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Robe ABTT 2024

18/06/2024

Showlight 2025 is Calling for Papers

18/06/2024

ABTT Announces Annual Award Winners

12/06/2024

Profile Awards – Theatre

10/06/2024

Profile Awards – TV

10/06/2024

Showlight is Back – Save the Date

06/06/2024

The Profile Awards

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23/05/2024

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22/05/2024

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Robe ABTT 2024

Robe ABTT 2024
Robe ABTT 2024

UK – Robe UK enjoyed a busy, successful and positive ABTT Theatre Show, staged at Alexandra Palace in London, where the company presented two dynamic exhibition areas: a stand upstairs in the main hall, together with a large demo area located downstairs in the venue’s Palace Suite.

Robe also delivered four presentations that were integral to the ABTT’s extended 2024 seminar and discussion programme, which touched on topics related to sustainability and creative lighting.

The clean and streamlined main Robe booth occupied a prime position in the main exhibition hall and featured some of Robe’s newest lighting technologies designed for theatre, performance, TV and broadcast scenarios, together with selected Anolis, Avolites and Artistic Licence products. Atmosphere and haze specialist MDG, which is distributed in the UK by Robe, was also present on the stand.

A video wall at the back offered four separate brand windows / digital messaging boards for snapshotting information, two dedicated to Robe, one to Anolis and one to MDG.

Robe products showcased on raised displays around the stand included the TX1 PosiProfile, LEDBeam350, PAINTE moving light, the FOOTSIE 1 Slim footlights fixture, the popular T11 Profile and the T15 Fresnel. Here the sales teams enjoyed the buzz, energy and conversation from a constant stream of visitors.

Running in parallel downstairs from the main exhibition Robe co-ordinated product talks and a black box demonstration area to demo more fixtures in situ.

The product presentations from Robe’s Will Blackie, Chris Purnell and David Catterall, each lasted approximately ten minutes and were sharply tailored to run through all the pertinent points quickly and efficiently, capitalising on attention spans.

Robe expanded this demo element this year after the demo space proved such a big hit for the first time last year, offering an appropriate environment for those wanting to engage in more techie conversations and get hands-on and close up with some of the products.

Robe product manager and specialist Dave Whitehouse noted that the products attracting the most attention were the T15 Fresnel / PC, the T32 Cyc and the iFORTE LTX moving light.

The iFORTE LTX was demonstrated complete with a LightMaster kit which turns it into a programmable manual followspot with a near equivalent 4K HMI output, a hugely powerful, space and energy efficient option for theatres and performance venues where real estate is often tight.

Visitors, which included an animated mix of theatre and creative arts professionals, installation and rental companies established and aspiring designers and technicians as well as some working in the broadcast sector, all loved the T32 Cyc.

They were impressed with its 1:6 height-to-distance ratio and optical design, together with the smoothness and even spread of light thanks to its asymmetric beam and patented VertiSpot motorised hot spot control. The designers especially liked the amount and detail of the control and the extremely bright and high-quality output, plus the double blue chip that gives those sumptuous super deep blues that LDs covet.

The T15 attracted plenty of attention as a compact Fresnel / PC (depending on the choice of lens) and the output which is equivalent of more than a 2kW tungsten source in open white. Powered by Robe’s MSL-TE 350W multispectral LED engine, the colours are even more vibrant and bright. People loved the very wide motorised ten to 72 degree zoom (which is lockable remotely from the console) and the true barndoor cut off and definition when any shaping is applied.

Another product that everyone was looking at was the iProMotion, Robe’s moving head effects and video projector, which can have custom artwork, photographs and videos uploaded and has a live streaming input facility from external HD multimedia interfaces plus an array of controls including keystone, iris and motorised focus.

The ABTT seminars were staged in an adjacent space to Robe’s demo area and a full programme featured plenty of edifying, interesting and related topics and ran throughout the two-day expo.

David Catterall hosted two of Robe’s presentations. “What has sustainability done for me?” which explored some of the ‘secrets’ of sustainability in lighting, and “Upgrading to LED? – Planning for financial and artistic success” which focused on the transition from tungsten to LED and was packed with interesting financial and artistic facts and figures for those considering the conversion.

Dave Whitehouse talked about “CRI and Colour Temperature – why they are so important?” including sharing vital info on how to make the best LED selections for lighting people, costumes and sets.

In “Planning to replace your houselights? –  what to consider” – Anolis’s Ashley Popple discussed the importance and impact of houselights in installations, highlighting safety and architectural features and how to plan and execute upgrade projects.

The seminar programme was very popular this year and the Robe team was keen to share its knowledge and experience as part of ABTT’s educational and learnership initiatives.

Robe’s architectural sister brand Anolis displayed products from its Ambiane, Eminere and Calumma ranges and ran an iProMotion demo in the Palace Suite. People noticed the Ambiane Pendant HP111 fixture in particular as Anolis, together with all the Robe businesses, benefitted from being associated with the highly visible Robe booth.

Avolites – a Robe business – highlighted its D9 and Tiger Touch II lighting consoles in the Palace Suite demos, with busy sessions overseen by Ron Carrington and Sarah O’Gorman.

Robe UK’s Ian Brown concluded: “ABTT is always a great show! It feels completely unique from others around and allows for professionals to come together to interact with familiar faces, as well as make new connections. With the demo room arrangement, the team could showcase products to visitors for around 20 to 30 minutes each, which worked very well. Utilising headphone technology, both the ABTT seminars and the Robe demos which were in the same area could run simultaneously and more efficiently without interference.”

photos: Paula Duck

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18th June 2024

Showlight 2025 is Calling for Papers

Showlight 2025 is Calling for Papers

France – Calling all Speakers! Can you deliver a hot topic in Dijon?

Showlight 2025 is calling for speakers to present papers at the next Showlight, slated for 19-22 May 2025 at Le Parc des Expositions et Congrès de Dijon, France.

The Papers Programme is the heart and soul of Showlight and Showlight wants to present its delegates with a wide variety of interesting subjects to educate and entertain. This will be the first in-person Showlight since 2017 and the symposium is looking for exciting new projects from all disciplines of lighting and lighting design to include in the 2025 Papers Programme.

Have you worked on a fabulous new project recently? Have you tried out some new technology and got something to share? Does your design really cut the mustard? Showlight wants to hear from you in Dijon! 

The Papers Committee has already begun the process of selecting papers for the programme. If you have an idea, a story or an experience you’re burning to share, tell us about it: contact the Papers Committee on papers@showlight.org  All that’s needed now is an outline. You can complete the tasty details later.

Spread the word! Showlightwant you!

Showlight could not take place without its generous sponsors and it thanks Robert Juliat for remaining as headline sponsor for 2025. Thanks are also extended to new sponsors: Diamond sponsor Ayrton, platinum sponsors Chauvet, Claypaky, Elation, ETC, MA Lighting, Robe and Starway, palladium sponsor FACE, gold sponsors Avolites and PRG, silversSponsors Ambersphere Solutions and Robe, and bronze sponsors AC ET and LSC.

Plenty more opportunities exist to become a Showlight 2025 sponsor, including sponsoring a student or a speaker. Contact Matt Hallard on sponsorship@showlight.org for more details.

Exhibitors are also invited to participate. If you’d like to support Showlight 2025 by taking a space, contact exhibit@showlight.org.

18th June 2024

ABTT Announces Annual Award Winners

ABTT Announces Annual Award Winners

UK – The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Annual Awards took place on Wednesday evening, 5th June, after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show 2024 at Alexandra Palace, London. The ABTT Awards are one of the ABTT’s flagship events and hosting these awards and being able to celebrate these achievements is at the very heart of the ABTT. The evening started with drinks served outside the Londesborough Room before attendees took their positions, filling all the seats leaving standing room only, to celebrate those people and products making a difference to the industry.

Ted Moore, director of rental services, said of the awards: “TAIT are really proud to be here once again to sponsor the ABTT Awards, which I truly believe is one of the best award presentations anywhere in our industry. We wish all the nominees good luck and give congratulations to whoever the winners may be.”

The five highly sought after awards for Lighting Product, Sound Product, Engineering Product, Widget and Stand of the Year, were complemented by the announcement of the recipients of the ABTT Technician of the Year and the ABTT Award for Emerging Excellence which recognise the achievements of individuals both starting out and well-established in their backstage careers.
These sat beside the ABTT Award for Environmental Sustainability which is presented to someone who over the past 12 months has made a significant contribution to furthering environmental sustainability within the theatre industry. As well as the two newest award categories: ABTT Costume Award and ABTT Award for WHAM Design (wigs, hair and make-up).

The ABTT WHAM committee and CITEA committee commented that they “are proud to develop these two new awards and recognise the equal and often uncredited contributions that these specialists make to the creative process.”

The Jury, made up of an experienced group of working practitioners and industry peers, made the following awards:

ABTT LIGHTING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2024: Multiverse Connect Module

Judges’ comments: “City Theatrical’s Multiverse Connect Module is a clever option to allow wireless control to lights.  Either integrated into the motherboard, or externally added as an option on the front control panel; both options open possibilities for manufactures and end users to add wireless functionality for existing products, both at and post purchase.”

