered in May at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center, has pushed the limits of immersive sound design in a musical drama that moves seamlessly between interior intimacy and arena-sized intensity. To accomplish this daunting task, eminent sound designer Jonathan Deans – a pioneer in immersive audio technologies – relied on the theatre's own Meyer Sound D-Mitri digital audio platform, and a diverse complement of self-powered Meyer Sound loudspeakers.

Star Events’ X marks the spot at All Points East

30/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Star Events’ X Stage highlights the creativity at AEG Presents’ first All Points East festival in Victoria Park, where sets from LCD Soundsystem, The XX and Bjork drew huge audiences this Bank Holiday weekend.

Arena On Course for The Ryder Cup 2018

30/05/2018 - Production News

France – Arena Group, European event contractor, is currently on course at Le Golf National in Paris, France, installing event scaffolding as the first phase of a contract to supply The 2018 Ryder Cup, 25th – 30th September.

Between Space and Chaos – Bertil Mark and GLP with Adel Tawil

30/05/2018 - Production News

Europe – The exceptional singer songwriter Adel Tawil is again on tour in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Prior to the tour, he used a number of festival appearances to present his current Number 1 album "so schön anders" before embarking on an extensive theatre tour that ended with three sold-out arena shows last Autumn. These included all the essential production elements of his other shows.

Pomona College Theatre and Dance Department Adds Chauvet Professional

30/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Visiting lighting designers have always been eager to come to Pomona College’s Seaver Theatre. It’s easy to see why, too. Tucked away near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains outside Los Angeles, the school’s leafy campus is reminiscent of a New England Ivy League institution, and it has academic standards to match, being ranked among the Top Ten Colleges by Forbes and US News & World Report. The Pomona Theatre and Dance Department, which serves five schools in the prestigious Claremont College consortium, is also elite, a number of its students having gone on to win Academy Awards.

Peavey Commercial Audio appoints Audiens for exclusive Norwegian distribution

30/05/2018 - Business News

Norway – Peavey Commercial Audio has announced the appointment of Audiens Norge AS as the exclusive Norwegian distributor for all PCA brands with immediate effect. The brands concerned are MediaMatrix, Crest Audio and Peavey PA products.

d&b to demonstrate the evolution of sound systems at ABTT Theatre Show 2018

30/05/2018 - Event News

UK – The d&b Soundscape is sound as you feel it, sound as you see it, sound as it is meant to be heard. Attendees at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show will have the opportunity to experience this in person during the d&b Soundscape sessions at Alexandra Palace, London on 6th and 7th June.

Marillion's 'Theatrical' UK Tour is Beam-Perfect with Avolites Titan

30/05/2018 - Production News

UK – British rock band Marillion treated fans to a series of immersive shows in April, with theatrical-style lighting controlled using an Avolites Tiger Touch II with Titan interface.

Audiolight’s Major Investment in New Martin Audio Package

30/05/2018 - Production News

Norway – A long-time user of Martin Audio PA systems, Norwegian AudioLight AS has made a major investment in the manufacturer’s new generation products, purchasing a package that includes 32-box WPC PA, along with 12 SXH218 subwoofers and 16 XE 300 monitors, all powered by Martin Audio iKON iK42 amplifiers. Located in Harstad, AudioLight has been a supplier of sound, lighting and staging, for small and large events across the northern part of the country for over 15 years.

The Clarity and Neutrality of DPA Microphones Secure Success for a Unique Academic Recording Project

29/05/2018 - Event News

Germany – It is common knowledge among sound engineers that every musical instrument has a specific sound radiation pattern and that its recorded sound depends on where the microphone is placed in relation to that instrument.

AV Stumpfl to Present Next-Generation Media Server Software and Hardware at InfoComm 2018

29/05/2018 - Event News

USA – AV Stumpfl will allow InfoComm visitors a first look at its next-generation media server software solution, PIXERA, scheduled to be released later this year.

Community Loudspeakers Chosen for Quality by Church of St. Bridget

29/05/2018 - Project News

USA – The Church of St. Bridget at 125 Church Street, Glassboro, NJ became an official parish in 1887 and now uniquely has a threefold mission. It serves Glassboro area parishioners and is the Catholic centre for the Hispanic community of central Gloucester County. It also serves the students, faculty and staff of nearby Rowan University. The present Church of St. Bridget was constructed in 1987.

Powersoft to Highlight New Duecanali at InfoComm 2018

29/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Powersoft will showcase complete fixed install amplifier range at InfoComm 2018 (6-8 June, Las Vegas) with the extended Duecanali Series.

Renkus-Heinz Debuts New ICONYX at InfoComm 2018

29/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Renkus-Heinz will unveil several new product lines and offer cutting-edge demonstrations at the 2018 InfoComm show in Las Vegas. The company will exhibit at booth C970, with loudspeaker demonstrations every other hour in Demo Room N101.

MerleFest 2018: the Tradition Continues with DiGiCo

29/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Long considered one of the mountaintops of North America’s acoustic music festival season, Wilkesboro, North Carolina’s MerleFest recently celebrated its 31st annual event, which was held over four days in late April. Featuring the best in country, bluegrass and Americana, this year’s festival hosted performances by the Steep Canyon Rangers and Friends with special guest Steve Martin, Buddy Miller and the North Mississippi All-stars, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, The Mavericks, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Rodney Crowell, Paul Thorn & Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The McCrary Sisters, and many more roots acts. And as has been the case for a number of years, DiGiCo consoles mixed and processed nearly all of the music emanating from the festival’s stages, helping to cement MerleFest’s reputation as a highly celebrated perennial American music event.

Chauvet Professional Maverick Adds Magic to Into the Woods

29/05/2018 - Production News

UK – While the 2014 Disney film production of Into the Woods garnered huge amounts of attention, thanks in part to its all-star Hollywood cast including the likes of Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, a recent UCL theatre production has succeeded in stripping down the Stephen Sondheim classic to its thematic core, exposing the eternal battle between darkness and light. Instrumental in this exploration of desire, ambition and relationships through classic Brothers Grimm characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rapunzel was a combination of ChauvetProfessional Maverick MK1 Spot and MK3 Wash fixtures, specified by LD Alex Forey.

ITEAC 2018: Elizabeth Diller and Nick Starr Complete Keynote Speaker Line-Up

29/05/2018 - Event News

UK – The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference has announced its final Keynote Speakers.

Aurora Lighting Hire supports lighting director Gurdip Mahal on huge installation for Revolution – the largest entertainment set on UK television.

29/05/2018 - Production News

UK – SKY One took over the vast space at Cardington Studios for extreme sports show Revolution. Hosted by Jackass star Steve-O and Maya Jama, Revolution is an extravaganza of high speed action featuring BMX riders, skates and boarders going head to head across a spectacular custom designed course.

d&b talks integration, customisation and artistic creation at InfoComm 2018

29/05/2018 - Event News

USA – For more than a decade d&b audiotechnik has been a familiar face at InfoComm. From 5-8 June the d&b team is back in Las Vegas, with their booth, #C982, brimming with all the latest audio solutions for seamless installation and interoperability.

Viva Innovation! Alcons Audio and ASA Bring Immersive Live Sound to InfoComm 2018 in Vegas

29/05/2018 - Event News

USA – At last year’s annual InfoComm show, delegates in Orlando – the destination where ‘anything is possible’ – were treated to the US debut of the Astro Spatial Audio: Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience. This year, just as appropriately, the ‘Live Entertainment Capital of the World’ is the latest stop on its international tour.

Adamson IS-Series Offers Sleek Look and Pristine Sound for Genesaret Church, Mexico

25/05/2018 - Project News

Mexico – The Genesaret Christian Family Centre (Centro Familiar Cristiano Genesaret) in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico, is well known for its exciting and dynamic Sunday services. Early into 2018, the church premiered its brand new IS-Series audio system from Adamson Systems Engineering, which pairs the elegance befitting its clean, modern worship space with the pristine audio quality of a top-tier touring loudspeaker system.

Lighting to Power the Imagination: Elation at InfoComm 2018

25/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Elation Professional invites lighting professionals to be inspired at Booth C3729 / C3629 at the upcoming InfoComm show in Las Vegas, where the company will be showcasing the latest in its line of state-of-the-art lighting.

Large RoboSpot System is a Winner at Eurovision 2018

25/05/2018 - Production News

Portugal – Seventeen Robe RoboSpot Base Stations controlling tracking Robe BMFL fixtures provided a comprehensive remote follow spotting solution for production lighting designer Jerry Appelt at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

TMB’s IMS illuminates Iconic Minneapolis Grain Belt Beer Sign Landmark

25/05/2018 - Project News

USA – After 21 years in the dark, the classic Grain Belt Beer sign is once again brightening the Minneapolis skyline. Built in 1941, the 50x40-foot landmark was the largest free-standing sign in the region, but since 1996 the old incandescent lamps have been dark. A recent renovation by S.M.L. Electrical, supported by JTH Lighting, features over 1,000 Intelligent Marquee Systems (IMS) RGBW LED lamps.

HES LED Sola Series Rides the Rig at RodeoHouston

25/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Once again, High End Systems lighting fixtures were riding high in the rig of RodeoHouston. LD Nathan Brittain specified 14 SolaSpot 1000s and 10 Sola HyBeam 2000s to meet his demands for lighting with an impactful kick, while reining in power consumption.

Florida International University Updates Baseball Stadium with a New Danley Sound Reinforcement System

25/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Of all the sports teams that Florida International University fields, its Panthers baseball team is arguably the most successful, having reached post-season play one out of every three years, on average. The team practices and plays all of its home games in a state-of-the-art stadium that accommodates 2,000 Panthers fans. Until recently, however, the stadium’s sound reinforcement system lagged behind its other features, a situation that was remedied by local A/V integration firm Midtown Video. Based on the buzz about Danley Sound Labs’ innovative loudspeaker technologies for sports complexes and the recommendation of a trusted local rep, Midtown Video installed its first Danley system at the FIU baseball stadium. Everyone involved is abundantly pleased with the results.

DiGiCo S-Series delivers everything Yö needs

25/05/2018 - Production News

Finland - Yö have been a mainstay in Finnish popular rock music for over 30 years. They are the country’s tenth best-selling artist of all time, have a multitude of platinum records to their name and show no signs of slowing down. Keeping this lofty position in such a fast-paced industry requires great song writing and professionalism. It also needs engineering skill and the right equipment, with DiGiCo S-Series consoles helping to keep this Finnish mega force of rock bang up to date.

