News Archive for May 2021

A Neve Genesys Black Console for Audio Engineers of Detroit

28/05/2021 - Project News

USA – Audio Engineers of Detroit has opened a new recording studio in mid-town Detroit with a 32 channel Neve Genesys Black console at the heart of its main control room.

Saddleback Church invests in Robe FORTEs

28/05/2021 - Project News

USA – Robe’s high-powered FORTE LED moving lights have been purchased and installed at the extensive main campus of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.

Tonstudio Tessmar: Into the Third Dimension with Sennheiser and Neumann

28/05/2021 - Project News

Germany – Tonstudio Tessmar is the go-to destination for the highest quality sound recordings. Here, carefully selected premium microphones from Sennheiser and Neumann are valued as reliable tools and resources for artistic creation and also for innovative 3D recordings. These are crafted to create impressive, immersive sound experiences in the controlled acoustics of the studio’s own mastering suite, using a perfectly calibrated set-up consisting of Neumann studio monitors and a Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar.

Perfect Octave partners with Aura Futures for London’s leading cycling clothing retailer

28/05/2021 - Project News

UK – Business music provider Perfect Octave partners with retail ecosystem provider Aura Futures to deliver a unified and integrated audio visual solution in the heart of Soho, London for leading cycling clothing retailer Rapha.

4Wall Entertainment Includes Chauvet Professional in Otis Howard’s Rig for Miley Cyrus NCAA Tournament Show on CBS

28/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress Miley Cyrus performed between games of the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament Final Four, which was aired on the CBS network. Her performance paid tribute to frontline workers and their continued service and sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LeRoy Bennett Chooses Claypaky Sharpys for The Weeknd’s VMA Performance High Above Manhattan on the Edge Sky Deck

28/05/2021 - Production News

USA – The Weeknd reached new heights at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) when he performed “Blinding Lights” towering above Manhattan on the Edge where Claypaky Sharpy beams accented the sky-high venue.

NATEAC registration begins 15 June

28/05/2021 - Event News

USA – Registration for the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) will open on 15 June, 2021. NATEAC 2021, a virtual conference, will take place on 20, 21 and 22 July, 2021.

Backstage Academy prepares next generation of industry professionals with online masterclass by Brompton Technology

27/05/2021 - Standards News

UK – Uniquely positioned in the heart of Production Park, Europe’s leading live events production destination, and renowned for its specialist degrees, professional short courses and bespoke training for the creative and live events industries, Backstage Academy is a university like no other. A recent collaboration with leading LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, means Backstage was able to deliver an online masterclass to over 50 students to help them understand the importance of LED processing for video walls within live events and virtual production.

“Shine a Light” Special Merchandising collection and final donation to charities

27/05/2021 - Business News

Italy – Back in December 2020, Claypaky launched “Shine a Light”, a song dedicated to everyone in the entertainment industry. Together with the song, Claypaky decided to produce a limited “Shine a Light” merchandise collection and determined that all the revenues from the sales of this limited-edition merchandise, including the production costs covered by Claypaky, would be donated to support the entertainment and live events industry members impacted by the pandemic.

Schallmeister Blends Old and New at Livestream in Former Coal Mine with Chauvet Professional

27/05/2021 - Production News

Germany – Buildings, like people, have histories, and sometimes the voice of the past still echoes within their walls. Fortunately, this is the case with Schwarzkaue Herten, an event space that was once part of the now closed Schägel & Eisen colliery.

Equipson Introduces ENTAR - a New Range of Professional Loudspeakers

27/05/2021 - Equipment News

WORK PRO Audio, the installation and pro audio division of Spanish manufacturer Equipson, has launched a new range of two-way professional loudspeakers that are aimed at the installation and live sound markets.

New Comedy Club Takes Its Sound System Performance Seriously with Renkus-Heinz ICLive X Series, Beam Steering Sound System

27/05/2021 - Project News

USA – Named after owner Michael Sands' childhood nickname "Sandman" the newly opened Sandman Comedy Club in downtown Richmond, Virginia, is destined to be a stand-up comedy and entertainment hub. With seating for 250 guests, the club replaces a microbrewery, and long before that, a 1940s-era bank, with a couple of the old vault rooms still intact. The venue features a main showroom floor, a mezzanine with room for 64, a full bar and kitchen and a lot of character.

L-Acoustics delivers golden sound for Mummies on Parade

27/05/2021 - Production News

Egypt – The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in Fustat is one of UNESCO’s projects to help safeguard and preserve Egypt’s cultural heritage. The April opening of the new-build museum was marked with a lavish ceremony, in anticipation of which the Egyptian government undertook a multi-million-dollar investment to re-paint, re-light, and equip downtown Cairo with sound. The epic opening ceremony, which was supervised, directed and organised by Media Hub Saadi-Gohar Company, combined marching bands, cheering children, synchronised lighting, and a line-up of famous Egyptian actors and singers. The centrepiece of the productions was the transfer of the mummies of the ancient kings and queens of Egypt from their previous resting place in the Egyptian Museum to their new home. Twenty-two mummies in chronological order of their reigns, from the 17th Dynasty ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC, were paraded through in the heart of Cairo while Egyptians – and the world – watched and listened to the historic pageant. Each mummy sat in a nitrogen-filled box to protect against decomposition caused by oxygen exposure, atop a decorated vehicle disguised to look like an Egyptian boat. Each of these vehicles was fitted with heavy shock absorbers to protect the fragile National treasures from possible bumps in the road, despite the road's recent re-pavement in preparation for the royal transport. For the occasion, L-Acoustics kept the pharaohs’ sound as golden as their sarcophagi.

Zero 88 FLX Proves an Educated Choice for Widelite

27/05/2021 - Project News

Hong Kong – Widelite Technology Limited has installed Zero 88 FLX range lighting control consoles and Chilli dimmers in over 30 schools for the government’s Education Bureau (EDB) department which is tasked with overseeing state-wide education and learning.

