Europe - Popular Belgian / Dutch girlband K3 are on the road again for an extensive live schedule through 2017 reaching out to their young and enthusiastic fanbase with a completely new lighting and video design originated by Luc Peumans of Genk-based creative practice, Painting with Light.
This is the first full tour with the ‘new’ K3, since a TV competition staged last year found three new faces to take over from the previous band members, two of whom had been part of the foundation of the K3 phenomenon in 1998. This was followed by a transition tour featuring all six K3 girls performing both together and in their two separate line-ups.
Painting with Light has worked with K3 – known for their colourful, high-octane power-pop stage shows – for the last 15 years. The band is managed by Studio 100 and the staging concept for this tour was developed by Stefaan Haudenhuyse, with Painting with Light being asked to create the touring production design.
This involved translating Stefaan’s initial mood boards into an energised and tourable technical production scenario, achieved in conjunction with equipment vendors PRG Belgium who also co-ordinated the show’s automation elements.
Setting the show in ‘other worlds’ gave the whole creative team plenty of latitude to make it fun and cool for K3’s young audience.
For the show flow, it was essential that lighting and video were integrated, and being involved in both mediums from the start enabled Painting with Light to control the process with great effect.
Painting with L
UK - On Wednesday 7 June, d&b audiotechnik will be presenting its time honoured Electroacoustics seminar at the ABTT Theatre Show, at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. The free to attend education event is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about how loudspeakers interact with their environment and how that affects what the listener hears. Plus, anyone who registers will automatically receive free admission to the exhibition floor, an environment in which to meet industry professionals and see what’s new in theatre technology.
With the scheduled seminars at d&b GB’s Gloucestershire base often booked up, it’s a great opportunity to take part this year and a natural stepping stone to d&b’s more product focused workshops.
The seminar has played a central role in the international d&b education calendar, and is for anyone looking to better understand the principles of electroacoustics for sound system design and engineering. Now something of an industry standard, the session is suited to all levels of experience, and asks questions such as: how does sound propagate? And how do sound waves combine? In typical d&b style, the friendly approach will provide informative answers in a light-hearted way, with plenty of practical experiments and demonstrations.
“I’d argue this seminar is the most important thing d&b does in terms of its education and training programme,” says presenter Oran Burns. “It goes back to the absolute basics. We know some sound engineers out there go about their work, and whether out of rep
Ukraine - Internationally renowned lighting designer and director of photography Jerry Appelt specified the new Claypaky Scenius Unico as the main stage workhorse fixture for his richly composed lighting design for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, hosted at the International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.
This year, 42 countries participated in the global TV phenomenon, each supported by a striking stage and light show embracing video, special effects and a procession of scenic props and costumes, all of which combined to make the lighting of this world famous event an ever more challenging proposition.
Taking up that challenge for the third time, Appelt’s lighting solution was born from a creative collaboration with scenic designer Florian Wieder. This was centred around a fresh take on the Proscenium arch, which curved majestically from upstage, and was further complemented by a video floor and an arena-wide LED video backdrop.
Appelt harmonised this with an entirely kinetic rig, based around a huge, three-dimensional structure affectionately known as the ‘Beehive’. Saturated with lighting and media technology, the Beehive hung above centre stage, behind Wieder’s arching scenic projection surface and in front of the video backdrop to offer a versatile central focus to the stage lighting. This in turn was encircled by layers of curved, automated truss elements, all carrying Scenius Unico, equipped with Osram Lok-it! HTI 1400/PS lamps
“My primary goal was to design a lighting architecture that could be as multifunctional as
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USA - Ashly Audio has hired industry veteran Bob Tamburri as product manager. In his new role, Tamburri will oversee and direct the full life cycle of Ashly products, from conception to launch, from launch through market position, support, and maturation. He will bring nearly 40 years of pro audio experience to bear, helping Ashly maintain the vitality of its core business and leveraging strengths to expand into adjacent markets. Tamburri will report directly to Ashly CEO Jim Mack.
