16 September 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundVolume Control - New regulations should be introduced to protect live music venues from possible closure following noise complaints, the Musicians' Union has said. At the Trades Union Congress conference this week, the union proposed a motion, which was passed, demanding the introduction of new regulations that would help put a stop to the "worrying trend of long-established music venues being forced to close after only one or two complaints from neighbours". Increasing numbers of residential properties being built close to venues has ... More >>

KOI 2014 on track for a sparkling celebration

KOI 2014 on track for a sparkling celebrationUK - The seventh Knight of Illumination Awards has once more seen record submissions for the title of outstanding lighting and video design in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events. Combined with the fact that industry sponsorship and support for the event is at an all time high, it's clear that the KOI 2014 will be the most coveted invite of the autumn season. The KOI Awards, organised by Clay Paky alongside the Society of Television Lighting Designers (STLD), the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and ... More >>

Apex appoints Dutch distributor

Apex appoints Dutch distributorEurope - Belgium-based audio innovator Apex is continuing its expansion in the European market by appointing Main Gear Supply as the company's distributor for The Netherlands. The move comes as part of Apex's strategy to further enhance its European network in response to an increase in demand for its innovative products, which are known for sonic excellence. "We're incredibly excited about this deal and working closely with Main Gear Supply as we feel they can do a great job for us and our products in The Netherlands," says Paul Van ... More >>

ETC LDI 2014 Student Sponsorship recipients

ETC LDI 2014 Student Sponsorship recipientsUSA - ETC is committed to mentoring students who have an interest in lighting and stage technology. One way the company achieves this is through its annual LDI Student Sponsorship, where a select group of students is awarded an all expenses paid trip to the LDI tradeshow as a way to help launch their careers. The students have the opportunity to go the behind the scenes with ETC, to learn about the latest technologies, and to network with some of the industry's key figures. The sponsorship also pairs the students with industry ... More >>

Meyer Sound Leo adds quality sound to Nature One

Meyer Sound Leo adds quality sound to Nature OneGermany - Nature One Festival, Germany's largest electronic dance music (EDM) event celebrated its 20th year this summer on the site of a former U.S. missile base near Kastellaun. To support DJs such as Danny Ávila, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, ATB, Axwell, and Moguai, a four-point Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system filled the dance floor with visceral impact combined with the definition of a music recording. "The linearity of the Leo system is well suited to techno music," says Sebastian Geissler, schokopro's ... More >>

The Lightsock - bright idea, dark solution

The Lightsock - bright idea, dark solutionUK - Every so often one of those invaluable lighting 'gadgets' comes along that is simple yet indispensible. The Lightsock is such an accessory, say the designers. Made of flexible, flame-retardant fabric (rated BS5867 Type B), The Lightsock is a reusable, environmentally-friendly cuff that fits easily around the lens tube of a lantern and any accessory attached to it, whether it be a simple top hat or a colour scroller with top hat. The Lightsock eliminates light spill without the use of conventional heat-resistant adhesive black tape. ... More >>

eclipse Staging Services goes to the ArtPop Ball

eclipse Staging Services goes to the ArtPop BallDubai - The multiple Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga kicked off both Dubai's live event season and the European leg of her global tour, artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball last week. Promoted locally by AMI Live and ATW Live in association with Live Nation Global Touring, the concert took place at Meydan Racecourse on the 10th September and marked the artist's first visit to the Middle East. eclipse Staging Services was selected to provide all lighting, video and primary and secondary power distribution, while audio was ... More >>

Reproduced Sound 2014 - celebrating 30 years

Reproduced Sound 2014 - celebrating 30 yearsUK - Reproduced Sound (RS) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a two-day conference at the NEC, Birmingham, on 14-15 October. Organised by the Electro-Acoustics Group of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), the event partially coincides with the Institute's 40th anniversary conference at the same venue, which is being held on 15-16 October. Paul Malpas, RS chairman, said, "We are really excited to have the event integrated into the IOA 40th anniversary event. Not only does this mark two important milestones in acoustics and ... More >>

Clay Paky GlowUps enhance historic houses

Clay Paky GlowUps enhance historic housesItaly - The historic Villa Cornér della Regina, which dates back to the 16th century, is surrounded by ancient grounds and a swimming pool. It has been completely restored to offer a warm unique atmosphere. The luxurious hotel Relais is a perfect place to spend your holidays, but also for weddings, business dinners, meetings and any other event that needs a special setting. In July, the renowned textile manufacturing company Isko organized a big event at Villa Cornér, which included a show of next season's collections. ... More >>

dbn Lighting upgrades hire fleet with SGM

dbn Lighting upgrades hire fleet with SGMUK - Manchester based lighting and rigging company, dbn Lighting, is no stranger to SGM products. Historically their hire fleet has contained large quantities of the popular Palco 3 and Genio LED fixtures to service their wide roster. Now the Manchester-based rental company has brought its range up to date by acquiring 24 of SGM's new P-5 low profile LED wash lights from SGM UK; the unit was designed to replace the Palco series, and bring the concept of the powerful IP65 rated wash light into the 21st century. According to dbn director ... More >>

