USA - Robe Robin Pointe moving lights hit new highs in a series of rooftop concerts at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas. Felix Lighting of La Mirada, California, provided the ... More >>
UK - MilTec (UK) Ltd will be showcasing a wide range of new products at PLASA Focus: Leeds. In addition to the usual stand in the New Dock Hall (NCO-7), the company will have a live demo room in the Holiday Inn Hotel ... More >>
UK - Power management specialist Eaton's lighting controls business will exhibit at PLASA Focus, Leeds 2014 for the first time as part of the Eaton group of companies. Presented on Stands D10 & D12 in the Royal ... More >>
Spain - The Vicente Calderón stadium in Madrid has recently been outfitted with D.A.S. Audio professional sound systems. Home to the Club Atlético de Madrid, the stadium has hosted the team's games since it ... More >>
Europe - Despite only having been together for four years, indie rockers Bastille stormed this year's BRITs, winning the award for British Breakthrough Act, as well as being nominated for British Group, British Single ... More >>
22 April 2014
UK - Avolites and Avolites Media have announced that teams from both brands will be demoing products being shown in the UK for the first time at PLASA Focus, Leeds, 29-30 April. Avolites - on stand R-B10 - will be ... More >>
22 April 2014
UK - The ETC's Source Four LED Series 2 luminaire, ETC Source Four Mini LED fixtures and ETC Nomad lighting control, along with SmartPack ThruPower products, are set feature at this year's PLASA Focus Leeds show (New ... More >>
8 April 2014
UK - The next generation of System reality from d&b audiotechnik has arrived from Stuttgart; there's simply no substitute for getting close up and familiar with these new arrivals at PLASA Focus, Leeds 29-30 April, ... More >>
17 April 2014
South Africa - The Europe-based Knight of Illumination Awards, which celebrates outstanding achievements in lighting design, is expanding internationally with the launch of 'KOI South Africa' in 2015. Knight of ... More >>
23 April 2014
UK - The latest products from Philips Entertainment's premier brands - Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite - will make their UK debut at PLASA Focus, Leeds, stand NA-12 from 29-30 April. Showline is ... More >>
16 April 2014
UK - Having been launched in Frankfurt just over a month ago, Yamaha's new QL series digital mixing consoles make their UK trade show debut at PLASA Focus, being held on 29-30 April at the Royal Armouries Museum, ... More >>
3 April 2014
UK - RCF will introduce a number of new products to the UK market for the first time at this year's PLASA Focus in Leeds (29-30 April 29-30, #N-D20). For pro audio professionals unable to make it over to Frankfurt for ... More >>
9 April 2014
UK - Orbital Sound will be showcasing its world-class portfolio of sound and communication systems on Stand No: RD14-15 at PLASA Focus, taking place at The Royal Armouries in Leeds, from 29-30 April. Among the "firsts"... More >>
22 April 2014
The Show Goes On - AC/DC have said they will not retire following news that guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break "due to ill health". It had been rumoured the Australian band would split after ... More >>
23 April 2014
UK - Entertainment lighting specialist White Light returns to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this month for the annual PLASA Focus exhibition April 29-30. On stand N-C24 in New Dock Hall, visitors will find the latest ... More >>
USA - XL Video has introduced the new CEO for their US operation, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. At an event in New York on Monday evening, Rene De Keyzer, XL's founder/president was introduced as the new head of XL ... More >>
USA - GLP US Inc. has announced the appointment of Greville Kellett to the position of West Coast sales manager within the company. Originally from the UK, Greville moved to the US a number of years ago, settling in ... More >>
UK - HHB Communications has announced the retirement of Richard Kershaw from his position as director of operations. Richard Kershaw began his long career at HHB in 1983 after meeting managing director Ian Jones while ... More >>
UK - TC Group has announced the appointment of Nick Williams as its business development manager Asia/Pacific for Install and Tour, with responsibility for the Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake brands. Nick has a long ... More >>
UK - Shure Distribution UK (SDUK) has announced the promotion of Kirsty Lamport to UK head of marketing. Kirsty joined Shure Distribution in 2007 as marketing communications manager, the function of which she retained ... More >>
"When I listen to the music it’s not so much an emotional response, but I find that as I listen I often form a strong sense of colour that I can’t really explain."
LD Cate Carter talks to Steve Moles (On Tour: Ellie Goulding)
20 Years Ago . . . LSi April 1994
"Vari-Lite Buys Into Europe’ was our lead headline this month, as Vari-Lite acquired from Samuelson Group plc “the assets, names and goodwill of Vari-Lite Europe Ltd, Brilliant Stages Ltd and the lighting operations of Theatre and Concert Services Ltd.” Vari-Lite Europe Holdings Ltd now consisted of Vari-Lite Europe, Brilliant Stages and Theatre Projects Lighting Services - the latter with two trading entities, Theatre Projects and Concert Production Lighting."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi April 2004
"The lead news this month was the dramatic announcement by Florida-based Super Vision International Inc, a manufacturer of LED and fibre-optic lighting, that it had filed a lawsuit in Orlando against Color Kinetics Inc, seeking past due royalties and damages worth $10.5m. The announcement followed Super Vision’s acquisition of US Patent #4,963,687 from High End Systems."
This month: Fair Play
"More lucratively, and assuming larger-format versions are possible in due course, EVO Live could challenge Euphonix, Studer, Lawo and Salzbrenner Stagetec in prestigious palaces of culture . . ."
This month: AutoLight
"It’s hard to believe now, deep in the 21st century, that there was ever any doubt that one day we’d all be planning our lighting rigs using computers. But when stencils reigned and computers were expensive - really expensive - and slow - alarmingly so - it was often quite hard for the jobbing lighting designer to see beyond the tracing paper and the dye-line machine. Except for a few pioneers who stumbled across the self-evident truth early, then promoted it religiously."
This month: Guitar Tech Kevin Devogel
"I always wanted to be an actor but then rock and roll ruined my life. I started playing guitar and then ended up going to music school (gasp!) for audio production. All the while I was working as a stage hand in various venues where I discovered a love for live events. It was the first job I ever had where I looked forward to going to work; I found the studio to be extremely boring in comparison. I would watch touring crews come and go and thought it might be something I’d like to do, and so an opportunity came up and I’ve been on the road ever since. "
This month: The morals of what we do
"“The problem with construction is that morals don’t come into it. I’ve sat in meetings where people have cut items that would make the building safer. Morally it’s wrong, but legally they could prove to be in the right. In those circumstances ‘doing the right thing’ is difficult to justify . . .”"
This month: Password Management Tools
"How many passwords do you have floating around in your head? If you spend any amount of your life online, it’s probably a lot - work, banks, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, utilities, airlines, credit cards, Amazon, the countless other websites that you now visit day-to-day without even thinking about just how much information about you and your life is tied up in those sites. "
This month: Warning: Out of Space!
"When you have less storage space and more data, then you need better discipline and a better approach to securing, storing, and accessing your files . . ."
This month: Phil Ward talks to Mark Flanagan, VP of Marketing for Install & Tour at TC Group . . .
"It’s easier to establish a business case for devices whose function has a track record, but when you’re genuinely innovating it means that the marketing has to break new ground . . ."
"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" . . .
Lighting 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 . . .