30 September 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundDirectors' Cut - Leading theatre figures including Marianne Elliott, Matthew Warchus, Vicky Featherstone and Jeremy Herrin have launched the industry's first body aimed at representing stage directors. Increasing fees in the sector is one of Stage Directors UK's first priorities. It will also represent directors on issues such as royalties, contracts, digital rights and copyright, as well as leading on training initiatives. Directors can become members of Equity, but SDUK says the lack of an organisation dedicated to the needs of opera ... More >>

Robe goes BIG at PLASA London 2014

Robe goes BIG at PLASA London 2014UK - The PLASA 2014 exhibition sees the culmination of Robe's 20th anniversary celebrations, with the Czech Republic based manufacturer making a big impact in the 1,000sq.m Robe Arena at London's ExCeL Centre. The Robe Arena is the company's largest exhibition area to date, and will highlight Robe's just launched BMFL Spot, a new mega-bright long-throw signature fixture which needs a large environment in which to be demonstrated most effectively. Additionally, there are another 12 new innovations launched by Robe at PLASA 2014, together ... More >>

QSC realigns distribution partnerships

QSC realigns distribution partnershipsUK / Germany - Following the company's recent restructuring into global, channel-specific business units, Costa Mesa, California-based QSC Audio Products LLC has announced a realignment of its distribution in the UK and Germany, with effect from 1 November 2014. The company's Systems business unit, serving the integrated systems channel, will continue to be represented by Shure Distribution, the QSC distributor for all the company's Pro and Systems products in the UK and Germany since 1992 and 2007 respectively. "Shure's capability to ... More >>

Kinesys in networking mode for PLASA London 2014

Kinesys in networking mode for PLASA London 2014UK - Automation specialist Kinesys will use the networking opportunities of the 2014 PLASA exhibition at London's ExCeL Centre to meet, greet and be social with its UK, European and International clients - existing, new and potential - who will be visiting the show. Booth P25 will be designed to maximise meeting opportunities, complete with refreshments and areas where people can congregate and engage in lively discussion, as well as having information on hand about Kinesys' products and systems. 2014 has been landmark year so far for ... More >>

New ETC fixtures centre stage at PLASA London 2014

New ETC fixtures centre stage at PLASA London 2014UK - ETC is getting ready to show its latest products at PLASA London 2014 tradeshow in London's ExCeL centre, 5-8 October. ETC will be taking advantage of two separate but adjacent stands (K60 and L60) with an entirely new design in the centre of PLASA's main exhibition hall, so as to highlight both entertainment and building-control products, and to provide a comfortable space for extended demonstrations and in-depth discussions. On the larger of the company's two stands, number K60, ETC fixtures product manager Jim Uphoff and his ... More >>

MDG appoints distributors for UK and Middle East

MDG appoints distributors for UK and Middle EastUK - MDG Fog Ltd has appointed two new distributors for its range of fog and haze generators. From 1 October 2014, MDGfog UK, a trading division of Robe UK Ltd, will take responsibility for the exclusive distribution of the full MDG product range in the UK & Eire. This new division will be headed by Matt Wiseman, a well-known face in the UK entertainment industry who brings 20 years of experience to the role. "I am looking forward to the new avenues and responsibilities this arrangement brings," says Wiseman. "It will allow MDGfog UK to ... More >>

ETC helps show ancient artworks in a new light

ETC helps show ancient artworks in a new lightUK - When lighting designer Amarasri Songcharoen (aka Marci Song) of Seam Design was looking for the best lighting fixtures to light the 500 year old Raphael Cartoons - a series of large artworks by Rafael on display in London's Victoria & Albert Museum - she knew she needed something special. It had to be something which would output minimal or no ultraviolet light, as well as provide a perfectly lit atmosphere for a giant mirrored sculpture which was to be installed as part of the London Design Festival. As part of the month long ... More >>

SGM P-5s light Scottish Independence Referendum

SGM P-5s light Scottish Independence ReferendumUK - Two TV rental specialists - one operating in London and one in Glasgow - pooled their respective SGM inventories to great effect recently during the recent Scottish Independence Referendum. With most of the broadcast activity centred on Glasgow, Tony Kennedy's Teknique Systems, having purchased 12 SGM P-5 Washlights from SGM UK, joined forces with Richard Martin Lighting (RML) to provide lighting infrastructure in two very different venues. The live televised debate between Alistair Darling (leading the 'No' campaign) and Alex ... More >>

Black Light shines on Forth Road Bridge celebrations

Black Light shines on Forth Road Bridge celebrationsUK - Black Light has played a key part in the 50th birthday celebrations for one of Scotland's most iconic pieces of engineering. The Edinburgh-based company provided all of the lighting for the concert that was a highlight of the festivities surrounding the Forth Road Bridge's anniversary. "We designed, supplied and operated all the equipment for the main Bridge Party concert stage and performance arena," explains Russell Cobden, who was Black Light's project manager for the job. "It was an exciting thing to be involved with as it was ... More >>

