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Studio Launch for Production Futures TALKS


TiMax makes its debut at Martin Audio’s Open Days with new product offerings


Unleashing Innovation: ISCVEx 2024 Where Sound, Communications and Visual Technologies Converge


PRG Apprentice Team Stages Groundbreaking First for Production Futures


LDR at ISE 2024: An Outstanding Debut


Martin Audio and Pro Audio Sister Brands Unite for UK Open Days


Sound Technology Ltd announces JBL VTX A6 Open House sessions


Bandit Lites Named Concert Visuals Company of the Year at Pollstar Live!


Robe Imbibes the ISE Vibes


Winner announced for ABTT Virtual Ideas Platform 2023


HOLOPLOT wins Best of Show Award at ISE 2024


PLASA Focus Leeds returns to connect entertainment tech professionals


Robe iFORTE Brings Home a 2024 Parnelli Award


ISE 2024 Breaks all Records at Anniversary Show


Following huge success last year, the much-loved ABTT Theatre Show is set to return for its 44th edition once more at Alexandra Palace on 5th and 6th June


The ALPD announces the winners of the Michael Northen Award, The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics and The ALPD Award for Programming Excellence at the New Technology Showcase


#WeMakeEvents BikeFest Spain raises money for industry charity


Production Futures ON TOUR to Visit AO Arena in Manchester


Experience is Everything’ on the Christie stand at ISE 2024


Claypaky at ISE 2024 with Wide Ranging Product Portfolio


Funktion-One Launch Highly Versatile Evolution 2 Loudspeaker


Robe at ISE 2024


EM Acoustics to launch R5 internationally at ISE 2024


Hive to launch new products at ISE 2024


Where innovation meets excellence: Leyard Europe presents the future of display technology at ISE 2024


Studio Launch for Production Futures TALKS

Studio Launch for Production Futures TALKS

UK – Production Futures has announced that TALKS, a feature of the organisation’s ON TOUR events, is to be developed as a podcast and YouTube platform. The new format will feature a series of live-streamed, recorded discussions with a variety of production industry experts covering a range of topics, all of which will be designed to provide a valuable resource for young people interested in careers in the sector.

The initiative will be launched on 12 March when leading lighting designer Tim Routledge will join a Q&A session chaired by Production Futures’ Hannah Eakins in an online session from 11am GMT, broadcast from the organisation’s Strawberry Studios set in Manchester.

Tim is a hugely respected figure in the lighting industry who has worked with a galaxy of international stars including J-LO, STORMZY, Spice Girls and Beyoncé, as well as designing lights for a host of spectacular events, Eurovision 2023 being one recent notable example.

Tim, who is looking forward to taking questions from the young people in attendance, is enthusiastic about the event: “I was never academic at school and despite my school wanting me to do something more traditional, I wanted a job I was passionate about. So how do you end up flashing lights for popstars and TV shows all over the world? From a huge London New Years Eve show to Eurovision, how can flashing lights be a proper career? I’m very much looking forward to exploring exactly those questions with Production Futures’ young guests!”

As well as being the first in this series of filmed podcast/interviews, Tim Routledge’s session will also be featured in the BBC’s Bring the Drama Festival, an initiative which sees the corporation join forces with some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations, aiming to open doors to the next generation of behind-the-scenes talent.

Production Futures’ Hannah Eakins stresses the importance of the TALKS podcast digital platform: “The success of our TALKS Stage, which has been a mainstay of our ON TOUR events, prompted us to look at ways in which we could broaden the availability of what is always very interesting and engaging content. We’re very grateful for vision and commitment of all our expert guests, who deliver insight and inspiration in equal measure.

“The live streamed interview and Q&A sessions that start with Tim Routledge’s appearance will continue to add to our on-demand content, which is invaluable for guiding youngsters towards careers in production. We’re also delighted that the BBC is to promote Tim’s TALKS session as part of the Bring the Drama Festival; it’s a great endorsement of our shared vision to bring through the next generation of talent into the production industries.”

Young people wishing to sign up to this and other Production Futures TALKS events during the Bring the Drama festival should download the ERIC app and follow ‘Production Futures’.

28th February 2024

TiMax makes its debut at Martin Audio’s Open Days with new product offerings

TiMax makes its debut at Martin Audio’s Open Days with new product offerings

UK – TiMax spatial audio and performer stage tracking solutions, the most recent addition to the Focusrite Group, will make its debut appearance at the first set of this year’s Martin Audio Open Days. Running from 12-14 March at High Wycombe, the open days will see TiMax join forces with its sister pro audio brands from the group which includes Martin Audio, Linea Research and Optimal Audio, as well as OutBoard’s market-leading chain-hoist rigging motor control.

TiMax will showcase the unique capabilities and strengths of the TiMax SoundHub spatial audio engine and the award-winning TiMax TrackerD4 stage tracking solution, including new product offerings introduced earlier in the year. The presentations, by TiMax director Robin Whittaker with applications specialist Dan Roncoroni and new Martin Audio colleagues, will highlight the synergies between the product offerings of the group.

The open days also present the chance to hear previews of the new multi-channel live production spatial reverb feature for TiMax SoundHub which drew much attention at ISE. This powerful new plug-in option, available to all existing HARDCore FPGA-equipped TiMax SoundHub units, adds no less than four individual 1-in / 16-out ultra-high-quality reverb engines which give sound designers full control of all parameters as well as access to an advanced 3D room reverb-builder application.

The award-winning TiMax TrackerD4 precision stage tracking solution will be in use to automatically localise presenter mics in real-time and follow them with moving-head light fixtures driven by TrackerD4’s PosiStageNet protocol, in parallel with OSC into the TiMax SoundHub.

OutBoard’s industry workhorse LV Motor Control will also play their part during the open days, handling all the PA systems heavy lifting, alongside a display of the popular RCX SMART Remote digital handset rigging controller.

Dave Haydon, commercial director, said: “It is a great pleasure to be involved with the Martin Audio Open Days and demonstrate both the new TiMax involvement with their premium loudspeaker systems as well as reinforcing its robust market position as the leading independent spatial audio platform.”

James King, marketing director, concludes: “I’m delighted that these Open Days are now very much a multi-brand affair, with the opportunity to demonstrate everyone’s respective disciplines, as well as synergies across the Group. This is our most ambitious content programme ever so that anyone in the pro audio industry has more reason to come along and enjoy their day.”

Details and registration: https://martin-audio.com/events/march2024opendays

27th February 2024

Unleashing Innovation: ISCVEx 2024 Where Sound, Communications and Visual Technologies Converge

Unleashing Innovation: ISCVEx 2024 Where Sound, Communications and Visual Technologies Converge

UK – The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) has announced the annual return of its acclaimed event, ISCVEx 2024. Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 19-20 March 2024 at the Coombe Abbey Hotel, near Coventry, Warwickshire, the event boasts a blend of informative and networking opportunities for industry professionals.

ISCVE's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Members’ Day are set to feature a captivating presentation by esteemed member, Jason Williams MInstSCVE. Williams will address the intriguing complexities tied to environmental and conservation project work. His insights promise to be a highlight of the well-rounded programme kicking off the two-day event.

In keeping with its tradition of blending learning with enjoyment, for the evening preceding the exhibition, ISCVE is hosting its Networking Dinner. This year guests are treated to a heartening performance by The Pub Choir, setting the stage for a night of fun and camaraderie.

The next day, focus shifts towards knowledge sharing and industry advancements. Three key seminars, each presented by leading figures within their field, will share valuable perspectives and spark dialogues on pivotal industry topics.

Running concurrently to the seminars, an exclusive exhibition featuring over 30 industry manufacturers and distributors is expected to attract industry professionals, who will convene to explore and engage with the latest developments and offerings in sound, communications and audio-visual technologies.

ISCVEx Event in Summary:

  • AGM and Members' Day: Engage with ISCVE members and revel in illuminating discussions.
  • Networking Dinner: Connect with peers against the backdrop of invigorating live entertainment.
  • Dynamic Seminars: Hear from top-tier speakers and enrich your industry knowledge.
  • Exhibition: Discover cutting-edge products and innovations from over 30 top industry players.

ISCVE is committed to facilitating a conducive environment for industry progression and network building. As such, members of the media, ISCVE members and non-members, and industry professionals are encouraged to participate in what is poised to be an eventful intersection of education and industry showcase.

Join the ISCVE us at ISCVEx 2024 and be a part of shaping the future of the sound, communications, and visual engineering industry.

27th February 2024

PRG Apprentice Team Stages Groundbreaking First for Production Futures

PRG Apprentice Team Stages Groundbreaking First for Production Futures
PRG Apprentice Team Stages Groundbreaking First for Production Futures

UK – Production Futures recently staged another successful ON TOUR event at Fly By Nite Studios in Redditch. Young people from across the Midlands were able to connect with representatives of Production Futures’ brand partners to explore paid work opportunities and free training across the sector.

A feature of the event was the presence of a team of apprentices from leading global production specialists, PRG. With 38 locations in 29 countries across six continents, PRG specialises in lighting, audio, video, rigging, automation, digital services, camera, broadcast and design for events of every size and scale, from concept to execution.

Having been engaged by Production Futures to build and equip the event’s TALKS Stage with audio, lighting and video provision, PRG – which places a strong emphasis on in-house education and training – suggested using the occasion as an opportunity to provide its apprentices with valuable real-world, hands-on experience. Dovetailing perfectly with Production Futures’ vision, PRG’s apprentices, who divide their two-year apprenticeship between in-service training and studying with the Access Creative College, stepped forward to deliver every technical requirement of the TALKS Stage. To maximise the opportunity, the project was included as part of the apprentice scheme’s assessment, enabling the participants to use the experience as evidence toward their final qualification.

Hannah Eakins, chief executive of Production Futures, comments: “The TALKS Stage is an important focal point of our events and the PRG apprentices provided us with a superb platform with which to connect to all the young people attending the show. In addition to building the stage, they delivered lighting and audio of an exceptional standard, as well as live streaming and recording the bitesize talks for our newly launched, on-demand TALKS Stage YouTube channel. This was an inspiring demonstration of exactly what we are seeking to achieve through Production Futures. In a word, flawless!”

