4 May 2016

Technology meets theatre at the RSC for PLASA tour

Technology meets theatre at the RSC for PLASA tourUK - Following on from PLASA's backstage tour of Sadler's Wells in March, a visit has been arranged to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The Royal Shakespeare Company will be welcoming PLASA members on 24th May 2016 to take part in an immersive backstage tour covering the transformation of Elizabeth Scott's iconic 1932 cinema-style Royal Shakespeare Theatre into a definitive new environment for performing the works of Shakespeare. This was a major construction programme and Stage Electrics ... More >>

Dimension unveils new identity

Dimension unveils new identityUK - Dimension, the audio arm of Creative Technology, has unveiled its new identity which is part of a series of changes intended to relaunch the business in the UK and build upon the groups specialist audio services. In April, Dimension moved to new larger premises in Crawley, allowing for further inventory development, better prep and programming facilities and, ultimately, allowing CT and Dimension to be reunited under one roof. Mark Boden, director of audio for Creative Technology and heading up Dimension Audio, commented, "Our new ... More >>

Elation adds to LED strobe collection

Elation adds to LED strobe collectionUSA - Elation Professional has added to its family of LED strobes with the new Protron 3K Color, a high-power LED strobe light featuring 240 x CREE XLamp 3W RGBW LEDs and 40,000 lumens of power for an explosion of colour. The Protron 3K Colour not only packs a powerful punch of coloured light - and without thermal issues - it provides a much better ROI compared to conventional 3K Xenon strobes on the market, says the company. Utilizing special optics and new LED driver technology, the Protron 3K Color includes built-in strobe effect ... More >>

International Jazz Festival parties with Rogue

International Jazz Festival parties with RogueSouth Africa - Tickets for South Africa's International Cape Town Jazz Festival invariably sell out in a heartbeat, as aficionados from around the world descend on the city every year to hear the sounds of artists like Herbie Hancock and Jack DeJohnette. For local residents unable to attend the acclaimed festival, its organizers put on a Free Jazz Concert in Green Market Square. Featuring some of the artists from the festival as well as diverse mix of local talent, the free concert in the heart of old Cape Town also serves up ... More >>

Nexo STM array debuts at Bogota festival

Nexo STM array debuts at Bogota festivalColumbia - Estereo Picnic is Colombia's biggest live music event - staged in Bogota, the weekend festival is now in its seventh year, and attracted more than 50 national and international artists to perform on its three principal stages. This year, for the first time, Nexo's flagship STM Series modular line array was in action on the Pepsi stage. In another Latin American first, the new M28 double 8" cabinets were the main modules in the PA arrays, in an extensive Nexo system supplied by a team effort between rental companies Arbol ... More >>

Behind the Scenes Happy Hour returns to LDI 2016

Behind the Scenes Happy Hour returns to LDI 2016USA - The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, hosted by ESTA, will return for its third year as the biggest pre-LDI party of the year and will take place on Thursday, 20 October from 6pm-8pm at the Westgate Las Vegas. Sponsorship opportunities are now available to LDI exhibitors and attendees, and tickets will go on sale in the Summer. The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour features an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and music with all proceeds going to benefit the Behind the Scenes charity, the only industry charity that provides grants to ill or injured ... More >>

Chauvet Wave Wall transforms cycling studio

Chauvet Wave Wall transforms cycling studioUSA - Indoor cycling is a fitness activity that has raced into the fast lane. According to one study, the number of dedicated cycling centres in the US increased by over 20 percent last year. A visit to Ride Delray Indoor Cycling Studio makes it easy to understand why this trend has taken off. Guests at the sparkling new facility aren't simply exercising, they're participating in a fitness party, cycling together in choreographed rhythmic moves to the beat of lively music. Contributing to the good feelings is an immersive lightshow ... More >>

Clay Paky augments The 1975's inspired staging

Clay Paky augments The 1975's inspired stagingEurope - British alt rock band-of-the-moment The 1975 are touring the UK and Europe with an inspired video screen and light staging concept created by show director Tobias Rylander and augmented by Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330, Mythos and Alpha Profile 1500 fixtures. In a nod to the light artist James Turrell, the staging is intended to look like 'art pieces' in which the band perform. Four 'monoliths' of LED screens stand proudly on the stage, backed by an even larger video screen. Together, the screens display imagery that plays with the ... More >>

Community serves Maple Eagles Gymnasium

Community serves Maple Eagles GymnasiumUSA - Located near Oklahoma City, Maple Schools is a K-8 elementary school serving 155 students. Its new Clyde Gene Miller Gymnasium, completed in 2014, is a multi-purpose facility for Maple Eagles sports, band and choir performances, assemblies, graduations and other events. In 2015, the school added a versatile, high-performance audio system designed and installed by Video Reality of Oklahoma City. Sales manager Cody McDowell knew that the school needed a multi-purpose audio system with good coverage and clear voice intelligibility. ... More >>

