22 April 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundThe Show Goes On - AC/DC have said they will not retire following news that guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break "due to ill health". It had been rumoured the Australian band would split after a career spanning more than 40 years. However, a statement on AC/DC's website confirmed: "The band will continue to make music." The band are one of the highest-grossing rock acts of all time, selling more than 200m albums. A message on the band's website confirmed that Young would be taking a break after "forty years of ... More >>

Exhibitors gear up for PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014

Exhibitors gear up for PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014UK - As PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014 fast approaches, exhibitors are preparing to fill the show floor with the latest entertainment technology. Having grown its reputation over the last five years, the north of England edition of PLASA Focus has cemented its importance in the industry as a platform for building relationships and showcasing new products. Chris Toulmin, director of PLASA Events, comments, "We're looking forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors to both exhibition halls, as well as to the extensive seminar programme. The ... More >>

By Design Day 2014 set for Thursday 24 April

By Design Day 2014 set for Thursday 24 AprilUK / USA - Raising money for industry charities both sides of the Atlantic, By Design Day returns this year supported by a galaxy of well-known champions. Neil Austin; Gregg Barnes; Ken Billington; Paule Constable; Rick Fisher; Wendall Harrington; Howard Harrison; Don Holder; David Korins; Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen; Ken Posner; Jennifer Tipton; and Hugh Vanstone have all put their name behind the one day in the year when our industry gets together to raise money for Light Relief in the UK and Behind The Scenes in North America. To ... More >>

Yamaha has Leisuretec TecZone surrounded

Yamaha has Leisuretec TecZone surroundedUK - As one of the UK's major trade distributors of professional audio, lighting, video and special effects, Leighton Buzzard-based Leisuretec invests considerable time in training, seminars, product demonstrations and meetings with both clients and suppliers. The company has recently opened the TecZone, a new in-house space to facilitate all these and more, with Yamaha's CIS series chosen for its 7.1 surround system. The TecZone is a flexible, multi-purpose facility, designed so that seating and desks can be easily changed to ... More >>

ETC has big plans for PLASA Focus: Leeds

ETC has big plans for PLASA Focus: LeedsUK - The ETC's Source Four LED Series 2 luminaire, ETC Source Four Mini LED fixtures and ETC Nomad lighting control, along with SmartPack ThruPower products, are set feature at this year's PLASA Focus Leeds show (New Dock Hall, stand number C06). The Source Four LED Series 2 fixture were first seen in public at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, where they got a great reception. ETC fixtures product manager Jim Uphoff and his colleagues were busy throughout the show giving demonstrations on the new luminaires and their incredible output. By ... More >>

Avolites products on debut at PLASA Focus

Avolites products on debut at PLASA FocusUK - Avolites and Avolites Media have announced that teams from both brands will be demoing products being shown in the UK for the first time at PLASA Focus, Leeds, 29-30 April. Avolites - on stand R-B10 - will be exhibiting the Sapphire Touch and new Wing, offering an additional 30 Motorised Faders and third hi res touch screen. The entire Titan range, two Titan Network Processor systems and the Tiger Touch II with Wireless Remote will also be available for demo and hands-on experience. Avolites' Titan Mobile Fader Wing - which enables ... More >>

ITEAC 2014 Conference programme topics confirmed

ITEAC 2014 Conference programme topics confirmedUK - After a successful call for papers and many suggestions and proposals, the Editorial Board of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference has confirmed over 30 topics for ITEAC 2014: The Future of Performance Spaces, 8-10 June, London. Each day of the three-day event starts with a significant keynote address and concludes with a stimulating collective wrap up session. Between, the topics will run in three or four parallel streams, presented as lectures, quick fire sessions, specialised micro sessions ... More >>

DWR to host Avolites training courses

DWR to host Avolites training coursesSouth Africa - DWR Distribution is to host an Avolites User Training Course for operators of Titan One, Titan Mobile and Tiger Touch consoles. The three day course, from beginners to advanced training, will be presented by Nick Britz from DWR. The dates are: Johannesburg (6 - 8 May), DWR, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew; Durban (13 - 15 May), Vineyard Church, 22 Salisbury Road, Durban, and Cape Town (20 - 22 May) DWR, Unit 74D, Platinum Junction Business Park, Marconi Beam, Milnerton, Cape ... More >>

Mountain Springs church switches to D.A.S.

Mountain Springs church switches to D.A.S.USA - With more and more houses of worship incorporating contemporary style services into their worship programmes as a means of engaging youth, the ability of the sound reinforcement system to deliver a high level of speech intelligibility and music reproduction becomes increasingly important. If the congregation can't understand what's being said or relate to the music, it's very difficult to engage them. That's why Mountain Springs Church in Colorado Springs recently upgraded their sound system - drawing upon loudspeakers from the ... More >>

Philips Showline 510s on Goldfrapp tour

Philips Showline 510s on Goldfrapp tourEurope - 'Striking, stylish and slightly strange' are the words that established lighting designer Rob Sinclair uses to describe his eerie lighting design for musical duo Goldfrapp's latest tour. Similar words could also describe the effects that he gets from the Philips Showline SL NITRO 510 strobe luminaires, which Sinclair has specified to deliver cinematic, crisp, cross stage washes alongside stark, ice white strobe effects. Inspired by the 'film noir' artistry of Goldfrapp's latest album Tales of Us, Sinclair's high contrast ... More >>

