Latest Issue - October 2015


Lighting&Sound International - October 2015Lee Baldock The story of Shure is steeped in iconic moments of history, from the classic Unidyne 55 Series microphone which would pick up the voices of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro and Martin Luther King among many others, to the equally iconic SM58, the most recognisable vocal mic in the world. But even after 90 years, Shure continues to innovate and deliver high-tech solutions for the modern, integrated world.

This month's On Tour looks at Neil Diamond's latest production, while Wayne Howell, founder of Artistic Licence, provides an informative update on the current state of affairs with Art-Net and Ethernet lighting control networks.

We also review the PreSonus StudioLive RM32AI digital mix engine and feature profiles of two successful British companies - Specialz and EM Acoustics. And, of course, it's PLASA Show time, and we're highlighting some of the expected highlights for you in this issue. If you haven't yet registered to attend, don't forget. We'll see you there . . .

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ReadOn Tour: Neil Diamond

Steve Moles visits Leeds to talk to the team behind the production of the legendary singer-songwriter's latest touring show . . .

Readd&b and The Crossing

LSi discovers how Liverpool ONE's historic soundscape, The Crossing, came to life . . .

ReadPreview: PLASA 2015, Pt.2

Our second round-up of expected highlights from PLASA 2015, including product launches, Awards for Innovation and Professional Development Programme . . .

ReadProfile: Specialz Treatment

Steve Moles talks to the men behind the special projects specialist . . .

ReadTime Capsule: Shure @ 90

Shure's 90th Anniversary is a reminder of pro audio's huge contribution to the modern world, writes Phil Ward . . .


An implementation of the RAVENNA protocol for audio transport over IP networks . . .

ReadTF: Art-Net & Ethernet Lighting Networks

Might the data cable also serve as a power conduit, and have bi-directional protocols for communications and monitoring finally come of age? Art-Net's creator Wayne Howell, founder of Artistic Licence, brings you up to date . . .

ReadProfile: EM Acoustics

Phil Ward revisits a rapidly expanding EM Acoustics . . .

ReadTF: PreSonus StudioLive RM32AI

One of the latest product developments in PreSonus' StudioLive mixer series is the StudioLive RM32AI Digital Mixing System. Mark Johnson checks it out . . .

ReadLighting up the Future

Getting to know the National's lighting team - Caz Williamson reports for LSi . . .

ReadProduct News

Round-Up of latest technology from across the industry

ReadSennheiser Marks 70 Years

Lee Baldock joined Sennheiser and guests for an evening of music and audio innovation

ReadTechnical Focus: LightFactory on Set

""Playing with a lighting console and using it on a real gig are two very different things, so I knew there was a certain amount of risk . . ."

ReadRouting for the USA

A complex sound installation for the USA Pavilion at the Milan Expo . . .



ReadYesterday's News

Yesterday's News - 20 Years Ago20 Years Ago . . . LSi October 1995

"Shure was celebrating its 70th, Brilliant Stages announced a major expansion, Soundcraft was spreading its 'Going Live' sound mixing training programme into theatre, Strand Lighting had restructured with the loss of its UK marketing team, and Martin Professional was going public on the Copenhagen stock exchange"

Yesterday's News - 10 Years Ago 10 Years Ago . . . LSi October 2005

"Following the conclusion of the long-running tale of fraud at the Millennium Dome, Brophy - the former lighting department chief at the Dome - was jailed for four-and-a-half years after being found guilty of stealing £1.1m from Dome owner NMEC."

ReadAudio File

Phil WardThis month: Human Writes

"The confusion between pro and consumer styles so prevalent from dental surgeries to energy suppliers could have a negative effect on this industry at the top level, and here's why."

ReadClassic Gear

Classic GearThis month: Catalyst

"Sometimes the classic you make isn't always quite the product you set out to make. Take Catalyst. You know it now as a media server, the first to arrive at this intersection of lighting and video, a pointer to the future we now inhabit. But the media server is only half the story. . . ."


ReadCrew Cuts

Crew CutsThis month: lighting designer, Matt Daw

"At 16 I applied for an apprenticeship at The Nothcott Theatre in Exeter but was told I was too young. That didn't deter me and I kept turning up at the theatre until they gave me a job."

ReadTools from Beyond

GhosteryThis month: Ghostery

"While we're on the subject of internet privacy, as we were last month, let's talk about internet tracking, the way that websites (regardless of the browser or search engine that leads you there) try to learn about you, identify you, see what you do and follow you around."


ReadSecond Fix

Second FixThis month: How to deal with project budgets . . .

"This approach meant that we had more to spend and in this case we were able to replace the system. And the client was happy because they had had real involvement in assembling the budget - not just taken my word for it."

ReadVideo Matters

Richard CadenaThis month: Expanding Colour Gamut

"It's likely that high dynamic range (HDR), expanded colour gamut, and higher bit depth will have a much bigger impact on our industry than 3D technology ever did or ever will."



QandAThis month: Caz Williamson talks to video & media server technician Dan Bond

"I've seen more integration with control systems and more often lighting designers are not only using, but taking control of the video."


View AllVoices in this Issue

"What digital has done for me is where we are now. This is the first tour where I can sit down for the show and concentrate entirely on the music. I'm not distracted by correcting or compensating for weaknesses in the system. That's a real luxury."

Sound engineer Stanley Miller talks to Steve Moles (Neil Diamond)

"The SM58 was launched in 1966, becoming the most iconic stage microphone of them all. Which is ironic, considering that 'SM' stands for Studio Microphone."

Phil Ward on the past, present & future of Shure (Time Capsule)

". . . it is clear that the lighting industry already has the necessary tools to ride the connectivity wave. Indeed, we are already doing it . . ."

Wayne Howell discusses Art-Net (Ethernet Lighting Networks)


Inside our Next Issue . . .

On Tour: David Gilmour • PLASA 2015 Review • Arts Funding & Technical Theatre • SIPA: Sustainability Initiative • BEIRG Update • Production Park Launches

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