Norway - Pro audio specialists, Scandec Systemer, has been appointed by Optocore as the manufacturer’s new exclusive territorial distributor.
Scandec set up as a distribution company back in 1984 and today has 37 employees representing a number of premium brands. The market segments in which they specialize include touring and concert sound, broadcast AV and permanent installation.
To develop the broadcast market further in Norway they have also taken on a dealership for Optocore partner company, BroaMan, with Andreas Bergum charged with overseeing this market.
Scandec sales manager for pro audio and MI, Frode Øygard sees other primary markets for Optocore fibre solutions as being large concert halls and theatres, concert and touring sound - and the company is already working on touring systems combined with DiGiCo SD consoles.
In fact, although the new arrangement is effective immediately this is not Scandec’s first experience of Optocore, as they have previously sold a system comprising X6R-FX-16MI and V3R-TP-8LO interfaces, along with a DD4MR-FX as part of a DiGiCo mixing desk package to Hålogaland Theatre. Scandec also recently purchased an Optocore demo system.
“We are a knowledge based company offering extensive training, workshops and seminars, combined with roadshows (including a recent presentation at Hålogaland Theatre),” states Øygard. Scandec will also be active via social media and conventional website and trade press promotion.
Summing up the new relationship, he adds, “Optocore will enable Scandec to
Austria - Fabian Stumpfl joins his brother Tobias Stumpfl in his new position as CEO at the Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl.
Prior to his new role in the family owned company, Fabian Stumpfl was responsible for HR and strategic planning.
AV Stumpfl CEO Tobias Stumpfl explains their work relationship: “We work really well as a team, not only when it comes to company business, but also when flying gliders, which is a passion we both share. During some of our glider trips we spend more than 12 hours together. Whether in the sky or in the office, in order to reach our goals we have to constantly take decisions and adjust our strategy to new developments. That kind of joint decision making only works when you can completely trust one another.”
Towards the end of 2016, AV Stumpfl founder Reinhold Stumpfl handed over the management of the family owned company to his eldest son Tobias. The Austrian company is an internationally successful AV technology manufacturer, with an export quota of more than 90%.
Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Together with our team, we will continue to push the boundaries of what is technologically possible. Growing our international distributor network is another high priority for us.”
India - Mumbai-based system integrators Zoodio, have carried out a new sound system upgrade at a Roman Catholic church in the Mumbai township of Vashi.
Built in 1993, Sacred Heart Church has taken delivery of the first Martin Audio BlacklineX system in the country.
Zoodio, who have been specifying Martin Audio solutions for around a decade, had been recommended to the project by the priest of nearby St John The Baptist Church, following the installation of a Martin Audio O-Line as part of a major renovation project.
However, this time Zoodio turned to the new BlacklineX range for the first time. BlacklineX is described as “a classic suite of passive loudspeakers for the modern era” which builds on the heritage of the original, and extremely popular Blackline installation and portable series.
Zoodio project manager and co-ordinator, Dylan Hilton, describes the rationale behind the change of Martin Audio system. “Sacred Heart Church is much wider than St John’s, with its wings extended on one side. The ceiling heights are also different and the reverberation time much higher than St John’s.” He therefore reasoned that the church required the loudspeakers to be much lower and closer to the congregation - and in addition to its suitability, BlacklineX also worked within the budget they were given.
“There had been a lot of complaints about the old system as the vocals were not very audible and was quite old and outdated,” said Pereira.
The installation team assessed the challenges of providing coverage for a congregation
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UK - Following a record year working with Jockey Club racecourses, Arena Group has been appointed to oversee the full interior design of Newmarket’s’ temporary infrastructure during its most notable dates in the equestrian calendar including the Qipco Guineas Festival and the Moet & Chandon July Festival.
Arena’s interiors team, operating as the newly-launched Arena Concept division, will utilise the latest design and CAD technology to transform creative client briefs from initial concept drawings and 3D visualisations, to seeing the project through to on site delivery and completion. From branded areas, ambient decor and VIP hospitality, the team will help Newmarket Racecourse to create luxurious, temporary event environments with a high-end permanent feel. Following a series of recent product investments, sister company Spaceworks will supply contemporary new event furniture to help create fresh new looks in the sponsor and public spaces.
Newmarket Racecourse’s regional head of operations, Gemma Steve comments: “The Jockey Club has a long-standing relationship with Arena, with them advising on, and delivering, state-of-the-art temporary environments. As a venue, we are always looking for ways to enhance our offering and improve both the sponsor and spectator experience. With Arena at the forefront of designing hospitality venues, we were keen to utilise their expertise to help us achieve an updated design brief and fresh customer experience.”
