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Showlight 2023 – Calling all Showlight Exhibitors and Sponsors – it’s time!

09/08/2022

L-Acoustics highlights revolutionary new LA7.16i amplified controller at PLASA Show 2022

09/08/2022

Out Board returns to PLASA Show with exciting new developments on stand J5

02/08/2022

NAMM Loudspeaker System Showcase Makes Full use of Allen & Heath Avantis

20/07/2022

MBS Equipment Co helps inspire young people at East London careers showcase event

19/07/2022

A win for Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC at the EXPO 2020 Dubai Suppliers Awards

19/07/2022

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award 2022

15/07/2022

Kartfest 2022 – A celebration for the industry and a fantastic fundraiser for Backup

11/07/2022

ABTT Theatre Show Annual Awards winners announced

08/07/2022

The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) complete the Blue Ridge Ramble

08/07/2022

Robe’s T11 Series Products Win 2022 ABTT Lighting Award

05/07/2022

Yamaha AG01 Wins NAMM 2022 Best in Show Award

23/06/2022

Brompton Technology LED Processing Solutions Stand Out at InfoComm 2022

21/06/2022

ROE Visual Honored at the 20th Annual Parnelli Awards

20/06/2022

City Theatrical at ABTT Theatre Show 2022

20/06/2022

Theatres Trust launches Conference 22: Theatres Fit for the Future

17/06/2022

Polish OB van specialists 4vision receive BroaMan Best Distributor award

09/06/2022

Showlight 2023 – Showlight to exhibit at ABTT – stand E32

09/06/2022

Eat to the Beat regains Favourite Catering Company accolade at TPi Awards 2022

01/06/2022

Powersoft showcases Dynamic Music Distribution and mover at InfoComm 2022

01/06/2022

IBC2022 set to bring Media Technology industry back to business with live, in-person event

30/05/2022

PMC Focuses on Monitoring Systems for Immersive Audio at NAMM 2022

30/05/2022

Allen & Heath to Feature Biggest Presence Ever at NAMM 2022

26/05/2022

TechLED’s PLASA Leeds stand announced, ‘Abstract is back!’ with a new lighting effects range

24/05/2022

Absen dazzles crowds at ISE 2022 with real-time virtual production set

24/05/2022

Showlight 2023 – Calling all Showlight Exhibitors and Sponsors – it’s time!

Showlight 2023 – Calling all Showlight Exhibitors and Sponsors – it’s time!
Showlight 2023 – Calling all Showlight Exhibitors and Sponsors – it’s time!

France – It’s less than ten months until Showlight 2023 and preparations are gathering pace for this premier networking event. This will be the first in-person Showlight for six years and excitement is building rapidly as plans are made and diaries blocked out.

Exhibitor stand bookings are underway with many confirmations already in place. The first exhibitors will be announced in the coming weeks. Those who wish to exhibit should contact John Allen at the soonest opportunity as places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss your chance to be an integral part of Showlight 2023!

There are plenty of opportunities to become a Showlight sponsor – whether you choose to exhibit or not. Gold, silver and bronze sponsorships exist alongside specific sponsorship for aspects such as hospitality, transport, welcome drinks, speakers or students, and many more to suit all budgets – you could even suggest your own idea! Again, these sponsorship roles will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and all enquiries should be made to John Allen who will furnish the full details.

With Fontainebleau the location for Showlight 2023, it is especially fitting that our headline sponsor for this year is French lighting manufacturer, Robert Juliat. Showlight is also grateful to the following sponsors who are already in place: Platinum sponsor, Ayrton, Gold sponsors Eyetidy, Robe, SFL, Silver sponsors ABTT, ACT Entertainment, Altman, CAST, Christie Lites, White Light and Bronze sponsor, PRG. Showlight is proud to have LSi as its media partner and LSA as media supporter once more, and the support of PLASA.

Showlight only happens every four years, and is the most popular networking event for the lighting industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with lighting designers, manufacturers, students, technicians and lighting practitioners from all over the world, for three days in a single, beautiful setting. Showlight would love you to join in, so be sure to book your stand space or sponsorship soon. Contact John Allen on chairman@showlight.org.

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9th August 2022

L-Acoustics highlights revolutionary new LA7.16i amplified controller at PLASA Show 2022

L-Acoustics highlights revolutionary new LA7.16i amplified controller at PLASA Show 2022

UK – Since its unveiling during L-Acoustics keynote event in Paris this May, the revolutionary new LA7.16i amplified controller has received unanimous praise. This September will see it take pride of place on L-Acoustics stand J1, giving PLASA Show visitors the opportunity to discover how to “amplify differently”.

The new LA7.16i amplified controller surmounts the limitations of current high power amplifier configurations used in most installation projects. Improving flexibility and efficiency, especially in multi-channel scenarios, LA7.16i offers a lower cost-per-channel solution, consuming 30% less energy when idle. LA7.16i has an unprecedented 16x16 architecture in a 2U chassis with seamless Milan-AVB redundancy. Each of the 16 output channels delivers up to 1,300 watts at 8 ohms or 1,100 watts at 4 ohms. Its high-efficiency design benefits applications like medium to large-scale applications, where rack space and weight limitations may be a concern.

Also on show will be the new Soka colinear line source and its companion SB6i subwoofer, also first seen in May. Accompanying them will be X4i, and SB10i subwoofer which provide exciting new creative possibilities for sound designers, interior designers, and architects to shape sound and space to their needs.

Additionally, the stand will have an L-ISA Studio workstation, where visitors can try object-oriented mixing using L-Acoustics’ concert-proven LISA technology that allows them to formulate multidimensional audio wherever and whenever they are ready to create.

Developed to improve the workflow and unleash the creative potential of all sound creators, L-ISA Studio seamlessly interfaces with leading digital audio workstations, show control software, and game engines. It also offers compatibility with various 3D audio format outputs, including Dolby Atmos and multi-channel configurations.

The PLASA Show takes place from 4th to 6th September at London Olympia.

9th August 2022

Out Board returns to PLASA Show with exciting new developments on stand J5

Out Board returns to PLASA Show with exciting new developments on stand J5

UK – Out Board returns to this year’s PLASA Show (Olympia London, 4-6 September 2022) on stand J5, amidst one of the company’s busiest years, both in global sales and in product development.

On stand there will be the opportunity for a hands-on try out and audition of the latest TiMax 600-Series Mac and PC software, which boasts significant augmentations to TimeLine and PanSpace object-based spatialisation functionality, along with UI workflow enhancements derived from extensive user-feedback. The 600-Series software also addresses vital compatibility with the latest Windows 11 and Mac M1 platforms.

Visitors to the stand will be able to learn a little more about a new TiMax TrackerD4 precision stage tracking plug-in for integrated lighting control which is currently in beta test. The new plug-in, at the show for a sneak offline preview, intelligently directs and focuses moving-head light fixtures in real-time, including smooth and synchronised handovers between groups of fixtures across multiple tracked objects.

Further advances to the TiMax TrackerD4 core platform, which has steadfastly become the leading management system for real-time immersive audio spatialisation on premium live shows and events worldwide, have also been introduced this year. Developed in the field on several large-scale shows, newly refined error-correction filtering enhances the agility and robustness of the system not only to meet the growing immersive audio show control demands of TiMax SoundHub and other spatial audio platforms, but also particularly for the forthcoming lighting and media control capability.

Further event production innovations from the Out Board stable can also be seen elsewhere at the show. AC Entertainment on stand B4 will be hosting OutBoard’s ubiquitous workhorse LVx and DVx chain-hoist controllers alongside the fully digital companion range of RCX SMART remote handsets. On stand D3, Data Strategy are showcasing Out Board’s PAT-4 and CAB-5 robust appliance electrical safety and cable-test processors with the production industry’s favoured product safety system, QC-Check.

