News Archive for January 2020

New Artiste, Fuze luminaires to highlight 2020 ISE for Elation

31/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Elation continues to expand its award-winning Artiste series of theatrical-grade moving heads, as well as its creative and high-value Fuze line and invites lighting professionals to see both on 11-14 February at Stand 7-S209 at the ISE show in Amsterdam. Obsidian Control Systems invites designers, programmers and operators to check out DYLOS, a new pixel composer that offers all-new creative possibilities in pixel-mapping.

MGG Enjoys a Robe Season

31/01/2020 - Production News

South Africa – Johannesburg-based MGG, one of South Africa’s leading technical production and rental companies and a major Robe investor with 706 of their products in stock, enjoyed a hectic end of year season supplying several large and high profile shows and events with technical production packages.

Take the stage: Blue high-power laser from Osram provides breathtaking moments at events

31/01/2020 - Equipment News

Rock and pop shows today are about much more than music. The entertainment factor, including numerous show elements, is becoming more and more important in concerts in big stadiums and event halls across the world. State-of-the-art stage lighting plays an essential role in these shows. Numerous manufacturers rely on lighting solutions from Osram to create memorable experiences. A new blue high-power laser is now expanding the range of options available to manufacturers of show lasers and stage spotlights.

Alcons Audio Ensures ISE 2020 Will Be a Show to Remember

31/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Alcons Audio is bringing its award-winning Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience to Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 and, as usual, enabling visitors to experience the remarkable sound quality at high SPLs of the company’s pro-ribbon sound systems. New products also will be previewed to highlight the next generation of the company’s evolutionary audio solutions.

ESTA Announces the Technical Standards Programme's Above & Beyond Award Recipients

31/01/2020 - Event News

USA - Technical Standards Programme (TSP) announces the 2019 recipients of the annual Above & Beyond Awards. These awards are peer to peer, designed to allow Technical Standards Programme volunteers to recognise other outstanding volunteers.

The Taipei Jazz Orchestra Delivers Exuberant Performances with Help from DPA Microphones

31/01/2020 - Production News

Taiwan – Renowned for their multi-tonal saxophone sound, explosive brass trumpet and vibrant rhythm section, the Taipei Jazz Orchestra is a popular Taiwan attraction that regularly fills large venues. In order to ensure the best audio quality for audiences, the Orchestra uses various DPA microphones such as the company’s versatile 4099 instrument microphones to amplify its sound.

MILOS Roofs – Safe, Strong, Sturdy

31/01/2020 - Equipment News

MILOS temporary aluminium roofs provide the safety, strength, and user-friendliness that is required for small to large (up to 28m spans) outdoor events. Consisting of traditional and curved roofing profiles, each roof features quick assembly and teardown and a compact form factor for optimised transport and storage. PVC canopies are also available in a wide variety of colours to fit perfectly with any event.

Tom Gross and Tino Weinhardt Make Wincent Weiss’ Production ‘Somehow Different’, with over 150 GLP Fixtures

31/01/2020 - Production News

Germany – What started out in very small cellar clubs in 2016 now sees large arenas filled with ease. From mid-November to early December, German singer-songwriter Wincent Weiss toured through largely sold-out arenas with his album ‘Irgendwie Anders’ (‘Somehow Different’) which was released in March 2019. A lot has happened since his first big hit ‘Being Music’ in 2016.

Old Barn Audio Ensures Versatile Looks for Iconic Norwich Arts Centre with Chauvet Professional

31/01/2020 - Project News

UK – The Norwich Arts Centre is something of a local legend. Despite its relatively compact capacity, the independently run multi-award winning venue has punched well above its weight in cultural terms since opening its doors 40 years ago thanks to its ability to house a wide range of live music and theatrical performances.

DiGiCo S21 – a five-star console for a five-star venue

31/01/2020 - Project News

Ireland – Set in Dublin’s Docklands, The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) is a multi-award winning, world class venue. It has hosted more than 1,850 events since it opened in 2010 and has become an iconic landmark on Dublin’s skyline. The venue has recently invested in multiple DiGiCo S21 consoles, supplied by the manufacturer’s Irish distributor, Rea Sound. According to Pat Crowley, one of the venue’s technical production managers who specialises in audio, The CCD works with five-star equipment for a five-star venue, with high-quality sound and user-friendliness. The S21 was a perfect fit.

AV Stumpfl to Showcase New PIXERA v1.6 and Projection Screen Systems at ISE 2020

31/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – AV Stumpfl, the acclaimed Austrian AV technology manufacturer, will present its latest projection screen products and a v1.6 preview of their next-generation media server system PIXERA, at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam.

SLX Relocates to New Premises

31/01/2020 - Business News

UK – From 31st January 2020, Bristol-based specialist hire and events business, SLX will complete the move to a new warehouse as a result of planned growth and continued investment.

Audiologic Announces Exclusive UK Distribution for QSC Live Sound

31/01/2020 - Business News

UK – Audiologic, the award-winning provider of professional audio solutions, has announced that it has been awarded the honour of exclusive rights to distribute QSC Live Sound products in the UK.

dLive Provides Custom Control for Share Oslo

31/01/2020 - Project News

Norway – An Allen & Heath dLive mixing solution has been installed at Share Oslo, a technology business hub and event space in the Norwegian capital, which has recently undergone a major audio upgrade.
Share Oslo’s facilities span four main zones and are used for workshops, live performances, yoga classes and business events. With many different clients accessing the venue, the system needed to be as simple to use as possible, allowing users to run presentations, control levels and choose sources without the aid of a technician.

Yamaha Highlights Solutions for Entertainment and Enterprise at ISE 2020

31/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – At February’s Integrated Systems Europe exhibition in Amsterdam, Yamaha will be highlighting its support for both the entertainment and enterprise markets with its range of high end, integrated solutions.

Yamaha Unified Communications Highlights European Commitment at ISE 2020

31/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – In keeping with the motto 'Where Corporates Meet Entertainment', Yamaha is showcasing a broad product range for both the enterprise and the entertainment markets at Integrated Systems Europe 2020, highlighting the close relationship between the company’s Unified Communications (UC) and professional audio portfolios in Europe.

Laser for Less

31/01/2020 - Equipment News

Things just got a whole lot easier for AV professionals. The new ZH403 projector featuring a laser light source is here, and it's available for under £1000: - that's less than the cost of a replacement lamp!

El Squid Roe PA System turns Red Fatale with L-Acoustics

30/01/2020 - Project News

Mexico – Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, El Squid Roe is one of the most popular dance clubs in the Cabo San Lucas nightlife scene. A nightclub and restaurant all under one roof, this lounge-cum-party-heaven attracts hordes of fun-seeking tourists every evening. The pulsating energy of the venue is now complemented by the equally striking red ARCS WiFo sound reinforcement system from L-Acoustics, colour matched to tie in with El Squid Roe’s vibrant decor.

Sennheiser Digital 6000 Wireless helps realize the first 'end to end' digital signal chain for vocal mics at the GRAMMY Awards

30/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Broadcast live on 26th January, the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards saw an industry first as Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 wireless microphone system helped deliver a completely digital signal path for wireless vocal mics for the first time in the award show’s illustrious history. The evening’s highlights included captivating performances by Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Blake Shelton and others as more than 20 channels of Sennheiser Digital 6000 RF were deployed in both production and MC capacities at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Chroma-Q’s Space Force Family Grows Even Stronger at BSC Expo 2020

30/01/2020 - Event News

UK – Chroma-Q will be launching its new Space Force twobyfour LED soft light panel alongside a showcase of the latest generation of film and broadcast lighting solutions, at BSC Expo 2020, Battersea Evolution, London, 31st January - 1st February.
A scaled-up version of the onebytwo, the twobyfour joins the award-winning Space Force family of bright, high quality, modern replacements for conventional sources used in film and TV studios, live broadcast, vlog, and photographic applications.

Green Hippo is flawless for The Rise of Skywalker

30/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Specialist video solutions provider Digital Insanity chose Green Hippo media servers to drive the on-screen visuals for the star-studded ‘blue carpet’ environment at the European Première of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Solid State Logic Announces Feature Packed System T V2.3 Release

30/01/2020 - Equipment News

Solid State Logic (SSL) announce the latest V2.3 System T broadcast production platform release, adding significant benefits to the entire range of System T consoles: S500, S500m, S300 and TCR. Relied the world over for live broadcast, event space audio, recording and post-production duties, this latest feature-rich release adds significant enhancements including DAW control, Immersive audio, Dynamic Automation, Patch Manager CSV files, Access Control, Event Manager, Scene Automation and fully featured on-board FX rack.

Bandit Lites Hires David Sloan as IT Manager

30/01/2020 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites has launched into the new decade with plans of robust growth, including multiple new sales initiatives and doubling the size of the Nashville and Charlotte facilities. To help with the infrastructural changes of the company, Bandit has announced the hiring of David Sloan as the IT manager.

LIPA Installs a Neve Genesys Console as Part of its Ongoing Upgrade Plan

30/01/2020 - Project News

UK – As part of an ongoing project to refurbish its six recording studios, LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) has installed an AMS Neve Genesys G32 console with GenesysControl into Studio 1, a compact facility that is primarily used to teach music tracking, overdubbing and mixing to students on its sound technology degree courses.

Creative Rental Solutions and Chauvet Professional Fixtures Channel Route 66 Spirit at Hype O Dream

30/01/2020 - Production News

Belgium – In reality, Route 66 stretches 2,451 miles from America’s heartland to the shores of California. In spirit, however, it extends much further, since this mythical highway has a way of throwing off the shackles of everyday concerns, and setting the imagination barrelling down a wide open road of unlimited freedom and possibilities.

Apex debuts CloudPower Series professional Class-D amplifiers at ISE 2020

30/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Building on the reputation of its renowned DSP-based audio technology, Apex continues to innovate with the ISE 2020 launch of the CloudPower Series, a brand new range of four-channel Class-D amplifiers with built-in DSP and secure, cloud-based remote control.

ALC NetworX wins Technology & Engineering Emmy Award

30/01/2020 - Event News

USA – ALC NetworX, developer of the RAVENNA high performance AoIP transport technology and key player in the development of the AES67 standard for AoIP interoperability, has been honoured with a Technical & Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for the “Development of synchronised multi-channel uncompressed audio transport over IP networks.” The 71st edition of the Emmy Awards for Engineering & Technology will be hosted at the Wynn Encore Hotel and Spa on Sunday April 19th during the forthcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Kings of the Hill

30/01/2020 - Project News

Ireland – Hill 16 is an open-air terrace at one end of the 82,300 capacity Croke Park in Dublin, Europe’s third-largest stadium. Synonymous with the Dublin fans, the Hill is steeped in history and is considered an icon of Irish sport. Although Croke Park’s primary use is for Gaelic football and hurling, the venue is regularly used to host major international music concerts. Recent years have seen appearances by The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, U2 and Bruce Springsteen. The technology that supports the operation of a modern multi-use stadium such as Croke Park must be of the highest quality. Audio plays a key role in the day to day operation of the venue and its management team recently undertook an overhaul of the stadium’s audio provision, including that of the famous old Hill, which it considered to be outdated and requiring constant maintenance.