Leigh Yeomans, head of people services at PRG adds: “We had 11 apprentices working on the stage during the event and it was an absolute pleasure to support Production Futures with another one of their highly successful ON TOUR events, especially at what we considered to be our home show! Our apprentices revelled in the opportunity to get hands on with such a variety of technical equipment in a live environment and they certainly did Production Futures and PRG proud!”

Katie Bambridge, business account manager (events and music) for Access Industry concludes:

“We're thrilled to witness the impactful contribution of PRG's apprentices at Production Futures. Their involvement was instrumental in making the event a success. As the training provider for PRG's apprenticeship programme, Access Industry takes immense pride in nurturing such remarkable talent.”

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23rd February 2024

LDR at ISE 2024: An Outstanding Debut

LDR at ISE 2024: An Outstanding Debut
LDR at ISE 2024: An Outstanding Debut

Spain – Official statistics for ISE Barcelona 2024 record a staggering 51,617 visitors to the fair on Wednesday the 31st of January, the highest number ever recorded in a single day of the show’s history. Over 73,800 unique visitors from 162 countries attended in total, an increase of 27% on ISE 2023. With this in mind, LDR's decision to participate in ISE for the first time was undoubtedly a winning one.

As per show regulations for new exhibitors, LDR’s booth was positioned in the corridor in front of Pavilion 7, an area that proved to be central to the show’s layout, with heavy traffic. This allocated exhibition space led LDR to the decision to prominently showcase two of the flagship products from its followspot family. Representing the pinnacle of technology in the market, Astro 600 6000K, currently the best-selling followspot from the company and Astro 250 CM Wi-Fi HP, which has already received excellent feedback at recent industry fairs.

"The decision to exhibit at ISE was made many months ago, especially since LDR is undergoing a thorough corporate revival. We share a collective determination to consistently invest in fairs and events, introducing our products to potential new audiences, such as those attending ISE," says Lisa Papi, managing director of LDR.
Indeed, after the company’s recent success at LDI Las Vegas in December, the next ‘must-attend’ event was certainly the Barcelona-based show, given that ISE has proven to attract a diverse and extensive audience.

"Even at the time of writing this press release, we are still following up on many customer and visitor requests, expressing strong interest in our followspots. This further confirms their recognition as excellent tools in the market. What I have noticed is that many people from different countries and continents visited our booth. There were some familiar faces, but also numerous new contacts who I hope will soon experience the quality of our Astro fixtures," Lisa continues.
In a recent article dedicated to LDR's followspots, it was mentioned that the first product of this type, Canto 250 MSD, was launched by LDR back in 1998.
For the following 26 years, the company has dedicated itself tirelessly to the development and refinement of followspots, becoming one of the most specialised pioneers in the market for this specific product category.

"Whilst never losing focus on other products such as Fresnels, plano-convex lenses, profiles, spots and diffusers, an almost physiological call causes our company to focus on the followspot. This is undertaken with a continuity and commitment that few in the industry have maintained over the years.

“I can certainly say that today, LDR is a true reference point for the entire international market," says Lisa Papi.
ISE was not just an exhibition commitment for LDR. In addition to the many innovations introduced by Luci Della Ribalta for 2024 is a new corporate communication initiative, expressed through their website and social media channels, which were particularly active during the Barcelona fair. 

20th February 2024

Martin Audio and Pro Audio Sister Brands Unite for UK Open Days

Martin Audio and Pro Audio Sister Brands Unite for UK Open Days
Martin Audio and Pro Audio Sister Brands Unite for UK Open Days

UK – Martin Audio is joining forces with fellow pro audio brands from the Focusrite Group stable to showcase their respective offerings as well as highlight synergies in a series of Open Days running 12-14 March at Martin HQ in High Wycombe.

Martin Audio will be conducting an extensive set of audio demonstrations highlighting rich pickings from their strongest ever line-up across stage monitors, point sources, constant curvature and line array, while also providing educational classes on its predictive software, DISPLAY 3.

The latest additions to the Focusrite Group, TiMax and OutBoard, will be making their Open Day debut. TiMax will have a dedicated showcase of its immersive sound solutions and stage tracking, while OutBoard will highlight its market leading motor control products.

Optimal Audio will have new products to preview alongside demonstrating their latest Amp series. The freshest features of its multi-award winning cross-platform commercial audio controller, WebApp, will be showcased across a multi-zone venue. Optimal Audio will also be offering separate educational classes on its portfolio and deployment.

Finally, Linea Research will be on hand to showcase its range of high-performance amplifiers. One-to-one demonstrations of System Engineer 8, the user-friendly software platform that makes for a powerful synergy with Linea Research products, will be available throughout across the three days.
James King, marketing director, concludes: “I’m delighted that these Open Days are now very much a multi-brand affair, with the opportunity to demonstrate everyone’s respective disciplines, as well as synergies across the Group. This is our most ambitious content programme ever so that anyone in the pro audio industry has more reason to come along and enjoy their day.”

Details and registration: https://martin-audio.com/events/march2024opendays

Martin Audio and Pro Audio Sister Brands Unite for UK Open DaysMartin Audio and Pro Audio Sister Brands Unite for UK Open Days

20th February 2024

Sound Technology Ltd announces JBL VTX A6 Open House sessions

Sound Technology Ltd announces JBL VTX A6 Open House sessions

UK – Following on from the successful Performance Audio Showcase event at Troxy in January, Sound Technology Ltd – distributor of Harman Professional audio brands in the UK & Ireland – has announced JBL VTX A6 Open House sessions at its demonstration facility in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire on the 5 to 7th March.

The A6 is JBL’s smallest VTX loudspeaker product to date, bringing flagship VTX A Series performance to a subcompact form factor. The fully passive, two-way line array is a versatile solution for small to mid-size rental houses, corporate events, theatres, clubs, houses of worship or anyone who demands superior sound reinforcement.

Hosted by Sound Technology's professional audio application team, the Open House events will feature a flown stereo VTX A6 array with the accompanying VTX B15 subwoofer.

Alongside listening sessions, the Application Team will dive into the technology, design and innovation inside the VTX Series, and demonstrate VTX A6's auto-locking rigging mechanism and suspension system which is shared with the larger VTX A8 and A12, together with the range of rigging accessories, intelligently designed transport and storage solutions and Crown VRack amplification.

There will also be demos of Venue Synthesis, JBL’s next-generation 3D acoustic simulation software.

Sound Technology's demo facility also features other JBL Performance Audio and Portable PA ranges, including the VTX A8, SRX900, PRX900 and more, which visitors can hear.

For more information on the VTX A6 Open House and to register your interest, visit https://www.soundtech.co.uk/professional-audio/jbl/events/vtx-a6-open-house

15th February 2024

Bandit Lites Named Concert Visuals Company of the Year at Pollstar Live!

USA – Bandit Lites has announced that it was named Concert Visuals Company of the Year at the 35th annual Pollstar Awards. This was Bandit’s 30th career win in 30 years as a lighting company across multiple honours.

Hosted by comedian, actor and author Tom Papa, the Pollstar Awards took place at the historic Wiltern in Los Angeles on 8 February and honoured the most successful artists, executives, tours, venues, companies and more from the live industry in more than 40 categories. The event was produced by Ray Waddell and OVG.

Bandit Lites chair and founder Michael T. Strickland accepted the award in honour of his recently departed friend and client, Toby Keith.

“Toby was a great friend, a true American and one hell of a guy,” Strickland said. “We always talked football, he Oklahoma and I Tennessee. We are playing this fall, and I will miss him at the game. Toby was the strongest man I ever knew. He never wavered in his beliefs and principles. He told you how he felt and backed it up with his actions. The world needs more people like Toby!”

In addition to Bandit sponsoring Pollstar Live!, Strickland moderated a panel on Transportation, Labour and Gear where he emphasised the role of selecting the right team of individuals, “People make a business and if you don’t choose the right people, you are doomed to fail.”

“Bandit is honoured and humbled to be the Pollstar Award recipient,” finished Strickland. “Everyone at Bandit works tirelessly every day to ensure all of our clients experience excellence. We are further humbled as this award is chosen by the promoters, managers, agents and facility people in this great industry. Every company is its people. If you have great people, you do great things, and Bandit has the cream of the crop. I wish to thank the amazing team members at Bandit as well as all of those that voted for us. Bandit promises to never let you down. Onward and upward!”

14th February 2024

Robe Imbibes the ISE Vibes

Robe Imbibes the ISE Vibes
Robe Imbibes the ISE Vibes

Spain – Robe Lighting enjoyed the great vibes, brisk business, lively atmosphere and fantastic visitor numbers checking out the 2024 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) expo at FIRA Barcelona, Spain.

The 20th anniversary of this constantly expanding show broke all previous records with over 73,000 verified attendees, up 27% on the 2023 edition, cementing its place as a prime entertainment technology showcase in Europe. For the first time there was a dedicated lighting and staging sectors hall and Robe was happy to be there at the heart of all the action, presenting some of its latest technologies.

New products included a selection from Robe’s award-winning IP rated iSeries: the iFORTE and iFORTE LTX, iPAINTE, iESPRITE, iBeam 350TM, iTetra2TM, iT12 ProfileTM and Robe also previewed its incredible new iBOLT (soon to be launched), plus a brand-new variant of its T32 Cyc as well as the FOOTSIE Slim, a compact version of this ingenious footlight solution.

The eye-catching and contemporary Robe booth featured areas for Robe’s other businesses: architectural brand Anolis, lighting control solutions specialist Artistic Licence and lighting console and media server manufacturer, Avolites. It attracted many visitors and was constantly busy throughout all four days, primarily functioning as a meeting and networking space.

Those wanting to see the highlighted products in more depth could walk or catch a shuttle bus a short distance to an offsite demo room being hosted by Robe’s Spanish distributor, EARPRO&EES.

In here all the magic happened! There was a high demand for demonstrations as most coming to the booth were already aware of the products and wanted a closer and more in-depth look at what they could do.

Guests were stunned by the ingenious technology of Robe’s iSeries, with the iFORTE LTX commanding a lot of attention. The power and punch of this stadium-level long throw wash beam luminaire shone through, powered by the 1000W white XP LED engine, which is currently the brightest on the market and even brighter when running in followspot mode.

