Award winning lighting for Kirikkale Nur Mosque

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Turkey - The architectural lighting of Kırıkkale Nur Mosque, which was designed by ZEVE Lighting Design Studio, not only emphasizes the spiritual identity of the mosque but also creates an icon for the city of Kirikkale.
Inspired by the late Ottoman architecture, the mosque consists of a main dome, eight carrier columns, four secondary domes, five entrance domes and four three-balcony-minarets. The main dome has inner diameter of 20m and height of 32m. The height of minarets is 61m. The mosque is extending in the west and east directions with a domed portico surrounding the courtyard.
The design approach was to emphasize the spiritual identity of the mosque and to create an icon for the city of Kirikkale. On the way to this goal, to enhance the perception of the architecture and to define the structure; main architectural elements were highlighted, shadows were used to give depth, different colour temperatures were applied to differentiate the surfaces and materials. To ensure harmoniousness between illuminated surfaces and to create hierarchy of importance, different wattages and various optics were applied.
‘Light’ and ‘Shadow’ were used to add a mystic appearance to the building and to give form and definition to it by lending contrast at various points throughout the structure. The incidental light from short distance added three-dimension


Holdan appointed UK distributor for Marantz

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - Marantz Professional has announced that they have appointed Holdan Ltd as their exclusive UK sales and distribution partner for professional microphones and accessories.
Holdan will be handling Marantz Professional’s range of Broadcast/ENG microphones and accessories, including both Short and Long Shotgun microphones. Also available will be the 9ft and 11ft extension boom poles, either with or without an integral XLR cable. These optional extension boom poles dramatically increase the reach and placement versatility of the shotgun mics, giving recording specialists far greater precision and flexibility in the composition of their recordings.
Oliver Webb, UK business development manager for Marantz Professional said, “We’re unreservedly enthusiastic about joining forces with Holdan Ltd to bring the outstanding performance, reliability and application versatility of Marantz Professional broadcast equipment to the demanding UK professional broadcast market. In an industry where unwavering reliability and topnotch performance are all that matter, the combination of Marantz Professional and Holdan Co. Ltd will surely prove to be a formidable force in the market.”
Warren Bowler, Holdan’s business manager, added, “Marantz Professional is a very exciting player in the microphone market and we expect them to become highly popular with everyon


Outline spreads the word in New Delhi

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

India - With his combination of Buddhist wisdom and contemporary values, his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama addressed over three thousand Indian youngsters, scholars and social visionaries on Reviving Indian Wisdom in Contemporary India at Talkatora indoor stadium in New Delhi.
To ensure appropriate vocal intelligibility, fundamental for communicating the profound content of a talk of this kind, and the power to do so in a large venue, the organizers (Vidyaloke) called in Global Pro-Audio Management, who deployed an Outline sound rig featuring several models from the Italian manufacturer’s range: GTO C-12, DBS 18-2, Mantas 28, Doppia II 9075, DVS 15P iSP and iSM 115.
Tibetan Buddhists believe the Dalai Lamas to be manifestations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet, enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to be reborn to serve humanity.
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, currently the spiritual leader of Tibet, was born to a farming family in 1935 in a small north-eastern Tibetan village and recognized at a very young age as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama.
At the event, His Holiness said that ancient Indian wisdom is full of values that are greatly needed in modern times. “India is the only country which has the opportunity and resources to combine ancient wisdom on inner values


DiGiCo is neat fit for Cage The Elephant tour

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Europe - Monitor engineer Chris Fillery and Front of House engineer Trevor Coppen chose an SD11i and SD10 respectively, supplied by audio rental company Eighth Day Sound, for Grammy Award winning American rock band Cage The Elephant’s recent European tour. Each engineer had different reasons for choosing their console and both are “delighted” with their decision.
Chris and Trevor are both familiar with DiGiCo consoles and Chris had used the already compact SD9 for the US leg of the tour. However, for the European leg they were travelling with just one bus and one trailer, so he decided to switch to an SD11i. He has found its size perfect for transportation and for fitting into any venue. Trevor, meanwhile, based his choice on versatility, international availability, ease of multitrack recording, Waves integration and, he says, most importantly, sound.
“Every time I am about to begin a new tour, and think about the fact that I will be seeing this console for most of the upcoming tour cycle, I want to make sure my choice is an educated one,” says Trevor. “Research has shown me that the SD10 was sought after by a lot of reputable engineers. As I was entering pre-production with the band, I was told of the upcoming Stealth Core 2 upgrade that would turn the SD10 into more machine than I would ever need and still with room to grow. That confirmed the d