Shure Announces Expanded Capabilities for SLX-D Digital Wireless System

27/05/2021 - Equipment News

The challenges of today’s crowded RF environment, combined with the pressure to deliver flawless audio for varying productions, has created a demand for wireless solutions that are dependable and straightforward to set up and use. Shure’s SLX-D Digital Wireless System continues the company’s legacy of exceptional wireless technology. SLX-D offers, crystal clear audio quality, reliable RF performance, ease of use and enhanced mechanical designs.

Rigging Team supporting production, at Rose Bruford College

26/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Independent providers of specialist rigging services, Rigging Team, has been working with students at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, helping deliver a live event staged at the college.

Motion Impossible’s innovative Virtual Production Suite awarded Epic Games MegaGrant

26/05/2021 - Business News

UK – Motion Impossible has been awarded an Epic MegaGrant to help in the further development of its innovative new Virtual Production Suite (VPS), which is being developed to help camera operators and DPs around the world simulate scenes with the AGITO radio-controlled camera platform as part of pre-viz or tech-viz production processes.

Cooke Optics appoints Adrian Keane as Chief Financial Officer

26/05/2021 - People News

UK Cooke Optics has appointed Adrian Keane to the role of chief financial officer. Reporting to CEO Tim Pugh, Adrian will be responsible for all financial aspects of the business as it continues to grow operationally and geographically.

Gary Numan’s new album Intruder – made with PMC

26/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Released on 21st May 2021, Gary Numan’s 18th solo album Intruder is the fifth to emerge from the 15 year collaboration between Numan and producer and PMC user, Ade Fenton.

Collaborative Creations’ London demonstration studio now open for the industry without restriction

26/05/2021 - Business News

UK – Collaborative Creations (CC), the industry’s dedicated business ‘plug-in’ support and development service has announced that its centrally located London studio space is open and available to companies and individual members of the events and event technology industries. With restrictions now coming to an end, booking is no longer essential though for specific product viewings is advisable and the office team is ready and waiting to take calls.

GLP FUSION Stick FS16 Z World premiere on German TV show

26/05/2021 - Production News

Germany – For many years Thomas Gerdon from Gerdon Design has been in charge of lighting the German TV show Verstehen Sie Spaß (Do You Understand Fun?), in which unsuspecting people are victims of pranks and filmed with a hidden camera. Kimmig Entertainment GmbH produces four editions a year in the Bavaria Studios in Munich, two of which are broadcast live. The first live edition on 17th April 2021, provided the space and opportunity for a world premiere of lighting technology: the brand new FUSION Stick FS16 Z from FUSION by GLP was used for the first time.

Powersoft Launches Project Registration with Incredible Customer Benefits

26/05/2021 - Business News

Italian audio producer Powersoft has launched a project registration process on its website that will allow subscribers to receive a discount on Powersoft products to be purchased for any installation project, as well as direct support from Powersoft’s expert technical team.

Brompton Technology provides technical backbone for 80six’s new state-of-the-art Virtual Production Studios

26/05/2021 - Project News

UK – Leading video technology company, 80six, recently opened the doors to its virtual production studios in Slough. The state-of-the-art VP facility boasts a preconfigured curved LED stage, ideal for shooting in-camera VFX. Brompton Technology products are part of the studio's high-end technical backbone.

Opera returns to San Francisco area with assist from IP-rated Elation lighting

26/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Live opera returned to the San Francisco Bay area this spring with a series of Covid guidance compliant outdoor performances by the San Francisco Opera of “The Barber of Seville” with an assist from Elation IP-rated luminaires. With Covid restrictions on indoor gatherings in place, the opera company secured the Marin Center Drive-in in San Rafael, where opera fans gathered in their cars to watch the Rossini classic.

Stage Audio Works inaugurates a new home in Johannesburg

25/05/2021 - Business News

South Africa – Leading South African event and entertainment technology solutions supplier, Stage Audio Works, has relocated to new premises in Kyalami Park, Midrand, Johannesburg. The move follows a change in strategic direction of the company’s Mitech Direct division (MI retail sales) to a stronger presence online. The new business model has enabled SAW to reorganise operations in a way that reduces the requirement for physical space overall whilst deploying more resources in key areas for increased profitability.

Playing Musiek Roulette

25/05/2021 - Production News

South Africa – Mellow Yellow Entertainment, producers of South African music games show “Musiek Roulette” wanted a new look for the 2021 season, so called on the services of Ryan Lombard, head of show lighting at Blond Productions and Michael Gill, owner of Michael Gill Designs to design lighting and set respectively.

L-Acoustics K2 is First Round Pick for NFL Draft

25/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Each spring, the annual NFL Draft broadcast offers millions of sports fans an exciting opportunity to discover with which franchises players will be signing for the upcoming football season. This year’s event, held in Cleveland from 29 April to 1 May, welcomed 50,000 fans a day for live events, including the NFL Draft Experience interactive football festival and nightly concerts from Black Pumas, Kings of Leon, and one of the city’s native sons, Machine Gun Kelly.

DiGiCo’s Quantum338 is a Boon for The Blessing USA Tour with Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes

25/05/2021 - Production News

USA – One of the most highly anticipated tours in the contemporary Christian music world this year is The Blessing USA Tour, pairing six-time GMA Dove Award winner Kari Jobe and husband/partner Cody Carnes. Kicking off in Pittsburgh on 15 April and culminating in Brandon, Mississippi on 18 June, the tour is taking the celebrated singer-songwriter duo on a 24-city run of shows at large houses of worship and theatres across the Midwest and South, including Dallas, Orlando, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston and elsewhere.

Duke University Commencement Given the Green Light with MLA Compact

25/05/2021 - Production News

USA – After the widespread cancellation of the 2020 Graduation and Commencement season in the States, students were anxious to know whether this year they would be able to celebrate the completion of their degree programmes on a grand stage.