Gary Vilardi, VP Sales said: “We want to thank ABTT Theatre Show for recognising our Multiverse Connect Module product as this year’s Lighting Product of the Year, and Martin Lighting for collaborating with us to provide this plug and play wireless DMX/RDM solution to users of their MAC Viper XIP fixture. City Theatrical’s vision for Multiverse has always been to expand the future of wireless DMX/RDM. With Multiverse Connect Module being open architecture, we hope that this product will create a new and simple way to bring wireless DMX to more lighting fixtures and therefore more lighting end users, industry wide.”

Also highly commended by the Judges in this category was the Martin Mac Viper XIP.

Judges’ comments: “The Martin Mac Viper XIP is a new take on the much-loved Viper fixture that many still find in their rigs today. The Viper XIP has embraced the demands we expect from a modern moving head, making it two kilogrammes lighter than its older counterpart and taking a much-loved fixture and developing it for use outdoors.”

ABTT SOUND PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2024: Ampetronic Auri

Judges’ comments: “The Ampetronic Auri is a genuinely game changing innovation from a company better known for perfecting systems that we already know. The Auri has the potential to completely revolutionise accessibility in assisted listening as well as implications well beyond that field. The judges also liked how this product works with an open protocol so that it will operate with both existing and future developments.”
James Bottrill, UK business development manager of Ampetronic Ltd said: “We’re delighted that Auri has won the award for the ABTT Sound Product of the Year. We’re confident that Auri and Auracast represent the future of assistive listening and are highly appreciative that the judging panel have rewarded the years of hard work which have gone into bringing this exciting new product to fruition.”

ABTT ENGINEERING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2024: X Winch

Judges’ comments: “Open Automation’s X winch, the small quiet, zero fleet X winch has a great array of features. Predominantly aimed at performer flying but also capable of being used as a roll on, roll off counterweight assist winch too. It is an impressive product.”
Ewart Richardson, director of Open Automation said: “Thank you very much to the ABTT for acknowledging the hard work that has gone into developing this product which we hope will further assist the realisation of the creative vision for an increasing number of live performances.”

ABTT WIDGET OF THE YEAR 2024: Viviana Straps Extreme

Judges’ comments: “Viviana Straps Extreme is a well-designed and thought through solution to a common industry issue of housing a radio mic transmitter pack on a performer’s body. Available in multiple colours and sizes, it maintains all the key elements of breathability, slimness and softness with a unique hypoallergenic grip, it is an excellent solution!”
Daniele Turi, CEO of Viviana Sound Solutions said: “Winning the award was truly an unexpected surprise. When they announced Viviana Sound Solutions, I couldn't believe it. I am very honoured and proud to have received this award for the Viviana Straps Extreme, a completely Made in Italy product, innovative thanks to its unique fabric that protects the transmitters from sweat and the grip makes the strap super comfortable for the actor. Thanks, ABTT!”

ABTT THEATRE SHOW STAND OF THE YEAR 2024: Encore  

Judges’ comments: “The winner is the Encore stand which bucks the trend and places us in our comfort zone hiding behind the flats! A genuinely humorous stand, which made us feel at home!”
Tom Mowat of Encore said: "It goes without saying we're incredibly proud to have won the ABTT Theatre Show 2024 Award for Stand of the Year. We all know trade show stands are about showing off equipment and services to a group of incredibly passionate people who spend their lives backstage supporting productions to the highest of standards. This year we wanted to celebrate exactly that by bringing our backstage to the forefront. We're humbled by the response we've had from all the visitors describing our stand as a slice of home."

A special mention was also made by the judges for the Royal Opera House and for the CiTEA/ WHAM committee stand which “brought rarely seen costumes and wigs to the show!”

ABTT TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2024: Jonny Liron

Judges’ comments: “Our winner impressed early on at his interview for Pirate Crew. He demonstrates great character, good working knowledge of technical theatre and a keen eye for detail. He was booked for work straightaway, rising quickly to senior technician to which he brought ‘excellence, inclusion and innovation to the table’. His eagerness to learn soon had him freelancing as a production carpenter. This, in turn, led to a full-time position as stage and automation flys technician at Sadlers Wells, soon being promoted to head of stage and automation flys. Last year he was head hunted and moved to the London Palladium, where he ‘gets the best out of every individual he encounters’ and ‘visiting companies cannot speak highly enough of him’.

Jonny Liron, ABTT Technicians of the Year Winner 2024 stated: “It’s a real honour to win the award and I’d like to thank Lewis Shaw for the nomination, along with Pirate Crew, Sadler’s Wells and the London Palladium as these three organisations have given me the most invaluable experience over the last 15 years. Everyone I’ve worked with has taught me something and this award gives more meaning to the long hours away from family and the sacrifices we all make to put on shows to the highest standard. It’s a good feeling to be counted amongst the likes of previous winners Dan Ewing, Gav Pell and David Draude and I’m looking forward to the future and to keep trying to work to the highest level.”
The ABTT Judges also felt it was necessary to give commendation to Graham Moir, “who established The Southbank Centre’s Technical Academy during his time as head of technical production at the Southbank which was inspired from his attendance at the first ABTT Make a Difference Conference in 2023. Graham secured £200,000 pounds of funding that was invested in a scheme that saw over 700 people apply for 25 paid training spaces. This started the careers of 25 people who had no previous technical experience. The judges commend him for doing something truly remarkable and thank him for making a difference!”

Graham added: "I am extremely honoured to receive this commendation and I would like to thank those that nominated me for this award for the work done on the Southbank Centre Technical Academy. This has very much been a team effort by not only my colleagues at Southbank Centre but also the wider consortium involved in delivering the Technical Academy, so this recognition is very shared amongst us all."
ABTT AWARD FOR EMERGING EXCELLENCE 2024: David Howard

Judges’ comments: “Since graduating in 2018 this individual has dedicated themselves to cultivating a robust portfolio of entertainment lighting, with unwavering dedication and a passion for innovation, they have delved deep into the intricacies of illuminating performance, particularly in collaboration with musical artists who thrive on a theatrical approach. They are always in pursuit of innovation and excellence, they continually push the boundaries of the craft, exploring new techniques and materials to create immersive and captivating experiences for audiences. The judging panel very much enjoyed looking through the breadth of materials submitted for their nomination, an impressive CV and remarkable career progression.”
David Howard, Emerging Excellence Award Winner 2024 commented: “Wow! What a surprise! It's humbling to accept this award, and a real surprise to find out I was nominated, let alone selected to win! Thank you to ABTT and all the work they do supporting those that are supporting productions. I'm sad I could not attend in person to collect my award as I'm out on tour, but again a heartfelt thank you for the nomination and to the judges for their selection. Designing for shows is a real privilege, and working in this world has always meant so much to me."

ABTT AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR 2024: Kathryn Downton

Judges’ comments: “Kathryn has done a gigantic amount of work in this field, they live, breath and embody their lifelong and cultural commitment to sustainability. They have been pivotal in the development of the green captain scheme, which encourages and gives a platform to the next generation on working sustainably in our industry. Their work was acknowledged when they were awarded a fellowship of University of Surrey’s institute for sustainability. In the words of one of her nominators, their work has made ‘a clear and measurable impact on the industry,’ an example of this is the Theatre Green Book Education Conference on June 12th which we urge you to attend. To quote another of her nominators ‘her heart and her commitment and passion exudes in all the work she does on environmental sustainability’.”

Kathryn Downton, Environmental Sustainability Winner 2024 commented: “I am thrilled to have received this award from the ABTT who have been championing sustainability and the Theatre Green Book over the last few years. There is still much to do but the culture is shifting towards a sustainable future and education plays a huge role in the transition. Thank you ABTT!”

The decision for a winner this year was not easy and so the judges also felt it was necessary to highly commend Jill Robertshaw and “her extraordinary work at Nottingham Playhouse. The work she is doing sets an example to all of us all and establishes the venue as one of the leading venues in the UK making work responsibly. By ensuring that all the staff are carbon literacy trained she has exceeded The Theatre Green Book’s Advanced ambition of getting 75% of staff trained. Jill is an example to us all and we will watch her continued progress with fascination.”

Jill Robertshaw, highly commended for her sustainability work stated: “I feel really honoured to be have been commended by the ABTT in Environmental Sustainability. However, I’ve not done this on my own, it’s been with the support and enthusiasm of my colleagues, creative teams and a genuine desire to create more sustainable work. Therefore, this commendation belongs to all of these people too, along with my thanks.”

ABTT WHAM DESIGN AWARD FOR 2024: Adele Brandman

Judges’ comments: “Adele has been at the forefront of creativity, design and technical solutions across WHAM for over 25 years. Their longstanding and refined contribution to the creative process has gained the trust and respect of peers, directors, producers, designers and performers to name but a few. An excellent collaborator, they take care to research the details of cast specific design inspirations, innovate with use of materials and techniques for best fit performer-centric solutions and have a sustainability focus at the core of their practice. They have also spent many years teaching and mentoring colleagues and are a generous and diligent WHAM team leader.”