“Between his positions at Sony and TOA, Bob has 15 years of direct product management experience,” said Mack. “But the totality of his experience is much broader than that. Really, Bob has had a hand in almost every angle you can imagine in the pro audio industry, and we’re thrilled to bring his perspective and depth of knowledge to Ashly.”
In addition to product management positions at Sony and TOA, Tamburri served as a sales representative for Sennheiser, the national education & merchandising manager at Onkyo, and an A/V designer and integrator at Manny’s Music.
USA - Martin Audio has announced its US launch, and demonstration of the new optimised line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando.
Wavefront Precision Series is a new generation of multipurpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of live events, permanent venue installations and budgets. Combined with the newly announced iKON multi-channel amplifiers, iK42 and iK81, Wavefront Precision is designed to be flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.
Dom Harter, managing director, explains: “With Wavefront Precision we wanted to introduce a solution whereby customers could have a flexible and scalable approach to control of sound coverage. Simply put, the more loudspeaker boxes within an array that have dedicated amplifier channels, the higher the resolution and scale of coverage control achievable through our DISPLAY software.
“This means even at the lowest level of resolution the results are still fundamentally better than traditional line array, without extra cost, and at the top end of resolution users can enjoy many of the benefits that our premier MLA systems provide. This fundamentally changes the rule book and reaffirms once again our leadership in optimised array technology.”
To accompany this series there are two new high performance subwoofers the SX118 and SX218, a single 18” and double 18” respectively.
The XE Series features Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology with a patent pending third static wa
USA - Elation Professional has released the IP65-rated Paladin, a versatile hybrid LED luminaire that functions as a bright blinder, powerful strobe and high-output wash light. Adding to its flexibility, this multi-functional light also houses a motorized zoom for full beam control and its IP65 rating means it can be used on all types of events without the need for weather protection.
Paladin is a new breed of hybrid. More than a powerful full-colour strobe, Paladin also functions as a high-power wash light, blinder or eye candy effect in one brilliantly bright luminaire. Twenty-four 40W RGBW LEDs produce a blistering 990 watts of power for intense and colourful effects and RGBW colour mixing gives a full spectrum of colour options, including high-impact white light. A motorized zoom expands the beam from 9° to 25° with output at its narrowest angle measured at 43,240 lux @ 9.8' (3m).
For added visual dynamism, multiple pixel zone control can be incorporated for spectacular pixel mapped and eye candy looks. The Paladin includes smooth 16-bit dimming with variable dimming curve modes available for faster programming. For added programming convenience, 64 colour presets and 15 unique colour macros are included.
The fixture’s hybrid design and feature flexibility make it useful for a wide variety of applications from concerts and events to clubs, theatres and more. LED refresh rate frequency and Gamma brightness are adjustable, making it suitable for broadcast applications as well. Over 350 Paladin fixtures recently featured on the 2017 Eurovisi
USA - Based in Greensboro, NC, GLP partner SE Systems has recently increased its inventory of the German manufacturer’s advanced LED solutions, by adding quantities of the X4 Bar versatile battens, and investing for the first time in the GT-1 Spot/Beam hybrid.
The company has vast experience, having been founded in 1973 by the highly respected Wade ‘Cliff’ Miller, who remains sole owner to this day.
A ‘turn-key’ live event production services company with a national spread, SE Systems also operates separate sales and installation divisions. Their relationship with GLP extends back five years.
“GLP is a ‘workhorse’ component of our lighting inventory,” declares John R. Lewis, director of SE Systems Inc, production services. “We were initially attracted by the quality of their products, and quite honestly every equipment manufacturer should strive for the level of service GLP provides.”
He said the increase in X4 Bar inventory (both the Bar 10’s and Bar 20’s) and investment in the GT-1 would be “a perfect match for all our clients’ endeavours. We knew that the fit of the Bars, and especially the Hybrid GT-1, was essential to our vision.” And he anticipates that the inventory will continue to increase.
He confirmed that these fixtures are already in high demand. “We are constantly serving clients ranging from the NFL, Major League Baseball and multiple venue events, as well as some of the largest festivals in the region,” he summarised.
