Latest Issue - February 2016
Tech Trail: This month I am delighted to welcome Jerry Gilbert as a regular contributor to LSi. In a series of features titled 'Tech Trail', Jerry will be charting the impact and lasting legacy of landmark technical 'revolutions' in entertainment technology. We kick off this month with the advent of moving mirrors and the 'scanner revolution'. Jerry's next instalment, in our April issue, will tackle the advent of modern line array systems . . .
Also in this issue we have reports on productions for Simply Red and Madonna, an update on Backstage Academy, a profile of Pioneer Pro Audio and a Tech Focus review of one of the latest I/O tools in Focusrite's RedNet range, the Dante-enabled mic-pre, MP8R. Richard Cadena looks at tough optical fibre in Video Matters, and one year after Clay Paky's acquisition, I interview the company principals about their ongoing integration. We also report on the second PLASA Focus Glasgow, which was a great success, and talk to lighting designer Roland Greil.
LSi is ABC Audited.
Steve Moles reports on Simply Red's latest tour, a production he describes as "easily the best presentation I've seen in the last 12 months". . .
LSi reports from the O2 Arena on the lighting and visuals of Madonna's latest world tour
In the first of a new series of features on the history and legacy of major technical innovations in entertainment production, Jerry Gilbert looks back at the impact of moving mirrors in the 'scanner revolution'
Pioneer Professional Audio has unique dispersion, discovers Phil Ward . . .
A little more than one year on from the acquisition of Italian show lighting manufacturer Clay Paky by German lighting giant Osram, Lee Baldock speaks with Pio Nahum, CEO of Clay Paky, and Hans Schwabe, CEO of Osram Special Lighting division . . .
Lee Baldock reports from the successful second outing of PLASA Focus Glasgow
Simon Allen looks at Focusrite's Dante enabled 8-channel mic pre
The training centre makes moves to gain University status. Steve Moles reports . . .
30 Years Ago . . . LSi February 1986
"In the news, a young Gordon Sumner did a small favour for the Buddle Arts Centre in Wallsend, by buying it a new £10,000 PA from TASCO."
20 Years Ago . . . LSi February 1996
"A youthful-looking Durham Marenghi was interviewed by Steve Moles. The interview ranged from a review of Marenghi's first school lighting design - "atrociously lit by Durham Marenghi" - to his success in the lighting of Classical Spectacular shows."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi February 2006
"In Technical Focus, LSi assessed the latest Clay Paky moving head, the Alpha Spot HPE 1200, and delivered a round-up of the latest desktop conferencing microphone systems."
This month: Watch That Man
"It was the Glass Spider tour, despite some criticism, that provided a template for later theatrical rock tours that has only been fully appreciated in retrospect. . ."
This month: V-DOSC Line Array
"It took just one glance at the sound system installed for the original production of the musical Mamma Mia! in 1999 to know that something had changed"
This month: Owen Drew
"I was the organised one in the bands I played in as a teenager. I used to promote shows, which turned into booking DIY tours for both my own and other bands which I then went on the road with to help out. It took on a life of its own after that."
This month: The A-Scaler
"Cunning enough to know that each ISO216-defined A-series paper size is the next number down folded in half, you assume you must be doubling the scale each time, 1:25 to 1:50 and so on. Right?"
This month: What we think we know . . .
"What tends to happen when some new legislation comes to our industry is that a few people find out a little about it, then their thoughts and opinions are published and discussed at industry conferences and those positions become the status quo."
This month: Hi Fibre
"They show a guy walking on the cable, pinching it, rolling over it while sitting in his office chair and, finally, tying it in a knot . . ."
This month: Sarah Rushton-Read talks to lighting designer Roland Greil . . .
"The people I work with have gone way beyond the world of pure lighting design. Today we work in the realm of production design, regularly combining the lighting, scenery and video content design."
"This is the first time I've been interviewed by the artist directly for a job . . . She asked me what other stuff I'd done, who I'd worked with, my work ethic, how I keep people motivated . . . three weeks later, I got a call saying 'Madonna, she says she's ok with you - now that you've met her are you still ok to do it? Obviously I said 'Yeah, that's great!'."
Production manager Jason Danter makes the grade for Madonna (Madonna: Rebel Heart)
"I was good friends with Claudio [Lastrucci] and Luca [Giorgi] in my time at Ministry - it was my crazy idea to put a 10,000W module in the back of a subwoofer for the main room! - and when my bosses in Japan asked me to find an amplifier partner to work with, the choice was obvious."
Pioneer Pro Audio's Alex Barrand discusses the relationship with Powersoft Turning the Tables)
". . . I have to say I think we were all relieved to be there. It felt right."
Production manager Chris Taplin discusses Simply Red opening at The Zenith following the Paris attacks (On Tour)
Inside our Next Issue . . .
Show Review: ISE, Amsterdam • Sustainability: Birmingham Hippodrome • Prolight+Sound 2016 Preview • Venue: Jordanki Theatre, Poland • LIPA marks 20 years • Tech Focus: Lectrosonics SSM • Sennheiser's D1 • Martin Pro MAC Viper Performance