2nd August 2022

NAMM Loudspeaker System Showcase Makes Full use of Allen & Heath Avantis

NAMM Loudspeaker System Showcase Makes Full use of Allen & Heath Avantis
NAMM Loudspeaker System Showcase Makes Full use of Allen & Heath Avantis

USA – This year’s NAMM show was back in full force, with a return to in-person exhibits and visitors from around the world. Those attending the Loudspeaker System Showcase had the opportunity to hear an Allen & Heath Avantis console at the centre of the arena rig, run by veteran audio engineer and co-host of Signal to Noise podcast Michael Lawrence. In collaboration with the producers of Live Sound International magazine, the showcase is a way for a wide range of loudspeaker manufacturers to provide a true side-by-side listening comparison in a controlled environment.

Avantis, the third mixer based on Allen & Heath’s 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine, supports 64 input processing channels and 42 configurable busses, so even the application of configuring outputs to a number of independent PA systems was handled with ease. “I used the open bus architecture of the Avantis to configure several mono matrices,” said Lawrence. “Each matrix runs the same source to a different manufacturer’s sound system via an Allen & Heath DX012 stagebox.” Aside from providing flexible system outputs, the DX012 12 XLR output analogue/AES portable DX expander is perfect for feeding IEM systems in a compact 1U form factor.

Lawrence also made use of the console’s internal signal generator for testing and tuning. “I can easily send pink noise to each system so that we can level out the SPL between them for a more accurate comparison.” In this unique use case, Lawrence noted that he appreciates the flexibility and customisability of the Avantis. “I really like that I can get all my systems on a single layer. In the past, we’ve done this same setup with other consoles and I was constantly banking between layers to access the channels I needed. I’m also really big on colour-coding and labelling, which was simple on this desk.”

The Avantis at the Loudspeaker System Showcase wasn’t the only Allen & Heath console seeing arena action at the NAMM 2022 show, the outdoor Arena Plaza stage featured a dLive S5000 and DM64 system for FOH, paired with an Avantis at the monitor position.

"We always have a great time supporting official NAMM events like the Loudspeaker System Showcase,” notes Allen & Heath USA marketing director Jeff Hawley. “Allen & Heath was all over the show with more consoles in more venues than we’ve ever had. I joked with many of our staff, reps, dealers and fans at the show that they should be careful as they walked around since they were likely to trip over an Allen & Heath desk around each corner. We’re humbled to see just how pervasive the full range has become and look forward to jumping up another notch when NAMM 2023 rolls around!”

20th July 2022

MBS Equipment Co helps inspire young people at East London careers showcase event

MBS Equipment Co helps inspire young people at East London careers showcase event
MBS Equipment Co helps inspire young people at East London careers showcase event

UK – Organised by the team at Film Barking and Dagenham, the MBS Equipment Co provided equipment and support to a recent film industry careers showcase event held at UCL Pearl.

Attended by an invited audience of 700 young people, aged between 11 and 18 years old, from schools in the local area, the event offered the opportunity to experience close up a music video style shoot, featuring local artist Hakkz, performing in a ‘real-world’ studio set up.

Following filming, the students were given the opportunity to rotate through a number of ‘zones’ hosted by a selection of production facilities, including hair and make-up, camera, lighting and location services.

Providing an overview of the various crafts behind the camera, representatives took time to explain the valuable contribution made by each department and the role they play in supporting the film making process.

Toby Dare, MBSE director of sustainability and training says: “Being able to offer the opportunity for youngsters to experience the way in which a film shoot comes together provides them an invaluable understanding, not only into the many departments at work behind the camera, but the amount of opportunity there is to get involved.”

East London is home to a thriving film making community, with the borough of Barking and Dagenham recently hosting high profile shows from the likes of Disney, Netflix and Apple. Major investment in the area, including the recently completed Wharf Studios in Barking and the 12 stage complex, Eastbrook Studios at Dagenham East which, on completion will be London’s largest studio facility, is creating a new wave of opportunity within this area of the capital.

Anna Wilson, sector lead for film and creative industries, Film Barking and Dagenham said: “This event demonstrated the broad scope of industry roles available, in a dynamic, engaging way. This type of insight can help bust some of the myths surrounding working in film, which can so often seem mysterious and out of reach' rather than ‘tell’ students about these jobs, we want to ‘show’ them. By introducing young people to professionals they can relate to, we’re shortening the aspiration and attainment gap, and inspiring a whole new generation of East London creatives.”

Toby concludes: “It’s been tremendously rewarding to see the level of interest generated by this event. Rather than focusing on being in front of the camera, it will hopefully encourage young people to further investigate the many roles and opportunities available within the wider film and TV production process.”

 

19th July 2022

A win for Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC at the EXPO 2020 Dubai Suppliers Awards

A win for Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC at the EXPO 2020 Dubai Suppliers Awards
A win for Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC at the EXPO 2020 Dubai Suppliers Awards

UAE – Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC has scooped an award for exceptional delivery and contribution to EXPO 2020 Dubai. At a ceremony at Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina last month, the company was recognised for its contribution to health and safety at the event which took place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, delayed a year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denis Bramhall, managing director at Unusual Rigging & Engineering commented: “We are extremely proud to have won this award. There were over 3,500 subcontractors working on EXPO 2020, so for us to be one of the final three in the health and safety category was completely unexpected and to then come first is a huge honour. We really were up against some big companies, some of which employ ten or eleven thousand people, whereas in contrast we are an extremely small team. But good things come in small packages, and our team here at URE, really did pull out all the stops to deliver several successful projects for EXPO 2020.”

As well as working on numerous areas of the venue and providing rigging solutions for several of the pavilions at EXPO 2020, URE was contracted directly by EXPO to work on two of its main stages: the Jubilee Stage and the DMA Stage. Here they supplied all the rigging solutions for production requirements across these stages, which also included uplift requirements for IP acts.

Richard Hoare, senior project manager at URE commented: “We started work on site on July 21st, with rehearsals and test events taking place in September, working with a variety of acts from the pavilions themselves to international IPs. For six months, we had a 24-hour two-man team on site, both for production rigging and rescue at height. We also needed people on standby at all times so that we could monitor what would be going into the roof. Each time a new performer took to the stage, it was vital that we recalculated the loads applied to the structure for each uplift and this had to be recalculated for every event and resubmitted.”

Whilst URE was initially contracted for EXPO 2020 in 2018, all contracts were terminated during COVID, with all suppliers having to re tender for the work. Richard added: “The brief did change between the initial tender and the second as the business needs were reassessed by EXPO to consider the impact of the pandemic. We are pleased to say we were awarded the contract and, with Wonderworks getting involved, the architectural brief evolved from being aesthetically pleasing to something quite spectacular that we are proud to have played our part in.”

The award was presented to the URE team by Rob Munn, lead manager, health and safety operations, who said: “They worked in an extremely dynamic, challenging, high risk environment with exemplary performance, going above and beyond almost everything we asked them to do – from basic qualifications to their documentation and the way they carried out their job – they were just exemplary.”

www.unusual.co.uk

19th July 2022

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award 2022

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award 2022

UK – To mark the centenary year of Stephen Joseph’s birth and the 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, the Stephen Joseph committee of the ABTT last year established a new award to commemorate the life and work of this maverick theatrical genius. Following the success of the competition in 2021, the ABTT has announced that the award will again be offered in 2022 as an ongoing tribute to Stephen’s contribution to theatre culture.

Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. He was a founding father of ABTT and the Society of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence. His pioneering work has given rise to the myriad forms of theatre and open staging that are commonly used today. At the heart of his practice was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience. Above all, he established theatre-in-the-round as a legitimate form of theatre in the UK.

This award was created to honour Stephen’s wide-ranging legacy, which still informs many aspects of our theatre practice. The Stephen Joseph Award, in recognising inclusive theatre excellence in the present, was conceived to best reflect and promote that legacy.

The recipient of the Award will be:

A living individual or a 21st century company or a non-conventional performance environment whose work will have exemplified a creative and adventurous relationship between performance and audience.

The nominated individual, company or space will have demonstrated:

  • A high level of creative skill and innovation in creating the theatrical experience/s

  • Work created for or in unconventional, adaptable or in-the-round performance spaces

  • The creation of live theatrical events in which traditional barriers between actor and audience are removed or challenged.

The award is open to work produced or environments created in the UK. Submissions should include evidence of widely acknowledged creativity and achievement. Submissions from artists/organisations who submitted in 2021 but were unsuccessful will be accepted in 2022 so long as they are fresh submissions.

