3 May 2016

Unusual collaborates with the Shaftesbury Theatre

Unusual collaborates with the Shaftesbury TheatreUK - The Shaftesbury Theatre in London prides itself on being the largest independent theatre in the West End. For over a century it has played host to many high quality, large scale productions, and in order to ensure its long term ability to do this, the theatre recently extended its fly tower, increasing both the height and loading capacity. This valuable addition to the Grade II listed theatre has made the venue more capable than ever of accommodating large scale productions, particularly musicals, and indeed earlier this month ... More >>

PLASA Focus Leeds: ETC majors on innovation

PLASA Focus Leeds: ETC majors on innovationUK - Following a successful Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, ETC is heading to Leeds for the annual PLASA Focus event, taking place at the Royal Armouries, 10-11 May. The company will present a selection of its newest innovations and most popular products on stand N-C06. The latest additions to the budget-friendly ColorSource family will be making their UK debut at the show. The just-launched ColorSource consoles deliver hands-on control for modern, small-scale venues. Each console offers plug-and-play setup, an integrated touchscreen, and ... More >>

Avolites servers Drive LED cube for VERY ad

Avolites servers Drive LED cube for VERY adUK - A new advert for online British retailer VERY's Spring 2016 fashion collection has gone live, featuring an LED cube pixel mapped and powered by an Avolites Ai S6 server. VERY, through their ad agency, St Luke's, commissioned London-based creative think tank Prettybird to conceptualise the commercial, which features a fast moving array of dancers surrounding the cube. The LED cube glows in bright neon pink colours to reflect the VERY branding and displays a variety of Spring-related visuals. Ai expert RES worked closely with ... More >>

HK Audio targets installation with new division

HK Audio targets installation with new divisionGermany - HK Audio has formed a new Business Solutions division, offering "highly efficient and acoustically outstanding packages" worldwide for installation projects which require special custom solutions. With a focus on the hospitality sector, HK Audio Business Solutions delivers the company's 30+ years of 'Made in Germany' pro audio experience to customers who are not only looking for exemplary sound reinforcement, but who also want to be able to aesthetically integrate loudspeakers into sophisticated design environments, says the ... More >>

Robe gets up to speed with MPH Australia

Robe gets up to speed with MPH AustraliaAustralia - MPH Australia is a busy lighting rental company based in Melbourne, headed by Matt Hansen, a well-known personality in the Australian production world. The company has enthusiastically embraced Robe as an in-house brand - with LEDWash 600s, MMX Spots, LEDBeam 100s - and was an early adopter of Robe's game-changing BMFL series fixtures. MPH started as 'Matt's Party Hire' 11 years ago with the tongue-in-cheek trestle table and balloons logo for which Matt is still known and loved, a free-spirited attitude to life plus a ... More >>

Allen & Heath at The Crossroads in Alberta

Allen & Heath at The Crossroads in AlbertaCanada - The Crossroads Church in Red Deer, Alberta, has installed Allen & Heath mixers throughout its six room facility, ranging from the compact Qu range to the larger iLive digital systems. The rooms have various capacity and serve many different purposes. Supplied and installed by Parklands Audio, an iLive-176 at FOH with dual iDR10 MixRacks and an iLive-T112 for monitors were selected for the main 1150-capacity Sanctuary. "Crossroads needed a future-proof mixer that was flexible for the next phases in construction. iLive also ... More >>

Bud Light parties with Bandit at SXSW

Bud Light parties with Bandit at SXSWUSA - When Bud Light decided to throw a party at South by Southwest Music Festival, they went all out with a full blown production. Working with Mosaic and LiveNation, Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for both the Brazos Event Centre and the rousing upstairs party, where musical performances throughout the weekend included Bleachers, A$AP Ferg, Yo Gotti, The Struts, MisterWives, Santigold, and Bloc Party with it all capped off Saturday night with The Roots SXSW Jam featuring Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram) and other special ... More >>

Elation lights Off-Broadway's Death for Five Voices

Elation lights Off-Broadway's Death for Five VoicesUSA - Lighting designer Susan Nicholson used Elation Professional's Platinum Spot 35 Pro moving head luminaire for front lighting, backlighting and texturing on a recent Off Broadway production of the new musical drama Death for Five Voices Staged at the Sheen Centre for Thought and Culture in New York City, and inspired by the life and work of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, Death for Five Voices is a complex musical that changes locations on a static set. "The show does not call for spot lights," Susan Nicholson ... More >>

Grand gig puts its hands up for Robe

Grand gig puts its hands up for RobeThe Netherlands - Dutch house DJ Fedde Le Grand recently played his Grand 2016 event at Amsterdam's 20,000 capacity Ziggo Dome, which was completely sold out and featured a spectacular lighting design by JJ Rotte from Dutch lighting and visual creative practice Light Image - and over 200 Robe moving lights. JJ has been Fedde's lighting designer since 2013. When the first Grand live concept was staged in 2015 he came on board to evolve the lighting, and asked Bas van der Poel and Jeroen van der Velden of Light Image - both of whom he'd ... More >>

