27 February 2015

Sound Fundamentals for Theatre returns in April

Sound Fundamentals for Theatre returns in AprilUK - Orbital Sound has announced the dates for its annual Easter Sound Fundamentals for Theatre training course, running this year from 7-10 April at its purpose-built Brixton training facility. Over 500 students have already passed through the theatre sound training programme, helping to prepare technical theatre and theatre sound students for careers in live entertainment. The Sound Fundamentals for Theatre course combines essential theory with practical skills, catering for a wide cross-section of skill levels. Students are typically ... More >>

Sound Technology sets Audio Architect training dates

Sound Technology sets Audio Architect training datesUK - Sound Technology is hosting its second in a series of training courses for Harman's new HiQnet Audio Architect design, configuration and control software for installed audio systems on 11 March 2015. This free one-day Introductory Course is aimed at sales staff and engineers new to Harman's DSP products. This introductory course will give an overview of all HiQnet hardware devices that can be configured and controlled by Audio Architect, and a demonstration of the core features and workflow of Audio Architect itself. This course is ... More >>

Two PLASA Standards published: A Revision and a Reaffirmation

Two PLASA Standards published: A Revision and a ReaffirmationUSA - ANSI E1.19 - 2015, Recommended Practice for the Use of Class A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Intended for Personnel Protection in the Entertainment Industry, and ANSI E1.23 - 2010 (R2015), Entertainment Technology - Design and Execution of Theatrical Fog Effects, were approved by the ANSI Board of Standards Review on 10 and 13 February respectively. They are now published and are available for free at http://tsp.plasa.org/freestandards. The free download is made possible by the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty ... More >>

Flare signs as sole audio supplier for LEAF 2015

Flare signs as sole audio supplier for LEAF 2015UK - Flare Audio has been selected as the only audio supplier for this year's LEAF (London Electronic Arts Festival) at Tobacco Dock this March. The event, created by Bestival founder and DJ Rob da Bank, is a two-day cultural celebration of electronic music, art, technology and digital futurism that will attract around 20,000 electronic music fans into the heart of London. The LEAF conference is aimed at electronic music fans and the 'pro-sumer' market, with day one focusing on talks, demonstrations and discussion groups aimed at fans, ... More >>

DiGiCo in the saddle with Bombay Bicycle Club

DiGiCo in the saddle with Bombay Bicycle ClubUK - Bombay Bicycle Club will forever be known as the last live band to play at London's Earl's Court venue. But preceding that already-famous December show was a tour that had started nearly a year before, on which DiGiCo SD9 and SD10 consoles played a starring role. Front of House engineer Tom Wiggans joined the band in the summer, part-way through the tour. A DiGiCo user for around 12 years - including working with UB40, Squeeze, Wet Wet Wet and The Cranberries - Tom's debut with Bombay Bicycle Club came on festival shows, before he ... More >>

ETF sells ENTECH trade show to CX Network

ETF sells ENTECH trade show to CX NetworkAustralia - Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF) has announced the sale of its ENTECH trade show to the CX Network, which is headed by ENTECH founder Julius Grafton. Having acquired ENTECH in 2004, ETF successfully operated the event for some time and also launched a satellite event, ENTECH-CONNECT which has run successfully in Melbourne in alternate years to the main ENTECH trade show in Sydney. ETF have advised that the forthcoming Sydney ENTECH, scheduled for July will now not proceed. CX Network operates the CX Summer Roadshow, a touring ... More >>

Martin M2GO console proves versatility

Martin M2GO console proves versatilityRussia - In November 2014, Alexey Zhivanov, lighting designer for Russian stage rental and install firm Grand Show, was tasked with supporting two distinct events: a rock concert at a nightclub and a ballet staged in a traditional opera house. To accommodate the needs of each production, he brought along the versatile Martin Professional M2GO lighting controller. Maximilians, the Siberian restaurant and venue where Russian rock band Chizh & Co performed, is equipped with a small array of fixtures including projectors, LED Wash Zoom ... More >>

Alchemea alumni triumph this awards season

Alchemea alumni triumph this awards seasonUK - Alchemea College is celebrating the recent success of several of its former students at this year's BRIT Awards, Grammy Awards, MPG Awards...and on the charts. Jimmy Napes (aka James Napier, Class of 2004) was both songwriter and producer whose work contributed to Sam Smith's BRIT Award nods for British Breakthrough Act and British Global Success, as well as nominations for British Album and British Single. Other Alchemea alumni represented at the BRITs include Steve Sedgwick (Class of 2002), house engineer for British Male Solo ... More >>

Sergio Mendes and will.i.am have a ball with DPA

Sergio Mendes and will.i.am have a ball with DPAUSA - After Oscar awards were collected and the lights dimmed on stage at the Dolby Theatre, the stars hit the streets of Los Angeles to find their favourite after parties. Among these, the Governors Ball, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Centre. Kicking off the event's entertainment this year was Grammy Winner Sergio Mendes, who performed songs with special guest will.i.am from their co-produced, Latin Grammy-winning album Timeless, using several DPA Microphones d:facto Vocal Microphones. Selected by ... More >>

Adlib back on the road with Kaiser Chiefs

Adlib back on the road with Kaiser ChiefsUK - Adlib has been providing a riotous sound for favourite UK rockers, Kaiser Chiefs, renewing a long term working relationship with the band and reuniting many crew who have worked together over several years, on a tour that's been every bit as full-on and enjoyable as previous ones. Adlib's George Puttock, Sam Proctor and James Petch joined the band's engineering duo of Chris Leckie at FOH and Ilias Andriantos on monitors for a rousing three week tour where all the energy and passion of the Kaisers' renowned live performances was ... More >>

