News Archive for December 2020

Robe MegaPointes for the People’s Choice

18/12/2020 - Production News

USA – The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards (PCAs) was again staged at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and lit for the third consecutive year by Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design, working for production company Den of Thieves.

Simon Horn Takes Train on Magical Holiday Ride for Steam Illumination with ChamSys

18/12/2020 - Production News

UK – Seen from a distance, the Steam Illumination Christmas Train appears like a rolling band of moving light cutting through the dark night as it rolls past the farms and fields of the Hampshire countryside. To those inside, the experience is even more magical, as they find themselves immersed in a rotating tunnel of brilliant colours and patterns.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama expands production and performance capabilities with Solid State Logic and multi-site AoIP infrastructure

18/12/2020 - Project News

UK - The Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists situated in the heart of the City of London. Ranked as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020), the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with over 1,000 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world.

msm Studio Group Uses PMC Speakers to Create Yello’s First Immersive Audio Album

18/12/2020 - Production News

Germany – Swiss electronic duo Yello have embraced immersive audio for their latest album Point by releasing a Dolby Atmos version, which was mixed in Munich by high-end media production company msm Studio Group.

TSL Lighting Turns it On for Magic Mike Live Australia

17/12/2020 - Production News

Australia – Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum’s acclaimed dance show, Magic Mike Live, opened in Sydney, Australia on 17 December. It features a complex, dynamic all-new lighting design created by Philip Gladwell, using a rig supplied by TSL Lighting.

Zeal Life Turns Land of Light Into Magical Holiday Experience with Chauvet Professional

17/12/2020 - Production News

UK – Surrounded by 9,000 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens, thick woodlands and neatly tended farms, the three-storey Longleat mansion glistens beneath an ornate roof adorned with domes and decorative chimneys. Each of the stately windows that line the exterior facade of the 128 room Tudor structure beckon visitors to look into a world where imagination takes flight.

Keep Both Feet on The Ground with Chroma-Q’s Pole Operated Pan and Tilt Yoke

17/12/2020 - Equipment News

Chroma-Q has announced the launch of a brand-new pole operated pan and tilt yoke accessory for its Space Force Octo and Space Force onebytwo fixtures.

Wireless Solution launch G6 – a new generation of wireless DMX products

17/12/2020 - Equipment News

Sweden-based company Wireless Solution, famous for its well-known W-DMX product range, has announced the release of its new generation of BlackBoxes with the introduction of G6.

Alcons Pro-Ribbon Systems are in a Class of Their Own

17/12/2020 - Project News

USA – Greater Atlanta Christian School (GACS) is a PK-12 Christian school in Norcross, Georgia serving over 1,600 students. The school is a faith-infused, academically rich community, ranked at the top of the state for teaching quality, arts and athletics. Since it was first established over 50 years ago, GACS has earned itself a reputation for utilising advanced technologies in its quest to further the learning needs of its students. This dedication to providing high quality creative and technical facilities to support its arts and media curriculum, has led the school to invest in three state-of-the-art Alcons Audio pro-ribbon sound reinforcement systems for its venues.

Brit Row Succeeds with Covid-Safe Techniques

17/12/2020 - Production News

Worldwide – Britannia Row Productions has supplied a varied array of projects in theatre, TV and radio while utilising Covid-safe procedures.

Claypaky presents “Shine a Light” – a song celebrating the entertainment industry

17/12/2020 - Business News

Italy – The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most difficult years for everyone working in the entertainment and events sector. In the effort to focus on keeping up the spirit of the people affected by the current crisis and to close this terrible year with a positive hope, Claypaky created “Shine a Light.” A song dedicated to everyone in the entertainment industry. It is written by Claypaky product specialist and musician, Manuel Hahn, together with US-based Claypaky product specialist George Masek.

Creative Technology Round Up this Year in Golf

17/12/2020 - Event News

Europe & Middle East - Creative Technology (CT) has been delivering live video solutions to golfing tournaments throughout Europe and the Middle East for over 30 years. Whilst Covid-19 is still affecting many live events across the globe, Creative Technology has been working hard to assist golf events where possible to resume activities albeit on a reduced basis and behind closed doors.

