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Entertainment power courses lay ‘PAT testing’ to rest

Entertainment power courses lay ‘PAT testing’ to rest

UK – New professional training which provides the very latest guidance on the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE) – including why the term ‘PAT Testing’ should now be considered a thing of the past – has been announced.

Presented by James Eade, the UK’s leading expert on electrical power safety for entertainment environments, the hugely popular JET 2377 courses will be available in Bristol on 15-16 February and again on 17-18 May 2023.

The course brings attendees up to date with the important changes introduced by the revised 5th edition of the IET Code of Practice on In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, written by James himself. Among the major developments that everyone should be aware of is that what was commonly called ‘PAT testing’ – the process of inspection and checks on equipment while in-service – is now out of date, replaced by the latest guidance.

Designed by James Eade, the two-day course is aimed at increasing understanding of the need for a holistic approach to the management of electrical equipment in the workplace, as well as the practicalities of actually doing so.

The course focuses squarely on the entertainment and events industry but can be tailored for other industries. It puts the IET guidance and requirements in the Code of Practice into a context that will make sense to (and prove invaluable to) anyone with responsibility for electrical equipment and systems including rental companies, technicians, freelancers and venue managers alike.

Of the JET 2377 courses, James says: “We’re seeing increased competition in the events and entertainment marketplace, with properly skilled crew in ever-greater demand. Because of this, the need for best practice in electrical systems has never been greater. Having the latest knowledge and reliable equipment ensures not only peace of mind, but optimum safety and performance for all concerned.”

James, who trained almost 500 professionals in event, touring, theatre, film and television during 2022 alone, is also chairman of the British Standard 7909 committee, which deals with the management of temporary electrical systems for events.

For more information on courses, pricing and availability, or to sign up to receive emailed updates, visit the website at //eade.uk.com

30th January 2023

Production Futures ON TOUR to visit Nottingham Confetti Institute

Production Futures ON TOUR to visit Nottingham Confetti Institute
Production Futures ON TOUR to visit Nottingham Confetti Institute

UK – Production Futures is an initiative created to provide 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

As part of its continuing programme of ON TOUR live events, Production Futures will visit Nottingham’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies on 23rd January, with world-leading industry experts and brand partners including manufacturers Sennheiser, Avolites, ChamSys, Chauvet Professional, Shure, NEXO, disguise, Brompton Technology, TAIT, Roe Visual, Riedel Communications and Vectorworks, as well as a number of leading supply and production companies.

Part of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Confetti has two campuses, one in Nottingham and a new one in east London, scheduled to open this September. Production Futures ON TOUR will visit the Nottingham campus, based in the heart of the city’s award winning Creative Quarter. Confetti has specialist hubs dedicated to digital, media, film, TV, music and live events and offers further education from age 16, as well as higher education degree courses.

Reflecting the importance it attaches to providing students with access to careers in the creative industries, Confetti will release all its students from timetabled activities to enable their attendance. The event will also be open to all young people from Nottingham and its surrounding areas who wish to explore careers in production.

The event will be staged across the Confetti campus with activities, including panel discussions, hands-on experiences and talks and takes place at the Metronome music and live events hub and the Confetti X complex, a purpose-built suite designed for esports production and other emerging technologies. Special guests include top music producer, director and songwriter, Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue, Westlife, etc), alongside a number of other industry-leading experts who will cover an extensive range of topics.

Newly introduced for the Confetti event is the Production Futures ‘Industry Hangout’ where the young people in attendance can informally discuss specific job and training opportunities with the organisation’s brand partners. As part of an initiative to increase its reach within the industry, Production Futures is also inviting prospective new brand partners to attend the ‘Hangout’ to see for themselves the huge potential talent waiting to be unlocked.

Hannah Eakins, CEO at Production Futures, is looking forward to the day: “We’re delighted to be bringing our ON TOUR event to Nottingham and working with Confetti to provide young people in the area with the opportunity to engage directly with key players in the production industries. The importance of a face to face platform where the next generation of talent can really get under the skin of what our industry can offer can’t be underestimated. As we know, there is a skills shortage across what is a rapidly growing sector and our brand partners place a high value on being able to tap in to what is a huge pool of talent.”

Confetti founder and chief executive, Craig Chettle MBE added: “We’re excited to be hosting Production Futures at our Metronome and Confetti X facilities in Nottingham. The event aligns with our ‘Do it For Real’ ethos, affording those wanting to get into the creative and entertainment industries a fantastic opportunity to hear from experts, attend masterclasses, and connect with key industry partners.”

To find out more about the Production Futures event and to reserve your free place, please visit the event listing on Eventbrite here.