Are your movers doubling as followspots? They should be. Discover the followspot revolution on 27th May Elation Coffee Break

25/05/2021 - Event News

Did you know we’re in the midst of a followspot revolution? With today’s automated pan/tilt luminaires and modern tracking software, it no longer makes sense to hang a followspot operator in the truss alongside your moving heads.

Netflix VO Actor Relies on Audient and EVO in Home Studio

24/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Voice actor, Paul Castro Jr used his Audient ASP880 whilst recording the recently released Netflix anime series, High-Rise Invasion for which he voiced the supporting character, Rikuya Yoshida. This is one of his many jobs to have become remote recording sessions over the past year (for obvious reasons), which means he’s come to rely on the eight channel mic pre from Audient in his home studio.

Tom Kenny Reflects Grace of Vax Live Concert in Light with Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash

24/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Asked to describe his impression of Global Citizen’s Vax Live, the concert to reunite the world, Tom Kenny answers with a simple six-word phrase: “Full of Grace, Full of Light.” The globally televised event, which raised $302 million, enough to procure 26 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, was certainly all of that.

Robe Helps Celebrate the Look for Bryson Tiller XR Concert

21/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Xite Labs, founded in 2018 by visual and production design specialists Greg Russell and Vello Virkhaus, was approached by director Mike Carson and The 92 Group to assist in the production of stunning XR environments for Talented trapsoul singer, rapper, and songwriter Bryson Tiller who recently recorded an XR concert for later broadcast in Calabasas, California at Xite Labs’ XR stage facility.

Momentous Return for Brits Live Sound with Britannia Row

21/05/2021 - Production News

UK – The 2021 BRIT Awards made history on 11 May 2021 as 4,000 audience members gathered at London’s O2 Arena for the UK’s first indoor live music concert in 14 months.

UK Producer S.P.Y Combines Old School Drum & Bass with Unique Melodic Elements Using Solid State Logic Six, Fusion and XLogic Alpha Channel

21/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Carlos Barbosa de Lima Jr. (aka S.P.Y) is cultivating and reimagining the Drum & Bass genre with a fresh approach to creative sampling, beat slicing and top layer melodic treatments. The award-winning producer, DJ and remixer who is launching his own record label, DARKMTTR Records, this week recently remixed multi-platinum artist Rag’n’Bone Man’s “All You Ever Wanted” amidst a flurry of other projects he completed during lockdown.

The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference announces Keynote Speaker

21/05/2021 - Event News

Bill Sapsis, director of the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) has announced that Jennifer Mallard (pictured), a principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto, Canada will give the NATEAC Keynote Address. In keeping with NATEAC tradition, the Keynote will lead off the 2021 Conference on Tuesday Morning, 20th July.

Andermatt Concert Hall Delivers Intimate, World-class, Acoustically-accurate Performance Experience with the help of Renkus-Heinz

21/05/2021 - Project News

Switzerland – The Andermatt Concert Hall, located in the village of Andermatt in the Ursern Valley of the Swiss Alps, opened its doors in 2019 to rave reviews by hosting the Berlin Philharmonic, bringing world-class classical music performance to the alpine wonderland.

Chauvet Professional Lights PYTCHAir’s Boeing 727

21/05/2021 - Project News

UK – Why does someone become part of the entertainment and event lighting industry? There are likely as many different answers to that question as there are designers and programmers. But as Johnny Palmer sees it, there is one common denominator that runs through them all: the joy of using technology to create the unexpected!

Adamson gives new voice to centuries-old Eisenstadt Cathedral

21/05/2021 - Project News

Austria – As historic churches strive to serve their existing congregations and expand their reach using new technology, inevitably they find themselves balancing their needs for quality audio systems with the desire to maintain the aesthetic beauty and singular atmosphere integral to the worship experience. That’s of particular concern in historically important spaces like Eisenstadt, Austria’s Dom St. Martin, which recently deployed a low profile, high fidelity Adamson Systems Engineering PA to improve speech intelligibility and reinforce small, contemporary musical ensembles with clarity and depth.

Titans for Amazing KAMAZ Trucks Show

21/05/2021 - Production News

Russia – Iconic Russian truck brand KAMAZ (Dakar Rally Truck category winners a staggering 18 times and legendary for their rally, drift, and stunt driver teams) celebrated its 45th anniversary with a spectacular live show, presentation and special event featuring jazz band Denis Matsuev & Friends, staged at its main factory in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan.

Doughty’s Easydeck takes centre-stage at Crewe Market Hall

21/05/2021 - Project News

UK – Following an extensive £3million refurbishment, the grade II listed Crewe Market Hall is set to reopen to the public this week. The space, which has been completely transformed as part of Cheshire East Council’s town centre regeneration programme, is set to be home to a variety of independent local businesses, will feature a new seating area with bespoke tables and chairs as well as a stage which will be used as part of the Market Hall’s exciting calendar of events. When White Light (WL) was approached by East Cheshire Council to supply a temporary stage for the venue, it turned to Doughty Engineering to deliver the solution.

Crt Birsa and ChamSys Power Geometry of Light for 2CELLOS’ Livin’ on a Prayer Music Video

20/05/2021 - Production News

Croatia – Maybe it’s because of its defiantly optimistic tone, smooth melody, dramatic minor third up key change flourish in its last chorus, or all of the above. Whatever the reason, Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” has been embedded in our collective musical psyche since its release on 14 February, 1987.

Italy’s BH is first to buy next-generation Lawo mc²36 audio consoles for ambitious live productions

20/05/2021 - Production News

Italy – Italian rental company BH, specialising in classical, contemporary and jazz productions, has become the world’s first customer for Lawo’s new mc²36 (MKII) all-in-one audio production consoles, launched in December 2020. BH took delivery of their two mc²36 consoles in April 2021 at Lawo headquarters in Rastatt, Germany, and have placed them in inventory for use at the most distinguished music festivals in Italy.

OSA Builds its New Lighting Inventory with Claypaky Mini-B LED Moving Lights

20/05/2021 - Production News

USA – When vice president of lighting Mark Fetto came on board at OSA International in 2019 to build the company’s lighting division, he saw Claypaky Mini-B fixtures at LDI and thought the small but versatile LED moving lights would easily meet customers’ lighting needs.