Guests loved the truly innovative iSeries micro-climate control technology, which takes a smart and lateral approach to IP rating, mediating the climate within the fixture rather than just trying to keep water and moisture out. People also liked the full effects package that comes with the compact iFORTE LTX.

The T32 Cyc was a big hit with theatre designers with its impressive 1:6 metre ratio giving a huge and beautifully even six metres of illumination for every one metre distance from the cyc or object. They also appreciated the vertical spot control for varying the spread and crossover points needed when fine tuning and finessing the source that’s so essential to that sector.

As you’d expect, there were many visitors from Europe and from a lot further afield, including Latin America and Asia as ISE has established itself as a properly worldwide meeting place for designers, technicians and all involved in the worlds of systems integration and built spaces.

The visitor quality was high and the footfall to the Robe stand was constant.

The Robe ‘village’ boosted the brand’s dynamic and presence at ISE. Anolis had its own space for showing its newest Calumma, Ambiane and Eminere product ranges, while Artistic Licence displayed its popular lighting control technology products which are a favourite for integrators and installers.

Avolites, recently acquired by Robe, featured its latest show lighting consoles on a designated part of the stand, emphasising the synergies and links existing between all these symbiotic Robe businesses as well as their strengths as individual brands with their own identities.

Robe sees ISE as a perfect ‘crossover’ expo linking multiple sectors and all its brands together. Its international team was on the stand reflecting the diverse interdisciplinary appeal of the show and the interaction and overlap in technologies servicing different areas of the entertainment and leisure spectrum.

The ISE 2025 space is already booked, with the lighting and staging elements in Hall 6, even closer to the nucleus of the expo. The stand will be larger and the team is already looking forward to another positive start-of-year experience.

photos: Robe s.r.o.


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13th February 2024

Robe Lighting

Winner announced for ABTT Virtual Ideas Platform 2023

Winner announced for ABTT Virtual Ideas Platform 2023

UK – The 2023 ABTT Virtual Ideas Platform winner was revealed on Thursday 1st February in a ceremony at the annual ALPD and White Light ‘New Technology Showcase’ in the Embassy Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

This annual industry event features the latest in lighting technology and felt like an appropriate opportunity to speak on the Virtual Ideas Platform and its winner, whose innovative idea is now being developed by industry leader Triple E.

Presented by ABTT co-chair Mig Burgess and introduced by Virtual Ideas Platform developer Charles Haines, David Ripley was awarded the iconic ABTT Hook Clamp Award and certificate for his winning idea, The Counterweight Caddy.

The Counterweight Caddy is a method of storing weights and addressing the manual handling issues associated with work on the loading gallery.

Speaking of his award win, Central’s head of technical and production David Ripley said: “It’s very exciting to see something go from a random thought into reality via the ABTT Virtual Idea Platform and now being developed by Triple E. We hope The Counterweight Caddy will make a positive improvement to health and safety on the loading galleries of our theatres when it is fully launched, but we need the industry feedback to make it the best product it can be.” 

ABTT VIP concept developer and Guildhall School of Music and Drama head of performance venues, Charles Haines, commented:

“A few years ago, during a trip to the excellent USITT [US Institute of Theatre Technology] trade show, I saw their Innovations Gallery in operation and fell in love with the concept. An informal introduction service between independent creative innovators and commercially minded developers behind our leading brands, products and services. On my return to the UK, we set up a meeting with the ABTT and the idea turned into the Virtual Ideas Platform you see today.”

The ABTT Virtual Ideas platform, set up in collaboration with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, is open to anyone and everyone with an idea and aims to recognise and help realise new ways of making theatre work. By its very nature, theatre is a dynamic working environment in which to invent and develop new and better ways of doing things whether this is in special effects, costume and wardrobe, wigs, make-up and hair, scenery, stage, sound, lighting, automation, audio-visual and any other discipline which makes live performance happen.

ABTT CEO Robin Townley said of the platform: “We know when backstage people are faced with a technical challenge, they get inventive and creative, cook up ideas and find solutions. The platform is here to recognise, salute and honour those innovators in our midst. We are looking forward to new ideas being submitted for 2024.”

For those interested in seeing the Counterweight Caddy prototype or speaking in more detail about their own ideas, they can attend the annual ABTT Theatre Show running over 5th-6th June at London’s Alexandra Palace for free. Details on this industry staple event can be found on the ABTT website where they can also register for a free ticket.  

To assist with the development of the Counterweight Caddy, Triple E is seeking the opinions of those in the industry who use counterweight flying on a regular basis. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts, please contact Stephanie Addo at Triple E.

In picture: Charles Haines and David Ripley. 


9th February 2024

HOLOPLOT wins Best of Show Award at ISE 2024

HOLOPLOT wins Best of Show Award at ISE 2024
HOLOPLOT wins Best of Show Award at ISE 2024

Spain – With ISE’s 20th edition deservedly hailed as its most successful yet, HOLOPLOT enjoyed an equally successful show. The Berlin-based pro audio company received a Best of Show Award in the AV Technology category for its X2 Matrix Array: a third consecutive win, with its X1 Matrix Array winning back-to-back in 2022 and 2023.

The Best of Show awards recognise the very best products and solutions on display at ISE 2024, with hundreds considered. All entries were reviewed by a panel of industry experts, speakers and editors. Factors taken into account include how diverse and comprehensive X2’s product features are, how easy it is to use and how it integrates with other products, its value for money within the market and how innovative and unique it is.

The awards’ editorial team noted that: “All winning companies in this year’s Best of Show awards should be immensely proud. We all experienced how busy ISE was this year with some of the highest attendances recorded in recent times; to stand out and be recognised as Best of Show is truly impressive and a testament to all the hard work companies put into their products and solutions.”

Footfall to both the HOLOPLOT booth on the show floor and the demo room in the audio experience hall was significant, with substantial interest in the Matrix Array’s unique capabilities:  advanced proprietary algorithms and integrated software applications precisely shape and steer sound to where it is needed and remove it from where it is not.

On the booth, visitors were invited to experience an unmatched level of sound control for speech applications during on-demand demos of the new, compact X2. The demo room, meanwhile, provided another opportunity to listen to the acclaimed X1, the sound of Sphere, in a newly devised format. Focusing on X1’s ability to be used in stereo formats and relatable content, the demo allowed visitors to gain a better understanding of its suitability for real world applications and problem solving for multiple applications including large, high SPL environments like Sphere, and smaller, more intimate settings, all the while providing powerful, high-fidelity audio and an unprecedented, fully integrated set of capabilities to create immersive audio experiences.

The show also saw the company announce the biggest update to its products’ operating system, OS 2.0. The software update brings a plethora of new features and functionalities to HOLOPLOT products, without a change in the hardware design and are available to existing and new users via HOLOPLOT software tools Plan and Control.

“This year’s ISE was a triumph for HOLOPLOT with even more people interested in our approach to sound reproduction and system design. Sphere truly put us on the map of the AV industry and we saw this reflected in the number of people interested in using our technology to elevate their projects,” says HOLOPLOT CEO, Roman Sick. “We’re delighted to have once again won a Best of Show award, this time for X2. This accolade highlights our team’s unwavering dedication to delivering a new generation of audio products that simply enable a better performance, easier deployment and ultimately a new and unparalleled experience of sound.”

9th February 2024

PLASA Focus Leeds returns to connect entertainment tech professionals

PLASA Focus Leeds returns to connect entertainment tech professionals

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds is gearing up for another successful year at the Royal Armouries 14-15 May, 2024 and registration is now open for a free entry badge.

Attracting over 2,000 visitors, the popular regional event is known for connecting professionals with lead names in the entertainment technology industry across two friendly days of networking and discovery.

Boasting a fully booked show floor, PLASA Focus Leeds will feature 150 plus brands in pro audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging. Attendees will have the chance to closely examine new products and engage in face-to-face discussions with potential suppliers.

Lighting professionals can look forward to meeting Ambersphere, Avolites, ChamSys, Chauvet Professional, Entedi, ETC, GLP UK, Prolight, Robe UK, TMB and Vari-Lite.

Top quality pro audio is also on offer from Audio-Technica, Bose Professional, d&b audiotechnik, EM Acoustics, Funktion One, JBL Professional, KV2 Audio, Martin Audio, NEXO, Shure UK and Wharfedale Pro.

Heavyweights in rigging will also be in attendance, such as Alustage, Area Four Industries, ChainMaster, Doughty Engineering, Rigging Services, Rope and Rigging, Triple E and UK Rigging.

Not only that, cutting edge AV can be seen at the stands of Epson, LANG UK, PSCo Group, Riedel Communications, and ROE Visual. Innovative staging will be on show courtesy of Absolute Casing, APT-GB, Drapemakers, Harlequin Floors, J&C Joel and NSP Cases.

The highly rated programme of sessions, sponsored by Vectorworks, will run throughout the show, packed with sessions to help visitors advance their careers and navigate the industry. With last year's programme featuring sessions on sustainability, lighting and sound design and careers in rigging, this year’s programme is set to be equally enlightening.

PLASA Focus Leeds also offers a variety of interactive experiences, including hands-on product training and powerful audio demonstrations. These opportunities are ideal for both seasoned professionals looking to enhance their skills and newcomers seeking an introduction to professional products. Further details about the 2024 programme will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks.

PLASA’s head of events, Sophie Atkinson, comments: “The past year has been remarkable for the live sector, marked by events such as Eurovision and the Coronation. And where better to celebrate these achievements than at one of the industry’s favourite shows? Leeds is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, so whether you’re an old-hand or a new-starter, you’ll be warmly welcomed to the show.”

PLASA Focus Leeds will take place from 14-15 May at Royal Armouries. Register free at https://www.plasaleeds.com/ 

8th February 2024

Robe iFORTE Brings Home a 2024 Parnelli Award

Robe iFORTE Brings Home a 2024 Parnelli Award

USA – The Robe Lighting iFORTE luminaire – currently its most powerful LED innovation – has won a coveted Parnelli Award for Indispensable Lighting Technology.

The 2024 Parnelli Awards – organised by Timeless Communications Corp., publishers of PLSN and FOH magazines – were presented at a gala event staged during the 2024 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

The ceremony honoured the talent, technologies and ingenuity behind the most creative, ambitious, exciting and dramatic concert, show and touring productions from the last 12 months across 25 Awards.

