2 June 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundRock School - Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, School of Rock, set to open in the autumn, will be showcased this week as part of a series of concerts in New York. The concerts will take place at the Gramercy Theatre from 3-6 June. Lloyd Webber has previously said he chose New York to open his latest musical because of the more relaxed child licensing rules in America. In a targeted email, Lloyd Webber described the School of Rock concerts as being "highly-staged". He said the concerts would work better than an ... More >>

Avolites Sapphire Touch for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Avolites Sapphire Touch for Mayweather-Pacquiao fightUSA - The recent Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao match - billed as "the fight of the century" and bringing in a staggering $410 million in pay-per-view TV revenue alone - saw lighting director Jason Eible bring the contest to life on a new Avolites Sapphire Touch console purchased specifically with this huge event in mind. Eible is no stranger to this kind of pressure and attention. As the LD for Frank Gatto and Associates out of Boca Raton, Florida, he has spent his entire nearly-20-year career lighting boxing and UFC events. "... More >>

The Colour Project enhances Cunard celebrations

The Colour Project enhances Cunard celebrationsUK - The Colour Project was commissioned by the City of Liverpool to devise a 30-minute video mapping spectacular as the visual climax to the city's celebrations to mark the historic visit of all three of the largest Liners in the Cunard fleet. As part of the Cunard Lines 175th birthday celebrations and to punctuate the occasion for the city, The Colour Project created an evening show for over 80,000 visitors over the course of three nights. Always looking to the future and confident of its past, the essence of Liverpool was boldly ... More >>

White Light gears up for ABTT Theatre Show

White Light gears up for ABTT Theatre ShowUK - White Light is once again returning to the annual ABTT Theatre Show, having being part of the event since the very beginning. Now in its 36th year, the show will be held on 24-25 June and will be re-locating to Alexandra Palace in the West Hall. The ABTT Theatre Show welcomes visitors and exhibitors from various sectors of the entertainment industry and provides the opportunity for discussion, discovery and development. As a complete solutions provider, as well as a leading lighting supplier for West End and touring theatre, White ... More >>

ArKaos PRO exhibits at InfoComm with AC Lighting

ArKaos PRO exhibits at InfoComm with AC LightingBelgium / USA - ArKaos PRO will be exhibiting at InfoComm 2015 on the stand of its US distributor AC Lighting Inc (Booth 6171). ArKaos PRO will present its Kling-Net protocol in conjunction with LEDMaster, its all-in-one solution for easy LED show control. LEDMaster uses Kling-Net to add a layer of intelligence to any LED device by automatically recognising and configuring it to make it ready for mapping. Parameters can be changed at will, visuals imported and live patterns generated. Scenes can be triggered live, automatically, ... More >>

dB Audio lights Namibian Annual Music Awards

dB Audio lights Namibian Annual Music AwardsNamibia - DWR Distribution reports that The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMA), staged at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre in the coastal town of Swakopmund, was lit up with 18 Robe BMFLs forming part of a large Robe rig. dB Audio Namibia were entrusted to supply the full technical support for the awards hosted on 1 May and the main event, held on 2 May, both of which were broadcast live for NBC TV. Rockstar 4000 were the producers of this popular production, while MTC (Mobile Telecommunications Company and NBC (Namibian ... More >>

ETC upgrades Israel's Channel 1 news studio

ETC upgrades Israel's Channel 1 news studioIsrael - The state owned Israel Broadcasting Authority has upgraded its main news studio in Jerusalem, with help from ETC and dealer Danor Theatre and Studio Systems Ltd. The lighting for the Channel 1 studio needed to be suitable for the demands of high frequency cameras - so the new ETC Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD, with tuneable cool white lighting in the 4000-6500K range, was ideal. The studio was open in time for the Israeli elections, which were held in March, with 50 ETC Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD fixtures ... More >>