MDG ATMe haze generators go along for The Ride

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - Two of the latest MDG haze generators, the ATMe, recently joined up-and-coming British rock band, Catfish and the Bottlemen, playing medium to large arenas during a three-week tour of the UK in support of the band’s second studio album, The Ride.
The band, which formed in Llandudno, Wales in 2007, first had success with their debut album, The Balcony, which reached number 10 in the UK albums chart, since when they have toured the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. The release of The Ride in May 2016 saw the follow up tour visit Derby Arena, Bournemouth BIC, Victoria Warehouse Manchester, Plymouth Pavilions, Glasgow SECC, Wembley Arena and the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry.
Newcastle-based Nitelites supplied the full lighting, audio and staging to the tour and hired the MDG ATMe haze generators from Impact Productions which purchased two of the models specifically for the tour.
Nitelites, which has a very special relationship with the band, having looked after them for the last three years, wanted to provide the best possible products for the tour, and Nitelites’ director, Jamie Moore, knowing he would need a reliable, high performance haze generator, naturally turned to MDG. Moore said, “These guys trust us to come up with the goods for their tours that perform well during the show and are reliable and completely tour


Claypaky Scenius spots illuminate Macbeth

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

USA - When Webster University’s Conservatory of Theater Arts staged a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth last fall, students enhanced the lighting rig with four Claypaky Scenius moving head spotlights.
The Conservatory, based in Webster Groves, Missouri, stages six student-designed and student-produced shows and a dance theatre each season at the Lorreto Hilton Centre. A classical version of Macbeth was directed by Bruce Longworth and played seven performances before Thanksgiving.
Student lighting designer, Josh Murphy, expressed an interest in “beefing up” the school’s lighting rig for Macbeth, so consulting lighting designer Seth Jackson called A.C.T Lighting, Inc. with whom he’s had a 20-year relationship dating from his concert touring work.
“We have our own lighting inventory, but Josh wanted more tools than we had on hand,” says Jackson, head of the concert design program and assistant professor of theatrical design. “The winners of a student competition to attend LDI had seen the Scenius fixtures at the convention and were eager to try them. A.C.T Lighting provided the opportunity for our students to put Scenius to work.”
Jackson emphasizes that the Conservatory differs from many other college theatrical programmes in its goal of “training professionals from day one. We run with Equity rules and


Sweet Southern Sound adds Adamson E-Series

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

USA - Sweet Southern Sound has acquired a new E-Series rig from Adamson Systems Engineering.
Based in Beaumont, Texas, Sweet Southern Sound offers event production and AV integration services across Southeast Texas and has been championing Adamson products for a wide array of applications in recent years.
“We did a church install a few years ago with Adamson products, and it’s one of the best-sounding rigs we ever delivered,” shares Sweet Southern Sound owner Clint Hill. “Since then, we’ve just loved the brand and as we grow, we continued to invest in Adamson.”
After servicing rental clients for years with a complement of Adamson boxes, including a sizeable S-Series inventory, Sweet Southern Sound kicked off 2017 with the purchase of 18 E15 three-way line source enclosures and 16 E119 compact subwoofers.
“We are trying to increase our customer base with larger shows and festivals,” Hill explains, “and having a world-class, top-of-the-line rig that can handle virtually any job was a major part of that. The performance of the E-Series is spectacular; you can put anyone in front of it and they can hear the difference.”
Their Adamson equipment has already been put to use on large-scale shows by the likes of Goo Goo Dolls, Travis Tritt, Pat Benatar, and Clint Black. Hill says the response has been outstanding across the board.