ST. Joseph’s Chapel Revamps with Martin Audio CDD

30/01/2020 - Project News

UK – Old Barn Audio (OBA) recently turned to Martin Audio’s CDD series to overcome a challenging situation at the refurbished St. Joseph’s College Chapel in Ipswich. The majestic Ipswich chapel, forced to close for three years when it fell into disrepair, has finally been brought back to life after a major revamp costing £750,000. Written into the upgrade programme was the provision for a new sound system.

TechPro success dictates new appointment

30/01/2020 - People News

UK – TechPro, a leading provider of lighting, video and sound services for the live events industry has announced Yvonne England as its new client account manager.

Brompton debuts its new Tessera S8 LED processor for mid-range projects at ISE 2020

30/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – At ISE 2020, leading LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, will be launching its new Tessera S8 LED processor. The Tessera S8 is a cost-effective solution for high profile projects that do not require the large output capacity of the award-winning Tessera SX40 processor, but still want to benefit from the flexibility of Brompton’s industry renowned Tessera feature set and easy-to-use software to produce stunning results.

More Ruff Days … Fewer Rough Days

30/01/2020 - Business News

UK – What do Google, Amazon, Airbnb, Ben & Jerry’s, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Monzo, Ticketmaster and Sound Marketing all have in common? You’d be right in saying that they are all highly successful companies, but the answer we were looking for is that they all have dog-friendly offices.

Atlona Releases New HDBaseT Extender Kit for HDMI and VGA Signals

30/01/2020 - Equipment News

Atlona, has announced a new HDBaseT extender kit that pairs two of the AV collaboration and control leader’s most popular HDVS Series solutions for huddle rooms and small meeting spaces. The AT-HDVS-150-WP-KIT combines the AT-HDVS-150-TX-WP two-input wallplate switcher with the AT-HDVS-150-RX scaling receiver to provide HDMI and VGA auto-switching, integrated display control and HDBaseT signal transport in a convenient package that simplifies ordering for integrators and system designers. The new kit is now shipping.

Visitor registration is now open

29/01/2020 - Event News

UK - Ninety per cent of the ABTT Theatre Show exhibition space has now been allocated and the final spaces are being finalised. Visitor numbers in 2019 were up on 2018 and the ABTT expects the trend to continue his year with new exhibitors on board and a stimulating programme of activity to accompany the exhibition.

Huge LED retrofit at Olive Baptist Church includes Elation stage lighting

29/01/2020 - Project News

USA – In 2019, Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, made the decision to upgrade both their stage and house lighting systems in their main sanctuary, a huge undertaking that meant replacing over 600 lighting fixtures. “We decided to replace every tungsten light that illuminated in the room with an LED fixture,” said Bobby Taylor, technical director and director of communications at Olive Baptist Church, “and for the stage lighting project chose a full complement of Elation LED fixtures.”

VéDéLighting Gets Party Started at Ghent Students Union with Chauvet DJ

29/01/2020 - Production News

Belgium – Although Ghent is famed for its medieval church spires, quaint market squares and its week-long summer city festival, for the students and academics who make up roughly one fifth of the city’s population, one event in particular stands out on the calendar: the Ghent University students union annual party for returning and new students.

Le Mark Launch Environment-Focused Gaffer Tape

29/01/2020 - Equipment News

Customers now have a choice! For many years Le Mark has sought to find ways of reducing its impact on the environment. Working to give their customers a choice when it comes to the use of tapes and consideration for the world we live in. January 2020 saw the company make its biggest ever leap in producing an environment-focused gaffer tape, with its launch of MagTape Ultra-Matt.

dLive and Qu Head to the Cartagena International Music Festival

29/01/2020 - Production News

Colombia – Allen & Heath’s dLive and Qu series took centre stage at the 14th edition of the Cartagena International Music Festival, set in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, with an extensive week-long programme, which saw the mixing systems deployed for FOH, monitor and broadcast duties.

Nordic Rental makes biggest ever console purchase, investing in DiGiCo SD12s, SD10s and SD5s

29/01/2020 - Production News

Denmark & Norway – At the beginning of 2019, full-service Danish rental company, Nordic Rentals, saw growing demands from the concert touring and broadcast markets. As a result, it decided to increase its mixing console inventory. Already a long-standing DiGiCo user, having invested in the original D5 Live, D1 and, more recently, SD8s and SD9s, it took the decision to add more of the manufacturer’s products to its stock.

Josh Lawson Makes Multiple Moods with Maverick Profile Fixtures on Florida Tour

29/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Fans who turned out for Anthony Hamilton’s three-date Florida swing in late December finished 2019 with a bang. In addition to seeing the Grammy winning R&B artist perform his hits, they got to enjoy a stellar cast of supporting artists, featuring Ja Rule, K Michelle and Joe.

Impact Products (Europe) Ltd – Lightspace Decks and Truss

29/01/2020 - Business News

Area Four Industries would like to issue a clarification statement in respect to the continuation of supply of Lightspace deck and truss products supplied via Impact Products (Europe) Ltd which was placed into voluntary liquidation procedures at the end of last year.

Chris Tomlin Brings ‘CHRISTMAS Songs of Worship’ with Bandit Lites and Forge Designs

29/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Grammy-award winner Chris Tomlin recently completed his Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship Tour with a sold-out concert at the Beacon Theater in New York. Bandit Lites worked with the Forge Designs team to supply a lighting system for the conclusion of his 2019 touring season, which included a 30-city, six-week spring tour as well as a 20-city autumn tour.

GLP X4 Bar 20s Provide Leading Edge for A J Tracey at Ally Pally

29/01/2020 - Production News

UK – What Lighting designer James Scott (of Suluko) specified 96 impression X4 Bar 20 battens from GLP when London-based rapper / producer AJ Tracey played two shows at Alexandra Palace recently.

Optoma to showcase world famous ‘Roncalli Circus’ holographic experience and reveal its latest addition to the multi-award winning ‘QUAD’ LED display series at ISE 2020

29/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Optoma, a DLP projector brand in EMEA, will return to ISE 2020 in hall 1, stand 1-N30. Optoma will present its expanded range of revolutionary ‘QUAD’ all-in-one LED display solutions, interactive flat panels (IFPDs), innovative real-life projection applications, professional and consumer 4K UHD projectors.

Powersoft to Celebrate Quarter Century at ISE

29/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – With a quarter century of innovation to celebrate and a convention centre full of industry professionals in town, this year’s ISE (11-14 February) has been chosen as the perfect event to mark a significant achievement for Italian audio and technology visionary, Powersoft.

Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 Highlights Niavac’s Commitment to Excellence

29/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Established over 60 years ago, Belfast-based Niavac has grown steadily to become one of Northern Ireland’s most successful systems integrators, covering the corporate, healthcare, hospitality and education sectors. The acquisition of audio company Loft Sound in 2016 expanded Niavac’s portfolio into the live event industry, a business which is proving every bit as successful. The company has invested in a Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system to continue its commitment to high quality service and it has already been out on tour.

L-Acoustics brings spud-sational performance to Thai rock band

29/01/2020 - Production News

Thailand – Since their debut album in 2001, Potato have steadily grown to become one of the most admired Thai rock bands, attracting a strong following among teenagers in South East Asia. Standing alongside Thailand’s hottest rock stars, Potato are renowned for their songwriting and melodic rock ballads that send crowds into raptures. Their latest two ‘Potato Magic Hours’ concerts were a testament to their popularity, with thousands of fans coming together to enjoy the band’s performances at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, with an L-Acoustics K1/K2 system helping to bring the magic to life and ‘kick out the jams’ at the second largest exhibition and convention venue in Asia.

Tony Sawyer Joins Generation AV to Add APAC Application Support

29/01/2020 - People News

Singapore – Generation AV, which represents Martin Audio in the APAC countries, has recruited Tony Sawyer as Senior APAC applications manager. A significant addition to the team, he had previously worked with Vue, managing its technical support for Asia Pacific.

TEC Award for Neumann's headphone debut

29/01/2020 - Event News

USA – On Saturday evening of this year's 35th NAMM show in Anaheim, California, the NDH 20 studio headphones were honoured with the TEC Award in the category Headphone / Earpiece Technology. Exactly one year ago, Neumann presented the NDH 20 as its first headphone at the NAMM Show, thereby expanding its product portfolio to include a new segment.

Paolo Calza – Outline’s new Pro Applications Engineer

29/01/2020 - People News

Italy - The latest addition to Outline’s staff is Paolo Calza, an famous international audio engineer, in the role of pro applications engineer and Outline Array Trainer, supporting clients and rental companies worldwide.

White Light Supplies You Stupid Darkness! at Southwark Playhouse

28/01/2020 - Production News

UK – White Light has supplied the lighting for You Stupid Darkness! which recently opened at the Southwark Playhouse in London.

Hippotizer Boreal+ is Beat Perfect at iHeartRadio Vegas

27/01/2020 - Production News

USA – The 9th Annual iHeart Radio Music Festival landed in the Nevada desert with some of the biggest stars on the planet, including Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Green Day and many more. The event, at the T-Mobile arena, was broadcast live on FOX, complete with energetic sets and a vast array of musical talent. Green Hippo was at the iHeart of all things visual, with Boreal+ media servers powering pre-made content.

Robe Helps Deliver Spectacular LOL Opening Ceremony in Paris

27/01/2020 - Production News

France – Creative lighting artist and designer LeRoy Bennett utilised 91 Robe BMFL WashBeam high powered moving lights (nine working in conjunction with RoboSpot remote operation systems) to help deliver a stunning Opening Ceremony (OC) complete with holographic projection effects, for the Riot Games’ 2019 League of Legends World Championship Finals, staged at the Accor Arena in Paris, France.

Complete NETRON data distribution range from Obsidian Control Systems now shipping

24/01/2020 - Equipment News

Obsidian Control Systems has announced that the complete line-up of NETRON data distribution products is now in stock and ready to ship from US and European warehouses.

Robe Enjoys Sweet High with Krezip

24/01/2020 - Production News

When Dutch rock band Krezip reunited after a ten-year hiatus they wanted to make a big impact, so their management Friendly Fire asked Andre Beekmans of The Art of Light to create a signature lighting and video production design for three epic shows at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.

Tech & Live Celebrates Fêtes des Lumières with Chauvet Professional

24/01/2020 - Production News

France – Sometimes the most soaring achievements take flight on the wings of unexpected adversity. Such an example can be found in the world-famous Fêtes des Lumières in Lyon. On 8th December, 1852, the city’s large Catholic population had planned a spectacular firework display to mark the installation of a statue of the Virgin Mary on the bell tower of Fourvière.

Jo Campana illuminates Francesco Renga's show with Claypaky Mythos units, and lots of mirrors!