Robe’s 2024 Parnelli Award was collected by North America’s chief sales officer Craig Burros and product manager Peter Moore.

“We were extremely honoured to receive a 2024 Parnelli Award for the iFORTE luminaire," stated Craig. "We have seen many talented designers and programmers incorporate them brilliantly into their designs and it's always exciting to receive industry recognition for bringing such innovative technology to the market."

While Peter noted: “The iFORTE is quickly becoming an industry standard much like the BMFL WashBeam has been for years. With its RAINS and Transferable Engine (TE) technology, it offers features that designers want plus the reliability and longevity that our dealers covet when investing in Robe products.”

Robe’s iFORTE has already won several awards including a 2023 PLASA Innovation Award and is a flagship product in the Czech Republic manufacturers’ iSeries range, offering truly innovative IP rated lighting solutions for all environments.

Combining a massive output and multiple effects in a package which is just 1.5kg heavier than the standard FORTE, iFORTE offers all the quality, features and identical performance of the original luminaire, enabling seamless integration of the two types of fixtures if desired.

The iFORTE LTX WB is currently the brightest fixture on the market and is an ultimate long throw LED wash beam designed for stadium shows, concerts and all events and spectaculars where serious intensity is needed across massive distances.

Robe’s internally designed, developed, patented and manufactured iSE-TE 1000W XP (Xtra Performance) IP65-rated white LED Transferable Engine produces an incredible, industry-leading 355,000 Lux at five metres, it has enjoyed enormous success worldwide and especially in North America.

The 2024 Parnelli Awards embraced and acknowledged a diverse array of technical and creative feats, including three for ‘lifetime achievements’.

Potential winners are initially nominated on the Parnelli Award website, with entries tailored and reviewed by the Parnelli board of advisors, an ad hoc body of 20 experts representing a wide cross section of production industry disciplines.

Up to six nominees / products are confirmed for each category and announced via the website and both publications, after which individual subscribers – including readers, a potential voting pool of 40,000 – cast their choices via a secure voting page.

The nominated people or products receiving the most votes are declared the winners.

For a product, winning a Parnelli is one of the most sought-after recognitions of technical excellence and popularity.

Robe Lighting s.r.o.’s CEO Josef Valchar noted: “We are delighted to win this Parnelli; a big shout-out to our brilliant R&D crew, the sales teams getting the product out there and of course, all the creative designers, programmers and rental companies who have spec’d and invested in iFORTES, ensuring that it earned the ‘Indispensable’ title!”

Other winners on the night included Silent House’s Baz Halpin who picked up the Production Design of the Year for his stunning P!nk “Summer Carnival” tour aesthetic and Solotech who won Lighting Company of the Year for servicing Taylor Swift’s phenomenal “The Eras Tour”.

Awarded for the first time was the Nook Schoenfeld Lighting Designer of the Year Award, which went to the legendary Rob Koenig for his work with Metallica. The award is named after the late Nook Schoenfield, long-term editor of PLSN magazine, as well as a prolific lighting designer, technology lover and all-round passionate industry maverick who sadly passed away last year and is much missed.

Lighting Director of the Year went to Carter Fulghum for his work on Shinedown and completing the ‘Visual’ section of 2024 Parnelli’s was Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year which went to Music Matters Productions. Lighting Company of the Year was awarded to Solotech, and the Pyro / Special Effects Company of the Year won by ImageSFX / Disturbed.

In picture: Peter Moore and Rob Koenig.

photo: Kathy Eddy / PLSN


6th February 2024

Robe Lighting

ISE 2024 Breaks all Records at Anniversary Show

ISE 2024 Breaks all Records at Anniversary Show
ISE 2024 Breaks all Records at Anniversary Show

Spain – Integrated Systems Europe 2024 was the most successful edition in its 20-year history. Taking place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue the show attracted 73,891 unique verified attendees from 162 countries, a record since the show’s inception in Geneva in 2004. This represents an increase of 27% on the 2023 edition.

On the Wednesday (31 January) the show had 51,617 visitors, the highest number ever in a single day beating the previous record by almost 22%.

The total number of registrations reached 95,396 with 172,627 visits across the four days. Attendee numbers for the Friday were at 24,528, a record for the show since it went to a four-day event. 

Alongside record-breaking occupation in the city’s hotels, bars and entertainment venues, exhibitors reported unparalleled footfall on booths across the largest ever ISE show.

The exhibition showcased its highest number of exhibitors with (1,408) and the largest show floor space (82,000 sqm net).

ISE 2024 was a testament to the innovation of the pro-AV and systems integration community. Exhibitors from around the globe presented state-of-the-art solutions, ranging from advanced display technologies and immersive audio systems to smart automation and collaborative communication tools. The diverse array of products and services reflected the industry's commitment to pushing boundaries and enhancing user experiences.

Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events commented: "In the illustrious 20-year journey of ISE, we have witnessed the transformative power of innovation and collaboration within our community. ISE 2024 not only reflects the cutting-edge technologies defining our industry but also serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of creativity and camaraderie. As we celebrate this milestone, alongside our co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA we look forward to continuing our commitment to being a global platform for industry professionals."

The educational component of ISE 2024 was exceptional. The conference sessions, workshops and keynote presentations from multi-Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and leading digital artists Jeroen van der Most and Sofia Crespo were curated to provide valuable insights into emerging trends, market dynamics, and technological breakthroughs. Renowned speakers in the conferences and on the show floor stages shared their expertise on topics such as artificial intelligence in AV, sustainable design and the future of remote collaboration. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions and gain actionable knowledge to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving industry.

The celebration of ISE's 20th anniversary added a special touch to the event. Commemorative events, retrospective installations such as the ISE Time Tunnel and Vintage Audio Museum, and acknowledgments of industry pioneers highlighted the incredible journey of ISE. This not only created a sense of nostalgia but also underscored the industry's resilience and adaptability in the face of technological evolution.

ISE returns to Barcelona 4 - 7 February 2025.

ISE 2024 Breaks all Records at Anniversary ShowISE 2024 Breaks all Records at Anniversary Show

5th February 2024

Following huge success last year, the much-loved ABTT Theatre Show is set to return for its 44th edition once more at Alexandra Palace on 5th and 6th June

Following huge success last year, the much-loved ABTT Theatre Show is set to return for its 44th edition once more at Alexandra Palace on 5th and 6th June
Following huge success last year, the much-loved ABTT Theatre Show is set to return for its 44th edition once more at Alexandra Palace on 5th and 6th June

UK – Free to attend, this popular industry event connects thousands of visitors with many of the biggest names in theatre and live entertainment.

With demand through the roof, the show floor will be bigger than ever with over 150 brands showcasing their products and services. In addition, there will be more activities including skills workshops, training, seminars, demonstrations, CV surgeries, career advice and free hearing tests.

The ABTT Theatre Show always attracts a broad range of visitors at all stages of their careers alongside an ever-increasing list of exhibitors from all areas of the industry.

Running over two summer days, it is the essential meeting point for our community, giving the industry a chance to meet face-to-face in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere which provides a hot bed for new discussions, connections, knowledge and productivity.

The ABTT is always keen to acknowledge achievement by industry practitioners and recognise new products making an impact. As such, we will be hosting our ABTT Awards at 6pm on the first day of the show in the Londesborough Room. Generously supported by TAIT, all exhibitors and visitors are invited to join us for a drink and to celebrate the achievements of their peers.

Both exhibitors and visitors always report that the conversations that take place at the Theatre Show are one of the most important aspects of the event. To encourage this dialogue and allow discussions to carry on into the evening, there will be additional food and drink options available around the west terrace as the sun sets on the first day of the show.

The two-day event will include a wide range of free inspiring seminars on the latest industry topics which run alongside the busy show floor. Last year’s programme included sessions on The Future of Theatre is AI, Es Devlin’s Staging in the Wilderness, The Art and Craft of Comms, Automation: Creating Moments that Move People, Teaching Technical Drawing in Education, plus Sound Design from Script to Stage, The Voice of the Next Generation, and many more. This year’s programme will be announced soon.

The ABTT will once again be providing a wide variety of hands-on skills-based sessions, including taster sessions from the ABTT Bronze Award for Theatre Technicians. Last year, attendees learnt how to tie a variety of different knots, were taught get-in and get-out essentials, how to correctly store and handle drapes and electrical inspection and fault finding. Details for the 2024 sessions will be released shortly.

There will also be opportunities for technical equipment demos on many of the exhibitors stands, as well as in the Palace Suite where Robe will be putting on educational taster sessions about its automated followspot system. Visitors will be able to learn how to set-up and program RoboSpot which is a great chance to test out the system.

The Theatre Show is the perfect opportunity to network and speak with specialist exhibitors on the show floor. Visitors can check out the popular Education Alley and Associations’ Aisles where they can find out about courses, apprenticeships, training, career development and more.

The popular Careers and Professional Development Hub will be returning for its third year, providing a focused location where those in their early career can make sure they have all the latest tips, tricks and practical advice to help them land that all important next role.

Visitors will be able to learn about the different jobs and schemes, networking with the most influential creatives in the business, with opportunities this year to meet key universities, colleges, associations and apprentice employers face-to-face; to have their CVs reviewed or to sign-up for one to one meetings with key industry figures.

This year the show floor will also include a destination for wigs, hair and make-up as well as costume specialists. This stand will be support by the ABTT WHAM and ABTT Costume Committees.

With thousands of visitors and exhibitors from all sectors of the theatre and live entertainment world, anyone who would like to know more is welcome to join them, expand their professional network and discover what's new in the industry.

Lighting professionals can look forward to Robe offering product demonstrations and RoboSpot taster sessions in the Palace Suite. They will be joined on the show floor Lighting brands including ADB Stagelight, Anolis Lighting, Chauvet Professional, City Theatrical, Claypaky, Coemar Lighting, CP Wave, Encore, ETC, GDS Pioneering Light, Gobo Plus, Highlite International, LED Technologies, Martin Lighting, Mushroom Lighting and Robert Juliat.  

