7 July 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundThe Glastonbury Effect - Lionel Richie says he has Glastonbury to thank for bagging his first number one album in the charts in more than two decades. The veteran saw The Definitive Collection By Lionel Richie & The Commodores hit the top spot. The album only reached number 10 when it was released back in 2003, but jumped up 103 places following his widely praised performance at Worthy Farm. It is the 66-year-old's first UK number one album since Back To Front 23 years ago. "I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in ... More >>

ETC celebrates biggest CUE conference yet

ETC celebrates biggest CUE conference yetUSA - From Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June, more than 200 people from around the world joined ETC in Madison, Wisconsin, for lighting education, console training and certification, networking and special events. The third professional development conference that ETC has hosted, this CUE event included more classes and events - and was attended by the largest group of lighting professionals and students representing several countries and all segments of the lighting industry - than ever before. CUE kicked off with a keynote address by ... More >>

EM Acoustics strengthens dealer network

EM Acoustics strengthens dealer networkUK - Following the recent announcement of Pro Audio Systems as a main dealer, EM Acoustics has confirmed the appointment of Manchester-based pro audio specialists, Audio Alliance. This latest move brings the number of EM Acoustics UK main dealers up to 10. Audio Alliance specialises in providing innovative solutions to their clients in a number of market areas, from conferences to international launch events, theatre and broadcast. The company already has a thriving rental department and is currently developing a sales side to the ... More >>

Paragon Projection partners with Analog Way in UK

Paragon Projection partners with Analog Way in UKUK - Analog Way has announced a new partnership with the AV rental specialist company Paragon Projection in the UK. Effective 1 July, Paragon Projection will have Analog Way's LiveCore systems available for rental all over the UK. Analog Way, based in the Midlands and Central London, provides high-end projectors and professional display equipment for exhibitions, conferences & training seminars. Paragon Projection is adding Analog Way's LiveCore series of Premium Presentation Mixers to their inventory. Several Ascender 16-4K and ... More >>

Mediatech Africa spotlights IP issues & lighting innovation

Mediatech Africa spotlights IP issues & lighting innovationSouth Africa - The move to IP is arguably the biggest shift in recent film and broadcast history, making it a key focus at Mediatech Africa, set for 15-17 July at the TicketPro Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg. While a new global survey has revealed that the transition to IP broadcast infrastructure will take up to 10 years to complete for the majority of broadcasters, local film and media producers and distributors are already considering what the move to media over IP will mean for their infrastructures. Steve Alves, managing director ... More >>

London fitness centre picks PreSonus StudioLive

London fitness centre picks PreSonus StudioLiveUK - An array of PreSonus StudioLive AI loudspeakers have recently been installed in London's premier 'boutique fitness destination', Core Collective. Part of a highly integrated project at the new Kensington gym, the StudioLive AI speakers are responsible for delivering the pumping soundtrack of the facility's fixed-bike spinning classes. Designed to perform with the clarity of a studio monitor in live and installed sound situations, each StudioLive AI enclosure delivers a remarkable 2000W of power. All units are based around ... More >>

The Grateful Dead bid farewell with Meyer Sound Leo

The Grateful Dead bid farewell with Meyer Sound LeoUSA - Fifty years after forming their band at a Palo Alto music store, the surviving founders of the Grateful Dead kicked off their end-of-an-era Fare Thee Well mini-tour at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. with a Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system driving a quadraphonic surround setup. The two Silicon Valley shows were a landmark occasion with more than the 60,000 devoted Deadheads in attendance each evening. It was also a milestone in the band's decades-long association with Meyer Sound CEO John ... More >>

The sound of healthy nutrition with Outline

The sound of healthy nutrition with OutlineItaly - Rome's Palalottomatica indoor sports arena hosted this year's Italian Summit by global nutrition and weight management company Herbalife. The event's AV, lighting and ground support contractor was Planet Service of San Marino, whose audio team consisted in Alessandro Saudelli (audio chief, responsible for the system's design and fine-tuning), Emanuele Vischi (sound engineer and PA man), Francesco Passeri (mic tech and PA man) and Edoardo Michelori (PA man). Saudelli explains how the team faced the venue's infamous acoustics (the ... More >>

Robert Juliat follows Take That on the Live 2015 tour

Robert Juliat follows Take That on the Live 2015 tourUK - Take That, are currently promoting their seventh studio album,III, on their Live 2015 tour with seven Robert Juliat followspots playing major roles in highlighting the artists and the many theatrical antics that surround them. Creative director, Kim Gavin, has devised a show that involves a high degree of theatricality with acts, including aerial stunts, taking place across a large set, designed by Misty Buckley, that loops out into the arena from a multi-level dynamic main stage. Lighting designer, Tim Routledge was briefed ... More >>

