15 April 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundVoices Off - Kylie Minogue has quit The Voice after one series. The singer joined the BBC talent show last year, replacing Jessie J, and was credited with boosting viewing figures during the first few episodes. However, she said touring commitments meant she would be unable to return for a second series. "Due to timing of my tour I won't be back next season for The Voice UK," she wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to all who supported!" Common People - The Pulp hit Common People has been voted the top Britpop anthem by ... More >>

The 7th Knight of Illumination Awards has lift off

The 7th Knight of Illumination Awards has lift offUK - It's that time of the year again - the 7th Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has launched and already the entries are flying in. 2014 will see yet another celebration of talented international lighting and digital content designers that have worked in the UK in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events. Not only that, the guest list is open to all who might wish to attend, ensuring that KOI continues to establish itself as a pan industry event. Durham Marenghi, an award-winning lighting designer in his own right ... More >>

Chauvet Professional: PLASA Focus Platinum Sponsor

Chauvet Professional: PLASA Focus Platinum SponsorUK - Chauvet Professional is supporting PLASA Focus, Leeds (29 - 30 April, 2014, The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds), for the third year with platinum sponsorship. The brand is exhibiting on stand N-B12 and will be showcasing the UK debut of the Chauvet Professional Rogue series, as well the latest additions to the Chauvet Professional Nexus series of LED video panels. The Rogue series features two power output levels of moving head spot fixtures and moving beam luminaires. The four models will take centre stage in Leeds demonstrating ... More >>

Audiologic secures Nexo install distribution

Audiologic secures Nexo install distributionUK - Professional audio solutions provider Audiologic has been appointed to distribute Nexo installation loudspeakers in the UK. Audiologic's Andy Lewis comments, "Providing solutions that exactly meet the needs of customers is fundamental to our approach at Audiologic and there is no doubt that Nexo's products will bring a balance and quality to our range that will significantly increase the scope of our offer. I believe that our approach to customer service struck a chord with Nexo inasmuch as they felt it very much reflected their ... More >>

LUX Technical launches London office and makes key appointment

LUX Technical launches London office and makes key appointmentUK - One of the East Midlands largest suppliers of lighting, sound and multi-media for live events, stage shows and corporate functions has announced an important new senior level appointment and the opening of a London office. LUX Technical Ltd, based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, has recruited Jamie Mangan from the Cameron Mackintosh organisation in London to be its Live Production Director. Jamie is responsible for helping grow and support the LUX Technical client base in London, particularly theatres, trade shows and large companies ... More >>

Phonophobia ups the pace with Soundcraft and AKG

Phonophobia ups the pace with Soundcraft and AKGUK - Maidstone-based production and dry hire specialists, Phonophobia, have made a further investment in the Harman Professional brand portfolio - spearheaded by a Soundcraft Vi1 mixing console. This is in addition to the slew of Soundcraft products already in inventory. The purchase of an Si Compact 32 was quickly followed by another (to keep up with demand). Then came a Compact Stage Box, a 16-channel Si Compact and a Mini Stage Box. "These Soundcraft systems have literally been flying out the door," says Phonophobia owner, Mark Chant.... More >>

EarPeace raising money for The Amy Winehouse Foundation

EarPeace raising money for The Amy Winehouse FoundationUK - EarPeace is changing the way people consider their hearing health and the dangers of noise induced hearing loss and raising money for The Amy Winehouse Foundation. New for 2014, EarPeace have produced exclusive AWF branded EarPeace earplugs and will promote the long-term hearing health of fans via these custom earplugs. 50% of all profit from sales will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which supports and runs various projects that aim to support the personal ... More >>

Siberian theatre gets major makeover with ETC

Siberian theatre gets major makeover with ETCRussia - The Tobolsk Yershov Theatre is thought to be the oldest theatre in Siberia, with performances dating back to the 16th Century. Today, the theatre is one of Russia's most technologically advanced venues, having just undergone a massive reconstruction project that doubled the building's size, added a second stage and upgraded its stage equipment. As part of the theatre's renovation, ETC dealer Imlight installed a lighting system with ETC fixtures, entertainment controls and architectural controls. The theatre's large hall was ... More >>

Midas XL48 praised by Wigwam Acoustics

Midas XL48 praised by Wigwam AcousticsUK - The Midas XL48 has quickly become the go-to, add-on microphone preamp for Wigwam Acoustics. The company is the first UK rental facility to offer the eight-channel microphone preamp within its rental stock. Wigwam, part of the SSE Audio Group, is one of the world's leading sound companies for rentals, sales and installations - and also a long-time Midas/Klark Teknik user. "Since we bought it, our Midas XL48 has constantly been in use" says Alex Hadjigeorgiou, Wigwam's resident digital specialist. "McFly, Steps and Ronan Keating have ... More >>

A Trilogy of sound from the land of ice & fire

A Trilogy of sound from the land of ice & fireIceland - As a culmination of two years of touring the world, Icelandic band Sigur Ros completed the last leg with Skan PA using the latest addition to their equipment roster. Always a company that likes to take the empirical approach to new technology, Skan has been running the slide rule over their new D80 amplifiers from d&b audiotechnik. Skan's system technician for the tour, Tom Tunney, explains their findings, "We took a d&b system out for Sigur Ros late last year. A short run, maybe three weeks, the system was based on J-Series ... More >>

