30 June 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundOff The Beach - Brian Wilson has cancelled his UK tour in September to focus on promoting a new movie about his life which has become an "overwhelming success". The former Beach Boy was due to play a series of shows in support of his current album No Pier Pressure. But due to the success of biopic Love And Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack, Wilson is postponing the tour to support the movie. He also announced next year will be his last ever tour in Europe: "I'm sorry I won't be able to make these shows this year, ... More >>

Stockholm Stadsteater purchases BMFL Blades

Stockholm Stadsteater purchases BMFL BladesSweden - Stockholm's Stadsteater, one of the most prestigious venues in the Swedish capital, has confirmed an order for 12 x BMFL Blades which will be added to a growing inventory of Robe moving lights in the house. It is the first theatre in the country to invest in Robe's BMFL range which will be delivered by Swedish distributor, Bellalite. The Stadsteater is located in a large metal-clad modernist building designed by architect Peter Celsing at Sergel Square in the heart of Stockholm's vibrant commercial and political centre. It also ... More >>

More European rental companies endorse Meyer's Leopard

More European rental companies endorse Meyer's LeopardEurope - Meyer Sound has received three more orders for its new Leopard line array loudspeaker system from Megasound Sonorisation in Switzerland, Aukes Theatertechniek in the Netherlands, and DMS PRO in Poland. The three European rental houses are the latest to join a growing list of companies to invest in the patent-pending Leopard and its accompanying 900-LFC low-frequency control element since the system's debut in March. "I realized at the demo that Leopard not only provided a remarkable listening experience but a new definition of ... More >>

ArKaos MediaMaster Pro goes to University

ArKaos MediaMaster Pro goes to UniversityBelgium - ArKaos MediaMaster Pro has been chosen as the most versatile and user-friendly media software for Event Services at Ohio University. Event Services is responsible for providing production support in Baker University Center (a student centre with state-of-the-art conference and event spaces), Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (a 2000-seat concert hall), The Convocation Center (a 13,000-seat arena) as well as offsite locations. ArKaos MediaMaster Pro has been used in support of the many university and community ... More >>

ISE adds two new board members

ISE adds two new board membersThe Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the organisers of the Integrated Systems Europe trade exhibition, has announced the appointment of two new members to its board. Ollie French, from Future Automation and Tobias Lang from Lang AG will join the nine-person ISE board of directors as of 1 July. French works as the commercial director for Future Automation, a manufacturer of motorised and non-motorised mounting and concealing solutions for televisions and projectors with its primary market in the residential sector. Lang joins the ... More >>

Colour Sound experiments at Glastonbury 2015

Colour Sound experiments at Glastonbury 2015UK - West London based lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and visuals equipment to some of the elements of Glastonbury 2015, including Arcadia, Block 9, The Common and The Glade. The crew of 25 was chiefed by Andy Melleney, and in addition to these key areas of the site, the company also supplied the touring lighting rig for Friday night's Other Stage headliners Rudimental (LD Jonny Gaskell) and kitted out over 20 major bars around the site with practical and effects lighting. Colour Sound's ... More >>

MLA magic down in the woods

MLA magic down in the woodsUK - Gottwood electronic and music festival - an intimate boutique event, set in an idyllic Welsh forest on the isle of Anglesey - has been running since 2010. It prides itself on presenting a DJ line up of "rising stars and established veterans". Involved with promoters Future Noise Ltd from the beginning has been Creation Live's Tom Whittle, who in addition to working with Martin Audio's Cheshire-based partners (and event production company) VME is also the festival's operations manager. He recalls that the potential of the site had ... More >>

Nottingham ice rink arena upgrades with Chauvet

Nottingham ice rink arena upgrades with ChauvetUK - When Nottinghamshire-based events supplier OneBigStar was tasked recently with revitalising the lighting rig at Nottingham's National Ice Centre, several challenges were instantly thrown to the fore. Durability as well as excellent performance would be required from any replacements to the existing filament lights. Following a demonstration of a variety of fixtures at the venue, the company specified 10 Chauvet Rogue R2 LED Spot fixtures and 20 COLORdash Par-Hex 12 LED wash fixtures for permanent install at the popular ice skating ... More >>

