21 October 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundEveryman A Winner - Liverpool's rebuilt Everyman Theatre has won the Riba Stirling Prize for best new building of the year. The venue beat five other buildings to win the honour - the Royal Institute of British Architects' highest accolade. Riba president Stephen Hodder called the Everyman an "exceptional new building". He added, "It is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre. The theatre - famed for launching the careers of actors including Bill ... More >>

Registration opens for PLASA Focus: Orlando 2015

Registration opens for PLASA Focus: Orlando 2015USA - Free registration is open now for PLASA Focus: Orlando 2015. This will be the second PLASA Focus event to take place in the Sunshine State, happening on Tuesday, 17 February and Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Companies already signed up to exhibit at the show include; Columbus McKinnon, Group One, A.C.T. Lighting, CHAUVET Professional, ETC, Lycian Stage Lighting, Candela Controls, Stage Equipment & Lighting, PixelFLEX, USHIO, TMB, Elation Professional, GLP, Creative Stage Lighting, Barbizon, Bulbtronics, ... More >>

Unusual Rigging urges support for industry charity

Unusual Rigging urges support for industry charityUK - Unusual Rigging has become one of the first companies to donate to the UK's new entertainment industry charity Behind the Scenes. Presenting a cheque for £10,000 to White Light's John Simpson, the charity's chairman, at the PLASA 2014 Award ceremony, Unusual's Alan Jacobi (AJ) called upon all organisations within the industry to dig deep and support this very worthwhile cause. Behind the Scenes provides financial support to people working in the entertainment technology industry who experience hardship when they become ill or ... More >>

Philips Entertainment wins two PLASA 2014 Innovation Awards

Philips Entertainment wins two PLASA 2014 Innovation AwardsUK - Philips Vari-Lite's VL4000 Spot and Philips Strand Lighting's Emergency DMX Bypass Switch have both won a PLASA Innovation Award 2014. GM PLS Entertainment Group at Philips Lighting Richard Schmit picked up the award for the VL4000 Spot from PLASA Governing Body chair Ed Pagett at a glittering ceremony presented by PLASA. Philips Selecon and Strand Lighting Product Segment Manager Bill Richards accepted the award for the DMX Emergency Bypass Switch, which was also presented by Ed Pagett. Every year, PLASA recognises products that ... More >>

SES Academy gains City & Guilds approval

SES Academy gains City & Guilds approvalUK - Following the official release of the newly formed SES Academy at PLASA 2014, SES Entertainment Services are very pleased to announce that its BS7909 courses have been approved by City & Guilds. With two training centres at either Ascot or Maidenhead, the academy is able to run courses for up to 12 candidates who on completion will receive the coveted City & Guilds certification. "We are also able to bring the courses to your offices providing you have certain facilities available, and we can offer overseas training too," says the ... More >>

Studiomaster stays cool for world's first iceberg gig

Studiomaster stays cool for world's first iceberg gigGreenland - Studiomaster supplied a "berg suitable" PA for the world's first ever gig on a floating iceberg, when UK metal band, The Defiled, performed in sub-zero temperatures atop of the floating berg for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig. Jägermeister approached Studiomaster to supply a PA tough enough to perform in Arctic conditions following Carlsbro / Studiomaster's sponsorship of this year's Bloodstock festival, during which the company supplied emergency kit to The Jägermeister Stage. "It was a brief we could confidently commit to, ... More >>

Entertainment Workshops' Paul Byrne on PLASA's theatreStage

Entertainment Workshops' Paul Byrne on PLASA's theatreStageUK - Entertainment Workshops' Operations Manager, Paul Byrne, took to the TheatreStage at PLASA London 2014 (ExCel, London - October 5-8th, 2014) to demonstrate to the gathered audiences how simple it can be to enhance the lives of young people whilst also supporting the future of the industry. Byrne introduced Entertainment Workshops - a unique alternative education facility that provides an opportunity for young people to access hidden skills through hands on learning - while showcasing some of its students who benefit greatly from ... More >>

Slovakia's Amex Audio boosts business with Lyon

Slovakia's Amex Audio boosts business with LyonSlovakia - Senec-based Amex Audio in Slovakia has invested in a new Meyer Sound Lyon linear sound reinforcement system as its flagship product to serve its most important customers. With Lyon's power and clarity, Amex has been hired by clients that range from Mercedes-Benz to Pohoda Festival and the Slovakian X Factor show. "We already had a M'elodie system, and were very happy with the sound of Meyer Sound products," says Igor Demcak, managing director of Amex Audio. "We wanted that same sound coherence and linearity in our new, ... More >>