R & R Audio Services expands with EAW Radius

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

USA - Pittsburgh-based R & R Audio Services recently added an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Radius sound reinforcement system to their inventory. The regional sound company, which supports several outdoor festivals and summer shows, added the system to increase options for their customers.
“Radius is a true line array with features not found on similar systems on the market,” explains Ron Perchinsky, owner, R & R Audio Services. “Between the EAWmosaic app and the easy-to-use DSP on the back panel, it takes all of the guess work out of set up.”
The Radius Series consists of point source, line source, stage monitor and subwoofer loudspeakers. R & R Audio Services added eight RSX208L line array modules with plans to add the RSX18 subwoofer before the summer season begins.
“EAWmosaic software, which provides prediction, control and monitoring of the system, is very user friendly,” adds Perchinsky. “For larger events, it can be used with Dante, or we can use all of the controls available through the back of the box for smaller setups. It seriously cuts down on set-up time, letting us know the heights and angles each venue requires.
“We have nothing but positive feedback from our customers since we have started using Radius,” concludes Perchinsky. “This will be our go-to system for the upcoming summer festival season.


Star Events supports Paul Heaton’s homecoming

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - An appointed supplier to Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Star Events will provide a VerTech stage and support infrastructure for SJM’s Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s turn at the KCOM Craven Park stadium on 3 June.
Heaton formed the Housemartins and the Beautiful South in Hull and the 23,000 capacity event will feature songs from both bands along with material he went on to record with Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott.
Star Events’ 20m VerTech stage goes to Hull from the Courteneers at Emirates Old Trafford, another SJM/homecoming gig, along with a venue specific loading dock, a low level VT Front of House structure and two 11.5m V-tower delays.
Pete Holdich, head of structures at Star Events, comments, “It’s many years since we worked at Craven Park. The stadium has got good access, a helpful house team and plenty of storage space, which takes us straight out onto the pitch. The Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott show is a big coup for Hull and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Martin Green, director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said, “We have a superb line-up of musical events taking place next year, but Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott's return to Hull will inevitably be one of the highlights of the summer.
“Paul always receives a great reception when he comes home and, in a year that is about celebrating culture i


Adlib adds Linea Research to rental inventory

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - Founded in 1984, Adlib caters to both rental and installation clients, providing professional sound, lighting and AV solutions to meet almost any requirement.
When their need came for multichannel amplifiers, Adlib’s Rob Crossland turned to Linea Research for a demo. “We were looking for a high-powered, four channel amp to drive our proprietary AA loudspeakers, and we contacted Linea Research to see if we could test one of their new models,” explains Crossland. “We have a well-established preset library for our speaker systems so onboard DSP with front panel recall was a must, along with network control to keep inventory management in the warehouse straightforward.”
Linea Research provided one of their 44M20 four channel amplifiers for evaluation. The 44M20 offers 4x 5000W at 2 ohms with 96kHz DSP and networked control as standard along with an optional Dante interface.
Adlib were very pleased with the results. “Sonically we were impressed,” Crossland reports. “The 44M20 beat the competition hands down, even when compared to much more expensive alternatives. On subwoofers, the ability to deliver sustained and not just burst power made these amps really stand out.
“With the 44M20 amplifiers we’re now able to power our smaller systems from a single 8u rack driving four monitor mixes and two FOH stacks compared to the previou


Robe reveals retro LEDs at TPi Awards

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - Robe has launched the pixelPATT, a new LED fixture to extend and complement its popular PATT range of retro styled fixtures.
Twenty pixelPATT fixtures were seen for the first time in public last night at the 2017 Total Production International (TPi) Awards in London.
It was a bold and inspired move by Robe to launch the new fixture in front of the industry, and CEO Josef Valchar comments that this totally contemporary PATT fixture is set to mirror the success of the classic PATT 2013 and the smaller picklePATT.
pixelPATT is composed of seven 30W RGBW LED multi-chips – one in the centre surrounded by a ring of six – housed in a super-slim and lightweight brushed metal frame. Aesthetically it keeps the dimensions and attractive curvature of the PATT 2013 and the picklePATT, and this will also make it desirable for its physical appearance as well as for a lightsource.
With individual control of each pixel and therefore full pixel-mapping capabilities it is versatile and each pixel has a 200mm aluminium parabolic reflector to maintain continuity with the PATT aesthetic.
Strong in output, it can be smoothly dimmed between 0 and 100 per cent via the high resolution electronic dimmer and has an excellent array of CT whites ranging from a glowing 2.700K to a crisp 8.000K, plus a virtual colour wheel pre-set with 66 LEE colours.