Adele Brandman, WHAM Design Award Winner 2024 commented: “I'm so sorry not have been able to collect this award in person. I'd like to thank the ABTT and their judging panel for giving me this award. I feel very grateful to have been nominated by my peers and so pleased we are being recognised for the work we do. I feel very lucky to have been doing a job I love for over 30 years. We are all part of a collaborative team and I am unbelievably honoured to be the first recipient of ABTT WHAM Design Award.”

ABTT COSTUME AWARD FOR 2024: Stephen Rodwell

Judges’ comments: “Stephen has worked for a prestigious company for 40 years and has continuously achieved outstanding results, embracing changing styles, tastes and budgetary constraints. They have supported the in-house costume team to develop technical skills, creating a department that now has a reputation for being an excellent costume production team, costume management team and dye department.”
Stephen Rodwell, Costume Award Winner 2024 commented: “I feel especially privileged to be the first recipient of the ABTT Award for Costume and cannot express sufficiently my gratitude to ABTT, and to those who thought me worthy to be nominated. This award, which is a fantastic way of recognising those who work in Costume, is most gratefully received and appreciated.”

Congratulations to all the above winners!

The ABTT would also like to say thank you to its amazing panel of judges: Paul Aspinall, Dom Bilkey, Jonathan Burniston, Alex Cann, David Evans, Andrew Grant, Amy Jeskins, Kit Lerman, Tanya Noor, Anette Ollerearnshaw, Ben Stones, Caroline Townsend, Helen Diana Wake, Christian Wallace and Richard Willamson. 

12th June 2024

Profile Awards – Theatre

Profile Awards – Theatre

UK - The theatre section of The Profile Awards was judged by eight of the UK’s leading theatre, dance and opera critics. Every single new production we saw was automatically eligible for consideration. 

At the lengthy judging session the panel drew up a long list of 30 pieces of outstanding lighting design from the literally hundreds of productions they saw in person across the year. That list was then whittled down to a shortlist of eighteen. 

From there, the panel chose to salute the work of eight of the most exciting teams in the industry, Congratulations to all for such exemplary work!

Theatre Awards Chair, David Benedict – Variety 

The Profile Awards Theatre Sponsors were:

@chauvet_pro sponsored the Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award

@elationlighting sponsored the Outstanding Year in Dance Award

@elctronictheatrecontrols sponsored the Outstanding Achievement in Opera Award

@fix8group sponsored the Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award

@germanlightproducts sponsored the Outstanding Achievement in Musicals Award

@slxmedia sponsored the Outstanding New Designer Award

@tsl_lighting sponsored the Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award

@vari.lite sponsored the Outstanding Year in Theatre Award

@ayrtondigital were the Headline Sponsors

@ac_ent_technologies sponsored the Student Virtual Lighting Design Award

@ambersphere_solutions sponsored the Event Reception

@theatre_projects sponsored The Richard Pilbrow Lifetime Recognition Award

@teamjll sponsored the Goody Bags

10th June 2024

Profile Awards – TV

Profile Awards – TV

UK - The TV section of the Profile Awards was judged by our panel consisting of theatre lighting designer Peter Small, TV lighting designer Martin Kempton, TV director Stephen Neil and chaired by STLD honorary secretary and lighting designer Stuart Gain. Congratulations to all the awardees!

The Profile Awards TV Sponsors:

@chamsysltd sponsored the TV Drama Award

@elpelstree sponsored the TV Small studio Award

@lightscontrolrigging sponsored the TV Entertainment One-Off Award

@lightinitiative sponsored the TV Newcomer Award

@roxx.light sponsored the TV Special Merit Award

@version2lights sponsored the TV Entertainment Series Award

@ayrtondigital were the Headline Sponsors

@ac_ent_technologies sponsored the Student Virtual Lighting Design Award

@ambersphere_solutions sponsored the Event Reception

@theatre_projects sponsored The Richard Pilbrow Lifetime Recognition Award

10th June 2024

Showlight is Back – Save the Date

Showlight is Back – Save the Date

France – Exciting News! Showlight, the much-loved quadrennial networking event for lighting professionals will return in May 2025. The host city for the 12th Showlight will be the delightful city of Dijon in France, the venue Le Parc des Expositions et Congrès de Dijon. 

Ranked as a must-visit destination, Dijon is one of France’s most beautiful cities with an historic centre, a fine arts museum and many cultural and gastronomic delights to be discovered. Located at the centre of France’s Burgundy region – the vineyards of which were recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Dijon city centre – Dijon promises to be the perfect setting for this popular industry networking event. 

Showlight cannot wait to present a brand-new programme of Papers: be prepared to share the wealth of knowledge from lighting practitioners across theatre, television, concert touring, themed attractions, events and architecture on a diverse range of topics in a relaxed and convivial environment. There’s plenty of time to network and socialise in between Papers, enjoy face-to-face discussions with lighting designers and manufacturers alike and browse the supporting exhibition that runs alongside the Papers presentations. Students are actively encouraged to attend for an unprecedented opportunity to learn from those already working in the industry.

Please note the new dates for Showlight 2025 which, by popular demand, have moved from their traditional weekend and will take place from Monday 19th May 2025 to Thursday 22nd May 2025, commencing with the Welcome Reception on the Monday evening.

Details of the programme, Speakers and Papers, will be revealed in the coming months but, right now, save the date in your diaries.

Interested in becoming a Showlight Speaker?

Showlight’s search for Speakers to present Papers in Dijon is about to begin! Got an idea or a recent project you want to share? Contact the Papers Committee at papers@showlight.org with an outline of your idea. Showlight wants to hear from you!

Become a Showlight Sponsor or Exhibitor: Showlight could not take place without its generous sponsors and we thank Robert Juliat for remaining as headline sponsor for 2025. Plenty more opportunities exist to become a sponsor, including sponsoring a student or a speaker. Contact Matt Hallard on sponsorship@showlight.org for more details.

Showlight will be looking for exhibitors in the near future. If you’d like to support Showlight 2025 by taking a space, contact exhibit@showlight.org

photo: Alice Colas

6th June 2024

The Profile Awards

The Profile Awards

Taking place after the ABTT Theatre Show on Thursday 6th June 2024.

www.profileawards.com 

23rd May 2024

Exploring the spatial audio revolution: An Evening's Conversation at LIPA with Neumann and Dolby

Exploring the spatial audio revolution: An Evening\'s Conversation at LIPA with Neumann and Dolby
Exploring the spatial audio revolution: An Evening\'s Conversation at LIPA with Neumann and Dolby

UK – Neumann has announced an exclusive event, ‘An Evening's Conversation Around Spatial Audio’, hosted in partnership with Dolby at the renowned Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). Taking place on Monday, 3 June, this event promises an engaging exploration into the future of sound, bringing together top industry professionals for a night of insights and networking.

Guests will hear from leading experts in the field, including Mike Hillier, Dolby Atmos and mastering engineer at Metropolis Studios, Kurt Martinez, head Dolby Atmos mix engineer at Dean St Studios and Myles Clarke, senior music engineer at Dolby Laboratories. Their interactive sessions will help you understand how spatial audio is evolving and keep you at the forefront of the technology.

Attendees will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of spatial audio through interactive Q&A sessions and discussions that promise to broaden their understanding of this transformative technology.

“We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to a diverse range of industry professionals, including studio owners, audio engineers, producers, music creators, performers and anyone interested in the future of immersive audio experiences, to join us at our upcoming event at LIPA,” says Stephen Button, trade marketing manager UK and Nordic for Sennheiser Pro Audio and Neumann. “With distinguished speakers like Mike Hillier, Kurt Martinez and Myles Clarke, attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into spatial audio and the creative possibilities that can be unlocked using this technology.”

Jon Thornton, LIPA’s head of sound technology, concludes: “Hosting ‘An Evening's Conversation Around Spatial Audio’ at LIPA underlines our commitment to promoting innovation and knowledge exchange in the professional audio community. This event not only offers a fantastic networking platform for industry peers and audio enthusiasts, but also aims to cultivate meaningful connections and foster potential collaborations.”

Spaces are limited, so register today to secure a place at this unmissable event: https://mautic.sennheiser.com/202406neumannuklipaspacialaudioevenregistrationevening03-06-20242

23rd May 2024

Joshua Blair and Nick Watson to Deliver Seminars at Prism Sound’s 8 Hours At Rockfield 2024

Joshua Blair and Nick Watson to Deliver Seminars at Prism Sound’s 8 Hours At Rockfield 2024

UK – Producer and engineer Joshua Blair (pictured) and mastering engineer Nick Watson will be sharing their music industry knowledge and expertise at Prism Sound’s 8 Hours At Rockfield, which takes place on 16th July 2024.

This exciting educational event gives attendees the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the recording process and music production while soaking up the atmosphere of the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, which has played host to some of the greatest artists in the world including Coldplay, Oasis, Queen, Iggy Pop and George Michael.

Joshua Blair and Nick Watson’s seminars will run throughout the day, alongside presentations from top manufacturers including Prism Sound, Solid State Logic, PMC Speakers and GIK Acoustics who will highlight their latest products and technologies.