Fox Sound invests in Italy's first Meyer Lyon system

Fox Sound invests in Italy's first Meyer Lyon systemItaly - Fox Sound Service has purchased the first Meyer Sound Lyon linear sound reinforcement system in Italy. Adding to Fox Sound's large Meyer Sound inventory of more than 170 loudspeakers, the Lyon system has supported a range of classical, rock, and dance events across the country. "I was extremely impressed with the technical advantages of linear sound reinforcement offered by Meyer Sound's Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcementsystem, but we had been waiting for a more compact version better suited to the Italian market," ... More >>

Juan Gabriel tours US with SSL Live

Juan Gabriel tours US with SSL LiveUSA - Mexico's pop icon Juan Gabriel is touring the US with an SSL Live, console. One of Mexico's most successful vocalists, Gabriel is a Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy nominee who has sold over 30m albums and performed throughout the world. When his Volver 2014 tour prepared for its US leg, front-of-house engineer Rodrigo López was excited to mix on SSL's latest innovation. "As soon as it was available, I wanted to use it," López says of Live. "Just by reading 'SSL,' you know it's a quality console. An ... More >>

LSH debuts MLA Compact at Blackheath festival

LSH debuts MLA Compact at Blackheath festivalUK - Having become the first UK investor in Martin Audio's MLA Mini system, London Speaker Hire (LSH) - the AV rental division of The Hive Partnership - has underlined its commitment to the award-winning platform by purchasing an MLA Compact system. The company has added 16 MLA Compact enclosures to its inventory and pressed the system straight into service on the inaugural On Blackheath Festival, featuring Massive Attack, and promoted by Harvey Goldsmith. With 25,000 people descending on Blackheath Common in south-east London, with its ... More >>

Beyoncé and Jay Z on the run with Sennheiser

Beyoncé and Jay Z on the run with SennheiserUSA / Europe - Following the recent success of their highly successful solo tours, Beyoncé and Jay Z have combined their talents to deliver a 'Bonnie and Clyde' themed stadium tour, On The Run. The tour recently completed a 20-date North American leg before heading off to Europe earlier this month. For the duration of the tour, Beyoncé and Jay Z have relied on Sennheiser's Digital 9000 wireless microphone system, which was purchased specifically for the tour by Eighth Day Sound Systems, Inc. at the recommendation of ... More >>

Ashly amplification at Our Lady of Lourdes

Ashly amplification at Our Lady of LourdesUSA - In addition to being the alma matter of pop icon Gloria Estefan, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy (OLLA) is a paragon of Catholic academic excellence and has been since it was founded in 1963. To continue to effectively fulfill its mission in the twenty-first century, however, the school embarked on a four-phase, $15m improvement project, which included construction of a state-of-the-art gymnasium. Revelation Sound, Inc. (RSI), a state licensed A/V specialty electrical and integration firm that has niche markets to houses of worship ... More >>

7thSense Delta Server shakes up Discovery Park

7thSense Delta Server shakes up Discovery ParkUSA - The new Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee, USA, has been supplied with leading-edge media serving technology from 7thSense Design in the UK. The Delta Media Server has been installed inside the Earthquake simulator by system integrator, Electrosonic and serves as one of many state-of-the-art educational and entertainment experiences on display at the centre. Part museum, part education centre, Discovery Park of America sits on a 50-acre site and the benchmark of the park is Discovery Centre, a 100,000 square foot ... More >>

High tech HDR OB truck hits the road

High tech HDR OB truck hits the roadSweden - HD Resources (HDR) is one of the premier High Definition resource providers in Sweden. Based in Stockholm, the privately owned company offers fully equipped, high specification HD studios and a number of HD OB vehicles for outside broadcast purposes and is thus capable of covering almost every type of live or studio recording. Known mainly for their work in horse racing, sports, music and entertainment, HDR works with all of the major Swedish broadcasters including the public broadcaster, SVT, and TV4 who is the country's ... More >>

Raycom celebrates 30 years in business

Raycom celebrates 30 years in businessUK - The last 30 years has seen a wide variety of world changing events. The fall of the Berlin Wall, an ever increasing amount of military conflicts, several royal births, deaths and marriages along with major developments in sport and entertainment. What do these have in common? They've all been subject to the attention of an increasingly dynamic and technically developing media circus. As a result there is also a very good chance they've been audibly recorded using equipment supplied by Raycom. Since 1984, Raycom has used its close ... More >>