GLP’s account manager Jamey Brock commented: “The team at S
USA - For more than 25 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been closely linked with Dave Rat who has manned the live concert mix for the Grammy Award-winning quartet since 1991. During that period, Rat has successfully grown his own tour sound company (Rat Sound) and been awarded two patents for innovative live sound products. As of February, however, the celebrated engineer has now passed the reins of mixing the band to Sean “Sully” Sullivan, another industry veteran having most recently manned front of house for Rihanna, Atoms For Peace and Beck.
Camarillo-based Rat Sound is continuing to provide the FOH control and monitor package for the band’s current Gateway World Tour, as well as the PA system for all of the band’s US dates.
For the current trek, Sullivan is mixing an all-L-Acoustics system that he designed along with systems engineers Jim Locker and PA tech Radek Lesa. The system consists of two main hangs of 16 K1 over four K2 per side each flanked by eight K1-SB. An additional 16 K2 per side are flown as side-hangs, with 15 Kara per side delivering coverage to the 270-degree wraparound seating areas.
The flown K1-SBs are complemented by 18 new KS28 subs arrayed in six ground-based blocks of three, each deployed in cardioid mode, while six Kara situated across the tops of the subs serve as front-fills. Each flown “Rat cage” per side contains nine LA-RAK incorporating 24 LA8 amplified controllers, while on the ground one LA-RAK and one LA-RAK II per side house three LA8 and three of the new LA12X amplified controllers, respecti
Norway - Eight Allen & Heath dLive C Class systems, based on the ultra-compact C1500 Surface and CDM32 MixRack, have been purchased in Norway, mainly by sound engineers looking for a fly-in mixing system.
Sold by Norwegian distributor, Benum, the systems were specified by several of the country’s most prolific and well-respected freelance audio engineers touring with some of Norway's most successful pop acts.
“It's the only option on the market that offers compact mixing that you can take on a commercial airline, with the right sound quality and minimum hardware,” says Stian Sagholen (FOH for Einar Stray Orchestra and Dunderbeist, monitors for Madcon). “I love the fact that just because I want a small format mixer I am not limited in terms of channel count, processing or routing options.”
“I specified the C1500/CDM32 solution because it’s check-in friendly, has every tool I need for the gig and is a self-contained package with no need for any external units,” adds Børre Leinebø (FOH for Gabrielle, Madcon, Dsound).
Other engineers who have invested in the system comprise Einar Honning Nordberg (FOH for Elsa & Emilie, Anne Grete Preus, monitors for Midnight Choir), Markus Sannan (FOH for Julie Bergan), Per Arne Torp (FOH for Plumbo), Sondre Røssland Sandhaug (FOH for Sondre Justad and Astri S), Steven Grant Bishop (monitors for Sondre Justad), and Jonas Kristoffersen Alfhei (FOH for Kitfai and BAYA).
“I had tried several compact systems but there were a lot of compromises, so when the C Class series with the C
USA - More than 1,500 ProPower RPD power distro racks are in service across North America and Teri Productions of Knoxville, Tennessee owns a fair share of them. Recently, the venerable, full-service rental and staging company has been building their inventory to accommodate new business with a variety of tours and events, ranging from Lil Wayne to motivational guru Tony Robbins.
“Using the latest technology, we’ve converted our lighting designs to eliminate dimmer racks,” says Teri Productions’ Jay Coatney. “Running entirely on ProPower power distros, these lighting systems are a green solution, since much less power is needed. For example, a system that previously required six 400-amp services can now be powered with two 200-amp services. Even with this added efficiency, we sometimes use 12 ProPower RPD racks in large arenas.”
Coatney adds: “There are so many things we like about ProPower racks, including their reliability, versatility, truck-pack size, ease of ordering, and options such as the digital meter display which allows us to easily meter everything before powering up. The fit and finish are unsurpassed; we don’t have to worry about rolling out in front of corporate clients (and believe me, they watch). These handsome racks project the image we want for our company.”