Doughty debuts Pole Operated Yoke at BVE

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - A new Pole Operated Yoke is set to be the star attraction on the Doughty Engineering stand at this week's BVE show. The company has chosen BVE as the platform from which to launch their latest piece of kit since it is set to be of particular benefit to the film and TV industry.
Visitors to stand D39 will also get the opportunity to see a wide range of items on display, including the award winning Modular Rigging System as well as a selection of grip, rigging, suspension and lifting equipment.
Julian Chiverton, sales director at Doughty commented, "We're looking forward to another successful year at BVE and are particularly excited to be launching our latest product at this year's show. We believe that our customers in the broadcast industry will really reap the benefits of the Pole Operated Yoke, which, like many of our products has been designed to make life easier for the user - which is extremely necessary in the fast paced world of film and TV."
The new piece of kit is modular in design and as such can be made exactly to customer specification from existing stock - hence a quick turnaround between order and delivery. Designed to stretch and shorten to fit any sized light, the yoke is fitted to a light with two cups which pan and tilt - and being pole operated, this enables the operator to make any adjustments from the ground, taking away the n


TiMax heads for Copenhagen’s Teknik Messe

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Denmark - OutBoard will exhibit for the first time at Copenhagen’s annual audio technology fair, Teknik Messe i Operaen (The Royal Opera, Copenhagen. 7 - 8 March, 2017).
Showcased will be the TiMax2 SoundHub spatial audio processor and the TiMax Tracker performer-tracking system, featuring their many applications in the live performance and immersive audio installation sectors.
The presence of TiMax at the fair marks the first collaboration with LYdBEHAG, the recently appointed TiMax promotion and support partners of TiMax distributor, Nordic Pro Audio.
Out Board’s Dave Haydon explains, “Torben Aalykke from our new Danish distributor Nordic Pro Audio has carefully selected LYdBEHAG as his specialist product marketing partner for TiMax based on their highly evolved technical and commercial experience of performance and installation sectors in Denmark. We look forward to consolidating this new relationship at the Teknikmesse i Operaen show in March.”
(Jim Evans)


Hands-on approach for Chauvet at USITT

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

USA - Visitors to USITT will have the chance to see (and touch) for themselves the Ovation LED fixtures that have been setting new standards in theatrical lighting since their recent introduction by Chauvet Professional. Displays at the company’s booth (1923) will make it easy to have hands-on experience with its groundbreaking Ovation E-260WW and Ovation E-910FC ERS-style fixtures, as well as the new RGBA-Lime batten-style Ovation B-2805FC and Ovation B-565FC fixtures.
“Our USITT booth has been set up to be interactive,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We’ve accomplished some real breakthroughs with our Ovation line, innovations that make LED stage lighting a reality. A good way to appreciate these new advances is to see them first hand at our USITT booth.”
With an output exceeding that of the leading 750W HPL ellipsoidal, the Ovation E-260WW will be hard for anyone at the conference to miss. USITT visitors who work with this fixture will not only be impressed by its brightness, they’ll also appreciate its extremely smooth dimming down to the very bottom of the curve, as well as its flat and even field of light. In addition to the standard warm white version of this fixture, Chauvet Professional will be displaying an IP65-rated outdoor version and a cool white version.
Chauvet Professional will also be using its USITT booth to showc


Really Creative Media strengthens team

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - Digital and live production specialist, Really Creative Media has welcomed motion designer Alex Vipond to the team to support the company’s fashion and music client portfolio.
Vipond, working alongside creative director Jack James, will help in the delivery of live performance visuals and digital content for a range of music and theatre clients including Clean Bandit, Charli XCX and the Wedding Singer UK tour.
As a motion designer, Alex will be responsible for the creative design of digital media assets, ensuring the smooth delivery of visual content within live performance environments as well as technical post production support.
Vipond explains, “Having been initially introduced to the RCM team during one-off projects, I jumped at the chance to join the team full-time and get the opportunity to work on projects spanning such a wide breadth of genres – from corporate, theatre to working with music artists. My lighting design background will lend brilliantly to the company’s integrated AV expertise.”
Nick adds “Alex’s appointment will help us to service a growing portfolio of fashion and music clients, serving both live and online audiences. His skills will help us expand our creative delivery and push the boundaries on emerging technologies and immersive audience experiences.”
Vipond’s background includes video des


