22 July 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundFuture-proof Theatre - The Chichister Festival, one of the largest theatres in southern England has officially reopened after a £22m revamp. The first play in the main 1,300-seat auditorium is a new production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, starring Rupert Everett as Salieri and Joshua McGuire as Mozart. Artistic director Jonathan Church said the theatre had been "future-proofed" for audiences for the next 50 years. "This building wasn't built by a politician or the Arts Council," Church said. "It was built by local people - ... More >>

TiMax appoints S.C. Alliance for Japan

TiMax appoints S.C. Alliance for JapanJapan - UK event and installed audio specialists Out Board has appointed S.C. Alliance Inc as its new Japanese distributor for TiMax2 SoundHub audio showcontrol matrix and TiMax Tracker performer tracking system. SCA hosted a TiMax workshop in Tokyo where Out Board director Robin Whittaker presented and demonstrated the principles of TiMax delay-based Source-Oriented Reinforcement (SOR). Delegates learnt how variable audio localisation could be applied to wireless vocal mics using the TiMax2 SoundHub dynamic delay matrix, and how this ... More >>

Robe LEDBeam 100s for Vasco Rossi shows

Robe LEDBeam 100s for Vasco Rossi showsItaly - Superstar singer / songwriter Vasco Rossi staged seven stadium shows in Rome and Milan this summer playing to over 400,000 fans, complete with a lightshow to match the occasion designed by his long term LD, Giovanni Pinna. Pinna used 68 Robe Robin LEDBeam 100s which were used as specials and for highlighting the ebullient audiences that flocked to see Rossi whose controversial and hugely successful career has spanned four decades, spawned 27 albums and several spats with authority. He is one of the great Italian showmen who is ... More >>

Penn Elcom partners with Entertainment Workshops charity

Penn Elcom partners with Entertainment Workshops charityUK - Penn Elcom, manufacturer of flight case hardware, speaker cabinet hardware and 19-inch racking solutions, alongside sibling brands, Pro Audio Stash and CLD Distribution, has signed a partnership with industry charity Entertainment Workshops (EW). Entertainment Workshops is set to produce a catalogue of product functionality videos accessible to customers via QR codes and website links. This partnership not only supports the charity with a guaranteed financial income over at least the next two years but more importantly provides ... More >>

ETC Sensor control reaches high in London

ETC Sensor control reaches high in LondonUK - ETC's UK dealers have now installed over 28,000 Sensor power control channels across central London, making ETC the most popular choice in the capital. If all the modules were stacked on top of one another, they would reach 980m, making them significantly taller than the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa - practically Lilliputian at just 820m - whose nightly strobe light shows are controlled by an ETC Congo control system. The latest recipient of Sensor is the Prince Edward Theatre on Old Compton Street. The theatre's ... More >>

PR Lighting launches LED for large scale applications

PR Lighting launches LED for large scale applicationsChina - PR Lighting's initial brief when planning its new LED Studio 3205D was to develop a fixture purpose-designed for lighting up large scale automobile shows around the world. But with its inherent power, derived from a single 500W LED source, coupled with a stable colour temperature and high CRI, its high specification makes it applicable to any large-scale application - particularly TV studios, theatre, commercial and multi-functional situations. In addition to its two available colour temperatures it also boasts enviable energy ... More >>

Pure Groove Systems gets Lost in a Moment

Pure Groove Systems gets Lost in a MomentThe Netherlands - Fresh from blowing minds at the Lightening in a Bottle festival and its successful debut in Miami for MMW, Pure Groove has announced that it will be providing the sound for Amsterdam's Lost in a Moment. Featuring acts such as Dixon, Ame (DJ), Howling (live), David August, Gerd Janson, KiNK (live), and Baikal, Pure Groove's future sound technology is "perfect to take the crowd on their sonic journey," says the company. Pure Groove recently partnered with Danley Sound Labs, to create a series of sound ... More >>

B-EYE is star pupil on London Grammar tour

B-EYE is star pupil on London Grammar tourUK - Lighting designer Steven Bewley is using a primarily Clay Paky rig to light renowned trip-hop trio London Grammar during the band's current UK tour. The delicate lighting design created by the Newcastle-based designer weaves the band's haunting music into a web of theatrical glamour and is already earning itself industry praise. "The brief from the band was that they wanted every song to look different," explains Bewley. "So the creative concept for the lighting design came from the idea of merging looks from a TV show, a stage ... More >>

