21 April 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundTheatre Critic - Andrew Lloyd Webber has claimed a number of West End theatres are "not fit for today's purpose" and should be replaced. The theatre impresario said many venues have uncomfortable seats because people are now generally taller. He went on to criticise poor views in gallery seating, saying it was left over from "a class structure we don't have any more". Speaking at the London Press Club Awards, where he was named Londoner of the year, Lloyd Webber said, "I believe that London would be a more vibrant place if we allow a ... More >>

Stage Technology Conference schedule confirmed

Stage Technology Conference schedule confirmedGermany - The three-day International Stage Technology Conference takes place in Berlin from 9 to 11 June 2015. The international conference organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) comprises 130 events. Topics will include theatre planning, scenography/design, make-up, international projects, exhibition design and museum technology, media technology and sustainability, safety, stage technology, sound systems and lighting. Simultaneous interpreting into English and German will be available at the events. On 9 June, ... More >>

ETC celebrates biggest ever Prolight&Sound

ETC celebrates biggest ever Prolight&SoundGermany - ETC is celebrating another successful Prolight&Sound show, in which they had their biggest stand space ever, spread across two areas. On one of their stands, visitors were able to get an exclusive preview of the Eos console family software version 2.3, which is due for release in summer and adds a number of new options for controlling colour. Anne Valentino, ETC's Eos product manager, says, "Among the changes are multiple colour space options, which can be used for any type of mixing system and improved gel matching and new ... More >>

Nexo appoints Alain Boone as European sales director

Nexo appoints Alain Boone as European sales directorFrance - Nexo has announced the appointment of Alain Boone who joins the international sales team in the role of European sales director. Alain has had a long-standing relationship with Nexo as he has spent the last 18 years as the live sound account manager at Audio XL, distributor of Nexo products in Belgium. Extremely well-connected with the live sound and broadcasting communities in his native Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Alain was responsible for sales of a wide-ranging portfolio of high-tech audio and network ... More >>

RH Consulting celebrates 10 year anniversary

RH Consulting celebrates 10 year anniversaryUK - RH Consulting is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Founded in 2005 by independent consultant, Roland Hemming, he was soon joined by Lauren Rogers. Together they created a business advising manufacturers and distributors as well as working on landmark projects including Ascot Racecourse, St Pancras Station, Wembley Stadium, the London 2012 Olympics, Amsterdam Arena, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Richard Northwood, formerly of COMS, completes the team.. RHC advises many leading audio manufacturers on issues as diverse as product ... More >>

Orbital Sound joins Nexo network

Orbital Sound joins Nexo networkUK - Nexo has announced that Orbital Sound is to become the UK's full-service Main Dealer and Approved Rental Partner for Nexo sound reinforcement technology, carrying in-demand systems such as STM Series and GEO M6 in its hire stock. The appointment of Orbital as the UK's Main Dealer, offering sales, installation, rental and service, is a key stage in Nexo's on-going process of restructuring and refining its sales channels in the UK to reflect the changing landscape of this influential market. "The addition of a company like Orbital ... More >>

Broadsword Production Group chosen for Science Museum

Broadsword Production Group chosen for Science MuseumUK - After a competitive tender process, The Broadsword Production Group has announced that it has been awarded a three-year contract to The Science Museum as a production supplier. With a diverse range of interactive galleries, located in the heart of South Kensington, the award-winning Science Museum offers a wow-factor backdrop for corporate events. Matt Green, Broadsword's Sales Director, led the tender process and is excited about the opportunities at The Science Museum. He explains: "It is a bespoke venue, visually stunning, with ... More >>

New company to distribute Kling & Freitag

New company to distribute Kling & FreitagCanada / USA - Kling & Freitag Americas Inc, a new distribution company based in Montreal, Canada, is to take on exclusive distribution rights for premium German loudspeaker brand, Kling & Freitag, throughout Canada, the USA and Mexico with effect from 1 April, 2015. The company was founded by Vaino Gennaro, formerly of Sennheiser Canada where he was in charge of Kling & Freitag distribution, and Susanne Seidel who has held top management roles within a number of technology-driven corporations, including Sennheiser and DPA. Gennaro will ... More >>

Orbital on tour with Bill Kenwright musicals

Orbital on tour with Bill Kenwright musicalsUK - With seven major shows from the Bill Kenwright Ltd stable hitting the UK touring circuit in as many weeks, the early part of 2015 disappeared in a blur for sound designer Dan Samson. One of the shows involved the first tour in over a decade for Jesus Christ Superstar. Also on the schedule was a large scale new production of The Sound of Music - with both shows involving sound equipment supplied by Orbital Sound. The preparation for both shows took place at Orbital Sound's Brixton facility, involving detailed system ... More >>

Traction Sound collaborates with AUDINT for sonic experiments at The Tate Britain

Traction Sound collaborates with AUDINT for sonic experiments at The Tate BritainUK - For the Tate Britain installation on May 1st at 6pm, AUDINT and Traction Sound will be presenting an infrasound / ultrasound / sound and video installation based on the 'Martial Hauntology' vinyl / book / print project released on AUDINT records in late 2014. A projection of the animated film produced for Side A of the vinyl - named 'Delusions of the Living Dead' will accompany an immersive wave formed installation that is designed to be felt as much as heard. A screening of the film will also premiere in the Tate auditorium ... More >>