Top of the line sound, AV and comms brands present include Acoustic Design and Architecture, Adam Hall, AED UK, Amber Sound, Atlas Show Control for Spatial Audio, Audio Visual Material, Autograph Sound, Clear-Com, d&b audiotechnik, DPA Microphones, EM Acoustics, HD Pro Audio, Hollyland, JBL Professional, KV2 Audio, Meyer Sound, NEXO, Orbital Sound, Point Source Audio, Polar Audio, Raycom, Riedel Communications, Shure UK, Sound Technology and Stage Sound Services.

Specialist solution providers in rigging, engineering and staging technologies will also be in attendance, such as Centre Stage Engineering, Doughty Engineering, Ewart Richardson Design Limited, George Taylor Lifting Gear, igus, North Star Engineering, Resolution Production Services, Rigging Team, Steeldeck Industries, TAIT, Total Solutions Group, Triple E, Unusual Rigging, WhirlyReeler and XM Automation.

Key companies offering seating solutions will also be present, such as Aresline, Audience Systems, Ezcaray Seating, Ferco Seating Systems, Figueras Seating, Sedia Systems and Stage & Tiers.
Technical suppliers such as A&M Productions, AC-ET, Entedi, Henley Theatre Services, PRG, Steve Myers LTD and White Light have also taken stands on the show floor, ready to welcome visitors.

Pioneering products will be on show courtesy of Drapemakers, Harlequin Floors and J&C Joel, and don’t forget to check specialists in their field: 2scale.shop, Aluminium Access Products, Ampetronic, Blue Lemon, Flints Theatrical Chandlers, Hayles and Howe, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Just FX, Locker & Riley, Mayr Transmissions, MDG Fog, Preevue, RB Health and Safety Solutions, RWS Global, Scenic Supplies, SES Entertainment Services, Smartrad Creative, Solutions on Stage, Stageset.shop, Test Event, The Experience Department and Vectorworks.

Visitors can check out Education Alley where Academy of Live Technology, Falmouth University, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD), London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Rose Bruford College, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Stage-in-a-Box and Wimbledon College of Arts eagerly await to speak about training, courses and more.

Opportunities to speak with those recruiting and offering apprenticeships will also be available with Backstage Centre, Celebrity Cruises, Delfont Macintosh, Disney Cruise Line, LW Theatres, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Opera House and Royal Caribbean International all present to talk about career opportunities.

Those attending will also be able to touch base with their associations and unions, with the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Association for Lighting Production and Design (ALPD), Association for Sound Design and Production (ASDP), Broadcasting Entertainment Communications and Theatre Union (BECTU), Freelancers Make Theatre Work, Institute of Sound Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE), Production Managers Forum (PMF), Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) and Stage Management Association (SMA) present and looking to connect with their members.

ABTT events manager, Elysia Moore, comments: “It is the 44th edition of the ABTT Theatre Show this year and the event just keeps on getting bigger! The Theatre Show prides itself on growing to meet the industry’s needs. We will be presenting tailored seminars covering essential topics, building on the popular skills workshops introduced last year to promote the need for continuous education and continuing with the in-demand Careers and Professional Development Hub which helps to join the dots between employer and potential employee and guide visitors on the next steps in their career.   

2024 sees more exhibitors on the show floor than ever before and I am delighted that the ABTT Theatre Show remains such a popular event with our visitors too. We are privileged to be able to provide a platform for our industry to discuss, share, reconnect and be inspired. We cannot wait to return to Alexandra Palace in on the 5th – 6th of June!”

ABTT CEO, Robin Townley, comments: “We are very pleased that the ABTT Theatre Show continues to serve the theatre and live performance sector so effectively. It is tremendous that the event recovered so promptly after the pandemic and that we have seen major growth over the last three years. We very much hope we shall continue to offer our exhibitors and visitors a uniquely useful show, with a tremendous atmosphere and at which everyone can rekindle their excitement and passion for being part of live performance.”

The ABTT Theatre Show will take place from 5th-6th June at Alexandra Palace, London.

Register for free: https://www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-theatre-show/register-now/ 

Find out more: https://www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-theatre-show/ 

Following huge success last year, the much-loved ABTT Theatre Show is set to return for its 44th edition once more at Alexandra Palace on 5th and 6th JuneFollowing huge success last year, the much-loved ABTT Theatre Show is set to return for its 44th edition once more at Alexandra Palace on 5th and 6th June

5th February 2024

The ALPD announces the winners of the Michael Northen Award, The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics and The ALPD Award for Programming Excellence at the New Technology Showcase

The ALPD announces the winners of the Michael Northen Award, The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics and The ALPD Award for Programming Excellence at the New Technology Showcase
The ALPD announces the winners of the Michael Northen Award, The Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics and The ALPD Award for Programming Excellence at the New Technology Showcase

UK – The Association for Lighting Production Design announce the winners of its 2023 Awards at the New Technology Showcase at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on Thursday 1st February. This event, jointly hosted by White Light, the ALPD and RCSSD is an opportunity for lighting professionals to explore and compare the latest lighting technology available on the market.

The Michael Northen Award sponsored by Go Live Theatre Projects, ETC and Vectorworks is this year awarded to Morgan Moroney, a lighting and video designer working across theatre, opera, dance and installation. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Morgan received the 2020 APDG Emerging Designer for Live Performance Award for his design on Ghosts directed by Priscilla Jackman (NIDA). He has been nominated three times for a Sydney Theatre Award in Best Independent Lighting Design and won the 2023 APDG Award in Lighting Design for Cleansed (Redline Productions).

Judges commented that Morgan has developed a beautiful lighting design aesthetic, that his work was original and his choice of colour evocative. They were excited by his portfolio and the range of work he had already undertaken as a young designer and looked forward to following his career.

“I am truly honoured to be the recipient of the Michael Northern Award for Lighting Design. Receiving this award is a testament to the outstanding collaborators I have been privileged to work alongside in bringing these visions to life. It is particularly meaningful to witness the recognition of Australian creativity on an international stage, some of which is direct from the tiny Old Fitz Theatre (nestled in a pub basement). This accolade serves as a motivation to continue my career with invigorated commitment and passion for storytelling with light.”

The ALPD Award for Excellence in Programming sponsored by ETC goes to Dan Street. Dan works across multiple genres of the entertainment industry as a lighting programme and designer; his work encompasses programming for live theatre, large arenas and for TV. He has a long-standing professional association with the Royal Albert Hall and also regularly works alongside the BBC. He was especially commended for his collaboration and mentoring and his brilliant eye for detail.

Thanking the ALPD, and those who nominated him, Dan said: “I feel very honoured and humbled to be receiving it for my work, which I’m so passionate about. I’m fortunate to work across multiple sectors of the industry and have had the pleasure of programming some very special and memorable productions.”

The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics sponsored by ETC goes to Michael Scott. Michael worked in London and Australia before moving to the Royal Opera House, working for both the opera and ballet companies in the UK and internationally. Freelance since 2008 a wide range of work has included the West End, theatre installations and the 2012 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.  Michael said: “It's an honour to be accepting this award named after Fred Foster, who was such an important person in our industry and did so much to move on the technology from where I started to where we stand today in terms of control and illumination.”

The ALPD would like to thank all its sponsors: Go Live Theatre Projects, Vectorworks and ETC, as well as all the lighting professionals who so generously give their time to adjudicate, advise and mentor. 

The ALPD continues to develop its Awards programme and hopes to extend it in future years.

2nd February 2024

#WeMakeEvents BikeFest Spain raises money for industry charity

#WeMakeEvents BikeFest Spain raises money for industry charity

Spain – BikeFest returned to Spain last week, with the 18-strong team cycling over 360km towards ISE in Barcelona. Together, they have so far has raised £16,000 for industry charity Backup Tech but are hoping to reach £20,000 with your donations.

This year, the BikeFest team included representatives from AELTC, Autograph Sound, AVIXA, Clair Global, Equipson, FLUX Creative Consultancy, PLASA, Reclaim Audio, Sharp, Stage One Creative Services and Wonder Works. Furthermore, due to the strong community element of the event, BikeFest is now seeing familiar faces returning each year, including Backup Tech chair Piers Shepperd who was cycling for the second year running.

Starting in Valencia, the team cycled along the Mediterranean coast, stopping off in Valencia, Peñíscola and Tarragona. On day three, the exhausted riders finally arrived at Fira de Barcelona ready for the ISE trade show where they were presented with medals and certificates.

The buzzing ISE trade show reminded the team of how resilient the live events industry is, especially when compared to the empty venue at the end of the 2022 BikeFest ride. However, the pandemic has left a legacy of challenges, including mental health and wellbeing, which are being addressed by industry organisations such as Backup Tech.

Backup offers grants during times of ill health to cover essential living costs and medical bills, wellbeing support including Mental Health First Aider training and a free 24/7 helpline and a hardship fund for those most in need. With the funds raised from BikeFest, Backup continue their vital work in supporting individuals across the entertainment technology industry.

Now in its third year, BikeFest Spain has garnered huge support from across the live AV and events industry. Organised by #WeMakeEvents, PLASA and AFIAL, the 2024 edition of BikeFest Spain was proudly sponsored and supported by Ayrton, AVIXA, Equipson Group, ISE, LSi magazine and SeeSound.

Nicky Greet, PLASA director of membership, skills and technical, says: “It was an honour to support the BikeFest team on the road once again. BikeFest Spain has been a challenging and fulfilling event for three years now, and it’s great to see how much we have raised for Backup Tech. Not to mention all the meaningful friendships that have developed in the team. We couldn’t do it without your donations, so please give what you can to help our industry colleagues in times of need.”

Juan Jose Vila, Equipson COO, AFIAL president and BikeFest member, adds: “This is the third year we have delivered BikeFest Spain and it’s strange to think that only two years ago, ISE had to postpone, and we arrived at an empty venue. However, because of how quickly we have bounced back, our industry is under huge pressure, and we still need to raise money to help those in need. Every year we have riders returning to be a part of this great cause, so I hope you can donate for all their efforts!”

31st January 2024

Production Futures ON TOUR to Visit AO Arena in Manchester

Production Futures ON TOUR to Visit AO Arena in Manchester

UK – Production Futures exists to create opportunities for young people to learn, train, network and develop real careers in production across every area of the live event, music, touring, theatre, TV, broadcast and film industries.

