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Claypaky offers immersive experience

Monday, 24 April 2017

Europe - Claypaky unveiled a number of new products at Prolight+Sound, all featured in the company’s Immersive Experience themed stand. With the Axcor Profile 900, Claypaky has launched a new direction in its design research: it is the first Claypaky spotlight to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. Claypaky has chosen to use a white LED engine with high luminous efficiency, total power of 900 watts and luminous flux of 24,000 lumen output, and couple it with a system of dichroic filters to create the colours.
“Thanks to its considerable light output, the Claypaky Axcor Profile 900 goes straight in at the top of its category and features the best in modern technology in every parameter: the characteristics of the white and coloured light it produces, its ability to form perfectly sharp projections, and the precision micro-mechanics of its exclusive beam shaping system,” the company says.
Folling the successful B-EYE, Claypaky has launched the K-EYE HCR, an LED wash light which provides total control over the quality of all forms of white or coloured light. The new HCR technology used in the K-EYE is an exclusive electronic platform developed by Claypaky in conjunction with Osram to meet the needs of lighting designers all over the world who were not fully satisfied with the performance of LED devices.
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Adamson hits the right notes for Chess

Monday, 24 April 2017

UK - An Adamson S10 line array system supplied by pro audio specialists, The Warehouse Sound Services, hit all the right notes during a sell-out run of the 1980s musical, Chess, at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre last month.
Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) achieved critical acclaim after staging the West End and Broadway hit show in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Warehouse, alongside the RCS’s sound designer, Calum Paterson and lecturer in sound, Gavin Jenkinson, developed a complex sound design for the show.
The Edinburgh run was the first time the musical theatre show had transferred from the Conservatoire’s New Athenaeum Theatre to the professional stage. It also allowed music and production students to transfer their skills to the professional stage for the first time.
Professor Andrew Panton, artistic director of musical theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, commented: “Chess is by far the most technically ambitious production we’ve ever tackled and, once again, the process has been special because of the student, staff and guest creative team collaboration.”
The Warehouse has worked with the RCS for over a decade installing sound solutions for many of its live theatre and music shows.
The layout of the 2000 capacity auditorium was the main audio challenge as the sloped stalls seati

 
 
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Maestra London prepares for busy summer

Monday, 24 April 2017

UK Event design and technical production company Maestra Group has made some substantial new investments at its London branch for lighting, audio and video ahead of a busy summer season. This follows a round of recent purchases by Maestra Dubai.
Keeping true to its core values to work with only premium brands in both Europe and the Middle East, the new kit includes; Robe, ETC, Avolites, Prolyte, ChamSys control, d&b audio, Christie, Sony and Analog Way.
Maestra London’s MD Justin Hammond expressed, “After an exceptional first year of trading, it was time for new equipment in all departments, particularly lighting due to the demands of both UK based projects as well as lots of international work.”
All the new kit has been specified and selected to ensure that Maestra London clients continue to benefit from the latest and most appropriate technologies for their projects, together with the friendly, efficient service, expertise and imagination that defines the brand.
The latest moving light technology from Robe will join the rental stock, with the LEDBeam 150, just launched earlier this month at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, plus the new Robe Spiider LED wash beams, together with the best-selling Robe Pointe, an excellent multi-purpose choice. Large quantities of additional conventional ETC Source Four have also joined the lighting inventory

 
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L-Acoustics is the sound choice for Intellasound

Monday, 24 April 2017

USA - For the past 20 years, Verona, Wisconsin-based Intellasound Productions has been providing comprehensive live event production services for countless artists and corporate clients throughout the Midwest and beyond. Following an expansion project that grew its shop by 50 percent last year, the company has also now grown its audio equipment inventory and stepped up its production levels with a new loudspeaker package from L-Acoustics.
Intellasound’s initial investment as a new L-Acoustics rental network member comprises 24 K2 and 12 Kara enclosures, 18 KS28 subs, five LA-RAK II racks loaded with a collective total of 16 LA12X AVB-ready amplified controllers, and an assortment of rigging hardware to allow the systems to be flown and stacked in a variety of setups. Kerry Miller at Clearwing Productions in Milwaukee facilitated the sale of the package.
For Intellasound’s co-founders - president David Maier and vice president Tim Woodworth - the SR company’s new association as part of the French loudspeaker manufacturer’s rental network has been a long time in the making. “I remember the first time that I heard V-DOSC when it was out with Tom Petty in probably 2001,” Woodworth recalls. “It was such a smooth, crisp, clean and natural sound that was unique for the time. So when we were looking to make a sizable investment for our own rental invent