Based in the UK but with a career that spans the globe, Grammy Award-winning Joshua Blair has worked with many household name artists including Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Mark Ronson, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and Adele. Among his most recent projects is pre-mixing and editing the Oscar performance of I’m Just Ken from the Barbie movie soundtrack.

Nick Watson, who co-owns Fluid Mastering with Tim Debney and works from a state-of-the-art mastering room in Bristol, also has a string of high profile credits to his name. Projects include the latest albums by The Feeling, Jethro Tull, Hawkwind, Embrace, Black Grape, Cast and The Zutons (whose new album was produced at Abbey Road by Nile Rodgers). In addition, he has recently mastered jazz albums by artists such as Henry Spencer, Ian Shaw, Judi Jackson and remastered material for artists such as Chris Rea, Howard Jones and Toyah.

To give a flavour of what attendees might expect from these industry luminaries, Prism Sound asked them both what advice would they give to someone just starting out in the music recording industry?

“There are so many educators now, both online and off, telling people how to engineer and giving them tips, techniques and hacks to improve your mixes and so on,” Nick Watson says. “My advice is take it all with a pinch of salt. What’s often missing is context, i.e. something that works 100 percent of the time for someone else might not work at all for you. If an idea has merit, it’s important to understand why so you can decide whether or how to implement it in your own situation. The old adage still applies: If it sounds good, it is good (as long as it also sounds good in mono).”

Joshua Blair adds: “Do every project you can, help every person you can along your journey and always keep a positive ‘can do’ attitude. You never know where it might lead and what connections you can make. I got my break in the industry because I always said to yes to every project I was asked to do as an assistant in the studio I worked at, and that let to me working with more high-profile clients.”

Both agree that the best thing anyone can do in the current economic landscape is to pressure Government to support the music industry so that it can continue to thrive.

“We need better provisions for music in schools and better support for small to mid-sized venues, and so much more,” Watson says.

Prism Sound’s 8 Hours At Rockfield is held in association with Project7, the collaborative songwriting experience, which is holding residential songwriting sessions at Rockfield immediately after the event.

Pro7ect events start on 16th July and culminate on 20th July with a one-day song writing masterclass, hosted by producer Julian Victor Hinton (Stormzy, Seal, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams, Trevor Horn). Other producers involved in the retreat include Sophie Ackroyd (Kings Elliot, lleo, RØRY, Kate Wild, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Nina Nesbitt), Gethin Pearson (Badly Drawn Boy, Charlie XCX), Stew Jackson (Massive Attack & Phantom Limb), Jon Fletcher (The PFQ, Magpie Lane) and Pro7ect founder Lisa Fitzgibbon (The PFQ, The Standing, Moonshee).

Prism Sound’s 8 Hours At Rockfield event costs £20 per person, £10 for students and includes a buffet lunch. To buy tickets please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/2jk55pun

22nd May 2024

Backup Village Fete stands selling fast - get yours before they’re gone!

Backup Village Fete stands selling fast - get yours before they’re gone!

UK – It is ten years since Backup headed to Daytona Sandown Park for the first ever KartFest and every year it got bigger and better. Last year the event was re-named and re-imagined as the Backup Village Fete. Fun and games for everyone abounded and a record amount of money was raised for Backup to continue its good work.

This year’s village Fete takes place on 11th July at Daytona and is proving very popular with more and more companies getting involved and joining the biggest industry day out there is. With the focus on the fete, there are many options for companies and individuals attending. You can buy single day passes through to fete stall pitches or, for the ultimate in turn up and go, a VIP ‘Manor house’ package with everything already built including a VIP bar, DJ and located right in the middle of the action.

The Backup Parish Council have planned even more activities this year including a ‘Veg Off’ to complement the highly popular ‘Bake Off’, The NEXO Peasant Shoot, 5 Star Flight case relay, The Dairy with world cuisine food stalls, artisan coffee, craft beers and drinks, and DJ Adam Fabulous owning the playlist for the day. New this year are the ‘Hay Bale’ Session hosted by the industry for the industry which will cover relevant and topical conversations with a great mix of industry panels adding insight for all. The Lions Barbers are back, working closely with Music Support and Music Industry Touring Collective to help educate and support where they can. And, of course, no fete is complete without Vinnie and his ice cream van!

“This is probably the best day out in the UK industry calendar, but there’s a serious message behind the frivolity,” says Backup Trustee, Scott Arnold. “Since the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in the number of requests for help with mental health issues. With the continued help of organisations like Music Support, we’re not only able to help those that are in immediate need we’re raising awareness in the industry and it’s gratifying to see that attitudes are beginning to change.

“But we need to do more and that’s what the Village Fete is all about. So come and join us on July 11th. You’ll have an immense amount of fun, and you’ll be helping us to help your industry friends and colleagues.”

To book a fete stall, Manor House gazebo or buy single day passes, visit https://www.backuptech.uk/backup-the-village-fete-2024/

22nd May 2024

ABTT Theatre Show announces Social on the Terrace

ABTT Theatre Show announces Social on the Terrace

UK – The first day of the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace on the 5th June will be open from 10am until 5.30pm but activities will by no means stop then!

For 2024, the ABTT Award Presentations will be kicking off from 5.30pm with drinks served outside the Londesborough Room as visitors and exhibitors join together to take their seat to celebrate the recipients of the awards for products and people making advances in our world.

The Products Awards include: Sound Product of the Year, Lighting Product of the Year, Engineering Product of the Year, Widget of the Year and ABTT Theatre Show Stand of the Year for 2024.

The People Awards include: ABTT Technician of the Year Award, ABTT Award for Emerging Excellence, ABTT Award for Environmental Sustainability, ABTT Award for Costume and the Award for WHAM Design.

Following these celebrations, will be a new innovation for 2024: the ABTT Social on the Terrace.

Attendees and exhibitors are invited to continue their day with great company, tasty food, foot-tapping music and a refreshing drink or two. They will be able to choose a meal from a selection of vendors providing a variety of cuisines, grab a drink, sit down, soak up the scenic views and continue their conversations.

The ABTT thanks ABTT Platinum Industry Supporter TAIT for partnering with them to help bring the ABTT Awards presentations and a wonderful evening of refreshments and conversation on The Terrace too.

The ABTT Theatre Show will once again be taking place at the stunning Alexandra Palace on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June. It is the exhibition with the broadest collection of specialist suppliers supporting live performance technology, production and education who gather to connect with others in the world of theatre, performance, events, festivals, music and more.

Providing the essential meeting point for the industry, with seminars, workshops, conversation, collaboration and mentoring all available, it is an event not to be missed.

To get a free ticket you can register to attend at https://www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-theatre-show/register-now/ 

21st May 2024

Profile Awards – Theatre Section

Profile Awards – Theatre Section

UK – “The theatre section of The Profile Awards is judged by eight of the UK’s leading theatre, dance and opera critics. Every single new production we see is automatically eligible for consideration. 

“At our lengthy judging session we drew up a long list of thirty pieces of outstanding lighting design from the literally hundreds of productions we saw in person across the year. That list was then whittled down to a shortlist of eighteen. 

“From there, we chose to salute the work of eight of the most exciting teams in the industry whose names will be revealed on the night.”

Theatre Awards Chair, David Benedict – Variety 

9th May 2024

A bumper edition of PLASA Focus Leeds

A bumper edition of PLASA Focus Leeds

UK – PLASA Focus Leeds returns to its home, Royal Armouries, from 14-15 May with two sold-out show floors and a bigger-than-ever programme. What’s more, a record number of people have registered to attend the popular northern event for entertainment technology.

With an abundance of brands from pro audio, AV, lighting and staging, visitors can discover new products, meet new suppliers and leave with many valuable new contacts. Plus, the packed programme will deliver talks, panels, training and demos, led by industry luminaries and leading brands.

Over 200 brands will span two halls, with Ambersphere proudly returning as headline sponsor. Many of the exhibitors will showcase their latest products, with several UK debuts to look out for too.

Lighting brands include Avolites, BeamZ, Chauvet Professional, Elation Professional, ETC, GLP, Highlite International, Martin Professional, Prolight, Robe, Roxx, TMB and Vari-Lite.

Pro audio brands include Allen & Heath, Audio-Technica, Bose, d&b audiotechnik, DPA Microphones, EM Acoustics, FBT, Funktion One, Martin Audio, NEXO, Peavey Commercial Audio, RCF UK, Shure and Sound Technology.

Staging and rigging brands include AED Group, Alustage, Area Four, Chainmaster, CM-ET, Doughty Engineering, Dirty Rigger, Just Rigging & Inspections, Rigging Services, Rigging Team, Rope and Rigging, Trilite, Triple E and UK Rigging.

Plus, several audio-visual brands will be at the show, including Bosch, Green Hippo, LANG UK, PSCo, Riedel, and ROE Visual.

This year’s PLASA Focus Leeds programme is the biggest ever, with sessions addressing the most talked about topics, alongside creative and technical presentations from leading industry figures. The programme is sponsored by Vectorworks which will deliver two sessions: Spotlight and ConnectCAD on Tuesday and pre-production and workflows on Wednesday.