The organisation has announced that its next ON TOUR event will take place at the AO Arena, Manchester on Tuesday 30th April. The venue recently underwent a £50 million makeover, making it one most cutting-edge facilities (and the largest) of its kind in the UK. As its first Arena outing, this will be Production Futures’ largest and most ambitious ON TOUR event to date. 

Set to attract a wide range of young people from across the North of England and beyond, this free-of-charge event will promote employability, transferable skills, diversity, free training, networking and will present paid work opportunities to newcomers across the live event and broadcast production industry.

A host of world-leading manufacturers, supply and production companies, venues and distributors will have representatives present at the event to provide advice, information and insights and discuss specific job and training opportunities. As well as manufacturers and suppliers, Production Futures also works closely with a range of organisations, initiatives, education partners and associations, connecting employment and training opportunities to a diverse pool of talent. They too will have representatives available to answer questions and offer support.

Visitors will enjoy a packed schedule, which includes special guests, talks and panels, while industry workshops will offer young visitors the chance to engage in a wide range of activities, from preparing to be job-ready with industry-oriented CVs, to hands-on exploration of lighting programming, CAD and audio engineering, as well as getting under the skin of music production, virtual production and event production planning.

Production Futures CEO Hannah Eakins is looking forward to the day: We’re very excited to be presenting our latest event at such a prestigious and internationally renowned venue. The AO Arena is an amazing space that represents much of what is great about our industry, and we’re sure that staging our event under its roof will be an inspiring experience for everyone involved.

“The significance of the production sector to the UK economy shouldn’t be underestimated. The current skills shortage across the industry means that the next generation is well-placed to take advantage of a host of rewarding and creative careers and make a real impact. Many youngsters are simply unaware of the variety of opportunities that fall under the umbrella of the production industry, and our aim is to increase the visibility of these opportunities, and by doing so, improve the prospects of the whole industry.”

Jen Mitchell, general manager at the AO Arena, adds: What an honour it is to be the home of Production Futures’first Arena event! Their passion and commitment to ensuring ample and equal opportunities are available for young people to not only learn, but succeed, in careers across all aspects of live event production, is one we proudly share.

“Manchester is renowned for a diverse and creative culture in which live events can truly thrive, making it the perfect place for Production Futures to showcase their invaluable opportunities to the next-generation of the North. Who knows, hopefully we’ll be welcoming back some faces to the Arena as they embark on their exciting journey into a career in event production.”

As well as allowing young people and newcomers to attend the event free of charge, Production Futures also makes available a number of group travel bursaries for organisations and educational institutions.

30th January 2024

Experience is Everything’ on the Christie stand at ISE 2024

Experience is Everything’ on the Christie stand at ISE 2024

Spain – Christie will showcase how its smart technologies help to deliver unforgettable experiences for customers at ISE 2024 at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, from 30 January to 2 February.

In Hall 3, on stand 3K500, Christie will present its latest visual solutions, including LED video walls, 1DLP laser projectors, RGB pure laser projectors and powerful content management and processing solutions. With several first-time product showings in the region, visitors will see how the latest technologies perform in a range of engaging applications, under this year’s theme of ‘Experience is Everything.’

“As founding members of ISE, we’re delighted to be part of the show’s 20th anniversary,” says Arlonna Seymour, executive director, corporate marketing, at Christie. “Fuelled by 95 years of experience and know-how as a technology innovator, our solutions allow creatives and partners to deliver exceptional immersive experiences.”

Christie’s executive vice president for enterprise, Michael Bosworth, adds: “We want to inspire attendees and empower our partners to achieve outstanding projects which, in turn, engage users and audiences. We offer complete end-to-end solutions designed to work together from display technology to content management and processing and we work with partners to strategically come up with the best technology solution to meet their customers’ needs.”

Get out of your comfort zone – immerse yourself! Let your senses feel, hear and interact with the walls and floor of Christie’s immersive room. Six Christie 4K13-HS 1DLP laser projectors – which make their debut at ISE – will be used to project up, down, and all around, using content created by THÉORIZ  and sensory technology provided by Augmenta, both recognised for creating unconventional experiences for customers.

Get hands-on with a control room demo that includes Hedra, Christie’s new video wall processor that will be shown for the first time in EMEA. Hedra allows users to securely display, arrange and operate multiple sources to make quick, informed decisions. Bundle Hedra with Christie’s LED/LCD video walls for a complete solution for small control rooms, mobile command centres, and broadcast operations. 

Christie’s new LED video wall solution, Core Series III, makes its debut at the show. Available in five-pixel pitches, it’s 40% more energy efficient, and 30% lighter than its predecessor, Core Series II. Designed to make an impact in venues including retail, hospitality, and public spaces, Core Series III delivers value, reliability and performance.

Nothing to fear in this dark room. Schedule a meeting with a Christie representative and see for yourself the spectacular contrast of the Christie M 4K15 RGB pure laser projector with an ultra-high contrast (UHC) lens for unparalleled image quality that only RGB pure laser can offer. Schedule a meeting ahead of ISE at https://www.christiedigital.com/help-center/contact-us.


On show for the first time in EMEA is the Inspire Series 4K860-iS 1DLP laser projector. Experience how Christie’s newest laser projector can bring content to life in an exhibit-inspired museum display. With 8,500 lumens and weighing only 15kg (33lbs), this Inspire Series projector boasts an impressive size-to-brightness ratio.

Attendees entering the stand can wave their arms in the air in front of a large, interactive Christie MicroTiles LED 0.75mm pixel pitch video wall tower that stands five feet (1.5 metres) wide by 18 feet (5.5 metres) high and see what transpires. With content provided by creative partners Augmenta and THÉORIZ, award-winning MicroTiles LED are a vibrant and versatile technology that can be used creatively to deliver stunning visual impact, such as stacking, 90-degree inside/outside corners, and concave and convex curves.

Projection mapping will also feature prominently on the Christie stand. A trio of Christie M 4K25 RGB pure laser projectors will illuminate an array of hexagonal shapes with content from loop light GmbH and powered by Christie Pandoras Box software. A smaller scaled replica of this projection mapping feature will allow visitors to learn more about the mapping process and get hands-on with Pandoras Box software.

A pair of 50,000 lumen, native 4K Christie Griffyn 4K50-RGB pure laser projectors will also power a blended display in the same area, demonstrating its ability to deliver high impact visuals with bright, vibrant colours.

Attendees can learn more about Christie Professional Services and its global service network. As a trusted service provider, Christie Professional Services works closely with its customers to keep AV systems running flawlessly, from museums and science centres to giant screens and projection mapping experiences. Professional Services offers complete system protection and maximum flexibility with a wide range of extended warranty plans. Customers can experience the peace of mind that comes along with ChristieCare for up to ten worry-free years of ownership and beyond, including 24/7/365 service desk support, critical inventory management, onsite services and Cinergy remote monitoring.

Experience how Christie’s partners use its technology as part of an overall solution across the show floor. Legrand AV, in Hall 3, stand 3N600, will showcase Christie GS Series laser projectors, ScreenINT (Hall 3, stand 3R710) will use a Christie DWU23-HS laser projector, SDVoE (Hall 5, stand 5B100) will have Terra, Christie’s AV-over-IP solution on display and Igloo Vision will include Christie HS and GS Series 1DLP laser projectors on its stand #4E310 in Hall 4.

26th January 2024

Claypaky at ISE 2024 with Wide Ranging Product Portfolio

Spain – At this year’s Integrated System Europe (ISE), Claypaky will be showcasing its recently launched products for first-class entertainment at all kinds of events from touring to theatre productions. Booth 1D150 at Fira Barcelona is where visitors can see and learn about the latest top-of-the-line products and innovative technologies for the entertainment industry. It is also the first time since ARRI’s acquisition of Claypaky, that two companies will be exhibiting together at ISE and presenting even broader portfolio together.

With demand for IP-rated fixtures continuing to grow, Claypaky confirms the primary role of the Shield Family IP66 product range with extraordinary fixtures such as Arolla Aqua and HY B-EYE K15 Aqua. The Shield Family – which included Skylos, Arolla Aqua, Mini-B Aqua, Xtylos Aqua – launched a new standard of weather-resistant, high-performance, ultra-durable and long-lasting fixtures. These IP66-certified lights have unique advantages in performance, handling and use. Whether used indoors or outdoors, the high level of impenetrability minimises the need for time and resources spent on maintenance allowing users to fully dedicate themselves to their productions.

Arolla Aqua is Claypaky’s new top-of-the-range weather-resistant light, a truly versatile workhorse IP66 fixture with technical and construction features once unimaginable for this kind of light. It offers high-power and high brightness with top-level performance in a remarkably compact and lightweight package that enables fast pan and tilt movements. The Arolla Aqua fits a custom white 900W (7000K) LED light source and is capable of a 40,000-lumen output with a high-quality, uniform light beam, density and the total absence of spurious lights. This means it can compete with both high-power-range lights (given its output) and medium-power-range lights (given its small size and weight). Go-Bright technology means no light loss or colour shift when gobos are inserted into the beam. From high-power to medium-power ranges, Arolla Aqua shines as a versatile solution. Its remarkable dimensions hold unmatched potential, making it the go-to choice for the professionals seeking for compact, powerful and reliable lighting, without breaking the bank!

HY B-EYE K15 Aqua is the newest member of the IP66 Shield family. Based on the well-known and unique Claypaky ALEDA B-EYE technology with rotation and pixel-mapping, Aqua boasts true IP66 protection and has been rigorously tested to endure vibration and shock during transportation, extreme temperature fluctuations, impacts from hailstones, electrical stress, harsh surroundings, UV exposure and much more.

Claypaky fixtures for theatrical applications – Rhapsodya, Sinfonya and Actoris Profile FC – will also have a prominent place at ISE 2024. 

Rhapsodya is a high power, low-noise multi-spectral LED-based fixture designed for a variety of applications, including theatre, TV production, touring and live events. It uses a custom 1200W multicolour RGBAL LED engine, is capable of a 24,000-lumen output and offers many exclusive features, such as the Accuframe framing system using two focal planes for better resolution and focusing, Tonedown, which ensures whisper-quiet operation at just 27dB, Absolute Position for advanced pan and tilt control, the Lineguard frost system using two pairs of blades for much higher beam uniformity and truly incremental adjustment of frost levels and ColorMatch calibration for matching colour temperatures to other fixtures when using Claypaky CloudIO software. This technology provides consistency among a variety of fixtures used in a production and offers the potential for storing custom digital colour filters onboard.