How to Nominate:

Please send nominations to the ABTT office at office@abtt.org.uk Please include:

  1. Your contact details

  2. Details of the nominee and a short 250 word statement clearly explaining why the individual, company or performance environment is being put forward for the award

  3. A short 250 word statement from a seconder: someone with personal knowledge or experience of the work or person being nominated

  4. Supporting evidence such as photos, video clips, designs, reviews, and testimonial.

Nominations must be received no later than Friday 14th October, 2022.

15th July 2022

Kartfest 2022 – A celebration for the industry and a fantastic fundraiser for Backup

Kartfest 2022 – A celebration for the industry and a fantastic fundraiser for Backup
Kartfest 2022 – A celebration for the industry and a fantastic fundraiser for Backup

UK – The atmosphere was electric yesterday at Daytona Sandown Park as the industry gathered for the first Kartfest in three years. With Chauvet once again headline sponsor, Backup was anticipating the biggest and best Kartfest yet. With more teams and more spectators joining than ever before, and a grand total of £35K raised, it certainly did not disappoint.

In opening proceedings, Backup trustee Lee Dennison paid tribute to Backup chair, John Simpson, who was instrumental in starting the charity and worked tirelessly to ensure it fulfilled its remit and sadly passed in June, whilst welcoming the 33 teams who were about to take their places on the starting grid, with the hope of becoming Kartfest 2022 champions.

Adding to the fun, was the first Roadie Games, which started with the Flight Case Team Relay on the main track, which was almost as fast and furious as the racing itself, closely followed by field events to test the strength, endurance and industry skills of the teams taking part. Also new this year is ‘KraftFest’, which saw Backup partner, Big Drop Brewing, Signature Brew and Green Room Distillery’s gin on site with their delicious drinks.

As well as the familiar faces of the industry, including Music Support's chief executive,

Eric Mtungwazi, and Backup’s Jess Allen, who highlighted the importance of Backup’s Mental Health First Aider courses, Kartfest welcomed its future stars, students from Ravensbourne College's Creative Capital and Solent University's Sonar TV societies who filmed the fun and live streamed the action during the day, so that anyone who couldn’t attend in person could still watch the action.

Freelancer Team ‘Quicker Than a Cam Op to Catering’ was announced Kartfest Champion’s 2022, with Chauvet in second place and SSFL in third. Simon Allan claimed fasted qualifying lap for Team Christie Lites and the Driving Miss Daisy award went to Sara Ande from team ESG Global.

“It was fantastic to see so many of our friends from the industry at Daytona Sandown Park and to be able to honour John’s legacy in such spectacular form,” says Backup vice chair, Piers Shepperd. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to our headline sponsor, Chauvet, event sponsors Autograph, Collaborative Creations, LED House, Media Lease, SFL, The Technical Dept, Unusual, the fabulous ‘Adam Fabulous’ for a six hour DJ set, Daytona, Ravensbourne College's Creative Capital and Solent University's Sonar TV societies and the Kraftfest sponsors Big Drop, Green Room Distillery and Signature Brew, plus all the wonderful volunteers helping out on the day.

Thanks also goes to all the companies generously donating raffle prizes Big Drop, Chauvet, Christie Lites, Creative Technology, Daytona, Epson, Green Room Distillery, Lightpower Collection, Martin Professional, Sennheiser and Neumann, Shure, Signature Brew and Yamaha.

“Lastly thank you to all the teams that took part, as well as those spectators who came to cheer on and enjoy the day,” adds Lee. “The passing of John, our beloved chairman and founder, made this this year’s event a statement in his name and to raise the amount of money we have for the charity that he was so passionate about is truly wonderful.”

“We’re all acutely aware that although the industry is now back at work the pandemic has left its footprint on the industry, which makes the work Backup does just as important, if not more so, than it ever was before. The final total of £35K will go a long way in supporting our amazing family,” concludes fellow trustee Paul Robson. “John would be proud and grateful to you all.”

photos: Graham Chrimes, Autograph

Kartfest 2022 – A celebration for the industry and a fantastic fundraiser for BackupKartfest 2022 – A celebration for the industry and a fantastic fundraiser for Backup

11th July 2022

ABTT Theatre Show Annual Awards winners announced

UK – The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Annual Awards took place on the evening of Wednesday 22nd June, after the first day of the 2022 ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London. The ABTT Awards are one of the ABTT’s flagship events; acknowledging those people and products making a difference to the Industry. Hosting these Awards in person once more, after a two year break, the Association was delighted to be able to celebrate achievement in its industry.

The Jury, made up of an experienced group of working practitioners and industry peers, awarded as follows:

ABTT People Award winners:

ABTT TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2022: Daniel Ewing

The Technician of the Year Award is one of the most important accolades the Association bestows, as it recognises the achievement of an individual at the height of their career who consistently delivers technical excellence.

“Daniel was one of the first back into a theatre post lock down, working from the first day we we’re allowed with a smile and compassion. He ran the fit-ups for every show in London that opened and adjusted to everyone’s COVID needs seamlessly, never getting down when jobs were booked and cancelled again and again. He is the best crew boss in the business by a long way. Once London had gotten itself back on track Daniel went out as a Production Carpenter and did the same on the regional circuit. Without him the UK theatre scene would look very different than it does now.”

ABTT AWARD FOR EMERGING EXCELLENCE FOR 2022: Kat Ellis

The ABTT Award for Emerging Excellence was added to the awards in 2020 to recognise the achievements of individuals at the start of their career who consistently deliver excellence in all that they do.

“Kat was brought on board a production I was lighting very late in the process, thank God she was. From the moment she started working, all the cogs suddenly started lining up and everything became much smoother. Not only is she extremely good at her job, but she’s a joyous presence to be around, with good humour, unflappable professionalism and unrivalled compassion. I would recommend everyone ‘to be a little bit more Kat’ and would commend her to any company big or small looking for an excellent PM.”

ABTT VIRTUAL IDEAS PLATFORM WINNER 2021: Matthew Dean

Matthew Dean’s winning idea was selected from a number of extremely inventive submissions received in the inaugural year of this award.

The Virtual Ideas Platform is open to anyone and everyone with an idea and aims to connect innovative thinking with practitioners, developers, designers and manufacturers to help realise the potential in the innovation, collaborating on a venture to reach a wider audience. Details about the Virtual Ideas Platform can be found at: https://abttvip.com/
“Recognised by the Virtual Ideas Platform assessment panel of industry notaries as a vast improvement on previous ‘in house’ versions, Matt’s production desks are attracting interest from a number of potential developers.”

ABTT Product Award winners:

ABTT Sound Product of the Year 2022: Arcadia Central Station

“The Arcadia unifies a multitude of systems and standards together within one unit. The integration of comms and audio over IP gives flexibility out of the box; vital in the digital theatre age. A sleek web interface with a user friendly GUI provides an intuitive overview of your complete comms environment.”

Judges also commended the d&b 5d amplifier: “An immensely flexible and powerful amplifier with built in Dante interface bringing a high channel count in a small form factor; the d&b 5d amplifier is capable of delivering in an immersive sound environment.”

ABTT Lighting Product of the Year 2022: ROBE T11

“This product fills a void in the industry offering not only a new LED fixture, but by also addressing the industry wide challenge of developing sustainable technology. The units are also compact, well-built and have a range of uses.”

Judges also commended the ETC Eos Apex: “The ETC Eos Apex builds upon a well-established family of consoles which have already formed the backbone of the industry. The user interface expands access to many useful features which speed up the programming of productions.”

ABTT Engineering Product of the Year 2022: XMove

“A very flexible console with lots of potential to fully integrate into venues of many sizes. The console has been designed with the user in mind, including the ability to develop the programming offline with visualisation of the model included as standard.”

Judges also commended the Whirly Reeler: “This innovative product offers a wide range of uses; the Whirly Reeler is a well-engineered product which is one to watch in the future.”

ABTT Widget of the Year 2022: CallQ

“This product is an excellent tool to use for both stage managers and show callers in training along with developing skills for those already in the industry.

The software is highly flexible and will be a great asset for all those who use it.”