 
 
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API appoints Music Metro as Korean distributor

Monday, 24 April 2017

Korea - API has announced its partnership with Seoul-based distributor Music Metro. Music Metro has been a leading company in the Korean pro audio market since 2005, and specializes in providing hardware and software solutions for pro audio, live sound, recording studios, and broadcasting. The company will now be able to supply API products, including the BOX console, which Music Metro has just purchased.
Music Metro will be at the KOBA Show from 16-19 May, held at the InterContinental Seoul Coex (Convention & Exhibition Centre). The KOBA Show brings together key players in Korea's image, sound, lighting, and broadcasting industries. Music Metro will have API gear on display at their booth, A610. API managing director Gordon Smart and director of sales Dan Zimbelman will be attending the show in support of Music Metro; this will mark API's first time at KOBA.
"API is a legend in the world of professional recording, and we are extremely pleased to be an exclusive distributor and supply their products to the Korean market. With a team made up of audio professionals and more than 10 years of experience in the music industry, Music Metro will strive to offer the highest quality audio gear and the best solutions to our local customers," said Seung Gyu Choi, the CEO of Music Metro.
(Jim Evans)

 
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Robe confirms new Mexican distributor

Monday, 24 April 2017

Mexico - Robe has announced a new Mexican distributor - Showco - a well-established and connected company headquartered in Mexico City and with sales offices in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Cancun.
Guillermo Traverso, regional sales manager for Robe in Latin America comments, “It is my absolute pleasure to be working with these bad hombres!!! I am certain they will have great success in building our brand and taking it forward in this vital and highly strategic market.”
Harry von den Stemmen, sales director of Robe s.r.o. adds, “Mexico is a key market both as a gateway between the U.S. and Latin America, and due to its vibrant live music and entertainment scene. It is also highly competitive, and we are confident that Showco will offer us a strong and stable sales and marketing platform to further establish Robe as a primary choice for rental companies and lighting professionals throughout Mexico”.
Robe chose the eve of the 2017 Sound Check Xpo in Mexico City as the backdrop to make this important announcement.
As the region’s most important annual entertainment technology trade show, over the next three days, most of the key players in the Mexican market – and many other Latam countries - will be visiting. They can chat with the Showco team and see a range of Robe products in action in Hall Olmeca II, which will include the best-sellin

 
 
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Scott Rooney-Ashby joins Hawthorn

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK - Event professional Scott Rooney-Ashby has joined Hawthorn as account director to support the development of new and existing business for the company’s live event technical production service.
Formerly head of account management at mclcreate, Scott’s 20-year career has taken him through various roles from a technical project manager through to his current role as account director at Hawthorn. Clients he has worked with include: Royal Mail, JTI (Japan Tobacco International), RBS, Network Rail and the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Scott said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the Hawthorn team at such an exciting time for the company, which has seen eye-catching growth over recent years. It’s clear over the short time I’ve been with the business that I’ll be working with a team of talented, experienced and dedicated technical event professionals and I’m very much looking forward to working with them to deliver incredible events for existing and new clients.”
Simon Wood, group director of projects at Hawthorn added: “We’re delighted to welcome Scott to the team. With his in-depth experience of working across delivery, project and creative teams, Scott knows how to create truly memorable experiences for his clients and shares Hawthorn’s commitment to working collaboratively every step of the way to deliver amazing results.”
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DPA introduces 4-Way d:screet microphone

