News Archive for June 2020

FL Group Streams On with Robe

30/06/2020 - Production News

France – Lucas Enguerrand and his brother Quentin, who both work at French lighting and visual production and rental company FL Group, which is based in Morangis 15km south of Paris, wanted to keep morale high and their passion for music and lighting alive in a meaningful way during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Luxe Productions Adds Ambience to Movie Truck Nights with Chauvet DJ

30/06/2020 - Production News

USA – While some members of the entertainment lighting industry have busied themselves with drive-in shows during the COVID-19 lockdown, Jordan Chance has opted to take a slightly different course. The owner of Luxe Productions, a popular live event company, Chance is following what can best be described as a “drive-to” approach to reaching new customers.

Ayrton appoints Megaevent as exclusive distributor for Greece

30/06/2020 - Business News

Greece - Ayrton has introduced Athens-based Megaevent as its new, exclusive distributor for Greece. Founded in 2001, Megaevent has provided exclusive distribution and support of top-quality products in lighting, sound and AV equipment across all sectors of the entertainment market for nearly 20 years.

Shure Launches New Tech Portal to Provide Streamlined Access for all Technical Product Information

30/06/2020 - Business News

UK – Widely recognised for outstanding customer service and support, Shure continues to focus on improving its customers’ experience and is now introducing the new Shure Tech Portal, an interactive technical resource library developed for systems integrators, dealers, audio engineers, service providers, consultants, and other professional and technically-minded users. The Portal provides fast and direct access to complete product and technical information, document downloads, and resources to support the specification, design, deployment and operation of Shure products across all markets and applications.

D8plus Ultra – The Most Compact Chain Hoist on the Market

30/06/2020 - Equipment News

ChainMaster planned on presenting the new D8plus chain hoists with load capacities of 250-2000kg at this year's Prolight & Sound. Since the world's largest trade fair for event technology was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the company decided to launch an online marketing campaign via newsletter and on the social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. The market response to the new products was extremely positive and pre-orders were immediately placed for the chain hoists available starting in the third quarter of 2020.

Iconic Aqua Site Given a Fresh System for Aqua Kyoto at Oxford Circus

30/06/2020 - Project News

UK – Boasting one of London’s most iconic settings – on the top floor of the former Dickins & Jones department store at Oxford Circus – Aqua is a combination of the Japanese Aqua Kyoto sushi restaurant and Aqua Nueva contemporary Spanish restaurant. Set on a vast 17,000 sq. ft space, it also includes a large central bar and balcony/terrace bar.

Cue 13 Design reimagines The Wharf using Elation Proteus and Paladin

29/06/2020 - Production News

USA – When The Wharf entertainment district in Orange Beach, Alabama, reopened in time for Memorial Day, visitors were treated to a spectacular new light show by Cue 13 Design that uses Elation’s popular IP65 luminaires to delight guests while supporting retail vendors as they relaunch their economies.


29/06/2020 - Production News

UK – #LightItInRed is a UK-based direct action lighting protest that is scheduled to take place on the night of Monday 6th July 2020 to draw attention to the critical condition of the UK live event and entertainment industry and its need for special government support to see it through to re-starting.

AED Launches Luxibel ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’

29/06/2020 - Equipment News

UK – AED Group has launched an innovative ‘Mid-Air Disinfection System’ (MADS) for the UK market under its Luxibel brand.

Studiomaster aligns with ISI in the US

29/06/2020 - Business News

USA – Studiomaster has announced that it has appointed Italian Speaker Imports (ISI) as its exclusive authorised US distributor. Formed in 2014, the New York State headquartered company boats a roster of brands that includes FBT, JTS and Bespeco. In a deal cemented at this year’s NAMM show, ISI welcomes the iconic British PA company and its high-quality versatile ranges of audio mixing consoles, amplifier products and loudspeakers, as complementing its existing portfolio and positioning it as a 'one stop shop' and an end-to-end supplier of live sound equipment.

L-Acoustics Helps St. Matthew Share the Gospel

26/06/2020 - Project News

USA – If the term “megachurch” is solely reserved to describe the world’s largest Protestant houses of worship, then St. Matthew Catholic Church of Charlotte is by all rights a “megaparish.” With more than 40,000 parishioners from over 11,000 households currently registered as members, St. Matthew offers 100-plus active ministries and is distinguished as the Catholic church with the largest congregation in the United States.

Industrial Sessions Live Streaming and Recording Studio Uses Claypaky Fixtures in New Zealand

26/06/2020 - Production News

New Zealand – Industrial Sessions, a new live streaming and recording studio in Queenstown, New Zealand, has equipped its space with Claypaky HY B-EYE K15 and Mythos 2 fixtures. The studio marks a collaboration among TomTom Productions for lighting, video and set design, Soundpeople for audio and multi-track recording and Shotover Media for camera and direction. It is located in the TomTom Productions warehouse.

Alcons Pro-Ribbon Solution Pleases Richard van Dorland’s Ear for Detail

26/06/2020 - Production News

The Netherlands – With over 30 years’ experience of mixing live music and theatre, Richard van Dorland is a Dutch sound engineer with a musical heart. Working with artists who mix acoustic and electric instruments to craft songs with a high level of dynamics, he sees himself as an extension of the musicians and their performance. His investment in an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system has ensured that audiences enjoy every detail of the sound.

Astera helps illuminate Delaware

26/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Illuminate Delaware, the brainchild of John DiEleuterio, Wilmington DE resident and sales and project manager for dry hire company Main Light industries, was a Memorial Day weekend lighting action devised to deliver some special visual magic for local communities, while saluting essential workers as well as fallen US military personnel.

Germany’s Next Topmodel Live Final Show with GLP

26/06/2020 - Production News

Germany – Supermodel Heidi Klum spent from the end of January to mid-May 2020 searching for Germany’s next top model. She found what she was looking for in the form of Jacqueline Wruck, when the grand final of the popular TV programme “Germany’s Next Topmodel” was held at Studio Berlin Adlershof (minus the audience).

Version2 makes a return to MediaCity’s Dock10 for Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow

26/06/2020 - Production News

UK – Created by Fremantle, commissioned by ITV, gameshow classics including Play Your Cards Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky all get the reboot treatment in this run of five shows. Recorded in front of a studio audience at Dock 10, each show features a custom set by scenic designer Dominic Tolfts, based around the look of the epic originals.

Main Light Industries sponsors “Illuminate Delaware” tribute

26/06/2020 - Production News

USA – This past Memorial Day weekend, rental company Main Light Industries sponsored “Illuminate Delaware,” a four-day event in which landmarks in Wilmington and around the state were illuminated as a tribute to essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as fallen US military personnel.

ETC supports Night of Light’s call to save event industry

26/06/2020 - Production News

Germany – ETC and High End Systems participated in the ‘Night of Light’ initiative this week, a scheme created to highlight the dramatic impact of the global pandemic on the live event industry.

ChamSys Now Supports XYZ Positioning in MagicQ Consoles and Software

25/06/2020 - Equipment News

ChamSys has added a whole new dimension (quite literally) to building lighting designs on its award-winning MagicQ series of consoles and software. The company has just-introduced XYZ positioning feature makes it simple for designers and programmers to achieve the looks they envision in 3D space, without getting slowed down adjusting fixture pan and tilt parameters.

