28 July 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundRegional Catastrophe - Regional theatres have claimed that planned government cuts could have "catastrophic" effects on the sector. George Osborne last week told government departments to prepare for cuts of 25% and 40% in order to make £20 billion of savings. Curve chief executive Fiona Allan said that if these cuts were passed on to the theatre sector by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government, they would have a "catastrophic effect on the theatre ecology of this ... More >>

Theatreplan continues to expand operations

Theatreplan continues to expand operationsUK - Following the establishment of offices in Hong Kong and, more recently, Sydney, theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan continues to expand and develop operations with the addition of new team members and the launch of a new website. Practice manager Paul Connolly has moved from his post in London to manage the Hong Kong office, where he will be working alongside, Robin Auld, and new project liaison officer, Ellen Young. Paul will take responsibility for business development and marketing initiatives and will support Robin on the ... More >>

Martin Audio rules at mega hip hop festival

Martin Audio rules at mega hip hop festivalSwitzerland - Martin Audio's premier PA systems were all across the main stages at Europe's biggest hip-hop festival recently. Crowds of up to 130,000 attending OpenAir Frauenfeld in Switzerland were treated to music from leading exponents of the dance genre pumping through their high profile rigs across the three main stages. These were equipped exclusively with Martin Audio components by Stagelight AG Showtechnik Switzerland, a long time user of Martin Audio systems, as part of a complete technical infrastructure that included ... More >>

Robert Juliat Merlins debut at Swiss festivals

Robert Juliat Merlins debut at Swiss festivalsSwitzerland - Stagelight AG of Switzerland has been celebrating the receipt of the first Robert Juliat Merlin followspots to roll off the production line. Merlin is Robert Juliat's new 2500W HMI sturdy followspot designed specifically for the touring market. Merlin worked its magic on the Stagelight team at Lucerne's Light and Sound show in October 2014, where they immediately placed an order for four of the 2500W HMI touring giants from Robert Juliat's Swiss supplier, Electric Claudio Merlo. "It was time to replace our old, big ... More >>

Søren Storm to Head Up Asia & Pacific Sales for GLP

Søren Storm to Head Up Asia & Pacific Sales for GLPSingapore - GLP has appointed lighting industry veteran, Søren Storm, as the company's new Sales Director for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Søren, who has worked in the industry for the last 18 years, both for Martin Professional and Robe Lighting s. r. o., will take responsibility for sales across the entire region. "I am looking forward very much to being a part of GLP's extremely professional team," stated Søren. "GLP has a very good reputation in the pro market due to its high quality products and service, ... More >>

DTS fixtures shine at Two Counties festival

DTS fixtures shine at Two Counties festivalUK - DTS Raptor and Wonder supplied by Qeytek wowed the crowd at Two Counties Music Festival at Bewl Water in Kent. Steve Hubbard, lighting designer and owner of BigFish SRL explains why he likes and uses the lights from DTS, "First, we are so pleased to be the main supplier of stage, roofing, rigging, lighting and sound to theTwo Counties Music Festival. With such a great turn out it certainly was a resounding success." Hubbard continues, "DTS products were truly spectacular, I was blown away by the light output and quality of light. ... More >>

5 Star Family Reunion with RML

5 Star Family Reunion with RMLUK - 5 Star Family Reunion is a new game show that sees UK family and their long-lost overseas relatives working together, both from the studio and over satellite link, to win a once-in-a-lifetime reunion in a five star location. The show, produced by 12 Yard, is being filmed for the BBC at Pacific Quay Glasgow and is hosted by Nick Knowles. Richard Martin Lighting (RML) provides the lighting rig; RML's relationship with local firm Technique Systems continues and they are on hand to ensure a smooth transition from London to ... More >>

Avolites Ai servers pump up the party for Arcadia

Avolites Ai servers pump up the party for ArcadiaUK - The Arcadia Spectacular stage pumped out some serious visuals at Glastonbury this year created and controlled by blinkinLAB's Tom Wall using an Avolites Sapphire Media and Ai server. The Spider stage is Arcadia's most monumental environment. Built from recycled military hardware, it is a 360-degree, interactive environment with a fully programmable DJ booth and integrated video mapping, amongst many other pyrotechnics! 2015 is the third year running that Tom Wall has masterminded the Arcadia visuals. This year's performance was ... More >>