FIX8Group’s ‘The Hub’ Virtual Events Space Opens for Business

17/12/2020 - Production News

UK – FIX8Group’s virtual events, broadcast and connectivity centre is fully operational for business.

Elation IP-rated lights for Puscifer performance in Arizona desert

17/12/2020 - Production News

USA – Colorado production house Brown Note Productions was hired by long-time client Danny Wimmer Presents to provide audio, lighting and video production for a special online performance by alt-rock band Puscifer from experimental town Arcosanti in the high desert of Arizona. Called on to create evocative visual atmospheres for the shoot was lighting designer Sarah Landau, who turned to an IP-rated rig of Elation lighting to brave the desert elements.

Anolis Lighting Scheme for Southampton Mayflower Theatre

16/12/2020 - Project News

UK – The exterior of the Southampton Mayflower Theatre brings an extra dazzle of warmth and vitality to a usually busy city centre illuminated with an Anolis lighting scheme which was installed by Lighting Technology Projects (LTP).

grandMA3 viz-key announced: Partnership with visualisation manufacturers

16/12/2020 - Equipment News

grandMA3 viz-key is the easiest way ever to cross-connect between any scale of grandMA3 lighting control system and compatible third-party visualisers.

Into the Blue: The Neve BCM10/2 MkII Makes its Atlanta Debut

16/12/2020 - Project News

USA – As part of a major refurbishment of its main Studio A, Blue South Recording Studios has become the first facility in Atlanta, Georgia USA to install a legendary Neve BCM 10/2 MkII console.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid

15/12/2020 - Production News

Spain – The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM)’s SS21 season show went ahead in its regular venue – Hall 14.1 at the Feria de Madrid – to a 30% capacity socially distanced live audience together with thousands more joining a livestream.

Adam King Lights Macbeth for Mountview Livestream with Chauvet Professional

15/12/2020 - Production News

UK – A web of superstition has long surrounded Macbeth, the result of an apocryphal tale that Shakespeare actually conjured up the spells of real witches when writing his unsettling drama about the corroding power of unchecked ambition. Like avoiding walking under a ladder, or using the number 13, actors have traditionally considered it bad luck to mention Macbeth by name in a theatre, referring to it instead as “The Scottish Play.”

Newest Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Site Creates Memorable Soundscape with Renkus-Heinz

15/12/2020 - Project News

USA – Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is known for its impressive water parks, family-friendly vacations, and comprehensive meeting and events facilities. Kalahari is also known for effectively tying all these uses together through a unified experience. This is done with curation of custom artwork from African artisans, music sourced from across Africa, and top-of-the-line technology and entertainment.

Michael Canitrot Adds Prism Sound Conversion to his Workflow

15/12/2020 - Project News

France – Based on the audio path and clock circuitry of the award-winning Orpheus audio interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra and Lyra 2 interfaces are the ideal cost effective solution for artists who want high quality conversion but don’t require a large I/O count.

DiGiGrid at Heart

15/12/2020 - Production News

USA – “DiGiGrid continues to resonate with our methodology of uncompromising sonic quality and budget-efficient confidence. These products enable our unique processes to deliver maximum production value at a substantial cost saving to the client,” stated Brett ‘Scoop’ Blanden, FOH/ broadcast engineer and Partner at RemotePro.

Big Picture deploys Brompton Technology’s SX40 to deliver world’s first live to air xR broadcast

15/12/2020 - Production News

Australia – Known as one of the most prestigious sports events on the National Rugby League calendar, the Dally M Awards gives kudos to the top players from the premiership season in an annual awards ceremony. Whilst there was no red carpet and certainly no shimmering frocks in sight this year, the magical night of the Dally M Awards amazed its viewers by transforming into a live to air broadcast xR production, brought to life by Big Picture and held at the Fox Sports studios in Sydney. Brompton Technology’s 4K Tessera SX40 LED processor was a crucial element in the multi camera xR workflow, offering reliable timing and consistency of image at this high-profile event.

