News Archive for April 2020

L-Acoustics Creations Appoints Business Manager

30/04/2020 - People News

UK – For 35 years, L-Acoustics has provided the pro audio industry with premium solutions for live events worldwide. L-Acoustics Creations, a new division of the company, brings this concert-grade technology to extraordinary sound spaces in private residential, cultural, and marine AV environments. The appointment of Nick Fichte to the role of business manager, L-Acoustics Creations, completes the existing new business team and positions the division to make headway in key installation markets, leveraging the relationships and knowledge that Nick has forged in his 15-year career in the AV industry.

Chic Meets Grit at Industrial Wedding with Help From Présence and Chauvet Professional

30/04/2020 - Production News

Belgium – Destination weddings have become quite popular, but newly-weds don’t have to journey to some faraway exotic spot to find a unique and memorable venue for their marriage celebration. A young couple in West Flanders demonstrated this in electrifying fashion recently, when they held their reception at Transfo Zweegem, a former power plant that was built in 1911.

“The DiGiGrid IOS was a no-brainer...”

30/04/2020 - Production News

UK - As a highly respected touring front of house engineer, Tim Southorn’s day job (his description), has seen him work with a fascinating list of artists, primarily in the rap and pop genres. Tim’s day job however, is only part of a wider palette of audio work that sees him involved in broadcasting and studio mixing. Whether it’s a live concert mix, an album, a commercial, a film score or live stream, he applies a depth of critical listening that established itself in his psyche from his earliest days. His most recent work has been with artists like Giggs, Jack Peñate, Samm Henshaw and Yellow Days – and Tim was on the road with Gabrielle Aplin when her tour was cut short by the COVID-19 outbreak – but he cut his audio teeth as very young man, mixing 300 shows a year, up and down the UK on the tribute-band circuit. That apprenticeship, often conducted in very challenging circumstances, ingrained a work ethic that survives to this day. His trade well and truly learned at the sharp end, he is now to be found working for clients such as Sony Music, Universal Music, MTV, Apple and many more besides.

Maktive’s GLP Fusion Exo Beams debut for RÜFÜS DU SOL at CRSSD Festival

29/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Australian alternative dance trio, RÜFÜS DU SOL, have been steadily building their reputation over the past decade. Masterminding the lighting on their tours since 2014, respectively in support of the albums Atlas, Bloom, Solace, and now Live From Joshua Tree, has been Matthew Smith from Melbourne-based Colourblind.

Britannia Row buys Outline Newton FPGA Processor

29/04/2020 - Production News

UK - Following a process of evaluation and product demonstrations by CUK’s James Lawford and Outline’s product specialist Fernando Rey Méndez, London-based Britannia Row Productions has joined the long list of leading audio providers investing in the Italian company’s extraordinary Newton processors (patent pending technology).

Brent Schmidt Gives Livestreams Production Looks with Chauvet DJ

29/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Sight is as much a part of the DJ experience as sound. This is true at live events, so it should also apply to livestreamed performances. At least that’s the opinion of Brent Schmidt. Like many DJs who have been sidelined by the COVID-19 lockdown, Schmidt has taken to streaming performances every week, partly to stay busy, partly to reach out to friends and fans in his community. In the process, thanks in part to their attractive visuals, his livestreamed shows have actually resulted in new business.

Solid State Logic Deliver Expanded S300 Compact Broadcast Audio Console

29/04/2020 - Equipment News

Solid State Logic (SSL) has announced the release of the new S300-48 fixed layout 48+1 fader compact control surface. Providing a much-requested addition to the S300 console family, it can be combined with the complete portfolio of SSL’s System T consoles, remote tiles and screen interfaces, Tempest processing engines and network I/O options. The expanded console configuration is designed to integrate with larger System T installations or in stand-alone configurations for smaller broadcast facilities or OB vehicles.

TCU’s Horned Frogs Take a Major Leap in Sound with L-Acoustics

29/04/2020 - Project News

USA – For fans of Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Horned Frogs football team, this school year’s Big 12 conference football season was bigger and bolder than ever thanks to the kickoff of a $118M expansion of the Fort Worth campus’ Amon G. Carter Stadium. Among its many improvements, the first phase of this multi-year initiative notably involved a significant upgrade of the nearly 50,000-capacity stadium’s video and audio facilities, including a new L-Acoustics K1/Kara loudspeaker system designed and installed by local integrator Electro Acoustics (EA).

Industry associations call for more Government support for #EventsForTheFuture Initiative

29/04/2020 - Business News

UK – A group of associations are calling for everyone in the events and entertainment industry to petition their local MPs for more Government support to safeguard the future of businesses and livelihoods through the Covid-19 outbreak.

The #EventsForTheFuture initiative is a collaboration between the Association for British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA), Production Services Association (PSA), the Society of London Theatres (SOLT) and UK Theatre which together represent over 3,000 businesses and individuals. The aim is to petition the Government to provide more support to give the events sector a chance of survival through Covid-19 into 2021.

Elation Fuze value for CC de Warandepoort Theatre

29/04/2020 - Project News

Belgium – CC de Warandepoort Theatre in Tervuren, Belgium, near Brussels, took delivery of Elation Fuze Profile luminaires shortly before performance venues went dark in March and look forward to using the new full-colour framing moving heads on a variety of productions once the theatre can again welcome patrons to its stage.

Hippotizer powers visuals for Cyber-Gen ShockWave Tour

29/04/2020 - Production News

Europe – Hippotizer media servers were recently chosen to drive the visuals for the Cyber-Gen ShockWave Tour. Featuring a line-up of Deutsch-rap and R&B artists signed to the Cyber-Gen music label, including YouTube stars TJ Beastboy, Young Mokuba, Wavvyboi and others, the tour played dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and sold out in under 28 hours.

Allman Brothers Band Celebrates 50 with Robe

28/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Acclaimed "The Brothers: Celebrating 50 Years of The Allman Brothers Band" show was staged at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden just before the state went into lockdown in a massive effort to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Jake Gibson Goes Rogue for Eminence Ensemble Streamed Shows

28/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Taking the stage at the Boulder Theatre on Saturday 21 February, the six members of Eminence Ensemble likely had even more spring in their step than usual. And why not? The genre-hopping jam band was clearly on a roll. Their recently released first EP, “Real News,” a potent mash-up of jazz, rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop, had cemented their reputation as one of the brightest rising stars in the west.

Partnering with Renkus-Heinz Allows BAPS to Ensure Each of its Spiritual Leaders are Heard by All

28/04/2020 - Project News

USA – BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a Hindu organisation spanning the globe with the mission of improving society through individual growth by adhering to Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service. The organisation is volunteer driven, meaning many operational competencies are handled in-house.

Charcoalblue Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

28/04/2020 - Business News

UK – Leading theatre, acoustic and digital design consultancy Charcoalblue has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition for its excellence in International Trade, 2020.

Sight and Sound Technologies Upgrades The Springs Church with Martin Audio WPS

28/04/2020 - Project News

USA – The Springs Church in Colorado Springs, CO recently underwent an audio upgrade with a Martin Audio WPS system specified and installed by Sight and Sound Technologies, the first installation of the new system in the United States.