Iconic London venue upgrades with Yamaha

Iconic London venue upgrades with YamahaUK - London's Cadogan Hall is both the home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a popular live music venue, hosting over 300 shows a year. A recent technical upgrade has seen its legacy of Yamaha mixing consoles continue, with the installation of a new CL3 system by Autograph Sales and Installations. The upgrade was part of a project which saw the venue increase its capacity to 1000. An important part of this was moving the previous mix position from the middle of the Gallery to accommodate more seating. "A new control booth was ... More >>

FIA Formula E on the grid with FAL Systems

FIA Formula E on the grid with FAL SystemsJapan / UK - Formula E, the new FIA fully-electric racing series, opened with its inaugural race in spectacular style this weekend in Beijing and Leeds-based FAL Systems has provided its full spectrum of systems integration services for the project. FAL was commissioned to build the system by Hayfisher Productions based in the West Midlands who have been contracted by Aurora Media to provide broadcast facilities for the new motorsport championship. British systems integrator FAL Systems has announced the completion of a prestigious ... More >>

Avolites Pixel Mapper stars in Guardians premiere

Avolites Pixel Mapper stars in Guardians premiereUK - When it comes to the London premiere of the Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy, you know you're going to need a robust, reliable, and feature-rich console to control the lighting: step forward Luke Edwards and his Avolites Tiger Touch II. Thousands of fans turned up at the capital's Empire Theatre in Leicester Square to see stars including Vin Diesel arrive on the red carpet and be interviewed on a specially created structure that boasted 20 x LED pixel tracks, amongst other fixtures. Using the Tiger Touch II's ... More >>

Soundcrafts for Sydney's EventSound

Soundcrafts for Sydney's EventSoundAustralia - Sydney based EventSound has added a Soundcraft Si Compact and a Si Performer 2 console to their inventory and managing director Keith Clarkson reports that they have both been "great!" "As an ardent Soundcraft fan, I was eagerly looking forward to the release of the Compact and Performer series of digital consoles," he said. "These were the first digital consoles I knew how to operate without even turning them on, from just their layout. I like to think of them as the digital console for the analogue guy." Keith's first gig ... More >>

Torun Sports Hall on the map with Community

Torun Sports Hall on the map with CommunityPoland - Torun is an important city on the Polish sports map and its status has recently been enhanced with the completion of the new $40m Torun Sports Hall. The multi-sports venue has a capacity of 6,000, which can be expanded to 9,000 when required. Marcin Zimny of Tommex Zebrowscy Sp. J. was the system designer and project manager for the EN 54-24 certified audio system, which is also used for events information and entertainment. Tommex also provided system tuning and commissioning. Zimny commented, "The installation was handled by ... More >>

Adamson supports Lady Gaga in Real Life

Adamson supports Lady Gaga in Real LifeSouth Korea - Adamson partner Alpha Sound was recently tapped to provide a substantial Adamson Energia sound reinforcement system for the AIA Real Life: NOW Festival held in Seoul, South Korea. The two day festival took place at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium and featured pop icon and trend-setter Lady Gaga as the headliner the second night of the show. Other acts that performed during the festival included Psy, Miss Nine, Sidney Samson, Ivan Gough, Cazzette, twenty one pilots, Man With A Mission, Galaxy Express and Glen Check. Both Sun ... More >>

The P.A. People revive NSW churches

The P.A. People revive NSW churchesAustralia - The electro-acoustic challenges of traditional stone Christian churches are many. Originally designed to disperse the sound of choirs and organs while filling their vaulted spaces with light, they rarely interact well with modern microphones and loudspeakers. In addition, their age and heritage status often makes incorporating wiring and any visibly modern technology physically and aesthetically difficult. Sydney's The P.A. People recently took on two separate church projects, the first of which faced all of these ... More >>

4Wall Entertainment adds versatile Vari-Lite Spots

4Wall Entertainment adds versatile Vari-Lite SpotsUSA - Philips Vari-Lite reports that 4Wall Entertainment has made a significant investment in the new VL4000 Spot luminaire. With inventory now in stock at their five nationwide locations, 4Wall and Philips Vari-Lite continue their longtime partnership to provide high-quality automated lighting instruments that inspire designers and technicians to push the creative limits of their productions. "Adding the versatile VL4000 Spot to our inventory was an easy decision" said Michael Cannon, 4Wall CEO. "Vari-Lite luminaires have been a staple ... More >>

Sennheiser conference focus at InfoComm MEA

Sennheiser conference focus at InfoComm MEAUAE - Sennheiser is set to conduct the first live demonstrations in the Middle East of its recently launched TeamConnect and ADN-W audio conferencing systems at InfoComm MEA 2014, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and taking place in parallel with GITEX Technology Week 2014 between 13 to 16 October, 2014. The company is participating together with its professional audio distributor, Venuetech, and will highlight its range of audio solutions that are increasingly being utilized by the education and hospitality sectors for ... More >>

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