Production Futures ON TOUR to visit Nottingham Confetti Institute Production Futures ON TOUR to visit Nottingham Confetti Institute

13th January 2023

Allen & Heath to Begin Tenth Semester of Award-Winning Mini Masterclass Series

Allen & Heath to Begin Tenth Semester of Award-Winning Mini Masterclass Series

USA – Allen & Heath USA has announced a brand new semester of its weekly Mini Masterclass series. The free 25-minute classes, held online every Wednesday, feature world-class instructors and product experts discussing various features and hardware within the Allen & Heath ecosystem. Created in November 2020 and now totalling over 100 weeks of sessions, the Mini Masterclasses continue to evolve and grow based on continual feedback from the engaged Allen & Heath community.

Previous Mini Masterclass topics have ranged from basic terminology to advanced dLive processing. Many classes are also dedicated to installation topics, such as the ever-expanding AHM series of powerful matrix mixers and the Everything I/O ecosystem. Each session is followed by a Q&A, giving users the opportunity to have their questions answered by the experts. This innovative format was honoured last year with an SCN Stellar Service Award, noted as representing exceptional service and training by the readers of Systems Contractor News magazine.

“With the beginning of our tenth semester, we're more excited than ever to continue building this community,” notes Samantha Potter, commercial audio manager for Allen & Heath USA and core Masterclass instructor. “We're covering topics that span quite the gamut, fuelled heavily by our attendees. It's a blast getting to spend a few minutes on Wednesdays in a casual, virtual environment where people can learn something new and have a safe space to ask questions.”

The new semester will begin this week on January 11th, 2023, and will feature many anticipated classes on FX processing, custom control, hardware overviews, studio configuration and more.

To register, please visit https://www.allen-heath.com/events/

11th January 2023

disguise Revamps its Learn Platform to Provide an Industry-Tailored Learning Experience

disguise Revamps its Learn Platform to Provide an Industry-Tailored Learning Experience

UK – disguise, the technology platform enabling the most spectacular live experiences and virtual productions, has re-engineered its learning programme to a new offering named 'disguise Learn'. disguise Learn’s new in-classroom and online courses provide an improved experience offering dedicated learning pathways for virtual production, extended reality, broadcast graphics, location-based experiences and live events so users can pick a learning pathway most relevant to their chosen industry application.

"Within the last three years, we've helped power more than 600 real-time productions in over 50 countries. With disguise Learn, we want to share all we've learned with our 20 years of industry expertise and make it as easy as possible for anyone to become an expert in disguise workflows. With our new, industry-tailored learning pathways, learners can apply newfound knowledge to whichever projects they work in including xR and virtual production as well as location-based experiences and live shows,” says disguise training manager for EMEA, Alex Lapthorne.

disguise Learn offers a blended approach with both online and classroom learning for all levels of experience. The online offering comes free of charge and now includes more easily consumable learning content presented in different formats. Users of disguise Learn can also enjoy easier access to trainers in different regions with disguise providing classroom learning in their key locations across EMEA, APAC and the Americas either through their own trainers or through certified disguise training partners. Users can now easily learn in their preferred medium, on their budget, and on their schedule.

“While virtual productions, live events, and location-based experiences are quickly adopting next-generation technology platforms, all these industries need people with the knowledge to put the technology to use. With the launch of disguise Learn, we have expanded our existing catalogue of courses so our users can easily learn new skills that will enable them to transition into new working environments and discover exciting opportunities, “ says disguise training manager for the Americas, Vickie Claiborne.

disguise Learn offers certification in the form of printed certificates and digital badges that get posted to the attendees' Linkedin network upon successful completion of each module. With this, attendees can showcase their skills, making it easier to land their next gig.

“We are proud to launch disguise Learn and offer an easier and better way for users to begin their learning journey with us. Now, both new and existing users can get the best out of our software and hardware solutions and feel fully supported within the disguise ecosystem,” says disguise chief experience officer Alex Wills. “The pace of innovation within the media and entertainment space is increasing exponentially and we want as many people as possible harnessing the disguise platform to stay at the very forefront of these industries.”

To sign up for disguise Learn online visit www.disguise.one/en/learn/

1st December 2022

ABTT Launches 2nd Guidance Note on Mental Health & Well-being

ABTT Launches 2nd Guidance Note on Mental Health & Well-being

The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) has launched Guidance Note W2: Mental health and well-being in the workplace – A practical guide to conducting Stress Risk Assessments and creating well-being policies.

This is the second in the ABTT’s “W” series of Guidance Notes which deal with legal duties and best practice for ensuring the welfare of all workers.