Gerry Cinnamon Producer Misses His Audient Console SoBuys iD14 To Work From Home

27/04/2020 - Project News

UK – “I’ve never had a home workstation for mixing before,” says music producer and recording engineer, Chris Marshall who had to put one together quickly and chose Audient iD14 to be his at-home audio interface. Before Covid-19 hit, he would spend many hours working out of his production hub, 7 West Studios in Glasgow’s city centre. The introduction of lockdown meant he needed to make some swift changes to his work set-up. “I just needed something simple and effective to continue mixing while I can’t access the studio,” he explains.

Robe UK Appoints New Head of Marketing

27/04/2020 - People News

UK – Robe UK strengthens its team with the addition of Theresa Gibson as head of marketing.

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander’s Brad Ward joins USITT Panel

27/04/2020 - Standards News

Sound designer, composer, Broadway associate, Brad Ward is joining industry professionals for USITT’s panel discussion hosted by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Sound Commission (USITT).

Wisconsin Town Displays Solidarity with Help from Chauvet Professional Rogues

27/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Rising high over the flatland at the mouth of the Manitowoc River as it flows into Lake Michigan, the Briess Grain Tower has served a familiar landmark for sailors and townspeople for generations. On the night of Friday 10 April, the venerable structure offered another kind of hope and reassurance. From 7:45 to 11pm, it glowed brilliantly in blue against the clear, dark sky as a show of solidarity and support for the healthcare workers and front-liners who have stood as tall as any tower during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sennheiser breaking the mould

27/04/2020 - Production News

Since their official debut at NAMM last year, Sennheiser’s IE 400 PRO and IE 500 PRO in-ear monitors have turned into essential companions and can be found in the pockets of audio lovers and musicians all over the world. They are choosing the single dynamic principle of these in-ears because of their distortion-free, detailed and accurate sound reproduction, as well as their comfortable fit that comes as close as possible to custom ear-moulds. Sennheiser asked four industry professionals to share their thoughts and experience of using in-ear monitors.

Audio Overhaul at Century Village Theatre Builds Up with Allen & Heath

24/04/2020 - Project News

USA – Century Village in Deerfield Beach, Florida is an adult community that revolves around activities taking place within a central clubhouse housing a 1,600-seat theatre. The site of everything from Broadway-style shows to concerts by national touring acts and current movies, the theatre recently upgraded its audio with the addition of a dLive S7000 Surface and DM64 MixRack from Allen & Heath.

Production AV 3D Prints PPE for Key Workers

24/04/2020 - Business News

UK – Production AV is harnessing the power of 3D printing technology to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anolis Lit Landmarks Turn Blue around UK to Support NHS and Essential Workers

24/04/2020 - Production News

UK – Various landmark installations that have been lit with Anolis lighting fixtures have been turning blue on Thursday evenings for the ‘Clap For Carers’ initiative in support of the National Health Service (NHS) and other essential workers engaged on the front lines in battling the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Muzology Gets Assist from Bandit Lites in COVID-19 Outreach for Students

24/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Industry leader Muzology, a music-based learning platform, recently released “All Over The Map (The Coronavirus Song),” a music video to both entertain and educate the masses on Coronavirus safety. Founder Lana Israel worked tirelessly with her team including Andy Zula, Juno (Ashlee Gilot), Maria Christensen, Brandon Matias, Jakob Vanyo and Allison Burchett for a month.

Clair Brothers Slovakian Rental Partner, Stage One, Adds C12 Loudspeakers to its Arsenal and Shines at the Cultural Nestville Open Fest

24/04/2020 - Production News

Slovakia – The Nestville Open Fest is a two-day multi-genre cultural and entertainment festival that takes place in the picturesque village of Hniezdne in the district of Stará Ľubovňa. For many years, visitors have come to experience the magic of one of the most beautiful corners of northern Slovakia where the exposition of a distillery and traditional folk crafts has been on display, a place known as Nestville Park. The idea for a festival of local culture was born in 2012 and from the beginning has strived to be the only one of its kind in the region. The event highlights rich, multi-genre cultural programs that include performances by popular Slovak and Czech musicians and more. This year, thanks to Stage One and the Clair Brothers C12 system, Open Fest attendees and audio professionals working the festival were treated to a level of clear and powerful sound never experienced here before.

Stage Electrics supplies High End fixtures to Gala Theatre

24/04/2020 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has supplied High End SolaFrame 1000s to the Gala Theatre Durham, owned and operated by Durham County Council. Davie Bell from Stage Electrics commented: “we were able to demonstrate a number of fixtures to the Gala Theatre and assist in their process of choosing the right solution for their venue.”

Lighting Design Group and Ovation Balance Looks at Sarasota Contemporary Dance Studio

24/04/2020 - Project News

USA – “Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired,” the immortal Martha Graham once observed. Every day, dancers at Sarasota Contemporary Dance live out these words as they gather at the acclaimed company’s studio to rehearse intricately choreographed routines that will later be performed before appreciative audiences.

Audiotek delivers clarity at Grade II listed Monmouth church

24/04/2020 - Project News

UK – The Church of St. Nicholas in Grosmont, Monmouthshire, dates from the early 13th century, making it one of the oldest churches in Wales. The Grade II listed building’s large medieval nave is widely considered to be the finest in the country. During the late 19th century the church was on the verge of collapse, but was saved by architect JP Seddon in a Victorian renovation which separated the nave from the transept and choir, leaving the nave – which is now used for village events, farmers markets, concerts, private parties and the like – in predominantly untouched original condition, while the church space remains as a place of worship.

ROE Visual Enhances ROE Academy Training

24/04/2020 - Standards News

Looking to offer its clients and users online learning alternatives and ways to update their LED knowledge ROE Visual has announced several new learning options.

Alcons Audio Brings Hi-Fi To China’s JX EDM LIVE Dance Clubs

24/04/2020 - Project News

China – JX Investment Group is one of China’s leading entertainment brands, with a range of chains throughout the country. It has recently launched JX EDM LIVE, new high class clubs where Alcons pro-ribbon audio systems ensure customers are enjoying the best dance music in fantastic quality.

Allen & Heath Delivers 'One for the Fans’ With SQ V1.5

24/04/2020 - Equipment News

Fresh off the back of another successful awards season in which it scooped a second TEC Award, Allen & Heath has launched V1.5 firmware for its 96kHz SQ series, ensuring the mixer continues to punch well above its weight with a raft of crowd-pleasing features including new RTA options, 32-channel recording/playback on USB drives, workflow enhancements including DCA spills and new FX add-ons.

Broadweigh Celebrates Full LEEA Membership

24/04/2020 - Business News

Leading load cell company Broadweigh has passed its final audit to be granted full membership of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association. LEEA is a representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. It has taken three years to achieve full LEEA membership which is only available to companies that are ‘engaged for profit in the verification of lifting equipment’, and which, in the opinion of the LEEA directors, is competent and can give adequate service.

Doughty makes headlines at FT-TV with Projects Department Ltd

24/04/2020 - Project News

UK – When Projects Department Ltd won the contract to create two live studios and two breaking news spots for the Financial Times TV studio in London, Doughty Engineering was quickly brought on board to supply a range of broadcast kit.

PMC Appoints Sweetwater Sound as a Full Line US Dealer

24/04/2020 - Business News

USA – UK Loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has appointed Sweetwater Sound as a full-line US dealer for its entire range of professional studio monitoring products.

