28 April 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundTop Gear - The musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is to tour the UK from December. The production opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 2 December, where it will play for nine weeks. It will then begin a tour of the UK and Ireland, beginning at the Mayflower Theatre on 10 February, 2016. It is produced by WYP and Music and Lyrics. Silver Scream - Primal Scream will be named musical icons at the Silver Clef award ceremony in July. The band, who were instrumental in shaping the indie pop scene in the early 1990s, called the ... More >>

Shure celebrates 90 years in professional audio

Shure celebrates 90 years in professional audioWorld - Shure Incorporated is celebrating its 90th year as an industry leader in professional audio. From its humble beginnings as a one-man company selling radio parts kits, Shure now offers a diverse portfolio of wired and wireless microphones, listening products, personal monitoring systems, phonograph cartridges, and conferencing and discussion systems. Shure products have been used by such luminaries as Martin Luther King, Jr., Elvis Presley, and every United States President since Lyndon B. Johnson. There have been many milestones ... More >>

ETC stays in top gear for PLASA Focus Leeds

ETC stays in top gear for PLASA Focus LeedsUK - Following a hugely successful Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, ETC is getting ready to head to northern England, where its most popular new and updated products will be on display at PLASA Focus Leeds. The new Source Four LED Fresnel adapter is set to take pride of place in the lighting area, alongside ColorSource PAR - the new addition to ETC's LED range which perfectly suits budget-starved venues without sacrificing the output quality or customer service levels that people have come to expect. Source Four's miniature sibling, Source ... More >>

Meyer Sound Leopard unleashed at PLASA Focus Leeds

Meyer Sound Leopard unleashed at PLASA Focus LeedsUK - Visitors to the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds (12-13 May, Leeds Royal Armouries) will get the chance to see Meyer Sound's brand new LEOPARD and 900-LFC for the very first time in the UK. Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems, Meyer Sound's official partner for the North of England and a long-term supporter of PLASA Focus, will be showing the brand new Meyer Sound Leopard and 900-LFC loudspeaker products on their stand (N-A18) throughout the show. Leopard and 900-LFC are the latest members of Meyer Sound's LEO family, and also by far the ... More >>

Ayrton continues to Inspire at Prolight+Sound 2015

Ayrton continues to Inspire at Prolight+Sound 2015Germany - French LED lighting manufacturer Ayrton surprised visitors and clients with the launch of no less than seven new products at Prolight + Sound 2015. The newest developments added three fixtures to Ayrton's Creative Solutions line, two specimens to its Imaging Displays portfolio and a further two additions to its Automated Luminaires range. Heralded as the A61 Project prior to the show, Ayrton revealed a totally new technology that combines the first 94mm diameter narrow beam angle collimator with the latest generation ... More >>

White Light transforms National for Fast Forward

White Light transforms National for Fast ForwardUK - Last month White Light had its first opportunity to light the way for Fast Forward, a fundraising gala evening at the National Theatre. Featuring an auction for once-in-a-lifetime experiences and excerpts from forthcoming productions, the event raised proceeds for NT Future - a transformative project providing new facilities for audiences, artists and young people. Fast Forward took place on March 4, 2015 and attracted a glittering guest list including: Simon Callow, Olivia Colman, Frances de la Tour, Anne-Marie Duff, Sir David ... More >>

Historic Himeji Castle re-opens with Martin Audio

Historic Himeji Castle re-opens with Martin AudioJapan - After an extensive renovation that took five years to complete, the historic Himeji Castle's grand reopening ceremony was an event not to be missed. The renovation of what is considered Japan's most spectacular castle, which is frequently known as Hakuro-jo (White Egret Castle) or Shirasagi-jo (White Heron Castle) because of its brilliant white exterior, began in October 2009. It involved returning the walls to 'the white egret' whilst repairing the kawara tiled roof, and the recreation of the symbolic Shachihoko (Japanese ... More >>

Outline installation for Mumbai's first Hard Rock Café

Outline installation for Mumbai's first Hard Rock Café - Since India's first Hard Rock Café opened in Mumbai's busy upmarket Worli district about nine years ago, the venue has built up a great following, thanks to its role as a standard-bearer of the brand's successful combination of good food and good music. More recently, a second Hard Rock Café opened in Andheri (with its 1.5m inhabitants, one of the most vibrant important Mumbai suburbs) and recent changes to the two venues' music policy have been followed by a decision to upgrade the older venue's sound systems, ... More >>

