entertainment • presentation • installation

17 January 2017

The Week in Light & Sound

The Week in Light & SoundFinal Curtain - The curtain is coming down on the most celebrated circus in the US, the Greatest Show on Earth, run by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. After 146 years in the business, the owners said declining tickets sales and high operating costs were to blame. Activists who campaigned for decades against the travelling circus's animal acts welcomed the news. "After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey will hold its final ... More >>

Doughty Engineering brings Tank Trap to Glasgow

Doughty Engineering brings Tank Trap to GlasgowUK - Doughty Engineering is set debut a new adaptable, three-position Tank Trap at this year's PLASA Focus, Glasgow. Visitors to stand B6 will be able to find out more about the prototype product which has been devised to answer customer demand for a Tank Trap which would allow rigging close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points. These mounting points are located in the centre as per a standard Tank ... More >>

Point Source Audio on the move

Point Source Audio on the moveUSA - Point Source Audio (PSA) an audio equipment manufacturer specializing in the development of miniature microphones and headsets has completed its move into a new corporate headquarters in Petaluma, California. The new office will be just a mile away from the previous location, but is 50 percent larger and offers a more efficient layout to support the company's administrative and operational functions as well as product development, sales and marketing, and assembly staff. The move comes as a result of the company's "phenomenal ... More >>

Tourflex Cabling showcase at PLASA Focus Glasgow

Tourflex Cabling showcase at PLASA Focus GlasgowUK - The Tourflex Cabling brand will be showcasing its bespoke cable assembly service for the professional entertainment industry at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017, SECC, Glasgow, UK, stand A7, this week. Knowing how critical cables and connections are to the entertainment sector, Tourflex Cabling prides itself on providing the best connections, for a faultless performance. Although recently re-branded, the service has over 40 years of experience and has earnt an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and a very fast delivery ... More >>

AC-ET takes Datapath to PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017

AC-ET takes Datapath to PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be exclusively showcasing the new addition to Datapath's Fx4 HD creative video wall splitter range - the Fx4-SDI - on their stand at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017, SECC, Glasgow, UK, stand B1, this week. With the increasing popularity of multi-display video configurations demanding greater freedom in creating and deploying scalable video mapping products, Datapath's Fx4 range of 4K resolution wall splitters / controllers provides four HD outputs from one box, for millions of display ... More >>

MUSIC appoints business development directors

MUSIC appoints business development directorsUSA - MUSIC has implemented the first of its many plans to win the installed sound market. The company has appointed Jason Bethune as director of business development USA, and Stephan Grawe to the position of director of business development EMEA. Bethune and Grawe will work directly with Van Williamson, who was most recently appointed as MUSIC's VP of installed sound. Together they will be working with business partners to ensure MUSIC are as customer centric as possible. "I love MUSIC's obsession for customer experience, innovation ... More >>

Audient helps Jam With Friends in Bosnia

Audient helps Jam With Friends in BosniaBosnia & Herzegovina - If you look closely, you'll see one of each of Audient's 8-channel mic preamps ASP800 and ASP880 on YouTube videos from Jam With Friends, a weekly music session recorded live, set up by four skilled friends in Bosnia & Herzegovina and broadcast on YouTube. "We are basically group of volunteers who've got together with the desire to discover all the music genres, sub-genres and subcultures wandering through the city of Mostar," says Gabrijel Prusina, one of the founding four, and owner of Studio Groove, ... More >>

Bandit creates New Year's Eve Widespread Panic

Bandit creates New Year's Eve Widespread PanicUSA - 2017 started with a bang as Georgian rockers Widespread Panic rang in the New Year with an epic three set blowout at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Lighting designer Paul Hoffman utilized a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites for the two night, sold-out event, where the first evening featured selections from Widespread Panic's albums played in chronological order, while the second evening boasted guest appearances by Love Sponge String Quartet, MegaBlasters Horns and McCrary Sisters. With the band's annual Tunes for Tots ... More >>