Friday, 21 April 2017

USA - Popular among broadcast journalists, churches, television and film productions, DPA Microphones’ d:screet microphone series is suitable for any situation where you need a completely hidden microphone. DPA d:screet lavalier microphones deliver clear, clean sound in a wide range of applications. Now, this versatile and durable microphone can be paired with the new SCM0013-B 4-way clip, which will be on display at NAB 2017.
The new four-way clip offers fast and secure mounting - upwards, downwards, left and right - and has multiple cable management mounting options. The clip offers three points for cable attachment, providing the user with the flexibility they need to move around.
“This new clip helps broadcasters expand their mobility and complements the flexibility of the omnidirectional lavalier microphones,” says Christopher Spahr, vice president of sales & marketing, DPA Microphones, Inc. “We like to create accessories that are innovative and have diverse applications. Our mics are used by a variety of industry professionals and it is important that we provide our customers with new and unique accessories to further simplify their microphone needs.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Audio-Technica System 10 packages shipping now

Friday, 21 April 2017

USA - Audio-Technica is now shipping two new packaged configurations of its popular System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System: ATW-1366 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with Boundary Microphone/Transmitter and ATW-1377 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System with Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter
Previously, the ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphone/Transmitter and ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitter were available as individual components, as integrators/contractors generally source these pieces separately to configure a system to spec. To simplify the ordering process, Audio-Technica has decided to offer the transmitters and receivers together as turnkey packages.
The ATW-1366 configuration includes ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, two ATW-RU13 receiver units and two ATW-T1006 System 10 Boundary Microphones/Transmitters. The ATW-1377 configuration includes ATW-RC13 Rack-mount receiver chassis, two ATW-RU13 receiver units and two ATW-T1007 System 10 Microphone Desk Stand Transmitters.
Gary Boss, marketing director, professional markets, Audio-Technica US, stated: “When we originally introduced the ATW-T1006 and ATW-T1007 transmitters, we anticipated that they would be used primarily by dedicated installers and integrators who are used to buying component-based wireless solutions. After launch

 
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Heights Baptist enters new era with Chauvet

Friday, 21 April 2017

USA - The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas has entered a new era of colour rendering with the addition of almost 40 Chauvet Professional LED fixtures.
“Our church had a very beautiful video created for its traditional and contemporary services,” said Bobby Dennis, the technical director at the well-known house of worship. “The video featured a father and son talking about the colours they encounter on a daily basis and how they relate to the message of Easter, with red for the cross and white for the resurrection and things of that nature.”
With colour playing such a key role in the church’s Easter services, Dennis believed that the time had come to upgrade his lighting rig. “We had a good system in place with fixtures like the Rogue RH1 Hybrid that we used to create a wide variety of looks,” he said. “However, with Easter approaching, we felt that we should replace our old scrollers with high performing LED fixtures that could saturate our stage with rich colours. This was a move we were going to make anyway, but Easter definitely served as a catalyst. It was the perfect time for us to have a fresh, new start with colour.”
In the weeks leading up to Easter, Dennis added 14 COLORado Batten 72 Tour fixtures, six COLORdash Par-Quad 18s, and six COLORado 1-Quad Zoom Tours. He plans to add two more Par-Quad 18s and two more 1-Qu

 
 
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PRG XL has a Wild Party at The Other Palace

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK - PRG XL Video recently supported lighting designer Richard Howell and production manager Stuart Tucker, for the opening show at the newly renamed and renovated London theatre, The Other Palace. PRG XL Video account manager John Pauls worked closely with Richard, Stuart and production electrician Neil Foster to supply the lighting for The Wild Party during a seven-week run in central London, between February and April.
The Wild Party is a musical theatre production adapted from a book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C Wolfe, with music and lyrics by LaChiusa, based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem of the same name. The show premiered off-Broadway in 2000, before this 2017 revival at London’s newest producing theatre.
Richard Howell discussed the initial brief of how to light the show: “It was great to be teamed up with director/choreographer Drew McOnie and designer Soutra Gilmour, who I had worked with on a number of previous projects, including Jekyll and Hyde at the Old Vic. The theming of the design is well defined—being very warm and subtle for the majority of the time, with the flexibility to be harsh, exposed and even briefly unbearable when the occasion calls for it.
“I used Martin MAC TW1s a lot, as a tungsten moving light fixture they suited the brief perfectly and are a very versatile light f

 
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Metal legends on tour with dLive