The programme has a focus on the future with sessions on AI and technical theatre with the University of Lincoln, cybersecurity with Singularity, the EU Digital Product Passport with RH Consulting and TAZAAR and entertainment in video games with Copper Candle.

Careers are also high on the agenda with sessions on networking with Rosco, employability with Soulsound and motherhood with Women in Lighting. Plus, Bradford 2020 UK City of Culture will be on the hunt for talented creatives. Not only that, but all attendees are also invited to ‘The Making of Live Events’, a special video launch by Adlib to promote career opportunities across the sector.

Lighting professionals can learn more about their craft in sessions on CRI and LED with Robe, technology and design with the ALPD and sustainable lighting rigs with White Light.

Audio professionals have plenty to dive into, with sessions on spatial audio with Outboard TiMax and Sonosphere, sound quality with Solotech, SSE Audio and KV2 Audio, creative technology with the ASDP, good sound with the University of Derby and sports arena sound systems with NEXO.

Several organisations will present at the show too. The Power of Events and LIVE will unpack data from the recent freelancer survey, the ABTT will outline that latest from the Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment, BECTU will discuss the cost-of-living crisis, Create Britain will explain their new regional ecosystem, HSE will advise on health & safety and PLASA will discuss wellbeing and personal resilience.

Burgeoning lighting designers are invited to attend introductory workshops with ChamSys on MagicQ and QuickQ. And more advanced lighting professionals can learn about timecoded cue stacks, group cues and group FX and GeNetix network distribution. These sessions have limited spaces and have already proven extremely popular, so visitors are encouraged to sign up via the show website and arrive early to guarantee a space.

Audiophiles can immerse themselves in live audio demonstrations hosted by KV2 Audio which is launching its EX-28 and Sound Technology will demonstrate the SSL Live console platform. These drop-in sessions will run throughout the show.

The outside courtyard at PLASA Focus Leeds will be having an upgrade this year, with a quality selection of hot food and drinks vendors, as well as a live DJ sponsored by innovative European audio brand SOWA.

Plus, if anyone at the show needs quiet place or safe space, the Eventwell Hub will be open throughout the show, offering a serene environment for those who may feel overwhelmed or have experienced something unsettling. The Eventwell Hub will be located on the first floor and clearly signposted.

Sophie Atkinson, head of events for PLASA, comments: “This year’s PLASA Focus Leeds is in a really strong position, with brands and organisations from all walks of the industry coming together to share their technological offerings and their expertise and ideas. We say it every year, but there really is something for everyone at the show this year; the programme is bigger than ever and there are plenty of new names to say hello to. Not to mention, the new and improved courtyard which is always a popular spot to mingle and relax. I hope you’ll join us, along with the spring sunshine!”

PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be a go-to event for the entertainment technology industry, based on its friendly atmosphere and accessible layout. Join your colleagues in Leeds this year at the Royal Armouries from 14-15 May. Register free and browse the programme at www.plasaleeds.com

9th May 2024

EM Acoustics heads north to PLASA Leeds

EM Acoustics heads north to PLASA Leeds

UK – EM Acoustics will return to the Royal Armouries this May for the 2024 edition of PLASA Focus in Leeds. Following a very busy 12 months which included the launch of the R5, a return to the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury and the ongoing expansion of its manufacturing facility, the EM Acoustics management team heads to the northern edition of the UK’s largest entertainment technology show with lots to share.

Visitors to PLASA Leeds can expect to see some of the familiar favourites in the EM Acoustics range plus the Reference Series, including the new R5.

“The R5 has proved to be an extremely popular product; an instant classic, in fact,” explains Greg Clarke, EM Acoustics’ brand manager. “Following a highly successful ISE, we’re focused on expanding our production capacity to meet growing demand and are continuing our R&D efforts to identify more opportunities for innovation and to further develop our product line.”

“As with the rest of the Reference family, the R5 offers very high-quality point-source audio, exceptional headroom and wonderful musicality,” continues Clarke. “The feedback we’ve received from sound designers and engineers is that they are finding the extended versatility of the smaller box extremely beneficial as part of wider design ecosystems.”

Indeed, the past year has seen several high-profile installations of EM Acoustics’ Reference and EMS Series loudspeakers, including Treetop Golf, an immersive adventure golf chain, and complete, front-to-back installations at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. The second half of 2024 promises to be just as productive.

“We will be returning to the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury this year with the HALO series and there are several other major projects in the pipeline that we will to be able to share news on very soon,” says Clarke. “We also expect to announce a new product later this year, so we encourage show-goers to drop by the booth at PLASA Focus to find out more. We remain totally committed to this vital Northern show, and we look forward to meeting friends old and new.”

Visitors to PLASA Focus can meet the EM Acoustics team at stand N-C10 on the 14th and 15th of May.

In picture: Mike Wheeler, Roger Harpum, Ed Kinsella and Greg Clarke at ISE earlier this year. 

8th May 2024

Prism Sound Showcases High-Quality Audio Conversion at MPTS 2024

Prism Sound Showcases High-Quality Audio Conversion at MPTS 2024

UK – At the Media Production & Technology Show 2024, Prism Sound will showcase high-quality audio conversion products designed to suit the demands of professional users in broadcast, music, film and live sound.

On stand N52 at MPTS, which takes place in London from 15-16th May 2024, Prism Sound will show the Dream ADA-128 modular audio conversion system that provides up to 128 channels of premium Prism Sound 32-bit A/D and D/A conversion in a single 2U rack.

Dream ADA-128 brings exceptional levels of flexibility, functionality and cost effectiveness to the professional audio market without any compromise in sound quality. Designed as both a conversion system and a high-performance, networkable audio distribution and processing system, the ADA-128 is built around a 2RU mainframe that can be fitted with up to 16 analogue and digital IO modules (each of which nominally provides eight input or output ports, or both). There are also four Host cards offering various connection options such as Dante, DigiLink and AES. Users can mix and match these, and even route audio between them for maximum flexibility, and because the ADA‑128 houses four internal, independent clocks, these systems can all run at different sample rates at the same time.

Dream ADA-128 is aimed at audio professionals across many different disciplines, including music recording, post-production, broadcast, installation, Dolby Atmos and archiving. At MPTS, Prism Sound will show the system in conjunction with Ginger Audio’s GroundControl Sphere, for which it is now optimised. This professional multichannel audio routing and control room software accepts up to 128 different inputs and outputs from mono to 9.1.6 and is the perfect solution for any surround or immersive audio set up such as Dolby Atmos. It can also be used to tackle speaker tuning and room correction using Sphere’s independent level adjustment and delay line - and thanks to its compatibility with AVID EUCON it can be used with any Digital Audio Workstation and AVID control surface.

Prism Sound’s MPTS line-up is completed by the Titan and Atlas multitrack interfaces that offer flexible expansion and unsurpassed sonic clarity. Titan is ideal for music and sound recording, multi-tracking, overdubbing, stem-based mastering, analogue summing and critical listening applications. Atlas also fulfils all these functions but has the advantage of more preamps, making it suitable for a wider range of recording scenarios. Finally, the company will show the Lyra 1 & 2 interfaces, which pack Prism Sound’s uncompromising AD/DA conversion into a compact chassis, making these units ideally suited to studio and live sound recording.

8th May 2024

Robe Enjoys the Buzz at 2024 Scena Jutra

Robe Enjoys the Buzz at 2024 Scena Jutra

Poland – Robe was proud to support the 2024 “Scena Jutra” (Stage of Tomorrow) two-day symposium in Warsaw, which this year changed up to a new venue inside the city’s famous Palace of Culture & Science in downtown, one of Europe’s tallest buildings.

The sixth edition of this growing and highly acclaimed two-day event featured over 120 speakers, both international and from across Poland, who gave a series of outstanding presentations or joined lively panel discussions. These embraced an eclectic variety of topics all related to production design, visual and sonic art also embracing architecture and built spaces, plus several more esoteric but related subjects.

Scena Jutra is a unique melting pot of artists, visual designers, content creators, critical thinkers, technicians and anyone interested or connected to the power, psychology and future of storytelling via the performance and visual arts spectrum, from film-makers to live show and event producers.

While the designated exhibition area was a perfect backdrop for Robe to showcase some of its latest tech, the vibe was more about stimulating ideas and exploring the adventure of possibilities that might be achieved now and in the future through the collaboration of arts and technology.

Linking the three main presentation stages: Scena Inspiracje (Inspiration) Scena Akademia (Learning) and Scena Dyskusje (Discussion), was an inclusive exhibition space, where manufacturers, brands and companies presented products, services and personalities, which proved an excellent social and interactive hub where people crossed paths or arranged to meet to start, continue and conclude great conversations and ideas!

Robe demonstrated a selection of its newest LED lighting products including the super cool new iBOLT, the iFORTE LTX, the T32 Cyc and the Footsie. It was also the first time that Robe was at a Scene Jutra event with its new Robe business partners, Avolites and LSC Control Systems, both recently acquired by the Czech manufacturer.