L-Acoustics reaches for the stars at Melkweg with K2

23/04/2020 - Production News

The Netherlands – Located in the prime nightlife area of Lijnbaansgracht in Amsterdam, Melkweg (Dutch for ‘Milky Way’) is the second largest venue in Holland and one of the capital’s most unique music and culture hubs, attracting more than half a million visitors each year. The large building is housed in a former milk factory, giving the venue its name, and is divided into a number of spaces, including four halls for varying genres of music, a cinema, a restaurant and an exhibition space. Its largest 1,500-capacity concert hall is The Max, known for hosting famous international acts like Prince and Arctic Monkeys. The Max has recently undergone a complete sound makeover with an L-Acoustics K2 system now in place, ensuring that the music delivered by the venue’s star-studded list of performers is crystal clear and incredibly powerful.

Breaking new ground with Bliss and Rayzor 760 at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle

23/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Created at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Bliss is a refreshing new musical fantasy full of emotion and humour that shatters assumptions about what a fairytale princess should be. The empowering tale had its world premiere run 7–23 February and was enthusiastically received for its catchy music and non-traditional storyline, not to mention a fabulous scenic and lighting design.

Triple E Continues in Lockdown

23/04/2020 - Business News

What a month it's been!With the lockdown closing all theatres, places of entertainment, pubs, clubs, festivals and trade shows it is a completely unprecedented time in all of our lives, both personal and work.

Alice Merton on ‘Mint +4’ tour with GLP

22/04/2020 - Production News

Europe – From mid-February to early March 2020, German-Canadian singer Alice Merton was on the road to promote her long-awaited debut album MINT +4. Merton, who had already caused an international sensation with the song No Roots back in 2016-2017, is also known in Germany as a jury member of the popular TV show The Voice of Germany. Her MINT +4 tour took the artist to Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Denmark.

What Panasonic had on show at ISE 2020

22/04/2020 - Event News

For everyone who missed ISE this year or is looking for a summary of Panasonic product announcements for 2020 in the professional projector and displays categories this webinar is the best opportunity to catch-up within just one hour.

Weekly Elation Hour webinar series to begin 22 April

22/04/2020 - Standards News

Online presentation series to address the personal experiences behind product development including the how and why behind Elation’s award-winning product series. Top industry designers to share their own unique experiences and lighting techniques.

Bandit Lites Overhauls Nashville Shop with Expansion

22/04/2020 - Business News

USA – Bandit Lites Nashville shop has always been one of the industry’s busiest hubs for concert lighting prep and technical support, and now the space is in the process of a complete transformation with an expansion that encompasses the entire building and multiple departments.

Solid State Logic wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020

22/04/2020 - Business News

UK – Solid State Logic (SSL) has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its excellence in Innovation, for audio technology for broadcast. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK.

Artistic Licence Ships Face Shields

22/04/2020 - Business News

The National 3D Printing Society put out a call for assistance 3D printing face shields. The Artistic Licence 3D print lab was free and so has been turned over to the project. The first batch has now shipped.

The Long Reach Long Riders announce a 2020 Kazoo Relay Ride across America

22/04/2020 - Event News

The Long Reach Long Riders are adapting this years’ ride to meet the challenging conditions necessitated by COVID-19. Toward that end the LRLR have postponed their full group ride until 2021 and are replacing it with a Relay Ride in which small groups ride for two or three days carrying a kazoo shaped baton (what else?!). The oversized kazoo-baton will be passed from one group to the next at dedicated locations across the country.

UCLAN’s Neve Genesys Black Console Plays a Key Role in Mixing Projects for the Global Sound Movement

22/04/2020 - Project News

UK – Ever since we discovered that banging a couple of bones together made a rhythmic sound, humans have been exploring ways of expressing themselves through music and developing instruments to help them do so. These hand-built instruments have been present throughout our history and many of them have cultural and ethnic significance. Sadly, some of those early instruments have also been lost to time, often because people who knew how to make and play them haven’t been able to pass on their skills to the next generation.

Avolites unleash Q-Series Media Servers to Power Every Performance

22/04/2020 - Equipment News

Avolites has announced its full range of Q Series media servers, designed to meet all pixel processing needs for every performance and project, along with Ai v12.1 release with the Pioneer PRO DJ LINK Bridge integration software. The full line-up of media servers includes the Q3, Q3pro, Q4 and Qgen, giving the complete solution to power every performance.

Brompton Technology wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2020

22/04/2020 - Business News

UK – Brompton Technology has announced it has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

Pure London festival of fashion is bigger and bolder with Congo Blue

21/04/2020 - Production News

UK – The UK’s biggest gathering of fashion industry buyers, Pure London, once again returned to the capital’s Olympia London in February, presenting the hottest emerging brands, designers and trends, making it one of the most anticipated events in the London trade calendar. Held twice a year, Pure London, together with Pure Origin, is the only UK fashion show to offer ready-to-wear collections and fashion sourcing all under one roof. Leading full-service creative solution provider, Congo Blue, part of SFL Group, has been supporting the event for eight years, with its excursion at this year’s Pure AW20/21 seeing the company designing, delivering, and operating the Runway Catwalk, Nomad Seminar Theatre, and Origin Stage.

Sinusoid Deploys DiGiGrid for Eesti Laul, Estonia’s Eurovision Show

21/04/2020 - Production News

Estonia – The Eurovision Song Contest is a global television institution. One of the longest running TV shows in history, Eurovision attracts huge ratings and remains as popular as ever. Although this year’s final has been cancelled owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many participating countries had already selected their entries during live shows broadcast to large domestic audiences. Estonia was no exception and in February chose its entry from a show that is the country’s largest musical TV event. Following semi-finals staged in the university of Tartu’s Sports Hall, the Grand Final took place at the Saku Suurhall, a multi-purpose 10,000 capacity arena in the capital Tallinn. Twelve artists battled for the right to represent their country in Rotterdam, and solo artist Uku Suviste won the day with ‘What Love Is’.

New OptoSplitter provides redundancy for Optocore’s popular AutoRouter

21/04/2020 - Equipment News

One of the big successes enjoyed by Optocore over the past 12 months has been the popularity of its AutoRouter.

ETC introduces new audio learning series: On Headset

21/04/2020 - Standards News

USA – ETC introduces On Headset, a new audio series that allows listeners to program a major theatrical production in real time while listening to the audio cues of a lighting designer.

Martin Audio announces virtual tradeshow

21/04/2020 - Event News

With much of 2020’s global tradeshow calendar all but wiped out, there are very few chances in the near future to get together and highlight the new and noteworthy additions to the international pro audio industry’s arsenal. To help to tackle this, Martin Audio has decided to take matters into its own hands and host a dedicated virtual tradeshow, putting the spotlight on the new additions to its portfolio.

S-Group Assists Health Services in France

21/04/2020 - Business News

France – The Coronavirus pandemic has already seen many examples of those in the entertainment technology and production industry putting their skills and resources to good use, from morale raising actions to physical contributions and manufacturing items to aid the massive efforts worldwide to contain the spread of infection.

Tabernacle of Praise Church International Adjusts Broadcast Strategy with Chauvet Professional

21/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Tabernacle of Praise Church International may be located in the suburbs of Atlanta, but every week it engages worshippers in all 50 states as well as many countries throughout the world through its livestreamed Wednesday Bible Study and Sunday services. Although streaming is nothing new for this house of worship, it has adjusted its lighting strategy, now that it is broadcasting from an empty church in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ayrton Diablo tours Sweden for the first time with Riksteatern’s Love Songs

21/04/2020 - Production News

Sweden – Riksteatern, the Swedish National Touring Theatre, was due to take its production of Love Songs on a three month tour of Sweden from early March, with lighting director and designer, Jörgen ‘Hajen’ Haimanas, choosing six Ayrton Diablo LED profile luminaires as a major feature of his lighting design, in what would be Diablo’s first national tour of Sweden. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the tour was only able to complete the first five dates before it was necessarily postponed by lockdown.