Loren Johnson, managing director of Arena Structures and Arena Concept adds: “We are de
South Africa - Festival Sound, one of the largest DiGiCo console owners in the South African rental market, has increased its investment in the manufacturer’s products by adding an SD11 and a further SD9 to its inventory.
The young and vibrant company bought its first SD9 with two fully populated D-Rack and Little Red Boxes in 2012. Since then, its range of DiGiCo products has grown with an SD11 and another SD9 added at the end of 2016.
“The addition of the second SD9 made it possible for Festival Sound to supply two 96 channels consoles for FOH and monitor land,” says Jaco Beaukes from DiGiCo’s South African distributor DWR Distribution, which supplied the consoles. “This was a big step forward with serious benefits for them as they often supply gear for shows that demand high channel count consoles.”
April 2017 marked another big move forward with the addition of a Waves Server-ONE and a Waves upgrade kit to one of the SD9s. Petru Palmer, owner of Festival Sound loves the sound of DiGiCo, with the pre-amps being one of his favourite aspects of the brand.
“Being able to add world renowned plugins to his mix, with very low latency, is like giving an artist a new set of paint brushes and a vast arrangement of exciting colours to paint with,” says Jaco.
Petru will be using his newly equipped SD9 for the first time at the Gospel Spectacular show, hosted at the Joburg Theatre this May, and is looking forward to many more exciting projects throughout the rest of the year.
USA - Bose Professional has announced that, effective immediately, it has expanded its sales channel to include Stampede Presentation Products Inc. as a distributor for the U.S. and Canada. The announcement was made by Morten Jorgensen, director global sales, Bose Professional, as part of ongoing efforts to broaden the reach of the Bose Professional product line to integrators and dealers alike.
Jorgensen, states, “Bose has added Stampede Presentation Products to expand our reach to our customer and dealer base, to give them full access to our range of products. They have a proven track record in the industry, and they are aligned with our values at Bose. We welcome them aboard as part of our sales channel.”
UK - Production company LarMac Live called in Setsquare Staging to reproduce hero pieces and build infrastructure for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the biggest ever at the V&A.
Setsquare produced the scaled-up, walk through model of Pink Floyd’s 1965-era Bedford van which opens the show, a 9m high parallax view Battersea Power Station, representing the Animals album cover, a 7.5m model of The Wall, set opposite, and a series of beds reproduced from original Momentary Lapse of Reason LP artwork.
Created in the company’s own workshops, from 3D design through to finishing touches, Setsquare also oversaw the intricate installation process on site.
Ian Greenway, director at LarMac Live, comments: “There are more than 350 original artefacts at Their Mortal Remains and we needed scale model props to put them in a fitting context.
“Setsquare Staging is fully equipped to design and build infrastructure and it has a hugely talented team of people. That combination helped to bring another level to the exhibition experience.”
Matthew Clemitson, Setsquare Staging’s project director, says: “Pink Floyd is all about creativity and the pieces we produced had to reflect that. LarMac gave us the draughts and construction drawings and we got to work. The exhibition is a technical masterpiece, a fantastic insight to a band that changed the face of rock music. It’s a pleasure to be back at the V&A with a project as special as this one.”
Developed by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, working closely wit
UK - Visitors to the 2017 ABTT Theatre Show, taking place in London on 6 and 7 June, will have the opportunity to see the latest lighting and rigging technology innovations from ETC. Enjoy the company's hospitality while speaking to representatives about the many ETC products on display on stands B40 and C40 in Alexandra Palace’s West Hall.
Stand B40 will be dedicated to ETC’s popular ColorSource family, developed for those with limited budgets who want a complete, high-quality LED lighting system with plug-and-play setup. The ColorSource Spot, ColorSource PAR, and ColorSource Linear luminaires can create bright light with the broadest colour gamut possible from a four-colour LED, thanks to their unique RGB-Lime emitter mix.
The ColorSource Relay can wirelessly switch power and transmit DMX and RDM to hard-to-reach places. The ColorSource ThruPower control rack is a solution for transitioning lighting systems between tungsten and LED. And, available in two sizes with optional audiovisual capability, the ColorSource consoles provide hands-on control with the ability to run effects, mix LED colours, control moving lights and play back cues.
A special rolling presentation will showcase the remarkable capabilities of the ColorSource AV console.