Bandit Lites Illuminates Victoria Shaw Songwriter Showcase Series

25/06/2020 - Production News

USA – When award-winning songwriter Victoria Shaw required lighting for her celebrated music performance and storytelling series, Songwriters Under The Covers With Victoria Shaw, Bandit Lites was thrilled to step up and deliver.

Diners Enjoy 800° Degrees Atmosphere With Cool Yamaha Audio System

25/06/2020 - Project News

Japan – Founded in Los Angeles in 2012, 800º Degrees Woodfired Kitchen is a globally popular pizzeria, inspired by chef and founder Anthony Carron’s innovative take on the art of cooking with a wood fire. With eight outlets across the US, two in the Middle East and three in Japan, the latest – at the Tokyo International Forum – features a high quality Yamaha background music system.

Powersoft Gains EU Emergency Alarm Certification for Fixed Install Amplifiers

25/06/2020 - Business News

Powersoft has announced that it has gained certification for its amplifiers to be used in Public Address and Voice Alarm (PAVA) systems according to the European EN 54-16 requirements.

Electro-Voice and Dynacord help make a great room sound even better at The State Theatre, State College, PA

25/06/2020 - Project News

USA – Originally built as a state-of-the-art cinema in the 1930s, The State Theatre in State College, PA eventually fell into disrepair, closing in 2001. To save it, concerned local residents formed a non-profit group to acquire and refurbish the historic building, which reopened as a community arts centre in 2006. The venue now hosts concerts, theatre, dance and movies, as well as education and worship events.

ArKaos and NovaStar Team Up to offer HDR Playback Solution

25/06/2020 - Production News

ArKaos, the leading real-time live visual technology innovator, and global LED display control solutions provider NovaStar Tech teamed up to announce a strategic collaboration.

Artistic Immersion Made Possible at Four Domes Pavilion with Renkus-Heinz Solutions

25/06/2020 - Project News

Poland – The Four Domes Pavilion in Wrocław, Poland is a historic building offering visitors a view into the art of today. Built in 1921, the pavilion serves as home to the Museum of Contemporary Art branch of Poland’s National Museum. The collection is one of Poland’s most cherished, housing more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, glasswork, ceramics, photography, and conceptual works.

PLASA launches #WeMakeEvents to support the industry

25/06/2020 - Business News

UK – PLASA has launched #WeMakeEvents, a new campaign with the aim of amplifying the industry’s voice and gaining meaningful Government support. Central to the campaign is a video highlighting the vital role of supply chain companies along with the freelance community and the devastating impact of the pandemic upon the live events sector.

National Theatre of Iceland chooses digital wireless audio from Sennheiser

24/06/2020 - Project News

Iceland – ÞJÓÐLEIKHÚSIÐ, the National Theatre of Iceland, has made the leap to digital with Sennheiser. Reykjavik’s premier arts venue regularly attracts large audiences who expect the very highest quality every time the curtain raises. When it was time to update the venue’s audio equipment, Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 wireless microphone system – including the ultra-compact SK 6212 mini-bodypack transmitter – was the ideal choice for Kristinn Gauti Einarsson, head of sound at the National Theatre of Iceland.

Hildebrandt Veranstaltungstechnik Balances Looks For Volkswagen Branding Event with Chauvet Professional

24/06/2020 - Production News

Germany – A beautiful balance between elegance and efficiency that engages the senses through the power of its simple, yet nuanced design. Not only do these words perfectly describe the vehicles made by Volkswagen, they also fit the company’s stunning new showroom concept.

ETC Announces ColorSource Spot jr

24/06/2020 - Equipment News

ETC ColorSource Spot jr is the newest addition to the ColorSource family of affordable ETC fixtures. At only 5.5kg, ColorSource Spot jr is nearly half the weight of a full-sized ColorSource Spot fixture. And it’s not only half the size, it’s also about half the price.

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 is now Compatible with Zoom

24/06/2020 - Equipment News

Sennheiser has announced that its TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone is now compatible with Zoom Video Communications, Inc.’s Zoom Meetings, as is the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution, an in-ceiling unified communications solution consisting of the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone, the Bose ControlSpace EX-440C conferencing DSP, Bose EdgeMax EM180 in-ceiling loudspeaker and Bose PowerSpace P2600A amplifier. While ensuring perfect aesthetics for any conference room or seminar room, the system provides users with a seamless, high-quality audio experience. Zoom is a video communications solution that has become an indispensable resource for many businesses in light of the digital transformation of the workplace, and now more than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced many professionals to work remotely.

24th June Elation Hour: Elevating the House of Worship experience

23/06/2020 - Standards News

Join Elation on Wednesday 24 June for a special Tools & Techniques discussion of lighting for Houses of Worship. With the knowledge that dynamic lighting systems can positively impact the overall worship experience, houses of worship are finding success in growing their ministries through flexible stage and house lighting systems.

Robe Finds a Voice in Ukraine

23/06/2020 - Production News

Ukraine – The coronavirus pandemic didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for the 2020 final of singing competition The Voice Ukraine, which was broadcast live from the Kyiv studios of TV channel 1+1, produced by Volodymyr Zavaduyk, directed by Tri.Direction and lit by Eugene Kostyra, also working closely with DoP Sergey Petrov.

Coca-Cola Arena – 100% LED, 100% teamwork

23/06/2020 - Project News

UAE – The new Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, recent winner of a Mondo*DR’s 2020 EMEA & APAC Awards, unites three dynamic, industry-leading lighting brands from Cooper Lighting Solutions: Zero 88 for entertainment-style control, iLight for architectural-style control and Ephesus LED sports lights.

Stark Raving Solutions Helps Church Shine After Hurricane and Quarantine with Chauvet Professional

23/06/2020 - Project News

USA – Modern life may be full of surprises, but there is one thing that surely will never be seen again: an Atlantic hurricane named “Harvey.” The 2017 storm bearing that moniker caused so much damage when it slammed in to south Texas and Louisiana that its name was permanently retired by the World Meteorological Association.

South Korean Entertainment Lighting Company, Festival of Lights, Puts Hybrid Features of Claypaky Sharpy Plus to Work for Broadcast and Concerts

23/06/2020 - Production News

South Korea – South Korea’s Festival of Lights, an entertainment lighting company founded in 2013, has added 70 Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures to its inventory.

The Motherland is calling!

23/06/2020 - Production News

Russia – Every year on 9 May, Russia celebrates Victory Day, marking the end of the Second World War and the triumph over fascism.

Creative Conversations: Jorge Toro

23/06/2020 - Production News

USA – From an early age, Jorge Toro, owner of Florida-based JMT Show Concepts, has had a knack for technology and a head for business. In his 25 years in entertainment production, he has constantly moved forward, letting nothing slow him down. In recent years, however, a fruitful partnership with Green Hippo has certainly contributed to that forward momentum.

Hatsune Miku Holographic Icon Performs Through MLA

23/06/2020 - Production News

Europe – Prior to the recent lock down period in Europe, Japanese ‘android diva’ Hatsune Miku toured Europe again with production company Proper Productions and Capital Sound providing sound reinforcement with Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA loudspeaker array.

Sixty Channels of Classic Audient Console Record Westlife

23/06/2020 - Production News

Ireland – A nearly 20-year-old classic Audient ASP8024 mixing console is still going strong in Daire Winston’s Beechpark Studio, where Westlife are due to return to record this year. The 60-channel desk arrived back in 2004 – already second hand – when he rebuilt the control room. Apart from upgrading his power supply, the desk has been relatively problem-free and Daire couldn’t be happier with it. “It has been extremely reliable. For the way I work, the Audient is perfect!”