Washington Mall Comes Alive with MLA Compact for ‘Return’ Convention

15/12/2020 - Production News

USA – Thousands gathered on Washington’s National Mall in late September for a 12-hour-long event dubbed ‘The Day of Return’, a national and global day of prayer and repentance. The Return movement states its aim as being “an end-time movement with one purpose: the return to God, individually, corporately, nationally, globally, and the end-goal of world revival.”

Onstage Systems brings live events back to Dallas area with Capricorn Drive-In and Elation gear

15/12/2020 - Production News

USA – When COVID-19 hit earlier this year, Hyacinth Belcher, president and CEO of full-service audiovisual company Onstage Systems, worked hard to find a way to bring live events back safely to the Dallas area. Belcher dedicated months to the project, which culminated in Capricorn Drive-In, a series of live events held at historic Fair Park, a 277-acre campus located just east of Downtown Dallas.

Hilversum’s Studiohuyz Delivers Online Excellence with Yamaha TF-RACK

14/12/2020 - Project News

The Netherlands – Historically famous as one of Europe’s major broadcasting hubs, the Dutch city of Hilversum is still host to many media organisations, radio and television broadcast studios. Tucked away in between the larger studios is Studiohuyz, where a Yamaha TF-RACK mixer plays a key part in creating a wide range of webinars and other online broadcast content.

Claypaky and ADB Fixtures are Centre Stage as the ARTE Concert Festival in Paris Goes Virtual

14/12/2020 - Production News

France – The annual ARTE Concert Festival went virtual this year with three days of music live streamed to audiences worldwide. Lighting designer Pierre Claude deployed seven Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K10 fixtures, two dozen Claypaky HY B-EYE K25 LED washes and 16 ADB SVOBODA classic batten fixtures for the live musical performances shot at La Gaite Lyrique in Paris, 13-15 November.

Robe Experiences Existential Reckoning with Puscifer in Arcosanti

11/12/2020 - Production News

USA – The arid, exquisitely cinematic beauty of the Arizona desert and the paranormal charm of the Arcosanti community united for the staging of “Existential Reckoning”, an ambitious and extraordinary site-specific streamed concert of the new album by ‘supergroup’ Puscifer initiated by Maynard James Keenan.

Astera for Malmo Opera and Funny Girl

11/12/2020 - Production News

Sweden – Sweden’s Malmo Opera presented an acclaimed production of musical classic “Funny Girl” as part of the autumn and winter repertory programme, which continued to run despite the pandemic. Audience figures were dramatically reduced to 50 plus a livestream which could be enjoyed by all who had bought a ticket for each performance.

PROLIGHTS Ecl range a success in streaming studios

11/12/2020 - Production News

It has been a year since the release of the PROLIGHTS ECL Panel TWC, a 2x1 softlight with tuneable white and coloured LED soft light for TV and studios. Since its release, PROLIGHTS has been able to tap into a new market, one that looks for high-quality, reliable fixtures with a good ROI.

Magmatic offers Rocket Series of CO2 cryogenic simulation effects

11/12/2020 - Equipment News

Magmatic atmospheric effects offers Rocket, a robust line of powerful CO2 cryogenic simulation effects that produce dense white clouds of fog for visually stunning atmospherics. Capable of generating a heavy blast of fog that engulfs an area in just a few seconds yet dissipates instantly, each effect is arrayed with high-output RGBA LEDs for the ultimate in dynamic fog jet effects.

Doughty helps Absolute Events shine a light on Global Street Art

11/12/2020 - Project News

UK – When leading event management, lighting and creative design company, Absolute Events was asked by Global Street Art to light up a series of advertisements painted on walls around London, Doughty Engineering was brought on board to help secure the lighting firmly and safely in place.

#WeMakeEvents releases compassionate film for the festive season

11/12/2020 - Production News

WeMakeEvents launched the film ‘The Show Can’t Go On’ in recognition of all events and creative arts people, and those who support and work in the industry to produce incredible experiences.

DNEG and Brompton Technology partner to forge new virtual production worlds

11/12/2020 - Production News

DNEG is one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation companies, honoured with five Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for its visionary work on Inception, Interstellar, Ex Machina, Blade Runner 2049 and First Man. In 2013, it set up a TV episodic arm to expand its offering, which has grown exponentially with the boom of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple TV Plus. In recent years, and further driven by the impact of COVID-19, the company has developed its offering in virtual production, an exciting venture that has led to a close collaboration with Brompton Technology.

