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30 September 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundDirectors' Cut - Leading theatre figures including Marianne Elliott, Matthew Warchus, Vicky Featherstone and Jeremy Herrin have launched the industry's first body aimed at representing stage directors. Increasing fees ... More >>

Robe goes BIG at PLASA London 2014

Robe goes BIG at PLASA London 2014UK - The PLASA 2014 exhibition sees the culmination of Robe's 20th anniversary celebrations, with the Czech Republic based manufacturer making a big impact in the 1,000sq.m Robe Arena at London's ExCeL Centre. The ... More >>

QSC realigns distribution partnerships

QSC realigns distribution partnershipsUK / Germany - Following the company's recent restructuring into global, channel-specific business units, Costa Mesa, California-based QSC Audio Products LLC has announced a realignment of its distribution in the UK ... More >>

Kinesys in networking mode for PLASA London 2014

Kinesys in networking mode for PLASA London 2014UK - Automation specialist Kinesys will use the networking opportunities of the 2014 PLASA exhibition at London's ExCeL Centre to meet, greet and be social with its UK, European and International clients - existing, ... More >>

New ETC fixtures centre stage at PLASA London 2014

New ETC fixtures centre stage at PLASA London 2014UK - ETC is getting ready to show its latest products at PLASA London 2014 tradeshow in London's ExCeL centre, 5-8 October. ETC will be taking advantage of two separate but adjacent stands (K60 and L60) with an ... More >>

MDG appoints distributors for UK and Middle East

ETC helps show ancient artworks in a new light

SGM P-5s light Scottish Independence Referendum

Black Light shines on Forth Road Bridge celebrations

Fox Sound invests in Italy's first Meyer Lyon system

Juan Gabriel tours US with SSL Live

LSH debuts MLA Compact at Blackheath festival

Beyoncé and Jay Z on the run with Sennheiser

Ashly amplification at Our Lady of Lourdes

7thSense Delta Server shakes up Discovery Park

High tech HDR OB truck hits the road

Raycom celebrates 30 years in business

Philips Selecon & Vari-Lite LED on the Fringe

Chauvet & Iluminarc debut new models at PLASA London 2014

Artistic Licence debutss nanoScope at PLASA London 2014

Ayrton unveils MagicBeam-R at PLASA London 2014

SGM sets triple launch for PLASA London 2014

Doughty's award winning Drop Arms at PLASA London 2014

LSC at PLASA London 2014 for its 25th year enhances Product Requests service

Entertainment Workshops looks to the future

Robe on Gavin Degraw & Matt Nathanson tour

TAIT & Stage Technologies move into new home

Meyer recipe for success at City Winery Napa

Two returning employees at J. R. Clancy

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29 September 2014

Wireless Lighting is launched

Wireless Lighting is launchedUK - Wireless Lighting is a new company and online portal dedicated to the dry and cross hire of battery powered wireless lighting technologies for the show and event industry in and around London. Founder Justin ... More >>

9 September 2014

PLASA London 2014: Avolites to showcase Quartz

PLASA London 2014: Avolites to showcase QuartzUK - Avolites is going down the 'size matters' route at this year's PLASA London, showcasing new wings to enlarge its industry-leading consoles, and unveiling a brand new, compact console aimed at the touring market. ... More >>

24 September 2014

PLASA Awards for Innovation: Nominate Now!

PLASA Awards for Innovation: Nominate Now!UK - As the deadline for entries approaches, nominations for the PLASA Awards for Innovation are rolling in. Examples of all the nominated products will be exhibited at the PLASA Show's Innovation Gallery at the ... More >>

29 September 2014

TAIT & Stage Technologies move into new home

TAIT & Stage Technologies move into new homeUSA - TAIT and sister company Stage Technologies have completed their move into a new joint location on Las Vegas's Wynn Road. The new office, which includes 30,000sq.ft of workshop space, seven loading docks and a ... More >>

19 August 2014

Bose RoomMatch selected for Edmonton theatre

Bose RoomMatch selected for Edmonton theatreCanada - The Mayfield Dinner Theatre is one of the leading live entertainment venues in Edmonton, Alberta, producing five new comedies, dramas and musicals every season, six days a week. The sound for a theatre with ... More >>

30 September 2014

Robe goes BIG at PLASA London 2014

Robe goes BIG at PLASA London 2014UK - The PLASA 2014 exhibition sees the culmination of Robe's 20th anniversary celebrations, with the Czech Republic based manufacturer making a big impact in the 1,000sq.m Robe Arena at London's ExCeL Centre. The ... More >>

16 September 2014

KOI 2014 on track for a sparkling celebration

KOI 2014 on track for a sparkling celebrationUK - The seventh Knight of Illumination Awards has once more seen record submissions for the title of outstanding lighting and video design in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events. Combined with ... More >>

17 September 2014

Focusrite rewards graduates' musical talents

Focusrite rewards graduates' musical talentsUK - A pair of Audio and Music Production graduates from Buckinghamshire New University have won awards from leading music equipment manufacturer Focusrite for the quality of their work. Roy Bates, 31, and Ian Bonner, ... More >>

30 September 2014

MDG appoints distributors for UK and Middle East

MDG appoints distributors for UK and Middle EastUK - MDG Fog Ltd has appointed two new distributors for its range of fog and haze generators. From 1 October 2014, MDGfog UK, a trading division of Robe UK Ltd, will take responsibility for the exclusive distribution ... More >>

24 September 2014

Switched on Tadah! helps illuminate Blackpool

Switched on Tadah! helps illuminate BlackpoolUK - Manchester-based creative multimedia agency Tadah! mixed with the stars recently after being commissioned to make the official promotional film for the switching on of the Blackpool Illuminations for ... More >>