The Week in Lighting & Sound

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Rate Review Request - The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre have written to the government calling for a “fundamental review” of the planned increase in business rates over concerns this will have a "disproportionate" impact on theatres around the UK.
SOLT chief executive Julian Bird and UK Theatre head Cassie Chadderton have written a letter to chancellor Philip Hammond and local government secretary Sajid Javid urging a rethink on the hike. It comes after The Stage reported that higher business taxes, which come into force in April, threaten to wipe out local theatre subsidy. As business rates are based on rental values, rate increases will be highest in the capital, with West End theatres expecting to see steep rises.
The letter argues that theatre and the performing arts contribute to a “vibrant and thriving local environment”, making areas “richer culturally and financially”. The letter reads: “On behalf of our members, we are calling for a fundamental and longer-term review of business rates that gives rise to a system which avoids significant year on year movement, and reflects the ability to pay, accompanied by enhanced transitional measures for those whose rates may increase. The combined box office income of SOLT and UK Theatre’s membership was more than £1 billion across London and the rest of the UK, with 34 m


Nominations open for the landmark 10th Knight of Illumination Awards

Monday, 27 February 2017

UK – Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards is powering up in preparation for its luminous tenth anniversary event this September. Billed as the ultimate showcase of lighting and video design achievement in the UK, the Awards is already receiving outstanding nominations in lighting and video design as international creatives and industry supporters push to see their favourite works of 2016/17 take home a KOI sword this landmark year.
Work performed or broadcast between the 1st August 2016 and 31st June 2017 in the UK in the Awards’ Television and Concert Touring & Events categories is now eligible for nomination via the official KOI website Anyone is eligible to submit a show they feel worthy of recognition and lighting and video designers, including international designers who have worked on shows in the UK, are encouraged to self-nominate.
As with previous years, nominations for the Theatre category can only be submitted by the KOI judging panel. The Awards’ shortlists will be announced in August.
Lighting designer Tobias Rylander, who won a 2016 award for his design for The 1975, said: “Winning a KOI award gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment and provided me with invaluable recognition across the industry. As well as recognising designers, the Awards create a space where creatives can open conver


Promo Logistika invests in DiGiCo SD7

Monday, 27 February 2017

Croatia - Established in 2006, Croatian audio rental company Promo Logistika offers a full service, from event production and merchandising to equipment rental. Their slogan is ‘Everything is possible’ and their aim is to have the very best equipment in their inventory. To that end, at the beginning of the year, they invested in one of DiGiCo’s flagship SD7 digital mixing consoles, purchased through DiGiCo’s Croatian distributor, MK Light & Sound.
“We wanted to have an SD7 because there wasn’t one in the region,” says Promo Logistika’s Zoran Biškupić. “Although we already have a digital mixing console in our inventory, we wanted to be able to offer the very best and that’s the SD7.”
The console was deployed on the RSVP Festival in Zagreb at the beginning of February, where MK Light & Sound also exhibited DiGiCo’s new SD12, an S21, S31 and SD11i consoles. The consoles will be used across the company’s entire range of projects, from corporate events and concerts, to television shows and theatre productions.
“We know the SD7 will be very well received because it’s more than capable of handling every type of production we work on,” continues Zoran Biškupić. “It’s also extremely user friendly. Our team has already got to grips with it and are really enjoying using it. We’re also very happy with the service we


Avolites takes control at Passion 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