Sennheiser and Latin GRAMMY collaborate for first ever Brazilian Premiere ceremony

10/12/2020 - Production News

Brazil – In 2020, the Latin Recording Academy hosted its first ever Premiere ceremony for Brazilian audiences. Broadcast before the 21st Latin GRAMMY awards on 19 November, the Premiere ceremonies were powerful openings to the Biggest Night in Latin Music, combining exciting music programmes with the announcement of a large majority of the winners. For its Brazilian Premiere ceremony, live-streamed via Facebook, the Academy had partnered with Sennheiser to provide all microphone needs for the music performances. “Sennheiser was a key partner for us to deliver at the same level as the Grammy Awards in its other editions,” said Dilson Laguna, artistic director of the Brazilian Premiere for the Latin GRAMMY 2020.

Zach Scott Turns Around Fast for New Found Glory with ChamSys

10/12/2020 - Production News

USA – Zach Scott has been a self-described “huge fan” of New Found Glory since sixth grade. Following the rise of the quartet from their early days through their ascendant to the top of the alt rock charts, he’s developed a deep appreciation of their ability to balance raw power with subtle emotions.

Showtec lights up the sky as a beacon of hope at Salisbury Cathedral

10/12/2020 - Project News

UK – Salisbury Cathedral illuminates the sky as a symbol of hope during this pandemic year. For the project Light of Hope, which is initiated by artist Peter Walker, the participating cathedrals illuminate the sky with beams of light as a symbol of hope during All Saints and All Souls Days. The project is supported by the Arts Council England and includes an arts project for school children which they can join and create their own Light of Hope artwork.

Strand Theatre Sees and Hears “Phenomenal” Upgrade with Custom Crafted Renkus-Heinz System

10/12/2020 - Project News

USA – The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre began its life as a motion picture house in 1935 in the growing Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia. Over the years, the location transformed multiple times; the theatre’s website notes it was used for “a number of ventures” across multiple decades. But as age caught up with the theatre, it temporarily shuttered in 2002, seeking new renters.

Soundbox brings an Adamson CS-Series upgrade to the drive-in

10/12/2020 - Production News

Canada – Drive-in shows may be the order of the day this year, but Big Wreck isn’t the kind of band you want to listen to live with your car’s FM radio on and your windows up. To get the maximum impact you need a full-on PA that provides power and detail in equal measure, qualities Adamson Systems Engineering’s class-leading CS-Series powered loudspeakers brought in abundance to the band’s recent show at Canada’s Ancaster Fairgrounds

Small dLive, Big Ideas for Denmark’s Royal Theatre

10/12/2020 - Project News

Denmark – Det Kongelige Teater (The Royal Theatre) in Copenhagen recently invested in a compact dLive Wings system to add flexibility in its newly repurposed A-Salen contemporary dance space.

Emilio Aguilar covers Costa Rica with Obsidian NX2 lighting console

10/12/2020 - Production News

Costa Rica – Like many in the lighting industry, Costa Rican lighting professional Emilio Aguilar has used the pandemic downtime to learn new competencies and improve his skill set. Finding himself back home in Costa Rica last spring following Cirque du Soliel’s bankruptcy, Aguilar got in contact with long-time collaborators Luces y Sistemas, the exclusive distributor of Obsidian Control Systems products in Costa Rica. “I inquired about the NX2 lighting console, which I thought would be the perfect console for the types of gigs I do,” he states. “They were happy to show me the console and in the end it was just what I wanted.” Luces y Sistemas provides full support for the entire Obsidian line of hardware and software lighting control solutions in Costa Rica.

Schloss Burg seen in a new light with GLP

10/12/2020 - Production News

Germany – Situated near Wermelskirchen in the Bergisches Land, Schloss Burg is one of the largest completely preserved castle complexes in Germany. Built in the 12th century as the ancestral seat of the Counts and Dukes of Berg and extensively restored between 1890 and 1914, the castle is one of the landmarks of the Bergisches Land and has been used for years as a museum and for various cultural events. The entire complex has been a listed building since 1984 and is operated by the Schlossbauverein Burg an der Wupper.