Wigwam's Optocore simplifies FOH for Björk and Bracey

Wigwam's Optocore simplifies FOH for Björk and BraceyUK - Few rental companies have been as progressive as Wigwam in deploying Optocore optical fibre interfaces over the years, and configuring drive racks designed to give their sound engineers a much more 'fuel efficient', elegant and secure ride. After initially devising the OptoRack data returns system, when Optocore announced the DiGiCo implementation last Autumn, Wigwam wasted no time in building the first multiplexed DiGiCo Fibre Ring systems, allowing a range of DiGiCo mixing consoles and Optocore devices to work seamlessly together.... More >>

Adlib specifies Soundcraft for Liverpool Philharmonic

Adlib specifies Soundcraft for Liverpool PhilharmonicUK - Adlib has supplied one of the first Soundcraft new generation Vi Series mixing consoles to a landmark venue. With its original art deco interior, the Grade II*-listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the UK's premier arts and entertainment venues, received the new FOH desk as part of a complete new design and installation, masterminded by Adlib's Installation Director Roger Kirby and MD Andy Dockerty. It is the latest chapter in a long relationship that has existed between ... More >>

Electrifying Elation package for Livewire in Arizona

Electrifying Elation package for Livewire in ArizonaUSA - A new contemporary live entertainment venue, Livewire, opened recently in Scottsdale, Arizona, outfitted with a large, professional lighting and video system from Elation Professional supplied by Elation dealer Fyxx Entertainment. Located in the heart of Scottsdale'sEntertainment District, Livewire is Arizona's newest premier concert and performance space, playing host to a spectrum of national touring acts (Jeff Bridges, The English Beat, Boyz II Men) and up-and-coming local bands all supported by state-of-the-art sound, lighting ... More >>

RML lights The Javone Prince Show

RML lights The Javone Prince ShowUK - Over the past few years there have been a number of studios closing in London meaning that more and more work is being filmed in different parts of the country. So it was very refreshing when we recently filmed The Javone Prince Show in up-and-coming Rivoli Ballroom. The South London building was originally built back in 1913 and is the only ballroom still intact in London. It has been used for a variety of different things over the years but the untouched cool, vintage interior now means it's the kind of trendy venue artists such ... More >>

Tom Campbell upgrades his Tiger Touch II for Karnivool

Tom Campbell upgrades his Tiger Touch II for KarnivoolUK - Lighting designer Tom Campbell is using an Avolites Tiger Touch II for the entire run of Australian progressive rock band Karnivool's European tour - and has recently upgraded to the new operating system Titan V9. Karnivool has played dates in countries across Europe, including France, The Netherlands, Germany and the UK. Campbell has been controlling a large rig for much of the tour. At one of the major UK shows at London's Roundhouse, this included a mixture of Robe MMX spots, Robe 600LED wash and 100LED beams, Showline NITRO 510 ... More >>

XL Video back on the road with Ben Howard

XL Video back on the road with Ben HowardUK - XL Video are supplying a creative video package, including segmented LED screens and multi-channel camera system, for Ben Howard as he steps up to UK and European arenas on his I Forget Where We Were tour. The show, designed by Owen Tozer alongside Andy Rowe features a cinematic video look thanks to content commissioned and created by Alan 'Willy' Williams. For this tour, which includes three nights at London's Alexandra Palace, the screen design includes a central LED screen 10.8m wide x 6m high, flanked by three columns of LED ... More >>

L-Acoustics' McCall takes on Latin America sales role

L-Acoustics' McCall takes on Latin America sales roleLatin America - L-Acoustics has announced a strengthened commitment to the Latin American market, appointing Tim McCall as sales manager for the region. With five years of experience as sales manager for Europe, Africa and Oceania at L-Acoustics, and 25 years of experience in the Pro Audio Industry to his credit, McCall will be tasked with developing the brand in this territory. Jochen Frohn, director of business development at L-Acoustics comments, "I am delighted that Tim is taking responsibility to support our current clients, while ... More >>

Colville takes pro technical role at Flare Audio

Colville takes pro technical role at Flare AudioUK - Professional audio designer Ian Colville joins Flare Audio as its head of pro technical this May, expanding the company's presence in the pro-audio market and introducing its technology to the concert-going public. Colville joins Flare following eight-and-a-half years with audio rental company Capital Sound, where as technical manager and systems designer he worked on a wide range of high profile projects including Take That's Progress stadium tour, The British Summertime Concerts in Hyde Park, London, and The Killers at Wembley ... More >>

