29 May 2015

Special feature: 35 years of Ken Porter and Spectrum Sound

Special feature: 35 years of Ken Porter and Spectrum SoundUSA - Steve Moles reports for LSi: Excepting the Rolling Stones and, Lord preserve us, Ted Nugent, it's hard to imagine that anything in rock and roll has lasted thirty five years. Yet here we are in Nashville rocking up outside the doors of Spectrum Sound and yup, they just turned thirty five years of age. Barely middle-aged by most other measures, Spectrum is in the world of Pro Audio, a grand old man. Company founder Ken Porter is the kind of guy you can imagine becoming President of the student body at high school; he is also ... More >>

Lighting information gifted to V&A Museum, ALD and the ABTT

Lighting information gifted to V&A Museum, ALD and the ABTTUK - Over 2,000 items of lighting information from industry magazines, product catalogues and technical manuals, have been gifted by lighting designer Chris Watts to three organisations. This major collection of lighting information from the UK and USA has been carefully collected by Watts for over 30 years. The collection represents a historical review of lighting companies and reveals developments in technology and design processes from the 1950s to the modern day. The collection also includes plans and technical information on a ... More >>

Britannia Row supports A Party to Remember

Britannia Row supports A Party to RememberUK - It's a mark of the reverence with which the British honour their heroes that whatever the dramas and disappointments of the preceding day, the general election could not diminish the three days of events that marked the VE Day 70th anniversary. Staged 8-10 May, it proved a resounding success. With acts of remembrance on the Friday at The Cenotaph, and thanksgiving on the Sunday at Westminster Abbey, the pivot event on the Saturday staged on Horse Guards Parade was for celebration. VE Day 70: A Party to Remember was just ... More >>

Clay Paky delivers for Ireland's Year of Light launch

Clay Paky delivers for Ireland's Year of Light launchIreland - Production designer Tom Rohan of Eventco has used the power and lightweight versatility of 12 Clay Paky SuperSharpys to light the 'Spire', the iconic 120m stainless steel monument in the centre of Dublin. For the 'inSpire' lighting project, which launched Ireland's celebrations of the UNESCO International Year of Light (IYOL) 2015 and coincided with the St. Patrick's festival, Rohan worked alongside lighting designers Mick Murray and Matt Cregan to bring his concept to life. "Originally, we wanted to create a static light ... More >>

Blue Parrot for Edinburgh's Hidden Door arts festival

Blue Parrot for Edinburgh's Hidden Door arts festivalUK - Lighting and technical event production specialists Blue Parrot are providing lighting, staging and design services for the 2015 Hidden Door Arts Festival in Edinburgh. The event, now in its 6th year, transforms an abandoned site in the city into a vibrant arts space for the weeklong festival. Live music, theatre and art installations can be found throughout the site which is this year found at the old council street lighting depot in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Head of lighting for the event is Blue Parrot's Senior Project ... More >>

Meghan Trainor steps it up with Chauvet

Meghan Trainor steps it up with ChauvetUSA - Grammy-nominated singer Meghan Trainor has been making waves ever since she burst on the music scene. It's not just her highly resonant voice and distinctive blend of blue eyed soul, doo-wop and pop that make this effervescent star stand out, it's also the confident, carefree way she defies expectations about body types and sets an example for 21st century women to define their own standards. Trainor's independent exuberance was on full display during her recent appearance before millions of viewers on The Today Show, ... More >>

Asimetrik takes Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound in Turkey

Asimetrik takes Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound in TurkeyTurkey - Asimetrik has increased its brand portfolio with an exclusive master distributor agreement with Music Group. The new agreement will see Asimetrik take on distribution for the Music Group's Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound brands. The agreement marks a significant step in Music Group's one distributor strategy. "As Asimetrik, the main distributor of Behringer in Turkey, we are honoured to have the opportunity to continue to collaborate with such a sophisticated global distribution partner," said Asimetrik's VP, Gorkem ... More >>