Judges also commended the plug-in by trackingThis: “This plug-in by trackingThis fills a gap in the industry and is highly beneficial to all those who use it. It goes hand in hand with the already well-established trackingThis system.

ABTT Stand of the Year 2022: Prompt Side

“As ever a lot of people made a big effort and the Theatre Show looks stunning as a result, especially with the new layout giving a more open view of the hall on entry.

One of the criteria for judging the Stand of the Year Award is that it clearly shows what the exhibitor does. Prompt Side demonstrated their creative process, with a beautifully illustrated textile backdrop and printed floor framed by drapery showing off their expertise in digital printing, textiles, curtains, and bespoke drapery.

The inclusion of an “instagram worthy moment” inviting attendees to take a picture with Prompt Side’s cat was also thoroughly engaging.”

Congratulations to all the above winners!

The next ABTT Awards will take place on the evening of 7th June 2023 at the 43rd ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace.

If you would like to nominate someone for one of our people awards, you can find more information at: https://www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-theatre-show/abtt-awards-2/abtt-people-awards/

If you would like to enter a product in to the Awards for 2023, you can find more information on how to do this at: https://www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-theatre-show/abtt-awards-2/abtt-awards/

If you would like to exhibit at the ABTT Theatre Show on the 7th- 8th June 2023 please contact the ABTT event’s manager, Elysia Moore on office@abtt.org.uk

8th July 2022

The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) complete the Blue Ridge Ramble

The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) complete the Blue Ridge Ramble

USA – The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have announced the successful completion of their 19th annual charity motorcycle ride, the Blue Ridge Ramble.

The annual ride, which benefits the Behind the Scenes Charity and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, began in Charlotte, NC on 17 June and returned to Charlotte on 24 June. The group, which consisted of 26 bikes and two chase cars, has raised over $93,500.00 to date, bringing the total raised by the LRLR since the rides began in 2004, to more than $1,000,000.00

The ride this year included a number of iconic motorcycle roads including The Tail of the Dragon, The Snake, and The Cherohala Skyway. There were also stops at the Wheels Through Time Museum and the picturesque village of Helen, GA.

“The 2022 LRLR ride is in the books”, noted Ride Marshal Greg Williams. “Seven days of meandering through the Blue Ridge Mountains with great friends enjoying great roads during great weather, all for a great cause!”

The Long Reach Long Riders would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's ride a success. Donations will be accepted until 1 August.

The 20th annual Long Reach Long Rider charity motorcycle ride will take place in Southern California, the tentative dates are 3-9 June, 2023.

For more information on upcoming rides, or to make a donation, please visit http://lrlr.org/

photo: Dennis Booth

8th July 2022

Robe’s T11 Series Products Win 2022 ABTT Lighting Award

Robe’s T11 Series Products Win 2022 ABTT Lighting Award
Robe’s T11 Series Products Win 2022 ABTT Lighting Award

UK – Robe enjoyed a successful ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace in London, a highlight of which was winning the Lighting Product of the Year category of the 2022 ABTT Awards for its T11 fixtures.

Robe’s stylish and streamlined new booth design in the main exhibition hall featured a selection of the newest Robe and Anolis brand technologies and ran in tandem with a black box demonstration area downstairs where fixtures were shown in situ. RoboSpot workshops were also running downstairs throughout the expo for those keen to expand their knowledge of this powerful and versatile system.

The show proved to be a hub and meeting point for theatre creatives and practitioners working in all sectors, and “a fantastic opportunity to get kit in front of people in-person again,” stated Robe product and theatre specialist, Dave Whitehouse. “We saw many good-quality people all with a huge enthusiasm and appetite for new tech – and using it – as they get back to work!”

The ABTT Awards are one of the organisation’s flagship events, acknowledging those people and products making a difference to the industry.

The secret panel of ABTT judges – an array of experienced and influential theatre practitioners, consultants, and engineers – assessed all the Awards entries on the first show day and made their choices.

They stated that the T11: “Fills a void in the industry offering not only a new LED fixture, but also addressing the industry-wide challenge of developing sustainable technology. The units are compact, well-built and have a range of uses.”

Robe’s T1 product had won the same highly coveted and distinctive ABTT Award with its galvanised hook clamp trophy in 2019, the last time the full exhibition was staged at the Alexandra Palace venue before the pandemic interruption.

“It’s a real honour to win two years running,” stated Dave. “The T11 really breaks the model of traditional generic fixtures making it a very worthy candidate. It is a great tribute to Robe’s product designers, developers and R&D team and all the hard work and vision involved in bringing it to the market.”

The T11 Profile, Fresnel and PC fixtures all feature Robe’s MSL-TE 350W LED Transferable Engine, a multi-spectral light source generating 16,700 lumens which provides exceptional output and ensures colour consistency, control, and response across an entire Robe T-Series rig.

In one luminaire, the T11 will “completely revolutionise the way generic fixtures are used,” elucidated Dave, “providing all the features, flexibility and performance that has been requested by top lighting designers globally.”

With fast-change lenses, an incredible five to 50-degree SuperZoom and Robe’s unique TE concept, the T11’s unrivalled flexibility saves time and money as lighting inventories can be greatly reduced and fixture usage maximised. As more alternative MSL Transferable Engine LED source options are introduced, existing fixtures or optics will not need replacing to take advantage of different engine types or improved LED technology.

This means T11 is destined to become an infrastructural backbone of the lighting world.

Robe’s new PAINTE moving light also attracted plenty of attention. Designed for noise-sensitive environments, this compact fixture has a TE 310W HP White LED engine light source (also from the ground-breaking Transferable Engine technology) plus a motorised 8°-48° zoom that is perfect for short and medium throw applications with benchmark beam quality.

Architectural lighting brand Anolis (a Robe Business) enjoyed engagement with a wide cross-section of visitors to the expo, from theatre consultants to design practices.

Anolis’s Ambiane range was featured, offering high-performance speciality luminaires for numerous ambient public space applications, bringing vitality to venues such as auditoriums and foyers where light quality is critical. With a high CRI, a simple control mode with CCT and green correction, and a dimming curve to match tungsten lamps, this is another ingenious lighting solution.

Visitors overcame national rail strikes across the UK to attend the show, all keen to look at new technology and discuss potential upcoming projects as the industry surges back to live and in-person performances.

photos: Lindsay Cave and Robe UK

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5th July 2022

Robe Lighting

Yamaha AG01 Wins NAMM 2022 Best in Show Award

Yamaha AG01 Wins NAMM 2022 Best in Show Award

USA – Early June saw Yamaha return to the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, California, and leave with a Best In Show award for the new AG01 combined condenser microphone and mixer.

Launched in April, the AG01 is a studio-quality USB-C microphone, combined with a high performance mixer that features DSP effects, LOOPBACK functionality and flexible connections for stress-free streaming. Available in black or white, it’s compact enough to be placed on a desk or mounted on a desk arm, is powered via USB or battery pack and can transform almost any environment into a fully-functioning streaming station.

During the NAMM show's first two days, hundreds of products, services and technologies were carefully reviewed by leading industry experts, moderated by Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music, Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines. The AG01 was awarded a Best in Show ‘Gotta Stock It’ award, highlighting the innovation of the product and Yamaha’s updated AG Controller software.

Used to quickly and easily adjust the DSP audio processing of AG series devices, AG Controller offers ‘Simple’ and ‘Detail’ modes of operation, giving users comprehensive control of their audio from any Windows/Mac or iOS device connected via USB.

Alongside the AG01, the AG series comprises the AG06MK2 and AG03MK2 live streaming mixers and the AG03MK2 LSPK Live Streaming Package. All AG series products are bundled with Steinberg’s Cubase AI music production software and WaveLab Cast for streamed audio production and editing. The AG01 is also compatible with the free Rec'n'Share and Cubasis LE iOS apps to support and inspire audio content creation.

“Yamaha has a rich history of providing artists with tools to create music and art while providing solutions to amplify their work,” says Preston Gray, marketing director of professional audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. “With the new AG01 Microphone, artists and creators can now ensure their work is heard the way it was intended online!”