Guidance Note W2 is launched to coincide with International Stress Awareness Week 7-11 November 2022.1

Guidance Note W2 provides guidance for risk assessing stress in the workplace. It is closely aligned with the HSE’s current advice provided as part of the Working Minds campaign2. The guidance note offers concise guidance and a step-by-step methodology by which to begin risk assessing work related stress.

Guidance Note W2 is part of the Code of Practice for the Theatre Industry in the UK which is produced by the ABTT with the support of the national Theatre Safety Committee and which is recognised by the HSE as an Established Standard.

Work-related stress is a major cause of occupational ill health and can cause severe physical and psychological conditions in workers. It can also lead to poor productivity and human error, increased sickness absence, increases in accidents, high staff turnover and poor performance. HSE statistics show that work-related stress is a significant issue with more than 15.4 million working days lost as a result of stress, anxiety or depression. This equates to an estimated cost of £5.2 billion.3 Stress, anxiety and depression are the number one reasons for work related illness in the UK.

The “AAPTLE 2021 UK Backstage Well-being survey” provided significant evidence of a higher than average prevalence of mental ill health in technical and production practitioners working in theatre and live performance.

Guidance Note W2 provides support for workplaces in assessing the risk of work-related stress and for working towards methods by which reduce it.

1 International Stress Awareness Week 7-11 November 2022: https://isma.org.uk/isma-international-stress- awareness-week

2 Working Minds: https://workright.campaign.gov.uk/campaigns/working-minds/

3 HSE Stress work book: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/wbk01.pdf

 

7th November 2022

Four draft standards open for review on ESTA website

Four draft standards are available for public review and comment on the ESTA website at http://estalink.us/pr. The downloads are free. Please note the comment due dates, which are not all the same. The documents in public review are:

BSR E1.20, Entertainment Technology  Remote Device Management Over USITT DMX512 Networks. The existing E1.20 - 2010, Entertainment Technology – Remote Device Management over USITT DMX512 Networks, is being revised to clarify ambiguities, fix bugs and incorporate some additional features. E1.20 is an extension to USITT DMX512 and ANSI E1.11 that allows for bi-directional communication on the primary data link. This allows a controller to discover RDM enabled devices on the link, to set starting addresses and other configuration settings, and to request status messages. The project also is to reinstate E1.20 as an American National Standard. It has lost that status due to being over-age. Comments are due no later than November 28.

BSR E1.37-5, General Purpose Messages for E1.20, RDM, is to provide additional Get/Set parameter messages (PIDs) for use with the E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol. The public review package is a ZIP file with folders of 128 JSON examples. The standard is E1-37-5 General Purpose PIDs r30 2022-09-01.pdf. Comments on any of the files are welcome, but only comments on E1-37-5 General Purpose PIDs r30 2022-09-01.pdf will be formally considered and resolved. Comments are due no later than 28 November.

BSR E1.59, Entertainment Technology Object Transform Protocol (OTP), describes a mechanism to transfer object transform information such as position, orientation and velocity over an IP network using a subset of the ACN protocol suite. It covers data format, data protocol, data addressing, and network management. Data transmitted is intended to coordinate visual and audio elements of a production. The existing standard is being revised to include new modules for camera metadata. Comments are due no later than 28 November.

BSR E1.76, Tensioned Wire Grids, covers the design and application criteria for wire-rope tension grids, including the loading, self-weight considerations, transitions between levels, and suspension from the building structure. It provides deflection criteria for structural elements and the woven mesh. The standard offers guidance on openings, including trap doors and bays similar to loft-wells. It provides requirements for hand rails and step units, and considerations for other accessories. Comments on this draft standard are due no later than 14 November, sooner than the others.

 

5th October 2022

Theatre Royal Plymouth Launches New-to-Industry Technical Residency in Honour of Lighting Technician

Theatre Royal Plymouth Launches New-to-Industry Technical Residency in Honour of Lighting Technician

UK – Theatre Royal Plymouth has launched a new-to-industry technical residency in memory of former lighting technician, Andy Harman, who tragically lost his life in 2021. The Harman Technical Residency will be a first of its kind in the theatre industry, with TRP hoping this new offering could be replicated across the country.

Theatre Royal Plymouth has reflected on how difficult it can be for new people starting out in the industry to gain practical experience and get people’s foot in the door to begin their careers. With this they are keen to offer an opportunity to gain real life experience that will cement a passion for theatre and establish a high-quality approach to work that will support our industry and a life-long career.