“The ProPower brand continues to enjoy increasing popularity with entertainment professionals worldwide,” says TMB sales manager, Stephanie Kilburg. “Continuously enhanced and improved to maintain its quality advantage, ProPower RPD remains the most re
UK - A top of the range light and sound system is now delivering all the right notes at The Borderline in Soho, a 300 capacity intimate basement live music venue transformed by new owners DHP Family.
The venue has been remodelled to create a flowing space that provides the best possible experience for both performer and audience. As well as creating improved sight lines, more than £100,000 has been invested in a high spec audio and light system.
With excellent audio established as a hallmark for all DHP Family venues, top of the list was the installation of an L-Acoustics PA system to deliver a signature hi-fi quality sound throughout the venue.
DHP Family technical manager Dave McVea said: “The audio system we inherited was an eclectic mix of gear that had clearly been amassed over a period of time. While it did the job, there was no real design to the system. We’re proud that our venues have a reputation for excellent audio so clearly we needed to change that.”
SSE Audio - a long-standing partner - was tasked with supplying and installing the sound system having a proven track record for delivering top quality audio systems in DHP Family’s Rock City and Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, Oslo in Hackney, Thekla in Bristol and most recently The Garage in Islington.
Dave added: “I wanted an L’Acoustics system with plenty of headroom, so the system should not be stressed and easily deliver a quality sound for our acts and events, in keeping with our previous audio upgrades. It also brings the venue’s technical specification ri
UK - Lighting designer Paul Pyant returned to London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) to light a production of the Steven Sondheim classic, A Little Night Music directed by Edward Kemp and staged at RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in central London.
Robe enjoys a close ongoing working relationship with RADA, making their latest technologies available for students to use across the three main venues. Paul’s design for this production utilised Robe’s DL7S LED profiles and the new Spiider LED wash beam moving lights, together with other moving and conventional fixtures.
Paul’s acclaimed career started at RADA – he is a 1973 alumnus of the Academy’s technical training course – and features extensive work across the genres of theatre, opera, ballet and dance. It’s earned him recognition for lighting a diversity of shows from large-scale West End and Broadway extravaganzas to incisive performances at venues like the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and the ENO, to the bleeding
Paul collaborated with a student team on this show, all of whom benefitted from his fund of experience and knowledge. The Academy’s head of production lighting Matt Leventhall oversaw the process which was one of the most technically ambitious musicals RADA has produced to date.
Designer Jane Heather and Edward Kemp wanted the narrative to feature both projection and lighting in its visual treatment, and the need for the two media to coexist and work fluidly together was a key starting point for Paul’s design.
Projection content was
UK - Internationally renowned production manager Ola Melzig - head of production for Eurovision 2017 - is set to host the glamorous tenth anniversary edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards. The prestigious ceremony will be held on 17 September at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.
Throughout his career, Melzig has coordinated innumerable high-profile shows around the globe, including the Commonwealth Games, the Nobel Prize Banquet, and now no fewer than 12 Eurovision productions - all of which are a long way from his first role in the industry, working as a stagehand in 1989. At the 2017 TPI Awards, Melzig was announced 'Production Manager of the Year' as voted for by the public and his peers.
"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry," says Melzig. "Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's also a flat out great party!"
The Knight of Illumination Awards is the largest UK-based awards ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal talents of international lighting and digital content designers for their spectacular work across the United Kingdom. Melzig adds: "The only thing that could possibly make it better, is if I could win a sword!"
Nominations can be made for the Television and Concert Touring & Events categories at the Knight of Illumination website.
The Headline Sponsors for KOI 2017 are Claypaky and OSRAM. KOI 2017 is also generously sponsored by Spotlight Sponsors ADB, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Ligh
<UK - Capital Sound, one of the largest UK-based live sound hire companies, is adding Solid State Logic L200 and L500 live consoles to its inventory. The consoles are being been supplied by UK professional audio specialist HD Pro Audio.
Capital Sound initially decided to invest in L500 to support The Killers Front of House engineer, Kenny Kaiser, on the European leg of the band's current worldwide tour. Kaiser uses a lot of the console's attributes, such as fully processed stem groups, the SSL FX Rack, AutoMix (multiple lead vocal mics), and the tube effect that is included in every processed path.