24/01/2020 - Production News

Europe – Jo Campana is with Francesco Renga on his L’altra metà (The Other Half) tour. The name refers to the hidden part of every one of us which can only be seen by looking into the mirror.

Luxibel IP-Rated PARs Power Up Expression Events

24/01/2020 - Production News

UK – AV equipment hire company Expression Events has made a major investment in Luxibel’s powerful B PAR180RGBW fixtures for its range of projects, including festivals, corporate and architectural.

Stage Electrics Showcase 2020

24/01/2020 - Event News

UK – Only five days to go until the Stage Electrics January Showcase.

Dallas Cowboys expand Electro-Voice line array installation at AT&T Stadium

24/01/2020 - Project News

USA – When the Dallas Cowboys opened AT&T Stadium in 2009, it boasted the world’s largest Electro-Voice sound system in a permanent installation, including over 240 line-array loudspeakers from the X-Line family. The design team, spearheaded by Kevin Day of WJHW, selected EV systems for their audio quality, reliability and depth of control provided by the IRIS-Net processing and monitoring platform. After enthusiastic approval from team owner Jerry Jones, Pro Media Audio Video was enlisted to help coordinate the challenging installation.

Seoul Church Chooses Alcons Audio Pro-Ribbon Audio Solution

24/01/2020 - Project News

South Korea – In common with many older houses of worship, modern expectations have meant that the audio quality of sermons in the 1936-built Changsin Church in the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea was no longer good enough. A replacement sound reinforcement system was needed and, after a direct comparison with systems from other major manufacturers, an Alcons Audio LR14 pro-ribbon system was chosen by the church.

Double or Nothing with Allen & Heath

24/01/2020 - Production News

Europe – For more than 20 years, Allen & Heath has provided audio support to Viennese rockers, Wiener Wahnsinn, who perform around 120 gigs each year from local shows to some of the biggest open-air festivals across Europe.

ADC becomes NATEAC Platinum Sponsor

24/01/2020 - Event News

USA – Bill Sapsis, director of the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC), has welcomed ADC as a Platinum Sponsor. ADC general manager Kevin O’Grady noted: "ADC is expanding into a company that sells much more than just standard curtain

Rammstein goes large with L-Acoustics and SSE

24/01/2020 - Production News

Europe – Germany’s Rammstein, icons of Neue Deutsche Härte style rock, have recently launched their first ever stadium tour, mounting 34 dates across 17 European countries, and announcing an additional round of 27 European stadium dates for 2020. This epic run of larger-than-life Rammstein shows supports the release of the band’s untitled seventh studio album, the first since 2009’s Liebe ist für alle da. To cover the massive crowds, and rival the monumental pyrotechnics, an L-Acoustics K Series PA system was provided by SSE Hire, whose parent company Solotech supplied the video systems.

Leading regional entertainment complex steps up to DiGiCo with Autograph

24/01/2020 - Project News

UK – Nottingham’s Theatre Royal has completed the purchase of a DiGiCo SD10T with two SD-Racks, supplied by Autograph Sales & Installations. Autograph also provided an installed fibre network plus training sessions for the console and its theatre-specific T software.

Stage Electrics bring the ICCW to life with a direct approach

24/01/2020 - Project News

UK – The spectacular International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) is a joint venture partnership between the Welsh Government and Celtic Manor Resort. In total the centre provides 26,000 sqm of floor space for up to 5,000 delegates, which includes an auditorium with tiered seating for 1,500, a 4,000sqm pillar-free space that can be divided into six sections creating up to 25 different configurations, and an additional 15 flexible meeting rooms. Architecturally, it is a refreshing departure from standard conference centre fare, with a triple height atrium at its entrance and a light and airy feel throughout. It has been designed to engender a feeling of well-being, and many of its spaces have impressive views out across the adjoining woodland.

White Light Conjures Lighting for Magic Goes Wrong

24/01/2020 - Production News

UK – White Light has supplied the lighting for Magic Goes Wrong, which recently opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.

ArKaos Control Solution for Viva for Life Concerts

23/01/2020 - Production News

Belgium – An ArKaos Stage Server Pro and Kling-Net protocol were used to save thousands of DMX channels and provide a fluid, real-time harmony between lighting and video effects on stage for a massive ‘Viva for Life’ concert fundraiser event organised by Belgian national TV channel RTBF.

Kinesys Flies High with Swedish House Mafia

23/01/2020 - Production News

Saudi-Arabia – Everyone is talking about the recent show-stopping Swedish House Mafia show staged by Live Nation Middle East at the Diriyah Festival in Riyadh.

ProPlex FOH Friend – Programming Time Just Got More Productive!

23/01/2020 - Equipment News

The ProPlex FOH Friend, a new and unique addition to TMB’s award-winning ProPlex Data Distribution product range, was introduced at Winter NAMM 2020.

Chauvet Professional Creates Tour Looks on NAMM’s Grand Plaza Stage

23/01/2020 - Production News

USA – There’s more to the NAMM Show than expansive product displays and informative educational sessions. The annual winter gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center also serves as a showcase for impressive musical talent.

Source 4WRD 230V now shipping

22/01/2020 - Equipment News

ETC is now shipping a full family of high-quality white light LED luminaires for the 230V market. With an impressive lumen-per-watt output, Source 4WRD 230V is available in both warm and cool white arrays.

Michael T. Strickland Honoured with Lifetime Visionary Award at Parnelli Awards

22/01/2020 - Event News

USA – At the 2020 Parnelli Awards, Bandit founder Michael T. Strickland was presented with the Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in the entertainment lighting business. The awards, hailed as the Grammy’s of the Live Event Industry, were held during The NAMM Show at the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom to a packed crowd of 750 people.

ChamSys Unveils New MagicQ Stable Software

22/01/2020 - Equipment News

Late last year, ChamSys became the first major lighting console manufacturer to offer a software solution that accepts open protocol GDTF personality files. Now the company has kicked off 2020 with another innovation that will enhance the work of lighting programmers, as it introduces the first release of its MagicQ Stable Software.

TurboRay Dazzles and Shines at McCallum Theatre

22/01/2020 - Project News

USA - Struck by the TurboRay’s face and features in the promotional industry media, production/lighting director Keith Smith called High End Systems’ Terry Heisler for a demo. “I had to have some,” Smith declared.

Get the Colour Punch Needed with MIX

22/01/2020 - Equipment News

Whether a customised cyan wash or the complex hue of R99 Chocolate is required, MIX can provide all the colours the shot needs. Create custom colours, or choose a True Rosco Color from the gel library.
Discover what’s possible with MIX and the myMIX app.

MDG haze the clear winner for Transmission Festival 2019

22/01/2020 - Production News

Czech Republic – Transmission is Europe's, and possibly the world's, most spectacular trance music festival with a legion of loyal fans who return year on year. As usual, the 2019 event was enhanced by haze from MDG generators which showcased the spectacular lighting and laser shows that accompanied the artists.

Brompton Technology SX40 perfect match for Panavid’s new ultra-fine ROE Sapphire

22/01/2020 - Equipment News

​Audio, video, lighting, staging and broadcast company Panavid Inc. has recently invested in Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 LED processors and XD data distribution units to work in conjunction with its new 1.5mm ROE Visual Sapphire LED display.

Atlona Ships Second-Generation Velocity AV Control Platform, Announces New Scheduling Touch Panel

22/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Atlona, a Panduit company, announces the immediate availability of Velocity 2.0, the next generation of the AV industry’s first fully IP-enabled platform for AV control, room scheduling, and asset management. The latest Velocity System platform offers a flexible new architecture to support various room and application requirements, several of which Atlona will demonstrate on its ISE 2020 stand (5-T50).

Artiste Monet Indispensable Technology Award Winner

21/01/2020 - Event News

USA – Elation Professional has started 2020 off with a bang with two distinguished product awards: an Indispensable Technology Award for the Artiste Monet and a ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International Readers’ Choice award for the Fuze Profile, both cutting edge LED profile moving heads.

Renkus-Heinz Partners with More Distribution to Serve the Netherlands’ Pro Audio Market Better

21/01/2020 - Business News

The Netherlands – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has partnered with More Distribution based in The Hague in the Netherlands to bring cutting-edge audio to the Dutch market.

The Worker & Kolkhoz Woman and Astera Titans

21/01/2020 - Production News

Russia – Astera’s wireless LED Titan Tubes helped the action come alive on stage in Moscow for performances of The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman a comic opera by Pavel Kaplevich which stunned and amazed critics and the crowds alike during performances at the Zaryadye Concert Hall.

Memories of NYE with Maroon 5

21/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Anyone enjoying Maroon 5’s New Year’s Eve special shows at Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas this year will have witnessed the cool and elegant geometric lines of Brian Jenkins’ production and lighting design for which he utilised over 200 Robe moving lights.

Vienna State Opera Extends Existing Optocore Network with Broaman System

21/01/2020 - Project News

Austria – Back in 2016 Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) with its chief sound engineer, Athanasios Rovakis, started investigating the possibility of moving its audio and video distribution to fiber. At first, the Opera House modernised its audio system, purchasing a network fiber solution based around Optocore X6R-FX analogue devices and M8 MADI switch to bring together additional signal sources from distant places in the house, and to share signals for broadcasting.

Absen to Present Next Evolution of MiniLED at ISE 2020

21/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Leading global LED display manufacturer, Absen, will return to the RAI in Amsterdam this February (11-14) to present its latest range of MiniLED products for the fixed installation and rental markets, as well as introduce a large range of new and enhanced products.

Joe Ellis Makes Toys for Tots Fun with Chauvet Professional

21/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Behavioural scientists call it “habituation.” It describes what happens when people tune out an image after seeing it over and over again. Joe Ellis isn’t a psychologist, but he understands how habituation works, and so he diligently avoids repeating looks when creating his light shows. He demonstrated this in convincing fashion in December at the Toys For Tots concert at Wausau’s historic Grand Theatre, as he supported a procession of performers with a continuous flow of fresh, original looks, complete with vivid colour changes and distinct light angles.

Carlos Rodgarman Adds Prestige to His Studio by Installing a Genesys Black

21/01/2020 - Project News

USA – One can never have too much of a good thing; this was the conclusion producer and composer Carlos Rodgarman reached after adding an eight channel AMS Neve Genesys Black G16 to his private studio in Los Angeles.

Light Design Make a Mark with Claypaky Sharpy Plus

21/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Event production services and hire company, Light Design has supplied Claypaky Sharpy Plus Moving Spot Lights for the recent 2019 UK Festival Awards, hosted at the Troxy in London.

Hippotizer Heightens 2020 Celebrations in China

21/01/2020 - Production News

China – New Year’s Eve presents a broadcaster battleground in China as the main networks compete for the most viewers crown. Satellite channel Hunan TV rose to the challenge, commissioning a countdown-to-2020 live show featuring big-name artists backed by party-enhancing lasers, lighting effects and video content.

