Events News


PL+S: LEDBlade LED strip visual technology showcased

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Germany - LEDBlade presented its new generation LED strip, visual technology system at Prolight+Sound recently. The system comprises both a straight component, the original LEDBlade Stripe, and the recently launched LEDBlade Curve.
“LEDBlade creates depth of space or three-dimensionality; it enhances edges, expands the visual area or links together to create any geometric design. LEDBlade adds extra dynamic to the video design toolkit,” the company says.
“LEDBlade Curves and LEDBlade Stripes can be used in any combination together – deployed as an independent visual item or integrated into a complex visual design – to create an impressive and memorable visual experience. For creatives and event designers, LEDBlade offers fast and easy mapping through any media server or projection control device, for a perfect image, on TV or live.”
Handmade in Europe, LEDBlade was developed by an AV rental company and benefits from over 20-years of hands-on experience. LEDBlade is rugged in demanding situations, compact and light for ease of transportation and IP-rated for use indoors and out. The product is simple and fast to install and can be reassembled on a daily basis, with both components utilising the same cabling and power options. LEDBlade offers numerous fastening and securing options, including sliding, rotating or magnetic, to sui


Philips Lighting rocks Frankfurt

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Germany - Philips Lighting reports that the company saw its most successful Prolight+Sound to date, where it launched new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcasing recent releases.
The new products were incorporated into the lighting design for the stand, which transformed into a stage for a performance from Dutch rock band TOM. The group saw a line-up of the original members of popular Dutch group The Marshalls, formed in 1995 (TOM stands for The Original Marshalls), who are well known on the European festival scene, in particular the infamous Zwartecross motorcross festival.
New products that launched on the Philips Entertainment Lighting stand:
Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Spot. The first in a new range of spot, profile and wash luminaires from the iconic product line, the Philips VLZ Spot utilizes the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm (7”) front lens.
Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx. The larger version of the incredibly popular Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx, the new Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx offers designers exceptional output from its 37 RGBW LEDs whilst being fast, quiet and extremely versatile.
Philips Showline SL BAR 720ZT. The new, high performance linear wash and effect luminaire offers designers smooth and seamless washes of color from studio to stage


Leading organisations top PLASA Focus programme

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

UK - A succession of new seminars has been added to the PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 programme, providing the industry with even more of a reason to make the journey up to the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the 9 – 10 May. The newest sessions, which are as always free to attend, include a tour of the BBC Studios, plus seminars which draw in expertise from well-established organisations such as Soulsound, BECTU and the Association of Lighting Designers.
Visitors to Leeds will have the opportunity to join a tour of the BBC Yorkshire production facility, hosted by Mike Buttery, operations manager of BBC Look North. The tour will cover the TV and radio studios, TV editing facilities and 'CAR' engineering department. Spaces are limited, anyone interested in joining should check the show’s website for information on how to sign-up.
Audio experts and long-time contributors to the PLASA seminar programme, Soulsound, will host two seminars during the show. The first session will discuss In Ear Monitoring including tips and techniques to get the best out of the technology. In a second session, titled Working in the music industry if you’re not technical, the Soulsound team will talk about alternative pathways in the industry which allow for a rock and roll lifestyle without getting your hands dirty.
Another new feature to the audio side of the


PL+S: Martin Audio reaps rich dividends

Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - With 10 new products, including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers, being showcased at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound for the first time, Martin Audio’s optimism was fully understandable.
But even they could not have anticipated the overwhelming market response to the new product suite, in particular the Wavefront Precision, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays. Designed as complete systems, with the new external iKON multi-channel amplifiers, the sound is optimised using Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software.
Said director of marketing, James King, “Despite the lower turn-out at the show overall, traffic was constantly being driven to our booth and the footfall was one of the highest we have ever experienced at a trade show. This coincided with record levels of online PR coverage, social engagement and website traffic.”
Away from the stand, over 400 channel partners and prospective customers found their way to the Brillianz Room where Martin Audio product support engineer, Robin Dibble, hosted targeted product demos on each day covering selected items from the portfolio and some of the new releases.
(Jim Evans)


