5 May 2016

PLASA Focus Leeds: AC-ET showcases leading technologies

PLASA Focus Leeds: AC-ET showcases leading technologiesUK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) are showcasing the latest product highlights from their extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 Show - Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK, stand N-E02, 10-11 May. A leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, AC-ET will be showcasing a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging, video, and film & TV solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands and five specialist sales divisions. The stand will feature the ... More >>

Osram will light up the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Osram will light up the 2016 Eurovision Song ContestSweden - Moving head luminaires from Osram's subsidiary Clay Paky will be in action to provide a spectacular light show As pioneers in entertainment lighting, Osram and Clay Paky are once again being entrusted to provide exceptional lighting effects for the shows staged at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Stockholm from 10-14 May, 2016. Around 1,000 moving heads equipped with state-of-the-art light sources will be used to present, in the best possible light, the contestants from 42 countries during the semi-finals ... More >>

Mark Burnett joins Hawthorn

Mark Burnett joins HawthornUK - Mark Burnett, former business development manager at Stage Electrics, has joined technical production expert, Hawthorn, to support the ongoing development of its technical equipment Hire service within the touring theatre sector. Working closely with Hawthorn's Head of Hire, David Slater, Mark will raise the profile of the company's high-quality equipment Hire service to touring, regional & West End theatre productions, bolstering Hawthorn's increasing reputation in the marketplace, in line with its commitment to delivering an ... More >>

Video Design helps bring balance to ELO

Video Design helps bring balance to ELOUK - The current tour by Jeff Lynne's ELO features show design by Tim Routledge. "To create a beautiful show you have to have balance," he says, "and a big part of that, in technology terms, is the critical relationship between all the visual elements of the show and the music." The video system for the tour is supplied by Video Design. "Unusually for an arena tour, all the video is LED; not just the twelve-metre circular central screen and the large floor surface ellipse, even the two IMAG screens to the sides are LED," explains ... More >>

Meyer Sound CAL steers sound at Swiss universities

Meyer Sound CAL steers sound at Swiss universitiesSwitzerland - Two leading Swiss universities have equipped lecture halls with Meyer Sound CAL 64 column array loudspeakers to provide highly intelligible voice reproduction in challenging acoustical environments. Identical CAL systems at ETH Zurich and the University of Basel apply advanced beam steering technology to custom tailor uniform coverage of two differently shaped lecture halls, greatly improving students' intelligibility of instructors' voices. "Thanks to the vertical steering capability of CAL, we were able to precisely ... More >>

Ballet premiere of Don Quixote features Clay Paky

Ballet premiere of Don Quixote features Clay PakyUSA - Philadelphia-based lighting designer Michael Korsch selected Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 and Alpha Profile 800 ST moving lights as part of the rig for the world premiere of Don Quixote at the Pennsylvania Ballet. A lighting and scenic designer who frequently works in dance, Korsch has many years' experience using Clay Paky products. A big fan of the Alpha Spot HPE 1500, he incorporated three of them into his lighting design for Alchemia, a MOMIX production that premiered in 2013 and has been touring internationally ... More >>

Canberra Theatre Centre invests in Robe

Canberra Theatre Centre invests in RobeAustralia - Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) is a lively and proactive arts and cultural hub at Australia's capital city / territory, comprising three main venues - the 1244 seater Canberra Theatre, The Playhouse which holds 614 people and The Studio, a black box space with 100 capacity. Around 150 shows covering a wide array of performance genres are staged annually, an eclectic mix ranging from rock 'n' roll to choral music, shows to drama, musicals, stand-up comedy and dance - a massive cross section involving a host of one-nighters to ... More >>

Double first for AIMS at NAB

Double first for AIMS at NABUSA - During the recent NAB Show, two major European-based companies, Broadcast Solutions and Euro Media Group (EMG), joined AIMS (the Alliance for IP Media Solutions); respectively becoming the first International systems integrator and first technical service provider to join the alliance. Rainer Kampe, CTO at Broadcast Solutions GmbH, signed the membership agreement on the AIMS booth at NAB, citing the "paramount importance, as an international and manufacturer independent system integrator, of offering future-proof solutions to our ... More >>

Ex Goodwood director launches event agency

Ex Goodwood director launches event agencyUK - Christopher Salmon, who steered Festival of Speed, Revival and the inaugural Vintage festival as events operations director at Goodwood, has launched his own creative agency. Salmon Event Evolution (SEE) comes to market with vision and experience fostered from 15 years shaping headline attractions. A virtual network of industry experts, the company is designed to develop and deliver new ideas for promoters and organisers. Proven across the portfolio of sporting events and festivals, SEE solutions range from developing commercial ... More >>

Go, Go, Gadget Show Live with dLive

Go, Go, Gadget Show Live with dLiveUK - A brace of Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems was recently employed for Live Stage performances and recordings at Gadget Show Live at Birmingham's NEC. The company's flagship dLive S7000 surface took care of front of house duties in conjunction with a DM48 MixRack, while an S3000 surface and Dante-enabled DM64 MixRack was in place for a full 64-channel multi-track live recording for TV broadcast on The Gadget Show on Channel 5. In addition, Allen & Heath's compact GLD-80 digital mixing desk and ME personal monitoring system ... More >>

