Latest Issue - March 2016
New MD at PLASA: Our lead news this month is the appointment of a new managing director for PLASA - Peter Heath.
Tech Trail: in this second instalment of the series, Jerry Gilbert looks at the advent of Line Arrays and their lasting impact on concert sound.
We visit Prolyte's new factory in Romania which raises the level of quality and consistency in the manufacture of truss and other rigging and staging equipment, while the company itself impresses with its commitment to safety in entertainment rigging.
With Eurovision just around the corner Steve Moles delivers a status update from technical director Ola Melzig on this production with a reputation for pushing boundaries with the latest and best in entertainment technologies.
That's enough from me - I'll let you read on. . .
LSi is ABC Audited.
In January the streets of London were transformed by Lumiere London, a festival of 30 illuminated artworks from international artists, which brightened up the traditionally quieter dark nights that follow the festive season. Julie Harper reports . . .
Expected highlights and seminar programme info for the ever-popular Leeds event . . .
With technical support from Entec Sound & Light, a timeless Mod classic was given an exciting new twist by AEG Live UK at the Eventim Apollo in February. LSi reports . . .
Kate Lyon talks to LIPA's Mark Featherstone-Witty as the institute celebrates its 20th anniversary . . .
In the second of his Tech Trail series, Jerry Gilbert charts the course of concert sound system development from The Beatles' inaudible Shea Stadium appearance in 1965 to the advent and lasting impact of L-Acoustics' revolutionary V-DOSC line array in 1993 . . .
Steve Moles catches up with Ola Melzig, technical director for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, over breakfast . . .
Rob Halliday looks at Drafty, the online CAD package. . .
Are you getting the sustenance your body needs on the road? Sound engineer Aston Fearon would like you to think about it . . .
Mark Johnson examines the award-winning 8K4 DSP+D amp from the Ottocanali range by Italian manufacturer Powersoft . . .
Lee Baldock reports as Prolyte unveils its new, state-of-the-art factory in Romania . . .
This month: Lee Baldock talks to set designer Ala Lloyd, of Lloyd Live Design. . .
"I was impressed by how he presented himself, and the fact that the most interesting thing for him was how to solve the problems - it wasn't about working with pop stars."
This month: Broadway Motion Design Animates Production
"BMD is a great solution for amateur theatre productions or educational theatre where time and resources are limited, and the shortage of projection designers can be quickly and easily overcome with a phone call or a quick visit to the website."
This month: Let the people decide
"The logic was clear: if they are involved with the choice it will make them feel more involved with the decisions about the venue - and furthermore, they would not be in a position to complain about it later as it would be their fault."
This month: Lucy Ockenden
"I studied biochemistry at University but ended up on the first UK tour of Starlight Express by chance. I then freelanced and toured with Matthew Bourne before a nasty accident put an end to my lighting career. I decided to produce a show and fell in to video at around the same time. I've come a long way from counting fruit flies!"
This month: Bubble and Speak
"Focusrite, in common with every premium brand, should be comfortably profiting from its successes, not squeezing its resources for every millilitre of advantage."
This month: DHA's Light Curtain 560
"Lighting, I increasingly think, has fads of fashion, looks from the past re-born, driven by new tech. Witness, currently, the GLP X4, Ayrton Magicblade and other products that create intense, solid, linear walls of moving light - a look that for years the DHA Digital Light Curtain made entirely its own."
This month: The great cable debate
"The 'flexible armoured' cable often used outdoors is actually anything but. The 'armour' is not there so much for mechanical protection, but more for interference suppression - much like the screen on an audio or DMX cable."
This month: Curved Displays
"Sitting behind the curved computer screen felt like sitting at a focused point of command, the edges of the world wrapping around you."
"I remember a 2013 delegation sitting at preliminary rehearsals, just ten metres from a projection surface, and asking, 'can we change the LED screen?' You have to weep sometimes."
Technical director Ola Melzig discusses progress with Steve Moles (Planning Eurovision)
"Now came this new invention, where I could start optimising the rig for the following day from the comfort of the touring bus seat, without even pushing a single cabinet out of the truck. And when meticulously applying the calculated setup it actually matched the simulation. One got to love that!"
Sherif El Barbari talks line arrays with Jerry Gilbert Tech Trail)
Inside our Next Issue . . .
On Tour: Adele & ELO • Review: Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt • SSE Audio Group at 40 • Footloose with Nexo • Venue: The Attenborough Centre • Tech Focus: Martin Pro's MAC Viper Performance • Goosebumps Alive!