Neutrik announces new IEC 62368-1 compliant speakON receptacle series

23/06/2020 - Equipment News

Neutrik has announced availability of its new speakON XX-receptacle (2-pole and 4-pole) series of the company’s iconic connector design. speakON XX is the first Neutrik speakON chassis line to come to market compliant with the new IEC 62368-1 materials safety regulation, requiring any materials used in potential ignition sources to have a V-O vertical burn classification.


22/06/2020 - Standards News

Sennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation series continues with two Crew Call panel discussions: On 23 June, you can meet the live touring team of singer-songwriter Mahalia, and on 30 June, the team from Harford Sound will discuss how their production company adapted to the Covid-19 situation. Also coming up in June is a new edition of the live RF Expert Round Table, as well as live webinars on pro headphones, multi-zone antenna systems and 8D audio. As always, all panellists and hosts in the live webinars are very much looking forward to answering your questions.

Puy du Fou Theme Park Upgrades with Optocore Fibre Network

22/06/2020 - Project News

France – Ranked the second most popular theme park in France (behind Disneyland Paris) Puy du Fou is spread over 500 hectares at Les Epesses in the heart of Pays de La Loire region.

Ayrton unleashes Karif-LT – The Creative Wizard

22/06/2020 - Equipment News

With much of the world having been at a standstill due to COVID-19, Ayrton has continued to innovate, spending the hiatus in preparation for when we are all back to full strength. Now, with the first tentative signs of global recovery, Ayrton is excited to showcase Karif-LT, its ultra-compact 300W LED beam-spot, and the first in Ayrton’s brand-new line of LT (Long Throw) products dedicated to long-range applications.

Jason Lyons lights Rock of Ages with Artiste Monet

22/06/2020 - Production News

USA – The recent Rock of Ages Revival at New World Stages in New York City was a resounding success, just as it was in its 2008 Off-Broadway debut at the same theatre prior to its successful six-year Broadway run. The Revival show opened last June and after originally being scheduled to close in September was extended for an open-ended run, eventually shutting down when Broadway went dark in March.

Events United Lights $105,000 Humane Society Fundraiser with Chauvet Professional

22/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Soon after the COVID-19 lockdown went into effect, Events United owner Tim Messina and his team began transforming Studio Lab (their shared space production facility) into a livestream studio to produce events. They weren’t exactly sure where this effort would take them, they just wanted to keep busy and find a way to continue paying their team.

QTECH Live Goes Live with dLive

22/06/2020 - Production News

Sweden – Created to meet the surge in demand for livestreaming services resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic, Swedish production company, QTECH, has launched a new streaming division, QTECH LIVE, with help from an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.

Celebrate Make Music Day

19/06/2020 - Production News

Worldwide – The 21st June is a special day for all lovers of music; around the world people are celebrating Make Music Day or Fête de la Musique! Originating in France, this unique annual celebration now takes place in more than 1,000 cities and in 120 countries around the world and seeks to encourage participation in music at every level. Normally, the day is all about coming together to enjoy free live events in venues and public spaces, but in the year of the coronavirus, things are of course different. And yet the music plays on: many events are moving online, and Sennheiser is excited to dedicate its own #DontStopTheMusic concerts this week and next to this inspirational project.

ISE looks forward to Barcelona debut

19/06/2020 - Event News

Spain – Planning for Integrated Systems Europe 2021 is well underway with its organisers, Integrated Systems Events, committed to delivering a compelling and safe exhibition for the world’s audiovisual integrated systems community.

The Art of Online Teaching with Peter Fisker

19/06/2020 - Standards News

Denmark – At the end of 2019, after three years constantly on the road, Danish lighting, video and set designer Peter Fisker wanted to spend a bit more time at home!

Stage Electrics helps The Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish prepare for the future

19/06/2020 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has announced that it has been awarded the key contract to supply and install three new Zero 88 Chilli bypass dimmers, ETC Element 2 desk and new DMX infrastructure around the stage and FOH for the Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish.

Cedric Duré Frames and Expands VR Stream’s Looks with Chauvet Professional

19/06/2020 - Production News

Belgium – Robbe Verburgh wants more EDM DJs to start streaming. So much so, that he’s created VR Stream, a complete mobile streaming solution in a van that allows DJs to do a show and get it up and running online from anywhere, even their own back yards.

Altman introduces Matthew Klasmeier as Product Development Support Engineer

19/06/2020 - People News

USA – In a move to bolster the strength of its product development and support team, Altman Lighting has announced the appointment of Matthew Klasmeier as product development support engineer. Working within the new Altman headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Klasmeier will be responsible for overseeing current and future product development, as well as in-house warranty service, support and repair.

Broadweigh Supports Monkey-Rigging for Record Breaking Tightrope Event in Ireland

19/06/2020 - Production News

Ireland – Leading load cell company Broadweigh, will support the much anticipated Wires Crossed tightrope event in Galway, Ireland by supplying Monkey Rigging with the necessary kit to monitor the loads. The event, which was originally scheduled for August 2020, but has now been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation, is a European wide community participation project revolving around 'funambulism', the art of tight-wire walking using a balancing pole. During the event, 400 tightrope walkers from all over Europe will cross the Galway River for a duration of 2020 minutes.

“Autokultur” with Sido and Sennheiser

19/06/2020 - Production News

Germany – With the slogan “Autokultur – from Hannover for Hannover”, an unusual series of events is helping to keep the entertainment scene in Northern Germany buzzing. Every evening, up to 1,000 vehicles converge on Hannover’s Schützenplatz fairground, where they tune in their UHF radios – just like in a drive-in cinema – to listen to exciting stage performances, from concerts to comedy. It’s all a welcome distraction from life during lockdown, and an optimistic ray of light in a time when typical live events have all been cancelled.

Astera for Love Island France … in South Africa

18/06/2020 - Production News

South Africa – South African rental and technical production company Blond Productions invested in its first Astera products – Titan Tubes and AX3 Lightdrops – for the first series of reality dating show Love Island France. This was filmed earlier in the year at a luxury villa on the beautiful Lothian wine estate in Elgin Valley, on the banks of the Palmiet River – and with its own private lake – about an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

Solid State Logic ORIGIN Mixing Console Now Shipping Worldwide

18/06/2020 - Equipment News

Solid State Logic (SSL) announced that its new ORIGIN analogue mixing console is now shipping to approved global partners and dealers. The latest in a long line of SSL studio mixing consoles, ORIGIN brings an unprecedented degree of sonic performance and flexibility to the modern production studio.

Sonosphere appoints Jamie Gosney and Henrik Oppermann to board of directors

18/06/2020 - People News

UK – Immersive audio specialist, Sonosphere, has announced that commercial director Jamie Gosney and creative director Henrik Oppermann have been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Latest Theatre News – Updates, Resources and Training

18/06/2020 - Business News

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Emilie Nicolas Hits the Heights in Oslo with Alcons Audio

18/06/2020 - Production News

Norway – When multiple Norwegian Grammy-winner Emilie Nicolas played two shows in one day at the Oslo Opera House in late 2019, only one manufacturer’s audio system would be good enough. It had to be the crystal clear quality of an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon solution.