Friday, 21 April 2017

Poland - Polish heavy metal giant, Hunter, has been touring the country carrying a dLive S Class digital mixing system by Allen & Heath.
Formed more than 30 years ago, Hunter is still writing and producing music, and regularly touring. The band’s sound engineer, Marcin ‘Marcel’ Płoński, first tried out dLive last summer, and one of the earliest outings with the system was at the Jarocin rock festival. When the band embarked on a new tour, Marcel decided to carry a Dante-enabled S3000 Surface with DM32 MixRack, supplied by Konsbud Audio. The system has completed over 30 dates since touring commenced last November.
“dLive is very easy to manage, and the surface is very clear and logical, allowing you to arrange functions for quick access to suit the individual. The most important feature of the system for me is undoubtedly the parallel compression, of which I am very fond, as well as the new Dyn8. The simple virtual sound check is another great feature," says Marcel.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Artistic Licence launches artLynx quad

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK - Artistic Licence, is delighted has announced its next generation of ethernet-to-DMX gateways. Based on a more powerful chip technology, the range provides full support for the award-winning Art-Net 4 protocol.
Leading the way is artLynx quad, a DIN rail mounted product that converts Art-Net (all releases) or sACN to 4 DMX universes. RDM is additionally supported when used with Art-Net. artLynx quad supercedes the previous Art-Lynx O/P product.
At the heart of the product, an order of magnitude increase in processing power allows artLynx quad to operate effortlessly on networks with congested broadcast data. All outputs are protected from accidental electrocution by any international mains voltage (including UK 3-phase, 415 VAC continuous connection). The electrical protection is 'self healing', so the product can continue to be used.
Other handy new features include a readily accessible factory reset switch, and a 'squawk' function that allows the physical location of the product to be easily matched to its listing on the network display. An improved, faster internal web server facilitates easy configuration, and the product's compatibility with Artistic's free DMX-Workshop software allows users to take advantage of the full suite of Art-Net 4 features. A two-output version, artLynx duo, is planned for release later this year.
In a major de

 
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Simon King flies solo with La Traviata

Thursday, 20 April 2017

South Africa - Simon King is flying solo after working at the State Theatre in Pretoria for 28 years. He recently took a seat behind the grandMA2 to light La Traviata, performed at The Joburg Theatre by the Joburg Ballet, and complimented with the music of Giuseppe Verdi.
“The ballet is by Veronica Paeper, a renowned South African choreographer from Cape Town, and Peter Cazalet, the set designer,” said Simon. “They have specific looks so when I create something they will say ‘yes or no’, or perhaps ask me to tinker. These are classic productions but I’m also given the liberty to play. Having worked with the ballet company since 1993, it’s like working with old friends.”
Simon programmed the lighting on a grandMA2, what he describes as his happy desk. “It always works for me –it’s like my other limb and I’m very comfortable on it. It never gives me problems, is easy, fast and never crashes.”
Simon also made use of the venue’s in-house Robin 800s and MMX Spots. “The Robin 800s were used to dress the set, as side lights and for little effects. They were very busy,” he said. “The MMX spots were used for soft gobo lighting and set and dancer specials.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Axiom column array impresses in Frankfurt

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Germany - Proel's newest Axiom loudspeaker system turned more than a few heads at the Live Sound Arena demo at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt. The AX12C column array, which consists of twelve 3.5-inch cone transducers in a slim, structurally rigid extruded aluminium housing, was side by side with some of the industry's more notable medium and large scale sound systems at the Live Sound Arena at the Frankfurt Messe.
"The intention was not to go head-to-head with the big guns who we obviously respect, but rather to demonstrate in a departure from conventional thinking that our new column array, which is essentially one-way down to 180Hz where it crosses over to a 21-inch sub, is capable of exceptional clarity of speech, good articulation, and even rock and roll performance at reasonable levels (max SPL is 130dB)," says Italian sales manager Damiano Formiconi.
The unobtrusive PA – the column is less than 11cm wide and just over a metre tall – consisting of four AX12C columns and two SW2100A powered subwoofers per side. The columns were powered from the subs, which have Class D amplifiers in them with 2000 watts dedicated to the internal 21-inch speaker and 2000 watts available for up to four connected columns via the NL4 output. Transmission line back-loading of the drive units helps to provide natural cardioid response from the column with a reduction of bas