EAW Adds New Line Array and Subwoofer to RADIUS Series of Loudspeakers

25/05/2018 - Equipment News

Eastern Acoustics Works (EAW) has announced the addition of the RSX212L line array module and RSX18F subwoofer to the RADIUS Series. The two new RADIUS products provide added versatility to the series designed for both touring and permanent install applications. Both products will be presented at EAW’s InfoComm Booth C352 and Demo Room N116 in Las Vegas.

Castle Hills Church Rebuilds with Allen & Heath

25/05/2018 - Project News

USA – After a severe storm flooded their sanctuary, Castle Hills Church of San Antonio, Texas, undertook a major rebuilding project that transformed a traditional worship space to contemporary and added a modern AV system with an Allen & Heath dLive S Class digital mixing system at FOH and an ME-1 personal mixing system at monitors.

Matt Calabrese Goes Rogue on Kung Fu Tour

25/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Matt Calabrese says he thrives on spontaneity. A good thing too. As lighting designer for the increasingly popular and much travelled progressive funk jam band Kung Fu, his career has taken him on a wildly original, and thoroughly enjoyable, ride. Every show is a new adventure for the Connecticut-based LD, not just as a result of his client’s constantly changing set lists, but also because of the wide variety of venues where they perform.

Rope Assemblies returns to ABTT to launch new Anchor Strop

25/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Rope Assemblies Ltd is set to debut its brand new Anchor Strop on stand A22 at this year's ABTT Theatre show. The Anchor strop is a 6mm stainless steel wire rope with thimble eyes on both ends, copper ferrules, and has been designed for general PPE requirements. It has an EN362 hook on either end and joins the company's existing range of Anchor Strops and is perfect for use in a wide range of industries, wherever a person works at height, near unprotected edges or in confined spaces.

Opti-Sculpt Beam Shaping Filters from Rosco

24/05/2018 - Equipment News

Rosco Opti-Sculpt filters have been engineered to provide precise angular beam control for lighting professionals. If your lighting design work illuminates theatrical productions, theme parks, architectural installations or broadcast studios, then you’ll appreciate the ability to accurately and affordably control the shape of your light with Rosco Opti-Sculpt filters. Their unique, proprietary process features engineered light distribution to provide increased brightness over traditional diffusion and holographic filters.

VisionEvents Manchester adds Doughty kit to its equipment inventory

24/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Leading event production company VisionEventsManchester (VE-M) has upgraded its equipment inventory, adding a selection of Doughty equipment to its stock. Darren Howard, director, VE-M explained: "As VE-M has expanded, we found we were regularly hiring in stands and so it was really a natural choice that we should purchase some Doughty kit."

Meyer Sound Debuts Svelte, UP-4slim UltraCompact Installation Loudspeaker

24/05/2018 - Equipment News

Meyer Sound has introduced the UP-4slim ultra-compact installation loudspeaker, a slender new solution for applications that demand impeccable performance and exceptional power-to-size ratio together with elegant aesthetics. The UP-4slim incorporates Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology, integrating the inherent sonic advantages of self-powered loudspeakers with the installation ease of low voltage systems. It is the first IntelligentDC multi-way loudspeaker to be housed in an all-aluminium enclosure.

Cymatic Audio launches all-new website

24/05/2018 - Business News

The Netherlands – Cymatic Audio, specialists in the development and manufacture of products for audio recording and playback for live performance, has announced the launch of a brand-new, fully responsive website that includes an online store. The move embraces a fresh new look for the company including a new logo, downloadable from the website as part of the online media kit.

Alcons Brings Traditional and Contemporary Worship Together in Thomasville, Georgia

24/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Updating the audio system in traditional churches to successfully host a wider variety of worship styles is a problem faced by many systems integrators. It’s a problem that Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems are well-equipped to solve, as the latest in a number of recent US house of worship (HoW) installations proves.

Knight of Illumination Awards USA now open for nominations

24/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Following the enthusiastic reception to its launch in April, the Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) is now open for nominations. The KOI Awards, which celebrates the achievements of lighting and video designers working in a range of entertainment genres, has been running in the UK for ten years. This year will mark its first appearance in North America, coinciding with the continent's leading entertainment technology exhibition, the LDI show, in Las Vegas.

The “Pepsi Lituation Experience” gets Outline

24/05/2018 - Production News

Nigeria – On a night filled with so much fun, ceremony, all underscored by an explosion of powerful music, Pepsi unveiled four of Nigeria’s foremost DJs as their Ambassadors. The quartet of DJ Obi, DJ Cuppy, DJ Spinall and DJ Xclusive, considered to be A-list DJs rocking the Nigerian entertainment industry, brought their A-games to what may be termed the Lituation experience.
Artists such as Tekno, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, among others, came to perform with them on their set. There was also a special appearance onstage by the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Season 3 contestants.

Martin Audio Announces TH Series for High Performance Applications

24/05/2018 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has announced the TH Series, comprising two very high performance, all-horn, three-way systems in both a horizontally and vertically formatted package. They are designed to complement the styling of its best-selling CDD and BlacklineX Series and are ideal for nightclub and large scale installs.

Brand New Theatre Announced by Troubadour Theatres for Wembley Park

24/05/2018 - Project News

UK – Wembley Park has announced an exciting new theatre venture. The flexible 1,000-2,000 seat capacity Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is being created inside the former Fountain Studios by award-winning Troubadour Theatres.

Cadac’s new CDC flagship console

23/05/2018 - Equipment News

One of two new digital consoles Cadac launched at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this year, the new CDC seven-s replaces both the original CDC seven iteration and the CDC eight, the inaugural expression of the platform.

TASCAM Unveils 202mkVII Dual Cassette Deck with USB

23/05/2018 - Equipment News

TASCAM's new 202mkVII dual cassette deck is the latest generation of the company's professional cassette recorders. Coveted for their reliable performance, comprehensive feature set, and audio quality, the 202 series has long been the leading choice for recording studios, houses of worship, audio/music enthusiasts, and other professional applications.

Getting High at Eurovision 2018

23/05/2018 - Production News

Portugal – Stage engineering specialist WIcreations supplied four of its heavy duty TP06 stage elevators to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) production which was headed by technical directors Ola Melzig and Tobias Åburg.

Smith Center in Las Vegas Upgrades Meyer Sound System to Leo Family

23/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Las Vegas is a city of innumerable venues, yet the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall in Las Vegas’ Smith Center for the Performing Arts stands out as a consummate showcase for entertainment and culture. In addition to hosting the Las Vegas Symphony, the Nevada Ballet Theatre and other regional fine arts ensembles, Reynolds Hall is also the city’s leading roadhouse for touring Broadway productions and a preferred site for prestigious pop, rock and jazz concerts. To serve up this varied fare with impeccable sonic quality, the hall’s main reinforcement system was recently upgraded with new Meyer Sound Leo Family components, including Leopard line array loudspeakers and 900-LFC low frequency control elements.

ASIIS Creates Camera-Friendly Church Lighting with Chauvet Professional

23/05/2018 - Project News

Indonesia – Broadcasting and live streaming services have opened up more ways for Star Church to grow and reach new worshippers. However, with this opportunity has come the new challenge of lighting services in a way that not only appeals to people at the church, but can also meet the more critical demands of the video camera. With this issue in mind, the dynamic Indonesian church turned to its long-time vendor ASIIS to create a video-friendly lighting package for its newly built campus, which is located in a shopping mall.

DPA Microphones and Lectrosonics to Present Wired & Wireless Microphone Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas

23/05/2018 - Event News

USA – On Tuesday 5th June, 2018 at Club Vinyl at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, DPA Microphones and Lectrosonics will co-host a day of wired and wireless microphone masterclasses. The masterclass is free to audio professionals for the benefit of learning and networking with their peers.

Brains & Hunch discover sonic perfection with Genelec’s ‘The Ones’

23/05/2018 - Project News

UK – Brains and Hunch are renowned composing and sound design duo Tom Haines and Chris Branch. Their post-production facility is situated in the heart of London's Hoxton district. Earlier this year, they invested in two sets of brand-new Genelec monitors, provided by HHB Communications. Once the 8351 SAM monitors, also known as 'The Ones' arrived it's safe to say they made quite an impression on the pair.

dLive V1.7 Firmware Adds Shure Wireless Control, Prime I/O and Routing Flexibility

23/05/2018 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released dLive V1.7 firmware, code name Sennen, a major feature upgrade for its flagship digital mixing system. Key enhancements include support for Shure’s Axient digital, ULX-D and QLX-D wireless systems, extended routing and patching capabilities, plus support for the forthcoming PRIME I/O modules.

Atlona to Highlight Next-Generation, Energy-Efficient Power Amplifiers at InfoComm 2018

22/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Atlona will showcase its new Gain series of compact, energy-efficient amplifiers in booth C3576 at InfoComm 2018 (6-8 June, Las Vegas Convention Center), where the company will continue celebrating its 15 years of delivering practical AV innovations. Integrating seamlessly into complete AV system designs and available immediately, the Gain 120 (AT-GAIN-120) and Gain 60 (AT-GAIN-60) offer outstanding versatility and an exceptional price/performance ratio for a variety of commercial and residential sound reinforcement applications.

Catching the Beat in Singapore

22/05/2018 - Production News

Singapore – The Fort Gate at Fort Canning Hill in Singapore provided a stunning backdrop for the 2018 City 65 Music Festival. The location, renowned for its lush greenery and expansive lawns has become a hub for cultural and creative activities and a venue of choice for many outdoor events.

Bandit Lites And C3 Presents Bring the Lights to The NFL Draft Experience

22/05/2018 - Production News

USA –All 50 states and 32 NFL teams turned out in Texas, where more than 215,000 fans registered for the free lottery to have the chance to attend the 83rd iteration of the NFL Draft, the highest number for any draft event in its history. Bandit Lites partnered with C3 Presents and supplied an extensive lighting package for the NFL Draft Experience, held at the outdoor plazas of AT&T Stadium. The space featured interactive exhibits, games, the NFL Museum, a Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit, virtual reality, autograph sessions and a stage for local talent, NFL team cheerleaders, mascots and drum lines.

