13 October 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundOn The Campaign Trail - Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has asked Donald Trump to stop using his band's song Dream On on the campaign trail. The singer's lawyers have sent a cease-and-desist letter, saying the use of the song "gives a false impression" he endorses Mr Trump's presidential bid. The politician has been playing the power ballad all summer, even air-drumming to it at a rally in Las Vegas. Tyler, who is a registered Republican, says it is not a "personal" issue but one of permission and copyright. It is the third time a ... More >>

PLASA Show brings curtain down on ExCeL era and announces exciting future

PLASA Show brings curtain down on ExCeL era and announces exciting futureUK - Three successful days in early October saw the PLASA Show bring its three-year stay at London's ExCeL to a close, with the promise of a revamped and reinvigorated event at Olympia for 2016. New for this year, the innovative zoned layout of PLASA Show 2015 was clearly a success, allowing show visitors to easily find the exhibitors they wanted to visit. In turn, this meant exhibitors enjoyed the attention of high quality visitors throughout the show. "We were extremely busy all day. We changed the way our stand looks for this year ... More >>

Robert Juliat celebrates PLASA Award for Innovation

Robert Juliat celebrates PLASA Award for InnovationUK - Robert Juliat is delighted that its new LED cyclorama batten, DALIS, has been awarded the PLASA Award for Innovation at PLASA Show 2015. DALIS is an asymmetrical 300W LED cyclorama light, consisting of 48 LED sources arranged in a double row. Each LED works in conjunction with a mini asymmetric reflector, or 'spoon', to deliver a perfectly smooth spread of light across any surface. Eight colours of LED are used in DALIS' construction - red, green, blue, royal blue, amber, cyan, warm white (2200K) and cool white (6500K) - which mix ... More >>

ETC celebrates at PLASA Show 2015

ETC celebrates at PLASA Show 2015UK - ETC is celebrating winning the only Gold PLASA Award for Innovation at last week's PLASA Show. The Eos software version 2.3 provides unprecedented colour control options for LED fixtures, including abstract colour spaces and fade tools, allowing users to adapt their workflows in this constantly evolving art form. Giving the Gold award, the judges described the software, which also provides access to the OSC protocol for the first time, as "a game-changer." The control desk itself was busy on the stand throughout the three day show, ... More >>

Doughty shines a light on Elgin High School

Doughty shines a light on Elgin High SchoolUK - When the drama facility at Elgin High School in Moray, Scotland, underwent refurbishment earlier this year, Jock Wallace, installations manager at Edinburgh based Black Light was asked to devise a way of providing raised and lower lighting within the studios. With cost and ease of use being significant factors, Jock turned to Doughty Engineering to build a bespoke solution. Jock explained, "Having worked with the team at Doughty on several other educational projects, I had no hesitation in recommending them to FES Facilities ... More >>

Royal Armouries reinforces with HK Audio

Royal Armouries reinforces with HK AudioUK - The Royal Armouries is Britain's national museum of arms and armour and one of the most important museums of its type in the world, receiving nearly 2m visitors a year. The Leeds site of The Royal Armouries is a multi-million pound purpose-built museum built to house a large part of the national collection of arms and armour, displaying over 8500 objects throughout six stunning galleries. Operating within the Leeds museum, Royal Armouries International plc is established as one of the country's leading providers of corporate ... More >>

Charcoalblue attends opening of St Ann's Warehouse NYC

Charcoalblue attends opening of St Ann's Warehouse NYCUSA - Charcoalblue's managing partner Andy Hayles and his team of theatre and acoustic consultants attended the opening of New York's St Ann's Warehouse last week. The official launch of the $31.6 million development of the waterfront theatre situated under the famous Brooklyn Bridge follows a transformation of the derelict Tobacco Warehouse by Marvel Architects with theatre, acoustics and architectural lighting consultancy by Charcoalblue. The new St Ann's Warehouse is a 25,000sq.ft site housing two flexible performance spaces. ... More >>

CPL production for the inaugural AGA Festival

CPL production for the inaugural AGA FestivalUK - CPL provided technical production - including live camera feeds / edit, lighting, audio and AV - for the inaugural AGA Festival, working for live communication and event specialists Eclipse Communications. Staged in the Ondaatje Theatre lecture hall at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, central London, this new concept enabled AGA enthusiasts to embrace and experience activities related to the brand of cast iron cooking ranges. The action included cooking demos, presentations, guest speakers, the history of AGA and ... More >>