George Benson UK tour supported by White Light

George Benson UK tour supported by White LightUK - Lighting specialist White Light has recently supplied production solutions for the George Benson 2014 UK Tour. The Grammy Award winning artist performed some of his greatest hits including Give Me the Night and Turn Your Love Around during the tour which visited venues across the UK during June of 2014. The tour made stops in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Bournemouth. White Light provided a complete lighting package for the tour, which was designed by LD Simon Tutchener. He described his approach to lighting the ... More >>

Masque Sound supports Shakespeare in the Park

Masque Sound supports Shakespeare in the ParkUSA - As the curtain rose on the 2014 summer season of The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, Masque Sound was once again on-hand to offer its support to one of New York City's most beloved traditions, providing custom audio equipment packages for this year's line-up, as well as for The Public's array of other shows and events hosted throughout the year. The Public Theatre boasts several expansive venues, including its landmark downtown home on Astor Place, which houses five theatres ... More >>

Capital and MLA continue Hyde Park sound evolution

Capital and MLA continue Hyde Park sound evolutionUK - Proving last year that London's controversial Hyde Park festival site could be protected from noise leakage into the surrounding neighbourhood by deploying Martin Audio's MLA technology, promoters AEG Live adopted a similar solution for this year's Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival - but with significant enhancements. While Capital Sound, again deployed MLA and MLA Compact to guarantee coherent site coverage, Martin Audio's R&D director, Jason Baird, was determined that new optimisations would enable them ... More >>

Hippotizer dazzles at the 68th Tony Awards

Hippotizer dazzles at the 68th Tony AwardsUSA - New York's Radio City Music Hall saw the commencement of the 68th annual Tony Awards on Sunday 8 June 2014, with a flamboyant Hugh Jackman hosting the show and a live broadcast televised on US network CBS. The Tony Awards are a place of recognition for achievements in Broadway productions over the past season and this year's ceremony saw an array of shows from Aladdin, Hedwig and the angry inch, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun to Les Miserables, Of Mice and Men as well as ... More >>

Outline spreads the Pope's message to 250,000

Outline spreads the Pope's message to 250,000Italy - Outline Butterfly and Mantas loudspeaker systems amplified the voice of Pope Francis on the occasion of the Holy Mass celebrated on the Plain of Sibari before a crowd of 250,000 worshippers. A stage 50m by 25m was erected for the event, along with the installation of four maxi-screens, 200 chemical toilets and 20 km of barriers. The "stalls" had seating for 35,000. The area to be covered by the audio system measured 650m by 250m and the sound reinforcement system installed was manufactured by Outline - to be precise a rig ... More >>

MLA Mini reinforces The Rose of Versailles

MLA Mini reinforces The Rose of VersaillesJapan - The Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female musical theatre troupe based in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture - and founded a century ago by Ichizo Kobayashi, president of Hankyu Railways. Following a tradition of bringing musical masterpieces to the stage, the latest 'Cosmos' revue troupe has revisited of The Rose of Versailles, which was first turned into a major hit by the Theatre back in 1974, to help celebrate its landmark year. And a Martin Audio MLA Mini PA system was on hand to assist. The multi-cellular loudspeaker ... More >>

Chauvet Professional lights Therapy? at Sonisphere

Chauvet Professional lights Therapy? at SonisphereUK - Sonisphere Festival made a triumphant return to the UK in July, celebrating 40 years of rock music at Knebworth Park. Co-headlining the Bohemia stage, alternative metal band Therapy? played their 1995 classic album Infernal Love, accompanied by a stunning light show featuring a selection of fixtures from Chauvet Professional and trussing structures from TRUSST, backed by Chauvet. Lighting designer Pete Davies prepared an impactful yet compact, tour-friendly package, primed for easy transportation across Europe for a series ... More >>

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino turns on the G-Spot

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino turns on the G-SpotUSA - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas presented its lighting designer Christopher Lose with the ultimate challenge: find a strong and stable fixture that could be hung at the pool-side stage all year round. Chris' answer quickly resulted in an order for 10 G-Spot LED moving heads for movement, beam versatility and patterns and four Q-7 RGBW for wash and strobing. Chris explains, "The Pool Stage is a treacherous environment for lighting gear. It is an outdoor stage in Las Vegas. The temperature reaches 120 degrees [Fahrenheit - ... More >>