Toucan Productions’ Secret Shop DJ livestream series

18/06/2020 - Production News

USA – For those missing the pumping beats and dynamic ebb and flow of a knockout DJ set, Toucan Productions has something for them. The full service production company has started to livestream weekly DJ sets from its facility in Oklahoma City using a festival-worthy setup that includes nearly 100% Elation lighting gear. Dubbed Secret Shop and hosted on Twitch TV, the livestream broadcasts feature multiple 45-minute DJ sets and run every Wednesday from 8pm to midnight Central Daylight Time in the US.

Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2

17/06/2020 - Equipment News

Having spent several weeks working from home during lockdown, many people are now missing their usual office environment and the chance to exchange ideas directly with their work colleagues. Employers are busy developing plans for returning to work – while still observing hygiene rules and social distancing – with the aim of gradually increasing the number of people present at their workplaces. In fact, many manufacturers are finding that employees are becoming more and more keen to return to their deserted offices as time goes by: “Our people are coming back of their own accord,” said the chairman of a world-famous producer of sports goods, for example. Ceiling microphones such as the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 offer hygiene benefits for cases like this.

Studio 46 Media Creates Light Tapestry at Saint Joseph Hospital with Chauvet Professional

17/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Like much else in bluegrass country, there is a tranquil beauty to Saint Joseph Hospital. With its gently curved inlaid stone outer walls, multi-level windowed surfaces, and soaring main tower, the 433-bed medical centre on the outskirts of this picturesque town, projects a sense of serenity and calmness.

Christie introduces new, free software solutions to monitor and align projectors with ease

17/06/2020 - Equipment News

Christie is making it easier for customers to install and maintain seamlessly blended images and monitor and control its projection systems with the launch of two new free software solutions: Christie Mystique Lite and Christie Conductor.

Droneberger Showtechnik invests in Elation Paladin, Dresses Starnacht in colour and effect

17/06/2020 - Production News

Austria – Starnacht (Star Night) is one of the more popular televised live music programmes in German-speaking countries. Broadcast from Austria since 2000, the programme has several editions and is known for its diverse mix of national and international artists who perform amid a festival-like atmosphere against majestic backdrops like the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna or the spectacular peaks of the Alps.

Sennheiser to launch Control Cockpit release 4.0.0 at InfoComm Connected

17/06/2020 - Equipment News

Sennheiser has announced a major update of its Sennheiser Control Cockpit, a software tool that makes daily work routines in controlling and monitoring large microphone set-ups a breeze. Besides design and usability enhancements, the latest version 4.0.0 now adds the ability to monitor the new SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver and the EM 6000 receiver from Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series, in addition to evolution wireless G3 and G4, SpeechLine and the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone. This makes the software a universal tool for corporations and education facilities. Version 4.0.0 can be downloaded here and experienced at the virtual InfoComm Connected from 16 to 18 June.

L-Acoustics Syva resolves audio challenges for Åbo Svenska Teater

17/06/2020 - Project News

Finland – Åbo Svenska Teater, a Swedish speaking theatre in the heart of Turku, is the oldest still functioning theatre in Finland. Exuding 19th century glamour, the venue is known for hosting high-end plays and musicals such as Les Misérables, Hair, and The Rocky Horror Show. This April, the theatre’s audio system was brought bang up-to-date with the installation of L-Acoustics Syva, which has solved the theatre's complex acoustical challenges.

Dynacord introduces the MXE5 matrix mix engine, first member of new performance audio matrix series

17/06/2020 - Equipment News

The evolution of an iconic audio brand continues. Following the launch of the internationally acclaimed IPX and TGX amplifiers and SONICUE sound system software, Dynacord adds to its line-up of high-grade professional electronics solutions with a new performance audio matrix.

Adamson Launches CS-Series of Intelligent Powered Loudspeakers, Software and Rack Systems

16/06/2020 - Equipment News

Adamson Systems Engineering is officially launching its CS-Series as part of InfoComm Connected, running 16-18 June, 2020. The CS-Series brings the heralded performance of Adamson’s sub-compact S-Series loudspeakers into the networked future with onboard amplification and DSP, plus Milan-ready AVB connectivity. Rounding out the series are a suite of CS rack-mounted systems and a dedicated CS software solution.

The Making of Never Ending Sunday

16/06/2020 - Production News

France - This industry is full of talented and creative people who, most of the time, careering through life and business at breakneck speeds, don’t have a moment to spare for indulging their other passions in life!

Yamaha RIVAGE PM Series Now Offers Native Control of Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8

16/06/2020 - Equipment News

With the release of Yamaha’s new V4 firmware, the Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 Dante-connected microphone preamplifier and converter can now be natively controlled from Yamaha’s flagship RIVAGE PM series mixing consoles. This release will bring the new RIVAGE PM3 and PM5 as well as the PM7 and PM10 into the family of products that work with the RMP-D8. Native control from the Yamaha CL and QL series were implemented with a previous firmware release.

New Firmware Brings Even More Features To Yamaha RIVAGE PM Series

16/06/2020 - Equipment News

Following the recent expansion of Yamaha’s flagship digital console series with the new RIVAGE PM3 and PM5, the latest firmware for the entire range, V4.0, is now available as a free download, providing even more powerful tools for mix engineers.

The New Chauvet Professional Maverick Silens 2 Profile is a Silent Powerhouse

16/06/2020 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional’s Maverick Silens 2 Profile will never be noticed because of its sound. The 100 per cent convection cooled LED PCB fixture is virtually silent, attracting no attention to itself in studios for live stream broadcasts, recital halls, theatres or other applications where absolute quietness is essential.

Alphatec announced as new TiMax distributor for India

16/06/2020 - Business News

India – Immersive audio specialists, Out Board, has appointed Alphatec as the new exclusive distributor in India for TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processing and TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking systems. Alphatec managing director, Devasis Barkataki comments: “We are very happy to welcome the TiMax products into our distribution range for the Indian market. TiMax fits well with our other high quality brands and suits perfectly our core activities in premium system solutions and integration.“

Ayrton appoints Wholestage as exclusive distributor for Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean

16/06/2020 - Business News

Americas – Ayrton has announce the appointment of Wholestage as its new, exclusive distributor for Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean Islands.

Outline webinar: how to pass from CAD to OpenArray

16/06/2020 - Standards News

Outline announces that on 18th June it will hold a free webinar in English on OpenArray, the 3D acoustic prediction, modelling and simulation software written in the Brescia company’s laboratories and now at its second release.

Custom enclosures for sunDial quad

16/06/2020 - Equipment News

sunDial quad, the PLASA Gold award-winning mains LED dimmer from Artistic Licence, is now available in a custom installation enclosure. Manufactured by Future Automation, the high-quality coated steel enclosures are available in six different sizes, with the largest containing ten DIN rails and accommodating up to 18 sunDial units.

ETC promotes Konstantinos Vonofakidis to Regional Sales Manager

16/06/2020 - People News

Europe – ETC has announced the promotion of Konstantinos Vonofakidis to regional sales manager. In his new role, Konstantinos will oversee the sales activities in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Egypt. He will manage sales arrangements for key accounts in these regions and work in cooperation with the company’s distributors and dealers.