GLP's X4 Bar praised at Jaguar XE Launch

GLP's X4 Bar praised at Jaguar XE LaunchGermany - Experienced German lighting designer, Henning Schletter (of Imaginary Lights) has become one of the first creatives in the world to adopt GLP's new impression X4 Bar 20 LED batten lights - deploying them at a major product launch for Jaguar, in front of a star-studded audience that included British actor, and Hollywood star, Idris Elba. In addition to starring as Luther and Nelson Mandela (in Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom Elba is also a rapper and DJ. And tasked with launching the new Jaguar XE by driving the new ... More >>

RML lights Sky Movies Oscars coverage

RML lights Sky Movies Oscars coverageUK - Sunday night was the annual Oscars Ceremony and Richard Martin Lighting (RML) were on hand to provide the lights and more than a little sparkle to the Sky Movies coverage hosted by Alex Zane. Joining Alex on the sofas were a panel of celebrity guests from different sectors of the entertainment industry, giving their thoughts and opinions on fashion, the night's winners and any celebrity gossip that was circulating. Malcolm Reed designed the lighting show which worked around an impressive set made to resedmble the Hollywood Hills. ... More >>

RML dares to win on Saturday nights

RML dares to win on Saturday nightsUK - Who Dares Wins, the prime time Saturday night quiz show, hosted by Nick Knowles, sees two teams of complete strangers compete by completing a series of lists. The team who names more correct answers on a list gets the chance to play...and win £50,000. Martin Kempton has lit the show for a number of years, with the help of Richard Martin Lighting (RML). The set and grand design of the show doesn't make it easy to make changes or freshen up the look. However when RML announced last autumn the investment in the new Vari-Lite ... More >>

Atlanta nightclub strikes gold with Elation Lighting

Atlanta nightclub strikes gold with Elation LightingUSA - When exclusive Gold Room nightclub in Atlanta was looking to rejuvenate their entertainment lighting system they turned to Elation dealer Atlanta Sound & Lighting to realise the new look. Completed in summer 2014, the renovation features an all-new, all-LED lighting system from Elation Professional and ADJ lighting that has given Gold Room an exciting, new lustre. Gold Room is a chic, elegantly designed club with a reputation for high-class events and an unbeatable party atmosphere. Unlike any other nightspot in Atlanta, the team ... More >>

Le Maitre sponsors fireman's record attempt

Le Maitre sponsors fireman's record attemptUK - Le Maitre Ltd is sponsoring fireman Scott Butler on his intrepid Journey To Elbrus challenge in what will hopefully gain him a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. In June this year Scott will be cycling 1800 miles across Europe then rowing solo 750 miles across the Black Sea. If that wasn't enough of a challenge he will then climb Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest peak in Europe. Scott will be raising money for three charities - Firefighters Charity, The MS Society and Facing Africa. Scott, a firefighter with the Royal ... More >>

Parkway retrofits Kalamazoo church with L-Acoustics

Parkway retrofits Kalamazoo church with L-AcousticsUSA - From its start in 1996 as a small independent plant by Grandville, Michigan's Resurrection Life Church, Radiant Church in the Richland suburb of Kalamazoo has steadily grown its membership to 3,500. Recently expanding its service count to four each weekend - two on Saturday and two on Sunday - the church also freshly upgraded the audio facilities of its 1,050-seat sanctuary with a new ARCS WiFo (Wide and Focus) loudspeaker system from L-Acoustics. Parkway Electric & Communications of Holland, Michigan provided the design and ... More >>

CT delivers the AV for Xerocon conference

CT delivers the AV for Xerocon conferenceUK - Xerocon London 2015 marked one of the UK's largest gatherings of its kind with over 800 people attending. The two day conference held by leading accountancy software company Xero boasted over 40 exhibitors, nine guest speakers and the launch of Xero's latest product updates. For Xerocon's second year in the UK, production agency Lipfriend Rodd International Ltd once again engaged Creative Technology (CT). In addition to providing the equipment and crew for the main conference, CT also supplied the three breakout rooms and the gala ... More >>

Scottish Sports Awards with Analog Way's Eikos²

Scottish Sports Awards with Analog Way's Eikos²UK - VisionEvents, an event production agency offering full design, management, and audio visual talent for events across the UK, produced the annual Scottish Sports Awards event at Glasgow Thistle Hotel in December 2014. Hosted by journalist Jim White, the ceremony celebrated excellence throughout Scottish sports, recognising athletes and teams for their outstanding achievements throughout the year. The stage consisted of three LED screens at 5.4x2.3m each, resulting to an impressive 17m wide LED backdrop. The three LED screens worked ... More >>

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong take flight with Chauvet

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong take flight with ChauvetUSA - Back in the 1950s, noted psychologist BF Skinner grabbed headlines by using controversial behavioural modification techniques to teach pigeons to play ping pong. Today Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is making waves again, not with psychology, but with psychedelic riffs along with some funky rock and extended jams that are attracting an ever-expanding flock, as their fans like to call themselves, to this up-and-coming band. Lighting designer Aaron Kovelman (aka Ronny RedRocks) is having fun keeping pace with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong's ... More >>

Syncrolite shines on the Grammys

Syncrolite shines on the GrammysUSA - Syncrolite played its part in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, working with Full Flood, Inc. Full Flood's Bob Dickinson, lighting designer for the 2015 Grammy Awards, chose Syncrolite fixtures for the opening act of this year's show. Dickinson remarked after the show that "the crisp clean look and the punch provided by the Syncrolite fixtures complemented the energy of the AC/DC performance and set the mood for the night." AC/DC's hard rock medley was backed up by twelve SXL 7k luminaires hitting the Staples Center ... More >>

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