Norwegian Military Tattoo at ease with Green-GO

Norwegian Military Tattoo at ease with Green-GONorway - The Norwegian Military Tattoo is held biannually in the Oslo Spektrum, attracting military marching bands and performing teams from all over the world, including Norway's armed forces, His Majesty the King's guard band and drill team. With more than 20,000 spectators in the audience, the event is televised and broadcast on Norway's national television station to more than a million viewers. Bright Norway, formerly AVAB CAC has been involved with the event since the first tattoo held over 25 years ago, supplying full technical ... More >>

Chauvet lights party for America's first president

Chauvet lights party for America's first presidentUSA - Back in 1782, George Washington consented to have the small 'College at Chester' renamed in his honour. More recently, the students and alumni at Washington College (the tenth oldest in the US) have been showing their appreciation for this gesture by throwing a giant annual party in honour of the first president. This year's George Washington Party may have been the most colourful ever, thanks in no small measure to a dynamic lighting display created with a collection of Legend, Q-Wash and COLORado fixtures from Chauvet ... More >>

Tiger Touch II with Catfish & The Bottlemen

Tiger Touch II with Catfish & The BottlemenUK - Welsh Indie rock band Catfish & The Bottlemen recently played two sold out shows at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire to finish a successful run of shows around the UK. LD Scott Galloway provided the sparkle for the tour using an Avolites Tiger Touch II. Galloway created a "compact but punchy" show using a package from Nitelites, including six Chauvet Slimpar Pro's, four Martin Atomics, eight 2-cell blinders, and eight Clay Paky Sharpys. Though he has toured with Avolites consoles since 2012, this was Galloway's first show using the ... More >>

Nemetschek Vectorworks launches design scholarship

Nemetschek Vectorworks launches design scholarshipUSA - As part of its commitment to helping students succeed, global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks has launched the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship programme. Students from across all design disciplines around the world are encouraged to submit their best individual or group work by Monday, 31 August, 2015 for the opportunity to win up to $10,000 USD. The submission process is simple; students submit their best project, which may include work completed for a class assignment, and answer three questions, each in 150 ... More >>

Maroon 5 tour the globe with grandMA2

Maroon 5 tour the globe with grandMA2USA - LA band Maroon 5 has kicked off their World Tour 2015 with two grandMA2 full-size consoles controlling lighting and video elements. Maroon 5 launched its World Tour 2015 in Dallas and will finish in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour is in support of the band's fifth album, V which was released last year. LeRoy Bennett, the production designer for the tour, has branded the stage with strong 'V' motifs, inspired by the album artwork, incorporated into the trussing and transparent set pieces. Lighting and video create a dynamic, ... More >>

Meyer Sound adds audio clarity to Savannah Festival

Meyer Sound adds audio clarity to Savannah FestivalUSA - Georgia's Savannah Music Festival has selected Meyer Sound systems to reinforce all four of its principal venues for the first time, including the largest Trustees Theatre and Lucas Theatre. The exceptional audio clarity has prompted positive reviews amongst local press, including Connect Savannah. "With the help of Meyer Sound's new loudspeakers, [the Trustees Theatre is] the best sounding room in town. Enough kudos can't be given; when Taylor Goldsmith hit his first note, it was like the room collectively gasped in wonder ... More >>

Bandit Lites sales and installation team grows

Bandit Lites sales and installation team growsUSA - Bandit Lites international sales and installation team is expanding with the hiring of Rudi Aldridge and Brandon Gauthier. Rudi Aldridge joins Bandit as a sales and design associate with more than 20years of experience in venue operations and management, including the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre as an event master electrician and technical director at a multi-venue facility at Vanderbilt University. In his new position, Rudi will be working with Bandit clients through the entire process, from concept, to design, installation ... More >>

Alternative Frankfurt launch for DiGiCo S21

Alternative Frankfurt launch for DiGiCo S21UK / Germany - Now that Prolight+Sound is over for another year, British console manufacturer DiGiCo would like to set the record straight and thank all those that visited their booth at the exhibition. "With the S21, we wanted to re-write the rulebook. To test the conclusions we previewed at Prolight+Sound without publishing or unlocking the full software potential, or even the intended release specifications," says DiGiCo's managing director, James Gordon. This different approach makes sense when you take on-board that the core of S21 ... More >>

SGM wins best lighting product award

SGM wins best lighting product awardGermany - At the Prolight+Sound International Press Award, also known as the pipa award, SGM's Q-7 RGBW won the award for best lighting product. Journalists from more than 100 dedicated special interest magazines from all over the world were called upon to nominate and vote for the best equipment in the marketplace, and they selected the Q-7. "To be recognised for this ground-breaking LED fixture is amazing. It has quickly become an industry standard and I am proud to see it implemented in so many great designs," said SGM CEO Peter ... More >>

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