Artist uses ETC Selador to make his paintings 'pop'

Artist uses ETC Selador to make his paintings 'pop'UK - Lighting director Franck Evin has used 40 ETC Selador Desire D22 fixtures in a London art gallery to make the colours in the artwork 'pop.' "Using ETC Selador LED is a radical way to fix the lights. It looks fantastic," he says. The challenge Evin faced was that the painter, Berlin-based Jonas Burgert, likes to paint in big, bold colours. To make the colours really stand out, he needed something which would generate bright and vibrant but well balanced light, without the heat which would typically be generated by traditional light ... More >>

Equipson takes part in Barcelona retail conference

Equipson takes part in Barcelona retail conferenceSpain - On 2 October II Conference of Lighting and AV in the retail sector was staged at the Escuela Superior de Disseny IED of Barcelona. This event was organized by CICAT and Secartys. Juan José Vila, Product Manager of Equipson and vice chairman of the area of professional Lighting and Audio of Secartys, took part as speaker in the talk entitled AV in retail: setting the pace of sales along with Conrado Martínez, president of Trison Acústica, an leading installer. The aim of this talk was to discuss the current market ... More >>

Unusual installs new flying system at the Dominion

Unusual installs new flying system at the DominionUK - When Richard Kiernan, building services manager at Nederlander Theatres called upon the team at Unusual Rigging to overhaul the Dominion Theatre's flying system as part of a multi million pound refurbishment of the entire venue, he had just one request - make the Dominion the best theatre in the West End. "We wanted the Dominion to stand head and shoulders above all other theatres in terms of its flying and electrics. Having started the process with Unusual Rigging way before the project itself got under way we knew they were the ... More >>

Entertainment electrics training comes to Burbank

Entertainment electrics training comes to BurbankUSA - The Academy of Production Technology (APT) will conduct a class on entertainment electrics, power distribution, and control systems in Burbank on 3-4 December, 2014. The class covers topics that are listed as being in the content outline for ETCP Entertainment Electrician Certification and are intended for beginning to advanced electricians and technicians lighting, video, and audio. The classes will be held at the IATSE Local 728 Facilities at Magnolia and N. Glenwood Place in Burbank. This is an ETCP Recognized course. The event ... More >>

SSL Live in the mix for Oprah Winfrey roadshows

SSL Live in the mix for Oprah Winfrey roadshowsUSA - Oprah Winfrey has taken The Life You Want Weekend, a high-profile two-night self-help show on the road for eight weekends this fall. Along for the ride is CTS Audio, who is providing sound for the tour including a SSL Live. L500 console at the mix position, operated by CTS veteran front of house engineer Jon Schwarz. This two-night event starts the first night with Winfrey offering the inspirational story of her life's journey. She speaks about identifying life's purpose and leads exercises on taking action to reach goals. ... More >>

The search for the HOG Factor

The search for the HOG FactorUK - HOG Factor, which was organised and hosted for the first time by AED Distribution, drew a lot of attention to the AED stand on Tuesday 7 October at PLASA London 2014. The Design and Programming Competition with High End Systems Luminaires and a HOG4 Console was open to full-time students currently enrolled on a Live Entertainment Technology course. Entering schools were Rose Bruford College, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of South Wales. The five participating teams were given a piece of music ... More >>

Mixing monitors for Chance The Rapper

Mixing monitors for Chance The RapperUSA - Chicago-based sound engineer Aaron Patkin went on the road mixing monitors for Chance The Rapper, one of hip-hop's fastest-rising young stars, in early 2013. Since then, the artist has progressed from Internet sensation to main-stage attraction, as evidenced by his acclaimed performance as a final-night headliner at this summer's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Over that time, Chance (full name Chancelor Bennett) has gone from being a voice-and-DJ act to having a full live touring band. However, one thing has remained constant: ... More >>

S+H installation at Twitchen Holiday Village

S+H installation at Twitchen Holiday VillageUK - S+H Technical Support has designed and supplied stage lighting and an interactive projection wall for the newly opened Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks' Twitchen House Holiday Village in Devon, UK. The new £2.5m entertainment complex opened this summer after work began in 2013. Great attention to detail has been paid in the design of the glass complex that has been built and carefully integrated with the historic Edwardian pile of Twitchen House ... under the watchful guidance of English Heritage. The new facilities include the ... More >>