USA - Atlanta-based design company, Visional Productions, used three custom-built media servers running Avolites Ai V9.1 software and an Avolites Quartz console to control and live edit a mix of pre-recorded content and live-streamed video at an annual three-day Christian youth conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Passion 2017 drew in audiences of 50,000 young adults from around the globe to Georgia's Atlanta Dome to discuss the Christian faith, fight modern day slavery and sponsor 7,000 children living in poverty.
The job of designing the dynamic media display system for Passion's audience of tech-savvy 18-25 year olds fell to co-founder of Visional, Kyle Means. Means has been involved with Passion Conferences since 2013 through London-based production management company Black and White Live.
Turning to the latest Ai V9.1 software, and Notch, a real-time effects generator, Means was able to turn the event's 48-segment automated LED wall into a huge, continuously morphing live video element.
"As Passion Conference had an organically developing format, they required the ability to be flexible in their delivery, moving songs and programming elements around - sometimes just minutes before a session would start," says Means. "It was important that we could seamlessly move from look to look; with Ai's extensive Art-Net control, we were able to change any no


Fanta 4 hit the road again with Robe

Monday, 27 February 2017

Germany - Die Fantastischen Vier - AKA iconic German rappers Fanta 4 - hit the road again on Vier und Jetzt, their biennial tour campaign for 2016-17, reaching out to an ever-loyal fan base which spans several generations and stretches across every corner of the country. Once again, the lighting, set and visual design was created by Gunther Hecker working in close collaboration with Marc Lorenz..
Gunther and Marc are a well-known FOH duo recognized for their fresh, often radical, boundary-pushing ideas and different approach. Their lighting rigs frequently contain Robe fixtures and this one followed that very trend with 60 Pointes that were integral to the epic yet raw show aesthetic developed by Gunther.
Marc, from Cue Design, took on the role of lighting director plus overall visual technology and control guru, compiling and co-ordinating the lighting and video specifications according to Gunther’s wish list. The pair were joined on the creative production team by visuals / content producer Franz Schlechter and band member AndY (And.Ypsilon – Andreas Rieke) who created some of the video and programmed custom Quartz Composer patches which were integrated into the Resolume video playback system that Marc chose to run the show visuals.
Gunther and Marc have used Robe products in their work for some time and are big advocates of the brand for the flex


Claypaky dazzles at SAPOA Annual Convention

Monday, 27 February 2017

South Africa - MGG were called upon to supply the full technical for the SAPOA Annual Convention, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary at the Sandton Convention Centre’s Pavilion Venue in Johannesburg. For this top-notch occasion, MGG asked lighting designer Francois van der Merwe from Wizardry Group to design both the conference and banquet styled show.
The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) is the representative body and official voice of the commercial and industrial property industry in South Africa. As they wanted something extraordinary for their golden celebration, MGG incorporated the largest VuePix configuration they had ever built comprising of some 200 x Q3 3.91mm panels. The show included Clay Paky Sharpys and Mythos and control on a grandMA2 full size.
The event kicked off in the conference room where a 28m x 4.5m VuePix L6 Series 6.67ml Blend screen was erected. “I designed this site but Rianda van Burick from MGG ran the actual show on a grandMA2 light,” said Francois. Francois used 11 Clay Paky Alpha Spots for front light and 16 Clay Paky Sharpys. “The Sharpys were awesome, I think I got quite a bit out of them, they’re fast with a nice aerial beam effect and that’s what I used them for.”
For the actual show, a themed event took the audience through a journey starting off in the 1960s with four singers


Dream Theater tours Europe with Solaris Flares

Monday, 27 February 2017

Europe - Dream Theater is once again bringing their progressive metal sound to Europe. The first leg of their Images, Words & Beyond tour closes in Helsinki this month. They will resume in April in the UK and close in Vienna in May. Keeping pace with the fiery brilliance of the band’s veteran metal shredders are eight blazing Solaris Flares.
“On this tour, we’re using the Flares for overhead wash and strobe effects,” says tour lighting designer and director, Steve Baird. “What I really like about Flares is their awesome power! They’re extremely bright and their multiple functions make them ultra-versatile. We’re using the Flares in full advanced mode and they’ve been rock solid performers. We haven’t had to replace a single unit thus far.”
Baird adds, “Jon Greaves and Andy Scott at Lite Alt recommended the Flares to us last year and we were more than pleased. This year we knew what we were getting and we plan to use them again and again.”
At Steve’s side on the Dream Theater lighting team are Roger Taillefer and Kris Lundberg. Lite Alternative is the lighting supplier for the European segment. Later this year Dream Theater will be touring in Asia and America.
(Jim Evans)


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