Infinity Sunpanels at Guus Meeuwis concert at London's RAH

Infinity Sunpanels at Guus Meeuwis concert at London's RAHUK - When Dutch singer-songwriter Guus Meeuwis performed at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall in May, on the same stage as stars such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Adele, and Eric Clapton, the concert drew approximately 5,000 Dutch fans. As if the venue weren't spectacular enough, 28 Sunpanels were set up around the band to project visuals and to create a blinder effect. These custom-made visuals served as the background for the band and enhanced the musical experience by adapting to the changing beat and style. The large panels, ... More >>

Robe BMFL Blades for All Africa Games

Robe BMFL Blades for All Africa GamesRepublic of the Congo - Robe's BMFL Blade fixture continues to be a popular choice for designers of large scale ceremonies and events needing some serious power and effect - the latest being the opening ceremony of the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzerville, Republic of the Congo (République du Congo). French based creative event production designers Concept K were brought on-board by the With Up agency and commissioned to create the event's lighting and visual design - which also included eye-catching projections onto the ... More >>

Chinatown switches to 5.8 GHz with W-DMX

Chinatown switches to 5.8 GHz with W-DMXUK - In the heart of the West-End of London, where the theatre district meets the start of Chinatown, a complex W-DMX system has been installed by Wireless Solution's UK distributor - White Light. The brief came in by a UK-based lighting consultant. The company was approached by a property management company who is responsible for refurbishing the flats in the Asian district. The request consisted of giving life to Shaftesbury's buildings during night-time, making the district come to life and attract theatre goers and business people ... More >>

Sound Office and MSS jointly invest in MLA

Sound Office and MSS jointly invest in MLAJapan - Martin Audio Japan has announced the appointment of a new MLA partner in the form of a collaboration between Sound Office and MSS. Based in Ehime Prefecture, Sound Office and MSS have jointly purchased MLA System 30, comprising of 18 MLA boxes, two MLD Downfill and 10 MLX subs. President of Sound Office, Mr.Fujiwara said, "We needed to upgrade our sound system, and of course we considered several brands as part of that process. MLA was a strong contender but it's a big commitment too. Sound Office and MSS are located in a small ... More >>

Royal Oak Music Theatre goes green with Elation

Royal Oak Music Theatre goes green with ElationUSA - Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, is a historic cinema turned performance venue that has stood as a testament to the diversity of entertainment, as well as the resilience of the area, since 1928. After partnering with promotional entertainment company AEG Live in 2007, Royal Oak Music Theatre (ROMT) has become one of the Detroit area's preeminent venues, hosting a steady stream of live performances from Alabama Shakes to Skrillex, the band Perry to Social Distortion, as well as a wide variety of ... More >>

MLA Happy & Glorious for Michael McIntyre

MLA Happy & Glorious for Michael McIntyreUK - Stand-up comedy has a long association with Martin Audio flagship PA systems, and over the years has helped support artists of the calibre of Jack Dee, Lee Evans ... and more recently Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre. Pro audio rental specialists, Capital Sound have featured constantly in these Off The Kerb productions, and one reason for Martin Audio being specified so repeatedly has been the patronage of FOH sound engineer, Phil Tame - who has long been a fan of their flagship line arrays. "I initially used the W8LC with Lee ... More >>

Assembly Hall's installed PA system is right on Q

Assembly Hall's installed PA system is right on QUK - The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014 and is currently implementing a £1.4m refurbishment programme. An integral part of the venue improvements includes the purchase of a new sound system focused on d&b audiotechnik Q-series loudspeakers, supplied by Orbital Sound. The Assembly Hall's new sound system comprises 16 d&b audiotechnik Q1 loudspeakers, two Q7 centre-fills, six E6 units as front-fills, plus Q-subs and B2 subs, powered by d&b D12 amplifiers. Mikey Powell, ... More >>