Oaks Christian School Mixes it Up with a DiGiCo S21

20/05/2021 - Project News

USA – Established in 2001, Oaks Christian School (OCS) in Westlake Village has quickly flourished over the past two decades to become one of the most sought-after private middle/high schools in the West Los Angeles area. With a number of the school’s events now being held outdoors on its 25-acre Conejo Valley campus per current health and safety protocols, OCS recently purchased a portable sound reinforcement system that is being piloted via an S21 digital mixing console from DiGiCo.

GLP rocks Tunnel with Over 200 Creative Light 1

20/05/2021 - Production News

Germany – Last year, GLP presented the new Creative Light 1, the first battery operated, completely wireless creative LED system for maximum flexibility anytime, anywhere. With 24 individually controllable RGB pixels, the Creative Light 1 offers countless design options and can be installed in no time, thanks to the integrated magnet. In March 2021, a small GLP team impressively demonstrated this by transforming a dreary motorway underpass into a pulsating dance temple within a few hours.

PRG UK and The BRIT School team up once again for The BRIT Awards 2021

20/05/2021 - Production News

UK – This week, the biggest night in British music hit our screens once more. The BRIT Awards 2021 featured stunning performances, glittering stars and crucially, a limited, non-socially distanced audience as part of the UK government’s roster of pilot events. PRG was delighted to see the event run smoothly and its crew were proud to be part of the effort to bring the vision to reality, none more so than the three new crew members from The BRIT School’s Production Arts department as part of an ongoing work placement partnership.

Outline’s Newton at the Heart of the Brits

19/05/2021 - Production News

UK – The 2021 Brit Awards were held at London’s 02 Arena on 11th May and once again the complex audio system was designed, provided and operated by Britannia Row Productions. As in 2020, a Newton processor was specified to deal with a number of mission-critical tasks at the very core of the system.

New state-of-the-art WELT TV Studios Equipped with Robe T1 Fresnels

19/05/2021 - Project News

Germany – Two cutting-edge broadcast studio spaces utilised by German prime TV news channel Welt are at the epicentre of the stunning new Axel Springer Building in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, which recently opened for business.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Keep Creating Gala raises over £26,000 to support students impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic

19/05/2021 - Production News

UK – On Sunday 16 May The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Keep Creating Gala, featuring appearances from alumni including Riz Ahmed, Dame Judi Dench, Sonia Friedman, Michael Grandage, Jason Isaacs, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Toby Olié, Sir Tony Robinson, Catherine Tate and more, raised over £26,000 to support Central students impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Contemporary art meets modern sound technology

19/05/2021 - Project News

Germany – Expansive performances have been transforming the building and outdoor spaces at radialsystem, a former pumping station in Berlin-Friedrichshain on the banks of the river Spree, into a stage since 2006. Concert evenings in two large halls delight audiences with their unusual settings, smaller studios invite them to experience installations, and the open deck beckons them to listening sessions in the evening sun with a view over the water. As a creative production and event venue for the development of new artistic programmes and event formats, radialsystem also hosts numerous conferences, meetings and trade fairs, which often deal with innovation and futuristic topics. The large number and variety of events, with their associated demand for quality, means it is part of the radial DNA to constantly develop and challenge itself technically, and the venue is the first in Germany to boast a permanently installed L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound System.

PLASA runs a second successful online programme for entertainment industry professionals

19/05/2021 - Event News

PLASA ran a second online programme from 10-13 May, covering the most vital topics and trends for those who work across live events and entertainment sectors.

Introducing the all-new Nanlux Evoke 1200 LED spotlight

19/05/2021 - Equipment News

The Evoke 1200 is a revolutionary new 1.2kW LED fixture, which breaks free from the boundaries of traditional light sources.

Roe Visual Ruby Rb1.5f Premieres in VFX Studio

19/05/2021 - Project News

Japan – Partnering with ROE Visual, Hibino Corporation has taken its first steps in Virtual Production technology. The opening of Hibino's dedicated VFX studio will be celebrated with an Open House to take place from 2-4 June. The company will receive customers from 1 June onwards. The Tokyo-based studio creates an excellent opportunity to work with virtual production techniques for film makers and producers located in Japan.

Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Starring Four Lawo mc²56 Consoles and VSM Control

19/05/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – The EBU’s Eurovision Song Contest 2021 (ESC) in Rotterdam, whose semi-finalists are being announced in two instalments (Tuesday, 18th May and Thursday, 20th May) promises to be a grand event despite social distancing regulations.

Global Kingdom Toronto Upgrades with DiGiCo Quantum 338 and KLANG

18/05/2021 - Project News

Canada – For Global Kingdom, the mid-pandemic upgrade to its audio systems is all about staying ahead of the curve and expanding the reach of the message it preaches. While Coronavirus restrictions hastened the Toronto-based church’s efforts to enhance its ministry, using cutting-edge technology to do just that has always been an important driver for the growth of their congregation.

Michael T. Strickland Named to Pollstar Impact 50 List Again

18/05/2021 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland, was recently named as a recipient of the Pollstar 2021 Impact 50, the 50 most impactful people in Live Entertainment. Now in its third year, the list is assembled by the Pollstar editorial team with input from the industry and represents “individuals who embodied such attributes as creativity, innovation, strategic management, financial success, leadership, artist development and career longevity, vision, fan engagement, consistency and commitment to excellence.”

Virtual Showlight 2021 Programme of Events released

18/05/2021 - Event News

Are you ready for Virtual Showlight? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear industry leading lighting designers talk about their work, ask them questions and network with others from across the industry – all from the comfort of your own home!