MLA Provides Clarity and Control for Idles’ Ally Pally Show

20/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Bristol punk band IDLES have enjoyed a heavy 2019 global touring schedule, and this continued into the UK right up to the end of the year.

Adlib supports Snarky Puppy Immigrance Tour

20/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Adlib supplied full audio production to the Glasgow and Manchester gigs on the recent UK leg of Snarky Puppy’s Immigrance world tour, plus a control package comprising two Yamaha CL5 consoles for FOH and monitors, a line system and all the associated cable and distribution infrastructure for the other UK and European dates. These included one night at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Tarrantulas in the House!

20/01/2020 - Project News

Poland – Mateusz Karon, deputy of technical manager the Teatr Dramatyczny m. st. Warszawy (Dramatic Theater of the capital city of Warsaw), is very happy with the new Robe Tarrantulas – the most powerful of the current LED wash beam range – that are part of the house lighting rig for this important venue, which has been at the forefront of producing Polish drama since 1949 and ensconced in the Palace of Culture and Science venue since 1955.

NAMM 2020: Adamson Announces New Partner Education Initiatives for 2020 and Beyond

20/01/2020 - Event News

USA – Adamson Systems Engineering announced a suite of new partner education initiatives set to launch throughout 2020 during a press event at The 2020 NAMM Show. These include a US road show in tandem with Adamson Network partners throughout the country; increased delivery of the company’s globally-standardised Applied and Advanced Certification training programmes with partners throughout the EMEA and APAC regions and the Winding Roads Education Series in partnership with the AVIXA Foundation, designed to introduce secondary and post-secondary students to the many potential career opportunities in pro AV and live production.

City Theatrical Now Shipping QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers

20/01/2020 - Equipment News

City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse dimmers, which are constant voltage, five-output, miniature dimmers that can be controlled wirelessly, are now available through City Theatrical distributors worldwide. Recently recognised with an honourable mention in the Lighting – Control category at the LDI Show 2019 Best Debuting Product Awards, QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers have built a foundation for City Theatrical’s family of miniature low voltage wireless dimmers with Multiverse* wireless DMX/RDM connectivity.

Claypaky Lighting Fixtures Help Unveil Ferrari’s F8 Tributo at Gala Event in Sydney, Australia

20/01/2020 - Production News

Australia – Fusion Entertainment provided the technical production for the gala unveiling of the Ferrari F8 Tributo in Sydney, Australia using a complement of Claypaky fixtures to illuminate the car’s debut at the black-tie event.

Xstage: 33 kg + 750kg/m2 = S10

20/01/2020 - Equipment News

Xstage S10 stage decks add up to a great choice with their newly designed, lightweight extruded aluminium profile that helps reduce the overall weight of the deck to only 33kg, while maintaining a high loading capacity of 750kg/m2.

PMC Appoints Travis Schuster to its US Service Department

20/01/2020 - People News

USA – PMC has announced that Travis Schuster has joined the company as a field and service engineer, operating from PMC’s US service and demo centre in Highland Park, Los Angeles.

First production run of Brompton Technology’s new Hydra sells out

20/01/2020 - Production News

Following the phenomenal success of Brompton Technology’s LDI Dynamic Calibration showcase, its first production run of the new Hydra measurement system has already sold out with Fuse Technical Group, WorldStage, Creative Technology Group (CT), and Production Resource Group (PRG) amongst those immediately putting in orders, citing it as the perfect solution for advanced measurement of LED panels.

Yamaha Launches New White DZR/DXS XLF Powered and CZR/CXS XLF Passive Loudspeakers and Subwoofers at the NAMM Show 2020.

17/01/2020 - Event News

USA – At the NAMM Show 2020, Yamaha is launching new white models of its flagship DZR/CZR series and DXS XLF/CXS XLF loudspeakers / subwoofers.

Robe Dreams Big at Puy du Fou España

17/01/2020 - Production News

Spain - Award-winning independent French theme park, Puy du Fou, unveiled its first venture in Toledo with an epic night-time immersive spectacular “El Sueño de Toledo” (The Dream of Toledo), creatively directed by Nicolas de Villiers and the team from Puy de Fou with lighting designed by Koert Vermeulen from Belgian creative visual practice, ACTLD.

DiGiCo announces the DMI-KLANG at NAMM 2020

17/01/2020 - Event News

USA – DiGiCo has announced the new DMI-KLANG at NAMM 2020, an immersive in-ear mixing expansion that can be mounted directly into DiGiCo consoles, equipped with DMI slots.

DiGiCo shows new Quantum 5 at NAMM 2020

17/01/2020 - Event News

USA – DiGiCo has announced the debut of its new Quantum 5 console at NAMM 2020, with orders being taken now for delivery later this year.

DiGiCo reveals Quantum338 at NAMM 2020

17/01/2020 - Event News

USA – NAMM 2020 sees DiGiCo reveal the latest in its new generation of Quantum consoles, the all-new Quantum338. Like Quantum7 and Quantum5, Quantum338 represents a dramatic leap forward in power and connectivity. It includes impressive new design features and enhancements that offer ultimate flexibility, all with the same speed of operation that Quantum users have come to rely on, in a smaller format console.

d&b audiotechnik Makes Major Investment in US Market Expansion with New California Support and Training Facility

17/01/2020 - Business News

USA – German audio technology and solution company d&b audiotechnik has announced the opening of a new office and training centre in Signal Hill, California. The facility is the second in the country joining the company’s US headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina. For the leading pro audio technology and solution provider, the new facility underscores a commitment to comprehensively and strategically address both coasts with dedicated teams and resources.

L-Acoustics Eases Tour Life with Robust New Full AVB Rack

17/01/2020 - Equipment News

Renowned in the live sound industry for developing market-leading audio solutions that outperform in quality, as well as in practicality, L-Acoustics is deployed on ten of the world’s top 20 festivals. In a constant search to make its products easier to use, faster to rig and economical to transport, L-Acoustics has announced the new LA-RAK II AVB flyable touring rack, offering 12 channels of amplification in a 9U frame. Contained within are three Milan-certified LA12X amplified controllers, two LS10 AVB switches and power and signal distribution panels that are internally prewired to offer plug-and-play, reliable and redundant networked audio.

L-Acoustics Updates Best-selling Kara Line Array with Flexible Directivity

17/01/2020 - Equipment News

For three decades, L-Acoustics has consistently developed pragmatic audio solutions that enable audio professionals and artists to elevate the audience experience. For a decade, the Kara line source has been the star of countless live performances and permanent installs all over the globe. L-Acoustics has now announced the new Kara II modular line source, with the addition of Panflex, giving Kara four-in-one directivity: one box handily covers any audience geometry. Kara II morphs to fit any design, offering consistent coverage and SPL distribution with precise focus in four different directivity patterns: 70° or 110° symmetrical and 90° asymmetrical, steering to either the left or right. In its 70° configuration, Kara II packs a full 2 dB more than in 110°.

Benson’ Audiovisuel Reflects Spirit of Grands Moulins de Bordeaux with Chauvet DJ

17/01/2020 - Production News

France – Opening the wrought iron gates and entering the estate of Couhins-Lurton is akin to walking into a dream world of timeless beauty, as one is greeted by a green expanse of manicured lawn leading up to a magnificent château that stands resplendently against the sky as it has for centuries. Playing a rich and colourful role in the history of its region’s wine making (it was once owned by legendary vintner, the late André Lurton), the estate was prominently featured in the recent 100th anniversary celebration of the Grands Moulins de Bordeaux.

RTS launches BTR-30N UHF/VHF wireless intercom system

17/01/2020 - Equipment News

RTS has announced the launch of the BTR-30N two-channel narrow-band UHF/VHF wireless system, the latest addition to its extensive professional intercom portfolio. The BTR-30N frequency-agile base station supports up to four TR-30N (dual channel) or TR-32N (dual channel stereo) frequency-agile beltpacks. The system’s hybrid dual-band UHF/VHF design makes it a flexible and user-friendly choice for today’s changing and shrinking RF environment: reliable, high-performance, high-fidelity communications delivered with minimum spectrum usage. It is ideal for a wide range of everyday wireless intercom applications, including broadcasting, education, event production, hotels/cruise ships, houses of worship, theatres, utilities, and more.

Electro-Voice launches its first powered floor monitor – PXM-12MP brings power and clarity to cut through stage noise

17/01/2020 - Equipment News

The PXM-12MP marks Electro-Voice’s debut in the powered stage monitor market. Created for live performances from solo entertainers, bands, mobile DJs and rental companies, PXM-12MP is a powerful, rugged and flexible loudspeaker designed for daily use. The acoustically optimised, high-output, two-way stage wedge features coaxially aligned 12” LF and 1.75” HF transducers. Its small footprint and light weight of 29.8 lb (13.5 kg) makes it an extremely portable solution suited to live performances on all stages, particularly excelling where floor space is limited.

Version2 support award winning Light Designer Tim Routledge at Riverside Studios

17/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Lighting rental specialist Version2 has supported The Brits Are Coming at the newly re-opened Riverside Studios. Working with award winning lighting designer Tim Routledge, the Version2 team supplied a comprehensive lighting package, including a healthy selection of recent additions to the company’s growing inventory.

Leeds City College Students Get Creative with dLive

17/01/2020 - Project News

UK – Leeds City College is the city’s largest educational establishment, offering a wide variety of courses to more than 25,000 students. The college recently expanded its facilities with the new £60m state-of-the-art Quarry Hill Campus, home to the School of Creative Arts, featuring an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system.

Light and Shadow chooses Ayrton Ghibli for Broadcast Convention

17/01/2020 - Production News

USA – When CMI Communications supported the stage production for a multi-faceted event at the Minneapolis Convention Center in August, they utilised a large complement of Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires illuminating the sessions that are broadcast internationally, and over 1,800 attendees of the event. The fixtures matched exactly in output and colour temperature even though they were supplied by three different vendors.

Significant Investment in CODA Audio by ESP and TES

16/01/2020 - Production News

USA – CODA Audio has confirmed the sale of a range of systems, including its flagship AiRAY, to two leading production companies in the USA. Eastern Stage Productions (ESP) of New York and Technical Entertainment Services (TES) based in Florida, have both made significant investments in CODA’s next generation technology, that delivers exceptional audio from the most compact, lightweight and powerful enclosures on the market. The two companies enjoy a close relationship, often working together on major productions and combined to provide a CODA system for the Stereo Bloom Stage at the recent EDC Orlando.

PR Lighting IP66 Aqua Marine 580 in Two Corrosion-Resistant Versions

16/01/2020 - Equipment News

PR Lighting has announced two new IP66-rated outdoor moving heads that are both marine grade: the three-in-one AQUA Marine 580 BWS and AQUA Marine 580 Beam.

Winkler Livecom invests in 200 Elation KL Fresnel Series Luminaires

16/01/2020 - Production News

Switzerland – Winkler Livecom of Switzerland has added 200 Elation Professional KL Fresnel series luminaires to its inventory, a purchase that gives the full-service event production company an enhanced ability to highlight client brands for maximum impact.