APG and Active Audio Announce New Corporate Entity: Arbane Groupe

16/06/2020 - Business News

France – Active Audio, a specialist in public address systems, and manufacturer of professional loudspeakers APG, has announced the creation of Arbane Groupe, thus completing their strategic alliance initiated in 2016.

Gabriele Ferrini Realises his Dreams by Expanding his Neve Genesys Black

16/06/2020 - Project News

Italy – After a wait of more than 20 years, Italian musician and producer Gabriele Ferrini has finally achieved his dream of having a 64 channel Neve console as the centrepiece of his own studio.

Martin Audio’s first ever virtual trade show exceeds expectations

16/06/2020 - Event News

With registrations similar to the numbers Martin Audio would expect to meet at a large international trade show, the British pro audio pioneer has declared its first ever virtual trade show a resounding success. The company held its event on 20th May taking the form of three 90-minute webinars matched to different time zones.

Sidewalk Prophets Delivers First Virtual Tour with Bandit Lites

15/06/2020 - Production News

USA – When the live music industry screeched to a halt on 13 March due to COVID-19, Sidewalk Prophets, a Christian music band, knew they still wanted to reach out to people with a message of love and positivity. Their tour was revamped for a virtual audience, and rather than stream one show, the band has twelve performances scheduled for free access, if you live within the region of the show, with different set lists played live.

Dallas Gasper and 4Wall Entertainment Go Deep for Kayzo Livestream with Chauvet Professional Maverick

15/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Anticipation was high for Kayzo’s Unleashed Tour when it was announced in January. Scheduled to begin on 27 March in Denver with stops across the USA, before wrapping up on 9 May in Seattle, the tour represented the next step in the former Insomniac Discovery Project winner’s impressive musical ascent. Pulling together an array of new elements, like a full drum crew and band, the tour, which was to support Kayzo’s red hot second album, had all the earmarks of a breakthrough event for the genre-defying DJ.

Up close with Artiste Mondrian on June 17th Elation Innovation Hour

15/06/2020 - Standards News

Join Elation online for a special up-close look at the new Artiste Mondrian profile FX luminaire on the 17th June Elation Innovation Hour. Optimised for extreme output and coverage, the Artiste Mondrian is the latest addition to Elation’s flagship and award-winning Artiste LED moving head series.

Introducing Luminex LUMICORE – the new addition to the LUMINODE family

12/06/2020 - Equipment News

Pre-order today and get a FREE LUMINODE 1* Offer valid until 30th June 2020.

Creative Productions Australia brings a New Energy

12/06/2020 - Business News

Australia – Creative Productions Australia is a new full-service technical production facility providing design, lighting video and audio equipment, plus crew for all shows, tours and live events, created by the merger of two leading Australian rental houses: Gold Coast based Creative Productions and Melbourne based MPH Australia.

PWL Launches Virtual Event Studio

12/06/2020 - Project News

Belgium – Leading lighting, visuals, show and production design practice Painting with Light (PWL) has opened a new Virtual Event Studio, in partnership with NEP Belgium, at its C-MINE HQ in Genk, offering a slick streaming production and broadcast facility including full virtual audience interactivity to deliver the highest quality digital events.

Adam King Reflects Richness of Guys and Dolls at Mountview with Chauvet Professional

12/06/2020 - Production News

UK – Laurence Olivier called Sam Levene’s portrayal of Nathan Detroit in the original 1950 production of Guys and Dolls the greatest stage performance he had ever seen. More than two decades later, Sir Laurence himself was eager to play the role of the irrepressible rogue with a heart of gold in a 1971 revival of the play at London’s National Theatre.

DiGiCo helps Renato Carneiro deliver stunning audio for Brazilian duo’s live stream performance

12/06/2020 - Production News

Brazil – When Brazilian rental company Maxi Audio had to close the doors on the planned in-store Maxi Academy training programme, it was determined not to let its customers down and swiftly set up an alternative, online programme. Broadcast and front of house engineer, Renato Carneiro, Audio Systems' DiGiCo support, a regular supporter of the Maxi Academy and long-time DiGiCo user, delivered the first session, based on the mix he had done for popular Brazilian duo Bruno & Marrone’s first live YouTube performance.

L-Acoustics accelerates plans for blended training with Online Education Platform

12/06/2020 - Standards News

France – As many countries slowly lift confinement restrictions, L-Acoustics will re-open in-person education programmes this month. Simultaneously, to complement in-person training and to offer the greatest flexibility to users, L-Acoustics is pre-launching a new Online Education Platform. The first programme on the platform is a complete, but remote, version of its renowned System Fundamentals training, a prerequisite for all other L-Acoustics training modules. In 2019, L-Acoustics hosted training courses in 60 countries, completing 670 training days and awarding 6,000 certificates. Of these, 240 training days and 2,400 certificates were for the Systems Fundamentals course.

A return to nature: sonic explorer Thomas Rex Beverly captures inspiring soundscapes of the Cascade mountain range with Sennheiser

12/06/2020 - Production News

USA – In the midst of a challenging global pandemic, field recordist Thomas Rex Beverly finds solace in his work and says that nature is flourishing as human populations temporarily retreat. Last February, he ventured out to Washington state’s Eastern Cascades, a remote region surrounded by rugged mountains and lush forests. During the trip, which lasted three weeks, Beverly utilised his Sennheiser microphone array to capture an extensive body of soundscapes including avalanches, whispering ponderosa pines, canopy winds from the Cascade mountain range and many other audio sensory experiences.

ALD AGM Discussed Virtually the Future Options of Production

12/06/2020 - Business News

UK – The Association of Lighting Designers held its 2020 Annual General Meeting via video conference. As an inclusive association with widespread UK membership the ALD is ahead of the curve having previously held a Manchester-based satellite meeting to its 2019 AGM via video conference. The move, now timely, was introduced to enable ALD members from all parts of the country to contribute without the need to travel considerable distances to London.

STEINERLIVE invests in Elation KL Fresnel LED as efficient tungsten replacement

12/06/2020 - Project News

Austria – The advantages of LED as a tungsten replacement are many: greater efficiency with less power draw, less maintenance, reduced heat and more flexibility. Leading Austrian event production company STEINERLIVE is realising all those benefits with a recent purchase of Elation KL Fresnel LED wash luminaires, a bright, high-quality white light with output as beautiful as traditional tungsten halogen.

TFG delivers brighter AV solution for Royal Society of Chemistry

12/06/2020 - Project News

UK – Torpedo Factory Group has upgraded the audio-visual system at the London headquarters of the Royal Society of Chemistry, one of the UK’s oldest professional scientific associations, established in the mid-19th century with the goal of advancing the chemical sciences.

ChamSys Announces Winners of Online Programming Competition

11/06/2020 - Event News

UK – With many designers and programmers looking for new challenges during the lockdown, the ChamSys Online Programming Competition offered a creative outlet: the chance to program the power packed 200-plus fixture rig that Chauvet Professional had earmarked for the company’s stand at the 2020 ProLight + Sound exhibit before the show was ultimately cancelled.

Renkus-Heinz’ New Iconyx Compact Series Brings Powerful Flexibility to Integrators Seeking to Place Sound with Precision

11/06/2020 - Equipment News

Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, introduces its newest solution for positioning sound precisely where it is needed: the Iconyx Compact Series 12/3-RN single array module.