Across the aisle on stand C40, visitors will have a chance to see in action a selection of the acclaimed Source Four LED luminaires. There will also be an opportunity for an introduction to the latest Eos-family console, the Gio @5. Learn about ETC’s architectural lighting-control systems, including E
Europe - Samsystems’ Integral IM10 - IM12 is billed as an alternative concept to conventional close-cabinet miking methods and received positive reviews at Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
For over 60 years, guitar players and sound technicians have struggled with the whole perception of miking up a guitar cab or guitar combo, and are all too familiar with the related pitfalls that occur, both live and in the studio.
These include time to set up awkward weighty mike stands, far too long spent with sound engineers at sound checks to find the sweet spot, the drooping mike stand and more recently, installing sound-deflecting screens to eradicate overspill from other instruments
Installed in minutes as a ‘fit and forget’ concept, the Integral IM10 and IM12 (10 and 12 denotes the speaker size) feature a circular constructed rigid frame mounted internally between the cabinet grill and existing speaker.
A high quality super cardioid dynamic microphone with an exceptionally high/low, full range frequency response, pressure tested at extreme volumes, is housed within the central ‘pepper pot’ strategically aimed off-centre of the speaker coil, delivering the true, balanced ‘analogue’ output from the speaker via an XLR connector to the mixing desk and onward to monitors or FOH PA.
For a stereo output from a mono cabinet loaded with more than one speaker, an additional unit can be installed, wherein two speaker feeds via the internal microphones deliver the true analogue output to separate left and right channels on a mixing desk, and onward
UK - Big things have been happening over at The Prolight Concepts Group HQ during the last 18 months and the release their new 2017/18 catalogue, showcasing their full product offering, was the next step in the company’s global plan. This bumper edition features over 1800 products for the professional event, rental, installation, architectural and entertainment markets, hence it’s nickname ‘The Big One’.
Prolight celebrated their 20-year milestone in 2016 with a new e-catalogue, fully integrated ERP system and dynamic website that automatically adjusts to any screen size for use with multiple devices. All of which improve efficiency, promotion and communication.
This progressive approach has given Prolight a steadily increasing customer base and an ever-expanding market share. Their 21st birthday saw the publication of their first comprehensive printed catalogue.
Andrew Jeffrey, managing director comments: “Our 2017/18 catalogue sees the culmination of two years’ work with our supplier partners, and features over 1800 products aimed squarely at our loyal customer base.”
To support the printed catalogue all the products are online to view as part of their e-catalogue. There will also be PDF versions of the catalogue uploaded in the resources section of the website to download (www.prolight.co.uk).
USA - Beach blankets and yoga mats aren’t normally found inside the long, high-ceilinged central nave of the National Cathedral. Recently, however, the iconic church’s usual seats and pews were removed so people could lie down on these coverings to gaze at an astonishing lightshow that transformed the building’s cavernous interior into a vast and infinitely fascinating panorama of colour with help from a collection of LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Elizabeth A. Coco of Atmosphere Lighting designed this transformative vista for the cathedral’s Seeing Deeper, an event its organizers say was intended to help people “find new paths for creative expression and spiritual freedom”. Live Native American flute music accompanied the two-hour lightshow to create an environment that was true to the organizers’ goals.
“Atmosphere Lighting and I have been working with the National Cathedral for some time lighting various events,” said Coco, a USA 829 union designer. “When the cathedral reopened in October after being closed because of damage caused by the 2011 earthquake, its new event director, Dan Rose came to me and said they were thinking of something on a large scale where they would light the interior in different colours for an event.”
Coco donated her design services for the non-profit event, while Atmosphere Lighting provided the gear at no cost. “For me as a designer, Seeing Deeper was like a dream come true,” she said. “The cathedral has so many wonderful architectural features. Plus, the stained-glass windows give
UK - Billed as the creative industries party of the year, the 55th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place at Troxy, London on 27 April 2017, with creative technical event production expert Hawthorn providing full technical production.
Since 1962, D&AD have been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating the finest in design and advertising. With the D&AD Pencil recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, the pressure is always on to create an event that challenges convention and leaves a lasting impression on guests and award winners alike.
Working in partnership with brand experience agency SomeBrightSpark, Hawthorn devised a production design that utilized and celebrated the iconic nature of both the venue, and the pencil.
To keep the winning work at the heart of the event, the team created a ‘digital’ set using LED video panels. The 12m wide by 3m high main show screen was built using panels of high resolution Absen 3.9mm LED with a 12m by 2m 10mm GLUX wall staggered behind this. To really frame the stage, two further GLUX LED ‘banners’ were also constructed on each side of the stage. Using Hawthorn’s new to stock d3 4x4 media server, the GLUX panels displayed different sections of content pulled from the main show screen, creating a unique, abstract aesthetic.