23rd June 2022

Brompton Technology LED Processing Solutions Stand Out at InfoComm 2022

Brompton Technology LED Processing Solutions Stand Out at InfoComm 2022

USA – Brompton Technology revealed its latest solutions for video processing during InfoComm, North America’s largest trade show for the professional AV industry that was held 8-10 June in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the exhibit hall, Brompton showcased its industry-leading LED processing solutions for live events, broadcast, and virtual production. Together, Brompton’s Tessera LED processors and accompanying Tessera software unlock new levels of visual performance from LED panels and provide greater creative flexibility to AV professionals.

Notably, during the show Brompton was recognised with an InfoComm 2022 Best of Show Award in the AV Technology category, for its Tessera v3.3 software. This release introduced revolutionary new calibration features such as PureTone and Operating Modes, which enable rental companies and studios to have more flexibility and scalability with their stock, and also added support for the ACEScg colour gamut and the ability to display tracking markers for the Mo-Sys StarTracker camera tracking system.

Additionally during InfoComm, Rob Fowler, director of business development at Brompton, addressed AV professionals in a session about how virtual production has affected design trends in LED panels and processing. He was joined by Matthew Ward at Fuse Technical Group, Wayne Romanowski director of LED Services at 4Wall Entertainment and Cassidy Pearsall applications engineer at ARRI, Inc. for a lively discussion on potential impacts of virtual production and the industry’s future.

InfoComm 2022 also coincided with the beta release of Brompton’s Tessera v3.4 software, which introduces Extended Bit Depth and Stacking features to further enhance image quality and drive new workflow efficiencies. Extended Bit Depth reproduces HDR content up to ten times darker than previously possible, without compromising peak brightness for HDR highlights, while Stacking allows for multiple processors in a setup to be controlled together in unison, rather than having to apply adjustments to each processor individually.

These new features further enhance Tessera’s functionality, joining a feature line-up that includes Frame Remapping, which facilitates multi-camera virtual production shoots, ShutterSync, which lets users tune the LED refresh to the camera (instead of the other way around), 3D LUT, which provides the ability to live colour grade on the LED wall alongside integrations with Pomfort Livegrade and Assimilate LiveLooks and the Hydra measurement system and Dynamic Calibration technology, which enable previously unattainable levels of brightness and colour saturation on LED panels.

All Tessera software features work seamlessly with Brompton’s flagship Tessera SX40 4K LED processor, as well as the Tessera XD Data Distribution Unit to streamline cabling for projects of any size.

21st June 2022

Brompton Technology

ROE Visual Honored at the 20th Annual Parnelli Awards

ROE Visual Honored at the 20th Annual Parnelli Awards
ROE Visual Honored at the 20th Annual Parnelli Awards

USA – Presented by FOH and PLSN, the 20th Annual Parnelli Awards returned to the 2022 NAMM show on 3rd June for a special evening. Among those honoured at the awards was ROE Visual which won the Indispensable Technology (IT) Award, Video for its Black Pearl BP2V2 LED panel. Thereby marking another year of industry recognition for the company’s leading position in LED displays.

As the industry’s highest honor for live event professionals, the award show brings out the pioneering, influential professionals and their contributions, honouring individuals, companies, and game-changing products. The awards are truly the 'Oscar' of the Live Event Industry.

ROE Visual LED products have achieved outstanding results in various technical awards as of late, including the Red Dot and iF Gold awards. Following the Vanish series’ 2020 win at the Parnelli Awards, this time, with the IT Award for the BP2V2 panel, ROE Visual adds yet another award to the list of highly-praised LED products, presenting its strong and unparalleled merits in the space.

Acknowledged as the optimal innovative display for film-making, broadcast and many other indoor applications, the Black Pearl BP2V2 panel offers excellent in-camera performance, standing out in its class. With BP2V2’s user-friendly and creative design, high frame rate, high refresh rate, and low scan lines, it’s easy to see how these factors contribute to unrivalled visual experiences. The high-performance solution has thereby been widely used in studios globally and continuously unlocks a new range of possibilities in content production, solidifying it as a favourite with industry experts.

“Thanks to all for their continued trust and support in ROE Visual! Our team is incredibly excited to receive this prestigious award. The honour solidifies our conviction that we are on the right path, and we will unswervingly go on to support more incredible projects with our reliable LED panels and services,” says Frank Montero, managing director of ROE Visual US.

20th June 2022

City Theatrical at ABTT Theatre Show 2022

City Theatrical at ABTT Theatre Show 2022

UK – City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology on Stand B48 at ABTT Theatre Show at the Alexandra Palace in London from 22 – 23 June 2022.

Live demonstrations by City Theatrical will include the RadioScan spectrum analyser for building better Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM broadcasts on the 2.4GHz band, dimming control with miniature QolorFLEX Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM dimmers, bright and flexible LED linear lighting with QolorFLEX NuNeon and various QolorFLEX LED tapes, and troubleshooting with the multi award- winning DMXcat multi-function test tool, among other City Theatrical unique lighting accessories.

City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system includes the Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz, which has the ability to broadcast up to ten universes of DMX data on the 2.4GHz band while using less radio energy than other single universe wireless DMX transmitters. Multiverse users can plan their wireless DMX broadcast using a RadioScan spectrum analyser as a frequency scanner, and set universes on each receiver from their smartphones using City Theatrical’s DMXcat app, which allows them to change their wireless DMX/RDM setup from anywhere on set, whether it is a lighting fixture with on-board Multiverse technology, a lighting fixture receiving its data from a Multiverse Node, or any wired fixture downstream of those devices. The Multiverse Transmitter is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for communication and control from tablet-based Wi-Fi lighting controllers.

The Multiverse Studio Kit is an all-in-one, battery powered wireless DMX/RDM solution that offers reliable wireless DMX functionality with greater usability, making wireless DMX easier to install and use for film and video projects, as well as live events. Multiverse Studio Kit features contactless charging for its six Multiverse Studio receivers, which each contain a long-life lithium-ion polymer battery giving 20 hours of use. Each Multiverse Studio receiver features a full four button user interface with a backlit LED display, which makes setup easy and gives feedback on system performance, as well as a DMX corded connector, which allows the external antenna to hang below the lighting fixture for improved data fidelity.

QolorFLEX LED Tapes connect easily to QolorFLEX Dimmers for ultra-smooth, flicker-free dimming. City Theatrical QolorFLEX Dimmers include a family of miniature low voltage wireless dimmers with Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM connectivity. QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse dimmers are small, low voltage, constant voltage, two-output dimmers designed to be mounted in small spaces such as props, costumes, wands and candles. QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse dimmers are slightly larger and can be controlled wirelessly using City Theatrical’s Multiverse or SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX/RDM technology, or with wired DMX. These dimmers provide 20-bit PWM resolution and six DMX personality options, including 8-bit (5 channel), 16- bit (10 channel), 8-bit tuneable white single (2 channel), 16-bit tuneable white single (4 channel), 8-bit tuneable white (4 channel) and 16-bit tuneable white (8 channel), for extremely smooth dimming at the low end of the dimming curve.

The QolorFLEX LED Tape line includes 40+ high quality tape options that help lighting designers put light in places that were once thought impossible and create lighting fixtures and effects in a new and inexpensive way. City Theatrical will be demonstrating QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tapes, which are offered in RGB plus warm white or amber plus cool white colours. This LED tape has a high output brightness and all LEDs are identical to create an even illumination. For designers looking for an LED replacement for traditional neon lighting, QolorFLEX NuNeon is a sealed LED linear product that is extremely flexible, incredibly bright, and safe for indoor or outdoor us. QolorFLEX NuNeon offers minimum bending radius in the horizontal plane of 12.7mm for ideal precision for signage, and a 152.4mm minimum bending radius along the vertical axis for smooth curves around 3D objects. RadioScan spectrum analyser will be available for live demonstration at ABTT Theatre Show 22-23 June 2022.

20th June 2022

Theatres Trust launches Conference 22: Theatres Fit for the Future

Theatres Trust launches Conference 22: Theatres Fit for the Future
UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for UK theatres, has announced details of its 2022 conference, Theatres Fit for the Future, to be held on Tuesday 11th October at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in London. Theatres Fit for the Future will explore what the new post-Covid ‘normal’ looks like and what this means for the way theatres are designed, adapted and operated.