Atmosphere, Inc. Adds Glamour to Comcast After Party with Chauvet Professional

22/05/2018 - Production News

USA – The Organization of American States headquarters attracted worldwide attention when it opened its doors in 1910. With its marble façade and staircases, monumental halls and stunning tropical patio, the sprawling Mediterranean-style building projected elegance, warmth and timeless beauty. Now more than a century later, the structure still exerts a unique transformative power that makes it an ideal setting for upscale events.

Martin Audio to Showcase Immersive 3D Sound Experience at InfoComm with Astro Spatial Audio

22/05/2018 - Event News

USA – At this year’s InfoComm Martin Audio will be introducing Sound Adventures, a 3D immersive sound experience in cooperation with its partner Astro Spatial Audio.

It’s Pimm’s o’clock at Kart-Fest as Chauvet becomes key partner

22/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Backup’sKart-Fest 2018 is back on the 5th of July at Daytona Sandown Park in Surrey, with Chauvet helping drive the event forward and ‘Wimbledon’ named as this year’s theme.

FRAY Studio and disguise creates a changing world for Disney's Frozen - The Broadway Musical

22/05/2018 - Production News

USA – The highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney's Frozen, made its stage debut on Broadway this spring at the St. James Theatre, NYC. Award-winning video design team FRAY Studio was tasked with delivering the production's theatrical world of snow, ice and the Aurora Borealis for the stage.

DPA Microphones Boosts its Presence in Singapore and Thailand with Two New Appointments

22/05/2018 - Business News

South East Asia DPA Microphones has appointed Acoustic & Lighting Systems to handle the distribution of its entire product range in Singapore and Thailand. And, in a move that will allow it to get even closer to its customer base in the live, PA and MI markets, DPA has also appointed Arcadia Tech as a direct dealer in Singapore.

AVIXA Appoints Chris Lavelle as Senior Director of Development Europe

22/05/2018 - People News

AVIXA Appoints Chris Lavelle as Senior Director of Development Europe

Panasonic launches new series of portable projectors

22/05/2018 - Equipment News

The PT-VW360 3LCD projector, is capable of 4,000 lumens of brightness at WXGA and offers a superb blend of picture quality, practical features, quiet operation (29dB), and long-lasting reliability.

Green Hippo: Dancing with success at Prolight+Sound 2018

21/05/2018 - Event News

Germany – The exhibition space at trade shows provides a welcome opportunity for a company to meet its customers but, even taking into account today’s modern spaces, the environment is rarely the perfect setting in which to demonstrate its wares. Particularly if a company excels in real-time video solutions that are more at home in arenas and stadiums. This was the challenge faced by the Green Hippo team and its show partner Notch, the game-changing real-time visual creation tool that keeps up with your ideas. A specially commissioned contemporary dance piece, performed within the confines of the stand and its 4m sq. metres dance floor was the team’s ingenious response.

Analogue Lessons for Largest Nordic School of Creative Arts

21/05/2018 - Project News

Sweden – An Audient ASP4816 was installed recently into the recording studio at Stockholm-based Kulturama, the Nordic region’s largest school of creative arts. “For most of our students, it’s the first time they get to work on a proper analogue recording console,” says Fredrik Moberg who teaches sound engineering and recording, ensures the smooth running of the studio and specified the console.

Renkus-Heinz Hits the Right Spots at ÜsküdarTown Hall

21/05/2018 - Project News

Turkey – Istanbul's large, densely populated Üsküdar municipal district was founded in the 7th century BC and is one of the capital city's oldest residential areas. Situated on the Anatolian shore of the Bosporus Strait, the area is known for its high concentration of historic buildings and religious sites. Üsküdar's Town Hall, however, is new and entirely modern. The complex, which serves as a multi-purpose community centre, includes two auditoriums, a multi-purpose hall, a cocktail hall, and a basketball arena. All of these spaces are served by sound systems based on Renkus-Heinz digitally steered line arrays.

Yamaha System Brings Scripture to the Monks of Saint Panteleimon

21/05/2018 - Project News

Greece – Saint Panteleimon Monastery is a Russian Orthodox monastery built on the south-west side of the peninsula of Mount Athos in Macedonia, Northern Greece. Currently home to around 70 resident monks and many pilgrims every year, a Yamaha audio system has recently been installed to help scripture reading be clearly heard.

On the road with Nashville in Concert

21/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Adlib helped bring all the drama, excitement and glamour of the massively popular CMT TV series Nashville to the stage as ‘Nashville in Concert’ returned to the UK for a second run of sold out arena shows following the success of last year’s tour.

NEXT-proaudio reinforces Hardwell and W&W in CreamFields

21/05/2018 - Production News

China – A large number of top international DJs, such as Hardwell, W&W, Slander, NGHTMRE, Brohug, Kill The Buzz, Maurice West etc., took to the stage at the Creamfields Festival 2018 in Changsha, China. Creamfields Tour Changsha took place at the International Convention and Exhibition Center in Changsha on 1st May.

New Ovation H-605FC From Chauvet Professional Raises Bar for House Lights

21/05/2018 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional has brought a new level of colour-mixing to house lights with the introduction of the Ovation H-605FC. The new convection cooled fixture is powered by an RGBA-lime LED engine, enabling it to replicate nearly any colour with extraordinary accuracy, as well as virtually any colour temperature of white. This feature allows the fixture to excel not only when functioning as a traditional house light, but also when used to colourise a room as part of a theatrical production or worship service.

Productive meeting held at EU Commission Brussels on proposed Eco-Design regulation – lighting

21/05/2018 - Business News

Belgium – A group of professionals from across member organisational1, manufacturers and designers in the live entertainment industry had a very productive meeting in Brussels on 17th May on the issue of Stage Lighting with the European Commission.

All Aboard with Claypaky at Eurovision Song Contest 2018

21/05/2018 - Production News

Portugal – The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), hosted at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, saw the latest range of Claypaky and ADB lighting fixtures dominate the beautifully evocative, multi-dimensional, theatrical and camera-pleasing lighting design by award-winning lighting designer and director of photography (DoP) Jerry Appelt.

Herrick Goldman Lights Off-Broadway Hit “Puffs” in Elation Lighting

21/05/2018 - Production News

USA – “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” is a hilarious off-Broadway show playing at New World Stages beneath an all-LED Elation lighting rig. The play portrays a certain famous wizard school from the perspective of the slightly nerdy and not-so-famous house called Puffs. Described as ‘a play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world,’ Puffs are the outsiders of the magic school who disheartenedly observe as a certain boy wizard repeatedly saves the day. Written by Matt Cox and produced by Tilted Windmills Theatricals, the play is directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker with lighting design by Herrick Goldman.

MegaPointes on Top in Hong Kong and Macau

18/05/2018 - Production News

China – Top One Design Engineering in Hong Kong and Macau has invested in Robe MegaPointes and LEDBeam 150s.

ArKaos Provides Speedy Solution for Autosport Show

18/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Nathan Wan created a high impact design for the Live Action Arena at the 2018 Autosports International show, staged at the NEC, Birmingham, where a one-hour special presentation showcased some of the fastest and craziest performance cars on the planet! This delighted petrol-heads and speed junkies of all persuasions who packed out the massive grandstand six times a day for the duration of the expo.

Ayrton’s new Ghibli LED spot luminaires join Kieran Healy’s lighting rig for “American Idol”

18/05/2018 - Production News

USA – After 15 seasons on FOX, American Idol moved to ABC this year where the show’s long-time lighting designer, Kieran Healy, added 50 Ghibli fixtures, Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire with a factory-equipped framing system, to the rig. ACT Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance Launch 3.5 Million Pound Centre for Digital Creation and Production

18/05/2018 - Standards News

UK – Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is to develop a new £3.5 million centre for digital creation and production with investment and support from industry partners, including leading companies such as Autodesk, Cast Ltd., Disguise (formerly d3 Technologies), ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) Ltd., Philips Lighting, Robe and White Light.

Chauvet Professional Supports Diverse Performances at Anderson President’s Gala

18/05/2018 - Production News

USA – The term “president’s gala” may conjure up images of staid speeches and a formal dance, but nothing could be further from reality at Anderson University’s South Carolina School of the Arts. The culmination of the academic year at this renowned art institution, its President’s Gala, is a rousing evening of musical diversity that moves seamlessly from West African drumming and dancing, to orchestral and choir compositions, to show tunes.

Versatility without compromise for global luxury nightlife brand 1Oak with the d&b V-Series

18/05/2018 - Project News

Japan – New York, Las Vegas, LA and Tokyo are all cities renowned for their nightlife. Choice is abundant, competition is fierce, trends will come and go. Arguably the most consistently hot of the hot-spots in not just one, but all of these cities is 1Oak. The prestigious club brand has remained on top in every city in which it has opened.

Powersoft’s Claudio Lastrucci to Share “Power of Sound” Expertise at AES Milan

18/05/2018 - Event News

Italy – Claudio Lastrucci (pictured), co-founder of Powersoft is set to present a case study entitled ‘Mains to Acoustic Efficiency’ at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention, Europe’s premier professional audio technology and networking event (Milan, Italy, 23rd – 26th May 2018). The AES event, which alternates between a US and European location each year and is in its 144th edition, will take place this year at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.

Koji Kikkawa Arena Show Brought to Life with GLP’s JDC1

18/05/2018 - Production News

Japan – One of Japan’s most popular singer songwriters, Koji Kikkawa, added real dynamics to his recent Live is Life arena show at the 8,000-capacity Musashino Forest Sport Plaza with the aid of 23 JDC1 hybrid strobes from GLP.

Steeldeck secures new production facility

18/05/2018 - Business News

UK – Steeldeck, producer of platforms, staging and seating solutions, has secured a new London production facility. Doubling its present space, the new premises will allow Steeldeck to streamline its workflow and keep up with the burgeoning demand for its products.

Fire, Ice and Anolis in Zambia

17/05/2018 - Project News

Zambia – Entrepreneur Siddharth Patel wanted his new Fire & Ice Night Club in the heart of Ndola, Zambia’s third largest city located in the thriving copperbelt region, to be truly cutting-edge in technology and aesthetics, so he approached Johannesburg based lighting sales and installation specialist DWR for ideas and solutions.

Meyer Sound Is Interactive, Immersive and Inviting at InfoComm 2018

17/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Meyer Sound will offer a varied menu of attractions at InfoComm in Las Vegas, including stepped-up display technology at the booth, daily raffles for tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows, and a ‘Sonic Lounge’ for relaxation and conversation. The Meyer Sound exhibit floor booth is C1356 while the Sonic Lounge holds forth in room N110.