To create movement and an element of ‘theatre’, the 3.9mm panels were rigged using Kinesys. This allowed Hawthorn to make full use of the unique space within Troxy, dropping the LED wall to reveal a high rise hidden per
Sweden - The lighting crew of the prestigious Malmö Opera venue were so impressed by the improved range of colours, brightness, and the even light of the new Chroma-Q Color Force IITM, that they purchased fixtures for a new production on their Verkstan Stage, home of the Opera house’s experimental division, Operaverkstan.
The lights were used extensively during the recently completed, month long run of The Disobedience of Death, which was originally written in a Second World War concentration camp, by Austrian composer Viktor Ullman, and Czech poet Peter Klein. The writers died after being transferred to Auschwitz in 1944, so the work’s premiere was not presented until 1975, by the Dutch National Opera, at the Theatre Bellevue in Amsterdam.
The Malmö Opera building is the home of the Malmö Opera company and houses one of the largest auditoriums of its type in Scandinavia, as well as the smaller studio stage.
“We needed a relatively small but nonetheless bright fitting, for lighting a BP-screen, in order to create the effects we were looking for. The Color Force II’s brightness, quality and range of light made it an excellent choice,” said Daniel Bexell, the Opera Company’s head of lighting.
The fixtures were supplied by Chroma-Q master distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), after they had run a custom demonstration in Malmö. AC-ET have also supplied DMX cables through their in-house Tourflex Cabling division.
Johan Bertilsson, AC-ET’s Swedish sales representative said: “We’re delighted to
UK - Christie Direct View LED has been installed above the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance, welcoming thousands of visitors to the Centre each day and providing a clear and bright identity to the Barbican’s main entrance that can be seen from afar. The ‘Day One’ content is a welcome message set against a skyline of London. The skyline is – appropriately - as seen from the top of Cromwell Tower in the Barbican Estate and the Barbican in-house marketing team will be creating future bespoke content themselves.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, managing director of the Barbican said: “We’re thrilled with the new addition to our Silk Street entrance. Christie’s screens create a bright, dynamic welcome for our audiences and we look forward to creating imaginative, vibrant content to greet and inform our visitors.”
“The Barbican is an absolutely iconic venue and also a listed building,” said James Belso, senior sales manager, Christie. “However, the team wanted to give the Silk Street entrance much more identity to guide visitors and grab people’s attention. Direct LED technology was pretty much the only practical solution to cope with the high ambient daylight and long runtimes.
“The install provided some challenges – for example as a listed building, no major changes could be made to the building without the necessary planning permission, which the Barbican were granted by the City of London.”
The seamless strip of 28 tiles (in a 14x2 letter-box strip) needed to be seen from the outside, yet be fixed inside behind several glass p
UK - AV company, Anna Valley reports that the company is significantly expanding its existing 4K AV rental offering with the purchase of a number of new products.
Recent acquisitions include the Barco Event Master E2, S3-4K, EC-50 and Ex screen management systems, 4k@60Hz display port 1.2a cards and a variety of LG 4K displays ranging from 55 to 98 inches in size. A further order for 4K fibre distribution systems, scalers and processors is in place for later in the year.
“Our clients rely on Anna Valley to provide the best technology and technical support to deliver their creative vision,” said Anna Valley director, Nick Hart. “We’re investing in the leading 4K audio visual products to ensure that we can continue meeting - and exceeding - those expectations.”
The Barco E2 screen management system is the first screen management system that can manage a 4K projector blend with refresh rates up to 60Hz, providing video professionals with “unparalleled image quality and the flexibility to create amazing displays”.
“Anna Valley’s capital investment in new technology has kept them at the forefront of the video supply industry,” said Bluedog Production director, Ben O’Shea. “Our clients are regularly looking to push the envelope on what’s been done before and increasing screen quality allows producers to create some truly stunning live event environments. For us to have a partner who is committed to investing not only in screens, but in control and back-end technology, particularly around 4k, is just another reason why we
Switzerland - In recent months, a number of high profile musicians and engineers have been exploring the live potential of Schertler’s Arthur modular mixer on stages in various parts of the world. The mixer, which can be configured and built by the user, is created from a choice of Class-A input and output modules. These can be combined in any order and quantity to form both compact and large-scale mixer configurations for live and studio use.
Celebrated jazz/fusion pianist, keyboardist and composer Chick Corea is currently on tour with a specially configured Arthur mixer that enables him to directly manage his own on-stage sound. Corea’s configuration includes one of the new Arthur Sub group modules through which all his keyboards run to front of house. Seven further channels accommodate other band instruments, enabling Corea to create his own monitor mixes.