BMTH tour supported by PRG XL Video

BMTH tour supported by PRG XL VideoUK - Talking with lighting control operator Adam Power before the Manchester show of Bring Me the Horizon's recent tour, their biggest to date, he described the show lighting as "intense". Over 180 lighting fixtures hung on numerous trusses and were built into a technology-laden set. Adam reports, "James and Louis created a wide vista which used the full width of the arenas, we even put five lights each side of the stage in unallocated seating to stretch the design even wider. The band were passionate about having an intense show with ... More >>

Calgary church refurbished with Allen & Heath

Calgary church refurbished with Allen & HeathCanada - Allen & Heath's dLive S Class and ME mixing systems have been installed in Southview Alliance Church, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as part of a major audio refit. The new, combined FOH and monitor system was designed, supplied and installed by Sapphire Sound, which specified a dLive S5000 Surface with a DM48 MixRack for FOH, and a ME personal monitoring system for the musicians on stage, starting with the drummer in the initial roll out. "dLive has many advantages," explains Ben Burrell at Sapphire Sound. "The high channel ... More >>

Chichester Festival Theatre Invests in MDG

Chichester Festival Theatre Invests in MDGUK - Chichester Festival Theatre reports a successful outcome after investing in two MDG ATMe haze generators and two MDG theFAN digital units, supplied by leading creative and technical solutions specialists, White Light. "The main driving factor behind our investment was the need for greater controllability than the on/off capability offered by our existing AtmosphereAPS units," says CFT's head of lighting and technical manager, Sam Garner-Gibbons. "We have a purpose-built atmosphere generation system that sites the generators and ... More >>

G-Spots add magic to Descanso Gardens

G-Spots add magic to Descanso GardensUSA - Enchanted: Forest of Light in Descanso Gardens in LA, California, was a beautiful display of nature and light intertwining to create an experience that visitors of all ages could appreciate. This walk-through art piece was installed for a limited time during the holiday season from 25 November 2016 to January 8, 2017. Lighting designer, Chris Medvitz, chose to install SGM's G-Spot fixtures in order to create the drama and saturated colour quality he desired for this project. Medvitz praised the G-spot for its reliability and ... More >>

Jazz festival premieres with Gravity

Jazz festival premieres with GravityGermany - The first Landesjazzfestival Bayern (jazz festival Bavaria) took place in Regensburg from 21-23 October, 2016. The event, which received prominent support - the patron was Bavaria's Premier Horst Seehofer - presented a top-class and diverse programme on all three festival days. Among the highlights were the shows of Grammy winners Ron Carter and John Scofield as well as the concert of Dusko Goykovich. During their celebrated performances, the jazz legends shared the stage with equipment newcomers - the new Gravity stands, an ... More >>

Last Night of The Electrics with Outline GTO

Last Night of The Electrics with Outline GTOEurope - In early 2016, Status Quo announced their final electric tour, the appropriately-named Last Night of The Electrics, for which London-based Capital Sound deployed their Outline GTO C-12 rig. Long-standing FOH engineer Andy May agreed to use the system following a recommendation from Dave Roden (who used it for The Stereophonics during the summer) and has subsequently taken to it. "The Status Quo 'sound' is so well-known that nearly anyone with a passing interest in music from 60's / 70's / 80's will recognise a Quo song, even if ... More >>

Martin Audio ascends to the Loft in Tajikstan

Martin Audio ascends to the Loft in TajikstanTajikistan - Located in Dushanbe, the capital and largest city in Tajikistan, the newly built Loft nightclub opened its doors for visitors at the end of 2016. Modern technology and a friendly vibe have combined to create an attractive space for local and international artists, musicians and DJs. The owners' desire to create the best nightclub in the city - in terms of sound and lighting - led to Moscow-based design and system integration company, Muztorg.PRO, being awarded the contract. It had been the success of the luxurious Versal ... More >>