An Avolites D9-215 console was demonstrated on the company’s own display section, while LSC showed one of its Unitour power distro racks.

A strong team from Robe’s international team rocked up for the occasion including commercial director JJ Valchar, European key account managers Michel Arntz and Jeroen van Aalst and product development specialist Dave Whitehouse.

Both days buzzed with energy and activity. The event was a great opportunity for networking, learning and engaging on numerous levels, from creating AI content for movies to costume design and storyboarding, attracting more attendees than last year with over 1,000 pre-registrations.

Scena Jutra president Rafal Rzeczkowski commented: “It was fantastic to see so many people make the effort to attend and enjoy a great schedule of presentations and panel discussions, some sparking animated debates that are at the essence of Scena Jutra.”

Dave Whitehouse (pictured) also gave two excellent presentations. The first, “Sources for Courses – The Trend for Task Specific Solutions”, highlighted the flexibility of Robe’s Transferable Engine (TE) system and explained how different types of LED can provide task-specific solutions instead of one having to cover all applications. He also explored the constant quest for better colour rendition and why it’s such an important parameter for lighting.

The second talk, “Invest Strategically – The Transferable Engine Concept”, dived into the economic advantages of TE: longevity, ROI, sustainability and new market penetration.

Both lectures were informative and well received, delivered with some characteristic English humour. Dave, returning to Scena Jutra for the second consecutive year, enjoyed the “inspirational spirit” of the event coupled with the diversity of seminars all relevant to different aspects of visual and performance art and production.

“It was a privilege to be invited back again, and to give these two presentations about TE technology and the challenge of keeping abreast of constantly changing LED technology and how to leverage it in cost efficient ways.”

Avolites’ Sarah O’Gorman from internal sales also gave a presentation which included an overview of the current products and a round-up of the company’s ground-breaking history which reaches a 50-year landmark in 2026.

Michel Arntz also attending his second Scena Jutras event said: “It was important to have a strong Robe presence at the event and to support the brilliant work of our Polish distributor Prolight who are doing a fantastic job.”

He thought it was “notably busier” than last year. “We saw many leading lighting professionals connected to theatre, television and performance design and technology, and the integration with numerous other disciplines shows how new technologies can influence, assist and impact designs of the future.”

Rafal was delighted that Robe was sponsoring again and noted that the manufacturer has been a major supporter from the very first Stage of Tomorrow. “They really contributed to and invested in Stage of Tomorrow’s value to creative and technical communities.”

Thought-provoking Stage of Inspiration talks included UK- and Belgium-based Michael Al-Far, creative director of Virtual Innovation Partners and a pioneer of LED based XR / VP technology whose presentation, “The Transformative Impact of Sharing in the VP Industry” underlined the importance of sharing and exchanging knowledge to further imaginative ambitions.

Another international guest was Volodymyr Andrusyshyn, CEO of Ukraine’s biggest lighting rental company, Alight, who talked about activities helping him and his team survive in a conflict zone and the impact of the war in “The Power of Ukrainian Light in Wartime”.

Performance lighting designer, theatre consultant, teacher and entrepreneur Fridthjofur ‘Fiffi’ Thorsteinsson from Iceland was insightful with his “Tomorrow in Light of Today” presentation while Scena Jutra co-organiser, producer and creative director Paweł ‘Spider’ Pająk, founder and originator of multi-disciplinary brand Percepto, enjoyed a packed room for his “Expanding Storytelling and Empowering Experiences Through Technology” lecture.

The presentation areas were well lit and had quality audio systems rigged (with simultaneous translations into multiple languages available) and large high resolution LED screens that displayed everyone’s content with clarity and precision.

In addition to being energised by ideas, opinions and a universe of technical and creative ambitions, guests also enjoyed the conviviality of a highly social afterparty gathering on the first evening where the chats and potential collaborations continued.

photos: Louise Stickland 

7th May 2024

Powersoft to Showcase Audio and Experiential Innovation at SLS and SEA Expos

Powersoft to Showcase Audio and Experiential Innovation at SLS and SEA Expos
Powersoft to Showcase Audio and Experiential Innovation at SLS and SEA Expos

Saudi Arabia – Powersoft has announced that it will participate in the upcoming Saudi Light and Sound (SLS) and Saudi Entertainment and Amusement (SEA) Expos, taking place 7th to 9th May at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center.

At the SLS Expo, Saudi Arabia’s first dedicated pro-AVL trade show, Powersoft will be represented by its local distributors, aDawliah Electronic Appliances and PRO LAB, exhibiting on stands 4A81 and 4C61 respectively. On both stands, visitors can experience firsthand the cutting-edge capabilities of the Unica amplifier platform and the complementary MyUniverso cloud platform, with demonstrations provided by the Powersoft team.

Featuring high power density, top-shelf sound quality and class-leading efficiency, Unica is designed to meet the requirements of a wide range of installations in a single amplifier platform, with extensive power options, functionalities and networking capabilities. As a cloud-based amplifier platform, it is able to take full advantage of Powersoft’s MyUniverso cloud solution, which enables remote monitoring and centralised firmware updates for the entire current Powersoft amplifier portfolio, as well as robust logging and data storage capabilities that ensure local continuity or service even during internet outages.

At the sister SEA Expo, Ferco Seating Systems will demonstrate the power of Powersoft’s revolutionary haptic transducer, Mover. On the Ferco stand (4A80), Mover will be seamlessly integrated into one of Ferco's cinema chairs, giving attendees the chance to sample the technology in an immersive 4D cinema environment.

Team members from Powersoft will be on hand at both expos to provide support to distributors, partners and visitors, who are encouraged to engage with Powersoft representatives to learn more about Unica, MyUniverso and Mover.

“As a world leader in pro-audio products and solutions, we are delighted to showcase our latest innovations at the SLS Expo, the first dedicated pro-audio show in the Saudi Arabia, says Francesco Fanicchi, global corporate marketing and communication manager for Powersoft. “We are also looking forward to sharing the power of Mover, which brings a fourth dimension to cinemas, visitor attractions and experiential installs, with visitors to the SEA Expo.”

Don't miss the chance to discover the future of audio technology, and be immersed in an unforgettable haptic experience, with Powersoft at stands 4A81 and 4C61 (SLS Expo) and stand 4A80 (SEA Expo). The Saudi Light and Sound (SLS) and Saudi Entertainment and Amusement (SEA) Expos take place from 7th to 9th May 2024 at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

7th May 2024

Prism Sound Announces Partners For 8 Hours At Rockfield 2024

Prism Sound Announces Partners For 8 Hours At Rockfield 2024
Prism Sound Announces Partners For 8 Hours At Rockfield 2024

UK – Audio interface specialist Prism Sound is partnering with console manufacturer Solid State Logic, professional monitor manufacturer PMC and acoustic panel and diffuser specialist GIK Acoustics for its 8 Hours At Rockfield event, which takes place at the world-renowned recording studio in Wales on July 16th 2024.

These ground-breaking companies will showcase their latest products and technologies and deliver seminars designed to inform and educate attendees in all aspects of the recording process and music production.

Hosted by Prism Sound, 8 Hours At Rockfield is held in association with Project7, the collaborative songwriting experience, which is holding residential songwriting sessions at Rockfield immediately after the event.

Rockfield’s place in music history is undisputed. Over the years this legendary residential facility has played host to some of the greatest bands in the world including Coldplay, Oasis, Queen, Iggy Pop. George Michael and many more. Those attending the Prism Sound event can experience the Rockfield atmosphere first hand as they learn about some of the most advanced pro audio technology on the market today.

Prism Sound will be showcasing its full range of audio converters, including its flagship ADA-128 modular conversion system. In addition, partner companies will have demo rooms to highlight their technologies and answer questions from attendees.

“8 Hours At Rockfield brings people together for a day of technology, and education,” says Prism Sound’s managing director Jody Thorne. “Participants can get hands-on with the very latest technology and learn about recording techniques from our panel of guest speakers who will host live streamed seminars. In addition, participants can soak up the unique atmosphere of Rockfield’s two state-of-the-art studios, The Coach House and The Quadrangle, both of which have undisputed places in music history for hosting some of the greatest bands in the world.”

Ross Gilbert, head of marketing at Solid State Logic, adds: “Solid State Logic is delighted to be part of the 8 Hours At Rockfield event, joining industry-leading brands and the Pro7ect team at the iconic Rockfield studio. This event provides the ideal platform for artists and producers to discuss songwriting and production techniques, as well as experience the latest production technology. Solid State Logic will showcase our award-winning range of controllers, hybrid production tools, and rack-mounted processors."

8 Hours At Rockfield is followed by a three-day songwriting event and a one-day songwriting Masterclass organised by Project7, the UK’s leading songwriting retreat. Now in its nineth year, Project7 brings songwriters, musicians, composers and music producers together under the Rockfield roof and gives them the space and encouragement to collaborate as part of a songwriting team.