Rhapsodya incorporates AccuTone, a sophisticated, internally developed firmware algorithm for a precise control over the beam in a multicolour LED engine, providing vibrant, rich colours and a balanced, consistent white, optimised for both stage and TV. COLORSTRING, a new system enabling an individual control of four independent LED stripes within the engine for a high level of graphics and colour effects.

Sinfonya Profile 600 is a unique, low-noise LED-based moving light that’s stylish and packed with technology, offering endless possibilities for designers to utilise a wide variety of features specifically developed for theatrical productions. Sinfonya’s multicolour emitter light engine delivers saturated colours at high intensity and its wide variety of gobos provides lots of options. Quick and responsive, the fixture also boasts framing shutters and a 5-60º zoom range.

Rounding out Claypaky theatrical fixtures is ADB’s Actoris Profile FC, a six-colour ellipsoidal with advanced features that incorporates state-of-the-art software to deliver top-notch performance, especially in terms of colour control. The light source of this practical, smart and modular tool is based on an RGBAL + royal blue system, which means any desired shade of colour can be produced, including an incredible array of pastel hues, with a CRI of up to 97. The algorithm that regulates the colour control system is perfectly comparable to that of the Claypaky Sinfonya Profile and Rhapsodya, with advanced, standard, white and single-channel modes.

Buddylight, Claypaky’s new, quick and easy automated followspot system, will also make its ISE debut. The Buddylight can be used either in an Art-Net or DMX network – by setting up control priority management with the console – or in stand-alone mode, where it really shines! The Buddylight marks a further step towards increasing entertainment light automation and is perfect for small theatres, auditoriums and conference rooms.

Experience the Unmatched Global Accessibility of Claypaky Laser Technology!

When Claypaky introduced Xtylos, the first laser-sourced moving light beam fixture in entertainment lighting, it shaped a new era of moving heads. Today, Claypaky stands as a pioneer and the unrivalled leader with the longest and most advanced expertise in this groundbreaking technology and with the most complete portfolio of fixtures.

Skylos, the newest member of the laser family, is sure to capture attention at ISE as an ultra-versatile and weather-resistant fixture with incredible light output and outstanding construction features. Skylos is much appreciated by the touring sector where LDs are constantly on the lookout for dense, solid beams of light and ever-greater light output. It fits a custom 300W white light laser source, which provides an extremely parallel, uniform beam. With total power consumption of only 600W, the Skylos has the same light output as a 4000W xenon lamp. Considering its light output and the size of the front lens, the body of this remarkable light is lightweight and compact. This allows the unit to be moved with relative ease in any environment and to be rigged on trusses for use on tours.

Its body is IP66 rated and marine grade to ensure flawless performance in salty surroundings and protect the fixture from corrosion. A sophisticated internal heat-dissipation system designed specifically for this product allows it to work at very low and very high temperatures, while its Solar Shield technology protects the engine and internal components from damage due to sun exposure.

For Claypaky, innovation extends beyond the creation of new and stunning technologies and effects. It’s about revolutionising how these groundbreaking solutions are delivered to our users, making the experience not just cutting-edge, but also incredibly easy and comprehensive.

Claypaky’s extensive expertise in laser technology and comprehensive knowledge of USA regulations has empowered it to design a seamless and automated process for obtaining the variance, ensuring that its customers worldwide can enjoy the brilliance of the laser-based portfolio without any hassle.

Discover the freedom to use Claypaky laser products seamlessly across the globe and let Claypaky be your partner in unlocking the full potential of this cutting-edge technology.


No need to switch products when entering the US market: Claypaky has got you covered! Experience the convenience of a truly global laser solutions with Claypaky.  


26th January 2024


Funktion-One Launch Highly Versatile Evolution 2 Loudspeaker

Funktion-One Launch Highly Versatile Evolution 2 Loudspeaker

Spain – Following on from the iconic Res 2, the Evo 2 – launching at ISE 2024 – brings a new level of performance in a smaller enclosure. Funktion-One will also introduce Tour Rack and showcase Projection system design software at the show.

Loudspeaker manufacturer Funktion-One will introduce its latest product innovations at ISE 2024 in Barcelona, including the extremely versatile, high-performance Evo 2. The latest addition to the Evo Series has evolved from the iconic Res 2, which was one of Funktion-One’s earliest product releases over 25 years ago.

Evo 2 is a medium dispersion, fully horn-loaded, three-way loudspeaker, which features the latest Funktion-One driver technology and highly refined tuning. Funktion-One will hold short Evo 2 demos every hour on Stand 7G800, starting at 10:25am each day.

Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews comments: “We’re very excited to introduce the Evo 2 at ISE. We’ve managed to get exceptional performance from a smaller loudspeaker. Greater precision and detail and more consistent directivity. We can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Evo 2’s outstanding performance capabilities and versatile format make it very appealing across a range of live event and install applications, including as a four-point club system or two-wide flown system for medium sized venues. Its manageable size and innovative Butterfly Plate rigging system enable quick and easy deployment. Evo 2 is perfectly suited to ground stacking for small events, flying singly or in pairs for wider coverage and larger audience areas, or used as fills supporting Vero, Evo or Vero VX systems. 

Evo 2, which ships in May 2024, can easily be adapted between three-way active (NL8 tri-amp) or three-way passive mid/hi (NL4 bi-amp). It is available in standard Funktion-One violet finish or durable black PU coating. A foam backed grille can be added for a more discreet appearance and a custom flight case is also available.

In addition to the Evo 2 launch, Funktion-One will introduce the new Tour Rack and showcase projection system design software at the show.

Funktion-One’s Tour Rack is a compact, shock mounted, amplifier rack that’s built for the road. It delivers a comprehensive solution for rental users in need of efficient and effective system control and amplification for Funktion-One systems. Tour Rack houses three high power four-channel DSP-enabled amplifiers and comes complete with three-phase mains distribution, comprehensive signal distribution and speaker output patch panels.

Funktion-One’s fast and intuitive Projection system design software assists Funktion-One users in designing and optimising arrays for smooth audience coverage and generates detailed venue specific system information. It has a user-friendly interface and feature set that make designing Funktion-One systems as straightforward as possible.

Projection produces accurate 3D direct sound prediction for Vero, Vero VX, Evo 7 and Evo 6 arrays, with many more Funktion-One products available as single loudspeakers. Projection also provides rigging calculations, kit lists and PDF exports of system designs. Funktion-One will demonstrate Projection at ISE and it will be available to download from funktion-one.com later in the year. 

To find out more about Evo 2, Tour Rack and Projection, visit Funktion-One at ISE 2024 in Hall 7 Stand G800.


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26th January 2024

Robe at ISE 2024

Robe at ISE 2024
Robe at ISE 2024

Spain – Robe Lighting will exhibit on booths 1C700 and 1D700 in Hall 1 at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) expo 30th January to 2nd Feb February 2024 at Fira Barcelona in Spain, where it and sister businesses – Anolis, Avolites and Artistic Licence – will share a dynamic space and present an interesting array of new and popular products.

Robe’s increased presence at ISE reflects the growing importance of the show as a hub and a forum for production and entertainment technology professionals. Featured this year for the first time is a dedicated lighting and staging hall, together with seven other technology zones, an extensive conference programme, CEDIA educational courses, two live stages and over 1000 exhibitors across multiple halls at the Fira in sunny Barcelona.

Robe highlights several new products including from its award-winning IP rated i-series: the iFORTE and iFORTE LTX, iPAINTE, iESPRITE, iBeam 350, iTetra2 and iT12 Profile, for all environments characterised by their innovative features, rugged weather resistance and for being identical to non-IP rated versions of the same products, allowing the flexibility of easy mixing on the same lighting plot.

A brand-new variant of the T32 Cyc will be previewed, as will the latest in the FOOTSIE1 and FOOTSIE2 footlight range, the FOOTSIE Slim.

Also previewed is Robe’s much anticipated iBOLT.

The iBOLT is a unique, innovative, hugely bright fixture that is the first real replacement for conventional 7kW xenon searchlights on the market. With the same feature set as Robe’s groundbreaking and universally popular MegaPointe, the iBOLT can be a beam, spot, wash and effects luminaire for stage and outdoor use. It has a beautiful large front lens and has been described as “a MegaPointe on super-steroids!”

There will be a timecoded ‘Voice of God’ presentation on the booth highlighting all the Robe products, and the company will also have a strong presence at the nearby EARPRO&EES / Midwich Group showroom which will be utilised for invitation-only demos of some new and upcoming surprises.

A big turnout of customers and potential new leads for all Robe’s brands is expected at ISE as the expo is seen as a key trade show and a vital forum for the entertainment and production technology sector.

Robe’s most powerful iSeries continues to expand with the IP65-rated iFORTE which combines a massive output and multiple effects in a package ready for all outdoor challenges including bad weather.

Just 1.5kg heavier than the standard FORTE, iFORTE offers all the quality, features and identical performance of the original luminaire, enabling seamless integration of the two types if desired.

Robe’s iFORTE LTX WB is currently the brightest fixture on the market and is an ultimate long throw LED wash beam for all environments. It is designed for stadium shows, concerts and all events and spectaculars where serious intensity is needed across massive distances.

Robe’s internally designed, developed, patented and manufactured iSE-TE 1000W XP (Xtra Performance) IP65-rated White LED Transferable Engine produces an incredible, industry-leading 355.000 Lux at five metres.

The IP65-rated version of one of Robe’s most popular products, the iESPRITE, delivers consistent, hassle-free performance without needing complex maintenance whatever the weather or atmospheric conditions.

This and all other Robe iSeries fixtures dramatically reduce the stress and complications associated with outdoor lighting.

iPAINTE is a high quality IP65-rated short / medium throw profile luminaire that retains all the qualities and features of the highly successful indoor version, the PAINTE.

Robe’s ground-breaking, self-managing, low-maintenance ingress protection technology means this fixture is great for exterior use by removing the threat of rain, dust, humidity, smoke or haze damage, even in the harshest conditions.