Electro-Voice launches the EVOLVE 30M compact column loudspeaker system with onboard mixer, DSP and effects

16/01/2020 - Equipment News

The EVOLVE 30M is designed to deliver a significant step up in all-around performance for a column system in its size/price category. Superior Electro-Voice sound quality, room-filling coverage and flexible functionality combined in a very compact package. The system includes a speaker array, a two-piece pole connector, an array and pole backpack carry case, and a powered subwoofer, all made to pack up and assemble quickly, look great on stage, and withstand real-world wear and tear.

Mackie Introduces EleMent Series Microphones

16/01/2020 - Equipment News

Long a leader in live and studio sound, Mackie has now entered into the microphone sphere, introducing its new EleMent Series microphones. Like all Mackie gear, EleMent Series mics combine professional-calibre performance and Mackie’s famed 'built-like-a-tank' rugged reliability and outstanding value. The series consists of three models: the EM-89D live vocal dynamic, EM-91C large-diaphragm condenser, and EM-USB USB condenser microphones.

Harry’s New York Bar Expands Entertainment Options in Cologne with Chauvet DJ

16/01/2020 - Project News

Germany – In the first half of the 20th century Harry’s New York Bar became famous the world over, counting the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart and even Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, among its regulars. It was here that the Bloody Mary cocktail was first concocted. This famous establishment wasn’t located in Manhattan, though, but 5,800km away on the Rue Daunou in Paris.

Bandit Lites Makes Large Purchase from Chauvet

16/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites is launching into 2020 with a sizeable purchase from Chauvet Professional including Maverick MK3 Spots, COLORado Solo Battens and Rogue R2X Washes. With the year already engaged with an extensive number of events and tours, the team at Bandit Lites knew the inventory additions would be necessary to meet the growing demands of clients.

ETC launches fos/4 panel light for the cinematic industry

16/01/2020 - Equipment News

What’s Next? In 2016, a dedicated research team was formed at ETC to advance the technology of future product offerings. The team’s first primary project was to create the best light for use on camera. The findings from this multi-year, industry-wide study on colour perception come together in the family of fos/4 panel lights, now available from ETC.

KLANG finale for last Soul Survivor Festival

16/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Leading UK production company, SFL employed the ground-breaking immersive 3D mixing technology from German in-ear monitor specialists, KLANG, on the main stage at the last ever Soul Survivor festival, which took place last summer at the East of England showground.

RIVAGE PM7 Is The Progressive Solution For Haken

16/01/2020 - Production News

Europe – Far from being an ‘uncool relic from the 1970s’, nowadays progressive rock has a sizeable following and is becoming more popular. There are a number of artists following the likes of Muse and Dream Theater into the mainstream, none more so than Haken, a multi-national six-piece recently returned from a European tour mixed on a Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system.

Barco extends its UniSee LCD video wall series, addressing a broader range of applications and allowing end-users to select the solution best suited to their needs

16/01/2020 - Equipment News

Barco, a world leader in large video walls, introduces a new member in its innovative Barco UniSee LCD video wall range. Barco UniSee 500, with a brightness level of 500 cd/m², brings all the advantages of the original Barco UniSee platform, plus some new features, to environments with controlled and reduced ambient lighting conditions. This includes meeting rooms, television studios, simulation systems and smaller control rooms. In this way, end-users can benefit from the unique Barco UniSee features and get even more value for their money.

BLØF Get High with Hippotizer

16/01/2020 - Production News

The Netherlands – Visual design studio Tenfeet’s long-standing relationship with Dutch rockers BLØF resulted in some dazzling effects as the much-loved band played two sell-out gigs at Rotterdam’s 16,000-capacity AHOY Arena.

Genelec Smart IP opens up ‘world of possibilities’ for new G Livelab live venue

16/01/2020 - Project News

Finland – In the wake of the unmitigated success that is G Livelab Helsinki, the Finnish Musicians’ Union has opened a brand new – and bigger – venue in the vibrant city of Tampere, some 200km north of the Finnish capital. The same team was deployed to realise the Tampere project, which is built according to the same ‘music first’ philosophy as Helsinki. The result is an extraordinary live music experience based on quality programming, modern design, and state-of-the-art Genelec audio systems including the ground-breaking new 4430 Smart IP loudspeaker.

Martin Audio WPC Delivers for Sam Fender and Nub Sound

16/01/2020 - Production News

UK - When they set out to replace their flagship PA system, West Country-based Nub Sound underwent an exhaustive process of research into all the premier league contenders, with a view to making a decision in time for the 2020 Festival season.

Sonosphere offering two new training dates on Ambisonics Workflow for Immersive Content Production

16/01/2020 - Standards News

UK – Sonosphere has announced two new courses taking place on 4 February and 21 April in Marlow and Knowsley respectively. Aimed at sound professionals from both the film and music worlds, as well as music producers, audio engineers and immersive content creators, Ambisonics Workflow training will provide a hands-on, practical understanding of the immersive content production, from capture to delivery.

LIPA chooses Neumann for next-generation audio

16/01/2020 - Project News

UK – The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has enjoyed success across its array of course offerings since it was founded in 1996. With constantly high rankings in most government and independent measures, it boasts numerous high-profile and successful alumni in disciplines from acting, dance, and music, through to management, theatre technology, and sound technology.

Painting “Het Kunstuur” with Light for an Hour

15/01/2020 - Project News

Belgium – Het Kunstuur (the Art Hour) is a new ground-breaking interactive gallery concept developed by art collectors and entrepreneurs Hans & Joost Bourlon, presented in the charismatic former Holy Ghost Chapel in the historical heart of Mechelen.

ProPlex FOH Friend – Programming Time Just Got More Productive!

15/01/2020 - Event News

USA – The ProPlex FOH Friend, a new and unique addition to TMB’s award-winning ProPlex Data Distribution product range, will be introduced at Winter NAMM 2020.

d&b audiotechnik launches the newest innovation to the SL-Series

15/01/2020 - Event News

USA – German audio technology and solution company d&b audiotechnik has announced the introduction of a formidable new addition to the company's exceptional SL-Series line array family. The KSL-SUB, available in both flown and ground stack (G) versions will make its debut at the 2020 Winter NAMM show in California in January.

Smooth Sailing on Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise for Nesta Garrick with Maverick Storm 1 Wash

15/01/2020 - Production News

USA – As someone who “grew up in reggae,” Nesta Garrick takes special pride and pleasure in lighting the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, an annual December excursion that showcases many of the genre’s leading stars. But every year, the Jamaican-born LD disembarked from the floating festival’s ship with the same unfulfilled wish: he wanted an outdoor rated moving wash.

Alcons Audio Launches the LR24 Pro-Ribbon Line-Array

15/01/2020 - Event News

USA – Previewed to a very positive response at ProLight+Sound in April, the new Alcons LR24 pro-ribbon line-array system will be making its global debut at the NAMM show.

Digital Projection to Change the Game Again at ISE

15/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Digital Projection will return to the RAI in Amsterdam this February (11-14) to give the first public EMEA showing of its revolutionary Satellite Modular Laser System (MLS) in Hall 1, F90.

Ukrainian pop star turns to Quantum for Russian stadium gig

15/01/2020 - Production News

Russia – Ukrainian pop star, LOBODA, recently visited Moscow’s new US$1.5 billion VTB Arena stadium as part of her latest European tour, upgrading to DiGiCo’s premium SD7 Quantum console to create studio quality sound for the 100 channel orchestra-based production.

MILOS truss takes on a strong supporting role

15/01/2020 - Project News

France – The extensive range of MILOS truss supports just about anything: lights, sound equipment, LED screens, glass, wood, textile, etc. It reliably handles light to heavy loadings and can be used as a temporary or permanent solution in an extensive range of locations.

White Light Provides Royal Albert Hall with LED Upgrade

15/01/2020 - Project News

UK – White Light recently supplied the Royal Albert Hall with a range of Martin MAC Encore fixtures, continuing the phased upgrade of the in-house lighting rig.

Gabisom Expand Outline Newton Inventory to World’s Largest Stock

15/01/2020 - Production News

Brazil – São Paulo-based Gabisom Audio Equipment, one of the world’s largest and most well-respected audio hire companies, has just made a major investment in Outline’s unique Newton FPGA processor.

Portman Lights Wows Fisher Hires with P1 Mini LED

15/01/2020 - Production News

UK - Leading event rental specialist Fisher Hires has confirmed an investment in Portman Lights’ recently developed P1 Mini LED. Launched at Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt, the units caught the eye of Fisher Hires head of operations, Rob Baker, who immediately contacted Portman’s exclusive UK distributor Entedi, to secure stock when the products began shipping in June.

Kinetic Lighting chooses Artiste DaVinci for Southern California’s historic Warner Grand Theatre

15/01/2020 - Project News

USA – The historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California, near Long Beach, is an opulent art deco venue that is moving into a new era of performance excellence with the help of Kinetic Lighting and Elation Professional’s theatrical-grade Artiste DaVinci LED moving head.

Carousel Digital Signage Strengthens Walford’s Campus-Wide Communications Strategy

15/01/2020 - Project News

Australia – A prestigious Australian private school has deployed Carousel Cloud digital signage software to greatly improve the user experience and streamline costs for campus-wide communications. The deployment includes integration with an existing network of Apple TV devices, taking advantage of Carousel Digital Signage’s industry-first innovation of converting Apple TVs into digital signage players.

Asia Pacific Market gets direct access to Prolyte Channels

14/01/2020 - Business News

The Netherlands – As of 10 January, 2020, Prolyte has discontinued Prolyte Asia Pacific (PAP) and Prolyte Doughty Japan (PDJ) as Prolyte distributors. A result of Prolyte, PAP, and PDJ not reaching a mutual agreement on future relationships after the restructuring of the new Prolyte B.V.

Adlib Helps Big it up for Overtones Tour

14/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Liverpool-based production specialist Adlib continued its excellent working relationship with popular vocal harmony group The Overtones, supplying lighting equipment and crew to their latest UK tour, supporting LD and set designer Neil Holloway.

Chicago at The Leys Great Hall

14/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Jacob Gowler relished the chance of using Robe’s new T1 Profiles and LEDBeam 150s for the first time on a Cambridge Theatre Company (CTC) production of the crime-and-passion fuelled musical Chicago (High School Edition), staged over six performances in the 337-seat Great Hall at The Leys School in central Cambridge.

‘Spider’ weaves his magic with Ayrton in Warsaw Stadium

14/01/2020 - Production News

Poland – When production, lighting and multimedia designer, Pawel ‘Spider’ Pajak, and PERCEPTO [LAB] – the team responsible for creative visual production – were approached by production company, East Eventz, to design and deliver creative solutions for a one-off concert, they chose Ayrton MagicPanel-FX and Khamsin-S fixtures to provide contemporary, densely-coloured and dramatic effects for this very special evening. The two-artist concert featured singer Dawid Podsiadlo and rapper Taco Hemingway, and was the first sold-out gig for Polish artists in the history of Warsaw’s PGE Narodowy Stadium, attracting an attendance of 60,000 people.