MPHK Group chooses Elation for IP lighting upgrade at Ocean Park Hong Kong

18/05/2021 - Project News

Hong Kong – Ocean Park Hong Kong is thrilling guests with dynamic lighting enhancements courtesy of MPHK Group Ltd. and Elation Professional. The popular Hong Kong attraction updated the exterior lighting at its iconic main entrance, along with lighting upgrades to its awe-inspiring “Gala of Lights” multimedia shows. The show and park-wide lighting upgrades were designed by award-wining multimedia studio Moment Factory.

Stage Audio Works provides comprehensive AV solution for 3Ci mega-church

18/05/2021 - Project News

South Africa – After many years of holding congregations in houses, school halls and tents, South African Christian church, Capital City Church International (3Ci), has actualised its dream of inhabiting its own space, an exciting new build. The client brought in Stage Audio Works (SAW) to provide audio-visual solutions for their new base in Pretoria, SA. Involved in the process from the early stages, SAW played a large part in the planning and execution of the project, delivering a comprehensive PA system based on state-of-the-art d&b line array speakers, as well as a turnkey house lighting system and building-wide BGM and control.

Audio-Technica Canada welcomes Kenji Yamabe as new GM and inaugurates new offices

18/05/2021 - Business News

Canada – Following Audio-Technica Canada’s recent announcement of its decision to streamline processes for its professional audio distribution operation, ATCA has revealed further strengthening and consolidation with a move to new, state-of the-art office facilities. This coincides with the appointment of permanent general manager, Kenji Yamabe (pictured). Yamabe, who comes from Audio-Technica Europe and takes over from Susanne Seidel, a well-respected business consultant who has been acting GM since June 2019 and who has successfully prepared the ground for continued growth.

WPC Blends with MLA Compact at HPUMC Easter Service

18/05/2021 - Production News

USA – When Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC), based in Dallas, TX, wanted to stage a large-scale Easter Sunday service at a 32,000-capacity stadium, it presented Martin Audio partner Alford Media with some unique challenges.

Magnum PA Invests in T Series

18/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Welsh rental house, Magnum PA has recently purchased a number of Powersoft’s renowned T Series touring amplifier platforms after a consultation with trusted partner – and Powersoft distributor – CUK Audio. The company initially ordered four T604 and four T602, though it soon added another T604 and has since revealed plans to add another three T602 in order to complete its inventory.

Manny Newman Calls on Chauvet Professional for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Live Show

17/05/2021 - Production News

USA – The outdoor stage at the Avondale Brewing Company was smaller than the ones Pigeons Playing Ping Pong normally plays on, probably not much more than 30 feet in length. But adaptation is the order of the day as live music gradually returns throughout much of the USA.

Six ESTA TSP standards approved and published

14/05/2021 - Standards News

On 5 May, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved two ESTA documents as American National Standards. The following day ANSI's BSR approved four more. All six are now published and available on the ESTA TSP website for download at no cost at You also may buy them from ANSI and IHS Markit for $40 each .

Robe Boxes Clever for Triller Fight Club Event

14/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer to the stars Tom Kenny utilised nearly 400 Robe moving lights on a spectacular lighting rig for the debut of Triller Fight Club, an exciting new PPV entertainment and sporting concept partnership between US video sharing and social network, Triller, and iconic rapper Snoop Dogg.

Cornwall’s Cube Recording Studio Emerges from Lockdown with new Studio B, Featuring Solid State Logic ORIGIN and UF8 Controller

14/05/2021 - Project News

UK – Cube Recording Studio, located near Truro, Cornwall, just 30 miles from the most southwestern point of England, has unveiled a new room outfitted with a 32-channel Solid State Logic ORIGIN analogue in-line mixing console. Opened in early 2021, Cube Recording’s new Studio B includes a live room and a vocal booth plus 48 analogue tielines connecting the control room to the larger Studio A live tracking space.

Aura Visual System Named ChamSys Distributor for Thailand and Myanmar

14/05/2021 - Business News

Thailand – Formed at the start of this year, Aura Visual System is a relatively new company, but the people behind it bring vast experience in AVL to their venture. They also have a well-deserved reputation for their high-level of commitment to customer service.

Dual-action device ensures power does not corrupt

14/05/2021 - Equipment News

Famed for its amplifiers and digital source components spanning four decades, Audiolab is now releasing its first product designed to improve the quality of AC electricity we feed our audio and AV systems, the dual-action DC Block.

PRG and MADO XR create Virtual Production Studio-xR, powered by Brompton Technology

14/05/2021 - Project News

France – The first of its kind in France, Virtual Production Studio-xR, was created as a partnership between PRG and MADO XR. The 360-degree LED facility, which is powered by Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 4K LED processing, brings the infinite power of virtual production to any type of pre-recorded or live production. The space is constructed as a high-tech LED cave featuring ROE Visual LED panels, with multiple Tessera LED processors running the entire set-up.

ISCVE announces launch of Voice Alarm Standards

14/05/2021 - Standards News

UK – The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) has announced the launch of its Voice Alarm Standards manifesto. The new manifesto has been borne out of research carried out by the Institute following a detailed questionnaire of more than 100 international companies working within the voice alarm sector.

Unusual Rigging creates on-site allotment to promote staff well-being and positive mental health

14/05/2021 - Business News

UK – To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Unusual Rigging has announced the creation of an on site allotment at its Bugbrooke HQ. The initiative aims to promote mental well-being amongst the company’s staff who will be encouraged to take time out from the nine to five to tend to the plot.

Tim Dunn Joins the nvisible Agency

14/05/2021 - People News

UK – Production designer Tim Dunn has joined the UK’s nvisible Agency, a group of hugely experienced and knowledgeable independent live production professionals offering a dynamic range of project management and creative production services for events worldwide.

L-Acoustics A Series Swings at Bangkok’s Jab Pae Chon Kae Restaurant

13/05/2021 - Project News

Thailand – Over the last five years, owner Nicha Uengkhao has built Jab Pae Chon Kae restaurant into a success by providing a fun, modern dining experience alongside live music entertainment that varies from pop and rock to EDM. Recently, when the lease expired on the Bangkok-area location, he took the opportunity to relocate to a new location in a high-traffic area adjacent to a popular community mall. The move proved to also be the perfect moment to upgrade the restaurant’s sound system, to provide patrons a better, more dynamic entertainment experience.