Pro7ect events start on 16 July and culminates on 20 July with a one-day masterclass hosted by producer Julian Victor Hinton (Stormzy, Seal, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams, Trevor Horn). Other producers involved in the retreat include Sophie Ackroyd (Kings Elliot, lleo, RØRY, Kate Wild, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Nina Nesbitt), Gethin Pearson (Badly Drawn Boy, Charlie XCX), Stew Jackson (Massive Attack and Phantom Limb), Jon Fletcher (The PFQ, Magpie Lane) and Pro7ect founder Lisa Fitzgibbon (The PFQ, The Standing, Moonshee).

Prism Sound’s 8 Hours At Rockfield event costs £20 per person, £10 for students and includes a buffet lunch. To buy tickets go to https://tinyurl.com/2jk55pun.

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3rd May 2024

Wharfedale Pro returns to PLASA Leeds 2024

Wharfedale Pro returns to PLASA Leeds 2024

UK – British manufacturer of professional audio solutions, Wharfedale Pro, will be returning to the Royal Armouries this May for PLASA Leeds. The Wharfedale Pro team will be on hand to introduce visitors to all the latest products in the brand's ever-growing portfolio, as well as supporting business partners with upcoming projects.

“PLASA North is always a great opportunity to connect with our UK market outside of London,” says Peter Peck, marketing manager at Wharfedale Pro. “We’ll be sharing a cross-section of our product portfolio on the booth with a focus on our updated DP series amplifiers with FIR filters, a range of installation loudspeakers and our flagship WLA-1 Hybrid Curvature array system.”

The continued development of Wharfedale Pro’s DP series amplifiers, including the DP-F, DP-i and DP-N models is aimed at addressing key market feature requests. DP-F, N and i series amplifiers feature a wide working range AC voltage of 90V - 260V and are stable down to 2Ω. Variable speed fans keep the amplifier rack quiet when not in use and cool, even when running at high volume.

“At PLASA Leeds, we’ll be highlighting our vast range of downloadable loudspeaker FIR presets from the comprehensive Wharfedale Pro preset library,” continues Peck. “We are always keen to listen to feedback from product users in the field and welcome any suggestions for the evolutions of the DP software platform.”

Those familiar with Wharfedale Pro will recall that the brand has pioneered EVO-Fold technology in its most recent solutions for live events. “The full-range WLA-112 and WLA-115 elements in the WLA-1 system use a coaxial design in combination with our exclusive EVO-Fold high-frequency waveguide to provide consistent dispersion coverage on both the horizontal and vertical planes,” explains Peck. “This technology has proved incredibly popular and we’re looking forward to introducing more people to our active WLA-1A system at this year’s show.”

PLASA Leeds provides an innovative and welcoming environment for industry professionals and enthusiasts to explore the latest advancements and engage with key players in the audio and lighting solutions market. The Wharfedale Pro team encourages visitors to visit booth N-B17 to find out ‘what’s new’ and explore the range of products on the booth.

In picture: The Wharfedale Pro UK team at PLASA Show last year

2nd May 2024

Yellow Studio Takes Home ‘Entertainment Craft Team’ Award at the 2024 Bafta Television Craft Awards for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

Yellow Studio Takes Home ‘Entertainment Craft Team’ Award at the 2024 Bafta Television Craft Awards for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest
Yellow Studio Takes Home ‘Entertainment Craft Team’ Award at the 2024 Bafta Television Craft Awards for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

UK – New York design firm Yellow Studio won the Entertainment Craft Team award at the 2024 BAFTA Television Craft Awards for their work creating the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. The BAFTA Television Craft Awards took place at a ceremony in London, celebrating the exceptional creativity, skill and craft of behind-the-scenes television talent and the best programmes of 2023.

Julio Himede, founder of Yellow Studios, joins fellow winners Tim Routledge, Kojo Samuel, Michael Sharp and Dan Shipton, who were all recognised for their work creating and delivering the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

For the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, Yellow Studio served as the stage designer, which the UK hosted on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine. The architecture took inspiration from a wide hug that enfolded the Liverpool Arena – from above and below – opening its arms to Ukraine and the show’s performers and guests worldwide. The unique stage design covered the arena floor, connecting the stage, performers, audience and greenroom as one structure. This immersive approach offered contestants and hosts multiple performance locations and demonstrated how music can transcend borders and unite people as one unit.

Julio Himede, founder of Yellow Studio, said: “It’s a wonderful honour to win a BAFTA Craft Television Craft Award along with my fellow creative colleagues through the power and unity of music. This award is a testament to the hard work of the creative team that helped create and deliver the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.” 

The BAFTA Television Craft Awards were hosted for the first time by award-winning TV presenter Stacey Dooley and took place at The Brewery London. The night featured host of top TV talent as guest presenters including Angelica Bell, Bettany Hughes, Callum Scott Howells, Cliff Parisi, Daniel Laurie, Diane Carson, Emily Lloyd-Saini, Humphrey Ker, Jodie Ounsley, Josh Tedeku, Judi Love, Katie Piper, Liz Bonnin, Mawaan Rizwan, Myles Kamwendo, Ray Panthaki, Ria Hebden, Rochelle Neil, Roisin Gallagher, Saffron Coomber, Tanya Moodie and Yazmin Belo.

Based in New York, Yellow Studio is a leading design studio, specialising in production design, creative direction and art direction for television and live events. Over the past two decades, Yellow Studio and its team of creatives have worked on some of the biggest televised events that have left a lasting impression on millions of audiences across the globe. During the past year, Yellow Studio has been responsible for creating some of the biggest moments in live entertainment, serving as the design team for 2024 Grammy Awards and the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards.

Yellow Studio Takes Home ‘Entertainment Craft Team’ Award at the 2024 Bafta Television Craft Awards for the 2023 Eurovision Song ContestYellow Studio Takes Home ‘Entertainment Craft Team’ Award at the 2024 Bafta Television Craft Awards for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

30th April 2024

MIR 2024 Proves Another Great Show for LDR

MIR 2024 Proves Another Great Show for LDR
MIR 2024 Proves Another Great Show for LDR

Italy – The official numbers from MIR speak of a 20% increase in visitors and a 25% increase in exhibitors compared to last year, data that we can certainly confirm based on the turnout and the continuous flow in front of our booth.

Of the three days of the fair, the second was certainly the most crowded, with a professional audience that remained attentive and curious about the LDR products exhibited at the stand of LDR’s distributor, Imagine Light.

In the area dedicated to Luci della Ribalta (Imagine Light Booth), the products of the Astro line (Astro 600, Astro 250 WiFI) were prominently displayed, along with Tondo, Cetra, Arpa, Alba, Stella, Fresnel, PC and profile spot models, as well as Samba floodlights.

"Last year we tested the waters – as visitors – and were pleasantly surprised by MIR's success," says Lisa Papi, managing director.

"This year, thanks to the collaboration with our distributor, Imagine Light, and to Massimo Lobefaro and his staff’s invaluable support, we decided to participate in the show, and the investment has certainly paid off in terms of visitors and engagement. As usual, we'll have to wait for the coming months to see how the market moves, but we are optimistic given the great interest in our products," Lisa continues.

Luci Della Ribalta remains one of the few entities in the professional lighting market with a constant dedication to the design and manufacture of followspots, with its latest versions – Astro 600 and Astro 250 WiFi – reaching a level of quality and reliability unparalleled in the industry.

"Followspots have become our core-business, thanks to the continued efforts and resources dedicated over the years to their improvement and the research of new solutions. Today, the market recognises our followspots as a benchmark in terms of quality and reliability."

With the closure of MIR in Rimini, LDR's trade fair commitment pauses for a while, to be resumed at the beginning of September with the PLASA Show in London. The summertime will not be quiet by any means, as LDR explores new plans both in terms of products and projects, with regular updates to be continued on social media and the international press. 

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24th April 2024

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IBC Launches 2024 Innovation Awards with Nominations Now Open across Five Categories

The Netherlands – IBC is preparing to honour the highest achievements in technological innovation and social impact with the launch of its prestigious IBC2024 Innovation Awards, as nominations are now open. This year’s awards bring together under one umbrella IBC’s innovation and social impact awards to enable a single celebration of different industry advances across five categories. All parts of the IBC community are invited to put forward entries for projects, programmes and initiatives.

The expanded IBC Innovation Awards recognise the best in collaborative efforts to develop new solutions to real-world technical challenges and to address social and environmental issues. The winning entries will be announced at a single ceremony during the show, which runs 13-16 September at the RAI Amsterdam. The five categories are Content Creation, Content Distribution, Content Everywhere, Social Impact, and Environment and Sustainability.

“The IBC Innovation Awards are an IBC keystone, recognising industry innovations of all types, enabling our community to celebrate together those critical breakthroughs we have made during the past year,” says IBC Innovation Awards chair of the judges Fergal Ringrose. “This year’s awards reflect the many ways in which industry pioneers are redefining media, whether through technological or social advances. The expanded awards exemplify IBC efforts to lead innovation, highlighting the spirit of cooperation and creative accomplishments that positively impact the businesses involved and the industry overall.”