TSL Lighting Supplies Solution for Skillsoft Stream

10/06/2020 - Project News

UK – TSL Lighting helped independent live events production company LRI create a COVID-Secure lighting package for a live stream training session by e-learning company, Skillsoft, in May.

Absen’s LED Helps Boost Production Value of Webinars and Virtual Events with Sterling’s Virtual Studio

10/06/2020 - Project News

UK – Technical event production company Sterling Event Group has created Sterling Studio, a Manchester-based studio space designed to boost the production value of webinars and other virtual events, over video conferencing and online meeting platforms such as Zoom, Go To Meeting, Skype and Webex. The studio, supported by UK distributor PSCo, boasts an impressive digital backdrop from LED display manufacturer Absen.

Harford Sound Goes Beyond Basic Livestreams with All-Chauvet Professional Rig

10/06/2020 - Project News

USA – With its 76 fixtures and 18’ by 10’ video wall, the rig set up inside the Harford Sound warehouse looks like it’s being prepped for a live event. But the impressive collection of Chauvet Professional lights and F4IP LED video panels isn’t going anywhere, nor was it ever intended to. Instead, it has remained inside the company’s 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse since early March, turning out a series of immersive livestream shows at a clip of three to four a week.

Nashville’s Blackbird Studio Completes Integration of Solid State Logic ORIGIN Analogue Console

10/06/2020 - Project News

USA — Blackbird Studio, established in 2002 by sound engineer John McBride and his wife, country music superstar Martina McBride, is renowned for its production facilities and for its unparalleled collection of vintage and modern recording equipment. That collection recently got even better with the addition of one of the very first Solid State Logic ORIGIN analogue in-line mixing consoles to come off the production line in Begbroke, England.

White Light and partners deliver digital state-of-the-industry presentation to Rose Bruford College graduating Class of 2020

10/06/2020 - Production News

UK – Technical solutions specialist White Light (WL) recently hosted an exclusive digital session for the 2020 graduates of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, in collaboration with key industry partners. Senior representatives from disguise, Royal Albert Hall and The Society of British Theatre Designers remotely joined the panel for the insight and Q&A discussion, delivered from WL’s SmartStage studio in London.

Yamaha’s Audioversity Training Delivers More RIVAGE PM Learning Opportunities

10/06/2020 - Standards News

For many years, a key part of Yamaha’s professional audio service has been technical seminars, webinars and a wide range of other training and self-training resources. Recently an extended programme of webinars has been introduced for sound engineers keen to learn about the latest RIVAGE PM Series digital mixing systems.

ROE Visual to Showcase Latest LED Products at AV Innovation Days

10/06/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Taking its first cautious steps out after the COVID-19 lockdown, ROE Visual will be showcasing some of its latest products at the AV Innovation Days. A unique chance to see and experience the visual quality of ROE Visual’s latest products in action.

GLP Launches 10 Out of 10 Video Series

10/06/2020 - Event News

Germany – GLP is to launch a new series of short-form, fun, and informative interview videos with lighting designers from all over the industry.

Marc Janowitz finds the look with Elation for Jimmy O. Yang stand-up comedy special

09/06/2020 - Production News

USA - Lighting for comedy has its own special characteristics and lighting designer Marc Janowitz, who recently lit comedian Jimmy O. Yang’s debut stand-up comedy special, Jimmy O. Yang: Good Deal, on Amazon Prime using Elation Rayzor 760 and Fuze Z350 LED wash lights, knows all about them. “In the concert industry you can end up with a thousand different ways to use a light in a single show but in comedy you work hard to come up with a perfect look that stays throughout the entire show and needs to look right from a multitude of camera angles.”

A2C5T Celebrates 25 Years with Light Art Installation

09/06/2020 - Production News

Belgium – Creative director and lighting designer Koert Vermeulen wanted to do something extra special to celebrate 25 years of his innovative creative design practice ACTLD, so he and his team crafted a fluid and mesmeric large scale spectacle of lighting art – A2C5T – which was presented to the public for three weeks at the See U event space in Brussels.

Showtime Sound Creates Virtual Beach Vibe with Chauvet Professional

09/06/2020 - Production News

USA – The weather in eastern Maryland never got much past 70 degrees on Saturday 23 May, but the vibe in the improvised studio at Showtime Sound’s warehouse was decidedly tropical. Aaron Kovelman, the company’s director of design and production, saw to that by creating breezy, colourful, beach-like visuals for its one-hour Virtual Island Festival featuring Jah Works.

Avolites Innovation Tours

09/06/2020 - Standards News

Have you booked one of Avolites' Innovation Tours?

Israeli music fans get unique live experience with KLANG

09/06/2020 - Production News

Israel – “I’ve had the pleasure and the honour of working with KLANG’s immersive mixing system in the last few months, as an in-ear monitor system for me and my band, and for two online shows as a PA for a broadcast,” says top Israeli artist Danny Robas, who experienced KLANG’s full potential at The Show Must Go On, a series of ground-breaking live streamed concerts. “It is a marvellous aid and it allows me to be focused on every note and each instrument separately, and to enjoy the show in a new and exciting way.”


09/06/2020 - Standards News

UK – Three more exciting live round-table discussions are coming up in Sennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation series: meet members of the live touring crews of Tom Walker and Blake Shelton and join the Mixing Monitors Masterclass! Other live webinars in the series will look at Wireless Microphone Basics and new ways of voice pick-up and assistive listening in installed sound set-ups. As always, all panellists and hosts are very much looking forward to answering your questions.

MLA Gives Megastar Magdi Optimum Performance at Papp László Budapest

09/06/2020 - Production News

Hungary – Magdolna Ruzsa Band recently played two concerts at the Papp László Budapest Sportarena through a Martin Audio MLA award-winning PA, supplied by their Hungarian partner, BG Event.

Pointes to DW Stadium

08/06/2020 - Production News

UK – Event production specialist Leisuretec UK, headed by Phil Jameson, has utilised imagination and resources to light up Wigan’s DW Stadium in a variety of vibrant colour combinations showing support for the National Health Service (NHS), essential workers and various community initiatives as everyone pulls together to beat the coronavirus pandemic.

Eric Cathcart Expands Silversun Pickups Show with Chauvet DJ COLORband PiX

08/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Eric Cathcart begins the design process by forming an idea for a distinct look in his head. Then he goes to his rental company contacts, does his best to describe his vision down to the smallest detail, and asks which fixtures in their inventory can help him achieve it.

Sully – The new classic by Robert Juliat

08/06/2020 - Equipment News

Robert Juliat has launched a brand-new range of luminaires – and the latest introduction to its LED lines – Sully.

Yamaha Trials Remote Audience Reaction System For Sport

08/06/2020 - Production News

Japan – With competitive sport now returning ‘behind closed doors’ in several countries, a key problem is how to recreate the experience of passionate supporters, both for sporting participants and those cheering them on. To address this, two of Japan’s top professional football clubs recently helped Yamaha to trial its Remote Cheerer powered by SoundUD* system at the 50,000-seat Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA.

In memory of our friend and colleague, Alan March

08/06/2020 - People News

UK – A statement from Sennheiser:

Stage Right Lighting’s final 6 Feet Together livestream concert 6th June

08/06/2020 - Production News

USA - Over the last two months, Stage Right Lighting of Virginia Beach has been hosting a 6 Feet Together livestream concert series that has put some much needed joy and optimism into the live event community. Stage Right’s final livestream concert was held on Saturday, 6th June at 8pm EDT and will feature Celtic-inspired rock band The Fighting Jamesons.