Robert Juliat SpotMe now certified by L-Acoustics for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology

14/01/2020 - Business News

Coming into the new year, L-Acoustics reveals the January release of a significant software update for its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology that will enable users to monitor the positioning of any tracked object in a 3D view. With L-ISA Controller version 2.0, source parameters including pan, width, height, distance, and elevation can be mapped and scaled to all certified tracking systems.

Chris Sealy Calls Forth Emotional Power of Cats with Chauvet Professional

14/01/2020 - Production News

UK – A talented group of people belong to the Taunton Amateur Operatic Society. Not only are they skilled Thespians, many also excel in costume design. So proud were they of the colourful garb they wove for a recent production of Cats, that they came to rehearsals in their finished show attire. In so doing, they provided Chris Sealy with a wellspring of inspiration to draw upon when lighting their production at the Brewhouse Theatre.

Renkus-Heinz Placing Live Sound in a Position for Performance at NAMM 2020

14/01/2020 - Event News

USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, is showcasing the scientific advantage of digitally steerable solutions at NAMM 2020 by highlighting two cutting-edge offerings: the DC12/2 and the ICLive X Series. Both products will be on display at the Renkus-Heinz booth (#17907) and speakers from the ICLive X Series will also power live performances each night at the Hilton Anaheim Lobby Bar.

The ALD Announces the Winners of the ALD Awards for Excellence 2019

14/01/2020 - Event News

UK – Following this year’s rebrand of the ALD’s Awards, to become the ALD Awards for Excellence, the Association has announced the winners in each category, including the newly targeted award, The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics, which was created to balance the recognition of talent demonstrated across the membership profile.

Prolyte Asia Pacific (PAP) becomes SIXTY82 Doughty Asia (SDA)

14/01/2020 - Business News

Malaysia – Maintaining its focus on supplying the urgent demand for high-quality trussing and staging products and solutions, Prolyte Asia Pacific, also known as PAP, is pleased to announce its transition into SIXTY82 Doughty Asia (SDA).

PLASA and MIA to host IR35 and Brexit event

14/01/2020 - Event News

UK – PLASA, the lead association for the entertainment technology industry, is teaming up with the MIA (Music Industries Association) to co-host a free-to-attend event on IR35 and Brexit updates, taking place in London on 30 January. Professionals from across the entertainment technology and music industries are invited to RSVP as soon as possible to secure their free place.

Kvant and PR Lighting Ensure Bratislava’s New Year Opens in Style

14/01/2020 - Production News

Slovakia – Bratislava’s new year celebrations, held in the heart of the Slovakian capital at the Rázusovo nábrežie (the banks of the River Danube) were brought to life by a spectacular light show masterminded by Kvant Show Production.

Gaylord National Resort Celebrates “Christmas on the Potomac” with L-Acoustics

14/01/2020 - Production News

USA – The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland near the nation’s capital likes to celebrate Christmas in a big way. Set in the property’s towering 19 storey glass garden atrium with its views of the river, “Christmas on the Potomac” is the hotel’s myriad holiday installation crowned by Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a six-week-long (15 November to 30 december), 25-minute Christmas fable combining breathtaking artistry and showmanship from around the world with spectacular costumes, classic Christmas music, a dancing fountain, laser show, indoor snowfall and soaring imagination.

Optocore Appoints United Brands as New German Distributor

14/01/2020 - Business News

Germany – German fibre network specialist, Optocore, has appointed Dusseldorf-based United Brands GmbH (United B) as its new German distributors with immediate effect.

Sound Adventures goes beyond entertainment at the University of Campania

14/01/2020 - Project News

Italy – The University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ in Naples is turning to a unique use of immersive audio technology with one of its new physics research labs. The lab at the university’s Aversa campus is exploring the relationship between temperature, audio and visuals, and to do this in a scientific way the researchers required a space where each element could be precisely controlled. To achieve this control from an audio standpoint, the researchers turned to Martin Audio’s Sound Adventures.

Atlona Expands HDVS Series of PTZ Cameras at ISE 2020

13/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Atlona will bolster its HDVS Series of enterprise-grade PTZ cameras at ISE 2020 next month, with two new models that simplify connectivity in collaborative and many other environments. To be exhibited at Stand 5.T50 (February 11-14, Amsterdam RAI), the new models offer HDBaseT and HDMI outputs, providing integrators with flexible options to build systems for conferencing and other applications inside meeting spaces, training rooms and classrooms, among other AV environments.

Mackie Launches All-New SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System

13/01/2020 - Event News

USA – At NAMM 2020, Mackie is showing its latest entry into the portable PA market, the all-new SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System. Featuring an ultra-lightweight design, legendary SRM Series sound quality, a full-featured six-channel digital mixer, and complete wireless control and streaming, SRM-Flex is perfect for solo acts, small bands, presentations, events, DJs, and more. Packed with premium features and capability, SRM-Flex offers an incredible value not before achieved at this price point.

Robe Has So Much Fun with Young Thug

13/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Rising star rapper and songwriter Young Thug has cut a reputation for musical experimentalism, style and dynamic collaborations, and just finished a major US arena tour co-headlining with Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) which has been hugely popular and well-received.

Carola gets Festive with Robe

13/01/2020 - Production News

Sweden – Swedish singer and songwriter Carola Maria Häggkvist – best known as ‘Carola’ – has been one of Sweden's most popular performers since the early 1980s, releasing a dynamic range of albums over that time encompassing pop and disco to hymns and folk music.

Meet TP's newest project manager, Michael Lindauer

13/01/2020 - People News

Theatre Projects introduces its newest team member, Michael Lindauer. He’s an industry veteran, having already worked in the theatre consulting, architectural lighting design, and audiovisual consulting industries for over 25 years.

CSD Group and Chauvet Professional Create Contemporary Worship Environment at Summit Church

13/01/2020 - Project News

USA – With its crisp, glimmering lines broken up by the occasional geometric pattern, the new Capital Hills main campus of Summit Church looks right at home in North Carolina’s famed “Research Triangle,” which is routinely ranked as one of the most tech-savvy areas in the United States.

City Theatrical DMXcat Boosts Efficiency with new Multi Fixture Feature

13/01/2020 - Equipment News

City Theatrical’s DMXcat multi-function test tool now provides expanded functionality with the new Multi Fixture (DMX) feature, which offers lighting professionals an efficient way to turn on and test multiple DMX lighting fixtures simultaneously.

Light Fantastic Production Services return to Women in Data 2019 with a complete event package

13/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Women in Data is the organisations flagship annual conference, pulling in over 1,000 attendees from around the world. Held within the impeccable surroundings of the InterContinental, London O2 on the banks of the River Thames, WiD features inspirational, keynote presentations from a host of guest speakers.

Adamson Excels During Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Celebrations with Mark Ronson, Marc Almond, Eddi Reader, Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and More

13/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Over 170 Adamson loudspeakers were deployed for three days of spectacular events for Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

Claypaky Sharpy Plus Fixtures Enhance “Jack and the Beanstalk” Holiday Pantomime in South Africa

13/01/2020 - Production News

South Africa - For the past 17 years, British lighting designer Graham McLusky has made his way to South Africa to light the annual pantomime (a musical comedy family stage show based on a fairy tale or nursery rhyme and produced during the holidays). This season “Jack and the Beanstalk” was presented at the Joburg Theatre during November and December, and it received rave reviews. McLusky utilised the theatre’s new lighting gear, which included 12 Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures recently purchased from DWR Distribution.

SIXTY82 appoints DP Music as its exclusive distributor for Hungary

13/01/2020 - Business News

Hungary – SIXTY82 has announced the appointment of an exciting new partnership with the highly regarded and well renowned DP Music Kft. as the new representative in Hungary. DP Music will offer expert guidance on a wide range of possibilities, advising customers in Hungary on the best SIXTY82 solution for their particular needs.

Ravishing success for L-Acoustics on ‘Hrafn: Conversations with Odin’

13/01/2020 - Production News

Australia – Project X is a programme of contemporary artworks, events, and activations designed to bring visitors to the Tasmanian Huon Valley region after the wide-spread destructive bushfires over the 2018–2019 summer period. Project X is presented by DarkLab, the team behind the Museum of Old and New Art’s winter solstice festival Dark Mofo, with federal and state government support.

Lights, Atmospherics, Control – Elation to highlight creative ranges at 2020 NAMM Show

10/01/2020 - Event News

USA – Showing alongside innovative new Elation Smarty, Fuze and Paladin range lighting products at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim will be all-new atmospheric effects in the company’s new Magmatic range, as well as the latest lighting control products from Obsidian Control Systems. Held 16-19 January at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Elation team welcomes lighting professionals to Booth #11337 for a closer look at the following exciting innovations and much more.

Mackie Launches Top-of-the-Line SRM V-Class Professional Loudspeakers

10/01/2020 - Equipment News

Mackie’s SRM Series single-handedly defined the powered monitors category. Now Mackie has completely reimagined and redesigned it. The new top-of-the-line SRM V-Class series high-performance powered loudspeakers deliver an impressive combination of powerful sound pressure level, outstanding sound quality, advanced DSP technology, and rock-solid reliability, including an all-wood enclosure with Mackie’s famed “Built Like a Tank” construction. Designed for a variety of professional sound-reinforcement applications, the series consists of three models: the SRM210 V-Class, SRM212 V-Class, and SRM215 V-Class, with 10-, 12-, and 15-inch low-frequency transducers, respectively.

White Light Supplies Lighting for Donmar Show Teenage Dick

10/01/2020 - Production News

UK – White Light has recently supplied the lighting on Teenage Dick, the critically-acclaimed production which is currently running at the Donmar Warehouse.

Eric Cathcart and Mike Grant Create Big, Versatile Looks for Black Keys With 325 Strike 1 Fixtures

10/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Eric Cathcart gets straight to the point when describing the impact that Chauvet Professional Strike 1 fixtures are having on the looks that he and Mike Grant are creating for the Black Keys on the Grammy winners’ “Let’s Rock” tour.

Schauspielhaus Bochum Upgrades to Digital with dLive

10/01/2020 - Project News

Germany – German theatre Schauspielhaus Bochum has recently completed a major installation featuring multiple Allen & Heath dLive systems, alongside new digital network technology across all of its venues and finished a successful first season with the new systems.

Solid State Logic Live V4.10 Feature Release

10/01/2020 - Equipment News

Solid State Logic (SSL) has released the latest Live V4.10 feature packed update for the entire range of SSL Live consoles including L100, L200, L300, L350, L550 (including L500 and L500 Plus) as well as its SOLSA software. The new release provides live engineers with a host of beneficial features that expands their workflow and control.