JBL recycled for Turramurra bar

JBL recycled for Turramurra barAustralia - Kipling's Garage Bar on Sydney's Upper North Shore is a space converted from the shell of a 1920s garage into an industrial chic venue. Audio for the venue was taken care of by DJW Projects with manager Dave Coxon admitting the job was built on a shoestring. "However, it shows the reliability of the JBL speakers as the entire system was constructed from pre-loved parts," he commented. "All of the speakers were pre-loved JBL Control 30 speakers with JBL Contractor subs - proof that JBL will last forever. The system is proof ... More >>

Unusual on board for Ant & Dec challenge

Unusual on board for Ant & Dec challengeUK - As Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway reached its series finale on Saturday 5 April, Unusual Rigging was once again brought on board to ensure that the last Ant v Dec challenge of the season was the most spectacular yet. Having already worked on the seemingly death defying Men on a Ledge challenge earlier in the series, Unusual's Robin Elias and the ITV production team knew they were going to have to pull out all the stops to ensure the last challenge - The Decider - would be the best yet. In what was described as the most ... More >>

Epic Production Services invests in Martin Audio

Epic Production Services invests in Martin AudioUK - Event production and hire company, Epic Production Services, have recently invested in Martin Audio W8LM and WS218X, supplied by LMC Audio London. Matt Rogers, director of Swindon-based Epic Production Services, did his research before investing in the system, which was purchased from LMC's extensive used equipment stock. Having already used and become familiar with Martin Audio products, he wanted to ensure that W8LM would offer the same level of audio quality. He was not disappointed. "From the start it became evident that you ... More >>

X Factor Live launches at LS-Live

X Factor Live launches at LS-LiveUK - Following the tenth series of the hit ITV show The X Factor, the final eight contestants got ready for the X Factor Live Tour, which started in UK arenas in February 2014. Whilst they prepared themselves for their first real taste of popstar life, the team at Production North were making preparations for rehearsals at LS-Live in Wakefield. The Leeds-based concert tour and event production company is a long-term client of LS-Live's and has used the facility for the X Factor Live Tour rehearsals for many ... More >>

Yamaha QL5 has firm hold on Hairspray

Yamaha QL5 has firm hold on HairsprayThe Netherlands - Despite only being launched at ProLight+Sound last month, the rapid shipping time of Yamaha's new QL series digital mixing consoles means that they are already at work on productions. One of the first was in the Netherlands, where a high school production of Hairspray was lucky enough to enjoy all the benefits of QL technology. Kater Audio Techniek is a small production company, based in the Dutch towns of Hillegom and Nieuw-Vennip, which does live sound for mainly theatrical productions. Run by founder and ... More >>

XL Video on call for HTC Events

XL Video on call for HTC EventsSpain / UK - XL Video has recently supplied LED and plasma screens and control for two separate events for Taiwanese global technology brand HTC - the first was for their exhibition stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, followed shortly after by the high profile London launch of the One M8 flagship smartphone at Olympia. HTC at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona took place at the Gran Fira expo centre, with XL working for global brand experience agency SSG Create. XL's Project Manager was Rich Pow. HTC were revealing ... More >>

ArKaos PRO presents LEDMasterpper and MediaMaster 4.0

ArKaos PRO presents LEDMasterpper and MediaMaster 4.0Germany - ArKaos PRO reports that it is "extremely happy" with the exposure it received at the recent Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt. "The number and quality of the visitors to the stand was excellent and we couldn't have asked for a better reception of our new products," says ArKaos PRO's Toon Servaes. ArKaos PRO presented two new products at the show: LEDMasterpper and MediaMaster 4.0. LEDMasterpper is an all-in-one solution that delivers professional LED show control in three easy steps. "Simply map, programme and playback," says ArKaos. ... More >>

HD takes SSL Live console to Leeds & Plymouth

HD takes SSL Live console to Leeds & PlymouthUK - SSL Live UK agent, HD Pro Audio, has two upcoming events where engineers can get to see and understand the new SSL Live console, with experienced advice on hand. The first is a demo session at the dBs Live venue in Plymouth on 23 April. Places are limited, so anyone interested in attending should contact HD Pro Audio's Andy Huffer or TomTurner on 01784 433687 or e-mail info@hdproaudio.co.uk HD Pro is also exhibiting the SSL Live at PLASA Focus in Leeds on 29-30 April. The SSL console will take centre stage on the HD Pro stand, ... More >>

Panasonic to launch 16,000 lumen projector

Panasonic to launch 16,000 lumen projectorUK - Panasonic is set to launch a Full-HD, three-chip DLPTM projector to complement the award winning PT-DZ21K series. The PT-DZ16K has been specifically designed to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers seeking a reliable, high brightness and low-maintenance product. The projector features low power consumption and has a long lamp replacement cycle of up to 3,000 hours and an up to 12,000 hours maintenance free eco filter. Tom Gibson, marketing manager of Panasonic, said, "With a highly efficient optical design using four ... More >>

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