 
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Work Pro debuts LightShark desk

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Germany - At ProLight+Sound, WORK PRO launched the LightShark project, a lighting software that is neither installed on a PC nor operated entirely from a console.
It's a system based on the Web, offering the possibility to be controlled from many device such as a PC / Mac, tablet or smartphone, operating with the software whithin the light console. The console (the first in a planned series), named LS-1, has playbacks faders, flash buttons, encoders and a 4.7 "screen that interacts with the processor, at the same time via Wifi, its showed a graphical interface and the power of a touch monitor in another device.
In this way, several advantages are obtained: No need to install any applications on the PC or tablet as they connect to the console via the Web; The graphics power of the monitors is developed by the PC or tablet leaving the console only DMX processing work. With up to eight DMX universes, LightShark offers enough power to perform small and medium events.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Drummer depends on Sensaphonics 3D AARO

Thursday, 20 April 2017

USA - Based in Houston, drummer Danny Patterson plays a lot of gigs. Whether he’s playing in a local bar, out on tour, or in church, he depends on his Sensaphonics 3D AARO in-ears with Active Ambient technology.
“I just moved up to the 3D recently,” he notes. “In January, I made my first trip to the NAMM Show and stopped by the Sensaphonics booth. They gave me a demo of the 3D AARO, and I could tell immediately how many problems it could solve for me in the different bands I play in. The key for me was the Full Ambient switch, which completely eliminates having to take the in-ears out. I ordered them on the spot.”
Like countless other professional musicians, Patterson regularly works on several projects. “Last year, I played drums and percussion in 17 different bands, some regular, some one-offs, and the occasional tour,” he notes. “It forces me to adjust to a lot of different playing styles, which keeps me growing and improving all the time. It’s an approach based on the careers of a couple of drummers I really admire – Kenny Aronoff and Mark Schulman.”
“Every group is different. When I’m the only one wearing in-ears and using a click track, the 3D is ideal,” says Danny. “Before I had them, I would have to take out my in-ears between songs. Now I have Full Ambient mode, which totally puts an end to that. Just flip a switc

 
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Ashly cleans up NYC rooftop restaurant

Thursday, 20 April 2017

USA - Eataly is a forward-thinking Italian food mega store, where the full lifecycle of food is scrutinized and cherished. It has two locations in New York City, and the Flatiron locations rooftop restaurant recently underwent a sound system rework to replace a failed DSP. New Jersey-based Essential Communications did the work replaced the old DSP with a new Ashly Audio ne24.24M Protea digital matrix network processor, with its modular I/O configured to 4x8 to fit La Birreria’s specific needs, together with three neWR-5 customizable network remote controls for zone source selection and volume control.
“They already had amplifiers and loudspeakers that were in great shape, but their DSP simply died,” explained David Schwartz, founder and president of Essential Communications. “It was a mess. When we came to inspect the system, the staff had managed to hook up their iPod directly to the amps, which was a bigger problem than it might be for a different restaurant because La Birreria had different outdoor zone configurations, along with very different zone processing needs.”
One Ashly ne24.24M tightened things up. “Although there are three zones from the end-user’s perspective, we actually needed eight,” Schwartz said. “We had to separately EQ the different heights and orientations of the loudspeakers. This was as far from a ‘broad brush strok

 
 
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Bandit lights Andy Wood at Bijou Theatre

Thursday, 20 April 2017

USA - Guitarist and mandolinist Andy Wood recently wrapped a special performance at the historic Bijou Theatre with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The special, one night only show was recorded and featured guest performances by fiddler Brian Arrowood, singer-songwriter Kendra Chantelle, bassist Todd Parks, musician Travis Toy and Ben Lacy.
While Wood had been playing mandolin since the age of five, winning the World Championship Mandolin championship at the age of 16, Wood picked up an electric guitar as a teenager, only to find himself beating 3400 guitarists at the Guitar Center Guitarmageddon contest at 22. Over a decade later, Wood has performed with Rascal Flatts, Sebastian Bach, and formed his own band, in addition to releasing a double album in 2015, Caught Between the Truth & a Lie.
Using Bandit supplied VL 2500s, Martin Atomic Strobes, Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite Moving Washes and GRNLite pars and Source Four Lekos, lighting designer Alex Becker fashioned a powerful lighting presence for the acclaimed musician.
“As I was listening to Andy’s music, there were points where I thought the strobes would work well, such as hard drum hits,” said Becker. “I used the VL 2500 as a pattern wash and to create big beamy looks, while the GRNLite pars provided back light and GRNLite moving washes were used to light the audience duri