Kansas Star upgrades arena audio with Community

Kansas Star upgrades arena audio with CommunityUSA - As part of the Kansas Star Casino, and located just south of Wichita, the Kansas Star Arena is a multipurpose auditorium that hosts conventions, concerts, rodeos, MMA fights and other events. The 3,400-seat arena, which opened in 2013, had a basic audio system for announcements. However, the arena quickly outgrew the system's capabilities and often rented equipment to supplement its sound level and music quality for rodeos and other events with high levels of crowd excitement. In 2014, Kansas Star turned to McClelland Sound of ... More >>

GBE to use Baldwin Boxall at Cheltenham Racecourse

GBE to use Baldwin Boxall at Cheltenham RacecourseUK - The Jockey Club's £45m redevelopment of its flagship Racecourse at Cheltenham is fully underway with many of the areas complete outside of the main grandstand. The redevelopment will increase capacity and provide modern facilities and includes the demolition of the current royal box, which was built in 1952, and 55 other boxes built in the 1920s and 1930s. Part of the re-development programme included within GBE's scope of works is the installation of the new PA/VA system, disabled refuge and WC alarms throughout the ... More >>

Boarding school improves learning experience with dnp

Boarding school improves learning experience with dnpDenmark - Following a major renovation, Danish boarding school, Vejle Idraetsefterskole, wanted to improve the classroom experience by engaging students in high-quality video learning. The dnp Supernova STS short throw front projection screen helped them achieve their aim in a cost-effective way, while eliminating some of the problems of the past caused by high natural daylight. The high school itself focuses on sports talent development, and in an effort to improve the classroom element of their learning programme, it constructed a new ... More >>

DPA captures the sound on Mad Max: Fury Road

DPA captures the sound on Mad Max: Fury RoadNamibia - After a wait of 30 years, Mad Max fans are revelling in the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth in this successful action adventure film series starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, and directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. Award-winning production sound mixer Ben Osmo chose DPA's d:screet 4063 miniature microphones with low sensitivity and low voltage to record dialogue during the shooting of action scenes that involved fast, furious and bumpy chases across the Namibian desert. He ... More >>

Adlib enjoys 5 Seconds of Summer

Adlib enjoys 5 Seconds of SummerUK - Adlib were the sound supplier for the European & UK leg of the recent 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) Rock Out with your Socks Out tour. Adlib first 'met' 5SOS at the 2014 Summertime Ball event at Wembley Stadium in London where they were co-ordinating all things audio. The band's FOH engineer John Delf, asked Adlib's Ben Booker to mix monitors for the band's headline shows at London's Islington Academy and then Birmingham Academy 2. This was back in October 2013. At this point Ben saw the potential of the band and jumped on ... More >>

PR Lighting supports electro pop tour

PR Lighting supports electro pop tourGermany - Electro-pop band, Glasperlenspiel, recently completed one of the biggest stadium tours in Germany. Forming part of the lighting design by Lukas Goldberg and Michael Holstein for these venues were six powerful Beam 5000 moving discharge lights from PR Lighting - the brightest moving beam effects in the company's portfolio. These were supplied by Holstein's company, eigenARTevents.com. He was aware that the fixtures contain a Philips MSR Gold 1500W Fast-Fit Bulb, with sufficient power to satisfy all the requirements of both the ... More >>

Dante drives Immersive 3D audio experiences

Dante drives Immersive 3D audio experiencesUSA - The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech has turned to Audinate's technology to establish a robust, multichannel Dante network for new immersive facility, The Cube, a four-story theatre and high-tech laboratory with one of the highest-channel count 3D audio systems in the world. Featuring multi-screen video and 3D sound from 145 loudspeakers, the cutting-edge, multipurpose facility launched this semester to bring creative artists, educators and audiences together. Dante media networking plays a key role ... More >>