With an identical footprint and DMX map, both iPAINTE and PAINTE can be seamlessly integrated within the same lighting rig if desired. Even when rigged next to one another, they look the same which is great for continuity and practicality.

The impressive IP65-rated iTetra2 moving linear LED bar joins the Robe iSeries, retaining all the coolness and functionality of the indoor version with the added benefit of Robe’s self-managing, low-maintenance ingress protection technology which very efficiently stops rain, dust, humidity, smoke or haze damage.

With an identical DMX map, features, and performance to Tetra2, the outdoor iTetra2 also has the onboard patented RAINS (Robe Automatic Ingress Neutralisation System) which manages humidity, temperature, and pressure control. As an active monitoring system, RAINS automatically removes any moisture detected within the fixture.

Robe’s massively successful LEDBeam 350 is now weatherproofed in the iBeam 350 which will be a big hit with everyone working on outdoor lighting projects.

The iBeam 350 has all the qualities and features that have made LEDBeam 350 such a great choice including the self-regulating, low-maintenance ingress protection technology.

As with other iSeries fixtures like the iPAINTE, iBeam 350 has an identical footprint, DMX map and resemblance to the LEDBeam 350, making for smooth integration of both types of fixtures on the same lighting rig.

From single static optically crisp projections to complicated gobo, framing, beam and colour control, the fully weatherised iT12 Profile is an advanced modular outdoor solution for all exterior static projection needs. The fixture has an impressive CRI of 95+ and a 13,000 lumen output.

It offers all the advantages of Robe’s TE (Transferable Engine) technology, the standard Robe T-Series colour refinement and consistent and precise replayability.

The iSE-MSL-TE 500W Transferable Engine is an IP65-rated self-referencing, rapid changing TE Multi-Spectral light source and a cost-effective investment that can be exchanged or replaced.

Robe’s architectural and LED lighting brand Anolis has its own space on the booth and will highlight its new CalummaM, Ambiane and Eminere product ranges.

Calumma M & S fixtures are now available with asymmetric optics specifically designed for street, road and pathway use, where unwanted glare reduction and efficiency are paramount. The unit is engineered for pole mounted applications that optimise pole spacings and enhance sustainability.

The Ambiane SP range has been expanded with an adjustable version of the downlight and a new pendant version which offer the same key features: homogenous light output, power balancing, 18-bit dimming and TV friendly green +/- control. Currently these are available in pure white, tuneable white, RGBW and tungsten dim formats.

The Ambiane SP16 pendant remote – currently the smallest of the range – will also be on the stand demo offering an efficient, powerful and high-quality solution for lower ceiling applications.

There will be one of every fixture in the Eminere range including the in-grounds.

Part of the Robe group, Artistic Licence will display a selection of its omnipresent lighting control technology products popular across the entertainment industry and a favourite for systems integrators and installers. As the originators of Art-Net, the company produces an assortment of inventive gateways, splitters, switches, protocol converters and other related networking and test products and solutions.

Avolites will showcase a number of its latest powerful, user-friendly lighting consoles on its dedicated part of the Robe booth, emphasising the synergies and vision existing between all of these Robe businesses.

Robe sees ISE as a perfect showcase for the synergies linking all its companies together and looks forward to a lively and busy show in vibrant Barcelona.


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26th January 2024

Robe Lighting

EM Acoustics to launch R5 internationally at ISE 2024

EM Acoustics to launch R5 internationally at ISE 2024

Spain – Following an extremely successful year, EM Acoustics is having a predictably busy start to 2024 as the team returns to ISE later this month. After a successful UK launch at PLASA in London, EM Acoustics will unveil the latest addition to its Reference series, the ultra-compact R5, to an international audience for the first time at the event, which runs from 30 January to 2 February at the Fira Barcelona.

The Reference Series is characterised by its low-profile design and exceptional quality, offering full-range point source loudspeakers that boast remarkably flat frequency and phase responses. The series, which was an instant success in installations and live events alike, represents a flagship product line for the brand.

“Introducing a smaller enclosure is a logical step in the evolution of the Reference Series, driven by huge demand from our customers,” confirms Greg Clarke, EM Acoustics’ brand manager. “Like the rest of the Reference family, the R5 delivers high-calibre point-source audio, unparalleled headroom and exquisite musicality, and we can’t wait to share it with an international audience at ISE 2024.”

At the booth, the EM Acoustics management team will be on hand to showcase the full Reference Series range of precision passive full-range loudspeakers including the new R5, alongside a small selection of its popular EMS Series loudspeakers.

The new addition joins a portfolio of EM Acoustics' loudspeakers that have already left an impression in various industry settings, including West End theatres, live music venues, touring events, fixed installations and festival stages, including Glastonbury’s Acoustic Stage.

Visitors attending the show can meet the EM Acoustics management team at booth 7H550 to learn more about the latest addition to the Reference Series and explore the brand’s full portfolio of audio solutions.

25th January 2024

Hive to launch new products at ISE 2024

Hive to launch new products at ISE 2024
Hive to launch new products at ISE 2024

Spain – Hive has introduced the next level of creative media playback with two new additions to its ground-breaking Beeblade product range.

Beeblade Minima and Beeblade Osmia are joining Beeblade Pluto as part of the wider ecosystem, offering users more ingenious media playback solutions that work in harmony with a wide range of project types. Additionally, Hive is also launching the brand-new Beehive 5U rack mountable chassis at ISE 2024.

Beeblade is a revolutionary approach to media playback that seamlessly integrates into any Smart Display Module (SDM) compatible display or projector. It’s the hidden hero behind complex, creative video that can be synced across multiple players using Hive’s Beesync software.

Joining the Pluto Beeblade – which is ideal for large-scale mapping projects – the Beeblade Minima is Hive’s newest HD player with the lowest technical specification. The new Beeblade Osmia is a mid-range solution that can achieve 4K media and 4K output capacity.

With all the functionality you need, the Beeblade range is simple to integrate, easy to manage and features an intuitive user interface that can be accessed from any modern browser. The Beeblade family can also live in Hive’s Beebox and Beehive units.

The Beebox is a custom designed portable enclosure that can be placed next to display technology if there is no in-built SDM slot. Beehive is a 5U chassis that can hold up to 16 Beeblades so that you can create a system that suits the unique nature of your project.

Inspired by the intelligent structure of a bee colony, Hive’s Beehive is designed so that every part of it serves a purpose. Whether you fill the Beehive or use it partially populated, each Beeblade SDM slot has its own network connection. HDMI output and isolated visual display on the front of the chassis help you create the exact number of video playback channels and control that you need.

Additionally, you can manage each player in the Beehive through Hive’s software that’s naturally easy to use, from any device, anywhere.

Designed to be better for the planet, the product ecosystem is constructed without any unnecessary features, creating more compact, intuitive and greener systems with the same high quality. It’s flexible, scalable media playback that doesn’t cost the earth.

“These new media playback products represent Hive’s natural evolution in technology advancements, providing visionaries with the most efficient tools to enable the most ambitious of ideas to come to life organically,” explains Mark Calvert, Hive managing director and co-founder. “We are very happy to bring new products to the market that do not cost the earth, and at the same time are naturally easy to use and maintain.”

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25th January 2024

Where innovation meets excellence: Leyard Europe presents the future of display technology at ISE 2024

Where innovation meets excellence: Leyard Europe presents the future of display technology at ISE 2024

Spain – Leyard Europe, a leader in the design, production, distribution and service of digital displays, video walls and visualisation products worldwide, is delighted to bring its latest products and solutions to this year’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Barcelona.

The company will showcase a diverse range of meeting room solutions tailored for the new hybrid way of working, including the Planar URW105 21:9 display. Featuring integrations with platforms such as MS Teams Front Row, these solutions aim to enhance collaborative experiences.

“We are proud to showcase a seamlessly integrated meeting room solution alongside our esteemed technology partners, Cyviz and T1V,” says Cris Tanghe, VP product Europe at Leyard Europe. “By presenting their innovative solutions in combination with our cutting-edge displays, visitors will gain a comprehensive insight into how a well-equipped meeting and collaboration room can truly empower and elevate everyday work experiences.

“Other set-ups will also feature Leyard’s innovative technology capabilities such as a new MicroLED option for the trusted Leyard MGP Series, a DirectLight Ultra p0.6 MicroLED Integrated Matrix Device (IMD) and a MicroLED Glue on Board (GOB), showcased with the brand-new Leyard MGS Series. Last but not least, there will be a MicroLED Chip on Board (COB) solution, represented by the Leyard VDS Series, offering attendees a firsthand look at different cutting-edge visual solutions, ready to deliver.

New additions to the rental and staging portfolio are the Leyard LN Series and the new CarbonLight CLM5.9 M3, which will be on display at the show.

Creative solutions such as the Leyard EcoDot Series, Leyard NEV Series for indoor fixed installations and a LED sphere will be featured, emphasising Leyard’s commitment to delivering high-quality products.

The company will also present its made en Europe LED video walls, manufactured in its production facilities in Slovakia. The show will mark the debut of a new product, the Leyard DirectLight Slim, a successor to the Leyard AT Series, and its latest control room processor, the netPIX Fusion, thereby underlining the company’s commitment to addressing the rising demand of directview LED wall for control rooms. The Directlight Slim features remote redundant power supplies and a special form factor ideal to create curved overview wall, and the netPIX Fusion is designed to significantly improve operator workflows.

For virtual production (VP) enthusiasts, Leyard Europe will unveil a complete VP/XR studio set-up at the show. This immersive experience will integrate the company’s motion capturing solutions and feature an Extended Reality (XR) stage based on Leyard Venue Pro VX Series for back walls, and Leyard CarbonLight VX Series for the LED floor. The set-up will be complemented by NaturalPoint/OptiTrack for tracking, Pixera/AV Stumpfl render engines and EZtrack for lens data and camera tracking.

“We are thrilled to be part of ISE 2024 and have the opportunity to showcase Leyard Europe’s latest innovations,” concludes Tanghe. “We invite everyone to visit our stand and explore our latest advancements in visual technology and discover how Leyard continues to push the boundaries of innovation in the visual display industry.”

Visit Leyard on Stand 3A300.

25th January 2024