2 September 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundTax Relief - The government's forthcoming theatre tax relief scheme will help to revive regional theatre and ensure the industry's success is felt across the country and not just in London's West End, Chancellor George Osborne has said. Speaking at Theatre Royal Brighton ahead of the tax scheme which came into effect yesterday (1September), Osborne said he hoped the initiative would put a stop to the decline of regional theatre and touring productions by making it easier to put on these shows. Osborne said: "Regional productions have ... More >>

Robe announces the new BMFL

Robe announces the new BMFLCzech Republic - In an online broadcast this morning, Robe has revealed the first details of its brand new product, the BMFL - which stands for 'Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire'. Broadcasting from the company's showroom in the Czech Republic, Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe, described the BMFL as "The best fixture we have ever made". "We have listened to the wishes and needs of lighting designers, rental companies and technicians from every corner of the industry, all around the world. We really believe we have created a product that will ... More >>

PLASA 2014: Gottelier Award shortlist announced

PLASA 2014: Gottelier Award shortlist announcedUK - PLASA Media, sponsor of the PLASA Awards, has announced the shortlist of nominees for this year's prestigious Gottelier Award. The winner will be announced at the PLASA Show in London (5-8 October, ExCeL London). Named in honour of the late Tony Gottelier, the industry innovator and commentator who passed away in 2006, the Gottelier Award is for our industry's product developers who have made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology - whether in audio, ... More >>

TSL appoints Martin Locket as director

TSL appoints Martin Locket as directorUK - TSL has announced that Martin Locket has been appointed a Director and Shareholder of the company. Martin has extensive experience in the production and rental industries, having previously been MD of Essential Lighting and CEO of PRG-UK. Sam Tamplin and Martin will now be running and developing the company together as business partners. Tamplin, TSL's founder, commented: "Martin increasing his involvement with TSL coincides with our relocation into 12,000sq.ft of new warehouse and production space at London Gatwick this month. ... More >>

Philips Vari-Lite showcase at PLASA 2014

Philips Vari-Lite showcase at PLASA 2014UK - The latest addition to the Vari-Lite range, the VL4000 Spot, is set to take this year's PLASA London by storm where it will be showcased on the Philips Entertainment stand L80 at ExCeL exhibition centre. PLASA London visitors will be able to see the VL4000 Spot in action during the twice daily light shows at the Philips stand, getting to grips with all its exciting features, including its high-resolution optics, which ensure remarkable centre-to-edge focusing and an unprecedented contrast ratio, and a 5:1 zoom covering an amazing 9 ... More >>

PLASA launches Trainee Rigger scheme

PLASA launches Trainee Rigger schemeUK - In light of demand from the industry, PLASA is developing a scheme for Trainee Riggers, for launch later this year. The success of the PLASA National Rigging Certificate has increased the number of qualified riggers in the industry. Freelancers who wish to take the PLASA National Rigging Certificate at Level 2 have found it difficult to gain enough experience to get to the point where they are ready to be assessed because many venues won't allow them to work unless qualified. The Trainee Rigger Scheme has been created as a result ... More >>

d&b debuts the flexible Y-Series

d&b debuts the flexible Y-SeriesGermany - The new Y-Series from d&b audiotechnik provides flexible and configurable solutions for any small to medium sized sound reinforcement requirement, whatever the application style. While the Y7P and Y10P loudspeakers cover point source duties, with the B6-SUB providing extended frequency response, two line source loudspeakers and a matched cardioid subwoofer, the Y8, Y12 and Y-SUB tackle line array tasks. Echoing the d&b V-Series and utilizing patented three point rigging, the Y-Series is all new, yet strangely familiar. The Y7P ... More >>

Prase to distribute Lab.gruppen and Lake

Prase to distribute Lab.gruppen and LakeItaly - TC Group has confirmed the appointment of Prase Engineering as the exclusive distributor of Lab.gruppen and Lake for Italy from 1 September, adding to the company's successful relationship with fellow TC Group brand, Tannoy. The deal will see Prase Engineering, located in Venice, become the primary contact for all three brands in the country from September, with exclusive access to extensive library of Lab.gruppen and Lake amplification and processing products adding to their exclusive access to high performance loudspeaker ... More >>

Optocore appoints distributor for Russia

Optocore appoints distributor for RussiaRussia - German fibre network specialists, Optocore, has appointed Audio Solutions to distribute their products in Russia. According to manager of the Pro Audio Department, Igor Kovalev, the 12-year-old Moscow-based company will be providing Optocore solutions to their two core markets: sound reinforcement (theatres, concert halls, live events) and broadcast. In addition to their formal distribution arrangement with Optocore, Audio Solutions say they are also working on a major project, using sister company BroaMan solutions for ... More >>