DPA Mics give voice to Salt Lake City exhibit

DPA Mics give voice to Salt Lake City exhibitUSA - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) recently opened a new exhibit, The Heavens Are Opened, at its Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. The exhibit includes a seven-minute short film that depicts the First Vision, an integral moment in Mormon history when Church founder Joseph Smith prayed out loud within a grove of trees asking for guidance. In an effort to immerse the audience in the recreation of Smith's original experience in Palmyra, New York, the production team filmed in the area using 14 ... More >>

ITV connects with SMPTE cable substitute

ITV connects with SMPTE cable substituteUK - Bluebell Opticom, provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, has announced that UK broadcaster ITV has installed a ShaxX Lite SMPTE hybrid alternative connector kit as part of a studio upgrade and relocation. The ShaxX Lite allows ITV to share the refurbished studio with an existing master control room in another part of the building. "Thanks to Bluebell's ShaxX Lite, we didn't need to design and build a new cable bridge between buildings to reach the gallery from the studio," said Steve Usher, ... More >>

Martin Audio CDD beefs up Belgravia restaurant

Martin Audio CDD beefs up Belgravia restaurantUK - Old Barn Audio (OBA) has equipped a five-star sushi and fish restaurant in London's Belgravia with Martin Audio's new CDD system, to meet its expanded business model. Opened two years ago, Salmontini initially brought in OBA to fit a background music system following a referral. But as the business developed, managing director Jason Bassili responded to the demands of his upmarket clientele by requesting a full-blown live music system. Directors Phil Clark and Neil Kavanagh had no hesitation in which brand they would use, and the ... More >>

Skyway filled with big looks for Adventure Club

Skyway filled with big looks for Adventure ClubUSA - In the 1970s, the Skyway 6 in Minneapolis was one of the biggest downtown multi-cineplexes in the US. Twenty years later, its glory days as a movie theatre gone, it stood worn and neglected, before being reborn as the Skyway Theatre, one of the hottest electronic music venues anywhere. Virtually every major EDM artist has performed at this spacious 2,000-seat Minneapolis icon, but the same cavernous qualities that make this a magical place to take in a concert can also create special challenges for a designer wanting to create big ... More >>

The illumination of Studio City Macau

The illumination of Studio City MacauMacau - Studio City carries the strongest entertainment theming of any resort in Macau and the epic movie theatre vision is carried throughout every part of the building. The façade lighting is necessarily theatrical in style. Illumination Physics was selected as the lighting designer for all of the remarkable façades of the resort. It also provided the design, manufacture, supply, install and programming of all the façade lighting. The two hotel towers curve to form a semi-circle and are connected at the centre via a massive figure ... More >>

Three ESTA Standards in public review

Three ESTA Standards in public reviewUSA - Three draft standards have been added to the ESTA public review page at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. People materially affected by the standards are invited to review them and to offer comments, if they chose, before the reviews end on 27 June. The three draft standards are: BSR E1.40, Recommendations for the Planning of Theatrical Dust Effects ANSI E1.40-2011 is being revised to warn against deflagration--deflagration being the technical term for the wave of flame that burned hundreds of people at a ... More >>

VDC helps Lite Alternative expand Coldplay rig

VDC helps Lite Alternative expand Coldplay rigUK - Blackburn based lighting specialists Lite Alternatives has been busy beefing up the stunning lighting rig for supergroup Coldplay. The company's MD, Paul Normandale, is the band's lighting designer and Lite Alternative is supplying the worldwide lighting control package and European lighting equipment for the band's latest tour. For the cabling and assemblies, Lite Alternative's Andy Rhymes turned again to VDC Trading who have supplied the Neutrik Opticalcon MTP Fibre Cables and new custom break out panels. VDC has supplied a ... More >>

WBD masterminds multi-zone lighting at Saatchi Gallery

WBD masterminds multi-zone lighting at Saatchi GalleryOne of the most highly tipped rock 'n' roll exhibitions of all time - the Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism at the Saatchi Gallery in London - uses technology on a grand scale to create the realism of the band's early history, and enhance the visitor experience through seven separate zones. Produced and curated by Australian event company IEC (International Entertainment Consulting), the lighting design has been created by another major event company, Woodroffe Bassett Design (WBD). They, in turn, have specified a number of LED fixtures ... More >>

Marq Lighting in global rollout

Marq Lighting in global rolloutUK - Following its successful launch in the US in 2015, Marq Lighting, a new player in the entertainment lighting sector, hasannounced the global rollout of its diverse range of innovative professional lighting products. Marq Lighting is an independent brand owned by music industry heavyweight inMusic. inMusic has a long-standing reputation designing, engineering, manufacturing and marketing twelve different brands of music recording and performance equipment and software from influential lines including Numark, Denon DJ, Akai ... More >>

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