White Light on song for Frankie Valli and Gladys Knight

White Light on song for Frankie Valli and Gladys KnightUK - White Light recently provided its lighting services for a series of concert tours featuring two long established names in the music industry. Both Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Gladys Knight are currently touring the UK, with both playing the Royal Albert Hall before visiting venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds. Each tour has been organised by concert and tour promoters Kennedy Street, who approached White Light to provide the lighting, rigging and crew in order to create an unforgettable experience for ... More >>

Country star gets big looks from Chauvet Epix

Country star gets big looks from Chauvet EpixUSA - When lighting designer Mike Marcario got the call to work on up-and-coming country star Eric Paslay's Make Every Night A Friday Night Tour he was told his rig and programming needed to meet two requirements: it had to be versatile enough to work in a variety of venues, and it had to have the punch to stand out in daylight for some of the tour's outdoor stops. Bearing this dual dictum in mind and appreciative of the redheaded bearded Texan's passionate musical style, Marcario knew that he needed to have a rig that was fast, ... More >>

Roisin Murphy tours with Audient mic pre on stage

Roisin Murphy tours with Audient mic pre on stageEurope - Moloko front-woman Roisin Murphy is performing tracks from her third solo album, Hairless Toys across the festivals this summer, where an Audient ASP880 mic pre is featured - on stage. Album co-writer and producer Eddie Stevens - whose credits include Freak Power, Zero7 and Moloko - has continued to work with to Roisin since her Moloko days to create this eight-track album, and is pretty pleased with how the Audient eight channel mic pre is managing to capture the music live. "It isn't being used by either FOH engineer ... More >>

TV2 votes in a Roland solution for Rising Star series

TV2 votes in a Roland solution for Rising Star seriesHungary - Rental company Silent Session has supplied a complete Roland solution for broadcast, monitoring and recording of the hit show, The Voice and now more recently for 'Rising Star to Hungarian commercial television channel TV2. The REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) based system which includes the Roland M-480 digital mixing console, Roland M-48 personal monitoring systems, Roland R-1000, R-44 and R-88 recorders and Roland Digital Snakes was initially specified to handle the PA and the stage monitoring for ... More >>

Laycock Street Community Theatre invests in d&b

Laycock Street Community Theatre invests in d&bAustralia - Approximately 75km north of Sydney, in the city district of Gosford, is the rather un-prepossessing building that houses the vibrant Laycock Street Community Theatre. The theatre is the only professional proscenium arch venue in the locality, with its tiered seating comfortably accommodating audiences up to 390. The Gosford Musical Society sits at the heart of many of the theatre's productions. Chris King is arts and culture coordinator for Gosford City Council. "Laycock Street Community Theatre is very much the hub of the ... More >>

Ayrton MagicPanels cut a dash with Take That

Ayrton MagicPanels cut a dash with Take ThatUK - Lighting designer, Tim Routledge, has employed a quantity of Ayrton MagicBlade-R and MagicPanel-R LED fixtures on Take That's Live 2015 tour. One hundred and twenty-eight Ayrton MagicBlade-R LED fixtures and 54 MagicPanel-R units play a vital role in Routledge's design where they form an inherent part of the rig, delineating the outlines of production designer Misty Buckley's creative set design and providing a spectacular and versatile backdrop to the band centre stage. Creative director, Kim Gavin, devised a show that exhibits a ... More >>

CPL launches smartphone App for catalogue

CPL launches smartphone App for catalogueUK - Live video and production specialist Central Presentations Limited (CPL) has launched a new tablet and smartphone App version of their Black Book product catalogue. It's been developed specifically for the fast moving world of live events and as a more convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to the 150 page printed rental catalogue which is renowned for its wealth of useful information including technical specifications and data for over 500 products, together with all the latest CPL hire rates. The CPL App is ... More >>

Martin offers affordable loudspeaker systems management

Martin offers affordable loudspeaker systems managementUK - Martin Audio has announced the availability of CDD Loudspeaker Management System and EASE Data. Offered to partner the new CDD range, DX0.5 adds affordable loudspeaker system management to the existing range of DX loudspeaker controllers. Delivering EQ, crossover, processing and system protection, the DX0.5 2x6 speaker processor provides complete optimisation for both passive and powered loudspeaker systems. Each input and output is loaded with a range of digital processing including flexible EQ, crossover, delay and limiting ... More >>

Elation debuts versatile Colour Pendant

Elation debuts versatile Colour PendantUSA - Elation Professional has launched a new luminaire in its Colour Series of colour-changing LED luminaires, the Colour Pendant, a highly versatile wash light that allows for dynamic control of stage or house lighting levels in an energy-efficient intelligent downlighting fixture. The Colour Pendant houses 36 long-life 3W RGBW LEDs for fully blended colour transformations or projections of variable shades of white light. The RGBW LED is capable of emitting a wide palette of colours from saturates to more subtle pastels. Its uniform ... More >>

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