AMD lights up Times Square with mega display

AMD lights up Times Square with mega displayUSA - AMD has announced details behind one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced display walls, located in New York's Times Square at 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Streets. The stunning visuals that drive the digital sign's massive size - 25,000sq.ft of ultra-high definition digital signage incorporating nearly 24mpixels - are powered by AMD FirePro professional graphics cards. The sign, with playback system designed and managed by Diversified Media Group, is a single surface covering a city block in length and ... More >>

Ambersphere Solutions supplies Fisher Productions

Ambersphere Solutions supplies Fisher ProductionsUK - Since 1985 Fisher Productions has been supplying a complete production service to a wide array of corporate and private clients. Their quality bespoke service has secured the company as the preferred suppliers at many of the UK's premier visitor locations including the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Tate Modern on the South Bank. Sister company, Fisher Hires has recently invested over £5m in new lighting fixtures and control. Head of Fisher Lighting & Hires, Robert Baker explains, "When investing in our new kit we ... More >>

Core Lighting looks to the future

Core Lighting looks to the futureUK - Core Lighting's new PinPoint wireless LED pin-spots and their best-selling ColourPoint Mk II wireless LED uplighters made their presence felt at the National Theatre In London for the 2015 Fast Forward Gala, a fund-raising event where normally unseen areas of the facility are opened up for an audience of special guests. An extensive - and exclusive - backstage tour ahead of the evening's entertainment for the star-studded guest list included a close up look at scene docks, design studios, rehearsal spaces and workshops, all the ... More >>

Showline gives life to the lightning in Venus in Fur

Showline gives life to the lightning in Venus in FurUSA - When CTC resident designer Elizabeth Kline was asked to create the dramatic lighting design for the Venus in Fur collaboration between the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and Cockroach Theatre Company, she needed a lighting instrument that could breathe life into the integral lightning effects in the show. So once she began her collaboration with the productions sound designer, she found the ideal lighting instrument in the Showline SL NITRO 510 luminaire from Philips Entertainment. "When I came into the design meetings, the ... More >>

Syncrolite's website has a new look

Syncrolite's website has a new lookUSA - Syncrolite has given its website (Syncrolite.com) a new look. "After months of brainstorming and hard work, we are excited to announce that a new and improved website is now live," says the company. New Features include: User-friendly - content is well-organized so you can easily find the information you need; Easy Navigation - pages have been optimized to include easy-to-understand headings; Valuable and Timely Information - content is fresh, informative and tailored to your needs; Social Media Integration - follow us on our new ... More >>

WIMagic in motion for Tegen de Sterren Op

WIMagic in motion for Tegen de Sterren OpBelgium - Engineering specialist WIcreations provided a complete automation solution for the 2015 live special broadcast of popular Belgian TV show 'Tegen de Sterren Op' (Against The Stars) which parodies celebrities, other TV stars and public figures. This included the supply of two customised WI laser controlled wagons - now available from rental stock - which proved an ingenious method to ensure the lightening quick scenery changes needed for the fast paced show were realised. Three live shows were produced at Antwerp's Lotto Arena ... More >>

ARX announces exclusive Italian distributor

ARX announces exclusive Italian distributorItaly - ARX Systems has appointed Bregnano based Etabeta Electronics spa as their new exclusive distributor for Italy. ARX's MD Colin Park said, "Etabeta Electronics spa are a well-known and respected Italian distributor, here at ARX we're looking forward to working with Roberto Santini and the team at Etabeta Electronics. "They're very enthusiastic about the possibilities for the growing ARX digital and analogue product range amongst their extensive dealer base throughout Italy." Etabeta Electronics president Roberto Santini said, "ARX ... More >>

Tascam launches active studio monitor

Tascam launches active studio monitorUK - Tascam has released the VL-S5 active studio monitor speaker. As the successor to Tascam's popular range of studio monitors, this latest monitor is designed for home studios and works seamlessly with audio interfaces such as Tascam's own US-2×2 and US-4×4. Designed to monitor sounds from computer, multi-track recorder or portable music player, this versatile monitor offers high-resolution monitoring for any environment, says the company. Featuing a high-strength Kevlar 5 ¼-inch low frequency bass unit and a 1-inch silk dome high ... More >>

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