DiGiCo delivers exceptional sound at Golden Stage Cross Awards in celebration of World Theatre Day 2021

13/05/2021 - Production News

Lithuania – Held annually in March, the Golden Stage Cross Awards is a magical night celebrating World Theatre Day by recognising the most significant productions, authors and professional artists in what has become Lithuania’s most anticipated performing arts awards. Due to the health and safety regulations, no spectators were allowed at the event this year, with the awards ceremony presented and broadcast live on Lithuanian national television, LRT (Lietuvos radijas ir televizija). NGR Service worked with show organisers to provide the sound system, deploying a DiGiCo SD12 96-channel console with D-Rack and D2-Rack to broadcast the audio “as it should sound”.

Anolis Installation at Auckland Sky Tower

13/05/2021 - Project News

New Zealand – The iconic 328 metre tall Sky Tower in down town Auckland has had its grace and elegance enhanced further with an Anolis (a Robe business) lighting installation comprising 154 Divine 72 LED fixtures.

Hungary’s G-Sound boosts offering by adding L-Acoustics K Series to inventory

12/05/2021 - Production News

Hungary – Hungarian rental and installation company, G-Sound, was founded in 2014 by József Gricz, an experienced engineer who previously worked for the country’s National Radio. G-Sound offers solutions for high-profile events and technical support for sports complexes. Recently, the company decided to add L-Acoustics K Series to its inventory, elevating its own standing within the Hungarian market and strengthening the country’s K2 alliance.

Willamette University Builds Upon a History of Education Excellence with Lecture Hall Upgrade to Compact, Beam-Steering Audio Arrays from Renkus-Heinz

12/05/2021 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1842, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, is the oldest university in the Western United States. This innovative university with nearly 2,200 students offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the arts and sciences, and post-graduate schools of business and law.

Powersoft Launches New Free Certified Training Courses

12/05/2021 - Standards News

Italian audio specialist Powersoft has launched a brand-new training programme on its website, which provides two new free training sections for users: Webinars, where all Powersoft’s recent webinars are uploaded, and E-Learning, where the live sound and install courses are available online now for anyone who wishes to take them. The OEM course will be released in the coming weeks.

DiGiGrid MGB for New Year, New Hope Competition Winner

12/05/2021 - Event News

DiGiCo recently announced the winners of its New Year, New Hope competition. The giveaway was designed to put the focus firmly on a brighter future by giving entrants the chance to win three fantastic products from DiGiCo, DiGiGrid and KLANG.

Yamaha is a Sound Investment for Swedish Handball Arena

12/05/2021 - Project News

Sweden – When handball club IK Lågan was promoted to the Swedish Handball League’s Division 2 in 2019, the club’s home arena in the town of Hörby in Skåne county, south Sweden, needed to be updated to comply with the division’s rules. As parts of it were 50 years old, the municipality of Hörby decided to build a new venue with facilities for the whole community, including a flexible Yamaha audio system.

Tradition on Trend for Robe at OT Cities Nanning

11/05/2021 - Project News

China – Amsterdam-based live experience design studio Live Legends has delivered the full production design and implementation including lighting, video, visual, laser, scenic and related 360-degree interior elements plus equipment specification, programming, and commissioning for the brand-new 1,200 capacity nightclub OT Cities Gui in Nanning.

AC-ET Supply PROLIGHTS to Version 2 For Exciting Broadcast Projects and Events

11/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Version 2 Lights Limited (“Version 2”), one of the UK’s leading lighting rental specialists for the television, broadcast and entertainment media production industries, has invested further in PROLIGHTS ArenaCob 4FC and has also added LumiPix 15IP LED fixtures to its extensive rental stock holding.

Lightswitch lights drive-through sensory experience at Arizona State University with Elation

11/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Leading lighting design house, Lightswitch, transformed an everyday parking garage on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe into an experience for the senses and turned to Elation luminaires, including Proteus Hybrids, for much of the sensory-rich exhibit. Called “designspace,” the drive-through experience featured visual design installations from industry professionals, structural artists HYBYCOZO and ASU students enrolled in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Chauvet Professional Ovation Rêve E-3 Creates Colours and Whites

11/05/2021 - Equipment News

Choice is good, especially when it comes in one ultra-quiet fixture like the new Ovation Rêve E-3, a next generation, brightest-in-its class ellipsoidal that creates an unlimited array of vivid colours as well as variable whites. Incorporating advanced LED technology, the versatile fixture allows theatres, broadcast studios, houses of worship and other users to get more for their lighting investment by serving as both a variable white and colour rendering unit.

Adamson introduces IS-Series weatherised loudspeakers, and design tools for the premium installation market.

10/05/2021 - Equipment News

Adamson Systems Engineering officially announces a range of new products available immediately for the installation market, including an extension to its renowned IS-Series of installation loudspeakers and a suite of improved and updated design tools for architects, integrators, and sound designers.

Follow-Me names ACE as official distributor for China

10/05/2021 - Business News

China – Follow-Me, renowned manufacturer of remote followspot and auto tracking solutions, has announced the appointment of ACE, Advanced Communication Equipment (International) Company, Ltd. as its distributor for China.

iMAG state-of-the-art mobile Virtual Production facility stages Golden Age of Hollywood

07/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Remembering the Oscars, staring Strictly Come Dancing favourites Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara, is a much-loved, extravagant celebration of the Golden Age of Hollywood. With the originally intended 41-date UK theatre tour curtailed for two consecutive years because of the pandemic, Škorjanec and Manrara were desperate not to disappoint fans. The show’s producers, Steven Howard for The TCB Group and David Shepherd from Imagine This Live, looked for alternative solutions. With streamed performances gaining increasing success, they turned to video production specialist iMAG Displays to help them bring the sparkling show to life in a series of streamed performances, which aired for three weeks from 27th March.