Martin MLA brings open-air La Bohème to life

Martin MLA brings open-air La Bohème to lifeGermany - A special televised concert of La Bohème - a new production in the NDR Classic Open Air series - took place recently in Hannover's Maschpark. Puccini's famous opera was not only heard live by an audience of 20,000 through Martin Audio's award-winning MLA loudspeaker array system, but by television viewers tuning into NDR throughout the country and those picking up the live stream on NDR.de. The 2,000 ticketed concert goers in front of the stage were joined by crowds who gathered in the park, where they had an ... More >>

Bad Weather backs Hillsong Colour Conference

Bad Weather backs Hillsong Colour ConferenceSouth Africa - The annual Hillsong Colour Conference was hosted at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town from 15-19 April. Rental company C&S supplied and set up the custom built stage, lighting - which included over 160 Robe fixtures - rigging, trussing, LED Screens and the Backline. Bad Weather, for the third consecutive year, helped Hillsong South Africa redesign and primarily execute the lighting and video elements whilst assisting all areas of the technical production. "As the conference was hosted over three countries, our equipment ... More >>

Dante network for Chicago Willow Creek church

Dante network for Chicago Willow Creek churchUSA - Audinate's industry leading networking solution Dante helped Willow Creek Community Church, a Chicago metro area house of worship solve the problem of distributing high-quality audio to close to 20,000 congregants each week. Through a high-capacity, low-latency Dante media network, the South Barrington, Illinois interdenominational church has significantly simplified the process of routing, distributing and managing multiple audio channels across four distinct venues on campus. In the main auditorium, Willow Creek Community's ... More >>

Delta Stage Lighting tours with Michael W Smith

Delta Stage Lighting tours with Michael W SmithSouth Africa - The Michael W Smith South African Tour 2015 included performances at the CRC in Bloemfontein, Durban ICC, GrandWest Arena in Cape Town, Rhema Church in Johannesburg and the Moreletapark Church in Pretoria. With the venues ranging in size and application from church auditoriums to the convention centre, and set up different at each location, Wayne Mertz had little choice but to busk a fair amount of the show - a Robe rig - on his grandMA2 lite. Mertz, lighting operator for the South African tour, is from Delta Stage ... More >>

White Mark helps Factory install two new studios

White Mark helps Factory install two new studiosUK - In response to a significant increase in business, award-winning sound design and audio facility Factory has expanded its offering to incorporate two new audio studios, including one of the first Dolby Atmos certified mix rooms for Commercials & Trailers. Acoustic consultancy White Mark Ltd was called in to handle the design of both rooms on the basis of Factory's previous good experience with the company. This is the fourth time the consultancy has undertaken work for Factory. "White Mark was instrumental in designing our existing ... More >>

Aura Audio's Powersoft M-Force makes impact at Colors Festival

Aura Audio's Powersoft M-Force makes impact at Colors FestivalItaly- Based outside Turku, Finnish loudspeaker manufacturer Aura Audio Oy is using the magic of Powersoft's M-Force's electromagnetic conversion principle to power its XD30 subwoofer. This was pressed into action at the recent Colors dance festival at Kaapelitehdas, the former cable factory in Helsinki. Aura Audio's managing director, Mika Isotalo, explains that they worked closely with rental company AMJ Turku Audio Oy, who equipped both the main and second stages with Aura's premier sound reinforcement systems. M-Force first captured ... More >>

Fohhn adds to Linea LX loudspeaker range

Fohhn adds to Linea LX loudspeaker rangeGermany - Fohhn Audio has announced the release of two new models in its Linea LX range of compact line array systems. The Linea LX-60 and LX-61 aim to combine all the advantages of innovative line array technology with first-class sound quality and a classic elegant design that integrates seamlessly into room architecture and stage areas. The compact LX-60 is specially designed for installation applications in more challenging acoustic environments. The 200W two-way system is equipped with four 4" high performance low-mid drivers (... More >>

AV Stumpfl at the Rental & Staging Roadshow

AV Stumpfl at the Rental & Staging RoadshowUSA - At this week's Rental & Staging Roadshow at Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC. AV Stumpfl will be exhibiting and showing the entire range of high-performance multimedia and control systems, screens and accessories for the event, rental and staging markets in the Americas. AV Stumpfl was first to market with compact folding projection screens such as Monoblox, introduced in 2001 with thousands of screens deployed every year to customers in more than 60 countries worldwide. These screens come in various sizes and are easily transportable ... More >>

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