"We've had our eye on the SSL consoles for a long time, but felt that we needed a lower price point for a large section of our client base," says Paul Timmins, general manager at Capital Sound. "The L200 is right where we need it to be. This is now a family of surfaces that suit all of our requirements - from large tours like The Killers to many other clients that we'd like to introduce to SSL Live."
How and when Capital Sound invests in new equipment very much depends on the size of that investment, and the specific need. Timmins: "With high-end consoles we generally buy them for specific projects, providing the project has a reasonable duration, and that forms a solid foundation for the future. With smaller consoles, we look at what they can offer the company and how they fit into the bigger picture. We see the L200 as being an important part of our inventory of mid-priced consoles into the future."
Robin Conway is the project manager at Capital Sound
Europe - Sequoia Audio, a division of DV2, has been appointed by Powersoft as the company’s new distributor in France.
Stated Didier Dal Fitto, DV2’s founder: “I have always had enormous respect for the company when I have seen them at trade shows. They have an incredible technology, which is reflected in a wide range of exciting products at very affordable prices. This will open up new markets both for permanent installation and touring.”
Tracing the background to the new partnership, Powersoft’s Pro Audio Business Unit manager, Luca Giorgi, said: “I believe the perception of Powersoft in France is still through our older platforms. We recognise that quality is decision makers’ top priority where audio is concerned, and so we had been looking for a distributor in France capable of selling our products independently from a specific package.
“Our two companies have always shared mutual respect, and so the decision to appoint them was an easy one. Sequoia’s connections, coupled with the quality and performance of Powersoft products, will combine to open up new markets and reposition the brand in France.”
Sequoia Audio will now start actively promoting the brand through its website, media advertising and press reports. In addition, the company has a powerful sales force and will mount an aggressive programme of roadshows. A training seminar is already in the pipeline and at the end of the year Powersoft will be represented at the JTSE Show, targeting both the touring and permanent installation markets.
World - Seven hundred and ninety-five (795) Robe Spikies are on the road with Bruno Mars 24K Magic world tour – setting a record for the largest number to date of a single type of Robe fixture on one touring show!
The Spikies are the main lighting feature of an action-packed show and are used constantly for hi-impact looks, an array of fluid effects, mesmeric chases, animated chunks of colour and magically twinkling and sparkling ‘soft’ surfaces which can totally transform the appearance of the performance space in this exciting hi-energy show.
The dynamic, colourful and highly visual production design was originated by Leroy Bennett of Seven Design Works, who collaborated closely with a top creative team including lighting designer Cory FitzGerald and lighting director on-the-road Whitney Hoversten.
24K Magic is also currently one of the most talked about live shows of the year by the multiple Grammy award winning artist, following the release of his successful third studio album of the same name at the end of 2016.
The worldwide lighting contractor is VER who made the massive investment in Spikies which were delivered by Robe North America.
It is a big and beautifully balanced visual collage of lighting and video – with live (IMAG) video director Steve Fatone cutting the camera mix, combined with eye-catching playback content produced by Empirical Studios.
Bruno Mars himself was integrally involved with the evolution of the stage presentation, and he and his incredibly talented band also provide the final ingredient in
USA - There are no straight lines in Time, the new Orange County club designed by Davis Ink, Ltd. That’s one reason why the dance floor is visible from anywhere in the venue. The lighting design by Steve Lieberman’s SJ Lighting features a “digital chandelier” made of Chauvet DJ MotionOrb fixtures along with some power packed spot and wash lighting from Chauvet Professional Rogues.
“The space inside this venue is almost amoeba-like,” said Lieberman. “It’s a single flowing and very immersive unit. Davis Ink completely ripped the former retail store apart down to the bone to create the new structure. We identified focal points throughout the space and used those locations to create our dimensioning and distribution of fixtures. Since the space is so different we spent a lot of time evaluating how each space would transition into the next.”
Among the focal points Lieberman worked with is the towering 35’ ceiling over the dance floor. It rises more than 15’ over the rest of the room. “Having a high ceiling gave us the opportunity to do something very special,” he said. “We utilized all the planes of space that this height created. Since the walls are so tall, we took advantage of that and had LED strips and other fixtures follow the walls from the lower ceiling to the higher ceiling.”