L-ISA is the Perfect Complement to ARTECHOUSE NYC’s Immersive Imagining of Julius Horsthuis’ Geometric Properties

07/05/2021 - Production News

USA – ARTECHOUSE NYC, located in a never previously occupied boiler room beneath the iconic Chelsea Market, is one of the most unique art destinations and experiences in New York City. Despite its century-old confines, ARTECHOUSE rightly presents itself as the art organisation for the digital age. It’s an innovative space for immersive and interactive art exhibitions dedicated to providing the most advanced platforms for genre-pushing artists experimenting with emerging technologies and new forms of creative expression.

Robe a Winner at 2021 Sanremo Music Festival

07/05/2021 - Production News

Italy – The 2021 Sanremo Music Festival was staged at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, Liguria, and apart from being one of the country’s biggest and best-known song competitions and media events, also chose the country’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. It was organised and broadcast by RAI and lit by director of photography (DoP) Mario Catapano.

Astera for Lamborghini Huracán STO Launch in Australia

07/05/2021 - Production News

Australia – Twenty-four Astera AX1 Tubes (high-quality wireless LED luminaires) were utilised by lighting designer Michael Negrao from event technical specialist Scene Change in Brisbane at the Australian launch event for the new Lamborghini Huracán STO (Super Trofeo Omologata).

Renkus-Heinz Helps Utah State University Make a Great Sounding First Impression

07/05/2021 - Project News

USA – Utah State University looks to provide “big-school opportunities with a small-school feel” at its Logan, Utah campus where a majority of its 28,000 students enrol each year. The university has a diverse offering of degrees across its eight colleges, and it boasts a unique driveability metric: six national parks are within a half day’s drive from campus.

Ghostframe – Game-Changing Technology for Virtual Production

07/05/2021 - Equipment News

Delivering the tools to create magic in the world of visual communication, industry veterans AGS, Megapixel VR, and ROE Visual have joined forces to deliver game-changing technology for virtual production. Aiming to make the 'impossible' possible for film, broadcast, and event production teams, GhostFrame creates simplified, more efficient, and faster workflows.

Audico chooses Elation for spectacular house lighting solution at Finnish concert hall

07/05/2021 - Project News

Finland – Audico Systems has installed 281 of Elation Professional’s dynamic Fuze Pendant LED downlights in Finland’s Tampere Hall in what is one of the most spectacular house lighting installations in the world. Located 180 kilometres north of Helsinki, Tampere Hall is home to the Tampere Opera and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and is the largest concert and congress centre in the Nordic countries.

Julien Reux Creates Moods for Charlotte Lawrence on Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Colbert Shows with Chauvet Professional

07/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Strong, chic and independent, Charlotte Lawrence is all of these things. But when she gets behind a microphone, the former Teen Vogue model turned singer/songwriter also reveals another more vulnerable side of herself. Drawing on her pristine voice, she touches on personal subjects in a style that is moving without being sentimental, a combination that has made her one of the brightest young artists in pop music.

Broadweigh Supports Miley Cyrus Ncaa Gig for Frontline Heroes

07/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Broadweigh was the wireless load monitoring system of choice for California based Cassidyrig at a recent Miley Cyrus gig at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Minneapolis. The performer was the musical guest at the NCAA’s FINAL Four basketball tournament on 3rd April. In a ‘Tribute to Frontline Heroes’ , Cyrus performed for an audience of first responders during the Capital One Tournament central show airing on CBS between the first and second national semi-final games.

CTWLK 2020 a success with Infinity and Showtec lights

07/05/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – The Muziekgieterij in Maastricht has provided the stage for three CTWLK fashion shows, watched by over 150,000 viewers through live stream or attendance. Showtec and Infinity fixtures provided the perfect solution for the difficult lighting circumstances with TF-260C7 Fresnel and iB-2R fixtures, Spectral M800 Q4, Data Flash and Stage Blinders.

Lighting Within Without a Hitch

07/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Emma Dalesman is a London-based freelance director of photography. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she shoots a range of projects encompassing fiction, documentary, art films and commercials. A member of the Illuminatrix collective of female cinematographers, her narrative work has been shown on TV and in competition at numerous international film festivals, whilst her commercial work includes brands such as Sony, Fujitsu and Curzon Cinemas. Emma’s broadcast and feature documentaries have received strong critical and audience acclaim and her passion for visual storytelling grows with the experience of every shoot and every new collaboration. In July 2020, following a quiet period on the work front due to the Coronavirus-enforced shutdown of the industry, Emma received a call from producer Derek Richards about a potential job.

South Korea’s Busan Sound Stage Equips Its Audio Facilities With PMC

07/05/2021 - Project News

South Korea – A wide range of PMC professional studio monitors have been installed at Busan Sound Stage, a new audio post production facility in South Korea that has been established to help the region develop its film industry.

May Theater Spring Cleans its Sound with L-Acoustics Kiva II

07/05/2021 - Project News

Japan – The May Theater, also known as the Suita City Cultural Hall, in Osaka is a venerable performing centre that has been on the Sound Engineers & Artists Society of Japan’s list of the Top 100 Best Halls by Acousticians, since it was opened in 1985. The cultural centre includes a 1,400-seat large performance hall, a medium sized hall, a reception hall and an exhibition space. The multi-faceted venue hosts concerts, operas and classical Japanese theatre, as well as social gatherings and art exhibitions.

North America’s First Quantum225 Takes its First Spin at First Avenue

07/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Minneapolis-based production company, rental house and systems integrator REACH Communications, very recently became the first company in North America to take delivery of a new DiGiCo Quantum225 console, which was speedily put into play for a live-streamed show by up-and-coming regional act Yam Haus at the iconic Twin Cities music venue First Avenue. REACH’s former long time lead audio engineer, Adam Bufis, now an independent FOH engineer and production manager for The Revolution, SAINt JHN, and other artists, was elated for the opportunity to get in front of the new Q225 for a live show.