High End Systems 4Wall Vendor Showcase

21/04/2020 - Production News

On Tuesday 21 April at 11:15am PST, High End Systems will be live streaming a presentation for 4Wall's Virtual Vendor Showcase. The event will be streamed on 4Wall's Facebook page and also on the High End Systems Facebook page. There will also be a five minute Q & A session. We urge everyone to join in the Watch Party, as 'a splendid time is guaranteed for all!"

White Light and Gasoline Productions step into a Brave New World of comedy

21/04/2020 - Production News

UK – White Light (WL) and Gasoline Productions have announced the recent launch of Brave New World Comedy; an online pilot which uses the very latest broadcast technology in order to deliver a range of virtual stand up performances which bring together audiences with some of the UK’s funniest circuit comedians.

Testing Company Classfies ETCP Certified Technicians as Essential Personnel

21/04/2020 - Standards News

USA – Effective immediately, eligible candidates who have received a notification of acceptance from one of the four examinations offered by the Entertainment Technician Certification Programme (ETCP) may begin scheduling appointments at PSI’s owned and operated testing centres.

Hippotizer has a BLAST at Pro Series Global Final

20/04/2020 - Production News

Bahrain – The long-awaited BLAST Pro Series Global Final, one of the highlights of the booming international e-sports market, was hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain in December 2019, with Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media servers looking after the complex playback requirements. The event, an action-packed first-person shooter tournament spanning two days, attracted gaming fans from around the world to the 7,000-seat Isa Sports City Arena.

Absen Offers Corporate, Retail, Rental and Staging Focused LED Webinar Series

20/04/2020 - Standards News

With events being cancelled and projects getting postponed across Europe, Absen has set up a new webinar series to help companies and individuals interested in learning more about LED.

Morning Radio Host Adds Pop to Online Drumming Lessons with Chauvet Professional

20/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Dave Kallaway loves funk music. It doesn’t matter whether he’s playing it as the morning host on hit music 99.5 WIFC, or banging it out on his own five-piece drum set. The central Wisconsin native has been an enthusiastic drummer since grade school, when his parents got him a set at K-Mart. So, when a group at his radio station began looking for ways to help their listeners pass the time in the aftermath of COVID-19 lockdown, Kallaway knew immediately what he would do.

Livestreaming Louisiana Avenue with dLive

17/04/2020 - Production News

Sweden – A pair of Allen & Heath dLive systems was recently deployed for an exuberant livestreamed charity concert by Swedish band, Louisiana Avenue.

Robe for First Delivered Live Shows

17/04/2020 - Production News

Australia – “Delivered Live” is a vibrant weekly music and comedy performance concept streamed live and direct from Melbourne, the result of a dynamic collaboration between Handshake Management, rental and production company Harry The Hirer Productions and the Victorian State Government.

Events United Links New Hampshire Economist to Ohio Town Via Livestreaming with Chauvet Professional

17/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Stay at home restrictions have prevented the Clermont, Ohio Chamber of Commerce from holding its regular meetings. But now, more than ever, its member businesses are seeking guidance from the 50-year old organisation, particularly on the steps they can take to navigate their way through this period of lockdowns.

Studio Gear installs Robert Juliat LED followspots in Milwaukee venues

17/04/2020 - Project News

USA – Studio Gear of Milwaukee has been providing top level audio-visual and lighting equipment rentals, production services and sales to its customers throughout the United States for over 30 years. The company is a great advocate of Robert Juliat, and Tim Cooksy, Studio Gear’s sales and integration specialist, is familiar with Robert Juliat fixtures having used them many times before: “I personally have installed Robert Juliat in a lot of different venues including theme parks, amphitheatres and touring shows. I have never had a bad experience with a Robert Juliat spot light,“ he says.

L-Acoustics Publishes New White Papers and Opens Access to Library of Scientific Articles

17/04/2020 - Standards News

In line with its ongoing commitment to scientific research and the advancement of the audio industry, L-Acoustics has announced the release of three new White Papers: Measurement Quality at Low Frequencies, Measurement Quality at High Frequencies and Optimum Measurement Locations for Loudspeaker System Equalisation, all available for download on the L-Acoustics website. “Our White Papers have been conceived in a condensed format, and are published on our website and social media channels, in order to reach the widest possible audience,” says Etienne Corteel, director of education and scientific outreach at L-Acoustics. “They are formatted to present our rigorous scientific research in a user-friendly way, and represent our commitment to the wide acceptance of science-based sound design principles.”

Webinars on Outline Newton get under way

17/04/2020 - Standards News

Outline announces the launch of a series of free webinars in English, focused on some of its most representative (patented or patent pending) technology, in the context of sound reinforcement and the signal processing world.

ETC announces new ArcSystem Navis luminaires and F-Drive power controls for commercial LED systems

17/04/2020 - Equipment News

ETC is revolutionising commercial LED systems with the announcement of two new product families designed to work cohesively together. ArcSystem Navis is a line of LED luminaires featuring pristine light as well as a modular design for smooth installations. For centralised LED power controls, F-Drive is a new system offering an intuitive design with customisable output cards. Together, Navis and F-Drive make one adaptable and robust LED system for any space.

Unusual Rigging's Alan Jacobi LVO

16/04/2020 - People News

UK – It is with great sadness that Unusual Rigging announces that Alan Jacobi LVO, founder and managing director, passed away peacefully at home on 13th April following a long illness, aged 67.

Stage Electrics win contract for Globe Theatre Stockton on Tees

16/04/2020 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has announced that it has won a £845,506 contract for the design, supply and installation of specialist production lighting, production sound and communication systems to the Globe Theatre Stockton on Tees.

Elation shipping new concept Fuze SFX LED Spot FX luminaire

16/04/2020 - Equipment News

Designers value the Elation Fuze series for its perfect fusion of performance, features and value and now the company is expanding the high-value line with the Fuze SFX, a new concept LED Spot FX moving head designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire.

Michael T. Strickland’s Statement on Production Companies Road to Recovery

16/04/2020 - Business News

USA – Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland, has the following to say regarding the effect on COVID-19 on the live entertainment industry:

LIT Lighting Starts Streaming Service

16/04/2020 - Production News

USA – In the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chris Brodman and Cody Lisle of LIT Lighting knew they couldn’t “just sit around and wait” for the lockdown on live events to pass. “We didn’t want to allow all of our creative passion sit idle or burn out,” said Brodman. “So, we launched LIT Live for livestreaming.”

Alcons Audio Presents The QB242 Arrayable Subwoofer

16/04/2020 - Equipment News

The QB242 is a modular bass element to be used in both permanent and (limited) portable applications. It is designed as a fully-scalable low-frequency extension (LFE) system to the QR24 line-source column system, or as arrayable LFE system with any Alcons pro-ribbon system.

SFL takes on the challenge of the IFMAR 2020 1/12 Electric World Championships

16/04/2020 - Production News

UK – The beginning of 2020 saw the finals of the IFMAR 2020 1/12 World Championship at Milton Keynes’ Centre MK. Leading event production supplier, SFL, provided a complex, zoned audiovisual system for the event, made all the more challenging by the Championships being held in a working shopping centre that remained open to the public throughout.