Bandit lights biggest Winter Jam ever

Bandit lights biggest Winter Jam everUSA - When Pollstar announced the ticket sales for the first quarter of 2014, the number one most attended concert wasn't a pop star or a rock god, but instead a tour that makes ministry its main focus. The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, or Winter Jam as it is popularly known, just capped off its most successful year ever, with more attendees than ever before and included performances by NewSong, Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch and Plumb. Bandit Lites worked with production manager and lighting designer Jerry ... More >>

Elisa soars with Clay Paky

Elisa soars with Clay PakyItaly - Elisa's L'anima vola (my soul flies) tour is a three-hour-plus marathon, during which the Italian singer-songwriter entertains her audience with the naturalness she has got us used to. It is a sort of long journey that covers all stages of her career, from her début in English and her victory at the Sanremo Music Festival, right up to her total conversion to the Italian language, which features throughout her latest CD. Elisa is one of the few artists who love to supervise the whole design and creative process involved in ... More >>

Time flies in Reverze with Wicreations

Time flies in Reverze with WicreationsBelgium - Belgian-based automation and engineering specialists Wicreations supplied specialist flying and movement system for the recent Reverze event staged simultaneously at Antwerp's Sportpalais venue and the adjacent Lotto Arena, accommodating upwards of 20,000 hard dance music fans. The event, produced by Bass Events is the largest indoor hardstyle event, and this year's theme was 'Guardians of Time'. The centrepiece of the set - designed by Peter Vervloesem for Amaze Productions - was a 4.5 by 4.5 by 5m high scenic clock. This was ... More >>

CLD LED solution for Rudyard Kipling's House

CLD LED solution for Rudyard Kipling's HouseUK - Commissioned by the National Trust, designer Mike Blacker of East Grinstead- based Blacker Design was asked to mastermind a refurbishment plan for lighting in the museum area of Bateman's - for over 30 years from 1902, the home of author Rudyard Kipling, near Burwash in the Sussex Weald. Bateman's is now dedicated to the memories of Kipling's life and work. When Blacker Design needed a neat, energy efficient lighting solution to complete the modernisation of a number of period exhibition display cases in one of the upstairs rooms ..... More >>

MiniMe stars with Scrooge in Cape Town

MiniMe stars with Scrooge in Cape TownSouth Africa - A Robe MiniMe starred alongside Scrooge, played by Marc Lottering, in Lara Foot's adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol held at the Baxter Theatre, which forms part of the University of Cape Town. On a visit to Johannesburg, Patrick Curtis, production manager at the Baxter Theatre Centre, enquired about a fixture that would assist him to create a phantom effect. "I asked Rob Izzett from DWR Distribution what I could use to project a ghost-like image that could move around the set," explained Curtis. "He ... More >>

Yamaha adds flexibility in Niederberg

Yamaha adds flexibility in NiederbergGermany - When a venue with multiple spaces needs to update its audio system, nowadays a networked solution considerably enhances the usefulness and flexibility of the entire building. This is exactly what has happened in the German city of Velbert, where a Dante-based Yamaha/Nexo system has recently been installed. Renowned for its long history of lock manufacturing, Velbert is located at the centre of Germany's industrial heartland, surrounded by the cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Duisberg, Dusseldorf, Essen and Wuppertal. Built in 1979, ... More >>

Chauvet Professional debuts Q-Wash 419Z LED

Chauvet Professional debuts Q-Wash 419Z LEDUSA - Bold, animated washes of colour are being used to add visual excitement to an ever-growing array of events and venues -- from corporate meetings and mid-size productions, to neighbourhood taverns and restaurants. Now Chauvet Professional is answering the demand for a mid-range multi-purpose high-power colour-mixing luminaire that's as fast, bright and electrifying as it is versatile and value-driven. The company has introduced the Q-Wash 419Z LED, a high-output RGBW moving head wash fixture that provides the power and design tools ... More >>

Panasonic expands high brightness LCD line-up

Panasonic expands high brightness LCD line-upUK - Panasonic has announced the PT-EZ580 Series of 5,000 to 6,200 lumens, exchangeable lens LCD projectors. Sharing many common features with its brighter big brother the EZ770 Series, including DIGITAL LINK single cable solution, a common lens platform and a low maintenance ECO filter, the PT-EZ580 series delivers bright, flexible, and economical projection to mid-sized classrooms and corporate boardrooms. Consisting of five models, the PT-EZ580 (WUXGA, 5,400lm), PT-EW640 (WXGA, 5800lm), PT-EX610 (XGA, 6,200lm), PT-EW540 (WXGA, ... More >>

Elation adds to Rayzor series

Elation adds to Rayzor seriesUSA - Combining technology from Elation Professional's successful Platinum and Rayzor series of professional moving heads comes the Rayzor Beam 2R, a small and speedy beam luminaire with an intense and extremely narrow long-throw beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. The Rayzor Beam 2R houses the powerful yet efficient 132W Platinum 2R lamp with high precision reflector for a bright, compact and efficient light beam. Its sharp and ultra-narrow 3-degree beam is powerful enough to work alongside larger fixtures and won't get ... More >>

Sommer Cable extends Sysboxx line

Sommer Cable extends Sysboxx lineGermany - Sommer Cable is adding new family members in their popular Sysboxx product line. The Sysboxx system is one of the most widespread modular housing systems in the installation and entertainment sector and already in use in a great many installations and on many of the world's stages. The free scalability in all three dimensions opens up virtually endless combination options. Over 50 different sheet steel modules for various connectors and many connector modules with quick connection technology for AF, AES/EBU, DMX and network ... More >>

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