VER showcases the Minuit Une M-Carré at its brand new North London demonstration studio

17/05/2018 - Production News

UK – As part of a programme of upgrades being carried out at its North London hub, VER has opened the doors to its newly constructed lighting show space and pre-visualisation suites, located directly adjacent to the company’s vast equipment store.

Halestorm Rocks New Rig From Bandit Lites

17/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Grammy-Award winning Halestorm is back on the road with a new lighting package from Bandit Lites and launching into summer with their epic, hard rock sound, featuring the outstanding vocals of Lzzy Hale, drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Josh Smith.

AV Stumpfl GmbH Establishes AV Stumpfl Inc. in the USA

17/05/2018 - Business News

USA – AV Stumpfl GmbH, the Austrian AV technology manufacturer, has officially announced the establishment of AV Stumpfl Inc. ahead of this year's InfoComm exhibition in Las Vegas.

Juan Ocampo Creates Rogue Looks For Zion & Lennox at Rosemont

17/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Creative passion doesn’t fade, it just keeps burning more brightly with every passing mile for Reggaeton legends Zion & Lennox. After 18 years of touring and a fistful of Top Ten hits, the Puerto Rican duo still exhibit the raw hungry power that has made them a defining force in their musical genre. This fervor was on full display in their recent hit music video Mi Tesoro, recorded with Nicky Jam. It was also very much in evidence on a cloudy Sunday night, 22nd April, when they rocked the sold-out 4,400-seat Rosemont Theatre outside Chicago.

David Manister Promoted to Director

17/05/2018 - People News

UK – Flashlight Ltd has announced the appointment of David Manister, a long standing employee, to a directorship role within the company. David had been in a business development position previously, helping to promote the company’s leading lighting brands to the film, TV, theatre and events markets.

GLP US Grows Again with Two New Hires

17/05/2018 - People News

USA – GLP US has announced they have bolstered their team with two new members joining the company. supports #SaveStageLighting

17/05/2018 - Event News

UK - was proud to see the level of support for the #SaveStageLighting Campaign at last week’s PLASA Focus Leeds show, which goes to emphasise the critical nature of the situation and the determination from our industry for its voices to be heard.

HHB unveil upgraded demonstration facilities at North West London HQ

17/05/2018 - Business News

UK – Professional audio equipment supplier HHB Communications has announced the opening of its newly renovated and improved demonstration facilities at their headquarters in North West London. The new facility was designed to provide demonstrations and training with the latest formats and technologies currently available in the professional audio market.

ColorSource Pearl, a variable white light LED array by ETC

17/05/2018 - Equipment News

ETC’s ColorSource family line of products has become a known staple for affordable theatrical systems. Showing up in venues around the world including schools, houses of worship and restaurants, these products offer a full system of lighting, control, and power for a variety of installations. Today ETC adds the ColorSource Pearl to the ColorSource family of fixtures.

Elation SEVEN PAR IP Series of All-Weather LED Colour Changers

17/05/2018 - Equipment News

With the launch of Elation Professional’s new line of SEVEN PAR IP colour changers, lighting designers have access to an even wider spectrum of colour options to paint stages, sets, scrims and scenery in high-impact coloured or high-quality white light. Building on the success of the SixPar series of colour-changing LED PAR lights, the Elation SEVEN PAR IP uses the latest seven-colour multi-chip LED technology for an even more flexible colour wash solution.

City Light Slovakia seals deal to exclusively distribute Green Hippo

17/05/2018 - Business News

Slovakia – Green Hippo has announced that City Light Slovakia Ltd is to distribute Green Hippo in Slovakia. With immediate effect City Light Slovakia is responsible for Green Hippo’s range of cutting-edge real-time video hardware and software throughout the central European country.

Odin Tours Britain

16/05/2018 - Event News

Have you been looking for an opportunity to use a line array system the way it is meant to be used? Would you like to put the volume up and wow the crowd with the Odin-sound? Well, here’s your chance.

Atlona Transitions the Meeting Space Architecture for a Post AV/IT Convergence World at InfoComm

16/05/2018 - Event News

USA – Atlona comes to InfoComm (6-8 June, Las Vegas Convention Center) with a new strategy aimed at accelerating transitions from legacy circuit-based systems to fully networked, IP-enabled environments. To be presented at booth C3576, the Atlona All-IP Meeting Space concept simplifies meeting room designs by bringing the power of large, enterprise-sized, IP-based systems to individual meeting spaces, without the need for complex switching systems. The concept is adaptable to everything from basic meeting rooms, to advanced spaces such as divisible and overflow rooms.

Robe MegaPointes are a Credit to Isracard Event

16/05/2018 - Production News

Israel – Light architects Cochavi & Klein produced another of their show-stopping lighting designs for a huge event staged in Pavilion 2, Tel Aviv, Israel’s biggest venue. They were working for production company MPLive who delivered the event for financial services giant, Isracard.

Theatre Projects announces new office in Denver

16/05/2018 - Business News

USA – Theatre Projects has announced that on 1st June it is opening a second US office in Denver. Wanting to be more easily available to clients in the western and mid-western US, the company looked at locations from Seattle to Austin. They loved the centralness of Denver! It’s only a few hours by plane to Los Angeles, Portland, Minneapolis, Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta. It’s also one of the fastest growing cities in the US and ranked among the best places to live in the country.

Johanna Town Creates Lighting Design for New Opera, A King’s Ransom, with Chauvet Professional Maverick

16/05/2018 - Production News

UK A recent theatre project involving 160 primary school children is convincingly demonstrating the power of the arts to inspire young people to greater learning. Into Opera are on a mission to get more people into opera, and their children’s opera and education project offers children a unique introduction to the art form of opera and all that it encompasses. At the heart of this imaginative project lies A King's Ransom, a children's opera written by classical composer Patrick Hawes. Supporting this reimagined tale of Robin Hood is a subtle, yet powerful, lighting design by Johanna Town that features a collection of Maverick and Rogue moving fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Plans are now afoot to develop A King’s Ransom into a national education project, hoping to engage and inspire more children up and down the country, due to the success of its recent premiere.

Alcons Audio Delivers Super Sound At Super Bowl LII Events

16/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Every year Super Bowl, the annual climax of the NFL American football season, makes global headlines, both about the game itself and the legendary half-time entertainment. National and international broadcasters also cover many of the lead-up events throughout the preceding week. For Super Bowl LII, Alcons Audio delivered a winning solution for celebrated events on both sides of the Atlantic.

MA Lighting and Avolites join forces again: Anti-counterfeiting campaign at GET Show 2018 launched

16/05/2018 - Business News

China - During the recent Guangzhou Entertainment Technology (GET) exhibition, MA Lighting and Avolites launched a series of anti-counterfeiting actions on the expo site with the help of the trade show organisers. This is another joint action by the two major stage lighting control brands, following a similar initiative at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.

Discover more with A4!

16/05/2018 - Business News

A4 magazine is an annual publication from Area Four Industries that features revealing interviews with key employees from the group and detailed information about new products launched by each of its brands. Interesting technical articles and educational programmes offered by the group and its brands can also be found within its pages.

AVW Controls – QAxis

16/05/2018 - Equipment News

AVW has published further details of its recently launched stage automation control software QAxis, including access to a user manual.

Sennheiser returns to The Great Escape

15/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Sennheiser is making a welcome return to Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival from 17th to 19th May, where it will be celebrating 20 years of its evolution wired microphones.

TASCAM Delivers BO Expansion Boxes for ML-Series Dante Converters

15/05/2018 - Equipment News

TASCAM is now shipping its BO-series I/O expansion boxes for TASCAM ML-32D and ML-16D professional analogue/Dante converters, and other D-Sub equipped devices. Three BO-series models are now available.

Capital Deploy New Martin Audio Solutions for Michael Mcintyre

15/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Stand-up comedy, for all its apparent simplicity in projecting the spoken word to large theatre audiences, can be anything but straightforward. The real challenge is to deliver an intimacy through coverage consistency and intelligibility because if the audience misses one word, the joke's not funny.

HSL Makes Massive Technology Investment

15/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Keeping up with a hectic workload being experienced across all companies, Blackburn-based lighting and video rental specialist the HSL Group has again increased its investment spend to keep up to speed with the newest technologies. This will help service ongoing and upcoming projects across all sectors: rental and staging, theatre, television, sporting events and concert touring.

San Jose Leads the Way with First Meyer Sound Exhibit Hall Overhead Systems

15/05/2018 - Project News

USA – San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center has vaulted to the forefront of global meetings, incentives, conferencing, and exhibitions (MICE) technologies with their installation of the world’s first self-powered Meyer Sound exhibit hall overhead systems. With 226 individually addressable loudspeakers plus 60 subwoofers, this unprecedented solution not only provides flexible, full bandwidth response in stand-alone operation but also accommodates use as a delay system when temporary line arrays are deployed for large conference sessions.

Bandit Brings the Lights to the Americana Spring Celebration at Blackberry Farm

15/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Blackberry Farm, the deluxe resort nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, was host to the 8th annual Americana Spring Celebration 12th April to 15th April. The weekend event benefited the not-for-profit artist advocacy group, Americana Music Association, and featured performances by award winning singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, Americana Artist of the Year Nominee Todd Snider, and GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Tift Merritt. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the three different concerts that took place in three different locations on the expansive grounds.

Apply now for 2018 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

15/05/2018 - Event News

USA – For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI trade show with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are available at, and due by 8th June 2018.

Ayrton MiniPanelFX

15/05/2018 - Equipment News

Ayrton’s ultra-compact MiniPanelFX unit was exhibited for the first time in mainland Europe at Prolight+Sound 2018 last month.

Available now: Movecat's I-Motion system controller Expert-T III

15/05/2018 - Equipment News

The I-Motion system controller Expert-T III is now available from Movecat; the commencement of shipping coincided with the Prolight+Sound 2018 in Frankfurt. It represents, in combination with the I-Motion and V-Motion power controllers from Movecat, a highly efficient solution for complex scenic kinetic applications in the trade fair, events, studio and touring sectors.
The device was actually shown to users last year as a design study for discussion and interdisciplinary consultation with the development team. Numerous features of the prototype such as the daylight and outdoor PCAP display in 24" format, the extended hot-key keyboard level and, above all, software features at the operating and object level subsequently found their way into the final, series-production model.