Creative Technology London Invests in Clean Energy with the Green Voltage – VOLTstack Power Stations’

10/01/2020 - Production News

CT understands that it has an environmental responsibility as a company to carry out everyday operations and deliver an extensive range of technical services in a way that has the least impact to the planet as possible. CT's latest investment in the VOLTstack 5k power station demonstrates another significant step towards further reducing its carbon footprint.

Sound Marketing Appoints Megan Draper

10/01/2020 - People News

UK – Buckinghamshire-based marketing and PR agency Sound Marketing has appointed Megan Draper to the post of marketing, PR and events co-ordinator. Having established an excellent reputation, the company celebrated its 11th anniversary last year and enjoys the trust of a client list that includes a diverse portfolio of companies in the audio, AV, lighting and events markets.

“Perfectly Flawless” Proteus on LumiNature at Philadelphia Zoo

10/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Philadelphia Zoo did their part to spread holiday cheer this season with LumiNature, a massive new experiential holiday sound and light attraction that transformed the nation’s first zoo into a magical winter wonderland encompassing 12 captivating experience zones.

Sennheiser’s 6000 Series in The West End and beyond with Autograph

10/01/2020 - Production News

UK – With an enviable pedigree stretching back decades, Sennheiser wireless systems have been a fixture on the professional theatre scene almost since radio microphone technology was first used on stage. At the same time, London-based Autograph Sound has been a pioneer in audio for theatre since 1973 and has been not only a major Sennheiser client through much of that period but has also played a significant role in product development for theatre applications.

Bandit Lights Up Nashville’s 2020 New Year’s Eve Bash

10/01/2020 - Production News

USA – More than 200,000 people gathered at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to usher in 2020 at Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville. Bandit Lites once again provided the celebration with a massive, comprehensive lighting system to help with six hours of live music, fireworks and the iconic midnight Music Note Drop.

Ayrton’s new Huracán-X fixtures help create a club vibe for Philadelphia’s HiJinx EDM Festival

09/01/2020 - Production News

USA – The HiJinx Festival of electronic dance music marked its second year with a return to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center where production designer, Cort Lawrence, ramped up the excitement with Ayrton Huracán-X fixtures providing dynamic graphics and colourful effects.

NK SOUND TOKYO Installs World’s Largest Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console

09/01/2020 - Project News

Japan – Originally opened in 2015 by engineer Neeraj Khajanchi, NK SOUND TOKYO has recently made a large update to its main studio with the addition of an 80-input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console, which is the largest 5088 sold to date. The console was provided by Rupert Neve’s longtime Japanese distributor Hook-Up Inc. and is loaded with 48 channels of Shelford 5052 mic preamp / inductor EQ modules.

The Clarity of PMC Monitors Helps Felix Klostermann Speed Up His Workflow

09/01/2020 - Project News

Germany – German producer Felix Klostermann is delighted with his switch to PMC studio monitoring, stating that it has made his workflow much faster by reducing the number of changes he needs to make to projects.

Alcons Audio Showcases New LR24 System for Live Events at NAMM 2020

09/01/2020 - Event News

USA – The real-world environment of California’s Anaheim Convention Center Arena will see Alcons Audio launch new line array and loudspeaker technologies at the NAMM Show in mid-January. Each show day will give live audio professionals the opportunity to hear the difference that Alcons’ pro-ribbon technology makes to the audience experience, including the first chance to hear the power and clarity of the new LR24/90 mid-size line-array system.

Stephen T. Gudis

09/01/2020 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland offers the following condolences and thoughts on the passing of Stephen T. Gudis: “If you knew him, you called him Gudis. People call me Strickland. We were so different. We were so the same. If you look at Steve and I, we seem to be miles apart, but really, we weren’t.

David Summers and Squeek Lights Capture CHON with Chauvet Professional

09/01/2020 - Production News

USA – There aren’t a lot of sing-alongs at a CHON concert, nor is there much in the way of crowd surfing. Even the ubiquitous mobile phones are scarcely seen at the band’s shows. Instead of shooting videos, fans of this Oceanside, CA based quartet would rather be swept up by their transformative mix of progressive instrumental music with its intricate guitar sweeps, syncopated drum beats and mesmerising rhythmic patterns.

ROE Visual Sets New Standard for Stunning Visuals at ISE

09/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – ROE Visual will be introducing a range of new products at the ISE, all designed using the latest LED technologies. Setting the standard for stunning LED performances, ROE Visual showcases its unmatched expertise in the field of LED technology, for applications in both the rental and system integration markets. Find ROE Visual at stand 12F80.

Verlinde fits out the world's first underwater cinema set at the Lites cinema studios in Belgium

09/01/2020 - Project News

Belgium – Lites cinema studios in Belgium offer five rooms from 250m2 to 1700m2, one of which is underwater (the water stage), it is unique of its type for high quality underwater and surface camera shots. For the lifting equipment it called upon Belgium's leader in this entertainment field, Verlinde and its Stagemaker range.

Young Thug ‘caged’ and zapped with GLP JDC1s

09/01/2020 - Production News

USA – When British lighting designer Stu Dingley realised, back in 2018, that most of the acts he was servicing were Los Angeles-based, he made the radical step of moving to California, believing that not only was it a great place to be based, but he could avoid the increasing commute.

Martin Audio Announces Blackline X218 Subwoofer

09/01/2020 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has made a dynamic start to the New Year with the announcement of the X218 subwoofer, extending yet further the company’s best ever selling portable series, BlacklineX.

GIS Launches Two Lightweight Entertainment Hoists for Mobile Use

09/01/2020 - Equipment News

Swiss electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS AG has launched two new lightweight D8 products, of 500kg and 1,000kg capacity, for mobile use in the entertainment sector.

Electro-Voice and Dynacord deliver flexible audio solution for the Royal Institute of British Architects

09/01/2020 - Project News

UK – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) drew on the combined strengths of Electro-Voice and Dynacord for an audio solution update in the Jarvis Hall at its London headquarters. T S Professional Sound+Light took on the installation project in the protected historic building to create a system that would be as flexible as the room itself.

Claypaky Sharpy Plus Fixtures Exude Glamour on Burlesque Queen Dita Von Teese’s Australian Tour

08/01/2020 - Production News

Australia – The ever-dazzling International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, returned to Australia with her most lavish touring show ever, “Glamonatrix.” It was the first outing for Phaseshift Productions’ Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures, which are capable of being both a perfect beam light and a perfect spotlight. Dita’s production manager and lighting designer, Alex Goldberg, was thrilled to have the new fixtures at the beginning of her world tour.

JBL Professional announces new IRX Series Portable PA Loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM Show

08/01/2020 - Event News

USA – Harman Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, has announced new JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. At NAMM, visitors can experience IRX Series loudspeakers at booth 14508 in the ACC North Hall.

Jessica Sanders Lights Brummies NYE Homecoming with Chauvet Professional

08/01/2020 - Production News

USA It was quite a run for the Brummies in 2019. Since making a splash a year earlier with their breakout LP Eternal Reach, which featured a contribution by multi-Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, the indie folk trio has maintained a global touring schedule appearing at festivals from Electric Picnic to Bonarro. The rapidly rising band capped of the year with a homecoming of sorts, returning to their native Birmingham, Alabama to perform a NYE show at the city’s iconic Saturn live music venue.

White Light Starts New School Year at Bryanston

08/01/2020 - Project News

UK - WL has an unparalleled reputation in theatre lighting having supplied venues of all shapes and sizes for over 48 years. Alongside traditional theatres, WL also works closely with schools and educational institutions. One of these is Bryanston School, which is located next to the town of Blandford Forum in Dorset and which recently upgraded its existing lighting system. The School’s technical and production manager James Henshaw explains: “At Bryanston, there are a wide range of performance spaces, with the main one being Coade Hall which is a purpose-built 600 seater theatre. With 15-20 productions a year, pupils have plenty of opportunities to perform, design and direct. Pupils interested in the technical side are able to join the stage crew to learn how to handle the equipment and design, light and costume a production. As a drama department, we have a fantastic reputation and need to ensure we live up to this, hence the upgrade to our existing lighting equipment.”

Chakor Sound Makes Waves in India with Yamaha RIVAGE PM7

08/01/2020 - Production News

India – Based in Mumbai, Chakor Sound is committed to providing the best equipment and service for the demanding needs of a diverse range of events. The company’s recent investment in a Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system has highlighted its determination to keep delivering the ultimate in production values.

TiMax aids impressive immersive Shanghai event for Rolls Royce dealer partners

08/01/2020 - Production News

China – The annual two-day Rolls Royce sales meeting, hosted for the prestigious marque’s worldwide network of dealer partners, maintains an impressive standard of event production, for which this year, as for the last five, global brand experience company, Imagination, pitched for and won. The realised design brief incorporated an engaging daytime dealer gathering setup and an intricately designed immersive experiential dining experience for 280 guests, uniquely supported by TiMax object-based spatial audio.

First European showing of Brompton Technology’s acclaimed Dynamic Calibration at ISE 2020

08/01/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – ISE 2020 sees leading LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, give the first European showing of its ground-breaking Dynamic Calibration technology and launch its latest LED processor, the Tessera S8, on its largest ever trade show stand. The significant size increase of this newly designed stand, which measures 90m2, will allow Brompton to give regular presentations of Dynamic Calibration, the Brompton HDR solution, and the new Tessera S8, alongside its ever-popular demonstration stations.

L-ISA Technology Expands Console Partnership with Yamaha

08/01/2020 - Business News

USA – As L-ISA technology continues to be adopted by live events like the recent Bon Iver and Mark Knopfler tours, and in permanent installations such as Sydney Coliseum, L-Acoustics has announced the expansion of console partners, adding Yamaha Professional Audio, who has co-developed an L-ISA DeskLink for its flagship Rivage PM7 and PM10 mixing systems.

Mason Delman lights Legally Blonde at NYU Skirball with Artiste Picasso

08/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Mason Delman lit an NYU Tisch School of the Arts production of Legally Blonde with Elation Artiste Picasso moving heads and praised the multi-functionality and responsiveness of the high-performance LED profile luminaire. 4Wall Entertainment in New York, with Al Ridella as key account manager, provided ten Artiste Picasso fixtures for the Tisch New Theatre student organisation production at the Skirball Center in November.

Colour Sound gets Respect for Aretha Franklin Songbook Tour

07/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Lighting and video specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting equipment, LED screen, rigging and crew to the most recent UK leg of Respect: The Aretha Franklin Songbook tour which has just finished.

Robe Flies High with Peter Pan in Blackpool

07/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Panto season in the UK and Ireland brought another crop of side-splitting hilarity and slapstick to stages up and down the countries, with gags, double entendres and innuendo flying faster than foam pies from a Super Soaker Zipfire, delivered by a range of crazy eccentric gender-defying characters, following – sometimes vaguely – classic folk tale narratives.