Philips Selecon & Vari-Lite LED on the Fringe

Philips Selecon & Vari-Lite LED on the FringeUK - This year saw the Philips Selecon RAMA LED Fresnel, which features full warm white output, make its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. The luminaires took up residence over the festival period in one of the Fringe's most exciting venues, C south, part of leading Edinbugh Fringe venue producer C venues, where a range of theatre companies put on up to 12 productions a day. Another new addition to this year's rig was the Vari-Lite VLX Wash. Together the luminaires blended seamlessly with the numerous Tungsten fixtures, providing the ... More >>

Chauvet & Iluminarc debut new models at PLASA London 2014

Chauvet & Iluminarc debut new models at PLASA London 2014UK - Among the highlights on Chauvet Professional's stand at PLASA London 2014 will be the Next NXT-1 moving head LED display, a new addition to the ÉPIX Series, the ÉPIX Tile 2.0, and a new series of IP65-rated fixtures, Colorist, from Iluminarc. A pixel-mapping panel with 25 Quad-Colour RGBW LEDs, the Next NXT-1 combines fast pan/tilt movement with a tight 6° beam angle to create brilliant in-motion displays that will mesmerise audiences at concerts, festivals and live productions of all types. The Next NXT-1's ... More >>

Artistic Licence debutss nanoScope at PLASA London 2014

Artistic Licence debutss nanoScope at PLASA London 2014UK - Artistic Licence will launch nanoScope, its much anticipated pocket-sized tester for DMX512 and RDM at PLASA London 2014. Following a tantalising preview at last year's show, the market-ready version of nanoScope will be available for viewing and purchase at Stand L50. Lightweight and battery powered with a translucent plastic casing, nanoScope features a built-in 5-pin XLR connector that enables it to be attached directly to the DMX512 cable. The device lights up in different colours to indicate its findings - this provides rapid, ... More >>

Ayrton unveils MagicBeam-R at PLASA London 2014

Ayrton unveils MagicBeam-R at PLASA London 2014UK - French LED lighting innovator, Ayrton, loves to spring last minute surprises on its clients with the introduction of a stream of new products. Having already released the Radical Series at Prolight+Sound earlier this year, and due to launch the new NandoBeam S9 at PLASA London, Ayrton has just announced a new addition to its Radical Series which will also receive its world premiere at PLASA London: MagicBeam-R. MagicBeam-R is the latest to receive the Radical treatment. Identical in size and form to WildBeam-R, MagicBeam-R ... More >>

SGM sets triple launch for PLASA London 2014

SGM sets triple launch for PLASA London 2014UK - For the first time anywhere, SGM will showcase the new P-2, Q-2 and Q-2W LED fixtures at this year's PLASA Show. These are respectively based on the groundbreaking technology behind the P-5 wash light and the multifunction Q-7/Q7W (wash, blind, strobe) which have all helped to raised industry standards. Providing an even smaller physical footprint, these compact units will provide easy and quick set-up, while at the same time maintaining the IP65 rating which is one of the characteristics of the SGM portfolio. Taking it a step ... More >>

Doughty's award winning Drop Arms at PLASA London 2014

Doughty's award winning Drop Arms at PLASA London 2014UK - Doughty Engineering is showcasing its award winning Drop Arms, T-Bars and H-Frames at PLASA London 2014, the first time the finished products will have been seen at an exhibition. Designed to provide a safe, flexible rigging method for suspending luminaires from a truss or fixed tubes or barrels, Doughty's Modular Drop Arms and H-Frames won the 2014 ABTT Award for Engineering Product of the Year when the prototypes were previewed at the show in June this year. "We wanted to show the industry what we had been working on," said Mark ... More >>

LSC at PLASA London 2014 for its 25th year

LSC at PLASA London 2014 for its 25th yearUK - LSC Lighting Systems returns to PLASA for its 25th year and will be found on stand H70, with no less than three new products making their UK debut including the following: The new GenVI Advanced Dimming System allows any of its channels to be configured as an 8 bit or 16 bit dimmer or alternatively as a direct power relay channel. This TruPower technology, introduced to the market by LSC over 5 years ago, enables the user to set some channels on the GenVI to dim traditional lamps and others to direct power for moving lights, LED ... More >>

Stardraw.com enhances Product Requests service

Stardraw.com enhances Product Requests serviceUK - Award-winning design and documentation software specialist, Stardraw.com, has announced some important enhancements to its Product Requests service, (historically known as Symbols Requests) to improve responsiveness and transparency. Product requests are a way for users to tailor the Product Libraries contained in Stardraw Design 7.1 to their own specific requirements. The service already has an excellent track record: of the nearly 13,000 requests received since the service was inaugurated in 2002, over 95% have been published, ... More >>

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