Oh Yes They Do - HSL does panto season in style

Oh Yes They Do - HSL does panto season in styleUK - Lighting, rigging and visuals rental specialist HSL is embroiled in a hectic 2016-17 pantomime season, supplying lights, LED fixtures and rigging including one Kinesys automation system to 20 different productions for leading panto producer QDos, being staged up and down the country. Some mind-boggling statistics include nearly 2000 intelligent lighting fixtures and over 500 generics, 100 plus kilometres of cabling and over 2000 custom gobos - all of which were shipped out of HSL's HQ in Blackburn in an operation that has been ... More >>

PixelFLEX LED technology at 12Stone Church

PixelFLEX LED technology at 12Stone ChurchUSA - Founded in 1987, 12Stone Church has grown to include eight campuses throughout Georgia serving the communities in Gwinnett, Hall, and Barrow counties. In their most recent expansion, the congregation completed a full renovation of a large retail location in Snellville, GA, and in doing so they needed to create a full worship environment. Working with Cason Cleveland Productions, 12Stone Church had a specific vision for the LED video elements in the new auditorium, so together they enlisted the assistance of Nashville-based ... More >>

Robe spices up DJ Snake Spectaculaire

Robe spices up DJ Snake SpectaculaireFrance - Innovative and cutting edge French artist / music producer DJ Snake rocked the Paris Zenith with an incendiary set and a spectacular new visual design by Romain Pissenem of creative production company High Scream ... utilizing a lighting rig of nearly 200 Robe moving lights including 64 of the new Spiider LED wash beams, 80 x Spikies, 32 x Pointes and 11 x BMFL WashBeams. Lighting was programmed and directed by UK based Rob Lister who has worked as DJ Snake's LD for the last year and has a long-standing working relationship ... More >>

Stardraw.com reports 2016 as best year ever

Stardraw.com reports 2016 as best year everUK - Software provider Stardraw.com has announced 2016 to have been the company's best year ever since its incorporation in 2000. The news follows the announcement last year that 2015 had already been a record year for sales and usage stats of Stardraw.com's award-winning design and documentation software, Stardraw Design 7.2, and 2016 has been better still. "Obviously, we're delighted," said Stardraw.com CEO, Rob Robinson. "We had already recorded close to 25% growth during 2015, and we were up nearly another 20% again over the course ... More >>

Key New Year appointments at Solid State Logic

Key New Year appointments at Solid State LogicUK - Solid State Logic has announced three key new appointments to its product management team as part of its strategy to accelerate the development of new products and updates for current ones. John Hourihane is the new director of product management for SSL and becomes part of the senior management team. He has extensive experience in product management with Harman Professional, Gibson Brands, Stanton Group, and iZotope. Hourihane will oversee product management for all three of SSL's primary markets - studio, broadcast, and live. ... More >>

Peerless-AV names DACH area manager

Peerless-AV names DACH area managerEurope - Peerless-AV has announced the appointment of Thomas Ast as area manager - partnerships for DACH to the growing export sales team. In his role, Thomas will report to Stefan Krüger - director of sales, DACH, and will be responsible for IT system houses, AV dealers and integrators, helping to manage project implementation, while assisting in strategic planning and business development opportunities. "Thomas' passion for the AV market and his technical background makes him the ideal candidate," said Stefan Krüger. "We're confident ... More >>

NEC unveils enhanced PA Series range

NEC unveils enhanced PA Series rangeUK - NEC Display Solutions Europe has launched five updated XGA, WXGA and WUXGA resolution LCD projectors in its PA Series professional range. These latest innovative projectors in the PA Series range deliver a wealth of enhancements to image brightness and contrast, rich colour space conversion with HDR, connectivity support and operational lifespan, says the company. The compact PA Series installation projectors are designed for customers looking for larger bright pictures in fantastic quality, with suitability for large venue and ... More >>

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