The three established technical categories of the IBC Innovation Awards recognise completed projects of any size that have overcome real-world creative, operational or commercial challenges faced in the media and entertainment industry through solutions demonstrating co-operation between end users and technology partners. The two further categories recognise initiatives and campaigns that are making a difference within the industry in social advancement and equality, and environmental responsibility.

The winners of the 2023 IBC Innovation Awards were: The BBC and partners for the world’s largest pop-up 5G standalone non-public network, using shared spectrum for live broadcast contributions for the Coronation of HM King Charles III (Content Creation); Sky Group for its cloud-native software playout platform enabling origination of linear content TV channels across European territories (Content Distribution); and KAN, which changed the way Israeli audiences watched World Cup Qatar 2022 and Eurovision 2023 with Sport BUFF real-time interactive engagement (Content Everywhere).

The winners of the 2023 IBC Social Impact Awards, now joined with the Innovation Awards, were: RTVE, which used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide local election news coverage of nearly 5,000 small Spanish municipalities; SWI swissinfo.ch, which introduced a data-driven process to evaluate the use of inclusive language in its multi-lingual digital newsroom; and Iron Mountain Data Centers, which are on the path to using 100% locally sourced clean electricity, 100% of the time, to make their operations carbon free.

If you are involved in an innovative project – as an instigator or technology provider – or making a difference in social and environmental responsibility, then IBC needs to hear from you. Nominations close at midnight (BST) on 31 May 2024. The winners’ ceremony will take place on Sunday 15 September at the RAI Amsterdam.

All further information and links to enter can be found at: https://show.ibc.org/ibc-awards 

24th April 2024

PMC Loudspeakers Provide the Reference Sound for Steven Wilson’s Immersive Audio Presentations At High End, Munich

PMC Loudspeakers Provide the Reference Sound for Steven Wilson’s Immersive Audio Presentations At High End, Munich

Germany – PMC proudly provides the ultimate large-scale Dolby Atmos audio system for the legendary musician Steven Wilson at the High End, Munich. He will share his extensive knowledge and experience of using immersive audio as a creative tool in his career as one of the world’s leading songwriters, producers and Grammy-nominated spatial audio mix engineers.

Wilson will host a series of seminars throughout the four days of the High End, Munich, from 9th to 12th May, in which he will talk about his use of immersive audio in the creation of his music and as an in-demand remixer of classic works by other artists. Each presentation will include demonstrations of his immersive mixes, focusing on his latest album, The Harmony Codex and some of the other artists’ mixes he has produced, which includes works by Tears for Fears, Ultravox and Roxy Music.

Commenting on the opportunity to present immersive/spatial audio to the audiophile audience in Munich, he says: “There are some people who are very sceptical about spatial audio, and yet they love stereo, to which my reply is, ‘You like stereo, you like spatial’. When sound comes from more than one direction, it is, by definition, spatial.

“And, if you play them the right track, in the right context, you can convert them, which is why this event we're doing at the High End is so exciting. We're going to have an incredible system and interesting music. What’s not to love when you hear your favourite music, and you are literally inside the music with the artist.”

The system Wilson refers to will be installed by PMC specially for these presentations. Utilising a mixture of PMC professional studio main-mix monitors and the ci series, which have become the reference for Atmos Music mixing, it will be the largest such installation undertaken by a company whose speakers are found in the world’s foremost recording facilities. Using a system that features both PMC Professional and PMC Home Audio speakers reinforces the approach the company makes to speaker design. All PMC speakers are voiced identically, whether they the smallest hi-fi speaker, the prodigy1, or the largest studio monitors, the QB1 XBD-A. This “Studio to Home” approach ensures that audiophiles hear the sound at home as it was when created in the studio.

A trio of the class-leading BB6 XBD Active monitors, as used by the BBC, Metropolis, LP:ME Dubai and countless other studios, make up the front left, centre and right channels. Surround and height duties will be undertaken by 14 models from the ci series, with the low frequencies handled by four of PMC’s BST awesomely powerful professional-grade subwoofers.

“This is a system unlike any other we have installed for a hi-fi event,” says Oliver Thomas, commercial director and head of design. “It will provide the audiophile visitors to the High End an opportunity to experience immersive audio on a system unlike any they have heard before, just like the ones used in major commercial studios for Atmos mixing, giving them a taste of what is actually heard by the artists and producers.

“To be partnering with a musician of Steven’s calibre is a real honour, and we know the presentations will be an eye-opener for many of the visitors, for whom immersive audio hasn’t yet been featured in their listening experiences. There really is nothing like it and with Steven at the helm, the demonstrations will show just how creatively and carefully this technology can be used to enhance the enjoyment of music.”

Steven Wilson is a leading light in progressive music, with a career spanning over 30 years. He first began making music in his bedroom as a teenager, the results of which were released under the name Porcupine Tree. The band gained huge commercial success and critical acclaim, influencing a generation of bands that followed. Wilson has also produced several solo albums, the latest being The Harmony Codex, which has been described as his “most fully realised work to date.”

Steven Wilson’s presentations will take place in room K1, foyer 1, at the following times:

9th May

11:00 – Intro to spatial audio + tracks from The Harmony Codex and others + Q&A

14:30 – Intro to spatial audio + tracks from The Harmony Codex and others + Q&A

10th, 11th May

11:00 – Intro to spatial audio + tracks from The Harmony Codex and others + Q&A

14:30 – Intro to spatial audio + tracks from The Harmony Codex and others + Q&A

16:30 – The Harmony Codex full album spatial audio playback + Q&A

12th May

11:00 – Intro to spatial audio + tracks from The Harmony Codex and others + Q&A

14:30 – The Harmony Codex full album spatial audio playback + Q&A

In addition to the immersive audio system, PMC will be exhibiting in room D106, atrium 3, where the flagship fenestria and new Active twenty5i series will be on demonstration.

23rd April 2024

The Profile Awards Latest News

The Profile Awards Latest News

The Profile Awards have been created and are co-ordinated by Durham and Jennie Marenghi in association with the ABTT, the ALPD and the STLD; the Awards recognise lighting design excellence in theatre and television in the UK and the inaugural event will take place at the Alexandra Palace theatre on the 6th of June 2024.

Alongside eight specific theatre awards and six TV awards there will be a Student Virtual Lighting Design competition and the Richard Pilbrow Lifetime Recognition Award by kind agreement with Richard’s family and sponsored by Theatre Projects.

The Theatre Awards are judged by eight UK theatre critics and are not open to nominations, whereas the Television Awards are judged by broadcast professionals and can be nominated by anyone, the deadline of those entries is the 30th of April 2024. The Awards trophies are Patt 23M fixtures on stands, a miniature LED version of the iconic Rank Strand Pattern 23 profile fixture modelled and produced in limited numbers by Hugh Chinnick.

Sponsorship take-up has been incredible with all the 16 Awards being taken up by the industry in as many days, the headline sponsor is Ayrton with the TV Awards being sponsored by ChamSys, ELP, LCR, Light Initiative, Roxxlight and Version 2 Lights. The Theatre Awards are sponsored by Chauvet, Elation, ETC, Fix8, GLP, TSL, SLX and Vari-Lite; the pre-show bar is sponsored by Ambersphere Solutions and the Goody Bags at the end of the evening are sponsored by JLL.

The Student Virtual Lighting Design Award entries will be judged by the professional Profile Awards TV and Theatre nominees and the Virtual competition student nominees will receive an invitation to The Profile Awards event with the winner being announced live at the Awards at Alexandra Palace on the 6th of June, these awards are kindly sponsored by AC Entertainment Technologies.

If you are a lighting designer, associate or assistant LD or programmer working on TV or Theatre in the UK and wish to attend the event please contact jennie@profileawards.com

If you are an industry professional and wish to attend the event there are still a limited number of Entry level sponsorships available, for details please contact jennie@profileawards.com

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22nd April 2024

Elation KL CYC recognised as leading innovation with 2024 NAB Product of the Year Award

Elation KL CYC recognised as leading innovation with 2024 NAB Product of the Year Award

Every year, the NAB Show honours products that push the broadcast, media and entertainment industry forward and this year has recognised Elation’s KL CYC LED cyc/footlight as leading innovation with a 2024 Product of the Year Award.

Eric Loader, Elation global vice president for sales and marketing, was extremely pleased for the acknowledgment, stating: “The KL CYC is unique technology that empowers on-camera storytelling in unique ways and we are proud of the recognition. We continue to commit ourselves to developing cutting-edge lighting solutions optimised for broadcast and will keep exploring ways to drive progress in studio lighting technology.”

The NAB Product of the Year Awards recognise the most significant and promising new products on display at the show and were held on 16 April at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts with the KL CYC winning in the Location/Studio Lighting category.

Tailored for evenly illuminated cycloramas, sets, or wall washing applications, the KL CYC uses an efficient asymmetrical reflector, full-spectrum RGBMA colour system and high CRI engine to achieve flawless blends of diffused light that can cover significant heights with ease. With its stylised, low-profile housing, the KL CYC is also an ideal choice for footlight positions on the downstage edge. Available in one-metre and half-metre models, its fanless operation makes it a silent and reliable choice for broadcast environments of all types. 

22nd April 2024