5 May 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundOpera on the Road - Opera is to be toured to theatres around the UK by a new production company that aims to bring more diverse audiences to the genre. HighTime has been founded by Felicity Green and Benjamin Hamilton, who met while studying at the University of Warwick, and is aimed at staging productions for people who would otherwise not have access to opera. Its first production, supported by Arts Council England, will be Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, in a new translation by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. It will run at the ... More >>

Robe fixtures at core of Ultra success

Robe fixtures at core of Ultra successUSA - Fort Lauderdale-based lighting and video rental company Paradigm Lighting once again delivered a fabulous production, lighting design and kit for the Live Stage at this year's Ultra Music Festival in Miami, with Robe Pointes and MMX Spots at its core. Paradigm's owner and founder Jorge Valdez has been involved in lighting this stage at the US's premier EDM extravaganza for the last 12 years. The Live stage, located at the 7500 seat outdoor Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park, was a major hotspot of the event, and hosted up to ... More >>

Martin Audio launches CDD at PLASA Focus Leeds

Martin Audio launches CDD at PLASA Focus LeedsUK - Long-term supporters of PLASA Focus in Leeds, Martin Audio returns to the Royal Armouries (Booth # N-C19) on 12-13 May where it will dedicate its stand to the UK premier of the new CDD installation series (which received its global launch in Frankfurt last month). Combining distinctive curved enclosures with unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology, the series is designed to deliver class-leading performance, fidelity and coverage consistency to most install applications via six two-way full-range coaxial systems - ranging ... More >>

Arkaos enjoys 'spectacular' Prolight+Sound

Arkaos enjoys 'spectacular' Prolight+SoundGermany - ArKaos PRO enjoyed a spectacularly successful show at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt with its stand constantly awash with new and existing customers eager to see the company's latest developments. The stand's complex projection surfaces were a perfect foil to illustrate the capabilities of ArKaos PRO's Kling-Net, the protocol driving its LEDMaster LED show control, and the latest version of ArKaos PRO MediaMaster software. Visitors to the stand were also able to witness for themselves the technical wizardry and simple operation of ... More >>

NEXT-proaudio appoints Korean distributor

NEXT-proaudio appoints Korean distributorKorea - NEXT-proaudio has confirmed Avix Tech as its new Korean distribution partner following this year's Proligh+Sound in Frankfurt. Having founded the company 30 years ago, CEO Antonio Correia announced his satisfaction with the appointment made at the company's Rio Tinto headquarters in Portugal on the eve of the exhibition. "Avix Tech is a very high profile supplier in Korea working closely with systems integrators, broadcasters and consultants," explained Mr Antonio Correia. "With our product portfolio, we see great potential in ... More >>

White Light in the Wonderground

White Light in the WondergroundUK - The recent gala evening for Alice's Adventures Underground saw team White Light venture down the rabbit hole for Les Enfants Terribles' extraordinary new show, nestled deep in the Waterloo Vaults. Now open for a strictly limited season, the multi-sensory production fuses puppetry, story-telling, music and spectacle with stage technology for an immersive experience. Inviting intimate groups to choose their own adventure, different interactive elements re-create memorable scenes from Lewis Carol's novel, which has just ... More >>

Nevada schools invest in the future with ETC Ion

Nevada schools invest in the future with ETC IonUSA - Pretty much anywhere in the world, state funded school budgets are tight, so most cannot frequently upgrade technology; and when they do invest in classrooms, gyms or theatres, they have to make the right choice since they'll be using it for years to come. When Nevada's Clark County School District needed to upgrade its aging theatre equipment, the district - which spans 9,000 square miles and includes Las Vegas - chose ETC Ion lighting desks to bring its 37 theatres into the 21st century. An Ion is now in all 35 Clark County High ... More >>

Soul legends use Audio-Technica on induction show

Soul legends use Audio-Technica on induction showUSA - A range of microphones from Audio-Technica was again selected by the audio professionals lending their talents to the recent 30th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. A highlight of the show was the segment honouring soul legend Bill Withers, who made a rare appearance and an even rarer on-stage performance at the event. R&B singer John Legend and Hall of Fame member Stevie Wonder each performed in this segment using Audio-Technica's 5000 Series UHF Wireless System with AEW-T5400a handheld ... More >>

iLive mixes Philip Selway solo set

iLive mixes Philip Selway solo setUSA - A multitude of fans were entertained by Philip Selway's solo performance, which used Allen & Heath's iLive-T112 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, USA. Philip Selway, best known as the drummer in Radiohead, performed nearly an hour long set Sunday evening at Coachella, Weekend 2. Selway didn't play drums but instead sang and played the keyboard in the Gobi tent. The audio engineer for Selway's solo tour, Gavin McComb, explains how the Allen & Heath equipment is currently being used. McComb ... More >>