PL+S: PR Lighting promotes Aqua beam

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Germany - PR Lighting enjoyed high visibility at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show - largely due to an inspired product showcase centred around their new Aqua waterproof moving heads. This was promoted heavily at the show via banners and large posters in heavily populated areas of the concourses and walkways.
The Aqua 440 Beam, the waterproof version of the XR440 Beam, takes advantage of the popular new high output Osram 440W discharge lamp to deliver a punchy and parallel 3.1° beam. Lining up alongside was the AQUA LED 600 Spot, which in addition to offering protection against rain and humidity, maintains “a perfect working temperature even in hot or cold conditions”.
The ability of PR Lighting’s new IP44-rated enclosures to protect against splash water was demonstrated at their Frankfurt booth, where they continued to function in the midst of a fountain/water feature.
“This was an extremely popular item and we picked up orders for Aqua at the show,” confirmed international sales director, Ernie Armas.
The Chinese manufacturer also previewed some other new items in Europe for the first time. These included: Phantom (440 BWS II), XLED 6007, Blinder 360 and Butterfly.
PR Lighting were exhibiting alongside their German distributor, Focon Showtechnic. Stated product manager, Martin Hentschel, “PR Lighting’s Aqua Series


ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium honoured

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Germany - The ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium received the Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for Best Product of the Year in the lighting control category. Based on voting by over 100 journalists from specialized publications, the award was presented on 6 April at the Prolight + Sound show.
“This award is a tribute to the ChamSys design ethos,” said ChamSys managing director Chris Kennedy. “ChamSys has been built on giving the end-user as much freedom and flexibility as possible, because we respect the creativity that’s inherent in the design process.”
Featuring a built-in MagicVis 3D Visualizer with high quality renderings, dual multi-touch displays in full HD with adjustable viewing angles, an intensity wheel, 100mm split crossfaders for theatre control, 42 fader and executor playbacks for live busking, the 200- universe MagicQ MQ500 Stadium provides programmers with the highest level of show control while remaining intuitive and user-friendly.
“We’re very honored that some of the best journalists in our industry have seen fit to vote for the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium,” said Kennedy. “As a group, these journalists are very well informed. Not only do they devote a great deal of time to covering this industry, but in many cases, they’re also programmers and designers themselves -- so they’re familiar with the issues and opp


Sporting event production with Pearce Hire

Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - Over the past year, Pearce Hire has witnessed a substantial growth in the demand for their technical production skills and teams to work on a range of running events. During 2016 Pearce Hire supplied up to 20 different running events around the UK, including the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon (Sheffield) and Marathon (York), almost a dozen 10K runs, the Great Birmingham Run and the Great Bristol Half Marathon.
“Sporting events provide a different dynamic and set of challenges from the outdoor events and festivals Pearce Hire might be better known for”, observes John Huson, project manager. “But in fact we have considerable experience providing distributed sound systems for sports events where the PA system needs to cover several hundred metres to provide the necessary information to the competitors, as well as keeping the spectators and supporters fully updated throughout the event.”
These specific audio requirements can be installed by Pearce Hire in conjunction with the necessary event staging infrastructure and temporary power distribution for which Pearce Hire has an award-winning reputation. The temporary power infrastructures ensure the substructure underpinning sporting events such as event timing, first aid, race control and any event village all have a stable and reliable source of power, alongside the staging structures for start/finis


dLive manages Deutsche Bank Mumbai event

Thursday, 13 April 2017

India - Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class digital mixing system was employed at the annual national town hall meeting for Deutsche Bank, held in Mumbai.
Attended by employees from the Bank’s offices across India, dLive managed the live sound reinforcement and two-way live video conferencing with the organisation’s London, Hong Kong and Singapore offices.
Comprising an S7000 Surface and DM64 MixRack, the dLive system was supplied and managed by Mumbai-based PA company, Audiocore.
“dLive was the only option for this event as the S7000 surface enabled me to have 128 inputs at my fingertips. dLive’s powerful processing rate also means it is lightning fast, and combined with excellent audio intelligibility and with minimum set up time, it’s a no brainer for a live conference situation,” says FOH engineer, Bijon Bhadra.
(Jim Evans)