Joining up the Killer Dots

Joining up the Killer DotsUK / USA - Lighting designer Steven Douglas is no stranger to the delights of Ayrton fixtures. When he was looking for a new way to showcase The Killers' logo of a 'K', his previous experience of Ayrton MagicDot-R proved a fertile ground for firing his imagination. "We've had various incarnations of the logo over the years; I'd always thought it would be cool to build a giant 'K' out of moving lights but I was always put off by the size and weight it would inevitably end up being as well as the space needed between fixtures to allow to ... More >>

Lumileds and Arrow Electronics in global agreement

Lumileds and Arrow Electronics in global agreementUSA - Lumileds and Arrow Electronics have announced a strategic agreement for the global distribution of Lumileds comprehensive portfolio of application optimized LEDs including high power, mid power, low power, CoB, colour and UV LEDs as well as the infinitely configurable Matrix Platform. The agreement aligns with both companies' dedication to providing customers with responsive, accelerated service and reliable, high performance solutions. "Lighting is an extremely dynamic market and today's lighting producers expect timely delivery ... More >>

NW Group cover New Zealand with Hogs

NW Group cover New Zealand with HogsNew Zealand - New Zealand's theatres, venues and hire companies have enthusiastically embraced the High End Systems Hog platform, with multiple units installed around the country by NW Group. The latest addition, a Road Hog 4 in Auckland's SKYCITY Theatre, joins a flagship Hog 4 in Tauranga's Baycourt Theatre, a Road Hog 4 in Auckland's Bruce Mason Theatre, multiple Hog models across the seven council-run Positively Wellington Venues, and Hogs for hire across the country. The 700 seat SKYCITY Theatre has had the same lighting desk since ... More >>

Panic! At The Disco on tour with Bandit Lites

Panic! At The Disco on tour with Bandit LitesUSA - Panic! at the Disco wrapped their spring tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The American pop/rock band known for their clever lyrics and distinctive sound released their fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor earlier this year, and is gearing up for a co-headlining summer tour with Weezer. Lighting designer Alex Specht of Spechtrum Lighting created a multi-layered look using a floor package that symmetrically parted a centre drum riser with Martin MAC Vipers and Chauvet RH1 Rogues along the deck, road ... More >>

PRG XL Video supports Shakespeare Live!

PRG XL Video supports Shakespeare Live!UK - On Saturday 23 April 2016 the world celebrated the life and work of William Shakespeare, on the 400th anniversary of his death. The commemorative events included Shakespeare Live! From the RSC - a live production including music, drama and comedy, which took place at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate who, as well as appearing together in Doctor WhoMuch Ado About Nothing, the show took place in front ... More >>

Soulsound to host calibration & design seminar

Soulsound to host calibration & design seminarUK - Soulsound is teaming up with Birmingham City University to deliver a four-day seminar programme that will explore Calibration & Design Techniques for Modern Sound Systems. The programme, which is aimed at intermediate and experienced sound engineers, will be held at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point. Presented by experienced sound and system engineer, Merlijn van Veen, the seminars are intended to remove the 'magic' surrounding sound systems. They will provide participants with the means and physical insight ... More >>

SSL L500 sets new standard for Leona Lewis

SSL L500 sets new standard for Leona LewisUK - Soulful, multi-talented vocalist and performer Leona Lewis has been on a 14-date tour of the UK with an SSL L500 console and K-array Slim Array technology, chosen by FOH engineer Dave Wooster. Lewis' I Am show provides Wooster with around 65 inputs from the stage. "It's a full-on set-up," he says. "The drummer alone has two mics on the bass drum, three snares - each with at least two mics on, four toms, all the cymbals, electronic kick and snare - So he was up to about 20-odd channels on his own." According to Wooster, the show ... More >>

Syncrolite celebrates Red Rock Resort anniversary

Syncrolite celebrates Red Rock Resort anniversaryUSA - Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas celebrated its 10th anniversary on 23 April 2016 with a fireworks and lighting show featuring Syncrolite XL Xenon searchlights that filled the sky over the resort in an eight-minute choreographed lighting, fireworks and audio display. The 45 XL's were placed in three groups of 15 fixtures around the resort creating a huge stage for the aerial art. Veteran crew chief TJ Benton along with Travis Slater and Travis Braudaway were on hand to set-up and execute a flawless light show. Syncrolite coordinated ... More >>

The sky's the limit with Audio Light Systems

The sky's the limit with Audio Light SystemsUK - The National Museum of Flight just outside Edinburgh is one of the UKs premier museum destinations. Audio Light Systems were chosen to provide the AV technical infrastructure proposed by Redman Design. Over 25 touch screen kiosk information systems, three Panasonic laser projectors, Bose sound systems, DVS Watchout system and more have provided an experience that is both entertaining and educational. The AV installation which spans across three aircraft hangers (including the Concord hanger) was part of a £3.6m restoration ... More >>

Yamaha CIS is on the money at Banco di Napoli

Yamaha CIS is on the money at Banco di NapoliItaly - Founded in 1539, the Banco di Napoli (Bank of Naples) is the oldest bank on the Italian peninsular. Its historical archive is a remarkable time capsule of Italian history stretching back nearly half a century, part of which has recently been opened as a visitor attraction. A Yamaha audio installation plays a key role in telling the story. Covering 14,000m2, the archive has 330 rooms and is filled with bank documents dating from 1539 to 1870, which feature 17m names. The Fondazione Banco di Napoli has now opened several of the ... More >>

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