TiMax Immersion Zone Lands at infoComm2018

15/05/2018 - Event News

USA – The TiMax Immersion Zone spatial reinforcement and immersive audio experience lands at Infocomm 2018 in Las Vegas, in conjunction with Renkus-Heinz in Demo Room N101. A selection of static and dynamic spatial 3D audio segments rendered by TiMax onto a multi-channel immersive audio system will feature as part of the Renkus-Heinz hourly loudspeaker demonstrations. Presenters will also be localised by TiMax object-based spatial reinforcement.

Wining and Dimming – GDS ArcSystem Lights Bristol Wine Bar to Perfection

15/05/2018 - Project News

UK – When Richard Tring opened Le Poivrot, an unmistakably French wine bar, on Colston Street in Bristol, it was in sharp contrast to his speakeasy-style Red Light bar, described as an "adult drinking den in the heart of Bristol". Le Poivrot demonstrates an altogether different creative expression from Tring, who with his wife Sarah also owns Weber and Tring's wine and spirits shop in the city. Since opening night, a seat at the bar at Le Poivrot is much sought after, the impressive selection of wines, the surroundings and carefully designed decor encouraging lively conversation. It's fresh, much complimented, and this "neighbourhood wine bar in the city" can without any hesitation, be described as an instant hit.

Elation EVHD LED Video Panels for South Point Hotel and Casino

14/05/2018 - Project News

USA – One of the most successful off-the-strip venues in Las Vegas and one of Sin City’s more unique resorts is South Point Hotel and Casino. The resort offers novel amenities for a casino resort like an equestrian arena and 64-lane bowling centre but teems with standard casino attractions as well.

Renkus-Heinz ICONYX Perfect for Historic Lutheran Church of the Ascension

14/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Organised in 1741, just eight years after the founding of Savannah, the congregation that became the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension purchased its present site in 1771. The current building, about nine blocks south of the Savannah River, was constructed in 1844 but was heavily damaged during the Civil War, when it was used as a hospital. Renovations began in 1875, and the building was rededicated in 1879, featuring the beautiful Ascension Window that inspired the church's name. The church was renovated several more times during the 20th century.

Ganesha Producciones Joins Spiiders Web

14/05/2018 - Production News

Mexico – Ganesha Producciones is one of the latest rental and production companies in Mexico to invest in Robe Spiider LED wash beams, which were recently delivered by distributor SHOWCO and much anticipated by owner Gerardo Hernández and his team.

City Theatrical’s QolorPIX Plug and Play Pixel Control Hits the Market

14/05/2018 - Equipment News

QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape and QolorPIX Tape controller products by City Theatrical are now available to lighting and scenic design professionals around the world. As part of City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX brand of flexible linear LED lighting, QolorPIX was created to help design professionals maximise their creative vision with customisable dynamic lighting effects that add distinction to theatrical, television, film, and architectural projects.

L-Acoustics delivers nightclub sound to Omnia Dayclub

14/05/2018 - Project News

Mexico - Omnia Dayclub and Casa Calavera, two venues within the stunning Vidanta Los Cabos complex, presented a challenge for Dublin-based design and installation company Audiotek: how to provide banging nightclub sound in an open-air venue, whilst making sure that spill to the surrounding parts of the complex was minimised. The answer was a multiple source LAcoustics Kiva II system.

Avolites is top of its game at Las Vegas annual 21st D.I.C.E Awards

14/05/2018 - Production News

USA – A complete Avolites light and video integration system featuring the brand's latest Arena lighting console and two Ai R4 Media servers, was used to drive the lighting and video content for the 21st annual D.I.C.E Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay hotel, Las Vegas.

Hawthorn Invests in Latest Barco UDX-4K32 Laser Projectors

11/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Full technical service provider Hawthorn has added Barco’s UDX-4K32 large-venue laser projector to its already extensive inventory of high-end projectors. Representing an investment of over £500,000, the company has added to its fleet six of the units, the flagship of Barco’s UDX laser projector platform.

Cankarjev Dom Boosts Robe stock

11/05/2018 - Production News

Slovenia – Cankarjev Dom, Slovenia’s biggest and busiest cultural and congress centre, has added Robe Spiiders, plus more BMFLs Blades and CycFX8s to its already extensive stock of Robe moving lights which also includes Pointes. They now have around 150 units.

Stage Electrics discusses Eco-Design Issues with Ashley Fox MEP

11/05/2018 - Business News

UK – This week Stage Electrics Group CEO Maria Townsend and marketing director Adam Blaxill met with Ashley Fox MEP for the South West to discuss the proposed EU Eco-Design Regulations.

Bryce Cherpelis Backs Bonobo’s New Look With Chauvet Professional

11/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Measured in terms of time, Bonobo’s career spans the course of two decades. But looked at in terms of the new ideas that this Grammy-nominated artist has been able to weave into his distinctive brand of electronic music, it can more accurately be described as “limitless.” An early practitioner of Trip Hop, he was among the British DJs that influenced the course of electronic music in the 1990s. Later, he pushed the genre in a new, softer direction by blending his sound with elements of jazz and Hindu music. More recently, Bonobo has been at the forefront of the trend among DJs to work with bands, as he’s done on his tour in support of his Top Ten album Migration.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland Ltd Opens for Business

11/05/2018 - Business News

Ireland – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has a new sister company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland Ltd. The new company, registered in Dublin, will have a long term commitment to supporting customers of its growing portfolio of brands.

PixelFLEX defines a premiere nightlife experience at the Bond

11/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Heralded as the largest single-phase resort in the Caribbean Islands, Baha Mar offers a choice of three celebrated hotels, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, and a collection of lounges, spas and restaurants. All surrounded by a stunning ocean view casino, the developers of the project also wanted to create Nassau’s premiere nightlife destination, complete with a state-of the-art DJ booth, sound, lighting and video system. Working with the David Harvey at Harvey Marshall Berling Associates (HMBA), the dynamic production design inside the upscale nightclub at the Bond now includes a high-resolution video experience with FLEXLite LED from PixelFLEX, installed by the A/V integration firm Think Simple.

Stage Electrics secures £2m ICCW technical contract

11/05/2018 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has been awarded the £2m technical contract to provide the infrastructure for production lighting, sound reinforcement and audio visual services for the new £83.7m International Conference Centre Wales (ICCW).

34th Reproduced Sound Conference and Exhibition 2018 – Call for Papers

11/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Reproduced Sound 2018 – Putting Sound in its Place, is organised by the Electroacoustics Group of the Institute of Acoustics in collaboration with ABTT, AES, APRS & ISCE and takes place 27th - 29th November 2018, The Bristol Hotel, Princes Street, Bristol

Adamson Welcomes New Education and Support Coordinator for APAC Region

10/05/2018 - People News

Asia-Pacific – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of Ayumi Hanano as education and support co-ordinator for the Asia-Pacific region. In her new role, Hanano will be assisting Adamson’s APAC team with technical support and is now the first point of contact for all training inquiries and initiatives in the region.

ITEAC 2018: Second Programme Announcement

10/05/2018 - Event News

UK – The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference is now only less four weeks away and the daily timetable is revealed, showing where more than 30 sessions have been placed in the three-day schedule.

HES SolaHyBeams Provide Three-in-One Lights for G3 World Tour

10/05/2018 - Production News

Worldwide – The G3 2018 world tour needed three different designs for its three distinctive guitarists. Production designer/lighting designer Alastair Watson, who is also the production manager, had a tight budget and a one-truck space constraint. One rig had to do it all. So he specified 16 High End Systems SolaHyBeam 1000s, a hybrid LED fixture offering spot, wash, and animation effects, effectively giving him three lights in one.

Soldaat van Oranje – The Musical gets More Realistic Stage Lighting with Chauvet Professional

10/05/2018 - Production News

The Netherlands – Over 2.5 million spectators have visited the TheaterHangaar, a former military aircraft hangar, to see Soldaat van Oranje – The Musical, since its debut in 2010. The longest running performance in the history of Dutch theatre, the show tells the story of World War II resistance fighter Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema. Audiences are treated to a multi-sensory, immersive experience at this unique venue, as they sit in comfortable cinema seats in the auditorium that rotate from scene to scene. The different sets feature an array of special scenic elements that includes parts of an actual airport runway, a beach with real sand and water, two fully functional motorcycles, and a 1940s vintage Dakota C46 aeroplane.

Sharing The Spoils: Alcons Audio Adds Another US Representative

10/05/2018 - Business News

USA – Alcons Audio has announced the addition of Spoiled By Technology, Inc to its US network of representatives for the professional audio industry, covering the northern Illinois and Wisconsin region.

Barco XDL laser projector: the largest venues and events can now have access to an impressive 75k lumens to light up virtually any space

10/05/2018 - Equipment News

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing innovative products for the fixed install and event markets, Barco is introducing a whole new range of laser projectors, the XDL. Designed specifically for very large venues and events, the XDL is powerful, offering stunning Rec. 2020 colour, super-crisp contrast and native 4K resolution up to 120Hz. The XDL will be launched to coincide with InfoComm 2018.

Latest Plugfest a “Huge Success”

10/05/2018 - Event News

UK – The PLASA Lighting Protocols Plugfest 2018, held recently at London Gatwick, was hailed a “huge success”, with attendance numbers up on previous Plugfest events and more protocols added to the programme.

PR Lighting Illuminates Mexico’s Eighth International Jazz Festival in its Entirety

10/05/2018 - Production News

Mexico – As is the tradition each year, Musbi AC (Music in the Bicentennial A.C), combined with the Ministry of Culture of the Mexican Federal Government, Hermes Music Foundation, Performers of Mexico and the Single Union of Music Workers, to stage the International Jazz Festival. Now in its eighth edition, it took as its setting the emblematic Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City.

ENCO Unveils Open Captioning Advances for Live and Pre-Recorded Media at InfoComm

10/05/2018 - Event News

USA – The convergence of AV and IP brings a wealth of new opportunities to organisations as to how they produce and manage media, whether live or repurposed. ENCO’s latest advances to its patented captioning solutions, to be unveiled at InfoComm (6-8 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C4167), come to market at a time when organisations seek to incorporate live captions into their AV operations with greater frequency and efficiency and easily find and repurpose existing content for online audiences.

Elation Hires Lighting Control Specialist Menno Appelhof

09/05/2018 - People News

The Netherlands - Elation Professional B.V. has announced that as of 1st May, lighting control specialist Menno Appelhof has joined the company with the aim of growing the M-Series brand of lighting controllers in the European market. Elation acquired the M-Series range of entertainment lighting controllers from Harman Professional in March.