Rogue RH1 Hybrids create big looks for Jason Aldean

Rogue RH1 Hybrids create big looks for Jason AldeanUSA - Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean has taken an incredible journey in his decade-old career. It's an odyssey that has seen him go from having his pickup truck repossessed (an experience he recounts in his song Crazy Town), to climbing to the top of the Nashville scene with 14 Number One singles and the record for the most first day downloads of a country song on Spotify. Keith Hoagland, lighting designer and director for Aldean's Burn It Down tour, understands this feeling quite well. Hoagland ... More >>

Living Room Café by e-plus showcases Martin Audio

Living Room Café by e-plus showcases Martin AudioJapan - The latest New York style 'Living Room Cafe by e-plus' in the Tokyo ward of Shibuya is a cosy live music, art and cultural venue which promotes the concept of artists inviting their friends into the living room. It is also the province's largest live café and situated in this busy shopping and entertainment area, is just three minutes' walk from Shibuya's central station. Divided into seven zones, surrounded by spacious antique leather sofas, fireplaces and iconic works of art, the music is played out through a ... More >>

Boomerang comes full circle for Fineline

Boomerang comes full circle for FinelineUK - Bristol-based lighting and visual specialists Fineline continued their busy summer / autumn event season supplying lighting, LED screens and rigging to Boomerang Hickstead, a new two day music event staged at the All England Jumping Course and Showground at Hickstead, west Sussex, UK. With a r line up including Jesse J, the Vamps, Soul II Soul, Simple Minds, the Proclaimers and a host of other popular artists, Fineline worked closely with TAO Productions and event technical production manager Andy Cotton. Fineline's Rob Sangwell ... More >>

Amptown strengthens maritime team

Amptown strengthens maritime teamGermany - A change of roles for Malte Polli-Holstein - the entertainment consulting expert has been "docked" at ASC since September 1 and is supporting managing director and company founder Ulrich Müller and his team in dealing with all the requirements of maritime and complex projects. With around 20 years of practical experience in cruise ship industry entertainment, he knows the special requirements for AV technology in this segment and will enrich the ASC team in future with his expertise in consulting, service, and support onshore ... More >>

Paul Simpson joins Audiologic as Hospitality Sector Specialist

Paul Simpson joins Audiologic as Hospitality Sector SpecialistUK - Leading provider of AV equipment, Audiologic, has made a significant addition to its team by recruiting experienced Business Development Manager Paul Simpson. With a strong background in AV, Paul has worked with leading brands across the industry, specialising in the hotel, bar and restaurant sector and joins Audiologic specifically to underpin the vertical markets of hospitality and retail spaces. Audiologic's Sales and Marketing Manager Andy Lewis expressed great satisfaction at a strong appointment: "Paul is a very personable, ... More >>

Livesys5 portable micro-PA hits the stores

Livesys5 portable micro-PA hits the storesUK - Studiomaster is now shipping the new Livesys5 portable micro -PA and stage monitor throughout Europe. Measuring just 290x210x175mm and weighing in at a mere 3.3kg - the 150W self-powered, integrated mixer, speaker system is a highly versatile solution for all manner of "carry-on" performance, playback, presentation and public address applications. In addition the LIVESYS5 is a powerful personal stage monitor system, either floor-standing or ingenuously mountable on a microphone stand for close personal monitoring (for drummers and ... More >>

Baldwin Boxall gears up for Intersec 2016

Baldwin Boxall gears up for Intersec 2016UAE - With a new look stand (number 4-G12), Baldwin Boxall looks forward to welcoming visitors at Intersec Dubai in January. This is always a busy show for the company and staff on the stand expect to see many new faces, as well as catching up with contacts already well known to them. Visitors to the stand will see the EN54 certified VIGIL voice evacuation system and the company's Omnicare EVC system and disabled toilet alarms. Based in East Sussex, UK, the company prides itself not only on the quality of design and build of its ... More >>

Philips Entertainment debuts new Showline models

Philips Entertainment debuts new Showline modelsUSA - Philips Entertainment has announced the introduction of two new Showline LED luminaires with the release of the SL Beam 300FX and the SL Punchlite 220. Available through the Philips Vari-Lite and Philips Strand Lighting Dealer Network, the small and lightweight LED luminaires were designed to bolster the breadth of the Philips Entertainment line of lighting solutions, and will be on display at LDI 2015 in Booth 1516. "We are very excited to be announcing the release of the Showline SL BEAM 300FX and the SL Punchlite 220," said ... More >>

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