The 2020 edition of Blackbook is published

16/04/2020 - Equipment News

Prolyte's Blackbook contains a wealth of technical information about trusses and complementary products. The new Blackbook edition includes:

Glub-Glub First Spanish Company to Adopt New S350 Spot

16/04/2020 - Production News

SpainMadrid-based technical solutions provider, Glub-Glub Soluciones Tecnicas Para El Espectaculo, has become the first Spanish company to invest in GLP’s new S350 LED fixture. Supports Cirque-Style Cordeel HQ Inauguration with Chauvet Professional

15/04/2020 - Production News

Belgium – Cordeel knows how to finish projects with a flourish. The Belgian construction company demonstrated this in convincing fashion recently when it completed the Temse shipyard dry dock headquarters. After finishing the construction of the building at ground level, Cordeel’s engineers hoisted the 1,200 ton still and glass megastructure into its final position where it now perches majestically 20 metres above the shipyard.

Meir Nitzan Rishon LeZion Cultural Hall upgrades audio with L-Acoustics

15/04/2020 - Project News

Israel – Meir Nitzan Rishon LeZion Cultural Hall is hailed as the most prestigious and beautiful performance hall in Israel. In 2019, the Hall’s team decided to upgrade its audio system, the ultimate aim being to offer a first-class system that would significantly reduce the need for visiting productions to carry their own equipment, thus reducing the environmental impact of transportation. To achieve this, L-Acoustics K Series was installed.

TAIT offers Free Online Training Series for Introduction to iQ Powered by Navigator

15/04/2020 - Standards News

TAIT is now offering free online training courses for iQ Powered by NAVIGATOR to the live event community. By providing these courses, everyone interested in participating is given an opportunity to learn, engage and prepare for future automation experiences.

Superior sound in a new colour

15/04/2020 - Equipment News

Sennheiser has introduced a new colour variant of MOMENTUM Wireless, the third generation of the audio specialist’s acclaimed MOMENTUM range. In addition to the classic black variant, the headphones are now available in a sandy white colour scheme, offering an on-trend lighter alternative, with subtle pale tones bringing a fresh new look to their luxurious design.

Martin Audio expands US Product Support Group

15/04/2020 - People News

USA – Martin Audio has grown its team in the US with the appointment of Will Harris as product support engineer. As the latest addition to the manufacturer’s Product Support Group, Harris will be supporting the Martin Audio team and resellers with demos, system design and implementation. He will also commission installations and provide technical support to customers.

Mastersound hits masterstroke with DiGiCo SD10

15/04/2020 - Production News

India – With India’s dramatic increase in music festivals, live acts, private shows and grand weddings comes an increase in investment in audio technology, and an audio rental industry that has consequently become more dynamic in its equipment choices and its services.

Green Hippo Strengthens Product Team

15/04/2020 - People News

UK & USA – Green Hippo’s product specialist team has strengthened on both sides of the Atlantic with the appointments of Zep Mouris as Hippotizer product manager at its new London HQ and Nick Spencer as product specialist, based in Chicago.

Zero 88 Zooms Up the Online Training Opportunities

15/04/2020 - Standards News

With lockdowns continuing worldwide in a global attempt to beat the Coronavirus pandemic, UK lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 has seriously ramped up its available online consultations and training opportunities.

PR Lighting Aqua 580 Beams Help Provide Hope During Coronavirus

15/04/2020 - Production News

Slovakia – The strength and power of PR Lighting’s AQUA 580 Beam was again put to the test by major event specialists Kvant Show Production, when they projected onto the 111-metre high National Bank of Slovakia HQ in Bratislava.

Alan Jacobi Passes Away

14/04/2020 - People News

UK - We report the sad news that Alan Jacobi, managing director of Unusual Rigging, passed away peacefully on the morning of Easter Monday, 13th April after a long illness.

ABTT Theatre Show 2020 Postponed

14/04/2020 - Event News

UK - Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 42nd ABTT Theatre Show has now been postponed to Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th June 2021 in the West Hall at Alexandra Palace.

Stage Electrics appointed as contractor for Kings School Macclesfield

14/04/2020 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has received an order for £209,000 from Vinci Construction for works to King’s School in Macclesfield.

Relevant Audio + Visual light 2020 SMC Conference with Elation

14/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Thousands of college students of faith descend on Oklahoma City each year for the Student Mobilization Conference (SMC), four days of worship, camaraderie, inspiration and, in the evening, lively entertainment. Relevant Audio + Visual has collaborated with SMC the past eight years to create an inspiring audiovisual experience for attendees and this year tapped into their inventory of state-of-the-art Elation Professional luminaires to help create the uplifting atmosphere.

Powersoft rolls out Covid-19-specific Deva e-training

14/04/2020 - Standards News

Italian innovator Powersoft has committed to continue its online training drive with a pair of hour-long Deva webinars that will take place on Wednesday 15 April at 14:00 (CEST) and 18:00 (CEST). The sessions will be led by Powersoft’s Deva unit sales manager, Cosimo Cecchi, and used to demonstrate all of the functionalities that make Deva such a powerful safety device for modern towns, cities and companies.

Achieving the Ideal Beam Field with the Touch of a Button

14/04/2020 - Equipment News

As lighting manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in luminaire technology, the practical application of that technology falls upon the designers and technicians. With many different lighting designs and a myriad of applications worldwide, not all designs require the same characteristics from fixtures in their rigs. While a studio lighting design may require one fixture attribute, a concert touring design may require another. In these instances where specific performance capabilities must be available, it is the cooperative relationship between designer and manufacturer which plays a critical role in the overall success of a design.

Outline’s Newton Processors at the Heart of Tool’s Fear Inoculum World Tour

14/04/2020 - Production News

Worldwide – Multiple Grammy Award-winning, genre-defying LA band Tool are in the midst of a world tour following the 2019 release of their latest album Fear Inoculum, their first recording since 10,000 Days some 13 years previously.

ChamSys Expands Training Academy, Adds Weekly Live MagicQ and Multi-Language Material

14/04/2020 - Standards News

UK – ChamSys continues to build on its global commitment to education, making webinar bookings and 20-minute appointment consultations found on the training page available in German, Italian and Spanish versions. The company has also broadened the scope of its training with the addition of new Live MagicQ sessions that will stream every Tuesday at 11am EST (4pm BST).

JEM Productions Streams for Domestic Violence Support Group with Chauvet Professional

14/04/2020 - Production News

USA – It is a sad, ugly side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. With lockdown orders in effect everywhere, there has been a spike in domestic violence. Like so many such centres, The Women’s Community, Inc of Wausau has remained open as an essential service during this period to aid victims of this crime.

James 'Graham' Thomas – Rock & Roll Pioneer Remembered

14/04/2020 - People News

USA – This week the industry lost a true pioneer: James Thomas of James Thomas Engineering, known to his friends and family as Graham. Graham Thomas and John Walters pioneered the Thomas Spun Aluminium parcan and Thomas pre-rigged truss, making both widely available for the entire industry globally. The name Thomas is synonymous with trussing and lighting fixtures.

Blond Training Moments

14/04/2020 - Standards News

South Africa – Blond Productions, based in Midrand, Johannesburg, one of South Africa’s leading rental companies specialising in the television and film sector is grappling to survive under a national lockdown in which productions and businesses have shut down completely due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

WarCry Returns to Mexico with Chauvet Professional

14/04/2020 - Production News

Mexico – After 18 years of relentless touring, nine studio albums, and a fistful of awards, heavy metal icons WarCry remain as fiercely intense as ever. The band’s searing passion was as hot as a blast furnace when they appeared at Chihuahua’s Teatro de las Ciudad in September.