Ayrton welcomes A17 Stage Systems as exclusive distributor for Belarus

08/06/2020 - Business News

Belarus – Ayrton has announced A17 Stage Systems as its new, exclusive distributor for Belarus with immediate effect.

ABTT Online Seminars

05/06/2020 - Standards News

Although the 42nd ABTT Theatre Show had to be postponed, the ABTT will be running the following seminars across the two days - 10th - 11th June 2020 - to celebrate when the show would have been held, allowing some much needed conversations to take place.

Astera for Anzac Day Impact

05/06/2020 - Production News

Australia – Lighting designer Brenton Slattery from Scene Change Brisbane chose Astera AX1 and Titan Tube wireless battery-powered LED fixtures to create a memorable light sculpture and high-impact messaging for the 2020 Anzac Day commemorations. The sign spelt out ‘LEST WE FORGET’ in bold, bright, positive letters and was highly visible on the waterside lawn at Howard Smith Wharfs in the Queensland state capital.

Music Fans Show Solidarity for Backstage Workers in Tel Aviv

05/06/2020 - Production News

Israel – A star-studded line of music stars and artists performed during a protest concert in Charles Clore Park, Tel Aviv, entitled “Behind The Scenes: An Assembly of Solidarity” to draw attention to the plight of freelancers, backstage technicians and all the zero-hours contract workers in the Israeli event industry whose livelihoods have been decimated as the music and live event industry has been paused in the fight to control Covid-19.

Alcons Sound is No Gamble for Coeur d’Alene

05/06/2020 - Project News

USA – The US casino market is a highly competitive one, with a demanding customer base that wants the best all-round leisure, entertainment and dining experience. Premium-quality sound is an essential part of it so, when the Coeur d’Alene casino, hotel and resort in Worley, Idaho, refurbished its technical facilities, Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems were a natural choice.

Rosco Webinar for Film and Television

05/06/2020 - Standards News

Join Rosco for a virtual round-table discussion on 10th June the often under-appreciated relationship between camera and art departments during production.

The City Hub, Nottingham College

05/06/2020 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has announced that it has won a contract for the design, supply, and installation of specialist production lighting, sound and video projection systems to the new Nottingham College, City Hub facility at a value of over £200,000.

COLORado Fixtures Bring People Closer (Even with Social Distancing) at Keith Urban Drive-In Show

05/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Social Distancing … the concept was key to everyone behind Keith Urban’s historic Drive-In concert on 14 May, not just for the Vanderbilt University Hospital medical heroes, in whose honour the event was held, but also for the team that managed to create an immersive stage setting for the one-hour show at short notice.

Vectorworks, Inc., MA Lighting and Robe lighting announce DIN SPEC 15800 recognition for GDTF: DIN SPEC validates GDTF as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide

05/06/2020 - Standards News

With fellow General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting and Robe lighting, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. touts that DIN SPEC 15800 officially recognises GDTF as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide.

L-ISA Brings Object-based Mixing to Yamaha’s Newest Console Worksurfaces

05/06/2020 - Equipment News

With immersive audio fast becoming the “gold standard” for modern live sound reinforcement, L-Acoustics is pleased to announce that its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology will soon be natively controllable via Yamaha Professional Audio’s entire line-up of RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems, including the newly launched PM5 and PM3, thanks to a DeskLink co-developed by the two manufacturers.

Two Venues, One Solution – Northern Beaches Christian School Goes dLive

05/06/2020 - Project News

Australia – Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) In Sydney, has recently completed an AV upgrade of its key performance and worship spaces, anchored on Allen & Heath’s dLive mixing system.

Absen Scoops 2020 Red Dot Award for New Champion Rental Staging LED Series

05/06/2020 - Business News

Germany – Leading global LED manufacturer Absen has announced that it has won the coveted Red Dot Product Design award for its latest rental staging LED solution, the Venus (VN) series.

Elation and ADJ light German Drive-In Concert Series

04/06/2020 - Production News

Germany – One of the more pressing questions this industry has had throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is how can to safely present a staged event to a live audience. DRIVE.IN Concerts of Monheim, Germany has come up with one concept, a solution that allows music fans of the area to attend a live concert again.

New York Rock N Roots Stream Gets Diverse Looks with Chauvet Professional

04/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Roger Sharp is proud of his region’s music tradition. It’s easy to understand why. His upstate New York stomping grounds have nurtured a wealth of talent in virtually every genre, from Lana Del Ray, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Ani Di Franco to Moe, Rick James, Lou Gramm, 10,000 Maniacs and Chuck Mangione.

Michael T. Strickland: 30 June will Define Live Events for the Year

04/06/2020 - Business News

USA – Below is a statement from Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland.

Altman Lighting introduces the next-generation PHX3 LED Profile and Zoom luminaires

04/06/2020 - Equipment News

Continuing to innovate the technology behind their popular PHX LED ellipsoidals, Altman Lighting has announced the new PHX3 LED Profile and PHX3 LED Zoom luminaires. Ideal for theatres, special events, television studios, or any location where superior, energy-efficient lighting performance is required, the 340W PHX3 LED ellipsoidals enhance your design versatility and efficiency without sacrificing performance.

DiGiCo S Series software update delivers multiple new features, including Dante I/O rack and DMI-KLANG compatibility

04/06/2020 - Equipment News

DiGiCo latest software update, V2.6, for its S Series consoles delivers a number of significant new features. These include control of the A164D Wall LCD and A168D Stage for networked audio in installations via the Dante 64 at 96 DMI, and support for the acclaimed DMI-KLANG, both of which were launched at this year’s ISE show in Amsterdam.

Losing the Echo – The Primacoustic Principle

04/06/2020 - Project News

UK – Stuart Leader is a tech-savvy veteran of the AV industry. At the beginning of the year, in his role as director of POLAR’s integrated solutions division, Stuart was travelling around the UK, overseeing progress, managing the team, developing customer and supplier relationships, and bringing new brands into the POLAR portfolio. The company has moved from strength to strength since its foundation, and Stuart has played a significant part in its success over recent years. As always, there were never enough hours in the day.

Erik Mahowald lights the worlds of Dillon Francis with GLP JDC1 and X4 Bar 20 for fast-moving electronic/DJ fiesta

03/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Bending Lite Productions’ Erik Mahowald has enjoyed a long tour of duty with American electronic musician and DJ Dillon Francis, noted for popularising the ‘Moombahton’ genre: a fusion of house music combined with reggaeton.

SuperFly takes off in Albania

03/06/2020 - Production News

Albania – Headquartered in Tirana, ASLV (Albanian Sound, Lighting and Video) has operated nationwide since 2013 and, with its team of highly qualified staff, provides sound, lighting, video, staging and structures, as well as creative technical solutions for concerts, festivals, theatre and opera productions, key corporate events, expos and more throughout the country. Specialist services also include consultation and design.

CLC Delivers Stylish Streaming options

03/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Chicago-based Charles Ford and his business partner Brandon Clark from Creative Live Control share a zest for life and lighting which is their passion, and there is no way that the coronavirus pandemic is stopping them from spreading positive vibes throughout their community with imagination and creative solutions utilising their collective resources and knowledge!