Luminothérapie competition winners shine

Luminothérapie competition winners shineCanada - The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership has announced the two works to be presented for the fifth annual Luminothérapie event, from 10 December, 2014 to 2 February 2015. Visitors to the Place des Festivals will be dazzled by a giant kaleidoscope called Prismatica by the Toronto architecture firm RAW Design, the first Luminothérapie competition winners from outside Quebec. Meanwhile, the Quartier's eight video projection sites will be lit up by a digital carnival called Fascinoscope devised by Lüz Studio, a ... More >>

Midas wins Track Cycling World Cup

Midas wins Track Cycling World CupUK - Biodiesel specialist Midas will provide power and distribution to Lee Valley VeloPark in December, when the UCI Track Cycling World Cup brings the professional sport back to London for the first time since 2012. Manchester-based British Cycling tasked Lee Valley Regional Park Authority with finding a local contractor able to deliver a quality service and solutions to the challenges that come with working at a different venue. Naomi Chant, events manager at Lee Valley RPA, comments, "We will be using Midas for other winter ... More >>

ArKaos PRO schedules US premieres for LDI

ArKaos PRO schedules US premieres for LDIBelgium / USA - ArKaos PRO will take a very active part in LDI 2014 (17-23 November) at the Las Vegas Exhibition Center where ArKaos software and hardware will be shown on the booth of its exclusive US distributor, A.C. Lighting, Inc. (Booth 2358). ArKaos PRO will also present four half-day training courses on the use of its MediaMaster software as part of the LDInstitute professional training programme. LDI 2014 will mark the first US showing of ArKaos' new MediaMaster 4.1, the latest, ever-more powerful version of ArKaos PRO's media ... More >>

Antari adds W-DMX Wireless DMX as standard

Antari adds W-DMX Wireless DMX as standardSweden - Wireless Solution Sweden AB and Antari have announced the line of fogger and hazer products offering W-DMX as standard OEM installed or optional. Users can now get the F-5D Fazer, F-7 and W-515D/W-530D with W-DMX built in as standard. W-DMX is also available as an option in the F-1 and M-4. These high quality foggers and hazers are top choice among users in some of the biggest events worldwide and the ability to operate them wirelessly offers endless opportunities. Wireless Solution and Antari have been OEM partners for years ... More >>

Apart Audio introduces VINCI8S subwoofer

Apart Audio introduces VINCI8S subwooferBelgium - When Apart celebrated its 20th anniversary two years ago, the VINCI series was launched. The series consisted of an integrated amplifier (VINCI2125) and two prestigious loudspeakers (VINCI5 and VINCI7). Last year VINCI4 bookshelf loudspeakers were added to the range. To complete the VINCI series VINCI8S has been released. The Apart VINCI8S active subwoofer with high power amplifier is designed to reproduce a fat and deep bass at moderate sound pressure levels. Due to its discrete design and small dimensions, the subwoofer is ... More >>

Master Audio launches compact column array

Master Audio launches compact column arraySpain - Master Audio has announced the launch of the JK46A, the engineering led, specialist PA company's first self-powered column array loudspeaker. A professional high-performance, light-weight 4x6" active column array loudspeaker system, the JK46A is a fully optimised electronic and acoustic design, featuring custom-matched system components, including carbon-fibre coned neodymium drivers, audiophile specified class-D power amplification and 48-bit programmable DSP control. The latest addition to the performance / cost competitive ... More >>

MAC TW1 fixture refurbishment programme

MAC TW1 fixture refurbishment programmeDenmark - Martin Professional has announced the return of its popular MAC TW1 Tungsten wash light as a certified refurbished product to satisfy the global demands of lighting professionals. All Martin MAC TW1 refurbished fixtures will bear a "pre-owned /certified by Martin" label and meet the same performance standards and quality level of new Martin products. "We are thrilled to see that the MAC TW1 is still acknowledged as an outstanding product and the ideal moving light, especially in theatre and TV applications where best possible ... More >>

White Light adds ColourPoints to hire stock

White Light adds ColourPoints to hire stockUK - Customers can now hire ColourPoint uplighters directly from White Light. The London based lighting supplier has added more than 100 new CORE Lighting ColourPoint uplighters to hire stock, further expanding the company's range of all-weather event lighting. Manufactured in the UK, ColourPoint fixtures feature a bright LED source, long-life lithium-ion battery, and wireless control - making them extremely popular for lighting indoor and outdoor events, conferences, and architecture. The fixture's sleek chrome casing and versatile ... More >>

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