 
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Rockart Design celebrates sixth birthday

Thursday, 20 April 2017

UK - Production design and creative direction firm, Rockart Design celebrated its birthday last week after six successful years in operation. Founded by Nicoline Refsing, previously of Stufish, the company’s impressive client list includes One Direction, Duke of Edinburgh and Eurovision Song Contest.
Nicoline’s foundations as part of Stufish, saw her work with Mark Fisher on some of the world’s biggest shows, including The Rolling Stones, U2, Take That, The Brits, Cirque Du Soliel and the Pink Fun House tour.
Founded in 2011, Rockart Design has worked worldwide. In 2014, Rockart was responsible for the creative direction and content design for all 37 participating nations for the Eurovision Song Contest, and has continued to develop artists every year since. Last year, Rockart collaborated with Australian contestant Dami Im, whose striking performance saw her finish in second place in the competition.
In 2015, the firm was challenged to win over new streaming audiences for The Riot Games - League of Legends. A completely new trend in the world of major events - E-Sports hosts arena spectaculars for online gaming. Rockart provided the design for four international arena shows.
Recently Rockart provided a full range service including creative direction, screen content, production and lighting design for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards 60th An

 
 
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Elite Event Technology gets wired with TMB

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Australia - Canberra’s Elite Event Technology has just taken delivery of a pallet of TMB ProCable multicores, adding just under 700 metres to their inventory. So how much TMB cable do they own now? “Around 10 kilometres worth,” said Darren Russell, Elite Event Technology’s managing director. “We’ve invested in a mixture of TMB ProPlex DMX and Ethernet cabling, ProCable multicable assemblies with Socapex connectors, and headers, patch panels, and tails.”
Elite Event Technology (formerly Elite Sound and Lighting) is a production juggernaut in the ACT, servicing clients on tour nationally. Like most production houses their size, they’d previously manufactured most cabling in-house.
“In the past, we've made all our own Ethernet cabling; EtherCon to EtherCon with Neutrik connectors and Eurocable cable. The TMB purchases were the first time we’d bought Ethernet and DMX cabling off-the-shelf,” Darren continued. “We got the samples and thought it was really well made, as well as nice to roll. The pricing of the TMB cable meant that when we did the maths it turned out to cost about the same as just the components, and then we'd still have to build them. The value for money is pretty good.”
Elite has run TMB’s ProCable with Socapex in their rigs for years. “We've found it to be really reliable and we wanted more of the same,” confi

 
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Creative BackStage lights Ostrich Festival

Thursday, 20 April 2017

USA - Back in the late 19th century, chic women wore hats with huge plumes of feathers. To meet the demand for this fashionable flourish, the enterprising citizens of Chandler, Arizona turned their town into a thriving ostrich farm centre. Eventually, the rise of the open-air automobile blew the lid off the fancy hat business, leading most of those farms to close, but the world’s largest bird lives on in the town, thanks to its annual Ostrich Festival.
A crowd of over 250,000 typically turns out for the festival, which has been held every year since 1989, to enjoy games, rides, ostrich races and evening concerts by big name stars. This year’s event, which was produced by Steve LeVine Entertainment for the City of Chandler Chamber of Commerce, was no exception. Acts including Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Los Lobos, Eddie Money and Starship with Mickey Thomas performed on stage, illuminated by an all-LED rig of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Creative BackStage.
“This is about the ninth time we’ve lit this festival, which is a source of pride for us, because it’s in our hometown,” said Creative BackStage owner John Garberson, who designed the rig. “Unlike in previous years, this year we went with all-LED fixtures, which made the rig very easy to set and strike.”
Garberson used 24 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, eight Maverick MK2 Spot fix

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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