MAC Quantum Washes light downhill action in St. Paul

MAC Quantum Washes light downhill action in St. PaulUSA - Even in the depths of January, Red Bull's Crashed Ice event in St. Paul, Minn., drew more than 100,000 people to a weekend of after-dark competitive ice cross downhill skating. Spread out over three square miles of the city center, the massive track and viewing area required hundreds of Martin Professional fixtures to be properly lit. Lighting designer Paul Guthrie of Toss Film + Design Inc. was brought in by Red Bull to lead the layout and design of all the lighting fixtures for the event. Crashed Ice takes place four times a ... More >>

Charcoalblue celebrates launch of its Bristol Design Studio

Charcoalblue celebrates launch of its Bristol Design StudioUK - Theatre consultancy Charcoalblue is continuing to expand its operations by opening its first UK regional Design Studio in Bristol. The Bristol Studio is located next to the oldest continuously working theatre in the UK, and one of Charcoalblue's first commissions: Bristol Old Vic. "We're thrilled to have opened up a new studio in the City of Bristol where our team of designers can work to deliver exciting projects in the South and West," says Charcoalblue's managing partner, Andy Hayles. "We spent some time looking for the right space and ... More >>

RC4 Wireless kicks off Spring Spectacular

RC4 Wireless kicks off Spring SpectacularUSA - In Manhattan, the heart of the city that never sleeps, creating something spectacular can be a challenge. The New York Spring Spectacular starring the Rockettes does justice to the word. Animated statues, rain, 3D video, moving video screens, and more, all make this show something to behold. An RC4Magic Wireless DMX and Dimming System delivers subtle and not so subtle effects that help make this show great. Act 1, Scene 1: Grand Central Station, complete with its world-famous ticket counter and clock, centre stage. Lights are ... More >>

Elation Lighting upgrade for Antwerp's Red&Blue

Elation Lighting upgrade for Antwerp's Red&BlueBelgium - Earlier this year, Elation partner Fratuer near Antwerp, Belgium, supplied and installed a new Elation lighting package in Red&Blue, the city's largest gay club and the biggest in Belgium. Red&Blue, which has stood as a pioneering nightclub in Antwerp for more than 17 years, hosts crowds of partygoers each night, as well as a slew of parties throughout the year. The club sought to create a new experience for its customers and chose to upgrade its existing lighting system. "Together with Frateur and Red&Blue management, we ... More >>

Nexus panels keep pace with Invasion Del Corrido

Nexus panels keep pace with Invasion Del CorridoUSA - At the sold out Invasion Del Corrido concert at the Staples Centre, keeping pace with the swirling passion, colour and intensity of the music on stage was a dynamic lighting design created by LD Brandon Dunning of Visions Lighting. At the heart of Dunning's design was a series of truss structures energized by bright pixel mapped Nexus 4 x4 LED panels from Chauvet Professional. Dunning used 20 of the Nexus panels controlled with an ArKaos LED Mapper. (He ran the rig using a grandMA 2 Light console.) Eight of the Nexus panels were ... More >>

Cherokee museum upgrades with LED

Cherokee museum upgrades with LEDUSA - It is the hope of every museum to help make history come alive, and with an 11,000 year old history as rich as the Cherokee nation, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian had no shortage of inspiration. In 1998, Visual Terrain, Inc. designed lighting for the newly renovated space, and was awarded the IESNA's prestigious Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design. In 2014, the museum called when they could no longer get parts for the 1998 dimming and control system. Upon visiting the museum, Visual Terrain CEO Lisa ... More >>

Yard House rocks with Community

Yard House rocks with CommunityUSA - Yard House restaurants combine a wide selection of "made-from-scratch" menu items, over 100 craft beers, ales and lagers and high-energy classic rock music to create an exciting atmosphere for casual or group dining, happy hour and holiday celebrations. No Static Pro Audio of Burbank, California designed and installed the audio and video systems for the newest Yard House which opened in Kansas City in April 2015. Eugene Gordon, No Static's CEO says, "The restaurant's brand image has a focus on classic rock so the owners want ... More >>

Chauvet flexes lighting muscles Fitness Showcase

Chauvet flexes lighting muscles Fitness ShowcaseUK - As befits an event devoted to physical conditioning, the pace was nonstop high energy at the International Fitness Showcase 2015, which drew 3,500 fitness instructors to Blackpool Winter Gardens for three intense days of Pilates, kettlebells, spinning, pole fitness, Zumba, step aerobics, street dance and other activities. Helping to pump up the action and motivate participants at the annual event was a collection of LED fixtures from Chauvet. Oliver Wilkinson, lighting designer and engineer at Arranpaul, which supplied lighting, ... More >>