Alcons Audio Appoints Taub Sales as Mid-Atlantic Area Representative

09/12/2020 - Business News

USA – Alcons Audio has appointed Taub Sales as its North American representative in the mid-Atlantic territory, which encompasses Virginia, the District of Columbia (Washington, DC), Maryland, Delaware, the southern half of New Jersey and the eastern half of Pennsylvania. And it’s clear that company head Steven Taub is relishing raising the profile of Alcons’ industry-leading pro-ribbon audio systems in this significant region of the US.

Martin Audio Announces Additions and Upgraded Voicing to CDD Installation Series

09/12/2020 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has announced new additions and upgraded voicing for its best-selling CDD series, as well as improved production capacity, as part of a concerted effort to meet the growing needs of installation applications.

grandMA3 Software Release 1.4.: Many Enhancements

09/12/2020 - Equipment News

MA Lighting has now released grandMA3 Software Version 1.4. This release rolls out many enhancements to continuously improve the basic workflow, as well as new features that enrich the overall lighting control experience. Additionally, it marks a fundamental step in the evolution of lighting control software and introduces the new concepts of Recipes and MAgic (MA grid interpolation concept).

Hippotizer Nevis+ maps Christmas joy at Dior London

08/12/2020 - Production News

UK – Luxury fashion brand Dior’s flagship London store has launched its festive Christmas display, unveiling an entirely video mapped frontage powered by a Hippotizer Nevis+ media server.

Putting on an Exhibition in London

08/12/2020 - Project News

UK – Exhibition London is a new multi-purpose live music and events venue in White City, West London initiated and operated by Broadwick Live and Venue Lab, which offers another stunning, uniquely interesting, highly adaptable 1,400 seated to 2,800 standing capacity historic industrial space in their portfolio. It is ideal for conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners, awards presentations, location filming and live music events.

4Wall Entertainment Brings Extra Dimension To Macy’s Parade with Chauvet Professional

08/12/2020 - Production News

USA – The colourful floats were there, 26 of them in all; so too were the giant helium balloons, bands and street performers, but the 2020 version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was unlike any of its 96 predators. The usual throngs of fans were nowhere to be seen, and instead of following its normal route down 5th Avenue, the entire 'parade' took place within a designated area in front of Macy’s flagship store.

Vakhtangov Theater in Moscow Presents Music and Light Show Featuring Claypaky LED Moving Heads

08/12/2020 - Production News

Russia – Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater marked its upcoming 100th anniversary with a stunning special ten-minute music and light show featuring more than one hundred Claypaky Axcor Profile 900 LN high-wattage moving head LED spotlights and HY B-EYE K25 moving head LED wash.

Renkus-Heinz Expands S Series Subwoofer Line with Diminutive, High Performing SX/SA28

08/12/2020 - Equipment News

Renkus-Heinz has announced the latest product in its S Series Subwoofer line: the SX/SA28, an extremely compact, low profile subwoofer suitable for a multitude of applications that require deep, powerful bass.

Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) brings Ayrton Khamsin-S to Turandot revival

08/12/2020 - Production News

Taiwan – When Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) hosted a revival of the German/Taiwanese co-production of Puccini’s Turandot earlier this year, Mr Chien-hao Kuo, lighting designer and head of lighting, boldly chose to replace all the discharge moving lights of the original design with LED fixtures.

Broaman Solution for Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas

08/12/2020 - Project News

USA – When Caesars Entertainment, who operate the world-renowned Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planned their next expansion phase, Caesars Forum – a new state-of-the-art conference centre – they needed a first-class technical infrastructure for site wide multi-signal transmission over this large facility, and opted for BroaMan, the video and data based sister company to Optocore.

Brompton Technology embraces virtual training

08/12/2020 - Standards News

UK – With its in-person training currently on hold, Brompton Technology has set up an advanced virtual platform as a way to continue offering its global customer base access to the LED processing manufacturer’s renowned training programme.

Brilliant! Smarty Series to feature on December 10th Elation Coffee Break

08/12/2020 - Event News

This week’s Elation Coffee Break with hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif dives into Elation’s highly creative and highly-efficient Smarty Series and its intelligent lamp technology.