Fenix towers support La Reina ceremony

Fenix towers support La Reina ceremonyChile - On Saturday 19 July, the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, with the local authorities of La Reina (a municipality in the eastern area of Gran Santiago, Chile), led the ceremony of the renaming of Avenida Larraín by Alcalde Fernando Castillo Velasco. In an emotive ceremony, the president praised the architect and Mayor of La Reina who died in July of 2013, Fernando Castillo, who was not only the Mayor of Regina, but was also Mayor of the Metropolitan region and rector of the Catholic University. The overall ... More >>

Calrec consoles drive audio World Cup coverage

Calrec consoles drive audio World Cup coverageBrazil - The BBC relied on Calrec Audio's digital audio consoles during its coverage of the FIFA World Cup. The broadcaster used a combination of three rented consoles to mix the audio in Brazil for transmissions in the UK. At the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro, two 24-fader Artemis Light consoles served as the first point of control in the signal path, responsible for submixing all sound associated with the matches and creating simultaneous 5.1 and stereo mixes. In addition, controlled commentary and controlled ... More >>

Vivid's Heaven's Cloth utilises JBL Control

Vivid's Heaven's Cloth utilises JBL ControlAustralia - The poet W.B. Yeats once described the vast skies as "the heavens' embroidered cloths". Taking its title from Yeats' vision, Vivid Festival's Heaven's Cloth created a canopy of light, colour and sound - thanks to Arup MAS. The installation was an active and porous ceiling that displayed projected light via LED RGB architectural luminaires to create intricate colour change effects based on the theory of complementary colours. Enriching the piece was a soundscape composed using synchronised harmonious musical intervals. "The ... More >>

SGM G-Spot for Fountain of Oneness

SGM G-Spot for Fountain of OnenessIndia - The foundation Universal Brotherhood has chosen SGM's G-Spot LED moving head for its Sant Nirankari Mission Fountain of Worship in India. Lawrence Ryan of Eagle Eye Studios was tasked with designing and programming a show control interface for the beautiful fountain in Delhi known as the Fountain of Oneness. The idea behind this unique architectural structure originates from the Guru himself as a symbol of people from different religions, cultures and languages coming together in one place. The structure is made up of ... More >>

Le Mark girls triumph at Race For Life

Le Mark girls triumph at Race For LifeUK - Smashing their initial target by over 1000% and then beating their increased target by over 20%, the girls at Le Mark did an amazing job at Race For Life on Sunday 20 July in Cambridge. The first of the girls came across the line in an impressive 28 minutes! With over 6,000 women taking part, the event drew huge crowds of support and is expected overall to raise hundreds of thousands, if not more for Cancer Research. Le Mark's Sam Cooke commented, "It was inspirational to run. We were an amazing team, both during the run and ... More >>

Soundweb/Soundcraft solution for LSE student centre

Soundweb/Soundcraft solution for LSE student centreUK - After winning a competitive tender to provide a technical infrastructure at the London School of Economics' new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre in central London, LSI Projects turned to the Harman Professional catalogue. Responding to a specification drawn up by consultants, Arup - to supply and fit sound and communication, lighting and staging systems in the 850-capacity nightclub/live venue - they constructed their digital routing network around BSS Audio Soundweb London components, before turning to sister company Soundcraft's ... More >>

SAE Mexico installs Qu-24 for new audio course

SAE Mexico installs Qu-24 for new audio courseMexico - SAE in Mexico recently opened a new live audio engineering degree course, installing Allen & Heath's new Qu-24 compact digital mixer as the teaching console. Supplied by Allen & Heath's Mexican distributor, Audyson, students will learn to mix using Allen & Heath digital mixers, starting with the Qu-24 and progressing onto larger consoles, such as the GLD-80. The course will also include practical sessions, placing students in real situations with live bands, where they will also mix using A&H consoles. One such session has ... More >>