New Offices and Distribution Structure for Prolyte in North America

14/04/2020 - Business News

USA – As was announced at the end of 2019, Prolyte is now a member of the largest manufacturing group of aluminium truss, support structures, peripheral products and related services in the world: Area Four Industries. Looking toward the future, you can count on the DNA of Prolyte remaining intact, its products continuing to set industry benchmarks in quality and performance while focusing on customer satisfaction to inspire industry professionals and riggers.

PR Lighting Reassures Support for Customers Worldwide

14/04/2020 - Business News

China – In the light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, PR Lighting this month reached out to its global customer base, with a letter of reassurance.

All Change at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

14/04/2020 - Project News

UK – Audience Systems’ innovative solution for the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts allows the venue to quickly transform its floor from flat to tiered, with minimal strain to the crew.

Hearing Protection just got Serious

14/04/2020 - Equipment News

Today’s world constantly bombards us with unwanted noise. Traffic sirens, building works, office chatter, travel announcements and standing a little too close to the speakers at concerts; these are sounds that stress our minds and damage our hearing.

Austrian Audio OC818 Meets BEATBoX SAX

14/04/2020 - Equipment News

Austria – Musician Derek Brown (pictured) recently tested an Austrian Audio OC818 microphone, using it to capture his unique style of saxophone playing, dubbed ‘BEATBoX SAX’.

Waveworks Elevating the Californian Dance Experience with Alcons

14/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Brad Katz (pictured), founder of California audio company Waveworks, has spent his career searching for a true high-fidelity audio system for use at events ranging from block parties to dance events, which can be anything from all-night raves to multi-day festivals. He found what he was looking for in Alcons Audio pro-ribbon technology.

Stage Right Lighting of Virginia hosts live stream benefit concert

09/04/2020 - Production News

USA – With live concerts on hold, the live event production community is responding by hosting live stream concerts for the benefit of bands and production crews struggling to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Astera Titan Tubes Specified for D1 Studios in Sydney

09/04/2020 - Project News

Australia – In February, just before the Coronavirus pandemic forced much of the world into lockdowns and social dispatching as part of massive efforts to delay the spread, Astera’s reporting team was on-the-ground in Australia and caught up with the action at D1 Studios in Sydney.

Bandit Lites Emphasises Social Media Connectivity

09/04/2020 - Business News

USA – With the world uniting in social distancing efforts, friends and families are relying more on social media to connect and engage with loved ones. Bandit Lites has been on the forefront of social media in the industry, recently surpassing more than 120,000 Facebook followers, 54,000 Instagram followers and 16,000 Twitter followers.

Audient Announces Morale Boosting Gear Giveaway: Just Create

09/04/2020 - Event News

UK – Audient and EVO by Audient have teamed up with some of Britain’s best audio companies, as well with some friends across the pond to give away over £2000 worth of prizes in an online competition . Together with Sontronics, STL Tones, Music Tech Magazine and Control Room, Audient’s intention is to lift spirits whilst much of the world is in lockdown.

Chauvet Professional Introduces Thursday Tech Talk Series

09/04/2020 - Standards News

Chauvet Professional has added a new Thursday Tech Talk Series to its extensive training library to help lighting designers and programmers acquire new skills and sharpen existing ones. The series will be streamed every Thursday at 2pm EST (7pm GMT) on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, YouTube Live and LinkedIn Live

Claypaky Fixtures Light Up Hiperkarma’s 20th Anniversary Concert in Budapest

09/04/2020 - Production News

Hungary – Hungarian alternative rock band Hiperkarma celebrated its 20th anniversary with a few close friends: all 6,500 of them at the Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary’s biggest sports complex! A large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures helped illuminate the concert, which was held on 7 February, 2020 after almost two months of rehearsals.

Genelec partners with Audiologic for UK distribution of AV loudspeaker range

09/04/2020 - Business News

UK – Genelec has announced the appointment of leading distributor, Audiologic, to handle distribution of the brand’s growing AV loudspeaker range throughout the UK, while Genelec’s long-term partner in professional monitoring, Source Distribution, will continue to be responsible for the UK distribution of Genelec’s full range of studio products and systems.

Hi-Tech Media appointed as new TiMax distributor for Russia

09/04/2020 - Business News

Russia – UK-based specialist in immersive spatial audio for performance, presentation and experiential AV installation markets, Out Board, has appointed Hi-Tech Media to distribute TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processors and TiMax TrackerD4 stagetracking systems throughout Russia.

Jamie Thompson Digs Deep Into GLP’s Portfolio for Script Arena Tour

09/04/2020 - Production News

Europe – MIRRAD lighting designer, Jamie Thompson, has been accompanying Irish rock band, The Script, for most of the 12 years they have been touring. And for much of that time GLP’s unique LED automated lighting solutions have formed a central part of his inventory, dating right back to the original impression 90.

Matt Collier Goes Rogue for Spafford Stream

08/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Spafford’s Winter Music Tour got off to a fast start, as the Arizona-based jam band played to one sold-out house after another on its western swing. Wanting to capitalise on the magical connection the band was forging with fans, they decide to shoot a promotional video of their Saturday 7 March show at 10 Mile Music Hall, the idyllic Rocky Mountain theatre that holds the distinction of being the highest permanent live music venue in the USA.

The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference has been postponed

08/04/2020 - Event News

USA – The continuing COVID-19 crisis, and the time needed to recover from it, make it unimaginable to hold NATEAC this coming summer. In order to provide a safe environment in which to meet and ensure a worthwhile and exciting experience for the presenters and attendees, NATEAC will be postponed for one year.

ROE Visual Vanish LED Screen to Reveal DJ Snake

08/04/2020 - Production News

France – ROE Vanish V8 LED panels were used to build a massive screen for the DJ Snake show at the La Défense Arena in Paris.

Brompton Technology powers NME Awards’ greatest LED display to date

08/04/2020 - Production News

UK – One of the highlights of the music industry’s calendar, the annual NME Awards, took place last month in London with its most ambitious AV design to date, centred around a 158 panel ROE Black Onyx staggered LED display lining the perimeter of the stage, and employing four Tessera SX40 high capacity processors combined with eight Tessera XD data distribution units from Brompton Technology.

L-Acoustics brings ultimate sound experience to Sleeping Beauty Dreams

08/04/2020 - Production News

Russia – Sleeping Beauty Dreams is a revolutionary fusion of contemporary dance, real-time digital avatar technology and hypnotic electronic music. Based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, the spectacular production explores The Princess’s often haunting dreams, passions and temptations during her 100 year slumber. Sound and movement achieved stunning cohesion as NOISIA’s Thijs de Vlieger’s futuristic score was presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, with every movement of The Princess, performed by celebrated dancer Diana Vishneva, tracked in real time with BlackTrax motion tracking.

Artiste Picasso for The Best Man at historic Walnut Street Theatre

08/04/2020 - Production News

USA – The Best Man at the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia squeezed in a handful of preview performances before shutting down to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet what a treat awaits! Set at the national convention in Philadelphia, and altogether a fitting production for an election year, lighting designer Jimmy Lawlor skilfully lights a set that takes us into the back rooms and onto the convention floor where two candidates vie for their party’s nomination.