KV2 Audio launches new D Series amplifiers with onboard control and diagnostics

07/12/2020 - Equipment News

KV2 is recognised the world over for the quality of its analogue engineering, and its amplifiers are no exception. The company brings the superior audio quality of its super analogue engineering to an even wider audience with the introduction of their new D Series amplifiers with on-board control and diagnostics. The very first deployment of D Series amplifiers is at the Volksoper or People’s Opera in Vienna where 56 units are in use every day.

Queensland Theatre Chooses Robe

07/12/2020 - Project News

Australia – Robe’s news team visited Queensland Theatre back in February, just before the pandemic turned 2020 upside down! This is the story of the theatre’s experience with their Robe LEDWash300+s.

Kyle Upchurch Extends Looks Beyond Drive-In Stage with Chauvet Professional

07/12/2020 - Production News

USA – Under normal circumstances, Kyle Upchurch doesn’t have to think much about the area directly in front of the concert stage, as it’s filled with fans. His goal as a designer is to create the kind of immersive looks that pull fans into the performance on stage. But during a pandemic, every rule has to be rewritten.

Allen & Heath Takes Starring Role in Planetarium AV Refit

07/12/2020 - Project News

UK – An Allen & Heath dLive system has been installed in the Armagh Planetarium and Observatory in Northern Ireland as part of a full AV refit of this important research and education facility.

It’s DiGiCo Throughout for Bellevue Baptist Church

07/12/2020 - Project News

USA – Bellevue Baptist Church, the largest house of worship in Memphis and one of the leading churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, recently finished a complete renovation of its audio systems, which also included extensive acoustical work throughout the sanctuary. The project was led by the church’s long-time systems integration partner, Springfield, Missouri-based Paragon 360, which had previously designed and installed the scenic, lighting and video systems there.

Tulsa Opera’s Baseball-Themed Rigoletto is a Grand Slam with L-Acoustics

04/12/2020 - Production News

USA – Live music has proven it will find a way despite the lockdowns on performances compelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the more imaginative examples of this was the 9th October performance of Verdi’s iconic opera Rigoletto by the Tulsa Opera, which was staged at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team and Double-A Affiliate of the LA Dodgers.

Skoda ENYAQ Estonian Launch Tartu

04/12/2020 - Production News

Estonia – Without making an obvious connection between iconic Czech automotive brand Škoda and a certain leading stage lighting manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, it was great to see Robe on the rig for the Estonian launch of the new Škoda ENYAQ iV all-electric SUV.

Neutrik AG announces the launch of NEUTRIK MINEA, a Milan Certified audio module

04/12/2020 - Equipment News

In February 2020, Neutrik announced the development of Milan audio modules. Now, a few hard months for the industry later, the most recommended connector brand in pro AV announces the launch of the first Milan Certified audio module, MINEA.

New Anolis Lighting Scheme for the Porte de Bourgogne

04/12/2020 - Project News

France – The city of Bordeaux has a new Anolis lighting scheme for its magnificent La Porte de Bourgogne landmark.

PROLIGHTS releases ECL FW ellipsoidal

04/12/2020 - Equipment News

The Italian manufacturer has released its new LED ellipsoidal, the EclProfile FW. This is a high-quality full white LED profile, in tungsten (3,200 Kelvin) and daylight (5,600 Kelvin) variants.

Unusual Rigging appoints Mark Priestley to Board of Directors

04/12/2020 - People News

UK – Unusual Rigging has appointed Mark Priestley to its board of directors. Mark, who is currently head of capital projects at Unusual will build on the company's reputation as a source of independent experience and expertise and develop its consultancy role, offering a one-stop-shop service for capital projects.

Diverse DARTZ shine on August Burns Red “Thrill Seeker” Anniversary Livestream

03/12/2020 - Production News

USA – On Saturday, 14 November, metalcore band August Burns Red celebrated 15 years since release of their debut studio album ‘Thrill Seeker’ with a special livestream performance of the full recording at Rock Lititz Studio near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lighting designer David Summers turned to the wide effects options in Elation’s small yet mighty DARTZ 360 narrow-beam mover to light the event. New York-based rental company Squeek Lights supplied the fixtures.