Van Nairn boosts Martin Audio sales force

Van Nairn boosts Martin Audio sales forceUK - Martin Audio has boosted its UK sales force by recruiting Richard Van Nairn as a new account manager, working alongside Al Brown. With a lifelong love of music, recording and production he is well placed to drive sales after spending four and a half years honing his skills at Martin Audio dealer, LMC Audio. During his time there Richard looked after the needs of customers in the south of the country, catering for their pro audio needs. Of his move to Martin Audio, the new account manager states, "The company has been leading the ... More >>

Prolight+Sound proves storming success for Philips and partners

Prolight+Sound proves storming success for Philips and partnersGermany - Philips has secured yet another successful year at Frankfurt's Prolight+Sound expo. The company launched a wide range of industry-anticipated new products from its entertainment lighting brands, including the Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash, Strand Lighting 500ML console and an array of innovative Showline luminaires, which garnered much excited feedback from visitors. A dedicated Philips Vari-Lite booth was situated in the Lightpower village, where the VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash were product highlights. "The new Vari-Lite ... More >>

Nexo under the spotlight at PLASA Focus Leeds 2015

Nexo under the spotlight at PLASA Focus Leeds 2015UK - The Nexo Geo M6 will be taking centre stage on Orbital Sound's stand (R-D14) at PLASA Focus Leeds, following its recent appointment as Nexo's UK full-service main dealer and approved rental partner. As Orbital Sound's principal loudspeaker brand, the Nexo line-up offers a range of new compact modular designs, including the Geo M6 - a high quality all-purpose AV and musical theatre system, suitable for deployment in a wide variety of situations. Commenting on Orbital Sound's recent appointment as the UK main dealer, director of ... More >>

Robert Juliat serves it right at Prolight+Sound 2015

Robert Juliat serves it right at Prolight+Sound 2015Germany - Robert Juliat served up an extremely well received menu of new products at Prolight + Sound 2015, starting with the presentation of its new asymmetrical LED cyclorama light, DALIS. The new 300W batten proved the hit of the Lightpower Village: DALIS stunned everyone with its powerful, smooth coverage and the huge variety of pastel and saturated colour generated by its 8-colour LED sources. "The spread and density of the light produced combined with the silent fanless operation makes it ideally suited to theatre and television," ... More >>

Green-GO celebrates successful wireless launch

Green-GO celebrates successful wireless launchGermany - The launch of Green-GO's new wireless extension of its Ethernet based multi-channel digital intercom system at this year's Prolight+Sound has been hailed a huge success by the company's sales manager Silvio Cibien. He explained "We chose to début the new wireless system in Frankfurt as the event is always a highlight on our calendar and we are aware of the calibre of people that are drawn to the show. It is a truly international event and we wanted to introduce our new product to the world. It really is a remarkable ... More >>

Chauvet Professional introduces Ovation house light

Chauvet Professional introduces Ovation house lightUSA - Chauvet Professional has added a versatile LED house light to its award-winning line of Ovation stage and studio fixtures. The new Ovation H-105WW is a warm white fixture that features COB LED technology to produce an exceptionally flat, even, flattering field of illumination when used as a house light in any environment. Powered by a 100-watt, 50,000-hour-rated, 3048K (at full operation) LED source, the Ovation H-105WW is suitable for theatres, houses of worship, colleges and other venues that want to bring the energy-saving, ... More >>

MDG celebrates with triple release at Frankfurt

MDG celebrates with triple release at FrankfurtGermany - MDG, the manufacturer of premiere fog, haze and low fog generators, celebrated its 35th anniversary at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt with the release of three new fog generators. The Me Series has been designed as the next stage in MDG's evolution of fog and represents a new family of generators with a higher degree of controllability and a powerful output from a compact chassis. Me1 is the smallest of the Me family with a single nozzle output that can produce up to 100m3 (3,521 ft3) of fog per minute. It is unique in offering a ... More >>

PixelFLEX gears up for PLASA Focus Kansas City

PixelFLEX gears up for PLASA Focus Kansas CityUSA - PixelFLEX, the leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, will be returning to PLASA Focus at the Kansas City 2015 trade show with its new FLEXCurtain HD LED video wall, a physically lighter video product designed for a new variety of needs. Displays for the FLEXTile, FLEX Lite and FLEXCurve will also be featured for the two-day convention that takes place 20-21 May at the Kansas City Convention Centre. This will be PixelFLEX's fourth time attending a PLASA Focus event, following the successful PLASA Focus in ... More >>

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