Claypaky Scenius Spot on Skunk Anansie's tour

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Europe - The Claypaky Scenius Spot is being championed for its output, colour and optical quality by lighting designer Dan Williams who is using the fixture as the main lighting workhorse on British rockers Skunk Anansie's current European tour, Anarchytecture.
Lighting supplier for the tour, Buckinghamshire- based lighting design and rental outfit Siyan, recommended Dan the spot fixtures to work alongside the production's dominant LED video package, that includes both floor and flown LED screens.
"The main issue with working with such a strong video element is getting a fixture that is bright enough to stand out against the LED screens," says Dan. "The Scenius Spot has absolutely no problem with this."
To create the show's saturated colour pallets and punchy back and beam light Dan is utilising the fixtures advanced CMY and linear CTO colour systems.
"Even when the entire video wall is displaying full camera content, the Scenius Spot still provides great colour tone," says Dan. "As well as their colour output optically the fixtures look great. They have a fantastic bright, sharp beam with an impressive zoom range (8°-48°). The gobos are strong and the light output remains punchy even when the fixture is zoomed completely out."
In addition to the Scenius Spots, Dan is using one strategically placed A.leda B-EYE K20, Claypaky's pioneering


PRG Alliance builds on success at PL+S

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Germany - Production Resource Group (PRG) organized its annual summit for the members of its global partner network programme – PRG Alliance – during the Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt.
Currently in its third year, the PRG Alliance has 15 members in 28 countries delivering high quality technical production services worldwide. The theme for this meeting was Building on Success, and celebrated numerous collaboration projects among the members, including some from Italy, Poland, and Portugal.
During the summit, they shared success case studies and discussed future initiatives to promote greater business and information exchange.
“The PRG Alliance is praised by our clients and the market in general. What started with a recognition of PRG partners three years ago, today is a substantial network of remarkable companies – and the largest resource pool of knowledge, qualified professionals and inventory in the world,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, director of PRG Alliance and PRG’s CEO Central Europe.
“We invited the lighting and video designers from The Voice Portugal, Marco Silva and Ricardo Maia, who shared their experience of using PRG’s proprietary products, Bad Boy moving lights and MBox media server, for the TV show,” continues Van Hemelryck.
The summit provided the opportunity to welcome the newest addition to


PL+S: Software success for MA Lighting

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Germany - MA’s latest software releases, grandMA2 3.3 and dot2 1.3 received considerable attention and praise at the recent Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. It was the same for the MA Network Switch that was equally well received and highlighted the importance of network control.
dot2 version 1.3. will allow users to work even faster and more intuitively than before. Web remote access, more master speed fader, increased effects functionality, high priority playbacks and many more enhancements are now incorporated.
New software, version 3.3 for MA Lighting’s renowned grandMA2 lighting control solution, features numerous updates. A major step in keeping the fixture libraries updated is the new online MA Fixture Share which is unlocked with this latest software version. Another huge development is the fully re-worked partial show read functionality, as well as the new modes of DMX output function for the xPort Nodes, plus Offset for Pan/Tilt.
Furthermore, the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) now has a completely reworked Warper functionality including pixel-exact U/V mapping and a snapshot / masking tools.
The MA Network Switch offers a simple solution for all types of networks. It uses all the entertainment industry protocols and makes the network management easier for users without specialist networking experience. The MA Network Switch