St. John's church gains intelligibility with Community

St. John's church gains intelligibility with CommunityUSA - Completed in 1837, St. John the Evangelist is a historic Catholic church in Frederick, Maryland, with a Grecian ionic design and a cruciform floor plan. The church has carpeted floors but its spacious marble and plaster interior and hardwood pews create major challenges for voice intelligibility. St. John's existing sound system had poor intelligibility and coverage and a recurring feedback issue., Eric Johnson of Audio Video Group offered St. John's a new system using Community's Entasys column line-source loudspeaker system. ... More >>

KV2 scores big break at World Snooker Awards

KV2 scores big break at World Snooker AwardsUK - The World Snooker Awards '14 took place recently at The Lancaster Hotel, London and saw the great and good of Snooker assembled to honour the outstanding performances of the 2013/14 season. Hosted by TalkSport's Andy Goldstein, the event featured awards for nine separate categories and was dominated by Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby with Dennis Taylor and Cliff Thorburn inducted in to the Hall of Fame. For the third year in a row MRL Productions supplied full production including lighting, staging, AV and camera feeds to screen. ... More >>

Techrig & Electrosonic collaborate on arts festival

Techrig & Electrosonic collaborate on arts festivalSouth Africa - The National Arts Festival (NAF) is Africa's biggest annual celebration of the arts. It's hosted in Grahamstown, a small university city in the Eastern Cape, and takes place over 11 days every winter. This year, from 3 to 13 July, 225 000 people attended some 2800 performances in 50 venues scattered across Grahamstown and its surrounds. Once again Electrosonic SA was a sponsor of this world class arts festival. This year, to celebrate the festival's 40th birthday, it was decided to do something special. Recently ... More >>

MilTec Audio products open day in Truro

MilTec Audio products open day in TruroUK - MilTec (UK) Ltd and Ninetwentyfive Productions are holding an open day on Wednesday 20 August at: The Burrell Theatre, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1TH. On show will be the successful Blakite range of speakers along with the new GBA series of ClassD, amplifiers with on-board signal processing. All production and installation companies along with club and bar owners are invited. Doors open at 10 am and the day will run until 4pm. For more information regarding the event contact Peter Maddison on 07961 838469 or Swenson Kearey ... More >>

GLD manages FOH on Nina Persson solo tour

GLD manages FOH on Nina Persson solo tourEurope - Cardigans' frontwoman, Nina Persson, recently completed a solo tour of Europe and the USA travelling with an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer to manage FOH and monitor sound. Supplied by Swedish PA company, Parashoot, which recently invested in the GLD-80, the mixer is supplemented with an AR2412 remote IO rack and additional AR84. Together with one roll of Cat 5e and the mics set, the whole audio touring kit packs into four Pelicases. "I like the new ideas and easy layout of the GLD-80," comments engineer, Oscar Soederland."... More >>

Howden heads Festival Supplier Awards panel

Howden heads Festival Supplier Awards panelUK - With entries for the inaugural Festival Supplier Awards (FSAs) now coming in thick and fast, organiser A.M.P. Events has announced a strong line-up of high profile festival organisers will judge submissions. Cairing the expert panel is Nic Howden, a journalist with over 12 years' experience covering UK and Europe's largest festivals. Joining him will be Lee House, senior events manager for Coventry City Council and production lead for the Godiva Festival, UK's largest, free to attend, festival; Dan Craig, head of operations at ... More >>

Mitch Mortenson joins Cadac US

Mitch Mortenson joins Cadac USUK - Cadac Audio US and Canada has secured premises for its sales, distribution and service operations in Hoboken NJ. The new premises, looking out across the Manhattan skyline, will house Cadac's new North American division's sales, distribution and service operations, headed up by general manager Paul Morini. Currently under refurbishment, the new HQ will come "online" by the end of August. At the same time the company has announced the appointment of industry veteran console engineer Mitch Mortenson as technical support manager. ... More >>

PRG Nocturne expands UK operation

PRG Nocturne expands UK operationUK - PRG Nocturne which provides LED video and projection support to the concert touring, festival, and corporate event markets, has expanded its operations in the UK. "We are now heading into our fourth year with PRG," says Bob Brigham, president of PRG Nocturne. "One of the deciding factors in joining the PRG team was our dream to expand into the UK/European markets. The expansion of our UK operation allows us to fully support the rapidly growing demand with an experienced team of people and quality gear that our customers expect of ... More >>

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