HK Audio install at Tyneside arts & exhibition centre

HK Audio install at Tyneside arts & exhibition centreUK - Housed in a landmark industrial building, a former flour mill on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, Baltic is a major international centre for contemporary art. Baltic has no permanent collection, providing instead an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and events that give a compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice. Baltic's dynamic, diverse and international programme ranges from blockbuster exhibitions to innovative new work and projects created by artists working within the local community. Baltic's ... More >>

J. R. Clancy sponsors USITT's rigging master classes

J. R. Clancy sponsors USITT's rigging master classesUSA - J. R. Clancy is a lead sponsor of the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes, planned for a summer 2016 launch by USITT. The series of classes honours master rigging expert and instructor Jay O. Glerum, author of the definitive Stage Rigging Handbook and one of the industry's most knowledgeable professionals and teachers of rigging use and safety. Glerum passed away in 2014. "Many theatre technology professionals point to Jay Glerum as their teacher and mentor in the proper way to use rigging technology, from counterweight to ... More >>

Jakarta's Global TV refits studios with PR Lighting

Jakarta's Global TV refits studios with PR LightingIndonesia - Global TV in Jakarta recently moved out of its old rented studios and constructed a completely new broadcast facility consisting of four independent studios. These have been equipped with PR Lighting fixtures, supplied by local distribution company, Acoustic & Lighting. The company already has a track record of working with the station's owners, the MNC Group who gradually started investing in PR XR200, XLED 1037 and XPar 360. For the new project Acoustic & Lighting's successful bid was tendered not only on the back of PR ... More >>

LUX equips Stamford Corn Exchange with RCF array

LUX equips Stamford Corn Exchange with RCF arrayUK - When the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre in Lincolnshire took the decision to invest in a permanently installed active line array system for its 399-seat auditorium, it opted for an RCF HDL10-A from locally based LUX Technical. The Theatre, which was built within the shell of the original Corn Exchange Hall in the Victorian era, needed a versatile system to handle its varied programme ranging from stand-up comedy to local am-dram and full blown rock concerts. LUX Technical bid successfully for the contract which was issued by ... More >>

Raycom launches e-commerce website

Raycom launches e-commerce websiteUK - Raycom, a key distributor of wireless sound solutions for the European broadcast and professional live sound markets, has launched a revised website with full e-commerce capability at www.raycom.co.uk. Andy Clements, business development manager at Raycom says: "We've realised for some time that our customers are rarely working regular 9-5 hours; the ability to source equipment at a time that suits them is vital." Whilst being the new shop-front of Raycom, the new site continues to provide a wealth of information on their product ... More >>

Stormen transforms with help from d&b

Stormen transforms with help from d&bNorway - Just inside the Arctic Circle, in northern Norway, is the town of Bod°, where the new, multipurpose Stormen Konserthuset is an important addition to the area's cultural facilities. "From the initial planning stages, the acoustic quality of the various venues was a major element to consider," explains Stormen's technical director Håvard Christensen. "We contracted Drammen Lyd AS to install d&b audiotechnik V-Series systems in three of the venues: the Main Hall, the Small Hall and the SINUS. We've also acquired two portable ... More >>

Adlib Lighting invests £1 million in Martin Professional

Adlib Lighting invests £1 million in Martin ProfessionalUK - Adlib Lighting has recently invested over £1m with Martin Professional, increasing its MAC inventory to over 200+ units including the award winning MAC Viper family, MAC Quantum Wash, and MAC Aura. Mike Docksey, general manager of lighting and video at Adlib, commented, "Adlib has seen significant growth over the past few years and as such there has been a real need to further invest in new equipment to supplement our rental stocks. It was extremely important for us to invest wisely in the resources behind the talented people ... More >>

A.C. Special Projects solution for Hyndburn Ballroom

A.C. Special Projects solution for Hyndburn BallroomUK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) has provided an energy-efficient LED lighting and control system to meet the diverse, multi-purpose needs of events hosted by The Ballroom, Hyndburn - including theatre-style live shows, dances, conferences, fashion shows and wedding receptions, amongst others. The classic ballroom, which dates back to 1853, is located within Accrington Town Hall and run by Hyndburn Leisure working in partnership with Hyndburn Borough Council. It recently underwent a £750k respectful restoration to enhance its ... More >>