Strand Launches Outdoor-Ready Version of New Leko Profile

08/04/2020 - Equipment News

Strand, industry leader in theatrical lighting and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced the Leko LED Outdoor Profile, an IP65-rated version of the popular Strand Leko. The new weather-ready profile luminaire is available in both a full colour version featuring RGBALC colour mixing, as well as a higher output white version. The Leko LED Outdoor is part of a full range of theatrical luminaires announced today by Strand.

Strand Announces LED Cyc and Strip Lights with Innovative Color Control System

08/04/2020 - Equipment News

Strand, industry leader in theatrical lighting and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced the new Coda LED Cyc and Aurora LED Strip luminaires featuring the RGBALC colour mixing system and SmartColor Control system first seen on the recently announced Vari-Lite VL5LED WASH. The new fixtures bring a wide range of rich, easily controllable colour options to footlight, graze, and cyclorama applications, and are part of a full range of theatrical luminaires announced today by Strand targeting theatres, houses of worship, TV and film studios, and other performance spaces.

Cantata Fresnel in Full Colour and Tuneable White

08/04/2020 - Equipment News

Strand, industry leader in theatrical lighting and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced a new LED version of the iconic Strand Leko Profile luminaire along with an updated Cantata Fresnel. The two new fixtures are available in full colour RGBALC as well as tuneable warm and cold white versions, and are part of a full range of theatrical luminaires announced by Strand, targeting theatres, houses of worship, TV and film studios, and other performance spaces.

Introducing Durham’s Digest

07/04/2020 - Event News

Lighting designer Durham Marenghi’s wife Jennie suggested that while he, like many of us, is stuck in the house at this time he should put pen to paper and record some of the rather curious and hopefully amusing experiences that he has witnessed across his forty years of lighting design.

PR Lighting Announces New Aqua Led 1700 Framing

07/04/2020 - Equipment News

PR Lighting has announced the release of its new IP65-rated AQUA LED 1700 Framing (PR-8179), the first new product to come off the production line since Coronavirus restrictions were lifted in China.

Blue Skies at Night in Support of Frontline Workers

07/04/2020 - Event News

UK – Dan Ridd and Steven Haynes of Clearsound Productions in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, positioned eight Robe MegaPointes on the roof of their warehouse and beamed them around the town and up into the night sky, creating a unique piece of light art to connect the local community and show support for the incredible efforts of frontline and essential workers and the National Health Service (NHS) during the Coronavirus pandemic.

WHDH Boston Upgrades its Broadcast Operations with Solid State Logic System T

07/04/2020 - Project News

USA – Sunbeam-owned WHDH Boston has installed Solid State Logic’s latest generation of dedicated broadcast audio production system at its facility, replacing an SSL C100 console that had been in continuous operation for nearly 14 years. The new System T comprises a Tempest T25 256-path processing engine and a three-bay, 48-fader S500 control surface, complete with meter bridge.

Bandit Lites Announces Volunteer Relief Action

07/04/2020 - Business News

USA – As the nation and entertainment industry navigate the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, all Bandit offices have made power distribution systems, IT data distribution systems, portable structures and lighting available to local governments and hospitals, completely free of charge. Bandit has also made available, free of charge, its Nashville rehearsal facility, Venue One, for use by any artist that needs a place to perform a live stream event during this critical time.

Events United and Chauvet Professional Enhance Central Church Easter Services for Streaming

07/04/2020 - Production News

USA – A church is far more than a physical building. Executive pastor Josh Parker and his team at Central Church have been proving this every weekend since 14 March when, out of concern for the well-being of worshippers in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, they closed their building to the public and began livestreaming their Saturday evening and Sunday services.

Hippotizer Tierra+ Scores Super Bowl Touchdown

07/04/2020 - Production News

USA – More than 150 million fans around the world witnessed pop stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform a spellbinding Latin-inspired concert at this year’s Super Bowl LIV halftime show, on a huge circular video floor powered by Green Hippo Hippotizer Tierra+ media servers.

STADIA sets the pace in Philippine Olympic-grade athletics stadium

06/04/2020 - Project News

The Philippines – The New Clark City Athletics Stadium is an Olympic Grade Class 1 multi-purpose stadium located at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

Long Reach Long Riders postpone annual charity ride

06/04/2020 - Event News

USA – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, The LRLR leadership, in consultation with the 2020 Ride Marshals, have decided that this year’s Long Reach Long Riders charity ride shall be postponed until 2021. The current plan is to ride the same route that was originally planned for 2020.

ETCP Certified Technicians’ Skills Deemed Crucial in Emergency Field Hospitals

06/04/2020 - Business News

USA – As COVID-19 impacts almost every aspect of the entertainment industry, ETCP Certified Technicians, with support of the IATSE (The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), are stepping up to put their expertise and available equipment to good use.

MDR Sound and Lighting Gets Versatile at Southwards Car Museum Theatre with Chauvet Professional

06/04/2020 - Project News

New Zealand – For auto enthusiasts, the love of cars knows no boundaries. In 1976, Sir Len Southward, the owner of a successful engineering firm, purchased six hectares of land on the Kapiti coast just north of Wellington and turned his personal collection of historic automobiles into a museum. Around the same time, an aspiring American singer in New Jersey, 9,000 miles away, purchased his first car, a very used flaming yellow 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible.

Entertainment Industry Mobilises to Support NHS

06/04/2020 - Business News

UK – Across the events industry, diaries abruptly emptied last month as events cancelled because of the coronavirus, leaving a huge number of freelancers without work for the foreseeable future. Katharine Williams (a lighting designer who previously worked on Crew for Calais using entertainment industry skills to support refugees) and Jono Kenyon (a lighting designer whose partner works in ITU), started putting together People Powered UK, a team to provide support to the NHS, including in ITUs (intensive treatment units) where need is greatest, to relieve pressure on the health service and assist with flattening the curve.

Vista 3 Webinars Now Available – Think it, Create it, Do it, with Vista by Chroma-Q

06/04/2020 - Standards News

Worldwide – Chroma-Q, a world-renowned brand of premium performance lighting and lighting control solutions is offering free Vista by Chroma-Q lighting and media control training. Very aware and saddened by the current market situation, it will be hosting weekly webinars to help users develop knowledge and skills, from the comfort of their own homes.

L-ISA Delighted Audiences’ Ears on Bon Iver Tour Supporting i,i

03/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Bon Iver’s fourth and most recent studio album, i,i, showed up on numerous music critics’ “best of” lists at the end of 2019, widely praised for its mélange of acoustic instrumentation, otherworldly electronic and experimental elements and, of course, front man Justin Vernon’s inimitable voice. To be expected, Bon Iver supported the release with a tour of arenas in select North American cities, with Red Hook, New York-based Firehouse Productions supplying an L-Acoustics K2 and Kara PA for the trek. But the second and latest leg of the tour was even more special – and spatial – thanks to Firehouse’s deployment of L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.

Horizon 2020 Friday Night Party Rocked with Robe

03/04/2020 - Production News

Australia – February was only four weeks ago but it now seems like ‘another age’ as the Coronavirus pandemic has sent most of the world into lockdown, self-isolation and social distancing as we all strive to flatten the curve. Robe’s news team was in Australia during that month, reporting on many cool and interesting projects including this one.

Finding SPACE for Zero 88

03/04/2020 - Project News

UK – The SPACE is an inspirational theatre training complex for 16-19-year-olds at Heathfield Community School, located next door to Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton, Somerset.