JEM Productions Calls on Chauvet Professional to Create Manhattan Mood for Badger State Livestream

03/06/2020 - Production News

USA – New York City may be over a thousand miles away, but local company, JEM Productions, created the look and feel of Manhattan jazz club at its warehouse-turned-studio, as it hosted a livestream fundraising show by the Sara Rifleman Trio.

SFL helps rousing VE Day concert at Royal Albert Hall lift the nation's spirits

03/06/2020 - Production News

UK – It has been 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. In commemoration, London’s Royal Albert Hall (RAH) hosted We’ll Meet Again for VE Day 75 with Katherine Jenkins to honour those who gave their lives so that subsequent generations could come to know peace and freedom. Leading event production supplier, SFL, was honoured to provide the audio and video production for the live performance. The event was organised by TBI Media and Snappin’ Turtle Productions, both long-standing clients of SFL. shows its support with #NHSGobosTogether campaign

03/06/2020 - Production News

UK – continues to operate in these difficult times with reduced staff numbers, but remains determined to support to its customers with a continued service of both custom and stock gobos. In recent weeks the company has seen a huge increase in gobos celebrating the NHS. responded by designing a range of NHS gobos for its website and has seen this move mushroom into an online campaign which is steadily growing week by week.

Kinly announces the acquisition of AVMI

03/06/2020 - Business News

The Netherlands – Kinly, a leading global specialist in video collaboration services headquartered in Amsterdam, has announced the acquisition of AVMI, a leading global AV-integrator and managed services provider, headquartered in London.

Fuze Profile “belle machine” for French TV

02/06/2020 - Production News

France – In France, two of the country’s most popular game shows: Tout le monde veut prendre sa place and N'oubliez pas les paroles!, both broadcast on France 2, have been staples of French television for well over a decade. Over the years, Jean-Philippe Bourdon, one of France’s most renowned lighting designers and directors of photography, has handled lighting duties for the popular programmes and has recently added Elation Fuze Profile moving heads to his lighting toolbox.

Prolyte Introduces the latest authorised dealer in Russia

02/06/2020 - Business News

Russia – As of the 12th of May, SCENA joins the Prolyte family as the latest authorised dealer in Russia.

Graham Hendry Joins Renkus-Heinz with Focus on Strategic Development

02/06/2020 - People News

USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has appointed Graham Hendry to the position of vice president of strategic development. The role places Hendry in a position to develop and execute the creative vision in both product and market development, a key role as the company continues to expand and constantly innovate to help partners place sound precisely where they want it.

Matt Collier and Chauvet Professional Blend Spafford Drive-in with Surroundings

02/06/2020 - Production News

USA – Just as it does at outdoor festivals, nature can work with or against the LD who lights a drive-in concert. Matt Collier got a little taste of both on Saturday, 23 May when he lit a 130-minute show by jam band monsters Spafford at the Digital Drive-In outside Phoenix.

Tapering furlough scheme will result in more theatres permanently shutting their doors, warns Theatres Trust

02/06/2020 - Business News

UK – Theatres Trust, the public advisory body for theatres, has warned that more theatre operators will go bankrupt without continued support from the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Audiologic Continues to Expand Appointing Top Industry Talent Diogo Scutti

02/06/2020 - People News

UK – Audiologic has announced that it has reappointed Diogo Scutti as application support engineer. This is an integral role within one of the highest calibre technical support teams in the industry bringing its clients a wealth of experience in end-to-end technical advice starting from conceptual design and planning right through to trouble-free execution and beyond.

Sennheiser Anniversary Offer

02/06/2020 - Equipment News

A very special anniversary deal is available during June, Sennheiser’s birthday month: the HD 25, Sennheiser’s legendary monitoring and DJ headphones, will be available for only £87 (MSRP) instead of £129 (MSRP). Even better, to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary, anyone who orders the HD 25 in June has a chance of receiving a limited-edition version of the headphones instead, which which includes both black and yellow ear pads. You have to be lucky, as there are just 25,000 HD 25 Limited Editions available worldwide. Please visit for a list of dealers offering the HD 25 price promotion.

Yamaha is Dutch Doctor’s Cure for Patient Confidentiality

02/06/2020 - Project News

The Netherlands – Background music is often used to create a soothing atmosphere in the waiting rooms of healthcare facilities. But in the Netherlands, one practice is also using it as an innovative cure for patient confidentiality issues.

Martin Audio expands presence in Asia

02/06/2020 - Event News

Asia – Generation AV, the company that represents Martin Audio in the APAC countries, has appointed a pair of new distributors to target key markets in Asia. PT Goshen Swara Indonesia has become the exclusive distributor for Indonesia, while Guangzhou Guidance AV Technology Ltd Co will add to Martin Audio’s distribution network in China.

Unusual leads the call to 'do better' not 'less bad' ahead of ABTT seminar on Sustainability in Theatres

01/06/2020 - Business News

UK – As Unusual Rigging's managing director Tom Harper (pictured) prepares to moderate an ABTT seminar on Sustainability in Theatres next week, the company is releasing a series of short videos on its social media channels and its website to stir the debate.

MGG Lights the Sky in Johannesburg

01/06/2020 - Production News

South Africa – As the sun set over Johannesburg, on the evening of 19 May, Mark Gaylard of technical production company MGG had a lump in his throat.

Solid State Logic’s Marc DeGeorge is Promoted to National Sales Manager, Audio Creation Products

01/06/2020 - People News

USA – Solid State Logic announced that it has appointed Marc DeGeorge (pictured) to national sales manager, audio creation products. DeGeorge, who was previously US sales and marketing manager, music products, will continue to report to Phil Wagner, senior vice president, Solid State Logic, Inc.

Sooner Routhier, Cory FitzGerald and Travis Shirley on 3rd June Elation Hour

01/06/2020 - Standards News

Top lighting designers Sooner Routhier, Cory FitzGerald and Travis Shirley are set to share their valuable insight into concert and live event lighting on the 3rd June Elation Hour.

Cultuur Centrum Brugge Makes Major Investment In Yamaha Mixing Consoles

01/06/2020 - Project News

Belgium – The 150 year old Koningklijke Stadschouwburg (Royal City Theatre) is the largest and most prestigious of five venues managed by Cultuur Centrum Brugge (CC Brugge) in the historic Belgian city. In late 2019 the organisation invested heavily in new Yamaha digital mixing systems for all venues, with eight CL and QL series digital mixing consoles, associated I/O racks and Ethernet switches installed on brand new Dante networks.

TSL Lighting Supplies Innovative Remote Control Lighting System

01/06/2020 - Production News

UK – TSL Lighting has developed an innovative new COVID-Secure ‘remote control’ lighting system to enable simple set-up and operation.

2020 Grammy Awards Marks First Major Telecast with Large-Scale Deployment of Claypaky Xtylos Fixtures

01/06/2020 - Production News

USA – The 62nd Grammy Awards became the first major broadcast event to utilise a large complement of Claypaky Xtylos fixtures when lighting designers Bob Dickinson and Noah Mitz of Full Flood Inc. deployed 60 Xtylos for Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s duet, “Nobody But You.”

Ayrton appoints LiteNordic as new exclusive distributor for Sweden, Denmark and Norway

01/06/2020 - Business News

Europe – Ayrton has delighted to announce the appointment of LiteNordic as its new exclusive distributor for Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The new arrangement takes place with immediate effect in Sweden and Denmark, and from 1 July in Norway.