Ayrton MiniBurst

09/05/2018 - Equipment News

Ayrton’s new MiniBurst is an extremely powerful graphic strobe which received its world premiere at Prolight+Sound 2018 last month; it is the next luminaire to undergo the miniaturisation treatment of Ayrton’s highly successful Creative Solutions range.

GLP impression X4 Extra for LG

09/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Electronics group LG this year presented their innovations across more than 2,000 square metres of floor space at the CES in Los Angeles. Lighting designer and planners for rigging and lighting of the gigantic trade fair display was once again rgb GmbH, with Lucas Conradi on site as project manager.

Michael Brown Drives The National Tour with ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium

09/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Fans looking for intensity are never short-changed when they see The National. Raw and powerful, the 2017 Grammy-winning band takes an uncompromising head-on look at the human condition, matching their jagged, complex music with a fearless, never-predictable stage presence.

grandMA2 performs at Annual South African Film & Television Awards: Celebrating quality

09/05/2018 - Production News

South Africa – Celebrating quality, excellence and talent, the 12th Annual South African Film & Television Awards was hosted at Sun City’s Superbowl on 24th March with a further 2.3 million viewers tuning in to watch the live SABC televised production. EPH Productions were appointed by ATTV to supply the full technical and set for the show, as well as for the smaller Technical Awards held a couple of days prior to the main event. A grandMA2 light was in control for the nearly ten universes.

Lynx Pro Audio appoints Cristina Cerdeira as new Media Marketing Professional

09/05/2018 - People News

Spain – Cristina Cerdeira is a media marketing Professional who is ready to give it her all on this new project. “I know that being here is a challenge, a place to test everything I have learned and, of course grow the company. I look forward to working with the Lynx team as well as all the distributors around the world,” she comments.

Yes Production to Stage RCF Open Days at Guildford’s G Live

09/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Following the unqualified success of their Northern Open Day at Gateshead Sage in March, RCF will present a similar event over two days in the South of England.

Chorus Line, Cuepix on Old Dominion “Happy Endings” Tour

09/05/2018 - Production News

Worldwide – Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest bands in country music, a fact recently confirmed by a 2018 Academy of Country Music Award as Vocal Group of the Year. When the band’s second album, “Happy Endings,” debuted at Number One on Billboard's Country Album Chart last summer, it was only natural that the band plan on hitting the road.

Electro-Voice brings superior clarity to Voice in a Million charity concert

09/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Described as the “world’s most sensational school concert”, the Voice in a Million charity concert drew a remarkable 10,000 schoolchildren to London’s SSE Wembley Arena in mid-March, for two nights of performances by the UK’s most gifted children’s choirs. With technical production on a tight timescale, an Electro-Voice X2 line array system, part of the X-Line Advance family, delivered punchy, even coverage across the arena, while Electro-Voice ND86 dynamic supercardioid vocal microphones ensured each child’s voice was captured in perfect detail.

RIVAGE PM7 Comes to Poland’s PogoArt

09/05/2018 - Production News

Poland – As one of Poland’s leading live production companies, Wroclaw-based PogoArt works on some of the country’s highest profile live events, from star-studded festivals and high art opera, to traditional music recitals and corporate conventions. So it came as no surprise that it is the first Polish company to invest in Yamaha’s new RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system.

Alfacam SA invests in DiGiCo SD12

09/05/2018 - Production News

South Africa – Alfacam SA, a leading industry supplier and operator of HD TV facilities for events and shows in the outside broadcast market in South Africa, has recently invested in a DiGiCo SD12, purchased through DWR Distribution.

Unusual Rigging appoints four new directors to the board

08/05/2018 - People News

UK – Unusual Rigging has appointed four new directors to the board in response to the company's exponential growth over recent years. The new directors, all current employees at Unusual will, in time assume specific leadership roles within the company. Senior project managers, Steve Porter, Simon Stone and Simon Tiernan, together with Tom Harper, Unusual's sustainability co-ordinator have accepted positions on the board and Alan Jacobi, managing director at Unusual said: "Unusual has grown at an unprecedented rate in recent years and now has responsibilities in very defined but different sectors where the clients expect to deal with officers at the highest level. This, together with the ever increasing compliance requirements meant that we had to take measures to ensure the board is not overstretched."

Konsbud Audio Appointed Polish Distributor for KLANG:technologies

08/05/2018 - Business News

Poland – KLANG:technologies has announced the appointment of Konsbud Audio as its exclusive distributor for Poland.

ParFect Light for Tank History

08/05/2018 - Project News

Jordan – Nearly 400 Robe ParFect S1s LED luminaires are in action lighting the newly opened Royal Tank Museum in Amman, illuminating 110 battle-worn tanks from a century of wars in the Middle East and other more distant conflicts.

Moogfest Selects Meyer Sound as Official Sound Partner for 2018 and 2019

08/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Moogfest, a unique synthesis of music and technology scheduled for 17th - 20th May in Durham, North Carolina, has named Meyer Sound as official sound partner for both the 2018 and 2019 events. As part of the agreement, Meyer Sound systems will be deployed in all main performance venues, including in the consciousness-bending new A3, an advanced spatial sound environment inside the Durham Armory created as a collaborative effort by Moogfest, Meyer Sound and Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT).

Heidecksburg Castle Goes Paladin Green for St. Patrick’s Day

08/05/2018 - Production News

Germany – The Irish national holiday of St. Patrick's Day is always celebrated on 17th March, and the day is widely acknowledged by Irish and non-Irish alike. In Rudolstadt, Germany, event technology service provider LB-TEC was tasked with illuminating the famous Heidecksburg castle in the Irish national colour of green and chose powerful Elation Professional Paladin lighting fixtures for the job.

Sparkly British Voiceover Powered By Audient

08/05/2018 - Project News

UK – Voice artist, Caroline Ashby relies on her two Audient audio interfaces, iD22 and iD4 to help produce recordings for international clients like Costa, Microsoft, Clairol and Twitter in her home studio. Along with the fully equipped studio, she also has “The technical nous required to produce quality, clean studio recordings in a flash,” says her website, and has been the voice behind numerous TV commercials, game characters, radio promos, corporate training and children’s toys.

Renkus-Heinz Featured in Renovated Stadttheater Langenthal

08/05/2018 - Project News

Switzerland – Opened in December 1916, the Stadttheater Langenthal has long been an important cultural centre for the city of Langenthal and for the Oberaargau region. In 2012, the city embarked on a major renovation and expansion of the theatre, including relocation of the main entrance, the installation of an additional room – Theater 49 – which seats 200 people, an enlarged stage and improved acoustics in the main hall and a new sound system. Key requirements for the new loudspeakers in the main hall included the ability to support a variety of performances, provide very high-end sound quality that complements the hall's acoustics, and be visually unobtrusive.

SPR is Launched

08/05/2018 - Business News

UK – SPR – Special Project Resources – is an exciting and brand new company just launched by Tim Dunn and Marcel Wijnberger, which is part of the growing HSL Group.

Snow Time for Robe

08/05/2018 - Production News

Europe – Irish hip hop artist, rapper and music producer Rejjie Snow burst on the scene in 2013 and has just released his much awaited debut album ‘Dear Annie’ to a buzz of excitement and critical acclaim. He has also just completed a 34 date UK and European tour, which was exceptionally well received.

Chauvet Professional Provides Energetic Looks for Chase & Status at Cardiff Students‘ Union

08/05/2018 - Project News

UK – With a capacity of 4,000 guests and two storeys of non-stop action, it’s easy to see why the Cardiff University Students’ Union is clearly the largest nightclub in its city. The popular venue attracts some of the best international acts on a regular basis, as was evidenced recently by an event featuring top UK DJs Chase & Status.

High Praise for MDG Haze and Hamilton: An American Musical

08/05/2018 - Production News

UK – MDG and PRG XL Video congratulate lighting designer Howell Binkley and the cast and crew of the London production of Hamilton: An American Musical on winning no less than seven Olivier Awards, including that of Best Lighting Design, at the glittering awards ceremony in April at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

LTM has extended its Entertainment LP Electric Chain Hoist series with the addition of the LP1000 Hoist

08/05/2018 - Equipment News

LTM has extended its Entertainment LP Electric Chain Hoist series with the addition of the LP1000 Hoist. The LP1000 has up to 60% greater lifting capacity with a weather resistant IP65 rating as standard, a key feature for the theatre and live events marketplace.

DiGiCo Helps Put the “Music” into “Musical” on La La Land in Concert

08/05/2018 - Production News

USA – The story of the film La La Land is so unlikely that it almost had to come out of a college dorm room. Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz were Harvard roomies when they first started working on an idea for a jazz musical about both a struggling musician and an aspiring actress, and it took years to convince someone to finance it. The surprise hit of 2016 swept the Golden Globes, won six Oscars, and made a net profit of about $65 million. Starting in 2017 and heading into 2018, the film has emerged from the cinemas and hit the road for a series of events known as La La Land in Concert, encompassing screenings of the film that incorporate a live orchestra, jazz ensemble and choir.

SLX Makes Significant Investment to Support the Old Vic’s Production: Mood Music

08/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Hire and events company SLX has invested in the new MAC Encore cold (a family of full featured, record breaking low weight, LED moving heads) in response to increasing demand and to support the Old Vic theatre’s current production of Mood Music.

Spotlight FresneLED is Big on Features and Low on Power for Northern Stage

08/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Northern Stage Theatrical Productions in Newcastle recently invested in Spotlight FresneLED 150RGBW luminaires for a touring production requiring a versatile and low-energy LED Fresnel and, after being so impressed with their performance, has now made them a regular fixture in their Stage 3.

Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 Makes UK Live Debut With tube uk

08/05/2018 - Production News

UK – The global success of Yamaha’s new RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system continues unabated, with Manchester-based audio specialist tube uk not only being the first UK production company to take delivery of one, but also the first to use it on a UK show.

L-Acoustics Helps The Bomb Factory Light its Fuse

08/05/2018 - Project News

USA – The Bomb Factory, a 4,000-plus-capacity music club in Dallas’ hip downtown Deep Ellum district and site of shows by artists like Hardwell, Don Henley, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Jack White, has been through a few iterations. Originally built as an automobile assembly plant for Henry Ford over a century ago, it later housed a WWII munitions factory, from which it derives its current name. As Dallas’ downtown grew into an arts district in recent years, the 48,000-square-foot brick building was the perfect home for a live music venue, which opened in 2015.