Iconic Sign Shines Again with FloppyFlex

03/12/2020 - Project News

USA – The classic arched front-entry sign of Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland, Florida, is now shining brightly again, thanks to Firefly FloppyFlex, the high quality, professional LED neon replacement. After being dark for decades, property managers Crossman & Company decided it was time to bring this beloved sign back to life. Retrofitting it with the latest technology, delivering a variety of bright colours and animated looks, promised to re-energise this historic commercial area.

Tapestry Live Studio Calls on Chauvet Professional to Balance Video-Lighting Panorama

03/12/2020 - Production News

UK – For the thousands of fans throughout the UK who viewed the recent Lockdown Bingo Charity show, getting swept up in the immersive panorama supporting the livestream’s performances came quite naturally. And why not? With its seamless flow of brilliant images on its curved video wall working in harmony with vivid, colourful beams that surrounded it, the display immersed with its integrated visuals.

The multi-tool of signal distribution: grandMA3 I/O Node and grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail

03/12/2020 - Equipment News

MA Lighting has now introduced two new tools for signal distribution that will make daily life for every grandMA3 user so much easier.

Yamaha and Bricasti Design Announce Premium Y7 Reverb for RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

02/12/2020 - Equipment News

Through regular software updates to its RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems, Yamaha is able to bring sound engineers the very best quality and most user-friendly features. The latest of these, to be released with Firmware V4.7 in mid-December, is the premium Y7 reverb, developed in close collaboration with Bricasti Design.

Let the world see you in the best light with Chroma-Q’s Sandi

02/12/2020 - Equipment News

Chroma-Q has announced the release of its new Sandi 1622 video conferencing keylight. It’s soft lens diffusion, large source and adjustable colour temperature means you’ll look your best under any ambient lighting conditions.

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series “Lengthens” The Line to Bring Highly Intelligible Sound to Larger Spaces

02/12/2020 - Equipment News

USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has announced the latest products in its new Iconyx Compact Series: the Iconyx Compact 36/3-RN and the 48/3-RN – two solutions that bring the benefits of the Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx family into an impressively compact and architecturally friendly package.

ETC Introduces High End Systems SolaFrame Studio

02/12/2020 - Equipment News

ETC has introduced the SolaFrame Studio automated luminaire, a fanless, convection-cooled fixture that prioritises high quality features, beautiful spectral output and silent operation. Audibly invisible and with visual impact, the fixture’s feature set is designed for exquisite projection control and gorgeous color in a compact package. A perfect fit for theatres, concert halls, opera houses, film/TV broadcast studios and houses of worship, it uses a 300 Watt High CRI bright white engine to produce 10,000 lumens.

MA Lighting and Lightpower support #handforahand: Targeted help

02/12/2020 - Business News

#handforahand is an initiative that collects donations for a private solidarity fund to support freelance lighting, sound, video and AV technicians, stage hands, production and event workers. These professions are the most affected by the current crisis. Several of them are falling through the federal government aid programmes finding themselves dependent on basic social security through no fault of their own.

Allen & Heath Premieres New MADI Option Card for SQ

02/12/2020 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath’s SQ has rapidly established itself as a go-to pro streaming console throughout 2020, and now it’s opening up even more applications with the timely addition of the new SQ MADI card.

DSH Producties of the Netherlands offers broadcast-quality Elation KL Panel

02/12/2020 - Production News

The Netherlands – Audiovisual technology supplier DSH Producties of the Netherlands has acquired Elation’s broadcast-quality KL Panel LED softlight, a full colour spectrum and colour temperature-adjustable light panel that fulfils the demanding requirements of broadcast productions including the growing market for live streaming.

Faber AV’s fleet of 3,000+ LED panels is HDR-ready thanks to Brompton Technology’s Hydra

02/12/2020 - Production News

Renowned for its 360-degree live event solutions, which range from exhibitions, corporate, broadcast and media through to full virtual production, Faber Audiovisuals is a veteran player in the dynamic world of LED displays and audio-visual services. Part of the NEP Worldwide Network, the company has dynamically calibrated its entire fleet of LED panels with Brompton Technology’s Hydra measurement system, to unlock the full potential of its LED displays and make them Brompton HDR-ready.