Conference 22 will bring together a mix of inspiring speakers and case studies, alongside opportunities for discussion and sharing of best practice.

Sessions will feature theatres that are exploring new business models to ensure they not only survive but thrive in this new environment, looking at how they are generating new income streams and finding different ways to engage with their audiences and communities, and developing partnership approaches to increase resilience and impact.

Architects and practitioners will imagine what a truly inclusive theatre might look like, that takes account of everyone’s access and cultural needs. Theatre operators will share their innovative practices to ensure their buildings are welcoming to all.

Conference 22 will also return to sustainability, the theme of Theatres Trust’s 2021conference, which generated a lot of positive feedback. This will include the latest developments on the Theatre Green Book, including the recently released Home Survey Tool which helps theatre operators create a prioritised plan to reduce their building’s carbon emissions. Theatres will also share their experience of investing in carbon reduction measures and the challenges, opportunities and energy saving benefits.

The Levelling Up agenda, greater devolution and the trend towards greater localism, with the concept of 15 minute neighbourhoods and the working from home revolution, all point towards an enhanced role for theatres as part of place-making. A range of speakers will help to unpick these phenomena and explore how in both strategic and practical ways theatres contribute to and can benefit from these trends.

Jon Morgan, Theatres Trust Director, says: “There is no doubt that theatres are not ‘out of the woods’ post-pandemic and we face many challenges. But there is a great will and a huge amount of creative energy in the sector to find solutions to make sure our theatres not only come back, but to come back better, which Conference 22: Theatres Fit for the Future will help theatres to explore.”

Theatres Trust is keen to include as many voices in the conference as possible so its delegate rates are lower than at its last pre-pandemic conference and a bursary scheme, generously supported by Avison Young, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and Trafalgar Theatres, will offer free places to smaller theatres, freelancers and students.

Theatres Trust Conference 22 is made possible thanks to the generosity of its sponsors and partners including Gold and Lanyard Sponsor Unusual Rigging, Silver Sponsors and partners ABTT, Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru and ITC.

Nav Kang, director, Bristow Consulting, says: “We are delighted to continue supporting the Theatres Trust and all that they do for the sector. Bristow Consulting shares its core values, and we continue to play a leading role in supporting creative organisations within the sector during these challenging times. The 2022 conference presents another opportunity for us to show our commitment to the Theatres Trust and the sustainability agenda.”

Other sponsors include Gold and Bursary Sponsor Trafalgar Theatres, Gold and Lanyard Sponsor Unusual, Gold Sponsors Charcoalblue, Plann and Theatreplan, Silver Sponsors EM Acoustics, Harlequin, Haworth Tompkins, LW Theatres, Point One Epos, Stage Electrics, Theatre Projects and Triple E, Bronze Sponsor 3LR and Bursary Sponsors Avison Young, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and Trafalgar Theatres. Conference partners include ABTT, Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru, Federation of Scottish Theatre, ITC, Society of London Theatre, Theatre and Dance NI and UK Theatre, and Media Partners Lighting and Sound International and The Stage.

photo: Sharron Wallace

17th June 2022

Polish OB van specialists 4vision receive BroaMan Best Distributor award

Poland – Poland-based OB studio specialists, 4vision, has been nominated by BroaMan as recipient of this year’s Best Distributor award.

The integrator has frequently turned to BroaMan fibre transmission solutions when carrying out OB fit-outs for the country’s leading broadcasters.

BroaMan sales distribution manager, Dawid Somló, said the company were worthy recipients. “4vision are the most experienced OB van builder in Poland, and when they are awarded a project or a commission for a new truck they routinely propose our solutions. We are in contact with them on a weekly basis and thanks to this relationship sales activity has been especially high amongst OB van users.”

Somló was impressed that despite COVID lockdown, the company maintained online meetings with customers (and in-person where possible) explaining the benefits of BroaMan systems and advocating ways of deployment. “In addition to this, their after sales support is excellent,” he says. “All of this has resulted in a highly positive reception of our brand and a pipeline to future requirements from the Polish broadcasters.

“It is 4vision’s confidence in our technology, coupled with technical knowledge and experience, that presented compelling reasons for awarding this honour.”

The plaque was presented to 4vision commercial director, Daniel Augustyniak by Dawid Somló.



9th June 2022

Showlight 2023 – Showlight to exhibit at ABTT – stand E32

Showlight 2023 – Showlight to exhibit at ABTT – stand E32

UK – Showlight is only a year away and we are getting excited already!

As part of the build up, Showlight will be exhibiting at the ABTT theatre Show at Alexandra Palace (22-23 June 2022). It's Showlight's first trade show since 2019 and a chance to meet with future delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers face-to-face.

Come and find Showlight on stand E32, which is situated conveniently close to Education Alley, the Associations Area and the refreshment area! You can find out more about Showlight quadrennial and why it is such a popular and unique networking event.

Showlight is the only international event organised for lighting professionals, by lighting professionals and gives four fantastic days (20-23 May 2023) focused around a fascinating presentations delivered by lighting designers from all disciplines, and plenty of opportunity to network at a range of social events, workshops and dinners, not forgetting the glamorous Grand Conference Dinner of course! The Papers Committee has started work on the programme of speakers and is already spoilt for choice, but will continue to invite participants until closer to the date to ensure the most current projects are considered.

Showlight has always been well-supported by its exhibitors and 2023 will see around 25 exhibitors join the fun. Showlight offers unprecedented access to designers, students, venues and technicians in an informal atmosphere where knowledge sharing is paramount. Not sure if you want to be an exhibitor? Check out the website for some good reasons why, (www.showlight/why-exhibit?) or better still, visit Showlight at ABTT next month to discuss some options. There are currently places left, but they will go quickly as costs continue to represent excellent value for money. Don’t miss out on this once-in-four-year opportunity!

ABTT is a Silver Sponsor of Showlight and Showlight is continuing to invite more sponsors to come on board. As well as the standard sponsorship opportunities, Showlight is also looking for mini-sponsors: companies or individuals or those with smaller budgets who can opt to sponsor the small but vital things that help make Showlight so enjoyable. Past mini-sponsors have supported Showlight by sponsoring welcome drinks on the first night, a student or speaker, or even tea, coffee or lunch refreshments.

To find out more about becoming an exhibitor or a sponsor, contact Showlight chairman, John Allen, on chairman@showlight.org

Showlight is grateful to the following sponsors who are continuing to support Showlight despite the pandemic-enforced hiatus of two years: headline sponsor, Robert Juliat, platinum sponsor, Ayrton, gold sponsors Eyetidy, Robe, SFL, silver sponsors ABTT, ACT Entertainment, Altman, CAST, Christie Lites, White Light and bronze sponsor, PRG. LSI is the media partner and LSA media supporter and also the support of PLASA.

Submissions for papers will continue to be accepted up until 30 November 2022. Contact the papers committee chairman, Jim Tetlow, for more information on papers@showlight.org

9th June 2022

Eat to the Beat regains Favourite Catering Company accolade at TPi Awards 2022

Eat to the Beat regains Favourite Catering Company accolade at TPi Awards 2022

UK – The great and the good of the live production industry gathered on Monday 23rd May for the long-awaited return of the TPi Awards 2022. Back at London’s Battersea Evolution, over 1,200 people attended the event that saw 30 awards presented on the night. Amongst them was the accolade of Favourite Catering Company which was presented to Eat to the Beat, the artist and crew catering division of Global Infusion Group.

Eat to the Beat’s success at the TPi Awards is legendary, so much so that the company was entered into its Hall of Fame back in 2015. Given the importance of nutritious and tasty food for both crew and artists and the impact it can have on an event’s success, organiser Mondiale Media Limited felt that the time was right to re-instate it.

With attendees drawn from all corners of the live music business and wider event production community, the TPi Awards acknowledge and reward the achievements of the most talented and successful individuals and service companies working within the industry.

Commenting on Eat to the Beat’s return to glory, global operations director Mary Shelley-Smith, said: “It was fantastic to win the Favourite Catering Company award on its return and regain our title. It’s always been a firm favourite with the team and it’s particularly special as winners are selected via an industry vote. It speaks volumes about the food and service we deliver and acknowledges the hard work of every single member of the team.”