The Yost Makes Events Extraordinary with Help of Elation Lighting

04/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Legendary venue The Yost in Santa Ana, California, is enjoying new life as a modern live event space thanks to entertainment production company N-EFFECT Productions and an entertainment technology package that includes Elation Professional lighting. First opened in 1913 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the space initially housed vaudeville acts, silent films, and talkies but has also seen service as a live theatre, house of worship, live performance venue and nightclub.

London's National Theatre Lights Up to Prevent European Theatres 'Going Dark'

04/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Theatres across Europe are taking up the fight, initiated by the UK's Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) as the #SaveStageLighting campaign, against the EU's proposed Eco-design Working Plan 2016-2019 regulation. London's National theatre is joined by Cánovas Theatre in Malaga, Lliure Theatre in Barcelona, Civic Theatre in Dublin and Circo Price Theatre in Madrid, beaming the campaign’s official hashtag – #SaveStageLighting – on the exteriors of their buildings over the past week.

PLASA Focus Leeds elated after tenth anniversary celebrations

04/05/2018 - Event News

UK – PLASA Focus Leeds celebrated its tenth anniversary in serious style, with a sold-out show floor, a programme of compelling content, and the unmistakeable buzz of business in the air. Exhibitors represented each and every corner of the industry, with household names sharing the stage with newcomers.

Going Mega for Israel 70 Independence Day Celebrations

04/05/2018 - Production News

Israel – Ronen Najar is a lighting designer used to working under some pressure, and for the 2018 Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut) Opening Ceremony on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, he needed those steely nerves as part of the creative team helping to commemorate a historically significant moment in Israel’s history, the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Declaration of Independence.

APG’s Uniline Compact Annihilates Sonic Challenges at Gimpo Art Hall

04/05/2018 - Project News

South KoreaLocated on the Southern bank of the Han River, the city of Gimpo has been home to a state-of-the-art cultural centre since 2014. Designed by Seoul architects G.Lab, the Gimpo Art Hall boasts a wonderful architecture that symbolises the city’s emergence as a contemporary hub and the agricultural history of the region.

Brent Schmidt Makes Magic Happen for Rick Smith Jr. With Chauvet Professional

04/05/2018 - Production News

USA – School fundraisers have come a long way from traditional car washes and bake sales. A case in point is Magic Gives Back, an organisation that stages pro-bono magic shows at schools across the US to raise money for education projects. Started by celebrity magician and illusionist Rick Smith Jr., a frequent guest on national TV programmes like The Tonight Show and the holder of the Guinness Record for “card throwing,” the organisation transforms school facilities into magical entertainment showcases. Key to setting the mood at these events is a versatile, compact and easily transportable lighting rig created by Brent Schmidt that features a collection of Rogue and Ovation fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Powersoft M-Force and Rat Sound's SuperSub Take Low Frequency to New Levels at Coachella 2018

04/05/2018 - Production News

USA – At Coachella 2018, the sheer engineering expertise of Powersoft Audio was manifest amidst an unprecedented display of super-low frequency soundwave propagation for thousands of excited music fans. In the Sahara Tent, perhaps the biggest stage in the world for EDM music once a year, festival organisers pushed the boundaries of what is possible in sound design with an array of Rat Sound's SuperSub cabinets, each driven by Powersoft's groundbreaking M-Force moving magnet linear motor.

Elite Multimedia makes a 25th Anniversary statement with Audemars Piguet

04/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Founded in 1875 in the Swiss village of Le Brassus, Audemars Piguet is the undeniable leader in the successful combination of artistic excellence and technical mastery in luxury timepieces. Recently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its ground-breaking Royal Oak Offshore product line, the company entrusted its long-time creative partner Superculture to develop a marketing campaign worthy of the celebration. Desiring an impactful film element to be the statement piece of the campaign, Superculture brought on the directorial team at Rankin Film to help create “The Future of First” featuring NBA MVP LeBron James, and a high-impact LED video design supplied by Elite Multimedia.

HES HEX Gives Bright Flexibility to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Rig

04/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen counted on 14 High End Systems HEX fixtures to provide a literal “eyeful” of stage lighting looks for her supporting act on Katy Perry’s recent Witness: The Tour in North America.

Alcons in Germany's largest premiere cinema hall

04/05/2018 - Project News

Germany – The Lichtburg, a historic cinema in the centre of Essen, houses Germany's largest cinema hall with 1,250 seats. During the '50s and '60s the Lichtburg was one of the most important premiere cinemas of the Federal Republic. And even today, creative people and distributors are once again using the unique historic ambience of the cinema for their glamorous premieres.

Free Certified dLive Console Training in May Hosted by A.C. Entertainment Technologies

04/05/2018 - Standards News

UK – dLive specialist reseller, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) is providing free certified training in May on Allen & Heath's premier digital mixing consoles range.

d&b audiotechnik focuses on integration and Soundscape at PLASA Focus Leeds

04/05/2018 - Event News

UK – d&b audiotechnik showcased its latest innovations at this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds exhibition from 1st to 2nd May. With a focus on recent advances in integration and interoperability, the d&b team was on hand to discuss new audio technology solutions, third-party control integrations and the d&b Soundscape.

Sheffield Hallam University Creates Performing Arts Technical Facilities with the Help of A.C. Special Projects

04/05/2018 - Project News

UK – A.C. Special Projects Ltd (AC-SP) has provided cutting-edge lighting and audio technical facilities for two new drama spaces at Sheffield Hallam University, as part of an ambitious project to expand the existing Performing Arts facilities to cater for a wide variety of student productions.

Larry Italia joins d&b audiotechnik as Americas Territory Manager

04/05/2018 - People News

USA – Laurence Italia joins d&b audiotechnik as the new territory manager Americas and president & CEO of d&b audiotechnik Corporation, USA. In this role Italia is responsible for all d&b business in North, Central and South America.

Sincopa chooses DiGiCo as flagship mixing consoles

04/05/2018 - Production News

Israel – Israel’s largest sound and light company, Sincopa, has recently invested in DiGiCo SD12and SD10mixing consoles. Eran Perldik, Sincopa’s audio director, explains why, for him, DiGiCo is the only choice.

Unusual Rigging is 'Simply the Best' for new Tina Turner musical at the Aldwych

04/05/2018 - Production News

UK – The world premiere of the new musical Tina – The Tina Turner Musical had its official opening night in the West End on 17th April at the Aldwych Theatre. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the production charts Turner's journey from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global queen of rock & roll. Production manager Sacha Milroy knew that rigging the show successfully required a sound knowledge of the theatre and so turned to Unusual Rigging to handle the project.

Claypaky fixtures light Black Panther European film première

04/05/2018 - Production News

UK – The new blockbuster super-hero movie from Marvel, Black Panther held its European première at London’s Hammersmith Apollo earlier this year with a star-studded guest list including celebrity cast members Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o. The event was lit by lighting designer Luke Edwards of Cue Design who specified a range of Claypaky fixtures to help deliver his Marvel-ous concept.

PLASA Focus Leeds marks UK launch for J&C Joel’s new products

04/05/2018 - Event News

UK – J&C Joel has debuted its new products for the very first time in the UK at PLASA Focus Leeds.

Philips VL6000 Beams into Sweden's Melodifestivalen

03/05/2018 - Production News

Sweden – Philips Lighting hasannounced that its Philips VL6000 Beam fixtures played a central role in the lighting for Melodifestivalen 2018, the hugely popular television series in which Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest is selected annually.

Redefining the Boombox at Schlagerfestival 2018

03/05/2018 - Production News

Belgium – Luc Peumans and the team from Painting with Light redefined the iconic boombox, presenting this historic music making device in a fresh, new, digital dimension as the set centrepiece for Belgium’s 2018 Schlagerfestival, staged in the 14,000 capacity Ethias Arena in Hasselt.

Meyer Sound Training Sessions Lay Groundwork for Unprecedented Roskilde Festival Partnership

03/05/2018 - Standards News

Denmark – Meyer Sound recently concluded a special two-day training session for technical crew members who this year will be working directly for the Roskilde Festival, northern Europe’s largest continuing musical and cultural summer event. For the first time in 2018, all festival stages will be equipped with Meyer Sound systems and, as part of an unprecedented partnership, Meyer Sound is fully engaged in training the festival’s own technical crew to assist in system deployment, operations and monitoring.

Distributed Danley Nanos: A Unique, Cost-Effective Solution in a Highly-Reverberant Church

03/05/2018 - Project News

USA – "This is the church that I grew up in and the church my mom attended till the day she died," said Sid Gattis, speaking of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina. "It was built in the 1950s in Forest Acres, one of the oldest communities in Columbia, and it's a stunning example of a liturgical church: big, old, tall pine ceiling, hard pews, hard floors… it's just a hard space all around. I think they begrudgingly put some fuzzy stuff on the kneelers to spare some old joints, but that's it. The sanctuary is beautiful, but also very challenging from the standpoint of intelligibility." Gattis is the owner of Gattis Pro Audio, and he recently improved things at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields by installing a distributed system of Danley Sound Labs' smallest loudspeaker and subwoofer: the Danley Nano and the Danley Nano Sub.

Bandit Lites Backs Pat Summitt ‘Salute for the Cure’ Fundraiser

03/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Local businesses and community leaders gathered for the Pat Summitt Foundation’s annual “Salute for the Cure,” named for the iconic basketball coach and fearless leader. Bandit Lites donated the lighting package for the event which raises money for Alzheimer’s research and support for the Pat Summitt Clinic at UT Medical Center. This year’s dinner also featured a knock-out performance from NBC’s “The Voice” winner and East Tennessee native Chris Blue.

EM Acoustics expands EMS Series with EMS-41 launch at PLASA Focus Leeds

03/05/2018 - Event News

UK – EM Acoustics has selected PLASA Focus Leeds for the first ever showing of the latest addition to its ubiquitous EMS Series loudspeakers, the ultra-compact EMS-41.

Claypaky K-EYE K20s Make their Live Red Carpet Debut on Oscars Pre-Show for ABC-TV

03/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Excitement for ABC-TV’s Academy Awards show built well before the telecast began with the arrival of celebrities captured by the “Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet.” The pre-show, held on famed Hollywood Boulevard outside the Dolby Theater, featured for the first time Claypaky K-EYE K20 HCR LED wash lights selected by lighting designer Madigan Stehly.