AMX by Harman Appoints POLAR as Distributor for UK and Ireland

02/12/2020 - Business News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the AV Integration, MI and professional audio markets has been appointed as the UK and Ireland distributor for AMX, a part of Harman Professional Solutions, global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV.

Audiologic Appoints National Account Manager Rob Davies

02/12/2020 - People News

UK – Audiologic has announced that Rob Davies has joined the team as national account Manager, as the company focuses on its ever-growing number of customers and projects.

JDC Line helps Glass Animals into Dreamland

02/12/2020 - Production News

UK – One of the more widely acclaimed, and viewed, virtual concerts during lockdown has been the recent live internet performance from psych-pop stars, Glass Animals.

Karan Kathuria Joins Renkus-Heinz with Focus on Asia, Oceania and SAARC Regions

01/12/2020 - People News

Asia – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has appointed Karan Kathuria to the position of director operating across Asia, Oceania and SAARC. The role will see Kathuria evolving these regions through the introduction of Renkus-Heinz technologies to the Pro AV community, including consultants, integrators and end users.

Electro-Voice introduces RE20-BLACK

01/12/2020 - Equipment News

Electro-Voice has announced the introduction of the RE20-BLACK, a new colour option for the classic RE20 broadcast microphone, sporting an elegant, low-reflection dark charcoal finish.

Everything Clear for Robe on Billie Eilish Livestream Concert

01/12/2020 - Production News

USA – Billie Eilish has wowed the world for being more than a global music phenomenon! A smart teenager with empathy, humanity, and honesty, she will tackle tough topics head-on and her many additional activities include fund-raising for crew and technicians affected by the global halt of live music and performance.

DCR Nashville and Nathan Alves Partner on Mobile Visual Art Platform Filled with Claypaky Scenius Fixtures to Paint Nashville Landmarks Red

01/12/2020 - Production News

USA – DCR Nashville and lighting designer Nathan Alves, a partner in Darkroom Creative in Franklin, Tennessee, answered the live event and entertainment professionals’ call to action by bathing some of Nashville’s iconic landmarks in red light on 1 September. Their contribution to the WeMakeEvents #redalertRESTART initiative was the Mobile Visual Art Platform (MVAP) outfitted with 38 Claypaky Scenius fixtures.

Creative Technology Northern Europe AB becomes L-Acoustics Certified Provider

01/12/2020 - Business News

Sweden – With over 30 years in the industry, Creative Technology (CT) has grown to become one of the largest audio-visual technology companies in Europe. Part of the NEP Group, the world’s premier provider of outsourced technology, staging and production services to event organisers and content creators, CT Northern Europe has offices across Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Recently, CT Northern Europe has once again proven its commitment to superior customer service and focus on technical innovation by becoming an L-Acoustics certified provider for the event market.

Making Space for a Neve 8424 Console in the Belly of the Beast

01/12/2020 - Project News

UK – South London studio, Belly of the Beast, has become the first facility in the UK to install a Neve 8424 console.

Elation lights for Southern California’s “Concerts in Your Car”

01/12/2020 - Production News

USA – Drive-in concerts have become the necessary norm under the pandemic and southern California’s moderate climate makes it possible for these fan-thankful events to take place late into the year.

Martin Audio CDD blend in at Kentucky Church

01/12/2020 - Project News

USA – First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky recently called in JCA Media for the latest upgrade to its campus. Having already completed several installation projects for the congregation in the past, JCA Media was on hand to deliver a Martin Audio main PA system and ceiling speaker installation for the church’s worship areas, classrooms and children’s play areas.

Lighting the Tallest Building in Africa for Xbox launch

01/12/2020 - Production News

South Africa – The Leonardo, a 234-metre mixed-use property development in Sandton, Johannesburg and the tallest building in Africa, was lit up for the South African launch of the new Microsoft Xbox Series X console. It stood out against the night sky highlighted in green by Robe BMFL moving lights, with the Xbox logo emblazoned onto the top of floors of the tower.