Yamaha QLs on song at The Edinburgh Fringe

Yamaha QLs on song at The Edinburgh FringeUK - The combination of a small footprint, exceptional processing power, Dante networking and local i/o makes Yamaha's QL series digital consoles ideal for the Festival Fringe - Edinburgh's annual smorgasbord of the inspired, the ingenious and the idiosyncratic. This year, six QLs enjoyed a month of exceptionally hard work throughout August with multi-venue operator Pleasance. The Fringe is renowned as a difficult taskmaster on both equipment and staff alike. A month of relentless hard work, with shows continually playing from morning ... More >>

Avolites Sapphire Touch for Godiva Festival

Avolites Sapphire Touch for Godiva FestivalUK - Long time Avolites user and master lighting designer Yenz Nyholm ran the Main Stage lighting at Coventry's Godiva Festival this year from an Avolites Sapphire Touch, with a host of visiting LDs using the console as their acts performed. More than 75,000 people attended Godiva 2014 to watch headline acts including Happy Mondays, Lightning Seeds, and Buzzcocks. "The Sapphire Touch works well on a festival due to the many faders and easy to read touch screens," says Nyholm. "It's very intuitive, so any LD can use it within a few ... More >>

Unusual update at Belfast's Odyssey Arena

Unusual update at Belfast's Odyssey ArenaUK - A large sports and entertainment centre situated in Titanic Quarter and the Waterfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Odyssey Arena plays host to all manner of events, from major rock and pop tours to theatrical productions, conferences, sporting events and exhibitions. Despite attracting top calibre artists and events, Brian Campbell, event services manager at the Odyssey Arena said, "The venue, which opened in 2001, is always looking at ways to evolve and to keep up with the demands of the events industry. We wanted to make ... More >>

ETC compatibility testing brings harmony

ETC compatibility testing brings harmonyUSA - Dimming lighting loads can be quite tricky, especially when it comes to LEDs; many lack smooth dimming transitions and step-through from one level to the next. Testing fixtures and the driver together is an essential - and often overlooked - step to avoid unnecessary headaches associated with dimming lighting loads, particularly when it comes to architectural installations. Longtime ETC customer and owner of Coventry Lighting John Coventry knew this all too well, which is why he called upon ETC's testing services in the middle of ... More >>

L-Acoustics in control at Primavera Festival

L-Acoustics in control at Primavera FestivalSpain - Noted for its eclectic line-up, Primavera is an annual music festival which takes place in the Parc del Fòrum leisure site in Barcelona, close to the Balearic coastline. One of the largest music festivals in Spain, Primavera audiences are regularly in excess of 100,000. This year, long-time Primavera audio provider Twin Cam Audio specified L-Acoustics for five of the festival's seven stages. Right from the beginning, Twin Cam's technical director, Juan Cid worked hand in hand with L-Acoustics touring application engineer ... More >>

PRG EML passionate about ELC Lighting

PRG EML passionate about ELC LightingThe Netherlands - A production of The Passion was attended by thousands in the northern city of Groningen earlier this year to see Dutch actors taking on the roles of Jesus, his disciples and others in the Easter story. Staged at the Viskmart in the heart of the town, the production began with a 6m long white neon cross carried from the Groningen FC soccer stadium all the way to the square. Handling the lighting for the project was PRG EML Productions in Utrecht. Under direction of production manager Martijn Roosen, W-DMX was ... More >>

Work Pro products in major hotel installations

Work Pro products in major hotel installationsPortugal - With the collaboration of the Portuguese installer Sislite, Work Pro products have been involved in some important installations in the country. Two good examples are the projects developed for Sofitel Hotel in Lisbon and the Mercure Hotel in Braga. In regard to Sofitel hotel, a five star hotel with a total of 163 rooms located on the prestigious Avenida da Liberdade in the Portuguese capital, a sound system was installed covering three different spaces with a generic individual control and mix with Work Pro products; in ... More >>

D.A.S. joins Race of Champions Biathlon

D.A.S. joins Race of Champions BiathlonRussia - D.A.S. Audio professional systems were recently at Moscow's spectacular Race of Champions Biathlon competition. One of the indisputable stars of the event, D.A.S. systems brought the race to life at the Russian capital's Olympic Stadium, the start and finish line for this urban race. The army of D.A.S. systems installed at the stadium provided crystal-clear sound over the noise of the shooting range and cheers of the 60,000 spectators who packed the venue over the course of the competition. Perm-based lighting and sound company ... More >>