Hobart college sets a Benchmark in safety

Hobart college sets a Benchmark in safetyAustralia - Hobart's Guilford Young College have positioned themselves as an educational gateway to the arts with the completion of a purpose-built performing arts centre at their Glenorchy Campus. The culmination of years of discussions, consultations with partner organisations and fundraising have led to the establishment of a new, professional standard venue whose facilities are matched in Hobart only by the much-beloved Theatre Royal. Alongside students training in music, dance and drama, Guilford Young teach the theatre technicians ... More >>

Redeemer church leans on Ashly

Redeemer church leans on AshlyUSA - Twenty years after its founding by a handful of dedicated families, Redeemer Church celebrated the completion of a new 16,000sq.ft sanctuary, fellowship hall, and classroom complex in its hometown of Riverview, Florida, a suburb of Tampa. Midway through the design phase, local A/V integration firm Christian Sound Installation (CSI) picked the project up when another firm folded, taking the best elements of the existing work and tweaking it for increased integration, impact, and functionality. Based on past success and a proven ... More >>

ROE launches Black Onyx panels with Brompton processing

ROE launches Black Onyx panels with Brompton processingUSA - ROE Visual has launched its new Black Onyx 3.47mm and 5.21mm high resolution LED panel with showcases at Prolight and Sound in Europe and Infocomm in Orlando. The screen is the latest addition to ROE's impressive range of rental and staging focused products and has already been added to the inventories of a host of rental houses throughout Europe, the US and Asia. Black Onyx is the first ROE product to come equipped with Brompton processing as standard and ROE is now rolling out the Brompton processing on the rest of its range. ... More >>

Wild & Marr set to exhibit at Mediatech 2015

Wild & Marr set to exhibit at Mediatech 2015South Africa - Wild & Marr, one of Southern Africa's forerunners in the distribution and installation of professional sound equipment, will be exhibiting at Africa's largest media and entertainment technology trade show. Mediatech Africa takes place at the Dome at Northgate from 15 to 17 July 2015. Wild & Marr has developed their expertise into various professional audio and AV integration markets and are keen to showcase their quality brands incorporating some innovative technologies and to share product knowledge. "We are excited to ... More >>

ARX gears up for Mediatech Africa

ARX gears up for Mediatech AfricaSouth Africa - ARX's South African distributor Matrix Sound will be exhibiting the ARX product range at the upcoming Mediatech Africa exhibition. ARX director Duncan Fry will be joining Matrix Sound's Trevor Peters and his team at Mediatech, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa. On Matrix Sound's Booth A35, Matrix & ARX will be exhibiting ARX's product range including the MixxMaker Bluetooth, USB and analogue mixer, Blue DI professional Bluetooth wireless active direct box interface, USB I/O VSR ... More >>

dnp debuts bundled laser strategy at InfoComm 2015

dnp debuts bundled laser strategy at InfoComm 2015USA - dnp denmark was able to take full advantage of the record turn-out at this year's InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, which was visited by 39,105 from 108 countries. Theming their stand around large scale 4K content, optimised by the kind of ambient light rejection for which they are famed, the company introduced a radical change to their product roadmap by introducing bundled optical flat screen solutions - in the form of the dnp LaserPanel and dnp LaserPanel Touch. The 100" dnp LaserPanel Touch is designed for interactivity, especially ... More >>

d&b expands installation systems at InfoComm 2015

d&b expands installation systems at InfoComm 2015USA - At InfoComm 2015, d&b audiotechnik introduced two further additions to the company's new generation amplifier family. The eagerly anticipated 10D and 30D amplifiers are specifically designed to drive permanent solutions. Offering a new price to performance the amplifiers are set to become keystones in the future of fixed pro audio installations. Amnon Harman, CEO d&b audiotechnik said, "For d&b, 2015 is the Year of Installation: we are delivering on our installation product promises, engaging even more closely with our customers ... More >>

Martin M-Touch control system shipping now

Martin M-Touch control system shipping nowDenmark The Martin M-Touch lighting control system is now shipping. With touch technology, the Martin M-Touch introduces a new form of interaction to the lighting industry, only previously seen between a musician and electronic instruments, says the company. With precise touch encoders and command keys for the most commonly used operations, the Martin M-Touch is a true hybrid surface for programming and playback. It reads user input strength and lets him or her interact with performances and shows of any scale. Its unique pressure ... More >>

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