"This mixer makes my keyboards and piano sound rich and warm - the way I like it,” he says. “The channels are modular so I can configure the mixer to any size depending on which band I'm playing with. The controls and the layout are completely aesthetic and easy to control. It's a work of art!"
At the recent Paisley Park Celebration 2017 in Minneapolis, 24 Arthur modules were formed into two separate mixers for rehearsal and stage use by keyboard players Morris Hayes and Tommy Barbarella. After the show, a delighted Hayes, who is now exploring a larger version of his original mixer commented: "Listening to the show in my headphone, the sound was transparent, warm and clean. For me it al
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be hosting certified training at their dedicated training facilities in High Wycombe and Leeds on 20 and 22 June respectively.
The courses will be run by experienced trainers from Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath’s representatives in the UK, who have extensive knowledge of dLive and its applications.
The all-day course is designed specifically for existing dLive users, touring engineers and those looking to upgrade to dLive. It is built around an immersive combination of presentation and hands-on training, designed to showcase the dLive’s power and flexibility across multiple applications. Attendees will receive ‘certified engineer’ status on completion of the course and a selection of Allen & Heath and AC-ET swag!
dLive, Allen and Heath’s premium console range, is designed with a range of features specifically for professional touring, broadcast, theatres and events, hire, corporate markets, and prestige installations. With a XCVI 160×64 FPGA core processor operating at 96kHz sample rate, dLive is available in a variety of control surface frame sizes and Mixrack I/O but all with the same processing power and channel/buss count.
Europe - Austrian microphone designers Lewitt has introduced three new products to their growing stable of high-end performance microphones.
The Interviewer features an omnidirectional polar pattern, with a fully rubber mounted capsule. Due to its coating technology, all handling noise is reduced to a minimum while offering safe and comfortable grip.
The LCT 440 Pure represents the distilled essence of their top-of-the-line technology packed into a sturdy, stylish and compact housing, whilst the capsule delivers an impressive level of detail and very low self-noise. Complete with an LCT 40 SH shock mount, an LCT 40 Wx windscreen, a DTP 40 Lb cushioned leatherette bag and stylish LCT 50 PSx magnetic pop filter, the LCT 440 PURE is fully packed and ready to go.
Finally, focusing on the essentials is the tag-line for the LCT 240 Pro - a versatile cardioid condenser microphone designed for everyone who’s willing to take the next step toward professional recording. It is available in black or white finish.
UK - Attracting over 5,500 attendees, Europe’s largest digital marketing conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2017 returned once again to ICC ExCeL London. Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn was once again chosen by Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical design and production for the two-day event.
Focused on the future of digital marketing, delegates from Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to soak up tips and insights from the Adobe Marketing Cloud and its partners. Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s impressive vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out rooms and the muchly-anticipated Summit Celebration.
In the Community Pavilion, a six-metre long, five-metre wide and three-metre high tunnel constructed from 3.9mm LED panels guided attendees from registration through to the Social Area.
Realising an idea by Russell Bennett, Partner at Taylor Bennett Partners, Hawthorn and 80-Six created an interactive LED ceiling that stretched throughout the Community Pavilion. Made up of 1017 panels of Roe MC7 LED, the team devised a custom rigging solution to allow the panels to be flown face down.
This year’s plenary stage played host to a number of big names, including actor Colin Firth and former Premier League and England footballer Frank Lampard. With major brands including T-Mobile, BMW Group and The Coca-Cola Company sharing how they are firmly at the forefront of digital marketi
Europe - The Prolight Concepts Group has announced its new range of GT Stage Decking from Global Truss. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications this comprehensive range is perfect for fashion shows, conferences and hotels.
The range boasts professional features giving full flexibility for both easy setup and storage. The design of the GT Stage Deck makes it compatible with many other manufacturers.
The range is constructed of specially designed lightweight, waterproof, aluminium sections in which platforms can be joined together to create the desired arrangement. GT Stage Deck platforms feature a maximum load of 750kg/m² making them strong and durable.
The platforms can be supported by a range of 60mm square, 50mm round or 60mm height adjustable telescopic legs. Rubber feet and cross beams ensure stability whilst an anti-slip layer and other accessories including handrails and stair sets provide easy access and safety when using the system.
“This platform range is fully configurable and has a host of features that ensure stability, easy access and safety making them ideal for schools, universities, hotels, resorts and conference centres,” said Andrew Jeffrey, managing director of The Prolight Concepts Group. “The durable waterproof plywood construction with anti-slip layer ensures a long product life for years of use.”