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29 September 2014

Two returning employees at J. R. Clancy

Two returning employees at J. R. ClancyUSA - Matt Mullen, vice president of sales for J. R. Clancy, Inc., has announced the return of two of its top-performing associates to its sales and product development staff. Patrick Finn and Paul Skidmore returned ... More >>

26 September 2014

Senior appointments at Apollo Design Technology

Senior appointments at Apollo Design TechnologyApollo Design Technology has announced the appointment of Bao Ngo as their digital marketing consultant. In this role, Ngo will be responsible for the execution of the company's digital marketing strategy. He will ensure the ... More >>

25 September 2014

Pro audio veteran Michael Stahl passes away

Pro audio veteran Michael Stahl passes awayUSA - Sound engineer and businessman, Michael Stahl passed away on Saturday, 20 September, 2014 after succumbing to an extended illness, he was 68 years old. Michael was raised around music from an early age growing ... More >>

24 September 2014

New sales manager for VDC Trading

New sales manager for VDC TradingUK - VDC Trading, specialist distributor of Van Damme cable, assemblies and connectors has appointed Jodie Verley to the role of sales manager. Jodie's background for the last 16 years has been in electronics ... More >>

Clear-Com appoints UK sale manager

Clear-Com appoints UK sale managerUK - Clear-Com has appointed Damien Egan to the role of regional sales manager for UK, Ireland and Israel, effective immediately. Reporting to Nicki Fisher, Director of EMEA Sales, Damien will be responsible for ... More >>

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PLASA London Reveals Lighting and Staging Education Sessions - 15 Sept 2014

PLASA Events Announces Cancellation of PLASA Focus Austin, and Return to Orlando in 2015 - 8 August 2014

Behind the Scenes to Assist UK Entertainment Technology Professionals - 17 July 2014

Bill Sapsis joins PLASA Rigging Conference Programme - 7 July 2014

New European Dates for PLASA Focus - 11 June 2014

Free Registration for PLASA London 2014 Now Open - 23 May 2014





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"Having worked as a sound engineer in both studio and live for over 12 years, I feel confident that I can quickly assess how a speaker system or pair of headphones sound. At least I did, until I heard these."

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Yesterday's News - 20 Years Ago20 Years Ago . . . LSi October 1994

"The 1994 PLASA Show, held at Earls Court 2, had drawn record visitor numbers. This year's Best New Product Award had gone to Keny Whitright's Wybron for the Autopilot tracking system, while Hermann Sorger of Ludwig Pani received a special award from PLASA chairman Mike Wood in recognition of services to the industry. Seminars included those by Mark Fisher, discussing his staging designs for Pink Floyd's The Division Bell tour, and Gil Densham and Robert Bell on lighting previsualisation techniques using a new software system called WYSIWYG."

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"Our editorial leader noted PLASA's introduction of a Code of Ethics for PLASA Show exhibitors at the show this year in response to concerns about product piracy. We reported that "a handful of disputes were resolved by PLASA at the show", and that copy product had been removed from the show floor for the first time. "

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Phil WardThis month: You Never Can Tell

"Good audio for public address is essential, like transport and gas. Excellent audio for entertainment is even more important. Why? Because it transforms people."

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Classic GearThis month: Real, Live Classics

"Better, it turns out, than reading about classic gear or writing about classic gear is actually handling classic gear: getting hold of lights and consoles and dimmers from back in time and marvelling at the construction, enjoying the aesthetics, in some cases wondering that they ever worked at all!"

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Crew CutsThis month: Lighting designer, Paul Smith (Smiffy)

"I got into lights at school and with local Am-Dram and had pretty much decided that I wanted to be Patrick Woodroffe by the time I was 14. Thanks to Alan Thompson and Peter Marshall at what was then Theatre Projects, I got started in the warehouse and on the rental desk, and once I'd properly ballsed that up, Bryan Leitch should be held fully responsible for me becoming an LD. I may never forgive him, hehe."

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EvernoteThis month: Slack

"Remember when computers made work easier - when email saved the need to post, the web saved the need to find a catalogue. Remember that beautiful moment before the information overload of the Facebooks and Googles and Twitters and Skypes and emails and chats and clouds and the need to constantly manage where that file went, how that message was sent, who forgot to Cc who?"

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Second FixThis month: Smaller Permanent Installations

". . . for schools, amateur theatres and the like, it's just as important as in the professional market to vet your contractors properly. The question is how."

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Richard CadenaThis month: Decoding codecs

"'Codec' is a portmanteau of 'compression' and 'decompression.' Video information is compressed for transport and storage because today's video files can be enormous . . ."


QandAThis month: Phil Ward talks to Nick Cook of marketing consultancy NCM . . .

"Clearly the years of experience I have with audio lends itself to the pro audio business, but the techniques for reviewing the marketing approach of a company and making recommendations to increase sales are the same in most B2B areas."

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ReadiPix Db1: A Glimpse of the Future?

"It immediately seems packed with possibilities. Concert lighting, of course, patterns of light moving in the air. But also as a tool for stage or film lighting, perhaps genuinely providing the tool to fulfil the promise of being able to paint a stage with light, still or animated."

In an LSi exclusive, Rob Halliday reports on the iPix Db1 - "a glimpse of the future of lighting" . . .

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PLASA Awards: Passing JudgementLighting designer Ben M Rogers was one of the judges in this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation. Here he shares his thoughts on the products that caught his attention and what they tell us about the future . . .

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