Xytech Systems Continues to Grow Post ScheduALL Acquisition, Names Rob Evans and Linda Staudenmaier to Key Roles

06/05/2021 - People News

USA – Xytech has announced the appointments of Rob Evans to the role of product manager for broadcast and transmission products and Linda Staudenmaier to the role of director of professional services for ScheduALL users. These two key appointments follow the closing of Xytech’s acquisition of ScheduALL from Net Insight last month. Both Staudenmaier and Evans appointments are effective immediately.

Creative Technology (CT) was contacted by Sprout to support the live broadcast of the event from one of the UK’s leading motor racing circuits.

06/05/2021 - Production News

UK – The prestigious and exclusive event would be streamed to a small number of top clients for the manufacturer, with security of the broadcast being of utmost importance. CT proposed the use of its Eden platform which enabled two-factor authentication for the invited attendees to maintain a high level of security, ensuring confidentiality of the product. CT was on hand to collaborate with the end client’s IT department and Sprout, throughout the production process, to ensure that all protocols were observed and minimise any issues on the day for the invited audience.

CHAINMASTER launches new image film

06/05/2021 - Business News

CHAINMASTER has announced the premiere of the first CHAINMASTER film. In the past weeks, this special project was realised together with the Leipzig-based production company ‘Sons of Motion Pictures’. The location for the filming was the ‘Quarterback Immobilien Arena’ in Leipzig, which made it a real highlight for everyone involved. Producer and CEO of Sons of Motion Pictures GmbH Florian Arndt could hardly wait for the "release and is now excited about the reactions of CHAINMASTER's customers".

BackStage Pass: Reflections on Life in the Theatre

05/05/2021 - Event News

BackStage Pass has announced the release of the latest in a series of video interviews with people who have helped create the history and shape the future of the live entertainment industry. This interview highlights industrial hygienist, safety officer and professional performer, Monona Rossol (pictured).

Virtual Showlight 2021 confirms Speakers

05/05/2021 - Event News

Showlight has revealed the speakers for its one-day online Virtual Showlight on 25 May 2021.

Industry Expert Dan Zimbelman joins PMC’s Management Team

05/05/2021 - People News

USA – PMC has announced the appointment of Dan Zimbelman who has joined the company as senior Export business development manager.

From Fervour to Ferocity, L-Acoustics Brings Supercharged FANGIRLS to New Audio Heights

05/05/2021 - Production News

Australia – Written by Australian playwright, screenwriter and composer Yve Blake, FANGIRLS is a co-production with Belvoir, Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival, in association with Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). It is the joyous chronicle of 14-year-old Edna, a diehard fan of the world’s biggest boy band, True Direction. It examines the way that the world talks about fan girls, the way it looks at young female enthusiasm and in turn, how that shapes the way girls look at themselves. Currently touring Australia, the multi award-winning musical recently played to full capacity audiences at Adelaide Events and Exhibition Centre’s Ridley Pavilion, as part of the Adelaide Festival. To deliver all the punch and clarity music producer and sound designer David Muratore and sound designer Michael Waters had envisioned, Novatech supplied an L-Acoustics system for the festival dates.

DiGiCo ecosystem helps tackle climate change

05/05/2021 - Production News

UK – After events for the London Climate Change Festival were postponed in 2020, the festival returned for 2021 with a televised broadcast. The specially created concert, titled Song For Nature, debuted on Sky Arts on Earth Day, 22 April. Paul Smith of Apex Acoustics provided audio equipment for the performance and mixed sound using a DiGiCo SD10 console. "The concert grew organically into a much larger event with performances by Brian May, Rob Brydon, Nathan Evans, Kerry Ellis, Janie Dee and Wayne Sleep, and many more along with the ENO Orchestra and choir," says Smith, "Brian May and Kerry Ellis were only confirmed a few days before the show."

Gerry Dintelman Creates Balance with Chauvet Professional for “I Watched Music On The Internet”

05/05/2021 - Production News

USA – Harmony arises when opposite forces are balanced. Gerry Dintelman demonstrated this ancient philosophical principle in convincing fashion in late March and early April when he lit “I Watched Music On The Internet,” a four-part six-hour livestream marathon featuring 11 different bands.

Design, Prepare, Deliver with the new Hippotizer v4.6 Media Server software

05/05/2021 - Equipment News

Green Hippo has released a major upgrade to its Hippotizer software which introduces an entirely new design, pre-programming and content delivery workflow. Version 4.6 builds on the familiar flexibility of Hippotizer’s real-time media manipulation system with an all-new planning, visualisation and timeline control architecture, opening up further creative opportunities for designers.

Award-Winning Baia Domizia Chooses Yamaha

05/05/2021 - Project News

Italy – With multiple awards and high classifications by major European tourism and leisure associations, such as France’s Michelin, Germany’s ADAC and the Dutch ANWB, Italy’s Camping Village Baia Domizia has been a great success since it was founded in 1965. Since 2017 it has been installing Yamaha audio systems in its facilities, helping it to maintain its acclaimed high ratings from guests and professional bodies alike.

Robe T2 Profiles Make No Noiz for West Australian Ballet Shows

04/05/2021 - Production News

Australia – The first Robe T2 Profiles to arrive in Australia were snapped up by Perth-based lighting and visual rental and production company What Noiz and made their debut on the lighting rig designed by Matt Marshall for West Australian Ballet’s compelling “As One: Ballet at the Quarry”.

Robe MegaPointes Help Comic Relief

04/05/2021 - Production News

UK – Thirty-eight Robe MegaPointe moving lights were an integral part of the lighting rig used by LD Chris Kempton for the UK’s 2021 Comic Relief biennial Red Nose Day telethon event which harnessed the power and inspiration of humour to raise funds for good causes.

Ayrton is proud to be part of Eurovision Song Contest 2021

04/05/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – Ayrton has revealled that its MiniPanel-FX, Huracán-X and Karif LED lighting fixtures will form a major part of the lighting design for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which takes place at the Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam in the Netherlands.