Matt Hoyle, head of technical at Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “This technical residency will provide valuable career pathways, networking and training opportunities within the UK theatre sector. The 18-month Harman Technical Residency will see the successful candidate work within TRP’s established, well respected and experienced technical team on existing skills and will offer mentoring to help enter the technical theatre profession.”

Theatre Royal Plymouth is looking for applicants across the South West and wider UK with existing skills from a relevant higher level qualification looking for their first role in the industry. The exact programme for the successful candidate will be bespoke to the skills, knowledge and experience that individual brings.

To find out more about the Harman Technical Residency at TRP visit https://theatreroyal.com/harman-technical-residency/

30th September 2022

Wakefield’s creative leaders CAPA College and Backstage Academy announce new partnership with exciting plans for world-class Arts Education collaboration

Wakefield’s creative leaders CAPA College and Backstage Academy announce new partnership with exciting plans for world-class Arts Education collaboration

UK - A brand-new partnership between two of the country’s leading Creative Arts organisations: CAPA College and Backstage Academy has been announced. From their respective corners of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, these two pioneering organisations have been shaping the future of performing arts, production arts, live events and arts education for the past two decades with an influence that extends from the West End stage to Hollywood film production to the global tours of such musical giants as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Now CAPA College and Backstage Academy are joining forces for the first time to further enhance Yorkshire’s reputation for world-class Arts Education.

CAPA College and Backstage Academy are both world-leading organisations with specialist training and education provision spanning across a wide range of careers from TV, film and theatre to performance and live events. This partnership comes as these two artistic stalwarts declare their intention to collaborate and further the exceptional provision for arts education in West Yorkshire.

This groundbreaking collaboration will give young people a unique opportunity to benefit from the finest artistic and creative education provided by CAPA College (which is delivered by an award-winning team of top professional teachers, directors, choreographers, musical directors, designers and technicians) alongside the cutting-edge technical and production expertise of Backstage Academy (Production Park’s trailblazing Live Events Production University, which is the only centre of its kind in the UK).

This partnership brings together the academic and research teams of two of the UK’s highest-rated creative arts organisations. CAPA College and Backstage Academy are also unrivalled in terms of the industry-standard facilities that they offer to their students. Operating from a brand new, multi-million-pound site in Wakefield city centre, CAPA College offers state-of-the-art dance, drama and singing studios, a 150-seat theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre, art house cinema and recording studios. The recently expanded Backstage Academy campus in South Kirkby is the number one live events production destination in Europe with incredible studios, the latest equipment and pioneering technology.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, says: “I am delighted that this partnership between CAPA College and Backstage Academy is taking place. Our region is fortunate to have two organisations that excel in what they do. I hope that through working together to create a creative arts pathway for talented young people they will present opportunities for people across a range of careers in TV, film, theatre and live events. This initiative will help our region become more attractive for businesses in these sectors to come here and invest.”

With incredible new programmes of study, original opportunities for collaborative research and an unprecedented focus on immersive entertainment and performance, this new partnership between CAPA College and Backstage Academy marks the beginning of something unprecedented in Arts Education and its happening right here in West Yorkshire.

23rd September 2022

PMC Studio London Hosts Beyond the Mix’s First Pro Audio Seminar

PMC Studio London Hosts Beyond the Mix’s First Pro Audio Seminar

UK – Collaborative and networking initiative Beyond The Mix is holding a one-day seminar on 7th October 2022 to showcase mixing techniques to aspiring producers and engineers.

The seminar will take place at PMC Studio London, PMC’s fully equipped Dolby Atmos demo facility. Speakers will include GRAMMY and BRIT Award winning producer and engineer Heff Moraes, who is PMC’s brand ambassador and an expert on mixing music in the Dolby Atmos format. Also on the panel are Los Angeles-based mix engineer Ross Newbauer, who works closely with the renowned mixer Joe Zook, and UK recording and mix engineer Will Reeves, who began his career assisting Heff at Tape London and has since worked with artists such as Will.i.am, Migos, Bree Runway and Wes Nelson, and achieved Gold and Platinum selling records.

The brainchild of Will Reeves (founder) and Stephan Grainger (creative director), Beyond The Mix was launched during the first COVID lockdown as a way for those interested in all things audio to connect and share information. This educational and interactive platform is open to upcoming music producers and audio engineers who want to be part of a like-minded community.

“This is the first physical event Beyond The Mix has run and we are very excited to be holding it in PMC’s amazing demo facility,” Will Reeves says. “When I left university, I struggled to find the right people to help. We’ve created a platform where anyone can ask a question and get direct answers from industry professionals.