PSRIG shines a light on Broadweigh at RadiSson Blu Scandinavia BW-HA monitors the load for intelligent lighting installation

03/04/2020 - Project News

Sweden – The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Gothenburg recently commissioned a new 'design lighting' solution over the hotel's common area. Sweden based Priebe-ScanRig AB (PSRIG) was appointed to deliver and fit two large truss constructions with associated suspension. The truss would constitute as a carrier for the newly commissioned solution, with one of the constructions to be motorised while the other, permanently installed, would hang from steel wires.

Chameleon Rental Secures Energetic Looks for Green Love Festival with Chauvet Professional

03/04/2020 - Production News

Serbia – With its stellar line-up of EDM stars, the Green Love Festival has grown into a magnet for music fans, not just for its sounds, but for its visual treats as well. Aside from being located in a beautiful vibrant city on the Danube that was designated the European Capital of Culture for 2021 by the EU, the indoor and outdoor festival also wows fans with some stunning stage panoramas.

Chorus Line dynamism on display on Marea “El Azogue” tour

03/04/2020 - Production News

Spain – Spanish band Marea has been rocking for over 20 years as one of the most popular Rock en Español bands around. In 2019, the band released their first album in eight years, “El Azogue,” and promptly hit the road in support with renowned Spanish lighting designer Miguel González on board to define the visual concept.

ETC and High End Systems turn focus to education

03/04/2020 - Business News

USA – As many theatres, live events, and productions across the world faced closings and unclear futures, ETC and High End Systems recognised that times were tough for valued users and friends in the industry. To contribute in a productive way, both companies turned their focus to educational development.

PR Lighting Back to Running at Full Capacity

03/04/2020 - Business News

China – Chinese industry is now back to work following the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, and Guangzhou-based PR Lighting marked the start of a new month by putting out a statement reassuring their global reseller and customer base that it is once again business as usual.

Samy Deluxe celebrates ‘Mega Birthday Party’ with GLP

03/04/2020 - Production News

Germany – This was a birthday party with a difference: Hamburg rapper Samy Deluxe did not choose to celebrate privately but instead filled the Hamburg Barclaycard Arena with around 12,000 fans last December. The mega-show, which also marked the end of his successful SaMTV Unplugged tour, was attended by numerous guests. On top of that was the unexpected release of his new album Hochkultur, which was also given as a present to all birthday guests.


02/04/2020 - Standards News

In co-operation with the Sennheiser SoundAcademy, Neumann will be offering detailed webinars on the basics of microphone technology over the coming weeks. In three one-hour sessions, trainer John McGregor will discuss all important aspects of Neumann studio microphones, starting with the most important theoretical principles, through practical tips and application hints, to product care and maintenance.

ETC and High End Systems Launch Live Events on Study Hall

02/04/2020 - Standards News

This week ETC announces new live events via its Study Hall program, featuring webinars, Q&As, and round tables led by both our employee experts and our friends around the industry. The content will be geared toward all audiences around the globe, including dedicated events for just its dealers and reps, so be sure to log in to MyETC to see all the upcoming listings!

ChamSys Training Academy Expands Online Learning Opportunities

02/04/2020 - Standards News

UK – Touring and live events may be on hold for now, but learning and career development continue to move forward at the ChamSys Training Academy. The lighting console maker has been actively expanding its online education resources with new courses, tutorials and appointment opportunities being added on a continuous basis. In addition to providing programmers with the chance to sharpen their skills (and develop new ones), the academy is serving as a platform for them to remain connected to the industry in the wake of the closings and cancellations that have taken place.

Anniversary offers on IE 400 PRO and IE 500 PRO in-ears

02/04/2020 - Business News

The month of April brings a very special deal for musicians and music lovers. Starting immediately, they can get up to 50% off the IE 400 PRO and the IE 500 PRO in-ears. Visit to find a local dealer participating in the promotion.

Stephanie McSpadden MBA Takes on New Role at Bandit Lites

02/04/2020 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites has announced long time team member Stephanie McSpadden will be taking on a new role as the sales support manager. Her new duties will include overseeing sales invoicing, administrative support of inventory, sales project management within accounting, tax reporting, fixed asset reporting, revenue recognition and project administration.

Adamson Launches Free Bi-Weekly Webinar Series

02/04/2020 - Standards News

Adamson Systems Engineering has launched an ongoing series of free educational webinars for current and potential partners and end-users around the world. The Adamson Education Webinar Series addresses some ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping consistent with the company’s amplified focus on partner education for 2020.

Lightpower Holding founded and new management team introduced

02/04/2020 - Business News

Germany – “After 42 years of successful activity on the market, it is time for our company to take another step.

Yamaha Launches New HS MP Series Powered Monitor Speakers

01/04/2020 - Equipment News

In the 15 years since Yamaha introduced the HS series of powered studio monitors, it has become a favourite for nearfield applications in both professional and home studio environments. Now, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Yamaha Pro Audio, the company has launched the special edition HS MP (Matched Pair) models.

Update from A.C. Entertainment Technologies: the Show will Go On Again!

01/04/2020 - Business News

UK – At such an uncertain time, AC-ET strongly believes that communication is key, and therefore feels it is important to keep customers up-to-date with how the company is responding to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Community Christian Relies on Chauvet Professional in Evolving Livestreaming Strategy

01/04/2020 - Production News

USA – Community Christian Church has been livestreaming Sunday services for over two years, but until recently, they always were conducted before a room filled with worshippers. When concerns about COVID-19 prompted the church to hold services inside an empty building, its technical team, which includes media pastor Bill Kelly, director of communications Vinny Cesar and visual arts director Kevis Mulchan, began revising its streaming strategy.

Stage Electrics win £1.1 million Brixtonhouse contract

01/04/2020 - Project News

UK - Stage Electrics have won the contract to complete the technical fit-out of production lighting, sound, video, comms and stage engineering systems at the new purpose-built, fully accessible, Brixtonhouse Theatre (formerly Ovalhouse Theatre) which forms part of the Somerleyton Road Project in the heart of Brixton, south London.


01/04/2020 - Production News

Sennheiser’s #DontStopTheMusic series is set to see even more artists from around the globe delivering exciting live performances to your home. “We would like to thank all the amazing artists for joining #DontStopTheMusic and playing to their fans – and reaching out to new audiences too – via our @sennheiser Instagram channel,” said Pierre Morant, head of relationship management with Sennheiser. “A special thank-you goes out to the crews who support them, their engineers, management, and social media teams; we are enjoying working with you so much!”

White Light Chooses T Series

01/04/2020 - Production News

UK – Technical services provider White Light (WL) has taken delivery of a number of Powersoft’s T Series amplifier platforms from the company’s UK distributor, CUK Audio.

Avolites unleash Q-Series Media Servers to Power Every Performance

01/04/2020 - Equipment News

Avolites has announced it will be launching its full range of Q Series media servers, designed to meet all your pixel processing needs for every performance and project, along with Ai v12.1 release with the Pioneer PRO DJ LINK Bridge integration software. The full line-up of media servers includes the Q3, Q3pro, Q4 and Qgen, giving you the complete solution to power every performance.

#LightTheSky for heroes fighting COVID-19

01/04/2020 - Production News

Benelux – On Sunday, 22nd March, in an act of solidarity with all the heroes fighting the COVID-19 global pandemic, AV rental companies across the Benelux region, including on Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles, lit up the night time sky in an initiative called #LightTheSky.