Entec reinforces RAH Teenage Cancer Trust shows

Entec reinforces RAH Teenage Cancer Trust showsUK - This year, the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) celebrated 15 years of their show stopping live performance week at London's Royal Albert Hall with another high profile line up. Artists included The Stereophonics, The Who, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and many more, plus a night of comic hilarity hosted by Kevin Bridges. West London based rental specialist Entec Sound & Light has been involved as the audio supplier for the event right from the start, and over the years has fine-tuned the sound system to perfection for ... More >>

Halestorm leads the wild life with Bandit Lites

Halestorm leads the wild life with Bandit LitesUSA - Halestorm is no stranger to touring, but for their tour promoting their newest album Into the Wild Life, the Grammy-award winning rock band took with them a lighting package from Bandit Lites. The tour kicked off 22 April at the historic Ryman Auditorium and continues through September. Considering the vivid images a name such as Into the Wild Life conjures, lighting designer Giovanny Carvajal created a design that could connect with the mood of the material, while incorporating aspects of the physical design ... More >>

KV2 Audio enhances Little Shop of Horrors in Manchester

KV2 Audio enhances Little Shop of Horrors in ManchesterUK - The Sound Design team at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre specified 28 KV2 Audio active EX loudspeakers to enhance a production of Little Shop of Horrors. With the production featuring a live band it was felt that the existing in house system would not provide the required level and coverage required for such a show. A total of 20 EX 6's were flown around the venue to ensure even and accurate coverage for all the audience along with four EX 26's and two EX 10's to further amplify the performance. Bass reinforcement was ... More >>

John Slevin joins HSL technical support team

John Slevin joins HSL technical support teamUK - Lighting and visual production and rental company HSL has announced that John Slevin has joined their management team based in the Blackburn HQ - as technical support manager (projects). John brings his wealth of experience, great personality and excellent communication skills to HSL on a full time basis - having worked for the company as a crew chief and lighting technician regularly over the last 13 years. Says HSL MD Simon Stuart, "It's fantastic to have John on-board. We've known him for many years, he shares our ethics, ... More >>

MNA appoints working group chairs

MNA appoints working group chairsUSA - The Media Networking Alliance has announced the appointment of chairmen for its Technical and Marketing Working Groups, nominating Kevin Gross and Will Hoult to the respective positions. Kevin Gross is founder of AVA Networks and a leading independent consultant to AV equipment manufacturers and systems designers. He is a pioneer in media networking, having previously conceived and developed the CobraNet transport protocol for high-quality audio over Ethernet networks. He also helped build the first configurable DSP system and ... More >>

Lightconverse wins Live Design accolade

Lightconverse wins Live Design accoladeUSA - Lightconverse reports that Live Design has named it among their Products of the Year for 2014-2015. Chosen and voted for by panels of leading industry experts in the fields of Lighting, projection and sound, Lightconverse 3D Show Platform v56 won Product of the Year in the Lighting Software category. Awards will be presented to all winners during Live Design's New York Master Classes (NYMC), held from 2-6 June, 2015 at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and The Gallatin School. In a continual effort over the years to shrink the gap ... More >>

Zylight's LED solutions for AV market at InfoComm

Zylight's LED solutions for AV market at InfoCommUSA - Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its product line for professional AV applications at InfoComm 2015, including versions of its F8-100 LED Fresnel and IS3c LED large panel light housed in white fixtures, new F8-B black light and F8-200 Fresnel, and Newz on-camera light. Zylight will be co-located with Ushio America in Booth 6844 during the show, which runs 17-19 June in Orlando, Florida. "Many churches and corporations haven't adopted professional LED lighting technology because ... More >>

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