Roadie test drives versatile Ayrton MiniPanel-FX and Diablo-TC

07/01/2020 - Production News

Singapore – When Singapore-based lighting design company, Roadie Pte Ltd, purchased a substantial number of Ayrton lighting fixtures from exclusive local distributor, Total Solutions Marketing Pte Ltd, it was an opportunity to find out what persuaded them to choose their 24 MiniPanel-FX and 18 Diablo-TC fixtures.

Christopher Palazini Textures Black Rock Church Christmas with Chauvet Professional

07/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Gobo patterns have a power all their own to bring music and message to life in a house of worship, believes Christopher Palazini, lighting and projection director at Black Rock Church. Palazini demonstrated this point in unforgettable fashion for 2,400 worshippers over three morning services on Sunday 15 December at the church’s annual Christmas musical presentation.

Hillsong Young & Free Inspire North American Audiences with Adamson S-Series

07/01/2020 - Production News

North America – Hillsong Young & Free have been inspiring audiences around the world since first uniting to compose and perform contemporary worship music in 2012 at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. To support their most recent studio album, III, the group spent the majority of 2019 touring Canada and the US with a production package supplied by Canada’s Soundbox Productions, including a versatile audio system anchored by Adamson Systems Engineering’s sub-compact S-Series loudspeakers.

An All-DiGiCo Console Infrastructure Lets Gateway Church Manage Big Productions

07/01/2020 - Project News

USA – They do things big in Texas, and Gateway Church is no exception. Founded in 2000 by pastor Robert Morris, Gateway is a Bible-based, evangelistic church that has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two decades. Today, with eight campuses around the state and another in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Gateway meets as one church in many locations with more than 30,000 people attending each weekend and it plans on continuing to open several more locations in the coming year.

Astera Just Lights it in South Africa

07/01/2020 - Production News

South Africa – 'Astera LED' has become an industry buzzword in the last 12 months in South Africa, and no sooner had DWR been announced as the distributor in 2019, then Duncan Riley and the team started making immediate sales to people itching to get their hands on Astera’s innovative and fast becoming renowned range of battery powered LED products.

Absen welcomes SQM to Value Added Distributor Network

07/01/2020 - Business News

Poland – Absen has signed a partnership agreement with SQM, a specialist provider of multimedia and event services, as the company’s official distributor in Poland. SQM will have exclusive rights over the sale and distribution of the Aries AX1.5, the world’s first MiniLED rental display, in the Polish rental staging market.

AMS Neve and Westlake Pro Unveil Exclusive New Demo Suite

07/01/2020 - Business News

USA – AMS Neve and Westlake Pro have partnered to create the first AMS Neve Showroom in the US. Located at Westlake Pro’s headquarters in North Hollywood, the space provides an environment for clients to listen to the entire AMS Neve product portfolio.

Renkus-Heinz Adds Immersive Audio to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Cutting-Edge Theatre

07/01/2020 - Project News

USA – The Aquarium of the Pacific, located near the waterfront in Long Beach, California recently opened its 'aquarium of the future', called Pacific Visions, which features a breathtaking immersive theatre, multiple interactive art installations, and hands-on multimedia displays. Key to making the immersive component of the 300 capacity theatre work is perfectly positioned sound provided by Renkus-Heinz.

CT is now an authorised L-Acoustics Calibration Certified Provider

07/01/2020 - Business News

UAE – CT has announced that it is officially an authorised L-Acoustics Calibration Certified Provider and one of only three companies to have this privilege.

Movers and Shakers

07/01/2020 - People News

UAE – CT Middle East welcomes Sherin Dsouza as the new operations assistant and client relationship manager. Sherin has joined CTME to assist Rob Turner in developing the newly established communications and networking division. She brings over seven years of experience in the AV industry and has a strong audio and communications background. Sherin will look after the logistics and operational planning/execution and client communication for CT’s communications and networking division. Sherin's knowledge and skill set make her a great asset to the team and she has already shown great commitment to her role.

Audient iD4 Interfaces Save the Day at Strongroom Writing Camp

07/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Six of Audient’s iD4 audio interfaces joined Canadian songwriters and music publishers’ reps who travelled across the Atlantic for a four-day intensive songwriting camp at East London’s Strongroom studios recently. Occupying six workstations over three studios, it was Strongroom’s technical manager, Jake Murray who oversaw the studio arrangements for the visitors.

Capital Extends New WPS Line Array Inventory for Tim Minchin Tour

07/01/2020 - Production News

UK – So successful has been the debut of Martin Audio’s new WPS line array on the Eddie Izzard tour that Capital Sound has immediately taken the opportunity to extend its inventory, after winning the bid for the Tim Minchin tour as the two UK itineraries overlapped.

LDI Strengthens 2020 Vision with Questex

06/01/2020 - Event News

USA – The Live Design International Conference and Tradeshow (LDI) has firmed up its experiential design foundations by joining the Questex stable.

Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux Goes Rogue and Asymmetrical for Petit Chanteur de Laval

06/01/2020 - Production News

Canada – The opportunity to grow lies within every unexpected challenge. The wisdom of this age-old adage resonated clearly for Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux this holiday season. Arriving at the Salle Marguerite Bourgeoys performing arts centre to light a two-and-a-half-hour Christmas concert by Petit Chanteur de Laval, the Québécois LD proceeded to position his 30 Chauvet Professional Rogue moving fixtures in the symmetrical design he had planned.

Lightswitch, 4Wall and Elation team up at 2019 LA Auto Show

06/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Design group Lightswitch first turned to Elation Professional’s Fuze Wash 575 LED white light luminaire in 2017 and again utilised the auto show-optimised moving head to light three top auto manufacturer booths at the 2019 edition of the LA Auto Show. “The Fuze Wash 575 is one of a very small number of automated LED fixtures that we use extensively in the auto show market,” states Chris Medvitz, partner and principal at Lightswitch. “Because of its light weight, feature set and price point, it has very quickly become a workhorse in automotive lighting for shows.”

d&b audiotechnik atNAMM 2020

06/01/2020 - Event News

USA – d&b audiotechnik will introduce a new SL-Series subwoofer and showcase compact augmented arrays and Soundscape immersive technology in the demonstration room at NAMM 2020

The SGM G-7 BeaSt has landed at IPS

03/01/2020 - Production News

UK – IPS is the first rental stockist of the new SGM G-7 BeaSt fixture. This unique LED moving head with beam and strobe effect incorporates a massive parabolic reflector, which creates zoomable collimated beam effects with a 10,000 Lumen pixel controllable strobe in the centre.

Claypaky Fixtures Light Record-Setting Polish Concert

03/01/2020 - Production News

Poland – Warsaw’s PGE Narodowy Stadium scored a first in its history when it sold out a concert of Polish artists to an enthusiastic audience nearly of 60,000 fans. Co-headliners hip-hop artist Taco Hemingway and pop artist Dawid Podsiadlo are recognised as a new wave of talented Polish performers so Pawel Pajak gave them the star treatment with a complement of Claypaky fixtures lighting their acts.

KLANG Makes a Big Splash at Willowbrook Baptist Church

02/01/2020 - Project News

USA – Willowbrook Baptist Church’s main campus in Huntsville, Alabama recently implemented its first step of a multi-phased initiative to update its worship centre, and a key part of that process was the implementation of a KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear monitor mixing system.

Nic Vazquez Showcases Willow Crystal Lake’s Acoustic Weekend with Chauvet Professional

02/01/2020 - Production News

USA – As one of the lighting designers at a dynamic and active house of worship, Nic Vazquez is accustomed to creating live production designs. It’s something he helps facilitate every week at Willow Crystal Lake. Recently, Vazquez had to dig especially deep into this well of experience, when he had to adopt a different mindset by lighting the church’s first all-acoustic service in its new building.

Seth Jackson’s adaptable Elation rig for special Christian music tour

02/01/2020 - Production News

USA – Seth Jackson was called on by Premier Productions to design lighting for a special fall concert series that saw three of the most prolific bands in Christian music tour the US to packed houses. The special USA arena tour featured multi-platinum-selling artists Casting Crowns, Hillsong Worship, and Elevation Worship, three top acts that brought together their devoted fan bases all under the same roof for a night of music, worship and praise.

Luis Varona Joins Chauvet Team

02/01/2020 - People News

USA – Keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for its products in the Caribbean and Central America, Chauvet has added highly regarded lighting specialist Luis Varona to its team. Varona, who has spent over 15 years as an executive at leading companies in the region, joins Chauvet as business development manager for the Caribbean and Central America. He will be responsible for Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ products in that market.

Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Beam Wash Brings Added Versatility to Any Rig

02/01/2020 - Equipment News

Versatility was the watchword at Chauvet Professional when the company’s design team developed the new Rogue R1 Beam Wash. Capable of producing intense beam effects one moment and soft colour washes the next, the compact fixture was engineered to be a flexible and reliable workhorse on any rig, whether on tours, or at live music venues, festivals, theatres, and events.

Brompton Technology takes Nexteel launch to the next level

02/01/2020 - Production News

Australia – When it comes to launching a brand with a real 'wow factor', Novatech Creative Entertainment Technology (NCET) is arguably one of the best placed companies to deliver. It proved its reputation once again this November with an impressive re-branding event for Australian painted steel business Nexteel, in both Adelaide and Perth. Brompton Technology LED processors were chosen to support the stunning array of large LED screens, which were suspended above the stage and delivered pulsing content, teasing the audience with what was in store.

Goshen High School Prepares for the Future with L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo

02/01/2020 - Project News

USA – Both in academics and athletics, Goshen High School has been living up to its status as the flagship institution of the upstate New York Goshen Central School District: the Boys' Varsity Tennis team has not lost a conference title in over ten years, and its Mock Trial team has won the Orange County championship for nine years.

David Howard Reflects Spirit of MCM Comic Con with Chauvet Professional

02/01/2020 - Production News

UK – When Steve Yeardsley discusses why his company recently invested in the Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profile, the word 'versatility' comes up often. “Ultimately the draw of this fixture is its performance package as a whole, including brightness, zoom, shutters, compactness and many other features,” said the managing director of OneBigStar. “The MK3 Profiles are great for aerial and animation effects as well as stage lighting at a wide array of projects, particularly at some of the larger work we do at ExCel in London.”

HES Sola Series Makes Film Debut in ‘Le Mans ‘66’

02/01/2020 - Production News

USA – High End Systems SolaFrame fixtures made their US screen debut in the 20th Century Fox film, Ford v Ferrari. Opened 15 November in US cinemas, the film is released under different titles worldwide such as Le Mans ‘66 throughout Europe, and Contra lo imposible in Mexico and Argentina.

Light Fantastic Production Services support L'Atelier Five with a festive transformation of London’s Burlington Arcade

02/01/2020 - Production News

UK – Technical event specialists LFPS have been helping bring a suitably classy, seasonal look to the iconic arcade situated on Piccadilly in Central London in celebration of its 200th Burlington Christmas. Working with creative design agency L’Atelier Five and expert paper artist Andy Singleton, LFPS leant their extensive rigging and technical expertise to help bring the installation to life.