Hanging from the middle of the ceiling is (quite literally) the centrepiece of Lieberman’s lighting design, a massive digital chandelier made of over 100 Chauvet DJ MotionOrbs. “The chandelier has a classic look, with a digital backbone; so
UK - April saw the premiere of the next instalment of The Guardians of the Galaxy, held at the Eventim Apollo at Hammersmith. The global success of the first film from the Marvel franchise guaranteed the sequel and film premieres of this magnitude require more than just a red carpet to announce their arrival.
Impact Production Services (IPS) are well known exponents at delivering the goods at this sort of event. In addition to lighting the press areas and a media wall, IPS supplied the lighting inside the theatre where the main event took place. This was a mainly Clay Paky affair, designed by James Barnfather from the end client, Limited Edition Event Design and featuring Sharpys, Sharpy Washes and the newly upgraded Mythos2 fixtures.
Programmer and operator for the show was Luke Edwards who explains the choices, “Sharpy Washes have always been a favourite of mine so I was keen to try out the upgraded Mythos 2 fixtures. The new light source is great and the dimming at the low end is much improved. It’s a good reflection of the ethos of a company when it’s happy to acknowledge issues with a light and produce a workable solution for their customers. For close camera work I would still use Sharpys for their – well, sharpness - but as a hybrid, it is difficult to beat.
‘As for the new lamp and the reliability factor,” continues Edwards, “That’s been a massive improvement. Crew chief Anna Mac and dimmer tech, Dan Everett were more than happy we didn’t have to swap a single fixture which pretty much says it all. The lighting com
UK - Brighton Dome, built in 1803 for the Prince Regent, features an 1800 capacity concert hall that stages a varied programme of top class international entertainment, including contemporary and classical music, theatre, dance, visual arts and comedy.
In recent years, the Dome's technical team had earmarked a new house lighting scheme as a priority. Its existing dimmers were obsolete and channels were failing, energy consumption was high and maintenance very difficult. Integrator Stage Electrics was awarded the works to supply, install and commission an entire new house lighting and following a site visit, made an immediate suggestion that a GDS solution would be best.
Integrator Stage Electrics were to design an energy efficient house light system, with an increase in lux level, that retained the aesthetic of the auditorium without compromise. Maintaining a warm tungsten colour temperature was vital as was the capacity to take control of different areas of the auditorium via the lighting desk and Paradigm system. A low maintenance solution was essential due to challenges with high level access around weight restrictions on the auditorium floor.
The timeframe for the installation was tight, strictly limited to four weeks and co-ordinated around other routine maintenance works. Ensuring the least possible disruption to the venue's busy programme of events would require meticulous planning and co-ordination ahead of the shutdown.
Having successfully installed GDS ArcSystem schemes at a number of large and prestigious venues such as Glyndebour
South Africa - Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil joined forces to present a Lighting Design Workshop brought to the South African entertainment industry by DWR Distribution. The workshop was held at the University of Johannesburg on 21 April 2017 and both DWR and their media partner Pro-Systems, were delighted with the good attendance and positive feedback.
“From my perspective, I think Patrick and I are likeminded in certain things as well as having some shared experiences as we have worked together on multiple projects over the past few years,” said Roland Greil, who is a freelancing lighting programmer, lighting designer and lighting director, as well as an associated partner of Patrick’s company Woodroffe Bassett Design.
“That experience and us knowing each other translated in this joint workshop. I think it is very important to give something back to our great industry and to motivate others who share the same passion and drive that we have. Knowledge is pretty much the only thing that grows when being shared, and therefore in my eyes, it is very important.”
The training session was attended by some 300 delegates from young varsity students to top lighting designers, from technicians to company owners.
“We both enjoyed our experience in South Africa,” said Patrick Woodroffe. “Not just the way that the workshop was received but the whole experience of being in South Africa and understanding the positive and united spirit in your extraordinary country. This optimism was also something that we felt very much in the theatre a