Hawthorn helps OMD perform classic albums

Hawthorn helps OMD perform classic albumsUK - Hawthorn has been awarded the contract to supply lighting and crew for upcoming performances by 80's British new wave group, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark). The band, which has sold over 40m records worldwide, is returning to the stage to perform classic 1980's albums Dazzle Ships and Architecture & Morality in full, with performances kicking off at a sell-out gig on 9 May 2016 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Further shows have been announced in Germany, with the band now also playing in Berlin, Frankfurt and ... More >>

It's a slam-dunk for Picturall at the Staples Centre

It's a slam-dunk for Picturall at the Staples CentreUSA - The Staples Centre in downtown LA is one of the world's prime sporting and entertainments venues, hosting over 250 events and some 4m guests every year. The venue is home to four professional sports franchises including the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers production team has recently invested in a sophisticated 360-degree video installation to further enhance the spectator experience. At the heart of the system is a powerful Octo media server from Picturall. The company responsible for the installation was Benchmark ... More >>

Kennedy Space Centre gets festive with AV Stumpfl

Kennedy Space Centre gets festive with AV StumpflUSA - Inspiring the next generation of space explorers and scientists at Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, one of America's most-loved visitor attractions, thousands of visitors were taken on a first of its kind, high-tech journey into space for Spirit of Exploration held during the Holidays in Space festive season from December 2015 through January 2016. Originally commissioned by NASA for the Apollo programme, the 223ft long Saturn 1B rocket located in the open air Rocket Garden was transformed for the very first time into a giant ... More >>

L-Acoustics KS28 subs rattle that lock

L-Acoustics KS28 subs rattle that lockUSA - When your client has been one of the creative forces behind the reference music used to tune literally thousands of concert PA systems across the known universe, you had better bring your 'A-Game' - and your best gear. That is exactly what Clearwing Productions did when they got the call to provide sound reinforcement for David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock North American tour, by specifying a full L-Acoustics K1/K2 rig complemented by the company's new KS28 subwoofers. "KS28 is a marked improvement on the SB28, and I was not at all ... More >>

Leo reinforces Mariah Carey across Europe

Leo reinforces Mariah Carey across EuropeEurope - R&B diva Mariah Carey recently packed arenas across Europe with a Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. The powerful and transparent system clearly delivered Carey's five-octave range and soaring, melismatic vocal style to every seat without the use of delays. Mixed by FOH engineer Lorin White Jr., the 22-city Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour was Carey's first European tour in 13 years. "The Leo system is superb for handling Mariah's voice, particularly when I'm tracking her extended high notes," reports Lorin, ... More >>

Litore Resort Hotel outfitted with D.A.S. systems

Litore Resort Hotel outfitted with D.A.S. systemsTurkey - The spectacular Litore Resort Hotel & Spa on Turkey's Gulf of Antalya has recently been fitted out with professional D.A.S. Audio sound systems. This five-star hotel is located in the city of Alanya, one of the most popular tourist destinations on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The resort boasts 260+ rooms and a full range of first-class facilities spanning over 15,000 m2 of prime beachfront property. Melomani, D.A.S. Audio's exclusive distributor in Turkey, was called in to handle the sound installation for this upscale resort. ... More >>

Temporary opera house made to measure

Temporary opera house made to measureBelgium - Due to renovations, the Royal Munt Theatre in Brussels needed temporary accommodation elsewhere at short notice. Veldeman provided a quick, qualitative solution and built the Munt Palace on the site of Tour & Taxi's, an opera house which was made to measure with a capacity of welcoming up to 1,100 people. An imposing TFS (Tension Fabric Structure) tent of 3,200sq.m will accommodate the opera productions until at least the end of 2016. A storey tent of 25m by 40m serves as an entrance hall and VIP room. A true eye-catcher is ... More >>

What will our theatres look like in 40 years?

What will our theatres look like in 40 years?UK - The Theatres Trust has announced that booking is now open for its tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres, to be staged at the New London Theatre. Says the Trust, "In this milestone year in the history of the Trust we will examine the state of our nation's theatres and discuss their future. We will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and ... More >>

All-in-one laser solution for DJs and nightclubs

All-in-one laser solution for DJs and nightclubsGermany - Lasers are becoming more and more popular and especially mobile DJs and smaller nightclubs often request a product that is easy to operate, is capable of projecting tunnel effects, layers and some basic shapes and figures, and most importantly can write custom messages as running text. And of course the laser should be RGB and white light for being able to make the projection fit in with the lighting design. This is quite demanding, but the new Laserworld EL-500RGB KeyTEX offers all these features. Besides being a normal laser ... More >>

Roger - Clearly heard and not seen

Roger - Clearly heard and not seenUK - Professional wireless audio specialists, Raycom, are now stocking "the world's first digital covert in ear audio monitor" aimed at the broadcast and film market. The Roger Earpiece system from Swiss based Phonak Communications offers virtually invisible, intelligible audio, as part of a perfectly simple solution for delivery of director's feed and prompting. Leveraging their expertise in designing miniature hearing devices, Roger Earpiece is shaped to sit comfortably inside the ear canal. Thanks to its fully integrated receiver and ... More >>

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