“Our aim at this event is to cover a range of subjects so that people who are new to the industry can learn about producing and mixing in stereo, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos from those who are actively involved in the process. Topics such as file preparation and organisation will be high on the agenda, but we will also be discussing ways to get started in the business and studio etiquette.”

Heff Moraes adds: “Mixing is not a dark art, but it does require proper organisation, especially now that so many projects are being prepared for release in immersive audio formats. As leaders in this field, PMC has a great deal of knowledge, both about mixing techniques and about choosing the right monitoring for Dolby Atmos studios. I personally feel it is very important that we teach aspiring engineers good techniques from the outset so that they can avoid making the mistakes others have made.”

PMC Studio London has space for 15 attendees and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are £30 per person and can be obtained at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-mix-recording-mixing-seminar-tickets-418021632957

The event will also be captured on video and shared on Beyond The Mix’s Instagram page.

As an additional incentive, those participating have the opportunity to win a pair of PMC result6 nearfield monitors and a set of Audeze LCD-X headphones. These exceptional products will be given away as raffle prizes at the end of the event.

In picture: Heff Moraes and Will Reeves.

15th September 2022

Following a Two-Year Hiatus, L-Acoustics Hosts APAC Certified Provider Engineers to In-Person Training ‘Bootcamp’

Following a Two-Year Hiatus, L-Acoustics Hosts APAC Certified Provider Engineers to In-Person Training ‘Bootcamp’
Following a Two-Year Hiatus, L-Acoustics Hosts APAC Certified Provider Engineers to In-Person Training ‘Bootcamp’

Thailand – With renewed energy, L-Acoustics welcomed certified provider partners to a technical boot camp in Bangkok, Thailand, for the first time in two years. Finally, after years of online-only sessions, technical referent engineers from partner companies based in ten countries in the Asia Pacific region could gather in person to learn about the latest technologies from L-Acoustics and update their skills with peers from the region.

Welcomed by Tim Zhou, CEO of L-Acoustics APAC, up to a dozen boot camp participants shared and presented project case studies on the first day, highlighting their work with L-Acoustics products for various deployments. Rounding off the day, Francois Montignies, head of education programmes at L-Acoustics, shared updates to the L-Acoustics Education Outreach Programme. Then, Damien Juhasz, application project engineer APAC, introduced the technical referents to L-Acoustics' latest range of products. Montignies explains: “At L-Acoustics, our global education programme is essential. It allows us to keep our certified provider partners and their dedicated engineers up to date with our products and technologies to offer the best quality of service to their end users.”

All L-Acoustics certified providers receive official training from L-Acoustics. This ongoing training ensures that partner engineers are as well-trained as L-Acoustics application engineers and that they deliver the same quality to clients around the globe.

Day two began with Juhasz delving into the best practices on project delivery and support between partners and an L-Acoustics application engineer such as himself, as well as running through the efficient methods when implementing an L-Acoustics ecosystem. For the rest of the day, Montignies, along with Alvin Koh, director of application APAC, and regional application engineers Chung Wah Khiew and Frieda Lee, spoke about a range of updates to processes in 3D room modelling, line source optimisation, Milan-AVB products, system calibration in LA Network Manager and third-party control.

Alvin Koh also presented L-Acoustics software platforms such as Soundvision, hardware engines like the P1 processor, and L-Acoustics’ range of amplified controllers: “We have all these amazing tools for designing and calibrating the best sounding systems, but it does not just stop at releasing them. Training our partner engineers allows for optimal operation of these excellent resources.”

On the final day, Montignies tutored participants on the workflow of tuning a system using the M1 suite of measurement tools. Adapting calculations and measurements from the P1 processor to the M1 software, he demonstrated how an L-Acoustics system is calibrated to achieve optimum sound coverage for any project. Montignies then delved into immersive audio with L-ISA in a live sound setting. Next, Alvin Koh illustrated specific L-ISA features, such as preparing spatial fills for object-based mixing. Damien Juhasz then capped the day with a demonstration of how L-ISA's Ambiance virtual acoustics system captures the acoustic energy of a space and transforms it through the spatially aware L-ISA Room Engine.

Participating engineers brainstormed ideas for potential forthcoming projects and asked questions of L-Acoustics application engineers who shared their insights and suggestions.

“Our R&D team regularly releases robust updates to all our premium offerings, so we must consistently train our partners. Keeping them up to date and offering our technical support ensures they can be confident with L-Acoustics products and technological advancements. It is invaluable when they propose an L-Acoustics system to clients worldwide,” concludes Zhou. “I think our partners are as pleased as we are to do this training again in a face-to-face setting.”

12th September 2022