Sennheiser and Neumann showcase at NAB 2017

Monday, 10 April 2017

USA - Audio technology for productions of any scale – this is what Sennheiser and Neumann will showcase at their joint booth (C2213) at NAB. An innovative range of products is ready to support professional audio capture at every level, whether visitors are producing movies or focusing on mobile journalism. The booth also features solutions for radio and TV studios, for fully immersive virtual reality productions, and even for personal use, with the MKE 2 elements action microphone for GoPro HERO4 cameras.
“Production technology today spans a wide range of applications, and therefore so does the audio technology Sennheiser and Neumann are showcasing,” explains Achim Gleissner, commercial manager, broadcast and media, at Sennheiser. “Whether you’re making a big-budget movie or filming a tutorial for your YouTube channel – a great audio solution will be at your fingertips at our NAB stand.”
The booth is divided into a number of areas to best showcase the breadth of solutions that Sennheiser and Neumann offer.
The Filmset area of the booth introduces visitors to the new Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless system and the EK 6042 two-channel camera receiver, in addition to the Sennheiser MKH series shotgun microphones.
A typical audio desk has been recreated in the ‘OB van’ section. Neumann monitors, such as the KH 120 active studio mo


PL+S: Latest Solaris Flares make debut

Monday, 10 April 2017

Germany - Making their first appearance at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White are the latest innovations in the Solaris Flare range of LED fixtures.
The Flare Q+ Rayzr is a super-slim blade of ultra-bright light and colour, available in 50 and 100 cm lengths. It provides Flare brightness, colours, and features in a single row of RGBW LEDs. Various mounting options are available for end-to-end alignment, hanging, wall-mounting, and pipe attachment.
Also introduced at Frankfurt, the new Flare Q+ Dynamic White offers variable colour temperature output from 2,000 to 10,000 Kelvin, with a CRI of 90+ throughout most of the CT range. Like all Flares, it is crazy bright, and features the Flare’s world-class dimming, smoothness, and flicker-free performance.
Q+ Technology is an exciting innovation recently introduced and now standard in the entire Solaris Flare product range: Flare Q+, Flare Q+ Linear, Flare Q+ Rayzr, and Flare Q+ Dynamic White. This LED driver technology maximizes LED output for “unprecedented brightness”, while also optimizing LED temperatures for long term reliability. Representing a significant leap forward in LED fixture design, Q+ Technology performance is available in the popular 96-LED Flare Q+, as well as the 108-LED Linear format and the 18- or 36-LED Rayzr.
Flare IP RGBW outdoor wa


Barco gets its show on the road

Monday, 10 April 2017

Europe Visualization expert Barco has kicked off a two-month roadshow throughout Europe. The objective: to demonstrate the power of Barco 4K projection technology and 4K image processing. Departing from Barco’s head office in Kortrijk, the Barco truck first headed for Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. From there, it will be crisscrossing Europe until mid-June, visiting around 45 partner and customer events.
Barco’s product offering for events and venues is constantly reaching new heights to meet the market need for ever-brighter outcomes. If it comes to ensuring really bright images, 4K projection – together with 4K image processing – is just the ticket.
To show its 4K solutions at work and encourage real interaction with customers and partners, Barco decided to tour Europe. Visitors to the Barco truck will discover the power of Barco’s 4K laser projectors and its Event Master family of 4K image management systems. On some locations, at the outside of the truck, Barco will showcase how its R10 digital media canvas is flexible, yet bright at the same time.
One of the stars of the tour is Barco’s UDX large venue projector, which was launched just last week. The UDX is a fine example of customer-centric development: before designing the projector, Barco talked to customers, gauging what they expect from a large venue projector. Easy shipment, setup