Global Infusion Group’s CEO, Bonnie May adds: “It’s been an incredibly difficult few years for the industry and we’ve faced more challenges than most with the sudden loss of our founder Tony Laurenson in January 2020. We pledged that we would ‘ride on…’, work hard and continue to deliver on his legacy. Winning the Favourite Catering Company at the TPi Awards was always very important to him and I know he would be very proud of what the team has achieved.”

1st June 2022

Powersoft showcases Dynamic Music Distribution and mover at InfoComm 2022

Powersoft showcases Dynamic Music Distribution and mover at InfoComm 2022
Powersoft showcases Dynamic Music Distribution and mover at InfoComm 2022

USA – Off the back of a very successful ISE, Powersoft will be showcasing the capabilities of Dynamic Music Distribution and its haptic feedback technology Mover, bringing audio and motion together at this year’s InfoComm 2022 (Las Vegas Convention Center, 8-10th June).

The capabilities of Powersoft’s Dynamic Music Distribution (DMD) will be visually demonstrated across three walls of the company’s booth (#W2961), where visitors will have the opportunity to understand how to dynamically route music and other signal sources between different zones, across multiple amplifiers, all independently of source location and without the need for a centralised DSP.

Powersoft’s Mezzo, WM Touch and a SYS Control App will be arranged on the walls, alongside a series of inlaid low power speaker drivers. There will be audio streaming from speakers on the walls, so that people can interact with it and understand more about how the ecosystem works.

“We are looking to demystify something that is perceived as complex but is really accessible for everybody to use and understand,” says Tom Knesel, general manager at Powersoft US. “We will be walking visitors through the DMD ecosystem which enables the creation of highly customised and easy to use audio experiences, ideal for bars, hotels, fitness centres and other hospitality venues where sound is part of the overall customer experience.”

Showcasing alongside DMD is Mover, Powersoft’s powerful haptic feedback technology, is a direct-drive/tactile transducer designed to create the ultimate immersive experience. Mover is utilised for a variety of multi-technology immersive experiences, including experiential installs, 4D cinemas, gaming chairs, within walls and underneath dance floors.

For InfoComm, Powersoft has partnered with content creators Blackbox Audio, which specifically curated spatial audio content that aligns with the powerful low-end frequencies of Mover.

James Dellas, partner at Blackbox Audio was tasked with fabricating a responsive physical platform for the Mover drivers, as well as creating dramatic audio and video content that would effectively showcase the system's capabilities: “Working with a combination of licensed media, client supplied clips, and original content, we created Dolby Atmos Surround mixes, and a custom stereo pair of SFX tracks to drive the Movers. Some segments, such as the NASA footage, received a full custom score, specifically for this demo.”

Visitors are invited to experience the power of Mover by stepping onto the modular platform which house two Mover driven by a Duecanali 1604 DSP+D.

Headphones are provided to make the experience more intimate and immersive on the show floor and by using two Mover enables credible effects when impact sounds in the stereo field are for example, to the left and right of the screens.

Through haptic perception, the lower end of the acoustic spectrum can be felt, something that the club-orientated content that has been produced will take the listener to the heart of the dance floor!

Join Powersoft at InfoComm 2022, at booth #W2961

1st June 2022

IBC2022 set to bring Media Technology industry back to business with live, in-person event

The Netherlands – IBC2022 is now open for registration as the show prepares to return to an in-person environment that promotes face-to-face collaboration, learning, networking and business development across the media, entertainment and technology industry. The show is back as a physical event at the RAI Amsterdam from the 9th to 12th of September after a two-year absence, and will continue to showcase innovation, best practice and diversity within the sector.

Michael Crimp, chief executive of IBC said: “IBC 2022 will be an exciting live event that gives every attendee the chance to gain valuable insights, share expertise and unlock new opportunities. We've already seen how the return of live events is reinvigorating the industry and, at IBC2022, we will enable everyone on our show floor to get back to business in the face-to-face way they love.”

IBC, owned by industry organisations IABM, IEEE, IET, Royal Television Society, SCTE and SMPTE, has already booked 850 exhibitors across its 12 halls. The event will feature a dedicated Content Everywhere area in a new purpose-built and expanded Hall 5, where the latest industry innovators will showcase emerging technologies for multi-platform delivery, over-the-top (OTT) streaming and content monetisation, including a full schedule of presentations and panel sessions at the CE Theatre.

IBC2022 will also have the new Showcase Theatre in Hall 12, where premier technology providers and thought leaders will present projects featured in the 2022 Accelerator Media Innovation Programme, as well as free masterclasses, panel discussions and demos. There is also a two-day paid-for IBC Conference running during the show, packed with keynotes, panels and technical paper sessions.

Other key features at this year’s IBC Show include:

  • Industry Sessions, offering two days of free workshops and panels delivered by IBC owners and stakeholder organisations

  • IBC Partnership Pavilion, providing an opportunity to find out more about the IBC owners

  • IBC Innovation Awards and Social Impact Awards, featuring a virtual ceremony and onsite networking reception

  • Accelerator Media Innovation Programme, a fast-track Innovation framework for the media and entertainment eco-system

To register for IBC2022, click here.

30th May 2022

PMC Focuses on Monitoring Systems for Immersive Audio at NAMM 2022

PMC Focuses on Monitoring Systems for Immersive Audio at NAMM 2022

USA – At NAMM 2022 (3-5 June), UK-based monitor manufacturer PMC will highlight its role in the immersive audio market by showcasing a range of monitors that are perfectly suited to mixing music in new audio formats such as Dolby Atmos.

PMC’s booth 15309 will feature an acoustically accurate demo suite equipped with a Dolby Atmos monitoring system consisting of the company’s large, active three-way PMC8-2 XBD monitors (left, right and centre channels), six ci65 monitors and a total of four ci45 compact slimline monitors for the surround, rear and height channels.

With the Dolby Atmos format now making a significant impact in the automotive industry, PMC will be showcasing the ‘Studio to Car’ concept and highlighting its own role as an immersive audio driver in the future of in-car entertainment. To this end, a leading brand EV (Electric Vehicle) with a custom, built-in Dolby Atmos music speaker system will be parked on the PMC booth so that NAMM visitors can experience Dolby Atmos Music in a car.

Maurice Patist, president PMC USA, says: “PMC’s range of loudspeakers are rapidly becoming the de fact standard for Dolby Atmos facilities, not least because we have been championing this format for music for more than five years as a technology partner of Universal Music Group and Dolby. During this time, we have installed our systems in numerous top studios including Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Abbey Road Institute Miami and for renowned producers and engineers such as Josh Gudwin, Andrew Scheps, Greg Wells, Reid Shippen, Dale Becker, NO ID and many more. At NAMM 2022, we are giving visitors an opportunity to experience a 9.1.4 Dolby Atmos enabled system and discover for themselves the creative possibilities of this format, especially when it is combined with the accuracy, power and transparency of PMC products.”

During NAMM, PMC will be hosting Dolby Atmos presentations in its demo suite. These will run every day and on multiple occasions throughout the show and will feature presentations from the likes of Brad Wood, Nick Rives, Teezio, Stephen Marsh, Steve Genewick, John Whynot, David Rideau, Gary Lux, Bainzz & Mike Miller, Dale Becker, Robin Reumers & Natalia Schlesinger and J Clark. A full schedule of these presentations is available @pmcspeakers_pro.

PMC’s presence at NAMM also provides an opportunity for US customers to see and hear the company’s new and exciting line of compact, state-of-the-art near- and midfield monitors that are redefining the listening experience for every audio professional, whether they are working in stereo or large scale immersive formats.

Five years of intense development has culminated in the new PMC6, PMC6-2, and PMC8-2, along with their associated subwoofers the PMC8 SUB and PMC8-2 SUB. These revolutionary monitors, which replace the company’s existing twotwo Series, have the same sound signature as PMC’s main monitor products such as the legendary QB1, BB6, MB3 and IB2 models.