RCF & Sound Advice give councils flexibility

RCF & Sound Advice give councils flexibilityUK - Local authorities around the UK, faced with providing an ever increasing number of services from diminishing budgets, have been introduced to an elegant integrated 'one button' webcasting and audio/videoconference facility by Jon Hunnisett of technology specialists, Sound Advice PA Installation Ltd. In designing a system that enables separate video and audio streams to be combined, councils can engage more with their constituents by allowing sessions to be web-streamed and viewed over the internet. At the heart of his solution is ... More >>

Renewed Vision graces Passion 2015

Renewed Vision graces Passion 2015USA - With spectacular staging, big-screen displays, theatrical lighting, all-encompassing sound and close to 20,000 spectators at every event, this year's Passion Conference - Passion 2015 - looked more like a major rock concert than a religious event. But the Passion 2015 event is actually three full days of music, inspirational speeches, video, lights and stagecraft designed to bring 18 to 25 year olds closer to Jesus Christ. An annual event since 1997, the Passion Tour has grown exponentially, with this year's conference presenting ... More >>

University of Alabama PAC Chooses Meyer Sound LYON for the Long Haul

University of Alabama PAC Chooses Meyer Sound LYON for the Long HaulUSA - The University of Alabama at Birmingham has made a long-term investment in the self-powered Meyer Sound Lyon linear sound reinforcement system. Installed in the 1,330-seat Jemison Concert Hall at the school's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Centre (ASC), Lyon provides impeccable clarity and headroom for lectures and concerts ranging from classical and jazz to pop, rock, gospel, and reggae. "To meet artists' riders and put on shows that consistently satisfy audiences, we simply couldn't do better than the Lyon system," states Adam ... More >>

Peerless-AV expands customer support team

Peerless-AV expands customer support teamUK - Peerless-AV has announced the expansion of its customer support team with new sales administration and business development hires to enhance trade and logistics processes, and ultimately customer experience. Reuben Dayan has been appointed sales administrator for UK and Europe's German speaking countries (DACH region). David Pelletier has been appointed business development representative for France and Spain. Both are based in Peerless-AV's European Headquarters, supporting the local sales team in their respective regions. Gordon ... More >>

Waves Audio appoints Bj&oulm;rn Seeländer

Waves Audio appoints Bj&oulm;rn SeeländerIsrael - Munich-based live engineer Björn Seeländer, a veteran of concert tours and venues worldwide, has recently been appointed as Live Sound Product Specialist for Waves Audio, an industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies. Seeländer has vast experience in the studio and live, in particular as a FOH, monitor and system engineer. His credits include such diverse acts as Mark Knopfler (monitor support/stage), Prince (monitor/Pro Tools live recording), Justin Bieber (FOH), ... More >>

Optocore celebrates triumphant return to Frankfurt

Optocore celebrates triumphant return to FrankfurtGermany - Optocore celebrated a 'triumphant return' to Prolight+Sound this year by successfully premiering its new MADI multi-interface switches and bridges. Launching the new M8 (with four MADI ports) and M12 (eight MADI ports) to the world's press, Optocore founder Marc Brunke told the rapt gathering why they had prioritised the MADI standard. "Throughout the years there have been many voices that believed MADI would not survive the increased number of network protocols," he said. "However, we have observed the complete opposite - ... More >>

Laserworld releases the BeamBar Series

Laserworld releases the BeamBar SeriesSwitzerland - With the new BeamBar Series, Laserworld launches a low price solution in the product range of single beam fan projection laser bars. The Laserworld BeamBar units are available in red, green and blue and have 10 laser apertures. At each aperture, one laser beam is emitted. Fine adjustment screws at the front panel allow for easy beam alignment such as making all beams exit the bar parallel or in a certain angle. Each of the 10 laser sources can be switched via standard DMX512, so the BeamBar can easily be integrated to ... More >>

XLNT celebrates CyberHoist II success at ProLight+Sound

XLNT celebrates CyberHoist II success at ProLight+SoundGermany - Entertainment motion control systems expert XLNT Advanced Technologies enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt with the launch of CyberHoist II, the second generation of the world's first intelligent, variable speed chain hoist. The system has been designed for heavy-duty, worldwide touring and large-scale events. Already proven to be an instant hit with safety conscious professionals across the world, it went out on several productions immediately after initial customers took delivery. Amongst those was ... More >>

Shure debuts premium broadcast headset

Shure debuts premium broadcast headsetUSA - At NAB 2015, Shure unveiled its new BRH50M Premium Dual-Sided Broadcast Headset. The BRH50M introduces a modern design for on-camera use and premium sound quality, suitable for broadcast and media production professionals at every level, says the company. Lightweight, comfortable, and durable, with superior audio quality, the Shure BRH50M is constructed to meet the demanding needs of professional users throughout the broadcast industry. Designing an on-camera product is a bit of a balancing act," said Matt Engstrom, category ... More >>

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