PL+S: ADJ extends Entour series

Monday, 10 April 2017

Germany - At this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, ADJ officially unveiled three new additions to its Entour series of professional atmospheric effect generators. The company used its large stand at this significant international industry event to showcase the full range of production-calibre ADJ moving head fixtures – incorporating spot, wash, beam, and hybrid models – as well as the AV Series of modular LED video panels in a stunning lightshow.
Due to the popularity of the initial two products in the ADJ Entour series – the Entourage touring faze machine and Entour Venue installation faze machine – the company is expanding the range with three new products. These new units are the Entour Haze Pro, a professional oil based haze machine; the Entour Cyclone, a high-power DMX-controlled fan; and the Entour Snow, a powerful synthetic snow machine.
The ADJ Entour Haze Pro is a touring-grade haze machine built into a durable flight case. It offers a very quick warm-up time and an impressive output of 3,000 cubic ft. per minute. This allows large, outdoor stages and venues to be easily and quickly filled with lightshow-enhancing haze whenever it is required. The Entour Haze Pro oil based haze hangs in the air longer than the Faze Machines and features an easy to read LED function display, with built-in timer, and is also fitted with both 3-pin and 5-pi


PL+S: Robe hits the highspots

Monday, 10 April 2017

Germany - Czech lighting manufacturer Robe lighting enjoyed another successful Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, taking the opportunity to launch their new German subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH; showcasing 10 new inventive and interesting products and creating another serious showspace for visitors to the annual expo.
People packed into the stand right from the moment the show opened on Tuesday morning to the final hour on Friday afternoon. Business was brisk, the new company announcement caused an industry-wide stir, deals were completed and people also enjoyed the networking and communication opportunities, together with great vibes and traditional Czech hospitality.
CEO Josef Valchar commented, “I know I have said this for at least the last five years after Frankfurt, but once again, the show was incredible for us! It exceeded all our expectations – and they were high to start with! All the right ingredients and dynamics – including, most importantly, the people - combined to create a highly effective space for presenting our brand and the whole ‘Robe experience’.”
(Jim Evans)


CT’s Simon Tibble passes away

Friday, 7 April 2017

China - Simon Tibble, managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai has passed away,
CT paid tribute: “We are shocked and saddened to announce that Simon Tibble, managing director of CT in Shanghai passed away suddenly earlier this week.
Simon leaves his wife Brooke and four children Samuel, Emma Jane, Jamie and Olivia. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them all.
Simon was a dedicated and unflappable character that will be sorely missed by all those to have met, worked or socialised with him over the years. Simon’s career in the event industry spanned 40 years including time in the UK and six years building CT’s Shanghai operation.”
A JustGiving page has been set up by friends of Simon to help raise money for his daughter's education.
(Jim Evans)


Hawthorn helps M&IT Awards celebrate

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

UK - The UK event industry’s biggest recognition ceremony, The M&IT Awards, returned to Battersea Evolution on 3 March 2017, celebrating 30 years of Conference & Travel Publications. For the fifth year running, Hawthorn designed and delivered full technical production for the largest networking event in the event industry’s calendar.
Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the annual awards bring together agency and association organisers and suppliers, from the UK and overseas, to recognise excellence of service and product within the industry. Themed around ‘pearl’ in a nod to the 30th anniversary of CAT Publications, Hawthorn created a production design that captured the glitz and glamour of the occasion.
Guests entering the reception were met with an impressive display of projected logo strips, projected on with two Christie 10k Projectors and mapped in the Avolites Ai S8 server, and twelve PATT 2013 fixtures. The PATT2013’s surrounded the strips with a slow, dim twinkle, adding some eye-candy upon walk in. Alpha 700 spots were also used to give some movement to the reception space.
Briefed to create a super-wide screen at the rear of the stage, the team used four Christie 14K projectors to create a two-projector blend that measured 12m wide by 3.75m high. This displayed ‘pearl’ themed custom content, desi