Arum delivers multimedia for volleyball finals

Arum delivers multimedia for volleyball finalsPoland - Warsaw-based Aram Multimedia delivered multimedia solutions for the opening ceremony of the Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014. The event took place on 30 August at the National Stadium in Warsaw, and was the biggest sports event organized this year at this venue. Within the set design by Giorgios Stylianou, 300sq.m of different LED curtains were installed, including 24 multimedia cylinders symbolizing each participating country in the tournament, as well as stage located on the stadium's stand. Some of the regular ... More >>

GMG Network launched

GMG Network launchedUK - GMG Network is a new consultancy; a community who work collaboratively and consistently at every stage of the event journey. Corporate, commercial, local, global, front of house, back of house, consultancy, delivery, advice, support - GMG Network has it covered, says the company. "GMG has created an environment whereby all those associated with their network can benefit from the knowledge within," says director Matt Green. "Be it an event concept looking for a creative edge, an event planner looking for a technical solution, a ... More >>

Green Hippo & FIX8Group work together

Green Hippo & FIX8Group work togetherUK - Green Hippo and FIX8Group have long been friends and have a longstanding history of working together. It was only a few years ago when managing director Neil Trenell was working single-handedly on projects and events using Hippotizer. These days his company employs 10 staff and owns more than 30 Hippotizer units, which have been used to run an average of 120 shows and events each year. In the last couple of years FIX8Group has hired a few talented and experienced designers and programmers. Two years ago Nick Charalampidis, formerly ... More >>

Colour Sound lights Creamfields outdoor stages

Colour Sound lights Creamfields outdoor stagesUK - West London-based lighting and visual rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied over 550 moving lights plus hundreds of other lighting fixtures, rigging and trussing - including for the video elements - to the North and South open air stages at the 2014 Creamfields EDM extravaganza, staged at Daresbury Estate, Near Warrington. Colour Sound's team was again led by crew chief Jon Rickets, and they all worked closely with creative and technical production specialists LarMac LIVE to achieve spectacular results as the clubbing ... More >>

Entertainment Workshops celebrates with Open Day

Entertainment Workshops celebrates with Open DayUK - Riding high on its students' recent exam success - a 100% pass-rate achievement from students completing the Arts Award, for the second consecutive year - Entertainment Workshops (EW), is throwing open its doors to the industry for the EW Open Day, on Monday 22 September from 3.30pm - 7pm. Entertainment Workshops educates young people of secondary school age, in the technical skills of production, video, audio and lighting, with a view to creating the next generation of technicians, designers and sales representatives for the ... More >>

Audient impresses in rural Poitiers studio

Audient impresses in rural Poitiers studioFrance - A British-made Audient ASP8024 console was first choice for Jean-Christian Maas, owner of Studio des Bruères, a highly spec'd studio situated in a tranquil, yet accessible country location in the French countryside. Dedicated to the production - and co-production - of artists, Jean-Christian prides himself in offering a different service to that of standard commercial studios. "We prefer to work on projects that we record and mix, so that we can maximize the synergy and efficiency," says Jean-Christian. "The bulk of our work is ... More >>

Theatres Trust names full-time planning adviser

Theatres Trust names full-time planning adviserUK - The Theatres Trust has named Ross Anthony as its first full-time planning adviser. This new role brings together all aspects of the Trust's planning work, including its role as a statutory consultee on theatre planning applications, the development of policies which promote and protect the social and cultural value of theatres in local and neighbourhood plans, and the protection of theatres in national planning policy. Ross Anthony initially joined the Trust in January 2014 on a part-time basis taking responsibility for the ... More >>

Richard Northwood joins RH Consulting

Richard Northwood joins RH ConsultingUK - London-based audio consulting firm RH Consulting, has announced a major addition to its team in the form of renowned consultant, Richard Northwood. Northwood's integration into RH Consulting is effective immediately. Richard Northwood brings 30 years of experience working on projects including Wembley, Ascot, Nokia, Oman Opera house and very many more. His reputation throughout the industry is exemplary as one of the audio industry's most respected consultants. "We've been talking about working together for quite some time, so it's ... More >>

Elation aims Sniper at PRO Show

Elation aims Sniper at PRO ShowUK - Elation Professional is exhibiting at the inaugural PRO Show 13-15 September at the NEC Birmingham where the company will launch launch "a truly innovative game changing product that is unlike anything on the market today". Visitors to Elation Stand G25 will be the first to experience the Sniper, a new type of hybrid multi-effect lighting fixture that gives the creative LD an all-new tool to create stunning light shows, says the company Visitors to PRO will also be some of the first to see two new LED-based professional moving ... More >>

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