Among the many fresh innovations PMC has incorporated into this range are all-new drivers, cutting edge DSP and Class-D amplifiers, as well as significant improvements to the company’s proprietary ATL bass-loading and Laminair air flow technologies. The monitors can be used as stand-alone products or can be part of a scalable systems that easily grows to suit the end user’s exact requirements. Configuration can be done via simple menu-driven controls on the rear panel, or through PMC’s class-leading and highly intuitive SOUNDALIGN network interface, which is accessed through wired connections to any standard network via any web-browser on a PC, Mac or tablet.

30th May 2022

Allen & Heath to Feature Biggest Presence Ever at NAMM 2022

Allen & Heath to Feature Biggest Presence Ever at NAMM 2022

Allen & Heath will be present at the upcoming NAMM Show, presenting the full breadth of its growing product line-up in booth #11110. The company's extensive array of I/O and audio networking hardware will also be featured, including a range of new compact 48kHz/96kHz Dante interfaces.

Allen & Heath live sound console training will be offered this year as well, featuring veteran FOH and monitor engineer Michael Bangs (Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Katy Perry, et al.) hosting hands-on interactive sessions on mixing techniques for festival, house of worship, and other live applications. Multiple dLive certification sessions round out Allen & Heath's extensive training, all held in Room 209A.

Thought leaders from the company will present TEC Tracks sessions on Saturday, 4th June in Room 204A. Allen & Heath USA marketing director Jeff Hawley will present ‘Selecting the Right Sound System and/or Installer for Your House of Worship’ at 11am, followed by Allen & Heath USA manager – commercial audio Samantha Potter presenting ‘Dialling in the Mix: FOH, Streaming and Beyond for Houses of Worship’ at noon.

Allen & Heath systems will be deployed across NAMM, including an Avantis at the NAMM Loudspeaker System Showcase, mixing loudspeakers from different companies in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. The ADJ Arena Plaza stage will be outfitted with a dLive S5000 and DM48 MixRack at FOH and Avantis at monitors, provided by Akroz Professional.

The company will be honoured as a finalist in the 37th annual TEC Awards, with the dLive CTi1500 in the hunt to expand their winning streak into a record setting four-in-a-row for Allen & Heath within the Small Format Console Technology category. Presented annually by NAMM, the TEC Awards recognises the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multimedia.

Allen & Heath is also a nominee in the Parnelli Awards, which recognises pioneering, influential professionals and their contributions, honouring both individuals and companies. Avantis is nominated in the Indispensable Audio Technology category.

“We are all thrilled to be back with all our friends and colleagues in Anaheim this year,” notes Allen & Heath USA marketing director Jeff Hawley. “We’re all ready to show off new tech, mingle and hang and catch up and kick our presence at NAMM up a few levels for the big return to in-person for 2022.”

26th May 2022

TechLED’s PLASA Leeds stand announced, ‘Abstract is back!’ with a new lighting effects range

TechLED’s PLASA Leeds stand announced, ‘Abstract is back!’ with a new lighting effects range

UK – At this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds (Royal Armouries Museum, 10-11 May), the dramatic lighting display on TechLED’s stand N-B01 declared that Abstract Lighting is back and with some dazzling and innovative new products for the price-conscious installer or rental company.

Abtract’s newly launched range of impressive lighting effects fixtures is available through TechLED in the UK and is supported by a worldwide distribution network.

Abstract’s Candi Blox leads the charge. Abstract’s ‘eye candy’ IP-20-rated, RBGW LED lighting system. The 200mm x 192mm ‘square’ unit features a five-by-five array of high performance, mix-at-source, multi-chip LEDs, configured as a central array of 25 LEDs with an edge halo effect surround featuring a further 20 LEDs. Precision manufactured in the UK, the Blox are robust and efficient, drawing just 5V for a 15W output.

Abstract’s Candi Blox offers a range of lens options including, 10,15 and 40-degree, as well as an opal diffused option. The fixture can also be truss- or surface-mounted. Surface mounting enables positioning of up to 180-degree tilt and 45-degree pan. Candi Blox is connected via 4 pin XLR and operated via Duplicator 4, Duplicator 6, or even a proprietary smartphone or desktop app.

Abstract’s Candi Bar packages up to six Candi Blox together as a stand-alone fixture taking the six-way unit to a height of 2 metres. Candi Bar is a versatile fixture, suitable for a live stage, television, bars and clubs and mobile DJs.

Complementing the Candi Bar, Abstract’s XLite Pro is also a free-standing, two metre-high, LED lighting system which exudes a beautifully blended peripheral light. High-performance mix-at-source multi-chip RGBW LEDs pitched at 14.2mm are housed within precision-engineered aluminium covered with a 160-degree frost lens to create a diffused 300-lumen glow. IP20-rated and connected via 4 pin XLR, the XLite Pro is operated via its own remote control or proprietary smartphone app and Amazon’s Alexa.

All products are now shipping worldwide.

TechLED’s PLASA Leeds stand announced, ‘Abstract is back!’ with a new lighting effects rangeTechLED’s PLASA Leeds stand announced, ‘Abstract is back!’ with a new lighting effects range

24th May 2022

Absen dazzles crowds at ISE 2022 with real-time virtual production set

Absen dazzles crowds at ISE 2022 with real-time virtual production set

Spain – After a two year hiatus, Absen made a sterling comeback at Integrated Systems Europe 2022, marking the international premiere of its latest LED series, including the new AX Pro series of MiniLED, the MR series of professional floor tile screens and the new 0.9mm Clear Cobalt (CL) MicroLED, alongside an impressive real-time virtual studio set.

ISE visitors were greeted by two triangular shaped LED screens rigged above the reception area made of Absen’s award-winning Polaris series: the rental staging PL2.5 workhorse was provided courtesy of Publitec. On either side of the stand, Absen showcased dedicated LED solutions for various markets (including retail, entertainment, corporate and stadia); Absen’s virtual studio set served as the central element, and arguably stole the show.

Realising the increasing importance of LED-equipped virtual studios in the film and television industry – as well as in the corporate and MICE sector – Absen’s expansive virtual studio set was at the forefront of its booth, allowing visitors to interact, in real-time, with the production set that changed throughout the show, from deep within a leafy forest to a summery beach-scape.

“The virtual production stage was a huge talking point, not only for customers meeting with us on the stand, but for our industry friends too,” says Jess Golding, Absen’s European brand and marketing director. “It was great to be able to show people the ecosystem of a stage set up: people want to learn more about the opportunities that VR studios can offer them, so we have made an easy and accessible way for people to engage with every element that makes up the entire ecosystem, it’s been incredibly well received.”

Developed in cooperation with various partners, the entire ecosystem was also made possible thanks to ARRI, Stype, VPX Studios, L&L, Brompton and Analog Way. The joint efforts of which also meant that the production set could double up as a unique backdrop for various well-attended presentations and panel discussions throughout the show.

ISE saw over 43,000 unique visitors from 151 countries across the four days – impressive given the circumstances – and the overall feedback from the team at Absen has been extremely positive:

“We've been waiting more than two years for and industry event like this in Europe, and ISE 2022 certainly didn’t disappoint,” says Ben Phelps, retail industry director at Absen.

“Having a chance to see our colleagues, see and touch the products we talk about every day, and most importantly meet customers, contacts and friends from the industry, all in one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities, what more could you ask for?”

Absen’s presence at ISE 2022 was not limited to its booth, with a peppering of its LED technologies throughout Hall 3, represented on stands such as Peerless AV, Tech Data/Maverick and Lang AG, showing the companies prominence and popularity within the Pro AV community.

Outgrowing its previous venue in Amsterdam, this was the first year ISE was held at the Fira in Barcelona, and Absen made a wealth of new connections, signed new contracts and will be a part of some large-scale projects in the coming months.

“Barcelona is one of my favourite places in Europe,” says Golding. “The Fira is a great venue and as a marketeer I will always support in-person events, so people can see technology in the flesh and to socialise with new customers, old friends, colleagues. A huge thank you to everyone who visited the Absen stand over the four days of ISE. If you didn’t get chance to head out to Barcelona, but are heading out to InfoComm 2022, be sure to see our colleagues at stand N1112. Or contact us via social media.”

24th May 2022