Lights Control Rigging Goes from Strength to Strength with the Support of A.C. Entertainment Technologies and Chroma-Q

03/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Since its formation in 2017, Lights Control Rigging (LCR) has supplied kit for many high profile tours and artists ranging from Ed Sheeran and Dizzee Rascal to rising stars such as Wolf Alice and Sundara Karma. “At the moment we seem to be sending out equipment for a different tour every week,” said LCR director, Mike Oates. “The key is being able to work with the artists, their lighting designers and make sure we have the right, high quality equipment available at the right time. We work closely with A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET), who supply much of the equipment we hold in rental stock.”

John Garberson Creates Versatile Rig for AZ Bike Week with Chauvet Professional

03/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Arizona’s famed “Valley of the Sun” is located in a desert, but from 11-15 April, this hot, dry landscape was shaking with thunder, not the meteorological kind, but the rolling four-stroke variety, as over 70,000 motorcyclists from every corner of North America, descended on the area for the 22nd annual Arizona Bike Week. At the end of each day, after all the charity rides and swap meets were over, most bikers said goodnight (temporarily) to their Hogs, Blackbirds and Hurricanes and headed off to the event’s fairground concert venue to see multi-platinum headliners like ZZ Top, Shinedown, Collective Soul and Chevelle.

Adlib Audio Add First Outline Products to Inventory

03/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Newton’s feature set offers significant operational advantages to anyone engaged in the management of sophisticated audio systems. Combining new ‘WFIR’ (patent pending) filter technology, multi-format audio signal routing, simultaneous multiple standard conversion and digital signal synchronisation in a single 1RU chassis, Newton represents the next generation of networked audio system control.

Elation Lighting Rig for Shaka Ponk 2018 “MonkAdelic” Tour

02/05/2018 - Production News

France – French band Shaka Ponk is one of the most eclectic you’ll ever run across. Adored by a growing fan base captivated by the group’s artistry and wildly energetic mix of rock/funk, the band is touring through 2018 with a rig that includes flexible lighting pods full of Elation Rayzor 360Z LED fixtures, as well as Elation’s new narrow-beam DARTZ 360 LED moving head.

Yamaha Adds Audio Magic to Fine Dining

02/05/2018 - Project News

UK – Established 20 years ago and set in the heart of rural Essex, the Magic Mushroom restaurant offers contemporary fine dining in relaxed modern surroundings. A recent extension and upgrade has added high quality audio, thanks to Yamaha loudspeakers and amplifiers.

Chauvet Professional Creates Big Looks for University of South Wales Music Video

02/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Those who follow The Haus Band will find a lot to like about this up-and-coming funk sextet’s new music video, but for one group of fans in particular there’s a specific track on that production that will be especially meaningful for years to come. These fans are the students from the University of South Wales Lighting and Technology department, who were given the opportunity to operate the lights for a music video shoot by The Haus Banda at The Wales Millennium Centre on 16th and 17th April.

Allen & Heath and Audix Announce Mic Presets for Qu

02/05/2018 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has announced a collaboration with Audix on a new range of ProFactory Mic presets for its Qu series of compact digital mixers.

A Rupert Neve Designs 5088 for Nashville’s MOXE

02/05/2018 - Project News

USA – Located in the woods on the north side of Nashville, MOXE is a newly-opened creative retreat and recording studio helmed by multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin. In the centre of the building, looking down on the picturesque live room, sits a 40-input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console. The first 24 mono input channels are accompanied by 24 Shelford 5052 mic preamp / EQ modules, and eight additional stereo input channels complete the package.

SRae Productions and Green Hippo add light to Imagine Dragons’ Thunder

02/05/2018 - Production News

Worldwide – With total album sales topping 12 million and more than 35 million singles sold, Imagine Dragons continue to soar – and the Las Vegas band’s epic live gigs no doubt play a significant part in its swift ascension into ‘arena filler’ status. Last year witnessed the four-piece thunder its way through North America, wowing fans on the first leg of its Evolve World Tour which started in Phoenix, Arizona and is scheduled to conclude in Kiev later this year.

Martin Audio CDD-Live! and Blackline-X for Karova Club

02/05/2018 - Project News

Poland – The new Karova Club in Warsaw has opened, with an advanced technology infrastructure. As a central component of the AV fit-out, Phono Media, Martin Audio’s recently-appointed Polish distributor, supplied system integrator, LFX, with a CDD (Coaxial Differential Dispersion) and BlacklineX solution to fulfil the owners’ request for the Martin Audio brand cachet.

Avolites and MA Lighting shut down counterfeit business at Prolight+Sound 2018: No tolerance

01/05/2018 - Event News

Germany – Avolites and MA Lighting recently joined forces with the organisers of entertainment technology trade event Prolight+Sound to shut down the booth of prolific counterfeit operation PPL (Popular Lighting) from Guangzhou, China. This is just one of a number of steps that both businesses are taking to prevent the distribution of counterfeits. It also sends out a clear message to all manufacturers making direct copies that their actions will not be tolerated.

Robe MegaPointes for Voice in a Million 2018

01/05/2018 - Production News

UK – New Robe MegaPointes and LEDBeam 150s, purchased by SJ from Birmingham-based rental and technical specialist DMX Productions, were used to spectacular effect in lighting the 2018 Voice in a Million (VIAM) extravaganza which was staged at London’s SSE Wembley Arena.

Sound Space Vision Shapes Storey’s Field Centre

01/05/2018 - Project News

UK – Sound Space Vision (SSV) lived up to its highly-respected name when its team of acousticians and theatre planners worked as consultants with architects, MUMA, to provide an elegant, innovative and sustainable community space in their vision for Storey’s Field Centre at Eddington, on the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development.

Meyer Sound Leo Family Enriches Worship at Virginia and Washington State Churches

01/05/2018 - Project News

USA - New Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement systems are energising and elevating the worship experience at three churches, two in northern Virginia and one in Washington State.

Steven Wilson Takes Bandit Lites on the Road

01/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Steven Wilson is out on tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites, bringing his ever-evolving sound to audiences around North America. The English musician and singer-songwriter released his fifth studio album To the Bone in the fall of last year, and while lighting director Tellson James is apt to note that Steven’s sound dictates the lighting, he also works to make sure the mood of the lighting matches the songs.

Sixty82 Appoints First International Distributors

01/05/2018 - Business News

Europe – Newly-launched in March 2018, Sixty82, ‘The New Original’ manufacturer of next-generation trussing and staging systems, has announced the appointment of its first distributors and distribution partners.

On Event Production Co. Makes Inspired Investment in Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot

01/05/2018 - Equipment News

UK “We create, we stage, we inspire” is the motto that guides On Events Production Co. Through its inspired, very original and meticulously planned work on all manner of events, from corporate shows for the likes of Nike and Virgin, to large-scale festivals and award ceremonies, the company has built a stellar reputation in its market.

New Dante I/O interface from NEUTRIK

01/05/2018 - Equipment News

With the increasingly critical role of digital audio networks in simplifying the routing and distribution of audio signals for fixed, touring and event applications, the requirement to interface analogue signal devices within Dante-based networks is ever present. The new NEUTRIK intelligent NA2-IO-DLINE Interface enables integration of analogue signal devices, within a Dante AoIP network, in just a few easy steps.

New architectural wash light from ETC

01/05/2018 - Equipment News

The Irideon line of architectural fixtures from ETC features exceptional light output and a sleek, unassuming industrial design that blends in with any space. The newest addition to this family, the WLZ or, Wash Light Zoom fixture, is no exception. This feature-rich design is ideal for museums, lobbies and retail environments.

Allen & Heath Compact Consoles Cover Coachella

01/05/2018 - Production News

USA – Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing Systems were in use on multiple Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival stages in support of a diverse line-up of musical acts and production needs.

Really Creative Media Support Friendly Fires’ Music Industry Return

01/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Really Creative Media, digital and live production company, created live performance visuals for Friendly Fires’ one-off comeback gig at O2 Brixton Academy, 5th April.

Gareth Fry’s TiMax spatialisation for Culture Mile’s Tunnel Visions: Array in Beech Street tunnel

01/05/2018 - Production News

UK – Part of this year’s Barbican OpenFest saw a major new Culture Mile light and sound installation take place in the Beech Street tunnel, opposite Barbican Underground. Culture Mile presented Tunnel Visions: Array which transformed the tunnel into an audio-visual performance space combining cutting-edge projection and sound technology with the Barbican’s distinctive brutalist architecture.

DiGiCo SD7T a Dream for West End show

01/05/2018 - Production News

UK – It is 35 years since Dreamgirls first hit Broadway. It was a sensational success then and the latest production at London’s Savoy Theatre is equally so. Sound designer, Richard Brooker, wanted an analogue sound to the audio, in keeping with the show’s 1960s/70s setting, but also wanted to benefit from today’s digital technology. He specified a DiGiCo SD7T to handle front of house mix duties, which has the warmth of sound he was looking for with all the advantages of the digital domain and the theatre-specific functions of DiGiCo’s ‘T’ software.

Ayrton Mistral-TC

01/05/2018 - Equipment News

Mistral-TC, is a fantastic new 14,000 lumen white LED spot fixture from Ayrton, and just one of the much-anticipated new developments in Ayrton’s automated luminaires range.

Claypaky celebrates new era with Orbital

01/05/2018 - Production News

Europe – British Electronic Dance Music (EDM) pioneer, Orbital, reunited last year to the delight of music fans world-wide after five years apart following separate projects. Brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll are currently touring their mind-bending reunion show across Europe. Lit and stage designed by the band’s long-term lighting designer Jonny Gaskell, the show features an array of lighting effects from the Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Claypaky Stormy CC.

Avolites hold UK debut of new products at PLASA Focus Leeds

01/05/2018 - Event News

UK – Fresh from one of its most exciting Prolight+Sound shows in history, leading light and video control manufacturer Avolites is ready for the UK debut of its range of next-level control products and integrative system developments at the PLASA Focus expo in Leeds this week.

Elation Smarty Hybrid – the compact hybrid with stage smarts

01/05/2018 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has announced the launch of the new Smarty Hybrid, a compact yet full-featured CMY colour-mixing spot/beam/wash hybrid moving head with stage smarts thanks to innovative and highly efficient 'FLEX' lamp technology.