White Light reaches Echo’s End in Salisbury

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

UK - Currently playing at the Salisbury Playhouse, Echo’s End tells the story of a young couple in 1915 Wilshire who find themselves caught up in the turmoil of troubled times. It is written by award-winning playwright and novelist Barney Norris, directed by Alice Hamilton and features a lighting design by Howard Hudson. White Light was called upon to provide the equipment.
Echo’s End marks Howard’s fifth production at the Salisbury Playhouse. He comments, “Salisbury is a great venue and this is a brilliant new play that tells a story about that part of the world. The entire play is set outside on the Salisbury Plain, so one of the main requirements was to achieve a sense of natural light and the epic undulating scale of that area at different times of day.”
As with most of his designs, Howard had to work closely alongside the set design, which in this case reflected outdoor Wiltshire. He adds, “A major element of Tom Rogers’ design was a 14-metre-wide printed cloud cyc at the back of the stage which allowed us to create a wide variety of different looks for the eight scenes, ranging from dull, clement overcast grey days, to strong, deep saturated sunsets. This was also useful for the transitions between scenes as it provided a really great and varied backdrop for the company to be silhouetted against.”
Prior to the produc


PL+S: DiGiCo and Waves announce integration

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - DiGiCo and Waves have announced a new method of integration that will allow users to maximize the potential for additional new features on both the Waves and SD platforms.
DiGiCo SD consoles will be able to integrate with a Waves Multirack system, which is running on an external PC, while maintaining the high level of integration both companies’ clients have come to rely on.
This integration will continue to use the low latency Waves I/O interface built into SD consoles for audio routing and will also include the existing standard session, snapshot and plug-in control for advance, faster and smooth show control and automation. The integration will allow the use of Waves latest and most advanced plug-ins to expand the engineer’s sonic options.
Further enhanced control implementation is being planned, allowing users to take full advantage of both platforms and their combined functionality. This will allow both Waves and DiGiCo to provide an even better user experience as both Waves and SD console upgrades continue.
"Waves and DiGiCo have been working together since 2010 to accommodate and enhance our customers’ and users’ workflow,” says Waves VP Mick Olesh. “The enablement of this new integration further demonstrates our effective cooperation, providing the user with new tools, more control, advanced networking and state-of


PL+S: Think! AV invests in Funktion-One Vero

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - Dutch company, Think! AV, has updated its stock of audio equipment with the addition of a new Vero sound system. It comes ahead of a hectic summer period for the company, which has enjoyed considerable growth over the last five years.
Vero by Funktion-One is a vertically arrayable sound system which delivers point source sound for live and touring applications, while utilising the deployment advantages of a vertical array.
Think! AV’s owner, Remco van der Werff, said, “We’ve provided sound for some incredible events here in The Netherlands and that increasingly involves a Vero system that we’ve been hiring in up until now. Event organisers love Vero and audiences do too, so it makes complete sense for us to have our own system and push Think! AV on to the next level at the same time.”
Vero is a large format touring sound system. It is a complete system – featuring loudspeakers, amplification, rigging and software – that combines outstanding sonic performance and ease of use. Its vertical format means it is designed for the ergonomic expectations of modern touring environments, yet its audio quality and efficiency is unprecedented. Vero is a new type of system that comes from a new approach to tour sound.
The Vero range features five highly-efficient, low distortion horn-loaded loudspeakers – the V60 mid-high, V90 mid-high


PL+S: Martin Audio stages mega launch

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - At this year’s Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, Martin Audio unveiled an ambitious line up of 10 new products across multiple categories including Line Arrays, Stage Monitors and Amplifiers.
First up was the Wavefront Precision Series, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets. Comprising the WPC (2 x 10” LF) and WPM (2 x 6.5” LF), Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with the newly announced external iKON multi-channel amplifiers optimised by Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software.
Adopting the principle of scalable resolution, with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.
Dom Harter, managing director, explained further, “Martin Audio’s MLA Series remains the definitive optimised array technology in the market place today, offering customers both the hard avoid feature (the ability to limit coverage in a zone by as much as 30dB) and the patented ability to optimise against multiple target functions - such as frequency response, SPL gradient and leakage, which no other competitor product can.
“But the MLA family consists


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